The Double-A affiliates of the Colorado Rockies, the Tulsa Drillers while away summers at OneOK Field in heated pursuit of the Texas League championship under the tactical leadership of skipper Duane Espy. On July 23, the Drillers welcome the Arkansas Travelers for a Saturday evening tilt, battling their division rivals in a baseball brawl to determine league standings, bragging rights, and which state gets to declare the change-up as its official pitch. From field reserved seats along the third-base line, spectators track every ball and bunt, cheering precision strikeouts from Christian Friedrich and rest of the bullpen or the slugging prowess of homerun threats Scott Beerer and Tim Wheeler. Take a break from the game for a visit with special guests from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad, who promote cross-sport goodwill with five performances, fan photo opportunities, and a pom-pom adoption center.
As a nonprofit, art-house movie theater, Circle Cinema screens documentaries, independent films, and foreign films in an effort to deepen Tulsa’s understanding and appreciation of the diverse human experience. The theater first opened its doors in 1928 and, as the city's only pre-1960s theater, it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to providing shelter from screaming clouds, the theater fosters progressive forward thinking with a host of intellectually stimulating films. Screenings have included The Artist, which won the Academy Award for Best Film in 2012, as well as Revenge of the Electric Car, a documentary focused on auto manufacturers' race to perfect electric transportation. Circle Cinema also hosts premieres of locally produced films and films created by aspiring directors in high school and college courses.
With an emphasis on safety, Oklahoma Safety & Security Source's owners Bart and Donna Batman seek to educate the Tulsa community on the fundamentals of firearm ownership and operation. Their instructors teach courses on various subjects, including the operation and maintenance of firearms, as well as NRA-certified courses. The team's professionals also advise law-enforcement agencies and consult on personal and business security needs. In addition to the gun and airsoft-gun range, they also host bouts in an indoor paintball facility.
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.