A man and his guitar



Photo by Scooter Brown

According to music legend, guitarist Chet Atkins was in a Nashville studio warming up for a session. A young technician came into the studio and stood watching open-mouthed until Atkins finished.

”Gee, Mr. Atkins, that guitar sure sounds fabulous,” the tech exclaimed.

Atkins placed the guitar on its stand, smiled at the tech and said, “Well, son, how does it sound now?”

In 1975, Norman’s Rare Guitars opened in Reseda, California.  It was a small, word-of-mouth shop specializing in vintage instruments known among musicians as the go-to location for the finest guitars available in the United States. In 1978, Tulsa blues musician Steve Pryor walked in to Norman’s, knowing he wanted to buy an L-series black Stratocaster. The only specification he wasn’t sure about was the year. After a bit of discussion, ten black 1964 Stratocasters were brought out for Pryor to inspect. He spent his entire day there, trying each guitar with equal interest. By the end of the day, he walked out with the black Stratocaster he still plays today. It cost him $200 and a Music Man amplifier, which the store agreed to take in trade.

Since that time, Pryor and his guitar have traveled many miles, played thousands of venues, and shared the stage with the likes of such blues greats as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Bugs Henderson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The guitar has accompanied him to his 2006 induction into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and his 2009 induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as a blues inductee.

The first Fender Stratocaster appeared in 1954. The body of the Stratocaster was more sleek and contoured than any other guitar that preceded it. The guitar’s build allowed the musician to move more freely and allowed for greater showmanship on stage. Once it was embraced by rock icons such as Buddy Holly, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, the guitar’s popularity soared. Simply put, the Stratocaster looked “cool.”

Interestingly, this is one of the reasons, aside from sound, that Pryor went into Norman’s Rare Guitars that day way back in 1978 and requested a black Strat. Pryor’s guitar needed to be black for one reason and one reason only: Jimi Hendrix’s last guitar, a 1968 Stratocaster, was black, and photographed with his black Strat, Hendrix looked very cool.

Pryor has made some unique modifications to his instrument, thanks in good part to the expertise of Tulsa Guitar and Electronic’s own Steve Hickerson, known affectionately among musicians as “Doc.” Pryor explains the modifications, which involve terminology such as “bridge pickup,” “saddles,” and “open string harmonics.” Suffice it to say, the modifications have made the guitar sound better—in fact, the modifications have made the guitar sound like no other.

Photo by Seth Lee JonesWhile many musicians have given their guitars nicknames—Willie Nelson and “Trigger;” B. B. King and “Lucille;” Stevie Ray Vaughan and “Number One”—Pryor’s Strat has never had a name. But this does not mean the guitar isn’t treated well. When at home and not in its case, the guitar rests high up off the floor on a soft pallet. And only once did the beloved guitar get mistreated by its owner. In a frantic and hurried restringing session, Pryor lost his temper and threw the guitar across a concrete dressing room floor. The guitar did indeed suffer an injury, which Pryor repaired himself with a vial of super glue. Fortunately, it did not change the sound.

So, has Pryor been asked to sell his guitar? Absolutely. Has any offer tempted him to date? Nope. Pryor predicts his Strat will always be repairable, though he does occasionally toy with the idea of retiring it and getting a new one.

Has anyone else ever played Steve Pryor’s Stratocaster? Pryor hesitates, and has to think about that for just a moment. “Well, yes, sometimes, but only if I’m standing there," he says. "There’s no borrowing.”

So, now for the big question. Is it the guitar that makes the musician, or is it the musician that makes the guitar, or is it a combination of both? On this question, Pryor does not hesitate. With complete humility, he asserts that the guitar does not make the musician. What does help is a level of familiarity with the instrument. “It is really more a matter of personal comfort,” he says.

In other words, harkening back to 1978, Pryor could have walked out with any one of those ten Stratocasters that day and the results would have been the same.

Thirty four years and five albums later, thousands of live performances, and Pryor would still be the guitar virtuoso that he is today. As the world renowned Andres Segovia once explained, “Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.”


More on Pryor's Stratocaster

Entering the serial number printed on Steve’s guitar into a database called “The Guitar Dater Project” produces the following information: “Your guitar was made at the Fullerton Plant (Fender - Pre CBS Era), USA in the Year(s): 1964.” Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in 1965 and pre-CBS Era guitars are highly sought after by collectors.

