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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Mar 15, 2012)

Several big events lead us down the path to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend.

Heartland Summit Jazz 2012 brings the highly energetic nine-piece group Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds to the University of Oklahoma student union in Norman on March 15th at 7:30 p.m. The siblings at the core of the band hail from the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. The group has been described as “a modern spin on classic soul.” Beginning their fourth year as a band, their sound combines funk, earth rock, soul, and more. Thursday’s concert is the first of a two part concert series that is a collaboration between The Performing Arts Studio and Jazz in June Inc. Norman duo Cooking with John and Dave (John Calvin and David Leach)open for Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds bringing a unique blend of jazz, hip hop, and Latin influences with an acoustic guitar and cello.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates its 10 year anniversary in Bricktown from March 16th through the 18th. Admission is complimentary from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Magic shows, hands-on art-making, gallery talks, live music, and more take over the art museum for the weekend. The museum screens five films from its permanent collection; three episodes from the original “The Twilight Zone” paired with “Young Frankenstein” make a zany combination Friday evening. “Casablanca” on the big screen tempts film enthusiasts on Saturday, and fans of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 appreciated humorous commentary during “Zardoz” afterwards. The OKCMOA concludes the weekend with a double feature of a “Grease Sing-Along” on Sunday.

The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party take place Saturday, March 17th. The block party begins at 7:00 a.m. with a staple of green eggs and ham for breakfast. The festivities continue at noon with live music and Irish step dancing throughout the day. Bands performing include Flowers of Edinburough, 100 Bones, Drive, and Replay. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. at 5th and Broadway in Oklahoma City. Over 80 different organizations are participating in this year’s parade, and float attractions range from clowns to classic cars. CEO of First National Bank of Oklahoma Patrick Rooney is this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade concludes at EK Gaylord and Sheridan in Bricktown.

Other concerts and performances of interest throughout the metro highlight dance, Broadway, and strings.

The University of Central Oklahoma hosts the American Spirit Dance Company's Spring Revue from March 15th through the 17th. The performances showcase American dance through tap, jazz, and musical theatre.

Broadway performers Paul Bogaev, Brent Barrett and Oklahoma's own Teri Bibb take the stage with the University of Oklahoma’s Singing Sooners during a celebration of Broadway called "Another Openin', Another Show" on March 15th.

East Central University in Ada presents the classical violin and hip hop fusion duo Black Violin on March 16th in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

For more events in your area, visit our calendar page.



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