Friday Night in the Big Town: Backfire, Pop-Up Shops and The Golden Girls

Wow, things have really changed since I was last at TLO headquarters. It’s been awhile since I was last allowed to visit. Patrick still makes me wear a lanyard with a big piece of wood hanging from it, not unlike bathroom keychains at gas stations, to keep an eye on me. Ever since I spilled coffee on the copier to see how it would print out, I’ve been guided some sort of chaperone.

The site looks and works great, the office is clean and the toilet paper is now two-ply. It’s no Charmin, but compared to the newspaper before, it’s a dream. Patrick still gets the biggest and best parking space, which is good because he hires a model to stand by his car at all times. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no money in the local blogosphere.

I hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do. It’s nice living in the modern state of websites.

Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town…

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Backfire: A Cultural Explosion

Fri – 6pm, The Root – 3012 N Walker Ave, $5

Artists and musicians are using their craft to fight maginalization and indifference this evening at The Root. “Backfire: A Cultural Explosion” represents Oklahomans who want to continue to progress for all minorities, no matter who controls political power.

To help promote this way of thinking, musicians such as Jabee, Jacobi Isham and Soul Time DJ Tom Hudson will perform live. Art displays will feature work from Brazen Wolf, Steven Paul Judd and Jack Fowler. Get out to The Root and fight for a worthy cause.

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Snow Tubing

Sat & Sun – 12pm, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, $14

Do you live on the edge of danger? Do you ask for extra fire sauces at Taco Bell? Then snow tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark might be down your alley.

Sadly, this event is likely much safer than the tone of my opening statement suggests. In the banner above, the phrase “Fun for all ages” appears and both photos involve kids. This usually doesn’t equal danger, unless you are speaking of Lord of the Flies or a button-mashing little girl at an arcade who will beat you at Street Fighter II, no matter how good you are. She’ll do it with Dhalsim just to rub it in.

For $14 you get a 90-minute session full of sliding down two slopes of artificial, slippery snow. The Ballpark said the slopes are redesigned for great exhileration. Try it out and let me know if it’s true.

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The Golden Girls Christmas Live

Fri & Sat – 8pm, The Boom – 2218 NW 39th St, $25

I enjoy writing FNITBT. It gives me the chance to write in my sarcastic style about events I wouldn’t usually know about if I wasn’t with TLO, all in AP Style. There are times when a press release includes writing that I can’t top. Unsuprisingly, The Boom put together some sentences about their “The Golden Girls Christmas Live” show that I really enjoy. It runs tonight and tomorrow night.

The show features everybody’s geriatric Mother/daughter duo, our favorite ditzy blonde, and the Southern Sexy One…all played by an ALL MALE cast!

This is outstanding because events usually sound worse if you end its description with “ALL MALE cast!”

Pygmalion, now with an ALL MALE cast! Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Now with an ALL MALE cast!

More words from The Boom.

The show celebrates the holidays with the girls, while they exchange gifts, perform in the Nativity Scene, do a TV show, and are held hostage by Santa Clause. Will the Golden Girls make it home to be with their families this Christmas?

If that doesn’t convice you to see the show, then I’m at a loss.

Have fun.

Adam is a musician and freelance journalist. He once broke his foot playing basketball. It happened because he was so good. At least that’s what he tells himself.

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