We know it’s summer, and the last thing you want to do is dive down a giant Slip ’N Slide, play volleyball, chow down on food truck cuisine and listen to live music. But please bear with us. Aw, heck. Of course you want to do those things. So check out the inaugural Deep Deuce Dive, featuring all of the aforementioned awesomeness. The party is from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at NE Second Street and Central Avenue. Admission is free, and guests must be 21 and older. Visit downtownokc.com.
When it comes to entertainment, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is about as theatric, extravagant and flat-out fun as it gets — especially in a live setting. Suplex your life and see all your favorite wrestlers — John Cena, Bray Wyatt and more — in the WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $15-$95. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
There’s not a more appropriate hometown for an artist than The Woodlands, Texas, for Hayes Carll. The 35-year-old singersongwriter’s music is steeped heavily in blues and Americana, yet there’s a certain mystique to his sound that makes it seem like it came from deep within the thickets of the Lone Star State. See Carll 8 p.m. Thursday at the always intimate Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley Ave. Tickets are $30-$35. Call 524-0738 or visit bluedoorokc.com.
Have you ever asked yourself, “I can has Internet Cat Video Festival?” Well, you have basically just been gifted the human equivalent of capturing the red dot, because the Internet Cat Video Festival is really happening. See all your favorite memes on the big screen beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free, and yes, you can dress up like a cat. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
Do you consider yourself “Hot Stuff”? Do you have “Night Fever”? Do you like to “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”? Then head on down to Oklahoma River Cruises Disco Night — featuring a boogie-themed atmosphere, adult beverages and breathtaking view. (Bellbottoms and platform shoes are optional.) The boat departs 8 p.m. Saturday from Meridian Landing, 4345 SW 15th St., and boarding begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $30, and reservations are required. Call 702-7755 or visit okrivercruises.com.
You all know Monty Python and the Holy Grail, aka one of the greatest works of art in cinematic history. But have you seen the musical? Join Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin and the gang for Lyric Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a raucous, Broadway-esque reimagination of the film. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $35-$74. Call 524-9312 or visit lyrictheatreokc.com.
Batman might be three-quarters of a century old, but he can still fight crime with the best of them. To celebrate the 75th year since The Dark Knight first appeared in a comic book, DC Comics declared July 23 Batman Day. Enjoy a special event, complete with Batman-themed giveaways and merchandise, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, 6100 N. May Ave. Admission is free. Call 843-9300 or visit barnesandnoble.com.
Wednesday, July 23
Art enthusiasts, heed your call. Go to the second 2014 installment of Paseo FEAST, an art-funding and fine-dining event at which five local artists discuss their projects. The tri-annual event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lottinville’s, 801 Signal Ridge Drive, in Edmond. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and a ballot. To make a reservation, call 525-2688 or visit paseofeast.com.
This tour is “Bad”; it’s a “Thriller”; some of the stunts might look “Dangerous” and “Off the Wall”; but Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour is entertainment at its most enthralling and extravagant. See the lavish Michael Jackson tribute featuring out-of-this-world choreography and high-flying theatrics 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Cheapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $50-$175. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Craving a Broadway show? There’s no need to go to New York; just see one of Broadway’s brightest stars, Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, perform her one-night-only concert event, Broadway, Her Way! Skinner, who also will star in Lyric’s productions of A Little Night Music and The Little Mermaid, will perform classic, instantly recognizable Broadway works 8 p.m. Thursday at Lyric Theatre, 1727 NW 16th St. Tickets are $25. Call 524-9312 or visit lyrictheatreokc.com.
The World Cup might be over, but that’s no reason to shed your soccer fever. OKC Energy FC, the metro’s new professional soccer team, is smack dab in the middle of its inaugural season with plenty of games left to play. See them square off against the L.A. Galaxy II 7 p.m. Saturday at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School’s Pribil Stadium, 801 NW 50th St. Tickets are $7-$24. Visit energyfc.com.
Steely Dan rocking out in Oklahoma City isn’t anything new, but it has been a while. The last time jazz-rock gods Walter Becker and Donald Fagen visited this great city was in 1972 — as in more than four decades ago — and that’s why the band’s triumphant return will be a more intimate event with limited seating. The show begins at 8 p.m. Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $46-$122. Call 800-745-3000 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Few, if any, comedy troupes had the long-lasting international appeal that Monty Python did. With a rotating cast of funny men like John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, the ol’ gang is getting back together for the first time in over three decades with a live broadcast event, Monty Python Live (mostly). Laughing commences 1:30 p.m. Sunday at AMC Quail Springs 24, 2501 W. Memorial Road, and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave. Tickets are $12.50-$17. Visit fathomevents.com.
We like to write here at Oklahoma Gazette (we don’t really have a choice), and if you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance you do too. No matter your skill level, aspiring writers can learn to engage and captivate readers with the Metropolitan Library System’s Creative Writing course. The one-hour course is 4:30-5:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Midwest City Library Family Place, 8143 E. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 732-4828 or visit metrolibrary.org.