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The Woody Guthrie Centennial

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“There’s several ways of saying what’s on your mind. And in states and counties where it ain’t any too healthy to talk too loud, speak your mind, or even to vote like you want to, folks have found other ways of getting the word around.

One of the mainest ways is by singing. Drop the word ‘folk’ and just call it real old honest to god American singing. No matter who makes it up, no matter who sings it and who don’t, if it talks the lingo of the people, it’s a cinch to catch on, and will be sung here and yonder for a long time after you’ve cashed in your chips.

If the fight gets hot, the songs get hotter. If the going gets tough, the songs get tougher.”

-Woody Guthrie

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2012 marks the centennial year of the birth of the great Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter and folk-musician, Woody Guthrie.  In honor of his life and his accomplishments, many events have been planned throughout the year to celebrate his influence and contributions to music and American culture.  The complete schedule of events can be found at, the official centennial website. 

Poster available at the Woody Guthrie Store

Among these events including exhibitions, panel discussions and conferences is of course, concerts.

The very first of 5 scheduled  “This Land is Your Land:  Woody Guthrie at 100” tribute concerts is to be held here, in Woody Guthrie’s birth state, this weekend.

Saturday’s show at the Brady Theater  in Tulsa begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature…

John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie 


The Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien, Rosanne Cash, The Flaming Lips, Hanson, Jimmy LaFave and Old Crow Medicine Show


Other Woody Guthrie Centennial Events this weekend include…

Woody at 100 Exhibit – Gilcrease Museum (through April 29)

“Red Dirt Hootenanny” presented by the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Friday, March 9 at the Cain’s Ballroom.  Featured artists in include:  The Red Dirt Rangers, Monica Taylor, Randy Crouch and Terry “Buffalo” Ware

If you can’t make any of these events, or if you don’t live anywhere remotely close to Oklahoma, be sure to check the schedule – there are many events scheduled nation-wide as well as world-wide.  And, while you’re visiting the website (, be sure to listen to the Woody Guthrie song of the day – you might just hear a new tune and be inspired like so many others!

And…in case you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Issue 5 – you might find a little bit of Woody’s influence in Mary Beth’s apartmnet – he’s one of her favorites!  Here are a couple of things we found in her store that might help you bring Woody Guthrie into your home…





Poster and Book both available at Dwelling Spaces




Mardi Gras!

So what will you be doing today?  Your last day of indulgence before the Lenten season begins?  My celebration will likely be low-key, but here are some Mardi Gras related projects or events I might include in my day to keep in the festive spirit. 

Cafe du Monde

Ever since we visited Cafe du Monde last summer, my daughter has been BEGGING me to make beignets.  I might wake up at the crack of dawn to make them – according to Paula Deen, they take about 2 1/2 hours.   You can find her recipe at  Or maybe I’ll pick some up at Hebert’s or the Wild Fork here in Tulsa- I’ve heard they’re wonderful!



After school, I think it might be fun for the kids to make their own Mardi Gras masks.  There’s a pattern for the above mask at Twig and Toadstool.  It’s so fun and colorful- my daughter would love this one and have so much fun wearing it to celebrate.  Another great mask idea below is from Handprint and Footprint Art.




If decorating edible masks sounds more like it, the cookies above are beautiful!  Follow the how-to at Sweetopia.




For kicks, it may be fun to have just one New Orleans inspired cocktail sometime after the crafts and baking are done.  The  following recipe for this yummy Hurricane is a from My Life as a Mrs.



Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 oz grenadine
1 ½ oz light (silver) rum
1 ½ oz dark (gold) rum
1 ½ oz orange juice
1 ½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker or glass with ice and shake or stir well. In a tall glass, fill with crushed ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with an orange and a maraschino cherry.


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And…if you make it past the Hurricanes and are ready to get out and join the party, Tulsa’s Blue Dome District’s Merchant Association is hosting its very own 3rd Annual Mardi Gras parade downtown.  It starts right by McNellie’s at 7 p.m.  Don’t miss it!  And Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!