Arts roundup: Tulsa Opera opens 'The Most Happy Fella'
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2/21/13 at 6:35 AM
What follows has absolutely nothing to do with fish ...
Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella" may have started out on Broadway, but this 1954 work has found a home in opera houses, as Loesser's tunes require performers with operatic chops to perform them well.
Tulsa Opera opens its production of "The Most Happy Fella," a story of a lonely wine grower whose efforts to find a wife create all kinds of complications, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2:30 p.m. March 3.
Kim Josephson, Christopher Feigum and Katrina Thurman star in this production, directed by Dorothy Danner and conducted by Kostis Protopapas. 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix
August Wilson completed "Radio Golf," the last of the 10 plays that make up his "Pittsburgh Cycle," shortly before his death in 2005. And Tulsa's Theatre North continues its efforts to present Wilson's work, opening its production of "Radio Golf" this weekend.
"Radio Golf" is about a charismatic entrepreneur hoping to channel his business success into a successful campaign for mayor - and the secrets from his past that threaten to undo those dreams.
Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and March 1-2, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix
"Site Unseen," the second exhibit at the new Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St. in the Brady Arts District, focuses on the history of Tulsa's Greenwood district, from its time as the "Black Wall Street" to its ruins during the Tulsa Race Riot to its modern day incarnation.
The exhibit by Norman photographer Eyakem Gulilat opens Friday with a panel discussion on the work at 4 p.m., followed by a reception for the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through May 19. 918-584-3333, tulsaworld.com/ahha
A couple of weeks ago, local videographers were given a line of dialogue ("Why it smell like that?"), a prop (a jump rope), a theme (anticipation), and 24 hours to write, film and edit a short film that incorporates the first three elements.
On Thursday, the entries in Living Arts of Tulsa's "24 Hour Video Race" will be shown and judged at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, as the museum's Third Thursday event.
Top prize is $300, with winners in various categories receiving $175.
The evening starts at 6 p.m., and admission is free. 918-585-1234, tulsaworld.com/livingarts
Clark Theatre, the city of Tulsa's youth theater program, will present its production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Love's Labour's Lost" 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and March 1-2, 2 p.m. Sunday and March 3 at the Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave.
When four noblemen decide to give up women for a year, they do not count on the arrival to their land of four extremely attractive and available young women. 918-746-5065
The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre continues its run of two plays set during World War II and presented in repertory.
Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," the middle work in his autobiographical trilogy, sends Eugene Jerome into basic training, far from his Brooklyn home.
John Murell's "Waiting for the Parade" is about five women in Calgary, Alberta, each trying to deal with life on the home front as the men in their lives fight in foreign lands.
"Biloxi Blues" will be presented 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, "Waiting for the Parade" at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kendall Hall Theatre on the TU campus, 800 S. Tucker Ave. 918-631-2566, tulsaworld.com/tutheater
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- The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurell, through June 30
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- Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey, through March 24
- Prominent Figures of the West from the T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by Henry H. Cross, through March 31
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- Tulsa Colors & Oklahoma Icons: Art by Heathyr Chenoweth & Maegan Kauffman, through April 20
TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
3624 N. 74th East Ave. tulsaworld.com/tasm
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- Outreach to Space hands-on exhibit, through March 31
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Dorothy Danner is director of the upcoming production of Tulsa Opera's "The Most Happy Fella." MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World