Call for entries: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is seeking entries for its 52nd annual Western Heritage Awards to be held on April 20, 2013. The competition recognizes the best in Western literature, music, television and film. Artists can compete in 16 different categories in the Western genre. Entry deadlines are Nov. 30 for literary entries and Dec. 31 for entries in music, television and film. Winners will be honored at an April awards ceremony. For more information about guidelines, call 478-2250 or go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Annual auction planned: The Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan, will hold its annual Red Dot Art Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The event features works by nearly 100 Oklahoma artists, all of which will be sale via silent auction. Proceeds benefit the gallery and organization. For more information, call 232-6060 or go to www.iaogallery.org.
Up close and personal: On view through Dec. 4 at Visions in the Paseo Art Gallery, 2924 Paseo, is “Color and Shape: Macro Photography by Michael Wyman.” The Missouri artist shoots closeup images of flora and fauna. For more information, call 557-1229.
On view: Helen Boren is the featured artist for the Summer Wine Art Gallery's November exhibit. The Oklahoma native is known for her oils of Oklahoma and Southwest landscapes. Works that feature fall colors is the theme of the exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 30 at the gallery, 2928-B Paseo. Boren will present a demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. For more information, call 831-3279 or go to www.summerwinegallery.com.
Fall/winter exhibit: GUTHRIE — Kristen Vails is the featured artist in an upcoming exhibit at the Gallery Grazioso, 301 W Oklahoma. Titled “Bring Forth the Horse,” the exhibit opens Saturday with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception and will remain on view through Jan. 10. Using the horse as a means for expression, Vails' work captures the spiritual aspects in nature that relate to the human condition. For more information, call 282-6467 or go to www.thegallerygrazioso.com.
Gift gallery opens: NORMAN — The Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood, will open its 41st annual “Holiday Gift Gallery” Friday. Featuring one-of-a-kind artisan creations, the gift gallery will be open through Dec. 22. Among the offerings are paintings, pottery, jewelry, blown glass and sculpture. Assorted Christmas ornaments are also available. For more information, call 329-4523 or go to www.normanfirehouse.com.
Artist lecture: NORMAN — Joseph Traugott, curator of 20th century art at the New Mexico Museum of Art, will present a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm. Traugott's illustrated lecture is titled “It's About Time — to Rethink the Art of New Mexico.” For more information, call 325-5939.
Student exhibit on view: STILLWATER — “Open Waters: Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition,” an exhibit featuring works by Oklahoma State University seniors, will be on view Wednesday through Nov. 21 at the Gardiner Art Gallery, 108 Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts. An opening reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call (405) 744-4143 or go to http://museum.okstate.edu.
Celebrating Van Gogh: SHAWNEE — Steve Hicks, an Oklahoma Baptist University professor of art, has paid tribute to Vincent van Gogh with an exhibit inspired by the celebrated Dutch master's series of self-portraits. Among Hicks' images are “Day-Glo Van Gogh,” “Arapaho Van Gogh” and “Bass Pro Van Gogh.” The exhibit is on view through Monday.
Touring exhibit: WEWOKA — Opening Saturday at the Seminole Nation Museum, 524 S Wewoka, is “The Combat Paper Project,” an international traveling art exhibition created by combat veterans and citizens, primarily those associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 30. Also planned is a lecture focusing on the history of “Arts, Military and Healing” at 11 a.m. Nov. 12. A “Combat Paper Art Workshop” is scheduled Nov. 12 and 13. The lecture and workshop will be held at Seminole State College, 2701 Boren Blvd. in Seminole. For more information, call (405) 382-9218, (405) 257-5580 or go to www.combatpaper.org.
Concert series continues: The Kemp Concert Series at Oklahoma City's First Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 25, continues with a 4 p.m. concert Nov. 11 featuring the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and the Tulsa Children's Chorus. The program will feature John Rutter's “Mass for the Children” and Ralph Vaughan Williams' “Hodie.” Tim Sharp will conduct. For more information, call 525-6584 or go to www.fpcokc.org/kemp-concert-series.
Arts at Messiah: The Oklahoma Choral Artists will present a free “Brahms & Broadway” concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 Northwest Expressway. Conducted by John Blackwell, the concert will feature Brahms' second set of “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and the “Zigeunerlieder.” Also programmed are selections from Lerner and Loewe's “My Fair Lady.” For more information, call 751-1392.
