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reetings, Thank you for visiting our city. I hope that while you are here you will enjoy some of the features that continually earn “most livable city” and “quality of lifestyle” awards from many organizations. We are proud of our beautiful and historic community with its cultural diversity and wide assortment of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Shoppers come from many places to browse the shops at Utica Square, Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa Promenade, Tulsa Hills Shopping Center and many other retail districts. Our iconic BOK Center is a destination for drawing visitors and Tulsans downtown for concerts, sporting events and other activities. It is ranked 17th in the nation and 43rd worldwide in total event ticket sales. ONEOK Field, home of our city’s baseball team, the Tulsa Drillers, also has proven to be a major attraction downtown. On the north side of downtown just over the Boulder Avenue bridge, new and repurposed buildings are clustered in the busy Brady Arts District. This diverse area showcases many unique shops and restaurants. A new park, called Guthrie Green, serves as a gathering place for outdoor concerts. The old Mathews Warehouse has become an art center, and the nearby Hardesty Arts Center is home of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Art lovers from around the world come to Tulsa to enjoy the ever-changing exhibits, both from the permanent collections and the traveling exhibitions at Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. Gilcrease holds perhaps the world’s most complete collection of American Western art. Tulsa has 135 public parks and an ever-expanding network of pedestrian and bicycle trails. Many visitors enjoy using the scenic trails along both sides of the Arkansas River, with links to trails reaching other parts of Tulsa and its suburbs. Our Tulsa Zoo at Mohawk Park should not be missed. Tulsa also has many high-quality golf courses, including four 18-hole municipal courses at Mohawk Park and Page Belcher. As mayor of Tulsa and as a lifelong Tulsan, I am very proud of my home. I hope you enjoy your stay with us and that you will return again soon.
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. Mayor
From the editor
ulsa. T-Town. The heart of Green Country. Whatever you call our fair city, we’re glad you’re here! But we must warn you: you are going to be busy. Whether you are here for a day, a week or longer, Tulsa presents plenty of ways to spend your time, from museums to restaurants to parks and more. As a born-and-raised Tulsan, even I have not explored all of the wonderful attractions our city has to offer — and they seem to be growing in number by the day. Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry. That’s where this book comes in. The 2014 Tulsa Guest Guide has all the details you need to make the most of your visit. How about a glimpse at Tulsa’s impressive collection of art deco architecture, its Route 66 landmarks or the spots illuminating its Native American legacy? Turn to p. 22 for some tours of Tulsa you won’t forget. Tulsans are some of the biggest sports fans around. From the Tulsa Oilers hockey team to the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock to the new Tulsa Athletics outdoor soccer team, you’ll find plenty of reasons to cheer. See our guide on p. 48. If you’re like me, souvenir shopping is on your mind. Our shopping guide (p. 54) will direct you to specialty boutiques, shopping areas and malls offering items with local flavor. And that is just a sampling of the many helpful features and listings you’ll find in the pages that follow. From the performing arts to museums to nightlife to day trips, we offer a variety of fun and memorable ways to experience Tulsa. Make sure to take a look at the “My Perfect Weekend” lists sprinkled throughout this book. We’ve asked some of our favorite locals to describe the Tulsa weekend of their dreams, complete with their favorite outings and activities. We’ve also included a list of must-sees from the editors of TulsaPeople, Tulsa’s city magazine (p. 16). Here are some of my favorite Tulsa spots I hope you’ll visit: Tulsa Historical Society Museum (p. 34): Housed in a renovated mansion circa Tulsa’s 1920s oil boom days, the museum features a range of exhibits on Tulsa’s early history. Brady Arts District (p. 6-7): This downtown district has come alive in the past three years, with plenty to keep you busy any day or night of the week. Relative newcomers are ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team; the Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA); the Woody Guthrie Center; and Philbrook Downtown, a satellite location of the Philbrook Museum of Art. Jenks Main Street (p. 43): Lined with quaint antique shops and markets, it’s the perfect place for a morning stroll and treasure hunt. Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum (p. 47): Voted one of the nation’s best zoos in recent years, it’s not difficult to see why. The zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, and a new white rhino habitat is set to open later this year. Cherry Street Farmers’ Market (p. 54): From April through October, this is often my Saturday morning stop for fresh, local produce and handmade wares from Tulsa artisans. So, get out and enjoy Tulsa. I may be a little biased, but I think you’ll like what you find.
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Contents ➠ DISTINCTLY
6 AHHA moment // The recently opened Hardesty Arts Center is one of the crown jewels of Tulsa’s Brady Arts District renaissance. 8 My perfect weekend // Molly Martin, co-owner, Antoinette Baking Co. 10 Tulsa from A to Z // A guide to the people, places and events that have left their mark on Tulsa’s history 14 2014 festivals and events // From cultural festivals to holiday events to the varied offerings at Tulsa’s Expo Square, there is plenty to do in Tulsa year-round.
16 Just ask the locals // The editors of Tulsa’s city magazine share a few of their favorite stops. 22 Tours of Tulsa // Embark on one of these tours to experience first-hand the variety of influences — from music to culture to architecture — that have shaped Tulsa. 26 Stage struck // From the ballet to opera to two symphony orchestras, Tulsa’s performing arts organizations offer highquality, memorable productions to please any audience. 28 Performing arts // Explore Tulsa’s multitude of talented local arts groups. 30 My perfect weekend // Bianca Howell, co-owner, Owl & Drum, a local craft and fabric store 32 Museums and the arts // Take in some culture with these galleries, museums and performing arts groups. 36 My perfect weekend // Winston Peraza, vice president/chief creative officer, Cubic Inc., a creative branding agency 38 Get outta town // Experience museums, restaurants, historical sites, shopping and more at these nearby getaways. 44 Quick guide to lakes and rivers // Oklahoma has more shoreline than both coasts combined.
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46 Attractions // Learn about Tulsa’s history, have some family fun or get back to nature at these local spots.
48 Sports for all seasons // From hockey to basketball to soccer and more, Tulsa’s professional sports teams offer competition and exciting game-day atmospheres to please any fan. 52 Sports and recreation // Whether you enjoy participating in sports or cheering them on, there are many opportunities to enjoy athletics in Tulsa.
54 Buy, buy, buy // Shop to your heart’s content for clothing, home items and uniquely Tulsa treasures in these distinctive shopping districts. 58 My perfect weekend // Monica Roberts, communications manager, KSQ Architects PC; blogger, www.frankette.com 59 Where to shop // Explore Tulsa’s shopping districts, malls, specialty shops and more.
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60 We got the beat // Looking to take in some live music during your visit? Tulsa offers a variety of venues hosting musicians with local and national fame in multiple musical genres.
62 My perfect weekend // Brian Horton, enterprise financial planning and analysis, Williams; founder and president of Horton Records LTD, a nonprofit record label based in Tulsa 63 Where to go // Ways to keep the fun alive after the sun goes down 65 My perfect weekend // Rusty Rowe, owner, Mod’s Coffee and Crepes 71 Advertiser index
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AH HA moment
The recently opened Hardesty Arts Center is one of the crown jewels of Tulsa’s Brady Arts District renaissance. By Nellie Kelly
here was a time when the area just north of the railroad near downtown Tulsa was called the Brady District. Today, the name Brady is rarely uttered without the word “Arts” after it. The space, stretching from East Archer Street on the south to Interstate 244 on the north, and from South Boulder Avenue to ONEOK Field, is known for its artistic flair, including the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery; Brady Artists Studio; Living Arts of Tulsa; Tulsa Glassblowing Studio; and Mathews Warehouse, which houses the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, 108 Contemporary, Philbrook Museum — Downtown and the Woody Guthrie Center. One of the newest buildings hopes to be a bridge for the entire arts community. Standing on the northeast corner of Archer and South Boston Avenue, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Hardesty Arts Center — or AHHA, for short — opened in December 2012. It now houses the council’s offices and active arts areas such as studios and classrooms. The entire structure was designed with arts and culture in mind, says Ken Busby, AHCT executive director and CEO. His instructions to the architects were “iconic on a budget.” The west side of the 42,000-square-foot building is made from Cor-Ten steel, a steel alloy that causes a layer of rust to form in a few months, creating a weathered look and eliminating the need for paint. Thus, the building already reveals shades of brown and orange. A wall of windows along Archer is actually folding doors that open to a creative studio. “People (are) able to stroll along the sidewalk and have an arts experience,” Busby says. The front facade is a metal mesh made of die-cut steel panels — not only to provide a modern look, but also to create some relief from direct sun for artists and to cast artistic, circular shadows on the floor. Inside, the gallery space leads to more windows and a courtyard, with sculptures and a stage for performances. Anchor points have been built into the ceiling to accommodate a hanging sculpture up to 2,000 pounds.
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Part of the Hardesty Arts Center exterior is made from Cor-Ten steel, a steel alloy that creates a rusted, weathered look. The four floors house a variety of studios and classrooms, including a woodshop; children’s lab; film and lecture hall; research library; 2-, 3and 4-D classrooms; and a public photography studio. An artist’s deck wraps around the building to provide outdoor inspiration, and a party deck on the third floor is available for weddings and parties. On the top floor, artists in residence have studios where they can work, teach and learn the business of art. Their studios look out over a roof of red, yellow and green sedum — a beautiful, floral scene and a way to incorporate nature into the building, Busby says. Not only is the Brady Arts District location beneficial for arts synergy, it also allows the Hardesty Arts Center to be close to the areas that need art most, Busby says. “It’s an easy distance for the people who have the least access to the arts,” Busby says. “Our idea is to be transformative because the arts do change people’s lives.”
Visit AHHA PUBLIC HOURS: 1-6 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1-9 p.m., Thursdays and the first Friday of every month; 1-5 p.m., Sundays; closed, Tuesdays.
Other stops in the Brady Arts District: GUTHRIE GREEN Downtown Tulsa’s Guthrie Green offers visitors and residents alike a public gathering space amid the concrete jungle of skyscrapers and parking garages. The Green fills one square block of the Brady Arts District between East Brady and Cameron streets and South Boston and Cincinnati avenues and boasts a performance stage, pavilion, green space, splash pads and a restaurant. Thanks to Tulsa’s George Kaiser Family Foundation, which developed the space, all events at the park are free and open to the public. 111 E. Brady St., www.guthriegreen.com
PHILBROOK MUSEUM — DOWNTOWN
Above, pieces by Glenn Herbert Davis, Caryl Morgan, George Wilson and Bob Hawks. Left, a view of the center’s exterior from East Archer Street.
*Coming in 2014: “Unscripted Play,” an exhibit by collaborating artists Sarah McKemie and Ieke Trinks, will explore the notions of space and our response to information using objects placed in the AHHA gallery. The exhibit is planned for Jan. 6-March 9, 2014. *Dates and content subject to change.
The Philbrook Museum of Art’s new downtown location in the Mathews Warehouse allows the midtown Tulsa museum to display large contemporary art pieces for the first time. The cornerstone of Philbrook Downtown is the longterm “Identity and Inspiration” exhibit featuring the contemporary collection of Eugene B. Adkins, a successful businessman and native Tulsan who spent nearly four decades acquiring Native American and Southwestern art. His vast assemblage includes paintings, photographs, jewelry, baskets, textiles and ceramics by many of the Southwest’s most renowned artists and artisans. Noon-7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. 116 E. Brady St. General admission is $7; $5, seniors age 62 and older and groups of 10 or more; free, members, youth under 18 and active-duty military with ID. Guests who present a Bank of America card are admitted free the first full weekend of each month.
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TULSA / / M Y PER FECT W EEK EN D
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Co-owner, Antoinette Baking Co.
Molly Martin’s perfect weekend includes shopping for vintage treasures and enjoying local treats she doesn’t have to bake herself.
Oh, the places I will go … Circle Cinema 10 S. Lewis Ave. I don’t get to see as many movies as I’d like, but when I do, I always like to visit the Circle. Not only is it a nonprofit, it has courteous crowds and the best popcorn in town. Juniper 324 E. Third St. My current favorite eatery in Tulsa, hands down. Just thinking about its Brussels sprouts makes my stomach growl. First Friday Art Walk 105 W. Brady St. (the first Friday of each month) The monthly gallery tour in the Brady Arts District keeps getting better and better as the district expands. With the addition of the fabulous Guthrie Green, this is a happening that’s not to be missed. Stone Bluff Cellars 24145 E. 191st St. S. Living in midtown, I don’t get to south Tulsa or beyond very often, but sometimes a sunny Sunday drive to Stone Bluff Cellars is both fun and relaxing. Pick up a bottle to go or enjoy a glass al fresco. Glacier Confection 15 E. Brady St. Working in a bakery six days a week, it’s nice to let someone else make a special treat on occasion. River City Trading Post 301 E. Main St., Jenks Looking for some vintage treasures or simply a stroll down memory lane? This place has never let me down. The Vault 620 S. Cincinnati Ave. Quality gin. A spoonful of jam. That’s my kind of cocktail. A great, aesthetically pleasing spot for a Saturday night out. Central Library 1110 S. Denver Ave. (temporary Librarium) This retro downtown treasure closed in August 2013 for some much-needed updates. I’ll miss those tours through the nearly endless stacks of cookbooks. I’m a baker, what can I say? (During the renovation, expected to be complete in 2015, book lovers can visit Central’s temporary location, the Librarium.) International grocery stores Nam-Hai Oriental Food Market, 1924 S. Garnett Road; Jerusalem Market, 6124 E. 51st St.; Euromart, 7847 E. 71st St. No passport needed. Take a trip to Asia with a visit to Nam-Hai Oriental Food Market. Explore the flavors of the Middle East at Jerusalem Market. Taste the flavors of Russia at Euromart. All highly recommended. Tulsa Flea Market 4145 E. 21st St. All the things you need, and plenty of things you never knew you needed. If you’re free on a Saturday morning, it’s a must. (See p. 20.)
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Tulsa from A to Z
An alphabetical guide to the people, places and events that have left their mark on Tulsa’s history — and shaped its future. By Danielle Davis Illustrations by Betty Notter
is for … art deco It was the raging ’20s; the economy was booming from the spoils of the oil industry. The art deco style, touched with sharp angles and complex details, was used on many, if not all, of the buildings in Tulsa’s growing downtown district. Notable art deco structures include Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Will Rogers High School and the Philcade Building.
is for … the Brady Arts District Consisting of two subdivisions, the district originally got its name from Tulsa pioneer Wyatt Tate Brady. However, in 2013, the Tulsa City Council voted to change the district’s namesake to M.B. Brady, a Civil War-era photographer, because of Tate Brady’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Today, the Brady Arts District is the go-to spot for good food, art exhibits, festivals and even special events, such as Living Arts of Tulsa’s annual Champagne and Chocolate Gala.
is for … Cain’s Ballroom This popular concert venue was originally built as a garage for Tate Brady in 1924 but never actually operated as one. It is now the hottest venue for local concerts. Cain’s also is known as the home of Western swing legend Bob Wills, as he made his debut there in 1935.
is for … the Golden Driller Known as the largest freestanding statue in the world, Tulsa’s Golden Driller was first introduced by the Mid-Continent Supply Co. of Fort Worth in 1953 at the International Petroleum Exposition (IPE). He was permanently erected at the 1966 IPE. His right arm rests on a production oil derrick from a former oil field in Seminole, Okla.
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is for … Eleventh Street Bridge Built in December 1916 to carry vehicles across the Arkansas River, the 11th Street Bridge is best known for being a part of the historic U.S. Route 66, an original U.S. highway. Established in 1926, Route 66 runs from California to Illinois, with the 11th Street Bridge near downtown Tulsa.
is for … fairgrounds The Tulsa County Fairgrounds are home to Expo Square’s multi-use facilities, which attract a variety of special events year-round. River Spirit Expo, a more than 400,000-square-foot event center, hosts some of the city’s largest sporting and shopping events. The fairgrounds also are home to the annual Tulsa State Fair (coming to town Sept. 25-Oct. 5, 2014), featuring live entertainment, games, carnival rides and other family fun.
is for … Greenwood From the early 1900s, the Greenwood District was known as “Black Wall Street” because of the private, African-American-owned businesses that encompassed the 36-square-foot block. There were 21 churches, 212 restaurants, two movie theaters and more than 400 businesses until the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Riots in 1921.
is for … S.E. Hinton This Tulsa native wrote her first novel, “The Outsiders,” at age 17 as part of a project at Will Rogers High School. After writing and publishing “The Outsiders” in 1967, a novel now read in many schools in Oklahoma, Hinton went on to publish three more novels: “That Was Then, This Is Now,” “Rumble Fish” and “Tex.” In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola turned “The Outsiders” into a box office hit starring Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze. And despite the all-star cast, Hinton insisted that Tulsa was the only place suitable for shooting.
Keep an eye out for Tulsa locations such as the Circle Cinema, which is shown at the beginning of the film, while driving around town.
is for … Washington Irving A friend to Charles Dickens and himself a famous writer, Washington Irving toured Oklahoma before his “A Tour on the Prairies” was published in 1835. This work documented his journey from Fort Gibson through the Cross Timbers. “A Tour on the Prairies” is said to be a romanticized retelling of Irving’s adventures into unexplored Western lands. A suburb of Tulsa, Bixby features a 32.5-acre park and arboretum dedicated to Irving’s prairie adventures. The area includes a butterfly garden, wooded walking trail and memorials for the children lost in the 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing and those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. The park also has a splash park for children and an amphitheater.
is for … jazz Tulsa is known for its ragtime- and folkinfluenced jazz. Jazz musicians in Oklahoma drew their musical inspiration from country dances, field hollers, work songs and the blues. Later, the sound evolved into New Orleans-inspired music. Greats who attribute their musical creativity to Oklahoma include Roy Milton, Ernie Fields, Hal Singer, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker and Sam Rivers, to name a few. Because Oklahoma is so rich with jazz history, it needed a place dedicated to the lives and sounds of past and present jazz musicians. Since 1988, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa has been just that. The facility, a restored art deco train
station, also hosts an array of jazz concerts and monthly events.
is for … Kennedy Mansion The only historic bed and breakfast in Tulsa, the Kennedy Mansion was built in 1925 during the first big oil boom in Oklahoma. The mansion belonged to Dr. Samuel Kennedy, the first doctor to live in Tulsa, and his Osage wife, Agnes Lombard. It now also hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions.
is for … Lochapoka The Lochapoka clan of the Creek tribe settled at the banks of the Arkansas River in what is now Tulsa. In 1836, the tribes declared it their home under a large oak tree (the Creek Council oak). The Creeks and Lochapokas named their settlement “Tallasi,” meaning “old town” in Creek. Tallasi later became Tulsa after the oil rush caused a sudden swell in the population.
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is for … Mayo Hotel This early 1900s creation from brothers Cass A. and John D. Mayo turned out to be exactly what they had envisioned: a first-class hotel in downtown Tulsa that would exceed the expectations of their debonair patrons. The hotel was completed in 1925 and was the tallest building in Tulsa from then until 1927. Today the Mayo has been restored to its former opulence, thanks to Tulsa’s Snyder family, who reopened the hotel in 2009, in the process preserving its historical details and adding 76 chic lofts.
is for … nature Tulsa has more than 130 parks covering 6,000 acres of land. This
includes the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, located at Mohawk Park. The Oxley Nature Center features a series of trails for visitors to travel in search of some native wildlife. For more serene scenery, visit the Tulsa Garden Center. There, visitors will find more than 4,000 plant species as well as the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, where amateur gardeners can get a garden how-to from the professionals. The center also features a 5,000-volume horticultural library for amateur gardeners and professionals.
is for … ONEOK Field The Tulsa Drillers’ ONEOK Field is located in the historic Greenwood District. Fans can cheer from one of the 6,200 fixed seats, 30 suites or even a grass area for lawn chairs or blankets. The stadium opened in April 2010 and includes several concession and picnic areas, a playground, a gift shop and a walking path circling the field. Amazing views of the downtown skyline give this ballpark a major-league feel in a familyoriented setting.
is for … the Phillips family Of the 10 Phillips children born to Lewis and Lucinda Phillips, Waite Phillips was the one who succeeded most in the oil industry of the mid-1900s. Philtower, which housed the Waite Phillips Co.; Philbrook Museum, his former personal estate; the downtown Philcade building; and the Vickery Phillips 66 Station are familiar Phillips buildings in Tulsa.
