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March 23rd Firelake Arena - 18145 Old Rangeline Rd Jackson Tillman opens for Casey Donahew, Saturday night at FireLake Arena! Don’t miss this bar-style honky tonk with table seating, good drinks and great music!

Willie Nelson and Family March 29th • 8:00 p.m. Firelake Arena - 18145 Old Rangeline Rd

Get your tickets to Willie Nelson and Family, Live at FireLake Arena. Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 8:00pm.

GCTC Foundation Rocket Man 5K & Fun Run 2019 March 30th • 8:30 a.m. Gordon Cooper Technology Center

St. Patrick’s Day Bike Ride

Aviation Campus, 2600 Airport Drive

Join Gordon Cooper Tech for their annual 5K & Fun Run! All proceeds of this event directly benefit the students at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. For more information and registration, visit the event's website at

Noises Off at the Shawnee Little Theatre April 5th - April 13th Shawnee Little Theatre -

1829 Airport Dr

Directed by Elijah Gragg. For information and tickets, visit their website at or call (405) 275-2805.

If you have an event you would like to see in our Event Calendar or want to advertise here, call Cheyenne Meadows at (405) 214-3963 or email

GRAB A FRIEND, WEAR SOMETHING GREEN and join us for FREE bike inspections. You will receive Go Green reflective swag, a How To Bike Safely demonstration, pre-ride snacks, healthy green smoothies, and fun outside games!


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Movies OPENING This Weekend in Shawnee!


(3D and 2D): June, an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals - only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she's the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland. This animated comedy adventure features the voices of Jennifer Garner and Mila Kunis. (Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and action.) (1:25) OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8 AND MOVIES SIX AT SHAWNEE MALL.

"CAPTIVE STATE" Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. Machine Gun Kelly and John Goodman star in the sci-fi thriller. (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief language and drug material.) (1:49) OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8.

"PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE MOSES CONTROVERSY" Timothy Mahoney, the award-winning investigative filmmaker of

"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus", sets off to make his next film investigating the miraculous journey of the Israelites out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses. This nationwide cinema event includes an exclusive discussion with moderator, Michael Medved, along with Mahoney, Os Guiness and a panel of distinguished scholars. Little does Mahoney realize that the investigation will change course when he begins to uncover a new pattern of evidence linking the Israelites to the world’s first alphabet. Was this simple tool a divine gift necessary for the Israelites to read, understand, and pass on the words given to Moses by God at Mount Sinai? "Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy" reveals amazing new evidence connected to Moses’s ability to write the first books of the Bible and why most mainstream scholars are blinded to that possibility today. All seats for this Fathom documentary event are $12.50 plus tax. (Rated PG-13 for thematic elements.) (2:20) SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH, AND TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH, AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8.

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Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star in the romantic drama. (Rated PG13 for thematic elements, language and suggestive material.) (1:56) OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, AT MOVIES SIX AT SHAWNEE MALL .


Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis, goes on a trip of a lifetime. Not only does this adventure compel him to come to terms with his real identity, but it also forces him to discover whether he is entirely worthy of fulfilling his own destiny: becoming a king. Jason Momoa and Amber Heard star. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.) (2:23) OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 15th, AT THE HORNBECK THEATRE DOWNTOWN.


After pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities that reside within, David Dunn finds himself locked in a mental hospital alongside his archenemy, Elijah Price, and must contend with a psychiatrist who is out to prove the trio do not actually possess superhuman abilities. James McAvoy and Bruce Willis star in the sci-fi thriller. (Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.) (2:09) OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, AT THE HORNBECK THEATRE DOWNTOWN.

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Bluegrass Musical to Premiere on Lyric Stage Banjos and bluegrass music will be in the spotlight next month when Lyric Theatre presents the regional premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star. The southern story of hope set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina opens Wednesday, April 3, running through Sunday, April 28, at Lyric at the Plaza, 1725 NW 16 St. This sweeping tale of love and redemption is set against the rich backdrop of the 1920s and ‘40s American South. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, Alice Murphy’s powerful tale of love, life and hope unfolds in a rich tapestry of deep emotion and beautiful bluegrass-inspired melodies. The musical is inspired by Martin and Brickell’s Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You. “Steve Martin’s wit and heart are evident in the wonderful script for Bright Star,” said Lyric’s Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron, who is also directing this production. “When musical theatre really works, the audience is brought to a place where they can have empathy for the characters on stage as real people and feel along with them the hardships and triumphs that life gives us each day. I feel Bright Star is that kind of show – one that stays with you and that you will remember for a lifetime.” Lyric will partner with the American Banjo Museum – located in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Entertainment District – to present this inspirational musical. Visitors to the museum can present their entrance receipts for discounted tickets to Bright Star. “The American Banjo Museum is thrilled to see Lyric Theatre bring Bright Star to Oklahoma,”

