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less and less to enjoy downtown without having to make deep cuts into my family’s budget, I began to look for fun and entertainment that came at little to no cost, both for myself and for the readers of my website. What I’ve learned: Of course we want our big concert venues and our beautiful loft apartment buildings and our incredible new restaurants to survive and thrive. But the lower the barrier is to entry, the greater the chance we’ll have the opportunity to meet someone who isn’t like us, to be exposed to new ideas, to see our problems in new ways. The economy is still licking its wounds, and many of us are still pinching our pennies. It’s a good thing that, now, in our town, there’s no need to drop what you’d spend on a week’s worth of groceries on a good time. On page 22 are more than 100 places to start and to find free things to do in Tulsa, plus a few cost-free stops on that spring or summer road trip. Inside you’ll find at least one free activity for each day between now and the longest day of the year, and plenty
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Tot talking Is conversation the new child development alchemy? Tulsa aims to find out. by RAY PEARCEY
he disparity was staggering. Children whose families were on welfare heard about 600 words per hour. Working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, and children from professional families heard 2,100 words. By age 3, a poor child would have heard 30 million fewer words in his(her) home environment than a child from a professional family. And the disparity mattered: the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school. TV talk not only didn’t help, it was detrimental.” — Tina Rosenberg in The New York Times, April 10, 2013 I did a lot of talking as a child (and received a lot of it in return). Fortunately, my mother tolerated, even abetted it. I remember asking her at age 5 or 6 why people rode horses. “People don’t ride cats or dogs,” I said. She listened while I told her that it didn’t look like horses enjoyed being ridden much, if some of the cowboy movies we watched were on the mark – and, by the way, did people get the horses’ OK to ride them? Rather than calling me silly or insisting that I pipe down, she took the time to tell me that she didn’t know if horses had the brains, the smarts, to be part of any Q & A, let alone give permission to be rid-
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den. She listened, and she wasn’t passive about it. A striking passel of new research and early results from an array of field studies involving kids and their families suggests that talking to kids – talking to them a whole lot, and with outsized intentionality – can spawn dramatic verbal and communications gains, especially in stressed out, low-income black and Hispanic families. Having a parent, a relative or an adult caregiver who is a big “talkie” and who intensely engages kids and, ideally, has some training on how to organize verbal entanglements with kids, especially disadvantaged children, looks to be the new big thing in child development. The genesis for the “Talking Project” came from work conducted by Betty Hart and Todd Risley at the University of Kansas in the mid ‘90s. The researchers studied how parents with different socioeconomic backgrounds conversed with their children, especially younger children. They conducted a multiyear study group of 42 families and recorded an hour each day of parent-child engagement. Then Hart and Risley waited until the kids in the study were nine years of age and then examined how they were doing in school. The duo discovered how incredibly important the amount and shape of talking was to
the cognitive scores downstream, as well as to the vocabularies and IQ scores of the children who were involved in the study.
Tulsa is ready for “Talking is Teaching.” Maybe it can be part of a process in which we earnestly and rigorously construct a series of audacious, superior standards for the education of our kids. Oklahoma doesn’t have a lot of stellar stuff to offer on the education front. That’s why Oklahoma’s education establishment and our inventive philanthropic sector’s nearly decades-old, front-line work on preschool and early-childhood development is so amazing. Here is what David Leonhardt of The New York Times said in 2007: “The school is called Tulsa Educare, and it is the showpiece for the finest state preschool system in the country. And, yes, that state is Oklahoma, a bastion of small-government conservatism that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon B. Johnson. Almost a decade ago, thanks to a low-key push by a small group of state legislators, business executives and educators, Oklahoma agreed to
pay for one year of prekindergarten. The program is voluntary, but 70 percent of 4-year-olds here now attend public preschool, more than in any other state. In every classroom, the head teacher must have a bachelor’s degree – nationwide, most preschool teachers don’t – and there must be a teacher for every 10 students.” Oklahoma is still a front-runner in this arena. Early childhood is still one of the few things we do well as far as education goes. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has been a leading player. The foundation’s efforts were cited by President Barack Obama some months ago as a bright spot on the early childhood development and services frontier. He cited Tulsa’s Educare specifically. For more than 40 years Hillary Clinton has been a passionate advocate for almost everything connected to early-childhood development, innovation in the kid-cognitive realm, and aggressive research on children and brain development. She began her career as a defense attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, a children’s advocacy and lobbying organization that has been deeply influential for decades on children’s issues, family policy, and development and early education. Clinton was here late last month to help George Kaiser (continued on page 8) Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
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Easier being green New recycling center has big ideas by MICHAEL PATTON
his April is the 45th time we have celebrated Earth Day. While it pales in comparison to major holidays (see: Holy Days), it keeps pace nicely with lesser holidays like Flag Day and that day in February where the groundhog predicts the weather. In Tulsa, this April, many green organizations are planning activities to celebrate our Earth. Some of my favorites include the lunch hour festival on April 16 downtown at 4th and Main, and Earth Day with the Drillers the next night. The first one offers live music and the second one has free giveaways. The Drillers even wear green jerseys. My employer, the Metropolitan Environmental Trust, has jumped in this year by opening a new recycling center in downtown Tulsa. The new drop-off depot is on the southeast corner of 11th and Cincinnati. We have operated these types of centers for more than 20 years (this is our 12th center in the Tulsa metro area), but this center is trying some new ideas. For one, we are going to try to attract new recyclers from small businesses, TCC students, and all the apartments residents nearby. We have a new large dumpster just for bagged, shredded paper. I hope small businesses will take advantage. We have a large, 40-foot shipping container converted into a building to collect electronic waste. We now will accept computers, printers, keyboards, VCRs, DVRs, broken laptops or phones from the public. Electronic waste is the next frontier for us in recycling. Nothing in our history has ever cost so much and become worth so little, so fast, as a computer. People seem to have a lot of them in their lives. We will accept all batteries, including rechargeable, auto, and flashlight types. Our centers will also collect plastic bags (don’t put them in your curbside blue bins). We will accept used cooking oil 8 // NEWS & COMMENTARY
and used motor oil, even collect eyeglasses that are recycled by the local Lion’s clubs.
Electronic waste is the next frontier for us in recycling. Nothing in our history has ever cost so much and become worth so little, so fast, as a computer. Of course, we take all the common recyclables such as glass bottles, soda and beer cans, water bottles and milk jugs and soda bottles. We have three other large containers where our workers will sort out phone books, newspaper, magazines and junk mail. Speaking of our workers, we employ more than 100 workers with disabilities to run our network of centers. The center is planned to be accessible 24 hours a day and will have staff available part-time seven days a week. This is a new challenge. We have limited funds, and we have invested a lot to get this center going. Help us spread the word and help us reach new recyclers. Being downtown is exciting for us and we hope it will be convenient for Tulsans. Who knows, with some success, maybe we can raise the awareness of Earth Day to be equal to the annual celebration of the big football game or the day we drink green beer. Come to think of it, some green beer for Earth day wouldn’t be half bad.
Michael Patton is executive director of the Metropolitan Environmental Trust.
(continued from page 6) and company launch the “Talking is Teaching” program, a new initiative jointly sponsored by Kaiser’s Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa, Tulsa Educare and Too Small to Fail, a joint intitiative of Next Generation (a non-partisan strategic policy and communications organization) and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. There is a whole slew of follow-up studies across the country that more or less confirm the findings of the Hart/Risley “talkie” work. These confirming studies were part of the logic that Bloomberg Foundation used to select “Providence Talks” from thousands of submissions: Providence used its $5 million award to craft some reproducible execution mechanics – how can parents, nannies, preschool operators, early childhood development teachers, and others be outfitted with the tools needed to amplify talking and the number of words they spoke to kids in the normal course of a day? Tulsa’s “Talking is Teaching” project is one of several exciting second-wave demonstration projects that embraces notions from the Chicago project. The new Tulsa project and efforts to mount similar work elsewhere benefits enormously from a couple of technology gambits – a wearable recorder and a powerful new speech recognition software and server system: “The only thing researchers could do was to ask the parent if they were talking a lot,” said Jill Gilkerson, the language research director of the Lena Research Foundation, as reported by the New York Times. “But you need an objective evaluation. Asking anyone to observe their own behavior with no reference point is completely useless.” “Without measurement, parents who did try new things couldn’t know whether they were helpful. Hart and Risley’s research languished. ...What has revived it is the technology and measurement practices developed by Lena, which stands for Language Environment Analysis. A child wears clothing with a special pocket for a voice recorder that can unobtrusively record 16 continuous hours – plenty of time for the family to forget it’s there and converse normally. The analysis is done by speech-recognition software, which can count and source words uttered, count
conversational turns (one party says something and the other responds) and weed out background noise and TV. For privacy, the recorder can encrypt the actual speech and delete the speech after it is counted. And a family can hit the ‘erase’ button whenever it wants...” Finally, we have a university component that David Boren has carefully and successfully constructed over the course of the last decade or so. A grand element here is the next generation medical-education machine that Dr. Gerard Clancy, OU-Tulsa president, has been constructing for the last half-decade or so with The University of Tulsa and a big bucket of social-venture capitalists from the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The OU/TU School of Community Medicine will heroically reanimate medical education with a new kind of doc shop that will yield skilled practitioners in community and behavioral medicine, an arena that could radically improve health outcomes in Oklahoma and deeply influence medical education across the country. Tulsa is ready for “Talking is Teaching.” Maybe it can be part of a process by which we earnestly and rigorously construct a series of audacious, superior standards for the education of our kids. This is, of course, what a key Oklahoma legislature committee said it wanted to construct when it rejected the national Common Core standards some days ago. The arch-conservative leadership in the legislature is now telling us that, well, that Common Core stuff was simply another attempt to nationalize what should be a local thing – that is, schooling in Oklahoma. Why not ask our lawmakers to actually belly up to the bar? Why not use the new Kaiser “talkie” project as one element of a truly novel strategy to create a superior educational framework in Oklahoma – a brand-new one (yes, with some big costs) and a whole new, even radical dynamic? 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. Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
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The Notorious Den.Tis.Try It’s been a whole long year since news broke about Tulsa’s most notorious dentist, Scott Harrington, whose unsanitary practices (possibly) exposed upward of 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and C. After genetic testing last September, Harrington’s unsafe practices led to the first documented report of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C in a dental setting in the United States. But he still hasn’t answered to the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. To refresh your memory (and your horror), a year ago this week, state and local health department officials said they found the following in Harrington’s office: rusted instruments; improper sterilization; a messy medicine cabinet; expired medications; and
Hobby Lobby vs. Women Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma City-based purveyor of grosgrain ribbon, scented pine cones and household knickknacks, took its birth control case to the U.S. Supreme Court late last month. The case – combined with a similar suit by a Mennonite-owned business – argues certain birth control drugs cause abortions. And Hobby Lobby is not so cool with that. The Affordable Care Act requires companies to provide employees with all FDA-approved birth-control medications, including the IUD and the much-villainized “morning-after pill.” The Supreme Court’s decision in this suit will have national implications as similar cases grind their way through the judicial system. THE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014
his dental assistants performing IV sedation without training. Harrington voluntarily gave up on practicing because, come on. But he’d eventually have to give up his license anyway because, obviously. The dentist’s hearing with the dentistry board has been postponed several times and is now scheduled for June. Bottomline: It’s also been about a year since Harrington ran off to an undisclosed location in Arizona, where he’s been avoiding angry, traumatized (and possibly infected) former patients. He hasn’t shown his face in this town since. Though he’s avoided a hearing so far, there are currently about a baker’s dozen of lawsuits filed against Harrington by his former patients. Eventually, he will have to face what he’s avoided for the past year: the sick, scared, not-bright-smiling faces of his former patients.
From its hardcore Christian perspective, Hobby Lobby owners believe a free-floating fertilized egg is a human life. It’s like they’re saying IUDs kill babies, and fighting for the right – no, the freedom! – no, the liberty! – to impose this belief upon the women who sell their Mason jars and scrapbooking supplies. Because that’s what religious freedom means, right? Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green wrote in an open letter: “The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.” The Supreme Court will decide whether legal protections should extend to corporations; the feds will have to prove they have a “compelling interest” in forcing Hobby Lobby to play by the rules.
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Phelps dead, buy champagne! Those infamous Westboro Baptist Church picketers are packing up and heading to Moore to protest a hometown liquor store. This time, church members are defending their former pastor, Fred Phelps, who died March 19. Moore Liquor has built a reputation – and Twitter and Facebook accounts – on the funny, irreverent signs owner Bryan Kerr writes on the shop’s marquee. Kerr’s latest quote went viral with an unusual celebratory sale: “Fred Phelps 1929-2014. Champagne 10% off! Not a coincidence.”
Not one to turn down a publicity stunt, Westboro posted on Twitter – and notified every media outlet it could find, as per usual – that its members would picket the liquor store on April 5, probably between 10-11 a.m. Kerr told media outlets he’s brainstorming ideas for a new sign to greet the picketers. Bottomline: Fun fact about the infamous bigot and Westboro pastor Fred Phelps: he was a civil rights warrior in his early days. Who knows where he went wrong? Unfortunately for us, Phelps left behind his like-minded clan to carry on his hateful, intolerant legacy.
Bottomline: Those like Green believe their business is more deserving of freedom than the living, breathing humans who work for them. How does one confer liberty upon a corporation? Religious freedom is a deeply personal, entirely human right, non-transferrable to a for-profit business – at least, not yet, it’s not. If Hobby Lobby loses this battle, it could face a fine of $1.3 million per day.
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Vagina dialogues Lawmakers pursue new angle on Oklahoma’s ongoing obsession by BARRY FRIEDMAN
epublicans don’t have a war on women ...” — Governor Mike
Huckabee Of course you don’t. Last month, two bills – one authored by Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow) – each overwhelmingly passed by the Oklahoma House and Senate, would reduce access to abortion services. According to Ritze in his March 16 op-ed in Tulsa World, “Don't we have a moral responsibility to try and ensure the safety of women who choose to or, as often happens, are coerced into having an abortion?” To the first part: Yeah. To the second: What planet are you on? Wading waist-deep in the shallow and mendacious end of the pool, Ritze offers no evidence that women are being coerced into having abortions or dealing with unsafe Oklahoma facilities – so, apparently, we’re just supposed to assume that eco-friendly, prochoice infidels are forcing gullible women into waiting Prii and whisking them off to dilapidated abortion clinics. And, like Mighty Mouse, Ritze has come to save the day. “Legislation like mine is simply aimed at trying to make an inherently unsafe procedure as safe as possible for the women who choose that option,” he wrote in his Tulsa World editorial. For the love of Dr. McDreamy. 10 // NEWS & COMMENTARY
Ritze cares as much about the women who choose this option as I care about the start of duck season. Specifically, he is promoting the major component of his bill, HB 2418, which requires physicians performing abortions to have clinical privileges at hospitals within thirty miles of the abortion site. (The other bill, passed by the Senate, SB 1848, puts a new set of requirements on the facilities themselves that are so absurd and expensive – like specifying the size of procedure rooms and corridors – that would force many of them to close, which, obviously, is the goal.) That state legislators, generally, and Ritze, specifically, are hiding behind women’s hospital gowns is despicable, but not surprising. These are the same representatives who, in recent years, have supported requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and to verbally describe the condition of the fetus to the patient an hour before performing any abortion; the harvesting of personal information from any woman considering an abortion; forcing women to undergo a sonogram, and, depending on the state of pregnancy, a transvaginal one, which involves insertion of a wand into the vagina to determine the viability of the fetus; banning medical abortions and the non-surgical treatment of women with ectopic pregnancies; and allowing employers the right to deny insurance for birth control or emergency contraception.
