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A Better You Cosmetic procedures – both surgical and non-surgical – are more popular than ever. We talk to a few of the state’s premier surgeons about trends in procedures and what to keep in mind when selecting a surgeon.


Dine And Dash A trend that has swept popular culture has also reached its hand into Oklahoma. Food trucks, perhaps once thought of as lowbrow, have gone high-end, offering everything from gourmet spins on street food classics to restaurant meals served in paper trays.


Down on the 101 In a time in Oklahoma’s history when land equaled power, patriarch G.W. Miller and his sons operated the 101 Ranch, a large landholding in northern Oklahoma. The ranch was successful for many years, but greed and mismanagement eventually drove the 101 to its demise. We take a look back at the 101’s heyday and the story of how it came to be.


The Actors’ Actors Can one make it as a professional actor in Oklahoma? The answer you get depends on who you ask. We talk to some of the state’s professional actors as well as those who act as a hobby to discuss the profession and opportunity in the Sooner State.


Single in the City We rounded up 14 of Tulsa’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to take part in our annual feature and singles event. These men and women answer questions ranging from their favorite restaurants and books to what it really means to be single in Oklahoma.

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Three businessmen hope to restore folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s childhood home – the London House – to its former glory in sleepy Okemah in time for the annual music festival that is held in Guthrie’s hometown.

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“Border art” is a term that not all are familiar with, but it’s the umbrella under which artist Narciso Arguelles works. Creating works that depict the plight of Chicano, Latino and Native American cultures, Arguelles hopes to educate Oklahomans about the plight of immigrants and indigenous cultures.

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When Jerry Ellis and Gina Volturo-Ellis moved to this one-time polo pony estate, they called upon Gina’s childhood friend, Tulsa-based interior designer Dindy Foster, and her team to create a welcoming home that is true to the couple’s aesthetic.


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Through Allan Houser, Native American art reached new levels of complexity and abstraction that inspired generations of artists that followed. Gilcrease Museum illuminates on the Oklahoman’s legacy with Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings, an exhibit marking the centennial of his birthday.

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Dr. Charles McEntee on his lifelong study of one of nature’s most amazing systems, working with the most advanced coronary equipment and what it feels like to save someone’s life.

What changes have you seen in cardiology over the past several years?

What advancements do you see coming in interventional cardiology?

In the 1970s, cardiology primarily involved

This is a very exciting time in one of the

bypass surgery. That was before angioplasty

most innovative fields of medical science.

had been developed and widely recognized

New types of coronary stents are being

as a heart attack intervention procedure.

developed every day. New procedures and

Today, angioplasty offers a highly effective

medicines, such as high dose statins to

and much less invasive means of restoring

shrink existing arterial plaque and prevent

blood and oxygen flow to the heart.

future buildup, are constantly improving.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a cardiologist? Saving someone’s life, of course, is the

The rate of advancements in this field is truly amazing.

most rewarding. When we are able to

What sets the Heart Hospital at Saint Francis apart?

quickly open a blocked artery, the patient

There are two things. First is our ability

feels immediate relief. That is wonderful

to respond quickly. That is essential

to see. All doctors thrive on improving

when a patient is having a heart attack.

the health of people in their care—that is

With blood flow interrupted and oxygen

why most of us choose to become doctors.

supply stopped, the heart muscle begins

For cardiologists, that improvement is

to deteriorate. Secondly, doctors

often instant and dramatic.

and cardiology teams here

What inspired you to become a cardiologist?

are provided with the very latest and most advanced

The human heart has always fascinated me.

equipment. Any new

This centerpiece of an amazing system beats

technical development

an astounding 110,000 times per day.

that might prove

No machine can match that performance.

beneficial to patients

The heart is so complex and yet so efficient.

is quickly obtained

The opportunity to help people get better

and utilized.

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This Old House

An Okemah nonprofit honors the life and home of native son Woody Guthrie.

n summer 2014, pilgrims to the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah will have an all-new destination: A living museum dedicated to the life and era of the famed folk singer. This House Is Your House, a local nonprofit, has purchased the lot where Guthrie’s childhood home, the London House, once stood. Although the house was torn down many years ago, miraculously, the wood and stone from the home were salvaged. Now the home will be painstakingly reconstructed through the efforts of This House Is Your House, a group of three partners: Matthew Bridwell, Johnny Buschardt and Daniel Riedemann. Reidemann, the partner overseeing the historic reconstruction of the home, recently made a living museum of TV personality Johnny Carson’s

childhood home. According to media and fundraising liaison Bridwell, it was Riedmann who approached Bridwell and his partner, Buschardt, with a dream of seeing the London House rise from the dust. “While researching his next project, [Riedemann] found out that Woody’s childhood home (the London House, as described in Woody’s autobiography, Bound For Glory) had been torn down, but the wood and stone from the house had been kept and stored away,” Bridwell says. “It was at that point that he set his sights to rebuild Woody’s London House using the saved wood and stone. On one of his many visits (this time during the 2013 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival) to Okemah, he met my partner, Johnny. Daniel told Johnny his hopes and dreams for the site but that his biggest hurdle was raising FEBRUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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“Each July, almost 10,000 people have come to take part in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. For almost all of those festivalgoers, part of their journey also includes paying respect to the place where Woody grew up – the London House.”

the money to make those hopes and dreams a reality. Johnny explained that we could fill that void.” In addition to rebuilding the home itself, the site also will include a 2.5-acre compound that includes a visitors center and gift shop, outdoor performance space, and camping and RV grounds, all kept self-sustaining by a solar power station. Bridwell says they plan to have the project completed in time for the 2014 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July. Bridwell says the project is yet another way for fans who already travel to Okemah for the festival to honor Guthrie’s life and achievements. “For many years now, thousands of people made the pilgrimage to Okemah every year to view the site where Woody grew up,” Bridwell says. “Each July, almost 10,000 people have come to take part in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. For almost all of those festivalgoers, part of their journey also includes paying respect to the place where

Woody grew up – the London House.” Any festivalgoers who visited the spot last summer would have found little – a hilly, vacant lot dotted with a few foundation stones drowning in the overgrowth of weeds and vine. That is about to change. Once the construction is complete, Bridwell and his partners plan to turn the compound over to the Okemah Community Improvement Association. “The economic impact will be large,” he says. “It will become a whole new tourist attraction for Okemah. It will mean more money coming into that community through increased business from local retailers, such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and, of course, the museum itself. It will also mean

more tax dollars coming into our great state of Oklahoma from visitors that will be from out of state. It truly will be a win-win situation for everyone.” According to Bridwell, This House Is Your House has received an enormous outpouring of encouragement from the community, Guthrie’s family and even some celebrities. “We have had so much interest from outside parties,” he says. “Obviously, the Guthrie family has been supportive. Woody’s sister, Mary Jo, and his son, Arlo, have made it clear they will do whatever they can to help the project. We have had other artists express interest, such as legendary singersongwriter Kris Kristofferson headlining a benefit concert last fall.” Guthrie’s fascist-killing instrument also will live on in legend with the London House project. Gibson Guitar Corporation – the company that produced Guthrie’s machine of choice – is partnering with the project to create a limited edition series of eight guitars, each made from the recovered wood of Guthrie’s childhood home. The instruments will be auctioned off in early 2014, with all proceeds going to benefit the London House and compound. “With so much interest from so many people, this project truly is a success on all levels,” Bridwell says. The London House project is just the latest manifestation of the enduring respect for Oklahoma’s legendary troubadour. In 2013, the already renowned Woody Guthrie Center was established in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. In addition to exhibits and public events, the center also houses the Woody Guthrie Archives, including correspondence, lyrics, recordings and more. Although the two centers share the same mission and intend to provide each other with support, Bridwell says the London House compound will differ from its partner in Tulsa. “Unlike the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, which is nothing less than a worldclass museum, our project will be a living museum, a place that will allow visitors to see and touch those things of the time that influenced Woody,” he says. “Fans, artists and historians will be able to walk down the same hallways Woody walked and stand in the same rooms Woody stood in.” TARA MALONE



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THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA is Oklahoma’s only Top 100 doctoral university and a prestigious private institution. At #86 on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best research colleges, TU offers small classes, study abroad, community and professional organizations, and exciting Division I athletics in an urban setting.

High school students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit. Junior Visit Day on March 3 offers high school students campus tours, lunch with TU students and informative workshops covering admission and financial aid options. Register now for our Tulsa Time program for seniors, Feb. 16-17. Visit campus, stay overnight in a residence hall, meet with professors and get to know other high school students who are applying to TU.

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




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Building on a Dream


Shannon Thomas hopes his body will take him to the top.

t was healthy competition that drew Shannon Thomas into the world of bodybuilding. “I saw one of my old high school football buddies at spring break, and he was actually [getting] ready for a competition in a few months and told me to consider doing it,” says Thomas. “We started hitting the gym together, and I got third in my first competition.” His friend came in second. Thomas has participated in six more competitions around the country and has since turned pro in the world of bodybuilding. He specifically competes in the Men’s Physique category, which differs from the classic form of bodybuilding where competitors work to develop their muscles to extremes. “It’s more of a proportional look,” says Thomas. “It’s not about being the most muscular; it’s more about aesthetics, like a fitness model.” To get that look, Thomas works out at least four to five times a week to sculpt and grow his muscles. And to call his diet strict would be an understatement. It’s precise amounts of protein and carbs that ensure optimal muscle and fat; Thomas’ diet even accounts for his skin appearance. Once a body is as finely tuned a machine as his, everything that goes in is about producing muscle and looking good on stage. “About a month before a competition I switch protein to fish,” he

says. “And before that I’ll be eating PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE. sweet potatoes as carbs, then change to red potatoes.” A cheat meal might be a lean steak, no seasoning. Even something like water intake becomes regimented before a competition. “I start depleting my water. I just start dropping and dropping until the day before competition, and I just have two glasses of water [that day],” says Thomas. He puts himself through this strict regimen in the hopes of getting to the Olympia Fitness and Performance competition in Las Vegas, bodybuilding’s premier event. “My goal [for 2015] is to make it to the Olympia stage. I’m actually a sponsored athlete now, so I can get some more support,” he says. For all of the depravation and hard work, Thomas works with something bigger in mind to the reach his goals. “My mom is the reason I try as hard as I do,” he says. “Growing up and seeing her hard work and dedication has inspired me to strive to do better. She battled cancer for five years before it took her life. The reason I can’t give up is because she didn’t.” Shannon Thomas is a professional bodybuilder and fitness model.


A not-yet-finalized rendering of Randy Riggs’ winning design. IMAGE BY RANDY RIGGS.



The average commuter bus boasts about 300 horsepower. AcrobatAnt, a Tulsa advertising firm, and the Tulsa Transit Authority are betting that Tulsa’s art scene has at least as much horsepower, and they’ve produced an unusual contest to prove it. The winners of Art In Transit were announced in early January. The contest hopes to highlight Tulsa’s vibrant art scene, boost ridership on city buses and beautify the city. Randy Riggs, this year’s champion, will see his entry wrapped on a bus for a year. Other winners will see their submitted pieces at bus stops and shelters around town. The winning works will begin



rolling out in 2014. “Tulsa is a city that actively supports artists. We’re excited about the art scene here. We want to show it off in a big way,” says Audrey Chambers of AcrobatAnt. “We didn’t want to set a theme or a limit to anything because we wanted people to submit whatever moved them. We didn’t want to limit ourselves or the artists. We simply wanted people to express their appreciation for the arts.” The contest may become an annual event, with more winners – and wrapped buses – in 2015. An artist could hardly ask for a better venue; Mike Lemery, general manager of Transit Advertising, estimates that the winning piece will be seen more than four million times. – Paul Fairchild

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What does the term “border art” mean? Border art describes the art movement that developed around the U.S. and Mexico border around the early ‘90s. My people were dealing with issues of immigration, poverty and racism. Border art provided an interesting metaphor about living on the edge of society and acceptance. It seems that whenever there is a problem with the U.S. economy, undocumented workers [become the] scapegoats. Border art developed organically as a way to educate people and protest injustices with the goal to bring about economic change, cultural inclusion and understanding. What projects are you currently working on, and what are your artistic goals for 2015? I am working on two big projects for 2014. I co-curated an art exhibit with the world-renowned graphic designer David Carson that opened in January at Mainsite Gallery in Norman. The exhibit, Balance: Art + Design, is a group show of graphic designers in Oklahoma. The second big exhibit (under the working title The Occupied) will be at Living Arts of Tulsa in May. The artwork, based on photography, will document Latino cultures as well as Native American peoples – historically disenfranchised groups in Oklahoma. My artist goals are the same every year. The goal is to change the world for the better. Sounds like a lofty goal or like a dream, I know, but the little impact that I have in my little part of the world is my motivation. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

Visual artist Narciso Arguelles seeks to expand the horizon with border art.

How has your experience as a Mexican-American influenced your art? I describe myself as a Chicano artist. A Chicano recognizes and celebrates the indigenous side of our culture with Aztec and Mayan references. Being a Chicano also celebrates the European or Latino side of who we are, so you see Spanish references in our art, too. The third aspect we celebrate is the mixture of the indigenous and the Spanish: “Mestizo.” For example, I sometimes use Day of the Dead imagery in my art, which has its origins in Aztec religion, and it was mixed with Roman Catholic traditions.

Narciso Arguelles is an Oklahoma visual artist who uses any art medium necessary to dictate the issues that are important to indigenous, Latino and Chicano people. With, Agruelles jokes, his “perfect Chicano credentials,” he seeks to educate people with his work, which he calls “border art.” Arguelles teaches at Oklahoma City Community College and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.


MORE OF THE LESSER The last time Oklahoma Magazine examined the plight of the Lesser prairie-chicken, developers, energy companies and conservationists were struggling to find a common ground. A new comprehensive plan might have just found it. The Lesser prairie-chicken is a species of grouse found on prairies in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Kansas. Due to a combination of drought and the loss of habitat because of energy and agricultural development, the bird has seen a massive decline in population over the years. The most recent count of the birds found that from 2011 to 2012 the species count declined from 36,000 animals to 17,000.




Eighteen months ago, wildlife officials from five states started work on The Lesser PrairieChicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan, a 30-year plan recently approved by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to Allan Janus, research and GIS supervisor at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The plan provides certain protected habitats for the birds while also allowing incentives to industry and landowners to aid in the conservation. “What we will do with this plan is pay landowners to manage land in chicken-friendly practices,” says Janus. The next official count of the birds is scheduled for this spring. – Morgan Browne

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Schooled In Swine


Students learn that one week can change a life.

magine a high school where students are taught accounting, event planning, communication, marketing, problem solving, community awareness and the value of charity. It may sound like a lofty goal for a high school setting, but three Edmond schools are doing just that. It all started in 1986 when a group of compassionate students joined together to raise money for a young girl who needed a kidney transplant. They raised $3,000, the principal kissed a pig to commemorate the occasion, and Swine Week at Edmond Memorial High School was born. In the last 27 years, students at Edmond Memorial have raised more than $3.5 million for various deserving individuals and charities, including $353,011 for Limbs for Life in 2013. In 1995, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North high schools joined the equation, starting Double Wolf Dare Week and BALTO Week, respectively. In addition to raising money for their chosen charities, the three schools join together to donate five percent of their totals to a “common thread” charity. These fundraising events have been successful because of passionate and dedicated students. “Many students look forward to BALTO week all year long,” says Edmond North student council advisor Brian Hunter. “I think students enjoy having a sense of responsibility when they know their effort will benefit others.”



Hunter has overseen BALTO Week for several years and uses the opportunity to make the experience meaningful for students. “My primary role is to assist students in their fundraising efforts by teaching them the ethical, organized and fun way to raise money for a worthy cause,” says Hunter. Students from each school have demonstrated their event planning savvy by creating a diverse array of events to encourage their classmates and local businesses to donate. Swine Week has grown since the 1986 Hogs & Kisses theme to include a wine tasting, silent auction and custom car show in 2014. Double Wolf Dare Week and BALTO Week have band competitions, black light dances and many other events that fill the days and nights of that week. “At the end of the week, we hold our closing assembly where we announce our grand total and thank all of the wonderful people and community members who helped us throughout the fundraising process,” says Hunter. It is well-known that the money these students raise will change the lives of their beneficiaries, but the skills the students gain during the nearly yearlong planning process just may change their lives, too. This year’s Edmond North BALTO Week will be Feb. 10-14, while Edmond Santa Fe’s Double Wolf Dare Week is scheduled for Feb. 24-28 and Edmond Memorial Swine Week for March 10-14. BETH WEESE

Trail of Tears beads, ceremonial native tobacco and rare breeds of corn, beans, squash – referred to in Native cultures as “three sisters” – and gourds have been cultivated by Cherokee people for centuries. Thanks to Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and its citizens, these heirloom plants and vegetables will flourish for many years to come. The Tahlequah-based tribe’s seed bank program, which began about six years ago, is giving away 13 rare seed varieties – tracing back to the Cherokee’s ancestral homelands in the southeastern U.S. – to tribe members. “These are varieties of heirloom seeds the Cherokee have planted and sustained long before [European] contact and long before we had a written history,” says Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “For Cherokee people, the process of harvesting seeds and passing them down has gone on for generations. It is an essential part of our heritage.” The seeds, genetically superior and drought-tolerant, are vital to preserving American agricultural history, he adds. Cherokee Nation has received more than 100 requests since the dispersal was announced a month ago and will continue processing requests through April. Tribe members can receive up to two varieties of seeds when they present a tribal citizenship card, proof of age and address. – Karen Shade The Cherokee Nation each year gives tribal citizens inventory from its seed bank, such as Cherokee White Eagle Corn seeds. PHOTO COURTESY CHEROKEE NATION OF OKLAHOMA.


