Here’s why mixed martial arts are so much cooler than other forms of professional fighting: While other matches are fought inside a measly ring, these guys throw it down inside a cage. See a series of special MMA cage fights, with a main event pitting Bill Smallwood against Hobart native “Ko-Kid” Stafford, 8 p.m. Friday at Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. Tickets are $25-$50. Visit ticketstorm.com.
If you do one good deed this year, you should go cheer on contestants in the 18th annual Special Olympics Oklahoma Winter Games. More than 2,200 athletes will compete in everything from aquatics to bowling starting at 9 a.m. Thursday- Saturday at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave. Admission is free. Call (800)722-9004 or visit sook.org.
Three Artists All Over the Place is an apt descriptor for the new exhibit from this trio of Oklahoma artists. The works of Heidi James, Sylvia Miller and Patricia Foster are varied in both style and inspiration, with each having unique backgrounds. Check out the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones Ave. in Norman. Admission is free. Call 307-9320 or visit pasnorman.org.
Ever wonder what a love story and a ghost story rolled into one might look like (sans Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore)? See for yourself with Ghost-Writer, an awardwinning theatrical production by Michael Hollinger. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St. Tickets are $20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
Broncho may not be able to Get Past the Lips, and they definitely “Don’t Really Want to Be Social,” but that doesn’t mean they rock any less. In fact, quite the contrary. See the popular Oklahoma garage rockers do what they do best (rock) 8 p.m. Saturday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave. in Norman. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 447-3417 or visit opolis.org.
You know what’s synonymous with winter? Quilts. Specifically handmade quilts. That’s why you should go to the OKC Winter Quilt Show, the largest quilt and sewing expo in Oklahoma, benefitting Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Cox Pavilion in State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd. One-day passes are $10, and threeday passes are $20. Visit qscexpos.com.
If you’re looking for generic sketch-comedy, do not go see Take 9. If you’re looking for sketch-comedy unlike anything else, go see Take 9’s New Year’s Eve Bash, an interactive variety production featuring live music, giveaways and lots of laughs. The fast- paced show starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Red Room Event Center, 114 W. Main St. in Norman. Tickets are $35 or $65 for couples. Visit take9-nye.ezevent.com.
Saddle up, partner. Comedian Cowboy Bill Martin wants to make you hee-haw (that’s laugh, for you city folk). But this ain’t no ordinary rodeo; Cowboy Bill brings a different kind of funny that has been likened to “Gary Busey with an edge” by The Fort Worth Star Telegram. See him perform 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at The Loony Bin, 8503 N. Rockwell Ave. Tickets are $8-$30. Call 239-4242 or visit loonybincomedy.com.
Don’t let the name fool you; Carrie Newcomer is an established musical presence. With 13 solo albums — including her most recent, Kindred Spirits — Newcomer’s thought-provoking lyrics have mesmerized for over two decades. See the folk songstress 7 p.m. Sunday at Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. in Norman. Tickets are $20. Call 307-9320 or visit ticketstorm.com.
If you haven’t already noticed, or if you just flat- out hate movies, let us tell you: Movie season is in full effect. One of the year’s more understated films, the Italian La granda bellezza (aka The Great Beauty), plays 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $7-$9. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Let’s face it: we all love to laugh at the expense of others. Comedian Jim Gaffigan knows this (the guy just put out a book called Dad Is Fat, after all), which is a big reason he has ascended to the top of the stand-up ranks. See Gaffigan poke fun at himself (and maybe eat a Hot Pocket or two) 9 p.m. Friday at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville. Tickets are $40-$60. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit winstarworldcasino.com.