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contents

Features

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Food Fight

Spotlight

Building Blocks

For Fashion’s Sake

Bricktown Brewery vs. Tapwerks

Glen Gentele has found his calling

The Reel Story at the Center

Welcome to the Jungle... If the shoe fits.

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Welcome

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Brick by Brick

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Around Town

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Helping Hands

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On The Water

March Happenings

St. Patricks Day Parade

What’s Happening Downtown

Raising Literacy Awareness

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Saints in Action

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Automobile Alley

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The Arts

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Oklahoma Health Center

Caring for Olympic Hopefuls

Titanic’s Treasured Past

Canterbury Choral, STOMP, & Julie Heffernan Exhibit

Children’s Hospital’s New Use for iPads

OKC Riversport March Fun

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Staff

Welcome!

Publisher/Editor

Kathy Bentley

Creative Director

Seth Capshaw

Photography Director Editor’s Assistant Ah, the unfolding possibilities of a new month. In our March issue, we start

Feature Writers

out with a vacation not too far from home. Our well-known love of shoes led us to kidnap a few pairs for spring and take them to the Myriad Botanical Gardens for a photo shoot. The combination of warmth, greenery and sandals made us think... we have got to start writing travel pieces! Moving on a few blocks north, we met and photographed the talented Glen Gentele, Director of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Get to know Glen and celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary of the move into its new home. Fittingly, the work of famous glass artist Dale Chihuly is the heart of the celebration – just

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letters to the editor

Contributing Writers

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as it was the dazzling focus for the opening 10 years ago. The exhibit of the

include name, address and a

museum’s extensive Chihuly collection and other works on loan has undergone a

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major redesign. Admission will be waived March 16-18. Don’t miss it!

editing for length or clarity.

Contributing Photographers Advertising Executives

Erick Gfeller Kelsey Frederickson Karen Farney Adriane Scherer Bradley Wynn Sherry Andrusiak Jeannette Smith Mark Gunter Georgia Read Jackie Patterson Jessica Bevers

on the cover Oklahoma City Museum of Art President and CEO Glen Gentele

Building Blocks, our newest feature, explores the history of the Centre Theater, once located where the museum stands now, and complements our story on the art museum. (Wait - didn’t we go downtown to see the Centre’s midnight

Photography by Erick Gfeller

showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show?) This month’s Food Fight, everyone’s favorite feature, has Tapwerks and Bricktown Brewery match up for the Battle of the Brews – a fitting competition

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for St. Patrick’s Day. Beer – green or not –is the beverage of choice for this Irish holiday and is best celebrated downtown. With the variety of music, food and of course beer, why go anywhere else? March usually means Spring Break. If you’re skipping an out-of-town trip this year, head for our own downtown. Learn to kayak at Oklahoma City Riversport.

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See the new OKCMOA exhibit “Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-

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1800” and time travel back a couple of centuries. Or get loud and shout with the other fans cheering on the Thunder or Barons at a home game. Of course you can also enjoy your favorite cuisine for dinner, lunch or inbetween at one of downtown’s many fabulous restaurants. …or you might just go buy a new pair of shoes!

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Brick by Brick

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Spring Break, live outdoor music, green beer, and the St. Patty’s Day Parade all mark the beginning of spring in Bricktown.

And this year, without exception, there is

more to do to keep the whole family entertained! It wouldn’t be March in Bricktown without the St. Patty’s Day Parade! This year, you can come for the parade, and stay for the music - live music that is - with the 21st Annual St. Patty’s Day Block Party. Both will be Saturday, March 17th. Presented by the Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers, the block party begins at noon and continues to midnight. Located at the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenue, visitors can enjoy live music, green beer, soft drinks, and more. The parade begins at 1 p.m., and will make its way through Bricktown on Sheridan Avenue. If you love a parade, you can’t miss it. Inside sources tell me that this year will be the best! If a parade and live music isn’t enough, you might want to check out the RedHawks Field in Bricktown. High schools from across the state will be playing in the

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BRICKTOWN

BREWERY TAPWERKS ALE HOUSE Stor y by Adriane Scherer Photographs by Erick Gfeller

The theaters, art galleries, and museums of downtown Oklahoma City are no doubt keeping our history gurus entertained, but for some, history is not exactly love at first sight. So with all the talk of stockyards, land-runs and our Native-American pride, please fill me in… who exactly is looking out for our most loyal Bricktown population: the beer-connoisseur?

Bricktown Brewery over the last couple of decades, the brewery is striving to

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meet local requests as well. Through menu changes and an hope you are lucky enough to snag a stool by a local

who knows downtown history. If not, who better to ask about Bricktown Brewery than managing partner Charles Stout? “It was a horse stable, a furniture warehouse, and a candy have called it home. After living many lives, now it is a brewery.

options and even a variety of different ways to drink our beer. How do you drink beer? With your family and a burger?

audience. It became the beer lover’s dream! With house-

They’ve got it. With a pool cue and some friends? Have that,

made brews and a large additional beer selection, it stood out

too. Only for celebrations? Celebrate there. The first floor is completely family-friendly. The second

welcome; however, Bricktown Brewery has become a hot spot

floor is more adult-focused, with pool tables and a full bar.

for experts of the trade: remember…beer is the trade.

