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A LIVE on the Plaza Holiday!

LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays
December 11th, 7-11 PM
NW 16th between Indiana & Blackwelder

Happy Holidays! The Plaza District is the perfect place to shop local this holiday season! Give handmade, local art, local retail and find plenty of gift certificates for everyone!

Here is the scoop for the Holiday fun at this Friday’s LIVE on the Plaza!

8 PM- Holiday Carolers will be out on the plaza!
Be sure to pick up some coffee and cider outside No Regrets Tattoo!

Velvet Monkey Salon- featured artists, live music and holiday shopping in the vintage boutique!

Collected Thread-holiday sales & shopping

DNA Galleries
-Featured artist Anthony TW Meyers. Each original work for sale is an illustation from his latest zine “the death of charlie”. Also, holiday shopping & sales!

Lyric Theatre-tours of the historic Plaza Theatre, 7 & 8 pm. Great chance to see the theatre and learn about it’s interesting history!

Coffy’s Cafe- open Mic night

Shop Good- holiday shopping & sales

Convergence Collective-ADVENTUS Art Show. a city-wide art collaborative dealing with themes of advent.  The show is 7-11p @ TWO VENUES: Convergence + Geraldine Studios (1609 Blackwelder).

Bad Granny’s Bazaar- holiday shopping & sales

PhotoArt Studios
- 8:30 PM deadCENTER Film ShortSuite Screenings: Nothing Says Holidays like Family
These shorts explore with humor, humility, and incredible diversity the challenges and delight of family. Each film tackles our blood relationships in a different way, but stay tied together with the enduring bonds of family.  TRT 89min

Studio FJ- Grand Opening! Come out to see the new space, have a drink… and be ready to get your B-Boy on! B-boy Photo Shoot with props provided!

JuJu Gallery
-9 PM-Live adult puppet show by Balcum Rancum puppetry “Mr. Pickles Birthday”!, holiday shopping and sales.

Chaparney- open house

No Regrets Tattoo-open house

Parts&Labor- holiday shopping & sales

Paula & Company Realtors- Wii Mario Kart Tournament! Sign up in advance, $5, contact 405-205-4492 to sign up!

December 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

LIVE it up, Short n’ sweet

So much to do in this action-packed LIVE on the Plaza, so I thought I’d make a short and sweet listing to guide you through the night!

Bad Granny’s Bazaar-vintage, retro, antiques and funky finds. LIVE music by Sleeper

PhotoArt Studios-Deadcenter Film Screenings. llan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family, by Bryan Beasley and Steeped by Peter Hermes 8 pm

Shop Good- Grand Opening. Apparel, accessories and more all benefiting a local or global cause. Live music by Gum

Coffy’s Cafe-open mic. Gluten-free and vegetarian meals, coffee and tea

JuJu Gallery- Grand Opening. Art by Cryptolicious Creations, Spiritual Sparkles, Felix Matos. Hosting book author Dennis McDonald. Raffle for gift basket

Chaparney-Art Opening with works by Don Narcomey and guest artists Ron Ferrell, Larry Pickering and Joe Slack.

No Regrets Tattoo- $40 Oklahoma themed tattoos. First come first serve

Parts & Labor- Open house

1708-private party

Paula & Co.-Thanksgiving dinner and open house. Kareoke after 9 pm

DNA Galleries-Featured artist Michelle Heimes McRay. Oklahoma inspired merchandise

Collected Thread-open house. Oklahoma inspired merchandise

Velvet Monkey-Live music by Asleep, Audience, Dream! 7 pm

November 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

LIVE on the Plaza Nov 13th. Happy Birthday Oklahoma!

UPCOMING LIVE- November 13th
LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays
November 13th, 7-11 PM
NW 16th between Indiana & Blackwelder

Happy Birthday to..Oklahoma! The Plaza District celebrates the birthday of our great state!

