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Going Up! Just two decades ago, living in one of Oklahoma’s two downtown metro areas would have seemed a pipe dream. But thanks to the hard work and vision of creative innovators, Tulsa and Oklahoma City downtowns are filling with residents who choose to live in the most vibrant part of the city.


Gourmet is OK Once dubbed a “flyover” state, Oklahoma is proving its got the culinary cojones to compete with any other. Thanks to international exposure from everything from food magazines to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the state and its chefs are receiving their due for inventive dishes.


40 Under 40 Our annual survey of the state’s great young professionals continues this year. We scoured all four corners to find those who are making a difference in their community. From a priest to a frozen yogurt king, artists and dancers to restaurateurs, once again, we’ve outdone ourselves.


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When John Oxley donated funds to set aside an area of nature in Tulsa’s Mohawk Park, he knew he was preserving a treasure that would be enjoyed for generations to come. Today, Oxley Nature Center is an urban oasis, a place to observe nature and learn about the importance of green space to a city’s well-being.

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After working for world-renowned designer Charles Faudree, Kyle Hatfield struck out on his own, creating American Hatfield, a design firm that realizes Hatfield’s Americana style. With influences from Faudree-inspired Country French and rustic farmhouses, Hatfield has achieved his vision in an inventive way.

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When Oklahoma is in the news, it’s typically not a flattering story. However, there is so much great news to share about the Sooner State, and this issue is a great reminder of how much progress we’ve made. I wish I could say we planned it this way, but this is an edition where the stories took on lives of their own. Together, the three features we present shine a spotlight on the progress we’re making in Oklahoma and point to a hopeful future. Our annual 40 Under 40 awards recognize 40 vibrant young professionals. While we were photographing and interviewing these folks, they continually impressed me – not only with their accomplishments but also with their passion. If this is a snapshot of the leadership that will guide Oklahoma into the future, I feel reassured. We also focus on the urban renaissance that is occurring in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, particularly the renewed interest in downtown living. Builders and developers can barely keep up with demand from people lining up to make the move. Anyone familiar with either of these cities 20 years ago has to grasp how incredible this is. And, in true Oklahoma fashion, the underlying story of this renaissance lies in the pioneering spirit of the individuals that have joined forces to make this happen. Finally, we talk about food. Oklahoma has a rich culinary heritage, enhanced by its history and geographic placement in the center of the country. That same history and geography can also work against us, and when it comes to food, we are known more for chicken fried steak than gourmet cuisine. “Gourmet is OK” (p. 89) demonstrates how that is changing just as quickly as people are moving downtown. We speak to seven chefs that are at the forefront of modern gourmet cuisine in Oklahoma. They reveal a turning of the tide that is quickly putting Oklahoma City and Tulsa on equal footing with much larger cities, and, not surprisingly, they credit customers for the interest, passion and support that allows them to do what they do. All together, it’s a recipe that makes Oklahoma’s future look very bright.

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Children explore the exhibits at Oxley Nature Center.


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Oxley shows the next generation the forest for the trees.

n the northeast corner of Tulsa’s sprawling Mohawk Park, beyond the playgrounds, splash pads, polo field and golf course, is set aside an 804-acre plot of land never to be developed. This was the place a young John Oxley brought the daughter of the photographer he worked for to ride horses on the winding equestrian trails. Oxley became an oilman, an avid polo player, and in 1935 he married that girl. When the city set aside this spot of earth as a nature preserve, Oxley donated funds to help, and it was named for his bride Mary K. Oxley. Today it is an escape from four walls, video games and fluores-

cent lights, with miles of hiking trails through three distinct habitats and the accompanying flora and fauna. “It’s fresh air. You are in the middle of all these trees, and they are putting out oxygen. You just have this feeling of freedom. It kind of relieves the stress,” says director and naturalist Eddie Reese. The Tulsa Audubon Society sketched the original master plan after the idea of a preserve was pitched to the Tulsa Parks Department in 1972. A nonprofit group of citizens formed to raise money and oversee construction. Once complete, the nature center was turned over to the city to be enjoyed by the public with the rest of Mohawk Park. APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


spaces. A person can live in an apartment and never see a blade of grass or touch a tree, but still depends on wild places for survival – for oxygen, pollinators for pollinating food, clean water,” Reese says. He adds that the long-term mission of the organization is to impress this upon people by intimately engaging them in the beauty. Spring, he contends, may be the best time to do that. At the nature center it is a new season of life. New flowers and redbuds are blooming. Reese says deer and raccoon are often spotted with their young. Spring also brings back birds from their winter vacation in the south, and butterflies begin making appearances. Oxley Nature Center contributes a North American census count of butterflies and ranks among the top 20 for butterfly diversity nearly every year. Birding is also a very rewarding activity at the center. Due to the three distinct habitats – prairie, woodland and wetland – there is a great variety. Reese says they are particularly musical in the spring as they mark out territories. Nearly every week the center has changed as the season goes on. For a unique way to see the nature center, full moon walks are offered.


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“The mission of the center is ‘inspire the wonder,’” says Reese, who has been at the center for 25 of the nature center’s 30 years. A testament to the success of this mission is the look of wonder he describes on the faces of the thousands of children he has led on hikes through the center. “They are used to just seeing trees or just a patch of grass,” he says. “You get them out there and you start showing them things, and it just gets amazing. They really get into it.” Reese had a short-lived career as science teacher in his younger years before he tossed his business-casual wardrobe and classroom to be outside. He is passionate that the Oxley Nature Center be a place that gets kids off the couch and computer and outside Eddie Reese, to appreciate nature and engage in director of Oxley Nature Center. conservation. “We want to foster in new people an appreciation of wild places. If people outdoors when we were kids. That is why appreciate our wild spaces, they will want you need places like Oxley Nature Center. to conserve them,” says Reese. “If we don’t It will be an oasis someday surrounded by teach people about conservation, as voters urban areas,” Reese says. someday they won’t care to set aside green Need The Green spaces.” Those green spaces aren’t just pretty. We If people care about what is there, they need them for survival. will help protect it he says. “We can’t survive without our green “It seems like we spent a lot more time



Various forms of biking – such as road racing, criterium racing, cyclocross and mountain biking – have grown exponentially in popularity over the last decade. This recent increase in public interest, however, has exposed the limited amount of comparable land space and facilities in Oklahoma available for this type of sporting activity to persist. In response to this, Andrew Stevens, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture, has designed and proposed an ideal facility for his graduate thesis project to remedy this problem. Although graduate theses are usually meant to remain hypothetical, Stevens’ project quickly transcended the stereotypical academic limits. Shortly after creating a blog presenting the proposed facility to the public, many individuals in the racing community were left drooling. In theory, the site would be located in Oklahoma City, and the 42-acre lot would encompass a velodrome, speed skate track, a dividable road criterium course, advanced and beginner mountain bike trails, a cyclocross course, a street trails course and numerous other cycling amenities. As a product of the surge of cycling in Oklahoma, Stevens recog-



nizes the role his proposed site would play in the area. In addition to public interest, “this would really help get people exposed to the sport,” Stevens says. So far, various parties throughout the state have expressed interest in the proposed site. Still, Stevens hopes to gain more support throughout the area and potentially turn this cycling dream into a reality. For more information on this project, visit Stevens’ blog at www. – Nathan Porter



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Dr. Robert Broyles’s research is leading him closer to a cure for sickle cell anemia.


The Cell Hunter

An OU researcher and his team are attempting to exterminate a deadly blood disease.



“That was a gold mine for scientists. We knew then that we might be able to cure sickle cell anemia without having to change its two genes. Instead, we started looking at ways to turn the genes responsible for (increased fetal blood cells) on and off and mimic nature. It turned out to be very hard to do,” he says. Broyles and his partners are completely confident about their work, but they’re also quick to note that it will be some time before it hits the market. They still have a few hoops to jump through. Current animal trials won’t be completed for a couple of years. At the same time, they’ll be filing with the FDA for permission to begin the first human trials. That, they guess, is probably five years away. They feel good about the likely results of the human trials and expect to have their cure available within ten years. By the time it’s implemented, Broyles’ cure for sickle cell disease will have been 30 years in the making. Twenty years ago, he and his colleagues started chasing the cure with excitement. They never lost their enthusiasm for the project. “A lot of native curiosity helped,” he says. “It started with wondering how these genes are turned on and off in a frog and went from there. The clinical performance helped drive it even more. It’s good to have a lot of patience. In the beginning we thought this work might be useful and now there’s a high likelihood it’ll be very useful. The momentum built as we made more and more discoveries.” PAUL FAIRCHILD



ongtime OU professor, Dr. Richard Broyles, is a hunter. One of the world’s deadliest scourges, sickle cell anemia, sits squarely in his sights. He recently founded EpimedX, an Oklahoma City company that will enable him to pull the trigger. After 20 years in the blind, the geneticist and his colleagues are roughly 10 years away from firing the magic bullet that will put sickle cell anemia down once and for all. Taking down sickle cell anemia is a lofty goal. Broyles’ goals for his cure are equally lofty and go beyond saving lives. “This will change the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease in third world countries. Children born in those countries with sickle cell anemia almost always die before they turn 5,” he says, “It’s a life or death thing for those people. In the U.S., where every baby born is tested for the disease, we’re able to identify them early. They don’t die as young, but they’ll still have serious health issues and painful lives. They’re always in crisis, in and out of emergency rooms. It’s hard for a person in that situation to get an education, much less hold a job. It’s not just a health issue.” Broyles and his peers developed a new approach to the cure for sickle cell disease, a genetic process known as gene regulation therapy. Sickle cell anemia develops in humans with two key mutations in the genes of red blood cells. Previous attempts to cure the disease focused on changing these genes. A unique and fortuitous discovery inspired Broyles’ new technique. In 1975, researchers discovered that certain people in Saudi Arabia had both gene mutations required for sickle cell anemia, but this population was perfectly normal. When these people were examined, researchers noticed they were still producing fetal red blood cells, the result of a second mutation in their red blood cells. Typically, as the body develops, fetal red blood cells diminish almost entirely. These people were walking around with their bloodstreams holding 35 to 45 percent of these, yet no sickle cell anemia. It was obvious that with that many fetal red blood cells in the body, sickle cell anemia wouldn’t develop.

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Miracle Workers


Tulsa Habitat For Humanity’s Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers give back.

onduct an unscientific poll and you’ll likely find that most folks will name Tuesday as the day when they get the most accomplished. Mondays seem to be when we’re mostly getting ourselves prepared for the grind of what’s ahead. Wednesday? That’s hump day, when we’re starting to look toward the weekend and a couple of days’ leisure time. Thursday and Friday? Well, we all know about Thursday and Friday. But Tuesday, that’s the day we have nothing to distract us from tasks at hand. Tuesdays are made for getting things accomplished. For the past 20 years, Tuesday has been the day that Bob Sanborn and a group of volunteers for Tulsa’s Habitat for Humanity have gathered to make miracles happen – 42 miracles, at last count.

we still meet almost every Tuesday and do what we can. “We’re always looking to get some new blood into the group,” Sanborn adds. During the winter months, the group turns their attention from outdoor construction to indoors, focusing on cabinet building for their projects. “It’s a great group of guys from all different denominations,” Sanborn says. “We’re just like a bunch of brothers. We’ll take coffee breaks and have some fellowship and spend time getting to know one another.” Without a background in construction, Sanborn and the other volunteers turned to Howard Waugh, a longtime Tulsa home-

“We arbitrarily picked Tuesday as the day to get together and work,” says Sanborn. “When we’d get out there we spent a lot of time finishing and fixing some of the stuff the Saturday crews had started. We ended up with the nickname The Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers, and it stuck. We just completed our 42nd house in December.” The Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers were born when Sanborn, Bill Yeagle and the late Jay Brisco came together to build a choir room for the Christ United Methodist Church in 1993. After that project was complete, the three began volunteering for Habitat For Humanity. “They give generously and they work hard, maybe harder now that they are retired than they did when they were working,” says Jane Dunbar, director of development at Tulsa’s Habitat For Humanity. “These gentlemen are truly the example of service, kindness and volunteerism that our community needs to see. We cannot thank them enough for their work at Tulsa Habitat.” The group of retirees recognized a need, and they were happy to volunteer their time, and often, their own money. According to Sanborn, 29 or 30 of their projects were funded entirely by members of the group. “There are 35 to 37 people on our crew, and our average age now is around 75,” the 81-year-old Sanborn says. “As we get older, we don’t get as much done as we used to. But



builder and former star fullback on The University of Tulsa football team. Waugh became the construction supervisor for the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity where he served until his death in 2009. “I had worked for an oil company, and there wasn’t a carpenter among us,” Sanborn recalls with a chuckle. “But Howard taught us the things we needed to know and we continued to learn. Howard was a great resource and an amazing man.” It is easy for so many to complain about things we see in society without ever raising a hand to make a difference. But for Bob Sanborn and the Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers, it is just easier to get up and go to work. REGAN HENSON


The Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers are a group of retired men that work to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

An Evening with the Artists and Art Sale

Friday, April 19, 2013

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Martin Grelle

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Featured painter Martin Grelle offers the audience an insight to his approach in designing works of the landscape and people who populated the old West and inhabit the new.

Featured sculptor Herb Mignery discusses his working style and the classically rendered bronzes that chronicle the lives of men and women who wrestled the land and elements of the early American West.

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bike, because you would absolutely believe her. After nearly 19 years at Merrill Lynch, Richardson began contemplating new challenges. Her son suggested she needed a new mountain to climb. This sage advice put her on a path that included acting as executive director at The Bridges Foundation, completing an MBA, working as associate vice president of development at OSU and executive director Resonance Center for Women before taking the reins at Volunteers of America nearly a year ago.

Pamela Richardson heads Volunteers of America of Oklahoma.

Driving Inspiration The CEO of Volunteers of America draws inspiration from those she helps.


o acrylic figurine, plaque, trophy or certificate memorializes Pam Richardson’s achievements. She has plenty of them, but for the president and CEO of Volunteer for America of Oklahoma, success is reflected in the accomplishments of the disabled, disadvantaged and homeless Oklahomans her organization assists. To call her passionate would minimize her energy. She sets her goals high, and she meets challenges with a smile. Richardson expects the best of people. As a result, those who work with her and those she serves seem quite willing to answer her challenges with their best. Richardson is the kind of person you’d want to pick you up, dust you off and tell you that you can do it after you fall off your



OM: What accomplishment are you most proud of? PR: My favorite of all is a coloring book picture of a penguin that one of our little clients colored in orange and black because I’m an OSU fan. I still have that. I have a whole box of mementos, and those are my rewards Once I was out at a fast-food chain and saw a woman that I remembered working with at Resonance. I couldn’t approach her to protect her privacy. But she remembered me. She came up to me because she wanted to tell me how she had her children back and she was in school and she was working. Her success is the accomplishment. I have had an interaction with a gentleman who was previously homeless. He is working now. He got his first microwave oven, and he can cook warm food. When he described what that was like to me, he said, “I got my understanding about life back.” I thought, “Wow. This is what life is really about.” That is an accomplishment. OM: What do you attribute your success to? PR: I don’t see myself as successful at all. I see myself as a very, very blessed individual. I had great parents. I had a great upbringing. I had a great education. And I have always had a great job. I look at the people we work with and that is how I measure my success: in their success. How can we help them overcome their obstacles? This is what makes me successful. It is not about anything else. LINDSEY JOHNSON



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Jazz on a Summer’s Night A pair of CDs highlight the rich rewards of commercial jazz.


or a lot of years now, bassist Bill and vocalist Pam Van Dyke Crosby have exerted an incalculable influence on Tulsa-area jazz, and they continue to be among the busiest players on the scene. But if they never hit another lick, their legacy would be preserved forever in a couple of CDs recorded in the last year: Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Early, released in October 2012, and Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Late, which has just been released. (The discs also preserve the memory of Tulsa’s Ciao Baby, the Tulsa restaurant and jazz venue that expired a few months after the June 10th live show and recording.) Taken together, the two albums not only provide a vibrant record of a great live show, but also an indication of how rich and rewarding “commercial” jazz can be, when performed by people who know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Both CDs are packed full of Great American Songbook standards both well-known (“Skylark,” “How High the Moon,” “Long Ago and Far Away”) and a little less so (“Poinciana,” “Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most”), linked together by Pam’s spot-on vocals, improvisational roominess that allows members of the band to shine and a palpable desire on the part of all performers to keep the audience engaged and entertained, even as they indulge in some impressive musical explorations. As Pam says in her introduction to Harold Arlen’s “Out of This World,” the second cut on the first disc, “The guys are going to be playing solos in most of the tunes as long as they want to, because we’re going for the jazz.” “That’s what jazz is,” explains Bill. “If you’ve got it in you to play a couple or three choruses, go for it. And when you’re through with what you’ve got to say, it’s the next guy’s turn. “It’s jazz,” he says of the band’s repertoire and approach, “but it’s fairly commercial from the standpoint of what some people are doing in jazz. We kind of mix it up, and we want the audience to like it, you know.” This sure-handed welding of jazz to standards can best be heard in a track from the first disc that combines “How High the Moon” and Charlie Parker’s hard-bop composition “Ornithology.” As Bill points out, the two are more connected than it might appear.



