FNITBT: Winter Olympics, Okie Docs and MLK Day

It’s a long weekend and unlike some racist asshats up in Warner, I do have Monday off. It’s going to be very cold this weekend so feel free to imbibe to keep warm, but, if you’ve put off taking those Christmas lights down, this is not the weekend to do it. Go ahead, be lazy for another week!

Winter Olympics Expo
Devon Ice Rink  |  Jan. 13

The whole family can come and freeze your asses off to get into the spirit of the winter Olympics. Wear your Team USA attire and rub elbows with some Olympic hopefuls while observing hockey, figure skating and curling demos. With purchase of a wristband, you’re entitled to skate at the ice rink, attend the meet and greet with the expo athletes, get free hot chocolate and three, not two, not one, but three Olympic donuts from Metro Minis; they were very clear on this point. There will be food trucks and USA apparel along with members of the Oklahoma Curling Club (I had no idea this was a thing in OKC), the Arctic Edge Ice Arena and Blazers Ice Centre. You’ve got less than a month to become very familiar with these winter sporting events before Olympic-Mania sets in and you have to fake nod at your co-workers when they’re talking endlessly about curling.

docLAHOMA Film Festival
701 W. Sheridan  |  Jan. 14

The only documentary film festival in Oklahoma, this event is a celebration of everything great about documentaries and gives people a chance to see some work they might not see otherwise. The docs are broken into categories, Not So Tragic Biographies; Finding Yourself; The Dark Side (I’m looking at you Oklahoma Legislature); Science and Conservation; and Pedagogy. The films range from 5 minutes to over an hour, so even those of us who write for TLO and have notoriously short attention spans can make it through at least one of these. The event is free and there will be a bar, so go experience some culture!

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Events
Freedom Center  |  Jan. 15

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition has organized this event for 30 years and the theme this year is “The Power of One.” OKC has the 3rd largest MLK parade in the U.S., which is something we should be proud of! The opening ceremony and silent march begins at 9 then proceeds from the Freedom Center west on NW 23rd to the Oklahoma History Center just east of the capitol building and is followed by the bell ringing at 11. The parade itself begins at 2pm at NW 10th and proceeds south on Broadway to E. Main St. We have had a year of being bombarded with unrest, unpleasantness and unpredictability, the parade is a good way to come together in solidarity and we can at least all agree that about the fact that it’s damned cold outside.

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