FINE ARTS BRIEFS
The Poteet Theatre, 222 NW 15, continues its 2012 season with a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Performances begin Friday and will continue through Sept. 30. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 609-1023 or go to www.poteettheatre.com.
Twice told tales
The 2012 Fairy Ball on Paseo is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday on the “Fairy Green” at NW 28 and Dewey. A popular event for children of all ages, the Fairy Ball inspires imagination and wonder. Children are encouraged to dress up as someone from the realm of Fairies. The evening begins with the young ones shaping flowers into crowns and wings to finish their costumes, so that at twilight, they can follow magical characters into a twinkling garden and dance to their heart's content. StarDanceSwan dancers beckon all characters to move in their own naturally expressive ways to the music of Steve McLinn. “The 2012 Fairy Ball” is a co-production of StarDanceSwan and the Paseo Arts Association.
For more information, call 525-2688 or go to www.thepaseo.com.
Inside the convent walls
Rose State College opens its 2012-13 season with a production of “Agnes of God.” John Pielmeier's drama focuses on a young novitiate who is accused of murdering her newborn child. A court-appointed psychiatrist is sent to investigate the veracity of those claims as well as finding out who fathered the child. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre, 6420 SE 15.
For more information, call 736-0364 or go to www.rose.edu.
An evening of one-acts
SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's University Theatre will kick off its fall season with two one-act plays by Edward Albee: “The Zoo Story,” which relates an encounter between a young man and a stranger, and “The Sandbox,” a story about a bizarre set of characters at the beach.
“The Zoo Story” features mild violence. Performances of the Albee plays begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Sarkeys Performing Arts Center, 1900 W MacArthur.
For more information, call 878-5436 or go to www.stgregorys.edu/finearts.
New exhibit on view
On view through Sept. 30 at the Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo, is a photography exhibit featuring cityscapes and ruralscapes by Stephen Webber. Among the featured works are “Skyscraper on the Prairie,” an image of Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower framed between two buffalo, and “Lilies,” a photo of a remote area in southeastern Oklahoma.
For more information, call 323-4720 or go to www.stephenwebberimages.com.
On view through Sept. 29 at the a.k.a. gallery, 3001 Paseo, is “A Reflective Nature,” a photography exhibit featuring images by Joe Castillo. For more information, call 606-2522 or go to www.akagallery.net.
Several noted art professionals will be part of a free panel discussion at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Titled “Visibility & Vitality: Contemporary Art Criticism,” the event will feature Sylvie Fortin, curator, writer and editor; David Pagel, art critic and art department chair at Claremont Graduate University; and Gregory Volk, art critic, curator, writer and associate professor of art at Virginia Commonwealth University. The event was organized by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Shannon Fitzgerald will moderate.
For more information, call 236-3100 or go to www.write-curate-art.org.
Opening Friday at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan, is “Inner Interpretations,” an exhibit that explores the undefined realm of the dreamworld. Featured artists are Corazon Watkins, Carolyn Faseler and Betty Wood. An opening reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. “Inner Interpretations” will remain on view through Oct. 6.
For more information, call 232-6060 or go to www.iaogallery.org.
Artists receive awards
NORMAN — The Norman Public Arts Board and the Norman Arts Council recently named two local artists to create new works as part of the West Main Street Sculpture Project. The sculptures will be installed this fall in the 200 and 300 blocks of West Main. Jonathan Hils, a professor of Art at the University of Oklahoma, has created a work titled “Silver Lining,” inspired by Norman's status as a weather research hub.
Craig Swan, a member of the Firehouse Art Center faculty, created “Sun Dial,” a steel structure piece that features cutouts of scissor-tailed flycatchers.
For more information, call 360-1162 or go to www.normanarts.org.
CRESCENT — Works by Edmond artist Judy Breymeyer are on view through Oct. 31 at the Frontier Country Museum, 500 N Grand. Titled “The Essence of Nature,” the exhibit features landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and the Missouri Ozarks.
For more information, call 969-3660.
Noted band to launch series
The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will open Oklahoma City University's 2012-13 Distinguished Artists Series Sept. 16 with a 3 p.m. concert in Petree Recital Hall, 2501 N Blackwelder. The group's appearance is part of its golden anniversary tour.
For more information, call 208-5227 or go to www.okcu.edu/tickets.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and the Myriad Botanical Gardens will kick off a new health initiative to encourage the public to use the Gardens as their outdoor walking track. Titled “Walking Wednesdays,” the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the band shell, located just off Sheridan. The first 50 people arriving will receive free pedometers.
For more information, call 297-3995 or go to www.myriadgardens.org.
— Rick Rogers