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2013 Top Doctors

Oklahoma Magazine once again recognizes the top physicians in the state, as compiled by Castle Connelly. Feature writer Tara Malone also visits with physicians who, when faced with life-or-death decisions, guided their patients’ treatments successfully, including a patient who underwent a liver transplant and a woman who survived three surgeries in one day to overcome a dangerous flesh-eating bacteria.



Our Favorite Places

Borderlands The attractions outlined seem exotic, but they’re really just a car ride away. Contributing editor Michael Sasser explores some of the top attractions and hidden gems in states surrounding Oklahoma. Whether heading north, south, east or west, there’s fun to be had in all directions.

A panel of tourism experts weigh in on Oklahoma’s can’t-miss attractions. Take their advice this summer: Meet the “parkies” at Medicine Park, test your balance and skill on the Sandridge Sky Trail or travel historic Route 66 and witness a round barn, a giant soda bottle and a blue whale.


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He’s humble and modest, yet his talent is large and immeasurable. Tulsa Ballet principal dancer Ma Cong has retired from the post and is now focusing his attention on creating new works of danceable art.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR When we begin planning our June travel coverage, the weather is typically still pretty dodgy as Old Man Winter plays his last hand. Like most, my mind has already shifted to daydreams of warmer weather and some idle time. In that zone, I take on the tough job of fantasizing about cool places to visit, imaginary road trips and such. This year, we brought in some reinforcement. I went to the experts – folks whose job it is to promote travel in Oklahoma and, thus, to know all the best places – and asked them to share their favorite destinations in the state. When you talk with someone about a topic they love, you generally get an earful, and this was all great stuff. Of course, there are the things you expect to come up; everyone loves Route 66 and agrees a trip down the Mother Road is the stuff of which American vacations are made. There is also the less common. Great Plains Country Association’s Jessica Henderson obviously loves the quirky Oklahoma hamlet of Medicine Park, so much so I had to ask our staff if they thought we were “Medicine Park heavy.” I think the consensus is that there is no such thing. I even learned a few things. White Water Bay has dive-in movies? How cool it that? Chuck Mai eats Eischen’s fried chicken twice a month? I’m so jealous. The greatest takeaway from this story, however, is just how cool Oklahoma is. People that have never been here, that haven’t visited our cities, driven our back roads and experienced our often-offbeat culture, have no idea. So, if you’re making summer travel plans, remember Tahiti is great, but so is Tulsa and Talihina and Tishomingo. There are plenty of great things to see and do right here at home.


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Writer Regan Henson profiled former Tulsa Ballet principal dancer Ma Cong on his retirement and second career as a choreographer for the cover of Oklahoma Magazine’s State section (“Luck’s on his Side,” p. 11). “I was absolutely amazed at the dedication, not only by Ma, but by everyone involved with Tulsa Ballet, to the art form,” says Henson. “Ma is an incredibly refreshing man who never fails to express his gratitude for everyone who has helped him in his career so far, while refusing to take personal credit for his continued success, regardless of the fact that his amazing talent and hard work are the primary reasons that he has achieved so much in life. It is this kind of story that makes it fun to write for the magazine, stories that open your eyes to the wealth of artistic and cultural experiences available in this state.”

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Ma Cong has retired as Tulsa Ballet’s principal dancer and is pursuing his choreography career.

Luck’s On His Side Tulsa Ballet’s principal dancer bids farewell to the stage.



f there is anything else you could do and possibly be happy, then go do that instead.” The words of advice are spoken only slightly in jest by Scott Black, managing director of Tulsa Ballet. He is talking about the ultra-competitive nature of the art of ballet, and of the dedication required to become a world-class dancer. But he is also describing the love for the art form that allows one to ignore the sore muscles and creaky joints that follow hours spent in dance studios. He is talking about Ma Cong. “You don’t often have dancers that come along and really grow with a company like Ma has,” says Black. “The audience has seen something special in him from the moment he arrived. He captivates on stage.” It has been obvious to Tulsa audiences since he joined Tulsa Ballet in 1999 that Cong is happiest when on stage. It has been his one love since he was a child in China, performing for audiences 3,000 strong as a precocious 3-year-old. “My mom knew when she was pregnant with me that I would be a dancer,” Cong says. “I was moving and kicking a lot in the womb.” JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


The State At age 10, Cong was one of only four students out of 4,000 candidates chosen to join the Beijing Dance Academy. He traveled nearly 2,000 miles alone from his home in Yu Xi, the first steps in a life spent following the ballet, steps that have taken him to the National Ballet of China and all around the globe before eventually landing in Tulsa. “I was really lucky that Marcello found the tape of me,” Cong says. He is referring to Marcello Angelini, the Tulsa Ballet’s artistic director, who recruited Ma in 1999. “Lucky” is a word he uses often. It is quite obviously the wrong word, but he truly be



lieves it to be the right one. “He thinks he’s one lucky guy, and in some ways maybe he is,” says Jackie Kouri. “But he’s earned everything he’s ever received. I’ve never known anyone so humble and grateful, so brilliant in so many ways. He gives all the credit to everyone else.” Kouri, a longtime supporter of the Tulsa Ballet who chaired the company’s integrated campaign that raised more than $17 million, has closely followed Cong’s career since he arrived in Tulsa. She has seen the things that drew the attention of Angelini when he offered Cong a contract without ever having seen him dance in person. “I hired Ma from a videotape,” recalls Angelini. “When he arrived, it was clear that he had a lot of talent. He was charismatic, gifted with a very unique movement quality, eager to succeed and not afraid to do as much work as necessary to fulfill his dreams. Within a short time he was promoted to soloist and then to principal dancer.” Perhaps there was some luck involved, but not in the way Cong describes. The Tulsa Ballet has been lucky in almost every aspect regarding its relationship with Cong, from persuading him to join to his decision not to leave. “It was hard for me at first,” Cong says of moving to Tulsa. “I was completely shocked. It was a completely different vibe. There were no people walking. Everyone drove everywhere. I didn’t speak any English, only a few words. After the first six months, I thought I might go home. It was hard, being young. But soon I began making new friends. There were so many generous, kind people who want to help you. I began to see the passion and energy of the city.” Fourteen years later, Cong’s career as a

dancer draws to a close. He retired from his position of principal dancer with the Tulsa Ballet in May to focus on his burgeoning career as a choreographer. It is a path he has been on since not long after arriving in Tulsa, when a bit of luck led to Angelini’s commissioning his first work as a choreographer. “I realized that he was spending his lunch break in one of the studios choreographing steps for himself,” Angelini recalls. “I started ‘spying’ on him and became aware that he had a lot of potential as a choreographer, too. So, in 2004, I commissioned his first creation for the company. Folia was a great success, so I commissioned (from) him a second one. The great thing about Ma is that he grew with each new work he created for the company. Today he is a very successful choreographer, having created or staged works for a dozen American companies and already starting to receive international interest and commissions.” Cong’s original works have been performed around the country and across the globe. It is this role that has allowed him to transition smoothly from the physical demands of being a full-time dancer while allowing him to remain firmly at work in the arts. “I’m not young anymore,” Cong says. “It gets harder to wake up to knee and back pain. I had to realize that it doesn’t matter how much passion you have. Physically, I need a break. “But I’m really lucky that Marcello discovered me,” he continues. “It can be hard for an artistic director to find that creative source. But for me, the art is a mission. I want to inspire and educate, to make people feel that they are related to the art form. Art is food for the soul. Without art, you have no food.” Even as he says farewell to the stage as a performer, fans of ballet in Tulsa can expect to continue to see plenty of Cong in other roles, such as his recent turn as dance choreographer for Tulsa Opera’s production of Aïda. Or simply as a Tulsan, where he might be spied strolling along Riverside, enjoying nature and the sights of the city. “I always love to see the active side of the city,” he says, “People out running, the birds singing. People in Oklahoma are very generous, and I have a lot of appreciation for that. It is very easy to relate to people here. When you walk down the street, people say hi.” If you’re lucky enough to run into Cong on the streets of Tulsa, make sure and say, “Hi.” REGAN HENSON


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OKLAHOMA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES Seasonal The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is an endangered species that makes its home in southeast Oklahoma.


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With limited resources, state authorities work to preserve native and migratory endangered species.


klahoma is home to 20 animal species that are considered endangered or threatened. Some of these species, like the Whooping Crane, are only temporary residents, passing through the state during yearly migrations or stopping for a few months to breed. Others, like the small catfish Neosho madtom, are only found primarily in Oklahoma. One ongoing conservation program in the state concerns the red-cockaded woodpecker. These black-and-white striped birds make their homes in live, mature, old-growth pine trees in McCurtain County Wilderness Area in southeast Oklahoma. “In Oklahoma we have only one population of woodpeckers left,” says Mark Howery, wildlife biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Since 1992 we’ve been working to improve the safety of the trees and the habitat around the trees.” Some of these measures include building guards around the bottom of the trees to deter predators and ensure the health of the pine forest these birds call home. There is also an effort to diversify the Oklahoma population of woodpeckers. There are only about 60 living in Oklahoma and about 6,800 in the U.S. The black-capped vireo’s recovery is a great success story of Oklahoma conservation. The only population in Oklahoma is in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and on Fort Sill near Lawton. The birds only produce a few offspring every year, and its population was ravaged by habitat destruction and brownheaded cowbirds. These cowbirds lay their eggs in the nest of black-capped vireos, and when the much larger cowbird chicks hatch, they kill or overpower the vireo chicks and are raised by the vireo mother. Efforts to combat the cowbird population and to preserve the scrubland of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge have been incredibly successful. “Over the last 25 years, the population has grown from about 85 birds to around 4,000 birds,” says Howery. Even with success stories like these, conservationists in Oklahoma and around the country have an uphill battle to fight. The U.S. Congress apportions around $100 million annually for endangered species conservation, and only between $80,000 and $100,000 of that money makes its way to Oklahoma each year. With funding like this, the state’s conservationists are forced to spend the money where it can do the most good, which means that many of the state’s 11 threatened or endangered species of fish, crustaceans and mollusks are left out due to the difficulty of working in state waterways. “I don’t want to say that $100 million a year is chump change, but when you spread $100 million across 900 species, there’s not a lot to go around,” says Howery. MORGAN BROWNE



Whooping Crane (Grus americana): This unique species of bird resides in Oklahoma during the spring and fall and can usually be found in wetland areas. Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla): The tiny songbird passes through Oklahoma between April and September, settling in bushy thickets and forested areas.


Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens): The gray bat lives in the Ozark region of Oklahoma, occupying various caves throughout the summer and winter months. Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis): These bats live isolated in forested habitats and reside in caves only during hibernation. Ozark Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) Ozark Big-eared bats are not migratory; their movement is almost always confined within the limestone caves in which they reside. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus): This bird resides around wetlands and has diminished in population due to dam construction. Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum): Terns reside in small groups along rivers and lakes. Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) This species of bird nests in pine woodlands, much of which have been infected with various fungal diseases. Arkansas River Shiner (Notropis girardi): Ironically, most Arkansas River Shiners inhabit the Canadian River in Oklahoma, eastern New Piping Plover Mexico and western Texas. Ozark Cavefish (Amblyopsis rosae): The Ozark Cavefish lives in subterranean water, much of which is threatened by pollution. Neosho Madtom (Noturus placidus): Found in the Neosho River system, this species of Madtom spends most of its life in regions of water that are inaccessible to other species. Leopard Darter (Percina pantherina): Leopard Darters travel from shallow, clear pool regions in the summer, fall and winter months, to relatively deep riffles in the spring. American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus): The American Burying Beetles inhabit a variety of different regions throughout the year, reproducing each spring and summer inside large mammal carcasses. Ouachita Rock Pocketbook (Arkansia wheeleri): This treasured freshwater mussel lives primarily in he Kiamichi River in Oklahoma, the Little River in southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas and the Ouachita River in Arkansas. Winged Mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa): This beautifully shaped mussel exists in shallow rivers and streams all throughout Oklahoma. Scaleshell (Leptodea leptodon): This freshwater mussel usually lives at the bottom of fast-flowing water. – Nathan Porter



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Participants in the Endeavor Games compete in 10 sports.


UCO’s Endeavor Games event brings excellence in adaptive sports to Edmond.

n 2000, a small nonprofit held the first-ever Endeavor Games on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. The event offered a special opportunity for disabled athletes to participate in spirited competition through adaptive sports. This year, UCO is celebrating the 14th anniversary of the event, which has become a byword for excellence in the adaptive sports world. The Endeavor Games attracts the elite of disabled athletes for 10 competitive events, including shooting, sitting volleyball, archery, wheelchair basketball and the ever-popular track and field. “The UCO Endeavor Games offers a unique opportunity to the athletes that compete here,” says UCO sports programs coordinator Leigha Pemberton. “We provide competition for athletes trying to make elite and national teams, in addition to competition for athletes who are new to the sport and just learning.”



The games are not only a special opportunity for disabled athletes, but for those who gather each summer to help put on the event. “Volunteers and staff of the UCO Endeavor Games get to work with Paralympic hopefuls and Paralympians,” Pemberton says. “Their contributions directly affect Team USA athletes’ journey to the Paralympic Games or an athlete’s journey to lead a more active, healthy lifestyle through adaptive sports. “This year, we will be adding Paratriathlon,” she continues. “This sport was just recently added to the 2016 Paralympics, and we are excited to offer this event this year.” Multiple athletes from the games have gone on to greatness across the globe, becoming champions in the Paralympic Games. In 2012 alone, 18 Endeavor Games athletes became medalists at the London Paralympics. Athlete Jeremy Campbell has competed in every UCO Endeavor Games for the past decade and has gone on to become a three-

time gold medalist in the Paralympics as well as the world-record holder for the men’s F44 discus throw. He says that the Endeavor Games is one of the few competitions where athletes can go to just have fun. “For me, it’s a pleasure just to be there,” he says. “The UCO Endeavor Games was where I was first introduced to disabled sports and where I got my start in the Paralympics.” But for Campbell and many others, the games represent more than just a good time. “It greatly serves the public, especially in raising disability awareness,” Campbell says. “And it’s very inspirational. What the people there are overcoming, the smiles on the kids’ faces who are participating, it just gives you a better sense of what life is all about.” The 14th annual Endeavor Games will take place June 6-9 at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond North High School and the Lake Arcadia Outdoor Adventure Recreation Center. TARA MALONE



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Carnal Pleasure For those that remain, old-school butcher shops look to the future while clinging to the past.


here was once a time when the term “meat market” had a literal meaning. Like its modern contemporary, it was a place where one sought carnal delight. But that’s where the similarities end. In the classic context, meat markets were local, friendly places where neighborhood butchers knew every customer’s name – including the youngest patrons – and had a nearly encyclopedic memory of what most regular customers were coming in for. Like so many other examples of classic Americana, these true meat markets have fallen, more or less, into fading memory. Yet for those meat markets that have withstood time’s punishing advance, the ability to modernize while maintaining yesteryear’s folksy approach to doing business has proven the difference between becoming a memory or a living icon. By any definition, 100 years is a long time for a business to keep its doors open. But that’s exactly the distinction enjoyed by Oklahoma City mainstay Bill Kamp’s Meat Market. Standing strong in its 103rd year, owner and manager Bill Kamp says his family-owned business has learned how to change with the times. “The critical thing is to have a niche, and strive to provide the best quality you can,” he says. Kamp’s sentiment is a belief shared by Tulsa’s Perry Isom, owner of Perry’s Food Store. Now in its 73rd year of operation, Isom represents Perry’s second generation of ownership. “There’s not a whole lot of markets around,” Isom says of mom-and-pop butcher shops. Specializing in meats while offering a grocery selection as well, Perry’s is a small grocer by modern standards. However, Perry’s recently opened a second Tulsa location to complement its long-running midtown operation. “I’ve gone with the items (customers) can’t get anywhere else,” says Isom. Where local butcher shops were once the go-to place for even the most basic cuts of meat, the modern butcher shop has morphed into an operation catering to an increasingly knowl



edgeable and discerning clientele. Kamp attributes the change to the dawn of the internet era, the rise of the so-called “foodie” movement and the comparative ease and availability of international travel when compared to two generations ago. “The business model that I came up in wouldn’t work here,” he says, citing an example of a customer showing an internet picture of a cut and requesting Kamp duplicate it. “We’ve been in it so long, we’ve done it all. It’s just crazy.” With large-scale supermarkets having virtually eliminated these small-scale meat operations from the cultural landscape, both Isom and Kamp say dedication to the art and a family legacy continue to contribute to their respective success stories. Where large market operations often use industrial saws to harvest their meat, Isom and Kamp speak almost reverently of their butchers’ ability to extract choice cuts, commonly using nothing more than a hand-held knife. “We have an extraordinarily skilled and experienced staff,” Kamp says. “We’re basically doing the same thing we’ve done for 100 years.” However, undeniable long-term success and a dedicated clientele have not clouded Isom’s vision to the modern realities of small-scale meat markets. “We make it look easy,” he says. “But it’s not easy. It’s a scary business.” BRIAN PATRICK


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Based On Merit Dr. Bill Pink helps decide who is most deserving when it comes to the National Merit Scholarship.


ne-and-a-half million high school students want one. Less than one percent of those students even have a chance of getting one. OSU-OKC’s Dr. Bill Pink is a member of the elite committee that awards them. They are National Merit Scholarships, and Pink, the school’s vice president of Academic Affairs, is the first representative from the college to serve on the National Merit Scholarship selection committee. Last year, Pink reviewed 16,000 applications. And, he says, every single one was worth the time and effort.

Dr. Bill Pink is vice president of Academic Affairs at OSU-OKC and currently serves on the National Merit Scholarship committee.

Oklahoma Magazine: How did you get appointed to the committee? Dr. Bill Pink: I’m a co-chair on a national advisory committee with the College Board. This committee plans a College Board conference focused on the future of African American education. My colleagues on the committee are from all over the country. One of the individuals that I work with on that committee recommended me to the National Merit Scholarship committee. Upon his recommendation I got a phone call last fall to see if I was interested in participating. That’s an invitation that you don’t say no to. Another factor with my selection was that it’s been since 1987 since they’ve had somebody from Oklahoma on the committee. It was time to get Oklahoma represented on that committee again.

OM: With 16,000 applications, the process must be grueling. What’s the reward? BP: Everyone should have a chance to review National Merit Scholarship applications. They give me a feeling that we have a generation of citizens coming up in this country that is impressive and focused on how they can make their country better. It makes me feel good to review those. It’s really a gratifying experience. It makes me feel good about our future. OM: What does Bill Pink do in his spare time? BP: I’m heavily involved with my church. I’m a worship minister. My faith and my family mean a lot to me. Those are two vital pieces of who I am that will always be there. They’re at the top of my list as far as what my priorities are. If we’re talking about hobbies, golfing and fishing come up quite often. PAUL FAIRCHILD




OM: What do you look for in candidates? BP: We see what we call the best of the best in our country. We see good academic scores. We see a lot of extracurricular activities. But we also see students that are on a whole different level. One of last year’s applicants filed for a patent on an invention he designed to help his sick mother. We saw students that created phone apps for increasing productivity. We had a student so good with music that he gave piano recitals around the world. We see students that go above and beyond the grades and the extracurricular activities. Some of these students spent summers at research institutions around the world, working in areas like bioengineering and other sciences. They’re working hand in hand with graduate students to produce cutting edge research. And they call this their ‘off time.’ These are the students we look for.

