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Toasting The Arts Art and wine go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that the biennial Philbrook Wine Experience, which raises money to fund Philbrook Museum of Art programs, continues to be a smashing success.


Dramatic Transformations We take a look at three distinct spaces transformed by talented designers and builders. Though the projects differ, they all prove that style and function can co-exist beautifully.


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A cowboy lawyer, a Tony Award winner and a fine artist: What do they have in common? They, along with 37 of their peers, were selected as part of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40, a survey of some of the state’s most accomplished young professionals.

Growing Pains While the state’s two largest downtowns are flourishing, planners and developers are looking to see what is on the horizon for the next project.




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Once thought of as the problem of sheriffs in the Wild West, cattle rustling has hit an all-time high in Oklahoma. A combination of circumstances, including record high beef prices and an economic downturn, has spelled trouble for cattle ranchers across the state.

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Downtown living has never been so hip. We take a look into one condo at The Guardian in downtown Oklahoma City to see how industrial design can intersect with style.




After four decades, Junior’s of Oklahoma City is still going strong. How does this old school-experience in fine dining stay at the top of its game? The answer is in prime steaks, a take-care-of-business attitude and the power-red decor.

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Gilcrease Museum ropes in another collection of contemporary Western art treasures for this year’s Rendezvous art show and sale, opening April 10 and featuring the works of painter Greg Beecham and sculptor Ross Matteson.

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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ryan Gursky talks about inspiration, patient education, the most recent advancements and what’s ahead.

What inspired you to choose orthopedic surgery as a specialty? In college, I started out in engineering before changing to medicine. After graduation, I spent a year working at Saint Francis as a surgical technician. I saw all types of surgery— general, cardiovascular, orthopedic. The moment I saw joint replacement, I knew what I wanted to do. It was exciting to see the structural change from a worn and unusable knee to a functional joint. How has your focus changed? I started out as a general orthopedic surgeon, but now have a strong focus on joint replacement. Saint Francis is in the process of expanding its joint center. Our plans include greater emphasis on patient education and preparedness, standardization of procedures and rehabilitation therapies. What advantages do Warren Clinic and Saint Francis Health System offer your patients? Saint Francis is known for being proactive in providing healthcare services for this community. Patients have access to procedures here that aren’t done everywhere. Also, Warren Clinic has knowledgeable doctors in many different disciplines, which is especially important for orthopedic patients who have other medical issues. How do you prepare patients for the joint replacement process? We manage patient expectations as much as we can for before, during and after surgery.

We also include the family, who will most likely be involved with the care once the patient leaves the hospital. For the first five to seven days out of the hospital, it’s important for everyone—patient and family members— to know what to expect. We treat the hospital discharge as a continuing phase of recovery, the first stage of a return to normal life. What trends have you seen in joint replacement in the past seven years? Since I’ve been in practice, the biggest change has been with minimally invasive surgery. Using computer-based navigation techniques makes the procedure more precise; also, outcomes are more predictable and successful. These advancements have also made the actual surgery and recovery process much easier on patients. What advancements do you expect in the next seven years? I foresee continued advancement in the design of joint devices, all of which will ultimately benefit patients as they recover from surgery.

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Working on the annual 40 Under 40 feature is one of my favorite projects of the year. In October, when nominations began rolling in for this year’s class, I marveled at the accomplishments of the many worthy nominees. I also admired the creativity of those who have accomplished so much at a relatively young age. As part of this year’s class, we have seven attorneys, six doctors – medical and otherwise – and three others who are pursuing doctoral work. That doesn’t include the CEOs, the entrepreneurs and the artists – the illusionist, the Tony Award winner, the painter and published author. Each story inspires. After beginning a successful career in fundraising consulting in Washington, D.C., Burke Beck switched gears to pursue her dream of working in the running industry. That career path led her to San Diego (and to her future husband, Jon) and eventually back to her hometown of Oklahoma City, where the couple now operates Red Coyote Running and Fitness, recognized as one of the top running stores by several industry publications. Trae Gray, an attorney in Coalgate, Okla., recently worked on behalf of a group of families whose water and land were polluted as the result of negligence by an engineering firm. The $73 million verdict was enough to wrangle headlines for this accomplished cowboy lawyer. There’s a lot of chatter in the media about the Millennial generation and expectations. Welcomed into the post-college world by an economic recession and seeming shortage of jobs, many have altered plans they had for their burgeoning careers. No doubt, many have struggled, but this year’s 40 Under 40 prove that hard work and confidence trump a murky economy. As a Millennial, I’m encouraged by my peers and by what they’ve accomplished. Building businesses, advancing in careers, volunteering time to worthy organizations – these are hallmarks of success, and our 2014 class is above exceptional. Jami Mattox Managing Editor

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Cattle rustling is on the rise thanks to soaring beef prices. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

Robbing The Ranch Cattle theft hits an all-time high in Oklahoma.


t sounds like a plot from a pulp Western novel. In 2013, special agents from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry were called to Pontotoc County to track down the bandits who stole 99 head of cattle from rancher Jet McCoy. The cattle were tracked to a livestock market in Atoka, where they were unloaded for an impressive sum. After days of covert surveillance and a high-speed pursuit, ODAFF agents nabbed the first suspect; the second surrendered shortly thereafter. If the McCoy Ranch case sounds bizarre and dated today, think again. According to Jerry Flowers, chief agent in the ODAFF Law

Enforcement Section, nearly 1,000 head of cattle were reported stolen in Oklahoma in 2013, with some 290 felony charges filed against the alleged criminals. According to Flowers, agriculture-related theft is a real problem in all 77 Oklahoma counties. “The economic impact of cattle theft to this state is significant when you take into consideration the price of cattle,” Flowers says. “A rancher who has cattle stolen usually suffers a significant loss. Ten head of cattle stolen could be valued from $10,000 to $12,000. It depends on the type of cattle. Show animals could even be worth more.” But why has cattle rustling seen an unwelcome return in the 21st century? One reason is the soaring price of beef itself, fueled by a six-decade low in the size of U.S. cattle herds. In 2013, the price of beef rose five percent, and it’s expected to rise at least seven to eight percent both this year and in 2015. Ground beef, especially, may come with a premium price tag in the near future. “Cattle demand is at an all-time high, which is a very good thing for our industry and the ranchers that work very hard,” says Chancey Hanson, communications director for the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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“Price goes up when supply is low, if demand is constant or goes higher,” Hanson adds. “With that said, supply is low because many ranchers had to downsize their herds and sell out over the last few years because of the dry weather. Dry weather means less forage availability, which makes it more expensive to feed animals. Input costs are high as well. Land, feed, fuel, equipment and important items to ensure your cattle’s health are also expensive. One must also consider with high cattle prices, it costs a lot for ranchers to be able to rebuild their herds.” Hanson says that the cattle population looks set to replenish itself somewhat this year, but only if the weather cooperates. Otherwise, high beef prices may last far past 2015. The rise of beef prices isn’t the only culprit contributing to cattle rustling, Flowers says. “One of the most common factors we see today is the use of methamphetamines by the suspects who steal the cattle,” Flowers says. “Cattle are easy to steal and easy to sell. The individuals we apprehend stealing cattle are more often than not looking for fast cash to buy more drugs.” Regardless of the motivation, cattle rustlers can have a shattering financial impact on livestock owners. “Oklahoma is the fifth largest cattle-pro-


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ducing state,” Hanson says. “Cattlemen and women are very passionate and compassionate people. Taking care of their land and animals is not just a job, it’s everything – for a rancher, that devastation is multiplied. For example, if five bred cows are stolen from a ranch, the rancher hasn’t just lost five cows; he has lost the income of selling their offspring.” Col. Jerry Flowers is the chief agent So what precautions can cattle owners take of the Oklahoma during this new heyday of cattle heists? Department of Ag“Brand your cattle,” Flowers says. “A riculture Food and Forestry; his invesbrand on your livestock is like a tag on your tigations into cattle truck. The brand will identify the animal. In rustling have risen the event the animal is stolen, the brand gives to all-time highs. PHOTO COURTESY ODAFF. law enforcement a tool needed to identify the animal, and the owner the ability to ID their livestock.” “We encourage our members to not only brand their cattle, but also to register their brand with the Oklahoma State Brand Registrar at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association,” Hanson says. “That way when cattle are noticed missing, they will have a permanent form of identification. If a brand is registered, the brand registrar has the capability to look up that brand and find the owner’s contact information. We also encourage our members to follow guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Investigative Services.”

Cancer Society. “Consumers need to think about who is telling them [e-cigarettes are] safe – see if they are making money from it.” Kathy Vogle opened Native Mist, Oklahoma’s second vape shop, in downtown Tulsa two years ago. “We were in a position to open any kind of business,” she says. “We have customers who have adjusted nicotine levels down to zero.” Vaping is big, booming business, as Rep. Mike Shelton, D–Oklahoma City, confirms. “There are vape shops in the nicest parts of towns,” he says. “There is clearly an economic impact, but is it a good one?” Shelton says people have told him vaping helps them quit smoking. While he thinks that e-cigs are likely a lesser health threat than traditional cigarettes, “it is still switching one vice for another,” he says. “There is no real research or science on whether electronic cigarettes are safe or unsafe,” says Donovan Brandon. “The Oklahoma legislature is asking tough questions, and it is wonderful they are investigating it. Years ago, doctors said cigarettes were safe, but they just didn’t know. “In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General gave


Native Mist owner Kathy Vogle explains how e-cigarettes work. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

the historical decision based on American Cancer Society research that scientifically linked smoking with lung cancer,” she continues. “With electronic cigarettes, until we get scientific research, we just don’t know.” The American Cancer Society is working with the Federal Drug Administration to regulate e-cigs so that ingredients will be labeled and consumers better informed. TRACY LEGRAND

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Courtneay Sanders (shown on set) played Blanche DuBois in The Playhouse Tulsa’s February production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

sized new dramatic works such as William & Judith written by playwright-in-residence Cody Daigle and featuring Sanders as the fictional sister of William Shakespeare. Regarding budget cuts that have devastated arts education in schools, “if they (the arts) are not going to get taught in school, we want to take on that role as arts educators in the community,” Sanders says. Playhouse puts on a show for small children every April and plans to offer theater classes to the community. Sanders hopes the company will one day offer an affiliated and accredited Master of Fine Arts program. With such a vision in place, The Playhouse Tulsa looks poised to continue its contributions to the Tulsa arts scene for many years to come.





Center Stage Courtneay Sanders and The Playhouse Tulsa raise the bar for local theater.


hen Courtneay Sanders helped found The Playhouse Tulsa in 2008, she had a vision for what the theater troupe

would become. “We (Sanders and co-founder Chris Crawford) talked about wanting to come home and wanting to create a company that was professional and that we felt was raising the bar of theater here,” says Sanders, who returned to Tulsa after earning a graduate degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.



Though Tulsa already had a number of excellent companies, Sanders wanted to create one that would put Tulsa on the map and akin to legendary theater groups like the Steppenwolf company in Chicago. Playhouse Tulsa has embraced that mission over the past six years. A tight-knit ensemble that regularly features the same actors, directors and set designers allows Playhouse to consistently present a cohesive vision at every performance. “Having a company of people that know how the machine functions is really wonderful because you’re not retraining new people every show. It’s about building trust – it’s great to have that already established,” she says. Sanders – the company’s artistic director – and her merry band have a desire to bring that solidarity to their repertoire. Along with such classics and standards as A Streetcar Named Desire and Othello, The Playhouse Tulsa has produced a number of boundarypushing plays. 2010’s House & Garden surprised audiences as a single cast performed two different plays in neighboring theaters at the same time. Playhouse has also empha-

In January, Microsoft added the Cherokee language to its Office Online web apps. Accomplished after four years and with 16 other Cherokee translators, it may be the greatest task Durbin Feeling has undertaken. One of the special challenges for Feeling and the group was creating words for modern terms that did not exist when Cherokee was first adapted into a written language in the early 1800s. For example, translator John Ross translated the term “antispyware” into “it will be stopped.” “We have a group that has been trying to bring in new terminology – specialized vocabulary for technical, medical and other kinds of words,” says Feeling. He says that to create a new word in Cherokee, he looked at the entomology of the English word he wanted to translate and traced its origins. He then came up with what it would mean in the Cherokee language. “More than 160 years ago, Cherokees would write a letter, and it would take a week or so to get to its destination, and by then some of the news would be old. The turnaround time for the person [who sent the letter] to get a response would be two weeks,” says Feeling. “Today, you can text in Cherokee using the syllabic writings they used back in the 1800s, and you can do it in seconds.” – Jami Mattox

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Arezou Motamedi trains at the USA Canoe/Kayak high-performance center in Oklahoma City.

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Kayaking Across Continents An Iranian native joins an Oklahoma club to pursue her kayaking dreams.

Arezou Motamedi is one of many individuals in the Sooner state who love to kayak on the Oklahoma River. What makes Motamedi unique, however, is that she traveled across the world to do it. The 25-year-old kayaker was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and was a member of the Iranian national kayaking team. After nearly seven years of excelling in the sport, Motamedi met up with world-renowned kayaking coach and Oklahoma native Shaun Caven, and in June 2012 she began training at the USA Canoe/Kayak’s national high-performance center in Oklahoma City. In addition to kayaking, Motamedi works as a staff accountant for the Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation and is pursing a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University. What made you want to come to Oklahoma for kayaking? I wanted to get better and improve in kayaking, and I eventually heard about my coach (Caven) and the program. When I moved here, I really liked the atmosphere. I researched and found out about Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation…and they have one of the top facilities. I traveled all over the world back when I was on the [Iranian] national team, but this is one of the best in the world.

How did you get into kayaking? I started off as a swimmer when I was 6 years old. I was on the national team for swimming, but since Iran is an Islamic country, we got the chance to race against other Islamic countries – but we couldn’t compete in the world championship or the World Cup. I really liked all water sports, and I thought it would be a good idea to switch to another sport, so I tried kayaking. At first I just wanted to try it out and see how it went, but I ended up really loving it. What advice would you give to someone in your position – someone growing up and aspiring to become successful in a sport? I came all the way from Iran to be here…and I did that to get better at kayaking. I’d tell young kids to try a sport that you really love… especially one that has facilities close to you. Iran was good, but it just doesn’t have the facilities for kayaking. NATHAN PORTER






The running of this year’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the 14th annual event, is expected to bring out 25,000 participants, according to Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and race director for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. “The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon always takes us back to 1995,” says Watkins. “Since then,

a city torn apart by terrorism has been rebuilt, one life, one business, one lesson at a time. Just like a marathon, it took strength, endurance and courage. Whether you want to run, volunteer or cheer, the marathon has something for everyone.” In the previous 13 years, approximately 200,000 have run the 26.2-mile course that begins and ends downtown next to the National Memorial & Museum and traverses the northwest half of the city. “The marathon remembers those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. The past, present and our future all connect at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon,” continues Watkins. “The marathon reminds us how the bombing touched our lives and how hope and resilience rise above every evil act.” – Jami Mattox

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An ancient species, alligator gar are native to Oklahoma waters. PHOTO COURTESY OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM.


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Wildlife experts work to preserve one of Oklahoma’s oldest species.


ld timers’ stories and photos tell of how local rivers once teemed with alligator gar – armored giants with three rows of slicing teeth that made them apex predators. Human development (and prejudice) changed that, but recent efforts may keep this native ally around a little longer. The largest species of gar, the alligator gar is also among the largest freshwater fish in North America, found throughout the southeastern U.S. Known to reach up to 350 pounds, the adult alligator gar resembles its namesake and can appear intimidating, but its true nature is more complex, says Brian Fillmore, a biologist with the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery. “They want nothing to do with humans,” Fillmore says. “They’re more afraid of humans than we are of them.” Carnivores that have preyed on other fish species – as well as their own – for millions of years, alligator gar are essential to ecosystems, he adds. They remove fish that are old, weak and sick, allowing juvenile fish – bass, catfish and other species – the chance to flourish. Once considered a scourge and competitor, the alligator gar has been subjected to campaigns encouraging fishermen to destroy them. Dams have also made it more difficult for this sensitive species to spawn by preventing river floods, which create slow-moving water zones thick with vegetation for alligator gar hatchlings – or fry – to hide in, Fillmore says. As a result, the species has declined, confirmed in Oklahoma



Above: A young alligator gar is documented by researchers. Right: Ralph Simmons of the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery cradles an adult alligator gar that will help restock the species in regional lakes and rivers. PHOTOS BY RICHARD SNOW.

Department of Wildlife surveys. State and federal wildlife offices, however, have stepped in to help by regulating harvesting of the species and restocking it around the region. Over the years, the hatchery in Tishomingo has hatched, raised and released fry into waters in other states to repopulate and also help control the invasive Asian carp. Later this summer, the hatchery will release fishery-raised juvenile alligator gar into the Red River basin and Lake Texoma area – the first time it has restocked into Oklahoma waters, Fillmore says. The effort is more than worthwhile. “Once, they’re gone, they’re gone,” he adds. “There’s no bringing them back.” KAREN SHADE

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Alexandra Knox’s art installation explores her Ukrainian heritage utilizing food products, Plexiglas and sound. PHOTO COURTESY OKLAHOMA VISUAL ARTS COALITION.


Art For Every Day Five talented artists take part in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s prestigious Art 365 program.


ive Oklahoma artists have been selected from a pool of 60 to contribute to this year’s Art 365 exhibition. “Those artists each receive a $12,000 stipend and a year of working with [national curator] Raechell Smith as they develop their projects,” says Kelsey Karper, associate director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, the organization that sponsors the program. Before Art 365 began in 2008, Karper says that this curatorial guidance was something that was missing from the art scene. “At the time, there really weren’t a whole lot of opportunities set for artists to have this kind of ongoing, sustained relationship with an experienced curator, who has their best interests in mind and can help challenge them on their ideas but also help them resolve problems,” she says. “Having that relationship with someone they can trust and depend on for guidance has been pretty transformative for a lot of the artists.”



