Friday, July 19, 2019


Home Energy Aid Fundraiser to Help Raise Funds for Oklahoma Families in Need
OGE, ONG, and PSO partner with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma to host annual fundraiser
WHAT:            The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s annual Home Energy Aid Fundraiser with community partners Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
WHERE:           1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City (Enter off of N Pennsylvania - Social Services Office entrance)
WHEN:            Friday, July 19, 2019 from 11am to 1pm
                        ** Program begins promptly at 11:30am. Speakers include:
·         Major Susan Ellis, Area Commander, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma
·         Councilman/Vice Mayor, Lawrence McAtee, Jr., City of Oklahoma City
·         Commissioner Dana Murphy, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
·         Ken Miller, Vice President of State Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Oklahoma Gas & Electric
·         Robert Babcock, Director of Community Relations, ONE Gas; Executive Director, ONE Gas Foundation
·         James Evers, State Governmental & Environmental Affairs Manager, Public Service Company of Oklahoma

WHY:               Annual fundraiser helps raise critical funds for Oklahoma families in need through utility assistance program. For a ticket price of $7.50, one can enjoy a freshly grilled hamburger, chips and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door. If you wish, you may round the $7.50 donation up to $10 to help even more.

Friday, July 12, 2019



“Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” Events Announced

Summer hours begin June 22
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host a series of tours, events and programming surrounding the blockbuster summer exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” Highlights include Members’ Day on Friday, June 21, curator-led public tours throughout the exhibition, Studio Sunday “make-and-take” activities on select Sundays and an Aug. 14 public lecture by Dr. Katie Hanson, associate curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

“We are thankful to Oklahoma Humanities for their generous support of our public lecture,” said Bryon Chambers, OKCMOA manager of tours and adult learning. “Dr. Hanson is one of the top scholars of Impressionist art in the country, and we are thrilled to present her free lecture to our community titled ‘In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends.’ We’re also looking forward to bringing back Studio Sundays.”

Elizabeth Roewe, OKCMOA membership manager, added, “There has never been a better time to join the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Not only does membership grant you early access to this spectacular exhibition a day before it opens to the public, but members get free admission to the exhibition all summer long.”

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of 19th and early 20th-century French art to the VMFA. The exhibition reproduces the invigorating experience of the Mellons’ collection in a series of sections including Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary and VMFA: Toward Impressionism.

From June 22 to Sept. 22, the Museum will operate summer hours and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

An exhibition catalogue from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. This exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and presented by Inasmuch Foundation and Kirsten and David Griffin.

A full list of programming is below.

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Exhibition Highlights: Members may meet in the galleries for a 30-minute exhibition overview with Museum staff.
  • 5 p.m. Refreshments available in the Museum lobby
  • 6 p.m. “Edgar Degas, Equestrian Art & The Age of Photography,” by Dr. Michael Anderson, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” galleries and the lecture will only be open to members on June 21 and all membership levels are invited. For information on becoming a Museum member, visit

These in-gallery guided tours will provide conversation-based insights and close looking experiences. Pre-registration recommended. Purchase tickets at $15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14, 6 p.m.
“In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends” by Dr. Katie Hanson, Associate Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This lecture is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Oklahoma Humanities.

Reservations required. Tour guides are available with notice three weeks in advance. Group tickets are $15 per person, and include admission to all exhibitions on view. Call (405) 278-8213 or email for more information.
Sunday, June 23, 1-4 p.m. Paper Horse Reliefs
Sunday, July 21, 1-4 p.m. Paint Like Monet
Sunday, August 18, 1-4 p.m. Wire Dancers
Sunday, September 22, 1-4 p.m. Watercolor Seascapes
Free with admission. Visit for details.

Sessions held on select Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Coffee, social time and an interactive gallery experience. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. E-mail for more details. $5 for members; $15 for non-members.
BABIES AT THE MUSEUM (Ages 0-2 years)

JULY ǀ Clip & Clop
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6

AUGUST ǀ Water & Waves
Friday, Aug. 2
Saturday, Aug. 3

SEPTEMBER ǀ Fields & Flowers
Friday, Sept. 6
Saturday, Sept. 7

MUSEUM PLAYDATE (Ages 2-4 years)

JULY ǀ Clip & Clop
Friday, July 12
Saturday, July 13

AUGUST ǀ Water & Waves
Friday, August 9
Saturday, August 10

SEPTEMBER ǀ Fields & Flowers
Friday, September 13
Saturday, September 14

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Nancy Condit 
This replaces the earlier accidentally published notes
Saturday night RACE Dance Company and the Men of RACE gave a very nice performance of the collaborative work TRACE: Three Stories Told in Three Styles. The evening very successfully gave the sense of community it set out to do. Artistic director and collaborative choreographer Hui Cha Poos noted that “Commercial dance isn’t just for commercials.”
In a wild hip hop dance, Man VS. Society told of the effects a group of three men had on bullying two men, while the music lyrics made it clear that violence and intimidation was not the way. The dancing was very good and well-choreographed with breaking, storytelling, and good lighting.  Dress was traditional hip-hop street dancing. The women danced well.
The film in Man Vs. Self was particularly memorable in three striking images. A woman crawled out of a grave to confront coffins in a chapel. At this point, an audience member commented the music was almost demonic. Equally striking was the dancer’s sitting in an alley with a row of doors on each side. This setting may have come from Dead People’s Stuff on Linwood. The third image was the women appearing on the stage dressed in white shifts, and the men covered in black. The dancer confronted herself to the narrative voice saying, “The purpose is there, I know who you are.” The story was told in lyrical jazz with some contemporary dance.
The collaborative evening ended with the well done Man VS. Man, Going to the Chapel. The story of a wedding featured a very well received tap dance and all the characters of a wedding performing in 50's clothes. The third style of dance were popular dances.
The high energy performance was following by a high energy dancing after party that was open to all – for only $5.You should really see dancers dance, and dance along with them in the open dance.
An excellent evening.