The rest of the space is left to banquets, receptions, and

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Enduring Brands L.L.C took ownership in 2007, adding to their list of restaurant investments. Since opening, it has stood out from the rest, providing us with additional beer

from the other family-style restaurants. Families are always

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love today.

factory.” Stout informed me. Businesses of various industries In 1992, Bricktown Brewery opened its doors to a whole new

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extreme remodel, the brewery is finally what we know and

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Food Fight

Brick town Brewer y vs Tapwerks

TapWerks Ale House

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t’s all fun and games when there is only one beer source

in town, however in 1996 Scott Woolum decided to brave the storm and open Tapwerks Ale House & Café. So what

night on the town, or a celebration, they won’t disappoint.

happens when there are two? Easy solution; drink twice as

Depending on your taste preference, they have several

much beer and disperse our loyalty evenly. (Yeah, that didn’t

different beers to keep your thirst quenched. The brewery

work for me either). So The Beer Battle begins!

offers five in-house brews (Old King Kölsch, Wiley One-

So what do you prefer? Does scenery win you over, the

Eyed Wheat, Bricktown Brown, Remington Red, and 46 Star

beer selection, the food, or the staff? Tapwerks and Bricktown

Oklahoman Amber Ale). Four of these beers are what you will

Brewery are both historicaly preserved and rugged in their

find on their famous beer tap table (one of only four in the

own ways. Tapwerks also endured the wear and tear of several

U.S.).

different businesses. Who would have known it could survive

With plenty of beer, they insist on offering an equally large

its days as a furniture factory. The heavy machinery left holes

variety of food. Try the Elvis Fat Fries! Concocted of sweet

throughout the interior, now covered with copper. These

potato fries, peanut butter sauce, chopped peppered bacon

copper plates, cracks, and crevices contribute to the pub-style

and dried banana chips, this is just one dish Executive Chef

ambiance.

Shawn Davidson, in combination with Buck Warfield and a small group of other chefs, has worked to create. The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, classic entrees, and appetizers. Undecided? Stout “challenges” you to try his favorite: The Ducky’s Pimento Cheese Burger paired with their Remington Red brew. The entire menu contains the highest quality ingredients from local suppliers. “MIO” (Made In Oklahoma) stands out with a large logo displayed on the exterior brick. Their local

“We were here when Bricktown began, and we were the coolest business. We are the beginning!”

contributors include Shawnee Mills, Schwab Meat Co., and entrees, and live music!

Cusack Meats. Local foods and handcrafted brews aren’t keeping

Enjoy Oklahoma City’s downtown history by experiencing a

Bricktown Brewery busy enough! What if we multiply that by

historical building combined with completely original brews. If

two? Remington Park Racetrack and Casino recently asked

I can’t sell it to you, Stout can. “We were here when Bricktown

Enduring Brands to join them. They jumped at the opportunity

began, and we were the coolest business. We are the

and Bricktown Brewery now has an additional location. They

beginning!” he said. You can’t deny their beginnings. Go out

offer several of the same beers, freshly made entrees, and

and experience their present.

specials on the casino floor. Not up for a day at the races? Keep it close to home and visit the original location on Oklahoma Avenue. St. Patrick’s day will be the perfect time! Bricktown Brewery will be featuring “Stout’s Irish Stout”, green draft beer, traditional Irish

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Each floor at Tapwerks has its own mood. On the ground floor you can’t miss the famous beer wall. As if 106 different beer taps isn’t enough, maybe they are just showing off by coating it in copper as well (cocky or confident you decide). History may not be love at first sight, but after seeing that wall… beer is! The polished wood floors and extravagant stairwells reflect the building’s originality. Be sure to climb the stairs to the second floor. There is more entertainment and a little different atmosphere. Either way you are going to find a great time, great beer, and a full menu. Don’t be fooled by their focus on hops, liquor, wine, and hard cider. They have terrific food as well. Tapwerks offers house made recipes with local ingredients. You will find burgers, entrees, appetizers, desserts, AND kids under 12 eat free! When Jeremy and Kristy Witzke took ownership of Tapwerks in 2008, they chose General Manager, Greg Powell, and later Assistant Manager, Courtney Larry, to help them out. Cristian Contreras kept his position as executive chef when the restaurant changed hands from Woolum to Witzke, and they all worked together to develop the menu, in which they March 2012

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Food Fight

Brick town Brewer y vs Tapwerks

Food Fight all agreed to use beer as their key ingredient. If it’s your first time at Tapwerks, order the Fish & Chips. It’s legendary. Larry admits to her more traditional cravings, “the nachos are my favorite. They are simple but great. We use Dos Equis beer in our homemade salsa and we fry our own chips.” Her favorite beer was not a secret: “Coop F5” without a doubt. Maybe you like beer a little and are finally looking to

“We use Dos Equis beer in our homemade salsa and we fry our own chips”

broaden your horizons. Or maybe you are just seeking a historical atmosphere. Either way, you need to experience Tapwerks. Looking for beer fest utopia? Pick your spot wisely on St. Patty’s day. Start outside with beer trucks, live bands, and a DJ. Later, make your way inside for “Dante and the Hawks” at 10pm on the second floor. The live music isn’t a secret but the beer they are keeping hush. Larry says, “One of our favorite local breweries (Coop) will be brewing up something special!” I guess it’s no longer a secret… Or is it? Head to downtown and find out for yourself. With over 300 beers between the two locations, you really can’t go wrong, so spend St. Patrick’s Day right at Bricktown Brewery or Tapwerks.