The artists have embraced the experience as an opportunity to take new risks with their art. “The artists are always taking on really ambitious projects and doing things that are a step forward in their artistic practice,” says Karper. She notes that Cathleen Faubert, one of this year’s artists, is showcasing place through scent in addition to her customary medium of photography. “She’s actually creating fragrances that will be displayed in the gallery for people to take a smell and maybe experience place in a different way than they have before,” says Karper. “She’s been traveling around Oklahoma documenting these places that she visits and gathering natural materials – like plants and soil and rainwater – and distilling those materials into fragrances.” Photographer Romy Owens is also trying something new: a complete installation of knitted yarn. Sculptor Alexandra Knox is working on her largest installation yet. It will incorporate flour, salt, yeast, Plexiglas and sound to explore her Ukrainian heritage and the disconnect she felt after visiting the country. She says this program has allowed her to have experiences she wouldn’t otherwise, and she is ready to share the projects with the public. “We’re really interested in being able to explain these projects – some of them might be kind of obscure – and educate the public on what it is that we’ve done,” says Karper. This year, the exhibit debuted at [Artspace] at Untitled in Oklahoma City at the end of February. It will move to the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa in May. BETH WEESE

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Landon Dirickson is partner at Davis Dirickson, a law firm that represents some of Nashville’s biggest stars. PHOTO COURTESY DAVIS DIRICKSON.


Like Father, Like Son Landon Dirickson follows his father’s footsteps to the Nashville music scene.


ntold numbers of Oklahomans have streamed into Nashville for decades with tunes in their hearts, stars in their eyes and lyrics scribbled in their notebooks, hoping to buck the odds and become among the lucky few to carve out a career in country music. And while our state has given the world far more than its share of major country stars, the likes of Garth and Vince, Ronnie Dunn and Blake Shelton stand at the apex of a mountain built atop the unfulfilled dreams and under-rewarded efforts of legions of Okie hopefuls. There are also those from the Sooner state who have found Music City success by taking a different path. One of the most recent is Tulsa native Landon Dirickson, who may play a little guitar, but, in his words, “doesn’t profess to be a musician.” Instead, he’s an attorney, recently named a partner in Davis Dirickson, PLLC, after eight and a half years with the firm. Specializing in entertainment law, Davis Dirickson boasts an impressive client list, including country stars Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus; actress Allison DeMarcus (wife of Jay); rock group Tonic; teenage pop artist Molly Hunt; and international star Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele sensation. “This is really a business about people rather than about a product, and that’s what I enjoy the most about it,” he says. “Representing artists is probably the most fun, just because it’s the most involved.” Artist representation, he explains, entails a number of different tasks. “You’ll do a recording contract, you’ll do a publishing contract, you’ll do a management contract. You’ll do producer deals for each album and maybe several producer agreements for each album. You’ll do touring agreements. There are all sorts of agreements for the production that goes on at concerts,” he says. “Assuming they go on and are successful, there’s just a lot involved in representing an artist.” A graduate of Tulsa’s Metro Christian Academy, Dirickson earned his undergraduate degree at Nashville’s Belmont College, where he played baseball. While he had thoughts of going pro, he was also going through Belmont’s well-known music business program. “Before that,” he recalls, “I was not even aware that you could go to school to study the music business. One day, I was talking to my



dad about the music business, and he mentioned that Belmont had a program.” Before his first semester was through, Dirickson was interning for lawyer Steve Miller, who had done work for Dirickson’s father, Richard Dirickson. He kept up his intern work through the next semester. “All the while,” he notes, “I was going to school full time and playing baseball. For college athletes, it’s kind of like having a parttime job outside of being a full-time student. In the summer, I went back [to Oklahoma] and played in a wooden-bat league, and then took up with the same law firm and decided that the music business was probably more my route. I didn’t continue playing baseball after that.” After Belmont, Dirickson returned to Tulsa and graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He joined Ansel L. Davis & Associates shortly afterward. “In my eyes, he should’ve been a pro ballplayer,” says Richard Dirickson. “But I’m glad he’s where he’s at.” A big reason for that gladness is Richard Dirickson’s own musicoriented work, which goes back to the late 1960s. After drumming in a band out of northeastern Oklahoma called the April Fools – which recorded a single for Monument Records – Richard Dirickson became friends with songwriter Wayne Carson, who produced the April Fools’ album. Carson, whose hits include the likes of “Always on My Mind” and “The Letter,” became an inspiration for Richard Dirickson, as well as a friend. Richard Dirickson learned to play guitar and started composing songs, taking them to Carson’s home in Springfield, Mo. All the while, he continued his day job as a dental technician. “I kept working and kept writing, and then one day I saw Wayne’s foot start to move a little bit with the music I was doing,” remembers Richard Dirickson, who lives in Tulsa. “At that point, I knew I was starting to do some good, and I just kept writing. Finally, I had written some good tunes and had some of them kept at publishing houses in Nashville. I have some ‘almost’ stories, you know.” For instance, he says, there were a couple of his compositions at Four Star Publishing that a young artist liked. “They said, ‘Let us keep those. If she goes with us, these are just right for her.’ And sure enough, she went the opposite way. Her name

was Lorrie Morgan,” the elder Dirickson says. Even as he went on to start his own dental laboratory, Richard Dirickson continued to write. And in the 1980s, his “Oklahoma Bound” gained a measure of fame both at home and abroad as the theme song for the movie of the same name, shot in northeastern Oklahoma by a first-time producer-director named Patrick Poole. Shown theatrically in the early ’80s, the picture later went to home video. It’s currently not in distribution. “They sold a lot of copies overseas,” he says. “We’re looking at probably a half-million or better in Europe. And since the film has sold a half-million, my song has sold a half-million,” he adds with a laugh.

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Recently, Richard Dirickson got out of the dental lab business and has plans to devote more time to his songwriting. Of course, the business has changed radically since Richard Dirickson first tested its waters, when getting one’s music to the top involved landing a major-label record deal. Technological advances often render old models of success obsolete, and someone as involved in the music business as Landon Dirickson has to stay on his toes. “It’s challenging to keep up with the technology, which is always changing, and changing quickly,” he says. “The law cannot really keep up with that fast-paced change. But business practices change along with it. Recording contracts have changed greatly since I got into the business [in 2005]. The term ‘360 agreement’ didn’t exist, for the most part, then. It’s an all-rights agreement – because of the piracy and the drop in [CD] sales and all that kind of stuff, record labels needed to have a percentage of other streams of revenue in exchange for helping make the artist a star.” Those streams, he says, include such things as concerts, merchandising and publishing. “It depends on what you can negotiate, I suppose. When they first came out, there was a lot of backlash against 360 agreements, but I’ve got one that’s working out pretty well for the artist. It’s part of the business. I don’t think it’s going away,” Dirickson says. Richard Dirickson has an idea of how different the business of country music has become since Oklahoma Bound played across movie screens, and he admits that he hasn’t “totally kept up” with it. “But,” he says with a smile, “I know a young man who has.”

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klahoma is, undoubtedly, an agricultural state. Huge fields of crops line the roads of rural highways. But these huge cash crops, while important, are not the only sources of agriculture in the state. Specialty farms that focus on niche markets, while smaller in production, make a large impact on the state’s economy. With the recent bipartisan passing of a new, 10year farm bill that will expand insurance on crops and other agribusiness benefits, these specialty farms will benefit. In 2013, sales of specialty crops and other agricultural products at Oklahoma farmers’ markets totaled $3.9 million in revenue for Oklahoma specialty farmers, says Jason Harvey, a market development coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

Cream of the Crop Wagon Creek Creamery, located in northwest Oklahoma near the community of Helena, specializes in grass-fed dairy and beef. Its Greek yogurt, butter and cheese products are popular items. “Our products are special,” says Jordan Rogers, Wagon Creek’s lead farmhand, milker and animal caretaker. “They may cost more, but that cost includes environmental sustainability, cleaner water, animal welfare and often greater nutritional quality than what the store can provide.”



These benefits also include products that are guaranteed to be free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers; Wagon Creek is the only farm in Oklahoma offering 100-percent grass-fed dairy products. Producing grass-fed dairy is a laborintensive endeavor. “We begin each day with milking cows,” Rogers says. Much of the remainder of the day is spent feeding cows, and by feeding them, I mean moving them. Our cows eat tremendous amounts of grass. We practice a style of grazing called management-intensive grazing.” With this type of grazing, cows are given a small strip of grass at a time instead of an entire pasture, Rogers says, giving the rest of the land time to grow and allowing the farm to keep more cows than it could otherwise. This system makes sense on a local level. “In your conventional dairy operation, cows in California may be eating corn grown in Iowa, and then their milk ends up in Oklahoma. Imagine the incredible transportation resources and infrastructure alone that are required to make that possible,” Rogers says.

Beat of a Different Hoof Diane Dickinson is the head shepherdess of Shepherd’s Cross, a farm near Claremore producing sheep and anything that goes with them, she says. “We sell meat, wool and wool products, and we process the wool right here on the farm,”

Dickinson says. Since starting the farm 20 years ago, Dickinson and her husband have grown their farm from a small herd of 12 sheep to about 150. The farm also produces hay, pecans, black walnuts and vegetables. The Dickinsons have several reasons for pursuing their enterprise. “Sheep are at very low numbers in the U.S. and have been declining for many years, and we want to be a part of revitalizing sheep in America,” Dickinson says. “We want to teach about the good qualities of sheep. “We are a vital part of the fabric of the American economy,” she continues. “If farms disappear from our culture, we will be totally dependent on other nations. Oklahomans have always been an independent people. If we want to maintain that independence, it is vital for us to continue to produce specialty products and support small business.”

Shopping Local So how can Oklahomans support their specialty farms? One avenue would be to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which provides seasonal produce for its members. Customers may sign up for a CSA program with a specific farmer or grower for a monthly or annual fee to receive products as they become available. Bob Waldrop, Oklahoma Food Cooperative president and co-founder, says that a co-op is another way that Oklahomans can support and benefit from farmers. “We make it easy for people to buy directly from Oklahoma farmers,” Waldrop says. “We operate via an online ordering system coupled with a volunteer delivery system. Each month our members order online, and then on the third Thursday [of every month], the producers bring everyone’s order to Oklahoma City, the co-op volunteers sort everything to individual customer orders and then send them out to 52 pickup sites located around the state.” Waldrop adds that the best support, however, is to buy at least some of your family’s food directly from Oklahoma farmers, whether that is through the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, farmers’ markets, roadside stands or other direct marketing opportunities. “Buying food direct from Oklahoma farmers is homegrown, grassroots economic development,” Waldrop says. “It connects rural producers with urban customers. It provides a way for people to ‘do good’ with their grocery dollars, while at the same time providing their families with the tastiest, most nutritious, and safest food available anywhere.” MEGAN MORGAN



Genetic Testing May Indicate Targeted Treatment for Cancer Patients

enetic testing has become a hot topic since several public figures shared their decision to have a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation. This has led to a surge of questions such as, “Was I born with a risk of developing cancer and can I pass it on to my children?” Inherited risk testing can help answer this question, according to Michael Kayser, DO, clinical geneticist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa. “Inherited risk testing can help patients detect their risk for recurrence as well as test the patient’s family members for associated risk,” Dr. Kayser said. The more well-known forms of inherited risk testing are BRCA 1 & 2 which tests for breast and ovarian cancer risk, and Lynch Syndrome which tests for colon cancer risk.

Another type of genetic testing is molecular tumor profiling which is a promising development for patients with advanced-stage cancers who may feel they have run out of treatment options. As a boardcertified geneticist, Dr. Kayser can use the test results to help decipher drivers of tumor growth, determining targeted treatment options for an individual patient. “We can map the tumor’s genes and find out where the DNA alterations are that make them vulnerable. And, we can analyze a person’s DNA and discover what gene alterations make us prone to what types of cancer,” said Dr. Kayser. “Ultimately, the goal is to use genetic information to better care for people. We want to find the right treatment for the right patient at the right time.”

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Red Ribbon Gala Patron Party Patrons of this year’s Red Ribbon Gala gathered to celebrate at the home of Daphne and Mike Wise. The annual event raises funds for Tulsa CARES, an organization that provides social services to those with HIV and AIDS.

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Ryan Jude Tanner, Greg Holt, Matt Wallace and Jay Krottinger enjoyed the festivities at an Oscar party hosted by Elton John to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Photo by Michael Jackson.

Cassie Gilman, Rich Taylor and Emily Neff attended Toast to the Arts, a reception at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to celebrate the exhibition, On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol.

Jamee Suarez-Howard, Carrie Underwood, Kate Paris and Wayne Pacelle pose at Fur Ball Gala, benefiting the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.

Earlene Gathright, Phyllis Dotson and Toni Garner enjoyed the Junior League of Tulsa Black and White Ball.

Stan Clark and former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh enjoyed the Excellence in Leadership Gala, hosted by Leadership Oklahoma.

Ann Cameron, Joan Lunden, Katie Price and Cindy Batt enjoyed the Metro Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett and Becky Frank attended Heart of Henry, a dinner that benefited Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

Victoria Bartlett, Barry Epperley, Mollie Williford, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Mary Shaw pose at Barry & Buddies, a music benefit that raised funds for The Higher Scale Program.



David Litzinger, Jo Ann Winn and award recipients Barbara and Don Thornton enjoyed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Henry Zarrow Awards Dinner.

Howard and Billie Barnett, Liz Brolick and Amanda Forman prepare for the third annual CANdlelight Ball, which will be held April 26 at The Mayo Hotel.

Jeff and Connie Cope, Don Walker, Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton are pictured at the Tulsa Memory Gala, a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Russ Kirkpatrick, Leanne Helmerich and Andy Kinslow were all smiles at Icons & Idols, an annual benefit for Tulsa Ballet.

Bryan and Andrea Gonterman chaired the annual Oklahoma City Heart Ball, the annual fundraiser for American Heart Association.

Mo Som, Adam Nemec and Sherri Wise enjoyed Winterset, an annual benefit hosted by Osteopathic Founders Foundation.





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arshall Matlock remembers growing up in south Oklahoma City and visiting the downtown area with his parents for special events. “Then, downtown didn’t seem like much of a place to live,” he recalls. Now, Matlock is one of the city’s most enthusiastic advocates for downtown living. He stands at one of the large industrial windows in his corner condo in The Guardian and points to the many attractions he enjoys. It’s a quiet Saturday morning. No traffic. Downtown is just waking up for the weekend. Four blocks to his right are Bricktown, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Film Row, Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Plaza entertainment district. Food trucks and bike and river trails abound. To his left are four blocks that feature stately churches and two historic, tree-lined residential areas – Heritage Hills and Mesta Park. “I love living downtown,” Matlock says. While the interior of his one-room loft might seem small, the view from his second floor windows provides an expansive vista of the iconic Capitol dome. This is not Matlock’s first experience with downtown living. He lived in downtown Houston in 2001. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2003 with a business degree, he lived in Arlington, Va., while working in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. From 2005 to 2013, downtown Kansas City was home. Those experiences introduced him to the vitality of urban living. Working from his condo, Matlock has created a comfortable living/work space, using furniture leftovers from former downtown residences. The condo bears remnants of its previous industrial life: Ceilings are high, some pipes are exposed, concrete floors are smooth but paint-stained. Windows have special shades for filtering sunlight. The open stainless-steel kitchen overlooks what Matlock calls a “floating” living room. A black leather sofa and chair flank an unusual coffee table of cantilevered glass nesting in a teakwood ball. Contemporary art adds sparks of color. Matlock uses two armoires on casters to conceal the bedroom, dividing the open space and giving the illusion of two rooms. His corner “office” is opposite the kitchen/living room, and the expansive windows bring downtown inside. The bathroom, utility



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Are you among the millions of Americans suffering? Understand the common causes and treatments for relieving back pain.


ack pain can be a minor nuisance or an agonizing condition. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke cites back pain as the second most common neurological ailment in the United States, with headaches taking the number one spot. Low back pain is listed as the most common cause of job-related disability and the leading contributor of missed work. Most of us take for granted our ability to move freely and without discomfort. However, when dealing with back pain, even a minor problem can feel major. The health and condition of the spine is critical for maintaining flexibility, functionality, and correct posture.

The Spine

Stretching from skull to pelvis, the spine consists of 33 bones, or vertebrae, connected by ligaments and muscles. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord, a nerve running through the vertebrae and responsible for communicating messages between the brain and the body. Between each vertebra is a disc that acts as a cushion and absorbs the shock from the body’s movements. The spine has three main sections: the cervical spine (neck), the thoracic spine (mid back) and the lumbar spine (low back). Generally, back pain is categorized as acute or chronic. Acute back pain is usually short-term, lasting less than three to six months. Chronic pain persists for more than six months or even for years and can be associated with a current injury or a previous injury that has healed.

Causes of Back Pain

Dr. Zee Khan, a board certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon with OU Physicians, explains that there can be numerous reasons why someone experiences back pain, including genetics, injury, a labor-intensive career or an unhealthy lifestyle. “If a person is having back pain early in life, younger than 40 years old, it’s possible that it is genetic and the problem may run in their family,” says Khan. “You can also be predisposed to back pain from a past injury, or your job may play a part if it includes long periods of sitting, heavy lifting or bending.” Another cause often overlooked can be smoking. One of the theories why smoking may harm the back is vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels. “It’s something we don’t talk about a lot, but smoking constricts blood vessels and decreases the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae. The discs serve as shock absorbers, and without adequate blood supply, [they] can be damaged,” says Khan. Being overweight or obese can also contribute to back pain. To help understand how additional weight in the midsection can affect the back, Khan shares an example.



