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I drove my car from where I went to school on Tulsa’s west side to work, once at a manufacturing plant, another time at a department store, where I learned gift-wrapping skills to beat all. For most of the time, though, I took telephone orders for a pizza conglomerate. It was the perfect high-school job. I had a cushy chair, and I could do my homework between calls. The employee discount on pizza mostly made up for having to wear a headset, which pinched my ear, and for the over-achieving air conditioner. Every shift, I heard dozens of voices. Some called for specials, others for a list of toppings, still others to complain when things went wrong. Some of them called, I think, because they needed to know they could. I recently interviewed a delivery driver, the one who shows up at your door – seemingly by magic, and just as fleeting – after a phone call to someone like me when I worked in the biz. To earn his living, he spends hours alone in his car most days, delivering pies along a Tulsa avenue that represents a cross section of what it means to live in our city. He’s not a rich man, and it’s a dangerous job – he told me about the time he was robbed at gunpoint in the line of duty. Even so, he continues, working often until midnight, never asking too many questions when someone needs him to be the one to loosen a soda-bottle twist cap (he doesn’t mind this at all, he told me). Read his story on page 30, along with others on the front lines of Tulsa’s food-

and-restaurant scene, now more vibrant than ever. Our culinary landscape as we know it depends on hard work, but what we eat, drink, and otherwise imbibe in Tulsa today has its roots in the vision of pioneers. On page 26 Richard Higgs has the story of a restaurant that flaunted farm-to-table before it was a buzzword – and, sadly, before Tulsa had a taste for it. Jennie Lloyd has the story of how Terry Coppage started a blog before the word existed – and spent the better part of 18 years as a thorn in the side of the political right in so doing – on page 15. Angela Evans writes of po’ boys and hurricanes (the one named Katrina, in particular) on pg. 18. A barkeep grabs Joshua Kline by the ears on pg. 28, and Tom Lohr gnaws on SNAP on pg. 24. Ron Padgett, a worker of words and a Tulsa-born literary trail blazer, gets from Jeff Martin a welcome-home ahead of his April 1 return on pg. 38. On page 20 you’ll find a quick guide to our favorite things to eat and drink in Tulsa in the hours before dawn, served forth, as is this issue of The Tulsa Voice, with pride of the craft and service, with hope to inspire awe at the same.

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ometimes opportunity comes in a once-in-a-lifetime package: a door opens, or at least hangs ajar and beckons entry. Tulsa is on the cusp of one of these moments. While it may seem hyperbolic, it’s all about a train – or, more precisely, about a rail line, one that would link us with our down-the-highway peers in OKC. The notion, in a nutshell, is to spark a larger, more animated, “co-prosperity” locus that could benefit both cities. We should seize the day. But some of us are beginning to think that hyper-cautious impulses at City Hall, medieval nonsense in the state legislature, and a retrograde attitude in the state transportation bureaucracy will forestall this radiant opportunity. Rail builds community I recently saw the strange but fascinating 2004 film “Polar Express.” While the film uses an early, somewhat creepy version of “performance animation” and is centered on a spookily animated conductor who looks incredibly like Tom Hanks, we could argue that the main character in the film is actually a passenger train.

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“Polar” is a children’s classic, like the award-winning book on which it’s based. But the flick is also a rapturous meditation on the power of passenger trains to bring communities together; in this case, it’s the planet’s children and a wildly re-imagined rendition of Santa’s headquarters at the North Pole. The movie is, in every sense of the word, a “transport.” In our new century, rail correlates tightly with exceptional start-up rates, elevated job growth, and vibrant futures. There’s the “BosWash,” the epic Boston-Washington tech/Fed corridor that is, according to urban-development pro Richard Florida, a stark instance. Our auto centric society has, in most areas of America, spurned rail/transit for personal vehicles, highways, and commercial aviation. But, as The New York Times highlighted in an article earlier this month, a new study from the American Public Transportation Association claims that more Americans used buses, trains, and subways in 2013 than any year since 1956. New-wave passenger rail has the potential to augment our digital-communications revolution,

and the car, together with the magic of quick, inexpensive, rail range, meetings and market-enlarging gigs for musicians, small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and others, especially in midsized “sister” cities like Tulsa and Oklahoma City, become all the more possible.

It’s difficult for Oklahoma politicians to understand that a huge corpus of the economic history of the United States is a consequence of epic partnerships between government and private entities. Oklahoma was once the site of some of the heaviest rail use in America. It was the early 20th century, at the onset of the great oil boom, and a surge in population and land-area growth in Tulsa and surrounding communities. The question: will Oklahoma join this resurgence of passenger rail?

Rail sparks innovation Atlantic Cities, a special supplement to The Atlantic, examined recently how new rail might affect economic growth in smaller, northeastern cities between New York and Boston. The publication concluded, “by shrinking the distance between vibrant urban cores and the smaller communities that lie between them, highspeed rail could spark an economic boom, transforming the cities it touches. In the nineteenth century, railroads conferred a key advantage on cities competing for economic growth. In the twenty-first century, they may play that role yet again.” One of the most salient urban-policy and land-use think tanks, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in a 2008 analysis conducted with New York’s Regional Plan Association, described the dynamic: “Decades of international experience with high-speed rail suggests that it could create similar transportation, economic, environmental, and safety benefits in American cities and regions. While it requires high upfront investment, high-speed rail promotes economic growth by improving Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


market access, boosting productivity of knowledge workers, expanding labor markets, and attracting visitor spending. When planned thoughtfully with complementary investments in the public realm, high-speed rail can promote urban regeneration and attract commercial development, as shown in several European examples. Highspeed rail has greater operating energy efficiency than competing modes and takes up less land than highways.” Some area transit advocates say that it doesn’t matter how we link Tulsa and Oklahoma City. A rail link, initially a light, modest-speed line, would be a magic nexus, no matter how it gets done. It seems natural to expect that a private/ public partnership would advance the project, but Oklahoma politicians don’t seem to understand that a huge corpus of the economic history of the United States is a consequence of epic, largely successful partnerships between government and private entities. (Two examples: Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway project and the huge, integrated-circuit gambit for the U.S. Intercontinental ballistic missile effort that sparked the PC revolution, the commercial Internet, and the telecom mobility transformation.) What stands in the way Like most American states, Oklahoma has a state transportation department, a giant operation that is responsible for helping towns and localities with highway development and execution, bus transit, light rail, and every manner of transportation, including the shepherding of hundreds of millions in federal funds. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is one of the most powerful and well-funded entities in state government, administering and estimated $1 billion as of last year. The state transportation department and its many finance “helper boards” and collaborative commissions have issued a bid which, on its face, is designed to sell a 97.5-mile rail link. Stillwater Central, an entity that, together with Iowa Pacific, has agreed to explore the prospect of operating a passenger rail line between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, currentTHE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

ly leases the state-owned line. The state department of transportation and its advisor cadre is currently deciding whether not to sell the link to one of several private entities that have bid on the same, including several prominent players in the use of rail for industrial cargo transport. The interest in rail in America’s fossil-fuel industry is incredible because of its capacity to inexpensively convey coal, oil, and liquid natural gas. The interest is far from evil, but the role of the state transportation department is to balance public interests with private needs and a larger developmental agenda for the people of the state. This role ought to be a nuanced one, one made simpler when the wishes of large numbers of people in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa is manifested in decisions from both city councils and by numerous communities along the path. All have made clear to the transportation department and to much of Oklahoma’s political establishment that the “Sooner Sub” line should be held in public trust and that aggressive effort should be made to use it to establish passenger rail between Oklahoma’s two largest cities. A test trip designed to weigh public interest in a permanent, multi-run, daily passenger train sped out of Tulsa in February. Hundreds made the trip. The response was incredible. Oklahoma planning and transit advocates, including this writer, are calling for scrapping the bids and returning to the multi-year lease currently held by Stillwater Central, the strategic party that, together with Iowa Pacific, could, with help from other private players, and some aid from the feds and local governments, bring about an OKC/Tulsa rail service, complete with all of the transformative yields for the people of both communities. Ray Pearcey, a technology, public policy and management consulting professional, is managing editor of The Oklahoma Eagle and is a regular contributor to The Tulsa Voice. NEWS & COMMENTARY // 9


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omes to us this week a story from our almost-paidfor big-screen television, which confirms that the gun debate in America, generally, and in Oklahoma, specifically, has moved from the floor inside the Expo Center, during one of its 112,000 (more or less) annual gun shows, to a kiosk out in the parking lot. And the debate’s over. We lost. In fact, so spectacularly is our defeat, we are now sitting under a brightly colored surrender flag, just watching the joint, while the owner runs to the bank. We met up with Officer Perry Lewis at the Tulsa Police Department gun range to test the products. That was KJRH-Channel 2 Reporter Deana Silk, a few weeks back, introducing her report1 about—wait for it—protective bulletproof backpacks; specifically, she reported on their efficacy in stopping various kinds of bullets before traversing through a sixyear-old’s vertebra. We bought a pink one with a DuPont Kevlar shield built inside, listed for $250 on amazon. com. How cute! I love pink. EA representative from one of the manufacturers of the back10 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

packs says sales are skyrocketing. He said business has grown 200 percent over the last year. Good for you, sir. Couple more national school shootings and incoherent, racist tantrums from Ted Nugent and God can only imagine what kind of year 2014 will be for you. Officer Lewis agreed to shoot the backpack and insert using a 9 mm, a 40-caliber, and an assault rifle. KJRH did not put the backpacks on child mannequins. Rather, the station set up the backpacks against a wall. It looked more like an arcade than a classroom. Officer Lewis had headphones and everything. Cool. Anyway, using a 9mm, 40-caliber, and, yes, an AR-15, the report offered the results for both the DuPont model and a bulletproof insert device ($100) that can be placed inside an existing backpack—presumably, between the Lunchable and the take-home 3 Plus math practice quiz. 9MM: Backpack with built-in shield. Bullet entered but did not exit. Product passes the test. Bulletproof insert. Bullet entered but did not exit. Product passes the test.

Couple more national school shootings and incoherent, racist tantrums from Ted Nugent and God can only imagine what kind of year 2014 will be for you. 40-Caliber: Backpack with built-in shield. Bullet entered but did not exit. Product passes the test. Bulletproof insert. Bullet entered but did not exit. However, there was significant damage to the insert. Still, the product passes the test. There was “significant damage to the insert,” and still passed the test? Forehead, meet open palm. State legislature2 calling, line one: The bill passed on a 13-0 vote. It states that any firearm, accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in Oklahoma and remains within the borders of the state “is not subject to federal law, federal taxation or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

Since many school shootings involve a high-powered rifle, KJRH asked Officer Lewis to step back to 25 feet using a .223 AR-15. Oh, for the love of Christ. Backpack with built-in shield: Did not pass. The bullet entered and exited through the back. Bulletproof insert: Did not pass. The bullet entered and exited through the back. Ruh Roh! Officer Lewis wasn't too surprised. "You almost have to have ceramic plates to defeat those rounds, just like our military wears," he said. Well, get these kids some ceramic plates, dammit, because freedom! Then, let’s stop punishing them for trying to protect themselves by any means possible. Sally Kern3 calling, line two: Oklahoma schoolchildren could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun under a bill introduced by a Republican legislator. Did anyone at the station—and let’s start with Silk—consider how batshit crazy this whole notion was, how there was something a little ghoulish about suggesting—hell, encouraging—that this placebo be taken seriously, and Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


how utterly astonishing, pointless, and embarrassing a report like this was before putting it on the air4? In 2010, 15,576 children and teenagers were injured by firearms — three times more than the number of U.S. soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan, according to the [Children’s] Defense Fund. Nationally, guns still kill twice as many children and young people than cancer, five times as many than heart disease and 15 times more than infection, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Apparently not.

Nationally, guns still kill twice as many children and young people than cancer, five times as many than heart disease and 15 times more than infection… Not one word about the 194 children 12 and younger who died5 from guns since Sandy Hook, not one word about the Oklahoma representative who invited a gun manufacturer to Oklahoma6 so it could be free to peddle its wares without the heavy burden of regulation, and not one word about legislative action to allow even more7 guns into Oklahoma schools. Instead, we’re going to talk about, as former NBA legend Allen Iverson8 might spit it out, backpacks. We interrupt this program9: Oklahoma City police said they are investigating an accidental shooting at Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown … that’s when, according to police, the boy grabbed the gun, shooting himself in the hand and his dad in the leg. Both victims were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. And we’re talking about … backpacks. Child-counseling services calling, line three: We talked to licensed counselor Claudia Arthrell about the potential dangers of giving your child a bulletproof backpack. She fears the product could give a child the illusion of being 100 percent protected, THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

which they are not. That’s what she fears — that the child might have the illusion he or she is protected? We could tell the kids about the 300 million10 firearms already in America and how we’re still not safe. We could tell them about the more than 30 Americans who die every day due to guns (or the 530 Oklahomans11 who died from them in 2010). We could tell them about the little girl who hid12 in her friend’s blood and played dead at Sandy Hook Elementary. We could tell them about Sandy Hook. We could tell them how we’ve surrendered the narrative to those who shill for gun manufacturers, insist on “Stand Your Ground” laws, and make laws according to a convoluted reading13 of the 2nd Amendment one former Chief Justice Warren Burger called, " … one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public." Or we could tell them about these new, pretty, pink, bulletproof backpacks and, in so doing, tell them how we failed them.

youtube.com: Allen Iverson: Practice kjrh.com: INVESTIGATION: “Bulletproof backpacks, can they stop a bullet? Kevlar shield and insert tested” 3 tenthamendmentcenter.com:” House committee passes firearms, freedom act” 4 newsok.com “Okla. bill: No punishment for school kids brandishing pastries chewed into gun shapes” 5 usatoday.com: “Epidemic: Guns kill twice as many kids as cancer does” 6 tampabay.com “194 children have been shot to death since Sandy Hook”. 7 kfor.com: “Lawmakers lure gun maker to Okla.” 8 newsok.com: “Bill to arm teachers, administrators wins Oklahoma House panel’s approval” 9 youtube.com: “Allen Iverson: Practice” 10 koco.com:” Police say young boy accidentally shoots father, self at Bass Pro Shops” 11 gunfaq.org: “How many guns in United States 12 oklahomawatch.org: “Firearm Deaths in Oklahoma and US” 13 abcnews.go.com: “Sandy Hook Classroom Survivor Played Dead” 1 2

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9-year-old boy sits in an old metal chair in a cramped office, packed with lawyers, social workers, men in uniform, and a judge. It’s supposed to be a courtroom. It looks more like a white cardboard box. The roof leaks. The air is thick and stale. It smells like mold and sweat. Everyone in the room and in the hallway is stressed out and shouting at each other. The boy puts his hands under his legs, and tightens his shoulders, trying to make himself smaller. He did nothing wrong. The courtroom is inside the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention building, just west of downtown. His mother is at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, also known as the Tulsa County Jail. A police officer put her there because there were no available beds at Parkside or Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health. She cannot afford psychiatric treatment or the correct medication. She made a mistake, and DHS took action. They took away her son. The cop found a way to get her to DLM so he wouldn’t have to drive her all the way out to Woodward. The psychiatrist on staff has given her drugs to calm her down. She and 400 other inmates are getting drugged, but not treated. The state can’t afford to transport dangerous inmates who need to be in prison. Instead, the jail is overcrowded and she’ll have to sleep on the floor tonight. She did nothing wrong. According to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) 2012 Budget Request, Oklahoma ranks No. 2 nationally for serious psychological distress in the adult population. In 2010 and 2011, the ODMHSAS slashed its budget by approximately $25 million. A recent budget shows a slight increase, but the issue is clear: the state has neglected to properly fund mental health treatment.

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The result? In a Feb. 14 report by KOTV, Tulsa County Sheriff ’s Office Major Shannon Clark was quoted as saying, “Jails are depositories for most of the mentally ill in our society. There are no other resources; there are no other places for them to go.”

We are not choosing to treat our sick. We’re choosing to let law enforcement deal with them. But law enforcement doesn’t know how. David L. Moss is the largest mental-health facility in Oklahoma. We are not choosing to treat our sick. We’re choosing to let law enforcement deal with them. But law enforcement doesn’t know how. An informational handout provided by Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith at TulsaNow’s March meeting describes the problem: “The Jail was never designed

for this function and it is neither safe nor effective risk management to mix mentally ill inmates with general-population inmates. The problem, once the responsibility of the state and federal government, is now shifted to the local communities. ... Sherriff Stanley Glanz is pushing a sooner-rather-than-later agenda in an effort to address the issues and protect the inmates.” Tulsa County Juvenile Detention was built in 1968 to accommodate 50 employees. The staff has grown to three times that many. It created makeshift courtrooms, where offenders and their victims wait together for their trials. Several hallways and bathrooms have become improvised offices. Conditions in the building, described by a grand jury report filed in December 2013, border on inhumane. The county is on its knees, begging taxpayers to vote yes on a special-ballot measure that will raise $54.3 million to pay for a new Juvenile Justice Center and

building expansions at David L. Moss. The money will come from a .067-percent sales tax — a renewal for the city, an increase for the rest of the county. Voters will decide in an election on April 1. Opponents of this tax argue that Tulsa County should not be asking for more money. Many point out that there will be a surplus of collected taxes available after 2016 from the Vision2025 tax package. The debate, then, seems to center not on “if,” but “when.” Do we vote to build these new facilities now and decide what to do with the surplus later? Or do we let this .067-percent sales tax roll off for the city as it has for the rest of the county, and agree that we’ll use the surplus later for the new jail improvements? It seems better to use money we’ve already collected, versus paying for these changes with new debt. On the other hand, the County is near its breaking point. It’s spread itself thin to compensate for the state not doing its job. While politicians, businessmen, and lawyers quibble over numbers, trying to decide whether to make these changes now or later, a boy sits in an old metal chair, in a cramped office, away from his mother, waiting for the adults to decide his fate. Author’s note: The boy depicted in this

story and his mother are, technically, fictional; all DHS and mental-health records are kept confidential. The two, though figments, would seem all-toofamiliar to the police officers, teachers, DHS staff, and medical professionals in our community who serve children and families like this, in our city, every day. Carlos Moreno is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, and community volunteer. He is the board president of TulsaNow, a grassroots organization focused on the intelligent and sustainable development, preservation, and revitalization of Tulsa. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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The lepers among us In the effort to feed Tulsa’s hungry, a little respect goes a long way by CONNIE CRONLEY It’s hard to get the look of poverty just right. Case No. 1: Several years ago, the Tulsa World ran a photo of a woman getting a bag of emergency groceries from the pantry at Iron Gate Tulsa. The woman pictured was overweight. The newspaper was flooded with so many outraged emails, the website temporarily crashed. The gist of the email assault was, “That woman is fat and cannot possibly be hungry.” We at Iron Gate replied with an explanation that low-income and poor people all too often eat the cheapest, most unhealthy food. The result is not only obesity, but health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Case No. 2: On the Iron Gate Facebook page we recently posted a photo of a young mother and her two daughters standing in our grocery pantry line. A donor shot me an email saying the woman didn’t look at all needy. She and the children were in nice clothes, and the woman was wearing makeup and jewelry. In fact, the email went on, was that a big diamond the woman was flashing? No, I replied, it was not a diamond. It was costume jewelry. And that before going out in pub14 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

lic—even to a soup kitchen and grocery pantry—the woman made sure the family looked as presentable as possible.

