The cable guys

How two Tulsans changed the course of TV history.



In 1976, Ed Taylor, shown in his Tulsa home, made a $1 investment that resulted in millions for him and Ted Turner — as well as led to the creation of the first superstation.

Thirty-three years ago, Ed Taylor of Tulsa made possibly the best $1 investment ever. It made two men multimillionaires and changed television forever.

It was Dec. 27, 1976, that Taylor began distributing Ted Turner’s WTBS in Atlanta to cable systems via satellite. That created the first superstation. Taylor helped Turner get the station’s signal on satellite, then paid $1 for the right to sell that signal to cable systems around the country. He made millions from those sales, and Turner made millions from the advertising dollars generated by that larger audience.

Turner called it “one of the greatest $1 investments in American business history.”

A few months later, Roy Bliss of Tulsa put Chicago’s WGN on a satellite, making it the second superstation and one that endures today. And television was never the same.

Did they know the changes these decisions would make to television?

“I think the answer to that is both yes and no,” Taylor says. Cable then was generally limited to 12 channels, but “Ted and I both had the idea 24-channel television systems was where it was going and if this went well it would lead to other things.”

Turner was perhaps more aware of the potential and certainly more aggressive in expanding his businesses, although both Taylor and Bliss in Tulsa remained active as television exploded to hundreds of satellite channels, delivering all sorts of specialty and custom content.

And while many people were looking at satellite services in the early 1970s — and Time had already launched its Home Box Office on a satellite — Turner, Taylor and Bliss were the first to actually jump into the business of cable via satellite.

That two men from Tulsa — then touted as “Oil Capital of the World” — were involved in such history-making actions was not a coincidence. Both Taylor and Bliss were brought to Tulsa by Wayne Swearingen, a visionary oilman who was early to see a larger potential for cable television, which was largely viewed as simply a way to get television to areas too remote to pick up broadcast signals from stations that usually were in big cities.

Swearingen and Julius Livingston, who rebuilt Swearingen’s oil company, began in the 1960s gathering cable franchises from Tulsa and other cities. Their company, Tulsa Cable, bought a microwave company, United Video, to begin linking Tulsa with stations in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas. They also combined with Gene Schneider, who had operated cable systems in Wyoming, to form United Cable, which held franchises in a number of cities.

Taylor was recruited as a consultant in the early 1970s because, while working with AT&T, he had helped with a similar project for John Malone in Denver. Bliss was hired about that same time to operate the subsidiary, United Video.

Taylor returned to Tulsa in 1972 as president of United Video.

Together, Taylor and Bliss built microwave systems through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. They delivered signals from major stations to cable systems along the way to finance the expansion.

Then, in 1976, United Video was sold to an East Coast cable operator named Larry Flynn. Bliss stayed with that company; Taylor had gone to work for Western Union to market its new satellite services — Western Union had put up the first commercial communications satellite.

It was in that role that he first associated with Turner, who was trying to get cable companies to build microwave networks to expand the reach of his Atlanta station. He approached Taylor about satellite service.

Taylor recalls that he wrote a business plan for Western Union to serve Turner and its board “turned it down twice.” Then, at a board meeting, his marketing budget and staff were cut, and “the next day … I resigned and went off and did it myself,” he says.

Turner’s version is somewhat different, according to published reports. His lawyers told him he had to find a third party to act as a “common carrier” to distribute his satellite signal, “so I called the first person I’d met in the satellite business, Western Union’s Ed Taylor.” Turner said he “asked him if he would leave Western Union and run our common carrier.” 

The arrangement was that Turner got increased advertising revenue from a larger audience through cable and Taylor got revenue from charging cable systems 10 cents per subscriber for delivering the service. Turner helped Taylor create a company, Southern Satellite Systems, as the distributor.

Turner says they both knew “this business could get very big very fast.”

It did. Southern quickly became very profitable and led both men into other businesses.

Taylor and Bliss had not talked in detail about satellite delivery, but Taylor says, “Roy was about the only guy in the country that didn’t think Ed Taylor and Ted Turner were nuts.”

Bliss, through United Video, quickly approached WGN, which he says was the strongest independent station in United Cable’s lineup. Taylor also had thought of putting up WGN, but the satellite transponder he would have used would not work at first, and by the time it did, Bliss was already in operation.

Bliss assumed the two would compete for cable markets, but “As it turned out, we both got virtually all of the small markets and shared many of the large markets,” he says.

Taylor went on to form Tempo Television, which began creating new channels. He would create a channel, then sell time on it to programmers, who sold advertising.

“That helped in the transition to a separate channel,” he says. A lot of home and garden, cooking, fishing and other special programming began this way.

That model exists to this day in most special cable channels — independent producers develop shows and market them to channel operators.

Taylor says he made one big mistake. A man named Don Hendricks proposed to start a new channel called Discovery “and I said no,” he says. Taylor later bought stock in Hendricks’ Discovery Channel, now one of the most profitable around.

He did start the first advertising-supported cable channel, which evolved into CNBC.

Taylor also started a channel with news photographs and announcers reading stories about those pictures. Turner first said “nobody was interested in 24-hour news” but after seeing the results “started Cable News Network and wiped me out,” Taylor says.

Turner stayed involved with innovation after he left active television. He was involved in putting together the first webcast, using the Internet as a communications medium.

Bliss became a major stockholder in United Video, as well as its operating head, with WGN and other channels. United Video also partnered with Sony to start the Game Show Channel and experimented with developing other channels. Its biggest success came with a Prevue Guide, which furnished program listings to cable operators.

And John Malone, who had worked with both Taylor and Bliss and also had been involved with Turner in the early days, wound up owning United Cable, United Video and Taylor’s Tempo Television, although all or part of those ventures was eventually sold to others.

In addition to his involvement with television, Taylor has been active in two major medical areas, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and arthritis.

His wife, Nancy, suffered from CFS and eventually died as a result. Taylor worked hard to find causes and cures and eventually founded the Nancy Taylor Foundation to do research on this strange and debilitating disease, as well as arthritis and juvenile arthritis. The foundation is a leader in the effort to combat CFS.

A daughter suffered from arthritis, leading Taylor to become active in that foundation and its research. The Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation honored Taylor with its Spirit of Commitment Award at a dinner May 18.

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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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Where:
Coffee House On Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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 »

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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

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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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
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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

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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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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

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

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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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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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