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You, Only Better

Cosmetic surgery has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and today, thanks to procedures old and new, surgical and minimally invasive, it has never been easier or most effective to work on building a better you. We have a look at top surgeons and the patients whose lives have been improved through cosmetic procedures, explore today’s most common procedures and thoroughly examine several types of procedures that can benefit men and women.


Cocktails, Anyone?

Over the past decade or so, many Americans are increasingly rejecting the mass-produced and over-processed in favor of simplicity, quality and taste. This trend has played out in the culinary world with an emphasis on celebrating fresh, local ingredients, and a similar trend is rocking the cocktail world. A growing number of Oklahoma bars are throwing away the sweet and sour mix and banishing the soda gun in favor of classic cocktails and inventive, handcrafted drinks that give a modern sensibility to old favorites. We speak with four mixologists who give as much attention to creating a menu as any chef and take a fun look at the drinking culture in the Sooner State.

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Single in the City What does it take to put yourself up for auction? If this year’s singles are any indication, it takes a lot of success, confidence and a healthy dose of humility. Oklahoma Magazine presents its annual Single in the City feature to complement a duo of events that will raise funds for worthy causes in Oklahoma’s two largest cities. We also talk to some of our readers about their horrible online dating experiences, and we follow up with two singles to find out how they met the men of their dreams.


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What’s more indicative of winter than kids sledding down inclines in heavy snow? How about grown men with brooms feuding over a stone on an icy surface? No, really, the Olympic sport of curling has taken root in a state in which “curling” has traditionally been done in a hair salon.

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This eclectic home located within the gates of Oklahoma City’s Gaillardia neighborhood speaks to the interests of the homeowners, from the eye-popping art to the carousel horse currently parked in the middle of the dining room table.

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For half a century, Celebrity Restaurant owner Mike Samara has provided delicious food and awardwinning tableside Caesar salads for hungry patrons, from Oil Boom businessmen to famed Tulsa visitors. Celebrity still serves the same classic meals and cocktails that customers over the past 50 years have grown to love.

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In the land of Far Far Away, princesses are trapped in towers and grumpy ogres force the local muckrakers out of their swamps. Unless, of course, the princess is Fiona and the grumpy ogre in question is Shrek, a green ball of mean that’s hiding a heart of gold. The musical version of the hit movie franchise brings performances to Broken Arrow and Bartlesville this month.

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With an inquisitive mind and a passion for helping those with critical heart problems, Dr. Sharolyn Cook considers herself lucky to be part of the region’s best cardiovascular team. How did you become interested in internal medicine? In high school, I knew all of the bones of the human body. My teacher said, “You could be a doctor some day.” Years later, while working as an X-ray technician, I asked the doctors how they diagnose a condition and I always wanted to know more. That’s when I knew I really wanted to be a doctor.

Do you have a special motto you live by? Yes, Isaiah, 40:31 of the Bible: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

What is the most amazing thing to you about the human body? The heart is unbelievable. Nothing in nature works as hard and is as resilient. No other organ has the ability to compensate to adverse conditions and repair itself to the same degree. The more we study it the more mysterious and marvelous it becomes. Every day I witness just how miraculous the heart truly is.

problems that could have been greatly reduced if not entirely prevented. And, of course, regular exercise also does wonders for the heart and circulatory system.

What sets Warren Clinic and the Heart Hospital at Saint Francis apart from others? When I arrived I was struck by how knowledgeable and helpful the people were. They took me under their wing, so to speak. I have some great mentors and I’m very lucky to be a part of Warren Clinic’s team of medical experts. The staff is very friendly and also very hard working. That combination of friendliness and a strong work ethic really does set us apart. Warren Clinic provides a multispecialty group of physicians who can assist all of my patients under the umbrella of one health system.

Is there one thing you wish every patient knew? Take good care of your body and it will serve you well for a long time. I always advise a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and with less red meat, sugar and salt. Too many people suffer from heart and circulatory

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Some of my earliest memories happened in the kitchen, but had my family been much on drinking they might have been in a bar. Let me explain. I spent much of my childhood hanging on apron strings, whether it was watching my mom make dinner, my grandmother’s exquisite candymaking or my dad and uncles barbecuing enough pork to feed half the county. I spent just as much time watching Julia Child as I did Sesame Street, and on an early trip to New York, my sole request was to visit some trendy restaurant that I’d read about – I’ve been obsessed with food, cooking and cooks all my life. The process, the tradition, the camaraderie and, of course, the resulting dish captured my imagination early on and still fascinates me today. I felt a similar draw the first time a bartender made me a proper Manhattan. How could something so simple seem so complex, so elegant? And when the bartender began a mini-lecture on the history of classic cocktails, I was hooked. I wanted to know more and taste more, and apparently I wasn’t alone – a renaissance of classic and craftmade cocktails was beginning to sweep the country. It didn’t take long for the trend to reach Oklahoma, but I wouldn’t have called it pervasive until recently. Now, with so much attention being paid to quality cocktails and several new players on the scene, it seemed like a great time for us to look at the trend as a cultural phenomenon. “Cocktails, Anyone?” is a fun and interesting piece that reveals just how much dedication it takes to run a bar that makes its own tonic or bitters and eschews artificial flavor in favor of fresh ingredients. When the mixologists we spoke with began to compare the training, preparation, and attention to detail they and their staff endure to that of a chef, it clicked why mixology and cookery might have a similar appeal for me. Or maybe it all just tastes good.

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Thom Golden Editor Also, in this issue we take a look at cosmetic procedures and talk with some of the top professionals in the industry and patients who have improved theirs lives with the menu of cutting edge techniques available today. We also present the 2013 slate of Single In The City – a dynamite group of young singles who will participate in our annual fundraising events in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

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Feature writer Meika Yates Hines reported on the cocktail scene in Oklahoma City for an article celebrating the craft cocktail movement in Oklahoma (“Cocktails, Anyone?” p. 67). “As a dark beer kind of girl, the concept of designer ‘craft’ cocktails was as foreign to me as it was intriguing,” says Hines. “I learned very quickly, however, that not only am I not alone with my uninitiated palate, but I am also not alone in my willingness to expand my alcoholic beverage horizons. People everywhere are getting adventurous. There are just too many new and exciting cocktails out there not to test the waters, and countless forward-thinking Oklahoma bars and restaurants – like Lobby Bar in Oklahoma City and Local in Norman – are getting swept up in the

cocktail movement, adding colorful and exciting Prohibition-esque cocktail menus alongside their wine and beer counterparts. If you’re looking to put a fun twist on your next night out, think outside of the box and let your bartender get creative.” Longtime Oklahoma Magazine writer and pool enthusiast Paul Fairchild profiles local professional pool player Carrie Williams (“In The Money,” p. 16). “Carrie was a terrific subject,” says Fairchild. “She’s articulate, outspoken and able to talk pool in layman’s terms. She puts her passion for the sport right out there. There’s no doubt that readers will hear more about her as she starts rocking the pro circuit in the months and years to come.”


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Curling teams play regularly at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond.


Curling’s Southern Conquest


Oklahomans are warming up to Canada’s other pastime.

n a state lacking skiable mountains or prolonged cold snaps sufficient to freeze ponds and lakes to a safe thickness, most Oklahomans have long been on the outside looking in where traditional winter athletics are concerned. But the explosion of a slippery sport from the Great White North onto the state’s ice rink scene has found rapidly growing numbers of Oklahomans sliding into a love affair with curling. An Olympic sport tracing its origin to Medieval Scotland, curling is an icy version of shuffleboard played with 40-pound blocks of round

granite and a broom. Curlers score points by sliding the blocks into a painted target area while three team members use special brooms to sweep the ice ahead of the gliding granite. Oklahoma’s burgeoning curling community is a melting pot of backgrounds comprised of Canadian expatriates tracing their love for the game to childhood, as well as curious Oklahoma natives captivated by Olympic competition. It is a sport enjoyed by men, women, young, old, athletic and not-so-athletic, alike. Count Tulsa Curling Club founder Eric Vardeman among the curiFEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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ous captives. A chance televised viewing of the curling competition during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games set him on a quest that would ultimately lead to his establishing the Tulsa club. “It was a vendetta,” he says of his instant passion for the game. “I just had to learn how to play it. I got addicted to it without even playing it.” When the curling bug first bit Vardeman, Tulsa lacked a curling league. He found the scratch for his curling itch in the Edmondbased Oklahoma Curling Club. Holding the distinction of being the state’s first organized curling organization, OCC was born of founder Jonathan Havercroft’s desire to find a game on the north bank of the Red River. “I grew up in Canada where curling is a big winter activity,” he explains. After moving to the Oklahoma City area in 2007, Havercroft found himself making Sunday drives to Dallas to get a game in. “After about two years I was getting fed up with this, and I decided to start a club up here.” The trick, Havercroft says, was determining the viability of such a club. “I posted an announcement on Facebook for a meeting at a Starbucks, and five people I had never met before came out to the meeting. That was when I knew that there was at least some interest.” Nailing down a host rink would prove somewhat of a bigger challenge. After a tentative reception from the first rink he approached, Havercroft’s fortunes changed two days later. “I received a call from Darryl Rowley, the manager of the Arctic Edge ice rink in Edmond. He started asking really technical questions about how to set up the ice, and he was using a lot of curling-specific terms. I asked him, ‘Have you curled before?’ and it turned out that he had and that he was from a big curling family back in Canada. That’s when I knew I had a shot at getting him to try curling at his rink.” Like Havercroft, geography played a role in Vardeman’s decision to establish the Tulsa club when gliding back and forth on the Turner Turnpike became a burden. After confirming a home at Oilers Ice Center, the next order of business was introducing curling to a region largely unfamiliar with



the sport. “I just knew we needed eight people to play two teams. If that was all we had, that was all we had.” Borrowing stones and brooms from OCC, the Tulsa Curling Club held its first open house in January 2012. “I expected between 20 and 25 people,” Vardeman says. When 67 people showed up, any doubt that curling could be a viable enterprise in the Tulsa area was once and for all swept away. From humble beginnings, both OCC and TCC have thrived. And in many cases, the sport has proven a rejuvenating force for those who have caught the curling fever. “One guy told me this was the first sport he has ever played,” Vardeman says. “One guy could barely walk. But when he got on the ice he was like a 20-year-old.” Curling’s repetitive nature allows novice participants to rapidly pick up on its subtle nuances. Vardeman says a curler goes through approxiA granite block is sent mately 50 weekly sliding on the ice.

repetitions during a 10-week season. “It’s like golf. You get that one good shot and it’s like, ‘I could do this forever.’” As curling continues to establish its growing Sooner State presence, Vardeman is excited by the prospect of seeing Oklahoma curlers compete on a future Winter Olympic stage. “I have delusions of grandeur,” he says, pointing to the Austin, Texas-based Lone Star Curling Club’s ongoing efforts to build a dedicated curling facility as a similar long-term local goal for TCC. But like any legitimate visionary on good terms with fate and ambition, he pauses and thinks about his self-described delusions. Very convincingly he declares, “I don’t think they’re that far-fetched.” BRIAN PATRICK


Hockey leagues are most often associated with fleet-footed youth flying between blue lines painted on an ice rink. But despite this youthful association, the older crowd does get into the act as well. Justin Lund, general manager of Tulsa’s Oilers Ice Center, says adult leagues are an essential part of an ice rink’s offerings. “They have a true passion for hockey,” Lund says of the comparatively senior hockey crowd. “It’s basically co-ed,” he adds, while acknowledging that hockey’s nature inherently appeals to the male of the species. While a handful of amateur adult hockey players chase an element of elusive glory, Lund says the average hockey aficionado plays simply for the exercise. Leagues tend to operate in a four-season structure, with each league season consisting of an average of 25 teams. The leagues are broken down in classifications based on player ability. For example, Class A at Oilers Ice Center may consist of former professional hockey players, while Class E may consist of players who have never picked up a hockey stick before joining the league. Lund says that although leagues may be competitive, the whole idea behind them is for players to have fun. “You don’t have to worry about getting hurt and not being able to go to work the next day.” – BP

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American journalist Robert Caro is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. His first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, is acclaimed as a modern classic. Caro traced the path of America’s 36th president to pen the four-part series, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, known today as one of the greatest political biographies of the modern age. His most recent book, The Passage of Power, is listed among The 10 Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times Book Review. President Barack Obama awarded Caro the National Humanities Medal in 2010.

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The State Nikki Largent, executive director of the Tree Bank Foundation in Edmond.


Right Tree, Right Place rees are everywhere, figuratively speaking. Symbols of life, growth and strength, trees permeate poetry and literature throughout human history. Two Oklahoma nonprofit organizations have been working for more than a quarter of a century to ensure that trees are everywhere in the literal world as well. The Tree Bank Foundation in Edmond is celebrating 25 years of serving Oklahoma through programs that donate trees to public areas throughout the state. Schools, public parks, community buildings and other public common areas have benefited from the services provided by the Tree Bank. Nicki Largent became the executive director of the Tree Bank Foundation in August 2012, taking over for Mary Caffrey, who had served in the position since the nonprofit foundation began in 1987. “Our main goal will always be to keep improving Oklahoma, one tree at a time,” Largent says. “As far as numbers of trees, I don’t have a specific number for the future. We’re hoping to be able to continue what we’ve done over the past 25 years.” What the foundation has done is distrib



ute nearly 200,000 trees across the state. The Tree Bank is also active in educating Oklahomans on the planting and maintenance of the trees it donates to programs like Campus Trees and STOP (Shade Trees On Playgrounds). And it has done so with a staff of one and an army of volunteers. “There’s definitely a lot to live up to,” Largent says. “I just want to keep reaching more and more people. There are never enough volunteers.” Volunteers have also played a major role in the success of Up With Trees, which has been serving a similar role in Tulsa since 1976. The impact of Up With Trees can be seen throughout the city, on street medians and along expressways, in parks and walking trails, nearly everywhere one looks a sign announcing the presence of Up With Trees can be found alongside the trees the organization has planted. “Our first 30-something years, tree planting was the focus,” explains Anna America, executive director of Up With Trees, “but over the past five years it has become about education.” The organization still gets out and plants trees and maintains the landscape, but the

folks at Up With Trees are just as likely to be found at the Tulsa Community College garden center teaching Tulsans how to plant and maintain their own trees, or at the Philbrook Museum leading a group of nature lovers through the grounds and talking about the varieties of trees they see. “One of our main concerns recently has been telling people about what they need to do to care for their trees during the drought we’ve had,” America says. “Sometimes we take trees for granted, but people need to understand the role that trees play, not only in a healthy environment, but in property values and utility costs. If you lose a shade tree from the west or south side of your house, you’ll see it in a big way in your energy bill.” Both Up With Trees and the Tree Bank continue to make Oklahomans aware of the value of trees in the lives of their communities and environment. For the members and volunteers, it is a labor of love. “As much as I enjoy helping coordinate our programs, I always like being involved in the planting,” Largent says. “I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty.” REGAN HENSON



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The State

Tulsa’s Carrie Williams is playing pool on the pro circuit. She is a regular at Magoo’s.

now defunct Tulsa Billiard Palace, where she spent 12 hours watching professional pool players play game after game. It was love at first sight. “I walked in, and I’d never picked up a pool cue, didn’t even know much about the game and that night there were two guys playing and gambling. I was mesmerized by it. I sat there and watched for 12 hours. I’d never seen anything like it,” says Williams.


In The Money

Tulsa’s Carrie Williams is rising fast in the women’s professional pool ranks.


ulsan Carrie Williams can make the shot. A single mother with two jobs, Williams finds time to pursue her passion: pool. Highly competitive, she plays to win, and she plays against the best of the best. Williams recently placed 33rd out of 64 players in the Women’s Professional Billiards U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, held at Tulsa’s River Spirit Casino. An operations service manager at Level 3 Telecommunications, Williams services the top one percent of the company’s clients. On the felt she plays the top one percent of the game’s competitors. She excels at both. Unlike many of her competitors, this 30-year-old pool shark has only been in the game for 10 years. And she found her way into the sport in an unusual way. After a bad break-up with a boyfriend, she wandered around Tulsa looking for a distraction. She landed at the



Enthralled by the game, Williams kept coming back. Even with her busy schedule, Williams worked in 10 hours of practice a week. Within four months of her introduction to the game, she was playing in the hall’s weekly tournaments. Over the years she improved her game, learning from and playing against the hall’s regular professional players. In 2012 she got a lucky break, a brush with fate that put her in the pro league. When two players dropped out of the U.S. Open, a last-minute qualifier was held to fill the spots. Williams won a place in the bracket. She won one match – no easy feat at that level – and earned a ranking in the pro world of women’s billiards. Williams has reached a level where her professional pool forays pay for themselves. Her performance has attracted sponsors. Highend pool halls such as Tulsa’s Magoo’s, Midwest City’s Jamaica Joe’s and Muskogee’s O’Dannon’s all have a stake in William’s success. “The players at the pool hall are family to me. My first goal, which sounds silly now, was to be able to beat all the guys at the bar by the time I was 21,” she says. “When I started, I learned a lot from the professionals that hung around the hall. My competitive drive was there from the start. When I started playing well enough to enter local tournaments, I realized it was going to be more than just a hobby for me. It was something that would pay for itself eventually.” She eagerly pays it forward, happy to give tips and advice to newbies that show up at her favorite hall, Magoo’s. Williams intends to continue competing at the professional level. She’s been completely pulled in by the game. She watches her mailbox closely for the next invitation to a pro tournament. “What keeps me coming back is the rush of hitting the perfect shot or winning a match,” she says. “It’s an addiction. I just try forever to replicate that feeling. And there’s so much gratification in the game.” PAUL FAIRCHILD


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Cathy Ambler sits among the graves and monuments at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa.

Cemeteries Are for the Living Oklahoma’s cemeteries are rich with history, culture, symbolism.


hen a museum and a genealogy society in Durant, Okla., teamed up to host a “ghost stories” walking tour at Highland Cemetery, they never expected a Facebook-fueled fuss to force them to cancel the event, planned for last October. Some local residents complained the event was disrespectful of the dead. Cathy Ambler, a Tulsa preservationist consultant who has visited many Oklahoma cemeteries, says she was unfamiliar with the Durant controversy. However, she says people should be encouraged to visit cemeteries and explore the rich history that is there. “Cemeteries were designed for people to visit,” Ambler says. “In the Victorian era, people would take their families out (to cemeteries) to be in a green place and have a picnic lunch. (Cemeteries) were our first city parks.” The canceled Durant event resembled the “Tombstone Tales” re-enactment featured each spring at Fort Reno Military Cemetery, west of Oklahoma City. Up to 3,000 people turn out to walk the cemetery and listen to costumed re-enactors portray people buried there, including a buffalo soldier, a stagecoach driver, an outlaw and a German prisoner of war. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, says Fort Reno is just one of many interesting cemeteries throughout the state. Blackburn mentioned several “celebrity” gravesites. Geronimo’s grave is at Fort Sill National Cemetery, one of just two national cemeteries in Oklahoma. Before you go, do some research on the claim



that Yale University alumni robbed Geronimo’s grave almost 100 years ago. Or visit Charley Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, laid to rest at the Akins Cemetery near Sallisaw. Oklahoma’s first governor, C.N. Haskell, is buried under an impressive obelisk at the Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee. Perhaps the most visited tomb in the state is that of Will Rogers, at the beautiful Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. Cemeteries close to home may or may not feature famous names, but they may reveal discoveries about one’s own family tree. Cemeteries are a popular destination for genealogists, Blackburn says, adding that “genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the country after fishing.” Ambler notes that there is more to a cemetery than the people who are buried there. The design, the plotting and the landscaping all reflect a community’s values. For example, many cemeteries have separate sections for certain religions, fraternal organizations and even ethnicities. “Cemeteries actually represent American society very well,” she says. Blackburn echoes the thought: “Cemeteries reflect the community’s values.”

Getting Started Historical and genealogy societies sponsor occasional cemetery walking tours. However, you don’t have to wait for an official event to enjoy exploring a graveyard. Ambler recommends studying cemetery iconography and then searching for symbols on monuments and grave markers. Clasped hands, open gates, a finger pointing upward, lambs and doves – all are part of graveyard code. Hundreds of cemeteries are scattered throughout Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Here are three among many intriguing destinations: • Fort Gibson National Cemetery, east of Muskogee, is Oklahoma’s other national cemetery. Union soldiers of the Civil War who died in Indian Territory battles are interred there. The sprawling field, with uniform rows of white tombstones, is breathtaking. • Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo includes a section called “Showmen’s Rest” for circus performers and workers. A large monument with engravings of a performing elephant and a circus tent reads, “A tribute to all showmen under God’s big top.” • Polson Cemetery in eastern Oklahoma is the final resting place of Confederate General Stand Watie. Watie was the only Native American to rise to the rank of brigadier general of the Confederacy. TERRY A. HULL



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Blind Faith

Bliss Morris got to the top without failure ever occurring to her.


n half a sentence, a smooth alto voice with a hint of rasp gives away a robust sense of adventure, a deep appreciation for humor and the ability to command the respect and attention of an entire room. Bliss Morris is the owner of First Financial Network, the nation’s first loan sales advisory firm. She started the company in 1989; she was in her late 20s with two small children and a new husband. She had no business plan, no major investment help, no college degree. Morris grew the company into a national leader that advises banks, insurance companies and the FDIC. CNBC has called her the toxic loan avenger. Morris, now a mother of four and grandmother of one, avid traveler and civically engaged, squeezed in a chat with Oklahoma Magazine to talk about how she got where she is today. Oklahoma Magazine: Where did you go to college? Bliss Morris: I didn’t go to college. That surprises a lot of people. That must be why I’m such a strong believer in higher education and have not given my children any choice in the matter.

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OM: When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up? BM: I envisioned going to college and joining a sorority. I don’t think I had a picture of what I wanted to be. If I’d gone to college, I probably would have ended up in medicine. But I don’t have any regrets. I feel so fortunate to have made my way to the point I am without really expecting how it was going to unfold.

