Friday, December 15, 2017

GROWN-UP HOLIDAY FILMS AT
OKC MUSEUM OF ART


What started with an announcement as a one time showing on Christmas Eve of "Die Hard," with Bruce Willis yelling the famous "Yippe ki yo...", at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, has turned into a series of non-Christmasy films to give even ardent holiday enthusiasts a respite from holiday themed films. And drinks are allowed in the auditorium. These films are meant for adults.

This holiday season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) presents "Christmas for Grown-Ups," a series of Christmas cult classics and holiday hidden gems, screening Dec. 21-31.    


"On the heels of our successful Studio Ghibli and Wes Anderson holiday retrospectives, we were excited at the prospect of putting together a more traditional Christmas series this year," said Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., director of curatorial affairs. "In keeping with the Museum Films philosophy, we sought to offer a fun and festive mix of eclectic holiday fare grounded in artistically accomplished and adventurous work by acclaimed filmmakers."   

"Some films are witty and romantic; others are subversive and satirical," he continued. "From the unrated cut of 'Bad Santa' to a pristine restoration of French New Wave classic 'My Night at Maud's,' there's something for just about everyone.  With our 'Christmas for Grown-Ups' series, we wanted to challenge conventional notions of what holiday films should look and feel like, while also offering Oklahoma City film lovers the opportunity to decompress, have a drink and watch a great movie on the big screen."  

Dr. Anderson added, "We're pleased to screen a number of these titles on 35mm prints, including the urbane 1930s detective caper, 'The Thin Man'; Wong Kar-Wai's sublimely beautiful sci-fi romance, '2046'; and John Huston's masterful final film, a faultless adaptation of James Joyce's 'The Dead.'"  

Tickets are now on sale and are $5 for OKCMOA Members; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors (62+) and college students with IDs. The Samuel Roberts Noble Theater bar offers a variety of beer, wine and spirits for purchase.     

"Christmas for Grown-Ups" opens Thursday, Dec. 21 with a 35mm screening of Arnaud Desplechin's "A Christmas Tale," a captivating and wildly inventive family drama starring iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve.  

For the romantically inclined, there is Whit Stillman's sparkling ensemble comedy, "Metropolitan"; Eric Rohmer's soulful love-triangle drama, "My Night at Maud's"; and Todd Haynes' lush period romance, "Carol." All are perfect options for a low-key date night, especially when paired with the Museum Cafe's specially priced Dinner and a Movie package at $29 per person.  

Other series highlights include a Christmas Eve matinee of the ultimate holiday cult classic: "Die Hard"; Stanley Kubrick's darkly brilliant "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; and Terry Gilliam's visually dazzling dystopian satire, "Brazil." "Christmas for Grown-Ups" concludes with a New Year's Eve screening of Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning tragicomic masterpiece, "The Apartment."  

For more information on the "Christmas for Grown-Ups" series and more upcoming Museum Films events, visit: www.okcmoa.com/visit/events/christmas-grown-ups

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GATHERS MANY EVENTS
IN OKC ON ITS WEBSITE



DOWN TOWN OKC has listed a tremendous number of happenings and things to do in OKC from
Saturday through January, from ice skating, through the OKC Museum of Art, to water taxis -- take out the commas for a really interesting holiday season. Please follow the link to the events: downtownokc.com.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THE MESHUGA NUTCRACKER
MOVIE AT TINSELTOWN,
QUAIL 24 & SPOTLIGHT 
STADIUM 14 TUES. DEC. 19, 7 p.

Rating

PG

Runtime

130 min

Synopsis

Fathom events and Guggenheim Entertainment present The MeshugaNutcracker! – The Chanukah Musical in select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Tuesday, December 19. This musical comedy features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday outing! Jews and non-Jews alike will delight in this original musical celebrating all things Chanukah.
 
[ARTSPACE] AT UNTITLED
IS HAVING A GIFT SALE,
COMEDIC PERFORMANCE,
AND GIFT MAKING WKSHP
THIS WEEK.

Please follow the link for more complete information:
https://www.1ne3.org/ . [Artspace] is open
 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Commentary
R.A.C.E.'S HIP-HOP
NUTCRACKER 
PRESENT 150
HIGH SCHOOL 
DANCERS IN GREAT
SHOW

By Nancy Condit

Last night's performance of R.A.C.E. Dance Company's Hip-Hop Nutcracker, under the direction of R.A.C.E.'s artistic director Hui Cha Poos and the school's dance teachers, brought over 150 dancers
together from seven high schools, one elementary school, R.A.C.E Dance Company, the Men of RACE, Junior and Teen RACE together in a hip-hopping, break dancing, freeze frame, Janet and Michael Jackson style moves, backward somersaulting performance that reverberated through Oklahoma City Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center. 

The action of bringing so many schools and companies together is quite mind boggling, and speaks to the passion for dance in Oklahoma City, and the hope that we have for future dancers of mature calibre in Oklahoma City.  

