A sea of pavement is turned into a park, music fills the air and people gather in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood “after five” one evening a month during Kendall Whittier After Five, coming up next on June 13.
“After Five brings the community together and gives people an opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood in the evening,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “The astroturf park just adds to the ambience.”
During After Five, many of the businesses stay open late with art exhibits, activities or specials. After Five is the second Thursday of the month from May through October and ties in with the AKWA Art Walk, which takes place on the second Thursday all year round.
The event kicks off with free yoga in the Whittier Square parking lot, which is covered in astroturf especially for the event, at 5:30 p.m. Rachel Moss takes attendees through the one-hour restorative yoga routine that’s perfect for all fitness levels.
A Kendall Whittier Walls Mural Mini Tour will commence at 6:30 p.m. following yoga. This free mini tour explores the Walls project and the five newly completed murals in the Kendall Whittier district. Guests will get to visit three right there in the Square area and hear from two of the artists directly.
The tour is free and open to the public. Posters displaying all five murals will be available for viewing throughout After Five.
Kendall Whittier After Five finishes out the night with a live performance by Desi and Cody on stage from 7:30-9 p.m. The Tulsa duo combine folk-inspired bluegrass melodies with a rock based sound, creating one-of-a-kind music that leaves you wanting more.
A free Kids Zone features chalk art, drawing on a brand new vehicle, sports activities, hula hoops, bubbles and inflatable darts. Four-legged friends, secured on a leash, are welcome as well; water and treats will be provided.
For a break from warm weather, the Art Walk provides an opportunity to view one-of-a-kind art and visit various businesses. Some activities include but are not limited to:
- Bobby Pin, 2403 E. Admiral Blvd., is hosting art by Ann Shannon.
- Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave., has an exhibit opening for “A Little Taste of Cuba,” photographs by Douglas Henderson. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m.
- Fair Fellow Coffee Roasters, 1 N. Lewis Ave., is hosting art by Hannah Doyeto.
- Flash Flood Print Studios, 2421 E. Admiral Blvd., is releasing print No. 3 in the artist series from Jason Lockhart.
- Heirloom Rustic Ales, 2113 E. Admiral Blvd., and STEMcell Science Shop are hosting a Patagonia Documentary titled “Artifishal,” which explores the relationship between fish hatcheries and our rivers. It will be followed by discussion with Dr. Jim Long regarding fish species and Oklahoma waters. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. at Heirloom.
- Whitty Books, 2407 E. Admiral Blvd, is hosting a workshop to create your own polymer clay art for $8 for one or $20 for the family. It is perfect for all artistic levels.
“There’s a little something for everyone,” Jackson said. “We just want people to come out and see what Kendall Whittier is all about, visit the businesses and enjoy the evening with us.”
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After Five is the second Thursday of the month, featuring different art, activities and musical acts. Upcoming After Five events are July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Certified Cultural District.
For more information about the Kendall Whittier After Five or Kendall Whittier Main Street, call or text Jessica Jackson at 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.