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Henna, suds, balloons and jokes

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Immerse yourself in exotic culture at India Fest on Aug. 24 at Tulsa’s Expo Square. The event touts authentic food, clothing, henna tattoos, art, music and performances. The same day at Tulsa’s Cox Convention Center, Wild Brew, one of Oklahoma’s premier beer festivals, benefits the Sutton Avian Research Center; ticket holders can enjoy suds and grub from top-notch beer...

Fun For Everyone

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Wet and wild fun is planned Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at OKC’s Riversport Rapids, with whitewater rafting, yard games, rides on the Big Water Bull and food from the Big Water Grill. Sundays are the perfect opportunity to head to Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC for the Twilight Concert Series starting Aug. 4 with Red Dirt music from Wight...

The Heat Rises

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Fans of contemporary dance don’t need to travel far this summer to enjoy the art form because the Summer Heat International Dance Festival returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The July 25-29 event presents three lauded dance companies making their Oklahoma debuts, with all programming presented by Tulsa’s Choregus Productions. Ken Tracy, executive director of Choregus, says that to...

Cycling events

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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...

Whitewater, Dogs and Liberty

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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,...

Festival Season

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Germanfest, hosted by the German-American Society of Tulsa (gastulsa.org), runs May 3-5 at the GAST House. Offerings include authentic performances and music, plus food, drink and kids’ activities. Tulsa International Mayfest (tulsamayfest.org) is back May 17-20, this time in the Arts District. This annual tradition features local and national bands, food vendors and plenty of art for sale. Stick around downtown...

Funneling the Weird

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Around Town My credo now approves of any film festival with the category “The Strange Batch” to cover what it describes as “wonderfully weird shorts.” This decision came after looking at the lineup of the Twister Alley Film Festival, happening May 2-4 at the Woodward Arts Theater. That listing is just one indication of the festival’s offbeat sensibilities. With other...

Free Music Mecca

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Thousands of music lovers flock to the Norman Music Festival for an action-packed weekend downtown. The lineup includes national acts, including Beach Fossils, Black Milk With Band Nat Turner, and Soccer Mommy. The April 25-27 event has art vendors and children’s activities.

Red Dirt Quirkiness

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Around Town While the film festival circuit doesn’t truly take the winter off (Sundance was in the frigid cold of Utah in January), projectors start to heat up once spring rolls around. March features the return of the Red Dirt Film Festival, taking place March 1-3 in Stillwater. This is an indie fest distilled to its essence, packed full of films...

No False Starts

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Around Town It’s that time of year again when we encourage a brief trip over the stateline to Missouri in search of the best documentary films in the world. The schedule for this year’s True/False Film Festival, Feb. 28-March 3 in Columbia, won’t be out until after this goes to print, but the festival is sure to have another slate...