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Glen Gentele Has Found His Calling

Story by Karen Farney Photographs by Erick Gfeller

noticed a New York City newspaper on the kitchen table spread open to a picture of Pablo Picasso’s 1937 mural “Guernica”, the 11-foot tall, 25.6-foot wide black, white and blue oil on canvas he painted in reaction to the Nazis’ wanton bombing of Guernica, the cultural capital of the Basque people in Spain. According to PBS, Nazi aircraft dumped 100,000 pounds of high explosive and incendiary bombs on the village to test “blanket bombing,” a new Nazi military tactic. The abstract images in Picasso’s masterpiece depict the carnage at Guernica and express the suffering war inflicts on individuals, particularly innocent civilians. Gentele still vividly remembers the day he saw the picture of “Guernica”. “I GOT it!” he said, maybe still a little amazed. The

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t was not lack of talent that kept Oklahoma City Museum

artist. Or lack of art education. He has both a bachelor’s and

modern art and ultimately a fitting and successful career. He sits on a hassock in the lobby to talk about a range

cut out to be an artist. “I realized I was too gregarious to be an

of things including the 10-year anniversary celebration of

artist,” he said.

OKCMOA’s move into its new home, officially known as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts. He positioned

agree; it is hard to imagine him spending his days alone in a

the hassock so he can see everything going on around him.

studio.

“I’m not a top down manager. I believe in collaboration. I

His art education, however, gave him great respect

want all the staff to have a sense of ownership,” he said. As

for the processes and practices required of an artist and

employees quietly cut through the lobby to go out a back door

knowledgeable friends urged him to pursue a career in the

he greets each one by name, a real life example of his non-

world of art museums. That turned out to be good advice.

hierarchical management style.

Including his three years heading OKCMOA, he has held

The museum’s concise mission statement “Enriching lives

museum positions for some 18 years, including seven as

through the visual arts” is the foundation for his commitment

director of the Laumeier Sculpture Park, a 105-acre outdoor

to effective management and strong leadership. For Gentele,

museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

it also serves as a lodestone of sorts. “Anything expanded or

His understanding and appreciation for modern art was

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eludes many adults. This event may have been the epiphany that led Gentele to his future art studies, a lifelong love for

Anyone who has spent time with Gentele would definitely

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at a shrunken newspaper reproduction of “Guernica” still

of Art president and CEO Glen Gentele from becoming an a master’s degrees in fine arts but he said he was not really

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intuitive response and understanding he felt as a boy looking

added to the museum must be compatible with the mission,”

awakened when he was just 10 years old, a typical boy with

he said. That includes, for example, taking art beyond the

lots of interests including sports. One day young Gentele

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Spotlight

Glen Gentele

“I want all the staff to have a sense of ownership” growth. “We went from 100 at times to over 1,000 but we shoot for 500. The Roof Terrace is a place where people can meet new friends or (his romantic side speaking perhaps?) maybe the love of their life,” he said. He is confident this strategy will continue to increase the membership, support and involvement necessary for the museum to grow and also become an accessible cultural/social center for downtown. Today’s museums are more than a place to display children and Alzheimer patients. The museum’s future, however, is what Gentele likes to

The celebration includes free admission March 16th-18th, the

ideas, experience and love for art, particularly modern art,

museum’s gift to the community, giving everyone a chance

have already paid off. Film, museum and café attendance is

to see the Chihuly works in the new setting. “The redesigned

breaking records.

Chihuly exhibit will be like rediscovering an old friend,”

celebration which kicked off last New Year’s Eve. The

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inaugural exhibit and acquired permanently two years later.

talk about. “The future is growth,” he said. His management,

Collaboration has been the key to the 10-year anniversary

“The redesigned Chihuly exhibit will be like rediscovering an old friend.”

look at cherished Dale Chihuly pieces displayed for the 2002

Gentele said. Chihuly is considered the most important artist working

festivities brought a first: use of the museum as a venue for

in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany. A companion exhibit,

Opening Night. “We had improv in the theater and two bands

Chihuly: Northwest will be on view through April 8th. It

in the lobby. It was our best day ever in the Café,” he said.

includes Chihuly glass sculptures inspired by Native American

Collaboration between the Arts Council and the museum made

baskets, his personal collection of Native American textiles

it happen.

and photographs by Edward S. Curtis from the North American

The centerpiece of the yearlong anniversary celebration is the exhibit ILLUMINATIONS Rediscovering the Art of Dale

Indian portfolio. In addition to the quality of the collections and exhibits,

Chihuly which opened January 13th and runs until the end

Gentele thinks a continuation of a cultural/social mix such as

of the year. The exhibit on the third floor was redesigned

Cocktails on the Skyline, a highly successful Thursday after

in collaboration with the Chihuly Studio. It provides a fresh

work gathering on the Rooftop Terrace, is instrumental to

venerable artworks in hushed galleries. Visual arts include film, video and digital mediums started in the last century. This year the museum added art video to its visual offerings. A screen installed across from the lobby will be used for projectscreen, a showcase of five to twenty minute art videos by regional, national and international artists. A new work will be featured every month. The art film program, in operation for several years, is far removed from old stereotypes of dark, puzzling foreign films. Today art films encompass humor, drama and fantasy; classics, works of famous and unknown film makers; award winning foreign films and even what we once called cartoons. Plus a chance to see the independent gems that will never make it to the box office. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art was incorporated as a private institution on May 18th, 1945. Mergers and moves over the years led to the decision to raise $40 million in private funds for a permanent home, a dynamic, first-class facility, March 2012

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Spotlight

Glen Gentele

OKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

10th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS Friday, March 16, 2012 Free admission 10A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 5:30pm FREE film screening – The Twilight Zone triple header 8pm FREE film screeing – Young Frankenstein

Saturday, March 17, 2012 Free admission 10:00A.M. - 5:00P.M. All day (10:00-5:00) activities include: Hands-on Art-Making, Classrooms A & B Face Painting in Classroom C Story Times with the Metropolitan Library System, Mezzanine Instrument playground provided by the OKC Philharmonic and OK Orchestra League Docents on hand in the galleries to answer questions

Joseph Mills Photography

10:30A.M. Oklahoma City Philharmonic/Go For Baroque performance in the Theater 10:30A.M.-11:00A.M. Magic show by Jim Green in the Theater Lobby 11:00A.M. Princely Treasures Gallery talk with curator Jennifer Klos 11:30A.M.-12:00 P.M. Magic show by Jim Green in the Theater Lobby 12:00 P.M.-12:45P.M. Balcum Rancum Puppetry in the Theater 12:15P.M.-12:45P.M. Magic show by Jim Green in the Theater Lobby 1:00 P.M. Julie Heffernan Gallery talk with curator Jennifer Klos

and to establish an endowment. More than 500 foundations, corporations and individual donors contributed to meet the goal. Oklahoma City is quite a change for a native New Yorker. Gentele seems to find this contrast to his hometown inspires him with new perspectives and excitement. It will also be an adventure for downtowners and museum patrons to see where

2:00 P.M.-2:40 P.M. Sugar Free AllStars perform in the Theater 3:00 P.M. Spaghetti Eddie! performs in the Theater 4:00 P.M.-4:40 P.M. Sugar Free AllStars perform in the Theater 5:30 P.M. FREE film screening – “Casablanca” 8:00 P.M. FREE film screening – “Zardoz” featuring humorous commentary

Sunday, March 18, 2012

this vibrant, creative New Yorker, who “got” Picasso when he

Free admission Noon to 5P.M.

was only 10, will lead us in the coming years.

All day activities include: Hands-on Art-Making, Classrooms A & B Face Painting in Classroom C Docents on hand in the galleries to answer questions Noon-2P.M. Lawrence Grech Clown (roaming) Noon Chihuly gallery talk with curator Alison Amick 12:30 P.M. FREE film screening – “Grease” sing-along 3P.M. 2nd floor permanent collection gallery talk with curator Alison Amick 3P.M. FREE film screening – “Grease” sing-along 3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M. OKC Thunder’s RUMBLE will visit

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Building Blocks

The Reel Stor y

The Reel Story at the CENTER Story by Bradley Wynn and Mark Gunter

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here is a certain joy in getting to unwrap a Christmas

present early. On one particular Christmas Eve, 1947 to be exact, State Theatre Incorporated was excited about doing just that - opening their new post-World War II modern-styled Center Theatre at 415 Couch Drive. The four story, 1,575-seat auditorium theatre was conceived by architect Robert Boller of Kansas City and built by the Industrial Construction Company. It boasted an elegant draped proscenium arched stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, and artistic décor by Chicago’s popular Hanns Teichart. Among his attractive details were art deco brushed aluminum staircase handrails, etched Plexiglas panels with intricate mistletoe patterns, stunning massive black-lighted murals, and a beautiful box office. The buildings

Above: On April 14, 1949 the Center Theatre hosted Eagle Lion Film’s Tulsa. Note the large oil-derrick replica and one of many post-World War II spotlights (on the right) acquired by the film exchange companies to promote their films. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Right: The Center Theatre today. Photo by Mark Gunter

architecture reflected the same state pride as in other prolific structures, like the city’s Civic Center. The Oklahoma City premier of the oil baron film “Tulsa” on

Above: Here an unknown couple stands in the lobby of the Center Theatre with a promotional background for the film “Tulsa”. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

April 14, 1949 was a special gem in the Center Theatre crown.

gunfighters on June 8, 1968 in front of Centre Theatre to

Approximately 200 guests gathered under skies illuminated

promote Charlton Heston’s new film, “Will Penny”.

by massive post-war spotlights. Governor Roy Turner, Senator Robert S. Kerr, and numerous business and civic leaders

operated for a short while from the then defunct movie

were on hand to greet the film’s stars; Susan Hayward, Robert

house. The structure continued to be utilized for some public

Preston, and Chill Wills.

entertainment uses. On June 30, 1975, the theatre’s big screen

The theatre changed hands on Friday, December 8,

Joe Bugner. Yet less than one year later in April 1976, Urban

changed from Center Theatre to the British spelling, Centre.

