Free SoundBites concert series coming next month
Downtown OKC Inc., SandRidge Energy and Bank of Oklahoma have invited some of Oklahoma City’s most talented artists to fill the downtown air during the 2012 SoundBites concert series. SoundBites concerts are scheduled every Thursday in May from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Bank of Oklahoma Plaza (201 Robert S. Kerr) in downtown OKC. Here’s the lineup:
May 3 Smilin’ Vic & the Soul Monkeys
May 10 Cami Stinson & the Riot
May 17 Born in November (see them featured on the Bricktown Chevy Showcase)
May 24 Kylie Morgan
May 31 Matt Stansberry
If you have questions about SoundBites, call 235-3500 for more info. See you there!
Spokies – coming to a corner near you!
Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability are proud to introduce Spokies – a fun, healthy and affordable way to get around downtown OKC. This new bike share program launches officially on May 18 and will place 6 solar-powered bike kiosks at various downtown locations. Users may rent their Spokies bike simply by swiping their card.
The Spokies bike share program has three goals: to offer a convenient and accessible transportation option in the downtown area, to promote active transportation and healthy lifestyles and to offer bicycles as an alternative to vehicles to improve air quality.
We’ll post announcements about the program launch in future issues of What’s Up Downtown. To keep up with Spokies visit SpokiesOKC.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
OKC celebrates spring at the Festival of the Arts
Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts.
The 2012 Festival of the Arts will take place April 24-29 in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
The Visual Arts includes 144 Plaza Artists from across the nation that exhibit on Hudson Avenue, a large-scale Sculpture Park exhibit and a variety of specialty exhibits throughout the grounds.
The Culinary Arts consists of the International Food Row. Each food vendor is partnered with an area non-profit organization.
The Performing Arts includes four stages of non-stop performing arts and entertainment representing all genres and world renowned street performers roaming the grounds.
A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place and Creation Station for more fun! For more information call (405) 270-4848.
For more details, including a full schedule of events, artists and vendors, visit artscouncilokc.com.
OKC hosts the Memorial Marathon
The Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum will host the Memorial Marathon on April 29.
The Memorial Marathon provides an appropriate way for us to honor the victims and survivors, while at the same time celebrating the miracle of life. People from all over Oklahoma, the country and even the world will join together in giving this gift to the victims’ families, the survivors, the Memorial, and our community.
For more information, visit the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon website.
You’re Invited to POP!
Just in time for a season of celebrations, St. Anthony Foundation and Byron’s Liquor Warehouse are teaming up to bring a fun, new event to Midtown- POP! A Champagne Tasting Event.
The event is set for today, Apr. 20, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the beautiful Rapp Foundation Conference Center on St. Anthony’s campus.
POP! will include samplings of champagnes and sparkling wines from more than 20 vineyards, delicious appetizers and live music in an upscale setting. The Rapp Center’s panoramic views of downtown OKC and Midtown, spacious outdoor patio and modern design provide the perfect place for a party!
General admission tickets are $50 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100. Reservations are required and guests must be at least 21 years of age. Funds raised at POP! will support the outstanding medical programs and patient care that distinguish St. Anthony as one of the premier hospitals in Oklahoma.
To purchase tickets, visit GiveToSaints.com or call the St. Anthony Foundation at 405.272.7070.
OKC Downtown College hosts free home buying seminar
The OKC Downtown College will host another free ‘Tuesday Topics’ seminar, “Smart Home Buying and Mortgages” on Tuesday, April 24 from 12-1 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Downtown Library.
Whether you’re a first time home buyer or looking to expand your real estate, come learn the many factors involved with home buying, including cost, types of mortgages, location and more.
Participants will find out how to shop for and apply for a home loan, and learn more about the closing process, related costs and sources for home buyer assistance programs.
Please RSVP to 232.3382 by noon on April 23. This event is part of the ‘Tuesday Topic’ series sponsored by OKC Downtown College, Allegiance Credit Union, and Downtown OKC, Inc.
Watch the Olympic Team Trials on the Oklahoma River this weekend
Oklahoma City will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Canoe/Kayak on the Oklahoma River, April 20-21. today’s event includes the 200m and 500m Finals from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday’s event will take place from, 9 a.m.-noon with racing, an autograph session and a Paddle Now! Youth activity.
Join us for this exciting event and watch as the fastest kayakers from our nation race to realize their Olympic dreams. Two-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, CA) and 2011 Pan Am Games Bronze Medalist Ryan Dolan (Kailua, HI,) can each earn a berth to the Olympic Games in London with victories in the Women’s Single Kayak 500-meter event and the Men’s Single Kayak 200-meter event, respectively.
USA Canoe/Kayak will also hold its National Team Trials for the 2012 ICF World Cup and ICF Paracanoe World Championships during the event. The sport of Paracanoe has been recently selected to debut at the 2016 Paralympics.
Admission is free and food vendors will be on site. For more information, visit OklahomaRiverEvents.org.
Thunder fans, mark your calendars. The Thunder are better than ever and you don’t wanna miss a second.
Apr. 20 @ Sacramento 9:00 p.m.
Apr. 22 @ LA Lakers 2:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 vs Sacramento 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 25 vs Denver 7:00 p.m.
Barons fans, mark your calendars!
Your Oklahoma City Barons made the playoffs! They’ll take on the Houston Aeros in the first round and start games 1 and 2 on the road. The Barons will return home for game 3 this Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Games 4 & 5 be on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. if necessary.
Don’t miss out on great playoff hockey! Call 232.GOAL to get your tickets today.
Support your OKC RedHawks
Baseball is back in OKC in the newly-named Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Apr. 20 @ Nashville Sounds
Apr. 21-24 vs. Albuquerque Isotopes
Apr. 26-29 vs. Round Rock Express
Apr. 30 @ Albuquerque Isotopes
Purchase your tickets online at MILB.com.