William Shakespeare is old; he turned 450 this year. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park isn’t quite that old, but it is turning 30 this year (a good thing in this case). Join the local performance company as it celebrates three decades of the arts with La Festa Bianca, featuring live music, a complimentary wine tasting, a silent auction and more. Activities begin 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dunlap Codding on Film Row, 609 W. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $45-$55. Call 235-3700 or visit oklahomashakespeare.com.
Wanda Jackson. Need we say more? The First Lady of Rockabilly and The Queen of Rock hasn’t performed solo in three years, but she’ll do exactly that at a benefit concert for the Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) Foundation, a charitable organization that supports programs encouraging youth community service. The outdoor performance takes place during the larger SHINE event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. May 15 at The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive. Admission is free, but a minimum $10 donation is requested. Call 751-6266 or visit thegreenscc.com.
It was 20 years ago today — well, not today exactly — but it has been 20 years since Classen School of Advanced Studies opened its doors. To celebrate SAS’s 20 years, and all things Classen, the school will host a celebration 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the historic Classen High School building, 1901 N. Ellison Ave. It will include food, music and tours and a celebration in the auditorium. Admission is free. Visit okcps.classenmh.schooldesk.net.
Nuns get a bad rap. But if you’re a believer in divine cinema classic Sister Act, you know the convent can get down with the best of ’em. Celebrity Attractions brings the Broadway musical comedy, produced by Whoopi Goldberg herself, for eight celestial performances, beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through May 25 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 297-2264 or visit okcciviccenter.com.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Other Desert Cities is just par for the course for esteemed playwright Jon Robin Baitz (also nominated for A County Fair in 1996). See Carpenter Square Theatre’s rendition of the tense, off-Broadway comedy-drama 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St., through June 7. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
For the uninitiated: barre3 classes are self-described as “where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates.” Does that tickle your qi? Then check out the first in a series of monthly classes instructed by barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln 7-8 p.m. Monday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
If you’re not all that into bowling, consider one thing: In addition to the PBA Oklahoma Open, there are title events at the Professional Bowling Association’s Summer Swing called the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens. How awesome is that? (Plus, who isn’t into bowling?) The nine-day event kicks off 2 p.m. Saturday at FireLake Bowling Center, 40945 Hardesty Rd., in Shawnee and runs through May 25. Single-day passes are $10, and all-week passes are $30. Call 275-2855 or visit grandboxoffice.com.
Is there anything more awesome than the pyramids, mummies and Cleopatra? We’re seriously struggling to come up with things that are. Dr. Zahi Hawass is kind of an expert on said things, and he’s also one of the best damn archaeologists around. As part of the Museum’s Friends’ Lecture Series, Hawass will speak on the topic 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Wednesday, May 14
Do you really love your mom? Prove it by taking her to the zoo, where all your favorite monkeys, tigers and elephants (Oh my!) would like to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. And so would the zoo, which is offering free admission to all the moms of the world (human moms, of course) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50th St. Call 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.
Jonathon Stranger ain’t no stranger to cookin’. The chef and co-owner of Ludivine knows a thing or two about the kitchen — and what to do in it. He also wants to share the breadth of his knowledge with you, and he’ll do so at Francis Tuttle’s School of Culinary Arts Guest Chef Dinner Series. There will be five seatings every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave. Tickets are $50. Call 717-7799 or visit francistuttle.edu.
The secret’s out: The Secret Garden Spring Festival is a fun (and sightly) way to spend your day. The family-friendly fest includes such awesome things as jump roping, movies, a scavenger hunt (!) and a class designed to help kids make their own secret gardens. Activities begin 10 a.m. Friday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., and run through May 18. Admission is free for members and $3-$5 for non-members. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
What’s better than camping? Camping and seeing live bluegrass music, of course! The Washita River Bottom Bluegrass Jubilee features big-time acts like The Byron Berline Band, The Red Dirt Rangers and several others just itching to pluck a banjo. Reserve your campsite for the three-day fest Friday–Sunday at the illustrious Reding Farms in Chickasha (pictured). Tickets are $15-$40. Visit redsiloproductions.com.
One of the great things about Oklahoma is the variety of colors in our landscape. Our dirt is red, for crying out loud. Artist Joey Frisillo’s new exhibit, Oklahoma Colors: Earth Sky and Water, celebrates the diversity of our environment. The exhibit opens with a reception 6-9 p.m. Friday at Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones Ave., in Norman and runs through June 28. Admission is free. Call 307-9320 or visit pasnorman.org.