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Mafia IV story idea

Note: The particularly important details and music artist names are in bold text. Licensed music track names are in italics.
The year is 1973, five years after the events of the Mafia III, and 22 years since Vito Scaletta’s seen or heard from his old friend Joe Barbaro. The canon ending of Mafia III with this Mafia IV story is Vito taking over the city after Lincoln skipped town, however Cassandra and Burke are left alive and loyal to both Vito and Lincoln still. Burke was able to survive his liver cancer by getting a black market liver transplant in Mexico, like he did in his ending, except with Vito running the city. On Vito and Lincoln’s behalf, Burke and Cassandra agree to stay behind in New Bordeaux and keep the city locked down, incase Leo Galante and the Commission try anything.
The beginning cutscene is Vito answering his telephone after getting up in the morning in his new penthouse, on the top floor of the New Bordeaux casino he finished that was once Sal Marcano's, and grabbing a cup of coffee. It's Alma with some urgent news. Lincoln Clay came down to the cigar warehouse to visit her after 5 years of silence, and he has big news.
Joe is alive in Empire Bay and has been this entire time. However, as punishment for his actions, he's become Leo Galante's personal driver against his will and is forbidden from contacting Vito ever again, or else him and Vito will be killed. Alma then tells Vito to meet Lincoln at the airport to learn more, as he's already there awaiting Vito's arrival. When they're away from anyone who could listen in on their conversation, Lincoln tells Vito he has a friend named John Donovan he's going to introduce him to, hiding in the outskirts of Empire Bay, ready to help Vito and Lincoln with their new mission
Vito gets dressed in one of his signature trench coats with a suit and tie, ready to rain down hell on the Vinci crime family and their allies, and finally be reunited with his lifelong friend he previously thought was dead, Joe Barbaro.
Here is my idea for the kill list, all related to the Commission in Empire Bay and their allies.
I'm thinking Vito and Joe work with Lincoln Clay and John Donovan to split up Empire Bay and distribute territory to three other factions not unlike what Lincoln did with New Bordeaux. This time though, this is a much larger city in a much, much different part of the United States. The empire building mechanics would be a lot smoother, more robust, and streamlined compared to Mafia III. They would work similarly a more modernized version of how the game Scarface: The World Is Yours handled it's empire building and management mechanics, minus the whole switching to other characters lower on the ladder to do your bidding. This would be ideal for a story rich organized crime game in my opinion. Here are my ideas for those factions, all close allies of the up and coming Scaletta crime family.
The Cuban mob led by Alma Diaz. Vito goes way back with Alma, and she does not hesitate to answer him and Lincoln's calls to save Joe's life and royally fuck both Leo Galante and the Vinci family.
Conti crime family, led by Enzo Conti. This Conti crime family formed sometime in late 1968, months after Lincoln helped Enzo flee New Bordeaux and drop off of Sal Marcano's radar. It turns out he fled north to Empire Bay and finally formed his own family, having more than enough years of experience in the underworld to handle the job. Lincoln's tight with him and manages to recruit him to Vito and Joe's cause.
The Yakuza, based out of Empire Bay's Japantown. Longtime sworn enemies of the Empire Bay Triads, with bad blood going back decades. They would greatly enjoy seeing Mr. Chu and his son's heads mounted on pikes, along with whacking everyone who's ever supported their organization. You don't know them well, and they're known to be very unpredictable and ruthless. Use these traits to your advantage when taking on the Commission of Empire Bay and their friends.
I should mention as expected, this entire 1973 section where you play as Vito is much shorter than Mafia III. Vito's takeover is shown much more quickly over time than Lincoln's, and there's time skips during it, to keep it short and sweet, and to show onscreen only what's important. There is also no option for your underbosses to betray you, as to reduce confusion and keep the story consistently the same each playthrough, like the first two Mafia games.
However, unlike Mafia III, after all of these tasks are completed and every single assassination target on Vito’s kill list is dealt with, the game does not end. In fact, it's not even anywhere near close to being over yet. Vito's 1973 section was merely the beginning act. It was really a lead up to an entirely new Mafia story, centering around a newcomer to the American mob. Fast forward two years following Vito’s rampage that led to him taking over Empire Bay and the Commission, in the year 1975 him and Joe now rule Empire Bay, with Vito as the Don of the Scaletta Crime Family, and Joe working as his loyal underboss. You play the rest of the game as a young up and coming soldato named Louis in his 20’s, who’s a rising star in Vito’s organization. Do right by Mr. Scaletta and Mr. Barbaro, understand kid?
My basic idea for the character and his backstory is that he's a young Italian-Canadian mobster from Toronto, Ontario, or whatever Mafia's equivalent of it could be called. Let's call him Louis DeAngelo. (No relation to Tommy Angelo) His family hails from Tuscany in Italy and moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1939, shortly after World War II broke out in Europe. Louis DeAngelo was born in July 1952 in Toronto, and was raised in Toronto's Little Italy. Louis fled south to Empire Bay when the feds started cracking down on his old family and put his boss in prison, and he ended up finding a new home with the Scaletta crime family. The first few missions playing as Louis DeAngelo involve shooting your away out of an arrest by a Toronto Police Service SWAT team in Toronto in December 1974, seeing the rest of the members of your old crime family either get arrested or shot in front of you as you make your escape. You spend the next two missions fleeing Ontario through Quebec and upstate New York, before finally arriving in Empire Bay in early 1975, late January to be exact. Winter is in full force with snow everywhere, Louis' arrival to Empire Bay for the first time in his life mirroring Vito's return to Empire Bay in 1945 30 years earlier, except under far different much more dire circumstances. Louis' older brother and his father, both capos in his old crime family in Toronto, are shown to be arrested by the TPS SWAT team in his first mission, the same one that attempted to gun him down when he resisted arrested. Louis knows someone had to have ratted out his old crime family, and he wants to find out who someday. The thing is though, he doesn't just want to kill them. He wants to get out of them why they did it before he kills them. More than anything else, he just wants to find out why his crime family was betrayed and served up to the feds on a silver platter, having most of his biological family sent to prison in the process. He’s out to uncover the mystery of why his family fell apart, and he’s more than willing to help people like Don Vito Scaletta and his underboss Joe Barbaro to eventually get the answers he seeks. I came up with the idea for this character because I figured that playing as a fugitive from the law made sense for the mob life, and I'm surprised we haven't had a fugitive protagonist in the Mafia series yet.
In the 1975 chapters while playing as Louis, the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon’s resignation, and the official end to the Vietnam War are both discussed on the in-game radio during news segments. In the last 1979 chapter, the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan War is also the subject of a news segment on the radio.
The story eventually transitions into the 1980's as years pass, with the scenery, cars, and music changing accordingly, and historical events of the time discussed in the game. By the time the game ends, it's 1992, and significant historical events from the past few years at the time that are covered on the radio in-game include anything from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the 1992 L.A. riots. The rise of the internet and home computers are briefly touched upon during news segments on the in-game radio during the early 1990's section of the story, but not greatly delved into given their relative infancy in that time period. During this entire 1975-1992 stretch of the story, Vito is no longer playable, and Don Scaletta takes a backseat in the story as a main supporting character, similar to Don Salieri throughout Mafia: Definitive Edition. You now play as the Italian-Canadian Scaletta family soldato Louis DeAngelo, who is later promoted to being a capo in 1985. However, unlike Don Salieri, Don Scaletta has much more integrity, and has more genuine loyalty for his men and his associates. If you've beaten Mafia 1 or Mafia: Definitive Edition, you'll know this is something Salieri lacked in the end.
The game will include a number of hit music from the 70’s that played on the radio back then, such as Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street and Tony Christie’s (Is This the Way to) Amarillo, The Grateful Dead's Casey Jones and at least a few songs by the then new American rock band Cheap Trick, as well as popular songs from the 1960’s people still listened to at the time, such as Sam the Sham and the PharaohsWooly Bully, King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man, Zager and Evans' In the Year 2525, The Zombies' Time of the Season, and Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin'. When you progress through the game, especially after you switch to playing as Louis DeAngelo for the rest of the story, years change, and the music changes. Different songs start playing on the radio, such as Sylvester's You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), Randy Crawford's Street Life, and The Village People's Y.M.C.A., Cheryl Lynn's Got to Be Real, Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, and the Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive start playing in the 1979 portion of the game. After you've completed the 1975 section of the game, Foghat's Slow Ride starts playing on the radio. Starting in the 1977 section of the game, Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me and Heart's Barracuda start playing on the radio. In the 1980's portion of the game, Thomas Dolby's songs Hyperactive! and She Blinded Me with Science, in addition to Night Ranger's Sister Christian also start playing on the radio. If Hangar 13 can afford the licenses, I also think a few Michael Jackson and Madonna songs should definitely be on the radio during the 1980's portion of the story, given the immense popularity and regular radio airtime those two had in that decade. If this ended up being possible, I imagine that Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Bad, and Billie Jean being on the radio in the 80's sections would be a must, Smooth Criminal especially because of how well it suits the series. Madonna's Lucky Star, Burning Up, Like a Virgin, and Borderline would also be perfect for the 80's portion of the game to me. Also mentioned by NPCs and civilians in the game are topical events of the time period, such as the release of the groundbreaking 1973 horror film The Exorcist at the end of Vito's playable portion of the game.
