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june 4 - june 17, 2014 // vol. 1 no. 12 NEWS & COMMENTARY

What some state lawmakers don’t want your kids learning in school. BARRY FRIEDMAN // 10 8 // It’s getting hot in here

12 // Did anyone ask Cody?

Ray Pearcey, thermostat monitor

Richard Fricker, pen pusher

Tulsa’s work in the fight against climate change cityspeak

Care comes too late for returning soldiers myvoice

14 // My mecca FOOD & DRINK

Mark Brown, neo-romantic

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Where in Tulsa to find the best fun, food, and the best of somewhere else without leaving town. The editors and contributors of The Tulsa Voice deliver the BUCKET LIST you always wanted. todo 29 // Tulsa Tough 2014 A two-page spread to guide you through downtown’s fastest festival. guide

32 // The art game Britt Greenwood, art slinger Claudia Ricarrdi, pro athlete turned artiste artspotting

AD SALES MANAGER Josh Kampf ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Melissa Moss AD SERVICES MANAGER Amy Sue Haggard DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Samantha J. Toothaker THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

36 // Clean up your act Ashley Heider Daly, style manager

Let’s start with the basics: straighten up da ly s t y l e

MUSIC, FILM, TV

Where to find local music roaming the airwaves

PUBLISHER Jim Langdon ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Matt Cauthron

ART DIRECTOR Madeline Crawford GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Morgan Welch, Georgia Brooks

Beau Adams, tab tamer

Blake Ewing on politics in and out of City Hall daydrinking

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CONTRIBUTORS Beau Adams, Nicci Atchley, Anamaria Biddick, Greg Bollinger, Mark Brown, Ashley Heider Daly, Ryan Daly, Kelsey Duvall, Richard Fricker, Barry Friedman, Mitch Gilliam, Britt Greenwood, Allison Keim, Joshua Kline, Jennie Lloyd, Jennifer Luitwieller, Jeff Martin, Ray Pearcey, Michelle Pollard, Joe O’Shansky, Evan Taylor

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ARTS & CULTURE

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42 // Heart failure

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Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

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his year marks my eighth as a Tulsan. When I first moved to the city, a new arena was under construction downtown. McNellie’s had been slowly but surely getting its legs in the lonely Blue Dome District. The Tulsa Drillers played their home games on 15th and Yale. The Brady Arts District was barely more than a couple of music venues and a Spaghetti Warehouse. Today’s Tulsa would be virtually unrecognizable to that fresh-faced lad from 2006. In less than a decade it has transformed before our eyes into a far more vibrant, more dynamic, more fun place to live, work and play.

It begs the question: What will Tulsa look like in another eight years? With that in mind, we put our heads together (and sought input from our trusty contributors) and compiled a list of the best things to see and do in Tulsa—right now. Today. Past and future be damned. Nooks and crannies to explore, delicious dishes to devour, indelible landmarks to admire. Find it all beginning on pg. 24. Serendipitously, three of the items on our list are right around the corner. We’ve got a guide to St. Francis Tulsa Tough (pg. 29), the annual three-day cycling festival featuring professional

criterium races, long-distance Gran Fondo rides, tons of family friendly activities, and the now-legendary party that is Cry Baby Hill. Plus we’ve got all the info you’ll need for Tulsa Pride (pg. 26), Juneteenth (pg. 27), Tulsa Fringe (pg. 34), and the inaugural Blue Whale Comedy Festival (pg. 28). In addition to this list of musts, Beau Adams went for a beer with City Councilor Blake Ewing to talk shop and address the haters (pg. 20); Mark Brown found a pinch of this and a dash of that at Mecca (pg. 14); Ryan Daly tuned his dial to the local music scene (pg. 42); and more.

