Legends: James Goodwin

Attorney and publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle



James Goodwin grew up in Tulsa and the community of Alsuma. He graduated from Notre Dame University and the University of Tulsa. He has practiced law for 54 years and is the publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle, Tulsa’s only black-owned newspaper.

Greg Bollinger

 

James Osby Goodwin, 79, is a lifelong Tulsan, an accomplished attorney and the owner of Tulsa’s only black-owned newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle. He is an advocate for the city’s reconstruction of the Greenwood District, for its history both before and after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It’s a part of his family’s story, and he is devoted to restoring and revitalizing Greenwood while carving out the massacre’s proper place among not only Tulsa’s, but also America’s, history.

Goodwin is one of eight siblings who grew up next door to Tulsa’s St. Monica Catholic Church, before his father purchased a 150-acre farm in the community of Alsuma at East 51st Street and South Mingo Road. Nearby railroad tracks separated whites and blacks. At 9 years old, Goodwin became an amputee when he lost his right arm in a horseback riding accident that involved a train on the Katy Railroad. Despite his disability, Goodwin has never allowed it to stand in the way of his academic and professional success.



 

Where did you go to school/university? Why?

I left Tulsa in 1955 — the year the city was going to desegregate. I went to Springfield, Illinois, for my junior and senior year of high school. I went to live with my grandmother and my aunt, so I could attend Cathedral Boys High School, an all-boys Catholic school. The reason for that transfer was that I was very active in academics, theater and student government, but I didn’t feel I was as informed as I ought to be. So, I asked my folks if I could go to school elsewhere.

After I finished Cathedral Boys High School, I attended Notre Dame. As a sophomore I got into a program that was just beginning at many universities, where you studied the great books of the Western world. It had a special curriculum with limited admission of students. My greatest crowning moment at the end of my college career was when I wrote a paper about “Ulysses” by James Joyce. (He scored the highest on the assignment.) I graduated from Notre Dame in 1961 and went straight to law school at the University of Tulsa.

You mentioned how your early days were influenced by the Catholic faith as a parishioner at St. Monica’s. Is Catholicism still important to you today?

I’m still a practicing Catholic. At Cathedral Boys High School, I reconnected with my Catholicism. Being close to the nuns and convent as a child, we were baptized when we were young. My mother would say, “I don’t care (to) which church you belong just as long as you’re in church.” Prior to my 10th grade year, I grew up under the influence of Baptists and Methodists. In the Baptist church as a youngster, I could be inspired by the sermon with a burst of hope and truth, but 30 minutes later I was hungry again. I never knew why I felt the way I felt. When I got to Cathedral Boys High School, I was introduced to the logic of our faith and it gave me a reason for believing, so that I could better understand the nature of my feelings as I read the Bible.

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

Probably the amputation of my arm. It was a time of reflection. I had a horrible temper as a kid, and that sort of tempered it. It made me stronger and redirected my energy.

What keeps you feeling young and why?

My practice of law — I’ve been at it for 54 years. It’s still an inspiring endeavor to which I look forward every day. There’s never a dull moment.

How would your friends describe you?

I can’t answer that, really. My mother always referred to me as “gentleman Jim.”

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’ve been involved in a men’s group for over 25 years with some very interesting people. We’ve met every Thursday. We meet to talk about our lives in context of, “What would Christ do?” It has had both ex-gang members and the very wealthy in it.

What is your hope for the future of Tulsa?

We are at a very propitious and redemptive moment in the history of Tulsa. We are about to come upon our centennial of the massacre. I wrote an article in our paper called “How to Make Greenwood Great Again.” There’s ambivalence about our history that even in 100 years Tulsa has not reckoned with the root causes of the 1921 massacre. Why is it that Tulsa has one street with two names, divided by a street that, before 1921, separated white Tulsa from Tulsa’s black belt? Why is it that on Greenwood there are two state universities, side by side, one historically white and the other historically black, managed by the same board of regents, when only one university should suffice? Finally, other evidence of that ambivalence manifests itself in perennial debates on whether to refer to the 1921 carnage as a “riot” or a “massacre” or change the name of the business district, adjacent to the Greenwood District, named after a white supremacist, who participated in the bloodletting.