OM: Do you ever feel like your success is qualified by you being a woman? How do you feel about that? BM: I think so. Moreso sometimes than I think. It will be sometime when someone says something to me and I think “Huh. I never really looked at it like that.” I realize that some people step back and look at me like that. I definitely think people think, “Gosh, you didn’t have a college education, how did you think of this?” People find that surprising. I think it is really important to – and someday I really want to – mentor young girls and really let them know at the high school level or the college level that there is nothing you can’t do if you really want to, if you believe in yourself. I really believe that. It is hard sometimes, whether you are female or male. It’s one thing to say we won’t fail. It is another thing for it to not be in your being, for failure never even to occur to you. There were a lot of people who said, “Did you every worry about failing?” I didn’t even think about it. And there were probably a lot of times we were very close. LINDSEY JOHNSON




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The Return Of Tom Skinner


Local legend returns to recording with Tom Skinner CD.

n the July installment of this column, I wrote about Red Dirt music’s Mike McClure and the new record label he’d started with friend Chance Sparkman, 598 Recordings (named for the phone prefix Sparkman and McClure share in their hometown of Tecumseh.) With acts including the Damn Quails and McClure himself, 598 surged right out of the gate. Then, the label scored a real coup, releasing the first new disc by singer-songwriter Tom Skinner in more than a decade. 22




For those who know Red Dirt music, this is a very big deal. But don’t take my word for it. Ask Garth Brooks, who calls it “a very, very special gift from Tom to all of his fans . . . of which I am one.” Or listen to Steve Ripley, head of the platinum sellinggroup the Tractors, who says, “Like none other, when Tom Skinner sings … I listen.” In addition to those two musical heavyweights, Tom Skinner’s new, eponymously titled disc comes with the enthusiastic endorsement of such leading lights of the Red Dirt movement as Cody Canada, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland and McClure himself, who are all quoted in publicity material for the new CD. Sure, hyperbole is a part of the entertainment business. But in the case of Skinner, the praise is justified, and then some. Skinner is not only one of the originators of the Red Dirt sound; he’s also a guy who’s done more than his fair share to keep it going since the very beginning. Among other things, his weekly Tom Skinner Science Project shows – basically, Red Dirt revues – have been a part of Tulsa’s entertainment scene for the past dozen years, bringing audiences a musical potpourri that exemplifies the unselfishness and collaborative nature of the Red Dirt scene. Skinner’s new album does the same thing. A longtime fan might be surprised to see several other songwriters represented on Tom Skinner, especially since Skinner is as wellknown for his songwriting as for his performing. But, in true Red Dirt fashion, Skinner wanted to spread things around a little bit. “Well, to be honest, I write some songs – and I’m glad I do – but I feel like I probably get more credit as a songwriter than I deserve,” he says. “And I have so many good friends who are great songwriters that it’s hard not to do some of their songs. I could do this great song that a guy has, or I could do one of mine that’s not as good.” Is Skinner just being modest? Probably. But it’s a trait he shares with most of the rest of his Red Dirt comrades, who seem far more interested in expressing themselves through well-crafted lyrics and having fun with one another than in chasing the national spotlight. It wasn’t always that way for Skinner, though. In the 1980s, he and Brooks were musical partners in a popular Stillwater-based group called Santa Fe. The guys – including Skinner’s brothers Craig and Mike – played a type of music that anticipated Red Dirt: countryinfluenced, especially in its emphasis on the lyric rather than the groove, blended with rock and folk and other musical elements. In a 2002 interview I did with Brooks for the Tulsa World, he said, “My sound was created in Stillwater…I don’t think we would’ve had this sound anywhere else. And if I hadn’t run into the Skinner brothers, I don’t think you would’ve heard the sound we had.” In the late ‘80s, Santa Fe took its shot at stardom, heading to Nashville to try and score a record deal. Against overwhelming odds, Brooks came through the struggle to emerge, ultimately, as one of the biggest pop-music stars who ever lived. Skinner, on the other hand, gave up the chase. Tom Skinner is a trailblazer in the Red Dirt music movement.

“When I came back from Nashville, I was burned out,” he admits. “I moved back to Bristow, where I’m from. I had a family and stuff, and I just went to work.” He landed a position with the city’s water department, where he’d remain for some five years, putting the notion of stardom behind him. But about a month after he’d begun the day job, he made a life-changing discovery. “I’d kind of quit playing music,” he says. “But then, one day, I realized it wasn’t the music I was sick of; it was all the stuff that went on around it, trying to keep a band going and all of that. That’s what I was burned out on. So I just went back to the bedroom with a guitar and tried to reconnect with what made me like music in the first place – which was basically the way a guitar sounded, a G-chord ringing. “I learned that, really, all that other stuff didn’t matter. And that’s when I started developing the “mud hole” theory of life. As you walk down the road, there are mud holes, and you can jump in them if you want to, but you don’t have to. You can step around them, you can jump over them and you can go on. You don’t have to get in them.” Certainly, the new disc is no mud hole. But it still took a little time before Skinner decided to jump into it. He’d recorded a couple of discs back in the late ‘90s for the independent Binky Records, but he hadn’t been satisfied with either – partly, he thinks, because he produced them himself. “I’d always thought that I wanted to do another one, because I wanted to make a record that I liked,” he explains. “So that was my long-range goal. But I just got so busy playing all the time that I never quite got around to it. “Mike (McClure) has been after me to do one for a while,” he adds. “Then, when he got this record label started, he said, ‘Okay, I’m just going to have to make you do it.’ I said, ‘You don’t have to make me. Just tell me when you want me to be there and I’ll be there.’” The Tom Skinner CD, produced by Joe Hardy (whose credits include Steve Earle, the Georgia Satellites and ZZ Top) and McClure, emerges as a disc that any artist could be proud of. In addition to both vintage and brand-new originals, Skinner covers the likes of fellow Oklahoman Hoyt Axton (“Gypsy Moth”), The Rev. Gary Davis (“Light of This World,” in which Skinner references the late Red Dirt Ranger Benny Craig), and Randy Pease, one of the first songwriters Skinner met in Stillwater following his discharge from the Army in the late ‘70s. The Tom Skinner’s Pease contribution, “I Love eponymous CD This Game,” is told from was recently the viewpoint of a washed-up released. minor-league pitcher, and it joins Skinner’s liner notes and his new publicity photo in suggesting a baseball motif for the disc. “Well, I don’t know about that,” says Skinner with a laugh, “but I do know that when you’re playing baseball, you’re a kid again – and music is kind of the same way. When you’re on stage, I figure it ought to be the best two or three hours of your day.” Tom Skinner is available at online outlets, Tulsa-area stores and at Tulsa’s The Colony on Wednesday nights, when The Tom Skinner Science Project can be seen and heard.

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The 18th Annual Tulsa Memory Gala benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association will be held March 7 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Pictured are event chairs Ted and Shiela Haynes, left and seated, Paula Huck, right.

Grady and Monica Lembke attended the eighth annual Desmond Mason Art Show, benefiting Allied Arts and Youth Services of Oklahoma County.

Patty Frakes, Carmen Applegate, Ree Drummond and Matthew Vereecke enjoyed a visit to Marquette by Drummond, who was on-hand to read her latest children’s book.

Sharon King Davis, Pattie Bowman and Victoria and Mayor Dewey Bartlett attended the Circle of Red and Red Tie Society holiday party.

JW and Mollie Craft, standing, and Sheila Buck, seated, are preparing for Carnivale 2013, which will be held March 30 at Tulsa Convention Center and benefits the Mental Health Association in Tulsa.

Ken Miller and John Woods were all smiles at Leadership Oklahoma’s annual holiday party.

Oklahoma Wedding Show

Thousands packed Central Park Hall at Expo Square for the Oklahoma Wedding Show, sponsored by Oklahoma Magazine on Jan. 5. Brides-to-be and their guests browsed the booths of dozens of wedding vendors.

Chera Kimiko with grand prize winner Destiny Howard and Vida Schuman.



Flowers were a major focus at the Oklahoma Wedding Show.

Toni Garner, Talmadge Powell and Chera Kimiko all participated in this year’s Oklahoma Wedding Show.

Fashion shows spotlighted the latest bridal styles.

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Act Naturally


Peake Fuel Solutions is helping make the switch to natural gas vehicles.

t seems like we’ve been hearing about the viability of natural gas as a transportation fuel for so long that it’s almost like thinking about a flying car. Sure, it’s cool to dream about, but it will probably never happen in our lifetimes; that’s something for the future. But the truth is, flying cars are edging ever closer to becoming a reality, with a number of companies completing successful testflights in the last few years. And widespread use of natural gas to fuel our vehicles? One Oklahoma company is leading the charge to make that a reality much sooner than one might think. A leading producer of natural gas, Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy



Corporation launched the subsidiary Peake Fuel Solutions, with the goal of developing new technologies to allow for more widespread use of natural gas as an alternative to traditional transportation fuels. “(Peake Fuel Solutions) is a venture capital effort by Chesapeake,” explains Kent Wilkinson, vice president of Natural Gas Ventures at Chesapeake. “We’re not only developing the tools and technologies that will help make natural gas attractive to potential customers, we go out and try to bring these systems to market.” Last November Peake Fuel Solutions introduced their latest system, a conversion kit that allows 2010-2012 model heavy-duty diesel engines to operate on a mixture of

diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Upon conversion, a truck can operate on up to 70 percent CNG or LNG, saving up to 30 percent on fuel costs. Trucks outfitted with the diesel natural gas (DNG) conversion kit also maintain the ability to run on diesel alone when CNG or LNG is not available. “What puts us at the forefront of DNG is that our kit is the very first to be EPA certified,” Wilkinson says. “It’s primarily for the heavy-duty trucks, the class seven or eight. But this type of technology will lead to other systems. You’re going to be seeing the same development in the spark-ignited engines.” All of which sounds wonderful but still doesn’t answer the concerns of many who wonder where in the world they will be able to fill up on natural gas. It’s a valid question. It’s also one that Peake Fuel Solutions can answer. In October 2012, a little over a month before the announcement of the DNG conversion kit, Peake Fuel Solutions announced its collaboration with General Electric for the launch of the CNG Fuel In A Box system.


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This system is marketed not only for trucks with the DNG conversion kits, but also for any vehicle that operates on CNG. “In collaboration with Peake Fuel Solutions, GE is developing infrastructure solutions to accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” says Mike Hosford, general manager of Unconventional Resources, GE Oil & Gas, in a press release announcing the system. “The CNG In A Box system is a unique fueling solution that brings together some of the best innovation from across GE to help fleet owners and everyday drivers realize the benefits of cleaner burning, abundant, more affordable natural gas.” The system receives natural gas via pipeline and compresses it on site. On site can mean at a traditional fueling station, like a convenience store, but it can also mean anywhere else, as long as there is access to a natural gas pipeline and in accordance with local ordinance. The pay at the pump technology means an attendant isn’t necessarily required, either. “There are some exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs,” Wilkinson says. “These can be entirely self-contained. You could have an unmanned operation.” The system has a compact design – the “In A Box” moniker is pretty accurate – that allows for mobility, and with 250 units in production, it won’t be long before you’re seeing a few more places to fuel up your new natural gas vehicle. With a price-per-gallon equivalent to about half that of the average price of diesel, and, according to estimates, a 100-year supply in the U.S., natural gas is looking more like a viable alternative fuel to many. And the DNG converter kit and CNG In A Box systems are only the beginning. Can you imagine never needing to go to a gas station again, except for, maybe, a late-night frozen burrito? Peake Fuel Solutions is also working on a system that will allow natural gas vehicle owners to refuel their cars at their own residences using the same natural gas they use to heat their homes. No announcement has been made as to when 11962 Jim Norton.indd this kind of system will be available, but with a company like Peake Fuel Solutions working on it, odds are it will be sooner than you think. And those flying cars? Maybe the manufacturers building those things should look at converting to a natural gas system. There should be plenty of places to fuel up.

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It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if the two could stave off their rivalry and instead work hand-in-hand? Thanks to Tulsa-based tech company Narrable, today users can add audio narrative to their photographs to provide the whole story and bring an image to full-fledge life. The recently launched Narrable.com is an online storytelling platform. It provides an easy way to take meaningful photos and capture the voices that bring them to life. Subscribers can easily upload a digital photo and then record audio. They can then share the photo with others. Subscribers today can create and share their first few narrables for free, after which subscriptions permit unlimited use. Although designed for everyday users, Narrable will launch additional features for groups and creative professionals later this year. For more information, visit www.narrable. com. – Michael W. Sasser

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Melt In Your Mouth

A Valentine’s Day tradition, chocolate enjoyed year round may offer health benefits.


e assign an awful lot of power to chocolate in our culture. According to most of us, chocolate has the ability to alter our moods and make us feel comforted and loved. It’s presented as a gift on a bevy of holidays, most notably Valentine’s Day. But our esteem of chocolate pales in comparison to the high regard ancient Mesoamerican cultures, the Mayans and Aztecs being chief among them, held the bitter bean. The Mayans celebrated chocolate as both a gift and as a medicinal elixir. Artifacts recovered from burial sites show cacao’s important

place in the culture. Unlike the sweet confections we think of today, ancient chocolate was often ground into a paste and mixed with chilies and water to create bitter drinks. Perhaps the Mayans were onto something. Recent studies continue to tout the health benefits of chocolate, as long as it is consumed in moderation, and the darker, the better. Benefits of regular chocolate intake may include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, and an increase in blood flow, vision and intelligence. The next time you walk past the candy aisle in the grocery store, stop and scan the chocolate. Remember, it’s good for your health. JAMI MATTOX FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



A sheltered outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.

An antique carousel horse currently “lives” on the dining room table below an Italian camphor glass chandelier.


Starring The Eclectic

Seventeenth-century design meets whimsical themes in this French-style residence.


Photography by David Cobb

n early spring sunset drive through Gaillardia in Oklahoma City turned out to be the biggest surprise of Linda Haneborg’s life. Her husband Steve, a realtor and entrepreneur, drove to a vacant lot, uncorked Champagne and surprised Haneborg with the gift of the beautiful lot. Today, the lot features a two-story Country French home, a style featured in Tulsa architect Jack Arnold’s portfolio. “We altered the plans with Lee Hensley, a builder and visionary,” Haneborg recalls. “What he did with a red pencil was amazing.” The exterior entrance suggests Old-World charm. Inside, a whimsical flair is evident. “It’s a very eclectic home,” Haneborg says. “There’s a story to everything.” The Haneborgs have not been timid about mixing design styles and collections. The entry showcases the elegant stairway to the guest quarters and provides glimpses of the living and dining rooms. At first glance, the home seems very traditional. But tucked in a living room corner, near French doors leading to a bar and library, is an antique barber chair. “We thought it was fun,” she laughs. It provides great contrast to the oak Army officer’s wardrobe from the Civil War. “For several years, I admired a painting of a nude in a Taos antique shop,” Haneborg adds. “I bargained for it for two years. She






Haneborg tried for two years – and finally succeeded – to purchase a nude painting that now has a pace of honor in the living room.

The master bedroom is bathed in rich colors and textures.

was sent back East for an auction, but finally returned to Taos. I got it. She was meant to be in the living room.” In the dining room, formal chairs are dressed in zebra stripes, mixing with an Italian camphor glass chandelier and an antique carousel horse. “The horse now sits atop the glass dining table, an idea from designer Shelly Cook McInroe. I would never have placed her there. I designed a space for her on a buffet. Needless to say, this horse gets around. She sometimes lives in the entry or in front of a fireplace,” Haneborg says. The heart of the home is the family room/ kitchen combo, a generous area designed for entertaining. This space reflects the couple’s love for the West, especially Santa Fe, where they own a condo. The limestone fireplace hearth showcases an antique Blackfoot ceremonial dress. A ghost chair and ram’s horn lamp complement a Charles M. Russell sculpture and an R.C. Gorman painting. A 1950s jukebox reflects early marriage but is now a treasured vintage piece. “We have dance marathons occasionally, so we ‘rock around the clock’ with our 1950s 45s,” Haneborg laughs. The black marble kitchen island and hanging pot rack is an ideal place for displaying Haneborg’s ceramic chickens. The kitchen was designed for easy entertaining. A butler’s pantry often doubles as a bar. This area exudes design style and is a feast for the eye. The east wing master suite reflects a hushed mood and reveals more of the home’s French personality. An antique, ornately carved white oak fireplace mantel is a striking accessory in the master bedroom. A morning room introduces the master suite and is Haneborg’s favorite place to read and relax. A gold ghost chair in this quiet setting flanks a Napolean-era tulip table, found in Limoge, France. This secluded enclave opens to the sheltered outdoor living area, which features a fireplace and large entertaining area. It overlooks a small pool, a favorite place for Cheyenne and Cody,



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Put A Ring On It

Rings can really add something to an outfit. Even though they are small pieces of jewelry, they can dress up an entire look. Pop of Chic has such beautiful cocktail rings, and I especially love the Moonstone Treasure Beaded Metal Ring. It’s beautiful and very affordable. Before leaving the house, try adding a bold ring, and you’ll feel that much more ready for the day or evening. www.popofchic.com

Pop It Up Given my

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Handled Chic

Nothing is more relaxing than pouring a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea on a Sunday morning and lounging on the couch. It’s no fun to do this while drinking out of a boring old mug. Jonathan Adler mugs are among my favorites. They are perfect to give as a gift or to keep for yourself, and they act as decorative accessories, as well. Sunday mornings have never felt so chic. www.jonathanadler.com

Stamp It Out I know it

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When it comes to home décor, I always turn to Michael Aram. His pieces are unique, elegant and absolutely stunning. His Gotham Collection is what I really have my eye on right now. From the nut dish to the wine coaster to the hummus set, each piece in the collection has a classic, yet modern, flair. These pieces would look beautiful in anyone’s home. www.michaelaram.com JULIE BORTNICK




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A Sobering Thought The risks and realities of defining the line between social drinking and substance abuse can be startling.


any of us may have laughed at the old joke, “I’m not so think as you drunk I am,” but knowing when to stop and recognizing when there is a problem is a serious topic. Excessive alcohol use ranks third in lifestyle-related causes of death in America. Highrisk or problem drinking has harmful repercussions that can hurt not only the consumer, but also those around them. As the intake nurse at the St. John Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in Tulsa, Jo Ann Flournoy, RN-BC, has seen this problem firsthand and believes that awareness and education are key to becoming responsible consumers. “It’s important to catch something before it turns into problem drinking. Awareness is the number one key to prevention,” explains Flournoy. The risk factors for developing alcoholism include the “steady” drinking amount, age, family history and mental health. It’s important to note that it’s also possible to have a problem with alcohol even though it has not developed into alcoholism. Allan Gates, manager of the Intensive Outpatient Program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital, suggests assessing your risk by asking yourself a few questions: Do you understand your reasons for drinking alcohol? Is it to get drunk, be social, fit in with others? Do you over-drink when you don’t mean to? “If you do, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed,” shares Gates. Does anyone in your family have alcoholism? “If so, it is a red flag for you.”

By The Numbers The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism terms

“heavy” or at-risk drinking for a man as more than four drinks per day or more than 14 drinks a week, and for a woman as three drinks a day or seven drinks in a week. To remain below these amounts is considered low-risk drinking. A “drink,” according to official standards is defined as one 12-ounce beer, five to six ounces of wine or one-and-a-half ounces of 80-proof liquor. “From what I’ve seen, even these amounts are probably a bit too lenient,” says Flournoy, who encourages people to consider lowering that amount. “Many times we’ll hear, ‘I’ve switched to beer,’ but you can be drinking beer and still have a problem,” she adds. The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people keep their alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one for women.

Problem Drinking Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that becomes harmful to one’s health, relationships, work and many times results in legal woes such as receiving a DUI. If left unchecked, this behavior can lead to increasing the amounts of “steady drinking” to get the same effect, which most often ends in chemical dependency. While drinking alcohol is common at many social gatherings, it’s crucial to be aware of your consumption. “By definition, it is no longer social drinking when alcohol causes a problem in any area of your life,” says Gates. Symptoms such as drinking alone, making excuses to drink, the inability to stop, neglecting to eat, as well as experiencing shakes in the morning or after long periods without drinking are telltale signs that there is a problem. For teens, it’s important to look for changes in relationships, declining grades, mood changes and defensive behavior. Experts agree that setting a good example and talking openly with children about expectations can make a big difference. Gates points out that you need to know what the role model is in your family for how to use alcohol successfully. Self-medicating plays a big role in alcohol abuse. It’s important to catch the signs, such as using alcohol to mitigate social situations or anxieties, fix depression or alleviate work pressures. Beyond the mental, there is also a physical toll. “Alcohol is truly an equal opportunity employer,” says Flournoy. “It affects the entire body.” From the brain to the immune system and even reproductive system, all areas of the body are severely harmed by abuse. Those who aren’t abusing alcohol do need to be aware of how their consumption affects medication and other conditions they have. Education and awareness are critical to being responsible.