It’s the height of hypocrisy for the anti-abortion side to pretend it cares about safe abortions when it really wants to send the doctors who perform them to the hoosegow and cloak the women who get them in brown hooded tunics and scarlet letters. Most of these bills were ruled unconstitutional because, well, they were batshit insane, but the point is: the members of which party are fueling this debate? “The GOP has a war for women,” said Governor Mike Huckabee. Of course you do. “If the federal law is going to allow abortions, the state has a responsibility to our citizens to ensure those procedures are done as safely as possible,” Ritze wrote. Yeah, you’re a prince, except: 1) Admitting privileges will do nothing to increase safety because emergencies are handled – how’s this for a concept? – in a hospital emergency room, which is required to admit and treat patients without first checking to see if their doctor is on the guest list, and; 2) Many hospitals will shy away from granting these privileges due to their institutional (read: religious) position on abortion.
And then there’s, you know, science. This from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “There is no medical basis to require abortion providers to have local hospital admitting privileges. Emergency room physicians, hospital-based physicians, and on-call specialists already provide prompt and effective treatment to all patients with urgent medical needs, including women with abortion-related complications … Unless there is a substantial public health justification, legislators should not interfere with patient care, medical decisions, and the patient-physician relationship.” How can Ritze not know this – him being, you know, a doctor and all – unless he’s being disingenuous? Let’s go with what what’s behind door number two. At present, there are – count ‘em – three clinics in Oklahoma (in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Norman) where abortions are performed and, for Ritze, that is three too many for the state’s approximate 750,000 women of child-bearing age. And one representative, not from one any of those places, has about had it. After the vote, according to Reuters, Jerry McPeak (D-Muskogee), who voted against the House bill, said, "Women in my district have the same right as everyone else to health care Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
options. This bill wasn't about then oppose regulations designed abortion. It's purely politics.” to protect those women.” You’re not alone, sir. Actually, sir, it’s the height of Kate Neary-Pounds, Regional hypocrisy for the anti-abortion Development Director at Planned side to pretend it cares about safe Parenthood of the Heartland, abortions when it really wants to needed a few days to calm down send the doctors who perform before she was able to write me them to the hoosegow and cloak back: “The absurd thing about the women who get them in these bills, other than that they brown hooded tunics and scarlet assert to ‘protect women's health,’ letters. is that the authors of the bills Ritze continued: “In the United understand nothing of the compliStates, regulations on abortionists cated issues around reproductive have made the procedure much health and abortion care. Also safer than in developing countries, interesting, and even more madthough there is much anecdotal dening, is that the very politicians evidence – such as Kermit Goswho continue to put forward this nell and Planned Parenthood of legislation also campaign on the Delaware – that abortion clinics platform of individual liberties here fall far short of accepted and limited government – except safety and cleanliness standards when it comes to regulating womfor medical clinics.” en's private medical decisions.” Come, Rep. Ritze, you’re not That’s crazy talk, Kate, and Rep. really going to take credit for Ritze is surely hurt by it, shocked America’s abortion protocol, are that you would question his motives. you? As for Gosnell, an abortion From Ritze’s I-legislate-fordoctor in Philadelphia sentenced your-sins editorial: “It seems to to life in prison for the murder be the height of hypocrisy for the of a baby born alive in a botched pro-abortion side to claim that procedure, is no more represenabortion must be legal in order to tative of Planned Parenthood protect the health of women, and T:4.375”than Adam Lanza is of Oklahoma
hunters who don orange vests and do care about the start of duck season. And then there’s this: In an American Journal of Public Health study, published in 2013, on the safety of abortions when performed by nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants, it indicated that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a complication rate of less than 0.05 percent. But, again, you’re a doctor, you know that. If you want to get pissy (and I do), there’s this: In a study published in a 2012 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that women are about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion. Why doesn’t Ritze caution women about the dangers of childbirth? Why doesn’t he champion the cause of pre-natal care and universal OB/GYN access for the state’s expectant mothers? We interrupt this program to remind you of something Mas-
sachusetts Congressman Barney Frank once said: “For Republicans, life begins at conception and ends at birth.” Nothing Rep. Ritze has proposed will ever affect Rep. Ritze. No doctor will ever ask him to slide down, put his feet in stirrups, show him pictures of aborted fetuses, and then hand him a pamphlet describing the joys of adoption. His body won’t become a wholly owned subsidiary of the state after twenty weeks. He will never be sitting at home, isolated and recovering (at best) after being raped, and have to listen to a GOP legislator, like Missouri GOP senatorial candidate, Todd Aiken, on television mitigating the experience. “News from the Plains” appears each issue and covers Oklahoma politics and culture—the disastrous, the unseemly, the incomprehensible … you know, the day to day stuff. Barry Friedman is a touring stand-up comedian, author and general rabble-rouser.
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Adult beverages with local notables Interview Location: Soundpony Bar TTV ordered: Coop Ale Works F5 IPA Tahlia ordered: Hendrick’s and tonic Tahlia Ball, local photog rapher and chef’s apprent ice // Photo by Evan Taylor
Measuring twice Meet Tahlia Ball, aka “T$ Big Ballz,” chef’s apprentice at Stonehorse Café by BEAU ADAMS
rior to the interview, I run into several friends who assume I am at the bar to hang out with them. I tell them I’m waiting to interview Tahlia Ball, whose ﬁrst name is pronounced with the “a” sound that makes up the word, “scallion.” I ﬁnd this out upon meeting for the ﬁrst time, when I pronounce it wrong. When we start the interview, a band is setting up for sound check. So far, the maiden voyage of “Day Drinking with Beau Adams” is off to a choppy start. The Tulsa Voice: How much pasta do you make in a week? Tahlia Ball: Twenty to thirty pounds. I make it two or three times a week and each time I make ten pounds. TTV: How’d you learn to do that? TB: From Tim [Inman]. He’s my boss. He’s the chef and the owner at Stonehorse and I’m his apprentice. TTV: Is that your official title? Apprentice? That sounds very old-world. THE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014
TB: Well, I don’t really have an official title. But I work right with Tim and I do basically whatever needs to be done. If you want to be French about it… TTV: I do. I very much want to be French about it. TB: Yeah, okay, then I would be a “commis.” That’s like, the starting level. [Before this] I made smoothies for three years and I hated my life. I just got so bored, and I know that I’m capable of a lot, so I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook. I wanted to start at the bottom and work my way to the top, and I went out looking for that and I just happened to find it. TTV: How? TB: I was on my way to apply to another restaurant and I stopped in at Wolfgang Puck’s. I was going to be a dishwasher or whatever I could do just to get in, and I talked to Michael Fusco who was the chef at the time, and he sat down for like thirty minutes with me and went over everything.
TTV: Like what? TB: You now, he just kind of asked me questions, like, “Are you tough?” and I said, “I’m tough.” He asked me if I minded people getting in my face, and I said, “No big deal.” And he just went over all of this restaurant stuff and then he said, “I think you should go apply at the Stonehorse.” And so I did. TTV: Have you always been interested in cooking or is it something that came later in your life? [Note: Mrs. Ball is about to turn 25, so “later in life” is but a relative term.] TB: It came later. Once I started dating my husband, I had a reason to cook so I started getting interested in nutrition and started looking at fast food and it’s just so bad for you. There weren’t restaurants making the food I wanted to eat. So I started making my own food. It’s cheaper, it’s better, it’s fresher. You know, you’re going to eat two to three meals everyday for the rest of your life – they should be good.
TTV: Do Tulsans know what great food is? TB: I don’t think so. I think that the ‘burbs come in and they are so satisfied with the shit that we have downtown. I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong; I like some of it, but most of it, no. It’s not made for me. It’s made for the masses and I’m not into it. TTV: Let’s talk about drinks. You ordered a gin and tonic with Hendrick’s Gin. Why? TB: The best! It’s botanical. It tastes like herbs in your mouth. It’s expensive, but it’s really good. And I bought a bottle of New Amsterdam, which is not expensive, and I put some rosemary in that shit and you know what? Tastes like botanical gin to me! TTV: Let’s talk about photography. Who taught you how to use a camera? TB: My husband went to school for photography so he kind of (continued on page 16) FOOD & DRINK // 15
(continued from page 15) pushed me into thinking, you know, that’s a thing you could do. I kind of thought, “Everyone’s a photographer. I’m not going to do that, it’s for everyone else.” But then we had this “dental eye,” which I helped his mom get at an estate sale. It was a dentist who died and we got it, and it’s this camera that I guess you take pictures of teeth with, but we didn’t use it for a couple of years, so I was like, “I’m going to try this out.” I’m really into textures, so I started shooting film with it and I just loved it. And I’m not into editing. I just see something I like and I take a picture of it. I don’t want to have to fuck with it after that. TTV: Do you like one more than the other? Photography or cooking? TB: You know, no. These are just two things that I like. I feel like life is too short to be like, “I’m going to go to school for this, and then I’m going to get a job in that field, and then this is my life
and I don’t have to think anymore.” I’m going to do this until I don’t want to do it anymore, and then I’m going to do something else. TTV: Who taught you to cook? TB: I taught myself to cook. When I started, I’m pretty good at following directions, so I just went with that. But now who’s teaching me? Tim Inman, that’s who. That’s pretty awesome. I just barely knew that this was something I wanted to do and it’s not even all I want to do. I think that people don’t realize how hard it is to figure out what you want to do, because society tells you that you need to do one thing. Just figure out one thing. A lot of the people I talk to who are in positions that I admire didn’t just go there. They took all kinds of paths to get to where they are now. You never know where you’re going end up and your hard work and desire will lead you to where you need to be.
TTV: Your parents didn’t make you feel like you had to have it figured out early?
You just have to try a little bit. There’s nothing that’s gotten me farther in life than just simple hard work. TB: No, I didn’t have that pressure. I was kind of left alone to figure that out. So I just kind of observed. TTV: Your shoes are really cool. TB: You know, I wear chef pants all day, so I like to dress it up a little. TTV: What kind of pants does a chef wear? TB: You know, baggie pants. Well, you can wear any kind of pants you want, but I don’t like to look like a whore at work — I save that shit for the weekend. [laughs] That’s mah weekend
look. But seriously, at work, I need pockets. TTV: What do you put in your pockets? TB: I am the most prepared. It’s just not that hard. I wear two sharpies, two pens, one thermometer, a notepad – I’m fuckin’ prepared. TTV: So you’re taking notes at work? TB: This is why I excel. Because I try just a little bit. You just have to try a little bit. There’s nothing that’s gotten me farther in life than just simple hard work. TTV: That’s a very Oklahoma thing to say. TB: That’s one of the things I am proud about. That’s a good thing about Oklahomans. TTV: “Labor Omnia Vincit.” TB: Labor conquers all. That’s true.
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our favorite patios for a snack and a drink
The Rusty Crane
Doc’s Wine & Food
Blue Moon Café
109 N. Detroit Ave.
3509 S. Peoria Ave.
3512 S. Peoria Ave.
402 E. 2nd St.
Some patios, there’s insecurity—weak slats, wobbly chairs, life is tenuous. Others, I am close enough to those next to me and their insipid conversations, I want to repeatedly pound a salt shaker into my right eye. The Rusty Crane, though: nice zone of privacy, sturdy wood, Diet Coke in Mason glasses, prompt, not obsequious attention. The ballpark’s nearby.
Conventional wisdom has it that oysters should only be eaten in months containing the letter R. If you’re counting at home, that means this month is your last chance to savor this classic delicacy while it’s in season. Hit the patio at Doc’s for a light afternoon breeze, a dozen Gulf oysters on the half shell, and a crisp Moscow Mule (vodka, lime juice, house-made ginger beer, and bitters).
The best place to be after 5 p.m. on a spring day in Tulsa is on a close and cozy patio, a sweating bottle of beer in hand. The best place to be all day, though, is lounged on a chilly breakfast patio that hugs a sleepy Brookside, warmed by a plate of Blue Moon Cafe’s steaming migas and too much coffee. Turns out, too, that those cinnamon rolls sing en plain air.
A great place for fair weather lunch or brunch, Dilly Deli’s patio offers plenty of shade and four playhouses for youngins. I like to order the Mondy, which is essentially a Pad-Thai sandwich. The Deli shares the patio with the Dust Bowl, so it’s also a great place to cool off after some intense bowling games. And now, it’s also a venue for the Blue Dome Music Series.
MON, 7 A.M. – 2 P.M. TUES – FRI, 7 A.M. – 9 P.M. SAT, 8 A.M. – 9 P.M. SUN, 8 A.M. – 2 P.M.
MON – THURS, 7 A.M. – 8 P.M. FRI – SAT, 8 A.M. – 8 P.M. SUN, 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
MON – THURS, 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. FRI – SAT, 11 A.M. – 2 A.M. SUN, 11 A.M. – 10 P.M.
TUES – THURS, 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. FRI, 11 A.M. – 11 P.M. SAT, 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. & 4 P.M. – 11 P.M. SUN, 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. & 4 P.M. – 9 P.M.
(tips on drinking well in Tulsa)
Arnie’s Bar // 318 E. 2nd St. the bartender: Sean Ryan the drink:
Jameson Irish Whiskey
the ingredients: Jameson Irish Whiskey, rocks, glass the lowdown:
ith patios on the mind, I visited one W of my favorites. I asked bartender Sean Ryan if Arnie’s Bar, the venerable Tulsa institution that it is, had a specialty cocktail. He shot me a sideways glance.
“Specialty cocktail?” He thought on the query a moment, befuddled.
“Probably a shot of Jameson,” he said at last. “People don’t come here for specialty cocktails. People come here for one reason, and a Jameson shot is perfect for it.”
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dininglistings 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
Mexicali Border Cafe Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar Oneok Café Oklahoma Spud on the Mall Seven West Café Sheena’s Cookies & Deli Steakfinger House The Sushi Place Tabouli’s Bistro at Atlas Life Ti Amo Topeca Coffee Trula The Vault Williams Center Café
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
BRADY ARTS DISTRICT
BLUE D OME
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
Albert G’s Bar & Q Dilly Deli El Guapo’s Cantina Fassler Hall Joe Bots Coffee Joe Momma’s Pizza
Mexicali Border Café Oklahoma Joe’s Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse The Rusty Crane Spaghetti Warehouse The Tavern Zin Wine, Beer & Dessert Bar
I-44/BA INTERCHANGE Big Anthony’s BBQ Bill & Ruth’s Subs Billy Sims BBQ Binh-Le Vietnamese Chop House BBQ D’Oro Pizza Desi Wok Fiesta Cozumel 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
NORTH TULSA 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
WO ODLAND HILLS 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
Pepper’s Grill Polo Grill Queenie’s Café and Bakery Starbucks Stone Horse Café Wild Fork
SOUTH TULSA 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 French Hen 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
BROOKSIDE Antoinette Baking Co. Biga Billy Sims BBQ Blue Moon Bakery and Café The Brook Brookside By Day Café Ole Café Samana Charleston’s Claud’s Hamburgers Cosmo Café & Bar Crow Creek Tavern Doc’s Wine and Food Egg Roll Express Elmer’s BBQ Fuji La Hacienda The Hen Bistro Hibiscus Caribbean Bar and Grill In the Raw Keo Lambrusco’Z To Go
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TU/KENDALL WHITTIER Big Al’s Health Foods Bill’s Jumbo Burgers Billy Ray’s BBQ Brothers Houligan 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
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
WEST TULSA Main Street Tavern McHuston Booksellers and Irish Bistro Romeo’s Espresso Cafe
MIDTOWN Albert G’s The Alley Bangkok Thai Super Buffet Bros. Houligan Celebrity Restaurant Daylight Donuts Supershop Eddy’s Steakhouse
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
DECO DISTRICT Leon’s Brookside Mazzio’s Italian Eatery Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano Old School Bagel Café Pei Wei Asian Diner R Bar & Grill Rons Hamburgers & Chili Señor Tequila Shades of Brown Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar Starbucks Sumatra Coffee Shop Super Wok The Warehouse Bar & Grill Weber’s Root Beer Whole Foods Market Yolotti Frozen Yogurt Zoës Kitchen
ROSE DISTRICT BruHouse Daylight Donuts Family Back Creek Deli & Gifts Fiesta Mambo!
