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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Jul 26, 2012)

Hawaiian cowboy iconography, geometry inspired art, Shakespeare’s dark fairy tale, and contemporary dance fill the metros museums and stages during this weekend’s calendar of events.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City celebrates the National Day of the American Cowboy this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entertainment for the day includes musicians Gary S. Pratt and Picket Wire, Jim Garling, and A Bar Bunkhouse Band as well as screenings of James Garner’s Disney film “The Castaway Cowboy.” The Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Pageant also takes place, and the Oklahoma State University Rodeo Team demonstrates roping with story time. The museum opens a new exhibit called “Hawaiian Cowboys” that celebrates the reach of western iconography all over the world.

Have you ever considered how math and art go together? How shapes and colors form iconic pictures that are talked about for decades? The Science Museum Oklahoma Satellite Galleries’ newest exhibit “Geometrix: Geometry in Art” highlights the relationship between the creative process and the shapes that make up six Oklahoma artists’ work. The final pieces, as well as the plans, sketches, and equations behind the creations, are on display in the showcase. An opening reception for Geometrix takes place this Saturday, July 28th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park brings the playwright’s dark fairy tale “Cymbeline” to the stage on the Oklahoma City University campus this weekend only. With productions beginning in the early 1600s, this romance and adaptations have been coming to the stage for almost 400 years. Princess Imogen decides to leave her father King Cymbeline’s court to be with her husband. The plot is a combination of the tale about the real-life British monarch Cunobelinus from the chronicles of Raphael Holinshed and original sub-plots. Performances begin at the OCU Black Box Theatre on July 26th at 8:00 p.m.

Perpetual Motion Dance and City Arts Center in Oklahoma City host the 6th annual Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival this weekend. 38 local dancers showcase Oklahoman choreography by Jen Alden, Michael Lopez, Heather Burns, Erin Craven, Michelle Dexter, Rachel Johnson, Amy Nevius, and Hui Cha Poos during performances on the 26th and 27th. At 8:00 p.m. on the 28th, Oklahoma dance companies Ardmore Contemporary Dance, Living Water Dance, Perpetual Motion Dance, Portico Danz Theatre, and R.A.C.E. Dance come together for a special presentation of their talents.

Find more events this week in your area on our calendar page.

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