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People browse classic and modern cars at a previous Route 66 PatriotFest. HARRISON GRIMWOOD/Tulsa World file

‘Rookie of the Year’

Circle Cinema will host a screening of the 1993 family sports comedy “Rookie of the Year,” with a special appearance by Thomas Ian Nicholas, the “American Pie” actor who starred in this movie as a youth. The Wednesday, May 22, event includes a meet-and-greet starting at 6 p.m., the movie showing at 7 p.m. and Nicholas doing a Q-and-A afterward, as well as another opportunity for photos and autographs. For tickets and more information, visit circlecinema.com.

Taste of Bixby

Sample delectable food and drinks and enjoy live music at the annual Taste of Bixby, set from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Charley Young Event Park, 50 W. Dawes Ave., Bixby. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids younger than 10. Children younger than 5 admitted free. For more, visit bixbychamber.chambermaster.com.


Direct from its hit run on Broadway, international music sensation Rocktopia is coming to River Spirit Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a 30-person choir and an orchestra, this explosive musical concert event fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces and features the works of Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more. Tickets to the 21-and-older show start at $20 and are available at riverspirittulsa.com.

Tulsa Drillers

The Tulsa Drillers will play home games this week at ONEOK Field. Tulsa will host Northwest Arkansas at 7:05 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, May 23-26. Stay for post-game fireworks displays Friday-Sunday. For tickets and more information, visit tulsadrillers.com.

Nitro Comedy Tour

The Nitro Comedy Tour comes to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Starring headlining comedians Andrew Conn, Ginger Billy and Catfish Cooley, the Nitro Comedy Tour brings the best of “redneck” comedy to the stage. Tickets to the 21-and-older show are $19.50 and are available at hardrockcasinotulsa.com.

The Southern Momma Cledus T Judd Experience

Comedian Darren Knight, alias Southern Momma, will bring his stand-up to River Spirit Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Knight, who as been compared to Jeff Foxworthy as the next star of redneck comedy, has cultivated a massive online presence and sells out venues nationwide. Tickets to the 21-and-older show start at $30 and are available at riverspirittulsa.com.

Team River Runner Kayak Race

Team River Runner will demonstrate the skills their warriors have accomplished by competing in kayak races from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Lee Lake in Bartlesville. Team River Runner’s mission is to provide support for Wounded Warriors by getting them involved in paddling sports. Also in attendance this year will be the Vision Team, which appeared on the Today Show last November. Come out to Lee Lake to watch, support and cheer for these wounded veterans. For more, go to visitbartlesville.com.

Route 66 PatriotFest

The fifth annual Route 66 PatriotFest is set Saturday, May 25, and will celebrate the country’s veterans and active military members. The festival features the Route 66 Patriot Car and Motorcycle Show, Route 66 Patriot Cruise, military exhibits and displays, a KidZone, a Patriotic Pet Show, Route 66 Pinup Contest, vendors, food trucks, live music, raffles and prizes along Southwest Boulevard between Union Avenue and 39th Street, including the Route 66 Village and the campus of Webster High School. Admission is free. For more information, visit rt66patriotfest.com.

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

Step back in time to the 16th century with Queen Elizabeth I of England, King James of Scotland and more than 600 costumed performers and artisans as they create the boisterous village of Castleton at the annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. Held at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee, this festival features a royal court, jousters and jesters, magicians, musicians and minstrels. Browse more than 135 booths for one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 2, as well as Memorial Day, May 27. For tickets and more information, visit okcastle.com.

WWE SmackDown Live

WWE SmackDown Live will return Tuesday, May 28, to the BOK Center. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The event will give professional wrestling fans a chance to see Kevin Owen vs. WWE champion Daniel Bryan with Rowan, AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton, United States champion Samoa Joe, SmackDown women’s champion Asuka, Rey Mysterio, New Day and many more superstars. Tickets start at $20 and are available at bokcenter.com.

‘Live from Cain’s’

Cain’s Ballroom will be the site of a radio broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Grammy-nominated Chicago alt-country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks will host “Live From Cain’s,” a new public radio show concept that will be recorded in front of a live audience at Cain’s. The musical guest will be Texas singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop. Additional guests will include Tulsa’s Paul Benjaman and the Oklahoma Specials (an all-star house band), plus Kevin Odegard, guitarist on Bob Dylan’s iconic Blood on the Tracks album. General admission tickets are $25 and are available at cainsballroom.com. VIP tickets are $40 and include a reception following the event.

Cirque Italia

Cirque Italia, a family-friendly, animal-free production,is coming to Woodland Hills Mall. Cirque Italia’s new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water, taking guests on a sailing adventure through Italian port towns. The one-of-a-kind, two-hour production combines its original water stage with new, Bellagio-style fountains in a fun-filled atmosphere for all ages. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 30-31; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2 in the JCPenney parking lot at Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S. Memorial Drive. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $10 for kids. To purchase, visit cirqueitalia.com/tickets.


Bartlesville’s annual SunFest is known as one of Oklahoma’s biggest outdoor picnics, featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s games, storytellers, food and much more. This year’s event runs from 3-10 p.m. Friday, May 31; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 1; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Sooner Park in Bartlesville. For more information, visit bartlesvillesunfest.org.