I believe the centennial is a moment that we can, as a city — a body politic, turn a tragedy into triumph. It’s not about vilification, but rectification. Emphasis should be devoted to the reconstruction of Greenwood, not its gentrification nor reparations. The history of Greenwood should be told in bricks and mortar on the outside, and its history on the inside.

I’d like to see in the immediate future the creation of a destination for the world to come visit and recreate Greenwood through high-tech virtual reality. There could be an interactive series of places where people could come and witness the events of before, during and after the massacre. Hundreds of thousands of people can come here to Tulsa and view that reality. There’s a shame that people feel even today — a certain kind of guilt that we can resolve by embracing the good and looking at the bad. This should be a communitywide effort to tell a story, make it a tourist destination, which would then provide business opportunities, jobs and income within the neighborhood and blend in with other adjacent cultural sites. If you could walk into an interactive museum and hear the sounds of the bombing and the stories of people, it could be a phenomenal experience. It would uplift Tulsa. We need to call it what it is and preserve that history. It’s a part of Tulsa’s story and a part of Oklahoma’s story — a story not only about a people who suffered from racism, but a story of their resolve.

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave for Greenwood?

All my life, I’ve tried to bring some leveling force of influence in this community because when I was growing up, many black folks were consigned to being maids, butlers and chauffeurs. When urban renewal came through here, I asked my father to negotiate for me an option to purchase all of the buildings left on Greenwood. He bought it as an option from the Tulsa Development Authority, and I held onto it for 15 years. When Jimmy Carter became president, I assigned my option to the Greenwood Chamber to buy. It was then able to get a redevelopment grant. I did that because I understood, as a kid, the historic significance. I saw the hustle and bustle of commerce after ’21. The reconstruction of Greenwood will be the city of Tulsa’s affirmation that black Tulsans are an integral part of America, and part of the American Dream.

What about your role with The Oklahoma Eagle — what keeps you so involved?

I would like as a legacy, if I could, to have a media institute that specializes in evaluating the impact that black, Hispanic and Native American journalism has had alongside jazz, gospel and blues, on American society. We will always need the press, investigative reporting and a vehicle to fight for the underdog. That’s why I think the black press is so important today. There are few left to champion the cause. That’s what keeps me running The Oklahoma Eagle — a necessity to often times be that voice crying in the wilderness.

What was a “worst time,” and how did you pull through it?

We’ve filed bankruptcy twice at this newspaper. Those were the worst times. It was a matter of faith, really, a deep faith. Benefactors at the time — including the former head of Williams Co. Keith Bailey; the two leaders of ONEOK, Larry Brummett and his successor David Kyle; and another unsung hero, Stuart Price (in addition to Goodwin’s wife, children, brothers, sisters and other members of the community) — they were wonderful people who saw our efforts and generously supported us.

What concerns you today?

The prevalence of racism and bigotry engrained in our society. Racism and racial superiority is visibly creeping itself back into society today, the kind of racism which expressed itself in the complete annihilation of 36 blocks of Greenwood at a time when it was a microcosm of New York City.

How do you measure success?

It’s certainly not the size of your bank account, house or car. It’s the quality of how you deal with people. There were two guiding principles etched in my mind as a kid. My mother would say, “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” My father would often remind me, “A man who does not take care of his family is worse than an infidel.” It’s amazing how you don’t necessarily know how they impact you but you can, in reflection, realize those principles.

What is a favorite Tulsa memory, or what place in Tulsa do you miss the most?

The prosperity that was once here in Greenwood that I experienced as a child is what I miss the most — the vitality of the area.

Describe a perfect weekend in Tulsa or elsewhere.

I like going to dinner with friends and spending time with family over the holidays. I love the arts and music that Tulsa has to offer. It’s a precious place. I love horseback riding. I had a horse since I was 7 years old until the 1970s. After my children grew up and graduated from college, I bought another Palomino, Bailey.

 

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June 2019

Stop by avid Hotels pop-up lounge at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough cycling festival, June 7th-9th. Sit and enjoy FREE snacks, drinks, stationary charging bikes, merch and more!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tulsa Tough - Cry Baby Hill
735 W 13th St
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: avid Hotels (an IHG Hotel)

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Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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Cost: $25

Where:
Woody Guthrie Center
102 E Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Whittier Bar
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Teresa Miller will sign copies of her book Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals, and Tulsa SPCA will have dogs available for adoption.