Other music of the 1980's segment when playing as Louis DeAngelo for the remainder of the game includes hits of the era such as Joe Jackson's Steppin' Out, The Buggles' Video Killed The Radio Star, Corey Hart's Sunglasses at Night, Laura Branigan's Self Control and Gloria, The Weather Girls' It's Raining Men, A-ha’s Take On Me, Men at Work's Down Under, Kim Wilde's Kids in America, The Gap Band's You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon, Twisted Sister's I Wanna Rock and We're Not Gonna Take It, Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive and Bad Medicine, Loverboy's Working for the Weekend, Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and That's the Way (I Like It), Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now, Daryl Hall & John Oates' Maneater, Aneka's Japanese Boy, Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood, Girls, Girls, Girls and Kickstart My Heart, Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, Huey Lewis And The News' Hip To Be Square, Bill Medley's (I've Had) The Time of My Life, The Police's Every Breath You Take, Whodini's Magic's Wand, Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me, Regina's Baby Love, Nena's 99 Red Balloons, Earth, Wind, and Fire's Let's Groove and September, Billy Idol's Eyes Without a Face and White Wedding, Rick JamesGive It To Me Baby, Wham!'s Everything She Wants, George Michael's Careless Whisper, Toto's Hold the Line and Africa, Blondie's Heart of Glass and Atomic, and Mai Tai's History.
Note that not every single year and moment of the 17 year 1975-1992 section playing as Louis DeAngelo is playable or chronicled. My idea is it would be handled similarly to how the time skips in Mafia 1/Mafia: Definitive Edition were handled. Time skips of two or more years, or in this case, even longer such as 4 years sometimes, the game skipping from 1979 to 1983. This is to keep the game and story length ideal, and not risk it getting boring or repetitive, or going on for too long. Repetition was a big problem in Mafia III even if I still thought it was a superb game, so I think it'd be best to learn from that for the next big entry. The games story will skip ahead and show onscreen only what's significant, similar to the first Mafia game and it's remake, as well as certain aspects of Mafia II. Louis starts his section as a 22 year old fugitive soldato who got picked up by another crew south of the Canadian border, and in the epilogue of the game in 1992, is promoted to the consigliere of the Scaletta crime family at the age of 40, being set to take over the family once Vito and Joe become too old to run the day to day on a regular basis.
The years chronicled in the main gameplay segments are as follows:
1973
1975
1977
1979
1983
1985
1986
1987
1989
1990
1991
1992
Much more of the rural areas and countryside outside of Empire Bay are included than what was available in Mafia II. The way rural environments are handled for this hypothetical Mafia IV is akin to how Mafia: Definitive Edition and Mafia III handled their rural environments outside the main cities, except much larger in scale, given the increased power of the current new consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This region is based off of upstate New York and the surrounding areas across multiple states in the Northeastern US, and includes forests, fields, mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, and small towns. Also included are other cities and towns, based off of other large cities in New York like Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester, where other story missions, business activities, and side missions take place, along with smaller notable places like Ithaca, Binghamton, and Utica. The entire states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio are also included, including places based off of all of their major cities and most of their notable towns in between. Large portions of Pennsylvania are included as well, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. Large portions of the eastern half of the Canadian province of Ontario are included as well, including cities based off of Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls. There's even a small portion of Quebec included, including Montreal and the surrounding countryside of the province outside that city, including a few small towns in southern Quebec. The player must pass a quick border patrol check when crossing the US-Canada border in a car or other ground vehicle.
Wildlife is present in the game, mostly to add to the background, scenery, and immersion in rural environments on the map. These are all animals native to the Northeastern US, ranging from white tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, Canada lynxes, rabbits, hares, groundhogs, gophers, beavers, raccoons, opossums, bats, chipmunks, red and gray squirrels, mice, and rats to more formidable and potentially dangerous animals that may sometimes attack the player, such as grey wolves, black bears, mountain lions, and moose. These last four animals are known to spawn in the mountainous regions, especially in New York, Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Ontario, including the rural regions based off of the Catskills and the Adirondack mountains. Dogs are present in the cities, towns, and settlements where humans live and keep them as pets, being walked and sometimes found in people's yards. Some are used as guard dogs by enemies and are aggressive towards the player on sight. Domestic cats are also present in the background of residential areas, and both Louis and Vito own them as pets throughout the game in their safe houses, as well as other onscreen characters we see the homes of throughout the game.
Aircraft make their first usable appearance in the Mafia series too, from airplanes to helicopters. Vito cannot use planes or helicopters in his playable 1973 portion of the game, as he does not know how to pilot, being a paratrooper in World War II who never actually flew any of the planes himself. Aircraft are unlocked to use when Louis DeAngelo gets his pilot’s certificate offscreen in 1977, and at the end of a chapter set that year, Louis has to fly Vito in a helicopter to a penthouse in Downtown Empire Bay acting as a family safe house, equipped with a helipad. Louis frequently serves as a personal driver and pilot for both Vito and Joe afterwards, having done a lot in his time serving the family to earn their trust and respect.
Melee weapons also make a return from Mafia: Definitive Edition, with even more variety this time. In their respective sections of the game, Vito and Louis may use anything from baseball bats, pipes, shovels, brass knuckles, golf clubs, police batons, switchblades, kitchen knives, bowie knives, ice picks, 2x4s, claw hammers, crowbars, tire irons, chain links, machetes, meat cleavers, pickaxes, hatchets, sledgehammers, to fire axes. This amount of melee weapons is so no matter what environment the player finds themselves in during a mission or any other game activity, there is usually a weapon of some sort nearby. If the player has obtained piano wire, you may also strangle an enemy to death with it from behind as a stealth kill, this being a classic assassination method infamous for being used by the Italian Mafia. Rope can also be found and used for similar strangulation stealth kills, appearing in the gameplay environments where piano wire can’t be found. There is a wide variety of new guns and explosives to use in this concept for Mafia IV, going with the new weapons of the time the game takes place that criminals quickly got their hands on. This includes the SPAS-12 combat shotgun, the Beretta 92 pistol, the AK-74 assault rifle, the mini uzi, the MAC-10 submachine gun, both suppressed and unsuppressed variants, the Beretta 92 pistol, the Taurus raging bull revolver, Glock handguns, the TEC-9 machine pistol, illegally modified to be full auto, the Ruger Mini-14 full auto variant, and even Vietnam war era flamethrowers, which I think is only natural given that as of Mafia III, we already have RPGs and grenade launchers. Late in the game from the 1989 section and onwards, the Benelli M3 combat shotgun becomes available. The Milkor MGL grenade launcher becomes available beginning in the 1983 portion of the game. Attached grenade launchers are also available for the AK-47, AK-74, and M16 assault rifles.
Free ride makes a return in Mafia IV, with the player having the options to change the weather, time period, and an option to play as Louis, Vito, Joe, or Lincoln. Naturally, a multitude of new free ride missions are available as well.
I previously posted a much earlier and less detailed draft of this on the old Mafia3 subreddit 3 years ago back in 2017 as an idea for a hypothetical Mafia 3 expansion where you play as Vito, but have since updated and revamped it to a possible Mafia IV plot, and fixed any plot holes I noticed and made it much more fleshed out and in depth, and focus on more than just Vito in the end. You may view my original here if you so desire, to compare. https://www.reddit.com/Mafia3/comments/6sldhp/spoiler_mafia_iii_vito_dlc_basic_plot_idea/
Feel free to give me constructive criticism on this, as I encourage this discourse and believe it is integral to growing and improving, to build upon or improve these ideas I've come up with, or say whether or not you think something like this should happen in the future. Thank you for reading!
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What's Happening in CT 10/17 - 10/20

