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On the eve of Trump’s inauguration


ast week, I watched the documentary “Hypernormalisation,” Adam Curtis’s sprawling video essay composed entirely of archived BBC footage and brought together by a sharply-written narration. (I should pause and say I’m well-aware that I’m promoting the hip doc-dujour that your stoner roommate won’t shut up about, but I promise this is better than “Zeitgeist: The Movie.”) I bring it up because as of this writing, Donald Trump’s inauguration is just days away, and the country is still trying to sort out the fact from fiction regarding the unsubstantiated dossier compiled by a respected ex-British spy sug-

gesting Trump might be compromised by a Russian blackmail plot. “Hypernormalisation,” which plays like an apocalyptic companion piece to Chomsky’s and Herman’s “Manufacturing Consent,” is alarming for its illustration of the way the powerful conspire to craft a simpler narrative, more digestible than the complex truth, to keep those without power placated and complacent. It examines Trump in the context of 40 years of global conflict. It chronicles his rise in the 70s as a New York real estate mogul who took advantage of the city’s financial distress, while telling the concurrent story of how America’s meddling in Syria turned Hafaz al-Assad into a

bloodthirsty dictator who introduced the world to suicide bombing as he sought revenge on the West—and how the U.S. government enabled him by blaming his crimes on Libya’s clown dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Though Curtis approaches his subject like an agitprop artist—he frequently, sometimes unnecessarily, hammers home his points with a heavy-handed soundtrack and impressionistic imagery—the film has the credibility of the BBC’s fact-checking department behind it, and its thesis contains core truths that every citizen would do well to pay attention to as Trump prepares to take office in the shadow of a scandal that is, as writer

Matt Taibbi notes, either “the most extraordinary compromise to date of an incoming American president by a foreign power, or an unparalleled libel and media overreach.” They say we live in a “posttruth” era; what Curtis shows is that we’ve been in that era for long before Trump was elected president. Now more than ever, we must work to sort fact from the many fictions being fed to us. a


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hen I saw the title of your article “Money doesn’t grow on trees” (Ryan Gentzler, TTV Jan. 4//Vol. 4 No. 2) I was reminded of the book: “When Money Grew on Trees: The True Tale of a Marijuana Moonshiner and the Outlaw Sheriff of Madison County, Arkansas.” People in that book are my neighbors. That title and description IS self-evident. Yes, money does grow on trees. I saw the evidence. Plus the sheriff, paid $18,000/yr, started with a 15 year old Chevy pickup as his sole asset. 20 years later owned 3000 acres, a $100,000 RV, 2 corvettes and a 3000SF house….right. However there was NO meth manufacturing in the county, and anyone who thought they could get away with thievery got to know the late sheriff in a personal way. That was the reason he was reelected every time. Apparently people thought he had his priorities right.

Back to your article, Even IF legalization came to OK, the OK legislation will totally FUBAR it and make it a boondoggle. Whatever money it would produce would disappear into the every pocket but the budget. An example of other OK boondoggles is asset forfeitures, which was never intended to be a budget item as described in your article. Asset forfeiture is a legal construct (but not lawful) means to steal from the peasants right out of the medieval feudal ages. There is no constitutional authority. In fact the Founders intention for constitutional property protection is the arbitrary “asset forfeiture” used by the King. It is a subject I would like the Voice to investigate. Sen Love is right on the money (pun intended). The reason I know Sen Love is right is because the opposition uses LOUD name calling to cover up their position. Havah Gordon - Tulsa


frequently & enthusiastically indulge myself by procuring a copy of your latest issue at my local library. I most definitely love that you’re not at all hesitant to risk incurring the wrath of the locals by speaking truths, knowing that it runs counter to red-state sensibilities. However... In your recent issue (TTV, Dec. 21//Vol. 4, No. 1), I had to take issue with Claire Edwards’ assertion in the Lady Parts section (“Dick Punch: The year in Lady Parts”), wherein, while justifiably lamenting Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald “grab ‘em by the pussy” Trump, she stated that “no matter how qualified and eloquent a woman might be, people will still take a blustering, sentient garbage fire of a person over her, providing he has a penis.” While, I definitely concur that sexism plays a large part in everything that goes on, I felt that

her assertion ignored the fact that an overwhelming ma jority of White women voted for the sexually-assaulting, P.T. Barnum-esque fraud, despite all the disqualifying reasons he gave them to choose otherwise! The lesson that I took away from the election debacle is that a certain easily-identifiable demographic of the voting population will hold their noses and vote undeniably against their own interests (in fact, to their own detriment), as long as the candidate promises to put the best interests of White Americans before any other consideration. So, he can be as racist, xenophobic, sexist, offensive, crass, rude, unqualified as he wants to be, as long as he unabashedly practices the dominant religion of the culture, which is White Supremacy! William Thomas





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Affordable Care Act repeal threatens chaos for Oklahomans’ health care


epealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a hallmark of Republican platforms since the health reform law passed in 2010. Now, with the GOP holding both houses of Congress as well as the White House, efforts have already begun for Congress to make good on its promises to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Although significant uncertainty surrounds both repeal and whatever might come after, we have some idea of what both could look like – and what they mean for Oklahoma. Any ACA repeal would likely happen through a process known as budget reconciliation, which can be approved with a bare majority rather than needing 60 votes to get past a Senate filibuster. Because reconciliation deals only with the budget, this would only partially repeal the ACA. However, even partial repeal could dismantle the primary components of the ACA, including ending the individual mandate to obtain health insurance; stopping tax credits used to make coverage on more affordable; and ceasing the generous federal match to pay for expansion of Medicaid to everyone below the poverty line. If that happens without a replacement plan immediately in place, the effects would be catastrophic, with at least 20 million Americans instantly uninsured. Since many lawmakers want to avoid this, they could delay cutting off funding for exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion by several months or years, which lawmakers say would give them time to craft a replacement. However, this delay won’t be enough to prevent health insurance upheavals following a partial repeal. With the individual mandate halted, healthier enrollees could drop insurance, leaving a less-healthy insured population and prompting premium spikes. With an expiration date in place, insurers taking losses on in hopes of legislative fixes would have no reason to remain and will exit marketplaces. With no individual mandate and

a collapsing non-group market, more than 30 million Americans could lose coverage by 2019, including more than 300,000 Oklahomans. When health insurance from evaporates, so too will the premium tax credits that more than 100,000 Oklahomans are using to pay for coverage. Repeal means more than $400 million in credits will be taken from Oklahoma families. The spike in the uninsured rate would also increase uncompensated care costs by an estimated $1.1 trillion over the following decade, destabilizing rural hospitals and community clinics. Replacing the ACA faces two primary barriers. The first is that any comprehensive replacement will require 60 votes in the Senate and therefore cooperation from both Republican members and some Democrats. The second is that as of now, lawmakers are far from consensus on a replacement. Uncertainty about what the Trump administration will do compounds the uncertainty in Congress. Spokespeople say his first day in office will include executive action on the ACA, although they haven’t released any details. Trump spokespeople have said no one will lose coverage from repeal, although Congressional Republicans suggest otherwise. In addition, significant fractures over how, when, and even whether to repeal and/or replace the ACA have emerged among Republican members and interest groups. Most Americans want any repeal to include replacement, and even Trump voters object to many GOP replacement options. If you think this sounds like chaos, you’re right. Will it be enough to stop repeal? It’s too soon to say, but it is calling into question whether Republicans will be able to deliver on a fundamental campaign promise. It appears the dog has caught the car — which may not end well for either. a

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Dear Governor

An open letter to Mary Fallin by BARRY FRIEDMAN The Honorable Governor Mary Fallin 820 NE 23rd Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

Governor Fallin,

Greetings. Hope this letter finds you well. So what the hell happened? You shouldn’t even be back in Oklahoma. President-elect Trump once considered you for his running mate, right, and now … not even a cabinet position? And after all you did for him during the campaign. You said he was a racial healer and then excused his remarks about grabbing women (both gobsmacking moments, have to tell you); you campaigned with him; you took that demeaning vice chairman job on his transition team, even though you had to know it wouldn’t bode well; you didn’t whine when both Representative Rodgers and Zink were talked about for Interior (Zink got it)—the Oklahoma tribes even supported you on this one; and, then, if those indignities weren’t enough, Rick Perry gets Energy. It was a long shot for you, agreed, but you’re as qualified as he is. If nothing else, you know what the name of the department is you’d be heading. Worse, Ben Carson got Housing and Trump compared him to a child molester; Michael Flynn got National Security and he retweets detritus that the Clintons are running a sex ring out of a pizza place. I hear Bridenstine may even get NASA (how scary is that?) and you’re not even named a special advisor to the president or ambassador to Turks and Caicos? That’s gotta sting. Not for nothing, but you’re like Fredo from “The Godfather.” 10 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

You were passed over. Instead of getting a cabinet position and new digs in Georgetown, you get to come back to OKC and yell at Preston Doerflinger for missing the 2017-18 budget hole by almost $300-million. Sad! I read in The Oklahoman that when you talked to Trump about Interior, it was “awkward” and that you stumbled over some questions about the sale of federal

land. How was that possible? I can’t imagine he knows anything about federal land, except it’s yuuuge, and he stumped you? (I have to ask: how badly did the interview go?) Seems to me the only way you wouldn’t be in the Trump administration is if you walked in to his office at Mar-a-Lago humming Woody Guthrie’s “Old Man Trump.” All right, I’ll stop.

The question now: you’ve got about two years left in your term—what do you do? I’m not your biggest fan, clearly, but I have some ideas, so stay with me. You played nice with the GOP for how many years and what did it get you? You didn’t accept ACA money for Oklahoma because the GOP company line was to reject it, and now with its impending repeal, you’ll have more Oklahomans uninsured (now with pre-existing conditions) than ever before, and what did it get you? You embraced a thrice-married, incurious braggart for president who used you and what did it get you? You cut taxes because you said it was going to spur growth and what did it get you? We’ve had one-party rule in Oklahoma for your entire administration and it’s been a … disaster. Nationally, we’re in the Top Ten of all the bad things and Bottom Ten of all the good things—look at prison population, cuts to education, women’s health, earthquakes, for the love of fracking! And much of that is on you. Nobody expects you to turn into Jerry Brown on any of these issues, but you need to somehow distance yourself from that. That may take an apology, your own Rick Perry “Ooops” moment, something on the order of: “We, the GOP, messed up in this state. I messed up. No more.” Make that statement—hell, I’d vote for you. The state can’t run, government can’t operate, education certainly can’t function without more money, more taxes—and not gimmicks—so even if every man, woman, and child starts smoking January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

four packs a day, every day, for the rest of their lives, tattoos every part of their body, and colors their hair after going to the tanning salon, the additional taxes raised on those services still won’t balance the budget. You know that, we know that. Say so. Ask voters to repeal State Question 640, the amendment which makes it almost impossible for the legislature to fiscally do its job by requiring it to approve tax increases by a threefourths majority. Think about it: a Republican governor more concerned with solvency than slogans. Talk about unpresidented! We’re all grownups, and even if we’re not, treat us like we are. Test the theory that Oklahomans have innate goodness and fairness and remind us that government is not the enemy and never has been. Remember in the old days when everybody—even those opposed to abortion—was for an exemption in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother because—I don’t know— it was the sane, humane, un-crazy position to take? (If not making a 14-year-old bring a rape to term makes you a RINO, then have t-shirts printed up and wear them proudly.) And while you’re at it, stop talking about cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. Even former State Rep. Doug Cox said, “To defund a program like Planned Parenthood would be a mistake. They perform a valuable service as far as breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, parenting classes, many things that benefit our state that we’re sorely in need of.” Cox is a medical doctor. You know that, too. Say so. Tell your new attorney general—who you thinking of, anyway?—no more wasting state money on frivolous lawsuits (Really, we’re suing Colorado because it legalized pot?) just to pad his or resume the way Pruitt did. And while you’re at it, tell state legislators to stop wasting time deciding who can use what bathroom and putting up religious monuments we’re going to have to take down. Even if your approval rating tanks, even if every subterranean meeting of every Oklahoma Tea THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Party concludes with you being hanged in effigy and hit like a piñata for losing the faith, so what? What are they going to do: not vote for you again? Point to our successes in our overcrowded schools and prisons, billion-dollar budget deficits, botched executions, and Oklahoma’s strong, diverse economy? These groups may not mind that the state became a national punchline, but the rest of us do. You should, too. But back to your inglorious return from Washington. Truth is, I’m enjoying it a little. I’m not bathing in the schadenfreude, but it’s not surprising. Trump humiliated you, just as he did Giuliani, Gingrich, Christie, his two previous wives, every other GOP candidate, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the intelligence community, those subcontractors on the D.C. hotel, his debtors, every supporter who thinks jobs are coming back from China and believes Mexico is paying for the wall, and, if you read his Tweets, the English language … just as he will America. Why put up with that? Why defend that? Now, do I expect you to do any of this? Of course not. If you choose to simply run out the string, you’ll go down as the Oklahoma governor who left the state with huge deficits, gutted education, embraced (and was cowed by) the crazies, was manhandled by special interests, spouted warmed-over pablum, proposed bankrupt solutions, was timid, awkward, and missed every opportunity to be a great leader. One more thing: during “Star Trek: First Contact,” there’s a moment when Jean-Luc Picard, disgusted with and about the relentlessness of the Borgs, tells Lily Stone he has had enough of compromising and accommodating monsters. “This far, no farther,” he screams. “We must drawn the line heeeere!” Draw it, governor. Sincerely, Barry Friedman a

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Bush-league politics For her candid opinions, District 70 Rep. Carol Bush blames the media by JOSHUA KLINE


ast month, we published a story by Barry Friedman entitled “One of the good ones,” (TTV Dec. 7-20) in which Friedman had a wide-ranging discussion with newly elected District 70 Representative Carol Bush, a Republican. Friedman and Bush are old friends going back decades, which is perhaps why Bush felt so comfortable speaking candidly and on the record about her differences with the Oklahoma GOP. In the conversation, Bush criticized Donald Trump (“I don’t like the way he represents; I wish he would shut up”) and offered a handful of opinions that deviate from the state legislature’s particularly kooky brand of conservative orthodoxy: • Bush supports the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol because “separation of church and state.” • She believes abortion should be legal in cases of rape and incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger. • She supports birth control and believes Oklahoma’s abstinence-only sex education policy is why the state is fourth in the nation for teen pregnancies. • She’s against school vouchers, because “public funds should not be spent on private schools.” • She supports gay rights, because “you can’t legislate morality.” • She’s a proponent of certain tax hikes, even though “that’s not a popular answer within my party—I’ll get beat up for that—but that’s what we should be doing.” • She agrees with Friedman that “privatization has largely been a failure.” • She takes a sympathetic position on assisted suicide. 12 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

Soon, Bush issued an apology to the Republican caucus and threw her old friend Friedman (and of course the media in general) under the bus in the process:

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sion, but [State Question 776] was poorly written.”

