Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m.
When he belted out “Born in the U.S.A.” in 1984, Bruce Springsteen had already made the albums Born to Run and Nebraska, works that set him apart from the greater musical mainstream for their storytelling and earnest concern for ordinary people and lives. But even as politicians left and right clamored in an election year to “Born in the U.S.A.” and its up-beat, anthemic choruses (neglecting the evocative words between them), the song still bore out its message – soldiers in war give their lives in more ways than one. Such songcraft is not unlike the work of Woody Guthrie, and that makes the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa well-suited to display the traveling exhibit Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. The exhibit features 45 images of Springsteen on the road and in concert taken by photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko. The exhibition opens Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the center, 102 E. Brady St., in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. In addition to the photos, the exhibit will include video interviews with the photographers, some of whom are scheduled to attend the opening to participate in a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. A book signing follows at 8:45 p.m. Bruce Springsteen is on loan from the Grammy Museum through spring 2015. Admission is $25 and benefits the center’s education programs. For more, visit www.woodyguthriecenter.org.