Renewal acquired the Centre for $350,000. All hope seemed

This was just one of many such ways the new owners drove

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hosted a live televised broadcast of Muhammad Ali’s fight with

1967 when purchased by Ferris Enterprises. Its name was

up marketing efforts and ticket sales. Another example

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Building Blocks

The Reel Stor y

Center Theatre original Box Office. Photo by Mark Gunter

was the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Former Oklahoma County Sheriff J.D. Sharp even considered erecting his new county jail over the spot, as it was so close to the court complex. In the 1990’s, however, a reprieve from oblivion was brought forth as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art began looking for new space. Former director Carolyn Hill loved the idea of preserving the theatre and when Museum efforts raised needed funds for relocating, she stated to the Oklahoman on November 2, 2001 “I am thrilled and proud.” Although much of the original interior needed replacing and revitalization, the core of its historic aspects were preserved by the Museum, including the iconic staircase and etched panels. Today, the theatre operates within the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Art Center as the Noble Theater

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For Fashion’s Sake

Welcome to the Jungle... If the shoe Fits

By Adriane Scherer Photos by Erick Gfeller

J

ust when you thought shoe fashion had taken it down

a notch, making way for the industry to focus on more eyeleveling trends, some refreshing ideas are taking fashionistas by surprise. Once again, we are all reconsidering a new favorite to add to the line-up. At the Myriad Botanical Gardens the scenery is always green, and as we flaunt the upcoming spring styles, we noticed something about our fashion sense. Our love for shoes isn’t always green. This spring’s shoe trends are casual and comfortable, befitting the rest of the 2012 styles. They are so worthy of attention we picked some favorites from Gordon Stuart and took them on a vacation to our local tropical garden. With Oklahoma’s mild winters and unpredictable season changes… it’s never too early to start scoping out that pair you just can’t wait to wear.

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For Fashion’s Sake

Welcome to the Jungle

Facing Page The Fendi Pequin wedge is the prime example of this

Above If heels just aren’t your thing, add a new pair of classy black

year’s trend. This shoe is comfortable despite the almost

flats to your wardrobe. Gucci offers you the perfect pair. The

5” heel. The look is edgy, yet the woven, striped fiber heel

gold tone hardware and tassels add extra flair and distinguish

maintains a natural feel.

them from the rest of your casual collection.

COver Page Transparency is a sexy style for spring and summer, apparent in many designer collections. The Fendi Superstar is a sultry yet sedate sling back with wooden heels featuring the gold Fendi logo front and center. The terracotta leather top is combined with lime green transparency, keeping it colorful and a little bit risqué.

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For Fashion’s Sake

Welcome to the Jungle

Top Left Color blocking (pairing of multiple colors) in both shoes and ready-to-wear is an exciting trend this spring. Fendi Rio interprets the technique well with earth tone grosgrain and leather in this versatile wedge.

Bottom Left The popularity of the wedge for spring teams up with another movement this year: metallic. The grey patent leather sandal, also Fendi, is gorgeous on. It could glam up any casual outfit from shorts to summery skirts. Pair it with another favorite fashion development, red jeans.

Facing Page For all out style, the Fendi Zucca and calf leather sandal is a platform you will find yourself repeatedly turning to this summer. Comfortable and stylish with spunk, these shoes look amazing with shorts or your favorite black skinny jeans.

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Literacy Live

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Literacy Live Hits It Out Of the Ballpark with The Rookie’s Jim Morris Literacy Live, the annual awards luncheon for Community

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elcome to Downtown OKC Life & Style, a magazine completely

dedicated to the employees, residents, visitors, businesses and

dedicated to teaching adults to read, is scheduled for

merchants of downtown Oklahoma City. We have seized the

Friday, March 30th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at St. Luke’s

opportunity to give back to downtown and help it grow by providing

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positive editorial both in print and online.

in Oklahoma City. This year’s luncheon will feature Guest Speaker Jim Morris, better known as “The Rookie”, as played

Right now in downtown Oklahoma City, there are approximately 52,000 people going to work daily, 7,600 going home at the end

by Dennis Quaid in the Disney film biography of Morris’ life.

of the day, an average of 7.5 million visitors per year, all kinds of

Known as baseball’s “oldest rookie” Morris will inspire all with

unique activities and events, and how could we forget the Thunder.

his zero to hero true life story. As a High school teacher and baseball coach, Morris

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thought his dream was over. He’d had his shot playing

OU Health Center, Deep Deuce, the Business District, Automobile

baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever

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reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district

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championship, Morris -- who threw a 98 mph fastball --

performances and businesses that are a short distance away. For

would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to

visitors outside the metro area, it’s a positive showcase of the

first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest

variety and excitement of Oklahoma City.

rookie in the major leagues, playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays!