Abortions for rape, incest, life of the mother? “Of course.” Charter Schools? “No—well, there’s a place for them. But I’m not for the vouchers because public funds should not be spent on private schools.” Affordable Care Act? “Oh, God! Wrong execution of the right idea. I do believe we have to take care of the healthcare of everybody.” Gay Rights?

“Of course. You can’t legislate morality.” Taxes? “We’ve taken too much money out of the budget in the last 12 years.”

“Kicked me off her porch. I got back in the car and said to my volunteer, ‘I have to quit. I have reached my boiling point.’” But she didn’t. And she won. She thinks back. Her father just died. Jeannie McDaniel, had outgoing Democratic representative of a neighboring district, called and asked her to run. “Jeannie, I’m getting ready to bury my dad. I don’t want to talk politics.”

McDaniel told her to take a few weeks. She did. Her mother is in a nursing home now and she won an election she had no right to win. She’s exhausted and it’s just starting. “I am taking care of my mother, who wants to die. And she keeps begging me and I tell ‘We don’t live in Oregon. her, We don’t have assisted suicide laws. Those questions get asked. The sanctity of life, but what of the quality? There are these dilemmas we’re faced with every day. You know, Barry.”

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Carol Bush and I have been friends for 35 years, ever since she owned Beach Party, a surf shop on Brookside, in the 80s. She arrives at Old School Bagel Cafe singing. Beach Party, baby Make you feel good Lots of funky clothes Coming straight from Hollywood. “What the hell is that?” I ask. “It’s your jingle. You wrote it 30 years ago. Here,” Carol Bush says, and hands me a bag consisting of a Beach Party hand fan, a refrigerator magnet, an old business card, and a fake $10,000 laminated bill. She’s now a Republican state representative. She defeated Ken Walker, a conservative Republican, an incumbent, in District 70, and she did it from the center. That doesn’t happen in Oklahoma. In-


cumbent Republicans do not lose acknowledge the aisle. to moderation, do There is no not lose I still don’t know why aisle, actually.” didates who leave party-affi to can55 percent liation of our budget goes “I know, but I see a off campaign material, to public shift movas Bush education and we can’t ing more towards the did, do not lose to fund it. I middle.” candidates who would still like to know I nearly choke on my once went by—I check where the lox. the card— hell all that money She calms me down Carol “Tuna-Woma goes. I think and brings n” Bush. we have too many up the party’s new She’s been an advocate, school districts, leader, Rep. volwe’re too top heavy, Charles McCall from unteer, headed the too adminisAtoka. Tulsa Crime trative.” “This is a good guy,” Commission, sold real estate for she says. “But that’s a smokescreen, “Did you support the 35 minutes, and did ”I education a stint with respond. “We’ve cut tax?” the Tulsa Health Department, more from education than any “No. It was the wrong where she eliminated other state way to Coke since 2008.” fund it,” she retorts. chines from area schools. ma“Yes, I agree,” and “Everyone agreed “Could that happen tells with that. today or has submitted a proposal me she David Boren agreed. would the state GOP to her But it wasn’t claim liberals party’s leadership to being done any other were dictating what concentrate way.” to feed our on education and long-range “But I think we can kids?” I ask. do it anothbudget planning. “Everything er way.” “It took four years else is to get those on the back burner.” “When the party in machines out,” she power has says. “What I “Back burner? All not been motivated learned is sometimes right,” I say, to do anything these aren’t “let’s play the lightning for public education R&D [Republican round.” and isn’t punand Demo“Go.” ished by voters, why cratic] issues, but human would it do it issues— Ten Commandment now? Because Carol health and wellness, MonuBush thinks education. So ment? it’s a good idea?” how do you create win-win across “Separation of Church “Because there is a the aisle?” and push from State. Move on.” those like me who “Carol, c’mon, your say, ‘By God, party Death Penalty? we, as a party have doesn’t have to work to’—excuse across the “I believe in capital me—‘get our shit together aisle. Your party doesn’t punishment and do have to and that comes from right by the people ten years of Oklahoma.’ working at the Crime CommisDecember 7 - 20, 2016 // THE TULSA VOICE

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of the mother? “Of course.” Charter Schools? a place for “No—well, there’s for the vouchthem. But I’m not funds should ers because public schools.” not be spent on private Affordable Care Act? execution of “Oh, God! Wrong believe we have the right idea. I do healthcare of to take care of the everybody.” Gay Rights? legislate “Of course. You can’t

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porch. I “Kicked me off her and said to my got back in the car quit. I have volunteer, ‘I have to point.’” reached my boiling she won. But she didn’t. And father had She thinks back. Her outjust died. Jeannie McDaniel, representative going Democratic called of a neighboring district, and asked her to run. ready to “Jeannie, I’m getting want to talk don’t I dad. my bury politics.” to take a few McDaniel told her

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55 percent I still don’t know why There is no to public acknowledge the aisle. of our budget goes do not lose fund it. I cumbent Republicans aisle, actually.” education and we can’t not lose to canshift movwhere the to moderation, do “I know, but I see a would still like to know think liation middle.” goes. I didates who leave party-affiBush ing more towards the hell all that money as lox. school districts, off campaign material, I nearly choke on my we have too many candidates who and brings too adminisdid, do not lose to She calms me down we’re too top heavy, the card— Rep. once went by—I check the party’s new leader, up trative.” n” Bush. ”I Atoka. Carol “Tuna-Woma Charles McCall from “But that’s a smokescreen, volshe says. more from She’s been an advocate, “This is a good guy,” respond. “We’ve cut Crime Bagel education Tulsa the the state School other Old unteer, headed “Did you support She arrives at education than any real estate for Commission, sold tax?” Cafe singing. since 2008.” way to a stint with tells me she 35 minutes, and did “No. It was the wrong “Yes, I agree,” and to her Beach Party, baby the Tulsa Health Department, fund it,” she retorts. has submitted a proposal Coke mawith that. concentrate Make you feel good where she eliminated “Everyone agreed party’s leadership to budBut it wasn’t Lots of funky clothes chines from area schools. David Boren agreed. on education and long-range today or Hollywood. way.” else is “Could that happen Coming straight from being done any other get planning. “Everything do it anothcan state GOP claim liberals we the think I burner.” would “But on the back I ask. to feed our right,” I say, “What the hell is that?” were dictating what er way.” “Back burner? All wrote it power has round.” “It’s your jingle. You kids?” I ask. “When the party in “let’s play the lightning Carol Bush to get those to do anything 30 years ago. Here,” “It took four years not been motivated “Go.” a bag consays. “What I and isn’t punMonusays, and hands me machines out,” she for public education Ten Commandment it aren’t do Party hand it these Beach a would of why sometimes sisting learned is ished by voters, ment? magnet, an old and Demoand Bush thinks fan, a refrigerator R&D [Republican now? Because Carol “Separation of Church issues— a fake $10,000 business card, and cratic] issues, but human it’s a good idea?” State. Move on.” education. So push from laminated bill. health and wellness, “Because there is a Death Penalty? state win-win across say, ‘By God, punishment She’s now a Republican Ken how do you create those like me who “I believe in capital defeated to’—excuse ten years representative. She the aisle?” we, as a party have and that comes from Republican, party and do CommisWalker, a conservative “Carol, c’mon, your me—‘get our shit together working at the Crime 70, and across the of Oklahoma.’ an incumbent, in District That doesn’t have to work right by the people center. have to she did it from the aisle. Your party doesn’t Indoesn’t happen in Oklahoma.

by BARRY FRIEDMAN and isclosure: Carol Bush 35 I have been friends for years, ever since she owned on Brookside, Beach Party, a surf shop in the 80s.


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I want to apologize for an article that was recently published in the Tulsa area. I was not only misquoted, many of the comments were taken out of context. I have apologized to Representative Bennett and I ask for your forgiveness as well. I am always available if any member would like to meet with me and further discuss. Please know I have learned my lesson with the media and rest assured it will not happen again. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with each of you to further our agenda for this coming legislative session. Respectfully, Representative Carol Bush

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These are all policy positions destined to draw the ire of conservative ideologues, but she really shit the bed when she started talking about her colleague John Bennett, the blustery District 2 State Rep. most famous for his bigoted rants against Islam and his suggestion that Hillary Clinton should be executed by firing squad. Bush said she was offended by the religious nature of Bennett’s remarks at a recent meeting of the Republican caucus at the capitol, describing the remarks as “a prayer revival, Bible thumping.” She said she would pick a fight with him on national television if given the opportunity, and that “we need to muffle his megaphone.” She capped the criticism of Bennett with, “how the hell does he keep getting re-elected?” At one point in the story, Friedman joked that Bush’s unorthodox

“You’re a Republican,” I say. “You’re coming out for tax hikes? Ballsy!” “I know, but I was all for that cigarette tax. It should go back on the table.”

positions would get her “recalled by April,” which isn’t that far off the mark. On social media, Oklahoma conservatives quickly pounced on the story and awarded Bush the dreaded label of “RINO” (Republican In Name Only). Teddy King, an obscure political blogger whose interests include quoting himself, donning Confederate flag baseball caps, ridiculing male cyclists for not looking more “manly,” and smoking cigarettes next to Breathe Easy signs (‘cause he’s a rebel), claimed credit for first sounding the RINO alarm after picking up “the dreadful Voice publication” and reading Friedman’s piece. Jamison Faught, a Tea Partier who runs, then posted a blog entry, titled “RINO ALERT: HD70 Rep. Carol Bush shows true colors,” that outlined her various sins.

Obviously, Bush’s claims are nonsense. There’s no credible way for her to backpedal on this; she said too much too emphatically. Rather, what we’ve witnessed in real time is a moderate, common-sense Republican getting publicly flogged into falling in lockstep with the other idiots, extremists and panderers dominating the state house. It’s Oklahoma politics summed up in a single depressing anecdote. BOTTOM LINE: Near the end of Friedman’s story, he speculates: “Her party will pull her to the right; her conscience will remind her of the experiential, the connections between her daughters, her party, her state.” It remains to be seen if the party has successfully pulled her to the right, but it’s certainly muzzled her. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE


AN ODE TO THE SMOKER’S BAR RIP, smoky Mercury Lounge by DENVER NICKS Mercury Lounge went smoke-free on January 1, 2017 | VALERIE GRANT


ulsa lost an icon on New Year’s Day. It wasn’t some ill-fated celebrity who managed to hang on until just after midnight. The Tulsa Driller hasn’t gone missing and the Coney-I-Landers are all still where they belong. Cain’s Ballroom remains. Hanson is—shockingly— still a band. The icon in question didn’t close or move or die. It just changed, and it will never be the same. Rest in Peace, smoky Mercury Lounge. The decision by Mercury Lounge at 18th and Boston Ave. to ban indoor smoking comes as smoke-friendly bars and cities across the country are falling like dominoes, issuing new rules and ordinances to prohibit smoking indoors. Like guerrilla encampments in enemy territory, bars are the last holdouts in a country that has turned decisively against tobacco, and they are dropping like flies. And unlike formerly smokefilled bars in so many cities across America, Mercury wasn’t forced to ban cigarettes by a draconian Nazi nanny intent on saving everyone from themselves. Mercury imposed the ban on itself. Do not be deluded: this changes everything. Having lived through the implementation of

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two citywide smoking bans, in D.C. and New Orleans, I can tell you exactly what is about to happen at Mercury. The most notable and immediate change will be in the number of people who hang out outside the front door and on the smoking patio. They will include smokers, occasional smokers, and non-smokers attracted by the fact that there are a lot of people hanging out outside, or perhaps by the fact that smokers are cool. (I can’t tell you precisely why non-smokers congregate in smoking areas, I can only tell you that it happens; it always does.) This will have a somewhat injurious effect on life inside the bar. More people outside will mean fewer people inside, which will make it easier to get a drink, but the lack of smoke will also suffocate something ineffable and vital. I’m reminded of the time in college when student council dorks wanted to start up an open mic in the student union, employing red lights and pillows in an attempt to create the atmosphere of a “smoky bar,” but one without cigarettes or booze. The result missed the mark, of course, because smoke is what gives a place the atmosphere of a smoky bar. Puritans and health nuts can lambast cigarettes all they want,

and right they are to do so, but take away tobacco smoke and you remove a certain character from a space: something forbidden and dangerous, plus a certainty that you couldn’t stay in that smokefilled hellhole forever and a devilmay-care embrace of the moment while you’re there. Also, forgive me for saying it, but in all likelihood Mercury Lounge is about to become very stinky. Non-smokers will point out that it already smelled bad, what with all the cigarette smoke. To that I will say only that after the passage of smoking bans in their respective cities, one classic dive in D.C. somehow took on the sharp stench of vomit, and one old neighborhood haunt in New Orleans suddenly smelled distinctly like decades of ass sweat on bar stools. I actually prefer smoke-free bars but even I want the smokers back at those joints. That’s not the whole story, of course. Patrons and especially bartenders at Mercury will inhale less second-hand smoke, which is good. More importantly, by pushing smokers outside Mercury has given a boost to one of the greatest joys of smoking cigarettes: the out. Like a comma in the evening to be deployed basically whenever

one feels like it, stepping outside for a smoke is an excuse to get away from your friends, or your date, or the jerk-off who won’t leave you alone, or just to take a quiet moment to yourself. The outside congregation also becomes a surprisingly great place to meet a potential future ex. The smoking area is a kind of purgatory where it’s relatively safe to start talking to a stranger because you won’t be there for long so you probably won’t be stuck talking to them forever. And the smoke-free atmosphere makes everyone, even the smokers, smell less terrible once they leave the bar—meaning your hair won’t smell so god-awful in the morning, and your date won’t smell so god-awful that night. And then there’s the singular joy of lighting up in a non-smoking bar after hours, when most patrons have gone home and only a small cadre of regulars, bartenders, and perhaps a few of the bartenders’ interloping friends remains. You lock the door, get one last drink and light up in defiance, like a secret meeting of dissidents in an ancient, forbidden ritual. Which is pretty cool. Sad though it may be to see Mercury go smoke-free, it’s probably for the best. a NEWS & COMMENTARY // 13



SQUEEZED, PRESSED, BLENDED Local entrepreneurs bet big on juice by ANGELA EVANS


he beginning of a new year is always an inspired time when we come forward with all our best intentions for the coming year. The most popular intention for many is to lead a healthier lifestyle by changing up eating habits. Tulsa has become a more health-focused community over the years—it seems like on every block there’s a yoga studio or vegan-friendly restaurant to greet you. Another healthy trend that gained serious steam this past year is juicing and many local Tulsans saw it as an opportunity. The industry is relatively new to Tulsa, but the past year saw local mainstays grow and new places sprout up, so there are many places to grab a super-charged fruit-andveggie bevvie.

