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Historic Film Row to debut new monthly Final Friday Art Walk

The new Final Friday Film Row Art Walk will debut on April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in downtown Oklahoma City’s Historic Film Row District, located two blocks west of Devon Tower. Photo by Bradley Wynn; Historian.
The new Final Friday Film Row Art Walk will debut on April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in downtown Oklahoma City’s Historic Film Row District, located two blocks west of Devon Tower. Photo by Bradley Wynn; Historian.

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer

Downtown Film Row entrepreneurs will welcome the public from 6 – 9 p.m., on Friday, April 26 for the premier of Oklahoma City’s new Final Friday event. Beginning in April, on the Final Friday of each month, the Historic Film Row District will host an art walk.

The newly restored area, located between Dewey and Shartel on West Sheridan Ave., will feature a variety of musicians, visual artists, dancers and performers.

Kendall Brown, Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Executive Director and Final Friday organizer said, “Final Friday on Film Row is going to be a really exciting event because Film Row has not only a great history, but also a great collection of businesses and organizations.”

The inaugural Final Friday event will feature 12 participating locations: Critical Mass Productions, Dunlap Codding, OKC Pride, The Exchange, KOSU, McKenzie & Co., The Paramount OKC, Oddfab Design Lab, Joey’s Pizzeria, Carpenter Square Theatre, the 404 and the IAO Gallery.

Critical Mass is a full-service video production and post-production company started by Darby Ralls and Don Stephens, offering the RED Epic camera for 5K digital filming.

Founded by Jerry Dunlap and Charles “Skip” Codding in 1957, Dunlap Codding is Oklahoma’s largest intellectual property law firm.

OKC Pride provides leadership to the LGBT community in Oklahoma City through health and educational services. The 2013 Pride Festival will be held for the second year on Film Row on Saturday May 18 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Located on the second floor of the historic Film Exchange building, The Exchange offers loft space for events, office suites and conference rooms.
Scheduled for completion in July, National Public Radio affiliate KOSU Radio will soon be home to a new studio in Film Row’s Hart building. It will feature a 4,000 square foot studio that includes a space for musical performances and other events.

Kelly Burley, KOSU Director said, “The Final Friday Art Walk is a great next step in the evolution of Film Row as a destination for the arts, and KOSU is thrilled to be part of this unique community. We are looking forward to opening our new studios in the Hart building this summer to create community through content and content through the community.”

Founded by artist Jeff McKenzie, McKenzie & Company has been in the screen printing business producing a variety of t-shirts and apparel for over 36 years.
The Paramount OKC is Oklahoma City’s original Paramount Theater on Film Row. It features a screening room seating up to 75 with an adjacent cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Sunday.

Melodie Garneau, Paramount OKC co-owner said, “That evening we are having an Open Mic from 7 – 8 p.m., then The Oak City Improv Group will perform until 10 p.m.,” said. We will also be having a wine tasting in the cafe at the same time.

“We are really excited about Final Friday and are looking forward to acquainting people with Film Row and the history of the film business,” Garneau added.

Oddfab Design Lab is an artist led design and fabrication studio specializing in public art projects, architectural signage, and construction projects requiring specialized services.

Joey’s Pizzeria, open for lunch and dinner, offers salads, pasta, subs, appetizers, desserts and pizza, for dine in, take out or delivery.

Carpenter Square Theater’s performance venue, located at 800 W. Main (S.W. corner of Main & Shartel) is considered a sister location to Film Row.
The 404 is a co-working facility that offers a professional work environment available on a flextime share basis.

The IAO Gallery, founded in 1979, promotes emerging and established artists in all media who create provocative or experimental subject matter or technique.

Brown said, “We’re bringing in artists and performers from all over the state for the first Final Friday, along with great food and drinks. It’s going to be an event people won’t want to miss.”

The Art Walk will also feature a scavenger hunt. Guests visiting all 12 locations on Final Friday and receiving a stamp to verify they were there will be eligible to win a gift basket valued at more than $200. Items include tickets to IAO and Carpenter Square Theatre events.

Admission to all locations is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kendall Brown at 405-232-6060 or [email protected]

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