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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman's The Depot continues live-stream performances, offering socially distanced screening of 'The Big Lebowski'

Kat Lock [Liliana Campon photo]
Kat Lock [Liliana Campon photo]

NORMAN - The Depot continues to pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a combination of socially distanced in-person events and virtual events. 

The art gallery at The Depot, 200 S Jones, will begin open hours again Oct. 1 with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. 

Masks are required, and group size is limited, according to a news release.

The Depot is augmenting its physical gallery with an online gallery viewable at Currently showing in both the physical and and online galleries are artists Carol Armstrong, Adrienne Day, Joey Frisillo, Don Holladay, Debby Kaspari, Lauren Midgley, Brad Price, Connie Seabourn and Sue Moss Sullivan.  

“The loss of human connection and expression through the arts hits hard and The Depot, through the pandemic, continues searching for ways to innovate and share the profound joy that binds us together through the arts,” says Depot Executive Director Shari Jackson in a statement. "Our vision is creating community through shared artistic experiences and we knew it would look different, but we determined to innovate and pivot to keep going. Our community needs us now.  Artists, musicians, and poets need a platform, and are working to continue to be that.”

Envisioning and testing new concepts for socially distanced in-person activities resulted in a scheduled screening of "The Big Lebowski" on the lawn next to The Depot at 8 p.m. Friday. Attendance is limited to 40 people. Moviegoers can get tickets for the event at or by calling 405-307-9320. Ticketholders are asked to arrive at 7:30 or 7:45 p.m. to be seated in socially distanced pods. Trivia will begin at 8 p.m., with the movie to begin around 8:30 p.m. People are invited to bring a picnic blanket, chairs and snacks.

As previously reported, The Depot launched in April Depot TV, an ongoing online TV show live-streaming musicians, artists and poets to partially replace indoor poetry readings and concerts.  

Depot TV programming continues on the Norman Depot Facebook:

- 5 p.m. Sept. 23: Kierston White is an Americana singer-songwriter from Shawnee who has been performing in the Norman area for more than 10 years. She has toured throughout the U.S. and released in her debut 2014 studio album  “Don't Write Love Songs.” She is the founder of female super group The Tequila Songbirds and anticipates releasing her sophomore album, “Bad On Paper,” in the next year.

- 5 p.m. Sept. 24: Ken Hada is a poet and professor in his 20th year of working at East Central University in Ada. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award. He has been published in several publications, including "The Writer’s Almanac," and has also published eight poetry collections, the most recent of titled “Sunlight & Cedar.” 

- 5 p.m. Sept. 30: Kat Lock is a Norman based singer-songwriter with a unique sound, described as everything from indie rock to music theater punk. She got her start in music with musical theater and in 2016 decided to channel that passion into something different when she started her first band, St. Basic. She released an EP called “You Again” in 2019 and “An Existence,” an experimental quarantine album, in 2020. To read my recent interview with Kat Lock, click here.

Funding is difficult, but all the arts are finding ways to adapt and continue, and with community support, The Depot, an arts nonprofit housed in Norman's Santa Fe Train Station, will continue to do so, according to the news release. The Depot is in the middle of a membership drive, and people can become a member of the Depot for as little as $5 a month at

For further information about Depot events, go to  Depot TV is funded by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation.  All events at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, The City of Norman, and by generous corporate, individual and member donations.  


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