“Those (bop) guys, like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, took standards and made jazz tunes out of them. ‘Ornithology’ was written on the basis of ‘How High the Moon,’ on its chord changes. They’re really the same thing. The other one (on the two-disc set), ‘Oleo,’ is based on ‘I Got Rhythm.’ It’s a tune (by Sonny Rollins) that a lot of the jazz bands have played over the years.” In addition to Pam and Bill, the two albums feature Scott McQuade on keyboard and accordion, Tommy Poole on saxophones and clarinet, Tony Yohe on drums and Wade Robertson on percussion. All are top-drawer instrumentalists with hundreds of professional credits among them, ranging from a touring stint with western-swing legend Hank Thompson (Robertson) to gigs with Rosemary Clooney and Jack Jones (Poole). Yohe has drummed with a number of different area groups for years, and Canada native McQuade was recently profiled in the Billboard Books publication The New Face of Jazz. “These musicians are just terrific,” says Pam. “They bring the level of what we do up.” The Crosbys, who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, are no slouches themselves. A native Oklahoman, Pam got her first high-profile music job with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, touring nationally as a featured vocalist with the band for four years. Upon her return to Oklahoma, she continued performing and touring and hasn’t stopped since. Bill learned to play bass while in the Navy, and, like Pam, has a massive list of credits that encompasses road work, recording, and backing nationally known headliners. Both are founding members of the Tulsa Jazz Society, a group that promotes awareness of jazz and live music in the area. That, of course, is what the Jazz on a Summer’s Night CDs do as well. The Crosbys also hope that the impact of the new discs goes well beyond Tulsa and its environs. Bill, the producer, has taken pains to make sure the mechanical rights for each


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Scott McQuade, Pam Van Dyke Crosby, Bill Crosby, Tommy Poole, Tony Yohe and Wade Robertson are key players on the Jazz on a Summer’s Night duo.

song they recorded are paid for, something that doesn’t happen with a lot of local CDs. Because he secured the proper rights, the discs can be pitched to internet radio, satellite radio and other national and international outlets without any fear of recrimination from performing-rights organizations. “Yeah, we’re legal enough to do it,” he says with a laugh. “I’m just not sure how to do it yet.” Of course, acquiring rights takes money (which is one big reason why producers of small-run CDs often ignore the process), and money goes a long way toward explaining why the two Jazz on A Summer’s Night discs came out six months apart. Since the Crosbys were financing the project, they wanted to have enough in the kitty to do it right. And, as is the case with their approach to music, they had their audience in mind as well. “We could’ve done a two-CD set, but it would’ve cost people more to buy, like 30 bucks or something,” says Bill. “So we thought, ‘Well, let’s just make one now and one later, and call them ‘early’ and ‘late,’ and put 15 bucks apiece on them.’” The behind-the-scenes people on the discs are also an impressive group, ranging from Tulsa pianist-composer Ted Moses, who arranged several of the tunes (as did Scott McQuade), to noted photographer Gaylord Herron, whose striking photos grace both covers. “Gaylord does what he calls ‘drive-by shooting,’” says Pam with a laugh. “He doesn’t use Photoshop or anything like that. He just drives down Riverside Drive and shoots as he goes by. That’s why there’s so much motion and color in the photographs we got to use.” Vocalist Cindy Cain was also involved with the discs, both as a photographer and as an inspiration for the recording. “We had kicked around the idea of doing it at the (Oklahoma) Jazz Hall of Fame, because they have a nice piano there, and we kicked around the idea of doing it in the studio,” Bill recalls. “But when I heard Cindy Cain’s CD she made (at Ciao), with Hank Charles’ recording, I thought it was great and decided to do it there with Hank – whose recording is one of the highlights of our whole deal, as far as I’m concerned. “We always liked the way we sounded at Ciao, the energy of playing live. This is all one take. There are mistakes in it. Maybe you can’t hear them, but they’re there. I could’ve gone back into the studio and changed them, but I just didn’t want to do that.” And so it stands, captured forever on two CDs, the authentic sound of one of Tulsa’s great jazz acts Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Early, is the on an Oklahoma sumfirst of two jazz CDs mer’s night. released by Bill “Part of the reason and Pam Van Dyke Crosby. for doing this is to kind of have it as part of our heritage,” muses Pam, “something that we did that’s really us. For me, I think, it’s a way of saying who we are and what we like and what our kind of music is.” She laughs. “We’d also like to sell some of them.”

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Ryan Harper, Barrett Hughes, Jo Ann Winn and Stephanie and Ralph Cole, who were the recipients of the Henry Zarrow Award, attended the Henry Zarrow Award Dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Clayton Bennett, Mike Neal, Jacque Hollar and Jim McAuley enjoyed Leadership Oklahoma’s Excellence in Leadership Gala.

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Pat Chernicky, Ben Stewart, Kathy Taylor and P.S. Gordon attended this year’s Memory Gala, which benefited Alzheimer’s Association.

Connie Seay and Blane Snodgrass enjoyed the Sip For Sight Patron Dinner.

Barbara Pierce Bush, Saundra Naifeh and Jenna Bush Hager attended the ninth annual Juliette Low Leadership Society Metro Luncheon.

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James Pickle, Mary Ann Prior, Mayor Mick Cornett and Christian Keesee attended the announcement of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formerly known as City Arts Center.

Jim and Mary Bush, Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery, and Dana and Pat Baldwin enjoyed the festivities at Cooking Up Compassion, a fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Tulsa.

Larry Mocha, Mary Shaw and Pierce Norton were recently named to the Tulsa Community College Foundation Board.

Larry and Darlene Parman and Cindy and Bob Barnard attended the Allied Arts Honorary Chair Event.

Event emcee Morgan Chesky, Erielle Reshef, Maggie Stokes and Wendell Edwards of KOCO News Channel 5 enjoyed Oscar Experience, a benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City.

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Hundreds packed the Tulsa Convention Center for the 16th annual Red Ribbon Gala. Themed “Connect The Dots,” the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Tulsa CARES, an organization that provides resources, education and support to those infected with HIV and AIDS.

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Single in the City

Oklahoma Magazine recently held its eighth annual Single in the City event and date auction at IDL Ballroom in Tulsa and Skky Bar Ultra Lounge in Oklahoma City. Nearly two dozen eligible bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off for dates, with proceeds benefiting Emergency Infant Services in Tulsa and YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

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Rave Reviews

Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner have formed Square 1 Theatrics.

Oklahoma-based production company Square 1 Theatrics hits the stage.



now because here I am, 10 to 15 years later, discovering where I feel most comfortable in my shoes, in entertainment. You ask why I laugh? Well, for almost every professional job I contracted as an actor or performer, the artistic directors and producers of the theater or the college professors always said I would make a great producer. I didn’t believe them, or for that matter believe in myself to go for it … “Without sounding idealistic, I am pretty sure life directs us where we are supposed to be,” he continues. “It’s interesting how life comes full circle. I should have listened

to all those mentors telling me to be a producer. Now, here I am producing my first two major productions.” For Tanner, stepping onto the stage was more intimidating, so he chose other ways to enter the theater world. “As a young kid, I dreamed of performing and yet was scared to death of it,” he says. “So I did the next best thing: I volunteered for local theater productions in my hometown. I initially started by selling ads for the show program, and that grew into volunteering as a stagehand. I did whatever was needed to get closer to the production. I distinctly remember having an



he lights of Broadway might be a long way from the Sooner State, but for two local stage producers, the stars are shining bright. Oklahoma theater veterans Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner recently joined creative forces to form Square 1 Theatrics, a production company that, despite its small-time roots, is making big-time waves in the New York City theater world with its off-Broadway production of Flipside: The Patti Page Story and the upcoming, much-anticipated Broadway revival of Pippin. Although both Tanner and Krottinger have shared a lifelong passion for the theater, the two began their partnership with a very different collaboration: IQ Surgical, a health care marketing firm. But with their mutual love of the stage and every aspect of a production, it wasn’t a big jump for them to leverage their marketing partnership into producing award-winning shows together. According to the partners, Square 1’s mission is to offer “compelling, powerful entertainment for a vast audience” with thought-provoking works that inspire change, including works from and about their Oklahoma home. “It’s important to Square 1 that we have a strong commitment to producing local and regional works with other folks that we believe share in our mission and philosophy,” Tanner says. “Nothing is more exciting than hearing from someone that has a great, outof-the-box idea. Of course, we can’t exist without investors, so we are always looking for Square 1 believers.” Both producers were drawn to drama and the arts from a young age. An active participant in band, choir and drama during his school years, Krottinger performed professionally across the globe for years before landing at Square 1. “Since the moment I stepped on stage as a kid, I knew that for the rest of my life, I was supposed to be in entertainment,” he says. “Like everything we do in our careers, our life journey places us in our niche. I laugh

An off-Broadway production of Flipside, the story of Oklahoman Patti Page.

unhealthy obsession with the making of Anything Goes. It was then that I fell in love with each of the layers involved with theater and the amount of work by all involved to bring stories from paper to stage.”

The duo’s journey to forming Square 1 Theatrics began in 2010, when Krottinger, a master’s student at the University of Central Oklahoma, paired with UCO professor Greg White to work on White’s new musical. Flipside is the story of the Claremore native and 1950s pop sensation Patti Page, known for such hits as “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” and “Tennessee Waltz.” The musical premiered at UCO in the spring 2011 before going on to garner 17 awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, including “Best Musical.” Flipside then took off on a streak of success that would do its main character proud, embarking on an eight-city tour across Oklahoma before making its offBroadway premiere in New York City this past winter. In 2013, the show will begin its world tour. “The theater only had a two-week slot open at the end of 2012,” Krottinger says of the off-Broadway run. “So we jumped on it, signed the contract and partnered with the University of Central Oklahoma to co-present/produce Flipside at 59E59 Theater.” According to Krottinger, it was the support of native Oklahomans who made the New York success of Flipside possible. “I am so thankful to those donors here in Tulsa and Oklahoma City who believed in our project,” he says. “It all happened so quickly – overnight, or at least it felt that way.” It was while scouting the venue for Flipside that Tanner and Krottinger caught wind of a thrilling production opportunity: the first-ever Broadway revival of Pippin, the picaresque – and popular – tale of King Charlemagne’s wandering son. The original

1972 production was directed by Broadway legend Bob Fosse and won five Tony Awards upon its premiere. Recently, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., revived the musical to wide critical and audience acclaim. The edgy new production – scheduled to officially open on Broadway in April – already has generated enormous media buzz and more than $1 million in ticket sales. After Krottinger and Tanner were invited to co-produce Pippin, they went to scope out a rehearsal for the show and were stunned. ”We almost couldn’t believe our eyes, sitting here in this secret rehearsal space, watching this musical come together,” Krottinger says. “It was truly fascinating. As we are watching the rehearsal, the lead producer comes over to introduce himself. We start chatting about the show, the new concept of Cirque-like acrobatics, and the infusion of Bob Fosse’s original choreography by Chet Walker, the amazing new costumes and the direction by Tony-award-winner Diane Paulus … I was immediately sold.” “Meeting the production team on Pippin, particularly producer Howard Kagan, and seeing the talent working together in real-time, sold me,” Tanner says. “I thought, ‘Okay, what’s this hesitation about? This is it. They probably aren’t going to ask twice.’” In addition, Tanner was moved by the production itself. “I didn’t realize the magnitude of the invitation until I saw Pippin in rehearsal,” he says. “The experience was transcendent. Everyone, in every aspect of the show, is at the top of their game, even the costume design. It’s a masterpiece in its own right … so here we are.” Of the chance to produce the Broadway revival, Krottinger says, “I feel like I won the lottery. Besides the production is already receiving so much pre-opening buzz, we are equally excited about our organization’s inaugural Broadway venture.” “Needless to say, we could not find ourselves more excited and eager to be where we are,” Krottinger says. “Jay says this fell into our laps,” Tanner says. “I say it’s a direct result of everything I’ve ever done and all that I have met. Clearly, we bring different ideologies to the table.” But while the paths that led to the stage and New York success – and their philosophies on exactly how they arrived there – might be different, both Tanner and Krottinger agree on one thing: Oklahoma picked them. Tickets for the production are available via TARA MALONE APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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hen we think of what items we place in a bedroom, it may be on the basis of aesthetics. However, what is in a bedroom or, more importantly, what’s not in a bedroom, can directly affect the quality of sleep an individual receives nightly. Think about items that inspire calm: Serene colors, soft textures and plush pillows can set the mood for a restful night’s sleep. A nightstand can be equally important. Some like to have a carafe of water for those late-night coughs; others, a sleep mask or eye pillow to keep out any distracting light. A lamp is also a great item to have on a nightstand, especially if reading is a soothing pre-bedtime activity. While stocking the bedroom with appropriate linens, accessories and the right mattress are very important, it’s also essential that one know what not to place in the bedroom. Televisions are a no-no, as they can encourage you to watch the late news as opposed to getting much needed shut-eye. It’s also a good idea to keep laptops and other work-related items out of the bedroom. Sleep is designed to rejuvenate and recharge the body for the next day. Give yourself the best opportunity to rest and relax. JAMI MATTOX





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ne-third of our life should be spent asleep. We all know sleep is essential. But did you know you’ll die of sleep deprivation faster than food deprivation? According to the Better Sleep Council, it takes two weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you. “The science of sleep is just starting to be fully explored,” says Kerry Trammel, president of Lady Americana, an Oklahoma City-based mattress manufacturer. “The business of sleep aids is booming in America.” If restful sleep eludes you, your mattress could be the culprit. The Better Sleep Council suggests answering the following questions: Is your mattress older than five years? Do you wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains? Have you had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed? Does your mattress sag or have lumps? Buying a new mattress might seem like an expensive investment. However, considering it’s likely the most-used product you own, it is one of the best cost-per-day values on the market. Additionally, given the impact the right mattress can have on your health and overall well being, it might be the best investment you can make. With the variety of options available, the perfect mattress is out there. Although, that variety might make the perfect one hard to find. “Mattresses are a lot like beauty,” explains Trammel. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is no one size fits all.” First, educate yourself on the options available. “The traditional spring mattress has been the tried and true technology for years,” says Trammel. “Customers now have more choices than ever before.” Advances in technology and materials have given consumers more options to consider. Solid foam mattresses and adjustable beds are growing in popularity, says Trammel. “Adjustable beds were once just for the elderly,” explains Trammel. “It’s now becoming a lifestyle choice. “When you are choosing a car, most dealers are offering the same products as everyone else,” he adds. “With a mattress, it’s more difficult.” So to narrow down your options, experts suggest finding a trusted manufacturer and a reputable dealer with well-informed sales representatives. “Go to a store with several different products on the floor that you can try out,” suggests Trammel. Once you are in the store, don’t be shy about test-driving the mattresses. The Better Sleep Council recommends removing your shoes and lying down on several different models in various positions, especially the one you usually sleep in. The extra time spent helps ensure you are making the right investment. “If you can, try to find a store that offers a return policy so you can get a feel of a real night’s sleep,” offers Trammel. Budget is a major concern, but comfort, support and durability should be the most important factors you consider. “Most manufacturers offer a variety of prices,” says Trammel. “You should be able to find a mattress that fits your needs and your budget.” The best option is to shop for the best value, not always the lowest price, says the Better Sleep Council. Instead, buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford. You’ll have many restful night’s sleep in return. LINDSAY CUOMO



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Hatfield prefers to accessorize his home with finds from yard sales, flea markets and even dumpsters. Hatfield’s home is a constant rotation of “new” old items.


Pure Americana

A designer transforms his family’s former chicken coop into a cozy, creative retreat.


hen Charles Faudree retired in December, his employee, Kyle Hatfield, took the opportunity to start his own firm, American Hatfield. “I always knew I wanted to do something creative,” he says. It was just that Hatfield, who grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Coweta, wasn’t quite sure where his creative instincts would take him. He explored photography and landscape design, but ultimately, it was his love of interior design that helped him nail the job with Faudree. So when his job ended around the time his parents required some assistance, Hatfield



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decided to move back to the family farm, where he lives and works out of a most unlikely place – a former chicken coop. “I have about 800 square feet,” explains Hatfield. In the 1980s, his dad added onto the old structure and created a workout room. “It was just a basic box,” Hatfield comments. Plus, it had no plumbing, heat or air. Hatfield started by ripping off the paneling and framing out the windows. The floor was stained concrete, but it was so dark that Hatfield’s collection of antique furniture didn’t show up. So he painted the floor a stone color. He then painted the walls an earthy gray that “really makes the furniture pop.” Draperies are fabricated from washed

painters’ canvas. Yard sales, estate sales, flea markets and even dumpsters have supplied Hatfield with a constant flow of furniture and accessories for himself and his clients. “Most people would just pass these things up,” says Hatfield. “You have to have an eye for it.” And Hatfield’s unique ability to repurpose old and discarded American treasures is evident. One of his prized finds is his grandparents’ 40-year-old Frigidaire that had been relegated to the barn for 33 years. “It even housed a skunk with her babies,” laughs Hatfield. But, undeterred, he cleaned it up, gave it a coat of paint and plugged it in. “I couldn’t believe it still worked,” he says. When he discovered a wooden crate in

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What is really behind that pesky earache?

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intermittent, or is it constant, dull and achy or sharp and stabbing?” asks Voth. “Are you having any ear drainage, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, balance issues, a sore throat, nasal congestion, facial pain, runny nose or post-nasal drainage? Do you grind your teeth at night, wake up with a sore jaw, chew gum frequently or find yourself clinching your jaw when stressed?” Or, more seriously, “Do you have any voice changes, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing or weight changes?” adds Voth. These answers will help you and the doctor determine the root cause of an earache and the best course of action to remedy the pain. While some ear pain can be treated at home with anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, Voth offers other home remedies that may offer some relief from the discomfort. A warm washcloth,

heating pad or even warm liquids in the ear canal can help relieve pain. “Hot fluids or organic matter, such as garlic, should not be placed in the ear canal,” cautions Voth. “Any earache lasting beyond 24 hours should certainly be discussed with a physician.” Dr. Austin Sibley, a family medicine physician with St. John Medical Center, takes this one step further. “If the pain is something that is concerning to you, it’s always acceptable to have it evaluated by your doctor,” encourages Sibley. Tsai says that most ear pain results from Eustachian tube dysfunction. The Eustachian tubes are small passageways that connect the most inner part of your throat, nose and ears. Eustachian tubes open, allowing air to flow in and out. These tubes usually get blocked by swelling or fluids and often cause pain. “Allergies or colds are the most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction,” comments Tsai. The positive side to this common dysfunction is that it can be easy to treat. Sibley says simple over-the-counter allergy medicine or a decongestant can work wonders.