Kick things off by visiting the grand opening of one of the newest businesses, Shop Good. Although Shop Good has had temporary roots outdoors this summer, it debuts it’s permanent retail space within The Convergence Collective. Shop Good boasts socially-conscious, hand-printed, earth-friendly, wearable art. A portion of all proceeds are donated to local or global cause. Check their fabulous space out while jamming to LIVE music by Gum!

Then head to the district’s newest gallery,JuJu Gallery at 1612 NW 16th. JuJu will feature the creative works by Cyrpt-o-licious CreationsSp

iritual Sparkles and Felix Matos. Celebrate this last Friday the 13th, by visiting with Oklahoma horror author Dennis McDonald who will be promoting his newest collection of short stories, “13 Nightmares”. Be sure to enter for a chance to win a JuJu Gift Basket!

Oklahoma is in America, and deadCENTER Films will be featuring “Give thanks … for America!” at PhotoArt Studios at 8:30 PM. This collection is as diverse as the US itself. From a doc about a celebrated Native American artist or the oldest man to run for Congress to a quiet narrative about love through a window, these shorts capture the various sparks of inspiration and determination that are uniquely American.

Featuring OK Films: Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family, by Bryan Beasley…and Steeped by Peter Hermes (filmed in Portland)

Oklahoma Ts at DNA Galleries

Also giving thanks, will be Paula & Company Realtors who will host a Thanksgiving dinner open to all!For more Oklahoma goodies, be sure to visit DNA Galleries and Collected Thread who will all be featuring local Oklahoma designers and art. DNA Galleries will also feature Oklahoma artist Michelle Heimes McRay. Then hop over to Velvet Monkey Salon featuring live music by Oklahoma band Captain C-Note at 7 PM.

Last but not least, be sure to check out open houses at 1708, Charparney and open mic at Coffy’s Cafe. Bad Granny’s Bazaar will also be open with funky, warm and fuzzy finds for this

Support Local Art Ts at DNA Galleries

winter with live music by Sleeper, plus a chance to take your photo with Ceasar the 255 lb Friendly Monster Dog! All proceeds benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society!

October 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

LIVE on the Plaza-October 9th

Thank you so much if you attended the Plaza District Festival, we had a great time! There is still more Plaza District fun ahead with our second Friday artwalk, LIVE on the Plaza this Friday!

We are pleased to introduce our newest art and retail space, parts&labor, which will host their grand opening during LIVE! The opening reception will feature 2 local artists: Debbie Curtis, who paints unique vintage barbie art on canvas and wallpaper. She tries to temper wild abandon with light control, and lets the viewer’s eye fill in the details. Her goal is simple – to capture your curiosity, bring you closer, and reward you for taking the time to look. The second artist is Wade Crow, who uses images from personal experience to try and convey how he felt during that experience using color and movement to make the audience experience visually what he did physically. Style-wise it’s graffiti pop.  The artwork will be available for purchase. Parts&labor’s goal is to encourage local patronage, local artists and a locals only feel (though outsiders are warmly welcomed).

DNA Galleries will host Caleb Jacks from Texas. His illustrations are humorous, intricate and lighthearted, seeking truth out of our everyday lives. be sure to stop by! Collected Thread will have plenty of handmade accessories to keep you warm this winter, and then head over to Velvet Monkey Salon who is proud to have local rock band, Psymblence preform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  as well as Tribella (amazing all girl  band from Austin, TX) preform from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a show you will not want to miss.  Don’t forget to look on the Velvet Monkey walls for featured artists Ali, (bird lady) and Sky Blackwell!

No Regrets Tattoo will also host LIVE musicby Coyote Teeth, and Coffy’s Cafe will have an open mic night. Another exciting new retail space is SHOP GOOD, located inside Convergence Collective. Every purchase goes to a local or global good cause, so buying is giving! Be sure to stop by and check out their handmade items, clothing and accessories!

deadCENTER Films will be showing at PhotoArt Studios at 8:30 PM, featuring Horror Shorts-The most popular shorts program gets a repeat in the spookiest month of all!  Sometimes terrifying, sometimes ridiculous, these shorts are ALWAYS a good time.  TRT 71min.Featuring OK Films:Unmasked by Nick Denman

This will be the last month for outdoor artist booths, so come check them out while the weather isn’t too cold! Other open businesses include 1708, Paula & Company and Bad Granny’s Bazaar.

