The Downtown OKC Partnership was the recipient of the Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community Grant this past year, and they partnered with the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, SandRidge Energy, Project for Public Spaces, Common Works Architects, LINGO Construction, and many other stakeholders and experts to add placemaking elements and make Kerr Park more people-centric.
After hosting several community engagement workshops, gathering data from neighbors and citizens, and working with various partners on strategy and design, the enhanced space is now open. In this video, Jill DeLozier, Megan Lee, Elena Madison, and The Holey Kids discuss the transform of Kerr Park.
Uncovering Oklahoma would like to give a special thank you to all of the bars and restaurants for hosting everyone on the Film Row tour! If you want to get cool rewards while keeping us independent, become a patron.
Chris Shilling sat down for a Startup Grind OKC fireside chat with Alex Lobodiak about his experiences learning about entrepreneurship at OU, starting a pharma company, attending HBS, and returning to Oklahoma time and time again for his ventures over the years.
Startup Grind Local features incredible talks with entrepreneurs from Startup Grind’s worldwide network. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
Uncovering Oklahoma recently sat down for an in-depth interview with brothers, Jacob and Zachary Burns, to discuss their feature-film, Electric Nostalgia. Unfamiliar dreams haunt a young woman after she is brought back to life in a body that is not her own in this sci-fi thriller from writer/director Jacob Leighton Burns.
This interview is broken into three segments:
00:00 – A non-spoiler interview about the movie
12:00 – A spoiler discussion about the story
32:41 – Filmmaker advice and behind the scenes stories
CHAOS is a maker space that encourages adults and children to Free Play. Once signed in you’ll get to choose from an array of recycled electronics to take apart or put back together; while sitting at the Explore Bar you can just tinker. There’s also an area for building stuff with recycled materials where you’ll be able to create whatever.
In addition to being able to create whatever, visitors can destroy whatever in CHAOS’ outdoor area.
While many are familiar with the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Lake Hefner, this video showcases five of Oklahoma City’s lesser-known scenic parks, which include Kitchen Lake Park, Will Rogers Gardens, Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Martin Park Nature Center, and Bluff Creek Park.
“Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art features 78 life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave encompassing over 500 years of fashion history. The museum is the exclusive regional venue for the exhibition.
“The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is honored to be one of the co-organizers of this prestigious retrospective and national tour,” said President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “This is the first time de Borchgrave’s four innovative paper fashion collections have been shown together and visitors will enjoy both the scale of the works and range of styles presented. From Marie de Medici to Coco Chanel to Les Ballets Russes, this exhibition is sure to amaze and delight.”
de Borchgrave (born 1946) is a prominent Belgian artist, painter and sculptor, best known for her paper costumes. Programming and events throughout the summer will be inspired by “Fashioning Art from Paper” including classes, camps, workshops, public tours and events.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Third Thursdays program features live music, a special menu at the Museum Cafe, full bar on the Roof Terrace, and access to the Museum’s galleries. Admission is just $5; food and libations are available at an additional cost. This year, the Museum’s Roof Terrace will be open to the public only during Third Thursday events.
“The Museum has always been busy on Thursday evenings,” said E. Michael Whittington, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to offer even more reasons to visit with our new Third Thursday series presented by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Throughout the year, Third Thursday will be a fantastic way to visit the Museum and channel your ‘inner Michelangelo’ while enjoying great food and drinks in a unique atmosphere. We are grateful to Love’s for their partnership in this innovative new Museum program.”
“We are excited to support a full year of Third Thursdays,” added Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications at Love’s. “The recent growth and development of our downtown area has been significant and Third Thursdays will continue to build on this momentum. We believe the arts are a vital part of a vibrant downtown and are committed to increasing access for everyone in our community.”
The Museum will continue extended hours and $5 admission every Thursday, but special programming and the opening of the Roof Terrace will occur only on the third Thursday of the month.
Admission to the Museum on Thursday evenings is $5, and no other discounts apply. Admission for Museum members is always free. More information about Third Thursdays, including how to purchase tickets, can be found on the Museum’s website, okcmoa.com.
In this music session, Dennis Spielman visited indie/alternative musician, Sophia Massad, in the Plaza District. In this video, Sophia shares the history of her musical journey, what inspires her, and talks about her newest single, Alone at Night, which she also performs for Uncovering Oklahoma.
“Alone at Night” will be available everywhere on July 6th, 2018. The song is Massad’s second release in the past three months. “Insecurities” released in early May, having been met with such a warm reception, getting articles in multiples magazines, newspapers, blogs, and radio play, Massad’s fan base began to thrive. With “Alone at Night” being fully written and engineered by Sophia Massad herself, there is plenty of excitement for the new single release. There will be a single release party on July 6th at VZD’s with Bowsley and Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bastards.
The single features Tristan Todd from Pax on lead guitar, Tyler Sexton with a second guitar part, Chris Anderson on bass, Brock Wilson on drums, and Garrison Brown on the horns, and the song was mixed and mastered by Dustin Ragland. Massad released her first album in 2014, joined The So Help Me’s in 2017, and most recently started this passion project with the mission to create and share her rawest music. Her style, inspired by the Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse, is both formidable and poetically honest.