Jeanetta Calhoun Mish has a way with words. As part of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Creative Writing Readers’ Series, the scholar, teacher and award-winning poet will recite excerpts from her poetry collection at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pegasus Theater on the UCO Campus, 100 N. University Dr. in Edmond. Admission is free. Call 974-5616 or visit uco.edu.
No need to be excused; it’s just Thomas the Tank Engine steamrolling into town. Day Out with Thomas includes activities for the whole family — including a ride with Thomas — starting at 9 a.m. Friday-Sunday at the Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd. Tickets are $14-$18. Call 424-8222 or visit oklahomarailwaymuseum.org.
If you’re an avid runner, odds are you already run with purpose. That the 27th annual Renaissance Run benefits health-related community projects and programs is added incentive. The 5k run and walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Midwest City Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City. Registration on the date of the event is $30 and includes a post-run pancake breakfast. Call 739-1293 or visit midwestregional.com.
Saddle up, partner. The Ram Rodeo Series is riding into town. The series, which sponsors more than 560 events nationwide, hosts its Xtreme Bulls competition at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, 3001 General Pershing Blvd. The rodeo also features performances by The Eli Young Band on Friday and Clay Walker on Saturday. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 948-6700 or visit okstatefair.com.
There’s no “I” in Festa. But that’s OK, because you’ll be guzzling too much local food and beer to notice. The kid-friendly Mesta Festa is an annual endof-summer celebration to raise funds for the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. Festivities take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Perle Mesta Park, 1900 N. Shartel Ave. Visit mestapark.org.
They don’t just give Pulitzers and Tonys away for free, you know. But award-winning playwright Edward Albee has them. See one of his most acclaimed works, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia, performed by the University of Central Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Hall Theatre on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Dr. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 974-3375 or visit click4tix.com/uco.
For acclaimed experimental punk group No Age, music isn’t just an auditory experience; it’s visual, too. So what better venue for the LA-based duo to play as they pass through Oklahoma than an art gallery? Listening (and viewing) commences at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St. in Norman. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 360-1162 or visit mainsite-art.com.
Cate Shortland’s World War II epic Lore has been called “a remarkable visual, cinematic and moral journey” by entertainment website Salon. The Oklahoma City University Film Institute opens its 32nd season with a screening of the film at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium, NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. Admission to all films in the series is free. Call 208- 5472 or visit okcu.edu.
Hear ye, hear ye! Benjamin Franklin lives! Okay, not quite. But TheatreOCU Artistic Director Lance Marsh will bring the founding father back to life for National Constitution Day in a performance to honor the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The resurrection takes place at 6 and 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the Oklahoma City University campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.. Admission is free. Call 208-5000.
Snoop, Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, whatever. The hip-hop legend and recently converted Rastafarian will appear at 9 p.m. Friday at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville, in support of his new reggae album, Reincarnated. Tickets are $40-$60. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit winstarworldcasino.com.
Nobody knows drag like Ginger Lamar. And now the entertainer extraordinaire’s life is revealed in Ginger Exposed, a comedy written by Robert Matson and narrated by none other than the legend herself. Performances begin at 8 p.m. — with dinner service at 6:30 p.m. — Friday and Saturday at The Boom, 2218 NW 39th St. Admission is $15. Call 601-7200 or visit rjmproductions.com.
Ever wished you could play air guitar to “Under the Sea” or go ballistic to “Be Our Guest”? Disney On Ice will grant those wishes for you at Rockin’ Ever After. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., and continue through Tuesday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-11. Visit okstatefair.com.
Everyone knows piano works are best absorbed in an intimate setting — like, you know, a church. Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble knows this better than anyone, and they’ll be kicking off their 2013-14 season with guest concert pianist Gloria Chien at 7:30 p.m. Monday at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW Seventh St. Admission is $15. Visit brightmusic.org.