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.