6 artists who make Christmas in Tulsa extra festive

Meet the creative minds behind some of your favorite local holiday traditions.



Every December, thousands of Tulsa families celebrate the Christmas season with all sorts of traditions. Some go back decades; others are just getting started.

There’s decorating the tree with ornaments, driving around to look at Christmas lights, shopping at local businesses to buy the perfect accessories to wear to parties. Many people attend Christmas events featuring festive props that create unforgettable photo opportunities.

It takes a lot of creative people to help make those traditions each year. Here are the stories of a few Tulsans who devote hours of hard work to help create Christmas joy for their neighbors, family and friends.

 

Jacob Williams: Lightshow Wizard

Jacob Williams is under pressure. For the past three years, he has decorated his house with elaborate Christmas lights, props and musical sequences. Every year he has increased the spectacle, and the crowds have grown with it. The first year it was just lights and no music. The line of cars in front of his home was up to six deep with maybe a limo sprinkled in from time to time. Then word got out.  The Williams house now has thousands of views on YouTube. It has twice been featured on local newscasts. It made the front page of the Tulsa World. There’s a Facebook page with more than 4,000 fans.

Jacob Williams is under pressure. For the past three years, he has decorated his house with elaborate Christmas lights, props and musical sequences.

Every year he has increased the spectacle, and the crowds have grown with it. The first year it was just lights and no music. The line of cars in front of his home was up to six deep with maybe a limo sprinkled in from time to time. Then word got out.

The Williams house now has thousands of views on YouTube. It has twice been featured on local newscasts. It made the front page of the Tulsa World. There’s a Facebook page with more than 4,000 fans.

Last year, cars were in line for up to an hour and a half to see his 15-minute light show that featured a “Star Wars” segment.

“The pressure is there because throughout the summer people tell me they’re looking forward to it,” Williams says. “People get excited and want to know what I’m adding or what I’ll do different. I don’t want it to get too big or too crazy that it starts becoming a problem for my neighbors. They already call me Griswold.” Online forums, an annual learning expo and a supportive Christmas light community taught Williams the ins and outs of installation and programming.

Jacob Williams’ house at 12713 S. Second St. in Jenks displays a light show that draws onlookers throughout the holiday season.

At less than two months until he’s supposed to have this year’s show plugged in, Williams is now a father of a 1-month-old girl, which has brought his prep work to minimal at best. Williams says he told his wife, Jennifer, he might not do anything this year because he feels guilty spending time testing lights or creating new sequences when he can be changing Cayman’s diaper or rocking her to sleep.

Then he thinks about the families who visit his house. One has made an annual tradition of taking a picture with their child in front of the giant light-up tree. There’s the mom who started crying when she told him she struggled to buy gifts for her six kids, but visiting his house made them so happy, she brought them by multiple times.

It’s stories like those and the fact he now has a daughter of his own to share the experience with that motivate him to have the lights on and music playing by Dec. 1.

“It puts me and others into the Christmas spirit, which I love,” Williams says. “I hand out candy canes to people, and they tell me how they enjoy making memories for their families and want to come back each year. It’s awesome to hear those things and spread some love and joy.”

 

DiAnn Berry: Pin Artisan

DiAnn Berry created the pin using beeswax and damar resin, then handpainted each one for a one-of-a-kind creation. She is an artist and neighbor to Philbrook Museum of Art. Her design was chosen for this year’s Festival pin, a 29-year tradition.

For years, DiAnn Berry has watched a stream of cars enter and exit her neighbor’s driveway as thousands attend Philbrook Museum of Art’s annual Festival.

Although she too has attended the event throughout the past 28 years, this season she created the popular Festival pin that’s available in the gift shop for $28. Collectors vie for the limited series each year.

She and museum officials call the collaboration serendipitous.

As Philbrook’s bees were making a buzz on social media earlier this year, Berry was experimenting with encaustic art, or hot wax art, which uses beeswax and damar resin to harden the material.

Berry, who has long wanted to create the lapel pin, realized she had a rare opportunity to accomplish her dream.

“I had all this wax available, so I did a few samples and brought them to Susan (Shrewder, the museum shop manager and buyer) who chose the natural color beeswax,” Berry says. “Since this year has been about bees in the garden, they thought it’d be a perfect fit.”

Typically, museum staff does a call for submissions to design the Festival pin, but this year, Shrewder says that did not happen because they loved their neighbor’s creation.

“We did not open it up because we found the perfect pin,” she says. “We really strive to have a lot of different mediums represented within the pin collection. We’ve certainly never had one made of beeswax before. It all just fell together.”