“If you hold a gallon of milk close to your body, you may be able to support and hold it there for hours,” he says. “However, if you hold a gallon of milk at arm’s length, you may only be able to hold it for a few minutes,” he says. “Carrying extra weight around your belly is equivalent to holding the milk at arm’s length. Your back muscles fatigue.” Another cause of back pain, says Dr. Jayen Patel, a board certified anesthesiologist and founder of Oklahoma Pain and Wellness Center, is degenerative disc disease, the gradual degeneration of discs caused by the normal aging process. As we age, it’s important to strengthen the back. Unfortunately, people frequently overlook their back muscles and instead focus on arms or legs, muscles that are more visible. “Back-directed and -focused exercises are often forgotten, including the ergonomics of seating and posture during exercise and sports,” says Patel. Other commonly known spine disorders include a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. A herniated disc occurs when a disc bulges or breaks open. It’s often referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Sciatica is a condition in which the inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve can be very painful and cause numbness, tingling or weakness in one or both legs. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common cause of lower back pain in adolescent athletes that can be seen on an X-ray is spondylolysis, a stress fracture in one of the vertebra. If the stress fracture is significant, spondylolisthesis will occur; the bone is weakened to the point where it’s unable to maintain its proper position and shifts out of place. Additional conditions include scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, and osteoporosis, which causes bones to become less dense and 18617 Ron Labutti.indd more likely to fracture.


If you are experiencing back pain, you should first visit your doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis and a customized care plan. If possible, most physicians will take a conservative approach and begin with non-operative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, lifestyle changes or chiropractic treatment. Khan’s philosophy is that surgery should be a last resort. “What varies is how quickly you reach that point,” he says. “Surgery may be an option if there are structural problems, a neurological deficit or the patient has failed all non-operative treatments.” While spine surgery may be a frightening thought, the good news is that it’s a field that is always evolving and benefiting from new research findings and technological advancements. A wide range of surgical procedures relieve back pain; some may involve the partial or complete removal of a vertebra and/or a disc, while others join or fuse vertebrae together. If you are faced with surgery, Khan emphasizes the importance of having appropriate expectations and goals after recovery. “Spine surgery is intended to improve one’s quality of life and reduce pain, but it may not take all of the pain away,” he says. To assist with pain management, Patel uses multiple strategies. “We have a comprehensive approach that includes physical therapy, responsible medication management, supplement and nutrition counseling, minimally invasive therapies and stem cell therapy,” he says. While nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in life, a healthy lifestyle can make a difference. Exercise, weight loss, proper posture and avoiding smoking are a few of the best places to start. REBECCA FAST

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The city by any name is still Keeper of the Flame.

klahomans aren’t strangers to that distinctive product of fire, smoke and select cuts of meat thrown together at 250 degrees for so many hours. That’s barbecue, and in Kansas City, Mo., it’s a style of grilling that comes by way of history and invention. So what exactly sets K.C. barbecue (pork, beef, chicken or other) apart from what you’ll find in Texas, Tennessee or elsewhere in the South? Let’s just say the answer is ultimately in the smoke rings and water. Location, Location, Location The “Barbecue Capital of the World,” Kansas

City is located at the Missouri-Kansas state line at the split of the Kansas River from the Missouri River. As the nearest major city to the center of the contiguous U.S., Kansas City was a Midwest crossroads from east to west up through the 1800s and from south to north in the 20th century. The Missouri River (and later the railroad) carried Americans to a new country and town that would reflect the mix for decades to come. K.C.’s Real Godfather A steamboat cook from Tennessee named Henry Perry arrived in Kansas City in 1907. A year later, he was serving smoked meats

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from an alley stand to workers in the Garment District. Eventually, Perry moved into the area now called the 18th & Vine District serving slow-cooked beef, opossum and raccoon smoked over oak and hickory logs and served with a peppery sauce. Modern Kansas City came of age gnawing on Perry’s ribs and visiting the two still-standing establishments that represent his legacy. Order Up! When Perry died in 1940, employee Charlie Bryant took over his restaurant and sold it to his brother, Arthur Bryant, in 1946. Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City still serves an

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Sports Kansas City is home to two professional sports franchises – the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the MLB’s Kansas City Royals. Fans of the pro football team watch the The Kansas City Royals play in Kauffman Stadium, one of the game’s most beautiful ballparks.

The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain at the Country Club Plaza is one of the most photographed fountains in the city.

Chiefs play at home at Arrowhead Stadium, where they ecstatically witnessed the team come from a 2-14 finish in 2012 to 11-5 in 2013 ( The echo of home-run hits returns to Kauffman Stadium as another Royals season moves into spring. If the team’s promising spring training is anything to go by, fans can look forward to more in 2014 ( City Of Fountains Rome comes to mind, right? But Kansas City is home to almost 200 fountains (second only to Rome), making it America’s “City of Fountains.” Found in city plazas, squares, ballparks and grounds in front of architectural and civic treasures, fountains range in size from small pools to grand memorials complete with incredible sculpture and photo-ops (

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Music Kansas City is also known for jazz and the blues, and it developed its smoky tenor (much like the town’s barbecue) from 18th & Vine. Musicians, such as sax player Lester Young, pianist/ composer Bill Basie (later nicknamed “Count”) and vocalist Jimmy Rushing of Oklahoma City and pianist Jay McShann of Muskogee, found work there in the ‘20s, but it was Charlie Parker who was born to K.C. and stormed the jazz old guard with his bebop and virtuoso finesse on saxophone in the 1940s and ’50s. Today, the 18th & Vine Jazz District is home to the American Jazz Museum (, still hopping with jam sessions, concerts and the 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival each fall.

assortment of meats (another hallmark of K.C. barbecue) with its equally famous sauce. Gate’s Bar-B-Q opened in 1946 when George and Arzelia Gates teamed with another Perry employee, Arthur Pinkard. That recipe has carried the Gates brand into the 21st century with six restaurants throughout the metro area. Kansas City is home to more than 100 barbecue joints, from dives to upscale, but some of the most notable you’re sure to hear bragged about include Oklahoma Joe’s, Danny Edwards, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ.

Something To Celebrate If finding yourself at the center of the Kansas City smoke ring isn’t enough, try a visit to one of the city’s premier barbecue festivals. The American Royal takes place every fall, celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage and agrarian values. Horse shows and livestock events notwithstanding, it’s also called the “World Series of Barbecue,” drawing hundreds of pit masters to the largest competition in the world ( Find more at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle-Kansas State Championship in nearby Lenexa, Kan. ( and the Balloons & BBQ Festival at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. ( KAREN SHADE


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Doctors, lawyers, worldrenowned illusionists – this year’s class is the most diverse yet, spotlighting 40 of Oklahoma’s hardest-working young professionals. From the state’s largest metro areas to small cities such as Coalgate, young, creative talent is thriving in the Sooner state. By Jami Mattox and Karen Shade Photography by Scott Miller

ERSIN DEMIRCI, 29 Executive Director, Dialogue Institute Oklahoma Oklahoma City Demirci began his

career as a math teacher. Now director of a nonprofit organization promoting unity, he finds it all adds up. “I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in social projects promoting peace and mutual understanding,” he says. With Dialogue Institute Oklahoma, Demirci organizes forums, symposiums, discussions and events promoting tolerance. He also volunteers with the American Red Cross, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and others. He is working on a doctorate degree in aviation and space science.


AVP, Commercial Banking, Commerce Bank Tulsa McDaniel has a lot of plans. “I want

to keep advancing in my banking career,” he says. “I have a lot to learn, and there is a high ceiling above me.” A graduate of Union High School, McDaniel graduated from the University of Oklahoma before moving to Dallas. When he returned to the Tulsa area, he brought banking and management experiences and hopes to carry into his own enterprise. “I want to make a lasting positive impact in Tulsa,” he says, “and I hope my efforts are evidence of that.”

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Race Car Driver, Wright Motorsports; Partner, Boston Avenue Law PLLC; TV Host, The Car Guy Show Tulsa Many people say work keeps them busy, but


Illusionist Norman

Of the many illusions Lake has performed in his career, none has been more amazing than his seemingly effortless climb to the top of his field. Make no mistake: Hard work went into being proclaimed “Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment. The Norman native has performed on network TV, in Times Square, in Las Vegas and at sold-out venues around the world. He’s also entertained U.S. troops overseas. More recently, Lake created a benefit to help animals left homeless by the tornadoes that swept through the state in May 2013. “Providing an escape, and a brief moment of wonder and enchantment where anything can happen, is an awesome thing,” he says.

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not everyone is Treager. “I graduated law school, passed the Oklahoma bar exam and won a national racing championship all in one year,” she says. The Tulsa attorney has been on the fast track since her first job as a sales associate at a tanning salon at 17. Treager attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and took a Bachelor of Arts degree before entering the University of Tulsa College of Law. Even after an amazing 2013, Treager (who won the 2013 National Points Championship for the Porsche Club of America Cup Car Challenge in GTC4) hopes to trump all her successes. “My goal is to obtain corporate sponsors based in Oklahoma,” she says. “It would be great to promote Oklahoma companies while showcasing an Oklahoma driver on a national level.”

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Chief Resident – Internal Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa Tulsa Pascucci was moved by the events of Sept. 11,

2001, to apply to be part of the Health Care Professions Scholarship Program offered by the United States Air Force. In March 2003, he was commissioned as an officer and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In 2008, after finishing an internship in internal medicine, Pascucci began a four-year active duty service, completing two tours in the Middle East as a flight surgeon. After his two tours, he moved to Tulsa to complete his residency, and he currently serves as chief resident of internal medicine at OU’s College of Medicine in Tulsa. “An Okie through and through,” as he says, Pascucci grew up on OU football and his grandmother’s amazing cooking.

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Staff Attorney, Cherokee Nation Businesses Tulsa Not everyone takes the same path

to success. For Scott, that path started in the accounting department of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (she holds an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame). While working in financerelated offices at Cherokee Nation Businesses, she earned her law degree as well as a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Tulsa and now serves as the company’s staff attorney. And she managed it while starting a family – Scott and her husband have twin toddler daughters. “There is nothing in this world that can re-energize someone as quickly as a tickle session with two 17-montholds,” she says.

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CEO, InterWorks, Inc. Stillwater “Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an interest in technology,”

says Jahanshahi. “Growing up, my father was a professor at Oklahoma State University, and that always allowed me to experience the latest tech gadgets.” It was this love for technology that inspired him to start InterWorks. After working for a corporate tech company, Jahanshahi saw the opportunity to create a company that could do good work but also emphasize a fun and unique office culture. “This business model has worked exceedingly well throughout the years, and InterWorks is growing faster than ever as a result,” he says. “What started out as a one-man, local IT business has rapidly turned into a global data and IT consulting firm with over 100 employees.”

CAMERON J. MCCOY, 38 Executive Director, OU Corpo-

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Youth Achievement Director, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. Oklahoma City Ford knows she’s a hard worker, but

she believes her recognition in 40 Under 40 can best serve others. “I am a great encourager and motivator,” she says. “I enjoy helping people realize their talents and making a plan to pursue them.” Through the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Ford works with children, teens and their families to get students prepared for college and inspired to achieve more. She said she’s honored to help develop programs that pull individuals and families out of poverty. “I believe when we are called to do something, God will give us the tools to get it done,” she says.

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Leading the Corporate Engagement Office at the University of Oklahoma certainly takes a lot of McCoy’s time. On top of this demanding position, McCoy is also pursuing his doctorate in economics and educational administration and serves on boards for KISS Institute of Practical Robotics, Association of University Research Parks, Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers, Washington State University Alumni Association and Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Health. Those looking to emulate McCoy’s success will be best served by taking his advice. “I believe success is about self-awareness and high emotional intelligence, he says. “To achieve success, focus on yourself, and then give to others. Strive to be first among equals and to allow others to do the same.”

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CHADWICK THEOPOLIS HOLEMAN, 36 Attorney, Devon Energy Oklahoma City Holeman boasts an


impressive career path that brought him to Devon Energy as an attorney providing legal counsel for the energy company’s information technology, records and land management and corporate finance functions. Holeman is just as proud of his activities outside of his career: He serves as board member, treasurer and chair of the finance committee for the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. He also chairs the development committee for the Oklahoma City Regional Board of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. “I consistently engage in activities that serve others,” he says. “I have been involved with a number of great organizations through the years, including Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma City.”

Area Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters Claremore Wilbourn’s

focus as area director for BBBS Claremore is to find volunteer mentors, or “bigs,” to match with children, or “littles,” in the program. She also works to establish community partners to allow the organization to serve more children. Wilbourn’s passion for the Claremore community began when she attended Rogers State University. She was active in the university’s activities and stayed in the city upon graduation. She enjoys spending time with her friends there, and she is active in a variety of organizations and activities, including RoCo Fit, a local walking/running club, and the First United Methodist Church of Claremore. “I love being an active member in our community,” says Wilbourn. “Claremore is such a great place to live, and [my husband and I] are very happy to be able to raise our family here.”


Command Center Supervisor, Cox Communications Tulsa French supervises the daily operations of Cox

Communication’s multifaceted field services division, but he also demonstrates leadership in his volunteer activities. The Bartlesville native serves as director of the Tulsa Pride celebration every June as well as on a number of boards serving LGBT communities. His goals, he says, are pretty simple – to continue working with a company he enjoys and to make Tulsa Pride a vehicle for positive change in Oklahoma. “Tulsa Pride can help to create an environment in our state which embraces people of all backgrounds and values their individual contributions to our society,” he says.

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Corporate & Government Relations Manager, American Airlines Skiatook Hutchings gives great advice: “Know yourself, and surround

yourself with great people who give honest feedback.” And, she follows it. An unabashed optimist, Hutchings takes a positive outlook on her work, building relationships between American Airlines and community and civic leaders. That quality is useful for her other work, which includes chairing the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, work on the Governors Council for Workforce and Economic Development and a hand in the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council. “In all things, I am at my best when connecting people to achieve common goals,” she says.


National Director of Naturopathic Medicine, CTCA Naturopathic Site Naturopathic Director, SRMC Tulsa As a naturopathic doctor, Anderson has

more than a decade of experience working in an integrated hospital environment providing oncology care to patients. Her role at Cancer Treatment Centers of America is large and includes providing strategic oversight, coordinating program development and optimizing the process of providing naturopathic care to patients across CTCA regional centers. Anderson is passionate about volunteering and gives to organizations such as Family and Children’s Services, American Cancer Society and Philbrook Museum of Art. “I genuinely care about others and engage and financially commit to the change I want to be a part of,” says Anderson. She unwinds by running. “The faster the better” for stress relief, she says.

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CEO, Prodigal Oklahoma City Funk is a very competitive person and

believes that most successful people are, as well. “If they weren’t competitive, they wouldn’t have the drive to succeed,” he says. “It’s a natural fit, then, for Funk to head a company that promotes and markets sports in the state and operates some of Oklahoma’s most competitive sports teams, including the Oklahoma City Barons hockey franchise. Funk also volunteers with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association and Police Athletic League Sports. He hopes to continue to provide the residents of Oklahoma City with worldclass sporting events and entertainment that will make Oklahoma City a more exciting place to live.

LUKE ESSMAN, 34 President & CEO, Canyon Creek Energy Tulsa He might have found himself running his own

restaurant, but Essman had other plans for his life. “My family has owned and operated restaurants going back almost half a century,” he says. “Naturally, my first jobs were working alongside my family cleaning and cooking in our restaurants.” The lifelong Tulsa resident graduated with a finance degree from Oklahoma State University and went to work for regional banks before he started his own oil and gas exploration and production company based in Tulsa. “I enjoy taking on new challenges both professionally and personally and I find myself always looking for new opportunities,” he says.

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Cherokee Nation Businesses celebrates you for being named one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2014.

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Certified Public Accountant, HoganTaylor Tulsa In her rewarding career as an ac-

countant for one of the most prestigious accounting firms in Tulsa, Fairchild has learned a few things about hard work and commitment, and it shows. The recipient of numerous accolades and achievements – including the University of Tulsa School of Accounting Distinguished Alumna Award in 2013 – likes to quote others. “Winston Churchill said ‘Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,’” she says. That advice, which she gladly passes on, has helped in her success.


Owner, CedarRock Homes Collinsville After a short stint in the golf

business, Smith founded a successful custom homebuilding business. He oversees and manages several subcontractors on various projects to ensure that homeowners’ ideas are captured and incorporated. He serves as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, the youngest president since the organization’s inception in 1942. When not working on homes for clients, Smith loves to renovate and restore old homes and has lived in two of them over the last three years; his family has nicknamed the projects “The Nuthouse” and “The Nuthouse II.” Smith also still enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family, especially at his children’s sporting events.

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President/CEO, A-tech Paving Oklahoma City Doyle’s company, A-tech

Paving, has been recognized for the past two years by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as one of the 50 fastest growing, privately held companies in Oklahoma City. That growth is, in part, thanks to Doyle’s dedication to the company and his ability to direct the day-to-day business aspects, overall direction and culture and build lasting relationships with clients. “[I hope to] continue to build a successful company providing the best quality product to my customers, always keep a focus on giving back to the community and improve my skills as a leader,” he says. Doyle’s first job – in high school – was as a laborer for the company he now directs. Outside of work, Doyle is involved with a variety of service and civic organizations, including Leadership Oklahoma City, the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City and Christmas Connection.

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“Most times people don’t think of artists and writers as business people, but we are,” says McCarty, “and we’re selling the toughest kind of product: ourselves.” The communications specialist for Bama Companies published her first novel, Mounting the Whale, late last year while running her company’s department and operating Mod’s Coffee and Crepes (the restaurant she owns with her husband). But whether she’s launching a company project or her own venture, she keeps to a rule that has helped in her success. “Don’t compare yourself to others; just try to be better than you were yesterday,” she says. • 40 UNDER 40 • 40 UNDER

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Interim Vice President for Administration & Finance, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Tulsa Polak has the tedious

job of overseeing and being accountable for the comprehensive financial management of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. In addition to that, he coordinates the administrative service departments that provide various services to OSU Center for Health Sciences. Active in his church, Polak says he believes the biggest impact he makes is mentoring youth and supporting local missions, like providing beds to Tulsa school children or constructing water wells in Africa. Polak also hopes that OSU Center for Health Sciences continues to make a positive impact in Tulsa. “The mission of the OSU Center for Health Sciences is critical to the future of our state, he says. “By continuing to support those at CHS who are producing the next generation of physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma, I’ll be doing my part to provide for the economic health of our state as well as providing healthcare access for underserved communities.”