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is for … Q streets Tulsa streets were originally laid out in line with Frisco railroads. However, after Oklahoma became a state, the streets were changed to follow a north-south line. Most north-south streets were assigned names in alphabetical order (Quaker, Quanah, Quebec, Queen and Quincy, for example); east and west streets were named numerically. Streets located to the east of Main Street were named after cities located east of the Mississippi River, and streets located west of Main were named after cities located west of the Mississippi River.
is for … river Used in the early 1800s for French traders and explorers, the Arkansas River has been a historical conduit for goods trading. In 1802, Jean Pierre Chouteau established the first white settlement along the Arkansas in what eventually became Oklahoma. Along the river is a 26-mile trail system that bikers, joggers and walkers can use year round. Countless other activities also take place alongside the river. Enjoy food and live music at the Blue Rose Café; or fishing, kayaking or rowing on the river.
is for … schools Tulsa’s first high school was Tulsa High School, which sat on the site of the Presbyterian Mission Day School after it was razed. Now, several of Tulsa’s high schools are consistently listed among the nation’s best. Booker T. Washington High School, founded
in 1913 to serve the citizens of the AfricanAmerican community, was chosen in 1973 to be the vehicle for Tulsa’s school desegregation program. The school became Tulsa’s first public high school to offer Advanced Placement courses and is one of only two high schools in the state to offer the International Baccalaureate diploma. Booker T. celebrated its 100th year in 2013 as Oklahoma’s top public high school, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings.
is for … Tulsa Sound The world-famous Tulsa Sound movement vaulted to the forefront of popular rock music in the 1970s thanks to ambassadors such as Leon Russell and the late J.J. Cale. The musical style has a distinctive flavor, drawing on rock, blues, country, rockabilly and jazz influences to create a hybrid that is uniquely Tulsan. Today a new generation of Tulsa musicians such as Wink Burcham, the Paul Benjaman Band and the Dustin Pittsley Band span styles and genres to carry on that legacy.
is for … underground A series of tunnels built in 1929 and originally used for freight exist under downtown Tulsa. The tunnels were built and used by wealthy businessman Waite Phillips. Something about the 1932 kidnapping of aviator
Charles Lindbergh’s son shook Phillips enough to travel underground between his Philtower and Philcade buildings.
is for … Villa Philbrook Now home to Philbrook Museum of Art, Villa Philbrook originally served as the home of oilman Waite Phillips. The Italian Renaissance villa, designed by Kansas City architect Edward Buehler Delk, was completed in 1927. In 1938, Phillips announced that he was gifting the 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres to the residents of Tulsa to serve as an art center. Philbrook also is known for its gardens, a collaborative effort between S. Herbert Hare, Delk, and landscape architects and city planners. The design combines Italian, French and English garden iconography and uses plants native to the Tulsa area. The gardens were renovated 10 years ago, reinvigorating this lush botanical treasure.
was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
is for … X-mas When the holidays arrive, Tulsa knows how to celebrate. Special celebrations begin in November all over the city. Decorated trees abound at Philbrook Museum of Art’s annual Festival of Trees. Winterfest at the BOK Center includes outdoor ice skating, horse and carriage rides and Oklahoma’s tallest outdoor Christmas tree. Utica Square lights up the holiday season with more than 700,000 lights and animated displays narrating “The Nutcracker” story. And what would the holidays be without “The Nutcracker”? The Tulsa Ballet’s version of the classic tale incorporates some uniquely Tulsa elements.
is for … Westhope Built for Richard Lloyd Jones in 1929, Westhope is one of only three Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in Oklahoma. During that time, Jones, Wright’s cousin, was editor of the Tulsa Tribune, one of Tulsa’s early newspapers. This house is larger than most, with 10,000 square feet and themed rooms, such as the Garden Room. It
is for … Yevgeny Yevtushenko Born in July 1933, Yevtushenko is one of Tulsa’s most cherished treasures. The Russian poet, who penned the popular poem “Babi Yar” — which denounces the Soviet Union’s distortion of facts about the Nazi massacre of Jews in Kiev — teaches Russian and European cinema, as well as Masterpieces in Russian Literature, at The University of Tulsa.
is for … zoo With 84 acres of terrain and exhibits at Mohawk Park, the Tulsa Zoo houses more than 2,800 animals, most of which are rare or endangered. What makes a trip to the Tulsa Zoo exciting are the numerous exhibits, including “Africa,” a Maasai-inspired area at the south end of the zoo exhibiting animals from the region, such as meerkats, zebras, lions and more. Or visit the Tropical American Rainforest, a recreation of Central and South American rainforests with lush tropical vegetation and exotic species, such as the black howler monkey, jaguar and a few tropical birds that fly freely in the exhibit. Make sure to see the new Helmerich Sea Lion Cove during your visit, as well.
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TULSA / / 2014 FESTI VA LS A N D EV ENTS
No matter what time of year you visit Tulsa, there is plenty to do. From festivals to holiday events to the varied offerings at Tulsa’s Expo Square, there is an activity to please any visitor.
JANUARY 4-5 Monster Jam BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.; www.bokcenter.com
Tulsa International Mayfest
14-18 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire Expo Square River Spirit Expo, 918-838-3777, www.exposquare.com, www.chilibowl.com
SEPTEMBER Date TBA 54th annual Tulsa Greek Holiday Festival Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1222 S. Guthrie Ave.; 918-583-2082; www.tulsagreekfestival.com Date TBA Gatesway Balloon Festival Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, 20900 S. 4200 Road, Claremore; 918-259-1405; www.gatesway.org
16-18 59th annual Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals Expo Square Pavilion, 918-744-1113, www.worldofwrestling-roller.com
Date TBA Hispanic Festival of Tulsa Chapman Greens, downtown Tulsa; 918-664-5326; www.tulsahispanicchamber.com
21 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Forms at Pine Street and Greenwood Avenue, proceeds south on Greenwood Avenue through Greenwood Business District and ends at Archer Avenue, 918-492-9495, www.tulsamlksociety.org
Date TBA Oklahoma Scottish Festival River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.; 918-704-6947; www.tulsascottishgames.org
24-26 11th annual Green Country Home and Garden Show Expo Square Exchange Center, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com 27-Feb. 2 Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show Expo Square River Spirit Expo, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com 31-Feb. 2 Tulsa Indian Art Festival SpiritBank Event Center, 10441 S. Regal Blvd.; 918-369-9360; www.tulsaindianartfest.com FEBRUARY 27-March 2 Akdar Shrine Circus Expo Square Pavilion, 918-376-6000, www.exposquare.com MARCH Date TBA March Mania, Green Country Paint Horse Show Expo Square Mustang Arena, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com, www.greencountrypainthorseclub.com 6-9 Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show Expo Square River Spirit Expo, 918-744-1113, www.tulsahba.com APRIL 5-6 Tulsa Gun Show Inc. Expo Square Expo Center, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com 11-12 SpringFest Garden Market and Festival Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.; 918-746-5125; www.tulsagardencenter.com 12 13th annual Herb Day on Brookside East 41st Street and South Peoria Avenue, 918-260-7680, www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com MAY 14 Chalkfest Downtown Deco District, South Boston Avenue from East Fourth through Sixth
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streets; www.decodistricttulsa.com/ events/chalk-fest 15-18 Tulsa International Mayfest Downtown Tulsa, 918-582-6435, www.tulsamayfest.org 16-18 11th annual Blue Dome Arts Festival Downtown Blue Dome District, www.bluedomearts.org 17 Spring in the Square Utica Square, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue; www.uticasquare.com 22-Aug. 28 Summer’s Fifth Night concerts every Thursday night Utica Square shopping center, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue; 918-742-5531; www.uticasquare.com JUNE Date TBA LOOK Musical Theatre Festival Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St.; 918-596-7122; www.looktheatre.org 5 Brookside Rumble and Roll South Peoria Avenue, from East 33rd to 36th streets, 918-743-4440, www.rumbleandroll.com 7-8 Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Downtown Tulsa Blue Dome and Brady Arts districts and Tulsa River Parks, www.tulsatough.com 7-8 Tulsa Pride Festival and Parade 621 E. Fourth St. and Centennial Park, 918-743-4297, www.okeq.org/tulsapride 13-15 Leake Collector Car Auction Expo Square Expo Center, 918-254-7077, www.leakecar.com JULY Date TBA Professional Bull Riders Express Classic BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.; 918-894-4200; www.bokcenter.com 3 Blues, Brews & BBQ Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.; 918-281-8600; www.okjazz.org
3-6 Tulsa Holiday Circuit Expo Square Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare. com 4 ONEOK FreedomFest River West Festival Park, 2105 S. Jackson Ave.; 918-596-2001; www.tulsasalutesfreedom.com 8-20 National Appaloosa Horse Show Expo Square Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com, www.appaloosa.com 11-13 An Affair of the Heart of Tulsa Arts and Crafts Show Expo Square River Spirit Expo, 1-800-755-5488, www.heartoftulsa.com AUGUST Date TBA Greenwood Heritage Festival: At the Corner of Jazz and Blues North Greenwood Avenue and East Archer Street, 918-585-2084
Date TBA Utsav India Fest Expo Square Central Park Hall, 918-212-6090, www.iagtok.org 6-7 Oklahoma JazzFest Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.; 918-281-8600; www.okjazz.org. 8 Brookside Artzz South Peoria Avenue from East 33rd to 41st streets, 918-260-7680, www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com 14 ShalomFest Temple Israel, 2004 E. 22nd Place; 918-747-1309; www.templetulsa.com/shalomfest 18-21 Rock ’n’ Rib Festival BOK Center, 918-894-4254, www.bokcenter.com 25-Oct. 5 Tulsa State Fair Expo Square, 918-744-1113, www.tulsastatefair.com
Date TBA Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa Powwow of Champions Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa; 918-495-6400; www.mabeecenter.com Saint Francis Tulsa Tough
OCTOBER Date TBA BooHaHa Parade on Brookside South Peoria Avenue, from East 49th to 33rd streets; www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com Date TBA Cherokee Art Market Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (inside), 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa; 918-384-6990; www.cherokeeartmarket.com Date TBA Oktoberfest River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.; 918-596-2007; www.tulsaoktoberfest.org Date TBA Tulsa United Film Festival Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-585-3504; www.theunitedfest.com/tulsa 4 Art in the Square Utica Square shopping center, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue; 918-742-5531; www.uticasquare.com 16-25 48th annual U.S. Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show Expo Square Event Complex, 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com 25 Tulsa Run Downtown Tulsa, www.tulsarun.com 27-31 HallowMarine Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks; 918-296-FISH; www.okaquarium.org 27-31 HallowZOOeen Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. N.; 918-669-6608; www.tulsazoo.org
NOVEMBER Date TBA Christkindlmarkt German-American Society of Tulsa, 1429 Terrace Drive; 918-744-6997; www.gastulsa.org
Tulsa State Fair
Date TBA Festival of Trees Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road; 918-749-7941; www.philbrook.org 11 96th annual Veterans Day Parade Downtown Tulsa 16 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Gala Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.; 918-281-8600; www.okjazz.org 21-23 An Affair of the Heart of Tulsa Arts and Crafts Show Expo Square River Spirit Expo, 1-800-755-5488, www.heartoftulsa.com 27 Lights On! Utica Square shopping center, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue; 918-742-5531; www.uticasquare.com DECEMBER Date TBA Tulsa Christmas Parade Tulsa Hills shopping center, 7200 S. Olympia Ave.; www.facebook.com/ tulsachristmasparade Date TBA Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights Downtown Tulsa, 918-583-2617, www.tulsadowntown.org
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ulsaPeople is Tulsa’s city magazine that celebrates living, working and playing in T-Town. The staff of TulsaPeople Magazine also publishes the Tulsa Guest Guide, which makes us uniquely qualified to share some places and events visitors definitely won’t want to miss. So, from Tulsa’s best public art to its best local gift shop, here are some of our personal recommendations.
Readers of TulsaPeople Magazine voiced their top picks for food, fun, shopping and services in the magazine’s annual A-List. In one month, more than 50,000 reader votes were cast via digital balloting on the magazine’s website, TulsaPeople.com. Visit TulsaPeople.com/a-list to see what readers consider the best of what Tulsa has to offer.
BEST DRIVE-THRU DRINKS
Whether you’re craving a hot cup of joe, a fancy coffee confection or a glass of sweet ice tea, Rocket Brothers has it. The local drive-thru coffee stop has two locations, and its delicious yet speedy drinks and pastries are perfect when you need a morning energy boost or an afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, every hot coffee comes with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. Delish!
9705 E. 61st St.; 1021 N. Ninth St., Broken Arrow
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With creative one-liners such as “Don’t Meth with Oklahoma” and “Whaling in Oklahoma is Illegal,” T-shirts from Boomtown Tees allow Tulsans to proudly display their allegiance to our state or city in the most random of ways. The shop is a go-to spot for an interesting gift that’s sure to be a conversation starter.
114 S. Elgin Ave., www.boomtowntees.com
S’ ITORT-SHIRT EDBEST TAGLINES PICKS
BEST PLACE TO STRIKE OUT
Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
A throwback to the glory days of the bowling alley, this eight-lane gem in the heart of downtown’s Blue Dome District is a wonderland of retro-inspired décor and old-school 10-pin action. Keep score with a pencil, lounge on a plush couch while you wait your turn, munch on some tater tots and enjoy a tall bottle of Miller High Life. You’ll wonder why bowling alleys ever had to change. 211 S. Elgin Ave.,
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BEST WINDOW SHOPPING
This local department store has been a Tulsa staple for 104 years and counting. And perhaps the business owes its longevity to its striking window displays, which are thoughtfully created by Rachel Everett, visual merchandising and media relations coordinator. The displays are true works of art that showcase hand-crafted designs, elaborate themes and, of course, the beautiful Miss Jackson’s merchandise — from clothing to jewelry to fine china.
1974 Utica Square, www.missjacksons.com
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BEST PUBLIC ART
Woody Guthrie mural on the Mathews Warehouse
Woody Guthrie is the unlikely star of the ongoing renaissance in the Brady Arts District. The 2012 opening of the Guthrie Green outdoor park, named for the Okie-native troubadour, was just the beginning of a downtown love fest for the musician. April 2013 saw the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center museum and archives, and with it, the unveiling of a massive portrait of Guthrie playing his guitar, accompanied by the song title that made him an American legend.
102 E. Brady St., www.guthriegreen.com
The Most Popular Dining Destinations In Tulsa...
A Modern Interpretation Of The Classic Neighborhood Pub 201 North Main Street www.taverntulsa.com 918.949.9801
Probably Tulsa’s Best Pub 409 East 1st Street 7031 South Zurich www.mcnellies.com Avenue 918.382.PINT 918.933.5250
Beer. Music. Food 304 South Elgin Avenue www.fasslerhall.com 918.576.7898
Noodles, Sushi, Cocktails, Happiness 309 East 2nd Street www.yokozunatulsa.com 918.508.7676
We Are Kind Of A Big Dilly 402 East 2nd Street www.dillydelitulsa.com 918.938.6382
Tulsa’s Only Roof Top Restaurant 332 East 1st Street www.elguaposcantina.net 918.382.RITA
More Than Just Bowling 211 South Elgin Avenue www.dustbowltulsa.com 918.430.3901
Get Colonized. 2809 South Harvard Avenue www.thecolonytulsa.com 918.576.4802
McNellie’s The Tavern Yokozuna
Fassler Hall The Colony 2809 South Harvard Avenue
McNellie’s South 7031 South Zurich Avenue
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BEST REASON TO WAKE UP EARLY ON A SATURDAY
Tulsa Flea Market at Expo Square
Furniture, collectibles and antiques — oh my! For more than 40 years, the Tulsa Flea Market has been home to an eclectic array of items. Vendors come from across the region to Expo Square most Saturdays to sell their wares in more than 50,000 square feet of space. One of the best parts of the Flea Market is that admission is free. However, early risers get the first dibs on some of the most unusual items in Tulsa. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., most Saturdays; 4125 E. 21st St.;
BEST PLACE TO GET IN THE SPIRIT
From festive Halloween witch hats to what is arguably the best collection of Christopher Radko Christmas ornaments in the state, Margo’s has been a Tulsa treasure chest for holiday décor since 1935. Three generations later, the business is still going strong and offers one of the best local selections of giftworthy merchandise, including paper goods, tableware, cards and frames.
2058 Utica Square, www.themargoshop.com
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Tours of Tulsa
Use this guide to experience first-hand the variety of influences — from music to culture to architecture — that has shaped Tulsa. By Tara Lynn Thompson
rom a Native American heritage to the roaring oil-boom years to Americans’ discovery of their love for the open road, history left an undeniable mark on the landscape of Tulsa. Building by building, landmark by landmark, the city was pieced together into an amalgamation of timeless eras. So take a sip, take a taste and take a tour. There is much to see, experience and explore during your time in T-Town.
Fire Alarm Building
THE ERA OF ART DECO
Tulsa was ground zero for the 1920s oil boom. Oil was flowing, art deco architecture was rising and the rolling hills beckoned to be shaped. The craftsmanship of area landmarks remains a testament to the opulence and gusto of that era. Boston Avenue United Methodist Church GUIDED TOURS: Sundays after 11 a.m. service. SELF-GUIDED TOURS: Available anytime building is open. ARRANGE A TOUR: Call 918-583-5181 or email email@example.com.
Fire Alarm Building 1010 E. Eighth St. Truly a giant in art deco architecture, the octagonal-shaped Fire Alarm Building, built in 1934, was designed by Frederick V. Kershner, who incorporated elements from his awardwinning Mayan Temple Design. Featuring terra cotta frieze work, the detailed design includes a double-headed dragon, an Adonis-type barechested male, helmeted firefighters and four gargoyle-like sculptures.
Philcade Building Boston Avenue United Methodist Church 1301 S. Boston Ave., 918-583-5181, www.bostonavenue.org Designed heavily with vertical lines, as if the building itself is reaching to heaven, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, built in 1929, was heralded as the first church in the nation built solely in an American architectural style. With a 255-foot tower, vaulted ceilings and abundant light from towering windows, the church combines classic design with skyscraper techniques.
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511 S. Boston Ave., 918-581-3359 Enter the Philcade Building and prepare to set eyes on lavish detail. This iconic building, finished in 1931, was first owned by Waite Phillips, the paragon of the Oklahoma oil industry, and is a remarkable example of the zigzag art deco style.
Oklahoma Natural Gas Building 624 S. Boston Ave., 918-237-2041, www.624boston.com As the first art deco building constructed in Tulsa in 1928, the Oklahoma Natural Gas
Building paved the way for the rest to follow. Featuring buff tapestry brick, reinforced concrete, Indiana limestone and vitreous tile, the 10-story building was erected during the exploding construction decade in Tulsa. By 1930, the city had more buildings of 10 or more stories than any other city its size in the world. Oklahoma Natural Gas Building
ROUTE 66 FOR KICKS
Nostalgia of the “good ole days” cuts straight through Oklahoma on Route 66. You can travel the road and travel through time, exploring an era when drive-ins were hot, milkshakes were cold and neon signs told you where to stop next.
Route 66 Station Historical Village
Route 66 Station Historical Village 3766 Southwest Blvd.,www.route66village.org Driving through southwest Tulsa, you might be surprised to see the locomotive and oil derrick that comprise the Route 66 Station Historical Village. The Frisco 4500 provided passenger service daily from Saint Louis to Tulsa to Oklahoma City from 1942-1947, and for years greeted visitors at the Tulsa Zoo. Today it is fully restored and awaits visitors eager to learn about the history and development of Tulsa’s oil, refining and transportation industries. The oil derrick commemorates the 1901 oil discovery in nearby Red Fork that started Tulsa on its path to become the one-time “Oil Capital of the World.” The village eventually will include a theater for historical presentations, an aviation display and a replica of the Red Fork depot from southwest Tulsa’s early railroad days. Free admission.