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
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
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
TERWILLIGER HEIGHTS Bill & Ruth’s Blue Rose Café Burn Co. BBQ The Chalkboard Dalesandro’s
Elwoods Mansion House Café Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili La Villa at Philbrook
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APRIL April 2 // For exactly $0, hear from Kasey St. John, Tulsa Young Professionals Urbanists Crew Leader, and Isaac Rocha, TYPros Chair, about the latest details on the annual (and also free) Street CReD event, a program that reveals the potential of community redevelopment by staging an afternoon of pop-up shops and free activities in neighborhoods that have seen better days. This year, south downtown gets the love. Find the April meeting of kNOW Your Tulsa at Foolish Things Coffee Company, 1001 S. Main Street. (Learn more about Street CReD on May 4 of this timeline.) April 3 // They’ll want to see your tickets at the gate when you head to ONEOK Field for peanuts and Crackerjack and the Tulsa Drillers, but it won’t cost you or the kids a dime to see the opening-night parade. Beginning at 6:15 p.m. at OETA Tulsa and ending at the Oil Derrick Entrance at Elgin and Archer. April 4 // On your rounds at the First Friday Art Crawl in Tulsa’s Brady District, stop by 108 Contemporary at Members Only, an exhibition featuring the work of local artisans and artists in ceramics, wood, metal, and other materials. Admission is free and open to the public. (More to see as part of First Friday at thebradyartsdistrict.com.) If you have the kids, head next to the I AM Yoga Studio in the Pearl District, which hosts featured artists and live music every ﬁrst Friday. April 5 // The bouncy castle, live music, chalk art, and fun are free at the
K-Dub Food Truck Festival in Tulsa’s historic Kendall Whittier District, centered on Admiral and Lewis, and there will be plenty of food on hand for purchase once you work up an appetite. Hours are noon-5 p.m. If the road is calling, head to Locust Grove for the ﬁrst-ever Poetry Festival at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, a celebration of the written word housed in an old machine shop. The festival includes museum tours, poem treasure hunting, a poetry parade, live music, and more. April 6 // Check out Editor’s Pick. April 7 // If you can’t wait until July for ﬁreworks, head south for the annual Azalea Festival in Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park, free, open to the public, April 1-30. The 40 acres of landscaped gardens ﬁlled with dogwoods, redbuds, and 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties are just as worthy of your camera. April 8 // Each Tuesday the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame hosts Depot Jams, an open jazz jam featuring local musicians, starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is always free. April 9 // Hike Redbud Valley Preserve, a challenge for trail lovers, a haven for rockhounds, and a favorite of bird watchers. On North 161st E. Ave., 3.8 miles north of Highway 44 (directions at oxleynaturecenter.org). Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free to see. April 10 // Calling all science fans: The TU Biological Science Department hosts guest speaker Dr. Lewis
EDITORS PICK April 6 // Guthrie Green, downtown Tulsa’s most popular green space and home of dozens of free events this spring and summer, opens for the 2014 season, kicking off with the perennial Sunday Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by live performances from Oklahoma artists – we’re talking The Erica James Band, Tequila Songbirds, and EH3 (Eric Himan Trio) until 6 p.m.
H. Ziska, a research plant physiologist who works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Research Service and specializes in crop systems and global change., for his discussion, “Climate, CO2 and Plant Biology: Exploring the Links to Public Health.” Ziska suggests that pollen allergens such as ragweed thrive in hotter weather, and higher levels of CO2 increase allergens, which extend the allergy season. Free and open to the public, as are most lectures hosted by The University of Tulsa. Helmerich Hall, Room 219, 7 p.m. April 11 // Go on a virtual tour of Tulsa in the Beryl Ford Photo Collection, available free at tulsalibrary.org. Fancy yourself a history buff? Lend your expertise to the mystery photos in the library’s photo set on Flickr, ﬂickr.com/tulsalibrary. April 12 // First, head to the East Village District for the Second Saturday Street Fest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free and for all ages. Look for live music, artist booths, street performers, live mural painting, and food trucks with nosh for sale. Find it on Lansing from 2nd to 4th Streets and on 3rd Street from Lansing to Kenosha. eastvillagetulsa.org for more. Other options: Herb Day on Brookside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 41st and Peoria; Tulsa Symphony at Guthrie Green at 7:30 p.m.; or watch the Tulsa Rugby Club women’s team take on the team from Houston at 2 p.m. on their ﬁeld at River Parks, at 37th and Riverside. April 13 // Flex your green thumb at SpringFest Garden Market and Festival at Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria, April 12-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Look for the kids’ area if you’ve got the little ones; food will be available onsite for purchase. Linnaeus Gardeners (more about this on the April 22 entry on this timeline) will be on hand to answer your burning questions about what’s going on in your garden. April 14 // The main trailhead at Turkey Mountain Wildnerness Area is a mere seven miles from downtown Tulsa. Run and bike for miles. Take the kids, the pups. Use of the trails, and the pretty views of the Arkansas River, are all absolutely free. April 15 // Local artists are invited to the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, 124 E. M.B. Brady Street, for an open-studio session facilitated by consulting artist Louise Higgs. Participants should bring their own supplies; there is no charge to drop in and work. April 16 // New issue of The Tulsa Voice! Pairs well with The Brown
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Bag It series in the Westby Pavilion at Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The Brown Bag It series is a set of six, 40-minute noontime concerts from some of Oklahoma’s ﬁnest pro musicians. Today it’s Lorelei Barton & Friends (chamber music with harp); Tallasi (clarinet, horn, and piano) plays on April 2, and Trio Aleszky (a piano trio) plays April 9. Starts at noon; tulsapac.com for more. April 17 // The AHHA Film Series, hosted in one of downtown Tulsa’s several new art spaces, is always free and open to the public. The next edition, slated for April 17 at 8 p.m., is a screening of “Koyaanisqatsi,” is a celebrated experimental doc that explores the turmoil that often ensues when the worlds of nature and technology collide. The score is by Philip Glass. 101 E. Archer. If you’re feeling artsy, check out Liz Roth’s lecture, also at AHHA, regarding her exhibition there, “Chasm.” April 18 // Tulsa is home to a vibrant community of geocachers, a.k.a. the folks who can be seen treasure hunting in our parks and our urban landscapes. A quick-start guide: Sign up for a free account at geocaching.com, grab your phone or your GPS-enabled device, ﬁnd the coordinates to the nearest cache (the beginner caches are highlighted in green, but there are dozens out there for ‘cachers of all levels of experience), and go put your super-spatial skills to the test. Be sure to mind your manners; don’t remove the cache, and be sure to sign the logbook when you succeed. April 19 // It’s the day before Easter, and the only good and proper thing to do on such a day is dive for over 50,000 eggs thrown from a helicopter. It happens every year as part of the Owasso Egg Drop, which Lifepoint Baptist Church says is “like an Easter Egg hunt, only way cooler.” Find it at Centennial Park in Owasso, at 15301 E. 86th Street North. For kids up to 11 years old. More at lifepointowasso. com. Other options: Butterﬂy walk at Oxley Nature Center; Jenks Herb & Plant Festival; Hammer Down as part of the ONEOK Concert Series, outside BOK Center before the George Strait concert; and last but certainly not least, Tulsa Roots Music Bash at Guthrie Green, featuring major, internationally touring artists alongside Tulsa’s best local acts plus a kids’ area, Oklahoma-made goodies, and local food, craft beer, and wine. April 20 // For its monthly Funday Sunday event Gilcrease Museum, at 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, hosts a free Easter egg hunt starting (continued on page 24) FEATURED // 23
feature April 24 // The University of Tulsa Opera Theatre, directed by Brady McElligott, presents two comic works, both as free as air: First, an updated version of J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (when a daughter spends all her time and money in the pursuit of expensive lattes, what’s a mother to do? Sung in English, The Latte Cantata will provide an answer to this dilemma…perhaps) and a recreation of the very ﬁrst made-for-radio opera, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. Presented April 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Meinig Recital Hall.
EDITORS PICK (continued from page 23) at 2 p.m. Plus, visitors get the chance to try art-making stations in the museum, each offering different materials and themes as well as teaching artists to help guide and inspire. For families with kids ages 3-15. More at gilcrease.tulsa.edu. April 21 // The Tulsa PAC Gallery, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (and during Chapman Music Hall events) and accessible through the Third Street lobby of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 110 E. Second St., features new art from artists both near and far every month. Right now it’s the work of ﬁve artists as part of the exhibition, “Diversity in Art.” April 1-28. April 22 // Feed the koi at Linnaeus Teaching Gardens, a demonstration and teaching garden in Woodward Park, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and, starting Mother’s Day, 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Linnaeus is staffed by volunteers who are eager to share their knowledge and love of gardening. It’s the best place in town to get quick ideas and advice on what to do in your garden at home. Don’t miss the heirloom vegetable garden. 24 // FEATURED
April 23 // Tulsa’s skatepark game was upped immeasurably a few years ago with the opening of Skatenorth at the intersection of Highway 75 and 56th St N. The 20,000-square-foot, all-concrete park has made the metal ramps of The River Skatepark (which really burn if you fall on them during summer) seem all but obsolete. The good news is that both are free and open to the shredding public daily. April 24 // Check out Editor’s Pick.
April 25 // Ever see a sheep turned into a shawl? See it free (though donations are accepted) as part of the annual Woolly Weekend event at Shepherd’s Cross in Claremore, 16792 E. 450 Road. Hours are 10 a.m.7 p.m. Don’t leave without a sample of the grass-fed lamb or without following your curiosity into the Bible Garden (an audio tour is available in the tour barn). April 26 // It’s the ﬁnal day for the seventh-annual Norman Music Festival, held this year April 24-26 in Sooner Town, USA, featuring the best music acts from far, wide, and around here (past headliners include Broken Arrow’s JD McPherson, Stillwater’s Other Lives, and Tulsa’s own Leon Russell). If you’d rather stay closer to home, see about the Red Fern Festival in Tahlequah, complete with free live music, hound-dog ﬁeld trials, a car show, a barbeque and chili cook-off, a freerange hand-caught crawdad catch for kids, fern sales (fern sales!), and a screening of the movie, “Where the Red Fern Grows,” the classic by Oklahoma native Wilson Rawls (the Rawls family has been known to show up at the festival). Even closer is the annual Herbal Affair & Festival in downtown Sand Springs. April 27 // Spend the day scot-free at Guthrie Green, starting ﬁrst with the weekly Sunday Market, some live music, and some lawn lounging. Stay on for Tulsa Pulse, where free medical testing, health info, and free ﬁtness activities serves as the latest push to improve Tulsa’s deplorable health statistics. Hours for both events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 // River Parks offers more than 800 acres of cost-free romping room, plus 26 miles of asphalt trails and 45 miles of dirt trails from 11th Street to 96th Street along both Riverside Drive and the west bank of the Arkansas. There’s something for everyone along the way, including playgrounds, a splash pad, disc golf, ﬁshing on the Pedestrian Bridge, The
River Skatepark, River West Festival Park Amphitheater, and Zink Dam. April 29 // New York Times bestselling author Dorthea Benton Frank visits Tulsa to chat about her latest novel, "The Last Original Wife," a funny and poignant tale of one audacious woman’s quest to ﬁnd the love she deserves, set against a sultry Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Find it at Barnes & Noble, 5231 E. 41st St., at 7 p.m. April 30 // Quoth the Congregation B’Nai Emunah website: Challah baking continues forever. Every Wednesday night, starting at 5:45 p.m., a small group gathers – old, young, rich, poor, from all corners of life – at the synagogue (at 1719 S. Owasso Ave.) to make bread to take home to bake. Novices are welcome, and there’s never a charge. Call (918) 583-7121 to let them know you’re coming.
May 3 // Remember the zine? The form, known for its appropriated imagery, original artwork, and provocative text, has enjoyed resurgence as of late. AHHA wants to help you get your hands dirty with its free and open-to-the-public workshop (tailored especially for high school and college students, though all ages are welcome) at which Maggie Lyn Young and Violet Rush – makers of the Tulsa-based “SHE GOD” zine, will discuss what and why is a zine, the origins of the form and its history, and its cultural relevance then and now. Maggie and Violet will provide a “how to” zine for students to take home. Noon-3 p.m. at AHHA, 101 E. Archer St. Later, head to Guthrie Green to celebrate the ﬁrst birthday of the Woody Guthrie Center with a free concert from John Fullbright (5:30 p.m.) and Jimmy Webb (7 p.m.). May 4 // When no area of Tulsa is neglected, the entire city beneﬁts. That’s the motto you’ll hear at Street CReD, an free, annual event by the Urbanist Crew of Tulsa Young Professionals that showcases the potential of what revitalization of some of our city’s historic-but-neglected neighborhoods can do. Each year, TYPros selects a different area of the city to revitalize, even if it’s just for a few hours; this year, it’s south downtown, which the group believes that, if it could be a walkable, bikable community full of entrepreneurs, it would strengthen the city’s urban core for the beneﬁt of all. Don’t miss the design challenge that asks participants to reimagine a parking lot at the southeast corner of 10th and Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 1 // Go to a Tulsa City Council Meeting. They’re open to the public, and each Tulsa citizen is encouraged to attend. Items to be discussed are posted with the City Clerk at least 48 hours ahead of time; agendas are also available at the Council Ofﬁce or on the Council website. (The meetings are televised, too, on Cox Digital Cable channel 24). More, plus a list of when to expect committee meetings, at tulsacouncil.org.
May 7 // New issue of The Tulsa Voice! Read it under the Meadow Gold sign, one of many of our city’s treasured historic neon signs along our 24 miles of Route 66, back from the dead at 11th and Lewis.
May 2 // The German-American Society of Tulsa welcomes the community every year to its Germanfest event, held on the lawn and in the GAST Center building at 1429 Terrace Drive. Live, authentic German entertainment from the GAST choir, folk dancers, polka music, kids’ activities, and Blaskapelle is free for the taking, and so is the ceremony at which GAST’s ofﬁcial Maikönigin (May Queen) is crowned. May 2-3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; May 4, noon-5 p.m. More at gastulsa.org.
May 8 // Oklahoma author Molly Wizenberg (she’s the creator of the blog Orangette, declared the best food blog in the world by The London Times, and author of “A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table”) returns to Tulsa for an evening of pizza and to chat about her new memoir, “Delancey,” in which she recounts how opening a pizza restaurant sparked the ﬁrst crisis of her young marriage. 7 p.m., at FIFTEENTH AND HOME.
May 5 // Check out Editor’s Pick. May 6 // Admission is free at Gilcrease Museum for TU Tuesday, the ﬁrst Tuesday of each month.
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feature May 9 // Weather in Tulsa this time of year is delicious, arguably best enjoyed on the disc-golf course. Find our favorite ones at Chandler, McClure, Haikey Creek, Hunter, and Reed Parks.