October 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Plaza keeps it Hot!

LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays
July 10th, 7-11 PM
NW 16th between Indiana & Blackwelder

Plaza District keeps summer hot with LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays! Featured artists, live music and outdoor artist booths will compliment open businesses in the Plaza District.

Velvet Monkey Salon will be open and featuring artist Tony Westlund. DNA Galleries will host artist Billy Reid, whose work explores human emotion through the use of mixed media materials, exuberant textures and fresh color. Next door, Collected Thread will feature artist Lindsay Hall specializing in paper work, journals, photo albums, stationary, and such. She has made some special stuff for for this second Friday, such as some glass lanterns and message boards. Then make you way to Coffy’s Cafe for open an open mic night!



Next, head over at Convergence Collective, to check out the debut of Shop Good. Come shop where you know EVERY purchase will benefit a local or global cause impacting communities for good. There will be a wide variety of items for sale and just as wide a variety of beneficiaries, so you’ll get to change the world in a lot of ways just by visiting one store! Women Are Not Weapons, The Spero Project, International Refugees in OKC, and many other groups will be present, and selling items for you to SHOP GOOD!

Other outdoor art booths will be on display and don’t forget to stop by Bad Grannies Bazaar for vintage and funky finds! Cross the street over to PhotoArt Studios for an open house, and then on to Paula & Company Realtors for live music and beverages and open spaces of No Regrets and 1708. Round the corner over to 1612 Gatewood for an open house for a great space for lease!

We are inviting YOU to come out and support the entire Plaza District! Join us for LIVE on the Plaza this Friday, July 10th from 7-11 PM!

For more info about LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays call 405-308-5991. The Plaza District is located on NW 16th between Indiana and Blackwelder Avenues, on street parking and lot parking will be available in the district, while neighborhood parking is available on the north side of the district.

July 3, 2009 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

LIVE on the Plaza, Velvet Monkey Salon Grand Opening!

June 12th, 7-11 PM 1700 block of NW 16th

Plaza District is taking it back in time to the hey day of the district, Rockabilly style! In celebration of the grand opening of Velvet Monkey Salon, LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays will have plenty of Rockabilly, featured artists, live music, fashion and more! New businesses and building renovations such as Velvet Monkey Salon are bringing the Plaza District back to the buzzing commercial district it was from the 1930s-60′s. Please join us as we celebrate this comeback!

The fun kicks off at 7 PM at Velvet Monkey Salon where plenty of funky style and art is sure to be found. Local groups including Hellkats bike gang, Red Dirt Rebellion Rollergirls, Roadkillers Car Club, Psuedodance burlesque, and DJ ATM will be buzzing about the newly renovated Velvet Monkey Salon! Featured artist Olivia Frisbee from LA will also be exhibiting art. This grand opening celebration is also a pre-party event for the Rockabilly 50′s Fashion show at Bolero Tapas Bar & Spanish Grill beginning at 11 PM.

Next door, visit Collected Thread to see the collage work of Amy Coldren, plus a great assortment of local handmade and vintage items. Next door to Collected, DNA Galleries will host artist Spencer Tracy, as well as handmade art, accessories and clothes!

Cross the street over to Paula & Co, 1708 and No Regrets Tattoo and enter the courtyard for live pyschobilly music by Billy Joe Winghead, outdoor grilling, food and refreshments. Other stops on the west end of the district include open mic at Coffy’s Cafe, featured artists at Convergence Collective, vintage items Bad Grannies Bazaar, outdoor artist booths and an open house at PhotoArt Studios.

For more info about LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays call 405-308-5991. The Plaza District is located on NW 16th between Indiana and Blackwelder Avenues, on street parking and lot parking will be available in the district, while neighborhood parking is available on the north side of the district.