Meadow Gold sign
Meadow Gold sign East 11th Street and South Quaker Avenue The Meadow Gold sign is still doing its job nearly 80 years later: advertising milk and ice cream for Beatrice Foods Co. Now restored and resurrected a mile west of its original location at East 11th Street and South Lewis Avenue, the roadside neon sign still greets travelers coming and going from Chicago to Santa Monica along historic Route 66. Visit a piece of roadside history and learn from on-site plaques about the sign’s journey from birth to resurrection.
Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum 26 E. Lee Ave., Sapulpa; 918-224-4871 Fill up your curiosity for free at the Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum. Waite Phillips, brother to Phillips Petroleum founder Frank Phillips, built the station in 1922 when fuel wasn’t only affordable, it also powered America’s love for taking in the open road. Now the station houses a collection of classic 1920s automobiles that long ago shed that new-car smell. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed from noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays. Free admission. Continued on p. 24
2600 N. Highway 66, Catoosa; 918-694-7390 No photo album of a trip to Tulsa is complete without a grinning 80-footlong Blue Whale in the background. Introduce yourself to Catoosa’s Blue Whale, one of the most recognizable Route 66 icons in Oklahoma. Part of a former water park, the Blue Whale, though closed to swimming, is still a great place for photography, picnicking and family fun. 8 a.m.-dark, Monday-Sunday. Free admission.
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FEEL THE BEAT
Toe tapping is an Oklahoma pastime. And the feet can’t dance without music. Oklahomans like their music loud and live with plenty of variety — from rock to jazz to country to folk to indie and anything else, as long as it’s vibrant. In the land of rolling wheat, there is always a string vibrating, a voice humming and an atmosphere buzzing with liveliness and motion. Sample the sounds.
Brady Theater 105 W. Brady St., 918-582-7239, www.bradytheater.com Take the best of the past — the history, the timelessness. Add the talent of the present. And don’t forget to put it all together in an intimate setting. That’s the Brady Theater, celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It has been host to a multitude of major headliners such as U2, Tony Bennett, Buddy Holly and B.B. King, to name — seriously — only a few. Open at noon on show days.
111 E. First St. (upper level of the Jazz Depot), 918-281-8600, www.okjazz.org The history is Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame rich. So is the music. Let it soak into your spirit as Oklahoma’s best jazz performances come to you live at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Committed to “Creating Unity Through Music,” the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame highlights the jazz, blues and gospel history of Tulsa while sharing soulful tunes in an idyllic locale. Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; by appointment, Saturday. Admission is free. Sunday concert series is 4-7:30 p.m.
Cain’s Ballroom 423 N. Main St., 918-584-2306, www.cainsballroom.com This lionized location is as famous as the bands wearing out the stage. Built in 1924, Cain’s Ballroom has been called the “Carnegie Hall of Western swing” and is the undeniable home of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. It has also been the tour showcase of legends such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Tweedy and Leon Russell. And with a perpetual who’s-who list of musicians still filling the famous location, there is no sign of the Cain’s falling silent. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
BOK Center 200 S. Denver Ave., 918-894-4200, www.bokcenter.com If you want to go big, go BOK. With just under 20,000 seats, the BOK Center hosts banner tours from top headliners. The bold, spiraling design of the center, created by Cesar Pelli, is only equaled by the boldness of the performances inside. As a hub of live music activity, the center is always ready to host a memorable night out. Hours vary according to performance schedule.
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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
Celebrate the traditions. Learn the dances. Witness the vibrancy of the Native American heritage that threads through Oklahoma.
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, 918-596-2700, www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu Walk the dusty trails of the American West while viewing the art and artifacts at Gilcrease Museum, home to the most comprehensive collection of American Western works of art in the world — 10,000 and counting. Read historical manuscripts, imagine adventures on original maps and see original documents of the Native American culture. View the works of artists such as Thomas Moran and see 18 of 22 bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington. And while you’re there, take a walk through the luscious 23 acres of themed gardens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $8, adults; $6, seniors (age 62 and older); $6, active-duty members of the U.S. military; $6 per person for groups of 10 or more; $5, college students with valid ID; free, members and children age 18 and under.
Creek Council Oak Park 1750 S. Cheyenne Ave., 918-596-7275 Visit what has often been called “Tulsa’s first city hall,” the Creek Council tree at the Creek Council Oak Park. The mature post oak, chosen in 1836 by the Lochapoka Creek Indians, is the site of a traditional ceremonial ground. After a long and deadly journey from Alabama, here is where they established their home, a place still used for commemorative tribal ceremonies. While at the park, walk through the ethno-botanical garden of plants used by the Creek Indians with interpretive signs identifying their usage and history. 5 a.m.-11 p.m., daily.
Cherokee History Tours 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa; 877-779-6977; www.cherokeetourismok.com Take a tour, literally, through history with a
Philbrook Museum – Downtown Cherokee History Tour. Visit the Trail of Tears exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center; see historical properties such as the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and the Cherokee National Prison; or tour the Murrell Home, Oklahoma’s last antebellum plantation house. The tour departs from either the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa or the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop at the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. Lunch is included. Museum is open 8 a.m-5 p.m., Saturdays. Allday and half-day tours are available TuesdayFriday. Groups of 10 or more are $40 per person; $35, seniors (age 60 and older).
Historic Places, has evolved from a grand family estate to one of America’s finest art museums, showcasing collections from around the world. Numerous educational programs for all ages, a diverse permanent collection, traveling exhibits, the La Villa restaurant and lush gardens draw hundreds of visitors each week. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; open until 8 p.m., Thursday; closed Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $9; $7, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; free, members, youth under age 18 and active-duty military with ID. All guests who present a Bank of America card are admitted free the first full weekend of each month.
Philbrook Museum of Art 2727 S. Rockford Road, 918-749-7941, www.philbrook.org One of Tulsa’s most beautiful neighborhoods is the setting for Philbrook Museum of Art, an Italianate villa built on 23 lush acres by oilman Waite Phillips and his wife, Genevieve. Philbrook, listed on the National Register of
Philbrook Museum — Downtown
116 E. Brady St., 918-938-6742, www.philbrook.org This satellite campus, an extension of the sprawling midtown museum, allows Philbrook more space to display its ever-growing Native American and contemporary art collections. Located in the Brady Arts District, this modern two-story museum dedicates its main lower gallery to contemporary art exhibits. The second floor presents the Eugene B. Adkins Collection as well as a selection from Philbrook’s Native American collection. Smaller galleries throughout the museum allow for more frequently changing exhibits. An exhibition schedule is posted online. Noon-7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. General admission is $7; $5, seniors age 62 and older and groups of 10 or more; free, members, youth under 18 and active-duty military with ID. All guests who present a Bank of America card are admitted free the first full weekend of each month. Tulsa Guest Guide 25
From the ballet to opera to two symphony orchestras, Tulsa’s performing arts organizations offer high-quality, memorable productions to please any audience. By Rachael Cervenka
for the top companies in the world,” Angelini says. With performances ranging from the traditional holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” to unique, modern works created for the company by internationally renowned dance makers, the Tulsa Ballet has it all. Visit www.tulsaballet.com or call 918-749-6006.
Tulsa Ballet’s “Cinderella”
J. Shelton Photography
he performing arts scene in Tulsa has been described as vibrant, thriving and exciting, and with several highquality organizations, such as Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera and two symphonies, it’s easy to see why. Tulsans pride themselves on the cultural uniqueness of their city, and the various performing arts organizations play a major role. “We are in the midst of a special moment in Tulsa history,” says Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet artistic director. “Tulsa is at the verge of a great new era.” Tulsa arts organizations are pushing the envelope and taking a leading position to energize Tulsa’s growth through a variety of distinctive cultural offerings. Here is a sampling of what the city has to offer.
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Tulsa Ballet The Tulsa Ballet is the smallest company in the country to play in the “big league” — albeit one of the mightiest — with dancers from at least 14 countries. Under the leadership of Angelini, the ballet has brought unprecedented recognition to Tulsa and the state by developing an artistic reputation marked by innovative works with international impact. Founded in 1956, Tulsa Ballet has grown substantially over the years, Angelini says. “We have a great international reputation and proudly spread the name of Tulsa in all major capitals of the world,” he says. The Tulsa Ballet brings in a variety of wellknown guest choreographers each season. “Our choreographers are all ‘tier one’ dance makers, which means they create stage works
Tulsa Opera offers a one-of-a-kind cultural experience for Oklahomans. Although Tulsa Opera was founded in 1948, Tulsa’s love for opera goes back much further. One of Tulsa’s founding fathers, L.J. Martin, president of the Commercial Club, in 1905 famously commented, “Of course, we did not have any sewers or street paving, but these were luxuries that could wait, whereas an opera house loomed as an immediate necessity.” Since its founding, Tulsa Opera has hosted opera greats such as Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Roberta Peters and Samuel Ramey. Today, Tulsa Opera, the 18th-oldest opera company in North America, is ranked among the 10 favorite regional opera companies in the United States. The company presents three grand opera productions each season at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The opera enters its 66th year in 2014, and a variety of performances will be showcased, including “Elmer Gantry” by Robert Aldridge and “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. Visit www.tulsaopera.com or call 918-587-4811.
Symphony orchestras The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College are staples for those craving classical music as well as some innovative orchestral works. Entering its ninth season, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is playing better than ever, orchestra manager Tim McFadden says. The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is unique in that it uses only guest conductors. It also frequently features internationally known guest soloists, such as Natalie Merchant in 2013. The symphony’s season starts in September and runs through May. All of the Classics Series orchestra concerts are held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and the Chamber
Series concerts are performed at various venues throughout the city. Visit www.tulsasymphony.org. The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College was founded in 1978 and offers something a bit different for audiences. “Especially in our Pops concerts, you never know what you are going to get,” says Barry Epperley, executive director and founder of Signature Symphony, who will retire this year. “We have some very unusual programming, which is really what we have always done; we try to do things out of the ordinary.” The symphony’s seasons run from September through April and include three series: Pops, Classics and New Dimensions, a chamber music series. Pops and Classics concerts are held at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education. The symphony is comprised of professional musicians, most of whom live, work and teach in the Tulsa area. The Signature Symphony began as a small professional chamber orchestra with 27 members and now has 71 members. Performances in 2014 include “Cirque de la Symphonie,” Feb. 7-8; and “Broadway Babies,” March 14-15. Visit www.signaturesymphony.org.
Tulsa Camerata is a nonprofit chamber music ensemble of local musicians. The organization began in summer 2010 to fill a void in locally produced chamber music, says Executive Director Jesus Villarreal. The group will partner with the Tulsa Opera on Jan. 30 to present “A Night at the Opera,” their first collaborative concert featuring chamber music with vocals. For its 2013-14 season finale April 3, Tulsa Camerata will join Grammy-nominated pianist Petronel Malan in “From Paris to Moscow,” a concert that journeys from the Russian to the French capitals and back again. Visit www.tulsacamerata.com or call 918-406-5440.
The 2013-14 season is titled “Live in the Moment,” featuring 2014 productions such as “A Street Car Named Desire” in February, “Three Days of Rain” in March and “A Little Princess” in April. Visit www.playhousetheatretulsa.com. Not only does Tulsa have local theater, it also has a company that brings Broadway productions to the city year-round. Celebrity Attractions was founded in Tulsa in 1983 and presents nationally touring Broadway seasons in seven regional markets. Theatre Tulsa’s “The Sound of Music”
Theatricality in Tulsa Since 1922, Theatre Tulsa has brought music, laughter and drama to the community. The longest continuously running community theater west of the Mississippi River, Theatre Tulsa also is the oldest theater organization in Oklahoma. Theatre Tulsa enters its 91st season in 2013-14 with a variety of theater productions and musicals, including “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” by Joe DiPietro; 2012 Tony Award-winning musical “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris; “A Few Good Men” by Aaron Sorkin; and the season closer, “The Sound of Music,” a timeless classic. Visit www.theatretulsa.org. Playhouse Tulsa is a local theater company that has made great strides since its founding in 2007. Entering its fourth season, Playhouse Tulsa is led by Artistic Director Courtneay Sanders.
Steven Michael Hall
Elias String Quartet
Courtesy Chamber Music Tulsa
Ensemble, Feb. 22-23; the Elias String Quartet, March 22-23; and the American String Quartet, April 25-27. Visit www.chambermusictulsa.org or call 918-587-3802.
Each year brings a new round of well-known Broadway shows. The 2013-14 season will include productions of “Chicago,” Jan. 21-26, starring John O’Hurley; Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Jan. 31-Feb. 2; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” April 1-6; and the Broadway comedy smash “Sister Act,” May 13-18. “Wicked,” a crowd favorite, also will return to Tulsa for a multi-week run in June and July. Celebrity Attractions’ ticket prices range from $10-$100. Visit www.celebrityattractions.com.
Tulsa Opera’s “Carmen”
Courtesy Tulsa Opera
Chamber music has a royal heritage, named for the palace chambers in which it was performed centuries ago. Today, chamber music is a form of classical music for a small group of instruments, and Tulsa is home to two chamber music groups. Chamber Music Tulsa was established in 1954 to promote chamber music in northeastern Oklahoma. Since 1997 it also has provided valuable educational outreach in local schools, libraries and community centers. Led by Executive Director Bruce Sorrell since 2012, Chamber Music Tulsa presents six performances per season by young American chamber music groups, as well as worldrenowned artists. Performances during its 60th anniversary season include the Adaskin-Schumann Tulsa Guest Guide 27
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Want to spend an evening enjoying the performing arts? Tulsa has a multitude of talented local arts groups, many of which have attracted national attention. See a performance by the internationally recognized Tulsa Ballet, the nationally known Tulsa Opera, Tulsa’s two symphony orchestras or one of the numerous community theater groups. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center also features touring Broadway shows. Want to see something you’ll only find here? Book a seat for Tulsa Spotlight Theatre’s melodrama, “The Drunkard,” the longest continually running play in the country, followed by the “Olio” talent showcase. American Indian Theatre Co.
Loony Bin Comedy Club
412 N. Boston Ave., 918-838-3875
6808 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 234; 918-392-5653; www.loonybincomedy.com
Celebrity Attractions’ “Wicked”
American Theatre Co. Inc. 3003 E. 56th St., 918-747-9494, www.americantheatrecompany.org
Sapulpa Community Theatre
105 W. Brady St., 918-582-7239, www.bradytheater.com
124 S. Water St., Sapulpa; 918-227-2169; www.sapulpacommtheatre.com
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College
1800 S. Main St., 918-258-0077, www.bacptheatre.com
VanTrease Performing Arts Center, 10300 E. 81st St.; 918-595-7777; www.signaturesymphony.org
Celebrity Attractions 7506 E. 91st St., 918-477-7469, www.celebrityattractions.com
Theatre Arts Inc.
Chamber Music Tulsa
2034 W. Houston St., Broken Arrow; 918-258-2543; www.theatreartstulsa.com
2210 S. Main St., 918-587-3802, www.chambermusictulsa.org
Theatre North 122 N. Greenwood Ave., 918-596-1611
Choregus Productions OFFICE: 5729 S. Lewis Ave., Suite 236; 918-295-5965; www.choregus.org PERFORMANCES: Helmerich Theatre at Cascia Hall, 2600 S. Utica Ave.
Theatre Tulsa 412 N. Boston Ave., 918-587-8402, www.theatretulsa.org
Tulsa Ballet 4825 S. Quaker Ave., 918-746-5065, www.cityoftulsa.org/culture--recreation/ tulsa-parks/specialty-centers/ henthorne-pac.aspx
Grace Ann Productions 1125 E. Eighth St., 918-491-3410, www.grace-ann.org
1212 E. 45th Place, 918-749-6030, www.tulsaballet.org
Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center 10300 E. 81st St., 918-595-7777, www.tulsacc.edu
Tulsa Opera Living Arts of Tulsa Living ArtSpace 307 E. Brady St., 918-585-1234, www.livingarts.org
LOOK Musical Theatre 2210 S. Main St., 918-583-4267, www.looktheatre.org
1610 S. Boulder Ave., 918-587-4811, www.tulsaopera.com
Tulsa Performing Arts Center 101 E. Third St. and 110 E. Second St.; 918-596-7111; www.myticketoffice.com, www.tulsapac.com
Tulsa Repertory Musicals 918-744-7340, www.tulsamusicals.com
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Tulsa Spotlight Theatre 1381 Riverside Drive, 918-587-5030, www.spotlighttheater.org
Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall School 5666 E. 81st St., 918-481-1111, www.hollandhall.org/arts
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra 117 N. Boston Ave., Suite 201; 918-5843645; www.tulsasymphony.org
Youth Onstage 918-852-0018, www.youthonstage.net
American Theatre Company
Tulsa Childrenâ€™s Museum
Chamber Music Tulsa Playhouse Tulsa Ragtime for Tulsa Theatre North Theatre Pops Theatre Tulsa
110 East 2nd Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103 (918) 596-7122
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust Tulsa Opera Tulsa Symphony Tulsa Town Hall
Tickets and info: www.TulsaPAC.com
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A sweet treat at Glacier Confection is part of Bianca Howell’s perfect Tulsa weekend.
Oh, the places I will go … Blue Moon Café 3512 S. Peoria Ave. I’d start the long day off at the Blue Moon Café on Brookside, enjoying some strong coffee and tasty pastries. Owl & Drum 2810 E.15th St. Then I would head over to Owl & Drum for one of our frequent sewing classes with ace instructor Mary Perisho, where the enthusiasm of the kids inspires and gives me a boost. Tulsa State Fair Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. If it truly was my perfect day, then I would definitely be going to the Tulsa State Fair (Sept. 25-Oct. 5, in 2014). I love the rides, the midway games — and, of course, the food! Philbrook Museum of Art 2727 S. Rockford Road Next, I would peruse the artwork and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Philbrook Museum’s lovely gardens to work off the corn dog and roasted corn I’d just devoured. Hodges Bend 823 E. Third St. Time for more java, so an afternoon coffee at Hodges Bend would be a nice stop for a pick-me-up cup. Downtown districts As the sun went down, it would be time to head downtown to enjoy the revitalized Brady and Blue Dome districts, Guthrie Green — and, hopefully, an art gallery crawl. Valkyrie 13 E. Brady St. All that walking builds up a thirst, so happy hour at Valkyrie would be a good place to stop for a cold beer. The Tavern 201 N. Main St. Dinner at The Tavern is always enjoyable. I’d probably eat the fried chicken and biscuits — a house specialty and a favorite for me and my family. Glacier Confection 15 E. Brady St. Next up, an after-dinner chocolate is naughty, but nice. A rare treat. Cain’s Ballroom 423 N. Main St. I’d top off the great day with an energetic gig at the Cain’s Ballroom, the scene of many happy evenings in the past watching great bands play live.
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View works from talented local and regional artists at these art galleries.
Accent Picture Framing & Gallery
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
KingsPointe Village, 6008 S. Yale Ave.; 918-495-3550
The Antiquary 1325 E. 15th St., 918-582-2897
Ariana Jakub Gallery 511 S. Boston Ave., www.arianajakub.com
Art Collections Inc. 3741 S. Peoria Ave., 918-747-7558, www.artcollectionsinc.com
Chelsea Gallery 1639 E. 15th St., 918-582-5601
Lovetts Gallery and Framing
Tulsa Indian Art Market
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
6528 E. 51st St., 918-664-4732, www.lovettsgallery.com
1311 E. 15th St., 918-584-2440, www.piersongallery.com
5014 S. Sheridan Road, 918-664-0626, www.indianarttulsa.com
M.A. Doran Gallery
Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Alternative Gallery
Ziegler Art and Frame
1342 E. 11th St., 918-592-5432, www.gierek.com
Living Arts of Tulsa Living ArtSpace 307 E. Brady Ave., 918-585-1234, www.livingarts.org
3509 S. Peoria Ave., 918-748-8700, www.madorangallery.com
Native American Art
9 E. Brady Ave., 918-592-0041, www.tacgallery.org
6 N. Lewis Ave., 918-584-2217, www.zieglerart.com
317 S. Main St., 918-584-5792
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Tulsa is a city that appreciates the arts. One example: a variety of museums to suit the tastes of any art lover — from Native American and Southwestern art to a museum educating visitors about the Holocaust to a family estate turned nationally renowned art museum.