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Voth suggests Afrin or oxymetazoline. “Over-the-counter nasal decongestants can offer some immediate relief,” says Voth. “But, these should not be used for more than three days.” Still no relief? Sidley suggested talking to your doctor about a nasal steroid. Tsai agrees that nasal steroids are often very effective, but adds, “It may take some time to see results.” “Improvement may not be seen for several days, possibly weeks,” confirms Voth. “You’ve got stay up on (your doses),” adds Tsai. “It’s really the only way to prevent this kind of ear pain.” Poorly controlled Eustachian tube dysfunction can lead to serious complications, like cholesteatomas, which are benign lesions in the ear. Cholesteatomas are very serious and can lead to hearing loss, dizziness, facial paralysis and encephaloceles, a condition where the brain falls into the middle ear, says Tsai. “Sometimes these can cause bad ear infections that can get into the neck, requiring emergency surgery,” warns Tsai. “The most common complication is hearing loss. The rest are far less common.” Ear infections, another common cause of ear pain, can develop in the outer, middle or inner ear. Outer ear infections, sometimes called Swimmer’s Ear, are classically very painful with any movement of the external ear and can be accompanied by drainage from the ear canal, says Voth. An outer ear infection is typically caused by two culprits: moisture or over-cleaning. Consequently, proper ear care is extremely important in preventing an outer ear

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infection. Contrary to popular belief, cotton swabs aren’t necessary and can be harmful. “Don’t ever stick anything into your ears,” advises Tsai. Instead, simply use a washcloth to clean the wax that makes its way out, suggests Sidley. Voth agrees, explaining that using cotton swabs can irritate the ear canal. “Removing the protective earwax leaves the ear canal dry, which can lead to cracking, itching, and pain,” says Voth. If your outer ear infection is caused by moisture in the ear, a simple at-home remedy can help. Tsai recommends a few drops of a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Sidley, too, has his own recipe. Voth says a severe outer ear infection might need to be treated with antibiotic eardrops.


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associated with a dysfunctional Eustachian tube, which frequently happens after recent traveling, illness or allergies,” says Voth. Both inner and middle ear infection are often treated with antibiotics. The concern with ear infections is the frequency they occur. “If you have chronic ear infections, you need to see your primary care physician to ward off any complications,” recommends Sibley. “When no obvious source is noted by your physician, evaluation by an otolaryngologist is generally recommended,” says Voth. “Though the chances of your earache being cancer or a tumor are low, this diagnosis cannot afford to be missed.” “Chronic infections of the ear in adults can be a sign of diabetes or underlying low immune system,” adds Voth. Ear pain can also be a result of other problems with the mouth, nose and throat. “The nerve endings (in that area) are connected, so sometimes the brain confuses (other issues) as ear pain,” explains Tsai. Medical professionals term this as referred otalgia. “Referred otalgia is most commonly associated with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tonsillitis, dental infections, sinusitis and ulcers of the mouth,” says Voth. “Many head and neck cancers may also present in this way.” As Sibley said before, if the pain concerns to you, talk to your doctor.

“Allergies or colds are the most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction.”

Dr. Betty Tsai says it is important to note what is causing ear pain.

Inner ear infections are more commonly found in children under the age of 7 due to the positioning of their still-developing Eustachian tubes. “Their Eustachian tubes are more horizontal, so pressure and fluids build up easier,” explains Tsai. “If an adult has a one-sided inner ear infection, I would recommend seeing an ear, nose and throat specialist to see if something else is wrong.” Typically, adults suffer from middle ear infections more often. “(Middle ear infections are) typically




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g r a d u a t e w o r k s a t G e o rg e K a i s e r F a m i l y Foundation focusing on areas of education r e f o r m . S t e w a r t w o r k s c l o s e l y w i t h Tu l s a P u b l i c S c h o o l s , Te a c h F o r A m e r i c a a n d charter schools to help deliver the highest q u a l i t y e d u c a t i o n p o s s i b l e t o Tu l s a children. He advises those who wish to achieve success in their careers to realize the importance of understanding others. “ S o m u c h o f o n e ’s s u c c e s s i s h i g h l y relational; therefore, it is so important to build meaningful relationships with other colleagues and friends. I cannot tell you the number of times that picking up the phone versus sending an email was a huge d i ff e r e n t i a t o r. ”

f o r t h e F B I , Wi e t h o l t e r f o u n d h e r i n t e r e s t in forensic accounting. In 2010, she capitalized on that interest by founding Wo r k m a n F o r e n s i c s . “ T h r o u g h m y f i r m , I help businesses, government agencies and individuals make sense out of complicated and confusing litigation,” s h e s a y s . “ T h e s e r v i c e s w e o ff e r a l l o w me to work both sides of cases involving embezzlement, bankruptcy and divorce, j u s t t o n a m e a f e w. ” B u t d o n ’t t h i n k Wi e t h o l t e r i s a l l i n v e s t i g a t i o n s a n d audits; in her free time, she likes to search for unique furniture and home décor and refinish or repurpose it.

S y r a c u s e , N . Y. , f a i t h h a s a l w a y s b e e n a n i m p o r t a n t p a r t o f O ’ B r i e n ’s l i f e . I n 2 0 0 7 , a f t e r f i v e y e a r s o f s e m i n a r y, O ’ B r i e n was ordained a priest and appointed president of Bishop Kelley High School in 2009. “I think people know how i m p o r t a n t e d u c a t i o n i s t o o u r c i t y, s t a t e a n d c o u n t r y, ” O ’ B r i e n s a y s . “ B i s h o p Kelley High School has a lot of good t h i n g s g o i n g f o r i t , a n d i t ’s a n i m p o r t a n t i n s t i t u t i o n f o r t h e f u t u r e o f t h e c i t y. H i s advice for others is to trust in faith. God has a plan for every person. When we a r e a w a r e o f H i s w i l l t h r o u g h p r a y e r, and have the courage to follow that will, amazing things happen.”

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Certified Fraud Examiner/Forensic A c c o u n t a n t ; O w n e r, Wo r k m a n F o r e n s i c s Tu l s a While working

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Amber Egnor Martin,

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w i t h t h e O k l a h o m a C i t y C h a m b e r, i t ’s M a r t i n ’s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o r e c r u i t c o m p a n i e s t o l o c a t e i n O k l a h o m a C i t y. M o r e s p e c i f i c a l l y, s h e m e e t s w i t h o u t of-state and international firms looking to expand into the central U.S. and encourages them to consider a location i n O k l a h o m a C i t y. I t ’s a f a r c r y f r o m M a r t i n ’s f i r s t j o b w o r k i n g o n a f a r m doing odd jobs like driving tractors, mowing fields and painting fences. Her inner farmer still prevails, as she is an avid gardener and loves seeing green space developed in the metro area.

performs excellent work for his clients, which includes research and writing pleadings, briefs and other services that advance the interests of the f i r m ’s c l i e n t s . “ M y w o r k t a k e s m a n y d i f f e r e n t f o r m s , ” s a y s M c Vi c k e r. “ S o m e days require long hours of careful research and analysis. Some days, I have to negotiate the web of agencies and regulations that shrouds modern business. And some days, I am in court a r g u i n g f o r o u r c l i e n t s . ” M c Vi c k e r a l s o w o r k s w i t h O K E Q a n d T U L a w S c h o o l ’s LGBT student group to hold seminars t h a t p r o m o t e e d u c a t i o n a n d a d v o c a c y. APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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Atkins is well known as a cosmetic s u rg e o n a n d c o - o w n e r o f F a c e a n d B o d y C o s m e t i c S u rg e r y a n d M e d i c a l A e s t h e t i c s ; h o w e v e r, h e a l s o s e r v e s a s m e d i c a l director for Axis Medical Clinics, Skin Embrace and Grace Hospice and is the p r i m a r y s u rg e o n a t L a p B a n d C e n t e r o f Oklahoma. Atkins finds time to be a rugby p l a y e r a n d m e m b e r o f t h e Tu l s a R u g b y Football Club; he has traveled to Australia and New Zealand on rugby-related trips and vacations. Atkins also gives back t h r o u g h h i s c h a r i t y, T h e U l t i m a t e G i f t , which helps individuals who are the victims of bullying.

was the solid work ethic instilled in her by her parents and grandparents t h a t a l l o w e d Tr a n t o e a r n a c h e m i c a l engineering degree from OU. She now serves as an environmental engineer a t X TO E n e rg y, a s u b s i d i a r y o f E x x o n M o b i l . Tr a n ’s l a s t i n g l e g a c y w i l l b e t h e Hoang Family Engineering Scholarship, w h i c h , t h a n k s t o E x x o n M o b i l ’s t h r e e t o - o n e m a t c h i n g g i f t p r o g r a m , Tr a n w a s able to endow at OU. She is the youngest College of Engineering graduate ever to e n d o w a s c h o l a r s h i p a t t h e u n i v e r s i t y. “ I am grateful to my company for allowing me to help other students struggling with paying for school,” she says.

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and art activist, Lee is best known for h i s e ff o r t s t o w a r d s c r e a t i n g a r a c i a l l y d i v e r s e a r t c o m m u n i t y. A s t h e d i r e c t o r of Inclusion in Art, he is responsible for creating bridges that unite minority visual a r t i s t s w i t h o rg a n i z a t i o n s t h a t c a n a s s i s t in creative endeavors. He also works with o rg a n i z a t i o n s t o a s s i s t i n o u t r e a c h t o underserved minority artists. Diagnosed w i t h n a r c o l e p s y, L e e h a s r e f u s e d t o l e t the diagnosis slow him down. “… I have h e a l t h i s s u e s , b u t s o m e h o w I f i n d a w a y. I think those that nominated me (to be a part of 40 Under 40) were people that were familiar with the struggles I have faced but overcame.”


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the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce a n d To u r i s m M u s k o g e e f o r m o r e t h a n a decade, beginning as a program director and now as the president and CEO. U n d e r M c K e n z i e ’s t u t e l a g e , t h e C h a m b e r h a s r e c e i v e d s i x R e d b u d Aw a r d s f r o m t h e O k l a h o m a Tr a v e l a n d R e c r e a t i o n D e p a r t m e n t a n d O k l a h o m a To u r i s m Industry Association. McKenzie is proud of the work she did in bringing the ESPN B a s s m a s t e r E l i t e S e r i e s To u r n a m e n t t o Muskogee in 2010, which resulted in a 3 0 p e r c e n t i n c r e a s e i n t h e a r e a ’s h o t e l taxes and a three percent overall sales tax boost.

to representing the underserved. Her career at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. – a statewide nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal services to lowincome persons and the elderly – focuses on issues facing homeless persons and l o w - i n c o m e c h i l d r e n . Wa t t d i r e c t s L e g a l A i d ’s e ff o r t s t o c o m b a t u n d e r l y i n g c a u s e s of poverty in the state through litigation, e d u c a t i o n a n d c o m m u n i t y r e l a t i o n s . Tr u e t o h e r c a r e e r, s h e s e r v e s o n t h e b o a r d s o f s e v e r a l n o n p r o f i t o rg a n i z a t i o n s , i n c l u d i n g O C C J , Tu l s a S y m p h o n y O r c h e s t r a , T h e a t r e Tu l s a a n d t h e N a t i o n a l F e d e r a t i o n f o r J u s t Communities.

s u rg e o n , M c I n t i r e p e r f o r m s a w i d e variety of procedures, from removing wisdom teeth to performing corrective j a w s u rg e r y, t u m o r r e m o v a l a n d e v e n f a c i a l c o s m e t i c s u rg e r y. A n d h e ’s certainly helped some famous faces in Oklahoma City; he is on the medical s t a ff o f t h e O k l a h o m a C i t y T h u n d e r. W h e n h e ’s n o t h a r d a t w o r k , M c I n t i r e participates in marathons as well as I r o n m a n t r i a t h l o n s . O n e o f M c I n t i r e ’s future goals is to continue to serve those that do not have the means to pay for procedures such as corrective jaw s u rg e r i e s o r r e c o n s t r u c t i v e p r o c e d u r e s , both locally and abroad.

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shoveling snowy driveways in St. Louis t a u g h t We l n e r t h e v a l u e o f a d o l l a r. H e now serves as a senior financial analyst for The Magnolia Group, a value-oriented p r i v a t e f a m i l y o ff i c e i n v e s t m e n t v e h i c l e that predominantly invests in publicly t r a d e d e q u i t y, d i s t r e s s e d d e b t s e c u r i t i e s a n d p r i v a t e l y h e l d r e a l e s t a t e . We l n e r w a s the first person to receive joint degrees in law and Master of Science in finance from T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Tu l s a , w h i c h s e e m s fitting given his outlook on life. “Never s t o p l e a r n i n g , ” h e s a y s . “ I f t h e r e ’s e v e r a p o i n t w h e r e y o u f e e l l i k e t h e r e ’s n o t h i n g m o r e t o l e a r n i n y o u r c a r e e r, i t ’s p r o b a b l y time to find a new job.”

i m a g i n e d m o v i n g t o Tu l s a , b u t a f t e r o n e o f h i s m e n t o r s , D r. Hishashi Nikaidoh, invited him t o v i s i t T h e C h i l d r e n ’s H o s p i t a l at Saint Francis, he knew this was the opportunity of a lifetime. “(They were trying) to build a pediatric infectious diseases practice in eastern Oklahoma from the ground up. I couldn’t pass up such a u n i q u e o p p o r t u n i t y, a n d h e r e w e are,” he says. Chang provides consultation services and patient care for children that have complicated or severe infections, as well as care for children that have more unusual illnesses. “The ‘mystery’ illnesses are always very interesting, and the perpetual evolution of our knowledge of infections and immunity is constantly refreshing,” he says.



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A i r F o r c e B a s e , Wi l l i a m s ’ d a y s a r e n e v e r the same, from negotiating contracts for plane parts to buying basic supplies like h a n d s o a p . Wi l l i a m s a l s o p o u r s e n e rg y i n t o c o m m u n i t y a d v a n c e m e n t . Wi l l i a m s serves as chairperson of Links Kids Dance A c a d e m y, a n o rg a n i z a t i o n t h a t o ff e r s dance and performing arts instruction at minimal costs to underprivileged children. Wi l l i a m s a l s o s e r v e s a s a P r o j e c t R e a d y mentor for the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and is involved in several other community causes, as well as Alpha K a p p a A l p h a S o r o r i t y.

a summer living in England helped Kirkpatrick realize he loved urban areas. The trip inspired his career in urban planning, which began at the City of Oklahoma City and eventually led him to become director of operations a t D o w n t o w n O k l a h o m a C i t y, I n c . , which contracts with the city to provide management services for the downtown area. “I am a big believer in creating great urban places and spaces,” says Kirkpatrick. “Nothing against the surburbs – they have a place and fill a need – but I think urban places are just more interesting and full of opportunities.”

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Karlovich attended Oklahoma State U n i v e r s i t y, r e t u r n e d t o h i s h o m e t o w n a n d w o r k s a t C o m m e r c i a l I n s u r a n c e B r o k e r, a n e w l y f o r m e d i n s u r a n c e a g e n c y. N o t o n e t o t a k e h i m s e l f t o o s e r i o u s l y, h o w e v e r, K a r l o v i c h b e l i e v e s t h a t “ i f i t i s n ’t f u n , o r at least mildly entertaining, you should p r o b a b l y d o s o m e t h i n g e l s e . ” Wi t h t h a t i n mind, he spends his free time as a gigging g u i t a r p l a y e r, p l a y i n g w i t h b a n d s a n d muscians such as Less Than Perfect and Steve Liddell. Karlovich is also actively involved in TYPros and currently serves a s C o - c r e w L e a d e r f o r t h e o rg a n i z a t i o n ’s N e x t G e n e r a t i o n L e a d e r s h i p C r e w.

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M e l B e a n , 32 Interior D e s i g n e r / O w n e r, A u s t i n B e a n Design Studio Tu l s a A l o n g w i t h

Bailey Austin, Bean is co-owner/designer of Austin Bean Design Studio. A graduate o f O k l a h o m a S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y ’s i n t e r i o r design program, Bean worked in the i n d u s t r y i n Tu l s a f o r m a n y y e a r s b e f o r e b r a n c h i n g o u t . “ A s a n i n t e r i o r d e s i g n e r, my work is a very personal experience,” says Bean. “Our clients invite us into their lives, and we create original interiors tailored to their lifestyles and n e e d s . ” B e a n ’s a d v i c e f o r f e l l o w y o u n g professionals may sound cliché, but it r i n g s t r u e . “ Yo u r e a l l y c a n d o a n y t h i n g you put your mind to. The trick is to truly believe you can attain your goals, commit to those goals and work hard.”



B a i l e y A u s t i n , 29 Designer/ O w n e r, A u s t i n B e a n D e s i g n S t u d i o Tu l s a A f t e r g r a d u a t i n g f r o m Oklahoma State University with a b a c h e l o r ’s d e g r e e i n a r c h i t e c t u r e , A u s t i n worked for the renowned Pelli Clarke Pelli architectural firm in both the New Yo r k a n d C o n n e c t i c u t o ff i c e s . S h e , along with fellow designer Mel Bean, founded Austin Bean in 2012, and the firm has quickly garnered attention for its casual, modern aesthetic that layers sophisticated finishes and functional details. “I prefer to design the entire house,” says Austin, “from the ground up to finishing with accessories on the c o ff e e t a b l e . I l o v e g e t t i n g t o k n o w m y clients and being able to provide that service.”

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Not only is Harding VP of Operations for Harding Shelton Inc., he is also a First Lieutenant in the Air National Guard and spent part of 2012 deployed to Kabul, A f g h a n i s t a n , a t N ATO h e a d q u a r t e r s w h e r e he worked with command and control operations directing base transitions with the Afghan government. Harding has many awards and credentials to his name during h i s y o u n g c a r e e r, i n c l u d i n g b e i n g p a r t of a joint venture in China consulting in shale gas exploration. “Use your free time w i s e l y, ” s a y s H a r d i n g . “ Yo u c a n s t i l l h a v e hobbies, but they should be in something that can do good in the world.”

