If you’re a world champion poet, you’re good at what you do. If you’re a three-time world champion poet, you’re Buddy Wakefield, a revered slam poet from Shreveport, La. See Wakefield on his world tour, Riled Up and Wasted on Light, 8 p.m. Saturday at The Paramount OKC, 701 W. Sheridan Ave. Admission is free. Call 517-0787 or visit theparamountokc.com.
Being funny is hard enough, but it’s even more difficult to do it in 140 characters or less. Often dubbed “the funniest person on Twitter,” Rob Delaney is also quite hilarious in real life, too. See him perform 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. Tickets are $18-$25. Visit ticketstorm.com.
Wednesday, April 16
We’re getting old, you guys. OKC is about to turn 125, but we still know how to party (with birthday cake, obviously). Locals can attend an open house 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N. Walker Ave., featuring history lessons, a Spokies bike history tour, tours of City Hall and, yes, birthday cake. Admission is free. Call 297-2578 or visit okc.gov. See our 125th Anniversary weekly series story on page 28. Also, check out our Spokies story on page 43.
The Survivor Tree is a symbol of strength to all of OKC. The towering, 100-year old American elm inside the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum witnessed the tragedy of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995 but, like we all did, persevered. Learn about the landmark at the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
This year’s Festival of the Arts celebrates two things: art (duh) and our city’s birthday. Check out the unique, family-friendly event 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through April 26 around downtown OKC from Walker Avenue east to Robinson Avenue and Reno Avenue north to Sheridan Avenue. Admission is free. Call 270-4848 or visit artscouncilokc.com.
This year’s Academy Awards might be behind us, but movie fanatics seeking a look at the history of the Oscars by way of an acclaimed documentary are in luck. And the Oscar Goes to… features behind-the-scenes footage related to all things Hollywood, and you can see it at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at AMC Quail Springs 24 with IMAX, 2501 W. Memorial Road, and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave. Tickets are $4.25- $12.50. Visit fathomevents. com.
Wednesday, April 16
Short films are the lifeblood of young, up-and-coming filmmakers. That’s why Moore Norman Technology Center’s Digital Video Production and Graphic Design classes will present eight student-produced shorts at its sixth annual Red Carpet Film Festival 7 p.m. Saturday at The Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman. Tickets are $7. Call 364-5763, ext. 4120 or visit redcarpetfilmfest.webs.com.
Photographs of Native culture are nice and all, but most are taken from an outsider’s perspective. Our People, Our Land, Our Images depicts the indigenous people from the view of those who live in it. See the exhibit of 50 works by 26 indigenous artists spanning three generations beginning April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. in Norman. Admission is free. Call 325-3272 or visit ou.edu/fjjma.
An abandoned lumber yard isn’t your typical setting for a good time. But for a month-long public arts project, it’s ideal. Norman Arts Council’s StART Norman initiative will turn the vacant yard into a lively downtown stop beginning with a re-opening celebration 6-10 p.m. Friday on the southwest corner of W. Main Street and Webster Avenue in Norman. Admission is free. Call 360-1162 or visit startnorman.com.
70 bands in 14 venues. Need we say more? How about a DJ set from electronic music heavyweight Moby? (Heavy in reputation; not stature.) That’s what the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival offers Oklahoma City residents as part of the school’s fifth annual celebration. Music commences 3 p.m. Friday throughout Bricktown and continues throughout the rest of the day. Admission is free. See page 4 for our full story and page 31 for a special pull-out guide.
Warm, Wet and Wacky. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) It’s the fast-paced entertainment production Take 9 launching its spring season with a theme tailored for the impending warm weather. See the interactive live performance group perform 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Red Room Event Center, 114 W. Main St. in Norman. Admission is $10. Visit take9online.com.
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