Dennis Spielman

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Oklahoma Aquarium - Photo by Dennis Spielman

My Art and Music Filled Weekend

Over the weekend, I went to an art opening at IAO Gallery, a Firefly Rooftop Concert, WestFest, Norman Porch Fest, 108 Contemporary, and the Oklahoma Aquarium. I spoke with Kyle Larson about his exhibit, “Better Off Lost,” at the art opening. At the Firefly Rooftop Concert, I interviewed with Shelly Phelps about her music and her thoughts on the concert series. Then at WestFest, Rob Crissinger and I chatted about the music festival and Hideaway Pizza. Finally, I talk about our trip to Tulsa where my wife and I visited 108 Contemporary and the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.

Sutton Wilderness - photo by Dennis Spielman

Vlog at Sutton Wilderness

Sometimes it’s easier to show my adventures through video. My vlogs are more of a personal take on Uncovering Oklahoma. When I travel out of state, my journies will fit nicely here. These videos will focus more on my own experience and perspective of my travels. Depending on what I’m doing, I may include an interview and some friends. In this vlog, I talk about hiking at Sutton Wilderness, my behind the scenes tour of Remington Park, and the Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit.

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VZD’s Restaurant & Bar

VZD’s Restaurant & Bar

In this Chats and Snacks segment for Uncovering Oklahoma, I hung out at VZD’s Restaurant & Bar with Chef Erik Smith of VZDs and Able Blakley of Savory Spice Shop. We talked about the restaurant, as well as the Western Avenue District, WestFest, and Wizards on Western.

I filmed this on Tuesday to be released this week in conjunction with WestFest, which happens on Saturday. Those truffle fries were awesome. I recommend getting them.

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Inviting Art Title

Inviting Art Screening

I am excited to announce my documentary film, Inviting Art, will be released to the public for free on Friday, August 25th. I’ve been working on this movie since March, so it’s been six months in the making, which was longer than I originally anticipated. However, the film features over 30 interviews and covers a wide range of topics relating to Oklahoma City’s art scene.

To celebrate the film, there will be a free, public premiere screening at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73107), which they have been kind enough to sponsor the venue. This screening will take place on Thursday, August 24th at 7 pm. Here’s the Facebook event page for details.

There will also be a Midnight Toast on Friday, August 25th at Ludivine (805 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102). This will be my first Midnight Toast, which has been something I am honored to finally do. The Midnight Toasts features influential public features giving a toast in honor of the weekend. If you want to stay up late with me, here’s the Facebook event page for more details.

The movie is basically done. I plan to add some footage of an upcoming arts council meeting and that’s about it. Unless someone wants to change something, it’s good.

I am looking forward to next week!

[Artspace] at Untitled

[Artspace] at Untitled is a contemporary art center designed to stimulate creative thought and new ideas through the presentation of exhibits focusing on national and international artists. Get to know this art center with Lissa Barr Shaw, Board President; Alexa Healey, Education & Print Studio, and Laura Warriner, Founder/Creative Director.

This video didn’t make it in my original burst of art focused stories due to some scheduling conflicts and staff changes. I’m happy with how well it turned out and apparently they were too. I gave the YouTube link early to my supporters on Patreon and them at the art center. When I went to make the video public, it had already been watched 30 times! (Normally, it would be less than five.)

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