Texas might execute more people in number, but Oklahoma executes more of its own per capita, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. That’s a status Gov. Mary Fallin probably doesn’t want to lose anytime soon. To quote the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland: “Off with their heads!” But this isn’t a children’s story.
Ever seen somebody zip-lining and said to yourself, “That person is crazy, but I kinda wanna do it too”? Now’s your chance, as SandRidge Sky Zip is back for another year of soaring across the Oklahoma River. Kids and adults alike can zip their way to the Sky Zip ribboncutting 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Individual one-day passes are $20-$50. Call 552-4040 or visit boathousedistrict.org.
Baseball season is in full swing (Ha ha. Get it?), and what better way to celebrate America’s pastime than with a little Big 12 baseball? The conference holds its championship tournament starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday evening at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive. Call 218-1000 or visit okcredhawks.com for ticket information.
Back in the olden days, you needed this thing called a camera to take a photograph. You also had to let the photo sit in a room with a dark red tint before you could see what was on it. Mark Zimmerman, the University of Central Oklahoma’s assistant professor of photography, is recreating this long-lost darkroom phenomenon as part of the Ansel Adams and Brett Weston exhibits currently on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Museum admission is $5-$12 and free for members. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
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If you dig the arts, we don’t even need to tell you. The Paseo Arts Festival is Oklahoma City’s premiere arts and entertainment event, featuring work from more than 80 visual artists, local musicians and performing artists. This year’s fest kicks things off from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
If you don’t know what a chuck wagon is, A) What the heck? You call yourself an Oklahoman? and B) Find out at the 24th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival, where tasty chuck wagon food samples and activities for the kiddos will have you saying, “Yee-haw!” Corral the family and join the two-day fest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. Admission is $15 and free for museum members and children 12 and under. Call 478-2250 or visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.
William Shakespeare is old; he turned 450 this year. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park isn’t quite that old, but it is turning 30 this year (a good thing in this case). Join the local performance company as it celebrates three decades of the arts with La Festa Bianca, featuring live music, a complimentary wine tasting, a silent auction and more. Activities begin 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dunlap Codding on Film Row, 609 W. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $45-$55. Call 235-3700 or visit oklahomashakespeare.com.