Off the Wall: 100 Years of Sculpture Opens at OKCMOA

Through May 12, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host a new look at sculpture.

Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture features more than 20 works of sculpture from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The exhibition highlights the “unconventional” in 20th- and 21st-century sculpture—a period in European and American art in which traditional ideas about sculpture and painting were being challenged. Moving off the wall and into the three-dimensional gallery space, the artists in this exhibition reimagine the divisions between two- and three-dimensional media in the visual arts. The artistic processes and variety of materials on view comment on the boundaries, which typically divide painting from sculpture.

Towneplace Suites to Be Built as Downtown OKC Hotel

An eight-story Towneplace Suites is planned for downtown Oklahoma City along NW Sixth Street.

Sirius Hotels LLC paid $1.24 million to two entities led by developer Jonathan Russell for the land at 12 NW Sixth St. and plans call for an eight-story TownePlace Suites by Marriott with between 130 and 160 rooms. TownePlace is an extended-stay hotel with more than 300 locations nationwide. Construction is expected to start in early 2019.

OKC Residents to See Cost Savings with Oklahoma Natural Gas

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued an order in January directing Oklahoma Natural Gas to pass through $22.7 million in credits to customers to compensate them for taxes collected as part of their bills the company didn’t have to pay.

The order required ONG to issue $11.7 million in credits to its customers in Oklahoma in February to cover the amoung the company over-collected from customers in 2018. The order will also require Oklahoma Natural Gas to lower its rates by $11 million to compensate customers for ongoing reduced tax liabilities.

The average ratepayer saw a $15 reduction on February’s bill and will see smaller reductions in subsequent bills this year.

OKC Buys Sports Complex, Doubling its Softball Fields

The city of Oklahoma City will purchase the eight softball fields at 240 Sports Complex, thanks to the city council approving the purchase in January.

The city council approved the purchase for $999,000, which includes the maintenance and concession-stand equipment and other on-site equipment.

The new fields will allow the city’s parks and recreation department to expand its existing adult and youth softball and kickball leagues.

Banquet Cinema Pub to Open in Oklahoma City

Visitors to downtown Oklahoma City won’t have to travel far to check out a new concept for a pub.

Hunter Wheat, who owns the Midtown Bleu Garten, and his business partner are planning to build the Banquet Cinema Pub, to be located on NW Fourth Street. He said he found inspiration in other cities that offer places where diners can have meal or cocktail while watching cinema. The two theaters will show both old and new films for customers, and the style of the bar is also inspired by old movies.

Banquet Cinema Pub will be meant for adults 21 and older, except for family events.


Oklahoma Association of REALTORS Expands Team

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS has announced the addition of two experienced policy and communication professionals to their team. Josh Cockroft and Will Gattenby will help further OAR’s communication efforts and government relations as senior director of Government Affairs and senior director of Membership and Communications, respectively.

“OAR is committed to having the most experienced and professional team in place to help further serve Oklahoma REALTORS through advocacy and education,” OAR President Lisa Weaver said.

OAR provides members with information and a forum for participating in the conversation while working to promote favorable policies for real estate property owners.

Breweries Thrive along OKC Streetcar Route

The new Oklahoma City Streetcar goes through Bricktown, Automobile Alley, Midtown, Deep Deuce, City Center and downtown. It also happens to go by a number of breweries, presenting the perfect opportunity to grab some friends and go on a brewery crawl.

Start in Midtown at the new Elk Valley Brewing, then head to Twisted Spike Brewing Company and Prairie Artisan Ales in Automobile Alley. If you’re up for another beer, head to Angry Scotsman, then return to Vanessa House Beer Co. in Midtown.

OKC Named in Top 15 for High Quality of Life

A recent study by found 15 cities where one could realistically achieve a high quality of life without having to suffer through high costs of living, and Oklahoma City is among the 15.

By weighing factors such as each city’s quality of life, job availability and average salaries, this study concluded that one could reasonably achieve a high-quality, low-cost life in OKC. Especially aiding toward OKC’s spot on this list was low costs of living (15 percent below the national average), plentiful employment with commutes that average around 20 minutes and a high home-ownership rate (59 percent).