We urge people to look a homeless person in eyes, smile, and say hello. That changes a lot of things, including fear. Case No. 3: Downtown employers recently circulated warning notices about panhandlers. One homeless panhandler, the warning said, had pulled a woman’s hair. My response was to say that I genuinely regret any frightening or harmful panhandling incident. Downtown panhandling is a consequence of our rapidly growing downtown area. Any place where people congregate—public parks, bike and hiking paths, urban areas—can be potentially dangerous and we must all exercise caution. I used to hike alone in the University of Tulsa’s Redbud Valley Nature Conservancy, but I wouldn’t think of doing that now. I read a local obituary recently of a woman, a social worker, who

was permanently disabled by a meth lab explosion in the apartment building where she lived. She lived in a different unit and had nothing to do with the meth lab. One of my more cynical colleagues at another social service agency suggested that the panhandler warnings were an effort to whip up public hysteria and fear in a campaign to drive the homeless out of downtown. I hope that is not true. Not all panhandlers are homeless. Not many homeless are panhandlers. Most of the people—75 percent—who come to Iron Gate for food assistance are not homeless. They are working poor, low income or poverty level. Another colleague says that the poor and homeless are the modern day version of Biblical lepers. Some of us want them to be shunned, shamed and isolated. Those of us in the caring and compassion business prefer another approach. Our philosophy at Iron Gate is to treat everyone with courtesy, kindness and respect. That’s why we urge people to look a homeless person in the eyes, smile and say hello. That changes a lot of things, including fear.

HOW TO HELP Iron Gate Tulsa and other local nonprofits tasked with eradicating hunger rely on the compassion of Tulsans to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Individuals or families are welcome to volunteer for a variety of services, including serving food in the kitchen, preparing sandwiches, bagging and distributing groceries, picking up donated food, distributing personal hygiene kits, or collecting and distributing gloves and socks during winter or bottled water during summer. Iron Gate also accepts monetary and food donations. It accepts both perishable and non-perishable food items, and can help schools or other organizations set up food drives. Contact Connie Cronley at 918359-9017 or by email at ccronley@irongatetulsa to learn more about how you can help fight hunger in Tulsa.

Connie Cronley is executive director of Iron Gate Tulsa. For more information on Iron Gate and its mission, visit irongatetulsa.com or facebook.com/ irongatetulsa Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


Since you’re reading this

Longtime political commentary blogger BartCop signs off with one last request by JENNIE LLOYD

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ince you’re reading this, I’m either gone or I’m too sick to get to my computer.” Before he died on March 5, Terry Coppage, aged 53, wrote one last letter to his readers. It was a just-in-case letter – in case he didn’t survive his 13-year battle with leukemia. In this letter, Coppage, aka BartCop – an outspoken pioneer in political blogging and media watchdogging – asked his readers to help him with one last request. Before this final post, he wrote 18 years’ worth of salvos – thousands of listserv emails, web radio shows, online issues. Before that, Coppage rattled down vending-machine delivery routes between Tulsa and Forth Smith, from Tulsa to Joplin, his stripped backseat stuffed with toys for the claw machines, candy, and chips. He spent the early ‘90s in a one-seater Subaru with only an AM radio for company, the car tinny with hours and hours of bombastic Rush Limbaugh guffaws. This was pre-AOL, pre-Daily Kos, pre-Salon, pre-Media Matters, pre-email, pre-Apple chic, pre-24-hour news cycle. In 1996, dial-up Prodigy offered a way to communicate with other frustrated progressives. Coppage started a daily listserv – an early massemail subscription apparatus – that he dubbed “Rush Limba: Lying Nazi Whore.”

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Subtle, he was not. As the listserv became more popular, Coppage hooked his longtime friend Kurt Wise into learning website design and then teaching it to him. The resulting 1997-era website, still largely unchanged since DSL, remains an endearing relic of the prehistoric Internet, with BartCop’s trademark red circle with a hammer inside still emblazoned on the home page. With “a modem, a smart mouth and the truth,” Coppage became BartCop. Name origin: his cat, “Bart,” and the first three letters of his last name. During the Lewinsky scandal and in the wake of the 2000 election, more and more web surfers turned to BartCop as he delivered salient strikes against Rush and his dittoheads, against propaganda about a so-called liberal media.

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“I’d like to thank everyone for reading, especially the pillars who allowed me to quit working at that little car lot and turn my rage on the illegal Bush thugs full time,” Coppage wrote. Terry became a full-time political blogger before the word “blog” was invented. He called BartCop.com a “political humor page,” Wise said. He added his musings on his favorite liquor, and he posted some about poker and cute girls. But mostly, Coppage stuck to politics. Terry was prolific, publishing to the site a half-dozen issues like small, online-newspaper editions, packed with signature BartCop content every week. “His ability was not just in being able to explain something or to have an opinion,” Wise said. “It was in being able to skillfully

articulate something everyone was feeling but couldn’t find the words.” “But I have a favor to ask and it’s a big one. I left Mrs. Bart with a mortgage that she can’t handle by herself,” Coppage wrote. “When the doctors told me I wasn’t going to reach old age, my first thoughts were worry about Mrs. Bart and how she was going to make it without me and my income. So if you can help her out, I’d appreciate it.” Bart and Mrs. Bart were Mizzou college sweethearts. The couple moved to Tulsa after graduating from the University of Missouri. Coppage and his wife were married 37 years. Mrs. Coppage remained a staunch, loving supporter of her husband and his mission while she worked a fulltime job to provide extra income and health insurance for the family. He was always protective of her privacy. They had no children, but kept cats. At his memorial service, Wise played a mixtape for his longtime friend and inspiration, which included some of Coppage’s favorite bootlegged U2 and Led Zeppelin songs, plus a little Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. “People say, ‘I never would’ve survived the Bush years without BartCop,’” Wise said. “I never would’ve survived the Reagan years without Terry.”

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Lawmakers ramp up regulation efforts for e-cigs by JENNIE LLOYD

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ith all of the nicotine and none of the smoke, e-cigarettes have become a booming, $1.5 billion industry in the U.S. While Oklahoma’s smoking rate among adults has dropped steadily over the past decade, lighting up remains at the root of some of our state’s leading preventable causes of death. Smoking and the resulting illnesses kill more Oklahomans than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders, and illegal drugs combined. The e-cigarette has become so popular and useful for quitting tobacco because it offers something no other smoking cessation tool does: the soothing ritual of the puff. Patches and gum offer a nicotine quench without the satisfaction of physically smoking a cigarette. Local vapor shops have proliferated across Tulsa as smokers dump their packs, and the purchase of cigarettes in Oklahoma continues to decline. The ratio of smokers to nonsmokers in the state dropped to 23.3 percent in 2012, a new historic low. Oklahoma ranked 39th among all states for its adult-smoking rate in 2013, an eight-point rise from our ranking in 2012, at 47th.

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We’re out of the bottom 10, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Enter a seemingly e-asy solution: the e-cigarette. In the past year, Oklahomans have expressed growing concern about the regulation of the burgeoning e-cig industry. Enter next the Oklahoma Vapor Action League (OVAL), an organization of consumers, small retailers, and residents concerned about the new e-cig craze. The FDA and other agencies are investigating whether these slick new contraptions have become a gateway product for youngsters. The use of the devices among teenagers is on the rise, according to a September 2013 Centers for Disease Control report. E-cigarettes produce none of the smoke of cigarettes, and new users don’t have to practice – and cough and gag – to get the hang of how to take a drag. The yield is a discreet, and addictive, nicotine buzz. Republican legislators have introduced three bills in the Oklahoma House to provide precautions designed to keep e-cigs away from kids. Two of the bills would put e-cigs in league with tobacco products, though it contains no tobacco; the bills would also create regulatory limits and protections for the

fake smokes. House Bill 2904 would expand the definition of “tobacco products” to explicitly include “electronic smoking devices.” House Bill 3104, the companion legislation to Senate Bill 1602, would ban sales of vapor products, with or without nicotine, to youth. While Gov. Mary Fallin won’t yet comment on specific legislation, she agrees that e-cigarettes should not be sold to minors and should be regulated responsibly. Though e-cigs create no secondhand smoke, Fallin banned the devices on state property via executive order in December. Bottomline: When it comes to stemming the tide of new young smokers, e-cigs might be more of a problem than a solution. These tobacco-free facsimiles have become an important step out of a tar-lunged existence for many smokers, but in exchange for what? Those sweet, easy e-cigs, complete with myriad flavors and customizations that would daunt any marketer to this demographic, lure in youngsters and could set them up for a lifetime of nicotine addiction. But we must be cautious not to snuff out a cessation tool that is poised to blow away Americans’ love affair with tobacco once and for all.

When the reboot of Carl Sagan’s celebrated series “Cosmos” aired March 9, most felt “billions and billions” of warm-fuzzies remembering America’s late, lovable astrophysicist. In 1980, Sagan took viewers on a memorable journey through the known universe with his characteristic passion, curiosity, and brilliance. This time, Neil deGrasse Tyson helms an updated “Cosmos,” highlighting all the wondrous things we’ve discovered about the universe since disco died. For mere seconds of the March 9 episode, Tyson mentioned the rapid evolution of plants, animals, and humans on our pale blue dot. To many Oklahomans – specifically, those who refuse to trust any text but the Bible – Tyson’s open mention of evolution on Fox-affiliate stations during Sunday primetime was controversial. So when Oklahoma Fox affiliate KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City inserted a 15-second promo for their local news at the precise moment Tyson began to mention evolution, it raised eyebrows. The statistical probability of such a specific mistake or coincidence or whatever-it-was is almost as mind-boggling as the cosmos itself. “In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night’s ‘Cosmos’ science documentary,” reported The Raw Stor y on March 12. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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Bottomline: “We are newcomers to the cosmos,” Tyson explained as KOKH cut to a promo for its story about a 12-year-old bow hunter. “Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors – yours and mine left these traces,” Tyson said. “We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.” We are just as free to wonder whether or not this 15-second edit was a flub or purposeful dub. Like the Big Bang, we don’t have exact proof. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. No matter what local station managers think, the infinite universe cannot be censored.

to join up with Russia than to strike out on their own as an independent nation. On Friday, March 7, Sen. Jim Inhofe talked to Tulsa World about his plan for dealing with this new predicament. In addition to sanctions suggested by experts and most lawmakers, Inhofe

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Fur Ball 2014 The 9th Annual Fur Ball raised over $135,000 for the Oklahoma Alliance For Animals (OAA) on March 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Special guests included Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and country music superstar Carrie Underwood, Nashville, and her mother, Carol Underwood, of Checotah.

Among the 350 Fur Ball attendees were Robert Gallant, Charlie Brown, a sweet two-year-old pup rescued by OAA, was a special canine guest. If you would like to Carol McGraw, Allie Gallant, Joe McGraw and Mike know more about Charlie, please call Chay in Tulsa at McGraw. Carol and Joe were event sponsors. 405-464-1939.

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Good times on Boston New Orleans couple brings authentic Louisiana fare to downtown Tulsa by ANGELA EVANS

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tall, wiry man swooped into the door of Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli on 6th Street and Boston Avenue. He eyed the owner of the establishment incredulously. “Do you make real po’ boys?” he demanded. Turns out, the inquisitive man was born-and-raised Louisianan. He and Chris West, owner at Lassalle’s, begin swapping stories about the best places to get boudin, and how far north on I-30 is considered “Yankee territory.” This isn’t the first time this has happened to West, who opened Lassalle’s with his wife, Amanda, in February. “I used to bump into people from Louisiana here and there. Now that we’ve opened, it’s incredible how many people I’ve met from the area,” he said. Chris played in a metal band, Face, at clubs in downtown New Orleans for years. One would not glean this information by looking at the clean-shaven restaurant proprietor, except a scar where a lip piercing once resided. “He used to have all kinds of piercings,” chirped Amanda from behind the counter. “He had dreadlocks, too.” The band’s success was cut short, along with the Wests’ time in New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina shredded through the region in 2005. The couple moved to Oklahoma with family after losing their home and car. After bouncing back and forth, they finally settled permanently in Oklahoma in 2007. “Most New Orleanians’ lives are separated into pre and post-Ka18 // FOOD & DRINK

“When we got here permanently in 2007, opening a restaurant was something we had always wanted to do.” — Chris West

The roast be ef po’ boy at Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli

trina,” said Chris. “When we got here permanently in 2007, opening a restaurant was something we had always wanted to do.” Chris spent all his life in the restaurant biz, and in New Orleans, food is religion. “They say that people in New Orleans come out of the womb cooking,” he said. “And you always are cooking for a lot of people,” Amanda added. “So it’s not much more work to make six gallons of gumbo instead of two.” Blues and Zydeco music play blithely in the background in the quaint corner shop on Boston Avenue, where there are just a handful of tables. The menu features New Orleans staples, like po’ boys, muffuletta, jamba-

laya and gumbo. The bread for the po’ boys is unlike anything in town. That’s because it comes from Leidenheimer Baking Co. in New Orleans, the gold standard in French bread for over a century. “A lot of people don’t consider it a po’ boy if it’s not on Leidenheimer’s,” said Chris. The bread is known for its crispy, golden outer layer and a pillowy-soft center, the perfect combination for holding the rag-tag ingredients of a po' boy sandwich intact. Lassalle’s classic shrimp po’ boy is a champ, with fried shrimp oh-so-lightly dusted with a cornbread-based coating and just enough seasoning. Shredded lettuce and a healthy squirt

of Lassalle’s “WOW sauce” come together for a parade of flavor. Lassalle’s muffuletta boasts a perfect bread, this one hailing from the famous Gambino’s Bakery in downtown New Orleans, known best for their king cakes. This Sicilian sandwich was created in New Orleans and wouldn’t be a true muffuletta without the zesty addition of olive salad. Lassalle’s uses Boscoli, a fan favorite used by many New Orleans restaurants. Red beans and rice, jambalaya, and gumbo – the holy trinity of New Orleans cuisine – are available by the plate or cup. The burgundy-brown hue of the gumbo is the sign of a well-done roux, with vibrant dots of okra throughout. The hearty red beans and rice gets a smoky kick from choice pieces of smoked sausage. One of the big stars of the menu may be lost on most Okies. The roast beef po’ boy may not get as much play as shrimp or catfish in our neck of the woods, but in New Orleans, po’ boy shops stake their reputations on the beef. “Every po’ boy shop does its own style of roast beef. People even vote online for their favorites,” said Chris. A slice of that famous French bread is filled with “roast beef debris” – freshly roasted beef chopped into little pieces on the griddle and drizzled with brown gravy. “We use local Black Angus beef, breaking it down ourselves and roasting it in house,” said Chris. “We are happy to teach Tulsa about the roast beef po’ boy.” Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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Life is good when you’re a burger fan in a burger town. Problem is, it isn’t always easy for our local night owls to find the beef. Good thing the burger at The Tavern — topped with Stilton and mushroom Cognac cream, it’s like that cousin of the McNellie’s burger that went to Harvard and drank a $20 glass of Cabernet with a Hot Pocket — tastes even better by starlight. Plus, after 9 p.m., it’s half price, a mere $6.50 for a dream served on a challah bun.

Forget about tomorrow morning. Sometimes late at night you need a gloriously greasy beast of a sandwich. Phat Philly’s classic cheesesteak crams a hoagie roll to the breaking point with seasoned beef, melted cheese, and grilled onions and peppers. Pair it with crispy waffle fries and then head home to enjoy your blissful food coma.

Whether you’ve had a few drinks and want to take the edge off, or you love pizza as much as I do, Joe Momma’s slice night is the perfect answer for your late night cravings. Serving up their tasty, back-to-basic stylings of cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pizza, their slices hit the spot.

Often missing from a standard late-night menu is variety. Options. Thankfully, Kilkenny’s offers two equally filling dishes on their late-night menu for a measly five bucks. For that price you can get a hearty burger paired with a frosty beer of your choice. But if you want an Irish classic and a longtime Kilkenny’s staple, go with the fish and chips. Deepfried and plentiful, they’re the perfect late-night guilty pleasure.

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“ This is completely different than a standard Moscow Mule,” Bush said. “We do use vodka, but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of ginger beer, we juice our own ginger, and add a little simple syrup for sweetness. Instead of lime juice, we use white wine for the acid component. It’s Müller Thurgau wine, which is where the drink gets its name. We mix all that together in a special Perlini mixer, which has an attachment that carbonates it. Then we pour it in a copper mug and garnish it. And there it is.”

