Monday, October 24, 2016

Magic Lantern Celebration on Paseo 
by Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan

                                                          Photos by Skip Largent

The Paseo Arts District is inviting children and their parents to the Magic Lantern Celebration held on Sunday, October 30 from 3:00 to 6:15 p.m.  Children and their creativity make an enchanting combination for this event. Artists on Paseo ask all ages to twist paper, paste, parade, and have fun doing it. The Magic Lantern Celebration has been a part of the community for 16 years and is now a seasonal tradition offering children a hands-on multi-layered afternoon of making art. Building paper costumes and parading in a painted Jack ‘o Lantern on the street brings the celebration to life.

Inspired by the verse, ‘We are all Magic Lanterns lit by the Light of Imagination’,
children themselves are the Magic Lanterns.  Their own creative sparks light up so that their minds, fingers and feet construct this event.

Children of all ages can wear their everyday clothing to Paseo. On Paseo, they must be ready to surprise themselves. Waiting are all kinds of paper to be folded, crumpled, ruffled, stapled, glued and embellished into wearable art.  Children can construct paper pieces intended to be worn over their clothing.  Costumes are made using simple techniques that provide a spontaneous variety of possibilities.

Discovering and doing are the ingredients needed to become fascinated, delighted and charmed by this event. Children and their parents can walk from studio to studio where unusual possibilities are found to make costumes. Hats can be designed from collage materials and recycled bits of fancy. Faces can be made to sparkle from behind transparent masks and Pumpkin Portraits can be evolved from real natural materials. This is an opportunity for parents to share in the problem solving of their children’s constructions.  Helping hands and brainstorming are an important part of this creative process.  Parental assistance is welcomed and necessary depending on the age and needs of each participating child.

Children are asked to share a wish at the Grand Finale of the Magic Lantern Celebration.  Throughout the afternoon Wish Finders beckon children to make a wish about ‘A Time of Light Instead of Fright.’ These wishes are shared during the Pumpkin Parade, the final gathering at the end of the afternoon. Everyone comes into the street where they are invited to parade on a painted path in the shape of a Jack ’O Lantern Pumpkin. Steve McLinn, Ojas Music, offers his original live music as the dancers of Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan inspire all children to spin, sparkle and follow the spiral path.

All costume making activities start at 3:00 and end at 5:45 p.m.  The Pumpkin Parade is from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. Lorrie Keller, director of Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan and founder of this event says, “There is not a right or wrong way to participate in this event, we are in the flow of creative time. Children and parents can make pieces for their costume in all activities, or stay in one place and make one piece if they wish. I want, however, to encourage parents to plan the afternoon, so that they take part in the Costume Pumpkin Parade at the end. Music and dance enchant the whole experience.”

Rain or shine, the costume making activities are from 3 to 5:45 p.m. The Pumpkin Parade is at 5:45 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are held on the north end of Paseo at 30th and Dewey. This part of the street will be closed for safe walking from studio to studio and the Parade at the end of the event. Participating studios are Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, Paseo Art Space, Rainbow Fleet, and Paseo Pottery. All activities are free to the public. Donations are accepted to help cover the costs of the event. The Magic Lantern is made possible through support of the State Arts Council of Oklahoma, the Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan.  For information call the Paseo Arts Association at 525-2688, or go to

RACE Dance Company’s VAMP'D to Showcase Sinuous and Eerie Temptation

                                                        Image courtesy of
                                                            RACE Dance Company

 RACE Dance Company presents VAMP’D, a Halloween-themed, burlesque-inspired club show at 8 p.m. on October 28-29, upstairs at The Loft on Film Row located at 700 ½ W Sheridan in Oklahoma City. VAMP’D will consist of professional, costume-clad dancers pushing the boundaries of self-expression and sexual confidence in Oklahoma.
VAMP’D Creative Director LaKeysta Tipton-Goree says this is the first time in RACE’s eight-year history that the company has been able to produce a second RACEy show in the same calendar year.

“Generally our themed RACEy shows take place around Valentines Day, and we sell out both nights,” said Tipton-Goree. “So the show is a fan favorite, but the other big reason we were able to add VAMP’D to the mix is because RACE Dance Company now has a home at The Loft on Film Row!”