Faculty ensemble in concert: EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma's Faculty String Quartet will perform with guest pianist Ryan Malone at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. For more information, call 974-5004 or go to www.uco.edu/cfad/events
Master class planned: NORMAN — Celebrated American mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne will present two free public master classes at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Friday in Catlett Music Center's Pitman Concert Hall, 500 W Boyd. For more information, call 325-4101.
Concert features music for harpsichord: SHAWNEE — Harpsichordist Brad Bennight will perform a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium, 500 W University. Bennight will perform this dedicatory recital on a new Flemish-style, double-manual harpsichord donated by Burton Patterson and Paul Hammond. For more information, call 878-2306 or go to www.bradbennight.com.
The woods are dark and deep: Lyric Theatre's Thelma Gaylord Academy will present Stephen Sondheim's musical “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, as well as 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Theatre, 1725 NW 16. The Tony Award-winning musical features familiar fairy tale characters and explores the consequences of their wishes and quests. For more information, call 524-9312 or go to www.lyrictheatreokc.com.
Get thee to a nunnery: Oklahoma City University will present “Dialogues of the Carmelites” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts auditorium, 2501 N Blackwelder. Francis Poulenc's opera, which will be sung in English, is based on a true story about fear, faith and redemption during the French Revolution. For more information, call 208-5227 or go to www.okcu.edu/tickets.
Attention must be paid: The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre continues its 2012-13 season with a production of Larry Kramer's drama “The Normal Heart. Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including best revival, “The Normal Heart” is a searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Heading the cast are Stacey Logan, Jonathan Beck Reed, Matthew Alvin Brown and Michael Jones. Directed by Broadway veteran Rene Moreno, the production features adult situations and language. Performances begin Friday and continue through Nov. 18 with curtain times at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. For more information, call 848-3761, 297-2264 or go to www.cityrep.com.
Now is the winter of our discontent: The Reduxion Theatre Company, 1613 N Broadway, will present a musical take on Shakespeare's “Richard III,” with performances starting Friday and continuing through Nov. 25. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Nov. 18 and 25. There will be no performance on Thanksgiving Day. Oklahoma native Rex Daugherty will head the cast of this Shakespearean history play which is based on the bloody rise to the English throne by the tragically misshapen Richard of Gloucester. Director Tyler Woods has set this medieval story in the cabaret world of Germany's Weimar Republic during the 1920s. For more information, call 651-3191 or go to www.reduxiontheatre.com.
Theatrical trivia: Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W Main, will hold an “Entertainment Trivia Extravaganza” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The extravaganza will also feature door prizes, team prizes and a snacks buffet. Entry fee is $10. Proceeds will support Carpenter Square Theatre's programming and special building projects at the theater's new location. For more information, call 232-6500 or go to www.carpentersquare.com.
A blue collar Chippendales: EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will present “The Full Monty” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in UCO's Mitchell Hall Theatre, 100 N University Drive. Based on the 1997 Academy Award-winning film, “The Full Monty” tells the story of six unemployed steelworkers who decide to present a one-night only fundraiser by becoming male strippers. The musical features adult situations and language. For more information, call 974-3375 or go to www.uco.edu/cfad/events.
Fundraising event: NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will hold its annual fundraising event, titled “Once Upon a Dream,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the 50th floor of the Devon Energy Center, 333 W Sheridan. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Susan E. Brackett will be honored for her contributions to the OU School of Dance. Proceeds provide scholarship and enrichment funds OU dance students. For more information, call 325-4051.
Special events: Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52, is holding a discount day food drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Yukon's Manna Pantry, an organization that provides families in emergency situations with enough food for 14 days. Guests who bring canned goods or nonperishable food items to the museum will receive one free admission with each paid admission. For more information, call 602-3730.
Modern talk: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, will offer guided talks about the “American Moderns” exhibit at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday. The event is designed for caregivers and loved ones with dementia. The exhibit features works from 1910 to 1960. Refreshments and an art activity are planned. For more information, call 236-3100 or go to www.okcmoa.com.
— Rick Rogers, Fine Arts Editor