Philbrook Musuem of Art
Alexandre Hogue Gallery of Art
Cherokee Heritage Center
The University of Tulsa, 2935 E. Fifth St.; 918-631-2739; www.cas.utulsa.edu/art The Alexandre Hogue Gallery at The University of Tulsa School of Art hosts exhibits and lectures by nationally recognized and emerging artists, TU alumni, and TU art students and faculty. Exhibitions run during the academic year. An exhibition schedule is posted at www.cas.utulsa.edu/art. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public.
21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Okla.; 918-456-6007; www.cherokeeheritage.org Located near Tahlequah, the seat of the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee Heritage Center includes a reconstructed ancient village, a Trail of Tears exhibition, a reconstructed Indian Territory-period town, and the Cherokee National Archives and Cherokee Family Research Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; closed Mondays from DecemberFebruary; open Sundays from Memorial Day-Labor Day; closed major holidays. Admission is $8.50, adults; $5, children; $7.50, seniors and students.
AHHA — Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center 101 E. Archer St., 918-584-3333, www.ahct.org The Hardesty Arts Center is one of Tulsa’s newest art additions. Featuring contemporary pieces by local and regional artists, the two-story museum has two creative studios and monthly activities for families as well as a rooftop balcony that overlooks downtown. An exhibition schedule is posted at www.ahct.org/exhibitions. 1-6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 1-9 p.m., Thursday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday; open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Admission is free.
“Black Settlers: The Search for the Promised Land” Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, North Hall, 151 (B.S. Roberts Room), 700 N. Greenwood Ave.; 918-594-8252; www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu A permanent photographic exhibit/documentary project chronicles the migration of black settlers to Oklahoma and their contributions to the Tulsa community. By appointment only.
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Discovery Lab — Tulsa Children’s Museum 560 Maybelle Ave., 918-295-8144, www.tulsachildrensmuseum.org Discovery Lab, Tulsa’s only children’s museum, offers a hands-on experience for kids middle-school age and younger. The museum features a permanent DIY “maker workshop” where families can create and experiment with various materials. Children also can play in the “Tulsa Tape Tunnels,” an exhibit inspired by the secret tunnel system in Tulsa. Exhibits at Discovery Lab change two to three times a year. For a schedule of exhibits, visit www.tulsachildrensmuseum.org/programs/exhibits.html. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday. General admission is $5; free, members and children under 2.
Gilcrease Museum 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, 918-596-2700, www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu Gilcrease Museum is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum draws thousands of Continued on p. 34
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Philbrook Museum — Downtown
visitors from around the world to the hills just northwest of downtown Tulsa to view the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of artifacts of the American West. The museum also offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as historical manuscripts, documents and maps. Beyond the museum, themed gardens have been developed on 23 of the museum’s 460 acres. Gilcrease also offers tours, workshops, musical events, lectures and a restaurant open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; public tours daily at 1 and 2 p.m.; closed Mondays and Christmas Day. Admission is $8, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children under age 18 and all members.
116 E. Brady St., 918-938-6742, www.philbrook.org This satellite campus, an extension of the sprawling midtown museum, allows Philbrook more space to display its ever-growing Native American and contemporary art collections. Located in the Brady Arts District, this modern two-story museum dedicates its main lower gallery to contemporary art exhibits. The second floor presents the Eugene B. Adkins Collection as well as a selection from Philbrook’s Native American collection. Smaller galleries throughout the museum allow for more frequently changing exhibits. An exhibition schedule is posted online. Noon-7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. General admission is $7; $5, seniors age 62 and older and groups of 10 or more; free, members, youth under 18 and active-duty military with ID. All guests who present a Bank of America card are admitted free the first full weekend of each month.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 111 E. First St., 918-281-8600, www.okjazz.org Oklahoma jazz musicians are recognized and honored here, and works in jazz, blues and gospel art are documented, preserved and displayed. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame moved into its downtown Tulsa “Oklahoma Jazz Depot” during summer 2007. The facility houses a library, listening kiosks, classrooms, a Hall of Fame pictorial gallery and a performance hall. Call for tours or information. Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; by appointment, Saturday; closed major holidays. Sunday concert series is 4-7:30 p.m. Donations welcomed.
Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower and Willard Elsing Museum ORU Learning Resource Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-495-6262; www.prayertower.oru.edu, www.elsing.oru.edu A central landmark of the Oral Roberts University campus, the 200-foot tower also is the university’s visitor center. Visitors can view several video presentations or browse the gift shop. The Willard Elsing Oral Roberts University Museum has been Prayer Tower called “Tulsa’s hidden gem,” with a large exhibition of priceless minerals and natural crystal formations, as well as Native American pieces and Asian artwork. Prayer tower hours: noon-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Museum hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.
Philbrook Museum of Art 2727 S. Rockford Road, 918-749-7941, www.philbrook.org One of Tulsa’s most beautiful neighborhoods is the setting for Philbrook Museum of Art, an Italianate villa built on 23 lush acres by oilman Waite Phillips and his wife, Genevieve. Philbrook, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has evolved from a grand family estate to one of America’s finest art museums, showcasing collections from around the world. Numerous educational programs for all ages, a diverse permanent collection, traveling exhibits, the La Villa restaurant and lush gardens draw hundreds of visitors each week. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; open until 8 p.m., Thursday; closed Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $9; $7, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; free, members, youth under age 18 and active-duty military with ID. All guests who present a Bank of America card are admitted free the first full weekend of each month.
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Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art 2021 E. 71st St., 918-492-1818, www.jewishmuseum.net The region’s largest American Jewish museum, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art features distinctive architecture and beautiful artwork. The museum also includes educational exhibits/programs on Jewish culture, history, religion and art, from ancient times to present-day Oklahoma, including the Herman and Kate Kaiser Holocaust Museum. Additional galleries host international exhibitions and those from the museum’s collections. Smoke-free and handicapped accessible; audio tour available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Closed Saturday and all Jewish holidays. Admission is $6.50, adults; $5.50, seniors; $3.50, students; free, members, teachers with school ID, all uniformed service members and “Blue Star families.”
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., 918-834-9900, www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org Travel through time and space at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, which displays every era of Oklahoma aviation. The scientific exhibits and aircraft collection tell the story of Tulsa’s ongoing improvements in aerospace technology. With hands-on activities, flight simulators and a trip through distant galaxies and stars in the planetarium’s 50-foot dome theater, visitors are guaranteed an uplifting experience. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday; closed Mondays and most holidays.
Tulsa Historical Society Museum 2445 S. Peoria Ave., 918-712-9484, www.tulsahistory.org Located in historic Maple Ridge, in the renovated Samuel Travis mansion, the Tulsa Historical Society boasts two floors of ever-changing exhibits from its an extensive collection of more than 5,000 photographs, books, maps, documents, graphics, costumes and architectural remnants from Tulsa’s past. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $5, adults; $3, seniors; free, members, students and children.
Woody Guthrie Center 102 E. Brady St., 918-574-2710, www.woodyguthriecenter.org Home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, the Woody Guthrie Center delivers an interactive learning experience to Tulsans and visitors alike. The center features a lyric-writing station, music bar, interactive map, Guthrie’s instruments and more. Oklahoma’s only permanent Dust Bowl exhibit also is housed at the center, and a temporary gallery hosts frequently changing exhibits. Research access to the Woody Guthrie Archives is by appointment only. An event schedule is posted at www.woodyguthriecenter.org/events/. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., the first Friday of the month. Admission is $8, adults; $7, seniors age 55 and older and students with college ID; $6, youth 5-17, military and groups of 10 or more; free, children under 5.
As Tulsa’s beloved cultural experience, Philbrook brings worldclass art exhibitions to the Central United States. Explore, learn, shop, and dine during each visit to Tulsa’s crown jewel.
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Winston Peraza [
Vice president/chief creative officer, Cubic Inc., a creative branding agency
Winston Peraza at the Hardesty Center for FabLab Tulsa, which provides community access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools
Oh, the places I will go … Vintage 1740 1740 S. Boston Ave. A short walk down South Boston Avenue to Vintage 1740 for classic cocktails or a nice glass of wine gets the Cubic crew started for the weekend. Chimera Café 212 N. Main St. The best cortado (a Latino version of espresso macchiato) coffee in town, awesome people, great music/atmosphere and delicious, locally sourced food. Plus, it is located in the same space where I started my first company (The Loft Design Group) when I moved back to Tulsa with my wife, Abbie, more than 16 years ago. Salt Yoga 1708 Utica Square I find balance and flow at Salt Yoga. I’ve never been one to “hit the gym,” but the positive vibe and cool instructors at Salt always leave me wanting to come back for more. Local art exhibitions (see p. 31-34) The Tulsa art circuit keeps getting bigger and
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better. I regularly visit Living Arts of Tulsa for avant-garde, groundbreaking work; both Philbrook locations (the villa and Philbrook Downtown) to see some great work from more established contemporary artists; and check out whatever may be going on at Exhibit Gallery on Brookside. FabLab Tulsa 710 S. Lewis Ave. If you’re working on that next invention, art project, new business idea or just want to make something cool, I’d definitely reserve some shop time at FabLab Tulsa. (For) anything from 3-D printing to woodworking, I find FabLab to be a great place to create and be inspired by others. Casanova’s or Supermercado Morelos 10915 E. 31st St.; 5147 S. Peoria Ave. The search for great food is one of my family’s favorite pastimes. Depending on the mood and occasion, we definitely would include trying some Venezuelan arepas at Casanova’s (just east of Mingo on 31st) or some barbacoa tacos
at Supermercado Morelos. Both of these are so authentic that you may be taken aback by too much “character,” but be sure that a little bit of adventurous spirit will be handsomely remunerated with great sabor hispano (Hispanic vibe/ flavor). Tavolo or The Tavern 427 S. Boston Ave.; 201 N. Main St. If we want to dress up a bit and are up for something more traditional, we hit Tavolo on Boston Avenue between Fourth and Third streets for superb Italian food or The Tavern on the corner of Main and Brady for the best inbone pork chop in town. Above all, my perfect weekend is never the same. Long boarding with my wife and daughters — Lucie, 16, and twins Sofie and Lily, 11 — down Riverside Park, antique shopping, making art in my home studio or hanging out with friends and family by our pool are definitely key ingredients.
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Experience museums, restaurants, historical sites, shopping and more at these nearby getaways. By Rachel Lampi Will Rogers Memorial Museum
May. The Downs are home to a 1-mile racetrack that seats 2,700 people and 42,000 square feet of meeting and banquet halls. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 a.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday; 10 a.m. simulcast daily.
J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum 330 N. J.M. Davis Blvd., 918-341-5707, www.thegunmuseum.com At age 7, J.M. Davis received his first gun, beginning a collection that he cultivated until his death. His collection is now on display at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, which opened in 1969. The museum houses the largest gun collection in the world, with more than 13,000 guns on display. It also is home to other artifacts, including saddles, spurs, musical instruments, World War I memorabilia and presidential campaign buttons and ribbons. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sundays from mid-March through October; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sundays from November through mid-March. Admission is free.
WHERE TO EAT
Hammett House Restaurant
1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd., 918-341-7333, www.hammetthouse.com Hammett House, a family-owned restaurant serving food with “Southern hospitality,” is most famous for its Sky-High Pie. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday.
The name Will Rogers is undeniably linked to Claremore. The town celebrates the man and his achievements and embodies many of the same endearing characteristics that Rogers himself possessed.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., 918-341-0719, www.willrogers.com The Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened in 1938. Will Rogers purchased the 20 acres of land in 1911 and donated them for the museum’s use, while the nearby archives house the most extensive collection of documents relating to Rogers in the world.
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The museum itself features a number of exhibits, including galleries, three theaters, a children’s museum and the Rogers family tomb. Each day, one of Rogers’ 21 “talkies” is shown in the Will Rogers Mini Theater. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Admission is $5, adults; $4, seniors age 62 and older and military; free, children 17 and under.
Will Rogers Downs 20900 S. 4200 Road, 918-343-5900, www.cherokeestarrewards.com The Will Rogers Downs, located off Highway 20, is “Oklahoma’s No. 1 racino” and boasts an exciting racing season and bustling nightlife. Quarterhorse racing is featured from September through November, and thoroughbreds are raced from March through
210 W. Fourth St., 918-342-2544, www.pinkhouseofclaremore.com This restaurant, so named for its unmistakably pink hue, opened in 1982 with the mission to create a place where family and friends could relax over a pot of tea. Pink House offers homemade casseroles, quiches, sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade desserts. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 5-8 p.m., Friday.
Muskogee was originally founded as a temporary fur trading town and was later home to Creek Indians and their slaves, after whom it is named. It later became one of Oklahoma’s most bustling and important railroad cities, and it is now a vital part of the history and culture of Oklahoma. Continued on p. 42
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Castle of Muskogee
Renaissance Faire at the Castle of Muskogee
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 401 S. Third St., 918-687-0800, www.omhof.com Since 1997, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, located in the former Frisco Freight Depot, has honored some of the state’s best and brightest musicians. An induction ceremony is held annually to add new names and celebrate Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage. The Hall of Fame also features memorabilia donated by past inductees. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, seniors and students.
War Memorial Museum and USS Batfish 3500 Batfish Road, 918-682-6294, www.ussbatfish.com The War Memorial Museum in Muskogee was established to commemorate veterans who served in World War II. The Walk of Honor recognizes all 52 submarines lost in the war through bronze plaques with the name of each submarine and crew. The museum’s primary attraction is the USS Batfish, a submarine that sank 15 ships and damaged three others during the course of the war. March 15-Oct. 15: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m., Sunday. Oct. 16-March 14: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $6,
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Courtesy of Castle of Muskogee
3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, 918-687-3625, www.okcastle.com The Castle of Muskogee plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. Each May, it is transformed into Oklahoma’s annual Renaissance Faire, while in the summer it hosts a Fourth of July fireworks show and sells the largest assortment of fireworks in mid-America. In October it becomes a Halloween theme park and undergoes another renovation for the holiday season, becoming the Christmas Kingdom. Hours and prices vary for events.
ages 14-61; $4, ages 62 and older and retired military; $3, ages 7-13; free, children 6 and under.
WHERE TO EAT Harmony House
208 S. Seventh St., 918-687-8653 Since opening in 1990, Harmony House in Muskogee has gained a name for itself. The Muskogee Phoenix voted it the “Best Place for Lunch” and it was featured in Southern Living magazine. The restaurant offers various soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as daily fresh-baked cakes and pies. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
Paul’s Diner 3240 S. Country Club Road, 918-682-3322, www.paulsdinermuskogee.com Paul’s Diner is a “mood diner”: no matter what mood you’re in, you’ll find something to enjoy. Paul’s offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from Texas toast and biscuits and gravy for breakfast to burgers, chicken-fried steak and catfish in the later hours — and everything in between. 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Bartlesville is an ideal blend of old and new, combining country with culture and Indians with oilmen. Bartlesville’s unique attractions continually draw people from all over the world to this historic town.
Frank Phillips Home 1107 Cherokee Ave., 918-336-2491, www.frankphillipshome.org Frank Phillips is one of Oklahoma’s most renowned oilmen, with a string of 81 successful oil wells in the Bartlesville area by 1909. Because of his fortune, he was able to build what is now the Frank Phillips home, a 26-room mansion featuring a spacious library, gold fixtures and even a private barber’s chair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Admission is $5, adults; $2, children ages 5-11; free, children 4 and under. Guided tours are $10, adults; $7, children 5-11; free, children 4 and under.
Price Tower 510 Dewey Ave., 918-336-4949, www.pricetower.org Price Tower, which opened in 1956, is the only skyscraper designed by famed art deco architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who later nicknamed it “the tree that escaped the forest.” The building is now home to the Price Tower Arts Center, which features a museum, a hotel and a restaurant. Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Tours are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, excluding holidays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors age 65 and older; free, children 18 and under. Tours are $12, adults; $10, seniors 65 and older, and children 18 and under.
Woolaroc Located on Highway 123, 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville; 888-966-5276; www.woolaroc.org Woolaroc is so named for the WOOds, LAkes, and ROCks that are found in the surrounding Osage Hills. It features a wildlife preserve with animals such as buffalo, cattle, elk and even llamas. The museum traces the history of Native Americans in North America through art and artifacts. Woolaroc also features a restored 1840s trader’s camp. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Memorial through Labor Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $10, ages 12-65; $8, seniors 65 and older; free, children 11 and under.
WHERE TO EAT Dink’s Pit Barbecue
2929 E. Frank Phillips Blvd., 918-335-0606, www.dinksbbq.com For nearly 30 years, Dink’s Pit Barbecue has been dishing up tasty Southern cuisine. The menu includes brisket, pork, spare ribs, chicken, ham and sausage, as well as various sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Frank and Lola’s 200 E. Second St., Suite 1; 918-336-5652; www.frankandlolas.com Frank and Lola’s features a fresh and diverse menu, including many items served with green chili, a restaurant favorite. Offerings include appetizers, soups, salads, fish and burgers. The restaurant also hosts local bands on Saturday nights. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
Jenks, Broken Arrow and Bixby are three of Tulsa’s best-known suburbs, and there are plenty of reasons to visit each of them. All have unique histories, and between museums, shops and dining experiences, there is plenty to see and do.
Broken Arrow Historical Society and Museum 400 S. Main St., 918-258-2616, www.bahistoricalsociety.com The museum at the Broken Arrow Historical Society focuses on the history of Broken Arrow and also tells the story of Oklahoma. Exhibits include a history of the Muscogee (Creek) Indians, a replica of a log cabin and a reproduced railroad depot from Broken Arrow’s bustling depot days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $2, adults; free, members and children age 18 and under.
Blue Bell Creameries (Broken Arrow) 8201 E. Highway 51, 918-258-5100, www.bluebell.com Since 1992, Broken Arrow has been home to one of Blue Bell’s ice cream manufacturing facilities. Visitors can take a tour of the factory and see how Blue Bell ice cream is made. At the end of the tour, enjoy a free ice cream sample. Tours are by appointment only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., MondayFriday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, seniors age 55 and older and children 6-14; free, children under 6.
Oklahoma Aquarium (Jenks) 300 Aquarium Drive, 918-296-3474, www.okaquarium.org The Oklahoma Aquarium is home to eight exhibit galleries. Freshwater and saltwater tanks hold a variety of creatures, including stingrays, jellyfish, eels and even some small sharks. The aquarium also offers a gift shop, restaurant and event space. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; open until 9 p.m., Tuesday; closed Christmas Day. Admission is $13.95, adults; $11.95, seniors and military; $9.95, children ages 3-12.
Antique shopping (Jenks) On Main Street between First and Ninth streets Jenks has been dubbed the “Antique Capital of Oklahoma,” and it’s not difficult to see why. Jenks’ Main Street is home to a variety of antique shops with more than 500 antique dealers, selling everything from appliances to furniture. Between these shops are specialty boutiques and restaurants.
WHERE TO EAT
Waterfront Grill (Jenks) 120 Aquarium Drive, 918-518-6300, www.waterfrontgrilljenks.com Just as the name states, Jenks’ Waterfront Grill is located right on the Arkansas River and offers a “casual upscale setting” for any occasion. The menu ranges from burgers, salads and sandwiches to fresh fish, steak and even sushi. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday.
