Sunday, April 30, 2017


Austin Hartel writes on Facebook: We have a change of venue for our last show. Human After All will be at Oklahoma City Museum of Art
you can still get tickets 18$ online or $20 at the door. If you had tickets for tonight's show you can use them tomorrow.
415 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 236-3100

415 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Saturday, April 29, 2017


1h1 hour ago
Oh you guys, the show must go on and we are looking into another venue for tomorrow! It may be a matinee show.
Courtesy of HDG's Twitter account

Due to power outage at the Fair grounds we have to cancel our show tonight. we are trying to reschedule for tomorrow if the power is on!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017


Courtesy of Hartel Dance Group


The Hartel Dance Group of Oklahoma City brings its interactive, multi-media dance experience to OK Contemporary April 28 - 29, at 8 pm. The performance will feature local and international dancers and musicians. This marks the 10th season for The Hartel Dance Group.

“We want to break through the ‘4th Wall’,” Hartel says, referring to the invisible wall between audience and performers on stage. “We want to actively engage the audience to participate in an experience, not just as passive observers, but as co-collaborators in the performance.”
The Hartel Dance Group is known for its often playful and whimsical performances. It is clear, however, even to an amateur viewer that the performances are technically virtuosic in their physicality. Hartel’s movements both challenge and celebrate the laws of physics as dancers perform acrobatics that illuminate the beauty of balance, strength in constructing human sculptures, the danger of speed on stage, as well as the mechanisms of human nature that unite us as “human after all.”

Hartel’s “Human After All” performance features live music composed by Aaron Robinson and performed by the band Medicine Brother. Daring audience members are invited on stage to participate in the performance while other audience members are invited to live-stream the experience by cell phone. Using #hdglive, live streams will be projected above the performers, adding a layer of virtual dialogue between audience and performers, and also expanding the audience to anyone in the world with access to the live video stream via their Facebook page, and going to

When: April 28-29 @ 8:00pm
Where: Oklahoma Contemporary

3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tickets at the door and online:

  at bottom of page 
For live streaming go to your
  Facebook page then to #hdglive   GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

The annual Festival of the Arts returns to Bicentennial Park in front of the Civic Center Music Hall, 500 Couch Drive, in Oklahoma City, through Sunday, April 30th with more than 140 of the nation's finest artists, an expanded children's art field, returning food favorites, culinary demonstrations and three performing arts stages featuring over 250 performances. 
The 2017 festival in Bicentennial Park marks the 51st annual event for the Oklahoma City Arts Council. Event co-chairs for this year's festival are Debbie Forshee and Steve Bolton. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the festival is expected to attract more than 700,000 visitors. 
More than 500 artists submitted visual art for the Festival jury process and 144 were selected with media including oils, water, drawing and printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood and two and three-dimensional works. 
Continuing its celebration of the culinary arts, the Festival will feature 31 vendors in International Food Row with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. 
This year's event features an expanded children's art field where participants can complete three art projects for $3. The face painting area also will include more extensive options in addition to the traditional $1 designs. 
All proceeds from Festival of the Arts support Arts Council Oklahoma City's year-round, free and low-cost programming. 
Festival of the Arts 2017 is produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City. Co-chairs are Debbie Forshee and Steve Bolton.

Arts Council Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 ©(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million Oklahoma City residents and visitors. Arts Council Oklahoma City is sponsored by MidFirst Bank, Devon Energy Corporation, OGE Energy Corporation, Ozarka Water & Coffee Service, Sonic - America's Drive-in, ICG, The Oklahoman and, Toucan Production and Tyler Media. Arts Council Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit

Saturday, April 22, 2017


A Midsummer Night's Dream 

The OKC Ballet is getting ready for its finale of performances of the 2016-2017 season.  This abbreviated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed April 21-23 at Civic Center Music Hall.  Set to Felix Mendelssohn's score, Artistic Director Robert Mills will present this choreography for the first time. The delightful retelling of the classic comedy of errors will be accompanied by a world premier by Denver native choreographer Sarah Tallman, If These Walls Could Talk. The evening will last approximately 1.5 hours, including one intermission.
Tickets on sale now! 

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Perpetual Motion Dance 
 Calling all dancers ages 13 & up to audition
for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival! 
A grant funded program, hosted by Perpetual Motion Dance, allows dancers  throughout the midwest region to learn and perform modern dance technique during the month of July.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Courtesy OKCMOA  

OKCMOA will host SONIC Free Family Day this Sunday, April 9, offering admission to the Museum and special, family-oriented activities FREE of charge to all visitors. SONIC Free Family Day is a bi-annual event taking place from 12 to 5 p.m. Free admission and all activities for the day are made possible by SONIC, America's Drive-In.

WHEN: April 9, 12 to 5 p.m. 

WHERE: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73102

WHO: Activities are appropriate for all ages and no reservations are required. 

