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6 Courting creativity 8 in the news 10 news from the plains 12 Diagnosis: artist

23 The fire inside: An interview with Cedric Mitchell

36 albumreview: Songs by John Fullbright 36 A pianist’s history of Jazz 38 live music listings

FOOD & DRINK 14 The art and science of pizza 16 voices’choices 17 dining listings 18  b oozeclues: JFJO turns 20

ARTS & CULTURE 26 The art we carry 28 artspotting: The boss in Tulsa 30 events & things to do 32 fashionplate 34 okcool Mary Blair, Disney animator

FILM & TV 40 film review: Return of ‘Raid’ 41 tv review: Geeks & valleys

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here’s this thing at Philbrook called Swathe. Swathe cries, frets, and mumbles to itself. Its eyes twitch, and its lips twist and pull. I was intrigued by this unusual work of art, but my son, an infant at the time, was on the brink of tears. “OK?” he asked, desperate to give comfort. “OK?” Weird, freaky, disturbing. I’ve heard Swathe described along all these lines. To my son, though, Swathe was lovable. He didn’t have imaginary friends. Instead, he had a pair of misshapen orbs and a video projector on the second floor of an old oil-baron mansion in midtown Tulsa. It never occurred to him that Swathe might already have a name. To him, Swathe was Donut. We have a portrait of my son’s friend thanks to Philbrook’s My Museum program, which issued one of its Art Cards—they’re like the art world’s answer to Topps and Fleer—with an image of Donut’s unforgettable face. My son insisted on keeping the card in the top drawer of his dresser, separate from his other things. Tucking the card into its place one night, I wondered what kinds of things the artist who created Swathe squirreled away for safekeeping, things that transcended their intended purpose. We visited Donut regularly and often. One day we returned to Do-


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nut’s usual spot and found it empty. I asked a staff member, fearing the worst. Swathe had been moved to storage, she said; when it would return, she didn’t know. To tell my son that Donut was stowed until further notice would have been like telling him we were going to imprison the family dog in the coat closet until forever. So, Donut went on vacation. For two years. Eventually, my son, now 6, stopped asking about Donut’s return. I once found a handwritten note from a Philbrook staffer enclosed with our membership cards. Don’t worry, it said, Donut will come back soon. I meant to read it to my son when he returned home from school that day, but in the torrent of dinner and baths and story time, it must’ve slipped into the recycling, and I never did. Then, in a gallery in Philbrook’s satellite location in downtown’s arts district, we saw it. We made our way through the hullabaloo that is First Friday toward our lost friend, at the top of the museum’s 75th year in Tulsa, not long before public funding for the arts came under siege from practically all sides in the halls where we trust our state representatives with our state and our affairs, for us and for our children, for today and tomorrow.

Years disappeared. I watched my son with Donut as they talked at each other for several minutes, their babbling seemingly mutually exclusive, the conversation taking place in the hidden space between the earpieces of a set of headphones my son found plugged into Swathe. “I bet Donut is glad to be back after such a long vacation,” he stopped long enough to tell me. His face gleamed like a thousand watts. A girl came. She was fixated on Swathe, too. My son handed her his headphones. As she slid them on, he moved to the next gallery, darting through the crowd with such speed and agility that I longed for the days when we’d sway through Tulsa’s museum galleries until he slept in my arms. Inside he found a vessel—it was Cherokee pottery, he read on the placard (he’d stood on tiptoe) and made from clay, he guessed—that he decided was one of the most beautiful things he ever saw.


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Courting creativity A well-supported arts community is a defining characteristic of a successful city by RAY PEARCEY


ecently, I heard that Annie Ellicott, an outstanding, arguably singular Tulsa singer, performance artist, and entertainment phenom, was leaving T-Town for San Francisco. Annie is an amazing conflation of talent, focused eccentricity, and sheer energy. Her leaving, which I understand is driven by a slew of considerations, is, no matter how you cut it, a real blow for Tulsa’s art, performance, and entertainment world. News of her departure came not long after I had a brief discussion with Washington Rucker, a former Oklahoman and a worldclass drummer and jazz musician. Washington spent over a week in Tulsa performing, teaching early-stage musicians and kids, and talking art, music, and movies with yours truly, and others. When asked what would make him stay longer when he visits, he said that sparking operations like the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and its teaching and performance efforts would be a grand start. He also told me that the density of engagements and gigs was at least as important as anything else. He ended by suggesting that cool, inexpensive housing would also be a real plus, a thought echoed by one of his local hosts, Oklahoma Hall of Fame chair Jeff Kos. Annie’s departure got me and some of my policy-obsessed buds 6 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

thinking. Are there stout initiatives now in our city that would forestall the departure of outstanding talents like Ms. Ellicott? My buddies and I are, of course, not the only souls to ruminate on this. Indeed, the Arts and Humanities Council and its statewide sister organization, operations like Theatre North, Living Arts, and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and a small army of community music, art, and performance organizations devote lots of thought and what resources they can to this matter. Relatively new pieces of T-Town social machinery, like Tulsa Music + Film, are, at least in part, here to retain and nurture Tulsa artists, musicians, filmmakers and other creative workers. But unlike our efforts in conventional economic development, where we have expended millions and have proposed to spend many millions more (think about the failed $254-million Tulsa Aerospace/Vision 2 initiative, pushed almost 18 months ago by the Mayor, the Regional Chamber, and parts of the business community), we have spent comparatively few dollars and allocated little imagination or intellectual capital to retaining, or better still, dramatically ramping up the “human capital” so central to the arts in Tulsa.

The number working in art and the creative professions may—no, must— multiply very rapidly, and towns that have the tools, the atmosphere, the creative policies to buttress this transition will be among the most successful metros in the land. A passel of evidence suggests that arts are not simply a nice thing, a gilded amenity that makes a city a little more vibrant, a bit more interesting. A 2010 sample study of U.S. adults in 26 cities conducted by the Gallop organization for the Knight Foundation found that “social offerings, openness and beauty are far more important than people’s perceptions of the [local] economy, jobs or basic services...” We could argue that these findings are consistent with the synthesizing work of development theorist and urban geographer Richard Florida, planner and new urbanist Ann Markusen, Andrés Duany, and a growing cadre of others from development-planning, architecture, urban econom-

ics, and regional-planning circles. Practitioners call it “creative place making:” making communities dramatically more attractive, more livable, more vital. Using vibrant design, mixed-use projects in neighborhood planning, and strong transit availability are some of the most important parts of this array of ideas, notions that are all central to Tulsa’s new comprehensive plan and the citizen-led PlaniTulsa process. While it may seem counterintuitive to argue that an aggressive art-and-culture policy is every bit as important as the number of cops on the street, the quality of public education, or the quality of our trash service, it’s becoming clear that communities that offer a superior, fully developed arts-andculture ecology hold a competitive edge over burgs that fail to privilege the arts. The Knight/Gallup perception study and Florida’s work are just two drivers. And then there are the changes in employment. The impact, key observers say, of the revolutionary character of next-wave digital technology, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and advanced automation is on the quantity, quality, and shape of our work. The employment world as we have known it is about to be convulsed. Writers and MIT scholars Andrew (continued on page 11) Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

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hen Brooke Cox and her friends heard reports that doctors affiliated with the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville were allegedly going to stop prescribing contraceptives strictly for birth control, they knew they didn’t like it. The question became what they were going to do about it. The answer they came up with cast a spotlight on Oklahoma and intensified the national debate about what can happen when organizations with religious affiliations get involved in the administration of health care facilities. On its website, Ascension Health describes itself as the “nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system” with its “mission focused health ministries” employing more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,500 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia. St. John Health System joined Ascension Health in April 2013, a transaction which also brought Jane Phillips Medical Center under Ascension control. The development illustrated a growing trend throughout the United States. According to a report released last December by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Merger Watch Project, the number of Catholic sponsored or affiliated acute care hospitals increased by 16 percent from 2001 until 2011. The report


says that the number of other types of non-profit hospitals declined during that decade, as did the number of publicly owned hospitals. The report also states that 10 of the 25 largest health systems in the United States are Catholic-sponsored. Sheila Reynertson is the advocacy coordinator for the Merger Watch Project, which was created in 1996 when the merger between religious and secular hospitals in Troy, N.Y., caused the loss of contraceptive services at an outpatient clinic. Merger Watch works directly with communities to find ways of protecting patients’ rights and access to care when “non-religious hospitals are proposing mergers with religious health systems,” according to its website. Reynertson told The Tulsa Voice recently that problems arise in situations in which a health care system attempts to take steps in which its stated religious beliefs threaten to infringe on patients’ rights. According to its website, Merger Watch is dedicated to the idea that health care should be guided by accurate medical information and the patient’s own religious or ethical beliefs. Merger Watch believes “in medical decision-making, the patient’s rights must come first, ” the site says. Reynertson said issues connected to patient care become particularly pressing in smaller

communities in which a particular medical facility is essentially “the only game in town” when it comes to health care.

“... Organizers are still researching their options to accomplish their long-term goal of health care that is free from religious agendas.” That’s where the controversy that sprung up in Bartlesville in late March enters the picture. Rightly or wrongly, word began to spread through the city that—on or about March 26—doctors affiliated with Jane Phillips Medical Center had been instructed that they would no longer be permitted to prescribe contraceptives strictly for birth control, although such prescriptions would purportedly still be allowed for other medical purposes. St. John officials have not confirmed whether such a meeting ever took place. Instead, a media statement was issued that said, “Consistent with Catholic health care organizations, St. John Health System operates in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and therefore, does not approve or support contraceptive practices.”

“However, only physicians (not institutions) are licensed to practice medicine and make medical judgments. While our physicians agree to abide by the directives, they also have the ability to prescribe medications, including hormonal medications, in accordance with their independent professional medical judgment. This includes informing patients when they are operating under their own professional judgment and not on behalf of St. John Health System.” Even if the supposed March 26 meeting with doctors affiliated with Jane Phillips Medical Center never took place-or if what was said there was misunderstood-there is no denying the public outcry that occurred in the days that followed. Cox said she heard about the situation from friends and that “the more we talked, the more we realized a lot of people didn’t like it.” Their outrage manifested itself in an on-line effort during the following weekend that resulted in the founding of the “Bartlesville United for Healthcare” Facebook page, which stated “we believe that everyone has a right to healthcare that is free from religious agendas.” Cox said she had no idea that the site—which quickly collected more than 1,000 likes-- would catch on “like wildfire.” By March 31, St. John issued a written statement that appeared to defuse the controversy, which Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

by that point had drawn national media attention. Reynertson subsequently said she was “not totally convinced” that the Bartlesville birth control controversy was forever resolved. She said the statement released by St. John appeared “intentionally vague” and that she has seen examples of “double speak” and “promises kept and promised broken” in similar situations elsewhere in the country. Still, she said people in Bartlesville did a “fantastic job” of banding together over the issue by creating a grass roots effort that prompted an almost immediate reaction. These sorts of controversies may be just beginning in the state. The Oklahoma State University Medical Authority announced recently that it has selected Mercy Health System to manage the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. with 33 acute care hospitals and nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, according to its website.

Such business arrangements in the world of health care have been increasingly occurring since the mid-1990s as community hospitals sought to ease financial stress, according to Merger Watch. All of this is playing out against a larger health care issue. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed by various corporations challenging the birth control coverage benefits contained in the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by late June which could clarify whether businesses have a religious liberty right or whether such constitutional protections apply only to individuals. Cox said “everybody has a right to believe what they want to believe” but that those beliefs should not be pushed on others. She said that although the Bartlesville birth control controversy has seemingly passed, the “Bartlesville United for Healthcare” effort will not be going away. She said organizers are still researching their options to accomplish their

long-term goal of health care that is free from religious agendas. The joint Merger Watch and ACLU report issued last December, recommended that “going forward, we need broad policy reform such that women’s health and rights are respected.” Specifically, the report recommended steps that include enforcing federal law to ensure that patients are given full information about their treatment options and establishing higher standards for facilities designated as “sole community hospitals” in order to meet the health needs of patients in their areas. Cox said that Bartlesville residents don’t have the array of health care options that people in a city like Tulsa have. While the two cities are only roughly an hour apart, Cox pointed out that the distance is not easily traveled for some. The joint report also recommended the exposition of harms to patients that allegedly could result from enforcement of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Among other things, the report also advocated transparency of public funding for religiously affiliated hospitals and requiring hospitals to make public their policies on the provision of reproductive health care. Reynertson said it “becomes a problem” when organizations that are in the field of health care try to assert that their religious freedom trumps patients’ rights to have access to health care. Whatever happened in Bartlesville at the end of March, it certainly focused a lot of attention on what can happen when the worlds of religion and health care attempt to co-exist. These issues will only continue to grow in the area, especially if a long-term agreement is reached for Mercy Health System to manage the OSU Medical Center. The Merger Watch website says “medical care that is restricted by institutional religious doctrine or the provider’s moral beliefs can pose a significant threat to patients’ rights and access to care.”

