Musical threats

Pollard Theatre Company performs a musical that pairs songs with unfortunate situations to encourage laughter.

SUMMER GUIDE Art adventures

Think visually as Oklahoma galleries and museums prepare for summer visits.
From about-to-get-a-Van-Gogh-exhibit Oklahoma City Museum of Art to soon-to-be-relocated Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and Factory Obscura’s new space Mix-Tape and the numerous other arts organizations that we unforgivably omitted from this list just now, Oklahoma City is rife with enriching art experiences, but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to take a day or a weekend trip this summer, why not expand your horizons? The following museums and art galleries offer unique experiences outside the OKC metro, and a few of them are — gasp — even outside Tulsa.

Big picture

Denise Duong’s “Life in the Light” mural adorns a new high-rise parking garage in West Village.
Visual artist Denise Duong compared painting a mural on the side of a parking garage to cliff diving.

Duck now

Honk Jr. offers a poignant retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Threatening beauty

Local artist David Holland’s dramatic cloudscapes are highlighted in a residency at Mainsite Contemporary Art.

Text messages

Michael Waugh’s mixed-media creations using dense government reports are part of the Seeing Now exhibit.

Film five

Five local filmmakers banded together to create a feature film sequel to Mono and raise money for End the Backlog.

Cultural fabric

A local artist brings her creativity to city hall as its first artist-in-residence.
Erica Bonavida brings color and texture to Oklahoma City Hall.

Urine test

Students at Thelma Gaylord Academy get pushed out of their comfort zones with Urinetown: The Musical.

Art cause

Oklahoma Artists Invitational offers affordable art and raises money for charity.

‘Mostly Mozart’

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s newest performance features four songs composed by Mozart.
Deciding to build a concert program with the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is easy enough; determining which of the composer’s hundreds of compositions to play is not.

Persistent women

Red Earth and Science Museum Oklahoma feature artwork from Native American women artists in a new exhibit.
Karin Walkingstick has been making art for as long as she can remember, but she was only able to begin making it a career in her 40s, after she reclaimed a precious resource.

Greatest hits

Factory Obscura’s Mix-Tape takes its artists’ music dreams into the physical realm.
Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue” reminds Tammy Greenman of a Volkswagen.

Ax grinding

Chase Padgett does not fret about shifting genres in his one-man show, 6 Guitars.

Beautiful collaboration

Norman artists Skip Hill and Douglas Shaw Elder’s collaborative work highlights Melrose Sessions at The Depot Gallery.

Good humans

In CityRep’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a teenage boy uncovers things about himself while investigating a dog’s murder.

Star gazing

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma presents the regional premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star.
If not for Hamilton hogging the spotlight, Bright Star might have gotten a little more shine.

Holocaust visible

Testimony: The Life and Work of David Friedman explores one artist’s experience with genocide.
Miriam Friedman Morris grew up surrounded by her father’s artwork, but many pieces were missing and the work that was most important to him was the work he did not discuss.

Building Momentum

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition holds its 18th annual Momentum art show Friday-Saturday.
Since 1988, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) has celebrated the work of Oklahoma artists.

Swing shift

Swingout OKC carves out a space to enjoy the rich tradition of swing dance in social, community-oriented ways.
“We just want people to dance.”

Order up

OKC Broadway brings a story of personal growth, determination and pie to the stage in Waitress.
Dough is a malleable culmination of a few different things and a lot of elbow grease, just like life. It is also, of course, another word for money.


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Oklahoma is Black @ Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Oklahoma is Black @ Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Horseplay: Tom Lovell Horse Sketches @ National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Horseplay: Tom Lovell Horse Sketches @ National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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