Wild Wild Western Weekend

This Thursday and Friday, get your Western culture (think saloons, tumbleweeds, and lone rangers-kind-of-western) at both Philbrook Museum of Art and Gilcrease Museum.



On Thursday evening, from 5:30 onward, Philbrook hosts “True Grit: Facts and Fictions,” a multi-part event centered around the 1969 John Wayne film “True Grit” and the novel of the same name, by Charles Portis, which inspired it. The event is free and the first 75 guests receive a free copy of the book.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Bandelier, a Western-folk, alt-country band will play and a cash bar will open.  At 6:00, Gary Freedman, a representative from Turner Classic Movies, will introduce the film before its screening. After the screening, at 8:15, a panel of scholars and experts will discuss the making, impact, and significance of the film—what was true, what wasn’t, what Indian Territory was really like in those days, etc.

The event is done in partnership with Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa American Film Festival, and Booksmart Tulsa.

Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.
​Philbrook Museum of Art


On Friday evening, Gilcrease presents “Gilcrease After Hours: Liquor of the American West,” with McNellie’s Group beverage director Tony Collins as the featured speaker

The event is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00, and free and open to the public, but space is limited to if you’re hoping to attend you’ll want to arrive a little early.

At “After Hours,” guests will learn about the iconic saloon and historic beverages served in them and in different regions of the West. The bar is a cash bar, and Bandalier will play. Historic cocktails include the Gin Rickey, Claret Sangaree, the Martinez, and the Improved Whiskey Cocktail.  There will also be Western-themed food on hand: Chipotle steak skewers, barbecue pulled pork biscuits, and a selection of mini cakes.

 “Gilcrease After Hours” events occur on the last Friday of each month.

Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00
​Gilcrease Museum
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road

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