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his past Friday children of all ages descended upon the Second Friday Circuit of Art, but this time, they weren’t just observing. Thanks to the Firehouse Art Center’s Children’s Show, they were featured artists, and you could see the incredible pride shining in their eyes as they took in their artwork prominently displayed on the gallery walls. As I toured the galleries that evening, I made sure to take extra time at the Firehouse, talking to the kids about their work and how they felt about being official artists. As I saw firsthand during my time working as the director of an art therapy camp in Kenya, art has the power to literally change children’s lives. It was obvious as I spoke to the young Firehouse artists that such was the case for them. But what are the exact benefits of art in education? The first, and perhaps the only, benefit that many know of is that it statistically increases children’s math and science scores. While this is true, and is of course a very important marker of the importance of arts education, to only mention this one reason is dangerous. As budgets are slashed, school administrators may start to ask themselves, ‘Even if the arts increase science scores, doesn’t simply more science increase science scores? And wouldn’t that be cheaper?’ So while we must emphasize the academic advantages to a system that includes creativity, it’s important that we remember the remaining benefits of arts education, or the arts may disappear forever from our education system. Increased Self Esteem/Social Skills: Children that are exposed early and often to arts education are usually better at expressing their emotions, which leads to better emotionally adjusted students and, ultimately, higher self esteem. Their increased ability to communicate also leads to better social interactions across the board, which is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Community Involvement: The arts are often intricately linked with activism with the community and raising awareness for social issues. By

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involving children in the arts, we are increasing their awareness of the community that they exist in (both locally and internationally) and providing them both with the motivation to and the knowledge necessary to get involved and make a difference. Higher Cognitive Abilities: Providing children with arts education will equip them with the creativity, the intuitiveness and the problem-solving skills necessary to succeed not only in school but also within the job market. Arts education does not just produce better, more creative artists. It produces better, more creative engineers, doctors and teachers. Motivation to Succeed: Often in education, children can get lost in the standardized testing world of black and white, true and false. Arts education teaches them to take risks, to try new things and to see a task through to completion. It has been consistently proven that arts education helps improve retention rates, ensuring that we not only produce well-rounded students, but more of them as well. We are fortunate to live within a community that has such a strong program as the Firehouse Arts Center. The Firehouse saw a need for more and better arts education in Norman, and they have responded admirably. For this new school year, they are providing 100% of the arts education for two Norman elementary schools and are assisting the programs at several others. They also offer multiple classes at their location, and do have scholarships available for lower-income families. But it isn’t enough. The Firehouse cannot be expected to be the sole champion of arts education in Norman. As a community, we need to come together and recognize the importance of arts education for our children and begin to support it. Whether this means coming out to support the young artists at shows like the Firehouse just had, donating money or supplies to a local arts program or calling your local representative to demand they support their arts is up to each of us to decide. If we’re going to claim we educate within a system where ‘no child is left behind’ then we must live up to that claim. Without arts education, that will never be the case.

Mary Landsden Swafford nominated the Service Station this week as her favorite place to get french fries in Norman. K n o w n around the restaurant as “dip sticks” these handcut french fries cost $2.29 for a half order and $3.59 for a full order. The delicious fries also come as a side item for many of the Service Station’s entrees. The Dish is a weekly feature dedicated to reader suggestions on Norman’s culinary highlights. Next week’s category: Onion Rings — who makes your favorite? To nominate, email pop@normantranscript.com.

