Are you an extreme biker? We’re not talking motorcycles here — you know, the kind that require peddling and endurance. Then check out the Third Annual Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, a three-day, short-course bicycle race across Oklahoma City, beginning Friday evening through Sunday. (Not continuously. That would be extremely difficult.) Registration is $40-$45. Visit okcpac.com.
If you think the words “photo” and “slam” sound awesome together, that’s because they do. This nontraditional artist lecture will feature 12 Oklahoma photographers who have five minutes to explain their techniques. But they can’t go over the alotted time; otherwise, they get the gong. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. Admission is free. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Ever seen somebody zip-lining and said to yourself, “That person is crazy, but I kinda wanna do it too”? Now’s your chance, as SandRidge Sky Zip is back for another year of soaring across the Oklahoma River. Kids and adults alike can zip their way to the Sky Zip ribboncutting 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Individual one-day passes are $20-$50. Call 552-4040 or visit boathousedistrict.org.
Baseball season is in full swing (Ha ha. Get it?), and what better way to celebrate America’s pastime than with a little Big 12 baseball? The conference holds its championship tournament starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday evening at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive. Call 218-1000 or visit okcredhawks.com for ticket information.
Back in the olden days, you needed this thing called a camera to take a photograph. You also had to let the photo sit in a room with a dark red tint before you could see what was on it. Mark Zimmerman, the University of Central Oklahoma’s assistant professor of photography, is recreating this long-lost darkroom phenomenon as part of the Ansel Adams and Brett Weston exhibits currently on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Museum admission is $5-$12 and free for members. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
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If you dig the arts, we don’t even need to tell you. The Paseo Arts Festival is Oklahoma City’s premiere arts and entertainment event, featuring work from more than 80 visual artists, local musicians and performing artists. This year’s fest kicks things off from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
If you don’t know what a chuck wagon is, A) What the heck? You call yourself an Oklahoman? and B) Find out at the 24th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival, where tasty chuck wagon food samples and activities for the kiddos will have you saying, “Yee-haw!” Corral the family and join the two-day fest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. Admission is $15 and free for museum members and children 12 and under. Call 478-2250 or visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.
William Shakespeare is old; he turned 450 this year. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park isn’t quite that old, but it is turning 30 this year (a good thing in this case). Join the local performance company as it celebrates three decades of the arts with La Festa Bianca, featuring live music, a complimentary wine tasting, a silent auction and more. Activities begin 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dunlap Codding on Film Row, 609 W. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $45-$55. Call 235-3700 or visit oklahomashakespeare.com.
Wanda Jackson. Need we say more? The First Lady of Rockabilly and The Queen of Rock hasn’t performed solo in three years, but she’ll do exactly that at a benefit concert for the Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) Foundation, a charitable organization that supports programs encouraging youth community service. The outdoor performance takes place during the larger SHINE event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. May 15 at The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive. Admission is free, but a minimum $10 donation is requested. Call 751-6266 or visit thegreenscc.com.
It was 20 years ago today — well, not today exactly — but it has been 20 years since Classen School of Advanced Studies opened its doors. To celebrate SAS’s 20 years, and all things Classen, the school will host a celebration 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the historic Classen High School building, 1901 N. Ellison Ave. It will include food, music and tours and a celebration in the auditorium. Admission is free. Visit okcps.classenmh.schooldesk.net.
Nuns get a bad rap. But if you’re a believer in divine cinema classic Sister Act, you know the convent can get down with the best of ’em. Celebrity Attractions brings the Broadway musical comedy, produced by Whoopi Goldberg herself, for eight celestial performances, beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through May 25 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 297-2264 or visit okcciviccenter.com.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Other Desert Cities is just par for the course for esteemed playwright Jon Robin Baitz (also nominated for A County Fair in 1996). See Carpenter Square Theatre’s rendition of the tense, off-Broadway comedy-drama 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St., through June 7. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
For the uninitiated: barre3 classes are self-described as “where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates.” Does that tickle your qi? Then check out the first in a series of monthly classes instructed by barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln 7-8 p.m. Monday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.