2013 September Oklahoma Magazine

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Fall Fashion


Tulsa’s obsession with the other football Special Report:

The Quest

For Energy Independence Active Years:

Just A Number


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That Roughneck Swagger In the 1980s, Tulsa had soccer fever. The city’s Roughnecks were winning left and right, electrifying filled stadiums and introducing the original football to both children and adults. The Roughnecks eventually disappeared, but the love of soccer has stayed. The city’s newest soccer team, the Tulsa Athletics, wrapped its first season with just one loss, and an indoor soccer team, the Tulsa Revolution, is ready to roll out its inaugural season.



Renaissance & Revolution Today, Oklahoma finds itself at the forefront of a brand new energy boom that has transformed the state in many ways. Beyond the immediate economic impact we see within our borders, there are far-reaching implications for the dramatic increase in North American oil and gas. Contributing editor Michael W. Sasser looks at Oklahoma’s role in the 21st century energy revolution and what may mark the end to a 40 year quest for U.S. energy independence.

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That Ah Ha Moment Silhouettes that would be at home in the 1940s juxtaposed with clean, modern lines. Intense shades of ultramarine, oxblood, emerald and amethyst. Neutral navy. Lush textures. A chic rocker vibe. All these elements combine to infuse the latest fashions for fall with femininity and a sexy, tough-girl edge. Oklahoma Magazine presents the season’s hottest looks, photographed at the spectacular Hardesty Arts Center.


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Jason Boland burst onto Stillwater’s Red Dirt music scene in the 1990s and went on to record several albums and entertain thousands at concerts all over the country. Even after relocating to Texas, this Harrah native has kept his sights on his home state and, together with his Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours, is putting together Medicine Stone, a music festival along the banks of the Illinois River.

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Oklahoman Becky Hobbs, can now add playwright to her credentials. The singer-songwriter penned Nanyehi – Beloved Woman of the Cherokee about her ancestor who led the Cherokees to victory at the Battle of Taliwa in 1755.





The success of Oklahoma City’s downtown area continues to receive help from new small businesses popping up and driving customers to the area. One of the newest, Packard’s New American Kitchen, entices shoppers, entertainment seekers and foodies with old flavors given gourmet twists.

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Woolaroc celebrates the greatest exploration in the history of the United States in September with the opening of Lewis & Clark: The Corps of Discovery art sale and exhibition, showcasing works of art by famed contemporary Western artists.

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One day, historians may look at 2004 as a pivotal year in American history not because of a major political or cultural incident, but due to game-changing innovation that created a ripple effect that is still unfolding today. Like most moments in history, it started years before, but, by 2004, improvements in decades-old techniques opened up a new frontier in North American oil and gas production. Many Oklahoma companies were among those firing the first shots in this energy revolution. But what’s most significant is what happened afterward. This new energy boom put America on the path to something it’s been striving toward for at least 40 years – energy independence. Oklahoma plays a major role in this phenomenon, and here’s what it looks like: U.S. oil production will likely exceed imports by the end of this year for the first time since 1995. Oil output has increased every year for the past five years. That hasn’t happened since the ‘80s. During this same time, natural gas production shattered records – every year. Where we once talked about running out of oil, we now have enough to take us well into the 22nd century. In fact, U.S. reliance on foreign oil is declining so quickly that OPEC members are openly discussing the need to diversify their one-trick economies. This doesn’t even take into account the promise of clean energy. Wind alone could provide all our electricity. Oh, yeah, Oklahoma is at the center of that, too. We’ve got enough wind to provide a third of the nation’s electricity. We’ve also got quite a bit of sunshine. We are in a position to achieve unprecedented independence from the whims of OPEC and the world’s volatile hotspots, but if it sounds easy, you’ve got the wrong idea. There are major obstacles to achieving and maintaining energy supremacy. It will require massive infrastructure investments to move oil and gas around the country, allow cars to fill up on CNG and carry electricity from wind farms to homes. There are also huge environmental issues to be addressed, even with sources such as wind. It is possible to do all this without bankrupting ourselves and wiping out entire species, and, once again, Oklahoma is poised to play a major role. However, it will take all of us pulling together, putting aside ideologies and perhaps a little sacrifice. That’s the part that worries me. Editor Thom Golden


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Shawna Burroughs is a stylist at Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon on Brookside and a graduate of Clary Sage College of Cosmetology. Her styling is seen in this month’s fashion feature (“That Ah Ha Moment,” p. 58). “This season is so versatile (in terms of hair styling),” says Burroughs. “This fall, we are seeing trends that range from super sleek to voluminous locks. My favorites are the low ponytails, the deconstructed buns and the ever-so-popular braid. Each look can go from sleek and straight to an undone wave or to big and bouncy.” Hailey Wheeler is a professional, Oklahoma-based hair and makeup artist. She has made a name for herself with directional, high-end hair and makeup work in the fashion industry over the last six years. She lent her expertise to this month’s fashion feature (“That Ah Ha Moment,” p. 58). “For autumn and winter, makeup artists have taken spring’s trends and developed them for the new season, with the introduction of petal and berry stains to replace matte lips and an even more pronounced take on ‘60s beauty,” says Wheeler.



Tulsa-based photographer Nathan Harmon has photographed several fashion features for Oklahoma Magazine. His latest can be seen in “That Ah Ha Moment” (p. 58). “The AHHA was amazing to photograph in,” says Harmon. “A gem (piece of) architecture and a must-see. The textures of the space versus textures of the clothes was perfect for this shoot.” Lindsay Rogers founded Belle Belle Social Media as a fashion- and beauty-focused social media consulting business in 2009. Over time, her business evolved into an evaluative and informative review and discussion of products and style trends. The result is valued content creation and critique in the fashion and beauty genre. Her inaugural beauty column for Oklahoma Magazine appears in this month’s issue (“Leave off the Weight,” p. 40). Rogers’ career began in finance in San Francisco. But as her career unfolded, she discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and fashion. Educated at Stanford University and the University of Texas College of Law, her studies focused on engineering and entrepreneurship, fostering a deep understanding of the internet and importance of social media.



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Jason Boland and the Stragglers perform live. PHOTOS BY DARAN HERMAN.

Red Dirt Never Dies

Jason Boland helms Medicine Stone, a music festival that will rock the hills of eastern Oklahoma.


fter a decade and a half as one of the top attractions in the Stillwater-forged amalgam of folk, rock, country and singer-songwriter music known as Red Dirt, Jason Boland has done more than his share of music festivals. And now that he’s helping to front an event of his own, he’s putting a lot of what he’s learned on the festival circuit to good use. And what’s the No. 1 lesson he’s gleaned from his experience? “Make sure to have plenty of Porta Cans,” he says. “That’s what they always forget. ‘Two? Yeah, that’ll do it, right? Because, really, how many people are going at the same time?’ And then a few

thousand people show up. “It’s mostly production stuff like that,” he adds. “Boring production stuff. You just learn the pitfalls of what not to do, and not to be too overbearing about it. I don’t have to put on the nuts and bolts, but I know Corey [McDaniel], our manager, is really working with a lot of people on it. “I’d say the main thing we’ve learned is just to dot the I’s and cross the T’s when it comes to all the funny little stickers, passes, barricades, Porta Cans – production, period. People want to hear it as good as it can be heard. They may not understand all the tedious details, but SEPTEMBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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their hearts feel it, their souls feel it, when there’s something off. Because when there’s something off, the musicians are off. So it’s really just about keeping the spirit light and having a good time, and when everything’s running smoothly, that’s how it tends to be.” It’s safe to say that no one’s coming to the Medicine Stone music festival for the

[LaRue] even had one that went to Alaska. So it was just trying to figure out what would be us, you know? Between the two bands, what exemplifies the spirit of who we are?” The answer, they decided, was a big musical celebration held around the Illinois River. “[Stragglers] Roger [Ray] and Grant The Turnpike Troubadours are co-organizers of Medicine Stone.

availability of its Porta Cans. But it’s a good thing the organizers thought about having plenty, because there are indeed going to be thousands that come through the gates during Medicine Stone’s three days. Although the event, on the banks of the Illinois River at Tahlequah’s Diamondhead Resort, doesn’t happen until Sept. 12-14, the campsites, RV sites and hotel rooms were all sold out as of July 15, with more than 2,000 individual tickets already purchased. Clearly, it’s going to be a major blowout, one that Boland and his cohorts in his band, the Stragglers, working in tandem with vocalist-guitarist Evan Felker and the other members of the Tahlequah-based Turnpike Troubadours, have been interested in doing for quite some time. “We’ve always been wanting to put together our own festival,” Boland says. “It’s just been finding the right time, the right place and the right way to do it. We’re glad to be sharing it with the Turnpike Troubadours; they’re the other half of what Medicine Stone is. It’s us, really, trying to put a flag in the ground for an Okie festival for our generation. “And it’s natural,” he adds. “Several of our friends either have trips where they take people to music festivals, like Steamboat [Colorado], or they have cruises. Stoney

[Tracy] are originally from Vian, so they grew up over there in the eastern Oklahoma hills, running up and down the area through Tahlequah,” he explains. “And where I grew up, in Harrah, if you were going to make some big crazy high school trip, you’d go up and float the Illinois and camp at one of the campgrounds.” After they got older and formed Jason Boland and the Stragglers, via that legendary rural Stillwater multiple-artist dwelling and unofficial birthplace of Red Dirt music known as the Farm, Tahlequah became one of the band’s favorite stops. A few years later, in Tahlequah, the Turnpike Troubadours were born. So the town is a natural in several different ways, as is Diamondhead Resort. “You naturally look for a place where people can stay multiple nights,” Boland explains, “and look for a place where they can camp. They had a great existing stage, too, so there were logistical things we thought about.” In publicity material for Medicine Stone, Boland mentions the Larry Joe Taylor music festival in Texas, which he and the Stragglers have played for many years. That event, now known as the Texas Music Festival, began back in the ‘90s, when music fan and songwriter Taylor got it going as a

“I guess it’s that thing about, if you want to be a bear, be a grizzly.”

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Stefon Takes A Bow

Fans of “Stefon,” “Vinny Vedecci” and a host of characters brought to life by Tulsa native Bill Hader were saddened by the star’s exit from Saturday Night Live at the end of last season. Of course, many have wondered what is next for Hader. Typically, when a big star leaves SNL, it’s for some major opportunity. That may not be the case with Hader, though. He says the decision to quit the show and move to California owes more to SNL’s demanding schedule and the increasing need for he and writer-director wife Maggie Carey to be on the West Coast. That and his family really wanted a yard. However, that doesn’t mean Hader is lacking for work or even slowing down. He appears in the raunchy summer comedy The To Do List, written and directed by his wife, and he reprises the voice role of “Flint Lockwood” in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. He’ll take more dramatic turns opposite Kristin Wiig in the upcoming The Skeleton Twins and in the two-part film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Hader is also the latest Bill Hader and Maggie pitchman for Carey at the Los Angeles T-Mobile and premiere of The To Do List. the new voice HELGA ESTEB / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM of Planters’ iconic Mr. Peanut. He’ll also join the South Park team as a full-time writer for the upcoming season. We also shouldn’t be surprised to find Hader behind the camera very soon. He recently told CNN that he’d love to direct a movie and that that’s really what he wanted to do all along. “Acting was never something on my radar,” he tells the network. – Thom Golden Fact: Bill Hader was an editor for Food Network’s Iron Chef America before being discovered by fellow Okie Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). Mullally got Hader an audition with Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.


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New Heights Longtime Brady Heights homeowner Tim Williams discusses the neighborhood’s rebirth.

It was once the neighborhood of oil barons, business owners and city founders. At its apex, Brady Heights – which sits just north of downtown along Cheyenne and Denver avenues – was the neighborhood where the wealthiest put down roots and put up walls. But as Tulsa expanded south and east, so went the stylish neighborhoods; Brady Heights, Tulsa’s first and once-regal neighborhood, fell into disrepair. “Blight isn’t even the word for it. I would say that 20 percent of the homes were abandoned; another 10 percent were boarded up. There were prostitutes, slum lords,” says Tim Williams, who purchased his first home in the neighborhood in 1980. Since that purchase, Williams has bought and restored at least 13 properties in Brady Heights. Also in 1980, the National Register of Historic Places put Brady Heights on its list due to the neighborhood’s unique and historically significant architecture; it was the first Tulsa neighborhood to receive this designation. Streets are lined with Victorian, American Foursquare, Bungalow and Craftsman homes. Newer homes have been built on lots where older properties were razed, and they, too, are built to mimic the

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combination chili cook-off and outdoorconcert fest. And, while the inaugural Medicine Stone is larger in scope than Taylor’s initial effort, Boland sees the Texas fest as a kind of template for the way he hopes the new Oklahoma event will expand. “I guess it’s that thing about, if you want to be a bear, be a grizzly,” Boland says with a chuckle. “You watched the Larry Joe Taylor festival grow from modest to the juggernaut it is now – and they have that scene hemmed up. This is where we’re from, and so we’re trying to put something together that will be big, and then we can bring in more and more interesting acts as it progresses, because we plan on doing it year after year.” For its maiden voyage, however, Medicine Stone has done all right in the interestingacts department. The groups who don’t share



historic construction of the older homes in the eclectic neighborhood. The designation seemed to stop the neighborhood’s decline. Williams and a few other property owners formed a neighborhood association and partnered with city officials and the Tulsa Police Department to clean up the crime-ridden neighborhood. Brady Heights began its steady climb out of disrepair that was propelled by the redevelopment of downtown Tulsa. “Once downtown started its rebirth, it really affected Brady Heights in a positive way,” says Williams. “(City officials) started talking about the plans, and people are going, ‘Hey, (Brady Heights) is a place where you can afford to have a spectacular house close to downtown.’ That was kind of the impetus of the younger crowd moving into the neighborhood.” And now Brady Heights is ready to show off. The biennial Brady Heights Historic Home Tour will take place Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ten of the neighborhood’s homes and its three churches will be open for touring. “What’s cool about the

Boland and the Stragglers’ and the Turnpike Troubadours’ Oklahoma origins – including Mississippi’s Jason Eady and Oregon native Todd Snider – are highly regarded alt-country and Americana acts coming from places left of center, and the Oklahomans on the bill are Red Dirt superstars. Those latter acts include, in addition to Boland and the Stragglers, Cody Canada and the Departed, Stoney LaRue and the Red Dirt Rangers, all of whom spent a significant amount of time honing their chops at the Farm in Stillwater. The notion of getting together and joyously creating the kind of music that echoed through the dilapidated rooms of that ramshackle two-story building for years is what Boland hopes to evoke with Medicine Stone. “It’s just about wanting to keep that spirit,” he says. “It’s that Farm attitude of, ‘Well, you might as well get into a band. It’s as good as anything else you could do.’ So the plan is to

Tim Williams is co-chair of this year’s Brady Heights Historic Home Tour. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

home tour is that we try to get houses that are historic that are original and restored; houses that are in transition, in the process of restoration; and the infill houses that are historically appropriate to the neighborhood. It’s fun to see how different houses that appeal to different people,” says Williams. The tour will also include the famed mansion of the infamous Tate Brady. Tickets for the home tour are $9 each or $24 for families and can be purchased at the start of the tour at Centenary United Methodist Church, 636 N. Denver Ave. Proceeds benefit the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association’s cultural and social projects. For more information, visit the association’s website at www.bradyheights.org. JAMI MATTOX

just bring all the fans of everybody out, camp and have a good time, pick around campfires, eat, drink and be merry. “The Rangers are still going [after 25 years], and we’re looking at about 15 years now,” he adds. “The Troubadours have been at it for a few years, too, and they’re enjoying so much success and it’s such a great deal for them to be a part of it. So we’ve got a good generation [represented on the stage]. “It’s just one of those things,” he concludes. “The Red Dirt never dies.” Also on the bill are the young Grammynominated writer, singer, and multiinstrumentalist John Fullbright; Tahlequahbased music legend Randy Crouch; John Moreland; and Thomas Trapp. For ticket and other information on Medicine Stone, visit the website www.medicinestoneok.com or the Medicine Stone Facebook page. JOHN WOOLEY

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P. J. O’Rourke

Deemed “the funniest writer in America” by TIME and The Wall Street Journal, political satirist and author P. J. O’Rourke has reported on government, economics, culture and current events for nearly 40 years. He has penned 15 best-selling books including Holidays in Heck, Peace Kills and The CEO of the Sofa. O’Rourke served as editor-in-chief of The National Lampoon before becoming a foreign correspondent and covering crises and conflicts in more than 70 countries. He is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a frequent panelist on the National Public Radio news quiz show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow lecture. TU’s Presidential Lecture Series continues November 12  with playwright Tony Kushner. Details at www.utulsa.edu/pls. The University of Tulsa is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action institution. For EEO/AA information, contact the Office of Human Resources, 918-631-2616; for disability accommodations, contact Dr. Tawny Taylor, 918-631-2315. To ensure availability of an interpreter, five to seven days notice is needed; 48 hours is recommended for all other accommodations. No tickets or registration required. Please call 918-631-2309 for event details. TU#13425

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The Musical Mind

Dan Wootton holds more accomplishments than his musical fingers can count. He has conducted orchestras from Chicago to St. Petersburg and has composed works for the likes of Broadway star Sam Harris and opera diva Sarah Coburn. His new musical, A Few Doors Down, will premiere Sept. 25 at Tulsa’s Studio K. The work takes the audience into the lives of four characters for an in-depth study of the struggles and triumphs that alter their lives. What is the overarching theme of A Few Doors Down? The main theme is that change takes time. Several of the characters we get to see over the process of 30 or 40 years. It’s my belief that life doesn’t wrap up perfectly like we see in 90-minute films. There are some things in life that take a couple decades to work out, and this is that story. One of the characters is Cedar, and we meet Cedar as a 14-year-old on the night she is rescued from a home that is cursed by domestic violence. So to see her the next


week is interesting, but to see her in 30 years would be fascinating. What inspired you to write A Few Doors Down? There is a saying: “Write what you know.” With this project, I wanted to write about what I knew. We moved to Oklahoma eight years ago, and for me to write a musical set in France or about zombies and aliens would feel disconnected. The characters names are Sundland, Madison, Cedar and Fort. Those are the names of the homes I grew up in. It’s the idea that you can walk down a street and see these stories. Where does your love of music come from? I just think it’s so cool that something that exists today did not before. It’s like my own version of therapy: To make something up that didn’t exist five minutes ago. There’s something magical about it. – Jessica Turner


