The Dustbowl Arts Market continues to be really, really cool
I’m a Sad Panda, guys. I have to miss the Dustbowl Arts Market this year. This grieves me greatly. But just because I’m going to be lounging beside an Italian lake from the front terrace of a 16th-century farmhouse-turned-fabulous-B&B and drinking my way through Italy’s wine reserves (it’ll be hard work, guys, but I’m dedicated) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun this weekend.
Seriously, though, I really am going to be a tiny bit sad missing this market. It’s one of my favorites. The Dustbowl Arts Market, for those not on an Italian vacation, is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Gray and Crawford in Norman.
There are more than 40 vendors slated to tempt you with their wares, including jewelry, clothing, pottery, photography, painting, textiles and more. The market also coincides with the Norman Music Festival.
Shopping + music + food = a fantastic Friday and Saturday
It was only 70 degrees out this morning when I met a friend to go running (or, in my case, stumbling/lurching/whining). 70 degrees! I may or may not have sang a few snippets from “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” on the way home, because nothing welcomes a lovely, cool morning like a song from a racist Disney cartoon.
So, the weekend. There’s a lot going on — hopefully the nice weather actually sticks around.
Local designer Annah Chakola Ramsey is debuting her new line of jewelry and purses at a trunk show tonight at A Date with Iris. The event is from 5:30-9 p.m. and will also coincide with a fabulous new window display from the Iris ladies (seriously, they create the coolest displays).
The new line was inspired by her travels in Asia, and the gorgeous bags are actually using hand-embroidered fabric she sourced from the Hmong people. If you can’t make it to the show tonight, Annah will also be around from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Tonight is also the kick-off of the Night Food Market, a really fantastic idea that brings together the growing contingent of food trucks in one location for a smorgasbord of late-night eats.
You can find the Night Food Market outside Elemental Coffee (that’s N.W. Eighth and Hudson) from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. today. Besides food trucks, look for drinks from Coop Ale Works and Elemental.
This is hopefully the start of a new foodie tradition that will set up the last Friday of every month. For more, follow it on Twitter.
Finally, Dustbowl Arts Market presents its fifth semi-annual arts and crafts show Saturday on Campus Corner in Norman.
Besides the regional arts-and-crafters lined up along Buchanan, there will also be a kids’ area and two stages (with 20 local bands set to perform). The market runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and bands will perform from noon to 2 a.m.
Tulsa’s Dead Sea Choir performs the aggressive, rhythm-driven ‘Mathemagician.’
Dead Sea Choir showed up in Norman with new material two weekends ago to remind everybody that they are, indeed, totally awesome. And thanks to YouTube user BossHossV8Cycles, you, too, may experience what they’ve been cooking up lately. Enjoy.