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OKG Newsletter

Topic: Culture Chic

Choices, choices ...

I have a dilemma.

Two events are going on this Saturday: Plaza Fest and the Downtown Arts Market. How to choose?

I think the only option is to check out both. Yes, that sounds like a plan.

Let's start with Norman's Downtown Arts Market. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Santa Fe. This outdoor market will include a kids area (with pumpkin decorating! I'm jealous), local wineries, beer on tap from Abner's Ale House, plus handmade crafts and art.
The Downtown Arts Market takes place throughout the year, but this is the last time it will be outdoors, so take advantage of the gorgeous weather.
Now on to Plaza Fest, held from noon to 10 p.m. This one is outdoors, too.
Last year, I volunteered with deadCENTER in the kid tent. This included fairly disastrous attempts at face painting. You should have seen the poor girl who asked for a full butterfly across her face. For the sake of the children, I'm checking out this year's Plaza Fest as a guest only.
Plaza Fest combines all the way-cool shops of the district with arts vendors, music, food and kids' activities (including an interactive mural " how cool). The music begins right at noon and continues throughout the day, concluding with The Pretty Black Chains taking the stage at 9 p.m.
This is seriously a really fun festival, so everyone should check it out.

photo Plaza Fest. Photo/Mark Hancock  
by Jenny Coon Peterson 10.08.2010 3 years ago
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Read all about it, teens!

If you haven't figured this out yet, I was never a "reluctant reader" growing up. I think terms like "voracious" or "rapid" might be more apt to describe my teen reading tendencies.

Teenaged Jenny would have freaked the eff out over all the great events going on at metro libraries this October as part of Teen Read Month. But, seriously, I think you (or your kid) could be a "reluctant reader" and still get excited " there's that much going on.

This year's theme is "Books With Beat," and pretty much every library in the Metropolitan Library System is getting involved. All month long, Collaborative Teen Writing will bridge the gap from great books to original writing from 5-7 p.m. at the Village Library, 10307 N. Penn.

If writing's not your thing, check out Gamefest, 5-6:30 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 334 S.W. 26th. Games like "Rock Band" and "Super Smash Bros." will be ready to go. Gamefest continues through the month at different libraries, check the MLS website for dates and times.

This Saturday is a Teen Lock-In at the Downtown Library, 300 Park, and a 7 p.m. Wizard Rock concert at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno. The Midwest City Library is also hosting a week-long film fest next week at 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday " check out movies like "Footloose" and "Grease."

This is just a sampling of events; check out the Metro Library's Teen Read page for more.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 10.14.2010 3 years ago
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Block party

This is a different sort of block party: the Lego kind.
OK CityScape's Block Party takes everyone's favorite building blocks and turns them into fashion. The Friday fundraiser will benefit Oklahoma City Educare, a center dedicated to early childhood education.
The runway show will strut its stuff 8 p.m. in a Film Row location, 700 1/2 W. Sheridan, and feature models donning designs that all get the Lego treatment. How cool, right?
Artists who created pieces for the fashion show include Hugh Meade, Nicole Moan, Spencer Stone Co., Warpaint Clothing Co. and two OSU departments (that'd be Design, Housing and Merchandising, and the College of Human Environmental Sciences).
Tickets range from $75 to $125 for VIP access and upfront runway seating. Tickets aren't available at the door, so buy them online and learn more at the Block Party website.
OK CityScape re-creates Oklahoma City all in Legos " totally worth checking out. It opens for the season this Saturday in a new location, 1100 N. Broadway.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.02.2010 3 years ago
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Lunch' time!

The day of the June 14 flood, I saw a snake.

It was a horrible, slithering thing lurking near my block and most likely plotting ways to infiltrate my house at night. (Don't freak out " I'm not anti-snake
by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.05.2010 3 years ago
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Hello, weekend!

Girlies + boots + baklava + shopping
by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.06.2010 3 years ago
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Deathly' dilemma

You guys. You. Guys. I am equal parts excited/bummed right now.


Harry Potter. It's always Harry.