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Teddy Roosevelt of the Wild West By Levi Lee For POP

Before Theodore Roosevelt became the twenty-sixth President of the United States and made a West African proverb, “speak softly and carry a big stick…” a national catch phrase, he was busy punching drunken gunslingers in saloons and shooting Grizzly Bears at point blank range. Roosevelt’s brash and fearless exploits throughout his life are the stuff of American legend, but few really know how the scrawny easterner of his youth made the transformation to become the burly icon of the American West we know him as today. “A Free and Hardy Life: Theodore Roosevelt’s Sojourn in the American West” by Clay S. Jenkinson attempts to shed some light on what some would call the formative years of our former President. “A Free and Hardy Life” is a beautiful book. History buffs and fans of the American west could do much worse when it comes to selections to adorn your coffee table. Bursting at the seams with wonderfully printed photographs, illustrations, letters and diary entries by the bespectacled bull moose of a man, “A Free and Hardy Life” is thoroughly pleasing even when just leafing through the tome and taking in the many photos printed within. Originally conceived as a collection of interpretive panels for use in each of the 70 rooms in the recently renovated Rough Riders Hotel in Medora, North Dakota, the book also unfolds tales of

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Teddy Roosevelt’s colorful and adventurous life. The book is broken up into twopage spreads. On the left hand side of each spread the reader will find a photograph or illustration with a quote below it. A great many of the quotes are taken from Roosevelt’s own autobiography.

“Even as the world is now, it is not only feasible but advisable to make women equal to men under the law. A cripple or a consumptive in the eye of the law is equal to the strongest athlete or the deepest thinker: and the same justice should be shown to a woman…” On the right hand side of the spread is another, smaller photograph or illustration with a passage talking about a specific event, time or philosophy from the former president’s life. The passages are incredibly illuminating, especially for someone such as myself, who is more familiar with the legends spun around this mountain of a man than actual historical fact. What I find particularly pleasing

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about the book is that whether it is extolling the values held by Roosevelt on the national use and teaching of the English language, or recounting with amazement the tenacity of a man who after being shot by a would-be assassin’s bullet went on to give an 84-minute scheduled speech before he would allow physicians to attend to him, the text is well written, entertaining and informative. My one criticism would be in regard to the order that the passages are placed. There seems to be no pattern the author adhered to when assembling each of the sections, and one wonders why the book was not simply arranged chronologically. Instead, each section could be recounting an event that took place years before or after the previous section, or even discussing a lifelong philosophy of President Roosevelt’s. It is, however, an easy criticism to brush aside when reading such colorful and charismatic tales. So for those lovers of Roosevelt, the American West, presidential biographies or just history in general, “A Free and Hardy Life” would make an excellent choice. In fact, were Roosevelt himself to peruse the pages of this book, I believe that the great man whose face adorns the side of Mount Rushmore would smile an enormous, infectious grin and with a hearty chuckle exclaim proudly his label for all things he thought great and wonderful. “Bully!”


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Patrice Pike at Summer Breeze By Doug Hill For POP

Sunday Patrice Pike and her current band will be performing in Norman as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series. They will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in Lion’s Park, 450 S. Flood. Pike is an independent rock vocalist and guitar player with an international fan base. She began performing at age 16. Early project Little Sister released album “Freedom Child” (Bay Leaf Productions, 1991) when she was barely old enough to enter the clubs they were playing. A few years later many of those same original songs were recorded “Live at Club DaDa- Free Love & Nickel Beer” (SBK Records, 1994). On one of the song introductions in the raucous saloon, Pike’s voice sounds like a little kid. The band changed their name to Sister 7 the next year but the constant was Pike’s dynamic vocals and exciting live performances. Pike first struck my radar July 1, 1998 covering Lilith Fair. Sister 7 was relegated to the Second Stage at that large festival but First Stage performances by Indigo Girls and Sinead O’Connor paled in comparison. POP editor at the time Tami Watson-Althoff was also present that afternoon taking photos. We still recall the performance vividly. “I’m looking forward to going to Pike’s Summer Breeze show this summer,” Watson-Althoff wrote in a Facebook message. Patrice Pike’s passionate stage presence, the band’s heart-felt songs along with a gutsy delivery felt, looked and sounded like a rock trifecta. Indeed, around that time Sister 7 had a top ten Billboard hit called “Know What You Mean.” Gentle but insistently musical it could be studied as a perfect song with its tight guitars, well harmonized vocals and magically tender lyrics. Pike is a petite woman but her vocals are massive. She’s a regional stylist with a Texas honey drawl that makes me melt. Sister 7 was signed to Arista Records in