So, go forth, Tulsa. You have all summer. Tuck this issue in your back pocket and start crossing things off the list while you still can. Before you know it, a few years will pass and you won’t even recognize this place anymore. Although when that happens, we’ll make another list. Promise. a

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Taking Tulsa’s temperature Local efforts are needed in light of new climate change report by RAY PEARCEY

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n a move that is sure to engender lots of political and legal opposition, President Obama is moving to impose new carbon emission standards on the 600 or more coal-fired power plants in the U.S. The move is one that will spark lots of statewide and regional tumult, although the president’s action is tightly tethered to a Supreme Court ruling from a couple of years ago that grants him and the Environmental Protection Agency authority to impose new constraints on power plant operations. PSO will surely be one of the players in the transition and will almost surely have to make changes to some of its operations in the region. Much international attention will be focused on Obama’s actions and industry reactions to a dramatic move — one of the few remaining climate change gambits the president can execute in the face of widespread Republican opposition to climate legislation. The action comes in the wake of a new study, a dramatic piece called the National Climate Assessment, which was released about a month ago. It’s an analysis that suggests that climate change is very real and is manifesting in tangible ways all across the country. The work was drafted by selected members of the business community, professionals from the weather and climate establishment, the federal government and a whole array of academics in the earth sciences, computational climatology, and a slew of related fields. “Ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or 8 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

percent of power that is wasted in our ancient grid architecture. • City Hall needs to explore analogous next-step technologies to manage Tulsa’s water production and distribution systems as summer gets under way. Last year’s voluntary water rationing is a signpost here: We are near peak water production. We’ll need savvier, climate-wise management of these systems and a green upgrade strategy.

in some cases going extinct,” the report stated. “The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth. … Organic matter frozen in Arctic soils since before civilization began is now melting, allowing it to decay into greenhouse gases that will cause further warming.” So what can be done locally about climate change—apart from trying to do more walking, less driving and checking on possibly wayward relatives and pets in what might be a historically hot summer? As it happens, climate change, like all other critical social and political phenomena, has a local, incredibly important front end. That front end, for Tulsans, has an everyday, in-your-face reality that has nothing to do with Antarctic melting or cute polar bears. Our best local economic and development future demands a massive reduction in the use of fossil fuels and an aggressive move to the housing, transport and denser development modes outlined in Tulsa’s new compre-

hensive physical plan. Absent a decisive embrace of alternative energy sources, including geothermal, electric/CNG vehicles, solar, wind and advanced biofuels, there is nothing to look forward to but mounting average temperatures, weird precipitation and volatility. Tulsa’s role in this essential, planet-spanning transformation could be a game-changing one if we can summon the political will and the imagination to make the journey; and there is an array of other, more specific things, we need to look at: • PSO’s daily electrical allocation for Green Country is apparently a little less than 5,000 megawatts, and we will almost certainly be asked to conserve power later this season. So we need to make more effective use of power, to use stout conservation tactics and supplement conventional power with alternatives despite the Legislature’s and Gov. Mary Fallin’s annoying imposition of a “sun tax,” a tariff on people who would like to provide alternative power to the local grid. Furthermore, we need a regional “smart grid” strategy, the only path to recapturing some of the 40-50

• We should actively employ the fabulous scientific talent at the OU National Weather Center in Norman, a world-class shop in climate analysis and some of the alternative energy tech we’ll need. OU could help us craft a robust, hyper-local climate model, providing deep insight into how climate change could reshape land use, the transportation grid, agriculture in the region, water use, and production efforts. • We must use our new supercomputing capacity at City Hall to work with OU and other area weather researchers to fully model the consequences of climate change for Green Country. A supercomputer is a transformational asset, essential for modeling mid-run climate scenarios for T-Town and anticipating climate-related community development, planning, and infrastructure work. An array of drainage/ hydrological practices, lawnand plant-maintenance tactics, industrial water usage changes, and even some air pollution and related matters must be carefully analyzed in light of the rapid changes outlined in the latest climate assessment document. June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


