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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Aug 16, 2012)

Film takes a front seat during this week’s calendar of events with a preview from a famous documentarian and a mini film festival featuring movies reviving an old Hollywood style.

Ken Burns, a PBS historical documentary filmmaker, screens a special preview of his latest work “The Dust Bowl” in Woodward. The film focuses on Oklahomans who lived through and survived the Dust Bowl and how they worked and persevered. The overall goal of the special screening is to start a community conversation about how to become sustainable as a state and individual homes. A panel discussion with Dust Bowl survivors and historians follows the movie. Everyone is welcome at the Woodward Conference Center for the presentation on August 16th at 6:30 p.m. However, seating is limited and reservations are requested.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art pays homage to an old Hollywood film style by showing a couple of new movies using aspects of its characterization in a modern way. “Elena” is a Russian film by director Andrei Zvyagintsev made in 2011. It follows the plan of a woman to ensure herself the inheritance of her rich and deteriorating husband and features music by Philip Glass. “Headhunters” is a Norwegian movie based on the best-selling book by Jo Nesbo. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the 2011 film stars Aksel Hennie as an art hunter who becomes the hunted. These two movies are shown during “North by Noir” this weekend only from August 16th through the 19th.

Shibaten makes his first appearance in the Sooner State for a World Music Concert on August 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman. From Osaka, Japan, his United States tour stops in Norman for two days. He is a world music artist and has traveled to over 30 countries including Mali, Indonesia, Tibet, Thailand, and China. Shibaten performs on a variety of instruments ranging from the Australian Didgeridoo to the West African goblet shaped drum, the Djembe. The following day on Sunday, August 19th, he leads a Didgeridoo Meditation Workshop at the yoga studio at 7:00 p.m.

Grady County’s Annual Free Fair is almost 100 years old. It began with just a few clubs in a tent, but now in its 97th year, the festivities take over the Grady Count Fairgrounds in Chickasha from August 23rd through the 25th. The fair serves a wide range of interests. Activities for attendees include everything from beef shows and cake auctions to a carnival and the FFA Olympics. The official activities begin on the 23rd, but the Princess Talent Show and crowning of the 2012 Grady County Fair Princess take place on Monday, August 20th. Find a complete calendar of events here.

Other events of interest in Oklahoma:

The 6th Annual Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Free Health Fair at the New Hope United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City takes place beginning at 9:00 a.m. on August 18th.

The Centre Theatre in El Reno screens “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as part of its Classic Movie Night series on August 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Norman holds the 8th Annual City Wide Garage Sale August 16th through the 19th. A garage sale permit is not required during this weekend only.

Find more events happening in the next week on our calendar page.

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