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Owner Cynthia Beavers left a lucrative life in the Dallas real estate world to become a raw vegan chef. She grew up vegetarian and was looking for like-minded folks interested in a plant-based diet. So she put up a flyer at a Dallas Whole Foods inviting people for a raw food potluck, thinking she’d meet some new friends and maybe sell a house. But the house-selling tactic was overshadowed by the positive response to her food. “I had so much fun in the kitchen and felt passionate about what I was doing,” Beavers said.

“So, I told my whole family I was going to be a raw food chef. They thought I’d lost my mind. I went from wearing suits to wearing a bandana and flip-flops like a hippie chef.” Her first café in Dallas was a standing-room only success, but she ultimately closed it down to move back to her Tulsa family. She opened her raw food concept in Tulsa in 2008 and relocated in January to a sleek new space among the shops of Center One on Brookside. Though juicing has become a bigger part of her business, it’s really the food that changes people’s mind about a plant-based diet. “I see women dragging their husbands or skeptical friends in here. I recommend the tacos or lasagna and they are always in disbelief that there is no meat or cheese.” Pure Food & Juice whips up grab-and-go options each day—like juices, smoothies and meals—but it is also a full-service sit-down restaurant. The next goal for Beavers is to develop a collection of “healthy” cocktails, which should be added to the menu early this year.


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(Continued from page 14) Street in September of 2016. Ingram had lived in Los Angeles and loved that the easy access to healthy eating options compared to Tulsa. Witter had already caught the entrepreneurial bug by the time Ingram returned home, so the two teamed up and Hi, Juice. was born. They decided that cold-pressing their fruits and veggies would make the best product. Coldpressed juice is thought to retain more of its enzymes during the juicing process because slowly grinding then pressing fruits and vegetables using an air-pressurized machine minimizes heat usage. “None of the enzymes are burnt off and you are getting the freshest, most nutrient packed juice,” Witter said. In addition to cold-pressed juice concoctions, there are also smoothies for folks who don’t want to miss out on all the fiber occurring naturally in the fruits and vegetables they drink. This Cherry Street juice bar also has shots, designed to jump-start your body. “Our shots are powerful little guys created to get your body back on track, fast. We have a ginger 16 // FOOD & DRINK

shot that is good for fighting off colds and clearing up sinuses, as well as helping ease nausea.”

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Sisters Amy Murrays and Piper Kacere’s latest venture is something they have both been passionate about for years. The two have been partners for as long as they can remember. “Amy and I have embraced a plant-based diet for over five years after taking a deep dive into the positive effects it has on your health,” Kacere said. The two scoured the country for over a year to find the perfect health drink they could replicate here in Tulsa. The name they chose for their Tulsa business, Ediblend, is more than a moniker—it’s a method. “We make a big distinction between juicing and what we do, which is blending,” Kacere said. “Juicing strictly uses only the juice of vegetables and fruits. We blend up the entire fruit and vegetable, minimizing waste and maximizing

flavor. You end up with a more satiating blend.” Ediblend, which was previously known as Nourish Café, moved to Utica Square and has recently acquired a south Tulsa store at 101st and Sheridan. If you still like to chew your vegetables, Ediblend’s grab-and-go options like vegan taco salad and chocolate acai bowls “make eating healthy a breeze,” Murray said. “Cancer patients, those suffering from inflammation and arthritis and gluten-intolerances have also benefited from our cleanses, blends and salads.”


Nutrify is another new juice contender on the block, which opened in August 2016 in a swanky collection of stores at 91st and Yale. Justin Brown, inspired by his extensive experience as a personal trainer and lifelong student of physical fitness, opened Nutrify not because it was the best business idea in his home of Tulsa. “I knew this would be a tough go, but I also truly believe with ed-

ucation, people will start realizing how vital this kind of nutrition is for their bodies,” Brown said. For Brown, it’s not just about getting more fruits and vegetables in your body but, specifically, organic produce. “I think people should juice only if it is organic. And the reason is because we don’t want to flood ourselves with pesticides while trying to rid ourselves of toxins.” Juicing is used often by people who are looking to detoxify, which Brown believes is important for people to do regularly. “Everyone needs to juice cleanse at least one day every month,” he said. “The one day per month cleanse gives our bodies that chance to gain vital nutrients and let’s our bodies concentrate on detoxing itself at an optimal level with optimal nutrients.” Nutrify is also a café and has a selection of organic breakfast items—like the tropical goji berry parfait—and a selection of all-organic wraps and soups for lunch and dinner. There are also some pre-packaged nuts and seeds, berries, teas and coffees. The Nutrify team is looking to add meal prep along with new food items soon. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

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BUTTS OUTSIDE Mercury Lounge finally kicks the habit by LIZ BLOOD


s of January 1, Mercury Lounge last year’s Best of Tulsa winner in the “Best Bar for Smokers” category, is smokeless. They’ve still got a patio, so you can smoke outside, and they’ve still got the $8-a-box cigarette machine, but indoors is a smoke-free space. Last May, Free the Night, a campaign funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, put together an online survey for Mercury’s customers, 1,000 of which responded. As far as I can tell, Mercury Lounge only posted the survey once on their Facebook page, but it was shared 60-plus times, liked 90-plus, and was followed by a lot of colorful commentary. Some highlights (all typos and format inconsistencies sic): I’m a 2nd hand smoker and appreciate those who purchase cigarettes … the new tax on cigarettes will help our education system from failing.... so the way I see it the smoke friendly bar will help further education. What’s next televisions and a touch Tunes Jukebox? I go to smoking bars, but I hate smelling like a bucket of assholes when I leave. I’d prefer non-smoking. Take [cigarette emoji] out of bars? Why? We are all there killing are livers with each sip of whiskey. Let’s save both! Mercury Juice Bar is a local non smoking juice bar, because we care about everyone’s liver and lungs.... Offering: Green juices and chia seed pudding, $5.00 Wheat Grass Shots and Kombucha. #kale #organicforlife #fuckthat I’ll fill out the survey when you make it clear whether you are

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lumping vapeing in with smoking or not when you consider your decision. (To which someone replied: Vaping is the popped collar of 2016.) Stay home an drink, smoke, run naked if ya want!!! cheaper & safer that way..just my thoughts.

Anyway. 81 percent of the survey’s respondents said they would visit Mercury the same amount or more often if they went smokefree. And 25 percent of respondents were smokers. So, Mercury made what appears to be a wise decision—go smoke free, retain its loyal customers, and likely gain some new or more frequent ones. Fortunately, there are no televisions or touch-screen jukeboxes (the same ol’ fashioned CD juke is alive and well), and maybe most importantly, the $5 beer-and-shot combo is alive and well and the live music calendar is full. When I bellied up to the bar for a PBR and shot of Jim Beam, some regulars were talking about the new no-smoking rules. “I’m going to have to get used to this no smoking,” one said. “I don’t smoke so I’m already used to it. It’s nice,” said another. “Well, it is nice!” agreed someone else. And then everyone went back to business as usual: drinking and playing on their phones and happy hour gossip. The awesomely bad taxidermy’d animals (one squirrel mounting another, a cross-eyed coyote, a chipmunk riding a snake) watched over the patrons as always—a little dusty, a little weird, not caring one way or the other about the absence of smoke. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

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BBD II Baja Jack’s Burrito Shack Bamboo Thai Bistro Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders Bodean’s Seafood Restaurant The Brook Camille’s Sidewalk Café Cardigan’s Charleston’s Cimarron Meat Company Dona Tina Cocina Mexicana El Guapo’s El Samborsito Elements Steakhouse & Grille The Fig Café and Bakery First Watch Five Guys French Hen Gencies Chicken Shack Gyros by Ali Hebert’s Specialty Meats Helen of Troy Hideaway Pizza Jamil’s India Palace

Lone Wolf Bahn Mi Lot a Burger Maxxwell’s Restaurant Mr. Taco Oklahoma Style BBQ Pancho Anaya Bakery Philly Alley Pie Hole Pizza Pollo al Carbon Rib Crib BBQ & Grill The Right Wing Route 66 Subs & Burgers Tacos Don Francisco Tally’s Good Food Cafe

PEARL DISTRICT Ike’s Chili JJ’s Hamburgers Lola’s Caravan The Phoenix Café

Papa Ganouj El Rancho Grande Soul City

BROOKSIDE Biga Billy Sims BBQ Blue Moon Bakery and Café Bricktown Brewery The Brook Brookside By Day Café Ole Café Samana Charleston’s Claud’s Hamburgers Cosmo Café & Bar Crow Creek Tavern Doc’s Wine and Food Egg Roll Express Elmer’s BBQ The Hen Bistro In the Raw Keo La Hacienda

Lambrusco’Z To Go Mazzio’s Italian Eatery Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano Old School Bagel Café Pei Wei Asian Diner R Bar & Grill Rons Hamburgers & Chili Señor Tequila Shades of Brown Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar Starbucks Sumatra Coffee Shop Super Wok Sushi Hana Japanese Fusion The Warehouse Bar & Grill Weber’s Root Beer Whole Foods Market Yolotti Frozen Yogurt Zoës Kitchen

Kirin The Krazy Olive La Crêpe Nanou La Flama Mahogany Prime Steakhouse Masa McNellie’s South City Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas Napa Flats Wood Fired Kitchen Nordaggio’s Coffee OK Country Donut Shoppe Pita Place Redrock Canyon Grill Ripe Tomato Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili Sushi Hana Japanese Fusion Thai Village Tres Amigos Mexican Grill & Cantina White Lion Whole Foods Yokozuna Zio’s Italian Kitchen

UTICA SQUARE Brownies Gourmet Burgers Fleming’s Goldie’s Patio Grill McGill’s Olive Garden P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Pepper’s Grill Polo Grill Queenie’s Café and Bakery Starbucks Stonehorse Café Wild Fork

TERWILLEGER HEIGHTS Bill & Ruth’s Blue Rose Café Burn Co. BBQ The Chalkboard Dalesandro’s

Elwoods Mansion House Café Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili La Villa at Philbrook

GREENWOOD Abear’s Fat Guy’s



Lefty’s on Greenwood Wanda J’s

Albert G’s Bar & Q Bramble Dilly Diner El Guapo’s Cantina Fassler Hall Jinya Ramen Bar Joe Bots Coffee

Juniper Lambrusco’z McNellie’s STG Pizzeria & Gelateria Tallgrass Prairie Table White Flag Yokozuna

DECO DISTRICT Atlas Grill Billy’s on the Square Boston Avenue Grill Deco Deli Elote Café & Catering

Mod’s Coffee & Crepes Roppongi Tavolo The Vault

DOWNTOWN 624 Kitchen and Catering All About Cha Stylish Coffee & Tea Baxter’s Interurban Grill Bohemian Pizzeria The Boiler Room The Boulder Grill Café 320 Casa Laredo Coney Island Daily Grill Foolish Things Coffee Grand Selections for Lunch The Greens on Boulder Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli Lou’s Deli

MADE Market in the DoubleTree by Hilton Mazzio’s Italian Eatery MixCo Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar Oneok Café Oklahoma Spud on the Mall Seven West Café Sheena’s Cookies & Deli Steakfinger House The Sushi Place Tabouli’s Ti Amo Topeca Coffee Torero Williams Center Café

MIDTOWN Albert G’s Bangkok Thai Super Buffet Bravo’s Mexican Grill Brothers Houligan Celebrity Restaurant Daylight Donuts Supershop Eddy’s Steakhouse Evolve Paleo Chef Felini’s Cookies & Deli Golden Gate

Lambrusco’z Mary Jane’s Pizza Mr. Nice Guys My Thai Kitchen PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe Phill’s Diner Sushi Train Trenchers Delicatessen Umberto’s Pizza

I-44/BA INTERCHANGE Big Anthony’s BBQ Bill & Ruth’s Subs Billy Sims BBQ Binh-Le Vietnamese Chop House BBQ D’Oro Pizza Desi Wok Fiesta Cozumel Gogi Gui Growler’s Sandwich Grill Hideaway Pizza Himalayas – Aroma of India Ichiban Teriyaki Jumbo’s Burgers Las Bocas Las Tres Fronteras Le Bistro Sidewalk Cafe Mamasota’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar Mazzio’s Italian Eatery

Monterey’s Little Mexico Nelson’s Buffeteria Pho Da Cao Pickle’s Pub Rice Bowl Cafe Rib Crib BBQ & Grill Roo’s Sidewalk Café Royal Dragon Sezchuan Express Shawkat’s Deli & Grill Speedy Gonzalez Grill Spudder Steak Stuffers USA Tacos Don Francisco Thai Siam Tokyo Garden The Tropical Restaurant & Bar Viet Huong Villa Ravenna Watts Barbecue

NORTH TULSA Amsterdam Bar & Grill Admiral Grill Bill & Ruth’s Christy’s BBQ Evelyn’s Golden Saddle BBQ Steakhouse Hank’s Hamburgers

Harden’s Hamburgers Hero’s Subs & Burgers Los Primos Moonsky’s Cheesesteaks and Daylight Donuts The Restaurant at Gilcrease White River Fish Market


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Arnold’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Burger House Charlie’s Chicken Jumpin J’s Knotty Pine BBQ Hideaway Pizza Linda Mar

Lot a Burger Monterey’s Little Mexico Ollie’s Station Rib Crib BBQ & Grill Sandwiches & More Union Street Café Westside Grill & Delivery

Asahi Sushi Bar Baker Street Pub & Grill Billy Sims BBQ Bistro at Seville Bluestone Steahouse and Seafood Restaurant Brothers Houligan Brothers Pizza Bucket’s Sports Bar & Grill Charlie’s Chicken Chuy’s Chopsticks El Tequila Fat Daddy’s Pub & Grille Fat Guy’s Burger Bar Fish Daddy’s Seafood Grill Fuji FuWa Asian Kitchen Firehouse Subs The Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse Haruno Hungry Howie’s Pizza In the Raw on the Hill Jameson’s Pub Jason’s Deli Jay’s Original Hoagies

Keo Kit’s Takee-Outee La Roma Lanna Thai Logan’s Road House Louie’s Mandarin Taste Marley’s Pizza Mekong River Mi Tierra Napoli’s Italian Restaurant Oliveto Italian Bistro Ri Le’s Rib Crib BBQ & Grill Ridge Grill Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili Savoy Shogun Steakhouse of Japan Siegi’s Sausage Factory & Deli Texas de Brazil Ti Amo Italian Ristorante Wrangler’s Bar-B-Q Yasaka Steakhouse of Japan Zio’s Italian Kitchen

BRADY ARTS DISTRICT Antoinette Baking Co. Bull in the Alley Caz’s Chowhouse Chimera Coney Island Elgin Park Draper’s Bar-B-Cue Gypsy Coffee House Hey Mambo The Hunt Club Laffa

Lucky’s on the Green Mexicali Border Café Oklahoma Joe’s Prairie Brew Pub Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse The Rusty Crane Sisserou’s Spaghetti Warehouse The Tavern

CHERRY STREET 15 Below Andolini’s Pizzeria Café Cubana Chimi’s Mexican Food Chipotle Mexican Grill Coffee House on Cherry Street D’Vina Genghis Grill Hideaway Pizza Jason’s Deli Kilkenny’s Irish Pub & Eatery La Madeleine Lucky’s Restaurant Mary’s Italian Trattoria

Mi Cocina Noodles & Company Oklahoma Kolache Co. Palace Café Panera Bread Phat Philly’s The Pint Qdoba Mexican Grill Roosevelt’s SMOKE. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe Te Kei’s Tucci’s Café Italia Zanmai

EAST TULSA Al Sultan Grill & Bakery Big Daddy’s All American Bar-B-Q Birrieria Felipe Bogey’s Brothers Houligan Casa San Marcos Casanova’s Restaurant Charlie’s Chicken Cherokee Deli Darby’s Restaurant El Centenario El Gallo Loco El 7 Marez El Refugio Azteca Super Taqueria Fiesta Del Mar Flame Broiler Frank’s Café Fu-Thai Garibaldi’s The Gnarley Dawg Hatfield’s

Jay’s Coneys Josie’s Tamales Kimmy’s Diner Korean Garden Leon’s Smoke Shack Lot a Burger Maria’s Mexican Grill Mariscos Costa Azul Mariscos El Centenario Mekong Vietnamese Pizza Depot Pizza Express Porky’s Kitchen Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili RoseRock Cafe Señor Fajita Seoul Restaurant Shiloh’s of Tulsa Shish-Kabob & Grill Stone Mill BBQ & Steakhouse Tacos San Pedro Taqueria la Cabana Timmy’s Diner

ROSE DISTRICT, B.A. Andolini’s Pizzeria Daylight Donuts Fiesta Mambo Franklin’s Pork & Barrel In The Raw Sushi Main Street Tavern

McHuston Booksellers & Irish Bistro Nouveau - Atelier de Chocolat Romeo’s Espresso Café The Rooftop Toast Breakfast and Brunch FOOD & DRINK // 19

WHO DA BEST? NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 BEST OF TULSA AWARDS HAVE BEGUN. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a $500 dining package. Runoff ballots to follow. Winners will be announced in a special edition of The Tulsa Voice on March 29.