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DOWNTOWN Baxter’s Interurban Grill The Boulder Grill Café 320 Casa Laredo Coney Island Daily Grill Foolish Things Coffee Grand Selections for Lunch The Greens on Boulder Heavy Metal Pizza Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli Lou’s Deli MADE Market in the DoubleTree by Hilton Mazzio’s Italian Eatery

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Big Anthony’s BBQ Bill & Ruth’s Subs Billy Sims BBQ Binh-Le Vietnamese Chop House BBQ D’Oro Pizza Desi Wok Fiesta Cozumel Hideaway Pizza Himalayas – Aroma of India Ichiban Teriyaki Jumbo’s Burgers Las Bocas Las Tres Fronteras Le Bistro Sidewalk Cafe Mamasota’s In & Out Mazzio’s Italian Eatery Monterey’s Little Mexico

Nelson’s Buffeteria Pho Da Cao Pickle’s Pub Rice Bowl Cafe Rib Crib BBQ & Grill 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

Arnold’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Burger House Charlie’s Chicken Go West Restaurant & Saloon Jumpin J’s Knotty Pine BBQ Linda Mar

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

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Admiral Grill Bill & Ruth’s Christy’s BBQ Evelyn’s Golden Saddle BBQ Steakhouse Hank’s Hamburgers Harden’s Hamburgers

Hero’s Subs & Burgers Ike’s Chili Los Primos The Restaurant at Gilcrease White River Fish Market

Abear’s Caz’s Chowhouse Chimera Draper’s Bar-B-Cue Fat Guy’s Gypsy Coffee House Hey Mambo The Hunt Club Laffa Lucky’s on the Green

Mexicali Border Café Oklahoma Joe’s Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse The Rusty Crane Spaghetti Warehouse The Tavern Zin Wine, Beer & Dessert Bar

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 Lot a Burger Maria’s Mexican Grill Mariscos Costa Azul Mariscos El Centenario Mekong Vietnamese Pizza Depot 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 BruHouse Daylight Donuts Family Back Creek Deli & Gifts Fiesta Mambo!

Main Street Tavern McHuston Booksellers and Irish Bistro Romeo’s Espresso Cafe

TERWILLIGER HEIGHTS Bill & Ruth’s Blue Rose Café The Chalkboard Dalesandro’s Elwoods

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

MIDTOWN Albert G’s The Alley Bangkok Thai Super Buffet Bros. Houligan Celebrity Restaurant Daylight Donuts Supershop Eddy’s Steakhouse 22 // FOOD & DRINK

Felini’s Cookies & Deli Golden Gate Mary Jane’s Pizza My Thai Kitchen PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe Phill’s Diner Steve’s Sundries Trenchers Delicatessen

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Juniper McNellie’s S&J Oyster Company Tallgrass Prairie Table White Flag Yokozuna

UTICA SQUARE Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Goldie’s Patio Grill McGill’s Olive Garden P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

DECO DISTRICT

SOUTH TULSA

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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 Samborsito Elements Steakhouse & Grille The Fig Café and Bakery First Watch Five Guys Gencies Chicken Shack Gyros by Ali Hebert’s Specialty Meats

Helen of Troy Mediterranean Cuisine India Palace La Flama Mahogany Prime Steakhouse McNellie’s South City Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar 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 Zio’s Italian Kitchen

Atlas Grill Billy’s on the Square Boston Avenue Grill Deco Deli

Elote Café & Catering Mod’s Coffee & Crepes Tavolo The Vault

CHERRY STREET Andolini’s Pizzeria Café Cubana Chimi’s Mexican Food Chipotle Mexican Grill Coffee House on Cherry Street Daylight Donuts Doe’s Eat Place Full Moon Café Genghis Grill Heirloom Baking Co. Hideaway Jason’s Deli

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub & Eatery La Madeleine Lucky’s Restaurant Mary’s Italian Trattoria Mi Cocina Palace Café Panera Bread Phat Philly’s Qdoba Mexican Grill SMOKE. Te Kei’s Tucci’s Café Italia Zanmai

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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 Jamil’s

Jason’s Deli Jay’s Original Hoagies Keo Kit’s Takee-Outee La Roma Lanna Thai 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 Ti Amo Italian Ristorante Wrangler’s Bar-B-Q Yasaka Steakhouse of Japan Zio’s Italian Kitchen

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Big Al’s Health Foods Bill’s Jumbo Burgers Billy Ray’s BBQ Brothers Houligan Burn Co. BBQ Capp’s BBQ Corner Café Duffy’s Diner El Rancho Grande Freddie’s Hamburgers Guang Zhou Dim Sum Jim’s Coney Island Las Americas Super Mercado & Restaurant Lot a Burger

Maxxwell’s Restaurant Moonsky’s Cheesesteaks and Daylight Donuts Mr. Taco Nelson’s Ranch House Oklahoma Style BBQ The Phoenix 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 Umberto’s Pizza

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hen the federal Food Stamp Program became the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2008, I never noticed. I never had the misfortune of living with hunger. Growing up in rural West Virginia in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I was certainly surrounded by it. I was lucky enough to be the son of a skilled worker who not only provided for our family but raised us on 25 acres of hilly Appalachian countryside, where we had a huge

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straits, the program became the buzz of dinner-table talk across America. To draw attention to the ever-paltry, per-meal benefit, numerous politicians, including the mayors of Newark, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, have taken the “SNAP Challenge.” The challenge is designed to raise awareness and sensitivity to the plight of Americans enrolled in SNAP by testing participants’ ability to subsist on the average per-meal allocation for a week or more. In 2012 the national average for SNAP benefits was $133.44 per person, or $4.50 per day. Opponents of an increase to the SNAP allocation are quick to point out that it is a supplemental program and not designed to provide 100 percent of the budget for household groceries. But the fact remains that, for many, it does. SNAP isn’t intended to cover the entire food budget for beneficiaries, but relief with food purchases frees up income for other essentials like rent and electricity. While 20 percent of beneficiaries have no income, most fall among the working poor, with children in the household. With all the controversy around SNAP, and since 17 percent of Oklahomans are enrolled in the program, I wondered: can a per-

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son really subsist on $133.44 a month? I decided that, through the month of January, I would chronicle every meal and snack I ate and tie every penny to a SNAP budget. I began with a trip to the grocery store, a list of budget-friendly recipes in hand. By the end of January I had exhausted my SNAP funds but was able to continue to feed myself. It was tight, and I did slow rolls past my favorite restaurants, but I made it. Wondering what my options would have been had I run out of food and money, I decided to pay a visit to one of the dozen or more food pantries in the greater Tulsa area. Iron Gate downtown is known for providing one hot meal per day, but it also offers grocery pick-up several times a week. I spent nearly 40 minutes waiting my turn to peruse the grocery pantry, available at no cost. The food that was available that day (I took none, much to the bewilderment of the volunteers) could have easily fed me for five days or more, provided I wouldn’t mind eating things like spaghetti for breakfast. I sampled one of the hot meals Iron Gate provides: A large portion of a hearty chicken noodle soup and a piece of cake. It was quite tasty, I thought. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


What I ate for one month on the SNAP challenge:

The burning question: is it possible to get by on the average SNAP benefit?

The burning question: is it possible to get by solely on the average SNAP benefit? The answer is yes – I know that now because I made it to the end of the month – but with some significant caveats: • Construction workers, farmers, and others in labor-intensive occupations would be hard pressed to meet their caloric requirements if they relied wholly on SNAP funds. • You avoid eating out, permanently. I ate out once, but it wasn’t a meal. I had a frozen yogurt at one of those places that charges by the ounce. It was delicious but cost around five dollars. Five bucks buys a lot of rice and beans. • A slow cooker is an essential tool when you’re on a SNAP budget. I prepared meals in batches and portioned the food into single-serving containers. Doing so allowed me to stretch my resources by not overeating. • Your social life will suffer. You don’t realize how linked your agenda is to eating out. Trust me, it is. • Eating healthfully is possible but takes research and knowledge. Armed with a basic understanding of nutrition is essential to eating on a budget and maintaining health. THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

• If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian, living on a SNAP allocation will make it easier. You simply won’t be able to afford much meat. • Soda pop? Coffee? Forget it. • The use of in-store specials, coupons, and house brands can make or break your month. The SNAP Challenge offers a better understanding of hunger and the need for healthful, daily nourishment. It’s the best tool for forming a considered opinion as to whether or not SNAP benefits should be increased, reduced, or remain the same. The end of January couldn’t come soon enough. By the end of the month I was ready to celebrate with the meal I couldn’t stop thinking about after about two weeks into the Challenge: the swordfish at Dalesandro’s Italian restaurant. It was a fitting reward for my patient girlfriend that suffered through an entire month of date nights sans food. The irony? That meal for two, including wine, cost more than my entire month’s SNAP allocation. Tips for how to approach your own SNAP challenge: feedingamerica.org. Find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you: foodpantries.org Find out if you qualify for SNAP assistance: snap-step1. usda.gov/fns

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Steve and Mar y Housel, proprietors of Middle Path Café

Neither to the left nor the right The restaurant that stoked Tulsa’s appetite for whole foods by RICHARD HIGGS

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n a recent weekend evening, in Tulsa’s thriving downtown restaurant district, my wife and I stood in the crowded foyer of a popular new restaurant, waiting to be seated. Through the pick-up window we could see a little into the kitchen, where flames – and, no doubt, tempers – flared and died, and figures scurried left and right, attempting to control the creative chaos. Servers hurried by with trays heaped with locally sourced, organically grown, scratch-made dishes, trailing rich aromas from the kitchen. These days, in the ongoing cultural renaissance at hand in our city’s core, if one wants to eat in a restaurant that features lo26 // FOOD & DRINK

cally-sourced, organically grown, scratch-made cuisine, one has choices. That wasn’t always so. The Middle Path Café, once at the northeast corner of 11th & Yale, closed in 1984 after an eightyear run. It was one of a kind. It is remembered by many who worked there and ate there as the scene of some of the best food, and best times, of their lives. Steve Housel, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Rogers State University, was, in 1975, a 26-year-old on-again, off-again student at the University of Tulsa who’d come into possession of a few thousand dollars. The Sixties had only recently arrived in whitebread, bible-belt Tulsa. In a burst of countercultural enthusiasm,

Housel and his wife, Mary, along with some of their friends, decided to open a whole-foods restaurant in the building of the recently defunct Golden Drumstick.

If one wants to eat in a restaurant that features locallysourced, organically grown, scratchmade cuisine, one has choices. That wasn’t always so. “There wasn’t anything even remotely like it,” Housel recently reminisced over dinner at, of all places, the Applebee’s in Owasso. When The Middle Path opened,

it didn’t have a chef. According to Housel, nobody had a clue about what they were doing in terms of running a business. “A lot of folks said it was just hippies opening a restaurant,” he said. “What we did have was a desire to do things creatively, and to do them well – to have the freedom to work with food creatively. And that was the glue that probably held everything together because, even at the very end, that never slipped,” Housel said. Housel had no particular food philosophy when he decided to open the café. “I absorbed that from the people that were around me, and the people that were around me were interested in making food from scratch.” Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


That included everything from the dressings to the desserts to the breads to the salads to the sandwich spreads. “That commitment to quality food came alongside of, and could not have existed without, a commitment to an employee-centered environment,” Housel added. The Middle Path offered profit-sharing, paid vacations, and a commissary where employees could use the café’s wholesale buying power to buy their groceries. He even provided employee health insurance, which, considering the time and place, may have been Housel’s most defiantly countercultural act of all. My wife was a waitress there, in 1977. As a 25-year-old artschool graduate who had recently landed in Tulsa, she felt like she’d found family when she took her place among the Middle Path staff. Eating the Middle Path food was joyful, she told me. She can still remember the chicken salad sandwich: “It was this open face sandwich, this gorgeous slice of hot toddy bread, and this yummy chicken salad with cashews in it, and then it was heaped with grated carrots, and then heaped with sprouts. It was just gorgeous,” she said. *** Kevin Danielson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, was, in 1975, a young Tulsa carpenter with an interest in Buddhism. He and Housel were good friends, so he helped with the remodel of Housel’s new restaurant. Due to the deteriorated condition of the old adobe-style building’s interior, remodeling it took ten months to complete – much longer than Housel had anticipated. During the remodel, Housel, Danielson, and the others puzzled over what to call the place. “One day I was at home reading the most recent issue of East West Journal, a monthly macrobiotic magazine,” Danielson recalls. “The magazine was doing an article on Buddhism and across the top of the page, in large letters, it described the way of Buddhism as “The Middle Path” – in other THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

best understood not as restaurants, but as efficiency-driven systems, where chance is factored out as much as possible. By contrast, even in the best-run restaurants, the creative process going on in the hot, busy kitchen can be sloppy, wasteful, and even unpredictable as chance plays its part. But the result can be sublime, unforgettable. How long does anyone remember the chicken salad sandwich they had at an Applebee’s? ***

Steve Housel at Middle Path Café

words, that it was best in life to avoid extremes of any kind. And, I thought that the name matched the natural food offered at the restaurant. The menu was right down the middle of healthy eating without going to extremes.” Magoo Gelehrter was a young, aspiring boxer when he went to work in the Middle Path kitchen, first as a dishwasher and finally as a sous-chef, under the tutelage of Chef Mike Latham. “I dealt with local farmers who provided us with beautiful produce. Mike would not let me accept any produce that wasn’t beautiful. He demanded perfection of the merest garnish.” Gelehrter remembers the music of JeanPierre Rampal mixing with the after-hours haze of marijuana smoke. “Aside from the endless repetition of the annoying flute blasts from Rampal, it was a fun place to work. It seemed like his music was on an endless loop in the dining room back in those days of cassette tapes.”

“I realized in that last year,” Housel said, “what had to be done to make it. Everything is time and motion. The time and motion that you build in to it starts with the menu. If you don’t build a menu that is very clever, including an understanding of the equipment, and its placement, then you’re just building in expense, and you’re building in exhaustion, and we built that in to the nth degree.”

Their interest in making food from scratch was driven by a deep commitment to prepare and offer dishes made from “whole foods.” Housel made a sweeping gesture that took in the Applebee’s dining room. This system was a model of time and motion efficiency, he told me. Applebee’s, and the many places like it, are

Gelehrter remembers his last days at The Middle Path: “I was in Tulsa because of the cafe and as the ship was obviously sinking, I bailed out. Steve got…. impossible to work for, so I quit. I left town at midnight on a Greyhound bus a few days later.” Struggling with burnout and a recession that saw the restaurant operate at a loss for two years, the Housels decided it was time to move on. After they closed The Middle Path, Housel and his wife moved to Norman. For the next ten years, they attended the University of Oklahoma, got their graduate degrees, and raised two children. Housel said he’s too old to open another restaurant, and besides, he has another career now. “But,” he said, “I wish I knew then what I know now about time and motion, how to build a restaurant so that it could be successful.” Gelehrter went on to be a souschef, bicycle messenger, lifeguard, model, roadie, actor, disc jockey, and, finally, rare book assessor for Baker Books, in Dartmouth. He describes his current occupation as “fighting cancer.” Much of his time these days is split between chemotherapy sessions, playing the ukulele, and watching classic comedies like Burns and Allen. “Laughter is the best medicine,” he says. The creative process that goes on in a hot, busy restaurant kitchen can be exhausting. But the results, from a talented chef and a visionary owner, can be sublime. Or, as Gelehter says, “A great meal is more than a memory. You carry it with you through life, nourished by it so that you become more whole.” FOOD & DRINK // 27


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Dive bar troubadour An old soul finds his muse at an east-Tulsa watering hole by JOSHUA KLINE

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orry there aren’t more people here,” Reggie the bartender tells us. The eastside hideout, tucked away in the Mall 31 shopping center, is nearly deserted. Sure, it’s 11 p.m. on a Tuesday, but the well-being of a working-class neighborhood pub like Gringo’s isn’t usually held hostage by the drinking cycles of weekend warriors. It’s 5 p.m. on Friday (or close enough) somewhere in the world. Four old-timers and a goateed 30-something dude in sportsfan attire sit at the bar and chat. They’re neither threatened by nor curious about us interlopers, me and my friend. “We have live music tonight, too,” Reggie continues. “Austin will go on in a few minutes.” She nods at the young, goateed gentleman. “Usually the place is way busier than this.” Reggie is a bright, youthful woman with straight, jet-black hair whose age is impossible to discern. After ordering two Jack & Cokes, I produce a debit card and ask her to start a tab. She recoils at the sight of my plastic. “That depends,” she answers. “Can you pay cash?” I pause for a moment to process her question. She smiles sympathetically at my confusion. “This is an old-man bar and our owner doesn’t like dealing with plastic. I got an ATM machine over there, you can withdraw cash at the end of the night.” I offer my card as collateral anyway, but she declines. “I trust ya, honey.”

***

Austin takes the stage. Flanked by an enormous American flag and bathed in bright yellow light – the

Gringo’s 6380 E 31st St # O only lit spot in an otherwise unusually dark bar – he strums his guitar and begins to sing. He’s not dressed like an image-obsessed musician; his dress is more that of an aging OSU fratboy. He isn’t fashionable, pretentious, or preoccupied with fitting into a niche. But he’s a killer guitar player, and his voice is soulful. The music occupies an elusive territory between contemporary country and classic folk. Initially, we assume the songs are covers and pay little attention – just another anonymous cover artist serenading an empty bar for free beer and a measly guarantee. But there’s something special happening. My friend and I both feel it, and finally have to talk about it. We decide he sounds like Townes Van Zandt. One particular song is especially heartbreaking. He sings it with weathered resignation, exuding authenticity, an undiscovered musician effortlessly doing battle with himself and the world for an audience of six, like Tulsa’s

own Llewyn Davis. I conjure the Shazam music-recognition app on my phone and hold the mic to the stage, hoping to find the original song for later listening. “Song not recognized,” Shazam tells me. “I tried Googling the lyrics and came up with nothing,” my partner says. For good measure, I listen closely and type the lyrics into my own Google search bar, just in case. No results. It’s an original tune.

He sings it with weathered resignation, exuding authenticity, an undiscovered musician effortlessly doing battle with himself and the world for an audience of six. Reggie can tell we’re enthralled. She beams with pride and tells us the current song is about her.

