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Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks has taken the world of mixed martial arts by storm. The professional fighter and Oklahoma native will face the toughest test of his career when he fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welter weight title this month.

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We take a look at the unique design of an Oklahoma City historical home, which was formed by joining two existing residences. The result is a mixture of architecture and design, which suits the current homeowners’ eclectic tastes.

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Inspired to become a doctor by his uncle’s stories and a book he read in the second grade, Dr. Lynn Wiens enjoys helping patients cope with their allergies, so they can lead more active lives.

Why did you choose to become a doctor, and what led you to focus on allergies? I’ve never wanted to do anything else. There was a book series, “When I grow up I want to be a…” that I remember from the second grade. I only read the one on becoming a doctor. Later, during my training at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, I had an extremely intelligent mentor who introduced me to the field of allergies and I’ve been there ever since.

What had the biggest influence on you while growing up? I was raised on a farm in southwest Kansas, so I learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Also, my uncle was a doctor in a small Kansas town. When our family would gather at his house for Thanksgiving, he would share his amazing stories.

Is there one thing you wish every patient knew? Patients need to be empowered to have a significant input in the “teamwork” of healthcare. I find this facilitates the best outcome for allergies and asthma. Medical diseases are often a result of risk factors and triggers. What better way to find these than making everyone a part of the healthcare team?

What are your favorite pastimes? I am an avid runner and hiker, and I enjoy Oklahoma’s diverse hiking trails. In Tulsa, we have great running trails throughout the city. I enjoy helping my patients conquer their allergies, so they can take advantage of outdoor activities and get as much out of them as I do.

What part of your job gives you the most satisfaction? I like discovering the reason we develop an allergic reaction to substances in the environment. Once patients understand what triggers their allergies, they can live very normal lives and do the activities they’ve always dreamed of. This takes time and isn’t always easy, but it’s well worth the effort. I never get tired of witnessing patients’ improvement in their allergy symptoms with less medication.

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EDITOR’S LETTER What’s in a dream? For some, dreaming is thinking big, hoping for more, wanting the best. That often applies to one’s dream home. Many bedrooms, bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, recreation room, man cave…the wish list for a dream home can be a mile long. I share some of these wishes. I hope one day to have a home that’s perfectly suited to my family. Not too big, however, as I am somewhat averse to cleaning, but enough space for everyone to feel like they can live, work and play. My dream house will also include environmentally friendly additions, including solar panels, an expansive garden, compost heap, wood-burning stove for those cold nights and enough land to allow trees and grass to flourish. Funny how the specs for my dream home – solar panels excluded – match up with the country home in which I spent my childhood, about 30 minutes outside of Tulsa. In this issue of Oklahoma Magazine, we hear from some of the state’s foremost environmentally-friendly, or “green,” builders on tips for making sure our homes leave as small a footprint as possible (“Bring The Green Home,” p. 68). Some suggestions – like caulking around windowpanes and replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs – are relatively easy and inexpensive fixes. Other projects, such as installing solar panels, may be more expensive, but savings realized will often make it well worth the effort. Back yards can also add an environmentally-friendly factor to home design. In one of the backyard projects we profile for our look at spectacular outdoor spaces (“Backyard Brilliance,” p. 62), landscape architect Derek McCall discusses a Zen garden he built for a Bixby homeowner. “The clients had the same views I had about environmental stewardship and sustainability,” McCall said. His design included incorporating existing structures, trees and surrounding nature. Perhaps it’s the balance of luxury and mindfulness that we should all strive for when building or renovating a home: Create your dream home, and outfit it with all the bells and whistles that suit your tastes. But also be aware of the environment we live in; it’s our responsibility to protect it the best we can. Jami Mattox Managing Editor

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Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks will fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welter weight title this month. PHOTO COURTESY TEAM TAKEDOWN.

The Contender

Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks shines as one of UFC’s up-and-coming fighters.

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ne of the fastest growing sports worldwide, the UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship – began as a brutal, no-holds-barred sideshow experiment in 1993 and has since evolved into a multibillion-dollar fight

industry. Repackaged and thriving after the days when the emphasis was on violence alone, UFC bouts now focus more on the athleticism, strategy, appreciation for mixed martial arts (MMA) and the background of the sport itself. MMA fighters are tremendous athletes, and the level of talent among budding prospects coming onto the scene has undoubtedly played a role in the growing popularity and improved reputation

of the UFC. Slated as UFC’s top contender to take over the prestigious welterweight championship title, Oklahoma native Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks is a hungry contender whose down-to-earth, professional attitude is helping change the face of the industry. “It’s important to stay true to yourself and never think you’re better than the sport. This is a job, and you’ve got to enjoy it and represent it the best way possible,” he explains. “I try to stay positive as much as possible. I’d say I’m about 95 percent positive. I have my bad days, but life’s too short to be grumpy. If I wake up tomorrow, and I don’t want to do this anymore, I’m not going to do it. Life is too short to not love what you do, so I want to make sure I enjoy myself.” Hendricks’ journey to the top ranks of the UFC has been one of organic proportions. With the guidance of his father, he started wrestling in MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Above: Hendricks was a NCAA championship wrestler for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Left: Boxing became the primary focus for Hendricks when he began his training. PHOTOS COURTESY TEAM TAKEDOWN.

Jones, Okla., when he was 5 years old. Hendricks credits the sport with instilling in him responsibility and accountability for his own actions at a young age. During his wrestling career at Memorial High School in Edmond, Hendricks won three Oklahoma state titles and later went on to become a four-time All-American, three-time Big 12 Conference champion and two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma State University. To become a champion, he stresses the importance of being willing to learn something from everyone. “That’s a big misunderstanding by a lot of people, that once they get to a certain level they think they shouldn’t learn from somebody ‘below’ them,” he says. “Whether it’s someone who’s just started fighting or people who have been training for a long time, I’m always open to suggestions.” Despite his elite wrestling background, Hendricks says that he never had any intention of becoming a professional fighter because he didn’t think he’d be good at it. “Even today it’s still a shock to me. I’ve been very blessed. When I started, my first session didn’t go very well. I told myself that I really couldn’t protect my family the way I wanted to, so I wanted to learn more,” he recalls. “I told myself I’d give it a year to develop the skills and training I needed to find out if I was going to do this or not, and

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This spring marks the 40th anniversary of Mickey Mantle’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mantle left his mark on baseball as a switch hitter for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. Over his 18-year career, the 20-time All-Star hit 536 career home runs, had 1,509 RBIs and a .298 batting average. He helped the Yankees reach 12 World Series and win seven. He had a dramatic effect on fans, says Max Nichols, an Oklahoma native who was a baseball writer for the Minneapolis Star from 1961 to 1980. “Fans respected Mantle and were awed at his home runs,” says Nichols. “He brought Oklahoma into national headlines and helped make Oklahomans proud as we came out of World War II and began to grow. I remember when ‘Okie’ was not a term to be proud of. Mickey Mantle helped

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change that.” Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Okla., on Oct. 20, 1931, and at age 4, he moved with his family to the nearby town of Commerce. This is the inspiration for Mantle’s later nickname, “The Commerce Comet.” Mantle had an accomplished career despite playing many of those years with injuries, says Nichols. “He damaged his left leg during a high school football game at Spavinaw and suffered (a bone infection),” says Nichols. “That injury kept him out of the Army.” Injuries continued to plague Mantle, even in the big leagues. “During his first season as a Yankee, he stepped in a drainage hole in the outfield during the World Series,” says Nichols.

“(His knee) bothered him off and on the rest of his career.” On the field, he was best known for his home run hitting power. He was equally known for his friendly nature and practical jokes. “I would see Mickey during batting practice. He always yelled at me: ‘Hey Okie,’” says Nichols. Once, Nichols accompanied Mantle and Mantle’s former teammate, Billy Martin, on a hunting trip. “Mickey put blanks in Billy’s gun,” recalls Nichols. “Billy was blazing away at the birds a few feet away, and the birds flew away. Mickey laughed so hard he rolled over in three feet of snow.” – Lindsay Cuomo


In a controversial decision, Hendricks lost a bout against George St-Pierre in November 2013. A win would have given Hendricks the welter weight title. Below: Hendricks’ wrestling career began in tiny Jones, Okla. PHOTOS COURTESY TEAM TAKEDOWN.

if it didn’t go the way I wanted, at least I’d have learned some new skills. “I knew everyone knew I was a wrestler, so I needed to be able to hurt someone on foot before I went any other avenue. I started boxing right off the bat, working on striking and striking only, because that’s where every fight starts. Then over time I sort of fell in love with it all.” Now incorporating jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and muay tai into his skills set, Hendricks has successfully fought his way up the ladder with a 15-2-0 record and grown closer to the prize that has fueled him along the way: the UFC welterweight title. In November 2013, he almost had it; but in a controversial split decision, where fans and even UFC President Dana White believed he should have won, Hendricks experienced only his second career loss to one of MMAs all-time great fighters, Georges St-Pierre (GSP), who held the title for five years before vacating it in December 2013. On the cusp of solidifying his place in UFC history and securing his family’s future,

Hendricks is ready for the responsibility that comes with being a world champion and isn’t at all concerned about a rematch with GSP. “If you’re just fixated on one person, you’ll only be as good as that one person. GSP is a great fighter, but it was never about him. It’s about the belt. It’s what he carried around and fought for every fight; that’s what made me want to beat him. Now that it’s open, I gotta beat Robbie Lawler. That’s the guy that I need to beat because he’s standing in the way of that belt,” Hendricks says. “Being a champion means you gotta work your tail off. Half the battle is getting here. The other half is maintaining it. I’m fighting the best guys in the world, so every fight is going to be the best fight in the world. When I got into this, that’s what I wanted from the very get-go. Now that I’m here, it hasn’t changed. I want that kind of pressure – I enjoy that kind of pressure. The more difficult the fight the better I shine.”

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For those who have ridden the city bus, it’s a common ritual: Standing at a bus stop, checking your watch, peering down the street hoping you’ll see your bus round the corner or crest that hill. In 2013, Tulsa Transit unveiled its Bus Tracker program to take a lot of the guesswork out of using public transit. Bus Tracker is a program available on computer, smartphone or tablet. Tulsa Transit partnered with Ride Systems to implement the program. Every Tulsa Transit bus is fitted with a GPS tracker that relays that bus’ position and direction to an online map that is updated in real time. Riders can go to www. tulsatransit.org and click on Bus Tracker to see the map with each bus’s position on every route in Tulsa. There is also a Ride Systems app available at smartphone app stores that delivers realtime updates. So far the system has been a great success for Tulsa Transit and its riders. “I’ve personally been out for events, and people tell me they love it,” says Liann Alfaro, planning manager at Tulsa Transit. “Especially if it’s cold or rainy, they know when they need to get to the bus stop to be able to catch the bus.” Tulsa Transit also released an online trip-planning program that allows riders to plan their journeys on a map with personal schedules; Tulsa Transit has also put its route schedules into Google Transit, allowing users a multitude of ways to plan their journeys around Tulsa. – Morgan Browne Tulsa Transit’s Bus Tracker program shows city bus locations in real time.

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Crafting Ancient Tradition

Pawnee craftsman John Knifechief keeps his tribe’s warrior traditions alive.

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ix years ago, Chouteau resident John Knifechief’s life changed forever. While riding his motorcycle on a rainy day, Knifechief was hit head-on by a driver who swerved into his lane. The accident took a grim toll. Knifechief’s foot had to be reattached by surgeons, and he spent almost eight months in the care of his brother, Charles. Unable to work to this day, the single dad says he turned to his past to secure his and his then-5-year-old son’s futures. “My dad was a farmer in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and when he would plow the fields, I would pick up the arrowheads and flint and watch him make bows and arrows,” the full-blood member of the Pawnee Tribe says. “When the accident happened, I went back to my dad’s old teachings. That’s how I pay the bills and raise my son.” In addition to bows and arrows, Knifechief creates other traditional Pawnee tools and weapons. Using such materials as deer buckhorn, wild turkey feathers, deer and calf sinew and flint collected from around the region, Creations from deer buckhorn, feathers and sinew are traditional tools for Pawnee warriors.

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the artist knows the history and tradition behind each handmade object. “When the young men of the tribe first became warriors, they would use these to hunt,” he says of his four-foot-long buffalo arrows. In addition to the arrows and bows, he also makes such tools as buffalo knives and spears, hide scrapers, tomahawks and war clubs and shields. Knifechief says there are many personally rewarding aspects of his work, including teaching the craft to others, including his son. “I’m the only one left in my tribe to carry on the handmade tradition of bows and ar-

John Knifechief has embraced traditions of his ancestors by crafting traditional native tools. PHOTOS BY BRANDON SCOTT.

rows,” he says. “I get to honor my father…I think this is a dying art, and I’m happy and honored to carry on the tradition of bow- and arrow-making.” TARA MALONE


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Leah’s Song A troubadour’s song reopens doors to Oklahoma’s Red Dirt scene.

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aul Rossler’s first foray into recording Red Dirt music came in the mid-‘90s, when Tom Skinner and Jeff Parker each recorded one of his compositions for producer Bob Kline’s Red Dirt Sampler. The artists and songs on that CD helped further define the Stillwater-based musical style known as Red Dirt – an unequivocally Oklahoma sound blending folk, rock, blues and country elements with intelligent, closeto-the-soil lyrics that recall both the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie’s populist anthems and the joyous escapism of Bob Wills’ western swing. Now, some 20 years later, Rossler and an eclectic group of musical associates, known as Diffident Rebel, have thrown another ingredient into Red Dirt’s bubbling musical stew. The band’s new disc, Red Dirt Reggae, puts a distinctly Jamaican twist into songs written and sung by Rossler, creating something that’s even a bit outside the generous parameters of the Red Dirt genre. According to Rossler and musicianengineer Heath Ham, Red Dirt Reggae was born on a summer’s night in Sapulpa in 2013. Rossler was jamming with his friend Roger Johnson in a room at Johnson’s Over Edukated Music and Arts when Ham, who had his studio in the same building, came by

Diffident Rebel has recently released Red Dirt Reggae. PHOTO COURTESY DIFFIDENT REBEL.

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and asked if he could sit in. “What Paul and Roger were doing was folky,” Ham recalls, “and I just started adding a little reggae groove to it. It easily transferred over; he was able to do the same things vocally that he was doing with just his acoustic guitar. So I figured if we could take that Red Dirt sound and kind of change the groove, we could get some people dancing to it, maybe.” “The more we talked about it, the more I realized they [Red Dirt and reggae] had a lot in common,” adds Rossler. “I’m probably not saying this the right way, but reggae is a takeoff on the pick strum – you just don’t have the pick. It’s got the strum on the twoand four-beat. It seemed to just fit.” Rossler, who grew up in Detroit, began strumming guitar in the late 1980s – around the time Ham was born – while doing graduate work in engineering at Virginia Tech. “That’s when I first began hearing that mountain sound, that Appalachian folk music, and started digging it,” he remembers. “I just liked that folksy, rootsy sound. I got a guitar, learned my first three chords and started writing songs.” After earning his doctorate, he came to Oklahoma State University to teach, and that’s when he became involved in Stillwater’s Red Dirt scene.

