Wild ride

Three Tulsans descend on a French amusement park to unveil the Golden Driller ride.



Courtesy Karen Keith

 

So, a former mayor, a county commissioner and a museum exec go to France to ride the Golden Driller …

It sounds like a joke, and here’s the punchline: It’s true.

On June 30, Kathy Taylor, Karen Keith and Michelle Place celebrated and rode the Golden Driller, the newest ride at Fraispertuis City, an amusement park in the small village of Jeanménil in northeastern France.

Owned by the Fleurent family, the park features an American Wild West theme.

Rides have names like Le Grand Canyon, Le Rodeo and Le Sombreros, where hats spin instead of teacups. In 2013, the park’s co-owner, Patrice Fleurent, wanted to add another ride, the park’s most daring yet. But what would they call the attraction that drops riders 216 feet at 56 miles per hour?

Design and engineering had been in the works for several years, yet no official theme or name had been chosen. Patrice began researching themes and brainstormed with Frederic Beck, a consultant for Fraispertuis City.

The Golden Driller was discovered during a night combing the internet.

After reading up on the statue, the connection seemed undeniable. One detail in particular sealed the deal for the ride’s Golden Driller theme: Tulsa’s golden boy was installed the same year the park opened. Both vintage 1966. It also happened to be the year of Patrice’s birth. And there’s that 66 reference to America’s Mother Road, Route 66, which happens to run through Tulsa. It all just fit.

Park owners went forward with the Golden Driller name while trying to figure out what kind of permission they needed, and from whom. Around that time, the Tulsa World picked up an Associated Press story about the park, which got the conversation going.

Through a tangle of red tape, the request came to County Commissioner Keith’s office.

At first, she thought it was a prank (who wouldn’t?), but a little due diligence proved the project was legit.

Keith learned the Fairgrounds Trust owned the rights to the Golden Driller name and image, but the trademark had not been preserved, so there was no issue involved in using it. The pay-off, as far as Keith is concerned, is increased visibility and media attention for Tulsa. Once that was settled, the relieved amusement park owners invited a small delegation to France for the ride opening in late June. All expenses were paid by the French hosts. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum asked Taylor, chief of economic development, to represent the city. Keith also was invited for her role on the county commission, as was Place, executive director of the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. The museum’s website was one of Fleurent’s and Beck’s references for the Golden Driller.

Fraispertuis City owner Patrice Fleurent and his son Clement at the grand opening of the park’s Golden Driller thrill ride.

 

Fraispertuis City is a family business, headed by co-owner and director Patrice Fleurent and his sisters, Annick, Sophie and Nadia. His son, Clement, is part of the technical team and was instrumental in the Golden Driller project. Patrice’s three sisters oversee food service, marketing/merchandising and human resources. Offices are in the original family home on park property.

After months of thinking they were communicating with Patrice, the Tulsans discovered Fraispertuis City consultant Beck was actually writing the emails. The confusion stemmed from Beck serving as the interpreter for Patrice. When the three women finally met Beck, Taylor says, “It was like meeting the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain.”

Beck has always loved amusement parks.

At 16, he asked Fleurent for a job, but was refused because he lived too far away. Meanwhile, Beck created a website about Fraispertuis City and posted about it on social media. Eventually, the Fleurent family realized they needed someone with his marketing skills to promote the park. Now 31, Beck has been involved with the park since 2006.

It was Beck who met Keith and Place at the train with open arms and fresh macarons, and who became their guide, translator and good friend. “Frederic is such a presence for the park in the region,” Place says, adding he opened up conversations about the park wherever they went in northeast France.

The Tulsans describe everything about the park as immaculate and first class.

Of course, there were many differences between the Drillers’ homes at Fraispertuis City and Expo Square. For example, visitors to the amusement park are more likely to find bagels and croissants at its food stands rather than corn dogs or turkey legs.

“And do the French ever know how to throw a party,” Keith says, describing the ride’s dedication. The 600-person guest list included friends and business associates of the owners, as well as a cult of European amusement park lovers (some from Disney Paris), social media editors, engineers, manufacturers, members of the design team and, of course, dignitaries from Tulsa.

Images, replicas and likenesses of the Golden Driller were everywhere, including one made of white chocolate.

There were trays of meats and cheeses, artichokes and salmon, good wine and a French country-western band.

The Tulsa delegation presented their hosts with a key to the city of Tulsa and framed posters of the Golden Driller. They also brought Golden Driller-themed items such as a whiskey decanter, lapel pins, Tulsa Drillers baseball shirts, USS Tulsa hats and coins. Also, beef jerky — just because.

Like its U.S. cousin, the French Golden Driller sports a plaque, which was covered with flags from both countries. For the unveiling, the French hosts pulled their flag as the American guests pulled theirs. Next, a loud noise. Ominous music. Smoke rose from what looked like an oil storage tank. Sixteen Fraispertuis City staffers — four on each side of the ride platform — waved French and American flags as the ride climbed to the top, then plunged.

This is the only ride in the world where riders can choose from four positions:

seated (meh), seated with a 20-degree tilt forward (now we’re getting somewhere), standing with that same tilt (grrrrrrrr, fierce) or floorless (death wish?).

The Tulsans rode the attraction multiple times — standing, seated and tilting. While waiting in line for the ride, visitors to the park will see panels about the oil industry, the Golden Driller and the city of Tulsa, all written by Place.

Michelle Place and Frederic Beck at one of the ride’s information panels.

 

From his beginning, the original Tulsa Golden Driller was met with mixed reviews.

“Some thought it was an eyesore. Some thought that nothing says ‘Tulsa’ more than the Golden Driller,” Place says.

French Golden Driller, however, is an unqualified hit.

And T-town plans to leverage the public relations and goodwill he generates. “Arts and culture is economic development,” Place explains. Another unexpected boon: the opportunity to meet this “cult” of European amusement parks — engineers, manufacturers, trade magazines. “We made connections from middle America to this European industry,” Place says. “There’s the hope that Tulsa could have a world-class amusement park someday, and we identified the best vendors in Europe, and hopefully opened up the American market to those companies.”

Taylor, Keith and Place invited their French hosts to Tulsa during the park’s off-season and are making plans to match or outdo the hospitality they received. “They treated us like heads of state,” Taylor says.

Elizabeth Ellison, Kathy Taylor, Patrice Fleurent, Karen Keith, Michelle Place, Laura Place and Taylor Hinton in northeastern France’s Fraispertuis City.

 

Keith, too, thinks the VisitTulsa message will resonate because many Europeans know about Route 66.

“When they come here to tour, they’ll have a reason to stop in Tulsa,” she says.

The threesome calls their trip a study in joy. “That’s one of Frederic’s favorite words,” Place says. “He loves the park. His family loves the park. He loves creating the opportunity for families to have that joy.”

“It’s definitely a happy place,” Keith says. Take that, Disney. 

 

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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

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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.

Where:
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.

Where:
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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