We can’t tell if she’s joking, but a few minutes later she exits the bar and joins him on stage. She sits on an amp and starts beating it softly like a conga drum, adding a subtle, rhythmic texture that works surprisingly well. Her eyes closed, she moves her head back and forth with passionate abandon. It would look goofy if not for her sincerity. A few songs later, she sings backup vocals. The chemistry between our bartender and the guy with the guitar is clear. He finishes his set and returns to the bar, a few seats away from me. I want to strike up a conversation. I start to open my mouth, but he looks at me and I see something in his eyes that stops me. I decide to forgo speaking to him, at the expense of knowing almost nothing about him. Maybe it’s because I fear he’s not actually the sad troubadour at war with himself, but a working-class dude with a wife and kids who does this as a hobby. Maybe it’s because if I spoke to him, if I asked his last name, got his life story, I’d be far less inclined to return to see him again.

***

At the end of the night, the old-timer near us tabs out and tips Reggie with loose change. My friend, a restaurant server sensitive to customer impropriety, expresses her sympathy at the tacky tip. “I’ve got nothing against change,” Reggie, still all smiles, responds. “I once bought a car with quarters.” She collects the change. Money is money, she reasons. As long as it’s not plastic.

For suggestions on Josh’s next drink, email joshua.s.kline@gmail.com.

TAKE A DIVE is a running column in which Joshua Kline explores the fringes of drinking culture in Tulsa County by visiting the dives, holes, beer bars and neighborhood pubs that keep Green Country drunk and happy. 28 // FOOD & DRINK

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Feat ured at top left are Oysterfest compet it ion winners Mike Emer y and Scot Van Tuyl of Mr. Nice Guy’s; Libby Auld of Eloté; and Josh Kampf of The Tulsa Voice; along with event MC Spencer Gaine y

You say oyster ... Guthrie Green hosts a block-party celebration on the half shell by MATT CAUTHRON

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he Brady Arts District was overrun by oyster-loving Tulsans on March 15 for the inaugural Oysterfest, the first foray into the realm of the food festival for Guthrie Green and Lucky’s on the Green, benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Doubling as an early St. Patrick’s Day street party, the George THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

Kaiser Family Foundation provided thousands of oysters, and area restaurants set up shop around the park serving up various preparations as part of an oyster cookoff. Eloté Café and Catering took home the People’s Choice award, and Mr. Nice Guy’s food truck nabbed Judge’s Choice honors, bestowed by a panel of clandestine secret tasters.

In an oyster-eating contest sponsored by S&J Oyster Bar, Tulsa Voice advertising manager Josh Kampf slammed a mystifying 193 oysters in 10 minutes to barely edge out Dianna Reese, representing the food bank, who threw down an impressive 173 herself. Visit GuthrieGreen.com for a full schedule of events—about to ramp up considerably as spring arrives.

OYSTERFEST: By the numbers

5,280 Oysters consumed 300

Guinness pints downed

8,179

Dollars raised for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma FOOD & DRINK // 29


H T R O F T I G N I V SER s ce n e d o o f loding p x e s ’ L* d Tul s a D U VA L n Y i E h S L e E b A ND K wo r k d r H R ON , a T U h A C e AT T a t th BA L L , M A H A look S A BY N AT I E WS I N T E RV

OUR FOOD AND RESTAURANT SCENE WOULD BE UNRECOGNIZABLE to the Tulsans of 10 years ago. It’d be pointless to enumerate each advance and improvement in the quality and availability of what’s to eat in this town. Simply head to any of Tulsa’s food districts; the traffic jams say it all. This renaissance happens on the backs of our friends and neighbors who are willing to work late nights and early mornings; in the freezing cold and the boiling heat; on their feet and in the driver’s seat, and always for hours on end. We often pay them wages below the nation’s minimum, and then we skimp on the tip because our food didn’t come quick enough or because their smiles weren’t wide enough. More than half of us dine out at least once a week, eating the fruits of the labor of the ones behind the counters, the bars, and the speaker boxes. In the spirit of knowing from where one’s food comes, we decided to ask local foodservice workers – a bartender, a waitress, a delivery driver, and a food-truck operator – about the hard work that goes into what we eat and drink. *Interviews have been edited and condensed. Some names have been changed to protect anonymity. 30 // FEATURED

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inside the truck

phillip phillips, food truck owner

Phillips, a veteran Tulsa chef, opened Lone Wolf Banh Mi in the fall of 2012. His truck’s French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine became an instant sensation. Often outside Soundpony Bar downtown or near Guthrie Green for special events, the mobile restaurant is among the brightest stars of Tulsa’s recent food-truck boom.

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n my head, I’d still be working a part-time job for two years, just trying to get our name out. I didn’t think it would be so instantaneously popular. What made us become a legit business immediately is that we started getting good press all over the place. We’ve been battling through winter, when our sales are down, about one-third of what they normally are. I’ve been praying for spring to come around quickly. But the moment it gets to be 95 degrees or more, you’re just praying for it to be wintertime every second you’re in this truck. Soon we’ll be wearing soccer shorts and tank tops. Standing in front of that griddle — [righthand man] Jeff [Crow], after a two-hour shift at Guthrie Green, Jeff has to come over here and wring out his pants, because he’s standing in front of a griddle that’s 300 degrees and a deep fryer that’s 350 degrees. You’re already in this confined space with a bunch of dudes, and there’s a lot of body heat as well. The whole thing [the truck] is stainless steel. In the wintertime it’s an icebox. In the summertime it’s just radiating heat back at you. This truck was built in California, and it’s meant to be a California food truck. It makes perfect sense to have an open-air truck in California. Here, it’s just brutal. If it’s 110 degrees outside, it’s pushing 130-135 degrees inside the truck. The heat is just inescapable. Fortunately, we haven’t run into any heat-stroke situations or anything like that. Fortunately. When we first started running the truck out here, September 2012,

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we felt like we were dying at the end of every shift. We’re constantly drinking water. In the summertime, everybody starts off with four bottles of water at their station and we go through those within two hours. We’ll fill up this ice chest full of ice, and we’ll get the gel coolers to tie around our necks, and have the cooler full of those. So someone is constantly supplying us with fresh, cold neck wraps.

It’s something you definitely have to take really seriously, because if you pass out in here, that can be a serious situation. There are so many sharp corners on this equipment, you could split your head open. You could fall facefirst onto the griddle or into the deep fryer. There’s so much that can happen. It’s terrifying. It’s something you definitely have to take really seriously, because if you pass out in here, that can be a serious situation. There are so many sharp corners on this equipment, you could split your head open. You could fall facefirst onto the griddle or into the deep fryer. There’s so much that can happen. It’s terrifying. That’s something we take very seriously, and we take every precaution we can think of. But, on the other hand, it’s exciting. It’s fun. When we have those giant rushes where we’re going to feed 200 people in two

hours’ time — which is just crazy for any restaurant — you get a huge adrenaline rush. “We’re going to crank out a huge chunk of tips in one hour, right now.” You get that big rush. Plus, the shifts are so much quicker with us, because we’ll get those massive lines. It’s not six hours of standing there behind the griddle. The great thing now is that with winter being slower, it gives us a chance to work out new recipes, experiment, and expand the menu. We started doing [a Thai green curry served over jasmine rice] this winter. We started doing fried rice. Now we’re to the point that if we sell out of banh mi, we still have some options on the menu ready to go, and we can pump out some more food for a couple more hours. Being downtown at night, robberies and safety issues were on my mind constantly before we started. My wife Danielle and I had plans to get our license to carry [a firearm]. We were going to have a gun in here at all times. I just knew it. But then we started the business and my perspective of what I needed to have in here for safety completely changed. We’re right around the corner from the John 3:16 Mission, and some guys will come over and want food. But aside from that being slightly annoying sometimes, it’s really never an issue. If anyone comes around asking people for money, they’re always nice enough to listen when we say, “Hey, you can’t bug people too much or people are going to stop coming around here.” And everybody’s really cool about it.

[Safety] definitely is always somewhat on my mind. But maybe I’m also naïve. As far as customers go, people are great for the most part. It would be nice if people wouldn’t use their cell phones while they’re at the window trying to order. It’s pretty funny to hear some of the ways people try to pronounce “kimchi.” We get Kiamichi. I’ve heard Kimmy. Maybe my favorite is Comanche. Comanche is really one of the most popular ways people mispronounce it. [Phillips points at the word “kimchi” painted in marker on the truck window.] Comanche. Co-man-che. Comanche? What? But probably the worst customer is the one who wants to educate you about your own food. I had a woman recently, I asked if she wanted jalepeños on her banh mi and she wasn’t having it. She said, “They don’t use jalepeños in Vietnam! I should know, I’m from Texas!”

outside the truck AT HOME, I like to cook pretty well for myself and my wife. One of our mainstays in the house is a slow-roasted whole chicken. That’s something I always do. I’ll make a compact or butter of some sort and rub it underneath the skin of the whole chickens, with garlic and tons of seasoning. I slow roast it at 220 degrees like I’m doing a barbecue. I’ll slow roast it for five hours in the oven, until it’s falling off the bone. FEATURED // 31


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Ashley*, waitress at a local diner

Ashley has been a server at an old-fashioned local diner for several years. Leaving office management after more than a decade, she’s come to enjoy a career as a server, which she describes as both demanding and fascinating.

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had a friend who was working here. I left office management because what I got paid in Boston is not a true match for what that pays here. Once I started working here, the social atmosphere of it — this is the most interesting job, bar none, I have ever had. Every time I walk up to a table, it’s a new story. It’s a new vibe. I’m almost on stage in a certain way, and every table has expectations. Some are reasonable, others aren’t. Every walk of life comes in here, from homeless to city council [members] to judges. Sales and marketing teams come in to lunch and bring new energies. That’s something that I enjoy. When you work here, you enjoy working here, so most people become “lifers.” There’s a good amount of people who’ve been here upwards of 20 years. [The restaurant] gives chances and opportunities to people working here who’ve had “troubled waters,” and this has been a great place to help people get working again and reestablished in their lives. Working in a diner can be much more lucrative than working in any of the chain restaurants because you’re tied to three tables there, plus the structure and the strictness of sales modules. This is a much more relaxed, carefree, and busier place. It makes you stick around. It’s money that is fairly quickly made. Even when you go through those slow slumps throughout the year, in a diner you get regulars. My regulars will 32 // FEATURED

come in and save me right after Christmas or when the weather gets warmer and more people want to eat outside. We don’t have health insurance or sick days, which is pretty standard in this type of small business. But I build that into my budget. I always have a little bit of cushion for my “just in case.” Three snow days just happened, and two sick days for my son. That’s an entire week. I always make sure I put aside for those things.

I usually have a pedometer in my pocket so I can track my miles in a day. On a Friday or a Saturday, I’m upwards of 12 miles. That’s another part I really enjoy, the physicality of it. I’m a tomboy at heart. It makes me love my job, staying active. On a normal day, my section is several tables and the overflow room. I serve at least 200 people because these tables fill up repeatedly. The lunch hour is always a slam – six people in some of the booths and eight at the tables. Two separate parties will be sitting at one table. Granted, because diner food is cheaper, and I get some “dollar standard” tippers, the tips aren’t always huge. But I’ve gotten those $100 ones, too. That’s kind of the brilliant recipe here — attractive women waiting on lonely

dudes or even lonely women. People that decide, “I’m going to be your blessing today.” And some people just really appreciate great service and want to do that. We write everything down on an extensive menu that can be intimidating and we have to know every price. You have to be able to multitask in ways that can be extraordinary. I usually have a pedometer in my pocket so I can track my miles in a day. On a Friday or a Saturday, I’m upwards of 12 miles. That’s another part I really enjoy, the physicality of it. I’m a tomboy at heart. It makes me love my job, staying active. It’s not just me getting your food. There is a whole machine that makes it hit the table. There are real rock stars back there in the kitchen who can whip things out. But in order to get it out timely and to your table and still hot – you want a well-done steak, and I want a two-egg simple breakfast? Match those two and get it in the window at the same time when you’ve got tickets coming out your ears! It’s quite a feat. Not everybody is very gracious. Some want their food and they want it now. I work 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and sometimes I’ll pick up weekends. We take each other’s shifts sometimes to help out. It seems like every holiday has landed on a weekday lately. It’s fine because I’m home by 2 p.m., so I can have dinner with my family and hang out with my little guy. I have a 2-year-old. My schedule is so perfect for being

a single mom. I’m not racing the clock. This week because of the weather, we went outside to a park so he gets what I call “the wiggles” out. By the time I get home, I can make dinner and pick up a little bit. I can be a participating mom in his life. I love to garden, and he’s helping me with my green thumb. Honest to goodness, there’s nothing more perfect than that. In any other position, I would be getting home in time for dinnerbath-book-bed. I’m very careful about how much I disclose about where I live or my day-to-day routine. Frankly, there are some creepers, and it can become a dangerous situation. All the girls have a hyper-alertness when walking to the parking lot. There are cameras out there. On the late-night shifts, they’ll leave all together, or they’ll have closers who are men walk them out to the car. As far as I know, there’s never been an incident with late staff. A lot of women don’t want to seem helpless, but I don’t think that’s the case. It’s more about personal safety. I love my job. It definitely has its ups and downs. I’m working with women who have Type-A personalities in close proximity. But you do become kind of like sisters. If anyone needed help, each one of us would go out of our way. Most importantly, I get to provide for my child and have a nice home in a nice neighborhood and have a safe automobile. That is more than a lot of people can say right now. I’m blessed. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


OTHER SIDE OF THE BAR

Alice*, manager and bartender

A longtime bartender, Alice stepped into a management role at a popular local dive after more than a decade on the job, adding stability but sacrificing some flexibility.

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started out serving and waiting tables and just worked my way up to becoming a bartender. Once I started, I was hooked on the easy money and the flexible schedule. I’ve been here 13 years. They offered me the management position when I was two years here, but I wasn’t ready then. I wanted to play still. As a bartender, you definitely have a flexible schedule because everybody’s always wanting to pick up shifts. Daytimes are seven hours and nights are eight hours. Generally I do about 31 hours behind the bar per week. But as a manager, your flexibility changes. The bar becomes your life. I even do bar paperwork now when I’m off. Anytime anything’s wrong, you’ve gotta step up and fix it. Usually it’s staffing and running out of things — normal bar problems. The late hours are super tough because the hours of operation are ridiculous compared to an office job, the sleeping patterns and just missing the sunlight, especially. I sleep late, I miss half the day, and

that’s what sucks. That’s what I do with a lot of my spare time. I sleep. I have had to find insurance all on my own. I know some places do provide insurance, and we’ve talked about it here, but it’s something about how it changes the insurance, the bar’s insurance. It’s been a crazy process until just recently, when my mom helped find a cheaper [policy]. Finding insurance on your own is ridiculous. It’s crazy. I recently rolled my foot texting and walking, like a goofball. There are no sick days. I stayed home about a week, but then I was going crazy and getting bored, so I came back to work. And the paychecks were getting smaller. Bartenders rely on tips. If there’s an unexpected dip in tip income, I just don’t get to go out and play as much. I have to be good and stay home sometimes. Tip your bartenders. We rely on it big time. There’s never a dull moment. We’re never totally dead. There’s always someone here drinking. Daytime is completely different than night, but you can serve 70 or

80 during the day and 200-plus at night. Thursday is our crazy night — karaoke. It gets pretty insane. We have so many regulars that come here every day.

There’s never a dull moment. We’re never totally dead. There’s always someone here drinking. you can serve 70 or 80 during the day and 200-plus at night. Every once in a while, I worry about safety, but not really. I guess because I’ve been doing it so long. You always worry about crazies out at night. Just people wandering out and about after 2 a.m., that’s never a good thing. I find myself peeking. I’ll peek and I’ll look on the cameras sometimes before I come out. It’s a good idea to be cautious. As long as you have people around you, if you have bouncers and regulars, I feel like it’s a safe

job. But things can always go awry. There’s always that possibility in an environment with alcohol and late nights. There’s usually a guy here at night when I take out my trash. I’ll say “one more beer if you wanna stay while I take out the trash, or do it for me.” I’m on my own, so I don’t have to worry about supporting anyone else. When I was just bartending, I would make time to be off and spend time with family or friends. I would take two weeks off here and there and go to a beach somewhere. But that’s what I like to do. I bust my hump for three months and then take two weeks off. I love my job. It’s my career for now. I don’t have an active thought process right now about exploring or changing careers. I’m not trying to figure that out or anything. I have great support from my owners. They’re good guys. They’re pretty knowledgeable. I’m comfortable where I am.

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Alex*, pizza-delivery driver

A 10-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Alex delivers pizza along Tulsa’s Peoria Avenue, dropping pies to customers living between the well-to-do neighborhoods around Cherry Street and the high-crime area near I-44.

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usually work nights. I get to work at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and deliver until midnight. I work about five days a week, 40 hours. I don’t ask for days off. There are lots of people I work with who have kids. I’m the float-around guy who will take whatever shift. I’m not married. I don’t have any kids. No serious, prior obligations. I’m paid by the hour, plus tips. I get paid per delivery; I average 20-25 deliveries a shift. My boss, the general manager, he works really hard. I like him a lot. I’ve had other bosses, not so much. I live off of Brookside; I share an apartment with two roommates. I spend most of my money on PS4, a bunch of stuff like that I don’t need, but it’s fun. I like heavy metal, video games, cartoons, pizza, and beer. I’m like any other younger guy. With tips, it just depends. It varies from night to night. I can have a good night where I have lots of deliveries to houses in the nice neighborhoods around Cherry Street. Usually I make $100 per night in tips. If you walk out with $50, that’d be a bad night. I’ve been known to order pizza delivery.

