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LIVE on the Plaza this Friday! 8/13 7-11pm

Quick Peek for LIVE on the Plaza, Aug 13th  2010
Artist Market: 1704 NW 16th
Velvet Monkey Salon: open house
Collected Thread: Open house
DNA Galleries: Artwork by Michael Combs
Convergence:  ReThread OKC
Coffy’s Cafe: Open Mic
Bad Granny’s Bazaar: Back to School Style, MASCOT live music 8pm
PhotoArt Studios: Open house
JuJu Gallery: author Dennis Mcdonald and artist Felix Matos
Midwest Media: Artwork by Holly Wilson
Chaparney: Open house

No Regrets Tattoo: Two Year Anniversary!

-Music by DJ Neu
-Live graffiti by Dusty Gilpin from tree and leaf

-$40 OKC/405 tattoos
Warpaint Clothing: open house
Rescue Corner: Greyhounds, Pugs, Mastiffs, Rottweilers and Weimaraners

Be sure not to miss this month’s Live on the Plaza for another FREE showcase of unique local art and music! From 7 – 11 pm on August 13th, Oklahoma City’s Plaza District is hosting its monthly artwalk to exhibit a new collection of local aspiring artists, musicians, and creatives.

The Convergence Collective will host ReThread, a clothing donation event for Plaza neighborhood kids. Please bring donations of new and used clothing, jeans, and backpacks, and check out the ReThread Shop which will open Saturday 10-2 for the community in need.

Be sure to stop by Bad Granny’s Bazaar to hear live music by Mascot, starting at 8 pm.  Between the live music and the array of thrift store oddities, there is enough fun to get lost there for hours. Great back to school deals for the vintage inspired.

Artist Michael Combs will be featuring work at DNA Galleries. This is a must-see collection; his paintings are beautifully illustrative, lingering into the surreal. Also be sure to shop the locally made merchandise throughout the store.

Coffy’s Café is hosting an open-mic night for all you poets, storytellers, and musicians needing an outlet for your fountain of creativity! Stop in for gluten-free treats or tasty drinks, and feel free to use the array of instruments provided in-store for the public to enjoy.

The Velvet Monkey will be displaying work by locals artists as well. Visitors will be free to roam the array of vintage clothing, magazines, and various cool accessories located in the back as well.

For the dog lovers, greyhounds, pugs, Rotts and Weim’s will be setting up ‘Rescue Corner’ on 16th St & Blackwelder. Visitors are invited to come and meet the dogs and learn about the process that goes into rescuing, rehabilitating, and adopting these sweet pups.

Throat dry? Stomach growling? Then stop by the Pops 66 truck to sample their legendary array of sodas, or grab a tasty burger and some fries.

Happy 2 to No Regrets Tatoo! Check out live graffiti by Tree and Leaf’s Dusty Gilpin, live music by DJ Neu and $40 405/OKC tattoos! Celebrate a great two years and many more in the Plaza District!

At Juju Gallery, come spend Friday the 13th with special guest horror author Dennis Mcdonald and artist Felix Matos at JuJu Gallery. PLus featuring new accessories from Tulsa designer VitalStyle Creations!

Midwest Media & Marketing is excited to host artist Holly Wilson, a local artist whose figurative work transports us to places found, remembered and felt through two and three dimensional works in a variety of mediums. Be sure not to miss this unique collection from this talented local artist.

Don’t forget to stop by Warpaint Clothing to see their new selection of awesome handmade t-shirts and fashion accessories. Created with 2 parts love and 3 parts creativity ensures that you won’t find any other pieces like these anywhere else.No Regrets Tattoo will be hosting an open house and welcomes guests to come and take a look around.

The Plaza Artist market boast local artists at 1704 nw 16th. Bella Vita Jewelry, House of Smash, Promise Art, Garrett Shockey, JASWORX, Jennifer Jewel, Dreaming Hazel and Handmade with Heart! Stop by for local, handmade art!

August 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm 1 comment

LIVE on the Plaza: this Friday May 14th!

LIVE on the Plaza 2nd Fridays!