Tar Creek’s Legacy

Nobody’s looking for a home in the northeast Oklahoman towns of Picher or Cardin. Both sit smack in the middle of Tar Creek, one of the most toxic waste sites in the United States. The list of health problems present in these towns is ridiculously long. All of them are byproducts of long-gone lead and zinc mines in the area. Lead is in the water. It’s in the air. At one time, more than 17 percent of children in the area had high enough levels of lead in the blood to be considered dangerous by federal standards. Almost one-quarter of pregnancies in these towns ended in miscarriage. Kids developed learning disabilities. Kidney disease and general neurological damage ran rampant through the entire population. Various cancers popped up in disproportionate numbers. These are facts gathered 10 years ago. Things have improved a bit, but not enough to get anybody excited



A chat pile and abandoned mining facilities near Picher/Cardin, Okla. PHOTO COURTESY OKLAHOMA DEQ.

enough to move back to Picher or Cardin. Illnesses aren’t the only threat in the Tar Creek area. Old and unfortified mines have created sinkholes large enough to swallow baseball fields. That’s not the kind of land anybody’s liable to use to reinvigorate these lost communities. In 1984 – three decades ago – the U.S. government declared Tar Creek a Superfund site, making it eligible for federal sponsorship of the clean-up effort. The Oklahoma legislature passed the Oklahoma Plan for Tar Creek, an effort to relocate citizens of Picher and Cardin. Other efforts are being made to clean the area’s

water, such as the University of Oklahoma operation of a large water treatment system. The state is repaving roads littered with lead dust. But nobody’s completely sure if these efforts will yield big results. Both towns have been almost completely evacuated, with families scattering here and there around Oklahoma. So there’s no longer an immediate threat to people. But the cleanup and planned restoration of the site to its original wetlands state will take roughly 30 years. That’s a long wait, a wait that guarantees there won’t be any resurrection of Picher or Cardin anytime soon. – Paul Fairchild

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When A Dish Is Something More For Frankoma pottery collectors, these pieces are works of art.


o Joniece Frank, Frankoma pottery dishes are so much more than functional pieces. “It’s the design,” she says. “It gives beauty to an object. You don’t need beauty, but it makes life a more perfect place to enjoy.” John Frank, Joniece Frank’s father, was the originator of Frankoma pottery. She says that her father was an artist first, and that it why the beautiful pottery remains so popular. John Frank began the ceramics department at OU, scouring for scraps to build studio equipment in dumpsters and alleys since he did not have a budget, Frank describes. “Then, after studying a geological survey, he got to looking for clay to use. He found the beautiful red clay of Ada,” she says. “He started making pots with it and started the Frankoma company the next year.” The family moved to Sapulpa in 1938 so that John Frank could focus on the company full-time. Throughout the years, and until Frank’s death in 1973, the studio suffered from multiple fires but was able to rebuild and get back on its feet each time. “It is art, and it is loved by people. That’s why Frankoma is still alive. It’s been utterly destroyed twice, but it keeps coming back,” Frank says. Since Frank and her sister, Donna, have



retired, ownership of the company has changed several times, but Frank says that collectors will always seek the pottery. Randy and Marianne McFarlin of Ada are just two of these collectors. “I was exposed to Frankoma very early on,” Randy McFarlin says. “Growing up, we ate on Frankoma dishes, and when my family moved to Tulsa in 1960, my parents took us to the factory on Route 66.” As he got older, he and his wife began to appreciate Frankoma in a new way. “For us, it was the Ada connection. The clay was dug right here – right around the corner from our house,” McFarlin says. McFarlin later served as president of the Frankoma Family Collectors Association, a close-knit group that first met in 1994. Held at First United Bank in Sapulpa, the reunion is part collectors gathering and part pottery sale. “People love to talk to the Frank sisters and all those who have been a part of Frankoma over the years,” McFarlin says. “It keeps the interest and tradition alive.” The show, open to the public, will be held Sept. 28 this year. “This work talks to you,” Frank says. “It’s like how God designed man – with beauty and love. And I don’t believe that any one company has better represented the state of Oklahoma.” MEGAN MORGAN

Oklahoma is vast with secrets, and one of those secrets rests in the Ponca City Library. Home to a wide variety of novels, references books and more, it is also home to the Matzene Art Collection, a compilation of artwork acquired by the well-known photographer and art dealer Richard Gordon Matzene. Matzene was born on London soil in 1880, but he spent many years of his life traveling the world. From eight trips exploring different countries and cultures, his collection is a combination of findings, mostly from visiting Asia during the 1930s. The collection holds beautiful oil, charcoal and watercolor paintings as well as pottery and bronze sculptures. God of Longevity & Child is an ink-andcolor painting on silk from the Qing Dynasty. The artist is unknown, but the Asian deity depicted is the god of longevity and knowledge. He is accompanied by symbols of immortality and happiness. There are also many Western pieces collected from Matzene’s travels as well as a few works from the Taos Society of Artists. The collection landed in the hands of the library by a personal donation from Matzene, who lived in Ponca City later in his life. The collection is free for all to enjoy and can be found throughout the upper floor of the library. – Jessica Turner



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Easy As 5-2-1-0 National health reports rarely paint Oklahoma in a great light. However, a new campaign promoted by YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma CityCounty Health department aims to change that with an easy-to-remember formula of healthy habits. OK5210 prescribes a daily routine of five fruit and vegetable servings, no more than two hours of screen time, one hour or more of exercise and no sugary drinks. We are constantly slapped in the face with messages about obesity in Oklahoma, says Angela Jones, director of health and wellness initiatives at YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. “If that is the state that we are in, these four things tend to help people dig out of that,” she says. The Y partnered with Oklahoma CityCounty Health Department to broaden the resource pool and reach. The campaign will first make an appearance in five to 10 Oklahoma City public schools this fall. “If we can change the thought in school and habits with kids, we can spread this quickly,” says Jones. OU Children’s Physicians is also participating in the effort and helping spread it beyond the Oklahoma City-County area. Dr. Ashley Weedn, pediatrician and medical director of the Healthy Futures Clinic at OU Children’s Physicians, also chairs the Obesity Committee for the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “We took a survey of all pediatricians in Oklahoma to determine what resources they needed the most. They felt like they needed help with obesity management,” she says. Jones and Weedn collaborated to provide a consistent message in creating a physician’s toolkit for the OK5210 program. Oklahoma City-County Health Department stepped in to print the materials. They are being distributed first to Oklahoma County physicians and then to pediatricians all over the state. Jones is also working with the Tulsa Y to inform Tulsa schools of the availability of the school tool kit through the 5210 website. – Lindsey Johnson



The NWOSU Rangers are a NCAA Division II football team for the second year. PHOTO BY VALARIE CASE/NWOSU SPORTS INFORMATION.

Ride, Rangers, Ride “As muddy as black creek water,” Alan Hall says in describing how clear his understanding of the task before him was in taking over as head football coach at Northwest Oklahoma State University. Hall was in an unusual place. The Rangers were in the process of transitioning from the NAIA level, where they won a national title in 1999 and played for two more in 2000 and 2003, to NCAA Division II, but he didn’t know for certain at what level his team would compete his first year on the job. “When I got hired in December 2011, we were still in the application phase (for Division II),” Hall recalls, “We didn’t find out that we actually got accepted into the provisional process until the following July. So there was six months there where we had our fingers crossed.” A former quarterback at the University of Miami in the early ‘90s, Hall has had success at nearly every level of college football as a coach, most recently as head coach at Bible Baptist School in Savannah, Ga. In his second season at NWOSU, Hall finds himself in the position of trying to return a powerhouse

program to its past glories, and against better competition, to boot. “I knew that there was a long, footballrich tradition that they had (at NWOSU),” Hall says, “and that was something that intrigued me in terms of coming here and trying to carry that tradition on at the Division II level. Things are moving in the direction that we planned on, so we’re excited about that.” There were growing pains. The Rangers struggled out of the gate against a tougher schedule to seven straight defeats to start the 2012 season, before ending with four wins in a row. But the building blocks were in place. “We were young at a lot of spots, and it took some time for us to sort of buy in to what we were trying to do,” Hall says. “We were fortunate to end the way we did. The kids kind of got that taste in their mouths about what winning was like. Certainly, we’re not where we want to be, but we’re headed in the right direction.” The Rangers’ 2013 season will kick off at home on Sept. 5 against Arkansas Tech. – Regan Henson

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Standing in for Panama


A first-time screenwriter films her international thriller on native soil.

o amount of unseasonable August rain could dampen spirits on the Oklahoma City film set of Light from the Darkroom. In fact, it actually helped make Western Avenue an even more accurate stand-in for Panama. When first-time screenwriter Kathleen Rooney finished her religious thriller, she knew she wanted production of the film to support the growing film industry in her home state. “We are very fortunate in Oklahoma to have this talent. When we decided to go forward with the project, it was obvious that we wanted it to be made in Oklahoma,” says Rooney. Rooney toyed with the idea for a while, then she consulted a good friend – a Monsignor in Rome – who told her she should pursue writing the script. With the support of her family and a lot of research on screen writing, Rooney got to work. Her sister-in-law, also a writer, put her in contact with Al Reinert, the Oscar-nominated writer of Apollo 13. Despite being intimidated by his background, Rooney says she and Reinert hit it off immediately. He, in turn, was interested in co-writing the script. She sent the finished script to fellow Oklahoman and deadCENTER film festival executive director Lance McDaniel, a veteran of the Oklahoma film industry. “I was completely drawn to the story,” says McDaniel, who usually writes the movies he directs. The script was complicated but uplifting. McDaniel was immediately taken with the powerful Panamanian female characters that are forced to fight for their lives and examine their faith as they try to understand the events of a massacre during a religious pilgrimage. Much of the life of the story is owed to Rooney’s life and work with her husband, Francis, who is member of the Panama Canal Advisory Board and also served as Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008. “After spending time with Rooney, figuring out where all this came from, I thought, ‘Wow, this is going to be an awesome movie,’” says McDaniel.



McDaniel and Rooney also had a mutual cause: Supporting the Oklahoma film industry and the people working in it. “If you are making films in Oklahoma, you aren’t doing it because you are making $100,000 a year. You are doing it because you can’t imagine doing anything else,” says McDaniel. He feels this passion for film makes for a more genuine product. It was everyone’s hope that Oklahoma could serve as the set for the story based in Panama and China. The Rooneys put McDaniel in touch with their friends and film industry people in Panama. He flew out immediately. “It felt like Oklahoma from a people perspective,” Tulsan Kathleen Rooney is says McDaniel. co-writer and executive McDaniel felt that Oklaproducer of Light from the Darkroom. homa City looked similar to Panama City, as well. He returned home and assembled a nearly all-Oklahoman crew to help bring the script to life. Location scouts found just the right spots, including an art gallery and shop on Western Avenue and a sorghum field in Choctaw that would act as rural China. Set directors dressed the stage, ensuring that even the appropriate Panamanian fruits made an appearance in kitchen scenes. And McDaniel’s friend, recording artist Graham Colton, created music that captured Panama so well that even leading lady and former Miss Panama Patricia De Leon was blown away. “Everyone is taking it very seriously,” says McDaniel. “Francis and I have been really impressed at the level of professionalism of the crews that Lance has assembled,” says Rooney. The reaction of the international cast members chosen to fill the starring roles – including Puerto Rico’s Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, America), Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die, Joy Luck Club) and Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quesada – has been a source of pride for Rooney and McDaniel. “It’s a really good tool for Oklahoma,” says McDaniel. “The actresses and actors go back to their other sets and talk about working in Oklahoma.” “It’s been fun for me and I have enjoyed it, but the thing that has been the best is seeing what I have always heard: ‘The people in Oklahoma are our greatest asset,’” says Rooney. LINDSEY JOHNSON


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The InsIder

Ancient Cherokee Angel


A descendant of Nanyehi tells the story of her ancestor’s bravery through music.

n her decades-spanning career as a country music performer, songwriter and recording artist, Bartlesville native Becky Hobbs has made her presence felt with such honky-tonk barnburners as “Hottest ‘Ex’ In Texas” and “Jones on the Jukebox,” while also writing and co-writing a variety of hits for other acts. One of the most notable songs in the latter category is “Angels Among Us,” which the band Alabama took to the upper reaches of the national country-music charts in 1994. By the time that single came out, Hobbs had begun musically exploring a personal connection with an ancient angel named Nanyehi, whose English name was Nancy Ward. A noted Cherokee woman of the Revolutionary War era, she also happened to be Hobbs’ great-great-great-great-great grandmother.



“I wrote a handful of songs about her in the early ‘90s,” Hobbs recalls. “I’d known about her ever since I was a little girl, because the history was handed down to several generations before my mother, and I think really as soon as I started writing songs and playing music, I felt that one day I would pay tribute to Nancy Ward. “I always thought it would be in the form of an album, though,” she adds. “I had no idea I would ever embark on writing a musical.” She did, though, and the results were most recently seen on the stage of Northeastern State University’s Center for the Performing Arts in Tahlequah. Admission to Nanyehi – Beloved Woman of the Cherokee is free, but tickets must be reserved by calling the NSU box office at 918.458.2075. “Our very first workshop for Nanyehi was three years ago at NSU,” says Hobbs. “The

heartbeat of the Cherokee Nation is in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and our chief, Bill John Baker, is a fellow Nancy Ward descendant. So I called the Chief, and he put the wheels in motion. It wouldn’t be happening without him putting the Cherokee Nation and NSU together to co-sponsor this venture.” It also probably wouldn’t happen if not for a meeting between Hobbs and veteran stage director Nick Sweet, who worked with her during Bartlesville’s celebration of the Oklahoma Centennial back in 2007. “I was asked to close the show and play some of my songs, so of course I did my honky-tonk songs, and ‘Angels Among Us,’” she says. “But I also did a couple of songs that were inspired by Nancy Ward, ‘Let There be Peace’ and ‘Pale Moon,’ and I spoke briefly about her. “Nick Sweet was the director of the whole show, he’d put it together, and he came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I know who Nancy Ward is. I directed [the outdoor drama] The Trail of Tears one year.’ And at that moment, we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful to write a musical about her one day?’” Hobbs was just embarking on a European tour, and Sweet had a full slate of productions to direct, so it took a year before they finally started on what would become Nanyehi – Beloved Woman of the Cherokee. And it was then that Hobbs began feeling encouragement from forces that could be described as angelic. “I had that handful of songs I’d written in the early ‘90s, and I wrote the remainder of the songs [for the musical], except for two, in a few Actress months,” she recalls. Michelle Honaker “I was just portrays Nancy plugged in. Ward in the musical Nanyehi It was one – Beloved of those Woman of the Cherokees. situations where, before I went to sleep, I would think of the song, and I’d wake up having dreamt most of it. It’s really been my favorite time of the whole process; I felt very connected and very guided. “There are 17 songs in the musical, and I feel that they’re the best writing I’ve ever done,” she adds. “It’s all been inspired by the creator; my job is just to keep my little ego out of the way. I like what I heard Paul Simon say on a TV show: The songs are already there. They’re already written. You just have to tune in to them.” Certainly, the story behind the songs –

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Becky Hobbs is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has recently co-written and produced a musical based on her Cherokee ancestor, Nancy Ward.

Nancy Ward’s remarkable life – was already written, telling of her bravery in the Battle of Taliwa in 1755, when she took up the rifle of her fallen husband and led the Cherokees to victory, as well as her peacemaking efforts among the white colonists and her own tribe in what is now eastern Tennessee. “Her life story, from the get-go, is totally incredible, and very controversial as well,” notes Hobbs. “Some of the Cherokees today feel she was a traitor. And that makes her story even more interesting, because she wanted the Cherokees to survive, more than anything, but she felt the way to do it was to live in harmony with the whites, because there were more and more of them coming across the mountains every day.” Nanyehi’s true-life story, in fact, proved to be so rich that it initially overpowered what Sweet and Hobbs were attempting to create. “At first, Nick and I thought it would be more like a musical revue, and then we got into the history of it – and our first draft was just too weighted down with history,” she explains. “We wanted to make sure we had the historical part correct, but then we realized it was too much like a history lesson. You know: history lesson, song, history lesson, song. So we did several workshops and readings and really concentrated on developing her as a person, a real-life woman who walked this planet – a mother, dealing with all these situations.” By 2011, she and Sweet were ready to take the musical, still in workshop form, to the Tulsa Performing Art Center Trust’s SummerStage Festival. The resulting newspaper publicity led to Nanyehi’s first non-workshop performance. “A lady called me from out of the blue,” recalls Hobbs. “She’d recently found out that she was a descendant of Nancy Ward, and she said, ‘My granddaughter has a regional theater company in Hartwell, Georgia, and she’s interested in talking to you.’ So I called, and they wanted to take it on. We were thrilled. “To give you an idea of how we have been so spiritually guided: I had no idea that the Cherokee called Hartwell, Georgia, ‘The center of the world.’ There’s a monument three miles from Hartwell that has a plaque telling how it was ceremonial ground where all these different roads came together, with a lot of trading activity and dancing.” While most of the players in the Tahlequah production are local, the role of “Nanyehi” will be filled by New York-based actor Michelle Honaker, reprising her performance at Hartwell. “About 18 people from Oklahoma came to see our Hartwell production, most of them descendants of Nancy Ward,” says Hobbs. “And they all said, ‘You have to have her play Nancy Ward again.’ She blew everyone away.” According to Hobbs, Honaker’s appearance is being sponsored by Chelsea’s Gary White, one of the Oklahomans who traveled to Georgia to see the Nanyehi staging. “He and his wife, Barbara, have been so supportive of this musical,” she says. “Otherwise we could not have afforded to bring her in. She’s a great singer. She’s a great actor. And she embodies the spirit of Nancy Ward.” The play is directed and co-written by Sweet. Hobbs is music director, and the band includes her husband, guitarist Duane Sciacqua, who’s worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh.

