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Weekly Arts & Entertainment Highlights (Aug 18, 2011)

Filmmakers and enthusiasts, alike, have some compelling entertainment options in this week’s A&E highlights list…

The latest installment of the IAO Gallery’s film and video initiative continues through Monday. It’s called “Reel Issues” and features five consecutive days of documentaries, narrative films and locally made video works that address social, political, and cultural platforms.

Norman’s Performing Arts Studio continues it’s Movies in the Park series on Friday with an evening showing of the 1963 romantic classic “Charade” on the north lawn of the Santa Fe Depot.

The United Filmmakers of Oklahoma (UFO) holds its first fundraising event “UFO Bowl” this Saturday at the AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond. Proceeds benefit the recently established non-profit that works to develop home-grown filmmaking talent in Oklahoma.

The state of early childhood education will be the focus of the “Champion for Children Conference” happening this Thursday at the Oklahoma City Sheraton Hotel. Expect several key speakers and a discussion with a panel including state Senator Andrew Rice and executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation Ken Levit among others.

There’s a large writing workshop happening in Norman this Saturday spanning two different venues. Oklahoma Authors William Bernhardt, Rilla Askew and Mel Odom speak at Mainsite Contemporary Art and Nathan Brown at the Performing Arts Studio. Topics up for discussion include character and plot building techniques, the potential of the e-book market, poetry and lyric writing and writing about place, with an emphasis on Oklahoma as a rich source for fiction and creative non-fiction.

More Saturday offerings include a Latin dance performance, coffee tasting and a workshop on building a solar battery.

You’ll find these events – and many others – in our event calendar.

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