Notebook: April 2017
A new film fest comes to Circle Cinema, Tulsa does TED and local conservationists roll up their sleeves and get to work.
“Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island” will open the festival.
Film festival celebrates design and architecture
Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is bringing the New York City-based Architecture and Design Film Festival — the largest of its kind in the nation — to Circle Cinema. April 20-23, festivalgoers will enjoy entertaining educational programs on the ways design and architecture influence daily life and society. The Tulsa event will feature more than 20 films ranging in subject from colorful yarn graffiti and space-age utopias to bold, contemporary design in the Netherlands. Social events, special guests, panel discussions and Q&As will round out the festival.
“Part of the TFA’s mission is to make people aware of how design enhances our lives and also how to more fully appreciate the incredible architecture in Tulsa, and elsewhere, when they see it,” says Nancy Hermann, the festival chairwoman.
Shoring up the future
Despite being landlocked, Oklahoma boasts 55,646 miles of shoreline along its many lakes and rivers. These bodies of water attract recreation, development and, unfortunately, litter. A new Tulsa nonprofit, Power of Partial Improvements Foundation, focuses on shoreline cleanup and maintenance.
Since November 2016, PPI has removed over 460 trash bags of litter and 164 tires from local shorelines. The group has focused on the area from the Keystone Dam to East 41st Street and South Riverside Drive, in preparation for the Vision 2025 lifting of the low-water dam.
“With the attention lately to development along our shores, the timing could not be better,” says Executive Director Brian Hunter. “I hope that as a community we can protect this beautiful city that we call home.”
PPI has grown through word-of-mouth, but a large-scale cleanup of a major dumpsite March 4, paired with local media coverage, created momentum.
“Day by day, hour by hour, it is hard to tell you are making a difference,” Hunter says. “But if you do it enough and continue taking care of things that you care about, you can truly see the power that partial improvements can make.”
To get involved, visit powerofpartial.org, or join the nearly 1,400 other members of the “Power of Partial” Facebook group.
Painting the town TED
Local experts (and a few from afar) will present talks at TEDxTulsaCC on the theme “Subliminal,” covering topics like deaf culture, voter engagement and even the science of cartoons.
“TEDx has put Tulsa in the spotlight by giving us a platform to bring our community’s best ideas to national and international audiences,” says Annina Collier, dean of the event venue, the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity. “Our TEDx event will highlight the innovative and creative spirit of Tulsa and enhance collaborations and partnerships in our community.”
Speakers include Drew Diamond, Daniel Regan and George Louthan. “Attendees will be inspired by our speakers’ great ideas, but we also want to empower attendees to act on their own great ideas,” Collier says.
The evening will include audience participation, surprise performances, a shape-shifting art exhibit and more.
TEDxTulsaCC is by invitation only at 5 p.m., April 29. A public watch party sponsored by TYPros will happen simultaneously at Flyloft.
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Voices of Oklahoma
Former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.