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Art notes for Feb. 9, 2020

FILE: From left, Misty Red Elk, Cody Tabor, Johnlee Lookingglass star in "Neechie-Itas," the featured play of the 2019 Native American New Play Festival. [Photo provided]
FILE: From left, Misty Red Elk, Cody Tabor, Johnlee Lookingglass star in "Neechie-Itas," the featured play of the 2019 Native American New Play Festival. [Photo provided]

Guest violinist to perform at OU

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma School of Music presents Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang in a recital with Stephanie Leon Shames at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in Pitman Recital Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St.

Wang will conduct a violin master class at noon Feb 9 in Pitman Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office or by calling 325-4101.

OCU’s ‘Laramie Project’ features guest speaker

Oklahoma City University presents “The Laramie Project” through Feb. 9. The play tells the story about Matthew Shepard, who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. He died several days later.

Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will discuss the tragedy that inspired the play. Marsden will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 7, and will participate in a theater talkback after the 8 p.m. play.

Show times are 8 p.m. through Feb. 8, and 2 p.m. Feb. 8-9. For tickets, go to or call 208-5227.

Children’s concert features Sugar Free All Stars

The Oklahoma Community Orchestra will present the third concert of the season, featuring the Sugar Free All Stars, at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in Oklahoma City Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 7777 S May Ave.

Tickets are $15 at the door or $12.50 online. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, go to

Chamber ensemble highlights French horn

Brightmusic’s fourth concert of the season, “The Virtuoso French Horn,” features guest artist Adam Unsworth. The ensemble will present horn works by Robert Schumann, Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart and others at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7.

Admission is $20 at the door. There is no charge for children, active-duty military and students with ID. For more information, go to

Oklahoma Humanities increases grant funding

Oklahoma Humanities recently presented the Gilcrease Museum with a $10,000 check in support of the new exhibit, “Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art.” The collection is on display through May 17.

Oklahoma Humanities also announced increased grant funding amounts for cultural programming. Applications will be accepted through March 2.

For more information, go to For questions about the grant application process, email Chris Carroll at

Trail of Tears Art Show seeks submissions

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Heritage Center is accepting submissions for the 49th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale through March 13.

The show and sale is the longest-running Native American art show and competition in Oklahoma, with artists competing for more than $15,000 in various categories.

Applications and $10 fee must be submitted to by 5 p.m. March 13. A public awards reception is April 3. For information, call 888-999-6007 or go to

OU presents two trombone concerts

The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents two upcoming trombone concerts.

A special concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Gothic Hall in Catlett Music Center featuring trombonist Peter Steiner and organist Constanze Wochwartner. The duo travels the world showcasing their instrumental skills.

The Trombone Choir will celebrate its 50th year with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Sharp Hall in Catlett Music Center. The concert will feature mostly jazz music with Rodger Fox as guest soloist.

Both concerts are free and open to everyone.

OU fine arts gala to honor visual arts grad

NORMAN — The OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ annual “Arts! Arts! Arts!” gala is 5:30 p.m. March 1 in Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. The event features food and libations, and live entertainment by fine arts students.

Sheila Hoffman, a distinguished graduate from the OU School of Visual Arts, will be presented with the second annual Arts Luminary Award.

Reservations are required by Feb. 17. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at or by calling 325-7376.

Exhibit celebrates talents of women artists

NORMAN — Norman Arts Council presents the “40 Over 40: Women Artists of Oklahoma” exhibit, opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E Main St. A closing reception is 6 to 10 p.m. March 13. Both receptions are free.

The council sought submissions from women who are experienced visual artists over the age of 40 from across the state.

For more information, including a list of the featured artists, go to

Black Wall Street is focus of new play

TULSA — Oklahoma-based production company Deep Greenwood is launching its play, “Deep Greenwood: The Hidden Truths of Black Wall Street,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Douglass High School, and at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa.

During a time where racism and segregation thrived, two men had a plan to start an all-black business district in Tulsa. While the black businesses thrived, many black people considered Tulsa the Promised Land until one fateful night in 1921.

Tickets are $15 to $40 and can be purchased at

Indigenous Theatre Company announces call for scripts

The Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company’s 11th annual Native American New Play Festival invites Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts.

The festival is June 18-20 and 25-27 in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department in Mitchell Hall Theatre.

The submission deadline is March 31. For more information, go to

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman