Roller derby has gained a reputation as a tough ladies' sport, but the Tulsa Derby League doesn't discriminate. Founded in 2007, the non-profit league hosts divisions for virtually everyone—men, women, and junior-level boys and girls—to join the fast-paced action, making it one of the largest roller-derby leagues in Oklahoma, just behind wild armadillos' lethal desert rumbles. Throughout the year, the league's teams—including the main men's and women's squads, the All-Stars and Militia, respectively—hurtle around the track during practices and bouts at Skates Roller Skating Entertainment Center in Sand Springs. Since the league operates as part of USA Roller Sports, professional skating coaches helm each squad, leading to a sense of discipline that landed the All-Stars a recent berth in the USARS Roller Derby Championships.
Proclaimed the national home of Oklahoma! by the children of Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1993, the Discoveryland! amphitheater hosts an annual run of the time-tested comedic
musical. The national cast of Oklahoma! entreats audiences to song and dance numbers about a small-town community abounding with bidding wars, love yarns, and horse-drawn wagons filled with lost pit orchestra violinists. The show’s full outdoor sets and brightly colored period costumes set the mood for an evening of frontier festivities.
Waltzes are common at weddings and formal parties. Salsa, swing, and country western dance might be more common in gleefully rowdy bars. Even people who have mastered all of those can still practice the constant motion of merengue or the easy sway of the fox trot. The instructors at Strictly Ballroom have put in the years necessary to master all of these styles, allowing them to match patrons with the steps they'll enjoy most. The gleaming hardwood floors of the school's event center make it an ideal venue for dance parties, which let students practice their new moves together.
In 1999, the name "Pumpkin Town" hardly applied to married couple Lonnie and Melissa's modest produce stand. Little did they know, Pumpkin Town would become a full-time endeavor in itself, one that kids Brigette, Phillip, and Margo all helped shape.
Today, "Pumpkin Town" is a fitting title for the 20-acre farm that Lonnie and Melissa run. Most beloved for its 5-acre corn maze?open day and night, other autumn-themed attractions include inflatables, train rides, a giant jumping pillow, a treasure dig, face painting, and tractor-tire swings. And, of course, the produce stand that began it all still offers its bounty to guests.
Nearly a century ago, the Hippodrome opened as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome closed down in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hearken back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.