Barry Friedman at Large

Stay hydrated, my friends.



Excluding geography

At Tulsa International Airport, the ad on the wall read …

We’re Pumped! TU is the highest ranked university in Oklahoma. And Kansas. And Arkansas. And New Mexico. And Arizona. And Mississippi.

Okay, stop — we get it.

But really? Mississippi and Arkansas were in the control group?

Overheard:

The 86-year-old Las Vegas man after being told what a cosmopolitan city Tulsa is becoming:

“Doesn’t it know it’s in Oklahoma?”

You had us at hot pink tank top

In what has to be the greatest imagery ever written about noodling (hand fishing), The Oklahoman wrote, “When Lucy Millsap [aka “Bare Knuckles Babe”] walked onstage in a hot pink tank top with a 72-pound catfish hoisted over her shoulder, the crowd couldn’t help but take notice.”

Neither could we.

Marriage is between one husband and one wife. Okay, maybe one more … each. But that’s it! There’s a tradition to maintain.

So 1.4 milliseconds after the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and gave states the right to allow gay marriages, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin essentially released the following statement: Ewwww.

“Like the vast majority of Oklahomans, I support traditional marriage,” said the twice-married governor. “I do not and will not support expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.”

Just once we’d like to read a statement from her office that doesn’t make us want to stick our hand in a NutriBullet®.

Rule 49:

Never trust a man with an initial for a first name.

In which two hogs wonder, “They do know we’re not feral, right?

A state law now allows farmers to kill not only hogs, but also coyotes from the air on private land.

A bad idea, badly spoken

Mayor Dewey Bartlett on the city council’s decision to allow merchants in the Brady District to determine the area’s name:

“Because it’s a direct impact upon them. And if a change does occur, then it’s them that will absorb the brunt of whatever decision is made, either keep it the same or not.”

What the mayor does to the language is enough to make our English teacher, Mrs. Gasman, start abusing Dilaudid.

We continue.

The Brady name is a sore, a reminder of a weekend in May more than 90 years ago that is neither fully forgotten nor adequately remembered.

It is the nimbostratus cloud over the city.

Tulsans, all of us, should decide if it should be changed — not the owner of a tattoo parlor who just moved into the neighborhood.

Thanks Barney. Can I talk to Andy now?

“His hands and feet were tied and the body had been decapitated. Tulsa police told KRMG the death was due to suicide.”

Dumb Criminal of the Month (State Edition)

After a Durant woman sold pot to detectives twice in the span of a day, she said to the arresting officer, “I knew y’all were cops.”

Yeah, well, they knew you weren’t no Rhodes Scholar, neither.

Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me

For all the joking about Pastor Keith Cressman’s lawsuit against Oklahoma over the depiction of a Native American on the state’s license plate, one point was lost:

He was right.

Personally, I wouldn’t get my vestments in a wad over this, but if Cressman, who’s pastor at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bethany, doesn’t want his church vans promoting a message — according to his attorney that “might imply his approval of contrary beliefs, such as that God and nature are one, that other deities exist, or that 'animals, plants, rocks, and other natural phenomena have souls or spirits'” — the state should give him another option … and it should be the same price as a regular tag.

And then come next December, when someone in Bethany wants to erect a manger on public land, I trust Cressman will be just as offended and supportive of those who don’t want to “imply” approval of beliefs they don’t have. 

(Pastor, one more thing: Did you run this ‘dogs have no souls’ thing by those in your congregation who actually have dogs? Because that could get nasty.)

Things we never thought we’d say:

We miss John Sullivan.


Ups and downs

UP … Camp Quest for being a place, according to its director, Mary Eversole, that focuses on “ … the humanist, freethinking, skeptic, atheist, agnostic side.”

Can I go?

UP … Hillcrest Medical Center for operating an air transport service for high-risk obstetrics patients.

DOWN … Oral Roberts University for its clunky, uninspiring slogan:  Make No Little Plans Here. Who helped you with this, the mayor?

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June 2017

The Tulsa St. Jude Dream Home is a community service project to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs they make - the hospital not only...

Cost: $100.00

Where:
Stone Canyon of Owasso
Owasso, OK  74055


Sponsor: Epic Custom Homes
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On Sunday, June 25th.. The 8th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing.. Fans from all over the area will gather together for a night in remembrance of the Greatest Entertainer to ever ive!!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lot 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Moonwalk Talks
Telephone: 918-800-9886
Contact Name: Anthony Jenkins
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Take some really Hot Latin music add some industrial strength Funk, and a boatload of Fun and you have the recipe for an incredible concert! The Latin, Funk, Fun Fest is just that! We have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Jazz.Com
Telephone: 191-881-29902
Contact Name: John Taylor
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Bodean Restaurant & Market
3376 E 51st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 743-3861
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Cost: $12

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E. 18th St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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2015 Woody Guthrie Fellowship recipient Christy Miller will give a presentation on GuthrieÕs involvement in two BBC radio programs that aired during WWII: ÒThe Martians and the CoysÓ and ÒThe...

