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The Medical Issue At some point, every one of us has come face-to-face with a doctor who provided care and improved our quality of life, and most of them were wearing a white coat, the universal symbol of a physician. Doctors become so for a variety of reasons; some go into the profession because it’s a family tradition, while others do it to help those in need. Feature writer Tara Malone asks five physicians across the state what it means to wear a white coat. We also take a look at the ever-growing problem of doctor shortages in rural areas of Oklahoma, and we look at the compounding problems that arise when patients are prescribed too many medications.




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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR In this issue, as we do each October, we give special attention to medicine. Health care is one of the hottest, most divisive issues in Oklahoma and the nation. So bitter, in fact, I fear we have lost sight of the purpose of heath care and the medical profession and the fact that beyond business and politics it’s about people. We’ve tried to steer our coverage in that direction; people make up our health care system, and breakdowns in this system affect people. First, we look at doctors and one of the most recognizable symbols of modern medicine: the white coat. When we asked doctors what the white coat – and thus their profession – means to them, we had no idea what sorts of responses we’d receive. The five physicians we spoke with opened up, revealing a deep, personal commitment to their practice that goes beyond the daily grind and zeroes in on the common goal to do the best for their patients. We also look at a present and looming crisis that disproportionately affects Oklahoma: a doctor shortage. We are rapidly losing doctors in rural areas, doctors in key primary care positions in areas where there are often no other options. Finally, we look at a problem that is largely created by an uncoordinated expansion of the health care system and the rapid development of promising new prescription drugs. It’s an interesting scenario. We have many amazing, life-changing drugs hitting the market each year, but when they aren’t administered appropriately, these medications have the potential to do great harm. These are all topics that make for interesting and enlightening reading – I certainly learned a few things. Moreover, when health care discussions become heated, I hope I will remember these issues and what we’re actually debating. If we could gain focus on that, then hopefully the divide on issues surrounding health care might narrow a little.

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Feature writer Tara Malone interviewed five physicians on the symbol of the doctor’s white coat and what it means to him or her (“To Wear A White Coat,” p. 55). “Hearing these doctors’ stories was nothing short of amazing. To them, wearing the white coat means exhibiting the utmost compassion and providing the highest standard of patient care,” she notes. “Each of the physicians I spoke to was deeply passionate about [his or her] field and were committed to upholding the legacy of this historic symbol of medicine. “Oklahoma is fortunate to have doctors who are so dedicated to their profession and, most importantly of all, to the health and happiness of their patients.” Paul Fairchild chatted with Derek Krout, a special effects guru who has worked for both the big and small screen. His most recent gig is producing special effects for the AMC hit The Walking Dead (“Bringing the Undead to Life,” p. 11).

“Derek earned his place in Hollywood. Among the best special effects artists there, his work has appeared in many major films and television shows,” says Fairchild. “If you’ve never heard of him, it’s because when he does his best work, you don’t notice. Nobody sees the wires when this guy’s at the helm.” Lindsey Johnson interviewed several physicians for an investigative piece on the shortage of rural physicians in Oklahoma (“Help Wanted: Physicians,” p. 64) “I used to get annoyed when primary care doctors complained about how little money they make. A paycheck of more than $100,000 a year seemed like a silly thing to cry about,” she says. “But when you do the math, it is kind of silly to not train for a couple more years to go into a specialty with a better work-life balance and a much higher paycheck. And Oklahoma is in dire need of primary care physicians. We rank as one of the least healthy states in a number of different measurements. More programs to offset this will be good, but I think it will be interesting to see how technology, data and process improvement can be employed to fill this gap.”

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Bringing the Undead to Life

An Oklahoma-born special effects guru brings disfigurement to some of Hollywood’s most popular television shows and movies. “You want the audience to believe those zombies are real. You want them to believe they’re alive. It’s crucial that it looks as real as possible, that you actually scare people if they see it and believe it. I want them, hours after they see the show, to think there could be zombies lurking around their house.”

Although abject terror isn’t always his goal, this is the standard to which Derek Krout, prosthetics designer for KNB EXF group, holds himself. The 38-year-old Tulsa native has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s top special effects guys. He’s nominated for an Emmy for his outstanding work on AMC’s smash-hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. Emmy nominations are heavyweight Hollywood stuff, but Krout approaches it with the natural, confident humility of an Oklahoman. “Nomination for an Emmy is a huge honor. I’m up there representing Oklahoma... KNB has won Emmys the last three years in a row. I contributed to that. When things like this happen, I always think of where I started from. That’s Oklahoma.” (Krout didn’t take home an Emmy from the Sept. 15 presentation of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, but, as he says, “there is always next year.”) Krout is a craftsman, an artist of sorts. He heads up the prosthetics department at KNB EFX, one of the most prominent special effects shops in Hollywood. KNB isn’t a CGI house. It’s not what they do. KNB produces physical, lifelike body suits that convey incredible realism for, say, the aliens in Predators. And then there are smaller but important challenges, such as making wounded soldiers in The Pacific look as genuine as if they’d fought real battles. OCTOBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM




look so real? Why did Freddie Kruger look so authentic?’ That was it for me. That’s where it all started.” After college, Krout kicked around Tulsa, doing set and wardrobe work for various small films and television shows. Eventually, he landed at Stage One Scenic, a Tulsa company that contracted out for everything from set construction to special effects. That was his in. It was an opportunity to get practical with his passion. He used the occasional special effects job as a springboard to get into a special effects makeup school. Then it was California or bust. He was 27. Krout leveraged another of his Oklahoman qualities: determination. It was his mission, he says, to make things work in California. He ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when he arrived, but it paid off. He didn’t want to be the guy that calls home to ask his parents to subsidize his dream. He did it on his own. “Oklahoma taught me that if I worked hard enough at something, I could achieve it. Every time I sat there thinking, ‘I don’t think I can do this. I don’t think I’m going to make it out here,’ I’d think about home. I know so many friends that would never give up. Then I sat there thinking, ‘I can do this.’ That’s just one reason I love Oklahoma. It’s still my home.” Krout’s sitting on the edge of a new phase in his career. Ever since Jurassic Park debuted with box office shattering records 20 years ago, CGI has been all the rage in the special effects industry. Some experts are already pronouncing physical special effects, the makeup and prosthetics, dead. Krout disagrees. He foresees an explosion of physical effects, even as CGI techniques become more sophisticated and capable. “It’s funny. Sometimes CGI helps us. There are things that physical effects can’t accomplish. The same is true of CGI. There are things that, to make a special effect work, have to be done physically. They scratch our backs and we scratch their backs. They help us with certain things and we help them with certain things. We’ll always be doing physical special effects, from creature suits to the simplest, tiniest subtle makeup. The

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Above: Krout was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Season 4 of the The Walking Dead. Left: Krout on the red carpet at the Creative Arts 65th Emmy Awards. Below: Krout created prosthetics for the 2012 film Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins. Below left: Krout helped transform actor Jamie Foxx into Electro for the upcoming Amazing SpiderMan 2.

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combination of both creates an amazing film if it’s done right. Some really cool stuff comes out of that partnership.” Krout credits a lot of people for his success. Mom, dad, brothers, his girlfriend, mentors and countless friends. H loves his job. He’s one of the lucky ones. He follows his heart to work every day. If he keeps up the momentum he’s built over the last decade, he won’t have to think about the first Emmy. He’ll be thinking about the tenth — and the ones that follow it. PAUL FAIRCHILD

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Krout and his colleagues tell the stories within the stories. Good masks or makeup shorten the time needed to develop a character. They quickly, efficiently and wordlessly tell a good portion of a character’s story. They give depth to plots. If they’re convincing zombies, no narration is needed to explain them. The audience sees and believes and immediately sympathizes with the undead threat to their favorite characters. “We’re very critical about what we see on screen. Sometimes we see things that other people don’t. We’ll look at something and think, ‘That doesn’t look good,’ or ‘Wow, did you see that bad edge?’ If it looks bad, it can kill the story. It can damage a film. The special effects have to look great. There’s no two ways about it.” If Krout’s an artist, then his canvases are foam, gelatin, alginate, silicone, gypsum and anything else that yields the results he strives for. He employs them to sculpt, mold and cast the masks and other “appliances” that bring the real to the outlandish. Sometimes it all comes down to hair and fur. The upper halves of the quite hairy minotaurs in the Narnia series were the work of Krout’s department. Krout’s latest gig will thrill comic book fans. He led the effort to transform Jamie Foxx into Elektro, the sociopathic villain in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. It was six months of work for Krout’s department, but he insists that it was a lot of fun. He also insists that Foxx will look great. And why wouldn’t he? Krout’s proven himself on countless films and television shows: The Walking Dead, Predators, The Pacific, Sin City, The Grey and the Narnia films. Krout’s evolution into a special effects genius had a modest, even mundane, genesis. He simply asked himself the same question again and again. How, he wondered, do special effects artists make those creatures and monsters so real? “Even as a kid I was inspired. Friday the 13th. Nightmare on Elm Street. Those classic 1980s horror movies terrified me, but I loved to watch them. I snuck down to the basement and watched them every chance I got. I watched and wondered, ‘How did they get Jason to

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Oklahoma is one of the most prolific states in terms of producing pageant winners; the Sooner State has been home to six Miss america title winners and is one of only three states to claim the title in back-to-back years. However, pageants in Oklahoma are not relegated to Miss Oklahoma and its pre-cursors. dozens of communities host pageants each year to encourage young women (and some young men) to compete for vaunted titles. the Oklahoma ‘89er queen reigns over a parade and chuck wagon feed in guthrie. the celebration commemorates the Oklahoma territory land run on april 22, 1889. the pageant, held during ‘89er day, typically happens each february and is open to women ages 15 to 22. the young woman who takes home this crown is certainly a peach. porter, the official peach capital of Oklahoma, crowns Miss peach each summer at its annual festival. Miss peach presides over various activities and rides in the peach festival parade. One may not hear a female referred to as a “chick” very often, but during Broken arrow’s rooster days, the term is given to the winner of the festival’s annual pageant. contestants must be a high school sophomore or junior, and Miss chick is expected to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the city. the competition to be named Stilwell’s Strawberry festival queen is fierce. contestants are judged on poise and personality, appearance, communication skills and talent. the winner receives a sizable scholarship for winning the title, and hopefully, a hefty supply of fresh strawberries. – Jami Mattox



When she was 10 years old, Sigrid Katia Anaya came to Tulsa with her mother and siblings to spend Christmas with her father, a fourthgeneration baker who had traveled six months ahead from Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico to expand the family’s 100-year-old business to the United States. Mother and children were to return to Mexico, where they lived above Anaya’s grandfather’s bakery, while her father continued to establish the business in Oklahoma. “We didn’t go back. My mom didn’t want to leave him,” says Anaya. With the experience of one set of grandparents and the tradition of another, the Anayas established a life in Oklahoma. Anaya spoke no English, and leaving the large and close-knit family in Mexico was a difficult adjustment. With much hard work and love, the Anaya family would become a picture of the American dream. In 15 years, Pancho Anaya Bakery has expanded to three Tulsa locations, and Anaya was recently named Miss Oklahoma Latina 2013. In August, she went on to the Miss U.S. Latina competition in the Riviera Maya in Mexico and earned first runnerup. “I’m actually not a big fan of pageants,” Katia Anaya serves as Miss Oklahoma Latina. She is a fifth-generation baker and works with her family’s Pancho Anaya Bakery business. pHOtO BY caSeY HaNSON.

Anaya says. In fact, this was the first pageant she entered. She was drawn to this pageant’s mission to promote positive images of Latina women. “It’s not just about being a model, but about being a role model,” she says. As Miss Oklahoma Latina, Anaya is engaged in promoting Latina women as well as young Hispanic professionals in her community through two nonprofit organizations. This did not go unnoticed by pageant judges, who awarded her the President’s Award for outstanding life achievements. One draw of this pageant was as a venue to promote one of these nonprofits, Hispanic Heart, established to promote Hispanic values in Oklahoma. Chief among those is the importance of family. “Everything revolves around family and being faithful to your roots and traditions,” she says. For Anaya, even the bakery serves this purpose. It is more about more than bread and cakes; it’s about helping families keep traditions. Anaya started working the cash register at just 13. She moved up the ranks, baking muffins and cakes. When she graduated from The University of Tulsa in 2010 with a degree in business management, she took a role in human resources for Pancho Anaya. She had to put all this on hold for a while for the pageant. Getting ready physically, mentally and spiritually – not to mention the demands of the pageant itself – took a lot of discipline. The experience changed her mind about pageants. “It is a lot of hard work,” she says. After the grueling, two-week national pageant schedule, Anaya arrived home from Mexico exhausted and a little under the weather. However, she was headed right back to the bakery the next day. “I missed the girls at work,” says Anaya. LINDSEY JOHNSON

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Sizing Up Bigfoot Darryl Williams, promoter of the Bigfoot Fall Festival in Honobia, Okla., – in the southeast corner of the state – on Oct. 4 and 5, answers questions about the legends and the good times. What is the history of this unique event? There have been several Bigfoot sightings in this area within the past few decades that were made public. One of the most recent sightings gave Katie Cogburn the idea to hold a festival, and the first one was held in 2005. There’s been a festival every year since. In 2008, the location was moved to a campground, and then in 2012 a [nonprofit] Bigfoot organization was created. Over the years, we’ve had many speakers, experts and musicians at the festival.

Why are Bigfoot sightings so prevalent in this area? It’s heavy timberland back here with thousands of acres where no one lives. Researchers believe it’s a good cover for such an animal. One story says that Bigfoot stole a man’s frozen deer meat out of his freezer. Another sighting occurred when there was a fire at a remote cabin; [eyewitnesses] claimed Bigfoot was standing on the porch after they left. You hear lots of different things. Many locals have seen something out there that fits the description, but they don’t want to admit it to the press because they don’t want to sound crazy. What kind of activities does the festival include? We have a series of games that are all related to Bigfoot stories. One story says that the creature threw tree limbs, which had clearly been broken off a tree by hand, into a campground. So we have a limb-chunking contest. There’s a calling contest, where the winner has the yell that is dubbed to be the most likely to get a response from the woods. We have mountain music and vendors with food and art. It’s in a real remote and beautiful area, and it’s a chance to connect with family and nature. – Megan Morgan


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the chickasaw National recreation area isn’t as popular, but Mai says the region, which is one of Oklahoma’s oldest national parks, offers splendid color. “the area just south of Sulphur in south central Oklahoma now includes lake of the arbuckles with its 36 miles of shoreline as well as the less well-known 67-acre Veteran’s lake,” he says. “Surrounding them are some of the best hardwoods around for fall foliage ogling.” Most people know grand lake as a premier destination for anything to do on the water, but

late October is typically peak time for fall foliage, and the seasonal change of color can be a major tourist draw. Millions of people flock to New england states each year to witness picturesque mountain drives and quaint hamlets awash in brilliant yellow, red and orange leaves. the Smoky Mountains and the vast aspen forests of colorado offer similar autumnal appeal to visitors, but many don’t know about the fabulous fall color we have right here in Oklahoma. according to chuck Mai, vice president of public affairs with aaa Oklahoma, three places in the Sooner State really stand out. Mai says the famed talimena National Scenic Byway between talihina, Okla., and Mena, ark., is at the top of most lists. “the roadway takes you through some of the prettiest forested scenery you’ll find anywhere, and there are plenty of scenic turnouts – 26 vistas – where you can stop along the way. Motorists catch eagle-eye views of the gorgeous Ouachita National forest, the highest mountain range between the appalachians and the rockies. You’ll have to keep reminding The Lincoln Bridge at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur. yourself that, yes, you are still in pHOtO BY MarcY a. graY/cHicKaSaW NatiON. Oklahoma,” says Mai.



Note: A mild and wet summer in eastern Oklahoma is likely to produce an abundance of fall color this year. Mai says that, with 1,300 miles of forested shoreline, it’s one of the best places to watch the seasons change. “Oak-hickories, silver maples, american elms, pin oaks, hackberries, pecans – there’s a wonderland of color-producers all the way from twin Bridges State park near Wyandotte down through Bernice and Honey creek State parks and south to little Blue and cherokee State parks,” says Mai. – Thom Golden


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Oklahoma is home to some notorious haunts. It’s October in Oklahoma – a time of changing leaves, brisk winds, pumpkin patches and apple cider. But according to some, it’s also the time for things that go bump in the night. Oklahoma has a rich history of ghostly lore to go with the season, and some spooky reminders of the state’s storied past remain. Christy Clark, founder and director of Oklahoma Paranormal Research and Investigations, believes paranormal activity in Oklahoma can be attributed in part to its unique geology, and in part to the legacy left by the land runs. “The battles for Indian Territory, the attachment to the land by eastern Americans and foreign immigrants who had high hopes and dreams for a place to call their own, and the geology and variety of the landscapes in Oklahoma fuel paranormal activity, ” she says. According to the experts at OKPRI, here’s a rundown of some of Oklahoma’s most famous haunts.

Stone Lion Inn guthrie Built in 1907 by F.E. Houghton for his wife and 12 children, this 8,000-square-foot bed and breakfast is a hotspot for paranormal activity, investigators say. Not long after the Houghtons vacated the premises (Mr. Houghton perished on site), the house became a funeral home for many years. Some believe the inn is haunted by a young daughter of

Houghton’s, who was diagnosed with whooping cough and met her end through an accidental overdose. Guests claim to hear a child playing and Christy Clark is founder and director of Oklahoma jumping on beds Paranormal Research and when no children Investigations. are staying at the pHOtO BY BreNt fUcHS. inn. Other apparitions include a ghostly gentleman smoking a pipe or cigar and a dark-haired young woman who haunts the second floor of the mansion.

Concho Indian Boarding School concho Located northwest of El Reno, the decrepit Concho Indian Boarding School looms like a specter of the past. Originally built in the late 1880s as part of the American government’s push to force assimilation on American Indian tribes, the latest incarnation of the school was built in 1969 and ceased operations in 1981. Since that time, the building has sat abandoned, filled with eerie reminders of its sad history. Visitors claim to hear disembodied voices echoing in the night and witness young Indian children

roaming the halls. There are even rumors of a mysterious “dark force” at play in the school and shadows that haunt sight-seers.