Thursday, October 17th, 2019:

Friday, October 18th, 2019:
Saturday, October 19th, 2019:
Sunday, October 20th, 2019:
How about check out a newly released movie this weekend!
You can also check this link out for a ton more events all around CT!
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Happening Soon around Shreveport: Happy Thanksgiving --- Rockets over the Red + Christmas markets + holiday theatre

Happening Soon around Shreveport: Happy Thanksgiving --- Rockets over the Red + Christmas markets + holiday theatre

MAJOR EVENTS

Thru Dec 8: Rainbow City - Common Park, FREE/open
Nov 30: Rockets Over the Red - Riverview Park & Louisiana Boardwalk, FREE/open
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Christmas in Shreveport-Bossier Guide

Today - Dec 23: Christmas in Roseland - American Rose Center, $
Today - Dec 22: Red River Express to the North Pole - Riverview Plaza, $$
Weekends until Christmas: Le Marche de Noel Christmas Market - Shreveport Aquarium
Dec 5: A Country Christmas Carol - BPCC Theatre, FREE/open
Dec 5: A Christmas Carol - The Strand Theatre, $$
Dec 6: Christmas Candlelight Service - Brown Chapel at Centenary College, FREE/open
Dec 6: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, $$
Dec 6: Tinsel - Line Ave. shopping district
Dec 7: 20th Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade - Benton
Dec 9: KCS Holiday Express - KCS Yard Gate 5, FREE/open
Dec 13: Centenary Christmas Carnival - Centenary College, FREE/open
Dec 13: Fa La La Fest & Makers’ Fair - Broadmoor Baptist Church
Dec 14: Meadows Museum Holiday Makers Market - Centenary College
Dec 21: James Burton’s Louisiana Rockin’ Christmas - Paradise Theatre, $$

CULTURE

Nov 30: East Bank Golf Cart Parade - East Bank District, FREE
Dec 4: December Artwalk - Downtown, FREE
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Dec 5: PUBlic Theology - Flying Heart Brewing & Pub, $
Dec 6: Girls Night Out: Holiday Cookie Decorating - Norton Art Gallery, $

FOOD & DRINK

Wednesdays at lunch: Healthy Food Trucks in Common Park, $
Nov 27: Thanksgiving Hoorah! - The Remington Hotel, $$
Nov 27: Weird Wednesday: Blood Dinner - Bear’s, $
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Nov 29: Pitch-Black Friday - Twisted Root Burger Co., $
Nov 29: Black Friday Bash - Great Raft Brewing Co., $
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Dec 5: Speakeasy Prohibition Party - Fatty Arbuckles, $$
Dec 6: Making Spirits Bright: a Sipping & Tasting Experience - Hilton Shreveport, $$
Dec 7: Whimsical Waffles & William Joyce - Common Park, $/tickets
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Dec 8: Balderas Brunch - The Common Park, $$

LIVE MUSIC

Thursday evenings: Drum Circle in Common Park, FREE/open
Friday evenings: Live Music Dance Nights in Common Park, FREE/open
Nov 26: Tom Carter + PHAT Brothers + Tom Fashho & Ray Sprague (indie) - Minicine, $
Nov 27: Jeremy Hurst (acoustic) - The Remington Hotel
Nov 27: Josh Love (Jimi Hendrix tribute) - Red River Brewing Co., $
Nov 29: Goth Nite V: Holy Witch (post punk/death rock) - Bear’s, $
Nov 30: Justen Jackson + Zay Spade + Mack Swans + Isaiah Polk + Moni (hip-hop) - Bear’s, $
Nov 30: Local Music Showcase Extravaganza - Minicine, $
Dec 1: Home Free (Christmas a capella) - The Strand Theatre, $$
Dec 5: The La-Di-Das (folk) - The Port Grill, $
Dec 5: Luke Combs (country) - CenturyLink Center
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Dec 5: PONCE (rock) - Ki’ Mexico, $
Dec 7: Haley Brooke (pop/soul) - The Port Grill, $
Dec 8: Point of Grace (contemporary Christian) - First Bossier, FREE/open
RECURRING WEEKLY
Tuesday: Ernie's; Ki’ Mexico; Noble Savage Tavern; Twisted Root
Thursday: 2Johns; Noble Savage Tavern
Friday: Beauxjax Crafthouse; Haze on Texas; Ki’ Mexico; Noble Savage Tavern; The Three Dons
Saturday: Chicago Night Club

COMEDY

Nov 29-30: Kris Gardner (stand-up) - LOL, $
Nov 30: Reginald Ballard (stand-up) - Shreveport Convention Center, $$
Nov 30: Ha Ha Holiday Comedy Show (comedy team) - Great Raft Brewing, $
Dec 6-7: C.J. Starr (stand-up) - LOL, $
Dec 7: Socks & Undies Comedy Show (stand-up) - The Queue Tavern 2.0, cover is new socks, undies, or hygiene products for the homeless

MARKETS

Weekends until Christmas: Le Marche de Noel Christmas Market - Shreveport Aquarium
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Nov 30: Small Business Saturday - Downtown
Dec 1: Holiday in South Highlands Christmas Market - First Baptist Church Shreveport
Dec 6: Tinsel - Line Ave. shopping district

FILM

Thru November: 1999: The Best Movie Year Ever series - Robinson Film Center
Nov 29: Movies Under the Stars: The Polar Express - Provenance, FREE
Dec 3: Heels & Reels: Just Friends - Robinson Film Center, $$

THEATRE

Nov 29: Michael Carbonaro (stage magic) - DiamondJack’s Casino, $$
Dec 4-5: A Country Christmas Carol - BPCC Theatre, FREE/open
Dec 5: A Christmas Carol - The Strand Theatre, $$
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Dec 6: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, $$
Dec 7: J.D. - East Bank Theatre, $

TRIVIA

Dec 8: Taproom Trivia - Red River Brewing Co., $
RECURRING WEEKLY
Sunday: Rotolo’s
Monday: Twisted Root; What’s on Tap II; Ivan’s
Tuesday: The Port Grill; Central Station; Pizza Rev; Daq’s (Southern Loop)
Wednesday: Bar Chord; Chimi V’s; Fully Stacked; Habanero’s; Whiskey Roadhouse
Thursday: Sundance Cantina; Bear’s; Windrush Grill; Retro 521 Coffee & Cafe
Saturday: Rotolo’s

ACTIVE

Nov 28: Turkey Trot (5K/half mile) - Common Park, $$
Nov 30: Renee’s Run (5K/1 mile) - Stoner Skate Park, $$
Dec 6: Dashing Thru the Glow (5K/1 mile) - Haughton, $$
Dec 7: Dash Around the Square (5K/1 mile) - Benton, $$
Dec 8: Log Jammer Half Marathon & 5K - Festival Plaza, $$
Saturday mornings: Exercise in Common Park, FREE
Sunday afternoons: Yoga in Common Park, FREE
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LIVE SPORTS

Dec 6: New Mexico IceWolves @ Shreveport Mudbugs - George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum, $
Dec 7: New Mexico IceWolves @ Shreveport Mudbugs - George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum, $
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FOR FAMILIES

Nov 29 - Dec 22: Red River Express to the North Pole - Riverview Plaza, $$
Nov 30: Sno-Port: The Science and Wonders of Snowflakes - Sci-Port, $
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Dec 9: KCS Holiday Express - KCS Yard Gate 5, FREE/open
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DAILY ACTIVITIES
Shreve Memorial Library
Bossier Parish Libraries
Shreveport Aquarium
Sci-Port Discovery Center

NEW OPENINGS

Open Now: Nekter Juice Bar (Camp Forbing Marketplace)
Open Now: Fat Calf Brasserie (3030 Creswell Ave.)
Open Now: Glow Alchemy Kitchen (955 Pierremont Rd.)
Open Now: Sauvage (608 Absinthe Court, outside of Twelve Oaks)
Open Now: Zuzul Coastal Cuisine (1370 E. 70th St.)
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Ranking All UFC Events Via Their Reported Attendance Numbers!

Ranking - Event - Location @ Venue - Attendance

These Events Have No Reported Attendance Record

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Gravity's Rainbow and the secret integration.