May 10 // Nearly a dozen local music groups have collaborated to bring a new neighborhood festival to Tulsa: it’s called Savor the Sounds, and it’s a two-day food and music event complete with over 40 live-performance acts spread across downtown’s Brady Arts District. Too chicken? Head east to Broken Arrow for the Rooster Days Festival, which claims to be the state’s longest continuously running fair, complete with all the trimmings of a traditional, small-town festival, including a Miss Chick pageant. Dates are May 9-11. May 11 // There’s nothing more free than the wind. Invite it to play at the Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club 21st Annual Festival of Kites, a free event held May 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 43rd and Garnett, the unassuming, multi-purpose ﬁeld that was once home to the 1995 American Kiteﬂiers Association National Convention. Kite buggy and ﬁghter kite demonstrations are part of the deal, and your own kites are included in the showcase. Hungry? Head to the Tabouleh Festival in Bristow, just south a bit on Route 66 from Sapulpa, where both of Oklahoma’s tabouleh factories are open for tours. May 12 // Ever wonder about all those horse shows that go in and out of Expo Square – who goes to them, and what happens inside? Satisfy your curiosity at Breeder’s Invitational, a traditional ranch, roping, and riding competition, complete with an open-derby event, starting daily at 8 a.m. May 10-24. It’s all free and open to the public – as are many of the agricultural and livestock events at Expo Square. May 13 // A whole herd of ﬂowers. Take a stroll through the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden at Woodward Park, a riot of blooms this time of year. Admission to the garden, like each and every whiff, is free. May 14 // Call (918) 549-7323 (or text 66746 or email askus@tulsalibrary. org) and feel free to wonder. Librarians in Tulsa Library’s research department are standing by for your burning questions, ready and waiting to satisfy your every (well, almost every) curiosity. So, ask away. Bonus points for asking from the Center of the Universe, the sonic phenomenon on downtown Tulsa’s Boston Avenue bridge that’ll broadcast your quandary in surround sound free of charge. THE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014
May 15 // Not only is it free to join in our city’s largest annual tribute to art and music, but there are more free things to do once you get to Tulsa International Mayfest than you can count on two hands. Just a few: the more than 100 artists on display both indoors and out; the Kidzone on the Centennial Green Park; and free live music on multiple stages and street corners. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. May 16 // While downtown for Tulsa’s biggest arts weekend of the year, don’t miss the Scissortail Street Competition, a celebration of street art, live music, DJ battles, and action sports, free and open to the public both Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. May 17 //The art party continues with Tulsa ArtCar Weekend, when various vehicles – anything from a bicycle to a 4X4 – are transformed into works of art. After a tour of our local schools and cruise strips, the ArtCars make their way to Blue Dome Arts Festival (more about that next), where a parade of Art Box Cars created by Tulsa-area students begins at 3:30 p.m. (Had quite enough of downtown? Check out the free Spring in the Square event at Utica Square, complete with face painting, a photo contest, and a ﬂower-bed tour in Tulsa’s park-like shopping center.)
May 18 // While a throng makes its way through the art festival up the street, Blue Dome Art Festival offers a grassroots event with a bohemian feel, a party centered on 2nd and Elgin that’s complementary to all the hullaballoo on Main. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. May 19 // Free. Pizza. Every Monday at Enso Bar, 104 S. Detroit Ave., 6-8 p.m. Need we say more? May 20 // Tom Nissley is an eight-time champion on Jeopardy!; a former Amazon books editor; a Ph.D. in English lit. Pretty soon, he’ll be on Tulsa Time. Thanks to Booksmart Tulsa, Nissley will be on his way here for a wild night of trivia and to discuss his new book, "A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year." Free and open to the public, as are all Booksmart Tulsa events. May 21 // New issue of The Tulsa Voice! Read it before you head to BOK Center to see We The Ghost, a free show as part of the ONEOK Concert Series.
northeastern Oklahoma’s most popular Route 66 roadside attractions. The gift Hugh Davis built for his wife, Zelta, back in the 70s as an anniversary gift is still open for tours, and she’s always down for photo opps. May 23 // Grab your best (furry) friend and go for a game of catch at one of Tulsa’s dog parks. Find them at 5804 E. 91st Street – that’s Biscuit Acres at Hunter Park – and at 2279 Charles Page Boulevard, also known as Joe Station. May 24 // The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is back to its rockin’ ways for Tulsa Music Festival, when the group will perform a Symphonic Rock Show at Guthrie Green. On tap will be music from Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Rush, and Boston, plus music from Adele, Elton John, Lorde, and A Great Big World. Such a feat will require the help of guest singers and musicians from all over Tulsa, including special performances from We The Ghost, Steve Liddell, and Christine Jude. All free and open to the public. More at tulsanightout.com. May 25 // Iron Gate, at 5th St. and Cincinnati Ave., stands on the front lines of Tulsa’s ﬁght against hunger, food insecurity, and homelessness, providing a hot meal to Tulsa’s hungry and homeless every day. On any day of the week, there are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the downtown soup kitchen and grocery pantry – all it costs is time. More at irongatetulsa.org. May 26 // The humble beginnings of Tulsa’s art deco museum is free and open to the public in the lobby of downtown’s Philcade Building, the
gilded heart of our city’s Deco District. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m May 27 // At The Maxx Retropub in downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome District, it’s Free Play Tuesday, when it’s free tokens all the day long. May 28 // Wander through the network of tunnels that connect several Tulsa buildings, parking garages, and cafes just beneath the skin of the city. Get started on your tour of these underground thoroughfares – originally conceived in the ‘20s, the current network makes it possible to walk from 5th and Boston to 1st and Main without stepping foot outside – at the parking garage adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel, at 100 E. Second St. May 29 // Check out Editor’s Pick. May 30 // Tour Greenwood Cultural Center and Mabel B. Little Heritage House – both on Greenwood, also known as historic Black Wall Street, the heart of the area burned to the ground by a white mob during the Tulsa Race Riot, called the worst civic disturbance in American history, which began 93 years ago on May 31 and blazed into the following day. Neither charges admission. End with a visit to the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 321 N. Detroit. The park aims to shed light on the aspects of Oklahoma’s history kept in shadow, showing the black community’s role in building the state as well as serving as a memorial to what happened that dark summer day. May 31 // Oilhouse’s Tulsa Race Riot Memorial at Guthrie Green, 7 p.m.
EDITORS PICKS May 5 // What goes better with chips, salsa, and margaritas than poetry? Booksmart Tulsa hosts its free Poetry Night, featuring Tulsan and poet Nicole Callihan, M.F.A. in poetry holder Lorraine Doran, and James Tolan, whose poems have appeared in the American Literary Review and Ploughshares. Lucky’s on the Green, 7 p.m. May 29 // It’s opening night of Summer’s Fifth Night at Utica Square, which brings a new local music act to the stage for a free concert every Thursday night during summer, 7-9 p.m. To kick off the season, it’s Mid-Life Crisis with its own brand of classic rock.
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June 1 // Visit the restored Frisco 4500 Steam Engine, passenger car, caboose, and oil derrick (look up – sucker’s 194 feet tall, and it’s the historic site of the oil strike that made Tulsa the “Oil Capital of the World”) at the Route 66 Village, found along historic Southwest Boulevard in west Tulsa. June 2 // Tulsa’s water playgrounds and splash pads – there are 29 of them in all, almost one for every day of the month – switch on the weekend before Memorial Day. Berry Pool and Whiteside Pool, both free and open to the public, open today. June 3 // Rub elbows with amateurs and legends alike at one of the monthly meetings of the Route 66 Harmonica Club, which meets on the ﬁrst Tuesday of every month at the Western Country Diner, 1905 S. Sheridan Road. Sometimes the meetings convene instead at The Dusty Dog, 51st and Harvard, when blues and jazz hall of famer Jimmy Jr. Markham hosts a jam, open to all. (A full-year membership to the club is $10.) June 4 // New issue of The Tulsa Voice! After you pick up your copy, head to midtown to give it a read at the feet of the Tulsa Driller, the 76foot landmark watching as a sentinel over the Expo Center, what’s said to be one of the largest clearspan buildings in the world. June 5 // On one hand, you could get twee with Booksmart Tulsa as part of The Wes Anderson Experience event, an evening dedicated to the work of the ﬁlmmaker behind “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” On the other, there’s
the spectrum that is the Brookside Rumble & Roll, a parade of bikers beneﬁtting Make-A-Wish Oklahoma that starts at the TU Reynolds Center that erupts into a street party on Peoria between 33rd and 36th Streets. June 6 // Sit in on a free showing of “D-Day Remembered,” a 54-minute documentary screening offered free at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, in memory of the lives lost and as thanks to the veterans who served. 6 p.m. June 7 // Start the day with chrome and classic cars at Route 66 Blowout in Sapulpa. Then, head northeast on Route 66 to downtown Tulsa for the June edition of the Blue Dome Music Series, a set of small concerts featuring Tulsa’s top acts in some of our hippest locales every ﬁrst Saturday. If you’re in the mood for a road trip, consider the opening-night festivities at the 2014 OK Mozart music festival in Bartlesville; closer to home, there’s the Asian American Festival, a day of free music and performances in celebration of Asian culture, at Martin Regional Library. June 8 // Who says you have to sit on the sidelines if you don’t have thighs of steel or a fancy bike when the Tulsa Tough Ride and Race comes to town? Register for the Tulsa Townie, an easy-going, 8-mile trek for the rest of us. And there’s always Crybaby Hill, now a proud Tulsa tradition where the only price of admission is the biggest, loudest cowbell you can ﬁnd. June 9 // Check out Editor’s Pick. June 10 // Find out what it takes to be a champion at the Pinto World
Championship Horse Show at Expo Square, the largest gathering of pinto horses anywhere, June 9-21. June 11 // Watch Oklahoma history come alive as local actors and professors don the clothing, personalities, and memories of the Oklahomans you haven’t heard from since history class at Oklahoma Chautauqua, held this year at Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus. Full schedule and list of actors at okchautauqua.org. June 12 // Visit the ﬁnal resting place of the man who put Cain’s Ballroom on the map, The King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. His headstone, located at Memorial Park Cemetery at 51st and Memorial, is inscribed “Deep Within My Heart Lies a Melody,” the ﬁrst line of his signature hit, “San Antonio Rose.” June 13 // Go rock hunting at the Elsing Museum on the campus of Oral Roberts University, at 81st and Lewis, said to be the largest exhibit of priceless minerals and natural crystal formations in the area. Don’t miss the four-foot ship carved of jade. June 14 // Head to either campus of Philbrook Museum of Art for its Second Saturday event, when grown-ups get what museum goers under the age of 18 get every day – free admission. June 15 // Dad gets in free at Oklahoma Aquarium (Happy Father’s Day!) June 16 // Meet New York Times bestselling author of “Robopocalypse” and “How to Survive a Robot Uprising” Daniel H. Wilson (he’s a Tulsa native, by the way) at, where else, the Hardesty Fab Lab Tulsa. He’ll be there at 7 p.m. to talk about his new book, “Robogenesis.” Via Booksmart Tulsa. June 17 // Earlier this year Tulsa City-County Library expanded its Freegal Music service. Now, library card holders – it’s free to get a card,
and anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Tulsa county is eligible to apply – can download ﬁve free songs, in high-quality, DRM-free, MP3 format, from dozens of genres and more than 7 million songs from 10,000 music labels, including Sony Music Entertainment. Freegal Music is popular at TCCL – it saw nearly 150,000 downloads last year. The best part: Each song is yours and free forever. Go to tulsalibrary.org/music to get started. June 18 // New issue of The Tulsa Voice! Read it to the Council Oak Tree, the burr oak that marks the “busk ground” chosen in 1836 by the Lochapoka clan of Creek Indians, who, as it’s said, deposited ashes from their last ﬁres in Alabama before their removal to Oklahoma. June 19 // The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education hosts a performance by TU student musicians the third Thursday of every month in the Sherman Smith Family Gallery as part of its free TU Jazz Happy Hour event. Guests can peruse Zarrow Center exhibits while students perform under the direction of TU School of Music Director Vernon Howard. 5-8 p.m. June 20 // Road trip idea: Over 390 animal and 806 plant species call the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge home. Near Lawton, the Refuge was established in 1901, making it the oldest wildlife facility operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area includes forests, open prairies, and mountainous rocky outcroppings. June 21 // According to Tulsa Library, one in six adults can’t read the prescription label on a medicine bottle, ﬁll out an application, or understand the newspaper you’re reading now. Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Services promotes adult and youngadult literacy in Tulsa, and it doesn’t cost a dime to become a tutor. June group training sessions start today 2901 S. Harvard, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and ﬁnish July 19. Learn more at tulsalibrary.org.
EDITORS PICK June 9 // Head north on Highway 75 for the OK Mozart music festival in Bartlesville, which offers several music showcases free. As part of the Children of ALL Ages Series, Jenny Parrott, self-described as a child at heart, has prepared material just for kids to be debuted during this performance, geared to get kids to join in and dance. More free showcase events at okmozart.com.
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Meet your makers Tulsa’s DIY movement finds its activist roots by BRITT GREENWOOD
ars, trucks, and a Mr. Nice Guys food truck lined the streets of Owen Park, leading to a stone church on a hill. Along the sidewalk I passed a band of colorful mohawks and studded leather. The days of pews, sermons, and Sunday’s best there had long passed. Downstairs, where churchgoers once listened to tales of Abraham and his clan, I found a girl selling handmade pillows with a big “You Suck” screen-printed on the front. The supply of records and comic books struggled to keep up with demand. Money was changing hands, and the alt-makers at Tulsa’s first-ever Punk Rock Flea Market – this wasn’t your grandma’s crochet, nor was it the bohemian-chic that dresses the windows of Anthropologie – were moving some serious inventory. In jeans and a tank top, I was the outsider. My embroidered tea towels and Okie-quipped T-shirts would have been vehemently disregarded by this crowd of apparent darker taste. Punk is a genre in the larger maker movement. Tulsa maker visionaries Thom and Christine Crowe developed their two MADE shops, one in downtown Tulsa at Fifth St. and Boston Ave. and the other in the Pearl District at Sixth St. and Peoria Ave., and made it known that both are dedicated to all things hand-crafted. Before MADE, the Crowes helped to introduce Tulsans to makers and vice versa at Indie Emporium, an annual event in our city since in 2007. With originality and a twist (and sometimes a joke) on the mass-produced, the cool of crafting has burgeoned in our city, now filled with places where local makers are welcome and invited to peddle their wares. Recently at the Brookside store Ida Red I came across locally made edibles, clothing, soap, greeting cards, art – makers, it seems, know 28 // ARTS & CULTURE
MORE ART HAPPENINGS MEMBERS ONLY // 108 Contemporary offers a chance to peruse the art of its very own members. Look for a diverse display of three-dimensional representations from local artisans and artists in ceramics, wood, metal, and other materials // through 4/24/; 108 Contemporary; 108 E. Brady; 918-895-6302 CONVERGENCE // Artist Colby Parsons uses projections to explore perception based on A g roup of Tulsa punk rockers at the former Owen Park neighborhood church, now host ing the Punk Rock Flea Market
memory. Projecting images onto ceramic figures, the objects can
no bounds. A store associate pointed out some wooden bow ties by Two Guys Bow Ties. “Even the Thunder wear them,” she said. She proudly shared one of the “two guys” built Ida Red’s tables and custom shelving. “He is very talented,” she added. Recently, a nasty uppercut from the City of Tulsa struck the local makers’ haven Creative Room at Sixth St. and Peoria Ave. with $27,000 of force. In the March 19 issue of The Tulsa Voice, Mitch Gilliam interviewed owner Amanda Chea about her space, which shares an entrance with the Pearl District’s MADE store. It was also the original location for the Punk Rock Flea Market and the Pearl District Maker’s Markets, where Creative Room’s affordability at twenty bucks a table yielded higher profitability for participants. Organizers scrambled to situate temporary venues, but now that they have their bearings, makers are rearing fists. Eric Dean heads the Pearl Market and is throwing a fundraiser that will take the form of a typical maker market but will be executed auction style, with proceeds going to the mandatory renovation of Creative Room. The
event is slated for April 13, 6 p.m., at The Fur Shop, 520 E. 3rd St. Dean is calling the event, “Damn the Man, Save Creative Room.”
appear to be everyday items, such as a box of light bulbs, that transform into scenes from the imagination of the artist // through 4/24; Living Arts; 307 E.
