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Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Events To Beat Summer Heat


The seasonably hot weather has arrived here in Norman. The cool fronts that appeared earlier this summer have vanished, and it seems like the heat may have slowed the number of events occurring throughout the state this weekend. No worries though: OneSix8 still has you covered with a few ways to spend your summer hours. 

Private restrooms would easily fit onto my “Things Kate Takes for Granted” list. The cast of The Sooner Theatre has made me painfully aware of that with its production of “Urinetownthe Musical.” This 2001 Tony Award-winning Broadway show is a mix of satirical commentary and parodies of other musicals, including Les Misèrables and The Cradle Will Rock.

Urinetown takes place in a Gotham-like city where an extreme drought causes the local government to outlaw the use of private toilets. People are then forced to pay to use the restrooms, and those who break the law are sent to a penal colony named, you guessed it, Urinetown. The satire promises puns and a fresh look at a musical’s potential. The first performance takes place Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Fortunately, the Oklahoma City Police Department has never charged citizens to use restrooms. There have been some trying times in the metro, including when the city’s first unofficial mayor was killed because of a land dispute.  Visitors to Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later can venture through the Police Department’s 123-year history just by walking into City Hall.

Items on display feature a bomb suit used in the 1980s, an armored vest from the 1930s, and items issued to the first female officers in 1973. This self-guided exhibit is free, but it’s closed on weekends. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5 :00 p.m.

If you’re looking for an art exhibit you can actually touch, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art continues to display HALO AMOK. Artist Wayne White has put together three interactive puppets in this exhibition that he calls a “cubist cowboy rodeo.”

White attempts to blend light-hearted humor with an art exhibit people can play with. The puppets - a rodeo bull rider, calf roper, and bronc rider – were formed from a number of materials like cardboard, Styrofoam, and wood, and guests can toy with the rodeo puppets by tugging on ropes. HALO AMOK continues through September 1.

How are you planning to spend the next 168 hours of your week? 

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