Looming 19 stories above the Oklahoma landscape, the Price Tower Arts Center was originally designed as the world headquarters for the pipeline masters of the H.C. Price Company. However, even at the time of its opening in 1956, the Prairie-style cantilevered building's origin far outstripped the reputation of its intended tenants: the tower is Frank Lloyd Wright's only completed skyscraper. The H.C. Price Company moved on in 1981, but its famous former home remained; today, the National Historic Landmark stands tall as the Price Tower Arts Center—a monument to American architecture and design of the 20th century.
Inside, a range of rotating special exhibits often focus on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as works by modern artists, both past and living, from around around the world. These exhibitions include work from the center's permanent collection, which spans drawings, furniture, textiles, and samples of building design from some of the era's finest architectural minds. Docents regularly reveal facts about these pieces of art, and the design of the building itself, on guided tours to its 19th-floor executive offices, art-filled lower mezzanines, and the secret shark tank under the elevator.
Vintage Market Days organizers Amy Scott and Dianna Brown discovered an interest in vintage bazaars at a young age. As a child, Dianna frequented neighborhood garage sales to find items that she repurposed into decorations for her "pretend house." Meanwhile, Amy visited the Tulsa Flea Market with her mother and great aunt, who collected Depression glassware and helped her to start her own vintage collections.
As adults, Amy and Dianna organize upscale vintage fairs several times a year at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Oklahoma. Shoppers can examine architectural salvage, peruse vintage home décor items, or drape themselves in clothing and jewelry from yesteryear so they won't stand out as a tourist on time-traveling trips. And to compliment the vintage ware, vendors also sell original art and handmade jewelry.
At Showplex Cinemas, it’s the same scene every night. The lights dim, and the crowd quickly falls silent. After some song-and-dance from the concession stand and a few thrilling trailers, main attractions from Hollywood’s biggest movie makers flicker to life on screen. Thanks to Showplex’s screening systems, moviegoers in five states share in this immersive entertainment tradition, which is as American as the hot dogs they sell in the lobby. Recently under the new management of Starplex Cinemas, Showplex has lowered ticket prices and added more items to the concessions lineup. The theaters’ Facebook page increases the community aspect, helping moviegoers stay abreast of the newest releases as well as flashback screenings of classic flicks.
Inner Peace's studio is a beautiful space in which to surround the self while engaging in the ancient practice of yoga. The custom-designed facility boasts a gleaming, 1,077-square-foot yoga floor built from Lisbon natural cork. With today's deal, partake in six of the 27 group yoga classes offered each week, including options for folks from every fork of the fitness footway, from non-nimble neophytes to seasoned veterans as flexible as a pair of bicycle shorts. The staff of experienced instructors has both the wisdom and stretchiness to teach numerous yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, power yoga in a heated studio, soft yoga for beginners or those seeking a chance to slow down and breathe, and yoga jam, which doesn't involve canned preserves but does involve energetic music and a quick flow of postures.
Since he was a youngster in Bristow, Oklahoma, Dynamic Golf Tulsa’s head instructor, Billy, has enjoyed a close relationship with the sport. In his father, a better-than-scratch golfer in his own right, he found not just a model for fundamental mechanics but also inspiration from which to draw love for the game. Billy learned tournament golf through competition in school which also led him to play professionally on a number of tours. Though other endeavors and chronic shoulder injuries led him away from the game for a few years, it never strayed far from his mind. In 2009, he returned to become an instructor.
Billy’s lifelong study of the sport has culminated in a well-rounded philosophy that balances the universal fundamentals of proper grip, stance, and posture with instruction tailored to each student’s unique skill set and physical limitations. From there, he imparts the importance of practice, persistence, and patience during each lesson inside his private indoor studio. Here, he uses V1 Video Analysis System to analyze swing mechanics using high speed video capture, digital graphics, and effects, and compare strokes with those of professional tour players. After the lesson, Billy sends the tape via email to his students, who can review the footage for further self-improvement.
Thomas Gilcrease learned to love the American West as a boy growing up in the Oklahoma Territory during the early 1900s, but it took a trip to Europe to ignite his passion for preserving and sharing the region's distinctive culture and history. Inspired by the vast displays of Old World artwork he viewed during his overseas travels, he used the wealth he amassed in Oklahoma's oil fields to assemble an immense collection of art and artifacts. This collection found its current home in 1949 when Gilcrease founded what would become the Gilcrease Museum.
The museum's exhibit halls, library shelves, and refrigerator doors brim with historically and culturally significant pieces, including more than 10,000 Western American artworks by nationally renowned painters and sculptors, 100,000 rare books, maps, and manuscripts, and 250,000 Native American artifacts. Although exhibits change throughout the year, they tend to explore the impact of westward expansion while also celebrating the region's natural beauty and honoring its roots in Native American culture.
Beyond its walls, the Gilcrease Museum features 23 acres of themed gardens, which embrace landscaping design and agricultural practices from the pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Victorian eras, among others. These gardens allow visitors to interact with displays that are simultaneously historical and alive, serving as a symbolic reminder of western America's cultural growth and development.