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Political Outsider

ublicity material for Politically Incoherent, a new disc from Oklahoma’s Mike Hardeman, calls it “a contemporary cousin” of The First Family, that trailblazing 1962 album by comedian Vaughn Meader and a host of voice actors that spoofed then-President John F. Kennedy and those close to him. Certainly, there are plenty of similarities. Both were recorded with ensemble casts. Both feature political humor. Both owe a lot of their success to the radio. And, while Politically Incoherent hasn’t matched First Family in sales – few records have – it’s done all right for itself, jumping into the top three of Amazon’s comedy albums and peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard magazine comedy chart. There is, however, one big difference between Politically Incoherent and its 50-year-old predecessor, one that Hardeman believes has to do more with the changing times than with the nature of the material. “Nowadays,” he says, “you can’t just have [political] humor, because if someone doesn’t like the perceived political point of view that’s being expressed, they’ll shut down and not even listen to you.” Considering that it was created in Oklahoma City, the capital of what many people perceive as the reddest state in the Union, some will find it surprising that Politically Incoherent leans decidedly left, as comedy bits such as “Tea Party Harmony” (a parody of eHarmony dating website ads) and “Citizens United Airlines” make abundantly clear. “Certainly, on the next album, if we do one, we’ll make our comedy a little more evenhanded,” he adds. “But it had to do with time. We had to take a lot of the bits that I’d already produced for the show, and I didn’t have time



sit down and think, ‘Well, what is this going to be? Who’s it going to be marketed to?’ I basically kept going with the kinds of things I’d been doing. I just thought, ‘Oh, this’ll be a collection of things we’ve done for the radio show, and people who listen to the show will be able to buy it.’ I didn’t realize the potential for going beyond that scope. And even if I had, I’m not sure I could’ve gotten the material together in time for the release date.” The “show” he refers to is The Stephanie Miller Show, a nationally syndicated progressive political talk and comedy program origi-



Oklahoman Mike Hardeman’s debut comedy album blazes up the charts.

sometime during the ‘70s and early ‘80s. “I graduated from Charles Page High School in Sand Springs in ’73 and went straight to Oklahoma State University, majoring in radioTV-film,” he says. “That fall, I went to work at KXOJ in Sapulpa, a 500-watt day-timer right next to Frankoma Pottery. I’d come in on Saturday afternoons and do 2 p.m. until sign-off. Then I started working at the OSU college radio station, KVRO. So it’s been 40 years since I started in radio.” After a couple of years at OSU, Hardeman left to take a radio job at KXXO in Tulsa and ended up working, he says, “everywhere.” He was in Little Rock, Ark., when he took the name “Michael Evans,” which he continued using during his time on Tulsa’s airwaves. Michael Evans was best known for his time at the adultcontemporary station KRAV, but he also did stints at KELI, KAKC and KMYZ, where he served as program director in the early 1980s. “Then, in ’84, I made the decision to go back to college and get a real job,” he says, chuckling. A few years later, armed with an engineering technology degree from Oklahoma State University, he began his current business career. But, to slightly amend the old expression, you can take the boy out of radio, but you can’t take radio out of the boy. Hardeman would periodically return to the microphone, notably for a period from 2001 to 2006, when he hosted the ABC Radio program America’s Best Country Countdown, heard Sundays on more than 150 stations. It was his last regular radio job to date. Just about a year later, he happened upon The Stephanie Miller Show. By that time, he was doing a lot of home recording and, he notes, “Being the frustrated morningshow guy I am, I’d send in little bits pertaining to whatever the events of the day were. Over the years, it just kind of grew.” The cover of the Politically Incorrect CD states that it’s “From the mind of ‘Rocky Mountain’ Mike,” a moniker Hardeman picked up when he was living and working in Colorado. At the beginning of 2013, he relocated from there to Oklahoma City and took a new job. At about the same time, he was contacted by Marshall Blonstein, a veteran entertainment-industry executive whose credits

nating in Los Angeles. Hardeman’s relationship with it began in 2007, when he began sending the producers short comedy pieces he’d created in his home studio. That was hardly the beginning of Hardeman’s radio career, however. In fact, if you’re an Oklahoman of Baby Boomer age, there’s a pretty good chance that you heard his radio voice

include working with the likes of Carole King, The Who, Cheech & Chong and radio personality Rick Dees. A fan of The Stephanie Miller Show, Blonstein had tried to contact Hardeman for some time about doing a CD for one of his current labels, Audio Fidelity. For whatever reason, however, the messages had not been forwarded from the show to Hardeman. “Finally, they sent me his emails, and I agreed that doing an album would be a good idea,” recalls Hardeman. “I’d thought about it for a long time myself, but I didn’t know how to swing the copyright issues and the problems of distribution and all that. Well, that was his bailiwick.” Once the record deal was done, Hardeman produced the disc over a four-month stretch, assembling his cast from a variety of sources. “Ken Picklesimer, Tom Shafer, Debbie Kelley and P.S. Mueller – who’s also a well-known cartoonist – came from Ken’s online podcast show, which had kind of formed off to the side of The Stephanie Miller Show,” he explains. “Mary Dixon and Audra Tracy were fans of the show; we connected with them because we found out they could sing. I met them in the Stephanie Miller Show chat room, which is where I met Richard Henzel. He’s a voice actor in Chicago and a great talent; he’s the morning disc jockey whose voice wakes Bill Murray up in Groundhog Day. Then we got Jim Ward, who’s on The Stephanie Miller Show, on board, which was a major coup.” Two others recruited for the disc go all the way back to Hardeman’s days at OSU, where he worked at KVRO with Brent Walker, now running Soundscape Studios in Little Rock, and Jeff Hoyt of Hoyt’s Greater Radio in Seattle, who recruited an additional five actors for the ensemble. The result, he says, “is something I’m real proud of, something I spent a lot of time working on, something that represents a lot of the kinds of things I was doing back in my radio years.” And even though he’s fully aware that today’s political culture often makes people tense, angry and unwilling to listen to opposing points of view, he’s also hoping that some who’d dismiss Politically Incoherent out of hand because of its left-leaning nature might give the disc a listen anyway. “I’d like for them to put aside the politics,” he says, “and just look at it for the comedic value.” JOHN WOOLEY






Sand Springs native Mike Hardeman has made a name for himself in radio, most recently for his short political comedy radio sketches. PHOTO COURTESY MIKE HARDEMAN.

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Downtown Oklahoma City continues to reinvent itself in all directions.

or the past many years, Oklahoma City has witnessed a dramatic rebirth of its downtown region. From the state’s tallest building, Devon Tower, and renovation of the Myriad Botanical Gardens to office complexes, hotels and thousands of residential units, downtown Oklahoma City’s renaissance is the stuff of urbanists’ and redevelopment experts’ dreams. However, with all of the build-out, which has progressively moved in all four directions from the city’s urban core, bringing new life to historic neighborhoods and creating it where it never before existed, what’s next for Oklahoma City downtown development? Is there room, and are there opportunities for downtown development? Or will the eyes of city fathers and planners turn elsewhere in the sprawling city and its remarkable turn-around? Experts say there is plenty of room radiating out from that urban core that is still due and capable of supporting continued development. “The momentum is continuing, creating a buzz and willingness to commit to [further development],” says Jane Jenkins, president of Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., the nonprofit contracted by the municipality to manage Oklahoma City’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID), provide programming in downtown and work on ongoing development. She says that within the region under the organization’s purview, there are 11 identified districts, seven within the BID itself. “The primary growth is south of the Core to Shore area,” Jenkins adds. “That is obviously because with MAPS 3 projects, there is going to be a large park there.” The area west of Walker Avenue is also primed for reinvention.



“The announcement of the [new hotel] moving into the old Fred Jones manufacturing plant is also a big catalyst,” she adds. Jenkins also cites the recent announcement of a GE facility coming to the area as another potential catalyst. “There will be ramifications on both sides of I-235,” she says. “Midtown continues to build out, and there really is plenty of work to do in the core. We’re already seeing the rise of neighborhoods like the Plaza District, and there has been the resurgence of Paseo.” Roy Williams remembers when there was far less development activity. The president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce recalls 1989-1992, when the state was suffering in the depths of a depression in the wake of the oil and bank bust. “You have to look at the history – how we go on our current path and where that path is leading,” Williams says. “Everything started with MAPS, and then it began in Bricktown. Then Bricktown inspired development to the north, in places like Deep Deuce and Flat Iron. After that, the convention center renovation and the river led to the birth of new hotels.” Following the kickoff prompted by MAPS, Oklahoma City’s mammoth investment in its inner core, Oklahoma City development took off. “Then came the corporate offices,” Williams says. “That heated up and began really pushing outwards. What we see today is development directly west from downtown. GE’s new center will be immediately north of the Health Science Center, which is already vibrant, but we may now see some residential development, too. Also, just west of St. Anthony, there is a major new development.” Projects on 23rd Street continue, as well. “That’s a hot area,” Williams says. “There are a lot of projects going on there. With what’s happening there,

it would be no surprise to see residential development there. What’s exciting is that development is not just happening in pockets. We’re seeing this kind of neighborhood development all over, and it’s quite exciting.” Williams, like other city leaders in the past, credits the MAPS plan for the massive infusion of energy in downtown Oklahoma City. MAPS is a massive, voter-approved development investment plan. Yet, despite what most cite as its massive effects on development in Oklahoma City, Williams points out that only a small amount of proposed MAPS 3 improvement money has actually been spent. “Only $25 million of $775 million has been spent so far,” Williams says. “That’s three-quarters of a billion dollars to spend in the next few years. There is still a tremendous amount of new infrastructure needed to meet demand. The river will be another place, with its boathouses and white-water facility coming. Boathouse Row will become a destination, and the river is important to our long-term future.” Downtown Oklahoma City’s expansion is a prerequisite to overall redevelopment, Jenkins asserts. “Downtown development is always based on the core,” she says. “That sets other things in motion, such as private development. Downtown Oklahoma City is a big place, and [redevelopment] hasn’t reached everywhere.” With a strong commitment not just from city officials, but also private interests, Jenkins is convinced Oklahoma City’s renaissance remains in full swing. Numerous hotels are in the pipeline; so, too, is a residential development with more than 2,200 units. “The momentum is still going, and there are plenty of places to still reach,” Jenkins says. MICHAEL W. SASSER

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This Oklahoma City estate was once used as a location for raising polo ponies. Now, Jerry Ellis and Gina Volturo-Ellis enjoy it as a respite.


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hat was once a wooded setting for raising polo ponies is now a grand, country estate in northwest Oklahoma City. Jerry Ellis and Gina Volturo-Ellis learned of the property three years ago and bought it to complement their lifestyle that includes cooking, entertaining and raising horses. The Ellises share the estate with Frito, a donkey, and Sister, an affectionate Australian shepherd dog. The 10.5-acre setting features the 7,000-square-foot home, a stable with indoor/outdoor arenas and a smaller home nearby. A winding road through a secluded area sets the stage for this idyllic portrait of exquisite country living. The home’s two-story entry foyer makes a dramatic first impression. “We made no structural alterations,” Gina Volturo-Ellis says. “Most of the changes were cosmetic, and we repurposed many of our furnishings. This is our little ranchette. The interior design includes Italian, a little French, a little Western, and a whole lot of eclectic.” The spacious floor plan is ideal for entertaining. Several areas were renovated for more inviting seating. One was hidden under a stairwell. Ellis used a sofa from her past to create an intimate conversation nook. The Ellises wanted design drama – thus, a rich palette of turquoise, salmon and orange and a mix of prints. Some white walls are accented with pale tints or glazes. “I’m definitely not afraid of color,” Ellis says. Unusual furnishings, upholstery, art and accessories enhance the home’s grandeur. Ellis’s heritage shows in Italian art and accessories, including Byzantine and Moroccan influences. This home now reflects the couple’s mutual interests, including golf and estate sale shopping. Both have home offices for their oil and banking careers. Jerry Ellis’s office overlooks the formal living room. Ellis’s cozy atelier is adjacent to a guest bedroom. A closet became her gift-wrapping studio. The renovation’s magnitude required professional help. Ellis knew exactly who to call. “Dindy Foster and I have been friends since childhood,” she says. “Our mothers were close friends. This is the seventh house Dindy has helped me decorate.” The owner of Dindy Foster Interiors in Tulsa, Foster, and her associate, Lesa McClish, designed interiors reminiscent of Ellis’s childhood home.



The international influence in this home design by Dindy Foster can be seen in the formal living area.



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Ellis wanted jewel-tone colors, comfortable but distinguished furnishings and a unified feeling throughout the home. Working with existing furnishings, the designers added texture with tile, marble, leather, velvet, silk and linen. Shutters provide privacy in many rooms. Existing herringbone-patterned floors enhance eye appeal. Animal prints – foxes, zebras and birds – bring wildlife inside. “It’s a peaceful setting, and the house is so comfortable, yet elegant,” Foster says. She and McClish were houseguests while the interior was morphing into a grand showcase. “Staying here is like being on vacation,” Foster recalls. Guests enjoy the home’s welcoming spirit. The kitchen, adjacent den and cozy dining room are the heart of the home. Guest bedrooms have restful motifs. The poolside


The kitchen reflects the couple’s eclectic taste, while small accessories pay homage to the home’s equestrian heritage.


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cabana is home to bright colors and casual furnishings. “The result is traditional design with a sharper edge,” Foster says. Among the home’s surprises is a “19th hole” golfer’s oasis for Jerry Ellis – an unexpected birthday gift from his wife. It includes all the trappings for entertaining his golfing friends, including a golf course simulator. “The view from every window is beautiful,” Ellis says, especially the pool area – the centerpiece for outdoor entertaining. The terraced lawn leads to a fire pit, with rustic seating. Although the polo ponies have moved on, the tack room is getting a facelift for additional guest quarters. With the Ellises’ love for hosting visitors, the welcome mat is always out at this company-friendly home. M.J. VAN DEVENTER



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he first months of a new year are the perfect time to shake up your beauty routine. Minor tweaks can add vibrancy to your look and pep to your step. Adding an extra product to a nighttime regimen can rejuvenate a complexion. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum firms skin and adds radiance. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants, defending against environmental aging. A mini-spa experience once a week can help with cell turnover, keeping skin looking young. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is 100 percent natural and removes dull skin. Clay helps shrink pores, while beet extract boosts hydration. Speaking of masks, the dry winter weather can exacerbate dull, dry hair. Neutrogena’s



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City Of Change Access: Commercial airlines serve Atlantic City via Atlantic City International Airport, located nine miles northwest of the city in Egg Harbor Township. Population: Approx. 40,000 Climate: Atlantic City has a humid, subtropical climate with maritime moderation, especially during the summer. Main Attractions: Gaming, performances and stage shows, colorful history and easy access to New York City




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et’s face it: Atlantic City, New Jersey, has a long-standing reputation, and it isn’t all based on The Sopranos or The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Some of it is well deserved – at least from the past, if not the present, of the East Coast gaming and entertainment mecca. You’ll notice the difference right away. Go ahead and wander about. Let the neon and crowds be your guide for a late-night excursion.

Saturday morning, enjoy the best of Atlantic City. Sure, you could park yourself at any casino gaming machine and spend the whole weekend there. But there’s more to Atlantic City than that. Consider the AC 3-D Light Show at IMAX Theater at The Tropicana, or plan the whole day around The Legends In Concert performance in the evening. It’s well worth it and demonstrates the evolution of Atlantic City. Cuisine has evolved at the same rate of pace as the rest of the city. Consider a memorable dinner at

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Dock’s Oyster House or Cafe 2825, and you will cap a memorable day. Expand upon the Atlantic City experience by enjoying thoroughbred action at The Quarter at Tropicana, touring the Absecon lighthouse for a little bit of history, touring the Atlantic City Boardwalk or shopping the Pier Shops at Caesars. Follow the crowds for dinner to the Iron Room, Gilchrist Restaurant or Kelsey’s. The food is decent, with an emphasis on East Coast treats. Enjoy dinner, take a few more shots in the nearest casino to test your luck and enjoy the quintessential Atlantic City experience. MICHAEL W. SASSER


S TAY I N S T Y L E The Golden Nugget is as classic Atlantic City as one is likely to find. Renovated and updated, the Golden Nugget, like the city, is not your father’s establishment. Trendy shops, comfortable rooms and numerous updated amenities make the real difference. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. The swimming pool and four hot tubs are located on the deck adjacent to a bar. A dedicated staff makes all the difference. www. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers plenty of amenities and entertainment on site. Plenty of dining options and a host of amenities make this a practical as well as comfortable option for visitors of all stripes. Comfort and service remain supreme to differentiate Borgata from many competitors. Spa services and a helpful staff make for a stay perfect for anyone.

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CO S M E T I C PROCEDURES OF ALL TYPES ARE ATTRACTING MORE WOMEN AND MEN. Not many years ago, cosmetic procedures were few and far between and sought out primarily by women. Today, though, women and men seek out procedures, both cosmetic and minimally invasive. There have also been considerable advancements in terms of both the types of procedures available and the materials used in such procedures, as well as in techniques reducing risk and recovery time. In fact, every year seems to bring some sort of improvement or new technique; in some cases, costs are decreasing, which makes procedures available to more people and increases their overall popularity. Those advancements and other factors have changed the face of cosmetic surgery and procedures and have led to an overall expansion of the industry as well as its appeal to Americans across the board.




FACELIFTS and eyelid surgeries have continued to grow in popularity.




Trends are difficult to identify in terms of popular procedures in Oklahoma. “I don’t know if there have been any real changes in trends the past year or two,” says Dr. James R. Koehler of Tulsa Surgical Arts. “The only trend I would point out is a higher percentage of men [seeking out cosmetic procedures]. Typically, 90 percent of my patients are women because of the type of practice I do, but I am seeing more men.” Koehler says breast augmentation and rhinoplasty are the most common procedures sought by younger women. “When they get into their 30s, women who have had children are getting breast lifts and augmentations and tummy tucks,” he adds. “That hasn’t changed much.” Dr. Tim Love, an Oklahoma City surgeon, agrees that there has not been much change in terms of popular procedures with women – the most popular revolve around breast, body and facial work – and while new technology has periodically threatened to change the nature of those procedures, they haven’t proven to have the staying power. “All technology tends to cycle pretty quickly,” says Love. “The biggest challenge is investing in the proper equipment. There’s lots of niche marketing. Something will show up on Good Morning, America, and suddenly it becomes a trend.” Love can’t say whether or not men today make up a larger percentage of the overall market share, but he says he has noticed an uptick in male interest. “There are statistics available, and I think as the total number of procedures goes up, there is a little move-up for men,” he says. Love adds that men tend to seek out hair transplants and “some liposuction.” “I think non-surgical procedures in major metropolitan areas, where men are generally more interested in their appearance, there’s probably more demand for (them),” he continues. “Guys tend to do things for themselves. Hair replacement, for example, makes them feel good.” Dr. Angelo Cuzalina of Tulsa Surgical Arts says that for a while, the “mommy makeover” was popular. He explains the term is a reference to “breast and tummy” work. “Typically, women get stretched from child-bearing effects, and many want to try to get back their appearance from before child birth, and they usually love the results,” Cuzalina says. Procedures of all types have gained in popularity because of what Cuzalina says is a change in perception of the practices. “In cosmetic surgery, people aren’t as worried about perception anymore,” he says. “It was once thought of as a rarity, but it’s becoming more commonplace.” Cuzalina also sees a rise in the number of men undergoing procedures. “The percentage of men [in the marketplace] was always under 10 percent, and it’s now just over 10 percent. The number of men has slightly increased. However, demand is still dominated by women,” he says. “The most common procedures sought out by men are liposuction of the belly to address love handles,” Cuzalina continues. “One thing that has slightly increased in demand is



for [male breast reduction]. A lot of times, men don’t even like to admit need for it, but it’s an older treatment that has become more popular.” Cuzalina says that both overall and in terms of Tulsa clientele, the Brazilian Butt Lift is a popular procedure. “It’s really lipo of the hips, then adding that to the butt,” he says. The procedure is particularly sought out by women who have had gastric bypass surgery. “Here in Tulsa, it’s definitely becoming more popular,” Cuzalina says of the Brazilian Butt Lift. “It’s a lot less risky than gluteal implants and more curvy.” Price sensitivity is also driving an increase in demand for cosmetic procedures. Breast augmentation has notably decreased in price, and Cuzalina cites this as particularly true at Tulsa Surgical Arts. He also notes that procedures cost considerably less in Oklahoma than in major urban areas.