I've read Gravity's Rainbow four times and thought I understood it pretty well. However, reading Beckett's Molloy/Malone Dies/The Unnameable trilogy and the Beckett biography Damned to Fame, and a lot of Jung, and going through some difficult times made me realise how much within me that I had previously repressed. The slow process of integrating everything I was in denial about has allowed me to find peace that I never thought I would attain, having been clinically depressed and suicidal for around ten years. I started reading GR again with this new understanding of myself and realised that I actually hadn't understood it properly at all. I thought I'd share a few things I realised in case they might be of interest to any of you. I will discuss the book from a psychoanalytical perspective and a political perspective here, but I do not wish to reduce what is such a brilliant novel in its own right to these elements alone; I feel like the literary perspective has been discussed far more than these aspects though, and strongly doubt I would be able to add anything new to that excellent body of existing work. Even though I have realised that the political and psychoanalytical aspects are examined and explored very overtly in GR, I think they are often underexamined because the readers themselves haven't come to terms with their own inner conflicts, and are therefore in denial about certain things in themselves, such as their own possible complicity (through inaction or otherwise) with the System - much like Pokler. Therefore I am only going to be discussing the book within the very narrow frameworks of psychoanalysis and politics, while acknowledging that this comprises only a fraction of what it really is.
The sheer density of GR can make it hard to tell what the hell is going on even just in terms of things like the plot. But maybe this isn't such a surprise, Pynchon's intelligence and education, how long he spent writing it, and and how much research he had to do in the process. It's only after doing a lot of the background reading that he refers to that things started to come together for me. With subjects such as Pavlov's theories of conditioning, statistics, physics, engineering, Pynchon reproduces key concepts within the text. For example:
Pavlov was fascinated with “ideas of the opposite.” Call it a cluster of cells, somewhere on the cortex of the brain. Helping to distinguish pleasure from pain, light from dark, dominance from submission... . But when, somehow—starve them, traumatize, shock, castrate them, send them over into one of the transmarginal phases, past borders of their waking selves, past “equivalent” and “paradoxical” phases —you weaken this idea of the opposite, and here all at once is the paranoid patient who would be master, yet now feels himself a slave... who would be loved, but suffers his world’s indifference, and, “I think,” Pavlov writing to Janet, “it is precisely the ultraparadoxical phase which is the base of the weakening of the idea of the opposite in our patients.” Our madmen, our paranoid, maniac, schizoid, morally imbecile—
However, for much of the history, particular that regarding intelligence agencies (whether that is WWII activity such as the O.S.S. or the S.O.E., or CIA activity in the 60s and 70s around the time that Pynchon was writing GR in a Californian beach house, very near where groups such as the Black Panthers were operating, targets of programs such as COINTELPRO and Operation CHAOS), the books had not even been written yet. I think the first few pages, with the carriage full of evacuees, can be interpreted as moving into the darkest parts of lost or repressed history, e.g.:
and it is poorer the deeper they go... ruinous secret cities of poor, places whose names he has never heard..
These names he has never heard could range from the Herero tribe whose genocide he discovered while writing V. ten years before, to Novi Pazar (with the Adenoid passage), to the all other hidden history in the book. I have also read people remarking on how in The Crying of Lot 49 it seems like Pynchon was somehow aware of MK-Ultra (which Dr Hilarius was involved with) before well the documents were leaked and the program confirmed. However, fortunately, many these history books have since been written. If anyone is interested, a great place to start is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, published in 2016, which follows Dulles from his time at the Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell to his time in the O.S.S. in Switzerland, working with Nazis in Operation Paperclip, to his directorship of the CIA through the 50s and 60s. Reading about this Cold War history, and also the writing of Huey Newton (who I strongly believe Enzian is in part based on), made a lot of GR far clearer. It is important to recognise that these histories of intelligence agencies contain irrefutable documented facts that the public at large is collectively in denial about - because they are too dark for them to acknowledge and face. For them to acknowledge these facts requires integrating that darkness into their conscious minds, before anything can be done about it on the political level. I think that, through the incorporation of all the world's darkness, from politics to history to sexual and paedophilic fantasies to etc..., this is the Secret Integration that Pynchon is trying to accomplish, and which concept he wrote a story about, published in Slow Learner. Reading this book causes the beginnings of this process, as all of the darkness is brought into one's mind by reading it.
Another crucial area for me was understanding a bit about Freud and Jung. Particularly Freud's tendency to project his own incredibly powerful repression onto his patients, because of his own compulsion to analyse and differentiate everything, much in the Western tradition, seen in, for example, his five stages of psychosexual development, oral, anal, phallic, latent and genital stages. Some people don't need to delve into the darkest aspects of their unconscious to find peace, but since Freud did, he felt the need to inflict this also on his patients - seen in the many cases where he would tell victims of childhood sexual abuse that it was due to their own subconscious desires to be raped, which could, obviously, do enormous damage to his patients. His compulsion to do this might have stemmed from, alongside his overanalytical compulsions, the truth that anything we are in denial of or repress causes inner conflicts that manifest in our daily lives, and the only way to get rid of them is to integrate them into the conscious mind. Jung's equivalent of this is his statement that “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Jung's thinking on the unconscious, and particularly the notion of the collective unconscious - this idea that all the darkness in humanity is also within ourselves, and vice versa, much as in Daoism, another critical source for GR - is very useful to help understand the book.
An interesting thing to consider is that the old psychoanalytic approach, more directive/authoritarian (going back to Mesmer powerfully dominating his hypnotic subjects), where the analyst would attempt to integrate these repressions into the conscious mind of the patient by force, has fallen out of favour - it is now seen that the permissive style, in which the therapist tries to help the patient realise things themselves without use of force, is a much healthier approach for the average person (though there are still some cases where the directive style can be more effective). The former's effects can be seen in GR when, after many sessions with Freud, Greta's darkest parts of her unconscious mind rise up and she begins murdering children. Pynchon links Freud's repressions to trauma carried down by Jews from life under the Romans, and elsewhere, slavery under the Ancient Egyptians, which is fundamental to their religious texts (linked itself with attitudes and trauma in the black population about the more recent black slavery).
The trouble with Sigmund was the place he happened to be living in, a drafty, crenelated deformity overlooking a cold little lake in the Bavarian Alps. Parts of it must have dated back to the fall of Rome. That was where Sigmund brought her.
She had got the idea somewhere that she was part Jewish. Things in Germany by then, as everyone knows, were very bad. Margherita was terrified of being “found out.” She heard Gestapo in every puff of air that slipped in, among any of a thousand windways of dilapidation. Sigmund spent whole nights trying to talk it away. He was no better at it than Rollo. It was around this time that her symptoms began.
However psychogenic these pains, tics, hives and nauseas, her suffering was real. Acupuncturists came down by Zeppelin from Berlin, showing up in the middle of the night with little velvet cases full of gold needles. Viennese analysts, Indian holy men, Baptists from America trooped in and out of Sigmund’s castle, stage-hypnotists and Colombian curanderos slept on the rug in front of the fireplace. Nothing worked. Sigmund grew alarmed, and before long as ready as Margherita to hallucinate. Probably it was she who suggested Bad Karma. It had a reputation that summer for its mud, hot and greasy mud with traces of radium, jet black, softly bubbling. Ah. Anyone who’s been sick in that way can imagine her hope. That mud would cure anything. Where was anybody that summer before the War? Dreaming. The spas that summer, the summer Ensign Morituri came to Bad Karma, were crowded with sleepwalkers. Nothing for him to do at the Embassy. They suggested a holiday till September. He should have known something was up, but he only went on holiday to Bad Karma—spent the days drinking Pilsener Urquelle in the cafe by the lake in the Pavilion Park. He was a stranger, half the time drunk, silly beer-drunk, and he hardly spoke their language. But what he saw must have been going on all over Germany. A premeditated frenzy.
This is a similar process to what Slothrop goes through in the Abreaction Ward, when under sodium amytal ("truth serum") and the supervision of psychoanalysts, Slothrop explores the parts of his unconscious that he has repressed, including his feelings towards race and homosexuality.
PISCES: We want to talk some more about Boston today, Slothrop. You recall that we were talking last time about the Negroes, in Roxbury. Now we know it’s not all that comfortable for you, but do try, won’t you. Now—where are you, Slothrop? Can you see anything?
Slothrop: Well no, not see exactly...
By the presence of Red (Malcolm X) in the scene where Slothrop flees the black men at the jazz club trying to rape him down the toilet (which leads through a trip not only through Slothrop's own unconscious racism but also through the repressed histories, all the Preterite lost and forgotten.
Either he lets the harp go, his silver chances of song, or he has to follow. Follow? Red, the Negro shoeshine boy, waits by his dusty leather seat. The Negroes all over wasted Roxbury wait. Follow? “Cherokee” comes wailing up from the dance floor below, over the hi-hat, the string bass, the thousand sets of feet where moving rose lights suggest not pale Harvard boys and their dates, but a lotta dolled-up redskins. The song playing is one more lie about white crimes. But more musicians have floundered in the channel to “Cherokee” than have got through from end to end.
Here, among other things, if we consider Slothrop's mouth harp a (Rilke-referencing) metaphor, in part, for Pynchon's own tools of artistry, I feel like these floundering musicians can be seen as other writers who have not come to terms with the darkest parts of history, and thus their own unconscious. And the decision to delve into these things as an artist necessitates exposing one's own unconscious repressions, which causes you to be in a vulnerable position - particularly since They like to use these aspects of people to control them, as with Prentice and the drawing of the Scorpia Mossmoon lookalike he is given to activate the Kryptosam. In Pynchon's case, this means exposing his own racism and homophobia:
