Life in the fast lane

The Chili Bowl Nationals, held Jan. 10-14 at Expo Square, continues a 26-year tradition of top-tier racing that has brought hundreds of the world’s best drivers, and thousands of fans, to Tulsa.



Waylon Weaver has been watching the Chili Bowl for 23 years. If he couldn’t get a seat inside, he would look over one of the fences from outside to get a glimpse of the cars and drivers. He knew even then, at 7 years old, that he would one day be a part of this race.

On Jan. 10, the opening night of the 26th annual Tulsa Chili Bowl Nationals, Weaver’s dream came true.

Every year, two weeks after Christmas, the QuikTrip Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square transforms into a quarter-mile, oval-shaped clay track hosting approximately 275 cars called “midgets.” This is the time of year when winter is interrupted by the loud roar of engines, the smell of rubber and fuel, and the sight of flying mud. On Saturday night, the Golden Driller trophy awaits one driver as the final checkered flag waves after 55 laps. Afterward, 17,000 fans walk away, many wearing the distinctive, brightly colored T-shirts that show the racing world they were the lucky ones who got tickets to one of Tulsa’s biggest annual events, dubbed the “Super Bowl of racing.”


The now formally titled Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals made its debut in 1987 when Emmett Hahn, a local racing legend who went head to head with Ray Crawford in the 1970s and ’80s, and his partner, Lanny Edwards, brought to life an idea inspired by the Tulsa Shootout. Considered the minor leagues of racing, the Tulsa Shootout, now in its 27th year, welcomed drivers from 7 to 65 years old to participate.

Hahn and Edwards wanted to create a showcase for the elite drivers of the sport, an event that would welcome them to make an annual trip to Tulsa. Their race would help Hahn keep his racing dream alive while also creating financial rewards for race organizers and the city of Tulsa as a whole.

To fund the race, Hahn enlisted Bob Berryhill’s Chili Bowl Food Co. as a sponsor, and the event was aptly called the Chili Bowl.

Since then, the event has become much more than a local race. The 2012 Chili Bowl featured drivers and fans from across the country and from as far away as Australia. In fact, out of approximately 275 cars, only 38 were local drivers. According to Hahn, 85 percent of the tickets sold for the race are to people from out-of-state, generating approximately $12 million for the city.

“The Chili Bowl is one of the only events (the other event being the PGA Championship) that every rental car in the city of Tulsa is rented, hotel rooms are filled and don’t forget that all these fans, drivers and crew members have to eat,” Hahn says. “This race makes a huge financial impact on our city every year.”

Talking with fans at the 2012 event, there seemed to be an agreement: The Chili Bowl is the best of the best in racing. A fan from California said she and her family make the annual trip because “this is the race.”

The five-day event includes multiple races starting on Tuesday night and continuing every night until the main event on Saturday. The races on Tuesday through Friday are qualifying events that will determine which 40 of the 275 competing drivers will earn a spot in the final race. This is determined based on points won during the heat and qualifiers.

But racing is not all that is on display during the event. The Chili Bowl also includes a massive trade show — free to the public — where attendees can buy anything from car parts to apparel. The show includes more than 100 vendors and occupies roughly 20,000 square feet.

At noon on Friday, the J.W. Hunt Charity Auction sells donated items, with 100 percent of funds raised benefiting the Parent Child Center of Tulsa. From 1991 to 2011, more than $170,000 had been donated to the center, helping more than 2,150 children.

While racers from around the world gather for five days, organizers spend the previous 50 weeks tirelessly working to ensure that this Tulsa tradition runs much like what it showcases, a well-oiled machine. 

The work begins Feb. 1, the day fans can begin ordering their tickets for the next year’s event. The Chili Bowl office employs seven people who work nonstop in roles ranging from ticket sales to reserving spots for trade show vendors.

“It takes the entire year to prepare for this race,” Hahn says. “We want to make sure the 11,000 fans, drivers and crew members have a smooth ride.  This race is a different animal and we only want to make it better every year.”


The 26th annual Tulsa Chili Bowl Nationals was held Jan. 10-14. The event welcomed 259 competitors from 32 states, as well as Australia, Canada, Finland and New Zealand, who competed in a total of 20 feature events, according to the Chili Bowl website.

Wandering around the enormous area at the 2012 event, the racing community had clearly become an extended family. When someone needed a tool, a spare tire or just manual labor, race neighbors came together to help one another out. This is the very atmosphere that keeps racers coming back year after year, families in tow, according to the ticket sales office.

But the event is a playground for racecar drivers of all kinds There were national superstars, such as Nascar champion Tony Stewart, who has won the event twice, and Chili Bowl legends, such as seven-time winner Sammy Swindell and his son, Kevin, who returned in 2012 as the reigning champion — already boasting back-to-back wins.

The pits at the Chili Bowl were equally impressive. Outside the trailers, drivers and their crews tirelessly tweaked the cars, polishing and pushing them down pit row to the ultimate goal of racing in one of the most unique and prestigious races in the country.