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“In New York City, for example, the cost is about three times that of what it is in Oklahoma,” he says. “The industry is lower priced here than in other places.” Dr. Nicole Patel of the Aesthetic Surgery Institute of America, based in Tulsa, offers a different, if shorter-term, perspective on trends. “I think what you see is determined a lot by the type of practice you have and the services you offer,” she says. “Breast augmentation and body contouring remain very popular. A new procedure, labiaplasty, is also more in demand. However, I might find that because I am a woman, and women might seek me out for that (reason).” Patel says that non-surgical facial procedures remain high in demand. “Anti-aging procedures are also very popular,” Patel adds. “People are looking for not just surgical practices.” Patel says that her perspective also is affected by the fact that she is a relatively new practitioner.

don’t become very popular. In some cases. it’s because the machinery is not cheap, and that makes it impractical for many practitioners. “There will always be improvements,” Love adds. “But the ratio is like 10:1, with the ‘one’ being the advancement or improvement that actually has the staying power to actually stick around.” If there is one potential advancement that fosters disparate opinions, it is the application of fat-derived stem cells. These


Given the different types of practices they have and their various areas of expertise, it is little wonder that cosmetic surgeons have different perspectives on what is new, noteworthy and otherwise coming down the pike to bring any major change to the industry and to cosmetic practices overall. Koehler cites an improved form of breast implant, which is new in terms of technology and has just been approved by the FDA. Form stable breast implants are “pretty new in the U.S.,” he says. “They are completely solid implants that can’t leak like others. They haven’t yet taken a lot of the market share, perhaps because of cost or that they tend to provide a more conservative look. They are more for a woman who is an A or B cup and who wants to be a C cup. They’re solid, nice implants and very safe. They are nice for certain women, and they suit certain patients.” Koehler also mentions significant improvement with dermal matrices, which he says have been around for years but have benefitted from recent technology. Acellular dermal matrix (ADM) has been used as a soft tissue replacement since its introduction in 1994. ADMs are soft tissue matrix grafts created by a process that results in decellularization but leaves the extracellular matrix intact. This matrix provides a scaffold upon and within which the patient’s own cells can repopulate and revascularize the implanted tissue. The introduction of ADM has provided surgeons with alternative means of obtaining sufficient vascularized soft tissue to cover the implant, thereby alleviating some complications. Most cosmetic surgeons believe that recent advancements and those on the near horizon revolve around better materials – everything from better laser-type devices to sutures that don’t need to be removed because they are absorbed into the body. However, some point out that procedures tend to come and go, become very popular and then fade away. The result is an everchanging marketplace that can, at the very least, appear erratic. “My biggest concern, not to sound negative, is that there are so many technologies,” Love says. “There is about a 24- to 30-month cycle when it comes to new things, and often they don’t deliver or



BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT Fat is removed via liposuction from the hips and added to the buttocks.

BREAST AUGMENTATION continues to be the most common cosmetic procedure, though its popularity has decreased 7% in 2012, compared to the previous year.


Breast augmentation continues to be the top cosmetic surgical procedure and has been since 2006. Silicone implants were used in 62 percent and saline implants in 38 percent of all breast augmentations in 2012. It’s notable that among procedures sought out by women in 2012 compared to 2011, breast augmentation was down seven percent, and liposuction was down one percent. Meanwhile, also among women, eyelid surgery and facelifts were up four and six percent, respectively, and nose reshaping remained just as common in terms of cosmetic surgical procedures. Botulinum toxin type A (such as Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion were ladies’ most sought-after minimally-invasive procedures and saw increases in demand of eight, five, two, four and eight percent, respectively. Procedures that don’t make the list of most common in the country also saw increases. Male breast reduction was up by five percent, hair transplantation is up four percent and upper arm lifts were up three percent – and an amazing 4,473 percent since 2000. Facial rejuvenation procedures experienced the most growth, as 2012 marked the highest number of botulinum toxin type A injections to date, with 6.1 million. Cosmetic surgeons continue to cite increased interest by males in various procedures. In order, the top five surgical procedures sought out by men are nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction and facelifts; while the top five minimally-invasive procedures are botulinum toxin type A, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel and soft tissue fillers. Among all procedures, nose reshaping and lipsuction were down one percent with men; all others saw increases over the previous year. Facelifts (up six percent) and microdermabrasion (up 10 percent) saw the greatest increase in popularity with men among surgical and minimally invasive procedures, respectively.

stem cells possess potential in both traditional medicine and in cosmetic applications. However, since they are not derived from fetal material, they would seem to prompt less controversy than previous discussions over stem cells derived from such material. “Stem cells harvested from fat makes moot the arguments against fetal stem cells,” Love says. “Stem cells in fat peak in a person’s mid-20s. When you do liposuction, those cells go with you, but they aren’t isolated. There has long been evidence that there are applications for these cells, as a facial agent, for example. There are potentially numerous other applications. It’s only a matter of time before new hair can be grown with them. In application today, they are useful for liposuction and grafting facial volume. The most beneficial effects are when I’ve applied them in breast reconstruction after breast cancer.” Love sees numerous other applications on the horizon in medicine and cosmetic procedures. “The thing that excited me most is finishing my career and seeing these stem cells help stroke patients and others,” Love says. “There have been a number of studies that show they can also be effective to combat congestive heart failure. We already have these cells, so the case is closed on the [fetal/infant] factor. In our field, the point is that these could have a huge implication when it comes to burn scar victims and people with other serious damage. The potential applications across the board in medicine are impressive. It’s an exciting time.” Patel says it might be some time before these particular types of stem cells are ready to introduce into numerous applications. “Stem cell technology is quite something,” she says. “The technology is evolving. We’re learning more all of the time, but I think it will still be a while. I think this is particularly true in medicine. Because the cosmetic surgery world has many patients that pay cash, the technology might actually advance faster in the cosmetic world than in medicine.” Koehler has a more conservative view of fat-derived stem cells than some of his colleagues in the industry. “As it stands right now, the technology is not far enough along to use it,” Koehler says. “It shows great promise on the horizon. There are people out there marketing stem-cell facelifts, but they aren’t really using stem cells. It’s just fat-grafting. A lot of research on stem cells is being done in other countries. It may be very positive in the future, but it’s maybe 10 years off from being common. Even if they perfect procedures in the next four years, it would take another four years or so to go through the approval process in the United States.”

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It isn’t just that there are more procedures and new technologies in the cosmetic procedures world today, there are also more practitioners, both medical doctors and aestheticians – and they offer their services both in the United States and abroad. While most cosmetic surgeons report that very little of their work is repairing damage done by other practitioners with one designation or another, cosmetic surgeons also believe that, with the right training and in the right environment, some minimally-invasive procedures can be safely administered by non-M.D.s. “Aestheticians are only able to do certain procedures, and as long as they are doing those procedures for which they are trained, that’s okay – such as laser hair removal and such,” says Koehler. “There are things they cannot do. There are clinics out there in which nurses might be injecting Botox and other fillers, but for some minor procedures, it’s generally safe. I haven’t seen any disasters from fillers being done in med-spa environments. “Actually where you run into problems is physicians doing cosmetic procedures even if they are not experts in the field,” Koehler continues. “Any medical doctor, for example, can do liposuction, but they might have had only a weekend training session in it.” Cuzalina points out that the ease of access to some procedures might well cross the line of appropriateness and safety. “I’ve heard of Botox parties, but how would one know if there is anyone there licensed to do that?” he asks. “Someone would have to be crazy to do that. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Love says that various practitioners are trained for non-surgical procedures. “You’ve got all of these levels of experience,” he says. Each physician agrees that the potentially most precarious decision is a “cosmetic” vacation overseas, where procedure prices can be much lower and where procedures not approved in the United States can be purchased. There are distinct concerns about that, despite the fact that just because a doctor is overseas doesn’t mean he isn’t competent and capable. Patel says her practice does see patients who had gone abroad for procedures. “Hey, there are good physicians all over the world,” she says. “The biggest problem is what happens if there are complications? Who takes care of you? Are you going to fly back to the country where you had the work done? Here, doctors might be afraid to take on the liability risk for someone else’s work overseas. You should have procedures done near where you live, so that follow-up and any complications can be addressed by the initial surgeon.” Other physicians agree that having work done near one’s home is an important factor in deciding on whom to seek out for procedures. Domestically, there are certain words of advice each

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surgeon has to offer. Visit facilities, inquire about experience and expertise, ask to see before and after photos of prior patients who had the procedure you’re seeking done by the practitioner, ask about hospital privileges and where procedures take place and even ask to speak to previous patients about their experiences. Surgeons of repute should have no problem addressing these concerns and questions. You’ll also want to deal with a surgeon who is open and honest about potential risks and complications. Finally, something more esoteric to consider: Chemistry is important when it comes to a patient’s relationship with his or her doctor. Does that chemistry exist? Do you feel comfortable with the doctor, the staff, the environment? All are the primary factors one should take into consideration when making a decision, according to each surgeon interviewed. Taking these considerations in mind and being an educated consumer can greatly enhance any cosmetic procedure one might seek. “Life’s too short to be unhappy,” Love says.

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Capricorn, 25 Endoneuro Diagnostic Technician Run into me at: The lake, Shades of Brown, a concert, church, Target, out running with my dogs Interests: Traveling, soccer, cooking, music, nature, outdoor activities Best thing about single: It allows for more spontaneity. Favorite restaurant: Laffa Favorite band: Right now, it’s Lord Huron. Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in Colorado Five words that sum up your dating life: Always ready for an adventure.




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Jim Scholl

Cancer-Leo cusp, 23 Occupation: Graduate Research Assistant/ FullTime Student Run into me at: The University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice Interests: Yoga, fitness, food and travel Best thing about being single: Emotional stability Favorite band: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Favorite vacation spot: Hvar, Croatia What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of Single in the City? I am sorry you felt it was necessary to purchase a date with me; it probably would have been a lot easier to just ask. Five words that sum up your dating life: Ardent, shrewd, lithe, urbane, tactful

Allison Broyles

Virgo, 26 Director of Communications at TriArch Architecture Run into me at: Whole Foods Interests: Reading, writing, crossword puzzling, anything outside Best thing about being single: No drama Favorite book: Anything by David Sedaris Favorite vacation spot: Colorado What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of Single in the City? Thanks, I think. I’m not sure if this is a compliment or an intervention!

Sedrick Bateman

Libra, 38 Bartender at R-Bar & Empire Run into me at: In the streets, keepin’ it real, feedin’ stray cats Claim to fame: I’ve fallen in love with every girl in Tulsa at least twice. Best thing about being single: Being able to go to an amusement park any time I feel like it. Favorite restaurant: Red Rock Canyon Grill and Cosmo Cafe Favorite vacation spot: Chicago or mom and dad’s house in Dallas Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Yes, because while everyone else is going on their date, I’m the one who’s working and making sure it goes perfectly.



Aaron Miller

Scorpio, 26 Program Officer at George Kaiser Family Foundation Run into me at: Guthrie Green Claim to fame: I make one hell of a latke. Best thing about being single: I love when my grandma tells me, “I better not be in a walker when I go down the aisle at your wedding!” as incentive to hurry up Favorite book: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Favorite restaurant: The Tavern, Laffa and Andolini’s Favorite bands: Phoenix, Haim, Portugal. The Man

Erin Guimaraes

Virgo, 31 Senior Human Resources Generalist Run into me at: Downtown or on Brookside Claim to fame: I sang in my family band from age 4 to 17. We were The Gospel Singing Collins Family Group. Best thing about being single: I’ve been able to develop close relationships with my girlfriends. I can have my own routine. I also like having the extra closet space! Favorite restaurant: Brookside by Day. I love breakfast! What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of Single in the City? I guess the word is out that I’m single!



Claire Collins

Aries, 25 Poet Run into me at: The Creative Room, Soundpony, The Phoenix Interests: Writing, challenging the status quo, teaching, not cooking, acting, traveling, unicorns Best thing about being single: Taking the time to invest in myself and friendships. Favorite book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Favorite musician: Billie Holiday What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of Single in the City? I am a fan of your work! Thanks for nominating me.

Miles Ralston

Aries, 28 Musician Run into me at: Local music venues, Soundpony, Chimera, guitar stores, my studio, my living room or my friends’ living rooms Interests: Guitar, music composition and songwriting, music production, studio arts, animals, friends and family, travel Claim to fame: My ability to read minds. Also, I can fly. Best thing about being single: Knowing that at any moment, someone you might fall in love with could walk right through the door. Favorite restaurant: The Tavern Favorite band: The Beatles

Evan M. Tipton

Taurus, 30 Producing Manager, Scott McCoy Insurance Agency Run into me at: Brookside, First Friday Art Crawl, farmers market, Downtown Interests: Art (I draw and paint), cooking, traveling, golf, snowboarding Claim to fame: 2015 Chairman of Tulsa’s Young Professionals Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Maybe so, but I figure a little distraction is a good thing. If she can keep me away from work, that is a good sign.



Nikki Lamson

Sagittarius, 23 Digital Strategist, Cubic Inc. Run into me at: Zanmai, Hodges Bend and Sky Fitness Best thing about being single: Being open to every new opportunity that comes my way personally and professionally. Favorite book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Favorite restaurant: French Hen Favorite vacation spot: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico What would you say to the person who nominated you to be part of Single in the City? You’d better bid on me if no one else does.

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Scorpio, 30 Director of Internet Operations for Drysdales Run into me at: Soundpony, Cain’s, Guthrie Green, anywhere with brunch Claim to fame: 2010 Chili Cook-off Champion Best thing about being single: Being single teaches you to be self-reliant and to focus on shaping your character through accomplishments. Also, there’s more time to play Xbox. Favorite book: Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor Favorite musician: Jack White Five words that sum up your dating life: Apparently nerds are cool now.



Aquarius, 23 Director of Sales and Marketing, Aloft Tulsa Run into me at: The workplace Claim to fame: I’m a Renaissance man Favorite restaurant: my mom’s kitchen Favorite musicians: Drake, Sade, Frank Sinatra Favorite vacation spot: Breckenridge, Colorado Does your career pose a challenge in your dating life? Of course it does. At this point in my life I choose to be career oriented, so that’s where my focus lies. However, there’s always time for a little fun and I believe balance is the key to happiness.

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Not so long ago, Oklahoma City’s food truck fare was not for the faint of heart.

By Tara Malone

The only offerings to be found required a fierce appetite for both food and danger. This had more to do with location than with the quality of the food itself. For intrepid diners, venturing into crime-riddled parts of south Oklahoma City yielded a cornucopia of late-night taco and torte trucks. Another mecca for foodies – alas, one still occasionally plagued by drive-by shootings – was Bobo’s Chicken, a trailer offering the kind of fried delicacies that mouth-watering memories are made of. It’s hard to believe that, just a few short years later, the popularity of Oklahoma food trucks has exploded. Lured by the twin siren songs of great food and ease of access, many diners in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa can find gourmet goodies just a short stroll up the sidewalk. In OKC, the revitalization of the Plaza District and Uptown, along with monthly block parties on the corner of Hudson and Eighth streets, have provided the perfect venue for mobile dining. In Tulsa, the establishment of the Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District has proven to be a beacon for food trucks and mobile foodies alike. “Nowhere else can you dine on Vietnamese-French fusion, Italian, street tacos, gourmet hot dogs, pizza, gyros, upscale comfort food and, of course, delectable mini-doughnuts, all in one beautiful spot,” says Laken Gooch, owner and operator of Lick Your Lips Mini Donuts. “Guthrie Green has been a major supporter of the Tulsa food truck scene, and both the operators and patrons are winners in having such a wonderful space downtown.” “The push for food trucks at Guthrie Green was a real help,” says Tuck Curren, owner and chef of Tulsa’s Local Table. “After that, lots of festivals wanted food trucks.” But Oklahoma has long been home to great parks, events and neighborhoods. Why, all of a sudden, the passion for mobile meals?

