It’s been a good five years for local designers/screen printers Tree & Leaf. From their Oklahoma tees to collaborations with The Spy, Daily Thunder and even The Lost Ogle, it has pretty much cornered the market in the metro (like a more benign J.P. Morgan).
And now, Tree & Leaf is celebrating its larger space with an open house Saturday at its shiny new retail/design/printing shop, 8405 N. Rockwell. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with food from Odelay, beer from Coop, music and free T-shirts that will be printed on the spot for partygoers. And it’s all free.
Go check them out, and get there early to snag a tee.
I have been carefully grooming my mustache for the last month in preparation, and it is finally here: Shop Good’s second annual Mustache Bash. The celebration of the lip rug will rub its whiskery goodness all over Ninth Street tomorrow from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The massive block party will benefit Sunbeam Family Services and bring together the restaurants and businesses of the always-fun Ninth Street and Automobile Alley. All mustaches will be welcome — from the thin-and-villain-y to the waxed-and-curled handlebar — but for those of you with embarrassingly bare upper lips, Sunbeam will sell stick-on lip-ticklers.
Besides the ’staches, the Mustache Bash will include food, local artists, live bands and the new sunglasses line from noted mustache aficionado Warby Parker.
Televisions are seemingly inescapable in metro restaurants. But not everyone is on board with the dinner-and-‘Dateline’ mode of eating.
Food and Drink Features Jenny Coon Peterson
Dining out? Look around. You’ll probably find a television somewhere in
your line of sight. That is, if you haven’t already ditched the dinner
conversation to succumb to its shiny, colorful TV-ness.
Features Jenny Coon Peterson
Who didn’t get to take that fabulous foreign vacation this summer? I
kept pushing for Montreal, but my best friend rudely insisted on getting
married, gobbling up my vacation funds. (However, I did just return
from a weekend visiting friends in New Jersey, which is almost like
visiting another planet where you can’t pump your own gas.)
Bags at Isabella Boutique benefit a local organization.
I was wandering around Edmond today for my ShopGirl column (tough gig, right?) when I stepped inside Isabella, a fab local boutique. I was on the hunt for something else, but I was caught by a collection of really fantastic totes. Even better, I learned they benefit a local organization called A Beautiful Dream Society.
A Beautiful Dream Society is based here, but helps the victims of human trafficking with a shelter in the African country of Lesotho. The organization (which is working toward nonprofit status) is working in four key areas to try and prevent human trafficking: victim relief, accountability of the perpetrator, care for the victim, and structural/societal changes. I absolutely love being able to help others through how I spend my money, and this is seriously a great opportunity to do just that.
The bags at Isabella are all one-of-a-kind and made right here in the metro. All proceeds (that’s 100 percent) go back to A Beautiful Dream Society. The large totes are made using a block patchwork of some rally cool fabrics and range in styles from floral and girly to downtown chic. Best of all, I was happy to learn they’re selling really well. Go check them out for yourself.
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.
There comes a time in every cat lady’s life when the strange love she
has of her cat(s) can be shared with the world without coming off as
incredibly weird. For me, that time is now.
Meet LCD Catsystem, otherwise known as “Dammit, why didn’t I think to record myself meowing songs?” Because, you guys, I totally do that. It’s mostly as a joke … mostly.
Anyway, I’m just going to go ahead and let the “meowstros” of LCD Catsystem explain their adventure into the land of awesome:
“Not since the deified cats of Ancient Egypt have cats been treated with such respect. This new generation learned from their owners the ways of the world as they experienced it. They saw the same films, they read the same books, and certainly listened to the same music. Some of these animals became even more nuanced and subtle arbiters of taste than their owners, perhaps owing to markedly superior sensory perception to humans. This is the spring from which LCD Catsystem flows, a wealth of inspiration and genius where one would not be sticking her neck out by predicting the next great movement in art. LCD Catsystem is the ultimate collection of the genius of the current cat scene.”
Here is LCD Catsystem putting their paw mark on one of my favorite LCD Soundsystem songs, “Dance Yrself Clean.” (And you need to stick around through the whole song — if you know the James Murphy version, you know it really builds to something great.) And a request, can we get “New York, I Love You” next?
The aeronautical contraption takes to the metro skies.
OK, so I’m reading a really fun series right now that is basically a steampunk re-imagining of World War I. The “Leviathan” series is just as cool as it sounds and involves fleets of massive airships/Zeppelins/flying whale-beasties. (And the final book comes out in two weeks — yay!)
Just in time for my “Leviathan” love, the Farmers Airship is floating into Oklahoma City this weekend.
The airship is a Zeppelin, which is different than a blimp in that it has an internal framework. It’s one of only two Zeppelins flying in the world and it’s massive — 246 feet long (that’s longer than a Boeing 747). The airship can carry 12 passengers and offers views from every large window (including one from the bathroom), plus a 180-degree rear observation window dubbed the “love seat.”
The Zeppelin will dock at Wiley Post Airport and offer public flights Sept. 10 and 11. There are 30-minute sight-seeing flights or longer sunset flights available, plus charters. Check out the website for reservation info.