“There was something about the land, the people and the sounds,” he says, that began taking him and his music in a new direction. Just starting his Cimarron Sound Labs (since moved to Tahlequah), producer-musician Jeff Parker was the first Red Dirt figure to take an interest in Rossler’s songs. Others soon followed, including Skinner. “Tom Skinner told me I needed to go out there and start playing,” he says, “but I just didn’t. I didn’t think I was good enough.” Then came what he describes as “some of the twists and turns that you get in life.” The Red Dirt roads receded in his rear-view mirror when he returned to Michigan to live. And his guitar – a Seagull S6 Original he’d purchased at Daddy O’s Music Company in Stillwater – remained in its case, unplayed and unacknowledged. Rossler didn’t even get it out when in 2000 he returned to Oklahoma, settled in the Tulsa area and began working as a patent attorney. Then came the emotional evening in 2012 that he visited a friend and co-worker who’d been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “I saw how she and her husband interacted with one another,” he adds. “We were looking over Riverside Drive, and he reached out and held her hand and told her everything was going to be okay. I was deeply moved by that. Then, a couple of days later, she came to my law firm to pack up her belongings. She was resigning from the firm. I walked back to my office, shut the door, and wrote the words to ‘Leah’s Song.’ “When I got home and pulled out my guitar, it was trashed. The braces were broken on it. My kids had jumped up and down on the case. And I had the old strings on it. But


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I wrote ‘Leah’s Song’ on that guitar and played it for her a week later.” “Leah’s Song” broke the dam that had been holding back his music for more than 15 years, and the songs began cascading out. Since then, Rossler estimates he’s composed more than 75, including all the tunes on Red Dirt Reggae. And in classic Red Dirt style, the members of Diffident Rebel who came together to play them did so in a manner that Rossler terms “really organic.” “The first song we recorded was ‘Leah’s Song,’” he remembers. “We put a reggae beat to it, and Heath said, ‘You know, I think this would sound good with horns in it. Would you object to me putting a trombone in it?’” The trombonist was Steve Ham, Heath Ham’s father and a wellknown Tulsa-area bandleader and musician. Soon, Steve Ham’s contemporaries Mike Bennett (trumpet) and Gary Linde (saxophone) were adding their own ingredients to the mix. Meanwhile, Ham was programming all the drums and some of the bass tracks, with Antjuan Robinson playing the rest. “He’s kind of my mentor as a producer, and his mentor was Wayman Tisdale,” says Ham of Robinson. “He played some of the real good, funky-sounding bass, and he let us go over and cut vocals in his studio, the Kontracktors Music Group.” The main background vocalist is Teddy Soliday, whom Rossler describes as “a musical savant.” Ham was passing out flyers for his studio when he first encountered Soliday, who was working his regular job at Reasors Foods in Sapulpa. “He said, ‘Yeah, man, I play a little bit,’ and I said, ‘Well, come on by and check it out.’ He came by, and he shredded guitar – just ripped it,” says Ham. “Then he sang for me, and I was blown away. He has one of those real smooth, really in-pitch voices. I was like, ‘Dude, we need a background voice for the record.’ So he just stepped in there and did it.” Guest artists on the disc include trumpeter Dave Johnson, cellist Cathy Radd, ukulele player Mike Schmidt and background vocalists Jeremy Carlock, Dusty Dobson, Addison Johnson and Rossler’s jam partner Roger Johnson. Diffident Rebel is now in the process of going from studio group to live act, planning several appearances in support of the disc. Meanwhile, both Rossler and Ham want people to know that gravy-training the popular Red Dirt scene is not their ambition at all. “By calling it Red Dirt Reggae, we just want to let you know that here’s a reggae album organic to Oklahoma,” says Ham. “We’re not trying to tag along with anybody. That’s not our intent. We wanted to make some authentic Oklahoma reggae, and it just flew out that way.” JOHN WOOLEY

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Dave and Michele Hughes chaired this year’s Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association.

Michael and Jana Neal, Martina Hum and Tom Neff attended this year’s Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association.

The Monarch Ball, benefiting Domestic Violence Intervention Services, will be held April 25 at Cox Business Center. Pictured are Bill and Angie Blankenship, honorary chairs; Tracey Lyall, executive director; and Rozann and Bill Knight, event chairs.

Michael Buffer, Liz and Tim McLaughlin and Matt Hughes enjoyed OKC Charity Fight Night.

Jessica Forehand and Todd Stewart attended the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s 100th School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition.

Sam Harris, Kelly Clark and Todd Schroeder celebrated after Harris’ HAM: Slices of a Life show performed at Tulsa Community College.

Dezeray Edwards, Charity Marcus, Lacey Taylor and Katherine Silvey enjoyed Rooftop Rendezvous, a fundraiser for Domestic Violence Intervention Services.

Debbie and John Doake enjoyed this year’s Boots & Ball Gowns Gala, which raises funds for Infant Crisis Services.

Leigh Mason, Lauren LaBass, Lauren Smith and Erin Dailey kick off planning for this year’s Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon to be held April 9.

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Erinn Gavaghan, Erik Martinez and Susan Greer enjoyed the festivities at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s 100th School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition.

Desmond Mason, Nicole Thomas and Brandon Weedn were on-hand for this year’s OKC Charity Fight Night.

Event co-chairs Whitney Rainbolt and DiAnne Bryane are pictured with Infant Crisis Services executive director Miki Farris at Boots and Ball Gowns Gala.


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SPOTLIGHT

Single in the City

Despite the frigid temperatures, a good crowd checked out the scene at the I.D.L. Ballroom on Feb. 4 for Oklahoma Magazine’s Single in the City. The night, which beneďŹ ted Emergency Infant Services, included happy hour, delicious bites from some favorite area restaurants, great entertainment from Eric Himan and the main event singles auction. Chuck, Nikki and Leigh Lamson.

Ryan Jude Tanner and Ashley Thompson.

Bob and Marjo Burk and Vida and Dan Schuman.

Isaac Rocha and Andrew Witter.

Jim Scholl and Connor Cleary.

Aaron Miller and Camille Nassar.

Sherolyn Whiting-Ralston, Myles Ralston and Mike Ralston.

Steve D. Wright, Evan Tipton and Ricky Torix.

Andrew Deacon and Sedrick Bateman.

Jake Briscoe and Meredith Hall. Greg Holt, Monica Basu and Jim Scholl.

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A crimson front door is a symbol of the couple’s devotion to the University of Oklahoma.

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Two Crown Heights homes joined to create a single property blends the former and current homeowners’ eclectic styles.

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or decades, two houses stood side by side, overlooking Oklahoma City’s Crown Heights Park. Both were stately homes. Roger Dolese wanted a larger showplace, so he bought his neighbor’s home in the 1940s and created a mammoth merger. At last, he had a Midtown country estate. Roger and Ardith Dolese traveled often to Europe, bringing home exquisite souvenirs, such as crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, gleaming wood paneling and ornate crown moldings. The Doleses divorced and then died, leaving the elegant corner mansion a forlorn, unfinished beauty. With 12,000 square feet, 46 rooms, 14 bathrooms and an acre of lawn, the home begged for a special new owner. Drs. Susan Chambers and Kyle Toal were ideal buyers for this fabled estate. With a new baby, their existing Crown Heights home seemed too small, “We definitely got more room,” Chambers notes. The couple loaned the empty home to the Oklahoma City Orchestra League for its 1997 Designer Show House; among those designers was Jason Johnston, who designed a boy’s bedroom. Little did Johnston know that project would lead to an ongoing relationship with the couple and a love affair with

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the residence, now listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. The original consolidation required extensive engineering and architectural feats. When renovation began in 2005, Johnston wanted to update the interiors to complement the couple’s lifestyle, but he also remained mindful of the Doleses’ original plan to make the two homes appear seamless. “We kept quite a few of the designs from the Show House,” Chambers says. “We also retained as much of the original Dolese home as possible.” She praises the Doleses’ elegant taste in purchases made on those European trips. “They did not buy ordinary souvenirs,” she says. As Johnston worked on the home, the need to study the original blueprints emerged. The Dolese family kept a large, bank-style vault in the basement to store jewelry and other treasures while they were away on frequent trips, especially to Europe to buy antiques. The blueprints had been stored in the vault for years, and no one knew the combination – not even Chambers and Toal. “I knew those moldy blueprints had to be in the basement bank vault,” Johnston says. “No one had the combination, so I hired a safecracker. Finding those [blue prints] was a real blessing during construction of a new suite upstairs. Those detailed blueprints helped me work within the extensive labyrinth of chimneys, wiring and copper plumbing pipes, which included piped-in chilled water for all bathrooms.” As the couple’s family grew from one child to three, nurseries became bedrooms and, later, sophisticated suites for teenage and college lifestyles. The formal entry is Johnston’s favorite area. It makes a grand statement about luxury, sophistication and elegance – hallmarks of the Doleses’ tenure, which the current homeowners have embraced. This area posed the greatest challenge for Johnston and LWPB Architects. This formal entryway resembles a movie set with

Inspired by the semi-circular upper porch at the White House, this space overlooks the pool, cabana and small rear garden.

Large black and white tiles mark the formal entry, leading to the grand staircase.

The Georgian architecture theme continues in the poolside cabana at the rear of the home.

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its 1920s-style black and white tile. Custom filigree railings flank two elegant stairways, leading to a landing the size of some living rooms. Backing up to the entry is a second story semi-circular veranda, overlooking the back lawn, pool and cabana. “Kyle wanted a Teddy Roosevelt-style porch, just like the one at the White House,” Johnston notes. “I’m glad we were able to achieve that. The porch leads to the upstairs bedroom suites and finally created a cohesive connection between the two homes. Johnston’s master plan for the home’s renovation fits the couple’s lifestyle perfectly. Both are civic-minded, and the home’s entry, dining, living and music rooms are settings for civic and cultural events. The upper floors are guest havens. For Johnston, working on the house has been like an archeological dig. He reverently preserved architectural details, the distinctive wood paneling and crown moldings. He was ecstatic to salvage two delicate panels of 50-year-old pleated Fortuny drapes. “Now the home really functions well for Susan and Kyle’s lifestyle,” Johnston. “Good design makes spaces work and a house livable.” M.J. VAN DEVENTER A crystal chandelier and an antique mantel are European treasures.

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Frank Wilczek is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician and currently a professor at MIT. Adept at explaining scientific topics such as dark matter, string theory, and more recently the God particle, Wilczek was awarded a Nobel Prize for work he began when he was just 21. His television appearances include “ghostbusting” for Penn & Teller, who called Wilczek “the smartest guy we’ve ever had on the show.” His latest book, Lightness of Being, appeals to a wide audience and was lauded as “a lively, playful, and inventive tour de force.”

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t’s the time of year to begin thinking about being pool-ready. From an extra couple minutes at the gym to waxing, springtime means getting the body in shape for warmer temps. Feet should not be neglected as we enter pedicure weather, either. Clarisonic has a new tool that is specifically designed for feet. The Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation Set includes three formulas to smooth, exfoliate, soften and hydrate. The head moves at a powerful “foot frequency” to ensure safe treatment. Included are a buffing brush that can be used wet or dry and a smoothing disc to exfoliate. Pedi-Balm, also included, softens skin. In a study, women reported a 10-times smoother feel than with regular manual buffing. Bring on the sandals! LINDSAY ROGERS

Blow Outs Blow dry bars are taking Oklahoma by storm. While some might find the idea of paying to have your hair dried frivolous, many women can attest to the luxury of a perfect blowout. Professionals at these blow-dry bars take anywhere from

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Springtime means that pastels and pinks are in full force. While these shades can often come off as juvenile or overly feminine, there are ways to wear the colors with subtle sophistication. Laura Mercier is known for transforming bold shades into wearable and flattering makeup. One of her standout products, Caviar Stick Eye Colour, contains a long-wearing formula that glides onto lids. Orchid, a sheer, frosty lavender, is a shade that flatters hazel and green eyes. Part of the NARS Spring Collection, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Bimini is a sheer pink that hydrates and heals lips. Dior Beauty’s new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, Trianon Edition, is inspired by Marie Antoinette and features a balance between bold shades and feminine, flowery pastels. Bobbi Brown’s latest collection features products for a modern woman looking for a natural look. The Pink Brightening Brick can be used as both a blush or swept lightly all over the face for a gentle illumination. Maybelline Baby Lips offers a wash of color at a bargain price. The newest version, Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, uses eucalyptus and combats dryness while giving a natural, healthy tint. Pastels are always suited for nails. Deborah Lippmann’s new spring collection features a confection of soft shades. The standout is Blue Orchid, a cream baby blue, first featured at the Spring 2014 Badgley Mischka show.

30 minutes to an hour, using their product expertise to style hair as desired. In Stillwater, The Blo Bar offers both blowouts and facials. In Tulsa, the cheerful Posh Blowdry Bar provides a glass of wine to enjoy during your visit, making for a perfect pre-event stress reliever. And in Oklahoma City, swing by the Dry Shop Blowdry Bar where you can add a 10-minute pre-styling scalp massage. Perfect before a big night on the town, the budget-friendly prices also keep this a run-of-the-mill indulgence.


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Navigate Rough Waters

Avid cycler David Harber traveled to the Mayo Clinic to receive treatment for a lifethreatening disease. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.

A major medical diagnosis can be tough to take, but remember that you are your own best advocate.

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ife can change in an instant with a startling medical diagnosis or unforeseen injury. Those afflicted often find themselves in a maze of appointments, tests, surgeries and treatments. It can be a challenging process for both the patient and their loved ones, but it’s a time when it’s critical to become proactive in your health care. David and Carole Harber know firsthand the challenge of navigating an unexpected illness and a complex plan of care. In 2011, after being referred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., David Harber was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare and potentially fatal disease estimated to affect about eight out of one million people a year. Amyloidosis is caused by the buildup of abnormal protein (amyloid) in body tissues or organs. The disease can affect any organ, including the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. There are several different types of amyloidosis with varying treatment plans. Harber’s disease was identified as primary AL (amyloid light-chain) amyloidosis, and his recommended treatment was an autologous stem cell transplant to be performed at the Mayo Clinic. The procedure involves the collection of the patient’s own stem cells followed by high doses of chemotherapy and reinfusion of the previously collected stem cells. Patients then experience a period of extreme immune suppression while they wait for their stem cells to engraft. A lifelong athlete and avid cyclist, Harber’s physical and mental discipline served him well in his battle against this illness. Carole Harber, his wife and caregiver, supported him each step of the way. In the beginning, the education process can be overwhelming, Carole Harber says, but she believes it’s essential for patients to learn as much as they can about their illness and treatment plans. She also encourages others to seek a second opinion, if needed, and to be willing to travel for care. “If you’re not 100 percent comfortable with your diagnosis or the recommended treatment

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plan, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion. Most doctors encourage it, and patients shouldn’t feel like it’s inappropriate or disrespectful,” she says. “Patients who are diagnosed with rare diseases or whose local physicians are unable to provide definitive diagnoses should consider traveling to a center of excellence for evaluation and treatment, if at all possible.” For the Harbers, that meant renting an apartment near the Mayo Clinic for their anticipated six-week stay to complete the transplant and allow time for Harber’s immune system to sufficiently recover for him to safely travel home. “It’s certainly not the easiest path,” says Harber. “Moving to Minnesota in the winter for treatment was not exactly our idea of a good time, but we both knew that it was my best chance for long-term survival. We were isolated, for my safety, and completely out of our normal routine, but I’m glad now that we did it.” Through their experience, the Harbers have learned the importance of staying organized, the power of support groups and the benefits of staying active. “We went to each of David’s doctor’s appointments having done our homework and with a prepared list of questions,” says Carole Harber. “We believe that most physicians want to fully answer their patients’ questions, but that it’s important to be prepared. We have multiple binders with test results, printed clinic notes and our own notes taken during appointments. Staying organized is crucial because of the sheer volume of information in complex cases. This is equally important when dealing with insurance claims.” While researching the disease, the Harbers discovered the Amyloidosis Support Group (ASG). Through their participation in the organization, they have connected with other patients and had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of amyloidosis treatment

and research. “Involvement in a support group can be an important part of any patient’s journey,” says Harber. “There is an instant bond with other patients, which is very real but hard to explain.” After undergoing the stem cell transplant, Harber completed six months of additional chemotherapy in Tulsa. In May 2012, after the first cycle of chemo, he received the uplifting news that he was officially in remission; he remains in remission today. Throughout his treatment process, Harber continued to ride and race with his 36P cycling team, even completing a 100-mile ride eight days before leaving for the Mayo Clinic. He also set up a remote office while in Rochester to continue working. “We believe that being as active as possible, while remaining compliant with your doctor’s orders, plays a big role in having a successful outcome,” says Carole Harber. “For David, getting back on his bike and back to his company were huge parts of his recovery, which helped him mentally, as well as physically.”