Berry made the pins in her home by melting down 5-pound blocks of wax in a slow cooker, then pouring the wax into a silicone mold. After it hardened, she painted each one and added a hand-formed star and the pin. On average she created 12 a day for a limited series run.

Berry made the pins in her home by melting down 5-pound blocks of wax in a slow cooker, then pouring the wax into a silicone mold. After it hardened, she painted each one and added a hand-formed star and the pin. On average she created 12 a day for a limited series run.

This year’s Festival — formerly known as Festival of Trees — is different than those in the past. It will have thousands of lights, a train for tours and a timed-light show, and Santa Claus will be at the museum’s new log cabin. The event runs select days from Nov. 23-Dec. 31, with limited tickets available for each night. Children 17 and under get in free, but still need to reserve a ticket. Museum officials say limiting the guests per night creates a better experience for everyone. Reserve tickets at philbrook.org/festival.

Berry’s pin will be on display in the gift shop. “I feel so pleased. It’s not fine jewelry, but it has a lot of meaning to me,” she says. “It’s validation, and since I live next door to Philbrook, it’s a lot of fun to know I’m really connected to the museum in a lot of ways. It makes me really happy.”

TulsaPeople.com/podcast: Catch the Dec. 5 episode of TULSA TALKS, a TulsaPeople podcast, featuring Philbrook’s Director and President Scott Stulen discussing all things Festival.

 

Bobbie Whaling: Ornament Maker

Bobbie Whaling is the artist behind the Tulsa Ornament, which she started in 1987. She sketches the ornament’s design on paper before it becomes a solid brass version with a 24-karat wash.

There are many Christmas trees throughout the city decorated with Bobbie Whaling’s work. Since 1987 she has made the annual Tulsa Ornament. This year’s features Daniel Webster High School, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

“After I did Will Rogers High School (in 2014) for its 75th anniversary, a man from Webster contacted me and said I should do that one because it’s just as good,” Whaling says. “I agreed and said I’d make one when there was a good time to do it.”

Whaling says she gets requests throughout the year. She has a list of places she wants to do like Cascia Hall and the Mayo Hotel. She hinted Gathering Place could be next year’s ornament, so she will be dreaming up the design for the next six months before drawing it and then cutting out the pieces to assemble it into layers that are comprised of solid brass with a 24-karat gold wash.

In honor of its 80th anniversary, Webster High School is the subject of the 2018 Tulsa Ornament.

The ornaments are available at seven stores across Tulsa and online at tulsaornament.com. Profits go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Neighbor for Neighbor and Catholic Charities.

“I’m an old Catholic woman who believes you have the gift of life, so you should give back,” says the former art teacher who retired after 24 years working at the School of Saint Mary. “I like the feeling I’m making a little mark on humanity. It warms my heart to give it all to charity.”

Her work on the ornaments started when she served as an advertising artist for Another Point of View, a local gift shop that closed in 2001. That year, there was no Tulsa Ornament, but her fans demanded she return to creating them on her own. In 2002, Whaling brought the ornament back and created one for 2001’s U.S. Open at Southern Hills to keep the tradition alive.

To date she says her favorite is the inaugural ornament that featured Swan Lake. The design was so popular she brought it back last year to fulfill demand. Another favorite was 1992’s Golden Driller, which kept going through reorders and has sold more than 2,500.

Whaling says she believes she can keep doing annual ornaments for at least the next nine years.

“My eyes are still good, but I sometimes have to use my cheaters,” says the 71-year-old. “I might stop at 80. There are so many beautiful places that are historic, and I want to keep doing them until I can’t anymore.”

 

Rebecca Foy: Gingerbread Builder

Rebecca Foy is the  executive pastry chef for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which features a large gingerbread house display each holiday season.

This month, visitors to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino have the opportunity to see a gingerbread house unlike any other in the metro area.

The annual event is overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Rebecca Foy, who brought her award-winning skills to the job when she joined the staff nearly three years ago.

“I competed and won in local gingerbread house competitions in Louisiana, but until working at the Hard Rock, I’ve not made anything on such a grand scale,” Foy says.

Once complete, the scene measures 20 feet in diameter. Despite its size, there are only a few building materials used behind the scenes; it’s an edible, genuine holiday confection. Last year’s house was created with 1,440 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of butter, 600 pounds of sugar, 600 pounds of flour, 1,680 eggs and 10 pounds of cinnamon. There also were 200 pounds of powdered sugar and 2,312 pieces of chocolate, peppermint and other candy from top to bottom.