Getting Help If you are concerned about your risk or find yourself unable to limit drinking, it’s important to contact a primary care physician or health care provider. They can direct you to the next step, whether that is a full-care detox program or a mental health professional. There are also private hotlines, such as the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment referral, as well as support groups. In cases where it is a loved one that you are concerned about, experts suggest voicing your concerns. “Many times, people are unaware of how much it affects them. Let them know in a non-confrontational way that you care about them and that you are becoming concerned,” says Flournoy. Gates recommends also getting a professional alcoholism counselor to do an assessment. There are interventions and therapists that can help guide you to your next step. CORRIE MCGEE



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WARNING SIGNS Women often experience different symptoms of a heart attack than the chestgrabbing standard image of the male heart attack. While chest pain remains a solid indicator and occurs with many women, other symptoms may occur with or without the traditional chest and shooting arm pain. These include: • Extreme fatigue • Shortness of breath • Nausea • Dizziness • Upper back pressure • Jaw pain


Healthy Heart


Experts offer five ways to fend off heart disease, America’s leading cause of death.

he month of February exemplifies matters of the heart. While love might be the first to come to mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dubbed February as American Heart Month. The CDC is dedicating the entire month to education and prevention of the No. one leading cause of death in America: heart disease. Its Million Hearts initiative aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. before 2016. According to the CDC, one in every three deaths is caused by heart disease and stroke, an estimated 2,200 deaths per day. “There are one to 1.2 million heart attacks each year in America,” says Dr. Wayne N. Leimbach, Jr., medical director for the Oklahoma Heart Institute. “About a third of those people die, and most of the deaths occur before the patient arrives at a hospital.” The diagnosis is even worse for Oklahoma. Our 2011 State of the State Health Report showed 27 percent more Oklahomans die of heart disease than the national average, the second highest in the nation. “Oklahoma (has) one of the highest levels of risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension,



You do have the power to decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. “Maintaining good heart health (is) the easiest and most cost-effective tool that we have to lower the incidence of heart disease,” says Exaire. Simply put, you only have one heart, and you need to take care of it, encourages Leimbach. Don’t wait. The earlier you start taking charge of your heart health, the better. “The earlier in life a person starts prevention, the greater the reduction in risk a person will experience,” shares Leimbach. So how does one get started? Here are five important steps to better heart health, which will dramatically reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

creating the perfect storm for high prevalence of heart disease,” says Dr. Jose Exaire, medical director for OU Physicians Heart and Lung Clinic. “Unhealthy lifestyle, such as sedentary behavior, adds to the risk. And, the prevalence of (these) risk factors continue to increase in the country, especially in Oklahoma.” There is good news to these scary statistics. For most people, this killer is preventable, assures the physicians. Visit with your “Most of the risk factors (for heart disease) doctor about your heart’s current status. are modifiable,” explains Exaire. “The most important thing a person can do is While age, gender and your heritage impact to be screened for the major heart risk factors, your risk for heart disease, obesity, smoking, and then aggressively treat those risk factors,” diabetes, cholesterol and hypertensays Leimbach. sion greatly increase your risk Talk with your doctor about of developing cardiovascular family history, blood presa m “Oklaho disease. These conditions are sure, blood cholesterol e f th often caused by or made (has) one o risk levels, blood sugar, of worse by poor diet and activity and whether or hest levels esity, ig h b lack of exercise. o not you smoke. Once s a ch factors, su “Unhealthy lifestyle h you understand your ig h , g mokin is a major factor to at-risk areas, you can , n diabetes, s io s n erte p y h d n heart disease,” confirms a appropriately tackle l cholestero torm your heart health. s t c Leimbach. “Americans e rf e p e creating th eat significant quantities “Follow the recomvalence of p h of unhealthy foods, exercise mendations of your for hig re se.” too little, and too many health professionals,” heart disea Americans continue to smoke.” stresses Exaire.

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to aggressively control blood sugar levels,” adds Leimbach. An easy way to get started on the path to a healthier diet is to simply eat more fruits and vegetables, encourages Exaire.

heart is a muscle, just like any other muscle in your body. Exercise is important in keeping it strong and in good working order. Physical activity also helps control blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, as well as help lower blood Keep a healthy pressure for some. Don’t be overwhelmed or weight. Excess weight increases the heart’s feel pressured to buy pricey equipment. Start work as well as raises other risk factors like small and simple. high cholesterol and high blood pressure. “Walk a minimum of 10 continuous minutes Obesity can also make diabetes more likely to a day,” recommends Leimbach. develop. The American Heart Association says Then, work your way up to 30 minutes of losing even 10 pounds moderate exercise can improve the heart’s three to five times a health. week, advises Leim“There are great bach. All exercise is internet resources to beneficial, but more “ more calculate body mass strenuous activiOklahomans die of heart disease index to see if you have ties provide greater a healthy weight,” offers than the national average.” health benefits. Exaire.

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Eat a healthy diet low in cholesterol, saturated and trans fats, sodium and sugars. Heart disease in its simplest definition consists of blockages in the arteries that feed blood to the heart muscle. These blockages are a result of atherosclerosis, which is a silent buildup of plaque, explains Exaire. “The blockages inhibit the heart from effectively pumping adequate amounts of blood to meet the body’s needs,” says Leimbach. What you eat and how much matters. Sticking to a healthy diet is the best way to manage cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and weight; all will directly reduce the risk of developing blockages. “In general, a normal diet should be around 1,800 calories for women and 2,000 calories for men,” outlines Exaire. “If your cholesterol is a concern, focus on a diet low in cholesterol and saturated and trans fats,” shares Leimbach. “Manage high blood pressure by limiting sodium intake.” “People with diabetes or pre-diabetes need

Heart Health and the Sleep Paradox Logic might appear to dictate that the more sleep one gets, the healthier the body will be and thus the healthier the heart will be, reducing the possibility of a heart attack. However, data suggests that those who get too little sleep and those who sleep longer than average are both at increased risk of heart disease and thus heart attacks. A 2011 European Heart Journal review of 15 medical studies found

Step Five:

Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit. A smoker’s risk of developing heart disease is two to four times higher than that of a nonsmoker, according to the American Heart Association. Also, cigarette smoking increases the risk of sudden cardiac death in people that already have heart disease. “People make plaque blockages in the arteries of the heart at different rates; however, the plaque buildup is accelerated in individuals who smoke,” warns Leimbach. Remember that you have the power to ensure your heart beats for many more years to come. “If you want to decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, you should follow a healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking, go to your doctor to be evaluated for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol,” reminds Exaire. “And, most importantly, be compliant with the recommendations of your health professionals.” LINDSAY CUOMO

that short sleepers (on average less than six hours sleep nightly) and long sleepers (on average nine or more hours nightly) had increased risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease in subsequent years, by 48 percent and 38 percent, respectively. The same study showed both type of sleepers also had dramatically higher chances of stroke. Scientists have yet to be able to fully explain the dynamic in part because the cardiac effects of sleep are not entirely understood. – Michael W. Sasser


So if one is committed to living an ideal hearthealthy lifestyle, what does an average day look like? First, one needs between six and eight hours sleep, optimally, and to wake gently, stretching and welcoming the morning with a positive attitude. Although heart healthy exercise is beneficial any time, mornings are many people’s favorite, and the “high” one gets from exercising can last for up to 10 hours, making for a more upbeat, happy and healthy workday. Thirty minutes a day of cardio – even just walking – is a good place to start. Strength training is also beneficial because it reduces body fat and may reduce insulin, blood pressure and cholesterol. Regular relaxation therapy, yoga in particular, also has many positive benefits. Eating throughout the day should focus on heart healthy elements. That means low-fat, low-cholesterol, lean meats and protein in moderation, only whole, unprocessed grains, myriad vegetables and fruit. Certain foods are particularly healthy for the heart, such as oatmeal, olive oil in moderation, salmon and tuna and most any variety of legume. No-no’s to avoid include fatty red meat, processed foods, foods high in cholesterol, trans fats or sodium and refined carbohydrates. Studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption, particularly red wine and particularly in men’s cases, can be very healthy but in excess is problematic. Smoking is definitely off the menu. Throughout the day, avoiding unnecessary stress is wise – a Harvard study revealed a high-stress job can raise the chance of heart attack and heart problems by 40 percent. Also, it’s advisable to avoid sitting all day by periodically walking around or working standing up. One should also pursue improvements in his or her lifestyle and a regular pattern of medical care. Don’t ignore conditions like diabetes or hyperglycemia and address smoking, extra weight around the chest and belly. Definitely see your doctor regularly, and with a majority of healthy days including the components above, your heart should serve you well for many years. – Michael W. Sasser




Lake Tahoe is a ski season mecca.


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Access: Lake Tahoe is most easily accessible via Reno/Lake Tahoe International Airport. Population: Approximately 21,000 (South Lake Tahoe); approx. 1,500 (Tahoe City) Climate: Snowy highland climate featuring frequent heavy snow in the winters and warm days and cool nights in the dryer summer months. Extreme weather possible virtually year-round. Main Attractions: Skiing and other winter sports make Tahoe a cool-weather destination with few rivals. Summer offers numerous other sporting and outdoor adventure itineraries.

An American Shangri-La


Beautiful Lake Tahoe is a skier’s and sportsman’s paradise.


creations at Evan’s American Gourmet Café or Café Fiore in South rrive early at your accommodations, settle in and Lake Tahoe. practice an important skill for all visitors to Lake Sunday morning, delay the start of your skiing and have breakfast Tahoe: studying tomorrow’s weather report. Whichat Fire Sign Café in Tahoe City or Driftwood Café in South Lake ever resort or area of town you’re staying in, there is Tahoe, for the region’s best breakfasts and plenty of energy for the sure to be an alpine charm to enjoy when acquainting slopes. Cut your afternoon skiing short enough to enjoy a few other yourself with your environs. If your plans include skiing and you options in the area to round out your trip. Weather permitting, there haven’t made advance plans, now would be the time to do it, and are myriad possibilities, including horseback riding, gaming on the most hotels and resorts will be able to help you on-site. Nevada side and the popular Gondola at Heavenly sojourn with its Saturday morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel or nearby, and then it’s time to take to the slopes. Now, Lake Tahoe is surrounded by numerous ski sites and slopes and its best to do research well in advance both on slopes at your skill level and those in the best condition during your stay. Options include Northstar and Heavenly, which is popular with beginners and families; Alpine Meadows, which features lower rates and opportunities for skiers of all levels; Homewood, which is a more relaxed environment; and Squaw Valley, arguably the most popular ski resort in California. Others abound and, again, advance research is key. Depending on your ski schedule, grab lunch where convenient or enjoy hearty pies at Base Camp Pizza or excellent street tacos at Jalisco Grill in South Lake Tahoe, or more upscale, California-inspired fare at Stella in Truckee. That should carry you through afternoon skiing and help build an appetite for dinner. Enjoy a stroll through any of the quaint towns in the evening, and step in any lively pub for a drink before enjoySleigh rides are just one winter offering at Lake Tahoe. ing the area’s fine dining. For dinner, consider the clever




Heavenly Valley is one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular ski sites.

Winter affords beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.

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Northstar Lodge – Hyatt Residence Club is a quintessential Tahoe area resort lodge on the north side of the lake in Truckee. The lodge-like environment extends to comfortable rooms, a mountain village environment and ski-in, ski-out access. Accommodations range in size and


spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Alternately, consider a visit to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum for a look into the region’s past. A little shopping at the Tahoe/Truckee Factory Stores can be fun and then finish your final evening with dinner at Pianeta Ristorante in Truckee or the romantic River Grill in Tahoe City. Either way, it will be a tasteful conclusion to your Lake Tahoe adventure.

Go north!: Although most travelers stay in area resorts and in South Lake Tahoe, the town of Tahoe City on the northwest shore of the lake is worth a visit with a more relaxed, slight hippie feel to it. Chains: If accessing the Lake Tahoe region by vehicle, it is essential to bring snow chains with you. Sudden, dramatic snow has fallen as late in the year as June and authorities will absolutely mandate all non-4WD vehicles to deploy chains. Summer: Don’t overlook the possibility of a summer visit to Lake Tahoe, when the region has a whole different beauty and a host of diverse outdoor recreation options.

tain resort five miles from the shores of the lake and with ski-in, ski-out access and a host of amenities in its 400-plus rooms and common areas. These range from fireplace suites to hot tubs, swimming pool and all the tech amenities one would expect in a luxury resort. www.squawcreek.com Basecamp Hotel is a smaller, refurbished boutique hotel that pairs a friendly lodge environment with an expedition base camp feel, particularly enjoyable to the adventurous and to family travelers. Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, it is just steps from the mountain and minutes from the lake, Basecamp Hotel expands visitors’ sporting opportunities, particularly in the summer, while taking nothing away from potential on the slopes. www.basecamphotel.com MICHAEL W. SASSER

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INVESTMENT AGENT, FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SERVICE Run into me at: If I’m out with friends, I generally like to go to dinner and then out to Social or Dollhouse in Bricktown. When on my own, I’m at the gym or studying at the library. Interests: I’m all over the map. I’m a nerd at heart and love to learn, so that includes reading, writing and politics. I love sports and enjoy playing basketball, hiking, swimming, but most of all just being among my family and friends. Ideal first date: Something that’s not cliché. A Thunder game followed by a walk and drinks in Bricktown sounds like a plan.

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Ready to mingle? We talk to 23 of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to find out how the single life goes in Oklahoma, and they were more than willing to open up about their ideal first date, where you can run into a single person and how work may or may not get in the way of the dating life.




METEOROLOGIST, KFOR-TV Run into me at: Lake Hefner, The Mule Interests: Storm chasing, singing, shaking my booty, cycling and triathlons Ideal first date: storm chasing, sushi and karaoke Favorite musicians: Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston Vacation spot: St. Maarten What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of “Single in the City?” How did you know I was single?

RYA N D O O N K E E N , 28 CROSSFIT ENDURANCE COACH Run into me at: Koda Crossfit Interests: road trips, basketball, early morning coffee, mid-day coffee, running, Oklahoma City Thunder Claim to fame: being an incredibly late bloomer Ideal first date: A night at the drive-in. Seriously. It’s casual, you bring your own wine/cocktails, and to top it off, there is really good people-watching all night. Best thing about being single: Having an extended period of time to find out who I want to be and where I want to go. Also, having cereal for dinner. Favorite band: Silversun Pickups Five words that sum up your dating life: Well that was short-lived.

NAHAL MIRSAEIDI, 29 CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETIST Run into me at: Starbucks Ideal first date: I’m picked up by Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome with flowers in hand. We enjoy cocktails with a fabulous view of the sunset, followed by an extraordinary dinner. We finish the night off with live music and maybe a little dancing. Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? While my career can be demanding and I work hard, I also play hard. My career has given me the freedom to experience life to the fullest. I would love to be able to share those opportunities with someone else. Five words that sum up your dating life: Single but ready to mingle.

A D A M L E AV I T T, 3 5 WEALTH MANAGER Run into me at: Brookside, Cherry Street, downtown Tulsa, school plays, my kids’ activities Interests: Nearly everything: my kids, work, travel, volunteerism, exercise, food, drink, cooking, people and Emergency Infant Services, in particular! Ideal first date: Long walk on the beach. At sunset. Or anywhere she may feel comfortable. Best thing about being single: learning opportunities What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of “Single in the City?” Readers should seriously consider the credibility of the selection process. FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



Past “Single in the City” participants chat about their happy-ever-after. When Jillian Shumate agreed to participate in Oklahoma Magazine’s “Single in the City” date auction in 2010, the then-28-year-old had just learned to embrace the single life. “The year before I did Single in the City, I decided that I would be okay being a single woman,” Jillian says. “I’m one of those that as a child would plan my wedding. I had these dreams of wanting to get married and having kids by a certain date, but by my mid-20s, I realized that it didn’t turn out the way I had wanted it to. So I decided I would embrace the fact that I was single, and part of helping me be okay and embracing that part of my life was participating in Single in the City.” Just a couple of months after going up on the auction block, Jillian’s single life vanished. She met then-Oklahoma Rep. Jabar Shumate at a birthday party of a mutual friend. The two had encountered each other twice before, though they didn’t realize it: Jillian’s older sister was friends with Shumate, and she had attempted to set the two up for years to no avail. Prior to the birthday party, Shumate had witnessed Jillian modeling in a charity fashion show and thought she was very attractive; the meeting at the party seemed inevitable. After a whirlwind romance, the two became engaged on Valentine’s Day 2011, in front of the entire congregation of Metropolitan Baptist Church as well as Jillian’s family. The two married on Nov. 12 that year. The following year, 2012, was one filled with excitement for the couple; it included a Senate election win for now-Sen. Shumate. Jillian says that the first year of marriage has been wonderful. “It’s been a period of ups and downs,” she says. “We have gone through the normal cycle of getting to know one another, but it’s been a very loving, learning process, and a wonderful year of just falling in love even more with my partner.” Kelsie Guthrie, a public relations specialist in Oklahoma City, was a little apprehensive to participate in “Single in the City.” The 23-yearold admits to being “very single” in February 2012, when she was featured in the event. “It was so much fun,” she says, but says her date resulted in a friendship. Soon after the event, a co-worker encouraged her to go on a blind date with a man



that worked with the co-worker’s husband. Guthrie was casually dating someone else, but she agreed to the double date. She arrived at Café Do Brasil and met Bennett Geister; the two immediately hit it off and enjoyed dinner and drinks, and they ended up spending the evening at the restaurant. “We started going on dates and became exclusive,” she says. “Things got serious pretty quickly, because he’s a little older. He knew what he was doing and really pursued me, which was important because I’m a traditional Southern girl.” By September 2012, Geister knew he wanted to ask Guthrie to marry him, and in October, on a trip to Geister’s family vacation home in Jackson Hole Wyo., he took the plunge. “Jackson Hole is his favorite place in the entire world. We went there on a week-long vacation, and it was gorgeous with a ton of wildlife,” Guthrie says. “On the last day of the vacation, he took me on his favorite hike around Jenny Lake to Inspiration Point.” It was there, looking at the beauty and majesty of nature, that Geister got down on one knee and asked Guthrie to marry him. She happily said yes. “We had to hike back down and have a celebration lunch with his parents,” recalls Guthrie. “My parents were supposed to be overseas. We go to lunch, and we walk inside, and he had one more surprise: my parents were there. He was so thoughtful. It was so wonderful.” The couple plan to marry on July 13 this year. They are busily planning the wedding, and Guthrie recently got some expert help with picking out her dress: Randy Fenoli of TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress recently visited Oklahoma City to film an upcoming reality show that helps brides-to-be pick out the perfect wedding dress, and Guthrie was chosen to participate. The episode is scheduled to air late this summer.

T R AV I S M A S O N , 2 6 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Run into me at: hopefully that doesn’t happen; I’m a pretty big guy. Interests: skiing, sailing and dodge ball Ideal first date: Dinner and then to Lucky Star Casino in Concho – nothing is sexier than hitting a Black Jack table. Favorite book: John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath Favorite restaurant: Iguana Cafe What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of “Single in the City?” You owe me one.

JESSICA WEBB, 28 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, FEED THE CHILDREN Run into me at: Thunder games, OU games, the lake or the airport Interests: sports, traveling, philanthropy and any social activity Ideal first date: anything fun and exciting – I love to try new things. Favorite restaurant: There are too many to name, but Mickey Mantle’s is pretty high on the list. Favorite vacation spot: The beach! Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Sometimes. I travel frequently; some can handle that and some cannot. Five words that sum up your dating life: It is always an adventure.



MUSICIAN Run into me at: the studio or a show Interests: Jesus, family, music, people, art, fashion, basketball Ideal first date: A limo ride to dinner where we could sit and talk. Then maybe go bowling or go to the studio and record a song about our night. Favorite vacation spot: Grand Cayman Islands Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? It does, because I am away from home for weeks at a time. Five words that sum up your dating life: Strange, easy, super, dope, adventure

OUR READERS SHARE THEIR NOT-SOFOND MEMORIES. “When he showed up for the date, it was very obvious that he had a prosthetic leg. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Hell, some people are into that. But give a guy a head’s up! Luckily, there was no chemistry whatsoever, so it wasn’t an issue.” – Todd, 36 Met on: Grindr “I met a guy for a drink in OKC. I almost didn’t recognize him, because in his pictures, he had a chin. In the course of the first hour, he proceeded to outline every episode of Law & Order he had seen, tell me that I ‘wouldn’t understand’ what he does for a living and laugh at all his own jokes…When I pled exhaustion and tried to leave, he begged and howled and threw such a hissycow that I let him buy me another drink. When he returned to the table, instead of sitting across from me, he moved his chair so close that I was literally crawling up the wall to get away from him…I finally bolted, and he followed me out to my car and asked for a hug. I said I would ‘see him around,’ and he replied by clutching me to him and chanting in this singsong voice, ‘That sounds like a lie.’ When I broke free and started to get in my car, he smirked and asked, ‘Uh, don’t I get a kiss?’ I slammed the door in his face and left. Later, he got on Facebook and told everybody how ugly I was.” – Coffee or Die, 32 Met on: OKCupid

LAUREN DENNISON, 24 MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR, TRI-STATE INDUSTRIAL GROUP Run into me at: PAW Park with my minischnauzer Murphy Ideal first date: Having dinner and drinks at his favorite patio spot so I can judge him for his taste in local fare. Best thing about being single: I get to choose the music in the car. Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Nope. I’m a busy girl, but if a guy can’t keep up with me, good riddance. Five words that sum up your dating life: Patios, dive bars, Thunder games

ASHLEY GRUBB, 27 HEALTH AND WELLNESS DIRECTOR, EDMOND YMCA Run into me at: Edmond Y, Target, Hefner Park Claim to fame: Running my first half marathon and completing the Redman Triathlon Ideal first date: Anything active – going to the zoo, sporting event, etc. Best thing about being single: The “me time,” allows me to focus on my career and personal goals. Favorite restaurant: I have a ton, but a few are Lemongrass, Café Do Brasil and Sophabella’s. Favorite band: The Beatles, the classics and anything Red Dirt

“First of all, let me say that I’m not a superficial person, but if my pictures include me snowboarding and running a 5k, my interests include lots of sports and outdoor activities, my preference is someone ‘about average’ or ‘athletic and toned,’ plus my profile says, ‘I’m a really active woman, and I need a guy that can share common interests and keep up with me,’ then why in the world would a 65-year-old male who is obviously in terrible physical shape and whose profile picture looks like he hasn’t showered in four days and he’d get winded walking up a flight of stairs think that I’d want to have dinner with him? I’m not trying to be hateful, but there seems to be a serious lack of self-awareness among internet daters. It’s worse than the bars because apparently it takes zero selfconfidence to approach a woman online. And don’t even get me started on the woe-is-me, pity-seduction-technique, ‘I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested in a guy like me, but if you feel like it…’ emails from men who look like they haven’t been outside their parents’ basement for months.” – Niki, 35 Met on: Match



SETH ERKENBECK, 30 FINANCIAL REPRESENTATIVE, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL Run into me at: downtown Tulsa, Riverside trails Interests: anything active, like running, biking or mountaineering Claim to fame: I run TYPros’ business development crew. The coolest thing I’ve ever done is run with the bulls in Pamplona a few years ago. Favorite band: Modest Mouse and The Beatles. I’ve also been listening to The Lumineers a lot lately. Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Not really, I make my own schedule, but that goes both ways, because I probably work more than I should.

K AT H E R I N E S I LV E Y, 3 0 DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, DVIS/CALL RAPE Run into me at: the Brady District and downtown, art openings, TYPros events Interests: volunteering, black coffee and IPAs, karaoke, live music Ideal first date: something fun, interactive or creative; bowling, a hands-on cooking class, beer or wine tasting Favorite musician: Billy Joel Five words that sum up your dating life: entertaining, bizarre, fun, eye-opening, educational

N AT H A N I E L G O O D W I N , 2 8 PROFESSIONAL MODEL AND COLLEGE DEAN Run into me at: The Health Club Gym located in Norman or dining at Genghis Grill making a bodacious bowl that could replenish an enormous army. Interests: working out, playing sports, reading, traveling, writing, teaching and saving the world Claim to fame: I was Mr. Oklahoma for Cosmopolitan’s “2011 Bachelor of the Year” contest. Best thing about being single: I can spend my free time searching for a woman that is the total package. Favorite vacation spot: Spain and Jamaica Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Yes, every day my job provides a new obstacle that needs the proper amount of attention. Dating can be compared to a life journey. Each path I take is uncertain and is worth the time and effort.

