Game changer

Tulsa students are playing a sport new to middle America: lacrosse.



Michelle Pollard

It’s an unseasonably warm evening in early March as the sun sets over the Bishop Kelley soccer fields. Kids of all ages are practicing for upcoming games, but they’re not kicking and chasing a soccer ball. Accompanying the bursts of whistles and coaches yelling are the sounds of lacrosse sticks clacking against each other.

A little more than 10 years ago, lacrosse was predominantly played on the East Coast. Occasionally it could be seen on TV when games were televised in the spring during the NCAA season.

This is Oklahoma, where football is king in high school and college. In youth sports, thousands participate in baseball, basketball, soccer and wrestling.

In the past few years, however, lacrosse has exploded in popularity across the Tulsa metro and flowed over to smaller communities like
Claremore and Skiatook.

But what might seem like a sudden emergence of the sport actually goes back a decade.

One of the people watching the practice is Christy Rawlings, a Bishop Kelley parent who helped generate interest in lacrosse in the Tulsa area.

For Rawlings and her family, it began in 2009 when her eldest son, John, begged to join the kids practicing lacrosse across the street from their house. Little did she know, the moment would change her life.

“I thought it was one of the most fun sports ever,” Rawlings says. “Football is real static. It’s stop. It’s go. With lacrosse, the minute it starts it never stops. It goes at a very fast pace. The kids are getting such good physical conditioning.”

With no local league available, John and his friends played as members of WolfPack (middle school) and the Bulldogs (varsity) city teams comprised of metro middle and high schoolers that competed against teams from Arkansas and Missouri. Soon, more than 80 kids were playing in Tulsa on these teams. The seed was planted.

In 2012, Coach Dustin Booth formed the Tulsa Youth Lacrosse Association to provide boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade a chance to play. 

The sport had grown enough by 2013 that a decision was made to break off from the city high school team and create club teams at schools. Bishop Kelley was one.

In 2014, Rawlings helped found Comets Lacrosse Club Inc., a youth sports nonprofit that includes all K-8th grade teams and encompasses kids from all Tulsa Catholic diocesan schools and interested Tulsa Public Schools students without a lacrosse program. The Comets varsity program is just for Bishop Kelley students. At the same time Jenks Trojan Lacrosse Club was founded, creating two major programs in Tulsa. By 2014, the Tulsa Youth Lacrosse Association rolled into the Indian Nations Lacrosse Conference, which extended the competition through eighth grade.

“I knew if Jenks did it then the trifecta of Union, Broken Arrow and Owasso would follow and, sure enough, they all started junior programs the following year,” Rawlings says.

On this day in March, Rawlings is decked out in Bishop Kelley lacrosse clothing. Every coach and administrator stops to visit with her as they walk past. She reminds them about upcoming events or needs for the program. 

She’s a parent with a full-time job, yet she still finds time to do what she can to help the program and the sport succeed, even if it’s helping the kids sell and deliver mulch as an annual fundraiser.

“It has turned into a massive amount of work,” says Rawlings, who credits the working board and volunteer coaches with amazing work and stamina. “We are a 501(c)(3) with 292 players, and we have 20 percent of our players on scholarship.” The scholarships allow kids to play lacrosse in the program who otherwise could not afford to play. This year, more than $5,208 has been awarded to athletes. 

Hard work is paying off in all Tulsa-area lacrosse. The Indian Nations Lacrosse Conference is still in its infancy as an organized youth league, but it continues to grow rapidly. More than 2,000 boys and girls play in the Heartland Conference, which has seven Tulsa high school clubs.

With the sport booming, back at Bishop Kelley Rawlings and the Comets Lacrosse board knew it was time to bring in a varsity-level coach to take the program to the next level. They were looking for someone who had recent college-level lacrosse experience, could run a competitive travel program in the off-season, market players to colleges and bring more exposure to the area.

They did a nationwide search last summer and hired Scott Smith to be the director of coaching and varsity head coach. He also runs a competitive travel program, boys and girls camps, leagues and clinics.

Smith was coaching lacrosse at an inner-city school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, when the school dropped the program, forcing Smith on a job hunt. “I was looking for an opportunity to find another place where I could help grow the game,” says Smith, who has joined us on the sidelines. “I came out to Bishop Kelley and met with the Comets Lacrosse board and I instantly knew this is a place I wanted to be.”

Coach Scott Smith came to Tulsa from Connecticut to coach Bishop Kelley’s lacrosse program. Here, he talks with Jackson Osentowski.