Best Spot for Day Drinking

Best Casino

Best Place to Watch the Big Game

Best Trivia Night

Best Breakfast

Best Bar Food

Best Karaoke

Best Brunch

Best Beer Selection

Best Night Club

Best Bloody Mary

Best Wine List

Best Annual Festival

Best Coffeehouse

Best Cocktail

Best Party of the Year

Best Bakery

Best Bartender

Best Farmers Market

Best Barista

Best Grocery Store

Best Local Beer

Best Food Truck

Best New Bar

Best Deli

Best Dive Bar

Best Diner

Best LGBT Bar/Club

Best Sandwich

Best Bar for Smokers

Best Burger

Best Liquor Store

Best Chicken Fried Steak

Best Late-Night Dining


AROUND TOWN Best Place (other than home) to wait out extreme weather Best Bathroom GrafďŹ ti Best Place for a Tinder Date Best Place to Learn Something New Best Place to Shop Green

Best Barbecue

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Best Pizza

Best Health/Fitness Center

Best Takeout Pizza


Best Place to Strike a (Yoga) Pose

Best Steak

Best Gallery

Best Running/Cycling/Athletic Store

Best Seafood

Best Museum

Best Taco

Best Public Art

Best Chinese

Best Visual Artist

Best Indian

Best Photographer

Best Italian

Best Performing Arts Company

Best Japanese/Sushi

Best Performing Arts Space

Best Korean

Best Place to Have a Laugh

Best Mexican

Best Free Entertainment

Best Thai

Best All-Ages Music Venue

Best Vietnamese

Best Small Music Venue (capacity < 1000)

Best Vegetarian/Healthy

Best Large Music Venue

Best Patio

Best Place for Live Local Music

Best View

Best Open Mic

Best Family Dining

Best Record Store

Best Chef

Best Local Album of 2016

Best Service

Best Movie Theater

Best Foot Race/Run Best Place for Cycling Best Place to Hike Best Picnic Spot Best Public Park Best Family Outing Best Place to Go with Your Dog Best Place to People-Watch Best Hotel Best Place to Buy a Local Gift Best Salon Best Clothing Store Best Vintage Clothing Store Best Antique Store Best Tattoo Artist Best Local Politician

Best New Restaurant

Best Bullshit Caller

Best Restaurant for Locally Sourced Ingredients

Best Tulsan to Follow on Social Media Best Non-ProďŹ t

Chestine Gooden holds a wedding portrait of herself and husband Jeffery Gooden, who was killed in Tulsa on January 1, 2017 | VALERIE GRANT

MURDER IN THE CITY Tulsa’s homicide rate is on the rise—but why? • by HOLLY WALL BULLETS EXPLODED LIKE FIREWORKS early in the afternoon on January 1, heralding not only the beginning of a new year, but the city’s first homicide of 2017. Two of Jeffery Gooden’s eight children were preparing birthday festivities for another sister. Mercedes, who’d just moved into the Riverview Park Apartments four days earlier, stepped outside onto the cold ground in her bare feet and was met with shouts from two neighbors across the way, a couple of guys she didn’t know whom she would later describe as black men in their 20s with braids and dreadlocks. “You’re trifling for not having shoes on,” one of them yelled. “Get some shoes on,” the other echoed. And then, when she wouldn’t answer, “Bitch, you hear me talking to you?” 22 // FEATURED

“Do y’all got something better-ass to do than harass females?” she fired back. “You need to go find a job and leave me alone.” At this, they rushed toward her, three women suddenly appearing alongside them. Mercedes scooped up her children, who were playing outside, and ran to her apartment, while these people, whom she said she didn’t know, circled her home. She called each of her parents and at least one of her siblings, repeating their threats: “Bitch, we’ll kill you and your kids.” When Nyesha Scott, Mercedes’ sister, older by two years, arrived at the apartment complex, there didn’t appear to be anyone outside, but when Mercedes opened the door, her harassers approached, one gripping the butt of a gun he’d tucked into his waistband.

Nyesha tried to talk them down. “We don’t need no weapons.” “Please, put the gun down.” “No, no, no, we’re not doing this.” Nyesha remembers one of the women saying, “We’re not here for no talking, we’re here to get down to business,” and one of the men: “We’re from Louisiana, this is how we get down.” “My little brother Jamal came around the corner, thinking he saw one of the guys pull up his pants like he was getting ready to hit us,” Nyesha recalled later. “The guy pulled his gun out, pointed it past my face to my brother. After he pulled his gun out, I saw my daddy and my brother Christopher, and Christopher was on the phone with my mama. And they walk up, and the guy just started shooting.”

Jeffery Gooden grabbed his gun before heading toward his daughter’s apartment. His wife, Chestine Gooden, said he didn’t carry a firearm all the time; he thought he might need it to protect his children and grandchildren. “He didn’t go out there for no trouble,” Chestine said, “he just wanted to keep the peace.” But when the man who’d been fighting with his daughter started shooting, Gooden fired back, hitting one of the women in the leg. He was struck, too, multiple times, and his daughter said he dropped to his knees and looked skyward before falling onto his back. Tears ran down his cheeks. Chestine, still on the phone with Christopher, screamed for someone to tell her who’d been shot. January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

with handguns who’ve shown a propensity for violence when we’re keeping people—I don’t want to say my stuff is more important, because that gets me in trouble.”

Nyesha says she attempted CPR, but Jeffery Gooden was pronounced dead at St. John Medical Center. The woman he’d struck was treated for her injuries and released. 2017 began a lot like 2016 had ended.

Last year, Tulsa saw a record number of homicides—82 as of December 31, or 20.5 murders per 100,000 residents. The previous record was 71 in 2009. From 2002 to 2015, the mean homicide rate was approximately 52 per year, or 14 murders per 100,000 residents—almost triple the national average. 2016’s homicide rate was four times the national average. Homicide Unit Sgt. Dave Walker said 2016’s murders don’t appear to have a whole lot in common, other than proximity. Twenty-two of the homicides last year started with altercations between those involved, and 16 were domestic homicides. “That puts 16 people real close to each other,” Walker said. When people are closer together, they become better shots, he said. Bullets are more likely to meet their target. Stabbings and brute force become more lethal. At least 54 of the crimes involved guns, including the year’s seven officer-involved shootings. Ten were robberies gone wrong, and five resulted in the deaths of children. Gang violence appears to be down—by Walker’s tally, only two of last year’s homicides were gang-related—but drugs and mental health played a role in last year’s statistics. Walker said PCP, a dissociative drug with hallucinogenic side effects, is making a comeback from its 1990s glory days; it played a role in at least four of last year’s homicides. Walker responds to every homicide call the Tulsa Police Department receives—“whether it’s the middle of day or the middle of night”—along with at least two of his unit’s nine investigators (there’s a tenth investigator dedicated to cold cases). Sometimes the warrants and patrol units get involved if there’s a suspect to chase. Walker said his team also relies on the community to help solve the crimes— and currently, the unit boasts a 94-percent success rate. “It doesn’t matter whether the police chief solves it or the trash driver solves it,” Walker said. “We want information and that’s how we respond. “A lot of times we’re working with the transient community and people—people on PCP don’t want to wait around for cops to show up two days later. We try to get out to those people while it’s fresh in their minds. We get what we need from citizenry, get suspect identification and get help THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Chestine Gooden, center, with her children and grandchildren in her home | VALERIE GRANT

finding them. It’s not rocket science; it’s just work.” Walker said he believes his officers have a good relationship with members of the community, and that’s why they’ve had so much success in solving murders. “I think people respect what we do,” he said. “I think ‘The First 48’ [the A&E series has had camera crews embedded with Tulsa’s homicide unit since 2014] has something to do with it, I think open dialogue with the media has something to do with it. People see us more, they know what we’re up against. They know we’re not all-knowing. If citizens don’t want to take their protection of their community serious, they can blame us, but we’re not going to take the blame.” But solving homicides won’t necessarily stop people from killing each other. How can a city like Tulsa lower its homicide rate by preventing the crimes from occurring in the first place? “Every time there’s a murder, we look at it and say, ‘What could law enforcement have done, or somehow government intervention—how could we have stopped that

murder?’ ” Walker said. “But when you and I are fighting and I pull a gun and shoot you, there’s not much we can do about that except take your gun away. And I’m not a big proponent of taking everyone’s guns.” Walker said drug-addicted and mentally ill citizens seem to have more contact with law enforcement, and more methods for getting their hands on guns and other “instruments of destruction,” so “getting people off drugs and gainfully employed would be a big thing.” He also, in a sort of roundabout way, spoke of criminal justice reform, saying, “Who do we want to incarcerate, people writing bad checks, or people killing people?” He mentioned Wanda Cooper, a 60-yearold woman who was stabbed to death on December 27 by a man who was arrested on December 4 with a loaded firearm and a trafficking weight of heroin. Two weeks later, he was released on bond and murdered Cooper. “We can’t keep putting these people out there and expect good things to happen,” Walker said. “Why are we releasing people

I asked the family of Jeffery Gooden what they think the city should do to prevent homicides. His widow, Chestine, didn’t hesitate. “They need to clear these guns out the streets,” she said. Nyesha thought for a moment and then said, “I don’t feel like there’s a way to prevent this type of violence. Because if a person got it in their mind they want to kill somebody, they’re going to do it. I just feel like staying out of that type of environment and staying out of the way is what will prevent it.” Chestine said her husband and children had had run-ins with law enforcement in the past but that they’d “turned their lives around.” She moved her family to a quiet neighborhood in East Tulsa in an attempt to keep her children and 14 grandchildren away from crime, drugs, and gangs. Chestine and Jeffery had just married in September, after 28 years together. “He said to me, ‘Now we can grow old together.’ And they took him from me. They took part of my heart. I break down three or four times a day because I can’t take this. Every second I look for my husband to come around the corner.” Chestine, who walks with a cane and a portable oxygen tank slung around her neck and suffers from a number of ailments, including Lupus, COPD, fibromyalgia, and heart disease, says her husband was the one who took care of her. “He was a good person,” she said, “a deacon in the church and a hard-working man.” The Gooden family sees Jeffery as a hero. “I think if my dad and brother had not come up, he would have shot me first,” Nyesha said. “I think he drew attention toward himself to protect his kids. He basically saved us. He sacrificed himself for his kids.” “Both sides have taken the childlike way out and are hiding from us,” Walker said. “We will find out who and what transpired probably only to resolve the case by self-defense or justifiable. Even though the original reason is sophomoric.” The Goodens say they’ve given the police all the information they have, and now they want justice for their husband and father. “Get them off the street.” Jeffery Gooden’s murder is, at the time of this writing, still unsolved. In the two weeks since, Tulsa has seen four more homicides. a FEATURED // 23

FRACKING IN BAD FAITH Pawnee Nation sues the federal government over oil and gas lease approvals by LIZ BLOOD


hen a 5.8 earthquake—the largest in Oklahoma’s history—struck Pawnee on September 3, 2016, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma felt literally shaken into action. Six weeks later, on November 18, the Pawnee Nation and Pawnee tribal member Walter Echo-Hawk filed suit against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to challenge federal oil and gas lease approvals on Indian trust lands within Pawnee jurisdiction. The litigation came after months of attempted resolutions and meetings with the tribe’s federal trust partners, and after the tribe’s October 2015 moratorium on leasing and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) approvals was repeatedly ignored. “Before that earthquake, we were content trying to resolve this administratively through negotiation. We had identified systemic problems and we thought we had time to work them out,” said Andrew Knife Chief, executive director of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. “Then the earthquake hit and we realized—wow, we don’t have time. Unless we take more concrete action we’re never going to press this issue forward.” The issues Knife Chief spoke of are repeated approvals of oil and gas leases by the BIA and BLM—including approvals for fracking and wastewater injection wells—within Pawnee Nation jurisdiction, but without Pawnee Nation consultation. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal law dictates that federal agencies, including the BLM and BIA, assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposed 24 // FEATURED

Andrew Knife Chief, executive director of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma | JOSEPH RUSHMORE

activity and disclose these to the public. The act requires “broad dissemination of relevant environmental information” to the public and an Environment Impact Statement if the action may significantly impact the environment. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies “make a reasonable and good faith effort” to identify cultural and historic sites in the area prior to issuing a permit or lease. And the Department of Interior Manual says agencies should “consult with tribes on a government-to-government basis” when plans affect tribal trust resources, and that notification “is not consultation.” The lawsuit claims both the BIA and BLM have violated these directions.