• Our long review of Tulsa’s zoning and subdivision regulations (the first in many decades, and still in progress), is a peerless opportunity to rethink multi-family housing design, the active use of cost-saving construction systems and accelerated local adoption of new energy/green practices. Perhaps the city could strike up one or more green construction demo projects with the local apartment owners association, the Community Action Project, the Tulsa Housing Authority, some talent from our city planning unit, and some consulting help from Shawn Schaefer’s wonderfully proactive OU Tulsa/ Urban Design Studio. Tulsa’s citizen-based PlaniTulsa planning blueprint makes explicit provisions for demonstration projects of this kind—prototype buildings/developments and other novel efforts. In combination, this kind of effort could bring down Tulsa’s energy footprint, mitigate the warming effect of our core and

the midtown area and help to mitigate air pollution levels. • Lastly, we should revisit our social support system for helping elderly people and the poor to cope with dramatically higher summer temperatures—work ably anticipated last year by Tulsa’s Community Service Council weather coalition project. Climate change, brothers and sisters, isn’t just about polar bears and rising sea levels in remote villages in distant parts of Asia. It’s not just about the special difficulties the American coasts will confront as the crisis unfolds. It’s also about you, your family, your neighbors, and the entire city we call home. a Ray Pearcey, a technology, public policy and management consulting professional, is managing editor of The Oklahoma Eagle and is a regular contributor to The Tulsa Voice.

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Stupid science When you get caught between God and Oklahoma City by BARRY FRIEDMAN

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od forbid—and HE will be along later—that the state’s students have unredacted access to science and culture without our representatives going into adverbial shock and singing, “What a friend we have in Jesus.” Forget it, Jake, it’s Oklahoma. It all started the week the legislature mercifully adjourned, when a House committee voted to reject a set of new science standards called the Oklahoma Academic Skills for Science. This was noteworthy because students here ranked 42nd nationally and “far below average” in science education. House committee members still voted 10-1 against the new regulations because of what they called the proposal’s agenda-driven curriculum. Representative Mark McCullough was reported to have said, “There’s been a lot of criticisms, in some sectors, as to maybe some of the hyperbole—what some consider hyperbole relative to climate change. I know it’s a very, very difficult, very controversial subject.” For the love of Pat Sajak, it’s only controversial to those academics that consult Jenny McCarthy on vaccinations and cite Bishop Ussher for how old the earth is. So what happened? From the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association end-of-session update: “Technically, even though each chamber had voted against the standards, they hadn’t done so to the same bill [because the Senate amended the original] and so the effect is the same as if they had refused to act and the new standards are enacted as rules by default.” Yes, a bill both chambers hated is now law because they didn’t hate it properly. 10 // NEWS & COMMENTARY

Days later, the full House rejected Common Core, the Senate voted for its own education standards, and the Governor went back to the residence.1 Common Core is a national initiative for the teaching of English and math, even if some maintain it was crafted in the pits of hell by Beelzebub and central planners. Rep. John Bennett said the initiative was "getting its claws" into Oklahoma's children in order to be indoctrinated in a U.N.-led agenda of "a sustainable world without borders.” Really—a “U.N-led Agenda” to teach math? So, for the 1,294th time, Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntary set of goals passed by the UN in 1992. Ratified by 178 nations, including ours (George H.W. Bush approved), it concerns economic, social, and environmental development and, trust me, “Poppy” wouldn’t have signed it if there were any chance Southern Hills would be turned into a kibbutz. Speaking of, what discussion on climate change would be complete without hearing from Oklahoma’s Grand High Exalted Denier? “’ … as long as the earth remains,’” quoted Senator Jim Inhofe from Genesis recently

on national radio, “’there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there.” And there you have it. Forget the warnings from NASA and the U.S. military, the glaciers that have broken off in both West Antarctica and Greenland, and the rise in temperatures over the past thirty years2, students won’t learn about climate change because Jim Inhofe has a fondness for seasons and knows exactly where the Lord is. And Al Gore is fat—or something. One more thing, in an effort to show the corrosive cultural effects of Common Core, State Sen. Josh Brecheen attempted to read, on the Senate floor, from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” but came down with the vapors3, at one point spelling out the word g-e-n-i-t-a-l-s and then reading aloud, “the tightness of her … uh … v … uh, I’ll leave it to your imagination.” Then, begging for someone to “gavel me down,” Brecheen continued, barely getting out the words “gigantic” and “genitals” before stopping. The book, he concluded, was “miserably graphic” (twice), before reminding members they had a choice to live

