Santa man

The man behind the beard is David Bates, Tulsa’s Kris Kringle.



David Bates and his “sled.” He starts preparing for the busy Christmas season in early October.

Evan Taylor

Many Tulsans put on a suit to go to work. So does David Bates. But his is a little jollier than most. This is Bates’ ninth season to play Santa Claus.

In January 2005, Bates retired from his job with Saint Francis Health System and decided to never shave again. For Halloween that year, he happened to be wearing a red T-shirt and his beard was white. He grabbed an old Santa hat laying nearby and answered the door for some trick-or-treaters.

“The wonderful response I received from the children was beyond description,” Bates recalls. “‘This is the wrong time of the year.’ ‘Where’s
Rudolph?’ It made my day and year.”

That got Bates’ wheels turning.

At the beginning of the 2005 Christmas season, Bates was watching his grandson sing at the Philbrook Museum of Art. Bates spoke to the museum’s Santa and left him his contact information. The museum asked him to fill in the last weekend of the year, and he replaced the former Santa the following year.

The Santa season generally starts around the first of October for Bates. That’s when he has his beard trimmed. He also checks his suit for wear and tear, and polishes his boots. In addition to making his list and checking it twice, of course.

His bookings vary each year, but Bates has visited a variety of locations as Santa. While Santa seekers are most likely to see him at Philbrook, he also visits Gilcrease Museum, the Tulsa Country Club, corporate Christmas parties, hospitals, schools and homes. He sits and visits with the children and adults at each event and takes pictures with them.

Christmas Eve is usually his busiest day, sometimes with five or six visits in one evening.

In 2006, Bates attended a get-together of Santas in Branson, Mo. There he networked with other Santas and received training on how to become a better Santa and how to deal with difficult children and adults. He was even asked to do a short commercial for the city of Branson later that year. (View it at TulsaPeople.com/santa.)

Bates says the most challenging part of being Santa is not over-extending himself with too many events. But he hates to say “no.” The best part, he says, is experiencing “the unconditional love and joy that a child brings.” He adds, “But it is not just the children, but the older adults. You see it in their eyes as they remember many joyous Christmases past.”

Occasionally, children will ask Bates if he’s “real.” He always asks, “What do you think?”

Bates says he plans to be Santa for 30 or more years. Just like in the 1994 movie “The Santa Clause,” Bates says the longer he performs, the more he becomes the man.

This year Bates will assist the U.S. Marines with their Toys for Tots distribution in Broken Arrow. His next adventure includes the lot beside his house. He bought the land in hopes to someday create a “Santa’s workshop” for parents and children to visit.


How to be a successful Santa

  1. Love the children, both the good and the bad. “I have had several opportunities to be a ‘mall Santa,’” Bates says. “However, working seven days a week from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve? No, thank you. These Santas get the children who are worn out and cranky from shopping.”
  2. Men who portray Santa must be sure of themselves, he says, or the children will sense their insecurity. With the love and adoration of so many, some Santas think they are the most important person in the world. And to the children, they are.
  3. An understanding wife is most important. “My wife has been very helpful in the last few years,” Bates says. “She goes with me usually where there are lots of young children. Her nearly 30 years of experience as a kindergarten teacher gives a calmness among the children during my visit, which makes my appearance much easier.”
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

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Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
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Cost: Free

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108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
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For those with Modern Dance Technique training. Very similar to Advanced Modern MIX. Who: Dancers with Modern technique training Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks. When:...

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Cost: FREE

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America
Contact Name: Angela Hardman

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join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

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Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
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Mabee Center
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Cost: $6-$10

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VanTrease PACE
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Cost: Free with admission

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Cost: Free

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108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

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Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton
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Cost: FREE

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

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Cost: $5.00

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Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
3624 North 74th East Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
Telephone: 918-834-9900
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Cost: Child $6.00 and Adult $10.00

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Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
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Telephone: 918-296-FISH
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Cost: Free with admission

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Cost: Free

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108 Contemporary
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Tulsa, OK  74103
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OU's Master of Library and Information Studies prepares students to take leadership roles in a diverse, highly technological and information-based global society. The program is geared towards...