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R y a n H a y n i e , 32 Project Executive, Manhattan Construction Jenks Haynie can attest to the fact

that hard work can truly pay off. As an undergraduate student at Oklahoma S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y, h e t o o k a n i n t e r e s t in the renovation of Gallagher-Iba A r e n a . Wi t h v e r y l i t t l e c o m m e r c i a l construction experience but a great love for OSU basketball, he was hired t o w o r k o n t h e p r o j e c t a s a l a b o r e r, literally digging ditches. As the months w e n t b y, H a y n i e g a i n e d t h e a t t e n t i o n and respect of the superintendent of the project, which was spearheaded by Manhattan Construction. Fast forward to the present, and Haynie is now one of those who oversees Manhattan projects. He has been instrumental in the construction of m u l t i p l e Tu l s a i c o n s , including the BOK Center and ONEOK Field.

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a t a l e n t e d t e a m , Tr a v i s s u c c e s s f u l l y moved a small frozen yogurt concept from California to Oklahoma City and transformed Orange Leaf Frozen Yo g u r t i n t o o n e o f t h e f a s t e s t - g r o w i n g i n t e r n a t i o n a l f r a n c h i s e s i n t h e i n d u s t r y. Wi t h a l r e a d y m o r e t h a n 1 0 0 f r a n c h i s e s a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y, Tr a v i s h o p e s t o g r o w Orange Leaf to be the top fro-yo concept i n t h e c o u n t r y. Tr a v i s a t t e n d e d O U , w h e r e h e w a s a n o ff e n s i v e l i n e m a n o n t h e 2 0 0 0 national championship Sooners football team. Continuing his motto of healthy l i v i n g , Tr a v i s s u p p o r t s y o u t h h e a l t h a n d wellness through coaching basketball, soccer and baseball teams.



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Philadelphia native, Hoback moved to Oklahoma to attend OSU; her passion for the state has kept her here since. At ConocoPhillips, Hoback is responsible for global recruiting projects, recruiter competency development and advising on the recruitment process on projects. This gal-on-the-go also manages to find t i m e t o s p e n d w i t h h e r f a m i l y, a n d i n 2 0 1 2 s h e s e r v e d a s c h a i r o f Tu l s a ’s Yo u n g Professionals. “I was part of many teams that had success in 2012,” she says. “The shared wins were small and big, but some m a d e l a rg e r h e a d l i n e s , a n d t h e p e o p l e around me doing a lot of work made me look very good.”

he sees acute and chronic injuries and illness; to combat the stress, he tries to incorporate humor into daily activities. “Dealing with illness and injury all d a y c a n b e s o m b e r, ” h e s a y s . “ I f I c a n help a patient or staff member smile or laugh, it helps their outlook.” Bliss’ advice to fellow young professionals is to be persistent. “Set short- and longterm goals and stay on track,” he says. “Don’t let small obstacles derail you from obtaining your goals.” As part of his long-term goal, Bliss hopes to promote health awareness and health education throughout the state.

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A d a m G i l b e r t , 39 Owner/ O p e r a t o r, F r a n k & L o l a ’s Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Bartlesville Since a young age,

Gilbert had a passion for cooking and would cook with his parents at home. “I started working at 14 and always had a restaurant job while going through s c h o o l , ” h e s a y s . “ M y p a s s i o n g r e w, a n d I made the decision to attend culinary s c h o o l i n D e n v e r. ” A f t e r w o r k i n g o n D e n v e r ’s r e s t a u r a n t “ c i r c u i t ” f o r several years, Gilbert and his wife, K a t y, d e c i d e d t o m o v e t o O k l a h o m a t o r a i s e t h e i r f a m i l y, a n d i n 2 0 0 8 G i l b e r t stepped out on his own to open Frank & L o l a ’s . H e s a y s h i s c l a i m t o f a m e i s F r a n k & L o l a ’s p o r k g r e e n c h i l i , a recipe that took years to perfect.

Isaac Rocha, 29

Community Relations and Development, The Bama Companies, Inc. Tu l s a R o c h a c r e d i t s h i s m e n t o r, The Bama Companies, Inc. CEO Paula Marshall, with helping him develop not only as a professional but also on a personal level. He oversees several programs at Bama, but the work he is most proud of is in t h e Tu l s a c o m m u n i t y, having helped raise more than $1.5 million for agencies and organizations i n Tu l s a . I n 2 0 1 4 , Rocha will assume the chairmanship o f Tu l s a ’s Yo u n g Professionals, a role he greatly anticipates. “I am excited to work with t h e Tu l s a R e g i o n a l Chamber and the o r g a n i z a t i o n ’s (TYPros) 8,000 members at large,” he says. “I feel that my commitment to volunteer as a public servant and my accomplishments demonstrate that even young professionals can roll up their sleeves and make a difference in their communities.”

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As an attorney and shareholder at H a l l E s t i l l , Wo o l e r y i s o f t e n c a l l e d upon to wear a suit and tie, but he much prefers the relaxation of jeans and a sweatshirt. He also enjoys s p e n d i n g t i m e a t h i s f a m i l y ’s f a r m in Blaine County perched in trees hunting deer during bow season. W h e n h e ’s n o t l i v i n g o f f t h e l a n d , Wo o l e r y s p e c i a l i z e s i n r e p r e s e n t i n g energy companies in oil, gas and environmental matters. “I not only spend time in the courtroom, but I also am fortunate to spend a great deal of time in the field working with my clients,” he says.



Lauren Landwerlin, 32

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from New Orleans, Landwerlin moved t o Tu l s a a f t e r g r a d u a t i n g f r o m L o y o l a University to accept a position with Laureate Eating Disorder Program. Like s o m a n y a ff e c t e d , H u r r i c a n e K a t r i n a changed her plans to eventually return to her hometown, and she chose to stay in Tu l s a , “ a n d I h a v e b e e n s o g l a d I d i d . ” N o w, a s e x e c u t i v e d i r e c t o r o f c o r p o r a t e communications for Saint Francis, Landwerlin is responsible for marketing, public relations and communications for the Health System. She also works closely w i t h C h i l d r e n ’s H o s p i t a l F o u n d a t i o n a t Saint Francis to help raise funds.

Wi n k l e r h a s s u c c e s s f u l l y b u i l t t h r e e marketing departments at both corporate and nonprofit levels. She serves as executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. “Find out what success really means to you,” she advises young professionals. “As a young professional right out of college, I thought it meant a high-paying job, a nice car and huge house. Over the years I’ve learned that the most important thing to me is being able to go home at the end of the day with the feeling that I’ve made a positive impact, even if just a small one, i n s o m e o n e ’s l i f e t h r o u g h m y w o r k . ”

a n a t t o r n e y i n a r e l a t i v e l y s m a l l c i t y, Johnson serves as the assistant district a t t o r n e y f o r C o a l C o u n t y, r e s p o n s i b l e for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor crimes and advising the county commissioners in the performance of t h e i r d u t i e s . A d d i t i o n a l l y, h e s e r v e s a s the city attorney for the tiny town of Commerce; Johnson also has a private practice in Ada that focuses on business law and civil litigation. In addition to s p e n d i n g t i m e w i t h h i s g r o w i n g f a m i l y, Johnson enjoys coaching baseball and was instrumental in establishing the Oklahoma Baseball Hall of Fame in M i c k e y M a n t l e ’s h o m e t o w n .

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o f B a r t l e s v i l l e C o n v e n t i o n & Vi s i t o r s Bureau, Gus constantly markets her city and its tourism assets. Bartlesville certainly saw an influx of visitors in 2012, when the cast and crew of August: O s a g e C o u n t y d e s c e n d e d u p o n t h e c i t y. T h i s w a s n ’t B a r t l e s v i l l e ’s f i r s t b r u s h with fame. Several movies in recent years have been filmed in the area, m a k i n g G u s a “ l i a i s o n f o r ‘ O k l a h o m a ’s Hollywood on the Prairie,’” she says. In addition to her hectic schedule, Gus enjoys performing with The Comedy Clinic, an improv group she has been with for more than a decade.



Casey Reed, 31

Eric Doss, 37

T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Tu l s a , R e e d w o r k s with prospective and transfer students to help facilitate the admissions process. Though she excels in her c a r e e r, i t i s R e e d ’s f a m i l y, i n c l u d i n g t w o s o n s – M a v e r i c k , 4 , a n d J a g g e r, 2 – that is at the heart of her success. Much o f R e e d ’s p r i d e c o m e s i n h e l p i n g h e r elder son overcome childhood apraxia of speech, a disorder that affects M a v e r i c k ’s a b i l i t y t o s p e a k . I n 2 0 1 2 , R e e d c o o r d i n a t e d M a v e r i c k ’s Wa l k , a fundraiser for Children with Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, which raised $18,500 for the cause.

w a s p r o m i s i n g t o b e m o m e n t o u s f o r Tu l s a School of Arts and Sciences. The public charter school, which serves 300 students in grades nine through 12, relocated to a n e w h o m e , a f o r m e r Tu l s a e l e m e n t a r y school building. But on Sept. 5, 2012, fire ravaged TSAS, destroying the school. As director of TSAS, Doss has spearheaded the recovery in addition to his everyday responsibilities. Doss’ advice for others who wish to achieve success is to “do w h a t e v e r i t t a k e s t o g e t o rg a n i z e d , s t a y curious and keep learning. Fight for what you believe in, but keep an open mind and be prepared for life to take unexpected turns.”

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E d u c a t o r, D i r e c t o r o f t h e Tu l s a S c h o o l o f A r t s a n d S c i e n c e s Tu l s a T h e s c h o o l y e a r

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a n d C F O f o r B e s t We l l S e r v i c e s , a n oilfield service company that began in 2 0 0 7 , J a n e s i s i n c h a rg e o f m a n a g i n g all financial and operational aspects o f t h e c o m p a n y. B e s t We l l S e r v i c e s i s experiencing strong growth, with revenues of nearly $39 million in 2012 and with more than 250 employees working from five locations in Oklahoma. In 2012, the c o m p a n y w a s n a m e d t o I n c . m a g a z i n e ’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America. Giving back is also very important to Janes. He has been a member of Nicholas Club, an auxiliary o rg a n i z a t i o n t h a t p a r t n e r s w i t h t h e Tu l s a Boys Home, for more than a decade.

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Phillips’ high-powered career as vice president of operations for Midlands Claim Administrators is important, but even more important to her is the role s h e p l a y s a s t h e m o t h e r o f C o n n o r, 8 , a n d Landyn, 5. Connor was born with Down syndrome, and his diagnosis spurred Phillips to become involved with Down Syndrome Congress, Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma and t h e O k l a h o m a G o v e r n o r ’s C o n f e r e n c e on Developmental Disabilities. “Each of these (experiences) provides an opportunity for me to advocate for those with developmental disabilities,” says Phillips.

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By Brian Patrick Not so long ago, the downtown areas of Oklahoma’s two largest cities both faced an identity crisis. Both were shining examples of modern business and government hubs by day. Then came sunset. At the stroke of 5 p.m., both downtown Oklahoma City and downtown Tulsa transformed into utter ghost towns. And in short order. By six o’clock, an eerie silence and stillness reigned supreme over both. It was a frustrating reality that many lamented but few knew how to address. Twenty years ago, the desire to transform downtowns into destinations for entertainment and reverie was on the minds and lips of planners in both cities. But there was also the notion that these areas could become something more than a nighttime proposition for those willing to take a risk. If downtowns were going to return to life, it only made sense that life should return to downtown.

The Rise, Fall, and Rise of a Downtown In the early 1990s, Tulsa’s urban core wallowed in the ashes of a time forgotten. With the shopping district along 71st and Memorial serving as Tulsa’s de facto Main Street, the once-bustling downtown districts were veritable no-man’s lands. But it hadn’t always been that way. For Tulsa, downtown’s early days were a time of





developments. “Main Street began a slow decline after World War II, as suburban shopping sapped the strength of its flagship stores,” says Melissa Milligan, marketing coordinator at Wiggin Properties. For Oklahoma City, the initial road to perdition was paved with good intentions. In 1965, the city unveiled an urban renewal proposal designed by famed architect and urban planner I.M. Pei. The comprehensive plan intended to breathe new life into a then-languishing city center, including new residential development. While the Pei Plan did have a measure of success, most notably the construction of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Myriad Convention Center (now the Cox Convention Center), the plan failed to realize the optimistic predictions set forth at its adoption. The plan also brought about the destruction of many historic structures – a key sticking point with citizens. No sooner had Oklahomans come to miss their favorite downtown lunch counter or department store than a slow and steady

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unbridled optimism. From its humble beginnings along the banks of the Arkansas River, the nearby discovery of what promised to be an endless oil reserve was the first light of the dawn of Tulsa’s golden age. Early oil barons, captains of industry and enterprising developers set about throwing up buildings with no expense spared, giving Tulsa skyscrapers and a skyline in record time. From the beginning, this real estate was what we call “mixed use” today – residential, retail and office space all housed together. Oklahoma City’s rise is a similar story. Floating on its own bed of oil, the city’s geographical location also gave rise to a flourishing cattle industry and, most notably, its distinction as Oklahoma’s capitol city in 1910. Though the story is more complicated, involving shifts in the oil market and global politics, the beginning of the end for downtown Tulsa began with the conclusion of World War II. As happened in many urban centers after the war, a newly empowered population began an exodus to new suburban

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University Club Tower – It’s been called the Jetsons building and “toilet paper roll” building among other things. This 32-story, 1966 modernist apartment building was the first in the U.S. to be designed by computer. Other older high rises, such as Liberty Tower and Central Park Towers are also receiving renewed interest. 1722. S. Carson Ave. Village at Central Park – This upscale, individual owner townhome development east of downtown broke ground in 2000 in what was a neglected area. The concept worked and

now the adjacent Pearl District seems poised to take off. Sixth Street and Peoria Avenue Tribune Lofts – This building is widely cited as the project that got the ball rolling in the downtown living renaissance, and it was certainly on the leading edge of the Brady Arts District explosion. Just over 30 units, each with a unique floorplan, are housed in the original Tulsa Tribune building. 20 E. Archer St. Philtower Lofts – Another early player in downtown residential redevelopment, floors 12-20 of the historic Philtower building have been rede-

Block 42 was one of the first for-purchase developments in downtown OKC in decades.


rumbling began to see the once-vibrant city centers revitalized. For Oklahoma City, the map to urban renewal was drawn with the 1993 passage of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) Initiative. A comprehensive, $350 million public works and renewal proposal, MAPS was comprised of a variety of projects designed to appeal to an array of citizens. Since its approval, MAPS has been instrumental in transforming the formerly blighted Bricktown District into one of the state’s most prominent entertainment districts. Additionally, the project funded the construction of the Ford Center (now Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder), the construction of the Bricktown Canal and the development of a portion of the North Canadian River into the Oklahoma River, an upgraded and modernized



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veloped for luxury loft living. 427 S. Boston Ave. Mayo Hotel & Residences – Saved from the wrecking ball by the Snyder family, the historic Mayo Hotel includes 76 residential lofts for lease. The first residents began moving in 2009, and the building helped set a standard for future residential development. 115 W. 5th St. Metro at Brady – American Residential opening this five-story new construction in January 2012 adjacent to the Tribune lofts to address growing demand in the bustling Brady District. 10 E. Archer St.

riverfront recreational area, among other key projects. Help for Tulsa came a decade later when Tulsa voters passed the Vision 2025 package in 2003. While not specifically designed to upgrade Tulsa’s urban areas, the tax package breathed new life into downtown with funding for the BOK Center, while also financing badly needed upgrades to Tulsa’s outdated convention center. It also included funding for downtown and neighborhood improvements, which eventually benefited development.

If You Build It… With downtown Tulsa and downtown Oklahoma City in the throes of a sustained renaissance by the end of the 21st century, growth emphasis transitioned forcefully from infrastructure renewal to cultural renewal. And for that cultural renewal to be fully realized, full-time residents would be required to complete both cities’ respective downtown rebirths. “The 1990 census indicates there

Mayo 420 Building – The reopening of Main Street helped pave the way for the renovation of the historic Mayo Building, anchored by a new home for the Downtown YMCA. High-end loft spaces now occupy the third through 10th floors of the building, which began leasing in 2010. 420 S. Main St. Vandever Lofts – Located in the iconic former home of Vandever’s Department Store, this 40-unit development is slated to open this year. 16 E. 5th St. Detroit Lofts – The developers behind the

were 2,613 people living within the IDL (Inter-Disbursal Loop), with a population density of 1,904 persons per square mile,” says Denise Tomlinson, executive director of downtown development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “In 2000, population jumped to 3,506 with a population density of 2,554.6 persons per square mile.” This surge occurred before the approval of Tulsa’s Vision 2025 package. “At that time, Tulsa welcomed its first new residential developments in many years,” she adds, pointing to both new construction in the form of The Renaissance Uptown, and renovated property in the form of the Tribune Lofts, formerly home of the Tulsa Tribune. Tomlinson explains that 2010 census estimates place inter-IDL population at 3,995. “With the opening of Metro at Brady and Teach for America teacher housing in the Brady (District), I suspect we could be closer to 4,150.” In Oklahoma City, the rise of business property promoted by the Pei Plan would eventually prove a launch pad from which MAPS’s

Mayo Hotel opened this 16-unit development just west of ONEOK Field in 2010. 114. S. Detroit Ave. Urban 8 – Downtown living has largely been a rental proposition until now. This new townhome development set to break ground this year in the Greenwood district will be the first new single-family, for-purchase development in decades. Third Street and Greenwood Avenue GreenArch – This 70-unit development, just south of ONEOK Field, is set to open later this year with lower rents than much of what is APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


residential innovations were launched. With such heavyweights as Devon Energy anchoring Oklahoma City’s downtown business environment and the establishment of MAPSfunded Oklahoma Spirit trolleys, both national and international expatriates have given rise to Oklahoma City’s burgeoning downtown residential explosion. A.J. Kirkpatrick, director of operations for Downtown Oklahoma City, says 2005 was the beginning of downtown Oklahoma City’s residential growth. In 2005, the downtown residential scene in Oklahoma City was primarily a for-purchase proposition. Upscale properties, such as Block 42, Central Avenue Villas and the Brownstones and Lofts at Maywood Park sprung up and sold briskly. “That all kind of came to a halt in 2008,” Kirkpatrick says. The force of the national economic recession that began in 2008 resulted in a change from a buyer’s market into a renter’s market. To Kirkpatrick’s surprise, the 2012-2013 interchange has also proven a time of robust activity for Oklahoma City’s urban residential sales. “If you had asked me six months ago about the for-sale properties, I’d say it’s not happening.”