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OKC RIVERSPORT Fueling a Passion for Sports on the Oklahoma River By Sherry Andrusiak Photos by Georgia Read As more people flock to downtown Oklahoma City, the burgeoning Boathouse District is quickly becoming a haven for those seeking fitness and adventure. In the years since the first boathouse opened on the Oklahoma River, OKC RIVERSPORT has expanded the variety of opportunities for people of all ages to get on the water at this urban water sports venue. “When we first opened the Chesapeake Boathouse, we had no idea how quickly we would grow to become such a popular venue for water sports in Oklahoma City, and being adjacent to downtown has played a huge role in that growth,” said OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp. “ We’re a short drive away from the office and

at the heart of the city, so everyone in the community

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can come down and enjoy OKC RIVERSPORT activities. You can take a class, join a program, go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, or get a great indoor workout in our elite training facilities.” The stunning architecture of the Boathouse District offers a memorable setting for weddings and business meetings alike. The Chesapeake Boathouse, Chesapeake

Adventure Saturdays. We’ll be offering a full day’s worth

private events. Fitness seekers and outdoor enthusiasts are

of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, biking and more, all

inspired by being able to get on the water in the heart of an

for one low price. And you can do it downtown or at our

urban waterway. Increasingly, residents are embracing the

Route 66 Boathouse on Lake Overholser. I keep reminding

active lifestyle and culture that OKC RIVERSPORT activities

people to check their Groupons this spring for some special

create at the Oklahoma River.

RIVERSPORT Adventure Saturday pricing.”

“We offer lessons, camps, classes, competitive teams,

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“We’re extremely excited this year about RIVERSPORT

Finish Line Tower and Devon Boathouse are all available for

While the sports offered vary in many ways, the common

rentals and group outings – we have something for just

tie between them is the enjoyment participants experience

about everyone,” said Tracy Woodie, OKC RIVERSPORT

being on the water.

membership manager. “We’re unique because we offer activities for the whole

“We have such a lively community of people who are coming together because they either already enjoy the active,

family, so parents can get into kayaks or on stand up paddle

outdoor lifestyle – or they’re discovering it for the first time.

boards with their children and really have a good time

And they can do it just minutes from their home or office,”

together.”

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Learn more about OKC RIVERSPORT. Visit the Welcome Center in the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower at SE 6th St. and Lincoln Blvd.; check online at riversportokc.org; or call (405) 552-4040.

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Saints In Action

Caring for Olympic Hopefuls

St. Anthony Hospital Provides Elite Care for Olympian Hopefuls In 2010, St. Anthony Hospital became the official medical provider for the OKC National High Performance Center. St. Anthony has been providing three physicians and services of the hospital to help athletes stay healthy and maximize their performance while training to compete at the highest levels. “St. Anthony is pleased to partner and support the OKC National High Performance Center at the Devon Boathouse. 

are here to assist them,” says Dr. Hirsch.

We are excited to be a part of the sport bringing Olympic

care providers, to see the needs, desires and dedication of

athletes to our thriving city. The growth and development of

these Olympic hopefuls,” Dr. Hirsch says. “The elite athletes

sports on the river also serve to emphasize the number of

are like any other humans, and we have consulted with most

positive, healthy activities available in our community,” said

departments throughout the hospital for consultations at

Joe Hodges, regional president/system president and CEO,

some time or another.”

SSM Health Care of Oklahoma. Mike Knopp, head coach of the OCU rowing team and executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse

Photo by Georgia Read

“It is a great opportunity for us, as physicians and health

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St. Anthony Hospital is proud to be a partner in healthy and successful training for the U.S. Rowing and Kayaking Teams.

Foundation, stressed the importance of having physicians

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regiments. “These athletes, many of them potential Olympians, require more attention to their health than most people,” Knopp said. “Proper care can make the difference between winning a world championship and ending a career due to injury.” The St. Anthony physician team consists of orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Jason Emerson, D.O., along with family medicine doctors Jeffrey Hirsch, M.D., and TiTi Nguyen, M.D.

From Left to Right: Jason Emerson, D.O., Jeffrey Hirsch, M.D., TiTi Nguyen, M.D.

Jeffrey Hirsch, M.D. says this partnership has proven to be beneficial for all parties involved. “The athletes are provided immediate access to health care and the entire St. Anthony family when needed. It puts their minds at ease knowing we

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Automobile Alley

Titanic’s Treasured Past

Survivor Setting For Two By Bradley Wynn

A

Photos by Mark Gunter simple table, four chairs, and a handcrafted china

cabinet. A small, six piece set linked to a very big story. Titanic even. Burtram Frank Dean loaded this furniture set, along with his family's other belongings, on board a steamship in Southampton, England

Seen here is Millvina Dean, who passed away 97 years after the disaster. She was the youngest of Titanic’s

in April 1912. The family booked passage on another American

survivors. Photo by Gerry Penny, EPA file.

bound steamer though. They had plans to start a new life in Kansas as tobacco farmers. What better accommodations for an Atlantic crossing could the Dean family hope for than aboard a vessel considered a ship of dreams? Triumph soon turned to tragedy as their steamer, RMS Titanic,

The complete set is seen here as it awaits pickup by auction house officials.

struck an iceberg. Burtram Dean managed to place his youngest daughter, Millvina Dean into a lifeboat just moments before the great ship went down. Among the third of Titanic’s passengers who survived, 2 month old Millvina was quickly adopted by both crew and

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passengers of their rescue vessel, RMS Carpathia.