In jeans and a tank top, I was the outsider. My embroidered tea towels and Okiequipped t-shirts would have been vehemently disregarded by this crowd of apparent darker taste.
Brady; 918-585-1234 TULSA ART STUDIO TOUR // A peek into the studios of a dozen local artists. With a map in hand, art-studio tourists are invited to travel across town to meet the artists along the route and to learn about their work and creative space. Maps are $5 in advance from the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OVAC-OK. org, or $10 at the artists’ studios // 4/12-4/13; various location in
One blouse I found at Punk Rock Flea Market, a typical Forever 21 purchase, had been amended now it said “MENACE” across the front. With black lips and a long, white bone holding up her green hair, the maker told me she will graduate with a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma this May; she hopes to find a job writing in Oklahoma City, she said. Her business card, offered up alongside a buffalo-tooth necklace, read “DIY or DYE.”
Tulsa; 405-879-2400 ART FOR THE HEART // Pure Heart – the Joseph Buchanan Benefit Fund hosts a medical-fundraiser event for local artist Joseph Buchanan, a heart patient. Live jazz, art for sale, art auctions, comedic entertainment, and food come with each $30 ticket // 4/12; American Theatre Company Building; 308 S. Lansing; 918-906-7128 Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
FROM MY POINT OF VIEW Seeing Beyond St. Louis: Picture Writers Discover the Cultures of the American West
April 4, 2014 • noon GAllery 18 • Free with pAid Admission
Doug Watson, Ph.D.
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Doug Watson, Ph.D., in the persona of Thomas Gilcrease, discusses several of the early artists/explorers in the Gilcrease Museum collection, some of whom chose to join in the adventure of the West and others to record its passing. They set off from St. Louis to see the Trans-Mississippi world of native species and peoples. What they saw translated into the images they composed for their Eastern audiences. These perspectives still define many of our viewpoints of that historic time. For more information, contact Deborah Burke at 918-596-2768, or e-mail deborah-burke@ utulsa.edu.
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Find Momo: A Man, A Dog, An Internet Sensation // Andrew Knapp travels far and wide with his best buddy Momo the border collie, taking beautiful pictures of the places they visit. Knapp’s book and website Find Momo are collections of his photography that double as a hide and seek game with Momo hidden in every image. Knapp and Momo will share their experiences at this event presented by Book Smart Tulsa. 4/3, 7-8 p.m., Zoom Room Tulsa, 4329 S Peoria, booksmarttulsa.com K-Dub Food Truck Festival // Back for its second year, some of Tulsa’s best food trucks and musicians gather for an afternoon of good food, good music, and good times in Tulsa’s historic Kendall Whittier neighborhood. Participating food trucks include Pollo al Carbon, Doghouse, Local Table, Gyros by Ali, Jezebal, Mr. Nice Guys, and Lone Wolf Bahn Mi. Live music from Dustin Pittsley, Cody Brewer, Wink Burcham, and Jill Holzbauer. 4/5, noon-5 p.m., NE corner of Admiral & Lewis, facebook. com/historickwms
patients and their families. Speakers will talk about the latest medical advancements and research, as well as ways to improve general health to prevent cancer and recurrence. Several breakout sessions will be presented, emphasizing the benefits of relaxation, yoga, nutrition, artistic expression, and self-reflection. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 4/12, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza, 1819 E 19th St.
a live band. 4/4, 7:30 p.m., $10, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S Boston, okjazz.org
East Village 2nd Saturday Street Fest // Get to know Downtown Tulsa’s newest district and enjoy live music, artist booths, live mural painting, food trucks and more and this new monthly street party on Lansing from 2nd to 4th streets, and 3rd St from Lansing to Kenosha. 4/12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Drunkard & Olio // Family-friendly melodrama at the beautiful Spotlight Theatre. Running regularly for over 60 years, “The Drunkard” is the longest-running show in America. Fresh sandwiches and beverages available. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for children. Weekly, every Saturday night, 7:15 p.m., 1381 Riverside Dr., 918-587-5030, spotlighttheater.com
Enviro Expo // The M.e.t. hosts the 16 Annual Enviro Expo, bringing local environmental groups together in Downtown to inspire Tulsans to be more environmentally conscious. Featuring 24 booths including Up with Trees, Tulsa Transit, City and State agencies, recycling and solar companies, alternative fuel vehicles on display, and more. 4/16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Metrecycle.com/ enviro-expo th
Vernal Beauty // Artworks that celebrate Springtime by Brian Koch, Ed Natiya, Erica Pollock-Norelius, and James Johnson. Through 4/22. Lovetts Gallery, 6528 E 51st St, 918-664-4732, lovettsgallery.com
K-Dub Food Truck Festival Tulsa Rugby Club Fundraiser // Tulsa Rugby Football Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Support TRFC at their annual fundraiser at Fassler Hall, and enter to win door prizes and raffle items including a private tour and tasting for 10 at Prairie Artisan Ales. 4/5, 5-8 p.m., Fassler Hall, 304 S Elgin Ave, tulsarugbyclub.com Cherry Street Farmer’s Market // The Cherry Street Market opens for the first time this year on Saturday, 4/5. One of the largest farmer’s markets in the state, this is the place to go to buy fresh, locally grown produce. Held every Saturday, 7-11 a.m., on Cherry Street, and every Wednesday, 7-11 a.m., on Brookside. cherrystreetfarmersmarket.com 12th Annual 80s Prom // Alright all you Molly Ringwalds and Judd Nelsons, it’s time once again to break out your leg-warmers and acid-wash jeans and spend a night believing the 80s never ended, and do your best to win the King & Queen costume contest. The party will spread across IDL Ballroom, Enso, and Electric Circus and will feature 80s music spun by DJs Robbo, Lynn K, Xylo, Sea, Bone, Sok Monkey, Deathstar, and Baby Gurl. So hitch a ride on a purple motorcycle with Prince and Apollonia and “purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.” 4/5, 8 p.m., $20, IDL Ballroom, Enso, Electric Circus, 230 E 1st St, 80sprom.com Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show // The world’s largest gun show returns to Expo Square. As the event’s website points out, if you’re present for the entire 18 hours of the show, you’d have to spend just over 15 seconds at each table to see all 4,200. 4/5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 4/6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, tulsaarmsshow.com Endangered Places in Oklahoma Unveiling // Preservation Oklahoma unveils the 2014 List of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The unveiling is fittingly held at Circle Cinema, whose restorations have brought it and the surrounding Kendall Whittier neighborhood back into prominence. A silent auction will accompany the unveiling. 4/8, 5:30-7 p.m., $30 ($20 for POK members), Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, 918-585-3504, preservationok.org Herb Day in Brookside // Buy Oklahoma grown herbs, plants, and products at this outdoor market on Brookside. 4/12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 41st and Peoria, facebook.com/herbdayinbrookside SpringFest Garden Market & Festival // Spring has sprung, so get everything you need for your garden, as well as tips that will ensure you’ll make the most of your garden’s potential. With over 60 vendors, you’re sure to find everything you need. 4/11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 4/12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria Ave, 918-746-5125, tulsagardencenter.com Celebrating the Art of Healing // A free cancer survivorship symposium held at St. John Medical Center’s Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza will give hope and inspiration to cancer
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Convergence // Artist Colby Parsons presents a multimedia installation of video projections onto ceramic forms. Parsons sculpts familiar everyday objects and then plays with our perceptions and associations with those objects by projecting images onto them that specifically fit the sculptures. By themselves the sculptures are completely grey, but the projections bring them to life in vivid and often surreal color and imagery. 4/4-24, Living Arts, 307 E M.B. Brady St, 918-585-1234, livingarts.org Landscape Through Abstraction // An exhibition of impressionistic paintings by Libby Williams depicting scenes of Tulsa and other places Williams has visited. 4/4-26, TAC Gallery, 9 E M.B. Brady St, 918-720-0456, tacgallery.org Identity & Innovation: Creativity in 20th and 21st Century Native Art // Nationally recognized Native and non-Native artists, curators, and scholars will discuss today’s Native Art in this daylong symposium. Topics of discussion will include preserving tribal traditions, adapting to new materials and new markets, innovating new forms, and integrating non-Native styles and social commentary. A keynote lecture will be given by Rick West (Southern Cheyenne), Director of the Auty National Center in Los Angeles and Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Presenters include Nancy Mithlo (Apache), Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Jack Rushing, Professor of Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Kathleen AshMilby (Nava jo), Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Museum of the American Indian, and Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree), an artist and independent curator who has worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Museum of the American Indian. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 4/5, 8 a.m.3 p.m., $25, Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Rd, 918-748-5379, philbrook.org Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale // A Gilcrease tradition, Rendezvous is an exhibition and art sale of the works of contemporary Western artists who have exhibited their work in the last three decades. Painter Greg Beecham and sculptor Ross Matteson are the featured artists and both will be inducted into the Rendezvous Hall of Fame. 4/107/13. Both artists will present talks that are open to the public on 4/11. Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Rd, 918-596-2700, gilcrease.org Tulsa Art Studio Tour // The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition presents this self-guided tour through several galleries and work spaces featuring artists who live and work in Tulsa. Meet artists and observe art being created. Featured artists are Rachel Ann Dennis, Samantha Extance, P.S. Gordon, José Antonio Pantoja Hernández, Laurie Keeley, Derek Penix, Jim Polan, Chuck Tomlins, Kyle Blair, John Bryant, Megan Curtis, Taryn Singleton, and Libby Williams. 4/12-13, noon-5 p.m., held in various locations throughout Tulsa. For more information, visit tulsaartstudiotour.com.
Performing Arts Dance at the Depot: Midnight Social Club – Last Chance // Catch the ladies of Midnight Social Club as they play their last show together. Cindy Cain, Rebecca Ungerman, Pam Van Dyke, and Annie Ellicott will perform danceable favorites backed by
Oklahoma! // Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic ode to our great state. 4/4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m., 4/6, 13 at 2 p.m., $8-$15, Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, 1800 S Main St, Broken Arrow, 918-2580077, bacptheatre.com
4/9 Comedy Parlor – Dave Ross, Toby Morton, Jane Bevan – 7:30 p.m. – $5 Loony Bin – Shaun Jones, Rick D’Elia – 8 p.m. – $7 4/10 Comedy Parlor – Raw Meat – 7 p.m. – $5 Loony Bin – Shaun Jones, Rick D’Elia – 8 p.m. – $2 Undercurrent – Rick Shaw, Summer Ferguson, Amanda Kerri, Michael Mann, Ben Voss, Connie Jones, Dain Livingston, Logan Rogers, Nathan McCoy, and Tyson Lenard – 9 p.m. 4/11 Comedy Parlor – Crayons Improv – 7:30 p.m. – $10 Loony Bin – Shaun Jones, Rick D’Elia – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 4/12 Loony Bin – Shaun Jones, Rick D’Elia – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 4/13 Comedy Parlor – Sunday Night Standup – 7:30 p.m. – $5
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat // Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s biblical tale of twelve brothers and a fancy coat returns to Tulsa for a run of shows the PAC. 4/1-6, $20$55, Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918-596-7122, tulsapac.com
4/14 The Shrine – TGIM! w/ Micah Medina, G.K. Palmer, Christopher Proctor, Ben Voss, C.R. Parsons, Cam Porter, Derek Rose, Tyson Lenard, Dianna Jarvis, Christina West, and Dain Livingston
La Cage Aux Folles // See story on page 34. 3/28-4/6, $22-$32, Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, tulsaprojecttheatre.com Dragonfly // Amateur drag performers compete to be named Mr. or Ms. Dragonfly in Oklahoma’s largest drag show, presented by Oklahoma State Queers and Allies and Student Union Activities Board. Hosted by Carmen Deveraux and featuring a guest performance by Raven from RuPaul’s Drag Race. All procedes go to Equality Network of Oklahoma. 4/10, 7-9 p.m., $5-$10, Wes Watkins Center, 207 Wes Watkins Center, Stillwater, facebook.com/suabokstate Proof // Catherine has inherited her mathematician father’s brilliance, but fears she may also have inherited his madness. A budding love interest, Harold, discovers a groundbreaking mathematical proof in the crazed writings of Catherine’s father that could change the way she sees her father and herself in this play by David Auburn, presented by Certain Curtain Theatre. You may recognize Proof as the basis for the 2005 film adaptation of the same name starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. 4/10-12 at 7:30 p.m., 4/13 at 2 p.m., $12-$15, John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St, 918-596-7122, tulsapac.com Ok, So….Tulsa Story Slam GRAND SLAM // The last twelve months have all been leading up to this: the winners of the last twelve monthly Ok, So…. Story Slams will compete for the big prize and the title of “Best Storyteller in Tulsa.” Competitors will have 5-7 minutes to tell a story with the theme of Lessons. 4/11, 8 p.m., $5, IDL Ballroom, 230 E 1st St, facebook.com/oksotulsa Tulsa Symphony: Higdon, Haydn, and Strauss featuring Cellist Kari Caldwell // For its last performance of the season, Tulsa Symphony with soloist Caldwell perform Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 88. Conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann. 4/12, 7:30 p.m., $25-$70
4/2 Loony Bin – Tommy Blaze – 8 p.m. – $7 4/3 Comedy Parlor – Level 1 Sketchwriting Graduation Show – 7:30 p.m. – $5 Loony Bin – Tommy Blaze – 8 p.m. – $2 4/4 Comedy Parlor – Snap! – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – Toby Morton: Cosmosis w/ Peter Bedgood, Travis Cagle, Cian Baker, Jeff Brown, Ryan Green, and Austin Bryant – 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. – $10 Loony Bin – Tommy Blaze – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 4/5 Comedy Parlor – Snap! – 7:30 p.m. – $10 – CR’s Variety Hour – 9 p.m. – $10 – Comfort Creatures ft. Jeff Brown, Tiffany Elam, Nicole Vance, and Jason Watts – 10:30 p.m. – $10 Loony Bin – Tommy Blaze – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 4/6 Comedy Parlor – Sunday Night Standup – 7:30 p.m. – $5 Fishbonz – Fishbonz Comedy Night 2 Year Anniversary Show w/ Billy Bazar, James Curtis, Daniel Shappley, Summer Ferguson, Meredith Long, Cian Baker, Jackson Nichols, and Rick Shaw – 9 p.m.
