SUMMER GUIDE Panoramic parks

Parks around the state feature scenic views and fun activities for the summer.
While Oklahoma City awaits the grand opening of downtown’s 70-acre Scissortail Park, which is slated for late September, other parks around the state are ready for summer business. These parks feature beautiful scenery and a variety of activities for the whole family — a perfect combination for your Instagram page.

Softball mecca

Construction on OGE Energy Field is hurried in advance of Women’s College World Series.
Construction crews are rapidly working to finish renovations to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex and OGE Energy Field, 2801 NE 50th St., in time for the first pitch of the Women’s College World Series (CWS) on May 30.

Art holiday

Now in its 43rd year, Paseo Arts Festival provides an artist-friendly space for Memorial Day weekend fun.

Homeward bound

Wilma Mankiller’s story is brought to life by an Oklahoma City illustrator in Wilma’s Way Home.
Native Americans stormed the beaches of Alcatraz Island in 1969 to claim the notorious prison for the “Indians of all tribes.” For nineteen months, the shuttered federal facilities were reopened by the activists and turned into homes.

Suited for leadership

Grand Gentlemen guides young men of color to combat institutional racism and toxic masculinity.
A business suit cannot stop a bullet, it will not make you invisible to racial profiling and it will not grant you mystical superpowers to overcome institutional racism.

OKG Shop: Curious goods

Craig’s Curious Emporium features metaphysical, spiritual and unique items you will have a hard time finding anywhere else.
Opened in 1995, Craig’s Curious Emporium slowly became a staple in The Paseo Arts District until it moved last August.

Romantic subtext

OU theater students explore the intricate subtext of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Beehive buzz

Pollard celebrates powerhouse women singers with Beehive: The ’60s Musical.
Some beehives have more than one queen.

OKG Shop: Tea time

Rustic 1773 Mercantile in Moore offers alternatives to bath bombs with tea-infused soaks.
Channing Winblad started seeking natural remedies for her back pain after a long career in cheerleading.

Opening electricity

Kershaw starts Opening Day in Oklahoma City on rehab assignment.
Although Clayton Kershaw’s franchise-record streak of starting eight consecutive opening day games for the Los Angeles Dodgers ended last week due to lingering shoulder inflammation, he’ll be on the mound for opening day in Oklahoma City. The seven-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner will throw the first pitch of the season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark against the San Antonio Missions.

Contain yourself

An Edmond builder banks on shipping containers as a new housing trend.
Intermodal containers made shipping more efficient in the latter part of the 20th century, but now many of the steel units are finding a second use as part of homes and businesses.

That jazz

The era of jazz, flappers and Prohibition will be celebrated at a Roaring Twenties party benefiting Norman Arts Council.
Patrons of the Norman arts scene can take a trip back to the 1920s at this year’s ONE 

Crunch time

A new fitness club in Norman aims to help patrons get healthy.
The owner of a new fitness center in Norman, the latest expansion in a growing nationwide chain, said it’s a great time to look at getting back in shape, no matter where you are today.

ALCOHOLMANAC To the streets

Festival organizations prepare for updated alcohol laws.
If Oklahoma’s liquor laws have seemed like something out of the Prohibition era, they were for years.

ALCOHOLMANAC Palate and palette

Art and wine events are flourishing by catering to artists in need of liquid courage to coax out their creativity.
As old adages go, “Everyone has an artist in them” is a harmless gem wielded liberally by every art teacher in the world trying to inspire students.

Native sound

Chickasha-based TalkJive Radio is putting Native American culture on blast.
Them Damn NDNs are at it again, pumping the airwaves full of relevant news, friendly conversation and a heterogeneous compilation of music broadcasted to audiences across the globe.

Triumphant Ark

The Little Ark boutique and community space in Nichols Hills is a gathering spot for family and friends.
The Little Ark, 6425 Avondale Drive in Nichols Hills Plaza, is a bright and airy boutique filled with gifts for all ages.

Historic engagement

Southern Nazarene University celebrates Women’s History Month and the campus’ blossoming diversity with a one-woman show.
Every suburban university worth its salt has at least one firebrand professor pushing big ideas to rattle the norms of its sleepy campuses.

Poundstone politics

Paula Poundstone gets serious about her comedy in the Trump era.
One of the many things altered by the contentious political atmosphere that helped put Donald Trump in the White House is Paula Poundstone’s standup act.

Processing death

Local author Kim Ventrella’s newest book continues helping children explore different aspects of death.
Working as a librarian, Oklahoma City author Kim Ventrella saw how often children want to be frightened.

Care and feeding

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Chef’s Feast 2019 ensures that important programs continue to fight hunger.
Federal employees just withstood the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

New life

Grain & Grange furniture manufacturers rely on reclaimed lumber to create pieces filled with history and personality.
On the wall of Todd Miller’s office at Grain & Grange is a hefty bundle of race bibs and medals from numerous marathons, duathlons and triathlons, including Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

New beginnings

Ariel Beasley will receive a new home and a fresh start during Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) will take part in 2019 National Women Build Week, an annual event starting March 2 and coinciding with International Women’s Day.


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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