1. Temperatures cooled off over the weekend after the hot first week to the season for prep fastpitch softball teams.
A full slate of games awaits area teams this week. Ardmore and Plainview will host their respective home openers today. Velma visits Ardmore. Dickson makes the short drive to Plainview for a key District 5A-1 clash. District implications will also be on the line in Madill where the Lady Wildcats will entertain Lone Grove and also at Tishomingo where the Lady Indians play host to Sulphur. Wilson visits Turner. All games start at 5 p.m.
2. Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top bicyclists from various categories as they race around a flat and extremely fast track, right in the shadow of beautiful downtown Oklahoma City from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Criterium.
The event is free and attendees not only can watch what’s described as “great flat track bike action,” but experience a pleasant evening filled with live music, food trucks and the Anthem Beer trailer. The event is located in the former Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S Western Ave.
3. Art After 5 is just $5 on Thursday in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Enjoy a night-time art gallery experience, live local music, the best views of downtown OKC, a relaxing atmosphere and a cash bar on the Roof Terrace (weather permitting). Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. and there will be films and a yoga class at 5:45 p.m. in the galleries. Born In November, an R&B/soul/urban band will be the featured band.
OKCMOA is located at 415 Couch Drive.
4. The lead-up to the first week of the regular season begins this week for area football teams.
Plainview travels to Millwood for a scrimmage that will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The event was originally scheduled to be played in Ardmore, but was moved to Oklahoma City due to ongoing construction at Plainview Stadium. But Plainview athletic director David Gilliam tells The Ardmoreite the installation of a new turf field is scheduled to be complete in time for the Indians’ Aug. 26 season opener against Broken Bow. Other scrimmages set for Thursday include: Lone Grove at Newcastle for a four-way scrimmage with Purcell and Harrah. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Sulphur hosts Lindsay at 7 p.m. at Agee Field.
On Friday, Ardmore will drive north to Noble. That scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m. Dickson is at Wynnewood (5 p.m.). Wilson drives south to Thackerville (5 p.m.). Tishomingo travels to Konawa (6 p.m.). Healdton entertains Marietta (6:30 p.m.). Durant is at Madill (6:30 p.m.).
5. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents the hilarious “The Liar” with performances opening at 8 p.m. Thursday and running through the weekend. The production is an adaptation by David Ives from the comedy by Pierre Corneille.
“Our purpose with The Liar is pure, irresistible fun – Ives finds a way to make iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets feel fresh, modern and effortlessly accessible,” said Kathryn McGill, artistic director of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. “We’ve added to the mix a cast of some the funniest and most charismatic actors in the area and a bold, totally irreverent concept that’s one part Three Musketeers and a little bit Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Tickets are $20-$25 and are available at www.oklahomashakespeare.com. To ask questions call (405) 235-3700.
Shakespeare on Paseo Theatre is located at 2920 Paseo, in Oklahoma City.