The Ritz Theater Shawnee Once a boarding house, then one of Oklahoma’s earliest movie theaters, the Ritz is a building with a rich past. It is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Leo Montgomery, who served as the projectionist at the theater from 1913 until his death of a heart attack in the projection room in 1965. Visitors to the theater (now closed for many years) claim to see strange shadows and lights and to hear disembodied voices. The theater also is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a former boarder named Amelia, who died young of pneumonia while living in the building. TARA MALONE


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Pedal Patrol

Both Tulsa and Oklahoma City use bicycles as a key component of law enforcement efforts. The Tulsa Police Department began putting select officers on bicycles beginning in the mid-1990s. According to TPD Public Relations Officer Leland Ashley, reality tells a different tale than what Hollywood puts on the big screen. “They (officers) do have to be certified to ride the bicycles, and I understand the training is very intensive,” he says. In a profession often associated with high-speed vehicle chases, patrolling a scene in a slower mode of transportation can allow an officer to see things an automobile-bound officer might miss. “If you’re in a patrol car, you’re moving a lot faster past an area,” says Ashley. Despite a bicycle-mounted officer’s greater exposure to an environment when compared to that of an automobile-bound officer, Ashley says access to a situation is decidedly in favor of the two-wheeled patrol. In a city fond of its outdoor festivals and concerts, a bicycle is among the best transportation modes for putting officers in the midst of the action while maintaining a degree of stealth. “It gets the officer up closer with the public,” Ashley says. In addition to making the festival rounds, Ashley says that bicycle patrols are often assigned to less-glamorous beats, such as apartment complexes, depending on need. With bicycling growing in local popularity as an environmentally friendly hobby, Ashley says the green connotations are a beneficial, yet unplanned side effect. “I can’t say we have ever looked at it as a green effect, but that is an aspect.” – Brian Patrick ICONS

A Pony Tale


birth of our great state and settlement of the rkansas has Tusk. Texas has Bevo. Oklahoma has Boomer, American West.” For several years, the ponies were kept Sooner and a schooner. and maintained by The Bartlett Foundation, The Sooner Schooner and but in 2011 the university took over their the Welsh ponies that pull it care. During game day, however, those make for an iconic mascot that is uniquely responsibilities go to OU’s all-male spirit Oklahoman. The schooner, a three-quarterteam. “During the games, the RUF/NEKS scale replica of the Conestoga wagons used around the time of the 1889 land run, was introduced in 1964 when brothers Dr. M.S. Bartlett and Charles “Buzz” Bartlett donated the first wagon and set of ponies to pull it. That gift to the university started a tradition that still reigns today with Boomer and Sooner V. “I believe they are extremely valuable to the OU tradition, not just in form but also in function,” says Bobby Nash, one of this season’s RUF/NEK Schooner drivers. “The ponies and schooner not only represent Boomer and Sooner take the field pullour university, but they are ing the Sooner Schooner. a huge representation of the pHOtO BY tY rUSSell.



take the majority of the responsibilities of care for the ponies; however, we do have two handlers and a veterinarian on site to assist us,” says Nash. After the games and during the offseason, the ponies stay on a farm in Norman. The current team of ponies debuted in 2008. Their immediate predecessors, Boomer and Sooner IV, pulled the Schooner for 13 seasons before they retired and a new team was chosen. “I have heard that the selection process can be difficult, as finding two white ponies young enough to be trained is quite rare,” Nash says. Boomer, Sooner, and the schooner are certainly a crucial part of the tradition, spirit and pride that fill the stadium. “After every OU score the schooner and the ponies both come racing onto the field in a celebratory lap around the field,” Nash says. “Without it, OU game days would not be the same.” – Beth Weese

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Killing it on Stage


An Oklahoma-based production company helps bring John Grisham to Broadway for the first time.

quare One Theatrics, a Tulsa based theatrical production company, has signed on to coproduce the Broadway production of A Time To Kill, based on the John Grisham novel, opening this month at the John Golden Theatre in New York City. “When we were invited to join the lead producers, Daryl Roth and Eva Price, to help bring this story to the stage, we knew we had to be a part of this effort,” says Ryan Tanner, one of the founders of Square One. “Our (motivation echoes) Grisham’s own motivation for why he began this book,” shares Jay Krottinger, Oklahoma native and co-founder of Square One. “The story of A Time to Kill is based on true events. (It) is a compelling story, an important story. It needs to be told.” A Time to Kill tells the emotionally charged, now-iconic story of a young, idealistic lawyer, Jake Brigance, defending a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes adapted this epic story for the stage. Holmes and his works have a long list of accolades including several Tony Awards, an Emmy and a Grammy. “Rupert Holmes has produced a script that is faithful to the heart of the novel,” says Tanner. “This play has the power to put every one of us into that jury box and demand that we examine our own hearts as we wrestle with these biggest of questions: ‘What would I have done and why?’” “Someday, this play will be produced by communities and high school drama clubs across this country,” adds Krottinger. “We know those audiences will leave asking the same questions of themselves that Broadway audiences will carry away. This is a play that can start important conversations about justice. We want to be a part of that.” Since starting Square One, Krottinger and Tanner have made waves in the theater world. Pippin, Square One’s first Broadway production, won four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. It was the first Tony nomination and win for the company. Tom Skerritt will portray Lucien Wilbanks, the mentor to protagonist Jake Brigance. Skerritt is perhaps best known for his Emmy Award-winning performance on the acclaimed CBS drama series Picket Fences. He made his feature film debut in War Hunt and went on to star in films such as A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias and Top Gun. LINDSAY CUOMO




Oklahoma takes a major turn on the big screen this christmas as August: Osage County, the tony and pulitzer-winning play by tulsa native son tracy letts, gets its motion picture treatment. though much of the drama occurs within the dark confines of the Weston family home (as in the stage version), large portions of the film, were shot in Bartlesville, pawhuska and other locales in actual Osage county last fall. Sightings of the all-star cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Julia roberts, chris cooper, ewan Mcgregor, abigail Breslin and Juliette lewis, along with producer george clooney, electrified northeast Oklahoma for months. in the ramp up to its much-anticipated release, a star-studded audience at the toronto international film festival got a first glimpse of the film during its Sept. 9 world premiere. Oscar buzz has surrounded and nearly overshadowed the film from the day Streep and roberts were announced to portray the mother-daughter protagonists, so many were surprised that the initial reviews were mixed. Variety, who liked the film, calls it an, “astringent Terms of Endearment for the prozac era, with fewer tears and far more recriminations,” and praises the acting, while the less kind (and, we must add, British) Guardian calls the film a “cropper on the prairie.” Much attention focused on 17-time academy award-nominee Streep, who plays the drug-addled, cancer-riddled, anti-mother of the year Violet Weston. apparently, Streep’s performance is a scenery-chewing tour de force of crazy that draws comparisons to every over-the-top screen heroine from auntie Mame to Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and everyone agrees she’ll get another nomination. festival discussion also buzzed about the film’s ending, which differs from the stage. However, according to letts, who also adapted the screenplay, and director John Wells, this may not be the film’s final version. You’ll have to head to a theater near you to find out, and even after a christmas dinner with your family, a date with the Westons may make you feel fortunate. – Thom Golden












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Howl at the Moon

Oklahoma produced actors who appeared in classic horror movies.


lthough I’m now nearly old enough to be Medicare-eligible, I will forever be known in some circles as a monster kid. To those familiar with the term, a monster kid is someone, usually male, who was a youngster and horror-movie lover in what was probably the best time ever to be those two things: the late ‘50s to early ‘60s. It had all started around 1957, when a package of the famed scary movies released by Universal Pictures in the ‘30s and ‘40s were made available to television, thus introducing the studio’s legendary monster characters to a whole new generation. (The syndicating company, Screen Gems, suggested that individual stations employ “horror hosts” to introduce the pictures, thus beginning a tradition that persists to this day.) Meanwhile, scrappy little independent studios like American International and Allied Artists were grinding out cheap-buteffective chillers aimed at a young demo



graphic, hitting their target audiences with unerring frequency. In 1958, editor-writer Forrest J. Ackerman and publisher James Warren came out with the first issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland, a magazine about both classic and contemporary horror pictures that soon spawned an avalanche of imitators. (Keep in mind in those days before DVDs, VCRs and even pay TV, there was no way for most people to see an old movie on demand; photos and stories about these films were, therefore, popular attractions in the monster mags.) To top it all off, network television had gotten into the act, giving us such eerie series as Thriller (1960-62, with the great Universal horror star Boris Karloff as host), One Step Beyond (1959-1961) and the original Twilight Zone (1959-1964). As a horror-happy kid, I wandered joyously through this wondrous cloud of escapism that swirled endlessly around me. I seldom missed the TV shows, and Mr. and Mrs. Bell

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at the Maribel Theater in Chelsea, my hometown, booked tons of double-feature scary movies on weekends; because I usually went both Friday and Saturday nights, they’d let me in free on Saturdays to watch the films for a second time. (I remember thinking at the time that they were showing all this horror stuff in part because of my best friend Walter Bell – their monster-kid son – and maybe me; now I realize it was simple economics. The films were cheap to book, and they got plenty of us kids in the seats, moving a lot of popcorn and pickles and Cokes and Charms suckers in the process.) I also devoured the monster magazines, so I knew at a fairly early age that Lon Chaney Jr., one of Universal’s biggest horror stars of the ‘30s, had been born in Oklahoma to a father who would go on to become the first major American film actor known primarily for his horror portrayals. Until last year, however, when I was asked to be a guest curator at the Oklahoma History Center’s Oklahoma @ the Movies exhibit – still up in Oklahoma City and well worth a couple of hours of any film fan’s time – that I found out two of his co-stars in a pair of the best-remembered of all the Universal horrors were also Oklahoma natives. To take Chaney first: He was born in February 1906 near Oklahoma City to a pair of small-time roadshow actors; his dad wouldn’t become a star until the 1920s. Legend has it that young Creighton Chaney (Lon Jr.’s given name) was stillborn, and Lon Sr. revived him by breaking the ice on a nearby lake and dipping him in. (Family members have disputed the story, however.) What we do know for certain is that Creighton, after giving the plumbing business a try, got into movies in the early 1930s and, after making good impressions as the slow-witted Lennie in the first movie adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (1939) and a bad-guy caveman in the prehistoric epic One Million B.C. (1940), signed with Universal. By that time, he’d jettisoned his real name for the moniker Lon Chaney Jr. Universal had begun the horror movie craze with a pair of 1931 releases – Frankenstein, starring British-born Boris Karloff, and Dracula, featuring Hungarian native Bela Lugosi. Almost a decade later, these now-famous monster portrayers were joined at the studio by Chaney, who soon became, as Michael R. Pitts put it in his Horror Film Stars (McFarland, 1991), “the horror film king of the 1940s, taking over the throne that once belonged to his father, to Boris Karloff and to Bela Lugosi.” Chaney would be the only one of Universal’s unholy trio to play each of the studio’s

four major monsters: the Wolf Man (which he originated), the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster and Count Dracula. He played the latter character only once for Universal, in the 1943 release Son of Dracula, which found the blood-seeking Count, calling himself “Alucard” (get it?) heading to Louisiana, where he finds a willing victim in Kay Caldwell, a steamy Southern belle. Kay was played by a young beauty named Louise Allbritton, an Oklahoma City native, who received top billing. The only child of L.L. and Caroline Greer Allbritton, Louise spent a couple of years studying journalism at the University of Oklahoma but shucked college to head west and, ultimately, into the movies. In 1946, she married the soon-to-befamous radio and TV correspondent, Charles

Collingwood, and they remained together until her death in 1979. Universal may have been grooming Allbritton for future horror parts. The Son of Dracula pressbook – an oversized publicity booklet sent to theater owners by the studio – touts her as “The Screen’s New Temptress of Terror.” But even though Allbritton exuded plenty of beautiful menace in the picture, and her acting career extended into the ‘60s, no other scary portrayals were forthcoming. Two years later, Chaney reprised his most famous character, the Wolf Man, for a fourth time in a monster mash-up called House of Dracula, which featured John Carradine as Dracula and Glenn Strange (later Sam the Bartender on TV’s Gunsmoke) as Frankenstein’s monster. A mad doctor (Onslow Stevens) and hunchbacked nurse (Jane Adams) were thrown in for good measure, as was the doctor’s assistant, a striking actress from Tulsa named Martha O’Driscoll, who got second billing after Chaney. A precocious child, she’d been discovered by the noted choreographer Hermes Pan when she was 9 years old, dancing in a little-theater production in Phoenix, where the family had moved. She was barely in her teens when she started landing her first, albeit uncredited,

movie roles, usually as a dancer. Although O’Driscoll was only 23 when House of Dracula came around, she was already a Hollywood veteran. In the House of Dracula book edited by Philip Riley (MagicImage Filmbooks, 1993), co-star Jane Adams notes, “Martha O’Driscoll was very nice, very helpful to me, because I didn’t really know anything about movie-making.” The film finds Chaney, as Wolf Man alter ego Larry Talbot, visiting Dr. Edelman (whom Talbot doesn’t know is mad) to try and find a way to stop turning into a werewolf when the moon is full. Although a nearly 70-year-old film probably doesn’t need a spoiler alert, I’ll issue one anyway, because I have to tell you that Talbot is ultimately cured, and the film ends with him and O’Driscoll’s character, Miliza, together and intact. I think that’s the reason House of Dracula has long been my favorite of all the Universal horrors – that ending, with Chaney, as the long-suffering Talbot, holding the hand of his fellow Okie as the mad scientist’s laboratory burns in the background, its horrors destroyed and silent, if only for a little while. Happy Halloween. JOHN WOOLEY

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Preparing for the Worst


Inclement weather and disasters prompt need for business continuity plans.

ornadoes. Blizzards. Ice storms. Floods. Fire. Most recently, even notable earthquakes. Oklahoma inclement weather and natural disasters are often the only time the Sooner State makes the national news, and the images of the horrific human toll are indelibly carved into the minds of state residents and viewers

effects, businesses statewide are constantly at risk of lost time, lost productivity and potentially crippling loss of revenue. “We’re not sure about the data,” says David Hall, an insurance professional with State Farm and vice president and Chair of the Disaster-Resistant Business Council at Tulsa Partners, an organization that assists businesses prepare for continuity in the wake of disaster. “When [disasters occur], a lot of people think in terms of businesses like Walmart that have an extensive amount of resources. But 85 percent of businesses have 10 or fewer employees, and small businesses don’t have the resources and don’t have any way to get advice. They can’t go hire a contingency planner. That’s the space we work in. Towns come back when small businesses come back.” Through seminars, workshops, references and resource materials, Tulsa Partners assists businesses statewide learn how to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Karen Smith, executive director of Tulsa’s Child Care Resource Center, which provides references and support services to childcare providers, knows first-hand the importance of having a continuity plan in place. She had worked with Tulsa Partners on a project when she decided CCRC should go through the process of preparing a plan. In the middle of working on it, the crippling ice storm of 2007 struck. “We identified our weaknesses and what was covered and what we still needed to get down,” Smith says. “We learned we weren’t prepared,” adds Melinda Belcher, CCRC Resource and Referral Coordinator/Technology Administrator. “The storm took out everything. There was no electricity so there was no way to ac-

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all over the world. While the human cost is the clear tragedy of nature’s frequent fury in the Great Plains, there is another, virtually immeasurable and rarely spotlighted victim as well – Oklahoma businesses. With infrastructure damage, days, even weeks without power or access to office space, smoke and fire damage and countless other potentially devastating

cess our computer files or to check messages. We weren’t able to deliver services.” That experience prompted Belcher to push ahead and process a continuity plan to address numerous possibilities. “We need a plan for on-site and going off-site, and it’s an ongoing process,” Belcher says. “We’ve learned from every instance. I hate to say it, but it often takes something happening to learn from it what you need to prepare for.” In December 2011, a fire damaged several floors in CCRC’s office building. While the business suffered no fire damage, there was smoke damage, and access to the offices was extremely limited for three weeks. “We were better prepared,” Belcher says. “We had learned we needed to work on our phone system and we were able to set up remotely for our call center. That worked seamlessly and was a good first sign.” Smith says the call center was the first priority. “The call center for emergencies is what the public needs,” Smith says. “The other services we provide get put a little lower on the list because the providers we support will not be thinking about those other services, such as workshops.” While CCRC learned valuable lessons from their experience with the ice storm and subsequent advancement on a continuity plan, it remains a work in progress because of, among other things, the number of possible occurrences. “I’d tell businesses to have a plan and to keep stuff off-site – think about what you need to continue working,” Belcher says. Smith adds that one good step is to include investment in a continuity plan in a company’s budget. “You can’t expect to get everything immediately, but it’s a good idea to plan some in the budget and to think about it.” Of course, different types of businesses have different needs, priorities and capabilities. There is no cookie-cutter solution, as each individual business must evaluate its own needs, resources and plans to mitigate

for many potential situations. Tulsa Partners provides numerous resources and hosts workshops such as “A Day Without Business.” “Several different organizations have free business continuity plan templates, and there are also free planning templates from the Red Cross and FEMA,” Hall says. “Find what you like, find what works for your business – whatever you do, it will be better than doing nothing.” Among Hall’s suggestions is to view resources at, a website of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

basement sump pump and to then text staff members if the pump system starts to fail. As another part of the plan, a tape backup system has been replaced by a more sophisticated one, further backed up by data in the Cloud. “We started looking at all of the ‘whatif’s,’” Broom says. Additional steps Broom has taken include negotiating with several local companies that can provide mobile office set-ups, complete with electricity, work stations and cell phone connectivity. While perhaps expensive for very small companies, some companies offer a subscription service similar to insurance, Broom says. Currently, Broom says the company’s biggest continuity plan challenge is the power and software needs required by their CAD operators – something mobile office units and potential off-site locations do not seem to offer locally, Broom says. “We haven’t found anyone with mobile work stations that are compatible with the needs of CAD, and that’s scary because it’s a big part of our business.” Broom has gone so far as to make mitigation suggestions to the company’s CAD software provider. Meanwhile, she has advice for other business owners as well. “It’s very necessary to meet with your insurance broker and find out what is covered and what is not,” Broom suggests. “You need to make sure you have appropriate coverage, such as loss of profit.” Flood insurance is also something important to look into, since it is not often included in comprehensive policies locally. “The worst thing you can do is nothing,” Hall concludes. “There are resources available and any degree of planning is better than none. Many small businesses can’t survive an extended period of time out of operation.” For more information, resources and recommendations, visit Tulsa Partners at www.

“Several different organizations have free business continuity plan templates, and there are also free planning templates from the Red Cross and FEMA.” “You can put a plan together in a day, but it needs to be updated annually,” Hall says. “An old plan is no plan.” Kaye Broom is well aware of the constant evolution of a worthy continuity plan. The office manager at Guy Engineering Services, Inc., says the company began developing its plan after a flood in the basement of the company’s building where the company’s server was kept. “After that we took a hard look at our infrastructure, and part of our plan is that server in the basement, which is better protected against tornadoes, for example,” Broom says. Of course, basements are prone to flood in certain conditions, so another part of the plan is a device to measure the success rate of a




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Kaleidoscope Ball

Patrons of the inaugural Kaleidoscope Ball were treated to a cocktail hour as well as dinner and a live and silent auction to benefit Emergency Infant Services.