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On The Ropes A local graphic novelist adds a new title to his repertoire.


he comic-book industry has never seen, and will never see again, anything like the explosion that happened in the 1980s, when the proliferation of specialty shops, the influx of maverick independent publishers printing black-and-white books and the rise of collectors and speculators combined to blow the field wide open. Although they were still overlords of the scene, the old-line kingpin companies Marvel and DC found their gates suddenly stormed by upstart titles and creators, often carrying experimental or off-trail content well outside the boundaries of the establishment. It couldn’t last, of course. And it didn’t. By the early ‘90s, the speculators had fled to other financial opportunities, the comics shops found themselves with stacks of independent product they couldn’t give away, and DC and Marvel were busy flooding the newsstands with so many titles that there was no room left for anyone else. As I once said at a comicbook convention panel discussion, Marvel was Godzilla, DC was King Kong and the rest of us were Tokyo. But while it was happening, it was golden, especially to those of us lucky and blessed enough to have been a part of it. My Claremore-based artist partner Terry Tidwell and I got in on the action with the series The Miracle Squad, The Twilight Avenger and The Uncanny Man-Frog, in addition to working with others on separate projects. And because these publishers allowed – and in many cases encouraged – their creators to think beyond adventure and superhero situations, my friend James Vance found an outlet for his brilliant Depressionera tale Kings In Disguise, which had begun life as a play presented by the Tulsa Parks Department a couple of years earlier. Published by the Wisconsin-based Kitchen Sink Press, which had established itself years earlier as a leading underground-comix imprint, Kings In Disguise went on to win the two biggest awards in the industry, along with international accolades from both within and



outside the comic-book community. When it was reprinted by the major New York book publisher W.W. Norton & Company in 2006, Time magazine’s Andrew Arnold wrote, “a groundbreaker of form when it first appeared, Kings In Disguise remains one of the best graphic novels ever published.” A tough act to follow? You bet. But Vance and his Kings In Disguise collaborator, artist Dan E. Burr, have done it, and then some, with the brand-new On The Ropes. A sequel to Kings that’s once again published by Norton, On The Ropes finds young protagonist Fred Bloch rolling through the heartland with a WPA circus, and soon becoming involved – as he did in Kings – with the labor-management violence that plagued 1930s America. A sense of impeding tragedy drenches every page, but there’s hope and love as well, all played out in a setting memorably conveyed by Vance’s words and Burr’s drawings. There’s not an inauthentic line, whether drawn or uttered, in the whole book, which reflects the creators’ determination to get it right on every level. “Everything had to be correct, historically,” Vance says. “It’s fiction, obviously, but I felt like I had to know what was going on in the world at the time. And this two-month period, basically, in 1937 (when On The Ropes occurs) was incredibly full of events. With the labor material alone, we’re talking about the Memorial Day massacre – which is in the book – the Little Steel Strike and other strikes all over the place. At the same time all this is going on, the Golden Gate Bridge opens, and Orson Welles is rehearsing (the controversial pro-union musical) The Cradle Will Rock in New York and losing his gig with the WPA Theatre because of it. “I just wanted to make sure that the story was not only plausible, but also accurate, and that it was all placed within the correct framework,” he adds. “So if you really cared about these things, you could pick up on the references and find further things to read about them. It’s not a historical document. It’s certainly not footnoted. But you can follow a lot of the threads that are planted in there, and they’ll take you into things that were really happening at the time.” Like Kings In Disguise, On The Ropes first saw life as a play scripted by Vance and produced in Tulsa. But On The Ropes, although a sequel to Kings, actually came first. “It was a play I wrote back in 1979, the second full-length play I’d written,” he recalls. “I was taking some classes and working at what was then Tulsa Junior College, now TCC. I’d been working in theater


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in the area on and off for some years, and I finally got the nerve to put some things I’d written out in front of the public. Carlton Winters ran the theater program there, and he put on my first full-length play, which was called Fireflies.” Fireflies ended up winning some awards, and, says Vance with a chuckle, “since the awards came with cash, I thought, ‘Well, I’ll keep after it.’” So, the next year, Vance and Winters followed up with On The Ropes – which, unlike Fireflies, was a period piece. “I’ve been asked why I used that setting and subject matter, and there’s really no concrete answer,” he says. “I know I was looking into ‘30s theatrical history, and I’d seen something about the WPA Theatre projects that were being done back then. I was probably checking out Orson Welles’ stuff for the WPA Theatre, but it’s been so long ago that it all runs together. “I do remember being at a restaurant talking to somebody, and just out of the blue, the image of a guy standing on a gallows talking to a bunch of people came to me. I thought, ‘Well, I can do something with that.’ So that sort of got jammed up with what I was looking into at the time, and I started trying to cobble together a story of the WPA Theatre with a guy on a gallows. It just grew from there.” That guy, Gordon Corey, is a pivotal character in both the play and the graphic novel. Complex and disturbing, he was in a way inspired by then-TJC director, Carlton Winters, a legendary figure in Tulsa theater, who took the role in the stage production. “If I hadn’t known Carlton was available South Lewis at 81st • The Plaza • 918-296-4100 when I was writing the play, the character would have been 13022 Travers Mahan.indd 1 different,” explains Vance. “I probably would’ve written something that was a little safer, that a onesize-fits-all actor could’ve done. But having somebody of Carlton’s Vance is the author of ability made it Kings In Disguise and On possible for me to The Ropes. just let it go, to pull out the stops and let Gordon be everything he could possibly be.” And, interestingly enough, Winters’ visual presence is also felt in the graphic novel. “Dan Burr drew some character designs and sent them to me, and I said, ‘I like Gordon, but he’s going to age back and forth, because there are flashbacks. So let’s do something with his hairline, or his eyes, something to show that he’s aging,’” remembers Vance. “So he monkeyed with Gordon’s hairline and sent it back to me – and it looked just like Carlton!” Available from W.W. Norton & Company in a beautiful, oversized hardback, On The Ropes can also be purchased from area bookstores as well as and other online outlets. Kings In Disguise is also still available and highly recommended. And if you have any spending cash after purchasing those two, I humbly direct you to (or, 9809 South Memorial • 918-250-6888 where you can find a collection of my own Miracle Squad stories from the ‘80s in graphic-novel format.

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Robin McEver, Amanda Duenner, Mahvash Khosrowyar, Vida Schuman and Jill Warnock attended Ladies in the News, a luncheon and style show hosted by the Oklahoma Hospitality Club.

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and Rep. Don Armes were all smiles at the Wine Forum of Oklahoma, sponsored by Oklahoma State University.

Jim Walker, Liz Neas, Gary Betow and Kathy McKeown took part in Blank Canvas, an annual fundraiser benefiting Youth Services in Tulsa.

Harold Hamm, Marlo Thomas and Dr. Mehmet Oz attended HealthCorps’ seventh annual gala, which honored Hamm and Thomas.

Tom McKeon, Brad Henry, Kim Henry and Stuart Price gathered to celebrate the anniversary of Tulsa Achieves scholarship program.



Jason Marsh, Steve Mackin, Kenny Wagoner and Michael Fusco cooked up a storm at the annual Chefs for the Cure,a fundraiser sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Ben Stewart, Christopher Murphy and Hans Gann were all smiles at Street Party, benefiting Street School.

Mary Lhevine, Robert Sapolsky and George Schnetzer enjoyed a reception prior to Sapolsky’s talk as part of The University of Tulsa’s Presidential Lecture Series.

Roberta Preston, Patrice Douglas, Kristin Dickerson and JoHelen Wilson enjoyed the Tulsa Juliette Low Leadership Society luncheon.

April Taylor, Bob Costas and Jim Taylor enjoyed the Salvation Army’s 20th annual William Booth Society Dinner.

Kathy Potts, Joyce Madewell, Marcia Mitchell, Frank Keating and Carrie Keating Leonard enjoyed the ONE Awards, hosted by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

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Tom Lawson, Sarah Kelton, Jake Kelton, Rachel Kelton and Julia Ann Lawson donned their finest hats for Little Lighthouse’s annual Garden Party.

Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner celebrated the opening of Pippin on Broadway.

Troy and Lora Meadows, Shelby Snyder, Macy Amatucci and Tori Snyder enjoyed the Green Leaf Gala, a benefit for Up With Trees.

Isaac Rocha, Rebecca Minkoff and Hillary Parkhurst attended a meet-and-greet with Minkoff at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ann Felton Gilliland and Dan Ellis were onhand for the dedication ceremony of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 700th home.

Jo Ann Winn, Jessica Cermak, Christy Rife and Amanda Shank enjoyed the festivities at Tulsa’s New Leaders, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.



Kim Nelson, Mary Whelan and Karla Connor enjoyed Madonna House Tea, an annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Tulsa.

Martina and David Jelley were among those who attended Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Promise Ball.

Betsy Mantor, Ronnie Kaye and Amber Thompson were all smiles at Reach for the Stars gala, benefiting Youth Services for Oklahoma County.

Ted Haynes, Stuart Solomon, Becky J. Frank, John Hewitt and Howard Barnett are members of the 2013 United Way Campaign Cabinet.

Bailey Siegfried, Evander Holyfield and Terrell Siegfried attended Tulsa Charity Fight Night.

Alan and Shelly Armstrong attended CASA Casino Win for Kids.

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Downtown Tulsa’s rapid growth has brought with it questions regarding the availability of parking.


Inner Space Parking issues are proving an inevitable growing pain of Tulsa’s emerging downtown.


o the uninitiated, navigating downtown Tulsa’s streets can be a challenging proposition. With a seemingly random array of one-way streets joined with two-way thoroughfares, finding one’s way to an intended destination in the heart of Oklahoma’s second-largest city can fray nerves. Yet it is what happens after arrival at a destination that frustrates both the occasional visitor and seasoned downtown denizen alike. Finding the ideal place to park can either make or break one’s view toward Tulsa’s downtown. With private and public parking areas spread across a wide swath of downtown, the parking proposition often boils down to a question of proximity and physical stamina. It is a quandary that has not gone unnoticed by both public and private parking administrators and one that both view as one of the most important issues facing Tulsa’s vibrant and growing downtown.

Space: The New Frontier “The challenge is to change the mindset and start dealing with parking like any other infrastructure,” says Tulsa Parking Authority (TPA) Director David Giacomo. “As a whole, it doesn’t take much more pressure in a system to make you have to add more spaces.” Citing census figures, Giacomo says downtown Tulsa plays host to 30,041 in-bound commuters daily, while serving these commuters with 22,345 privately administered parking spaces. These private parking slots are augmented by 7,696 public parking spaces. Of these public parking spaces, 1,696 are metered parking. Despite a robust surge in downtown residential dwellings, downtown Tulsa’s parking industry is a day game, dictated by the ups and downs of a commercial area that, despite Tulsa’s loss of the title “Oil Capitol of the World,” remains exposed to the fickle nature of the oil and gas industry. As the energy sector steadily recovered from the jolt of 2008’s economic recession, Giacomo says a visual gauge of the recovery can be seen in the number of occupied public slots in the heart of downtown’s traditional business areas. “We have noticed an increase in occupancy in what we call



the ‘super block.’” The “super block” area, Giacomo explains, is the area surrounding the Bank of Oklahoma Tower. With the heart of the business district straddling Boston Avenue from approximately Sixth Street and stretching to First Street, Giacomo says one of the biggest liabilities facing the city’s public parking offerings isn’t so much one of availability as it is one of access. “The reality is it’s too far from anywhere,” he says, pointing to what he describes as underutilized surface lots on downtown’s southern boundaries as an example. “It’s a little bit far from the core of downtown.” For private parking companies such as Central Parking, proximity to the action has proven a lucrative and enduring endeavor. Operating approximately 4,500 spaces in the heart of downtown’s business district, Standard Parking Corporation Executive Vice President Mike Wolf says his company’s Central Parking division has enjoyed a presence in downtown that has endured for well over three decades. The surge in oil and gas industry activity has had a positive impact on his company’s Tulsa operations, as well. “As the Tulsa economy has grown over the last 48 months, we have definitely seen an increase in demand for parking,” he says. With the Tulsa area shielded from the full fury of the economic cyclone that lashed the nation nearly five years ago, Central Parking’s growth represents a continuation of a trend brought about by Tulsa’s newfound affinity for all things downtown that began at the turn of the century.

Stay And Play Not so long ago, the area stretching from Brady on the west to Greenwood on the east, and with a southern boundary of First Street extending north to I-244, stood as a shining example of an area grasping at any semblance of life that might come its way. After a little vision met up with some oldschool desire, the area now proudly holds the distinction as one of downtown Tulsa’s go-to places for seemingly limitless

entertainment options. Home to one of the best minor league baseball venues in the country, in the form of ONEOK Field, and the chic Brady Arts District, the area has proven both a source of opportunity and challenge where parking is concerned. “Brady is a funny area,” Giacomo concedes. “I think there’s a big potential in Brady.” With the recent relocation of KOTV television’s studios to the Brady area from its long-time home at the corner of Second and Elgin, the business aspect long associated with the area south of First Street has finally crossed the railroad tracks that served as something of a dividing line in downtown thinking, and it has forced parking planners to analyze and reanalyze the needs of Tulsa’s new “it” area. “I think we have done six studies, and they are ongoing,” Giacomo adds. The private sector is keeping a close eye on the Brady District, as well. With a tight parking market also comes the inevitable plea for more spaces. And often, that involves a plea for additional parking garages. “To build a garage, a lot goes into the thought process,” Giacomo says. “A garage cannot pay for itself.” Monthly garage parking fees range from $85 to $130 per month, he explains, and are determined by a use-demand formula. “Whether, and how much, the increased demand actually benefits any particular parking garage actually depends on the exact location of the demand, the hours when the demand exists and the number of parking spaces available in the area at that time,” Wolf says. As downtown Tulsa’s entertainment offerings have blossomed, a new class of permanent downtown residents has followed

the fun. And parking planners have taken notice. “Residential growth in downtown has certainly helped contribute to the overall growth in downtown Tulsa. As Tulsa continues to grow, we normally would expect to see additional parking demand as a result,” Wolf says. “As that occurs, we will continue to pursue opportunities that would align with our business model.” “It depends on the demand generator,” Giacomo says of any potential parking garage construction. “We’ve had a lot of inquiry about residentials.” Giacomo explains that recent residential conversions have put pressure on a parking garage at Fourth Street and Boulder, and new construction on Archer Street is expected to put additional pressure on already-tight parking inventories in the Brady District.

A Soft Landing The brave face of Tulsa’s revived downtown and its continuing mission to join the big leagues of American cities remains a work in progress. As downtown Tulsa continues to develop its 21st century identity, infrastructure issues will rear their heads now and then. Parking infrastructure challenges are a symptom of a downtown awakening after a decades-long nap. Although absent from any official plans in the short-term, innovations such as the construction of new garages to meet the needs of new residential developments and shuttles to facilitate business commutes from downtown’s southern extremes into the heart of Tulsa’s business world may someday prove viable resources. It’s simply a question of when and how. BRIAN PATRICK


After business hours, there are acres of unused surface parking surrounding Tulsa’s central business district.



The City of Claremore is the first city in Oklahoma recognized as an Entrepreneur Ready Community. “Through the efforts of Roger State University’s Innovation Center, Claremore is now the first certified Entrepreneur Ready Community in the state,” Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry said earlier this year. “We believe this will help us grow and support more businesses and send the message that businesses are welcome and appreciated in Claremore.” Entrepreneur Ready Claremore is an economic development strategy designed to help the city become more entrepreneur-friendly and is made possible through a grant received from the Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Claremore is the state’s first town to join the Entrepreneur Ready Community program.

The Entrepreneur Ready Community program primarily focuses on distressed rural communities with populations of less than 20,000. Participating communities form a regional entrepreneurial corridor that links entrepreneurs with services and resources. “Becoming an Entrepreneur Ready Community means the overall business climate is supportive and business resources are available and easy to find,” says Jeri Koehler, director of the Innovation Center at RSU. “Claremore has many assets to leverage for growth and continued prosperity. It is important that all stakeholders in the community take a proactive business approach in ensuring policies, procedures and the general environment are conducive to business and sustainable growth.” The Entrepreneur Ready Community certification program was launched in 2010 to create a corridor of certified entrepreneurial ready communities in northeast Oklahoma that will provide support services to entrepreneurs who need business assistance to become sustainable, successful job-creating entities. JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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When summer rolls around, take the party outside.

he summer season is made for entertainment; the days are long, the temperatures are warm and the grill rarely grows cold. Mother Nature provides the perfect backdrop, but the onus of throwing a successful outdoor party does not rest solely on her shoulders. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, the key is to keep it simple. Set the table using melamine dishware in fun, festive colors. Keep an ice chest outside filled with chilled bottles of water, soda and wine. Also keep ice cubes handy for mixing cocktails. Food should be prepared ahead of

time; kebabs, veggie trays and salads prepared with vinegar-based dressings are ideal. Citronella candles and incense will keep the bugs and other pests at bay. Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you have to forego the ice cream; try this little trick to make disposable ice cream cups. Hollow out lemon halves and pop them in the freezer for an hour. Fill with scoops of ice cream and serve immediately. The cold lemon cup will help the ice cream stand up to the hot Oklahoma temperatures. JAMI MATTOX JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



Pool trends continue to evolve around many factors, including fountains.

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ith the style and details once found only at a luxury resort, current trends in residential swimming pool design allows homeowners to create a backyard retreat that feels like being on vacation. Options include waterfalls, fire features and elaborate light shows, creating a backyard resort. Adding a pool is a major investment, and many of the options, while more expensive initially, ultimately save the homeowner money. “An electric heat pump with a chiller can cost twice as much as a gas heater,” says Jeff Vivion, owner of Vivion Pools. “But the homeowner will typically save two-thirds over the cost of natural gas on their utility bills.” Plus, chilling the water in late summer extends the use of the pool since often during a hot Oklahoma August the pool water can become uncomfortably warm. Salt-water pools are also more expensive up front but pay for themselves in a few years because the use of costly and caustic chemicals is eliminated and the pool maintenance is much easier. “One hundred percent of the pools we’ve built over the last few years have been salt water,” says Pool Creations owner Jeff Landburg. In addition, the water feels soft to the skin compared to a typical chlorinated pool. It is less irritating to the eyes, nose and ears and



doesn’t cause a chemical reaction to treated hair. While pools in the past consisted of a shallow end and a deep end with stairs and ladders, today’s swimming pools incorporate a variety of features that expand the way the pool can be used. A beach or sloped entry allows for a wading area but does require a larger building site. Infinity or negative-edge pools create a dramatic effect, especially for pools with a view. “Tanning ledges are extremely popular,” says Landburg. The wide shelf is usually a few inches under water, allowing sunbathers to stay cool while relaxing in the pool. Elevated spas, waterfalls and fountains are an ever-evolving trend with customized features mixing a blend of materials. A new trend is to utilize sheets of commercial aquarium acrylic to create a seethrough waterfall or wall sections. Vivion often uses copper scuppers built into a raised wall to create a unique water feature since the copper patina gradually forms. Both builders have seen an increase in the use of glass tile, and while the darker finish, lagoon-style pools remain popular, new options of exposed aggregate pool finishes offer sparkling colorful glass beads or processed seashells. Fire features are also regularly incorporated into pool designs from fire bowls and fire pits to dramatic glass enclosed torches flanking the pool. And advances in LED technology offer colorful light shows that can be synchronized among the pool, spa and landscaping. From romantic colors to party and holiday modes, LED lighting is long-lasting and energy efficient. Using a wireless remote control system allows homeowners an extensive choice of options in controlling the pool. “An expansive system can run from $2,000 to $4,000,” explains Vivion. “And you can turn a waterfall on or create a light show all from a tablet computer or smart phone,” adds Landburg. TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON



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e wanted to be part of the scene and scenery of downtown,” says the homeowner. “And it was important to create a low-maintenance lifestyle.” So this couple decided to downsize from their south Tulsa home and move into 2300 Riverside, achieving all their goals. The stunning view towards downtown and over the Arkansas River, along with the wrap-around balcony, were part of their attraction to this particular condo. But the space was chopped up into small rooms, so they brought in Doug Campbell, owner of Campbell Design Associates, to assist with the renovation. “Doug listened to our needs and nailed it,” says the homeowner. The three-bedroom, two-bath unit was transformed into a spacious two bedroom with a large, shared office, while the living room and kitchen were opened into one large area. “It was always about focusing on the view,” says Campbell. During the seven-month renovation, walls were stripped down to the studs, and a small pantry was added, capturing a few feet of balcony space. The existing wood floors were refinished with a custom satin polyurethane stain created by Campbell. Because of the ceiling structure, Campbell specified



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Wall-mounted reading lamps and floating nightstands help to maximize space in the guestroom.

Interior designer Doug Campbell custom designed the living room seating and the upholstered cocktail table, which does double duty as an ottoman.

track lights from Tech Lighting, available through Urban Furnishings. In addition, the couple worked with Robinson Glass to replace the numerous original single-pane floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that wrap around the unit with an energy efficient alternative. Screens were also added to the two large glass sliding doors to take advantage of the breeze during the spring and fall. The Phonograph Electronic Architecture installed automated window coverings to shield the large span of glass. Since there is sizeable west exposure, the blinds are programmed to close every day precisely at 3 p.m. Scott Pohlenz, owner of Pohlenz Cucine Moderne, was added to the team as the kitchen planning took shape. “My goal was to have the kitchen blend into the space so it almost disappears,” says Pohlenz. Utilizing his exclusive Italian line, Demode by Valcucine, the 12 feet of flip-up upper cabinets are lacquered glass with a glossy finish and do practically disappear as they reflect the city skyline. Below the cabinets are a rich dark oak melamine and brushed metal hardware integrated into the design. The countertop is Nero Orion with a hammered finish, supplied by Midwest Marble. And with the goal of always focusing on the view, Campbell chose a blend of neutral finishes, including Benjamin Moore’s Bone White for the walls. The 66-inch round glass dining table and the base were custom made, as were the dining chairs. Campbell custom designed the living room seating with a textured fabric from Belgium. The dual purpose, leather-wrapped custom table serves as both an ottoman as well as a cocktail table. And the sleek console under the television was



purchased from Richard Neel Home. The master bedroom is also an extension of the homeowners’ goal to have their home be low maintenance with a simple, sophisticated style. The bedcovering is from T.A. Lorton, and the art is by Abersons Exhibits. Campbell designed the bench and nightstands, and they were custom built to his specifications by local craftsmen. Benjamin Moore’s Coastal Fog was used in both the master and guest bedroom. In the guest bedroom, they utilized an existing headboard, but the nightstand and closet were also custom designed by Campbell and fabricated locally. “We absolutely love it and have entertained more since being here than we did in our larger home,” says the homeowner, thrilled to be part of the scene and scenery of downtown. TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON

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Life Y O U R H E A LT H

Those Aches And Pains


Arthritis is not just a disease for the elderly.

rthritis is a condition most of us associate with old age, but the real story is much more complicated. Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, race or gender, and two-thirds of people diagnosed with arthritis are under the age of 65, according to the Arthritis Foundation.