Smith brought with him a lifetime of lacrosse experience. He was an All-American and a four-year letter winner at Johns Hopkins University. He played in three NCAA final fours. As the goaltender, in 2005, he helped his team win the NCAA Championship. He even made it on to SportsCenter’s weekly Top 10 Countdown for a pair of one-on-one saves in a contest that he says his players can hardly believe happened.

The plays were pre-YouTube, the Wilton, Connecticut, native explains. “I don’t have any record of them since it wasn’t digital,” Smith says. “The kids ask me how come they can’t find any highlights online, and I tell them we didn’t have the internet when I was in college.”

Lacrosse has a long association with money, privilege and Ivy League schools. “The sport is being played at some of the top institutions,” Smith concedes. “If you can get into a school based on your academics, you can get a world-class education and pay for it with a lacrosse scholarship.”

He is quick to add that there are opportunities for young people to excel and earn college scholarships while playing in Tulsa, no matter a family’s economic level.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s in Connecticut or Oklahoma, once a kid picks up a stick and their parents are educated on what the sport can provide, the game’s popularity will continue to grow exponentially,” Smith says. 

“The opportunities for girls are even better than for boys because there is a lot of scholarship money right now because of things like Title IX.” 

 

Kira Ziola, Katy Brennan and Kaylee Dawson

The sun has disappeared, and the fields are clearing for the night. Smith watches the last group of junior high boys run through final drills at a goal. Soon those students will play for him at the next level.

“We’re about five years behind the East Coast in terms of competing at their varsity level,” Smith says. “It’s going to take time, but as we’ve seen over the course of the first month of practice, we’re getting a kid every week who wants to play lacrosse because of the experience their friends are having. I have 16 freshmen, who are going to make a great varsity team.” 

Smith recognizes he’s coaching a sport that will likely forever fall into the shadow of football, but he’s optimistic about the future of the game. “As we break down the football-only mentality, you’ll start seeing kids get more scholarships in lacrosse,” he says.

Rawlings and Smith agree the next major challenge for lacrosse in Tulsa is becoming a sanctioned boys and girls high school sport across the state. Does he think that will take 10 years? Five?

“I’m hoping sooner than that,” Smith says. “With the growth of the metro-wide Bulldogs, and as more players break off to represent their schools with teams, I think we could be there in the next two or three years. That’s the ultimate goal.”

 

Lacrosse 101

In lacrosse, players use a netted stick to carry, pass and throw a rubber ball along a field in an effort to score goals. The team that scores the most goals in the allotted time wins.



History

Native Americans began playing a form of lacrosse several centuries ago. French missionaries to North America gave lacrosse its modern name, as the stick the Indians played with resembled a bishop’s staff called “la crosse,” or “the cross,” in French. The game as it is played today originated around 1840.

 

Equipment

According to Bishop Kelley coach Scott Smith, it costs about $200 to purchase the necessary equipment, which includes a lacrosse stick, solid rubber ball, helmet with face guard and chinstrap, gloves, pads and cleats or sneakers. Girls’ lacrosse forgoes the helmet for eye protection. 

Callie Davis + girls' lacrosse gear Will Cunningham + boys' lacrosse equipment

 

Game length

The game is divided into four quarters with a halftime. The length of the period/quarter is 12 minutes in high school and 15 minutes in NCAA. Each period begins with a face-off at midfield. Teams switch sides after each period. There are two timeouts per team per half.

 

The field

A lacrosse field is 110 yards long and can be from 53-60 yards wide. The goals are 80 yards apart with a playing area of 15 yards behind each goal. The length of the field is divided in half by a center line.

 

In the crease

Attacking players may never enter the opposing goal crease, which is an 18-foot circle surrounding the goal. They may only reach in with their sticks when attempting to get control of the ball. Defensive players may enter their own goal crease, but not when carrying the ball. And, the goalie cannot hold the ball in his crease for more than four seconds. Such fouls result in the loss of ball possession.

 

Checking

There are various ways to play defense, including body check, stick check, poke check, slap check and wrap check.

 

Offside

Called anytime a team has fewer than four players on its defensive side of the field, or fewer than three players on its offensive side.

 

Fouls

A player may not trip, slash, recklessly charge or use his stick or body to illegally check an opposing player. An illegal body check is a hit above an opponent’s shoulders, below the waist or from behind. It is further illegal to use the stick as a means to interfere with an advancing opponent. Depending on severity, the violating player sits out of play for one to three minutes in the penalty box.