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Quick guide to lakes and rivers near Tulsa
Oklahoma has more shoreline than both coasts combined. Visit one of these area lakes and rivers for a variety of activities or just a relaxing day on the water. By Anne Brockman
Grand Lake 918-782-3214, www.grandlakechamber.org Created in 1940, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is ideal for water activities, including boating, skiing, swimming, sailing and fishing. While not on the water, visit the area’s many museums, golf courses, shops and communities. Grand Lake is managed by the Grand River Dam Authority and is one of only two lakes in the state that allows waterfront property. Located about one hour northeast of Tulsa. Take Interstate 44 east toward Joplin, with multiple exits available for Grand Lake.
Lake Eufaula 918-689-7751, www.visitlakeeufaula.com Lake Eufaula is the largest manmade lake in Oklahoma and has more than 600 miles of shoreline. While the lake is known for its outstanding fishing, Lake Eufaula State Park offers a nature center, golf course, hiking trails and more for visitors. Nearby towns Eufaula and Krebs are great places to spend an afternoon or enjoy an evening meal. Located about 1 1/2 hours south of Tulsa. Take Oklahoma 51 and the Muskogee Turnpike east to U.S. Highway 69 South.
Fort Gibson Lake 918-485-4623, www.fortgibsonlake.com With its lakeshores only 5 miles from the historic Fort Gibson site, this lake is a popular destination for local anglers, fall foliage tours
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and wildlife spectators. The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park and the park itself are popular destinations, with a golf course, hiking trails, nature center and marina. Located about an hour east of Tulsa. Take Oklahoma 51 East through Wagoner.
The Upper Illinois River is located about 1 1/2 hours from Tulsa. Follow Oklahoma 51 and the Muskogee Turnpike to U.S. Highway 62 East through Tahlequah. The Lower Illinois River is located about 1 1/2 hours southeast of Tulsa. Travel east on Oklahoma 51 and the Muskogee Turnpike to U.S. Highway 64 East toward the Gore area.
Lake Tenkiller 918-457-4403, www.laketenkiller.com Located near the Cherokee Hills Scenic Byway, Lake Tenkiller is known for some of the clearest water in Oklahoma, attracting those who love to fish, boat, swim and be around nature. While in the area, many visit the Cookson Game Refuge to see Oklahoma wildlife. Numerous hiking and biking trails surround the lake and outlying area. Located about 1 1/2 hours from Tulsa. Take Oklahoma 51 and the Muskogee Turnpike east, continuing through Webbers Falls along Oklahoma 100.
Illinois River 918-456-3251, www.oklahomascenicrivers.net Divided into the Upper and Lower, the Illinois River provides a wealth of scenic options for fishing and nature junkies. The Upper Illinois is known for its scenic river and has proved to be a popular rafting destination, with numerous outfitters available along the waterway. The Lower Illinois is the only yearround trout stream in Oklahoma, stocked weekly March through the Fourth of July and biweekly the rest of the year.
Skiatook Lake www.greatertulsa.com/skiatook/skiatooklake Skiatook Lake and its dam were completed in 1984 to maintain flood control, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife. With its picturesque bluffs, the lake is the perfect setting for boating, swimming, camping, hunting and fishing. For a more sophisticated lodging and entertainment option, visit the nearby Osage Casino-Skiatook on Highway 20, just west of U.S. Highway 75. The new casino features a boutique 33-room, full-service hotel with a pool and fitness room; a restaurant; a sports bar; and a convenience store. The property also has more than 2,500 square feet of meeting and convention space. Located about an hour northwest of Tulsa. Take Highway 75 North, followed by Highway 20 West. Other area lakes and rivers include the Arkansas River, which follows Tulsa’s Riverside Drive, and Keystone Lake in nearby Sand Springs.
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A unique Tulsa experience is at your fingertips when you visit one of these local attractions.
Admiral Twin Drive-in
Admiral Twin Drive-in
5350 Cimarron Road, Catoosa; 918-266-2291, 888-572-7678; www.aopoa.net/history/museum.htm Visit the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, head of the 445-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System that links Tulsa with the world and foreign ports by way of the Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed some holidays. Call ahead for group tours. Free admission; donations accepted.
Big Splash Water Park 4707 E. 21st St., 918-749-7385, www.bigsplashwaterpark.com Cool off and have fun in the sun with sevenstory-tall water slides, a wave pool, a float ride and a children’s pool. Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day; closed Aug. 15-19, 22-26, 29-30 and Sept. 1-2. Admission charge.
Creek Council Oak Tree East 18th Street and South Cheyenne Avenue, 918-576-5687 (Tulsa Preservation Commission), www.tulsapreservationcommission.org/nationalregister/ buildings For centuries, the Creek Council Oak Tree, Tulsa’s birthplace, has stood strong and tall. Under this tree in 1836, the Lochapoka Creek Indians kindled a ceremonial fire using live coals they had carried from their Alabama homeland over a “trail of tears,” according to www.counciloak.org. This great oak was Tulsa’s
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7355 E. Easton St., 918-392-9959, www.selectcinemas.com Arguably Tulsa’s most recognizable theater, the Admiral Twin Drive-in has risen from the ashes — literally — after a fire destroyed its wooden screen tower in 2010. The original screen, built in 1951, was a Tulsa mainstay for decades and is featured in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.” The new drive-in, which reopened in June 2012, shows a double feature each evening during the summer months or as weather permits. Sound is transmitted through your radio, so sit in your vehicle or bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pets on leashes are welcome. A concession stand sells typical movie treats. 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; showtimes vary. Admission is $7, adults; $3, children ages 3-11.
Arkansas River Historical Society Museum and Tulsa Port of Catoosa
first town hall, first conference room, first church and first court of law.
Fair Meadows Expo Square, 4705 E. 21st St.; 918-743-7223; www.fairmeadows.com See live horse racing on the Fair Meadows track during summer meets and simulcast racing from tracks around the nation in the state-of-the-art simulcast Racing & Sports Bar. Opens at 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m., Sunday, early June through mid-July. Racing and sports bar hours vary daily depending on race schedule.
Mabel B. Little Heritage House and Greenwood Cultural Center 322 N. Greenwood Ave., 918-596-1020, www.greenwoodculturalcenter.com In its glory days, Tulsa’s Greenwood District stretched for 36 blocks and was the largest and richest of Oklahoma’s more than 50 black communities — so wealthy, in fact, that Greenwood was known as “Black Wall Street.” Shops bustled by day and clubs wailed blues and jazz by night. Today, the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Mabel B. Little Heritage House present a permanent history of the district. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; call for Saturday schedule; closed major holidays.
Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks; 918-296-3474; www.okaquarium.org With eight exhibit galleries and more than 1 million gallons of water, you can see the many mysterious and wonderful creatures of the ocean that now make their home right here in Oklahoma. Handicapped accessible. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday; closed Christmas. Admission charge.
Oxley Nature Center 6700 Mohawk Blvd., 918-669-6644, www.oxleynaturecenter.org Get up close and personal with nature on the trails that wind through this 800-acre wildlife sanctuary. Guided tours are available by appointment. The visitor center has hands-on exhibits of area plants and wildlife. Handicapped accessible. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; closed major holidays. Free admission; $2, Mohawk Park entry fee.
POSTOAK Canopy Tours 5323 W. 31st St. N., 918-697-2700, www.postoakcanopytours.com Oklahoma’s first and only zipline canopy tour is an adrenaline rush from the get-go. The tour takes thrill seekers and nature lovers soaring above the treetops along a network of more than 3,865 feet of cable line. Seven platform landing bases provide a bird’s eye
donation is $2, adults; 50 cents, children ages 3-12. Free for members.
POSTOAK Canopy Zipline Tours offer guided fun.
view of northeastern Oklahoma’s magnificent Osage Hills, the surrounding plains and Tulsa’s cityscape. The sparkling view of downtown’s skyline is especially spectacular at night. Advance reservations are required. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; closed some major holidays. Admission charge.
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve 16150 Redbud Drive, Catoosa; 918-669-6460 The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a place of quiet beauty and rugged scenery. On a 1-mile trail, you’ll see plants and animals found nowhere else in northeastern Oklahoma. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday; closed major holidays. Free admission.
Tulsa Garden Center, Woodward Park and Municipal Rose Garden
Tulsa Botanic Garden 3916 N. 57th W. Ave., 918-289-0330, www.ocbg.org The Tulsa Botanic Garden sits on 170 acres of prairie and woodlands, with rolling hills offering panoramic views of sunrises, sunsets and skyscrapers. When the garden is complete, guests will be able to explore 60 acres — including a lake, a fountain, an Oriental Garden Island and a variety of specialty gardens. Until then, visitors can enjoy the Sarah G. Allison Lake Trail and see the garden’s first landscape plantings of 300 shade trees; hike the 1 1/2-mile nature trail through the Cross Timbers Forest, Prairie and Persimmon Grove; learn about updates to the master plan at the Visitor Center; and enjoy the natural beauty of the Osage Hills. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, April 2-Oct. 29. Suggested
2435 S. Peoria Ave., 918-746-5125, www.tulsagardencenter.com Stroll through more than 5,000 rose bushes in the All-American Rose Society Test Garden between Woodward Park and the Tulsa Garden Center. Woodward Park, a wooded 40 acres in the heart of Tulsa, boasts azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, redbuds and flower and herb gardens that attract nature lovers all year long. At the Tulsa Garden Center, you’ll find a Victorian conservatory and 3-acre arboretum. The Garden Center’s Linnaeus Garden is a unique demonstration/teaching garden in Woodward Park that gives visitors a chance to improve their gardening skills. The Garden Center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum 6421 E. 36th St. N. (Mohawk Park), 918-669-6600, www.tulsazoo.org Experience the wild side of Tulsa at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum. Located on 84 acres in Mohawk Park, the zoo features more than 2,800 animals in exhibits ranging from an awardwinning African penguin habitat to an interactive tropical rainforest to the new Helmerich Sea Lion Cove. Visitors can enjoy the children’s petting zoo, education areas, restaurants and concessions, live animal presentations, a ride on the Safari Train and a gift shop to buy a “zoovenir” when the day is done. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; closed Christmas Day and the third Friday in June.
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Sports for all seasons
From hockey to basketball to baseball and more, Tulsa’s professional sports teams offer competition and exciting game-day atmospheres to please any fan. By Doug Eaton
Omar Mata, center, of the Tulsa Athletics, celebrates a superb goal against Mexican champions Club America.
isitors to Tulsa have the opportunity to enjoy professional sports no matter what the season.
Tulsa Athletics soccer The Tulsa Athletics are the first top-flight soccer franchise to call T-Town home in nearly 30 years, and they’re off to a strong start, finishing their inaugural 2013 season with a 10-0-2 record and winning their division. Local restaurateur and former pro soccer player Sonny Dalesandro and Dr. Tommy Kern brought the league to Tulsa in May 2013. Tulsa’s former pro soccer team, the Roughnecks, dissolved in 1985 when its league went out of business. At the height of their popularity, the Roughnecks’ average game attendance approached 20,000. The Athletics’ home field is the old Drillers Stadium — vacant since the baseball team
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headed downtown to ONEOK Field in 2010 — on the corner of East 15th Street and South Yale Avenue. On game days, the stadium is filled with loud chants, drums and flag waving from the Athletics’ group of super fans, the Tulsa Ultras. The players, many of whom are former high school or college stars, often hail from Oklahoma, but some come to the team from as far away as Venezuela, England, Ireland, Liberia and Croatia. Standouts include center midfielder Daniel Wasson, a University of Tulsa graduate and former Major League Soccer player — one of only a handful of Oklahomans to play in the league. The Athletics’ season runs from May to July. Dalesandro says he hopes to grow average game attendance in the next five years to make possible a bid for a MLS franchise. Visit www.tulsaathletics.com.
Tulsa Oilers hockey The Oilers, members of the Central Hockey League, enjoy playing their home games in perhaps the most impressive arena in all of minor league hockey, the BOK Center. Coach Bruce Ramsay, now in his fifth season at the helm of the Oilers, is looking to improve in several areas, primarily team defense. “The CHL is a deeper, more talented league than at any time in its history, so in order to compete we need outstanding goaltending along with size and strength on defense,” says Rob Loeber, Oilers broadcaster and director of media relations. Ultimately, Ramsay’s goal is to get the Oilers back into the playoffs, and he is confident the team’s newly signed players have a lot to offer. Despite the loss of veteran defenseman Tyler Fleck, who retired after the 2012-13 season, Loeber is optimistic about 2014.
“We’re going to enter the upcoming season with a younger team and a younger captain,” he adds. Visit www.tulsaoilers.com or call 918-632-7825.
Tulsa Shock women’s basketball One of only 12 teams in the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Tulsa Shock provides area hoops fans with the highest skill level of female basketball available. The Shock franchise, formerly the Detroit Shock, relocated to Tulsa in time for the 2010 season. In Detroit, the franchise was one of the most successful in WNBA history, winning league titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008. While the team has endured some growing pains since the move, the Shock still has made headlines, signing some of the most recognizable names in the game during its first three years, including three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Sheryl Swoopes and Olympic gold medalist sprinter Marion Jones. In 2014, the Shock looks to improve its win-loss record and make a move toward the post-season playoffs. One of the team’s newest signees is former Notre Dame standout Skylar Diggins, who secured a spot on the 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team. She led the Shock and all rookies in assists, with 3.8 per game. The Shock season runs from May to September. Home games are played in the BOK Center, located at 200 S. Denver Ave. in downtown Tulsa. Visit www.wnba.com/shock.com or call 918-949-9700.
Head Coach and Serbian national Darko Rajakovic leads the 66ers for a second year. In his first stint as head coach, Rajakovic guided the team to the second round of the NBA D-League Playoffs. Rajakovic has coached since age 16, so the 33-year-old will have plenty of experience to draw from as he gears up for another season. Prior to moving to the United States, Rajakovic worked as a coach developing young talent for professional basketball teams in Europe. He is the first European-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, yet so far his experience has translated exceptionally well. The team will continue to play at the SpiritBank Event Center for the 2014-15 season. Open since 2008, the SpiritBank Event Center is south Tulsa’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that seats 4,500 in a big-league atmosphere. It is located at 10441 S. Regal Blvd. The NBA D-League season is November through April. Visit www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa or call 918-585-8444.
Tulsa Drillers baseball Tulsa has enjoyed professional baseball for more than 100 years. For the past 36 years, the Drillers have represented one of the most successful periods in the city’s long association with minor league baseball. The Drillers franchise dates back to 1977, when a team from Lafayette, La., moved to Tulsa and played in Oiler Park before moving to the then-new Drillers Stadium at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds in 1980. The team moved in 2010 to a new downtown stadium, ONEOK Field, a sparkling park that drew 408,183 fans that first season, the highest season total in Tulsa baseball history. The team prides itself on a family-friendly atmosphere and affordable ticket prices, starting as low as $5 for lawn seating. Many promotions are offered, including $2 Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and Grand Slam Saturdays. The Drillers, a member of the Class AA Texas League, were affiliated with the Texas Rangers from 1977-2002. The Drillers then Continued on p. 50
Tulsa Drillers outfielder Delta Cleary Jr.
Tulsa 66ers basketball
Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers
With the entire state of Oklahoma energized by the rapid rise and the huge success of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 66ers hope to capitalize on the state’s love affair with professional hoops. The 66ers, members of the NBA Development League, are owned by Professional Basketball Club LLC, also the Thunder’s ownership group. Being so closely related to one of the most entertaining and successful teams in the NBA has its advantages. The 66er basketball philosophy, game environment and on-court entertainment are all modeled after the parent Thunder club. In addition, each of the 17 teams in the D-League has one to three NBA affiliates who are permitted to assign players during their first or second seasons in the D-League. The 66ers’ lone affiliate is the Thunder. Through this pipeline connection, local fans can watch potential future Thunder players sharpen their skills and develop their oncourt talent. Several current Thunder players, including Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones, have seen action for the 66ers. Tulsa Guest Guide 49
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Shock guard Riquna Williams hits a shot.
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became affiliates of the Colorado Rockies of the National League. Several major league all-stars spent their formative years with the Drillers, including Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler. The Drillers and ONEOK Field played hosts to the 2012 Texas League All-Star game in summer 2012, which enabled the team to showcase the stadium and the city to the entire professional baseball community. The Drillers have been Texas League champions three times, in 1982, 1988 and 1998, as well as Eastern Division Champions in 1999 and 2002. Visit www.tulsadrillers.com or call 918-744-5901.
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CATCH ALL THE * EXCITEMENT ONEOK Field
Tulsaâ€™s Downtown AA Ballpark 2012 & 2013 NORTH DIVISION FIRST-HALF CHAMPIONS
Double-A & Texas League Organization of the Year
Buy and print tickets from home at
MONDAY - Purple Mondays - Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Nights TUESDAY - $2 Tuesday - $2 Tickets & Select Concession Items WEDNESDAY - Bark in the Park - Bring your Dog to ONEOK Field THURSDAY - Thirsty Thursdays - $1 Beers & Sodas - Jerseys* FRIDAY - Friday Night Fireworks - Post Game Fireworks SATURDAY - Fireworks or Premium Giveaways Sundays - ALL Kids Eat Free, Souvenir Sundays - Kid Themed Giveaways *Check Schedule for Jersey Nights
Sports & Recreation [ ] Whether you enjoy participating in sports or just cheering them on from the stands, you will find endless opportunities to enjoy athletics in every area while you are in Tulsa.
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE TEAM?
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If your idea of fun includes running, hiking, inline skating, walking, biking, tennis, soccer, softball or baseball, Tulsa can take care of you. Tulsa River Parks offers 26 miles of asphaltsurfaced trails for running, walking and biking; a disc golf course; a skate park; soccer; and more than 15 miles of dirt trails on Turkey Mountain for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding — all along the Arkansas River. When you are ready for a respite, relax in River Parks’ playgrounds or picnic areas, or watch rowers on the river. Take a walk on the Pedestrian Bridge, a converted railroad bridge over the Arkansas River between 21st and 31st streets, and see the downtown Tulsa skyline in the distance. For tennis enthusiasts, there are 109 public tennis courts (most of them lighted), as well as private indoor courts, throughout the city. For water-sports lovers, Tulsa is surrounded by various large manmade lakes — the most in the United States. (Oklahoma has more shoreline than both coasts.) Fishing, boating, skiing, sailing and even canoeing on the Illinois River are all available within the Tulsa area. Daredevils of a different sort may prefer to join in some laser tag, or indoor or outdoor paintball fun.
Choose from The University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane football and basketball teams, Oral Roberts University’s baseball and basketball teams, or any of Tulsa’s professional sports teams (see p. 48) for some exciting sports competition. Tulsa also hosts numerous regional and national amateur tournaments in volleyball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and bowling. Or, take in the Palomino World Championship Horse Show or similar equine events.
ONEOK Field, home to the Tulsa Drillers
VENUES All Star Sports Complex 10309 E. 61st St., 918-459-0399, www.allstarsportscomplex.com
Fair Meadows Race Track Expo Square, 4705 E. 21st St.; 918-743-7223; www.fairmeadows.com
SoccerCity Tulsa 5817 S. 118th E. Ave., 918-249-0044, www.soccercitytulsa.com
BOK Center 200 S. Denver Ave., 918-894-4200, www.bokcenter.com
H.A. Chapman Stadium 3112 E. Eighth St., 918-631-4688
Tulsa Raceway Park 3101 N. Garnett Road, 918-437-7223, www.tulsaracewaypark.com
Carl Smith Sports Complex 17120 E. 21st St., 918-234-3254 Donald W. Reynolds Center 3208 E. Eighth St., 918-631-4688, www.tulsahurricane.com/facilities/ tuls-reynolds-center.html Expo Square, River Spirit Expo 4145 E. 21st St., 918-744-1113, www.exposquare.com
Mabee Center Oral Roberts University, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-495-6000; www.mabeecenter.com ONEOK Field 201 N. Elgin Ave., 918-744-5901, www.tulsadrillers.com Port City Raceway 15625 E. Pine St., 918-438-7856, www.portcityracin.com
LaserQuest 2909 S. Sheridan Road, 918-663-5551, www.laserquest.com
Andy B’s 8711 S. Lewis Ave., 918-299-9494, www.andybtulsa.com
Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge 211 S. Elgin Ave., 918-430-3901, www.dustbowltulsa.com
Paintball Adventure Games Inc. 10242 S. 49th W. Ave., Sapulpa; 918-224-1055
Broken Arrow Lanes 4701 S. Elm Place, 918-455-4616, www.brokenarrowlanes.com
Sheridan Lanes Bowling 3121 S. Sheridan Road, 918-627-2728, www.amf.com/ sheridanlanesok
SWAT Indoor Paintball Tulsa 8314 E. 71st St., 918-455-7928
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The University of Tulsa Michael D. Case Tennis Center 712 S. Delaware Ave., www.tulsahurricane.com/facilities/ tuls-case-center.html
SKATE PARKS Nienhuis SkatePark 3201 N. Ninth St., Broken Arrow; 918-259-6550; www.brokenarrowok.gov River SkatePark 464 W. 23rd St., 918-596-7275, www.cityoftulsa.org
➠ SPORTS Like to play the links? Tulsa is known for its beautiful, well-manicured and maintained golf courses, including the exclusive Southern Hills Country Club, site of the 2007 PGA Championship, and Forest Ridge Country Club, one of the top daily-fee golf facilities in Oklahoma. You have your choice of 15 public courses, including a lighted par 3 course at LaFortune Park, located on South Yale Avenue from East 51st to 61st streets.