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Senior Vice President, BA Chamber of Commerce Broken Arrow As vice president of the Broken

Arrow Chamber of Commerce, Sailsbury says it’s an honest love for the city she lives in with her husband and two children that makes her job so much fun. “It is about having the ability to shape the future of our community, Sailsbury says. “My biggest pride in life is my family, and I love that I am part of giving them an amazing city to grow up in.” This cheerleader for Broken Arrow says that it’s all about supporting local businesses. “I try to do all of my shopping and dining locally and take advantage of things going on in Broken Arrow, from the shows at the BA Performing Arts Center to hometown sporting events and attending the farmers’ market and local festivals,” says Sailsbury.

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President, Few Energy Consulting Inc. McAlester

Few began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2004, and in 2013, he struck out on his own and founded Few Energy Consulting. He negotiates and prepares oil and gas contracts for well sites, pipelines and other oil and gas-related issues. Negotiations can involve individuals, attorneys, municipalities, tribes or government agencies. Committed to his hometown, Few volunteers with Pride in McAlester, an organization that promotes beautification and the “green” movement in the city. He also helped the city establish the McAlester Recycling Center, and he serves on the McAlester Zoning and Planning Commission. “[I have] passion and dedication for helping improve my community and making it a better place to work and live,” Few says.


Clinical Psychologist and Organizational Consultant, Mind Works; Staff Psychologist, Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center Oklahoma City Sweeton is a clinical psychologist and organizational

consultant who helps clients in a variety of situations. As founder of Mind Works Consulting Services, Sweeton collaborates with organizations to develop emotionally intelligent employees, strong leaders and effective workplace wellness initiatives. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, hospital administrators, human resource managers, law students, mental health clinicians and wellness centers. As a staff psychologist at the VA, Sweeton is dedicated to helping patients manage stress, reduce anxiety, recover from trauma and maintain healthy relationships. This Stanford-educated psychologist says that she’s not afraid to exit her comfort zone and try something new. “I tend to be someone who likes to be involved in multiple pursuits at once, and I enjoy new challenges, even if they are accompanied by growing pains, she says.


Chairman and active investor, Ceja Corporation; President and part owner of Interak Corporation; Part Owner of the Marriott Fairfield downtown and its retail space Tulsa Oliphant is always fishing for new op-

portunities – world economic investments, stocks. Perhaps that goes back to his first job as an assistant guide on a fishing charter boat in Alaska. Whether he’s researching for a client’s portfolio or expanding his own holdings, Oliphant – who holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Tulsa – is tenacious. He is also president and trustee of the Cuesta Foundation, which aids qualifying organizations working in health and social services. “A collection of daily best efforts should add up to something great,” he says. “The secret is to have goals and live in the present.”

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Shareholder, McAfee & Taft Moore Long is an experienced attorney, help-

ing businesses and governments with employee benefit programs for employees and executives. As leader of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at McAfee & Taft, he oversees one of the largest and most experienced teams of employee benefits lawyers in the area. Long counts among his clients Fortune 500 corporations, energy companies, hospitals and healthcare providers, cities, universities and Native American tribes. When he’s not hard at work on behalf of others, he enjoys running and volunteering his time. Long sits on the board of directors for six different organizations, and he also volunteers as a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sisters organization. He has had the same “little brother” since 1994.

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KRISTEN R. RICE, M.D., 31 Dermatologist, Rice Dermatology PLLC; Medical Director, Utica Square Skin Care Tulsa For Rice, dermatology isn’t only

skin deep. It’s about making the whole person better. “The initial reason that I became interested in dermatology was the idea that treating skin disease could improve a person’s self-image and self-esteem, and in turn help them to have a more successful and enjoyable life,” she says. The Jenks High School graduate has set goals for herself throughout her life – first graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and, later, completing a dermatology residency at Duke University. Whether working in a medical or cosmetic capacity, Rice loves the variety of her work. “Living in Tulsa with my husband and son, being near both of our families, and having a dermatology practice here is a dream come true,” she says.

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Founding Producer, Square 1 Theatrics; COO, IQ Surgical Tulsa Krottinger’s recent foray onto the Great White Way paid

off in 2013, when he won a Tony Award as a producer for the Broadway revival of Pippin. His company, Square 1 Theatrics, also helped produce A Time To Kill, which last year opened to great acclaim. And the best is yet to come. “Square 1 Theatrics is going international,” says Krottinger. “We just signed the dotted line to co-produce the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis at the historic Shaftesberry Theatre in London’s West End.” In addition to his roles in Square 1 and IQ Surgical, Krottinger believes strongly in giving back to Tulsa through various organizations. In 2014, he was a co-emcee at the annual Red Ribbon Gala, benefiting Tulsa CARES. “It was an honor and pleasure to emcee the 17th annual Red Ribbon Gala this year,” he says. “What’s even more exciting – I had a wonderful time doing it with my partner as a co-emcee.”

DR. WHITNEY A. BAILEY, 39 Associate Professor and Bryan Close

Professor in Adulthood & Aging, Oklahoma State University Stillwater Bailey studies aging at Oklahoma

State University and has an impressive list of credentials behind her name – an undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate from Michigan State. She takes pride in her gerontology research. “In short,” she says, “I ask, ‘What do we need to know to better serve aging families in a time of unprecedented longevity?’” The answers could affect generations to come. “I want to assist in bridging the gap between research and practice, ensuring that the front-line professionals serving our state’s most vulnerable citizens have the best training and information possible.”

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Professional Artist Tulsa Surrounded by artists


as a child, Penix was sure to take up the paintbrush professionally as an adult. “As an artist I gain inspiration from my environment, whether that be at the park, at home or traveling abroad. I enjoy the freedom to paint different subject matter and I’ve learned to push myself to try new things, even if they are out of my comfort zone,” he says. Penix paints with oils in an Impressionistic style, and that skill has brought him attention all over the country. His works are exhibited in galleries in California, Michigan, New Mexico and Colorado.

Assistant Curator of Education, Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City Chambers wants to create meaningful,

deeper connections between the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and its guests. He succeeds at it. “I wake up smiling most days because my job makes me happy,” he says. Working in the Oklahoma City museum’s education and exhibitions divisions, Chambers helps educate thousands of visitors every year about the various arts that have moved the world since man first made images on cave walls. By developing programs to do this and volunteering his time on various arts and cultural organization boards, Chambers has followed his own advice: “Find something you love to do and a way to get paid for it.”

DOUG WILLIAMS, 39 Vice President, Saint Francis

Heart Hospital, Saint Francis Health System Tulsa Williams’ career in nursing began

in Michigan, but a desire to further his education brought him to Oklahoma and to Saint Francis Heart Hospital. Though his role is one that involves a fair amount of administrative work, “most importantly, I am able to participate in the practice of nursing and how that profession is applied to our patients as we strive to fulfill our mission of extending the healing presence of Christ in all we do,” he says. Williams serves on community advisory boards and participates in activities with organizations including the Tulsa Area United Way, American Heart Association and his church. In the future, Williams hopes to continue developing Saint Francis Heart Hospital into a leader in the healthcare field. “I want to become more active in advocacy and issues that affect the overall well-being of our community,” he says.

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Commitment to Lead Devon congratulates Chad Holeman for embodying leadership in the community and in the workplace. As one of our best, we’re very proud to celebrate this milestone with him.

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Manager, Manhattan Construction Company Yukon Overseeing

large construction projects may sound intimidating, but Johnson sees it as a well-earned accomplishment. “I have worked my way from the bottom of the ladder to where I am today,” says Johnson, who began his construction career as a cabinet builder. “Construction management is a tough industry, and finding success takes persistence and determination.” Johnson encourages others to think about what makes them happy and what they are passionate about and to find a way to make a living in that field. “I also recommend finding a mentor and spending time with that person,” he says. “I believe that you will become who you spend the most time around.” At the end of a long day, this family man enjoys unwinding with his wife and two daughters. He also loves fly fishing. “Spending time with my dad casting a fly is priceless,” he says.

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Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney, State of Oklahoma Tulsa Fu supervises a team of four felony pros-

ecutors who typically see more than 1, 000 cases annually. In 2013, he personally tried nine jury trials, including prosecuting those accused of murder, rape and armed robbery. Fu believes that all victims of crime deserve justice. “Victims of crime are too often disproportionately poor,” he says. “Many of these people are not regarded as ‘true victims’ by society. In my job, I strive to make sure that I advocate for those people who have been largely forgotten. I also endeavor to make sure that my role as an advocate does not end at a conviction. When possible, I also try to ensure that [victims] are referred to counseling services, housing assistance, immigration assistance and restitution.”

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Attorney, Hornbeek Vitali & Braun Oklahoma City Thomson says he was shocked when he was

told he’d been chosen for Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40, but then he figured his time fostering homeless dogs for the Bella Foundation helped. The Oklahoma City attorney’s resume looks pretty good, too. Starting at a community college in rural Kansas, Thomson later attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and Bradley University in Illinois before finishing his law degree at Oklahoma City University. “I want to continue to evolve and try to become the absolute best attorney that I can be,” he says. “That is why I love the legal field, because it’s so fluid, and there is always room for improvement.”

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Monte Cassino School Tulsa “I never


Co-owner, Red Coyote Running and Fitness Oklahoma City Running has

been a large part of Beck’s life for a long while. After college, she worked in fundraising consulting in Washington, D.C., but she left that behind when she decided to pursue her dream of working in the running industry. While living in San Diego, Calif., she met her husband, who also worked in the running industry, and in March 2013, the two opened Red Coyote in Beck’s hometown. “Our goal is to actively promote a healthy lifestyle in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities,” she says. Among the myriad accomplishments Beck has to celebrate: Red Coyote was voted as one of the Top 4 Running Stores in the U.S. by Competitor magazine in 2011 and 2013, and she has qualified to run the 2015 Boston Marathon.

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planned to get into education, largely because I took for granted the impact that my own educational experience had on my life,” says Vereecke. That experience began in Michigan and the University of Notre Dame, which helped Vereecke to a position at Saint Catherine School in Tulsa through a teaching program. Three schools later, he’s applying everything he’s learned to leadership at Monte Cassino. On track to complete a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oklahoma, Vereecke says, “I learned that for some families, education was the only difference between happiness and misery or success and failure. I felt that it was really important to share my gifts to make that success possible for more people.”

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Natural Resources Trial Lawyer, Coalgate Gray loves his son, his John

Deere tractor, coon hunting, skiing and being a cowboy. “I also love being a lawyer and the rewards that come from helping and protecting people,” he says. A successful natural resources trial lawyer, Gray isn’t always sure where his job will take him. But so far, it has taken him into some high-profile cases in which millions of dollars were awarded to his clients for damages to lands. Coming from a corporate environment prior to earning his law degree, Gray says his experience has given him an advantageous perspective. “It allows me to better connect with my clients,” he says.

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Vice President, Communications & Public Relations, Feed The Children Edmond Engelke’s heart lies in the nonprofit industry.

Pediatric Emergency Center Bixby As medical director of

the Pediatric Emergency Center at Saint Francis Health System, Richmond, an employee of Emergency Medicine Physicians, serves in both clinical and administrative roles. He also helps train pediatric residents. Richmond’s advice for success is reflected in his daily work. “Treat others as you would want them to treat you,” he says. “Care with a servant’s heart. Be humble, patient, kind, and remember who you are and where you came from. Learn from every mistake along the way. Learn to listen.” Richmond says that being there for children and their families in their greatest time of need is impactful. “It is a humbling experience to work with children, due to their honesty, innocence and resilience,” he says.

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As vice president of communications and public relations for Feed The Children, one of the largest charities in the country, she gets to serve the the community she is most passionate about. “I hope to continue using my skills to benefit those in need, eventually becoming a president of a nonprofit serving children,” she says. As a working mother, Engelke is passionate about supporting other working mothers and is writing a book that discusses the challenges of balancing work and motherhood. She also contributes to the national website, Engelke offers sage advice to others on obtaining success: “Don’t allow your age, gender or life circumstances to limit your success,” she says. “You can do so much more than you could ever imagine. Say yes, when you feel like you should say no, and accept challenges as a steppingstone to becoming confident in your own abilities.”

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Philbrook Museum of Art celebrates 75 years of excellence, growth and philanthropy with the 2014 Philbrook Wine Experience. By Meika Yates Hines

Children exit Philbrook in 1963. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

There’s a science to the art of winemaking. The scientific, technical side has been practiced for thousands of years – smash grapes and add yeast that consumes the sugar and converts it to alcohol. But the other part of winemaking – the artistic side – is where the real magic happens. Anyone can learn the chemistry, but artistry separates connoisseur-quality wine from the mediocre. The grapevine is a vintner’s palette, and its fruits are the colors used to build a beautiful work of art. In this way, vintners and traditional artists are the same: They are masters of creative expression. An exceptional museum is no different. By bringing objects of beauty, skill and vision to its halls and inviting the community to experience them, museums are society’s medium to creativity and innovation. Philbrook Wine Experience celebrates this excellence. APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


Art As Educator

Philbrook Museum of Art Director Rand Suffolk’s hope is that Philbrook will “be everyone’s museum.” PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

More than a general art museum, Philbrook is considered “Tulsa’s crown jewel,” an institutional masterpiece exemplifying the great strides of local involvement and investment. Committed to growing its permanent collection and community spaces, the museum is host to intriguing exhibitions presenting the finest examples of artistic achievement from near and far. “As an organization, we want the broadest possible public engagement. We want to be everyone’s museum,” explains Rand Suffolk, director of Philbrook Museum of Art. Philbrook enjoys an annual audience of nearly 150,000 visitors, and the museum’s steady growth in attendance has proven that with the right leadership, selfless generosity and proactive ingenuity, barriers to fine art museums – both real and perceived – can be broken. Special events, such as the biennial Philbrook Wine Experience, open doors to art for many while raising funds essential to the museum’s future growth. The 2012 event raised an impressive $2.4 million, making Philbrook Wine Experience the largest fundraising event in Oklahoma and among the nation’s top 10 wine events.

The 2012 Philbrook Wine Experience raised $2.4 million for the museum’s various educational programs. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.



A Philanthropic Inspiration

chance to speak with consumers directly, Ninety-eight percent of Philbrook’s budget and Philbrook Wine Experience offers them comes from private donations. the opportunity to be in front of an intimate “It’s all about what Philbrook brings to crowd of aficionados who will appreciate the the community, says Bill Thomas, the 2014 products and their stories. event co-chair with wife, Susan Thomas. Chris Donatiello, owner of C. Donatiello “The work that is being done at Philbrook Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., will be particiis the focus of the [Philbrook Wine Experipating at Philbrook Wine Experience for the ence]...At the end of the day, what we really first time this year and is looking forward to want are people to participate and celebrate taking part in the event that has caused quite the fact that their investment and involvea stir on the wine circuit. ment has helped to create something really His family has a standing relationship wonderful for the entire region.” with another family that has long supported The Philbrook Wine Experience feaPhilbrook. Through this connection, he has tures several events leading up to the first come to understand and appreciate how weekend in May, including the April 12 Sip important Philbrook is to Tulsa. & Shop event and Wine & Dine through the A University of Oklahoma alumnus, Domonth of April. On Friday, May 2, guests natiello adds that he’s always happy to have will mingle with some of the country’s top vintners as they sample culinary creations from nearly 30 of the region’s finest restaurants. The Grand Wine Tasting is presented by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. On Saturday, May 3, the Philbrook Wine Experience Vintner Dinner & Auction brings vintners to the table along with a cream-ofthe-crop auction. The weekend welcomes 40 internationally acclaimed wineries to Tulsa, all to benefit Philbrook. Instead of sending marketing representatives, visiting winemakers and winery principals will talk about the heart and soul that they put into the wine being served. Much like hearing artists discuss their work versus listening to an audio tour in an art museum, this exquisite detail is as appealing to participating vintners as it is to guests. Susan and Bill Thomas are Vintners relish the chairpersons of the 2014 Philbrook Wine Experience.




an excuse to get back to Oklahoma. “The opportunity for wineries to participate in auctions and tastings are endless. Because of that, wineries get to be very choosy about the events in which they participate. Philbrook takes a different approach than many by limiting the number of winery participants to a small, well-chosen group of important wineries, each of which brings assets to the event,” Donatiello says. “Access to art, particularly for children, is becoming more important,” the vintner adds. “With schools being so tight on budget dollars, and the continuing cuts in arts programs, Philbrook and their programs give not only children, but students of all ages an opportunity to learn, and we are happy to support that.” Michael Honig is president of Honig Vineyard & Winery, located in the heart of Napa Valley. The label has presented at Philbrook Wine Experience since the event began. This year his youngest brother, Jonathan Honig, For more than 75 years, Philbrook has fed the curiosity of children. PHOTOS COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

Museum visitors are attracted by Philbrook’s diverse exhibitions and permanent collections. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.



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will present at Philbrook for the first time, further strengthening the family’s tie to Philbrook that goes back more than 20 years, when Honig put his family vineyard’s first wines on the market. “What my family has been thrilled to be able to do is use our bottles and our wine for philanthropic endeavors. We’ve always been very civic-minded and philanthropic, so here we can use our bottles to help generate revenue to help support wonderful museums like Philbrook. It’s a win for everyone,” Honig says. “When I first got started, there was so much interest and so little representation in Oklahoma by Napa wines. Markets like Oklahoma were being overlooked,” Honig continues. “I thought, ‘Why beat myself up against a wall trying to go to New York when I can go to a market like Tulsa – where people are excited to see me and want to taste my wine – versus trying to compete with everyone else in Manhattan?’”

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Philbrook founders Waite and Genevieve Phillips are pictured with their children, Elliott “Choppe” Waite and Helen Jane, at Philbrook. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

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Honig says the Philbrook Wine Experience has been good for his business over the years. He comes back every year because of the enthusiasm and support the fundraiser’s patrons have shown for his product and work. “I’d say I’ve established some pretty solid roots [in Tulsa],” says Honig. “In our business, relationships matter, and from my experience, Oklahoma is a place where people want to get to know you. Once they’ve met you and you’ve shown support for them, they’ll support you back.”