Rebecca Foy is the  executive pastry chef for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which features a large gingerbread house display each holiday season. Foy and her team spent 150-plus hours on last year’s creation. This year’s theme is “Hard Rock Home for the Holidays.” // Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Although no one gets to eat the massive creation, the Hard Rock hosts gingerbread cookie parties for visitors to enjoy from 4-8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in December.

Each year, Foy and her staff come up with a fresh design early in the year and begin planning how to build it. In 2017, it was a giant castle guarded by nutcrackers with a dragon on top. This year’s theme? “Hard Rock Home for the Holidays.”

Foy says she feels the pressure each year to come up with something bigger and better than the previous year. “It’s discussed all year long,” Foy says. “It’s always in the back of my mind. The staff and I are usually talking about it, making notes and throwing out ideas.”

Once the design is finalized, it takes up to 20 staff members to start the massive undertaking. It’s a slow and tedious process that takes months to construct. Last year, it took more than 150 hours to complete the project. When they’re not cooking sweet treats for the resort’s numerous restaurants and private events, they work on the project when they can.

“It’s all about scale, figuring out what pieces need to be made and how to get them produced with our equipment,” Foy says. “Initially, we just break things down into smaller sections and work on those sections individually. Then, with a lot of teamwork, it all comes together.”

The gingerbread house is just part of Hard Rock’s decorations for the holiday season. There also are a 24-foot Christmas tree in the grand lobby and more than a dozen smaller trees decorated throughout the casino.

“My staff and I really appreciate the support from everyone,” Foy says. “We all love working on this project.  It really helps get us in the spirit of the holidays.”

 

Denise Denison Smallwood: Window Painter

Denise Denison Smallwood has painted storefront windows for nearly three decades. Her holiday scenes can be viewed across the area, including this year’s Christmas songs theme of paintings at the Jenks Riverwalk.

Among the many longstanding holiday traditions are business windows painted to display a cheery message of the Christmas season. Since 1990, Denise Denison Smallwood of Holidayz Distinctive Designs has been a highly sought-after painter in Tulsa.

Every year she begins work on Nov. 1, painting two to three locations a day. One month and more than 50 businesses later, she’s finished for the season. Among her longtime clients are Albert G’s, Kilkenny’s, Caz’s, Los Cabos and the Tulsa Transit station.

It’s a classic look that creates a feel of yesteryear. It helps when Smallwood continues to get calls to paint traditional pictures like the old-school Rudolph and the other characters from the classic stop-motion animated TV special. Those nostalgic scenes recall memories for young and old. Another favorite was last year’s recreation of “The Grinch” on the Jenks Riverwalk windows.

In recent years she has received more modern requests, like Olaf from “Frozen” and “Elf on the Shelf.” She says she’s happy to do whatever the client wants but also enjoys when she’s free to do her own thing.

“I love it because it allows me to have a childlike imagination,” Smallwood says. “I start dreaming about them the night before the job. I get excited about each one of them.”

Smallwood’s window painting all started with one car dealership and then grew to 28 of them before 9/11 slowed the automobile industry. Although she lost most of those clients, she started gaining restaurants and others, and business has remained steady throughout the year.

Among the many longstanding holiday traditions are business windows painted to display a cheery message of the Christmas season. Since 1990,  Denise Denison Smallwood of Holidayz Distinctive Designs has been a highly sought-after painter in Tulsa.  Every year she begins work on Nov. 1, painting two to three locations a day. One month and more than 50 businesses later, she’s finished for the season. Among her longtime clients are Albert G’s, Kilkenny’s, Caz’s, Los Cabos and the Tulsa Transit station.

“Every year I ask myself if this is the year people will stop calling, but it keeps growing,” Smallwood says. She has always been an artist, and loved creating as a child. Throughout the year, much of her business comes from commissions for murals and furniture.

As the years progress, Smallwood admits she doesn’t paint as fast as she used to. There are days she’s not thrilled to work in the cold.

“My daughter, Lindsey, helps me when she can,” she says.

She admits it’s hard to believe she has been painting windows for nearly three decades. Smallwood loves it so much, she’s unlikely to give it up. “If I won the lottery, I’d still paint Christmas windows,” she says.

 

Devin Levine: Ice Sculptor

Along with being SMG’s executive chef, Devin Levine is resident ice carver for BOK Center and Cox Business Center events. He picked up the trade as a young chef at Camelot Inn.

It’s 85 degrees on the third day of October and SMG’s Devin Levine, certified executive chef, is thinking about Santa Claus, snowmen and reindeer made from giant blocks of ice.

For the past eight years, he has been the artist behind the ice sculptures at SMG’s annual holiday party at the Cox Business Center. It’s something listed on his résumé, but often overlooked.

