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The Kendall Whittier District debuts its “After 5” concert and art crawl series. Expect food, drinks, music, art and more.

I first heard of Kendall Whittier After 5 over coffee and pastries at Pancho Anaya Bakery. Kendall Whittier Main Street Executive Director Ed Sharrer mentioned the concept and how exciting it would be for the neighborhood to invite Tulsa to East Admiral Boulevard and South Lewis Avenue to see how booming the district has become. Numerous businesses and dining concepts have opened over past year, with several still in the works.

That dream is now reality as the Kendall Whittier After 5 series begins tonight, Thursday, May 12 from 5-8 p.m.

The district has hosted several festivals and events in the past, but this year Sharrer and the folks behind him at KWMS opted to change it up. The After 5 series will be the second Thursday of each month through October. Businesses, shops, restaurants, art spaces and studios will be open extended hours and host a regularly scheduled set of concerts — The Shade Tree Music Series. Tonight it’s Latin-funk band Brujoroots jamming under the large tree just one block west of the intersection at Admiral and Lewis. Neighborhood brewery Marshall Brewing Co. will be pouring 3.2 beers at the concert site. Some food trucks like Bohemia: Moveable Feast and Pollos Asados al Carbon will also be there to help feed the crowds.

Numerous shops will extend discounts to After 5 patrons. The Floral Bar will have fresh flower bouquets 15 percent off; Ziegler’s will discount all framed art by 20 percent; the new Beehive Lounge will be slinging a special Thursday-night only cocktail; and Calaveras Mexican Grill will have $1 street tacos. Circle Cinema will premiere the new documentary “High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland” tonight at 7:30 p.m. There’s way more discounts, promotions and special events listed here. 

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