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Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With WhistlerFest, Antony & Cleopatra And Steely Dan

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With upcoming events  at Lake Arcadia, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Chesapeake Energy Arena, central Oklahoma shows off a few of its most impressive venues in the week ahead.

Boys and girls have the opportunity for a back country blast with Ma and Pa this weekend.

The conservation group Central Oklahoma Quail Forever hosts its inaugural WhistlerFest at Lake Arcadia Saturday, July 19.  

The hands-on activities begin at 9 a.m. with ‘Come and Go Activity Stations’ where kids can practice their archery skills, watch bird-dog demonstrations or learn about pollinator insects and wildflowers from scientists at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) teach groups of youngsters how to angle at the site’s fishing pond starting at 9:15 a.m., with subsequent sessions beginning a quarter past each hour through 2 p.m.

Visitors gather a quarter-mile west of the fishing pond for nature photography demonstrations, scavenger hunts and half-mile hikes guided by ODWC staff. The first of five hourly hikes begins at 9:30 a.m.

WhistlerFest takes place at North Midwest Boulevard on the south side of the lake. The admission-free event is open to kids of all ages and organizers invite parents or grandparents to participate.

If you don’t feel like roughing it but still want an excuse to get outdoors, you might head to the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (OSP) presents its final two performances of Antony & Cleopatra Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18.

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A sizable crowd watches a performance by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park on the Water Stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

The production comes in the midst of OSP’s30th anniversary season. Both performances take place on the Gardens’ avant-garde Water Stage underneath the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; a substantial upgrade from the company’s original site at E.C. Hafer Park in Edmond.

University of Oklahoma acting professor Judith Pender directs the tragedy which features a cast of 19 actors.

General admission to Antony & Cleopatra costs $15 with seniors, veterans, students and group rates at $10. Tickets can be ordered at OSP’s website or by calling (405) 235-3700.

Classic rock & progressive jazz fans have the rare opportunity to witness a live performance by a band known primarily for its studio session work. Steely Dan plays in Oklahoma City for the first time in three decades.

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Steely Dan performing at a concert in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2007.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winners Walter Becker and Donald Fagen play at Chesapeake Energy Arena Monday, July 21 at 8 p.m.

The concert comes in the midst of the duo’s coast-to-coast Jamalot tour and features limited seating availability to create the proper ambiance.

Tickets can be purchased at the arena’s box office or website and cost anywhere between $60 and $150.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's event listings page.


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