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Sports 4/2 J.L Johnson Stadium – ORU Baseball vs. Missouri State – 6:30 p.m. – $5-$12 4/4 LaFortune Park – ORU Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 10 a.m. LaFortune Park – ORU Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Oklahoma Baptist – 3 p.m. Case Tennis Center – TU Men’s Tennis vs. South Florida – 5 p.m. Hurricane Stadium – TU Women’s Soccer vs. ORU – 6 p.m. – $5 J.L. Johnson Stadium – ORU Baseball vs. Sam Houston State – 6:30 p.m. – $5-$12 – Military Appreciation Night SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa 66ers vs. Canton Charge – 7 p.m. – $14-$34 4/5 J.L. Johnson Stadium – ORU Baseball vs. Sam Houston State – 2 p.m. – $5-$12 Hurricane Stadium – TU Men’s Soccer vs. SMU – 3 p.m. – $5 4/6 Case Tennis Center – ORU Women’s Tennis vs. Central Arkansas – 8:30 a.m. J.L. Johnson Stadium – ORU Baseball vs. Sam Houston State – 1 p.m. – $5-$12 Case Tennis Center – TU Men’s Tennis vs. Oklahoma – 5 p.m. 4/8 LaFortune Park – ORU Men’s Tennis vs. John Brown – 4 p.m. 4/11 Ford Truck Arena, Expo Square – Oil Can Classic – 9 a.m. 4/12 Ford Truck Arena, Expo Square – Oil Can Classic – 7 a.m. Case Tennis Center – ORU Women’s Tennis vs. Incarnate Word – 8:30 a.m. Case Tennis Center – TU Women’s Tennis vs. Memphis – 12 p.m. Case Tennis Center – ORU Men’s Tennis vs. Incarnate Word – 3:30 p.m. Cox Business Center Arena – Oklahoma Defenders vs. Bloomington Edge – 7:05 – $6-$40 4/13 Ford Truck Arena, Expo Square – Oil Can Classic – 9 a.m. Cox Business Center – CheerSport Tulsa Grand Championship – Time TBA - $10
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Living in the past
Local designer draws from vintage style for show this month by NICCI ATCHLEY
y day, Meera Kazmi, 19, swears by a black “wiggle” dress, a pair of black stillettos, black eyeliner and matte red lipstick. To style her hair, she starts them in hot rollers. She’s probably seen “Kiss Me Kate,” “Moon Over Miami,” and “The Mad Miss Manton” a hundred times. Our clothing says a lot about us. In times of revolution and social shifting – think of the 1920s and 1960s – it was common to see women in traditionally masculine silhouettes. Pants and straight or free-flowing blouses defied constraints those societies placed on gender. In times when traditional values were cherished, the signs of the times took the form of structured undergarments and shape-hugging silhouettes that accentuated and, some would say, celebrated the female form. Kazmi decided to emulate the women she saw in her favorite films and to start dressing the starlet part. She was only 12 at the time but ripe to internalize the notions the saw in the movies, which seemed to say, “what a woman ought to be exactly,” she said. “A woman ought to be glamorous.” “I started dressing in vintage every day and learned how to do my hair and makeup that way,” Kazmi said. “I even started buying 1950s slips to sleep in. It became a way of life and a part of who I am.” Nearly an entire life later, Kazmi still embraces girdles, garter belts, and bullet bras. She thought about becoming a milliner (hat maker), and she considered designing lingerie (she collects it). But now, as a bud-
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MEER A KAZMI, SPRING 2014 April 26, 6 p.m. VFW Post 557, 1109 E. Sixth Street Dress: Suits for men, dresses for women Free admission Me era Kazmi debuts her first colle ct ion at VFW Post 577 this month Photo by Sarah Rober ts
ding designer, Kazmi wants to help other women channel what makes her feel glamourous.
“What I’d like to do is make retroinspired clothes for the modern woman at an affordable price.” –Meera Kazmi Kazmi chose VFW Post 577, in Tulsa on 6th Street, for the debut of her first collection and fashion show. Kazmi called the collection “very feminine, very sexy but still very classy.” Still in school, she’s putting the final
touches on the event between classes and homework assignments. It hasn’t been easy. She’s in class every day starting at 8 a.m., and she designs, drapes, and sews into the evening in her studio. “I like to create pieces with body-hugging silhouettes that are still flattering for women,” she said. “It’s also a silhouette that can be worn any time of day.” Kazmi’s spring collection of 11 pieces is sexy yet demure – tailored but feminine with a bit of an edge. With a mixture of lace textures, satin, and some matte synthetics, Kazmi’s influences – Italian designers Dolce and Gabanna, Gaultier, and what
she called the “impeccable” work of Ukrainian designer Ulyana Sergeenko, in particular – are apparent. Black lace or fishnet-patterned mesh layered over nude body suits and undergarments is a staple in the collection, teasing and revealing of skin and shape. Kazmi will also showcase some separates – a black lace pencil skirt combo; a light, spring-green, tea-length pleated skirt; and matte, black cigarette pants set off by a structured bustier top. Kazmi used peachy, nude satin to create a jumpsuit with flowy palazzo pants, inspired by 1930s pajamas. She created the piece from a pattern from the ‘70s. By buying vintage, she said, it’s easy to buy designer without breaking the bank. It’s more couture, a one-of-a-kind look that won’t be mirrored by some other belle at the ball – not to mention the thrill of the hunt when searching for that perfect-yet-affordable find. In Kazmi’s collection, everything old is new again. “I haven’t really found much clothing made in today’s world that is as beautiful as what was created back then,” Kazmi said. “There aren’t many contemporary women that I look to for style inspiration. Dita Von Teese is one of only a few. I continue to look back to women like Joan Crawford in the film noir of the 1940s, or Mimi Van Doren, Eve Arden, Jayne Mansfield and of course, Marilyn Monroe. Their style is timeless to me. It’s classically beautiful. What I’d like to do is make retro-inspired clothes for the modern woman at an affordable price.” Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
Saks Fifth Avenue, Eileen Fisher 2014 Spring Fashion Review // Eileen Fisher Specialist Roy Fielder offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Eileen Fisher spring collection with a fashion show, hors d’ouevres from Palace Café and Kiehl’s Beauty Bar. Saks will donate 10 percent of sales Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, April 5, to Tulsa Girls Art School. Eileen Fisher will donate 5 percent of sales during the event. // 4/3, fashion show at 2 p.m.
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“La Cage Aux Folles” March 28 - April 6 Cox Business Center Assembly Hall Tickets or more information: www.TulsaProjectTheatre.com A Tulsa Proje ct Theatre performer awaits a cue backstage at the g roup’s presentat ion of “La Cage Aux Folles” // Photo by Evan Taylor
Stage presence Tulsa Project Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” was almost not at all by BOB HENDRICK
ulsa has been home to an abundance of community theater almost since statehood. Community theater here continues to evolve, producing some incredible productions and honing some amazing, talented performers and backstage staff. Only recently has Tulsa achieved an Actor’s Equity Association-affiliated organization. Tulsa Project Theatre is the first equity theater group in Tulsa and only the third in the state. The Actor’s Equity Association is a union based, professional organization. Anyone who wants to become a professional actor strives for equity status. As an equity member, you get first crack at auditions, and more benefits come after you’re cast. Without equity status an actor may never get an audition with a professional theater. An actor cannot get equity status until he or she has earned the required number of points. These points come from working in an equity theater company. As equity theater, a certain percentage of TPT’s actors have to be equity actors, follow myriad strict guidelines, and pay their perform34 // ARTS & CULTURE
ers. TPT can merit a performer ‘equity points’ that go toward Equity membership. It’s so attractive to those who want to become professional actors that they travel to Tulsa to be in TPT productions.
Professional theater is imperative if Tulsa is ever going to be known as an arts community. Tulsa becomes a destination for aspiring thespians, especially students, who want to make acting their profession. Professional theater is imperative if Tulsa is ever going to be known as an arts community. Plus, it goes a long way toward helping to bring film projects to Oklahoma if producers know that professional actors are available where the film will be produced. Any new theater company has certain hurdles to overcome in order to survive. Ticket sales can’t cover all the costs. Grants become more likely after a theater company is estab-
lished and can show a few years of success. TPT is struggling with these hurdles now, especially with its current production, “La Cage Aux Folles,” opening March 28 at the Cox Business Center. Having recently completed a successful Kickstarter program, TPT was able to raise $15,000 in two weeks. An anonymous donor matched this fundraising effort 3:1. Had that money not come in, TPT might have died. “La Cage Aux Folles” garnished six Tony awards when it opened on Broadway in 1983, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. In 2004 and 2010, it won the Tony for Best Revival. It was the only Broadway show to ever win Best Revival twice. Described as the musical version of the movie “The Birdcage,” “La Cage Aux Folles” is the story of a gay couple who own and operate a drag show night club. When their straight son brings his fiancée and her conservative, straight-laced parents home to dinner, mayhem ensues. “La Cage” has never been produced in Tulsa. It was a risky decision for TPT. A production
about a gay couple and musical numbers featuring men in drag is not the norm here in Oklahoma. I have been acting and singing in Tulsa since 1986. I’ve worked with almost all of the theater companies in town and I’ve been amazed several times over by the amount of talent here. I served as board president for TPT for the past two years. I became an equity member last year, having performed in such TPT productions as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the original “Guess Who’s Coming to Seder,” and “The Rocky Horror Show.” When an opening occurred in the cast of “La Cage,” I jumped in. I took the role of “Deputy Dindon,” the staunch, conservative politician caught in the middle of his daughter’s love and a drag-show nightclub in which he becomes trapped as he tries to avoid scandal at any cost. As a cast member, I’ve been able to see talent like I hadn’t imagined before. I’ve always wanted to be able to tap dance, but I lack that gene. In rehearsal I’ve seen men tapping in high heels like they were Ginger RogApr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
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THE AUDIENCE RAVED about Tulsa Project Theatre’s first production five years ago. With that performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the company began a journey that now enters its fourth season. “After that, we did ‘Rocky Horror’ and ‘Rent’ at The Joint. It led us to want to do more, knowing we can do them well,” said Todd Cunningham, Tulsa Project Theatre’s founder and producer. The new company soon found a home at the Assembly Hall in the Cox Convention Center. Tulsa Project Theatre is now the resident theater company of this historic stage that hosted Tulsa Philharmonic and Tulsa Opera before completion of The Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Last year, TPT became Tulsa’s first and only company to join the Actor’s Equity Association—an actors’ labor union representing over 49,000 actors and stage managers nationwide. The company’s fourth season launches with some innovative choices—namely, the choice to produce the Tulsa premier of the critically acclaimed “La Cage Aux Folles.” Some talk has circulated about whether the troupe is worried about audience reception. Still, TPT is proud to produce it. “This is the 50th anniversary of Assembly Hall, so we wanted to do something special. It’s the perfect choice because it has won so many awards. The music is by Jerry Herman who also composed ‘Hello Dolly,’ so that tells you the type of show you’re getting. Everyone has seen the movie “The Birdcage,” and they love it. This is ‘The Birdcage’ live,” said Cunningham. Like any performing arts organization, Tulsa Project Theatre relies on donors. Recently, a Kickstarter campaign raised thousands to fund production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” The success of the fundraising effort confirmed the company’s place on the local stage. “The community, locally and regionally, has been wonderful. We’ve been fortunate with Equity, and now the Tulsa Symphony orchestra is in the pit. The only reason we’ve been able to grow this quickly is the support of the community,” said Cunningham. The play will be presented on the company’s home stage April 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
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ers reborn. They couldn’t possibly be comfortable, and yet they look as polished and professional as any performer anywhere. The acting, especially among leads Patrick Hobbs and Chris Middlebrook, are from the heart. When you watch, you realize that this is not a story about a gay romance trying to endure, but just a romance. How simple is that? Not at all, actually. They just make it look that way. Backstage it’s perennial director and choreographer Heather Hall Newman, pulling one rabbit after another out of her hat. Kent Dennis returns as music director and will conduct Tulsa Symphony Orchestra members who accompany the production. Even with a show like this, ticket sales are not enough to keep TPT afloat. Corporate sponsorships are slowly coming in. Grants for arts programs are rare. Youth acting camps are in the works for the summer. The next production, “The Music Man,” is a chestnut that always brings in great crowds. The future is not yet written, but hopes are high. The success of the Kickstarter program was due in large part to the “La Cage” cast. These actors know how important it is to keep equity theater alive in Tulsa. They spent hours pushing the production on friends and relatives to raise the necessary money. Meanwhile, the TPT board is busily beating the bushes, looking for funding outlets. The members also help backstage, volunteering their time to spread the word, sell tickets, move set pieces, and help with costume changes.
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musiclistings Wed // April 2 The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project Crow Creek Tavern – Jacob Dement – 8 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Cherry) – Annie Ellicott, Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 7 p.m. The Hunt Club – I Have a Light Two The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Jacob Tovar – 8 p.m. On the Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m. Rooster’s – DJ Cory B Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m. Undercurrent – Jacob Stieful & The Truth
Thurs // April 3 727 Club – Joshua Yarbrough – 8 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 8 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip Fishbonz – Steve & Sheldon Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Neil Dickinson The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino – Merle Haggard – 8 p.m. – $45-$55 Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8 p.m.-midnight The Market Pub – DJ Cory B Mercury Lounge – Clay McClinton CD Release Show – 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Jesse & Bryan of Another Alibi – 8-11:30 p.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Hi Fidelics – 3 p.m. – Satisfaction – 7 p.m. Soundpony – SW/MM/NG, Pagiins Undercurrent – Josef Glaude Woody’s Corner Bar – Tequila Kim – 9:30 p.m. The Yeti – The Fabulous Minx, Moonshine
Sat // April 5
Wed // April 9
4 Aces Tavern – David Dover Arnie’s Bar – Nude Furniture – 9 p.m. Bruhouse Grill – Eric Himan – 7 p.m. C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – James Muns – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Uncle Lucius, Parker Millsap – 8:30 p.m. - $12-$14 Cimarron Bar – Seven Day Crash – 9:30 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Mikey B Dilly Deli/Dust Bowl Patio – Erin O’Dowd Dwelling Spaces – Desi and Cody – 7 p.m. Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m. Fassler Hall – Red Wood Rising – 9 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. The Hunt Club - RPM Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Recommended Dose – 10 p.m. Joe Momma’s – Adrienne Gilley – 9 p.m. – Capitol Why’s – 10 p.m. Magoo’s – Merle Jam ft. Chuck Stevens The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Coyote Union, Marshall Anderson – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Sellouts – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 5:30 p.m. – Another Alibi – 9 p.m. River Spirit Event Center – Air Supply – 7 p.m. – $25-$45 Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m. The Shrine – Let’s Zeppelin, Electric Funeral – 9 p.m. – $10 Slo-Ride – Creeler – 8 p.m. Soundpony – Soul Night! w/ DJ Soul Fingaz, DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus Undercurrent – Red Tide Rising, The Revolutioners, Dirty Crush, Oldman Utopia – Branjae – 9 p.m. The Vanguard – Guitar Center Employees Showcase ft. Brother Rabbit, Autumn Javine, Sleepwalking Home, Devoid – 8 p.m.-midnight Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. White Flag – Alien Blues Alliance – 9 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – Jake Moffat Band – 10 p.m. The Yeti – Fuck Your Ego Yokozuna – Allie Lauren Duo – 10:30 p.m.
Cain’s Ballroom – Toadies, The Supersuckers, Battleme – 8 p.m. - $19-$34 The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Jacob Tovar – 8 p.m. On the Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m. Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m. Soundpony – Young DV
Fri // April 4 C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – The Tiptons – 9 p.m. CJ Moloney’s - Ziplock Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – David Dover – 9 p.m. Fassler Hall – Sherree Chamberlain – 9 p.m. Fishbonz – Midnight Run Band – 8 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. The Fur Shop – Bloody Ol Mule – 10 p.m. Guthrie Green – All About a Bubble – 7-9 p.m. Gypsy Coffee House – Justin France – 5:30 p.m. The Hunt Club – Chris Simmons, Redwood Rising Infuzion Ultra Lounge – FuZed – 10 p.m. Magoo’s – 4 Going Gravity The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Steve Pryor Band, The O’s – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Sellouts – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Midnight Social Club: Last Chance ft. Cindy Cain, Rebecca Ungerman, Pam Van Dyke, and Annie Ellicott – 7:30 p.m. - $10 ONEOK Field – Fifty Nine South Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad & Keith – 5:30 p.m. – Traveler – 9 p.m. Rooster’s – Steve & Sheldon The Shrine – Pidgin, Brujoroots – 9 p.m. – $5 Soundpony – Happy Hour Show w/ Todd Golnick – Lessons in Fresh Undercurrent – Get Busy Living, Sweet Ascent, KickTree, DayDream Empire The Vanguard – Lost in Atlantis, St. Maurice – 8 p.m. - $7 Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. White Flag – The Dusty Pearls – 6 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – DJ Spin The Yeti – thewayitwas 36 // MUSIC
Thurs // April 10 Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Ricky Fugitt – 8 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip Easter Island Festival – Klondike 5 String Band, High Bias (David Bowie/Talking Heads Tribute), Captain Comfy, Vibe System – 8 p.m.-2 a.m. - $50 Fishbonz – Travis Kidd Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Brujoroots The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino – Paul Anka – 8 p.m. – $50-$70 Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8 p.m.-midnight Mercury Lounge – Engine – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – The Hi-Fidelics – 8-11:30 p.m. Soundpony – Happy Hour Show! w/ Nick Lutsko – 5 p.m. – Idre, And There Stand Empires The Vanguard – Elephant Revival, Jesse Aycock – 8 p.m. – $12-$15 Woody’s Corner Bar – Brandon Jackson – 9 p.m. The Yeti – Bad Sports
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Sun // April 6 Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher– 6:30 p.m. Guthrie Green – Season Opening Celebration w/ Eric Himan Trio, Tequila Songbirds, The Erica James Band – 2-6 p.m. Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Myron Oliver – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 8 p.m. Soundpony – Green Corn Rebellion
Mon // April 7 The Fur Shop – rozellrox – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Jason Ferguson, Cory R-J Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley Presents – 7 p.m. Soundpony – Max Payne and the Groovies, The Dead Shakes
Tues // April 8 Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry Creative Room – Kissing Candice, The Hollowed – 6 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Live Band Karaoke w/ Charlie Redd – 9 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 8 p.m. Reynolds Center – Panic! At the Disco – 8 p.m. - $20 Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m.