said Johnny Baier, the American Banjo Museum executive director. “Aside from the great story and powerful music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, we love to see the banjo featured so prominently. After being inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2015, Steve Martin has been a champion for not only the banjo, but our museum as well. Although beloved as an actor and comedian, he is, without a doubt, one of the most influential banjo players of our generation.” Before select performances, local television personality and musician Lucas Ross will present a pre-show banjo show on the Paula Stover Stage. Audiences can expect a variety of bluegrass tunes, comedy routines and a few cover songs never expected to be heard on a banjo. Specific show dates and times for Ross’s performances can be found on Lyric’s website and social media outlets. “I’ve been attending Lyric’s productions since I was a kid and have loved getting to work with Michael Baron in recent years promoting different shows,” Ross said. “To say I’ve been influenced by Steve Martin’s comedy is an understatement, but to be asked to do some banjo before this show is really a dream come true.” The 16-member cast of Bright Star includes New York’s Bligh Voth in the lead role of Alice Murphy. Voth last appeared in Lyric’s 2013 Civic production of Big River. “She is a singular talent in American theatre, and while she lives in New York City now, she grew up singing bluegrass and country in the South with her family,” Baron said. “This story and music means so much to her, and I’m so thankful she is available to help us tell it.” The cast includes Lyric favorites Vince Leseney (Daddy Murphy), Stephen Hilton (Daddy


Cane), Jonathan Beck Reed (Mayor Dobbs) and Lexi Windsor (Lucy Grant). Also featured in the production are Michael Isaac (Jimmy Ray Dobbs), Zak Reynolds (Daryl Ames), Patty Irwin (Margo Crawford), Jessica Tate (Mama Murphy) and Ken Singleton (Billy Cane). The ensemble includes Joseph Campbell, Marcus Canada, Jessica Martens, Carly Ann Moore, Janna Linae Schmid and Adam LaPorte. Bright Star includes music direction by Brian Hamilton and choreography by Lyric’s Associate Artistic Director Ashley Wells. Shawn Irish will serve as the set/lighting designer with costumes by Lyric’s Resident Costume Designer Jeffrey Meek and sound design by Kevin Alexander. Single tickets to Bright Star start at just $25. This show contains some mature themes that may be more appropriate and relevant for pre-teens and older. For more information, visit or call Lyric’s box office at (405) 5249312. About Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is the state’s leading professional theatre company. Lyric produces classic and contemporary musicals, new works, and plays featuring artists from Oklahoma and around the nation. Shows are presented at two Oklahoma City venues — the intimate Plaza Theatre and in the summer at the grand Civic Center Music Hall. Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy is the premier professional theatre training ground, offering classes in all aspects of the performing arts. Lyric is a nonprofit member theatre of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Allied Arts. For more information, visit www.


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MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO The spring season brings free activities, popular attractions, camel rides, events and more


Add these popular attractions to your Oklahoma City Zoo “must do” list and there’s no limit to the fun you’ll have! All Zoo rides and attractions are operational weather permitting. The following schedules can be made and all are subject to change without notice. · Centennial Choo Choo: Rides offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Children two and under free. · Children’s Zoo Barn: Guests with young children will go wild for this spacious oasis where little ones can connect with animals and nature. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free to experience. · Elephant Express Tram: Enjoy the view as you tour the Zoo! Rides offered daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with four stops in the park. All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under free. · Endangered Species Carousel: Take a spin! Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. · Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): Flock to the fun! Guests have the unique opportunity to feed and interact with our colorful lorikeets. $3 per person to feed. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This experience closes for a “bird break” from 1-1:30 p.m. · Giraffe Feeding Platform: Come face-to-face with our gentle giants–Ellie, Julu and Demetri! Daily feeding opportunities from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. · Sea Lion Presentations: Sea lion presentations provide “fin”tastic fun for all ages! Daily presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Sea Lion Presentation Stadium. Cost is $4 per person. Children two and under are free. · Stingray Bay: Be in awe as the Zoo’s majestic stingrays glide and slide past your fingertips! Cost is $3 per person with paid Zoo admission. Children two and under are free. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Oklahoma City Zoo provides you with an exclusive peek at what happens behind the Zoo scene with Wild Encounters! Wild Encounters are unique experiences that let you see some of your favorite Zoo animals in up-close ways like never before. Follow our expert animal keepers backstage to learn more about the animal’s unique personalities, stories. Wild Encounters are available daily and each experience comes with a souvenir lanyard! Wild Encounters are also a great gift idea for any occasion. Participants must be 6 years of age or older. Prices range from $41–$71 per person depending on the encounter, Zoo admission bundle package options available. ZOOfriends’ members receive $11 discount per encounter. Contact Guest Services at (405) 425-0262 for reservations.


Become a ZOOfriends member and discover the benefits of being part of the state’s largest cultural attraction, the Oklahoma City Zoo. A membership provides unlimited admission to the OKC Zoo for a year, additional discounts and special offers, a beautiful and safe recreational outlet, and opportunities to learn the importance of and participate in wildlife conservation. That’s not all, save $5 when you purchase or renew a ZOOfriends membership during the month of March! Offer valid online at, by phone at (405) 425-0618 or in the ZOOfriends’ membership office.