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“The popularity of food trucks on TV reality shows and in pop culture has removed the stigma associated with the concept of ‘dirty’ food trucks. Great, eclectic, niche foods can thrive in a nomadic environment to test out different groups and areas. That’s the beauty of the food truck – a location that can’t sustain sales all day long or on the weekend for a brick-and-mortar restaurant can be the ideal place for a food truck.” “People like being able to walk up to a truck and get restaurant-quality food,” says Josh Lynch, owner and operator of The Dog House, one of Tulsa’s longest running mobile food operations. The Dog House is the ultimate example of what many food trucks are banking on – variety and creativity in cuisine. Dog House customers can choose among such options as the Tulsa Dog with mustard, onions, jalapeno relish, bacon and barbecue sauce; the Chong (peanut butter, cream cheese, sriracha and pickles); or the Seattle Dog with cream cheese, spicy mustard and onions. Perhaps even more than ease of access, this type of innovative fare is responsible for Oklahomans’ outpouring of affection for food trucks. But eager diners are not the only factor in the food truck popularity equation, Lynch says. The recent recession also played a part. “I think when the economy took a dive, a lot of chefs had to close their restaurant doors,” Lynch says. “In turn, they purchased food trucks. A food truck is cheaper to operate than a brick-and-mortar [restaurant].” Guy Romo, owner and chef of OKC’s Moto Chef, also credits the recent downturn in the nation’s economy. “Recessions in major markets over the past 10 years have affected the restaurant industry in many significant ways,” he says, “especially those operating outside of a corporate chain. High-end, privately owned restaurants employ chefs at high salaries, so they are the first to go when times are tough. These chefs began seeking out a way to continue their trade on an independent basis with low overhead and very few start-up costs. Food trucks were the answer, and the public has responded to a non-pretentious environment that provides high quality food at reasonable prices.” While less expensive to operate than a traditional establishment, running a food truck still comes with costs and complications for operators. “There are so many pros and cons with a food truck,” Bausch says. “A full site needs so many small things that a truck never needs. Overhead [costs] that people take for granted, like maintaining a bathroom, lights, tables, chairs, underground plumbing,



Laken Gooch stands in front of her 1972 Alpine Sprite travel trailer that is the home base for Lick Your Lips Mini Donuts. Inset: Mini-doughnuts are topped with drizzle and peanuts. PHOTOS BY BRANDON SCOTT.

etc.…the truck gets to avoid most of those costs or does them on a much smaller scale. However, with a truck, nothing is a guarantee. Weather can blow an entire day, while it has significantly less impact on a brick-and-mortar site. When it comes to permits, they’re the same as a regular business. Our health department verification and business license are nearly identical between the truck and our full restaurants.” Logistics are one of the biggest challenge for the food truck industry, says Romo says. “One must imagine towing or driving a one-ton commercial kitchen, and combining that with the demands of an R.V. in constant motion,” Romo continues. “Propane tanks must be filled and up-todate on inspection. Water tanks must be filled, utilizing the proper hoses and water sources. Gray water tanks must be emptied and cleaned. Equipment must be latched down and checked again. All paper goods, utensils, small wares and ingredients must be properly stored to avoid spills while in transport. Food must be kept at the proper temperatures during transport in order to meet health code requirements. A power source must be available, which in most cases requires a generator.

“A mobile food health department license must be up to date and posted within the facility, and an additional special events permit is required prior to most events that host food trucks,” Romo says. “These are only a few of an endless list, most of which I had to figure out as I went along.”

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Events are where many food trucks gain much of their success and popularity. “The whole point of a food truck is events,” Bausch says. “Some trucks, like ours, seek to have a baseline of daily sales at set locations, but a lot just live off a few days a week or even a few weekends a CONTINUED ON P. 61

Lone Wolf Banh Mi is a hotspot around Tulsa. Inset: Lone Wolf’s kimchi fries are topped with a fried egg. PHOTOS BY CASEY HANSON.

Looking for unusual mobile meals in the Tulsa area? There is no shortage of food trucks with established niches. One such sweet option is Lick Your Lips Mini Donuts. Owners Laken and Kent Gooch pride themselves on not only their tasty and innovative pastries, but also on their ambience – not exclusively the territory

of brick-and-mortar restaurants these days. The Gooches sell their fresh doughnuts from a vintage rebuilt 1972 Alpine Sprite travel trailer. “It is beneficial if you are unique and can stand apart in some way,” says Laken Gooch. “We designed our trailer and truck to have a warm and vintage feel so it would not merely be all stainless steel and aluminum. Also, while we have regular menu items, we try to create new specials for different seasons or events.”

Lone Wolf Banh Mi is yet another food truck providing Tulsans with creative munchies. Owner Philip Phillips says fun with food is important in this heyday of mobile food vendors. “The food truck scene in Oklahoma is still in its infant stage,” Phillips says. “We are getting more trucks, but we aren’t seeing a flood of fun, inspiring trucks like we would like…People want fun food that will knock your socks off, not just something you can get anywhere.” – TM



Guy Romo and Bryce Lack run Moto Chef, a gourmet food truck in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.



summer at big events. At the same time, a As with all popular trends, some have big misconception of large events is how wondered if Oklahoma’s love affair with food profitable they are (or aren’t) for food trucks.” trucks will stand the test of time. So far, the Most big events charge more than just a signs are as good as the food. fee, usually taking a percentage of sales – “Food truck customers interact more, not “sometimes up to 20 percent, along with a only with one another, but with the chefs and fee,” Bausch adds. “At some events, if we cooks that are preparing their orders,” Romo don’t have a crazy line, we could end up losing says. “We know the names of our regulars, money. That’s because every event is a gamble… their tastes and preferences. We shake their Nothing is ever guaranteed, and seeking the hands and welcome them back, and I believe customer, seeking the sale, is the only way to that sets food trucks apart from the day-toachieve success in this business model.” day restaurant grind. This trend isn’t going “People and location are two of the key anywhere soon. ingredients when deciding where to sell,” “The food truck scene has developed in says Gooch. “If there aren’t any people, then Oklahoma City due to the efforts of arts obviously you won’t have anyone to sell to. districts and small business owners that have You need an area with lots of foot traffic and organized events in support of this new OKC accessibility. Convenience is part of the allure of trend,” Romo continues. “I give that credit food trucks; no reservations are needed to visit.” primarily to Elemental Coffee and Ludivine, The most important consideration, however, and [to] the Plaza District on Northwest 16th is the food and the truck itself. According Street. As more of these districts develop, the to Romo, for a food truck to be successful, food truck business will continue to grow and it needs “a unique menu with items that are to thrive.” quickly and efficiently served, a visually “Tulsa and OKC, respectively, both have appealing exterior, plenty of product to last bright, burgeoning food truck scenes,” through the demands of an event, as well as a Bausch says. “We’ve been down to OKC smiling, informative and helpful staff.” twice, once to help Moore tornado victims, “It’s all in advertising and having a good and the second time to one of the H&8th enough product to back up what you’re events. What we’ve seen in OKC is right in advertising,” says Philip Phillips, owner of line with what we’ve seen in Tulsa: A lot of Tulsa’s Lone Wolf Banh Mi. “Obviously, ingenuity and craftsmanship coming together being close to a bunch of people is not a bad in a positive environment. The competitive thing. First thing, the event can’t rely on food nature of business is natural, but all the trucks trucks to be the only entertainment. You have we’ve seen are really into being a part of a to create a fun environment for people to want larger community.” to come. You have to make good food to keep them coming.” Many operators agree that proactive promotion is crucial for a food truck operation to be successful. Like many businesses, the use of social media is integral for mobile food vendors. Sites like Twitter and Facebook let customers know about new menu items, hangups with operations and, most importantly, where to find the food. “Social media is definitely a must,” Gooch says. “We use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for location, event and new doughnut announcements. With almost everyone always plugged into technology, you want to take advantage of possibly grabbing the attention of that potential customer walking nearby that happens across your post. We are always posting pictures of our Mike Bausch loads pizza into the yummy doughnuts and adventures oven on Andolini’s food truck. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT. to tempt our followers.”

Feeling fancy? The folks at OKC’s Moto Chef truck have you covered – no reservation required. On many a night, the truck can be found parked outside Grandad’s honkytonk bar in the revitalized Uptown area of Oklahoma City, or at any number of events around town. Moto Chef offers elegant edibles at reasonable prices for discerning diners. The menu is always changing, but a recent night included potsticker dumplings with miso gravy and apple relish, moscatopoached pears with vanilla bean beignets and duck confit quesadillas. In addition to offering upscale eats, Moto Chef owner and chef Guy Romo says the truck offers local and specialized fare. “Moto Chef has found success through our practice of farm-to-food-truck,” Romo says. “It has been my goal from the beginning to support local famers as much as possible and to provide a rotating menu that focuses on seasonal produce and naturally-raised proteins. We also cater to customers with dietary issues, vegetarians and, occasionally, vegans.” Moto Chef is currently serving seasonal delights such as homemade soups, stews, and fresh-baked bread for cold-weather crowds. – TM





Down on the 101 By Paul Fairchild



George Washington Miller (“G.W.”) first saw the tall bluestem grass and wild rye spread across northeastern Oklahoma in 1879, he didn’t just see prairie country. He saw raw possibility, an opportunity to build an empire inspired by the legends and myths he dragged from his Kentucky home. This, he realized, was the Wild West, and he and his sons would be its greatest evangelists, building nothing less than a church devoted to their sacred vision of the American frontier and its pioneers. They were imagineers before their time. G.W. and his sons – Joseph, George Jr. and Zack – parceled together 110,000 acres of Indian Territory land leased from the Ponca, Quapaw and Cherokee tribes and started construction of the 101 Ranch in 1893. Only a few miles from present-day Ponca City, it would grow to become the largest diversified ranch in American history. It also would grow into a self-sufficient colony of sorts and the operational headquarters of the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, a vehicle for spreading the religion of the Wild West across America and later to Europe.



Many tales are told about the origins of the 101’s name, but ultimately, the origin of the name is unimportant. It derives its significance as a moniker for not just a working ranch, but as a focal point for the spread of Wild West mythology. “101” became synonymous with entrepreneurial success and the free-roaming, open air, rough-and-tumble lifestyle of American cowboys.

“The history of the 101 Ranch is worth preserving for lots of reasons. At one time, it was the largest diversified ranch in America. It had the largest herd of buffalo in America. It was the birthplace of the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. The list goes on,” says Joe Glaser, secretary of the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association. The fortune that enabled the building of his dream came from G.W.’s early investment in cattle. G.W. traded a load of bacon to a Texas rancher for cattle. What was left of the bacon was traded to Ponca Indians for leases on several thousand acres of land near modern day Ponca City. He brought cattle up from Texas and sold them in Kansas and Oklahoma markets. The original lease served him well as a cattle run. In later years, the 101 added diversified farmlands to its offerings. Crops included wheat, cotton, corn, alfalfa and a variety of vegetables. The ranch diversified as well, providing cattle, bison, hogs, poultry and horses. Living the cowboy life fueled G.W.’s passion for the Wild West lifestyle. He supervised the cattle drives himself. It was a rugged but completely free way to live, and he loved it. So did his ranchers. It was certainly no way to get rich, but many stayed on with the 101 – even when paychecks were sparse – because they, too, loved the lifestyle. In 1903, G.W. died of pneumonia, passing away before seeing his dream fully realized. His sons, however, were just as passionate about the dream as their father was. By the time the 101 fell into their hands, it was an enterprise bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, an absurd amount of money at the time. And absurd amounts of money can bank big dreams. Many products



were hard to come by on the periphery of the frontier. Hard cash was no easier to find than the goods required to operate an endeavor as large as the 101, so the ranch printed its own script, exchangeable for goods and services available on the ranch. For the most part, the Miller Brothers were clever entrepreneurs, and they independently provided the goods needed to keep the ranch running. At its peak, the 101 boasted a general store, school, cafe, hotel, smithy, leather and saddle shop, dairy, meat-packing plant, a power plant and, later, its own oil refinery. Hundreds of telephone wires kept the various operations of the 101 in touch with each other. But when entrepreneurial methods failed, the brothers weren’t afraid to gun up to make things go their way.

“They broke the laws when they felt like they had to. When somebody got in their way, they – shall I say – moved them out of the way, with whatever means it took. Sometimes it could be lethal,” says historian Michael Wallis, author of The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West. Figures differ, but it’s fair to say that during its heyday the 101 employed 3,000 workers. Those workers were informed about the happenings on the ranch, as well as occasional news from the outside world, in the Ranch’s own newspaper, the Bliss Breeze. The 101 was a self-sufficient frontier colony.

Hollywood 101 Before Tom Mix and other performers made the jump to Hollywood, the 101 Ranch already had deep connections to the film industry. The Miller Brothers regularly leased equipment and employees to the Bison 101 film company, a small, short-lived production company that made westerns for Universal Pictures. Some of its films were shot on the 101, but most utilized its “backlot,” 18,000 acres outside of the young city of Los Angeles. When the company folded, the land was picked up by Bud Seilig and became home to the Keystone Cops. The ranch also inspired the 1914 film Life On the 101 Ranch, Bliss Oklahoma. A bit part went to Buck Jones, first a cowboy on the 101 and later a performer in the Wild West Show. While performing in Los Angeles, Jones decided to give movies a try and landed a job with Universal Pictures as a stuntman. Soon after, he made the jump to Fox Film Corporation performing stunts for Tom Mix and serving as his backup. Jones caught the attention of Fox’s producers, and they gave him his first starring role in 1920’s The Last Straw. He was a Hollywood icon until his death in 1942. Ironically, the 101 Ranch Wild West Show succumbed in part due to motion pictures, a popular culture phenomenon to which its performers helped create. – PF

The year 1905 witnessed the origin of what later came to be known as the 101 Wild West Show. It sprang from the Millers’ newly adopted civic duty of advocating for Oklahoma statehood. The show opened that year to an audience of the National Editors Association plus 60,000 other spectators. It was a bona fide crowd-pleaser, so the Millers took it on a national tour in 1907. However, the show wasn’t as successful as the Millers had hoped. By the time they ventured into show business, audiences already had their pick of fairs and at least a dozen similar shows, including the legendary Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. The show did serve to feed the global obsession with the Wild West mythology, though, and a number of its performers became celebrities. “I believe the ranch represented the ‘spirit’ of America, both to the eastern United States and to the rest of the world. Here was a land endowed with an abundance of natural wealth and also the freedom and space to allow dedicated human enterprise to produce great individual wealth,” says University of Oklahoma history professor Linda Reese. The first performance of the 101 show featured the Apache leader Geronimo, then a prisoner of war at Fort Sill. At the time of his

capture, the American public and the federal government regarded Geronimo as nothing less than a terrorist. Authorities released him from time to time under the recognizance of show and fair owners. Predictably, he performed stunts such as taking down buffalo at long distances from a moving car. He was also permitted to sell souvenirs at the shows to earn a little money. With the help of shows like the 101, Geronimo shed his notoriety in the eyes of the public and became a hero of sorts. Bill Pickett was another popular performer in the 101 show. He was the first performing African-American cowboy. His own show, The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association, born in the 1890s, garnered acclaim and established him as a circuit star. Glad to give up management, he joined the nascent 101 Wild West Show in 1905, mesmerizing crowds with his unique talent for bull wrestling. Not all crowds witnessed his performances, though. America was deeply segregated, and Pickett was forbidden to perform in many towns and cities. Today, his grave on the 101’s Cowboy Hill is one of only a handful of reminders of Pickett’s show. By the time the 101 Wild West Show began its national tours, there wasn’t anything new about female performers. There was something new about women

that could ride and shoot, though. Lillian Smith, capable of doing both well, gained fame as the hated rival of the legendary Annie Oakley. She initially performed with Oakley in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows. Their ongoing feud was fodder for national coverage, but after a particularly ugly quarrel, Smith left Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and found a new home with the Miller brothers. Smith performed as a ridiculously exaggerated character called, “Princess Wenona of the Sioux.” Over the next decade, she proved herself a better shot than Oakley but never approached Oakley in popularity and fame. After leaving the show, her star fell. In 1930, she died broke and forgotten in Ponca City. Of all the performers in the 101 Wild West Show, Tom Mix merits special mention. As a kid, Mix dreamed of joining the circus. He spent his childhood mastering horseback riding, knife throwing, shooting and other “western” avocations. He joined the show in 1906, becoming one of its main attractions and leaving his audiences with the impression that he was a true cowboy. He attracted the attention of a burgeoning Hollywood, a film industry unsure of what it wanted to be but knowing the good stuff when it came along. Mix’s first film, Ranch Life in the

Historic Oklahoma Ranches Drummond Ranch: Scottish immigrant Frederick Drummond reached American shores in 1882. He rose to prominence as a businessman, and his wealth enabled his three sons, aspiring ranchers, to buy tracts of land in Osage County. Frederick Gentner Drummond founded the Drummond Ranch in Osage County in the middle of the Great Depression. His brothers, Roy and Jack, also established ranches in Osage County. They eventually consolidated their holdings, and today, the fully operating 440,076acre ranch makes the Drummond family the 17th largest landowner in America. 75 Stuart Ranch: Located outside of Caddo, Okla., the Stuart Ranch is the state’s oldest continuously family-owned ranch. Its original owner, Robert Clay Freeny, founded the ranch in 1868. Award-winning quarter horses, as well as cattle, are raised on the ranch. Owner Terry Stuart Forst was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2007. That same year, she was named Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year. The ranch invites visitors, greeting them with a “big heaping of good manners.”

Hoots Ranch: Best known for a horse named Black Gold, the Hoots Ranch started small in 1873 at Hominy Falls, Okla. While some ranchers lost their leases when the Osage tribe’s land leasing ended in 1906, this ranch land passed into the hands of Rosa Hoots, an Osage. Over time, the Hoots moved away from traditional ranching and into horse breeding. Their goal: producing the best racehorses in the country. In 1909 the Hoots traded a parcel of land for U-See-It, a horse that steadily accumulated victories on the national racing circuit. U-See-It’s foal, Black Gold, won the 1924 Kentucky Derby by a long stretch, securing a $52,775 purse for Rosa. Penner Ranch: The Penner Ranch, originally owned by Amanda and Felix Penner, traces its beginnings back to 1854, though it didn’t operate officially until 1891. It was located in Mill Creek, Okla., founded in 1855 by Amanda’s father, Cyrus Harris, who went on to become a five-term governor of the Chickashaw Nation. Mill Creek eventually moved east to meet the St. Louis, Oklahoma and Southern railway, but the Penner

Ranch remained, growing to 11,000 acres at its peak. Surviving the Great Depression, several droughts and a tornado that nearly razed it, the ranch is still operating, though its land holdings have dwindled to just over 5,000 acres. Hitch Ranch: Headquartered in Guymon, Okla., the Hitch Ranch tells a 130-year story of entrepreneurship and uncanny business acumen. The ranch’s patriarch, James Hitch, staked his claim in Oklahoma’s panhandle when it was opened for settlement in 1890. Within 10 years, the ranch expanded to 40,000 acres with a herd of roughly 10,000 cattle. An open range ranch, it was forced to give way to farms over the next two decades. James’ son, Henry, patched together just over 12,000 acres, carrying on the family’s operations and practically inventing the term agribusiness as he diversified the ranch’s offerings and introduced mechanization to ranching. The ranch still operates, but in addition to a cattle herd, the family’s business holdings now include feedlots, a finance company and pig production facilities. – PF



Great Southwest, gained immediate acclaim. He was wildly charismatic, embodying everything western in his films. Audiences couldn’t get enough. As America embraced the new medium and theaters sprang up around the country, Mix’s fame grew. Mix inspired Hollywood’s devotion to the western genre, a film niche that endured for five decades. All told, Mix made 300 westerns. He became, like the Miller brothers but on a much larger scale, an evangelist of the Wild West lifestyle. During his long career, he took on another apostle of the Wild West – a young John Wayne, an actor who eventually surpassed Mix in popularity. Bad luck, however, plagued the 101 Wild West Show during its entire run. In its first year on the road, a railroad accident and a case of typhoid fever that put the cast out of commission dipped the show into the red. In 1908, facing intense competition from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows, Zack Miller took the show on a European tour. With the growing threat of war in Europe, the British government confiscated the show’s horses for military use. In Germany, some Lakota Sioux cast members were arrested under government suspicion as spies. Fleeing Europe presented itself as the best answer to the show’s growing problems, but Zack struggled to find a ship that would take the Native American members on board. Once they finally did make it home, Joe Miller caused every Native American member of the cast to desert the show when he refused to compensate them for overtime. The show took a long hiatus while World War I raged. After the armistice, Joe worked hard to resuscitate the show, but to no avail. By 1927, it was clear that the show didn’t have a place in the post-war world, a world embracing movies, and he reluctantly shut it down. Not long after, Joe passed away, and with him went the last interest in the 101’s contribution to the entertainment industry.