Emotional Recovery The progression from diagnosis to treatment and through recovery is an emotional passage. Pam Kiser, chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at St. John Medical Center, encourages individuals to allow themselves to


grieve – and she speaks from experience. Kiser faced her own health crisis when she was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma – a typically slow-growing and noncancerous tumor that develops on the eighth cranial nerve leading from the brain to the inner ear. Her treatment plan consisted of traveling to California, undergoing brain surgery and taking on an extensive rehabilitation process that included learning how to walk again. She says that while she wanted to have a positive attitude, in the beginning she couldn’t. “You have to let yourself go ahead and cry, grieve and be scared for a while, but know you will get past it,” says Kiser. “The next step is to get busy. Begin researching your options and develop a plan.” Kiser kept a detailed notebook and recorded every conversation she had with a doctor. She also recorded side notes about how she was feeling that day or how the person she was talking to made her feel. She believes it’s all a part of the process of finding the best care. “I knew from my medical background that if you do something every single day, the better you become,” says Kiser. “I did my research and asked each doctor how many surgeries like mine they had performed. I ultimately chose a physician that not only had performed the procedure many times, but whose kindness and compassion over the phone gave me the confidence I needed to move forward. He also provided me with a succinct plan so there was nothing left to question; I knew what to expect.” Today, many health organizations offer programs to help support patients who have received a life-altering diagnosis. St. John Health System recently became the first health system in Oklahoma to earn STAR Program certification for cancer survivorship care. The program teams together physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists and nurses to work with patients on personalized rehabilitation plans to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain and improve daily function and quality of life. The program also includes nutrition counseling, customized exercise programs, counseling and coordinated social services. “Our certified team works together to address many of the functional limitations that might occur from cancer treatment,” says David Pynn, St. John Health System president and chief executive officer. “Often, these limitations are initially overlooked or perceived by survivors as their ‘new normal.’ Through the STAR Program, we can address many of these limitations with a multidisciplinary, evidence-based and patient-centered approach.” Stephenson Cancer Center, located on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City, offers its patients a “navigator” – a designated person who serves as a one-stop resource and assists patients through their cancer treatment plan. “Cancer is a complex disease that affects the individual patient and their family in many ways,” says Dr. Robert Mannel, director of Stephenson Cancer Center. “Our patient and nurse navigators are part of our cancer treatment and supportive care team that works not only to treat the cancer but also to address the myriad issues surrounding cancer care. The navigators function as a personal care coordinator for the patient, helping the patient to successfully access the numerous treatment and supportive care options available at the Stephenson Cancer Center.” When she needed it most, Kiser received encouragement from a support group, but she also emphasizes the importance of reaching out to family and friends. In an effort to help boost her spirits, a friend of Kiser’s visited her every day and dedicated 20 minutes to making her laugh. “Everyone needs a best buddy,” she says. “Don’t feel bad about calling that person at the last minute and asking for their help. Having an extra set of ears to listen during an appointment is a great benefit. While I wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone, it changes how you view each day, but in a really good way. It makes it so much easier to be grateful, and that is a great way to live, with gratitude.”

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The State

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark. PHOTO COURTESY ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM.

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From mountain to valley, prairie to forest, western Arkansas shows it all.

ny place that calls itself “The Natural State” has a lot to live up to. Lucky for Arkansas, the state has the vistas to back up its claim, especially true in the western half of the state. From mountain views in the north to the resilient and rustic timberlands flowing south to Texas, western Arkansas’ topographical diversity is a sight to behold and one worth exploring. Some attractions make the most of The Natural State. Crystal Bridges Museum of American

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Art, Bentonville: Fine art and nature play in perfect unison at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Home to a permanent collection spanning five centuries of American art, Crystal Bridges features work by such artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, James Turrell and Roy Lichtenstein. As amazing as what it contains, the museum’s architecture is a wonder in itself with glass, sculpture-like pavilions, galleries and bridges wreathed by ponds and old forest. www.crystalbridges.org Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs: Inspiration Point doesn’t boast a grand opera hall (it’s in the plans),

The Lodge at Mount Magazine: You’ll think you’ve landed somewhere in New England at this modern-rustic resort lodge on the sweeping south bluff of Mount Magazine. With 60 rooms, the Skycrest Restaurant, conference center, indoor swimming pool and fitness amenities, The Lodge is a must-see in all seasons. www.mountmagazinestatepark.com Beckham Creek Cave Lodge: This isn’t Neanderthal living – the Beckham Creek Cave Lodge is more akin to a bed and breakfast. Excavated out of a rocky hillside, the lodge has a colorful past and is said to have hosted celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson to Arnold Schwarzenegger. A heliport makes getting to the secluded accommodations in Parthenon easier. www.beckhamcavelodge.com

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The Lodge at Mount Magazine. PHOTO COURTESY ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM.

but then, it doesn’t need one to impress. Home to Opera in the Ozarks, Inspiration Point outside of Eureka Springs took on its present context in the 1950s when a Phillips University professor was given the land and an unfinished castle. A fine arts colony was established and became a training ground for opera students from across the country honing their vocal chops. Summers, the mountains echo with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the covered stage overlooking lush, rolling majesty. www.opera.org Arkansas Wine Country, Altus: The right climate, fertile soil and ingenuity produced


HOT PICKS Excursions: The Arkansas Missouri Railroad passenger train currently runs between Fort Smith and Winslow Saturday mornings along with a few other excursions weekdays. Look for the schedule to pick up into spring. www. wamrailroad.com Know on the go: Arkansas’ state tourism app offers mobile access to information on all the state’s best attractions, lodgings and tips to save money, including coupons. Guests in waiting: The majestic Queen Wilhelmina’s Lodge in Mena has been closed since March 2012 for an extensive, $7.4 million renovation. Purported problems with the original project contractor have delayed the opening from last December to late 2014. We’ve seen the plans – it’ll be worth the wait.

com, www.wiederkehrwines.com, www. chateauauxarc.com Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs: Fairytales are set in places like Garvan Woodland Gardens, University of Arkansas’ 210-acre botanical garden, created to preserve and enhance the uniqueness of this Ouachita Mountain region. From the sculpted Japanese garden (one of the best anywhere) Cosmic Cavern to the stunning PHOTO COURTESY ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT Anthony Chapel, OF PARKS AND TOURISM. airy effortlessly whittled out of the surrounding forest, Garvan is cultivated nature at its finest. www.garvangardens.org Mount Magazine State Park, Paris: No article on Arkansas scenery is complete without mention of Mount Magazine State Park, a rugged range overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake to its south. Mount Magazine is the state’s highest peak, which has made it the outdoor sportsman’s dream for paragliding and other extreme hobbies. KAREN SHADE

Cosmic Cavern: The term “show cave” derived because of places like the Cosmic Cavern in Berryhill near the Missouri border. A tour features awesome mineral formations, rare blind cave salamanders and cave trout. Take the pedestrian route or explore in the raw on a wild cave tour. www. cosmiccavern.com Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center: Arkansas’ varied terrain includes prairie in its timberlands near the Texas border. These low-lying Arkansas blacklands – named for the rich soil supporting hundreds of plant and animal species – are part of the state’s conservation and restoration program to promote the outdoors and good land stewardship. www.agfc.com Talimena National Scenic Byway: Some say the best time to take this 54-mile detour through the Ouachita Mountains is in autumn, but the drive through eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas is gorgeous year-round and particularly exciting on motorcycle. www. talimenascenicdrive.com

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the first wines to come out of Altus in the Arkansas River Valley region. When the Wiederkehr and Post families arrived in the late 1800s, they planted vineyards and created new recipes of white, red and blush perfection. Today, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars and Post Familie Vineyards are an agribusiness and tourism boon. Both, as well as Chateau Aux Arc, welcome visitors to try new blends and old favorites year-round. www.postfamilie.

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Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. PHOTO COURTESY ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT

Access: Tulsa to Fort Smith via Muskogee Turnpike and Interstate 40 is about two hours; approximately three hours from Oklahoma City to Fort Smith. Climate: Warm, humid springs and sultry summers followed by temperate falls and generally mild winters. Northern highland areas tend to be cooler. Main Attractions: A vast state parks system attracts millions of visitors annually and offers plenty of outdoors activities, lodging choices and paths to nature.

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Desmond Mason sits among his painting tools in his downtown Oklahoma City studio. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

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By Megan Morgan

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ome folks are naturally gifted at everything they do; NBA-player-turnedstudio-artist Desmond Mason is one of them. At just 36, he has already found great success in not one but two careers. An All-American in college who later averaged 12.1 points per game in the NBA, Mason, today, showcases his paintings and art all over the world.

He’s also a nice guy – friendly and easy to engage, especially when it comes to family and his passions. Mason loves to bring up his children (4 and 8) and their antics in conversation whenever he can. He also keeps every piece of art his daughter creates in a section of his studio – a paint-spackled space in downtown Oklahoma City, clearly the habitat of a working artist with his hands in many different projects. Following a successful 10-year career in the NBA, Mason brought his family to Oklahoma City to chase his “getaway,” a dream of becoming a full-time artist working to benefit the community. MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Starting Out Mason’s ties to Oklahoma are strong, but he grew up in Waxahatchie, Texas, a small town about 30 minutes south of Dallas. “It’s a town where everybody eats at home on Sundays and hangs with their friends in the park,” Mason says. Mason’s neighborhood was violent at times, the result of gangs and drugs. But his interests in athletics and the arts kept him going. “I played every sport. I actually loved football the best. Basketball didn’t supersede anything,” Mason says. “As I continued to grow up, getting to the arts came through some other friends of mine – skateboarders and guys that did graffiti.” Mason’s art interests changed in early high school as he leaned toward ceramics and pottery. “I got in trouble for writing on my desk, on my books, so I was always kind of a doodler, but more than anything, I had an interest in ceramics before it evolved into painting,” he says. Meanwhile, he became a standout basketball player, which led to his first move to Oklahoma in 1996 when he decided to play hoops for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. “On my first visit to Oklahoma State, I pretty much committed. [Stillwater] just reminded me of home,” Mason says. “The school has great tradition and history, but it was just the very

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humble people – from the students and faculty to the people that live there year-round. You never met anyone that you had an issue with.” Mason appreciated that Stillwater was a small town – even smaller before T. Boone Pickens Stadium, he says, laughing – and he felt comfortable there. “It was different, though, in that I was away from home. That was kind of what I wanted, but it wasn’t too far away [from Waxahatchie],” he says. “…It was weird being away from my family at first, but basketball and my teammates helped resolve that.” Throughout his time playing for OSU (and picking up All-American honors), Mason majored in studio art. “I actually, at first, wanted to be an accountant because I loved it in high school,” he says, “but after one semester, I was like, ‘This is kind of not for me,’ and I went back into art.” He was also a bit of an anomaly in his classes. “I was a double-outsider,” Mason recalls. “I showed up in art class in sweats and flip-flops and Oklahoma State stuff, and my classmates had piercings and mohawks. And then amongst my teammates, I was the ‘artsy’ guy. But it was fun because my teammates learned more about me as an artist; and also my classmates became more sports-oriented and came to the games to watch me play.” His time in Stillwater changed his life in other ways. In college, he met his future wife, Andrea, who was also a student athlete at OSU.

Above: Mason played his last years in the NBA for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Left: Golden Child by Desmond Mason. Below: Celebration of Fertility by Desmond Mason. Opposite Page: Top: Mason was known for his superb dunking abilities during his tenure in the NBA. Left: Mason now spends his days in his art studio creating works of art and exploring his evolving style.

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Big Leagues In 2000, the Seattle SuperSonics picked Mason in the first round NBA drafts; he was the 17th pick overall. But there was more to getting into professional basketball than that, Mason says, and he had a lot to learn. “The whole process of getting into the NBA and MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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“You’re talking 25,000 people or so in an arena, and the attention is just on you. There aren’t 10 guys on the floor – it’s just you.” getting an agent was foreign to me. It was much more of a business than I thought it would be,” he says. Getting drafted to the NBA was one of the biggest transitions of Mason’s life, he says, and the next year proved to be just as altering when he became engaged. The couple bought their first home. “My family had never really owned a house, so we were going through this whole process and lifestyle change,” Mason says. Then, there was the 2001 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Mason participated in the contest as a rookie and won. “It was nerve-wracking,” he says. “You’re talking 25,000 people or so in an arena, and the attention is just on you. There aren’t 10 guys on the floor – it’s just you.” Mason says that because there was so much going on in his life at the time, he reacted by improvising dunks in the competition as he went along. “I couldn’t believe that I won, but it was a phenomenal experience. How it looks on TV, how exciting and fun it seems? That’s absolutely how it is, except maybe 10 times that,” he says. Mason continued to play for the SuperSonics until 2003, eventually moving to the Milwaukee Bucks then to the New Orleans Hornets and back again to Milwaukee before Mason poses with artwork. PHOTO BY JOSH WELCH.

returning to Oklahoma to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008-2009. “It was an easy transition coming back to Oklahoma,” Mason says. Back on old stomping grounds, he soon began to look in new directions. “It was also a good time for me to continue to propel my art career and start to participate in more shows,” Mason says.

Moving Forward When he was traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2009, Mason felt it was time to make a different sort of move. “It’s not a story I tell very often,” he says, “but there’s this song that I heard in church called ‘Moving Forward,’ and I kept hearing it over and over. “I was driving around Sacramento every day, listening to that song over and over again,” he says. “So, one day I get back to my hotel – and I am just starting out on this team that wasn’t doing very well – and I called my wife and said, ‘I think I’m going to retire from basketball.’” Mason says that his wife initially responded with surprise, but she supported his decision. “I called my dad, and he thought I was losing my mind; and I called my agent, and he thought I was losing my mind. But the

next week, I went [back] to Sacramento and we talked about it, and I retired,” Mason says. “It was about moving forward…and about being at home more. My daughter was getting to the point to where she was kicking and screaming when I left for a road trip.” He turned to his “getaway:” His art. Thanks to business skills he learned while in the NBA, Mason felt ready to make art a full-time career. “Business was evolving in my mind,” he says, “and I was really excited about that part of my life, just as much as [I had been about] basketball.” The Masons chose to return to Oklahoma City – a city not renowned for its art scene. But Mason sees tremendous talent in his adopted home state. “The scene [in OKC] is untapped. I was meeting with some guys yesterday who are unbelievable artists. Some of the best realists I have ever seen, and some of the best artists I have ever seen,” Mason says. “We talked about the artistic creativity and what we can do together.” From a business standpoint, Oklahoma is rising. “For us, we thought we had some ideas that were different than anything else anyone was doing at the time, so why not come to a place that we care about and love and try to incorporate those things as part of a foundation of a community? And that’s what we decided to do,” he says.

New Strokes In his downtown Oklahoma City studio, Mason has room to explore his acquired style. “I’m a taught realist, but I evolved to abstract expressionism,” Mason says. “Every painting I do, I try to involve my thoughts, my emotions, what’s going on in my life, what happened in the past, what’s in the future. Sometimes, that’s incorporated by texture and color. Sometimes, there’s subject matter, and, sometimes, there’s not. I bounce around quite a bit, which I enjoy doing, because I can relate to more people that way.”

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Mason works on a piece of art. PHOTO BY CHOATE HOUSE.

Mason’s style integrates elements from some of his artistic idols – Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack and Wassily Kandinsky – but in ways that are unique to him. “My number one [inspiration] has got to be Pablo Picasso,” he says. “He’s a majority of my inspiration.” A bright red, Rothko-inspired canvas, textured and heavy with paint, hangs on the wall in the studio’s work area, surrounded by tubes, brushes and other tools of the trade. The studio itself is a tall-ceilinged room with splatters of paint on the concrete floor; huge, colorful canvases adorn some of the walls. If it wasn’t so obviously a workspace, you might guess you were in a full-time exhibition art gallery. Other paintings line the perimeter of the room, simply propped against the wall. Some works are permanent in the space, painted directly on the wall. A nod to street artists he admires, Mason says, there are also cutout stencil works spray-painted all over. Mason has participated in several international art showings and has works displayed in galleries all over the world, an accomplishment for which he is very proud. “I had a chance to be part of a traveling exhibition that went to five countries in Asia, and that was big for me. There were people from all over the world that had a chance to see my work. It was sort of my coming-out international party. I didn’t know how people would take it, but the response was very good,” Mason says. He is exploring new art avenues lately, he says, like street art and graffiti. “I’m super obsessed [with U.K. graffiti artist Banksy] right now,” Mason says. He has also recently branched out into the world of skateboarding as inspiration and medium. Blank, wooden boards, some with the beginnings of ideas sketched out on them,

can be found in hidden corners of Mason’s studios. “I was a huge skateboarder growing up,” he says. “We did half- and quarter-pipes back home. I’ve been designing boards now, and it’s taken on a life of its own.”

Art For Good Mason has established the Desmond Mason Art Show, a philanthropy project raising money for different local charities. His first show for this project was in Seattle. “It was probably the most nervous time of my life, because [the work] was [about] things that were very personal to me. My getaway was now becoming public,” he says of the experience. Since then, Mason and his wife have held the art benefit in different locations for almost 10 years. “We try to engage the community and see what organizations could use the most help, and help as many people as possible,” he says.