If Slothrop follows that harp down the toilet it’ll have to be headfirst, which is not so good, cause it leaves his ass up in the air helpless, and with Negroes around that’s just what a fella doesn’t want, his face down in some fetid unknown darkness and brown fingers, strong and sure, all at once undoing his belt, unbuttoning his fly, strong hands holding his legs apart—and he feels the cold Lysol air on his thighs as down come the boxer shorts too, now, with the colorful bass lures and trout flies on them. He struggles to work himself farther into the toilet hole as dimly, up through the smelly water, comes the sound of a whole dark gang of awful Negroes come yelling happily into the white men’s room, converging on poor wriggling Slothrop, jiving around the way they do singing, “Slip the talcum to me, Malcolm!” [*] And the voice that replies is who but that Red, the shoeshine boy who’s slicked up Slothrop’s black patents a dozen times down on his knees jes poppin’ dat rag to beat the band... now Red the very tall, skinny, extravagantly conked redhead Negro shoeshine boy who’s just been “Red” to all the Harvard fellas—“Say Red, any of those Sheiks in the drawer?” “How ’bout another luck-changin’ phone number there, Red?”—this Negro whose true name now halfway down the toilet comes at last to Slothrop’s hearing—as a thick finger with a gob of very slippery jelly or cream comes sliding down the crack now toward his asshole, chevroning the hairs along like topo lines up a river valley—the true name is Malcolm, and all the black cocks know him, Malcolm, have known him all along—Red Malcolm the Unthinkable Nihilist sez, “Good golly he sure is all asshole ain’t he?” Jeepers Slothrop, what a position for you to be in! Even though he has succeeded in getting far enough down now so that only his legs protrude and his buttocks heave and wallow just under the level of the water like pallid domes of ice. Water splashes, cold as the rain outside, up the walls of the white bowl. “Grab him ’fo’ he gits away!” “Yowzah!” Distant hands clutch after his calves and ankles, snap his garters and tug at the argyle sox Mom knitted for him to go to Harvard in, but these insulate so well, or he has progressed so far down the toilet by now, that he can hardly feel the hands at all...
GR can be seen even as a process of abreaction that Pynchon underwent. If the rumours that he used drugs through writing it are true, then that would mean exposing things in him unconscious even to himself while writing it. Worth at this point also to note Jung's criticisms of Freud's use of abreaction, and thus the possible dangers of doing this.
Though traumata of clearly aetiological significance were occasionally present, the majority of them appeared very improbable. Many traumata were so unimportant, even so normal, that they could be regarded at most as a pretext for the neurosis. But what especially aroused my criticism was the fact that not a few traumata were simply inventions of fantasy and had never happened at all.
However, as Daoism asserts, light and darkness is in everything. For the Pavlovian Pointsman, who views things in binary, this is impossible to accept - the idea that for between every extreme - like black and white - lies a spectrum, a continuous rainbow. As Western humans understand things through this differentiation and analysis, this continuity causes an inherent conflict. Pointsman, the pure cause-and-effect man, the "Antimexico" (since Mexico, the statistician who thinks all can be explained through independent variables and probability distributions, takes the opposite position), says this on Daoist thinking early on.
“Pierre Janet —sometimes the man talked like an Oriental mystic. He had no real grasp of the opposites. ‘The act of injuring and the act of being injured are joined in the behavior of the whole injury.’ Speaker and spoken-of, master and slave, virgin and seducer, each pair most conveniently coupled and inseparable—The last refuge of the incorrigibly lazy, Mexico, is just this sort of yang-yin rubbish.
But by the end of Beyond the Zero, he's having a breakdown, as his unconscious is trying to tell him the truth of the Daoist wisdom he was so quick to reject in his scientific arrogance.
“Talking to myself, here. Little—sort of—eccentricity, heh, heh.”
“Yang and Yin,” whispers the Voice, “Yang and Yin... .”
With all that out of the way, the plot of what GR is actually about can perhaps begin to be discussed. I'm going to make a lot of assumptions here that many of the male characters are based on Pynchon himself. You may disagree with this approach, which is very understandable, given my total lack of evidence. My justification for it is the following passages from Slothrop's trip down the toilet:
Here now is Crutchfield or Crouchfield, the westwardman. Not “archetypical” westwardman, but the only. Understand, there was only one. There was only one Indian who ever fought him. Only one fight, one victory, one loss. And only one president, and one assassin, and one election. True. One of each of everything. You had thought of solipsism, and imagined the structure to be populated—on your level—by only, terribly, one. No count on any other levels. But it proves to be not quite that lonely. Sparse, yes, but a good deal better than solitary. One of each of everything’s not so bad. Half an Ark’s better than none.
Then slightly later on:
Isn’t there supposed to be only one of each?
A. Yes.
Q. Then one Indian girl...
A. One pure Indian. One mestiza. One criolla. [*] Then: one Yaqui. One Navaho. One Apache—
Q. Wait a minute, there was only one Indian to begin with. The one that Crutchfield killed.
A. Yes. Look on it as an optimization problem. The country can best support only one of each.
Q. Then what about all the others? Boston. London. The ones who live in cities. Are those people real, or what?
A. Some are real, and some aren’t.
Q. Well are the real ones necessary? or unnecessary?
A. It depends what you have in mind.
Q. Shit, I don’t have anything in mind.
A. We do.
However, given the extent to which Pynchon has managed to keep his life quiet, I'm aware that this assumption could be projection from me. I think might be by design of the book though:
“Pre cise-ly why,” leaps Rozsavolgyi, “we are now proposing, to give, Slothrop a com plete- ly dif-ferent sort, of test. We are now de sign- ing for him, a so called, ‘projec-tive’ test. The most famil-iar exam- ple of the type, is the Rorschach ink-blot. The ba- sic theory, is that when given an un struc-tured stimulus, some shape-less blob of exper-ience, the subject, will seek to impose, struc- ture on it. How, he goes a -bout struc-turing this blob, will reflect his needs, his hopes—will pro vide, us with clues, to his dreams, fan- tasies , the deepest re-gions of his mind.”
With those disclaimers out the way, here's what I think. I think Mexico is the "cheap nihilist" of Pynchon as a younger man, before he's delved into his own darkness, and still very much without belief in any sort of spiritualism:
“It makes no sense unless we also consider those who’ve passed over to the other side. We do transact with them, don’t we? Through specialists like Eventyr and their controls over there. But all together we form a single subculture, a psychical community, if you will.”
“I won’t,” Mexico says dryly, “but yes I suppose someone ought to be looking into it.”
Pointsman is his analytical side, obsessed with cause-and-effect, which eventually, he comes to realise, necessitates delving in the darkest regions of Slothrop's mind, but still obsessed with control, never losing control:
Sign and symptoms. Was Spectro right? Could Outside and Inside be part of the same field? If only in fairness... in fairness... Pointsman ought to be seeking the answer at the interface... oughtn’t he... on the cortex of Lieutenant Slothrop. The man will suffer—perhaps, in some clinical way, be destroyed—but how many others tonight are suffering in his name? For pity’s sake, every day in Whitehall they’re weighing and taking risks that make his, in this, seem almost trivial. Almost. There’s something here, too transparent and swift to get a hold on—Psi Section might speak of ectoplasms—but he knows that the time has never been better, and that the exact experimental subject is in his hands. He must seize now, or be doomed to the same stone hallways, whose termination he knows. But he must remain open—even to the possibility that the Psi people are right. “We may all be right,” he puts in his journal tonight, “so may be all we have speculated, and more. Whatever we may find, there can be no doubt that he is, physiologically, historically, a monster. We must never lose control. The thought of him lost in the world of men, after the war, fills me with a deep dread I cannot extinguish...”
Prentice, the employee, the seasoned intelligence veteran, strikes me as a maturation from Pynchon's earlier Mexico phase, into a more realistic and experienced person and, by the time he gets into the Counterforce, "activist". This could be projection but given that the book was written from around the mid-60s until 1973, and how much changed in that time, I feel like this could be based on his own experiences with political activism in California around that time. Might be totally wrong about that, but I just got that impression from reading the weird "interview" towards the end of the book with the Wall Street Journal between the interviewer and the "spokesman for the Counterforce". Who knows, read it again and see what you think.
And Slothrop, the experimental subject, is a model of Pynchon himself, rather than a differentiated portion of his own psyche which he turned into a character.
So, what I think is going on:
PISCES is using Slothrop (conditioned by Jamf) to exploit the racism of the Germans in psychological warfare with the whole Schwarzkommando thing. Pointsman is following his own pathological drive to analyse every facet of Slothrop's psyche. This includes Bloat taking photographs of Slothrop's map of girls linked to rockets, which we find out later might partly be falsified, which I interpret perhaps as Pynchon's recognition of his own attempt to impose his sexual interpretation system onto the world at large - interestingly something touched on early on in Bleeding Edge, though I can't find the passage right now, he quietly references the sexual hysterias of youth or something like that.
Prentice is an employee of the Firm, a greater They than either PISCES or Pointsman, using his ability to have other people's fantasies, notionally for Pointsman, but really for some even grander scheme. This is reflected in the discussion of the message which Prentice picks up from the rocket which he and Slothrop see at the beginning of the book. From the Kryptosam message with the Scorpia lookalike:
Slowly then, a revelation through the nacreous film of his seed, in Negro-brown, comes his message: put in a simple Nihilist transposition whose keywords he can almost guess. Most of it he does in his head. There is a time given, a place, a request for help. He burns the message, fallen on him from higher than Earth’s atmosphere, salvaged from Earth’s prime meridian, keeps the picture, hmm, and washes his hands. His prostate is aching. There is more to this than he can see. He has no recourse, no appeal: he has to go over there and bring the operative out again. The message is tantamount to an order from the highest levels.
This "highest orders" thing can be compared with Slothrop seeing the hand of God pointing down at him.
There is in his history, and likely, God help him, in his dossier, a peculiar sensitivity to what is revealed in the sky. (But a hardon?) On the old schist of a tombstone in the Congregational churchyard back home in Mingeborough, Massachusetts, [*] the hand of God emerges from a cloud, the edges of the figure here and there eroded by 200 years of seasons’ fire and ice chisels at work, and the inscription reading:
In Memory of Constant
Slothrop, who died March
ye 4th 1766, in ye 29th
year of his age.
Death is a debt to nature due,
Which I have paid, and so must you.
...
6:43:16 BDST—in the sky right now here is the same unfolding, just about to break through, his face deepening with its light, everything about to rush away and he to lose himself, just as his countryside has ever proclaimed... slender church steeples poised up and down all these autumn hillsides, white rockets about to fire, only seconds of countdown away, rose windows taking in Sunday light, elevating and washing the faces above the pulpits defining grace, swearing this is how it does happen—yes the great bright hand reaching out of the cloud...