the late 1990’s. Although that band disintegrated it didn’t dim Pike’s enthusiasm for new projects. One of her strongest suits is song writing and she has never stopped. In a video-taped live performance introduction Pike recently described one of her new compositions, “What’s The Trouble (With You),” as being about the power of words. “Moments they feel so much longer when your touch has gone cold,” she sings in that tune. It’s a heart-rending plea to a partner to talk so she may listen. Pike is a word smith who writes her lyrics with care and precision. I was able to connect with Pike last week while she was on the road and asked about her song writing talent. “I have honed that skill after being inspired by other great song writers,” she said. “As a kid I was a fan of good songs but didn’t understand the craft, but knew how they made me feel.” She was exposed to her parents and grandparents extensive record collections, listening very carefully. Later, she met many songwriters and learned the various opinions people have about what makes a good song. Pike credits that for being at the root of her abilities. “Taking people on a journey with my words brings me a lot of joy,” she said. Entering the third decade of her career, Pike feels energized artistically. “I feel like I’m still growing and grateful to be doing what I love,” Pike said. She is excited about coming here in no small part because of Oklahoma friends such as Pride Wright. The OKC native produced her new album “Live and Then Some: Brushwood Lounge Vol. II.” It’s her second live recording with Wright. “We’d hoped to get just a couple of songs, but liked them all so much I postponed my studio album,” she said. Pike doesn’t like the “nastiness” between some Texans and Oklahomans and intends to bring us plenty of love in the park Sunday. photo by Doug Hill

In the Mountain in the Cloud By. Andrew W. Griffin For POP

For their sixth album, Alaska natives Portugal. The Man (abbreviated as PTM) still embraced the exciting, dreamy, jammy rock sound that have endeared them to growing numbers of fans. Yes, Sarah Palin isn’t the only interesting person to emerge from Wasilla. “So American,” the first song, absolutely soars with its big chorus and Beatlesque strings. The bass-and-drums interplay between bassist Zachary Carothers and drummer Jason Sechrist really boost Gourley’s dynamite vocals on “Floating (Time Isn’t Working My Side)” while a slice of 90’s Britpop, mixed with glam vocals straight

A New Frontier By Jamie Carrick For POP

Nothing breaks up the monotony of a move like a great concert — especially if it’s the first concert you’ve ever attended. Last Friday and early Saturday, I moved out of one apartment and into another one nearby. But, thankfully, I got some relief Saturday night when I went to see the indie rock band Switchfoot in concert at Frontier City. The group is comprised of Jon Foreman on lead vocals, brother Tim Foreman on bass guitar and backup, Chad Butler on drums and percussion, Drew Shirley on guitar and backup, and Jerome Fontamillas on keyboards, backup and “everything else,” as Jon put it. Having never been to a true concert before, I didn’t know what to expect. When the gates of the ampitheater opened at 6 p.m., many people at the front of the line ran forward, despite workers saying, “No running.” From the group’s first song, “Mess of Me,” I was hooked. The beat from the bass drum pulsed through me, pulling me into all the hype. I immediately found myself singing along. The hits included “This is Your Life,” “Gone,” “Stars,” “The Shadow Proves the Sunshine,” “We Are One Tonight,” “Awakening” and “Oh! Gravity.” Switchfoot also blended songs together.

