5 simple ways to freshen up your space

With the holiday decorations and clutter out of the way, it's time to refresh and reset your home.



Plants can be added to any room, even ones that lack a lot of sunlight. New house plants can help scratch the itch of spring planting.

Hopefully the holiday decorations are down, but February is usually still too cold to head outside and garden or dive into spring cleaning. It leaves many itching for things to do, especially to the interiors of our homes. 

Retro Den owners Ashley Daly and Ashley Palmer offer some tips to jazz up your design.

 

1. Add some green to your scene with house plants. 

Plants can be added to any room, even ones that lack a lot of sunlight, according to Daly. Her favorite low-light plants are heart-leaf philodendrons and sansevieria (aka snake plants), as they don’t require much water or care. The ever-popular succulent varieties don’t need much watering, but have varying light needs.

New house plants can help scratch the itch of spring planting, Daly says.

Family heirlooms and unique objects might be tucked away and forgotten in your closet. It's time to bring them into the light!

2. Shop your house before you shop the store. 

Palmer always suggests this to her home-styling clients. “Shop your house” simply means walking through your home and seeing if any pieces — art, furniture, lighting or accessories — might work well, or better, in another space. She encourages inviting a friend over to help “see with new eyes” since you live with the stuff every day.

This also is a good time to rearrange furniture or move pieces to different rooms.  During your walk-through, if you discover an item that’s tired, broken or is something you just don’t care for, start a pile for throwaways, giveaways or resale.

 

3. Change the lighting. 

Lighting is key to design, according to Daly. If a room only has overhead lighting, the addition of lamps — whether table or floor — can reshape the mood or tone of any space. And don’t be afraid to open those curtains for some natural light.

A travel memento, like this lamp depicting Niagara Falls, can add a personal touch to your interior decor.

4. Find a balance between new and vintage. 

Daly and Palmer suggest a balance of vintage and new items when designing a space. “You don’t want all new or all vintage,” Daly says. “You want to find a more balanced ratio that fits you, your lifestyle and your aesthetic.”

 

5. Add meaningful touches to your design. 

Whether it’s family heirlooms, souvenirs from vacations or just a sentimental photograph, Daly says incorporating these into your home design help tell the homeowner’s story. The pair also suggest adding something handmade to any space. “A real person spent time making and creating this item,” which adds its own personal touch, Daly says.

 

The studios at Retro Den

In January, Retro Den welcomed four small businesses to its location at 1216 S. Harvard Ave. Studio spaces house workspace and permanent pop-up retail shops for these Tulsa entrepreneurs:

  • Home textile company House Sparrow Fine Nesting
  • Fabric and notion retailer Owl and Drum
  • Calligraphy and stationery company Laurel and Marie
  • Sewing instructor Mary Make and Do 

 

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February 2018

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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An introduction to Modern Dance technique including fundamental principles of contraction/release, spiral, and shift of weight. Students focus on movement from the inside out, encouraging use of...

Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Shelter brings together two nationally recognized artists, sculptor Patrick Dougherty and fiber artist Rachel Hayes in a thought-provoking exploration of space, architecture, and structures....

Cost: Free

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

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For those with Modern Dance Technique training. Very similar to Advanced Modern MIX. Who: Dancers with Modern technique training Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks. When:...

Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

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

Cost: FREE

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

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Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
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
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Website »

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Drum up some fun playing songs on traditional African Drums using your hands and a mallet. Registration required: cindy.barton@tulsacc.edu

Cost: free and open to the public

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

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

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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 »

More information

A celebration of the 2017 Tulsa Area United Way campaign and the many individuals and organizations that made it a success.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Area United Way
Telephone: 191-829-56601
Contact Name: Bonnie Rucker
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

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You're invited to join Survivorship Care Manager Traci Owen on Tuesday, February 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa's Conference Rooms B, C, and D as...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

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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 »

More information

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
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

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

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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join us Friday February 2nd for another fabulous exhibit featuring Tulsa's own Marjorie Atwood, 'The Gilded Gaze'.  we'll have light refreshments, full bar and live music!...

Cost: FREE

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


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

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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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This Valentine’s Day bring your friends or loved ones to the Aquarium for a fun & romantic night out.  Take a swim through our exhibits while enjoying multiple “Around the...

Cost: $75

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
Website »

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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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Contact Name: Laurel George
Website »

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

Show More...
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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 »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

Come have some serious fun at our Fantastic Pajama Party PSN! Not only is it a great opportunity to get some much-needed alone time for you- it’s also a great opportunity for your kids to...

Cost: $35.00 to non-members and $30.00 to members

Where:
The Little Gym
6556 East 91st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The largest marriage conference of its kind is coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma February 16-17. The XO Tour is a one of a kind, live marriage conference bringing couples together in venues...

Cost: $65/ticket

Where:
Victory Church Tulsa
7700 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
View map »


Sponsor: MarriageToday
Telephone: 972-953-0500
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

Contact improv is about choices, listening, sharing and generosity. It is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially -...

Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »

More information

Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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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 »

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

Guy Lozier, a featured Oklahoma Author, will spend the afternoon at Gardener's Book Store in Tulsa mixing with the public and autographing books. Guy has 9 books currently published including 2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gardener's Used Books
4421 S. Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Author Guy Lozier
Telephone: 918-841-3149
Contact Name: Guy Lozier
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Join us for a day of Family FUN! Tickets are only $10 per person & are now on sale at https://dnb.ticketbud.com/kids-valentines-carnival-dnb-tulsa Each ticket includes: One Spin on the...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Dave & Buster's of Tulsa
6812 S. 105th E. Ave
Highway 169 & 71st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Telephone: 918-449-3106
Contact Name: Katrina Mills
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

More information

Education For Scholars, Inc. is hosting our annual cultural dinner called, "United to Fulfill to Dream," to commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther Jr., who advocated racial equality...

Cost: FREE ADMISSION, MUST RSVP

Where:
Tulsa Central Library in the Pocahontas Room
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Education For Scholars, Inc.
Telephone: 918-955-0302
Contact Name: Merleanna Dick
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
Website »

More information

The largest marriage conference of its kind is coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma February 16-17. The XO Tour is a one of a kind, live marriage conference bringing couples together in venues...

Cost: $65/ticket

Where:
Victory Church Tulsa
7700 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
View map »


Sponsor: MarriageToday
Telephone: 972-953-0500
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

More information

Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places? Well, we'd love to have you join us, and see the good and bad sides of romance in the 21st century. Laughing Matter is a live comedy...

Cost: 8.00

Where:
PH Community House
306 South Phoenix
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

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

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
View map »


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