Jeremy Moore, Tom Taylor and Jon Steiner.

Don and Susie Wellendorf, Rebekah Tennis and Raj Basu.

Sharon King Davis, Tiffani Bruton, Don Walker, Mary Shaw and Tom McKeon celebrated Walker’s receipt of the 2013 Vision in Education Leadership Award, presented by the TCC Foundation.

Ryan Tanner, Michael Tyler and John Rogers.

Wendy and Gentner Drummond.

Gerard Clancy, Kristy Long, Brandy Donelson and Jon Hester gear up for the 10th Annual DREAM Institute Achievers Award Banquet scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Marriott Southern Hills Hotel. This year’s event will honor the late Nate Waters.

Barry Switzer, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Steve Tyrell enjoyed the opening of the Artesian Hotel and Spa.

Michelle Holdgrafer, Vince Westbrook and Lauren Landwerlin celebrated the festivities at the Bruce G. WEber Tennis Classic, which benefits The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.

Lynn Nikaidoh, Dr. Peter Aran, Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh and Dr. Mary Jane Barth celebrated Dr. Nikaidoh’s career as a world-class pediatric cardiac surgeon at a retirement reception held for him in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.



Chris Hise, Jenk Jones, Jerri Jones and John Nickel attended the annual Partners in Conservation appreciation luncheon hosted by The Nature Conservancy.

Mikel Arnedo, Dean Orford, Michelle Holdgrafer, Jeanette Kern, Vince Westbrook and Kevan Buck enjoyed the Bruce G. Weber Tennis Classic benefiting The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.

Bill Solomon, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Greg Lorson enjoyed the Tulsa Pipeline Expo Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner.

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A Forever Home Photography by Nathan Harmon

A homeowner credits an extended creative team for a project’s success.


hen Debbie Mocnik talked to her husband Jack about building a new house, she knew it had to be something they could live in for years to come. “Jack’s military family moved constantly when he was a child,” says Mocnik. “Even though we’d been in our last house more than 20 years, he wasn’t anxious to move.” So the couple began to interview architects. “After several appointments, we met John and Sherri Duvall,” she says. “They understood what we wanted and nailed it on the first pass.” The husband-and-wife are principals at Duvall Architects. As the planning proceeded, the Mocniks added another member to their creative team: interior designer Sally Taggart. “Sally helped us with a bathroom remodel at the old house, and we really liked the results,” says Mocnik. “They wanted a home that blended inside and outside,” says Taggart, ASID, owner of Sally Taggart Interior Design. “And making the space easy to maintain was also important.” Although there are guest areas upstairs, everything the couple would need to live is on the first floor. And while nothing in the space screams “handicap accessible,” in fact it was planned to accommodate wheelchairs if that became necessary in the future. The space is open and airy with no floor height changes among rooms. Concrete floors throughout are a custom mixed charcoal stain. Because the couple enjoys being outside as much as possible, there are lounge chairs in the front courtyard and areas to eat and relax on the patio where there is also a television. “We had heaters installed so even if it is a little chilly, we can eat and entertain outside,” says Mocnik. And Phantom retractable screens allow doors to be open during mild Oklahoma days. All the furnishings are from Jack Wills Outdoor Living. Since Mocnik co-owns The Cloth Merchants, a fine fabric and sewing instructional studio in south Tulsa, she likes to support local stores. “Everything in the house is new, so that gave us a lot of opportunity to shop locally,” says Taggart. In the spacious living room, the white leather sofas are from Urban Furnishings and the gray chairs from SR Hughes. Art is from Royce Myers Art Unlimited. Nearby, the kitchen is sleek and comfortable with easy-to-maintain laminate cabinets and countertops



Purchasing white leather sofas from Urban Furnishings and gray accent chairs from SR Hughes gave the homeowners the opportunity to support local businesses.



The State Red quartz countertops from Caesarstone add a pop of color to the modern, monochromatic kitchen.

of black granite with a brushed finish. The island’s eye-popping top is red quartz from Caesarstone. The dining area blends furnishings from several local sources. The barstools are from Luxe Home Interiors, the dining table is from Richard Neel Home and the chairs are from Urban Furnishings. Lighting is from LifeStyles. “We wanted to create a master bedroom that is peaceful and calm,” explains Taggart, so a color palate of soft grays and purple was chosen. The bedding is from Design Concepts on Harvard. The master shower is in keeping with the couple’s goal of planning for the future. The large walk-in shower has no door and is large enough for a wheelchair to turn around. Although they acquired a dramatic collection of artwork, Mocnik’s favorite piece in the 4,800-square-foot home is a four-by-five-foot mosaic from Urban Furnishings’ Rebecca Joskey. “It just anchors the house by bringing all the colors together,” says Mocnik. Since moving in, the couple says several people have stopped by wanting to know about their builder. “I tell them it was the architects who created this,” says Mocnik. Then she adds that it was Taggart who kept her grounded and on budget. “This house would not have turned out like it is without Sally,” she says. “We love it!” TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON



Soft grays and purples create a tranquil space in the master bedroom.

A large walk-in shower with no door is the focal point of the couple’s master bath.

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We don’t often think of gray as a neutral, but this wearable shade is a hot basic for the fall season. All over the runways, gray lids were spotted. Surprisingly, it can work on a range of complexions and works best as just a wash of color, making it an easy look to achieve. Inspiring shades include L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Shadow palette in Cookies and Cream and NARS Namibia from the fall collection. Using your ring finger, gently pat gray on lids from lash to crease. Finish with a thin line of inky black liner and volumizing mascara, like Revlon Lash Potion.

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The cooler months mean fresh new looks on our nails. While summer ivories were white hot, October calls for deeper, moodier shades. A true iconic shade over the years that will never be out of style is Chanel Black Satin, a pure and direct black that is particularly popular this year. Essie’s fall collection splashed onto counters with rave reviews of For The Twill of It, a holographic and nuanced purple silver that looks far more expensive than its drugstore price tag. Those who prefer classic and feminine



shades might opt for burgundies like Deborah Lippmann in Just Walk Away Renee or OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane from the recent San Francisco Nail Lacquer Collection. Just like for the eyes, gray can be a beautiful and office-appropriate neutral. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture’ Nail Lacquer in Gris Underground has impeccable formula and a shiny finish. For nail art lovers and the more adventurous, try metallic French tips in platinum or gold. LINDSAY ROGERS

Skin care regimens can and should change with the season. it is no surprise that we amp up hydration as the weather turns cooler. richer creams enter the rotation. While sunscreen is always a mandatory step, we can back off the ultra-high Spf with more limited outdoor time. the change of pace also means fall and winter is the perfect time to be more aggressive with skin care ingredients. retinoids and peels can be used in the summer despite popular belief, but they do make skin more sensitive. October is the perfect month to add in these refining products if you are a new user. as a note, add them gradually and one at a time to ensure the least amount of irritation to the skin. Kate Somerville retasphere is a two-in-one retinol night cream that is ideal for beginners. the active ingredient is delivered in a lipid shell, preventing dryness and sensitivity. glycolic acid is another ingredient that can refine skin, making it appear younger and more even. Bliss “that’s incredipeel” daily peel pads are no-rinse, making them a breeze to use. Using an innovative delivery method allows the glycolic acid to be released and absorbed over time, minimizing harsh irritation. the best-selling dr. dennis gross Skincare alpha Beta daily face peel also works well on any skin type, including sensitive, and works to even tone and fight blemishes.

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A Place To Heal Support groups help people find a new normal.


ften the only thing that keeps a marathon runner putting one foot in front of the other in the throes of pain and exhaustion is the people running next to her. With someone at your side, there is affirmation, accountability, and maybe most importantly, hope. The same is true of the power of support groups to those going through life-changing events. “When there is no hope for the future, there is little power for healing in the present,” says psychologist Gerald Ellison, a mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Making connections and communicating with others who have similar struggles provides that hope in the midst of challenges like loss, illness or addiction. Participants are able to shoulder the burden of these profound events with others who intimately understand and can share in the process. “People find out they are not alone. They are not unique. They are not weird,” says Ellison. “A support group won’t necessarily provide faster healing, but it will provide



support, companionship, a shoulder to cry on, understanding, a place to go where you know others have experienced similar trials and won’t be alone,” says Kurt VanMarte director at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital. The goal of a support group is not to fix the problem. They are not therapy groups, says Ken Bachelor, bereavement coordinator at Grace Hospice. This frees participants from the belief that there is an end goal to support groups or a timeline for recovery. Support groups merely put people together who are on a similar journey and can share in common gains and losses in the same room. “People just need to share their story,” says Bachelor. “They just need to talk about their loved one. They need to talk about how they feel.” Within the sanctuary of a support group, participants find they can be open without worry of judgment or concern for the impact of their emotions on others. There’s no need for a brave face or to pretend to meet anyone else’s expectations. “A couple of new participants spoke about how nice it was that they didn’t have to

explain themselves. If there were tears they didn’t have to explain,” says Bachelor. This ability to candidly discuss any topic allows members to emotionally process and begin to think about moving forward in their lives. The slips-ups, progress and emotional highs and lows of addiction recovery, grieving a loss or coping with an illness can be affirmed by others who understand and can connect with what you are going through.

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“People need to be able to say, ‘I lost my temper. I was rude. I shouldn’t have done that,’” says Bachelor. Support groups give people a consistent outlet for their healing journey, no matter the pace. In this hurry-up society, people are expected to move on from loss quickly, says Bachelor. “People adjust and heal on their own timeline, but those in support groups experience the benefits of not doing so alone,” VanMatre says. Some members of Bachelor’s bereavement groups have participated for four or five years. These veteran members continue their personal healing journey but also act as mentors to newcomers in the group. “New folks see them succeeding, volunteering in the community, expanding their lives. This is a real strength from support groups,” Bachelor says.

Acceptance “A newcomer to a support group has the benefit of being with people who have already worked through similar issues and can identify with the pain and hardships the newcomer is experiencing firsthand,” says VanMatre. When members find this level of acceptance present in a support group, it is very

powerful, Ellison says. “Sometimes when people have a difficult disease, they may not feel fully accepted by some of their friends, sometimes even family members,” he says. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one can feel isolated, especially if they have spent a great deal of time in a caretaker role. Support groups are cheerleaders when those going through a traumatic event are faced with the impatience and frustration of co-workers and loved ones who feel one is lingering in grief. A support group can affirm feelings while also providing encouragement. “There is a great deal of strength in knowing what you are doing is on target,” says Ellison. Likewise, there is a great deal of power in being involved in a helping relationship. Being able to give knowledge and encouragement to someone else provides a sense of value that many experiencing traumatic events have lost. This can be especially true for those who have been providing care to an ill loved one. For Ellison, who works with people who have been diagnosed with cancer, this acceptance and affirmation is key just from a physiological standpoint. “The immune system is able to better do what it is supposed to do when depression, anxiety and other negatives of the experience are taken away,” he says. Energy can be utilized by the immune system to heal, instead of exerted on worry and depression.

Knowledge Is Power Because of the sharing nature of support groups, a great deal of knowledge is passed among members. Ellison says members of his groups talk about treatments they have completed, articles they have read,

what has worked and what has not. He says members will often seek each other out for information. “They find that this is a huge enhancement to the understanding of their disease itself, the process of treatment and actions they can take to influence the outcome” he says. Bachelor says there is not formal education in his groups, but there is a lot of learning. As people share experiences, other members learn from them and in discussion provide feedback on these experiences.

New Normal Struggling to redefine what is normal is a universal theme of support group conversation. “Part of the grief is finding the new normal,” says Bachelor. In the wake of losing a loved one or the struggle to overcome disease, a person’s identity and routines can be lost. Often veteran members of support groups provide hope that the challenge in not insurmountable and that, in time, there will be a normal. “It might not be the same. It won’t be identical,” says Bachelor. “But if you are open to work on that journey, you will have it.” Support groups provide evidence that there will be a new normal in the small wins of the members who reach a milestone in cancer treatment or do something on their own for the first time after losing a significant other. This provides the hope that is perhaps most key to the power of support groups. “Hope is absolutely essential in the healing process,” Ellison says. LINDSEY JOHNSON

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Arkansas’ South is known for its quaint downtowns with unique shopping, great dining and Southern hospitality. Make plans to attend a family-friendly festival this fall or winter. Camden’s BPW Barn Sale is south Arkansas’ largest arts and crafts festival. MusicFest El Dorado has been named “Arkansas Festival of the Year.” Crossett’s Wiggins Cabin Festival offers fun for all ages. Arkansas’ South dazzles visitors with annual holiday lights displays in Smackover, Fordyce, Magnolia, El Dorado and Warren.

family fun year-round. Spend a day floating or fishing a scenic river or crystal-clear lake. Enjoy an evening of live music or dinner theater. Shop for one-of-a-kind artwork or rare antiques. Swing from the trees on an exciting zip line. Venture underground on a tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. Tee off on a championship golf course. End the day with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Plan the ultimate family vacation in the Ozarks.


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iami has its Calle Ocho; Miami Beach has Art Basel; Orlando has The Mouse; but it’s another popular Florida tourist destination that annually offers arguably the most colorful event in the tourism-driven state. Key West’s Fantasy Fest is an event unlike any other; a distinctly adult and distinctly Key West occasion each fall that draws tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The multi-day bacchanalia, linked to Halloween, was initially created as a means of attracting visitors during the tiny island’s one-time slow tourist season. Culminating in a parade unlike any other, for which residents of the notoriously colorful town at the continental United States’ “southernmost point” go all out in terms of creativity, edginess and occasionally even shock value, Fantasy Fest 2013 takes place October 18-27 and presents a deliciously subversive way to truly appreciate the culture of the odd island. Themed “Super Heroes, Villains and Beyond,” this year’s celebra



tion includes performances, nudist and fetish events, a street fair, ethnic celebrations, parties, a pet masquerade and parade and numerous other good-humored and colorful events that draw from Key West’s well-deserved Bohemian reputation. But despite the diversification from its earlier years, the headline event remains the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade on Oct. 26. Some 70,000 people are expected to be in attendance for the most eclectic and imaginative costume interpretations one will see in any parade in the nation. It is a distinct experience that begs for photography and videography because your friends back home just might not believe your description of the occasion. For the parade itself, it is highly recommended to scout out your vantage point hours in advance of the event. The parade takes place along the island’s Duval Street – the little island’s major street and the center of virtually all tourism activity in town. Your best bet is to find a centrally located open-air bar (most bars are open air in the breezy port town) and a table near the street. This will enable you to indulge in Fantasy Fest’s two most popular activities – watching the colorful cavalcade of costumes and drinking. Don’t worry about arriving too early. It’s expected; a boon to local businesses, and Key West natives – “Conchs” as they are called – are notably friendly and unpretentious. The remainder of your evening will be the stuff of memories. Outside of the Fantasy Fest activities, for an island protruding into the Caribbean, Key West is not bustling with tourist attractions. Fort Zachary Taylor, the underwhelming Hemingway Home and other historic sites are well marked and well marketed. There are no scenic or particularly practical beaches, which often surprises visitors; and strolling along Duval Street, visitors will see many of the same tourist-driven establishments one finds in most Caribbean tourist

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“The white coat symbolizes health and healing,” says Kayse M. Shrum, D.O., president-designate of the OSU Center for Health Sciences. Shrum also holds the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Medical Excellence and Service and the Saint Francis Health System Endowed Chair of Pediatrics. “The color white symbolizes virtue and integrity. It is an outward expression of your commitment to your patients, their families and your community to provide compassionate, quality care to those in need. The white coat serves to remind us of our obligation to society to use our education with utmost respect for the betterment of society, always acting with integrity and virtue.” The symbol of the white coat evolved during the early 20th-century emphasis on antisepsis and cleanliness, Shrum says. The coat became a sign of the purity associated with these concepts. Prior to those times, physicians wore black, as a doctor’s visit – often a last resort during that era – was usually a formal and solemn occasion. Today, Shrum says, “Medicine begins as a career path. When you graduate from medical school you become a physician, but as you mature in your training you realize being a doctor is not what you do, it is who you are. When you take the oath, you are saying, ‘I will use my knowledge to help those in need anytime and any place, because life doesn’t conform to office hours.’” Here are what a few of Oklahoma’s most dedicated physicians have to say about their profession, and what the white coat means to them.



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There are many ubiquitous symbols that represent a doctor – the stethoscope, the snake and staff, the gloves. But none is more enduring, or more laden with meaning for both patients and doctors, than that of the white coat.

Dr. Rebecca Goen Stough experts in the fields of surgery, oncology, radiation therapy, pathology and genetic counseling. “It is such a victory to discover early-stage breast cancer in a patient,” Stough says. “The chance of a cure when breast cancer is discovered smaller than 10 millimeters (1/2 inch) is 96 percent with a lumpectomy and radiation therapy alone. When we added an Aurora breast dedicated MRI in 2003, we began to discover more extensive breast cancer than previously suspected as well as additional unsuspected cancers in the same breast or in the opposite breast. This meant the patient had the correct surgery the first time with many fewer returns to the operating room for positive margins and fewer delayed diagnoses of unsuspected cancers later.” Like many of her peers, Stough says that sometimes the biggest difficulty she encounters is being faced with certain limitations. “The greatest challenge for me is that we can’t find all cancers early,” she says. “I feel so bad when a patient comes in with a large mass and hasn’t had a mammogram in several years. Even with yearly screening mammograms, if the patient has dense or complex breasts, a cancer may be fairly large before it can be discerned on a mammogram. Yet, it is the best low-cost screening tool we have. Having the availability of other tools, such as ultrasound and breast MRI to assist us with screening when appropriate, saves lives.” But despite the occasional setback, Stough is sure of her calling. “It is so challenging and satisfying to work in a practice that combines imaging with direct patient care. I have met the most wonderful ladies who humble me with their toughness and resilience. I love to give someone the good news that a mass they were feeling is not cancer. I love to pray with some of my patients when they are bravely facing their crises and invite ‘someone’ greater and wiser than me to participate in their care. I love what I do.” “The white coat is a symbol of trust and authority,” Stough says. “Patients will share the most intimate details of their lives with their health care provider. They trust that that information will be used only for their good and not for their harm. They permit physical examinations and procedures that investigate their most private parts. What an awesome privilege and responsibility.”

