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VALENTINES DAY IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Don't wait to make special plans for you and your loved one. As always, we encourage you to shop local 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.
PLANT
Plant Shoppe
Plenty Mercantile
Scissortail Park Galentines
The Black Scintilla
The Halls Pizza Kitchen
The Jones Assembly
The Melting Pot
The Social Club
The Wild Mother 
XO by Haleigh Kenney
SUPPORT AUTOMOBILE ALLEY
AN UPDATE ON CHOCOLATE DECADENCE


Automobile Alley's annual fundraiser, Chocolate Decadence, would normally take place in February. However, they are putting the party on pause in 2021 for the health and safety of the community. Although they won’t be gathering together 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 support their efforts by making a donation and to ensure its programming continues all year long.

To learn more information, visit 
automobilealley.org/chocolate-decadence.
 
Make a donation to Automobile Alley
THE FIREBIRD PERFORMANCES

The Oklahoma City Ballet presents The Firebird in the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall. Performances will begin 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. 

Artistic Director Robert Mills will put his own spin on the classic tale of good over evil which features an exotic score by Igor Stravinsky. This performance will make for a perfect Valentines weekend date night with your loved one.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit okcciviccenter.com.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and many organizations are hosting events and exhibitions, both in-person and virtually, for families who want to explore Black history and culture. Here are several local events and exhibitions happening in the downtown Oklahoma City.

Harkins Theater
Harkins Theatres is celebrating Black History Month by showing films that highlight inspiring stories and trailblazing roles from the African American Community. Visit the Bricktown Harkins Theatre every day in February to see one of these celebrated films for only $5 each.


Myriad Botanical Gardens
Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience An Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition features Black artists as they acknowledge what it means to be Black and resilient.


Metropolitan Library
Informative dance performance on the history of Hip Hop dance from the R.A.C.E. Dance Collective, a performance by “Spiritually Bold”, an author visit with Tochi Onyebuchi, and many more storytimes, author talks and artist demos. All online programs can be viewed via Facebook.


Oklahoma Contemporary
Crystal Z Campbell: Flight
 uses light, sound and digital film projection to explore the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
*Exhibit opens April 22, 2021


The Conversation Workshop
The Conversation Workshop is a locally-based grassroots effort to provide insight about race and its effects on our social, economic and political contexts, offers a guide to learn about Black leaders, historic and modern day, every day this month, plus links for music, interviews and more that illustrations how Black history is a shared history.
SONIC FREE FAMILY ART KITS


The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has created a new way to experience art-making and works of art safely from home. They have created and distributed 500 art kits to select Metropolitan Library System locations and Oklahoma Children's Hospital OU Health.

Inside the Free Family Art Kits, made possible by the SONIC Foundation, are the instructions and materials needed to make three sculptures at home. They have prepared instructional videos for each project, and unique tours with the works of art that inspired the activity.

For more information, and to find a list of participating library locations, visit okcmoad.com/ffd.

OKC ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS

The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced that the long-running Festival of the Arts will return in 2021. Rather than taking place in the spring, it has been announced that the festival will begin on June 22 and continue through June 27. The nonprofit organization is working closely with the City of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City-County Health Department to plan a festival that will be safe as well as fun, free and family-friendly.

Changes to this year's event include the expansion of the festival grounds, food trucks instead of tents, and less performing artists. However, familiar festival favorites such as Pottery Place and the Children's Art Field to the Sculpture Park and the 144 artist tents will return. 

To learn more, visit artscouncilokc.com.
WORK FROM HOME PLATE AT
CHICKASAW BRICKTOWN BALLPARK


Tired of working from home? Work from home plate! You can rent a luxury suite at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Each suite can accommodate up to four people, with all spaces having front-facing views of the playing field at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark behind home plate. 

Each suite can be rented for $95 per day or $400 per week, and suites are available for use from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Mix up your workspace and work from home plate.

For more information, and to make a reservation, visit okcdodgers.com.

VOTE BRICKTOWN FOR BEST RIVERWALK

In recent decades, cities across the United States have been revitalizing their river fronts, transforming them into vibrant spaces for outdoor recreation, nightlife, cultural activity and scenic views. The Bricktown canal has been nominated by the USA TODAY 10Best editors and a panel of experts for their 2021 Readers' Choice award for Best Riverwalk. Help us show the world our wonderful canal by voting us Best Riverwalk. You can vote once per day until voting closes on Monday, February 15.

For more information, and to vote, visit 10best.com
FAREWELL DR. BOB BLACKBURN

For 41 years Dr. Bob Blackburn worked to collect, preserve, and share Oklahoma history. Blackburn wrapped up his career of public service at the end of January, though his contribution to preserving our state's history will continue to live on. 

Learn more about Dr. Bob Blackburn's career and his impact on Oklahoma History by reading this article.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH + BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES
 
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 business downtown. This month in our Local Spotlight, we will specifically feature black owned businesses. Read along and learn more about each business and its' owner. Give them your support throughout the month of February, and all year round.
THE WILD MOTHER
A NOTE ON THE OWNER'S

  L A U R E N + L E A H  
 
The Wild Mother Creative Studio is a studio florist owned by Afro-Indigenous sisters, Lauren Palmer and Leah Palmer, in the heart of Arts district, Downtown, OKC. Their love and honor of culture, storytelling, and their affinity for natural elements and color theory lend themselves to “Floral Stories” produced by the sisters. It’s an added bonus that they get to work alongside their younger sister, Callie, around the studio. TWM offerings include full service wedding and event floral, curbside carryout floral for large-scale events, and holiday floral offerings.
 O W N E R ' S  P I C K S 

 S H O P 
Salt & Water is our go-to shopping experience in Arts District. We love how committed their owner and team are to clean beauty that nourishes. 

 E A T 
We love visiting Mary Eddy’s for breakfast. There’s something especially nostalgic about their menu. And, their atmosphere is the perfect inspiration bright and early in the morning. 

 P L A Y 
There’s a special place in our hearts for both the Civic Center and OKCMOA. We remember  growing up spending considerable amounts of time at ballet performances, philharmonic concerts, and exciting new art exhibitions. 
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 3rd - OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, 7PM
Friday, February 5th - OKC Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7PM
Saturday, February 6th - OKC Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7PM
Monday, February 8th - OKC Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9PM
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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