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Denver Y Lofts – One of the more ambitious residential projects going on downtown, Sustainable Design Builders seeks to breath new life into the old Downtown YMCA building with an 80-unit renovation. 515 S. Denver Ave.

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Block 42 – Unlike Tulsa, downtown OKC’s residential revival included for-purchase properties early on, and this was one of the



Where Oklahoma City’s Pei Plan resulted in the demolition of some of Oklahoma City’s historic structures, Tulsa’s urban residential resurgence has planted deep roots in some of the city’s oldest and most cherished buildings. “We’re into being visionaries and seeing something other people can’t see,” says Macy Amatucci of Brickhugger. And what Amatucci’s company has seen in Tulsa’s formerly blighted Mayo Hotel has proven a power source for the city’s downtown residential dynamo. When the Mayo Hotel closed in the early 1980s, the building stood as an empty symbol of grandeur lost. That grandeur began its return when Amatucci’s company bought the building in 2001. “We saved it from being torn down,” she explains. After an extensive, $40 million renovation, the Mayo Hotel was reborn as a combined hotel and rental property that Amatucci says is a one-of-a-kind concept not only in Tulsa, but the entire state of Oklahoma. Richard Winton, director of new development at River City Development, points to a building’s history as a selling point for

Carnegie Centre – Located in the heart of the central business district, this renovation of the historic Carnegie Library houses 19 modern units on the third and fourth levels. 131 Dean A. McGee Ave. The Garage Loft Apartments – The 1930s era, Art-Deco Norton-Johnson Buick building has been given a new purpose with 24 unique loft units. 113 N.W. 13th St.




The upper floors of the historic Philtower now contain residences.

downtown dwellers. Managers of Tulsa’s Philtower Lofts, Winton’s company oversees operations in a building that doubles as both office space and living space. The addition of living spaces in one of downtown Tulsa’s most identifiable buildings happened completely by accident. “Initially, it was a project we fell into,” Winton explains. And when Winton says “fell” into, he means it quite literally. In 2003, the Tulsa Fire Department condemned the upper floors of the Tulsa icon due to a rusted fire escape. Left with a single fire escape to service the entire building, the top floors were vacant for the first time since the building’s 1928 construction. Winton says the forced relocation of the upper floors’ tenants put his company at a crossroads where the building’s future was concerned. They began to look at other uses for the space and engaged the local architectural firm Kinslow,

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dawn of the 21st century, Tulsa’s 1960s-era experimentation with pedestrian-only areas resulted in the opposite of what planners had initially hoped. “In 1968, the city created the Main Mall, hoping that a pedestrian street would bring back shoppers. It did, for occasional festivals, but it was not enough to save area businesses. With downtown struggling, the Mayo family sold the Mayo Building in 1978, and it was closed and vacated in 1994.” In the early 2000s, the pedestrianonly Main Mall was reopened to vehicular traffic. In 2005, the dilapidated building underwent a massive renovation, with Kinslow, Keith & Todd architects once again providing the blueprints. The result was the mixeduse Mayo 420 building, featuring luxury apartments, a restaurant and a YMCA. With the simultaneous renaissance of downtown Tulsa and Oklahoma City e Man combined with residential development CFO/Renaissanc o Hotel, Tulsa ay M e Th in n? springing up in both, formerly derelict ow nt Lives w do g in ve most about liv buildings that seemed ripe for the wrecknw What do you lo do g in liv t thing abou ting ball have been granted a new lease on gh ni The wonderful e th tlife, especially I t. life. Furthermore, new construction, which town is the nigh ric st Di d in the Brady t- could barely be imagined not so long ago, si d life being create an s nt ra au s and rest love the gallerie watching is now abundant. at ONEOK Field ds an st e on ting in the m the end of the ga r, The Denizens the fireworks at pe ni Ju at I can go eat e th Manhattan, in all of its glory, has proven the weekends. at ce an rm eat perfo then take in a gr walk to n ca I d an C, the PA BOK Center or Mayo 420 features if I choose. es ac pl e a rooftop deck with es all th CASEY HANSON



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benefited from the boom. 200 N. Harvey Ave. Regency Tower – This mid-century high-rise, the tallest residential building in OKC, has found renewed demand for its 243 rental units. 333 N.W. 5th St. The Cline – Midtown Renaissance transformed this 1910 hotel into chic contemporary spaces with stunning downtown views. 230 N.W. 10th St. The Guardian – This recently completed development from Midtown Renaissance turned



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Keith & Todd to develop plans for converting the space for residential use. Three years later, Philtower Lofts opened for business. “We didn’t start construction on the lofts until late 2004, early 2005, and the lofts didn’t go into service until 2006,” Winton says. Despite sharing space with businesses located on the Philtower’s lower floors, Winton says occupancy rate for residents working inside the building is remarkably low. “We have a couple of tenants who work in the building, but most do not.” The rebirth of Tulsa’s venerable Mayo Building was made possible in part by a change in traffic flow, says Milligan. By the

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and a denser population area, Amatucci adds that downtown living can be whatever a downtown dweller wants it to be. “If you want, it can be super private. But if you want it to be not-so-private, it can be that, too.”

Moving Forward With the phenomenon of downtown residences springing up in a comparatively short period of time, it’s easy to wonder if the newfound affinity for all things urban is a flash-in-the-pan fad, or if it is here to stay. The short answer? It’s here to stay. The long-term upside has led Amatucci’s company to move forward with development of downtown Tulsa’s old Vandever’s department store building and former YMCA building into new residential opportunities, while also developing Tulsa’s former city hall into a chic Aloft hotel. Kirkpatrick says the staying power will be rooted in each area’s ability to maintain its momentum in attracting practical retail opportunities. “We’re making slow progress in the retail,” he concedes. “We just don’t have the (population) densities to justify it.” Kirkpatrick adds that local, pre-established businesses have been among the first to embrace this new, urban-dwelling class and have adjusted their business models to accommodate it. “Early on, what I think you see is restaurants,” Kirkpatrick says, adding his assertion that soft good providers would filter in as the area becomes more established. “My personal observation on the growth of residential downtown is that although residents would love to have a grocery store and drug store downtown, that hasn’t prevented them

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Being known more for barbecue, beef and chicken fried steak, Oklahoma isn’t exactly a capital of haute cuisine. It’s not that gourmet food is new to the Sooner State by any means – the famed dining rooms of the Skirvin and Mayo hotels would have held their own with any in New York City during their heyday, and many wonderful chefs have cooked here since – but fine dining in Oklahoma was often thought of as something to be enjoyed by the wealthy or just for special occasions. A renewed interest in gourmet food has conquered the nation, and while we’ll defend our barbecue with our last breath, Oklahoma is firmly on board. With new energy in our cities and a new place in the national spotlight, Oklahoma chefs are satisfying the demand for more than just meat and potatoes and proving that gourmet is for every day. We look at the evolution gourmet cuisine in our state with a history lesson from one of the pioneers of modern gourmet cooking in Oklahoma, and we meet six chefs – several veterans themselves – who are among those making our culinary scene worthy of national attention. – Thom Golden

A History Lesson Scroll through any top 10 list of the best dining spots in the nation and you may not find Oklahoma … yet. Oklahoma fine dining, once perhaps a contradiction in terms, is arriving on the national scene with a vengeance. Many local chefs believe the state is experiencing a food revolution, one that is luring more foodie pilgrims from around the U.S. in search of the next holy edible grail.

“True fine dining is the perfect combination of food, service and atmosphere,” says Kurt Fleischfresser, executive chef and partner at Western Concepts Restaurants and Irma’s Burger Shacks. “There are restaurants that have some combination of these, but a balance among all three sets fine dining apart.” Fleischfresser cooked his way through top restaurants, from Chicago to Phoenix, before landing at the iconic Coach House in Okla-





seem to agree with Fleischfresser when he says the best thing about the state’s food world is “the people: The guests in our restaurants, the people that work with us and the people who produce our food. It’s our greatest asset,” he says.

Justin Thompson Chef and Owner, Juniper Restaurant & Martini Lounge and PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse After spending six months under the tutelage of mentors Ouida and Robert Merrifield at the storied Polo Grill, Tulsa native Justin Thompson went on to open seven restaurants in the Tulsa area, including his two current endeavors, Juniper and PRHYME Steakhouse. Both restaurants have enjoyed enormous popularity, but Thompson doesn’t plan to rest; he is currently working on opening his third eatery in downtown Tulsa and spends much of his time and resources on local philanthropic efforts. According to Thompson, the food scene may have evolved in the past quarter-century, but the fundamentals of good cooking have stayed the same. “Gourmet, to me, is a term used to define an overall experience Russ Johnson and Jonathon and relationship with Stranger are food,” he says. “I’m not the chefs and owners at sure the term ‘gourmet’ Ludivine, the has evolved over the Oklahoma City past 25 years. I would farm-to-table restaurant. argue that gourmet has always meant something prepared and presented to the highest quality so as to exceed expectations. We may use different products to achieve this end, but the goal and idea of it remain the same.” As for his own style, he says, “I make food that is simply prepared and presented. I don’t fuss too much with the food; it’s already good by itself.” Thompson agrees that Oklahoma is poised for culinary greatness. “The best thing about fine dining in Oklahoma right now is that we’re right on the edge of keeping up with the larger markets in our country,” he says. “I think within a few years, we will catch up to the larger cities. That’s pretty exciting to be a part of.” BRENT FUCHS


homa City in 1988. The restaurant, which has played host to such fine-dining super stars as Oklahoma native Rick Bayless, as well as Jacques Pepin and Hubert Keller, to name a few, was simply the first step in building a local dining empire driven by Fleischfresser’s world-renowned culinary creativity and expertise. When Fleischfresser began cooking in the state, the broadening of Oklahoma’s horizons was just beginning. “When I first arrived back in Oklahoma, there were some exciting changes happening,” he says. “Liquor by the drink was approved (without that the prospect of opening a restaurant in Oklahoma was kind of bleak), Bricktown and Remington Park were starting up and Oklahomans seemed ready to become a quality ‘big’ city.” However, Fleischfresser says, there were still plenty of challenges to catching up with the rest of the nation, such as lack of availability for fresh seafood and unique produce. As more top-notch The Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee is a restaurants signature dessert have arrived at Prhyme. in the state, he says the environment for fine dining has evolved. “I think the dining public changed,” he says. “We have always had a well-traveled customer base in Oklahoma that knows what great food and service is, but they weren’t looking for it here. Once restaurants started to show potential for quality food and service, Oklahomans knew what it was and embraced it. The local chefs and producers followed.” Fleischfresser says the element focusing the nation’s taste buds on Oklahoma gourmet is the quality of local chefs, plain and simple. “Oklahoma chefs have always done well when they move to bigger markets, and I think people are realizing that we are cooking real food here,” he says. “We are not as interested in shocking people with the names or ingredients of our dishes. We are cooking solid, tasty food. Who doesn’t like that?” While cooking styles, backgrounds and creative visions may vary, Oklahoma chefs

Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson Chefs and Owners, Ludivine At restaurants across the nation, the phrase “farm-to-table” is being heard more. As the local food movement gains traction, nowhere is it being practiced more diligently – and deliciously – than at Oklahoma City’s Ludivine. Every ingredient, with few exceptions, such as seafood, is locally sourced. In the two years since its doors opened on a quiet downtown block, Ludivine has become an Oklahoma byword for sustainable fine dining, spearheaded by chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson. Stranger says Ludivine arrived at an opportune time. “The city itself has begun to get more and more national exposure from projects such as MAPS, the Thunder and a fast-paced, growing economy,” he says. “When people come and dig in to the city to see what is going on, naturally people eat and are surprised in some cases to see a culinary scene that is just now beginning to fine-tune and define itself.”

learned to appreciate, embrace and champion simplicity and restraint with regard to their preparation.” For Stranger, it’s about a fresh perspective. “Gourmet, now, for me, is about taking modern technique and equipment and applying it in a very thoughtful way to ingredients that are just coming on the scene. Before, steak and lobster were gourmet, but the great cooks of now are bored with this and want to search out new flavor and a new approach.”



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Despite Ludivine’s enormous success in such a short time, both Johnson and Stranger are proceeding with caution. “I think it’s easy to be tempted, especially once you’ve had a little taste of success and recognition, to try to grow and expand too fast, and quality is often a casualty of such moves,” Johnson says. “It’s a scenario that would not be acceptable to me.” According to Johnson, modern gourmet is all about simplicity. “There is a greater focus on ingredients, on raw product and the origin and freshness thereof,” he R Bar and Grill Executive Chef says, “and we Trevor Tack. (chefs and diners alike) have

Trevor Tack Executive Chef, R Bar and Grill Think “bar food,” and images of sweaty peanuts and smashed potato chips instantly come to mind. Nothing could be more different at Tulsa’s R Bar and Grill, where executive chef Trevor Tack is known for serving four-course meals paired with fine ales, themed brunches that have become the hit of Tulsa’s Sunday circuit, and such guilty foodie pleasures as poutine. Born and raised in Chickasha, Tack served a brief stint in Tulsa before moving to Denver to serve as a personal chef to team members of the Colorado Rockies. “It was a very fun and unique challenge,” he says. “However, my heart is and has always been in production kitchens.” He was eventually lured back to Tulsa, where he is excited about the national attention local cuisine has been receiving. That attention is about more than the food, though, he says; it’s about the diners. “Young people are sticking around, taking advantage of our resources, such as low cost of living, good job markets and burgeoning cities,” he says. “These people want to eat well. They’ve traveled, read about and seen what others are eating, and they want it too … No one is saying, ‘Oh, I wish we had food like (insert city here).’ Instead, they are demanding it in their neighborhoods, in their downtowns and in their grocers as well.” Tack believes that Oklahoma’s culinary future will be based on accessibility. Of the evolution in dining during the past 25 years, he says, “I think you will see the term ‘casual chic’ start to emerge. There will be menus of inventive, locally inspired cuisine and artistically plated and complex food being served by a waiter with a sleeve tattoo and a bistro apron.” Of his own cooking, Tack says, “I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I just want to make good wheels. Over and over and over.” APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


Executive Chef, Vast The crown jewel of the new Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Vast occupies the 49th and 50th floors of the skyscraper and offers visitors spectacular views of the city that can be enjoyed either with other guests or in the intimacy of private dining rooms. The new restaurant is quickly earning a reputation not just for its unique location, but for giving upscale dining a whole new meaning. Executive Chef Patrick Williams, a Midwest native, says Vast was the opportunity of a lifetime. “I came to Oklahoma to cook because it was, and is, a fantastic opportunity,” he says. “Restaurants of the magnitude of Vast come along very infrequently. To have the opportunity to open a new one as the executive chef is a dream come true.” Williams brings to the table his signature Midwestern style, together with inspiring global flavors and seasonal ingredients, the

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Biga – This south Brookside Italian trattoria specializes in rustic dishes elevated to new heights by chef and owner Tuck Curren. Order: There’s usually some variation of gnocchi on the menu, and Biga is one of the few places that does this dish correctly. Doc’s Wine & Food – Located on the hallowed ground of Brookside’s old Grapevine, the French Quarter inspired bistro serves a lively crowd that comes for cocktails and stays for the savory offerings on the everchanging menu. Order: The oysters sing here, whether smoked, fried or raw. The shrimp and grits and beouf bourguinon are also winners. Go West – Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Tulsa, Johnny and Aila Wimpy serve what they call contemporary cowboy cuisine, drawing on influences from throughout the American West. Order: Grilled beef tenderloin with wild mushroom and smoked potato enchiladas.



latter of which hold a special place in his heart and in his cooking. “Though I do approach food with seasonality in mind, I am most enamored with ingredients at the transition of seasons,” he says. “Late-harvest heirloom tomatoes with newly harvested autumn squash come to mind. True abundance of flavors happens as spring gives way to summer, and summer gives way to autumn.” In Williams’ opinion, gourmet food has made a definite transformation in the past few decades. “Gourmet of 25 years ago was much more of a ‘layer-it-on’ approach,” he says. “It was about adding more, more, more! It was about heavier sauces with tons of cream and butter that muted flavors but were quite rich and luxurious. It was about a striking presentation of height and color, even if it meant the flavors were muddled and it was difficult to eat. The eating of the dish must now be considered in its design, so it is effortless to get all of the envisioned flavors and textures properly into one bite.” Like his contemporaries, he agrees that haute cuisine in Oklahoma is on the rise –

Trey Ferguson, but like Executive Chef at Williams Republic Gastropub, himself, gives gourmet twists to classic pub fare. natives of the Sooner State are not about to forget their roots. “Oklahoma City is going through a culinary awakening,” he says. “People seek more sophistication and new experiences. Vast is not the first restaurant on this scene, but we are the first to do it on such a grand scale. Every day, more Oklahomans are becoming interested in modern gourmet cuisine and I have

Lucky’s – This chic little space on Cherry Street features favorite recipes from owners Matt and Brooke Kelly that incorporate a world of influences with a nod to Oklahoma and the southwest. Order: The Trimbach Riesling chicken and the Asian style pork chop are our faves.

berry salad, stuffed French breast of chicken and any pork dish.

Palace Café – Chef James Shrader dishes up some of the best plates in town from his Cherry Street kitchen. His Nouveau American Cuisine is expressed in a seasonal menu featuring the freshest and most local ingredients available. Order: Spring for a half-dozen bentos, the lobster corndogs and whatever fish special is offered.


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SMOKE – Chef Erik Reynolds focuses the menu of his Cherry Street restaurant on American inspired dishes spiced up with liberal use of a wood-fired grill – all with astounding results. Order: Meat, and lots of it, is the specialty of the house. The steaks are divine, but we also love the salmon, scallops and smoked chicken-fried quail. Stonehorse – Tim Inman’s Utica Square restaurant consistently delivers one of Tulsa’s best dining experiences with painstaking attention to detail and sourcing of ingredients. Order: The menu is constantly changing, but look for salad Niçoise, truck stop style meatloaf and salmon Marguery.

