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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Sep 06, 2012)

This weekend’s entertainment ranges from storytelling to a chili competition as we move into the fall season.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City hosts the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival for the 31st year in a row. Formerly the WinterTales Storytelling Festival, its date was officially changed to the week before the Oklahoma State Fair in 2009. Local storytellers entertain audiences this weekend beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Festival Plaza in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City. The festival has other events for writers and storytellers, including late night ghost story sessions and professional workshops. This year’s featured performers are Dolores Hydock, Antonio Sacre, Steve Poltz and Clare Murphy.

The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre opens its 11th season with a production of the Broadway play “November.” It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet, who is known for such works as “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “The Verdict.” The first Broadway production of “November” was in 2007 and starred Nathan Lane. It has been described as The West Wing meets South Park and is a satire of American politics. Opening night at CitySpace Theatre in Oklahoma City is Friday, September 7th with performances continuing through the 23rd. This production is rated “R.”

The Bluegrass and Chili Festival has been a staple event in Claremore for 33 years. This year features bluegrass, gospel, country, and rock musicians such as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Spring Street, The Vikings, and Bethany Grace & Gypsy Soul on three stages. The festival is also home to the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition and the Open Car Show. Participants can also put their vocal abilities to the test during the “Best Country In The City Vocalist Competition.” All of this and more takes place at the Claremore Expo Center this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Musician Keller Williams returns to Norman for an outdoor concert at Campus Corner this Thursday, September 6th beginning at 7:30 p.m. Williams was a headliner during the Norman Music Festival in 2011 and has been performing since the early 1990s. He is known as a “one-man-band” with his sound encompassing a variety of musical genres ranging from country to funk. His music incorporates a number of instruments, some of them non-traditional like the Theremin. Williams has also played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and has toured with bands such as the Yonder Mountain String Band.

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