Cost: Free

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OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library
4502 E. 41st Street
Schusterman Library
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: OU-Tulsa
Telephone: 191-866-03318
Contact Name: Kendall Craft
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Cost: Free

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Cancer Treatment Center of America
10109 E. 79th Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Telephone: 918-286-5800
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Cost: FREE

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Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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  Kicking off this month, The "MercyMe Live" Tour will unite the band with Tenth Avenue North alongside Tim Timmons for a three month stretch. The line-up will visit over 20...

Cost: http://mercyme.org/#tour

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
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Reynolds Center
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415 Couch Dr.
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Website »

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Cost: Free with admission

Where:
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415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

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A Modern Dance inspired exercise class. Fifty minutes of fun, freedom, and flow.  Who: ALL levels Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks When: Wednesdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20,...

Cost: $12/class or $10 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
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Cost: $12/class or $10 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Contact Name: katy eagleston

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All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2017-18 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. ALL KIDS – IT’S FREE! is strictly a promotion. These tickets have no...

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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Class draws from release technique, classical modern dance, improvisation, and various somatic practices. We combine technique, interior awareness, and specific movement qualities in floor work and...

Cost: Donations. Thanks to support from Tulsa Community Foundation and donors like you

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
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Cost: http://mercyme.org/#tour

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Reynolds Center
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7777 S Lewis Ave
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Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

Shelter brings together two nationally recognized artists, sculptor Patrick Dougherty and fiber artist Rachel Hayes in a thought-provoking exploration of space, architecture, and structures....

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

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Join us for our "New West" art show featuring our popular southwest artists who exemplify the New West with a modern perspective. Come view their amazing work and watch a live painting by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Royce Myers Gallery
1706 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Royce Myers Gallery
Telephone: 918-582-0288
Contact Name: Royce Myers
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Cost: $75 - $150 for individual tickets

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: 918-664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox
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join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The eCS Therapy Center will host a free event at the Oklahoman’s for Equality Black Box Theater at 621 4th Street from 6:00pm until 8:50pm. Dr. Regina Nelson, President of The eCS Therapy...

Cost: free

Where:
Oklahoman’s for Equality Black Box Theater
621 4th Street
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: The eCS Therapy Center
Telephone: 303-505-0591
Contact Name: Dr. Regina Nelson
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Save the Date for Puttin' on the Dog 2018.  On February 22, 2018, the very popular fundraiser will take place at the Cox Business Center, starting at 6 p.m.  We will have live music,...

Cost: $75 - $150 for individual tickets

Where:
Cox Business Center
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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: (918-664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox
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The Tulsa Dream Center is hosting the first Night of Dreams gala, which will be held on Thursday, February 22nd. As part of this event, attendees will enjoy a plated dinner, a live and silent...

Cost: $200 per ticket

Where:
The Oaks
6500 South 49th West Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Learn about two iconic Norman Rockwell works and their relationship to civil rights issues. Writer and historian Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq., a respected voice in the national dialogue on...

Cost: Free for museum members; free with museum admission for not-yet members.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Telephone: 918-596-2768
Contact Name: Alison Rossi
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  Kicking off this month, The "MercyMe Live" Tour will unite the band with Tenth Avenue North alongside Tim Timmons for a three month stretch. The line-up will visit over 20...

Cost: http://mercyme.org/#tour

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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How does the past inform the future? And who are we if it's erased? In our current politically challenging and unsettling times, TU’s multimedia production of George...

Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, $6 TU Students

Where:
Chapman theatre, Kendall hall
601 South College
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: University of Tulsa Department of Theatre
Telephone: 191-863-12556
Contact Name: Sandra Plaster
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Intro to Beer and Malted Beverages Non-Credit Course: HRAD 4850, CRN 30272 2 day's only! Friday & Saturday, February 23rd & 24th, 2018 This course provides an overview of the...

Cost: $199.99

Where:
OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: OSU-Tulsa
Telephone: 918-594-8046
Contact Name: Kim Archer
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

For only January and February - four-legged family members can join you for a walk at the Botanic Garden - Fridays and Saturdays in January and February only.  Dogs must be on a leash (no...