 

 

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The Boxyard, Fassler Hall, Chimera Cafe
Tulsa, OK


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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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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sisserou's
107 N Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Guthrie Green
111 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Hurricance Stadium
512 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Created by Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, this music fest features four stages and performances by Randy Rogers Band, Shinyribs, JD McPherson, Lucero, American Aquarium,...

Cost: $60-$150

Where:
Diamondhead Resort
12081 OK-10
Tahlequah, OK
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Tulsa Ballet is throwing a Block Party with live music, craft beer, food trucks, and more, all just before a performance of Creations in Studio K.

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Tulsa Ballet
1212 E 45th Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

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The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

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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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Tulsa's Funniest Stories - One Night of Hilarity!     Friday, September 22 at 8 PM - 10 PM Want to hear the funniest stories that have been told on our stage the last 4+...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Ok So Story Slam
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Beehive Lounge
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Case Soccer Complex
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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ORU Aerobics Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

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Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Ok So Story Slam brings back some of the best stories from the last four years.

Cost: $10

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK
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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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The time has come for pumpkin everything. Breakfast, lunch, and Pie Night is all pumpkins.

Where:
Antoinette Baking Co
207 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts
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Cost: $5

Where:
Blackbird On Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Fuel 66
2439 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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George's Pub
108 N 1st St
Jenks, OK
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Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35.50-$55.50

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Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Fed up suburban youths struggle to find their place in a superficial society in the rock opera based on the pop-punk band's Grammy-winning album.

Cost: $30-$32

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Through a series of events, Christine begins to believe her daughter, the seemingly perfect Rhoda, may in fact be a serial killer.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Muskogee Little Theatre
311 S 3rd St
Muskogee, OK
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Clark Youth Theatre performs the original high school musical, starring Rydell High's class of 1959.

Cost: $10-$13

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Clark Youth Theatre
4825 S Quaker Ave
Tulsa, OK
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A celebration of impermanence, artists compete, creating artworks with chalk on 10'x10' sections of Main Street, B.A.

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The Rose District
Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK
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7:30 a.m., party; 9:30 a.m., walk.

Cost: Free registration, sponsorships available, fundraising encouraged

Where:
Dietler Commons, in front of McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association
Telephone: 918-392-5010
Contact Name: Leeanna Tomah
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  The Farmer’s Market Every Saturday from 8-11:30am until mid-October New live music each week, cooking demonstrations, wine, cheeses, fresh eggs, meats, honey, veggies and...

Cost: free admission

Where:
The Farm Shopping Center
51st & Sheridan
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: The Farm Shopping Center
Telephone: 918-622-3860
Contact Name: Shelley Latta
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8:30 a.m., fun run; 9 a.m., 5K and 10K Food trucks, inflatables, music, family-friendly event Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/OK/Catoosa/PortHarborDash  The 5K and 10K...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
5350 Cimarron Road
Catoosa, OK  74015
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Sponsor: Tulsa Port of Catoosa
Telephone: 918-202-7714
Contact Name: Sheila Shook
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Masquerade/cosplay event with food, silent auction and Batman-themed activities. Batman or movie character costumes encouraged.

Cost: $15, individuals; $25, couples

Where:
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Broken Arrow
1400 W. Washington St.
Broken Arrow, OK
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Sponsor: Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-406-9341
Contact Name: Sean Henry
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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

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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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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BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS ONLINE NOW - ONLY $12!   Get ready for the LARGEST & MOST ASTOUNDING SHOW OF THE YEAR!! BOOBS, ACROBATS, CLOWNS, SPARKS, STUNTS, TORTURE & PLENTY O' CRAZY...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
The Fur Shop Outdoor Stage
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Come see the beautiful Sundance award-winning documentary "Unrest" for free and learn about this most common unknown illness - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Circle Cinema
10 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Unrest in Tulsa
Contact Name: Melanie Randolph
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, 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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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$45

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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At Oklahoma's largest (and grooviest) pet adoption event, find a new friend or bring one for pet contests, microchipping, vendors and services, and live music.

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Riverwalk Crossing
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Signature Symphony performs Peter Boyer's New Beginnings, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto, and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations with featured pianist Horacio Gutierrez.

Cost: $12-$37

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E 81st St
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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A big top couldn't contain this crazy, adults-only circus. See acrobats, trapese artists, burlesque, fifty shades of sideshow, and some freaky clowns.

Cost: $12

Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $45-$55

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$18

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Ride Brookside
4133 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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