Your most trusted-trusted source for all-things Oklahoma City is back with its weekly feature, TLO Weekend Radar, highlighting a few of the most promising happenings in the metro.

Our picks this weekend will ring your steampunk bell; illustrate why Open Carry is scary; and dare you to experience an extraordinary cultural event forbidden in China.

smART Space: Life Imagined – The Art and Science of Automata
Science Museum Oklahoma
Feb. 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

That museum over by the zoo that we all still call Omniplex is debuting a new exhibit this weekend. Free munchies and a cash bar will be offered, near some science and art hybrids, at the gallery opening on Saturday. The exhibit itself looks pretty cool. Nineteenth century automata and art installations from 15 different artists will be on display through late September. For those of you outside the steampunk community, automata are tiny little machines that move like real creatures, with surprising articulation and accuracy. To some, they are fascinating amalgamations of art and engineering. To others, they are nightmare-fuel, because that shit looks too damn real —and have none of you seen any horror movie…ever? These things are gonna come to life, and this is how we will die, people. Anyway, you should go. Sounds fun.

Oklahoma State Fair Park Cultural Blender
Oklahoma State Fair Park | Various Buildings
All Weekend

This is not one particular event but, rather, a whole slew of them — all in one convenient place. Even if none of the events are, by themselves, your cup of tea, it might be worth it to go stalk the parking lots to watch a cross-section of Oklahoma humanity awkwardly avoid each other. This weekend, our State Fair Park will simultaneously host The Oklahoma Gun Show, The Oklahoma Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, The Friends of the Metropolitan Library Book Sale, The Leake Collector Car Show & Auction and The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show.

There could be some more events in there; you never know. You don’t even have to enter any of the buildings, really. Camp the parking lots, and you will have the privilege of watching OKC’s one-percenters dance about excitedly, after winning a car they never intend to drive — mere feet from people who think danger noodles make great pets. Bougie book nerds will be side-eyeing the gun nuts. And the motorcycle people will frustrate everyone, by taking up parking spots that look empty right up until you have already committed to the turn-in, only to discover a stupid bike there. It really will be a prime OKC Showcase opportunity this weekend.

Shen Yun
Civic Center Music Hall
Feb. 25 & 26 | 7:30 p.m.

While not technically this weekend, Shen Yun will finally take down all those yearlong billboards, after their shows on Monday and Tuesday. Experience the Chinese culture, through the emphatic waving of larger-than-necessary sleeves and other forms of traditional Chinese dance, in a production forbidden in China. However, do not try to expose young ones to this, as children under four are banned, according to the Civic Center website. While I have never been, this show must be something special, as they have this super massive media blitz for it every year. Seriously, Blake Shelton kicked off his national tour in OKC, and we heard less about it than we do of Shen Yun. And everyone knows the best shows always play Mondays and Tuesdays. That’s when all the real ballet lovers get their fix.

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  1. My husband’s aunt and uncle from SoCal we’re here last month and saw the Shen Yun signs everywhere. They and some friends went a few years ago expecting a Cirque du Soleil type of Asian inspired dance and feats of strength, but what they got was a little different. Apparently there were some expected most bed but what they didn’t expect was the proselytizing for the Moonies! It is an altar call to new disciples of the Rev Moon wrapped in fancy dancing and music. I’d think they’d want kids under four there since the adage goes, if the kids like the church you’ll be back.

    Anyway, can’t wait to hear how the Okies respond.

    1. The Moonies are originally from Korea and Japan, and they’re a Christian sect.

      Shen Yun was founded by founded by members of Falun Gong, which is a controversial belief system in China that’s based on Buddhist and Taoist beliefs.

      Not to say that there won’t be some religious propaganda, but it’s worth knowing which religion they’re pushing. 😉

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