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Guthrie Green, a Highly Anticipated New Park in Downtown Tulsa, Opens This Weekend

Just when we thought the recently revitalized Downtown Tulsa really couldn't get any cooler.... Guthrie Green, a new park located at the corner of Boston Avenue and Brady Street --- in the heart of Tulsa's increasingly thriving Brady Arts District --- opens today, Friday the 7th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm. Then, at about 5pm, the music gets underway --- and live, festive, free-to-the-public music (of all kinds, for all tastes) is a big part of what this Opening Weekend for Guthrie Green is all about. Largely funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and equipped with an outdoor theater, fountains, open spaces, a sidewalk cafe, and elegantly gorgeous landscaping, the Green is already a stellar addition to the historic Brady region --- and, indeed, to Tulsa itself. (And the music, actually, is just the beginning; you can view a full listing of Guthrie Green events planned for this weekend here.) Our guests today on ST have both been involved in selecting, booking, and publicizing some of the events lined up for the Green's gala Opening Weekend --- and for many weekends still to come. We are joined by Shirley Elliott, program director at the Tulsa PAC Trust, and Julie Watson, who's one of the producers/planners behind the terrific, newly created music series known as Tulsa Roots Music. (Indeed, as Watson tells us, Tulsa Roots Music will present The Wailers, the legendary reggae combo, on Sunday afternoon, the 9th, at the Green at 2:30pm.) Also on this edition of our show, we have a commentary by Jennifer Adolph, a local veterinarian turned writer, who has some cogent points to make about this nation's identity, its citizenry, its character, and its "social safety net."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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