out of 1973 make “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” seem almost timeless in its rock-centric approach. “In The Mountain In The Cloud” takes PTM into some new territory. Gourley’s fuzz guitar buoys the disarmingly happysad track “Senseless” while horns brass things up on the prog-pop of “Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs).” The album ender, “Sleep Forever,” uses those strings to solid effect and has Gourley singing about living a slacker life where he doesn’t have “to work forever.” Don’t go into this album thinking this is some retro, jangly Brian Jonestown Massacrestyled record. This is T.Rex for the 21st century. Atlantic Records (2011) For example, “Love is the Movement” seemlessly transitioned into “Meant to Live.” At one point, lead singer Jon Foreman took our minds off of the heat, transporting us to “Oklahoma City, California, a cool city on the beach ...,” before seguing into “Only Hope,” which was in the movie “A Walk to Remember.” Switchfoot also gave a preview of what’s to come by performing three new songs off their new album “Vice Verses” — “Dark Horses,” “Restless” and “The War Inside.” The concert went full throttle the whole time, and the audience hung on for the ride. One fan crowd surfed all the way on stage, then bravely jumped back in the crowd. Of all the members, Jon Foreman was the most energetic. He moved everywhere and jumped on top of the bass drum three times. He sat on the edge of stage by the fans and gave his hat away. He even took a camera someone held up for him and shot pictures of the crowd. He also played a drum using giant mallets during two songs. “When I get to play the drums, it’s a spiritual thing,” he said. After the band’s last number, they returned for an encore of not one, but two songs, finally ending with the smash hit “Dare You to Move.” It was an hour-and-a-half of nothing but Switchfoot — no openers, no sideshows, just the pure, raw talent that is Switchfoot — and I’m so glad I went.

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cover story: art in the heat

Home is Where the Art Is By Kendall Brown

art. I simply want people to smile and say, ‘I wish I could be there.’”

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Playing with fire As temperatures climbed this summer, so, too, did conversations regarding the heat. Daily photos began popping up on Facebook, showing temperature readings inching up past 115 degrees. Everyone was hot and sweaty. A perpetual haze of heat seemed to hover over the red dirt of Oklahoma. Through it all, however, there was a group of people that silently powered through. As most rushed to and from their air conditioned homes and their air conditioned offices in their air conditioned cars, these people simply shook their heads and kept at the task at hand. They are outdoor workers. Whether it’s on a farm, an oil rig or a construction zone, outdoor workers perform manual labor every day without the indoor amenities that many of us expect and take for granted. And many of these workers, it turns out, are artists. Life like a Disney movie photos by Samantha Lamb

“There is nothing more inspiring than falling asleep in a field of thriving green wheat, and witnessing it's potential yield or having an evening picnic in a orchard of peaches, and barley being able to pick up your cup to drink because your strength has all been spent on harvest,” photographer Samantha Lamb said. Lamb, both a photographer and farmer by trade, has a self-described ‘life like a Disney character.’ Lamb operates a fully functional farm by day, spending long hours milking cows, feeding livestock and weeding vegetable gardens. Her day-to-day life of baking bread and harvesting peaches for the farmers market would be enough to exhaust even the strongest. But on top of her thriving vegetable garden, Lamb attends to one other quickly growing seedling - her photography business. “It is the norm to walk into my kitchen and find that I have just came back from harvesting honey with my bee keeper friend Rodger, whom lives in the mountains, and see 70 or so jars of honey, because I wanted to place them all strategically in a tree in the morning,” Lamb said. “In most ways, there really is no separation between me and my

“I strive to make things durable enough to stay outside for a century and still be intact, hence my interest in welding,” artist Nick Lillard said. “The best case scenario would be that others use what I make beyond my own lifetime and I hope it's in the best setting possible, that being the outdoors.” Lillard may not work on a farm or in a construction zone, but his very art puts him, quite literally, in a hot seat every day. Lillard works in metal, creating massive wearable sculptures of ‘robot armor.’ His sculptures can often reach nearly 8 foot tall, and not only does he work over hot metal creating them, when it’s all said and done, Lillard enters the sculptures, wearing them as armor and encasing himself in the heat. “I enjoy challenging my limits to a certain extent,” Lillard said.

