1. The regular high school basketball season ends this week. All girls’ games start at 6:30 p.m. and the boys’ games follows at 8 p.m.
Healdton hosts Calera today, Lone Grove travels to Marietta and the Wilson Eagles travel to Walters.
On Tuesday, Ardmore travels to Ada, Plainview travels to Madill, Dickson hosts Comanche and Sulphur hosts Kingston. With a win, the Kingston Redskins’ boys team will clinch its third consecutive Lake Country Conference championship.
2. More than 700 rodeo contestants head for Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, this week for The American Semi-finals. The rodeo will pay nearly $1 million to winners, making it the richest rodeo open to the world.
The Slack competition begins Tuesday to determine which competitors advance to the semi-finals performances at Cowtown Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Area qualifiers include bull riders Colton Jesse and Matt Boos, both of Sulphur. Semi-finalists represent 37 U.S. states, Australia, three Canadian provinces and seven states in Brazil.
During the semi-finals, The American FanZone offers four days of fun in Stockyards City with food trucks, beer vendors, live music, exhibits, classic tractors, a fashion show and much more. The Wall That Heals, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open 24/7 from its arrival on Tuesday until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
For tickets to The American Semi-finals visit the Cowtown Coliseum website. To ask questions visit www.americanrodeo.com.
3. “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the ECU campus in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Two more shows will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. ECU student Keegan Buckaloo will direct the show as an ambitious and unique senior project.
The production will closely follow the script of the highly-successful motion picture, starring Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson. However, added into this stage production will be 18 full-length songs.
“They all get stuck in your head,” Buckaloo promised. “It’s very funny. A lot of jokes will be pulled out of the movie and there are a lot of references to the movie that people will catch.”
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and non-ECU students. ECU alumni receive a $1 discount and admission is free to all ECU students, faculty and staff with identification.
4. Sip and Swirl events are set for Thursday and Friday at Waddell Vineyards in Ada. Spring Flowers begins at 6 p.m Thursday. The evening is described as, “If we can’t grow them now, let’s paint them.” Fun, food and painting is provided.
On Friday, Flowers on a Bicycle is at 6 p.m. Attendees can paint the basket of flowers or add silk flowers to the personally-designed basket.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for those age 12 and under. Purchase tickets online at http://www.waddellvineyards.com/.
The vineyards are located at 11533 N. Country Club Road. To ask questions call (580) 421-6933.
5. To celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions, “The Unsettled Lens” and “After the Floating World,” the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering “An Evening of Art & Performance” from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. This special preview will include music by Magnificent Bird, performances by RACE Dance Company and Reduxion Theatre Company, poetry by Kerri Shadid, a screening of the Oscar®-Nominated Animated Short Films and printmaking demonstrations.
The museum’s galleries and a cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. The Oscar®-Nominated Animated Short Film Program will also begin at 5:30 p.m. In-gallery performances will begin at 6 p.m.
The event is free for museum members and $12 for non-members. The Oscar®-Nominated Animated Short Film Program is an additional fee: $5 for museum members and $9 for non-members. Tickets to the film and the event can be purchased online at www.okcmoa.com or at the door.
The OCMA is located at 415 Couch Drive in Oklahoma City.