After investigating wells within Pawnee Nation in 2015, the Pawnee discovered there were 170-plus underground injection control wells, which are used for disposing of wastewater produced from fracking. Some of these were located near Echo-Hawk’s home, on allotment—or tribal—land. Of the 170 wells, Knife Chief said the tribe had been aware of only eight. “We want our trust agents to give us consultation and notification. The point is having our own people put eyeballs on the sites, our environmental experts onsite to do inspections … Some of these guys will take those big wastewater tanks that you see and open the spigot and drive country roads down here. But by us knowing where the wells are, we can

regulate them. Right now they’re unregulated.” The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) regulates drilling, fracking, and injection wells on state land, but because allotment land is governed by the tribe and held in trust by the federal government, those entities are responsible for regulation. Typically, the BIA will approve the business lease for the underground injection well and the EPA will approve the permit to do the injections. According to Knife Chief, the BIA works to achieve what they consider is in “the best interest of the Indian.” In most cases, he said, “best interest” means money. “Nationally, the policy for Indian land is to approve leases, no matter what. With that kind of mindset in place, you don’t really care whether or not they’re following the leases … the whole point is if the land can make a penny, then it’s in the best interest of the Indian and that’s the only standard we use.” Knife Chief and others believe different standards are necessary when considering what is in their nation’s best interest, such as protecting their homeland and its resources—including drinking water, which comes from the nearby Cimarron River, shallow aquifers, and creeks. The EPA’s most recent report (Dec. 2016) on hydraulic fracturing found “scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances,” including withdrawing water to use in fracking; spilling of hydraulic fracturing fluids and produced water; injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids into wells with inadequate mechanical integrity, allowing gases or liquids to move to groundwater resources; fracking directly into groundwater reJanuary 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

Andrew Knife Chief and Adrian Spottedhorsechief at a fracking site near Cushing | JOSEPH RUSHMORE

sources; inadequate treatment and discharge of wastewater to surface water; and improper disposal or storage of hydraulic fracturing wastewater in unlined pits. “[Our federal partners] are here to protect us,” said Adrian Spottedhorsechief, a Pawnee Nation Business councilman. “Some of this might be our fault, too— meaning us putting our whole trust in them and then them letting us down. As a nation, now, we’re taking steps forward—we did the moratorium to stop fracking and injection wells because they’re connected to the earthquakes.” “We know we’re not going to stop oil and gas in America,” Knife Chief said. “That’s ridiculous. But we can do it smarter. We want to stop wastewater injection wells.” From the legal complaint: Under its Constitution and laws, the Pawnee tribal government must: ensure that a sufficient supply of good quality water is available to satisfy all present and future tribal uses; safeguard the quality of the available water supply to prevent irreparable destruction of that natural resource from contamination; protect the best interests, health, safety and well-being of its members; and ensure that all foreign corporations doing business in tribal jurisdiction comply with tribal law. THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Knife Chief and the Pawnee Nation are also concerned about a lack of accountability for energy companies when they act in bad faith, participate in fraud, and don’t compensate the landowners for the water or timber. “[Crown Energy’s] application to drill said they would take water from surface ponds, but there are no surface ponds around there to support that type of fracking activity,” Knife Chief said. “The guy who signed away the water rights to the OCC for a permit for taking water from the Cimarron River was a lease holder, not the land owner. So there was fraud. Our local BIA superintendent went down and assessed Crown Energy $40K in fines for violations and the Pawnee Nation assessed some fines, as well, but we realized there is not mechanism to keep these producers accountable. We can fine them all day long, but my guess is the big producers have fines and fees as line items in their budget. “We’re not against oil and gas,” he continued. “We just have too many wildcatters out there. Too many people who are skirting the rule of law and doing some dangerous activity. Why can’t the Pawnee nation forward on to our BIA or EPA administrators and say ‘hey, you need to prosecute this,’ and they forward it on to the DOJ? There needs to be a process for that.”

Besides potential water contamination, the Pawnee are also concerned about the uptick in earthquakes as a result of wastewater injection wells. The tribe was already looking into the amount of wells on its land when Oklahoma was named the earthquake capital of the world in 2015. Energy companies in Pawnee County (among other counties) are drilling into the Mississippian Lime formation. Aside from it being a notoriously briny formation, which could contaminate the creeks, rivers, and shallow aquifers on which the community depends, the formation is also on a fault line that runs through Oklahoma City. Knife Chief referred to it as the New Madrid Fault because the U.S. Geological Survey told him that it has “New Madrid potential,” referring to the New Madrid Seismic Zone in southeastern Missouri that in 1811 and 1812 produced the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the contiguous United States, with magnitudes ranging from 7.3 to 8. The Pawnee Nation’s litigation has brought to light cracks in the system for approving energy leases on Indian land and underscored the ongoing concern regarding the serious impact UIC wells are having on Oklahoma’s seismic activity.

“We’ve just scratched the surface,” Knife Chief said. “We’re playing catch-up right now. The technology in this field has increased exponentially in the past years and the policies that the state and federal government have been operating under are inadequate to address this type of activity.” The lawsuit cites technology and related policies, too: The intensity, scale and complexity of modern hydraulicall y-fractured wells far exceed the conventional development that has occurred in the past. Companies today drill wellbores that are nearl y three miles long and where fracturing uses millions of gallons of water per well. The associated surface disturbance, traffic, noise, air pollution, and accidents also have major impacts on surrounding communities and their natural resources. Most dramaticall y, geologists have concluded that disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastes can cause earthquakes.

Aside from having the potential to nationally impact how the BIA and BLM approve leases and permits in Indian country, this lawsuit may also impact the amount of wastewater injection wells—and earthquakes—we have in Oklahoma. a FEATURED // 25

CAUGHT ON TAPE As Joe Mixon departs OU, recently released video leaves questions lingering about the University’s handling of Amelia Molitor’s assault by RJ YOUNG ONE PUNCH—THAT’S ALL IT TOOK. It’s clear in the video: Joe Mixon, 17 and an incoming Sooners tailback, exchanges words with OU junior Amelia Molitor at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café in Norman. She pushes him. He flexes at her. She slaps him. Then he unleashes a lightning-fast punch with his right hand, the force of which sends her careening into the corner of the table on her way to the floor. At the time, the security footage from the incident was viewed only by a small number of journalists law enforcement and university officials. For the charge of misdemeanor assault, Mixon entered an Alford plea (acknowledging the evidence against him while maintaining his innocence) and received a oneyear deferred sentence and 100 hours of community service. Mixon was also suspended from the football team for one year. He returned for his sophomore year, the 2015 season, during which he dominated the field and proved himself to be the most talented recruit the Sooners had landed since DeMarco Murray. The traits he possesses as an offensive football player threaten to change the position of running back forever. At 226 pounds, he’s bigger than former Sooner great 26 // FEATURED

Adrian Peterson. At 6-foot-1 with arms and legs that look inflated with a pump, he could terrorize corner backs as an NFL wide out. He’s a threat to take every carry, every catch, every kickoff return to the end zone. With his blend of size, speed, finesse, power and vision for the game, it’s easy to see him as the next evolution of running back— like Le’Veon Bell, who became the first player in NFL history to average 100 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving per game for an entire season. In 2016, as a redshirt sophomore, Mixon averaged 106 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving per game.

Last month, two-and-a-half years after the encounter with Molitor, as Mixon prepared to play his last game with the Sooners before entering the NFL draft, security video of the incident at Pickleman’s was finally made public. The Oklahoma Supreme Court forced its release in the wake of a civil suit filed last summer by Molitor against Mixon. “The punch is actually a lot worse than I expected it to be,” OU student Kevin Calvillo told KFOR. “It was a lot more vicious.” January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

With cursory punishments from the university that allowed him to stay in school and resume his role on the field after the suspension, Mixon’s behavior was essentially excused by football coach Bob Stoops, athletic director Joe Castiglione and university president David Boren.

Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium | BRAD REMY

Indeed, Mixon broke four bones in Molitor’s face. She had to have extensive facial reconstructive surgery which left her jaw wired shut and her face numb for six months. After the encounter, Molitor became the villainess to many OU football fans who rushed to Mixon’s defense. She deactivated her Facebook. She removed herself from Twitter. She was inundated with phone calls and messages from reporters who wanted to pursue the story and friends who wanted to eat up the gossip. She quit her job as a server at Louie’s on Campus Corner. She suffered panic attacks. Message board posters, the folks who remind us that fan is short for fanatic, called her vicious names. “I thought that every single person who looked at me knew me and hated me,” she told The Oklahoman. Since the release of the video in December and Mixon’s subsequent apology, questions about the university’s handling of the assault remain. “There was never any closure on the incident at all,” said Carey Murdock, publisher and WWLS radio host. “It was kinda like you get a divorce from somebody and you never speak again.” It’s not just how the university and its athletic department THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Security footage of Joe Mixon assaulting Amelia Molitor | COURTESY

mishandled Mixon’s situation. It’s that Mixon’s legal counsel was so wary of anything he said being used against him in civil litigation that his attorneys and OU’s media relations chose to lock him away from public view until the tape was released. After a year suspended from the team, Mixon returned in 2015 to become one half of the most dominant backfield in college football. And still OU’s media relations department and his attorneys would not allow him to speak with reporters of any stripe. “Part of me is sad that he’s such a one-dimensional figure,” said Tulsa World sports columnist Guerin Emig, “because of the cocoon (OU) put around him. I just don’t believe he can be that person.”

“Joe, he’s a human being,” OU safety Steven Parker told the World. “People look at him as a monster. He’s not that at all.” With cursory punishments from the university that allowed him to stay in school and resume his role on the field after the suspension, Mixon’s behavior was essentially excused by football coach Bob Stoops, athletic director Joe Castiglione and university president David Boren. Some speculate that those additional punishments were mostly about the university saving face, and one has to wonder if Mixon avoided expulsion only because of his exceptional talent as a player. If Mixon had not been the truly generational talent he is, would Stoops have cared to give him a second chance? Would Castigli-

one have backed Stoops’ decision to hold onto him? Would Boren have allowed Mixon to remain a scholarship athlete without technically being an athlete—removed from the team for a full year—if it was not impressed upon him the kind of prodigy the program would lose? He was not the first Stoops had tried to rehabilitate. There’s a litany of players who’ve passed through OU who have picked up arrests for public intoxication, possession of marijuana and worse. Former wide out Ryan Broyles stole gas from the pump and was allowed a second chance. Former wide out Jaz Reynolds and safety Quentin Hayes made enough small mistakes to earn suspensions from the program but were later allowed to rejoin it and flourished. Prior to Mixon’s assault, former defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek committed the most violent public offense associated with Stoops’ program when he violently beat a man, putting him in ICU. “It may be wrong in some eyes to give a guy an opportunity to come back,” Stoops said at a press conference days after Mixon’s attorney released the video. “I think two-and-a-half years ago, some here, some viewed the tape locally and thought it was fair or appropriate to some degree. It was a significant penalty and discipline. Two-and-half years later, it’s fair to say it isn’t enough.” a FEATURED // 27



ulsa has been home to a number of notable photographers over the decades, including Larry Clark, whose visceral book “Tulsa” shocked viewers when it was published in 1971. In a documentary about his 2011 guerilla show of photos from the book, Lee Roy Chapman said Clark wanted to show us what we didn’t want to see—certainly about what Chapman called our “Leave It to Beaver” hometown, and maybe about ourselves. This month and next, a handful of art photographers are making space to tell their own stories of home—the place and the idea— and creating a new outlet for their art in a city that’s never quite known what to do with it. Photographer Brooke Golightly, whose digital creations marry Andrew Wyeth colors with dream-consciousness imagery, said photography “can really evoke emotions in people” because of its connection to memory. She joins Steve Monroe, founder of the Back Gallery, and photographers Western Doughty and Amy Rockett-Todd in co-curating a show called “Home,” which opens Friday, Feb. 3 at Mainline Art Bar. Submissions are open to anyone through Jan. 21 and the show will hang throughout February. “When I first started ten years ago,” Golightly said, “there wasn’t any photography in galleries and art shows [in Tulsa]. I think that maybe the gallery owners or curators were somewhat reluctant to include photography because … I honestly don’t know. Maybe it was because anybody can pick up a camera.” A show last year at the Joseph Gierek gallery changed her view on that. “Gierek invited 10 to 15 photographers to be part of that show, and it was spilling out into the street—probably the most


An entry for “Home,” a photography show at Mainline Art Bar in February | BOBBY LEE ROCKETT


Photographers capture Tulsa’s identity in new exhibition by ALICIA CHESSER well-attended show I’ve been to at that gallery. “Maybe because so many people consider themselves to be photographers [since the advent of the iPhone], they wanted to see what it took to be in a gallery. It was really inspiring, because you could see that photography wasn’t necessarily just a 2D photo of a landscape or a portrait or whatever. No two pieces seemed the same.” As with many arts in Tulsa, there’s not an established community of art photographers here that can influence the folks who hold the keys to galleries and print publications. Monroe hopes “Home” might shift that. “It’s a little shocking when there’s a high school student doing really amazing work next to someone in their 60s who’s estab-

lished,” Monroe said. “It pushes us in new ways. It’s important to get older and younger artists interacting. “I’d like to see this become a yearly show. I think there’s a lot of talent out there and a lot of room for growth.” Gaylord Oscar Herron—one of Larry Clark’s contemporaries—agrees that more outlets for photography are needed. Since the 1960s he’s taken thousands of pictures—many of little enclaves, architecture, and people in Tulsa— but many of them sit unpublished in his shop on 16th and Main, G Oscar Bicycles, which serves as a repository for his lifelong loves: bikes and photography. Herron’s legendary 1975 book “Vagabond” helped put Tulsa on the map as a place where serious

art photography was happening. But he doesn’t think Tulsa has ever had a big photography scene. “There were very few people doing what I was doing,” he said. “This was documenting Tulsa. I don’t know what Tulsa is now. “Photographs have to be seen. There’s all kinds of history going on back in the ‘60s and ‘70s that I was photographing all along. It’s historical, as well as editorial. People don’t make [this kind of work] because there’s no outlet for it. I’ve got all this photography energy but there’s no place to put it.” And yet he continues to shoot—trees and faces and serpentine streets—because he believes in the power of what Henri Cartier-Bresson, the great French photographer of the 1940s, called “the decisive moment.” Joseph Rushmore, a young photojournalist new to Tulsa, believes capturing “moments in time that may otherwise get lost” is the reason this art form continues to be important. He’s covered protests at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the protests and vigils for and funeral of Terence Crutcher here in Tulsa, and the camps at Standing Rock. (Many of Rushmore’s photos have been published in The Tulsa Voice.) “I try and get really close to people’s faces and see their eyes,” Rushmore said. “The only way you’re going to go out in the streets and protest is if you feel really strongly about it. It’s an honor to photograph people in that state.” The more we see these moments—editorial, documentary, or straight out of the imagination— the more we care about where we live and who we are. “This is just the precipice of what’s going to happen with photography in Tulsa,” Golightly said. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE



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REVVERCISE REVVED Fitness in Brookside offers high-tech individualistic training by JOHN TRANCHINA Revved Fitness opened Jan. 11 at 3409 S. Peoria on Brookside | GREG BOLLINGER