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Screaming at the right building The people have spoken—if only someone had been listening by BARRY FRIEDMAN


n March 31, almost 25,000 Oklahoma teachers and others boarded buses and carpools and met at the state Capitol for a rally. They came to show solidarity with one another and to demand from legislators more money and support for public education. And considering how, since 2008, the state has now slipped to 49th in education funding, they should really come more often. Fewer than 24 hours later, the Oklahoma Senate Finance Committee approved a tax cut, which would take another $147 million out of the state budget, meaning even less money for education. Then the full senate voted to repeal Common Core (a national education standard for math and language skills), which, while a time zone away from perfect curriculum reform, would have been a good first step for a state that needs one. On April Fools’ Day, a day after so many gathered together to show their commitment to education, the Oklahoma Legislature flipped them off. And the land we belong to is grand. The weekend before, though, held so much promise. David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute (a non-partisan think tank which provides timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas), was at his 50th birthday party. The dining room was filled with a birthday cake, wine, chips and dip, hummus, fancy crackers, and liberals in khaki pants, talking about marathons, cycling, and the state’s education possibilities. And Blatt was working on jokes. “What do you think of this one? An old man is trying to convince a woman to let him kiss her breasts. He offers fifty, one 10 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

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hundred dollars; she says, ‘No.’ Finally, he offers $500 per. She agrees. They go back to the hotel. He kisses one, says, ‘I don’t think I can;’ kisses the other, says, ‘I don’t think I can.’ Finally, she says, ‘What do you mean, “You don’t think you can”?’” “’I mean,’ says the old man, ‘I don’t think I can find the money.’” “Then, I’ll tell the crowd,” Blatt said, “don’t believe the legislature when it says it can’t find the money.” Nobody laughed. “I could tell the Emo Philips’ joke,” he said. “’So I went to the Wailing Wall with my harpoon and felt like an idiot.’” That one people liked, as they did the story Blatt told of meeting the eighteen year-old who said he’d had a bad decade. “‘YOU had a bad decade?’” Blatt told the kid. “‘Tell me about it. I’m a Democrat.’” To be a Democrat in Oklahoma is to have had the worst of decades. Sisyphus had it easier, so Blatt knows that it will be a

“But how do you actually get the legislature to fund kids as well as they fund roads? Well, maybe if you just paint a yellow stripe down the center of these kids.” victory if things don’t get worse for education this legislative session. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, though, if history matters, that’s not going to happen. Oklahoma cut more money from education than any other state since 2008. It ranks last in public libraries, 37th in those with a high-school diploma, 44th in the nation in per-pupil funding, but, because a state has to have priorities, first in the lowest tax rates1 for horizontal drillers, beating out those socialists in Wyoming, North Dakota, Texas, and Montana.

We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1! “So what makes you think the rally,” I asked Blatt, “will go well?” “Because,” he said, “we’ll be there in force and most in the legislature say they support education.” Pretty low bar, I thought. Most think moms are great, too. And, yet, as Charles P. Pierce of Esquire once said of protests like the one for education in OKC, “Sometimes it’s enough to yell at the right building.” Which brings me to State Representative Mike Turner (R-OKC), part of the new generation of GOP wingnuttia. It was Turner who last year authored a bill outlawing all marriage in the state, and he’s the one who said of the rally, “This sort of behavior should not be tolerated by our schools or any other state agency participating in this gross abuse of your hard-earned money.” Gross abuse? You make $38,400 for three months of work, more than many of these teachers make on full-year contracts, but, please, continue. “They were supposed to teach children today. It’s a school day. They were not doing that,” he said. Oh, knock it off. The kids’ll survive and, more important, this is how democracy gets done. Moreover, Turner, who’s 26, has some cajones complaining about the work ethic of teachers when he’s had, count ‘em, one job before his bang-up work as a legislator, and that was in high school. According to his own website,, the 26-year-old had one job where “ … he worked as an electrician’s apprentice, crawling through attics and underneath floors to run wires.” A regular Horatio Alger. Of course he’s now running for Jim Langford’s seat in the U.S. House Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

of Representatives, because Oklahoma needs more of this kind of thinking in Washington. But it wasn’t just legislators who missed the point. The Superintendent of Schools, Janet Barresi, somehow managed to foul it back. (What’s new?) While saying the rally was “very impressive,” she added, “Like all the educators and parents who rallied at the Capitol, I believe Oklahoma’s public education system needs more money going to the classroom and not administration.” Yeah, that’s what the rally was about. Top-heavy administration. Even still, Blatt was upbeat and heartened by those who came to the rally, impressed by their very presence on a windy, chilly Monday. He heard from many who said they’d gladly give back the $29 they’d get from a proposed tax cut if it meant better schools. “I opened the speech with a Will Rogers quote,” he told me the day after the rally.

“Why?” “Because that’s what you do in Oklahoma.” “When you’re in a hole,” he told the crowd, quoting Rogers, “stop digging.” Problem is, not everyone sees the hole. From his prepared remarks: “Some of the plans in the legislature would tie a tax cut to a trigger, so that whenever revenues grow, there will be automatic tax cuts. But that’s the wrong trigger. How about we decide that we won’t cut our income tax until per pupil funding climbs back to where it was in 2008? How about no tax cut until our teacher salaries are no longer among the lowest and teachers no longer have to dig into their own empty pockets to buy school supplies for their students? How about no tax cut until our college graduation rate reaches the national average?” Yes, tax cuts. Always tax cuts.

They are the salve legislators put on everything. “So, the state has this roads fund and every year, come hell or high water,” he told me, “we increase the funding to roads—this year, something like $57 million— until the fund reaches something like 600-million. So, my thinking is doing the same thing for kids. But how do you actually get the legislature to fund kids as well as they fund roads? Well, maybe if you just paint a yellow stripe down the center of these kids.” Considering the expediency with which the rally’s goals were dismissed by the legislature, who knows if even that would work? As it turned out, the teachers who came to OKC that last day in March might as well have come with harpoons and tilted them at the Capitol like 25,000 Don Quixotes for all the good it did. With the tax cut approved, teachers will, in fact, get that $29 (maybe they can use it to buy school supplies

for their classrooms), the state legislature will keep making their job more difficult, and Mike Turner will continue talking about whatever it is Mike Turner is talking about. Still—still—March 31 was a good day, all things considered, for there were 25,000 who stood together in Oklahoma City, yelling, as one, about the future, about education, about children, and yelling at the right building.

(continued from page 6) McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, in their provocative new book, “The Second Machine Age,” argue that unless we start to think very consciously about what a job really looks like and radically expand our concept of what gainful employment actually is, we will suffer a job shortage of epic dimensions. The two asked, “the Industrial Revolution produced machines that required humans, but is the digital revolution rendering labor obsolete?” Late 19th-century America was a nation populated and defined by farmers. Fully 70 percent of the U.S. population was engaged directly in farming in 1870. Now, the metric is well under 2.5 percent of the working population. A change just as dramatic may be afoot in the not-too-distant future. The number of people working in art and the creative professions may—no, must—multiply very rapidly, and towns that have the tools, the atmosphere, the creative policies to buttress this transition will be, as Carol Colletta of ArtPlace, a collaboration of national foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts argues, among the most successful metros in the land.

We need to create a Kickstarter-like project in which Tulsa-area people contribute, together with our philanthropic community, to an “Annie Fund;” that is, a variation on the important Raymond & Nancy Feldman artist prize here in Tulsa, too small for this purpose. Kickstarter and a tiny set of similar ventures online manage portals to secure small donations from interested folks to finance small art, film, music, and other creative efforts. Our new Annie Fund, if it succeeds, would be used to identify and support promising new and maturing artists and creators, with a strong preference for artists who are already here. It’d be helpful during this process to use a broad idea of what a creative professional is and does. Included could be industrial designers, architects, filmmakers, writers, fashion designers, video-game developers, chefs, craftspeople, and visually inclined software engineers, plus visual artists, performing artists, musicians, and other folks we already think of as artists. We need to create and provide access to next-wave tools. Tulsa’s still-new Community Supercomputing operation should be readily available for the members of our creative community. Video-game

Our new Annie Fund, if it succeeds, would be used to identify and support promising new and maturing artists and creators, with a strong preference for artists who are already here.

communities across the country. Mid-career artists, like too many Tulsa professionals, rarely get an opportunity to take extended leave; in the case of creative professionals, it’s the roaring art enclaves that are calling, such as the ones in New York City, Austin, or San Francisco. Nationally renown painter P.S. Gordon, in a extended conversation I had with him and a colleague recently, reminded me that he left the state for NYC about a decade ago; he returned some months ago with the intention to remain here permanently. He said his long stay away from T-Town had helped him immensely. He told me that financing extended stays away for local artists might be an effective way to secure their return, and a grand way of exposing a large body of area artists to new techniques, styles, dealer and artist networks for the benefit of our artists and our status as an arts city.

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developers, special-effects pros, and digital-animation wizards could make fantastic use of high-performance computing; they’re already doing so across the country. Providing Tulsa-area artists with this kind of juice would be a retention and attraction tool of the first order. While we need more affordable rental units in Tulsa’s downtown, north Tulsa, and midtown, there may be a need to use public/private resources and Tulsa’s philanthropic community to craft new housing devoted to retaining and growing our creative community. Perhaps we should re-examine Tulsa’s salestax-fueled, Downtown Revolving Housing fund. Members of Oklahoma’s art community can learn loads from other places and other arts


Horizontal drilling tax breaks unnecessary, The Collegian at The University of Tulsa, Jan. 27, 2014

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Diagnosis: artist Our local artists and musicians struggle to secure basic health care by KELSEY DUVALL


heyenne Butcher saw the rain coming but waited for the perfect shot. Rather than run for cover, she stayed on location, trying to keep her camera dry. After all, her boss let her take off work, so she had to finish then. But when the sickness hit, she missed work for another reason. Without insurance, she couldn’t afford a doctor visit or medicine to get well. Without sick time, she lost money when she couldn’t go to work. “It would have been alleviated had I been able to go to the doctor. That’s not an option. I wouldn’t be able to pay for that. So you unfortunately get everyone else sick or deal with the pain,” said Butcher, who works at Dwelling Spaces as a Barista and at AHHA as manager of the printmaking department. Recently, several benefits have been held to help local musicians struggling with soaring medical bills in the wake of major medical events. The packed calendar has brought attention to the plight of the working artist, often struggling to make ends meet with multiple jobs which don’t provide health insurance. In the artistic community, it’s a systemic lack of access. There are resources for the approximately 29,000 independent artists, writers, and performers working in Oklahoma. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidizes insurance for most Americans, including an eligible 44 percent of the roughly 640,000 uninsured Oklahomans. Additionally, Artists Health Resource Center and Fractured Atlas are two organizations with websites devoted to educating and connecting artists with options and insurance. However, researching options and enrolling is a challenge for someone under the gun to freelance and work multiple jobs. Timing and system challenges help explain why 78,000 12 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

Che yenne Butcher, Tulsa ar t ist // Photo by Evan Taylor

Oklahomans consulted the ACA website and qualified for subsidized health care, but only 33,000 actually enrolled in a plan as of March 1, 2014. “When I try, I can’t sign up. I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to teach or my community and what I’m doing for them. Accommodating it to my schedule and having the stars align has been the most difficult thing,” said Butcher. Of course, money is also an issue. Before he returned to Tulsa in 2011, eventually becoming Coordinator and Instructor of the AHHA Film Institute and Film Series, Zach Litwack worked freelance through graduate school at Columbia College in Chicago. “It was just not a priority. Paying rent or bills was more important, so I let health insurance slide. Fortunately, I never really got sick,” said Litwack. Considered an artist in residence, Litwack doesn’t have access to insurance through his employer, but he has recently been able to obtain coverage through the ACA. While he’s grateful for the discounts, the compulsory sign-up

