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.

Praising Molly

Molly Ringwald speaks at a Junior League of Oklahoma City fundraiser, and her films are part of an ’80s celebration at Tower Theatre.
From 1980s teen star to on-screen parent of another iconic teen, Molly Ringwald has had an intriguing career as an actress, singer and writer. Now, she’s coming to Oklahoma City as part of an entire 1980s-themed weekend to be Junior League of Oklahoma City’s Speaker in the City for 2019.

Individually artistic

Individual Artists of Oklahoma, a long-standing home for creative outsiders, celebrates its 40th year of supporting forward advancement.
Daring ideas don’t generally have a long shelf life in the arts, so maintaining a gallery and organization based around avant garde poetry, visual art and performance seems unlikely to last beyond the gestation phase.

Face value

Oklahoma City Museum of Art puts Kehinde Wiley at the center of its permanent collection.
Known for painting Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait, artist Kehinde Wiley’s neoclassical work typically features people of color — subjects not fully represented in art museums.

Deep Oceans

Theater company Celtic Nights shares a musical story of Irish immigrants.
In a month known for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond brings Irish culture to the forefront.

Grand production

Adam Cooper expands on a London production of Grand Hotel on a bigger stage at University of Oklahoma.
Artist-in-residence Adam Cooper said there’s one main difference between the version of the musical Grand Hotel he earned a Laurence Olivier Award for choreographing in 2005 and the version he’s directing for the theater department at the University of Oklahoma (OU): The new Norman production is much bigger.

Expressionist eggs

A Norman-based Japanese artist tells stories through egg statues in his latest exhibit.
As a mold maker and fabricator, Norman-based artist Tomoaki Orikasa has helped sculptors craft large bronze works displayed in the Oklahoma State Capitol, Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Missouri, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, but in his own work, Orikasa often draws inspiration from smaller, more delicate subjects.

Borough in

A Bronx Tale deviates from usual musical storylines and focuses on a young man caught between his father and the mob.
With roles in the musical stage productions of Saturday Night Fever, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde and, most recently, A Bronx Tale, actor Richard H. Blake has played several parts other actors made famous on the big screen.

Sweet story

The musical Girlfriend uses a classic alt-rock album to examine young, gay romance in the early 1990s.
A power-pop album originally written about a musician’s divorce is the musical impetus behind a love story featuring two gay teens from flyover country in Girlfriend.

Art speaks

Oklahoma-born artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh will open a new exhibition, Oklahoma Is Black, at Oklahoma Contemporary on Friday.
To view Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s art is to be confronted.

Folk inspiration

McKnight Center for the Performing Arts fosters excitement around the state before its October opening.
Oklahoma State University’s McKnight Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in Stillwater in October, but Oklahoma City music lovers can get a sneak preview eight months early.

Last dance

Principal dancer Miki Kawamura performs for the final time in Oklahoma City Ballet’s La Sylphide.
James, on his wedding day, wakes to a winged fairy kissing his forehead.

Artistic Almosts

Pollard Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Almost, Maine knits together several romantic vignettes about love, life and the liminal.
According to urban legend, “almost” only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades, but it also figures pretty largely in John Cariani’s 2004 play Almost, Maine, coming to Pollard Theatre, 120 W. Harrison Ave., in Guthrie Friday–March 2.

Found treasure

A local collector displays a curated collection of pieces by unknown artists at Artspace at Untitled.
Emily Reynolds is not your typical art collector.

Handel intrigue

A queen must make impossible choices to save her son and her kingdom in OU’s performance of Rodelinda.
Winter is coming, but not fast enough.

All Goodman

Julian Bliss Septet puts a spin on Benny Goodman’s iconic hits at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday.
Born in Chicago in 1909, Benny Goodman began playing clarinet at age 10, taking lessons at a local synagogue before playing in jazz bands as a teenager.

Valentine's Day: Valentine’s variety

Internationally known burlesque performers showcase all sides of love and romance at Adèle Wolf’s Valentine’s Affair.
Celebrate the “good, the bad and the ugly of love and romance” with Valentine’s Affair presented by Adèle Wolf’s Burlesque and Variety Show 9 p.m.

Gender roles

Shakespeare in the Park explores issues of gender in Twelfth Night.
Like many writers, William Shakespeare had favorite tropes he liked to revisit.

Darkness visible

Carpenter Square Theatre takes a multifaceted approach to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tests whether audiences can ever get enough of a bad thing.

Curious friends

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Theatre for Young Audiences program presents Curious George and the Golden Meatball.
Young theatergoers will soon be able to enjoy the hijinks of a famous monkey and his human companion with the yellow hat when Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, 1727 NW 16th St., stages Curious George and the Golden Meatball starting this month.

Sound machine

On Your Feet! tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s family and music.
Some songs and the musicals named after them are an open invocation to the audience, a call to live life to the fullest and overcome challenges.

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