Additionally, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the Foundation, accounting for 44 million outpatient doctor visits and more than 900,000 hospitalizations each year. “It can really impact your life and can be pretty devastating on your livelihood,” says Dr. Bret Frey, orthopedic surgeon with

Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. The term “arthritis” refers to hundreds of conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis and gout to degenerative forms of the disease, such as osteoarthritis, says Dr. Amy B. Dedeke, rheumatologist with Integris Physicians. Degenerative arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation reports an estimated 27 million Americans live with degenerative arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage, which is quite different than other forms where the membranes lining the joint become inflamed. With degenerative arthritis, the breakdown of cartilage between the bones causes the bones to rub against each other. “Once the joint’s cartilage rubs off the bone, it’s permanent,” says Frey. “Patients are often left with joint stiffness, activityrelated pain and loss of movement in the joint,” says Dedeke. While the natural aging process is a key contributor to arthritis, a number of factors may cause the condition to develop in younger patients. “Arthritis can form after an injury or posttraumatic event,” explains Dedeke. “The joint wears down faster, leading to arthritis.” Abnormal forces like injury speed up the body’s natural degeneration process, explains Frey. “Degenerative arthritis can occur from direct contact to a joint, like falling on an outstretched wrist, resulting in a fracture to the joint, or even with a less traumatic strain or sprain to the tendon or ligament surrounding the joint,” says Dedeke. “Disruptions of the natural architecture of the joint leads to a change in the mechanics of the joint, even the joint surface can become affected.” “Old injuries, like sport injuries, also cause joints to not function properly,” adds Frey. The Arthritis Foundation says symptoms of arthritis from an injury often start as soreness or stiffness that seems more a nuisance than a medical concern. Some will never progress past this early stage while others will have arthritis progress to a point where it interferes with daily activities; the pain and stiffness may make it difficult to walk, climb stairs or sleep. The Foundation outlines common symptoms of osteoarthritis as joint soreness after periods of overuse or

inactivity; stiffness after periods of rest that goes away quickly when activity resumes; morning stiffness, which usually lasts no more than 30 minutes; pain caused by the weakening of muscles surrounding the joint due to inactivity; joint pain is usually less in the morning and worse in the evening after a day’s activity; and deterioration of coordination, posture and walking due to pain and stiffness. It is important to remember that all of these changes can be permanent. There is no cure, so the best course to prevent arthritis from developing in the future is protecting the body from injury. “You can’t really prevent post-traumatic arthritis other than preventing the injury in the first place,” says Frey. “Use common sense and be safe. Practice basic safety at home and at work.” Be sure to take extra care when playing sports or exercising, cautions Dedeke. Use proper equipment and proper form. “Wear the correct shoes, stretch and properly warm up prior to activity and exercise,” she says. Protect joints by strengthening the muscle groups that surround the joint and provide support, offers Dedeke. Both endurance and resistance types of exercise provide considerable diseasespecific benefits. Variety in a routine will help to build strength while reducing the risk of overuse. “Approach exercise and sports using cross-training techniques,” advises Dedeke. “Participate in different activities like biking and running or walking.” Also, be extremely cautious with knees. The knee joint is as a very commonly injured joint, says Dedeke. “The lower extremities are more prone to post traumatic arthritis because they are loadbearing,” explains Frey. Excessive weight also increases the risk of developing arthritis. The extra weight puts ad-

ditional strain on load-bearing joints. For every pound gained, four pounds of pressure is added onto knees and six times’ the pressure onto hips, the Arthritis Foundation warns. “Lose weight safely with low-impact activities,” recommends Frey. Water sports, walking, biking, yoga and Pilates are a few good options, but there are plenty others to incorporate into a daily routine. Just remember to start slowly. Even with all the care possible, injuries still happen. Lessen the damage done by using the RICE method after an injury: rest, ice, compression and elevation.

“Immediately after an injury, rest the joint, ice the area 15 minutes at a time, compress with a bandage and elevate the injured area,” advises Dedeke. “(This method) can reduce swelling.” Then, visit a doctor. Dedeke and Frey both agree that proper treatment of injuries is critical to preventing further complications from an injury as well as reducing the risk for developing arthritis. “The most important thing to remember is to seek medical evaluation after an injury so that concerning injuries can be identified and treated, which may lessen the possibility of arthritis,” explains Dedeke. “No injury should be ignored, and most injuries should be evaluated by a medical provider, espe-

cially those that have symptoms lasting more than one or two days.” If there are any lingering issues related to an injury, especially pain, it should not be ignored. Follow up on them. “Make sure you talk with your primary care physician if you still experience problems,” adds Frey. “It is important to keep an eye on it.” While there is no cure for arthritis, treatments are available to lessen the symptoms of the condition. “Post-traumatic arthritis is treated in the same manner as other types of degenerative arthritis,” says Dedeke. There are medications, surgeries, physical therapies and other natural or alternative treatments available. Medical therapies might include nonsteroidal inflammatory agents, analgesics, topical rubs and injections, says Dedeke. “Most patients with arthritis feel better with warmth,” says Dedeke. “Whether with a heating pad or electric blanket, keeping warm can help reduce some pain.” Frey suggests starting with simple treatments. Over-thecounter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen are commonly recommended, as well as other similar prescription medications. Over-the-counter topical creams can also be used, including capsaicinand menthol-based analgesic creams. There are also supplements and herbs commonly used to relieve arthritic symptoms. Cinnamon, ginger, glucosamine/chondroitin and fish oil are common supplements that have been reported to provide some benefit. Splints and braces can sometimes provide benefit by providing stability depending on the joint involved. LINDSAY CUOMO JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



The ever-changing Las Vegas strip offers a full gamut of entertainment options.


AT A G L A N C E Access: McCarran International Airport is serviced by many domestic and international carriers and numerous charter buses routinely travel between Oklahoma cities and Las Vegas. Population: Approx. 1.9 million in the metro area Climate: Las Vegas has an arid climate with sunny, dry and extremely hot summers. Main Attractions: Gaming, live performances, theater, cultural and historic attractions and in recent years, family-oriented entertainment as well.

D E S T I N AT I O N S : W E E K E N D I N T I N E R A R Y

What Happens In Vegas his city of neon lights and 24-hour entertainment beckons regardless of what time of day you arrive for your stay. Assuming you’re staying on The Strip, take a stroll and acquaint yourself with the immediate vicinity. Try your hand in your preferred casinos or complete your weekend plans with the assistance of your hotel concierge. Saturday morning, you’ll need to decide how to balance your time between gaming – the city’s largest attraction – and both resident and touring shows. But gaming and Celine Dion aren’t the only things to see and do in Las Vegas. Some of the lesser-known attractions are worth a visit, as well, and will usually cost less than a weekend of gambling. Consider the Neon Museum and its colorful maintenance of the city’s neon history; the Mob Museum and its distinct connection to Las Vegas history; or Vegas Indoor skydiving for the brave. That evening, choose from the endless lineup of shows, from numerous Cirque du Soleil incarnations to shows featuring aging rockers (and even a few in their prime), to shows featuring hypnosis, comedians and even those of the interactive variety. Enjoy dinner theater, or take in one of the many celebrity-manned restaurants from the likes of Gordon Ramsey, Bobby Flay and Hubert Keller, to name a few. Finish your night with a drink



at the elegant Mandarin Bar. Sunday presents the same challenge to balance interests. For thrill-seekers, consider Eli Roth’s Goretorium, a year-round haunted house, or the well-traveled BODIES The Exhibition for an up-close look inside the human body. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is another favorite. Dine in less celebrity-driven but favored restaurants Much more than all-you-caneat buffets, Vegas is a wellknown destination for worldclass cuisine and shopping.



Las Vegas might be the quintessential weekend destination.

local sites and tastes for which the city is eternally famous.


Plan ahead: While there are always a million things going on in Las Vegas, the options change frequently. To avoid being overwhelmed, do your homework on everything from accommodations to shows and must-see sites, particularly those off of The Strip. Gaming: Las Vegas casinos offer far more gaming options than some of the nation’s other gambling venues. Don’t be afraid to try games with which you might not have experience – often they offer better odds than the tried-and-true. But study rules and tips in advance. Erotic: For something unusual even by Las Vegas standards, consider a visit to the Erotic Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to the Sexual Revolution.


Bellagio Las Vegas belies old stereotypes about Vegas – namely kitsch and $5 buffets. Instead, Bellagio offers AAA Five Diamond opulence and similar recognition for both of its Five Diamond awardwinning restaurants, Picasso and Le Cirque. Cirque du Soleil’s resident production of “O” is just one of the facets that elevates the exquisite hotel. Concierge and spa services, pools, courtyards, gym and gorgeous outdoor enclaves lend both indulgence and uniqueness. www. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas lives up to, or surpasses, the expectations one has of Mandarin Oriental’s international properties. Stunningly designed and beautifully ap-



From Celine Dion to Cirque du Soliel, shows are as much a part of Vegas as gambling.

such as The Barrymore, Michael’s Gourmet Room or Verandah. By the time you are ready to end your trip, you’ll have experienced both the glitz and glamour and the

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

pointed, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas brings modern style and unbeatable service to The Strip. Exquisite comfort, top-notch service and amenities and some of the better views in town pair with a hotel property that has the feel of an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas’ most trafficked area. www. The Mansion at MGM Grand is the way to see Vegas as only celebrities and heads of state might see it. With fewer than 30 rooms and rates beginning in the $5,000 range, it is a world unto itself – virtually completely removed from the bright lights of the big neon city. Imagine an enclave of privacy and pleasure where the sensual riches of Tuscany reach their fullest expression. Imagine an architectural gem inspired by an 18th-century villa in the countryside not far from Florence. That is the environment fostered at this unique, gorgeous oasis. MICHAEL W. SASSER




ALIVE AND WELL and OU Medicine is at its heart. Emerging in a new era of medicine, we have more physicians in more specialties than anyone else in the state. Our physicians and staff are conducting groundbreaking research and pioneering new treatments that are lifesaving and industry-changing. There’s life in our state and OU Medicine is here to care for it, showing the nation that today, we’re working at a higher level. Congratulations to the physicians listed here for being honored in the 2013 Top Doctor’s list. Find out why we’re another level of medicine at Adolescent Medicine Philip Rettig, M.D. Cardiology Karen Beckman, M.D. Dwight Reynolds, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology Robert Mannel, M.D. Joan Walker, M.D. Hematology-Oncology George Selby, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery Gary Dunn, M.D.

Infectious Diseases Douglas Drevets, M.D.

Endocrinology Mary Zoe Baker, M.D.

Internal Medicine Eileen West, M.D.

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ivan Wayne, M.D.

Neonatology Marilyn Escobedo, M.D.

Family Medicine Peter Winn, M.D.

Nephrology Benjamin Cowley, M.D.

Gastroenterology William Tierney, M.D.

Neurology Kersi Bharucha, M.D. Eduardo De Sousa, M.D.

Genetics John Mulvihill, M.D.

Neurosurgery Timothy Mapstone, M.D.

Geriatrics Laurence Rubenstein, M.D.

Obstetrics-Gynecology Elisa Crouse, M.D.

Ophthalmology Rebecca Morgan, M.D. Michael R. Siatkowski, M.D. Gregory Skuta, M.D. Orthopedics David Teague, M.D. Pediatric Cardiology Edward Overholt, M.D. Pediatric Endocrinology Kenneth Copeland, M.D. Pediatric HematologyOncology Rene McNall-Knapp, M.D. William Meyer, M.D.

Pediatric Pulmonology James Royall, M.D. Pediatric Radiology Faridali Ramji, M.D. Pediatric Surgery David Tuggle, M.D. Pediatrics Jill Warren, M.D. Pulmonology Gary Kinasewitz, M.D. David Levin, M.D.

Rheumatology Joan Merrill, M.D. Ira Targoff, M.D. Surgical Oncology William Dooley, M.D. Surgery Russell Postier, M.D. Thoracic Surgery Marvin Peyton, M.D. Urology Daniel Culkin, M.D.

Radiation Oncology Terence Herman, M.D.

Pediatric Nephrology Martin Turman, M.D. Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery William Herndon, M.D. Pediatric Otolaryngology G. Paul Digoy, M.D.

OU Physicians is part of OU Medicine.




Edited by Jami Mattox

At Oklahoma Magazine, it’s our goal to offer useful health-related content in every issue.


The 2013 Top Doctors list, compiled by Castle Connolly, publishers of America’s Top Doctors, features 139 doctors in 47 specialties – doctors that have been judged by their peers to be the top in their profession. In the following pages, you will find the complete list, along with inspiring stories about doctors who faced the ultimate challenge and succeeded in helping patients beat the odds.




Against All Odds

Call it a miracle, or call it luck – these Oklahomans have survived extraordinary experiences. By Tara Malone

We all know that our day-to-day is fraught with peril. At any moment, circumstances out of our control can seize power over our lives and put us in the most dangerous situations. But these six Oklahomans, with the help of some of the state’s most determined medical personnel, beat the odds and lived to tell their tales.

TOP DOCTORS Adolescent Medicine

Dr. William Havron of OU Medical Center and patient Norman Richards.

PHILIP RETTIG Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Childrens Physicians – Adolescent Medicine, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 7500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.6208; Adolescent Reproductive Health, Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Allergy & Immunology WARREN FILLEY Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic, 750 NE 13th St., Floor 3, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.235.0040; Asthma, Allergy, Rhinitis, Food Allergy JANE PURSER Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, St. John Medical Center, Allergy Clinic of Tulsa, 9311 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK, 74133, 918.307.1613

Cardiac Electrophysiology KAREN BECKMAN OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7001; Arrhythmias, Catheter Ablation

Cardiovascular Disease MUHAMMAD ANWAR Norman Regional Hospital, Heart Clinic Central Oklahoma, 500 E. Robinson St., Suite 900, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.321.0199; Preventive Cardiology, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Hypertension



“It Was Just So Fast” In May 2012, Oklahoma City was ablaze with celebration as the Thunder battled their way through the playoffs. But the celebration abruptly turned dark one evening, when shots rang out in Bricktown, and innocent people were caught in the crossfire. One of the victims was Del City native Norman Richards II. The 22-year-old father and Thunder fan had left the game early with a friend and was walking east on Reno Avenue when there was a commotion to his right. “As we turned and looked right, gunshots rang out,” Richards says. “It was just so fast.” As the panicked crowds ran backward, Richards ran forward. It was then that a bullet pierced his back. He says he only remembers bits and pieces before he lost consciousness completely. He then died for the first of two times that evening. Bystanders revived Richards, and he was rushed to the only Level One trauma center in the state, OU Medical Center. Dr. William S. Havron III, assistant professor of surgery at the OU College of



Pediatric Genetics, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 12100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.8685; Genetic Disorders, Neurofibromatosis, Fertility in Cancer Survivors

Colon & Rectal Surgery GARY DUNN OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 4500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.1400; Colon and Rectal Cancer, Anorectal Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dermatology DAVID ADELSON Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, St. John Medical Center, 4444 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4000; Pediatric Dermatology, Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Autoimmune Disease JEFF ALEXANDER Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, 6565 S. Yale Ave., Suite 503, Tulsa, OK, 74136-8306, 918.494.8333; Skin Cancer, Acne, Cosmetic Dermatology RAYMOND CORNELISON Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma City; 3727 NW 63rd St., Suite 205, Oklahoma City, OK, 73116, 405.608.4494; Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology LAWRENCE GREGG St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Dermatology Clinic, 2121 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK, 74114, 918.749.2261; Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology

PAMELA CRAVEN Deaconess Hospital – Oklahoma, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 5401 N. Portland Ave., Suite. 380, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112, 405.604.4460; Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Disease in Women, Echocardiography

DONALD SEIDEL St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Dermatology Clinic, 2121 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK, 74114, 918.749.2261

JEFFREY CROOK Norman Regional Hospital, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 3400 W. Tecumseh Rd., Suite 300, Norman, OK, 73072, 405.515.2222

KELLY MCDONOUGH Breast Imaging of Oklahoma, 2601 Kelley Pointe Parkway, Edmond, OK, 73013, 405.844.2601; Breast Imaging, Mammography

ALAN KANESHIGE Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Institute, 9228 S. Mingo Rd., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK, 74133, 918.592.0999; Congenital Heart Disease, Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Ultrasound NAJI KARAM St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, 608 NW 9th St., Suite 6100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, 405.272.8477; Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Ultrasound DWIGHT REYNOLDS OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7001; Defibrillators, Pacemakers, Arrhythmias

Child Neurology DAVID SIEGLER Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Child Neurology of Tulsa, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 320, Warren Medical Building, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.493.3300; Seizure Disorders, Headache, Neuromuscular Disorders

Clinical Genetics JOHN MULVIHILL Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Dept.

Diagnostic Radiology

DEBRA MITCHELL Breast Imaging of Oklahoma, 2601 Kelley Pointe Parkway, Suite 101, Edmond, OK, 73013, 405.844.2601; Breast Imaging FARIDALI RAMJI Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Radiological Sciences, 1200 Everett Dr., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.5125; Pediatric Radiology, Cancer Imaging, Child Abuse & Neglect, Nuclear Radiology REBECCA STOUGH Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma City, Mercy Womens Center, Breast MRI of Oklahoma, 4625 S. Western,Oklahoma City, OK, 73109, 405.632.2323; MRI-Breast, Breast Cancer

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism ERIK ASPENSON Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Institute, 9228 S. Mingo Rd., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK, 74133, 918.592.0999; Diabetes, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Hypertension, Thyroid Disorders MARY BAKER OU Medical Center, OU Physicians – Endocrinology, 1000 N. Lincoln, Suite 1000, Oklahoma City, OK,

73104, 405.271.1000; Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Thyroid Disorders, Metabolic Disorders CHRISTIAN HANSON Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Institute, 9228 S. Mingo Rd., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK, 74133, 918.592.0999; Diabetes, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Hypertension DAVID HARRIS Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Warren Clinic Springer Building, 6160 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.497.3140; Diabetes

Family Medicine LAMONT CAVANAGH Hillcrest Medical Center, Sports Medicine & Family Medicine, 1111 S. St. Louis Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74120, 918.619.4400; Sports Medicine, Aerospace Medicine W DEAN HINZ Norman Regional Hospital, Moore Medical Center – Family Medicine, 700 S. Telephone Rd., Suite 100, Moore, OK, 73160, 405.912.3120 TOMAS OWENS Integris Baptist Medical Center – Oklahoma Great Plains Family Medicine, 3500 NW 56th St., Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112-4518, 405.951.2855; Geriatric Medicine, Sports Medicine, Adolescent Medicine CYNTHIA TAYLOR Norman Regional Hospital, Family Medicine Associates, 1237 E. Alameda St., Norman, OK, 73071, 405.321.4511; Preventive Medicine, Allergies, Diabetes

Gastroenterology THOMAS SCHILLER Saint Francis Hospital –Tulsa, 6565 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1200, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.494.9433 HARVEY TATUM Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Gastroenterology Associates, Hillcrest Physicians’ Building, 1145 S. Utica Ave., Suite 701, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.582.6544; Crohn’s Disease, Hepatitis C, Liver Disease WILLIAM TIERNEY OU Medical Center, VA Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.8478; Endoscopic Ultrasound, Colon Cancer, Pancreatic Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Geriatric Medicine INSUNG KIM Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, 6160 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.497.3650; Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease LAURENCE RUBENSTEIN OU Medical Center, OU Physician Senior Health Center,1122 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.3050; Falls in the Elderly PETER WINN OU Medical Center; OU Physicians Family Medicine Center, 900 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.3537; Palliative Care, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

Gynecologic Oncology MARK GENESEN Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Cancer Institute, 6475 S. Yale Ave., Suite 201, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.499.2000; Gynecologic Cancer ROBERT MANNEL OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 800 NE 10th St., Suite 5200, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7770; Laparoscopic Surgery, Ovarian Cancer, Clinical Trials DARON STREET Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa Cancer Institute, 6475 S. Yale Ave., Suite 201, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.499.2000; Cervical Cancer

JOAN WALKER OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 800 NE 10th St., Room 5050, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7770; Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer

Hand Surgery THOMAS EWING Norman Regional Hospital, Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma LLC, Oklahoma Orthopaedic Institute, 1020 24th Ave. NW, Suite 100, Norman, OK, 73069, 405.447.4999; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery STEPHEN MIHALSKY OU Medical Center – Edmond, Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma City, 105 S. Bryant St., Suite 407, Edmond, OK, 73110, 405.348.5060; Trauma, Microsurgery GHAZI RAYAN Integris Baptist Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OU Medical Center, 3366 NW Expressway, Suite 700, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112-4439, 405.945.4888; Microsurgery, Congenital Limb Deformities, Arthritis

Infectious Disease DOUGLAS DREVETS OU Medical Center, VA Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OU Physicians – Infectious Disease, 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Suite 430, Presbyterian Professional Office Building, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.6434; Infections – Central Nervous System DAVID SCHECK Hillcrest Medical Center, Infectious Disease Specialists Tulsa, South Physicians’ Building, 1145 S. Utica Ave., Suite 800, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.582.6343; AIDS/HIV

Internal Medicine DAMON BAKER Oklahoma State University Medical Center, OSU Internal Medicine, 717 S. Houston Ave., Floor 3, Tulsa, OK, 74127, 918.382.5058; AIDS/HIV BRENT DENNIS Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Warren Clinic, 6600 S. Yale Ave., Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.491.5990 JOHN KRODEL Norman Regional Hospital, 950 N. Porter Ave., Suite 300, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.329.0121 EILEEN WEST OU Medical Center – Edmond, 2611 Kelley Pointe Parkway, Edmond, OK, 73013, 405.359.0919; Women’s Health, Osteoporosis

Interventional Cardiology RALPH ENSLEY Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Warren Clinic Cardiology, 6151 S. Yale Ave., Suite A100, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.494.8500; Cardiac Catheterization, Endovascular Stent Grafts, Patent Foramen Ovale JOHN HARVEY Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 4050 W. Memorial Rd., Floor 3, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120, 405.608.3800; Angioplasty and Stent Placement, Coronary Artery Disease AGHA KHAN Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 5701 SE 74th St., Suite H, Oklahoma City, OK, 73135, 405.631.0588; Angioplasty, Nuclear Cardiology WAYNE LEIMBACH Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Institute, 1265 S. Utica Ave., Suite 300, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.592.0999; Cardiac Catheterization, Angioplasty and Stent Placement, Percutaneous ASD/PFO Closure

Maternal & Fetal Medicine NORA DOYLE Hillcrest Medical Center, Women’s Health Specialists, 4444 E. 41st St., Floor 3 – Suite B, Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4203; Pregnancy – High Risk MICHAEL GARDNER Hillcrest Medical Center, Womens Health Care Specialists, 4444 E. 41 St., Floor 3 – Suite B, Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4203; Pregnancy – High Risk

Medicine, was the surgeon who held Richards’ life in his hands. “Norman suffered numerous severe injuries,” says Havron, a trauma and critical care specialist. “When he arrived to the hospital, he was immediately intubated (had a breathing tube placed), and he was rapidly assessed.” Within minutes of Richards’ arrival at the hospital, doctors detected blood around his heart and in his abdomen and rushed him to the operating room. There, he once more lost all his vital signs. “I immediately performed a thoracotomy and opened the pericardium to drain the blood from around the heart,” Havron says. “In doing this, we were able to get his heart beating again.” Havron repaired four wounds to Norman’s heart alone before moving on to his abdomen, where the surgeon discovered damage to his diaphragm, liver, stomach, small intestine, colon and left kidney. “Without immediate intervention, Norman would have died from his wounds,” Havron states. In the end, Richards lost his left kidney and parts of his stomach, colon and small intestine. Miraculously, he kept his life. After a period of time on a ventilator, he was eventually able to breathe on his own. Although at major risk for infections and other complications from his injuries, his recovery was astonishing. “He was amazing,” Havron says. “Once off the vent, he was working with physical therapy and doing everything and more than what we asked of him.” “I was at OU Medical Center for 23 days,” Richards says, “and at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center for 10 days. They actually thought I would be in rehab until December, but it was only a week and a half.” His recovery continued at home where he spent months learning how to stand up straight and walk again. He says the experience was long and tough, but that with the support of his family, he pushed on. Today, he is medically recovered and has returned to his routine of multiple workouts per week and playing basketball. Looking back on the experience, Richards describes it as humbling. He says the outpouring of kindness that came, even from strangers, as the citizens of Oklahoma City offered their support overwhelmed him. “You enjoy every day to the fullest,” he says. “Also, a lot of people go through life not knowing how many people care about them. But waking up to all those cards and balloons and old friends was amazing. Knowing so many people cared about me – that’s the best part. “Thank you to Dr. Havron and all the people at OU Medical Center and all of Oklahoma City.”