Performances continue at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at O.C.C.C. located at 7777 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City. Oh, and there were also the more traditional contemporary and jazz  dance moves.

Of particular mention were Daxton Grier Anderson, the grade schooler who danced the part of Carlos, the son being brought up by his single mother, Justyce James - Mom, and Christopher James -- the Nutcracker, his absent father, who takes him through "The Land of Possibilities" after Carlos has fallen asleep.

The schools performing individual dances included Capitol Hill High School, Harding Fine Arts Academy, Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma Centennial High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School, and U.S. Grant High School, and the elementary students of Prairie Dance Junior Company.

HHN tells the story of a young man who searches for something missing from his life, only to discover that "it,” exists within himself. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit, writes Hui Cha Poos, following her mission statement for R.A.C.E.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $20 online at tickets.occc.edu or $25 at the door. For more information about HHN, visit: racedance.com.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Commentary

OCU'S HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
FROTHY PRECISION BDWY TREAT

By Nancy Condit

Over 130 American Spirit Dancers, directed by Jo Rowan, performed a jazzy, lyrical, tapping - including rhythm, ballet, gospel Broadway style show last night at Oklahoma City University. Favorites like the "March of the Toy Soldiers" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" with "Five More Days til Christmas" - and Chanukah were back, along with the "Baking Cookies" with 
gingerbread people in cookie costumes and the lovely lyrical "Song for a Winter's Night."

The program was was very enjoyable, and the Rockettes style precision dances with up to
four rows deep of dancers were really very good.

"Home for the Holidays" runs Dec. 7 through 10 in Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium at 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 405-208-5227 or visiting okcu.edu/tickets. Group rates are available.
 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ART-FILLED HOLIDAYS AT
OKCMOA WITH VISITORS
17 AND YOUNGER ADMITTED
FREE IN LATE DECEMBER

This holiday season, visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art can see unconventional holiday films - part of the "Christmas for Grown-Ups" film series - create prints to take home with  [Artspace] at Untitled in the Winter Break Printers' Workshop and watch the Opening Night fireworks from the Museum's Roof Terrace. Plus, the Museum will offer free admission for visitors 17 and younger from Dec. 26 through 31.  


"We are thrilled to work with [Artspace] at Untitled to transform our Museum classrooms into an immersive printmaking environment the week after Christmas," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "We will have large prints lining the walls for inspiration and multiple printmaking stations available. With free admission for kids and teens, we are excited to offer families an inexpensive opportunity to experience the Museum's galleries and hands-on activities this winter break."

The Winter Break Printers' Workshop will be open Dec. 27 through 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Museum Teaching Artist Erin Latham and members of the [Artspace] team will be on hand to assist visitors as they create their own print to take home.

Special exhibitions on view include "The Question of Beauty," "The Art of Oklahoma" and "Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age." Ongoing activities include a new mobile guide and app; OKCMOA Discovery Packs, free with admission; and the "Master Strokes" drawing studio where guests can sketch a still life to take home while surrounded by the drawings of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn.

From Dec. 21 through Dec. 31, Museum Films presents "Christmas for Grown-Ups," featuring 12 Christmas cult classics and hidden holiday gems. Of particular interest is a screening of "Die Hard" for those who want a diversion on Christmas Eve. It screens at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 complete with the usual Museum Films fully stocked bar. Museum Films will also be presenting four titles on 35mm film, including "The Thin Man" on Dec. 29.

The Museum Cafe will again offer holiday meals to-go. The deadline to order meals, designed for two or for eight complete with main course, sides and dessert, is Dec. 20. Meals can be picked up at the Museum Cafe on Dec. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

OKCMOA has space for private events and holiday parties this December. From an intimate seated dinner in the Mezzanine, to screening a holiday film in the 250-seat Samuel Roberts Noble Theater, to a cocktail reception in Founders Hall and time in the galleries, OKCMOA has a private event option to fit every budget and interest. Learn more by contacting Elizabeth Roewe at events@okcmoa.com or (405) 278-8286 for details. 

The Museum will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

There are several ways to enjoy the Museum on New Year's Eve:
  • The Museum galleries will be open noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. 
  • Guests looking for additional entertainment options can enjoy Opening Night events, including performances by The House Session and OKC Improv, with an Opening Night wristband. An Opening Night wristband also includes admission to the galleries.
  • The Museum will offer a special ticket to the Roof Terrace to view the Opening Night fireworks. The Roof Terrace will be open 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and a ticket includes a midnight champagne toast (one glass of champagne).
  • The Museum Cafe will offer a set menu for New Year's Eve. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (405) 235-6262. Dining at the Museum Cafe includes a ticket to the Roof Terrace champagne toast.
For a full list of events visit www.okcmoa.com/holidays-at-okcmoa-2017/