Each day leading up to the main event, the electricity in the air grew. Fans inhaled fumes, endured the deafening sounds of the cars circling the track and got pelted by dirt clots and wet mud race after race.  But all of them would say that they would relish the chance do it all again.

As Saturday approached, Donnie Ray Crawford was considered a contender to win it all. The grandson of Tulsa racing legend Ray Crawford was carrying on the family tradition, along with Blake Hahn, grandson of Ray’s former rival, Emmett. However, rather than racing as adversaries, the two competed on the same team, Hard 8 Racing. They had both qualified for the main event earlier in the week, but early Saturday morning, the day of the big race, tragedy struck.

At 24, in a shocking change of events, Donnie Ray was shot by his grandfather, who was also killed. 

Emmett Hahn says he can recall only two racers during his 50 years in racing whom no one had anything bad to say about. Donnie Ray Crawford was one of those. To honor Crawford, Hahn offered a tribute before the main event that included a video of the young racer from a previous Chili Bowl. The racers in the main feature also drove five additional laps, for a total of 55 — Crawford’s race car number in the sprint car racing division, in his honor.

The news of Crawford’s death seemed to draw the breath out of the QuikTrip Center and the entire racing community. But as most families do, everyone wiped the tears, pulled together and displayed a loving tribute to Crawford as the 2012 Chili Bowl came to an end.

Kevin Swindell, a 22-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., won the Chili Bowl for the third consecutive year, beating his father, Sammy, a five-time Chili Bowl champion. More than 17,000 fans crowded the QuikTrip Center to witness the win.

Waylon Weaver also lived his dream. Although he didn’t win the Golden Driller trophy, he looked up after his final race with a big smile on his face and simply said, “That was fun.”

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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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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
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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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
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Join us for a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week  (Dec 1- Jan 15) celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Telephone: (918) 596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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It's that time again.....First Friday Art Walk!  Please join us in welcoming Tulsa native David Eric Morrison and his exhibit of new works entitled 'Floral Intents'....

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Come give those calories one last dance!  We dance in the park behind Jenks Nutrition.  But don't worry, we'll move inside if the weather gets bad.  For $5, you get a fun...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Jenks Nutrition
124 N 3rd St
Jenks, OK  74037
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These ARE the people you're looking for!  Learn to wield a blade of pure energy at our first monthly hands-on lightsaber 3-session Shii-Cho seminar, Thursdays, 6:30-8, 12/7 through 12/21....

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: The Order of the Illuminated Blade
Contact Name: Cath Eraine
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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
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Go ahead, run with sharp objects. TFC's special 2-week, 4-session Introduction to Fencing session is your opportunity to discover this exciting Olympic sport. This Tuesday/Thursday evening...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Fencing Club
Telephone: 918-928-2663
Contact Name: Kendra
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Monthly improvised comedy show featuring Tulsa best improvisers hosted by Blue Dome Social Club at Mainline Art & Cocktails. Must be 21+.

Cost: 0

Where:
Mainline Art & Cocktails
111 N Main Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Loony bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Sample Heirloom Rustic Ales nine craft beers while watching a screening of Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 horror Near Dark, which is set in our fine state.

Where:
Heirloom Rustic Ales
2113 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Coffee House On Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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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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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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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
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Join us for a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week  (Dec 1- Jan 15) celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Telephone: (918) 596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Get in the spirit of the season with the warm glow of luminaries in the Garden. A different local artist will facilitate a drop-in holiday craft for all ages each week. Enjoy holiday music while...

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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Looking to live among all that's happening in our great downtown Tulsa?! Central Park is the place! It's the only high-rise condominiums inside the IDL where you can OWN your own home!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Park Condominiums
410 W 7th Street
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Genni Davis
Telephone: 918-636-5436
Contact Name: Genni Davis
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It's that time again.....First Friday Art Walk!  Please join us in welcoming Tulsa native David Eric Morrison and his exhibit of new works entitled 'Floral Intents'....

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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These ARE the people you're looking for!  Learn to wield a blade of pure energy at our first monthly hands-on lightsaber 3-session Shii-Cho seminar, Thursdays, 6:30-8, 12/7 through 12/21....

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: The Order of the Illuminated Blade
Contact Name: Cath Eraine
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Go ahead, run with sharp objects. TFC's special 2-week, 4-session Introduction to Fencing session is your opportunity to discover this exciting Olympic sport. This Tuesday/Thursday evening...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Fencing Club
Telephone: 918-928-2663
Contact Name: Kendra
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Tulsa's Monthly StorySlam is looking for people to come share their stories onstage in front of a live audience (21+, $5 cover). No experience necessary and we need contestant/storytellers...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: OK, So StorySlam
Telephone: 918-551-7447
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Ok, So... Story Slam - Tulsa Story Telling Competition Tulsa's Monthly StorySlam is looking for people to come share their stories onstage in front of a live audience (18+, $5 Cover). No...