The Oklahoma City Zoo invites students, K-12, to spread their creative wings and go wild for pollinator conservation with the 15th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win wild prizes. This year’s theme, “A Future for Pollinators”, challenges contestants to share their creativity and love of nature to show a future safe for butterflies, bees and other species that perform the critical role of pollinating plants in nature. Students may enter through their school, home school, civic group (e.g. Scouts), or on their own. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available at Entries become property of the OKC Zoo and must be postmarked by Monday, March 25, 2019. The winning designs will be unveiled during the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. Each of the contest’s two grand prize winners will receive a $300 gift card to a store at OKC Outlets and their design will become the cover of a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo for an entire year to be admired by an estimated one million guests. Winners from all award categories will receive a certificate and have their designs on display at the OKC Zoo and OKC Outlets. To learn more about the contest, contact Candice Rennels at (405) 425-0298 or crennels@


As an internationally accredited botanical garden, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, takes pride in growing an awareness and passion in botanical interests among its visitors. And that’s why, the OKC Zoo is proud to participate in a statewide Arbor Week celebration from March 25 through March 30. During this weeklong event, the OKC Zoo will host garden tours that highlight the Zoo’s historic post oak groves and champion trees, as well as tree planting demonstrations. These activities are free with regular Zoo admission. The Zoo will also hold a tree sale on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Zoo’s entry plaza.

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TABLES NOW ON SALE FOR BRAINY BEASTS Get in the game! Save the date for Brainy Beasts Trivia Night, a new 21-and-up event, hosted by Friends of ZOOtroop at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, April 11. Gather your teammates and prepare to test your trivia knowledge on all things animal related from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Zoo’s new Sanctuary Asia. Participants will have an opportunity to win wild prizes plus, local gifts and treats will be raffled off. Tables for Brainy Beasts Trivia Night go on sale Friday, March 1. Cost per table is $400 for eight people. Individual tickets are not available. Included in the price is an event T-shirt, food from local restaurants, beer and wine plus, a night of wild team trivia. Proceeds from this event support the operation and continued growth of the Oklahoma City Zoo and its conservation initiatives. TICKETS ON SALE FOR WHINOS FOR RHINOS Sip, sip hooray for rhino conservation! Tickets are on sale now for Whinos for Rhinos, the wildest wine-tasting event in town, returns Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Water’s Edge Winery, Oklahoma City. Join the OKC chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy four different wines from Water's Edge Winery, paired with delightful bites from your favorite local restaurants. Each guest will receive a souvenir wine glass painted by one of your favorite Zoo animals. Ticket prices are $35 in advance with wine glasses guaranteed. Walk-ins are welcome. Please note: ticket prices will be $40 at the door, wine glasses available while supplies last. Proceeds benefit rhino and wildlife conservation. For tickets, click here.


For additional info about these and other programs, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or visit · MONDAY, MARCH 18 – 22: SPRING BREAK CAMPS Oklahoma City Zoo’s spring break camps will introduce your child to a new world of wonder, fun and excitement. Campers will explore the legends and lore behind some of nature’s animals and plants with the week’s theme, “Mysteries of Mythical Creatures”. Daily activities include Zoo tours, up-close animal visits, crafts, and games. Snacks provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Ages 4-11 welcome. Advanced registration and payment required. All campers are required to bring a copy of their immunizations. Camp runs 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Drop-off at Education Center from 8-8:30 a.m. Cost per child per day is $45. For more information, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or click here.

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SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA TO OFFER EXTENDED HOURS, TRAIN CAR TOURS DURING SPRING BREAK Visitors to Science Museum Oklahoma will have extra time for science exploration, plus tours of the museum’s 1929 Pullman parlor car and additional Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium showtimes from March 18-24 at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Spring break is also a chance to take a tour of the museum’s fully-restored Pullman parlor car. The train car, normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, will be open for tours during operating hours March 18-24. “With extended hours families might actually

get to fully explore our almost 9 acres of exhibits, but no promises! By the time you attend two unique Science Live demonstrations and four different shows in our newly equipped digital planetarium, you’re going to find yourself pressed for time,” said Linda Maisch, vice president for community engagement at SMO. “In addition to hundreds of hands-on experiences, upstairs in the smART Space galleries there are two awe-inspiring exhibitions — ‘Life Imagined: The Art and Science of Automata,’ showcasing life-imitating machines dating from the 1800s to contemporary times, and ‘Beautiful Minds — Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage,’ an exploration of the successes of those who think and thought outside the box when faced with challenges of dyslexia. There is a lot to see and do in a day, so we recommend showing up early,” said Maisch.

In addition to extended hours the museum’s popular live shows will have additional times to accommodate guests: · Science Live: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday; and, · Kirkpatrick Planetarium: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Please note that free tickets are required for planetarium shows and may be obtained at the planetarium. Daily general admission for Science Museum Oklahoma is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105. For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma, visit

Science Museum Oklahoma’s Aviation gallery after its recent refurbishment.

Guests will be able to walk through the 1929 Pullman parlor car March 18-24.

A family explores the Wunderground in Curiocity at SMO.

About Science Museum Oklahoma - Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events. The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.

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