C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Joe Worrel – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Phil Vaught – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa Playboys – 7 p.m. - $7 Cimarron Bar – Kevin Jameson, Rock Show – 9:30 p.m. CJ Moloney’s - OMG Downtown Lounge – Cellador, Hatchet, Diamond Plate – 8 p.m. Easter Island Festival – The Malah, Brad James Band, Psymbionic, Pidgin, Nicolas Rage, Montu, Joe Mack & Carter Sampson, Dirty Creek Bandits, Spankalicious, TBA’D – 5 p.m.-5:30 a.m. $40-$50 Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. The Hunt Club – Bryant Carter Band, JT and the Dirtboxwailers Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Lost On Utica – 10 p.m. The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino – Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark – 8 p.m. – $65-$75 Magoo’s – David Dover The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Oil Boom, Dead Mockingbirds – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Smilin’ Vic – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. River Spirit Event Center – Huey Lewis and the News – 7 p.m. – $55-$75 Rooster’s - Ziplock The Shrine – Dante & The Hawks, The 66, Weston & Outsiders – 9 p.m. – $5 Soundpony – DJ Pez Undercurrent – London’s Dungeons, Motortrain, Chuk Cooley, Dirty Crush White Flag – The Dusty Pearls – 5 p.m. The Yeti – Hey Judy, Cucumber and the Suntans, The Daddyo’s
Sat // April 12 C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Joe Worrel – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Phil Vaught – 9 p.m. Cimarron Bar – 13 Toyz CJ Moloney’s – Mikey B Easter Island Festival – Greyhounds, The Moai Broadcast, Fractal Sky, Gravity Feed, Ego Culture, Honky Suckle, Desi & Cody, Paul Benjaman Band, COTU, Coyote Union, Bass Tribe, Jacob Tovar & The Saddle Tramps, Bungalouski, Green Corn Rebellion, Grazzhopper, Brujoroots, Cadillac Jackson, Steve Liddell Band, The Vinyl Brunch – 10 a.m.-5 a.m. - $40-$50 Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m. Fassler Hall – 3rd Degree Band Fishbonz - Infinity Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. Guthrie Green – Tulsa Symphony Concert Simulcast – 7:30 p.m. The Hunt Club – Hard Truth Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Willy Echo – 10 p.m. Lambrusco’z – Randy Brumley - Noon Magoo’s – Octane Blue The Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Charlie Shafter – 8 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Smilin’ Vic – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rooster’s – T3 Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m. The Shrine – Zeroed Out, Severmind, Tripe 7 – 9 p.m. – $5 Soundpony – Feral Future, Glow God, Hamby, Senior Fellows Tin Dog Saloon – Midnight Run Band – 8 p.m. Tulsa Youth Services Coffee House – The Capital Why’s – 7 p.m. Undercurrent – Sinner Union, BadRoot, Machine in the Mountain Woody’s Corner Bar – Patrick Winsett and Foolish Pride – 10 p.m. The Yeti – JBrown
Sun // April 13 Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher– 6:30 p.m. Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Myron Oliver – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 8 p.m. Soundpony – Happy Hour Show! w/ We Make Shapes – 5 p.m. The Yeti – Foxfire Experiment, Risk On Da Disk, Kifolkz & Co.
Sat // April 14 The Fur Shop – rozellrox – 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley Presents – 7 p.m. Undercurrent – Fox Fire Experiment, Roots of Thought, Capitol Cars
Sun // April 15 Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Live Band Karaoke w/ Charlie Redd – 9 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 8 p.m. Silver Flame – Bobby Cantrell – 7 p.m.
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Jascha Tobias is a stre et dr ummer whose reg ular haunts are Mayfest, ONEOK Field, and the sidewalk near Cain’s Ballroom // Photo by Clay ton Flores
Raising a ruckus Downtown’s street drummer on life (and music) on the streets by MITCH GILLIAM
nyone who has been to Cain’s Ballroom, Mayfest, ONEOK Field – or anywhere else in Tulsa, really – there’s a very good chance you’ve seen Jascha Tobias. Playing on a wooden frame adorned with saw blades, buckets and frying pans he calls “Ruckus,” Tobias goes by the title of Street Drummer. Playing since 2005, he is an unwavering fixture in Tulsa’s ever-changing downtown. The Tulsa Voice: When did you start doing this? Jascha Tobias: I built the kit in 2003 and started playing the streets in 2005. TTV: What prompted it? JT: I was working at a place that had a Mardi Gras party every year. I was known for always drumming on my counter in the ticket booth I worked in and they thought I should play a five-gallon bucket at the party. I said I’d do it, but I went straight home and started building a drum set because I didn’t just wanna play a five-gallon
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bucket. People do that already. It’s kinda boring. I knew I had a bucket and some wood and extra drum stuff, so I just started throwing a kit together. TTV: So you started with a bucket and some wood. How did you go about adding things to it? JT: I first built the wood frame and I rigged up a reverse kick pedal for the bucket. TTV: How is it reverse? JT: Most pedals go from down to up against the drum. This one is mounted on top of the bucket and slams down. I threw a hinge on there. Once I got that going real good I rigged up a snare out of a kid’s play-set drum. I got that going and needed something for a hi-hat and used an old broken fan I had in my garage. I took the head off of it and put the stand to the side of my kit with a tambourine in it. That sounded cool, so I started taking saw blades and sticking them on drumsticks and mounting them to the rig. Then Brian [Prewitt], who owned the Blue Dome Diner,
gave me a bunch of frying pans, and they were all perfectly in tune from big to little, so I put those on it and just went ahead and started adding junk all over it.
Moms will keep their daughters from walking up to me and stuff. And that’s good, I don’t want my daughters walking up to strangers, but I’m the Street Drummer. I’m not gonna kill anyone. TTV: Is all of it junk besides the frying pans, or does any of it hold sentimental value? JT: It’s all junk. I mean, I’ve been through a couple buckets, but – ha, nah it’s all junk. TTV: Where do you play most often? JT: It’s pretty evenly divided. Most of the time in the summer I can
play a Drillers game and then come over here [to Main Street] and play after the Cain’s show, and then once that’s over I’ll go to the Blue Dome [District] and play there for the rest of the night. TTV: What were you doing with Ruckus between ’03 and ’05? JT: I just played it at home, and I played for the Mardi Gras party every year, but then I got invited to play a strongman competition at the [then Tulsa] Convention Center. You know, the guys that pull the trucks and all that stuff ? I got invited to play that, but the guy who asked me to play didn’t clear it with security, and I got out there and started playing in the hallway, and they were having a Rhema graduation [there] at the same time. Some of the Rhema people, man, they thought it was cool and gave me money, but the security guards had me leave. Mayfest was going on at that time, so I went over there [instead]. I instantly drew a crowd and played for ten minutes. People gave me (continued on page 38) MUSIC // 37
(continued from page 37) money and I had a great crowd, but then people with Walkie Talkies came over and said, “Oh no, he didn’t pay for a space.” I ended up going to Blue Dome [Arts Festival] after that, and those folks were cool. But the next year I played Mayfest with the Creative Culture Courtyard, and the Mayfest people asked how much it would cost to have me play next year. I told them a price, but they said, “How about we give you a slot, and you can just keep all your tips?” and now I’ve played Mayfest seven years in a row. TTV: How long have you been in front of Cain’s [Ballroom], and did they ever tell you they didn’t want a performer out front? TTV: They never said they didn’t want a performer. I’d set up and ask security out front what time the shows would end, and they were always cool. They actually had me play Cain’s and open up for Beats Antique. TTV: How’d that go? JT: It was good. I liked it, they liked it. It wasn’t a huge crowd because I was the opener, but they wanted me to play for 45 minutes. I played for 30 minutes straight, stopped and explained how and why I built the kit. I thought, “Oh man, this is gonna be the longest drum solo ever,” but the crowd dug it and Cain’s gave me a little money and some beer. It was cool. TTV: Do you usually check what kind of show is going on at Cain’s before you head out? JT: Yep. I check online, read The [Tulsa] Voice, that kind of stuff. Check out what’s up at Brady [Theater], Blue Dome [District]. TTV: What kind of music brings the best crowd for you? JT: Just a lot of hippie stuff, man. Like the Yonder Mountain stuff, and Widespread Panic. TTV: Jam bands? JT: Yeah, I make a lot more money on those types of shows. TTV: Why do you think that is? JT: Because they’re more giving and happy. Free. 38 // MUSIC
TTV: Like the Rhema people at your first strongman thing? JT: Yeah, right. I mean, some shows, like yuppie shows with just a singer or something, the crowd will just walk by you and look at you like you’re homeless. Moms will keep their daughters from walking up to me and stuff. And that’s good, I don’t want my daughters walking up to strangers, but I’m the Street Drummer. I’m not gonna kill anyone. TTV: Has anyone ever…oh, like this (a man walked by Jascha’s kit in front of Yeti and whacked the cymbals). Do people mess with you? JT: I almost got into it with a bunch of Affliction-shirt wearing dudes one night. They were wearing their fancy shirts and cowboy hats, but you know they’d never been on a horse, man. One of them whacked one of my saw blades and said, “Yeah!” and his bro hit a cymbal and yelled, “Yeah!” and they went back and forth until I told them my insurance wouldn’t cover it if they cut their hands open. I was trying to be funny, but the guy just yelled, “What, you got insurance on this piece of shit?!” They didn’t get it. TTV: Have you noticed a change in the atmosphere around [downtown] Tulsa? JT: Oh, yeah. It feels good to me, man. It seems like everybody’s happy for the most part and enjoying everything. I get a good vibe out of it all. It seems like it’s getting better to me. Everybody’s friendly. Everyone’s been getting along and I don’t see a lot of the crazy fights in bars that I used to. I think the attitude of the people is improving with the city as it changes for the better. TTV: Is this a main source of income for you, or just extra money? JT: Right now I’m out of a job because the liquor store I work at is moving to a new location. I was gonna get another job until they re-open, but then I thought, “Man, I just wanna play my drums.” It’s been cool, and I haven’t gone hungry yet. Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
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Pat Healy and Ethan Embr y in “Cheap Thrills”
I’d buy that for a dollar ‘Cheap Thrills’ is a punk rock roller coaster by JOE O’SHANSKY
heap Thrills” is a perfect example of why I love going into a film knowing next to nothing about it. For one, the premise, once revealed, is really nothing new (though the machinations of the narrative within that premise are wholly and delightfully their own). In fact, it’s really the thoughtfulness and sheer talent behind the template that sets “Cheap Thrills” apart from outright shockers like “A Serbian Film,” though even at its worst, nothing that happens in “Cheap Thrills” ever approaches the levels of the sheer, gut-churning awfulness found in Srdjan Spasojevic’s notorious 2010 horror opus. Which doesn’t mean you’re getting off light. But you likely won’t be left with any permanent emotional scars, either (seriously, there are some sequences in “A Serbian Film” that you can’t unsee, no matter how hard you try). But the narrative corollaries are there. Craig (Pat Healy), like the porn-star Milos of “A Serbian Film,” needs to make some money for his family fast. A lot of it. After starting his day by pulling the eviction sign from his front door, Craig loses his less-than-auspicious job as a mechanic at a quick-lube shop. Saddled with a kid and wife who 40 // FILM & TV
love him and $4,500 in debt, he decides to go to the bar to drown his sorrows before returning home to give his family the bad news. But then he runs into Vince (Ethan Embry), an old bestie that Craig hasn’t seen in five years. After a couple of rounds of catching up, Craig and Vince meet Colin and Violet (David Koechner and Sara Paxton), a stylish couple out for a night on the town, celebrating the sexy Violet’s birthday. Colin buys an entire bottle of the bar’s most expensive tequila and starts pouring shots for their two new friends. Colin wants Violet to have the night of her life and makes clear that money is no object. After the couple gets the two old buddies to loosen up, plied with booze, the energetic Colin starts offering the pair money to perform little dares. They start out innocuously enough: say something that gets a drunk girl to slap you; go spank a strippers ass at a club with a no-touching policy; punch the bouncer who kicks you out, etc. As the level of risk increases, so does the money. But that is only the beginning. As Vince and Craig get a taste for bigger rewards, the increasingly lucrative dares threaten to turn the old friends against each other,
while Colin and Violet’s hidden endgame slowly reveals itself.
The opening bar scenes play out with just the right amount of atmosphere and unhurried pacing that draws us further in, enticed by a thinly-veiled sense of malice. As always, it’s the performances, characters and tone that set these sorts of films apart from each other. While “Cheap Thrills” has an under layer of cliché, the characters achieve a sly depth through the writing, particularly Vince and Craig; two down-ontheir-luck shmoes with a lost history made tangible by Embry and Healy’s adept acting. Despite being a muscle man and petty crook, Vince is, at heart, a good friend. Conversely, Craig hasn’t always been so straight-laced, and as the stakes increase, they reveal more of his anarchistic, punk-rock sensibilities. A decade ago, this was the dude who would skateboard off the roof just in the name of doing some crazy, stupid shit.
In his feature debut (working from a script by David Chirchirllo and Trent Haaga), director E.L. Katz imbues the film with a sense of style that belies his rookie status. The opening bar scenes play out with just the right amount of atmosphere and unhurried pacing that draws us further in, enticed by a thinly-veiled sense of malice, all while maintaining a funny, convivial tone on top of it all. It’s a balancing act pulled off so stylistically and expertly it began to remind me of the infamous bar scene in Kathryn Bigelow’s classic vampire tale, “Near Dark.” Not that Colin and Violet are vampires, though they might as well be. With shades of a particularly nasty “Twilight Zone” episode, canny casting (Embry, in particular, turns in a performance that is damn near award-worthy, while the left-field presence of David Koechner is a career defining whammy for the former Champ Kind), and a script that’s smart enough to earn its tension by getting us to care about its characters, “Cheap Thrills” is a joyously anarchist blast of a film from a director to keep an eye on. “Cheap Thrills” open at the Circle Cinema for a week-long run beginning April 4. For tickets, visit circlecinema.com. Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE
BI-WEEKLY BITS Movies worth your brainwaves “The Unknown Known” // Legendary director Errol Morris gains access to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and crafts a typically stylish, exhaustive, and ironically fascinating portrait of one of the few men who still thinks going into Iraq was a good idea. Truly one of the best documentaries of 2013. // Opens at the Circle 4/11
“Captain America: The Winter Solider” // Chris Evans returns as Cap in his second solo outing away from his Avengers cohorts, though not for long—his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D members come under attack by the mysterious Winter Solider. Pulled away from trying to adjust to life in the 21st century, Cap and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join forces to get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s a new Marvel flick so you don’t need me to tell you to go, though the word from advance screenings is that this might be the best one yet. // Opens everywhere 4/3
“The Lunch Box” // This sweet, uplifting romance from Indian-born director Ritesh Batra finds a widower, played by Irrfan Khan (“Life of Pi”) falling for Nimrat Kaur’s Ilam after a lunch delivery service screws up their orders and the pair inadvertently begin a charming correspondence. Top-notch performances from Khan and Kaur buoy this light-hearted, romantic fable. // Opens at the Circle 4/11 Tulsa’s independent and non-profit art-house theatre, showing independent, foreign, and documentary films.