“Something Had To Be Done” John White, an 86-year-old Claremore resident and Army Air Force veteran, wasn’t ready to slow down. Although diagnosed with aortic stenosis – a condition in which the aortic valve is narrower than normal – he said he felt fine. “The cardiologist looking after me asked if I had chest pains or shortness of breath,” White says. “I didn’t have either one. As time progressed, though, the shortness of breath got worse and worse. This cardiologist ran a test and said my aortic valve was calcified and getting smaller and smaller. But I still didn’t have symptoms.” Not long after his diagnosis, however, White began to feel the effects of his condition. “Especially during activities like yard work, I’d have to sit and rest after 12 or 15 feet of trimming,” he says. “It just got worse and worse. I had trouble sleeping because I was gagging. I finally told my wife that something had to be done.” “Untreated, severe aortic stenosis leads to symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, leg swelling and congestive heart failure,” says Dr. Kamran I. Muhammad, director of the Structural Heart Disease Program and Interventional Cardiology at the Oklahoma Heart




Medical Oncology SHERRI DURICA Norman Regional Hospital, Tulsa Cancer Institute, 701 E. Robinson Ave., Suite 100, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.321.4644; Hematologic Malignancies, Clinical Trials ALI MOUSSA Hillcrest Medical Center, 1810 E. 15 St., Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.592.3700; Leukemia and Lymphoma GEORGE SELBY OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, Hematology/ Oncology, 800 NE 10th St., Floor 2, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.8299; Stem Cell Transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant – Pediatric, Hematologic Malignancies

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


MUKESH PAREKH Deaconess Hospital, 5622 N. Portland Ave., Suite 240, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112, 405.943.6288; Vaginal Surgery

ROBERT RYAN St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, 608 NW 9th St., Suite 220, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, 405.272.8498

Neurological Surgery


JOSEPH JOHNSON Oklahoma State University Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, 717 S. Houston, Suite 200, Tulsa, OK, 74127, 918.586.4500; Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery


KATHURIA,PRANAY Hillcrest Medical Center, St. John Medical Center, OU Physicians – Internal Medicine, 4444 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4888; Kidney Disease – Chronic, Hypertension, Glomerulonephritis, Transplant Medicine – Kidney

Institute at Hillcrest Healthcare System. “Without treatment, half of the people who feel sick from this condition will die within an average of two years.” One morning, after White could get no sleep due to his difficulty breathing, he went to his local hospital. He says he wasn’t sure, as he left his house, that it wasn’t for the last time. The only solution was to replace the diseased valve in White’s heart. However, although he led an extremely active lifestyle, White’s age made open-heart surgery too risky. But Muhammad had an alternative plan in place: a new, high-tech operation that would avoid the surgical risks and extend White’s life. During this procedure, doctors would replace White’s faulty valve with a man-made one. “Transcatheter aortic valve replacement was developed as a minimally-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery in high-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis,” Muhammad says. “This exciting, minimally-invasive, life-saving therapy allows for treatment of severe aortic stenosis without open heart surgery.” White noticed the change almost immediately after the procedure. “I’ll never forget when I woke from the anesthetic how much better I felt,” he says. “It was immediate. I was like, ‘Golly, I can breathe again!’” “He was discharged home two days following the procedure,” Muhammad says of his patient. “He walked out of the hospital breathing better than he had in years.” “I feel fine, especially for my age,” White says. “I just feel very fortunate that I was able to participate in this procedure, which just did wonders for me.”

KATHLEEN HEFFRON Hillcrest Medical Center, St. John Medical Center, Hillcrest Medical Center, Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center, 1120 S. Utica Ave., Suite G10, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.293.6200

JOHN RESNEDER Norman Regional Hospital, Moore Medical Center, 900 N. Porter Ave., Suite 110, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.366.8900; Obstetrics, Menopause Problems, Gynecologic Surgery

BENJAMIN COWLEY OU Medical Center, OU Physicians – Nephrology, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.8478; Polycystic Kidney Disease, Transplant Medicine-Kidney

Oklahoma Heart Institute’s Dr. Kamran Muhammad and John White.

ELISA CROUSE OU Medical Center, 825 NE 10 St., Suite 3300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.9494; Gynecologic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Women’s Health

MARILYN ESCOBEDO Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, 1200 Everett Dr., North Pavilion, Floor 7, Room 7504, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.5215; Neonatology, Nutrition

JAMES BOURDEAU Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, SouthCrest Hospital, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 507, Tulsa, OK, 74136-7807, 918.481.2760; Kidney Failure, Transplant Medicine – Kidney, Metabolic Bone Disease



SHON COOK Norman Regional Hospital Community Hospital – Oklahoma City, 2412 Palmer Circle, Norman, OK, 73069, 405.310.6977; Neurovascular Surgery, Brain Tumors, Endoscopic Surgery, Spinal Surgery EMILY FRIEDMAN Northwest Surgical Hospital, Community Hospital – Oklahoma City, 3433 NW 56th St., Suite 750, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112, 405.945.4900; Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Disorders, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome TIMOTHY MAPSTONE OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Health Science Center, Dept. Neurosurgery, 1000 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 400, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4912; Brain Tumors – Adult and Pediatric, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Congenital Anomalies

Neurology KERSI BHARUCHA OU Medical Center, OU Dept. Neurology, 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Suite 210, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.3635; Parkinson’s Disease, Movement Disorders, Huntington’s Disease, Botox Therapy EDUARDO DE SOUSA OU Medical Center – Presbyterian Tower, 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Suite 210, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.3635; Electrodiagnostics, Neuromuscular Disorders, Diabetic Neuropathy RODNEY MYERS Hillcrest Medical Center, Utica Park Clinic, 1245 S. Utica Ave., Suite 330, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.560.3823; Parkinson’s Disease, Neuro-Rehabilitation

Ophthalmology GARY DENSLOW Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital, Pediatric Eye Associates, 4606 E. 67th St., Suite 400, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.481.2796; Pediatric Ophthalmology MARC GOLDBERG St. John Medical Center, The Eye Institute, 2000 S. Wheeling Ave., Suite 1010, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.584.4433; Corneal Surgery/Transplant, Cataract Surgery LLOYD HILDEBRAND OU Medical Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.1096; Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Eyelid Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orbital Surgery REBECCA MORGAN OU Medical Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.1793; Low Vision JAMES RICHARD Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Integris Baptist Medical Center – Oklahoma, 11013 Hefner Pointe Drive, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120-5050, 405.751.2020; Pediatric Ophthalmology, Eye Muscle Surgery MICHAEL SIATKOWSKI OU Medical Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.1094; Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus GREGORY SKUTA OU Medical Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7806; Glaucoma

Orthopaedic Surgery ARTHUR CONLEY Community Hospital – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopaedics, 3110 SW 89th St., Suite 102, Oklahoma City, OK, 73159, 405.703.4900; Spinal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Osteoarthritis

Obstetrics & Gynecology

SCOTT DUNITZ St. John – Broken Arrow, Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates, 4802 S. 109 Ave E., Tulsa, OK, 74146, 918.392.1400; Reconstructive Surgery, Joint Replacement

MARTIN BEAL St John Medical Center, Tulsa Ob/Gyn Associates, 2000 S. Wheeling Ave., Suite 800, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.747.9641; Obstetrics, Laparoscopic Surgery

CHARLES FUNDERBURK JR McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital, McBride Clinic, 1110 N. Lee St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73103, 405.230.9746; Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine


Dr. Daniel Nader Named “Top Doctor” in Pulmonary Medicine With more than 30 years of experience as a pulmonologist, Daniel Nader, DO, FCCP, FACP, leads the interventional pulmonology program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa. Thanks to his vision and determination, CTCA is able to offer patients leading-edge advances in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Dr. Nader, who has been with CTCA since 1991, has performed 6,500 bronchoscopy procedures and provided more than 1,500 high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatments. As Chief of Staff and National Clinical Director at CTCA, Dr. Nader says he is grateful to the hospital for the opportunity to use a broad range of advanced technologies to make a real difference in the lives of patients. “Patients are always my top priority,” Dr. Nader says. “My work in patient care involves the evaluation and management of patients who have lung cancer or who are at risk of lung cancer. This includes diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to help diagnose and manage various forms of lung cancer.” Dr. Nader has completed a research study on lung intratumoral chemotherapy and participated in multi-study research regarding intrabronchial valves for emphysema and lung air leaks as well as the Varian Calypso transponder lung placement for radiation therapy. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease, and has recently been recognized by Castle Connelly, U.S. News & World Report as a “Top Doctor” in pulmonary medicine. Dr. Nader credits much of his success to the model of care CTCA provides. “Lung cancer management is a team effort. Being part of the team means providing support to all the team members while keeping the focus on the patient,” says Dr. Nader. He adds, “A good physician continues to learn, explores what others are doing in the field, and explores options for new innovations.”

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DOCTORS Dr. David Chorley of OSU Medical Center with patient Denise Grant.



Of the surgeon who gave him a new lease on life, he calls Muhammad “the greatest.” “He is very dedicated to his profession, and I feel that he is doing what the good Lord meant for him to do,” White says. ‘I feel the same way about myself.’”

“It’s Just A Multisystem, Neurologic Shutdown” “I had a bump on the cheek of my butt, and it kept itching,” says Denise Grant, a 57-yearold former nurse from Tulsa. “The next thing you know, it started oozing.” Grant says the last thing she remembers before falling asleep was a trip to the bank. What nobody knew was that she had fallen into a diabetic coma, and as she lingered unconscious in her recliner for five days, her wound worsened. The small, itchy bump that Grant had noticed turned into a horrifyingly severe case of necrotizing fasciitis, or what is commonly referred to as “flesh-eating bacteria.” Dr. Fred Crapse, Grant’s surgeon and the former chairman of the Department of Surgery at Oklahoma State University Medical Center, says that virtually any kind of wound can contract the aggressive bacteria. “This kind would have no trouble killing even a younger, healthier person than Denise,” he says.



“Right off the bat when I met her, her blood pressure was so low,” Crapse says. “She was on a ventilator and in renal failure. Her total system was shutting down from this infection. We rolled her over and saw the site of the infection, then took her to surgery to clean it out. A couple of hours later we checked on her, and she was still not doing well. The wound was actually worse.” After cleaning the wound two more times, Crapse says the team finally got ahead of the invasive infection. By then, Grant had lost much of the flesh in the area. But within 36 hours, the medical team was able to take her off the ventilator, and her kidney function improved. Still, due to complications to her organs from the infection, multiple other surgeries had to be performed. “When you get an infection like that, you have a systemic inflammatory response,” Crapse says. “Your lungs, your kidneys … it’s just a multisystem, neurologic shutdown.” Grant’s recovery in the hospital lasted three long and painful months. Dr. David Chorley of OSU Medical Center, Grant’s family practitioner, describes the challenges his patient has faced during the seven years since the surgery that saved her life. “Our post-operative care involved maintaining and preventing wounds from forming,” he says. “We weren’t always

successful because the location of her wound was a huge pressure point. Post-hospital care largely involved dealing with the wounds and the healing of the scars. In addition, she had an imbalance in her body because she lacked her left gluteal mass. She was in a wheelchair that wasn’t designed for that, so we had to get adaptive equipment and materials.” Grant continues to recover today and is focusing on improving her fitness and health so she can return to school and to nursing. Recently, she underwent reconstructive surgery to help repair the cavity left by her infection. Today, if one calls to leave a voicemail for her, a recording of her spirited singing voice greets the caller. She sings, she says, to help develop her lungs, which, like so much else, were damaged by the necrotizing fasciitis. Her favorite songs are by Etta James and Amy Winehouse. “One of the parts of rehab is getting people back into normal stream of life,” Chorley says. “Somebody who’s in reasonable health who doesn’t abuse their body has a reasonable chance to reaching it to age 85,” Chorley says. “That’s my goal for Denise – I want to be there at her 85th birthday party.”

“I Owe Him My Life” “I have had health problems all my life,” says 29-year-old Kyle Fleming of Sand Springs.

DAVID TEAGUE OU Medical Center, OU Physicians Building – Orthopaedic Surgery, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 1300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.2663; Trauma, Fractures – Complex, Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures CARLAN YATES McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital, McBride Clinic, 1110 N. Lee Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, 73103, 405.230.9746; Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery

Otolaryngology KEITH CLARK St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, 535 NW 9th St., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, 405.272.6027; Airway Reconstruction, Voice Disorders, Vocal Cord Disorders – Botox Therapy, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery PAUL DIGOY Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Childrens Physicians, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 8300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.2662; Pediatric Otolaryngology DAVID P. HUNTER St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, 535 NW 9th St., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102-1049, 405.272.6027; Facial Plastic Surgery, Trauma – Face, Reconstructive Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery CHRISTOPHER PASKOWSKI Norman Regional Hospital, Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates, 3650 W. Rock Creek Rd., Suite 110, Norman, OK, 73072, 405.364.2666; Sleep Disorders/ Apnea/Snoring, Nasal and Sinus Disorders, Hearing and Balance Disorders, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery IVAN WAYNE OU Medical Center, 13908 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK, 73134, 405.271.5950; Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rhinoplasty, Cosmetic Surgery DAVID WHITE Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital, Eastern Oklahoma Ear, Nose & Throat, 5020 E. 68th St., Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.492.3636; Otology, Neuro-otology, Hearing and Balance Disorders

Pain Medicine RITA HANCOCK Norman Regional Hospital, Oklahoma Orthopaedic Institute, 1020 24th Ave NW, Suite 100, Norman, OK, 73069, 405.447.4999; Pain Management, Pain – Low Back DARRYL ROBINSON Community Hospital – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopaedics, 3110 SW 89th St., Suite 102, Oklahoma City, OK, 73159, 405.703.4950; Pain Management, Pain – Spine, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Electrodiagnosis

Pediatric Cardiology EDWARD OVERHOLT Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma City, OU Children’s Physicians, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 3900, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4411; Arrhythmias, Interventional Cardiology

Pediatric Endocrinology KENNETH COPELAND OU Medical Center, Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma City, OU Children’s Physicians Pediatric Diabetes/Endocrinology, 1200 N. Children’s Ave., Suite 4500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.6764; Diabetes, Pubertal Disorders, Growth Disorders

DAVID JELLEY Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, OU Medical Center, Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, 4444 E. 41 St., Suite SCC-1B, Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4803; Diabetes

Pediatric Gastroenterology STEVEN FITTS OU Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, OU Pediatric Specialty Clinic, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Warren Medical Building, Suite 304, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.619.4323; Endoscopy, Digestive Disorders

Pediatric HematologyOncology RENE MCNALL-KNAPP Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Childrens Physicians, 1200 Children’s Ave., Suite 10000, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4412; Brain Tumors WILLIAM MEYER Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, 1200 Children’s Ave., Floor 10, Suite 10000, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4412; Sarcoma, Pediatric Cancers

Pediatric Nephrology MARTIN TURMAN Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Childrens Physicians, 1200 N. Children’s Ave., Floor 5, Suite 5100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4409; Transplant Medicine – Kidney, Dialysis Care, Kidney Disease – Chronic

Pediatric Pulmonology JAMES ROYALL Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children’s Physicians Divison Pediatric Pulmonology, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Floor 9, Suite 9100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.2006; Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma

Pediatric Surgery DAVID TUGGLE Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Div. Pediatric Surgery, 1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 2700, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4357; Trauma, Critical Care, Reconstructive Surgery

Pediatrics EILEEN FOX Norman Regional Hospital, 500 E. Robinson St., Suite 2600, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.364.6432; Developmental Disorders DONALD HAMILTON Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 304, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.619.4362; Behavorial Disorders, Learning Disorders THOMAS KUHLS Norman Regional Hospital, Norman Pediatric Associates, 808 Wall St., Norman, OK, 73069, 405.321.5114; Infectious Diseases JILL WARREN OU Medical Center, OU Pediatric Physicians, 1200 N. Children’s Ave., Suite 6100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.4881; Preventive Medicine, Vaccines

Plastic Surgery PAUL CALLEGARI Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, SouthCrest Hospital, 6585 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1050, Tulsa, OK, 74136-8330, 918.494.8200; Body Contouring After Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery – Face and Breast, Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery ARCHIBALD MILLER III Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery of Tulsa, 6585 S. Yale Ave., Suite 315, Tulsa, OK, 74136-8316, 918.492.2282; Breast Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Rejuvenation


WILLIAM HERNDON Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children’s Physicians, 1200 N Children’s Ave., Suite 3100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.2669; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity – Pediatric

Dr. John Duffy, center, treated patient Kyle Since birth, Fleming has Fleming with the help of Dr. Vivek Kohil and suffered from glycogen storage Dr. Lori Kautzman, all of Integris Health. disease type Ib and chronic neutropenia, along with other disorders. For most of his life, he has been regularly treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His white blood cells function poorly, and because of this, he is prone to infection. Because his liver is missing a crucial enzyme that processes sugar, his body does not turn glycogen in to glucose. As a result, at any time, Fleming’s blood sugar levels could take a dangerous plummet. His inability to process sugar means that he had never even tasted it. For his entire life, he has been on a strict regimen of cornstarch and water every two hours. “I always had my cornstarch with me,” he says. “I could use an NG-tube at night that I would put down my nose and hook up to a machine to maintain my blood sugar while I slept. If I did not put the tube down, then I would simply wake up every two hours to take the cornstarch.” “The primary defect in Kyle’s GSD is in his liver cells,” explains Dr. John P. Duffy, hepatobiliary and abdominal transplant surgeon at Integris Health in Oklahoma City. Together with colleagues Dr. Vivek Kohli, director of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, and Dr. Lori Kautzman, another hepatobiliary and abdominal transplant surgeon, Duffy performed the operation that would forever change Fleming’s life. As Fleming aged, Duffy explains, he began developing complications secondary to his GSD, including painful enlargement of his liver and growth of tumors – tumors which, if not operated upon, had the possibility of hemorrhaging or turning into liver cancer. At first, when Fleming began suffering from severe stomach pains, he and his loved ones simply dismissed this as another symptom of his diseases. But as his pain persisted and grew more severe, he began to notice a larger bulge in his side. “When I saw him for the first time, knowing he had GSD Ib, and seeing his painful and massively enlarged liver full of tumors, it was clear that he needed a liver transplant,” Duffy says. However, due to past complications from operations and the necessity for immunosuppression medications, Fleming’s medical team had always considered a liver transplant too high-risk for their patient. Duffy admits that it was a difficult case, not only due to Fleming’s health risks, but because he needed a special exception to be placed on the transplant list. “Getting Kyle transplanted was not exactly straightforward,” Duffy says. “The liver transplant allocation system appropriates livers based on severity of illness, and according to Kyle’s laboratory parameters, his liver function was normal and he would not be eligible for transplant.” Duffy and his team petitioned the transplant review board to grant an exception based on the severe dangers posed by his liver tumors and by hypoglycemia, and to everyone’s relief, it was granted. Today, Fleming leads a very different life than the one he experienced before his liver transplant. His transplant was a success, and with the support of his sister and the medical teams at Integris, he JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



Psychiatry JILL WARNOCK Laureate Psychiatric Clinic & Hospital, OU Medical Center, OU-Tulsa, Dept. Psychiatry, 4444 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK, 74135, 918.619.4400; Anxiety & Mood Disorders in Women, Sexual Dysfunction/Hormonal Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Pulmonary Disease RICHARD BREGMAN Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Pulmonary Medicine Associates, 6585 S. Yale Ave., Suite 650, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.502.4888; Sleep Disorders/Apnea FRED GARFINKEL Hillcrest Medical Center, Respiratory Specialists of Tulsa, 1265 S. Utica Ave., Suite 102, Tulsa, OK, 74104-4018, 918.582.7007; Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, Asthma GARY KINASEWITZ OU Medical Center, OU Physicians – Pulmonary Medicine, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7001; Lung Cancer, Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Pulmonary Hypertension, Thromboembolic Disorders DAVID LEVIN OU Medical Center, VA Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OU Physicians Building, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 2500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7001; Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), Smoking Cessation



Kyle Fleming received a life-altering liver transplant with the help of physicians at Integris Health.

was able to make a swift recovery from his operation. He no longer must ingest cornstarch every two hours in order to live, and can sleep uninterrupted through the night for the first time in his life. “I feel I’ve been very blessed to have gotten on the transplant list, for receiving the transplant, for the phenomenal medical staff and for the entire thing going so well and allowing me to be with the people that are special to me,” he says. “Dr. Duffy is awesome. Even before the transplant, he assured me that he was confident in his ability to perform a good surgery, and he was able to set my doubtful mind at ease. I was told the transplant could take up to 10 hours, but Dr. Duffy completed mine and had me back in ICU within five-and-ahalf hours. He has been there for me afterward and is very helpful if I have any questions … He is incredible. I owe him my life and couldn’t thank him enough.” Duffy gives all the credit to his team and to the people of Oklahoma. “In reality, all of Oklahoma should take pride and satisfaction in seeing a patient like Kyle benefit from the generosity of the donor and donor’s family and from dedicated and hard-working Oklahomans. I tell patients that we surgeons are like UPS: we deliver the packages that are made available by the community. It really is a complete community effort and achievement.”

“The Next Thing I Remember …”

“It was just a regular Monday,” says 16-year-old Bixby resident Jonathan Fussell. “I got up, got ready and rode the bus to school. I don’t remember feeling bad or anything. When I got to fourth hour, which was biology, I just felt very tired and put my head down to take a nap. The next thing I remember was being in the hospital, and my mom telling me that my heart had stopped and I had been in sudden cardiac arrest.” This wasn’t Fussell’s first brush with death. As a baby, he suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, a disorder that causes poor heart function. His first heart transplant took place when he was 9 months old. Now, heart number two was failing. As his teacher performed



DANIEL NADER Oklahoma State University Medical Center, CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, OSU Center for Respiratory Medicine, 802 S. Jackson Ave., Suite 210, Tulsa, OK, 74127, 918.584.5359; Lung Cancer, Interventional Pulmonology

Radiation Oncology TERENCE HERMAN OU Medical Center, Oklahoma University Health Science Center, 800 NE 10th St., Level L, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104-5417, 405.271.5641; Breast Cancer, Sarcoma, Brain Tumors

RUSSELL POSTIER OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, Dept. Surgery, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 4500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer – Early Detection, Pancreatic Surgery DENISE RABLE St. John Medical Center Breast Care Center, St. John Medical Center, 2000 S. Wheeling Ave., Suite 100, Tulsa, OK, 74104, 918.403.7120; Breast Disease, Breast Cancer LANETTE SMITH Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, Warren Clinic, 6475 S. Yale Ave., Suite 400, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.585.5658; Breast Surgery

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery R. MARK BODENHAMER Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates, 4050 W. Memorial Rd. Floor 3, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120, 405.608.3800; Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery JOHN CHAFFIN INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, 3433 NW 56th St., B Building, Suite 670, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112, 405.951.4345; Transplant – Heart, Transplant – Lung, Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) SCOTT LUCAS St Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 608 NW 9th St., Suite 2110, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, 405.310.3028; Mitral Valve Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Endovascular Surgery MARVIN PEYTON OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 4500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.5789; Thoracic Surgery GOYA RAIKAR Oklahoma Heart Hospital – South Campus, 5224 E. I-240 Service Rd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73135, 405.628.6815; Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Cancers

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TIMOTHY HUETTNER Saint Francis Hospital – Tulsa, St. John Medical Center, 5555 E. 71st St., Suite 7100, Tulsa, OK, 74136, 918.491.9007; Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus/SLE JOAN MERRILL OU Medical Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7805; Lupus/SLE, Rheumatoid Arthritis IRA TARGOFF OU Medical Center, OU Physicians, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 4300, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.8478; Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Arthritis

Surgery WILLIAM DOOLEY OU Medical Center, 825 NE 10th St., Suite 4500, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104, 405.271.7867; Breast Cancer, Tumors – Rare and Multiple, Sarcoma, Melanoma RUSSELL GORNICHEC Integris Baptist Medical Center – Oklahoma, Deaconess Hospital, Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma, 3433 NW 56th St., B Building, Suite 970, Oklahoma City, OK, 73112, 405.713.4450; Obesity/Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery JAMES MCCURDY Norman Regional Hospital, Norman Surgical Associates, 500 E. Robinson, Suite 2300, Norman, OK, 73071, 405.329.4102; Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery

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emergency CPR and defibrillated Fussell’s heart, his classmates dialed 911 to summon emergency personnel to the scene. “By the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital, (Jonathan’s father) David and I were already there,” says Fussell’s mother, Alexia. “When the door of the ambulance opened, the paramedic in the back said, ‘He’s alive! Thank God!’ Once I saw Jonathan, I knew he’d been through a lot of trauma that morning. I was grateful to see him awake.” Fussell’s cardiac arrest was the result of his body experiencing a late rejection of his donor heart, says his doctor at Saint Francis Hospital. Pediatric interventional cardiologist Dr. Matthew Kimberling explains that Fussell suffered from post-transplant vasculopathy, a reaction of a heart recipient’s body that causes the arteries to inflame and narrow. “There’s no real treatment for that,” Kimberling says. As soon as test results confirmed the diagnosis – that every one of Fussell’s



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Our Panel Deby Snodgrass, executive director, Oklahoma Travel and Tourism Department Chuck Mai, vice president of public affairs, AAA Oklahoma Mike Carrier, president, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau Ray Hoyt, senior vice president, VisitTulsa/Tulsa Sports Commission

The most varied terrain in the nation, more miles of shoreline, rich history, eye-popping architecture and the nicest people around – Oklahoma has it all. When we asked Oklahoma’s tourism experts to dish on their favorite spots in the Sooner State, they gave us enough things to do to keep you going all summer long.

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“Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area in Lawton is a great place for summer recreation – paddleboats, waterslides, playgrounds, miniature golf, water sport rentals. There is never a shortage of fun things to do there.” – Jessica Henderson

“River Parks is one of Tulsa’s most utilized recreational areas. The parks stretch along 10 miles of the Arkansas River with spacious dual trails, serving an estimated one million visitors per year. Visitors can stroll, run, bike, or skate along the trails winding the river and enjoy beautiful scenery and amazing NatureWorks sculptures, which is the city’s largest collection of bronze wildlife sculptures. It’s really something an entire family can enjoy; the QuikTrip Plaza at 41st Street and Riverside is a big draw for visitors and families with its water features and playgrounds.” – Ray Hoyt


“The Oklahoma River has become a hotbed of outdoor recreation in Oklahoma City. There are 13 miles of running/bicycle trails along the river, and OKC RIVERSPORT in the Chesapeake Boathouse offers hourly bicycle, recreational kayak, standup paddleboard and pedal boat rentals. There’s also the new SandRidge Sky Trial and Youth zone, which features an 80-foot, six-level adventure course and a 200 foot zip line.” – Mike Carrier

“Tulsa’s LaFortune is top-notch – golf, jogging, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, great big trees and lots of parking. A close second is Mitch Park in Edmond – wonderful walking trails, a skate park, disc golf and an amphitheater.” – Chuck Mai

Personal Favorite

“The Bricktown Entertainment District is a much sought-after destination in Oklahoma City for locals and tourists alike. Bricktown features a breathtaking canal, delicious restaurants, unique shops and a variety of entertainment spots.” – Sherri Rogers

“Bricktown should definitely be included on your must-see list. You can catch a ballgame at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, cruise the Bricktown Canal in a water taxi, grab a bite to eat at some of the best restaurants in town and paint the town red with an array of nightlife options. Bricktown is especially fun to visit on nights with Thunder home games or during their summer concert series.” – Mike Carrier




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Personal Favorite

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

“My very favorite Oklahoma destination would be the Wichita Wildlife Refuge. Growing up near the refuge, it is a place I spent so much of my childhood; climbing, hiking, exploring. It truly is an amazing natural playground with a wonderful history and great views. And it’s a ritual to follow up a day of refuge adventure with a longhorn burger from Meers.” – Jessica Henderson

Red Rock Canyon State Park, Hinton. “I spent summers there as a kid, and I’ve loved it ever since,” says Jessica Henderson.


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“Turner Falls. A natural swimming hole dominated by a 77-foot waterfall. Way cool. Plus, there’s lots to do in the Davis area and the Arbuckle Mountains.” – Chuck Mai “Bath Lake in Medicine Park! It’s such a great swimming hole.” – Jessica Henderson

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“White Water Bay has more than 30 water rides and divein movies in July.” – Mike Carrier “The absolute best place in Tulsa to swim has to be Big Splash Water Park. The park has a seven-story-tall water slide that native Tulsans call the silver bullet, and the name fits when you’re riding down it. There’s also a wave pool, float rides and a children’s pool, so it’s a great spot for the whole family.” – Ray Hoyt

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“Little Blue State Park at Grand Lake is a quaint and tranquil hideaway. It’s an idyllic place to take a dip and read a book. The water flowing from a nearby stream is so clear you can see every rock beneath your bare feet.” – Deby Snodgrass

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Points Of Interest Rock Climbing

“Oklahoma City’s Museum of Osteology is the only museum of its kind in America. It features more than 300 skeletons on display, including a 40-foot humpback whale skeleton. It’s a fun and educational attraction for the whole family.” – Ray Hoyt “It is hidden, or nearly so, but it seems it consistently tops lists of favorite chicken places in the state. Of course, I am talking about Eischen’s in Okarche, Oklahoma’s oldest bar. I make the pilgrimage to

this small west central Oklahoma town at least twice monthly. The chicken is truly awesome. Unfortunately, Eischen’s doesn’t deliver.” – Chuck Mai “Cottage Primitives Lavender Farm near Shawnee is the perfect afternoon getaway. The cottage features handcrafted gifts, Shaker furniture and more. Lavender harvesting begins June 1 each year and lasts until the first frost.” – Sherri Rogers “Medicine Park is such a gem, although I don’t know how hidden it is these days. It seems that everyone I talk to has been or wants to visit this great little town. And it’s truly worth the trip. Medicine Park has such a fun history, is picturesque and eclectic. The locals or, Parkies, are often as unique and interesting as the town itself, which always makes for a fun visit.” – Jessica Henderson

Museum of Osteology

Points Of Interest Canoe

Lower Mountain Fork River in Beavers Bend. “A couple of miles of the prettiest river you’ll ever dip a canoe into,” says Chuck Mai.

Personal Favorite

“The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is certainly a must-see for any resident or visitor to Oklahoma. It is a moving tribute to those lost, those who survived and those changed forever by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is worth a visit any time of the day, but it’s especially beautiful at night.” – Mike Carrier “I don’t love the reason for its existence, but anytime someone from out-of-state comes to visit, a must-see is the Oklahoma City National Memorial, a world-class remembrance that is as sobering as it is inspiring.” – Chuck Mai




Oklahoma City National Memorial


“The Selman Bat Watch is a truly oneof-a kind Oklahoma adventure. Female bats travel 1,400 miles each spring to give birth in Selman Cave located near Freedom. For five weeks in July and August, you can watch a million bats fly out of the cave in search of their evening meal. It’s an hour-long procession you don’t want to miss – particularly the babies, who are the last in line and just learning how to fly.” – Deby Snodgrass

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Points Of Interest

Native America Three of the best Native American destinations • Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah • Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur

Personal Favorite

The Brady Arts District

Points Of Interest

“The Brady Arts District is a historical district known for having a funky vibe and it really embodies the renaissance that is happening in downtown Tulsa right now. In just a couple of years, it’s gone from an area filled with mostly abandoned old warehouses to an entire, walkable arts district filled with shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Our new urban park, Guthrie Green, is really bringing visitors back to downtown for outdoor recreation and concerts. It’s great to see so many citizens and visitors taking advantage of the development here.” – Ray Hoyt

Back To Nature

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, near Pawhuska. “Where else can you see wildlife roam free and actually get close enough to get acquainted?” says Deby Snodgrass.


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“My favorite view can be found from the upper decks of Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Whether you are facing east or west, you will have a beautiful view of the campus as well as Norman. You can see for miles from up top.” – Sherri Rogers “It’s hard to compare any view to the night sky at Black Mesa, but standing atop Gloss Mountain gives you a bird’s eye view of



Western Oklahoma that will make you want to fly like a hawk and make lazy circles in the sky.” – Deby Snodgrass “It’s so hard to narrow down a particular spot. I truly believe that no matter where you are in Oklahoma, you’ll see one of the best sunrises or sunsets anywhere. However, if I had to pick a particular favorite, I would say that a little-known historical marker in the tiny town of Addington is a top spot. The area is known as Monument Hill, and gives a sweeping view of pasture land and skies for miles around.” – Jessica Henderson “There’s a recreational area just minutes from downtown Tulsa that’s not widely known called Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. It has around 300 acres of heavily-wooded crests and valleys connected by a maze of dirt trails for mountain bikers and cross country runners. When you get to the summit, you find a sweeping view of Tulsa from north to south along the river corridor. It’s a special place; there’s a real wonder about having this green haven within the midst of a city.” – Ray Hoyt


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“I’m a real arts nut as well as a foodie. I try to never miss Claremore’s Bluegrass and Chili Festival as well as the Stratford and/or Porter Peach Festivals. And for art, nothing beats lazy First Friday Gallery Walks through Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District.” – Chuck Mai

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“Edmond’s LibertyFest features 11 events from June 2-July 4. They include a car show, cardboard boat regatta, KiteFest, rodeo, road rally, A Taste of Edmond, Concert in the Park, parade, ParkFest at UCO, fireworks and a scholarship pageant. LibertyFest was selected as one of the Top 10 places to be in America on July 4 by CNN and USA Today. That portion of the festival is a week long celebration of the birth of this nation and the heritage of our state.” – Sherri Rogers

“During the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in early June, more than 100 North American Indian tribes participate in what is the largest Native American event of its type. The festival includes a parade in downtown Oklahoma City, a dance competition, juried art market, children’s activities and more. It’s one of the most anticipated festivals in Oklahoma City each year.” – Mike Carrier “I always enjoy the Mayor’s Blues Ball in

Medicine Park. This event takes place every Labor Day weekend, and is free to the public. The Oklahoma State Fair is a must, and of course, any rodeo or powwow that takes place across the state is worth attending.” – Jessica Henderson “A Tulsa tradition that continues to get better each year is the ONEOK FreedomFest. Every year, nearly 100,000 people come to the banks of the Arkansas River to celebrate July 4. In addition to the spectacular 20-minute fireworks display, there are lots of free activities for the family such as inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, hot-air balloon, facepainting and various fair-style food vendors.” – Ray Hoyt



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Clockwise from top left: Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, Blue Dome Service Station, POPS, the Blue Whale, the Round Barn.

Personal Favorite “I wouldn’t be a true Okie if I neglected to mention Route 66. Oklahoma has more drivable miles of this iconic roadway than any other state. But the allure is more than just memorable blacktop – it’s attractions such as POPS and the Round Barn in Arcadia, the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami, Route 66 museums in Elk City and Clinton, the Victorian Belvidere Mansion in Claremore, the Blue Whale in Catoosa, the Blue Dome Service Station in Tulsa, and Lucille’s Roadhouse in Weatherford.” – Chuck Mai “I love to drive Route 66. While driving the famous Mother Road through Oklahoma you see so many fantastic things; whether it’s landmarks, businesses, or just the natural scenery. I even love to see the older, dilapidated buildings that still maintain the structure and character we all know and associate with Route 66. There’s so much history along this road, and it darts across the entire state.” – Jessica Henderson “I love Oklahoma and Tulsa’s stretch of Route 66. From Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza at the edge of downtown Tulsa all the way to the iconic Blue Whale in Catoosa, the route is filled with historic buildings and shops. Even in the areas which aren’t developed, there’s still a sense of nostalgia that goes along with traveling on the Mother Road.” – Ray Hoyt




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Oklahoma’s two major metropolitan areas offer all the makings of a great vacation, whether you’re visiting or being a tourist in your own backyard. Create a mini-vacation or an unforgettable summer weekend with these unique Tulsa and Oklahoma City experiences.


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Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show, Pawnee. Experience things the cowboy way with this traditional parade and Western variety show.

The group of attractions collectively known as the Adventure District offers an assortment of exciting and educational opportunities. The five destinations included in this area are the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Remington Park Racing & Casino. The Smithsonian affiliated Oklahoma History Center brings all of Oklahoma together under one big roof for an exploration of the state’s history, culture, geology and more. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art showcases a permanent collection of notable American and European art, as well as a significant installation of Dale Chihuly glass works. Special exhibits, events, film and terrific dining broaden the experience. Stockyards City celebrates and preserves OKC’s cowboy days with a collection of more than 70 businesses and attractions centered on the city’s historic cattle market. This is the place to go for Western wear, dinner at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse or a show at the Rodeo Opry. The newly refurbished Myriad Botanical Gardens and Tropical Conservatory is a 17-acre lush oasis in the heart of downtown OKC. This natural escape includes a children’s garden, dog park and splash pads, and the dramatic Crystal Bridge Tropical Myriad Botanical Gardens Conservatory showcases and Tropical Conservatory more than 2,000 varieties of tropical plants.

Tulsa ONEOK Field in the heart of Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District is home to the MLB Tulsa Drillers, and they’ll be bringing big time action to the field all summer long. Check out the schedule for special events, and don’t miss Friday Fireworks and a special Fourth of July celebration. If you’re looking for something a little wild this summer, head to the Tulsa Zoo for lions, tigers and bears and much more – a new sea lion exhibit, African penguins and Asian elephants, for instance.


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The Oklahoma Aquarium is home to all sorts of aquatic creatures from raccoons and otters to bull sharks and jellyfish. Channel your inner Gatsby while taking in Tulsa’s Art Deco masterpieces. Tulsa boasts the country’s third largest collection of this iconic architectural style, which can be seen in private residences, skyscrapers and the spectacular Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Tulsa is well-known as a destination for art, and you can easily plan a trip around the city’s museums and galleries. Philbrook Museum of Art’s splendid American and European collections and immaculate architecture and grounds make it a crown jewel of the city, and if you’re into art of the American West, Gilcrease Museum has one of the best collections in the world. Also be sure to add the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to your list and plan your visit around a First Friday Art Crawl to see the best of the city’s local galleries. Get a taste of Vegas-style excitement with three casinos, each just minutes from downtown. River Spirit Casino and Osage Casino offer Las Vegas-style gaming along with a range of dining and entertainment options. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino combines these amenities with a luxury hotel, golf and more. JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM






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When many people consider travel, they do so with images of sandy beaches, exotic locales and enough of the unusual to be appealing but not offputting. But while those things and more are readily available at the pantheon of great vacation destinations around the world, many are also available in America’s heartland and often within just a few hours drive from much of Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s neighboring states offer a host of terrific, often underexposed attractions and destinations that can easily become the foundation for any summer vacation, weekend getaway, or romantic escape. But where to start? To address that question, Oklahoma Magazine sought the recommendations of top tourism officials in their respective states for thoughts on the top five can’t-miss attractions, regions and towns – an ideal recommended itinerary of sorts for those who want to get to know their region and have a good time simultaneously.



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To get to know Missouri’s cities and quaint towns, Missouri Division of Tourism director Katie Steele says to consider traversing the 300 miles of Route 66 across the state. Famed Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is along the scenic route, as is the Big Piney River and ample canoeing opportunities, Carthage and its historic courthouse and numerous small stops featuring memorabilia and a taste of the legendary highway’s history. Steele also recommends the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. “It’s one of the more iconic sites in the country, not only because of the amazing architecture, but also because the experience of riding to the top is not something one soon forgets,” she says. Missouri is home to five professional sports teams and several gaming establishments, but it is a lesser-known site Steele recommends for sports or history fans and for families – the Negro League Hall of Fame. The Hall tells the story of the league in which African-Americans played baseball prior to racial integration. “Jackie Robinson is just one player whose story is told there; you can also learn about many great players who never made it to the Major Leagues,” Steele says.

Of course, Missouri is famous for its spectacular scenery and outdoor opportunities, and Steele cites Elephant Rocks State Park in southeast Missouri as one of the most popular. Billion-year-old granite boulders appear like great elephants and appeal both for the natural amazement and for the sporting chance to climb them. No visit to the Show Me State is complete without a visit to Branson, the Las Vegas of the Midwest, with its stellar host of theaters, famed live performers and shows and numerous other sources of entertainment. “It’s a great family destination, and Branson has a special vibe because of the number of performers who work and live in the city,” Steele says.

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Carthage, Missouri

The Natural State Meets Cosmopolitan

Arkansas has forced its way into the national consciousness with a couple of recent significant events – the Bill Clinton presidency and the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. Both figure into the state’s top five must-see destinations. Arkansas Tourism Director Joe David Rice cites the astounding Crystal Bridges Museum as one of the keys to northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Bentonville, Eureka Springs) and as being one of the must-visits in the state. “The building alone is worth the visit because of its architecture and the way it is built into the surrounding environment,” Rice says. “And that’s before you even consider the unrivaled collection of American art.” Other visitors will find fast-growing Fayetteville and its many University of Arkansas attractions appealing. Quirky Eureka Springs continues to be one of the most popular destinations for visitors from all over. “Eureka Springs is eclectic and unusual – a quaint little town that people find fascinating and enjoyable,” says Rice. Central Arkansas’ Little Rock and North Little Rock is another region that makes the list. Since the opening of the Clinton Library, more than $1 billion has been invested in the area in new restaurants, shops and even a trolley system. A new ballpark



and trails along and bridges over the river provide plenty of green space from which to observe the incredible growth the city and region are undergoing. Hot Springs is “probably the best family oriented destination in Arkansas,” Rice says. He cited the combined Magic Springs water park and Crystal Falls amusement park as key attractions to families. Garvan Woodland Gardens draws those interested in lush botanical gardens while The Gangster Museum of America re-tells the story of Al Capone and other famous 20th century mobsters who sat aside their weapons while relaxing and scheming in Hot Springs. Honeymooners also find the guesthouses and quaint splendor of the town appealing. Established in 1972 as the first National River, Buffalo National River flows for 150 un-dammed miles out of the Ozarks and is a natural marvel. “It’s a place where you can still see the natural beauty of the Ozarks,” Rice says. The upper stretch of the river is for experienced canoers, while the central and lower areas are perfect for those of any level, as well as


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floaters and others who enjoy placid outdoor recreation. Finally, Great River Road in Arkansas parallels the Mississippi River as just one component of a path that continues through numerous states. It is here that the Blues were born and the inspiration for the tales of Mark Twain occurred. Along the scenic route are Civil War battle sites, plenty of green spaces and wildlife, making for a distinct Arkansas travel experience.

