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Ludivine promises to give birth next H&8th

The chefs who brought you Ludivine would like you to know their next concept will be born the evening of the next H&8th Night Market, which is Sept. 26.

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club, 320 NW 10 St., is named for chef/partners Russ Johnson and Jonathon Stranger, who have spent the better part of the last four years fighting the good fight for local dining by embracing local, sustainable practices along their perpetual journey towards culinary art at Ludivine, 805 N Hudson St.. Stranger and Johnson have been integral to the wildly popular monthly street party, H&8th and are set to participate in the international traveling gourmet picnic Outstanding in the Field for the third consecutive year next month at Sandy Springs Farms.

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club will be an extension of Ludivine in many way: Avant-garde comfort food and drink in a well-appointed but fuss-free setting. The neighborhood bar will center around hand-crafted classic cocktails and offer the dynamic duo’s interpretation of the late 1950s-early 1960s American supper club menu. This is where Don Draper would’ve gone before and after a three-martini meeting at Junior’s. The lounge faces the alley behind the old Archer Printing building featuring a soundscape curated by Ferris O’Brien from The Spy FM. The R&J will open to the public at 6 p.m. and remain open through 2 a.m. Take a sneak peak at the menu here.

Before that, you’ll want to join 10,000 or so of your closest friends between NW 6 and 10 Streets for another night of music, local beer, bazaar, coffee  and gourmet food truck, which will include the following:

Opa’s Schnitzel Wagen, Big Truck Tacos, Taste Of Soul Chicken and Waffles, La Gumbo Yaya, The Halls Pizza Kitchen, Off the Hook Seafood & More, Cafe Bella On Wheels, Taste of Soul Eggroll, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, Smokin Okies, Coop Ale Works, Franks Wurst, The Loaded Bowl, Lalo’s Taco Chop, El Reno Original Onion Fried Burgers, Kaiteki Ramen,, Mutt’s Hot Dogs, Crepe Brewers, Huey’s Shaved Ice, Mexi-Asian Fusion, Melodee’s Soul Food and Creole, Green and Grilled, Pagoda Pizza, Pie On The Fly, Kosmo’s BBQ, Burrito Bandido, 2 Brother’s Bistro, Chick-n-Wangs, G’s Chili Company, The Italian Ice Company, Purdy Q BBQ, Saucee Sicilian, Epic Pops, The Hungry Duckling, Big O’s Spuds, Stella Reauxs, Nilima’s Indian Food, Mexi Dogs, Stillwaffles, Super Juice, Wild Al’s, Hot Dog Locos, MOB Grill, Katie Bug’s Shaved Ice, Masa, Parking Lot Party, Jamaican Me Hungry, Andolini’s Pizza.

Ludivine, which has spent many H&8th offering open seating, will be taking reservations this time around. Elemental Coffee Roasters will serve coffee, tea, pastries and desserts, and specialty cold drinks. COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.

The next event’s live music lineup will feature Oklahoma City-based rapper Ronnie Harris at 7 p.m., Ford Chastain, a solo project by the Stardeath and White Dwarfs guitarist, at 8 p.m., Tyson Meade at 9 p.m., and punk rock duo Skating Polly takes the stage at 10 p.m.

There will also be live performances at four busking zones across the event and live poetry by Short Order Poems.

This month’s 7th Street retail shopping village, curated by Ashley Terry, will include: The Plant Shoppe, The Clad Stache, Group Fly, The Little Bubble, Shanna Banana, Plenty Mercantile, The Okay See and Shop Good. Shop Good will be screen printing T-shirts live during the event.

The Nature Conservancy, located at 408 NW 7th St., will host the final installment of its ‘Nature in Art’ series, featuring earthy abstract art by local artist John Gron. John’s art will be available for purchase and 30 percent of proceeds will be donated to support the Conservancy’s work in Oklahoma: to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The voter registration zone will continue at 723 N. Hudson Ave. (SW corner of 7th and Hudson). State arts advocacy groups will be on hand to answer questions about art related issues at the legislative level, and the Oklahoma State Election Board will provide information about its newly launched “Skip the Line Vote by Mail” campaign.

The deadCENTER Film Festival outdoor theater at N.W. 9th Street lights up when the sun goes down. This month’s screening will be a “Best Of” shorts program. The intersection also features the 21-to-enter H&8th Night Lounge, the Ozarka Water Park and activities with the OKC Energy FC professional soccer team. Download event map here.

This month’s Midtown/H&8th Happy Hour pre-party will start at 6 p.m. at Revel Eight Salon & Spa, 201 NW 10 St., featuring music by DJ Kid Foster, a photo booth by Oh My Dear Photography and a pop-up shop with items by Wolfsteak Clothing Company, Nouveau Jewelry Company, Novel and Proper, and art by Sam Douglas and Parker Cunningham-Jones. The after-party, featuring a signature H&8th cocktail and beer and drink specials, will be held on the rooftop at Packard’s New American Kitchen, also located at 201 NW 10 St. in Midtown.

Event organizers would like to encourage attendees to ride their bike to the event and take advantage of the free bicycle valet service hosted by DNA Racing. Check-in is located behind Elemental Coffee.

Long story short: Midtown is going to be jumping a week from tonight.


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