We have seen our fair share of festivals here in OKC, but as far as headliner-worthy names go, we haven’t seen anything like OKC Fest. Dierks Bentley? Lady Antebellum? Merle freaking Haggard? Yeah, OKC Fest has them. The music, food and family-friendly fest starts Friday and runs through Saturday near Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Tickets to the main stage events are $35. Call 866-977-6849 or visit okcfest.com.
Oklahoma City has quietly put together a damn fine collection of stand-up comics, and many of its finest purveyors of laughter will be at Comedy Night with Cameron Buchholtz, featuring none other than the North Star of the local comedy scene himself, (you guessed it) Cameron Buchholtz. Special guests include BradChad Porter, Nathan Joyner, Madison Allen, Justin Keithley and host Jeramy Westbrook. Sets begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at VZD’s Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western Ave. Admission is $5. Call 524-4203 or visit vzds.com.
Stuff happens. Some might use a different noun, but that’s basically the theme of the new production Mistakes Were Made, a satirical comedy about a high-strung theatrical producer set to receive its Oklahoma City premiere. Laughing commences 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
Few things are as American as racing, whether by foot, by automobile or by horse. Boat racing is pretty darn American too, so go cheer on competitors at the Riversport Challenge, a dual 500-meter kayak race and 5k running race as part of the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival. The whistle blows at 8 a.m., and events run through 10 p.m. in the Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Admission is free, while challenge registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 552-4040 or visit boathousedistrict.org.
As far as local music goes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better lineup than the one at this weekend’s miniature festival Midtown Music, which features Power Pyramid, Gentle Ghost, Brothels, Sonic Violence and Bored Wax. The fact that the dudes from The SpyFM’s “You’re Welcome” will broadcast live is just icing on the indie-rock cake. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. and the music at 5:30 p.m. on the rooftop at Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St. Admission is free. Call 605-3771 or visit packardsokc.com.
Blues and barbecue go together like wine and cheese, Simon & Garfunkel and legs and eggs — which is to say, each is good on their own, but they’re even better when paired with one another. Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival features some of the finest local offerings in each of these departments, which you can see/hear/taste for yourself 4 p.m.- midnight Friday and 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday on the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues. Admission is free. Call 236-4143 or visit bricktownokc.com.
The last year has been one for the LGBTQ record books: Our state’s ban on same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional (pending appeal), three same-sex couples were issued licenses through the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in November and The Boom’s Gospel Brunch still hasn’t been shut down by local officials. So get your tushes out to OKC Pride’s 2014 events, beginning with a Block Party 7 p.m. Friday and concluding with the 2014 Pride Parade 6 p.m. Sunday. It all goes down on, er, at the NW 39th Street Enclave around 39th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Admission is free. Visit okcpride.org.
You love America, right? Right? Well then you’ll love the Star Spangled Salute Air Show, featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team doing their thing way up in the air. The exciting two-day event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tinker Air Force Base, 3001 S. Douglas Blvd. Admission is free. Call 739-7646 or visit www. tinker.af.mil.
Oh, you can do stand-up? That’s cool. But can you do stand-up in several different languages like Eddie Izzard? Izzard is one funny, cultured, cross-dressing dude, which is why he has starred in numerous films and won countless awards for his uniquely intelligent brand of humor. See him perform as part of his Force Majeure tour 8 p.m. Sunday at Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $38.50-$56.50. Call 918-582-7239 or visit eddieizzard.com/gigs.
“Masterpiece” isn’t a word to be used liberally; it’s reserved for things like the Mona Lisa or many of the works from the École des Beaux-Arts, one of Europe’s most revered art academies. The latter happen to be on display in Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, a new exhibition showcasing some of the most astonishing pieces to ever come out of France. The exhibit opens Saturday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, and runs through September 14. Admission is free for members and $5-$12 for nonmembers. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
General rule of thumb: The dumber the name, the better the band. Andrew Jackson Jihad might have a silly moniker, but the Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit is lauded for its witty, socially conscious lyrics and raucous live performances. See them with other questionably named acts Cheap Girls and Dogbreth 8 p.m. Monday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 607-4805 or visit conservatoryokc.com.
What can we say that hasn’t already been said about Les Misérables? There’s a reason it’s considered one of the greatest musicals of all time: It’s Les awesome. See Lyric Theatre’s Michael Baron-directed production, which features an elaborate new set design and over 400 costumes, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $35-$68. Call 524-9312 or visit lyrictheatreokc.com.
When MovieMaker Magazine says you’re one of the 20 coolest festivals in the world, you’re doing something right. deadCENTER Film Festival — which features dozens of movies from the hottest filmmakers around, both local and beyond — has grown from a local novelty to a legit tourist attraction in barely over a decade. This year’s fest kicks off with an opening night party 5:30 p.m. Thursday with films screening through Sunday evening all around downtown OKC. Tickets to individual screenings are $10, while All-Access Passes run for $125. Call 246-9233 or visit deadcenterfilm.org.
There’s no way anyone could improve on the original Peter Pan. You can’t improve on perfection, right? Unless, of course, you turn it into a musical, which is what Summerstock Productions and the University of Central Oklahoma are doing with the original 1954 Broadway version of Peter Pan: The Musical. See it 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Neverland ... er, Mitchell Hall Theatre, 100 N. University Drive, in Edmond. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 974-3375 or visit click4tix.com/uco.
Oh, you can sing and dance? Big deal. Try doing it when you’re 70. The Oklahoma Senior Follies features the state’s most talented seniors in an effort to inspire the community and provide a heavy dose of laughter. This year’s honorary guest is Barry Switzer, so (as long as it’s light outside) drive down to Kirkpatrick Auditorium 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday on the Oklahoma City University campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave. Tickets are $28.75. Call 208-5227 or visit okseniorfollies.com.