I think Pynchon recognised that with his unique abilities, perception, intelligence, and even privilege, it was his duty to delve into these hidden histories and play his role in bringing about this integration of the darkest levels of the unconscious. But Beyond the Zero is all about systems, and as Pynchon is well aware all systems are inherently limited because there are irrational elements in the world. So after this we have the briefer section in the Casino Hermann Goering, where the role of chance - or fate, depending on your interpretation - is recognised, and systems are examined, particularly language systems, like the drinking game Prince. So after that, with the third part, In the Zone, I think he may have been using drugs and various other techniques to bring out unconscious things in himself, to get past these conscious systems. And then completed with the Tarot reading performed at the end, where it says "here are the cards, exactly as they came up" - I think it's very possible that he did an actual Tarot reading at this point. Maybe I'm wrong about this though, I don't want to make too many assumptions given the lack of information we really have on him. If that thing with the drugs is true, it would explain that infamous quote Jules Seigal attributed to him, "I was so fucked up while I was writing it... that now I go back over some of those sequences and I can't figure out what I could have meant." But it's unclear whether that quote is real or not.
How does this play into politics? I've written far too much already, but I'll just leave things with a couple more quotes and the observation that the final part, the Counterforce, contains some very valid criticisms of the countercultural movement as it manifested in the 60s through 70s. There's this critical passage when Enzian is motorbiking around the Zone, high on Pervitins, and realises that everything has come together for this. There's definitely a sense that Pynchon is acknowledging here the importance of his work, the fact it has done things that no other book had before. But in it too there's also, in it, the mocking of the temptation to view everything as an ordered conspiracy, and not acknowledge the non-rational and non-causal forces also at work, and mocking of his own self-seriousness.
There doesn’t exactly dawn, no but there breaks, as that light you’re afraid will break some night at too deep an hour to explain away—there floods on Enzian what seems to him an extraordinary understanding. This serpentine slagheap he is just about to ride into now, this ex-refinery, Jamf Ölfabriken Werke AG, is not a ruin at all. It is in perfect working order. Only waiting for the right connections to be set up, to be switched on... modified, precisely, deliberately by bombing that was never hostile, but part of a plan both sides—”sides?” —had always agreed on... yes and now what if we—all right, say we are supposed to be the Kabbalists out here, say that’s our real Destiny, to be the scholar-magicians of the Zone, with somewhere in it a Text, to be picked to pieces, annotated, explicated, and masturbated till it’s all squeezed limp of its last drop... well we assumed—natürlich!—that this holy Text had to be the Rocket, orururumo orunene the high, rising, dead, the blazing, the great one (“orunene” is already being modified by the Zone-Herero children to “omunene,” the eldest brother)... our Torah. What else? Its symmetries, its latencies, the cuteness of it enchanted and seduced us while the real Text persisted, somewhere else, in its darkness, our darkness... even this far from Südwest we are not to be spared the ancient tragedy of lost messages, a curse that will never leave us... . But, if I’m riding through it, the Real Text, right now, if this is it... or if I passed it today somewhere in the devastation of Hamburg, breathing the ashdust, missing it completely... if what the IG built on this site were not at all the final shape of it, but only an arrangement of fetishes, come-ons to call down special tools in the form of 8th AF bombers yes the “Allied” planes all would have been, ultimately, IG-built, by way of Director Krupp, through his English interlocks—the bombing was the exact industrial process of conversion, each release of energy placed exactly in space and time, each shock-wave plotted in advance to bring precisely tonight’s wreck into being thus decoding the Text, thus coding, recoding, redecoding the holy Text... If it is in working order, what is it meant to do? The engineers who built it as a refinery never knew there were any further steps to be taken. Their design was “finalized,” and they could forget it. It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted... secretly, it was being dictated instead by the needs of technology... by a conspiracy between human beings and techniques, by something that needed the energy-burst of war, crying, “Money be damned, the very life of [insert name of Nation] is at stake,” but meaning, most likely, dawn is nearly here, I need my night’s blood, my funding, funding, ahh more, more... . The real crises were crises of allocation and priority, not among firms—it was only staged to look that way—but among the different Technologies, Plastics, Electronics, Aircraft, and their needs which are understood only by the ruling elite...
Yes but Technology only responds (how often this argument has been iterated, dogged and humorless as a Gaussian reduction, among the younger Schwarzkommando especially), “All very well to talk about having a monster by the tail, but do you think we’d’ve had the Rocket if someone, some specific somebody with a name and a penis hadn’t wanted to chuck a ton of Amatol 300 miles and blow up a block full of civilians? Go ahead, capitalize the T on technology, deify it if it’ll make you feel less responsible—but it puts you in with the neutered, brother, in with the eunuchs keeping the harem of our stolen Earth for the numb and joyless hardens of human sultans, human elite with no right at all to be where they are—”
We have to look for power sources here, and distribution networks we were never taught, routes of power our teachers never imagined, or were encouraged to avoid... we have to find meters whose scales are unknown in the world, draw our own schematics, getting feedback, making connections, reducing the error, trying to learn the real function... zeroing in on what incalculable plot?
Up here, on the surface, coaltars, hydrogenation, synthesis were always phony, dummy functions to hide the real, the planetary mission yes perhaps centuries in the unrolling... this ruinous plant, waiting for its Kabbalists and new alchemists to discover the Key, teach the mysteries to others...
And if it isn’t exactly Jamf Ölfabriken Werke? what if it’s the Krupp works in Essen, what if it’s Blohm & Voss right here in Hamburg or another make-believe “ruin,” in another city? Another country? YAAAGGGGHHHHH!
Well, this is stimulant talk here, yes Enzian’s been stuffing down Nazi surplus Pervitins these days like popcorn at the movies, and by now the bulk of the refinery—named, incidentally, for the famous discoverer of Oneirine—is behind them, and Enzian is on into some other paranoid terror, talking, talking, though each man’s wind and motor cuts him off from conversation.
Some words of wisdom from the seasoned veteran Prentice:
“You’re a novice paranoid, Roger,” first time Prentice has ever used his Christian name and it touches Roger enough to check his tirade. “Of course a well-developed They-system is necessary—but it’s only half the story. For every They there ought to be a We. In our case there is. Creative paranoia means developing at least as thorough a We-system as a They-system—”
“Wait, wait, first where’s the Haig and Haig, be a gracious host, second what is a ‘They-system,’ I don’t pull Chebychev’s Theorem on you, do I?”
“I mean what They and Their hired psychiatrists call ‘delusional systems.’
Needless to say, ‘delusions’ are always officially defined. We don’t have to worry about questions of real or unreal. They only talk out of expediency. It’s the system that matters. How the data arrange themselves inside it. Some are consistent, others fall apart. Your idea that Pointsman sent Gloaming takes a wrong fork. Without any contrary set of delusions—delusions about ourselves, which I’m calling a We-system—the Gloaming idea might have been all right—”
“Delusions about ourselves?”
“Not real ones.”
“But officially defined.”
“Out of expediency, yes.”
“Well, you’re playing Their game, then.”
“Don’t let it bother you. You’ll find you can operate quite well. Seeing as we haven’t won yet, it isn’t really much of a problem.”
Roger is totally confused.
And finally, amid all this darkness, in a superlatively dark book, some hope at last, to hold onto, that makes life worth living, and why I think that despite what many say, GR is not a nihilistic work at all (Tchitcherine, the born nihilist, is almost a parody of this position). It starts with Slothrop's awakening to nature:
Trees, now—Slothrop’s intensely alert to trees, finally. When he comes in among trees he will spend time touching them, studying them, sitting very quietly near them and understanding that each tree is a creature, carrying on its individual life, aware of what’s happening around it, not just some hunk of wood to be cut down. Slothrop’s family actually made its money killing trees, amputating them from their roots, chopping them up, grinding them to pulp, bleaching that to paper and getting paid for this with more paper. “That’s really insane.” He shakes his head. “There’s insanity in my family.” He looks up. The trees are still. They know he’s there. They probably also know what he’s thinking. “I’m sorry,” he tells them. “I can’t do anything about those people, they’re all out of my reach. What can I do?” A medium-size pine nearby nods its top and suggests, “Next time you come across a logging operation out here, find one of their tractors that isn’t being guarded, and take its oil filter with you. That’s what you can do.”
And then, after Slothrop's harp makes its trip down the toilet, and through all of the darkness of the book until that point, where does it next show up? After he draws a rocket mandala, scrawls Rocketman was here on a wall, after the sequence with the Magician using black magic and a mandrake to multiply money, and a delegate from the Committee on Idiopathic Archetypes shows up to visit:
Crosses, swastikas, Zone-mandalas, how can they not speak to Slothrop? He’s sat in Säure Bummer’s kitchen, the air streaming with kif moires, reading soup recipes and finding in every bone and cabbage leaf paraphrases of himself... news flashes, names of wheelhorses that will pay him off enough for a certain getaway... . He used to pick and shovel at the spring roads of Berkshire, April afternoons he’s lost, “Chapter 81 work,” they called it, following the scraper that clears the winter’s crystal attack-from-within, its white necropolizing... picking up rusted beer cans, rubbers yellow with preterite seed, Kleenex wadded to brain shapes hiding preterite snot, preterite tears, newspapers, broken glass, pieces of automobile, days when in superstition and fright he could make it all fit, seeing clearly in each an entry in a record, a history: his own, his winter’s, his country’s... instructing him, dunce and drifter, in ways deeper than he can explain, have been faces of children out the train windows, two bars of dance music somewhere, in some other street at night, needles and branches of a pine tree shaken clear and luminous against night clouds, one circuit diagram out of hundreds in a smudged yellowing sheaf, laughter out of a cornfield in the early morning as he was walking to school, the idling of a motorcycle at one duskheavy hour of the summer... and now, in the Zone, later in the day he became a crossroad, after a heavy rain he doesn’t recall, Slothrop sees a very thick rainbow here, a stout rainbow cock driven down out of pubic clouds into Earth, green wet valleyed Earth, and his chest fills and he stands crying, not a thing in his head, just feeling natural...
And later:
Slothrop moseys down the trail to a mountain stream where he’s left his harp to soak all night, wedged between a couple of rocks in a quiet pool. ... Through the flowing water, the holes of the old Hohner Slothrop found are warped one by one, squares being bent like notes, a visual blues being played by the clear stream.
There are harpmen and dulcimer players in all the rivers, wherever water moves. Like that Rilke prophesied,
And though Earthliness forget you,
To the stilled Earth say: I flow.
To the rushing water speak: I am.
It is still possible, even this far out of it, to find and make audible the spirits of lost harpmen. Whacking the water out of his harmonica, reeds singing against his leg, picking up the single blues at bar 1 of this morning’s segment, Slothrop, just suckin’ on his harp, is closer to being a spiritual medium than he’s been yet, and he doesn’t even know it.
There's hope after all, and I think it's reflected in how much more positive all his later works have been. Thanks so much for reading, I hope it was at least vaguely interesting, not too much of an unstructured ramble. Also, this is such a great subreddit, really I love the community here. My very best to you all!
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What's happening around town (Wed, Apr 3rd - Tue, Apr 9th)