So, like every good nerd, I bought my tickets to Harkins' upcoming midnight premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" about a month ago. I had to, you see " there were themed T-shirts to plan, dinners to arrange and husbands/wives/significant others to con into attending. (You think I'm joking. I'm so not joking.)

But then I saw this: Starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 18, AMC Quail Springs will lead up to the midnight premiere of HP7 by showing "Order of the Phoenix," then "Half-Blood Prince." And this all comes with commemorative lanyards. Commemorative lanyards!

That's genius! And I can't be there! I think I just died a little bit inside.

The tickets to the three-in-one (night) movies are $20 and are available online. But order them soon, I'm pretty sure this one is gonna sell out.

And while you're on the site, take a second to enter to win free tickets by voting for your favorite HP character. You better all report back that you voted for Ron. When I voted for my favorite ginger in the entire universe, his true love Hermione was winning in a landslide (brown-noser), but Sirius was pulling in a respectable second place, with Harry coming in third.

I'll leave you with the trailer, just in case you weren't 100 percent on board with this movie: 

by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.11.2010 3 years ago
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WTF? Friday

Love this promotion. Anyone who has the cojones to borrow the popular "WTF" to describe a new drink promotion is OK in my book.

Martini Lounge, part of Edmond's Boulevard Steakhouse has started WTF? Martini Friday (hey, that's today!). Every Friday evening, patrons can sip a different, top-secret concoction for the chance to win some swag.

How, you ask? Simple: Order the drink, enjoy it, then head over to Martini Lounge's Facebook page to guess the recipe. The winner will be announced the next day and will receive something awesome. Last week, it was a T-shirt. This week, who knows?

Martini Lounge is open from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. today, so get over there and order up.

Don Draper would definitely be there. And he's already got the first word of the phrase down.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.13.2010 3 years ago
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Center stage

I danced for 14 years growing up. I was never spectacular at ballet, but I was en pointe for many of those years. My forte, however, was tap. Seriously, I still have my tap shoes for some odd reason. (Maybe in case there's a tap dance off that I need to partake in?)

Anyway, I say all this to illustrate my appreciation of dance. I understand how difficult it is to do multiple fouettés turns without losing your spot or, you know, falling over.

The University of Oklahoma School of Dance (filled with people who could definitely beat me in this imaginary dance off) has collaborated with the OU School of Music to present a this-weekend-only performance of "Bartók Sonata and Carmina Burana."

Part of the Sutton Concert Series, dancers will take the stage 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday in Sharp Concert Hall inside OU's Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd in Norman. Joining them will be several OU choirs and musicians. Want specifics? That'd be seven percussionists, four French horns, three trumpets (I totally played trumpet in middle school), three flutes, two bassoons, two pianos (hey, I took piano, too!) and a partridge in a pear tree.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and faculty.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 11.19.2010 3 years ago
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Diamond (of) mine

They had me at "diamonds by the yard."

Being a girl, they are my best friend, after all.

Just in time for holiday shopping, On a Whim is presenting a jewelry trunk show today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with designs by Gabriela Aidar, Zasha by Jude Frances and Links of London.

And up for grabs? A necklace called "diamonds by the yard" by Zasha that is valued at $1,000. That little number will be given away to one lucky guest in a drawing. Plus, Links of London charms will be given away throughout the all-day event.

With designer reps on hand, shoppers will find charm bracelets, cocktail rings, necklaces and more. Check it out!
by Jenny Coon Peterson 12.11.2010 3 years ago
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Sweater weather

First it was a mustache bash, now it's a cheesy Christmas sweater and a five-pound gummy bear. The Ninth Street district officially has the coolest events.

This Thursday starting at 5 p.m., the businesses of N.W. Ninth are hosting a holiday open house " that means eating and drinking at Iguana Mexican Grill and Pachinko Parlor, shopping at Shop Good and grabbing dessert at Sara Sara Cupcakes.

Holiday revelers will be entertained by Santa and carolers, plus have a chance to win some great prizes (like a five-pound gummy bear!) by visiting each place in the district and getting a card stamped. Plus, there'll be a prize for the best Christmas sweater. I'm thinking something like this:

by Jenny Coon Peterson 12.10.2010 3 years ago
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