Saddle up, partner. Comedian Cowboy Bill Martin wants to make you hee-haw (that’s laugh, for you city folk). But this ain’t no ordinary rodeo; Cowboy Bill brings a different kind of funny that has been likened to “Gary Busey with an edge” by The Fort Worth Star Telegram. See him perform 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at The Loony Bin, 8503 N. Rockwell Ave. Tickets are $8-$30. Call 239-4242 or visit loonybincomedy.com.
Don’t let the name fool you; Carrie Newcomer is an established musical presence. With 13 solo albums — including her most recent, Kindred Spirits — Newcomer’s thought-provoking lyrics have mesmerized for over two decades. See the folk songstress 7 p.m. Sunday at Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. in Norman. Tickets are $20. Call 307-9320 or visit ticketstorm.com.
If you haven’t already noticed, or if you just flat- out hate movies, let us tell you: Movie season is in full effect. One of the year’s more understated films, the Italian La granda bellezza (aka The Great Beauty), plays 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $7-$9. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
For the biggest event of the year, it’s only appropriate that Downtown OKC feature 10 venues with 16 stages full of some of the best talent Oklahoma has to offer. Ring in 2014 with Opening Night, an annual New Year’s Eve celebration capped off with a grand fireworks-filled finale, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in downtown OKC. Wristbands are $8-$10 and can be claimed at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., until 11:30 p.m. Visit artscouncilokc.com.
Feature-length films get all the love, but almost all of today’s brightest movie directors started out making shorts. See the official lineup of short films presented at 2013’s Sundance Film Festival 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $7-$9. Call 236- 3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Love & Addiction can be thorns in your side, unless we’re talking about Oklahoma City native Aisha Eustache, whose debut EP of the same name is as engaging as its title would suggest. See the soul/R&B singer in her return to her hometown 8 p.m. Saturday at Urban Roots, 322 NE 2nd St. Tickets are $10. Call 278-7906 or visit ticketstorm.com.