SUZIE KERN, 34 ATTORNEY, MCAFEE TAFT Run into me at: Doc’s, Lucky’s, Stonehorse Cafe, St. John’s Health Club, Yoga Room, Sculpt Tulsa Interests: reading, music, working out and any and all sports – watching and playing! Claim to fame: I played basketball at the University of Oklahoma. Best thing about being single: the flexibility to be spontaneous Favorite musician: Miranda Lambert Five words that sum up your dating life: fun, spontaneous, interesting, introspective and comical



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SHAGAH ZAKERION, 25 PROGRAM MANAGER Run into me at: a local restaurant or bar, listening to live music and enjoying friends. I’m a sucker for a great night out. Interests: Film, music, games, fitness, art, food, friends, family – all the beautiful parts of life. Claim to fame: My friends tell me I’m the Tulsa encyclopedia, and I like it. Best thing about being single: I am constantly meeting new people and trying new things, I love that freedom of being single. Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Five words that sum up your dating life: Will date the biggest bidder.

LANDMAN, QEP ENERGY COMPANY Run into me at: Utica Square Interests: good food, good wine, good friends and, of course, my two big dogs Claim to fame: I’m allegedly Emma Stone’s cousin Ideal first date: dinner at Flint and then a Thunder game Favorite books: Anne of Green Gables and Freakonomics Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? My job is very time-consuming. However, if the right guy came along, I’d definitely make time for him. Five words that sum up your dating life: spontaneous, humorous, elegant, balanced, active

A D A M PA L U K A , 2 7 TV REPORTER, FOX 23 Run into me at: various tennis courts around Tulsa Interests: playing and watching sports (I’m a huge Indianapolis Colts fan), cooking and eating, reading and volunteering Claim to fame: Not to pat myself on the back, but I was a minor character in the latest “House of Night” book Hidden. I was also an extra in the Jennifer Garner movie Catch And Release. Best thing about being single: I can devote the majority of my free time to my dog. Seriously. Favorite musician/band: Passion Pit

A S H L E Y H U R N E Y, 2 5 BUSINESS ANALYST Run into me at: Thunder games, Republic or volunteering at Special Olympics events around town Interests: I love baking, attending sporting events, volunteering, small start-up projects and being the No. 1 fan of my younger brother and sister at their events. Ideal first date: good conversation and a glass of wine at any local restaurant Best thing about being single: Holidays are less expensive. Favorite vacation: I like going to the lake. It’s nice to leave town and play on the water. Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? No, it’s just me that poses a challenge in my dating life.




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You, only better

Cosmetic surgery and other procedures designed to improve one’s outward appearance continue to gain in popularity.

If it seems as if everyone is having work done these days, there’s a reason: They are. Well, not everyone. Still, the number of people having a little nip/tuck or giving Mother Nature a hand is impressive and constantly on the rise as procedures become more effective, less invasive and more accessible. When someone throws out the term “plastic surgery,” it’s likely the images that come to mind are of some plumped up housewife of reality TV fame. However, the face of cosmetic surgery today is probably more along the lines of your friend who opted to fix the mismatched breasts that haunted her for years, the cousin that turned to surgery to correct that family trademark nose or the coworker who erased the ravages of acne-prone skin with a few laser treatments. The days of cosmetic surgery being reserved solely for the ultra-wealthy and those with an unhealthy obsession with an ideal of perfection are a thing of the past, and a new generation of procedures allows more of us to improve, enhance, restore or correct the body and appearance we were born with. FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



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The numbers from 2011, the most recent available, have been collected and analyzed, and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there have been only slight changes in the list of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures and minimally invasive procedures. The five most common surgical procedures in the South Central division, which encompasses Oklahoma and seven other states, are breast augmentation (approx. 51,000 procedures in region), nose reshaping/ rhinoplasty (approx. 42,600), liposuction (approx. 31,000), eyelid surgery (approx. 24,000) and tummy tucks (approx. 19,000). The region’s most common minimally invasive procedures include Botox/Dysport, with approximately 800,000 procedures conducted in 2011, followed by soft tissue fillers (approx. 198,000), laser hair removal (approx. 164,000), Sclerotherapy, a treatment commonly used to reduce the appearance of varicose veins, (approx. 130,000) and microdermabrasion (approx. 103,000). Although, nationally, facelifts supplanted tummy tucks in rising into the top five of procedures for the first time since 2004, those numbers were not reflected in the statistics for the South Central division, where the tummy tuck remains on the list. Cosmetic surgical procedures not in the top five, but which showed great increase in popularity nationally, include chin augmentation (up 71 percent), lip augmentation (up 49 percent), buttock implant (up 43 percent) and buttock lifts (up 38 percent). Soft tissue fillers were among the fastest growing cosmetic minimally invasive procedures in 2011 nationally, while minimally invasive procedures rising in popularity but not making the top five yet include cellulite treatment (up 21 percent), laser skin resurfacing (up nine percent) and laser treatment of leg veins (also up nine percent). In 2011, some $10.9 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S., up 2.95 percent from the 2010 statistics. The Mountain/Pacific region remains the most enamored of cosmetic procedures, with 3.9 million procedures conducted overall. – Michael W. Sasser



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henever plastic or cosmetic surgery is mentioned, some instantly conjure a host of horrifying mental pictures, from fictionalized surgical addictions on television or the big screen, to some frighteningly real celebrity disasters. Rarely do we glimpse the everyday people who comprise the majority of cosmetic surgery patients. From recovering from a personal loss to gaining the confidence to face the world as others do, patients who seek cosmetic surgery come from all walks of life. “I think the public sometimes views patients that have cosmetic surgery as vain and insecure about themselves,” says Dr. James Koehler of Tulsa Surgical Arts. “Most patients are not like this, and are really just seeking to improve an area of their appearance that bothers them, that they cannot change. I think there is sometimes the idea that patients get ‘addicted’ to having things done. I have seen patients that try to use cosmetic surgery to solve their personal problems, but that is a rare situation. “ Much more common are stories like those of the following patients, all of whom elected to have cosmetic surgery, and shared their thoughts on the process.

Susie Susie Monroe was, quite simply, tired of looking tired. “My husband had died recently. I felt that I wanted to do something for myself,” the 67-year-old office manager says. Upon the decision to have a total facelift, Monroe sought out the skills of Dr. Joey Manduano, a Tulsa-area cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. “Susie wanted to look less tired and more youthful,” Manduano says. “She wanted to look how she felt. This desire matched her inner being.” According to the surgeon, it’s not unusual for his patients to have recently lost a loved one. However, he says, the motivations to have cosmetic surgery run the gamut, and procedures are sought for both emotional and medical reasons. “Some patients are going through divorce or the loss of a loved one and are starting to date again or go out socially,” Manduano says. “Some are having vision difficulties because their eyelids are hanging down, or they want to remove extra skin after natural weight loss or gastric bypass … There are lots of different paths to the office. Sometimes, people say they have lost their jobs; they are older while everyone else is younger, and they need to get back into the job market. That

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reason has not been infrequent during the past few years’ economy.” The most important thing before deciding to move forward with surgery, Manduano says, is establishing a definitive grasp on the patient’s expectations. “You have to get that out of the way right up front,” he says. “You must honestly assess what their expectations are, and whether these can be accomplished realistically and safely.” After her procedure, Monroe says that despite her positive feelings about the surgery and her faith in Manduano, she experienced some postoperative anxiety – again, not infrequent, according to her surgeon. However, Monroe says that while she had bruising, there was no pain. “I must say I was a little scared when I first looked at myself right after surgery,”



Monroe says. “I am not sure I realized what I would look like then. But boy, look at me now. I feel so much better about myself, and I feel so much younger. I now look like I feel.” Manduano says patients often have post-operative anxieties and questions about pain, healing, and how long it will take before they can resume daily activities. “Luckily,” he says, “across the board, complications are less than one percent. Danger of anesthetic issues or surgical misadventures is about the same as getting in a car wreck. That doesn’t keep you from driving.” Monroe describes Manduano and his staff as extremely supportive, and her experience went much like that of any other surgery, from pre-surgery consultation with an anesthesiologist to follow-up office appointments to assure that everything was healing as planned. Manduano says that postoperative support is especially important in the doctor-patient relationship.


Born with Poland Syndrome, a birth defect that causes an underdeveloped or absent pectoral muscle on one side of the body, Jessica Rafala had no right chest muscle, several underdeveloped ribs and no right breast. At 17, her insurance provider covered the cost of an implant. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a temporary solution. Twelve years and two children later, her implant collapsed, leaving her disfigured once more. This time, she was in for a nasty shock when her insurance provider declined to cover her procedure. “I remember I sat at my kitchen table and just cried my eyes out,” the 29 year-old stayat-home mom says. “I knew there was no way I could afford this reconstructive surgery on my own, and I was totally shocked that my insurance could deny me. I thought it was no fault of my own that I was born with this deformity, and now I was just supposed to live like this.” After contacting as many surgeons around the country as she could locate – all of whom either said, “Good luck, but no” or worse, failed to reply at all – Rafala was put in contact with Dr. Angelo Cuzalina of Tulsa Surgical Arts. Cuzalina, director and past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma State University, offered to perform Rafala’s surgery completely free of charge. “Jessica’s case was special in that she had a congenital deformity with lack of development of one side of her chest, and problems after some attempted corrective surgery performed years ago elsewhere,” Cuzalina says. “Because it was a case that fell in a crack between cosmetic and reconstructive, insurance was of no help, and she could not afford the Continued on 64 procedures required on

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Cosmetic dentists work to craft the perfect smile. The smile is one of the first things many people notice. For many, a face’s most obvious expression of joy is also a subject of worry. Luckily, cosmetic dentists around the area give you the best options to get your teeth looking perfect. Cosmetic dentistry has become a sort of catch-all term for dentistry that deals with “smile design,” as Tulsa area dentist Dr. Andrew Carletti says. To put it simply, cosmetic dentists are general dentists that have learned cosmetic techniques to offer patients. “You can’t specialize in cosmetic dentistry,” says Carletti. “It’s not a recognized area of dentistry.” But that does not mean if your general dentist calls himself a “cosmetic dentist” that he or she is not an experienced professional. It’s just a good idea to make sure you are comfortable with your dentist and see before-and-after photos from previous patients. “It’s like an analogy to a car repair place,” says Carletti. “Everyone can do a transmission, but sometimes you have to go somewhere that can specialize in transmissions.” There are a variety of procedures under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. The two most common are veneers and whitening procedures. Veneers are either porcelain or composite (a synthetic substance used for fillings) coverings that are placed directly over the existing teeth. These can be used to lengthen teeth appearance, give the appearance of bigger teeth and improve smile alignment. Whitening is probably the most common way to affect a smile, be it through over-the-counter remedies or at a dentist’s office. “The over-the-counter remedies are great for freshening up a smile,” says Dr. Chris Ward, a dentist with a practice in Owasso. “But they have a limited amount of the whitening solution in them.” Whitening solutions used in most dentist’s offices are around 25 percent more concentrated than whitening strips bought at the drug store and therefore offer more immediate and lasting effects. Many dentists offer tray bleaching, where the dentist will create custom trays for teeth with whitening solution to use at home. There

are also more intensive methods that take place in a dentist’s office that will have a more immediate affect on teeth’s whiteness. However, when it comes to teeth whitening, be careful of some homemade recipes and stick to only what a dentist recommends. “Often, I hear about brushing with baking soda, and I’m very against that,” says Ward. “Just straight baking soda is very abrasive, and it’s a question of you removing tooth structure to get there.” There are also some more creative ways to go about getting the perfect smile. “One patient came in with a People magazine that had a picture of Jessica Alba on the cover,” says Carletti. “She said ‘I want my the teeth to look like that.’” Using Photoshop, Carletti was able to help design the right smile for his patient using the magazine as base. With new and classic technologies at their disposal, cosmetic dentists have made it even easier to ensure a patient’s smile will meet anyone’s standards for perfection. – Morgan Browne

SculptingNetherland Women and men are seeking improvements in places not obvious to the naked eye.

The preponderance of procedures such as breast augmentation, and certainly minimally invasive processes like Botox, have helped erase the previous stigma surrounding cosmetic improvements. However, even today, some increasingly popular cosmetic procedures don’t exactly lend themselves to dinner table talk at many homes. And discrete procedures not readily visible to the eye aren’t just for women. Laser assisted surgery could likely be



the impetus for the increase in popularity of vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginoplasty. Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure to tighten the vaginal muscles, resulting in improved appearance and size of the vaginal opening. Often women seek the procedure following childbirth, which frequently causes stretched musculature. Age can lead to the same conditions, and many women consider the procedure a way to enhance or renew their sex lives. In the cases of many other women, the

procedure is a means to address incontinence. The procedure itself consists of removing excess vaginal tissue and strengthening vaginal muscles. The laser surgical procedure takes an hour or two, and vaginal tissue will be painful afterward. Full healing takes six to eight weeks with checkups from the surgeon, although women can go back to work after just a few days. As of approximately 2010, the national average cost of vaginoplasty

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and despite some discomfort over a period of healing, the patient is generally able to return to work in just 4-5 days. Both of these procedures have gained in popularity in recent years, and while both can address medical and quality of life needs, on many occasions they address strictly aesthetic desires and subsequently lead to enhanced self-esteem and comfort – benefits of cosmetic procedures not to be overlooked. – Michael W. Sasser


Medical advances have offered many new solutions to skin woes. Wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging can be a thing of the past, and fast. Simple procedures can quickly turn back the clock and give a fresh, younger look. If you are looking to abolish wrinkles, consider Botox injections, offers Dr. Melissa Morgan, a board-certified dermatologist. “Botox relaxes lines in the forehead, around the eyes and lips,” explains Morgan. If sunspots are what ails, laser treatments are a fast option, offers Morgan with caution. “Anyone wanting laser treatments should be carefully evaluated, especially those with darker complexions,” explains Morgan. Turn sagging skin around with dermal fillers. “Dermal fillers improve volume loss in the lips and around the nose and mouth,” says Morgan. These procedures do come with some risks. As with any medical procedure, educate yourself about any cosmetic treatment being considered. “(You) should be fully aware of the risks, benefits and post treatment care,” says Morgan. These treatments are generally safe and effective for anyone over 25 years old. But, to best ensure you have good results, find a qualified person to perform your cosmetic treatment. “Be confident that the person performing your treatment is a uniquely qualified professional and is practicing within the scope of their training,” advises Morgan. Men can enjoy the youthful results, as well. “Women make up the majority of those seek cosmetic treatments; however, more men are becoming interested,” adds Morgan. – Lindsay Cuomo FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


No Hair? No Problem! For men facing baldness, cosmetic surgery can be the answer.

While the notion of plastic surgery tends to conjure up overblown images of reality shows and Beverly Hills, the truth is that cosmetic procedures are part of a wildly popular practice no matter where you are, even in Oklahoma – for women and men both, with procedures

for men being more common than you might think. “(For men), hair replacement is high on the list of cosmetic procedures, and also liposuction,” says Dr. Tim Love of Oklahoma City, a surgeon with 30 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery field. Why someone would want a cosmetic procedure entirely depends on his or her own goals and desires, and a good plastic surgeon will work closely with patients to craft an ideal treatment plan that results in exactly what they want. They look at a variety of factors, for instance, “When it comes to hair transplants,” says Love, “(what we do) depends on the age, the gender, the motivation and the individual circumstance.” Over his 30 years, Love has seen rolling advances in the technology behind hair transplant surgery, as well as a steady stream of customers ready to take on his services. The procedure is very adaptable to anyone’s individual needs, from a mild, receding hairline to cases of full-on baldness, and the prices scale to reflect the degree of work needed. Love’s practice, notably, falls on the very affordable end of the spectrum. At a low price of $3 per individual graft, finding a total cost for your transplant is just a matter of simple math, where a typical procedure involving 1,500 grafts (resulting in up to 4,000 new hairs) comes out to a $4,500 procedure. And while it may seem like a heavy sum up-front, it’s easy to see that a hair transplant is more affordable and satisfying for a patient in the long-term as a high-quality, permanent solution to hair loss. – Sarah Szabo

Nose Solutions One easy procedure can provide the nose you’ve always wanted.

Rhinoplasty, or the “nose job,” is one of the most commonly known forms of cosmetic surgery available today, but is it right for you? Well, that depends on what you want. But it comes down to this: If you’re tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a schnoz you just don’t like, odds are there’s a way to fix the problem, no matter what the reason is. “The most common reason why somebody would like to have a rhinoplasty is because their nose is bigger than they would like to have,” says Dr. Tim Love, an experienced cosmetic surgeon in Oklahoma City. According to Love, rhinoplasty can be adapted to fix a whole wide range of prob



lems, from a bridge that feels too wide, a tip that seems too long or nostrils that seem too big — but it all comes down to what you want. Though the costs for the procedure run into the regions of the upper four-digits, in the hands of a capable, board-certified surgeon, the results can be incredibly satisfying. The best advice Love has for anyone seeking cosmetic surgery of any kind is finding a qualified, board-certified surgeon to take on the task. “Prices may vary based on the quality of what you’re getting,” he says. “The internet’s a great tool – do your homework.” – Sarah Szabo

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Continued from 58 her own. It was really just by chance that I came across her plea for help, and I found her story sincere and sad. I just felt the need to help if she could make it to Oklahoma. “Most doctors do want to help whenever we can for people in need,” he adds. “We are just limited by time and resources, but it sure feels good when a situation works out that can really help someone who needs it.” Rafala elected to have a breast lift on her left side with a silicone implant placed under the muscle, as well as to remove her collapsed implant and have a new one placed on her right side, where she had never developed a breast. On the day of her surgery, her doctor outlined the surgery areas with a marker and briefed her one last time on the procedure. After receiving a numbing agent and being hooked to an IV, she consulted with the anesthesiologist, whom she describes as “a really knowledgeable and warm person.” “It really meant a lot to me, how concerned they were with making sure I was comfortable,” she says. While many patients are nervous before undergoing surgery, Rafala says that excitement and gratitude overshadowed any apprehensions she might have felt heading in for such a procedure. “Once I met Dr. Cuzalina, I felt completely at ease. He made me feel so relaxed and treated me like a friend. He has such a kind heart and genuinely cares, and I felt that immediately when I met him. He took his time with me to answer all the questions, and I walked out of the office with nothing but positive feelings. After my surgery, my feelings were even more positive. The surgery and my results were even better than I could have ever imagined. “This procedure and Dr. Cuzalina’s generosity totally changed my life,” she adds. “He gave me a gift better than anything I could open up, and it was my self-confidence. I finally feel ‘normal’ and I can look in the mirror and smile. That is something I could never repay him for. Nobody should have to live with a deformity, and I feel really blessed that Dr. Cuzalina was brought into my life.”

Thomas A 38-year-old entrepreneur from central Oklahoma, Thomas had always lived a very fit and healthy lifestyle. But as he aged, he began to notice that no matter how hard he worked out or how well he ate, some areas of his body simply refused to cooperate. “The neck area, for example, would not slim down even if I reached my ideal weight,” he says. “Also, the dreaded love handle area seemed to only go away if I got my body fat to about eight percent, which is close to impossible to maintain with such



“I increased my work-out schedule and started a healthier diet to make sure I maintain the look.” a busy lifestyle the average person has with swelling, minor localized infection and career and family.” minor wound separation. Each procedure has Thomas elected to have Vaser hi-definition specific potential complications, which the liposuction performed on his abdomen, waist surgeon will go over prior to surgery. Major and neck with Dr. James Koehler. Koehler complications are infrequent but are a risk describes Thomas as both representative with any surgical procedure.” of many of his patients, and also as a good His patient adds, “In my 17 years candidate for surgery. “He was in good working in the health care field, I have never shape and of stable weight. He was not using experienced a physician and staff as dedicated liposuction as a weight-loss procedure, and he to patient results and satisfaction as Dr. works out regularly. He wanted to do this for Koehler and his office.” himself and wasn’t doing it to please anyone else,” Koehler says. Surgeons’ Suggestions According to the surgeon, that kind of motivation is important. He emphasizes that While every patient had a different surgeon, “a properly motivated patient does not rush procedure and motivation for having plastic into surgery, but has spent quite a bit of time or cosmetic surgery, all agreed emphatically thinking about the procedure and understands on one issue: Do your homework. Not only the risks of surgery. should you make educated decisions about “Cosmetic surgery can be very gratifying potential procedures, you should always do and life-changing in some situations for some research about your surgeon. Manduano patients that are doing it for the right says this is particularly important, as some reasons.,” says Koehler. doctors who “Also, the goal of the were medically surgery is to have an trained in other ‘improved you,’ not a areas have started ‘completely different performing you.’ Patients that have cosmetic surgery a poor body image that on the side. think that surgery is Manduano going to fix their life says that the problems are not good most important candidates.” question potential Thomas admits that patients can ask he had some negative is if their surgeon Amount spent on cosmetic preconceptions before has hospital procedures in the U.S. in 2011. privileges. “A having the liposuction procedure. “Prior to the lot of people procedure, my negative are doing these feelings of the cosmetic procedures in surgery I would receive offices, where were that you were getting results without there’s no assurance of quality of care,” he working hard, and in return, that would says. “If you’re contemplating a physician, make it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle ask if they have privileges. You can’t get and workout habits,” he says. “My positive enough referral information. Don’t be feelings were the quick and dramatic results swayed by the ads. One would have to ask, that could be achieved. After the procedure, ‘Why aren’t referrals enough? Why are they my positive perceptions were confirmed, advertising?’” while my negative perceptions turned out to “Make sure you find the right doctor and be unrealistic. I have actually been so happy somebody with the experience in the type of with the results that I increased my work-out surgery you need,” Rafala cautions. schedule and started a healthier diet to make Thomas says, “There are several cosmetic sure I maintain the look.” surgeons that can perform the same Thomas experienced no complications from procedures. However, the outcome and his surgery, he says. According to Koehler, experience you receive will be dependent on “The most common complications are minor the doctor you choose.” TARA MALONE ones, which may include prolonged bruising,

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Oklahoma bars are shaking things up in the craft cocktail movement. By Meika Yates Hines, Thom Golden and Jami Mattox



a fun and delicious trend sweeping the nation, and much to the delight of the drinking public, it has made its way to the Sooner State. That’s right. Dust off your bitters and get your syrups and shakers – or stirrers – ready: The craft cocktail movement has arrived.