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The Green Energy Boom

A leader in oil and gas, Oklahoma is poised for supremacy in wind energy.


lready the sixth largest producer of wind energy in the country, up two spots from 2011, Oklahoma’s moving forward again. With success in the wind power sector showing up faster than originally anticipated, the state’s in a position to take a lucrative step toward growing it again. In July, two wind power interests, Renewable Energy Systems America and Energy Renewable North America, announced plans to build two large wind farms in



Oklahoma, both pursuing a singular mission: contributing not just to Oklahoma’s energy supply, but also exporting power out of state. Wind energy accounts for a bit over seven percent of the state’s power. No doubt it would be more, but hiccups with the math and technology stalled earlier wind energy efforts. Those have been, and continue to be, overcome. One tough obstacle to the use of wind energy is the ability to distribute it effectively. Getting that energy on the state’s grid is not easy. It’s a widely recognized tenet of doing business in the wind energy sector that putting together transmission abilities takes much longer than the construction of the wind farms themselves. On track to be the second largest producer of wind power by 2030, the powers that be, business and governmental, are looking to open new markets that will keep Oklahoma on the path to reaching that 2030 goal. The first steps toward that goal came in July, when Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas), a British company, announced plans to use its Origin Wind Energy Project to sell 150 megawatts to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC). The Origin Wind Energy Project, located in Murray and Carter counties in southeast Oklahoma, is a 75-turbine project scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of next year. The AECC, for now, will be the sole recipient of its output. Spanish company EDP Renewables North America (EDP) plans to use its Arbuckle Mountain wind project to export 100 megawatts to Nebraska’s Lincoln Electric System. This wind farm is expected to be online by the end of 2015. “We are delighted to work with the AECC,” said Tom Hiester, senior vice president of development with RES Americas. “This purchase demonstrates the AECC’s forward-looking approach to diversifying their portfolio, as well as their understanding of the economic benefits that long-term, low-priced wind energy contracts offer to their members.” The AECC is a consortium of 17 distribution cooperatives providing electricity to more than 50,000 customers in Arkansas and surrounding states. The AECC’s groundbreaking agreement was also made possible with the efforts of the National Renewables Coopera-

By most estimates, the state, with an aggressive pursuit of wind power, could eventually provide enough energy to power one third of the country.

tive Organization (NRCO), an organization enabling cooperatives nationwide to pool the ownership and benefits of renewable resources. The group’s primary mission is the facilitation of the development and acquisition of cost-effect renewable energy assets that assist its members with the diversification of their energy resource portfolios. “The NRCO is pleased that Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation has contracted for additional wind resources,” said Amadou Fall, CEO of NRCO. “NRCO members continue to diversify by including renewable generating capacity. They are doing so economically.” “The latest addition of 150 megawatts of low-cost wind energy provides AECC with a hedge against fluctuating natural gas energy prices,” said Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer of AECC, a Little Rock-based wholesale electricity supplier. “AECC will have 201 megawatts of wind energy in its generation assets with this addition. We will continue to pursue energy options that allow AECC’s member cooperatives to provide reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost.” Lincoln Electric’s CEO Kevin Wailes points to an important economic consideration working to the advantage of wind energy producers. At least a portion of the incentive behind his 20-year contract with EDP is a function of the federal production tax credit extension. The same extensions benefit RES-America’s bottom line, and will boost, over the lifetime of the credits, the profitability of native Oklahoma energy companies exploring or implementing wind energy production, as well. Figuring in tax credits and depreciation, a majority of wind power generators will recover the costs of their initial

investments in about eight years. The Federal Energy Commission’s recent announcement that 2012 saw more wind energy development in America than in any other nation comes as no surprise. It was anticipated. Oklahoma’s wind energy producers are probably less surprised than the general public. Larger Oklahoman producers added just over 1,100 megawatts during 2012. That kicks the state’s production up by more than half with a grand total of 3,100 megawatts – enough to power 780,000 homes. Kylah McNabb, renewable energy specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, notes that while the state added no new wind generation this year, there are roughly 500 megawatts in projects under construction and she hopes for them to be generating power by the end of 2014. The western half of Oklahoma sits squarely near the end of America’s “wind tunnel,” a stretch of land with endpoints in North Dakota and the Texas panhandle. A significant portion of America’s best wind resources are located in western Oklahoma. By most estimates, the state, with an aggressive pursuit of wind power, could eventually provide enough energy to power one third of the country. With this many wind farms under construction, Oklahoma Commerce Department officials are positioning the state as a center for the manufacturing of the turbines and towers necessary for their productions. In response, many state technical education facilities are ramping up programs to train and certify workers with specialties benefiting the industry. Tribes are getting in on the action, as well. The Cherokee, Kaw, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee and Ponca nations have plans to develop a medium-sized wind farm on Cherokee lands. America’s dependence on fossil fuels won’t come to an end anytime soon, but with an explosion in wind development, Oklahoma is set to remain a leader in the energy industry well into the future. PAUL FAIRCHILD



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Wild Brew

Hundreds gathered at Central Park Hall to enjoy beer from breweries all over the world and food from the city’s top restaurants to support the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center’s programs.

Steve Sherrod, Bob and Liz Austin and Stephanie Williams. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Vickie Adams, Victoria Bartlett and Steve Adams.

Lindsey LaZaroff, Hillary Parkhurst, Brad Dentis and Bart Yount.

Scott and Mary Vrooman.

Sam King, Sarah Bergeson, Blake King and Vicki Adams.

Melissa Payne, Ken Levit and Deana McCloud attended the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival reception at the Woody Guthrie Center.

Amy Gordon, Sandy Melton, Zip Gordon, Angela James and Lindsay Clyma are gearing up for the second annual ZipperQ to be held Oct. 5 at The Nut House in Claremore. Proceeds will go toward research into fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or “Stone Man’s Disease.”

Nancy Feldman, Dayal Meshri, Karen Keith and Raymond Feldman (seated) represent this year’s honorees at the Tulsa Global Alliance Global Vision Award dinner, which will be held Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Steve Turnbo, Linda Bradshaw and Phil Albert are ready to celebrate The Event, a celebration of 75th Diamond Jubilee of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. The event will be held Sept. 19 at the museum and Sept. 20 at Cain’s Ballroom.



Don and Megan Zetik, Tom Taylor and Wendy Drummond are ready for the inaugural Kaleidescope Ball, which will be held Sept. 7 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa and will benefit Emergency Infant Services.

Sean and Cathy Cummings celebrated at this year’s Somewhere In Time gala, a White Night in Moscow, an inaugural benefit for RSVP Tulsa, Inc.

Matt Pivarnik, Becky Frank and Mark Graham attended a reception for Tulsa Area United Way’s Trailblazer campaign.

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A large storefront window was installed in the kitchen to allow natural light into the space.


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hen Dr. David Gilbert and his wife Vanessa relocated from the Philtower to a 1,500-square-foot Tulsa midtown ranch home five years ago, their goals were specific. “One of my favorite magazines is Atomic Ranch,” says David Gilbert of the quarterly publication featuring Mid-century Modernrenovated, ranch-style homes. “We wanted to capture the modern style you might see in L.A. or New York but in keeping with the 1950s architecture of the home,” Gilbert explains. The couple teamed up with Aaron Rogers, co-owner of CRFORMA, to begin the transition. “It was great working with the Gilberts because they knew what they wanted to achieve from a design standpoint,” says Rogers. Although the project was done in phases, several standards were established throughout the home. In addition to refinishing the original wood floors, all the trim, doors and hardware were replaced with a simpler, more modern style. To keep with the goal of blending the exterior architecture with the new, modern interior, Rogers used the same stone from the outside, a blend of gray limestone and Hackett sandstone, to create the fireplace as a dominant focal point. A custom frosted glass panel hides the AV equipment. The new floating fireplace hearth is poured-in-place concrete with a natural gray integral color. Clear-coated raw steel wraps the fireplace and the interior of the custom niches and is utilized beneath the hearth for the toe kick. While the steel-wrapped niches are a perfect location to artfully embed the AV speaker components, they were initially designed to feature the vintage cam




A large, floating fireplace hearth was constructed by pouring concrete. Stainless accents in the living area complement the steely gray of the hearth.



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Maple cabinets received customized stain to allow the wood grain to show, while aluminum and frosted glass upper cabinets provide ample storage.

The minimal design of this ranch home is a nod to modern design often seen in larger cities.

era collection of Gilbert’s grandmother. The Eames chair and ottoman are from Gilbert’s grandfather’s office. “He was a doctor in Oklahoma City and would take naps in that chair,” he says. According to Gilbert, one of the best changes occurred in the kitchen where previously it was too small and uncomfortable to want to cook or eat there; the room was completely gutted. “We added the large storefront window over the sink and counter to create a greater amount of light and open the space into the backyard,” says Rogers. The maple cabinets coated with a special blended stain to allow the grain to be seen were custom built by Ultimate Cabinets. Hidden above the stove in the custom anodized aluminum and frosted glass shelving units is a custom designed stainless steel ventilation system. The countertops are quartz from Silex Interiors, and new, oversized tile flooring was installed. “Originally, the washer and dryer were in the garage, but we incorporated them into the kitchen cabinets for more convenience,” Rogers added. Now the Gilberts especially enjoy eating breakfast in the new space. Both bathrooms required extensive renovation. In the guest bathroom, all the plumbing locations remained the same, but the classic 1950s brown and ochre tile throughout the space was replaced with simple finishes and color tones of white, black and stainless. In the master bathroom, a six-inch-thick, poured-in-place concrete countertop extends



into the glass walled shower and turns down to the floor, creating a ledge for shower supplies. The wall mosaic is a mix of glass tile and Carrara marble, and the shower floor is a black mosaic tile. Below the custom wall cabinet is a motion-activated light that comes on when anyone walks into the bathroom at night. “We like to name our projects, and the Gilberts thought that Qi Ranch reflected their goals,” explains Rogers. Using the

alternative spelling of chi, the Chinese term for life force, the simplicity of this impeccably renovated ranch provides a welcome respite from the “busy-ness” of daily life. TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON

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Radiating Comfort adiant floor heating is the process of running heated tubes of water or electric coils beneath flooring to create a consistent, quiet, energy-efficient method of heating your home. RFH has been popular in Europe for decades. Even ancient Romans used hot water pipes to warm their floors. And now, according to David Fehnel, manager of Airco’s plumbing division, he is seeing an influx of projects in Oklahoma. “Tulsa is a little ahead of the curve,” says Fehnel who has overseen several recent large installations in the area. What is unique about the RFH process is that instead of a standard furnace that blows hot air into the space, objects are evenly heated from the floor up. Typically, hot air rises to the ceiling, leaving cold spots along the floor. Plus, heating the air can be noisy as the unit cycles on and off. In addition, standard heating systems often add allergens into the air, making RFH especially beneficial for those with allergies. RFH can be achieved with two different systems: hydronic and electric. Hydronic RFH uses tubing that is installed underneath or within the home’s floor and is heated by a unit such as a boiler. Hot water runs through the tubes and heats the floor. The electric heating system uses electric coils installed over the subfloor and can even have thin-set and tile installed directly over it. Although RFH can be installed under carpet, it isn’t as popular as with tile or wood flooring.

According to the US Department of Energy, from 25 to 50 percent reduction in heating costs can be realized with RFH. The upfront cost to install a RFH system is more than a standard furnace, but the typical life of the RFH heating unit is from 10 to 25 years, and the under-floor tubing or coils can last up to 40 years. “Ninety percent of our clients say their furnaces never even kick on when they are using radiant floor heat,” says Brandon Ridley with Cunningham Plumbing. Plus, it creates a more natural and comfortable feel in the room, according to Ridley. “It is becoming more popular because as more people visit their friends’ homes and experience the difference, they want it installed in theirs,” he adds. Builder Tony Jordan, owner of Jordan and Sons, has seen a definite increase in RFH installations in his projects. “Probably 95 percent of our jobs have floor heat in the master bathroom,” says Jordan. The builders typically use an electric coil system for smaller installations, which is cheaper to install since a boiler is not required. The electric coil mat is great for installing in an existing space, though in large spaces it is not as energy efficient. Both Fehnel and Ridley have installed hydronic systems in existing homes, but it is a more expensive process. Ridley recommends anyone building a new home to install the tubing during construction even if they don’t initially invest in the boiler. Added warmth and lower energy bills are a perfect combination. TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON

The Quest for Warm Feet

Radiant floor heating (RFH) is getting much attention these days for overall efficiency and comfort, but the idea is hardly a new one. As early as 7,000 years ago, folks in northeast Asia used a primitive type of RFH to warm their dwellings – literally building a fire on a pounded clay floor and then sweeping away the ashes before bedtime. By 2,000 B.C., someone figured out that this could be done more efficiently, and undoubtedly with less mess, by directing heat from a hearth through a flue beneath the floor. Ancient Koreans and Chinese outfitted their homes with this technology using it to heat communal rooms and sleeping platforms – a practice that continued well into the 20th century. There is evidence of similar technology being used by in the highly advanced culture of Mohenjo Daro, in present day Pakistan, and among the ancient Greeks. However, it was the Romans that developed the system on a major scale, using hypocausts to heat enormous baths and elaborate villas throughout their empire. Hypocausts expanded through the Mediterranean and Middle East, being used to heat baths in the Ottoman and Islamic empires. With the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, European engineers and scientists began experimenting with RHF using water pipes (hydronic systems). American architect Frank Lloyd Wright used hy-



Architect Frank Lloyed Wright used radiant floor heating in the homes he designed as early as 1937.



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dronic RHF in 1937 and the system was later used in some of the first post-WWII planned suburbs – metal pipes tended to leak, though, and these systems were typically abandoned. The development of plastic pipes has allowed hydronic systems to become more widespread – they’re now the norm for houses in Korea and parts of northern Europe – and electric systems have opened up RFH to a whole new range of applications. The principles of thermodynamics that make RHF work so well also apply to cooling, and the idea has been successfully used in many instances, with hydronic radiant cooling units typically installed in ceilings. Condensation and mold make it impractical in many environments, but if those conditions may be overcome, radiant cooling could offer similar efficiencies as RFH. – Thom Golden

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New, colored mascaras recently appearing on shelves can be daunting, but don’t write them off quite yet. Slightly tinted shades can enhance the natural color of your eyes or add a pop for a new look. Stay in your comfort zone with dark purple, navy or burgundy mascara that appear almost black. The burgundy and navy can really zest up green eyes while purple stuns on brown peepers. Just be sure to keep eye shadow and eyeliner more neutral. Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in navy blue is ideal for playing with new shades but also still subtle. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in deep purple or deep burgundy has great texture for ultralengthy lashes and just a touch of luxurious violet and earth tones. For a more playful approach, try a teal like BareMinerals Remix Collection Flawless Definition Mascara in Aqua on the ends of lashes.


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Regular screening and early detection is still key in the fight against breast cancer.

hen a little voice spoke to Janet Phillips, she listened, and it may have saved her life. In 2006, the then-44-year-old Phillips went to her doctor for a routine well woman check. The doctor found some thickening in her right breast. Her mammogram came back clear, so Phillips was sent for an ultrasound. “The radiologist said it was just fibrocystic thickening, it was something I’d always had,” says Phillips. “[The radiologist] started to put the wand away when I heard a little voice say, ‘You need to check the left side.’ “I looked at the doctor and said, ‘I really feel like we need to check the left side.’ Within seconds they found something that worried them.”

the following year, the cancer could have been more advanced. “My mammogram came back clear,” she says. “Without the ultrasound, it would have been at a much greater stage. When we caught it, it was in a very early stage and hadn’t moved to lymph nodes. I was blessed to hear that little voice in my heart.” “The two most common ways breast cancer is discovered is either

The Best Advice The worrisome spot in Phillips’ ultrasound turned out to be early stage invasive lobular carcinoma, a less common form of breast cancer. The majority of breast cancer cases – 80 percent – involve invasive ductal carcinoma. “Invasive ductal carcinoma is by far the most common type of invasive breast cancer,” says Dr. Chad Johnson, a physician with Warren Clinic Breast Specialists. “It gets its name from the fact that it begins in the cells that line the ‘tubing,’ or the ducts that deliver milk to the nipple. This is in contrast to invasive lobular carcinoma, which begins in the milk-producing glands and causes about 10 percent of breast cancers. The final 10 percent of breast cancers encompass a wide array of various types.” It’s important that women pay attention to all signs of potential breast cancer when performing self-exams and not just feel for lumps. Invasive ductal carcinoma often presents as a lump; invasive lobular carcinoma, Phillips’ cancer type, often presents as a thickening of tissue and, in early stages, may go undetected on mammograms. For Phillips, the fact that she could not detect her cancer during self-exams was unsettling. “It was weird because I felt a real uneasiness that it wasn’t anything that was detectable by hand,” she says. Phillips says she was glad she followed her instinct because, had she waited until



Janet Phillips was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 44 years old. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

What Is And What Will Be One in eight women will develop breast cancer. Unfortunately, the biggest risk factor is one that we cannot control: age. “If you live to be 110, you have an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer,” says Dr. Shubham Pant, assistant professor of medicine and director of clinical trials in the hematology/oncology section of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center. The good news is that research is constantly yielding new information that aids in the treatment of breast cancer and brings researchers closer to finding the cause and subsequent cure. Pant says developments in the last decade point to more personalized care that is tailored to each breast cancer patient. “Just as all of us have a different fingerprint, every breast cancer has a different fingerprint,” Pant says. “There are now tests that evaluate the genes in cancer, and based on that, we can tell if the patient will need chemotherapy or hormonal therapy to treat the cancer. The cool thing about that is that we can select a group of patients that doesn’t need chemo, which has lots of side effects

both physically and psychologically. (The test) improves the morbidity. A woman who comes in at early stage, I can look at her tumor and test her tumor and say, ‘This treatment is for you.’ That’s what we’re going towards in breast cancer.” Pant sees tremendous growth in breast cancer treatment in the next decade, as well. Researchers have determined that identifying the “driver” mutation, the one responsible for producing cancer cells, can lead to a customized treatment plan to target that small group of cells and, ideally, stop the mutation. “There may be 10 different mutations in the tumor, but there are only a few that are causing the cancer cell to grow,” Pant says. “The basic thing (about cancer) is that something goes rogue. The body has mechanisms to kill these rogue cells or put them back in line. Most of the time the body can identify those cells and throw them out; but mechanisms get worse with age, and these cells keep dividing and develop mutations. If we can identify the driver mutation, we can turn the switch off, find the Achilles heel in the tumor and target drugs toward this mutation.”

Sassy Survivor Phillips is cancer-free for seven years now. She credits her faith, along with support from friends and family, with helping her through her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. She has extended her circle of friends since her diagnosis by starting a support group for breast cancer survivors called Sassy Sisters In Christ. “I knew how hard it was for me to get through,” Phillips says. “With the support group we do, we try not to focus on the thing, but instead, we focus on how we’ve healed. I’m not nearly the person I was seven years ago.” It’s the small survivor groups like Sassy Sisters as well as large, national breast cancer organizations that continue to drive awareness and research efforts of the disease. “The survivors have done a lot of work in improving the science in the disease,” Pant says. “That’s very unique to breast cancer and has led to a lot of discoveries. We are further ahead in breast cancer than in a lot of other cancers.”

“I cannot stress enough the importance of regular self-exams and yearly mammograms along with an annual exam by a physician.”



