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Something a Little Different in OKC

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Are you looking for some fun, different events to go to?  We’ve got you covered!  There are a lot of different performing arts events going on in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.  Here are a few highlights.

April 14: Art Walk in downtown Guthrie.  This festival features traditional artists showing in galleries and businesses in the downtown Guthrie area.  Artists are on hand at each venue to chat, and you can purchase their artwork, too.  Poets will also be reading their works at several venues.  Visit http://www.guthrieartwalk.com/ for more information.

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The Rink Gallery is Definitely an Interesting Experience

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The Rink’s name is derived from the fact that it used to be an ice skating area where kids of all ages could enjoy playing hockey or figure skating.  Now the ice has been removed, and the twenty seven thousand square feet of space has been turned into a winding pathway with thousands of different items showcased by the more than one hundred different dealers and artisans.  The high ceilings that were originally built as part of the ice rink, now serve to make the gallery have a very lofty feeling, so that even though the path can feel cramped at times, I did not ever get the feeling of claustrophobia.

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Oklahoma Film Festivals and Movie Series

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Are you looking for some good movies?  Sure, you could go to one of Oklahoma City’s many movie theaters—Harkins, TinselTown, The Warren—but you might be looking for something other than a popcorn flick.  Oklahoma has a number of film festivals and movie series, and many of them cost much less than going to a theater.  Here are a few different movie series and festivals going on this spring.  Check them out.  Many include great movies that are not only entertaining but also very educational.

Oklahoma City University Film Series

Where: Oklahoma City University Kerr McGee Auditorium

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The New I-40 Pedestrian Bridge

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Drawing of the SkyDance Bridge (image from the City of Oklahoma City website)

Construction has begun on a new Oklahoma City landmark: the I-40 Pedestrian Bridge, also called the SkyDance Bridge, will allow pedestrians to cross the new route of I-40 near Robinson Avenue.  It’s a part of the MAPS 3 downtown park, which will be built in 2013.  The bridge was designed by Professor Hans Butzer and is supposed to resemble the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma’s state bird.

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Great Ways to Save in Oklahoma City with the Keep it Local Card

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If you are like me, then you probably like to go and explore the city and all that it has to offer as frequently as you can.  I have found that I am particularly fond of finding things that are local and are distinctively Oklahoman.  Because of this I was very excited to find out about the Keep it Local card.  I hadn’t read anything about it or seen any advertisements, but rather I noticed this stack of cards sitting on the countertop of my local coffee house.  So, I was excited to learn that this card offered a wide variety of discounts at local merchants that I would frequent anyway.  Plus, the ten dollars that I spent on the card was going to be used to help boost the local economy, which is something that appealed to me greatly.

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New Bill Would Make OK Law Immune to the Supreme Court

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Every now and then, I have to take a break from talking about the great restaurants and fun events of Oklahoma City and talk about some of the interesting, crazy, or just plain weird things our legislature is doing.  I recently learned about a new bill introduced in the Oklahoma state Senate that fits all three categories.

State Senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City recently introduced Senate Joint Resolution 84, a bill that would amend Oklahoma’s state constitution.  This amendment would prevent the United States Supreme Court from reviewing the constitutionality of any Oklahoma law.  Basically, it would remove any federal oversight of Oklahoma laws.

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Events in OKC in February, 2012

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Love is in the air!  If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City on Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot going on.  In fact, February is a pretty busy month overall.  Here are some of the most popular activities going on in OKC.

Feb. 1-3 – Art Now exhibit of local artists at the Arts Center
Feb. 1-12 – OU School of Art Student Exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum
Feb. 1-28 – Carolyn Faseler art exhibit at the Santa Fe Depot
Feb. 1-Apr. 8 – Illuminations and Chihuly North-West art exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art
Feb. 1-Apr. 29 – Photography Collection Highlights at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum

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An Affair of the Heart 2012

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Here at ClearlyOKC, I’ve noticed that our blogs on the An Affair of the Heart craft show always get a lot of comments.  It’s one of the biggest events held in Oklahoma City, and people love it.  That’s why we’re once again bringing you all the latest news on this event, including the 2012 dates!

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The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City

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With all of the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new outlet mall in Northwest Oklahoma City I was a little hesitant to go and visit them for myself.  One reason is that I happened to drive by the mall soon after it opened and saw that people were parking on the side of the street almost a half mile away just to go shopping.  I promptly decided that I was going to avoid the onslaught of the shopping lemmings and the mall until after it had died down.

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Events in Oklahoma City in January 2012

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Happy New Year!!  2012 is here, and it brings many different events with it.  Start the new year off by attending one of these great events in Oklahoma City.

Every Monday in January is Free Admission Monday at the OKC Zoo!  Check out the amazing animals for free!

Jan. 3 – OKC Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena

Jan. 6 – OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena

Jan. 7 & 8 – Redland Rendezvous Volleyball Tournament at the Cox Convention Center

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