Other upcoming projects include shows in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Looking forward, Mason says that he hopes to continue working to benefit art programs in schools. “Art programs are being pulled out of schools and aren’t being funded like they used to be. I always try to bring this up, because it’s the first thing that is cut. I think kids are being deprived of the opportunity to be creative, so what’s in the next generation for us without that? I’m going to do my little penny’s worth of diligence and see if it helps,” he says. Mason adds that he has had the fortune of being creative in both basketball and in art. “I am really lucky to have had the opportunity to do two things that I love and have always loved – things I would even do for free that I now consider to be jobs,” Mason says. “I don’t really consider them jobs, but maybe I can affect people’s lives positively by doing them.”

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BRILLIANCE Oklahoma’s innovative landscape designers talk about their favorite and most luxurious projects. By Tara Malone

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KYARD A succulent wall designed by Laurel Leaf Landscape.

PHOTO COURTESY LAUREL LEAF LANDSCAPE.

Climbing the Walls Daniel Meunier, owner and operator of Laurel Leaf Landscape, might be a newcomer to the Oklahoma gardening scene, but he’s already made quite a splash. While widely experienced in many types of landscape architecture, Meunier also specializes in a form of landscaping known by many names, including “vertical gardening” or “living walls.” Meunier himself calls it “living art.” He believes the use of walls as planters adds an entirely new dimension to gardening. But, he says, “I took it a step further. I design these picture-like planters and arrange plants in them to either hang outside, inside or both, depending on the hardiness.” The result is a visual masterpiece. Meunier studied horticulture at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (a program famed for the quality of landscaping artists it produces) before going to work for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Before

that, however, he apprenticed under a very special mentor: His grandmother. “My grandmother was a very passionate person for life, family and about horticulture. I shadowed her as a child in the gardens that she had, and she shared with me little things about life, God and the ways of the world while we were gardening. It was something very special to me, and after her passing in my early 20s, my passion and gift for horticulture ignited into my full-on passion and purpose in life,” he says. Meunier recently worked on a Zen garden for clients that included one of his hanging pieces – a 3-by-3-foot cedar box with a stunning yet peaceful array of succulents, completely self-sustaining and hardy, even in the most frigid temperatures. “Using nature as my medium and

the garden space as my canvas, I found I could create such elegance and beauty with design and affect not only me but others around me in such a positive way,” he says.

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Grand Design Caviness Landscape Design has provided Oklahomans with innovative landscape designs for more than three decades Kelly Caviness, principal and CEO, was one of the first landscapers in Oklahoma to incorporate water design as a specialty. “I slowly integrated water features into our designs, and 22 years ago, we started to design and build nature-inspired swimming pools with water features along with a complete landscape/hardscape package,” Caviness says. “At that time, there wasn’t anyone that offered that complete package of services to homeowners.” The company is now a byword for stunning and unique water designs. Caviness says his favorite project to date was undertaken for the Twin Creek Farms Estate. He says the project had to be completed in stages due to its immense scope. Among the many features are a

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handmade, faux rock grotto complete with a swim-through entrance, swim-up bar and dry patio and kitchen; a restroom and changing area; and several other patios leading to a lake and waterfall. “The design connects multiple entertainment areas and has color kinetics lighting that brings a cohesive finish to the setting,” Caviness says. “Custom light shows have been programmed to give different mood settings and really bring the project a whole new look at night.” The project was even more special because of the forged relationship the company has shared with the homeowners. “The fact that the homeowner really gave us free reign to let our creative juices flow, and the fact that we have a long-lasting friendship with them after the whole process was completed is a valuable gift that we really treasure,” says Caviness.

A handmade faux rock grotto features a swim-through entrance and utilizes color kinetics lighting for dramatic effect. PHOTOS COURTESY CAVINESS LANDSCAPE DESIGN.


Derek McCall created a Zenlike background retreat for clients utilizing existing surrounding features and plants and stone native to Oklahoma. PHOTO COURTESY DRM DESIGN GROUP.

Native Zen Derek R. McCall, owner and landscape architect for DRM Design Group Landscape Architecture and Planning, has followed his love of horticulture across the United States but primarily works on projects in Oklahoma and Texas. McCall has known his calling from an early age. “My parents were nice enough not to scold me when I was 10 years old, and they walked into our backyard to find I had dug up a 10-by-10-foot garden in the middle of the lawn,” he says. “Those early experiences in the garden taught me how seeds sprout, how weather affects plants, how plants grow, causes

and solutions to plant issues, the role of insects and how the seasons affect plant growth. Most of all, those early days taught me environmental responsibility and patience.” A recent project for a Bixby couple presented him not only with the chance to work on a truly “green” mission, but also one with a unique challenge. “The clients wanted the entire project to fit in with the surrounding nature but still reflect their contemporary style,” McCall says. “That is much more difficult than clearing the site and starting from scratch with a project that uses foreign plant material and a typical irrigation system.” Completed in 2013, McCall says he used only native plant, stone and other materials. In addition, he employed drip irrigation and hand digging around tree roots. He then created an arbor of metal and vines that was grown to block the western sun from scorching the homeowners’ living room. More plans for the house, including a prairie restoration project and a woodland path leading to a local creek, are possible in the near future. McCall says his favorite thing about working on the Bixby yard was a shared sense of purpose with the owners. “The clients had the same views I had about environmental stewardship and sustainability,” he says. “That always makes a project more enjoyable.” MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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This large, residential pool covers an area of 57-by-35 feet in the homeowners’ back yard. PHOTO COURTESY SZAFRANSKIPUGH AND ASSOCIATES.

Slabs of stained concrete are “artfully offcentered and irregular” in this backyard design.

Living Large Carl Szafranski, principal at Szafranski-Pugh and Associates, knows all about luxurious landscaping. His company has provided landscaping architecture to Oklahoma clients since 2004. Recently, Szafranski and his associates completed the largest residential pool they have ever designed, a whopping 57-by-35feet, using only the most luxurious materials. According to Szafranski, his clients not only allowed him artistic freedom with the project, but they contributed their own design savvy for the perfect pairing of creative visions. “We used a polished plaster, and the water features are positioned in such a way to make them look like they are ‘floating’ on the water,” Szafranski says. “We also used Brazilian walnut for all of the decking; that brought a new material and color to the palette. Some other items included the complete redesign of the entire estate – including all-new landscaping, lighting, art pieces, entry walks, guest-arrival sidewalks, screen walls and urn placement.” Szafranski credits his roots on a self-sufficient farm and his passion for the outdoors with inspiring him to his current profession. “The ability to mend the two loves of my life, Mother Nature and human beings’ influence with her, led me to become a landscape architect,” he says.

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PHOTO COURTESY KINGDOM LANDSCAPE COMPANY.

Sooner Home, California Style Nancy Edwards, designer and co-owner of Kingdom Landscape Company, is a 36-year veteran of Oklahoma gardening. However, she’s always been a devotee of the Golden State as well, she says. Recently, Edwards was able to exercise both her passion for landscaping and her affinity for California style when she helped a Tulsa couple convert their traditional home into a California Craftsman. “I have a love for all things California – there’s a surfboard in the landscape design to prove that – and it also seemed that the design would work with a modern element more typically associated with California contemporary,” Edwards says, “hence the off-kilter slabs of stained concrete used to create a walkway from the driveway to the front door and through the pergola and into the back yard.” The slabs alone, which Edwards wanted “artfully off-centered and irregular,” were an

exercise in scientific design, calling on ancient techniques dating to the great pyramids and Greek architecture. “It is believed to be the most pleasing proportion and, after seeing its effect in this job and others, it has my vote,” Edwards says. For planting, Edwards says she selected short ornamental grasses for texture and contrast with the stone. Not daunted by the lack of a sprinkler system, she made sure all her plants were low-maintenance, “for an Oklahoma version of the California style we were going for. “I especially enjoyed this project because we have many more opportunities to do work around traditional Tulsa architecture and, as much as we love many of those styles, it was nice to work with a client and setting that called for a design with a fusion of a couple styles we don’t often get to use,” she says.


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Save money and improve your health with sustainable, non-toxic and energy efficient choices. “Going green” is terminology that has been around for more than a decade, but exactly what it means can be confusing. While there are consumers who believe sustainable choices are all about expensive self-sacrifice, creating an “eco-conscious home” is more about improving your quality of life by saving money and creating a healthier home environment.

Insulate Your Interests The basic suggestion for greening your home has been around for years, but it is still the most effective. “Insulation is the first thing to check,” says builder Craig Immel, principal at Green Property Funds. Immel is LEED AP-certified and also serves as chair of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council Oklahoma Chapter. With climate control costing from 40 to 50 percent of a family’s home energy expenses, any option to lower those costs while saving energy is important. You can even turn to local energy companies for cost saving measures. OG&E’s Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) offers a free personalized energy report as well as up to $300 in duct system repair and tightening. If eligible, homeowners can receive a rebate of up to 30 percent for attic insulation, up to $500. PSO offers incentives up to $5,000 for energy efficient improvements that can be done project by project or for an entire home. Currently, the completion date for these projects is Dec. 15, 2015. MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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“While insulation is one of the main factors in creating an energy efficient home, it’s important to also consider the health of your house,” says Shelby Navarro, AIA, LEED AP and CEO of Tulsa’s 1Architecture. If you use fiberglass insulation, make sure it is labeled as formaldehyde-free. Other green options include cellulose and products made from cotton, even old denim. Ted Cavillin, principal at CR Forma Design:Build in Tulsa, also suggests looking beyond the initial goal of good insulation. “It is often overlooked that there is no licensing for the building trade here,” says Cavillin. “So even a well-insulated house can have flimsy construction.” His suggestion is simple: Buy tubes of clear silicon caulk and seal around light switches and cracks around windows and under baseboards to reduce the effect of energy leakage. Cavillin also recommends an energy audit for more specific details on how you can maximize your energy savings. Oklahoma Electric Cooperative offers an extensive free DIY home energy audit handbook online. At www.energystar.gov, you can use a Home Energy Yardstick to see how your home’s energy use measures up. Energy audits can also be done utilizing an infrared scanner.

remotely by a smart phone. “The Nest Learning Thermostat is an intriguing new product we recently installed,” Cavillin says. Developed by the Apple iPod creator, the thermostat learns residents’ habits by measuring temperature, humidity, activity and light sensors, then makes climate adjustments based on whether the area is occupied and user input. The unit sells for $249 and is available locally.

a substantial energy loss in winter and summer. “This option is especially beneficial for homes in historically designated areas that might be prohibited from replacing windows on the front of the home,” says Beedon. Another simple way to reduce an energy bill is to replace incandescent lighting. The first alternative was the CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulb. Around for several years and using about a third of the energy as incandescent lights, CFLs contain mercury, creating safety and environmental concerns. Because of swift advances in technology, LEDs (light emitting diode) are now the preferred option. While the initial replacement cost is higher, LEDs use as little as onethirtieth of the energy required for an incandescent, plus they can last for up to 20 years. “Just think: You can put in a new bulb when your baby is born and not have to change it until they go off to college,” says Navarro.

“Investing in a FULL-HOUSE SOLAR system that GENERATES CLEAN, renewable energy can run between $10-20,000.”

Be Efficient The U.S. Department of Energy suggests homeowners can save from five to 30 percent on monthly utility bills with efficient weatherization and insulation. And if your heating and cooling system is more than a decade old, you might want to consider replacing the unit instead of repairing it. Often there are tax incentives for upgrading to a new system, and in addition, new units are approximately 15 percent more efficient than older models. Geothermal systems have seen a big surge in Oklahoma, although it is more typical in new construction. The front-end costs can be twice as much as a conventional heat and air system, but with costs savings and current tax incentives, the payback can be as little as five years. “Plus, because of the way geothermal works, you basically get free hot water all summer and about 80 percent of the winter,” says Navarro. Installing a programmable thermostat is an inexpensive solution for reducing energy consumption. Basic units can be found for under $50, while more expensive, sophisticated systems can be controlled

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While new windows can increase an older home’s energy efficiency, and there are some tax incentives for replacements, often finances preclude that option. John Beedon, owner of Beehold Reinvention based in Oklahoma City, specializes in insulating and sealing older double hung window systems. The counterweight pockets on the inside of the frames are not insulated and have holes for ropes, creating

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John Miggins, owner of Harvest Solar & Wind Power in Tulsa, recently installed solar power on an area boat dock for under $1,500. “And I just completed a solar system for a Tulsa client to power his safe room,” says Miggins. “He could survive for months, completely off the grid.” While Oklahoma doesn’t provide any tax incentives for installing solar panels, there are current federal incentives that make the potential of solar even more affordable. And unlike other home modifications that stay with your house in case of a move, solar panels can be relocated. “Investing in a full-house solar system that generates clean, renewable energy can run between $10-20,000,” adds Miggins. Additional separate, smaller solar electric systems can power outdoor lighting, remote-controlled gates, attic fans, pumps for fountains and ponds as well as heating for a swimming pool. Solar water heaters are also a popular item. Check for current tax incentives when pricing and considering solar products.

Water Works Since keeping water hot can often account for 30 percent of an energy bill, tankless water heaters can be more efficient, especially if you are building. But be aware of the total costs of replacing an existing storage-type water heater because tankless models require electrical outlets for fan and electronics and possibly upgraded gas pipes as well as a new ventilation system. Water conservation is also a consideration when looking to create an eco-conscious home. Beedon has created 50-gallon rain barrels for homeowners to collect runoff. “I have one that holds 700 gallons at my home,” says Beedon. Navarro is known for creating innovative designs to harvest rainwater runoff for the homes he creates. Clare Ashby, ASLA and owner of Ashby Landscape, promotes the use of rain/freeze sensors for outdoor irrigation systems. “I’m sure everyone has seen someone’s sprinkler system going off while it’s raining,” says Ashby. A rain/freeze sensor can save on the cost of wasted water and the electricity to operate the pump. The unit runs from $20 to $50, with installation around $100. A more expensive option is the “smart” controller that adjusts daily watering to real-time weather information received via satellite. “In addition to choosing plant materials

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that don’t require high water usage, we are also working with paving materials that reduce runoff,” she says. Inside the house, the design and usage of low-flow shower faucets and low-flow dual flush toilets are a considerable improvement from the dreaded products of the early 1990s. Since the toilet accounts for about 30 percent of a home’s water usage, replacing an old sixgallon flush toilet with a 1.6-gallon low-flow unit can save thousands of gallons of water each year. Another interesting trend for saving water is installing a foot pedal at any home faucet. You can have your hands full with food preparation and control both hot and cold water with the tap of your foot. There are also positive safety considerations since you don’t have to touch the faucet after handling raw meat. Hands-free motion sensor faucets for both the bathroom and kitchen help conserve water and are available at local hardware or plumbing supply stores.

Stay Healthy At Home In addition to the benefits of saving money while conserving energy and water, another advantage of creating a green house is the general health benefits gained by selecting less toxic materials for the home. “Using low or non-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint is an easy start,” says Immel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the indoor air quality of the average home is three times more polluted than outdoor air. One of the biggest contributors is paint because the VOC ingredients can slowly off-gas

for years after initial application. Luckily, many major manufacturers, from Sherman Williams to Benjamin Moore, now offer low or nonVOC paint options available at most paint supply locations. Carpet, carpet pad and adhesives also emit VOCs, with latex backing used in the majority of carpets being the biggest culprit. Although some off-gassing can linger for years, it is most intense in the first 72 hours and can cause burning eyes and respiratory problems, especially for those who are chemically sensitive. The best green option is to install hard surface flooring and use area rugs made of natural fibers, such as wool, cotton, sisal, jute or hemp. While homeowners can make choices about what products to install, renters don’t have that option. So if you are in a location with new carpet, be sure and keep windows open and run fans for the first few days. Vacuum with a HEPA filter and, if possible, clean with hot water extraction to help remove VOCs. You may also apply sealants designed to prevent the off-gassing. Bamboo and cork flooring are popular sustainable flooring choices. And if you want wood flooring, consider reclaimed wood or check that your lumber comes from sustainably managed forests. “Make sure your installer is using non-toxic sealers,” says Cavillin. Check for products that have received GREENGUARD certification for indoor air quality. Colorful recycled glass is another option for sustainable countertops, flooring, tables and unique hardware. Riverfield Recycled Glass countertops are made in Oklahoma. “We always prefer to buy locally produced building materials, including timber and stone,” says Immel. “And we focus on reusing building materials when possible,” adds Beedon. Both builders work with local waste companies to recycle whatever materials they can. Building a green home offers options from how the home sits on the lot to utilizing the newest energy efficient technologies. But there are plenty of possibilities if you are remodeling. Do some research; and whether it’s a DIY project or you are working with a builder, look for healthier options. Local building supply stores offer products from non-formaldehyde plywood to Energy Smart appliances. Work with builders who are committed to utilizing green building materials. You can make a few small changes in your everyday habits, from watching your water consumption to using non-toxic cleaning supplies. Enjoy saving money while improving the health of your home.