THIS Friday May 14th  7-11 PM
NW 16th between Indiana & Blackwelder

Quick Peek for LIVE on the Plaza April
Outdoor: Outdoor Arts Market and POPS 66 Truck for soda and food!
Alliope Shoppe Crawl!
Velvet Monkey Salon: Artwork by Lindsay Martin and Micheal T. Bane
Collected Thread: Welcoming Spring with new fashions by Nora Ivy
DNA Galleries: Artwork by Dylan and Amanda Bradway
Shop Good: Sugar Free Allstars CD Release (6pm Kids Show, 9pm Grown Up Show), Art by Julie Robertson
Bad Granny’s Bazaar: 10% off everything in store with Shoppe Crawl Damages and Dire Wolf live music 8 pm
Curious and Curiouser: Open House
JuJu Gallery: Open house, Shoppe Crawl discounts
Midwest Media: @1614: artist Ryan Cunningham
Chaparney: Open house
No Regrets Tattoo: $40 Thunder Tattoos
Warpaint Clothing: New spring fashions
Paula & Co Realtors: Kareoke Cookout

The Plaza District’s LIVE on the Plaza is in full SPRING! Head out to the Plaza District for great weather and the Second Friday artwalk on May 14th, 7-11pm.

Allioppe Shoppe Crawl during Live on the Plaza! May 14, 7 pm-11pm. A Shoppe Crawl is very similar to a pub crawl, except that it revolves around an activity much more important than drinking… shopping!
The first Shoppe Crawl will occur during Live on the Plaza . Stores in the Plaza District include: Velvet Monkey Vintage, Collected Thread, DNA Galleries, Shop Good, Curious and Curiouser, Bad Granny’s Bazaar, Warpaint Clothing Company and Juju Gallery.Pick up a shopper card. Have each store stamp it. Throw it in the Allioppe raffle to win cool prizes like tickets to Lyric Theater’s Pump Boys and Dinettes a clutch from Collected Thread, gift certificates to Velvet Monkey. The Shoppe Crawl booth will be located outside Coffy’s Cafe.

As you Shoppe Crawl, check out the outdoor art market with handmade jewelry, visual art and more! Bad Granny’s hosts storewide discounts while Damages and Dire Wolf play live at 8pm. Shop Good hosts the CD Release for the Sugar Free Allstars (6pm and 9pm), as well as artwork by Julie Robertson.
Coffy’s Café will host an open mic night, then cross the street over to JuJu Gallery for Shoppe Crawl discounts. Next door, newest Plaza business Midwest Media & Marketing will open with a salsa bar, and opening reception for artist Ryan Cunningham (check out artist video here)
Visit more open houses at Chaparney, No Regrets  with $40 Thunder tattoos and Warpaint who will feature new spring fashions and vintage apparel. Paula and Company hosts a kareoke, while across the way, DNA Galleries will feature work by themselves, Dylan and Amanda Bradway! Collected Thread opens with spring gifts, fashions by Nora Ivy and accessories while Velvet Monkey hosts artists Lindsay Martin and Micheal T. Bane.

Be sure to come hungry, as Pops 66 serves delicious food and soda throughout the night!

May 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

Saturday Street Style!

So we are very excited to team up with High Fashion Girl for Saturday Street Style Extravaganza! This is going to be a really fun way to show off your unique fashions and stroll through the Plaza District this season! High Fashion Girl is a must read for anyone’s interest in fashion, and you’ll be quickly impressed with where the blog has been, as well as the dedicated writing from an expert right here in Oklahoma City. Hope you can hit the street Saturday March 27th!

From High Fashion Girl:

Oklahoma has extremely creative talent in the areas of art, screenprinting, digital media, music, film, and yes, even fashion. If you want a chance to showcase your sartorial talents, come to the Plaza District on Saturday, March 27th between 2-4 pm (weather permitting) for a chance to see and be seen. The blogger behind the renowned site Highfashiongirl.com, will be there to photograph Oklahoma’s most stylish street mavens. If you want to appear on a nationally recognized fashion blog, all you have to do is Dress Up, and Show Up.

March 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

LOVE on the Plaza!