Where:
Magic City Books
221 E Archer St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $12

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Guthrie Green
111 E Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Rabbit Hole Bar & Grill
116 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Please Touch the Art exhibit breaks the rules of traditional art exhibits and makes art accessible, especially for visitors who are visually impaired or blind. Guests are encouraged to touch...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong

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Think you can't do something? Think again! Step out of your comfort zone and try something new at the I Can't workshops this summer, featuring all new community partners.

Cost: Free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
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Please join us for our yearly summer music series as part of your Tulsa City-County Library's Summer Reading Program.  Ryan has long been one of Tulsa’s most popular musicians.  Best known as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
400 civic center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa City-County Library
Contact Name: Rebecca H

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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
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Magi 4 Christ Campers meet each Monday at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. At 4241 S. 37th W. Ave., Tulsa, OK. 74107.  We are a Christian group of camping enthusiasts. We are family friendly. Meeting...

Cost: Donations only

Where:
Hope House
4241 S. 37th W. Ave.
South Door Activity Center
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Magi 4 Christ Campers
Telephone: 918-906-0564
Contact Name: Dorothy Brown

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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Rabbit Hole Bar & Grill
116 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong

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Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
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You’re invited to a special Reading Partners Celebration! Meet us at the Reading Tree on June 11, and dance to live music by Hot Toast, hear storytimes and enjoy free ice cream as we celebrate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place (under the Reading Tree)
2650 S John Williams Way E
Tulsa, OK  74114
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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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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Where:
Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Guthrie Green
111 E Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
Website »

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Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Website »

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Where:
Whittier Bar
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Whittier Bar
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Gypsy Coffee House
303 N MLK Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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The Please Touch the Art exhibit breaks the rules of traditional art exhibits and makes art accessible, especially for visitors who are visually impaired or blind. Guests are encouraged to touch...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74135
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong

More information

The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

More information

Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
Website »

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Enjoy lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the Food Bank fights hunger in eastern Oklahoma by distributing the equivalent of 450,000 meals each week. You can help too. Food for...

Cost: No Cost

Where:
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
1304 N. Kenosha Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-936-4551
Contact Name: Regan Leake
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Join us for a movie in the garden to celebrate this year's Adult Summer Reading Program theme: "A Universe of Stories" In this classic 80's film from Steven Spielberg, a young boy summons the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
400 civic center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa City-County Library
Telephone: 918-549-7323
Contact Name: Rebecca H

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Website »

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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
Website »

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Where:
Cellar Dweller
417 W 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Coffee House on Cherry Street
1502 E 15th ST
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $2-$14

Where:
Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Where:
Mother Road Market
1124 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Inner Circle Vodka Bar
410 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Website »

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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

More information

The Please Touch the Art exhibit breaks the rules of traditional art exhibits and makes art accessible, especially for visitors who are visually impaired or blind. Guests are encouraged to touch...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74135
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong

More information

Join Tulsa City-County Library’s Imagination Station for stories and songs in the park. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Afterward, cool off in the splash pad. Sponsored by the Tulsa Library...

Cost: Free

Where:
QuikTrip Plaza
41st and Riverside
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: river parks
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Telephone: 918-585-1234
Website »

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A FORMAL CLASSY ( DRESS AS YOUR BEST ) fundraising event to ensure sincere community work of BlmTulsa and community. To build people and community creating a better environment for all. There will...

Cost: $50

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: BLMTulsa, Elite Bridges of Faith Basketball Camp
Telephone: 918-209-1565
Contact Name: Mareo Johnson
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A FORMAL CLASSY ( DRESS AS YOUR BEST ) fundraising event to ensure sincere community work of BlmTulsa and community. To build people and community creating a better environment for all. There will...

Cost: $50. Tables $4.50-$6.00

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame
5 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74126
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Sponsor: Black Lives Matter Tulsa
Telephone: 918-209-1565
Contact Name: Rev. Mareo
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We hope you’ll join us for a fun and casual evening of crime fighting on Thursday, June 13th!  This is a great chance for you and your friends to experience the newly-renovated and...

Cost: $500 teams of 4; $125 single; $5K to $1K Sponsorships; law enforcement discount

Where:
LaFortune Park Par 3 Course
5501 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Crime Prevention Network - Tulsa Crime Stoppers
Telephone: 918-585-5209
Contact Name: Karen Gilbert
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Event Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm Location:  The Reserve at Grogg's Green Barn Event Details:  Celebrate innovation in taste and words! Join us...