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PUBLIC GOLF COURSES AND DRIVING RANGES Bailey Ranch Golf Club 10105 Larkin Bailey Blvd., Owasso; 918-274-4653; www.baileyranchgolf.com
Lit’l Links Golf Club 11915 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow; 918-481-3673; www.litllinks.com
Battle Creek Golf Club 3200 N. Battle Creek Drive, Broken Arrow; 918-355-4850; www.battlecreekgolf.net
Mohawk Park Golf Course 5223 E. 41st St. N., 918-425-6871, www.tulsagolf.org
Cherokee Hills Golf Club 770 S. Cherokee St., Catoosa; 800-760-6700; www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/golf
Page Belcher Golf Course 6666 S. Union Ave., 918-446-1529, www.tulsagolf.org
Clary Fields Golf Club 9999 S. 49th W. Ave., Sapulpa; 918-248-4080; www.claryfields.com
South Lakes Golf Course 9253 S. Elwood Ave., Jenks; 918-746-3760; www.southlakesgolf.com
Forest Ridge Golf Course 7501 E. Kenosha Ave., Broken Arrow; 918-357-2282; www.forestridgegolf.com
White Hawk Golf Club 14515 S. Yale Ave., Bixby; 918-366-4653 The Woods Golf Course 11872 S. 274th E. Ave., Coweta; 918-486-3117
LaFortune Park Golf Course 5501 S. Yale Ave., 918-496-6200, www.lafortunegolfclub.com Links Golf & Athletic Club 11500 S. Links Court, Bixby; 918-369-6035
34 95 RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED • (918) 299-8000 • 300 RIVERWALK TERRACE, TULSA, OK 74037 • MELTINGPOT.COM Pricing valid at this location only. All menu items are priced and portioned per person. Price above reflects the starting price for the 4-Course Experiences.
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Buy, buy, buy
Shop to your heart’s content for clothing, home items and uniquely Tulsa treasures in these distinctive shopping districts. By Sarah Martin
Downtown Deco shops
ulsa offers shopping options to please any visitor, whether you are looking for big-name national retailers or are on the hunt for something a little different. Because Tulsa has too many shops to hit in one day, make the most of your time here by visiting a shopping district. Shopping also can fit well into your evening plans because some retail areas turn into nightlife hotspots, such as Brookside, Cherry Street and the Blue Dome District. Discover your shopping niche in Tulsa by determining which of these districts matches your taste.
Downtown One of Tulsa’s newest developments is a hip string of shops in the heart of downtown called the Deco District, distinguished by its commitment to local artisans. Made: The Indie Emporium TIPS: A place to spend Shop, 501 S. an hour or two. Free Boston Ave., street parking after offers creative 5 p.m. Deco District handmade stores are located jewelry, gifts, inside the Philcade home goods Building. and state-spirit
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apparel made by Tulsans. “When people shop at our shop, they are not only supporting us but also other local business owners,” says Christine Sharp-Crowe, who owns Made with her husband, Thom. A few blocks northeast, you will find the Blue Dome District, which harbors a few Tulsa staples. Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit Ave., is a trendy home accessory store that also is the ultimate souvenir shop, carrying local music, Tulsa T-shirts and photos of iconic Tulsa scenes. Next door is Lyon’s Indian Store, a longstanding Tulsa establishment, where you will find Native American arts and crafts as well as apparel and moccasins. If you are a T-shirt hoarder and looking for the Tulsa version of the “I (Heart) NYC” classic, Boomtown Tees, 114 S. Elgin Ave., is your place. The shop’s variety of soft threads creatively features landmarks or symbols meaningful to Tulsa and the state. HOURS: vary. Most shops close early, around 6 or 7 p.m.
Cherry Street/15th Street From antiques and taverns to bicycle shops and cafés, historic Cherry Street is comprised of a few blocks of Tulsa that are full of character.
Contemporary clothing and accessories fill the locally owned boutiques on this street. “My store’s style is femininity with an edge,” says Laura Scott, owner of women’s clothing boutique Rope. Among the latest retailers to open in the Cherry Street district is Linda James Antiques, 1345 E. 15th St., an antique home décor shop that features period TIPS: A place to pieces from spend a half-day. abroad. Parking is typically Owner Linda located behind the James says the stores and is limited, store is inspired by so plan to walk from the internationally store to store. known interior designer Charles Faudree, who had previously owned the space. His shop celebrated all things French, and so does James. Shoppers can find terra cotta pieces, Italian candlesticks, decorative gifts, French pottery, wingchairs, silver letter openers, and much more. One of the most well-known features of Cherry Street is its farmers’ market, held from 7-11 a.m. each Saturday from April to October. The market features Oklahoma-grown vegetables, fruits, animal products, prepared foods and crafts. The variety of goods, large following and live entertainment make this the most vibrant farmers’ market in the city. HOURS: typically 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Utica Square The crème de la crème of Tulsa shopping can be found within the quaint village of Utica Square. You will be enchanted by lights strung through the trees during the holidays or by checkered picnic blankets and TIPS: A walkable live music in the place to spend the summer. day. Free storefront The sidewalks are parking. lined with upscale retailers, such as longtime shopping destination Miss Jackson’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Specialty boutiques, such as Margo’s, Pavilion and The Snow Goose, offer rare treasures. “It’s a wonderful, friendly place to shop (with) great places to eat, wonderful customer Continued on p. 56
Spend The day aT The Farm
The Farm, a Tulsa Landmark, is charmingly reminiscent of a village square and features a 90 year old restored barn. This tree-lined outdoor shopping center with convenient curbside parking is home to more than 40 national, regional and local retailers, services and restaurants creating a unique shopping experience in the heart of Tulsa.
Billy Sims BBQ Furr’s Buffet Mazzio’s Pizza
At The Farm
Great Harvest Bread Co. Java Dave’s Coffee Subway Sandwich Shop
Villa Ravenna Italian Restaurant Margaret’s German Restaurant Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili
The Farm Shopping Center is conveniently located on the Southeast Corner of 51st & Sheridan
Continued from p. 54 service from all and lots of local vendors,” says Julie Kelly, owner of Pavilion. The food is as luxurious as the clothing, with one-of-a-kind and national chain restaurants, longtime grocer Petty’s Fine Foods, a candy store, and a wine and liquor shop. Notable national retailers include Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. HOURS: typically 10 a.m.-6 p.m. LOCATION: East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue
... people that have a vested interest in you, the customer,” says Steve Aberson, owner of Abersons. “You can’t get that anywhere.” For a taste of Tulsa, be sure to stop into Ida Red, 3336 S. Peoria Ave., a retail spinoff of Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom music venue. CDs, books, posters and T-shirts for local bands are the store’s specialty, as well as oldfashioned candy and sodas. HOURS: typically 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
To escape Oklahoma’s cruel winters and smoldering summers, shopping malls offer indoor havens. A carousel sits in the middle of the city’s largest mall, Woodland TIPS: A place to Hills, 7021 S. spend the day. Memorial Drive, Parking lots are free. which boasts more than 165 stores, notably Build-A-Bear, Sephora, J.Crew, Gap and Apple. The mall is anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears. Other malls include Tulsa Promenade, 4107 S. Yale Ave., anchored by JCPenney, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Hollywood Theaters. HOURS: typically 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
This circa-1950s strip bustles day and night as home to some of the city’s most fashionable apparel and interiors shops and art exhibits. Abersons, 3509 S. Peoria Ave., is a Tulsa tradition for upscale men’s and women’s clothing, carrying lines at a variety of price points, as well as lines from Lanvin TIPS: A place to and Jil Sander. spend a half-day. Stay “What’s nice late for the area’s is that when you dynamic nightlife. are in this area, Free parking lots are stores are locally located behind the owned, so you stores. are working with
STORES WORTH SEEKING OUT:
JENKS MAIN STREET: For a small-town atmosphere, drive to Jenks’ quaint Main Street, featuring cottage-styled installments filled with premier antiques. River City Trading Post, 301 E. Main St., is a marketstyle antiquary with a budget-friendly variety of treasures. THE VINTAGE PEARL: Located at 8144-B S. Lewis Ave., this is a hot spot offering personalized, hand-stamped jewelry. SOUTH TULSA MARKETPLACES: Windsor Market is a large bazaar of elegant antiques, art and interiors located at 6808 S. Memorial Drive, only a short drive from Woodland Hills Mall. Another indoor marketplace, The Market at Walnut Creek, sells home décor items, clothing and jewelry from various vendors. The Market is located a bit farther southeast at 8281 S. Harvard Ave. VINTAGE SHOPS: If you want Tulsa gear circa 1970, try vintage shops Cheap Thrills, 3018 E. 15th St., and mod50s modern, 2921 E. 15th St.
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More than 100 specialty stores a soft and safe play area for the kids, a 12-screen movie theater and a variety of dining options.
Conveniently located in Midtown Tulsa at 41st and Yale, near I-44 and the Broken Arrow Expressway.
monday-saturday: 10am ~ 9pm, sunday: 12pm ~ 6pm (holiday hours vary) â€˘ tulsapromenade.com â€˘ 918-627-9282
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Communications manager, KSQ Architects PC; blogger, www.frankette.com
Monica Roberts lunches at The Tavern, home to her favorite burger.
Oh, the places I will go … Breakfast in bed As a working mom of three, spending an extra hour on my luscious Tempur-Pedic mattress would be ideal. In a quiet house, with the New York Times, and Topeca coffee delivered alongside one of their muffins. Ihloff Salon and Day Spa 1876 Utica Square, Ste. 1A One of my favorite luxurious treats is a day of beauty at Ihloff Salon at Utica Square, complete with massage, facial and mani/pedi. Throw in their spa lunch, and we’re talking nirvana wrapped in a white robe. The Yoga Room 3403 S. Peoria Ave., Ste. 300 I’d take my husband with me to a class at The Yoga Room, where we’d both get some much needed stress relief. Then I’d promptly send him off to manage the kiddos since we’re talking
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about my perfect weekend and he’s just lucky to have been included. Shoe Gypsy www.shoegypsytulsa.com Shopping that doesn’t include cereal, Goldfish crackers and milk would be in order. And since shoes always fit, I’d visit Tulsa-based Shoe Gypsy’s website for a pair of their unique sandals to show off my freshly polished piggies. Naturally I’d see their cute kids’ TOMS and have to buy a couple pairs — it’s a sick mommy sort of thing. Valkyrie 13 E. Brady St. One of my new favorite beverages is the Moscow Mule at Valkyrie, where they make their own homemade ginger beer. Served in a copper mug, it’s the perfect summer drink and will make you completely obsessed with copper mugs. The Tavern 201 N. Main St. For lunch, the burger at The Tavern would be
right around the corner and hard to refuse. With the amazing Stilton and mushroom combo they add under a homemade bun, this hot dish gives a girl fantasies ... trust me on this. Cherry Street Farmers’ Market South Peoria Avenue and East 15th Street; 7-11 a.m., Saturdays from April-October If I’m hosting friends for dinner, a stop at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market is a must. From fresh breads and cheeses to local meats, fruits and veggies, the assortment of food is almost as fun as the people and dog watching. Back to bed Since my kids get plenty of attention the other 363 days a year, I’d simply give them a formal kiss and a pat, “Downton Abbey” style, while I watched the entire three-season marathon from my aforementioned mattress. Lady Grantham has nothing on this matron of the manor.
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Tulsa is a shopaholic’s dream. Furniture, clothing, antiques, specialty foods and gift items — you can find most anything at the city’s boutiques, shopping centers and malls.
KingsPointe Village Shopping Center
East 32nd to 41st streets on South Peoria Avenue, www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com Take a stroll down this historic district, full of unique boutiques, art galleries, modern shops and upscale dining. A quaint shopping experience during the day transforms into a neon avenue at night as Tulsans flock to clubs and bars for a night on the town.
East 61st Street and South Yale Avenue, www.kpvtulsa.com This outdoor shopping center includes casual and gourmet dining, sporting goods and interior design stores, and a salon. Shop during the day and wrap up with dinner at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, McGill’s or Pei Wei.
East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue, www.uticasquare.com This Tulsa original offers a delightful combination of local and national shops and upscale restaurants to make for a great day of shopping. The outdoor shopping center features 36 varieties of trees, meticulously landscaped flowerbeds, water fountains, English telephone booths, wrought-iron benches and Old World clocks. Also, during the summer, the Square features live outdoor entertainment on Thursday evenings.
Philbrook Museum Shop Cherry Street/15th Street East 15th Street, east of South Peoria Avenue This distinctive area, redeveloped in the early 1980s, draws all varieties of Tulsans seeking fine dining, antiques and beautiful architecture. Boutiques, salons and a Saturday morning farmers’ market during the growing season make this district an interesting place to wander.
2727 S. Rockford Road, www.philbrook.org Remember your day at the museum by shopping at this inspiring and relaxed retail outlet. Choose from a large selection of artrelated books and merchandise, jewelry, toys and museum exhibit-inspired items. You also can dine at Philbrook’s La Villa restaurant, which overlooks the museum gardens.
The Plaza Gilcrease Museum Shop 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu If you are looking for an exceptional selection of Native American art, bronze statues, jewelry, Native American and Western American books and toys, as well as a variety of clothing and accessories, this is the place for you. The shop also offers items inspired by Gilcrease Museum exhibits.
Jenks, America West of the Arkansas River on South 96th Street, www.jenks.com Travel back in time as you wander through antique shops and tearooms in historic downtown Jenks. This “Antiques and Crafts Capital of Oklahoma” also features RiverWalk Crossing, on the bank of the Arkansas River, which offers shopping and dining choices, as well as an eight-screen movie theater.
Kings Landing 9900 Riverside Parkway, www.kingslandingtulsa.com This Tulsa shopping district offers diverse shops and gourmet dining along the Arkansas River. Along with an enjoyable atmosphere, Kings Landing shops include Luxe Home Interiors, Push Pedal Pull, J. Cole Shoes, Red Rock Canyon Grill and Yolotti Frozen Yogurt.
East 81st Street and South Lewis Avenue This outdoor shopping center offers upscale shops featuring clothing, accessories, health and beauty products, jewelry, home furnishings and personal services. As far as dining, The Plaza’s got it all, with restaurants featuring Italian, deli and Asian fare.
Shops of Seville East 101st Street and South Yale Avenue, www.shopsofsevilletulsa.com Stop by when you are in the mood for unique Mediterranean architecture and quaint boutiques. These upscale shops, full of various gift ideas and home furnishings, create the perfect outing and offer charming bistros for a distinct dining experience.
The Farm Shopping Center East 51st Street and South Sheridan Road, www.farmshoppingcenter.com The centerpiece of this charming shopping area is a restored rustic barn, adding to the village square-like feel. Park your car and spend some time exploring the blend of more than 40 national, regional and local retailers, including Dog Dish, Pier 1 Imports, Massoud’s jewelry, Espigares Watches & Clocks and I.O. Metro. Hungry? Choose from a variety of eateries, such as Billy Sims BBQ, Margaret’s German Restaurant & Deli and Villa Ravenna.
SHOPPING CENTERS Tulsa Promenade Mall East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue, www.tulsapromenade.com JCPenney, Macy’s and Dillard’s anchor this spacious shopping mall, complete with a food court, a variety of specialty shops and a 12-screen movie theater.
SouthRoads East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue Catch the newest flick at the AMC 20 movie theater, buy your pet a treat at PETCO or browse to your heart’s content at Barnes & Noble in this popular shopping center. Other stores include Old Navy, Ulta and a TGI Friday’s restaurant.
Tulsa Hills West 71st Street and Highway 75 Located in west Tulsa across the Arkansas River, Tulsa Hills is one of the metro area’s newest shopping havens. The center opened in 2008 and includes anchors Target, Belk, Famous Footwear and Marshalls, along with restaurants such as Chili’s and Smashburger.
Woodland Hills Mall East 71st Street and South Memorial Drive, www.simon.com/mall/woodland-hills-mall The largest mall in the region, Woodland Hills offers more than 150 specialty shops and four large department stores. The mall also houses stores not offered anywhere else in Tulsa, such as Lolli and Pops gourmet confectionary. JCPenney, Sears, Macy’s and Dillard’s make this mall a shopper’s paradise, with a retail establishment to please every taste.
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We got the beat
Looking to take in some live music during your visit? Tulsa offers a variety of venues hosting musicians with local and national fame in multiple musical genres. By Lindsey Neal Kuykendall
Center of the Universe Festival
klahoma: home of Woody Guthrie, Leon Russell, The Flaming Lips, J.J. Cale, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Hanson, Bob Wills, The Tractors and so many more. The history of the Tulsa Sound musical style of the late 1950s and ’60s reverberates here through historical venues, legendary studios, the pioneering musicians who still reside here and an inspired new generation of local musicians who are proud to carry the proverbial torch. As a visitor to Tulsa, you can catch musical acts traveling through on national tours or local musicians creating one of the best underground music scenes in the country. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can find music in theaters and bars, at street festivals, at the Tulsa State Fair and more. Here are a few suggestions.
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Festivals Throughout the year, check out these music hotspots: Center of the Universe Festival: Held annually in July in downtown Tulsa. Visit www.centeroftheuniversefestival.com. Free Tulsa: Held annually in the summer in downtown Tulsa. Mayfest: Held annually in May in downtown Tulsa. Visit www.tulsamayfest.org. Oktoberfest: Held annually in October on the west side of the Arkansas River at 21st Street. Visit www.tulsaoktoberfest.org. Tulsa Pride: Held annually in June near the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St. Visit www.okeq.org. Tulsa State Fair: Held annually in September and October at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Visit www.tulsastatefair.com.
Woody Guthrie Folk Festival: Held annually in July in Okemah, Okla. Visit www.woodyguthrie.com.
Here is a smattering of places to find music any night of the week: Cain’s Ballroom Local and national acts The home of Western swing and the original home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Cain’s Ballroom is an exceptional concert venue. Ticket prices vary by event. Most concerts at Cain’s are general admission or standing room only. Cain’s is located at 423 N. Main St. Check for concert listings at www.cainsballroom.com or call 918-584-2306.
Fassler Hall is a popular downtown venue for original local musicians as well as national acts.
Brady Theater National acts, all genres The historic downtown Brady Theater, aka “The Old Lady on Brady,” is the leader of the Brady Arts District. Home to the Leon Russell Birthday Bash, the 2,800-seat theater is said to be haunted and has no bad seats in the house. The Brady Theater is located at 105 W. Brady St. For concert listings and information, visit www. bradytheater.com or call 918-582-7239.
