Friday Night in the Big Town: Science March, Block Party and Drag Variety

My name is Adam and this is the last time I’m going to ruin your weekend. That’s right, this is my final FNITBT. For almost four years I have suggested events for your weekend whereabouts and it’s time I call it a wrap.

It’s been an interesting time writing this post, particularly for someone who is hermit-like. I’ve learned much about the in-and-outs of OKC entertainment and enjoyed writing weird, off-the-wall intros about the TLO complex and the iron-fisted editor Patrick. Yes, it was all lies. Shocking, I know.

I will always cherish my FNITBT memories, including the time somebody in the comments called me an “asshat” in one of my first FNITBTs, and the moment I learned that commenters don’t like it when you make fun of B.B. King, his divorces and his small army of children. Also, there was the time Patrick asked me to rewrite a FNITBT intro because I wrote too much about my kidney stones. He deemed it “TMI.” If he only knew how much more “I” there actually was.

I believe this post can use some new blood and possibly a new format. I know the future is bright for the Friday post, whoever may type it. It’s been fun.

Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town…

March For Science 

Sat – 9am, OK State Capitol – 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Free

We live in amazing, yet completely stupid times. The human race discovers unbelievable facts daily because of science, but yet we try to kill it. The fact that this event has to happen is pathetic, but it does.

To show the government and naysayers the importance of the subject, the March for Science hits the ground starting at 9 a.m. with a science expo where you can meet scientists, see demonstrations and get connected.

Beginning at 10:30, researchers, citizen scientists and high school students take the stage and advocate for science. The 1.2 mile march begins at 11 a.m. looping from the south plaza of state capitol around the south parking lot. The event closes at approximately noon with more speakers.

Southern Oaks Library Block Party

Sat – 11am, Southern Oaks Library – 6900 S Walker Ave, Free

There’s a well-known saying I’m sure you’re all familiar with: There’s no party like a library block party. I believe President Roosevelt, both of them. To prove the quote true, the Southern Oaks Library is throwing a neighborhood block party.

If you thought a library party would be lame, you haven’t been to Southern Oaks. Not only will this celebration have food, music, dance and an open mic, but how many parties can brag that they will host a basketball tournament? Problabably not yours because you throw terrible parties.

There will also be bubble soccer, crafts and an interactive art display. Go have fun.

Drag Variety Extravaganza

Sat – 7pm, 1010 N University Ave, Norman, $5-10 suggested donation

Finally, a drag queen event the whole family can enjoy. The Drag Variety Extravaganza is an all-ages affair and the money from the event will go to support entertainers and the creation of a documentary about drag queen culture in Oklahoma.

The show will be composed of local drag queen performances, a raffle and a cash bar. The extravaganza is the premier of the low-class, mid-western, high-camp transgender drag queen Marlene Schiedich, who is the persona of local artist Laurence Myers Reese. Sounds like your kind of scene.

It’s been fun! See ya!

Adam is a musician and a freelance journalist. He’s rocking the house.