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Narrow tunnels beneath Tulsa’s and Oklahoma City’s downtowns are well-used – sometimes in ways the builders might never have envisioned. In Tulsa, 9-to-5ers can take some tunnels from parking garages to workplaces and ditch their umbrellas. The passageways aren’t much to admire, but serve a purpose in a city that, according to Tours of Tulsa company owner Kelly Gibson, “experiences...
Frances Jordan-Rakestraw, executive director of Greenwood Cultural Center, is a K-12 product of Tulsa Public Schools. She attended Ralph J. Bunche and John Burroughs elementaries, Roosevelt Junior High and Central High. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Northeastern State University, Jordan-Rakestraw held numerous corporate jobs and became the first black woman in Tulsa’s history to become...
Around Town It’s time once more for DeadCenter, the state’s biggest and highest profile film festival, June 6-9 in Oklahoma City. The DeadCenter Film Festival has such a great vibe, with many parties and extra events, that even friends who don’t love film as much as you do want to come along and bask in the atmosphere. While they’re there, you...

Cycling events

The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough bicycle racing festival spins itself into a frenzy June 7-9. Categories accomodate everyone from pro bikers to training-wheel toddlers. Races include criterium (laps around a closed course) and Gran Fondo (long distances). Visit tulsatough.com for the schedule. More cycling fun can be had June 1-2 with the Oklahoma Pro-Am Classic in Oklahoma City in the...
Summer’s Fifth Night at Utica Square in Tulsa presents live music on summer Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Pack a picnic supper or dine in a restaurant during this free event. This month’s acts are: The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band, June 6; Zodiac, June 13; Eldredge Jackson, June 20; and Denise Hoey and The Boulevard, June 27....

Red Earth Festival

The 33rd Annual Red Earth Festival celebrates Native American heritage and features hundreds of dancers and artists from across the country June 7-9. Held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, the event has a parade, powwow, art market and other community events. Visit redearth.org for information.

At the arenas

The BOK Center in Tulsa features Jimmy Buffett on June 4, family-friendly Kidz Bop Live! on June 14, and Father John Misty and Jason Isbell on June 29. Visit bokcenter.com for details. This month, the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City has Luis Miguel on June 4, Twenty One Pilots – The Bandit Tour on June 25, and Cody Johnson...
Give the kids a thrill at the eighth annual Stars and Stripes River Festival at Riversport Adventures in Oklahoma City on June 29. Whitewater rafting, races, food trucks and a fireworks display abound. Visit riversportokc.org. International canines strut their stuff June 8-9 for the Oklahoma City International Dog Show at State Fair Park. Visit iabca.com. Recognized by CNN and USA Today,...

At the Museums

When he’s not performing, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan spends his time sketching, drawing and painting. Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, in conjunction with the Bob Dylan Center, presents Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond through Sept. 15. The exhibit showcases writings, drawings and personal effects from the performer. Visit gilcrease.org for details. The Philbrook Museum in Tulsa commissioned Jason Lee (photographer, actor and...

Music and Comedy

The award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof is presented June 18-23 by Celebrity Attractions in Tulsa at Chapman Music Hall. Visit celebrityattractions.com or call 918-596-7111 for tickets. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, featuring artist Gregory Lee on the violin, presents the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Johannes Brahms on June 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall. Visit okcphil.org for tickets. Steve...