by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The 2014 Norman calendar is already bursting with events, with more to be scheduled just around the corner. Be sure to make room now for the exciting events coming in 2014. For a detailed up-to-date calendar of events visit normantranscript.com/events.
Local music scenes
Live music can be found in Norman nearly every night of the year. Hit up Opolis, The Deli, Othello’s, Tres Cantina & Grille and Riverwind Casino for complete, up-to-date schedules. For more information visit opolis.org, thedeli.us, othellos.us, facebook.com/TresCantina and riverwind.com.
Attend the Norman Philharmonic’s “Orchestra Meets Jazz” concert 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2014, at the Nancy O’Brian Performing Arts Center to enjoy a performance including the OKC Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $10. For more information visit normanphilharmonic.com.
Norman Music Festival
Mark your calendars now to hear music from hundreds of bands of different genres during Norman Music Festival April 24-26, 2014. The free festival is located on Main Street. For more information visit facebook.com/NormanMusicFestival.
Jazz in June
Get your fill of jazz during Jazz in June, June 19-21, 2014. The free music festival is at Brookhaven Village Thursday and Friday and Andrews Park on Saturday. For more information visit jazzinjune.org.
Performing Arts Studio
The Performing Arts Studio will kick off its Summer Breeze Concert Series in May featuring national and local musicians performing in local parks. The Sunday evening concerts are free and run through September.
The music starts back up again with PAS’ Winter Wind Concert Series. These Sunday evening concerts take place October through March at the Norman Depot. Ticket prices vary.
For more information visit pasnorman.org.
Several performers are taking the stage in 2014 at the Sooner Theatre. Performers include Shawn Mullins in concert 8 p.m. April 11, and Jimmy Webb in concert 8 p.m. May 9. Purchase tickets, $40-$50, at soonertheatre.org.
The Sooner Theatre is producing a number of musicals in 2014 including “CATS” Jan. 24-26, “Little Shop of Horrors & Doo Wop Revue” Feb. 28 to March 1, “Jesus Christ Superstar” March 28-30 and April 4-6, “Annie” June 25-29 and “Shrek The Musical” July 31 to Aug. 3.
The theater’s fundraiser “Murder Mystery 2014: Death in a Doublewide” is also scheduled for Feb. 13-15.
For more information on Sooner Theatre productions visit soonertheatre.org.
University of Oklahoma
Many performances are scheduled at the University of Oklahoma in 2014, including dance, musical theater, theater and opera productions.
· Young Choreographer’s Showcase is scheduled for 8 p.m. Jan. 23-25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
· “Clybourne Park,” a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 5-8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre.
· “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical comedy, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 20-22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16, 23 at the Rupel J. Jones Theatre.
· “Così fan tutte,” an Italian opera, is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 6-8 and 3 p.m. March 9 at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
· “The Cherry Orchard,” a tragicomic play, is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 4-5, 10-12 and 3 p.m. April 6, 13. at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre.
· Contemporary Dance Oklahoma is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 25-26, May 1-3 and 3 p.m. April 27 at Rupel J. Jones Theatre.
Norman Firehouse Art Center
The Norman Firehouse Art Center has several scheduled exhibitions throughout 2014, including “Firehouse Talent” highlighting the work of adult students Jan. 10 to March 1, the “Healing Studio” exhibit March 7-29, the “Youth Show” highlighting children students ages 10-18 April 4 to May 24, the “Faculty Show” June 6 to July 26, “Children’s Summer Art Program” Aug. 8-30, “Bryan Boone and M. Paul Kirby” Sept. 5 to Oct. 18 and “Holiday Gift Gallery” Nov. 7 to Dec. 24. Opening and closing receptions are scheduled for most exhibits. For more information on the Firehouse visit normanfirehouse.com.
Support the arts and get your fill of the area’s best chocolate during the Norman Firehouse Art Center’s fundraiser Chocolate Festival 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1, 2014, at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED). For more information, including ticket prices, visit normanfirehouse.com.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art exhibitions
The OU School of Art & Art History is celebrating it’s 100th Student Exhibition in 2014. The exhibit opens Jan. 14 and runs through Feb. 16 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. A public opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Jan. 17. In honor of the centennial anniversary, an exhibition of alumni work will be held in the Lightwell Gallery inside the OU School of Art & Art History through Feb. 14.
The museum is celebrating the centennial of Allan Houser, the distinguished Chiricahua Apache artist, with a special exhibition featuring 100 of his inimitable drawings during “Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition.” The exhibit runs March 8 to May 18.
The exhibit “Our People, Our Land, Our Images,” runs April 4 to May 25, 2014 with the work of indigenous photographers from North America, South America, the Middle East and New Zealand.
May Fair Arts Festival
Peruse art vendors and watch live performances during the Assistance League of Norman’s 2014 May Fair Art Festival 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 3 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 at Andrews Park. For more information on the free event visit norman.assistanceleague.org.
Midsummer Nights’ Fair
Art vendors, demonstrations, interactive activities and live music will abound during the Norman Firehouse Art Center’s 2014 Midsummer Nights’ Fair at Lions Park. The free event is scheduled for Aug. 22-23. For more information visit normanfirehouse.com.
Sam Noble Museum
The Sam Noble Museum has several exhibits scheduled for 2014. Exhibits include “George M. Sutton: Exploring Art and Science” Jan. 18 to April 20, “Ramp It Up! Skateboard Culture in Native America” Feb. 8 to June 15, “Hungry Planet: What The World Eats” May 3 to Aug. 31 and “RARE: Portraits of Endangered Species” Sept. 13 to Jan. 18, 2015.
For more information on the museum visit snomnh.ou.edu.
Mardi Gras Parade
A bit of New Orleans is coming to Norman during the 2014 Norman Mardi Gras Parade 7 p.m. March 1. The free parade takes place in Downtown Norman. For more information visit normanmardigrasparade.com.
The 38th Annual Medieval Fair is coming to Norman April 4-6, 2014, at Reaves Park. The free event includes hundreds of vendors and performances. For more information visit medievalfair.org.
Cleveland County Free Fair
Attend the Cleveland County Free Fair for four days of classic fair fun at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds Sept. 4-7, 2014. For more information visit clevelandcountyfair.org.
Oklahoma Arts Conference
The Oklahoma Arts Council’s 2014 Oklahoma Arts Conference is scheduled to take place in Norman Oct. 22-23. For more information visit arts.ok.gov.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council is hosting several exhibits in 2014, including three shows Feb. 14 to March 15: “The Self: An Exploration in Identity” “heART” and “Buddha Tuesdays.”
The ONE Event, NAC’s fundraiser, is also scheduled for March 29.
For more information visit normanarts.org or mainsite-art.com.
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