Retro • Vintage • Mid-Century • Art Deco • Victorian • Art Nouveau • Craftsman • Edwardian

The family furniture originally returned to England and was used by Millvina until her death. 100 years after the tragic sinking, it eventually made a third trip across the Atlantic Ocean and now sits among the gems of Treasures Past at 1015 N. Broadway. Soon the set is going up for auction and its proceeds will benefit other survivors through the efforts of the American Cancer Society - a fitting tribute and ironic twist for those fighting such a titanic disease. After acquiring the furniture through accidental bidding a few years ago, Treasures Past owners Jon Cornelius and Laura Moran look back on the acquisition as fate. The decision just seemed natural, according to the couple, who further adds that interest in the unique set of Titanic survivor furniture is very high. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the American Cancer Society. The auction, which will take place in March, will also be featured on Discovery Channel’s cable series, Auction Kings. For more information and a glimpse of these surviving Edwardian Era

The reign of England’s King Edward was reflected in the early 20th century’s furnishings and fashion. The sinking of Titanic is referred to by historians as the end

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The Arts

Canterbur y Choral

Experience Sound with Canterbury

Chor al

Get ready for the last concert of Canterbury Choral

interactive, hands-on Science Museum exhibit that will show

Society’s 2011-2012 season, as they present Experiences

more about how sound works. In addition to the exhibit,

with Sound on March 10. This “multi-sensory experience”

concert attendees can learn more about the importance of

concert celebrates music and sound composed or performed

hearing screenings and early detection and intervention for

by those who have experienced hearing loss and provides

hearing loss.

attendees with a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience

is unlike any other concert in the history of Canterbury,” said

based hearing organization Phonak, Cory’s Audio and Visual.

Randi Von Ellefson, Canterbury Choral Society’s artistic

Additional guest artists include the Oklahoma Philharmonic

director. “This concert will celebrate music in all of its forms-

and world-renowned, Juilliard- trained pianist Valerie Zamora.

creation, vibration, and acoustics. This concert is about more

This concert will include many special elements never

than just the pieces we perform. It’s about informing people of

the theater that are synchronized with the music, and coordinated by Cory’s AV, as well as a reading of Beethoven’s personal words about his hearing loss. Guests will also see

the importance hearing plays in appreciating the art of music.” Experiences with Sound will take place on Saturday, March 10 at 8 pm in the Civic Center in Oklahoma City.

Now in its 43rd season, Canterbury Choral Society has

testimonies presented by concert sponsor Phonak, which

been encouraging the development of the arts through its

feature celebrities offering words of encouragement and

multiple music education programs and attracting world-

understanding of hearing and the importance it plays in the

renowned performers to come and share their talents in

world.

Oklahoma City. For more information on Canterbury or to

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“The planning that has gone into the making of this concert

music through the voices of Canterbury, along with Swiss-

seen before- LED lighting and projection systems around

 

purchase tickets, visit www.canterburyokc.com or call 405-

Science Museum Oklahoma and other local hearing

232-SING. Also, don’t forget to follow Canterbury Choral

organizations have made this concert possible,” said Dr. Kay

Society on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canterburyokc!

Holt, Canterbury Choral Society’s executive director. “I hope that people walk away from the experience with a new-found awareness of the importance of their own hearing and the music around them.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy an

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The Arts

STOMP

STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to the Civic Center Music Hall March 13-18 for eight performances only. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, Photo by: Junichi Takahashi

with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and

“STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday”

the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past fourteen

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The smash hit STOMP returns to the Civic Center Music Hall March 13-18, 2012 for only eight performances. Tickets

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and

STOMP is presented by Celebrity Attractions and is part of Celebrity Attractions 2011-2012 Broadway Season which

exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times.

includes FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the add-on productions of

The San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just

MAMMA MIA! and the Tulsa engagement of JERSEY BOYS.

won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune. STOMP is directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

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The Arts

Julie Hef fernan

NEW FRONTIER SERIES FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress

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he Oklahoma City Museum of Art is pleased to present Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress,

the 5th installment of the NEW FRONTIERS Series for Contemporary Art. The exhibit opened on February 16 and runs through May 13, 2012. The exhibition presents 20 paintings by artist Julie Heffernan. Spanning a decade of her career, Infinite Work in Progress will provide visitors with an in-depth look at the artist’s work. Heffernan’s work explores the intricacies of figurative, still-life, and landscape painting, while systematically layering aspects of historical knowledge into complex compositions. Her paintings appear to hover between the reality of daily existence and forces that spread across time and space. Utilizing a broad spectrum of historical references, Heffernan presents sensual narratives in an ongoing, ever changing, dialogue that describes aspects of our relationship to the planet’s natural forces and to each other. “Julie Heffernan’s work is mesmerizing, thoughtful, and beautifully executed. I think visitors to the exhibition will be astonished by the intensity of her artistic vision,” said Glen Gentele, president & CEO of the Museum.

About the Artist Julie Heffernan (American, b. 1956) received her MFA from the Yale School of Art (CT), and her BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has been exhibiting widely for the past two decades. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Fulbright-Hayes Grant, National Endowment for the Arts: Individual Fellowship Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts: Individual Artist Grant, among others. Heffernan’s work is included in public and private collections internationally. Selected exhibitions include those at The Korean Biennial (Korea), Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), Tampa Museum of Art (FL), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), the New Museum (NY), the Norton Museum of Art (FL), The American Academy of Arts and Letters (NY), John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Palmer Museum of Art (PA), National Academy Museum & School (NY), McNay Art Museum (TX), Herter Art Gallery (MA), Mint Museum of Art (NC), and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VA), among numerous others.