“The three brothers carried out the vision of keeping the image of the so-called ‘Wild West’ alive,” says Wallis. “I think of them, in simple terms, as three little boys. Part of them never grew up. They also were very



realistic and saw the ranch as a good economic opportunity. But they truly did want to keep the Wild West alive. They did it with the 101. It became a place, ultimately, where the West of myth and the West of reality collided.” That passion wasn’t enough to keep the 101 intact, though. George Jr.’s death in 1929 marked the beginning of the end for the 101 Ranch. Of the original entrepreneurs and Wild West evangelists, only Zack remained; he was no businessman. For years the Miller brothers played fast and loose with the ranch’s proceeds. All of the brothers drew from the same bank account for their various investments, and nobody paid much attention to increasingly anemic profits. The 101 Wild West Show had been a huge drain on the ranch’s finances. It left behind a trail of lawsuits in the cities it visited. An overwhelmed Zack had no choice but to pay out. The crash of 1929 and the Great Depression hit the 101 as hard as any corporate endeavor, and in 1937 Zack declared bankruptcy. The federal government seized the 101, divided it into parcels and it sold to individuals. It was an ignominious end to America’s largest ranch. But its legacy as an idea, a tribute to the Wild West lifestyle, lived on in popular culture, particularly in film and television. In 2008, Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum acquired the largest collection of 101 Ranch memorabilia in the nation from private collectors. The museum laid out $2 million for almost 4,000 pieces of 101 Ranch history. Among many other pieces, the collection includes many belonging to Lillian Smith. So much of Oklahoma’s history is inextriThe collection was put on display in 2009, cably linked to the oil boom, and the 101 the first comprehensive exhibit of the ranch’s is no exception. In 1908, 50 years after history. Edward Drake struck oil in Pennsylvania, The 101 became a National Historic Site the Miller Brothers suspected there might in 1975, but all you’ll find there today are a be black crude sitting underneath the 101’s small picnic area and the restored building thousands of acres. They formed the 101 that once held the ranch’s headquarters. The Ranch Oil Company in 1911, and seven remainder of the ranch buildings were lost wells promptly struck oil. to dilapidation and fire. The grave of Bill Like all booms, this one ended abruptly, Pickett and a monument to Chief White and the glut it produced lowered the price Eagle, a longtime friend to the Millers, sit on of oil so much that the 101’s wells became top of Cowboy Hill, recently acquired by the useless overnight. The Millers’ partner 101 Ranch Old Timers Association. in the operation, E.W. Marland, however, The ruins of the 101 have a quiet gravity. had made millions during the boom with oil They mark not just the former site of the discoveries around the state. He weathlong-gone largest ranch in America; they ered the glut nicely, emerging with his own serve as a reminder of the most important operation, the Marland Oil Company. Over pulpit of Wild West mythology in America, a the years, its name changed, but today we mythology that still runs deep and strong in know it as ConocoPhillips. – PF America.

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Actors’ ACTORS

Though no New York or L.A., Oklahoma offers plenty of opportunities for hungry thespians.


ill Carpenter was a second-grader in the mid1970s in the industrial city of Milwaukee, Wis., when he was first exposed to theater. “They took our class to the Repertory Theater in Milwaukee. It was a great theater,” he recalls. “We were watching a kid’s show; there were dinosaurs and big costumes and sets, and the lights are on in this big, dark theater. It was so much cooler than a movie. They were right there, sharing the same space, the same air. They could hear us and we could hear them. I had tunnel vision – either my eyes dilated or my brain did – but I was so zeroed in on this and watching with crystal clarity. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, it would be really neat to be a part of that.’” Carpenter would parlay that second grade experience into a successful acting career, performing with the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Shakespeare Chicago, among others. He has performed in theaters in cities across the country; now he can be seen gracing stages in Tulsa.

The Will Rogers Effect Oklahoma has produced a sizable share of stage actors in its relatively short existence. Tony Randall, Rue McClanahan and Patti Page all got their starts on Oklahoma stages. Contemporary actors like Kelli O’Hara, Joe Sears, Alfre Woodard and one of the most popular Broadway stars in recent history, Kristen Chenoweth, also began their careers in the Sooner State.



By Jami Mattox

Jeffrey Moore, project manager for the Oklahoma POP Museum, believes the wealth of actors, singers and entertainers that come from Oklahoma can be traced back to the career of one man: Will Rogers. “As we’ve worked on the Oklahoma POP Museum, one of the things that has become very apparent is the circle of influence that Will Rogers has had on the state,” Moore says. “The fact that he was able to go from stage acting to this huge icon is something that is in the back of everyone’s mind, and it lends itself to the idea that being a stage actor is a possibility.” Mateja Govich, an Oklahoma City native and actor, sees the talent that this state has to offer on the stage. A performer since age 5, Govich first appeared as a munchkin in The Wizard Of Oz (his lone line was, “If any.”) and later as Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He went on to act in various productions during college and ended up on the Great White Way as part of a production of Cabaret with Brooke Shields as the lead, which was performed at historic Studio 54. But home beckoned, and in 2008, Govich moved back to Oklahoma and has since “gotten to do the most challenging work I’ve done,” he says. Such work includes portraying Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at the Sooner Theatre; Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate at Edmond Summerstock and Tateh in Ragtime, a Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production. Rogers once said, “If you want to know how a man stands, go among the people who are in his same business.” Govich shares the same principle.

Mateja Govich is photographed on the stage of Lyric Theatre. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.



to the idea of Oklahomans having this ability to create and come up with ideas and new concepts. It’s kind of the DNA of the state to explore acting or music,” says Moore. “The other thing that bears is the link between opportunity for creative endeavors and economic prosperity. Oklahoma has been in a cycle of prosperity the last 10 years or so, so I think that if there are economic conditions to allow people to pursue these types of activities, they will.” Reduxion Theatre Company presents Shakespeare productions at their most minimal. “My wife Erin and I started this thing,” Woods says. “We were living in New York City in 2006, and we were both acting and directing a little bit. We wanted to take an approach to Shakespeare that was bare-bones, stripped down, to get in touch with the beautiful poetry of Shakespeare.” Reduxion’s first performance was Hamlet, performed off-off-Broadway with seven actors. The production was well received; it ran for 12 performances. The next year, Reduxion produced As You Like It with 14 actors. The couple eventually decided to move back to Woods’ home state to lay down roots and to become part of Oklahoma’s theater scene. “We wanted to be here and bring our unique voice to Oklahoma City,” he says. Reduxion has performed for thousands in Oklahoma over its last six seasons. “We have the ability to create opportunities for other artists to practice their crafts and open doors to residents to see the talent we have in this town,” Woods says. “That is my ultimate triumph. Playing MacBeth on a national tour was wonderful, and being on All My Children was wonderful, but seeing this happen has been my real joy.”

Matthew Alvin Brown has acted professionally since 2007. PHOTO BY WENDY MUTZ.

For The Love, Not Money “I was shocked at how good Ragtime was,” Govich says. “(Lead characters) Tateh, Mother and Coalhouse, all three of us had Broadway experience…the quality of actors that we have available to us that are in Oklahoma, we’re very lucky. I’ve been on Broadway, I’m a decent performer, and I’m shocked when I go to rehearsal and see a show that people can see for 15, 20 bucks [in Oklahoma], and they’re better than the ones people pay $150 to see in New York.”

Bare Bones Theater companies have been around in Oklahoma since the 1920s when Theatre Tulsa, opened its doors. It’s the oldest continuously operating theater company west of the Mississippi. Groups like Theatre Tulsa and, in Oklaho



ma City, Lyric Theatre, are integral to a city’s cultural scene. But there’s always room for one more. That’s exactly what Tyler Woods was counting on when he brought Reduxion Theatre Company to Oklahoma City. “Any time you can specialize in something, I think, means you’ll be better at it than anyone else,” he says. “I think a certain degree of specialization is wonderful, but too much can be a bad thing, and it’s important for theaters to [not become] too niche or too small so they can offer one thing and one thing only. It’s important to do what you do with your own unique voice…in that way, we are, I believe, fulfilling a niche of theater that is intimate and literally in your lap in that it is pared down and reduced.” “As far as the development of theater companies, from a historical standpoint, it goes

Will Carpenter moved to Tulsa when he was a teen. His acting took him all around the country, from Chicago to L.A. He appeared in a short film, Nines, that won an award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. But it was a need to be near family that brought him back to Tulsa. “I was really bummed when I first moved back here,” he admits. “I was bummed because I was like, ‘I don’t get to be in the game anymore.’ I didn’t do anything for the first two years. Then I [performed in] Educating Rita at Theatre Tulsa, and it clicked again, and I’ve been inspired ever since. I’ve run into other people that have similar journeys, and it’s nice to have a common past with these people. It’s been fantastic to share these experiences with new people in Tulsa.” Carpenter has been acting professionally for more than 20 years. It’s a far cry

from his second-grade dream of being a pilot, but he says he feels lucky that he has found a career that keeps him inspired and enthused. “It’s rare to find something that you’re so passionate about. It’s like becoming a monk. You’re committed to more,” he says. “You’re not going to live well, you’re not going to have a lot of stuff, but you’ll have the magic of performing in front of a lot of people, telling stories that have been around for hundreds of years, and that to me is amazing. That was my road.” In addition to acting, CarLiz Masters has penter is an artist-in-residence appeared in local and regional plays for instructor at Harwelden Institute, more than 25 years. which means he travels to classPHOTO BY CASEY HANSON. rooms, from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, teaching acting. “It’s tough, because the first thing to go [out appeared in productions around Oklahoma of the classroom] is arts, theater, things City. His first paid acting gig was in 1993, that help kids listen and with interpersonal and he finally quit his day job in 2007 and skills.” has since devoted his career to the stage


“Acting is what I do, that’s my job,” says Matthew Alvin Brown. “That, and I teach a couple of courses at the Thelma Gaylord Academy, some of these weird, made-up rock musical classes.” Brown is a professional actor who has

and teaching the craft. “And it gets rough every couple of months, so you have to take different types of jobs to make ends meet,” he says. Brown has several career highlights, including flying around a theater in a car during a production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

in which he played the role of Caractacus Pott. “That was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done as far as being on stage with the set and technology,” he recalls. “There’s a show I get to do a lot called Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and every time I get to do that it’s my favorite thing in the world. We did a version at Oklahoma City Theatre Company a couple of years ago, and that was probably, emotionally and role-wise, the coolest. “The best thing I’ve ever been a part of was Passing Strange at The Pollard in Guthrie. Passing Strange is a rock musical that really does what I crave in my art, which is laying comfort with theater. People that don’t like musicals think they’re seeing the play, and people that don’t like plays like seeing the musical. It speaks to anyone with a pulse if they’re willing to listen to it. It was a difficult show to do, but Jerome Stevenson at The Pollard figured out how to do it.” Brown is comfortable with his decision to act professionally but freely admits it may not be for everyone. “Oklahoma is decidedly not a hub for the arts, but the good news is that there’s always something going on in this town, whether Tyler Woods (right) cofounded Reduxion Theatre Company, which presents stripped-down Shakespeare plays. PHOTO COURTESY REDUXION THEATRE COMPANY.



it be a dance show, a spectacle show, an art piece, guerilla theater…there’s always something going on, and the more people know about it, and the more the rich people will give money to theater taking risks, the better this place will be to develop a scene,” Brown says.

The Ideal Community Liz Masters has been in the acting game for 25 years now. She appears in productions for various companies throughout Tulsa. “In college I was a music major, but they always needed people to fill in the chorus for the spring musical, and I hung out with theater people, so I was in ‘the scene,’” she says. Her first production was Crimes of the Heart when she was a student at Northeastern State University. During college, she was directed by the renowned playwright Edward Albee, who served as an artist-in-residence at NSU while Masters was a student. “He’s an odd duck,” she recalls of Albee. “It was cool working with a Pulitzer Prize winner. He wasn’t my greatest director, but he was Edward Albee.” Masters has a 9-to-5 job that allows her to pursue her passion for acting at night and on Will Carpenter is a seasoned actor who has settled into Tulsa’s theater arts scene. PHOTO COURTESY WILL CARPENTER.



the weekends. “You give a lot of time to a show. In recent years, I’ve deliberately tried to always have a day job to allow me to have my nights and weekends free to give to the theater. I’ve sacrificed financial potential, but to me it’s worth it.” Tom Berenson is a And to Masters, familiar face, having apperforming in seven peared in many productions for Broken Arrow to eight productions Community Playhouse, a year is living the Theatre Tuls and other dream. “There are companies. PHOTO BY CASEY HANSON. definitely more theater companies than there used to be. I’m fine with it…from an actor’s standpoint, there’s so many more options for me.”


What started as a lofty goal for Tom Berenson has now become a part of life. This Broken Arrow optometrist always had an urge to act, but he never made time to do it. Around 1980, he was invited by a patient to become a part of the Broken Arrow Commu-

nity Playhouse, and his first production, The Diary of Anne Frank, was life-altering. “I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was,” he recalls. “For the first year or so, if I wasn’t doing a show, I was working on it, doing sound, whatever, just to be there. Last time I sat and tried to figure how many shows I’ve done, it’s got to be between 90 and 100.” Berenson has portrayed Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof three times and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street at least five. He’s also played Clem in Will Rogers Follies and appeared in the 2005 Tulsa Theatre Arts Production Camelot, which starred British actor Charles Shaughnessy and former Miss America Susan Powell. Berenson was part of the award-winning cast of The Gin Game, a production that the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse has traveled internationally to perform and is one of Berenson’s favorites. BACP’s production follows two elderly people who strike up a friendship over gin rummy at a nursing home. The games lead to lengthy conversations about the their lives. “The lines are hysterical, but the situation is horrible,” he says of The Gin Game. “I think as an actor, I love these kinds of roles because you can really get into them.” But Berenson’s favorite role, he says, will always be that of Tevye in Fiddler. “The last time I did it, Theatre Tulsa put it on. I got so motivated that when I returned to my office on Monday after the production closed, I went online looking for theater companies, regional or professional, that might be doing [Fiddler] and might be having auditions. “I was ready to chunk [the business] and go for it. If I were single, if I didn’t have the responsibilities, [I would have] 20 years ago,” he says. “I would have gone to New York. I would have loved to at least tried it.”


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The STEM Inequality


The deficit of females enrolled in STEM majors shrinks but still exists.

echnology has become an increasingly important aspect of modern culture. The University of Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of students enrolled in STEM majors – majors generally classified in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. “There are increasing numbers of freshmen applicants who are initially interested in STEM majors,” says OU Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Nancy Mergler. “This is true for both men and women.” Mergler saw a jump in the past decade. “In fall 2001, 23.2 percent of our freshmen listed an initial interest in a STEM major, and by fall 2011 that number was 30 percent,” she says. However, there was a huge difference in the number of males versus females that chose these STEM programs. “About twice as many men as women list an initial interest in a STEM major,” Mergler says. In fall 2013, just 21.6 percent of the STEM undergraduate students were female. There is no easy answer as to why this is



the case. “Something is happening in the secondary level educational system or in American society to either entice twice as many men as women to be interested in a STEM major,” she says, “or to discourage women from listing an interest in a STEM major.” Some of the factors to consider are whether the disciplines are taught in a manner that is engaging enough for women, or whether there are enough STEM female role models. “Clearly, the societal values within higher education must be similar to the issues playing out in secondary education that create the particular gender differences,” Mergler says. She works with other campus officials to employ strategies to increase female participation in STEM areas. Mergler regularly meets with the academic deans of STEM programs to discuss strategies to increase female enrollment, and she also works with advisors. “I am discussing with our professional academic advisors how best to work with any of our STEM freshmen in the event they panic if they perceive the STEM curriculum too daunting,” she says. “I don’t want stu-

dents changing to non-STEM majors before they get their feet on the ground.” The College of Engineering at OU has created a strong support system for women, Mergler says, and the biology department is working on a new project that involves real research in an attempt to test the hypothesis that a more actively engaging curriculum would help. “As our society is faced with issues such as energy generation and consumption, clean water access and climate change, more jobs will require the quantitative and analytic skills that STEM majors require,” Mergler says. Although it might be scary to step outside the comfort zone for some women, Mergler says, she hopes to help make it possible and worthwhile. “More than one-half of this past year’s college degree recipients were female,” she says, “so more than one half of STEM degree recipients should also be women. I want women to be very well-represented among the future leaders in training and have access to some of the best-paying jobs.” MEGAN MORGAN

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• OU has the academically highest ranked student body at a public university in Oklahoma history. • OU is a leader among all American universities in international exchange and study abroad programs. One in four OU students study abroad. OU currently offers programs in over 50 countries and 100 cities in six continents. Students from 120 countries are enrolled at OU.

