Festival of the Arts celebrates the visual, culinary and performing arts, and offers plenty of kids’ activities.
Visual Arts Courtney Silva
Oklahoma City’s rite of spring, the Festival of the Arts, is back for
its 45th year. Now through Sunday, the fest takes place in downtown
around the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno.
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.
A city board accepted ownership of downtown property in exchange for loan forgiveness.
News Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust approved a measure to allow
the Myriad Gardens Foundation to sign over the deed for a downtown
piece of property in exchange for the trust forgiving a loan taken out
by the foundation to purchase the property.
Looking for a free family concert this weekend? Not anymore!
Remember when Oklahoma City kindie-rock guys Sugar Free Allstars were part of an album that won a Grammy? Yeah, that was awesome.
Almost as awesome is that they’re teaming up with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and the Children’s Museum of Oklahoma City for a free concert event on Sunday. It’ll be at the band shell at Myriad Botanical Gardens on 301 W. Reno at 2 p.m.
For a little taste, check out the two bands’ collaborative track, “Cooperate”:
right Sugar Free Allstars with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Commentary James Tolbert
Dean McGee’s dream of a “garden in the city” combining numerous
entertainment and cultural venues in the midst of a glorious garden in
the center of downtown Oklahoma City simply took my breath away, so I
accepted an appointment as trustee of the Myriad Gardens and worked to
accomplish his vision.
The drought will dull fall foliage displays, but OKC still boasts some great spots to celebrate fall.
News Kevan Goff-Parker
Instead of the spicy-mustards, chili-reds and burnt-orange arrays of
vibrantly hued leaves that usually adorn Oklahoma City trees in the
fall, this summer’s drought is likely to leave local trees bare or their
leaves brown as early defoliation takes its toll.