in Oklahoma under the “tenth amendment where we can have our Christian values.” Stunned. Simply stunned. Toni Morrison, incidentally, is a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Winner who once said, “I have visited Oklahoma and was impressed by its natural beauty—so unlike the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ scenes. What I learned was the nature of the promise it held for African-Americans looking for safety and prosperity—some highly successful stories and some failures.” So, it’s not just global warming, evolution, biology, geometry, and chemistry that state legislators want to keep away from children. It’s a voice like this: an honest, beautiful, necessary, hopeful—yes, at times, brutal— voice that could tell them something about Oklahoma, something about themselves. a 1 tulsaworld.com: “Repeal of Common Core standards sent to governor” 2 ucar.edu: “How much has the global temperature risen in the last 100 years?” 3 Youtube.com “OKHB339. Bluest Eye Debate” (8.30-10.30) “News from the Plains” appears each issue and covers Oklahoma politics and culture—the disastrous, the unseemly, the incomprehensible … you know, the day-to-day stuff. Barry Friedman is a touring stand-up comedian, author, and general rabble-rouser. RE A D T HE RE S T AT

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Walking casualty The invisible cost of war hits home for a Tulsa veteran by RICHARD FRICKER

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knew Cody Young in a peripheral way. He and my son were classmates and skateboard buds; he would come over for a homemade Orange Julius. Thus with great sadness we learned of his death Wednesday, May 21, in what Tulsa Police called a standoff. How did a young man, 22 years old, once entertaining being the next Tony Hawk, die of a police kill shot? What happened? War. That’s the answer, but only part. At about 1 a.m. Tulsa Police responded to someone shooting from an apartment near 11th Street and Rockford Ave. Nothing indicates he fired specifically at officers or anyone, only that he had a long gun at the window. Cody’s life began to unravel just before graduating Edison High School. A Preparatory School; there was no way to have prepared Cody for his future. Young men often perceive themselves immortal, impervious to injury and death, desiring adventure. Cody joined the Oklahoma National Guard. The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars were in full bloom. Cody was nine when Al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center in 2001. A decade later, Cody traded his skateboard for weapons of war. The Oklahoma Guard has fought many engagements in many wars. Afghanistan would be different. Phillip O’Connor chronicled the guard’s “Deadliest Day,” September 9, 2011, writing, “The firefight lasts maybe 15 seconds.

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When it is over, Oklahoma and its 7,500-member Army National Guard are left to face the state’s bloodiest day in combat since Korea. Three soldiers are dead and two seriously wounded.” Fourteen men died and scores were injured during deployment. Cody returned changed, distant. He told his mother “something was wrong.” That something was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a war disease.

war movie. The police say he was “mumbling,” they couldn’t understand what he was saying. Cody had been trying to say something since returning from Afghanistan. According to TPD, he raised his weapon. Only Cody knows where he was or what he was seeing. We do know there were a lot of police with an armored vehicle. Seventeen-year officer Gene Hogan ended Cody’s life with a single shot. Nine days earlier

We must ask what Cody has taught us about sending our young into the meat grinder of war, understanding their needs and care when they return. The Codys are not data, they are not the things parades are made of to make society feel good when they die. The symptoms vary; disassociation, depression sometimes selfsoothed with drugs or alcohol, nightmares, and flashbacks are just some. The flashback: You’re living the present and past simultaneously, unsure which is real. Anything can be a trigger—a song, an aroma, a sound, a conversation, a movie. You have very little control. It continues until you wear out or pass out. Nightmares arrive unannounced. You’re screaming, you wake up shaken and confused. Then the long night, fighting sleep, fearing the nightmare’s return. According to Cody’s mother he had sought help, but nothing was working. Cody, according to reports, spent his last night watching a

