Everyone knows piano works are best absorbed in an intimate setting — like, you know, a church. Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble knows this better than anyone, and they’ll be kicking off their 2013-14 season with guest concert pianist Gloria Chien at 7:30 p.m. Monday at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW Seventh St. Admission is $15. Visit brightmusic.org.
Two cops, three crooks, a local accountant and the mayor in two adjoining hotel rooms? No, it’s not The Village People Go to Vegas. It’s Paul Slade Smith’s rollicking comedy Unnecessary Farce! Laughing commences at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St., now in its 30th anniversary season. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
There’s rocking the boat, and then there’s the Rock the Boat festival. The first festival of its kind (like, ever) will feature live music performed by ACM@UCO students on those cool little traveling Bricktown Water Taxis, shopping opportunities and family-friendly activities. The floating/rocking begins at 12 p.m. Sunday along the Bricktown Canal, 198 E. California Ave. Admission is free. Visit downtownokc.com.
Have a lawn chair, blanket or set of ears? Let singer/songwriters Susan Herndon, Parker Millsap and Rachel Brashear serenade you under the moonlight at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn Stage, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 270-4848 or visit artscouncilokc.com.
Ever wondered why Oktoberfest is never in October? Bask in the autumnal glow of Septemberfest, a family-friendly celebration of Oklahoma’s history and culture featuring arts and crafts, Thunder Girls and more. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion and Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Admission is free. Call 557-0198 or visit okhistory.org.
Get cultured at Art in the City: A Cultural Connection. The second annual multicultural community festival features a variety of local and regional music acts, spoken word artists and dance troupes. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday evening at Memorial Park & Spraygrounds, 1150 NW 36th St. Admission is free. Visit obmapac.org.
If you’re like us, rhythm ain’t exactly your forte. Luckily, you can live vicariously through acclaimed international percussion sensation STOMP, which knows a thing or two about the subject. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Fine Arts Center, 100 Campus Dr. in Weatherford. Tickets are $5-$20. Call (580)774-3019 or visit swosu.edu.
Workers of downtown OKC, we love you. But the Downtown OKC, Inc. staff really loves you. They love you so much, they’re going to deliver free ice cream (repeat: free ice cream) to your workplace door. You can also grab your treat at the ice cream tent on the east side of Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson Ave. The deliciousness commences at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Visit downtownokc.com.
Got the blues? Rentiesville’s Blues Fest has your cure. The annual dusk- ’til-dawn event takes place at DC Minner’s Down Home Blues Club in the tiny town of Rentiesville in McIntosh County. It includes 33 bands, jam sessions and campgrounds to alleviate that hankering. Tickets are $10; $15 at the gate. Call (918)855-0978 or visit dcminnerblues.com.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the two witches from Oz in the award-winning production of Wicked! Catch the, well, wickedly popular Broadway musical as it opens its three-week run at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $35- $140. Call 297-2264 or visit wickedthemusical.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
A Labor Day tradition returns with Arts Festival Oklahoma at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave., from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. In addition to browsing top-quality arts and crafts, visitors can enjoy food and live music. Admission is free, but parking is $5. Call 682-7576 or visit occc.edu/afo.
Why the long face? Smile Empty Soul will help you turn that frown upside down ... and rock it off your pretty little face. The hard-rock act plays Wednesday at The Chameleon Room, 3034 N. Portland Ave., in support of their new album, Chemicals. Tickets are $10-$13. Visit ticketstorm.com.