During preparations for his first holiday season as the SMG executive chef, Levine revealed his talent to management. “We were planning the Christmas celebration, and among the list of items were ice sculptures. It was three Christmas trees and two snowmen,” Levine says. “They asked if we needed to order it in, and I told them no and that I could do it if they just bought the ice.”

His work was such a hit it became an annual tradition. This year he’s planning a more contemporary theme featuring four to five Christmas trees with a light shining through each one. He says on average it takes 20-30 minutes to do a carving with the outsourced ice blocks. He can take more time if he’s working in a refrigerated environment.

Among his favorites were the six reindeer displayed outside the building. They lasted four days before melting. One other creation really stands out to him.

“One of my favorites was a candlestick with a flame. It looked like it had wax melting down,” Levine says. “It was simple, but very realistic.”

Devin Levine outsources the blocks of ice from Millenium Ice and Century- McConnell Ice as it takes special machinery to form a block that doesn’t shatter or crack.

Levine didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming an ice sculptor. It came with the job when he was working in food and beverage at the now-closed Camelot Inn in the early 1970s. Every Sunday brunch, Friday night dinner and special event featured an ice sculpture, which meant Levine had to learn how to do it and then do it a lot. Back then it was a five-prong ice pick and a pocket knife for indentions. Now he uses a chainsaw and various shapes and sizes of ice sculpting tools and die grinders.

Levine also created ice sculptures during his 34-year career at Southern Hills Country Club and for side jobs like weddings and many other events, including the Tulsa State Fair. In recent years, he typically only does it for his day job.

“I don’t do it as often as I want. It’s kind of a lost art,” Levine says. “It’s something I’d like to see become more popular again because they’re fun to do and fun to look at when they’re completed.”

 

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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Every Wednesday Live Event Trivia is at The Willows Family Ales - Show starts at 7 and is free to play! Movie scenes, Finish the Lyric, Classic Trivia, and more! The crew from T-Town Tacos will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
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Where:
The Coffee House on Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mother Road Market
1124 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $2-$14

Where:
The Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $9.75-$12

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Dining Out for Life began in 1991 and has grown into an international fundraiser that is held in over 60 cities across the United States and Canada. Over 25 restaurants in the Tulsa area have...

Cost: Determined by Dining Preference

Where:
25 Restaurants
Tulsa, OK  74120


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc.
Telephone: 918-688-5022
Contact Name: Kathy L Williams
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Dozens of Tulsa Restaurants Participate in the 13th Anniversary of Dining Out For Life! Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.) encourages Green Country residents to Dine Out For...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Tulsa Restaurants
, OK


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Educaiton
Telephone: 918-749-8378
Contact Name: Kathy Williams
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Where:
Renaissance Hotel
6808 S 107th E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Contact Name: Dj Morrow Ingram
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Batter Up!  Forks Up!  It's a savory salute to Lou Gehrig and to America's favorite pastime, only kicked up a notch or two at the ballpark!  Join us for ballpark food like you've never seen...

Cost: sponsorships available

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Telephone: 918-749-7997
Contact Name: Becky Prine
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Join Camp Fire Green Country for our 4th annual fundraiser, Spark 2019: Trivia Night. The money raised allows Camp Fire to help young people gain the critical skills they need to thrive...

Cost: $100, individual tickets; $10,000; $5,000; $2,500; $1,500, sponsorships.

Where:
Mike Fretz Event Center
11541 East 43rd Street
Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Colleen Mansur
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The Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center presents the eighth annual Tatas & Tinis on behalf of Oklahoma Project Woman. OPW provides no cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and...

Cost: $75

Where:
Agora Event Center
1402 S. Peoria Ave.
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Project Woman
Telephone: 405-255-5579
Contact Name: Sammi Payne
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Four Aces Tavern
11035 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $47-$197.50

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Pulitzer-winning author will discuss her new book on being a grandmother, Nanaville.

Cost: $30 for two tickets + 1 hardcover book

Where:
Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 S Owasso Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Paintings by Tulsa Artist Fellow Yatika Fields.

Where:
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
1342 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate the profound leadership of educators working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Tulsa. The Rise & Shine Education...

Cost: 25

Where:
Helmerich Center
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
TULSA, OK  74127
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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The MOW Mixer 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 Hyatt Regency Downtown The MOW Mixer is a festive evening of dining, dancing, and celebration. After dinner, wander over to the room that fits your mood....