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We are an “on demand” culture. What we want, we want it fast and we want it now. We also love food. Combine all of these elements, and what we get is a whole lot of fad dieting. There is always some new diet craze popping up, promising to be the next best thing, allowing corners to be cut so that weight can be dropped with a minimal amount of effort. It’s tempting and easy to gravitate toward diets that eliminate certain foods in hopes of achieving rapid weight loss, and although an initial weight loss will likely be seen when eliminating an entire food group from one’s diet, sustaining that loss over time is where things get tricky. “Some people can see immediate weight loss when following today’s fad diets. However, keeping that weight off can be very challenging, and this can lead to a yo-yo effect where weight is lost, regained and so forth,” says Katie Bellinghausen, clinical dietitian at OU Medical Center. “People are seeking convenience to see quick weight loss. However, fad diets most often don’t establish healthy eating habits that we can continue for a lifetime, which may cause us to regain all of the weight that we have lost.” Dropping and gaining weight quickly for prolonged periods of time can tweak metabolism, and those whose weight frequently fluctuates run the the risk of losing precious muscle instead of body fat, making it more likely to become heavier than before.

The best jumping-off point for getting started with an attractive sounding diet trend is not hopping onto Google to surf the Internet, but rather seeking the guidance and knowledge of a nutritional professional. But that’s trickier than it sounds. Pretty much anyone can call themselves nutritional “experts, coaches or advisors” because there is no real regulation for who can use that title. A true nutrition expert is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). An RDN provides reliable, upto-date food and nutrition information backed by the education and scientific research to help you reach your goals in the most sustainable way possible. “I get phone calls all the time from people who have sat down with nutrition ‘experts’ that have been advising them to do all sorts of crazy things, like ‘prescribing’ them all kinds of supplements they don’t need and restricting their diets in certain ways that’s really unhealthy,” says Lauren Pitts, registered dietitian with Nutrition Consultants of Tulsa. “’Registered’ means that an RDN is nationally registered, and in Oklahoma we have to be licensed with the state medical board and that signifies the background and knowledge to practice medical nutrition therapy. RDNs are the only professionals that are recognized in the medical field as nutrition experts and are allowed to practice medical nutrition therapy.”

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GLUTEN-FREE PALEO

The most searched diet term in 2013 according to Google, the Paleo diet has gained a significant following in recent years, especially among the CrossFit crowd. The premise of Paleo is that, in theory, by eating like our prehistoric ancestors – hunters and gatherers, not farmers – we will be leaner and less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other health problems. “I always say that one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” says Suzanne Forsberg, LD/RD and certified diabetes educator with St. John Healthy Lifestyles. “These diets that eliminate food groups becomes a personal thing, almost like a food philosophy. If you really believe in something, you’re going to do it, and it can do good for you.” By consuming lots of fresh produce and lean animal protein while avoiding sugar, grains, legumes and dairy, Paleo is a high-fiber, highprotein diet. When eliminating dairy and grains, there is a risk for missing out on certain nutrients, and if you’re not careful about making lean meat choices, an increased risk for heart problems can arise; but with careful meal planning, mindful eating (such as choosing lean chicken and fish instead of fatty steaks or ground beef, for example) and allowances within the diet, Paleo has the potential to be healthy and sustainable. “If people do the paleo diet right, it can be healthy,” says Forsberg.

VEGAN

Beyond the glamour of high-profile celebrities who advocate veganism, a vegan diet is more of a lifestyle choice based on personal ethics than a diet. Most often there are moral and religious reasons behind a person’s choice to adopt the vegan way, in addition to nutritional purposes. But, as with anything shown to aide in weight loss, the vegan diet is commonly attempted for that purpose alone. Like vegetarians, vegans eliminate meat, fish and poultry, but take it a step further by excluding all animal products completely, including dairy, eggs and honey. A well-balanced, well-planned vegan diet can be very healthy, but without a thorough understanding of plant-based nutrition, veganism has the potential to be dangerous if not carried out carefully. “It’s possible, but difficult, to get all of the nutrients you need to sustain a healthy diet with a vegan lifestyle, and that’s where the problem lies. It requires a substantial amount of meal planning to do it the right way,” says Jackie Abels, clinical dietitian at Saint Francis Hospital. “Proper supplements may also be needed, particularly vitamin B12, which you can only get from animal products. A B12 deficiency can cause long-term [or] permanent nerve damage, and that’s what can happen with a vegan diet. It’s very serious.”

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You can’t swing a shopping cart in a grocery store without hitting food products that proclaim to be “gluten-free,” but don’t let the oversaturated market fool you. A true gluten-free diet excludes the gluten protein, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye) and is meant to treat people with the autoimmune disorder celiac disease. Those who suffer from celiac disease cannot process gluten properly in their small intestines, and serious issues and complications can arise within their digestive systems. Gluten-free doesn’t automatically mean low-calorie or healthy; in fact, gluten-free foods are not only more expensive, they can be full of unnecessary additional calories and sugars to make up for taste and texture where gluten products are swapped. “If you’re truly celiac, you need to eat [gluten-free]; if not, there’s no reason to eat gluten-free,” says Forsberg. “[A gluten-free diet] can be high glycemic. With gluten-free cookies, cakes and crackers...just because it’s gluten-free does not mean it’s healthy. “Gluten-free is so easy if you shop the perimeter of the grocery store,” adds Forsberg. “Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats that are not tampered with...It’s very easy to eat gluten-free.” According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, only one percent of the U.S. population suffers from celiac disease, and although some people may have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity – gastrointestinal bloating, cramping, headaches or other discomfort after eating foods that contain gluten – most people do not have to worry about gluten and are advised to continue to eat whole grains as part of a balanced diet.

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A part of numerous religious ceremonies and used to cleanse the body by cultures everywhere, fasting has been around for thousands of years. In contemporary times, fasting is often used for weight loss. “Fasting by not having any calorie intake (for weight loss) is silly,” says Forsberg. Instead, she recommends reducing calorie intake to around 800 for one day, up to once a week. “You can get the same benefits from having an 800-calorie day once in a while. It can reset (your body) and makes you realize, ‘I don’t have to eat that much.’” However, Forsberg says that improper fasting does have health consequences. “Improper fasting can cause liver damage and may alter metabolism,” she says. “One day (of fasting) isn’t going to hurt, but be careful the next day not to go nuts, because that’s the biggest problem; it’s hard on your system. “People with diseases, such as diabetes, that need to follow specific diets should be careful [when fasting], especially with medicine,” Forsberg adds.


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In theory, a raw food diet seems like a great way to drop unwanted pounds and eat healthy since many raw foods are low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. There are also the nutritional perks. Most raw foods you will eat are fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts – foods naturally high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. But there’s a flipside. Like with veganism, dieters must ensure they are getting enough protein, iron, calcium and vitamins and minerals. Because most people who eat raw foods exclude animal products, vitamin supplements will have to make up for gaps in the diet. Plus, not everyone’s body adjusts the same way to eating raw foods. “A lot of people have digestive issues, and raw food has all the nutrients, and their bodies metabolize those, and it causes more acid production and digestive problems,” says Forsberg. “Our bodies don’t break down vegetables the same way.” When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, adding more raw food to your diet won’t hurt, but an entirely raw diet isn’t necessarily the most realistic option for most people long-term.

HCG FOR WEIGHT LOSS

The hCG diet is an example of a popular plan that is not FDA approved for weight loss. This possibly risky medical intervention is a procedure where one is injected with the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and restricted to 500-1,000 calories per day. People do lose weight so long as they are paying for their injections and going along with the dramatic calorie cutting, but most not only gain it right back after they go off, they often end up having put on additional pounds. “Follow the money,” says Forsberg. “If it truly is a cure, it would take the world by storm like other great medical innovations, including penicillin, the small pox vaccine and insulin. If it really worked, everyone would be doing it...You can’t change for a day, a week, a month; you have to change for a lifetime.” Monitored by a physician, this “diet” has the same risks as a very low-calorie diet along with unknown risks associated with long-term use of hCG.

JUICE CLEANSING Juicing is all the rage. People are attempting to “detox” their bodies by drinking homemade fruit and vegetable juices anywhere from once daily to surviving even a week at a time solely on juice. “Juicing, along with a regular diet, is good, only because some people will drink it and will get more fruits and veggies through that drink than they normally would in a day. So if you include it along with your regular diet, I think it could be helpful with getting nutrients in, but not as a diet alone. I wouldn’t recommend more than half a day of just juice,” says Abels. Kaely Jackson, also a clinical dietitian at Saint Francis, adds that it’s important to keep in mind that the human body detoxifies itself effectively when fueled with water and proper nutrition. “For anybody with good,

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working kidneys who is drinking an adequate amount of water, their body is going to flush for them just fine without fasting or cleansing by drinking a lot of juice. That being said, you don’t need a juice cleanse to detox the body. Your body knows how to do that just fine on its own,” she says.

With any new diet, always ask yourself:

“Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, the plan is not for you. Anything that seems easy and quick is probably not going to work for you long-term, and the likelihood of relapsing and feeling defeated and discouraged is very high in the world of fad diet trends. Listen to your body and choose a diet that works for your lifestyle. Studies show the best diet is the one you can stick with. Totally revamping your eating habits to establish a healthier lifestyle for long-term results can require an intense mental adjustment, so make the extra effort to meet with your physician or a registered dietitian to ensure that you are embarking on your journey in the healthiest, safest, most sustainable way possible.


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Camp Incredible Camp Incredible consists of six one-week day camps offering exciting themed classes that combine learning and fun! Students will explore and learn while having incredible summer adventures. Camp Incredible is offered at University School at The University of Tulsa, 326 S. College Ave., Tulsa, from June 2-27 and July 7-18 between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp is for children 4 years of age to eighth grade. For more informa-

Camp Shalom offers a summer of fun and a lifetime of memories. Offering 10 weekly camps, Camp Shalom includes swimming every day and a safe, fun environment. Grades first-sixth have more than 50 specialty camp programs to choose from. Camp takes place at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, 2021 E. 71st St., Tulsa, from May 27-Aug. 1. Times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Before care starts at 7:30 a.m. After care ends at 6 p.m. Camp is for children 3 years of age to tenth grade. For more information, go to www.csjcc.org or call 918.495.1111.

Gilcrease Museum Art Camp Summer camp at Gilcrease Museum will be an exciting and fun-filled time to explore the museum and gardens as participants learn about art and different cultures. Camps take place at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa, and are for children 5-6 years. Dates are June 9-Aug. 1. Halfday classes run 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. and are $100 (museum members)-$125 (non-members). All-day classes run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and are $200 (members)-$250 (non-members). Pre-registration is required. Museum member registration begins March 1. Registration for

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Marquette ECDC Summer Play Days Summer Play Days is a safe, fun environment for your preschooler. The day includes arts, crafts, music, fitness and water play. Cost is $35 per day. Camp is held at Marquette Catholic School, 1528 S. Quincy Ave., Tulsa, from June 2-July 11. Camps are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday for children ages 3-5 years. For more information, go to www.marquetteschool.org or call 918.583.3334.

Monte Cassino School Camps A number of the various camps at Monte Cassino School are designed to offer a comprehensive camp experience including arts, cheer, athletic fitness and school curriculum options. Camp is offered at Monte Cassino School, 2206 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, daily in June and July. This camp is for children prekindergarten through eighth grade. For more information and camp schedules, visit www.montecassino.org, call 918.746.4190 or email charris@ montecassino.org.

Philbrook Art Camp Working with professional teaching artists, children ages 5-12 explore Philbrook to discover the

wonderful world of art through fun-filled studio art experiences. Pricing starts at $120. Philbrook members enjoy a substantial discount. The camp is held at Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, from June 9-Aug. 1 (four sessions) from 9 a.m.-noon (morning session) and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (afternoon session). For more information, visit www.philbrook.org/ camp or call 918.749.7941.

Southern Hills Riding Academy This is the 21st year of the summer riding camp. The program attracts repeat participants each year. Students get to feed, groom and ride. Participants get to ride once if enrolled for the half-day ($175) and twice if enrolled as a wholeday student ($300). Camp is at Southern Hills Riding Academy, 7600 S. Elwood Ave., Tulsa. Dates are May 26-June 30 (whole- and half-day programs available) and July 1-31 (half day only). Times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (whole day) and 9 a.m.-noon (half day). Camp is for ages 5-12. For more information, go to www.okhorse.com or call 918.446.6556.

Summer Camp at Zarrow Center Students ages 7-12 years of age will explore the Brady Arts District and participate in fun activities such as making glass art at the Tulsa Glass Studio. Daily shuttles to Gilcrease Museum

will provide inspiration. Eight weeks of classes available. Camp is offered at the Zarrow Center for Art and Education, 124 E. Brady St., Tulsa, from June 9-Aug. 1, Monday-Friday. Half-day classes are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. and are $100 (museum members)-$125 (non-members). All-day classes are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and $200 (members)-$250 (non-members). For more information, visit gilcrease.utulsa.edu/explore/zarrow or call 918.631.4400.

Totally Stitchin’ Summer Sew Camp B-Sew Inn is offering camps teaching students the basics of sewing. Camp fee of $199 includes printed instructions, fabric kits and supplies. Upon completion of camp, each participant will receive a Baby Lock sewing machine valued at $299. Camps are held at B-Sew Inn locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Muskogee. Dates are June 9-13, June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 21-25. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Sew camps are for ages 9 and up. For more, visit www. besewinn.com or call 888.560.3227.

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2014 Featured Wineries: Philbrook Wine Experience continues to attract top vintners from around the world. Many of these wines sell in local retailers or are available on area restaurants’ wine lists. Enjoy these great wines today and plan to visit with the winemakers themselves this May! For 2014 some of the wineries to date include: 32 Winds Ancien Wines Boisset Family Estates C. Donatiello Winery Calistoga Cellars/Triumph Wine Darms Lane Wines Ehler’s Estate Elyse Winery Fleury Hanzell Vineyards Hidden Ridge Vineyard Honig Vineyard & Winery J Gregory Cellars Johndrow Vineyards Lede Family Wines Masut Vineyard & Winery Metaphora Wines O’Connell Family Wines Siduri & Novy Family Wines Stefano Fairino Switzer Family Vineyards Van Duzer Vineyards Napa Wine Company/Bonded Winery #9 Portfolio Zinke Wine Co


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MEN’S STYLE CONSULTANT I am one of those guys who is very comfortable wearing bold colors and patterns, but what is acceptable for the professional atmosphere? Please don’t be afraid to let out your personal style; this is one of the greatest components of dressing Autumn Pohl successfully. I steer fashionably adventurous men away from the basic color box (blue and white) and open their eyes to pink, yellow, lavender, jade, etc. The key with colors like these is to choose one that complements skin-tone and goes with a softer shade so it doesn’t stand out. The subtler, the more respect is earned. Guys are looking at other men, sizing them up, and the last thing you want a business associate to think is that you are completely consumed with yourself. So keep it low key and focus in on one detail. Whether it’s the color or pattern, make sure that it fits your personality flawlessly. And if you ever hesitate or doubt your color/pattern choice, mix it with something more classic and familiar so your extreme confidence is what is noticed only second to your impeccable personal style.

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PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE Spring cleaning seems very overwhelming. Do you have any advice to make it easier? Kudos to you for getting a jumpstart on spring cleaning! When spring finally arrives, the last thing we want to do is spend the weekend cleaning. To make it easier, we recommend Amy Bates that you start by cleaning the areas that need the most attention. Target high-traffic areas, stains that have been bugging you and corners with cobwebs. Then clean the rest of your house accordingly. Make a “Trash,” "Donate” and “Keep” box to sort used items. Once you remove the items that are only taking up space, you’ll be pleased with the outcome. These methods will help make spring cleaning easier, more effective and less time consuming.