VAMP’D kicks off RACE’s first performance of the 2016-2017 season. Attendees must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink during this hair-raising, forbidden adventure. Costumes are highly encouraged – a costume contest will be held each night with a first place prize awarded by the cast. Tickets for VAMP’D are available online for $25 apiece at

A cast party will be held at The Loft after the show on October 29. The party is for ages 21 and up, and is free to attend if with a ticket purchase to the show either night. Otherwise there is a $10 cover charge at the door.

For RACE Dance Company, having a new home base facilitates more than an additional performance space. RACE Dance members use the space to rehearse on a daily basis. The company also holds its weekly Race the Space hiphop and contemporary dance classes and workshops there for adults who want to dance as a form of exercise. The beginning through advanced level classes are designed by and for adults. To sign up for classes or to view the full schedule of classes, visit:

About RACE Dance Company
Hui Cha Poos created RACE Dance Company, Oklahoma’s first professional Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary group, in 2008. RACE is an acronym for Radical Application of Creative Energy. RACE has produced and participated in more than 100 performances throughout the city, with groups like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Dance United Benefit. In 2010, the Oklahoma Gazette selected RACE as one of the top 5 performance companies in Oklahoma. In 2011, RACE received the Great Inspirations Award from Creative Oklahoma. Today RACE consists of more than 60 dancers in its four companies: RACE, Men of RACE, Junior RACE and Teen RACE. RACE Dance Company is an official 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Organization. 


Friday, October 21, 2016

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Oklahoma City Ballet's Rodeo: A Triple Bill opens tonight
Friday, Oct. 21st,  and Saturday at 8 p.m., and runs through 
Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Auditorium.  

The evening will open with George Balanchine’s Serenade, a milestone in the history of dance.  It is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.  This iconic piece will grace the Civic Center stage for the first time.  With a moving score by Tchaikovsky, dancers “let down their hair” in this neo-classical ballet that has inspired artists for decades.

OKC Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Mills will be presenting a World premiere titled Our Private Rooms that has been chosen as a recipient of the Artistic Innovations grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.  This abstract contemporary ballet will “lift the walls” around our interpersonal relationships that we maintain in private to provide contrast to our depicted public personas.

The headlining ballet of the program, Rodeo, will close the evening on a high note.  Choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with it’s famous score by Aaron Copeland, this highly recognizable ballet will be a treat for cowhands and city slickers.  The cowboy boot clad dancers will portray the story of the cowgirl who, with the best of intentions, tries to fit in with the cowhands in an effort to find a “suitable man.” 

For tickets and more information, visit the website at, call (405) 848-TOES (8637), or they can
be purchased at the door.
and City Rep's season

CityRep has theatrical treats for you! 
Coming THIS Sunday, October 23 to our
National Theatre LIVE broadcast series,
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in FRANKENSTEIN!

What a perfect early treat for Halloween!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

The NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE series captures live theatrical performances and shares them with the world by screening these events with select theatrical groups. 

CityRep is proud to present this series with our partner in the arts, Oklahoma City Community College. 
Showing at the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College,
7777 South May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73159 ,
October 23 2016. 
Tickets may be purchased
NOW by calling the

Oklahoma City Community College Box Office
(405) 682-7579 

(click here)

Coming Up at
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
Directed by Steve Emerson

"Jordan and Reed are superb...hilarious...touching... highly recommended and not-to-be missed!"
~The Oklahoman

December 1
December 18
The Civic Center
Freede Little Theater

Next up on our CityRep stage is the holiday favorite 
Tickets are on sale now for this Oklahoma City favorite
and you will want to get yours now 
so you can share the gift of laughter this holiday season! 

CityRep Artistic Director Donald Jordan and
CityRep co-founder Jonathan Beck Reed 
are back in this Tony award nominated sequel to
GREATER TUNA, where it is Christmas
in the third smallest town in Texas.

These two dazzling comic actors play all the denizens
of a small town in this laugh a minute,
quick change, comic tour de force!

Laugh with us this holiday season! 

Civic Center Box Office
(405) 297-2264
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