Slowdowns in the state’s energy and government sectors led to weaker job growth in Oklahoma, but the situation is bound to improve in 2014, according to Oklahoma State University economist Dan Rickman.
Let’s be honest here; the flute is one sexy instrument. No one knows this better than Emily Butterfield, associate professor of flute at the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music, and few play the woodwind better. See Butterfield perform in concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Tickets are $10. Call 974-5004 or visit uco.edu/cfad/events.
Do you like leisurely strolls? Better yet, do you like leisurely strolls through a variety of art galleries, exhibition openings, restaurants and live performances from local musicians? Then check out the First Friday Gallery Walk 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday in the Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo Street. Admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
What’s better than camping? Camping and seeing live bluegrass music, of course! The Washita River Bottom Bluegrass Jubilee features big-time acts like The Byron Berline Band, The Red Dirt Rangers and several others just itching to pluck a banjo. Reserve your campsite for the three-day fest Friday–Sunday at the illustrious Reding Farms in Chickasha (pictured). Tickets are $15-$40. Visit redsiloproductions.com.
Some musicians are just better enjoyed while outdoors, chillin’ on a blanket and drinking a cold beverage. John Fullbright is one of those musicians. The Bearden-based singer-songwriter’s latest album, aptly titled Songs, is chock-full of earthy, intimate folk numbers, which ought to translate just fine to the Great Lawn. See Fullbright — along with food trucks and ice-cold Coop beer — 8 p.m. Friday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.