Cost: $125

Where:
The Reserve at Grogg's Green Barn
10105 E 61st Pl
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
Contact Name: Dr. Lindsey Smith
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Join Portico Dance Theatre for an Alice in Wonderland style Un-Tea party where your cups are filled with wine instead of tea. The evening includes performances from the upcoming “Project...

Cost: 25-50

Where:
Southwood Landscape & Garden Center
9025 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Portico Dance Theatre
Telephone: 918-633-1015
Contact Name: Linda Davis
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce is bringing back their much-anticipated Outdoor Summer Movies for a sixth year this summer. The movies will take place Thursday evenings in June at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Collinsville City Plaza
12th and Main Street
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-371-4703
Contact Name: Megan Edwards
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Cost: $25-$40

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Black Wall Street Gallery
101 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Utica Square
1709 Utica Sq
Tulsa, OK
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Sisserou's Restaurant
107 N Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK
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True stories based on a given theme.

Cost: $5

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Please Touch the Art exhibit breaks the rules of traditional art exhibits and makes art accessible, especially for visitors who are visually impaired or blind. Guests are encouraged to touch...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong

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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
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Looking for a fun night out that the whole family can enjoy?  Crayons Improv has created a unique night of comedy that is sure to keep you laughing!  Using audience suggestions, participation,...

Cost: $5

Where:
Heritage United Methodist Church
5300 E. Kenosha
Broken Arrow, OK  74014
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Sponsor: Crayons Improv
Telephone: 918-557-5616
Contact Name: Nicole Miller
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Cost: $10

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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Scotty's Lounge
3119 W 61st St
Tulsa, OK
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Pippin's Taproom
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $14-$24

Where:
Compound Pro Wrestling
4950 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
University of Tulsa - Dietler Commons
800 S Tucker Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $12-$15

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Penthouse Bar at The Mayo Hotel
115 W 5th St
Tulsa, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cabin Boys Brewery
1717 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $26.50-$62.50

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
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Where:
Crystal Skull
1005 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Heirloom Rustic Ales
2113 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $15

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Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The first annual Mayo Moto Street Classic is an immersive motorcycle experience featuring TT flat track racing, drag racing, moto-inspired art and music at Mayo Place in Tulsa's East. The festival...

Cost: $35

Where:
Mayo Place
525 E. 6th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Mayo Moto Museum
Telephone: 918.850.0500
Contact Name: Julie Watson
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Then, Here/Now: Creating Community in the Center is a group exhibition that illuminates the histories and presence/presents of LGBTQIA+ art collectives and projects that help to ensure visibility...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East M. B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: 918-585-1234
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Please join us on the evening of Saturday, June 15 for a screening of The Ordinance Project, followed by a Q&A with director Austin R. Williams, in conjunction with our exhibit Then, Here/Now:...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East Mathew B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-585-1234
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents “Godspell” 2012 Revised Version Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally...

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: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
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Back by popular demand, we've found some more wild and crazy stories told by the funniest people in Tulsa! Blue Whale Comedy Fest and Story Club of Tulsa present "Offbeat: Crazy and Hilarious...

Cost: 12.50

Where:
Duet Jazz Club
108 N. DETROIT AVENUE
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Story Club of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Help DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers knock out violence! We are in our 16th year of raising funds for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us by pledging per home run or making a...

Cost: $1+

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: DVIS
Telephone: 918-508-2709
Contact Name: Jenée Day
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Uncle Bentley's Pub & Grill
4902 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Utica Square
1709 Utica Sq
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $44-$62

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W. M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Whitty Books
2407 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Whittier Bar
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Cost: $55

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Rabbit Hole Bar & Grill
116 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Scotty's Lounge
3119 W 61st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $12

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Fuel 66
2439 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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This irreverent and risque take on Cinderella is performed entirely in Spanish.

Cost: $30

Where:
El Coyote Manco
2160 S Garnett Rd
Tulsa, OK
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This documentary follows the fight for the passage of nondiscrimination legislation for LGBTQ communitites and people with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City in the early '90s.

Where:
Living Arts
307 E Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
6850 S Elwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Veterans Park
1811 S Boulder Park Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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