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May 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm 1 comment

Take Your Momma Out! This Friday!

LIVE on the Plaza Second Fridays present “Take Your Momma Out”, a unique evening to entertain, hang out with, or buy gifts for your dear mom. At 8 PM, Lyric Theatre presents “Steel Magnolias”.’Delicate as magnolias, but tough as steel’ are six Southern women who face sadness and loss by finding support, solace, and most of all laughter in their strong bonds of friendship. Made famous by the film starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias celebrates the incredible spirit of strong women. A great opportunity to see a fabulous performance and experience the Lyric Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by calling 405.524.9310

Over at Collected Thread, bring mom to the “Plaid Explosion” where there will be plenty of plaid clothing, headbands, earrings, bags, hair bows, rings, and more, plus first 5 people to bring their mom get a pair of free earrings! Next door at DNA Galleries, be sure to come out and support emerging artist Amanda Dyer. This is sure to be a colorfully creative show filled with inspiring works. Live music will be provided by The Workweek. DNA Galleries will also be launching a fun new line of dresses created by Big Mama Productions, just in time for summer and Mother’s Day!

Join us for the grand opening of 1708, a co-op of creative professionals Cafe Evoke Catering, Josh McCullock Photography and Gibson Events. 1708 opens their space with refreshments, hors d oeuvers and lively conversation! Another new business, Coffy’s Cafe will be open with coffee, gluten free meals and live music, located at 1739 NW 16th.

Other shops and business will feature special mothers day retail promotions, discounts and give-aways! Be sure not to miss the deadCENTER short suite screening at 7:30 at PhotoArt Studios, and the outdoor artist booths! Hope you can join us!

May 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm 1 comment

2009 Plaza District Festival and Call to Artists

The Plaza District Association will host the 2009 Plaza District Festival on Saturday, October 3rd from 3-11 PM. The festival highlights a wide array of performing artists, visual artists, live musicians and interactive art education. The festival is open to the public drawing audiences from across Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas, and offering the surrounding neighborhoods an arts festival right in the heart of their community. A grand stage set in the center of the Plaza District provides performing artists a space showcase their talent. In evening, kick back and enjoy 4 spotlight bands from the Oklahoma City music scene with the Plaza District Music Fest! We hope you can make it!

Check out the Call to Artists and Application here!

April 20, 2009 at 3:36 am 3 comments

Friday will be Hoppin’!

SO much spring fun going on in the Plaza District at our Second Friday LIVE on the Plaza. Details are all below, but for time’s sake here is a quick list of activities you can expect to enjoy in fabulous spring weather THIS FRIDAY:

Adult/Kid Easter Art Hunt, Featured Artist Josh Heilaman, Lyric’s Woody Sez, deadCENTER Short Suite Screenings, live music, outdoor art booths, open houses, live puppetry, featured designer Birdie, free ballroom dance lessons and much more!

Read below for more details!

Eggs a-LIVE! 7:00 PM
The Plaza District’s LIVE on the Plaza Second Friday Artwalk blooms a packed schedule and fine introduction to spring. Eggs a-LIVE will start at 7 PM, allowing kids and adults yearning to act like kids- a chance to hunt for eggs full of unique Plaza District prizes. Some prizes include: a free kids craft kit, original artwork from DNA Galleries, handmade items from Collected Thread, gift certificates, kids dance lessons, candy, toys and more! Please find the Plaza District info table across from Lyric Theatre to start the hunt!