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It isn’t easy for even the most informed Texan to narrow down the massive state’s many attractions to a top five. Given its relative size and population, some of its cities alone can be terrific, fulfilling vacation destinations. But the state’s tourism officials were happy to share ideas, some of which might be relatively new even to Oklahomans next door. In Galveston Island, the past is becoming present with the recent opening of the Historic Pleasure Pier. Based on the original Pleasure Pier that was built on the island in the 1940s, this amusement park offers 16 rides, a full-service restaurant, midway games, shopping and live entertainment, all overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The Perot Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a 2006 merger of the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum – provides a world of exploration at its current Fair Park campus. But the Museum has its sights set on creating a new, world-class venue at a centrally located 4.7-acre site in Dallas’ Victory Park to supplement the Fair Park museum. The new, $185-million museum features the latest technology and innovations in conjunction with authentic collections and hands-on activities, all designed to educate present and future generations. “2012 and 2013 have brought many new opportunities for familyfriendly travel in Texas,” points out Texas Tourism’s director of Tourism Brad Smyth. “The Perot Museum of Nature & Science brings a world of



interactive exploration to Dallas, while along the Texas Gulf Coast, The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier stretches more than 1,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico offering rides, games, food venues and more.” The Texas BBQ Trail is another sure-fire hit for foodies and families. Travelers can sample some of the best slow-smoked barbecue in the state on this trail that takes visitors through barbecue joints in Elgin, Lockhart, Luling and Taylor. While open year-round, most of the trail’s big events take place during the summer months, including the Taylor International BBQ Cook-off in September. Similarly, the Texas Hill Country Wine Trails celebrate the state’s wine renaissance. Many might recall that in the 1970s, a wine revolution swept through Texas, jumpstarting the birth of vineyards and wineries throughout the state. Today, Texas ranks fifth among wine-producing states. “For travelers who want an experience beyond our dynamic cities, The Texas Hill Country provides scenic landscapes, charming historic towns, 185 wineries and 220 family-owned Kreuz Market, Lockhart, vineyards to explore, making for a truly Texas unique experience,” Smyth says. Finally, the Sea-World Aquatica Park is a relatively new Texas draw, having opened just over a year ago. Aquatica – an extension of the water park in Orlando, Fla. – features three terraced pools, a giant wave pool, meandering rivers and racing rides – including a one-of-a-kind family raft ride that goes underwater through a reef filled with stingrays and tropical fish and another ride that sends family rafts up a zero-gravity wall where riders experience weightlessness. More than 42,000 square feet of white, sandy beaches also cover the park.


Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas, Texas


Colorado’s geographic diversity provides plenty of attractions beyond the ski resorts famous to most sports-oriented Oklahomans. “Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the country’s most iconic national parks,” says Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “The 415-square-mile park has more than 350 miles of hiking trails, 150 lakes, 450 miles of streams and 72 named peaks higher than 12,000 feet. There is so much to do in the park, from hiking and rafting to camping and wildlife watching. The park is also home to Trail Ridge Road, one of my favorite spots. It sits at more than 12,000 feet in elevation, the highest road of any U.S. national park. The views are amazing, as more than a quarter of the park is above tree line.” Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is another must-see. The fort is a meticulously reconstructed trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail. Starting in the 1840s, traders, trappers, travelers and Cheyenne and Arapaho American Indian tribes gathered peacefully for trade and commerce. “The Fort recreates that experience today, thanks to some very talented living historians, who can trans-

port you back hundreds of years ago and give visitors a real window into frontier life,” White says. He also recommends the Colorado National Colorado National Monument Monument. “This is a very special place in Colorado, just outside of Grand the longest rivers in the Junction. It’s a country (and one of the favorite spot for top whitewater rafting photographers, who rivers, too) churns below can capture some the bridge. amazing shots of Rocky Mountain Nationa l Park, Colorado Finally, Great Sand amazing canyons Dunes National Park and rock forma& Preserve is a distinct tions. Visitors to the park can enjoy hikColorado experience. ing and bicycling as well as wildlife watching. “Outside of Alamosa in southern Colorado, The Monument is home to red-tailed hawks, the Great Sand Dunes are home to the largest golden eagles, ravens, desert bighorn sheep and sand dunes in North America,” White says. more,” says White. “The dunes attract visitors who hike and even Central Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is another fascinating attraction. The Royal use modified skis and snowboards to traverse Gorge is home to an engineering marvel: one of the sandy slopes. It’s much different than skiing Colorado’s world-renowned powder, of the world’s highest suspension bridges, measuring 956 feet high and stretching a quarter mile course, but it’s a favorite activity for visitors across the canyon. The Arkansas River, one of to the park.” MATT INDEN/MILES

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New Mexico is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and each makes the list of must-see stops in the diverse state. Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in North America. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America. The Chacoan people of Chaco Canyon combined many elements – pre-planned architectural design, geometry, landscaping, astronomical alignment and engineering – to create an ancient urban center of spectacular architecture. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to 117 known Taos Pueblo, New


caves all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. “The large cave chamber, The Big Room, is almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide and 255 feet at its highest point, making it the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world,” says Veronica Valencia, New Mexico Tourism Department director of marketing and communications. “There is an incredible exodus of Mexican free-tail bats out of the cavern in the summer.” The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail is an entirely different type of New Mexico attraction. Green chile gives the region’s cuisine a distinctive style and is widely used in the green chile cheeseburger. This culinary creation is New Mexico’s passion. Restaurants across the state include the signature dish on their menu, which

has led to the creation of the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, comprised of 48 chiledevoted restaurants. The trail maps out where each restaurant is located so visitors and locals can enjoy the infamous cheeseburger to their hearts’ content. Although New Mexico has several interesting cities and countless scenic small towns, a visit to Santa Fe is a must. The combination of Native American and Southwest-inspired arts and culture and distinct artsy vibe of the city make it a must as either a base of vacation operations or a targeted visit. Still, much of New Mexico’s appeal rests outside major urban areas, Valencia says. “It’s a place for travelers with an adventurous spirit and thirst for authenticity, looking for discovery of the off-the beaten path experiences, connection with the past, the land, their families and an adventure that feeds the soul.”

Great Plains, the great storms, the prairie,” Smalley says. “It actually snows inside the theater.” Hutchinson is home to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, another can’t-miss, Smalley says. “It has the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside The Smithsonian and the largest collection of Soviet artifacts outside Russia,” he says. “In addition to being fascinating, it is also great for kids because there are hands-on components. It takes you through the early era of the Space Race with a side-by-side comparison as equipment and procedures developed on either side.” Finally, Smalley says that those seeking something differ-

ent should visit the town of Lucas. There, S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden is one of the state’s great wonders. Created more than 100 years ago by Civil War veteran Dinsmoor, the massive, diverse sculpture collection towering over visitors’ heads is impressive and unique. National Scenic Byway, Flint Hills, Kansas


More Than Meets The Eye

Kansas conjures images of cornfields, slow small towns and wide-open spaces. But it is also home to fascinating attractions, many of which are just a short distance from the Oklahoma border. Chief among those sites is the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. “The Museum continues to evolve, and it is very well done,” says Kansas Tourism marketing director Richard Smalley. “It documents his role in World War II with a timeline that extends into his presidency.” Kansas’ version of Manhattan might not be home to Madison Avenue, but in and around the city are a number of attractions that make it a singular destination. “If you take the National Scenic Byway along Highway 177, you will go through Cottonwood Falls – a little town with a five-star hotel with only 15 rooms,” Smalley says. “There is a café there where on Friday nights they have jam sessions right on the street in front.” Farther north is the National Tall Grass Prairie Reserve, Smalley says, and the brand new Flint Hills Discovery Center is a must. “One thing that often blows people away is the short video there that talks about the


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From wedding bands to cummerbunds, we look at the top wedding trends. A ring has been put upon it and the date has been set. Now what? We take a look at some to biggest wedding trends of 2013 to help with your planning.

That Other Band So much emphasis is put on the engagement ring that wedding bands often take a backseat, and those bands that couples slip on one another’s fingers as a symbol of undying love on their wedding day are traditionally pretty simple. That may be changing, though. The biggest names in jewelry are rolling out more elaborate wedding bands for both men and women with four major trends making a mark this

year. Vintage-inspired designs, which have been a huge trend for engagement rings, are becoming increasingly popular for wedding bands. Look for motifs that recall the Victorian era and Art Deco designs that evoke the Roaring ‘20s. While wedding rings of generations past were often simple, unadorned bands of metal, there is a definite move toward stones and lots of them – even for men. And who says the stones have to be diamonds? Sapphires are hugely popular now and even emeralds and rubies are finding their way into wedding jewelry. Lastly, we’ve come to think of wedding jewelry as always being wrought in white metals, but gold is making a huge showing in both engagement and wedding rings.

While most Oklahoma couples will probably opt for white gold or platinum, if you want color, go for it.

Haute Gowns No matter how hard the boys try, a girl in a gorgeous wedding gown is going to steal the show every time. Celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie recently named what he sees as the biggest wedding gown trends for 2013. While grandma may blush a bit, Cowie notes that brides are showing a lot more skin these days. Nearly every major wedding gown designer rolled out backless dresses this season, giving the altar a huge dose of sex appeal. The off-the-shoulder look also made a huge comeback, and why not? Exposed shoulders are flattering for just about every body type. Designers also achieved the bare look with much use of JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



sheer illusion fabrics often paired with embroidery, lace, rhinestones and other embellishments. Cowie also notes that long sleeves are becoming increasingly popular. These too are often executed in sheer fabrics with tons of embellishments, giving brides a hint of sexiness and formality all at once. Vintage-inspired designs have been popular for several seasons, but this season, dresses are giving a serious nod to Old Hollywood screen sirens such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow and Rita Hayworth. Look for slinky, figure hugging gowns in silk crepes and chiffons. Cowie advises using glamorous accessories to push the movie star look over the top. Another vintage inspiration that Cowie takes note of are the high necklines found on the runways of Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, among others. Designers have been pushing color on brides for a while now, and while red or black gowns definitely make a splash on the runway, brides don’t seem to be buying it, opting instead for traditional whites and ivory shades. This season, top designers presented gowns in petal perfect shades of blue, pink and yellow. More traditionally minded Oklahoma brides are probably still going to choose a shade of white, but these have a feminine allure that is definitely befitting of a fairytale wedding. Remember, white gowns are fairly recent addition to wedding tradition.

you want to be ahead of the fashion curve, choose a shawl collar or a Gatsby-inspired double-breasted jacket. If you’re renting, you’ll find plenty of fashionable options, but be sure to make an appointment for a fitting well in advance and work with your representative to get the best fit available. Pay special attention to the jacket, it should fit snuggly, and for heaven’s sake make sure the pants are not too long. Unless your wedding is a very formal, evening affair, there are a range of options for the groom. Consider a tan or charcoal gray tuxedo or channel an English dandy

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Duds For Dudes Tune in to the Oscars, Grammys or other red carpet event, and you’ll quickly see that when it comes to men’s formal wear the basic black tuxedo is merely a jumping off point these days. Men are definitely more attuned to fashion and many want to stand out on their wedding day. But how does one do that in a rented tuxedo? Luckily, men’s formal wear rental stores are on track with a range of options, and with a little knowledge and a few tips, you can look red carpet ready at your wedding. First, you can never go wrong with a basic black, satin lapel tuxedo – every man looks great in a tux. A slim fit, narrow lapel tuxedo is a great option, especially for younger, more athletic grooms. The look is very modern, but gives a nod to that 1950s and ‘60s look we’re all so crazy about. If



black or a color that complements the suit. Fashion experts discourage matching the bridesmaids’ dresses. Cummerbunds and vests are optional and really depend on the style of the tuxedo. If you’re wearing one, choose a color that complements your suit. Shoes are an opportunity for a groom to make a statement. There is nothing wrong with the patent leather shoes available at the rental store, but you can add extra style to your ensemble with a shoe with a bit more panache. Consider a black and white brogue or blue suede evening slippers, for instance.

in a gray or navy morning jacket with complementary trousers. Add other splashes of style to your formal wear with accessories and personal touches. Consider purchasing a high-quality formal shirt to accompany your tux. You’ll be able to control the fit and choose from subtle details such as textured fabric and collar options that give an outfit an extra edge. When it comes to neckwear, the trend has moved from a regular tie back to the classic bow tie. Get a real one and learn to tie it – this is a skill every man should possess. Choose classic

No matter big or small, a wedding isn’t complete without flowers. Most couples will spend a considerable portion of their budget on flowers for the ceremony and reception. Flowers are a personal choice and often help relay a theme or mood of the wedding that is unique to the couple. So meet with your florist early in the wedding planning process and discuss the flowers that you like, the mood or theme of your wedding, colors, etc. Your florist will help you create a look that is tailor made to you. With that said, there are trends in floral design just like anything else. For more formal weddings, it’s all about the bloom. Look for lavish arrangements overflowing with large blooms, such a peonies, hydrangeas and tea roses in soft romantic colors. Flowers can also reflect or complement the wedding venue; bring all the colors of a garden into your outdoor reception or cool tones punctuated with seashells into your beachside ceremony. Texture and a touch of the unusual are lasting trends for wedding flowers. Succulents and textural plants such as lamb’s ear, lotus pods and fiddlehead ferns add special interest to wedding flowers. Also, look for a return to sculptural and minimal bouquets.

Cake As Art While the wedding cake has always been the centerpiece of a reception, the popularity of this confection has exploded in recent years, thanks in no small part to the many television programs that have turned cake decorating into spectator sport. Once people realized what could be done with cake, their

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imaginations ran wild. Luckily, there are bakers ready to turn your dreams in reality, even if your budget is modest. The cake is another opportunity to put your personal stamp on the wedding, so meet your baker and sugar artist early on so there is ample time for planning and execution of your cake. When it comes to trends, top cake designers around the country have noted some patterns. There is a continuation in the popularity of black and white cakes, and with the color combination’s role in fashion in 2013; it’s no wonder this classic pairing has longevity. It doesn’t have to be stark, though. Black and white looks great punctuated with a pop of a primary color. Also taking a cue from fashion, lace designs are also huge. Sugar artists use a number of techniques to create the look of lace from simple frosting work to much more elaborate and expensive processes. America’s love affair with things deemed vintage also translate to cake. Retro ‘50s and ‘60s cool will gradually give way to the ’20s and ‘30s, Art Deco, dapper flappers and Hollywood sirens. Couples aren’t shying away from color these days either. Whimsical wedding cakes have featured bright colors for years, but who says a more traditional cake can’t be emerald green. Speaking of green. Many industries have a color of the year, and cake decorators say their color is definitely mint green.

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What Should You Ask? When shopping for a venue, it’s important to be armed with the right questions. Riley suggests asking how long the event space will remain open on the big day. “Will it stay open until midnight or 2 a.m.?” she says. “Also, do you have food on site? Can you bring in décor? Can you bring in [entertainment]?” Hamilton suggests that once a couple knows what the budget is, ask how many guests the venue can accommodate and

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children are choosing, help them decide whether they want their parent to reside there. Some nursing homes have hospital environments that are set up like hospitals, with one to two residents per room, the NIA site states. Others have the “household” atmosphere that is designed to be like homes and have more of a relaxed feeling minus the daily fixed schedules. Some nursing homes offer a combination of the hospital and home atmospheres at their facilities. Important things to consider when making a decision include seniors asking themselves

“Others have the ‘household’ atmosphere that is designed to be like homes and have more of a relaxed feeling minus the daily fixed schedules.”

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How do expectations affect trust and communication in a relationship? We often enter into a relationship with unrealistic expectations or expectations that go unheard; and we oftentimes have polarized views on the scripts we follow within the relationship, which Courtney Linsen- can create major conflict and resentmeyer-O’Brien, ment. As emancipated as we believe PhD, LPC, MHR we have become as a society, we still find ourselves limiting both personal and relational growth potential by measuring our lives by cultural standards and the notion of immediate gratification (in the boardroom and bedroom). Much of this is problematic in couples’ lives due to ideals that become predominate themes in the areas of sexual intimacy, body image, emotional commitment and financial planning. All areas affect us and are important to the wellbeing of our future as we learn to trust ourselves, set boundaries, and make healthy relationship investments. The most important piece is to have realistic expectations of your personal life to balance any unrealistic expectations of a partnered relationship.

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n any weekend morning, take a stroll in downtown Oklahoma City. The typical bustle of the business week gives way to an opportunity to explore downtown at your leisure, uninhibited by the cars and crowds. There is a serene hush over the entire area, until you reach the 300 block of Robinson Avenue. There, on the corner, is a hive of happy activity. Peering through tall windows, you can see friends eagerly sharing each other’s dishes, diners reading the morning paper and the steam rising from mugs of house-cured coffee.

You have arrived at your destination for culinary nirvana. You have arrived at Kitchen No. 324. The latest culinary endeavor by A Good Egg Dining Group, Kitchen No. 324’s reputation as the best new restaurant in Oklahoma City has spread rapidly since its opening last December. The restaurant builds on an ever-growing trend in the food industry: buy local and buy fresh. Heather and Keith Paul, owners of A Good Egg, describe the menu as “American rustic.” Think “American favorites made from scratch in an unrefined manner,” says Keith Paul. “Think pie crust like JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM




your grandma makes or gravy with all the pan bits in it.” The Pauls say they were inspired by the idea of “the upscale and glamorous mid-century cafeteria.” And with its home in the famous Braniff building – 324 N. Robinson Ave., naturally – Kitchen No. 324 certainly provides a taste of luxury without sacrificing coziness. “We have a fondness for historic buildings, so the Braniff building was an easy fit,” says Heather Paul. “The building and architecture have great mixes of modern and historic character. I can’t imagine Kitchen No. 324 being located anywhere else.” Like all restaurants overseen by A Good Egg, Kitchen No. 324 is what Keith Paul describes as “American food reinvented,” and is influenced by a mixture of soul, southwestern and southern culinary traditions. Some of the most popular dishes include the restaurant’s green eggs and ham, cat head biscuits with chorizo gravy, fried chicken pot pie and the French dip. While the breakfast, lunch and brunch menus each boast an impressive array of temptations, the restaurant also prides itself on its house-cured coffee and bakery items. “Kitchen No. 324 puts as much thought and attention into our coffee service as we do into our cuisine,” says Heather Paul. “A full coffee bar featuring artisan-roasted beans and hand-curated coffee drinks has become an integral part of this concept. And we can’t forget about the dozens of pastries and breads, all baked in-house, or our popular, fresh, cold-pressed juices, a first for an Oklahoma restaurant.” 324 N. Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City. TARA MALONE




As one of numerous unassuming restaurants located near Oklahoma City’s Super Cao Nguyen Market, one might easily pass over Lido for something flashier nearby – but that would be a mistake. Boasting more than 100 dishes from Chinese, French and Vietnamese cuisine, Lido has been a staple of OKC’s Asian District for decades. The restaurant is a go-to for Uptown residents and students from nearby Oklahoma City University and fills up quickly during the lunch hour and on weekends. Lido has earned a well-deserved reputation for its hot and sour soup – easily the best in OKC – and for such fare as the combination vermicelli bowl, which includes heaping portions of pork, beef, chicken, shrimp and fried spring rolls on a bed of noodles and veggies. The specials in particular are reasonably priced and generous. 2518 N. Military Ave., Oklahoma City. – Tara Malone


The Hideaway ATW is topped with pepperoni, sausage and heaps of veggies.


One of the first pizzerias in Oklahoma, Hideaway has proved its classic recipe has staying power. Nearly six decades since it served the first pie, Hideaway now boasts 13 locations – including the original in Stillwater – across Oklahoma. Though renovations have been made to a few restaurant locations, the classic recipes stay the same. Diners still enjoy everything from the fried mushrooms and garlic bread to specialty pizzas such as The ATW and Dermer’s BBQ Chicken, a nod to the owners of the original: Hideaway’s barbecue sauce smeared on a crust is topped with garlicky chicken, red onion and bell pepper. For a little decadence, diners enjoy the Totally Truffled, a pizza with fresh spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheeses drizzled with truffle oil. www.hideawaypizza. com – Jami Mattox


The bakery at Kitchen No. 324 produces a variety of sweet and savory goods.


One of Lido’s specialties is the fried noodle bowl.

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With all of the processed foods available and temptation at almost every corner, eating healthy can be a real challenge. While simply consuming the daily recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables may seem like a nearly impossible task at times, there are ways to work them into your daily life without struggling. Turning that fruit into a salsa is a healthy and versatile option. But what fruit should you use? Consider kiwifruit. Native to China, those odd looking little fruits with the fuzzy brown skin and bright green flesh, dotted with tiny black seeds in their centers, have more vitamin C ounce-for-ounce than an orange. Vitamin C has been linked to numerous health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and the risk of respiratory problems and improving overall cardiovascular health. Kiwis are also high in potassium and fiber. Believe it or not, the brown, fuzzy skin is actually edible and a good source of additional fiber. To make eating easier and more palatable, be sure to scrub off some the fuzz beforehand. While you could certainly eat sweet and spicy kiwi salsa with chips, it is particularly delicious with pork, chicken or fish for a light but filling meal. – Jill Meredith

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Big Truck Tacos is not just a clever name; the eatery offers its one-of-a-kind tacos from the window of a food truck as well as from a converted drive-in located along 23rd Street in Oklahoma City. The tacos, burritos and other menu items are packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients that create

powerful flavors. The Okie Baha taco is a lighter take on California fish tacos: marinated tilapia is grilled and served on a tortilla topped with jicama-cabbage slaw and a garnish of green onion. The crunchy bite of the slaw combined with the flakiness of the fish and the sturdy tortilla creates a textural punch and a pleasant appeal. 530 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City.