Angelina Jolie, Christina Applegate and Sharon Osbourne may be the public faces of the procedure, but thousands of non-celebrities have undergone a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA gene, an indicator of increased risk of breast cancer. “Basically, one in eight women can expect to have breast cancer,” says Dr. David Burger, medical director of the INTEGRIS Comprehensive Breast Center of Oklahoma. “When you start looking at BRCA patients, [the likelihood increases] 60 percent, and the likelihood is that it will be at a much younger age. For a lot of patients, it’s a lot of waiting [for cancer] to happen. Breast cancer developing in these patients could be more aggressive, so those that decide to have the double mastectomy don’t have as much concern.” Taking such drastic measures to lessen one’s possibility of developing breast cancer has drawn both praise and criticism. “It has to be a personal decision. Everybody is going to have a take on it,” Burger says. “If it were my daughter, my mother (who tested positive for the BRCA gene), I would recommend having the mastectomy. But I think it has to be an individual decision.” Dr. Shubham Pant, an oncologist at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center, agrees that it’s a complicated decision. “Does doing a double mastectomy decrease the risk? It can decrease the chance of dying from the disease, but it’s not been proven that you need to take these measures. It’s not an easy choice, and lots of factors go into the decision,” he says. Burger says that patients who test positive for the BRCA gene have twice as much surveillance, undergoing both mammograms and MRIs, which is the most advanced technology for detecting cancer. “Luckily, the BRCA indication is pretty rare. We’re getting more people tested these days, and doctors are talking to women whose relatives had breast cancer early.” He stresses the importance of women discussing the risk and family history of breast cancer with their primary care physician or gynecologist. “Every woman should be screened for breast cancer by age 40,” Burger says. SEPTEMBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


by the patient feeling a lump or by a yearly mammogram,” says Johnson. “However, there are other symptoms that can be concerning for cancer. Bloody nipple discharge, nipple retraction, skin dimpling or skin color changes are all potential signs of a cancer and need to be thoroughly examined. “I cannot stress enough the importance of regular self-exams and yearly mammograms along with an annual exam by a physician,” he continues. “Most breast cancers – more than 90 percent – can be located with these three steps. But it is also important to know what to look for on a self-exam. Of course, there is the exam of the breast tissue for lumps, but it is also important to examine the skin for any changes. Looking for skin color changes or dimpling of the skin and nipple are concerning signs that need to be examined by a physician. Many women are concerned that they don’t do their breast exam ‘the right way.’ I stress that there is no right way; what is important is to perform the exam regularly so that each woman knows what her normal tissue looks and feels like. That way, she can call the doctor any time there is something that strays from the normal exam.”


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AT A G L A N C E Access: Vancouver International Airport is served by most major carriers. Population: Approx. 2.3 million (Metro area) Climate: Temperate with dry summers and wet winters Main Attractions: Terrific scenery, ranging from the oceanfront to the mountains, and all related sporting and outdoor opportunities; arts and culture; historical and architectural treasures.

At more than 1,000 acres, Vancouver’s Stanley Park is one of the continent’s largest.


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Scenic Vancouver rests where the mountains and sea converge.


he largest metropolitan area in western Canada, Vancouver is a center of commerce and a transportation hub that also just happens to be nestled between the sea and coastal mountains. The result is all the activity of one of the nation’s biggest cities and some of the most spectacular urban scenery in Canada. Vancouverites broadly split their city into three: the Westside, the Eastside (or East Van) and City Centre. With most of the city’s major attractions located in and close to City Centre,

The stunning city of Vancouver, British Columbia is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountains.



for a short trip, it’s recommended to stay in this vicinity. Public transportation is ample, so more distant attractions that might appeal to visitors are within easy reach, regardless. Only the weather and your own interests limit your activities in Vancouver. Most people will definitely want to spend a day exploring local and regional culture, history, arts and architecture. A solid itinerary would include the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and its intensive exploration of the people of the Northwest Coast and their history. The Vancouver Art Gallery downtown is another must-see, and, while smaller and lesserknown, the Contemporary Art Gallery downtown on Nelson Street is well respected in the art world. The shiny geodesic dome of the Telus World of Science (commonly known as Science World) is interesting for the whole family with a focus on making science fun and accessible to youngsters. Architectural highlights include the distinctive sails of Canada Place, the adjacent Vancouver Convention Centre and the Art Deco styling of the Marine Building. While exploring the city, note that Robson Street in City Centre is the primary shopping area, but Gastown, the city’s oldest neighborhood, offers more local and eclectic shopping. World-class dining abounds, with some top choices being Bishop’s and The Oakwood Canadian Bistro for Canadian and regionally-

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inspired food; L’Abbatoir for contemporary French and Miku for Japanese fare and sushi. For those in need of more American flavors, Cactus Club Café is a reliable option. An outdoor-oriented itinerary should start with exploration of two sites – Stanley Park, the arguable center of activity in the city, and the city’s seawall (which wraps around several neighborhoods, including Stanley Park). Here one can enjoy any number of passive and light-action activities. The more active adventurer will find no limit of options here, depending on weather – from relaxing on the beach to snow-skiing in the nearby mountains (Vancouver is gateway to Whistler, one of the most acclaimed ski destinations on the continent) to beach volleyball, golf, tennis and exciting rental boat racing across the beautiful coastal waters. Few destinations in North America offer the myriad possibilities that Vancouver does – from haute cuisine dining and high culture to laid-back beachcombing and world-class snow skiing. Regardless of which dominates one’s itinerary, Vancouver will remain firmly rooted in any visitor’s memory as distinct and utterly stown The historic Ga beautiful. d is Vancouver’s MICHAEL W. SASSER

The bustling city of more than two million is surrounded by nature, including temperate rainforests and snowcapped mountains.

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The goal of North American energy independence has never appeared as realistic as it does today.


In Oklahoma, the word has particular relevance. In carving out the modern state from what was once a dry, arid, desolate part of the country, Oklahoma’s early settlers found themselves having to be self-reliant, cut off as they were from the bustling American development on the east and west coasts. Depression-era advancements that created many of today’s waterways were an improvement, certainly. But, by and large, early Oklahomans – white and Native



American alike – found themselves needing self-reliance to survive, to thrive, to create from nothing the state that today is among the most economically viable in the nation. Along the way the economy, powered by local entrepreneurs and labor that drove the development of the state, was led by aviation, oil and gas and agriculture – with each having a turn in the top spot. Today, though, there is no real competition with the energy sector as the state’s leading industry. And in light of new technologies and tremendous advancements in old

technologies, Oklahoma’s energy sector is positioned to play a vital role in a new type of independence – a style of independence that each and every president of the United States for years has claimed to aspire to: North American energy independence.

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“Once it was established in 2004 that you could pull [resources] out of shale, a great deal changed.”



energy sources that were then under attack as openly as petroleum products are today – primarily nuclear power, which today has been all but stopped from expanding because of federal regulation. The nation’s supply of oil and natural gas had simply been depleted so much that only a few decades’ supply remained available to extract. Those prognosticators, as is often the case, simply couldn’t account for new technologies suddenly opening up access to resources so expansive that today, experts in the field say there is no reason that North America couldn’t be energy independent until new sources of power are developed over the next century. In the center of this new reality is Oklahoma, a state where some still remember what independence is all about. “Oklahoma has always been one of the top producers of crude oil and natural gas – I believe we’re fourth or fifth in oil and third or fourth in natural gas, and certainly in the top five in both categories,” says Mike Terry, president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). Founded in 1955, OIPA represents more than 2,500 individuals and companies from Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry.

“If you look at the opportunities in Oklahoma, one of the great things you’re seeing is a lot of old fields that can produce now because of new technologies,” Terry says. “It isn’t just a couple of new fields – it’s the ability to go into huge old fields where it was thought extraction was impossible or cost-prohibitive. That’s a huge advantage. Because of new and the improvement of older technologies, we’ve been able to hit the reset button. It has really rejuvenated production in the state and also the economy.” It isn’t particularly arcane technology that today can provide access to subterranean petroleum resources long believed out of reach. “When you drilled in the past, you would drill in a geological feature that would possibly trap crude oil and natural gas,” says Pete Brown, chairman of OERB’s public education committee. “You were at the mercy of nature. Wildcatting is usually successful in one in 10 sites; that is one of 10 places you drill will become commercially viable.” In 1993, leaders representing Oklahoma’s oil producers and royalty owners, worked with the State Legislature to form OERB – the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. Oklahoma’s natural gas producers joined

soon after. Its mission: “To use the strength of Oklahoma’s greatest industry to improve the lives of all Oklahomans through education and restoration.” A good portion of its efforts is directed at cleaning up former drill sites, with the remainder of the organization’s resources devoted to educating Oklahomans about the reality of the industry and its impact on the state. Brown says that the wildcatting formula was forever changed around 2004. At that time, Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy had purchased Mitchell Energy, a smaller holding in Texas that had been experimenting with advanced drilling techniques in the Barnett Shale for decades. By 2004 Devon had improved on these techniques with help from Tulsa-based Helmerich & Payne, and, for the first time, extraction from so-called “tight shale” formations was financially viable. “Once it was established in 2004 that you could pull [resources] out of shale, a great deal changed,” Brown says. The two primary advances that helped energize Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry were advances in horizontal drilling and advances in hydraulic fracturing. While some unfamiliar with the technologies may define these practices as new, neither is.

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“Horizontal drilling is not new – it has been used offshore all of the time,” Brown said. Nor is hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – a new technique. As in the case of horizontal drilling, it is simply a technologybased application that has been improved. Experts in the field cite some of the general advances in both technologies. Horizontal drilling, long-used offshore, has seen advances in “navigation” and drill bits, as well as the advance technology of identifying the “course” for the drilling. In hydraulic fracturing, advances have come in the form of the fluids – mostly water – used in the process, in recycling of that water and in more exact application of the process. Brown points out that there have also been advances in vertical drilling, which already has the advantage of being less expensive than horizontal drilling.

“Vertical drilling costs about one-third or one-fourth as much as horizontal drilling,” Brown says. “Conventional reservoirs don’t lend themselves to horizontal drilling anyway. Still, there have been new technological advances, such as a PVC bit. Technologies are out there and are always going to be developed.” It is a combination of advances in these longtime practices and in other technology that has allowed drilling for shale oil – long thought out of reach of traditional practices. The result has had a lasting impact on the industry, on Oklahoma and in the alleged goal of North American energy independence. “The result [of the technological advances] is that more wells become commercial,” Brown says. “It’s opened up huge reserves, and especially in Oklahoma.”

New Fields For Newfield New fields, rejuvenated fields and ongoing exploration are all keys to Oklahoma’s burgeoning role at the heart of the quest for energy independence. But they aren’t the only factors that have helped the state achieve its new, important position. “Look at the companies headquartered in the state,” Terry says. “You have companies like Devon and Chesapeake among many others that have chosen to locate in, relocate to and seriously invest in Oklahoma. These are the largest companies in the field, and they chose Oklahoma.” All of Oklahoma’s assets and benefits as an energy state are familiar to Lee K. Boothby, chairman, president and CEO of Newfield Exploration Corp. Newfield is set to celebrate its 25th year in business in December. It was founded in 1988 with an initial tight focus on the shallow waters

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of the Gulf of Mexico. It grew from being jokingly called “No-field” to being one of the largest operators in the Gulf by 1999. “Our second decade in business was about diversifying,” says Boothby. “One obvious option at the time was deep water, but it wasn’t something we wanted to do. Instead we wanted to move on shore and predominantly in the U.S. We looked at moving into the midcontinent.” There was certainly competition from other energy-rich areas of the country. Instead, Newfield opted for Oklahoma when it acquired a private, Tulsa-based company in January 2001. “We got an initial work force and 6065 million cubic feet of natural gas production,” Boothby says. “When we looked at Oklahoma what we liked was that while there were longer-lived assets, we also got entry into an area with a rich heritage in the oil and gas industry. The energy industry in Oklahoma is really a story of evolution, of entrepreneurs taking risks – but also of people coming together to solve problems. “Oklahoma’s influences range outside the actual state borders,” Boothby continues. “There are a lot of Oklahoma natives who live and work in other parts of the world but who are working in the industry. We’re using knowledge gained in Oklahoma all over the United States. There’s a strong production base. As of today, oil has grown each of the last four years – the only time in my career I have seen that. When thinking about that growth rate, you can see the impact, less reliance on foreign oil.” Of course, it isn’t just oil. Low prices on natural gas might have prompted a number of companies to refocus on crude oil for the

time being, but Boothby doesn’t downplay its importance. “The greatest gift to the nation was the realization that there more than 100 years’ worth of natural gas in the U.S.,” says Boothby. “Now we’re seeing the same types

and certainly you can see it in places like southeast Oklahoma in the McAlester area,” Brown says. “It used to be that the prison and the ammunition depot were the only large employers there. Things have changed because of oil and gas drilling. The boom in western Oklahoma is something that can affect whole parts of the country.” If Newfield’s first decade was about building its initial offshore business and its second decade was about diversifying and moving out interests to on-shore, then its third is all about the U.S. “We’re halfway through our third decade,” Boothby says. “Today we’re moving to focus all corporate energy onshore in the United States. Whatever people think, this has always been a hightech industry and this [new energy source discoveries] has been driven by quality people and technology.”

Local Support

Among other aspects propelling Oklahoma to the heart of what could be the solution to a major national problem, according to industry insiders, are a legislature that understands the industry and regulators who make sure companies are responsible for their impact but which aren’t oppressive or looking to harm the industry. “Regulation in Oklahoma is not adversarial,” Brown says. “They want you to drill and do well for Oklahoma, but they want it done right. If you do something wrong, they will sit you down and make you do it right. That’s the way good regulation should work.” But general factors are important as well, such as Oklahoma’s workforce and its business-friendly environment. Terry points out the polls and studies that continue to rank Oklahoma high on the charts of states in

“The boom in western Oklahoma is something that can affect whole parts of the country.”



of discovery when it comes to oil. “There is no magic energy bullet. There has to be some kind of bridge and Oklahoma is playing an important role in constructing that bridge to the future.” Experts cite the impact of Oklahoma’s role in the sector using various parts of the state’s geography as an example. “You’re really seeing it all over the country where there is drilling going on,

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which it is easiest to do business. Experts also reject the claim that oil and gas interests are holding back the development of alternative energy sources. “The oil and gas industry doesn’t condemn alternative energy sources,” Brown says. “We have a need for alternative energy sources in the future.” In the meantime, Brown says oil and gas must be a part of the energy sector. “It’s economical, and it’s relatively safe,” Brown says. “There’s never even been a demonstrated case of fracking poisoning water in the United States. We’re also improving fracking to minimize the necessary water and to recycle it. The industry is constantly looking to improve.”

The Unconventional Renaissance

But, even given the importance of Oklahoma in the overall oil and gas industry, is sole reliance on North American oil and gas resources a possibility, and if so, what would it require? Brown, for one, believes it is possible. Furthermore, he says it’s one of OERB’s goals to get that information out to the public. “OERB wants people to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel – we can achieve it,” he says. “I feel confident that our reliance on Middle Eastern oil will diminish. As technology continues to advance, it helps everyone. France has just completely outlawed fracking at the same time they rely more on nuclear power than anyone else – and they do a good job at it. Ultimately, we will have to develop more nuclear power, or develop hydrogen systems somehow or some hope cold fusion could be the answer – it works in theory but no one has been able to get it to work in practice. “Oil and gas are still the next 100 years, but we all need to consider our greatgreat-great grandchildren, so OERB also promotes conservation,” Brown says. Terry points out that the



U.S. is still 40 percent dependent on overseas oil, and he isn’t sure what the percentage will be in years to come. “Who knows where it will go from there?” Terry says. “But I think the change will be positive. We are producing more crude oil but still importing it, too. It’s foolish to predict when independence can be achieved. Remember, Oklahoma actually has more natural gas than it does crude oil, even though companies are focused on oil right now. But the prices for natural gas are historically low. You see more and more natural gas being used to produce electricity. CNG is increasing on the demand side. As demand increases prices will go up and we’ll continue to be a leader.” “Natural gas is plentiful and cleaner burning – I think it has a bright future,” Terry says. “Oklahoma is one of the absolute leaders in the drive to energy independence.” Brown says that talk of energy independence has been circulated for “a lot of years.”

“Until this unconventional renaissance, most people thought it was a pipe dream,” he says. “For the first time in my life, I feel like energy independence is feasible. The biggest risk factors the industry faces aren’t based on the industry or geology. It’s aboveground risk based on misinformation and environmental extremism. Everything we all care about starts with a strong economy.” Brown points out that the energy sector provided a disproportionate number of new jobs created at times during the global recession – and that’s energy as in oil and natural gas, not windmill manufacturing or the construction of solar cells. “You can see the effects of the [oil and gas industry] in small towns and in Middle America, and obviously it is easy to see here in Oklahoma,” Brown says. Brown does not feel that many people around the United States, particularly states that do not have experience with the sector, understand the oil and gas industry. He says if more people understood the nature of the industry, its economics, benefits and long-term legacy – as well as its relative safety – there might be less misinformation in the public consciousness. “I think, at the end of the day, unconventional oil and gas from Oklahoma and in North America will win,” adds Brown. “It has a lot more benefits than cost. There’s a lot the average citizen doesn’t understand.” To clarify, North American energy independence includes all of North America – the U.S., Canada and Mexico. While many are aware of shale oil being produced and sold in Canada, fewer people might know that Mexico sits on top of resources that haven’t even been identified yet. Maximizing the potential for North American energy independence is no easy thing, Terry point out. “It would take a mix of a lot of things to maximize the possibility,” says Terry. “Fortunately, Oklahoma has been in this business a long time. It’s part of a culture and it is an industry that’s welcomed here. If and when independence is achieved, Oklahoma will be in the middle of it.”


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By Paul Fairchild

Tulsa’s first professional soccer team may have folded in the ‘80s, but its legacy has fueled a continued drive for more of the sport.