Polo Grill – Tulsa’s most decorated restaurant has presented award-winning food The Tavern – This pub-inin Utica Square for spired restaurant from Chef 30 years, all under the Grant Vespasian elevates watchful eye of James comfort food and familiar Beard Foundationingredients to new heights awarded chef, Robert in a casual neighborhood Merrifield. Polo Grill l. Gril Polo at Desserts are a specialty setting in the Brady Arts also has perhaps the District. Order: The finest wine collection Tavern burger is a standout. We also love the in the state. Order: Favorites are simple classics like steak tartare, spinach and straw- mac and cheese and the pork chop.

sleeve. He also created the menu for Cool opportunity to touch another person in very Greens, a local, healthy dining chain that personal and sincere way,” he says. “I have aleschews both trans fats and processed food ways said that I don’t make great dishes, just on its menu. great, happy guests. I also enjoy the creativity Inspired by the likes of Thomas Keller and production of kitchen environment.” and local legend Fleischfresser, Ferguson says, “I like to consider my style as fresh, flavorful with bright accents and a lean toward health consciousness.” According to the chef, the diners of today are the true impetus behind Oklahoma’s recent food revolution. “The future here is bright and will continue to evolve. I believe that our new young clientele expect a higher standard for dining and this will drive the fine dining experience in Oklahoma.” In addition, he says “chefs are better educated and have access to better ingredients than 25 years ago.” The Republic Burger is topped For Ferguson, cooking is a with bacon, bleu cheese, arugula and a fried egg. way of communication. “It’s an


a chance to bring it to them in a way they are comfortable with. No matter how refined the dining experience is to be, Oklahomans want it to be fun and comfortable. As a Midwesterner myself, I identify with that.”

Trey Ferguson Executive Chef, Republic Gastropub Cheddar and ale soup. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf. BLTs with fried green tomatoes and avocado relish. The iconic Scotch egg. Hungry yet? How about a drink, too? Located in swanky Classen Curve, Republic Gastropub serves modern spins on time-honored pub favorites. To wash it all down, the eatery offers more than 100 beers on tap, as well as upwards of 250 bottled selections. Like any pub worth its salt, the dining room and patio come equipped with big screen televisions that allow diners to watch the game (or all the games) while enjoying the best in contemporary bar food. But hearty pub fare is not the only culinary trick up Executive Chef Trey Ferguson’s

Paseo Grill – This cozy space in the heart of the Paseo Arts District features a menu that starts with classic American dishes and infuses flavors from around the globe. Order: The lobster and crab cakes, filet and duck breast are spotlighted on the menu as specialties of the house – there’s a reason why. Stella – Lori Tyler fell in love with Rome and Roman dining while in college, and she’s brought a taste of that cuisine and style to Heritage Hills. Order: The veal osso bucco is a special treat, but you can also never go wrong with one of Stella’s inventive pizzas.


Local – This Norman eatery has quickly gained a reputation as one of the top in the area with a seasonal menu and a dedication to sustainability, healthy living and family. Order: The daily specials are always something to watch. The stacked chicken enchiladas and Portobello fries are also recommended.

Red PrimeSteak – When award-winning architect Rand Elliott transforms a landmark building into a showplace restaurant, the food better live up – and it does. The restaurant’s contemporary spin on the chophouse quickly made it one of the city’s best. Order: Meat! We favor the 40-day dry-aged strip or the American Wagyu-style rib eye, but the horseradish potato gratin and smoked bacon creamed corn are worth the trip alone.

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Boulevard Steakhouse – Expertly prepared steaks, a swank dining room, stupendous wine list and Old School service have earned this Edmond institution a place among the state’s best restaurants. Order: Start with a sizzling oyster sampler for the table before diving in to a sumptuous Steak Diane.

The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro – Chef Jonas Favela helms this OKC favorite of more than 20 years, offering an eclectic menu of continental favorites that occasionally takes a side trip to other far flung areas of the globe. Order: The sautéed veal liver will make you forget you don’t like liver. Also, don’t leave without an order of lamb potstickers. The Mantle – A true gourmet experience in the heart of Bricktown, this chic little restaurant serves up classic dishes with modern flair along with a few well-placed Asian inspired specialties. Order: The whole fish is to die for, as is the pan seared duck breast. Cheever’s Cafe – This Northwest 23rd Street fave serves what they dub “American comfort food” – inventive dishes with diner appeal and Southwest spice. Order: It’s hard to choose, but you won’t go wrong with the braised short rib ragout or the mixed seafood tamales. The Coach House – More than one reviewer with enough credibility to back up the claim has called this Oklahoma’s best restaurant. Master chef Kurt Fleischfresser’s seasonal menus consistently deliver elegance and enough invention to keep a loyal clientele coming back. Order: The seared jumbo shrimp with Oklahoma cheddar corn cake is a great way to start. Sautéed Dover sole was a standout on a recent menu. – Thom Golden



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ezar from Arabia, zhoug from Yemen, baharat from the Levant. You’ve probably barely heard of these exotic, perfumed spices. Who would be creative enough to use them all wisely on a single menu? Imagine Mary Poppins with an infectious laugh and an impish sense of humor, and you’ve got Miranda Kaiser. See her just before the dinner rush begins, darting from sous-chef to waiter to baker. “Be sure that dressing has all the spices, I don’t remember them, check the recipe,” she calls to one chef as she hurries by. “But you created the recipe!” Indeed, she did. She created the many recipes used at Laffa. “I never copy the traditional recipe,” she explains. “I always add something, make it modern, give it a twist.” The 14 years she spent in Israel give her the right to do so. Growing up in Britain, she went to culinary school “so I could get out of England,” she says. Kaiser hit the road at 18, a common rite of passage for young Europeans. Hitching around Europe, six months living on a sunny beach by the Mediterranean, a quick detour to Israel. That’s what she planned. And then one starry December night on a kibbutz in northern Israel, a tall, handsome American walked into her life. Within five years, she and Phil Kaiser were married. They

stayed in Israel. But Phil has deep roots in Tulsa, and eventually the couple decided to come home. They had run restaurants in Jerusalem, and they ran Cosmo Café in south Tulsa, and later relocated it to Brookside. The career choice initially taken to make money had become a well-loved way of life. Now, with Laffa, Kaiser wants to bring the richness and beauty of life in Arabian lands back to Tulsa. This beauty is often entwined with eating. “Food is communal eating,” she explains. “In most of the world, people eat from a communal pot. They talk, they enjoy, everyone is more relaxed.” There won’t be communal pots in Laffa, but diners are encouraged to share the lavish spread of appetizers, called mezze. “When you think of the Middle East,” says Kaiser, “you think of hospitality. I’ve visited Palestinian homes where I, a stranger, was treated like a queen. That’s how we want you to feel when you eat with us here.” She gestures toward one of the large dining spaces and the long wall that dominates it. It’s a long, tall wall built of square and roughly chiseled stones glowing with a muted but varied palette of a hundred hues of brown, the sort of wall you’d see on houses in an Arabian village that’s been lightly touched by the passing centuries. APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM





The Home Sweet Homa is comprised of sweet potato pancakes drizzled in marshmallow cream.

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There’s a fine line between breakfast and dessert, though the two rarely intersect. At Syrup, however, sometimes the two intertwine seamlessly, creating decadent, sweet breakfast treats that are sweet enough to induce a toothache. The Home Sweet Homa, a stack of five sweet potato pancakes drizzled with marshmallow cream and topped with pecans, is one such dish. A bite of the cakes – slightly crisped on the outside with a tender, moist crumb on the inside – is only heightened by the ooey-gooey marshmallow cream that runs down the sides. According to Syrup manager Torree McDowell, the “breakfast boutique’s” best-seller is the Morning Glory, a Belgian waffle topped with an egg prepared to order (though McDowell recommends scrambled), pecan-smoked bacon or crumbled sausage and shredded Tillamook cheddar cheese. Only open six months, Syrup has garnered quite the cult following. 123 E. Main St., Norman. 405.701.1143 – Jami Mattox



When Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ landed a Broken Arrow location in 2011, barbecue aficionados let out a collective whoop. The eatery, which had been such a boon in Kansas City, was finally coming home to its namesake. Now Oklahoma Joe’s is serving those who Downtown crowds flock to can’t quite make the trek to Oklahoma Joe’s location in the Broken Arrow for the lunch Brady for some noontime barbecue. specials. Catering to the downtown crowd, Oklahoma Joe’s has set up a satellite location in what was formerly Cain’s Second Stage, nestled between the historic ballroom and the trendy Yeti bar. According to Joe Davidson, founder and CEO of Oklahoma Joe’s, the full menu offered at the Broken Arrow branch is also available at the Brady location. It does brisk business, especially on days that offer nice weather, he says. Oklahoma Joe’s also opens with a limited sandwich menu prior to most Cain’s Ballroom shows for concert-goers looking for good grub before they commence to dance. 423 N. Main St., Tulsa. – Jami Mattox


Little bronze hands stick out from the wall, carrying glowing sconces. Kaiser designed all that. In fact, she designed every detail of the quirky, whimsical decor. Above the dining area, the lamps are puffy, billowing balloons. “They’re made in England by a girl I know there. She uses recycled plastic soda bottles.” Behind the bar is a cozy, private area ideal for private dinners. It features a long, black wall speckled with niches glowing from concealed lamps. “That’s inspired by the cave dwellings of Cappadocia.” Nearby is a mysterious black iron door with a sign that reads, “Page and Pinkerton Detective Agency.” It leads to a parking lot. You don’t need a detective to find good food. Vibrant entrees bring the sparkle of the Mediterranean to the table. There’s tagine from Morocco, beef simmered for hours in a clay pot with dates, honey, molasses, tomatoes and wine. Shakshuka, a hearty dish of eggs poached with tomatoes, peppers and cumin, hails from Tunisia. Kushary, which features layers of rice, lentils, macaroni and onions topped with a tomato harissa sauce, is Egypt’s most popular dish. Or you can get lamb kebabs, or large shrimp tossed with tomatoes, mint and cilantro, or even a simple burger. If you show up in the wee hours of the morning, there’s something for you: a take-out window selling falafel wrapped in bread. And whatever you do, sample the laffa bread. You can see it being baked in a taboon, a clay-lined barrel-shaped oven just to the left of the bar, and it’s a joy to watch the grace of the workers kneading the dough and slapping it into the oven’s red-hot maw. “I’m so proud of the taboon crew,” says Kaiser. “They never did this before, and now they’re experts.” 111 N. Main St., Tulsa.

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Asparagus may be one of those veggies that was maligned by children and secretly fed to the dog under the table. While canned asparagus tends to be mushy and stringy, fresh asparagus lends itself to several distinct cooking methods, such as roasting, steaming and grilling. With a slight nutty flavor, asparagus perfectly complements many main dishes. In the constant battle to eat well, arm yourself with asparagus spears. This member of the lily family is a nutritional powerhouse. Besides being a good source of vitamins A, C and E, asparagus contains a detoxifying compound that may break down carcinogens. Asparagus also contains a particular amino acid that acts as a diuretic. This may benefit people who have high blood pressure or heart conditions. When prepping asparagus, bend one stalk to see where it breaks naturally, then simply cut the rest of the bundle at the same point. – Jill Meredith

W H AT W E ’ R E E AT I N G The Fatty at BurnCo. BBQ consists of hot links wrapped in sausage, wrapped in bacon.




The Fatty

BurnCo. BBQ

When you hear talk of rolling up a fatty, it’s usually not associated with a culinary technique. But when Adam Myers, co-owner of BurnCo. BBQ, uses the phrase, it’s in regards to one of the restaurant’s most popular dish. The aptly titled fatty is a massive roll of meat – smoked sausage, hot links and brats wrapped in sausage, then The Poncho Dog is a frank topped with onions and peppers wrapped in a tortilla and grilled.


Roasted Asparagus Makes 4-6 servings 1 lb. asparagus 2 tbsp. olive oil Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim asparagus and then wash; pat dry with paper towels. Toss asparagus with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast in oven for 5-15 minutes, depending on thickness of stalks. Asparagus should be bright green and tender-crisp. 100


wrapped in bacon and smoked. It’s cut and served on a sandwich with a healthy portion of BurnCo’s barbecue sauce. Heart-healthy? Not exactly, but it’s definitely worth a try. Insider’s note: come early. BurnCo. is only open for lunch and regularly sells out of most everything – especially the fatty – very quickly. 3208 E. 11th St., Tulsa. 918.574.2777

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In the Oklahoma food scene, you can find just about anything: fried avocado taco, a bulgogi gyro mash-up, even meatloaf cupcakes. There are countless eateries that devote themselves to a specific food niche, so it should be no surprise that there is a restaurant specializing in that most ballpark of American foods: the hot dog. Mutt’s

Amazing Hot Dogs definitely lives up to its name, topping dogs with everything from grilled onions and queso to peppers of all heat levels. The Poncho Dog, a bacon-wrapped dog rolled in a tortilla along with cheese, Dijon mayo, onions and poblano then given a toast on the flattop grill. It’s definitely not a traditional mustard-and-ketchup dog, but who would want something so vanilla when you could have Poncho? 1400 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City.

Tina Fausett serves her family recipe under the moniker Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles.

Tina Fausett wants more than anything to leave a legacy for her children. What began as a dream many years ago has blossomed into a family business that opened in May. Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles, located in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley, specializes in sweet and spicy pickles and is the sister company to Les Debris, which carries antiques, artwork from local artists, a consignment shop and, of course, Fausett’s famous pickles. The pickles are also carried by LaDonna’s Fancy Foods in Tulsa. Fausett’s mother, Gayle, began making the pickles years ago as gifts; Fausett continued the tradition. Family and friends couldn’t wait for the holidays to roll around so they could get a taste of those wonderful pickles. After years of receiving them as gifts, friends begged Fausett to start selling her pickles commercially. Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles come in four degrees of hotness, and all are named for members of her family. Jalapeño and Serrano peppers provide the spicy heat for Fausett’s pickles. She also makes a relish that is best served on a hot dog. – Jill Meredith





Marinated Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad 2 large chicken breasts, marinated in Red Hot Mamma’s pickle juice 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1 large stalk celery, diced 1/2 c. pine nuts 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 1/2 tbsp. RHM pickle relish or coarsely cut RHM pickles 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper

Marinate chicken in RHM juice for 24-48 hours in a covered container in the refrigerator. Grill the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, let it rest for 10 minutes, then chop it (you’ll need two cups). Stir the chicken, mayonnaise, celery, pine nuts, lemon juice, relish, jalapeño and black pepper together in a mixing bowl until evenly blended. Cover and refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Makes 2-3 servings.



The first day of spring may be March 20, but spring hasn’t really sprung until the first farmers’ markets of the season open. Tulsa’s largest and most popular, Cherry Street Farmers’ Market, will open April 6 with dozens of vendors selling everything from fresh vegetables and fruits and meats to baked goods and homemade wares. Melanie Hunter, program coordinator for the Market, says there will be around 75 vendors this year, and with the addition of a few new ones, there will be different products that haven’t been offered before. Though Oklahoma is still in the grips of a legendary drought, Hunter says the effects of that on the vendors at this year’s market are yet to be seen. “As far as I know, (the drought) will not affect the variety of products offered at market, though it may

affect how much of any given product a vendor may be able to bring to market,” she says. The Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City farmers’ market is open year-round, and according to coordinator Cheryl Camp, the spring market season will begin April 6, with the weekday market, which runs each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on May 15. “At this time, 40 vendors are signed up for 2013,” says Camp. “This number will change from week to week, as certain local crops come in, finish, or a vendor is between crops. Throughout a calendar year, vendors with specialty crops, such as peaches or blueberries, may come and go, so we can have as many as 60 vendors in a year.” Cherry Street Farmers’ Market is located on 15th Street and Peoria; hours are 7 to 11 a.m. OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market is located at Fourth Street and Portland; hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For other farmers’ markets, visit www.okgrown. com – Jami Mattox APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM






The Finer Frontier Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous expands the reach of Western art.

ilcrease Museum, renowned the world over for its vast collection of fine art from and inspired by the West and frontier days, has a new Rendezvous planned in April for art lovers everywhere. The annual Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale opens Thursday, April 18, and runs through July 14, although most of the excitement takes place opening weekend. With every year, Rendezvous further expands the genre of Western art, as remarkable a feat as its intended purpose – to raise funds for the purchase of new additions to the collection. This year’s featured artists are a painter and sculptor. Martin Grelle, of Clifton, Texas, draws and paints subjects that could be lifted from his own rural life. An award-winning artist, he has been invited frequently to show his work at grand events, including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Invitational. Herb Mignery, of Loveland, Colo., doesn’t use live models when he sculpts. A lifetime of observation as a cowhand plus fine-hewed skill offers him most

everything he needs to pull his cowboy, Native American and other subjects from out of bronze. Among his many awards is a gold medal from the National Sculpture Society and the Maurice B. Heuter Prize. Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale takes place at Gilcrease, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. Prospective buyers can view the art on opening day before heading to the sale event Friday, April 19. Call 918.596.2725 for sale details. Leading up to the big night’s sale, Gilcrease welcomes Mignery and Grelle to speak with visitors in the museum’s Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium. Mignery will speak 10:30-11:30 a.m., while Grelle is scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. Talks are free with museum admission. Brunch with both artists is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at The Restaurant at Gilcrease for $19.95. Reservations are available by phone, 918.596.2720. For more about Rendezvous events and its artists, visit www. KAREN SHADE APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM











cess turned into a swan is presented by Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.


April 20, 26, 28 Tulsa Opera welcomes Adrienne Danrich in the title role of its next presentation at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Verdi’s opera of an enslaved Ethiopian princess is sung in Italian with English subtitles and features the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Tulsa Ballet II.