BOK Center National acts, mainstream This downtown arena, located at 200 S. Denver Ave., hosts national music and sporting events. The giant, round venue has hosted some of the world’s biggest acts and won’t disappoint. For concert listings and information, visit www.bokcenter.com or call 918-894-4200.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Theater, opera, classical The downtown Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., is a complex of several theaters and hosts live music, as well as performances in drama, opera, symphony, ballet and more. For show listings, visit www.tulsapac.com or call 918-596-7111.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
LOCAL MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS Want to do what the locals do? Here’s a shortlist of where the locals see music:
The Colony Boasting live local music nearly seven nights a week, this dark little dive always has something to offer. The Colony is located at 2809 S. Harvard Ave. Visit www.thecolonytulsa.com or call 918-749-4208.
Fassler Hall A German beer joint and former car garage, Fassler Hall is sure to please with music, beer and bratwurst. It is located at 304 S. Elgin Ave. Visit www.fasslerhall.com or call 918-576-7898.
The Church Studio and Leon Russell Road (private recording studio) It’s not a venue but a piece of Tulsa music history. Located at 304 S. Trenton Ave., The Church Studio is a former church that Leon Russell turned into a recording studio in the 1970s. When Russell operated the studio from 1973-1976, he ran Shelter Records, a label that signed the likes of Tom Petty and The Gap Band and recorded musicians including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. The Church Studio now sits on Leon Russell Road at East Third Street between Utica and Peoria avenues. Drive by for a look at a little piece of history and take a photo near the Leon Russell Road sign.
The Yeti Saloon and SoundPony Lounge Next door to Cain’s (literally steps away) are The Yeti Saloon, 417 N. Main St., and SoundPony Lounge, 409 N. Main St., for a perfect pre-show or after-show beverage and hangout spot. Visit www.thesoundpony.com or www.yetisaloon.com.
Jazz, blues, gospel Located in the former Tulsa Union Depot at 111 E. First St., the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame hosts a variety of evening events and inducts worthy musicians into its ranks. Visit www.okjazz.org for event listings or call 918-281-8600. Tulsa Guest Guide 61
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Enterprise financial planning and analysis, Williams; founder and president of Horton Records LTD, a nonprofit record label based in Tulsa
It’s no surprise Brian Horton’s perfect weekend includes plenty of local music.
Oh, the places I will go … Fassler Hall 304 S. Elgin Ave. I’d start the day with breakfast tacos at Fassler Hall with their door up — a nice relaxing hang. I love their hot sauce selection.
on a session and observe the creative process. It’s fascinating to see Costa Stasinopoulos or other engineers/producers work with artists and hear songs come to life. There’s something special about that place.
Tulsa Athletics East 15th Street and South Yale Avenue Go to the old Drillers Stadium and check out Tulsa’s hottest new sports team, the Tulsa Athletics men’s soccer team. It’s fantastic, with enthusiastic crowd support and great fun for everyone. I might also snag a bite to eat from one of the many Tulsa food trucks.
Guthrie Green 111 E. Brady St. Then I’d spend some time sitting out on Guthrie Green listening to great music. It’s so relaxing and beautiful to see so many different people with kids and pets, just hanging out. And the Sunday Market is fantastic, with gorgeous produce and lots of great vendors with unique stuff.
Ida Red 3336 S. Peoria Ave. Next, I’d drive over to Brookside to Ida Red and grab a fancy, old-time soda. I like all of the orange and strawberry choices, plus there’s lots of other cool stuff to browse through, like Man Candles.
The University of Tulsa 800 S. Tucker Drive I’d want to catch a TU Men’s basketball game. I have high hopes for the program with Coach Danny Manning. When that team is performing well, the atmosphere at the Reynolds Center is fantastic.
The Church Studio On Leon Russell Road at East Third Street between Utica and Peoria avenues I’d head over to The Church Studio and pop in
Lone Wolf Bahn Mi 918-804-1345 The best truck food in T-Town. Bahn Mi kimchi fries — eat till you win.
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The Colony 2809 S. Harvard Ave. A weekend would never be complete without a stop at The Colony. I’d enjoy a nice bevy inside or on the patio and chomp on some fresh popcorn — and, of course, there’s the music. There are always special guests and lots of surprises from touring bands and other great Tulsa musicians stopping by to sit in and play. SoundPony Lounge 409 N. Main St. When I stop in SoundPony, I always run into someone I know and laugh a lot. It’s a nice, cozy, relaxing hang, like you are in another world. And the pints are always spot on. Cain’s Ballroom and Brady Theater 423 N. Main St.; 105 W. Brady St. Later I’d go to a concert at Cain’s Ballroom or the Brady Theater and catch a larger touring act. When the venues are full for a bigger show, it’s an electric feeling; the band is on and the audience is involved.
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Hit the town at one of Tulsa’s nighttime hot spots. Grab some friends and enjoy drinks, food and even live music at one of these many venues.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Interstate 44 and 193rd East Avenue, Catoosa; 918-384-7800, 800-760-6700; www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com Try your hand at poker, blackjack or one of the more than 2,000 electronic games, including video poker, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The resort features a hotel, a championship golf course, an assortment of shows and several restaurants. River Spirit Casino 8330 S. Riverside Parkway, 918-995-8518, www.riverspirittulsa.com River Spirit Casino offers more than 1,100 Class II casino games, blackjack and poker tables, promotions and events, and large cash payouts. Osage Casino-Sand Springs 301 Blackjack Drive, Sand Springs; 918-699-7723; www.osagecasinos.com Enjoy a food court, bar and lounge and more than 500 electronic gaming devices in this 25,000-square-foot oilfield-themed casino. Osage Casino-Tulsa 951 W. 36th St. N., 918-699-7614, www.osagecasinos.com This 47,000-square-foot casino features a “blues and jazz” theme with more than 600 electronic gaming devices, a full-service restaurant and an entertainment venue.
BLUE DOME DISTRICT
Mercury Lounge 1747 S. Boston Ave., www.mercurylounge918.com New Age Renegade 1649 S. Main St., 918-585-3405, www.renegadetulsa.com Vintage 1740 Wine Bar 1740 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-0700, www.vintage1740.com
BRADY ARTS DISTRICT Brady Theater 105 W. Brady St., 918-582-7239, www.bradytheater.com
Cain’s Ballroom 423 N. Main St., 918-584-2306, www.cainsballroom.com Caz’s Pub 21 E. Brady St., 918-585-8587, www.cazspub.com Club 209 209 N. Boulder Ave., 918-584-9944, www.club209tulsa.com Club Majestic 124 N. Boston Ave., 918-584-9494, www.clubmajestictulsa.com SoundPony 409 N. Main St., 918-582-7669, www.thesoundpony.com The Tavern 201 N. Main St., 918-949-9801, www.taverntulsa.com Valkyrie 13 E. Brady St., 918-295-2160 The Vanguard 222 N. Main St., 918-561-6885, www.thevanguardtulsa.com The Yeti Saloon 417 N. Main St., 918-936-4994
Arnie’s Irish Bar 318 E. Second St., 918-583-0797, www.arniesbar.com
El Guapo’s Cantina 332 E. First St., 918-382-7482, www.elguaposcantina.net
The Brook 3401 S. Peoria Ave., 918-748-9977; south location: 7727 E. 91st St., 918-392-9977; www.brookrestaurant.com
Enso 230 E. First St., 918-551-7447, www.ensobar.com Fassler Hall 304 S. Elgin Ave., 918-576-7898, www.fasslerhall.com James E. McNellie’s Public House 409 E. First St., 918-382-7468, www.mcnellies.com The Max Retropub 114-C S. Elgin Ave., 918-895-6200, www.themaxretropub.com Woody’s Corner Bar 325 E. Second St., 918-794-8645
Another Round 3307 S. Peoria Ave., 918-747-6994
Cosmo Café 3334 S. Peoria Ave., 918-933-4848, www.cosmo-café.com Crow Creek Tavern 3534 S. Peoria Ave., 918-749-9100, www.crowcreektavern.com
R Bar & Grill 3421 S. Peoria Ave., 918-392-4811 Sharky’s 3415 S. Peoria Ave., 918-742-9500, www.sharkworld.com The Warehouse Bar and Grill 3346 S. Peoria Ave., 918-742-9005, www.thewarehousebartulsa.com
Full Moon Café 1525 E. 15th St., 918-583-6666; Broken Arrow: 411 W. Stonewood Drive, 918-994-6363
Club Rumors 12570 E. 21st St., 918-270-9059, www.club-rumors.com The Colony 2809 S. Harvard Ave., 918-794-4208, www.thecolonytulsa.com Crawpappy’s 3344 E. 51st St., 918-743-3342 Ed’s Hurricane Lounge 3216 E. 11th St., 918-587-6426 Elephant Run 3141 E. Skelly Drive, 918-746-8271, www.elephantrun.com
Drake’s Tavern 1546 E. 15th St., 918-295-5850
Fishbonz 106 S. Atlanta St., Owasso; 918-274-8202
Empire 1516 S. Peoria Ave., 918-599-9512
Four Aces Tavern 11035 E. 41st St., 918-664-5656
Gray Snail 1334 E. 15th St., 918-587-7584
Harvard Sports Bar and Grill 4775 S. Harvard Ave., 918-712-7537
Kilkenny’s 1413 E. 15th St., 918-582-8282, www.tulsairishpub.com
Hall of Fame 19011 E. Admiral Place, Catoosa; 918-739-4388
Cellar Dweller 417 W. Seventh St. Elote’s Luchador Bar 514 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-1403, www.elotetulsa.com Mayo Hotel Penthouse Bar 114 W. Fifth St., 918-582-6296, www.themayohotel.com Orpha’s Lounge 112 W. Fourth St., 918-587-7232 Sax Martini Lounge 107 N. Lewis Ave., 918-707-5033
JuJax’s Pub 15722 S. Memorial Drive, 918-366-3663, www.jujaxs.com Last Call 4307 S. Sheridan Road, 918-628-1123 The Loony Bin Comedy Club 6808 S. Memorial Drive, 918-392-5653, www.loonybincomedy.com Louie’s Grill & Bar 6310 E. 101st St., 918-298-5777, www.louies.ehsrg.com Magoo’s Restaurant and Billiards 5002 S. Memorial Drive, 918-663-3364, www.tulsamagoos.com
Backyard Bar 1229 S. Memorial Drive, 918-794-3222
Market Pub 5058 S. 79th E. Ave., 918-627-3777
Baker St. Pub & Grill 6620 S. Memorial Drive, 918-286-2227, www.sherlockspubco.com
Mr. Lucky’s Pub 8240 E. 41st St., 918-628-0222
The Bar 8278 E. 71st St., 918-254-4917
Pickles Pub 4902 S. Sheridan Road, 918-664-6800
Blue Rose Café 1924 Riverside Drive, 918-582-4600, www.bluerosecafetulsa.com
Red Dirt Dancehall and Saloon 6214 S. Sheridan Road, 918-491-1200, www.reddirttulsa.com
Blue Turtle Tavern 6350 S. Lewis Ave., 918-745-2077
Roadside Pub 1005 S. Sheridan Road, 918-832-7686
Blush 8421 E. 61st St., 918-893-7979
In the Raw 3321 S. Peoria Ave., 918-744-1300; south location: 6151 S. Sheridan Road, 918-524-0063; www.intherawsushi.com
The Buckaneer Bar 1120 S. Harvard Ave., 918-584-4867
Leon’s 3301 S. Peoria Ave., 918-933-5366, www.eatatleons.com
CJ Moloney’s 1849 S. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow; 918-251-1973
The Caravan Cattle Co. 7901 E. 41st St., 918-663-5468
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Oh, the places I will go … The New Atlas Grill 415 S. Boston Ave. Breakfast at the Atlas is a weekend staple. They have the most amazing home fries with fried jalapeños and onions; they’re the best in town. Don’t miss the French toast and waffles. Plus, it’s all in the bottom of a historic downtown building. Bison and Bear 509 S. Boston Ave. The only shop I know of that caters specifically to beardy, manly men. It’s of course one of my favorite shopping destinations if I’m shopping for myself. I exclusively use their unique shaving products (not to brag, but I do have an award-winning beard). Fat Guys Burger Bar 140 N. Greenwood Ave. This is definitely one of my favorite places to eat on the weekend (when I’m not watching my girlish figure). I get the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger with Thai toppings. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s the best. Riverside Drive West of downtown, along the Arkansas River I love to ride my Vespa down Riverside and check out all the cool public art, including the new Route 66 sculpture at Riverside Drive and Southwest Boulevard. Maybe I’ll even grab a beer at the Blue Rose Café (1924 Riverside Drive). They usually have local beers on tap. Tulsa Zoo 6421 E. 36th St. N. Saturday afternoons at the zoo are the best. We always do a round-trip train ride. Our daughter always has to see the elephants, giraffes and otters. Eloté Café & Catering 514 S. Boston Ave. They have great queso, and it’s a super-fun, local destination for something different. The luchador fights are always a sight to be seen, and it’s the most authentic Mexican wrestling this side of the Rio Grande. Guthrie Green Sunday Market 111 E. Brady St. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays, the Guthrie Green hosts an amazing local market that’s more than just farmers. They also have local artists, handcrafted goods and food trucks. It is a great time. Bands start playing at noon. Our daughter loves to play in the fountains and the splash pad. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday. Admiral Twin Drive-in 7355 E. Easton St. When we want to see a movie but can’t find a babysitter, the Admiral Twin is the perfect solution. The baby can play while we watch the movie, and then she’ll fall asleep in the car to the lull of the movie score. If we’re feeling extra saucy, we might even stay for the second feature, which is free! Whiskey Business 306 E. First St. I honestly don’t know how I survived before Whiskey Business opened. It’s downtown’s only liquor store. They have an amazing selection of wines and great, local beers. I love to buy some local craft beers like Prairie Artisan Ales and Marshall Brewing Co. Tulsa Guest Guide 65
Dining Guide HEY MAMBO Located in the historic Brady Arts District, Hey Mambo is a true brick oven Italian restaurant and wine bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in the hands of the customer. Owner Scott Mooreâ€™s mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a modern and vibrant atmosphere. The dedicated and friendly staff is always on hand to help with whatever the guest needs. 114 N. Boston Ave. 918-508-7000 www.heymambo.com
FRENCH HEN The French Hen is a celebrated restaurant known for its traditional French menu focused on made-from-scratch recipes with the freshest, quality ingredients. Lunch and dinner menus feature an array of palate-pleasing appetizers to complement any main course. The French Hen is known for its seared duck breast, with other customer favorites including prime steaks and the restaurantâ€™s daily specials, featuring seafood and mixed grill items. 7143 S. Yale Ave. 918-492-2596 www.frenchhentulsa.net
THE HEN The naughty little sister
The Hen offers the same exceptional food and service as her big sister, The French Hen, in the livelier and more casual Brookside area. The Hen features farm-to-table cuisine as well as offering many gluten-free menu items. Owner Kathy Bondy is an experienced Tulsa restaurateur who is the chairman of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. 3509 S. Peoria Ave. 918-935-3420 www.thehenbistro.com
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Cuisine: Brick Oven Italian Setting: Historic Brady Arts District Prices: $8-$32 Credit Cards: All major Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.2 p.m., 4-10 p.m.; Friday open til 11 p.m.; Saturday 12-11 p.m., Sunday 12-9 p.m. Dress: Casual Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Street
Cuisine: Classic French cuisine Setting: Lighthouse Shopping Center Prices: $5-$42 Credit Cards: All major accepted Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.Fri.; 4-10 p.m. Sat. Reservations: Recommended Dress: Business Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Ample
Cuisine: American/French Setting: Charming Consortium in Brookside Prices: $5-$32 Credit Cards: All major Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. Reservations: Recommended Dress: Casual Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Ample
AKIRA SUSHI BAR Akira Sushi Bar features fresh, high quality sushi and Japanese cuisine. With 20 years of sushi knowledge, the restaurant staff and its owners understand the importance of a great dining experience and are committed to providing the finest food with exceptional customer service. Akira Sushi Bar offers an extensive “To Go” menu as well as the regular “Dine In” menu, both of which are available for viewing online. Customers can choose from a lengthy list of appetizers, salads, soups and entrees as well as nigiri, sushi combinations and the option to create your own sushi roll. A children’s menu is also offered. Daily specials are promoted on the restaurant’s Facebook page and the restaurant offers half price appetizers, $2 domestic beers and $3 hot sake during happy hour. When it comes to fine beverages, Akira is proud of their wine, sake, and beer choices. Their inspired list of wine from around the world is complimented by a premium selection of Asian beers and sakes. Full service bar including signature cocktails and martinis.
9455 N. Owasso Expressway 918-376-6115 www.akirasushibars.com
Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, steak and wine Setting: Casual Dining Prices: $25-30 Credit Cards: All major Dress: Casual
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun. Reservations: Accepted Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Ample
817 E. Third St. 918-231-4592 www.tulsawine.com
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Girouard Vines is an urban winery located in downtown Tulsa’s East Village District. The small family-owned and operated winery hosts tastings every Thursday from 5-8pm. Guests can taste award winning Tulsa Deco wines by the glass paired with a variety of gourmet cheeses. Wine flights range from $10-$20, $10 by the glass and cheese trays are $15. The winery is also available for private events. Girouard Vines tasting room, wine-making rooms, courtyard vineyard and art room offer a variety of options for your special occasion. Chris and Jan have crafted seven wines to form the Tulsa Deco Series, each wine with its own unique Tulsa name and taste - Fire Alarm Red, Westhope Cabernet Sauvignon, Streamline Blend, Spotlight Merlot, Atlas Life Chardonnay, Warehouse Market Sauvignon Blanc and Bliss Late Harvest Chardonnay. Look for Tulsa Deco Wines in your favorite wine shop or restaurant in the Tulsa area. Once you go Deco you never go back.
Cuisine: Wine and artisan cheese pairings Setting: Urban elegance Prices: $10-$20 Credit Cards: All major Hours: 5-8 p.m. Thursday
Reservations: Not necessary Dress: Casual Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Street
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Chef Zahidah Hyman and husband Bill Hyman opened KEO in 2007 and has since brought fresh and healthy dining options to its guests. KEO specializes in regional fare from countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. All dishes are prepared in traditional manners using fresh ingredients and served in a modern atmosphere. KEO offers full lunch and dinner services. Diners can find a wide selection of well-known Asian favorites, along with more unique dishes. Appetizers include fresh spring rolls, Ahi poke, dumplings and KEO cakes. A selection of traditional Asian soups and salads are also available. Entrée specialties include shrimp crepes, Ahi tuna burger, Malaysian rendang and a wide selection of stir fry dishes. Kids entrees are also on the menu. And don’t miss out on dessert! KEO’s banana wonton with vanilla bean gelato is sure to please. KEO offers full bar service with an selection of wine, sake and specialty cocktails.
Brookside Tuscana on Yale 3524 S. Peoria Ave. 8921 S. Yale Ave. 918-794-8200 918-794-0090 www.keorestaurant.com
Cuisine: Southeast Asian Setting: Modern Prices: $8-$22 Credit Cards: All major
Hours: Monday- Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations: Accepted Dress: Casual Handicap access: Yes
MOLLY’S LANDING Delicious Food in a relaxing atmosphere
Looking for an unhurried dining experience? How about one that combines a casual vacation atmosphere with mouth-watering steak and seafood meals prepared by a team of dedicated chefs and served by friendly and efficient wait staff? Just 15 minutes from downtown Tulsa, Molly’s Landing is housed in a sprawling log cabin on 10 wooded acres beside Highway 66 and the Verdigris River Bridge. The location, eclectic and interesting décor, and hums of quiet conversations create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Amenities include ramped access, private party rooms for 45 guests, and Chocolate Fountains catering. Call 918-266-7853 for directions.
