Familiar with the phrase, “Prose before hos”? Oklahoma City University and Full Circle Bookstore are, as the two have buddied up for a monthly book review and discussion series, starting with Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. The discussion commences at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway. Admission is free. Call 842-2900 or visit fullcirclebooks.com.
Do you find human rights to be “bitchin’” and the arts “far out”? If so, we recommend Groovefest, the world’s longest running human rights music festival. Artists include Jahruba and The Broke Brothers, Osage, Songbirds and more. The music starts at noon Sunday at Andrews Park, 450 S. Flood Ave. in Norman. Call 514-0781 or visit groovefest.org.
We know; Joan Jett has a bad reputation for loving rock ’n’ roll, but don’t let that stop you from seeing the Godmother of Punk as she rolls through Newcastle with The Blackhearts. The innovative feminist icon takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Newcastle Casino, 2457 Highway 62 Service Road in Newcastle. Call 387-6013 or visit mynewcastlecasino.com.
We all know Anne Frank’s story by now. But what about the stories of her friends? And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank is a multimedia drama about two of Frank’s childhood pals, Ed Silverberg and Eva Geringer Schloss, appropriate for 5th grade and up. Showings are at 11 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7-$12. Call 951-0011 or visit oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.
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.