“I make a game of how to be safe but also productive in such extreme conditions.”

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Cover Story: art in the heat Slinging words and vegetables “I like working outside at the market mostly because the people I work with are amazing and I like learning about Oklahoma's growing season and lately the seasons have been highly influential in my work,” poet Lauren Zuniga said. “[My] new book is called The Smell of Good Mud and I think it has stemmed from a new awareness of the earth that surrounds me.” Zuniga, a nationally touring poet and teaching artist, works once a week at the Urban Agrarian Farmers Market at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. Zuniga supports herself as an artist by being an artist, and said she uses her time at the farmers market to support her local food habit. On top of her writing, performing and hawking vegetables weekly, she also is a full-time mom, the founder of Oklahoma Young Writers and is working toward publishing her next book this fall. That schedule makes for a busy summer. “[The farmers market’s] really not hard,” Zuniga said. “It's just one day a week. The other stuff gets tricky. Trying to work, perform, mother and run a business is the part that I have not quite mastered. Sometimes you resent your art more when it is paying your light bill, sometimes you are more grateful.” Writing from the earth “I spent a large part of my life on my family's ranch south of Norman,” poet Zakk Flash said. “Growing up, I've had cattle, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, and llamas. The work is hot, dirty, sweaty, and much more satisfying than any ‘job’ I've ever had. Man was born of clay and nothing sinks his roots deeper than digging in the dirt.” Flash is one of those people that seems to have a hand in everything. A rancher, a poet, an officer with the Chickasaw Nation, a photographer and a community organizer — he does it all. He recently took over the group Outlaw Poets and has taken home the Extreme Championship Poetry Slam60 belt, a huge honor for a slam poet. And all of that, according to Flash, is very much inspired by the outdoors. They

are his roots. “Working outside influences my writing and art in so many ways,” Flash said. “I don't feel I can experience the full depth and resonance of life in town. As Edward Abbey said, ‘Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.’ We maintain our connection to nature, and ultimately each other, by experiencing the winding and crooked trails through the woods. My poetry, especially, speaks to the inherent wildness and unpredictability of the outside world. Every poem is ultimately a love poem.”

Daughter of the Forest A Poem by Zakk Flash Her body is not so fine-boned as the owl mask she wears - nor is her cry a harbinger of dark futures. It is a field, coffee-brown and rich; she is ripe with green hope. Each breath she takes gives birth to a series of dying clouds. They will fall to give rise to the forest’s song. She is the daughter of the forest, an Indian princess; she is indigenous wildflower. Every tree that punctures the red clay holds her voice in its branches: It is the owl’s radiant call. It is the cooing of doves. And the roots that spread like a lover’s lotus arms, that thread their way like the fibers of her own desire, that explode flower-by-flower they drink deep. I like to think that someday I’ll find the source of water in her halcyon eyes. When I do, I will baptize myself in their depths. And I will gladly sink below the surface.

“Anxiety Machines” Art Show Exhibition POP Staff

The University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History welcomes visiting artist Sara Schneckloth as the first exhibiting artist of the 2011 fall semester. Schneckloth’s exhibition “Anxiety Machines” is open from Aug. 22 through Sept. 2 in the Lightwell Gallery. Schneckloth photo provided will host an undergraduate drawing workshop, at 9:30 a.m., as well as a graduate drawing workshop, at 3 p.m., both on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Lightwell Gallery. Schneckloth is also scheduled to give a free public lecture at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art followed by a closing reception of her exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. in the Lightwell Gallery. Schneckloth explores contemporary drawing by incorporating a variety of media into her work. She introduces sculptural elements into her drawings, blending the traditional with the experimental. Schneckloth comments on drawing as “an expanded

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practice in which it is possible to articulate ideas and sensations in a range of media. Drawing for me is about experimentation, discovery, and making surprising connections between ideas and materials.” Schneckloth “creates images that speak to the physical and emotional processes of remembering. The notion of the gesture factors strongly into her work, figuring as both the mark on the page and as an invitation for viewers to intimately interact with her drawings.” The University of Oklahoma’s Lightwell Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located on the second floor of the Fred Jones Art Center, 520 Parrington Oval, in the OU Arts District. For more information on Sara Schneckloth please visit www.saraschneckloth.com. For more information on the University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History please visit www.art.ou.edu. For special accommodations call 405.325.2691 or email art@ou.edu.

