Agenda: August 2015
August's can't-miss events
The Tulsa Glue Dobbers meet at various locations, including Fab Lab Tulsa, to build and fly remote-control airplanes. The group will participate in the 2015 Mini Maker Faire at Expo Square.
The Tulsa Mini Maker Faire is “show and tell” on steroids. Presented by Fab Lab Tulsa, the event showcases 150 of the region’s most inventive scientists, engineers, crafters, homesteaders and garage tinkerers of all ages who embrace the do-it-yourself spirit.
The Maker Faire originated in San Mateo, California, in 2006 and has inspired large-scale events and independently organized “mini faires” like Tulsa’s in communities around the world. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Free. Visit www.makerfairetulsa.com.
Tulsa native and music legend Leon Russell returns to town this month for one of the summer’s most anticipated performances at The Joint: Tulsa.
Born in southwest Oklahoma in 1942, Russell started playing in Tulsa nightclubs at the age of 14. After graduating from Will Rogers High School, he and his band, The Starlighters, went on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis. In Los Angeles, the young Russell eventually became one of the best session musicians in Hollywood.
Throughout his 50-year career, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists, including Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and B.B. King. Russell’s numerous awards and recognitions include a Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and induction into the Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s halls of fame in 2011. Concert starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa. Tickets start at $45. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or call 918-384-7625.
“Charles Addams: Family and Friends”
The ghoulish cartoons of Charles Addams’ “The Addams Family” inspired hit TV series, films, video games and a musical. Now they are inspiring the students at Tulsa Girls Art School, who will display their original cartoons this month alongside 52 of Addams’ works at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education.
The exhibition is made possible by Tulsa Girls Art School, the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation and the Zarrow Center.
“It’s such an honor for our students’ work to hang alongside that of a master and cultural icon, and to be a part of bringing this unique show to Tulsa, which has never been seen here before,” says Matt Moffett, executive director of Tulsa Girls Art School. “Charles Addams: Family and Friends” will be on display at the Zarrow Center, 124 E. M.B. Brady St., from Aug. 7-Sept. 27. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 7, during the First Friday Art Crawl. Visit www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu/explore/zarrow for hours and rates of admission.
It’s not often that Oklahomans get to experience seaside activities in our land-locked state. But Broken Arrow Parks & Recreation will bring the beach to BA this month for its annual Sand Dazzle sand castle-building event.
Four truckloads of sand will be transported to Nienhuis Park, according to Tanner Wilburn, supervisor of the Neinhuis Community Center. He says Sand Dazzle is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for all ages to construct the castles of their dreams. Prizes will be given throughout the day.
When budding architects and engineers need to cool off, they can mosey over to the Nienhuis Aquatic Facility. The center has several slides, a play area, a wading pool and a concession stand. Visit www.brokenarrow.gov for hours and admission.
The community center also will be open during most of the Sand Dazzle event to offer participants a break from the hot summer sun.Sand Dazzle is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Nienhuis Park, 3201 N. Ninth St., Broken Arrow. Free; no registration required. Call 918-259-8437.