Hogan led the 5th annual Jared Shoemaker Memorial Walk. Corporal Jared Shoemaker was a U.S. Marine and Tulsa police officer killed during deployment to Iraq in 2006. The TPD action was standard procedure. But, surrounded and confronted, did that procedure have any meaning to Cody? Cody can’t tell us. TPD leaves the shoot-to-kill decision to individual officers, according to spokesman Officer Leland Ashley. “Any time an officer feels his life or the lives of others are in danger the officer can take deadly force action,” he said. Deadly events often develop in a “matter of seconds, and there is limited time to make a decision.”

According to Stacy Bannerman, author of “When the War Came Home: The Inside Story of Reservists and the Families They Leave Behind,” “National Guardsmen have been found to have rates of PTSD as much as three times higher than active duty troops after combat.” “The vast differentials in mental health outcomes between reserve and active duty are primarily due to the lack of post-deployment unit support; markedly poorer post-deployment mental health services and follow-up; and the rapidity with which citizen soldiers return to civilian life after combat,” she wrote. Cody’s death, she told me, was “not isolated.” Locally, H. Caldwell “Callie” O’Keefe, VFW Post 577 Chaplain, U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, said, “The needs of these veterans is not being addressed by the VA, there needs to be a lot more therapy.” Caldwell’s remarks echo concerns that military and veterans’ affairs doctors have been encouraged to downgrade PTSD findings to “personality disorder.” Caldwell said, “If they call it personality disorder they (the U.S. Dept. of Defense and VA) don’t have to pay as much.” In 2013 the Army completed a study of PTSD diagnoses at Madigan Army Medical Center prompted by the discovery of a memo by the Seattle Times quoting a Center psychiatrist telling colleagues a soldier retiring with a post-traumatic-stress-disorder could eventually receive $1.5 million in payments. June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


NOW OPEN The memo claims, “He (the psychiatrist) stated that we have to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars, and we have to ensure that we are just not ‘rubber stamping’ a soldier with the diagnosis of PTSD.” Such findings, it claimed, could cause the Army and VA to go broke. The Army has resisted media efforts to release the complete study. “People who have seen combat are getting f***ed up,” Caldwell said. “The public has no idea how prevalent PTSD is. If they did it would scare them to death, as if they’d had to go there themselves.” Cody served with honor. He came home a walking casualty. He will be missed. We must ask what Cody taught us about sending our young into the meat grinder of war, and about understanding their needs and care when they return. The Cody’s are not data, not things of parades to make society feel good.

It never occurred to me the skateboard kid would become my brother in arms. He and I became veterans at about the same point in our lives. I would have tried to have known him better. Cody’s name will not be on a marble wall. Hopefully he will be remembered by those with whom he served. I like to think somewhere in the cosmos, Cody is skating halfpipes with no memory of what brought him to that place. In war we all become casualties. The Cody’s are among us, and there will be more. a

Richard L. Fricker is a career freelance journalist living in Tulsa. He has covered the courts and politics for a number of national publications. His latest book is “The Last Day of the War.”

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efore Muhammad was born there and made it a mecca, Makkah was a city of caravans. The spice trade made its detour through Arabia after the traditional routes became too murderous. In the west, a mecca has come to mean any place of attraction. William Klentos and James Pinos opened Mecca Coffee Company in 1921, on Boulder Avenue. Jim Economou, of the Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop, remembers when one of them would come into the Greek Orthodox Church, their clothes reeking sweetly of roasted coffee. The old Mecca, he told me, would roast a blend to your specifications while you waited. Who would offer that now? Who would wait? But Mecca sold spices, too, and cheese and olives and a thousand and one other Old World novelties during a time when a bowl of chili was Okie manna. Mecca is now on Brookside, in a strip center it shares with a Laundromat. Parking a car there is like folding a cowboy boot into a shoebox. Before I began buying spices at Mecca, I bought them off the rack, the McCormick assortment over by the flours, all the tidy vials of indiscriminate size. I’d pinch out of the same jar of cream of tartar for years.