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Super Majors University officials report on the expected top majors for students graduating in 2014.


rends in different popular majors can tell us a lot about where the economy might be heading. So what areas of study are college students currently interested in this year? Kevin Windholz, vice president of enrollment management at Oklahoma City University, says that the expected most popular majors for 2014 are in the health care field. “Typically, any type of health care field major thrives at most universities,” Windholz says. “I have been in higher education for 12 years and have really seen this [field] grow – especially since the market crisis in 2008.” Windholz speculates that the reasoning for this increase might be job security. “People want to enter into lines of work where employment seems more secure,” he says. The University of Tulsa’s vice president for enrollment management and student services, Earl Johnson has noticed a few other, different trends, such as the popularity of psychology as a major. “This is an extremely diverse degree program,” Johnson says. “Skills learned as a psychology major can be applied to a variety of careers.” This versatility, which might differ from the health care field, can be appealing to students with wide-ranging interests. “Psychology is also a very popular degree program for students pursuing a double major,” Johnson says. Finance is another area with many predicted graduates. “Our finance program prepares students for many career options in business, investments and portfolio management. These careers in corporate finance and investments are in high demand, and starting salaries are impressive,” says Johnson. Salary certainly plays a major role in trending university majors, and petroleum engineering is no exception, Johnson says, with average pay and job security for these types of careers in the energy industry at an all-time high. “Most students who successfully complete



this major are offered a job before graduation, and some of them entertain multiple offers,” Johnson says. Director of public relations at Rogers State University, David Hamby sees similar trends at RSU. “We continue to see a lot of demand for business-related degrees and health-related degrees, such as nursing and our biology degrees, that provide a foundation for medical professional schools,” Hamby says. He cites several reasons for the popularity in these areas. “Our students tell us these degree programs give them a solid preparation for professional careers but are flexible enough for a variety of career paths,” he says. Popular majors in graduate-level programs, says Windholz, are not always the same as those for undergraduates. “Leadership or management-based master’s degrees tend to attract enrollment. Busi-

ness masters programs are very strong, typically because adults often return for their master’s for job requirements,” Windholz says. But as with any major, undergraduate or graduate, regional considerations make an impact. “Our largest [graduate] programs are now the energy management and energy legal studies degrees, which makes sense in Oklahoma since so much of our state’s work force is in the energy field,” Windholz says. So what might be expected in the future, in the years beyond 2014? Anything technologyrelated, Windholz says. “Those graduating from high school have never known a world without the Internet and all the technology-related job opportunities we have today,” he says. “So, they often decide on a technology-related field at a young age and are fully aware of these opportunities as they enter college.” MEGAN MORGAN


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Make The Right Decision Experts weigh in on how to choose the right college or university.


hoosing a college can be daunting. There are many considerations to make, and prospective students are sometimes overwhelmed with information. Oklahoma university recruitment experts simplify the decision-making process.

Programs “Major availability is one of the most important factors to consider,” says Tasha CaseyLoveless, associate director of admissions at Oklahoma City University. Information about majors, as well as honors programs, study abroad options and internships can be found on a college’s website, Loveless says.



But what if multiple schools offer the program a student is considering? Susan Tolbart, recruitment and student development director at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, recommends digging a little deeper. “Look at the institution’s reputation and academic credentials of the faculty of the program you are interested in,” Tolbart says.

Cost Cost is often a big factor for prospective students. Like a school’s program information, the estimated cost to attend a college can be found online, says David Hamby, public relations director of Rogers State University in Claremore.

Loveless says that seeing a campus in person is crucial. “Visiting campus is one of the most important things to do in your college selection process,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for you to picture yourself at the university and get a feel if it would be the right fit for you.” Once on campus, a student can also meet with an academic department, an admissions representative or a financial aid advisor, Loveless adds. Other questions to think about include the distance of a university from home and the type of town the campus is in. “Many students prefer something with a small-town flavor, while others are looking for an educational experience that puts them in the heart of a city,” Tolbart says. “Some students choose to stay home and attend college locally. They may have strong connections to their family, friends or a job.” No matter what factors a prospective college student may consider, sometimes the choice can’t be summed up in a simple prosand-cons list. “Ultimately, the decision can come down to which school just ‘feels right,’” Hamby says. MEGAN MORGAN

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A school’s website should also provide test scores, activities and a student/teacher ratio, Carter adds.

School Visits “Parents need to see first-hand how the school functions,” Bell says. “Are the students happy and engaged? How do students treat the teacher? Each other? It’s an opportunity for parents to ask questions.” Carter takes the idea of a site visit even further. “I believe a student shadowing for a day gives the student a real understanding of the school,” Carter says.


Finding The Best Fit


Private school leaders advise parents on choosing the right private school.

arents seeking to enroll a child in private schools might have many reasons for their decision: Individualized instruction, a school’s emphasis on certain interests, increased student performance and more. Lisa Bell is the principal of St. Pius X Catholic School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade private school in Tulsa. Bell says that a school’s “rank” should not be the most important factor. “Fit, not rank, should be the primary decision-maker,” Bell says. “It’s not necessarily about how your family fits into the school’s philosophy, but how the school fits into yours.” But how is fit determined?



Academics Private schools generally have smaller class sizes, says Wes Rowell, director of marketing at Riverfield Country Day School (pre-kindergarten through high school in Tulsa). “This allows for greater attention to be given to individual students, which assists them in their academic development,” Rowell says. Private schools can provide a more academically challenging environment than public schools. Cascia Hall Preparatory School, a Catholic Augustinian private high school in Tulsa, focuses on its students’ futures. “College preparation is a recipe for success, so parents who send their students to private schools give their student the best opportunity for a positive future,” says Cascia Hall Headmaster Roger Carter.

A private school’s tuition is, of course, an important consideration. This information is usually available online. “Schools typically list tuition information on their websites,” Rowell says. “If not, then contacting a school’s admissions officer should provide answers.” Bell adds that a school’s location also plays a part in its cost. “Families should make sure that they have the commitment to not only get the child back and forth to school daily, but also realize that much of the extracurricular activities will most likely be centered around the school campus,” she says.

Religion “If religious belief is a prominent factor in a child’s life, and the parents feel it should be an influence in their school life as well, then it becomes an important determining factor,” Rowell says. This influence is something that sometimes spans generations, Carter says. “Many alumni send their students to the same private school they attended, hoping to expose their student to the value of their faith,” he says.

Interests And Extracurriculars “Often, a student gravitates toward an institution especially strong in the student’s interest. For example, fine arts, robotics or athletics may attract a student to a particular school,” Carter says. Extracurriculars, however, shouldn’t necessarily dictate the entire decision, Rowell says. “A child’s specific interests should always be encouraged, but [only] as part of an experience that provides the development of the whole student,” Rowell says. MEGAN MORGAN

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Address/Phone/ Website

Total enrollment

Student/teacher ratio

Grades offered

Standardized testing

Foreign languages offered/sports programs/arts and music programs

Number of teachers with advanced degrees


Annual tuition

Augustine Christian Academy

6310 E. 30th St., Tulsa/ 918.832.4600/





Latin, Hebrew, Greek/ No/Yes




Bishop Kelley High School

3905 S. Hudson Ave., Tulsa/ 918.627.3390/




ACT average 24.6, Scholars Program average 31.4, 53 AP Scholars, 1 National AP Scholar

French, Spanish, Latin, Chinese/Yes/Yes



Catholic parishioner)-$10,800 (other)


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801 NW 50th St., OKC/405.842.6638/




SAT: CR 600, M 555, WR 599; ACT: 24.8

Latin, Spanish, French, German, Chinese/Yes/Yes





Casady School

9500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC/ 405.749.3100/




SAT: 1238/ACT: 27

French, Spanish, Chinese, Latin, Greek/ Yes/Yes



varies by division


Cascia Hall Preparatory School

2520 S. Yorktown Ave., Tulsa/ 918.746.2600/




ACT: 27.6; SAT: CR 609, M 617, W 612

Spanish, German, French, Latin, Chinese/Yes/Yes




Catholic, Augustinian

Christian Montessori Academy

3702 S. 90th E. Ave., Tulsa/ 918.628.6524/






Lead teachers Montessori certified



Christian nondenominational

Heritage Hall

1800 NW 122nd St., OKC/ 405.749.3000/




ACT: 25.9

Latin, French, Spanish, Chinese/Yes/Yes





Holland Hall

5666 E. 81st St., Tulsa/ 918.481.1111/





French, Latin, Spanish, Chinese/Yes/Yes





Holy Family Cathedral School

820 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa/918.582.0422/




90th percentile




(Catholic)-$4,650 (non-Catholic)

Lincoln Christian School

1003 N. 129th East Ave., Tulsa/918.234.8150/ www.




ACT: 23





Church on the Move

Marquette Catholic School

1519 S. Quincy Ave., Tulsa/ 918.584.4631/


10:1 (ECDC), 22:1 (K-8)

3 years-8


Spanish/Yes/Yes (before- and after-school care programs available)

1/3 of staff and faculty




Metro Christian Academy

6363 S. Trenton Ave., Tulsa/918.745.9868/




ACT: 25.6

Spanish, French, Chinese/Yes/Yes





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4849 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa/918.622.2327/




Above average


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$9,000 per calendar year


Monte Cassino School

2206 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa/ 918.742.3364/




French, Latin, Spanish/ Yes/Yes



$2,720 (two-day EC), $4,080 (three-day EC), $6,800 (five-day EC), $8,500 (K-8)

Roman Catholic

Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma

8621 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa/ 918.663.1002/





Spanish, Latin/Yes/Yes

18 of 48


$6,930 (1-6), $7,500 (7-8), $8,800 (9-12)

Christian interdenominational

Rejoice Christian Schools

12200 E. 86th St. N., Owasso/918.516.0050/




ACT: 23

Spanish, French/Yes/Yes





Riverfield Country Day School

2433 W. 61st St., Tulsa/ 918.466.3553/


(based on age/ grade level)

8 weeks-12

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Spanish, German/Yes/Yes




(middle and elementary schools),10:1 (ECLC)

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Student/teacher ratio

Grades offered

Standardized testing

Foreign languages offered/sports programs/arts and music programs

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85th percentile




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1365 E. 49th Pl., Tulsa/ 918.749.9361/




Percentile: 90s




St. Pius X School

1717 S. 75th E. Ave., Tulsa/ 918.627.5367/




Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 2-8); ACT Explore Test (8th grade)

Spanish, foreign language lab/Yes/Yes



$4,108 (one child parish rate); $6,353 (one child non-parish rate); multiple child discount


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1428 N. 67th East Ave., Tulsa/918.836.2165/ www.










Summit Christian Academy

200 E. Broadway, Broken Arrow/ 918.251.1997/




ACT: 22.2





Assembly of God

Town & Country School

8906 E. 34th St., Tulsa/ 918.296.3113/




Plan & Explore, Stanford Achievement Test, Woodcock Johnson III Achievement and Individualized Speech/ Language Evaluations




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Undercroft Montessori

3745 S. Hudson, Tulsa/ 918.622.2890/






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


University School at The University of Tulsa

326 S. College Ave., Tulsa/ 918.631.5060/




Stanford Achievement Test

Spanish, Chinese/No/Yes




Wright Christian Academy

11391 E. Admiral Pl., Tulsa/ 918.438.0922/ www.




Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Spanish, Latin/Yes/Yes





(Catholic)-$4,740 (non-Catholic)

$4,541 (parishioner)

$5,795-$9,470 (primary half day to middle school)

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Senior adults gain great health benefits from physical activity.

hile the “golden years” are meant to be leisurely, experts warn not to let them be lethargic. One study reports that even 15 minutes of walking a day can add three to five years to your life. So no matter how many birthday candles light your cake, you’re never too old to combat the aging process and work toward a happier, healthier you. “Staying as independent as possible is crucial,” says Karen Massey, a registered and licensed dietitian and community wellness educator at INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City. “Even moderate levels of activity are beneficial and help build and maintain strength. As we age, we gradually lose bone tissue and lean body mass (muscle). The term for this is sarcopenia.” Sarcopenia begins in the 30s and accelerates after age 65.



“While some tissue loss cannot be completely stopped, it can be minimized by engaging in physical activity and choosing healthy foods, including adequate protein,” says Massey. She recommends seniors try to eat at least two to three meals per day with one or two protein snacks, such as milk, yogurt, lean meat, legumes, nuts or seafood. She cautions that the serving size shouldn’t be enormous and believes it’s better to eat two- or three-ounce servings three times a day instead of consuming a large amount during one meal. To help achieve a healthy diet plan, Massey suggests keeping a food diary. “Writing down what you eat helps you appreciate the things you are doing well and also helps you identify areas to work on,” she says. “You may congratulate yourself for including whole grains, such as oatmeal for breakfast, but you might notice that you’re shy on calcium-containing

foods, such as milk or low-fat cheese. Or, you may realize that you’re drinking too many soft drinks, and if so, you can set a goal of drinking more water or milk instead.” Many people don’t realize how much their diet can affect the way they feel. It can be surprising how the ordinary decisions we make can decide whether we spend our days feeling well or ill. “Lifestyle habits are always important – even if only for ‘shortterm’ reasons,” says Massey. “For example, eating erratically, such as skipping meals, has an immediate impact on energy level. Fatigue, in turn, puts a damper on doing the things you really enjoy.” On the other hand, she points out that eating too much at one time can lead to sluggishness, heartburn or other problems. She adds that eating healthy foods from the basic food groups provides important nutrients that can play a positive role in chronic conditions. “We know that staying active is important for conditions like arthritis,” she says. “If anything, older people may have more reasons to engage in or maintain healthy habits.” A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that adults 55 or older with weight problems reported less pain, better knee function, improved mobility and a better quality of life after losing 10 percent of their weight. “As you gain weight, you will gain problems,” says Dr. Darin Stockton with Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine. “It’s harder to maintain your weight as you get older, but it’s not impossible.” He explains that for many Oklahomans it’s difficult to exercise regularly because it’s not always a part of our daily routine. Stockton referenced his years living abroad, when going to work or the grocery store automatically meant walking several miles. Before beginning a new diet or exercise, Stockton encourages individuals to visit their doctor, establish a positive relationship and work

in collaboration to form a plan of care. “It’s very important to you as you age to have a primary care physician to lead your care and be an advocate for you,” he says. He points out that when it comes to managing health, it is always better to catch problems early. Routine checkups can help identify possible issues before they become serious or potentially life-threatening. Stockton also emphasizes the importance of maintaining positive mental health. For many people, retirement years can be met with trepidation and a feeling of loss. He encourages patients to seek out and become involved in activities they enjoy. “People who have purpose – a reason to get up each morning – have a better quality of life,” says Stockton. A study conducted in Europe found that regular physical activity lowered the risk of depression in older adults. For the greatest potential for success when making any life changes, Massey says to take it slow, take advantage of help from your doctor or health professional and be wary of quick fixes. If you haven’t previously been active, she says to start with a simple plan of a 10-minute walk, then gradually increase. It’s also beneficial to find out what is available to you within a community. Many fitness centers offer classes designed for older adults. Some health care plans provide additional benefits for senior participants such as SilverSneakers, a program helping seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, health education and social events. “There are so many fads and bogus health products promoted by people who have far more interest in your money than they do in your health,” Massey says. “Be skeptical. Ask questions and avoid anything that sounds too good to be true.”

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Child’s Play Having fun is good for your heart at every age.


he next time the opportunity arises, or if you can find the time, take a moment to watch a group of children at play. Observe their freedom of creativity and wonderment in trying new things. Be inspired by their uninhibited belly laughs, and take notice of the way they interact and engage with one another, adventurous and silly, with only one objective on the agenda: Have fun. Unfortunately, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we are told that we need to stop playing and grow up, but the truth is that the art of play never needs to stop if we allow ourselves to evolve in how we do it. By remaining active, busy and engaged with others, we reconnect with our inner child, and that allows us the ability to stay young at heart. “People who age well see their age as nothing more than a number, whereas for people that struggle with age, that number has a negative meaning,” says Robert Delozier, a licensed behavioral therapist at St. John Medical Center. “I think the difference between aging gracefully and struggling is the difference between people who never gave up being childlike and people who’ve bought into the belief that they had to give up play.



“Some people know how to find enjoyment in the aging process by finding enjoyment in everything they do, and that is the difference that makes a difference,” he says. Studies show time and again that those who fare the best in any age group are ones who keep active and connected to others. Whether through community organizations, church, sports, volunteer activities, continued education or travel, the opportunities to get out and have fun, meet new people and learn new things are endless. One of the most prominent aspects of childhood is a curiosity and hunger for knowledge – where every day is a new adventure – and, truth be told, that learning process never has to stop. “It doesn’t matter what it is: The great thing about taking classes as an adult is the only goal you’re learning for is the simple fact that you want to learn, not because you are working to get good grades or competing to establish a career. You’re learning because you want to learn a new skill or more about something that interests you,” Delozier says. Revisiting activities and hobbies that you loved in your youth can tap into aspects of yourself that you may have forgotten. These activities can provide an opportunity for reconnecting and meeting up with old friends, opening up the possibility for the kind of timeless, uninhibited belly laughs that make you feel rejuvenated and ageless. The bottom line? Never grow up too much. “If you want to stay feeling young, remember how to play. Whatever you do, remember how to play, and then do it. Playing is being active and engaging and playing with others. Playing is learning and having fun. I’ve always followed the philosophy that the day I stop learning, I will cease to exist,” Delozier says. MEIKA YATES HINES

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VETERINARIAN Is it really that important to get my pet’s teeth cleaned? Dental care is one of the most commonly overlooked areas. Eighty percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth and Dr. Rodney Robards starts out as plaque. Initially, plaque is soft and brushing or chewing hard toys can dislodge it. Plaque can lead to gingivitis, causing gums to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. Dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth. It can lead to serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease, which makes it important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start. Your pet’s bad breath isn’t something to ignore; it could indicate an oral problem that needs treatment from your veterinarian.

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FOOD, DRINK, AND OTHER PLEASURES Mahogany’s signature bone-in filet is served simply with salt, cracked pepper and drawn butter. Below: Vanilla bean crème brulée is a great way to end a meal at Mahogany. PHOTOS BY NATALIE GREEN.