Friday, June 21, 2019

           FROM 7:00 - 9:p.m. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Join RACE and Men of RACE dance company for
TRACE 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and 2 p.m. and 
8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Oklahoma Contemporary,
3000 General Pershing Boulevard in Oklahoma City.
The performance traces through the central conflicts in
storytelling -- man vs. society, man vs. man, and man vs.
self, using three types of dance.

"The thing that sets this show apart from any other dance
show is that it is 100% collaborative from inception, 
concept, story, music selection, to choreography. I believe
these dancers have something to say and I'm convinced that
the audience will agree it's powerful," said Hui Cha Poos,
Executive Director of RACE Dance Company.

A reception/dance party will be held following the 8 p.m.
performance on June 22 celebrating Oklahoma Contemporary's
last live performance at its State Fair Park location. Help us 
bid adieu before they move downtown with drinks, dancing and a
special activity to be announced at a later date. Admission
to the After Party (separate from the show) is $5 with the
purchase of a performance ticket or $10 at the door.

Tickets to the show are $20, show and party are $25 a piece 
and are available for purchase at .


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

FAIRY BALL 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Fairy Ball at Twilight Time

How shall we beguile this summer’s eve… if not with some delight? Come to the Fairy Ball!  Paseo artists invite children and their parents to a gathering at twilight on Saturday, June 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is a dress up event for children where they can wear fanciful costumes and step inside a magical time of their own making. Colorful light, music and dance delight all ages on this summer’s eve in the Crown Jewel Amphitheater at First Christian Church which is located at 3700 N Walker.
The wonder making begins at home as each child finds a costume to wear to the Fairy Ball.  Call upon whimsicality and a little creative play to build a costume. Make one from the resources you have at your fingertips. Parents join your children, become part of a treasure hunt to find forgotten fancies tucked away in closets, old trunks, dusty boxes and attics.  Families can also take a trip to a local thrift store and rag-pick vintage clothing, formals and whatnots. Intriguing keepsakes with their own stories can be discovered and designed into fun costumes.  When you see through the eyes of imagination, you find ideas for building a make-believe frock. A tuck here, a stitch there, a glittering jewel, something rough or fine, and a wish is all a costume needs to become enchanting.
“Children transport our Fairy Ball. This experience offers a spark in a child’s creative development. Here, they can express themselves through music and dance," says Lorrie Keller, director of StarDanceSwan and creator of the Ball. On this summer’s eve the Fairy Ball will come to life with characters found in a garden. Fanciful bugs, blossoms, elves, fairies, moon makers, dragons, comets and whatever can be dreamed will be welcomed through our summer garden gate.

The Fairy Ball begins at 7:00 p.m. with ‘Flower Magic.' Nestling round the trees, children can finish their costumes by weaving real flowers into crowns, garlands and leafy wings.  As twilight approaches, around 7:50p.m, StarDanceSwan’s Bluebirds of Happiness invite all children to follow star light songs in a roundelay of dance.  Children are encouraged to move in their naturally expressive ways to music befitting a Fairy Ball.  Steven McLinn’s Ojas Music bedazzles children while compelling each one to dance in their own creative way. All spin, float, hop, skip and jump to McLinn’s concert of electrical-acoustical-fusion sounds.  Come to the Fairy Ball while evening grows dark and the stars above brighten. Here light shines in vivid colors and the laughter of children can be heard within the happy dancing rhythms of twilight time
On the evening of the Fairy Ball, everyone gathers at the Crown Jewel Amphitheater located at First Christian Church at 3700 N Walker, just north of the dome and church building.  ‘Flower Magic’ is from 7:00 to 7:50 p.m. The dance follows until 9:00 p.m. The Fairy Ball is free to the public; donations are appreciated to help offset the costs of the evening.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced for a later time. The Fairy Ball is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan.  For more information call the Paseo Arts Association at 405-525-2688 or go to

Sunday, June 16, 2019

 By Nancy Condit

Perpetual Motion Dance Company's 11 member troop took the stage last night at
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in a very good performance in a dance that
explored the world of a post catastrophic environmental event.
The first dance "refuge," choreographed by Michelle Moeller was done to the
pulsing beat of music by radiohead. The dancers' dark brown masks covering their noses
and mouths set the mood of an environmental disaster.
In "dependence," choreographed by Caitlin Robinson, dancers Emily Dawson
and Alana Murray worked the red silks beautifully as they created different shapes
in the floor to ceiling long soft apparatus.
They are growing as a company -- they look very fit. Choreographer dancer Amy Nevius
even choreographed them to walk/dance over each other, even to standing on each
other while the supporting dancers are covered with a black tarp.
The best part of the second half was the dancers moving flat on the stage while other
dancers above the stage used the aerial apparatus in the shape of two large circles --
a mobile pince nez that could rotate at the bridge of the "nose."
All of the apparatuses were built by the company.
Dancer Kayla Jenkins was also the hair stylist, even shaving close half of her head to
get the post catastrophic environmental event. The other dancers' hair styles added
well to the performance's effect.
Perpetual Motion Dance  has a qualified rigger in Alana Murray, who is also a
dancer, aerial instructor, choreographer, OCDF Coordinator and PM2 instructor.
Equally notable is Perpetual Motion Dance's composition of all women performers.
The last performance is at 2 p.m. today at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center on the
Fairgrounds. See my previous blog.