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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS' CONNECTION


Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership is excited to debut the Downtown Developers’ Connection (formerly Developers’ Luncheon) on Wednesday, March 24 at 10am.

Each year, DOKC connects local developers, business and civic leaders, elected officials, and design professionals with national experts to discuss tips, trends, and innovations. The tradition continues with the 2021 Downtown Developers’ Connection webinar event featuring David C. Smith (Cushman & Wakefield – Atlanta, GA) and Christopher Leinberger (Places Platform, LLC – Washington, DC).

Their presentation will explore how the pandemic has affected employers’ and employees’ views on work flexibility and the purpose of the office, and if that should have long-lasting effects on how we build, manage, and promote our downtown workspaces. The session will be moderated by Wheeler District’s VP of Development, Ashley Terry, and will include a Q&A following the presentation. Cost to attend is $20 per person and proceeds will benefit the Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives nonprofit.

For more information, and to register for the event,
visit downtownokc.com/developers-conection.

SUPPORT AUTOMOBILE ALLEY
AN UPDATE ON CHOCOLATE DECADENCE


Automobile Alley's annual fundraiser, Chocolate Decadence, would normally take place in February. Although there won’t be a gathering this year, you still have the opportunity to support the district and its businesses. In place of purchasing a ticket, Automobile Alley is inviting past attendees, sponsors, and partners to make a donation and support the district's community programming efforts all year long.

To learn more information, visit 
automobilealley.org/chocolate-decadence.
 
Make a donation to Automobile Alley
VOTE BRICKTOWN FOR BEST RIVERWALK

This is the final week to vote for Bricktown in the USA TODAY 10Best editors 2021 Readers' Choice award for Best Riverwalk. Help us show the world our wonderful canal by voting Bricktown for the Best Riverwalk. You can vote once per day until voting closes this Monday, February 15.

Vote now by visiting 10best.com.
LOVE LOCAL
VALENTINES DAY IN OKLAHOMA CITY


Valentine's Day is this weekend, but it's not too late to make special plans for you and your loved one. As always, we encourage you to shop and support local businesses when choosing where to buy your valentines. 

Whether you need a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a sweet valentines card, romantic dinner, or family activity, you can find it downtown. Take a look at the list below and be sure to show the love to local downtown businesses.
Mary Eddy's 
Painted Door
PLANT
Plant Shoppe
Plenty Mercantile
The Black Scintilla
The Halls Pizza Kitchen
The Jones Assembly
The Melting Pot
The Social Club
The Study
The Wild Mother 
Tin Lizzie's
XO by Haleigh Kenney
THE FIREBIRD PERFORMANCES

Oklahoma City Ballet's performance of The Firebird in the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall begin this Friday, February 12, and run through Sunday, February 14. Want to watch from home? You may also purchase tickets to watch a livestream of the performance from the comfort of your home. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit okcciviccenter.com.
OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY
NEW EXHIBITION ED RUSCHA: OKLA


You can now reserve your free timed ticket for Ed Ruscha: OKLA! This exhibition is a survey of works by one of America's most important artists, looking at the ways in which work throughout Ruscha’s career was connected to his childhood in Oklahoma City.

Featuring objects spanning the artist’s 60+ year career that explore his relationship to Oklahoma, Ed Ruscha: OKLA presents iconic pieces such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations and Chocolate Room, in which 100 pounds of chocolate are screen printed for the walls, alongside newer bodies of work, including two recent Drum Skins paintings. Reserve your tickets now, this is an exhibit you won't want to miss.

For more information, and to reserve tickets, visit okcontemp.org/tickets.

MIDTOWN ROTARY SPELLING BEE(R)

The Oklahoma City Midtown Rotary is proud to present this years annual Spelling Bee(r) virtually. The funds raised in this special, one-of-a-kind event enable the club to fulfill grants to education and arts initiatives in the Oklahoma City metro.

