Friday, November 11, 2005

Tulsa Turns Out Friday To Honor Veterans

Tulsa Turns Out Friday To Honor Veterans
Honoring America's veterans. Thousands of Tulsans lined the streets of downtown for the annual Veteran's Day parade.

Several marching bands from across Green Country proudly played in the annual parade. Six World War II fighter planes also flew overhead to salute soldiers.

Veterans walked the route in uniform as did some future soldiers in Junior ROTC.

One veteran says even after all this time, being a part of the event makes him proud. Perry Partney: "This just re-enforces the fact that we're well supported in our military."

The News on 6 would also like to thank some of our veterans for their military service, Jim Giles, Dick Faurot and Rick Wells.

From the great folks at KOTV.

Downtown Weekends... 11/11

Happening this weekend in Downtown...

The music/entertainment/nightlife scene...
Friday the 11th
1974 GRILL

Admiral Twin

The International Aerobatics Club welcomes
GENERAL CHUCK YEAGER to benefit the Oklahoma Make-A-Wish Foundation

Full Flava Kings

Studio 3 Art Expedition featuring work by Terri Wagner in oil and watercolor. 5pm-8pm 417 West 7th St Suite 103 or call 812-8362 for more information.

Saturday the 12th
1974 GRILL
Dustin Pittsley Band

Trust Fund Baby Jazz Band

Steve Pryor

Dale "Apollo" Cook's - BATTLE AT THE BRADY II

"A Ride with Bob" Afterparty with the Red Dirt Rangers, The Stragglers and members of Asleep at the Wheel

Sunday the 13th
Senses Fail & Saves the Day

TPAC - Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, The Life & Legend of Bob Wills, TACTA Showcase, A Ride with Bob: From Austin to Tulsa and The Fantasticks (check site for details)

Sat. 10-5, Sun. 9-4, Tulsa Convention Center (Downtown Tulsa). The show features dealers from 15 states with more than 175 tables of American glassware, crystal, china and pottery for sale. Free glass identification is included with admission. Admission: $3.00 (good both days) Information 744-8020 or

Some of the above information is from the good folks over at Urban Tulsa

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Some more thoughts on downtown...

Over at Joe Kelley's Blog, Joe's made some comments on downtown.

You can read them here....
Downtown Takes Another Hit
Downtown Again

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Just a random tidbit... has been registered as a domain name since July 6th, 2005 by BOK Financial Corporation. Maybe they planned to buy the name rights all along! Just do any whois: search to see for yourself.

ALERT - Attempt to delay 6th Street Task Force Plan

From Rebecca Bryant of TULSA NOW

Tulsa Now is issuing an “Action Alert” for the following reason:

We heard last night (Nov 1st) that there will be an attempt to delay the TMAPC's approval of the 6th Street Task Force's Neighborhood Plan at today's Hearing (Wednesday, Nov 2nd).

THIS IS AN URGENT CALL FOR ACTION, in the form of attendance and advocacy at the Tulsa Metropolitan Planning Commission's Hearing of the 6th Street Neighborhood Plan, which will take place today at 1:30pm at the City Council Chamber.

Members of the 6th Street Task Force are very concerned that this is an attempt to derail the product of five years, non-stop, neighborhood planning.

Read more:
View the plan:

I apologize for the late notice, but the 6th Street Task Force did not expect opposition at the Hearing, and only learned of the opposition yesterday evening. I realize most of us have day jobs, but I strongly urge you to do your best to attend the Hearing and to speak up on behalf of the Plan. You will make it a lot easier for the TMAPC to approve it.

Thanks so much!
Rebecca Bryant

Tulsa Blogger Michael Bates has more info and background on his site BatesLine

Downtown Rumblings...

Sorry the updates have not been coming strong the last few weeks. I’ve been awfully busy working and moving. I hope to keep the updates running strong in the next several months. I have several stories relating to the unique landmarks in downtown in the works, so look for those. I’d love to see more feedback and hear others thoughts on downtown, feel free to send in your thoughts, rumors, opinions or whatever! send email... downtowntulsa (at)

Here's some of the latest rumblings...

OETA wants to move downtown into the TCC Metro Campus, and wants $1.9 million from the State.
From (Registration Required)

TCC plans a 70,000 square feet, $10.5 million dollar “Center for the Advancement of Learning”
From Urban Tulsa...
“And TCC continues to make improvements with the DL learning. Bereolos says that the recent adoption of a higher education bond package by the Oklahoma Legislature will provide the funding for a proposed 70,000 square foot, $10.5 million facility on the TCC Metro Campus, the Center for the Advancement of Learning.

He says “the Center will provide the state-of-the-art ability to develop and deliver distance and online learning programs and courses in a state-of-the-art, multi-media production facility to support TCC’s cable channel and telecourse programming.” Construction is scheduled to begin in 2006.”

A good read from fellow Tulsa Bolger Michael Bates & Urban Tulsa…
Far From the Madding Crowd: If you want to get away from it all, you can always go downtown.
“On a recent Saturday afternoon, I needed to clear my head. I needed to have some time alone, so I could hear myself think. I got in the car and drove somewhere I knew I could walk for a long time without encountering another human being. I took a walk downtown.” More at Urban Tulsa

The Blank Slate (where voodoo room was) opens with Vanilla Ice on Thursday the 10th. This means you will once again be able to bar hop on 1st & 2nd Streets (Blue Dome District)... McNellies, Club Frogs Ultra Lounge, Blank Slate, Arnie's, 1974, & Tsunami. At least two more bar's are in the works on 1st, and don't forget the Brady District!

Don't Stop Believin (in Downtown Tulsa)... Journey's at Brady Theater on Friday the 4th!

Tulsa's BOK Center

It's already old news, but here's info on the BOK center, from the great folks at the site.

City of Tulsa and Bank of Oklahoma officials last week announced the new Regional Events Center will be named the BOK Center. Bank of Oklahoma purchased naming rights for $11 million over 20 years. The funds are included, along with other anticipated sponsorship, suite and ticket revenue, in the initial construction and operating budget of the 18,000-seat 550,000-square-foot facility designed by Cesar Pelli.
“Bank of Oklahoma has a long, successful heritage of leadership and support in our community,” said Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune. “We are extremely excited to have them help us showcase the BOK Center as an integral part of our plan to create a first-class, iconic facility for entertainment, sporting events and national conventions.”

Bank of Oklahoma’s support for the BOK Center and Vision 2025 has provided $30 million for community improvements, including the $11 million for naming rights and $19 million the bank helped raise from private donors prior to passage of Vision 2025.

“Bank of Oklahoma’s selection as the naming rights partner allows us to continue to demonstrate our dedication to enhancing the quality of life and the economic wellbeing of the community,” said bank President and CEO Stan Lybarger. “Bank of Oklahoma will assist the city in securing additional sponsorship commitments for the BOK Center Our support, along with the support of other sponsors, will help ensure the BOK Center becomes one of the most competitive facilities in the country.”

Cleveland, Ohio-based Sports Facilities Marketing Group was hired by the City to select a naming-rights partner. The firm is also charged with marketing sponsorships and premium seating.

“Bank of Oklahoma’s partnership enables us to attract other quality sponsorships that, together, add greatly to the BOK Center’s marketability and public appeal,” said Hamp Howell with Sports Facilities Marketing Group. “The BOK Center will be a major league quality facility that will be premier among arenas in comparable markets.”

“The BOK Center and other Vision 2025 projects are all about making Tulsa a better place to live and work,” Lybarger said. “Increasing the competitive position of our community benefits all of our citizens.”