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espite his lanky frame and rugged good looks, if you saw Jake Regier in his usual dark, well-tailored suit, you’d never guess he used to be a cowboy. He grew up on a sprawling ranch on the plains of western Kansas hard by the Colorado line, and Christmas Eve usually saw him out in the frigid winds by the waterholes, breaking the ice with a sledgehammer so the cattle could drink. But now here he is, early on Christmas Eve – a night when most of the city is on vacation – dapper in starched shirt and gleaming red tie, welcoming patrons to what’s perhaps the most elegant dining room in town. “I like to be pretty hands-on,” he says, “and on big nights like this, I make sure I’m here. For the families here tonight, it may be the one meal of the year they remember, and everything has to be perfect.” For Regier, the general manager, and for most Tulsans, the name “Mahogany” has a special, almost magical cachet. But few know where the name comes from. Back in 2000, Hal Smith – who has founded,

nurtured, helmed and owned more restaurants than one can count – decided to create a restaurant a step above all his others. “We had the location at 71st and Yale,” Smith explains, “and because I always considered Mahogany wood to be the best, and my favorite wood, we decided to call it Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.” Diners now begin to stream in – a diverse crowd, but they have a few things in common. They are well-heeled, they expect perfection and they are here for the steak. Moving with the precision of ballet dancers and the grace that comes from years of experience, teams of wait staff sidestep the crowds and move to each table. “They are the best, most dedi cated staff I’ve ever seen,” says Regier. Smith agrees. “I’m extremely proud of the team in place that makes Mahogany work,” Smith says. If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to be royalty, Mahogany is the place to go. Poised, gracious and infinitely accommodating, the wait staff knows everything about steak, and they’re willing to FEBRUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM




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spend as much time as it takes to make sure yours is perfect. One recent customer was terrified that his steak would be overcooked. His server brought out the steak as rare as possible for him to examine, and then returned it to the kitchen to be cooked 10 seconds more, repeating the process until it was cooked exactly as he wanted it. It took six trips and a lot of effort, but the customer had his perfect steak. Once or twice a year, Brad Johnson, the chef at Mahogany, makes a trip to Chicago to visit a small, 60-year-old family butcher shop. It’s the one who supplies Mahogany’s steaks. Johnson vets the shop’s employees; only four or five of the most experienced are allowed to hand-cut the steaks, which are, needless to say, USDA Prime, aged for three weeks – the best. Mahogany’s steaks are cooked in massive iron broilers that heat to 900 degrees. After cooking, the steaks are simply seasoned with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. They’re brushed with drawn butter, put on a hot platter and rushed to the table. There’s always a hush when the steak arrives, redolent of sizzle and butter and gleaming like a carnal jewel. Though it would be a crime to skip the steak, diners who want to vary their routines have several options: King crab legs, lobster, pork chops and an innovative daily fish special. And whatever you order, you shouldn’t miss what could be Tulsa’s best mac n’ cheese. It’s made with five cheeses: Grana Padano, Havarti, mascarpone, Irish cheddar and mozzarella. Ever the instructor, Regier picks a server at random and asks her to list the cheeses. And, of course, without a moment’s hesitation, she does. 6823 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, with additional locations in Oklahoma City and Omaha, Neb. mahogany/home BRIAN SCHWARTZ



Rotisserie duck is a hallmark dish at Warren Duck Club. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.


More than 25 years ago, the Warren Duck Club in the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place was known as a byword for Tulsa elegance and glamour. It was a place for suits and evening gowns, and it was the place to celebrate the most memorable, happiest occasions. You’d be rich, indeed, if you

could collect all the diamond-studded engagement rings secretly conveyed over the years in the pockets of future grooms and presented somewhere between the duck and dessert to a tearful, soon-to-be-bride. Step into that subdued-yet-tasteful decor today – its sleek wood panels and softly gleaming Deco-design brass trim – and you will find its luster undimmed and the food better than ever. The service, too, is as attentive and gracious as in days of yore (in fact, you may be served by the very same waiter who took your order decades ago). A few things have changed to keep up with the times. Jacket and tie are no longer de rigueur, and the menu was redesigned and expanded a few years ago to offer halibut, pork chops, rib eye and salmon. But most people still prefer the longtime favorites: Blackened beef tenderloin and the eponymous specialty, Namesake Rotisserie Duck. 6110 S. Yale Ave. 918.495.1000 – Brian Schwartz



When you visit this Oklahoma City staple, you may or may not receive a menu. If it’s late, Argana Café welcomes guests with warmth and hospitality into a small dining area spare of sleek audacity and gimmicks. You may be told your choices – “chicken or beef ” – but don’t let that deter you from the experience. What follows is a threecourse Moroccan meal of salad, a delicious tagine and unique dessert. By all accounts, Argana Café is the place to go for couscous, gyros, fresh-baked bread, homemade yogurt and, now, pizza. But Argana’s slow-simmered tagines and traditional dishes are the primary attraction and what keeps the crowds coming in at all hours. 2908 N.W. 23rd St., Suite A, Oklahoma City. 405.602.6938 – Karen Shade

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W H AT W E ’ R E E AT I N G The Joe Momma’s Pizza Burger is piled high with mozzarella sticks, pepperoni, provolone cheese and red sauce. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

An assortment of breads available at Heirloom Baking Co. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.


Baked Goods

When the folks behind Back Alley Barbecue sensed that the smoked meat market was about to be inundated in the Blue Dome District – the restaurant’s home since 2011 – it was time to consider a change. Thus, White Flag was born into the same space. The simple menu does its best to showcase the gourmet burger and its many incarnations, including bleu cheese and candied bacon on the Blue Dome Burger; bacon, fried egg and maple syrup on The Hangover (Part 4); and habanero salsa, jalapeno candied bacon and sriracha mayo on the spicy Salma Hayek. The common denominator throughout most of the menu – the burger – is well-cooked and properly seasoned, which creates a perfect backdrop for even the wildest ingredients. 116 S. Elgin, Tulsa. – Jami Mattox

Another Arctic front blows through Tulsa, and it’s lunch. Bundled in scarves and boots, you head for Cherry Street and a quiet nook to the side of the bustling parade of traffic. When you step through the door, the warmth greets you along with the smell of freshbaked pastries and hot coffee. The newest offering from John and Margarita Gaberino (Topéka Coffee, Hodges Bend) brings favorite desserts, breads and sandwiches (try the pear and Brie) to the table with rustic charm. Cinnamon rolls, tarts, quiche and other bakery standards look wholesomely hewn and crafted. Whether you’re eating in the bright dining space or picking up bread or cake to take home, your taste buds will be impressed, too. 1441 S. Quaker Ave., Tulsa. – Karen Shade

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Valentine’s Day can be tricky for those watching their weight or taking care to not sabotage another’s goals. Still, you want to show that special someone your love and appreciation by sharing something decadent. One way to do this is by giving them something seductively luscious that won’t go straight to the waistline. Dark chocolate has long been known to have health benefits, including helping to lower blood pressure and levels of bad cholesterol as well as increasing overall blood flow, which may aid in the prevention of stroke. Besides simply warming your heart, it can actually be good for it. Your brain can benefit from dark chocolate, too. Although it does contain a small amount of caffeine, a stimulant, it is much less than a standard cup of coffee. And if the cold weather has you a little blue or 100


seeing red, a chemical in dark chocolate called phenylethylamine can help improve your mood by coaxing your brain into releasing more endorphins, causing you to feel happier and more relaxed. Also, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer. You can feel good about giving dark chocolate to your sweetie or indulging on it yourself on Valentine’s Day. – Jill Meredith

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Once the shining star of the Oklahoma City food truck fleet, local eatery Waffle Champion has traded in the wheels for real estate in the ever-expanding neighborhood of Midtown. But those who might be nostalgic for the days of eating waffles curbside at 24th and Walker need not fret that the switch to a brick-and-mortar location has changed the outstanding bill of fare. Waffle Champion still offers a more traditional waffle experience – albeit with such exciting options as red chile pecans, roasted grapes and strawberry-anise compote – as well as gourmet waffle sandwiches, including buttermilk and sage fried chicken with maple reduction and crispy leeks, roasted garlic cauliflower mash with lemon crème fraiche and more. If waffles aren’t your thing, opt for one of the decadent free-range egg bakers with duck confit or turkey chorizo, house waffle fries or green chile corn chowder. The restaurant also boasts the only Maine Root fair trade organic soda fountain in the state. This reasonably priced and scrumptious new establishment is poised to give other breakfast spots in downtown OKC major competition for gold. – Tara Malone


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A Toast To Jelly Corey Carolina loves jelly – so much so that he makes his own and distributes it to grocery stores. Inspired by his grandmother, Carolina’s ultimate goal is to make a jelly that would make her proud. The jelly business, however, is competitive; Carolina knew that his product needed to be different to stand out. Since he had also been recently involved in wine tasting, it seemed natural to combine the two. In 2011, he launched Toasted, and in 2012, he began selling his jellies, which can be found in several stores around Tulsa, including Petty’s Fine Foods, Akin’s Natural Foods, Reasor’s, Whole Foods and GreenAcres Market in Jenks. Now available in at least 54 stores, Carolina hopes to have his jellies in more than 100 locations by the end of this year. When he began, Carolina made his jelly locally in a commercial kitchen, but because the business has grown so much, his jelly is now made in Lawton by Pepper Creek Farms. Carolina recently expanded his brand to include flavors beyond fruit. He hopes his red pepper jelly and red pepper sauce will play to those who are looking for a little savory among the sweet. “The pepper sauce…makes a great marinade for grilling,” says Carolina. “Made with red wine vinegar, it’s a versatile sauce that could be used with tacos, fish and pork chops.” Carolina is currently working on new products, including coffee syrups and sorbets. Though Toasted Wine Fruit Spread is great to cook with, Carolina also suggests serving the spread simply with crackers and cheese. – Jill Meredith

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The Houser Effect


Gilcrease Museum’s Form and Line pays homage to Oklahoma artist Allan Houser.

llan Haozous was born June 30, 1914, near Apache and Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma, lands the imprisoned Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache band were forced into years following the surrender of Geronimo. At his birth, Haozous held the distinction of being the first of his family to be born outside of captivity since 1886. In time, he would become Allan Houser, an artist world-renowned for sculpture that pushed both Native American and Modern art into higher spheres of expression. His work, from traditional to abstract, is part of prestigious art collections all over the country and world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art, both in Washington, D.C. Like many other museums and institutions across Oklahoma, Gilcrease Museum celebrates the centennial of the Oklahoma artist’s birth with a special exhibition of work revealing his adept hand at both drawing and sculpture as well as his evolution in abstraction.

Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings opens Thursday, Feb. 13. The exhibit will feature Houser’s stone sculptures and charcoal drawings (demonstrating an ease moving between different media) as well as his sketchbooks filled with conceptual drawings, ideas and energy that found a way into his work. Much of the exhibit is work loaned by Allan Houser, Inc., the artist’s estate in Santa Fe, N.M. Houser, the recipient of numerous awards and honors – including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Medal of Arts – died in Santa Fe at the age of 80 in 1994. Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings runs through June 29 at 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. In addition to demonstrating the artist’s prolific power to create, it also reveals an appetite for perspective and a new era for both American art and Native American art. Go to for museum hours and a schedule of programming. KAREN SHADE FEBRUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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Feb. 15 The string quartet known for its boundless approach to modern chamber concert music returns to play with Native American flautist Robert Mirabel at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center.

The Odd Couple Thru Feb. 15 Neil Simon’s comedy of mismatched roommates squeezed into a New York City apartment goes up at Lyric at the Plaza. www. IMAGES COURTESY FLORENTINE OPERA/RICK BRODZELLER




PERFORMANCES Tulsa Opera’s Elmer Gantry As religious charlatans go, few have ventured where Elmer Gantry has gone. Sinclair Lewis’ satire of a charismatic false prophet’s rise and fall in the Evangelical movement of the 1920s Midwest is a new opera about to receive its Oklahoma premiere. Tulsa Opera opens Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Third St. Unlike the 1960 film adaption starring Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons, the opera follows the unscrupulous Elmer from a tavern, where he brags about his womanizing, through theological seminary and straight to the tent revival pulpit. Although the story isn’t considered a morality tale, there’s plenty in Gantry’s adventures to caution good citizens. Most notably, be honest, and nobody gets hurt. Watch the dramatic timbre rise when curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. A second performance will be 2:30 p.m. March 2. Tickets are $25-$98 at

Performances Ghost-Writer

Thru Feb. 1 When a famous novelist dies mid-sentence, his secretary finishes his final book and wonders at her own talent for writing. www.

Ham: Slices of a Life, the Liter-usical: Sam Harris Feb. 1 Sand Springs native Harris will

be live and in concert at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center to celebrate the release of his new book, Ham: Slices of a Life, with a night of stories and music. www.

delights in the popular musical at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Beauty and the Beast

Thru Feb. 2, Feb 1416 The romantic Disney animated film is lovingly brought to the musical stage through outstanding costume design and stage magic at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center through Feb. 2 and at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall Feb. 14-16. www.

Feb. 1 Violinist Sarah Chang joins Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall for the romantic side of Rachmaninoff (Symphony No. 2) and brilliance (Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1). www.

Feb. 7-8 The “Second Annual 80th Anniversary Show” brings together local personalities to roast newsmakers at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a show titled The Government Ain’t Twerking, or I See Your Government Shutdown and Raise You the Debt Limit.

The Harlem Globetrotters

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Thru Feb. 2 Modern relations are com-

plicated, and Theatre Tulsa explores all the turns and


OKC Ballet: Carmen Feb. 7-9 Oklahoma City Ballet sets the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage with three premieres: George Balanchine’s Rubies (Oklahoma premiere), a new work by choreographer Matthew Neenan and Jacob Sparso’s Carmen (world premiere). Tulsa Symphony: Saint-Saëns and


Bring It On: The Musical

Feb. 18 The musical theater play based on the 2000 film about a cheer competition stops at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Barry & Buddies

Feb. 21 Join Signature Symphony and Artistic Director Barry Epperley for an evening of big band entertainment and history at Cain’s Ballroom.

OKC Ballet’s Carmen

OKC Phil Pops: The Music Queen Feb. 21-22 Expect a high-energy show with Vegas vocalist Brody Dolyniuk singing the classic hits of rock band Queen at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www. Clybourne Park

24 Hour Video Race

Adaskin-Schumann Ensemble Feb. 23 Two forces, Ensemble Schumann and the Adaskin String Tone, join to bring a rich chamber music experience to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with Chamber Music Tulsa.

Feb. 8 The lively Carnival of the Animals and Mozart’s Symphony No. 3 are on the bill with symphony guests, pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

Feb. 9 Teams have a single day to write, shoot and edit short videos to be shown at Living Arts of Tulsa.

Durang Durang!

Feb. 13-23 Taking in a stray dog (played by a human) complicates a marriage in the comedy from Oklahoma City Theatre Company at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Tulsa Gridiron

Love & Lust Feb. 16 Spoken Word artists, poets and dancers create romance and eroticism through words and verse at Living Arts of Tulsa. www.livingarts. org



Pentatonix at Cain’s Ballroom

Feb. 16 The nationally-acclaimed pianists and Herbert W. Armstrong College music faculty members hit the road to play at Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

Feb. 21-March 2 Theatre Tulsa presents its production of the 2012 Tony Award Best Play winner and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about race, neighborhoods and values based on A Raisin in the Sun at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

Thru Feb. 9 Heller Theatre fits five short plays by Christopher Durang into an absurdist’s dream come true on stage at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center.

OKC Phil: Rachmaninoff & Bruch

Jenkins-Malone Piano Duo

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel Feb. 27 Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond welcomes the lauded music organization on its inaugural tour of the U.S. along with Israeli violinist Avshalom Sarid. www.

Unscripted Play Feb. 28-March 1 International performance artist Leke Trinks and Tulsa-based artist Sarah McKemie bring a performance project to the New Genre Festival at Living Arts of Tulsa about the routines people fall into daily.

Tulsa Ballet: Cinderella

Elmer Gantry

A Streetcar Named Desire

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 at the Spotlight Theatre.

Feb. 14-16 Live the rags-to-riches fairytale, complete with Prince Charming and a fairy godmother, with ballet and the music of Sergei Prokofiev at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Feb. 1422 Tennessee Williams’ drama of a broken Southern belle recently arrived in gritty New Orleans, her sister and her surly brother-in-law is presented by Playhouse Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

Much Ado About Nothing

Feb. 1423 Shakespeare’s bickering lovers Beatrice and Benedict go another round, this time with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Feb. 28, March 2 Tulsa Opera brings to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center the Grammy Awardwinning new opera based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis about a charismatic preacher at the height of the Evangelical movement of the 1920s.

In Concert Winter Jam

Feb. 1 Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong, Colton Dixon. Chesapeake Energy Arena.

v. Rice Feb. 12

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OKWA Kids Novice State Championships Thru Feb. 1 Youth wrestling at Expo Square.

son How do you summarize the career of a legend like Willie Nelson? Rebel, maverick, hippie, folk hero – Nelson has been embraced with any number of adjectives creative and synonymous with his independent spirit. While some music entertainers readily fold their careers for retirement after the heavy airplay has stopped, Nelson carries on as if the R-word is nonexistent. Whether it’s new material or an album like To All the Girls, a retrospective of duets with female country and folk music artists (including Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crowe, Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones and Mavis Staples, to name a few), Nelson is as timeless as it gets. Listen for yourself when Willie Nelson and Family play the Joint at the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa. Show is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, and tickets are $50-$60 each. To purchase tickets visit Karla Bonoff

Feb. 1 ACM@UCO. www.acm.

That 1 Guy

Feb. 3 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Joel Rafael

Feb. 16 With Terry “Buffalo” Ware at the Blue Door.

Steven Curtis Chapman

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The Scintas

Feb. 3 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Feb. 16 Cox Busi-

Parker Millsap

Feb. 16 CD release party. Vanguard Music Hall.

12th Planet, Protohype, more


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Feb. 18 Opolis Production. www.


Feb. 19 Cain’s Ballroom. www. Feb. 21 Diamond


Imagine Dragons

Feb. 22 BOK Center. www.

JJ Grey and Mofro

Feb. 22 Cain’s Ballroom.

Daryl Hall & John Oates Feb. 26 First Council Casino & Hotel, Newkirk. Dropkick Murphys

Feb. 27 Diamond Ballroom.


Keller Williams


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Feb. 28 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.


Willie Nelson Feb. 6 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. Dustin Lynch

Feb. 7 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Reckless Kelly

Feb. 13 Cain’s Ballroom. www.


Feb. 13 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Sandi Patty

Five Iron Frenzy

Feb. 27 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Alan Jackson

Feb. 5 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Feb. 14 Mabee Center. www. Feb. 15 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Casino, Concho.