The event is free to watch online, or $50 for a ticket to compete. Spellers can pick up a goodie bag of beers to enjoy at home while they compete for the $500 grand prize. All entry fees, sponsorships and donations empower their club to give back to the Oklahoma City arts & education community through grants.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit okcmidtownrotary.org.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON TAX
CREDITS FOR WORKING FAMILIES


Councilmembers James Cooper, JoBeth Hamon and Nikki Nice will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting at 5:30pm on February 11 to discuss how low to moderate income families and households can save a substantial amount of money this tax season.

Shelley Leveridge and Allison Lawrence with OKC Tax Help, a program of the Arnall Family Foundation, will talk about what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is, who is eligible and how people can claim the money at free tax preparation sites across the city.

Join the virtual Town Hall on zoom by using this link.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and many organizations are hosting events and exhibitions, both in-person and virtually, for those who want to explore Black history and culture. Here is a list of several local events and exhibitions happening in the downtown Oklahoma City.
 
BLACK HISTORY MONTH + BLACK COMMUNITY LEADERS
 
February is spent celebrating Black History Month. If you often read our newsletter, you'll note that we shine a spotlight each week on locally owned businesses downtown. This month in our Local Spotlight, we will specifically feature black owned businesses and community leaders. Show them your support throughout the month of February, and all year round.
A NOTE FROM
THE CAGE OKC PRESIDENT

  A V E R Y  S T E V E N S O N  
 
The Cage is Oklahoma City's premier streetball organization. We host youth streetball camps, basketball skills development training, mens streetball leagues and tournaments. We began in 2012 with a goal is to uplift our community in our unique realm of streetball. Our mission is to connect with the community and local businesses in effort to create a platform for basketball players and local businesses to get exposure. 
 Q U E S T I O N + A N S W E R 

 What encourages or inspires you to be a community leader? 
I love being a community leader, it gives me pride in setting a standard and being an example of how black owned businesses can be successful and professional. I personally never had an example of that growing up so I hold myself to a very high standard.  

 What is one thing that makes you proud to be a part of the Oklahoma City community? 
I love being a part of the growth of downtown OKC. Our missions lineup directly in correspondence to each other. I was born and raised in OKC so to see the development downtown throughout the years makes me even more proud to say my organization played a role in it.

 How can people get involved with your organization? 
The best way to get involved and stay current is to follow us on our social media channels on Instagram (@thecageokc) and Facebook (@TheCageOKC).
DOWNTOWN NEWS
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, Feb 11
Andrew Rivers, Bricktown Comedy Club
Taste of Parlor, Parlor OKC

Friday, Feb 12
Online Friday Night Workshop- Love Under Pressure Virtual Hosted By OKlahoma Contemporary
Firebird Performance, Civic Center Music Hall

Saturday, Feb 13
The Great Backyard Bird Count, Myriad Gardens
Beginner Garden Design, Myriad Gardens
Firebird Performance, Civic Center Music Hall

Sunday, Feb 14
Firebird Performance, Civic Center Music Hall

Tuesday, Feb 16
Firebird Performance, Civic Center Music Hall
A Fat Tuesday Pop Up, Café Cuvée
Mardi Gras Party, Pearl's Crabtown


Thursday, Feb 18
Ed Ruscha: OKLA exhibit opening, Oklahoma Contemporary

Friday, Feb 19
Strings & Stars Event Benefitting Heart of a Lion, The Criterion

Saturday, Feb 20
Moving Vision – Opening Weekend, OKCMOA
 
OKC THUNDER
2021 SCHEDULE


Wednesday, February 10th - OKC Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9PM
Friday, February 12th - OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets, 8PM
Sunday, February 14th - OKC Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6PM
Tuesday, February 16th - OKC Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 7PM
Wednesday, February 17th - OKC Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8PM
Friday, February 19th - OKC Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7PM
Sunday, February 21st - OKC Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 5PM

Monday, February 22nd - OKC Thunder vs. Miami Heat, 7PM
Wednesday, February 24th - OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs, 7PM
Friday, February 26th - OKC Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7PM
Saturday, February 27th - OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets, 7PM

 
For the full 2020-2021 schedule click here.
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