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Rebecca Goen Stough, M.D., director of imaging at Mercy Women’s Center at Mercy Hospital, has been a physician for 37 years. Her medical degree, internship and residency were all completed locally at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. But long before she completed her formal medical education, she discovered a passion for medicine when making the rounds with her father and working in his doctor’s office as she came of age. Specializing in diagnostic radiology, Stough focuses on the early detection of breast cancer through such methods as digital mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and needle biopsies. She and her team take a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, guiding the patient from diagnosis to treatment and recovery and consulting with



“As a child, I found science and the study of living things fascinating and honestly, quite easy,” says Kevin Tulipana, D.O. “From the time I was in upper elementary, I had a desire to become a physician.” After studying biology during college, however, Tulipana says he realized that the study and treatment of human beings went far beyond simple science. “One must approach people with the understanding that we are not simply living organisms that need to be fixed when broken, but an intricate person who has physical, mental and spiritual needs that must be recognized and acknowledged,” he says. “Medicine allows for that combination of needs to be met, and this is why, historically, hospitals throughout the world have been established and run by religious organizations. The scientific knowledge of medicine can be learned by anyone who has the academic ability, but the practice of being a physician is something that one grows into.” Today, Tulipana is a practicing hospitalist for Saint Francis Hospital South in Tulsa. In his specialty, Tulipana focuses on treatment, care and management of hospitalized patients, filling the role of primary care physician during patients’ stays and coordinating with the patient’s regular doctor after their release. “I am blessed with the opportunity to care for people at some of their most vulnerable times,” Tulipana says. “When one is ill, especially ill enough to be hospitalized, fear can often take hold. I take this responsibility seriously and strive to provide compassion,



expertise and a confident presence to people who are in need. When my patients leave the hospital, I hope that my example of treating each and every patient with dignity and respect will be an example that is followed.” While Tulipana appreciates the difference he can make in the lives of patients when treating them, he says that he sometimes also must be there for a patient for whom it’s too late. “One of the greatest challenges of being a doctor is knowing our limitations and recognizing when regardless of all that we do medically, a patient may not survive an illness or traumatic injury,” Tulipana says. “These can be some of the most difficult times. “I wear a white coat every day in the hospital and I do believe it bears with it a distinct identity and symbolism,” he says. “When the white coat is seen, patients immediately know who the doctor is among the team of providers. The white coat says to patients that I take this responsibility seriously and identify myself as not only a provider of health care, but a scientist. I understand the biological process of the human body but also strive to understand what really makes us human – the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects. Additionally, to me, the white coat symbolizes a purity of motive in providing care. By donning the white coat, I am reminded that regardless of how a patient presents or what their means are, that I am to provide the same care to each and every human being.”

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I still believe that to this day … I want patients to feel trust, to know when they see me that I have their best interest at heart. I can’t give anything less than 110 percent. That’s what patients want, and that’s what the white coat means to me.” Now a physician for 21 years, Lentz is the medical director at the Paul Silverstein Burn Center at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he specializes in the treatment, surgical reconstruction and recovery of burn victims. He says that in addition to the challenging nature of the field, burn treatment offered what was at the time a unique opportunity to provide team care. “When I was going through different medical specialties, I was attracted to figuring out complex diseases, diagnoses and treatment,” he says. “But what really struck me as interesting about burn care during medical school in the 1980s was the team approach to patient care I’d never been exposed to in a hospital. Nurses, therapists, dietary experts ... all managed patients in 360-degree care. It was a better way of managing patients, by viewing treatment as a team approach to care instead of as individuals working independently of each other. Our team goal is getting patients to the highest level of function after injury.” Lentz says that like the treatment, the very nature of burns themselves is a challenge. “Burns are unlike a lot of other diseases,” he

says. “If you know you’re not managing your weight, or you are smoking, etc., you know you’re going to get problems with heart disease or diabetes. You know in the back of your mind that if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, something will happen. No one ever plans on getting burned. All of a sudden you have an injury that affects you both inside and outside, and patients have so many questions. Am I going to be functional? Am I going to scar? How will I make ends meet with long hospital stays? I can make a difference showing them there’s life after getting hurt.” In addition to the challenges of the conditions they treat, Lentz says that today’s doctors face perpetual frustrations connected to financial limitations. “We practice in a country where our health care is more expensive than any other on the face of the planet,” he says. “It’s difficult to practice in the manner I like without having the resources to give to patients. For example, many patients without insurance can’t get rehab or dressing supplies. It’s hard to give patients what they need with such a limited supply.” For this doctor, however, the rewards outweigh the problems. “When our patients are able to walk out of our burn center feeling better and with more hope, that’s the reward,” he says. “But doctors aren’t the miracle workers; patients are where the miracles happen.”

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As the oldest son of a nurse, Christopher Lentz, M.D., was groomed his entire life to become a doctor. However, for many years, he thought that being a math teacher would be his true vocation. It wasn’t until he entered medical school that he began to realize that each case was, in its own fashion, the most challenging of math problems. “When I got into medical school, I realized that a lot of the thinking in medicine was close to the thinking in math,” Lentz says. “It’s algorithm thinking, going down thought trees… It suited my way of thinking. And as a fan of detective novels, Sherlock Holmes especially, I thought the type of thinking and deductive reasoning used to figure out what was wrong with patients was exciting. Being able to figure problems out and treat patients was much more rewarding than a career in mathematics would have been.” After wholeheartedly embracing the medical profession and nursing a lifelong respect for it, Lentz says that he couldn’t wait to get his white coat. “Once I was in, I wanted that white coat like a badge of honor,” he says. “The white coat is a symbol of someone you can trust, that will care for you and make you better. I had tears in my eyes when I took my Hippocratic oath. It was as important as wedding vows: that I was going to take the best possible care of patients and put them before everything else in my life.



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Dr. Trudy Milner For 10 years, Trudy Milner, D.O., dedicated herself to a career in nursing. During that time, she even taught nursing classes and was in the process of pursuing her master’s degree when her life changed course. “I stared working for a physician and decided I liked the continuity of patient care and developing relationships with patients,” Milner says. “The doctor for whom I was working encouraged me to go to medical school, so I applied.” Today, Milner practices in family medicine at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, treating patients from birth to endof-life care. In doing so, she draws upon both her history in the nursing field as well as her opportunity to work closely with her patients. “When I went to medical school, one of the things they told us is, ‘If you truly listen to the patient, they’ll tell you what’s wrong,’” she says. “It really works. You get to learn about their social and psychological as well as their medical issues. I think having someone listen helps them. It really is important. I really care about my patients, and this is one of my passions.” Milner agrees that there are definitely challenges to overcome in her career, such as keeping up with the rigorous routine of continuing education. But in the end, she says seeing those positive outcomes in her patients is more than enough encouragement. While she did not have a formal white coat ceremony during her years in medical school, she has participated in numerous such events in her subsequent career, and the white coat is a powerful symbol for her all the same. “It’s a source of pride to be able to wear that jacket and know that it distinguishes you and gives you a responsibility,” she says. “You are more cognizant of that while you wear that coat.” Of the ceremony that now formally confers the white coat in many medical schools, she says, “It’s where we welcome our students into our profession. We tell them what their responsibilities are – ethical ways to behave, committing to lifelong learning and that there’s a human obligation to being a doctor, especially taking care of their patients. It’s the beginning of their professional life, and it has a big impact on students. They are proud of where they are and where they’re going. They learn to respect one another and be compassionate to peers and patients. They always strive to be worthy of the privilege of being a doctor.”



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A perfect storm is brewing for continued physician shortage in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is short on physicians and long on health care need. It is no shock to find the state listed at the top of negative lists and bottom of the favorable lists ranking health and health care among the states. Medical students are increasingly choosing the larger salaried specialty fields of medicine over primary care practice. Those who do go into primary care tend to opt for the lifestyle practicing in an urban or suburban community affords them; the current pool of physicians is rapidly reaching retirement. “The average age of a primary care physician in Oklahoma is 54,” says Michael Woods, program director for the University of Oklahoma’s rural residency program. We have the oldest average age of physicians per capita in the nation, says Rick Ernest, executive director of Oklahoma Physician Manpower and Training Commission a state agency charged with building rural health care. Some estimates predict that Oklahoma will need as many as 2,000 additional primary care physicians by 2015, Woods says.



Oklahoma already ranks near the bottom of the Association of American Medical Colleges list of doctors per capita at 43rd in the nation and 41st in primary care physicians per capita. There are 76 physicians per 100,000 residents in the state, while the rest of that nation averages 220 physicians for every 100,000. “We are in trouble, and it’s getting worse,” Woods says. We have a perfect storm on our hands, says Kayse Shrum, president-designate of the OSU Center for Health Sciences. In addition to all this, she says, “A federal cap was placed on residency funding in 1994. All hospitals with residency programs were ‘capped,’ or not allowed to expand residency programs with federal money,” she says.

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If you look at the problem just from the aspect of getting more people educated as physicians and funneling them to the areas of need, there are already issues.

“It takes 10 years to mint a new doctor,” says David Kendrick, CEO of MyHealth Access Network and associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. The state has two medical schools. Each year these highly competitive programs whittle large application pools down to incoming classes of about 165 at the University Oklahoma and about 115 at Oklahoma State University. Woods says the average debt for these students four years later at graduation is $162,000. The total bill can climb to $300,000 as interest accrues during a student’s residency program while payments are deferred. “That impacts the choice of the student into the type of medicine to practice,” says Woods. When faced with this debt, the economics do not favor primary care fields like family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine or obstetrics and gynecology, which offer an income average of $58 an hour or less, says Woods. In a specialty field, physicians are able to earn $100 or more an hour. The choice of doing a four-year residency and earning $400,000 or a three-year residency and earning $100,000 becomes an easy one, says James Prise, a family practice physician.


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The income of a primary care doctor is definitely nothing to scoff at. But when given the option to train for one or two additional years for up to quadruple the income each year, it is easy to see why a student would make that choice. After selecting a field to continue in, landing a spot in a residency program is another highly competitive hoop to clear. This further decreases the number of students from a class continuing their medical training in the state. “Highly educated, highly trained smart people can live pretty much wherever they want,” says Kendrick. “And when they go away for residency, it is hard to get them back.” Those entering a primary care practice as new doctors most often choose urban and suburban clinics. “The need for family docs gets sucked up by urban and suburban needs,” says Prise. This makes the shortage of physicians especially hard on rural areas. Add to this expanded access to health care through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, and Oklahoma’s ability to provide primary care looks pretty overwhelming. A February 2011 New England Journal of Medicine article evaluated the capacity for states to provide primary care in the event of Medicaid expansion, based on the increase in Medicaid in the states in relation to the number of primary care doctors available. “Oklahoma was far and away the most dramatic physician shortage in that survey,” says Kendrick. The state was predicted to have the largest rise in Medicaid with the smallest growth of primary care physicians. The fallacy, though, says Kendrick, is that these people already live in our state. They just do not have access to health care when they need it. An expansion of Medicaid does not change that. It only makes the care more affordable. Accessibility seems to be an entirely different story for a state already suffering a doctor shortage before any expansion to health programs. So the question remains: How do we fill this physician gap? Additional physician assistants and nurse practitioners can be of some help, but even these medical professionals are opting for urban and suburban practices.



“There has always been a disparity between urban areas and rural areas,” says Ernest. PMTC was created in 1975 to incentivize physicians to practice rural areas. In Oklahoma 25 percent of the population lives in

“The average age of a primary care physician in Oklahoma is 54.” rural areas. However, only 10 percent of the physicians practice there. OU and OSU medical schools are both working to produce more primary care physicians ready to practice community and rural medicine. Fourth-year students generally do a month-long rotation in a rural clinic. OU even has a school of community medicine option, which allows students to spend the third and fourth year of medical school in Tulsa learning about primary care. Students can continue on to a rural medicine residency.

Hard Work

Part of the battle rural medicine faces is lifestyle. “You are out in a community where there are two or three doctors, and every third night you are on call. It is a major problem for all of rural America,” says Ernest. He says the most effective way to overcome this, thus far, is to throw money at it. PMTC’s core program offers scholarship money to students in exchange for service in a rural area defined by populations of 7,500 or less. This is helpful but tops out at $60,000 for four years of service.

A new program funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and matched by the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority will offer physicians an even more attractive reason to leave the city – $160,000 for four years of rural service. “When you owe four years in a community, you get your family established. You have relationships in the community. We are hoping that will make people stay. In a lot of cases it does,” he says. National Health Service Corps is a program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that incentivizes physicians to practice in underserved areas in much the same way. For each year of service a student commits to practicing in an underserved area, money is rewarded based on a need score given to the community. Communities with higher need scores garner greater reward. However, no matter which community a physician selects, if he or she stays with NHSC for six years, their remaining school debt is paid off, says Woods. Prise moved to Oklahoma from Canada where he practiced in a rural clinic. After 15 years of 80-90 hour weeks, he wanted the ability spend more quality time with his family and a more fixed schedule. He has practiced in Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. He says the rural shortage is a worldwide problem


“There is a [misconception] among our urban counterparts that if people in rural areas need medicine they will drive to the city,” Woods says. When he started his practice in Ramona, Okla., there had not been a physician there in more than 50 years. “In the first six months of practice, I saw more cancer than I did in three years of residency,” he says. People just were not getting health care. “You need to get physicians in communities to provide health care,” he says. Woods says that rural physicians often take on a leadership role in the community and have an impact on the overall health of the community. When he starts seeing flu cases in his clinic, he contacts the superintendent of the school district to notify the school to take precautions. Also, he spends his Friday evenings on the sidelines of the football game to care for players. “That’s part of what you do in small communities,” he says. Small communities also risk losing their hospitals as they lose doctors. Ernest says there are about 25 to 30 rural hospitals in Oklahoma. If these hospitals are lost, people are 60 to 70 miles from medical help.

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Some physicians want this lifestyle. They like the open space of the country and all the activities it offers, says Woods. Students with rural backgrounds are among these. However, Woods says the students most likely to go into rural medicine tend to be applicants pursuing a second or even third career. They tend to have lower MCAT scores and grade point averages. “The only thing that tells you is how well a medical student is going to do in the first two years of basic science work,” he says. These students may excel in the clinical setting; however, an unintended consequence of medical school admission being focused on scores is a selection biased against them. Woods says some states like Alabama have rural pipeline programs that are very effective in working to recruit and train the students most likely to succeed in rural practice. Woods himself does a lot of work with the local high school. When he began practice in Ramona, he said there would be three or four years between students coming to him interested in pursuing medicine. Now he has three to five a year in a school that graduates classes of 50-60 students. “You can make an impact working with your school system,” he says.

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Technology can also have a major impact on optimizing scarce resources. While a medical student at OU, Kendrick first developed Doc2Doc as a tool to coordinate medical care of prison inmates. Use of the tool resulted in a 70 percent reduction in specialty care. The solution worked so well, the system was rolled out in Tulsa where wait times to get into specialists decreased. Primary care doctors were then able to use the tool to consult and coordinate with specialists about patients’ needs. Wait times dropped as specialists were able to triage patients online. One dermatologist who had typical wait times of six to nine months for availability found that half of the cases could be consulted with by phone or referred back to the primary care doctor for further instruction. MyHealth Access Network is another tool Kendrick has built to optimize a patient’s data and defragment care. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 18 percent of medical errors that lead to adverse drug reaction are due to missing patient information. Additionally, when you visit the emergency room or dermatologist, your primary care doctor does not necessarily know and thus does not have the ability to add this to your patient file or treatment plan. Kendrick says technology in medicine is much like technology in airplane flight. In

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the diagnosis of any disease or disorder can be terrifying, and often, comfort comes only when knowledge and treatment of the illness reaches a level of certainty. Sadly, for many individuals that are diagnosed with rare and obscure diseases, this certainty never arrives. these disorders, known as orphan diseases, primarily go under the radar as it pertains to national awareness and research. dr. patrick gaffney of the Oklahoma Medical research foundation and member of the arthritis and clinical immunology research program has worked for years to find genetic cause predisposition for many orphan diseases. two of his recent studies have been in regards to adams-Oliver syndrome, a rare congenital disorder pertaining to the limbs, skin and scalp; and Stormorken syndrome, a perceived genomic disease affecting several genes, which may be caused by a mutation within a complex phenotype. “What we’re doing is very exploratory,” said gaffney.



the early days of flight, in order for the pilot to know how high and which way he was flying, the only tool he had was looking out the window. Gauges were introduced to the dashboard of the plane in order to help aggregate and process all of this information. “It’s not taking away the pilot’s decisionmaking. It is giving the information to make those decisions,” he says. Medical informatics is a field popping up to help provide these gauges to physicians. Kendrick says Oklahoma is a leader in this field. “There is so much data coming at us. I’m still required to look at every piece of data and put it into a story in my head,” Kendrick says. With the proper information, though, when a patient came to him, he could look at those gauges and determine if the patient is at risk for certain health issues in the future and what interventions might be most effective in heading them off. He can also proactively look at his patient load in aggregate and understand and make room for patients who are most in need of care. “Everybody should practice at the top of their license,” he says he tell students. If you can keep each doctor practicing what they are experts in, it unclogs the entire system. Data and technology can help us distribute that load.

few treatments exist for most orphan diseases. this scarcity in treatment is primarily because it is difficult to create drugs and produce them in the market. testing for the drugs costs millions, and even with testing, there is no guarantee of fda approval. for this reason, pharmaceutical companies mostly focus on potential drugs that can bring in the most income to compensate for the risk, which inevitably pushes orphan diseases to the back. gaffney works with a lot of families when researching the genetics behind orphan diseases, and according to him, “there is a consent process [so that] the families don’t get their hopes up.” While drugs have been created for orphan diseases such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (the drug created for this is Soliris), by and large, the most groundbreaking progress in this area has been done through basic research. “Sometimes you have to understand how something works correctly before you understand how it’s been broken,” says greg elwell, an OMrf public affairs specialist who has written extensively on the scientific research of many obscure disorders. “each time we discover a new mutation or gene, that could launch a whole new avenue of research,” adds gaffney. despite the important role that basic research plays, the solution is far from being a simple process. “it’s a giant puzzle, and there are no edge pieces,” says elwell. One can only hope that the puzzle is put together in time to save a life. – Nathan Porter

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79 years old, Betty Collins is in pretty good shape. She enjoys gardening and cooking big meals for her family during the holidays. Prior to a recent hip replacement surgery, you could find her exercising at St. John Siegfried Health Club. That surgery sidelined her for a while, but she remains as active as possible. “I’ve always been able to exercise a lot and stay active,” says Collins. “I still walk a lot, lift weights and do some yoga stuff.” Collins, a self-described type A personality, is keenly aware of her health. She’s taken medication to control her blood pressure for years and regularly monitors her condition with her own blood pressure cuff. About six months ago, she began experiencing unexplained fluctuations in her blood pressure. “For a while I took care of it myself. If it was low, I skipped it. If it got high, I would go ahead and take it. That worked to a point, but sometimes I wouldn’t take it, and it would still go down,” says Collins of her effort to control her blood pressure by altering her recommended dosage of medication. Eventually, Collins sought the help of her primary care physician, Dr. James Phoenix, a doctor of internal medicine with Omni Medical Group at St. John Medical Center. Together, doctor and patient began the complicated process of trying to determine what was causing Collins’ blood pressure issues. Among the list of possible culprits were her blood pressure medicine or one or more of the four other prescription drugs that Collins takes on a regular basis.



Overuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem, particularly among the elderly, but the solution is surprisingly low-tech.

Poly What? In the end, Collins’ medications may not be to blame, but the realities of a population, especially an older population, taking multiple drugs for multiple conditions, often prescribed by multiple physicians and filled by different pharmacies, is something Phoenix and most physicians deal with daily. Medications save lives, improve quality of life and have revolutionized health care, but inappropriate use of prescription drugs can have the opposite effect. This has become a major challenge of modern medicine, one that harms patients and puts additional strain on an already overburdened health care system. The phenomenon is referred to as poly-

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pharmacy, or the use of multiple medications. For some conditions, the use of several interactive drugs is necessary and beneficial, but the more medications a patient takes, the more opportunities arise for a range of problems. There is no universal definition of polypharmacy. “The way I define it is when you are putting the patient at risk,” says Phoenix. “Whether that’s five prescriptions or eight, it varies from person to person.” While polypharmacy can affect any age demographic, its harmful effects are most profound among the elderly. There are a number of reasons for this. Older patients are simply more likely to take multiple drugs. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), 13 percent of the U.S. population is over 65, yet this group accounts for 34 percent of all prescription medications used. Folks 65-69 years old take an average of nearly 14 prescriptions every year, and that number jumps to 18 for people over 80 years old. This average doesn’t include over-the-counter medications and herbal or natural remedies. This scenario is one with which Phoenix is very familiar as a primary care physician with a high number of older patients. While he is the primary prescriber for many of his patients, many also see specialists that are writing additional prescriptions. He says this is where the problem typically occurs, and patients being treated with pain management or for multiple chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disorders, may

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easily end up with a medicine cabinet full of pill bottles. “One person may end up on a dozen or more medications,” Phoenix says. “We see that a lot.” Unfortunately, Phoenix says he isn’t always aware of every drug his patients take, and this may cause an overlap where more than one drug is prescribed to treat the same condition. Another factor that may increase the number of prescriptions is what Phoenix describes as a cascade effect where patients may be inadvertently treated for side effects of the drugs they are taking. For instance, gastrointestinal problems are a common side effect of many medications, and sometimes patients end up with additional prescriptions to treat these symptoms. Those drugs, in turn, come with their own list of side effects. Phoenix says cholesterol drugs are another common culprit in prescription cascades. “Cholesterol drugs can cause pain, which people may mistake for aches associated with arthritis or another condition,” he says. Most experts agree that any new symptom in an elderly patient on medication should



Serious Risks The ASCP describes adverse drug reactions as one of the top five greatest threats to the health of seniors. You only need watch a few television commercials to know that every drug has potential adverse side effects, usually a laundry list of possible complications. The more medications that enter the equation, the greater chance the patient will suffer from one or more of these side effects. This matter is further complicated by the fact the every medication can potentially interact with every other medication a patient is taking. “If you’re taking eight or more medications, including over-the-counter medications, there’s a 100 percent chance you’re having a harmful drug interaction,” says Phoenix. The results of adverse drug reactions

When The Smoke Clears

Oklahoma dramatically improves its yearly percentage of adult smokers.

Oklahoma has been notorious for its high smoking rates. this year’s studies, however, show that the habit, statewide, is beginning to shift. the percentage of adults who smoke in Oklahoma has decreased from 26 percent in 2011 to 23.3 percent in 2012, altering Oklahoma’s national adult smoking ranking from 47th in the nation to 39th. this decrease may seem insignificant, but throughout the years, Oklahoma’s poor national ranking has been nearly as consistent as the nasty habit itself. according to State department of Health tobacco Use prevention Manager Jenifer lepard, much effort has brought about this three percent drop. “[We’ve] been working really hard on this issue in the state for about 10 years,” says lepard. Much of the focus in decreasing smoking has been placed on youth outreach and education. throughout Oklahoma, SWat teams (Students Working against tobacco) have formed to educate students of the woes that come from smoking. for this reason, young adults who have never smoked greatly contributed to decreasing the state percentage in 2012. lepard also credits the decrease in smoking to the gradual change of attitude within the state. “people are beginning to understand that it’s about living longer. it’s about living a life that is healthier and more full. and it also costs more money [to smoke],” says lepard. the cost of the amount of work Oklahoma smokers miss each year due to the habit is estimated at $1.73 billion. Moving forward, the state department is anxious to see if next year’s decline will be as substantial as this year’s. – Nathan Porter

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and interactions tied to polypharmacy can be profound and costly and can include loss of mobility, impaired cognition and a general decline in quality of life. Among the staggering statistics compiled by ASCP: 28 percent of hospitalizations among seniors are due to adverse drug reactions; 32,000 seniors suffer hip fractures each year due to falls caused by medication related conditions; the total cost of medication-related problems in the U.S. each year tops $100 billion.


According to experts, there are a few things that patients should do to prevent medication-related problems: • Know and have a list of every medication that you’re taking, including any over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, and the dosage for each. • Share this information with all of your doctors, even if you have to take your medications with you to appointments. • Know why you’re taking each medication on your list. • find a primary care physician you like and stick with him or her. allow this doctor to become your partner in managing your health care. patients with a doctor looking out for them are far less likely to get into trouble with medications.

sible for a doctor to know your history,” says Phoenix. Individual health care systems, however, are putting comprehensive, transparent systems into place. For instance, Phoenix says St. John is changing its medical record keeping so that everyone in their network has access to the same, real-time information, including outpatient visits. But what about specialists the patient may be seeing out of network, or other drugs they may be taking? To gain this information, Phoenix says health care providers must use old-fashioned diagnostic techniques to develop a comprehensive medication history and be informed about what their patients are using. He adds that insurance companies, recognizing the multiple costs of polypharmacy, are beginning to raise flags or warn doctors when they see potential misuse of drugs. Phoenix also says the Affordable Care Act includes some improvements to medical records that may aid physicians in preventing inappropriate polypharmacy.

Polypharmacy and the issues it causes are not easy things for the health care community to ad• Know your Beers. the Beers dress, and there isn’t a criteria is a list of medications clear-cut solution. that generally should not be pre“It’s going to become scribed to people over 65. this a bigger problem before list is widely available online. if it gets better because you’re taking one of these drugs, there are a lot of habits ask your doctor why. in place,” Phoenix says. • pick up all medications at one Still, individual pharmacy. pharmacists can physicians, health help you avoid harmful drug incare systems, nurses, teractions, but only if they know pharmacists and other about everything you’re taking. providers are acutely aware of polypharmacy • if you’re taking multiple medicacomplications, and many tions or new prescriptions are making efforts to alare added to your regimen, perileviate the problem. One odically ask your primary care of the biggest obstacles physician to do an evaluation. is sharing informaare there drugs you no longer tion. Even with all the need? advances in electronic Your Number • always ask whether a new medical records, there One Ally symptom could be a drug side still isn’t a comprehenHealth care provideffect. sive patient database ers and experts also where doctors can view a agree there are many patients medical history things patients can do and see the prescription medications that are to help their physicians help them avoid being used. over-prescribing and potentially harmful “If you’re on vacation and you end up in polypharmacy. In today’s complicated health an emergency room, it’s basically imposcare environment, patients must be their own advocates – or have a trusted friend or family member who can act as such – and fully understand every aspect of their treatment as completely as possible. “People mistakenly assume that any doctor they see knows more about them than they actually do,” says Phoenix. Thus, the patient must take the initiative to fill in any blanks.



Big Births

Research proves connection between maternal obesity and high birth weight.

Obesity continues to be a growing issue within Oklahoma. Some believe that the problem begins and ends with one’s daily calorie intake, while others believe the issue is rooted in various childhood habits. recent studies, however, show that for some individuals, obesity can be traced back to the womb. in Oklahoma, infant birth weight has drastically increased over the past five years. each year, more newborns are classified as large for the gestational age. consequently, infants born with this classification are much more likely to become obese children and adults. the increase in the average birth weight is primarily due to gestational diabetes in the mother. in Oklahoma, nearly five percent of obese women will develop this condition. Because of this, the obesity epidemic can often be cyclical. “there was a 25-36 percent increase in maternal [body mass index] over the last decade, [which] translates to a 25 percent increase in the incident of high birth weight in babies, who show an increase in adipose tissue mass and increase risk in diabetes and obesity later in adult life,” says dr. Joe King, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mercy clinic in edmond. the primary reason for large birth weight is poor maternal diet, so the mother plays a pivotal role in ending the pattern of obesity during her pregnancy. “the only thing the baby gets is what [the mother] eats, so if the mother had a poor diet, the baby gets a poor diet,” says dr. lynn frame, an obstetrician and gynecologist staff physician at St. John Medical center and clinical professor at the University of Oklahoma-tulsa. in addition to long-term obesity of the newborn, high birth weight can also create a traumatic delivery. Both King and frame recognize the severity of this issue. But they also realize that there are practical solutions. “Nutritional counseling and diabetes education is really important during pregnancy. i like to discuss diet, exercise and weight gain at prenatal visits with moms-to-be, so they’re empowered to make the best decisions for their babies,” says King. – Nathan Porter

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ancer has traditionally been defined with respect to the organ in which the abnormal cells originate. Despite the significant range of variables and idiosyncrasies within cancers of the lung or thyroid, for example, these diseases tend to be identified collectively as “lung cancer” or “thyroid cancer.” There may, however, be greater diagnostic value in defining what drives the growth of each individual cancer than characterizing it solely by its origin. In the rapidly evolving practice of “precision medicine,” cancer treatments will increasingly be guided by the genetic profile of each patient’s tumor. This innovation represents an exciting new development in the treatment of cancer because treatments will be targeted specifically against those mistakes in the cell’s genes and proMaurie Markman, Md teins that make them Sr. vice President of Clinical Affairs, National act as they do. director of Medical oncology

Patient-Centric Approach Extensive and ongoing research being conducted by both academic institutions and cancer care providers has revealed genetic and other abnormalities within cancers that have been shown to give the abnormal cells a survival advantage and permit them to grow and spread. By identifying the unique defects in a specific tumor (called “tumor profiling”) obtained at the time of surgery or during a biopsy, it may be possible to develop a far more precise treatment protocol for that individual patient.

Implications for Treatment The search for better ways to treat cancer has continued for more than 100 years. Treatments aimed at preventing cells from dividing, unfortunately, have very limited capacity to differentiate between cancer cells and normal cells. As a result, these treatments can also cause side effects that are difficult for patients to tolerate. The ability to design a more precise drug treatment based on the genetic profile of a specific tumor will enable more personalized and targeted therapies— and may reduce the side effects often encountered with traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

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Built To Suit

Homeowners create rooms that are stylish yet true to their visions. By Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson

The Organized Cook

Sally Ann Sullivan, owner of Showcase Kitchens and Baths, worked with the owners of this 20-year-old home to create their dream kitchen. “The space was congested, and they kept running into each other when they were working in the kitchen because of the placement of the appliances,” says Sullivan. So the entire room was gutted and the space redesigned. Sullivan began by rearranging the appliances. The refrigerator, a Sub-zero French door style, was moved near the dining table. Originally, the oven and microwave were stacked, but she opened the space by moving the microwave into the upper cabinets and creating a landing space for hot microwave containers below. And with a simple turn, cooked items can go into the warming drawer conveniently placed in the island. Located at the end of the cabinets are two deep refrigerated drawers, perfect for storing water, soda and juice. Next to the under-counter mounted quartz sink is the dishwasher, fully concealed by matching



wood front. A touch button disposal switch is on the countertop, and Halogen lights span over the sink to help illuminate sink activities. “The chef’s pantry became a focal point because it was designed to resemble an armoire,” says Sullivan. LED lighting was hidden behind the molding and fully lights the pantry when the doors are opened. The interior upper and lower diagonal Lazy Susan Tumbled travertine with accents of marble and glass tile cabinets are also illuminated mosaic make the backsplash to make finding things easier. a focal point of the kitchen. Sullivan worked with pHOtOS BY ScOtt JOHNSON/HaWKS pHOtOgrapHY. the homeowners to include numerous personal storage conveniences. There is a pullout double trash bin, bottle. And various vegetable bins can be making recycling easy. A specialty pullout removed from the cabinets and used on the cabinet holds all the cleaning supplies. There countertop while cooking. are spice drawers and cutlery drawers. A The cherry cabinets are Wood-Mode with special liquor area has dividers for each a glazed finish. The island is a contrasting

paint-and-glaze finish with cherry bun feet. Recessed electrical strips were installed at each end of the island. Countertops are Netuno Bordeaux granite with a triple profile edge on the island. The backsplash is

tumbled travertine with an accent of marble and glass tile mosaic. The stovetop vent hood is concealed by a matching cherry apron and detailed with corbels and a carved embellishment by

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A Timeless Master Bathroom

When these homeowners met with Weldon Bowman, owner of W Design, their goal for the new master bath was to create a space that has a “hotel-esque” feel. “We wanted it to be open and not cluttered,” say the homeowners. “And we wanted the cabinets to look like furniture.” Working with Bowman, the couple chose Alder wood with a walnut stain for the bathroom cabinets. “We wanted it to be timeless,” they add. The layout incorporated a “his and her” vanity and were built and installed by Teel Creek Custom Cabinets in Sapulpa. Near one vanity is a tower that was designed to hold hair and personal products and look like it was also a piece of furniture sitting on the counter. Plenty of drawers provide convenient storage. And it wasn’t just the custom cabinets that were designed to resemble furniture. “The mirrors were crafted to look like they belong above a dresser,” says Bowman. Nearby in the master closet, a custom Alder island was designed, so when the doors are open, it continues the furniture look. The classic hardware style from Pottery Barn is in a bronze finish so the room would not appear too busy.

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The rich Alder cabinets are a warm contrast to the three-centimeter Roman travertine slab countertops and the 16-by-24inch travertine tiles laid in a brick pattern on the floor. A six-foot designer Jetta tub is also surrounded by travertine. The same material is continued in the nearly six-feet-by-six-feet walk-in shower where the arched opening was placed on an angle to keep from requiring a shower door, therefore requiring less maintenance. Tumbled travertine was selected for the floor, and the walls are a design of diagonal travertine tiles trimmed by smaller tiles. A long bench and built-in shelf are handy to store shower products. The 11-foot coffered ceiling is detailed with large cove molding and accented by the polished chrome light fixtures from Andrews Lighting. They blend with the polished chrome faucets throughout. The area rug is from Pottery Barn.

“We focused on clean lines and minimal décor,” say the homeowners. “We didn’t want anything fussy and we have enjoyed the final result of simplicity.”

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If you have seen the 2010 movie Life as We Know It, then you might recognize the inspiration for this kitchen. But while the original colonial house in the film is in Atlanta, this home is in Owasso. The two-story, nearly-5,000-square-foot home was built by Cedar Rock Homes and is nestled on a wooded lot in the Clear Brook neighborhood. The rock exterior implies an Old World French Country theme, but the owners wanted the interior to have a cleaner, simplified feel. “(The homeowner) really liked the kitchen in the movie, so that provided a starting point for the design,” says Weldon Bowman of W Design. “The open cabinet at the top was a detail she particularly wanted to use from the film.” After the layout was finalized, Teel Creek fabricated the custom white cabinets. Seeded glass was selected for the upper cabinets to create a vintage look with tons of texture. Hardware is from the Martha Stewart kitchen cabinet line available from Home Depot. The black pearl granite countertops are three centimeters thick, and the beveled white tile backsplash is from Adex Tiles’ Neri Series. The black painted island, topped with Carrara marble, was custom made to look like a piece of furniture with a series of drawers and open shelves. “We wanted open shelves so we can see the items we need without searching,” say the homeowners. Plus, the island sink makes a perfect place to prep for meals. They chose a Rohl farm sink with Kohler faucets. Appliances include a Wolf pro-style range and stacked Electrolux Icon Pro microwave and oven. The built-in refrigerator and freezer are also Electrolux Pro Series. “And we have a hidden pantry that you can walk into and easily find what you need,” the couple adds. The door to the pantry looks like a cabinet and when the door is pushed the lights turn on. The toaster and other small appliances are housed here keeping the countertops clear. Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray flat wall paint throughout the space contrasts with the bright white trim and cabinets. The flooring, five-inch walnut planks with a coffee color stain, and the barstools are from Pottery Barn. “Our goal was to create a working, open kitchen,” says Bowman. And the busy family is thrilled with the results.

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A 1920s bungalow in the Cherry Street District recently underwent a dramatic conversion. Home to a doctor and realtor, the couple asked Bill Powers, manager of Powers Design & Build, to assist in their kitchen renovation. “The husband loves to cook, and our goal was to create a functional-yet-open space for them both to enjoy,” says Powers. In addition to the original kitchen, an area was reconfigured at the back of the house, making the space a true rectangular galley kitchen. Due to the home’s age, there were plenty of technical difficulties, and ultimately the renovation required new plumbing, electrical work, windows and doors. Next to the refrigerator is an original brick chimney. “Even though it wasn’t going to be used, the couple loved the look, so we retained it to keep with the 1920s bungalow charm,” adds Powers.

An oversized window was installed over the sink to bring the outside in, and the new French doors leading to the outdoor living area include invisible screens so the couple can keep the doors open during nice weather. A custom doggie door lets the family pet roam in and out at will. To blend with the rest of the house, Wood Pro of Tulsa installed one-and-a-quarter-inch oak flooring. The white cabinets by Crestwood Cabinets fit the home’s classic style and are accented by the black granite countertops with a leather finish from Surfaces of Bixby. The stainless finish hardware is from Emtek, and the 30-inch stainless farm sink is by Vigo. Sophisticated glass tile from Alys Edwards Collection by GiGi’s Groovy Stix was supplied by Vivian’s Tile & Stone and creates a stunning backsplash.

