You’re probably familiar with the War Horse story by now, but you’ve never seen anything like National Theatre’s original stage production. Complete with life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, see the London-based rendition pre-recorded for the big screen 7 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Tickets are $12-$14. Visit fathomevents.com.
Do you consider yourself a Mardi Gras pro? And by that we mean, how exactly did you get that many beads? Then check out the 20th Annual Mardi Gras Parade — featuring live music, masks and lots of beads — 7 p.m. Saturday along Main Street in downtown Norman. Admission is free. Visit normanmardigrasparade. com.
As one half of famed musical duo Hall & Oates, John Oates doesn’t just embody awesome; he exemplifies it. Make your dreams with the formerly mustachioed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as he hosts a master class 7 p.m. Thursday at the ACM@ UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Admission is free. Call 974-4700 or visit acm-uco.com.
You like to read, right? (Of course you do; you’re reading right now. Duh!) Then join your friends at the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System’s annual book sale, where you can peruse hundreds of thousands of books, magazines and more, many for $1 or less. The sale is open to the general public 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Oklahoma Expo Hall on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, 3001 General Pershing Blvd. Call 606-3763 or visit metrolibrary.org.
If you were around OKC in the 90s, you know how much progress we’ve made because of the Metropolitan Area Projects, better known as MAPS. Local artists created works exploring the project’s impact as part of the MAPS 20th Anniversary Artist Projects exhibition, and an opening reception will be held 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W. Sheridan Ave. The exhibit runs through March 15. Call 232-6060, or visit oklahoma.uli.org.
If you’re one of those who thinks they just don’t make ’em like they used to, you’ll want to check out B&B Theatres’ Retro Nights, a monthly film screening of a bona fide classic. The series kicks off with Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at Windsor 10 Theater, 4623 NW 23rd St. Tickets are the retro price of $5. Call 917-2299, or visit bbtheatres.com.
Those still stinging from the 2012 NBA Finals have another shot at retribution, as the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat return to The ’Peake in a showdown of the league’s two best teams. See Kevin Durant and the Thunder take on LeBron James and the Heat 7 p.m. Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $163.20-$315. Call 208-4652 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
The Drowsy Chaperone is hardly a drowsy production. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a lighthearted, family-friendly show that recalls the best of the Golden Age of musicals. See University Theatre’s rendition 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, 563 Elm St. on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Tickets are $15-$30. Call 325-4101 or visit ou.edu/finearts.
It doesn’t get more Okie than Red Dirt music, and Turnpike Troubadours are about as red as Red Dirt gets. See the band on the heels of its breakthrough 2012 album Goodbye Normal Street 7 p.m. Friday at Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern Ave. Special guests Shinyribs will open, and tickets are $19-$24. Call (877)977-6849 or visit diamondballroom.net.
Spring is right around the corner, which means Norman Music Festival is too. To support this year’s fest, a variety of downtown Norman watering holes will host the Stupid Cupid Main Street Pub Crawl. The debauchery begins at 9 p.m. with live music starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Bison Witches, 211 E. Main St. in Norman. Tickets are $20 for the pub crawl or $10 for admission to only the concert. Visit facebook.com/normanmusicfestival.
Which do you love more: the Plaza District or your significant other? If you’re torn by this question, play it safe and satisfy both with Love on the Plaza, an evening of romance, art, music and shopping. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the Plaza District, 16th Street between Blackwelder and Indiana avenues. Admission is free. Call 367-9403 or visit plazadistrict.org.
Feeling all icky from this Valentine’s Day nonsense? Go see some 12 feet tall, 10,000 lb. machines plowing through anything in their path in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. The mayhem begins 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. A driver meet-and-greet will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$25. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Neutral Milk Hotel isn’t some oddly titled bed-and-breakfast; it’s an oddly titled band that has ascended to legendary status over the last decade and a half. See the enigmatic, hauntingly powerful indie band with fellow Athens, Ga. natives Elf Power 7 p.m. Friday at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $33-$48. Call (918)584-2306 or visit cainsballroom.com.