More than a bookstore, Commonplace Books in Midtown OKC is about community, hospitality, and people. In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Benjamin Nockels and Chris Castro share what visitors can expect at this community gathering space with a bookstore and kitchen.
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
Watch the film for yourself here on Amazon.
If you liked Electric Nostalgia, be sure to check out and support their next feature-film, Shifter.
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.
CHAOS is located in the Iron Works District next to Oklahoma City’s Midtown District.
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 exhibition will run until September 9, 2018.
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.
Wheelhouse Pizza Kitchen is Oklahoma City’s newest by-the-slice pizzeria with a dedication to speed of service and quality fare. Featuring made-from-scratch ingredients and an upbeat atmosphere, Wheelhouse delivers the family-friendly fun and delicious food.
In this interview, Managing Partner, Michael Jones, talks about Wheelhouse Pizza Kitchen and how they combine the quality and service of a traditional restaurant with the speed of to-go ordering. From pizza-by-the-slice and boneless and bone-in wings, to sandwiches and salads, there’s something for everyone on the menu. Their menu features the “daily slice,” giving you the option to choose from one of six daily slices, starters, salads, 20” specialty and build your own pizzas, sandwiches and desserts. Plus, they are pet-friendly with hookups for dogs on their outdoor patio.
For photos, check out Uncovering Oklahoma’s story.
Deep Deuce Sessions is Oklahoma City’s monthly live music artwalk in Downtown OKC’s most historic music district. Walk, dine, drink, and listen your way across venues along 2nd and 3rd streets in the Deep Deuce District to experience hip-hop, singer-songwriter, jazz, rock, and pop artists showcased throughout the evening.
Held on every last Saturday of the month, you can find music at venues such as Urban Jonnies, Aloft Hotel, [Artspace] at Untitled, and outside the shipping containers next to Anchor Down, Bella Kitchen, and Wheeze The Juice.
All doors are open for free to the listening public.
In a past video to show that the Deep Deuce District is more than apartments, Uncovering Oklahoma teamed up Localites OKC and Visit OKC on a pub crawl of the Deep Deuce District. In this crawl, we visited Urban Johnnies, Anchor Down, Aloft Hotel’s WXYZ Bar, Stag Lounge, and the Deep Deuce Grill. Not only did we learn about each place, but we got history lessons about cocktails and the district.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Uncovering Oklahoma is happy to be a local supporter of the Oklahoma City chapter by filming their talks.
The latest session featured, John Kerber, the Co-founder of Who’s On My WiFi, a wireless monitoring and network analytics company that helps organizations make better business decisions. An active member of the startup community, John mentors startups in need of strategic direction and has led teams in past startups to incredible growth. You can watch the fireside chat in the video embedded above.
The next event is scheduled for Monday, July 9.
To learn more about Startup Grind OKC, visit StartupGrind.com/oklahoma-city/ for information on upcoming and past talks.
SoonerCon is a nonprofit pop culture, science fiction, fantasy and educational convention that’s been happening in Oklahoma since 1983. Put on by The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, SoonerCon is a collaborative, volunteer-organized effort that brings together fans, creative and academic professionals, artists, authors, musicians, small and large businesses and community members each June in the Oklahoma City metro. The convention draws more than 2,000 attendees and participants. Additionally, charitable giving is a central focus of the convention’s community outreach endeavors, with these contributions from members growing year after year.
SoonerCon is Oklahoma’s premier pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming, cosplay, and anime convention. This year’s event runs June 22 – 24 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.