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FOOD, DRINK AND OTHER PLEASURES The shrimp dinner is served with plenty of cocktail sauce and fresh lemons for squeezing. PHOTOS BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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You don’t need a fishing pole for the freshest catch – and best stories – at Tulsa’s White River Fish Market.

t’s an East Coast dream, that bare-bones, serious-eating place hard by the wharf where you sit at long, communal tables and mingle with the fishermen who bring in the catch. Melville features such a place in Chapter 15 of Moby Dick along with a recipe for chowder; a man named Joseph Mitchell discovered one 70 years ago in New York City and made it famous by writing about it in The New Yorker. But try to find one in a coastal town today, and the best you can hope for is a dismal tourist trap. You have to look where you’d never expect to find it. Drive north on Sheridan Avenue in Tulsa, and suddenly on the left there’s a glimmer of light from a strip mall and a parking lot full of cars at a time you wouldn’t expect to see any cars at all. You’re a thou-

sand miles from the sea, but you’ve found it. Walk in, and there’s a long counter with a cash register and, below that, gleaming like jewels behind shining glass windows, flounder and halibut and lobster tails and all the treasures of the sea. You pay the cashier, point to the fish you fancy and say “broiled,” “grilled” or “fried.” The chef comes out of the kitchen, takes the fish you choose and cooks it. “You pick ‘em, we fix ‘em” has been White River Fish Market’s motto for more years than people can recall. In the early days, you grabbed your fish from the bin and handed it to the cook along with your money. Times have changed, but not by much. A place like this demands a story, and there’s a good one. It begins back in 1932 with a man named O.T. Fallis. He owned a truck and MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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made his living taking goods to the Ozarks. There’s a lot of good fishing outside of Fayetteville, Ark., where the White River begins – trout, bass and catfish, too. Somewhere he got the idea of taking that fish back to Tulsa and selling it by the side of the road. It was a screaming success, and he made enough to open a market, which he established in a slouching brick building in downtown Tulsa, within sight of Boston Avenue’s skyscrapers. And so, all through the ’30s, a lot of farmers who would have followed the Joads into exile instead fished their way through the Great Depression. “In those days,” recalls long-time customer Tim Richards, “if you wanted to eat fish, either you headed for White River, or you grabbed your fishing pole.” In the 1960s, rent got too high downtown, so Fallis moved the restaurant to its present location. All the fish was local then, trucked in from Arkansas and Oklahoma, but Fallis soon discovered that the airport was right around the corner. Walk in today and ask what’s on hand, and the manager will tell you: “Scallops fresh from Boston, shrimp fresh from Alabama, salmon fresh from Canada, catfish fresh from Louisiana, tuna fresh from Hawaii, trout fresh from Idaho mountain streams.” There they are, staring from the display case. “Don’t worry,” says an old man with a long, white beard (he’s waiting for his catfish to fry), “they won’t bite you.” Behind the register is a woman with gray hair in a bun. She stands ramrod-straight and greets the world with a big smile.

Fresh fish is grilled and served whole at White River Fish Market. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

“That’s Hazel,” says the manager, an alert, intent young man named Chad Brinson. “She’s been here 32 years.” “Only 31,” she corrects. It’s a loud, lively, friendly crowd now pouring in toward the cash register. “We get all kinds,” says Brinson, “from downtown lawyers and CEOs to truck drivers.” Brinson first worked at White River when he was 9 years old. His uncle, Garry Cozby, owned the place and let him bus tables.

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Open only a few months, Park House, overlooking Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Conservatory, has already gained a faithful following. Could it be the panoramic view of downtown Oklahoma City afforded by the glass-enclosed dining hall? The grounds, beautiful even in the dead chill of winter? You just can’t say enough for a great concept, and it seems the mustard seedcrusted pork tenderloin is one that works. Whether you’re ordering a dinner plate of halibut fish ‘n chips, filet mignon, chicken ‘n chips, a classic burger or an inventive appetizer (deviled egg flight, anyone?), the menu’s deceptive simplicity quickly gives way to a playful take on dishes that are anything but standard. Park House may have a few kinks to work out, like any new establishment, but we’ll enjoy the wait. 125 Ron Norick Blvd., Oklahoma City. parkhouseokc. com. – Karen Shade

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Everyone misses Cozby, who died five years ago. The place is now owned by Tom Clark, Cozby’s longtime friend. Most of Cozby’s time was devoted to running the restaurant, a strange vocation for someone who hated the taste of fish. Perhaps that’s why the side dishes – made from recipes Cozby developed more than 30 years – are so good: Gumbo made from a roux stirred for four hours; rich, earthy pinto beans; light-yet-crunchy onion rings, homemade every morning. “Oh, everything here is homemade, honey,” a waitress chimes in. But it’s the fish that lands the write-ups in national magazines (Gourmet, Bon Appetit) and draws in customers from coast to coast: The broiled whole flounder (delicate, ethereal, yet packed with flavor), the lobster tails (sinfully rich, glistening with melted butter), the scallops (fried in cracker meal) that yield wafts of steam still redolent of the far-off ocean. 1708 N. Sheridan, Tulsa. www. whiteriverfishmarket.com BRIAN SCHWARTZ

The mustard seed-crusted pork tenderloin is served with wild mushroom bread pudding and Brussels sprouts. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.


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COMFORT FOOD Ann’s Chicken Fry House

You don’t visit a restaurant called Ann’s Chicken Fry House for the esoteric or exotic fusion; you go for the straightforward promise of hearty comfort food. It’s what’s in a name. What had been an Oklahoma City gas station along Route 66 in the 1940s became a steakhouse in the 1960s. After it was purchased in 1971 by Al Burchett and his brother, it was given its present name after Al’s wife and took on a new life dishing out home-style sandwiches, beans and cornbread, burgers, catfish, fried okra, meatloaf, onion rings and, of course, fried chicken and chicken fried steak, a specialty and favorite of this house. To travelers, Ann’s is a beacon of comfort and abundant hospitality; to OKC residents, Ann’s is a treat reminiscent of the simplicity of good cooking and hours spent around the table at grandma’s house. From the ‘50s décor – complete with retro-faced jukebox, neon, music memorabilia – to the vintage pink Cadillac parked in front, Ann’s gets points for nostalgia but wins on its service and what’s on the fork. 4106 N.W. 39th St., Oklahoma City. 405.943.8915 – Karen Shade

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Bartender Kyle Fleischfresser demonstrates the art of making a classic cocktail. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

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Easy as 1-2-3 These three cocktails are still fun, still interesting and always perfect for your entertaining.

Entertaining at home is as popular as ever, but the art of mixing drinks sometimes seems as if it’s gone the way of hatpins and pocket squares. Kyle Fleischfresser, bartender at the Coach House in Oklahoma City, loves to watch classic film scenes of house parties with music and great conversation. “There was always a guy making martinis for everybody,” he says. “I kind of like the idea of just coming in and making a pitcher of martinis and just having a chat.”

If the thought of mixing cocktails for a crowd or even just a few friends makes your social butterfly flit away, you need only brush up on a few fun standards. Served to a crowd or just a few pals, these three drinks will make you the toast of the night. Fleischfresser can attest. “I know when I go to parties and make up cocktails, I’m usually a pretty big star,” he says. “It’s always good to know that stuff and keep that tradition alive.” KAREN SHADE

THE MARTINI The martini has gone through a transformation over the years. While many people think of it as a vodka-based cocktail that is “shaken, not stirred” thanks to James Bond, a martini begins with two key ingredients that are sometimes left off the list: Gin and fresh, dry vermouth. One more thing: Stir it. Shaking adds air and ice chips that diminish the flavor and intensity. gin dry vermouth orange bitters lemon peel In a mixing glass, add ice and combine two parts gin to one part dry vermouth, add a few dashes of orange bitters. Stir until chilled. Strain contents into a chilled cocktail glass and add a twist of lemon peel for citrusy kick.

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THE SAZERAC The official drink of New Orleans, the Sazarac is a distinctive drink making the most of some creative liquors and technique. Here’s how Fleischfresser does it. 1 sugar cube Peychaud’s Bitters 2 oz. rye whiskey (or brandy) Herbsaint (or absinthe) Put ice water into a highball glass and set aside to chill. In a mixing glass, douse sugar cube with a few dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters. Crush saturated sugar, add a splash of water and muddle to a syrupy consistency. Add rye whiskey and set aside. Discard ice water from highball glass, add just enough Herbsaint to coat inside of glass. Strain sugar and whiskey mix into the glass. Serve without ice.

THE MAI TAI As winter turns to spring, punchy cocktails are sublime. Jack Wood, co-owner of and bartender at Chimera in Tulsa, has good news: The Mai Tai, that giant among ‘50s tiki drinks, is making a comeback. “It’s nice for spring and summer because it’s fruity and sweet, but it also has the strength of two kinds of rum in it,” Wood says. Don’t be deceived, he adds. The Mai Tai, when properly prepared, is incredibly complex. Wood shares his recipe as well as one for its signature ingredient, orgeat. 1 oz. light rum (like Barcardi) 1 oz. spiced rum (like Captain Morgan) ½ oz. orange curaçao ½ oz. orgeat (or simple syrup) 2 oz. pineapple juice squeeze of lime juice pineapple or pineapple leaf Place ice in a tall rocks glass. Add light rum and spiced rum. Add orange curacao, orgeat and a squeeze of lime wedge. Garnish with a piece of pineapple or pineapple leaf and serve.

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c. raw almonds c. sugar c. water tsp. orange flower water oz. vodka

Bake almonds scattered on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for five minutes. When they have cooled, crush or pulverize in a food processor or with a mallet. In a tall-sided saucepan, dissolve sugar in water on the stove over medium heat to create simple syrup. Remove from heat. Add crushed almonds to simple syrup and let sit for three to five hours. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer to remove almond pieces. Add orange flower water and vodka. Makes about 10 ounces to store in refrigerator.


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ho doesn’t love the circus…and good food? This month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum sets the table for Chefs’ Feast, benefiting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids child hunger program. Angie Gaines, director of marketing and communications for the Regional Food Bank, says this year’s Chefs’ Feast will have a circus theme. “Step Right Up to Fight Hunger” will be Thursday, March 20, from 6-9 p.m. and will feature approximately 26 vendors. “Chefs’ Feast is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Since inception, the event has raised more than $1.6 million for the Regional Food Bank. This event, which benefits Food for Kids, is changing the lives of chronically hungry children in Oklahoma. “Thanks to the dedicated chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests, 500 students benefited from Food for Kids last year,” she says. Food for Kids encompasses initiatives such as the backpack program, the school pantry, Kids Café and summer meals programs. Besides great food, there will be music, great raffle items (including a $2,000 gift card to B.C. Clark

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Jewelers) and a wine pull. Attendees will also get to vote on their favorite foods of the evening. Chef Don Thiery, instructor at Platt College in Oklahoma City, is 18545H copy.indd co-coordinator for this year’s event. He says that Chefs’ Feast is an opportunity to give back to the community. “This event gives [chefs] the chance to come together and create something beneficial for the community,” Thiery adds. One of OKC’s premier food events, Chefs’ Feast is almost always sold out due to corporate and community support. Chef Robert Johnson of US Foods, winner of 2013’s Foodie Favorite Award, says the experience is rewarding in many ways. “This event is the ultimate feelgood event because we have a bunch of talented chefs coming together from all over OKC to cook their specialties to help fight childhood hunger. It just feels like a big party, but in the end, we raise a lot of money for the food bank,” he says. Tickets are $120 each, and price includes food as well as complimentary fine wines and spirits. Patron tables are available for $1,400. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. regionalfoodbank.org.

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Spring Into Healthy Eating Spring is almost here, and there’s no better time to spruce up your eating habits. But don’t give up on flavor and hearty meals; just substitute fresh veggies for meat once or twice a week, and your body will thank you. Let the seasons be your personal shopping guide. Use produce that is at its peak of freshness. However, if you just have to have those peaches or berries before they’re ready, frozen is a good alternative. Planting your own garden is one great way to easily incorporate veggies into your diet. Instead of going to the store, just step outside and pick what you need. If you’re concerned about salt intake or are trying to cut back, fresh herbs and even a splash or two of vinegar can add and balance flavors without adding extra sodium. – Jill Meredith

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c. vegetable broth tsp. olive oil, divided in half yellow onion, finely chopped c. chopped asparagus red bell pepper, seeded and chopped c. fresh or thawed frozen peas c. Arborio rice c. dry white wine tsp. finely grated lemon zest c. finely shredded Parmesan cheese

In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat and keep warm. In a large pan with low sides, heat two teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add vegetables and sauté until onion is translucent. Remove vegetables from pan. Return pan to medium heat. Add remaining olive oil, and add rice. Cook rice, stirring constantly, for about five minutes or until rice has turned slightly golden. Add wine and cook until liquid evaporates, about a minute or so. Add broth half a cup at a time and stir often until almost all broth is absorbed. When risotto is al dente, add reserved vegetables and Parmesan. Stir gently until combined and heated through. Makes 4 servings.

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much flour during the kneading process. If the dough is too difficult to knead, let it rest for a few minutes, allowing the gluten to relax. Once the dough has risen, shape it into loaves, taking care to avoid kneading the dough further. Also, adding salt too early can kill the yeast. Instead, add it near the end of the initial mixing. Miller also suggests investing in a digital scale since most ingredients are measured by weight, not volume. Similarly, an instant read thermometer helps ensure when the bread is ready. Most of all, “Be patient. Don’t be disappointed if the first batch doesn’t work,” he says. “Baking bread takes trial and error.” – Jill Meredith

dow panes” when lifted up and stretched gently. Dough will pull away from sides of the bowl during the mixing process when ready. Spread dough in pans or form into loaves on stone or baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. *Poolish, or pre-ferment, is a bread starter that can add great depth of flavor. Mix one part whole-wheat flour to two parts water and let stand at room temperature overnight.


Rib Crib's newest store is located at First and Detroit in downtown Tulsa. PHOTO BY NATE PUCKETT.

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ere in Oklahoma, we love our barbecue and will go just about anywhere to get it. Recently, Burn Co. BBQ, Rib Crib and Albert G’s all made the move to downtown Tulsa. Distinctive and delicious, each has a following of loyal customers. So what prompted each to make the trek downtown? Moving from their current location at 11th and Harvard to 18th and Boston allowed owners Adam Myers and Robby Corcoran to realize the dream they originally had for Burn Co. BBQ. “We started out as caterers, so barbecue was something we did to earn a nice, steady income, but we love grilling, too. In actuality, the new concept is what we set out to do in the first place, but couldn’t because there wasn’t enough room,” says Corcoran. Burn Co. BBQ moved into its new space at 1738 S. Boston Ave., at the end of January. Rib Crib made the move to better serve the growing downtown population. Open since June 2013, the new store is located in the historic Blue Dome District. “We wanted to be able to more

efficiently serve our downtown guests, and with the resurgence of downtown and the Blue Dome District, we felt like it would be a win-win for both Tulsa and Rib Crib,” says Jeff Morell, Rib Crib vice president of marketing. Albert G’s opened its new location in November 2013. While the Harvard location remains open, the new location has new menu items, including a BLT sandwich, nachos, a full bar, 20 beers on tap as well as 10 large, 50-inch TVs. According to the manager of the Harvard location, Jake Skaistis, the move has been in the works for about four years. The new location is at 421 E. First Street. “Construction started in 2010, so we’re excited to get it open,” says Skaistis. JILL MEREDITH A barbecue-centric menu is featured at the newest Tulsa location of Rib Crib. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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Love This Artist Tulsa-born St. Vincent brings a new album and vision to Cain’s Ballroom.

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he last time we wrote about Annie Clark, the singer better known as St. Vincent was experiencing the surge of attention that accompanies fresh, uninhibited work. St. Vincent had just released her third solo album, Strange Mercy, finding herself the focus of music journalists endeared to Clark’s songwriting and resourceful musicianship. If you’ve ever watched her play guitar, you’ll understand. Following that tour – which brought St. Vincent to Cain’s Ballroom in May 2012 – she joined the magnificent David Byrne of Talking Heads on tour for their collaborative album, Love This Giant. Already recognized for her astute understanding of complex rhythms and a knack for making the guitar sound like a completely different animal, St. Vincent, along with Byrne, made an album rich in musical textures and unlike anything produced in a while.

