In the context of jazz, the trumpet can be lethal. Just ask Allen Vizzutti, one of the most accomplished trumpeters and composers in the world. See Vizzutti literally blow your mind at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday as part of the 44th Annual SWOSU Jazz Festival in the Fine Arts Center at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Drive in Weatherford. Tickets are $3-$10. Call (580)774-3063 or visit swosu.edu.
Do you like Shakespearian theater? Then check out the aptly titled As You Like It, a romantic comedy penned by ol’ Bill himself, reimagined as the story of Western pilgrims voyaging to India in 1968. Shows commence 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and run through March 1 at the brand-spankin’-new Reduxion Theatre location, 914 N. Broadway Ave. Tickets are $18-$22. Call 651-3191 or visit reduxiontheatre.com.
The Paseo Arts Association hearts art a lot, which is why they’ve partnered with Oklahoma Heart Hospital for their annual The Art of Heart exhibit. This year’s show features the contemporary work of OKC sculptor Barbara S. Scott. See Scott’s work at an opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday at Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo St. The show runs through February, and admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
If you’ve ever drunk some beer and thought, Man, I wish this was coffee instead, the folks at Black Mesa Brewing Co. and Elemental Coffee Roasters have the brew for you. The OKC-based companies will debut Red Badger Stout, a coffee-infused craft beer, with a tasting event from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Elemental Coffee, 815 N. Hudson Ave. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 633-1703 or visit facebook.com/elementalcoffee.
While not yet old enough to drink, Parker Millsap’s rugged voice and timeless songwriting style suggest a decade-long whiskey binge. (Wait until you’re of age, Parker.) In support of his new, self-titled album, the budding folk musician will play 8 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley Ave. Admission is $20. Call 524-0738 or visit bluedoorokc.com.
For those with aHUS, a rare blood disease, the drug Soliris has proven to be vital. But Bianca, a young woman in Australia with aHUS, can’t access the drug in her country. For Bianca is a theater production and fundraiser by Hartel Dance Group benefitting her cause. See the play and contribute 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday at Magnolia Studios, 722 N. Broadway Ave. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Visit biancasbattle.com.
Let’s be honest here; the flute is one sexy instrument. No one knows this better than Emily Butterfield, associate professor of flute at the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music, and few play the woodwind better. See Butterfield perform in concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Tickets are $10. Call 974-5004 or visit uco.edu/cfad/events.
Did you miss out on the recent New Year’s Eve festivities? Or maybe you just love celebrating a new year so much you want to do it all over again (save the hangover)? Then celebrate the Chinese New Year with a variety of traditional activities (and some alluring scenery, too) 8 p.m. Friday at Doll House Burlesque Lounge, 210 E. Sheridan Ave. Call 455-3655 or visit dollhouseokc.com.
Some plays shy away from hard-hitting issues. Clybourne Park is not one of those plays. The R-rated comedic production tackles topics like race and gentrification, and it won a bunch of awards as a result (a Tony and a Pulitzer, no less). See the University Theatre production 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre, 563 Elm Ave. in Norman. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Call 325- 4101 or visit ou.edu/finearts.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
They don’t just give the name Luke to people who aren’t awesome. (Luke Skywalker, anyone?) But Luke Bryan earned it, with No.1 singles galore and an Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award to his name. If seeing a country megastar live in concert is your kind of night, see Bryan on his That’s My Kind of Night Tour 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Mexico has produced some of the most decorated works in modern cinema, but few are as internationally awarded as Francisco Vargas’ The Violin. As part of the OCU Film Series, the movie will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium on the Oklahoma City University campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave. Admission is free. Call 208-5000 or visit okcu.edu.
There were a lot of things about the ’80s that weren’t necessarily cool (parachute pants, anyone?), but the movies that came out in that otherwise-awkward decade were pretty awesome. Exhibit A: John Hughes’ comingof-age story Sixteen Candles.
See the Brat Pack classic 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno Ave. Call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com.
If you had a radio at any point in the late ’90s, “Fastball” isn’t just a baseball term to you. You probably know the Austinbased alt-rock band from ditties like “The Way,” which has been stuck in our heads since 1998. See them 8 p.m. Friday at Bricktown Music Hall, 103 Flaming Lips Alley. Chris Sullivan and Junebug Spade will also perform. Tickets are $20. Call 600-6092 or visit bricktownmusichall.com.