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Friday Night in the Big Town: OKC Ballet, the Harlem Globetrotters, and kitschy stuff


Good Friday, readers. Not that it’s Good Friday, it’s just a Friday to be good on. And the Friday itself is good. But speaking of religiousy sorts of days, Fat Tuesday is coming up. I hope you have your beads and booze ready. If not, this is the perfect weekend to stock up. Of if you plan to head to New Orleans next week, you may want to spend the next couple of days strengthening your liver. You don’t want to be that lame-o that can’t hang.

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

February 9-10: The Oklahoma City Ballet presents Paris Rouge

Quick! Name a ballet that isn’t Swan Lake or The Nutcracker. You can’t. You know why? Because you’re incredibly uncultured, and that’s probably why you read this blog. (No offense, we value our readership, but we totally know what your demographic is—not so much The Wife of Bath and more Real Housewives of Whatever. But that’s why we’re here, readers, to expand your tastes and make you a more well-rounded individual. I know that’s why you tune in on Fridays. You want to be a better person.

This weekend, the Oklahoma City Ballet is presenting Paris Rouge, a ballet inspired by the original ballet and the two Moulin Rouge films. And if a ballet inspired by the exploits of French prostitutes wasn’t enough for you, a 0.25 carat solitaire necklace will be given away during each performance. And you can take pictures in the Paris Rouge-themed photobooth in the lobby before the show. Come on, dudes. Up your Valentine’s Day game this year. The Oklahoma City Ballet can help you.

February 9: The Harlem Globetrotters at the Chesapeake Energy Arena

It’s no secret that I like the basketballs. I don’t understand stats or any of the various intricacies of the sport, you know, like how an official determines a flagrant foul. But I like the slam dunks and the alley oops and the bounce passes and the whatnot. As a former B-Team benchwarmer back in middle school, I’m just astounded that there are people who can dribble the ball from one side of the court to the other and then actually toss it in the air and make it in the hoop.

Now, while the Thunder generally satisfies all my basketball needs, every once in a while, I need to see someone spin the ball on their finger tip for 45 minutes or see a four-point shot. That’s where the Harlem Globetrotters come in. Showboating is my favorite, and these dudes have made careers out of it. The only bad thing about the Globetrotters is that their theme song gets stuck in my head, and I totally can’t whistle. It’s the cruelest thing.

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February 8-10: An Affair of the Heart

The great thing about February is that you’re paying off all the Christmas credit card debt and you probably don’t have an occasion to go buy a ton of crap on the horizon. Your finances are getting in order, and you’re cleaning out all the junk that people bought you for Christmas, because you really don’t need that Soda Stream or that re-gifted candle set. But I know you, readers. You have a burning need to buy. Those credit cards are burning holes in your wallet, and you want to spend!

Luckily for you, An Affair of the Heart is in town this weekend. You can literally buy any number of janky things that you don’t need. Rough crystals bound with wire and turned into rings, decoupaged hope chests, bedazzled handbags, wine racks that look like fat French chefs, and I got a $20 bill that says there will be more than one Scentsy booth there. So get on it, readers. Stock up on things you can give as gifts to people who are into this weird stuff. Or add to your hoarder stash. We aren’t judging.

That’s all for this weekend, readers. Have fun, be safe, and don’t drink and drive.

Friday Night in the Big Town” is presented by Lucky Star Casino.  Visit LuckyStarCasino.org to check out a full calendar of their events and concerts.


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