“You quit the job that can afford health care, and you start doing your artwork. I love that I’ve made that choice, but I wish I could have benefits like everybody else,” said Butcher. instead of access to health care as a basic human right raises broader questions for him. “How are art and artists valued? There is design and art everywhere, yet somehow it’s still not seen as a necessity. I chose this life knowing it can be unstable, but it points at broader issues in terms of our society and what we value,” said Litwack. Litwack’s sentiments resonate in the music studio, too. After freelancing for almost 15 years, Mark Kuykendall finally quit his day jobs to establish a studio for his label, Unknown Tone, in 2011 with his wife, Lindsey. As he segues to fulltime music production,

he faces challenges procuring health care now that he’s selfemployed. “I’m leery of the system, being forced to take something from someone else that might not be the best for me,” said Kuykendall. After losing access to a family plan six years ago, Kuykendall cites playing it safe by working from home as a strategy to avoid illness. Like Butcher, he says the options are lacking. Like Litwack, he says the money just isn’t there. Currently, he’s working with SoonerCare and taking advantage of his access to Indian Health Services. Echoing Litwack’s concerns, he hopes for a paradigm shift away from the approach to health care as an individual responsibility. “Health care needs to be a broader concern. Everybody kind of views it like it’s a personalized thing. If everybody could know that when your neighbor’s hurting, that hurts you as well,” said Kuykendall. Butcher, Litwack, and Kuykendall are each at different points in their careers. But whether still in the day-job trenches, established with an iconic local-arts organization, or finally going solo fulltime, they struggle to obtain the peace of mind that health care brings. “If you’re unhappy doing the job because you don’t have enough time to do your artwork, you quit the job that can afford health care, and you start doing your artwork. I love that I’ve made that choice, but I wish I could have benefits like everybody else,” said Butcher. For now, she’ll wrap up a project, teach her nine students, and serve up specialty coffee at Dwelling Spaces. As long as no one in the array of people she’ll photograph or teach or serve today has a cold, she’ll be fine, she said. Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

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Art, engineering, & good olive oil The fine line between art and science for one Tulsa-based restaurateur-slash-international pizza competitor by ALLISON KEIM


ike Bausch worked a dough ball that would soon become our dinner. He kneaded the dough into the marble counter, using the palm of his flour-covered hands to form the ball into the shell of a pie. Once the shape was achieved, he pressed down firmly using the tips of his fingers and, starting from the center and working toward the edges, formed a crest along the outside of the pie that was both practical and beautiful. Bausch is a man obsessed. All that time and effort was for one of the simplest pizzas on the menu at his restaurant, Andolini’s on Cherry Street, a concept sprung from Owasso, where it shares wayfinding signs with drive-thrus and national sit-down chains. The 1889 Margherita of Savoy is commonly referred to as Pizza Margherita; it’s the pie that is given credit for making peasant food fit for royalty. Quality ingredients are what elevates it so. The freshest basil, authentic San Marzano tomatoes, and house made mozzarella are essential; their colors, a tribute to the Italian flag. “There’s impressive and there’s unimpressive,” Bausch told me, straight faced and as a matter of fact. “There is literally nothing between those two.” Avid movie watchers know Vito Andolini. Andolini was Vito Corleone’s given name in a novel by Mario Puzo, later turned into the legendary film trilogy, “The Godfather.” Vito was the king of the mob; Bausch likes to think of Andolini’s as the king of pizzerias. When I walked into the restaurant that night, I was met with an old soul. Behind the glass that separates the kitchen from the foyer, the crew moved fluidly about their workspace, smiling at customers. Throughout the dining room there is a charming assortment of framed oddities and antique images, crafting the comfort of 14 // FOOD & DRINK

Mike Bausch competes at an inter nat ional pizza compet it ion in Las Vegas // Cour tesy

old-world charm. The open kitchen creates a feeling similar to a family gathering at the grandparents’ house. It’s festive and lively. Bausch’s roots are Irish Catholic, deep in New Jersey and also along the West Coast, where he was educated in Political Science. He and his father and brother all served in the Marine Corps. His parents have been married for almost half of a century. He goes to church regularly. He reads. He is serious about utilizing it all, calculating carefully and putting his life experiences to work for his passion: pizza. “Socrates teaches that you are only as valuable as your techne, which is your worth to your world; what you do. This is what I do,” he told me. Bausch takes his cues from Tony Gemignani, world renowned pizza chef and the proprietor of The International School of Pizza. Gemignani learned everything about pizza from The Scuola Italiana Pizzaiol and developed this program to share the food science behind pizza with the rest of the world. “After taking this course, everything I thought I knew about pizza completely changed,’” Bausch said.

Mastery is mandatory for his employees. It’s important to him that his team understands the process of making dough to ensure consistency. Bausch’s approached the perfect pizza like a scientist. It starts with the dough. The key ingredient is double zero flour, the most refined flour one can purchase. It’s light and airy and far from the all-purpose flour that lives in my pantry. Balls of dough are aged for at least two days. Bausch developed his own program for the creation of new work. Mastery is mandatory for his employees. It’s important to him that his team understands the process of making dough to ensure consistency. “Dough is a living, breathing organism and I cannot be everywhere all the time,” he said. Bausch sends for specialty products like a painter, procuring

earthy, certified DOP San Marzano tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil from Italy. Creamy mozzarella is made in-house up to three times a day, and some of it is smoked for a complex flavor. Bausch gave me a tour of the kitchen. I asked him if he sourced locally. “I source locally, in that, I make it,” he said. He gestured at shelves packed with house-made meatballs and trays of freshly smoked mozzarella. “I don’t support local because of altruism. I support it because it’s the best.” We sat down at the bar to eat and Mike chose libations to pair with our pie. He ordered the Norma Jean, a vodka-based drink spruced up with St. Germain, blackberry, and fresh lemon juice. “The Norma Jean is a delicious and delicate, kind of like a blackberry cosmopolitan. It’s a lovely drink,” he told me. The heat of the oven lightly wilted the leaves of basil on our pizza. Bausch seasoned it with the olive oil from Italy and a pinch of red rock salt. It came out of the oven with bubbling cheese, steaming with the aroma of the basil. Later, I’d eat the contents of the to-go box on my way home. Bausch makes pizza just like this on international soil, not to sell, but to compete. “I take all of my own ingredients and equipment and set up shop in a hotel room,” he told me. This guarantees the consistency of his pizzas so he is prepared to give the judges exactly the same pie he makes in his Tulsa kitchen. This spring in Parma, Italy, a land where food meets art, Bausch represented the United States in the 23rd-annual World Pizza Championship. “I go to competitions to learn to be a better pizzaiolo,” he said. “Even if I lose, I still walk away a winner.” Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

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A pint of Marshall’s IPA with a slice of The Hideaway’s pepperoni (or The Boz with its jalapeños aplenty if you appreciate, as I do, the occasional good cry) is a work of art on its own—certainly enough for one meal. Hideaway takes it up a notch, though. As with the pizza there—and this is true for all good pizza everywhere—the mural-sized collages that adorn the walls of each Hideaway incarnation bear the brushstrokes and fingerprints of its makers; the artists’ process is just as humbling and satisfying as the final work.

Remember when an elephant walked the streets of downtown Tulsa? Neither did I, until I inspected the walls at Baxter’s and found a veritable scrapbook—art, photography, memorabilia—chronicling recent Tulsa history. Perhaps more surprising than the elephant was the unassuming Caesar salad. Turns out, not every restaurant serves the insipid, creamy, glorified Ranch dressing that passes for Caesar nowadays. Baxter’s puts whisk to bowl and concocts a mouthwatering mixture of tangy, lemony, garlicky goodness I’d put up against any salad in town.

The walls at Los Primos are covered in hand painted murals including one that is quite possibly the most majestic piece of art in Tulsa. A nighttime ocean scene is depicted in which a woman (mermaid, perhaps? goddess of the sea?) appears to be conjuring a dolphin out of thin air while two more dolphins and an orca breach nearby. The artwork is something out of a dream, and so are the tacos at Los Primos. They’re some of the best in town.

Shades of Brown Coffee & Art owner Melinda Curren has been displaying the works of local artists on the walls of her establishment since it opened in 2004. Curren estimated that about 100 area artists have been spotlighted over the past decade through the “rotating art gallery” format, which features the work of Claudia Riccardi during the month of April. Stop in for a latte and you’ll see in your hand-crafted mug that art isn’t merely reserved for the walls.

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We’ll drink to that

JFJO celebrates 20 years with beer, coffee, and vinyl by MATT CAUTHRON


wenty years ago, a new sound was born in Tulsa. It was experimental jazz, rock, and funk, peppered liberally with extended flights of mind-bending improvisational fancy and avant-garde bravado. Its name was Jacob Fred. Keyboard wizard and creative mastermind Brian Haas was there at its conception, and has shepherded Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey from a local oddity to an outfit of international renown over those two decades, navigating several personnel shuffles along the way. The band’s current three-man lineup, with Chris Combs on guitar (electric and pedal steel) and Josh Raymer on drums, has formed JFJO’s core for the past seven years and has produced some of the group’s most highly acclaimed work. On Saturday, April 19, the trio will celebrate with a special concert the vinyl release of its newest album, “Millions: Live in Denver,” as well as the unveiling of a craft beer label, “Jazz Millions” from Prairie Artisan Ales, and a special coffee blend from Topeca Coffee, both named in honor of the band. Topeca Roastery hosts. 18 // FOOD & DRINK

Combs took a break from JFJO’s recent multi-state tour to talk beer, beans, and the state of the band 20 years in. How did the JFJO beer come about? We’re big fans of Prairie [Artisan Ales] and have a lot of respect for them as craftsmen. They’re fired up and creative, and it’s been fun watching them grow to become one of the best breweries in the country. Late last year I sent them an email, which felt like a shot in the dark, asking if they’d be interested in a collaboration. [Owner] Chase [Healey] got back to me 15 minutes later saying they’d love to do it. We briefly discussed what kind of beer we were looking for and settled on a “farmhouse IPA.” Chase put together the beer and his brother Colin designed the amazing label. In January they hosted a brew party and JFJO played to an intimate crowd of friends and family while Chase brewed the beer. It’s all been very natural and very Okie. We recently hung out with a brewer for Lagunitas—another of our favorite breweries— at a show in Petaluma, Calif., and

he was a huge fan of Prairie. He said the Bomb! [Imperial Stout] changed his perception of Oklahoma and what’s happening here. We’re proud to be aligned with people doing that kind of work. And the coffee? Mason Remel of Hodges Bend happened to be in New York with a group of some of our favorite Tulsans and Okie ex-pats when we played the New York Winter Jazz Fest in January. After our set at the festival we all went up to a rooftop overlooking Manhattan. Mason proposed the idea for the coffee and we began working on the release party at the Topeca Roastery. Tell me about the album you’re releasing. We recorded it over two nights at DazzleJazz Lounge in Denver last November. It’s all old material from 1994 to present that we have reworked. We wanted to celebrate JFJO’s 20-year history by honoring the music and people that have defined the band. It’s been a blast to move forward by looking back. This is my seventh year with the band. Most of that time has been focused on discovering ourselves

and redefining the band through searching for what’s next. We have found what we’ve been searching for musically in the trio setting. I feel like we’re playing together and communicating better than ever. Really we’re just trying to have as much fun as possible. The more fun we have, the more fun the crowds have, the better the music sounds.


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THE FIRE INSIDE Cedric signed up for a glassblowing class at Tulsa Community College as somewhat of a joke. He was an accounting major; he didn’t know glassblowing would stick. B Y N I C C I AT C H L E Y PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM MURPHY

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Cedric Mitchell has put more than 2,000 hours toward the art of glassblowing. “In ‘Outliers,’ Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become a Master. I’m working towards those 10,000 hours.”