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Spices are like relatives. Only a handful do you really call upon, and the rest you tend to avoid.

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The Klentos and Pinos of the day are Michelle and Charlie Culbreath. Michelle mans, as it were, the shop. She and a handful of other women whose names are not as familiar to me as the Tellicherry, Juniper, and Star Anise they proffer. The Mecca website says they stock 150 spices priced economically by the ounce. “Shop us and compare,” it reads. I have, and nothing does. We all used to see more of Charlie, before the latest boom dragged him back into that other field of Culbreath Oil & Gas. I miss Charlie, who used to allow me into his cooler for samples of his latest batch of coffee porter or India pale. I usually visit Mecca on Saturdays so I can take my time, and I spice up about every 10 weeks. It takes that long to run out of cumin and coriander, seasoning salt and black Malabar pepper, nutmeg (at Mecca, it comes in actual nuts that you grate into a magic that is nothing like the powder) and vanilla (beans, which I bury in a tub of sugar, thus flavoring a million grains), and paprika, Hungarian and smoked. I study the rows of glass containers and make my choices.

Things like Grains of Paradise and Herbes de Provence. Places you want to get to some day but might never. I call them out one by one and they are scooped into the copper bowl of a scale that measures in hundredths of ounces. I’ll buy seven or eight spices at a time, and it takes several minutes for this barter to go down. I’ll spend $20 dollars, a math that mystifies and slightly terrifies me.

The Klentos and Pinos of the day are Michelle and Charlie Culbreath. Michelle mans, as it were, the shop. She and a handful of other women whose names are not as familiar to me as the Tellicherry, Juniper, and Star Anise they proffer. In these days of packaged lettuce, it seems preposterous that anybody in retail would take the time to ladle spices an ounce or two at a time. It seems Roman. So, as Mecca sifts my semi-annual measure of ground chipotle, I pontificate—randomly, wildly, Socratically—and gladly pay.

Things are changing, though. Gone are the rices and salts and savory sundries that had a hard time carrying their weight in the aisles of Mecca and, in their place, self-help olive oil and vinegar bars. They lend an industrial, if exotic, aspect to the mix. Mecca’s always been a good spot to locate a paring knife or a solid set of tongs. The tongs I bought there still, 15 years later, snap like an alligator. But that aspect, too, seems threatened by the widening reach of Amazon. Some people use the post office for therapy. I get my fix in the spice jars of Mecca. Buy a spice online? How do you smell that? I work and play in Midtown and dwell vaguely south. There’s a Mecca at 101st and Sheridan that I’ve never been to. Some day, I’ll make a pilgrimage. But Mecca will always be Brookside to me, where it fits nice and snug with the rest of the spice trade that colors the old Ribbon. A woman named Jo took care of my spice fix for years, until one year she died. I didn’t know her from Eve, only behind the spice counter at Mecca, but I miss her all the same. Like a familiar curry blend that hides in an unlabeled tin in the back of the pantry, out of sight if not of mind. a Mark Brown is the author of “My Mother is a Chicken” (This Land Press, 2012). June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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When it’s hot outside and you are trying your darndest to get back in your bikini, the Ultimate Salad at Big Al’s is a healthy and delicious lunch. It starts with fresh spinach and is topped with sunflower seeds, jalapeños, onion, avocado, smoked turkey, tomatoes, egg, black beans, red cabbage, cheese, carrots, and sprouts. I recommend the homemade yogurt tahini to dress the salad and, to sip on, a freshly blended juice called “Carrot Stress Relief.”

