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March 14, 2014

Pioneer Library System’s Big Read is big fun



French, Steven Streetman and Gary Howe will play country music during the event. Complimentary copies of the novel will be available while supplies last.

The 2010 Coen brothers blockbuster, “True Grit,” is showing 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Moore Warren Theatre, 1000 Telephone Rd. in Moore, and 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Cinema Center 8 in Shawnee. Attendees may dress in western wear and enter a costume contest. Awards for the costume contest will be presented after the movie showings.

Preceding each showing will be a documentary film “The True, True Grit,” produced by the University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services Department. The documentary showcases the actual locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma visited by characters in the “True Grit” novel.

The PLS Foundation is hosting an evening for adults during its third annual fundraiser, “Literally Yours”, 6-8 p.m. April 7 at LOCAL, 2262 W. Main St. Patterned after the Patrón Social Club, the evening includes literature, libations and culinary creations featuring wild west fare by Kyle Mills, executive chef.

Tickets are $100 and are available through the PLS Foundation. For more information, call the PLS Development Office at 405-801-4521.

The PLS Big Read will culminate at its big finale on April 12. The day includes a parade, fair, wild west show and more. The day begins 10 a.m. with the annual Norman ‘89er Day Parade in downtown Norman. The parade features a wagon train with characters from the novel.

Activities will continue at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds with a free Family Fun Fair. The fair features family-friendly activities, performances and games. Actors from the parade portraying novel characters will be available for autographs. Orr Family Farm will give hay rides. Kramer said rain or shine the event will go on.

Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show is scheduled for 2 p.m. It will be the first-ever Norman performance. The show traditionally performs at the historic Pawnee Bill Ranch.

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