Cost: $175

Where:
Hyatt Regency Downtown
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-627-4105
Contact Name: Terrie Winship
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $1500 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Will Rogers Movie Night, Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie begins 7 p.m. Admission free, free popcorn and drink, show of Will Rogers in “Conneticut Yankee.” Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers
Claremore, OK
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Get ready for Havana Nights, the 7th annual Operation ART gala event at the Mayo Hotel.   Guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and live Latin style entertainment and have the opportunity to...

Cost: 125

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 WEST 5TH STREET
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Operation Aware
Telephone: 918-582-7884
Contact Name: Jennifer Barnett
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Celebrating craft cocktails, craft beer, and craft-making.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cabin Boys Brewery
1717 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Retro Grill & Bar
800 N Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Browse dozens of exhibits and attractions including a Tiny Home Town and market.

Where:
Expo Square - RiverSpirit Expo
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Priscilla Shirer Simulcast We invite you to join Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer for a Bible teaching event!  Women will gather from all around the Tulsa area for this one-day teaching and...

Cost: $35.00 until April 19th

Where:
St. James Church
5050 E. 111th Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: St. James Church
Telephone: 918-299-1133
Contact Name: Robyn
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Challenge Air provides 30 minute flights for special needs children (ages 7-21) for FREE. The families attend a short ground school before going up on their flight and when they return, the pilot...

Cost: Free to those signed up.

Where:
R.L. Jones Airport, hosted by Riverside Tulsa Tech
801 E. 91st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Challenge Air
Telephone: 918-408-6379
Contact Name: Tricia Horn
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Please join us on April 27, 2019, for our annual Family History Conference. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists and experts alike to improve research skills and to get to know fellow...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
12110 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK  74128
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Sponsor: Tulsa Family History Center
Telephone: 918-938-5901
Contact Name: Cathy Hall
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Come join us at Mohawk Park on April 27th as Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic hosts the By Your Side 5K. Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness, and all proceeds will...

Cost: varies by event

Where:
Mohawk Park
near shelter #3
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Parkside Psychiatric Hospital
Telephone: 918-588-8826
Contact Name: Eric Sachau
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
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Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
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April 27, 2019 March for Babies at the University of Tulsa 9:00am-1:00 March with us to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Because when a society supports every family, we...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Univeristy of Tulsa
2933 E 6th St,
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: March of Dimes
Telephone: 918-407-2332
Contact Name: Jenny Thai
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Take Advantage of BBB's "Secure Your ID" Day! Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? The number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent in 2017....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shredder's Inc.
635 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Telephone: 918-492-1266
Contact Name: Shannon Spainhour
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Building Stronger Communities Presents Across the Lifespan: Alzheimer’s – A community health crisis Tulsa, OK – Building Stronger Communities will present Across the lifespan:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Central Library - Pocahontas Room
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Building Stronger Communities
Telephone: 918-200-2635
Contact Name: Liz Wright

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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We are a chapter of an organization that began with the grassroots efforts of Marjorie Guthrie, wife of Woody Guthrie. Woody passed away from complications of Huntington’s disease (HD) and an...

Cost: $25.00 per ticket

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Join us we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana's first new and collected poems, the skin of dreams. Readings from the book, DJ, and book signing. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Archer Studios
109 N MLK, Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Calliope Group/Tulsa Artist Fellowsip/Tri-City Collective
Telephone: 785.826.7681
Contact Name: Shawn Crawford
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A dance performance that epitomizes the subliminal relationship between a man trapped in trying circumstances with nature as his only companion. “The yearning of the human mind to find true...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
John Williams Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Cente
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $250 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Don't miss our Equinox Extravaganza Retro Rockets show as they bring the house down with some of your favorite 50's-60's and a little bit of 70's oldies! We have been selling out so be sure to get...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Studio 308
Telephone: 918-638-8464
Contact Name: Paddy Harwell
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

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IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $25-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cimarron Bar
2619 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-415

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The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Tour the studios of 8 local artists and enjoy live painting, live music, installations, and more.

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Charles Page Studios
1229 Charles Page Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mohawk Park
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Shop at over 100 booths.

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Main Street Jenks
Main Street
Jenks, OK
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Featuring more than 20,000 eggs!

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Safari Joe's H2O
4707 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Shop local produce and art every Saturday.

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Langston University
914 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

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Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The truTV magician brings his act to Paradise Cove

Cost: $25-$115

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This musical and comedy review throws things back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

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Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $23

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BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Based on the epic work by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, this play tells the story of an exiled man who pines for his wife and convinces a passing cloud to take a message to her.

Cost: $25-$35

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Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Moonlight Minx Parade celebrates cannabis through dance.

Cost: $10-$20

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The ReVue
822 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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