EVVED Fitness just opened in Tulsa, offering a highly-specific, individualistic approach that combines fitness, technology and science to help people achieve results. Located at 3409 S. Peoria Ave., next to the Brook Restaurant & Bar, REVVED Fitness enjoyed its grand opening celebration, complete with an actual ribbon-cutting ceremony, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. With plenty of free weights for a core muscle emphasis, along with airbikes, rowing machines, and other new, state-of-the-art equipment, REVVED Fitness looks on first glance like a regular gym. But they also utilize special heart-rate monitors, a detailed body-scanning system, and DNA analysis to help customize workouts for each individual. Workouts are 60-minute group sessions of no more than 24 people at once. “We focus on high-intensity interval training in a small group setting,” said REVVED Fitness co-owner Kevin Wilson. “It gives our certified trainers the ability to coach and educate but it also gives our clients the ability to be part of a small group, which usually is a bigger fuel than a trainer—being with your friends and your peers and having a little competition.” The use of the advanced technology is crucial to the REVVED 30 // ARTS & CULTURE

Fitness approach, because it allows for continual feedback and adjustments during the workout process. The heart-rate monitors, for example, display real-time results on TV screens in the workout room, so both client and trainer can view them and react immediately. “Nobody’s a statistical average, there’s no such thing,” Wilson said. “And so if you can, whether it’s through the DNA testing or whether it’s through the heartrate monitoring system or whether it’s through the body-scanning system, you can take all those elements and specifically talk uniquely to an individual, and that becomes their own. And it’s not something they learned on TV or a popular magazine, it’s them, and that will drive results when they apply those elements.” The unique idea of DNA analysis, which is done through a simple swab test, provides yet another level of specific data to help sculpt your workout and nutritional plan. “It just gives us another element of accountability and knowledge for each person,” said co-owner Emily Wilson. “It’s just one more element of information that helps us distinguish what their body needs specifically. A DNA test gives us what your macro-nutrient breakdown should

be, and there’s a lot of schools of thought out there about how much protein, how much fat, how much carbs we should take in. It will also give us sensitivities to certain foods, it will tell us what supplements your body needs based on your DNA, not based on some opinion in society. It’s a very specific guideline.” Based on the DNA results, the Wilsons also help coach each client on their nutritional intake, part of the individual’s overall fitness outlook. “Obviously, it takes effort, and the nutritional element that goes along with that is another major piece,” Kevin Wilson said. “We educate on that and we help those elements apply into what we’re doing here. Because you can work very efficiently, work very diligently, but if you’re not feeding your body the way it needs to be fed, your goals will not be met.” The additional emphasis on nutrition will become even more pronounced when the Wilsons open a new Nutrify Juice Bar and Café right next door in the coming months. (There is currently a Nutrify at the northeast corner of 91st and Yale.) “At both locations, we will have cold-press juices and organic smoothies,” said Kevin. “Here, we will have the only drive-thru smoothie place in Tulsa and we

will also have a fresh market here. It’s a bigger menu with a bigger offering in a café setting, not just a smoothie bar.” REVVED is an interesting and technologically progressive fitness concept unlike any other currently Tulsa. But its near-prohibitively high costs beg the questions, can you afford it and is it worth it? A full-year unlimited access membership costs $1499, while one individual session costs $25, with various steps in between—10 sessions cost $180, 20 are $320, 30 are $450. While definitely more expensive than a regular gym membership, or even yoga classes, the fees are what they are because of the detailed individual feedback you receive. If a drop-in yoga class averages $12-15 with 20-30 people in the room, double the price for one-on-one training and feedback sounds like a fair deal. “It’s about each person reaching their potential,” said Emily. “Everyone is going to have a different goal, a different success for them, and it’s us individualizing workouts that they can find their success. It’s not about being a cover model. It’s, ‘Do you feel good, are you sleeping well, is your nutrition right, how’s your mood?’ All those things come into a factor in what we do here, so we can treat the whole body.” a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

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Re:Collect, A Benefit Art Sale Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education,


dd to your art collection while supporting art education. This art sale features previously owned original pieces of art gifted to the University of Tulsa by artists and collectors. Pieces for sale include mid-century works on paper by Eleanor Carmack, Michael Dwyer, Ninette Allen, Ruth Armstrong, Glenn Godsey, Virgil Lampton, Woody Cochran, Michelle Martin, Teresa Valero, Mark Lewis, and more. Prints, photographs, paintings, and a few ceramics will also be available for purchase. Proceeds directly benefit TU’s School of Art Scholarship Fund.




Join a team and create an entire video game from scratch in just 48 hours. No programming skills required. 1/20-22, Fly Loft,

Hear the story of the effect of Charles Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” in a discussion with TU English Dept. Chair Randall Fuller on his book “The Book That Changed America.” 1/24, 7 p.m., All Souls Unitarian Church,



In conjunction with Anh-Thuy Nguyen’s exhibition, “[In]translation,” there is a panel discussion on language. 1/21, 2 p.m., AHHA,

Join the Scottish Club of Tulsa in celebrating the life and poetry of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, with Scottish fare and drink, bagpipes and drums, and plenty of inspirational toasts. 1/25, $65, Campbell Hotel,



Living Arts’ annual Youth Speaks spoken word show is designed for young Oklahomans to share their vision, their art, and their souls. 1/21, 7 p.m., $5-$7,

Brando Skyhorse grew up believing he was Native American. None of these things turned out to be true. Skyhorse will discuss his new memoir “Take This Man.” 1/26, 7 p.m., AHHA,



Shop for your home, your closet, your ears, and more from a curated selection of local vendors at First Street Flea. 1/22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 823 E 1st St,

Local comedians Ryan Green, Landry Miller, and CR Parsons perform for a live DVD recording ahead of hitting the road on tour in March. 1/27-28, 8 p.m., $10, Comedy Parlor,



Celebrate the words and wisdom of phenomenal women, with cocktails and readings of pieces by Maya Angelou, Mae West, Carrie Fisher, Michelle Obama, Hellen Keller, and more. 1/22, 6 p.m., MUSED Organization,

Best-selling author William Bernhardt discusses his new Dust Bowl novel, “Challengers of the Dust.” 1/28, 2 p.m., Woody Guthrie Center, January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

up-to-date listings at

BEST OF THE REST Artist Talk: Mike Glier // Internationally acclaimed artist Mike Glier talks about his process, history, and how his daughter inspired the 26-panel “Alphabet of Lili,” currently on view at Philbrook Downtown. // 1/19, 5:30 p.m., Philbrook Museum of Art, On the Political: A Discussion with Tulsa Artist Fellowship // Tulsa Artists Fellows take part in a politically and socially engaged conversation based on the work in the show “Syncretic.” // 1/21, 1:30 p.m., 108 Contemporary, Green Country Home & Garden Show // Find inspiration for your next project among the 180 vendors at the 14th Annual Green Country Home and Garden Show. // 1/27-1/29, Expo Square - Exchange Center, Legislative 101 // Learn how to go beyond voting to influence state legislators to make Oklahoma a better place in this two hour training from Together Oklahoma. // 1/28, 2 p.m., Martin Regional Library, Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show // Now in its 61st year, this annual paradise for lovers of the outdoors features over 150 vendors. // 1/302/5, Expo Square - River Spirit Expo, $10,

COMEDY The Newlywed Game // 1/18, 7:30 p.m., Loony Bin, $8, Friday Night Lit! // 1/20, 10 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, Hullabaloo Revue // 1/20, 8 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, Improv and Chill // 1/21, 10 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, Hullabaloo Revue // 1/21, 8 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, Sunday Night Stand Up // 1/22, 8 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $5, Bazar Entertainment Presents: The Return Of Michael Jordan Dunn // Michael Jordan Dunn, Mark Anthony, Micah Medina, Amy Elle Bordeaux, Adam Benson, Kayse Melone, Laura Cook, Jon W Tyler // 1/23, 8:30 p.m., The Venue Shrine, $5, THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Bipolar Bites // 1/25, Loony Bin, $12, IMPROVing Your Life w/ Butta // 1/26, 7:30 p.m., Utopia Bar & Lounge, T-Town Famous // 1/27, 10 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, News Junkie // 1/28, 10 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $10, Sunday Night Stand Up // 1/29, 8 p.m., Comedy Parlor, $5, Jersey “Hot Comic,” Jeff Bodart // 1/19-1/21, Loony Bin, $2-$12, Mike Baldwin, Erik Knowles, Meghan Welch // 1/26-1/28, Loony Bin, $2-$12,

PERFORMING ARTS 4 Girls 4 // Broadway stars Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince share the stage for an evening of song, laughter and memories. // 1/21, 7:30 p.m., Broken Arrow PAC, $25-$65, The Harmonies of North America // Signature Symphony performs William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony,” Michael Daugherty’s “Gee’s Bend,” Arturo Rodríguez’s “Mosaico Mexicano” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo,” with guest guitarist D.J. Sparr. // 1/21, 7:30 p.m., VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, $12-$37, Nathan Gunn // One of the most in-demand baritones today, Nathan Gunn has performed with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more. He will be accompanied by his wife, Julie Gunn. // 1/22, 3 p.m., PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, $100-$150, Tulsa Project Theatre 2017-18 Season Announcement Party // Celebrate the announcement of TPT’s season with the cast of “Avenue Q” and other TPT favorites. There will be food, drinks, a silent auction, and song. // 1/26, 7 p.m., Harwelden Mansion, $30-$50, Men are from Mars, Women Are From Venus—Live! // This one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, based on the best-selling book by John Gray, is an Off-Broadway hit. // 1/20-1/21, PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, $50,

OKMEA All-State Music Concerts // 1/20-1/21, PAC - Chapman Music Hall, $20, Peter and the Starcatcher // This swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan” tells the story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. The play won five Tony Awards in 2012. // 1/27-2/5, PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, $20-$22, Paw Patrol Live! // The pups of the Nick Jr. show “Paw Patrol” come to Tulsa on their first live tour. // 1/28-1/29, PAC - Chapman Music Hall, $16-$50,

SPORTS TU Men’s Basketball vs Tulane // 1/18, 6:30 p.m., Reynolds Center, $15-$44, ORU Men’s Basketball vs South Dakota // 1/18, 7 p.m., Mabee Center, $10-$20, ORU Men’s Basketball vs Omaha // 1/21, 3 p.m., Mabee Center, $10-$20, Ping Pong Tournament (Indoors) // $5 to enter, single elimination. Enjoy drink specials and prizes. // 1/21, 9 p.m., Fuel 66, Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long // Run in a 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K, or 50K relay. // 1/21, River Parks Paved Trail System, $60-$70, ORU Women’s Basketball vs Denver // 1/25, 7 p.m., Mabee Center, $7, TU Men’s Basketball vs UCF // 1/28, 12:30 p.m., Reynolds Center, $15-$44, ORU Men’s Basketball vs Fort Wayne // 1/28, 3 p.m., Mabee Center, $10-$20, TU Women’s Basketball vs SMU // 1/28, 7 p.m., Reynolds Center, $5, ORU Men’s Basketball vs Denver // 1/31, 7 p.m., Mabee Center, $10-$20, TU Women’s Basketball vs East Carolina // 1/31, 7 p.m., Reynolds Center, $5, World of Wrestling Flo Tulsa Nationals // 1/19-1/21, Expo Square - Pavillion,


Will Rogers Team Roping Championship // 1/27-1/29, Expo Square Ford Truck Coliseum,



The Fabulous Minx | GREG BOLLINGER


he top of The Fabulous Minx’s website homepage bears the following message: Mothers, lock up your daughters and pray for your wayward sons. The Fabulous Minx is an expression of our musical id. A full embrace of the seedy, savage underbelly of American music. Of those blood- and beersoaked hymns. Of our national anthems. We are here to make your hearts beat and your asses shake.

Ryan Daly, lead singer and guitarist of the band, is an odd image to pair with such a sentiment. He’s an affable red-bearded thirtysomething with a perpetually beaming grin. “My aspiration is to write ‘Louie Louie.’ If you’re looking for high-class sensibilities and musical gravitas you should get Fiawna Forté’s album,” Daly said with 34 // MUSIC

LOW-BROW ROCK-AND-ROLL The Fabulous Minx gears up for an album release and a weird party by DAMION SHADE a chuckle. “I think our record could be everybody’s favorite lowbrow, need-to-get-pumpedup-for-the-night rock-and-roll record. If you’re working under a car in your garage, drinking cheap beer, whatever. This is the album for you.” The Fabulous Minx, the self-proclaimed “dapperist band in Tulsa,” are releasing their first full-

length album Make ‘em All Jealous on Morning Creeper Records at the end of this month. The denim-vested Tulsa rock quintet started in 2012 as a twopiece. “Noah Sears came to a party at my house and saw that I had some guitars and drums and said we should play in a band together,” Daly said.

Sears, now the band’s drummer, was a punk rock-loving straightedge with the raw chops of a kid who spent years in a basement tormenting his parents with a kick drum. Daly grew up on Zeppelin, Ray Charles and ZZ Top. “We were looking for genres where a two-piece could sound natural, and we didn’t want to do the Black Keys thing,” Daly said. “I had just started listening to the Flat Duo Jets. They were like punk rockabilly. We started moving that direction because it made sense musically that we could pull it off with two people. You could play it fast and loud and you didn’t have to know a ton of chords. If we weren’t gonna be good at it, then we could at least be very loud and play fast.” The band soon added saxophone player Andrew Notar, who produced and engineered both of its EPs and co-produced the new album with Daly. Then they January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

added bass player and singer Jill Park into their ranks. The newest member of the band is Jill’s husband, Seth Park (lead guitar) who joined to “avoid feeling awkward at shows,” but who Daly swears is a “much better guitar player” than himself. This odd blend of musical characters somehow works, grounded by their frontman’s silly self-effacing warmth. Make ‘em All Jealous carries a touch of each member’s quirky aesthetic—it’s clearly a rock record but with hints of rockabilly, soul, doo-wop and even some punk. The band’s influences are broad and seemingly disconnected; they include groups like MC5—Daly described being fascinated by their 1968 performance at the Democratic National Convention (the one that started a riot)—as well as The Stooges, Charles Bradley and Ray Charles. For The Fabulous Minx, it’s less about the nature of the sound and more about the energy and feeling that the sound projects. “I love watching videos of old Jerry Lee Lewis concerts when he’s going crazy, but he’s not the craziest one in the audience.” Daly said. The band began recording in earnest in October 2015. It took a little more than a year to complete the largely DIY, spare-time recording project—the band’s members are all married with full-time jobs and several young kids. “We used to record everything super early, like at 7 a.m. We’d make pancakes, and we’d record for like seven hours. We’d do it at Notar’s house, which was out on some land in Claremore, away from the highway noise, but we’d have a limited time period before his wife wanted to come back in and be able to live in her home.” Make ‘em All Jealous is lively and fun. Daly’s bright soulful crooning is infectious, and song titles like “Knife fight,” “Don’t be a Wimp,” and “Sock Hop” reveal a band of enthusiastic oddballs relentlessly committed to being themselves. “We are really shallow with our songwriting. They’re all silly. They show how un-seriously we take ourselves. I mean one of the song’s called ‘Hanky Panky.’” THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