Forward-thinking restaurants and bars are learning that great wine and beer lists alone do not make a great bar, and that handsome, sophisticated drinks made with first-rate ingredients are the perfect way to vamp up a cocktail menu for today’s mainstream clientele. “More people are starting to appreciate what they are drinking, so customers are pretty receptive to trying new drinks. We try our best to provide them with the tools they need to experiment and have fun with it,” says Kyle Aaron Post is co-owner of Fleischfresser, head bartender at Lobby Valkyrie, Tulsa’s newest Bar in Oklahoma City. “We also want to addition to the cocktail scene. pay more respect to the history of alcohol. I think it’s important to know where our products come from.” Lobby Bar, which is located in the nostalgic Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City, is an ideal venue to test taste buds, with a less hectic atmosphere than many other bars – a perfect place to sit, sip and converse with good company. Specializing in tried-and-true classic cocktails, such as Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and even classic margaritas as their base, Lobby Bar has also become known for its selection of craft cocktails, which tend to stray a little more off the beaten path. Fleischfresser says that although some cocktails are not for the uninitiated, a lot of them are great for taking old favorites and delivering somewhat of a facelift in FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


BRENT FUCHS Kyle Fleischfresser serves classics and new inventions at Oklahoma City’s Lobby Bar.

order to take customers to new levels. “The classics are always going to be popular because they are simple and basic. They’re classic for a reason. But with our house cocktails, we kick it up a notch,” he explains. “A lot of people will still always want the same thing, but some will start wanting something different, because once they get the bug, they want to start experimenting more.” Most people who are going to order cocktails will initially order a basic gin and tonic or whiskey-soda variety, but with the encouragement and in-the-know skills of a good barkeep, vamped up cocktails with contemporary flair are bringing a resurgence of older drinks that have gone out of fashion back into style. Take gin-based cocktails, for example, which are making their way back onto menus in a big way. These drinks give a nod to the 1920s, when bathtub gin of the Prohibition era tasted so bad it had to be mixed with other ingredients to find ways to turn it into something people wanted to drink.

Although old-school cocktails were once made with lots of ingredients out of necessity, these days there is a lot of mighty fine alcohol available, and additional ingredients really add pizzazz. This being said, the right ingredients have the ability to set a bar apart and give it signature flair. The bar at Local in Norman does this by incorporating house-made syrups and infusions into its craft cocktails, which keeps within the mindset of Local’s mission as a whole: Use local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. “We really bring that same commitment into our bar,” says Dana Nixon Moffer, bar manager at Local. “There are a lot of things we don’t grow here in Oklahoma, but in those cases we try to involve the local economy somehow. We don’t grow tequila, but we grow the peppers that we infuse into the tequila, and we get flavorings from local businesses like Forward Foods.” As far as Local’s cocktails go, patrons love them. Moffer says that one of the greatest things about these “designer drinks” is that they both complement and expand on the dining experience itself. “I think that we are definitely on the upswing of seeing great cocktails coming into vogue in more places. The more places start offering wider varieties of cocktails, the more people will learn about what is out there, and that benefits us all in the restaurant community as a whole,” she explains. “Once you start getting into craft cocktails, and that’s what you crave, it’s kind of like when you start getting into food: You want to start experimenting with them on your own. You want to start exploring and learning the history of different things. You become a little more adventurous.” Early on, a few enterprising Tulsa bartenders


Placed firmly within what gourmands on the coasts consider fly-over territory, you might think Oklahoma wouldn’t be on the radars of the world’s top wine makers. You’d be wrong. Most vintners are well acquainted with Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and it isn’t at all uncommon to find big names in the wine industry pouring their varietals at a wine dinner or festival in the Sooner State. At one such event in 2012, a high-end vintner shared with a crowd of local foodies that he comes to Oklahoma at least once a year for a simple reason: We know good wine and we’re willing to pay for it. Lest you think he was blowing smoke, consider that seven Oklahoma restaurants were included in Wine Spectator magazine’s “World’s Best Wine Lists” in 2012. Not bad for a state of this size. Receiving the magazine’s coveted Best of Award of Excellence were Tulsa’s Polo Grill, a perennial presence on the list, and Opus Prime Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. Restaurants on this list must have a wine list with at least 400 selections and with comprehensive coverage of at least one of the world’s major wine regions. Also making the list were Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Platt College’s Foundations Restaurant, in Tulsa, Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City and Boulevard Steakhouse and Martini Lounge in Edmond.



took note of the resurgence of classic cocktails and the growth of craft cocktails that was exploding in places such as New York, Portland, San Diego and New Orleans and knew this was a trend that had legs. Vintage 1740: A Wine Bar opened its doors in 2004 in Tulsa’s South Boston entertainment district. As the name suggests, the bar’s emphasis is on wine; regulars simply call it “the wine bar.” As the first dedicated wine bar in Tulsa, Vintage attracted an enthusiastic following from the beginning with its carefully curated, rotating selection of wines from around the world. Vintage offered a full bar when it opened, but when current owner/operator Matt Sanders joined in 2006, he wanted to up the ante with a selection of historically accurate classic cocktails and modern takes on traditional favorites, believing that customers with a taste for fine wines would also enjoy cocktails with a similar approach to flavors and quality. “One of the first things I did was get rid of all the artificially flavored spirits, and we started making our own flavorings,” says Sanders. “I wanted everything that we do to be about quality over quantity.” In doing so, Vintage became a pioneer in reintroducing such ingredients as aperitifs, homemade syrups and bitters, fresh squeezed juices and fresh herbs to the Tulsa bar scene and bringing the craft cocktail craze to Oklahoma. Vintage still focuses on wine, but the bar

EIGHT NOTEWORTHY WINE LISTS The Coach House, Oklahoma City Ludivine, Oklahoma City Palace Café, Tulsa Prhyme, Tulsa Red Primesteak, Oklahoma City Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar, Tulsa Vast, Oklahoma City Vintage 1740, Tulsa


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Cocktails with a local connection integrate with the food and overall concept of Local.

maintains a regular cocktail menu that draws heavily on the classics and is augmented throughout the year with seasonal cocktails and others dreamed up by the staff. Drinks that range from the simple, such as the Pimm’s Cup and the French 75, to the more labor intensive The Deuce – Grand Marnier, Cruzan 151, Doubleshot cold brew coffee, orange juice, honey and Regan’s orange bitters – and Next Wednesday, a concoction of Plymouth Gin, house-made falernum, lemon, lime, orange, simple syrup, hopped-grapefruit bitters and soda water. Sanders says one difference between Vintage and what other bars focused on craft cocktails are doing is an emphasis on creating their own drinks from scratch. “We’ve done spins on classics and variations




The four bars featured above are hardly the only to elevate the cocktail to an art. Here are six more of our favorites with examples of some of their offerings:

of things we’ve seen in bars in New York and elsewhere, but oftentimes it’s total creativity. (Bartender) Jon Paul (Pope) creates things all on his own,” he says. Vintage helped pave the way for a range of Tulsa bars that threw out the soda guns along with the sweet and sour mix. One of the newest is Valkyrie, a swank yet cozy spot in the trendy Brady Arts District that opened in June 2012. Cocktails are the main event at Valkyrie, and the owners and staff have an almost fanatical devotion to the art of craft cocktails. “We say we’re about playfully making serious drinks,” says Aaron Post, who is co-owner, along with Tony DeLesDernier. “We take the cocktails very seriously, but little else. There’s no pretention, except the inherent pretention of the drinks themselves.”

Doc’s Wine & Food: The Big Easy-inspired restaurant in Tulsa’s Brookside district draws on New Orleans for a collection of classic drinks, such as the Sazerac (rye, simple syrup, Peychauds bitters and a dash of Ricard absinthe), Vieux Carré (rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and Angostura bitters) and the venerable Hurricane (dark rum, passion fruit syrup, pineapple, orange and lime). Flint: The global fusion fine dining restaurant in OKC’s Colcord Hotel offers a similar approach to drinks such as Cold Ponche (Leblon Cachaça, Jim Beam, vanilla extract, almond liqueur and milk) and Patron Warm Espresso (espresso, Nutella, XO Patron and cacao). Ludivine: Oklahoma City’s premier farm-totable restaurant boasts an impressive bar menu that includes inventive cocktails like Salvatore’s Flip (Averna, Scotch, Oloroso, Benedictine and egg) and Critical Mass (rye, Aperol, green Chartreuse, Benedictine and sweet vermouth). The Tavern on Brady: Offering gourmet neighborhood pub grub in Tulsa’s historic Fox Hotel, The Tavern boasts a cocktail menu by master mixologist Tony Taylor. The creative mix includes the Bacon-Infused Old Fashioned (bacon-infused Old Grandad, Grade A maple syrup and orange peel), Joan Holloway (Bols Genever, St. Germain, black currant balsamic, Aperol and lemon Foam) and the Old Cuban (Bacardi 8, champagne, lime, mint and Angostura bitters). The Tom Tom Room at The Vault: Located in Tulsa’s 1959 First National Autobank building, the resurrected Tom Tom Room is the perfect place for a retro-inspired cocktail, such as the San Martin (Broker’s gin, yellow chartreuse and sweet vermouth), the Jungle Bird (Cruzan black strap rum, Campari, pineapple juice, simple syrup, lime and mint) or a Oaxacan Old Fashioned (reposado tequila, agave syrup, mole, orange bitters and an orange twist). Vast: The new fine dining establishment located on the top floor of Oklahoma City’s Devon Tower offers a wide array of cocktails, including Tequila Serum (Silver Tequila, agave, lime, cucumber and jalapeno), An American In France (rye, Benedictine, lemon, agave, ginger beer) and Pimm’s Cup Nouveau (Pimm’s, strawberries, mint, lemon and ginger beer).

And they’re dead serious. Valkyrie staff makes as many ingredients in house as possible; they squeeze fresh juices daily, make their own syrups, cola and even tonic water – Post can give a dissertation on the flavors of cinchona bark and citrus that gives his tonic a flavor far superior to what you buy at the

supermarket. Although they’re not the only player Arnie’s Bar, Tulsa in the craft cocktail game, Post beThe Colony, Tulsa lieves they stand heads and tails above Fassler Hall, Tulsa the rest through sheer dedication. James E. McNellie’s Public House, “We take an all-encompassTulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman ing approach to cocktails,” he Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, Tulsa 12 Great Places says. Noting that the The Library Bar & Grill, Norman bar has a current reperMercury Lounge, Tulsa toire of around 250 drinks, O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Grille, and every member Norman of the staff is trained Republic Gastropub, Oklahoma City to make them all in Saints, Oklahoma City exactly the same way. Soundpony, Tulsa Valkyrie spotlights TapWerks Ale House and Café, 14 cocktails on its Oklahoma City menu each week, along with 14 beers and 10 wines, what they can manage. but you can order anything from the “We compare it to being seated at a restaurepertoire. Just not a vodka Red Bull. rant. We hold the door at 60 so that when you “We don’t sell any energy drinks,” come in, you have a good experience and your Post laughs, “but if someone asks for bartender is able to spend time with you and that, we take it as an opportunity to not just sling a drink at you,” says Post. talk to the client about what flavors Post says the reception to Valkyrie has and types of drinks they like and find been great. something that might suit their tastes. “The concept has worked. People come in More often than not they’re pleased.” that may have never has a classic cocktail, and The time the staff spends with we make a point to never be pompous and make customers, not to mention the amount everyone feel comfortable,” of time it takes to make some of the he says. “We take cocktails served at Valkyrie, comes them on a ride at a price – the staff must carefully R Mixing drinks is KMAG.COM FO VISIT WWW.O an exacting affair and let them CIPES FROM regulate the occupancy of the bar, not RE IL TA CK CO CRAFT AND at Valkyrie. BAR, VALKYRIE experiment.” by what the fire code dictates, but by LOCAL, LOBBY

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Even the most impartial observer must note that Oklahoma’s liquor laws aren’t exactly keeping up with the times. However, despite legal hurdles, a growing number of local brewers are turning out great beers and finding an enthusiastic market for their brews. Choc Beer: The granddaddy of Oklahoma beers traces its origins to the famous beer made by Pietro “Pete Prichard” Piegari in Krebs, Okla., in 1919. In 1995, Pete’s grandson, Joe Prichard, began commercial – and

legal – production of Choc Beer. Today, Choc produces more than a dozen craft beers from the original 1919 brew to its Signature line. www.chocbeer.com Marshall Brewing Company: In 2008, Eric Marshall brought the first production scale microbrewery to Tulsa. Marshall now makes four brews year round and a rotating selection of seasonal beers. www.marshallbrewing.com COOP Ale Works: What began as a homebrew hobby has turned into brisk business

OTHER OKLAHOMA BREWERIES Battered Boar Brewing Company www.batteredboar.com Redbud Brewing Company www.redbudbrewing.com Black Mesa Brewing Company www.blackmesabrewing.com Huebert Brewing www.huebertbrewing.com Anthem Brewing Company www.anthembrewing.com

for a trio of Oklahoma City friends. COOP began commercial production in 2009 and produces six beers year round. www. coopaleworks.com Mustang Brewing Company: OKC couple Tim and Carmen Schoelen sold their house and put everything on the line to begin producing Mustang beers in 2009. They now make four beers full time and a selection of seasonal and specialty beers. www.mustangbrewing.com


These are restaurants with onsite breweries. In Oklahoma, these establishments may not make beer in excess of 3.2% alcohol by weight. Bricktown Brewery www.bricktownbrewery.com Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company www.belleislerestaurant.com Royal Bavaria www.royal-bavaria.com Coach’s Brewhouse www.thegoodlifeok.com/brewhouse





Angling For Success


Experts recommend taking myriad factors into consideration when choosing a college.

or high school students, it’s the most important investment they’ll make in their future. Picking the right college shouldn’t be done overnight. Two experts – OU’s executive director of Recruitment Services, Andy Roop, and Oklahoma City University’s associate director of Admissions, Kendall Ellexson – offer tips for students searching for the right colleges and universities. It’s no surprise that academic programs topped both of the experts’ lists. If a college doesn’t offer the knowledge or training a student seeks, what’s the point? “For students, the issue that rises to the top every time should be academics,” says Roop. Students that choose schools that aren’t an academic match for them are wasting time and money. It’s hard for high school students to know what they plan to do with the rest of their lives. They may not be able to answer that question, but they should get as close to an answer as they can. “Your major is the reason you’re going to school and has everything to do with what you plan to do with your career. Students should be looking at their major and make sure it’s what they’re interested in. Then they should make sure the school has other options available. Academically, a good school will have a little bit of everything,” says Ellexson. A school with academic range will give students room to maneuver if their interests and career plans change. College isn’t cheap. Even students without a good handle on their career ambitions need to take a close look at the future value of their degrees. “We encourage students to think about that very seriously. The last thing we want to do is encourage a student to come to college, go into a degree program that provides a lower salary and graduate with a financial burden that follows them for years,” says Roop. The second consideration that showed up on experts’ lists is a



natural: financial aid. It changes the math when it comes to weighing a degree’s value against future income. “We want to make sure we’re helping students find every opportunity to help with the costs of their educations. We reach out and encourage prospective students to file financial aid applications so we can help them look at the cost of their educations,” says Roop. “We believe 100 percent that if students are having a great time in school, it is much easier for them to do what they need to do to succeed. “College is a more diverse environment than high school. Outside activities give students the opportunity to challenge themselves and move outside their comfort zones. It’s also a way for students to have a blast while working on the reason they’re here: academics.” There is, after all, more to college than just studying. Finding a balance between academics and enjoying themselves makes students better performers. According to Ellexson, one often-overlooked characteristic of universities is size. “A lot of students have an idea of what they think college is. But the truth is that size affects the entire experience. Students should be looking at this when they visit prospective schools. Some students are comfortable with a large school and know they’ll get what they need from it. For the student that wants more of a oneon-one experience and really get to know their professors and other students, a smaller environment is the way to go,” she says. Both Roop and Ellexson agree that this list could be expanded considerably. But these five areas make up the core of any student’s search for the right college. If they’re nailed down during the college search, students are more than half of the way toward success at school and, ultimately, a fulfilling job career after graduation. PAUL FAIRCHILD

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• OU is the only comprehensive public university in the nation with Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarship recipients this year. • OU ranks No. 1 in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. • The Princeton Review ranks OU among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. • OU’s entrepreneurship program in the Price College of Business ranks in the top five in the nation among all public universities. • OU is a leader among all American universities in international exchange and study abroad programs. One in four OU students study abroad. OU currently offers programs in over 50 countries and 100 cities in six continents. Students from 120 countries are enrolled at OU.

• OU’s $250 million Campaign for Scholarships has reached over $212 million. The success of the campaign has allowed OU to more than double its private scholarships. • An OU Debate Team from the Shannon Self Debate Program has won the national championship in debate four of the last six years. • OU students achieved the highest graduation rate in state history for a public university – a record high of 67.8 percent for the freshman class that entered in 2005. • The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College offers one of the most energetic and creative honors programs among public universities in the United States. More than 3,100 students participate in small classes, usually of 19 or less. More than 80 informal book clubs have been created in the past two years.

• OU has the academically highest ranked student body at a public university in Oklahoma history. • OU has achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest tier of research activity classification, the first time a public institution in Oklahoma has received this outstanding recognition. • OU students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama won the largest number of awards of any university in America in the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Competition. • Four OU students were selected recently to receive prestigious, national scholarships: two were named Goldwater Scholars for excellence in mathematics and science, one was awarded a Truman Scholarship based on his leadership potential, and another was awarded a Udall Scholarship, which recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to careers related to the environment, Native American public policy or health care.

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Top Jobs Of 2013


A look into the most-promising careers in today’s job market, and the educational tracks one must complete to pursue them.

hat exactly is a top job? According to a recent study published and researched by CareerCast, a “top” career is one that ranks high in the categories of physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Jobs at the top of the list, unsurprisingly, require a college education. Fortunately, the educational tracks one must complete for these careers are often available to students in Oklahoma. According to CareerCast, the top job is a software engineer – one who designs and maintains software systems. The University of Tulsa professor Dr. Rose Gamble in the Tandy School of Computer Science says that a student with a computer science degree will be in an excellent position to pursue this career. “Computer science students are fully prepared,” Gamble says. “Information technology degrees that incorporate computer science with business concepts also prepare a student to be a software engineer.” Gamble agreed that being a software engineer is a rewarding career path with much potential. “Because of the wealth of software needed in today’s society, there is always something new and challenging to be developed,” Gamble says. “In addition, it is very satisfying to see an amorphous idea turn into a solid vision and then a tangible product.” TU also offers students an education fitting for the high-ranking career path of audiology. Dr. Paula Cadogan, chair of the department of Communication Disorders at TU, describes an audiologist’s job as including testing clients’ hearing, planning ideal auditory environments and suggesting appropriate auditory devices. “An audiologist is required to communicate a great deal of information regarding hearing loss and education as well as to provide emotional support for families,” Cadogan adds. Ranked as being a top career for its promising hiring outlook, low stress levels and average income, one pursuing this career must be someone who demonstrates strong communications and clinical skills, Cadogan says, and must be willing to attend years of schooling. “This student should pursue an undergraduate program in communication disorders,” Cadogan says. “Then, she needs to enter either an audiology doctoral program (AuD) or the research doctoral PhD program.” The study of top jobs includes other medical paths as well, including



both the careers of dentist and dental hygienist. Future dental workers most often obtain a degree in biology. Oklahoma Baptist University offers a biology degree “best known for its quality in preparing students for medical school, dental school (and) graduate school,” according to OBU’s website. While the top of the “best jobs” list does include many medical-related jobs or computer-related jobs, the list also includes other interesting paths. An actuary manages risk by analyzing statistics to determine probabilities, according to the Be an Actuary website. The website says that multinational corporations, There are many means to evalufinancial planners, and insurance comate career potentials in 2013, and panies often seek the many study results. advice and guidance of actuaries. Top 20 Best Jobs in 2013* To pursue this 20. I.T. Manager lucrative, intellectu19. Epidemiologist ally challenging, and 18. Veterinary Technologist and Technician sought-after career, a 17. Mechanical Engineer student could obtain 16. Interpreter and Translator a degree in statistics, 15. Physical Therapist Assistant economics or busi14. School Psychologist ness marketing, 13. Computer Programmer many of which are 12. Veterinarian 11. Occupational Therapist offered at universities 10. Dental Hygienist across Oklahoma. 9. Web Developer The list went 8. Physical Therapist so far to include 7. Software Developer the worst jobs 6. Database Administrator of the times as 5. Physician well. Fortunately, 4. Computer System Analyst Oklahoma is not the 3. Pharmacist ideal environment for 2. Registered Nurse lumberjacks, anyway. 1. Dentist MEGAN



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THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA is a Top 50 private institution and Oklahoma’s only Top 100 research university. At #83 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s best colleges, TU is ranked higher than every university in our state as well as 19 others.

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TU also offers a Top 50 business school and a Top 100 law school. We have some of the world’s best programs in important areas such as cyber security, petroleum engineering, energy management and Native American law. And our graduates have the highest salary potential in the state.


TULSA TIME OVERNIGHT PROGRAM, FEBRUARY 17-18, is a chance for students to envision themselves at TU. See our beautiful campus firsthand, spend the night in the residence halls with TU students, visit with professors and staff about all aspects of the TU experience and meet other students who are applying to TU. Registration is due Feb. 10. To sign up for Tulsa Time, call 918-631-2307 or log on to www.utulsa.edu/admission/visits. Other events this spring include: MARCH 29, JUNIOR VISIT DAY for students interested in entering TU in fall 2014. APRIL 19, PREVIEW TU for admitted applicants entering TU in fall 2013.