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When the current owners of this 1950s Midtown ranch purchased the home from the original owners, they knew a few updates were required, especially the spacious “hers” bathroom and closet addition from the early 1970s. “The homeowners love the Mid-century architecture of their home and felt it was important to maintain what the original owners had intended,” says Stuart Harle, designer and president of Carriage House Design. “Our job was to respect what was existing and integrate new materials and finishes without disturbing the past.” The initial decision was to maintain the basic layout of the space and retain the

high-gloss salmon plastic laminate cabinets. Bellingham quartz countertops from Cambria replaced the worn stone composite countertops. Harle, along with project manager and interior designer Annette Crewz, had the existing carpeting removed, and, because of the large expanse of space, were able to utilize a unique combination of six-inch wood plank flooring with a pebble tile design from Porcelanosa. One of the biggest changes was the

The homeowners approached Harle about renovating this Midcentury bathroom to bring it into modern times while respecting the original design of the space.

bathtub. Originally, a whirlpool tub was built into the space under the picture window, and the walls were mirrored. Now, a Victoria & Albert freestanding soaking tub creates an open, lighter feel. The bathtub is crafted of volcanic limestone that retains the water’s heat. Nearby existing Lucite shelves were polished and reinstalled. One of the more unique features of the original bathroom design was the use of several pocket doors that were also wrapped

in wall covering. The initial design used a combination of silk and foil wall covering. Wanting to specify a product that would maintain well, Harle and Crewz selected a commercial, high-quality vinyl from Maharam. “Wall covering is not used as often as it was in the 1970s, so I spent some time finding a skilled wallpaper hanger,” explains Harle. “When I met the craftsman at the home, he took a look around and realized he

had done the original job over 40 years ago.” Another area of the master bedroom that Harle tackled during this renovation was a lengthy hallway. “The [homeowners] have an extensive art collection and like to change the art around several times a year,” says Harle. The walls and closet doors, originally upholstered in silk, are now upholstered using Whisper Walls, a product often found in galleries because artwork can be easily changed without damaging the walls. OCTOBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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On Monday, Oct. 28, Oklahoma Project Woman brings the New York runway to the Sooner State. Partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue, Oklahoma Project Woman hosts its 19th annual Pink Ribbon Event. Colleen Sherin, women’s fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, will host and emcee the event, providing attendees a wealth of fashion tips on the latest trends. “Colleen is considered one of the most influential people in the fashion world,” says Shelly Armstrong, Pink Ribbon Event chairpersons. Sherin is the driving force behind what makes its way to the Saks retail floors. She is internationally renowned as an expert and trendsetter, appearing regularly in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, InStyle, People and The New York Times. “It will be like a high fashion magazine

come to life in front of you,” promises Anne Bogie, executive director of Oklahoma Project Woman. Saks and Sherin’s involvement in the Pink Ribbon Event is in conjunction with the 15th annual Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure Campaign. In the 14 years since the inception of the shopping weekend, the company, together with its vendors and partners, has raised more than $33 million for cancer research. A portion of the funds raised at the Tulsa Saks Fifth Avenue location will benefit Oklahoma Project Woman. This year’s Pink Ribbon Event honorary chairwoman is Tulsa native Mollie Willford, herself a breast cancer survivor. “Because I am a breast cancer survivor, I can’t think of a better thing to do with my time,” shares Williford. “(We all) are very dedicated to the success of this event.”

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Oklahoma Project Woman hosts an evening of high fashion to raise money for breast health care.

“Mollie stands as a shining example of a survivor with an endless will to thrive,” says Armstrong. “She is a prime example of how early diagnosis and treatment can save lives.” The Pink Ribbon Event is Oklahoma Project Woman’s primary annual fundraiser. Throughout the event’s 19 years, more than $3 million has been funneled into the Oklahoma communities to provide uninsured women with limited financial resources access to breast health care. This year’s event hopes to bring in $400,000 to $500,000, says Bogie. Since the beginning of Oklahoma Project Woman in 1998, the organization has provided access to breast health care for more than 25,000 uninsured Oklahomans. “The sole purpose of the Pink Ribbon event has always been to be the largest fundraising event for our organization,” explains Bogie. “The money raised stays in our community to help women with limited access to the care they need.” “I am amazed how many people fall in the gap between insurance and government assistance,” comments Armstrong. “Breast cancer is an all too familiar reality for many of our friends, family and neighbors,” says Armstrong. “One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.” Breast cancer can happen to anyone. “Eighty percent of women diagnosed everyday have no family history,” shares Bogie. “The main risk factors are being a woman and getting older.” Oklahoma Project Woman estimates they will help 3,500 women this year, a 30 percent increase in services. Of those, 50 will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer, shares Bogie. “The fabulous part about our program is that once a woman is in our program, she will be taken care of throughout the process,” adds Bogie. “We will pay for a medical breast exam, a mammogram and all the way to mastectomy or lumpectomy.” On average, Oklahoma Project Woman spends $150 to $200 on each woman in the program. Some might need additional care. “We keep our costs down through partnerships with generous doctors and hospitals in the Tulsa community,” says Bogie. In the name of an important cause, guests attending the Pink Ribbon Event luncheon will be treated to a wealth of knowledge

of how to take the hottest looks from the runway to their everyday wardrobe. “In the past, the lunch and dinner have been the same. The lunch will be quite different this year, a lot more in-depth and interactive,” says Bogie. “It is worth attending both events.” The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, an auction and a high-fashion runway show. The runway show will be a bit different from years past, as well. Expect to see more looks this year, promises Armstrong. “Rather than just evening wear, we are going to see different looks from multiple designers to interest everyone in the crowd,” confirms Bogie. “The whole event will be fresh and exciting. From the minute guests walk in, they will know it’s different from before.”

Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue women’s fashion director, will be the special guest and emcee at this year’s event.

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friday, Oct. 4 marks the tulsa county Bar association’s third annual think pink rally on the steps of the tulsa county courthouse. everyone is welcome, says Jason McVicker, think pink volunteer. Whether it’s seeing judges in pink robes, sipping on pink wine or munching on pink treats, think pink is a fun way to get the community thinking about breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection, says McVicker. We hear a lot about breast cancer awareness; you might ask who hasn’t heard of breast cancer? for think pink, it’s about awareness in your own life, explains McVicker. “it is the best and only way to survive. even today, with so many advances in medicine, early detection is absolutely crucial,” says McVicker. “Our goal is to link awareness and early detection because early detection is the cure.” think pink was the brainchild of tulsa county district Judge James caputo, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. He got together with a group of lawyers to start think pink. “it started out very basic,” recalls McVicker. “if you wore pink to the courthouse, you got a bagel. it was a lot of fun and more people got involved,” he says. the pink fire trucks and police cars you see around town are the most visible efforts of think pink. this year, think pink is partnering with turn tulsa pink, cancer treatment centers of america, several generous local businesses and a few undisclosed celebrities to help make this think pink rally the biggest one yet. “it is going to be huge,” promises McVicker. “Several local businesses are offering cross promotions leading up to the event.” as always, panera will supply the pink bagels. the rally starts on Oct. 4 at 7 a.m. before the courthouse opens and will honor a group of breast cancer survivors from the legal community. there will be a few surprises, McVicker says. Various medical groups will also be there to share information about the importance of early screenings. “think pink is the city’s least exclusive club,” shares McVicker. “Breast cancer affects all of us.” – LC OCTOBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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any years ago, in the ancient city of Tochigi, set amidst the rice fields of central Japan, a 6-yearold boy lay deathly ill with tuberculosis. His family was very poor, so when someone told his mother that the only cure was to feed the boy sushi, the mother skipped meals to save money to take him to sushi restaurants every day. Later, penicillin cured the boy, who was left with a lifelong love of sushi and of restaurants. And so, says restaurateur Masanobu Terauchi, “my whole career was started by the sacrifice of a mother.” It’s a pleasant sunny day and Terauchi – or Chef Nobu, as he is affectionately known to his legions of devotees after more than 30 years as sushi chef in Tulsa and teacher of popular cooking classes since 1989 – stands amidst scaffolding in a vast and modern atrium in what will soon be his newest restaurant. The 8,600-square-foot Zanmai will, of course, serve sushi, but it will also offer dry-aged prime steaks and haute cuisine seafood dishes. One side is punctuated by panels of rough, weather-worn wood, reclaimed cedar blackened with

charcoal. “Wabi-sabi,” explains Terauchi, referring to the Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in age, wear and impermanence. But everything else is stark, elegant and modern. The decor is also somehow quintessentially Japanese, both in its use of space and in elements such as those wood panels, which echo Japanese shoji doors. And this, says Terauchi, pointing south toward a long, glass-walled room with sun streaming in, will be our teppanyaki room. Long, modern tables are grouped around 14 teppanyaki grills – big, flat, iron griddles heated from below. As diners sit and perhaps gape at the spectacular show, a skilled chef will flamboyantly toss, sear and cook a meal tableside. In most restaurants, that would be the main attraction. But not here. “Come,” calls Terauchi, and he darts away. He’s excited and so fast he’s hard to follow. He’s in another room now, light and airy with an impossibly high ceiling and a wall of tall glass windows showcasing a stunning view of the downtown Tulsa skyline. Suddenly, there’s a beeping as a crane lowers a worker on the east wall where, 35 feet above OCTOBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



A teppanyaki chef at Zanmai is trained to cook with panache.

the floor, he’d been cleaning windows set high above black wood panels. This room is obviously Zanmai’s pride and joy, and it’s where the finest food is served. USDA Prime dry-aged steaks and intricate-yetharmonious meat and seafood dishes created by Terauchi draw elements from Western and Asian cuisine. There’s black cod with miso sauce and Chilean sea bass with yuzu dressing. There’s beef sashimi and, for humbler palates, a tuna or salmon burger. And, of course, there is sushi. Sushi is Terauchi’s first love, and – though he opened a noodle shop in Japan and, after he moved stateside in 1977, worked at a succession of Japanese restaurants – he opened Tulsa’s first sushi restaurant, Fuji, in 1986. “I was a pioneer,” he says. “I educated Tulsans to like sushi.” Back then it wasn’t an easy job. Rather than bullying Tulsans into eating traditional Japanese raw fish concoctions, he chose to entice them by creating an entirely new kind of sushi. A few chefs in California were making a crowd-pleasing kind of maki called a “California roll” with non-traditional ingredients. Terauchi pushed the envelope even farther and created many new rolls of his own – more than 100, he says. “Zanmai” means luxury, but, Terauchi explains, it is also a Buddhist concept (it comes from the Sanskrit word samadhi) referring to the truth and joy obtained by acting and doing. By his love and creativity with sushi and now with his creation of what will be one of Tulsa’s finest eating places, Chef Nobu is the embodiment of zanmai. 1402 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa. www. BRIAN SCHWARTZ



What goes best with fried chicken? Depending on where you’re from, your response might vary. But here in Oklahoma, there is little dispute over chicken’s perfect partner: waffles. At Drum Room, you can order multiple versions of this tried-and-true classic dish, from traditional chicken and waffles to the chicken and waffle sandwich, complete with bacon and cheese. If sweet and savory doesn’t appeal, you can opt for the fried chicken nachos, half of a fried bird or, for the culinary adventurers, the pimento cheeseburger on a pretzel bun. Like the food, the atmosphere is fun but comfortable, making the Drum Room a fitting addition to the other established eateries in the Crown Heights area. 4309 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City. www. – Tara Malone



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It’s a rare treat, but Tulsans take it for granted. Walk the streets of New York City, and the one thing you’ll never see is a sign that says “fried catfish.” In Tulsa, though, there are more catfish shacks than you can hang your hat in. But if you want the best fried catfish in Oklahoma, you’ve got to head south, south on Memorial way past the city line, past the granite monument where back in 1832 Washington Irving camped in a landscape as fresh as on the sixth day of creation, and just keep driving. Beyond 161st Street the avenue narrows into a two-lane rural road and there, across

Catfish and sides are on the menu at Bixby’s Lazy Fisherman. pHOtO BY BraNdON ScOtt.

The fried chicken nachos at Drum Room are served with heaping helpings of salsa, sour cream and peppers.

from a pasture and next to a bright red barn, you’ll see a little wood frame house that looks like a relic of land rush days. That’s the Lazy Fisherman. Ron Churchill looks like the biggest, meanest linebacker on the college football team, and maybe he was, but he fries a mean catfish. Who taught him to cook so well? “Well, I learned from my dad,” says Churchill. “Dad was always a great cook. It’s not hard.” Fresh, soft and flaky, the fish is coddled by cornmeal batter so crisp and ethereal it was surely made in heaven. Don’t neglect the sides, “all made from scratch,” Churchill says assuredly. Of special note are the baked beans, the slaw, the onion rings and the tomato chutney. For the gluttonous, there are homemade pies. The place is usually packed with locals, and the staff is always busy, but, says Churchill, “we enjoying doing what we do.” 16830 S. Memorial Dr., Bixby. 918.366.8305 – Brian Schwartz

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Fall is here, and that means it’s time to fill the house with the heavenly aroma of homemade soup simmering away on the stove. Why not get the season started on a healthy note with a savory pumpkin soup that is flavorful and nutritious? High in vitamin A, fiber and beta carotene, this bright orange squash is versatile enough for appetizers, main dishes and, of course, desserts. If you would like to make your own pumpkin puree, it’s easy to do. Simply preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut sugar pumpkins in half and remove seeds. Place pumpkins on sheet pan and roast for 45 minutes to one hour or until tender. The soft flesh will be easy to scoop out of the skin. Next, transfer to a food processor, mash with a potato masher or run through a food mill. Voilà – homemade pumpkin puree. – Jill Meredith

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Ajanta Cuisine Of India

There are food items that set a standard among ethnic eateries. For Mexican restaurants, it may be the carne asada; for Italian establishments, perhaps it’s the red sauce. In Indian cuisine, there are many markers that may be used to measure a restaurant’s culinary chops, but the most reliable would be chicken curry. The chicken should be moist and tender, yet not fall apart in the sauce. The veggies should be cooked until they are perfectly toothsome. The sauce, stained vibrantly by the spices, should be creamy, garlicky and flavorful. Oklahoma City’s Ajanta Cuisine Of India passes the curry test and then some. This nondescript eatery in the northern part of the city offers Indian staples in addition to dishes that are for the more adventurous. The garlic naan is a must for any meal ordered. 12215 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City. 405.752.5283 – Jami Mattox The chicken salad is served on a croissant at Agora Coffeehouse. pHOtO BY BraNdON ScOtt.

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2 tbsp. coconut oil 1 onion chopped 1 apple, peeled and chopped 1 serrano pepper, minced Salt and pepper to taste 3/4 tsp. curry powder 4 cups chicken broth 2 (15 oz.) cans pumpkin puree or a scant 4 cups of fresh pumpkin puree 1 3/4 c. light coconut milk in a dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat. add the onion, apple and serrano; season with salt and pepper. cook for five to eight minutes, or until onion is translucent and apple and pepper are softened. add the curry powder, broth and pumpkin puree. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Working in batches, transfer to a blender and carefully puree until smooth. return to pot and add coconut milk. return to a simmer briefly, adjust seasoning and serve.



Chicken Salad Sandwich Agora Coffeehouse

There are plenty of places in Tulsa to get a quick, decent lunch, but how many can offer a from-scratch meal for under $10? Not too many would be the correct answer. Agora Coffeehouse, located in the Fontana shopping center at 51st and Memorial, is a coffeehouse that provides casual atmosphere and tasty eats. Be sure to try the chicken salad sandwich, made fresh in Agora’s kitchen. Tender chunks of chicken are

mixed with veggies and dressing and served on Agora’s specialty bread of the day. It’s a filling meal that is great for a hearty lunch or light supper. Don’t leave without sampling one of Agora’s delectable desserts, which change daily. The coffeehouse also offers hot and cold coffee drinks as well as smoothies and breakfast options. 4959 S. 79th E. Ave., Tulsa. www.agoracoffeehouse. com – Jami Mattox

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Rumor Has It

Tulsa welcomes back the Ten Times Crazier Blake Shelton to the BOK Center.

n any given week, a new rumor springs up in media land about Blake Shelton. Most recently, he nixed certain reports that he was sent to rehab and that he was having heart problems. And then there are those rumors always afloat that country music’s hottest couple is headed for divorce like a fast-moving dually headed for a turtle on pavement. By his account, Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert are as enchanted with one another as ever, and, if that isn’t bliss itself, their careers are soaring. With 12 No. 1 singles to his career (eight of them consecutive), three CMA Male Vocalist of the Year titles and as current CMA Entertainer of the Year, the singer from Pontotoc County, Okla., is undoubtedly on everyone’s proverbial radar. You have to wonder if it can all be too much? Heck no.

Shelton was the driving force behind the Healing for the Heartland concert raising money for victims of April’s disastrous tornado in Moore. Also, Season 5 of The Voice, the NBC singing competition in which Shelton has coached three winners, is back on Monday and Tuesday nights, and he is wrapping up his Ten Times Crazier Tour, which began in July. One of the final stops will be at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Jana Kramer, ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, opens the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $27.75-$52.75. So no matter what you’ve heard about Blake Shelton, all you really need to know is wrapped up in his latest single, “Mine Would Be You” – smart, sexy, comfortable and unerringly poignant. That’s how they grow ‘em in Ada. Tickets are available online at KAREN SHADE OCTOBER 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM











Beethoven’s Fifth Oct. 19 For its second show of the season, Oklahoma City Philharmonic tackles one of maestro’s best-known and most majestic works with guest violinist Jennifer Koh at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Signature Symphony Classics: Alive Oct. 19 Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven are the night’s composers at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

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PERFORMANCES The Rocky Horror Show Let’s dance again to the astounding, the

The Blues Brothers Revue

Oct. 24 This fun homage to Jake, Elwood and band hits the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre stage in Midwest City with all the favorites, including “Soul Man.” www.

Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs

Oct. 24 Two respected music giants get together with Kentucky Thunder at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Seminar Oct. 24-26 When four aspiring novelists sign up for a seminar with an international literary figure with a healthy ego, students sink and swim in a biting comedy presented by Theatre Pops at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Mortality Set to Music

Oct. 26 The Tulsa Oratorio Chorus ponders life and death through music by Faure, Ravel and Saint-Saëns at Tulsa’s First Presbyterian Church.