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iPads for Children

iPads Make Trip to the Hospital Easier on Kids

tangled mess but Prato said the girl remained calm. “iPads are an amazing tool for us. They are different than books or other toys because their interactive functions capture a child’s full attention, while allowing a medical professional to do his or her job in calmer, safer circumstances,” Prato said.

Child life specialists at The Children’s Hospital at OU

Prato is one of 9 full time child life specialists at The

Medical Center are finding amazing results by using iPads to

Children’s Hospital. The child life team is the only one in

ease children’s anxiety and fears when they make a hospital

the Oklahoma City metro area and the largest team in the

visit. 4-year-old, Sage Hanrahan’s mother can attest to

state. Child life specialists are nationally certified clinical

the power of the machines. iPads turned a scary bout with

professionals who work with patients and families to help

electrodes into a safer and manageable experience.

children cope with fear and anxiety. They act as important

Sage had demonstrated stroke-like symptoms while sitting on Santa’s lap at a local mall. Her mother, Nina Hanrahan

liaisons between other medical professionals, the children and parents by using play, education, art and recreation.

rushed her to The Children’s Hospital where doctors began

The Children’s Hospital has discovered the iPad is so

tests to find out why. When doctors attached electrodes to

effective, every child life specialist is now equipped with

monitor brain activity, Sage became frightened and physically

a machine. Because of its size and capability, child life

agitated. She even crawled underneath the bed table in her

specialists are able to pack a lot of information onto an iPad,

hospital room.

reducing the number of materials they must carry with them.

Child life specialist, Kim Prato diverted Sage’s attention

“The iPad has been proven to work in a lot of circumstances,

by getting the child to focus on one of several games and

for instance, when stitches are applied or an IV is administered,

other activities which were loaded onto an iPad. Hanrahan

said Sara Jacobson, director of patient experience and

OUR NEWBORN CARE IS BETTER ON SO MANY LEVELS. No place is more

said Sage immediately became distracted and played while

child life. Besides being used as a distraction technique, the

doctors attached numerous electrodes to the girl’s head.

machines also are used in preparing families for the hospital

Strings of multicolored wires connected to the electrodes

experience and educating them about medical procedures and

extended to the top of Sage’s bed, creating opportunity for a

other information.

prepared for high-risk pregnancies than The Children’s Hospital, where the most experienced specialists and advanced critical care are all under one roof. Just an elevator ride away. Take advantage of another level of medicine. For a virtual tour of a birthing suite visit ounewborn.com.

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March 2012 LIFE & STYLE OU MEDICINE: OU Medical Center • OU Physicians • The Children’s Hospital • OUDOWNTOWN College OKC of Medicine

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ONE DONATION SUPPORTS 20 OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA’S OUTSTANDING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. $25 admits five high school students to a play. $50 exposes 10 elementary school students to their first orchestra concert. $180 provides an at-risk student with dance instruction for two semesters. $500 provides a full music scholarship for an economically disadvantaged student.

HAVE A HEART FOR THE ARTS.

DONATE TODAY.

aLL EVeNTS aRE FRee! Mon., March 26 – Free Coffee Day Tues., March 27 – Downtown Trivia Day Wed., March 28 – Bingo in the Park at Myriad Gardens Thurs., March 29 – Free Outdoor Concert with live band at Chase Plaza Fri., March 30 – Employee Appreciation Week Party at Leadership Square

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Enriching Our Communities Through Advancement of the Arts Visit www.alliedartsokc.com or call 278-8944

March 2012

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March Events MARCH SCHEDULE

Eric Church The Blood Sweat and Beers Tour

Date

Versus

March 8th, 7:30pm

Friday 2nd

@

Peoria 7pm

Oklahoma City Thunder

Saturday 3rd

@

Grand Rapids 6pm

Thursday 1st

@ Orlando 7pm

Sunday 4th

@

Chicago 4pm

Saturday 3rd

@ Atlanta 6pm

Wednesday 7th

@

Peoria 7pm

Monday 5th

vs Dallas 7pm

Friday 9th

vs

Lake Erie 7pm

Wednesday 7th

vs Phoenix 7pm

Friday 9th

vs Cleveland 7pm

Saturday 10th

vs

Lake Erie 7pm

Saturday 10th

vs Charlotte 7pm

Tuesday 13th

vs

Rockford 7pm

Tuesday 13th

vs Houston 7pm

Friday 16th

@

Texas 7:30pm

Thursday 15th

@ Denver 8pm

Saturday 17th

@

Texas 7pm

Friday 16th

vs San Antonio 8:30pm

Sunday 18th

@

Houston 5:05pm

Sunday 18th

vs Portland 8:30pm

Tuesday 20th

@ Utah 8pm

Friday 23rd

vs

Texas 7pm

Wednesday 21st

vs LA Clippers 7pm

Saturday 24th

vs

Grand Rapids 7pm

Friday 23rd

vs Minnesota 7pm

Sunday 25th

vs

Grand Rapids 4pm

Sunday 25th

vs Miami 7pm

Friday 30th

@

Milwaukee 7pm

Tuesday 27th

@ Portland 9pm

Saturday 31st

@

Grand Rapids 6pm

Thursday 29th

@ LA Lakers 9:30pm

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Downtown OKC Life & Style Magazine - Issue #3 - March 2012  

This is the March issue of Downtown OKC Life and Style.

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