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started to have a life of it’s own. It wasn’t about me any more. It was about the community. I’m still in shock and awe about how many people have been wanting to get involved with it and still want to get involved with it.

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Editor’s Note: Featured Artist of the Week is a brand new column featuring local talent within the visual, performing, literary and musical arts. If you know of an artist you’d like to see featured, please send a short artist bio and work samples to kbrown@normantranscript.com.

This week we sat down with local photographer Keisha Register. Register, whose serial portraiture series has become increasingly popular on the internet and was recently featured at MAINSITE Contemporary Gallery, is a former graduate student at the University of Oklahoma School of Art. Register is currently in the process of fundraising for a solo show of her Wallpaper Portrait series, which will feature hundreds of individual prints, all of Norman locals.

Q: Describe your Wallpaper Portrait Series for us. A: The project is based on my love for postmortem portraiture. It really originated

from losing a close person in my life at a young age. The last image that I saw of him was his dead face. So really this project is for him, but also for myself. The pictures of the individuals are done very much in a documentary project. In essence, it’s portraits of individuals that we see every now and then or we see all the time here in the community, and it’s a document that that individual lived here. Of course, it’s got that modern twist to it because it’s very colorful and very bright and lot of ways very whimsical. I wanted it to have that postmodern feel, but be a little bit brighter.

Q: How did the series get started? A: This whole project started as a very personal project. My friends Tammy and

Curtis, who I’ve known for many years had this wallpaper in their entryway and I just knew I wanted to use it because it reminded me of my grandmother. So I experimented a lot, but I never really focused on it until around March. The first two pictures I did were of Tammy and Curtis and I was really encouraged to pursue it. As more pictures came out, more people took interest in it and it just took off. When it got bigger, and more people wanted to model, and it’s just bigger and bigger, it just

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about how your process works? A: The project just started as an experiment. When I did the first two shots, I was

playing around with it a lot, regarding what I wanted to do on Photoshop. I used to be really anti digital photography. I was very firm with my students about learning traditional darkroom skills before going on to traditional. After I graduated, I had to switch over to digital because I didn’t have the darkroom and the necessary equipment for it anymore, so digital was the best thing for me. And I’ve just never stopped since. For this project, there is a heavy amount of photoshop, because the portraits look very painterly. Because of the massive amount of models in the project, I had to cut the shoots very short. There is maybe only five or ten minutes per shoot, but I try to connect with them in that time, and then they leave. The way that I try to connect with them is through the editing process. I will obsess over that individual’s face after I look through all the contact sheets and try to connect with it. I find something that I really love about their face and try to enhance it in any way that I can. Each image is very different, and I will work on one for hours at a time.

Q: So tell us about where you’re at right now with the project, then. You’re fundraising for the show, correct? A: Yes. Originally we were going to have all of the images in the show, and that is still our goal. I feel like if I left ten out, it just wouldn’t be the same. Our goal is to have them fill up every single one of the images in the show space. As soon as you walk into the space, you’ll have all of these eyes of all the portraits on you. We’re putting up a Kickstarter fundraiser page to help with the fundraising, and we’ve had lots of individuals that have volunteered their time and their work and it’s just been amazing and beautiful. We’re also having at least two more fundraisers for the show, one at The Deli on September 1 and one at The Opolis on September 17. Keisha’s local favorites Before hitting the galleries: The Library or Blu Eat at:The Pink Elephant, Coriander Cafe, The Earth Shop here:Wild Hare Beadery Play at: Gray Owl, The Deli, Second Friday Circuit of Art, The Opolis Late night:The Deli, The Library