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Finding The Right Fit


Parents and students strive to find the right private school.

ome you drive by every day. Some you regularly see on the news. Some you’ve never heard of before. There is no shortage of private school options in Oklahoma, but parents must sift through numerous defining factors to determine what school is the right fit for their child. Religious affiliation, cost, class size and educational philosophy are just some of the big questions parents must ask. Obviously, not every school will fit every child. “The curriculum, schedule, class size, special programs, tuition, atmosphere of a school and other factors determine the school’s ‘fitness’ for your child,” says Olivia Martin, interim director of admissions at Holland Hall. There are certain factors that all parents should consider when evaluating if a school is right for their child.

Gut Response As simple as it sounds, the feeling a school gives parents and students is a great indicator of fit. “It’s the feeling the parent gets when they walk through the door,” says Matt Vereecke, school director of Monte Cassino. “Schools really take on the feeling of their community, so parents can usually identify if the school has a good administration, whether the kids there are happy or sad, and they’re not going to put a student in a place where they’re not going to be happy. If they’re not happy, they’re not learning.”

Child’s Personality Structure or independence? Quiet or community? Parents must first know their child and his or her strengths before evaluating school programs. “As the parent, you know if your child has certain needs and/or preferences and in what kind of classroom/curriculum her/she will thrive,” says Martin. “Does the school provide programs that challenge and inspire your child in his/her interests and strengths?”

Community And Educational Philosophy “Every school has its own personality and, really, its own charisma,” says Vereecke. “These are the people that will become the parents’ friends and their student’s friends. Parents have to ask, ‘Who will my student be when they leave this place?’” The community aspect of the school should not stay inside the

schoolhouse doors either, says Martin. “School is a second home to students, and the school culture should mirror a caring family,” she says. “The school should not only foster a sense of close community within its walls, but also work to make the larger community in a city a better place through community service and participation in civic events.” Schools that encourage students to be an active part of the community often have more successful students leaving high school. “A well-rounded student is more likely to attend the college of his/her choice and will also take a variety of skills and knowledge into the larger world,” says Martin.

Class Size And Ratios Regardless of age, small class size and individual attention can make a difference to students. “Students often experience more success in all areas if they are in smaller classes with qualified and nurturing teachers,” says Martin. “The classes should be small enough that the teacher(s) can truly know each child on a personal level.”

Religious Orientation (Or Not) Many private schools across the state have a religious affiliation, which some parents seek out and some don’t really consider. “The religion question is usually the biggest we get,” says Vereecke. “We’re focusing more on universal human values like building community, learning hospitality and serving others than on proselytizing. We would say our values are Catholic, but they’re really universal aspects: If you’re Catholic we want you to be a stronger Catholic; if you’re from a different religion, we want to help you be stronger in your faith.”

Tiered Considerations Though certain criteria are more important at certain ages – for preschool level students, the teacher is one of the most important considerations a parent must make, while middle schools can be evaluated on how prepared their students will be to enter high school – the match of the school to the student remains the most important factor for determining fit. “Discovering whether your child can thrive and grow in all areas in that particular school” is the most important factor, says Martin. “If you instantly feel you belong there when you visit the school, you probably do.” BAILEY ELISE MCBRIDE



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Preparing for the Worst


When it comes to school safety, parents should ask questions and expect answers.

chool safety is at the front of every parent’s mind. Although no plan is perfect, experts agree there are basic questions parents can ask to ensure schools are prepared for an emergency situation, whether that school is a kindergarten or university. Dale Yeager, a criminal behavior analyst, forensic profiler and nationally recognized school safety expert, says the most important thing parents can do is to ask questions of their school’s leadership in writing and ask for a written response. “Parents need to stop thinking everything is fine and put their words into actions and demand from their school board answers to these questions,” Yeager says. What proof of prevention policies and training does the school have? “Hardware does not stop a shooter, it is management of the school,” Yeager says. Though fences and cameras may deter some, it is the administration and staff that ultimately handle an emergency situation. A solid plan of action, with contingency plans in case something goes wrong, is essential in the event that something happens while students are on campus. Besides just having a plan, Yeager says it is essential that all members of the staff know the plan and their roles. Does the school have a formal process for outside security walks every 15-30 minutes? Many of the tragedies that have become headlines in recent months could have been prevented with basic safety walks, Yeager says. The open back door at the theater in Aurora, Colo. or the illegally parked car in Newton, Conn., might have tipped off a well-trained safety professional and prevented a tragedy. Yeager says security cameras are no match for human intuition, so it is important that a person who knows what is proper for that school checks regularly for anything out of the ordinary. Has a federal security management audit been done in the last 12 months? “You can’t heal something that hasn’t been diagnosed, and there are schools across the state that haven’t had an audit, but they have a plan,” Yeager says. “There is no school system in Oklahoma that has ever had a proper federal audit.” Besides having a plan, having it regularly evaluated by safety professionals is essential to maintaining school safety. “Although we do not utilize an outside group to provide our safety

audit, we do utilize audit guidelines developed through best-practices shared at the federal level,” says Jeff Pratt, Dean of Students at Bishop Kelley High School. “We also have a strong local relationship with Tulsa Public Schools Safety Office, Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa Fire Department. All of these groups, as well as Bishop Kelley, operate under the National Incident Management System developed through FEMA and Homeland Security.” Parents should check with each of their children’s schools to see what sort of audit, if any has been conducted and what relationship the school has with local authorities. What threat assessment training has been done for all school personnel and what were the instructor’s qualifications? Schools are not hospitals or private businesses and come with specific safety considerations. Yeager says asking what training all staff members have is important, as is asking where that training came from. Having prevention and threat recognition training from an expert on school safety is an essential part of maintaining a secure campus. What relationship do the faculty and staff of the school have with students and visitors? “The most important thing we do at Bishop Kelley is to build strong and meaningful relationships with our students,” says Pratt. “Our faculty and staff take the extra time to get to personally know students and they are vigilant in monitoring student moods and behavior and maintain a caring environment.” Pratt says a strong counseling department and student support services are an important part of Bishop Kelley’s programs. “We also have a robust extra-curricular program that helps build positive peer to peer relations,” Pratt says. Yeager says it is also important to ask how schools deal with visitors to campus, not just students. “One of the things as a parent you must recognize is that threats are not just from students, but also from adults in and outside the school,” he says. “Any visitor is a threat, so you have to treat every visitor not rudely, but as a potential threat.” Although the idea of a child being unsafe in school is a frightening one for parents, experts agree that basic questioning can make the difference. “Don’t be scared, be angry, get upset,” Yeager says. “Parents don’t have a right to come in and tell a school how to educate a student, but they do have a right to know the plan on safety.” BAILEY ELISE MCBRIDE




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6310 E. 30th St., Tulsa/918.832.4600/ www.acatulsa.org




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6363 S. Trenton Ave., Tulsa/918.745.9868/ www.metroca.com




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2206 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa/ 918.742.3364/ www.montecassino.org


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Total enrollment

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School of Saint Mary

1365 E. 49th Pl., Tulsa/ 918.749.9361/ www.schoolofsaintmary.com








$4,359 Catholic, $5,342 non Catholic


St. Pius X School

1717 S. 75th E. Ave., Tulsa/ 918.627.5367/ www.spxtulsa.org





Spanish, Language Lab/ Yes/Yes





Summit Christian Academy

200 E. Broadway, Broken Arrow/ 918.251.1997/www.scaeagles.com




1-2 years above grade level




Town & Country School

8906 E. 34th St., Tulsa/ 918.296.3113/ www.tandcschool.org








Undercroft Montessori

3745 S. Hudson, Tulsa/ 918.622.2890/ www.undercroft.org






18/20 post graduate; 5/20 Master’s Degree


University School at The University of Tulsa

326 S. College Ave., Tulsa/ 918.631.5060/ www. utulsa.edu/uschool




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Victory Christian School

7700 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa/ 918.491.7720/ www.vcstulsa.org









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Stanford Standardized Test

(62% science, 65% math, 66% language, 62% social studies, 55% reading)

Stanford Achievement Testing

$3,650$4,500 (201213 rate, subject to change next school year)

$4,884$5,894 (201213 rate, subject to change next school year)

$9,950$11,100 $5,795$9,470 (primary half day to middle school)

$5,350$10,300 (varies each level)

Religious affiliation

Address/Phone/ Website 2515 W. 46th St., Tulsa/ 918.446.9756/ www.saintcatherineschool.org

Annual tuition

School Saint Catherine School



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Love Is In The Air February is the most romantic and fun filled month. The List is here again to give you the top places around Tulsa to take that special someone in your life, or to plan the perfect date at home. To see what makes the list “Around Town” each day in Tulsa watch The List weeknights at 6:30 pm on 2 Works for You. Top Date Restaurants “Around Town” 1. Brady Tavern – In the heart of the Brady District, Brady Tavern has a great menu full of fresh neighborhood pub favorites and expertly mixed drinks. Deserts are baked inhouse and are delicious. Bacon and maple bread pudding – romance on a plate. 2. In the Raw – Sushi has to be one of the ultimate date foods. In the Raw does it right with atmosphere and great locations with cool vibes. Brookside or on The Hill (61st and Sheridan) 3. The Vault – ‘50s flair and delicious twists on diner classics like the pretzel sliders make this restaurant the perfect place to share a malt on V-Day. Located conveniently in downtown Tulsa, choose from midcentury details in the dining area or the sleek décor and downtown views of the bar upstairs. The “Date at Home” List 1. Candles – An easy, and inexpensive way to get instant mood lighting (dust off those scented candles you planned on regifting) 2. Flowers – You don’t have to spend a lot to get quality flowers. Visit the floral section of Reasor’s lately? Or Stems in Utica Square for a fresh mixed bouquet? Try something different than the traditional roses and go with daisies, tulips or even a plant that will last. 3. A recipe you’ve tried before. Don’t make this the Valentine’s Day to remember because you attempted a recipe Top Chef couldn’t decipher. Stick to what you know and dress it up with dessert, side dishes or artisan bread from Whole Foods or your favorite local grocery store. Wine, a special cocktail or beverages are all great ways to make ordinary spaghetti or roast chicken stand out. 4. If you can’t make it, fake it. If you can’t cook, order from your favorite restaurant and make it about the presentation.

The Gift List For Her – Some chocolates from Glacier Confections. Even if she’s gluten free or vegan, the fine folks at Glacier have a little piece of chocolate nirvana for her. For Him – A tie from our friends at Bison and Bear. Together – Learn something new together and take a knitting or crochet class from Loops in Utica Square.

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Senior Health

Men of a Certain Age

The idea of “male menopause” may not be an accurate description, but testosterone levels do affect aging men.


t’s no secret that the mature human body does not work as efficiently as its younger counterpart. Blood flowing through veins has obstacles. The brain and glands don’t stimulate hormones that communicate with the rest of the body with quite as much vigor. “As we get older, systems fail, or individual pieces fail that lead to failure of systems. Among other things, testosterone levels go down,” says William Reiner, a professor and urologist at University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Men in general have a gradual taper in testosterone production. This decline begins



just after levels peak in adolescence and early adulthood. According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone begins to decline in males around age 30, then continues to decrease by about one percent each year. Some men can reach a symptomatic low in testosterone in their 50s and 60s. This is sometimes referred to as male-menopause. However, Reiner says, menopause is the complete failure of the system. Unlike the female reproductive system,

the male system is not designed for complete failure. Low-T or, more scientifically, hypoandrogenism, are more accurate names.

The Low-T Low Down Despite what TV and radio advertisements pushing drugs to help men with Low-T might lead one to believe, many men are never affected by this decline. Reiner suspects less than half of men have enough of a drop in hormone levels to become symptomatic. However, those that do have symptoms typically notice loss of stamina, low energy and even hot flashes first, says Reiner. The Mayo Clinic also lists changes in mood and sexual function, weight gain and muscle loss as symptoms. “Nothing can be done to prevent it. Not as far as we know,” says Reiner. This shift in

“According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone begins to decline in males around age 30.”




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blood test to confirm low levels of testosterone. Then testosterone can be taken by injection, patch or gel.

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hormonal production is a natural part of aging. Reiner does say he would not be surprised if one day the chemicals and drugs that are commonly used today are increasingly making declines in testosterone a bigger problem. General preventive care and a healthy lifestyle, which will keep the circulatory system healthy can help ensure that some affects of

“Nothing can be done to prevent it. Not as far as we know.” declining testosterone are minimized or at least not compounded. Men with good vascular health can have intimate relationships even as their testosterone levels decrease. Men who feel a loss of stamina or low energy can visit their primary care physician to discuss symptoms. The doctor may do a


Hormonal issues aren’t the only ones aging men need to monitor. While the loss of testosterone in many men might be the most discussed aspect of andropause, it is not the only significant change facing men beginning as early as their 40s and continuing through their senior years. Joint trouble is a common occurrence in men in their 50s, brought on by a combination of injury, wear-and-tear and osteoarthritis. Lowimpact exercise might be key to staving off the pain and limitations of joint trouble. Even mild bicycle riding, for example, has shown to significantly reduce pain and other complications. After as young as age 35, men begin to lose bone minerals, and it can begin to have a noticeable effect by the age of 50. Healthy calcium intake, under a doctor’s supervision, is certainly one way to address the issue. The other is putting your bones to work for you to strengthen them, notably by running, walking and strength training. A number of issues, from inactivity to bone mineral loss, can tighten a man’s spine and pelvic muscles, forcing other parts to pick up the slack and lead to back pain. Exercise such as Pilates, yoga and even exercise with a foam roll can help alleviate the situation by increasing flexibility and strengthening stomach muscles, which reduces stress on the back. Between the ages of 50 and 80, men can lose 35 percent of their muscle mass, which can lead to additional complications. This is a



Reiner says the decrease in production of testosterone is because of “a disconnect between central brain function and the testicle. (They) no longer stimulate each other appropriately.” Reiner explains a seesaw pattern in which the brain, pituitary gland and testicles work together to regulate the levels of testosterone in the body. When testosterone levels dip, they trigger the production of more. When an adequate level is reached they shut down production. In time, like memory, Reiner points out, this begins to break down. In women, the reproductive system actually ceases creating the hormones that fuel it. This results in the more acute and pronounced change than the gradual decline in men. Most men do not have a total failure of the system that produces testosterone. LINDSEY JOHNSON

time to commit seriously to muscle-building exercises. Done correctly, there should be little more risk of injury at 50 than there is at age 20 from lifting weights or similar activities. Make sure you’re following good practices and strength training can help offset the loss of muscle mass – and make you feel better, too. The effects of aging in men might be less discussed than women’s menopause, but men also can have a more hands-on strategy for staving off those effects. – Michael W. Sasser

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Senior Health

Eat Your Way Healthy

Dietitians stress the importance of diet in maintaining a healthy weight and overall health, specifically for older adults, who naturally become more sedentary as they age and face obstacles.


any people believe good health and fitness begins in the gym, but according to nutrition and fitness experts, it actually begins in the kitchen. A well-balanced diet paired with physical activity is the ideal lifestyle for people at any age, but according to health experts, senior citizens are more prone to health risks and diseases due to age and should pay careful attention to what’s in their refrigerators and pantries. “It is important for us to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle,” says Megan Schutte, RD/ LD, St. John Healthy Lifestyles. “Weight is important if there are health issues associated with your weight, but overall we want to be at a weight that is healthy to us, and that may not be our ideal body weight.” Dietitians stress the importance of diet in maintaining a healthy weight and overall health, specifically for older adults, who naturally become more sedentary as they age and face obstacles like cooking for only one or two people in the home.



Having a well-balanced diet also helps prevent chronic diseases, says Karen Massey, RD/ LD and Community Wellness Educator with Integris Health. “Some of the major diseases, and the number one problems are heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and eating choices play a role in that risk,” Massey says. “Eating healthy foods and having a nutritious diet decreases the risk of these diseases.” Diet is at the center of lifestyle choices, and based on poor lifestyle choices, diet becomes one of the big obstacles, Massey adds. Senior citizens do have resources available to them when planning meals, grocery shopping and even eating on a budget. “The most important thing in overall health is to eat a well-balanced diet and everything in moderation,” Schutte says. “Following the MyPlate plan is a great way to do this.” The website, www.choosemyplate.gov, is the current nutrition guide published by the US Department of Agriculture. The website includes videos, physical activ-

ity planning, calorie charts, tips on healthy eating when on a budget, sample menus and recipes and information on weight management. “It gives us foods from every food group and helps keep our portions under control,” Schutte says. “We need all of the food groups. Again, everything should be eaten in moderation. Protein is key in weight loss. Making sure you have protein at every meal and with each of your snacks is important.” Schutte says some good snack protein examples include non-fat Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, two percent string cheese or a mini, low-carb protein bar. When stocking the cabinet and refrigerator for the week, Schutte says lean protein and vegetables are a must. “Always have lean protein sources like chicken, lean beef and fish – frozen is fine,” Schutte says. “Frozen or fresh veggies are important to always have on hand, as well as whole wheat breads or starches to complete your meal. Also, olive or canola oil is a good tool for cooking.” In many instances, senior citizens are cooking for one or two, which is sometimes hard because they are used to cooking for families, Schutte says. “Getting in the habit of cooking smaller meals may be hard for some people,” she says. “Also, consuming adequate portions sometimes becomes difficult for senior citizens. Healthy frozen meals that are low in sodium can be an excellent tool to help with these issues.” CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE




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Why do depression and anxiety co-exist so often? Anxiety and depression share an avoidant coping style. Individuals tend to avoid what they fear instead of developing the skills to handle the kinds of situations that make them uncomfortable. Researchers find the genetics seem to be the same and the neurobiology seems to overlap. The psychological and Courtney Linsen- biological nature of the vulnerability are also the same. It just seems that some people meyer-O’Brien, PhD, LPC, MHR with the vulnerability react with anxiety to life stressors. And some people, in addition, go beyond that to become depressed. Depression is somewhat of a shutdown and anxiety is often feeling a kind of fear of the future, or seeing dangerous things that might happen in the next hour, day or weeks. Depression is all that in addition to feeling as if “I really don’t feel I can cope with this and should just give up.” The nature of the anxiety disorder also has an influence. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and social phobia are predominantly associated with depression. The foundation that unites anxiety and depression is the perceptual process of overestimating the risk in a situation and underestimating personal resources for coping. Those vulnerable see risk in everyday things such as applying for a job or asking for a favor to those who feel vulnerable when thinking about long-term decision planning such as emotional commitment or financial security. This tends to trigger anxiety and if not addressed properly, depression will follow. It is important to understand the relationship between depression and anxiety and to get help with these issues to help with the feelings of isolation, fear and panic as well as every day problems.

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I was in a wreck last week. Do I have to pay for injuries and damages that I caused if the other person doesn’t have insurance on their car?

I am a caregiver for my father, who is terminally ill with inoperable lung cancer and has less than six months to live. While I am honored to have this time together, I am getting worn out. How can I get a break and ensure he is cared for properly?

The law that became effective Nov. 1, 2011, (Title 47, O.S. Section 7-116 (A)) does not allow an injured person Esther M. Sanders to seek payment for physical or mental pain and suffering. It does require you and/or your insurance company to pay for the property damage, medical expenses and lost wages suffered by the individual. However, there are additional provisions of the law that may change the outcome of the limitations stated herein.

Caregiving is the toughest job you will ever have. And while yes, it is an honor, it is also important that you take care of yourself as well. If you become ill from the stress of the situation you will not be able to help your father. One of the benefits of hospice care at Grace Hospice is our respite care services. We have trained volunteers who can spend time with your father while you take a much needed break. I would also recommend joining a support group. We have several at Grace Hospice. Just call 918.744.7223 for more information or to sign up.

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Why can’t I shed this weight? 1. Poor nutrition. No matter how hard you train, you can’t lose those pounds without proper nutrition. You must stop skipping meals, yo-yo dieting and eating processed foods. Also stop the intake of caffeine, cola and corn. Refined foods, white rice, John Jackson alcohol, processed and pasteurized foods serve to make you fatter. 2. Overtraining. There are detrimental aspects of traditional cardio training. Too much will create a hormonal environment that is not conducive to building muscle or weight loss. Also, if you are nutritionally depleted you will only drain your body more by exercising with no energy source. 3. Health and function. Make sure you have been assessed by a health professional who can properly assess adrenal, thyroid, sleep and digestive dysfunction. 4. Limits. It’s important to stress the body differently at all cost, but remember to listen to your body. 5. Balance. You must balance nutrition and smart exercise to eliminate fat. Also it is important to appreciate the body you are given.

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My teenage son seems to be very angry, more than would be considered normal for his age. My husband and I have been divorced for three years, and I’m not sure if that is the cause for his behavior. What can I do?

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Anger is a normal human emotion but can be problematic if not expressed appropriately. Anger is often considered a secondary Amy Kesner, PhD, emotion, which means that there are usually LPC, LADC underlying issues, but the anger may be easier to express. In most cases, the primary emotions are hurt or fear. When our brain detects a threat, real or imagined, it kicks in our sympathetic nervous system, setting off a chain of events. When the threat is gone, our bodies return to normal or resting state. Our body is not designed to stay in the fight-or-flight state for long periods of time. When this happens, we experience health issues, including hypertension, digestion issues, anxiety, stress and depression and other symptoms. It is possible that your son may have perceived the divorce as a threat to his safety, well being or connection with family. He could have also experienced it as abandonment or rejection by the parent who left the home. These may have not been real threats, but he perceived as such. Your son’s hurt and fear is possibly being expressed through anger. Of course, there could be other factors related besides the divorce. Your family may benefit from therapy to help your son identify issues related to his feelings and to learn more appropriate ways to cope besides anger. If his behavior becomes a threat to self or others, a safety plan may be necessary as well as medical intervention.

The same products and services that address aging skin in women work equally well for men. Botox, one of the most Malissa Spacek common treatments for fine lines and wrinkles, is now being touted as “Brotox” for men. Many men seem to think this is taboo, but the truth is everyone wants to look good at any age. Although premature aging of the skin happens for men in much the same manner as it occurs for women, men are more vulnerable because the biggest contributors to premature aging are overexposure to sunlight and smoking. The other minor factors that contribute to the aging of skin include stress, poor diet and a general disregard and neglect of skin. There has been a lot of research in men’s anti-aging skin care that concentrates on identifying the differences in premature aging of men and women. These studies show that although men are more vulnerable, women’s skin ages at a faster rate than men. Additionally, men’s skin contains greater amounts of cells required for firmness.Medical grade skin care products, fillers and injectables and laser treatments are all excellent ways to prevent aging as well as treat skin that’s already been damaged.