Blaine Gonsalves demonstrates why the Tulsa Athletics ended the season with only one loss PHOTO BY JOHN O’CONNOR/ MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY


Hardcore Tulsa soccer fans pine for the glory days of the Tulsa Roughnecks. The team, imported from Hawaii, regularly ended its seasons with playoff berths in the North American Soccer League’s Soccer Bowl. The team had talent, including Charlie Mitchell, Iraj Danaeifard and Victor Moreland. It also had fans. Lots of fans. At its peak of popularity, 20,000 fans filled the stands for games at The University of Tulsa’s Skelly Stadium. The Roughnecks rarely failed, but the North American Soccer League did in 1984, ending professional soccer in America until Major League Soccer debuted in 1993. Soccer in Tulsa didn’t disappear during those lean nine years. If anything, the soccer scene exploded. Tulsa is home to the Athletics, one of the top five of nearly 50 semi-pro teams in the National Premier Soccer League. It’s about to be joined by a new indoor team, the Tulsa Revolution. Tulsans take their soccer very seriously. Soccer is so prevalent in Tulsa that it’s become a self-sustaining engine of sorts. “We started something with the Roughnecks. Soccer’s grown tremendously in Tulsa over the last 25 years,” says exRoughneck Charlie Mitchell. “We now have a young bunch of elite athletes here that have reached the highest levels of competitive programs. The University of Tulsa, a Division I program, among the top five in the country, is here. We’ve got coaches that worked with some of the most competitive teams in the country. They have high standards and a love of the game that they’re passing along to Tulsa’s younger players.” In the 1980s, the NASL represented the best of the best soccer, not just in the U.S., but around the world. The great Pelé played for the New York Cosmos. A handful of Roughnecks came over from the United Kingdom. The Roughnecks were right up there at the top of the league, competing twice for the NASL championship and bringing it home to Tulsa in 1983. The team was rewarded with a ticker tape parade, and its success left an indelible mark on the community. They were winners. They were exciting. They attracted both dedicated and casual fans. Soccer became the sport to watch in Tulsa. SEPTEMBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


Charlie Mitchell is a pioneer of the Tulsa soccer scene. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

May The Better Team Win

Roughnecks fans – kids during the 1980s – still tell stories about practicing with the team. On Mondays, the entire team assembled at various restaurants, inviting fans to lunch with them. Many fans were on a first-name basis with the Roughnecks. In 1983, as the NASL began rapidly folding, and the Roughnecks had trouble staying alive financially. With the loss of crowds in other cities with failed

Raven Tatum is a senior midfielder for the TU Golden Hurricane. PHOTO COURTESY TU ATHLETICS.



teams, the Roughnecks weren’t even pulling in enough money to make payroll. A local telethon rallied fans and raised enough to keep the team alive. The Roughnecks started the first soccer camps in Oklahoma. There was no shortage of attendees. Tulsa kids with a love of soccer also had a love of the Roughnecks. Getting lessons from this band of British footballers was, for the kids, like learning from living legends. Members of the team still kick around in the Tulsa soccer scene, coaching youth teams and teaching at soccer camps. Some, now more than 60 years old, still play. And they still win. Mitchell and Victor Moreland were inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012. Mitchell also passed his soccer skills to players at Northeastern State University, where he coached for nine years. He currently serves as executive director of the Highlanders Football Club, a Bixby team he started in 1997. Mitchell, like other Roughnecks, can’t put the cleats away. Tulsa’s soccer crowd won’t forget the Roughnecks anytime soon. The 30th anniversary of their NASL championship win against the Toronto Blizzard before a crowd of 60,051 will be celebrated in October. The location, of course, will be TU’s H.A. Chapman Stadium, which to

diehard Roughnecks fans will always be known as Skelly Stadium. The Roughnecks were a blue-collar team that had one of the lowest payrolls in the league. As one fan says, it wasn’t about the money for these players. They loved soccer, and when they took the field, they rolled up their sleeves and got the job done. That attitude was right for Tulsa, a town built on rolled-up sleeves and jobs well done. The team was fearless, and that fit Tulsa, too. Just as Tulsa boosters were (and are) comfortable going toe-to-toe with larger cities, the Roughnecks never shied from taking on teams from those larger cities. They welcomed teams like the New York Cosmos to town. They wanted the challenges. “That spirit is still here,” says Sonny Dalesandro, owner of the Tulsa Athletics. “Our youth teams don’t fear anybody. Their attitude is, ‘If you beat us, it’s because you’re a better team and you outworked us.’ Tulsa teams are fearless when they take the field. They take the same attitude the Roughnecks held when playing teams from bigger cities. They roll up their sleeves and get to work, too.”

Same City, New Teams

Even today, Roughnecks memorabilia enjoys healthy sales on eBay. A vintage 1976 Roughnecks jersey will cost you $100. There’s a market for everything Roughnecks, from pennants to programs and tickets to posters. Dalesandro didn’t want to let soccer go when the Tulsa Roughnecks folded. With friends, he founded a men’s league team, the Boston Avenue Athletic Club, in 2005. It was casual, with a lot of Sunday matches, but a lot of hanging out, too. That club developed a second team, fondly called “the reserves,” that consisted primarily of players from TU, Oral Roberts University and a couple of professional teams. The Athletic Club won a lot, becoming one of the best teams in the state. And that club was the seed for the Tulsa Athletics. It was also the beginning of a popular team strategy in Tulsa: Find the fuel for your engine in your own backyard. The Athletics

recently joined the National Premier Soccer League. It’s a highly competitive league, but it’s also not a professional league, allowing players – especially college players – to retain their amateur status. With NCAA Division I soccer teams like TU and ORU down the street, good players aren’t hard to find in the college off-season. “We absolutely ask TU and ORU players to join the fray. Tulsa has an incredibly deep player pool in terms of talent. We want the Athletics to be a representation of our finest local players,” says Dalesandro. The Athletics themselves are a huge part of Tulsa’s soccer engine. They have fans. Attendance at games averages 3,500 avid spectators. The Athletics performed remarkably this year, losing only one game. It’s expected to dominate the division in 2014. The fan base will grow, and strong fan bases get teams promoted to higher level leagues. But Dalesandro also tips his hat to the Roughnecks when he talks about his team’s fan base. “Without the Tulsa Roughnecks and the clubs they started and founded, Tulsa would just be another football town in America. We want the Athletics to have their own identity, while drawing on the past successes and influence of the Tulsa Roughnecks,” he says. “We really want the Athletics to embody the past, present and future of soccer in Tulsa.” That future will be played out in the old, unused Drillers Stadium. The team will pay for renovations, updates and utilities. Dalesandro also plans on adding a beer garden and two playgrounds for kids. After one season in the NPSL, the Athletics are the 30th largest in average game attendance. That number includes all competitive soccer teams in the U.S. and Canada – including the MLS; at present, there are 19 teams in the MLS. That the Athletics could, in its second and third seasons in the NPSL, move ahead of some MLS teams for game attendance is a real possibility. Local entrepreneur Adam Mellor and his colleagues are bringing a whole new angle to Tulsa soccer. Earlier this year he announced the arrival of the Tulsa Revolution, the city’s first arena league soccer team. Again, the Revolution is using the time-honored technique of finding solid players in its own backyard. The team recently held public tryouts, inviting locals to take a shot at semipro soccer. The Revolution will be aggressive this season. In addition to locals, they’re hunting talent in the Professional Arena Soccer

Tulsa Athletics player Jake Dobkins, coach Joey Ryan, team owner Sonny Dalesandro and player Blaine Gonsalves. PHOTO BY JOHN O’CONNOR/MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY



League for its highest caliber players. The short-term goal is nothing less that making an appearance in the playoffs this year. The long-term plan is building an organization with high-end performances that will attract fans and keep them coming back. “Americans easily fall in love with arena soccer. It has all the aesthetics and technique of the outdoor game,” says Revolution Head Coach Michael Nsein. “However, it’s played at 100 miles per hour with lots of scoring. The problem most Americans have with outdoor soccer is that an entire game can be played without a single goal scored. Indoor soccer averages eight to nine goals per game. It’s endto-end excitement and entertainment, keeping


Soccer, or football or footy or futbol as it is typically called outside the U.S., is the world’s most popular sport. While the word football has an entirely different meaning in the Sooner State, soccer is becoming increasingly popular, with youth soccer leagues, new semi-professional teams and even watch parties for international soccer teams at your area sports bar. If you’re among the uninitiated, here are a few basic rules and terms to help you follow along: • A game of soccer is called a match. • The goal of a soccer match is to score a goal, which is accomplished by placing the ball in your opponent’s goal. • That latter goal is the big rectangular net you see at each end of the field. • Each goal scored is worth one point. • A regulation soccer match is played in two 45-minute halves. • Each team consists of 11 players, including a goalkeeper – the one standing in front of the net. • Soccer players use their feet, legs, heads and chests to move the ball around the field – hands, elbows and arms may not be used. • Don’t freak out – the goalkeeper may use his hands, and other appendages, to defend the goal. • Though Americans hate the concept, about 30 percent of soccer matches end in a tie. Overtime and shootouts are typically used to determine a winner during playoffs.



even the most casual soccer fan on the edge of their seat.”

Start Early, Play Often

The University of Tulsa is a big star for Tulsa’s soccer world to orbit. The men’s team ended the 2012 season with a 14-6-1 record, earning the Golden Hurricane a berth in the Sweet 16 and garnering the team the overall number 14 spot in men’s NCAA Division I soccer. The women’s team closed the season with a 12-6-4 record, putting it close to a berth in the playoffs. TU head coach for women’s soccer, Kyle Cussen, estimates that half of his team comes from Oklahoma, with most of those from Tulsa. Cussen goes to the Oklahoma well for players, but over time, he puts back as much as he takes. TU offers summer soccer camps for kids of all ages, pulling in 500 or more kids in one session. Day camps are held at local elementary schools. The Golden Hurricane, on both the men’s and women’s sides of the game, reaches out to youth leagues around the city. And they should. Those kids are their future players. “When I started coaching, I was determined that if I became a head coach, I’d recruit Oklahomans first because there’s a lot of talent here,” says Cussen. “The talent’s been here, but the kids are getting noticed now because youth leagues are more competitive and traveling a lot more. Our teams travel all over the nation to play the best teams in the country.” Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane is exactly the kind of institution Cussen’s thinking about. If you’re growing pro players, you better give them the high-end training grounds they need. TSC Hurricane Executive Director, Jim Tindell, has spent years building up his facility in Jenks. His complex is where the best of the best Oklahoma soccer players are made. TSC definitely gets them while they’re young. One of its programs includes kindergartners. There’s no shortage of teams to play on. TSC supports 90 of them. “We have programs for all ages and playing levels, the largest coaching network, the most nationally licensed coaches, the only club affiliated with a MLS franchise, the only club in the Elite Clubs National League – the highest level girls’ national league – and the biggest youth tournaments, and the only major college showcase,” he says proudly.

Soccer’s The Future

A lot of smart people think there’s a Major League Soccer team in Tulsa’s future. Cussen believes that if crowds continue to support the

The Tulsa Revolution, a new indoor Tulsa soccer team, recently held tryouts. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

Athletics and the Golden Hurricane, it makes Tulsa a good candidate. Dalesandro’s more adamant. “First, soccer’s worked here before. The MLS knows that. The Roughnecks were one of the top averaging clubs in the NASL. The MLS sees Tulsa as a potential market for a team,” he says. “After that, it’s about Tulsans recognizing one extremely important thing: This is our only shot at having a major sports team in our city. This understanding has to lead to a unified effort to show our city’s leaders and local businesses that this is what we want here. Our hopes are that the community sees this situation the same and reacts accordingly to bring something very special to a very deserving city.” Obtaining a MLS team will be the latest expression of the Oklahoma City-Tulsa rivalry. Prodigal, an advisory group with a specialty in professional sports, announced plans in midJuly to build a stadium large enough to hold a USL Pro soccer team. The as-yet-unnamed franchise will debut for the 2014 season – in an as-yet-unnamed stadium. The USL Pro league is, for want of a better description, a farm team for the MLS. “It’s not easy to get a MLS franchise. You’ve got to have the fan support, the corporate support, and the resources to pay the franchise fees,” says Prodigal’s Executive Vice President of New Business Development, John Allgood. “It takes a lot. We don’t feel like Oklahoma City is ready for a MLS franchise right now, but it will be in seven to 10 years, and hosting a USL Pro team is a perfect way to earn our stripes.” Regardless of which city gets the franchise, Tulsa will always be a soccer town. The city is a soccer engine that fuels itself, a perpetual motion machine that trains, nurtures and produces players that find spots in the highest echelons of semi-professional and professional soccer. Tulsa is where goals are scored.

SPECIAL PROMOTION step-sister, Margo Goodall, has joined her fight by leading a team of Summer’s supporters during the 2013 Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure®. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Summer hopes to join the combined TeamRAE / Dolce Vita Cancer Kickers team, or at least cheer it on, as the pink-clad warriors reach the finish line. The theme of the combined teams is “Summer’s Not Over.” Summer, Margo and thousands of other breast cancer advocates are looking forward to the annual Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure. It’s their opportunity to raise critical funds and awareness, celebrate survivors, and honor those who have lost their battle but will never be forgotten. About five years ago, Margo first participated in the Race for the Cure with other RAE Corporation employees. Together they raced for a beloved co-worker, Vickie Stephens, who battled breast cancer twice and beat it. Margo is also a member of the Dolce Vita Cancer Kickers team, which is racing this year to support, among others, Pam Schrader, a 15-year breast-cancer survivor. This September, Margo will race for Summer, of course, and her mother-in-law, Donna Sasser, who battled and beat breast cancer last year.



he doctor looked Summer Wiley right in the eye and said, “Because you did your self-exam, you saved your life.” At that moment, Summer’s tears began to fall as the realization hit her: “What if I had felt this cancerous lump in my breast and thought, ‘It’s no big deal; I will get it checked out later.’” Summer’s daily self-exam in the shower allowed the 43-year-old newlywed to identify her fast growing form of breast cancer before it could spread. At that point in Summer’s life, she and her then boyfriend, Adam Wiley, were planning to get married. But when Summer was diagnosed, they didn’t want to wait another day. They planned their wedding one day and were wed the next in Woodward Park’s rose garden. Not long after the wedding in June, Summer underwent a mastectomy that gives her a 1 percent chance of the cancer ever returning. “Thank God I made the right decision to get the lump checked out,” Summer said. After all, Summer knows that breast cancer takes a life every 69 seconds. As Summer continues to fight her breast cancer, she’s not alone. Her


On race day, the interactive I AM THE CURE booth will educate visitors about breast self-awareness. And throughout the race, everyone will be reminded that we all have the power to be part of the cure.

Thinking about this year’s race, Summer said, “The Race for the Cure is going to be emotional because of everything I have been through in my own fight, and I’ll definitely be thinking about everyone still fighting.” As for Margo, she said, “When I’m at the Race for the Cure, I can feel the strength of all these amazing women who come together to show the world that if we work together, we can end breast cancer for good.” – Matt Gleason

To save your life, or the life of someone you care for, remember these four tips: 1. See your doctor, learn your risk 2. Get mammograms and breast exams 3. Notice changes to your breasts 4. Start the fight by living right

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ake every ageist stereotype you know about senior citizens. Now take those stereotypes, wad them up into a little ball and throw them in the trash. It’s from this starting point that we need to look at the “winter” of life. Who says that growing older means slowing down? Of course, there are the inevitabilities that come with age as Mother Nature and Father Time run their courses on the physical, but when one moves beyond aesthetics in this youth-obsessed society we inhabit, it’s important to consider this: Do we choose to let the mind focus on all the stuff we have no control of, or do we roll with the punches, make the most out of our situations and keep our spirits timeless, ageless and full of gratitude for each and every day we are given? The latter sounds like a whole lot more fun, doesn’t it? Recent research shows that having a more positive attitude – being optimistic, easygoing, extroverted and laughing more – can play a role in living a longer, healthier life. Positive people are happier people, and we all know what happiness does for the heart. What better way to stay young at heart



than to keep on keepin’ on – both mentally and physically – getting the body moving, traveling, learning, trying new things and doing what you love? Whether decades away or dancing on the brink, we’re all getting older, so listen up, and take notes, because these very active senior Oklahomans are sure to inspire the notion that it’s not how long you live, but how intensely you live while appreciating your life and living it to the fullest.

Stay Busy Having Fun Bob and Bonnie White can tell you a thing or two about keeping busy. Married for 59 years, the Whites, both 79, are always going someplace and doing something. Whether with their involvement in their church activities, sports or own separate interests, the key to their success as a happy, healthy couple lies in the fact that they keep busy and have fun together in the process. “We have always taken an active interest in one another’s activities. I quilt, and he enjoys that. He likes the colors and the fabrics and the patterns I put together and always helps me with things that need to be done, and I’ve always been really supportive of his weight

lifting and baseball,” Bonnie says. Bob, who has always been athletic, even coached a women’s softball league that Bonnie played on from when she was 47 to 70 years old. When Bob started a gym in their garage to get physically conditioned, Bonnie was on board, and since then, Bob has become a competitive weight lifter (winning fourth place in his age group at a recent competition in Italy) and coach. Bonnie stresses the importance of being supportive of what your partner’s interests are, even if it’s something that you wouldn’t normally have anything to do with. “I wouldn’t go to anyone else’s meets, but when it’s Bob, I’m there front row cheering him on. That’s what you have to do. Just because I don’t participate in it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it or enjoy watching him do it,” she says. “Being active as a couple keeps life fun and interesting. It’s important to have lots of interests and enjoy the company of other people. I think that’s what too many people don’t do. People get older and they think, ‘Oh I’ve worked all my life and now I just want to sit around and do nothing,’ but once you start

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sitting in that chair and start watching TV, in a few months, you can’t do anything else. So you better stay active the older you get.”

Nurture the Mind and Body Nancy Blankenship, 78, says that her lifestyle changed about 10 years ago when she realized how much time she was wasting watching TV, and making the decision to stop watching TV left her more time to read. Just like life is continuous, the learning process should be continuous, as well. A wise person once said that if you stop learning, you stop living, which in turns implies that to keep seeking knowledge is to continue to elevate your life above the usual. Taking her love of reading up a notch, Blankenship’s higher education experience has turned into a lifelong crusade at Oklahoma City University where she has taken one class every semester for the past 26 years, including “Women in America: Twentieth Century” this fall. Although she attended college in her youth, she couldn’t wait to get out, and it wasn’t until her daughter was in medical school that she decided to make her return to the classroom. “The reason I did was because I heard a reliSEPTEMBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


gion professor speak at our church, and he knew things the rest of us Methodists did not know. He made me want to learn all about all of that. Then I became a Unitarian,” Blankenship says. Although a self-proclaimed former shy person, it’s been her years back in college that has turned her into one of the most outspoken students in her classes. Now always one of the first to speak up, it has been easy for her to make friends with both students and professors. “My grandchildren are the ages of these kids, so it isn’t hard for me to relate to them,” she explains. “It usually just takes a couple of weeks before they are comfortable with me and treat me just like one of them. I dress pretty much like they do, except not short shorts in hot weather. Mostly, I wear jeans or spiff up a bit more on occasion. Being more casual in dress puts everyone on a more level playing field, and it says, ‘Hey, we’re all in this together.’ It helps dissolve differences.” Working in sync with keeping the mind active and healthy through proactive learning, keeping the body active and healthy through diet and exercise is a no brainer way to keep those endorphins flowing. Contrary to popular belief, research is showing that getting physically weaker and less mentally alert are not inevitable side effects of aging, but rather, they stem from inactive lifestyles. Breaking the misconception that you have to slow down when you get older (and putting the average person, young or middle-aged, to shame), Darrell Creamer, 75, gets up at 5 a.m. and opens the St. John Siegfried Health Club in Tulsa at 5:30, exercising at least four days a week. He started running when he was 34 years old without ever having been in sports and later transitioned into a dedicated rower, both competitively and noncompetitively, when he was 50 years old. He says that in high school he always wanted to be a rower, and now that he is older, his workouts predominately involve the rowing machine. “I love the physical and psychological feeling it gives me. Exercise is soothing. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something, especially when you get older. I take very good care of myself. I’ll be exercising until I die,” Creamer says. “Even more, I think that nutrition is much more important than exercise. I encourage people to read the lifestyle book, The Great Cholesterol Myth. It will change your life.” After two major heart attacks – one in 2008 and one this past December, where he spent 42 days in the hospital – he attributes his survival and ongoing recovery to taking care of himself and working to stay in shape.



