May 2017 Around Town 1

THE OKLAHOMA HEART GALLERY IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE YMCA

The Oklahoma Heart Gallery is partnering with the YMCA to raise awareness of the need to recruit adoptive families for Oklahoma’s waiting children.  The Heart Gallery uses the power of photography and videography by Oklahoma volunteers to inspire communities and recruit adoptive families through the collaboration with The Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Oklahoma’s Kids Belong.

Besides the new innovative website, OklahomaHeartGallery.org, The Oklahoma Heart Gallery has five stunning display walls with beautiful portraits of children with short bios, who are in the Department of Human Services custody and are available for adoption.  These displays feature the children in natural settings allowing potential adoptive families to see the personality of the child. These five displays will be traveling the State of Oklahoma in YMCA’s from March through May 2017.

The Oklahoma Heart Gallery is a separate 501(c) (3) organization. For more information contact Gay Larson at 918.284.4888 or gaylarson@heartgalleryofoklahoma.com.

The Animal Emergency Center Welcomes Dr. Ashleigh Reis

Since Dr. Reis was a young child, she has wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Reis earned her DVM from Washington State University, and she loves that she continues to learn every day while at work. She has four pets: a Pomeranian mix named Penny, two cats named Oliver and Rudy, and a Holland Lop rabbit named Hermione. Dr. Reis is quite the Harry Potter fan. In her free time, Dr. Reis loves hiking, photography, reading, horseback riding, and exploring new and exciting places. In fact, if Dr. Reis had a million dollars, she would use it to pay for a backpacking trip through Europe.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

The completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN), opens at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement of eight performances only May 23-28. Nominated for 10 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical.

This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s SOMETHING ROTTEN!, “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!  918.596.7111, Tulsa PAC Ticket Office or MyTicketOffice.com.

22nd Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

WEB CONTEST! Go to TulsaLifestylePubs.com, click the banner Ad, and enter for a chance to win 4 tickets to the 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.

Check for special daytime events. They are open every Saturday and Sunday, April 29th-June 4th, and for Student Day on Friday May 5th and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th. 10:30 a.m- 6 p.m. OKCastle.com.

Mayfest

Tulsa’s downtown celebration of the visual and performing arts. Mayfest occurs annually on the 3rd weekend in May and kicks off what is considered “Festival Season” in Tulsa. Mayfest showcases the artwork of approximately 120 juried fine artists along Main Street offering art in a variety of mediums, from ceramic, photography, painting and jewelry to toys, folk art, and leather goods. Also included are three indoor art galleries featuring local artists, over 75 performances from local, regional and national entertainers on three stages and KidZone, a family-oriented section of the festival featuring hands-on art activities and family-friendly entertainment. The festival opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 11 p., except Sunday, when the festival closes at 6p.m. The art exhibits and Kidzone close around sundown. TulsaMayfest.org

Blue Dome Arts Festival

The Blue Dome Arts Festival is proud to be driven by supporting local art and artists. You’ll find original works filling the streets of 2nd & Elgin with paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, clothing, hand crafted furniture, face painting and so much more! There is fun for all ages at the Blue Dome Arts Festival. Enjoy late-night music with a cold beer or make it a family outing and check out the kids zone, chalk circle, Art Cars (Saturday), face painting, and kids crafts. This is also a dog-friendly event, so grab Rover and a leash and head down to the Blue Dome! With three full days of on-stage local entertainment, you’re sure to be impressed. May 19th-21st at the Blue Dome District at 2nd and Elgin. BlueDomeArts.org

Tulsa Town Hall Announces 83rd Season

This event has been sold out the last 2 years so you may want to purchase your tickets now. Tulsa Town Hall feature speakers will have stories to tell that will open minds and stir curiosities. Highly decorated astronaut Mark Kelly will kick off the season on September 15, 2017.  Dr. Bennet Omalu shares his research about the lifelong impact of sports-related concussions on October 27. In 2018, award-winning actress Laura Linney highlights the importance of the arts on February 2. Listen to Rudy Maxa on March 23 for travel stories and tips from an expert. Piper Kerman’s life experiences lead her to write a book that became a television hit. Of local importance, her presentation shines a light on an issue that greatly impacts the state of Oklahoma. For tickets to the speaker series, send $100 per person to Tulsa Town Hall, P.O. Box 52266, Tulsa, OK, 74152, call 918-749-5965 or subscribe online at TulsaTownHall.com.

Rebecca Ungerman revisits her cabaret roots in ‘Oy gestalt!’

Ungerman reteams with P. Casey Morgan to create her second autobiographical show

“Oy, Gestalt” is a rollicking look at the life and career of influential Tulsa entertainer, Rebecca Ungerman.  Picking up where they left off twelve years ago with Ungerman’s first one woman show, “Indulge Me,” authors Ungerman and P. Casey Morgan deliver a delightful pastiche of songs, stories and a few secrets.

“Rebecca and I never stopped laughing during the writing of ‘Oy, Gestalt!’” Morgan said.  “I have no doubt that audiences will be thoroughly entertained.”

Part of the Tulsa PAC Trust’s Summer Stage Festival, “Oy, Gestalt!” a Spinning Plates Production, will be presented in the Norman Theatre on June 24th and 25th.  Tickets will be available starting May 8 from the PAC box office or at MyTicketOffice.com. Ungerman and a cast of Tulsa’s finest talent will share the story of Jews and Blacks in American popular music with “Cats of Any Color ” on June 17th and 18th.