Quick Peek for LOVE on the Plaza

PhotoArt Studios– 8:30, deadCENTER Film Screening “Sita Sings the Blues”

Velvet Monkey Salon– Josh Heilaman, Sweetheart Service Specials

Collected Thread– Kissing Booth with artist Samantha Lamb, Valentines specials

DNA Galleries– Artist Alex Despain, fresh flowers and Momentum OKC promotion

Lyric Theatre– Snapshots

Coffy’s Café– Open mic

Shop Good– Live music by the Grown-Ups, artwork by Kyle

Bad Granny’s– open house, live music by Sleeper

JuJu Gallery– Voodoo Valentines and Parlor Games

No Regrets Tattoo– $40 Love Tattoo Special

Warpaint Clothing– Grand Opening

1708-Private Party

Paula & Co Realtors-Lover’s Ball

The Plaza District’s monthly second Friday LIVE on the Plaza is coming up, but move over LIVE, because LOVE on the Plaza strikes 16th Street on February 12th! Bring your valentine, grab a date or gather your pals to indulge in the artwalk with a romantic twist! It will be an all out cheesy romantic night filled with photo booths, a Plaza Prom, a kissing booth and much heart-felt fun!

Start out a Velvet Monkey Salon, where artwork by Josh Heilaman will be featured. Be sure to check out the Velvet Monkey Sweetheart Salon specials as well! Next door, head to Collected Thread and grab a peck at the Plaza Kissing Booth! Collected Thread boasts a Valentine’s Special, plus fantastic jewelry and accessories for that special lady. Then on to DNA Galleries for featured artist Alex Despain, jewelry by Moi, local art and accessories, plus fresh flowers to woo your special someone. DNA Galleries will also be hosting a guest, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition promoting Momentum, OKC’s art exhibition for artist’s 30 and younger coming up on March 5-6th!

At Lyric on the Plaza, you could be one of the first in the country to see Snapshots, a brand new musical with a brand new concept from celebrated composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Along with book writer David Stern, Mr. Schwartz has woven together treasured songs from his musicals past to tell the enchanting story of a couple who have fallen out of love. But when they come across photographs that stir up joyous memories of the past, their many years together come alive in front of them. You’ll recognize favorites from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, and Rags among many more musical gems, all with Schwartz’s own revised lyrics that beautifully tell this heartwarming, romantic story.

A 8:30 pm, deadCENTER is proud to present the remarkable animated musical “Sita Sings the Blues” as part of their “No Love” edition of ShortSUITES Live on the Plaza, at PhotoArt Studio, 1738 NW 16th St. Billed as “The Greatest Breakup Story Ever Told,” “Sita” ties together the story of two women. Sita, a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, “Sita Sings the Blues” is a beautiful and strikingly original film that is both heartbreaking and hilarious.

Over at Coffy’s Cafe, enjoy local talent at open mic night, then head on Shop Good for live music by the Grown-Ups and featured artwork. Of course, hit up Bad Granny’s Bazaar for that funky find, and then proclaim your love forever at No Regrets Tattoo with a $40 Love Tattoo Special!Be sure to stop by Chaparney for an open house, then down Gatewood to JuJu Gallery to “Charm your Valentine with Voodoo Valentines and Parlor Games.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Warpaint Clothing Company, Plaza District’s newest retail business boasting Native American style fashion, screen printed tees and more. There will be plenty of celebratory events at the opening, so stop by and see what Warpaint has to offer!

To top the night off, bust out the 80s prom dress for Paula & Co’s “Lover’s Ball” a Plaza-style prom complete with balloon arch for awkward prom photos to remember LOVE on the Plaza forever! There will be punch, music, dancing, and sappy love song karaoke! So all the single ladies and gents, couples and even those who hate Valentines Day, join us at LOVE on the Plaza to celebrate however you wish!

January 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm 3 comments

LIVE on the Plaza 2010!

UPCOMING LIVE- THIS Friday January 8th 7-11 PM
NW 16th between Indiana & Blackwelder

Velvet Monkey– Artist Yui Takazawa
Collected Thread- Open House
DNA Galleries– Artist Nc Shelton
Lyric Theatre– 7-8 PM Oklahoma Today: Main Street Issue Launch Party, Lyric Theatre tours
Coffy’s Cafe– Open mic
Shop Good– Open house
Curious & Curiouser– Open house
Bad Granny’s Bazaar– Open house, live music by Sleeper 8 pm
JuJu Gallery– Open house
Studio FJ– Open house
Chaparney– Open house
No Regrets Tattoo– Open house
Parts & Labor– Open house
1708-Open house, coffee and conversation
Paula & Co Realtors– 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff

Happy  New Year in the Plaza District! The Plaza District kicks off a new year of art, creativity and fun with January Second Friday!