If you go: Wallpaper Series Fundraiser Show Featuring: Ex Oblivione, Papa Win, Pilgrim and Pine, Caravact and Hood Mason Date: September 1 Time: 9 p.m. Location: The Deli Cover: $5 Kickstarter Page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/wallpaperproject/the-wallpaper-project


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New Releases • Conan the Barbarian — The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. R (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Fright Night — A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. R (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • One Day — After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World — A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world. PG. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14)

Also Showing • 30 Minutes or Less — Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Bridesmaids — Picked as her best friend's maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. R. (Robinson Crossing) • Captain America: The First Avenger — After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • The Change-Up — A comedy in which a married father accidentally switches bodies with his best friend, leading to a series of wildly complex

difficulties. R. (Warren Threatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Cowboys and Aliens — A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. PG-13 (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Crazy, Stupid, Love — A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. PG-13 (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Final Destination 5 — Survivors of a suspensionbridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Glee: The 3D Concert Movie — A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour. PG. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • The Hangover Part II — Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. R. (Robinson Crossing) • The Help — A look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who

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strike up an unlikely friendship. PG-13 (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Green Latern — A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Pg-13 (Robinson Crossing) • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 — The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes. PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Horrible Bosses — Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Kung Fu Panda 2 — Po joins forces with a group of new

kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. PG. (Robinson Crossing) • Monte Carlo — Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. • Mr. Popper’s Penguins — The life of a businessman (Jim Carrey) begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (Robinson Crossing) • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. PG-13. (Robinson Crossing) • Rise of the Planet of the Apes — An origin story set in present day San Francisco,

where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. PG-13. (Warren Threatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • The Smurfs — When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours. PG (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14)

For Hollywood Spotlight 14 showtimes, call 579-0911 or visit gohollywood.com. For Robinson Crossing 6 showtimes, call 447-1005 or visit starplexcinemas.com. For Warren Theatre showtimes, call 703-3777 or visit warrentheatres.com.

UNIVERSITY THEATRE NINE MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS ON CAMPUS A PERFECT NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS!

DRACULA THE CORONATION OF POPPEA OPERA SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE THE NUTCRACKER BALLET YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE MARY STUART MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI OPERA CONTEMPORARY DANCE OKLAHOMA SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D (R) 30 MINUTES OR LESS • (R) 1:50 4:40 7:30 10:10 12:45 3:30 7:00 9:35 THE SMURFS 2D (PG) SPY KIDS 4 2D (PG) 1:35 4:25 7:15 9:40 1:25 6:45 COWBOYS AND ALIENS (PG13) SPY KIDS 4 3D (PG) 12:50 3:35 6:30 9:10 4:10 9:25 THE CHANGE UP (R) FRIGHT NIGHT 3D (R) 1:30 3:55 6:35 9:15 12:55 3:40 7:10 9:45 CAPTAIN AMERICA (PG13) ONE DAY (PG13) 1:10 6:50 1:15 3:50 7:20 9:55 CRAZY STUPID LOVE (PG13) THE HELP (PG13) 4:05 9:40 1:00 4:20 7:35 GLEE 3D CONCERT MOVIE • (PG) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG13) 1:40 4:30 7:25 10:05 1:20 4:15 7:05 10:00 HARRY POTTER 7 2D (PG13) FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D • (R) 1:05 4:00 6:55 9:50 1:45 4:35 7:05 9:20

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NINE NIGHTS IN NORMAN 20 SAT

19 FRI 10 p.m. — Blue Moon, Othello’s, Free 10 p.m. — Unchained, The Brewhouse, $5

1 0 p . m . — The Hook, The Brewhouse, $5 T B A — The Damn Quails CD Release Party, The Deli

MUSIC

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10 p.m. — Lauren Deger, Othello’s, Free

