If you’re not all that into bowling, consider one thing: In addition to the PBA Oklahoma Open, there are title events at the Professional Bowling Association’s Summer Swing called the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens. How awesome is that? (Plus, who isn’t into bowling?) The nine-day event kicks off 2 p.m. Saturday at FireLake Bowling Center, 40945 Hardesty Rd., in Shawnee and runs through May 25. Single-day passes are $10, and all-week passes are $30. Call 275-2855 or visit grandboxoffice.com.
Is there anything more awesome than the pyramids, mummies and Cleopatra? We’re seriously struggling to come up with things that are. Dr. Zahi Hawass is kind of an expert on said things, and he’s also one of the best damn archaeologists around. As part of the Museum’s Friends’ Lecture Series, Hawass will speak on the topic 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Wednesday, May 14
Do you really love your mom? Prove it by taking her to the zoo, where all your favorite monkeys, tigers and elephants (Oh my!) would like to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. And so would the zoo, which is offering free admission to all the moms of the world (human moms, of course) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50th St. Call 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.
Jonathon Stranger ain’t no stranger to cookin’. The chef and co-owner of Ludivine knows a thing or two about the kitchen — and what to do in it. He also wants to share the breadth of his knowledge with you, and he’ll do so at Francis Tuttle’s School of Culinary Arts Guest Chef Dinner Series. There will be five seatings every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave. Tickets are $50. Call 717-7799 or visit francistuttle.edu.
The secret’s out: The Secret Garden Spring Festival is a fun (and sightly) way to spend your day. The family-friendly fest includes such awesome things as jump roping, movies, a scavenger hunt (!) and a class designed to help kids make their own secret gardens. Activities begin 10 a.m. Friday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., and run through May 18. Admission is free for members and $3-$5 for non-members. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
What’s better than camping? Camping and seeing live bluegrass music, of course! The Washita River Bottom Bluegrass Jubilee features big-time acts like The Byron Berline Band, The Red Dirt Rangers and several others just itching to pluck a banjo. Reserve your campsite for the three-day fest Friday–Sunday at the illustrious Reding Farms in Chickasha (pictured). Tickets are $15-$40. Visit redsiloproductions.com.
One of the great things about Oklahoma is the variety of colors in our landscape. Our dirt is red, for crying out loud. Artist Joey Frisillo’s new exhibit, Oklahoma Colors: Earth Sky and Water, celebrates the diversity of our environment. The exhibit opens with a reception 6-9 p.m. Friday at Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones Ave., in Norman and runs through June 28. Admission is free. Call 307-9320 or visit pasnorman.org.
We promise not to mention that Sean Lennon — the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono — is one half of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, aka The GOASTT. Dammit. Did we just mention that? Anyway, he and his other half, model-turned-musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl, also happen to be pretty good at the whole music thing. Check out their modernist take on ’60s psychedelia 8 p.m. Saturday at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 974-4700 or visit acm.uco.edu.
Looking for a relaxing cruise along scenic shorelines? You don’t have to leave the state — or the city, for that matter — to find one. Oklahoma River Cruises is holding a season preview party with live music, local wine and food vendors and, of course, its signature climate-controlled cruisers. The celebration is 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Regatta Park Landing, 701 S. Lincoln Blvd. Admission to the party is free, and mini cruises are $6. Call 702-7755 or visit okrivercruises.com.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, but Tyler Kelting has already been publishing strips of his post-apocalyptic comic book series My Friend, Death on his website. The Edmond-based writer/artist will sign the first two issues of the series 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at New World Comics, 6219 N. Meridian Ave. Admission is free. Call 721-7634 or visit myfrienddeath.com. See related story on page 40.
Wednesday, May 7
Have you ever enjoyed an adult beverage but wondered what to do with your other hand? Then you should check out Tipsy Artist parties, which have seen a steep rise in popularity in the current wine-and-paint party boom. (It’s also a great early Mother’s Day present. Hint, hint.) The Tipsy Artist Birthday Party features gift baskets and giveaways — and, of course, wine and painting — starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Tipsy Artist Paint Palace, 124 W. Oklahoma Ave. in Guthrie. Tickets are $29-$40. Call 757-8779 or visit tipsyartist.com.
Call us old-fashioned, but we still think boxing is pretty rad, especially when it involves one of the sport’s dignitaries like WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd Mayweather. See Mayweather take on WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos Maidana in a live broadcast — and on the big screen, no less — 8 p.m. Saturday at Regal Spotlight Stadium 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive; AMC Quail Springs 24, 2501 W. Memorial Rd.; and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave. Tickets are $10-$25. Visit fathomevents.com.
We all know how kids love their little furry friends, which is why the Oklahoma Humane Society is joining forces with On the Lawn, the monthly family-oriented celebration of area families and businesses. This month’s event features a pop-up kids play-zone, an outdoor mini-market and an OK Humane Society adoption park. The fun takes place 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 62nd Street and Western Ave. behind Whole Foods. Admission is free. Visit visitwesternavenue.com.
Do you like leisurely strolls? Better yet, do you like leisurely strolls through a variety of art galleries, exhibition openings, restaurants and live performances from local musicians? Then check out the First Friday Gallery Walk 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday in the Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo Street. Admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.