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Glowing sparks fly off the work and singe Cedric’s shirt. He doesn’t flinch. The molten material began to surrender to a new shape. Luckily, if something goes awry, it can all be melted down and begun again.


or a moment, Cedric Mitchell was reduced to a number in a series. First, he was a case on a court docket, then an inmate number at David L. Moss after DUI No. 2. He was behind bars for thirty-three days. As Cedric sat and sketched images of spray-paint cans in jail, his art was being shown on HGTV, on “Texas Flip and Move.” Cedric sketched while life went on without him on the outside. He didn’t get to watch it. Tulsa Glassblowing School, where Cedric and I met, is a far cry from the austerity of a cell. At first glance, it’s a humble building in Tulsa’s Brady district—an unassuming brick exterior, orange paint coating the trim, the sidewalk outside the latest stomping grounds of the Tulsa hip. Inside, multi-colored glass is on display, and furnaces hum, heated to 2,100 degrees. It’s like being around a campfire, except with glass art. And jazz. On any given day, Cedric or one of the other six employees and teachers at the school can be found teaching the basics of glassblowing to youth who have been deemed “at risk” and are thus aided by organizations such as Street School, Salvation Army, Tulsa MET, Phoenix Rising, and Youth Services of Tulsa. CedTHE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014

ric signed up for a glassblowing class at Tulsa Community College as somewhat of a joke. He was an accounting major; he didn’t know glassblowing would stick. “I’ve wanted to do a lot of things in life and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find myself before this. Glassblowing has helped me realize, ‘This is my purpose. This is what I’m supposed to do.’” At first he interned at TGS, working for free to get more hours with the furnace and with the crew. Within six months, he was teaching. “When Cedric started here a year and a half ago, he was pretty quiet. He didn’t talk much. Now he’s teaching others,” said Janet Duvall, Executive Director of the school. “I’ve seen tremendous changes in him. He can talk to anybody about glassblowing forever, he’s so passionate about it. He was coming in and volunteering on a daily basis in order to get more time in. He’s become a fixture here. He’s volunteered so consistently, he became a part-time employee. He’s focused and dedicated and he’s invested so much of his time that he has progressed very rapidly.” “It’s a team-building exercise,” Cedric said. “You learn how to give direction and, ac-

tually, how to take direction, too. It’s an outlet to allow them to work with something and a chance to take their minds off what they might be dealing with in their personal lives or at home.” “There are numerous studies which support the premise that the arts has a positive impact on youth, especially youth who may demonstrate difficulty learning in a ‘normal’ classroom environment where they are required to sit in a desk and assimilate information,” Duvall said. “At TGS we have seen first hand the impact that the art of glassblowing has on young people who otherwise may not be succeeding in the classroom. Students have better attendance, participation, and academic success after being involved in the collaborative glass art programming.” “A lot of the kids who I teach don’t want to hear advice from somebody who hasn’t ever been through anything,” said Cedric. Cedric grew up in north Tulsa the son of a single parent. He found himself exposed to too much, too soon: gang violence, drugs, the shooting death of his brother when he was young. His father has been in prison for 26 years of Cedric’s life. “I started

writing by writing my Dad in prison,” Cedric said. “He told me, ‘You can do anything in the world that you want to do as long as you put your mind to it.’ He encourages me.” I watched as Cedric worked to create a 22-inch amber-colored cylinder—Cedric hopes to use it in an art project with some local graffiti artists— while Quade, a coworker, helped. Glassblowing is a refining process no man can do alone. It takes trust, teamwork, knowledge and confidence. Precision is key. After nearly an hour, Cedric and Quade start to break a sweat. It is a painstaking process: into the furnace, out of the furnace. Roll, shape, press, tweeze, blow torch, cool, reheat, and repeat, and always turning, turning, turning. Glowing sparks fly off the work and singe Cedric’s shirt. He doesn’t flinch. The molten material began to surrender to a new shape. Luckily, if something goes awry, it can all be melted down and begun again. What I observed was one out of 2,000 hours Cedric has invested in his craft over the course of the past year and a half. “In ‘Outliers,’ Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become a Master,” he told me. “I’m working towards those 10,000 hours.” FEATURED // 25

Photos by Evan Taylor 26 // FEATURED

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the art we carry

Revisiting the work of Allan Houser as Oklahoma celebrates his 100th birthday by BRITT GREENWOOD llan Houser doesn’t have the grit or the fame of Woody Guthrie or Will Rogers. Still, his mark is ubiquitous. We take it on Walmart runs and see it at the gas pump, thinking little or nothing of the crouched man with the long, flowing hair and a bow and arrow on the Oklahoma license plate that adorns over 3 million of our cars, trucks, and vans. The sculpture on which the image on our license plate is based, titled “Sacred Rain Arrow,” watches as a sentinel from the front door of Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, where the exhibition “Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings” is on display until June 29. Houser’s Sante Fe galleries will be slightly bare this year. Oklahoma has borrowed a massive inventory of his drawings, paintings, and sculptures, created throughout his 30-year career. A statewide centennial birthday bash is in progress, a celebration of Houser and his work. Allan Houser Inc.—established and run by family, it oversees Houser’s estate and artwork—has partnered with nine Oklahoma museums and galleries to parade Houser’s legacy within his home state. Each exhibition will take on a different theme. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is hosting “Allan Houser: On the Roof.” The museum’s rooftop terrace will serve as the temporary home of a half-dozen bronze Houser sculptures. Five bronze pieces will temporarily join the state Capitol’s permanent sculpture, “As Long as the Waters Flow,” a 13-plus-foot statue Houser created just five years prior to his death, a response to President Jackson’s promise that “as long as the grass grows and rivers run” the Natives would retain their land. I dodged high schoolers on a field trip at Gilcrease the day I visited the Houser exhibition there. Huge, 15foot prints of Houser’s work filled the walls. I rested on a bench, face to


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From “Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpt ure and Drawings” at Gilcrease Museum

face with 14 earth-toned sculptures of Apache men and women of centuries past. Three works looked me in the eye; the others ignored, gazing at something intangible. Artist and professor Tony Tiger was there in a black polo shirt, attended by a video crew. Tiger was due the next hour to give a lecture on Houser, part of the museum’s Brown-Bag Lunch series, an outreach program to lure museum goers. Tiger called Houser’s work simply, “simple.” Houser’s 100th birthday also celebrates the centennial of the release of his tribe, the Chiricahua Apaches, from nearly three decades as prisoners of war. Apaches called the southwest home; during the early and mid-nineteenth century, the tribe was forced onto reservations. Due to slim resources there, tribe leaders—Geronimo, Houser’s first cousin once removed, was one— trekked outside the allotted land. This survival act was considered a fault on the treaty and, in 1886, the government forced the tribe to prison camps in Florida and Alabama, then on to Fort Sill, where Houser was born. There he was named Haozous, but the artist changed it when those at his school in Boone, Oklahoma, couldn’t pronounce it. Houser brought influences of modernism to Native art, especially when he began teaching. Houser’s love of the simple broke barriers. He took away the unnecessary. What remained told the story.

The artist’s works are inspired for the most part by stories shared with him by his parents about their personal struggles as well as those of the tribe. Houser was prolific during the last quarter of his life; during that time, he created over 1,000 sculptures and 6,000 drawings. Two years prior to his death, Houser was given our country’s highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Art. He was the first Native to do so. Museum light bathed the surface of Houser’s stone works on display at Gilcrease, absorbed by some curves, rejected by others. Houser used a variety of textures—scratches, tiny craters, flawless, smooth planes. One sculpture reminded me of a white jellybean with its marbled curves. The figure portrayed a child gently harnessed to his mother’s back; both were sleeping. Houser disavowed detail; the woman had no wrinkles, and the flowing shape of the stone interpreted her garments. Houser called the piece, “Resting Place.” It’s not his only statue of mother and child. I also saw an eagle rendered in white marble, perched on a pillar nest, cradling its infant with its talons. I was one of the youngest at Tiger’s lecture. Houser was one of his earliest influences, he said—“We are so very close and not far removed from our own history.” Tears filled Tiger’s eyes when he shared a story about Houser’s reliance on Native

dignity in his art, teaching, and life. Many young Native artists don’t know of his work, he said. Several of his Native students from Bacone College were in attendance. On the way out I saw the young Apache, digging his knee into the hot earth, surrounded by looming rock and tan hills. He pulled the arrow back, desperate for an answer from the spirit above, seemingly sick with thoughts of his tribe and survival. Outside Gilcrease’s panoramic window view, the busts of the Osage Hills were like the soft and organic curves of Houser’s sculptures. In the hallway, seven Plexiglass cases hung on the wall, filled with tattered and yellowed sketchbooks. The markings in ink, marker or pencil were evidence of quickly executed movements; an artist myself, I recognized steps in Houser’s process. I was transported to his Sante Fe studio, where maybe Houser sat relaxed, a cup of coffee at hand, tools and materials scattered about as he freely sketched his stream of ideas. His books sat captive behind fingerprint-resistant plastic. A security guard paced nearby. Across the room, a middle-aged woman rebelled against museum policy and walked among the sculptures, shamelessly holding her camera a foot from her face to photograph Houser’s art. Later, at home, I happened upon a Facebook post, which linked to a story about how Christiana Fallin, daughter of Governor Mary Fallin, posed for a photo in a war bonnet. Hundreds had commented on the post. Houser, long dead, found himself in the middle of a heated debate. One wrote, “I see nothing wrong with this pic! What I do find offensive is the Indian on the state license plate which also have the words “Native American” yet everyone is subjected to displaying that plate on their vehicle.” I wondered if Houser could hear. FEATURED // 27


Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. M.B. Brady Stre et, presents a showcase of work by photog raphers of Springste en as par t of its first-bir thday celebrat ion

The Boss and the troubadour A Springsteen exhibit lands at the museum dedicated to his idol by BRITT GREENWOOD


here’s a video on YouTube that shows Bruce Springsteen in jeans and a black t-shirt, performing “This Land is Your Land” at SXSW in 2012. He sang. Nothing fancy, but still triumphant, like Woody’s singalongs. A Rolling Stone article posted a Springsteen quote from 1996, “There was always some spiritual center amid Woody’s songs. He always projected a sense of good times in face of it all. He always got you thinking about the next guy.” This April, Springsteen will be settling in Tulsa—at least, photos of him will be—at the Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. M.B. Brady Street. The red-bricked WGC—across the street from Guthrie Green, where Tulsans flock to lounge on the lawn and to get free concerts from local, present-day troubadours—memorializes musicians who picked and grinned their way through music history. The April 29 opening of the exhibit initiates the WGC one-year-anniversary, followed by six days of celebration. A film screening of Springsteen’s music and history, a panel discussion with performers such as John Fullbright and Hanson, a benefit concert, and free concerts at Guthrie Green mark the agenda. “We wanted to bring something really special to the Woody Guthrie


Center for their upcoming anniversary. We wanted a relevant show with a connection to Woody,” said Ali Stuebner, curator of the traveling Springsteen exhibit.

[Danny] Clinch captured images of Springsteen as the rock and roller in the limelight, but “you can see the intimacy between the two of them,” said Ali Stuebner, exhibit curator. The south gallery will open with several photos of the artist in performance, to “set the stage,” Stuebner said. The remaining 41 images will center on candid and intimate photography. Stuebner wants the selection of work to walk viewers through a revelation of “who he is and who he is not—the iconic American rock and roll icon.” Many camera slingers shot Springsteen, but the work of photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko, when on exhibit together, represents not only the chronology of The Boss’ career, but also of his life and times. Stuebner said each photog-

rapher had a distinct connection with the musician. Clinch captured images of Springsteen as the rock and roller in the limelight, but “you can see the intimacy between the two of them,” said Stuebner. GRAMMY Museum director Bob Santelli will moderate a roundtable conversation with the photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition on its opening night, April 29, 6 p.m. A book signing follows the talk. Tickets are $25. Admission to the center is typically free of charge on the Brady District’s First Friday events, when the neighborhood art galleries throw open their doors to the crowds of art crawlers that now fill the sidewalks there on the first Friday of each month. The cost to get in at the Guthrie Center isn’t waived for the May event, though. In fact, the Springsteen show, running through April 2015, is available for viewing only with paid admissions and will be closed during art crawls. Deana McCloud, the museum’s executive director, said all admission fees collected goes towards funding musical performances and educational programs offered by the Center. Tweets to confirm whether Springsteen himself will visit the show, though, were not immediately returned.

MORE ART HAPPENINGS BEAUTY WITHIN // Hopi artist Charles Loloma took Native American jewelry on a creative ride by utilizing unprecedented material and application. His prints and ceramics are also on display // through 9/7/; Philbrook Downtown; 116 E. Brady; 918-749-7941 DIVERSITY IN ART // This show forgoes a theme and celebrates the vast styles of Tulsa artists working in media from photorealism to abstract expressionism to wildlife art // through 4/28; Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery; 110 E. 2nd; 918-596-7122 CLAUDIA RICCARDI // Riccardi’s paintings bring an edge of femininity to street-style art // through end of April; Shades of Brown; 3302 S. Peoria; 918-747-3000 VERNAL BEAUTY // Only a few days remain of this exhibition of four painters from across the U.S. One artist grew up in Vernal, Utah, and connects his paintings for the show to his Vernal roots, while other artists produce works with subjects of nature and even tropical Key West // 4/22; Lovett’s Gallery; 6528 E. 81st; 918-664-4732 Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

Form and Line: AllAn Houser’s sculpture And drAwings

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Celebrating the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. Works loaned by Allan Houser, Inc. Marcello Angelini, Artistic Director

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eventlistings Events

Let’s See ‘Em! // Skate video premier with live music from Hondos and Bitchcraft. 4/16, 9 p.m., Soundpony, 409 N Main St, An Evening of Books and Film with Rebecca Miller // Acclaimed Novelist, award-winning director, screenwriter, daughter of Arthur Miller, and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis, Rebecca Miller will talk about her work, life, and latest novel Jacob’s Folly. Afterwards, enjoy a special screening of one of Miller’s films with an intro and Q&A session. 4/17, 7 p.m., Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, PechaKucha Night 8 // Started in Japan, PechaKucha Night is a celebration that inspires creativity. Presenters discuss their work using a simple format: 20 images x 20 seconds. Presenters include photographer Daniel Farnum, musician Karen Naifeh Harmon, performance artist Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Art History at TU Kirsten Olds, YWCA Director Maria Reyes, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park Director Jocelyn Payne, Contemporary Latino Oklahoma exhibition curator Thomas Baldonado, filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame founding board member Hugh Foley, and Cubic, Inc. Vice President/CCO Winston Peraza. 4/18, 8 p.m., $7 for students and members, $10 for non-members, Living Arts, 307 E M.B. Brady St.