St. Vincent the album, released in February, had a lot of hopes attached to it. Would it live up to what we esteem most about Clark’s approach to music – airy, acid and melodically lush? Answer: Most definitely, and then some. No longer the ingénue, St. Vincent is seasoned and bearing an artistic assurance fueling the sound. And if her work with Byrne has informed anything, it is that whimsy and grace play unexpectedly well together. St. Vincent returns to the Cain’s Ballroom stage Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We can’t wait to hear the new album live, but we also look forward to hearing singles from previous albums. Lyrically, St. Vincent is better than ever, while instrumentally, Clark still explores and invents, which is why Tulsa loves her. Cain’s Ballroom is located 423 N. Main St., in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Tickets for the show are $29-$35, available at www.cainsballroom.com. KAREN SHADE MARCH 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Paint It Black

March 14-23 Tulsa Ballet’s spring triple bill program includes work inspired by The Rolling Stones plus spellbinding choreography at the Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. www. tulsaballet.org

Good People Thru March 15 Carpenter Square Theatre sets its stage with a drama by David LindsayAbaire (The Rabbit Hole) of a Boston Southie looking to an old fling for her ticket out of her paycheck-to-paycheck neighborhood. www.carpentersquare.com Flipside: The Patti Page Story March 16 The musical about the Claremore native is based on interviews with Page and features 28 of her hits. The tour hits the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. tulsapactrust.org Menahem Pressler and the New York Chamber Soloist Orchestra March 18 Ac-

claimed pianist Pressler directs the orchestra in a Mozart piano concerto at Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium. www.armstrongauditorium.org

March Madness with Larry Blank March 21-22 Pops conductor Larry Blank joins the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Oklahoma City Civic Center for what promises to be a slam-dunk show with guest

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PERFORMANCES Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway Brian Stokes Mitchell isn’t the first actor to conquer multiple media in entertainment, but he might be the only one to become more successful and progressively popular. Remember the TV series Trapper John, M.D., or Frasier Crane’s nemesis, Cam Winston on Frasier? What about his appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Glee? Throughout his TV career, Mitchell has also grown his Broadway career in such productions as Man of La Mancha, King Hedley II and Ragtime, all for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. In 2000, Mitchell was the Tony’s Best Actor for his turn in the Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. Where Mitchell goes, he usually excels. The next stop is the Armstrong Auditorium, 14400-B S. Bryant Road, in Edmond, where he’ll be at the top of his game once again. Mitchell goes on stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Tickets are $28-$68, available at ww.armstrongauditorium.org.

Performances Unscripted Play

Thru March 1 International performance artist Leke Trinks and Tulsa-based artist Sarah McKemie bring a performance project to the New Genre Festival with Living Arts of Tulsa at the Hardesty Arts Center about the routines people fall into daily. www. livingarts.org

Generate/Degenerate and Self Portrait March 6-7 Miller Rothlein and company bring

two multimedia works (one powered entirely by physical actions of performers, the other featuring animation and dance) to Tulsa’s New Genre Festival and the Nightingale Theater. www.livingarts.org

Mozart & Mahler

March 1 Internationallyrenowned harpist and Norman native Yolanda Kondonassis returns home to play with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcphilharmonic.org

An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

Acts of Absence

March 7-8 The dance, music and digital media performance explores absence and space on a prairie landscape with Gamblin and the Big Rig Dance Collective with accompaniment by the Hentai Improvising Orchestra at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.myticketoffice.com

March 2 Tulsa Opera brings to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center the new opera based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis about a charismatic preacher at the height of the evangelical movement of the 1920s. www.tulsaopera.com

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March 10-11 Cellist Joshua Roman, an Oklahoma City native, is the featured performer for Bright Music Chamber Ensemble’s next performance. www.brightmusic.org

Award-winner returns to Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond with more favorites from such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Camelot and Porgy and Bess. www. armstrongauditorium.org

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

Elmer Gantry

tive of musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth region produce a canvas of sound for the New Genre Festival at Living Arts of Tulsa. www.livingarts.org

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway March 11 The quintessential showman and Tony

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The Patti Page Story at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Musica Mundana: Astronomy for the Ears March 8 The Hentai Improvising Orchestra collec-

The Neverending Story

March 7-15 American Theatre Company sets the Tulsa Performing Arts Center stage with an adaptation of Michael Ende’s book about a bullied boy who becomes the hero of a fantastical world. www.americantheatrecompany.org

Brahms Requiem March 8 The Canterbury Choral Society presents Brahms’ famous choral work written in memory of his mother and celebrating life instead of judgment. www.canterburyokc.com

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Brown Bag It March 12-April 16 Noon-hour musical performances brighten work day Wednesdays at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapactrust.org An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth March 13 The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress of film, Broadway and television in concert at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. www.thepacba.com

Three Days of Rain

March 13-15 Playhouse Theatre Tulsa brings another unique offering to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, this time playwright Richard Greenberg’s story of children fighting over the architectural legacy of their parents (first act) and the complicated truth and past (second act). www. playhousetheatretulsa.com

Broadway Babies March 14-15 Emily Drennan and John Sawyer join Signature Symphony and other favorite guest artists at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at Tulsa Community College to celebrate Oklahoma’s contributions to Broadway. www.signaturesymphony.org

soloists Ron Raines, Lisa Vroman and Karen Ziemba. www.okcphilharmonic.org

A Few Good Men

March 21-30 Alan Sorkin’s play about honor, humanity and a rookie Navy lawyer assigned to defend two Marines charged with murdering a member of their platoon was turned into a 1992 film, but Theatre Tulsa puts it back in front of a live audience at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.theatretulsa.org

Elias String Quartet

March 23 Chamber Music Tulsa welcomes the acclaimed British ensemble to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.chambermusictulsa. org

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Anthony Chapel March 23 Symphonic masterpieces

are especially moving in the stunning Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot Springs, Ark. www. garvengardens.org

Dual Ragtime Piano March 25 Ragtime for Tulsa presents pianists Bryan Wright and Dalton Ridenhour at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. myticketoffice.com Shen Yun

March 25-26 Shen Yun Performing Arts presents classical Chinese dance in a performance featuring nearly 100 artists, costumes and an orchestra combining Chinese and Western music traditions at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www. okcciviccenter.com

Triangle, A New Musical

March 26-April 5 Musical mystery and romance is on the same bill for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and its tale of two couples in two different eras discovering what it means to risk it all for love. www.lyrictheatreokc.com

Pink Martini

March 29 Presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the internationally renowned band with the big pops sound plays the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcciviccenter.com

Maxwell Street March 30 The popular klezmer band brings high energy to Jewish and Eastern European folk music and more at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center thanks to the Tulsa Children’s Museum. www. tulsachildrensmuseum.org The Drunkard and The Olio Ongoing The melodrama continues with heroes, damsels in distress


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IN CONCERT Miley Cyrus Plenty has been said about the transformation of Miley Cyrus. With a swipe of the clippers, she shed her cute, clean-cut Hannah Montana gleam for buzz-cut temples, hot pants and a sexy-tough Tank Girl attitude, which was on full display at the MTV Video Music Awards last August. If you can’t recall, just ask Robin Thicke. With the new image came a new album, Bangerz and the singles “We Can’t Stop” followed by “Wrecking Ball.” If fans of her days as a polished film and music star-on-the-rise were worried their Miley was lost for good, they had only to listen and look beyond the twerking and wagging tongue. She may have tried on a new image, but Cyrus is still a big personality and, vocally, as strong as ever. Her highly anticipated tour kicked off in Canada last month and arrives at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., in Tulsa. Swedish duo Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira open at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Tickets are $41.50-$91.50, available at www.bokcenter.com.

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An Intimate Evening with Clint Black March 4 Rose State Performing Arts Theatre, Midwest City. www.myticketoffice.com

Billy Currington

March 6 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival March 6-8 Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View, Ark. www.ozarkfolkcenter.com

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OKC Thunder www.nba.com/thunder v. Charlotte March 2 v. Philadelphia March 4 v. Houston March 11 v. L.A. Lakers March 13 v. Dallas March 16 v. Denver March 24 v. Sacramento March 28 v. Utah March 30 Tulsa 66ers

www.tulsa66ers.com v. Rio Grande Valley March 1 v. Erie March 5 v. Texas March 8 v. Sioux Falls March 13 v. Bakersfield March 16 v. Texas March 20 v. Rio Grand Valley March 28 v. Austin March 29

v. Sam Houston State March 1

Oral Roberts University Women’s Basketball www.orugoldeneagles.com v. Sam Houston State March 2

University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball www.soonersports.com v. Texas March 1 v. West Virginia March 5

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball www.soonersports.com v. Texas Tech March 3 v. TBA (Big 12 Championships) March 7

University of Tulsa Men’s Basketball www.tulsahurricane.com v. UTSA March 2

University of Tulsa Women’s Basketball www.tulsahurricane.com v. Charlotte March 5

Oklahoma State High School Wrestling Championships Thru March 1 Oklahoma

State Fair Park. www.ossaa.com

Amsoil Arenacross March 1 Off-road motorbike racing goes to new lengths at the BOK Center’s indoor obstacle track. The event also include Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross Experience. www. bokcenter.com at River West Festival Park. www.tatur.org

Oklahoma State High School Basketball Championships March 6-8, 13-15 The

state’s top teams compete at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.ossaa.com

Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship March 7-10 Women’s

college basketball at Chesapeake Energy Arena. www. okcallsports.org

St. Patrick’s Day Run

March 15 Brookside goes green in costumes and shamrocks for Special Olympics Oklahoma’s annual holiday run. www.sook.org

Run Lucky 5k

March 16 The St. Patrick’s Daythemed 5k race and the Mission Mile Fun Run get underway in the Classen Curve District to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. www.runlucky.com

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com v. Kansas March 1 v. Wichita March 16 v. Sioux City March 22

OKC Barons www.okcbarons.com v. Rockford March 1 v. San Antonio March 2, 11 v. Grand Rapids March 14-15 v. San Antonio March 25 Tulsa Oilers www.tulsaoilers.com v. Rapid City March 7-8 v. Wichita March 16, 21 v. St. Charles March 23 v. Denver March 30 Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball www.okstate.com v. Kansas March 1 v. Kansas State March 3

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Jolly Runner 5k Race and Plank Contest March 1 Run like a pirate, whatever that means,

Sports

Oklahoma Defenders

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition

March 16 Challenge yourself at this duathlon featuring a 30k biking component sandwiched between two 5k runs at Mohawk Park. www. timelineresults.com

2014 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships March 20-22 College wrestling

competition hosted by the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the University of Oklahoma at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.chesapeakearena.com

Six Hour/Three Hour TATUR Snake Run March 22 Run this Turkey Mountain challenge to

benefit Judith Karman Hospice. www.tatur.org

Oklahoma NASP State Shoot

March 26 National Archery in the Schools Program event at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.nasptournaments.org

Fight for Air Climb

March 29 Go the distance for the American Lung Association in this race up multiple flights of stairs at Leadership Square. www.lung.org

Color Me Rad 5k March 29 The colors run as fast as you can in this 5k event challenge at Veterans Park in Tulsa. www.colormerad.com Oklahoma Heritage Land Run 10k March 29 The third annual Oklahoma Heritage Association event also includes a 5k and one-mile fun run at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. www. oklahomaheritage.com

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than 60 works of art – paintings, drawings and sculpture – created between 1880-1940 by Paul Gauguin, Matisse, Cezanne, Degas, Picasso and Derain are part of this collection of the late CBS founder and on exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. www.crystalbridges.org

In a Glorious Light

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

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

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

SPORTS 2014 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships In college sports, football and basketball claim almost all the attention. To a lesser degree, baseball, softball and volleyball get some play, but wrestling, a sport that goes back thousands of years, rarely gets the notice its fans think deserving. When the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships get underway at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., this month, all eyes in the region will be on this great sport of the Olympiad. Oklahoma has a great regard for wrestling. According to the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, which is hosting the championship, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma have 40 national team championships, 200 individual championships, 700 All-American and 70 conference titles between them. With that reputation and a home field advantage, look for both teams to excel. The championships take place Thursday, March 20-Saturday, March 22. Tickets start at $138. For more, visit www.okcallsports.org. Wings to Fly 15k/5k Miracle Run

March 29 Runners, joggers and walkers are invited to support the Children’s Miracle Network and help make a difference in the lives of Oklahoma children through pediatric research at this event at Fort Reno. www. childrenshospitalfoundation.net

CAN Superhero Challenge

March 30 “Everyone Can Be a Kid Again” at the Post Oak Lodge, where you’ll find the superhero challenge of a 5k run and other events helping the Child Abuse Network. www. childabusenetwork.org

Family Akdar Shrine Circus

Thru March 2 Circus acts, clowns and more at Expo Square. www.akdarshrine.org

The Tempest Thru March 9 Clark Youth Theatre brings Shakespeare magic to the Henthorne Performing Arts Center in a tale of monsters, shipwrecks, enchantments and true love. www.cityoftulsa.org/henthornepac Bright Night of Star Wars March 14 Dress as your favorite character from the George Lucas sci-fi movies and learn all about galaxies far, far away; the science of light sabers; and more at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.sciencemuseumok.org Jason Aldean

tion, music and dance at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

The Snail and the Whale

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. www.ou.edu/fjjma

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

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. philbrook.org

55th Annual Delta Exhibition Thru March 10 The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Ark., presents its premier show of dynamic vision and artists of the Mississippi Delta region. www.arkarts.com

March 2730 Three-ring circus attraction at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com March 28-29 A girl and her seafaring father follow the journey of a tiny snail that hitches a ride on the tail of a humpback whale to see the world. www.tulsapac.com

Art The Trailer Thru March 1 The Bridge Club presents a mobile art installation and series of live performance works centered on a vintage camping trailer that is more than it appears. www.livingarts.org Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Album March 2-May 11 Philbrook Museum of Art features the drawings of French contemporary designers and brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. www.philbrook.org

Thoughts on a Winter’s Journey Thru March 2 Work by Michelle Firment Reid at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com Valentine’s Group Show

Thru March 1 M.A. Doran Gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture and craft work. www.madorangallery.com

Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still Fourth Annual Cowboy Round-Up March 22 Families mosey over to the Oklahoma History Center for a day of cowboy fun with chuck wagons, rope making, side shows and more for the kids. www.okhistory.org

Hansel & Gretel

March 25-April 10 Wandering musicians tell the Grimm story of the brother and sister lost in the woods. Production uses audience participa-

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March 7-10 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition exhibits the work of Oklahoma’s emerging young artists at this annual display of the state’s diverse talent. Opening night events on March 7 and 8 at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market. www.momentumoklahoma.org

Dual Wielding

March 7-April 24 Art by Leticia Bajoyo with Mark Kuykendal explores forgotten technology and the desire for the next new thing. This multimedia exhibit will be Living Arts of Tulsa for the New Genre

The Sexuality Spectrum

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

The Art of Jason Cytacki March 21-May 23 Duncan’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Center exhibits work by contemporary Western artist Jason Cytacki of Norman. www.onthechisholmtrail.com Something Beautiful This Way Comes March 22 The work of artist Brian Koch, Ed Natiya, Erica Pollack-Norelius and James Johnson are on special exhibit at Lovetts Gallery. www.lovettsgallery.com

Festival. www.livingarts.org

New Genre Festival XXI Thru March 8 Living Arts of Tulsa’s art festival is back with more non-traditional expressions of art at the Living Arts galleries and other venues in Tulsa. This year’s installations include performance art, multimedia art, dance, music and more. www.livingarts.org

India Akdar Shrine Circus

Focus on Favorites March 16-ongoing A new Gilcrease Museum exhibit will highlight the treasures, art, artifacts and historical documents cherished in the museum’s collection and reflective of the American experience. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition March 8-May 18 The Fred Jones

Tracey Harris: New Realism Paintings March 13 M.A. Doran Gallery exhibits new works in photographic-like painting by the Oklahoma artist. www.madorangallery.com

Chasm March 14-May 3 Artist Liz Roth’s series of large, complex paintings of the Grand Canyon invites study and comment at the Hardesty Arts Center. www. ahct.org Art in Mosaic March 14-May 3 The Hardesty Arts Center exhibits contemporary mosaic works by Oklahoma artists Jacqueline Iskander and Brooks Tower, each working in unique materials and techniques. www. ahct.org Ansel Adams: An American Perspective March 15-June 1 Nearly 60 photographs by one of

the most well-known and respected American photographers go on exhibit at Oklahoma City Museum of Art. www.okcmoa.com

Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky

March 15-June 1 The Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates the recent gift from Christian Keesee of 150 photographs by Weston, who used close-ups and abstracted detail to turn ordinary objects and landscapes into fascinating images. www.okcmoa.com

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism March 15-July 7 More

Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky

Beauty Unseen: Jennifer Angus and Bob Sober Thru March 23 Insects become the ma-

terial for art in a joint installation show at 108 Contemporary for the New Genre Festival. www.livingarts.org

Beauty Within

March 23 The jewelry and unique design of Native American artist Charles Loloma goes on exhibit at Philbrook Downtown along with the artist’s prints, drawins and ceramic pieces. www.philbrook.org

Very Long Night

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

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

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

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

collection of work by the French expressionist painter bearing all Rouault’s celebrated trademarks, including a likeness to stained glass, heavy outlines and rich color on unexpected subjects. www.philbrook.org

At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor Thru April 21 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., shows off a diverse collection of watercolor paintings. www. crystalbridges.org

Art 365

Thru May 10 The innovative work of five Oklahoman artists (working through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition) go on exhibit at Artspace at Untitled. www.art365.org


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Green Tie Gala March 8 Fine wine and dinner are on the menu at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum as well as auctions and entertainment to benefit the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. www.catholiccharitiesok.org Dream Builders Gala March 8 Dinner and silent and live auctions highlight the Habitat for Humanity benefit at Southern Hills Country Club. www. tulsahabitat.org Fur Ball Gala: Tails of the Wild, Wild West March 8 The ninth annual benefit for the Okla-

homa Alliance for Animals at the Hyatt Regency aids the mission to end pet over population and promote the humane treatment of animals. www.animalallianceok.org

Souper Sunday: Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash March 9 Get your fill of soups, breads and des-

serts at the annual benefit dinner at the UMAC for Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access and services to the deaf and hard of hearing. www.tsha.cc

Byliners Awards Dinner March 13 The Association for Women in Communications honors leaders in the community at the 56th annual dinner with fun and activities at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. www.awcokc.org

ART Ansel Adams: An American Perspective Even if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park or Canyon de Chelly, you know what they look like. The majesty of these and other natural treasures of the American West have been photographed and filmed for decades, and Ansel Adams set the standard. Perhaps the most recognized name in landscape photography (perhaps in American photography), Adams stamped out the genre in his rich and highly textural black-and-white photos of such pristine environs. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art opens Ansel Adams: An American Perspective on Saturday, March 15, with nearly 60 photos of his work from 1920 to 1965, including some of his best-known work. Also part of the collection are photos of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. The exhibit continues through June 1 at the museum, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City. Ansel Adams coincides with another photography exhibit, Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky. Visit www.okcmoa.com for more.

