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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Dec 29, 2011)

This week brings in the New Year, and Oklahoma City provides many ways to celebrate including concerts, museum openings, and more.

Opening Night begins at 7 p.m. in downtown Oklahoma City on December 31st. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night spans 8 venues in the downtown area with over 40 acts ranging from music to magic throughout the night. There will also be a scavenger hunt at 7 p.m. and a children’s area with face painting and an inflatable obstacle course. Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys perform on the Finale Stage at the Myriad Gardens, ringing in the New Year as the clock strikes midnight and fireworks light up the downtown skyline.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates the New Year by opening the exhibit “Illuminations – Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly” on December 31st from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Museum purchased the collection of glass work in 2004 after an inaugural exhibition in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center. The exhibition has been closed since the beginning of April this year, and is comprised of 18 pieces including large installation works such as the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower. “Illuminations” is accompanied by another exhibit in the museum titled “Chihuly: Northwest.”

The Flaming Lips’ New Year’s Freakout #5 spans two days this year, December 31st and January 1st. Both shows start at 8 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Event Center in Oklahoma City with special guest Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band performing both nights. The band Phantogram plays with both acts New Year’s Eve, and Neon Indian performs New Year’s Day. The Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band features Wilco’s Nels Cline. The Flaming Lips’ will perform a midnight cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” according to a tweet from the band.

The Oklahoma City Zoo hosts a New Year’s Eve-Eve Bash from 7 p.m. on Friday, December 30th to 9 a.m. on December 31st. During the course of the evening the zoo provides a guided night hike, hot cocoa, and popcorn. Children age 4 and older are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent. Participants sleep in the zoo’s classrooms, and a continental breakfast is served in the morning.

The Norman Public Library begins a program this week called “New Year, New You.”

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion are open to the public beginning January 4th.

And AAA holds its Tipsy Tow service through January 2nd for both members and non-members.

For more events in the New Year, visit the calendar page.

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