deadCENTER Short Suite-7:30 PM
Oklahoma City – deadCENTER Film screens short films on the second Friday of every month with LIVE On the Plaza in the Plaza District at PhotoArt Studios (1738 NW 16th). This month, deadCENTER will return to the filmmaker-focused format to highlight short films that were created for the annual 24 Hour Video Race sponsored by Living Arts, Philbrook Museum of Art and the IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City. “These films are some of the funniest and most creative shorts we see all year,” states Program Director, Melissa Scaramucci. “It’s pretty amazing what people can come up with in a very short amount of time. While deadCENTER screens the Grand Jury winner at the annual fest, we have enough of these shorts, we felt it was time to give them their own night.”
Featuring a question and answer period with veteran racer and professional editor, Beau Leland, attendees will lean about the specific and complex components to entering, and winning a film race.Screening will be Team Awesome’s Misscommunication, Team Monkey’s The Public View, and Team Pick Six (Minus One) with Special Delivery which won the Videophile award at the 2009 video race in February.
DNA Galleries features Josh Heilaman
Be sure to stop by DNA Galleries where Josh Heilaman has returned to OKC to show his latest work. Josh’s work in a variety of media, create environments heavy with seas, forests, and cities – all populated by creatures of whimsy and all expressing the multitude of emotions we as humans face today. From contentment to struggle, adornment to loneliness, Josh’s work gives us a glimpse into ourselves through his use of color and whimsical creatures. DNA Galleries has also worked with Josh to produce the first in a series of local artist limited edition T’s and will be releasing these to the public during the exhibit. Also beats by the favorite DJ Garistotle will be playing outside!

Birdie designs, live puppetry and more!
Next door, check out the clothing and accessories by designer Birdie, plus more handmade accessories, vintage clothes and art at Collected Thread! Then, head over to Performance Dancewear for free ballroom dance lessons. Paula and Co Realtors will be throwing a Plaza District ho-down with great music, food and fun! Come see the renovation of live/work artist spaces at 1710 NW 16th, an open house with refreshments and visual artists. At 8 PM be sure not to miss the Balcum Rancum Live Pupptery at Bad Grannies Bazaar. Last month, Balcum Rancum told the story of “The Largest Mermaid”, so tune in this month to see the latest story!

Visual Artist and Indie Craft artist will be displaying works in booths outdoors as well!

“Woody Sez” at Lyric

Also, Lyric at the Plaza will be showing “Woody Sez” at 8 PM. Lyric’s production of Woody Sez is the American premiere of a musical that met with rave reviews and delighted crowds across Europe!  This gem of a show weaves the songs of Woody Guthrie together with excerpts and anecdotes from his writing to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life. Performed by a talented group of four versatile actor/musicians who play 15 instruments ranging from guitar and fiddle to jaw harp and dulcimer, the show brings to life the many people who are the fabric of Woody Guthrie’s amazing story. The cast’s infectious enjoyment, Woody’s incredible journey, and a stirring mix of moving ballads and energetic foot-stompers, including “This Land Is Your Land”, “Oklahoma Hills” and “This Train Is Bound For Glory”, all create a truly personal portrait of an Oklahoma legend and one of the world’s immortal troubadours. Check for more showtimes!

April 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

Plaza blooms spring events!

SO much going on in the Plaza District over the next few months. Really. I decided to write a go-to post for everything until our brand new website is up and running. Here it all is!

Now-April 11- “Woody Sez” at Lyric Theatre

April 4th- “Threads” at Convergence Collective-provides free children’s clothing in an organized hospitable setting, where parents from all cultures can come together with the common interest of caring for their children.

April 7th- Plaza District will have a booth at Schmoozapolooza-come check us out!

April 10th-LIVE on the Plaza- Eggs a-LIVE! Second Friday Artwalk

April 12th-Neighborhood Pancake Breakfast- Convergence Collective/Fusion Church-Come one come all for pancakes on Easter morning!

April 16th-“Urbanity-A Conversation on Urban Options in OKC”-Plaza District Association and Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association present a panel discussion on Urban options in Oklahoma City in the new Velvet Monkey Salon.

May 7-23- “Steel Magnolias” at Lyric at the Plaza

May 8th- LIVE on the Plaza-Take Your Momma Out! -more info coming soon!

May 14th-2009 Urban Pioneer Awards honoring Ann Simank, RedPrime Steak 11:30-1:00 PM

Well there you go, all set for a few weeks with Plazafull Events! Feel free to contact me with any questions!

~ Kristen,, 405.308.5991

March 31, 2009 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

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