Cost: FREE for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission for non-members and $

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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Shelter brings together two nationally recognized artists, sculptor Patrick Dougherty and fiber artist Rachel Hayes in a thought-provoking exploration of space, architecture, and structures....

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


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

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The Roadshow is coming to Tulsa, OK on Friday, February 23, 2018! This Year’s features Christian music favorite For King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, Bethel Music, Zach...

Cost: $10

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Website »

More information

  Kicking off this month, The "MercyMe Live" Tour will unite the band with Tenth Avenue North alongside Tim Timmons for a three month stretch. The line-up will visit over 20...

Cost: http://mercyme.org/#tour

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »

More information

How does the past inform the future? And who are we if it's erased? In our current politically challenging and unsettling times, TU’s multimedia production of George...

Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, $6 TU Students

Where:
Chapman theatre, Kendall hall
601 South College
Tulsa, OK  74104
View map »


Sponsor: University of Tulsa Department of Theatre
Telephone: 191-863-12556
Contact Name: Sandra Plaster
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Join us for the 58th Annual Book Fair! For the past 58 years, Holland Hall has hosted the state’s largest used book sale. This traditional annual community event is open to the public,...

Cost: $1, 18 and under free, tickets available at the door

Where:
Holland Hall Primary School Gym
5666 East 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Holland Hall
Telephone: (281) 546-5409
Contact Name: Nicole Masullo
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Intro to Beer and Malted Beverages Non-Credit Course: HRAD 4850, CRN 30272 2 day's only! Friday & Saturday, February 23rd & 24th, 2018 This course provides an overview of the...

Cost: $199.99

Where:
OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
View map »


Sponsor: OSU-Tulsa
Telephone: 918-594-8046
Contact Name: Kim Archer
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A Tulsa original, Rug Fashion Store, serving the area rug and home furnishing needs of Tulsans is celebrating its 4th anniversary this month.  A celebration event will take place at the store...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rug Fashion Store
5962 S. Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Rug Fashion Store
Telephone: 918-392-0066
Contact Name: Tarra Ahmady
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

For only January and February - four-legged family members can join you for a walk at the Botanic Garden - Fridays and Saturdays in January and February only.  Dogs must be on a leash (no...

Cost: FREE for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission for non-members and $

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

Shelter brings together two nationally recognized artists, sculptor Patrick Dougherty and fiber artist Rachel Hayes in a thought-provoking exploration of space, architecture, and structures....

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mainline Art Bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


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

More information

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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This benefit concert, held at the Cain's Ballroom and presented by the OSU Alumni Association Tulsa Chapter will feature The Great Divide, The Red Dirt Rangers and The Chance Anderson...

Cost: $45 - $55

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 S Main St
Tulsa , OK
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Sponsor: OSU Alumni Association Tulsa Chapter
Contact Name: Amber Hinkle
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  Kicking off this month, The "MercyMe Live" Tour will unite the band with Tenth Avenue North alongside Tim Timmons for a three month stretch. The line-up will visit over 20...

Cost: http://mercyme.org/#tour

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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How does the past inform the future? And who are we if it's erased? In our current politically challenging and unsettling times, TU’s multimedia production of George...

Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, $6 TU Students

Where:
Chapman theatre, Kendall hall
601 South College
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: University of Tulsa Department of Theatre
Telephone: 191-863-12556
Contact Name: Sandra Plaster
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The Women of Roughneck Roller Derby are teaming up with the Tulsa Threat Women’s Tackle Football team to bring you yet another event you will not want to miss!This is the second annual event of...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Caz's Pub
21 E Brady
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Roughneck Roller Derby
Contact Name: Mel
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How does the past inform the future? And who are we if it's erased? In our current politically challenging and unsettling times, TU’s multimedia production of George...

Cost: Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and $6

Where:
Kendal Hall, Chapman Theatre
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: University of Tulsa Department of Theatre
Telephone: 918-631-2566
Contact Name: Sandy Plaster
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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: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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