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.
This weekend the weather is very Oklahoma-y. But let’s be honest, we’re used to it being weird in April. Check your warm clothes for spiders and head out to watch ninjas ninja, footballers football, and songwriters sing stuff they wrote.
American Ninja Warrior
April 12-14 | Times vary*
Oklahoma State Capital
The now-iconic TV show returns to the Oklahoma State Capitol this weekend. You can join the masses watching incredible athletes hop, skip, leap, and dangle from various padded torture devices. Either you’ll walk away promising yourself a new and improved workout routine, or you’ll double down on your vow that no human being realistically needs to work out that much. The chances of ever needing to navigate a wall of irregularly placed windows with only your fingertips are pretty slim. Also, it would probably involve being creepy. Don’t scale walls via window sills. American Ninja Warrior is free to attend, but you do need a ticket, available online. If tickets are unavailable, be sure to join to the waitlist.
* Some of these times are at the ass-crack of dawn or before. Nothing wrong with that; just be sure you note the time of the taping before committing.
OU Spring Game
April 12 | Gates open at 5:30 p.m. – Kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
It’s almost football season. Not really. It’s a whole slew of long, hot months away, but the diehards can get a quick fix with the OU Spring Game down in Norman. Sooner Sports touts it as a great time to see up-and-coming talent. Technically that’s right. Mostly it’s a chance to latch onto a totally inconsequential play call by the coaching staff to sustain your arm-chair quarterbacking for the next four months. Arrive early to catch Lee Brice in concert at 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival
April 13 | 7 – 10 p.m.
Oklahoma is chock full of talent, and a good chunk of it will be on display down at the Tower Theatre this weekend. The event is presented by Grand Casino, and tickets range from $14 – $40. If you are young and energetic, go find your new favorite musical obsession and update your Mental Health playlist with fantastic new stuff from local artists. If you are a bit more wizened and set in your musical ways, still go – and silently judge the younger crowd for having no appreciation for the classics. Brush up on your side eye and your ‘back in my day’s before you go, though. If you can corner enough people to tell them you were going to concerts before they were born and you remember when the Diamond Ballroom was good, some of their vigor and enthusiasm will be siphoned away and bestowed upon you by a wizard in a Hinder t-shirt.
Have something we missed this weekend? Let us know in the comments.