Start off by visiting Velvet Monkey Salon for the art opening of Oklahoma artist Yui Takazawa. From 7-10, the salon will be open to view the artwork, as well as shop the vintage boutique. Then, be sure to head next door to Collected Thread for all your local art, handmade, and accessory needs!

To start off the year DNA Galleries will be featuring Oklahoma City artist Nic Shelton. DNA will be putting out a limited edition artist shirt for Nic during the opening. Bundle up for the cold, or come by and get yourself a new Support Local Art Scarf to keep warm. They’ve also added several new artists to the store since Christmas so there is plenty of new stock and a new selection of urban art books as well.

Also stop in for a special event at Lyric Theatre. The Oklahoma Main Street Center and the Plaza District celebrate the release of the January/February issue of Oklahoma Today headlined as “The Complete Guide to Oklahoma’s 42 Main Street Communities” and indeed it is. The glossy pages of the magazine highlight the 42 Main Street communities in Oklahoma who are restoring and revitalizing their communities from the inside out. Even more, this issue is a testimony to the process and the Main Street movement across the state and the nation. In celebration of this anticipated issue, four launch parties will be held across the state, and the Plaza District will host the central celebration from 7-8 PM at Lyric Theatre. Attendees will be able to view this very special issue, visit with Oklahoma Main Street Staff and other central Main Street communties, as well as tour the historic Lyric Theatre.

As always, be sure to stop by Coffy’s Cafe for open mic night and delicious vegetarian and gluten free foods! Then head over to SHOP Good for more handmade goods in which proceeds help GOOD causes. Next door hit up antiques at Curious and Curiouser, and then the funky finds at Bad Granny’s Bazaar. LIVE music in Granny’s backroom by Sleeper at 8 pm.

If you’re thirsty for a beer, stop by the newly renovated Scorecards bar just behind Bad Granny’s Bazaar! As always be sure to visit JuJu Gallery for local art by Felix Matos, Spiritual Sparkles, Cryptolicious Creations and more! Studio FJ, Chaparney, No Regrets, Parts & Labor will also all be hosting open houses!

Last but certainly not least, visit Paula & Company for their 2nd Annual Chilli Cook-Off! After all your walking around in the cold you will surely need to warm up! Bring your own chili, or stop by to judge the contestants!

January 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Plaza Shopping Guide…for the Fellas

Since it’s December 22nd, now’s the time to post the Plaza Shopping Guide for Guys, because you’ve all just realized Christmas is Friday, and you probably haven’t gotten your special ladies anything yet. Well, here it is all laid out for you fellas, short and sweet:

Velvet Monkey: Gift Card. Get this card for the pampering of your wife, girlfriend or mom. For hair cuts or massage, or go all out and get both!

Necklace at Collected Thread

Collected Thread: Pretty, pretty necklaces. I’m a lady and I would love to get one of these. Simple and pretty-just like your special lady. Trust me!

DNA Galleries: Plenty of pretty jewelry here, plus original art to show you care? Score.

Lyric Theatre: Gift Card, or season tickets. Valid for many dates in the future. Fellas, I’m telling you, dinner and a movie? So cliche. Dinner and Lyric show? Classy, smooth and cultured.

No Regrets Tattoo: Tattoo or gift card. How else to show your forever love, than a forever tattoo, or the chance for her to get a forever tattoo? She’ll be forever grateful.

SHOP Good
: Ladies love a guy with a heart, show her you care by shopping good. This retail shop has plenty of accessories, cute clothes and art that are sure to warm her heart.

Bad Granny’s Bazaar
: This place is for the fella who really knows his lady. You’re likely to find a funny or funky gift that triggers an inside joke or special memory. Example: Buy a vintage record of a song that holds a certain memory, or a vintage Bridge game to remind her of that time you played with her and Grandma while snowed in all day. I can’t really help you find the perfect gift here, but try and use that left side of the brain and I’m sure you’ll come up with something and she’ll really be impressed.

