Weekend Radar

The Lost Ogle—your most trusted-trusted source for all things Oklahoma City—is back, with a few weekend gems, including a party I’ve been excited about for months, a new film festival and some free, fam-friendly holiday fun.

Join me for a peek at the things that should be on your radar this weekend (ugly holiday sweaters optional). 

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party with Biz Markie
Sunday, December 16th | 8 pm
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

Brooklyn’s own human beatbox is throwing a party at Tower Theatre Sunday, and you’re invited. Biz Markie, one of the biggest hip hop stars of the time, is performing at his namesake Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, where he will use his somewhat voluminous gut to move a record on a turntable and thus scratch. The booze will be flowing as freely as the bombastic beats, so make sure your date is at least 21 years old, even if she’s “Just a Friend.”

I’m going with 20 of my besties (in the ugliest sweater you’ve ever seen), and we’re taking Monday off, in order to party famously. After all, it’s Biz Markie! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. See you there.

Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides
All weekend long | 6 – 9 p.m.
Bricktown Canal, Oklahoma City

All aboard for an adventure cruise along the festively lit Bricktown Canal! Grab the whole damn family for a fun-filled float—which begins at the main Water Taxi dock (below Mickey Mantle’s) and runs in a continuous loop through Bricktown. This all-ages, free-to-the-public treat is made possible by the Downtown Business Improvement District. Each trip takes 20 – 30 minutes, unless you go on a nog-fueled, off-script swim and injure yourself (in which case you should probably call these beautiful people). The tour is narrated, and all of the canal’s holiday decorations will be twinkling like the light in your little one’s eyes.

The Nutcracker
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 14th – 16th | 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. shows
Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City

Seeing The Nutcracker ballet before Christmas—no matter the city we found ourselves in—was the lone tradition of my childhood that beared repeating with my own children. Presented by Oklahoma City Ballet, Tchaikovsky’s familiar score and Artistic Director Robert Mills’ delightful staging of The Nutcracker are enough to fill even the crustiest heart with the spirit of the season. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic brings the score alive, and students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School join with company dancers to create an experience worthy of a modern family tradition.

Oklahoma Film Fest 2018
Friday & Saturday, December 14th – 15th
The Paramount Room, [Artspace] at Untitled & 21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Film Society is putting on their inaugural film festival this weekend, and it’s free. This year-end celebration of Oklahoma filmmakers takes place across three venues in Oklahoma City, where attendees will screen award-winning films from local filmmakers and mingle with both creators and lovers of film.

Screenings include Laron Chapman’s award-winning debut feature film, You People; Mickey Reese’s new award-winning film Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart; deadCenter darling The Jurassic Games from Ryan Bellgardt; anthology film MONO, directed by five local filmmakers and Kyle Roberts’ short film The Grave. Did I mention it’s free?

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