Sh*t his dad doesn’t say
‘Surviving Jack’ takes all the fun out of an already thin concept by JOSHUA KLINE
ustin Halpern keeps coming up with new ways to profit from his father’s personality. In 2009, he started @shitmydadsays, a Twitter page devoted to his curmudgeonly dad’s humorous truth-telling that has amassed more than 3 million followers. Based on the success of the Twitter page, Halpern was able to expand the concept into a book, a feather-light memoir of the same name peppered with dozens of priceless quotes from his eternally put-upon Pops. Halpern himself is not particularly interesting and the memoir-ish bits of the book feel like little more than context in preparation for the next joke. Still, “Sh*t My Dad Says” reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Halpern quickly sold the concept to CBS, and soon “$#*! [pronounced “Bleep”] My Dad Says” was a primetime sitcom starring William Shatner. After 18 lackluster episodes, the show was put out of its misery and canceled. Halpern then wrote a sequel to “Sh*t My Dad Says” called “I Suck at Girls,” a slight, amusing catalogue of the author’s relationship failures from childhood to present day, with Father Halpern occasionally appearing to offer profane pearls of wisdom on sex THE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 2 – Apr. 15, 2014
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and dating (e.g. “Life is f*cking long, especially if you’re stupid”). Dad’s charm and humor come from his word choice. His blunt observations wouldn’t have the same impact without the excessive profanity and sometimes-bizarre analogies, which may be why “Surviving Jack” seems so labored and laugh-less. The new Fox sitcom, loosely based on “I Suck at Girls,” suffers from the family-friendly demands of primetime, meaning quotes like “Sometimes life leaves a hundred dollar bill on your dresser, and you don’t realize until later that it’s because it f*cked you,” are nowhere to be found. As co-creator of the series, Justin Halpern has happily bas-
tardized his childhood in service of the sitcom format. Sam Halpern is now Jack Dunlevy, a pathologically gruff oncologist played by Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”) who becomes a stay-at-home dad when Mom (Rachael Harris) decides to go back to law school. The militant Jack must learn how to interact with his two teenaged children, rebellious Rachel (Claudia Lee) and socially awkward Halpern stand-in Frankie (Connor Buckley). Frankie, a 16 year-old high school freshman, is timid and fearful about everything from girls to driving, so dad teaches him blunt life lessons. And that’s pretty much the extent of it.
Several of Halpern’s anecdotes find their way into the pilot episode that aired March 27, including one of the book’s funnier passages in which Frankie and his friends steal a hobo’s porn stash and then bury it in the back yard. Pointlessly, the show is set in 1991(when Halpern was ten years old), and the soundtrack is wall-towall with the disposable radio hits of the era. Meloni is funny and committed as Jack, and Harris possesses a light touch, but Buckley’s awkwardness extends beyond his character. As the show’s anchor and narrator, Frankie is passive and inert, appearing as little more than a lightning rod for embarrassment—a punching bag for his classmates and sounding board for his father. Again, Halpern himself was always the least interesting part of this whole enterprise, but with a team of writers and artistic license, it shouldn’t be so difficult to cast a likeably awkward foil for Jack. As a mid-season replacement, Fox ordered only eight episodes. The series may get better and may find an audience yet (the pilot’s ratings were soft), but with father’s wry observations neutered and son rendered an unremarkable bore, it should surprise no one when “Jack” doesn’t survive. FILM & TV // 41
news of the weird by CHUCK SHEPHERD
Entrepreneurial Branko Bogdanov, 58, his wife, Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, were arrested in March and charged in a 10-year shoplifting enterprise run out of their upscale Northbrook, Ill., home, which they allegedly used as a base while prowling stores in states as far away as Florida, stealing high-end toys and jewelry, which they resold on eBay and to their fences. Police estimate the Bogdanovs swiped as much as $7 million worth on their forays — many items being stashed in Lela’s customized flowing skirts with hidden pockets.
Science fair Technological Know-How at Work: Hard-core pornography fans are split (according to a January report on Salon.com) on whether they want male actors to use condoms, but California’s
Falcon Studios has the technology to serve both audiences. Falcon’s actors wear them, but in some movies those condoms might be digitally “removed” during post-production. The major downside, said one renowned director, is the prohibitive cost — about $100,000 to re-digitize the estimated 90,000 frames in a typical “low-budget” porno film. The Falcon president said he is trying an alternative — using clever lighting during filming to de-emphasize the condom's presence.
Economic indicators Farming continues to be a noble but grueling existence for rural residents of China, who work for the equivalent of only about $1,300 a year, but in one village (Jianshe, in southwest Sichuan province), farmers have established a co-operative capitalist model, and in January officials
delivered residents their annual dividend in cold cash — the equivalent of about $2.1 million to split among 438 households. Authorities unloaded banknotes in stacks that constituted a 7-foot-high wall of money, requiring villagers to pull 24-hour shifts to guard it.
People with issues A more ornate, dedicated subset of cross-dressers — the “living dolls” or “maskers” — was captured for a British TV documentary in January (and likely to appear on U.S. television soon). “Secrets of the Living Dolls” follows ordinary men (one, a forklift operator by day; another, divorced and 70, whose daughter knows he’s a “doll” but otherwise maintains a “don’t ask, don’t tell” relationship) who come alive several nights a month when they don expensive ($800 to $1,800), tailored, head-to-toe silicone
bodysuits that feature breasts and genitalia, to party as young, glamorously dressed women. Two of the men lamented the dolls’ lack of full acceptance into the transvestite or transgender communities -- though much of that distrust may stem from dolls’ use of masks (perhaps similar to the backlash faced by clowns).
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free will astrology by ROB BREZSNY
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
In his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera says that the brain has “a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.” In the coming days, it will be especially important for you to tap into this power spot in your own grey matter, Aries. You need to activate and stir up the feelings of enchantment that are stored there. Doing so will make you fully alert and available for the new delights that will be swirling in your vicinity. The operative principle is like attracts like. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Our ancestors could see the Milky Way Galaxy spread out across the heavens on every clear night. Galileo said it was so bright, it cast a shadow of his body on the ground. But today that glorious spectacle is invisible to us city-dwellers. The sky after sundown is polluted with artificial light that hides 90 percent of the 2,000 stars we might otherwise see. If you want to bask in the natural illumination, you’ve got to travel to a remote area where the darkness is deeper. Let’s make that your metaphor, Taurus. Proceed on the hypothesis that a luminous source of beauty is concealed from you. To become aware of it, you must seek out a more profound darkness. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Dear Gemini: I don’t demand your total attention and I don’t need your unconditional approval. I will never restrict your freedom or push you to explain yourself. All I truly want to do is to warm myself in the glow of your intelligence. Can you accept that? I have this theory that your sparkle is contagious -- that I’ll get smarter about how to live my own life if I can simply be in your presence. What do you say? In return, I promise to deepen your appreciation for yourself and show you secrets about how best to wield your influence. -Your Secret Admirer.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Cancerian artist Rembrandt became one of the world’s greatest painters. It was a struggle. “I can’t paint the way they want me to paint,” he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. “I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can’t do it. I just can’t do it!” We should be glad the master failed to meet his critics’ expectations. His work’s unique beauty didn’t get watered down. But there was a price to pay. “That is why I am just a little crazy,” Rembrandt concluded. Here’s the moral of the story: To be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-off? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Indian spiritual teacher Nisargadatta Mahara j offered a three-stage fable to symbolize one’s progression toward enlightenment. In the first stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. You’re protected by the cage, so the tiger can’t hurt you. On the other hand, you’re trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the tiger is out of the cage and you have tamed it. It’s your ally and you are riding around on its back. I believe this sequence has resemblances to the story you’ll be living in the coming months. Right now you’re inside the cage and the tiger is outside. By mid-May the tiger will be in the cage and you’ll be outside. By your birthday, I expect you to be riding the tiger. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What is “soul work,” anyway? It’s like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. Or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. Soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. It’s like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smoldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? It’s Soul Work Week for you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Are you close to anyone who is a catalytic listener? Is there a person who tunes in to what you say with such fervent receptivity that you get inspired to reveal truths you didn’t realize you knew? If so, invite this superstar out
to a free lunch or two in the coming days. If not, see if you can find one. Of course, it is always a blessing to have a heart-toheart talk with a soul friend, but it is even more crucial than usual for you to treat yourself to this luxury now. Hints of lost magic are near the surface of your awareness. They’re still unconscious, but could emerge into full view during provocative conversations with an empathetic ally. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): On my blog, I quoted author Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” I asked my readers what word they would use in place of “writing” to describe how they avoided being destroyed by reality. Popular responses were love, music, whiskey, prayer, dreams, gratitude, and yoga. One woman testified that she stayed drunk on sexting, while another said “collecting gargoyles from medieval cathedrals,” and a third claimed her secret was “jumping over hurdles while riding a horse.” There was even a rebel who declared she stayed drunk on writing so she could destroy reality. My question is important for you to meditate on, Scorpio. Right now you must do whatever’s necessary to keep from being messed with by reality. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Does your mother know what you are up to these days? Let’s hope not. I doubt if she would fully approve, and that might inhibit your enthusiasm for the experiments you are exploring. It’s probably best to keep your father out of the loop as well, along with other honchos, cynics, or loved ones who might be upset if you wander outside of your usual boundaries. And as for those clucking voices in your head: Give them milk and cookies, but don’t pay attention to their cautious advice. You need to be free of the past, free of fearful influences, and free of the self you’re in the process of outgrowing.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the foreseeable future, I urge you not to spend much time wrangling with bureaucrats and know-it-alls. Avoid frustrating projects that would require meticulous discipline. Don’t even think about catching up on paperwork or organizing your junk drawer or planning the next five years of your career. Instead, focus on taking long meandering walks to nowhere in particular. Daydream about an epic movie based on your life story. Flirt with being a lazy bum. Play noncompetitive games with unambitious people. Here’s why: Good ideas and wise decisions are most likely to percolate as you are lounging around doing nothing -and feeling no guilt for doing nothing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Are you waiting? Are you wondering and hoping? Are you calculating whether you are needed, and if so, how much? Do you wish the signs were clearer about how deeply you should commit yourself? Are you on edge as you try to gauge what your exact role is in the grand scheme of things? I’m here to deliver a message from the universe about how you should proceed. It’s a poem by Emily Dickinson: “They might not need me but – they might – / I’ll let my Heart be just in sight – / A smile so small as mine might be / Precisely their necessity -” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will soon get a second chance. An opportunity you failed to capitalize on in the past will re-emerge in an even more welcoming guise, and you will snag it this time. You weren’t ready for it the first time it came around, but you are ready now! It’s probably a good thing the connection didn’t happen earlier, because at that time the magic wasn’t fully ripe. But the magic is ripe now!
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ACROSS 1 Port of Iraq 6 Famous fiddle, for short 11 Ladybug’s lunch 16 Kitchen meas. 19 “The door’s open!” 20 City at the foot of Mount Carmel 21 Knock it off 22 Former heavyweight champ 23 Not earning one’s wages, in a way 26 Gene sharers 27 Dispense 28 Certain noble’s domain 29 Pretentious syllables 31 With a fresh start 32 Aromatherapy setting 34 Flowery necklace 35 Reed instrument 37 Army chow 38 Notable boy king 39 Plumed wading bird 41 City in India 42 Mesa relatives 45 Microorganism’s locomotion appendages 47 Prepare to ice skate 51 500 sheets of paper 53 Bad ___ (German resort) 54 Lively tune 56 Store cremated remains 57 Recharge one’s batteries 59 Vietnam’s capital 60 Participate in an election 61 Small snapshot? 62 Place to work out 63 Swindler’s activity
65 Ballpark fig. 66 “Out of the question” 67 Chest muscle, for short 68 Fair to middling 69 Headlight setting 70 Obviously pleased 72 Actor Aykroyd 73 Hairy beast 74 Mother of mine? 75 Like a pocketful of krypton 76 Not worry 79 Long-term inmate 80 Petri-dish medium 81 D.C. dignitary 82 Part of a foot 83 Bats’ hangout 84 Most brittle 87 Like pant legs 89 Black, to a poet 91 Opposite of a giver 92 “Fargo” assent 93 Like the Mojave 97 Peace of mind 99 Biblical jawbone source 102 Jamaican popular music 103 Glazier’s installation 104 Bicycle for two 105 “The People’s Princess” 107 Shape of a planet’s orbit 109 She raised Cain 110 Relaxing with an ottoman 114 Suffix for “command” or “profit” 115 With no one 116 Exposed publicly 117 10 plus 10 118 Bride’s new title 119 Dryer materials 120 Dictation pro 121 More withered
DOWN 1 Hag 2 Nobody in particular 3 Subway entrances 4 Extends, as a subscription 5 2012 film about hostages 6 Heavyweight event? 7 Marble used as a shooter 8 Fruit skin 9 Ran ___ of the law 10 Tango, for one 11 Feeling flu-ish 12 Carolina’s ___ Dee River 13 Leon Uris book “The ___” 14 Put by itself 15 Prevent entry of 16 Using a comfortable chair 17 Tricky pitch 18 Big hit at birthday parties? 24 Quarrel 25 One available for the taking? 30 Ringing up, old-style 33 What opposites do 35 Muscle spasm 36 Chair parts 40 Faint flicker 42 Frank holder 43 “Oh no, a mouse!” 44 Letters on a motor-oil can 46 Pampas kin 47 Cats have nine of them 48 Loss of sense of smell 49 Economizing 50 “Able was I ___ I saw Elba” 52 Primary color, to a printer 55 More hesitant
57 Light, metallic sound 58 Gotham, initially 59 Car-engine part 61 Breathe rapidly 63 Editor’s raw material 64 Abrasive cloth 66 Wispy white clouds 67 Faux ___ (blunder) 68 Square dance moves 71 Added to one’s knowledge base 72 Close-packed 74 Like Al Capp’s Abner 76 Badly needing a bath 77 Ambulance stops (Abbr.) 78 High card 79 Was in front of the pack 81 Exchange of cross words 83 On ___ of (for) 85 Impulse activators 86 Back of a wedding gown 88 Gets by 89 Put on a pedestal 90 June Cleaver’s son 93 By the item 94 “Jurassic Park” predator 95 Underwrite a risk 96 More thoughtprovoking 98 Katmandu’s land 100 Palms yielding starch 101 Aardvark feature 105 Bites the dust 106 Pay to hold hands? 108 Diet-food label word 111 Brick measure? 112 Demolitionist’s stuff 113 Suffix for “Hallow”
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Events Begin at 8:00 a.m. The Super Saturday festival is an Okmulgee tradition hosted by OSU Institute of Technology. Join us for a community homecoming celebration with free, family-friendly fun for all ages.
04.12.2014 at 3:00 p.m.
DYLAN SCOTT FEATURING FEATURING ""MAKIN MAKIN’’ THIS THIS BOY BOY GO GO CRAZY CRAZY""
super.osuit.edu 106.1 106.1 The The Twister, Twister, Oklahoma's Oklahoma's Best Best New New Country, Country, is is proud proud to to present present Dylan Dylan Scott Scott in in concert, concert, during during Okmulgee’s Okmulgee’s Super Super Saturday Saturday festival. festival.
Admission Admission & & Parking Parking are are FREE FREE
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