Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Laura Theodore to Perform in Jazz in June Extra

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Laura Theodore to Perform in Jazz in June Extra

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Laura Theodore, called a "formidable talent" by The New York Times, will appear in concert Saturday as a Jazz in June extra event. Her Boston Pops-style performance will be on the landscaped grounds adjacent to the former Trujillo's Restaurant, 2411 S. Classen Blvd., Norman. Proceeds will benefit the Norman Firehouse Art Center. The Jazz in June program was origi- nated by Cimarron Circuit Opera Co. and the Norman Arts and Humani- ties Council. The 1991 program& includes concerts Saturday, as well as June 20, 21, 22 and 23. Informa- tion about the other concerts is available from the Jazz in June office, 3700 W. Robinson, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072. Theodore's appearance Sturday night will feature Doc Blue's Revue as the opening group. Doc Blue is Oklahoma City orthodontist Dr. French E. Hickman, who became enamored with the Chicago-style blues and taught himself to play those songs on the harmonica. He sat in with bands at first but now has his own group. Theodore, whose voice has been likened to such notables as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Cleo Laine, is described as "an amalgam of the musical wisdom of the ages and the power of present day sound." She will do blues and jazz music at her outdoor concert Saturday night. The grounds will be set up with tables for 10 with tickets priced at $20 per person. Food will be available from the University of Oklahoma Student Union catering service, and beverages also will be on sale. The Cleo Laine concert last year was a blast. Dress cool. Bring your friends. Enjoy the blues. . . "A Present from Pinocchio" will be the premiere production of Oklahoma City's first dinner theatre for children. The delightful play will be presented Friday and Saturday evening and again June 21-22 at the Stars Theatre in the Lincoln Plaza. Tickets are $8 each for the build-your-own-hotdog buffet with all the trimmings, which also includes dessert, soft drink, show, tax and gratuities. The evening performances begin with the buffet at 6:30 and curtain at 7:30. Matinee performances on Saturday and June 22 will feature buffet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the play at 1:30. Special arrangements are available for birthday parties, including a mime and magician. . . If you want to get out and about this weekend, take in the garden tour in Nichols Hills. The lawns and gardens of seven Nichols Hills residents will be open for public tours from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle buses will depart from Nichols Hills United Methodist Church parking lot and continue to run throughout both afternoons. Bikers and walkers are welcome on the tour, but it's best to park those cars and take the buses. Tickets are $6 in advance and may be purchased from Nichols Hills merchants. At the door tickets are $8 per person with proceeds benefiting the general fund for the Nichols Hills parks. Highlights of the tour:

6613 NW Grand Blvd., an English garden offers zinnias, portulaca, oxalis, four o'clocks and other blooming treats.

6904 Avondale Dr., formal, elegant French garden with foliage, walkways, sculptures and ironwork.

6416 Hillcrest Ave., lovely courtyard garden entrance and view of Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club grounds.

1608 W. Wilshire Blvd., formal garden with varied hedges and pots of hibiscus and bougainvillea.

1916 Huntington Ave., tapestry of blooms, waterfall, brick paths and unique home.

1500 Huntington Ave., sunken garden, mature shade trees and thick shrubbery.

1507 Buttram Rd., old Beverly Hills splendor, view of the grounds of the former Frank Buttram mansion (now the Oklahoma City Art Museum) and a large garden area with plantings, fountains and sculpture. . . A new event has been added to Bartlesville's 1991 OK Mozart Festival Showcase. …

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