Among the city’s other monikers, Norman is known as the “City of Festivals” for its plethora of arts festivals, including the May Fair, Medieval Fair and 2nd Friday Art Walk, as well as other fun and arts-related events, such as the Norman Music Festival, Groovefest and Chocolate Festival. With the help of Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts Council, we’ve gathered together some ideas for a fabulous date night and family night filled with music, art and theatre. And food, of course!
The Depot Whistle Stop Concert: Abbie Gardner. Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique!
7 p.m. Friday, March 22 / The Depot / 200 S. Jones Ave. / 307.9320 / PasNorman.org
Norman Arts Council’s ONE Event: The Roaring Twenties: The Age of ONEderful Nonesense. Support the Norman Arts Council with the most anticipated annual arts party in Norman! Celebrate the Roaring Twenties by mingling with flappers, dandies and mobsters! Period costume encouraged. Ticket includes open bar, bites by The Winston, and oodles of ART!.
7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 / Norman Arts Council / 122 East Main St. / NormanArts.org
University of Oklahoma Theatre: Grand Hotel, The Musical*. It’s 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all, much is happening with the Grand Hotel’s illustrious clients. Inspired by Vicki Baum’s period novel, issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people and come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 9 / Elsie C. Brackett Theatre / 563 Elm Ave. / ou.edu/finearts/universitytheatre
DINNER AND MUSIC
Blues at Othello’s with Elizabeth Wise and The Ravens*. From her formative years playing piano and singing church music, to her coming of age as a fully formed folk artist steeped in traditions that trace their roots back to Appalachian hills, Kentucky bluegrass and, of course, the blues of the Delta.
Norman Arts Council’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. Free celebration of arts and creativity in the Walker Arts District! Gallery openings, shops, live music and more! Visit one of the many restaurants in the Arts District or theTOLY Food Truck Park.
Norman Family Theatre: On the Verge*. A delightful family-friendly play that follows the adventures of three intrepid Victorian lady explorers’ trek through time and space. Wordplay and high adventure ensues!
Saturday, March 2 / Norman Family Theatre @ West Wind Unitarian Church / 1309 W. Boyd St. / firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art: We Are Here Community Day. What does community mean to you? Join us for a celebration of the DVA: Mildred Howard exhibition as we build community through the arts. Enjoy collaborative art, poetry and weaving projects. Refreshments inspired by the show will be provided.
2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 / Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art / 555 Elm Ave. / 325.3272
DINNER AND MUSIC
Pioneer Library West – Sunday Serenades. Relax in the cafe and enjoy a live concert! Students from the OU School of Music will perform classical, jazz and popular selections on the library’s grand piano.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday,March 10 / Pioneer Library Norman West / 300 Norman Center Court/ pioneer.libnet.info
*Additional performance dates in March as well
Pull Quote: Our Arts draw more than 1,000,000 visitors each year to a community that understands that arts are what make Norman beautiful! – Erinn Gavaghan, Executive Director, Norman Arts Council