Evolution of a Landmark

Philbrook’s history is marked by generosity and excellence in leadership. Originally called Villa Philbrook, the home of Waite and Genevieve Phillips was completed in 1927. Designed by Kansas City Beaux Arts architect Edward Buehler Delk, the Italian Renaissance Revival-style mansion was home to the self-made oilman from Iowa and his family until January 1939. The Phillips family gifted their 72-room mansion and country estate to create Tulsa’s first art museum. This remarkable philanthropic

Schedule of Events 2014 Philbrook Wine Experience Enjoy the biennial wine event that supports Philbrook, Tulsa’s premier fine art museum, along with the events that lead up to the main event.

Sip & Shop

Saturday, April 12, noon–3 p.m. $10/person Stop by any participating retail shop to sample Philbrook Wine Experience wines.

Retail Shops

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Wine & Dine

Throughout April Prices and menus vary by location. Enjoy a wine dinner at some of Tulsa’s favorite restaurants showcasing chef creations paired with wines from the 2014 Philbrook Wine Experience.

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Philbrook Vintner Dinner & Auction

Saturday, May 3, 5–10 p.m. Patron Levels begin at $2,500 A happy hour, live and silent auctions and a worldclass dinner with 40 top winemakers – enjoy an unparalleled evening to benefit Philbrook. All proceeds from events benefit Philbrook educational programming and museum operations.



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Fashion may have changed between 1947 (below) and today, but interest in Philbrook remains as strong as ever. PHOTOS COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

The Philbrook gardens are a favorite destination for visitors to the museum. PHOTOS COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.



gesture gave life to Philbrook, which opened to the public in 1939 against the backdrop of big band jazz, the Dust Bowl, rapid industrialization and Art Deco style. Since then, the Phillips family’s gift continues to grow. Philbrook has expanded beyond the historic estate into Tulsa’s vibrant, emerging downtown scene. Philbrook Downtown, a twolevel contemporary art gallery, opened last year in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District and exhibits pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. That collection spans 5,000 years, with particular strength in Renaissance and Baroque paintings as well as modern and contemporary art. As home to one of the greatest surveys of 20th century Native American art anywhere, Philbrook challenges visitors’ preconceived notions about this genre. It’s this kind of diversity that draws visitors from various walks of life and from all over the world to Philbrook. The museum’s appeal successfully reaches people, and not through art exhibitions alone. Collaboration with more than 20 local performing arts organizations allows Philbrook to showcase programs spotlighting some of the region’s finest singers, dancers, actors and auteurs – from Tulsa Opera to Tulsa Ballet, film and fashion. Other programs enrich the community, including Art Focus, a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association improving the quality of life for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Building Bridges, Shaping Minds

As trusted, welcoming places for discovery, museums play a strong role in early learning for children. This is true at Philbrook, too. A key supporter of the Tulsa community, the museum proactively works to help bridge this gap to build brighter futures. By offering free programs aiming to bring families together through hands-on activities The Kress Collection, one of Philbrook’s most and museum exhibits, the treasured colections, museum has taken on what arrives in 1947. has become a national chalPHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART. lenge. “In 2008 only two percent of the Philbrook education budget centered on families. Currently, we spend 41 percent of that budget on families. We want to provide a place for families to come together to interact and engage with each other,” Suffolk says. APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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Patrons gather at Philbrook in 1957 and today (below) to support the growth and programs of the museum. PHOTOS COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

“When we kicked off the Second Saturday program six years ago, we made it free because we wanted to remove any real or perceived barriers to access. We really challenged our education department to rally around that day to create a series of hands on, family-oriented, art-making activities.” Second Saturdays offers free museum admission and interactive art experiences for children of all ages on the second Saturday of each month. ONEOK Foundation joined forces with Philbrook to underwrite Second Saturdays through February 2016 to the tune of $400,000. In 2007 (before the Second Saturdays program), Philbrook averaged about 490 visitors on the same day. Today, the average is 2,000 people, with peak Saturdays seeing as many as 2,900. Holbrook Lawson, chair of Philbrook’s board of directors, ties this growth in participation back to a focus on inclusivity and collaboration in diversifying the museum at every level. “It doesn’t matter your background: All parties can benefit through the experience of art. Art is for all people,” says Lawson. A fourth-generation museum board member, Lawson remembers childhood trips to the museum and discovering early on that her appreciation for art exceeded her ability to create it.



“There’s a misconception that some people have, where they think that they need to be an ‘art person’ to appreciate art,” she says, “but what Philbrook does is give you the opportunity to learn and find your own unique appreciation for art. I think that simply being exposed to art allows your brain to relax, then ideas and problem-solving come to you. Art can soothe the soul and invigorate; it provides something that’s missing in our everyday rush. It provides a much-needed element in our lives that helps us do our jobs better.” Designed with the diversity of the Philbrook permanent art collection in mind, the MyMuseum program, a free program targeted at children aged 4 to 12, has done an outstanding job of encouraging children and their caregivers to draw appreciation and inspiration through creativity. Families can sign up for the program, which gives kids a free art tool kit containing three art implements. Then each month, the

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family returns to receive a new supply and a new art card, which references a different featured work in the museum. Through a year of collecting, the kits can grow to contain a sketchpad, pencil, eraser, watercolors, markers and glue, depending on the artwork identified on the art card. Parents or caregivers get involved, too. The art card contains information and talking points that they can discuss while observing the featured art in the museum with their children. “For decades young children have been

enjoying Philbrook. And I’m sure there are children – or anyone for that matter – who grew up visiting Philbrook and can say, ‘Because I had these experiences at Philbrook where I became inspired or learned something new, I am now an engineer or software developer or invented something amazing,’” Lawson adds. “I believe that we are touching lives and helping people to use all parts of their brains to explore, problem solve, create and innovate.” Taking the MyMuseum program one step further, Philbrook has partnered with Junior

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League of Tulsa and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis for the MyMuseum Mobile program, which takes art projects and activities to children unable to visit the museum and others with limited access. Initiated in fall 2013, the program shares MyMuseum with children in the oncology ward of The Children’s Hospital, where young patients are treated for cancer, leukemia and other blood-related illnesses. Using the art kits, trained volunteers from the Junior League of Tulsa engage with children in art-making projects. Their families, who spend countless days and hours at the hospital, are given free museum passes so that they have a place to take a break or to visit the museum later as a


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family after their child has recovered. “Within a couple of weeks of kicking off the program, one of the patients and their family visited the museum. The family expressed their gratitude to museum staff members and shared their enthusiasm for touring the museum and adding to their art kit with new art supplies,” says Chris Oden, chair of MyMuseum Mobile committee and a member of Junior League of Tulsa. “Art can teach you about yourself; it’s a really relaxing, therapeutic approach to reach out to these families with the hopes that we are offering a valuable experience that can help them reflect and think about something different. We want to help them deal with a very difficult time in their lives,” Lawson says.

Giving Back

Programs like Second Saturday and MyMuseum provide invaluable services to Tulsa, but these programs come with a price tag. Philbrook Wine Experience is a vital fundraiser to the museum because it makes these programs and so much more possible. It’s also a chance for those who receive so many benefits from Philbrook to give back to the institution and others who have yet to discover art. Whether by attending this year’s event (either the Grand Wine Tasting or Vintner Dinner & Auction) or by purchasing museum admission or membership to witness the latest inspiring exhibit, every dollar helps the museum and the community thrive. International supermodel and Tulsa native Amber Valletta was the guest at a recent Third Thursday event. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.

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Philbrook guests take advantage of the museum’s Second Saturday program. PHOTO COURTESY PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART.



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New Beginnings In White Utilizing space in a new way gives this midtown Tulsa family an updated kitchen and master bath. Photography by Melissa Lukenbaugh


s designer Mel Bean, coowner of Austin Bean Design Studio, discusses the renovation plans for this midtown Tulsa home, she gives the homeowners plenty of credit. “We worked together for nearly six months finalizing every detail before the construction began,� says Bean. In both the kitchen and master bathroom, the renovation was more than replacing finishes and fixtures; both areas were demolished, and the designer and homeowners focused on how the spaces worked. As the plans took shape, Jim Harden, owner of J & H Remodeling of Broken Arrow, was added to the team. Since the



Space gained by enclosing the home’s back porch allowed for a built-in banquette.



The long, narrow kitchen was opened up to accommodate the residence’s family of four. An island topped with Carrara marble features a large apron sink. The pantry was updated with new cabinetry and Carrara marble and features a bar and desk space.

Before: Dark cabinetry and countertops and black-and-white ooring dated this kitchen. A built-in bench near an entry provides extra storage.



homeowners intended to stay in the house during remodeling, it was important that everyone working on the project coordinate. For the family with two active children, the long and narrow kitchen needed more width. “We captured a screened-in back porch and incorporated it into the kitchen,” says Bean. Job accomplished, the wider kitchen provides room for a central island with eating space. Flanking an oversized apron sink are a trash drawer and dishwasher with a full overlay door hiding their functions. Existing dark cabinets on opposite walls were replaced with classic white cabinets designed by Bean and running the length of two contiguous walls. The countertops are Carrara marble, and the backsplash is a white beveled mini-brick tile. To create a subtle accent, the tile was installed in a herringbone pattern over the Wolfe range. New, two-inch oak flooring matches the original wood floors throughout the rest of the house. “We added ceiling beams to create architectural detail,” says Bean, “and the upper cabinets were designed around them. Replica vintage industrial glass light fixtures hang over the island and create a sparkle throughout the room. In addition to enlarging the kitchen, the additional space gained from the back porch accommodated a large, built-in banquette providing comfortable seating with storage under the built-in bench. Bean had a custom top built onto a cast iron base. Desiring a casual look, the homeowners purchased a chandelier with an aged patina on the wood and metal. The narrow, dark pantry next to the kitchen was transformed into a smaller, more functional pantry room with a dedicated bar and desk space. The master bathroom also went through extensive renovation. An existing bathtub 18761 Austin Bean.indd was removed and replaced with an oversized shower. The toilet was relocated to another wall, allowing the countertop to be doubled in length for two sinks. To keep the space open and The master bath was light, the same expanded to make room white cabinetry for double sinks. used in the kitchen was used in the bath. The countertop is also Carrara marble. “The original floor tile was very fun, but it just wasn’t in good shape,” says Bean. The team chose a one-inch Carrara marble hexagonal tile in a honed finish for the floors. Carrara and Thassos marble tiles also create a chevron-patterned accent wall. “This project was truly a team effort,” says Bean. 1/4 Education.indd 1






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Kirk Holt designed the living area to have cozy seating areas that do not obstruct the beautiful view of Grand Lake.

Simple Style And Scenic Views A ‘70s-era house on Grand Lake is transformed into an inviting retreat for entertaining. Photography by Scott Miller


hat began as a basic project replacing windows and changing the flooring morphed into a renovation showcasing the homeowners’ lifestyle in their scenic Grand Lake home. “They wanted to be able to host dinners for up to 10 people and cocktail parties for 30,” says Kirk A.B. Holt, principal of CisarHolt. The 1970s-era lake house had a closed galley kitchen and narrow entry that didn’t take advantage of the stunning views. 102


As Holt and the homeowners worked through design details, David Trebilcock Construction of Tulsa was added to the team. To create an environment that allowed the host and cook to entertain guests during events, the entire kitchen was opened into the living and dining areas. A large, granite island was designed with a bar area complete with a bar sink plus a wine and undercounter refrigerator located at the far end so it does not interfere with the cooking space. The kitchen cabinets have a graphite gloss finish and are from IKEA, as are the

appliances. Holt chose Sherwin-Williams’ Collonade Gray paint for the walls and trim to create a subtle, neutral background that highlights his clients’ art collection. The new wood flooring is oak with a wire-brushed gray finish. Simple Roman shades provide nighttime privacy. The Omnia Glass dining table has a graphite base and taupe top and extends for large dinner parties. It was purchased at Fifteenth and Home on Cherry Street in Tulsa. “Because we first met about the project on Labor Day weekend, and their goal was to

The narrow galley kitchen was opened to the dining and living areas, providing an improved space for entertaining. Before: The kitchen prior to renovation was walled off from the living area.

Double sinks and a luxurious double shower were added to the master bathroom during the renovation.

have Thanksgiving dinner in the new space, we worked with local stores to find many of the furnishings in stock,” says Holt. Another goal was to add a television above the fireplace. The original fieldstone was removed, and a sheetrock niche was built to make the front of the TV flush with the wall. The custom mantel is black pearl granite from Countertop Solutions in Tulsa. “I wanted it to reflect their contemporary taste and the simplicity they enjoy,” Holt adds. Holt also designed two custom cabinets on

either side of the fireplace: one for AV equipment, and one for china storage. The long living room is broken into multiple seating areas with a cozy grouping of four chairs near the fireplace. The khaki bleached wood cube tables have a gray glaze and are custom made, as are the black leather ottoman and the wool area rug. With the construction crew on site, the owners decided to bring a few other areas into the renovation, including the master bathroom. The original space included a cabinet with just one sink, a small shower

and bathtub, which were all removed. The walls were reconfigured, allowing for a wider cabinet from IKEA with space for two sinks. The toilet was partitioned off with a pocket door, and a spacious two-person shower, including Kohler’s luxurious Toobi hand shower, completed the renovation. The homeowners are thrilled with the results. “The entire project was a zero-to-100 amazing transformation,” says Holt. APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


With a goal of keeping the room light and open, the master bedroom features traditional molding and soft shades of gray and blue.

Modernizing a Traditional Home A young family brings new life to an older home. Photography by Nathan Harmon


iving through a year-long renovation and major addition can be grueling, but this couple and their three young children dealt graciously with the noise, construction crews and, especially, the dust. Their traditional home is approximately 75 years old and located in Tulsa’s desirable midtown area. Since the plan was to make this a long-term home, the family was willing to invest in some significant changes. Kurt Barron, owner of Barron & McClary General Contractors, was hired to help prioritize the various projects of the phased renovation. “We created a master plan and then priced different areas, looking for the best approach,” says Barron. Along with updates throughout the home, the two major options were to renovate the kitchen and add a great room or add on a master suite and utility room. “After reviewing all the details, starting with the master suite project made the most 104


sense,” says Barron. And because it was a one-story addition to a two-story home that included an elevation drop on the property, Barron suggested architect Scott Pohlenz, AIA and owner of Pohlenz Cucine Moderne in Tulsa, to work out the complicated roof lines and detailed drawings. Also added to the design team was Carolyn Fielder Nierenberg, ASID and vice president of Campbell Design Associates. “The owners were wonderful to work with,” says Nierenberg. “They had done their homework and were decisive in their choices.” The new wing of the house not only includes the master bedroom suite, but it expands an existing study and accommodates a spacious mud/utility room with a desk area, pantry, washer/dryer space, an extra refrigerator and a custom-built wall of storage cubbies and hooks for each member of the family. The garage was also enlarged. While the goal was to make the new master suite feel light and open, it also needed to blend with the home’s traditional style.

Detailed traditional molding, painted in soft white, contrasts with an array of grays and blues. The bedroom walls are light blue with a deeper tone in the bathroom and closet. The occasional chairs and nightstands were existing, along with the Lucite lamps. New bed linens came from The Dolphin Fine Linens in Tulsa’s Utica Square, and a Fabricut linen was chosen for the custom draperies. Because a large island with double-sided drawers was built in the master closet, there was no need to add storage in the bedroom, keeping it simple and open. The bathroom floor is a Carrara marble mosaic. Carrara marble with a honed finish was selected for the his-and-her vanity countertops as well as the bathtub and shower surround. Oversized porcelain tiles that mirror the look of Carrara marble line the shower walls. With this large renovation phase complete, the family can enjoy very modern spaces while looking forward to the future kitchen remodel and great room addition.

Carrara marble surrounds the bathtub; large, porcelain tiles line the shower.

Existing occasional chairs were repurposed for a small seating area in the master suite.

As part of the addition, the homeowners gained a large walk-in closet with plenty of storage.

Carrara marble countertops and mosaic oor give this master bathroom a polished look.



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ot too long ago, neither the downtown streets of Oklahoma City nor those in Tulsa could be described as vibrant. Plagued by poor roads, vacant store fronts and some of the less savory elements of the populace, nobody viewing those bleak streetscapes of two decades ago could imagine them as they are today. Now, as new life is breathed into the hearts of Oklahoma’s largest cities, the dreams of developers and residents alike are finally manifesting. “The renaissance of downtown Oklahoma City is truly becoming evident, with A rendering shows now-estabthe planned Core to lished Shore park that will

F as tion, revitalization of historic areas, such the Brady Arts District, is attracting a robust amount of tourist traffic as well as residents. “The Vision 2025 projects have been very impactful to our entire city,” saysGTulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. “We have millions of dollars of investment going in downtown Tulsa today, and while it is not all a result H of Vision 2025 projects, projects like the BOK Center certainly sparked an interest in downtown development that has continued to grow. As a matter of fact, Tulsa is one Iof the top 10 best music scenes in the country. We have always had a strong heritage of musical nodes of activity in districts like Midtown, and artistic talent, but we are really getting Automobile Alley and the Arts District, not recognized as a place to be. J just Bricktown,” says Ian Colgan, urban “The BOK Center is a world-class arena redevelopment division manager with the with world-class shows, and you can’t stop City of Oklahoma City Planning Department. in Tulsa without catching a show at the Tulsa “Urban neighborhoods like Deep Deuce are Performing Arts Center, Brady TheaterK or starting to gel, generating even more DinterIST RICCain’s TS Ballroom,” Bartlett says. “People are est in downtown living. Investments made coming downtown for music, fun, food and through MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects to live in increased numbers.” program) and other sources are generating And the transformations to Tulsa’s L tangible economic development growth.” downtown aren’t set to stop any time soon. A RTS As examples of that growth, Colgan cites Just last fall, citizens passed yet another the OU Health Sciences Center, the recent initiative targeted at major improvements in addition of a major GE research facility, the M the downtown area. The Improve Our Tulsa renovation of the Journal Record AU Building, TO MO B package IL E A Lwill LEY dedicate nearly $25 million the planned renovation of the Fred Jones to further develop roadways, traffic signals building into the 21c Hotel and Art Museum and streetscapes downtown. Funds will also N and Devon Energy Tower. go to upgrading water and sewer lines, the IC KTOW N The skyline of Tulsa also has experienced B Rdevelopment of residential housing downa vivid reimagining. In 2003, Tulsa voters town and the implementation of a bus rapid approved a sales-tax increase to pay transit system that will be headquartered at for the future of their city and county, the downtown Denver Avenue station.O B U S INE S S impacting everything from industry “These enhancements will build on to infrastructure. A decade later, their actions the previously funded public and private are bearing fruit, and Vision 2025 projects improvements that have helped lead toPthe have transformed the face of downtown DEE P D E U C Eof downtown,” says Paul Zachrevitalization Tulsa and other areas. A dizzying array of ary, engineering services director for the City alterations, from the construction of the of Tulsa. BOK Center arena to the installaQ F IL M R OW tion of more parks, sidewalks Mapping It Out and pedestrian lighting, have In Oklahoma City, the downtown area has begun to lure both busibeen reshaped by the MAPS initiatives and nesses and residents PA R R Project along with the boom of activity K P L180, AZA to the heart of the in the Midtown, Bricktown, Deep Deuce and city. In addiAutomobile Alley districts.



