The Tulsa Zoo, which rarely closes, shuts its doors on the third Friday in June. On that day, the staff prepares for its annual “WALTZ on the Wild Side” fundraiser. During the rest of the year, guests can take advantage of exhibits that have been made possible by the money raised during that event, including the Chimpanzee Connection, Elephant Encounter, Penguin Exhibit, Children’s Zoo and the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.
The Tulsa Zoo has committed itself to enlightening guests and protecting species from around the globe. The zoo cares for African animals such as the Aldabra tortoises, Asian animals including snow leopards, and animals native to the tropical rainforest of Central and South America. In addition to the “WALTZ on the Wild Side” fundraiser, the Tulsa Zoo also hosts events including the 5K and 10K Zoo Run, and the “HallowZOOeen” celebration, in which animals get to dress up and ask each other for candy.
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.
Diners at Sandite Billiards and Grill devour tender steaks, third-pound burgers packed with 100 percent ground beef, and Southern comfort fare and play games on 18 pool tables, arcade machines, and foosball tables. The menu heralds the arrival of appetizers, such as the chili-cheese nachos or hot wings, both of which render fingers messy like high-fives from Jack Kerouac. Diners train their forks on protein-packed 12-ounce rib eyes and 10-ounce fillets swaddled in strips of bacon and served with starch sidecars of fried, baked, or hot potatoes and texas toast. A family-friendly billiard hall, patrons of all ages can pluck Viking, Predator, or Lucasi cues off the wall and direct clacking stripes and solids over blue-felted pool tables or into opponents’ drinks.
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.
With a barbed-wire fence as its backdrop, The Looney Bin Comedy Club, opened just last year, promises its patrons a night of cutting-to-the-core comedy provided by both up-and-coming and veteran stand-up comics. As giant portraits of Eddie Murphy, Dane Cook, and Don Rickles look on, you will exhaust your internal laugh-engine at any show, thanks to the funny-bone fuel of such glee-gas-pumpers as mirthful magic-maker Chipps Cooney, appearing on Saturday, October 30, or punch-line slinger Joseph Anthony, appearing on Saturday, November 6. As your eyes drink in the chill, relaxing vibes of the club's space, each ticket holder's taste buds will drink in two selections from The Looney Bin's bar, featuring adult libations such as Samuel Adams beers, long island iced teas, and Bloody Marys, able to lubricate vocal chords sore from constant chuckling.