Walkable communities are developing in Tulsa's downtown

Two smart growth and new urbanism projects in Tulsa’s downtown and Pearl District aim to revitalize the area and create community identity that will last for years to come.



What is smart growth and new urbanism?

A smart-growth community is a mixed-use development that offers daily necessities within walking distance. A small piece of land is used in an efficient way and creates an environment where one could live, play and work.

New urbanism focuses on planning and architecture to create a walkable community.

“It’s really old urbanism with some bells and whistles,” says Jamie Jamieson, managing partner at Village Builders. “We’ve been developing mixed-use, walkable, sustainable communities for thousands of years and we’re just now beginning to realize that it works.”

The following are two examples of smart growth and new urbanism developments in Tulsa:

New urbanism development

 

The Village at Central Park

Developer:
Jamie Jamieson, managing partner at Village Builders LLC
Location:
Pearl District (south of East Sixth Street and South Peoria Avenue)
Built:
The first home was built in 2001 and five homes are being built now.
Style:
Owner-occupied traditional, Georgian-style brownstones attached to other homes with nearby shops.
Amenities:
This urban, walkable setting is located next to Centennial Park and features interconnecting streets and sidewalks, as well as private courtyards. The development is not gated so residents can engage the neighborhoods around them and not be cut off from society, Jamieson says.
What’s next:
The finished plan will have 88 homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms and one to three stories. Village Builders also owns eight commercial lots along Peoria Avenue, which will eventually have office and neighborhood retail with loft homes above.
Developer’s take:
“It’s been designed primarily for the pedestrian in mind and to enable children to get around safely and easily,” Jamieson says. “One of the central tenants of new urbanism is anyone can get around easily.”

Smart growth/new urbanism development

One Place

Developer:
Bob Eggleston, One Development LLC
Location
: Between Denver and Cheyenne avenues and Second and Third streets, east of the BOK Center
Style:
Adheres to smart-growth principles:

  • A mixed-use development
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Compact design
  • Green space

Amenities: This project will include restaurant, retail and residential space (750- to 1,350- square-foot apartments and lofts), as well as a 120-room hotel.
What’s next:
Progress is being made in negotiations with the Tulsa Development Authority (TDA) over the sale of the land, and a final agreement should be made in the near future.

The project is expected to be completed in the next three to five years and will create 180 construction jobs and 138 permanent jobs. One thousand regular visitors and 2,500 special event visitors are expected.
Developer’s take:
“One Place and other downtown developments are essential in the revitalization of Tulsa’s urban core,” Eggleston says. “In order for the entire metropolitan to grow and prosper, we need a vibrant downtown.”

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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...

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art
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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

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Fly Loft studio 3
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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

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VanTrease PACE
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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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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
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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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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
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Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Dana Edwards
Website »

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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
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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
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

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

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

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

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

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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
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary

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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 »

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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

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 »

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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
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Website »

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