Sinbad & Take 6

Oct. 26 The comic and gospel a capella group entertain the house at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Ariel Quartet with Menahem Pressler Oct. 27 Youth and soulful interpretations of chamber clas-

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fleeting, the madness of Transexual Transylvania’s most happening haunted castle. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma brings back its hit production The Rocky Horror Show, opening Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 N.W. 16th St., in Oklahoma City. The cult classic by Richard O’Brien was originally staged in 1973 in London and was followed by the 1975 film Rocky Horror Picture Show with Tim Curry. Unlike anything that had been seen before, Rocky gained a huge following with its rock-fantasy tribute to B-horror flicks and characters such as the corseted mad scientist, Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter and his alien house staff. For all that, however, Rocky would be an altogether different experiment without its music. Can you imagine Riff Raff answering the door without the fanfare of “Time Warp?” Throw yourself in again. Shows run through Nov. 2, and tickets are $40, available at Go online for a show schedule and more.

Oct. 23 Blues icon Tah Mahal headlines this special program on the origins and evolution of American blues music along with South Africa’s Vusi Malahsela and New Zealand band Fredericks Brown at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.myticketoffice. com

Performances JAZZREACH featuring the Metta Quintet Oct. 1 The critically acclaimed jazz quintet heads for the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center to school you in jazz.

The Moth Mainstage Oct. 3 A staple of the literary and arts scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, the Moth Mainstage tours to Midwest City’s Rose State Performing Arts Theatre for a theatrical experience of live storytelling, story swapping and enlightenment with newsmakers, new breakers and luminaries in the arts and sciences.

Tulsa Symphony: Brahms

Oct. 5 The night belongs to the toast of 19th century Vienna when the Tulsa Symphony and guest pianist William Wolfram play the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsasymphony. org

The Screwtape Letters

Anything Goes Oct. 11-20 The cast may be smaller in stature, but the laughs from the madcap musical (Cole Porter) are bigger than ever in a Clark Youth Theatre production at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center.

Koresh Dance Company

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Godspell Thru Oct. 6 CityRep Theatre sings the gospel in Stephen Schwartz’s musical based on the Book of Matthew at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theatre.

The Rocky Horror Show

Oct. 5 Fellowship Performing Arts presents C.S. Lewis’ devilish character in a stage adaptation at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Oct. 5-6 Known for its emotive choreography, the renowned, Philadelphiabased dance company returns to Tulsa via Choregus Productions.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

Oct. 7 Folk and “gypsy” music and dance of Hungary inspired Liszt, Brahms and Bartok. Experience why at Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs

Carmina Burana

Oct. 4 Canterbury Choral Society presents Orff’s popular composition at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Signature Symphony Pops: Easy to Love Oct. 4-5 The greatest popular music of the 20th

century by the likes of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers is celebrated at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.


magician Steve Lancaster as emcee on the Friday show and John Jolly, Olio magician, hosting Sunday’s show.

Oct. 16-Dec. 4 Vintage Wildflowers opens a new set of free lunch-hour music programs at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Wednesdays through Dec. 4.

Oct. 16-Nov. 2 Transvestite doctor rocks the castle to music. Enough said. Presented by Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma at Lyric at the Plaza.

Medea by Euripides

Oct. 17-27 Prepare to be disturbed with OKC Theatre Company’s production of the ancient Greek tragedy of a woman scorned and grisly retribution on the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage.

Oct. 1013 Theatre Pops brings back its popular production of Nora and Delia Ephron’s play filled with humor and poignant stories at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

The Marriage of Figaro

Mowgli: The Jungle Book Ballet Oct. 11-13 Oklahoma City Ballet heads to the jungles of India to dance with Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and Kaa in a choreographed adaptation of the beloved children’s story.

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Spotlight Olio Follies

Oct. 11, 13 Tulsa Spotlight Theater adds magic to a weekend of shows with


Oct. 18, 20 Tulsa Opera revisits old Seville at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for Mozart’s comic opera the picks up where The Barber of Seville left off with Dr. Bartolo plotting revenge against the wily Figaro. Oct. 18-19 Sign up fast for the weekend of workshops and presentations that’s all about contemporary music.

Evil Dead the Musical Oct. 18-26 “Get splattered” or join the non-blood-splatter section at this campy musical, part of the Scream Country Haunted Forest attraction in Drumright.

Sarah Brightman sics are the hallmarks of this glowing quartet booked by Chamber Music Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

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

In Concert Zendaya

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Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival Oct. 3-5 Kathy Mattea, Kruger Brothers,

Danzig with Doyle

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Bill Carter & The Blame

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SPORTS OKC Thunder Let’s face it – many of us were convinced Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder would make it into the NBA finals last spring, but Memphis stole that hope through better play (or perhaps because of Russell Westbrook’s right knee). Sure, we were disappointed, but we told ourselves the next year would be different. It’s time to find out. The Thunder returns to Thunderdome, a.k.a., the Chesapeake Energy Arena, for preseason play against Denver at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. The team moves to the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., Tulsa, to face New Orleans at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, before bringing it back home to 100 W. Reno Ave., against Utah at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Barring any catastrophic trades (though some would argue Kevin Martin’s departure for Minnesota is a substantial loss), the Thunder looks ready to make another run for the ultimate clash. The first official home game is Nov. 3. For tickets and a complete schedule, go to Byron Berline Band, more at Cottonwood Flats, Guthrie.

Blake Shelton

Oct. 4 BOK Center. www.

Martina McBride

Eagles Oct. 9 BOK Center. Silversun Pickups Oct. 9 Cain’s Ballroom.

Mike Epps with Naughty by Nature

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Justin Moore

Walk the Moon

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Vampire Weekend

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Martina McBride

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Tulsa Playboys

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Local Natives

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John Spencer Blues Explosion


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Howlin Brothers

Oct. 6 Blue Door. www.

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines, Taj Weekes & Adowa Oct. 6 Guthrie Green.

Smilin Vic & Soul Monkeys Square.

Oct. 6 Expo

Pokey LaFarge


Oct. 20 Mercury Lounge.

And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG Oct. 22 ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Oct. 14 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Avenged Sevenfold Oct. 23 Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Swon Brothers

Oct. 15 Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction and concert at the Mabee Center. www.

Bo Burham: What

Oct. 15 Stand-up comedy at Rose State Performing Arts Theatre, Midwest City.

Portugal. The Man

Liz Longley

Oct. 16 Blue Door. www.

The Bright Light Social Hour


17 Cain’s Ballroom.

Mike Epps with Naughty by Nature

www.tulsahur- v. Rice Oct. 5

OKC Barons

v. Charlotte Oct. 4-5 v. Texas Oct. 15 v. Abbotsford Oct. 18-19

Tulsa Oilers

v. Allen Oct. 26-27

Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball v. Campbellsville Oct. 27

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball v. East Central Oklahoma Oct. 29

University of Tulsa Men’s Basketball v. Haskell Indian Nations University Oct. 31 (exhibition)

University of Tulsa Women’s Basketball v. Newman Oct. 27 (exhibition)

PRCA Rodeo

Oct. 4-5 Get in on the rodeo action at the Tulsa State Fair with two nights of riding and roping sports with concerts (Justin Moore on Oct. 4, Josh Abbott Band on Oct. 5) following each night at the Expo Square Pavilion.

Zombie Bolt 5k Oct. 5 Dodge the walking dead and other frightful faces at this Guthrie running event.

Tulsa Run

The Lumineers

Bro Safari

Oct. 23 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cains-

Sleeping with Sirens

Keith Urban

John Fogerty

Oct. 17 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Jamey Johnson

Toro Y Moi

Oct. 8 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Blue October

Audrey Auld

v. TCU Oct. 5

University of Tulsa Football

Oct. 19-20 Runners of all stages will enjoy this scenic run (25k-100k treks) in the Nickel Preserve near Tahlequah.

Oct. 17 First Council Casino, Newkirk.

Oct. 18 Cain’s Ballroom. www.


TATUR’s Pumpkin’ Holler Hunnerd

Oct. 15 Cain’s Ballroom.

Hollywood Undead Oct. 15 Diamond Ballroom.

University of Oklahoma Football

ORU Strong Man Competition Oct. 5 Strong guys toss barrels, pull trucks and drag other heavy objects at Oral Roberts University. www.

Oct. 7 Diamond Ballroom. www.

Oct. 20 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Howlin’ Brothers

Local Natives

Oct. 19 Blue Door. www.

Oct. 13 Mabee Center.

Oct. 5 PRCA Rodeo at Expo Square Pavilion.

Mary Gauthier

Oct. 13 BOK Center. www.

Oct. 19 Brady Theater.

Tracy Grammar Josh Abbott Band

Weird Al Yankovic

Oct. 11. Brady Theater.

Sara Brightman

Oct. 19 Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oct. 18 Brady

ZZ Top Oct. 18 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Alabama Oct. 11 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Oct. 5 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. Oct. 5 Blue Door. www.

Oct. 10 Diamond Ball-

Oct. 11 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Five Finger Death Punch

Keith Urban

Oct. 4 PRCA Rodeo at Expo Square Pavilion. Oct. 4 Expo Square. www.

Oct. 9 Brady

Oct. 18 Lucky Star Casino, Concho.

v. TCU Oct. 19

Oct. 25 BOK Center. www.

Tomato Dodge Oct. 26 You’re not being booed, you’re part of a truly fun new race inspired by Spain’s La Tomatina Festival and headed for Oklahoma City’s Wake Zone Park.

Oct. 25 Diamond Ballroom.

USTRC Team Roping Championships

Oct. 26 Blue Door. www.

Oct. 26-Nov. 3 The best team ropers in the U.S. and Canada compete for $5 million in cash and prizes at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Oct. 24 Brady Theater.

Oct. 26 Tulsa’s premier event for runners and marathoners takes its course through downtown and Riverside Drive and back again. The event includes a two-day runners expo and finish line festival.




Portugal. The Man iMage cOUrteSY Of caiN’S BallrOOM

derived from Hernando’s Spanish background at Oklahoma Contemporary.

Back to the Drawing Board Thru Oct. 20 Get a close-up look at the artistic process with five completed works each displayed with early drawings and commentary on how artists arrived at their pieces at Philbrook Museum of Art.

Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show

Textural Behavior

Thru Oct. 21 Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa opens a show of pieces by Merlin Cohen, Sam Jones IV, David Shingler and Shelli Wood. www.

Mark Fox: This Too

IN CONCERT The Indie Wave Even when you were small, you swore you would never listen to the same music your parents “forced” upon you during road trips. You dared the world to give up Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam for Echo & the Bunnymen in 1987 and grumbled when it didn’t. Country music? Yeah, but just the really classic stuff. Only the most original sounds and bands make it to your playlist, and if that’s the case, this is your month for concerts. Tulsa and Oklahoma City become hives (no, not The Hives) of indie-alt-hipster-folk fervor with a roster that includes the Lumineers (Oct. 3) at the OKC Downtown Airpark; Vampire Weekend (Oct. 5) and Queens of the Stone Age (Oct. 9) at Brady Theater; and even more at Cain’s Ballroom – Local Natives (Oct. 6), Toro Y Moi (Oct. 8), Silversun Pickups (Oct. 9) and Portugal. the Man (Oct. 15). Check out the In Concert calendar for more on these and other hot bands basking at the fringe and headed your way in October.

Family Shepherd’s Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 1-30 Pick out an ideal pumpkin for carving and then enjoy family activities such as a hay maze, scarecrow making, petting zoo, hay ride and farm exhibits at Claremore’s Shepherd’s Cross.

Henry & Mudge

Oct. 4 Henry’s family just moved from the city to the country, but he has a 182-pound canine pal to make it easier in this stage adaptation of Cynthia Rylant’s book series. www.

sa’s favorite surprises.

Magic Lantern Celebration on Paseo Oct. 27 This art-inspired fall festival invites families to the Paseo Arts District, where galleries turn into play shops to make costumes and Halloween or harvestinspired works of art. The costume dance parade begins after dusk.

Phil … Phone Home! Oct. 27 Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s plucky mascot, Phil the Penguin takes a musical adventure in space with themes to sci-fi movies and TV shows at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Stuart Little


Day Out with Thomas

Trick or Treat on the Street

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

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.

Oct. 4-5 The Dallas Children’s Theatre brings to life E.B. White’s classic of an adventurous little mouse and his human family to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Thru Oct. 6 Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into the Oklahoma City Railway Museum for an exciting weekend of music, a puppet show, storytelling, inflatable playground and train rides on the Go Go Thomas Tour.

Thru Oct. 11 An exuberant young mouse deals with home and school with confidence but still has a lot to learn in this adaptation of Kevin Henkes book series from Oklahoma Children’s Theatre.

Storybook Forest

Oct. 23-31 Characters and scenes from classic and favorite children’s stories live in the woods near Edmond’s Arcadia Lake with hayrides, games, campfires and treats for families. www.

Haunt the River

Oct. 26 Take your little ghosts and goblins to the Boathouse District and Route 66 Boathouse at Lake Overholser for trick-or-treat adventures plus kayaking, paddle boarding and more. www.

Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

Oct. 27-Oct. 31 Tulsa Zoo goes all out for Halloween with stations for trick-or-treaters to play carnival-style games, grab treats and enjoy the night in costume in relative safety.

5-Jan. 5 An exhibit on how the Organization of American States advanced modern art in Latin America goes up at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. www.

Halo Amok

Thru Oct. 6 Wayne White’s interactive puppet installation at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art touches on cubism and his characteristic whimsical vision of a day at the rodeo.

Cowboy Crossings

Oct. 11-12 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum puts two great shows into one big exhibit and opening weekend. See the Cowboy Artists of America 48th Annual Sale

Second Saturdays Ongoing Families enjoy the Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www. Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in Art Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Art Connection Oct. 4-26 See if you can find it in this Zarrow Center exhibition of four loosely connected artists from across the region.

BooHaHa Oct. 27 Trick or treat? Brookside’s annual neighborhood festival with welcoming merchants passing out goodies for kids, a costume parade, costumes for kids and pets and so much more is definitely one of Tul-

Oct. 4 A new exhibit at the Hardesty Arts Center opens.

Fall Artist-in-residence Exhibition


Collectors’ Reserve: Small Works Exhibition and Sale Oct. 26-Nov. 10 Gilcrease

Museum’s annual exhibition and sale invites art collectors and those looking to start to see original work by nationally-recognized and emerging artists. www.

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

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

The New Frontier

Thru Nov. 3 Gilcrease Museum brings its show of 200 art pieces representative of Native American history and culture previously exhibited at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. Includes work by George Caitlin, Woody Crumbo and Edward S. Curtis.

Sirens of the Southwest Thru Nov. 10 The transformative works of women artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Gina Knee, Ila McAfee and Margaret Lefranc, each of whom went to New Mexico to continue their work, are under the lens at Philbrook Downtown. www. Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums Thru Nov. 17 Featuring work by some of the greatest names in European art, the exhibit examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance through the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century.

Dreams and Visions Thru Nov. 24 The Gilcrease Museum exhibit explores artists’ views of the American West as land, myth and history that makes up the American story of western expansion. www.

Oct. 31 Downtown Edmond’s merchants open their doors to trickor-treaters for a sweet event for families. www.

Oct. 26-Oct. 31 Oklahoma City Zoo releases the howls every year for trick-or-treat fun with goodies, themed booths and more for the kiddies.


Libertad de Expresión: The Art of the Americas and Cold War Politics Oct.

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

Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru Dec. 29 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman has the 1956 Picasso masterpiece from 1956 on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum and on exhibit.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 15th Annual Exhibition Sale (both end Jan. 5) for fine art as well as stunning artisan creations. www.

Momentum Tulsa: Art Doesn’t Stand Still Oct. 12 The vision of artists under 30 goes up at

Living Arts of Tulsa in this exhibition from the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition with a special multimedia opening.

Cherokee Art Market

Oct. 12-13 More than 150 Native American artists from around the country set up at the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino for the annual juried show of fine art and traditional crafts from a variety of media.

Ana Maria Hernando: The Illuminated Garden Oct. 15-Dec. 20 Paintings, drawings and prints flesh out this exhibit of plant and insect images

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

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

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

Dark Light

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













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2013 Sherwin Miller Museum Gala Oct. 27 The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art recognizes leaders of Tulsa and Oklahoma’s Jewish communities at its 47th annual gala.

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ARTworks 2013

ART Momentum Tulsa: Art Doesn’t Stand Still With a name like “momentum,” is it any wonder this annual art phenomenon is going stronger than ever? Momentum Tulsa: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, the aptly named exhibition of art work made by artists under the age of 30, opens Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 p.m.-midnight with a reception welcoming the artists. And, they represent a wide range of genres – sculpture, photography, film, painting, performance and new media. The show features “Momentum Spotlight,” art specially commissioned from three emerging artists, who also received the benefit of guidance by guest curators. Look for this exploration at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady St. Tickets to the opening night reception are $7-$10, available at The exhibit is free and open through the rest of the run. Also look for “Spotlight” artists to give brief gallery talks on closing night, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. For more about Momentum and the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, visit Alexander Calder: La Memoire Elementaire Thru Feb. 2 The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art exhibits lithographs by Calder, an artists best known for his sculpture and mobiles. www.

In a Glorious Light

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

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.

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.

hibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations opened the Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery in Tulsa’s Brady District.

First Friday Gallery Walk

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

First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions as well as live music and other events. 2nd Friday Circuit Art

Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman.

Weekends On Us

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

Charitable Events Art on Tap Oct. 4 More than 80 varieties of beer are served up with great food, art and conversation at the annual beer-tasting benefit for and at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Breath of Life Gala

Oct. 4 Community leaders gather with friends and family to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s research fund with benefit auctions and more.

ZipperQ Oct. 5 The second annual event features great barbecue as well as family fun and auctions to benefit the International FOP Association, which raises awareness of and funds for research into a rare genetic disorder that turns muscle into bone. Look for it at the Nut House in Claremore. Day of Caring

Oct. 5 Join the nation’s largest corporate volunteer event in which teams complete improvement projects for United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agencies in the OKC area.

Toro Y Moi

Construction Derby

Identity & Inspiration

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

Opening Abstraction 104

Thru June 29 This ex-

Oct. 6 Teams build vehicles from home improvement materials and race at No Motor Speedway for Rebuilding Together, which improves homes for the elderly.

Tulsa Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 7 The Tulsa Historical Society honors local leaders at the annual gala celebrating Tulsa per-


sonalities and accomplishments, held at Southern Hills Country Club.

Oct. 28 Holland Hall schools’s benefit art show and sale features the work of Karen Tompkins at the Walter Arts Center on the school’s campus.