WHAT: SONIC Free Family Day includes access to all of OKCMOA's galleries (including the special exhibitions, "After the Floating World: Japanese Woodblock Prints" and "The Unsettled Lens: Photography") as well as special Family Day events, including:
  • A brass quintet 1:00 p.m.
  • Kindie rock performance by the Sugar Free Allstars 2:30 p.m.
  • OKC Improv for the entire family 4 p.m. 
  • Sketching and hands-on activities in the galleries.
  • Art-making activities including making crowns with MetroFamily Magazine and creating puppets in the Museum's classrooms.
  • Family gallery experiences.
  • Photo opportunities with Mr. Cherry Limeade and Mr. Coney.
Courtesy of the Oklahoma Museum of Art

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Japanese woodblock print, courtesy Oklahoma City Museum of Art

“The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection” and “After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints” is open on the first floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. These two new, original exhibitions feature artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection and many works have not been on view at the Museum before.  They will be on view until May 14.
“With almost 4,000 works in our permanent collection, we only have a small portion of works on view on any given day,” said E. Michael Whittington, President and CEO. “Special exhibitions like these give us an opportunity to showcase incredible works of art that we otherwise would not have a chance to display. ‘After the Floating World’ includes two remarkable Japanese artists whose work has not yet been on view in our current building. I think visitors will be surprised and delighted by this original exhibition of woodblock prints, one of Japan’s most famous art forms.”
Woodblock prints, popular in Japan from the 17th through the 19th centuries, are known as “ukiyo-e,” which translates as “pictures from the floating world.” “Ukiyo-e” artists produced prints in a variety of subject matter including actors in the Kabuki theater, folktales, mythology and landscapes.
“After the Floating World” focuses on two printmakers: Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). They were at the forefront of the early 20th century evolution of the “ukiyo-e” tradition into a style known as “shin hanga” that incorporated stylistic elements from the West. Kiyotada VII was born into a family with a long tradition of producing theatrical images, and his prints of Kabuki actors illustrate the rich tradition of Japanese theater. Yoshida was a popular artist in both Japan and the United States whose extensive world travels resulted in evocative prints of familiar landmarks such as Mt. Fuji, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis and Niagara Falls.
Courtesy Oklahoma City Museum of Art
“We have an incredibly strong collection of photography here at the Museum,” said Francesca Giani, curator of modern and contemporary art. “Looking through the collection, I was struck by the idea of the uncanny and the tension that grows as you spend time with some of these photographs.”
“The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection” builds subtle tensions based on the idea of the uncanny as a sense of displacement, as a difficulty in reconciling the familiar with the unknown. By converting nature into unrecognizable abstract impressions of reality, by intruding on moments of intimacy, by weaving enigmatic narratives and by challenging notions of time and memory, these images may elicit unsettling sensations and challenge our intellectual mastery of the new.
“The Unsettled Lens” showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early 20th century to the year 2000. The exhibition features artists such as Brett Weston, Ralph Gibson, Stan Douglas, Wynn Bullock, Angela Grauerholz and many more. Many of the photographs included in this exhibition have never been on view at the Museum.
Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or by calling the Museum at (405) 236-3100. Adult tickets are $12 and include admission to the entire Museum, including OKCMOA's permanent collection and "Dale Chihuly: Magic and Light." Discounted tickets are available for active military members, seniors, students and children. Student and military tickets can be purchased only in person with valid I.D. and cannot be purchased online. Members of the Museum receive free admission to the exhibitions. Group tours for 15 or more are available at a discounted ticket price, and Oklahoma K-12 school tours are free. Tour reservations must be made in advance at (405) 278-8213.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Courtesy Oklahoma Museum of Art

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Sky Singleton, 1st year Master of Music candidate, rehearses the role of Galatea with David Anderson on harpsichord.Photo courtesy of University of Oklahoma

 The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents Handel’s Acis and Galatea, to be performed by the OU Collegium Musicum and the OU School of Dance as part of the Sutton Concert Series. Two performances are scheduled at 8 p.m., April 8 and at 3 p.m., April 9 in the Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall of the Catlett Music Center.
“The most popular of Handel’s works during his lifetime was his opera Acis and Galatea,” said Eugene Enrico, OU Reaugh professor of musicology and director of the OU Collegium Musicum. “In this concert you’ll hear the wonderful music and see it interpreted in dance. The opera tells the story of the beautiful shepherdess Galatea and her handsome boyfriend, the shepherd Acis,” noted Enrico. “Their innocent love is interrupted by the one-eyed monster Polyphemus, who also desires Galatea.  Murder ensues.”
School of Music voice students Hunter Birkhead, 1st year MFA candidate, and Dorian McCall, 2nd year Master of Music candidate, in rehearsal for Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
An orchestra of violins, cellos, bass, recorders, oboes and harpsichord will accompany a select group of ten singers. The role of Galatea will be sung by Skye Singleton and Rachel Snapp; the role of Acis by Hunter Birkhead; the role of Damon by Paul Whitehead; and the role of Polyphemus by Dorian McCall and Robert Hartfield. 
Choreography is by Austin Hartel, professor of modern dance.
All Sutton Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District!  Advance purchase tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults; $10 at the door. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.

Many concerts are scheduled for live stream via Internet, to see a schedule visit Please visit for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. For accommodations, please call the box office at (405) 325-4101.