1.Cosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space (Now-March)
Running now through March 29th, Science Museum Oklahoma’s Cosmic Culture displays thousands of bright paper kites, hundreds of embroidery stitches, ink-on-board drawings, photography, mixed media and historical images that illuminate how space exploration and visual art have influenced each other. This exhibition is located in SMO’s SmART Space and revolves around Jacob Hashimoto’s “The Other Sun,” a Minecraft-inspired installation made from 2,000 bamboo-and-paper kites.
This exhibition is extremely family friendly and free with Science Museum Oklahoma admission.
2. Romeo and Juliet (Feb 13-March 7)
This February, you won’t want to miss Oklahoma Shakespeare tell the most famous story of love at first sight exploding with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? Two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love will risk everything to be together. This event is suitable for all ages and a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Tickets are on sale now.
3. Artini 2020- CAMPTINI (March 27)
Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, ARTini is Oklahoma City’s largest cocktail competition and art auction, bringing together local restaurants, entertainment and local artists for a dynamic evening benefiting the arts! This year’s theme is CAMPtini, a celebration of the outrageous! Think 2019 Met Gala (Lady Gaga, Elton John, etc.)! From décor and attire to entertainment and cocktails, CAMPtini will be absolutely fabulous! Tickets are on sale NOW at artiniokc.com.
4. Distant Thunder (March 25-April 19)
This spring, you can’t miss Lyric Theatre’s world premiere production of Distant Thunder: a story of cultures colliding and uniting through music, dance, stories and faith. Darrell Waters, a successful young attorney, returns to his childhood home in Montana to broker a deal between a big energy company and the impoverished Blackfeet Nation. He soon faces his reclusive father about their painful past and grapples with the paradigm of what it means to be Native American in the United States. Show times will be available soon.
5. emotions, a triple bill (April 17-19)
Nearly 25 years ago, Oklahoma City became the center of the world’s attention with the devastating bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 168 innocent lives were lost in the tragedy. It remains the deadliest domestic-based terrorist attack in the history of the United States. In this groundbreaking world premiere created in partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, Artistic Director Robert Mills will create a new work that not only serves as a remembrance of those who were lost, but a celebration of a resilient community that has come together to transform itself in the aftermath. Tickets for this Oklahoma City Ballet event go on sale September 6th.
6. Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts (April 21-26)
You will not want to miss this coveted community celebration of spring fun, arts and community. The Festival of the Arts brings visual, performing and culinary arts together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a brand new participant, come explore the 6 day Festival of the Arts.
7. Peter and the Wolf (May 3)
Grab your kiddos! The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents Peter and the Wolf! This timeless composition introduces us to the instruments of the orchestra as their voices relate to forest animals, and it features students from Lyric Theater Thelma Gaylord Academy! The program also features other musical stories and you’ll get to meet Phil the Penguin! Tickets to this family-friendly event go on sale soon.
8. POP Power from Warhol to Koons (June 6-Sep 13)
This summer, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is back with more than 100 works on paper and sculptures by the biggest names in Pop Art in their new exhibition, POP Power from Warhol to Koons. This exhibit is great for the whole family, and extends the Museum’s commitment to postwar American and international art. Don’t forget to check out the OKCMOA’s current exhibition, Renewing the American Spirit, before it’s gone!
9. deadCenter Film Fest (June 11-June 14)
This year, deadCenter Film Festival is celebrating 20 years! deadCenter Film Festival is a cornerstone in Oklahoma City’s current creative renaissance. As Oklahoma’s largest film festival, deadCenter is the best place to see exciting new short films, insightful documentaries, hilarious comedies, scary monster movies, and the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. Passes for the festival are available now.
10. 2020 Red Earth Festival (June 13-14)
Red Earth is pleased to announce the 34th annual Red Earth Festival will be held at the spectacular Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. Through the years, Red Earth has matured into one of the most comprehensive Native arts events of its type, providing an outstanding opportunity to experience the unique and varied Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Plus, the Red Earth Festival provides our guests the opportunity to purchase art from America’s most talented Native Artists. Ticketing information for this event is coming soon.