“asocials” (alcoholics, the homeless, criminals), persons of African or Asian descent, and those considered ideologically dangerous who were singled out for extermination. Dr. Nadine Blumer is the featured speaker. 5/1, 7 p.m., Temple Israel, 2004 E 22nd St. To complement the commemoration, Circle Cinema will host a screening of Paragraph 175, a documentary about homosexual survivors of Nazi persecution at 2 p.m. on 4/27. Revenge of the Zines! // Learn the history and relevance of that tiniest of print publications, the Zine, with Maggie Lyn Young and Violet Rush, makers of the local Zine, She God. Also, learn how to make a Zine of your very own! 5/3, noon-3 p.m., AHHA, 101 East Archer St, Street CReD: Urban Core // An annual event that focuses on community development in a specific neighborhood in Tulsa, Street CReD gives a neighborhood a makeover to show what Tulsa can become if the community actively creates the change it wants to see. This year the event is focused on the southern part of downtown, which has been left out of much of the development of other parts of downtown. There will be activities and booths from 5th and Boston all the way down to the 21st St Riverparks Corridor, including a mile of streets closed down to show what a walkable, bikeable Downtown Tulsa can look like. 5/4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Literary Death Match: White Girl Problems Edition // Four writers are pitted head-to-headto-head-to-head, reading their own writings and critiqued by three judges for literary merit, performance, and intangibles. A winner is then crowned in a literary game show-style finale. Vying for literary glory are Lara Marie Schoenhals of the White Girl Problems book series, This Land’s Holly Wall, Tulsa World political cartoonist Bruce Plante, and The Tulsa Voice’s own Matt Cauthron. Go get ‘em, Matt. 4/23, 7:30 p.m., All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S Peoria Ave Bike the Pearl // A three-hour, five mile bike tour of Tulsa’s Pearl District, featuring speakers at seven locations throughout the district: Fire Alarm Building and American Lung Assoc. of OK Headquarters, Meadow Gold Sign Route 66 Memorial, Studio Soul, FabLab, Circle Cinema, Garden Deva, and the Church Studio. Free and open to the public. 4/27, 12:30 p.m., Tour begins at Central Center at Centennial Park, 1028 E 6th St. An Evening with Dorothea Benton Frank // New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank discusses her latest novel, The Last Original Wife, a funny, poignant tale of an audacious Southern woman’s quest to find the love she deserves. 4/29, 7-8 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5231 E 41st St, Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration: Remembering the Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust // The Holocaust is most often seen from a Jewish perspective, but 5 million of the 11 million who died in the Holocaust were not Jewish. This event will commemorate Gypsies, Polish and Slavic peoples, homosexuals,


4/16 The Loony Bin – Tim Gaither, Sam Norton – 8 p.m. – $7 4/17 The Loony Bin – Tim Gaither, Sam Norton – 8 p.m. – $2 4/18 Comedy Parlor – Free Soles: May I Pandora Your Show? – 7 p.m. – $10 – Nathan Joyner – 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10 The Loony Bin – Tim Gaither, Sam Norton – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10

4/20 Comedy Parlor – 4 to the 2 to the 0: Stand Up – 7:30 p.m. – $5 4/23 The Loony Bin – Wednesday Night Live– 8 p.m. – $10 4/24 Bamboo Lounge – Amanda Kerri, Sheila Naifeh, Christina West, Damon Vargas, Austin Danger, Tyson Lenard, Andrew Deacon – 9:30 p.m. Comedy Parlor – Quiet, Please – 7 p.m. – $5 The Loony Bin – The Sandman – 8 p.m. – $9

Performing Arts

My First Time // In 1998, a website was created for people to anonymously share true stories about their “first time” – if you know what I mean – now, four actors bring these stories to life in this production presented by Theatre Pops. From awkward and sweet to humiliating and forgettable, the stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking. 4/17-19, 8 p.m., 4/20, 2 p.m., IDL Ballroom, 230 E 1st St., Tulsa Unplugged – A Spoken Art Experience // More than a poetry reading, Tulsa Unplugged is a full-scale production featuring spoken work performers, as well as dancers and actors who will bring poems to life. Featuring Emmy and Tony Award winner, seven-time Def Poetry Jam poet, Georgia ME. 4/18, 8:30 p.m., $12-$15, Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St, Memphis // Broken Arrow PAC closes out their 5th Season with the winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is a story of fame and forbidden love in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. 4/22, 7:30 p.m., $20-$60, Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 s Main St. Broken Arrow, Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus – Live! // A one man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy based on John Gray’s bestselling 1992 book, starring Peter Story. 4/22-23, 7:30 p.m., $45, John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St, Endurance // Performed by the four actors who collaborated to create it, this play simultaneously tells the stories of an insurance man trying to save the jobs of his coworkers during the Great Recession, and British explorer Sir Ernest Shackletion, who kept 27 men alive for two years after their ship, Endurance, was crushed by ice in the Antarctic. 4/25-26, 7:30 p.m., 4/27, 2 p.m., $12-$28, Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St, Race // When a rich white man is accused of raping a younger black woman, he hires a multicultural law firm for his defense in this play by Pulitzer-winner David Mamet. But as his lawyers—one of them white, the other black— begin to strategize, they are faced with their own biases and assumptions about American race relations. Each performance will be followed by a talk on race relations from one of the following groups: YWCA Tulsa, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, John Hope Franklin Center for Racial Reconciliation, and Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League. 5/1-3, 8 p.m., 5/4, 2 p.m., $15, $10 for students and seniors, Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St,


Carmen // One of the most well-known and beloved operas of all time returns to Tulsa. A soldier abandons his military duties and his childhood sweetheart when he is seduced by a fiery gypsy. 5/2, 7:30 p.m., 5/4, 2:30 p.m., Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St,

4/19 Comedy Parlor – Rumble-Ish: The Improv Competition – 7 p.m. – $10 – Kelly’s Treehouse – 8:30 p.m. – $10 – Billy Bazar, oss10, Rick Shaw, Jackson Nichols, Jenny Godwin – 10 p.m. – $10 The Loony Bin – Tim Gaither, Sam Norton – 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – $10

Record Store Day // The annual celebration of independent music stores and music on vinyl is back. People will be lined up before the doors open at participating Tulsa-area stores Starship Records & Tapes, Blue Moon Discs, and all Vintage Stock locations to get their hands on some of the limited pressings released just for the RSD by hundreds of artists in every genre, including local boys Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. At Starship, JFJO will play a special in-store performance, along with Lizard Police, Senior Fellows, and more. 4/19 Carrie Dickerson Foundation Quilt Art and Music Festival (And Earth Day Celebration) // Celebrate the life of Carrie Dickerson, the Oklahoma woman who led efforts to stop the construction of a nuclear power plant in Oklahoma. View and purchase handmade quilts and crafts, and hear speakers talk about rail passenger service, climate change, Project Learning Tree, the Earth Matters Film Series at Circle Cinema and more. With live music from Wheat Penny, J. Pat Murphy, Scott Aycock, Rocky Frisco and the Knuckle Band, Kathy Tibbits and the Illinois River Gang, Oceanaut and more. 4/19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $2, Garden Deva Sculpture Company, 307 S Trenton Ave,

The Neverending Story // Based on the book of the same name that gave birth to the 1984 film, American Theatre Company presents this stage adaptation of the story of Bastian Bux, a boy who gets lost in the pages of a magical book. 5/2-3, 7:30 p.m., 5/4, 2 p.m., $6-$20, John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E 2nd St,

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’d never heard of Mary Blair until three years ago when one of those clever Google Doodles greeted me one morning. Marking what would have been the McAlester native’s 100th birthday, the Doodle gave Blair a level of immediate ubiquity that only something like Google can provide. Not only was I happy to see that an Oklahoman played an integral role in Disney’s Golden Age of animation, the fact that it was a woman, in that “Mad Men” world, delighted me even more. The Doodler in question, Mike Dutton, was intimidated with the task. “Her work was and continues to be a major source of inspiration for a large number of artists working in animation, illustration, and fine art... and the Google Doodle team. So there was some pressure to get it right!” Aside from working on classics such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Song of the South,” “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” “Cinderella,” and „Peter Pan,” Blair also had a hand in designing the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, which just so happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Mary’s early training came by way of a scholarship to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, alma mater to some of the 20th century’s greatest artists including Oklahomans Edward Ruscha, Jerry McMillan, and Joe Goode (profiled previously in this column). Just five years before his death in 1966, Walt Disney and his brother spearheaded a merger of the Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. The result was the California Institute of the Arts, or


If you’re thinking about a summer vacation (and who isn’t?), consider a trip to San Francisco. Aside from countless sights, sounds, and tastes offered up by the Bay Area, there’s also the Walt Disney Family Museum presenting the current exhibition, “MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair,” on view now through September 7. Mary Blair has been dead longer than I’ve been alive, leaving this world via cerebral hemorrhage on July 26, 1978. I’ve never believed in an afterlife that involves Heaven, Hell, or some place in between. But the idea that one can attain some sort of immortality through art? I like the sound of that.

BLAIR AT A GLANCE Mary Blair illustrated many slim volumes in the popular Little Golden Books series for children. Her most enduring title is “I Can Fly” (1951), written by Ruth Krauss.

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CalArts as it’s popularly known. It was Disney’s vision that CalArts would become a sort of animators farm. A recent article in Vanity Fair (“The Class That Roared,” March 2014) described a single class of animators from the 70s that have basically ruled the animation world for the past 25 years or more. The output and acclaim is staggering: “The Brave Little Toaster,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Night-

mare Before Christmas,” “Toy Story,” “Pocahontas,” “Cars,” “A Bug’s Life,” “The Incredibles,” “Corpse Bride,” “Ratatouille,” “Coraline.” Wow. While impressive, it’s still apparent how much of a man’s world the realm of animation remains to be, more than 70 years after Mary Blair was doing her thing. Heck, Disney’s first animators, legends in the field by all estimation, were actually called the “Nine Old Men.”