West Side Story April 23-28 Celebrity Attractions brings Leonard Bernstein’s breathtaking musical of street gangs in New York City and true love to Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall in a new touring production. Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

April 25-27 The unauthorized musical parody of the steamy best-seller 50 Shades of Grey re-imagines the characters of the erotic romance as they were never intended in a touring production stopping at the Tulsa Convention Center.

PERFORMANCES West Side Story Musical theater sometimes gets a bad rap for simply being what it is – artful entertainment that includes exuberant dance, frequent bouts of singing and an abundance of orchestrated energy. Musicals aren’t everyone’s cup of honey green-ginger tea, but West Side Story, which broke the mold of Broadway musical theater way back in 1957, still brings in converts arrested by its storytelling. Celebrity Attractions brings a new touring production of this tale of New York City street gangs, racial prejudice and true love to Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., April 23-28. The show strikes on to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Third St., April 30-May 5. The collaboration of Leonard Bernstein’s pulsing composition, Stephen Sondheim’s sharp lyrics, Arthur Laurents’ smartly-paced book and Jerome Robbins’ lightning choreography prove not only timeless, but positively resurgent. Tickets are $20-$60, available at

Performances An Evening with Margaret Atwood April 3 The author of such works as The

Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin visits Tulsa to speak about writing, her career and more. The night is presented by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Concerto No. 2 in C Minor with featured pianist, guest Olga Kern, at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

eMerge Dance Festival April 6 The art of dance is in the spotlight at Living Arts of Tulsa with such groups as Living Water Dance Company, Portico Dans Theatre, Tulsa Modern Movement and more.

Thru April 13 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma tells one of Tennessee Williams’ bestloved plays, this one about a young man, his mother and sister struggling through abandonment and frustrations.

April 4-7 Theatre Pops presents the play from sisters Nora and Delia Ephron’s collection of stories based on a book by Ilene Beckerman plus their own recollections. The series of monologues will be at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

My Name is Asher Lev April 5-27 A young Jewish painter is torn between his family and faith and his art in a drama presented by Carpenter Square Theatre and based on a novel by Chaim Potok (The Chosen). Tulsa Symphony: Orange

April 6 The Tulsa Symphony welcomes guest conductor David Lockington and guest artist Dylana Jenson for a lively program of compositions – The School for Scandal and work from Shostakovich and Beethoven – at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

OKC Phil: Russian Enchantment

April 6 The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents a program of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Rachmaninoff’s Piano



Leonard Bernstein’s Mass April 13 The Canterbury Choral Society presents Bernstein’s epic musical work that brings in jazz and rock as well as dance to outline the human drama of struggle and spirituality. Look for several feature dance and music groups to contribute at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. The Glass Menagerie

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A Small Fire April 5-14 Heller Theatre presents a touching comedy about a woman losing her senses and how it affects her marriage at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center.

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Gryphon Trio April 13-14 The Canadian ensemble performs its repertoire of classic chamber music with multimedia and traditional formats at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Presented by Chamber Music Tulsa. Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at the Tulsa Convention Center

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April 7 Fantasy is in the mix of this exciting performance troupe blending bird songs with Vivaldi, spectacular props and costumes and puppetry into a show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Gatha Odissi and Krishna

April 7 The South Asian Performing Arts Foundation presents an evening of special performances from two dance groups of traditional dance styles at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Byron Berline Band

April 7 Virtuosos of traditional bluegrass and Western swing play Edmond’s

Assad Brothers and Paquita d’Rivera

April 16 The guitar-playing Assad Brothers are joined by d’Rivera and his clarinet to play Latin classical music with a little jazz at Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

Forbidden Broadway April 19-20 Take a trip down Broadway with 30 of its biggest, most outrageous hits with silly spoofs of the songs you know by heart at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Chalk in the Rain April 12-21 Oklahoma City Theatre Company stages a play by Bret Jones during its annual Native American New Play Festival at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Festival will include other events, including a monologue performance and native dancers. Swan Lake

April 19-21 The classic ballet of a prin-

Robert Sapolsky visits the University of Tulsa

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company April 27-28 The company celebrates its 30th an-

niversary with a showcase of work that includes modern dance classics set to live music. Its Oklahoma debut performance will be at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center.

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

April 29 Nobody does it like this quintet when it comes to making chamber music sound fresh and alive as ever. The quintet plays Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

West Side Story

April 30-May 5 Celebrity Attractions brings Leonard Bernstein’s breathtaking musical of street gangs in New York City and true love to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a new touring production.

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Audio Adrenaline April 7 SpiritBank Event Center. Local Natives

April 9 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Crowder April 10 IDL Ballroom. Slightly Stoopid April 10 Diamond Ballroom.

Pierce The Veil and All Time Low


11 Cain’s Ballroom.

Easter Island Festival

April 11-13 The gathering of art, music and celebration includes the Moai Broadcast, Cheese Factory Radio, Milkdrive, Paul Benjamin Band, Land Legacy and more at venues in Keetonville, Okla.

Roy Clark’s 80th Birthday Bash


12 River Spirit Casino.

Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr. April 12 Cain’s Ballroom. Monte Montgomery April 12 Blue Door.

Shawn Mullins

April 12 All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse.

Gary Allan April 12 Riverwind Casino, Norman. Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley April 13 BOK Center. Shawn Mullins April 13 Blue Door. www.

Jefferson Starship


April 13 Lucky Star Casino,

Bill Maher

April 14 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Chonda Pierce

April 16

Kate Campbell

April 18 Blue Door. www.



Chicago April 18 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. Larry the Cable Guy April 19 First Council Casino, Newkirk. Montgomery Gentry


April 19 River Spirit Ca-

Chicago April 19 Riverwind Casino, Norman. The Oak Ridge Boys and Blind Boys of Alabama April 20 Broken Arrow Performing

ART Site Unseen If you’ve ever taken a drive along a section of Haskell Drive directly north of downtown Tulsa, you’ve noticed those steps that lead to nowhere. Norman-based artist Eyakem Gulilat sees homes that once stood overlooking the Greenwood District before they and a large part of the neighborhood were decimated in fire and violence during the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. In his photo exhibition Site Unseen, Gulilat wanted viewers to ask the same question he did: “Where do we go from here?” The Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St., unveiled Site Unseen as its inaugural Artist In Residence exhibition in late February, but if you saw it at the opening, you’ll find it changed on a repeat visit. This study of the artifacts and empty landscapes left behind after the riot is a work in progress with stories being added to it all the time, sort of like life. The exhibit concludes May 19 and is open to the public. For more, go to Matt Costa

April 26 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Arts Center.

Little Big Town April 26 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

GWAR April 20 Cain’s Ballroom. Tom Skinner April 20 Blue Door.

Greg Jacobs April 27 Blue Door. Papadosio April 28 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Brit Floyd April 28 Deftones April

Brady Theater.

Portugal. The Man at the Norman Music Festival

Larry the Cable Guy April 20 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. Fred Eaglesmith

Markus Schulz

April 21 Blue Door. www.

April 24 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Third Day, Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson April 24 Tulsa Convention Center. www.

A Day to Remember

April 24 Diamond Ballroom.

Black Mountain April 24 Opolis Production, Norman. Scotty McCreery

AWOL Nation

Paula Nelson

April 25 Brady Theater. www.

April 25 Cain’s Ballroom. www. April 25 Blue Door. www.

Norman Music Festival

April 25-27 Portugal. The Man, Hayes Carll, Other Lives headline event that also includes mountain biking, Dustbowl Arts Market, more. v. San Antonio April 11-13 v. Corpus Christi April 14-16 v. Arkansas April 22-25 v. NW Arkansas April 26-29

2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Thru April 2 Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts the


Division 1 tournament with four teams battling for a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans.

April 29 Brady Theater. www.

Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 4-6 Rodeo action in seven different events

28 Diamond


Tulsa Drillers


comes to the Oklahoma City State Fair Park for a big weekend of riding, racing and roping.


Run for Your Life Zombie 5k

Oklahoma City Thunder

v. San Antonio April 4 v. New York April 7 v. Sacramento April 15 v. Milwaukee April 17

April 6 As if avoiding the blood thirsty walking dead wasn’t enough, this trail run is a timed event at the Rogers State University Education Reserve in Claremore. www. v. Fort Wayne April 6

v. Hamilton April 2 v. Chicago April 6-7 v. Abbotsford April 19-20 v. Houston April 21

Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Oklahoma Defenders

v. Mid-Missouri April 14 v. Bloomington April 20

OKC RedHawks v. Memphis April 12-15 v. Round Rock April 16-19 v. New Orleans April 25-28 v. Nashville April 29-May 2

Conquer the Gauntlet Obstacle Race April 6 Runners face four miles with obsta-

cles awaiting at every turn at Mitch Park in Edmond.

Xtreme Fight Night April 12 Will take place at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. www. OKC Zoo Run: Supporting the Zoo One Sprint at a Time April 14 ZooTroop, the young pro-

fessionals of the Oklahoma Zoological Society, present this first run to support the Oklahoma City Zoo’s acclaimed Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital.

Tulsa Color Run 5K

April 20 The most colorful run of them all is back with the start and finish lines at Veterans Park in downtown Tulsa. www.thecolorrun. com/tulsa

2 Minute 5k

April 20 The fifth annual race at Stars and Stripes Park funds YWCA Oklahoma City’s programs helping victims of sexual assault. www.

Run Tulsa Pink 2013 April 21 This classic event benefits local charities supporting women and children affected by cancer. Go blush at the Mabee Center. Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo & Trade Show April 26-27 Real working ranchers

Tulsa 66ers

OKC Barons

ning, cycling and walking activities for all ages at Nichols Hills Plaza, OKC, all to benefit Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.

Aquarium Run April 6 Tackle the half-marathon, 10k, 5k or the one-mile fun run before enjoying all the family activities to follow at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Redbud Classic 2013 April 6-7 Fun, fitness and philanthropy combine in this two-day event of run-

and cowboys from five states compete in an exciting rodeo event where the skills are just part of the job. Rodeo will be held at the Claremore Expo Center along with the American Cowboy Traders Days expo. www.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon April 28 The 13th annual event includes a

marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, the Memorial 5k and kids’ marathon. Events take place from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and benefit the memorial’s museum.

Family Kids Dig Books: Here We Go! April 4 Storybook hour is fun as children learn about other cultures at Gilcrease Museum. APRIL 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



an exhibition of photographic portraits by pop and rock star Bryan Adams of various celebrities and personalities.

Bending, Weaving, Dancing: The Art of Woody Crumbo Thru May 19 More than 55 original

works by the celebrated artist go on display for this special Gilcrease Museum exhibit of work, which is significant also for spreading knowledge of Native American culture and traditional perspectives.

Site Unseen

Thru May 19 The Hardesty Arts Center’s first artist in resident art exhibition features the photographs by Eyakem Gulilat taken of Tulsa’s Greenwood District and the artifacts of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

Thru May 26 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits more than 120 sculptures, ceramics, artifacts and jewelry pieces from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, works from mythology, history and all-things from the story of the goddess of love.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell Thru May 28 More than 50 original

paintings and 100 Saturday Evening Post covers by one of the world’s most recognizable artists go on exhibit at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark.

Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy Thru June

IN CONCERT Leon Russell’s 27th Annual Birthday Bash The Master of Space and Time turns 70 this month, and there’s no place on Earth Leon Russell would rather celebrate than in Tulsa – at least we hope so. The fact that the Tulsa-raised music legend has played his party in T-Town for nearly three decades says something, and we look forward to “Delta Lady” from the maestro himself every chance we get. A highly sought session artist in the 1960s, Russell came to prominence as a music arranger, songwriter and then as a solo act. Such songs as “A Song for You” and “This Masquerade” have been covered by dozens of singers, and Russell’s extensive collaborations include working with George Harrison, Joe Cocker and, most recently, Elton John for the album Union. No wonder Oklahoma is proud to call Russell its own. Here’s to many more! The bash will be 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St. Tickets ($35-$40) are available at Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing April 4-7 Elmo and all his friends from Sesame

Street share the fun of singing in the touring dance and musical show at the BOK Center. Also look for the popular Play Zone attraction before shows.

Mini Masters: Art Parts April 5, 11-12, 2526 Little ones study the basics of art and explore their own abilities at Gilcrease Museum. Go online for details and complete schedule. Sugar Free Allstars

April 7 Kids rock and roll to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and OKC indie rock group the Sugar Free Allstars at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Angelina Ballerina

April 12-13 A musical based on the PBS Kids’ animated series comes to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with Angelina and friends practicing their best dance steps for a special guest coming to their school.

Super Why Live: You’ve Got the Power April 19 The characters of PBS Kids’ Super Why! TV

show jump onto the Brady Theater stage with great entertainment and an interactive, educational experience.

OK Play! Children’s Expo April 19-20 The town’s largest kids event is back with educational exhibits, vendors and fun activities at the Tulsa Convention Center. Look for play zones, free golf lessons from the South Central PGA, demonstrations and games with a local high school robotics team and entertainment from performance groups. Miss Nelson is Missing

April 26-May 10 Based on the hilarious children’s book of the same name, the comedy of an out-of-control classroom and their desperate teacher is presented by Oklahoma Children’s Theatre on the Oklahoma City University campus.

Art Red Earth Master Artist Show

April 3-June 28 Work created by prominent American Indian artists for this art show leading up to the annual Red Earth Native American Festival go on exhibit in the Red Earth




Chandelier: An Exhibition of Illuminated Objects April 5-25 Living Arts of Tulsa exhibits a collection containing more than 30 chandeliers by artists, artisans and craftsmen exploring various materials and the play of light.

Behind the Curtain

April 5-30 The Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery turns the spotlight over to those volunteers who keep the gallery running and their work both “behind the curtain” and their own pieces.

Don Reitz and Marko Kratohvil

April 12-June 1 Artspace at Untitled gallery in Oklahoma City exhibits the ceramic works of Reitz and contemporary sculptures of Kratohvil as a study of form, function and perception.

The National Weather Center Biennale April 21-June 2 The first art exhibition of its kind,

this international, juried art show features works about the weather and how it shapes life. Look for it at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Photorealism Revisited Thru April 21 Art and photography met in unexpected and fascinating ways in the Photorealism movement of the 1960s and beyond. Oklahoma City Museum of Art examines the force and its re-examination today through the work of some 60 works by such painters as Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, Don Eddy, Ralph Goings and more.

April 13-July 28 Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls is a World Literature Today photography exhibit showcasing the work of Phil Borges as he examines gender issues around the world through a lens. Exhibit is at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Frederic Remington and Charles Schreyvogel among others are newly reinstalled in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational Thru April 15 Masks made by Tulsa-area

students for the traditional Purim observance will be exhibited at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art with masks juried by a panel of art experts in a variety of categories.

Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale April 18-July 14 Gilcrease

Museum’s exhibition and sale of fine art is back, this time with new pieces from featured artists Martin Grelle (painter) and Herb Mignery (sculptor) as well as many others for sale at the April 19 sale event.

Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 20-21 Visitors take a self-guided tour to the studios, homes and workspaces of 10 artists to see the creative process in action thanks to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Into the Void

Thru July 28 The exhibit features work from printmaking artists such as Victor Vasarely, who take the viewer on a visual sensory experience at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru August 2013 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of

Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman has the Picasso masterpiece from 1956 on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum. Also look for the work to be displayed along with Picasso pieces from the FJJMA permanent collection.


Collection Ongoing National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

Charitable Events Russell Westbrook Celebrity Bowl April 1 Join the OKC Thunder star point guard and other celebs and players from the NBA team for bowling, contests and a silent auction at the AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond to benefit Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation, which works with at-risk youth. 310.407.0200 Tulsa’s New Leaders April 4 The premier black-tie gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honors Tulsa’s rising new leaders with night of recognition, dinner, music and an auction benefiting the organization.

Stirring the Fire

A Fresh Take: William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West Gallery April 15-Dec. 31 Art work by Charles M. Russell,

9 Originally assembled to combat Communism but later deemed un-American, this exhibit of modernist paintings still stands as testament of America’s artistic coming of age. A March 1 symposium opens the event at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

Tatas & Tinis April 4 This cocktail-themed party event benefits Oklahoma Project Woman, which provides free mammograms and breast health education for low-income women. Look for it at the Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. www. MOMIX: Botanica at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Rural America: American Prints of the 1930s-1950s Thru April 21 Philbrook Museum of Art

presents a collection of prints on scenes of rural America created by favorite artists during a pivotal time of migration in arts and U.S. history.

Views from the Old Country: Life in Eastern Europe Thru April 28 A collection of ob-

jects, paintings and art works illustrating the journey many Jewish families took to Tulsa from Eastern Europe and Russia.

An Enduring Legacy: Photos of the Otoe-Missouria People Thru May 12 A photo-

graphic record of the Oklahoma tribe headquartered at Red Rock is on exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Bryan Adams: Exposed Thru May 17 Oklahoma Contemporary (formerly City Arts Center) presents

The Monarch Ball

April 5 This new black-tie event for Tulsa’s Domestic Violence Intervention Services is ready to “Emerge & Take Flight” with dinner and dancing at the Tulsa Convention Center to support DVIS programs.

Destination: ARTini April 5 Taste the best bites from favorite local restaurants in competition over the best martini in town at this tasting party and art auction at Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market for Allied Arts. Mix April 6 Philbrook Museum of Art mixes it up at Cain’s Ballroom with a competition between the best mixologist at downtown’s hottest bars, restaurants and nightspots. The event includes music, art and more to benefit the museum’s educational programs. The Opera Ball

April 6 The 53rd ball presents another season of debutantes and squires at Tulsa Opera’s elegant evening of dinner and dancing at Southern Hills Country Club.

Bishop Kelley Auction: The BK Corral April 6 This year’s event includes a live auction

of luxury vacations, fine dining, Taylor Swift concert package and much more to raise money for the school’s tuition assistance program and improvements to the technology infrastructure.

Fight for Air Climb

April 6 This race up 50 flights of stairs in the BOK Tower is not for the easily intimidated, just those ready to go the distance fundraising for the American Lung Association.

Dancing with Our Stars Gala

April 6 Local celebrities cut a rug at this 1950s rock ‘n’ roll-themed dance showdown and gala at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center.

