Around Town 14

Deities of Intuition – 
Solo Art Exhibition by TGAS 
Senior Saleen Eshelman

Edison High School 2016 graduate, Saleen Eshelman, is curating her first solo art show as part of her graduation from Tulsa Girls Art School, (TGAS).

“Deities of Intuition” is inspired by the ancient library of Alexandria.

“This show is about representing women as their own special goddesses,” says Saleen. “The pieces all have the theme of ancient patterns and holy colors, like blue and purple. I also made clay scarab pendants with copper and silver. I try to be persistent with making artwork that is organic, with free form shapes.”

The show includes oil and acrylic paintings, cut-paper art, an under-the-sea lamp, a mosaic antique shoe shine box, and a series of ancient style clay busts.

Saleen will attend Kansas City Art Institute this fall.

“I’m pretty excited to graduate,” she says. “It’s a bittersweet thing because I’m so close to everybody at TGAS but I’m excited to use what I’ve learned in the real world.”

Opening reception for “Deities of Intuition” is Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd. All proceeds from Saleen’s solo show will go to the artist to aid in her future at Kansas City Art Institute.

The art show is free and open to the public with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

21st Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

Experience a rich cultural tapestry, and the beauty and grandeur of Renaissance England, right here in Oklahoma! You’ll be transported back to the 16th Century as Castleton Village comes alive with over 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants, and artisans providing an entertainment experience fit for Royalty.

You’ll find a dazzling array of artisan creations at the 134 Renaissance merchant shops. Outside the Great Hall, patrons can stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Follow the aroma of fire-roasted food, let the kids play some of the games, or watch the performers while you enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg.

Special daytime events include the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, and the King’s Smoker. Visit the website or Info Booth for tickets to the after-hours entertainment of the Masqued Ball, Pirate’s Feaste, and the Ceilidh. April 30th-May 30th OKCastle.com.

the farm’s market…
At the Farm Shopping Center

The Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan is happy to announce the beginning of The Farm’s Market…at The Farm. “After all, we’re built on what used to be a real, working farm. What better place to have a Farmers Market!” said Shelley Latta, manager of The Farm. The market will open Saturday, May 14th from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and continue every Saturday through October…rain or shine. The Farm is conveniently located in the heart of Tulsa and has lots of available parking. It’s a beautiful place to bring the family, stroll through the center and shop for all those great fresh, locally grown products. Stock up on farm fresh eggs, fresh local fruits and vegetables, honey, baked goods and much, much more. Being a small, locally owned shopping center, The Farm is all about “shop small, shop local”. FarmShoppingCenter.com

NCAA Tennis Championship 
Comes to Tulsa in May

The nation’s top collegiate tennis teams will converge on the city of Tulsa to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, May 19-30, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the TU campus.

NCAA Championships features 16 men’s and women’s teams competing for the first six days of the tournament

(May 20-24) to claim the title of team champion. At the conclusion of the team event, a field of 64 singles players

and a 32-doubles team bracket for both the men and women will be played out in the final six days of competition

(May 25-30).

The 2016 event is the third NCAA Tennis Championship that has been played in Tulsa. The Case Tennis Center was

also host site for the 2004 NCAA Men’s Championships and the 2008 NCAA Men’s & Women’s Championships.

For more information and schedules please visit TulsaHurricane.com.

Battle of the Bands to Benefit 
the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Battle of the Bands will kick off at Cain’s Ballroom on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. The concert will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and is a great avenue for emerging talent to gain recognition. Pre-collegiate age musicians will compete in two categories of performers: bands and singer-songwriters, with prizes—including a live gig—going to winners in both categories. Everyone is invited to attend: the cost of admission is just $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. For high school students there are numerous opportunities to help with this fun event, meet other students who are committed to social issues, and have their volunteer time count toward service hours. If you would like to join the effort to help feed your hungry neighbors, contact Adam Baker at abaker@okfoodbank.org or 918-936-4545.