During the 17 days he was unconscious in intensive care, Creamer had a spiritual, out-of-body experience that gave him a fresh, newfound perspective on life. After staying away from church for more than 55 years, he came to wanting to devote the rest of his life to serving God, and ever since, faithfully attends church and focuses only on what’s important. “I have a 17-day hole in my life. I don’t remember one single thing. I was gone. When I woke up, I woke up a different person,” he explains. “I don’t worry about anything anymore. People worry too much about things they can’t do anything about. I came to realize that I have a really good life. I’m financially secure, I’ve got a fabulous wife and great kids and grandkids, and I’m going to enjoy it all. I don’t worry about anything I can’t change. Nothing.”

Do What You Love Continuing to follow your passions and do what you love throughout the course of your life has the ability to enable a feeling of ageless evolvement. Bill Pahdocony has been an athlete his entire life and says, without hesitation, “I don’t feel old in my head. I’m a lot younger than my years indicate.” Having played basketball and baseball in high school, the 76-year-old has since been bowling and golfing for the past 50 years. His ongoing love of competition is strong, and he says that he’s always enjoyed the competition Nancy Blankenship has continued her education by taking classes at Oklahoma City University. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

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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 everyday problems.

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I cut the palm of my hand at the base of my index finger two months ago. Now, I am unable to straighten my finger and the scar is painful. Would Occupational Therapy help my condition?

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What you are describing could be due to the development of scar tissue. Another possibility could be due to a loss of skin or soft tissue from the cut, causing shortening of the skin and making it painful to stretch or move the finger. As a hand therapist, I see this often in the clinic and mobilization of the scar tissue is essential for recovery. Several treatments, modalities and exercises would be beneficial for this condition and should be carried out by a hand therapist.

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Volunteers are a very integral part of Grace Hospice, and there are many Ava Hancock wonderful opportunities to use your talents to help. Some of our volunteers will visit hospice patients and their families in their homes while others will assist with helping our grieving families. We also have volunteers who work on a variety of such as creating crafts and gifts. Others may help with yard work or perform “handyman” duties. Our Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to determine your skills and interests and help find the best fit. We also provide complete training and support. For more information on volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Meg Carson at 918.744.7223.

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MEN’S STYLE CONSULTANT As a guy, I love the fall/winter season, especially when it comes to clothing. What will guys be wearing this year? Guys, prepare yourselves, because this fall is all about bringing personal style and textured layers back to your wardrobe. For example, start Autumn Pohl with a classic Gingham button down covered with a solid half-zip cashmere sweater, layered with a fitted textured sports coat and finished off with a cashmere scarf. This look can be worn with a Euro-style trouser pant or something more casual like a pair a dressy jeans in a dark wash. Perfect the look with a pair of colored calf leather drivers, loafers or leather lace-ups. We tend to think dark colors and heavy materials when it comes to the cold season, but that is not the case this year. We have taken the classic cooler weather colors and added a brighter hue to really make the man stand out. This season, look for bold jewel tones, and be sure it works with your personal skin tones. Finally, think accessories. Usually it›s the women who master this area but men are finding that this only heightens the look when you complete it with a belt, cuff links and a trendy watch.

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Most of the time, I feel really unhappy with my life. I have a good job and family, but I just feel flat. Do I have depression, and what can I do? There is the possibility you could be depressed, but only an assessment with a professional could determine that. Amy Kesner, PhD, Often people experience life or selfLPC, LADC dissatisfaction because of their attitude or perceptions. Some people get up each day looking forward to their work and their life. What is their secret? They get up and view their day as a challenge and they feel connected to this challenge. That is not to say they don’t have bad days, but they fight their way back instead of succumbing to the negativity. If your life feels monotonous, find ways to spice it up. Remember what you love and build on it and make a purpose to have fun. We can do things to boost nature’s own “feel good” chemicals. Serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, melatonin, insulin and prostaglandins are some of the more important ones. Exercise, sex, laughter and touch all produce positive effects within the body via chemicals in the brain. You are not a victim or slave to your life. You have the ability to make changes, find your passion, find your purpose.

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BUSINESS BANKER What is net worth, and why is it important when applying for a business loan? One of the most important factors that our bank considers when evaluating a business loan request is whether the client has sufficient net worth to qualify for a loan. Net worth is a Sean Kouplen company’s equity or assets in excess of liabilities. This is the cushion a business uses to operate when their cash flow suffers. This cushion can be excess cash owned by the business or owners; it can also be equity and assets that can be turned into cash in tough times. We analyze the applicant’s financial statement to determine if the cushion is adequate. Sometimes, business owners mistakenly withdraw much of a business’ cash when things are good, and there’s no cushion available when times get tough. Business owners that have an adequate cushion demonstrate discipline in their finances, making them a great candidate for a business loan.

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Packard’s New American Kitchen is the latest addition to Midtown Oklahoma City’s booming food scene.

n 1925, the area around Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City was flourishing with automobile businesses located in quaint, brick buildings with large, open show rooms. The Packard Building became a fixture of this area known as Automobile Alley, but as downtown entered a steep decline in the following decades, it was just another vacant structure in an abandoned district. With the renaissance of Midtown and Automobile Alley, the Packard Building is once again purring with new life, as Oklahoma City diners flock to one of the area’s most recent culinary additions:

Packard’s New American Kitchen. General manager John Ross appreciates the history of the location of his new dining endeavor. After all, he has a culinary history of his own. Born into a family of restaurateurs and chefs, food has been a passion of his since childhood. According to Ross, watching the space take shape was remarkable. “Midtown Renaissance has done a wonderful job renovating the Packard Building,” he says. “The building has actually been unoccupied longer than it has been occupied since it was built and was apparently quite a mess when renovations began. When we got into SEPTEMBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM






Packard’s executive chef Mitchell Dunzy, center, is flanked by sous chefs Chad Epley and Chris Horn.

the space it was a shell with windows, drywall interior walls, and chipped linoleum tile. We were pleasantly surprised to uncover the original black, white and red marble mosaic floor, which was hand-laid in 1925 as the Packard automobile showroom floor…there are still imperfections, but we like that it gives the space a sense of history and character.” Just as important as the ambience at Packard’s is the food, of course. Ross says the restaurant aims to marry Oklahoma City’s new trend in fine dining with its working class roots. “‘New American Kitchen’ describes Packard’s in that it is offering a fresh and updated look at food that has become great American fare,” Ross says. “It is food that is exceptional and yet comfortable, aims for perfection without pretentiousness, and depending on little more than the time of day, one can dine wearing jean shorts or a black tie.” Among the difficult choices facing diners are such offerings as pan-seared grouper, pasta carbonara and the most popular offering so far, the pesto pork chop. Not to be overlooked is the restaurant’s impressive cocktails menu, including the Pack Mule – the restaurant’s personal take on a Moscow mule – and the Panhandler: a bourbon cocktail boasting COOP Gran Sport Porter, maple, lemon and torched rosemary. The cocktails aren’t the only offerings with plenty of local flavor. Packard’s sources as many ingredients locally as possible, from dairy and coffee to produce and protein. Ross is proud that Packard’s is the newest member of Midtown’s revitalization. “The shared sense of positive change in the area is palpable,” he says. “Everyone knows that they are part of something bigger happening in OKC. It is exciting to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to see the process of change unfold.” 201 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City. www.packardsokc.com TARA MALONE

The B.E.L.T. at Whiskey Cake is served with house-made potato chips.



Among the recently established restaurants in Oklahoma City that specialize in farm-to-table fare, Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar has thrown in its hat. Originally established in Plano, Texas, this American-as-bourbon establishment boasts a formidable example of its namesake: a toffee torte cake with whiskey, spiced pecans and whipped cream. But despite the quaint feel of the name, don’t be fooled. While traditional Southern fare is on the table, like fried green tomatoes and pulled-pork sliders, Whiskey Kitchen offers some non-conventional options for more adventurous diners, including pork belly ramen, smoked duck with quinoa and the edamame-and-mushroom burger. There is a wealth of drink options from which to choose, including some based around local ingredients, such as the Tracy’s Garden cocktail with locally grown

basil. Other parts of the drink menu have a distinctly New Orleans flair, including the mint julep, the Sazerac and the Vieux Carré. Prices are roughly par for the course for farm-to-table dining, but caution for drinkers: the “rocks charge” is in full effect here, and that extra count will cost you $2 per drink. 1845 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City. www.whiskeycakeokc.com – Tara Malone



“You must try the falafel! It’s so good,” Sourena Afshar, a dapper man with elegant, elongated eyeglasses and a carefully trimmed goatee. The owner, with his wife Shadi, of Shish-Kabob, is excited about the food he serves, and with reason. The falafel, crisp and crunchy with a hint of exotic spice, is superb, and so are other Middle Eastern appetizers like the sprightly tabouli and smoky baba ganoush. But it’s the Persian dishes that are the stars at this cozy, welcoming corner of east Tulsa. Growing up in Tehran, Shadi was schooled in cooking by her mother and sisters and, Sourena admits, The falafel are served with stuffed grape leaves and Shish-Kabob’s signature fluffy rice. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

“I learned from my mom, too.” The Iranian food you’ll eat here is a blend and synthesis of these family recipes. Try the lamb shank: “It’s unique,” says Sourena. Small yet meaty lamb shanks specially ordered from California are simmered for three hours. Impossibly tender and bursting with flavor, the shanks are accented by the subtle blend of spices and tomato in the sauce. The fluffy rice that accompanies the lamb is a delicious meal on its own. It’s cooked in the Iranian fashion: first soaked, then boiled, then drained and finally steamed. This fabulous rice comes with all entrees, including the stews for which Iranian cuisine is famous. Ghormeh sabzi, one such stew, is a piquant blend of spinach, parsley, cilantro, dry lemon and fenugreek. “I cook the best ghormeh sabzi you’ll ever find,” declares Shadi. True to the name, there’s a full range of kebabs. The koobideh features minced meat, onions and a secret blend of spices which, Sourena assures us will make all other kebabs seem tasteless. 11605 E. 31st St., Tulsa. 918.663.9383 – Brian Schwartz

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Even when we’re watching our waistlines, we should have a little sweetness every once in a while. Fruit desserts are a wonderful way to indulge that craving without completely sabotaging efforts. Since pears are coming into season, they are a great option for a light dessert that is elegant enough for company, and poaching is an easy way to prepare them. Albeit easy to make, these poached pears have numerous health benefits, too, because of the red wine and pomegranate juice in the poaching liquid. As we have learned, red wine can help control cholesterol and further protect the heart by keeping blood vessels flexible to aid in the prevention of blood clots and strokes. It also helps control blood sugar and the antioxidants can help fight infections too. Like red wine, pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and has been shown to protect the heart and blood vessels. As little as eight ounces a day can make a difference. So go ahead and indulge a little. Your heart will thank you. – Jill Meredith

Dishes at Mama Sinmi’s Chop House dishes are inspired by West African cuisine.. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.


Mama Sinmi’s Chop House

Mama Sinmi’s Chop House – “chop” as in “to eat” – already is attracting devoted fans in the short time since it opened its doors. This small but colorful eatery offers traditional Nigerian fare such as suya (tender skewers of spiced meat) and jollof rice (cooked in a mix of peppers for a serious kick), along with other favorites like the goat meat pepper stew and perfectly fried golden plantains. The reasonable and filling lunch special includes a choice of rice along with chicken or beef, plantains, and a beverage. Just as popular as the food is Mama Sinmi herself – chef Ijeoma Popoola, who along with husband and co-owner Andrew, has brought the vibrancy of West African flavors and culture to the vivid life on the plains of Oklahoma. 2312 N. Macarthur Blvd., Oklahoma City. www.mamasinmi.com – Tara Malone

Red Wine and Pomegranate Poached Pears Makes 6 servings

4 c. dry red wine 1 bottle (16 ounces) pomegranate juice 1/3 c. sugar Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 cinnamon stick 3 whole cloves 6 Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled and cored, keeping stems intact In a Dutch oven, combine everything except the pears. Bring to a boil and add the pears; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until pears are almost tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and cool. Strain poaching liquid and return to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cook until thickened and slightly syrupy, about 45-60 minutes. When ready to serve, drizzle each pear with a little of the poaching liquid.



A fresh bun is stuffed with meatballs, sauce and cheese. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

Meatball Sandwich Mangiamo Truck

Sometimes a big, lusty Italian meal – the kind that involves piles of pasta topped with Sunday sauce and plenty of bread for sopping – is in order. But who has the time to slave over the stove? The team at Mangiamo Truck does. Serving Italian creations in paper trays (no white linen here) out of a food truck, Mangiamo is feeding Tulsans at American Airlines, Guthrie Green

and other areas in Tulsa where diners are hungry for Italian. Lasagna rolls, sausage and peppers and pasta with marinara are all standard, but it’s the meatball sandwich, a hearty hunk of bread stuffed with marinara-smothered meatballs and topped with cheese, that keeps the hungry masses coming back for more. Follow Mangiamo on Twitter or Facebook to find out where the truck is parked daily. – Jami Mattox


Late-night Bites

The Joey Bag O’ Donuts is a favorite calzone at Flip’s PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

With a distinguished selection of wine and a solid reputation as one of Oklahoma City’s anchor Italian restaurants, Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria may sound like the kind of restaurant where one might enjoy a cozy, romantic candlelight dinner. But OKC locals know it’s not a place that stands on ceremony – and that’s why, after nearly 30 years, crowds still flock to Flip’s. The real appeal of this laid-back icon of the Oklahoma City bar and restaurant scene comes long after most places have locked up and wiped down for the evening. Since 1985, Flip’s has offered a staggering late-night menu (serving until 1 a.m.) to OKC’s starving night owls. And this is not the chips-and-queso standard of late-night bar fare. Everything from salads and ap-

petizers to pasta and dessert are on the table, but diners in-the-know go straight for the famous calzones. Stuffed into homemade, whole-wheat crusts, the calzones at Flip’s feature traditional Italian meats and cheeses, overflowing with capicola and prosciutto, fontina and gorgonzola and just about anything else delicious you could dream of. Diners with especially large appetites can opt for the Joey Bag O’ Donuts calzone and feast on a pocket of chicken, spinach, peppers, garlic, mushrooms and four different kinds of cheese. All calzones are served with Flip’s famous red sauce, of course. Look for a mixed crowd at Flip’s, emphasis on “crowd.” 5801 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City. www.flipswinebar.com – Tara Malone


The Pressure’s On

In the mid-20th century, pressure cookers were used for everything from main dishes and veggies to desserts. Now, more than half a century later, the contraptions are back in style. Chef Jason Kendrick Vaughan, known as Chef JV, is a private chef in Tulsa that uses a pressure cooker on a regular basis and shares his thoughts on why this nostalgic appliance is making a reappearance in kitchens across the country. “There are a few reasons for this,” he begins. “Our moms and grandmas could start with a tougher, less expensive piece of meat and end up with something that is fall-apart tender.” Time is another factor. A piece of meat that might typically take six hours to cook can be done in a third of the time with a pressure cooker, therefore using less energy. Chef JV goes on to explain that pressure

cookers also help retain nutrients that are sometimes lost in other cooking methods. When buying a pressure cooker, look for one that has a good consumer rating and is moderately priced. – Jill Meredith

Pressure Cooked Lamb Makes 4 servings 3 1/2 1 1/2 3 2 1/2 1 2 1 1 1

lbs. lamb shoulder, cut into medium cubes tsp. cumin tsp. dried oregano tsp. turmeric garlic cloves, crushed medium onions, large diced tbsp. fresh basil chiffonade c. vegetable stock bay leaf tsp. pepper Salt and olive oil Toasted pine nuts for garnish tbsp. agave syrup

Mix garlic, turmeric, cumin and oregano with three tablespoons olive oil to make a paste. Smear over lamb and chill for an hour. With the lid off a preheated pressure cooker, add two tablespoons olive oil and sweat onions. Remove and set aside. Add the lamb and brown on all sides. Add stock to deglaze with bay leaf and onion. Lock the top and pressure-cook for 35 minutes on high. Follow manufacturer’s directions on lid lock and release. Let stand for 15 minutes. Add salt to taste and agave syrup. Remove bay leaf and serve.




HOW TO Ian Picco describes the cupping process at Topeca’s roastery. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

Above Average Joe

If you love coffee, you don’t want to settle for just an average cup, but producing the perfect cup of coffee is not an easy process. Even tasting coffee is an art, one that Ian Picco, manager at Topeca Coffee in Tulsa, teaches at weekly sessions called “cuppings.” Like wine, coffee has distinct characteristics that depend on several factors, such as where the beans are grown, weather,

etc. Similar to wine, coffee can have notes of chocolate, nuts or fruit. “Cupping is an easy way to break down coffee into individual taste components,” says Picco. The technique is a primary way to get to know a coffee. Used by the farmer for quality control and by the consumer to decide which coffee to purchase, there is a method and science behind the cupping process.

