There’s only one museum on Earth dedicated solely to domestic pigeons, and it’s about to open right here in OKC. Twenty years in the making, The American Pigeon Museum features artifacts chronicling this unique specimen in a beautiful 6,000-square-foot facility. To celebrate, the center will host two days of special events (with food trucks, obviously) beginning 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday at the museum itself, 2300 NE 63rd St. Admission is free. Call 478-5155 or visit theamericanpigeonmuseum.org.
The polka-dotted beetles known as ladybugs aren’t just fun to look at; they love to eat the pests that kill our plants. Bug Out! and help release these graceful creatures into the wild 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. One container of ladybugs is $1 with admission to the Crystal Bridge. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
What does it take to be a man? Well, being a good artist, for starters. In an ever-evolving society, The Manly Show asks this question and answers it with art in a variety of mediums. No matter your gender, check out this unique event 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Istvan Gallery, 1218 N. Western Ave. Admission is free for men and $1 for all you ladies out there. Call 831-2874 or visit manlyshowokc.com.
The members of Vancouver-based slacker-pop trio The Courtneys aren’t actually all named Courtney. Nevertheless, the band’s music — dubbed “super killer post-punk girl-group rock ’n’ roll” by its label Burger Records — is still, well, all of those things. Check out the rising indie rockers, along with Mikah Young and Youphoria, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 607-4805 or visit conservatoryokc.com.
Wednesday, June 11
Olympic athletes are great and all, but we think overcoming a physical disability and then competing in a sport is much more impressive. The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games kick off with a swimming competition 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mitch Park YMCA, 2901 Marilyn Williams Drive, in Edmond. In all, 11 sports will be featured through the entirety of the games, which runs through Sunday at various venues in Edmond. Admission is free. For more information or to volunteer, visit ucoendeavorgames.com.
It’s not exactly clear when Awesome began (although Oklahoma Gazette was founded in 1979). Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome follows the team as they try to stop a mysteriously dangerous black car through the sleepy town of Hilly Woodlands. The all-ages movie screens 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave.; AMC Quail Springs, 2501 W. Memorial Rd.; and Regal Spotlight Stadium, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Tickets are $7-$15. Visit fathomevents.com.
Two Norman artists in particular have helped shape the cultural climate at the University of Oklahoma: George Bogart and James Henkle. Oil and Wood combines their abstract paintings with sleek, modern furniture design for a uniquely expressive exhibition. It opens with a lecture by exhibit curator Susan Havens Caldwell 7 p.m., followed by a reception at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., in Norman. The exhibit runs through Sept. 14, and admission is free. Call 325-3272 or visit ou.edu/fjjma.
At the Rock the Boat Festival, literally rocking the water taxis isn’t encouraged, but rocking out to local tunes is. With three stages, local food trucks, pop-up retail shops and other familyfriendly fun, the Bricktown fest is the place to be. It all goes down noon-midnight Saturday at the Bricktown Canal, 198 E. California Ave. Admission is free. Call 235-3500 or visit downtownokc.com/rocktheboat.
The saying goes, “Those who can’t do, teach.” But Gray Frederickson, Academy Award-winning producer (The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now) and artist in residence at Oklahoma City Community College, excels at both. Frederickson and the Oklahoma Film Institute will host a series of three-day clinics in which you can learn the ins and outs of everything from script writing to cinematography. The clinics begin with motion picture production 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the OCCC campus, 7777 S. May Ave. Tuition for each clinic is $300. Call 682-7847 or visit occc.edu/ofi.
Same fest, new location. The 2014 Red Earth Festival features hundreds of American Indian artists, dancers and performers from around the continent in one of the country’s premiere cultural showcases, with a parade 9 a.m. Friday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. The festival itself begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday at Remington Park, 1 Remington Place. Admission is $7.50-$10. Visit redearth.org.
Do the letter H and the number 8 have significance to you? How about food trucks, live music and beer? They do to us, and if they do to you too then check out this month’s H&8th Night Market. The mini-fest features dozens of mobile eateries and performances by Team Nightstand, Helen Kelter Skelter, Chase Kerby and Jabee from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday along Hudson Avenue between NW Sixth and Ninth streets. Admission is free. Visit h8thokc.com.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is awesome for a variety of reasons (namely dinosaurs). But it’ll be extra awesome this weekend as the museum celebrates its National Medal for Museum and Library Service with a block party featuring live music, food trucks and complimentary admission. It all goes down 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., in Norman. Call 325-4712 or visit samnoblemuseum.org.
If you were to attempt to condense all three original Star Wars films into a single hour — oh, and perform the role of every character by yourself — you’d probably need something greater than the Force to do it. Charles Ross isn’t a jedi (we don’t think), but he still manages to do all of these things in his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday–Friday and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $30-$35. Call 297-2264 or visit cityrep.com.
Let’s be real: running can be kinda boring. Unless you’re running through a muddy obstacle course like the one in The Dirty 30, the filthiest (and most entertaining) 5k challenge Oklahoma has to offer. The craziness begins at 9 a.m. and runs (literally) into the early afternoon at Canyon Creek Ranch, 3905 E. County Rd. 66, in Mulhall, just north of Guthrie. Admission is free for observers, and registration is $35 for kids and $75 for adults. Visit dirty30race.com.