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While playing basketball with my son, I jammed my middle finger. Now I am unable to straighten the end of my finger. Will occupational therapy help this condition?

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The condition you are describing could be a “mallet finger.” A mallet finger occurs when the tendon that straightens the tip of your finger is ruptured or injured. It is necessary to first meet with your physician in order to rule out the need for surgical repair. Once you and your physician decide on the plan of care, a referral to an occupational therapist that specializes in hand therapy is appropriate. The mallet finger can be treated with splinting the finger into extension for approximately six weeks. Following immobilization, specific exercises directed by your therapist will be added in order to obtain range of motion and strength in the finger and hand.

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Vinegar is the must-have home cleaning product. It has countless uses around the house and the smell is only temporary but the results and uses are many. Vinegar can remove Amy Bates water deposit buildup on shower heads by simply soaking the showerhead in vinegar overnight. Use vinegar to descale your coffee maker and remove coffee stains from the pot. Along with a grout brush, use vinegar to remove mineral deposits from around the faucet. Add it to your washing machine loads to get rid of foul odors that may be lingering in dirty socks. Combine vinegar with water to clean windows and mirrors, and add a small amount to mop water to clean flooring surfaces. Vinegar is a green product and a pet and family safe cleaner.

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Fifty Years Of Celebrity


One of Tulsa’s oldest establishments enjoys a half-century years of pleasing patrons.

ou can always spot the first-timers. They’re the ones whose eyes go wide, faces soft with childlike innocence, as they gape at the pink velvet wonderland of plush chairs, carpet and mirrors spread before them, lavishly festooned with twinkling lights, big gold stars and red ribbons. For 50 years, Christmastime at Celebrity has never failed to delight. But now, just past twilight, there are no newbies at the bar. The bartender chats with a few early customers. They act as if they’ve known one another for years, and there’s a good chance they have. They seem like guests waiting for the host so the party can begin. A few yards away, past a corridor lined with photos of the rich, famous and pampered crowd who has visited Celebrity over the decades, in a rather spartan office dominated by framed family snapshots, sits the man whom the Tulsa World once called the classiest host in Tulsa, if not the entire planet. Dapper in a smartly tailored dark suit, white shirt and bright yet tasteful tie with a Windsor knot, Mike Samara prepares, as he has nearly every day for the past 50 years, to welcome arriving diners.

He’s famous for remembering every customer’s name. There are a lot of names to remember, quite a few of them famous. Almost from the day Celebrity Club opened its doors back in 1963, the Oil Capital’s gilded elite adopted it as home. On any day of the week, there’d be a crowd of elegantly dressed men standing shoulder-to-shoulder by the bar. “The head of this one company,” Samara recalls (and he names one of the city’s largest firms) “used to spend so much time here that if he wasn’t home by supper his wife would send someone here to get him.” Another man from a prominent family “was sitting at the end of the bar the day I bought the place, and he stayed there for many years to come. He was a comical guy, but if you took his seat he’d throw you out. I used to say he spent more time here than I do.” One guest made a lasting impression even though he visited only once. John and Joe Williams, the men responsible for making the Williams Companies rich, were frequent diners. One day they brought a guest, the ruler of one of those oil-soaked Emirates at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. “Mike,” Joe Williams told him, “the Sheikh





wants rice!” “We don’t have rice,” replied Samara. “Mike, you don’t understand,” Williams urged, “He’s the KING, and he wants rice!” The kitchen staff managed to find rice; ever since, rice pilaf has been on the menu. The menu is short, but every dish is memorable. Everyone who’s ever ordered a Caesar salad remembers its classic, authentic taste and spectacular tableside preparation. Samara used to prepare every one. Back in Tulsa’s oil boom days, desserts were prepared tableside, too, which took up to half an hour of intense work. On those halcyon evenings, as ladies in evening gowns and men in narrow-lapeled blazers exclaimed in delight as flames leapt forth from pans of Cherries Jubilee or Bananas Foster, Samara was always there, congratulating a table celebrating an anniversary, keeping an eye on the bar, and always ready to light a lady’s cigarette. And all this from a man who has never touched alcohol or tobacco. “I’ve never been in a bar I didn’t own,” says Samara, which isn’t strictly true, since back in the 1950s he was Mickey Mantle’s designated driver. It was Mantle, a close friend, who gave Samara a start in the business, hiring him in 1957 to manage a Holiday Inn in Joplin. The hotel was a success, and a few years later Samara saw a tiny, rundown bar on a two-lane road “way the hell out of town.” The road was Yale Avenue, and the bar became the Celebrity Club. Fifty years have gone by, and those laughing, elegant celebrities are now ghosts from a bygone era. New York’s fabled Stork Club, the only place with comparable cachet, was torn down years ago and is now a public park. But Celebrity is still going strong, and so is Mike Samara. He’s 89 now, nearly blind, but he still exercises every day. How did he manage to carry on so long? He smiles. “I believe to be in this business you better like people,” he observes, “and I did. And I thoroughly enjoyed my work every day.” BRIAN SCHWARTZ



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Tucked away in the shiny new sheen of Film Row is Joey’s Pizzeria, a classic pizza joint that offers the standard pies alongside crisp salads, pastas and toasted subs. A favorite dining spot before or after a Thunder game, Joey’s is lauded for its pies that pack a wallop, like Joey’s Meatball Pizza, a pie topped with meatballs, red onion, fresh garlic and mozzarella. There are also pies that set Joey’s apart from other pizzerias, like the Under The Tuscan Sun: ham, red peppers, mushrooms, oregano and The Bianca Neve at Joey’s Pizzeria is topped with baby spinach, garlic, bacon, feta and feta all capped off mozzarella cheeses and alfredo sauce. with an over-easy egg. Joey’s boasts an impressive bar menu, along with great appetizers for sharing with friends. 700 W. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City. www. joeyspizzeriaokc. com – Jami Mattox BRENT FUCHS

Mike Samara has owned and operated Celebrity Restaurant for 50 years.

Not often does a burger incite food critics to dub it “a beautiful thing,” but that’s just what happened on Sept. 18, better known as National Cheeseburger Day. Brewburger may not have the notoriety of some other flashier, well-known local burger establishments, but it’s got the street cred to hold its own against any burger. The establishment has served traditional burgers for years at its 71st Street location. The most popular, of course, is the classic Brewburger: a one-third-pound fresh beef patty served on toasted ciabatta with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and choice of cheese. Add-ons include such delicacies as bacon, guacamole or gooey queso. And no Brewburger is complete without a heaping helping of homemade fries, onion rings or chips. 6577 E. 71st St., Tulsa. 918.591.2818 – Jami Mattox



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In February, we shower our significant others with candy, specifically chocolate. While appreciated and ultimately devoured, it may not be the healthiest gift, right? Actually, it can be. Studies have shown that dark, bittersweet chocolate between 60 to 70 percent cocoa is healthy for the heart. And in this month of love, it’s fitting to give something that is good for the heart and satisfies the sweet tooth. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, plant-based compounds with strong antioxidant properties that help keep blood vessels cleared of cholesterol and in good working order. As a result, they can aid in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Dark chocolate can also help lower blood pressure. Remember though that even with this important benefit, dark chocolate still has calories and should be eaten in moderation, just like everything else. If you don’t think you’re a fan of dark chocolate, try this recipe that combines dark chocolate with super healthy pistachios and dried cherries for a sweet treat that you’ll love to give, and receive. – Jill Meredith





Kabob Platter Kabob-n-Curry

When most Americans think of kebabs, we envision skewers of grilled chicken or beef interspersed with mushrooms, onions and other vegetables. Though the American version of the kebab does take liberties from its Middle Eastern cousin, the preparation of the meats is what makes

authentic kebabs stand out. At Kabob-n-Curry, ground meats are mixed with spices, then formed into patties and grilled on skewers. Flavorful chicken is marinated and cooked in an authentic Tandoori oven. All kebabs are served with oodles of side items, rice and bread. At $11.75, it’s one of the best deals in town. 4104 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City. www.kabob-n-curry.com

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Cherry Bark Makes one pound

In a small bowl, mix together pistachios, cherries and zest; toss to combine. Spread nut mixture in an 11-by-17-inch sided sheet pan. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate for 30 seconds; stir. Continue heating and stirring in 20 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Spread melted chocolate over nut mixture. Chill until firm and then break into pieces. 100


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Caz’s Chowhouse

In the wintertime, there’s little more comforting than a big bowl of steaming chili. Chock full of meat, beans and tomato-y goodness, there’s not many that beat the bowl at Caz’s Chowhouse.


Served with or without cheddar cheese and onion, depending on the diner’s desires, it’s a hearty meal any time of the year. And nestled next to the fireplace in Caz’s cozy dining area, it’s a little slice of chili heaven. 18 E. Brady St., Tulsa. www. cazschowhouse.com




Dust off those dancing shoes for “the best party in town.”


green ’96 Cougar is no place for a man like David Wilson to sleep. But after the Navy veteran lost his job at a Tulsa call center, Wilson’s home was often four tires and a cramped backseat for 15 months. “When I got laid off in 2009, I went to school for web programming, which I really enjoyed,” Wilson said. “Then my unemployment ran out and I got evicted from my apartment. I had no choice but to live in my car or at local shelters.” Thinking about his days on the street, Wilson says, “I had never felt more hopeless and invisible in my life.” Today, Wilson would not have an apartment of his own if it wasn’t for Carnivale, the Mental Health Association in Tulsa’s largest annual fundraiser. Carnivale 2013 will be held March 30 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Proceeds from the “the best party in town,” as Carnivale is often called, provide safe, affordable housing for Wilson and 875 other Tulsans, many of whom are battling mental illness and overcoming homelessness. The nonprofit agency owns and manages 650 apartments in 18 Tulsa complexes, including Wilson’s. “I will always remember the first night I didn’t have to sleep in my car or in a shelter,” Wilson says. “I can’t tell you how amazing it is to close your eyes and not worry someone is going to steal everything you own, or worse. When I woke up in my new apartment that next morning, I was ready to start rebuilding my life.” Since 1989, the Mental Health Association in Tulsa has utilized the Housing First model, which offers individuals a safe place to call David Wilson overcame homelessness thanks to the Mental Health Association in Tulsa.

JW and Mollie Craft will serve as Carnivale 2013 co-chairpersons.

home and a community that believes in their ability to recover with treatment. Executive director Michael W. Brose says, “Housing First saves lives and reduces homelessness. It also reduces expensive emergency room visits, cuts down on police and ambulance calls and provides a path to recovery and renews hope for a better life. “Of course,” Brose adds, “we could not provide housing for nearly 900 Tulsans without the generosity of our Carnivale patrons. They not only financially support our housing program, they also share the vision of a Tulsa where everyone battling mental illness has a safe place to live, a job and access to support groups, mental health care, legal counseling and other vital community supports.” Not long after Wilson moved into his apartment last spring, he got a property maintenance job at the Mental Health Association in Tulsa. “There was a time when I felt invisible,” Wilson says. “Now I have an apartment of my own and a job where I can encourage new tenants that they can rebuild their lives, just like I have.” MATT GLEASON

Carnivale 2013 Where: Tulsa Convention Center When: Saturday, March 30 For more information, contact Paul Davis at 918.382.2407 or email pdavis@mhat.org



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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino What began as a small bingo hall nearly two decades ago has evolved into the premier entertainment destination known as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. And now that Hard Rock Casino Tulsa is in its fourth year of operation by Cherokee Nation Entertainment, you’ll find that here, there’s something for everyone. The atmosphere’s electric, and the huge casino floor is wired for fun with more than 2,600 of the newest and most popular electronic games. Plus, there’s a new non-smoking section that includes a poker room and smoke-free gaming. For those who like poker tournament play and playing by the hand, there are 12 poker tables and 15 table games, including Bonus Roulette and Bonus Craps. Whether you love rock or country, you can watch some of music’s most popular acts performing at The Joint: Tulsa, a 2,700-seat intimate venue. The resort features a 19-story luxury hotel with 350 rooms and suites, as well as a stunning new 100-suite hotel tower. Each is casually luxurious with a sleek, modern design. There are eight dining venues, including the posh penthouse restaurant, McGill’s on 19, and three new food court options. Six bars and entertainment venues each provide a cool atmosphere for hot nightlife. Center Bar is the place to meet friends for a drink, and for sports fans, Replay offers a full bar with more than 50 beers, a scrolling game ticker and a plethora of TVs. Rounding out the experience are an impressive 35,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, great shopping options, a swimming pool with bar and the renowned Cherokee Hills Golf Club, which was voted one of the top five public courses in Oklahoma by Golfweek magazine.

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Entertainment G R E AT T H I N G S T O D O I N O K L A H O M A


A Tale and a Twist Shrek the Musical arrives at a PAC near you.

t all began in a swamp in a mystical land where princesses in towers await rescue and gingerbread cookies come to life to warn travelers of danger. By the time the animated movie Shrek finished its first weekend in movie houses, everyone knew that something special had happened. It was just a matter of time until Shrek made the leap to a live stage near you, and it has. Shrek the Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2008, is a live stage production that brings with it the hilarious twist on old fables the Shrek film franchise made popular: familiar characters who go through the motions of traditional storytelling but with a lot more attitude and creative detours. Here, the princess can take care of herself if she wants to, the dragon isn’t quite as dreadful as she seems, and that little gingerbread man? You’ll never break his spirit, even if you do break off his precious gumdrop buttons.

Shrek – the burly, green, swamp-dwelling ogre – sets off on a quest to get the fairy tale world off his doorstep. We all know where it goes from there, but you’ve yet to see it like this – with new songs, awesome scenery and costumes and a cast of bright talent. Shrek the Musical comes to the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main St., Broken Arrow, for a 7:30 p.m. show on Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $20-$60, available at the box office and online at www. thepacba.com. From there, Shrek goes into territory where theater rarely goes (and we’re not talking geography). Shrek the Musical plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd., Bartlesville. Although theaters around the world typically go dark on Mondays, the show goes on to entertain families and Shrek fans. For Bartlesville tickets, go to www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter. com to purchase. KAREN SHADE FEBRUARY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM











Symphony performs the works of the celebrated Russian composer at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center. www.signaturesymphonyattcc.org


Feb.16-17 TheyoungAmericanstring quartet, which formed at Julliard, plays two very different concerts at two different venues within the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a special community and educational outreach program. www.chambermusictulsa.org

Band of Scots Guards and the Black Watch Feb. 17 Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond wel-

comes back Queen Elizabeth’s prestigious military bands for a concert of pomp, pageantry and music from England, Scotland and Ireland. www.armstrongauditorium.org

Arias & Art at Philbrook Feb. 17 Tulsa Opera presents a special night of musical performance at Philbrook Museum of Art. www.tulsaopera.com Shrek the Musical Feb. 17-18 The big green ogre of the popular animated films gets his own live show in this touring production of the hit musical visiting the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center on the 17th and the Bartlesville Community Center on the 18th. www. thepacba.com, www.bartlesvillescommunitycenter.com Born to This Land: A Visual and Musical Journey through the Rangelands of the West Feb. 22 The National Cowboy Museum

& Western Hall of Fame holds its spring show featuring Red Steagall and other Western musicians and photographs by Bob Moorhouse and David Stoecklein. Call for dinner reservations. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

PERFORMANCES Oklahoma City Ballet: Paris Rouge The word “diversion” used to mean a pleasant instance or amusement to distract from the ordinary, usual or routine. Actually, it still does, but many are likely to think first of a split-second action to purposely attract attention away from something covert. August Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements begs for a look in the truest sense of a “diversion” as a part of Paris Rouge, a delight of dance and music from Oklahoma City Ballet just in time for Valentine’s Day. Paris Rouge brings back a triple bill of Paris-inspired vignettes including the Oklahoma premiere of Divertissements, and it also includes Robert Mills’ Pushing Pennies and Paris Rouge, all set against a backdrop of color comedy and infatuation. Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $33-$60. For more, visit. www.okcballet.com.

Performances Motion & Emotion

Feb. 2 The Oklahoma City Philharmonic welcomes acclaimed solo percussionist Colin Currie to its next performance in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall playing selections from Copland, Higdon and Tchaikovsky. www.okcphilharmonic.org

The Good Counselor Thru Feb. 2 Carpenter Square brings the drama of an attorney in the public defender’s office struggling to represent his client, accused of killing her newborn son, as he grapples with feelings toward his own neglectful mother. www. carpentersquare.com Time Stands Still Thru Feb. 2 Heller Theatre presents another play by Donald Margulies, this time exploring the addictive nature of conflict through a war photojournalist facing secrets and lies at home, at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center. www.cityoftulsa.org/ henthornepac

100 Years of Oklahoma Music Returns Feb. 8-9 The Signature Stars reunite with Tulsa

Community College Signature Symphony for a night of Oklahoma roots music by Bob Wills, Woody Guthrie, Leon Russell, Reba McEntire and more at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at TCC. www. signaturesymphonyattcc.org

Barefoot in the Park

Feb. 8-16 Newlywed bliss plays out into reality in the Neil Simon comedy classic presented by Playhouse Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.playhousetheatretulsa.com

Defending the Caveman

Feb. 8-17 The comedy by Rob Becker invites you to the debate of men versus women and the impossibility of relations in this presentation from Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre. www.cityrep.com

Tulsa Symphony: Red

Feb. 9 The symphony sees passion and energy in this program of warmth-inspired works with guest artist, violinist Mark O’Connor. www.tulsasymphony.org

Paris Rouge

Feb. 9-10 Oklahoma City Ballet brings a triple bill of Paris-inspired “diversions” à la Moulin Rouge in an exciting, fun-filled program featuring choreography of Robert Mills and the Oklahoma premiere of August Bournonville’s NapoliDivertissements at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcballet.com

100 Years of Broadway Feb. 12-17 Celebrity Attractions delivers with the musical revue of favorite Broadway shows and songs featuring a cast of stage stars and composer/lyricist Neil Berg sharing anecdotes at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www. myticketoffice.com Othello

Feb. 13 The Playhouse Tulsa theater company goes tragic all the way with Shakespeare’s play of jealousy, murder and revenge at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.playhousetheatretulsa.com


Feb.4 Edmond’sArmstrong Auditorium welcomes pianist Alexander Schimpf winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition to town with a performance to include Debussy, Ravel, and Mozart. www.armstrongauditorium.org

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Crimes of the Heart


Feb. 14 Tulsa Camerata presents its Valentine’s Day concert with three works expressing different ideas of love for an unexpected journey through the heart. Look for it at Philbrook Museum of Art. www.tulsacamerata.org

Feb.7-17 Presented by Oklahoma City Theatre Company, Beth Henley’s dramacomedy about three sisters reunited after one of them shoots an abusive husband will be at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okctheatrecompany.org

ThruFeb.16 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma brings the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein from some of the most delightful musicals into a production. Look for songs from The Sound of Music, Cinderella and Oklahoma! at Lyric at the Plaza. www.lyrictheatreokc.com

Rob Lake: A Night of Magic

Feb. 8 Magic, extravagant sets and entertainment combine to make an evening of unbelievable illusions at SpiritBank Event Center. www.spiritbankeventcenter.com


Bill Maher at Brady Theater


The Many Faces of Dmitri Shostakovich Feb. 16 The Tulsa Community College Signature

New Genre Arts Festival XX: Strange Planet Feb. 22-23 This feature event of the annual

Living Arts of Tulsa festival features the Jordan Fuchs Company of contemporary dance collaborative at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.livingarts.org

Cole Porter Songbook: Anything Goes! Feb.22-23 Getreadyfor a realtreatandevening

of tunes by the composer and lyricist behind classics such tunes as “Night and Day”, “Begin the Beguine,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and more. Concerts will be at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcphilharmonic.org


Feb.23-March2 AugustWilson’splayof an Ivy League-educated businessman and the secrets that threaten his political ambitions is presented by Theatre North at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. myticketoffice.com

The Most Happy Fella Feb. 23-March 3 Tulsa Opera brings an ambitious gem from old Broadway to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a tale of an aging Italian vineyard owner who proposes marriage to a young waitress in San Francisco (whom he hasn’t met) through the mail. www.tulsaopera.com Istanpitta Feb. 24 The early music ensemble performs music from the 10th-14th century Middle Ages as well as traditional Middle Eastern dance music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa as part of Saint Cecilia Concert Series. www.trinitytulsa.org 2013OKCGridironShow

Feb.27-March2 Political satire is still fresh in Oklahoma at the annual roast of the year’s biggest newsmaker and fundraiser comedy show for college scholarships awarded to journalism students. www.okcgridiron.org

China National Symphony Orchestra Feb. 28 Violinist Xi Chen and one of China’s most out-

standing orchestras play Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium lead by conductor En Shao. www.armstrongauditorium.org

In Concert Bob Schneider cainsballroom.com

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MilkDrive Feb.1 Blue Door. www.bluedoorokc.com Diana Ross Feb. 5 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.


G. Love & Special Sauce

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Feb. 5 Cain’s Ball-

Savoy (LIVE)

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War and Grand Funk Railroad

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Feb. 8 Riv-

Woody Crumbo’s Peyote Ceremony - Releasing Soul from Earth

Bill Maher

Feb. 9 Stand-up comedy at Brady Theater. www.bradytheater.com

Dwight Yoakam Feb. 9 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights


9 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Kid Rock Feb. 9 BOK Center. www.bokcenter.com Dirtfoot Feb. 9 The Shrine. www.tulsashrine.com That1Guy Feb.12 Cain’sBallroom.www.cainsballroom.com The Used Feb. 13 Cain’s Ballroom. www.


The Who: Quadrophenia & More


14 BOK Center. www.bokcenter.com

Eli Young Band


Feb. 14 Brady Theater. www.

David Phelps Feb. 14 Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. www.thepacba.com Lotus Feb.14 DiamondBallroom.www.diamondballroom.net Aaron Tippin Feb. 14 Muskogee Civic Center. www.aarontippin. com

The xx Feb.15 Cain’sBallroom.www.cainsballroom.com Samantha Crain Feb. 15 Fassler Hall. www.


Hayes Carll


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Samantha Crain with Parker Millsap


16 The Blue Door. www.bluedoorokc.com

Rick Springfield


Feb. 16 River Spirit Casino.