At Topeca, after touring the roastery and hearing a history of the evolution of coffee from seed to cup, the cupping process begins. Several small cups of ground beans from all over the world are lined up on a table. Pick up a cup, tap gently with one hand and sniff. The tapping helps release the gases and delivers chemicals to the nose. Next, the cups are filled to the rim with hot water. After all the grounds are wet, the coffee is allowed to steep for four minutes. Be sure to smell the coffee as it steeps. A crust will develop over the surface of the coffee. Break the crust by plunging a spoon directly into the center and stir exactly three times. Spoon out any floating grounds. Since the palate can better detect the individual characteristics of coffee after it has cooled slightly, let it stand for a few more minutes before sampling. The proper way to taste the coffee is to noisily slurp it through a spoon. The purpose is to aspirate the liquid into a mist that hits the entire palate at once. Chew the coffee for a few seconds and then spit out. Otherwise, you may experience a caffeine overload by the time the cupping is finished. For more information about Friday cupping sessions, contact Topeca at 918.398.8022. – Jill Meredith


All That Jazz Can’t decide what you’re in the mood to do this evening? How about ordering pizza to the bar and watching the playoffs with fellow sports fanatics? Or heading to a music venue that has hosted such luminaries as the late, great blues legend T-Model Ford? Perhaps just a classy cocktail on the patio is more your game, or pulling up a bar stool and sampling a selection of local Oklahoma brews. Regardless of your fancy, you can pick your poison at Oklahoma City’s 51st Street Speakeasy. Tucked on a tiny side street off Western Avenue’s main drag, this historic house-turned-bar and restaurant makes

“something for everybody” a reality rather than a cute turn of phrase. Join the crowds in the main rooms to mingle, or head upstairs for a more relaxed atmosphere, complete with comfy vintage couches. Fans of Oklahoma’s COOP brewery offerings will especially be interested in visiting the establishment – the brewery’s operations are set up right next door. The small cover charges on the weekend are worth the price of the atmosphere, the wide selection of drinks and the convenience of two bars. 1114 NW 51st St., Oklahoma City. www.51stspeakeasy.com – Tara Malone

Late-night pub fare at 51st Street Speakeasy includes beerbattered green beans and lemon-pepper talapia. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.








It’s been the habit of late to take a tale that has delighted and entertained generations of readers and inject a darker “twist” on its traditional telling. Fairy tales and L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz seem to be most susceptible to these retellings in novels and film, with varying results. The Broadway musical Wicked, however, has quickly become a classic in its own right. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked the musical courts the lighter side of Maguire’s telling without losing its essential remarks on friendship, good intentions and harsh consequences. Celebrity Attractions invites fans to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., where Wicked runs Sept. 4-22. Tickets are $35-$150, available at www.myticketoffice.com. For more about the musical, visit www.okcciviccenter.com online. Wicked





Performances Wicked

Sept. 4-22 The wildly popular musical from the land of Oz returns to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall with a tale of witches, “good” and “evil” and how they got to be that way. www.okcciviccenter.com

A Raisin in the Sun

Sept. 5-7 Tulsa’s Certain Curtain Theatre presents as its first play at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Lorraine Hansberry’s drama of a black family in Chicago’s south side looking for a better life amid poverty, racism and the struggle over a cultural identity. www.myticketoffice.com

Tulsa Ballet II: On Your Radar Sept. 6-8 Tulsa Ballet’s education training program opens the company’s 2012-13 season with a trio of pieces – resident choreographer Ma Cong’s Match Point, the “Wedding Suite” from Sleeping Beauty and Vivir al Dia by Natrea Blake, all at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K. www. tulsaballet.org I Hate Hamlet Sept. 6-14 Paul Rudnick’s hilarious episode of a popular TV actor finding the inspiration

to tackle the daunting Shakespeare drama when he encounters John Barrymore’s belligerent ghost is presented by Playhouse Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

The Cyclops

Sept. 6-21 Nightingale Theater brings an original telling of Euripides’ play of the Greek Odysseus and his soldiers trapped on an island with nasty Cyclops and a wily satyr to the stage. www.nightingaletheater. com



Sept. 6-28 Carpenter Square Theatre brings some necessary laughs to the stage with a sting-gone-awry, a crooked mayor and motel under surveillance. www.carpentersquare.com

Tulsa Symphony: Beethoven and Adler Sept. 7 Internationally-renowned soprano and

Oklahoma native Sarah Coburn returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center along with violinist Siwoo Kim for Tulsa Symphony’s first performance of the 2013-14 season with selections from Beethoven and Samuel Adler, including a piece jointly commissioned between the symphony and Rotary Club of Tulsa. www.tulsapac.com

Blue Man Group

Sept. 10-15 The theatrics, the lighting, the musicality and “blue” comedy combine in a wildly outrageous show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

King Lear

Sept. 12-28 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park closes its season on the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage with a tragic classic of betrayals and a kingdom at stake when a monarch disinherits his only loyal heir. www.oklahomashakespeare.com

Show People The Blue Man Group

Sept. 13-22 Heller Theatre stages a comedy about old school Broadway actors taking on an unorthodox job out of desperation at Henthorne Performing Arts Center. www.cityoftulsa.org/henthornepac



premiere of Jorma Elo’s One/End/One and the program’s namesake Adam Hougland’s contemporary staging of the groundbreaking Vaslav Nijinksy piece from 1913. www. tulsaballet.org

Opening Night Sept. 28 Pianist Andrew Von Oeyen is the special guest of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and its big opening night event for the exciting new season of classic and contemporary music at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcphilharmonic.org

In Concert Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival

Thru Sept. 1 Down Home Blues Club, Rentiesville. www. dcminnerblues.com







Sept. 4 Brady

Sept. 4 Cain’s



Sept. 5 Cain’s







Lucinda Williams

Sept. 6 The Lucinda Williams album in its entirety at Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

Hank Williams Jr. Sept. 6 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. www.luckystarcasino.org Gentlemen of the Road Tour 2013 Sept. 6-7 Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Phosphorescent, Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Yacht Club DJs, more. Cottonwood Flats, Guthrie. www. gentlemenoftheroad.com/guthrie Podunkpalooza 2013 Sept. 6-7 Gary Allan, Jamey Johnson, Casey Donahew Band, Stoney LaRue, Swon Brothers, more at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort. www.buffalorun.com Chris Isaak Sept. 7 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, the Joint. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Sept. 2029 Theatre Tulsa breaks into a new season of shows with the comedy musical about a sunny California girl who cracks the stony façade of Harvard Law School, first over a boy, then to succeed, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.theatretulsa.org

Williams Signature Symphony Classics: The French Connection Sept. 21 This

year marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Signature Symphony presents the striking pieces in its first concert of the new season along with works by Ravel with guest pianist Thomas Lanners at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at Tulsa Community College. www. signaturesymphony.org

Sandi Patty: Broadway Stories Sept. 21 The contemporary Christian vocalist goes back to her roots with songs from the Great White Way at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. www.thepacba.com Love Bank: Parts I and II

Sept. 21-22 True love seems out of reach for a rich and successful professional with a painful past until a step of faith leads to true love in this two-part play by Edmond native and Dallas entrepreneur Aneesah Perkins at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Kevin James Sept. 7 Rose State Performing Arts Center, Midwest City. www.myticketoffice.com Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Hank Williams Jr.

Sept. 7 First Council Casino, Newkirk. www.ticketstorm.com

Carnival of Madness

Sept. 8 Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, more. Zoo Amphitheatre. www.dcfconcerts.com

Kevin James


Sept. 8 Cox Business Center, Tulsa.

Tulsa Roots Sundays Sept. 8-Oct. 6 Free concerts at the Guthrie Green. www.tulsarootsmusic.org Jim James


Sept. 12 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Randy Houser www.okstatefair.com

Sept. 12 Oklahoma State Fair.

Joe Diffie

Sept. 12 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com

Brooklyn Rider Sept. 22 You’ll think twice about string quartets after you’ve heard this group that has drawn acclaim and fans across multiple genres for its eclectic repertoire and style. Chamber Music Tulsa ushers in its 60th season at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.chambermusictulsa.org

Medicine Stone

Rite of Spring


Sept. 27-29 Tulsa Ballet returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center main stage with three pieces – Paul Taylor’s 1940s-inspired Company B, the state


7 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Sept. 12-14 Red Dirt is good for the soul at this new music festival at Tahlequah’s Diamondhead Resort and featuring Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada & the Departed, Turnpike Troubadours, Todd Snider, John Fullbright and more. www.medicinestoneok.com Sept. 13 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. www. luckystarcasino.org





It’s been the habit of late to take a tale that has delighted and entertained generations of readers and inject a darker “twist” on its traditional telling. Fairy tales and L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz seem to be most susceptible to these retellings in novels and film, with varying results. The Broadway musical Wicked, however, has quickly become a classic in its own right. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked the musical courts the lighter side of Maguire’s telling without losing its essential remarks on friendship, good intentions and harsh consequences. Celebrity Attractions invites fans to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., where Wicked runs Sept. 4-22. Tickets are $35-$150, available at www.myticketoffice.com. For more about the musical, visit www.okcciviccenter.com online. Wicked

Performances Wicked

Sept. 4-22 The wildly popular musical from the land of Oz returns to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall with a tale of witches, “good” and “evil” and how they got to be that way. www.okcciviccenter.com

A Raisin in the Sun

Sept. 5-7 Tulsa’s Certain Curtain Theatre presents as its first play at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Lorraine Hansberry’s drama of a black family in Chicago’s south side looking for a better life amid poverty, racism and the struggle over a cultural identity. www.myticketoffice.com

Tulsa Ballet II: On Your Radar Sept. 6-8 Tulsa Ballet’s education training program opens the company’s 2012-13 season with a trio of pieces – resident choreographer Ma Cong’s Match Point, the “Wedding Suite” from Sleeping Beauty and Vivir al Dia by Natrea Blake, all at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K. www. tulsaballet.org I Hate Hamlet Sept. 6-14 Paul Rudnick’s hilarious episode of a popular TV actor finding the inspiration

to tackle the daunting Shakespeare drama when he encounters John Barrymore’s belligerent ghost is presented by Playhouse Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

The Cyclops

Sept. 6-21 Nightingale Theater brings an original telling of Euripides’ play of the Greek Odysseus and his soldiers trapped on an island with nasty Cyclops and a wily satyr to the stage. www.nightingaletheater. com



Sept. 6-28 Carpenter Square Theatre brings some necessary laughs to the stage with a sting-gone-awry, a crooked mayor and motel under surveillance. www.carpentersquare.com

Tulsa Symphony: Beethoven and Adler Sept. 7 Internationally-renowned soprano and

Oklahoma native Sarah Coburn returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center along with violinist Siwoo Kim for Tulsa Symphony’s first performance of the 2013-14 season with selections from Beethoven and Samuel Adler, including a piece jointly commissioned between the symphony and Rotary Club of Tulsa. www.tulsapac.com



Opening Night Sept. 28 Pianist Andrew Von Oeyen is the special guest of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and its big opening night event for the exciting new season of classic and contemporary music at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcphilharmonic.org

In Concert Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival

Thru Sept. 1 Down Home Blues Club, Rentiesville. www. dcminnerblues.com







Sept. 4 Brady

Sept. 4 Cain’s



Sept. 5 Cain’s






Sept. 6 The Lucinda Williams album in its entirety at Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

Hank Williams Jr. Sept. 6 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. www.luckystarcasino.org Gentlemen of the Road Tour 2013 Sept. 6-7 Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Phosphorescent, Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Yacht Club DJs, more. Cottonwood Flats, Guthrie. www. gentlemenoftheroad.com/guthrie Podunkpalooza 2013 Sept. 6-7 Gary Allan, Jamey Johnson, Casey Donahew Band, Stoney LaRue, Swon Brothers, more at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort. www.buffalorun.com Chris Isaak Sept. 7 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, the Joint. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Sept. 2029 Theatre Tulsa breaks into a new season of shows with the comedy musical about a sunny California girl who cracks the stony façade of Harvard Law School, first over a boy, then to succeed, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.theatretulsa.org

Williams Signature Symphony Classics: The French Connection Sept. 21 This

year marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Signature Symphony presents the striking pieces in its first concert of the new season along with works by Ravel with guest pianist Thomas Lanners at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at Tulsa Community College. www. signaturesymphony.org

Sandi Patty: Broadway Stories Sept. 21 The contemporary Christian vocalist goes back to her roots with songs from the Great White Way at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. www.thepacba.com Love Bank: Parts I and II

Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Kevin James Sept. 7 Rose State Performing Arts Center, Midwest City. www.myticketoffice.com Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Hank Williams Jr.

Sept. 7 First Council Casino, Newkirk. www.ticketstorm.com

Carnival of Madness

Sept. 8 Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, more. Zoo Amphitheatre. www.dcfconcerts.com

Kevin James


Sept. 8 Cox Business Center, Tulsa.

Tulsa Roots Sundays Sept. 8-Oct. 6 Free concerts at the Guthrie Green. www.tulsarootsmusic.org Jim James

Sept. 12 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Sept. 22 You’ll think twice about string quartets after you’ve heard this group that has drawn acclaim and fans across multiple genres for its eclectic repertoire and style. Chamber Music Tulsa ushers in its 60th season at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.chambermusictulsa.org

Medicine Stone

Rite of Spring


Sept. 27-29 Tulsa Ballet returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center main stage with three pieces – Paul Taylor’s 1940s-inspired Company B, the state


7 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Brooklyn Rider



Lucinda Williams

King Lear

Sept. 13-22 Heller Theatre stages a comedy about old school Broadway actors taking on an unorthodox job out of desperation at Henthorne Performing Arts Center. www.cityoftulsa.org/henthornepac


premiere of Jorma Elo’s One/End/One and the program’s namesake Adam Hougland’s contemporary staging of the groundbreaking Vaslav Nijinksy piece from 1913. www. tulsaballet.org

Sept. 10-15 The theatrics, the lighting, the musicality and “blue” comedy combine in a wildly outrageous show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

Blue Man Group

Show People The Blue Man Group


Sept. 21-22 True love seems out of reach for a rich and successful professional with a painful past until a step of faith leads to true love in this two-part play by Edmond native and Dallas entrepreneur Aneesah Perkins at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

Sept. 12-28 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park closes its season on the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage with a tragic classic of betrayals and a kingdom at stake when a monarch disinherits his only loyal heir. www.oklahomashakespeare.com








Randy Houser www.okstatefair.com

Sept. 12 Oklahoma State Fair.

Joe Diffie

Sept. 12 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com Sept. 12-14 Red Dirt is good for the soul at this new music festival at Tahlequah’s Diamondhead Resort and featuring Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada & the Departed, Turnpike Troubadours, Todd Snider, John Fullbright and more. www.medicinestoneok.com Sept. 13 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. www. luckystarcasino.org


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Oklahoma City Nationals Drag Boat Racing Sept. 20-22 OKC’s premier drag race on the

Oklahoma River is back with skilled race teams in boats reaching more than 200 miles per hour. 405.231.0912

NHL Showcase Sept. 27 Edmonton Oilers versus the Dallas Stars at the Cox Convention Center, OKC. www.okcbarons.com

Family Septemberfest

Sept. 7 The Oklahoma History Center and the Governor’s Mansion team for the 17th annual day of family activities at the history center museum in Oklahoma City. www.okhistory.org COURTESY OF BIG HASSLE.

Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After Sept. 12-17, 26-29 Jam to a Scottish jig as this year’s showon-ice follows the adventures of Merida of the animated film Brave and other Disney heroines at Oklahoma State Fair Park’s Jim Norick Arena during the Oklahoma State Fair Sept. 12-17 and at the Expo Square Pavilion during the Tulsa State Fair Sept. 26-29. www.okstatefair.com, www.tulsastatefair.com

IN CONCERT Gentlemen of the Road Tour 2013 When Mumford & Sons makes a

move, the music world pays attention. The English folk band, which has been on a hot streak of mainstream success since its 2011 Grammy Awards performance, began a series of “stopover” concerts across North America and the U.K. last year. Mumford & Sons brought the Gentlemen of the Road Tour to small but cool cities that rarely see big concert acts come their way. This summer, Guthrie, Okla., is one of them. The outdoor concert will be Sept. 6-7 at Cottonwood Flats, College Avenue and Fifth Street. The list of booked acts is enough to start another land run – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Phosphorescent, Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Yacht Club DJs and more. Take your chances at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/guthrie and register to buy tickets. Winners selected randomly can purchase two-day passes (starting at $109) and even choose to camp, but hurry. These gentlemen won’t wait. Sept. 20 Oklahoma State

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Sept. 20 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com


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Sept. 13 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, the Joint. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com okstatefair.com

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Robert Earl Keen

Sept. 21 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com

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Luke Bryan

Sept. 14 BOK Center. www.bokcenter.


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Sept. 22 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

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Sept. 25 Cox Business Center, Tulsa. www.dcfconcerts.com

One More Time, A Tribute to Daft Punk Sept. 26 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom. com

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Sept. 26 Tulsa State Fair. www.

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Sept. 27 Rose State Performing Arts Center, Midwest City. www.myticketoffice.com

Steve Miller Band

Sept. 27 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, the Joint. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

The Dirty River Boys room. www.cainsballroom.com

Josh Thompson


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Sept. 20 PRCA Pro Rodeo Xtreme Bulls concert at Oklahoma State Fair. www. okstatefair.com

Sept. 28 Osage Casino, Osage Event Center. www. osagecasinos.com

1964 … The Tribute Sept. 20 Hudson Performance Hall, OKC. www.dcfconcerts.com

Sevendust Sept. 28 Tulsa State Fair. www. tulsastatefair.com

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Sept. 20 Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Red Dirt Rangers at Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

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Sept. 27-29 Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into the Oklahoma City Railway Museum for an exciting weekend of music, a puppet show, storytelling, inflatable playground and train rides on the Go Go Thomas Tour. www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org

Art Halo Amok

Thru Sept. 1 Wayne White’s interactive puppet installation at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art touches on cubism and his characteristic whimsical vision of a day at the rodeo. www.okcmoa.com

The Exodus Thru Sept. 1 The exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art looks at 3,400 Years of the Jewish Diaspora as it explores the migrations of Jewish communities throughout history. www.jewishmuseum.net Arts Festival Oklahoma Thru Sept. 2 Original artwork and fine crafts pieces are the big attraction of this large festival and juried art show with an equally impressive reputation at Oklahoma City Community College. www.occc.edu/afo The Dirty Fabulous and Deep Water Run Sept. 6-26 Living Arts of Tulsa brings two exhib-

its to its halls: David Crismon’s Dirty Fabulous – largescale mixed media paintings and drawings on historical, literary and pop culture – and Deep Water Run, photographs of Walt Kosty. www.livingarts.org

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition 25th Members’ Show Sept. 6-28 TAC members present Self-Portraits: Photographs by Cheyenne Butcher Sept. 6-28 Show will be at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery. www.tacgallery.org


v. TBD (division series games) Sept. 4-5, 8 Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour Sept. 7 One of the best fall cycling tours begins in Pryor and tours through Green Country’s rolling hills and the Ozarks with a party following. www.damjambicycletour.com

In a Glorious Light

Sept. 6-March 16 Philbrook Museum of Art displays the masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists, revealing the art colony’s history and the environment’s influence on members’ art. www. philbrook.org

Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran Thru Sept. 8 Gilcrease Musuem welcomes an exhibit of 15 chromolithographs of watercolors by Thomas Moran that were published in 1876 in the first color publication about the West. The prints are recognized as the finest chromolithographs ever produced. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Sept. 27 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com

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the annual juried showcase of work in all media at the Hardesty Arts Center. www.tacgallery.org

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Daughtry Sept. 19 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwind.com

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The Ohio Players

The Wiggles Taking Off Sept. 16 The Wiggles welcomes its first female cast member, Emma, along with fans to this entertaining and educational showcase of fun with music at Rose State Performing Arts Center, Midwest City. www.myticketoffice.com

Lewis Black

2014 Bass Pro Shops Central Open No. 2 Sept. 19-21 Top anglers in the region try their

skills on the Arkansas River from Muskogee’s Three Forks Harbor for this BassMaster Opens event. www. bassmaster.com.