Molly’s Landing Opened in 1984
Highway 66 By the Bridge Between Claremore and Catoosa 3 miles from the Hard Rock Casino 918-266-7853 www.mollyslanding.com
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Cuisine: Steaks and Seafood Setting: Tasteful Cluttered Prices: $13 to $35 Reservations: Only for parties of 8 or more Credit Cards: All Acccepted Hours: 4-10 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Type of Service: Sit down restaurant with table service Dress: Casual Handicapped Access: Yes Noise level: Very low
Located in the heart of Utica Square, Polo Grill has a long history of excellence in Tulsa. Polo Grill’s reputation is not only local and regional, but it has also been recognized nationwide, with multiple highly recognized accomplishments such as having the largest wine selection in the state with over 1,200 varieties, winning the “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator for 12 consecutive years, and being named “Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRona),” which recognizes culinary excellence in all aspects of dining. Chef/Proprietor Robert Merrifield has influenced the advancement of food and culture in Tulsa for over 31 years. Under Merrifield’s direction, Polo Grill sets the standard of fine dining in Oklahoma. The impeccable service, delectable food, and relaxing atmosphere make for the perfect evening. Whether dining in the main room, lounge or one of five private dining rooms, Polo Grill’s staff is professionally trained to make each guest feel at home. Open for dinner, lunch and weekend brunch, Polo Grill invites you to come as you are as they create a memorable experience worth talking about.
2038 Utica Square 918-744-4280 www.pologrill.com
Cuisine: New Southern American Setting: Beautiful Utica Square Prices: $5-$53 Credit Cards: All but Diner’s Club Reservations: Recommended Dress: Business Casual
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Ample
THE SPUDDER The Best Steak in Tulsa
The Spudder has been a Tulsa tradition since 1976, treating guests to fine steaks, seafood and more in a unique atmosphere. At The Spudder, the dining room is comfortable and staffed by friendly folks eager to make your evening out an experience to remember. Live charcoal grills give the entrees a deep, rich flavor not available anywhere else in Tulsa. Steaks are hand cut in the kitchen from the finest beef, and chefs expertly prepare seafood, pork and chicken. All entrees include potato soup, salad and a choice of baked potato or fries. With any choice, you can depend on a fabulous meal at The Spudder. See the full menu at www.thespudder.com. Named after the oil-drilling rig that sits outside the restaurant, The Spudder treats guests to an atmosphere adorned with memorabilia of Oklahoma’s rich oil heritage. Enjoy high quality service and food the old fashioned way, six nights a week. The Spudder is closed Sundays.
6536 E. 50 St. 918-665-1416 www.thespudder.com
Cuisine: American Steakhouse Setting: Fun Oil Memorabilia Prices: Moderate Dress: Casual Handicapped Access: Yes
Parking: Ample Credit Cards: All Major Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-9; Friday & Saturday 5-10; Closed Sunday
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ELOTE CAFÉ & CATERING Elote Café & Catering serves fresh innovative Mexican food using local products and sustainable practices in the heart of downtown Tulsa. The extensive menu features many gluten free and vegetarian options, as well as seasonal specials inspired and created by farmers’ market offerings. Elote hosts live music every Saturday night and Luchador wrestling once a month. Be sure to check the website’s calendar for music and entertainment listings. Looking for a deal? Every Wednesday night is $2 Puffy Taco Night. Elote has become famous for this menu item, which can be served with chicken, beef, or black beans and sweet potatoes. These tasty tacos have even been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man V. Food” with a Puffy Taco Challenge. Elote is open for lunch and dinner, with the Luchador bar offering up a deep selection of tequila, as well as many other premium spirits and beers. A variety of margaritas round out the bar menu as well.
514 S. Boston Ave. 918-582-1403 www.elotetulsa.com
Cuisine: Fresh innovative Mexican Setting: Casual Prices: $7-$15 Credit Cards: All major Dress: Casual
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Friday night karaoke until 1:30 a.m. Reservations: Call-ahead seating and walk-in Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Street
Cuisine: Modern American Setting: Casual Prices: $7-$15, lunch; $10-$29, dinner Credit Cards: All major Dress: Casual
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday; 4 p.m.-late night, Saturday; open late Friday Reservations: Accepted Handicapped Access: Yes Parking: Parking lot
The Vault serves classic American fare and craft cocktails in a mid-century modern building in the heart of downtown Tulsa. Originally built as the iconic First National Auto Bank from 1958-1959, the building became The Vault in 2012. The Vault hosts live jazz on Thursday evenings and $2.50 sliders on Tuesday nights. Boasting an extensive wine list, the bar also has a unique selection of craft cocktails such as the whiskey sour, Pimm’s cup, gin and jam, and mai tai. All are made to order using fresh ingredients and fine spirits. The seasonal menu features dishes made from scratch using fresh vegetables, meats from local small farms and fresh fish flown in daily. Favorite menu items include quinoa cakes, clipper ship chicken, pretzel sliders, free-range chicken and waffle sandwich, pan-fried Portobello, all natural filet, butterscotch pudding and chocolate bread pudding. At lunch, there are 12 menu items for only $7. The Vault’s second story patio is a great place to catch a late-night cocktail or enjoy dinner al fresco.
620 S. Cincinnati Ave. 918-948-6761 www.vaulttulsa.com
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108 Contemporary p. 37 108 Contemporary, a nonprofit art space, showcases contemporary art based in craft materials such as glass, paper, ceramics, fiber, metals, mixed media and wood. 108 E. Brady St., www.108contemporary.com, 918-895-6302
Elote Café and Catering p. 68 Elote uses fresh, local ingredients to create innovative and healthy Mexican food all while following sustainable practices. Also, check out the Luchador Bar or catch an entertaining Luchador match. 514 S. Boston Ave., www.elotetulsa.com, 918-582-1403
Akira Sushi Bar p. 67 Akira Sushi Bar features fresh, high quality sushi and Japanese cuisine. With 20 years of sushi knowledge, the restaurant staff and its owners understand the importance of a great dining experience and are committed to providing the finest food with exceptional customer service. 9455 N. Owasso Expressway, www.akirasushibars.com, 918-376-6115
Embellishments Interiors p. 15 Interior design services, furniture, art, lamps, antiques and accessories await at Embellishments on Cherry Street. A second location is in Windsor Market at 6808 S. Memorial Drive. 1345 E. 15th St., 918-585-8688
An Affair of the Heart p. 41 An Affair of the Heart is a three-day shopping event featuring unique, one-of-a-kind and often handmade items from jewelry and handbags to furniture, clothing and gourmet foods. 4145 E. 21st St., Expo Square, www.heartoftulsa.com, 800-755-5488 Bandana Tours of Tulsa p. 33 Bandana Tours of Tulsa offers customized tours of the city from 1 hour walking downtown Art Deco/tunnel tours to 2-4 hour city wide tours. Perfect for field trips, birthday parties, office groups or home school co-ops. 4318 S. Trenton Ave., www.bandanatours.com, 918-625-4909 Broken Arrow Visitors Bureau p. 39 The Broken Arrow Visitors Bureau offers information for visitors to the suburb which lies southeast of Tulsa. Dining, meeting, lodging, relocation and activity information is available. 220 S. First St., Broken Arrow, www.VisitBrokenArrowOK.com, 918-259-6512 Celebrity Restaurant p. 3 Celebrity Restaurant’s atmosphere, outstanding food and excellent service have made it a Tulsa tradition for more than 50 years. Try the house’s special Caesar Salad, prepared tableside upon request. 3109 S. Yale Ave., www.celebritytulsa.com, 918-743-1800 Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub p. 9 Founded by local soccer legend Charlie Mitchell, the updated, modern pub features classic pub food like fish and chips, along with lighter fare in a familyfriendly atmosphere. 4848 S. Yale Ave., www.charliemitchells.com, 918-728-8181 Chinowth & Cohen Realtors p. Map Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is a full service, family owned real estate company. Currently there are six offices located in Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, midtown Tulsa, south Tulsa, Owasso and Sand Springs. 3912 E. 91st St., www.cctulsa.com, 918-392-0900 Dog Dish p. 9 Dog Dish sells a variety of pet accessories, features hundreds of selections of custom-made beds, and sells dog food that is manufactured only in the United States or Canada. 6502 E. 51st St., www.thedogdish.com, 918-624-2600
The Farm Shopping Center p. 55 The Farm is a charming, tree-lined outdoor shopping center with convenient curbside parking and more than 40 national, regional and local retailers, services and restaurants. East 51st Street and South Sheridan Road, www.farmshoppingcenter.com
$1,000-$250,000 as each bass will be tagged with a prize. 9630 US Hwy. 49, Suite B, Grove, www.GrandLakeExtravaganza.com, 918-786-2289 H2O Sports Rental p. 45 H2O Sports Rental is Grand Lake’s premier one-stop watercraft rental location offering jet skis, pontoon boats, paddle boats, runabouts/ski boats, tubes, skis and wake boards. 59800 East 307 Lane, Grove, www.H2OSportsRental.com, 918-786-3636 Har-Ber Village p. 45 This pioneer-era village, visitor center and gift shop is located on Grand Lake. During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history as well as view collections of antiques/memorabilia. 4404 W. 20th St., Grove, www.Har-BerVillage.com, 918-786-6446
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar p. 5 At Fleming’s in Utica Square, every visit is filled with indulgent possibilities. Experience our passion for prime steak and wine, served with inspired hospitality. 1976 Utica Square, www.flemingssteakhouse.com, 918-712-7500
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa p. 21 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the premier entertainment destination in northeast Oklahoma, featuring a 170,000-square-foot non-smoking section that includes a poker room and smoke-free gaming, making it Oklahoma’s largest non-smoking gaming floor. 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa, www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com, 800-760-6700
The French Hen p. 66 The French Hen, a Tulsa favorite for more than 30 years, features a traditional French menu featuring the freshest ingredients and prime meats. Open for lunch and dinner. 7143 S. Yale Ave., www.frenchhentulsa.net, 918-492-2596
The Hen p. 66 The Hen is set in the heart of Brookside and serves a unique menu featuring farm-to-table cuisine with a French twist and a number of gluten-free options. 3509 S. Peoria Ave., www.thehenbistro.com, 918-935-3420
Gilcrease Museum p. 41 Gilcrease Museum, located only a short, five-minute drive from downtown Tulsa, is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu, 918-596-2700
Hey Mambo p. 65 Brick-oven pizzas, favorite Italian entrees and plenty of local libations, all in a modern and vibrant atmosphere, make Hey Mambo the perfect destination for a night on the town. 114 N. Boston Ave., www.heymambo.com, 918-508-7000
Girouard Vines, LLC p. 66 Known as Tulsa’s urban winery, Girourard Vines is located in the heart of downtown’s East Village and opens its tasting room each Thursday from 5-8 p.m. 817 E. Third St., www.tulsawine.com, 918-231-4592
Ida Red p. 2 Ida Red is a favorite for local music, posters, TOMS shoes, T-shirts, jewelry and more, including official Cain’s Ballroom merchandise. Over 100 flavors of vintage soda and candy await, too. 3336 S. Peoria Ave., www.idaredboutique.com, 918-949-6950
Go West Restaurant p. 65 Go West Restaurant & Saloon is located on historic Route 66 in a 6,200-square foot sophisticated ranchhouse setting. The menu’s contemporary cowboy cuisine, created by chefs Aila and Johnny Wimpy reflects the many influences of the American West. 6205 New Sapulpa Road, www.GoWestRestaurant.com, 918-466-7546 Grand Lake Association p. 45 The Grand Lake Association markets Grand Lake and the four-county region of Craig, Mayes, Delaware and Ottawa counties. Find information on where to shop, eat and stay while visiting Grand Lake. 9630 Highway 59N, Grove, www.grandlakefun.com, 918-786-2289
In the Raw p. 50 With a menu combining traditional and nouveau sushi plus a variety of non-sushi entrees and a vibrant, hip ambience, In the Raw is synonymous with great food and good time. 3321 S. Peoria Ave., 918-744-1300; 6151 S. Sheridan Road, 918-524-0063, www.intherawsushi.com Joseph Gierek Fine Art p. 31 With one of the finest galleries in the region, Joseph Gierek Fine Art specializes in contemporary painting, sculpture, glass, mixed media works and photography by mid-career and established artists. 1342 E. 11th St., www.gierek.com, 918-592-5432
Grand Lake Extravaganza p. 45 Grand Lake Association Extravaganza is the world’s largest tagged bass event offering the chance to win Tulsa Guest Guide 71
KEO Asian Cuisine p. 66 Keo is a full-service modern Asian restaurant featuring made-to-order cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. Check out the full bar with creative cocktails and an extensive wine and sake selection. 3524 S. Peoria Ave., 918-794-8200; 8921 S. Yale Ave., 918-794-0090, www.keorestaurant.com Linda James Antiques p. 35 Specializing in the finest 18th and 19th century period furniture, art and accessories, Linda James Antiques’ inventory is personally selected in France. Discover the source for Country French interiors. 1345 E. 15th St., Suite A, www.lindajamesantiques.com, 918-295-7711 Living Arts of Tulsa p. 15 Presenting ‘art that makes you talk’, Living Arts of Tulsa is the longest continuously-run, non-profit, contemporary arts organization in Oklahoma. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-5pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. 307 E. Brady St., www.livingarts.org, 918-585-1234 McGill’s p. 9 Since 1991, McGill’s has offered the elegance of fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. With two locations, the restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and happy hour. 6058 S. Yale Ave., 918-388-8080; 1560 E. 21st St., 918-742-8080, www.dinemcgills.com McNellie’s Group p. 19 The McNellie’s Group of restaurants includes downtown hotspots McNellie’s, El Guapo’s, Yokozuna, Dust Bowl, Dilly Deli, The Tavern and Fassler Hall, as well as midtown’s The Colony and McNellie’s South City. www.mcnelliesgroup.com, 918-582-2035
features thousands of salt and fresh water fish and animals including the largest bull sharks in captivity. 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks, www.okaquarium.org, 918-296-FISH Osage Casino p. Inside Back Cover Osage Casino-Tulsa is the nearest gaming/ entertainment venue to downtown Tulsa. Open 24/7, try the new Tulsa buffet for lunch or dinner or Che Buono for specialty coffee or delicious pizza. 951 W. 36th St. N., www.osagecasinos.com, 918-699-7614 Palace Cafe p. Inside Front Cover Palace Café features a creative and inspired menu made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. Stop in for lunch or dinner, or Palace’s Sunday brunch. 1301 E. 15th St., www.palacetulsa.com, 918-582-4321 Pensacola Dam p. 45 Built in the Art Deco style, the Pensacola Dam has captured the interest of the public for decades. The GRDA offers tours at no charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Jct. Hwy 82 & 28, Langley, www.grda.com/electric/facilities/pensacola-dam/ tour-info/, 918-782-4726 Philbrook Museum of Art p. 35 Philbrook Museum of Art is one of America’s finest art institutions, featuring several exhibits each year. The Philbrook gardens are a favorite of locals and visitors alike. 2727 S. Rockford Road, www.philbrook.org, 918-749-7941 Polo Grill p. 68 Polo Grill is a multiple award-winning restaurant known for its extensive wine list, exceptional service and fine dining. Stop in for lunch during a day of shopping at Utica Square. 2038 Utica Square, www.pologrill.com, 918-744-4280
The Melting Pot p. 66 Dinner is an interactive experience at The Melting Pot, a gourmet fondue restaurant. The menu includes creamy cheese fondues, lively salads, fine wines, flavorful entrées and decadent chocolate fondues. 300 Riverwalk TER, Suite 190, Jenks, OK 74037, www.meltingpot.com/tulsa, 918-299-8000
Price Tower Arts Center p. 31 Price Tower is a one-of-a-kind experience: art collections and traveling exhibitions, architecture and design, boutique hotel accommodations and shopping within a world-famous structure. 510 Dewey Ave., www.pricetower.org, 918-336-4949
Miss Jackson’s p. 1 For more than 104 years, Miss Jackson’s has been the place Tulsans and visitors turn when shopping for the finest in clothing, shoes, jewelry, beauty and luxury home items. 1974 Utica Square, www.missjacksons.com, 918-747-8671
Ricardo’s p. 15 Since 1975, Ricardo’s has been a favorite among locals for Mexican food favorites including the chile relleno, chicken quesadillas, beef fajitas and burritolatas. It’s conveniently located near Promenade Mall. 5629 E. 41st St., www.ricardostulsa.com, 918-622-2668
Molly’s Landing p. 66 Tucked away along historic Route 66 near the infamous Blue Whale, Molly’s Landing has treated guests to delectable steaks and seafood created by dedicated chefs for more 30 years. 3700 N. Highway 66, Catoosa, www.mollyslanding.com, 918-266-7853
River Spirit Casino p. Back Cover River Spirit Casino will be home to one of Tulsa’s Premier Resort destinations. Expansion plans include a 483-room hotel, Margaritaville® Casino, 2,500-seat showroom theatre, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville® Restaurant and more! 8330 Riverside Parkway, www.riverspirittulsa.com, 918-995-8518
Nielsens Gifts p. 35 If you are looking for jewelry, dinnerware, lamps, home décor, barware, serving pieces, vases, gifts and more, you will find it at this family-owned business. 8138 S. Lewis Ave., 918-298-9700; 3515 S. Peoria Ave., 918-747-4141, www.NielsensGifts.com Oklahoma Aquarium p. 39 With eight exhibit galleries, the Oklahoma Aquarium
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The Spudder p. 68 Hand-cut steaks are the star of The Spudder, a uniquely Tulsa steakhouse featuring oil industry memorabilia located in midtown Tulsa. Other menu options include seafood, pork and chicken dishes. 6536 E. 50th St., www.thespudder.com, 918-665-1416
Tulsa Drillers p. 51 The Tulsa Drillers are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Drillers’ season begins in April, with promotions, giveaways and fireworks filling the home game schedule. Oneok Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave., www.tulsadrillers.com, 918-744-5998 TulsaPeople Magazine p. 15 TulsaPeople Magazine is Tulsa’s award-winning city magazine featuring Dining Out, Arts and Entertainment, Tulsa real estate and more. TulsaPeople is available on over 200 racks throughout Tulsa and a complete digital version is available at TulsaPeople. com. 1603 S. Boulder Ave., www.tulsapeople.com, 918-585-9924 TulsaPeople.com p. 33 TulsaPeople.com is a great visitor resource featuring Things to Do which includes Discover Tulsa and a Local Events Calendar. Numerous directories are also available including TulsaPeople Magazine’s A-List Readers’ Choice favorites for Food, Fun and Shopping. 1603 S. Boulder Ave., www.tulsapeople.com, 918-585-9924 Tulsa Performing Arts Center p. 29 The Tulsa PAC is the performance home of Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Opera, the Broadway series, Tulsa Town Hall, Chamber Music Tulsa and numerous theatre companies. 110 E. 2nd St, Tulsa, www.TulsaPAC.com, 918-596-7111 Tulsa Promenade p. 57 With more than 100 specialty stores, a children’s soft play area, 12-screen movie theater and more than a dozen dining options, Tulsa Promenade has something for everyone to enjoy. East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue, www.tulsapromenade.com, 918-627-9282 Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum p. 41 Located on 84 acres in Mohawk Park, the zoo features 2,800+ animals. Visitors can enjoy the children’s petting zoo, live animal presentations, a ride on the Safari Train and more. 6421 E. 36th St. N., www.tulsazoo.org, 918-669-6000 The Vault p. 68 The Vault serves classic American fare and craft cocktails in a mid-century modern setting. Food is made from using organic or all-natural meats, along with fresh vegetables and fruit. 620 S. Cincinnati Ave., www.vaulttulsa.com, 918-948-6761 VIP Limo p. 33 Be treated like a celebrity with VIP Limo, a local limousine service that has helped with special occasions, weddings and celebrations for more than 20 years. www.viplimo.net, 918-492-5984 Visit Muskogee p. 38 Visit Muskogee offers a guide to the city of Muskogee complete with tips for where to stay, eat and have fun. Business and living information also is available as well as a calendar of events. 310 W. Broadway, Muskogee , www.VisitMuskogee.com, 918-682-2401 Visit TulsaPeople.com/a-list for a full listing of A-List winners.
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Broken Arrow Office (918) 259-0000
Midtown Tulsa Office (918) 392-9900
Owasso Office (918) 392-9990
Sand Springs Office (918) 419-2333
South Tulsa Office (918) 392-0900
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