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines

Feb. 17 Performing Arts Studio @ the Depot, Norman. www.ticketstorm.com

Jamey Johnson


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ART Bending, Weaving, Dancing: The Art of Woody Crumbo Woody Crumbo is considered one of the most notable artists to have come from a period of Native American painting widely considered its “golden age.” Gilcrease Museum brings back the era with a new exhibit featuring 55 works by the multifaceted artist. Bending, Weaving, Dancing: The Art of Woody Crumbo, which opens Feb. 24, notably includes 55 original paintings in Crumbo’s unmistakably striking style, many of which have not been seen for more than a quarter of a century. The Oklahoma artist who taught at Bacone College and also served as an artist-in-residence at Gilcrease used his work to emphasize traditional spirituality while he evolved his approach to art into a dynamic representation of the culture he was eager to record. Also look for the companion book Woody Crumbo, available at the museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Road. Admission is $5-$8. Go online for museum hours at www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu and to find out about special events related to this exhibit.

Feb. 23 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

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Excision Feb.24 Cain’sBallroom.www.cainsballroom.com The Greencards Feb.25 BlueDoor.www.bluedoorokc.com Tame Impala Feb. 28 Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

Sports OklahomaCityThunder


v. Dallas Feb. 4 v. Golden State Feb. 6 v. Phoenix Feb. 8 v. Miami Feb. 14 v. Minnesota Feb. 22 v. Chicago Feb. 24 v. New Orleans Feb. 27 Tulsa 66ers www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa v. Erie Feb. 1 v. Santa Cruz Feb. 2 v. Iowa Feb. 26

Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball www.okstate.com v. Baylor Feb. 6 v. Oklahoma Feb. 16 v. Kansas Feb. 20

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball www.okstate.com v. Baylor Feb. 2 v. TCU Feb. 5 v. Kansas State Feb. 16 v. Oklahoma Feb. 23

Oral Roberts University Men’s Basketball www.orugoldeneagles.com v. Southeastern Louisiana Feb. 2 v. Sam Houston State Feb. 14 v. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Feb. 16

v. Central Arkansas Feb. 19 v. TBA for ESPN Bracket Buster Feb. 22-23

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Chili Bike

Feb. 17 Mountain biking is extreme on the terrain at Lake McMurtry at Stillwater, but you can’t tackle 27 miles until after you’ve had a big bowl of hot chili. www.reddirtpedalers.org

Oral Roberts University Women’s Basketball www.orugoldeneagles.com

www.okcbarons.com v. Charlotte Feb. 1 v. Grand Rapids Feb. 8-9 v. Houston Feb. 22 v. Texas Feb. 26

v. Southeastern Louisiana Feb. 2 v. Sam Houston State Feb. 14 v. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Feb. 16 v. Central Arkansas Feb. 19

Xtreme Fight Night Feb. 1 Mixed martial arts boxing returns to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

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University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball www.soonersports.com

WWE Presents SmackDown

Feb. 26 Sheamus, Kane and more than 40 other pro wrestling stars pull their signature moves to be the last fighter standing at Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.chesapeakearena.com

v. Kansas State Feb. 2 v. Kansas Feb. 9 v. TCU Feb. 11 v. Baylor Feb. 23

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball www.soonersports.com v. Oklahoma State Feb. 10 v. Iowa State Feb. 14 v. Kansas State Feb. 20 v. Baylor Feb. 25

University of Tulsa Men’s Basketball www.tulsahurricane.com v. UAB Feb. 6 v. Houston Feb. 16 v. East Carolina Feb. 20

University of Tulsa Women’s Basketball www.tulsahurricane.com v. Tulane Feb. 10 v. Rice Feb. 17 v. Memphis Feb. 28

Tulsa Oilers


v. Missouri Feb. 1 v. Wichita Feb. 2 v. Rapid City Feb. 5 v. Allen Feb. 10, 12 v. Arizona Feb. 15 v. Texas Feb. 16

Feb. 22-24 The championship tournament fishing action takes place at Grand Lake but the daily weigh-in happens at the BOK Center. B.A.S.S. and the Tulsa Sports Commission presents the premier professional fishing event. Look for the Classic Outdoor Expo at the Tulsa Convention. Competition boats launch from Wolf Creek Park and Boating Facility. www.bokcenter.com


Harlem Globetrotters at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Big Freeze 5k & Fun Run

Feb. 2 Tulsa’s only winter 5k obstacle run takes place at LaFortune Park. www.bigfreezetulsa.com

Harlem Globetrotters

Feb.8-9 The famed basketball team and entertainers take kid participation in their touring show to a whole new level at the BOK Center on the 8th and the Chesapeake Energy Arena on the 9th. www.bokcenter.com, www.chesapeakearena.com

Regional I & II Archery Shoot Feb. 1314 Open to the public with free admission at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com Tulsa Heritage Rodeo

Feb. 16 Tulsa Rodeo Association presents eight big events (bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, tie down roping, steer undecorating and Pony Express races) plus children’s activities with competitors riding for cash prizes and glory at Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

Monster Jam Feb. 16-17 Monster trucks and other vehicles crush anything you put in front of them in three shows coming to Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.chesapeakearena.com

The Lost Pages of Rumpelstiltskin and the Beanstalk Conspiracy Feb. 1-10 En-

core Theatre Arts continues its “fractured fairy tales” series with the mischievous character invading another fairy tale at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. encoretulsa.com

TreasureIsland ThruFeb.3 Begintheadventure with the characters of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about pirates on the high seas in search of treasure performed by Oklahoma Children’s Theatre in the Kirkpatrick Theatre. www.okchildrenstheatre.com Ramona Quimby

Feb. 13 Literature Live Theatre continues its series of shows to the Tulsa Convention Center with author Beverly Cleary’s Ramona, the loveable third-grader from books. www. tulsaconvention.com

JackandtheBeanstalk Feb.22-March8 The Fairy Tale Players get some help from the audience and favorite storytime characters to get to their next performance in a production by Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org



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Ongoing National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Dickinson Research Center. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Scissortail Gallery

Ongoing Fritz White, Clark Kelley Price, Jim Gilmore, Linda Besse and Jim Smith are just a few of the artists with works on display. www.scissortailart.com

First Friday Gallery Walk Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month. www.thepaseo.com

Charitable Events Bowl for Kids’ Sake

February 2013 April 2013 Teams raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma and enjoy fun at the lanes with pizza and prizes. www.bbbsok.org

Tulsa Heart Ball

Feb. 2 Help the Tulsa American Heart Association chapter celebrate another year of supporting heart health research with the grand soiree at the Expo Square Exchange Center, complete with dining, auctions of great items and packages and more. www.heart.org

Chocolate Festival

Feb. 2 The 31st annual festival at the National Center for Employee Development continues its streak offering a dazzling array of confectionary creations to benefit the Norman Firehouse Art Center’s programs. www.normanfirehouse.com

IN CONCERT The Who: Quadrophenia & More As is the case with all great music, a great album will often continue to gain fans long after its release and long following the big tour’s end. For stormy British rock legends The Who, 1973’s Quadrophenia, a richly textured rock opera about a restless London teen named Jimmy in 1965, is the kind of album that classic rock aficionados wish they could have heard played live (but were born too late) or could hear it again. Fortunately, Quadrophenia reigns again when Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the band (sans, of course, late original members John Entwistle and Keith Moon) play the double album in its entirety along with other Who classics at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Show opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 with special guest act Vintage Trouble opening. Tickets are $39.50-$129.50, available at the BOK Center box office and online at www.bokcenter.com AkdarShrineCircus

Feb.28-March3 Sendinthe clowns along with all the fun of the circus when it comes back to Tulsa at Expo Square. www.akdarshrine.org


Ongoing Children3-5experience art every Tuesday morning at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, with special guests. Go online for schedules and other information. www.ou.edu/fjjma


Ongoing Familiesenjoythe Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www. philbrook.org

Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in Art

Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. www.okcmoa.com

99th Annual School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition Thru Feb. 10 Works

by University of Oklahoma arts students go on special display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. www. ou.edu/fjjma

Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma

Thru Feb. 16 Works by 41 artists in the region are part of this debut exhibition at the new Hardesty Arts Center, headquarters of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, opening to the public. The exhibit presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition displays work seeking to represent art making in Oklahoma in an ambitious competition. www.ovac-ok.org

Art Transient Space and Temple Hive Feb. 1 Living Arts of Tulsa opens two art shows each a gateway to the New Genre Art Festival that reflect on reconstructed memory (Transient Spaces) and distort the relationship between the body and sculpture. www.livingarts.org The Moment of Risk Feb. 1-23 Artists Daniel Gulik and Brian Hampton present a show of their unique collaborative pieces at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery. www.tacgallery.org Rosemary Burke and Gregory Gummersall Feb. 1-24 The drawings of Burke and paint-

ings of Gummersall go on exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms Gallery. www.jrbartgallery.com

National Geographic: Greatest PhotographsoftheAmericanWest ThruFeb.3 A

collection of iconic Western images by National Geographic going back more than a century go on exhibit at Gilcrease Museum. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Models & Muses: Max Weber and the Figure Thru Feb. 3 Philbrook Museum of Art brings works by the early Cubist, who was an important artist in bridging America to the avant-garde and modern art through cubism, to exhibit. www.philbrook.org


Jeanne Claude of their astonishing art installations and photographs from around the world. www.pricetower.org


ThruApril21 Artand 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 reexamination today through the work of some sixty works by such painters as Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, Don Eddy, Ralph Goings and more. www.okcmoa.com

Reflections: The Photographs of Allison V. Smith and Stanley Marcus Thru March 30 Artspace at Untitled presents a unique photo exhibit of works by Dallas-based photographer Allison Smith and her late grandfather, former president of Neiman Marcus Stanley Marcus. The exhibit includes pictures from the fashion world of the mid 20th century captured on his travels for the clothing giant and a series of correlated images shot by Smith taken around the world. www.artspaceatuntitled.org

Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey Through March 24 The retrospective exhibition

features nearly 100 paintings and drawings by the California plein air artist as well as photos and objects from his studio. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Ozark Folk Center Herb Garden

New Genre Arts Festival XX

Feb. 22-March 2 Living Arts of Tulsa presents its annual showcase of art in all its varieties and forms at venues throughout the Tulsa downtown area. This year, look for dance and performance art, category-defying art collections, provocative music and video presentations and dance. www.livingart.org/new-genre-arts-festival

Bending, Weaving, Dancing: The Art of Woody Crumbo Feb. 24 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. www. gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Christo and Jeanne Claude: The Tom GoldenCollection ThruMay5 Bartlesville’sPrice

Tower Arts Center highlights a collection of work donated by the late art patron Tom Golden by artist duo Christo and


Prominent Figures of the West from the T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by Henry H. Cross ThruMarch31 Thisselection

of portraits of Native American leaders, U.S. generals, trappers and guides by Cross display key figures of the artist’s day and their influence on culture. www. gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Rural America: American Prints of the 1930s-1950s ThruApril21 PhilbrookMuseumofArt

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. www.philbrook.org

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. www.ou.edu/fjjma

Casino Night Feb. 2 Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School’s PTO presents an evening of fun, casual entertainment with great auctions and games for parents and sponsors. www.bmhs.us Holland Hall Trivia Night

Feb. 2 Sharpen your pencils and your mind for the annual benefit trivia game challenge at Holland Hall. www.hollandhall.org

Cooking Up Compassion Feb. 9 Join the stir of great dining, a live auction and more at the Tulsa Convention Center Tulsa Ballroom helping Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa’s work to serve the suffering. www.catholiccharitiestulsa.org Roundup Shindig

Feb. 9 The cowboy-themed fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Foundation at Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre will include dining, dancing, auctions and entertainment with a western flair. www.okchf.org

Taste of Oklahoma City Feb. 9 Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma as it builds strong communities through mentoring relationships between youth and adults with this evening of great food as well as fun activities, auctions and live music. www.bbbsok. org Heart of Henry

Feb. 9 Named for philanthropist Henry Zarrow, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless will hold an award ceremony and dinner at the Hyatt Regional Tulsa and honor the late Walter Helmerich. www. tulsadaycenter.org

Wild Hearts Ball Feb. 9 Enjoy the night dancing, dining and the company of friends and loved ones at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center’s annual affair of the heart for Oklahomans for Equality. www.okeq.org Power to End Stroke Brunch

Feb. 9 The fun and informative event benefiting the American Heart Association will take lace at the Tulsa Technology Center Peoria Campus. www.heart.org/tulsa

My Furry Valentine Feb. 10 Helping stray and homeless cats find good homes has never been sweeter with this StreetCats Inc. fundraiser serving desserts, wine and coffee at the Tulsa Historical Society. www. streetcatstulsa.org Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 10 International adoption agency Dillon International Inc. holds it special celebration of the Asian holiday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Tulsa to benefit the children and families served by Dillon. www.dillonadopt.com

Celebrate Fat Tuesday Feb. 12 The Jazz Hall of Fame provides the backdrop to the fun-filled night of Cajun food, good music and a silent auction benefiting Quota International. www.quotatulsa.com Icons & Idols

Feb. 16 Black-tie glamour with cocktails, dinner, a live auction and an exquisite dance performance are planned at the Tulsa Ballet benefit event at the Tulsa Convention Center. www.tulsaballet.org

Polar Plunge Feb. 16 Law enforcement professionals go for a dip in Oklahoma City during the typically frigid month of April all to support the athletes of Special Olympics Oklahoma. www.specialolympicsoklahoma.org Buttercup Bash

Feb. 16 The fifth annual cocktail charity event hosted by the Junior Women’s Association of the Tulsa Boys’ Home will take place at First Place Tower in downtown Tulsa. www.tulsaboyshome.org


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Juliette Lowe Leadership Society Luncheon Feb. 21 The event benefits the Girl

Scouts of Western Oklahoma to help girls become leaders of courage, confidence and character. Luncheon will be held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club with guest speakers Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush. www.gswestok.org

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Feb. 22 Oklahoma Magazine sponsors the event at the IDL Ballroom featuring some of Oklahoma’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, each auctioned off to benefit Emergency Infant Services in Tulsa. www.okmag.com

Masquerade Bowl Feb. 22 Company, organization and club teams compete to support Junior Achievement OKC and its youth programs in financial literacy education and entrepreneurship. www.jaok.org Holland Hall Book Fair

Feb. 23 Holland Hall School holds its big book sale for the 53rd year with a great selection of titles as well as DVDs, CDs, toys and games, all found at the middle school gym. www. hollandhall.org

Polar Plunge

Feb. 23 Law enforcement professionals go for a dip in frigid waters all to support the athletes of SOOK. www.specialolympicsoklahoma.org

Beans, Jeans and Bingo Feb. 23 Spend a Saturday afternoon having fun at this Bingo tournament and benefit event. www.margarethudson.org Winterset Feb. 23 One of Tulsa’s favorite winter galas returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton-Warren Place with great food, entertainment and gifts. www.osteopathicfounders.org Masquerade Ball Feb. 23 The organization’s annual fundraiser gala livens downtown Tulsa at the Mayo Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom with cocktails, a silent auction, live auction, costume contest and dancing. www.vnatulsa.org Excellence in Leadership Gala

Feb. 23 Awards will be given out for distinguished members of the community at Southern Hills Country Club. www. leadershipoklahoma.com

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Feb. 23 Some of Oklahoma City’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes are auctioned at Kamps 1910 Café in a night filled with live music, fashion and fun the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Sponsored by Oklahoma Magazine. www. okmag.com

Oklahoma City Heart Ball Feb. 23 Join the cause of better heart health at the gala benefit for the American Heart Association at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where patrons are recognized for their support. www.heart.org

C H A RI TA B L E EVENTS Single in the City

Dating isn’t always a pleasant experience – anything could go wrong, but sometimes it goes right, and for a worthy cause, too. Oklahoma Magazine’s Single in the City dating auction event is back with dates in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Single in the City Tulsa is booked for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the IDL Ballroom, 230 E. First St., in downtown. Eleven bachelors and bachelorettes boldly step up to the block as guests bid on a chance to take each one out on a fabulous date package. The money raised at the Tulsa event will go to Emergency Infants Services in Tulsa. Oklahoma City’s auction also will feature 12 singles, and the proceeds of that auction will benefit the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Look for it at Kamp’s 1910 Café and Deli, 10 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, at 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $25 (advance)-$30 (at the door). For more, go to www.okmag.com

Dine Out with Calm Waters

Feb. 28 Popular OKC area restaurants serve up all their favorites with 10 percent of proceeds going to help Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provide free support group services to families and children going through divorce, death or other loss. www.calmwaters.org

Hula Bowl

Feb. TBA This event benefiting Operation Aware of Oklahoma helps bring positive programs and education to area youth with games and music at Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge. www.operationaware.org

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Oklahoma Horse Fair Feb. 8-10 The weekend at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center in Duncan includes trail horse and ranch horse competitions with more than 200 horse and rider teams competing plus vendors in Western arts and crafts. www.okhorsefair.com Norman Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 9 The delightful madness is back in the streets of Norman with the annual parade, which has a theme this year of “Viva Le Bon Esprit!” complete with the annual Gumbo Championship, wine share and King Cake Cookoff at the Chouse. www.normanmardigrasparade.com


St. Pat’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Green Tie Gala Feb. 23 At parade’s end, join the

benefit for the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Sanctuary at Devon Tower and help support the Oklahoma City Sanctuary Women’s Development Center for women and children. www.catholiccharitiesok.org

Annual Spring Luncheon

Feb. 23 Enjoy luncheon, a style show and the silent auction at the annual event benefiting the Homelife Association, which aids those with developmental disabilities to achieve independence. www.homelifeok.org

Oscar Experience

Feb. 24 The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City Young Professionals raises money for the house helping families be with their children undergoing critical health care with a community Oscar watch party to remember. www.rmhcokc.org

17th Puttin’ on the Dog

Feb. 28 This year’s big gala evening at the Tulsa Convention Center celebrates the LIFE Senior Services’ 40th year of helping seniors lead independent, energetic lives and remembering the roles our pets play in a happy life. www. seniorline.org


Feb. 1-3 The outdoors is calling with this huge expo show featuring hundreds of vendors and appearances by Willie Robertson from television’s Duck Dynasty and the Campbell family from television’s American Hoggers all at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okctackleandhuntingshow.com

Ann Compton: Up Close and Very Personal Feb. 8 The ABC News White House cor-

respondent speaks at the Tulsa Town Hall presentation about her award-winning career and experiences at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsatownhall.com

Tulsa Indian Art Festival Feb. 8-10 The event celebrating Native American culture and arts takes place at the Glenpool Conference Center and includes traditional dancing, cultural demonstrations, fine art, storytelling and entertainment. www. tulsaindianartfestival.com An Affair of the Heart Feb. 8-10 The massive show features vendors in antiques, collectibles, art, gourmet food and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.aaoth.com


Vintage Tulsa Show

Feb. 15-17 The premier antique and vintage collectibles sale is back with more at Expo Square’s Exchange Center. www. vintagetulsashow.com

Gardening Info Fair Feb. 18 Find out at the annual information event that includes great advice from horticulturalists, landscape designers and more at the Tulsa Garden Center. www. tulsagardencenter.com

Tulsa Boat Sport & Travel Show

Thru Feb. 3 The adventure starts with the annual expo of campers, boats, water craft and travel equipment plus a visit with the guys of Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin’ and wakeboard sensations the WakeBrothers at Expo Square’s Muscogee Creek Nation Center. www. tulsaboatshow.com

SpirtBank Event Center will be the place to be for the latest in outdoors sporting equipment and technology. Meet Troy and Chase Landry from TV’s Swamp People. Also look for live bluegrass and country music, children’s activities, fishing seminars, dog training, catfish noodling, rattlesnake show. www.midsouthtackleshow.com

(Food) Lovers Dinner Feb. 16 Cocktails, dinner and wine are served for Valentine’s Day at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. www.myriadgardens.org

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Green Country’s Midsouth Hunting, Fishing & Tackle Show Feb. 15-17 Tulsa’s

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Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 12 Tulsa’s Blue Dome District brings back the revelry, costumes, music and food with a big parade and beads at this family-friendly event in downtown Tulsa. www.mcnellies.com

10-Day Mardi Gras Festival

Thru Feb. 12 Festivities include a grand ball, royal court, jazz brunch, blessing of the floats, pub crawl, music, traditional New Orleans-style cuisine and more in Eureka Springs, Ark. www.krazo.ureeka.org

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance Feb. 14 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum host a buffet dinner and dancing. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Show Feb. 15-17 The nation’s top cars

will be gathered together and in the running for the annual “Fine Nine” and a big cash award at Expo Square. www.darrylstarbird.com

Leake Classic Car Show & Auction Feb. 22-23 Collector vehicles, motorcycles and

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African Violet Society Show & Sale Feb. 25 Tulsa Garden Center. www.tulsagardencenter.com Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

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he most important function of the National Weather Service is the protection of life and the safety of citizens. It can be protection and safety from winter storms, ice storms, blizzards or tornadoes. (As meteorologist in charge), I’ll likely be out there working, keeping my eye on the pulse of the storm, but I also coordinate with federal agencies as well as those across the state. I also handle the administrative part to make sure we follow the rules and that people get paid. I think I’ve been best suited in the science and technology route (of meteorology) and have appreciated the opportunity. I’m glad the meteorologists in Oklahoma have a lot of notoriety, because they are an important way that people get information. There have been lots of big tornadoes, but not nearly as many fatalities as there could have been because of the notoriety of the media and (on-air) meteorologists. I guess I’d not use the word “exciting” necessarily, but fast-paced decisions like tornado warnings definitely get the adrenaline going. Storms form quickly, and tornadoes can come on in minutes, so much like a fireman with a large building fire or a doctor with a heart attack patient, there’s a lot of adrenaline associated with tornado events in Oklahoma. Technologies have changed over the past couple of decades. Across the nation, Doppler radar has been one of the most important technologies to come along. The explosion in computer technology has helped to combine workstations in the office, plus super computers can run models of atmospheric conditions. Several systems have been upgraded, and we have more advanced sets of software. Doppler radar network is almost 20 years old, and it’s been retrofitted with new kinds of data to tell us about precipitation. One of the most important things (in advancements) is the continued growth of computer technology, which allows us to produce more accurate forecasts.

David Andra is meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Norman. Raised in Kansas, the variety of weather in the plains sparked Andra’s interest in meteorology. He attended the University of Oklahoma and has worked for the NWS since 1987.

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