The band is now preparing for a raucous night of celebration in honor of the album’s release Saturday, January 28 at the Yeti. “Every year we throw a big weird party, but this may be our weirdest yet,” Daly said. “Anyone wearing a denim vest or jacket gets five dollars off the album at the show. We’re all about visual continuity, and if the whole

crowd could look like they’re in our band we’d be super psyched. There also may or may not be explosive confetti cannons all over the stage that night. There may or may not be a cryptozoological monster walking through the audience during the show. It’s gonna be a rowdy good time. We’re gonna have to tip the cleaning crew pretty hard.” a

The Fabulous Minx MAKE ‘EM ALL JEALOUS LP Release Extravaganza featuring Dead Shakes, Fiawna Forté, Evan Hughes Jan. 28, 9 p.m. The Yeti 417 N. Main

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musiclistings Wed // Jan 18

Cellar Dweller – Grazzhopper Keel’s Lounge – The Hitmen MixCo – Wilco (The Vinyl Night) Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Eicher Wednesdays – $10 On the Rocks – Don White Soundpony – Live band punk/metal karaoke w/ Satanico and the Demon Seeds The Beehive Lounge – Wyldlife, Merlinmason, Violent Affair, Terror Vision – $5 The Colony – Tom Skinner’s Science Project

Thurs // Jan 19

Crow Creek Tavern – The Hitmen Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Franklin Birt Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – James Muns Hunt Club – Erin O’Dowd, Chloe Johns Mercury Lounge – Paul Benjaman Band River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – Darrel Cole, KVOO River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove – Don Henley, JD & The Straight Shot – SOLD OUT Soundpony – Fiscal Spliff The Beehive Lounge – Sloppy Joe Fiasco The Fur Shop – Dan Martin Zin Urban Lounge – Randy Brumley

Fri // Jan 20

Electric Circus – DJ Phluf Fly Loft-Second Floor – Summer in the City w/ Tulsa Symphony Gypsy Coffee House – Jake Jones Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – Darrel Cole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Members Only, Chris Hyde Hunt Club – Dante and the Hawks Keel’s Lounge – JJ Hall Mercury Lounge – Thunderosa River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove – Alan Jackson – SOLD OUT River Spirit Casino - Margaritaville Stage – The Sellouts River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – KHITS Osage Casino – Dustin Pittsley Soul City – Desi & Cody Soundpony – Girls Club, Lizard Police, Scum ACLU Benefit The Beehive Lounge – Wink Burcham Band The Colony – John Calvin Abney Band, Beth Bombara Utopia Bar & Lounge – DJ MO Vanguard – Earphorik, MONTU – $15 Westbound Club – Darrel Lee Zin Urban Lounge – Randy Brumley

Sat // Jan 21

Downtown Lounge – Electric Dirt Downtown Lounge – White Light Cemetery – $5 Enso – Stephanie Oliver & Sean Al-Jibouri Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Jumpsuit Love, The Hi-Fidelics Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – Lucas Gates Hunt Club – Animal Library 36 // MUSIC

Mercury Lounge – Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings Osage Casino – Dustin Pittsley Band River Spirit Casino - Margaritaville Stage – The Hi-Fidelics River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – The Sellouts Soul City – Zach Short Group Soundpony – Pony Disco Club The Fur Shop – Thunderosa, Chuk Cooley, Garrett Heck The Venue Shrine – Dead Metal Society – $7-$10 Vanguard – My So Called Band – $10 Westbound Club – Tra G, Steam Shovel, Los Boi, Kromatik, Unknown Kapriest, W.I.L.L., Rich Maserati Yeti – Noun Verb Adjective, Ramona & The Phantoms

Sun // Jan 22

East Village Bohemian Pizzeria – Mike Cameron Collective Empire – Roe on the Rocks w/ Zoey and the Y’alls, Adrienne Gilley Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Guitar Summit The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing Utopia Bar & Lounge – DJ MO

Mon // Jan 23

Hodges Bend – Mike Cameron Collective Soundpony – Fight Before Surrender, Busty Brunettes The Colony – Singer/Songwriter Night w/ Dan Martin Yeti – The Situation: Open Mic

Tues // Jan 24

Gypsy Coffee House – Tuesday Night Open Mic Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Travis Kidd Band Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham, Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jazz and Blues Jams The Beehive Lounge – Joe Schicke Tin Dog Saloon – Dan Martin Yeti – Writers Night w/ Damion Shade

Wed // Jan 25

Cellar Dweller – Grazzhopper Keel’s Lounge – The Hitmen On the Rocks – Don White Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Eicher Wednesdays – $10 The Beehive Lounge – Adrienne Gilley The Colony – Tom Skinner’s Science Project

Thurs // Jan 26

Bull & Bear Tavern – Sarah Maud & Sean Al-Jibouri Crow Creek Tavern – The Hitmen Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Phil Vaught, Todd East Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – The Hi-Fidelics Hunt Club – Ego Culture Mercury Lounge – Paul Benjaman Band River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – Travis Kidd, KVOO

The Beehive Lounge – Joshua Yarbrough The Blackbird on Pearl – Aaron Kamm and The One Drops The Fur Shop – Chloe Johns The Venue Shrine – Afton Music Series – $8-$16 Zin Urban Lounge – Jim Tilly

Fri // Jan 27

Downtown Lounge – Truckfighters, Kings Destroy, Red Witch Johnny, Stupid Hero – $15-$20 Electric Circus – DJ Phluf Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – Phil Vaught Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - The Joint – Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley – $35-$45 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Travis LeDoyt, Phil Vaught Hunt Club – JT and the Dirtbox Wailers Mercury Lounge – Cowgirl’s Train Set Osage Casino – Maverican Goose River Spirit Casino - Margaritaville Stage – Grooveyard River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – KHITS Soul City – Mark Gibson Trio Soundpony – Favored and Flavored Presents: Welcome to Flavorville w/ Surron the 7th, Hakeem Elijuwon, Keeng Cut, Pade The Beehive Lounge – Steve & Ginie Jackson The Colony – A Giant Dog, Dead Shakes Utopia Bar & Lounge – DJ MO Vanguard – Funk N Beers – $10

Sat // Jan 28

Billy and Renee’s – Dixie Wrecked, The Punknecks Brady Theater – Michael Carbonaro – $37-$147 Cirque Coffee – Casii Stephan, Rachel La Vonne – $5 Dusty Dog Pub – James Groves Blues Machine Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek – Back Road Anthem Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs – Replay, Jenny Lebow Hunt Club – RPM Lot No. 6 – Bowie in Boas III Osage Casino – The Wanda Watson Band River Spirit Casino - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar – Zodiac River Spirit Casino - Margaritaville Stage – FuZed Soul City – Jimmy Markham and the Caretakers – $10 The Colony – Pilgrim The Fur Shop – DocFell & Co. Vanguard – Tony Romanello and The Black Jackets, Sons of the Dust, American Shadows, Greater Than Planes – $10 Yeti – Fabulous Minx Vinyl Release w/ Fiawna Forté, Dead Shakes, JoeMyside and The Sorrow, Evan Hughes

Sun // Jan 29

East Village Bohemian Pizzeria – Mike Cameron Collective Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - The Joint – Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone – $25-$35 Hunt Club – Lieberfun Part Deaux Benefit Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark

The Beehive Lounge – Death Card, Piece of Mind, Stupid Hero, Vox Vocis – $5 The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing The Fur Shop – Justin Kaleb Driggers Tulsa Spotlight Theatre – Marked Tree Band w/ Scott Aycock, Eve Ash, Charlie Ireland Utopia Bar & Lounge – DJ MO



Mon // Jan 30

Hodges Bend – Mike Cameron Collective Gypsy Coffee House – Tuesday Night Open Mic The Colony – Singer/Songwriter Night w/ Dan Martin Yeti – The Situation: Open Mic


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Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Lucas Jade Zumann in “20th Century Women” | COURTESY

20th Century redundance

Yet another tale about the dysfunctional lives of well-meaning white people by JEFF HUSTON


swear, if I see one more movie hipster whose hobby is photography… This and many more clichés make up the pleasant-but-rote late1970s nostalgia trip that is “20th Century Women,” a movie so desperate to say something about (and affirm) the messy, complicated lives we live that its self-import isn’t self-evident; it’s forced. The invasive voice-over commentary is the most obvious trope in this regard—a lazy fallback device for a story not strong enough to clearly define its characters or make its points.

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Inspired by memories of writer/director Mike Mills, this quasi-autobiographical tale covers very familiar territory: one that tracks an older single mother raising a teenage son with the help of two women from younger generations (it takes a village of marketable multi-quadrant age demographics, apparently). For something allegedly so personal, it’s missing a singularity of voice or experience, save the standout leading turn by Annette Bening. She imbues the material with a specificity it otherwise lacks. A series of unfortunate contrivances, “20th Century Women” is too articulate and on the nose with its dialogue and ideas to be the observant, naturalistic slice of life it’s going for (Linklater, this ain’t). It’s all just a collection of vague variations on stories we’ve seen before, absent any new insights, about the hodgepodge families we cobble together in an increasingly progressive age. Teens are experimenting, moms are worrying, and everyone’s filling the existential void with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Conflicts arise and shouting ensues, with insults that predictably hit too close to home, as the boy becomes a

pawn in how the women want to express themselves. Their tensions and rebellions have been staged a million times before, and just because the domestic factions unify by means other than a Motown group singalong that utilizes kitchen utensils as ad-hoc microphones doesn’t make the journey any more credible. Sure, it’s less grating and preposterous than “American Beauty,” but that’s a pretty low bar for yet another tale about the empty, unfulfilled lives of well-meaning white people. Another hiccup in this narrative’s flow is that it has too many points of view, exploring the perspectives of each central character instead of focusing on just one (the boy’s or the mom’s, preferably). Consequently, we’re left with four watered-down and oversimplified filters rather than the depth of one protagonist, or one core relationship. As the son, Lucas Jade Zumann is saddled with requisite lovelorn insecurities, and the object of his affection, played by Elle Fanning, is the angsty, self-destructive peer who mistakes an awareness of her mom’s psychotherapist aphorisms as her own sophistication.

Greta Gerwig’s Abbie fits the era’s punk-feminist mold, but her oft-lauded wistful indie persona isn’t strong enough to carry the weight of her character’s arc, especially in contrast to Bening who towers over an ensemble stuck in the malaise of its archetypes. The cast does little more than respectably embody the shallow dimensions of what’s on the page, but Bening enriches the struggling Dorothea with thoughts unsaid, feelings guarded, and hard-earned wisdom expressed through knowing laughs, looks, and longings (including cigarette drags), but not words. If she somehow pulls off a Best Actress Oscar heist it’ll be deserved, not merely honorary. Mills, whose gentle hand guided the superior “Beginners” (which, among its many virtues, garnered Christopher Plummer an overdue Academy Award), gives an artful, patient touch to some pretty typical proceedings. “20th Century Women” is amiable enough, definitely has its moments, and a supremely at-ease Billy Crudup sure helps, but the dysfunctional banality quickly becomes a slog. At forty minutes in, I was dreading the redundancy of eighty more. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE

DRAMATIC LICENSE Janelle Monáe, Tara ji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures” | COURTESY

‘Hidden Figures’ is a well-intentioned embellishment A PIVOTAL SCENE IN “Hidden Figures,” the new film based, in part, on the life of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, finds Johnson’s boss, Al Harrison (Kevin Costner), destroying a “coloreds only” bathroom sign on the NASA campus. Harrison’s moment is a fit of righteous indignation on behalf of Johnson (Tara ji P. Henson), who, because of segregation policies, must walk a mile round-trip every day just to use the restroom. That scene never actually happened in life; Johnson just started using the restroom of her choice. Of course, “based on a true story” always comes with the caveat of dramatization (director Theodore Melfi’s rationale) and, in this film in particular, the trope of the white savior who bravely aids minorities in breaking out of institutionalized shackles. Shit like this is one of the reasons I always take biopics with a grain of salt. Which, ironically, winds up setting a higher bar for suspension of disbelief than for films that are entirely made up. In that regard, the artifice of “Hidden Figures” is apparent. The film opens on Johnson as a child in the 1920s. Her parents and teachers discover that she’s a math prodigy, and the family uproots so that Johnson can attend a good school. We meet her again as an adult in the early ‘50s, with her two best friends and colleagues: mathematician Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and aspiring engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The three women break down on the road enroute to work at NASA as “colored computers.” An initially tense encounter with a local cop turns amiable when the cop realizes that these ladies are helping win the space race against the Russians. THE TULSA VOICE // January 18 - 31, 2017

Examples of institutional racism, both overt and subliminal, play out over and over again in “Hidden Figures.” Vaughn is refused the title of “supervisor” for her work, despite managing a highly-skilled team and training herself to become a FORTRAN coder. Jackson has to petition the court to be allowed into a white classroom so that she might become a valuable engineer. Johnson is forced to prove herself at every turn, in addition to that walk to the bathroom. Slowly but surely, the brilliance of these women earns the respect of even their most skeptical peers. The rest is written by history. They were integral to John Glenn becoming the first human to orbit the Earth. Despite whatever artistic license “Hidden Figures” employs, it movingly dignifies the roles these women played in the advancement of space exploration. Breaking through not only a glass ceiling but a white one, before the Civil Rights movement was in full swing, it’s hard to overstate the continued relevance of this story today— when some people still think girls are not as good at science, women continue to be paid less than their male peers, and racial animus has been reignited as fears are stoked that maybe everything doesn’t belong to white people anymore. Does it matter that Kevin Costner’s character didn’t really destroy the bathroom sign? Or that John Glenn didn’t really delay his historic orbital flight until Katherine Johnson double-checked the math? Maybe. But history sometimes needs a veneer of drama to emphasize the foolish reasoning of times that should not be repeated. –JOE O’SHANSKY


OPENING JAN. 20 20TH CENTURY WOMEN See adjacent review. Rated R. A MAN CALLED OVE Based on a novel that’s been on the New York Times best-seller list for 44 weeks, this Swedish import is the tale of a grumpy 59-year-old man who still tries to look over his neighborhood with an iron fist despite having been deposed as the community’s president years earlier. A small accident caused by new neighbors leads to an unexpected friendship. Rated PG-13.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE DEW One of Oklahoma’s most famous cold cases was the unsolved murder of E.C. Mullendore, a prominent rancher from Osage County. Oklahoma author Dale R. Lewis lays out the bizarre facts of that fateful night in this new documentary, based on his best-selling book of the same title. After the 2 p.m. screening on Saturday, January 28, there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker.

FIRE AT SEA Over 100 miles south of Sicily, the island of Lampedusa became famous in recent years as a destination for African and Middle Eastern refugees. Documentarian Gianfranco Rosa takes a deep, and deeply moving, look at life on this Mediterranean island and a humanitarian crisis that calls for urgent action. Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2016.