For more information about tickets,  the Junior Ambassadors or Battle of the Bands, visit OKFoodBank.org.

Summer Programs at Holland Hall

With more than 100 one-week classes and camps designed for both fun and education, Holland Hall has a program for everyone of every age this summer. Programs include academic, athletic, artistic, and “just for fun” activities. Examples include Crazy Clothing Designs, Musical Theatre, Target Archery and Anime & Manga Drawing Workshop. Choose between morning and afternoon sessions or sign up for both and stay all day! Participants in Holland Hall summer programs will be able to experience educational and enrichment opportunities in an atmosphere dedicated to fostering mental, physical, and creative growth. Enroll Early – Class sizes are limited and fill quickly. Classes are available for 3-year-old through adults and are open to the Tulsa community. HollandHall.org/SummerPrograms

Juniper Brings New Talent to Tulsa, Chef de Cuisine Brad Rieschick

Brad Rieschick, previously of Kansas City, has joined the culinary team at Justin Thompson Restaurants and will be heading up Juniper as Chef de Cuisine. Brad apprenticed at Greenwood Terrace during culinary school, and from there worked at many of the top restaurants in the Kansas City area and also spent six months traveling across the nation to a different city each week partnering with different Chefs for popup dinners.

“French Cuisine is such a broad category. You can trace so much of what we consider American Cuisine back to French or German roots. I love pulling flavors or techniques from classic French cooking but adding Midwestern ingredients to make the dishes feel more recognizable. “ 

He has big plans for the kitchen at Juniper, from a permanent year-round Prix Fixe and new Weekly Special Menus, to further advancing their modern American inspired French cuisine.

Learn more about Juniper at JuniperTulsa.com and check out a Q&A with Brad Rieschick at JTRGroup.com/blog/Brad-Rieschick.

Brainiac Ball

Join the Family & Children’s Services Saturday, June 4, 2016, as they celebrate 91 years with a night of wits, wine and wackiness.

Known as the smartest soiree in Tulsa, Brainiac Ball combines brains and benevolence to bring hope to those who need it most in our community. This year’s event will be extra special with mad scientists concocting even more brainiaction fun.

As a sponsor or guest, you will enjoy molecular mixed drinks, dinner, a live auction, team trivia and more. But most importantly, you’ll help create change for Tulsans who need help most — abused and hurting children, families in crisis and individuals suffering from mental illness and addiction. The Brainiac Ball helps fund numerous programs offered through Family & Children’s Services. For sponsorships and tickets visit BrainiacBall.com. 
Photo: Brainiac Ball Chairs Marnie and Shane Fernandez.

Tulsa Town Hall announces the 82nd Speaker Series

Tulsa Town Hall celebrates its 82nd Season of opening minds, stirring curiosities, and inspiring imaginations through the outstanding speakers this organization brings to Tulsa each year.   Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien opens the season on September 23rd.  As an internationally recognized broadcaster, O’Brien brings wider exposure to critical issues through her empowering initiatives, in-depth coverage of breaking news and documentaries.

Dave Barry, America’s iconic humorist, speaks to Tulsa Town Hall subscribers on Friday, November 4th.  For 22 years Barry’s weekly column appeared in over 500 newspapers with “laugh-out-loud” commentaries on all aspects of life.

Acclaimed poet and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea promises to take subscribers “From Tijuana to the World” on January 13, 2017. Urrea uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph.

Prepare to be enlightened and inspired as photographer Joel Sartore takes the stage on Friday, March 31, 2017.  As a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine, he documents endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.

The Tulsa Town Hall 82nd Season concludes with recent U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.  Speaking on “Foreign Policy Challenges Around the World”, McFaul, a Rhodes Scholar, brings his expertise as Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council to share with subscribers.

For tickets to the speaker series, send $75 per person to Tulsa Town Hall, P.O. Box 52266, Tulsa, OK, 74152, call 918.749.5965 or subscribe online at TulsaTownHall.com.