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Bar association

Bar bands connect with crowds by mixing it up


Music

Charles Martin
Brian Dunning and his lovingly crafted pompadour swaggered into a biker bar full of strangers one sleepy night in southwest Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Unchained melody

The Pretty Black Chains throw off indie pop’s shackles to emerge with a bigger, bolder, psychedelic sound.


Music

Charles Martin

The Pretty Black Chains with The Non, The Burning Hotels, Chrome Pony, Moon and Gum
5-11:30 p.m. Saturday
Warpaint Clothing, 1710 N.W. 16th
warpaintstore.com, 602-1581
$10

 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Local musicians remember Speedy West

Local guitar legend helped many musicians' careers


Music

Charles Martin
In a world full of jaded, egocentric guitar heroes, local musician Gary “Speedy” West Jr. was a generous soul whose genuine love for people was as impactful as his sharp, soulful skills on the pedal steel guitar.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fast food

Iron constitutions are a must for a new charity fun run that pairs a 10K relay with — gulp! — an eating contest.


Sports

Charles Martin
OKC Hungryman
Saturday
Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River
OKCHungryman.com
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fright night

A horror hound hopes to share the scare with free movie nights that give a home to films not coming soon to a theater near you.


Features

Charles Martin

Art’s Summer Movie Nights
7-10 p.m. Thursday
Bad Granny’s Bazaar, 1759 N.W. 16th
Free

 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Drive, they said

Early automobiles rumble into the Oklahoma History Center to show off their artistry, ingenuity and importance to the state.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

Oklahoma Driven: Cars, Collectors and the Birth of the Oklahoma Highway Commission
through March 2012
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi
okhistory.org, 522-5248
$7

 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Château cash flow

Burgeoning local wineries target Oklahoma palates and score big with sweet and semisweet wines.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
Wine shops and vineyards might be sprouting up all across the state, but Oklahoma remains a tricky place to make a living in the industry, as evidenced by the recent loss of Grape Ranch.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hot shots

With a box full of liquor and a houseful of friends, a little creativity can make for a night you won’t soon forget — for better or worse.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
Shots are often derided as an immature drink for the unrefined drinker, but a glimpse through any bartending guide reveals a complex world of mixology.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oh, brother

Comedy act Twinprov prepares for its biggest performance to date at the Chicago Improv Festival by giving locals a sneak preview.


Performing Arts

Charles Martin

Twinprov
8:30 p.m. Thursday
The 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 N.W. 51st
twinprov.com

 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Open season

Gay and straight athletes compete side-by-side in softball’s annual Easter Bonnet Classic.


Sports

Charles Martin

Easter Bonnet Classic
Saturday-Sunday Bickham Softball Complex
1800 N. Midwest Blvd., Edmond
soonerstatesoftball.com

 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Core values

An ‘Apple’ a year keeps one’s hormones in gear, as the city’s favorite erotic art show turns a dirty, rotten 20.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

Biting the Apple
7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery
706 W. Sheridan, iaogallery.org
$20 per night, $35 weekend pass

 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blots and bands

Rob Zombie’s former guitarist brings his current band, Scum of the Earth, to front a music and tattoo festival.


Music

Charles Martin

Ink Life Tour Tattoo and Music Festival
1-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday
Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens
Inklifetour.com
$20 daily, $35 weekend pass

 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

DIY or die

Even in an increasingly techie world, a do-it-yourself revival is in full swing among the local arts scene.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin
As industrious Oklahomans climb out of a recession, handmade products surge in popularity.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blade brigade

A new exhibition celebrates the tall history and sharp legacy of the knife that defined the American West.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

The Bowie Knife: Icon of American Character
Through Nov. 20
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd
nationalcowboymuseum.org, 478-2250
$12.50 adults, $9.75 seniors/students, $5.75 kids 4-12

 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

‘Strip’ down

Metal act Soul Crisis finally releases its long-delayed ode to gentlemen’s clubs, raising hell and drinking till dawn.


Music

Charles Martin

Soul Crisis with Silent Civilian, Severed by Sin and more
7 p.m. Sunday
The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western
Conservatoryokc.com, 607-4805
$8

 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
 
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