There's so much of note this weekend around the metro. For example, the OKC Ballet closes its thoroughly enjoyable 40th anniversary season with one of its most popular full length works, a production of "Wizard of Oz" at the Civic Center Music Hall. The show, Jacob Sparso's original telling of L. Frank Baum's story, features an original score from Kermit Poling, performed by the OKC Philharmonic. Showtimes are 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and tickets are available for purchase online or by calling (405) 848-TOES.
- The next couple of days bring some of the Earth Day-related events in Oklahoma City. For example, Metro Transit offers free bus rides on Friday. There's Earth Fest at Martin Park Nature Center on Saturday and Party for the Planet at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday.
- Drive down to Norman for the Land Run celebration 89ers Day Parade on Saturday. See the official site for more information.
- If you want to see some "Extreme Racing," then Remington Park is the place to be on Sunday afternoon... The event features camels and ostriches competing for their chance in the Winner's Circle. For information, call (405) 424-1000.
- An annual event with a great cause takes place at the Bricktown Ballpark this Saturday. It's the OKC Heart Walk, a non-competitive walk to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. For more information, see okcheartwalk.org or call (405) 948-2123.
- On stage, Oklahoma City University presents "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," Sondheim's musical tale of the dark side of love, madness and revenge, in Kirkpatrick Auditorium. See okcu.edu/ticketoffice for ticket information.
- The Oklahoma City Theatre Company production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" continues through Sunday.
- And Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has a staged reading of "Two Noble Kinsmen" on Friday.
- In sports, the Thunder is on the road all weekend, unfortunately. But you can catch Sunday's game against the Lakers, a potential 2nd round playoff matchup, on ABC.
- The RedHawks return to the Brick on Saturday for an eight game homestand that begins with four against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
- Catch OKC Roller Derby action at Farmers Public Market.
- And the Oklahoma City Barons are in the playoffs. The 1st round series with Houston began on Thursday, and they'll be back at the Cox Center on Sunday. You can listen to Friday night's game 2 on KXY 96.1 FM.
- In music, the Diamond Ballroom has an evening with Cake on Saturday.
- And the Blue Door presents the acoustic rocker Monte Montgomery on Friday, then the "theatrical and humorous" music of Caravan of Thieves on Saturday. Get venue & ticket information.
- Finally among the highlights, Saturday and Sunday bring the Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, honoring the legacy of those whose work in Western literature, music, film and television. For ticket information, call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219.
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