Dance in 2020: Consider the Culture; The medium is the massage

By Glenda Rice Collins, Updated 1-3-20

Bartlesville, Okla., USA — As media and culture analyst, author Marshall McLuhan said decades ago, “The medium is the massage…it does something to people. It takes hold of them. It rubs them off, it massages them and bumps them around, chiropractically, as it were…The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely “well-adjusted,” he cannot go along with currents and trends…There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.”  Continue reading

The Art of Recovery, Part II: Inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s Garden Path

By Glenda Rice Collins   (Updated October 13, 2019)

Bartlesville, Okla., USA — The journey back from illness,  physical injuries, and any of life’s temporary setbacks, can be overwhelming with new demands and limitations; or at times, uplifting, if we remember to ‘stop and smell (and perhaps re-arrange) the roses,’ despite the thorns! Frida Kahlo’s Garden, on view at the Price Tower Arts Center through October 20, 2019, provides new inspiration for a life well-lived with nature, and focus beyond pain.   Continue reading

The Art of Recovery, Part I: From the Beach to Christ Cathedral

By Glenda Rice Collins   (Updated September 27, 2019)

Bartlesville, Okla., USA — Personal injury along with physical and mental duress can derail the best of intentions for a fulfilling life. To restore a semblance of “balance,” — Get thee to a beach, and get back to the arts!  Continue reading

Review: From Athens to Tulsa Opera, Turandot endures; ends here today

By Glenda Rice Collins

Tulsa, Okla., USA — Bursting with passion, lust and torture, magnetic characters, and centered in an exotic, fairy-tale setting in Peking legendary times, Tulsa Opera’s 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 29th presentation of Puccini’s Turandot at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center marks the final main stage production of the company’s impressive 70th Anniversary Season. Continue reading

Review: Tulsa Ballet Dazzles with Strictly Gershwin U.S. Premiere & More

By Glenda Rice Collins     Updated 2-14-18  

TULSA, Okla.  USA — This past weekend’s North American premiere of Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin ballet extravaganza, presented by Tulsa Ballet, proved to be a fitting and well-received  homage to the genius and versatility of  American composer George Gershwin and the staying-power of his music.    Continue reading

Tributes honor Steve Liggett era at Living Arts of Tulsa

By Glenda Rice Collins

TULSA, Okla. USA — In celebration of artistic director Steve Liggett’s 26 years of leadership at Living Arts of Tulsa, a dazzling celebratory retirement party Friday night marked both the ‘end of an era’ and new beginnings at the Brady Arts District contemporary arts anchor gallery.    Continue reading

Arts: Economic Impact Reports Available

News From Oklahomans for the Arts:  Oklahomans advocating to increase support of the arts, culture and arts education across Oklahoma. 

unnamed (1)A message from executive director Julia Kirt:

Oklahoma’s arts and culture nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632 in Fiscal Year 2015.   Continue reading