Rising comic

Nick Offerman embraces his status as a true comedian on his All Rise tour.
After two national tours, a Netflix special and seven seasons on one of the 21st century’s best-loved sitcoms, Nick Offerman is ready to consider himself a comedian.

Okie fringe

OKC’s latest fringe festival features a variety of theater and film experiences.
Promising a “fresh out of the ground, unrefined” experience, the inaugural Theatre Crude Fringe Festival offers 10 experimental stage shows Sept. 25-Oct. 6 at Capitol View Event Center, 5201 N. Lincoln Blvd., and The Venue at Plenty Mercantile, 807 N. Broadway Ave.

Mental leap

The third Norman Film Festival features an array of films to transport viewers to different places and states of mind.
After premiering in Indonesia in June, a film shot in the Oklahoma City metro in 2016 will have its first public showing in Oklahoma.

Werq space

The official RuPaul’s Drag Race world tour brings its intergalactic act to Oklahoma.
Promoted as “the largest drag show in the world,” Werq the World has its sights set even higher.

Genuine moment

CityRep’s production of Every Brilliant Thing uses audience participation to explore the joy in difficult circumstances.

Screen time

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of Frost/Nixon utilizes a video screen as well as the stage to bring the historic event to life.
On May 4, 1977, millions of Americans witnessed Richard Nixon do something almost unthinkable.

Global colors

The art of Chickasaw painter Brenda Kingery is showcased in a new Oklahoma City University exhibition.
Artist Brenda Kingery has captured a great deal in her complex paintings through the years, drawing upon worldwide travels and her Oklahoma heritage to create works of vivid color and emotion.

Untapped talent

A nontraditional local drag show offers diverse performers the opportunity to showcase their craft.
YesLove OKC co-founder and executive director Albert Rios said he used to be “terrified of drag queens.”

Witnessing women

Janice Mathews-Gordon’s latest exhibit explores the work and future of women.

Still revolutionary

Hamilton: An American Musical lives up to the hype at Civic Center Music Hall.
Hamilton fever is still going strong years after the popular musical’s Broadway premiere. This was evident in the multitudes of Oklahoma City fans who came to the touring production of the show July 31 at Civic Center Music Hall’s Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, 201 N. Walker Ave.

Cover: His shot

For Marcus Choi, playing George Washington in Hamilton: An American Musical is an opportunity and a responsibility.
As part of the cast of a different Broadway musical opening the same year, Marcus Choi got a good idea of how popular Hamilton: An American Musical is. 

Cover: Home and abroad

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Passport shows the more worldly art of Western masters.
Inspiration for the art included in National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s latest exhibit comes from every direction.

Iceberg cometh

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Titanic: The Musical sets a different course from James Cameron’s blockbuster.
Released in 1997, director James Cameron’s Titanic won 11 Oscars and made box-office history as the first film to make more than $1 billion worldwide, and its soundtrack featuring the international No. 1 hit “My Heart Will Go On” went platinum 11 times, selling more than 10 million copies.

Butterfly pattern

La’Charles Purvey’s newest play explores cycles of recovery after trauma.
Regina J. Banks admitted she “didn’t think that through.”

Street life

Life in urban centers comes into focus in Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Photographing the Street.
The focus seems clear, but Photographing the Street is not completely black-and-white.

Ink celebration

Once the last state to legalize tattoos, Oklahoma hosts a tattoo arts convention.
In 2006, Oklahoma became the last state in the country to legalize tattoo parlors, joining South Carolina and the city of Milwaukee in the same year.

Smart jokes

Shane Mauss’ Stand Up Science merges comedy with curiosity.

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