Where:
Woody Guthrie Center
102 E MB Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 895-6999
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Jyl Johnson performs her first half-hour headlining set. Hosted by Daren Ebacher.

Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Cost: $5

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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The TATEs pay tribute to some of the best local productions of the year.

Cost: $10

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Road
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5-$15

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Cost: $7

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (319) 804-9727
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 nominations for the 2018 class of the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards are now open! Submissions can be made online through June 30 here. Nominate a worthy woman in your life, or...

Cost: 0

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: YWCA Tulsa
Telephone: 918-858-2370
Contact Name: Lindsey Jordan
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On Sunday, June 25th.. The 8th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing.. Fans from all over the area will gather together for a night in remembrance of the Greatest Entertainer to ever ive!!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lot 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Sponsor: Moonwalk Talks
Telephone: 918-800-9886
Contact Name: Anthony Jenkins
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Where:
Hodges Bend
823 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 398-4470
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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 nominations for the 2018 class of the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards are now open! Submissions can be made online through June 30 here. Nominate a worthy woman in your life, or...

Cost: 0

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: YWCA Tulsa
Telephone: 918-858-2370
Contact Name: Lindsey Jordan
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Cost: $10-$45

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Where:
Gypsy Coffee House
303 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 295-2181
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Guthrie Green
207 N Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (319) 804-9727
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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 928-5299
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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 nominations for the 2018 class of the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards are now open! Submissions can be made online through June 30 here. Nominate a worthy woman in your life, or...

Cost: 0

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: YWCA Tulsa
Telephone: 918-858-2370
Contact Name: Lindsey Jordan
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Come see how Tulsa offers a 'home away from home' for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis at Hospitality House of Tulsa. This free 30 minute tour is free. RSVP at...

Cost: free

Where:
Hospitality House of Tulsa
1135 S. Victor AVE
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Hospitality House of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-794-0088 x205
Contact Name: Rhonda McDaniel
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Where:
Central Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: (918) 549-7323
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 749-9100
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 928-5299
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Cost: $10-$15

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E. 18th St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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 nominations for the 2018 class of the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards are now open! Submissions can be made online through June 30 here. Nominate a worthy woman in your life, or...

Cost: 0

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: YWCA Tulsa
Telephone: 918-858-2370
Contact Name: Lindsey Jordan
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Come play in the dirt!  Making mud pies and getting dirty is what it’s all about.  Wear clothes and shoes for getting dirty.  A rinse area will be available. Bring a towel. Get...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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MUD isn’t just for kids – we’re extending our Mud Day activities for adults and families. Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and Thursday...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Guthrie Green
207 N Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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The Agenda performing LIVE @ Safari Joe's H2O Water Park and The Shark Beach Bar. Thursday Nights at Safari Joe's H2O are for adults only / must be 21 to enter. All adult water park...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Safari Joe's H2O Water Park
4707 E. 21st
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Safari Joe's H2O Water Park
Telephone: 918-749-7385
Contact Name: Darcy Daniels / Marketing Manager
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Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-4292
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Cost: $50-$225

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Slo Ride Saloon
4133 S Peoria
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-3393
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Cost: $16.82

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Road
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35-$45

Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Seven Minutes in Heaven is a reading series of short fiction and nonfiction. This reading will feature TTV contributor Damion Shade, local author Nathan Knapp, and from Springfield, MO, American...

Where:
Mainline Art & Cocktails
111 S Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 704-3330
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Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Billy and Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: 918-836-0655
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Where:
Zin Urban Lounge
111 N. Main St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 500-3958
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Where:
Utica Square
21st Street and Utica Avenue
Tulsa, OK
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 nominations for the 2018 class of the Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards are now open! Submissions can be made online through June 30 here. Nominate a worthy woman in your life, or...

Cost: 0

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: YWCA Tulsa
Telephone: 918-858-2370
Contact Name: Lindsey Jordan
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The Bixby Freedom Celebration is the largest free, public fireworks extravaganza in this area. In it’s second year the 2016 Bixby Freedom Celebration brought approximately 13,000...

Cost: Free

Where:
121st & Memorial
7673 East 121st St S
Bixby, OK  74008
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Sponsor: The Bridge Church
Telephone: 918-813-2327
Contact Name: Jordan Funderburk
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It's our favorite month of the year!   Time again to celebrate our anniversary with an annual exhibit presented by local artist collective E.T.A!!      E.T.A.’s...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n. main st.
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Where:
The Bistro At Seville
10021 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Where:
American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Cost: $10-$45

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ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Where:
Billy and Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: 918-836-0655
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The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $16-$20

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E. 18th St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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