Cost: 5

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Ok So Story Slam
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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YBR hosts an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest with cash prizes.

Where:
Yellow Brick Road Pub
2630 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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True stories based on a given theme told in front of an audience. This month's theme: Courage.

Cost: $5

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st 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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Cost: $12

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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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 »

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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Join us for a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week  (Dec 1- Jan 15) celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Telephone: (918) 596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Save the date and join Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma for a Community Winter Celebration. The Girl Scout community is invited to attend this annual event at McKinley Elementary on Friday, December...

Cost: FREE

Where:
McKinley Elementary
6703 East King Street
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 1-800-707-9914
Contact Name: Sheila Harbert
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LIGHTS, MUSIC, DANCING, ACTION! Real Church and Fervent Fire Ministries are partnering to create and hold the second annual Living Nativity outside of Real Church. The Living Nativity event will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Real Church
315 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Telephone: 888-242-5229
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It's that time again.....First Friday Art Walk!  Please join us in welcoming Tulsa native David Eric Morrison and his exhibit of new works entitled 'Floral Intents'....

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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These ARE the people you're looking for!  Learn to wield a blade of pure energy at our first monthly hands-on lightsaber 3-session Shii-Cho seminar, Thursdays, 6:30-8, 12/7 through 12/21....

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: The Order of the Illuminated Blade
Contact Name: Cath Eraine
Website »

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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is excited to present “The ReGifters” by Robert Lynn  December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2017, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday and...

Cost: $13-$18

Where:
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
1800 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $30-$219

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 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:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Smitty's 118 Tavern
118 E Main St
Jenks, OK
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Where:
Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Stillhouse Bar & Grill
8922 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Come give those calories one last dance!  We dance in the park behind Jenks Nutrition.  But don't worry, we'll move inside if the weather gets bad.  For $5, you get a fun...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Jenks Nutrition
124 N 3rd St
Jenks, OK  74037
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

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

This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Website »

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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Brushstrokes & Imagination will be at Southern Agriculture 7836 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132 Dec. Sat. 9 from11am - 3pm Dec. Sun. 10 from 12pm - 4pm and the following weekend Dec. 16 from...

Cost: Free to the Public

Where:
Southern Agriculture
7836 S Olympia Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Southern Agriculture
Telephone: 918-794-7387
Contact Name: Mandy
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Enjoy making and taking home a beautiful authentic stained glass ring project in this 2 hour class. Crafting lessons, materials for one ring (4" ring and 9 glass nuggets), and use of tools are all...

Cost: $39.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is excited to present “The ReGifters” by Robert Lynn  December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2017, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday and...

Cost: $13-$18

Where:
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
1800 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) continues its 2017-18 Season with an evening performance and a special matinee of A Very SoNA Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 16. This concert features a mix...

Cost: $30-52

Where:
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR  72701
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Telephone: 479-443-5600
Contact Name: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
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Join us for a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week  (Dec 1- Jan 15) celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: (918) 596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
Website »

More information

It's that time again.....First Friday Art Walk!  Please join us in welcoming Tulsa native David Eric Morrison and his exhibit of new works entitled 'Floral Intents'....

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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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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These ARE the people you're looking for!  Learn to wield a blade of pure energy at our first monthly hands-on lightsaber 3-session Shii-Cho seminar, Thursdays, 6:30-8, 12/7 through 12/21....

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Southminster Presbyterian Church Community Center
3500 S Peoria
35th Place West of Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: The Order of the Illuminated Blade
Contact Name: Cath Eraine
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Christmas with Brian Nhira and Friends from ’The Voice’ is an event for the entire family, that you will not want to miss on Saturday December 16th (7pm – VIP Meet and Greet...

Cost: $25 Reserved Seating // $45 VIP

Where:
TCC VanTrease PACE
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Brian Nhira Music
Telephone: (918) 704-8855
Contact Name: Jasper Nhira
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Join Brian Nhira and friends from the "Voice" with his Home for Christmas Concert Saturday December 16th at 7PM Featuring: Shalyah Fearing, Caity Peters, Malik Heard & Whitney...

Cost: $25 - $45

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Celebrate the holidays with making something everyone will enjoy. Garden Spirits can hang in a window, be planted in a garden or stuck in a flower pot. In this 4 week class, make 3 full-size...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is excited to present “The ReGifters” by Robert Lynn  December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2017, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday and...

Cost: $13-$18

Where:
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
1800 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) continues its 2017-18 Season with an evening performance and a special matinee of A Very SoNA Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 16. This concert features a mix...

Cost: $30-52

Where:
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall
495 W. Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR  72701
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Telephone: 479-443-5600
Contact Name: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
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It's here!  It's here!  Time once again for another laugh-filled evening with Tulsa's Great Improvisational Comedy Show, "The Spontaniacs!"  A holiday special...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: The Spontaniacs!
Telephone: 918-521-9345
Contact Name: Eric Peterson
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $40-$129

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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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: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $18-$20

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Woody Guthrie Center
102 E M.B. Brady St
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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