The garden breakfast pizza at Wild Fork is topped with scrambled eggs, cheese and fresh veggies.

Breakfast Pizza Wild Fork

Kiwi Salsa 3 jalapenos, finely chopped 1 tbsp. minced shallot 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 tbsp. honey 1/4 tsp. cumin 6 kiwis, peeled and diced Salt and pepper 1/4 c. chopped cilantro In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well and adjust seasoning as needed. 100



Makes 6 accompaniment servings

It’s the most important meal of the day, yet some of us still neglect to eat a good breakfast. Thank goodness for restaurants like the Wild Fork, open six days a week at 7 a.m., that help us in our quest to start the day off right. The two-egg breakfast, biscuits and gravy, omelets – the staples are all offered. But Wild Fork offers twists on breakfast, including with a breakfast pizza. Homemade wheat crust is topped with scrambled eggs and cheese, then a variety of toppings, from garden vegetables and herbs to bacon, spinach and tomato, is added, creating a nutritious and filling breakfast. What a way to start the day. 1820 Utica Square, Tulsa. www.wildfork. com




Spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli – almost everyone is crazy about pasta. We may take for granted that preparing the noodles themselves is foolproof. Have you ever cooked pasta, all ready to plunge into that beautiful sauce that you so painstakingly prepared, only to find that it is mushy, flavorless and stuck together? Chris McKenna of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine in Oklahoma City, offers suggestions to ensure that pasta is perfect each and every time. While fresh pasta will not take as long to cook as dried, the process is the same. To start, be sure to fill a large pot with enough water so that the pasta has room to move around. The ratio for water to pasta is proximately 3:1. In other words, if you’re using a pound of pasta, you’ll need at least a gallon of water. Once the water comes to a boil, add a hefty pinch of salt, then the pasta. “Stir to separate the noodles and return to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook to al dente, or until pasta has a toothsome bite. If it is to be added to a sauce or baked, undercook slightly,” McKenna suggests. “Fresh pasta will only require about one-half or two-thirds the time of dried, depending on the type of pasta,” he adds. “If you want to cook fresh or dried pasta ahead of time, cool it in an ice bath to stop the cooking process, then chill until ready to use.” One last tip from McKenna is to add a little of the pasta water to the sauce to help thicken it and bring the dish together. – Jill Meredith


Eating banh mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich, out of a food truck may be an anomaly. But for Philip Phillips, owner of Lone Wolf Banh Mi, the idea seems quite natural.

“We had played around with (food truck) concepts for over a year and wrote a couple of complete menus,” he says. “Then, we took a trip to California and stumbled upon an upscale banh mi shop in San Francisco where we ate. We fell in love with the flavors, fell in love with the feeling you get after eating it, fell in love with the unique qualities of banh mi.” Philip Phillips concocts a banh mi in Phillips brought those his Lone Wolf food truck. unique flavors – which include marinated meats, cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro, aioli and fresh jalapeno sandwiched between baguette – back to Tulsa, and Lone Wolf was born. It’s a simple menu, and in addition to banh mi, Lone Wolf offers kimchi fries and beignets along with drinks, including Vietnamese coffee. The food goes quickly, and Phillips says that each week the goal is to figure out ways to keep more food stocked. “I believe another truck is inevitable at this point,” he says. “Only six months in, and we’re being forced to open another. I like our problems.” Lone Wolf’s location varies by day. To find out where Lone Wolf is parked, follow the truck on Twitter at @lonewolfbanhmi. – Jami Mattox CASEY HANSON




Absinthe Without Leave Absinthe, that vibrant green drink of artists and writers and rumored fuel that caused Van Gogh to chop off his ear, has enjoyed a mysterious reputation for decades. A distilled spirit infused with several herbs – including anise, fennel and other medicinal herbs – absinthe was created in the 18th century in Switzerland and quickly gained a cult-like following, famously from creative types including the afore-mentioned Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. Absinthe was also known as the “Green Fairy,” due to the presence of thujone, a chemical compound that, although found in only trace amounts, allegedly had harmful effects. By the early 20th century, absinthe was banned in the United States and several other countries, though it was still produced in Europe. However, a revival of the spirit in the early 21st century has helped

its popularity grow in both the U.S. and Europe. In 2007, a French distillery received permission to import absinthe into the United States. Also, in 2007, St. George Spirits in Alameda, Calif., began producing its own absinthe. Since then, small distilleries are once again producing the bright green drink, and it is popping up in boutique bars across the nation. Though absinthe is used in various cocktails, the traditional table-side service involves suspending a spoon holding an absinthe-soaked sugar cube over a glass of absinthe, igniting the cube and allowing a fountain of filtered water to drip down over the sugar cube, infusing the absinthe with the smoky sugar flavor. Norman’s Local offers this tableside service, generally with a variety of three to four absinthes to choose among. “It’s the traditional way of serving absinthe. It’s certainly a show,” says Melissa





Local offers tableside absinthe service.

Scaramucci, co-owner of Local. “Absinthe is made for sipping and relaxing. It’s a really cool, unique kind of experience and a great way to end a meal.” – Jami Mattox


One of the tastiest parts of the spring and summer months are the fresh herbs that are available. Though the most common use for these fragrant plants is in cooking, fragrant herbs can help add a pleasant aroma to most rooms; herbs can also be grown as decorative plants. Growing herbs can be quite a cinch, but some of us don’t have time for the basic upkeep. Purchasing fresh herbs becomes easier and a bit cheaper during this season, and if the basil you bought at the farmers’ market is destined for a future pasta dish, it’s best to keep it as fresh as possible. Luckily, there are devices that are designed to do just that. The Cuisipro Herb Keeper is a compact cylinder whose suspended tray system holds herb bunches together while keeping stems immersed in water. The Prepara Herb Savor Pods work in a similar way, keeping herbs stored tightly together, maintaining optimal freshness. Find Cuisipro products, including the herb keeper, at Williams-Sonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond stores throughout the state. Prepara products can also be found at WilliamsSonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond locations along with Savvy Bites in Shawnee, Pecks Lodge in Stillwater and Casey’s in Oklahoma City. – Jami Mattox





Plum Fool About Ida Red Bob Wills’ song that inspired the name of this Brookside boutique is certainly iconic, and the folks behind Ida Red have stocked the shelves with equally iconic merchandise, Cain’s memorabilia and, of course, candy and soda. After all, surely the King of Western swing enjoyed a good Cherry Mash every now and again. The Brookside shop is famous for its wide selection of nostalgic and hard-to-find candies, including the bestsellers Cherry Mash and Valomilk. Ida Red manager Angelina Wright says that Ida Red seeks out those nostalgic candies – including candy cigarettes and Zotz – because customers like to have a nostalgic taste of the past. “People come in and have a memory attached to this stuff, so it’s fun to see people totally go back in time,” Wright says. In addition to nostalgic candies, Ida Red stocks a wide selection of candy bars that are sold in the UK, including the Flake bar, Crunchie bar and Kinder chocolates. Wright also preaches the wonders of Kinder’s Happy Hippo Biscuits, small cookie wafers that have cream fillings. In addition to the sweets, Ida Red offers wide varieties of hard-to-find sodas, including the best-selling Cheerwine. Others looking for an adventure may opt to try Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda or Bacon Soda. Varieties of root beer are also available, including Dang! butterscotch root beer. Ida Red is located at 3336 S. Peoria in Tulsa. – Jami Mattox


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The Pride Of Theater


Tulsa returns to Pride Rock in a new tour of Disney’s The Lion King.

hen Disney’s The Lion King debuted on Broadway 16 years ago, it astounded everyone. A bare stage transformed into a graceful, contemporary rendering of the African savannah with surprising prop pieces, puppetry, costumes and makeup painstakingly engineered by and under award-winning director Julie Taymor. The youthful cast became a real pride for both Disney and a Broadway scene in desperate need of a fresh reboot. The Lion King may have began as an animated film brimming with ‘toon schtick and songs popular with the playground set, but its story gave it weight to carry over to the live stage. A displaced prince on a quest to avenge his father’s murder and to save his kingdom from the menacing uncle – it’s the kind of epic that has been told in many versions through the centuries (Danish prince à la Shakespeare, anyone?). Yet, as a musical set in the world of Africa’s majestic predator and prey animals, the story assumes mythical if

not ancient proportions. For all its stage innovation, The Lion King is old-school theater and storytelling at its best complete with heroes (Simba), villains (Scar) and comic relief – an unlikely set of pals named Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and warthog, respectively. Plus, you can’t go wrong with music by Elton John, can you? Families and the theater devout love it for these reasons and because you can’t beat it for fun, song and spectacle. Thanks to Celebrity Attractions, Tulsa will love it all over again. The Lion King returns for an extended engagement at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Chapman Music Hall, 101 E. Third St. The play runs June 4-July 7 and tickets are $25-$145 depending on day of the week. VIP ticket packages (which include a reserved ticket in the orchestra section, a souvenir program and a merchandise item) are available. To purchase, visit Find more about Celebrity Attractions and its upcoming 2013-14 season at www.celebrityattractions. KAREN SHADE JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM








PERFORMANCES LOOK Musical Theatre’s 2013 Season It’s a landmark year for LOOK Musical Theatre, and theatergoers are the ones who benefit. LOOK opens its 30th season with that meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Levi from Yonkers in Hello, Dolly!, the 1964 Broadway hit and comedy that has become a favorite for many generations. The show opens LOOK’s annual summer season with a June 14-30 run, which also marks the beginning of the SummerStage Festival, produced June-July by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust. The LOOK lineup fills out with The Drowsy Chaperone, a contemporary musical with a sharp nod to those great comedies of the 1920s complete with romance, a little adventure and plenty of madcap. It runs June 21-30. Finally, there’s Side by Side by Sondheim, a show running June 16, 23 and 28 and filled with the most memorable and clever numbers lyricist Stephen Sondheim has turned out to date. All three shows will be at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 111 E. Second St. Tickets are $32 per show. Go to for the show schedule and to learn more about the company’s history.

Performances A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thru June 1 Tulsa Camerata and Portico Dans Theatre collaborate on this adaptation of the Shakespeare fantasy through live music, dance, animation and theater on the Guthrie Green stage.

Dual Pianos Ragtime

June 2 Two young pianists tackle some old-time jazz at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a presentation by Ragtime for Tulsa. www.

Disney’s the Lion King

June 4-July 7 Sixteen years after it premiered on Broadway, the musical that awed the masses with its visual effects continues to reign. Celebrity Attractions brings live stage experience based on the 1994 animated film to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center once again.

Oklahoma Chautauqua June 4-8 “Anything Goes: America in the 1920s” brings to life Will Rogers, Henry Ford, Bessie Coleman, Babe Ruth and Zelda

Fitzgerald for this year’s scholars showcase at OSUTulsa.

Measure for Measure

June 6-22 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park opens a new season of summer fare at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage with one of William Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” a comedy searing with ethical and religious questions about a woman who must choose between her vows to the church and an indecent proposal that will save the life of her brother.

Something Intangible

Thru June 8 Carpenter Square presents this humorous play about two brothers running a Hollywood animation studio in 1941.

OK Mozart

June 9-15 Bartlesville’s outstanding music festival plays at locations in Bartlesville (including the Bartlesville Community Center) and venues in Oklahoma City. This year’s event includes band Hot Club of Cowtown and concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

Much Ado About Nothing

June 11-16 Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park performs the romantic comedy on the Guthrie Green stage with musical and dance entertainment before the show.

Starlight Band Concerts June 11-July 23 Outdoor concerts at River West Festival Amphitheater return Tuesday nights with jazz, movie night and more. Old Red on the Head and Jesus for the Defense June 13-15 Theatre Pops presents two short

plays at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, one by a Tulsa attorney R. Dobie Langenkamp.

The Cheril Vendetti Experience 2013 Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant at the Mabee Center



June 14 Comic and stage entertainer Vendetti brings her irreverent humor to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.




ment on the stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The Drowsy Chaperone

June 21-30 The lively Tony Award-winning musical that revisits the light, comedic romps of the Jazz Age comes to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center through LOOK Musical Theatre.

Opera in the Ozarks

June 21-July 19 The arts organization celebrates its 63rd season with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on the outdoor stage at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Theatre in Eureka Springs and Bentonville’s Arend Arts Center, both in Arkansas.

An Evening with Shirley MacLaine June 22 Hollywood legend, dancer and au-

thor Shirley MacLaine (Sweet Charity, Terms of Endearment, Downton Abbey) shares some of her favorite film and stage moments and talks about her career at Osage Casino in Tulsa.

Wrong Way Broadway 2: Even Wronger June 22-23 Take a twisted path to Broadway with this cabaret show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Tulsa Unites Concert June 23 The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice presents the series for live music and speakers at the Guthrie Green. www. Musical Mondays June 24 LIFE Senior Services hosts local stars Booker Gillespie and Amy Cottingham at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. Cirque Musica June 25 Grace and athleticism play the floor at SpiritBank Event Center for this special circus performance event set to classical and pop sounds to induce laugh and thrills. Tarzan

June 25-29 Lyric Theatre sets the summer to adventure with a big musical based on Disney’s animated musical film about the popular jungle hero. The musical plays at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

84 Charing Cross Road June 27-30 The story of book lovers reaching across the Atlantic amidst World War II is told on stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Hello, Dolly!

June 14-30 LOOK Musical Theatre opens another season of entertainment with a real classic musical based on Thornton Wilder’s play about a bubbly matchmaker in turn-of-the-20th-century New York.

Rebecca Ungerman in Queen Cleofis Comes Home June 15 The Tulsa songstress becomes

a 60-something jazz singer famed for her controversial interpretations of Top 40 songs in this theatrical concert show that features music by Electric Light Orchestra, the Eagles, Kansas and Michael Jackson.

Why Cyn Sings Jazz June 15 Oklahoma City native Cynthia Simmons brings a cabaret show filled with songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin and more at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

Jon Kimura Parker at OK Mozart

Ring Round the Moon

June 27-July 13 Fairy tales come true on stage in a charming romp by Jean Anouilh about twin brothers, one of whom tries to save his brother from entering a loveless marriage by way of mistaken identities and unintended consequences. Presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage.

Side by Side by Sondheim June 16, 23, 28 LOOK Musical Theatre treats you to a show filled with all the big numbers from lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s songbook of Broadway musicals on the Tulsa Performing Arts Center stage.

Out of Sterno

Greater Tuna Thru June 16 City Rep Theatre Company takes on the comedy masterpiece of two actors tackling all the characters in the little West Texas town of Tuna in this classic staging at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Summer’s Fifth Night

Two of a Kind

June 21 Tulsa jazz favorites, vocalists Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Cindy Cain, deliver a night of Broadway and pop at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The Boys Next Door

June 21-22 Sand Springs Community Theatre presents the moving comedy-drama about four mentally disabled men living in a small apart-

June 28-July 20 Life is perfect for Dotty, who is happily confined to her tiny apartment, forbidden to leave by her husband, until she receives a phone call. The play is presented by Carpenter Square Theatre.

Thru Aug. 29 Utica Square brings back its popular outdoor concert series featuring favorite hometown acts in a variety of genres appearing Thursdays all summer long.

In Concert Tallgrass Music Festival Thru June 1 Bluegrass acts like the Byron Berline Band in Skiatook. www.

Social Distortion

June 1 Cain’s Ballroom.

Texas Hippie Coalition and Frank Hannon June 1 Chameleon Room. Red Dirt Rangers June 2 Guthrie Green. www.

Passion Pit

June 3 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Gogol Bordello

The Staves

June 4 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

June 4 Opolis Production. www.

The Trishas June 4 Blue Door. The Staves June 5 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

The Stray Birds

June 6 Blue Door. www.

Billy Joe Shaver

June 6 Mercury Lounge.

Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival June 6-8 Toby Keith and Luke

Bryan headline a great lineup at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark.

Gogol Bordello at Cain’s Ballroom

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Charlie Christian International Music Festival June 7-8 The 28th annual event takes

place at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with NAJEE, All Funk Radio Show, Kirk Whalum and more. www.

ART Opening of Philbrook Downtown When people run out of room to put stuff, they clean and purge. But when you’re a world-class home to art treasures, you grow. Philbrook Museum of Art is making the leap with Philbrook Downtown, a contemporary art gallery that puts the institution housed in a gorgeous Italian villa-style mansion near Brookside into the heart of the Brady Arts District near a host of cool new galleries, exhibition spaces and institutions such as the Woody Guthrie Center, Living Arts of Tulsa, Hardesty Arts Center and Zarrow Center for Art and Education. The branch gallery will exhibit work from Philbrook’s large American Indian art collection and its ever-growing accumulation of contemporary and modern works, which makes its first show, Opening Abstraction, the perfect plunge into a vibrant new art scene. Philbrook Downtown, located in the old Mathews Warehouse on Brady Street opposite the Guthrie Green, opens to the public from noon-7 p.m. Friday, June 14. The abstract exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Admission is $7-$9. For more, see

Anne McCue June 8 Blue Door. Kevin Welch June 8 All Soul Acoustic Coffee-

Penn & Teller June 28 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Mayday June 9 Cain’s Ballroom. Lamb of God June 10 Cain’s Ballroom. www.


Jason Ferguson

June 14 Cain’s Ballroom.

Hillsong United June 15 Chesapeake Energy Arena. Butch Clancy

Lord Huron

June 28 Opolis Production. www.

Lonestar June 28 Riverspirit



NKOTB, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men

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Tulsa Drillers v. NW Arkansas June 4-5, 7 v. Springfield June 8-11 v. NW Arkansas June 20-23

Tulsa Athletics Soccer

Tulsa Juneteenth Basketball Classic June 14-16 Student teams take the challenge at

Tulsa’s Cornerstone Community Center and at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs. 918.951.6038

Zoe Muth June 15 Blue Door. Mountain Sprout June 15 The Shrine. www.

Downtown Dash June 1 Stay cool at this annual 5k event that includes a health expo at St. Anthony’s Plaza and the 5k night race.

Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole and Aaron Lewis June 20-23 Muscogee (Creek) Na-


June 1 Get a little dirty at the annual run with obstacles, slides, loud music and tons of mud for families at the TATUR Mud Bowl.

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Sheryl Crow

June 21 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Steve Poltz June 21 Blue Door. Turnpike Troubadours June 21 Cain’s Ball-



June 21 Riverspirit Casino. www.


June 22 Lucky Star Casino, Concho.

Eric Sardinas June 22 The Shrine. Billy Idol June 24 Lucky Star Casino, Concho.

Rusty Maples

June 24 Mercury Lounge. www.

Billy Idol

June 25 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.


Big Time Rush June 30 Chesapeake Energy Arena. Todd Rundgren

Brandon Jenkins June 22 Mercury Lounge.

Asleep at the Wheel

Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival in Arkansas

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June 30 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Ian Moore June 30 Vanguard Music Hall. www.

Sports Tulsa Shock

pitch softball play at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, OKC.

Saint Francis Tulsa Tough June 7-9 With events for all ages and fitness levels, this event for pedal pushers everywhere has all of Tulsa occupied for races, tours and festivities. Native


Native American athletes from across the country visit Oklahoma City sporting venues to try their best in nine sports in honor of the games’ namesake.

Xtreme Fight Night

v. Minnesota June 14 v. Phoenix June 16 v. Chicago June 20 v. Seattle June 22

Oklahoma Defenders v. Salina June 8

NCAA Women’s College World Series Thru June 1 The best of women’s college fast-

Jim Thorpe Games June 9-15

June 14 Mixed martial arts boxing at Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. www.

FIVB World League Men’s Volleyball: USA v. France June 14-15 The U.S. Men’s Na-

Battle of the Big Cats: Route 66’s Richest Noodlin’ Showdown June 1415 Hand fishers compete for big money at this event with catfish weigh-in at the Claremore Expo Center.

v. Houston Regals June 1-2, 16 v. Liverpool June 22 v. Houston Hurricanes June 29-30

June 15 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

OKC RedHawks

tional Team hosts the team from France at the Tulsa Convention Center in a high stakes round that includes teams from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria and Poland playing elsewhere.

Beware of the Beast June 22 The obstacle race featuring some unique features will be at Mohawk Park in Tulsa. Okie Noodling Tournament June 22 The famous catfish noodling tournament returns with plenty of country-living fun at Wacker Park in Pauls Valley. Dodgebrawl Challenge 2013 June 29 If you thought last year’s showdown was fun, wait until you check out this year’s brawl in the BOK Center complete with special lighting, video displays and private party areas. Go online to register a team.

Family Mini Masters: Life in the Wild West

June 4-28 Little ones study the basics of art and explore their own abilities at Gilcrease Museum every Tuesday and Friday. Go online for details and complete schedule. www.

The Emergence Project

June 6-9 Clark Youth Theatre and Youth Services of Tulsa partner again to present short pieces entirely created by youth to develop theater skills. Show will be at Henthorne Performing Arts Center. 918.746.5065

Bright Night of Grossology

June 7 Kids learn about why gross things are yucky and get to camp out at the Oklahoma Science Museum. www.

Kids Dig Books: Viva México!

June 7-28 Storybook hour is fun as children learn about Mexico’s culture, history, animals and more Fridays at Gilcrease Museum.



nent Collections


June 28-Sept. 15 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Tulsa exhibits more than 175 objects in woodcarving, basketry and painting from its collections to study Hopi kachina figures.

Red Earth Master Artist Show Thru June 28 Work created by prominent American Indian artists for this art show leading up to the annual Red Earth Native American Festival go on exhibit in the Red Earth Museum. Herb Ritts: Beauty and Celebrity

Thru July 28 Oklahoma City Museum of Art brings the iconic work of famed photographer Herb Ritts, known for his innovative fashion photography, celebrity portraiture and classical treatment of the nude, to its halls.

Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale Thru July 14 Gilcrease

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

Bookworks III Thru July 21 Philbrook Museum of Art continues its exploration of books as art with a mix of sculptural bookworks and collaborations between artists, craftsmen and authors to discover the range of book art. Stirring the Fire

IN CONCERT Charlie Christian International Music Festival Whether it’s jazz, blues, gospel, swing or rock ‘n’ roll you’re after, Oklahoma City’s Charlie Christian touched it all. From his upbringing in OKC’s early Deep Deuce District where his older brothers taught him to play jazz on his guitar to the Staten Island sanitarium where he died from tuberculosis at the age of 25, Christian filled his short life with vigor. Playing for Benny Goodman and later as a solo artist, he made the electric guitar a staple of jazz and helped define the bebop sound that flourished long after his death. In his honor, the Charlie Christian International Music Festival celebrates its 28th year of bringing musical excellence to Oklahoma City. This year’s festival will be Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 8, at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, with NAJEE, All Funk Radio Show, Kirk Whalum and many others in concert and jam sessions. Go to www. for the details on admission, schedules and the lineup. Storytime in the Park

June 13, 20 The Tulsa City-County Library’s Reading Roadshow takes books, stories and fun to the 41st Street Plaza at River Parks for family fun.

Steve Show




June 16 The master musician pulls all new surprises and awesome vanishing, floating, manifestation effects at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

We Build This City

June 27-30 Children participate in this unique event combining interactive play space, public think tank and thousands of cardboard boxes.


June 29-30 Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve brings an old-fashioned circus to the grounds with pony rides, summer games and entertainment.

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.

Art Don Reitz and Marko Kratohvil

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


To Life! Thru June 2 Tulsa Artists’ Guild opens a new exhibit of work at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art with imagery celebrating the Jewish expression, “To Life!”

The National Weather Center Biennale Thru June 2 The first art exhibition of its kind, this inter-

national, juried art show features works about the weather and how it shapes life. Look for it at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Shelly Lewis Stanfield June 6-July 31 Tulsa’s M.A. Doran Gallery presents new abstract paintings and work by the artist with an opening reception on June 6 with Stanfield in attendance. The 1950s Never Happened

June 7-29 Work from Deadly Oxen (a.k.a. Anna Moroney) goes on exhibit at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery.

New Masters of Old Traditions

June 7-July 28 Contemporary Native American artists take new directions with traditional arts (basketry, beadwork and pottery) in this showcase at the Zarrow Center for Art and Education.

Battle of the Big Cats at the Claremore Expo Center

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.



40th Prix de West

June 7-Aug. 4 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates a milestone in its prestigious invitational art exhibition. This year’s event includes more than 300 works in painting and sculpture by contemporary Western artists for the big opening weekend and sale.

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

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

[Un]bound June 14-Sept. 7 This exhibition features installations by Laura Berman, Tim Dooley, Aaron Wilson, John Hitchcock, Emily Arthur Douglas, Jenny Schmid and Curtis Jones in which artists use printmaking as a foundation for three-dimensional work at Artspace at Untitled. Opening Abstraction June 14-Jan. 5 This exhibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations marks the premiere and opening of the new Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery, located on Brady Street between Cincinnati and Boston avenues. The satellite location will showcase the museum’s modern and contemporary art as well as one of the “most significant surveys of 20th century Native American art.” Hardlines

June 15-July 15 Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa presents the unique works of Bregelle Davis, Geoffrey Gorman and Mark Yearwood. Davis and Yearwood are scheduled for live demonstrations at the exhibition opening.

Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th century American Art June 28-Sept. 30 Crystal

Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., hosts the exhibit of 80 masterworks by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and others that looks at how girls emerged as individuals in art portrayal after the Civil War.

Ceramics of Bean Finneran Thru June 30 Work by the American ceramics artist in hand-rolled clay on display at 108 Contemporary. Remainder June 30-Sept. 29 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits the recent work of seven young women sculptors to watch. See the abstract pieces by Diana Al-Hadid, Rachel Beach, Rachel Foullon, Kate Gilmore, Heather Rowe, Erin Shirreff and Allyson Vieira along with drawings, video, prints and photographs. Hopituy: Kachinas from the Perma-

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

Into the Void

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

The New Frontier Thru Sept. 29 Gilcrease Museum brings back its show of Native American history and culture previously on display at the Palazzo Pitti museum in Florence, Italy. The show contains 200 works from George Caitlin, Woody Crumbo, Edward S. Curtis and others. Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru Aug. 15 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on

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

deadCENTER Film Festival in downtown OKC

The Exodus: From Judea to Tulsa

Thru Sept. 1 This exhibit explores the many migrations of Jewish communities throughout history and the effects of politics, economics and prejudice on settlements. www.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A MidCentury Dream Home Thru Sept. 8 The 1952

home designed by Wright for Catherine and Jon Christian in West Lafayette, Ind., is explored as art in an exhibit at the Price Tower Arts Center.

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

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


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

Scissortail Gallery

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

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

2nd Friday Circuit Art Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. Weekends On Us Ongoing Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the first full weekend of every month.

Charitable Events Brainiac Ball June 1 Get ready for the annual trivia challenge benefiting Family & Children’s Services that includes a live auction of items, dinner and entertainment. Le Soiree en Blanc June 1 The Myriad Botanical Gardens restaurant is the stage for this benefit for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park with enticing food, a silent auction of great items and fun. Tour de Cure Tulsa June 1 Participants bike to raise money for the American Diabetes Association’s work in diabetes research and community education. The event will begin at Hillcrest Hospital South. www. American Tourist: A Night in New Orleans June 1 Spend the night dining, dancing,

bidding and having fun in the Big Easy, the night’s destination when guests step into this benefit for Upward Transitions at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Fashion, Dinner & Blues Extravaganza June 2 Featuring R.L. Griffin and Vernon Gar-

rett at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa. www.

25th Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards June 3 The Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation recognizes exceptional athletes exemplary of good citizenship and community leaders at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. The night’s keynote speaker is John Calipari, University of Kentucky head men’s basketball coach.

Wish Upon a Par Golf Tournament

June 3 The four-man scramble tournament complete with 18 holes, breakfast and lunch will be at Oak Tree National in Edmond and benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma.

Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament June 3 The golf benefit for the Little Light House school for children with special needs will be at Southern Hills Country Club golf course.

Friends of Oklahoma Chautauqua

June 4-8 Join the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for cocktails and dinner during the annual Chautauqua festival at OSU-Tulsa.

2013 Vintage Tulsa: The Oil Barons Ball June 7 Dress for a formal dinner and dancing

straight out of the era of Tulsa’s oil giants when Tulsa Historical Society hosts a sophisticated and modern evening at the Travis Mansion also sponsored by Oklahoma Magazine.

LEMF Charity Dinner & Auction

June 7 The event benefits the Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation, which raises awareness and support for congenital heart defects in children, and will be at Loughridge Conference Center.

St. John Street Party 2013: Light Up the Night June 8 Live music and select bites from

more than 70 of Tulsa’s best restaurants combine with great wines for the big summer shindig benefiting St. John Medical Center.

2nd Annual LEMF Charity Golf Classic June 8 The event benefits the Lauren Elise Me-

morial Foundation and will be played at Bixby’s White Hawk Golf Club.


June 9 Patrons of LOOK Musical Theatre pack the house for this annual dinner and entertainment event at Southern Hills Country Club which heralds the company’s big summer season.

14th Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament June 10 The Oklahoma City Beautiful game

will be at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Junior Achievement Classic

June 10 Junior Achievement Oklahoma City holds its annual corporate golf challenge at Gaillardia Country Club.

The Demand Project Golf Tournament June 10 The event will be at Patriot Golf Club in Owasso and benefits the Demand Project’s mission to eliminate child sexual exploitation in the state.

SPORTS Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Cycling isn’t everyone’s idea for the basis of a festival, but perhaps it should be. Oklahoma, unfortunately, winds up somewhere on the list of Top 10 most obese states annually. However, the secret is out: A leisurely ride on a bike through town, in the country or even in the gym is a low-impact activity that can benefit your health. It’s also happens to be fun, and that’s where Saint Francis Tulsa Tough begins. Whether you’re purely a recreational rider or in pursuit of a jersey, this three-day event based in downtown Tulsa has plenty of options for participants. Racers can hit intense courses while others can be a part of the tour rides for individuals and families. There’s also a festival of vendors and artisans along with children’s activities. Join the stream when Tulsa gets moving Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, along Tulsa’s urban trails. Visit for schedules and race registration information. Night of Hospitality June 13 Help Hospitality House of Tulsa deliver waiting room survival kits to hospital waiting rooms in Tulsa and Owasso, and help families waiting for loved ones undergoing crisis emergency care in Tulsa area hospitals. www. Top of the Town

June 13 The fifth annual event for Child Care Resource Center of Tulsa once more takes guests to the rooftops of Tulsa’s tallest buildings for great food, scenic views and a grand experience.

POP! Sparkling and Champagne Tasting June 14 This event for the St. Anthony

stone with a fun night to bring your family and pets to the Admiral Twin Drive-In.

Zoobilation 2013: A Great Cause. A Wild Time June 21 The Oklahoma Zoological So-

ciety’s annual “no tie” gala features the best food and drinks of OKC favorite restaurants and establishments with a silent auction and live music at the OKC Zoo.

Boys & Girls Club Charity Golf Tournament June 22 The big play takes place at the Tulsa

Country Club and supports programming at six Tulsa Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs.

Puttin’ on the Wish June 14 The Platinum Powerboat Club’s boat ride benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation takes place at Monkey Island’s Shangri-La on Grand Lake.

Purple Sash Gala June 15 Held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the exciting gala evening for YWCA Oklahoma City includes dinner, elegant fashions, wine and auctions of unique items. Cure By Design

June 15 The American Cancer Society brings out the latest fashions to be modeled by cancer survivors, who will share their stories, at this annual fundraiser at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Youth at Heart Charity Golf Tournament June 17 Swing for kids at the Golf Club of Oklahoma, Broken Arrow, in this benefit for Youth at Heart.

Strike Night

June 18 You’ll need your bowling shoes for this fundraiser for the Tulsa Sports Commission taking place at the lanes at Andy B’s Entertainment with the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Paws & Pictures Drive-In Movie Night June 20 The Tulsa SPCA celebrates a mile-

Community National Day of Civic Hacking

June 1 Join developers, writers, designers, data geeks, leaders, idea makers and other citizens at Central Library to kick start your Tulsa Wiki.

Route 66 Blowout

June 1 Downtown Sapulpa invites you back for its nostalgic car show, juried art show, tours, live music and more.

Battle of the Burger June 1 Teams of backyard flame masters compete for awards and your taste buds at the third annual cook-off in Norman. www.

Foundation features small bites, live music and more than 20 sparkling wines and champagnes at the Rapp Center in downtown OKC.

Treasure Your Chest June 15 Teams and individuals search Blue Dome District eateries in this fun scavenger hunt to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

about preventing it. Relay takes place at ONEOK Field.

Asian-American Festival

June 1 Celebrate the customs and traditions of Asia with a day for families to explore through activities, dance, music and more at Tulsa’s Martin Regional Library.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Botanical Gardens

Membership Banquet and Awards Gala June 22 Urban League of Greater OKC’s 66th

annual gala includes a reception, entertainment and a silent auction, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The night includes a live performance by En Vogue.

Tour de Cure OKC

June 22 Take the challenge with 50,000 other riders nationwide to bike for the American Diabetes Association with one of several routes suited to your comfort. Event will begin at Wildhorse Park Town Center, Mustang.

Chip in to Rebuild

June 24 The fourth annual golf tournament benefits Rebuilding Together Tulsa’s work to help low-income people and families with home repairs will take place.

Relay for Life (Tulsa) June 28 Your participation helps the American Cancer Society take more steps to researching cancer and educating communities

Gem Faire Thru June 2 Expo Square. Tulsa Pride Block Party & Parade June 1-2 The annual celebration returns to the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center with festivities, live music, marketplace, children’s zone, food vendors and parade plus a picnic at Centennial Park.

SunFest Thru June 2 Oklahoma’s largest picnic returns to Bartlesville’s Sooner Park with family entertainment, storytelling, children’s games, live music. www. 18th Annual Hot Springs Music Festival June 2-15 More than 150 international musicians

come together in Hot Springs, Ark., for concerts and open rehearsals of symphony and chamber orchestra, chamber music and choral works.

Miss Oklahoma

June 4-8 The big scholarship pageant to decide the state’s next beauty queen and representative will be at Mabee Center.

Brookside Rumble & Roll June 6 Tulsa’s Brookside welcomes motorcyclists and hobbyists to the big annual party and parade of bikes, brews and music. JUNE 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



along with the market of specialty vendors will be at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Farming Heritage Festival

June 21-22 See how farmers and their families made a living through the equipment they used and find a new appreciation for them at the Shawnee Feed Center.

Peoria Powwow

June 21-23 The annual festival of dance, drumming, singing and culture takes place in Miami with multiple dance competitions, vendors and a stomp dance.

National Reining Horse Derby June 2229 The competition for Western riding teams will be at Oklahoma State Fair Park. LibertyFest June 22-July 4 One of the country’s top-rated July 4th festivals (CNN and USA Today), Edmond’s celebration of independence includes a cardboard boat regatta, concerts in the park, parade, car show, rodeo and fireworks. Senior Star Round-Up June 23 The “party for seniors” brings Cowboy Jones and the Round Up Boys to the stage at Cain’s Ballroom to benefit LIFE Senior Services. Dorothea Benton Frank

June 25 The New York Times’ bestselling author visits at Central Library to talk on her latest book, The Last Original Wife.

COMMUNITY Red Earth Festival American Indian culture gets high visibility in downtown Oklahoma City during the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival and Parade. Dancers in their feathered- and beaded-best can be seen walking all around Cox Convention Center as they come for fellowship and to win. From Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, the festival brings members of hundreds of tribes from around the country to celebrate through art, music and dance. A grand parade on Friday morning opens the main event with dance participants in full regalia. The powwow arena opens soon after for dance demonstrations, gourd dancing and contest dancing. Throughout, guests will find a number of vendors selling merchandise and traditional goods such as hand-woven baskets and tapestries, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and fine art painting. Before it’s all over, everyone will know their northern drum from their southern. Tickets are $7.50-$10, available at www. For more about the festival and the Red Earth Museum, visit Hundreds of competitive powwow dancers and Native American artists visit downtown Oklahoma City for a week of celebration of culture through dance, art and music at the Cox Convention Center. American Heritage Music Festival June 6-8 Champion fiddlers and clog dancers head

for Grove and the banks of Grand Lake for the annual music and art festival.

Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival June 7-8 The Territory Tellers welcome all to anoth-

er weekend of great stories, workshops and entertainment at Seminole State College.

least, not yet, but Collinsville’s annual motorcycle rally still packs them in.

World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival & Cookoff June 8 The Vinita festival hosts plenty of entertainment,

celebration will be held at the Attucks Center and 101 Rodeo Grounds along with plenty of game tournaments and barbecues. 580.762.2499

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rides and crafts along with that well-known delicacy at the Craig County Fairgrounds. June 9 One of the coolest film festivals anywhere happens in downtown OKC with more than 100 independent films from across the country set for screening. Also look for special events waffles and beer brunch, bluCenter Bash, panel discussions, awards on the schedule.

OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show Thru June 9 The Oklahoma Quarter Horse As-

sociation brings back its prime spring circuit event to Oklahoma State Fair Park. Events include roping, dressage, jumping and more.

Smokey Robinson at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival in Okmulgee

Hungry for the Blues June 7-8 Mohawk Park in Tulsa is where you’ll find great blues music, a car show, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of fun for the whole family at this benefit for Iron Gate in Tulsa. Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival and Parade June 7-9 Hundreds of competitive pow-

wow dancers and Native American artists visit downtown Oklahoma City for a week of celebration of culture through dance, art and music at the Cox Convention Center.

Leake Collector Car Show & Auction June 7-9 The annual auction of custom cars in Tulsa returns to Expo Square.

Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow June 8 Thousands gather at the Joe B. Barnes

Regional Park in Midwest City to honor veterans and celebrate a Native American tradition at the free powwow with vendors, food and more.

Chandler Ice Cream Festival

June 8 Free ice cream at Tilghman Park in Chandler enough said.

Hogs ‘n’ Hot Rods 110

June 8 It isn’t Sturgis, at


Juneteenth Celebration & Multicultural Rodeo June 15-16 Ponca City’s annual

Pinto World Championship Horse Show June 10-22 The stout little horse gets a big

show at Expo Square, where the largest gathering of pinto horses and riders gather for competition, showing and more.

Metcalf Gun Show

June 15-16 Expo Square.

62nd National Square Dance Convention June 26-29 Great fun for the seasoned or the beginners at Cox Convention Center.

Green Corn Festival

June 27-29 An old-fashioned family festival awaits in downtown Bixby with picnics, lemonade, talent show, carnival and games.

SoonerCon 22: Beyond Thunderdome June 28-30 All of fandom turns out at the inde-

pendent art, literature and comic book event booked for three days at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.

Stars & Stripes River Festival

June 29 Enjoy a day of free family activities and on-thewater competition plus a rubber duck race, live outdoor concert and fireworks in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District.

Theatre Tulsa: 90 Years in the Spotlight Thru Aug. 31 The collection of photos and memo-

rabilia looks at the history of the “oldest, continuallyoperating theater (group) west of the Mississippi” in an exhibit the Tulsa Historical Society.

Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

Ongoing Support group taking place every Monday at Grace Hospice.

Walking Tour: Blanchard Springs Caverns Ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays,

Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show

9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. One-hour guided walking tour through the upper level of Blanchard Springs Caverns in Little Rock, Ark. 501.975.7230.

Jazz in June

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and artistic

June 15-29 Experience the “Best of Pawnee Bill” at this popular show hearkening back to Old West spectaculars from a century ago at the Pawnee Bill Ranch.

June 20-22 A 30-year tradition, the popular outdoor jazz and blues festival continues at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park in Norman.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival June 20-23 Okmulgee’s big gathering includes

sports tournaments, big concerts, arts, crafts, a parade, art market and much more at the Claude Cox Omniplex.

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

Destination Space

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

Walking Tour

Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa.

Gilcrease Films Ongoing See various films throughout the month.

57th Annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival June 13-15 Arkansas’ longest-running festival


Ongoing OKC Museum of Art.

features tomato wars, tomato-eating contests, parades, live music and more in Warren, Ark.

Hog Wild BBQ & Chrome Fest

various films.

Philbrook Museum Films

June 1415 One of the state’s best-known barbecue events includes a Kids’ Que Contest, car and bike show and family event at Chandler’s Tilghman Park.

Planetarium Shows Ongoing Science Museum Oklahoma.

Wood Carvers World

June 14-15 The longstanding wood carving show features crafters and their works. This year’s featured artist is Tulsan Rusty Johnson. 918.251.8734

Bricktown Blues & BBQ Festival

June 1415 Blues and barbecue are spicy, sweet and perfect together at this big downtown OKC event featuring Steve Pryor, Shane Henry and others.

EGGstravaganza June 15 Can you drop an egg from the 10th floor of Bartlesville’s Price Tower without it scrambling it on impact? Try your smarts at “egg safe” building.

Ongoing See

Brookside Rumble & Roll in Tulsa

Juneteenth in Tulsa

June 21-22 Musical entertainment fills this weekend celebrating heritage and diversity at the Guthrie Green.

Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XVII June 21-22 Visit Paris, Ark., and celebrate the di-

versity of nature, wildlife and butterfly species at Mount Magazine State Park.

Celebration of Quilts 2013: Take 2

June 21-22 The show of more than 400 quilts on exhibit

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Steve Liggett recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as artistic director for Living Arts of Tulsa, an arts organization that promotes contemporary and experimental art. Living Arts was founded in 1969 and is the longest continually running nonprofit contemporary arts organization in the state. Living Arts moved into its permanent location in the Brady Arts District in 2009.

in Tulsa, but it’s also to develop contemporary art in Tulsa. We believe art is essential to the well being of individuals, and the idea of contemporary is not just anything that is happening today; our definition is history-inthe-making kinds of works. We are interested in those artists and musicians and poets and performance artists and that type of indi-

vidual that is really pushing the media that they’re working in or they’re crossing media, so they’re creating hybrid forms of arts. Those kinds of works many times are new and different enough that some people don’t know the questions to ask. AS TOLD TO JAMI MATTOX



began my career with Living Arts in 1975 when I was still in school at The University of Tulsa. They needed artists to go into to the schools. We called it the education program, and it’s our longest-standing program still in existence. When (Living Arts co-founder Virginia Myers) died in 1991, we had two years where it was unclear as to what we were going to do. But then on Feb. 17, 1993, I pulled the remaining board members together, and they made me the artistic director, and things started back up. One of the things that caused me to be adamant about staying with Living Arts was that I had been with a number of artists’ groups and then had left for various reasons. But when Virginia died, it was like, “Man, this is an important organization.” I brought as many people in the art community together as I could and asked, ‘Should we allow Living arts to just die, or is there a reason to keep alive,’ and it was unanimous to keep it alive because it was the one organization that valued the process of making art. The New Genre Festival is the most provocative thing we do. We bring in specific artists from around the country and support local artists doing progressive work. Right away we started that up because we saw things happening in festivals, but it was mass-produced commodity. It’s not art at that point. And so I wanted to create, and did, along with others, a festival that would really be based solely on cutting edge art. And that is what New Genre became. I resisted others trying to make it something it’s not. I think it’s also why in 2004 the Andy Warhol Foundation found us. They hadn’t given any grants in Oklahoma, and they asked around and learned about Living Arts and made a site visit. They asked, “Have you ever applied to us? We want this kind of stuff.” Man, I had no idea that there were people out there that wanted to help us. Living Arts has a two-pronged mission. The mission is to present contemporary art

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