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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Fourth of July

'String' it out

Active in bluegrass, jazz and country, Mark O’Connor plays the fiddle, violin, mandolin, mandola and guitar.


Music

Ryan Querbach
Two-time Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor stops in the metro Sunday to stage his “American String Celebration.”
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boom this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Celebrate the stars and stripes with the OKC Philharmonic’s free concert and fireworks show, “Red, White & Boom,” at 8:30 p.m. Sunday outside the Coca-Cola Events Center, 400 E. California.
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
openingnights

Working for the weekend

Have you planned your long Fourth of July weekend yet?

Friends! We have less than two days of work before the long holiday weekend. I’m tempted to ask for an “Amen!” here, but I’ll refrain.

So, who’s got plans? And can I crash them? I’m considering spending the long weekend holed up indoors watching a marathon of “Parks and Recreation” — it’d be a nice palate cleanser after finishing (the very good) “Game of Thrones.” (Reason No. 1 for needing a palate cleanser? Wading through HBO’s annoying formula of tossing boobs into every show whether the plot and/or scene warrants it or not.)

The “Parks and Rec” marathon idea sounds especially fun after watching this hilarious gag reel (please be advised that it’s NSFW unless you turn the volume way down or work here with me at the Gazette):



But you’re not all would-be recluses with a penchant for salty language. And some of these Fourth of July events are tempting even me to crawl out from my TV-lit hidey-hole.

First up, a guided evening hike to search for fireflies. Martin Park Nature Center is leading the hike — called Ma Nature’s Fireworks — this Sunday. The hike sets off at 8 p.m., and registration is limited (and $2). Led by former park naturalist and all-around smart guy Neil Garrison, the tour will teach about the biology of fireflies while the hikers keep an eye out for the glowing beasties.

That sounds perfect, right? I may just have to borrow someone’s kid so I can attend without looking like a creeper. Call 755-0676 for more info or to register.

The following day (that’d be July 4, for those playing at home), the Crystal Bridge at the newly renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens will offer free admission. This is a great opportunity to explore both the gardens and the tropical conservatory, which both got a major face-lift.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.30.2011 2 years ago
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Play ball (again and again)!

Does not include ‘Jim Traber Gets Mad and Chases Guy.’

As someone who watches no more ESPN than the annual hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July, I’m not a fan of baseball — that’s the one with the bat, right? — but I bring this item to the attention of the many who are.

Next month, Major League Baseball and A&E Home Entertainment partner to knock some classic games out of the park and onto DVD with the “Baseball’s Greatest Games” collection. For the line, rare TV broadcasts of historic games can be relived, inning by inning, pitch by pitch.

The first 10 titles can be scored starting Sept. 6, at $12.95 each. That’s cheaper than a small beer at the stadium, right? And they are:
• “1960 World Series, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees”
• “1975 World Series, Game 6: Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds”
• “1979 Wrigley Field Slugfest: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs”
• “1985 NLCS, Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers”
• “1986 World Series, Game 6: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox”
• “1991 World Series, Game 7: Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1993 World Series, Game 6: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies”
• “2003 ALCS, Game 7: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”
• “2004 ALCS, Game 4: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”

Your favorite game not in the lineup? Don’t cry foul — there are more to come, including September’s release of “Baseball’s Greatest Games: Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit.” —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.23.2011 2 years ago
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’Crack down


CFN

Gazette staff
As a POTUS-playing Bill Pullman put it so eloquently in the 1996 razzle-dazzler Independence Day, “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today, we celebrate our independence day!” Heck, that’s rousing enough for us to reach for our (illegal) box of Roman candles, burst out into a chorus of “American, F--k Yeah” (from the movie Team America, which does not star Pullman but does contain deviant puppet sex) and demonstrate our love of country by shooting one another with flaming balls of fire.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

’Merica the beautiful


CFN

Gazette staff
And yet despite the protestations of safety experts (see the previous CFN item, slacker), Oklahomans remain a bunch of pyromaniacs.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Birthday bash

From parades to fireworks, the metro offers plenty of ways to celebrate Uncle Sam’s big day.

 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
 
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