OK, now get to it! There isn’t much time!

December 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm 1 comment

Your Plaza District Holiday Shopping Guide!

Ok, It’s Dec 10th, and in terms of the holiday season time is running out! It will be here before you know it, so be sure to shop local and support artists this holiday season. Speaking of shopping local, the Plaza District just happens to be the perfect place to get it all, and get it all LOCAL!

Check out my expert holiday shopping picks below!

Vintage at Velvet Monkey

Velvet Monkey Salon– So who doesn’t like amazing style, cut and color. Someone you know is bound to need a freshen up for the New Year, so a Velvet Monkey Salon Gift is a great way to go! Also, be sure to check out the Vintage Boutique in the back, packed with you-name-it vintage finds that are sure to be one of a kind!

Duffle Bags from Collected Thread

Collected Thread-While Collected Thread is packed full of handmade goods, I really adore these bags by Pansy Maiden. Perfect for a student starting Spring semester, or just your everyday carry!

Art Books from DNA Galleries

DNA Galleries-Usually I go straight for the unique hoodies and tees from DNA, but they now have an assortment of art books.Check out these awesome books featuring Tara Mcpherson, Scott Musgrove, Mark Ryden, Mike Giant, Camille Rose Garcia Xmas card sets and a hardcover collector’s compilation of Hi Fructose magazine.

Everything Goes Dance Studio– Dancing? yes please! EGD has it all, salsa, flamenco, hip-hop, tap, ballet–for all ages! Stop in for a gift card for your kiddo, your aunt or anyone who might be interested in taking a dance class. Take it from your’s truly, my hip hop class prepared me for future dancing endeavors…you never know,”Dancing with the Plaza Stars” anyone?

Lyric's performance of "Woody Sez" this past summer

Lyric Theatre-Mom, dad, friends-pay attention here. My pick for Lyric is a gift card. These cards are forever valid, but this gift probably won’t be stored away for long. With a line-up like this, it is bound to be redeemed right away! Upcoming shows include Snapshots and Driving Miss Daisy at the Plaza Theatre, then Pump Boys & Dinettes, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and 42nd Street at the Civic Center! Great gift for anyone who loves theatre, or might enjoy being introduced to theatre. (plus fits very well in a stocking:)

Oklahoma Hoodies at Shop Good

Shop Good-What’s better than shopping local? Shopping Good! A portion of every purchase at Shop Good goes to a local or global cause! I’m really liking their new messenger bags, knit hats, and Oklahoma hoodies!

Punch bowl set from Curious & Curiouser

Curious & Curiouser– This place is named appropraitely, filled with curious finds and antiques. I especially love this holiday punch set. I found a great lamp shade I was going to highlight, but then I liked it so much I decided to purchase it. Sorry folks, first come first serve!

Felt Accessories at Bad Granny's

Bad Granny’s Bazaar-Well, if you’ve been to Bad Granny’s, you’ll understand how much there is to pick from! I really like these handmade felt accessories, which would make great stocking stuffers. There are also vintage ornaments to adorn your tree, but what I really love about Bad Granny’s is the assortment of records and books. They are really fun to dig through, and you’re sure to find a unique book or record that would really make a special gift for someone!

Books from Bad Granny's

JuJu Gallery-Stop in JuJu, and you’ll find art by local artists, all very different but all with a unique, colorful New Orleans style. From paintings, to small hand painted magnets…you’ll be able to find great gifts and great stocking stuffers!

No Regrets Tattoo– Diamonds are forever, but then again, so is a tattoo! Give a forever gift, a gift card to No Regrets Tattoo! Any of the four artists will be happy to work with your gift recipient, ensuring a quality, custom “no regrets” tattoo.

Parts & Labor-My pick here? There is a wealth of vintage tees and fashion, available for purchase and exchange. Don’t take my word for it, go make your own pick!

Interiors at 1708

1708-No gifts here, unless you’re interested in throwing a party or special event. This wonderful space is available for private parties, meetings and gatherings. Stop in and check it out, available year-round!

So there you have it folks, take some advice from a Plaza District Shopping Pro! Don’t forget to join us THIS Friday for LIVE on the Plaza, where you find all these great gifts!

December 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm 1 comment

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