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“Downtown has seen some major infrastructure changes in the last few years, from the relocation of Interstate 40 to Project 180,” Colgan says. “These have occurred alongside significant growth, inclusive of the Devon Energy Tower, the addition of over 800 housing units, several hundred hotel rooms and much more office and retail space. Considering such rapid growth, the city has done a good job coordinating both small and large infrastructure projects and leveraging development to help pay for infrastructure improvements.” With projects such as a new convention center, downtown pedestrian boulevard, a streetcar system and the Core to Shore park on the horizon, residents must accustom themselves to a city center in transition. And as Colgan points out, such expansion will almost definitely continue to grow and impact infrastructure in the city. “The MAPS 3 park and convention center will be significant catalysts that not only demand major infrastructure improvements, but also improvements like streetscape and utility upgrades to correspond with adjacent private development,” Colgan says. “Both will be adjacent to the future boulevard and set the tone for how many [people will] enter and first experience downtown. “The streetcar, which could leverage millions of dollars in private investment, is no different,” he says. “Discussions about the next streetcar line have already been held, years ahead of the first line. Success will likely result

in significant demand to expand the streetcar in all directions, greatly impacting all transportation related infrastructure, as well as the larger transportation network, within downtown and in adjacent neighborhoods.” “The streetcar probably has the most potential to change downtown,” says A.J. Kirkpatrick, director of operations and planning for Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. “Streets and adjoining sidewalks will have to be changed to accommodate a totally new user group. And if the streetcar is a success, evidence from other cities indicates that it could have a significant impact on the built environment as well. Developers might be able to lower the amount of parking they are offering, which will in turn allow them to build larger buildings. In turn, larger buildings need bigger supporting infrastructure. Again, if successful, the streetcar could significantly alter downtown.”

Keeping Balance

While businesses and residents eagerly anticipate the much-hyped renovations of Oklahoma’s metropolitan downtowns, much like the course of true love, the path to urban development never did run smoothly. City planners and engineers in both Tulsa and OKC will be tackling the logistics of altering their cityscapes for years to come. In Tulsa, city officials and businesses alike are facing some of the same problems that recently disrupted downtown OKC during Project 180 and the construction of the Devon Energy Center (and had long-term impacts on some downtown business owners). “Some of the challenges of working downtown include maintaining business access, working around existing utilities and minimizing disruption to large events,” Zachary says. According to Dawn Warrick, planning and development services director for the City of Tulsa, impact on existing downtown businesses is of the utmost consideration. “Managing how we stage construction projects while maintaining access to open businesses and venues is a challenge, but a very welcome one,” she says. “We are working to identify tools and programs that will encourage additional growth in all of our downtown districts and neighborhoods. Our infrastructure is

the skeleton that supports the entire community, and downtown is no different. Tulsa offers a robust street grid downtown, and core services generally follow the grid. Most downtown properties have ready access to utilities. Maintaining our older infrastructure and ensuring those facilities can accommodate new growth is the real challenge. We are also beginning to explore other facilities that could be considered amenities but have become extensions of the downtown infrastructure in most major cities, such as parking systems, mass transit and access to high-speed Internet.” Downtown is the literal heartbeat of any city and region, says Tom Baker, manager of Tulsa’s Downtown Coordinating Council. “Having a broad-based group of those [who are] personally invested in both downtown and, therefore, the region insures real-life opinions and direction when setting service and improvement priorities for downtown,” Baker says.

The Order of Things

In Oklahoma City, it’s not just an influx of construction that is affecting the infrastructure and businesses downtown; it’s also the growing number of residents. With the building of multiple dwellings in Midtown, Deep Deuce and soon Bricktown, as well as the construction of a downtown elementary school, planners are facing shortages of parking in high-traffic areas. Additionally, there is a notable lack of grocery stores and other amenities, such as pharmacies and gas stations, expected by and necessary to retain the growing residential population. Kirkpatrick says that infrastructure progress of this nature may seem slow, but it’s under way and gaining ground. “Due to the way we fund infrastructure on the municipal level, it will probably always feel to some residents like there is a lag in infrastructure keeping up with development,” Kirkpatrick says, explaining that Oklahoma

A.J. Kirkpatrick is director of operations and planning for Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. PHOTO BY SCOTT MILLER.




accompany downtown development are a drop the environment that made people want to City’s infrastructure is often funded by general in the bucket compared to the benefits. live downtown, and we had to have enough obligation bonds that only occur every seven to “Even without a grocery store (until Folks people downtown to justify the private invest10 years and take additional years of planning Urban Market & Pantry opened in January in ment that would be going into projects. The before implementation. the Brady Arts District), we still had and have public improvements certainly attracted more According to Kirkpatrick, alternatives to waiting lists for downtown housing,” Tomlinson people downtown, which made restaurants and general obligation bonds are becoming more says. entertainment more desirable investments. By common through measures like tax increment “However,” Tomlinson continues, “juggling having more daytime and evening entertainment financing (like the initiative that funded Project the parking needs of downtown workers and venues, the area became more desirable for 180) and members of the private sector stepping visitors with those of residents up to address the needs of downtown’s will become a growing challenge growing resident population, such as until public transportation options with the funding of “quiet zones” at “The MAPS 3 park and convention center will be increase and more structured parking railway intersections from Sixth to is available.” 16th streets. significant catalysts that not only demand major Parking management is sure to “Increased density, particularly infrastructure improvements, but also improvebecome more complicated as downresidential density, does definitely ments like streetscape and utility upgrades to town residential growth continues. have its advantages,” Kirkpatrick says. “And, we’ll need more public “I frequently hear OKC Millennials correspond with adjacent private development.” spaces and parks,” Tomlinson asking for a better transit system and says. “People like to congregate for better retail, both citywide and in and relax…The lack (or perceived downtown. I do not think many people lack) of conveniently located parking is one people to live.” understand, however, that transit and retail of the bigger dilemmas of urban redevelopSometimes, growth needs an extra push to become more feasible as residential density ment. Structured parking is the best solution but really take off. increases. In reality, most of the redevelopment a costly one that usually requires public funding “As is common in many revitalizing cities, we have seen on downtown ground floors has and/or incentives.” infrastructure tends to lag behind demand unbeen restaurants and that is to be expected if While cultural and economic development less a community invests in itself to stimulate we are still working off the model of trying to continues to expand and redefine downtown demand,” says Delise Tomlinson, executive draw people from other parts of the region to OKC and Tulsa, the perks are not without their director of downtown development with the downtown; but as we get more people above accompanying headaches. But as the popular Tulsa Regional Chamber. those ground-floor spaces, there is a bigger idiom goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” “The BOK Center is a great example. Ancaptive audience, and we should expect to start Oklahoma’s new urban centers will take years other is the Downtown Housing Fund, which to see an increase in true soft-goods retailers – to complete, and they will face plenty of hicincentivized projects like the Philtower Lofts, the sort of shops that people get really excited cups along the way. But with eyes fixed on the Mayo Hotel Lofts, Mayo 420, Vandever Lofts, about. We are already seeing some of these promising future of their downtowns, planning YMCA Lofts and more. Our planners and city pop up along Automobile Alley, which is why officials are prepared to tackle any accompanyfathers should be credited with anticipating the Downtown OKC was such a big proponent of ing problems. growing desire among young professionals and adding angled parking to Broadway.” “I wouldn’t say ‘problems,’” Kirkpatrick empty nesters to live in our urban core.” says, “but as we continue to diversify (from Despite any perceived lags in inA Good Problem To Have work week office crowds to permanent residenfrastructure development, TomlinTulsa also is grappling with the challenge of tial), the land uses [in] downtown are certainly son, like her colleagues, says increased residency in its urban center. starting to see new challenges and that any of the chal“Trying to redevelop downtown has been opportunities.” lenges that multi-faceted,” says Clay Bird, Tulsa Mayor’s Office of Economic Development director. “We’ve had to create



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FOOD, DRINK, AND OTHER PLEASURES Junior’s has served steaks, such as this filet, to many notable names over the years.



Steak And Swank An Oklahoma City landmark still has the goods after 40 years.

n the competitive food service industry, restaurants come and go. It’s rare to find one that has been around 10 years, let alone 40. Junior’s of Oklahoma City, however, is one such place. Opened in September 1973 by Junior Simon, it’s the site where many oil deals were made and consummated by a signature throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. Jim Shumsky has owned and operated Junior’s since January 2004. Describing the restaurant as iconic and historic, he says a lot of effort has gone into preserving Junior’s original swank. “It’s red and will probably be red long after I’m gone,” he says of its trademark decor. “…It’s one of those rare places where one goes that almost reaches out and puts its arms around you and makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s a place where you can sit down to conduct business or just enjoy a great meal and a drink.” Located in the basement of one of the two 12-story buildings comprising the Oil Center, Junior’s has the only true piano bar in Oklahoma City, Shumsky says. Six nights a week, you’ll find a pianist playing for his supper or a musical trio working the room.

Another first: Junior’s was the first place in Oklahoma City to offer a Caesar salad made tableside, an attraction that has carried over to the present. “Everyone has to have a Caesar salad when they come in. It’s one of the menu favorites, partially because it is hard to duplicate at home,” Shumsky says. The menu, which includes prime rib, filet mignon, K.C. strip, Alaskan king crab, salmon and pan-fried chicken, hasn’t changed much since Junior’s opened, but why fix what isn’t broken? “Back in 1973, there were only six or seven items on the menu, but there wasn’t actually a printed menu,” Shumsky says. Waitresses would recite the menu to each table. Over the years, Junior’s has added a few items, but for the most part, it has stayed the same. Like the red walls, red upholstery, red carpet, gold accents and chandeliers, it’s part of Junior’s old school, formal dining charm. If you have room for dessert, you can choose from among coconut cream pie (made in-house), brandy ice – a decadent concoction of ice cream and brandy – cheesecake and more. APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



Over the years, some notable customers have frequented Junior’s, including politicians and celebrities. Former Oklahoma governors George Nigh and Brad Henry have been shown to a table. So has actress Julia Roberts, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the building’s owner, Tulsan businessman and philanthropist George Kaiser, according to Shumsky. Most notably, Junior’s has a loyal customer base and the kind of staff that turns a restaurant into a second home or that favorite place to take guests looking for a special, friendly atmosphere. Not surprisingly, some of Junior’s staff have been with the restaurant since it opened. One waitress recently celebrated 40 years with Junior’s and was honored in front of a packed house of customers. There are other long-time employees – a chef who has perfected his menu after 35 years at Junior’s and a sous chef who has been there for 33 years. Such longevity inspires a feeling of ownership, which Shumsky encourages. “The employees take pride in the place, and it is theirs. It’s not mine, it’s theirs,” he says. “I’m a very fortunate individual to have such a unique group of employees. It makes it a lot easier to keep this incredible place going.” 2601 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City.

The rich red décor of Junior’s is a hallmark of this classic dining establishment.


The shrimp at Molly’s Landing.



MOLLY’S LANDING You’re on an interstate blander than soggy bread. You turn left six miles east outside of Tulsa city limits, and suddenly the magic begins. You’re on Route 66 now. Off to the left you see a big ol’ swimming hole, and a long and gaily painted bright blue whale is smiling at you. Just beyond that is a wide, lazy river. You turn in a driveway, cross an 80-year-old steel bridge, and there, beyond a bright , somewhat shaggy garden, is the sort of rambling wood and stone-faced house a hobbit would be proud to own. It’s a product of luck, sweat and chance. “There was never a long-term plan,” says Molly’s Landing manager Russ White. “One thing came after the other.” White’s family owned barges on the river, and about 30 years ago his mother, Linda Powell, saw a large parcel of land for sale. She decided a log cabin would look just fine on her new land, so she and her family built one. They worked nonstop through seemingly incessant rain. It took two years. The cabin was too big for a home, so, she thought, “Why not open a restaurant?” Inside it’s all dark wood and whimsy, and the bare-raftered, peaked ceilings are high. On the walls are animal heads – one is from one of the largest moose bagged in Alaska – hanging plants and miscellaneous memorabilia. It’s remote and romantic; many marriage proposals have been made here. But people come back for the food. The mouth-watering steaks are aged 45 days and seasoned (except in winter) with herbs grown in the garden. Also popular are quail, pork chops, prawns and walleye. If you need a toothpick, get some from the big, stuffed alligator that stands upright near the cash desk and wears a red bandanna. 3700 N. Highway 66, Catoosa. – Brian Schwartz





LASSALLE’S NEW ORLEANS DELI Since late 2013 anyone who’s driven to downtown Tulsa straight up Boston Avenue has noticed new signage on what had been La Boca Loca, a Mexican eatery stashed in a corner on the ground floor of a parking garage overlooking the Chapman Centennial Green. Before it was street tacos and salsa, it was pita and grape leaves. When the doors opened again in February, downtown Tulsa got a taste of Southern bayou cooking with all the conveniences of a contemporary, upbeat deli hotspot. Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli sold us on its creative takes on the traditional po’ boy (including the hot roast beef and catfish versions on freshbaked French bread), but it also won us over with an assortment of sandwiches on toasted muffuletta bread and faithfulness to Cajun and Creole classics such as slow-cooked red beans and rice, spicy jambalaya and gumbo (straight from owners Chris and Amanda West’s family recipe book). We found Patti’s amaretto bread pudding especially decadent. If that doesn’t entice you to downtown, Lassalle’s weekly specials will: oyster po’ boys, fried alligator po’ boys, shrimp creole and crawfish etouffee. Mercy! 601 S. Boston Ave., Suite A, Tulsa. www. – Karen Shade The muffuletta, that classic New Orleans staple, is on the menu at Lassalle’s. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS Phat Philly’s Day and night, crowds line Passyunk Avenue in south Philadelphia. They think they’re getting the world’s best cheesesteak. They aren’t. Here’s how they make it in Philly: They fry strips of steak, toss them on a long soft loaf of Amoroso’s hearth-baked bread and pour melted Cheez Whiz on top. But at Phat Philly’s in Tulsa, says co-owner Thomas Regan, “we add the love.” The meat is slowly simmered on the grill along with onion and peppers. Then a cheese-smeared bun goes on top while the meat is still grilling. The steam from the steak melts the cheese and, says Regan, “the cheese just liquefies through the meat and flavors everything.” In a daring departure from the cheesesteak tradition, Phat Philly’s offers a choice of meat. Most patrons opt for steak (sirloin carefully trimmed in-house and served with the traditional Cheez Whiz) but a knowing few choose chicken. It’s made with the same time-consuming care as the steak, but with tangy, gooey Monterey Jack cheese, and it all melts to form a sinfully rich fondue on bread. And the bread? It’s Amoroso’s bread shipped in from Philly. Some things are better left unchanged. 1305 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa. 918.382.7428 – Brian Schwartz Phat Philly’s melts hearts with a classic-built favorite. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

Spring rolls are a fresh starter at Broken Arrow’s Thai Garden. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.

THAI CUISINE Thai Garden Every town of a certain size deserves an establishment designated the “best Thai food in town.” For Broken Arrow, that place is Thai Garden restaurant, serving Thai and Chinese cuisines. While the Tulsa suburb has several choices for Chinese food, Thai Garden just may be the only Thai place in town. A strong repeat-customer base validates the claim. Unassuming on the outside, Thai Garden lures through curiosity, first, and menu, second. Yes, there are the standard appetizers, egg rolls and spring rolls, but they’re fresh, as is the papaya salad – a starter with tomatoes, a hint of lime, crunchy cabbage

leaves and thin-sliced, juicy papaya. Popular Thai fried noodle plates such as pad Thai and pad se yu top the menu for lunch and dinner, but dig a little deeper for the authentic – bean curd chicken, pad park chicken and gang ped chicken. Choose your heat (on a scale of one to 10) and enjoy the egg drop soup, a delicate surprise of flavors. Whether you’re enjoying lunch or getting take-out for dinner, Thai Garden’s offerings bring a true taste of its namesake to Middle America, which makes it a real prize for Broken Arrow. 813 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow. – Karen Shade

GOURMET COFFEE Café Evoke Fussy is the last word that comes to mind when considering Café Evoke, the Edmond coffeehouse that sometimes just goes by “Evoke.” And what does this downtown establishment offer customers stopping in for a hot-brewed cuppa’ joe? Waffle sandwiches for breakfast and brunch, scones, tea, cookies, boutique wines for after five, a satisfying selection of artisan-brewed beers and, well, coffee. Coffee – latte, cappuccino, espresso, mocha, skinny, tall, iced, hand-brewed and regular old-fashioned drip. For all that Evoke brings to your table (indoors or out), nothing defines it better than its gourmet coffee. With a selection from better-known roasters and a few yet-to-bediscovered varieties, Evoke makes coffee as strong as you want, any way you want it. If that’s not evocative, find yourself a Starbucks. 103 S. Broadway, Edmond. Try the latte at Café Evoke. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS. – Karen Shade




Worth Her Weight In Gold

Rigatoni bolognese is made to please by Gold Plated. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.


ou’re tired, too busy to cook, and the kitchen’s a mess. On the rack, there are bottles of spices so old that the dates have actually worn off. What can you do? Whether you need food, organization or simply ideas, chef Joanna Gold, owner of Gold Plated personal chef service, would like to be your private kitchen concierge. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of Platt College in Oklahoma City, this East Coast native knew she wanted to offer a personal chef service that was accessible and more affordable for working mothers, those starting a new diet and anyone needing help in the kitchen. Gold Plated strives to get people out of the drive-thru lanes and back into their kitchens. Service is available through a four-tier system that offers as little as 10 hours of extra help in the kitchen each month and as much as 25 hours per month, in which the Gold Plated staff does all the shopping, kitchen organization and cooking. JILL MEREDITH


GET CRACKING Later this month, kids and adults alike will partake in the yearly tradition of coloring and hiding dozens of Easter eggs. But once the candy is gone and the holiday is only a memory, you’re left with a bunch of hard-boiled eggs to be eaten. Once thought to be a contributing factor in raising bad cholesterol levels, the much-maligned egg should once again assume its “incredible, edible” status – eggs have numerous health benefits.