I have a lot of friends who do the same job. Since I live on tips, I’m pretty nice with them. There are places we don’t deliver after 5 p.m. There are some places we just don’t go to at all. Sometimes it’s because something has happened, or it’s not lit very well, if there are too many complaints. They won’t make us go there. It’s just kind of scary, and they know it. The apartment complex where the quadruple murder happened last year? We don’t go there. But we didn’t go there even before. There’s a screen the orders come in on, it shows when and where stuff is going. Whoever is there first, they take the oldest order. You don’t get to pick and choose. If it was like that, no one would want to take the orders that go to certain places. You smell a lot of weed. People aren’t embarrassed by it. Then you get your families, your old ladies. Where I was robbed, it wasn’t in a scary place. I think the two guys had just decided to rob the next person who walked by. They took my wallet and a cell phone I’d borrowed because mine broke. They took an empty pizza bag

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Where I was robbed, it wasn’t in a scary place. I think the two guys had just decided to rob the next person who walked by. We don’t carry guns. You can have a knife on your belt, pepper spray. But I’m not going to try to pepper spray a guy with a gun. Having a gun, that’s a giant liability for the company. Anything could happen. We’re not the police. My parents are kind of mad at me for going back. I think it

would’ve affected me more if I was robbed in a rough neighborhood and not in a good neighborhood. That was a curve ball. No one saw that coming. The rougher neighborhoods are as scary as they were. I am more aware of my surroundings. I make sure that, when I park, I can get in and out of there as fast as I want to. I’ll park in fire zones, handicapped spots — as long as I can get in and out. I didn’t do that as much before. This happens more often than you hear about it. It happened the day before it happened to me at another pizza place, but for some reason, I made the news. Two news stations came to my store. There are guys I work with who have been doing this for 20, 25 years, they’ve been robbed four and five times. I couldn’t do that. I would say that 80 percent of the time, it’s a really fun job. The other times, it’s like, dammit, I don’t want to go to this place because it’s scary kinda, and they’re not going to give me a tip. It’s a very interesting job. I meet and see so many different people.

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Nude:X marks the 10-year anniversar y of Tulsa’s nude- and erot ic-ar t show

Ten years in the nude Oklahoma’s sexiest art show celebrates a decade of breaking cultural barriers by BRITT GREENWOOD

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uring the day, Vanity Halston dresses in T-shirts and ball caps — typical dude attire. When performing, Halston transforms into a bombshell, a drag queen with bright blond hair and stained lips. Halston incorporated “reverse drag” into his song performance at last year’s Nude art show. He began in full drag, removing the dress, wig, and makeup and replacing them with his daytime uniform. By the time he left the stage, everyone was wondering whether there was such a thing as “just a regular Joe.” “For months, people told me how my performance made them feel. It was a little overwhelming for me to hear how it affected them — made them cry, made them realize what it’s like day-today as someone in my profession,” said Halston. His performance yielded a standing ovation. Nude:X, “A Decade Later,” will be his encore. Nude:X, a 21-and-older show, will be held at the IDL Ballroom later this month, and organizers expect around 2,000 attendees. Nude and erotic art has always been front and center at the show, along with burlesque and drag. Not much is off-limits, but there are a few rules. For example, no sexual penetration is allowed in the art and performers must keep their bathing-suit areas covered. 36 // ARTS & CULTURE

“Nudity…the absence of clothing; bare; naked. I think culturally the term can be synonymous with vulnerability,” wrote Written Quincey. The spoken-word artist has been busy preparing for the annual show. Quincy, easy to spot in his long dreads at several of Tulsa’s open-mic and performance-poetry events, believes artists cultivate nudity as a metaphor for honest emotion. Halston believes the Nude show helps break through harmful barriers since, here in the Bible-belt, nudity and shame are synonymous. He said, “Our bodies are nothing more than a canvas that should be explored, stimulated, experienced, and aroused. There is no painting the same, just as there is no body the same.” I visited self-proclaimed conservative artist Kristal Wheeler, who is preparing for her first Nude show. That Nude is in its tenth year was a reason Wheeler decided to participate. She said, “It was one of those moments where I was like, that’s really saying something for Tulsa.” The sexual in art doesn’t bother Wheeler, but she isn’t a fan of the overly erotic. Three of her paintings for the show depict comic-book characters. One is Catwoman, whispering in Batman’s ear. Another is Wonder Woman with a semi-transparent top. In a Superwoman painting, Wheel-

er gives spectators X-ray vision to peek at her breasts. Wheeler attends Church on the Move, and her spouse jokes about the possibility of being seen by church members at the show.

[Artist Vanity] Halston believes the Nude show helps break through harmful barriers since, here in the Bible-belt, nudity and shame are synonymous. Artist Jeff Brame has two pieces he readied for the show depict comic characters also. I saw them at Colour Gallery, at 15th and Harvard. His paintings pay respect to the traditional comic-book style, more so than Wheelers, with plenty of smooth, bright colors. Rather than focus on nudity, Brame approached the subject of sexual orientation: Batman smooches Superman in one piece, a pair of superheroines appear post-kiss in another, their tongues linked by a shining string of saliva. Nude:X: “A Decade Later” is set for March 28 and 29, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at IDL Ballroom, 1st and Detroit Ave. Tickets can be purchased at Colour Gallery, 1532 S. Harvard Ave. More at nudeartshow.com.

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For the doves Ron Padgett flies home for an evening of poetry and prose by JEFF MARTIN

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oets of the so-called “New York School” of the 50s and 60s are giants. No question. John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch. Legends, all. But have you heard of the Tulsa wing of the New York School? That’s what Ashberry coined the quartet that included Joe Brainard, Dick Gallup, Ted Berrigan (not a true Tulsan, but a TU grad), and Ron Padgett. The group first gained notice through “The White Dove Review,” its DIY literary journal created and produced while its members attended Central High School in downtown Tulsa. The journal published works by icons of the era, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The group soon fled to The Big Apple, where Padgett attended Columbia, which led to Paris on a Fulbright. Then Padgett moved back to NYC, settling in the East Village. In the half century since, Padgett not only emerged as the most prolific and enduring of the group that published “White Dove,” but, through sheer survival and gift for recollection, he also has preserved the journey through

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his touching memoirs, “Ted” and “Joe,” about his friends Ted Berrigan and Joe Brainard. Both died tragically young, the former at 49 (cirrhosis of the liver), the latter at 52 (AIDS-related pneumonia). But it’s through his work as a poet and more than 20 collections that Ron Padgett has made his biggest impact, not just on his readers through the decades, but on the countless students lucky enough to have had him for a mentor during his stints at the likes of Columbia University and Brooklyn College. He also served as Director of the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church. Padgett has written often about Oklahoma, especially this city: what it means, what we sound like, the way we live. Even when describing the mundane, Padgett gives wings to the ordinary. One of Padgett’s regionally popular works is his 2003 memoir, “Oklahoma Tough,” about his bootlegging father, Wayne. His look into the group known as the “Dixie Mafia” is worth the read, but his exploration into the relationship between fathers and sons is timeless. This book, stunted a bit because it was pub-

lished by a university press (University of Oklahoma), should have been a bestseller. It should also be a film. Better yet, let’s call HBO. A drama series sounds like a better treatment than a mere 90 minutes worth of film. There’s a lot to cover. The prestigious Coffee House Press, Padgett’s longtime publisher, recently released “Collected Poems,” a nearly 1,000-page, career-spanning omnibus. It’s essential. Oklahoma has a Poet Laureate, a position that changes hands every two years. Tulsa has Ron Padgett. And like a Supreme Court Justice, his term is for life. The work itself is immortal. On Tuesday, April 1 (no fooling), at the Hardesty Arts Center downtown, through my ongoing endeavor known as Booksmart Tulsa, Ron Padgett returns to Tulsa to celebrate this new collection, to read and to take questions, and more. It’s presented in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s “Louder Than A Bomb” poetry program, profiled in the Feb. 19, 2014, edition of this publication. Start time is 7 p.m.; admission is free and open to all.

PADGETT AT A GLANCE Ron Padgett fell into Andy Warhol’s circle, sitting for one of Warhol’s famous screen tests in 1964. Brainard also did a screen test. Ron Padgett, like Bob Dylan, was one of the lucky souls to get to know Woody Guthrie before his death. Imagine those conversations. Aside from his lifelong friend Joe Brainard, now equally regarded in the literary and visual arts, Padgett has collaborated with many other Pop artists, including Jim Dine and Alex Katz. In 2009, Yale University acquired the Ron Padgett Archive. It is described there as: “Ninety linear feet. Correspondence (over 20,000 pages), manuscripts (over 50,000 pages), “bokes” (about 1,000 pages), notebooks, diaries, journals, White Dove Review (complete file), Full Court Press (complete file), and miscellaneous.” Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


eventlistings Plant a Row for the Hungry Customers receive a free tomato plant, up to 10 per person, in exchange for non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank. OSU Master Gardeners will be on hand, along with the Southwood staff, to offer gardening tips and information. All vegetable gardeners are encouraged to plant extra and donate the abundance back to the Food Bank. Donations of fresh produce may be made directly to the Food Bank all year on weekdays or at follow-up Harvest a Row events at Southwood, on July 26 and August 2. March 29, 9 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Events

Locaciones Buscando a Rusty James // Mayor Bartlett has proclaimed March 19 “Rumble Fish Day,” and Circle Cinema is celebrating with a showing of Locaciones: Buscando a Rusty James (Locations: Looking for Rusty James), a film about the impact Rumble Fish had on South America, particularly Chile. Tulsans Jeremy Lamberton and Lee Roy Chapman worked on the film as director of photography and 2nd unit director, respectively. Writer/director Alberto Fuguet will offer opening remarks and a Q&A after the film. After the Q&A, Circle Cinema will present a screening of Rumble Fish. 3/19, 7 p.m., Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, 918-585-3504, circlecinema.com Mountain Man Camp // A chance for Woolaroc guests to experience certain aspects, both real and imagined, of what life was like in the 1850s, including how to throw a tomahawk, shoot a black-powder rifle, and how a teepee is designed and built. No extra charge. Open daily starting 3/19 and through Labor Day weekend, Woolaroc, Bartlesville; 918-336-0307, ext. 10 or 11

Mountain Man Camp

24 Hour Video Race Screening // On Feb. 7th, teams came together to write, shoot, and edit a short video within 24 hours. Each team was required to include a surprise theme, prop, and line of dialog in their film, which were revealed at the start of the race. This year’s theme was Unexpected Cheap Thrills, the prop was a tattoo, and the line was “I find that quite vexing.” The winner of the Juror’s Award will be shown at this year’s deadCENTER Film Festival in OKC. Now is your chance to see all the completed videos, and vote for Viewer’s Choice at Philbrook Museum of Art. The evening will begin with viewing of past winners. 3/20, 6 p.m., Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Rd, visit livingarts.org for more info.

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Marshall Tap Takeover // Tulsa’s own Marshall Brewing Company will be on every tap at the Fur Shop. Beers being served will be This Machine IPA, Revival Red Ale, Dunkel, Big Jamoke Porter, Atlas IPA, Sundown Wheat, Old Pavilion Pilsner, and McNellie’s Pub Ale. 3/25, 5 p.m., The Fur Shop, 520 E 3rd St, furshoptulsa.com Passenger Rail Happy Hour // Would you like a train ride to OKC? TYPros, Pine Hill Consulting, and Fassler Hall host a panel discussion on the importance of passenger rail service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Panelists will include City Councilor Blake Ewing, Rick Westcott of the Tulsa Rail Advisory Committee, Evan Stair of Passenger Rail Oklahoma, and Thomas Boxley, Facilities Manager at Wayman Tisdale Health Clinic. 3/26, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Fassler Hall, 304 S Elgin An Evening With Kathryn Stockett // The author of The Help will tell her own story, take questions, and autograph books. Sponsored by “Tulsa Reads”, this will be a great evening for those who loved the book, the movie, or both. 3/27, 7 p.m., Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918-596-7122, tulsapac.com Heartland Gaming Expo // High school and college gamers are invited to compete in this expo designed to showcase and promote the creation and development of computer games throughout the region by bringing together students, educators and practitioners for a weekend of friendly competition. Divisions include the game showcase, a gallery show, a zero-hour gaming competition, and a hack-a-thon, a 24-hour coding marathon. All Oklahoma high school and college students are eligible to compete and must register before March 24. Free and open to the public and open for spectators on Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 3/28-30, The University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Activity Center, 440 S. Gary Ave., heartlandgamingexpo.com or call Assistant Professor of Computer Science Roger Mailler at 918-631-3140.

Performing Arts

Oklahoma Avant Garde // Living Arts hosts an evening of spoken word performances from Oklahoman writers who push the boundaries of the English language beyond its everyday uses to create rich written works. Writers performing include Caleb Puckett, Grant Matthew Jenkins, Sheila Black, Courtney Spohn, Tim Bradford, Hugh Tribbey, Bruce Willis, Stacy Kidd, and Phil Boswell. 3/22, 8 p.m., Living Arts, 307 E M.B. Brady St, 918-585-1234 Fat Pig // Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions about the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but also boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves. Presented by Certain Curtain Theatre. 3/20-21, 7:30 p.m., 3/22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918596-7122, tulsapac.com Nuture // Johnna Adams’ play Nuture follows Doug and Cheryl, horrible single parents drawn together by their equally horrible daughters. The star-crossed parental units journey from first meeting to first date, to first time, to first joint parentteacher meeting, to proposal, and more. They attempt to form a modern nuclear family while living in perpetual fear of the fruit of their loins and of the abduction of young girls in their town. 3/20-22, 8 p.m., $10, Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth St., nightingaletheater.com.

Paint It Black // Three performances in one: In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, by William Forsythe; Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo; Rooster by Christopher Bruce. 3/21-23, tickets start at $20, Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Place, tulsaballet.org The Drunkard & Olio // Family-friendly melodrama from the folks who claim their production is the longest-running show in America. Fresh sandwiches and beverages available. Tickets start at $11. Weekly, every Saturday night, 7:15 p.m., 1381 S. Riverside Dr., 918-587-5030 House Concerts Unlimited: Rod Picott and Kevin Gordon // The son of a welder from rural New England Rod Picott and Louisiana-born Kevin Gordon headline in the latest edition of the ongoing, Tulsabased House Concerts Unlimited series. Full bar and bartender available. 3/23, 7 p.m., Studio Soul, 1621 E. 11th Street, suggested donation of $20, RSVP to scottapoet@yahoo.com. Elias String Quartet // This ensemble from England comes to Tulsa as part of it’s three-year Beethoven Project, which will culminate with a recording of the complete Beethoven quartets. 3/23, 3 p.m., John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918596-7122, tulsapac.com OK Mozart Original Artist Concert Series: Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line // Oklahoma’s multi-day, multi-event music festival centered on Bartlesville kicks off with its concert series that features rising talent from Oklahoma and beyond. Hey Diddles String Band opens for acoustic, Americana-style group Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line. 3/23, 6 p.m., Frank Phillips Club in the Kress Building, 206 SE Frank Phillips Boulevard, $22 in advance, okmozart.com, 918-337-2787 A Few Good Men // Navy lawyers uncover a high-level conspiracy while defending two Marines on trial for the murder of one of their platoon members in this play by Aaron Sorkin. Best known as the 1992 film, see A Few Good Men as it was originally written and produced, as a play. Presented by Theatre Tulsa. 3/21-22, 27-29, 8 p.m., 3/23, 30, 2 p.m., Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 e 2nd St, 918-596-7122, tulsapac.com

Ecofest // A day of presentations, cooking demonstrations, live music, and family fun – complete with a kids’ zone and a recycling Olympics – all to promote green living in Tulsa ahead of Earth Day 2014. 3/29, 9 a.m.3 p.m., Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus in the Academic Building Seminar Center, 3727 E. Apache Street, tulsacc.edu/ ecofest, 918-595-7473 Paint It Black

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Hidden in plain sight A Tulsa designer on how fashion isn’t so different half a world away by NICCI ATCHLEY

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was just one of the blondes at Chimera Café on a recent weekend in The Uniform of skinny jeans, boots, and a black leather jacket. Niousha Khosrowyar walked through the door wearing the same, a Prada bag on her arm. Khosrowyar rarely wears black in her birth country of Iran, where she spends part of her time, in addition to a family home in London and here in Tulsa. “There have been moments when I’m out in public and I’ve suddenly panicked because I didn’t have my head scarf on,” she told me. Khosrowyar has had a few run-ins with the gashte ershad, more or less the fashion police in Iran, when she quietly but defiantly removed her head scarf in public. “I wanted to protest the oppression of women. I’ve been taken to jail three times because of it and had to be bailed out by a male family member,” Khosrowyar said. In a society where there is no separation of church and state, standards of modesty are dictated by lawmakers’ interpretation of the Quran. To this day, police patrol the streets in busses, perpetually at the ready to jail avny fashion-code violators. “The face is the important thing to put on. Women wear a lot of makeup because it is only the face and hands that are revealed,” Khosrowyar said. “Iranians use fashion as a way to uplift to show their individuality and rebel by their impeccable attention to detail in their dressing. Fashion is their one outlet, so Iran is actually very fashion forward. More so than in the States, even.” “Every time I go back, I don’t know where to look, the 40 // ARTS & CULTURE

Niousha Khosrow yar comes to Tulsa by way of Iran and London, cour tesy

women are all so beautiful,” she said. “People imagine women in Iran wearing black veils, walking around looking like Batman. It isn’t like that. Everyone dresses so beautifully and elegantly.” For an aspiring fashion designer like Khosrowyar, makeup can allow for only so much creative expression. Due to the sanctions on importation in Iran and the constraints she felt on her clothing options, Niousha found herself recreating her favorite looks and brands from other countries. “I didn’t want to wear cheap clothes made in China. I was walking by a fabric store and I thought, ‘Why don’t I make my own clothes so I can have exactly what I want?’ I quickly learned that I don’t like to sew, so I commissioned women in the village of Tabriz to do the sewing. They are not allowed by their husbands to work outside of their homes, but the sewing, they

“I didn’t want to wear cheap clothes made in China. I was walking by a fabric store and I thought, ‘Why don’t I make my own clothes so I can have exactly what I want?” — Niousha Khosrowyar can do that at home. So I started recreating and designing clothes,” Khosrowyar said. If scarcity of fashion options is an issue in Iran, it’s overwhelming abundance that’s the problem in London, where Niousha has spent part of the past decade to attend the fashion school Istituto Marangoni.

