Let’s face it, Oklahoma City: Some weekends demonstrate more inherent promise than others. This edition of TLO Weekend Radar is at your service, shining the light of promise on some diverse (perhaps bizarre) bursts of fun happening in OKC—including family-friendly seasonal favorites and a film that has even L.A. intelligentsia scratching their sun-kissed heads.
Friday, November 30th | 10 p.m.
Rodeo Cinema, Oklahoma City
A few years ago, OKCMOA brass had a Tipper Gore-style hissy fit over the film curator’s more controversial screening selections. Since the turnover in that position, I would argue that OKC has hungered for more bleeding edge film. Maybe that’s why my ears perked up when artist friends started getting excited about Mandy. It’s showing at Stockyard City’s new cinema, and tickets are under $10.
The film, starring Nic Cage, tells the story of a quiet, devoted couple whose lives takes a dark and bizarre turn, when a nightmarish cult and its maniacal leader (is there another kind?) seek to possess Mandy…body and soul. “Certainly not for the faint of heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), Mandy is “a primal, psychedelic rage-scream of a movie” (Slash Film). Grab your weirdest friends and go.
The Christmas Show, starring Nikki Renee Daniels
Friday and Saturday, November 30th & December 1st | 8 p.m.
Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City
If something less terrifying (and less likely to get you written out of a will) is more your style, then don your sparkly red sweater and faux fur coat for a night with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. This visually-stunning musical celebration features Broadway star Nikki Renee Daniels alongside The Philharmonic Pops Chorale, Mistletoes, OKC Philharmonic and, of course, that jolly bastard, Santa. Joyful, sentimental and full of all your Christmas music favorites (hello, Mariah Carey), this is your feelgood choice for the weekend.
A Dog Day in December
Saturday, December 1st | 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Midtown Mutts Dog Park, Oklahoma City
If there’s one thing The Lost Ogle is hopelessly sentimental about, it’s dogs. They love us always and without regard for our selfish tendencies. So get off the couch this Saturday and take Lassie to see Santa at Midtown Mutts Dog Park. It’s free and open to all ages. Humans can sip complimentary “puppuccinos,” while fur babes take a photo with Santa (printed on-site for a suggested donation of $10). And if you buy Lassie a goodie bag stuffed with dog treats, toys and Midtown swag, you get a ticket to the after-party at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops (read: free beer). Now, everyone is happy. Proceeds benefit Midtown Association.
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