If you place Steve’s guitar next to Strats owned by Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer, the scuff marks above the pickguards on all three guitars would line-up almost exactly, reflecting similar styles of playing and hand movements. 

Pryor’s black Strat, upon closer inspection, has an undercoat of Sherwood Green. Fender frequently painted its guitars with two layers, sometimes to hide flaws, and sometimes to meet customer demand for a particular color. The colors chosen for undercoats were used by Fender based on availability, and combinations of primers and finishes are inconsistent. Fender custom colors were highly influenced by the colors of the most popular automobiles of the day.


Famous Stratocasters and the musicians who played them

Bill Carson

Oklahoma born country and western swing artist Bill Carson (1926-2007) is known as the test pilot of the Stratocaster. Leo Fender himself actually employed Carson as a field tester for his evolving guitar design and made suggestions to Mr. Fender, particularly regarding the contoured body shape. By 1957, he was employed by Fender on a full-time basis, rising to the head of Fender’s artist relations offices in Nashville. In 2006, one of Carson’s strats, a 1959 Fiesta Red model, sold at Christie’s Auction House for $66,000.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster, nicknamed “Blackie,” was a composite of three models built between 1956 and 1957. Blackie first appeared publicly in the early ‘70s and was retired in 1985. To raise funds for Crossroads, Clapton’s alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, the Strat was auctioned in 2004. Blackie fetched a record $959,500.

David Gilmour

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is the proud owner of Strat #0001, often mistakenly believed to be the first Stratocaster ever made. However, Fender did not use sequential serial numbers, so though this is not truly #1, it was manufactured in 1954. The guitar remains in service today.

George Harrison

In 1965, George Harrison obtained a Sonic Blue Stratocaster which he subsequently hand-painted with day-glo paints and nail polish. He also painted the guitar’s nickname “Rocky” on the headstock. Elsewhere on the guitar, the words “Bebopalula” and “Go Cat Go” also appear. The Strat remains in the custody of the Harrison family.

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, who enjoyed tinkering with instruments, combined a Stratocaster body with parts from Gibson and other guitars. The guitar is known as “Frankenstrat” and was hand-painted by Van Halen in a recognizable black/white/red design featured on the cover of the popular video game “Guitar Hero: Van Halen.” Frankenstrat is currently in retirement from touring, and in 2006, Fender issued a replica of the guitar.

Jimi Hendrix

Being left-handed, Jimi Hendrix chose most often to play a right-handed guitar flipped upside down and played from the opposite side of the body. Hendrix played a 1968 Olympic White Stratocaster when he appeared at Woodstock in 1969.  This guitar is most memorable for Hendrix’s stunning rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Most recently, the white Strat has been on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Hendrix’s hometown.

Frank and Dweezil Zappa

After Jimi Hendrix set fire to a Stratocaster, what was left of it (a scorched body) was gifted to his friend Frank Zappa. Zappa restored the guitar to playable condition in the mid-1970s and played it himself for several years. The guitar disappeared for a while, and reappeared when Frank’s son Dweezil found the guitar stashed under a staircase in a studio. For unknown reasons, the Strat had been dismantled and damaged. Dweezil took the guitar to the Fender custom shop, where it was once again restored and is in service today.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s most recognizable guitar was a 1963 Stratocaster nicknamed “Number One.” It was widely believed that Vaughan was buried with this guitar in 1990. The truth is, Number One belongs to Stevie’s brother, musician Jimmie Vaughan. The guitar was publicly displayed for the first time in 2012 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. 

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Tin Dog Saloon
3245 S Harvard Ave
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Gypsy Coffee House
303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Yeti
417 N Main 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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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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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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Contact Name: Laurel George
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Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Loony bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
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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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Coffee House On Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th 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:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $30-$219

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, 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:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Smitty's 118 Tavern
118 E Main St
Jenks, OK
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Where:
Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Stillhouse Bar & Grill
8922 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
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
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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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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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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 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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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
View map »


Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
Website »

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cost: $10

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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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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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: $40-$129

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, 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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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
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: $18-$20

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Woody Guthrie Center
102 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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