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Art notes for May 19


Carpenter Square presents ‘White Guy on the Bus’

Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W Main, takes a ride with “White Guy on the Bus” May 17-June 1. Week after week, Ray, a wealthy white businessman rides the same bus round-trip through poor black neighborhoods to a prison every Saturday. He befriends a struggling black single mom who also rides the same bus. As they get to know each other, their relationship sparks candid and surprising conversations, but things take an unsettling turn when Ray shows up on her doorstep with a dangerous proposal. The play is rated PG-13. For tickets, call 232-6500 or email For more information, go to for more information.

Museum announces ‘Sheriff for the Day’ Contest

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is taking entries for the “Sheriff for the Day” contest for the 29th annual Chuck Wagon Festival. Two winners will be chosen on May 26 to “patrol” the event as sheriff, each with his own cowboy hat, badge and stick horse. They also will get to help cut the ribbon to kick off the day’s activities. To enter a child, fill out the form at

History Center offers screening of ‘The Green Book: Guide to Freedom’

The Oklahoma History Center will offer a screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” from 1 to 2 p.m. June 1. This film is a deeper look into how and why, in 1936, a black postal worker, Victor Hugo Green, developed and published a guide that would allow blacks to embrace the adventure and road trips enjoyed by their white counterparts. The screening will be open to the public with the cost of admission to the museum, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. No advance ticketing is required and seating will be first come, first served. For more information, call 522-0765.

Dance company to perform concert

Perpetual Motion Dance presents the original modern and aerial dance concert “əˈstra” that is set in the hazy aftermath of a catastrophic environmental event. Those who survived now struggle with limited resources and discovering a new way of living in the unpredictable landscape. The concert is June 7-9 and 14-16 at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. For tickets or more information, go to or call 202-0650.

Art museum opens new exhibits

Beginning June 22, visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s second floor can experience the exhibition “Photographing the Street” and one of the museum’s newest acquisitions, “Fireworks (Archives).” "Fireworks," a single-channel video installation, the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in northeast Thailand. “Photographing the Street” highlights each artist’s distinct approach and purpose in focusing on a universally shared public place. For more information, go to

String quartet competition open to students

Chamber Music in Oklahoma announces a Student String Quartet Competition. The event on Oct. 20 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the organization along with the 2019-2020 series of five concerts by world-renowned artists. The student competition is open to all Oklahoma string players, age 18 and younger. Three winning string quartets will receive cash prizes and will perform in the Winners Concert on Jan. 26. Rules and application can be found at and Applications are due by Sept. 20.

Staff reports