Tulsa's event list.

Ongoing

Wednesday, Apr 3rd

  • Build Your Best Life With Inspirational Jewelry SOLD OUT (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 🎭 Cynthia Simmons Trio (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:10pm Presented by Tulsa PAC Trust Westby Pavilion The Brown Bag It Series is a free concert series offered the first Wednesday of each month. Bring your...
  • Fitness On the Green: MORNING GRIND BOOTCAMP (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00am
  • Fitness on the Green: YOGA (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Hozier (Brady Theater - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Don't miss Irish singer-songwriter Hozier as he takes the stage at Tulsa's Brady Theater with all-new music.…
  • Hozier (Brady Theater - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Local Wednesday (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • 😂 Mr. Showtime (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Apr 6th
  • New Genre Arts Festival 2019 - OK Avant Garde Spoken Word (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Appreciate non-traditional art forms at the New Genre Festival held at the Living Arts of Tulsa. At this…
  • 🎭 Open Auditions for Cast (Tulsa Spotlight Theatre - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Open Auditions first Wednesday of every month. 6:30pm
  • Portfolio and Professional Practices (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Speaking Of Which A Spoken Word Open Mic (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Strengthen Your Business With Entrepreneur Paul Allen (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00am
  • WINESDAY!! (The Tavern - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm

Thursday, Apr 4th

  • ahha Tulsa Open Studio Hours (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 🎭 American Dreams (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Hear America's diverse stories and perspectives during the play "American Dreams" at Tulsa Performing…
  • Benny Bassett (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Death Cab for Cutie + My Brightest Diamond (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm See indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie as they make their way to Tulsa for a very special concert at the historic…
  • Tulsa Drillers versus Arkansas (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎭 Eurydice (University of Tulsa - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm The TU Department of Theatre will present Eurydice, April 4-7. Written by acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl, this play is a contemporary retelling of the...
  • Fitness on the Green: Bootcamp (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Ghost Town Remedy (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Hanging w/ Bowie & Warhol : Duncan Hannah (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:15pm
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🎓 Meetings Mean Business in Tulsa (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00am Cox Business Center invites local venues and meeting and event professionals to
  • 😂 Mr. Showtime (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Apr 6th
  • MY BROTHER AND ME (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • New Genre Arts Festival 2019 - OK Avant Garde Spoken Word (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Appreciate non-traditional art forms at the New Genre Festival held at the Living Arts of Tulsa. At this…
  • New Genre Engagement Dinner (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎓 SOLD OUT: Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:30am City Year Tulsa is proud to host our Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, bringing together many of Tulsa’s best and brightest leaders to honor...
  • Spring Homeschool Art Classes (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 1:30pm
  • Success Series: Professional Growth (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Thirsty Thursday (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • TYPros Business Development Crew Meeting (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Wordpress 101 (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:30am
  • Zac Wenzel: Red Dirt Thursdays (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm

Friday, Apr 5th

  • Alex Williams (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎭 American Dreams (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Hear America's diverse stories and perspectives during the play "American Dreams" at Tulsa Performing…
  • Art Crawl = Sightings in the Universe by Rebecca Joskey (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • The Art of Madd Sagittarius (Forest Hatfield) and the mellow tunes of Marilyn McCulloch (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2019 (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Presents
  • Beach Boys in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Head to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa to experience the classic sounds of summer from one of America's most…
  • 🎨 Ben Rector - Magic: The Tour (Reynolds Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Headliner: Ben Rector Special Guest: Josie Dunne
  • Beth Lipman: Accidental Vestiges - Opening (108|Contemporary - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Black Victorians - Charica Daugherty - Opening (Tulsa Artists Coalition - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • THE CONCILIATION SERIES April Installment - nosamyrag and Austin Gober - Opening (Black Wall Street Theatre - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Deep Sequence (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Tulsa Drillers versus Arkansas (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎭 Eurydice (TU Dept of Theatre and Musical Theatre and Dance - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm The TU Department of Theatre will present Eurydice, April 4-7. Written by acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl, this play is a contemporary retelling of the...
  • Facebook Advertising Deep Dive (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:30am
  • First Friday Art Crawl w/Double Treble (Mainline - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • First Friday Artist: Todd Golnick - "The 7th Annual Gurney Show" (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • 🎡 First Friday: TU Arts & Humanities Festival (University of Tulsa - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm Celebrate all aspects of the arts and humanities on First Friday in downtown Tulsa. This event will feature music, an art exhibition, performance,...
  • Hoe You Think You Can Dance! Dance Contest (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00pm
  • Claremore Home & Garden Show (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Thru Sun, Apr 7th This spring home and garden show will feature a wide variety of home products, lawn and garden equipment, seminars and an…
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores - Special (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Latin Infusion (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience - Special $5 admission (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Lone Wild Record Release (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • MITOCHROMA - Opening (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Modern Color, No Sun, Downward (Chimera Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 😂 Mr. Showtime (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left
  • New Genre Arts Festival 2019 - OK Avant Garde Spoken Word (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 7th Appreciate non-traditional art forms at the New Genre Festival held at the Living Arts of Tulsa. At this…
  • 🏆 Tulsa Oilers vs. Kalamazoo Wings (BOK Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:05pm Cheer on the Tulsa Oilers as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. Get in on the…
  • The Pantheist Prayers - Musical Celebration of the Cosmos (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm
  • SpringFest (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 SpringFest Garden Market & Festival in Tulsa is a celebration of gardening. This event, held annually at the Tulsa…
  • SpringFest at Woodward Park 2019 (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am The Tulsa Garden Center is gearing up for another fabulous year of SpringFest at Woodward Park! This annual fundraising event is a must-visit for all...
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • Thursday Nght Throwdown (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Tony Romanello and the Black Jackets (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • The Wedding Singer (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Get ready to laugh during a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s as "The Wedding Singer" comes to Tulsa…