“People really make an effort in London. They are very put together with lots of color and patterns. It’s crazy but it still looks very cool. There’s lots of individuality,” she said. “Because there is the demand, there is new stuff in the [London] stores every five days. In Tulsa, the same stuff is in the stores for entire seasons, but in London, there is an ever-changing variety. There are so many boutiques, so many options, it drives you nuts. It can be so overwhelming.” Khosrowyar’s style in London is very girly, usually a flowy skirt, tights, heels, and a shear blouse – nothing like what she chose to wear to sit at a bar with me in downtown Tulsa. “I give it a lot of thought. Everyone does,” Khosrowyar said. Disenchanted with the Instituti Marangoni, Niousha has returned to Tulsa to contemplate her next step, to decide between fashion-design school in New York or LA or to take some prerequisites at a local college. In the meantime, she’d like to try her hand at creating and launching a couture collection. The change has not been without adjustment. “In Tulsa, the style is so much more relaxed and laid back. People make comments that I’m so dressed up,” Khosrowyar said. “I would wake up so early to spend two hours on my hair and makeup because in both Iran and London, there’s the expectation to look so put together and dressed up. [In Iran,] girls would make fun of me for being so simple.” Now a world away from the homeland that she left, Khosrowyar “dress[es] down so that I don’t draw attention to myself.,” she said. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


fashionevents ABERSON’S WAREHOUSE SALE // Aberson’s annual Warehouse Sale benefitting the Family and Children’s Services offers Tulsa fashionistas designer clothes, accessories, and housewares from local boutiques up to 85 percent off retail. Preview Party and advanced shopping is March 26th, 4-7 p.m. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door // 3/27, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; across the street from Family & Children’s Services Central Office, 805 S. Peoria Avenue; fscok.org

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES // Wine, Women and Shoes offers sipping, shopping, a seated lunch, and a fashion show, all benefitting YWCA of Tulsa (best to leave the ballet flats at home, or you’ll look like newbie) // 3/29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 21st and Yale; wwstulsa.org

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SIMPLY FOR SPRING // Simply, a men’s and women’s boutique, is slated to open in the midst of the hubbub in downtown Tulsa on St. Patrick’s Day, where the merch is tailored to appeal to those who live, work and play within the IDL // 3/17, The Blue Dome Market, 2nd and Detroit NEW AT NUDE // Danielle Wyman of Beulah B will showcase her lates, a late ‘60’s, early ‘70’s lingerie collection at the tenth-annual Nude Art Show. Tickets start at $25 // 3/28-29; 230 E. First: nudeartshow.com

LA REVOLUCIÓN // Hill and Jordan Studio Presents “The Revolution,” a benefit fashion show for Tulsa’s New Leaders 2014, for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Designer Chris Hill promises an experience that will transport attendees with two simultaneous fashion shows featuring women’s wear that is “bold, sexy and sophisticated.” Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door // 3/29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Avenue; hillandjordanstudiostherevolution. eventbrite.com

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With a little help from her friends Amanda Chea of Creative Room fights for the all-ages music scene by MITCH GILLIAM

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ashing into The Phoenix for our meeting, Amanda Chea frantically shook my hand. “Sorry, I was just sitting in my car slamming What-A-Burger,” she told me. She laughed while she caught her breath, pantomiming stuffing invisible burgers into her face. Fast food was invented for people like Chea. She’s a single mom, a part-time nurse, and owner of Tulsa’s newest and beloved all-age venue. Her space, Creative Room, at 1317 E. Sixth Street, has become so popular, so quickly, she’s decided to get the permits to become an actual music hall. She has moved her scheduled shows to other spaces while she raises the money she needs to renovate. When she started Creative Room, becoming a center of Tulsa’s music scene was far from her mind. “The shows kind of overshadowed the original concept,” Chea told me. Creative Room offered rentable space for workers in the creative industries, from office-less writers to painters without studios. She hosted fashion shows and hip-hop open mics, but never thought of live music until Mike Williams and Tony Cozzaglio approached her. Acquaintances of Chea’s and her Pearl District neighbors, Williams and Cozzaglio saw an opportunity for what Tulsa desperately needed: a hub for an all-ages music scene. “I was excited to put on the first show,” Chea said. “Tony and Mike just told me: ‘Once you open your door, you better be ready for all the bands who will ask to play.’” And all the bands did. After the shows got underway, Chea spent an average of three nights a week playing chaperone.

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Amanda Chea, founder of C reat ive Room. Photo by Evan Taylor

Tulsa’s music scene has thrived in recent years, but it’s no secret the younger, 21-and-under crowd has been displaced. A few punk houses and venues have opened their doors, but nothing has been controlled or managed in such a way as to foster a scene. “Places like the Vanguard are great to see music,” Cozzaglio told me, “but the DIY attitude of Creative Room makes it easier for people to feel more a part of what’s happening.”

Having to wait until age 21 to play a stage can have a crippling effect on the flow of new blood in any music community. That DIY attitude has a twofold effect of growing new talent as well as new audiences. Young bands spring up when they have a place to play, a performance for which

to work and tighten their music. Having to wait until age 21 to play a stage can have a crippling effect on the flow of new blood in any music community. Similarly, when youth can witness music in a safe environment, they tend to take advantage of it. I’m a member of the group Lizard Police, and at one of our recent shows at Creative Room, I saw crowds of unfamiliar and enthusiastic faces. After our set, several kids approached me to ask if we played there often. “Just twice,” I replied, asking, “Who did you guys come to see tonight?” The group replied, “Oh, no one. We just heard there would be music.” Get a copy of Chea’s NSA records and I’d bet “community” is the word she uses most. She opened Creative Room as a blank slate for the community to shape. She has hosted art and music field trips for at-risk teens, an effort to show them how it’s possible to bring positive energy

into their community. Chea claims the punk community has policed the space for her, claiming that it’s one of the best things going, and – now that she is making the leap to remake Creative Room into a legit live-music venue – the community she champions is coming to her aid. Because Chea didn’t open Creative Room as a music venue, she had no idea how expensive the permits would be. When she approached the City of Tulsa for advice, she was informed she would have to stop the music until her space got up to code. After rehabbing the old warehouse to open her co-working space last year, her initial loan money has dried up. Her community has reached out to her, planning events and donating all proceeds to Creative Room. Chea claims it’s that sense of community that’s inspired her to press forward, and do what it takes to bring the music back. She recalls being stressed to the point of tears at recent shows, then seeing an inspiring performance that reminded her why she does it. “I would dry my eyes and think, hey I’ve got some more stuff around the house I can sell,” she said. “So far no takers, but I’m trying to sell my wedding dress.” Chea’s cell never stopped chirping during our talk. She politely ignored it, but sensing some urgency, I asked if she had somewhere to be. “Yeah, I’ve gotta jet,” she replied, gathering her things. “I’m meeting an architect who’s wanting to draft up a floor plan” in exchange for a party at Creative Room. “That’s bartering, baby,” she said, smiling. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


Looking for weird? The Funeral And The Twilight is some mega weird, weird. None of the group’s music comes out correct, but all its wrongs somehow make a right. Joining the goth goons are fellow Minneapolitans Prostate and the live debut of Tulsa sludge act Swamp Goat. March 22 at 5 p.m. at Soundpony Bar. Free.

MITCH’S PICKS Post-SXSW Soundpony is in a state of despair with goth and doom acts

A week later, Austin dark-pop act Knifefight joins Norman’s goth-gazing Depth and Current for a night of tears and fear. March 27 at 10 p.m. at Soundpony Bar. Free. Sending March out more like a lion than a lamb, the ever-nomadic Jucifer brings its wall of amps and Airstream trailer back to Tulsa for a night of drone, doom, and down-home monogamy. March 31 at 10 p.m. at Soundpony Bar. Free.

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Ragtime Piano: Bryan Wright and Dalton Ridenhour // Bryan Wright was the 2013 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation’s Artist in Residence. He specializes in ragtime and early jazz piano styles, and holds historical musicology degrees from the College of William and Mary and the University of Pittsburg. Dalton Ridenhour first performed at the Scott Joplin Festival when he was nine. He has now earned degrees from Berklee College of Music and the Eastman School of music and plays regularly in New York City with several jazz, indie rock, and funk bands. 3/25, 7 p.m., John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E 2nd St, 918-596-7122

Chasm // Artist Liz Roth offers large-scale oil paintings of the Grand Canyon; she completed a residency at the national attraction. Roth will also display her sketches and preliminary work, a peek into her process. Through 5/4; Hardesty Arts Center; 101 E. Archer; 918-5843333, ahct.org

National Fiddler Hall of Fame Inductee Gala // An annual event to recognize lifetime accomplishment in fiddlecraft, this year featuring the music of The Tulsa Playboys, Roy Clark, Jana Jae, and Bobby Bruce. Inductees this year include Bobby Bruce, Arthur Smith, Stuff Smith, and Dale Potter. Food trucks will be on-hand, and guests will get the chance to meet inductees and performers. 3/27, doors at 6 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., $30, nationalfoddlerhalloffame.org

Artzu // A casual, educational gathering of artists eager to learn and explore new techniques using traditional and not-sotraditional materials in a new way. 3/22 and 3/29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $25, MEME Gallery, 2022 E. 11th Street, memegallerytulsa.com

La Cage Aux Folles // Lovers and drag club owners Georges and Albin are forced to “play it straight” when Georges’s son announces his plan to marry the daughter of a bigoted right-wing politician in this hilarious production presented by Tulsa Project Theatre. You may recognize the story from the 1996 film adaptation, The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman. 3/28-4/6, $22$32, Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, tulsaprojecttheatre.com The Snail and the Whale // Seen through the eyes of a young girl and her seafaring father, The Snail and the Whale tells the story of a tiny snail who, longing to see the world, hitches a ride on the tail of a humpback whale. When the whale gets beached, the snail must figure out how to save him. Presented by PAC Trust Imagination Series. 3/28, 7 p.m., 3/29, 11 a.m., John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918-586-7122

Visual Art

Dual Wielding // Don’t know what to do with all of those old CDs you don’t use anymore? Artist Leticia Bajuyo used them to create a massive, sparkling installation reminiscent of a Victrola horn. Through 4/24, Living Arts, 307 E. Brady, 918-585-1234, livingarts.org THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

Sports 3/20 SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa 66ers vs. Texas Legends – 7 p.m. – $14-$34 3/21 BOK Center – Tulsa Oilers vs. Wichita Thunder – 7:35 p.m. – $15-$45 – United Way Night The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino – Legacy Fighting Championship 29 – 7 p.m. – $42-$102

Tracy Harris: New Paintings // This collection of contemporary realist paintings includes images of women in their homes asserting their power over their everyday obligations, as well as still lifes of piles of books with titles conjured by the artist. Through 4/5, M.A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S Peoria, 918-748-8700, madorangallery.com

Tulsa Sights & Sounds by Tulsa Artists Guild // This Tulsa-themed art show, complete with the chance to meet the more than 50 professional artists who are juried for membership in the TAG, benefits Tulsa Historical Society. 3/27-29, opening reception is 3/27, 5:30 p.m., 2445 S. Peoria Ave., tulsaartistsguild.com

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3/22 Comedy Parlor – Spring Break Improv Games – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – Peter Bedgood – 9 p.m. – $10 – Comfort Creatures – 10:30 p.m. – $10 The Loony Bin – Mike Speenberg, Danny Keaton, Brett James – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 3/23 Woody’s – Amanda Kerri, Terre Cossey, Nugget, Zandria Wyatt, Connie Jones, Daren Ebacher, Ben Voss, Parker Willis, Chris Rhodes, Andrew Deacon, Tyson Lenard, Nathan McCoy, Cian Baker, Christina West, Chris Proctor, Derek Rose Yeti – Yeti Comedy Night 3/24 The Shrine – Jackson Nichols, Rick Shaw, Oss10, Russell Abbott, Andrew Deacon, Sheila Naifeh, Nathan McCoy, Justin McKean, Ben Voss, Cian Baker, Christopher Proctor – 9 p.m.

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3/19 The Loony Bin – Mike Speenberg, Danny Keaton, Brett James – 8 p.m. – $7 3/20 The Loony Bin – Mike Speenberg, Danny Keaton, Brett James – 8 p.m. – $2 Lot No. 6 – Experimental Comedy Lab starring Toby Morton, former South Park writer 3/21 Comedy Parlor – Snap! – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – Rob Neville - 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. – $10 The Loony Bin – Mike Speenberg, Danny Keaton, Brett James – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 River Spirit Event Center – Kathy Griffin – $60-$90

3/22 Cox Business Center Arena – Oklahoma Defenders vs. Sioux City Bandits – 7:05 p.m. – $6-$40 3/23 BOK Center – Tulsa Oilers vs. St. Charles Chill – 4:05 p.m. – $15-$45 – Family Funday 3/28 Hurricane Stadium – TU Men’s Soccer vs. Missouri State – 6:30 p.m. - $5 River Spirit Event Center – Rumble on the River VIII – 7 p.m. – $30-$50 SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa 66ers vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers – 7 p.m. – $14-$34 3/29 Hurricane Stadium – TU Women’s Soccer vs. Central Oklahoma – 10 a.m. – $5 – TU Women’s Soccer vs. Oklahoma – 5 p.m. – $5 SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa 66ers vs. Austin Toros – 7 p.m. – $14-$34 3/30 BOK Center – Tulsa Oilers vs. Denver Cutthroats – 4:05 p.m. – $15-$45 – Family Funday

3/26 The Loony Bin – Wednesday Night Live hosted by Gerald “Hurricane” Harris – 8 p.m. – $10 3/27 The Loony Bin – Greg Morton, Dwight York – 8 p.m. – $9 3/28 Comedy Parlor – Spontaniacs – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – Heel Turn – 9 p.m. – $10 – Drew Welcher – 10:30 p.m. – $10 The Loony Bin – Greg Morton, Dwight York – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $12 3/29 Comedy Parlor – Squeaky Clean Stand Up – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – Kelly’s Treehouse – 9 p.m. – $10 – Blue Late Special w/ Jeff Brown - $10 The Loony Bin – Greg Morton, Dwight York – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $12 3/30 Comedy Parlor – Sunday Night Stand Up – 7:30 p.m. - $5

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musiclistings The stage is yours Cody Clinton, perhaps best known to Tulsans as one-half of the charming folk-rock duo Desi & Cody, hosts a weekly open-mic night at the Colony. But before you recoil in horror at the thought of listening to amateur covers of Bob Marley songs, consider this: Clinton’s experiment has been to cultivate a stage where serious singer-songwriters showcase their original tunes. The series inspired the recent Horton Records release “New Tulsa Folks,” and continues to draw like-minded players and listeners every week. 3/24 & 3/31, The Colony, 2809 S. Harvard Ave.

Wed. // Mar. 19

Centennial Lounge – brujoroots – 9 p.m.

The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project Crow Creek Tavern – Tulsa Writers’ Round – 8:30 p.m.

Cimarron Bar – Seven Day Crash

Sun. // Mar. 23

CJ Moloney’s – DJ Mikey B

Chimera – Vinyl Brunch w/ Andy Wheeler – 12-4 p.m.

The Colony – Chris Lee Becker and Friends Crow Creek Tavern – The Replay Band – 9:30 p.m.

Dusty Dog Pub – Scott Ellison – 6:30 p.m. Enso – Monte Pittman – 9 p.m.

Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m.

Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Chris Clark – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Buffalo Rodeo

Fassler Hall – Blues Society of Tulsa BDay Bash – 9 p.m.

Market Pub – Rick Berry

Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Eli Howard

Mercury Lounge – The 24th Street Wailers – 8 p.m.

Fishbonz – Lost On Utica

On the Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m. Pickles Pub & Grill – Billy Snow Rooster’s – DJ Cory B Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m. Soundpony - Sphynx Undercurrent – Saving Abel, The Violet Hour, Zeroed Out, Triple Se7en – 8 p.m. $25 ADV, $30 DOS

Thurs. // Mar. 20 Baker St. Pub & Grill - DRIVE Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 8 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip The Colony – Jared Tyler, Arthur Thompson, Matt Hayes and Travis Fite The Hunt Club – Fine as Paint Lanna Thai – Scott Musick Legends – Darrel Cole Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8 p.m. Market Pub – DJ Cory B Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Sellouts – 8-11:30 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band Cain’s Ballroom – Yonder Mountain String Band, The Brothers Comatose – 8 p.m. - $20-$30 Cimarron Bar – Under the Gun CJ Moloney’s – Infinity

The Hunt Club – Randy Crouch

Pickles Pub & Grill – Open Mic

Lot No. 6 – Jesse James

Soundpony – Redrick Sultan

Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Ben Miller Band – 8 p.m. – Banditos – 11 p.m.

Mon. // Mar. 24 The Colony – Open Mic Night w/ Cody Clinton Creative Room – Cypher 120: Open Mic for Poets, MCs, and musicians

Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Skinny Minis

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Travis Kidd – 5:30 p.m. – Stars – 9 p.m.

Mercury Lounge – The Dustin Pittsley Band – 7 p.m.

Rooster’s - Ziplock

Soundpony – The River Monks, Dear Saint Isaac

Fishbonz – T3 Trio The Gypsy Coffee House – Andrew Michael – 9 p.m.

Rum Runnerz – Elaborate Hoax – 9 p.m.

The Hunt Club – Brandon Clark

Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m.

Lot No. 6 – Ditch Runners

The Shrine – Jimbo Mathus, Paul Benjaman Band – 8 p.m. - $5

Tues. // Mar. 25

Soundpony – The Funeral and The Twilight, Prostate, Swamp Goat – 5 p.m.

Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry

Magoo’s – Jennifer Marriott, Scott Musick – 8 p.m. Market Pub – Rick Berry Mason’s – DJ Spencer LG Mercury Lounge – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, BLOODY OL MULE – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Jumpshots – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pickles Pub & Grill – G-Force

The Shrine – Old Salt Union, The Dirty Creek Bandits, Grass Crack – 9 p.m. - $5 ADV, $10 ADV Soundpony – DJ Falkirk Undercurrent – Kinfolkz & Co., Cadillac Jackson – 8 p.m. The Vanguard – Surfacer, Contagion 237, Center of Disease, Bound – 7 p.m. - $8 Woody’s Corner Bar – DJ Spin

727 Club – Scott Ellison – 9 p.m.

Sat. // Mar. 22

C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Travis Kidd – 9 p.m.

C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Travis Kidd – 9 p.m.

Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 9 p.m.

Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – James Muns – 9 p.m.

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – The Begonias – 5 p.m. - $10-$20, $5 for students

Pickles Pub & Grill – Darrel Lee

The Yeti – The Moai Broadcast

Fri. // Mar. 21

The Gypsy Coffee House – Ryon Whitfield

Crow Creek Tavern – Johnny E. Band – 9:30 p.m.

Rooster’s – DJ Mikey B

Woody’s Corner Bar – Justin Condit Acoustic – 9:30 p.m.

Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 8 p.m.

The Colony – Ego Culture

The Shrine – Karaoke Live w/ Fuzed Band – 9 p.m. - $10

The Vanguard – Fuel, H2NY – 8 p.m. $25-$50

Lot No. 6 – Jam Session

Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Jumpshots – 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad & Keith – 5:30 p.m. – Usual Suspects – 9 p.m.

Undercurrent – Even the Dogs, DRYVR, Dirty Crush – 8 p.m.

Crow Creek Tavern – Jacob Dement – 8 p.m.

Magoo’s – Zero Crossing

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – The Hi-Fidelics – 3 p.m. – Me & My Monkey – 7 p.m.

Soundpony – Reverend Red, Duane Mark & The Get Down Bandits

The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing

SpiritBank Event Center – Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson – 7 p.m. – $27.75-$42.75 Undercurrent – Freak Juice, Sam and the Stylees – 8 p.m. The Vanguard – Girls at the Rock Show, Phosphene, Zeroed Out, Sovereign Dame – 8 p.m. - $7 Woody Guthrie Center – Bob Livingston – 7 p.m. - $12-$15 Woody’s Corner Bar – Jake Moffat Band – 10 p.m.

Cain’s Ballroom – Blackberry Smoke, The Delta Saints – 8 p.m. - $18-$33 Crow Creek Tavern – Open Mic Night w/ Rusty Swan The Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 7 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 8 p.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 p.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Bill Holden – 7 p.m. Soundpony - Callow

The Yeti – J. Brown

Wed. // Mar. 26 The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project Crow Creek Tavern – Tulsa Writers’ Round Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Chris Clark – 8 p.m. Market Pub – Rick Berry

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Wed. // Mar. 26 Mercury Lounge – Jacob Tovar and the

CJ Moloney’s – T3 Trio

On the Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m.

Crow Creek Tavern – Curt Hill – 9:30 p.m.

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Pickles Pub & Grill – Billy Snow Rooster’s – DJ Cory B Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m.

Sun. // Mar. 30

The Colony – Adrienne Gilley and the Musical Melody Makers w/ Eric Strauss

Chimera – Vinyl Brunch w/ Steven Wooley – 12-4 p.m. The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing

Downtown Lounge – The Black Moods – 9 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Danny Baker Band – 8:30 p.m. Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Scott Ellison

Crow Creek Tavern – Jacob Dement – 8 p.m.

The Gypsy Coffee House – Grant Wiscaver

Mercury Lounge – Peelander-Z – 8 p.m.

Undercurrent – Nathan Hull, soupbone – 9 p.m.

The Hunt Club – Steve Pryor

Pickles Pub & Grill – Open Mic

Lot No. 6 – Jeff Hail Band

The Vanguard – Ben Taylor, Felicia Andrews of Sovereign Dame – 8 p.m. – $15-$40

Magoo’s – Barrett Lewis Band

The Shrine – Bjb (Grateful Dead Tribute) – 7 p.m. – $5

Soundpony – Lizard Police

Soundpony – Schwervon, Noun Verb Adjective, Reigns

Market Pub – Rick Berry Mason’s – DJ Spencer LG

Thurs. // Mar. 27 Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Carl Acuff – 8 p.m.

Mercury Lounge – Horse Opera, Kayla Ray – 8 p.m.

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Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Mustard Hearts – 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Williams Theater – Maxwell Street Klezmer Band – 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – $10 The Vanguard – Moistboyz feat. Dean Ween of Ween, The Meat Puppets – 8 p.m. – $15-$30

Pickles Pub & Grill – MIC

Crow Creek Tavern – Curt Hill – 9:30 p.m.

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – The Hi-Fidelics – 5:30 p.m. – nighTTrain – 9 p.m.

Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m.

Rooster’s – DJ Cory B

Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille – Ben & Nick

The Shrine – Terrapin Flyer w/ Tom Constanten & Bob Bralove – 9 p.m. – $10 ADV, $15 DOS

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Soundpony – Team Nightstand, A.M.P.

The Hunt Club – All About a Bubble

The Hunt Club – Nick Whitaker

The Vanguard – Graham Colton, Afterlights – 8 p.m. – $12-$15

IDL Ballroom – Jeff Scheel, Lost on Utica – 8 p.m.

Lanna Thai – Scott Musick

Utopia Club – Skytown – 8 p.m.

Lot No. 6 – Christine Jude, Chris Brown

Legends – The Tiptons

The Yeti – DJ Deathstar

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Soundpony - Jucifer

Magoo’s – Big Tree

Tues. // Apr. 1

Cain’s Ballroom – EOTO, CenterOfTheUniverse – 8 p.m. - $16-$26 CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip The Colony – Beau Roberson and Pilgrimish Creative Room – Carnegie, Abandon Kansas Crow Creek Tavern – The Rustlers – 9 p.m.

Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8 p.m. Market Pub – DJ Cory B

The Gypsy Coffee House – Rob McCann – 9 p.m.

Mercury Lounge – Cody Jasper – 8 p.m.

Sat. // Mar. 29

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 3 p.m. – Me & My Monkey – 7 p.m.

American Legion Post #1 – Bobby Cantrell, Midland Valley Boys – 7:30 p.m.

Soundpony – Knifight, Depth and Current

BOK Center – Cher, Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo – 8 p.m. – $25.50-$105.50

Mercury Lounge – The Dirty Okie & White Trash Jed, Barnyard Stompers – 8 p.m.

Undercurrent – Phosphene, Baron Von Swagger, Sovereign Dame – 8 p.m.

C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Uncrowned Kings – 9 p.m.

Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Mustard Hearts – 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Vanguard – RAW Tulsa presents MOSAIC – 8 p.m.

Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Rivers Edge – 8 p.m.

Pickles Pub & Grill – RPM

Woody’s Corner Bar – Scott Carson Acoustic – 9:30 p.m.

CJ Moloney’s – DJ Mikey B

Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 5:30 p.m. – Scott Ellison – 9 p.m.

The Colony – Paul Benjaman Band

Rum Runnerz – Ice Cold Glory – 8 p.m.

The Yeti – Turnt Up

Fri. // Mar. 28 Blue Rose Cafe – Josh Roberts – 9 p.m. BOK Center – Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves – 7 p.m. – $34 .50-$81.50 C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Uncrowned Kings – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Merle Jam – 9 p.m.

Market Pub – Rick Berry

Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m.

The Yeti – Walking Shapes

Mon. // Mar. 31 The Colony – Open Mic Night w/ Cody Clinton Creative Room – Cypher 120: Open Mic for Poets, MCs, and musicians Mercury Lounge – The Dustin Pittsley Band – 7 p.m. Undercurrent – Ryan Dishen – 8 p.m.

Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry Foolish Things Coffee Co. – Myla Smith, Chris Milam, Heather Batchelor The Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 7 p.m. The Hunt Club – Ryan Dishen Mercury Lounge – Scott H. Biram, Whiskey Shivers – 8 p.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 p.m.

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Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m.

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Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Fifty Nine South – 7 p.m.

Soundpony – DJ Sweet Baby Jaysus The Vanguard – For the Wolf CD Release Party, Oceanaut, Captains of Moderation, Raccoon, Cody Slane – 8 p.m. – $7 Woody’s Corner Bar – Aaron Woods Band – 9:30 p.m. The Yeti – Japanese Gameshow

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Kid Cudi and Aaron Paul in “Need for Speed”

Going nowhere fast “Need for Speed” feels like a 130-minute video-game commercial by JOE O’SHANSKY

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can almost see the initial meeting between Ford and Electronic Arts, as if I was there myself.

EA Drone: “Everyone loves ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Breaking Bad’.” Ford Guy: “Everyone hates our cars.” EA Drone: “So how can we synergize that into a racing-themed movie, a franchise tie-in game, 2014 Mustang toys in Carl’s Jr. Value Meals…and make that sweet-ass 3-D money?” Ford Guy: “How about we get that Jesse Pinkman dude? We have him defy physics and vulnerably woo a woman in a prestige concept Mustang. Call it “Need for Speed.” EA Drone: “Hey, like our game!” Ford Guy: “Right? That should boost our respective brands. And if it turns out to be watchable, we can always post-convert for 3D. Icing, meet cake.” EA Drone: “Let’s make a movie!” (The two bump fists.) Maybe that’s how Aaron Paul became Tobey, a former racecar driver who runs a garage in upstate New York with his merry 48 // FILM & TV

band of mechanics, who apparently build and drive the best race cars in the tri-state area. Tobey’s crew is a wise-cracking ensemble that includes Finn (Rami Malek), the bug-eyed crazy one; the confident Benny (Scott Mescudi), a pilot who bristles when no one believes he can fly an Apache helicopter (which is in no way foreshadowing); there’s Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson), who is like a brother to Tobey because Tobey used to have sex with his sister, Anita (Dakota Johnson); and then there’s Joe (Ramon Rodriguez), who adds yet more fist bumps to the heap. They all listen to Monarch (Michael Keaton), an obnoxious web-radio host who runs a secret and illegal street race called the De Leon. It’s high stakes for the winner, though Monarch seems to have only six listeners. An old rival, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), offers the crew a chance to rebuild a oneof-kind Shelby Mustang and get a quarter of the cut at auction, over a half-million dollars. The garage is on the skids, so Tobey takes him up on it. Of course, after the deal, Dino goes back

on his word, getting Little Pete killed in the process (not a spoiler: his sister told him to be careful).

The script is a breadcrumb trail of plot twists and overlong, convoluted, lazily written artifice meant only to get you to a predictably unsatisfying conclusion, while being unabashedly dumb in the process, and not in the fun way. Framed, Tobey does two years in prison. When he gets out, he finds the Mustang’s owner, promising to win Monarch’s De Leon with it in exchange for half the prize money and the chance to avenge Little Pete. Maybe that meeting didn’t go quite like I imagined, but “Need for Speed” sure feels like a function of corporate necessity. Ably directed by Scott Waugh, the script, by George Gatins, is a breadcrumb trail of plot twists and over-long, convoluted, lazily

written artifice meant only to get you to a predictably unsatisfying conclusion, while being unabashedly dumb in the process, and not in the fun way. Like Keaton’s DJ character, a sort of Señor Love Daddy meets Don Steele, who is only there to break the fourth wall and explain events that, unless you actually enjoyed them, there’s no way one could have possibly misunderstood. Aaron Paul reveals that his range is commensurate with the material he’s given. And while he can hold the screen, Gatins is no Vince Gilligan. I like Paul, but here he mostly comes off like Jack Bauer’s long lost son. Imogen Poots, as Paul’s sidekick and love interest, is a charming bright spot amongst the generic dude-bro performances that surround her while Keaton hams it up in what is clearly two days of work scheduled between (hopefully) better films. “Need for Speed” looks fine. The admirably practical, not-CG car chaos is the star. But just pop “Most Wanted” into the PS3 instead. You’re bound to have more fun. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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Director John Wells shot “August: Osage County” on location in northeastern Oklahoma, taking advantage of Oklahoma’s Film Rebate Incentive

Saving face

Oklahoma legislature sees the light on film rebate program by JOE O’SHANSKY

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etween the A-list cast of “August: Osage County,” including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and Ben Affleck’s starring role in local genius Terrance Malick’s “To the Wonder,” and, most recently, William H. Macy’s direction of the production of his latest film, “Rudderless,” within our state’s frying panshaped borders, it’s clear that the stars have been out in Oklahoma. That is due in part (to say the least) to the unflagging efforts of Jill Simpson and the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, and also to Oklahoma’s decade-old Film Rebate Incentive, which offers a 37-percent return (capped at $5 million per year) to productions that spend a minimum of $500,000 in the state. As a tax incentive it has been wildly successful: it’s said to be responsible for over 6,000 jobs (more than 1,200 of which were directly related to actual film craft) and for injecting over $193 million, spent on wages and support, into the state’s economy as of 2011. In 2013 alone, $35 million was spent by outside film productions around the state. The benefit of casting Oklahoma in a prestigious, forward-thinking, and positive light is less quantifiable, but huge nonetheless. There are hundreds of more-generous incentives offered to industries that never see that kind of monetary and cultural return. For every dollar the legislature spends with the film incentive, it creates three. This time, those dollars helped convince Meryl Streep to say nice things about Oklahoma in the national press. THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

A three-to-one return and priceless PR would seem like a no-brainer, right? Not if you’re State Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City. When the continued funding of the clearly successful program came up for a vote at the beginning of March, in the midst of Oscar glow for “August: Osage County,” Dank and a disconcerting number of his didactic brethren pulled together enough votes to cut funding to the incentive, killing HB 2580. It seems they have a problem with the moral cesspool that is Hollywood, and the portrayal of a “fictional” Oklahoma family that didn’t conform to the expectations of your average episode of “Leave It to Beaver.”

For every dollar the legislature spends with the film incentive, it creates three. “Don’t expect us to pay for a film about a dysfunctional family or a 50-year-old president that marries his 20-year-old adopted stepdaughter,” Dank said, speaking of “August” and the soonto-be-filmed “The Ends of the Earth,” a biopic about Oklahoma Governor E.W. Marland (Oklahoma doesn’t have “Presidents” except in Dank’s most fevered, secessionist wet dreams). Marland was a Democrat who instituted a progressive “Little New Deal” to combat high unemployment in the mid-1930s. He also married his 28-year old, formerly adopted daughter, Lydie, when he was 54. (Yep, she was the First Lady.)

That film reunites acclaimed director David O. Russell with his Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook” muse and “The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence. Which likely means the results will be noteworthy. After denouncing those films, and incredulously wondering if an adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” was next (note to Dank: “The Grapes of Wrath” was a rather successful, classic John Ford film starring Henry Fonda that came out in 1940 and which was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1989), Dank went on to ignore the inconveniently positive data on the program’s economic returns, essentially claiming they didn’t exist, much to the frustration of the bill’s author, Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada. Fortunately, Dank’s holier-than-thou grandstanding brought heightened attention to the issue and, in turn, shed more light on the truth of his (willfully?) ignorant bullshit. The following day, and after much lobbying, the House reversed course and passed HB 2580, extending the incentive’s funding until 2024. Of Dank and his hand-wringing colleagues, Rep. Thomsen contextualized, “I think as those individuals had opportunities to talk to various members, they were able to cut through some of the rhetoric and misinformation.” HB 2580 next goes to the Senate, whose version of the rebate has already passed, and onto President Fallin’s desk, who has signaled that she will sign it into law.

Locaciones: Buscando A Rusty James // Circle Cinema premieres South American auteur Alberto Fuguet’s meditative love letter to Tulsa and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumblefish.” This one-nightonly event, complete with a director Q&A, will be followed by a special screening of “Rumblefish.” // 3.19, 7 p.m., Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. More at circlecinema.com. Tim’s Vermeer // In another Circle exclusive (from unlikely producers Penn and Teller) the critically lauded “Tim’s Vermeer” is the documentary tale of inventor Tim Jenison and his quest to mimic the painting methods of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. // Showings start 3/21 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Divergent // Based on the young-adult lit hit of the same name, “Divergent” finds its protagonists in yet another dystopian future, divided into castes and seeking to overcome a totalitarian status quo though a series of competitive and deadly tests. Not sure if anyone carries a bow and arrow. // Showings start 3/21 at AMC Southroads Theater, 4923 E. 41st St. Noah // How do you get an ag nostic to see a Biblical epic about The Great Flood? You let Darren Aronofsky adapt and direct it. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. // Showing start 3.28 (theater to be determined).

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Neil deGrasse Tyson in “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

Astronomical impact

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes science cool again in “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” by JOSHUA KLINE ince his stint as host of the PBS program “Nova Science Now,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has ascended to the rarest of ranks as a scientist who has become not just a household name but a pop-culture icon. Through regular appearances on “The Daily Show,” “Jeopardy!” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” (and numerous other late night shows), as well as tonguein-cheek cameos on “Stargate Atlantis,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and Action Comics #14, Tyson has fashioned himself as the science community’s benevolent ambassador to the mainstream. Like his predecessor and hero Carl Sagan, Tyson is a charismatic rationalist loved by the camera and trusted by the public, gifted with the ability to distill complicated scientific theories on black holes and multi-verses into digestible, comprehensible sound bytes. It’s no surprise, then, that Tyson was elected to carry on Sagan’s legacy through Fox’s revival of the late astronomer’s PBS series, “Cosmos.” “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is a colorful, big-budget documentary in which Tyson leads the audience on an educational voyage through the history of scientific discovery. Produced by committed skeptic Seth MacFarlane and original “Cosmos” co-creator Ann Druyan, the populist bent of this iteration is even more pronounced, with Hollywood veteran Bill Pope (cinematogra-

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pher for “The Matrix” and the “Spider-Man” movies) in charge of translating Tyson’s ideas into a visual spectacle worthy of the widescreen. Imagine Tyson floating through the creation sequence in “The Tree of Life,” replacing Malick’s poetic, pseudo-spiritual mumblings with matter-of-fact explanations of how the universe came to be, and you have a pretty good idea of the ambition and tone of “Cosmos.”