27th Chef’s Feast

March 20 The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s food-tasting event features creative dishes from some of the city’s finest chefs at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to benefit the Food for Kids Backpack Program. www. regionalfoodbank.org

Garden Party March 22 Brunch is served with a side of silent and live auctions at the Cox Business Center to support the Little Light House school for children with disabilities. www.littlelighthouse.org Oklahoma City Ballet Gala

March 22 Storybook fantasy is the backdrop of Oklahoma City Ballet’s 2014 gala at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club that includes cocktails, auctions and live performances. www.okcballet.com

The “Chair”ity Event March 22 Local artists get crafty to paint a variety of Oklahoma themes and images on wooden chairs that will be auctioned to the public to help the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma. www.mentalhealthok.org

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

Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings Thru June 29 Just one of

Kwero 2014: Ripple March 1 The silent auction, cocktail hour, live auction and special gourmet dinner featuring six top chefs take place at the Cox Business Center and benefits Project Hope Worldwide, which provides help, education and development to vulnerable children in poverty around the world. www.projecthopeworldwide.org

Champions of Youth Gala March 22 The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County thanks individuals and corporations for their contribution to community and youth. Dinner, dancing and auctions will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www. bgcokc.org

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

Making Change

Sip For Sight Gala March 1 The night of fun and wine tasting at the Hyatt Regency benefits Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, which provides vision screening for children and vouchers for exams and glasses. www.preventblindnessok.org

Annual Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon March 26 Awards and honors will be

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

Thru June 30 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum tells the stories behind groundbreaking coin designs by sculptors Laura Garden Fraser and Glenna Goodacre and the impact on currency. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

First Friday Gallery Walk

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

First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions at galleries and art centers as well as live music and other events at the Guthrie Green and other venues. www. thebradyartsdistrict.com. 2nd Friday Circuit Art

Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

Weekends On Us Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection Thru May 11 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum mounts this unflinching exhibition of work by the artist who helped found the Taos Society of Artists and was overlooked in his own time for his political views and issues with alcoholism and indebtedness. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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

Thru June 29 Philbrook Downtown showcases pieces from Philbrook Museum of Art’s collection of Native American art with historic and traditional works as well as contemporary pieces. www.philbrook.org

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

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

Charitable Events Bowl for Kids’ Sake Thru April Teams raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma and enjoy fun at the lanes with pizza and prizes. www. bbbsok.org Ninth Annual Lexus Raffle

March 1 Buy your tickets for a chance to win a new Lexus from Lexus of Tulsa and Eskridge Lexus of Oklahoma City. www. oklahoma.wish.org

Black & White Ball March 1 Black tie and mask are the night’s uniform at the Junior League of Tulsa annual dinner at the Mayo Hotel with cocktails, live auctions and dancing. www.jltulsa.org Red Tie Ball

March 1 The 22nd annual gala for the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, which funds AIDS research and helps AIDS patients, features cocktails, exciting auctions and live entertainment at the Cox Convention Center. www.okaidscarefund.com

Gospel, Grits & Gershwin

March 1 Breakfast is served at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of fame for this annual fundraiser for Booker T. Washington High School at Greenwood Cultural Center. www.btwfoundation.net

given at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club as OKC Beautiful recognizes individuals leading the way in community beautification projects and philanthropy. www.okcbeautiful.com

Kingpins for Kids March 3 Operation Aware of Oklahoma, the organization bringing positive programs and education to area youth, hits the Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge with games and music for supporters. www.operationaware.org If Purses Were Wishes Purse Luncheon March 4 The seventh annual luncheon for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma is back at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, where guests can bid on designer hand bags and other beautiful accessories to help make wishes come true. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Last Frontier Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner March 6 This year’s E.C. Joullian

Distinguished Citizen Award will be honored by the Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www.lastfrontiercouncil.org

Tulsa Memory Gala

March 6 Join the Alzheimer’s Association for an experience of fine dining, wine, entertainment and more at the Cox Business Center. www. alz.org

Red Ribbon Gala

March 8 Auctions, entertainment and dining at the Cox Business Center benefits Tulsa CARES and its mission to prevent the spread of HIV and offer support for those living with it. Event is sponsored by Oklahoma Magazine. www.redribbongala.org

54th Annual Opera Ball

March 8 Black tie is the dress code for Tulsa Opera’s night of debutantes, squires and live performances as part of the evening’s special entertainment at the Mayo Hotel. www. tulsaopera.org

Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection

Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale March 26-28 Purchase designer clothing, home décor and more from select Tulsa area retailers at a discount that benefits Family & Children’s Services. www.fcsok.org

2014 Oklahoma Humanities Awards March 27 The Oklahoma Humanities Council celebrates arts supporters and artists promoting an understanding of the human experience at the Oklahoma History Center. www.okhumanities.org

Celebrate Life Gala March 28 Crisis Pregnancy Outreach, which helps mothers in need and their children with the basics, holds its big fundraiser at the Glenpool Conference Center. www. crisispregnancyoutreach.org Live From the Red Carpet: Mizel Goes Hollywood March 29 The fun begins with a recep-

tion and includes dinner and entertainment with a touch of movie glamour at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills to benefit Mizel Jewish Community Day School. www.mizelschool.org


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Spring Fling at Heifer Village

March 22 Discover gardens, a bee colony, animal life of the nearby wetlands and more at Heifer Village (which teaches how livestock can change the lives of people in need) in Little Rock, Ark. www.heifer.org

R.K. Gun Show March 22-23 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.rkshows.com Girl Scout Cookie Sale Thru March 23 Six varieties of everyone’s favorite cookies will find you where you live. www.gseok.org/cookies An Evening with Kathryn Stockett March 27 The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers welcomes the author of the bestselling novel The Help for discussion at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. poetsandwriters.okstate.edu

An Evening with Frank Wilczek

March 27 Noted physicist, author, professor and Nobel Prize winner is the night’s guest at the University of Tulsa for the Presidential Lecture Series. www.utulsa.edu

2014 OQHA Spring Show March 26-30 The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association show takes place at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okqha.org

COMMUNITY Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show Sometimes, you just need to make a change, and spring is the perennial season to make updates and renovations to your house and living areas. The Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show – Thursday, March 6-Sunday, March 9 – is back with 500 exhibitors all focused on making change happen for you. Exhibitors in everything from roofing to security systems to landscaping bring you the best and latest in technology to make your home and garden a comfortable dream come true. This year’s show, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, features a garden showcase as well as a cooking stage, where Tulsa’s best chefs demonstrate their skills. The show takes place at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Tickets are $8 for adults. Children 12 and under are free of charge with a paid adult admission. To see a list of exhibitors or to read more about the show, visit www.tulsahba.com.

Super BitCon March 29 The inaugural gaming convention presented by the Retro Gamers Society at Oklahoma State Fair Park features classic video games and more. www.superbitcon.com Glenpool

Spring Market March 29 Hand-crafted items for home and gifting are in the basket at the Glenpool Conference Center. www. glenpoolconferencecenter.com

Baby & Toddler Expo March 29 The event presented by the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center includes a diaper derby, seminars for new and expectant parents and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com 101 Ranch Collectors Western Memorabilia Show March 29 Buy or swap fascinat-

ing Western memorabilia from and reminiscent of the 101 Ranch at this fun event for collectors at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Perry. www.perryokchamber.com

Oklahoma Health & Wellness Expo March 29 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com

Wine, Women & Shoes March 29 Join the mix of fine wine, good company and stylish footwear with YWCA Tulsa at the benefit at Expo Square Central Park Hall. www.ywcatulsa.org

tank, fishing seminars, hunting guides, an archery shoot and vendors. www.backwoodsshow.com

Chips for Charity March 29 The Junior Hospitality Club holds the casino-themed night of fun at Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market to benefit an Oklahoma-based charity organization. www.jhok.org

Tulsa for the annual celebration. After party follows the parade. www.bluedometulsa.com

Community Tulsa Coffee Crawl

March 1 Get into Tulsa’s coffee culture on this tour of downtown artisan coffee shops and benefit Volunteer Tulsa. www.volunteertulsa.org

Blue Dome District Mardi Gras Parade March 4 Let the good times roll in downtown 2014 Women in Science Conference

March 4 The free one-day event at SpiritBank Event Center welcomes Oklahoma’s top women scientists and engineers to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. www. spiritbankeventcenter.com

Bricktown for outdoor musical entertainment and more. www.bricktownokc.com

March 1 “Come Together” for Norman’s 20th annual event that also celebrates Beatlemania. www. normanmardigrasparade.com

The Bead Market

March 15-16 Vendors of jewelry, beads, beading equipment, gems and minerals stop at Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

OKC Gun Show March 15-16 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okcgunshow.com

(hunter derby, jumper classic, etc.) at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.goshow.org

An Evening with Kathryn Stockett

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Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show

Gun, Knife & Equipment Show March 1-2 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.metcalfgunshows.com

March 6-9 Hundreds of exhibitors set up at Expo Square for the annual Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa event featuring everything you need for home and garden and comfort. www.tulsahba.com

Daffodil Days at Garvan Woodland Gardens March 1-15 The garden in Hot Springs, Ark., blooms in early spring sunshine. www. garvangardens.org

Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival

March 1-31 Bigelow, Ark., is host to a month filled with weekend arts, crafts, barbecue and 30 varieties of daffodils. www.arkansas.com

27th Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo Thru March 2 The show takes place at Oklahoma State Fair Park and features taxidermy displays, a bass

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Oklahoma City International Auto Show March 6-9 The nonprofit Metropolitan Auto

Dealers Association rolls out the newest and hottest vehicles headed for the showroom floor at this show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okcautoshow.org

Green Country Hamfest

March 7-8 Ham radio fans from everywhere are about to tune into the Claremore Expo Center in Claremore for the biggest festival of its kind in the state. www.greencountryhamfest.org

Oklahoma County Free Fair Spring Livestock Show March 8 Oklahoma State Fair

Park. www.okstatefair.com

March 29 The kickoff event of the annual Azalea Festival in Muskogee begins with this event at the Roxy Theatre in Muskogee. www.muskogeeonline.org

Mia Farrow March 14 The Hollywood actress and author of the best-selling memoir What Falls Away, Mia Farrow visits an audience at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to share her personal successes and struggles as a mother and in her humanitarian work. www. tulsatownhall.com

Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party March 15 Join the party in Oklahoma City’s

Norman Mardi Gras Parade

38th Annual Azalea Pageant

45th Annual RV Super Sale March 1316 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okcrvshows.com

March 14-21 Youth exhibit livestock at the largest show of its kind in the state at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okyouthexpo.com

March 1 Sci-fi, fantasty, horror, steampunk, cosplay and more is all at this carnival-themed convention of workships, vendors, music and special exhibits at the Oklahoma City State Fair Park. www.undergroundmonstercarnival.com

March 1-2 Bead, jewelry, gem shows at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www. thebeadmarket.net

March 8-9 Horse whisperer Reis returns to Expo Square for his tour demonstrating a better way to train horses. www. exposquare.com

Oklahoma Youth Expo

Underground Monster Carnival 3

Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Schooling Show March 1-2 Riding competition

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Woody’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 17 Woody’s Corner Bar. www.woodyscornerbar. com

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day March 17 Kilkenny’s Irish Pub. www.tulsairishpub.com

Tulsa Workshop

March 19-22 The annual faith event welcomes Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty at Expo Square. www.tulsaworkshop.org

OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show March 21-23 Justin Cave of HGTV’s Ground Breakers is the special guest star of the home and garden event at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.homeshowokc.com

JayCee’s General Store March 22 Annual craft fair at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.

Tracey Harris: New Realism Paintings

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and artistic

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

Destination Space Ongoing Revealing the amazing science that allows us to travel beyond the confines of earth. www.sciencemuseumoklahoma.org Walking Tour Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa. www.tulsahistory.org Gilcrease Films

Ongoing See various films throughout the month. www.gilcrease.org

OKCMOA Films Ongoing Oklahoma City Museum of Art. www.okcmoa.com Planetarium Shows Ongoing Science Museum Oklahoma. www.sciencemuseumoklahoma.org, To see more events happening around Oklahoma, go to

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Dr. Jim Poteet embodies a standard higher than victory.

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As a coach, Poteet has experienced much success, including the opportunity of “coaching lots and lots of fine young men” and winning two national championships; however, a defining moment in Poteet’s career was when he coached the Christian sports ministry Athletes in Action USA team to a victory over the Soviet Union national team in Paris in 1979. A boycott of the 1980 Olympics was announced just a few days later. While choosing to teach at small Chris-

tian colleges, Poteet says that the challenge is, “you never have enough money. You always have the financial challenge, and you have to be creative with your resources,” but you also get to do a variety of things. “To me, that makes the job,” he adds. With his strength as a constant learner, Poteet embodies a leader who has lived a standard higher than victory and inspired countless students and athletes to achieve the same. SHAUN PERKINS

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n April, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes will induct Dr. Jim Poteet into its Hall of Fame. Poteet, an athletic director, basketball coach and professor at Southwestern Christian University, located in Bethany, Okla., has a history of thriving in multiple roles, all of which began with a love of basketball. “First of all,” Poteet says of basketball, “I think it is the very, very best game. I like the fast pace of the game. I like that it’s played indoors. There are no rain-outs or cold-outs. I like the strategy. “This all goes back to the spiritual background because I like that it was invented by a minister,” he adds. The Presbyterian minister – and inventor of basketball – James Naismith was told by the YMCA director where he worked to create an indoor game; thus, the sport was born in 1891. Sports and spirituality have been merging themes in Poteet’s life. He has always chosen to work at faith-based colleges, starting at Southern Nazarene University in the 1970s, and now directing, coaching, and teaching at SWCU. On Poteet’s SWCU web page, his mission reads, “Bloom where you are planted.” “I came to that conclusion when I was young,” Poteet says. “Wherever you are, do the best you can do. It goes back to a verse from the Bible. When Paul was in prison, he said: ‘I can rejoice at all times, and I can be content in whatsoever state I am in.’” As a consultant with the NAIA in the 1990s, Poteet was largely responsible for the creation of Champions of Character, a program Poteet was asked to create to help differentiate the NAIA from the NCAA. “I decided it needed to be something that revolved around character,” Poteet says. “And so we developed the program, and I came up with the tagline, ‘A standard higher than victory.’” Champions of Character identifies five qualities that define the best spirit of competition: Integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. It is a program that continues to grow and to be followed across the nation.


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