Feb. 28 Lucky Star

Sports OKC Thunder v. Memphis Feb. 3 v. Minnesota Feb. 5 v. New York Feb. 9 v. Miami Feb. 20 v. L.A. Clippers Feb. 23 v. Cleveland Feb. 26 v. Memphis Feb. 28 Tulsa 66ers

Feb. 1 The third annual obstacle race rescues hundreds from cabin fever with fun at LaFortune Park.

Champions Cup Tennis

Feb. 6 Tennis legends John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Michael Chang play the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena in the second of 12 events on the 2014 PowerShares Series featuring pro players 30 and up. www.chesapeakearena. com

Harlem Globetrotters

Feb. 7-8 The world famous basketball entertainment team trots back to the BOK Center and then to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for a new game.,

Liquid Nitro Arenacross Feb. 7-8 The UTV Indoor Nationals & Motorhead Expo coincides with this indoor motorbike racing event at Expo Square. www. Monster Jam

Feb. 15-16 Trucks and other monsters on four wheels put on a show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Whole Person Indoor Triathlon Feb. 2223 The Oral Roberts University Aerobics Center presents the fifth annual event that includes a 400-meter swim, 6.2-mile biking and a 1.5 mile run – all indoors. www. Tulsa Classic Volleyball Tournament Feb. 22-23 Youth volleyball plays at Expo Square. www.

Oklahoma State High School Wrestling Championships Feb. 28-March 1 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Family Charlotte’s Web

Feb. 7 E.B. White’s beloved tale of unlikely friendship between a pig and a clever spider is told by Theatreworks USA at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

OKC Phil Discovery: Sport and Music Feb. 23 Oklahoma City Philharmonic plays for the kids again with fight songs, Olympic fanfares, theme music and more at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

OKC Barons v. Lake Erie Feb. 14-15 v. Rockford Feb. 28

Akdar Shrine Circus Feb. 27-March 2 Circus acts, clowns and more at Expo Square. www.

Tulsa Oilers v. Denver Feb. 1 v. Wichita Feb. 8 v. Arizona Feb. 15 v. Quad City Feb. 21

Tulsa Revolution

v. Wichita Feb. 7

Turnpike Troubadours

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend in Morrilton, Ark.

Big Freeze 5k & Fun Run v. Iowa Feb. 4 (@ Chesapeake Energy Arena) v. Delaware Feb. 7-8 v. Sioux Falls Feb. 18

Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball v. Baylor Feb. 1 v. Iowa State Feb. 3 v. Oklahoma Feb. 15 v. Texas Tech Feb. 22

OKC Philharmonic Pops: The Music Queen

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball v. Kansas Feb. 5 v. Oklahoma Feb. 16 v. Iowa State Feb. 26

University of Oklahoma Basketball


v. Baylor Feb. 8 v. Texas Tech Feb. 12 v. Kansas State Feb. 22

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball v. Oklahoma State Feb. 1 v. Baylor Feb. 3 v. West Virginia Feb. 13 v. Texas Feb. 19 v. Kansas Feb. 22

University of Tulsa Men’s Basketball v. North Texas Feb. 1 v. East Carolina Feb. 13 v. Old Dominion Feb. 15

University of Tulsa Women’s Basketball v. Middle Tennessee Feb. 1 v. FAU Feb. 8

The Tempest Feb. 28-March 9 Clark Youth Theatre brings Shakespeare magic to the Henthorne Performing Arts Center in a tale of monsters, shipwrecks, enchantments and true love. 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. Second Saturdays Ongoing Families enjoy the Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www. Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in Art Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Art Tulsa Indian Art Festival

Thru Feb. 2 Great contemporary art is just the beginning of the annual festival that includes storytelling, cultural demonstrations, Native American foods, student art exhibits and more at the Glenpool Conference Center.

Alexander Calder: La Memoire Elementaire Thru Feb. 2 The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art exhibits lithographs by Calder, an





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. 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.

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 as well as live music and other events. Weekends On Us

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

Charitable Events Holland Hall Trivia Night Feb. 1 Sharpen your wits for Holland Hall Alumni Association’s trivia game. Chocolate Festival

SPORTS Champions Cup Tennis Together, they’ve accumulated hundreds of tennis titles among them wins at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Davis Cup. But it’s unlikely John McEnroe (pictured), Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier nor Michael Chang have won a title in Oklahoma City. Four legends of men’s professional tennis are set to play the Champions Cup Tennis Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City. The tournament is part of the PowerShares Series tennis circuit featuring top players over the age of 30. The series includes stops all over the country and boasts other great names of the sports such as Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors. Each stop on the tour features champions paired off in a one-set semifinal and a one-set championship match between the players of the winning team. Tickets are $36.30 (club seats)-$229.20 (lower level) available at Visit to learn more about related tennis clinics and VIP receptions. artist best known for his sculpture and mobiles. www.

The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection Thru Feb. 3 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art brings the treasured collection of art work donated by artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz to its halls in Bentonville, Ark.

Thoughts on a Winter’s Journey

Feb. 6-March 2 Work by Michelle Firment Reid at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Valentine’s Group Show

Feb. 6 M.A. Doran Gallery holds its annual group show of paintings, sculpture and American craft works with an artist reception on opening night.

Art Now 2014

Thru Feb. 7 The contemporary art exhibit showcases work by the state’s top artists at Oklahoma Contemporary and is part of the organization’s annual fundraising event.

Cupid in the Caverns at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View, Ark.

and was overlooked in his own time for his political views and issues with alcoholism and indebtedness.

Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings Feb. 13-June 29 Just one

of many institutions across the state celebrating Allan Houser 100th birthday, Gilcrease Museum exhibits work of the Chiricahua Apache artist. www.gilcrease.utulsa. edu

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Art of Social Commentary Thru Feb. 15 Artspace at Untitled presents an exhibit that includes the American History in Print Collection, a group of 35 prints by Oklahoma artists, each assigned to one year between 1810 to 1843, to create an image representative of each year.

Chuck Close: Works on Paper

Thru Feb. 16 Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents work of the painter and photographer best known for his pieces in photorealism.

100th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition Thru Feb. 16 Univer-

sity of Oklahoma students get the spotlight at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

New Genre Festival XXI

Feb. 25-March 8 Living Arts of Tulsa’s art festival is back with more nontraditional expressions of art at the Living Arts galleries and other venues in Tulsa. This year’s installations include performance art, multimedia art, dance, music and more.

Very Long Night

Feb. 7-March 27 Graphite drawings, large-scale digital prints and experimental animation by artist Maria Velasco is inspired by Juan Velasco’s book, The Massacre of Dreamers, about two children’s escape to a make-believe world.

Jennifer Angus and Bob Sober

Feb. 7-March 23 Insects become the material for art in a joint installation show at 108 Contemporary for the New Genre Festival.

Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection Feb. 7-May 11 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum mounts this unflinching exhibition of work by the artist who helped found the Taos Society of Artists


Value Thru Feb. 27 Living Arts of Tulsa opens the year with an installation by Glenn Herbert Davis using a variety of materials to build a structure through which viewers can enter. The artists will have a performance at the end of the exhibit. The Trailer Feb. 27-March 1 The Bridge Club presents a mobile art installation and series of live performance works centered on a vintage camping trailer that is more than it appears. The Sexuality Spectrum

Thru March 20 The works of more than 50 international artists show an exploration of social and religious attitudes toward sexuality and the LGBT community’s influence on the Jewish and larger world at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.


Feb. 1 Take a bite of decadence at this Firehouse Art Center fundraiser overflowing with confectionary delights at the National Center for Employee Development.

Tulsa Heart Ball Feb. 1 Your participation at this grand soiree (including dining, auctions of great items and entertainment) at Expo Square supports the American Heart Association’s campaign for heart health. Single in the City Feb. 4 Oklahoma Magazine raises money for Emergency Infant Services with its premier singles events at the IDL Ballroom featuring some of Tulsa’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, each auctioned off to benefit a good cause. www.

In a Glorious Light

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

On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol Thru March 16 His images of

migrant workers in California during the Great Depression brought him critical acclaim and notice, but Horace Bristol brought images from around the world to vivid reality for his audience. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art exhibits some of his best.

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

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

Come on Down Thru April 13 Oklahoma City Museum of Art organizes and presents artist Lisa Hoke, who will create a contemporary art installation and mural at the museum using everyday materials. www. Georges Rouault: Through a Glass, Darkly Thru April 20 Philbrook Museum exhibits 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.

Allan Houser and His Students

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

Unexpected Thru May 11 Philbrook Downtown takes a look at Vernacular Photography from the Collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman as it examines “vernacular photography” and the line between a photo by a citizen photographer and art. 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.

ETHEL with Robert Mirabal at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center

Chocolate Decadence

Feb. 6 Take a bite of the Automobile Alley District’s sweetest gala at the Hudson-Essex Office Loft Building.

National Wear Red Day

Heart Association.

Feb. 7 American

A Taste of Tulsa

Feb. 8 Tulsa’s finest restaurants bring their best to the Cox Business Center for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Check out exciting auction packages, live music and dancing for the event’s 30th anniversary.

Taste of Oklahoma City

Feb. 8 Support efforts to build strong communities through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma mentoring programs at this night of great food, fun activities, auctions and live music.

Just a Little Valentine

Feb. 8 Romance is the topic of the night over dinner with a little dancing at the John Rucker Warehouse in downtown Tulsa to benefit the Crosstown Learning Center.

Wild Hearts Ball

Feb. 8 Dance away the night at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center’s annual affair of the heart for Oklahomans for Equality.

Girls Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Cookie Sale Feb. 8-March 23 Six varieties of cook-

ies – six weeks goes by so quickly. 800.707.9914

My Furry Valentine

Feb. 9 Helping stray and homeless cats find good homes has never been sweeter or easier with this fundraiser for StreetCats, Inc., serving desserts, wine and coffee at the Tulsa Historical Society.

Heart of Henry Feb. 11 Join the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless for dinner and an awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa honoring QuikTrip’s Chester Cadieux for compassion and dedication to Tulsa and community. 2-1-1 Day of Dining Feb. 11 Dine out at participating restaurants and a portion of proceeds will go to 2-1-1 Helpline.


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COMMUNITY Ben Stein The thought of Ben Stein speaking to a large group of people brings to mind the economist, author and actor’s big break into Hollywood: “Bueller. Bueller. Bueller.” As the monotone teacher in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Stein bored his students into submission with his lesson on supply-side economics. In reality, people line up for his passionate opinion on economics and politics as both a columnist and guest commentator on television news. Stein is just part of the line-up of guests for Oklahoma State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Development speaker series in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Stein will speak at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd St., in Oklahoma City at the Executive Management Briefings luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. Stein then will stop at the Renaissance Hotel, 6808 S. 107th East Ave., in Tulsa for the Tulsa Business Forums luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Registration is $85 per person at each event. To register online, go to Street Party 2014

Feb. 13 Get ready to party at the Cox Business Center to benefit programming at Tulsa’s alternative high school, Street School. www.

ety Luncheon

Buttercup Bash

Safari Bowl

Feb. 15 The sixth annual cocktail charity event hosted by the Junior Women’s Association of the Tulsa Boys’ Home brings Vegas-themed fun to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with drinks, food, betting, a silent auction, dancing and glamour. www.

Feb. 20 Journalist Joan Lunden is this year’s special guest speaker at the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma event at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Feb. 21 Company, organization and club teams compete at AMF Windsor Lanes to support Junior Achievement OKC’s youth programs in financial literacy education and entrepreneurship.

Icons & Idols 2014

Feb. 22 Visit “Swinging London” at Tulsa Ballet’s night of vogue cocktails, dinner and exclusive dance performances from the ballet corps at the Cox Business Center.

Toast to the Arts Feb. 22 Toast the collections of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the exhibit On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol with gourmet cuisine from Oklahoma to California, Woody Guthrie-style music and more. Winterset

Imagine Dragons

Polar Plunge Feb. 15 Brave souls go for a dip in frigid waters all to support the athletes of Special Olympics Oklahoma. Cooking Up Compassion

Feb. 15 Meet Tulsa’s favorite chefs and enjoy what they’ve cooked up on behalf of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa at the Cox Business Center. www.

Excellence in Leadership Gala

Feb. 15 Leadership Oklahoma honors distinguished members of Oklahoma communities at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Tulsa Area United Way Annual Meeting Feb. 18 The Tulsa Area United Way thanks con-

tributors who make its fundraising campaigns successful at the Cox Business Center.

Puttin’ on the Dog

Feb. 20 Dinner, entertainment and auctions highlight a memorable night with LIFE Senior Services at the Cox Business Center. www.

Metro Juliette Lowe Leadership Soci-


Feb. 22 The Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s winter gala returns to the Doubletree by HiltonWarren Place with great food and entertainment to aid several organizations, including Clarehouse and Emergency Infant Services.

Oklahoma City Heart Ball Feb. 22 Join the American Heart Association on this night of refinement and fun at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for the cause of better heart health. www. Holland Hall Book Fair

Feb. 22 The 54th annual sale of donated media and goods such as DVDs, rare books, toys and games will be at Holland Hall.

Post Oak Lodge Challenge

Feb. 22-23 The event for elite runners benefits several organizations, including the Tulsa Boys’ Home and Oklahoma Botanical Garden.

Crime Commission Wine Dinner Feb. 24 Arrive with an appetite as Tulsa police and firefighters wait tables for tips at Legends Dance Hall Saloon to benefit the Crime Prevention Network. Envision the Future Luncheon Feb. 26 Lunch is served at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to benefit NewView Oklahoma programs helping blind and visually impaired individuals achieve independence.


Sip for Sight Patron Diner Feb. 27 Prevent Blindness Oklahoma invites you to the multi-course meal created by a local celebrity chef and wine tasting event, a prelude to the Sip for Sight Gala on March 1. www.

most of your outdoor sporting life at this expo show at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Ben Stein Feb. 5-6 The economist, author, columnist, commentator and actor visits Oklahoma City (Feb. 5) and Tulsa (Feb. 6) as a guest speaker of OSU Spears School of Business’ Center for Executive and Professional Development. Timothy Egan Feb. 7 Tulsa Town Hall presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author to speak on “The Dust Bowl and Beyond” at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. An Affair of the Heart

Feb. 7-9 Show of handcrafted gift items, antiques and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Vintage Tulsa Show

Feb. 14-16 The antique and vintage goods sale includes jewelry, pottery, architectural salvage, furniture, toys and more at Expo Square.

Mid-South Tackle, Hunting & Boat Show Feb. 14-16 Your outdoor life begins at this

expo of products and goods at SpiritBank Event Center to help and your entire family enjoy hunting, fishing and outdoor sports.

Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Show Feb. 14-16 The 50th annual show

of classic and custom automobiles is extra special with special contests, the 19th annual hall of fame ceremony and the largest showing of bubble top cars ever. www.

Gun, Knife & Outdoor Equipment Show Feb. 15-16 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Cupid in the Caverns

Feb. 16-17 Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View, Ark., as you listen to new and traditional love songs. www.yourplaceinthemountains. com

Frontier Days at the Hill of Five Trails Feb. 16-17 Explore this frontier encampment filled with actors in period dress displaying aspects of frontier life to demonstrate the life of an early Arkansas settler at Washington State Park in Washington, Ark.

Southwest Stakes

Feb. 18 Experience the thrill of live horse racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., at this event boasting some of the fasted threeyear-old horses in the country.

Blank Canvas 2013

Feb. 28 Great chefs whip up great fun on behalf of Youth Services of Tulsa at the Cox Business Center with surprise ingredients and an audience eager to try it out.

33rd Annual Omelette Party Feb. 28 Breakfast is served at night with gourmet omelets, dancing, cocktails and more at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center to benefit Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Mentorship Luncheon Feb. 28 Bama Companies CEO Paula Marshall is the guest speaker for this special Junior League of Tulsa luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club. CASA Casino: Win for Kids

Feb. 28 Casino games and auctions of great items are served along with a fine dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and its work on behalf of children.

Jenks Public School Foundation 25th Annual Auction & Dinner Feb. 28 Join the

“Trojan Tailgate,” this year’s theme for the dinner and entertainment event at Expo Square raising money for Jenks Public Schools.

Community Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Schooling Show Feb. 1-2 Riding show takes

place at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

OKC Gun Show

Feb. 1-2 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Tulsa Boat Sport & Travel Show Thru Feb. 2 Think ahead to blue skies and warmer weather at the show at Expo Square that’s just for boats, RVs, campers and everything you need to head back to sun and fun. Look for the diver pool, the bass tub and fishing seminars. Oklahoma Tackle & Hunting Show Thru Feb. 2 Take advantage of everything to make the

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Leake Classic Show & Auction

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22 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Feb. 21-23 The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System holds its annual book sale one of the largest of its kind in the nation at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Sixth Annual Spring Film Festival

Feb. 24 University of Tulsa screens an exclusive line-up of student films in a juried competition at the Lorton Performance Center.

27th Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo Feb. 28-March 2 The show takes place Oklahoma State Fair Park and features taxidermy displays, a bass tank, fishing seminars, hunting guides, an archery shoot and vendors.

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s the first woman appointed to chair a major capital campaign of a local organization named for an order of monks, Milann Siegfried is sure to bring a fresh perspective to the Midwest Augustinians’ Continuing Our Journey of Faith effort. A volunteer, Siegfried’s ties to the local province association of the Order of Saint Augustine go back decades, even before the Midwest Augustinian’s first capital campaign, which included her late husband, NORDAM founder Ray Siegfried, more than 20 years ago. “The Augustinians have been there for my family through good times, like engagements, marriages and births, but also during the challenges – heartache, illness and death,” Siegfried says. “Accepting the position of chair is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to them.” The oldest of six children, Siegfried recalls making potholders with her siblings to sell and raise money for needy families at Christmas. Although she doesn’t recall how much money they turned in, she remembers how it felt to help and understand those in need, something her parents encouraged. It became a lesson she passed down. “Use the best of yourself to make your surroundings better in everything you do,” she says. “We always taught our children that everything they do affects those people around them and that the art of giving is something that must be taught and passed down to children.” Affiliates of the Augustinian Order, the Siegfrieds have sent four generations to the Catholic order’s Cascia Hall Preparatory School. Siegfried served as the first female board chair at Cascia and has also headed or served on boards for St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Opera, National Committee for the Performing Arts, Philbrook

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