PRCA Pro Rodeo Xtreme Bulls

Sept. 2021 Cowboys face down the toughest bulls on the circuit

Michael Gauche & New Work by Gallery Artists Sept. 12-30 M.A. Doran Gallery

presents a new show of works in the Brookside exhibition space by the Tulsa artist, who blends historical references with abstraction. www.madorangallery.com

Dark Light

Sept. 14-Jan. 12 The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse offers viewers a look at one of the most innovative forces in Native American pottery today. This look at works by the Navajo artist opens at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. www.ou.edu/ffjma


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Thru June 29 This exhibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations marks the premiere and opening of the new Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery, located on Brady Street between Cincinnati and Boston avenues. The satellite location will showcase the museum’s modern and contemporary art as well as one of the “most significant surveys of 20th century Native American art.” www. philbrook.org

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Charitable Events ART In a Glorious Light How a lonesome-yet-vibrant little pueblo in New Mexico became

an international art center is the story of the Taos Society of Artist. Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, opens the book on this relatively short-lived collective and its legacy on American art with the exhibit In a Glorious Light: Masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists, Sept. 6-March 16, 2014. Some accounts of the famous art colony’s beginnings state that in the 1890s, two painters en route to Mexico from Denver stopped their journey outside of Taos when a wagon wheel broke on their carriage. Others claim artists had discovered the fertile valley earlier. What is indisputable is that painters from all over were drawn to the land’s beauty, people and cultures, and they remained to paint the enchanting visions they saw. The society disbanded in 1927, but their work still stands as a uniquely American school of painting. Read more at www. philbrook.org. Hopituy: Kachinas from the Permanent Collections Thru Sept. 15 The Fred Jones Jr.

Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma exhibits more than 175 objects in woodcarving, basketry and painting from its collections to study Hopi kachina figures. www.ou.edu/fjjma

at how girls emerged as individuals in art portrayal after the Civil War. www.crystalbridges.org

Mark Fox Thru Oct. 26 Artspace at Untitled presents the paintings and sculptural work based on the destructive force of tornadoes of the New York artist. www. artspaceatuntitled.org

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show

Thru Sept. 15 The annual juried art show of work by Cherokee artists includes pieces in traditional forms (weaving, pottery, painting) and contemporary interpretations of those disciplines at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah. www.cherokeeheritage.org

Thru Sept. 29 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits the recent work of seven young women sculptors to watch. See the abstract pieces by Diana Al-Hadid, Rachel Beach, Rachel Foullon, Kate Gilmore, Heather Rowe, Erin Shirreff, and Allyson Vieira along with drawings, video, prints and photographs. www.philbrook.org

America in Ink 2 Thru Sept. 29 The Zarrow Center for Arts & Education exhibits its second installment of The Visual History of the United States series with work by artists in printmaking each illustrating a year between 1810-1843. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu Alexander Calder: La Memoire Elementaire Sept. 29-Feb. 2 The Sherwin Miller Mu-

seum of Jewish Art exhibits lithographs by Calder, an artists best known for his sculpture and mobiles. www. jewishmuseum.net

Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th century American Art Thru Sept. 30 Crystal

Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., hosts the exhibit of 80 masterworks by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and others that looks


Renaissance Ball

Sept. 6 Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s 38th annual gala celebrates art as “Heaven on Earth” with cocktails, dancing and black-tie fun at the Oklahoma City Golf Club. www.okcmoa.com

10th Annual M.M.W.G. Awards Sept. 6-7 Activities and music lead up to the awards ceremony honoring community leaders helping the cause of ending the culture of violence. Will take place at the Cox Business Center, Tulsa. www.mmwgawards.com Kaleidoscope Ball Sept. 7 The elegant benefit gala for Emergency Infant Services will take place at the Cox Business Center, Tulsa. www.eistulsa.org Close/MS Regatta

Sept. 7 The sailing race for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sets out at Windycrest Sailing Club on Lake Keystone. www.nationalmssociety. org/ok

greatest names in European art, the exhibit examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance through the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century from the collection of Glasgow Museum. Look for it at Oklahoma City Museum of Art. www.okcmoa.com Thru Nov. 24 The Gilcrease Museum exhibit explores artists’ views of the American West as land, myth and history that makes up the American story of western expansion. www.gilcrease. utulsa.edu

Sept. 20 More than 150 of Oklahoma’s finest artists paint small canvases to be auctioned at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City to benefit the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. www.12x12okc.org


Sept. 5 Enjoy barbecue, complimentary beer and wine and an auction of great items at this grand fundraiser at Fundraiser for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for the institution. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Dreams and Visions

12 X 12 Art Show and Sale

Lewis & Clark: Corps of Discovery Sept. 27-Dec. 29 Woolaroc Museum presents a body of work inspired by the explorations of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark across the American continent for this art exhibit and sale event of paintings and bronze sculptures by contemporary Western artists. www.woolaroc.org

Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums Thru Nov. 17 Featuring work by some of the

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Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru Dec. 29 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

OKC Philharmonic’s Grand Opening Night

Alexander Kanchick: Jewish Life & Folk Tales Thru Nov. 3 The Moldovian-born artist’s

paintings and sculpture of village life in Russia and its stories go on exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. www.jewishmuseum.net

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

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

CEO of Arvest Bank, will be honored by the Tulsa Community College Foundation at the Cox Business Center, Tulsa. www.coxcentertulsa.com

McDazzle Fun Ball Sept. 12 This evening of activities, entertainment and more benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities Tulsa and will be at Southern Hills Country Club. www.rmhtulsa.org

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Vision in Education in Leadership Award Dinner Sept. 10 Don Walker, president and

Allan Houser and His Students

Thru May 11 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum honors the late Apache artist Allan Houser on his 100th birthday with an exhibit of his work from the permanent collection as well as those by artists he mentored. www. nationalcowboymuseum.org

Of Heaven and Earth: 50 Years of

Sept. 10 Saint Simeon’s senior community saddles up for another great night of dining, dancing, music and fun to “Take Me Back to Tulsa” at Expo Square. www.saintsimeons.org

Art in Architecture

The New Frontier

Thru Nov. 10 The transformative works of women artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Gina Knee, Ila McAfee and Margaret Lefranc, each of whom went to New Mexico to continue their work, are under the lens at Philbrook Downtown. www. philbrook.org

Western Days 2013

Folio Editions: Art in the Service of Science Thru March 30 Gilcrease Museum brings

the works of artists created for research following scientific expeditions to show the places, people, plants and animals encountered in this exhibit. www.gilcrease. utulsa.edu

Thru Nov. 3 Gilcrease Museum brings back its show of Native American history and culture previously on display at the Palazzo Pitti museum in Florence, Italy. The show contains 200 works from George Caitlin, Woody Crumbo, Edward S. Curtis and others. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

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Identity & Inspiration

Thru June 29 One of Philbrook Downtown’s inaugural exhibits, this show brings pieces from Philbrook Museum of Art’s collection of Native American art to the forefront with historic and traditional works as well as contemporary pieces following tradition. www.philbrook.org

Sept. 12 Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with musician Steve Liddell for great wines, dinner and an art auction at a magnificently designed residence. www.cff.org

OKC Cattle Baron’s Ball Sept. 13 The American Cancer Society welcomes all to an exciting night featuring an elegant dinner, late-night dancing, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, games and more at Coles Garden in Oklahoma City. www.cancer.org Excelencia Awards Gala Sept. 13 The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honors community leaders. www.tulsahispanicchamber.com


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When people say the state fair has something for everyone, they mean it. Along with every imaginable kind of food deep-fried to perfection, the fair has carnival rides, petting zoos, livestock shows, concerts, beer gardens and special contests and events. The Oklahoma State Fair, Sept. 12-22, steps up at Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., Oklahoma City. Look for the PRCA Pro Rodeo (Xtreme Bulls!), the Eli Young Band and Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After (Sept. 12-17) featuring Brave’s Merida. The Tulsa State Fair, Sept. 26-Oct. 6, offers rodeo action, too, along with the state sugar art show, a national wedding cake competition, a fiddling contest and more. Disney on Ice also makes an appearance in Tulsa, with performances at Expo Square (Sept. 26-29), 4145 E. 21st St. For complete information on all these events, visit the Oklahoma State Fair at www.okstatefair. com and the Tulsa State Fair at www.tulsastatefair.com.

Nurse of the Year Awards Gala Sept. 19 The March of Dimes recognizes exceptional nurses in the state at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. www. marchofdimes.com/oklahoma 75th Diamond Jubilee

Sept. 19 The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore celebrates the life of Will Rogers at the annual fundraiser for the museum. www.willrogers.com

Tulsa Cattle Baron’s Ball

Sept. 20 The American Cancer Society welcomes all to an exciting night featuring an elegant dinner, late night dancing, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, games and more at Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa. www.cancer.org

2013 Bartlett Regatta

Sept. 21 The annual yachting and boating event for the Center for Individuals for Individuals with Physical Challenges launches from Arrowhead Yacht Club on Grand Lake. www. tulsacenter.org

Global Vision Awards Dinner Sept. 24 The Tulsa Global Alliance Central Center brings the world of Downton Abbey to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as it honors outstanding individuals and organizations. www.tulsaglobalalliance.org An Evening of Wine and Roses Sept. 27 Tulsa Garden Center’s favorite wine and food event returns with outstanding wines to sample plus delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. www.tulsagardencenter.com Zoo Brew V Sept. 27 Sample cool artisan beers and food from area restaurants at Oklahoma City Zoo for this fun benefit for OKC ZooFriends. www. zoofriends.org Race for the Cure

Sept. 28 Be a part of the 5k run and walk or the one-mile fun run and walk at ONEOK Field for Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission to prevent and cure breast cancer. www.komentulsa.org

Community Cherokee National Holiday

Thru Sept. 1 Oklahoma’s largest Native American tribe celebrates its 1839 constitution with a three-day holiday of stickball games, blowgun shooting, powwow dancing, art, music and more at various locations in Tahlequah. www.cherokee.org


Ottawa Powwow & Celebration

Thru Sept. 1 Celebrate summer’s last splash in Miami with the Ottawa Tribe’s celebration with gourd dancing, camping, arts and crafts traders show and more. www. ottawapowwow.com

Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival & Powwow Thru Sept. 2 Choctaw culture goes on

exhibit with powwows, the arts fair, stickball games, Ronnie Dunn, Neal McCoy and more in Tuskahoma. www.choctawnation.com

Bluegrass & Chili Festival

Sept. 5-7 Head for Claremore for a big bowl of award-winning chili, family activities and great concerts with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent and other bluegrass stars at Claremore’s Expo Center. www.claremore.org

Rock ‘n Rib Festival

Sept. 12-15 The BOK Center becomes the center of the grillin’ universe for this four-day barbecue challenge complete music, activities, champion pitmasters and more outside the arena. www.bokcenter.com

Oklahoma State Fair Sept. 12-22 The 2013 edition of fair fun includes great concerts (Eli Young Band, Clay Walker), rodeo (PRCA Pro Rodeo Xtreme Bulls), children’s activities (carnival rides, Disney on Ice), all the dipped, fried and skewered fair goodies you could want plus more (wine competition, arm wrestling, livestock contests, art exhibits, pageants) at Oklahoma State Fair Park, OKC. www.okstatefair.com

Sept. 6-8 Upscale, open-air market days are back with more in vintage home décor, architectural salvage and more in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. www.vintagemarketdays.com

Choctaw Oktoberfest

Thru Sept. 7 The town of Choctaw outside of Oklahoma City brings out authentic German food, beer, wine and music for visitors to this annual festival with games and entertainment. www.choctawfestival.org


Gatesway Balloon Festival

Sept. 1921 The Gateway Foundation in Broken Arrow celebrates 50 years of opening opportunities to people with developmental disabilities with two days of sky-high wonder, balloon glow, lawnmower races, balloon rides and live music first in BA and then at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore. www.gatesway.org

45th Annual Seminole Nation Days Festival Sept. 20-22 Tours of Seminole Nation high-

lights, live music, powwow dancing, traditional games and more at the Mekusukey Mission. www.sno-nsn.gov

Latino Literary Arts Fest

Sept. 21 The Tulsa City-County Library joins with other organizations to present a day celebrating Tulsa’s Latino culture at Martin Regional Library. Representatives of Librotraficante (the “Book Smugglers” movement, standing up to perceived bias in school history textbooks) will be the special guests, as this event also nods to Banned Book Week. 918.549.7590

Hound Dog Blues Festival Sept. 2122 Head for Tulsa’s Chandler Park for two days of great blues music from some of the country’s best, great fun, food and the Firehouse Chili Contest between local fire departments. www.facebook.com/hounddogblues Empowered sions Sept. 26



Join Cancer Treatment Centers of America and local cancer survivors for dinner and a discussion on the importance of making empowered healthcare decisions. Guests will enjoy a complimentary meal, learn applicable information from a panel of experts and meet a variety of local support organizations. RSVP by Sept. 19 to allison.kager@ctca-hope. com or 918.286.5758.

Tulsa State Fair Sept. 26-Oct. 6 Here’s to another year of fun at Expo Square with carnival rides, sinfully delicious fair food, exhibits, concerts, corndog-eating contests and more to mark the turn of fall. Also look for the Picking & Fiddling Championships, live stock shows and carnival rides. www.tulsastatefair.com Living Arts Animation Festival Sept. 27 The Tulsa arts organization presents an evening of short animation films from near and far at the Guthrie Green. www.guthriegreen.com Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend Sept. 27-28 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inducts a new class of cowboy legends. www. nationalcowboymuseum.org Plaza District Festival

Sept. 28 Oklahoma City’s annual art festival continues to grow with live music, children’s art booth, vendors and fine art. www. plazadistricfestival.com

like anything you’ve seen before at this competition for master bakers and confectionary artists that includes demonstrations and takes place during the Tulsa State Fair at Expo Square.

Sept. 7 Enjoy great barbecue hot off the grill along with live entertainment, line dancing and auctions at the Western-themed benefit at Expo Square for the Humane Society of Tulsa and homeless animals. www.facebook.com/tulsahumane

Oklahoma Indian Summer Sept. 1214 Bartlesville’s annual welcome to autumn is all about art and culture, featuring more than 30 American Indian and Western artists entered in a juried art show, Native American dance competition, storytelling, native crafts market, cultural demonstrations, food vendors and traders at the Bartlesville Community Center. www. okindiansummer.org

Sept. 19-21 Get your taste of Greece at the annual festival of food, drink, music, dance and all things Hellenic at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. www.tulsagreekfestival.com

Grand National Wedding Cake Competition & Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Sept. 28-29 Let them bake cakes that are un-

Bow Wow BBQ

Weekly Standard and writer, whose works have appeared in publications from the Wall Street Journal to Rolling Stone magazine, is the first guest of The University of Tulsa’s Presidential Lecture Series for 2013-14 at TU’s Donald W. Reynolds Center. www.utulsa.edu

Tulsa Greek Festival

Tulsa Mini Maker Faire Sept. 28 Crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists and other “makers” bring their wares to share and show at this Guthrie Green event that is part science fair, part county fair. www. guthriegreen.com

Vintage Market Days

TU Presidential Lecture Series: P.J. O’Rourke Sept. 10 The contributing editor at The

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Sept. 18-21 The largest motorcycle rally in the country is just next door in Fayetteville, Ark., and includes bike and car shows, live music and barbecue competition. www. bikesbluesandbbq.org


Sept. 29 Tulsa’s Nightingale Theater offers plenty of bacon-based sweets, cuisine and beverages on the day it will crow the first Boss Hogg of BaconFest Tulsa. www.nightingaletheater.com

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Sept. 13-15 The sights, sounds and tastes of Scotland are back at River West Festival Park in Tulsa for the annual celebration of kilt culture complete with Celtic bands of all genres and the Clash of the Clans Highland Games. www.okscotfest.com

UTSAV India Fest

Sept. 14 Tulsa’s Indian-American community throws a big celebration of India with music, dance (modern, classical and traditional) and foods plus a parade at Expo Square. www.iagtok.org

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ore than anything, the Hispanic Chamber is the bridge between the Hispanic business community and the general business community. We serve as liaisons between the two, facilitating communication, identifying business opportunities and facilitating cultural and business understanding to both. We provide informational resources and guidance to small business owners. We assist them with all areas of establishing their business, serving as the bridge between them and the City of Tulsa and its different departments. We also provide educational opportunities through the Small Business Academy, and we provide all the opportunity for exposure and networking through our luncheons and other networking events. Since I have been involved with the Hispanic community, I have seen the growth from the mom-and-pop small store to the [store that has] multiple locations across town and even across the state. Business owners are savvier about their business; as they grow, they like to invest in new ventures. We now have many very successful business owners who have several businesses, varying in type and size, with several real estate investments on the side. The Hispanic Chamber is working to establish better relationships with the City of Tulsa, but we still have work to do. If entities such as the City of Tulsa created bilingual positions, it would make the process smoother for so many. More than anything, the political climate must change. (The Hispanic community is) not invisible, and yet politicians act as though we are. Look at the latest political campaigns: Not one advertisement has been made in Spanish, and (candidates) have failed to consistently reach out to the community. Politicians rely on a handful of “token” Hispanics, and they think reaching them is reaching out to all. If there is an immigration reform, those who are choosing to ignore this ever-growing and economically powerful segment of our city will have a rude awakening. Juvenal Saldívar owns a boot shop,

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