Fashion a Cure Pink Ribbon Event Oct. 28 Sponsored in part by Oklahoma Magazine, the Oklahoma Project Woman fashion event raises funds to help individuals without health insurance and limited financial resources receive breast health screenings. www. 2013 Pathfinder Award Gala Oct. 29 The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa honors OU-Tulsa’s Gerard Clancy at Gilcrease Museum. www. Everything Old is New Again Oct. 29 Bid on luxury furnishings created by students of the Tulsa Girls Art School in collaboration with professional artists and designers at this event at the Tulsa Garden Center.

Community Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Oct. 2-6 Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District gets into river sports (rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding) and fun on the Oklahoma River for this annual celebration that includes the blü VIP Party, OG&E NightSprints, the Oklahoma River Family Festival, a wine garden boat racing and more.

Up Close and Personal with Khaled Hosseini Oct. 3 The Oklahoma Center for Poets

& Writers welcomes the author to Greenwood Cultural Center to talk about his life and work and to answer questions.

Khaled Hosseini

Oct. 4 The author of the bestselling novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns opens a new season of discussion and lectures with fascinating guests with equally inspiring stories. Subscriptions to Tulsa Town Hall lectures are available at

YMCA Golf Classic Oct. 7 The 15th annual benefit game for YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City tees off at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club. www.ymcaokc. org Champions of Health Gala

Oct. 8 Regis Philbin is the night’s keynote speaker at the event benefiting the Oklahoma Caring Foundation at the Cox Business Center.

The Big Event

Oct. 9 Live and silent auctions benefiting the youth at Brush Creek Youth Ranch & New Life House, Oklahoma Teen Challenge, is the perfect start to a weekend of fall shopping and the annual Brush Creek Bazaar (Oct. 11-13) held at the Barn in south Tulsa.

Cooking for a Cause Gala

Oct. 10 The organization helping Tulsa’s hungry with daily meals, Iron Gate gets a little help from supporters with the gala event at Metro Appliances & More. www.irongatetulsa. org

Laps for Little Ones

Oct. 12 Join the walk and run at Cascia Hall School for supporters of the Little Light House development center for young children with special needs.

24th Annual American Airlines Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 14 More than 200

golfers from around the country play the greens at Broken Arrow’s Golf Club of Oklahoma to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes.

Savour & Stroll

Oct. 14 This stroll through the Blue Dome District includes the best of four special restaurants, music and dessert at trail’s end, the IDL Ballroom, to help Transitional Living Center of Oklahoma’s Lindsey House for homeless mothers and their children.

Red Earth Buffalo Bash

Oct. 18 Red Earth, Inc., has its annual gala at Remington Park during Oklahoma Classics Week.

Light the Night Walk Oct. 19 Individuals, teams and families support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s work at this evening walk event at Oklahoma Aquarium. Corks & Kegs

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Traders Encampment Oct. 4-5 Woolaroc Museum & Nature Preserve reopens its authentic 1840s trader camp filled with mountain men, traditional Native Americans and crafts people of the era.

Honobia Bigfoot Fall Festival & Conference Oct. 4-5 Visit with other ‘squatch ad-

vocates and fans at the annual event for hunters and storytellers alike in the Kiamichi Mountains. www.

Read to Feed Book Fair

Oct. 4-5, 12 Find a good book at the event benefiting Broken Arrow Neighbors.

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival Oct. 4-31 Thrill to creepy and fun activities (including ghost stories, music, bounce houses, haunted attractions and mazes) for all ages at the Castle in Muskogee.

Psycho Path 2013

Oct. 4-Nov. 2 Sperry’s haunted attraction will chill you all over again. www.

The Maize Oct. 4-Nov. 10 Try to find yourself out of the haunted maze or enjoy the attractions just for children and families in Broken Arrow. Art in the Square Oct. 5 Artists take in the atmosphere of Utica Square and visit with the curious as they demonstrate their arts of painting, sculpture, pottery and more.

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C O M M U N I T Y Tu l s a Town Hall: Khaled Hosseini If you had been speaking for 79 years, your message might grow stale to even yourself. Not so for the Tulsa Town Hall, even as it nears an eighth decade bringing enlightening discussions from engaging speakers to Tulsa. Writer Khaled Hosseini opens a new season of lectures with “Afghanistan Through the Decades: An Émigré’s Personal Perspective” at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Third St. The author of the best-selling novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will also be a special guest the night before at a Tulsa Reads author event (see calendar). Want more? Tulsa Town Hall has also booked journalist Dan Rather (Nov. 8), authorhistorian Timothy Egan (Feb. 7), actress Mia Farrow (March 14) and chief engineer of the Curiosity Mars rover missions, Gentry Lee (April 11). Subscriptions to the series are $75, available at Oklahoma Czech Festival Oct. 5 Yukon brings back one of the state’s largest ethnic festivals with this celebration of Czech heritage that includes a carnival, parade, music, dancing, food and the Czech Hall Dance. National Indian Taco Championship Oct. 5 Pawhuska crowns a new winner with just the right touch for fry bread loaded with all the fixings.

True Grit Day

Arkansas State Fair

Oct. 11-20 Little Rock, Ark., gets ready for 10 days of carnival rides, games, bull riding and fun at the fair. www.arkansasstatefair. com

Chillin’ & Grillin’ 2013

Oct. 12 Follow the smell of amazing barbecue to Sand Springs’ River City Park.

Art on Main

Oct. 12 Downtown Jenks takes it to the street with wine, art, jazz and more.

Oct. 5 Main Street Spiro invites fans of the True Grit novel and films to head for old Indian Territory with Western heritage fun, including a chuck wagon feed, gun fights, crafts show, sack races, buggy rides and Mattie and Rooster Cogburn look-alike contests. 918.962.3461

Thru Oct. 6 Here’s to another year of fun at Expo Square with carnival rides, sinfully delicious fair food, exhibits, concerts, corndog-eating contests and more to mark the turn of fall. Also look for the Picking & Fiddling Championships, live stock shows and carnival rides.


Oct. 6 Find peace, knowledge and great Jewish food and music at Tulsa’s Temple Israel, celebrating its 20th year welcoming the community.

King Biscuit Blues Festival Oct. 1012 One of the nation’s foremost blues showcases is in West Helena, Ark., and features Bobby Rush, Gregg Allman Band and CeDell Davis for starters. www.

Oct. 17-20 The beer taps are flowing again for the annual German festival of food, family, games, music, dance, wine and beer at River West Festival Park.

The Screwtape Letters

ZenFest Oct. 12 Chill out. The Zen Garden presents peace at the Guthrie Green. Boomtown Burlesque Revue

Oct. 12 Favorite characters – Ilsa the Wolf, Lu Foxx, Poppy Pie and more – from Tulsa and Kansas City entertain you.

Persimmon Hollow Arts & Crafts Fall Festival Oct. 12-13 The 1880s-style village of

shops brings in a special array of vendors for its annual outdoor market festival in Broken Arrow.

Fall RV Show

Pleasant Valley Farms Winter Squash & Pumpkin Festival Oct. 12-

Dick Tracy Day

13 You don’t come across a pumpkin patch like this one often. Celebrate the onset of autumn with a festival and more than 90 varieties of squash and pumpkins for baking and decoration in Sand Springs. www.facebook. com/pleasantvalleyfarmsok

Oct. 10-13 Oklahoma State Fair Park. Oct. 11-12 Pawnee celebrates the 82nd birthday of the Dick Tracy comic strip by native son Chester Gould with a parade and more. www.

Brush Creek Bazaar

Oct. 11-13 Enjoy entertainment, carnival fun and the arts and crafts vendors on hand at the Barn in Tulsa. brushcreekbazaar


Lindy in the Park Oct. 13 Get swinging with The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) at the Guthrie Green.

Tulsa Oktoberfest

Tulsa State Fair

Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show Oct. 12-19 The

show awarding excellence in breed and horseman-


to Owasso’s Rayola Park for a real winner. www.

Gazette’s Halloween Parade

Oct. 26 Ghouls, monsters and other creepy characters parade through downtown Oklahoma City and midtown for the big caravan of floats, costumed Halloween revelers and all kinds of fun.

Hunchback of Notre Dame screening Oct. 27 Tulsa’s Trinity Episcopal Church screens the silent film classic to live accompaniment from organist Bret Valiant.

Rick Webb

Oct. 29 Walmart’s vice president of global business processes speaks at Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency Hotel as speaker of the Tulsa Business Forum presented by the OSU Spears School of Business.

Tulsa Hex House and Rise of the Living Dead Thru Nov. 2 They don’t come much scar-

ier than this haunted attraction in south Tulsa. www.

Ultimate Terrors Haunted House Thru Nov. 2 Experience a haunting unlike anything else at this attraction with several uniquely-themed features in Oklahoma City.

John Ratey Oct. 13 Holland Hall and the KistlerGilliland Center for the Advancement of Learning welcome the Harvard Medical School professor, who will speak on exercise and its benefits on brain performances, at the Walter Arts Center.

Oct. 17 The annual luncheon and orchid sale benefits the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ ecology education programming. www.

Oct. 5-6 Visit historic Guthrie for this art, wine and music festival featuring a juried art show, crafts vendors, bands, delicious foods and local wineries.

Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cookoff Oct. 26 Follow your nose for chili goodness

ship continues at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Orchids in October

Guthrie Escape

OKPEX Stamp Collector Show Oct. 2526 The Oklahoma City Stamp Club’s national event is back for a 37th year at the Express Event Center. www.

U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show Oct. 17-26 Learn the finer attributes of the elegant horse breed at this prestigious show at Expo Square. www.

Route 66 Pecan & Fun Fest

Oct. 19-20 The Nut House in Claremore gets even nuttier with a car and craft shows, entertainment and children’s fun.

Artistry in Wood

Oct. 19-20 The annual event from the Oklahoma City Woodcarvers Club shows the skills of its wood artists.

Koresh Dance Company

Sanctuary Thru Nov. 2 Unlike its name suggests, this haunted attraction in Oklahoma City is hardly a safe place from horror thrills. 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.

Destination Space Ongoing Revealing the amazing science that allows us to travel beyond the confines of earth. Walking Tour

Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa.

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

Ongoing Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Planetarium Shows Ongoing Science Museum Oklahoma.

Ozark Folk Festival

Oct. 23-27 Celebrate the music and art of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Ark., venues.

Badges & Barbeques

Oct. 24 Area law enforcement and fire department personnel battle in the (barbecue) pit at Christiansen Aviation at Jones Airport for the Oklahoma Crime Prevention Network.

An Affair of the Heart

Oct. 25-27 Get your shopping carts ready for the return of one of the largest arts and crafts show in the country to Oklahoma State Fair Park.

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I am beginning to lose some of my teeth, but I really don’t want dentures. Is there another alternative that won’t damage the surrounding teeth?

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Many people are finding that dentures simply are not for them. Luckily, there is another option – dental implants. Bert Johnson, A dental implant is an artificial root D.D.S. in your jaw that holds a replacement tooth. It is a much more cost effective and a naturallooking replacement for a missing tooth. Surrounding teeth are not damaged at all because the base of the implant is secured to your jaw. Dental implants are a natural, permanent way to replace missing teeth without the worries of dentures.

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How can I keep my pets safe during Halloween?

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Your pets may love all of the excitement of Halloween, but pet safety is very important. Here are some suggestions from the American Veterinary Medical Association: • Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol; call your veterinarian immediately if your pet consumes any.

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• Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case she/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters; • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets; • Make sure it your pets costume fits properly and is comfortable and doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off; • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;• If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place.

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Most people face some degree of depression, anxiety and fear when cancer becomes part of their lives. Coping with this life transition for everyone is difficult, but it is important to recogCourtney Linsen- nize that a cancer diagnosis does not meyer-O’Brien, mean life has ended. While feelings of PhD, LPC, MHR helplessness and hopelessness often dominate the mood and behaviors of the person, it is important to recognize the person is still alive and has control over the health choices he or she makes; these choices do affect both mental and physical prognosis and the overall healing process. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect the body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use nutrients. Understanding the cancer type, treatment effects and proper nutrition after treatment is very important to overall healing. In combination with medicine, nutrition, exercise and mental health treatment are very influential tools used to manage and stabilize the body’s emotional and physical needs. Without these resources to augment and complete the diagnostic process, we restrict our body’s ability to heal in its entirety and deprive it of all of its resources.


The real world basics can be overlooked when you live in a digital world. I spend a majority of time helping people build their digital Jessica Dyer brand, but I always remind my clients not to overlook something as simple as the “power of the pen”. As much as we love to use our iPads, smartphones and operate in a cloud, sometimes there’s nothing better than when pen meets paper. Studies state more than 50 percent of people are more likely to select a business after seeing their logo on something useful, like a pen. The best part is, pens are one of the cheapest promo items there is. Leave them with clients, at restaurants, networking events, trade shows, anywhere they will get used by your current and potential customers. If your pen writes especially smooth, feels especially comfortable or is simply attractive, it will be something they’ll use again and again, making them more likely to take notice and remember your company when they need you.

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ATTORNEY AT LAW Where can I scatter the cremated ashes of my loved one? There are no published restrictions or laws in the State of Oklahoma that specifically forbid or prevent the scattering of ashes. However, depending on the owner of the property, there are areas that burial or scattering of Esther M. Sanders human ashes are restricted. Therefore, you should always contact the owner of the property to determine whether scattering is permissible or whether a permit is required before you proceed. Some states and many waterways do have scattering restrictions. For instance, government property generally allows scattering but usually requires a permit. An urn with ashes must be released at least three miles from the coastline, or the ashes may be spread 500 yards from the shore.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY I have recently been diagnosed with lupus and have a lot of joint pain in my hands. Would Occupational Therapy help my condition? The condition you are describing is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Lupus is an inflammatory disease of Shelly Walentiny, the connective tissue and can affect OTR/L, CHT the joints in the hands. Unlike other types of arthritis, SLE does not affect the cartilage but primarily affects the supporting structures of the joints such as the ligaments. In your situation, Occupational Therapy could help in the early stages using modalities for comfort and management of symptoms. Instruction on joint protection and energy conservation techniques would be helpful as well. As the condition progresses, a further need for splinting by an Occupational Therapist specializing in hand therapy could be required in order to manage development of joint deformities.

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My father has cancer, and his doctor recently recommend that we consider hospice care. I have never researched hospice before. Can you please explain the process?

My teenage son appears to be starving himself, and recently I found evidence that he is cutting. Is this normal for a boy?

Hospice care is a holistic approach that addresses the physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs of a patient and his or her family members. Your father will have a dedicated group of professionals trained to provide end-of-life care. This team includes physicians, nurses, nurse aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and volunteers. They work with you and your family to develop an individualized plan of care to address your father’s unique needs. The focus is to provide pain and symptom management; whether that pain is physical, emotional or spiritual. At Grace Hospice, we also provide professional support to family members for as long as needed after your father passes. Please contact Grace Hospice at 918.744.7223 for further information.

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My kids are searching for scary places around town for Halloween while I’m trying to avoid the scary places to clean in my house! What are some tips for tackling those often avoided places?

I am one of those guys who is very comfortable wearing bold colors and patterns, but what is acceptable for the professional atmosphere?

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A scary place people often miss is the entire toilet. Don’t just clean the bowl and seat. Be sure to get around the entire basin and the bottom of the toilet by the floor. You’ll be surprised at the dirt and grime you will find. Next, stop avoiding underneath the bed! There are no monsters, but probably plenty of cobwebs. Take a feather duster and a vacuum and move things around to really get in there and clean it out. The best advice – the more often you clean those scary places, the less scary they become.

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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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Though this behavior is more typically seen in females, it is not uncommon with boys. Often females may be more vocal about it, so there may be Amy Kesner, PhD, cases involving this behavior with LPC, LADC boys, but no one is aware. Although self-mutilating behavior is not necessarily suicidal behavior, it is very dangerous, and accidental death can occur. It is a sign your son is experiencing deep depression, anxiety or both to the point he is unable to cope without feeling the need to take desperate means. He may be unwilling to open up to family about his feelings and intent, so a professional is necessary. If his wounds are fresh, and/or if his weight has dropped drastically, he may need hospitalization to be followed with after-care. Eating disorders are often a sign of self-loathing or punishment. Cutting can be related to peer pressure or trends, selfloathing or internal pain. Whatever the underlying issue, safety is most important. Get your son to a medical professional. Therapy will be necessary after any crisis situation has been stabilized.

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BUSINESS BANKER Why is cash flow so important when applying for a business loan? One thing our bank considers when evaluating a business loan request is whether the business has adequate cash flow to make the proposed loan payment. We review the prior Sean Kouplen two to three years of tax returns and profit and loss statements to determine whether a business has enough excess cash flow – that is, income in excess of expenses – to make the proposed loan payment. If the business shows past losses, we’ll ask the owner about adjustments they made to return the business to profitability. A business typically needs two years of proven performance before they should approach a bank for funding. New businesses should be started with private funding, and then the bank can help the business expand from there.

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y wife and I spent six years in Washington, D.C., and after the bicentennial, my wife finished her Ph.D. and our son was born, and we got to looking around at where we wanted to be for our family time. We decided we wanted to come back and establish ourselves in Oklahoma, so we started casting [our net] and found some ways to end up here. At that time, there were no touring orchestras. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra fascinated me; they were very small, with 26-27 players and would go in a five-state area performing concerts, working with students. They were doing what I thought needed to be done in Oklahoma. At that point in my life, I started laying out the plans for the orchestra, and we actually began 1978-79. I felt then and feel now even stronger that we need good music to get to our students, our kids and to our adults. It’s a part of life that’s stabilizing, and there’s an inner strength that you’re not going to get from other parts of music that you do get from classical music. We did two concerts the first year and both sold out, but you have to hustle. I actually sold my little car to finance the first two years; I decided that if I was going to commit to the kind of project like starting an orchestra, I needed to make a commitment. It got us through two years. I’ve been doing music 45 years. It’s been a long time, it’s been sheer joy, but the one thing I do not want to happen is for me to leave and have [the symphony] fall apart, so putting my resignation at three years will give the orchestra and the city a chance to make plans. It is my desire that this orchestra is in place 50 years from now. I’m not a kid anymore. My shoulders hurt and my knees give out occasionally, and the other part of it is that people have seen me for a long time. There are really, really fine conductors out there that are better than I am, and Tulsa deserves to see and hear and have someone who can build it further.

Dr. Barry Epperley is the artistic director for the Signature Symphony at TCC. He founded the orchestra more than three decades ago, and the 2013-14 season will be his final as conductor. This season kicks off Oct. 4 with Easy To Love. Epperley’s educational career took him from Oklahoma State University to the University of Southern California for his doctorate. While there, he wrote, arranged for and conducted several choral and instrumental groups and eventually joined the U.S. Army Chorus.

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