21 SUN 7 p.m. — David Leach Jazz Trio, Othello’s, Free T B A — Mike Hosty Solo, The Deli

22 MON

23 TUE

7 p.m. — Travis Linville, The Deli, Free

24 WED

25 THU

TBA — Grazzhopper, The Deli

9 p . m . — Joe Hopkins, Othello’s, Free pop pick

10 p.m. — Feathered Rabbit with John Calvin, The Brewhouse, $5

10 p.m. — The Damn Quails

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7:30 p.m. — Patrice Pike at Summer Breeze, Lions Park, Free

26 FRI 8 p.m. — Brantley Gilbert, Riverwind Casino 10 p.m. — Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, Othello’s, Free T B A — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Deli pop pick

1 0 p . m . — My So Called Band Presents the Dream Team All Star Show, The Brewhouse, $7

PERFORMING ARTS, FILM & LIT

VISUAL ARTS

9 a . m . — The Art Education Experience: Australian Aboriginal Animal Designs, Dreamer Concepts, $30

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9 : 3 0 p . m.— “Charade” at Movies in the Park, Santa Fe Depot, Free

9 a . m . — Writing Character and Plot, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Free 12:30 p.m. — Writing Place, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Free 3 : 1 5 p . m . — The Changing World of Getting Published, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Free pop pick

7 p . m . — Indie Movie Night, Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar, Free pop pick

OFF BEAT

7 p . m . — “How to Sell Yourself, Without Selling Your Soul” discussion

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8 p . m . — King of the Cage Overdrive MMA, Riverwind Casino

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T B A — Sara Schneckloth Exhibition Opening, Lightwell Gallery, Free

10 a.m. — Free Admission Tuesday, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Free 6 p.m. — Fingerweaving Classes, Jacobson House Native Art ArtCenter

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27 SAT 10 p.m. — Elizabeth Speegle Band, Othello’s, Free 10 p.m. — Never My Hero with Angelical Tears, The Brewhouse, $5 T B A — Hosty Duo, The Deli pop pick

12 p.m. — Dustbowl Music Festival, Buchanan Street, Free

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5:: 3 0 p . m . — Third Annual OU School of Art Tee Party, Fred Jones Art Center, Free

5 p . m . — Girl Power PhotoVoice Exhibition, Zarrow Hall Community Room, Free

11 a.m. — Dustbowl Arts Market, Buchanan Street, Free

EVENT SUBMISSIONS To get your show or event in POP’s Nine Nights calendar, send the event name, time, date, location and admission price to pop@normantranscript.com. Weekly deadline is noon Tuesdays.

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9 : 3 0 p . m. — Captain Eyeball Experience with The Bohemian Spirit Vintage Dancers and OKC Thunder Girl Kelsey Self, The Hidden Castle

9:30 a.m. — Cleveland County Horse Show, Cleveland County Fairgrounds pop pick

111 a . m . — Dustbowl Kid Zone, Buchanan Street, Free


PATRONS:Art Walk

Nicole Garber signs a copy of her book, "Coming Apart: The Disillusioning Art of Shell Formation" for a fan Friday night at Dreamer Concepts Studio. Garber was exhibiting along with visual artist Abby Stigler as a part of Second Friday Circuit of Art. Transcript photo by Kendall Brown.

PHOTO SUBMISSIONS Photo submissions for Patrons must be high-resolution and include caption information with the names of people in the photo, along with the date, place and name of event where it was taken. Photos are printed as space allows.

Art student Cece Dragg poses with her larger than life self-portrait Friday, August 12, 2011, at the Firehouse Art Center student show. (Transcript photo by Jerry Laizure)

Joan Kaplan looks at artwork by Abby Stiglers and a book display by Nicole Garber at Dreamer Concepts Friday, August 12. The two artists were exhibiting as a part of Second Friday Circuit of Art. Transcript Photo by Kendall Brown

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