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Weekend Warmup

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 17, 2008

By Tony Westlund 

Arts

- Artwork by Tony Westlund and Justin Marable: The Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 811 N Broadway, will have an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday for a two-man show featuring the works of Tony Westlund and Justin Marable. The exhibit will run through Aug. 8. For more information, go to www.iaogallery.org.

- Story Slam: OKC StorySlam and the Istvan Gallery will present their monthly competitive storytelling event Friday at the gallery, 1218 N Western. This month’s theme is ”Hot Hot Heat: Stories of Summertime.” Registration starts at 7 p.m.; storytelling at 7:30. Storyslammers will spin tales of seven minutes or less. For more information, call 831-2874 or e-mail okcstoryslam@yahoo.com.

- “A Lot Off the Top” by Red Dirt Improv: Red Dirt Improv, a troupe based out of Norman, will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday at Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 811 N Broadway. Audiences should come ready to participate. For more information, call 701-8938 or e-mail mary-murray@ouimprov.com.

Family

- RedHawks baseball: The Oklahoma RedHawks take on the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. The homestand ends with Monday’s game, which starts at 12:05 p.m. For more information, go to www.oklahomaredhawks.com.

- Friends of the Norman Library’s fourth annual Cookbook Swap and Shop: Bring your unwanted cookbooks to swap with others, buy used cookbooks and see a demonstration on preserving family recipes at this event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster. For more information, call 701-2600.

- Midsummer Faerie Ball on Paseo: Adults and children alike are invited to dress as fairies, elves and other whimsical creatures and dance the night away from 7:30 to 10 Friday at the lot at NW 28 and Walker, west of Paseo Grill, 2909A Paseo. For more information, 525-2688 or www.thepaseo.com.

Food

- Taste for Sight: Sample food, wine and premium beers from some of the metro area’s most popular restaurants at Taste for Sight 2008. The fundraiser for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird Ave. For more information, call 848-7123 or go to www.tasteforsight.com

Movies

- “The Dark Knight”: Christopher Nolan again occupies in the director’s chair for the sequel to 2005′s “Batman Begins.” The Caped Crusader (Christian Bale), police Lt. Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) team to bring down Gotham’s newest villain: The Joker (the late Heath Ledger).

- “Mamma Mia!”: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth star in the movie version of the ABBA stage musical.

- “Space Chimps”: In this animated movie, Ham III (voice of Andy Samberg), the grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, must lead two of his simian cohorts on a dangerous mission.

- “Reprise”: Two lifelong friends and aspiring novelists both try to get their work published, with dramatically different results.

- “Let’s Get Lost”: This Oscar-nominated 1988 documentary about the troubled life of Oklahoma-born jazz legend Chet Baker will screen at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com/film.

- “Ben Hur”: This classic epic will play at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of its Swords and Sandals Film Series.

Music  

The Time: Step back to the 1980s when Morris Day and The Time bring their funk-rock sounds to Riverwind Casino, 1544 W State Highway 9 in Norman. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 322-6464 or go online to www.riverwind.com.

- Soul Food Festival: Feast on the music of Peabo Bryson, Whispers, Stephanie Mills and Troop at the second annual Soul Food Festival Saturday at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Gates open at 4 p.m.; the show starts at 6. For more information, call 364-3700 or go to www.zooamp.com.

- Kevin Welch: Catch Oklahoma-raised Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Welch as he plays his 25th show at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 524-0738 or go to www.bluedoorokc.com.

- Oak Ridge Boys: Hear venerable country group the Oak Ridge Boys perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Firelake Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd in Shawnee. For more information, call 964-7263 or go to http://www.firelakegrand.com/.

- Chris Hicks Band: The variety band will play from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by Target. The concert will be at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown. For more information, go to www.artscouncilokc.com.

- Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars: Talented young rockers from the Paul Green School of Rock are on the first Midwest All-Stars tour. The teens will play classic rock hits from bands including The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, U2 and Metallica. The show will come to Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. Friday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. For more information, call 607-4805.

Statewide

- Fifth annual “Balloons Over Hugo”: The hot air balloon festival will feature 18 balloons, balloon glows, tethered balloon rides, children’s activities, live music, food and craft, motorcycle ride-ins and more. The event will take place at the Hugo Agriplex, Fifth and Rena. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. For more information, go to www.balloonsoverhugo.com.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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