Tyson has become America’s remedial science teacher, reminding us of what we forgot in Astronomy 101 while asking us to please put more of a premium on observable truth. One of the most compelling tricks of the pilot episode that aired March 9 was the re-introduction of Sagan’s cosmic calendar. Tyson explained the scope of evolution using a 12-month calendar to mark cosmic events, starting with the Big Bang (12 a.m., January 1) and ending with our current existence (11:59 p.m., December 31). Using this scale, he successfully conveyed just how infinitesimal humanity is against its surroundings: our sun formed on August 31, while humanity has existed for just the last 15 seconds. It was an awe-inspiring framing method.

It’s not surprising that “Cosmos” is already being discredited as atheist propaganda, nor is it much of a shock that Oklahoma City’s Fox affiliate conveniently pre-empted a 15-second portion of the pilot in which Tyson explicitly refers to evolution. The involvement of MacFarlane, an outspoken atheist and mocker of all things holy, certainly doesn’t help fundamentalists’ perception of the show, but Tyson (who has referred to himself as agnostic) and co-writer Druyan are careful in their storytelling to portray religious belief with respect, most notably in an extended animated sequence portraying Italian scientist Giordano Bruno’s martyrdom at the hands of the inquisition. Bruno is shown as driven by his faith to explore and question the nature of the universe, which threatened the status quo of the church and led to his execution. In an era when the Faith-vs.Science debate has been revived and posited at the center of an ongoing culture war in which straight-faced elected leaders tell us the earth is 6,000 years old, Tyson has become America’s remedial science teacher, reminding us of what we forgot in Astronomy 101 while asking us to please put more of a premium on observable truth. Some of the passages in “Cosmos” are frustratingly elementary, but considering the dire results of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment

(or PISA, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD – of 65 countries surveyed, the U.S. ranks 23rd in science education, down from 18th in 2009), it’s probably a necessary starting point. Tyson, Druyan, and MacFarlane are doing the Lord’s work, so to speak. Hopefully audiences will agree.

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Gillian Anderson returned to television Sunday, March 16, with “Crisis,” NBC’s pedigreed thriller about a school bus taken hostage – the same school bus carrying the President’s son. // Sundays, 9 p.m. March 31 marks the swan song for long-running CBS cash cow “How I Met Your Mother.” Presumably, we’ll finally find out how indeed. // Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer return on April 1 with their respective series, “The Mindy Project” (Fox, 8 p.m.) and “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central, 9:30 p.m.). // Tuesday, April 1, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Finally, HBO nerds bemoaning the wrap of “True Detective” and “Girls” have a few weeks to survive until the mega-Sunday trifecta unfolding on April 6: “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” and “Silicon Valley.” “Thrones” enters its fourth season with the long-suffering Stark clan all but annihilated after last season’s traumatic Red Wedding. “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” (Mike Judge’s new tech comedy) will be on standby to provide much needed post-“Thrones” levity. // Sunday, April 6 Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


free will astrology by ROB BREZSNY

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Before she died, Piscean actress Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed more than 79 years of life on this gorgeous, maddening planet. But one aptitude she never acquired in all that time was the ability to cook a hard-boiled egg. Is there a pocket of ignorance in your own repertoire that rivals this lapse, Pisces? Are there any fundamental life skills that you probably should have learned by now? If so, now would be a good time to get to work on mastering them.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet,” says Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron. “You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time.” That’s sound advice for you, Aries. You are almost ready to plant the metaphorical seeds that you will be cultivating in the coming months. Having faith should be a key element in your plans for them. You’ve got to find a way to shut down any tendencies you might have to be an impatient control freak. Your job is simply to give your seeds a good start and provide them with the persistent follow-up care they will need. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Thank you, disillusionment,” says Alanis Morissette in her song “Thank U.” “Thank you, frailty,” she continues. “Thank you, nothingness. Thank you, silence.” I’d love to hear you express that kind of gratitude in the coming days, Taurus. Please understand that I don’t think you will be experiencing a lot of disillusionment, frailty, nothingness, and silence. Not at all. What I do suspect is that you will be able to see, more clearly than ever before, how you have been helped and blessed by those states in the past. You will understand how creatively they motivated you to build strength, resourcefulness, willpower, and inner beauty. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I bet your support system will soon be abuzz with fizzy mojo and good mischief. Your web of contacts is about to get deeper and feistier and prettier. Pounce, Gemini, pounce! Summon extra clarity and zest as you communicate your vision of what you want. Drum up alluring tricks to attract new allies and inspire your existing allies to assist you better. If all goes as I expect it to, business and pleasure will synergize better than they have in a long time. You will boost your ambitions by socializing, and you will sweeten your social life by plying your ambitions. THE TULSA VOICE // Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014

CANCER (June 21-July 22): During her 98 years on the planet, Barbara Cartland wrote 723 romance novels that together sold a billion copies. What was the secret of her success? Born under the sign of Cancer the Crab, she knew how productive she could be if she was comfortable. Many of her work sessions took place while she reclined on her favorite couch covered with a white fur rug, her feet warmed with a hot water bottle. As her two dogs kept her company, she dictated her stories to her secretary. I hope her formula for success inspires you to expand and refine your own personal formula -- and then apply it with zeal during the next eight weeks. What is the exact nature of the comforts that will best nourish your creativity? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Google Ngram Viewer is a tool that scans millions of books to map how frequently a particular word is used over the course of time. For instance, it reveals that “impossible” appears only half as often in books published in the 21st century as it did in books from the year 1900. What does this mean? That fantastic and hard-to-achieve prospects are less impossible than they used to be? I don’t know, but I can say this with confidence: If you begin fantastic and hard-to-achieve prospects sometime soon, they will be far less impossible than they used to be. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Tibetan mastiff is a large canine species with long golden hair. If you had never seen a lion and were told that this dog was a lion, you might be fooled. And that’s exactly what a zoo in Luohe, China did. It tried to pass off a hearty specimen of a Tibetan mastiff as an African lion. Alas, a few clever zoo-goers saw through the charade when the beast started barking. Now I’ll ask you, Virgo: Is there anything comparable going on in your environment? Are you being asked to believe that a big dog is actually a lion, or the metaphorical equivalent?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the narrator seems tormented about the power of his longing. “Do I dare to eat a peach?” he asks. I wonder what he’s thinking. Is the peach too sweet, too juicy, too pleasurable for him to handle? Is he in danger of losing his self-control and dignity if he succumbs to the temptation? What’s behind his hesitation? In any case, Libra, don’t be like Prufrock in the coming weeks. Get your finicky doubts out of the way as you indulge your lust for life with extra vigor and vivacity. Hear what I’m saying? Refrain from agonizing about whether or not you should eat the peach. Just go ahead and eat it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Born under the sign of Scorpio, Neil Young has been making music professionally for over 45 years. He has recorded 35 albums and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In early 1969, three of his most famous songs popped out of his fertile imagination on the same day. He was sick with the flu and running a 103-degree fever when he wrote “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Cinnamon Girl,” and “Down by the River.” I suspect you may soon experience a milder version of this mythic event, Scorpio. At a time when you’re not feeling your best, you could create a thing of beauty that will last a long time, or initiate a breakthrough that will send ripples far into the future. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There should be nothing generic or normal or routine about this week, Sagittarius. If you drink beer, for example, you shouldn’t stick to your usual brew. You should track down and drink the hell out of exotic beers with brand names like Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Ninja Vs. Unicorn and Doctor Morton’s Clown Poison. And if you’re a lipstick user, you shouldn’t be content to use your old standard, but should instead opt for kinky types like Sapphire Glitter Bomb, Alien Moon Goddess, and Cackling Black

Witch. As for love, it wouldn’t make sense to seek out romantic adventures you’ve had a thousand times before. You need and deserve something like wild sacred eternal ecstasy or screaming sweaty flagrant bliss or blasphemously reverent waggling rapture. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Actor Gary Oldman was born and raised in London. In the course of his long career he has portrayed a wide range of characters who speak English with American, German, and Russian accents. He has also lived in Los Angeles for years. When he signed on to play a British intelligent agent in the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he realized that over the years he had lost some of his native British accent. He had to take voice lessons to restore his original pronunciations. I suspect you have a metaphorically comparable project ahead of you, Capricorn. It may be time to get back to where you once belonged. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Every now and then, you’re blessed with a small miracle that inspires you to see everyday things with new vision. Common objects and prosaic experiences get stripped of their habitual expectations, allowing them to become almost as enchanting to you as they were before numb familiarity set in. The beloved people you take for granted suddenly remind you of why you came to love them in the first place. Boring acquaintances may reveal sides of themselves that are quite entertaining. So are you ready and eager for just such an outbreak of curiosity and a surge of fun surprises? If you are, they will come. If you’re not, they won’t. This week’s homework: What was the p ain that he aled you most?

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rock and roll crossword There’s a Puzzle Going On Right Here by Todd Santos

Across 1 Queen “Hammer To ___” 5 Evan and ___ 10 Archer of Oasis 13 J-pop continent 14 ’00 Offspring album “Conspiracy ___” 15 Everlast line “Had to walk a ___ in his shoes��� 16 Lyrically slander, slang 17 Paul Simon “Loves Me Like ___” 18 “Every now and then ___ a little bit lonely” 19 Supremes “Stop! In ___” 22 Blow away 24 “To the Teeth” DiFranco 25 Eminem “No One’s ___” 26 “Been Caught Stealing” band 31 Eight-member band 32 Eurythmics “___ That Girl” 33 Steve Miller Band “___ of Dreams” 34 “Hot Buttered Soul” Hayes 36 Might go on one, pre-tour 40 Melissa Etheridge “I Want to Come ___” 41 Yo La ___ 42 Kinks “Lazing on a ___, in the summertime” 47 Glamsters ___ Rocks 48 “Dear God” Midge 49 GnR “___ Your Illusion II” 50 Dionne Warwick classic “I Say ___” 55 She’s “Lovely” to Beatles 56 Maiden tribute album “A Call to ___” 57 ’00 Vertical Horizon hit “You’re ___” 60 Jessica Riddle “___ Angels Fall” 61 “Velvet Fog” Mel 62 Correctly pitch instrument 63 Gary Jules “___ World” 64 24-Across song “___ You First” 65 ELO “___ World Record” Down 1 Music scene rage 2 Goo Goo Dolls “___ Am” 3 Paul McCartney “___ What the Man Said” 4 Australian “Take Me Away” band 5 ’83 Kool & the Gang smash 6 “Don’t Be ___ of the Dark” Robert Cray 7 Kiss “Meet, meet you in the ladies ___” 8 Dishwalla “___ in a While” 9 Case of The New Pornographers 3/23

10 “Just a ___/I Ain’t Got Nobody” 11 Almost dozen Grateful Dead song “The ___” 12 Rhythmic element 15 “Blame It on the Rain” ___ Vanilli 20 Clapton bassist Nathan 21 Kiss “___ Like a Glove” 22 Silhouettes “Get ___” 23 Charlie Daniels song about Texas? 27 Reggae man ___-A-Mouse 28 Ben Folds Five “One Angry ___ and 200 Solemn Faces” 29 “Be Strong Now” James 30 “Deliverance” metalers, for short 34 Punk band Operation ___ 35 Keane “___ Fog” 36 “Tracks” Springsteen song “Lion’s ___” 37 ’02 Gomez album 38 Inflated things, post-stardom 39 “Wild Thing” ___ Loc 40 Kool and the Gang “Get Down ___” 41 Phish guitarist Anastasio 42 Spit-influenced “Always” band? 43 Worship band Hillsong ___ 44 K’s Choice “I’m ___ addict, maybe that’s a lie” 45 Loverboy “___ Loose” 46 Deleted tapes 47 ’03 Sarah Brightman album 51 Ford of The Runaways 52 Spill Canvas “Himerus and ___” 53 Jon Fishman band ___ Tornado 54 Allman Brothers “___ Peach” 58 Singular Bee Gees song? 59 Nazareth “Morning ___”

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Sobering signs

In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that David Bell could not avoid being charged with DUI merely because he had been sober enough to pass all six "field sobriety tests" administered during a traffic stop. It was enough, the court said, that he had admitted drinking that night. A few days later, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Texan Larry Davis' struggle to clear the 2013 DWI arrest from his record -- since he had blown a 0.0 alcohol reading that night and then had voluntarily undergone a blood test for other impairing drugs and come up clean on that. Davis had admitted to "one drink," but allegedly failed a "field sobriety test" (in the opinion of the arresting officer, anyway). (Davis' case is still unresolved, but since he has been declared an "indigent," the state covers his legal expenses.)

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The firm 3D Babies has begun selling (for $800) 8-inch-long fetal sculptures developed from 3-D ultrasound images, computer graphics and 3-D printing technology ("printing" successive layers of material continuously, eventually creating a physical object). (Four-inch and 2-inch models are available for $400 and $200, respectively.) For celebrity hounds who are not planning imminent parenthood, the company sells one fetal sculpture off the shelf: the Kim KardashianKanye West fetus ("Baby North West") for only $250. 3/5 SOLUTION: UNIVERSAL SUNDAY

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Perspective

First-World Problems: The designer Giorgio Armani is one of the most recent one-day sponsors of a United Nations project to send safe drinking water to help some of the planet's 768 million people without access to a clean supply. The Tap Project program signs up smartphone users with a reward: that it will donate one day's clean water to a child for anyone who can manage to refrain from picking up his or her phone for 10 consecutive minutes. Tap Project screens even feature a 10-minute countdown clock to help do-gooders remain strong in the face of anxiety over the brief loss of access to Facebook, online games, et al.

Litigious society

British litigant Jane Mulcahy was turned down twice recently in her attempts to sue her former divorce lawyers for negligence -- although they had won her case, defeating her husband's contentions. The lawyers were negligent, she said, because they never told her that if she "won" the lawsuit, the marriage would be over. Lord Justice Briggs, in the second appeal, said that Mulcahy's Roman Catholic faith should have tipped her off that "divorce" ended the marriage.

Ironies

As Americans know, Canada's health care system, funded largely by taxes, is dramatically less expensive than America's -- well, unless you're a dog. The Canadian news service CTV reported in February that increasingly, pet owners in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are making the 120-mile car trip to Grand Forks, N.D., because U.S. veterinarian prices are significantly lower than comparable services by Canadian vets. One Winnipeg family, facing a $650 teeth-cleaning plus blood work for Jackson, their Shitzu, took him on the road trip to Grand Forks, where the bill came to $205. Mar. 19 – Apr. 1, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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ACROSS 1 Dog in the Dick and Jane books 5 Fix, as stones in cement 10 “Fee, ___, foe, fum” 13 Type of equation 19 Long arm bone 20 Archie’s dimwitted pal 21 Santa ___, Calif. 22 Arctic exploration tool 23 Returning a favor 26 Driftwood and such 27 Becomes more inclined 28 Fuel ship 29 Light smooch 30 Runs out of steam 31 Make a solemn request 32 Puppy’s cry 33 December ditties 36 Pledge 37 Dark-colored sour cherry 40 Move stealthily 41 Incredible and hard-to-believe 44 Author Fleming 45 Revival meeting shout 46 Word on some beer bottles 47 Feel bad 48 Affliction of the eyelid 49 Number system having 16 as its base 53 Opposite of love 54 High-quality stationery 58 Johnnycakes 59 A level playing field 61 Was as good as 62 Advertises

63 Capital of Ontario 64 He done it in many whodunits? 65 Part of a statue foundation 66 Doubly dangerous, as a sword 67 Punching tools 68 Some bank transactions 70 Makes mistakes 71 Fury 72 “The Whole ___ Yards” 73 Swift 77 Be deceitful 78 Delectable 83 Demonstrate without marching 84 Kind of cover 86 “God ___ America” 87 Reroute, as traffic 88 Monk’s garb 89 Give a guarantee 91 Editor’s “take out” 92 Carpet type 93 Khaki relative 94 Dancing style 98 Watered silks 100 Like “She sells seashells ...” 102 Japanese miniature tree 103 Three strikes, e.g. 104 Stopped lying? 105 Met highlight 106 Infuriates 107 Last in a series 108 Gambol 109 No longer on active duty (Abbr.) DOWN 1 Reserves on the bench 2 Chart, as land 3 On a single occasion 4 Dismantle, as a Christmas tree

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5 Connections between speakers? 6 Forenoons 7 Feathery wraps 8 Pa. hours 9 Figured out, as secret writing 10 Fear of many 11 Exclusive, as circles 12 Tidal bore 13 Garbage can part 14 What the Titanic ran into 15 Small cloud 16 Extremely loud 17 Graph line 18 Do followers on a music scale 24 Overturn, as milk 25 Part of some Muslim women’s attire 31 Bearded, as barley 32 Hither and ___ 33 Tax pro 34 Radius setting 35 Potential school 36 Stringed instrument of India 37 Grain grinder 38 Baby clothes 39 “___ size fits all” 41 Kind of review or signal 42 Petition’s additions 43 “Buenos ___!” (“Good day!”) 46 Biblical outcast 48 Many-stringed lute 49 Barbara, Alan and Nathan 50 Memorable period 51 “It ___ Happen to You” 52 Prefix for state 53 Speedy mammals 54 Yank’s foe 55 Marine museums (var.)

56 Torturous 57 Gloomy atmospheres 59 British city on the English Channel 60 Tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet 62 Carved pole 63 Nasal sound 65 Letter addressees 66 Delivery room surprises 68 Help with the dishes 69 Licorice flavor 70 Shade source 73 Exceptional, as a restaurant or hotel 74 Nibbled on 75 Honorific for Paul McCartney 76 Powerful explosive 78 It’s good for climbing hills 79 Sick 80 Aromatic liqueur (var.) 81 Adhered 82 “On the Road” author Jack 83 Some bank deposits 85 Raspy-voiced 87 Resister 89 Give in to, as an impulse 90 Hardly a whisper 91 Use a divining rod 92 Before you know it 94 Common traffic sign 95 Add staff 96 “Don’t bet ___!” 97 “Heavens!” 98 CEO’s degree, perhaps 99 Daddy’s girl, for short 101 History-book chapter

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