The Nature Conservancy will honor Oklahoma's state mammal and its role in restoring the world's largest remaining tract of tallgrass prairie, with the Bison Art Show during H&8th Night Market.
H&8th is from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Hudson Avenue and NW 8 in Midtown. Presented by Fowler Toyota of Norman, the market is a family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city's top gourmet food trucks. Events take place the last Friday of each month through September. There is no cost to attend.
The outdoor Bison Art Show exhibit on NW 7 features bison-inspired work by local artists such as Jerrod Smith, Desmond Mason, Chad J. Clark, Klara Larason, Bob Palmer and Tyler Boren.
The Nature Conservancy celebrated its grand opening in Midtown in June. The local chapter has worked to conserve Oklahoma's landscapes and biodiversity since 1986. In 1993, 300 bison were released into the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska in an effort to restore that ecosystem. The preserve is now home to 2,117 adult bison.
Food trucks confirmed for Friday's event include Big Truck Tacos, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Cupcake Queen, El Reno Onion Burger, Frank's Wurst, Hall's Pizza Kitchen, Hawk's Hot Dogs, Heo's Kitchen, Jerky.com, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Lalo's I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs, Off the Hook Seafood & More, Roxy's Ice Cream Social, Smokin' Okies, Tacos El Patron, Taste of Soul Eggroll, The Loaded Bowl and Wild Al's.
Neighborhood restaurant Ludivine will serve a select menu. Fresh green apple cocktails prepared with Prairie Wolf vodka and apples from Crestview Farms will be served on Ludivine's patio on NW 7 (bar opens at 4 p.m.). Elemental Coffee will serve coffee and tea, and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.
Live music will include Them Apples at 7 p.m., Kierston White at 8, Chelsea Cope at 9 and Em & the Mother Superiors at 10. Juke Joint Jenni, host of “Juke Joint Revival” on The Spy FM and KOSU radio, will DJ in front of Elemental Coffee from 7 to 11 p.m., and “Spylab” host Katie Wicks will play the after-party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, go to h8thokc.com.
FROM STAFF REPORTS