Saturday, Apr 6th

  • 🎭 American Dreams (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Hear America's diverse stories and perspectives during the play "American Dreams" at Tulsa Performing…
  • The Annie Oakley (Spinster Records - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Aquarium Run (Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks) Start Time: 6:00am The Aquarium Run in Jenks welcomes all runners and walkers to take part in this annual event promoting physical fitness and…
  • Beth Lipman Artist Talk (108|Contemporary - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:30pm
  • Black Victorians - Charica Daugherty - Opening (Tulsa Artists Coalition - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • The Color Run (River West Festival Park - Tulsa) Spend the day racing in Tulsa's exciting version of the national Color Run. Don your most attention-grabbing tutu and…
  • Cowpoke Soiree (Spinster Records - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • DJ FenixFX (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Tulsa Drillers versus Arkansas (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎭 The Drunkard and the Olio (Tulsa Spotlight Theatre - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Elite Roughneck Roller Derby vs Springfield Roller Derby (Ninowski Recreation Center - Broken Arrow) Catch the buzz as the Elite Roughneck Roller Derby girls put on an electrifying dance of athleticism and grace as the…
  • High Noon Shootout (JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum - Claremore) At JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum, experience a High Noon Shootout straight out of an old Western film. The Tri-State…
  • Hikes Jr. Clooney, Tallows, Speak Memory (Chimera Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • Claremore Home & Garden Show (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) 1 day left This spring home and garden show will feature a wide variety of home products, lawn and garden equipment, seminars and an…
  • Hurling in the Heartland After Party with Larkin (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • IICOT Indian Taco Sale & Art Fair (The American Legion Post 1 - Tulsa) Join the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa (IICOT) for a market and food event you won't want to miss. The IICOT…
  • "THE INNOCENTS," PRESENTED BY DAN ALLEN CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • iPhone Photography Workshop (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 1:00pm
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 11:00am
  • Karaoke 21+ (Mainline - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am
  • Linocut 101 - SOLD OUT (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Magical Mornings for Families - SOLD OUT (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am
  • Mike Hosty (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 😂 Mr. Showtime (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Last Day
  • New Genre Arts Festival 2019 - OK Avant Garde Spoken Word (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Appreciate non-traditional art forms at the New Genre Festival held at the Living Arts of Tulsa. At this…
  • 🏆 Tulsa Oilers Tulsa Oilers | Select-A-Seat (BOK Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:00pm Score yours in person at our 2019-20 Season Ticket Select-A-Seat Event either Saturday, March 30 or Saturday, April 6 from 5PM to 6PM at the BOK Center....
  • 🏆 Tulsa Oilers vs. Kalamazoo Wings (BOK Center - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:05pm Cheer on the Tulsa Oilers as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. Get in on the…
  • 🏃 Oklahoma Aquarium Run (Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks) The Aquarium Run promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for the nonprofit Oklahoma Aquarium's educational programs and exhibits. The event features a half-marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk, plus free race-day Aquarium admission for registered runners and walkers!
  • The Pantheist Prayers - Musical Celebration of the Cosmos (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Portfolio and Professional Practices (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🎓 Rock The House 2019 (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm Rock the House debuted in 2018 as Tulsa Habitat for Humanity's signature fundraising event, immediately becoming one of the hottest tickets in town - in...
  • Roughneck Roller Derby vs Stone Cold Foxes (Ninowski Recreation Center - Broken Arrow) Catch the buzz as the Roughneck Roller Derby girls put on an electrifying dance of athleticism and grace as the jammers and…
  • Sightings in the Universe by Rebecca Joskey (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 🎨 Slow Art Day (The Gilcrease Museum - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am Take the time to slow down, relax and treat yourself to beautiful art on Slow Art Day 2019. One day each year, museums all over the world give people the...
  • Soul night (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • SpringFest (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 SpringFest Garden Market & Festival in Tulsa is a celebration of gardening. This event, held annually at the Tulsa…
  • SpringFest at Woodward Park 2019 (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am The Tulsa Garden Center is gearing up for another fabulous year of SpringFest at Woodward Park! This annual fundraising event is a must-visit for all...
  • 🏆 Spring Sling Roller Derby (Ninowski Recreation Center - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 4:30pm This is a description
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • T-Connection: a Culture Stacking Ceremony (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show (Expo Square - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 The Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show is one of the largest firearms shows in the world. This show features more than…
  • The Wedding Singer (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Get ready to laugh during a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s as "The Wedding Singer" comes to Tulsa…
  • Yoga for Young Artists (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:30am

Sunday, Apr 7th

  • ahha Tulsa Open Studio Hours (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 🎭 American Dreams (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Last Day Hear America's diverse stories and perspectives during the play "American Dreams" at Tulsa Performing…
  • Artists' Workshops (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Benefit for the Bachelor (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 3:00pm
  • Beth Lipman: Accidental Vestiges (108|Contemporary - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Tulsa Drillers versus Arkansas (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 7:00pm
  • FAVX (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Gnarwolf - the Hungy Af Tour (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Claremore Home & Garden Show (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Last Day This spring home and garden show will feature a wide variety of home products, lawn and garden equipment, seminars and an…
  • Joel Daniel Phillips It Felt Like The Future Was Now + Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding + Peggy Weil: 88 Cores (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 11:00am
  • KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND and BETH HART BAND (Brady Theater - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm Experience an evening of hard-hitting blues as the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band delivers soulful guitar licks in Tulsa. Hear…
  • Kicklahoma (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Calling all Sneakerheads! Get to the Cox Business Center in Tulsa this April for Kicklahoma. At this sneaker…
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100 + Dust Bowl VR Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am
  • MITOCHROMA (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • New Genre Arts Festival 2019 - OK Avant Garde Spoken Word (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Last Day Appreciate non-traditional art forms at the New Genre Festival held at the Living Arts of Tulsa. At this…
  • 🏆 Tulsa Oilers vs. Wichita Thunder (BOK Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:05pm Cheer on the Tulsa Oilers as they take on the Wichita Thunder on their last game of the season. Head to the BOK Center in…
  • Sightings in the Universe by Rebecca Joskey (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • Sunday Showcase hosted by Shanel Sterling (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Vinyl Brunch Sunday (Chimera Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show (Expo Square - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 The Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show is one of the largest firearms shows in the world. This show features more than…
  • The Wedding Singer (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Get ready to laugh during a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s as "The Wedding Singer" comes to Tulsa…

Monday, Apr 8th

  • Tulsa Drillers versus Springfield (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Wed, Apr 10th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Fitness on the Green: YOGA (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Fitness on the Green: ZUMBA (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • How to Build a Website: What Works & Where Do I Put It? (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • How to Get Things Done (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:30am
  • Keep Flying (NJ LI PA), My Heart and Liver, The Beaten Daylights (Chimera Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • New Candys (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • Trembler (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • The Wedding Singer (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Get ready to laugh during a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s as "The Wedding Singer" comes to Tulsa…

Tuesday, Apr 9th

  • Chase BizMobile Pop Up - Access to Capital Consultations with Chase Experts (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am
  • Tulsa Drillers versus Springfield (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 11:00am
  • Fitness on the Green: Bootcamp (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Green Country Water Garden Society Monthly Meeting (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Monthly Meeting 2435 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK
  • Tulsa Herb Society Monthly Meeting (Tulsa Garden Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00am The Tulsa Herb Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9am. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Intermediate SEOs for SMBs (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Open Mic Night (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • The Pearl Jam (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • SCORE Workshop: A Startup Guide (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:30am
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • STS9 in Concert (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Witness a show to remember as instrumental electronic rock band STS9 puts on an exciting show at Cain's Ballroom in…
  • Trivia Night (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Trivia with Jack (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Tulsa UX (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • The Wedding Singer (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Apr 14th Get ready to laugh during a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s as "The Wedding Singer" comes to Tulsa…

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River Rock Casino Resort Richmond (Canada) - YouTube

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