Some musicians are just better enjoyed while outdoors, chillin’ on a blanket and drinking a cold beverage. John Fullbright is one of those musicians. The Bearden-based singer-songwriter’s latest album, aptly titled Songs, is chock-full of earthy, intimate folk numbers, which ought to translate just fine to the Great Lawn. See Fullbright — along with food trucks and ice-cold Coop beer — 8 p.m. Friday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
You wouldn’t think ceramics and photography have all that much in common. But when you see the innovative works of Caroline Cohenour and Jean Keil, you’ll be singing a different tune. The opening reception of their new exhibit, Spacial Recognition, coincides with the Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk, 6-10 p.m. Friday at In Your Eye Studio & Gallery, 3005-A Paseo St. The exhibit runs through August 30, and admission is free. Call 525-2161 or visit inyoureyegallery.com.
He might be one ugly ogre, but you still need to see Shrek in the flesh. The Oscar-winning film series is getting the stage treatment with Shrek The Musical, performed by a cast of 51 talented teens as part of Sooner Theatre’s summer production camp. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St., in Norman. Tickets are $10. Call 321-9600 or visit soonertheatre.com.
There are concert movies, and there’s Stop Making Sense. The 1984 film, directed by Jonathan Demme, documented a series of Talking Heads performances for the ages, and 30 years later, it’s still an aural and visual experience unlike any other. Enjoy it on the big screen 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $5-$9. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
If you’d like a little gypsy jazz to go along with your cosmopolitan cuisine, we have the event for you. Summer Feast 2014 features the widely renowned gypsy jazz act Ivan Peña Quintet (pictured) and some rather enticing food options: chicken and beef kebabs over wild rice, freshly seasoned green beans, salad, bread, cheesecake and a complimentary glass of wine. Chow down 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at Catering Creations, 3750 W. Main St., Suite 3-C, in Norman. Tickets are $30. Call 364-1400.
Hooray, Bricktown! Get your dreads ready; it’s time for another edition of Bricktown Reggae Fest, featuring Jamaican food, beverages, beads and, of course, some of Oklahoma’s finest reggae bands. The all-ages fest goes down 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and 2:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues in the heart of Bricktown. Admission is free. Call 236-4143 or visit bricktownokc.com.
If you think ventriloquism is a dying art form, Jeff Dunham and his vivacious puppets have something to say to you. The wildly successful comedian and performing artist has become the face of modern-day ventriloquy, appearing on every late night TV show and Comedy Central special imaginable. See him in person 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Grand Event Center, 777 Grand Casino Blvd., in Shawnee. Tickets are $65-$80. Call 964-7263 or visit grandresortok.com.