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Weekend Entertainment Picks: French Love Songs, Twilight Swing And Melissa Jacobs' 'Housewives'

The 20th annual Skyline Bluegrass Festival kicks off Thursday evening and continues through Saturday at the Shawnee Expo Center. Visiting musicians lead bluegrass workshops Friday afternoon for banjo, mandolin and dobro.

East Meets West celebrates Europe this Thursday evening, with wine, Mediterranean foods by Ingrid’s Kitchen and La Baguette, and French love ballads performed by Bill Boudreau. The series raises funds for The Gold Dome Multicultural Society, an up-and-coming cultural awareness group, and The Windsor District, an historic and recently revitalized portion of northwest Oklahoma City, now home to various international eateries, businesses and communities.

Bricktown hosts a festival Saturday afternoon along the canal with free water taxi rides, pop-up shops and live music by The Dulcets, Indigos and Bold McCoy. Rock The Boat is a free, all ages event with face painting, bouncy houses and super hero appearances for the kids.

David Bruster and the Storyville Scoundrels bring a proud mix of New Orleans-influenced jazz, swing and rockabilly to the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn Stage Sunday evening as part of the Twilight Concert Series.

Melissa Jacobs has been painting wall-sized murals all week at Tall Hill Creative, where she’ll show “Housewives, Hysterics, Witches and Bitches”, a group of 40 or 50 paintings, drawings and prints. The series takes inspiration from textile patterns, vintage styles, common phrases used in social media, pop lyrics and self-presentation in the virtual world.

The show opens Sunday with music by singer-songwriter Sharade O’Cobbler. Works range from $20 to several hundred. Jacobs' next one-woman show opens at the Dope Chapel July 10 during the Norman Art Walk.

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Melissa Jacobs poses with a few of her paintings installed at Tall Hill Creative for a Sunday, June 7 showing.

From Tall Hill, walk down Villa Avenue a half block and you’ll come to Brass Bell, another private art studio that hosts a new artist installation and public reception on the first Sunday of each month. The June 7 opening features paintings by J. Chris Johnson and a screening of Ryan Lawson’s “People I Know,” a black & white short documentary about several metro area artists and musicians, including the evening’s entertainers— musician Brad Fielder and poet Robert Spencer.

With so much to choose from here in Central Oklahoma, the OneSix8 explores arts and entertainment options for the KGOU audience. Ourcalendar of community events features more live music, theater, outdoors activities, educational and volunteer opportunities. We welcomesubmissions to the calendar for possible listing and on-air announcement, as a service to non-profit and community groups, local artists and musicians.


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