In her early days working with Walt Disney, Blair worked on a continuation to the groundbreaking 1940 film “Fantasia.” Disney’s original vision was to have “Fantasia” be an ongoing project, with new segments added year after year. Blair worked on some of the earliest examples of live-action films mixed with animation. Her work can be seen in the often-forgotten 1948 feature “So Dear to My Heart” and the hard-to-find and perennially controversial “Song of the South.” Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

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All about the Songs Keys of time John Fullbright steps to the head of Oklahoma’s class of songwriters

Tulsa jazz pianist offers a concert that reflects through music history




ver the past few years, Oklahoma has produced a fistful of amazing songwriters. Perhaps spawning out of a Red Dirt heritage that includes Bob Childers, Greg Jacobs, and Tom Skinner (who released an excellent record of his own in 2012), then extending back to Woody Guthrie and outward to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen, conversations about our state’s current class of songsmiths regularly includes names such as Wink Burcham, Jesse Aycock, John Moreland, and Parker Millsap. The one troubadour who has truly stepped to the head of the class, however, is John Fullbright. After starting out inauspiciously with a shy demeanor and subtle stage presence, his voice and confidence have grown just as his lyrics have. Tireless touring built his name, but the 2012 release of his studio debut, “From the Ground Up,” revealed a new and growing maturity as a songwriter. It garnered him a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album and expanded what is now a national audience. Fullbright’s follow up album, “Songs,” is set for release May 27 and promises to set the stage for a whole new chapter in his career. By largely stepping out of third-person narratives and singing instead in the first person, many of the songs take on a new intimacy. Fullbright connects immediately with the listener. Album opener “Happy” debuted on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy page a few weeks back and reveals exactly what draws Fullbright’s listeners into his song36 // MUSIC

writing. It’s a straightforward story of heartbreak, struggle, and the search for healing and redemption. Fullbright asks with a broken spirit, “What’s so bad about happy?” In “The One Who Lives Too Far,” as standout among his performances at SXSW 2014, Fullbright laments a long-distance relationship, uttering the words, “Truth be told, the odds are stacked against us; Truth be told, they always often are…” It’s heartbreak, and everyone can relate. “Until You Were Gone” opens so eloquently that the first line paints the picture for the entire track: “I didn’t know I was in love until you were gone…” That struggle with hope, heartbreak, and redemption is a common thread throughout “Songs.” Fullbright’s gift he revealed in “From the Group Up” for painting pictures with his words hasn’t gone anywhere. The inclusion of “High Road,” a track that reaches back to the beginning of his solo career, alludes to his powerful debut as well as to what’s to come. Tulsa gets a preview of Fullbright’s next audio masterpiece. He’ll appear at Guthrie Green on May 3 as part of the Woody Guthrie Center’s one-year anniversary celebration. An official release show at UCO’s Mitchell Hall in Edmond on May 10 will also present the album and make it available to Oklahoma fans before its national release on May 27. Whether attending either or both performances, you won’t want to miss John Fullbright as he unveils what may be the strongest album Oklahoma will see all year.


arron jazz—continue Ryan listo push jazz into tens close new directions to the jazz greats. and new sounds. He transcribes “I’m a big them by ear, then fan of what learns to play modern-day them himself. It pianists are takes him up to doing with jazz,” 40 hours to transaid Ryan. “The Bar ron Ryan // Cour tesy scribe one song. spirit of play“Usually much longer to learn ing jazz has always been one of it,” Ryan said. “‘Snowy Morning adventure, so I think musicians Blues’ by James P. Johnson only should be experimenting with it took me about a month, but an Art in new ways. Whatever musicians Tatum tune could easily take six.” do, I think it’s most important that Now, Ryan performs music few we communicate to our audiences other pianists, if any, are playwhy what we’re doing matters. We ing. Last year, Ryan released his spend countless hours working debut solo album, “Classical with on our craft because it uplifts us, Attitude,” which features classical motivates us, and gives us joy, and pieces with jazz or ragtime influwe need to give our audiences the ences, including works by George same experience,” Ryan said. Gershwin and Nikolai Kapustin, He’ll start from the roots of the among others. The album aimed genre—ragtime and the blues— to make classical music approachand proceed through the merging able, whether or not the listener of the two forms to create jazz, was well versed in the genre. then onward through stride piano For his next project, Ryan and bebop. He’ll end with present wanted to delve further into the day, with his own improvising. world of jazz while retaining the Along the way, Ryan will speak educational aspect of “Classical about the history of piano jazz, with Attitude.” To that end, Ryan and how its sound progressed and is offering a journey from the roots changed. He’ll feature some of his of jazz to the present in a concert favorite pianists: Bill Evans, Art he’s calling, tongue firmly in cheek, Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and others. “A Brief History of Piano Jazz.” “My goals for this concert are “First, I don’t pretend to be an the same as for any that I do,” Ryan expert on all jazz piano history,” he said. “I want the audience to learn said, “and second, I’ll have to leave something, hear good music, and out some really good music. It’s have fun—in that order. Because only one concert, after all.” if they learn something about what Jazz has had a long journey, bethey’re hearing, they’ll probably ginning in Congo Square in New think it’s good. And if they think it’s Orleans where West African music good, they’re already having fun.” fused with the music of European Barron Ryan presents “A Brief marching bands to create someHistory of Piano Jazz” Saturday, thing the world had never heard, April 19, at Foolish Things Coffee through all of its varying styles Company—which Ryan called “an and mutations in the 20th century, unusual yet very hip place to host a to today, when musicians—like piano concert”—starting at 7 p.m. pianist Robert Glasper, who folds Tickets are available at foolishjazz. hip hop into his own version of for $30. Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE










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Thurs // April 17 Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Brian Capps – 8 pm. CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip The Colony – Jared Tyler, Arthur Thompson, Travis Fite, and Matt Hayes Crow Creek Tavern – The Rustlers – 9 p.m. Downtown Lounge – BlackWater Rebellion, Kingshifter, Machine in the Mountain – 9 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Chuck Dunlap Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Ego Culture Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Jon Glazer – 5-8 p.m. Mabee Center – Celtic Woman – 7 p.m. – $45-$107 Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8p.m.-12 a.m. Mercury Lounge – Joe Sundell – 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Dante & The Hawks – 8-11:30 p.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Travis Kidd – 3 p.m. – Superfreak – 7 p.m. Rum Runnerz – Dustin Pittsley – $5 The Shrine – Steve Pryor Undercurrent – Artifas, Brickfoot, Fist of Rage, The Colossal Heads – 7 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – Ben Neikirk The Yeti – Turnt Up

Fri // April 18 C-Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Uncrowned Kings – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Darrel Cole – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Montgomery Gentry, Logan Mize – 8 p.m. – $27-$42 CJ Moloney’s – Ziplock The Colony – Erin O’Dowd Band, The Gospel Flats Creative Room – Devil Baby, Fabulous Minx, The Loaded Dice – 7 p.m. Crow Creek Tavern – David Dover – 9:30 p.m. Daily Grill – Mike Cameron Collective – 7 p.m. Downtown Lounge – For the Wolf, Sextonic Plates – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Creeler Elephant Run – Stix & Stones Fassler Hall – Paul Benjaman Band – 10 p.m. Fishbonz – T3 Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. Grey Snail Saloon - Skytown Guthrie Green – Spring Fling w/ DJ Somar, SJ El Niño, DJ WillDaBeast – 9 p.m.-midnight The Hunt Club – Dante & the Hawks Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Jon Glazer – 5-8 p.m. – Bombdiggity – 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Lil Dixie – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. Lot No. 6 – Christine Jude, Chris Brown Magoo’s – Jennifer Marriott Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mason’s – DJ Spencer LG Mercury Lounge – Jason Eady, Tony Cartwrightb - 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Squadlive – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pickles Pub – G-Force Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 5:30 p.m. – Lost On Utica – 9 p.m. Rooster’s – Mikey B The Shrine – RPM – $5 Soundpony – DJ Falkirk Undercurrent – Zach Myers of Shinedown, Like A Storm, We the Ghost, Fields and Vines, Sovereign Dame, Madfly The Vanguard – Outline in Color, Not Tonight Josephine, Kirra, Don’t Weight – 7 p.m. – $10-$13 Woody’s Corner Bar – DJ Spin The Yeti – Curtis Bolton, COTU ZIN Wine Bar – Charlie Redd 38 // MUSIC

Mon // April 21 Cain’s Ballroom – Phantogram, TEEN – 8 p.m. – $18-$33 The Colony – Open Mic Night w/ Cody Clinton Crow Creek Tavern – Tulsa Writer’s Round – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Steve Pryor The Fur Shop – rozellrox – 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley – 7 p.m.

Sat // April 19 BOK Center – George Strait, Ronnie Dunn – 7:30 p.m. – $77.50-$99.50 C-Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Uncrowned Kings – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Rivers Edge – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Adley Stump, Marc LeManque – 8 p.m. – $12-$14 Centennial Lounge – Dustin Pittsley, Wink Burcham – 9 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Mikey B The Colony – Don and Steve White Crow Creek Tavern – David Dover – 9:30 p.m. Downtown Lounge – Knee High Fox, Wolves – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Creeler Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m. Elephant Run – Smilin Vic Fishbonz – Lost on Utica Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. Guthrie Green – Tulsa Roots Music BASH w/ Don Carlos, Cody ChestnuTT, Bombino, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Matuto, Arthur Thompson – 2:30-9:30 p.m. The Hunt Club – Klondike 5 Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Tom Basler – 5-8 p.m. – Echelon – 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC – Mystical Melodies: Vishaal Sapuram on chitraveen and Shyam Murali on saxophone – 7 p.m. - $6 Lil Dixie – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. Lot No. 6 – Resurxtion w/ DJ Jessy James Magoo’s – Rock Show Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, In the Whale – 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Squadlive – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Annie Ellicott Farewell Concert – 8 p.m. – $10-$20 Pickles Pub - Luxtones Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Traveler – 9 p.m. Rooster’s – DJ Cory B Rum Runnerz – Severmind, Even the Dogs, Firstryke, Benny’s Little Weasel – 9 p.m.1:30 a.m. – $5 Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m. The Shrine – Smoke DZA, Josh Salle – $7.25 ADV, $10 DOS Soundpony – DJ Mooneyham Bronzai Starship Records & Tapes – Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Senior Fellows, Lizard Police – 4-8 p.m. Undercurrent – Machine in the Mountain, Dirty Crush, The Joint Effect, Triple Se7en Utopia Club – Freakjuice, Full Flava Kings, Kinfolkz & Co – 9 p.m. Woody Guthrie Center – Even Kids Get the Blues children’s Blues workshop w/ Steve Pryor and Jimmy Markham Woody’s Corner Bar – Sammy Mitchell – 9 p.m. The Yeti – Dirty Creek Bandits

Sun // April 20 Chimera – The Vinyl Brunch w/ Dennis McDonald – 12-4 p.m. The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing Doc’s Wine and Food – Mark Gibson – 5 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Jimmy Markham Blues Jam Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 6:30 p.m. Guthrie Green – Travis Linville, Brad James Band, Grazzhopper – 2-6 p.m. Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Myron Oliver – 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Lot No. 6 – Celtic Jam Night Main Street Tavern – Alaska and Madi – 12-2 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 9:30 p.m. Pickles Pub – Open Mic The Shrine – Ego Culture – $5 Soundpony – Verse & The Vapors The Yeti – The Daddyo’s, Cucumber & the Suntans, Dividend, Bitchcraft – 10 p.m.

Tues // April 22 Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry Crow Creek Tavern – Open Mic – 8:30 p.m. Downtown Lounge – WhiskeyDick, Black Eyed Vermillion – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Dave Bright & Rocky Frisco Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 6:30 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Paul Benjaman Band – 10 p.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 p.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Mike Kindell – 8 p.m. The Yeti – Goddamn Gallows, The Calamity Cubes, The Dirty Mugs, Johnny Badseed and the Rotten Apples – 8 p.m.

Guthrie Green – Adult Game Night w/ Dante & The Hawks, Dillon Hargrave & Seth Hilsabeck of Tulsa Vinyl Society – 7-11:30 p.m. The Hunt Club – Phillip Zoellner Band Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Tom Basler – 5-8 p.m. – Rockfish – 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Lot No. 6 – Dan Martin Magoo’s – Barrett Lewis Band Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mason’s – DJ Spencer LG Mercury Lounge – Cutty Rye, CowGirl’s Train Set – 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Another Alibi – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pickles Pub - Bombdiggity River Spirit Event Center – Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence – 7 p.m. – $30-$60 The Shrine – Forgotten Space (Grateful Dead Tribute) – $10 Undercurrent – Anger Management, Blackhole Gypsy, Seven Days Lost The Vanguard – Taddy Porter, Admirals, Summit, Hydra Melody, Bear Hands – 8 p.m. – $10-$30 Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. The Yeti – Diarrhea Planet ZIN Wine Bar – Olivia Duhon

Wed // April 23 Cellar Dweller – Mike Cameron Collective – 9 p.m. The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project Crow Creek Tavern – Cat Daddy Deux – 12:30 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Steve Pryor Guthrie Green – Diffident Rebel – 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Tom Basler – 5-8 p.m Main Street Tavern – The Begonias Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – C. W. Ayon – 10 p.m. On The Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m. Pickles Pub – Billy Snow The Shrine – Earphunk – $6 ADV, $10 DOS Soundpony – Jean Jean

Thurs // April 24 Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – JP Kross – 8 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Citizen Cope – 8 p.m. – $25$40 CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip The Colony – Beau Roberson and Friends Crow Creek Tavern – Susan Herndon – 9 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Chuck Dunlap Fishbonz – Steve & Sheldon Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Fine as Paint Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Tom Basler – 5-8 p.m. The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino – Diana Ross – $70-$85 Legends – James Rovert Webb – 8 p.m. Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A – 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Mercury Lounge – The Dirty River Boys – 10 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Jenny Labow – 8-11:30 p.m. Soundpony – High Magic, Death Black Flowers Undercurrent –, Kinkaid – 7:30 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – Cale & Tim from All In Gents – 9:30 p.m. The Yeti – Move Trio

Fri // April 25 Brady Theater – Alice in Chains, Kongos – 8 p.m. – Sold Out C-Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Scott Ellison – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Big Time Grain Co. – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Battle of the Bands 2014 w/ Hazel Blvd., The Hubert Sherman Experience, La Lune, Magic Pageant, The Lukewarm, Jana Sanders, Jerakah Green, Morgan Connor, Riley Burnam, Marc LaManque – $10-$12 CJ Moloney’s – T3 The Colony – Paul Benjaman Band Creative Room – Goodfella, City Never Sleeps – 6 p.m. Crow Creek Tavern – The Curtis Roper Band – 9:30 p.m. Daily Grill – Mike Cameron Collective – 7 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Luxtones Elephant Run - Empire Fishbonz – Midnight Run Band – 8 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. The Fur Shop – Mark Gibson – 9 p.m.

