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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Aug 02, 2012)

In the midst of the Olympics, the arts are celebrated in the metro during the next week with the opening of a famous Spanish artists’ work, appearances by a Broadway star, George Gershwin’s music, and the photography of talented Oklahomans.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman is the place to be this Friday with a lecture and exhibit opening. First, Scott W. Perkins, the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, gives a lecture on the “House of Clay: Bruce Goff’s Frank Residence” at 6:00 p.m. The house built in 1955 in Sapulpa was home to the founders of the Frankoma Pottery ceramic style, Grace Lee and John Frank. The museum’s exhibit featuring Frankoma Pottery is also on display until mid-September. Afterwards, Fred Jones curator Mark White invites guests on a gallery talk through a Pablo Picasso exhibit featuring works from the FJJMA permanent collection and “Woman in the Studio,” which is on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum for the next year.

Broadway star Chita Rivera revisits her career during Lyric Theatre Oklahoma’s presentation of “Chita Rivera: My Broadway” at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. Rivera has been performing since the early 1950s and has been in many famous Broadway shows. She has also received numerous awards including two Tonys, a Kennedy Center Honors award, and, most recently, a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Rivera sings songs from musicals such as “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “West Side Story,” and more beginning August 7th at 7:30 p.m. and continuing through August 11th.

The Sooner Theater’s second summer camp production brings the music of George Gershwin to the stage during a short run of “Crazy for You.” This comedy tells the story of 1930’s playboy Bobby Child and his efforts to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer in spite of his mother and ex-fiancée. Gershwin tunes including “I Can't Be Bothered Now,” “Bidin' My Time,” and “I Got Rhythm” accompany the cast of 13 to 18 year olds as they perform choreography by Stephanie Govich and Stephen Casey from August 2nd through the 5th in Norman.

The Visions in the Paseo Art Gallery showcases Oklahoma talent during its second annual “Emerging Women in Photography” exhibit. During the Paseo Art District’s monthly First Friday Gallery Walk, Visions holds an opening reception on August 3rd from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for the 8 up-and-coming photographers chosen to be showcased. The women’s experience levels and ages range from middle school to college graduate and beyond. To read the background and artists statement’s from Tessa Dillman, Cathy Wester, Stefanie Leland, Angela Comer, Betty Towner, Vickie Farmer, Courtney Harris, and Starla Hamilton, click here. Their artwork is on display through September 4th.

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