SPECIAL EVENTS SAILOR MOON R THE MOVIE: PROMISE OF THE ROSE (1993) The Circle’s Anime Club presents this modern Japanese classic in a full HD remaster. It includes the film’s original 15-minute intro for the first time in a U.S. release. Boasting superior artwork and sequences “reminiscent of Francois Truffaut,” this critically hailed entry from the “Sailor Moon” series is a must for fans of Anime cinema. (Fri. Jan. 20 & Sat. Jan. 21, 10 p.m.)

OPENING JAN. 27 LOST & FOUND Winner of Best Family Film at the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival, this adventure story follows teenage brothers who embark on a treasure hunt during a summer spent on a remote and mysterious island. The film co-stars Jason Patric and Cary Elwes. Rated PG.

JOHN WICK (2014) The Circle’s Graveyard Shift screens the instant and stylish cult classic starring Keanu Reeves, about an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Perfect prep for the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 2,” in theaters this February. Rated R. (Fri. Jan. 27 & Sat. Jan. 28, 10 p.m.)

THINGS TO COME Legendary French icon Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress honors from the New York, LA, and Boston critics groups as a philosophy teacher who must endure numerous life trials and tragedies that occur in quick succession, and ultimately work to reinvent her life. French, with subtitles. Rated PG-13.

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS A free viewing party of the annual awards show gala, with complimentary finger snacks/trivia/giveaways. The SAG Awards is a major pre-cursor for establishing Oscar frontrunners in all acting categories. Legend Lily Tomlin will receive the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. (Sun. Jan. 29, 7 p.m.)

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Five podcasts worthy of your earholes • by Matt Cauthron


f we’re in the era of “Peak TV,” in which the choices of quality programming are so vast we must accept that we’ll never see certain shows or even channels (sorry, TruTV), the same can be said about the podcast, which is experiencing its own boom. Here are five currently separating themselves from the crowd of thousands. CRIMETOWN // “This just happens to be organized crime, and people don’t get fired. They get fired at.” That’s the kind of colorful commentary you can expect from the many odd and fascinating characters you’ll meet in “Crimetown.” Produced by the team behind HBO’s spellbinding “The Jinx,” the latest offering from prestige-podcast darling Gimlet Media takes a deep dive into the culture of crime in Providence, R.I.—which, as it turns out, was as mobbed up as any city in the country during the 70s and 80s. Though digressions to all corners of the city abound, the narrative is anchored by the ascendancy of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, who was twice elected mayor of Providence and was twice forced to resign from office after felony convictions including racketeering, conspiracy and extortion. It’s an expertly crafted tale of a criminal underworld that would seem outlandish if we didn’t know it to be true. Think of it like “Goodfellas” in podcast form. 40 // FILM & TV

SUGGESTED ENTRY POINT: It’s a serial narrative. Start at the beginning. DOUGHBOYS // L.A. comedy writers/performers Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell stumbled onto a podcast premise nearly universal in its appeal: deep analysis of chain restaurants. You may think that sounds anything but appealing, but even if (like me) you rarely, if ever, eat at chain restaurants anymore, chances are you frequented your share of them in some bygone era. I never knew I had an opinion on the crispness of the lettuce in a Wendy’s hamburger. I never realized how impressive I find Taco Bell’s creativity in turning the same three ingredients into endless new menu items. I never really, truly considered how pitchman Jared Fogle’s sex crimes affect my feelings about eating at Subway. Until I got hooked on “Doughboys.” The hilarious, adversarial banter between the hosts and the ridiculous running gags are all icing on the cake. SUGGESTED ENTRY POINT: “Wendy’s,” with guest Paul Rust. MY FAVORITE MURDER // The current glut of true-crime podcasts and documentaries has inspired many a somber think piece decrying the public’s perverse fascination with violent crime and the people who perpetrate it. We should all be

ashamed of ourselves, say the naysayers, for obsessing over the suffering of others. That stance is valid, without question—but some of us are just fascinated by it, whether we like it or not. So it’s refreshing that comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark not only refuse to shy away from their shared obsession with the topic, they lean into it hard. In each episode, both hosts present their “favorite murder” of the week and discuss the ins and outs of the cases as the curious looky-loos they are. Simple as that. If you’re looking for meticulous research or comprehensive presentations of fact, you should look elsewhere. If you want to hear a conversation between funny, charming people with the same weird fascination as you, you won’t find one more fun than this. SUGGESTED ENTRY POINT: “Small Foreign Faction,” which covers the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey. THE WEST WING WEEKLY // Chalk this up as a double recommendation: for the podcast as well as the television show it celebrates—which is available on Netflix and can help you cope in these fraught political times with a dose of pure fantasy in which thoughtful, well-meaning people run the government based on the best interests of ordinary Americans. Hosted by super-fan Hri-

shikesh Hirway and actor Joshua Malina (who joined the main cast of “The West Wing” in its fourth season), the pair recap and review a new episode of the show each week (they’re currently midway through season two). Most episodes feature an interview with one of its creative heavy hitters (including creator Aaron Sorkin, and actors Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff). SUGGESTED ENTRY POINT: “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen,” parts one and two. The show’s best episode also inspires the podcast’s best episodes. SLEEP WITH ME // I can barely speak to the content of this podcast because—I swear—I’ve never heard more than about five minutes of an episode. That’s high praise in this case, because the less one hears of “Sleep With Me,” the better it’s working. Host Drew Ackerman has an especially relaxing monotone drone, and tells stories specifically constructed to become more and more boring as they go along, all intended to help you drift off to sleep. At first I thought it was a clever gimmick to drum up attention for an ordinary storytelling podcast. Then I put on an episode as I lay in bed and the next thing I knew my morning alarm was going off. SUGGESTED ENTRY POINT: Just pick one. It works. a January 18 - 31, 2017 // THE TULSA VOICE


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ACROSS 1 From whence Eve came 4 Skier’s transport 8 As American as ___ pie 13 Prevent, as danger 18 Space chimp of the 1960s 20 Targeted thing on a golf course 21 More urgent and hazardous 22 Certain distance runner 23 Decision for duel participants 26 Certainly without warmth 27 Certain wearer of dreadlocks 28 Opposite of an angelic child 29 Be a play ham 31 Feature of many a prima donna 32 Some cockpit instruments 34 Yuletide tree choice 35 Debate feature 37 High school freshman, often 38 Doctor of John Wilkes Booth 39 “All ___!” (courtroom command) 40 Auto safety feature 42 Be completely mistaken 43 Triangular sail 44 Finish behind someone else 45 Dirty river part 46 Uses one’s ballot 48 One who doesn’t believe 52 Be oozy 53 Affliction of cereal grasses 56 Insect in an anxious person’s pants? 58 Puppeteer Lewis 60 Colorless mineral 62 Some Pacific salmon 65 Confused 68 Stiff drinks

70 Kitchen gadget used on potatoes 72 Sovereign’s representative 74 Green gem 76 Barber’s sharpening tool 78 Japanese immigrant’s grandchild 79 Test for gold content 80 With what to “cool it,” and this puzzle’s theme 81 Rascal 82 Like a long, sweeping story 85 Table centerpiece with branching holders 89 Duke of TV 92 Annoying gossip 94 Love deity 95 Some undergrad degs. 96 300, to Nero 99 Los Angeles suburb 101 What one might swim in 102 Contractor’s detail, for short 104 Artsy Manhattan spot 105 Sam of Watergate “fame” 106 ___ carte 107 Bad thing to draw? 109 Meadow 110 Those with top ratings 112 Genre or type 113 “The ___ mightier than the sword” 114 Things worn in blustery weather 116 “Way to go!” cause 119 Sports shocker 120 Prefix meaning “extremely” 121 Tool building 122 Mexican affirmatives 123 Scout’s good works 124 Impudently bold 125 Lots and lots and lots

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At 1 year and 8 months old this blue heeler mix is one of the friendliest dogs you will ever meet. CHECKERS loves to play and would do really well with someone who runs or hikes regularly. We have had Checkers for a while now, which is surprising given his personality and good looks. If you are looking for a dog to join your active lifestyle Checkers is the guy for you!

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59 Hires different actors 61 Get rid of, as PC files 63 Mo. with colorful foliage 64 World ___ (baseball championship) 66 ___ Major (“The Great Bear” constellation) 67 Rhyming work 69 Hit with an open hand 71 Sinbad’s transportation 73 Itty-bitty bark 75 Turn red, in a way 77 Type of rally 82 Peeper 83 Cruz of movies 84 Go up, as prices 86 Puts in office again 87 Sha Na Na members, e.g. 88 “___ so fast!” 90 City in Scotland 91 Feature of diplomacy 93 “Wheel of Fortune” request, sometimes 96 Maize product 97 ___ meeting (presides with an agenda) 98 One leather source 100 Words with “mission” or “hot streak” 101 Capital of the Philippines 102 Most demure 103 Blanket with an opening 104 Slumgullion and mulligan 107 Biathlete’s runner 108 Coppertone tube abbr. 111 Unpleasant duty 114 Ruminant’s chaw 115 Roads that cross aves. 117 Foot the bill 118 Indulges to the extreme, with drugs

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free will astrology by ROB BREZSNY


I recently discovered Tree of Jesse, a painting by renowned 20th-century artist Marc Chagall. I wanted to get a copy to hang on my wall. But as I scoured the Internet, I couldn’t find a single business that sells prints of it. Thankfully, I did locate an artist in Vietnam who said he could paint an exact replica. I ordered it, and was pleased with my new objet d’art. It was virtually identical to Chagall’s original. I suggest you meditate on taking a metaphorically similar approach, Capricorn. Now is a time when substitutes may work as well as what they replace.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “It is often safer to be in chains than to be free,” wrote Franz Kafka. That fact is worthy of your consideration in the coming weeks, Aquarius. You can avoid all risks by remaining trapped inside the comfort that is protecting you. Or you can take a gamble on escaping, and hope that the new opportunities you attract will compensate you for the sacrifice it entails. I’m not here to tell you what to do. I simply want you to know what the stakes are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “All pleasures are in the last analysis imaginary, and whoever has the best imagination enjoys the most pleasure.” So said 19th-century German novelist Theodor Fontane, and now I’m passing his observation on to you. Why? Because by my astrological estimates, you Pisceans will have exceptional imaginations in 2017 — more fertile, fervent, and freedom-loving than ever before. Therefore, your capacity to drum up pleasure will also be at an all-time high. There is a catch, however. Your imagination, like everyone else’s, is sometimes prone to churning out superstitious fears. To take maximum advantage of its bliss-inducing potential, you will have to be firm about steering it in positive directions. ARIES (March 21-April 19): In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a huge holy tree that links all of the nine worlds to each other. Perched on its uppermost branch is an eagle with a hawk sitting on its head. Far below, living near the roots, is a dragon. The hawk and eagle stay in touch with the dragon via Ratatoskr, a talkative squirrel that runs back and forth between the heights and the depths. Alas, Ratatoskr traffics solely in insults. That’s the only kind of message the birds and the dragon ever have for each other. In accordance with the astrological omens, Aries, I suggest you act like a far more benevolent version of Ratatoskr in the coming weeks. Be a feisty communicator who roams far and wide to spread uplifting gossip and energizing news. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have a divine mandate to love bigger and stronger and truer than ever before. It’s high time to freely give the gifts you sometimes hold back from those you care for. It’s high time to take full ownership of neglected treasures so you can share them with your worthy allies. It’s high time to madly cultivate the generosity of spirit that will enable you to more easily receive the blessings that can and should be yours. Be a brave, softhearted warrior of love! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I love and respect Tinker Bell, Kermit the Frog, Shrek, Wonder Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Snow White, Road Runner, and Calvin and Hobbes. They have provided me with much knowledge and inspiration. Given the current astrological omens, I suspect that you, too, can benefit from cultivating your relationships with characters like them. It’s also a favorable time for you to commune with the spirits of Harriet Tubman, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, or any other historical figures who inspire you. I suggest you have dreamlike conversations with your most interesting ancestors, as well. Are you still in touch with your imaginary friends from childhood? If not, renew acquaintances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I never wish to be easily defined,” wrote Cancerian author Franz Kafka. “I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.” Do you ever have that experience? I do. I’m a Crab like you, and I think it’s common among members of our tribe. For me, it feels liberating. It’s a way to escape

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people’s expectations of me and enjoy the independence of living in my fantasies. But I plan to do it a lot less in 2017, and I advise you to do the same. We should work hard at coming all the way down to earth. We will thrive by floating less and being better grounded; by being less fuzzy and more solid; by not being so inscrutable, but rather more knowable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here’s my declaration: “I hereby forgive, completely and permanently, all motorists who have ever irked me with their rude and bad driving. I also forgive, totally and forever, all tech support people who have insulted me, stonewalled me, or given me wrong information as I sought help from them on the phone. I furthermore forgive, utterly and finally, all family members and dear friends who have hurt my feelings.” Now would be a fantastic time for you to do what I just did, Leo: Drop grudges, let go of unimportant outrage, and issue a blanket amnesty. Start with the easier stuff — the complaints against strangers and acquaintances — and work your way up to the allies you cherish. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There are some authors who both annoy me and intrigue me. Even though I feel allergic to the uncomfortable ideas they espouse, I’m also fascinated by their unique provocations. As I read their words, I’m half-irritated at their grating declarations, and yet greedy for more. I disagree with much of what they say, but feel grudgingly grateful for the novel perspectives they prod me to discover. (Nobel Prize-winner Elias Canetti is one such author.) In accordance with the current astrological rhythms, Virgo, I invite you to seek out similar influences — for your own good! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Now would be an excellent time to add new beauty to your home. Are there works of art or buoyant plants or curious symbols that would lift your mood? Would you consider hiring a feng shui consultant to rearrange the furniture and accessories so as to enhance the energetic flow? Can you entice visits from compelling souls whose wisdom and wit would light up the place? Tweak your imagination so it reveals tricks about how to boost your levels of domestic bliss.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2017, you will have unprecedented opportunities to re-imagine, revise, and reinvent the story of your life. You’ll be able to forge new understandings about your co-stars and reinterpret the meanings of crucial plot twists that happened once upon a time. Now check out these insights from author Mark Doty: “The past is not static, or ever truly complete; as we age we see from new positions, shifting angles. A therapist friend of mine likes to use the metaphor of the kind of spiral stair that winds up inside a lighthouse. As one moves up that stair, the core at the center doesn’t change, but one continually sees it from another vantage point; if the past is a core of who we are, then our movement in time always brings us into a new relation to that core.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Tao Te Ching is a poetically philosophical text written by a Chinese sage more than two millennia ago. Numerous authors have translated it into modern languages. I’ve borrowed from their work to craft a horoscope that is precisely suitable for you in the coming weeks. Here’s your high-class fortune cookie oracle: Smooth your edges, untangle your knots, sweeten your openings, balance your extremes, relax your mysteries, soften your glare, forgive your doubts, love your breathing, harmonize your longings, and marvel at the sunny dust.

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