Ride for World Health

April 8-15 Join the ride to raise awareness of global and domestic health issues as the national tour travels through Norman (April 10) and Tulsa (April 13).

Blank Canvas 2013 April 11 Eight talented chefs get creative with one secret ingredient for some great fun at the Tulsa Convention Center to benefit Youth Services of Tulsa. 2013 Oklahoma City Memory Gala

April 11 The Central Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association goes Across the Spectrum with a gourmet dinner, fine wine, unique auction items and more at the benefit at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. www.

Celebrate Life Gala

April 12 Crisis Pregnancy Outreach receives much needed help from the ninth annual event at the Oklahoma Aquarium with live and silent auctions and dinner.

Broadway & Brew

April 12 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma gets hopping at a new event with unique beers, great food and entertainment at the Myriad Botanical Gardens to benefit its Understudies program.

2013 Promise Ball

April 13 The elegant evening for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation features live and silent auctions and a special Fund a Cure portion at the Tulsa Convention Center to support type 1 diabetes research.

Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at OKC Civic Center Music Hall

Fairy Tale Ball April 13 If the theme is “Heroes, Heroines and Happily Ever Afters,” dress in your finest cape and fable-inspired gown. Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s annual gala will be at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club. Reach for the Stars Gala

April 13 Youth Services for Oklahoma County’s annual gala at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel benefits the at-risk and in-need youth aided through education and information for healthy families.

MS Walk Tulsa April 13 Join the walk to fund research of multiple sclerosis for families everywhere at Veterans Park. 15th Annual Rebuild Day April 13 Volunteers come together with Rebuilding Together to help repair or rebuild home of low-income individuals and families in the Oklahoma City area for free. www. Bag Lady Luncheon April 14 Lunch and bid big on designer handbags to help the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Allie Reynolds Memorial Red Earth Golf Tournament April 15 The 17th annual tour-

nament benefits the Red Earth Museum and will be at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon April 18 Tulsa’s Girls Scouts leadership holds

its annual event honoring community leadership. This year, military personnel are recognized at Southern Hills Country Club.

William Booth Society Annual Benefit Dinner April 18 The Salvation Army Tulsa Area

Command welcomes veteran sportscaster Bob Costas as the keynote speaker of its gala affair highlighting the Tulsa Boys & Girls Clubs. Dinner will be at the Tulsa Convention Center.

2013 Okie Brews

April 18 Join this beer tast-

SPORTS Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Thousands of people run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and they all have their reasons. Some run to test their personal best (the event is USA Track & Field sanctioned and a Boston Marathon qualifier) or compete, while others run to accomplish a long-held goal. They all run, however, to remember and support the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the nonprofit organization created to commemorate the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and 168 lives lost when the Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by terrorists. The self-sustaining organization has held the event which includes a half marathon, marathon relay, 5k run and kids marathon in addition to the individual marathon annually since 2001 raising much needed funds for the museum’s maintenance and operation. Events start before the memorial’s 9:03 Gate on Harvey Avenue and Fifth Street. If ever there was a place to draw strength and courage for any obstacle, it is there. For more, ing of locally brewed favorites with representatives on hand to talk about how craft beers are made, music from the Travis Kidd Band, a silent auction and more at the Tulsa Country Club and to benefit CureSearch.

Cupcakes & Cocktails April 18 Appetizers, cocktails and cupcakes are served at Iron Starr, OKC, for Oklahoma Project Woman. www. An Evening of Magic and Mystery on the Nile April 19 The night is filled with surprises of

ancient Egypt (just in time for the performance of Aïda) with cocktails, dinner and fashion for Tulsa Opera.

Rendezvous April 19 The work of renowned Western artists Martin Grelle and Herb Mignery highlight this annual art sale and reception night at the museum. The exhibit of works runs April 18-July 14. www. Cleats & Cocktails April 19 The benefit for the Wes Welker Foundation features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and auctions for the Wes Welker Foundation at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. www. Tulsa Heart Walk April 20 Get moving to ONEOK Field where the walk and other activities go to benefit the American Heart Association and its work in the Tulsa region. Dance of the Two Moons

April 20 Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa’s annual dinner

Tulsa Opera’s Aïda at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

and dance event includes great entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to support IHCRC pediatric health program.

ONE Awards

April 20 The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (ONE) will honor outstanding nonprofit groups and individuals during an evening of dinner and cocktails at Southern Hills Country Club.

16th Annual Rebuild Day April 20 Join the effort as teams of volunteers and Rebuilding Together Tulsa repair and make home safe and secure for low-income individuals and families in Tulsa. Garden Party

April 20 Brunch is served at the Tulsa Convention Center with silent and live auctions benefiting the Little Light House and its educational services to young children with special needs.

Dining Out for Life

April 25 Great dining and experiences await at participating area restaurants, which donate a portion of sales for the night to Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.) Testing and its fight to prevent HIV and AIDS.

CANdlelight Ball

April 26 Dine by candlelight and enjoy the champagne, music and surprises in the Mayo Hotel’s Grand Hall and Crystal Ballroom for one unforgettable night with the Child Abuse Network.

Street Party 2013

April 26 Get ready to party again for Street School and its programming at the Tulsa Convention Center Ballroom. Auctions, music and more included.

Green Leaf Gala

OKC Heart Walk April 20 Walkers hit the path at the Bricktown Ballpark to support the American Heart Association’s annual fundraiser.

April 26 Up With Trees books its annual fundraiser and evening of cocktails, appetizers, dinner and auctions at the new Aloft Hotel in downtown Tulsa to continue growing the urban forest.

Gospel, Grits & Gershwin

Aviator Ball

Chefs for the Cure April 20 Sample the labors of 30 local chefs with Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the event filled with live music, wine and beer, cocktails and gourmet cuisine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Celebrate Cascia: The Great Gatsby! April 27 Cascia Hall Preparatory School invites

April 20 Breakfast is served at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for the 17th annual fundraiser helping Booker T. Washington High School with extra dollars for school expenses.

Tulsa Charity Grand Prix

April 20 The national-level equestrian event not only features some of the best horse show-jumping teams anywhere, but it also benefits Child Abuse Network. Look for it at Expo Square.

Angels & Friends Party

April 24 The best party of the year supports the arts and the efforts of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. Look for it at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Tulsa Charity Fight Night XXII

April 25 The black-tie boxing event boasting sport’s biggest celebrities will be at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa and benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. www.

April 27 The annual gala for the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium says “Welcome Home from Vietnam,” the theme of this year’s event that includes drinks and appetizers on the ramp as vintage aircraft fly overhead plus dinner and more.

families, alumni and friends to a party straight out of the Roaring Twenties with dinner, entertainment and auctions at the Mayo Hotel.

Survivors Luncheon

April 27 Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s inaugural luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa will bring survivors and supporters together to raise support, awareness and funds for research of breast cancer.

Race Against Racism

April 27 In its third year, the YWCA Tulsa race to promote racial justice and empower women (including a one-mile walk/run and the 5k) will start from ONEOK Field and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.

Hope Gala

April 27 Help fund a cure at this evening of delights and unique auction items for the Juve-




Celebrators: Celebrate Our Freedom April 15-18 Faith is the focus of this year’s big

Celebrators ministry event of concerts, services and sessions that includes guest and former U.S. President George W. Bush along with the Gaither Vocal Band at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Western Heritage Awards Weekend April 19-20 Oklahoma actor Wes Studi is among

the 2013 honorees of the annual event of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum that awards excellence and the legacy of Western culture in literature, music, film and television. Look for the casual Jingle-Jangle Mingle and black-tie gala Western Heritage Awards Banquet.

Herbal Affair & Festival April 20 Sand Spring’s annual gardening event includes more than 100 vendors selling cooking, ornamental and medicinal herbs, indoor and outdoor plants and related products. Look for multiple ethnic foods vendors and more in the downtown area.

COMMUNITY The Thyme of the Season Everyone loves the idea of having fresh veggies and fruits hand-picked from the backyard garden, but not everyone knows how to make it happen. Lucky for Tulsa, several annual gardening events are planting the seeds of a can-do attitude with plenty of events offering what you need to know and grow. The SpringFest Garden Market & Festival will be at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave., April 12-13 with vendors selling herb plants and more (www. while Herb Day in Brookside sets up sale booths at Tulsa’s 41st Street and Peoria Avenue on April 13 ( Sand Springs’s Herbal Affair & Festival, April 20, gets bigger every year (, while the Jenks Herb & Plant Festival, April 27, continues to attract busy bees with all sorts of merchandise ( Finally, be sure to check out to find out when your local farmers market opens. nile Diabetes Research Foundation at the Renaissance Hotel.

Holland Hall Auction

April 27 This year’s auction for Holland Hall School takes “Oklahoma Routes” with great travel packages and more items for bid at the Holland Hall Middle School gym.

FTS Designer Showcase Gala

April 27 Enjoy the food, wine and fine atmosphere in a specially decorated residence created especially for Foundation for Tulsa Schools’ fundraiser event. www.


April 28 Art and festivities at Tulsa’s Summit Club highlight the event that benefits the Tristesse Grief Center’s mission of grief advocacy, support and education.

Empty Bowls

April 30 The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s hunger and awareness fundraiser dinner once more serves savory soups with special art pieces along with an auction of unique works to bring in funding and attention to the local need.

val April 4-14 Filmmakers established and hopeful head for Muskogee for the annual festival screening short and feature length films and documentaries submitted from around the world. James B. Stewart

April 5 Tulsa Town Hall presents its next speaker, the New York Times business columnist and author. Stewart will speak on the The Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

Made in Oklahoma Festival

April 11-14 The show features American saddlebreds, roadster ponies, Shetland ponies, Morgans, Arabians and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

April 5-7 Cometh all to Reaves Park in Norman for a joust with knights, kings, queens, jesters and other amusements of the court.

April 6 Seminole’s Main Street becomes an avenue of delights in food, wine, crafts and other products all made in Oklahoma.

Bare Bones International Film Festi 108


Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show

SpringFest Garden Market & Festival April 12-13 Find help planning your garden at the

medical technology and breakthrough treatments along with activities for the family, cooking demonstrations, information on fitness, health screening and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Schmooza Palooza Party and Trade

Festival of the Arts

April 23-28 If it’s spring time in Oklahoma City, its time for this annual festival celebrating all forms of art with special exhibits, performances stages and a culinary arts feature all taking place indoors and out around downtown OKC. www.

Sandia Tulsa Classic April 24-28 The horse and riding show will be at Expo Square. Better Barrel Races World Finals

April 25-28 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Red Fern Festival

April 26-27 Follow the trail to downtown Tahlequah’s Norris Park for a fun day of oldtimey fun, games, food and entertainment reminiscent of the days depicted in the novel Where the Red Fern Grows. Look for hound field trials, a car show, barbecue cook-off, fern sales, the popular crawdad hole and more.

Thunderkatz T.I.C.A. Cat Show

April 2728 The Thunderkatz Cat Club brings Cat-A-Palooza, the annual championship and household pet cat show to Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Oklahoma State Cowboy Fast Draw Shootout Championship April 26-28 The

event celebrating Western heritage and culture by testing participants shooting skills, with a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run, Dutch oven cook-off, costumes and dinner at Tulsa Motocross Park. www.

Herb Day in Brookside

Vestido Rojo April 27 The free and informative event seeks to tell Hispanic women about heart disease and stroke and takes place at the Tulsa Technology Center Memorial Complex.

Celebrating the Art of Healing

Oklahoma Health and Wellness Expo April 6 The second annual expo will showcase

April 21 Celebrate Earth Day all-day at Oklahoma City Zoo with live entertainment, animal feedings, giveaways and more. www.

Southwest Street Rod Nationals

April 13 Get everything you need to start planting, whether its herbs, flowers or fruits and veggies. Also look for Oklahoma wines, birdhouses and much more at Tulsa’s 41st Street South and Peoria Avenue.

Stirring the Fire at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Party for the Planet

Jenks Herb & Plant Festival April 27 Visitors to downtown Jenks will find more than 100 booths packed with plants and herbs for the garden or window sill plus supplies, Oklahoma wine, home décor jewelry and more for the spring.

Tulsa Garden Center with vendors in all things spring for your home inside and out. April 12-14 The National Street Rod Association holds its regional show of fast and cool cars at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

April 1-30 Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park is in bloom again for the annual festival ringing in the spring with runs, a parade, cook-offs, car show, wine tasting and many other activities throughout the month.

April 4 Biologist and neuroscientist visits The University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Activity Center to speak on his studies of primates and the human condition as guest of the TU Presidential Lecture Series.

Symposium of the American Indian April 10-13 The annual symposium at Northeastern

Medieval Fair of Norman

Muskogee Azalea Festival

Robert Sapolsky

April 9 Oklahoma City business pros gather for networking, music and to promote their products and businesses at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

State University in Tahlequah includes seminars and lectures on Native American issues, economics, art, culture and more. Events also include a powwow and film screenings. The 41st annual event’s theme is Technology Future, Technology Past: A Woven Link. www.


Tom Brokaw April 2 The NBC newsman speaks on The Voice of a Generation at Tulsa Mabee Center in the morning and at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall late in the afternoon presented by OSU Spears School of Business Center for Executive & Professional Development.


Matt Costa at Cain’s Ballroom

April 13 The free cancer survivorship symposium will be at St. John Medical Center’s Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza and focus on the latest research and treatment information for patients, caregivers and health professionals. 918.744.0123

Fairgrounds Household Pollutant Collection Event April 13-14 The Metropolitan

Environmental Trust holds its annual spring collection of household pollutants. Drop yours off at Expo Square, Lot 7.

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SPECIAL PROMOTION Street Party co-chairs Jono and Jenny Helmerich, John Crouch, MD, executive director of In His Image; and Richard Boone, president of the St. John Health System Foundation.


Street Party St. John’s outdoor party is back.

he 20th edition of the St. John Street Party will be as laid back and welcoming as ever, save for one rule. “If you have a tie on, we won’t let you in,” says Richard Boone. “There’s no dress code, except casual.” Boone, president of the St. John Health System Foundation, has witnessed the party’s growth from a modest gathering in honor of Tulsa families close to St. John to the 2,200 guests who attended the latest Street Party in 2009. “Many folks consider it the best party in town,” he says. “It’s a gigantic social event.” This year’s party, themed “Light Up the Night” and hosted by co-chairs Jono and Jenny Helmerich, takes place on June 8 and will have a comfortable feel for those who attended in the past. It again encircles the Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza and stretches for a city block along 19th Street on the St. John Medical Center campus. Wine and mixed drink bars will be available, as will an eclectic selection of food from many of



Tulsa’s best restaurants. As the sun sets, longtime favorites The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis Band will turn 19th Street into an impromptu dance floor. Each year, Street Party selects a beneficiary for the party’s proceeds. Past parties have benefitted St. John Nursing, the Neuroscience Institute and Stroke Center, the Center for Women’s Health and others, building a stronger community through improved medical care. This year, proceeds will support the In His Image Family Medicine Residency program, which trains primary care physicians. The program is critical to the Tulsa area and the state, which, like the rest of the nation, faces a severe shortage of primary care doctors. “We’re trying to increase the number of practitioners in the state with the residency program,” Boone says. “It’s a very worthwhile entity to benefit from Street Party.” After a consecutive run of 19 years, Street Party went on hiatus in 2009. “The Sisters (of the Sorrowful Mother, sponsor of the St. John Health System) felt the party had gone

long enough, and we were also working hard to open a new hospital in Broken Arrow at the same time,” Boone says. But the event’s popularity lingered, and requests to resurrect the party began to trickle in. In 2012, the decision to put Street Party back on the social calendar was confirmed. “Due to popular demand and a lot of requests in the community, we’re bringing it back,” Boone says. Street Party is egalitarian in nature, with a healthy mix of social strata, and prides itself on its informality. “It’s a very social event,” Boone says. “More of a friendraiser than a fundraiser.” And, actually, you can wear a tie. If you don’t mind people staring. BRAD PHELPS

Street Party June 8 at 7 p.m. 19th Street, St. John Medical Center campus For more information, contact Jeannette. or call 918.744.2186.



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friendly and concerned. When I walked around downtown and saw the exciting projects going on downtown, the combination of corporate, private individuals and government being a part of downtown, it’s one of the most exciting places in the United States, I thought, “I’ve got to be a part of that.”

One of the things I’m excited about is being part of the downtown renaissance. I’ll be living downtown. I’ll be able to walk to the museum, walk to work, partake in all of the downtown activities. I’m excited about being a part, both professionally and personally, of everything that’s going on in Oklahoma City. AS TOLD TO JAMI MATTOX



started my career as a curator, and I am an academic art historian. I did my graduate research on pre-Colombian art in Peru. I attended the University of Florida and worked in that field for a number of years. I did a major exhibition at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.; it was a large, international show with international loans. It was a very fulfilling career for me while I was a curator, but during that period I realized I had begun to enjoy some of the non-curatorial aspects: the fundraising, marketing, merchandising. I took that as an indication that I should move into different museum work and that would be as a director. Here I am; that was the right move for me. (Most recently), I was executive director of Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, Calif., which is a remarkable organization that is dedicated to the art of California, specifically the traditional art of the Monterey Peninsula. It not only has a very rich painting tradition that developed in the late 19th century, but the photography is one of the aspects known around the world. Photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston worked and lived in that area. Coincidentally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art houses a growing collection of Brett Weston photography, who was the son of Edward Weston. Plus, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has extraordinary California paintings from artists like David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. I may be leaving California, but there will be some wonderful reminders all around me. I had only been to Oklahoma City once previously, and that was on a cross-country drive 15 or 16 years ago. What intrigued me (about the Oklahoma City Museum of Art) was the website. It was obviously a very sophisticated organization with intriguing programming. Then, when I got the chance to visit Oklahoma City on my trip out to visit the museum, what intrigued me was Oklahoma City itself. I had never been any place where the people were genuinely

E. Michael Whittington has recently been appointed president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Whittington’s experiences range from curating international art shows to heading a museum in California specifically dedicated to the art of the Monterey Peninsula in that state.

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