In Oklahoma City's only venue for hockey puction, the Barons deliver all the careening athleticism and bracing environment of the major leagues, while serving as a developmental arm for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. Tickets in the blue section ($21) at the Cox Convention Center downtown lend lofty views of the Barons as they take their inaugural sojourn through the American Hockey League. Since the team is new, all fans are new, providing a handy excuse when you keep confusing the hockey puck for a cat, but the Groupon's included T-shirt (available in size XL) and discount at the team store ushers each man, woman or child one step closer to superfandom with team-appropriate garb.
More than 100 years ago, Stockyards City was a public livestock market and packing district. Today, many of its original buildings remain?but what was once an industrial area is a hub of dining and cowboy culture. On the main street, Western apparel stores, restaurants ranging from a steakhouse to a taqueria, and the historic Rodeo Opry country-music venue bring American heritage to life. Regular events include private tours and street festivals.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
For 10 years, this critically acclaimed film festival, the largest in Oklahoma City, has attracted filmmakers from around the world to showcase eclectic creations of independent-film arts. The name "deadCENTER" refers to Oklahoma City's geographic location in the center of the United States, along with the festival's central setting within OKC. There are seven locations that will be showing the fest’s documentaries, animated shorts, narrative features, kids’ shorts, midnight movies, comedy shorts, and Oklahoma-centric work. Hold tight to BMX legend Mat Hoffman’s handlebars for a wild ride in The Birth of Big Air (June 9) or get an insider’s look into the meticulous process of movie reviewing in For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism. DeadCENTER will also be showing the silent-film epic Metropolis (June 11, 5:30 p.m.) in its recently discovered, full-length version. Click here for a full list of all of the films showing at the festival and be sure to check the schedule to find out when they’re showing.
On the second weekend in November, Vintage Market Days will once again fill the Farmers Public Market with clothing, furnishings, and knick-knacks from days past. Event planner and Okie Chic owner Kim McGee brings this national event to Oklahoma City, helping local antique shoppers and treasure dealers meet and barter on both floors of this historic trading space.
And what a historic space it is; listed on the national register of historic places, the Farmers Public Market opened its doors in 1928, a time when farmers had no place but the roads to sell their wares and shoppers could only wait for mail-order groceries to be invented 50 years later. In its heyday, the market housed not only a variety of stores and markets, but also a concert space where country troubadours including Hank Williams Sr. and Bob Wills plucked at the heartstrings of rapt audiences.
On Saturday, January 25, restaurants from around Tulsa will gather at the BOK Center for Wingapalooza, a showcase to crown Tulsa's best wings. The field includes McNellie's, Rusty Crane, Full Moon Caf?, Lucky?s, Baxter's, and 20 other restaurants known for their outstanding wings, wing sauces, or wing preparation. In addition to feasting on wings all day and pretending to be a food critic for a made-up magazine called The Winger, attendees can also grab drinks from cash bars and listen to live cover music by My So Called Band.