Sat // April 26 Brady Theater – Il Divo, Lea Salonga – 8 p.m. – $49.50-$120 C-Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Travis Kidd – 9 p.m. Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Beer and Chicken Band – 9 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Haim, Shy Girls – 8 p.m. – Sold Out CJ Moloney’s – Mikey B The Colony – Chris Becker and Friends Crow Creek Tavern – The Christine Jude Band – 9:30 p.m. Downtown Lounge – Shotgun Rebellion – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Blind Mercy Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m. Elephant Run – Octane Blue Fassler Hall – Bandelier, Brujoroots – 9 p.m. Fishbonz - OMG Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. Guthrie Green – American String Quartet – 7 p.m. – Free The Hunt Club – All About a Bubble Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Tom Basler – 5-8 p.m. – The Sellouts – 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Mabee Center – Ronnie Milsap, Don White – 8 p.m. – $29-$49 Magoo’s – Push Play Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Ben Miller Band – 8 p.m. – Brandon Clark Band – 11 p.m. Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Another Alibi – 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pickles Pub - Rockfish Riverfield Country Day School – Llamapalooza – 6:30 p.m. Rum Runnerz – Terry Quiett Band – 8 p.m. Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m.

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The Shrine – All About a Bubble, Winter Circle, Pace Estrada, Scotty Isaacs - $5 Soundpony – DJ Sweet Baby Jaysus Undercurrent – Seven Day Crash Utopia Club – Skytown – 9 p.m. The Vanguard – Waka Flocka, Peter Jackson, iamDES – 7:30 p.m. – $35-$75 Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – Diversity Band – 9:30 p.m. The Yeti – The Bourgeois

Sun // April 27 Brady Theater – Edge Birthday Bash w/

Grouplove, New Politics, Ms Mr, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Small Pools – 6:30 p.m. – $29 Chimera – The Vinyl Brunch w/ Eric Fransen The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing Crow Creek Tavern – The Stone Cutters – 9 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Jimmy Markham Blues Jam Elwood’s – Ice Cold Glory – 6 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 6:30 p.m.Guthrie Green – Shinyribs, Pilgrim, Honeylark Hillman’s Garage – Holy Wave, Who & the Fucks, The Daddyo’s – 10 p.m. Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Myron Oliver – 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC – American String Quartet – 3 p.m. - $25, $5 for students Lot No. 6 – Celtic Jam Night Main Street Tavern – Alaska and Madi – 12-2 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 9:30 p.m. Pickles Pub – Open Mic The Shrine – Dave Armstrong – $5 ADV, $10 DOS The Vanguard – Nehemiah Akbar, Colin Babb – 7 p.m. – $10-$12 – EDGE Birthday Bash After Party w/ Grouplove DJ Set – 9:30 p.m. - Free

Mon // April 28 Cain’s Ballroom – Foster The People, St. Lucia – 8 p.m. – Sold Out The Colony – Open Mic Night w/ Cody Clinton Crow Creek Tavern – Tulsa Writer’s Round – 8 p.m. Dusty Dog Pub – Steve Pryor The Fur Shop – rozellrox – 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley – 7 p.m.

Tues // April 29 Bounty Lounge – Rick Berry Cain’s Ballroom – The Hold Steady, Deer Tick – 8 p.m. – $18-$33 Dusty Dog Pub – Jimmy Markham Crow Creek Tavern – Open Mic – 8:30 p.m. Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 6:30 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Paul Benjaman Band – 10 p.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 p.m. The Yeti – No Water

Wed // April 30 Cain’s Ballroom – Karmin, Bonnie McKee – 8 p.m. – $19-$35 Cellar Dweller – Mike Cameron Collective – 9:30 p.m. The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project Dusty Dog Pub – Scott Ellison The Fur Shop – El Dub – 10 p.m. Main Street Tavern – Angie Cockrell Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Jacob Tovar – 10 p.m. On the Rocks – Don White – 7 p.m. Pickles Pub – Billy Snow Soundpony – Buho, New Spirit, Ellewood The Vanguard – The Faint – 8 p.m. – $20-$40

Thurs // May 1 Cain’s Ballroom – GriZ, Michal Menert, Late Night Radio – 8 p.m. – $15-$30 CJ Moloney’s – Matt Lip The Colony – Jared Tyler, Arthur Thompson, Travis Fite, and Matt Hayes Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8 p.m. The Hunt Club – Nate Binion, Moonshine Miracle Mercury Lounge – Jesse Dayton – 10 p.m. Rum Runnerz – Smokin’ Crawdadz – 6 p.m. The Shrine – John Wayne & The Pain, Moai Broadcast – $10 Soundpony – Fractal Sky, COTU Undercurrent – El Dub – 9 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – Jessey General Thompson – 9:30 p.m. The Yeti – Turnt Up

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Fri // May 2 Blue Rose Cafe – Maxwell Hughes – 9 p.m. Brady Theater – NEEDTOBREATHE – 8:30 p.m. – $22-$27 Cain’s Ballroom – YelaWolf – 8 p.m. – $18-$33 CJ Moloney’s – OMG The Colony – Adrienne Gilley Daily Grill – Mike Cameron Collective – 7 p.m. Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – Smokin’ Crawdadz – 6 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. The Hunt Club - Deacon Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mason’s – DJ Spencer LG Mercury Lounge – Tejas Brothers – 10 p.m. Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Fifty Nine South – 5:30 p.m. Rooster’s – Ziplock The Shrine – The Sex – $5 Undercurrent – Branjae The Vanguard – Reignwolf, Crass Mammoth – 8 p.m. – $18-$30 Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – DJ Spin

Sat // May 3 4 Aces Tavern – David Dover – 8 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom – Tycho – 8 p.m. – $15-$30 Cimarron Bar – Seven Day Crash – 9 p.m. CJ Moloney’s – Mikey B Creative Room – EMMA, So Far, So Good, Fairbanks, Upright, Fade – 6 p.m. – $5 Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3 p.m. Full Moon Cafe (Both Locations) – Dueling Piano Show – 9 p.m. Guthrie Green – Woody Guthrie Center Anniversary Concert w/ John Fullbright, Jimmy Webb – 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Hunt Club – Oceanside Hotels, Daydream Empire Lambrusco’z – Randy Brumley – 12 p.m. Majestic – DJ Scandal Market Pub – Rick Berry Mercury Lounge – Conway Jackson, Green Corn Revival – 10 p.m. Rooster’s – DJ Cory B Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7-9 p.m. Soundpony – Soul Night! w/ DJ Soul Fingaz, DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus Undercurrent – Ruff Justice, FIRSTRYKE – 8 p.m. Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10 p.m. Woody’s Corner Bar – DJ Spin The Yeti – Fuck Your Ego

Sun // May 4 Chimera – The Vinyl Brunch w/ Gavin Ward Full Moon Cafe (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 6:30 p.m.The Guthrie Green – Woody Guthrie Center Anniversary Concert w/ Jimmy LaFave, Parker Millsap, Slaid Cleaved, Sam Baker, Samantha Crain – 1-8 p.m. Hunt Club – Jessica Hunt Band Infuzion Ultra Lounge – Myron Oliver – 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Soundpony – Yatagarasu, Femoral The Tin Dog Saloon – Dan Martin – 8 p.m.

Mon // May 5 Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley – 7 p.m. Soundpony – Soundpony’s VIII Year Anniversary Explosion!!! w/ DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus

Tues // May 6 Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 6:30 p.m. Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 10 p.m. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 p.m. Soundpony – Universe Contest The Vanguard – Mike Tramp of White Lion Acoustic – 8 p.m. – $12-$15 MUSIC // 39


Return of the Raid Gareth Evans makes his sprawling Indonesian crime epic, and it’s glorious by JOE O’SHANSKY


hough not due to an incredibly original premise, “The Raid” (2011) was a game changer. Basically, a squad of cops infiltrates a derelict tower block in Jakarta run by a ruthless drug lord. They have to fight their way through an army of machete-wielding berserker assassins, junkie tenants, and unseen snipers to escape. It’s pretty bad-ass. But, more important, the execution of the lean plot was like a gauntlet thrown down not just for discerning genre audiences, but for pretty much all other action films, too, for the past and for the future, at which to gawk. The film’s director and writer, Gareth Evans, captured the visceral, frenetic carnage wrought by his long-time star, Iko Uwais (utilizing the martial art known as pencak silt), with a fluidity and cohesion that pretty much qualified as a new visual syntax for action filmmaking. I was telling total strangers to see it. See it right now, if you haven’t. I’ll wait. Back? Good. With “The Raid 2,” Evans ups the ante on the world he created in almost every way, though the kernel of the story itself is still fairly uncomplicated. Rama (Uwais), after escaping the events of the first film with his redeemed brother, Andi (whoops, spoiler alert), immediately has to leave his family (again) and go to work for a secret (and fairly merciless) arm of the police that is trying to root out pervasive corruption on the force. The drug dealer Rama just took down (“The Raid 2” starts, ostensibly, two hours after the end of the first one) used to work for an up-and-coming crime lord named Bejo (Alex Abbad), who summarily takes his pound of flesh by executing Rama’s brother, Andi (Donny Alamsyah). 40 // FILM & TV

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To avenge Andi, protect his wife and child, and get to the root of police corruption, Rama is forced to go undercover as Yuda, a petty criminal with wicked ass-kicking skills. He gets himself arrested and serves a two-year stint in prison in order to befriend the incarcerated Uco (Arifin Putra), heir to Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo), the head of Jakarta’s second-biggest crime syndicate. But that’s where it gets more complicated, and with “The Raid 2” Edwards has certainly expanded his narrative scope, creating a mafia epic with real dramatic weight. Japanese and Indonesian cartels, police corruption, the politics and power that get upended when one man wants subvert the hierarchy—these are the archetypal themes and characters that frame the story, which border on Shakespearian. All is woven between the bone-crunching, vibrantly shot and choreographed action sequences that are trademark of Edwards and Uwais. It’s such a different film from its tense, cloistered predecessor; a different animal with familiar stripes. But those stripes are still blood-red.

It’s such a different film from its tense, cloistered predecessor; a different animal with familiar stripes. But those stripes are still blood-red. It should go without saying that the fight sequences and action set pieces are uniformly amazing. Unlike its predecessor, the action is more judiciously meted out in “The Raid 2.” But from close-quarters combat in a grungy prison (including a mud-soaked yard riot that might be one of a kind) to a harrowing car chase and a series of battles against charmingly psychotic assassins like Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman), the film satisfyingly builds on each to pay off with some crowd-pleasing moments. The wildly kinetic fight choreography and unabashed violence are brutal and top-notch—a real plus from where I sit. Iko Uwais is compelling as Rama while Alex Abbad, as the

delightfully evil Bejo, is another standout. Fans of the first film will be tickled by the return of Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog from “The Raid”) as the more thoughtfully written yet equally deadly Koso, an assassin with a broken-hearted past. The addition of Takashi Miike regular, Ken’ichi Endo will please “Visitor Q” fans (all 10 of you). Another star of the original, the great score from Mike Shinoda, sadly, doesn’t return, though Shinoda’s co-writer Joseph Trapanese ably makes up for his absence with his pulsing, ominous soundtrack. For fans, “The Raid 2” is like an early Christmas present, and for everyone, is an unqualified action masterpiece.