Additionally, recent studies have concluded that eggs do not contain as much cholesterol as previously thought. High in protein and surprisingly low in calories, eggs are a great choice for those trying to drop a few pounds. And did you know that eggs are one of few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, which is vital to overall good health? Eggs are also good sources of folic acid, vitamins A and B and potassium, too. So go ahead and enjoy snacking on those leftover Easter eggs, or try a delicious egg salad. Your body will thank you. – Jill Meredith

EASTER EGG SALAD 8 ½ ½ ¼ 1 3

eggs c. finely chopped celery c. reduced fat mayonnaise c. Dijon mustard tbsp. sweet or dill relish tbsp. minced red onion salt and pepper to taste

If you don’t already have extra Easter eggs on standby, place fresh eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan or pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and place in the sink under cold, running water. Once the eggs are cool, dry and peel them and thinly chop both the whites and the yolks. In a large bowl, combine eggs, celery, mayonnaise, mustard and relish; mix well. Stir in the onion and season with salt and pepper to taste.



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

Larger Than Life by Greg Beecham. IMAGE COURTESY GILCREASE MUSEUM.


A Meeting Of Treasures

It’s time to Rendezvous with Gilcrease for contemporary Western art.

hen you think of scenes of the American West, images of Southwestern landscapes, wildlife and people from decades long ago come to mind. If Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous has had an impact on how we view Western art, it is that sun never set. The museum’s annual Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale opens April 10 with a viewing of new and retrospective works by contemporary artists. Works – mostly paintings and sculptures – will be auctioned to help fund Gilcrease programs. Among the many names included in the exhibit, two stand out: painter Greg Beecham and sculptor Ross Matteson. Both are this year’s featured artists and are slated to speak on April 11 at the museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Road, Tulsa. Beecham, a veteran of monumental shows, such as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West in Oklahoma City and the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, is the son of outdoor artist Tom Beecham

(who illustrated the Remington Arms Co.’s admired calendar for almost 30 years). He began his career under the tutelage of his father and even thrived in the same genre of art, but Beecham has established his own name and reputation. Matteson’s career began in music, but he has spent the last 27 years as a sculptor, with works that have been shown all over the world. Working in marble and bronze, Matteson created a sculpture out of steel and glass titled The Structure of Love Is Indestructible just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. The sculpture is a powerful statement of the strength of love and spirit as well as a breakthrough work in Western art. Matteson is also a Prix de West award-winning artist. Artwork not sold at the April 11 auction will be available for purchase throughout Rendezvous’ show, which ends July 13. For more about the art sale and exhibition, visit or call 918.596.2757. KAREN SHADE APRIL 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM










Performances Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat April 1-6, April 8-13 Celebrity Attrac-

tions brings the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the Bible story of a shepherd’s son, who is betrayed by his brothers but rises to power in Egypt, to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center April 1-6 and to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall April 8-13. www.

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 3-20 Oklahoma City Theatre Company sets the popular musical, loosely based on the New Testament in a post-apocalyptic war wasteland, on the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Not everyone who advances on American Idol will go on to live music-superstar lives after the votes have been counted. Who says that’s a bad thing? Former contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young have vaulted their turns on the TV singing competition into Broadway musical careers. Young made his debut on the Great White Way as Kenickie in 2008’s Grease and went on to star in a revival of Hair, where he met DeGarmo, who has appeared in such major productions as Godspell, Hairspray and Brooklyn: The Musical. Catch the couple – they’re married – in the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice hit. Joseph stops Tuesday, April 1-Sunday, April 6, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Third St., Tulsa. Tickets are $20-$60. The show then moves to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City, for a run Tuesday, April 8-Sunday, April 13. Tickets are $24$70. For more, visit

Theatre of Oklahoma and its tale of two couples in two different eras discovering what it means to risk it all for love.

styles, connect for an interactive night of dance art and civic participation at Living Arts of Tulsa. www.

Ma Plays Schumann

April 5 The Oklahoma City Philharmonic welcomes acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall in a soldout performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

April 12-13 The dynamic modern dance company brings a diverse and fascinating program to the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. Hosted by Choregus Productions. www.

Immortality Set to Music

Brown Bag It

Thru April 16 Noon-hour musical performances brighten workday Wednesdays at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

And Legions Will Rise

Robert Mills’ Beauty and the Beast April 18-19 Oklahoma City Ballet runs with an

April 5 The Tulsa Oratorio Chorus tackles two magnificent works – Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Maria und Johannes by Schulz – at Holy Family Cathedral.

April 7-8 Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble plays Weber, Mozart and work by Oklahoma City composer Edward Knight for its final concert of the regular season.


April 10-12 Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy of power and murder is told at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center by Certain Curtain Theatre. www.

Mahler: Resurrection Symphony

Immortality Set to Music

Is He Dead?

April 4-26 Carpenter Square Theatre stages David Ives’ comedy, which comes by way of a Mark Twain play, about an indebted painter who fakes his death to become rich, get the girl and escape his threatening picture dealer.

Triangle, a New Musical

Thru April 5 Musical mystery and romance are on the same bill for Lyric



Rioult Dance New York

original interpretation of the 1740 Barot de Villeneuve story by OKC Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills. See it at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.

Musical Mondays

April 21 Janet Rutland opens a new season of musical entertainment from LIFE Senior Services for the public at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center.

April 12 Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (known as the Resurrection Symphony) fills the walls of VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education for the season’s final concert and conductor Barry Epperley’s final concert before retirement.

Memphis: The Musical April 22 The sights and sounds of 1950s Memphis explode at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, fame and forbidden love.

Higdon, Haydn and Strauss April 12 Tulsa Symphony brings the season to an end with a special night that includes Richard Strauss’ tone poem Don Quixote and American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral with guest solo cellist Kari Caldwell. www.

stand-up comedy at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a fun, one-man show based on the best-selling 1992 book about marriage and relationships. www.

eMerge Dance Festival April 12 Local dance companies, most working in contemporary and modern

Men Are From Mars: Women Are From Venus Live April 23 Theater meets

An Evening with Midori

April 24 Renowned solo violinist Midori brings her extraordinary artistry




and power to Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium for a special recital program of Beethoven, Mozart and more.

Endurance April 25-26 The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust brings the Split Knuckle Theatre Company to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for an inventive play telling two stories – an insurance man struggling to get his employees through the Great Depression and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s efforts to keep his 27 men alive on an expedition in the Antarctic – at one time. www. Bohemian Rhapsody April 26 Chamber Music Tulsa plays a free concert of music with a “Bohemian” quality at the Guthrie Green. Chanticleer April 26 One of the top male choruses in the world sings a program titled “He Said/She Said” on the theme of the battle of the sexes at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. American String Quartet April 27 The celebrated quartet plays the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to mark its 40th anniversary and close Chamber Music Tulsa’s 60th season. The Drunkard and The Olio

Ongoing The melodrama continues with heroes, damsels in distress and over-the-top characters plus an entertaining revue of songs and theatrics most Saturdays of the year at the Spotlight Theatre.

In Concert Peelander-Z org

April 1 Opolis, Norman. www.opolis.


April 1 Bricktown

Rollfast Ramblers




April 3 The Blue Door. www.

Silverstein April 4 Bricktown Music Hall. www. Monte Montgomery

Uncle Lucius

April 4-5 The Blue Door.

April 5 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

S. Carey April 5 Opolis, Norman. Kings of Leon April 8 BOK Center. www.

Joe Bonamassa

April 8 Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Panic! At the Disco

April 8 Reynolds Center, University of Tulsa.

Reverend Horton Heat

April 8 Diamond Ball-



room. April

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Moby April 11 ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival at Chevy Bricktown Events Center. Butch Hancock

April 11 The Blue Door. www.

Randy Rogers Band April 11 Following PRCA National Championships, Oklahoma State Fair Park.


Mt. Eden

April 11 At Life in Color event at Cox Business Center.

Tulsa Playboys

April 11 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Oklahoma thon April 27




Challenge yourself or inspire and encourage runners of one of the “most-run” marathons in the world along the 26.2-mile course in memory of those who died in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Family Hansel & Gretel

Thru April 10 Wandering musicians tell the Grimm tale of the brother and sister lost in the woods. Production uses audience participation, music and dance at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre.

Easter Egg Hunt


April 12 Spend the day at Excell Park in Jacksonville, Ark., for a massive egg hunt and family fun.

IN CONCERT Norman Music Festival Eight years ago, spring in downtown Norman hummed with activity as the Sooner student body at the University of Oklahoma prepped for finals and looked ahead to summer break far from the Norman campus. Then came the first Norman Music Festival, and the college town whistled more than just Pomp and Circumstance. Setting up on downtown’s main drags, the festival has brought headlining rock acts such as Portugal. The Man, Joy Formidable, Of Montreal and Dirty Projectors to town along with great Oklahoma-grown artists Samantha Crain, J.D. McPherson and Leon Russell to the stages. This year, the festival’s seventh, welcomes psychedelic rockers from Austin, Texas, the Bright Light Social Hour (pictured), as well as blues-roots act Moreland and Arbuckle from Wichita, Kan. Look for them along with many others on the three stages from Thursday, April 24, to Saturday, April 26, in downtown Norman. The fact that all this entertainment was and remains free is especially endearing to all those broke, hard-working students. For more, visit or find it on Facebook.

Easter Egg Roll April 19 The Myriad Botanical Gardens hosts the event for families featuring an Easter egg hunt, the egg roll and more fun and games on the Great Lawn. Gilcrease Easter Egg Hunt April 20 Visit Gilcrease Museum for art, culture and an egg hunt with plenty of games and surprises. Fiesta!

April 27 Get ready to dance with Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall for a fun concert (part of the Discovery Family Series) of music from around the world. www.

Art Adventures

Ongoing Children 3-5 experience art every Tuesday morning at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, with special guests. Go online for schedules and other information.

American String Quartet


April 21 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Citizen Cope

April 24 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

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April 2426 Bright Light Social Hour and others. www.

April 25 The Blue Door. www.

April 25-26 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. com

April 26 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.

Il Divo


April 26 Brady Theater. www.bradytheater.

Rodney Atkins April 12 Following PRCA National Championships, Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.rncfr. com

SONIA, Disappear Fear

Blue October


Paul Thorn

April 12 Bricktown Music Hall. www.

Chevelle April 14 Diamond Geoff Muldaur



April 15 The Blue Door. www.

Rodney Carrington


Grouplove, New Politics Foster the People


April 28 Diamond Ballroom. www.

The Hold Steady, Deer Tick



April 17 Cain’s

Tulsa Playboys



Adley Stump


April 30 Cain’s

Runaway Home

April 29 The Blue


April 19 Cain’s Ballroom. www.


April 30 The Blue Door. www.

April 18 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

George Strait April 19 BOK Center. Greg Jacobs April 19 The Blue Door. www.


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Rob Delaney Ford

April 29 Cain’s

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Jess Klein, Amy Speace


April 27 Brady

April 28 Cain’s Ballroom.

April 16 Stand-up comedy. The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. www. April 16 Stand-up comedy. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

April 26 The Blue

Sports OKC Thunder v. San Antonio April 3 v. New Orleans April 11 v. Detroit April 16

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

Oklahoma City Energy

Diversity in Art

v. Orlando City April 26

April 25 Brady Theater. www.

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

Tulsa Drillers


Greg Trooper

OKC RedHawks v. New Orleans April 11-14 v. Nashville April 24-27 v. Round Rock April 28-May 1

Neil Sedaka

April 12 Diamond Ballroom. www.

v. Canton April 4 v. Corpus Christi April 3-5 v. San Antonio April 6-8 v. NW Arkansas April 16-19 v. NW Arkansas April 25-26 v. Arkansas April 29-May 2

Alice in Chains

Neil Sedaka

Tulsa 66ers

Second Saturdays

Oklahoma Defenders

v. Bloomington April 12

OKC Barons v. Hamilton April 2 v. Charlotte April 5-6 v. Texas April 16 v. Iowa April 18-19 Beavers Bend Kayak Classic

April 5 Try your hand at the unique sport of kayak fishing at this tournament at Broken Bow Lake. www.

Redbud Classic April 5-6 The 32nd annual weekend that’s all about fitness, health, community and sports will feature running, cycling, walking and marathon events in Oklahoma City’s Nichols Hills District that everyone can join. Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo

April 10-12 Seven big events (including bull riding, team roping and barrel racing) determine winners at this favorite rodeo circuit event at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Parkside’s By Your Side 5k April 19 The 5k run and its one-mile fun run take place at Mohawk Park. USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials April 25-26 Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District welcomes more than 100 athletes competing on the Oklahoma River.

Art April 1-28 The work of five artists – Cindy Parsons, Karin Cermak, Madelyn Raska, Mary Oswald and Janie Crean – go on exhibit at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery and attest to the variety of media, subject and style present in Tulsa. www.


April 4-24 Living Arts of Tulsa.

Abstraction Through Landscape

April 4-26 Landscape paintings by Libby Williams at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images

April 4-May 25 Look at North America, South America, the Middle East and New Zealand through the eyes of photographers indigenous to those lands with works revealing connections to land and culture in a new exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Tracey Harris: New Realism Paintings Thru April 5 M.A. Doran Gallery exhibits new

works in photograph-like painting by the Oklahoma artist.

Native Words, Native Warriors Thru April 7 The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit on World War I and II Native American code talkers at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Wendy Matson and David Gooden

April 10-May 3 Matson presents new paintings, while Gooden brings in new work in bronze and mixed media at the M.A. Doran Gallery. www.




Making Change Thru June 30 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum tells the stories behind groundbreaking coin designs by sculptors Laura Garden Fraser and Glenna Goodacre and the impact on currency. The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism Thru July 7 More than 60


works of art – paintings, drawings and sculpture – created between 1880 and 1940 by Paul Gauguin, Matisse, Cezanne, Degas, Picasso and Derain are part of this collection of the late CBS founder and on exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

SPORTS 2014 Baseball Oklahoma’s pro baseball teams are back in the dugout this month with a whole new season of competition. Oklahoma City’s RedHawks return to the diamond at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City. The season for the Triple-A affiliate team to the Houston Astros begins out of town in a four-game series against Nolan Ryan’s Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond in Texas. The team plays its first home game against the New Orleans Zephyrs on Friday, April 11. For tickets and game and event schedules, go to The Tulsa Drillers get the advantage when it plays its season opener against the Corpus Christi Hooks at ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave., on Thursday, April 3, at 7:05 p.m. The Drillers play Corpus Christi through Saturday, April 5, and then the San Antonio Missions from Sunday, April 6-Tuesday, April 8. Visit for ticket information, a full game schedule and a look at special events throughout the season. Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale April 10-July 13 Gil-

crease Museum has the goods when it comes to contemporary Western art – the annual exhibition and art sale are back with great works featured artists Greg Beecham and Ross Matteson among many others. www.

Tulsa Art Studio Tour

April 12-13 See where 10 Tulsa artists live and work on this tour of studio and work spaces from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Come on Down Thru April 13 Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents artist Lisa Hoke, who creates a contemporary art installation and mural at the museum using everyday materials. Georges Rouault: Through a Glass, Darkly Thru April 20 Philbrook Museum opens a collection of work by the French expressionist painter bearing all Rouault’s celebrated trademarks, including a likeness to stained glass, heavy outlines and rich color on unexpected subjects.

At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor Thru April 21 Crystal Bridges

Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., shows off a diverse collection of watercolor paintings. www.

Vernal Beauty Thru April 22 Art of Brian Koch, Ed Natiya, Erica Polock-Norellus and James Johnson at Lovetts Gallery. Dual Wielding Thru April 24 Art by Leticia Bajoyo with Mark Kuykendal explores forgotten technology and the desire for the next new thing. This multimedia exhibit will be at Living Arts of Tulsa. Chasm Thru May 3 Artist Liz Roth’s series of large, complex paintings of the Grand Canyon invites study and comment at the Hardesty Arts Center. Art in Mosaic Thru May 3 The Hardesty Arts Center exhibits contemporary mosaic works by Oklahoma artists Jacqueline Iskander and Brooks Tower, each working in unique materials and techniques. www. Art 365 Thru May 10 The innovative work of five Oklahoma artists (working through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition) go on exhibit at Artspace at Untitled. www.

Thru May 16 The visually playful work of the New York artist recalls the abstractions of Paul Klee and Matisse; and the work is on exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. www.

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition Thru May 18 The Fred Jones Jr.

Museum of Art in Norman shares in the tribute of the Chiricahua Apache artist on the centennial of his birthday with a showing up his drawings, some of which eventually became sculptures, paintings and illustrations for books.

The Art of Jason Cytacki

Thru May 23 Duncan’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Center exhibits work by contemporary Western artist Jason Cytacki of Norman.


Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky

Thru May 11 Philbrook Downtown takes a look at vernacular photography from the collection of Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman as it examines the line between a photo by a citizen photographer and art.