*** One of the best documentaries of 2013 (a year thick with amazing documentaries, including the Morris/Herzog-produced powerhouse, “The Act of Killing”) was, unsurprisingly, made by Errol Morris. As a tonal sibling to “The Fog of War” (2003), with “The Unknown Known” Morris revisits another architect of a conflict that no one is really sure should have happened: in this case, Iraq and Bush-era Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. During a post-9/11 propaganda campaign, the Bush administration egged the U.S. on against Saddam Hussein, whose with promises of WMDs, costs offset by oil revenues, and the fawning support of liberated citizens that have gone (at the time of this writing) totally unfulfilled. It was a history that, as it unfolded, spawned some of Rumsfeld’s most memorable quotes (including the titular gem) with zingers like, “The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.” Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

Wrap your head around that one for a second. That’s a mind that discounts nothing. This becomes evidently clear over the course of Morris’s thorough and, frankly, charming interviews with Rummy, which reveal a man so sure of himself as to have almost zero use for doubt or self-reflection. Of course, when you think of the human toll he is partially responsible for, that’s also a little scary. Morris exhibits his typical vi-

sual flair, giving artfully cinematic context to a man who, at the peak of his influence, was at once a square policy wonk, known for writing so many memos they became known as “snowflakes,” while also being pimped in the media as a quasi-sexy, virile, take-no-bullshit man’s man. He always did have that Eastwood squint. The fact is that Rumsfeld, the things he says, and his role in history are fascinating and the man himself is weirdly jovial

about what would appear to be a feature-length critique. But as an iconic documentarian, Morris has mastered the art of reporting without bias (even when he has one). With “The Unknown Known,” he doesn’t need to drive home a philosophical point about Rumsfeld. His subject does it for him. “The Unknown Known” is now playing at the Circle Cinema. For show times and ticket information, visit

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Mike Judge skewers startup culture in HBO’s new comedy by JOSHUA KLINE


e’re making the world a better place” is the cultish refrain of multiple characters throughout “Silicon Valley,” Mike Judge’s pointed new satire of the tech industry. The sentiment echoes the self-aggrandizing propaganda of companies like Apple and Google; Judge and co-creators Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler set up Palo Alto as a place where unearned wealth and bloated evaluations are justified through self-deception—Wall Street’s “Greed is good” mantra replaced with “We are good.” (The CEO of Hooli, a Google-like dotcom empire, touts his own altruism with pictures of him hanging out with starving African children.) If these ideas sound a little dour, the show itself is not. Judge’s humor is rooted in truth, but it’s also rooted in semen jokes. The man behind “Office Space” and “Idiocracy” is always best when merging the high and low-brow, and “Valley” shows him at the top of his game, offering a hilarious, incisive rejoinder to the romantic portrayal of backstabbing tech geeks found in the 2010 film “The Social Network.” David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin elevated the petulant misgivings of Facebook’s entitled, over-privileged brats to high drama, to thrilling but dishonest effect. Judge, who worked as THE TULSA VOICE // Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014

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a programmer in Silicon Valley in the ‘80s, is more interested in the innate ridiculousness of tech culture at large, and counters Fincher’s rapt gaze with a wink and a smirk. That’s not to say that “Valley” is more “realistic” (it’s a comedy from the creator of “Beavis and Butthead”), but based on the strength of the first two episodes, it seems to have located a truth about the greed and delusional self-importance of the Bay Area’s startup goons that eluded “Network.” The show, which premiered April 6, centers on four low-level coders desperate to develop the Next Big Thing and earn millions from it. Wealth and success literally surround them; in the episode’s opening, they wander through a house party celebrating the recent

$200-million sale of “a mediocre piece of software” developed by one of their obnoxious peers. Kid Rock performs for the small, disinterested crowd, because the host can afford him. Guests drink $200 liquid shrimp This is the life they want, and they spend their days and nights writing code in the “Incubator,” the home of Erhlich (T.J. Miller), hoping to win the idea lottery. Richard (Thomas Middleditch), the most timid and introverted of the programmers, hits that lottery in the first episode. He has unwittingly developed a compression algorithm worth millions and is soon in the middle of a bidding war between the aforementioned CEO of Hooli, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), and billionaire venture capitalist

Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch). Belson offers $10 million to buy Richard’s algorithm outright; Gregory offers $200,000 for five percent ownership and a chance for Richard and his fellow coders to develop the concept into their own full-fledged company. Either way, the panic attack-prone Richard appears to be in for a hard time. Judge excels at developing the details: the Hooli transportation buses with flatscreens espousing the gospel of Gavin Belson; the sprawling company headquarters that feels like a college campus from the future, whimsically designed and loaded with amenities to encourage creativity; the pretentious TED Talks of billionaires. The satire is razor-sharp, but the most impressive thing about “Silicon Valley” is Judge’s cleareyed affection for his well-drawn cast of characters. Richard and his friends are instantly likeable, and there’s a gentleness to them that balances the show’s more sardonic moments. HBO can be hard on its comedies. A low-rated drama like “The Wire” will survive five seasons on the strength of critics’ raves, but its comedic sister “Enlightenment” will be canceled after two seasons despite loads of glowing reviews and awards. Here’s hoping “Silicon Valley” doesn’t meet the same fate. FILM & TV // 41

news of the weird by CHUCK SHEPHERD

Points of the Law In some cultures, and now in Florida, apparently, the act of urination carries no special modesty protection. A judge ruled in March that video of Justin Bieber expelling for a urine test following his January drag-racing arrest in Miami Beach was a “public record” and had to be released to the press under Florida law. (A perhaps overly generous black box was edited into the video to make it somewhat less explicit.) In the video, only one officer is present, observing, based on protocol that respects the suspect’s “privacy”—though the Florida judge in essence invited the entire world to watch Bieber urinate, as the video quickly made the Internet.

Perspective As Microsoft founder and current world-class philanthropist Bill Gates prepared for a speech

in Vancouver, British Columbia, in March, a circumcision dissident prepared to protest. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested more than $160 million on circumcision programs in developing countries based on overwhelming medical evidence (“as clear as you really can get in medical research,” said a University of British Columbia professor) that the procedure makes transmission of HIV much more difficult. Dedicated, intense-pleasure-seeking men (in this case, the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project) insist that the surgical snipping, especially of babies, denies males the benefit of heightened penile sensitivity.

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should also be showcases of noise. Formula One has softened cars’ power this year in order to make breakthrough achievements in fuel efficiency, but that also tamped down Formula One’s “trademark ear-shattering roar,” according to a Business Insider report. Fans are less likely to buy tickets, the organizers fear, if they lose the deafening, 100-decibel vroom that is a “visceral element of the fan experience.” 4/2 SOLUTION: UNIVERSAL SUNDAY

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But I Puzzled Anyway Come On, Little Puzzle

Apr. 16 – May 6, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE

free will astrology by ROB BREZSNY

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s Compensation Week. If you have in the past suffered from injustice, it’s an excellent time to go in quest of restitution. If you have been deprived of the beauty you need to thrive, now is the time to get filled up. Wherever your life has been out of balance, you have the power to create more harmony. Don’t be shy about seeking redress. Ask people to make amends. Pursue restorations. But don’t, under any circumstances, lust for revenge.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I wonder if it’s time for you to modify an old standby. I’m getting the sense that you should consider tinkering with a familiar resource that has served you pretty well. Why? This resource may have some hidden weakness that you need to attend to in order to prevent a future disruption. Now might be one of those rare occasions when you should ignore the old rule, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So be proactive, Gemini. Investigate what’s going on beneath the surface. Make this your motto: “I will solve the problem before it’s a problem—and then it will never be a problem.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Do you really have what it takes or do you not have what it takes?” That’s the wrong question to ask, in my opinion. You can’t possibly know the answer ahead of time, for one thing. To dwell on that quandary would put you on the defensive and activate your fear, diminishing your power to accomplish the task at hand. Here’s a more useful inquiry: “Do you want it strongly enough or do you not want it strongly enough?” With this as your meditation, you might be inspired to do whatever’s necessary to pump up your desire. And that is the single best thing you can do to ensure your ultimate success. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I swear my meditations are more dynamic when I hike along the trail through the marsh than if I’m pretzeled up in the lotus position back in my bedroom. Maybe I’ve been influenced by Aristotle’s Peripatetic School. He felt his students learned best when they accompanied him on long strolls. Then there was philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who testified that his most brilliant thoughts came to him as he rambled far and wide. Even if this possibility seems whimsical to you, Leo, I invite you to give it a try. According to my reading of the current astrological omens, your moving body is likely to generate bright ideas and unexpected solutions and visions of future adventures. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Throughout North America and Europe, there are hundreds of unused roads. Many are former exit and entrance ramps to ma jor highways, abandoned for one reason or another. Some are stretches of pavement that used to be parts of main thoroughfares before they were rerouted. I suggest we make “unused roads” your metaphor of the week, Virgo. It may be time for you to bring some of them back into operation, and maybe even relink them to the pathways they were originally joined to. Are there any missing connections in your life that you would love to restore? Any partial bridges you feel motivated to finish building? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Karma works both ways. If you do ignorant things, ignorant things may eventually be done to you. Engage in generous actions, and at some future date you may be the unexpected beneficiary of generosity. I’m expecting more of the latter than the former for you in the coming days, Libra. I think fate will bring you sweet compensations for your enlightened behavior in the past. I’m reminded of the fairy tale in which a peasant girl goes out of her way to be

kind to a seemingly feeble, disabled old woman. The crone turns out to be a good witch who rewards the girl with a bag of gold. But as I hinted, there could also be a bit of that other kind of karma lurking in your vicinity. Would you like to ward it off? All you have to do is unleash a flurry of good deeds. Anytime you have a chance to help people in need, do it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): As they lie in the sand, African crocodiles are in the habit of opening their jaws wide for hours at a time. It keeps them cool, and allows for birds called plovers to stop by and pluck morsels of food that are stuck between the crocs’ molars. The relationship is symbiotic. The teeth-cleaners eat for free as they provide a service for the large reptiles. As I analyze your astrological aspects, Scorpio, I’m inclined to see an opportunity coming your way that has a certain resemblance to the plovers’. Can you summon the necessary trust and courage to take full advantage? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Are you sure you have enough obstacles? I’m afraid you’re running low. And that wouldn’t be healthy, would it? Obstacles keep you honest, after all. They motivate you to get smarter. They compel you to grow your willpower and develop more courage. Please understand that I’m not taking about trivial and boring obstacles that make you numb. I’m referring to scintillating obstacles that fire up your imagination; rousing obstacles that excite your determination to be who you want and get what you want. So your assignment is to acquire at least one new interesting obstacle. It’s time to tap into a deeper strain of your ingenuity.




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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1937, physicist George Paget Thomson won a Nobel Prize for the work he did to prove that the electron is a wave. That’s funny, because his father, physicist J. J. Thomson, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906 for showing that the electron is a particle. Together, they helped tell the whole story about the electron, which as we now know is both a wave and a particle. I think it’s an excellent time for you to try something similar to what George did: follow up on some theme from the life of one of your parents or mentors; be inspired by what he or she did, but also go beyond it; build on a gift he or she gave the world, extending or expanding it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You have been a pretty decent student lately, Aquarius. The learning curve was steep, but you mastered it as well as could be expected. You had to pay more attention to the intricate details than you liked, which was sometimes excruciating, but you summoned the patience to tough it out. Congrats! Your against-the-grain effort was worth it. You are definitely smarter now than you were four weeks ago. But you are more wired, too. More stressed. In the next chapter of your life story, you will need some downtime to integrate all you’ve absorbed. I suggest you schedule some sessions in a sanctuary where you can relax more deeply than you’ve allowed yourself to relax in a while. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have the power to shut what has been open or open what has been shut. That’s a lot of responsibility. Just because you have the power to unleash these momentous actions doesn’t mean you should rashly do so. Make sure your motivations are pure and your integrity is high. Try to keep fear and egotism from influencing you. Be aware that whatever you do will send out ripples for months to come. And when you are confident that you have taken the proper precautions, by all means proceed with vigor and rigor. Shut what has been open or open what has been shut­—or both.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe,” said novelist John Updike. That’s a sad possibility. Could you please do something to dispute or override it, Taurus? Would it be too much to ask if I encouraged you to go out in quest of lyrical miracles that fill you with wonder? Can I persuade you to be alert for sweet mysteries that provoke dizzying joy and uncanny breakthroughs that heal a wound you’ve feared might forever plague you? Here’s what the astrological omens suggest: Phenomena that stir reverence and awe are far more likely than usual.



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64 Like a romantic dinner 65 Pecan, for one 66 Walked nervously 69 It’s all over the house 70 Weighted weapon on the pampas 71 “Make do” amount 72 Beer, after a belt 73 Platforms for speakers 76 Trendy antioxidant berry 77 Plant used in making poi 78 Adam’s garden 79 Send, as merchandise 80 “Uh-huh!” 82 Like some SoHo galleries 83 Fugitive’s flight 86 Caught sight of 88 Two-syllable foot 89 Rectangular courtyard 90 “Do ___ others as ...” 93 Birthstone for May 97 Magazine filler 99 Puts on notice 100 Stop-sign color 101 Printing goof 102 More cautious 103 “National Velvet” author Bagnold 107 Hibernation locales 108 Oft-abbreviated Latin phrase 109 Smelling organs 111 Pond organism 112 Transport by truck 113 “Employees ___” 115 Bashful’s co-worker 116 Nero’s eggs 117 Bowling pin count 119 Its logo is an eye 120 Anti-apartheid party, for short 121 Playfully noncommittal

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