Edward S. Curtis Photogravures

Thru May 11 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum exhibits work donated to the museum by John Wayne and by the famous photographer of the American West featuring portraits of chiefs and high-ranking Native Americans.


Chuck Webster

by one of the most well-known and respected American photographers go on exhibit at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Heritage Museum mounts this unflinching exhibition of work by the artist who helped found the Taos Society of Artists and was overlooked in his own time for his political views and issues with alcoholism and indebtedness.


Thru May 11 Philbrook Museum of Art features the drawings of French contemporary designers and brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

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 pieces by artists he mentored.

Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection Thru May 11 The National Cowboy & Western

George Strait

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Album

Ansel Adams: An American Perspective Thru June 1 Nearly 60 photographs of landscapes

Thru June 1 The Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates the recent gift from Christian Keesee of 150 photographs by Weston, who used close-ups and abstracted detail to turn ordinary objects and landscapes into fascinating images.

Identity & Inspiration Thru June 29 Philbrook Downtown showcases pieces from Philbrook Museum of Art’s collection of Native American art with historic and traditional works as well as contemporary pieces. Opening Abstraction

Thru June 29 This exhibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations opened the Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery in Tulsa’s Brady District.

Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings Thru June 29 Just one of many institutions across the state celebrating Allan Houser’s 100th birthday, Gilcrease Museum exhibits the work of the Chiricahua Apache artist.

Beauty Within

Thru Sept. 7 The work of Hopi artist Charles Loloma – including jewelry, drawings, ceramics and prints – are part of this exhibit looking at his innovative use of materials and technique at Philbrook Downtown.


Totemic Taxonomy Thru Sept. 15 Artists Peter Froslie and Cathleen Faubert present a show interpreting people’s relationship to objects and symbols at Science Museum Oklahoma. Focus on Favorites

Ongoing A new Gilcrease Museum exhibit will highlight the treasures, art, artifacts and historical documents cherished in the museum’s collection and reflective of the American experience.

First Friday Gallery Walk Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month. First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions at galleries and art centers as well as live music and other events at the Guthrie Green and other venues. 2nd Friday Circuit Art Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. Weekends On Us

Ongoing Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the first full weekend of every month. www.

Charitable Events Bowl for Kids’ Sake

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

Knock Out Violence April-September Make a pledge of support to DVIS for every home run hit by the Tulsa Drillers during the regular season. Spring Luncheon April 3 The annual luncheon and fundraiser for the Tulsa Boys’ Home includes a fashion show along with dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and great prizes at Oaks Country Club. www. Tulsa’s New Leaders

April 3 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s premier black-tie gala honors Tulsa’s rising new leaders with dinner, music and an auction benefiting the organization at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

FTS Showcase Gala

April 4 Support students of Tulsa Public Schools through the Foundation for Tulsa Schools’ special gala with dinner, wine and more at Southern Hills Country Club.

Cleats & Cocktails

April 4 Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and auctions are on the roster for the Wes Welker Foundation at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

Sweet Cravings April 4 Sweet or savory, the scrumptious delights at the Margaret Hudson Program benefit helping pregnant teens and teen mothers continue their education is for grown-ups only and at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa.


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for this night of dinner, auctions and entertainment for the Midwest Harp Academy.

Spring Into Jazz Gala April 24 The Tulsa Chapter of the Links Inc. will honor outstanding individuals and organizations in the community at a gala at the Renaissance Hotel.


The Monarch Ball April 25 The “Wings of Change” are on the wind at Domestic Violence Intervention Service’s gala, this year booked at the Cox Business Center.

ART Tulsa Art Studio Tour Ever wonder how artists make those interesting works exhibited in galleries and museums? The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition opens the doors to artists’ workspaces with the Tulsa Art Studio Tour. The two-day event (noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12-Sunday, April 13) takes visitors to nine different studios throughout Tulsa – eight private workspaces plus the Zarrow Center for Arts & Education in the Brady Arts District. During the self-guided tour, artists demonstrate their skills and share with guests their motivations, inspirations and processes. This year’s featured artists include Chuck Tomlins, Rachel Ann Dennis, Samantha Extance (pictured), Derek Penix and others working in painting, printmaking, mixed media, furniture design and illustration. Tickets are $5-$10. For more information, visit the coalition site at sweet-cravings

Woman of the Year Luncheon

April 4 “Greek Leaders: Past, Present & Future” is the theme of the Tulsa Panhellenic Council’s annual luncheon at Tulsa Country Club benefiting scholarships and the Tulsa Public Schools Eyeglass Fund. www.tulsapanhellenic. org

Reach for the Stars Gala

April 5 The gala at Skirvin Hilton Hotel treats participants to a special evening of gala events and benefits Youth Services for Oklahoma City area.


April 10 Let the volunteer organization “hook you up” with great, local nonprofits that welcome extra hands to help them serve the community. www.

Rebuild Day

Rendezvous April 11 The work of renowned Western artists Ross Matteson and Greg Beecham highlight Gilcrease Museum’s special art sale and reception. The exhibit runs April 10-July 13.

Fairy Tale Ball

Time of Your LIFE Concert and Dance April 11 Join LIFE Senior Services at Green-

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wood Cultural Center for cocktails, appetizers, music, dancing and fun.

March for Babies

April 11 This kickoff event to the Western Heritage Awards weekend at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum lets you meet the year’s Hall of Fame inductees over entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and more. www.

April 5 The 25th anniversary masquerade ball for the Mental Health Association Oklahoma goes for high style at the Cox Business Center with great food and items for auction. www.

April 5 Oral Roberts University.

Jingle-Jangle Mingle

MS Walk Tulsa

April 5 Join the walk at Veterans Park to fund research of multiple sclerosis. www. April 5 Volunteer Tulsa recognizes community efforts and great demonstrations of volunteerism at Tulsa Community College’s Center of Creativity.

Juliette Lowe Leadership Society Luncheon April 9 Help girls become leaders of

courage, confidence and character through the annual Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club with special guest speaker Liz Murray, who was accepted into Harvard University when she was homeless during her high school years. www.

2014 Oklahoma City Memory Gala

April 10 Gourmet dinner, unique auction items and more await at this benefit for the Central Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association at the Cox Convention Center for Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness. www.

Red Cross Rescue Gala

April 10 Dinner, a live auction, raffle and the Red Cross Awards are planned for this special night at the Cox Business Center.

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April 12 “Adventure: Oz” is the night’s theme for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s annual family costume ball that includes games, flash mobs and more at the Chase Tower. April 12 Go the distance for the American Lung Association in this race up 50 flights of stairs in the BOK Tower.

Allie Reynolds Memorial Red Earth Golf Tournament April 14 The 18th annual game

at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club to benefit Red Earth Museum.

Gorilla Golf April 14 The four-player scramble benefits the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which is dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their natural habitats. Center for Children and Families.

Miracle Makers Dinner

April 17 Children’s Hospital Foundation supporters are recognized and honored.


Western Heritage Awards Banquet April 12 The black-tie gala at the National Cow-

boy and Western Heritage Museum honors the best in Western film, TV, literature and music along with Hall of Fame inductees.

Tulsa Heart Walk

April 12 Get moving to ONEOK Field for fitness, activities and support for the American Heart Association.

2 Minute 5k April 12 The sixth annual race for the YWCA Oklahoma City includes the Kiddie-K race at Stars & Stripes Park. ONE Awards April 12 The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits honors outstanding nonprofit groups at Southern Hills Country Club.

Bishop Kelley Dinner and Auction

April 25 This fun event for student families, alumni and supporters takes place at Bishop Kelley High School. www.

Celebrate Cascia April 26 Cascia Hall Preparatory School invites families, alumni and friends to celebrate at Southern Hills Country Club. Dance of the Two Moons April 26 Dinner, dancing and auctions of great packages are the night’s entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in support of Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa’s pediatric health services. Aviator Ball 2014

April 26 Another great night of fine dining with wine and entertainment takes off on the north end of Tulsa International Airport’s runway to benefit the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

2014 Equality Gala

April 26 Celebrate with Oklahomans for Equality at the gala of dining, dancing and more at the Cox Business Center.

Pink Rose Luncheon

April 26 Breast cancer survivors and supporters are honored at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

CANdlelight Ball April 26 Dine by candlelight at the Mayo Hotel with the Child Abuse Network for one unforgettable night. A New Leaf Garden Fest

April 26 A New Leaf brings arts and crafts vendors back for the spring plants and gardening event.

April 12 Volunteers come together with Rebuilding Together to repair or rebuild homes of low-income individuals and families in the Oklahoma City area for free.

Calm Waters’ Golf Classic and Auction April 14 The golf scramble for Calm Waters

A License to Change

Aiming for Miracles April 25 The annual sport shooting event at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie benefits the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Chefs for the Cure April 19 The annual gourmet food event benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. www.

Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza

17th Annual Rebuild Day

April 26 Join Rebuilding Together Tulsa and work in teams to repair and make homes safe and secure for low-income individuals and families in Tulsa.

Artscape April 27 Art and festivities highlight Artscape at Tulsa’s Summit Club to benefit grief advocacy programs at the Tristesse Grief Center. www. Wish Upon a Par Golf Tournament

April 28 The Make-A-Wish Oklahoma annual event at Golf Club of Oklahoma raises money for the organization granting wishes for children with life-threatening illness.

Empty Bowls April 29 Savory soups and salads are just the beginning of a night that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Community Jim Clifton

Tee-Off for Town & Country Golf Tournament April 21 Flights start early at MeadowBrook

April 1 The chairman and CEO of Gallup Inc., a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, speaks at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (April 1) and Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency Hotel (April 2) for two events of the OSU Spears School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development.

Tatas & Tinis

Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza April 1-19 The gardens near Hot

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OKC Heart Walk

April 19 Show your support for heart health and the American Heart Association at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Country Club to benefit Town & Country School. www.

April 24 The cocktail-themed party is presented by the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center for Oklahoma Project Woman.

April 24 Dine out at participating area restaurants to benefit H.O.P.E. and the prevention of HIV and AIDS.

Strings and Dreams

April 24 Make a reservation

Springs, Ark., bloom with thousands of varieties of tulips plus hyacinths, daffodils and azaleas. www.

Festival April 1-30 Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park dazzles in a maze of color as the azaleas bloom to mark a month of events, including a parade, barbecue and chili cook-offs, a pow-

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April 24 Russellville, Ark., welcomes all to a sampling of foods and beverages from some of the Arkansas River Valley’s favorite restaurants and vineyards. www.


Red Fern Festival April 25-26 Tahlequah goes to Where the Red Fern Grows, native son Wilson Rawls’ famous novel set in the 1930s, to celebrate a simpler time of family, country living and faithful ol’ hound dogs.

COMMUNITY Festival of the Arts The arts are kicking in downtown Oklahoma City, and from Tuesday, April 22, to Sunday, April 27, visitors will see them in full-force and on display. Festival of the Arts brings the arts – visual, culinary and performance – to venues all over downtown Oklahoma City in a week of art shows, theater, food vendors, dance and more. Artists from all over the country will exhibit their work in painting, photography, fiber and other media at the juried artist market. The International Food Row culinary exhibition returns, too, with specialty dishes, desserts and appetizers to benefit the arts. And nearly 300 entertainers from local arts organizations and theater groups are booked for the four stages at the festival – look for them at Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Children, too, are part of the celebration featuring activities and attractions at the Youth Plaza. Check it all out on Hudson Avenue between Sheridan and Reno avenues. Read more at wow, music events, car show, 5k run and more.

13th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest April 2-6 Regional independent films are the

American Living Expo

April 5-6 See what it takes to live an independent lifestyle at this event which is actually three events at Expo Square focused on environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness and outdoor sports and living.

main feature of this cinema arts celebration in Batesville, Ark.

Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show

Oklahoma City Farm Show

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April 3-5 The latest in agriculture technology and enterprise goes on exposition at Oklahoma City State Fair Park with harvest equipment, tractors, cattle grading competitions and more.

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival April 3-13 Muskogee show-

cases award-winning independent films, screenplays and artists from around the world for this extravaganza that includes a gala, live music, a parade of classic cars and more all around town.


April 4 See what some of the state’s most collected and watched artists have been up to and bid on a piece at Allied Arts’ art auction night featuring specialty martinis and appetizers to enjoy at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market.

Medieval Fair

April 4-6 Be at Norman’s Reaves Park for the mirth, merriment and minstrels wandering betwixt the king’s court, human chess games, jousting knights, mermaids, artisans and crafters, jugglers and the costumed masses.

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Sand Springs Herbal Affair

April 26 The 25th year will be the biggest yet with more than 100 vendors selling plants (herbs to heirlooms and more) along with herbal products, gardening supplies and décor with festivities for the whole family in downtown Sand Springs.

Oklahoma Turkish Food Fest April 2627 Raindrop Turkish House in Oklahoma City welcomes all to its table for a festival of Turkish food, culture and tradition. Metcalf Gun Show

April 26-27 Expo Square.

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival

April 2627 The clans come together at Yukon’s Kirkpatrick Family Farm for two days filled with pipe and drum bands, Celtic music and dancing, crafts, Highland games and plenty of kilts.

Tulsa Garden Club Annual Garden Tour April 26-27 Take a tour of “Tulsa’s Treasures” at

this 64th annual event highlighting the club’s civic and horticultural projects. 918.260.1095

A Children’s Clothing & Consignment April 26-May 2 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Household Pollutant Expo April 5-6 Join the Metropolitan Environmental Trust for the next pollutants collection event at Expo Square.

Tulsa Pulse April 27 Meet up at Tulsa’s Guthrie Green for fitness activities, health and wellness products expo, health information and free medical testing plus fun for the entire family.

Kings of Leon

Guthrie Green Opening Day Celebration April 6 Spring is back at Tulsa’s Guthrie Green with

Tulsa Auto Show

Savoring Sister Cities April 29 Sample bites of Tulsa’s eight international sister cities at the Hardesty Arts Center.

Symposium on the American Indian April 7-12 The 42nd annual conference at

Southwest Street Rod Nationals April 11-13 Street hot rods and their appreciators have their day at Oklahoma City State Fair Park.

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and artistic

live music, food trucks, activities and the Sunday market.

Tahlequah’s Northeastern State University focuses on the resilience of native people and hosts scholarly lectures, a powwow, art show and more. www.cts.nsuok. edu

Schmooza Palooza

April 8 Everyone is welcome to this trade show and networking event of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber with vendor booths for chamber member businesses, live music, food tastings and activities at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show April 10-13 The multi-breed horse show features Shetland ponies, Arabians, Morgans and more in a variety of riding styles at Oklahoma State Fair Park. San Antonio Fiesta 2014 April 10-27 Celebrate San Antonio, Texas, and its culture with food, music, parades and thousands of confetti-filled eggs. April 11 Novelist and the chief engineer who oversaw the Curiosity rover mission to Mars, Gentry Lee speaks at a Tulsa Town Hall event at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

SpringFest Festival April




11-12 Get real in the garden with everything you need at the Tulsa Garden Center’s annual spring plant, arts and crafts festival. www.


April 25-May 18 The 41st annual event transforms the historic Sherman House with specially decorated rooms and benefits the Foundation for Tulsa Schools and Tulsa Public Schools students.


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Designer Showcase 2014

April 11-13 The annual car show rolling out the latest models and concept vehicles gets back to Expo Square.

Spring Traders Encampment

April 1112 Crafts folk and artisans join Woolaroc’s Mountain Man Camp near Bartlesville for a weekend in costumes and the lifestyle of 1840s Oklahoma.

Herb Day in Brookside

elements of the sport while honoring its most accomplished athletes at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.


Space Ongoing Revealing the amazing science that allows us to travel beyond the confines of Earth.

April 12 Pick everything you need for those flower beds, hanging pots and more to decorate the home at the Tulsa Brookside merchant event of locally-grown flora and fauna. www.

Walking Tour Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa.

52nd Annual Arkansas Folk Festival April 18-20 The spring gathering for families

Ongoing Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

features bluegrass music, dancing, handmade crafts and a frontier life demonstration in Mountain View, Ark.

Gilcrease Films Ongoing See various films throughout the month. OKCMOA Films

Planetarium Shows

Ongoing Science Museum Oklahoma.

Rose State College Powwow

April 19 See a variety of powwow dance styles and traditions or browse the arts and crafts vendors at the Midwest City college.

Jenks Herb & Plant Festival

April 19 The Jenks Garden Club holds its spring festival of fair food vendors, kids’ activities, live music and all things for your garden in downtown Jenks.

Festival of the Arts April 22-27 Oklahoma City enters its “rite of spring” with this annual tribute to fine arts, performing arts, culinary arts and creativity bringing six days of shows, demonstrations and activities in downtown.

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Close to the Bone Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman makes a refuge of found photographs.

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photographer? What was she or he likely trying to communicate? Are there thoughts and emotions that the image triggers? These questions of artistry and psychology intersect with Fitzerman’s work as the leader of Tulsa’s Congregation B’nai Emunah, a position he has held since 1985. Fitzerman says that he talks about photography a lot at the synagogue because he thinks there is a “natural affinity” between Jews and photography. “Everyone knows the problem of the Second Commandment: The making of images offends against the standards of the first Israelites,” he says. However, he adds, “photography is right on the border of ‘making’ and ‘taking.’ For Jews entering the world of Western art in the 20th century, photography was a good fit. It allowed them to participate fully in the fashioning of art and somehow honor the taboo against graven images.” None of Fitzerman’s own works appear in the exhibit. Instead, Fitzerman says, “People have begun to hand me photographs they think I might find interesting.” These gifts came with a price, though. “I used to think it was strange to handle this material, and it made me feel awkward and conflicted,” he says. Yet, the unique aspect of this exhibit is that the “refuge” he has made for these photographs can be altered. “If anyone sees a family member in an exhibition or a display, I’d be glad to surrender the picture on the spot,” he says. “Vernacular photographs are lower to the ground, democratic and approachable. I think we love them because they feel close to the bone. Every one of them could Fitzerman stand be a shot from our own among the photos in family albums.” Unexpected. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.


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