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

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Helen of Troy Mediterranean Cuisine India Palace La Flama Mahogany Prime Steakhouse McNellie’s South City Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar Nordaggio’s Coffee OK Country Donut Shoppe Pita Place Redrock Canyon Grill Ripe Tomato Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili Sushi Hana Japanese Fusion Thai Village Tres Amigos Mexican Grill & Cantina White Lion Whole Foods Zio’s Italian Kitchen

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Moonsky’s Cheesesteaks and Daylight Donuts Mr. Taco Nelson’s Ranch House Oklahoma Style BBQ The Phoenix Pie Hole Pizza Pollo al Carbon Rib Crib BBQ & Grill The Right Wing Route 66 Subs & Burgers Tacos Don Francisco Tally’s Good Food Cafe Umberto’s Pizza

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

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Downtown grows, downtown remembers; in the middle is Blake Ewing by BEAU ADAMS Interview location: Upstairs at Legends, 514 E. Second Street

TTV: What would you drink if we were there?

To drink: Dead Armadillo Ale

BE: It feels like a bourbon bar to me. They’ve got a Bulleit bourbon that I like, so probably that on the rocks. Simple and traditional.

Author’s note: As a rule, the subject of “Day Drinking” gets to pick his or her favorite bar for the interview. Ewing picked the Cellar Dweller, but it is not open at 3:00 in the afternoon.

The Tulsa Voice: So, even though it wasn’t an option, why did you pick the Cellar Dweller? Blake Ewing: Well, their bartenders are always fun and friendly to talk to. It’s an off-the-beatenpath kind of place that feels like you have to be a local to know about it—I’ve always loved places like that. It feels authentic. It’s a great bar for conversation. 20 // FOOD & DRINK

TTV: Does a guy as busy as yourself get to go have a drink very often? BE: Not as often as I want to. And I’m careful about drinking in public. Things have gotten to the place that if I am holding a beer somewhere, people are always watching me and sometimes it feels like they’re waiting for me to fail. I just don’t give them a whole lot of opportunity to delight in that experience. TTV: Your businesses sponsor action-sports events, street-art events, etc., that seem to cater to Tulsa’s younger, more alternative crowd. Does it hurt when people who are perceived as leaders of

that community take shots at you publicly [as they have on Facebook, most recently regarding one of your restaurants and proposed changes to how food trucks are allowed to operate]? BE: I knew when I ran for City Council that I was putting myself out there for criticism. I’ve learned to deal with people voicing negative opinions about me. My skin has gotten thicker. I’ve also realized that a lot of the time people have a problem with my stance or my position on an issue, it’s because they don’t understand all aspects of the issue. I’m a registered Republican that votes like a Democrat ninety percent of the time. I think people’s reaction to labels is interesting and often misguided, so I don’t mind making fun of them. TTV: Like the “Letter to the Hipsters” [a controversial ad published in a 2011 edition of This Land] for instance?

BE: Yeah. It was meant to be a joke. It was meant to be making fun of the labels. I thought it was stupid and silly and I wasn’t trying to insult anyone. With this group of people, I have come to feel like the kid in high school who thinks that he is sitting at the table with his friends, only to come to find out that they don’t think that I’m one of them. TTV: Where’s the disconnect, then? BE: Well, in speaking of the young artistic community, I don’t really feel like they accept me as one of them, but apparently I have foolishly lumped myself into that category. But I think the label they want to apply is, Entrepreneur or Businessman or Republican or City Councilor. TTV: Wouldn’t those labels be fair? BE: To me, all those labels are secondary. I was always an artist. I was always creative. I didn’t do well June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


in school because I was too busy drawing on my papers. I was always kind of in that place. So, to feel like we have so much in common, to feel like I am trying to make Tulsa a better place for people like them and me, the young creative types— the only time it hurts is when I feel like the people I am working for are the ones who are most against me. I don’t always understand where that comes from, but I’ve come to terms with it.

hours away from my family and my businesses in the name of public service. I’m not engaging in any kind of practice in City Hall that is of a unique benefit to me. Now, if I’m doing something that betters Tulsa and I happen to benefit personally, then good. The question is: Am I doing things at City Council that benefit me uniquely? I can say with all honesty, hand on my heart, absolutely not.

TTV: Do you have further political aspirations?

I have come to feel like the kid in high school who thinks that he is sitting at the table with his friends, only to come to find out that they don’t think that I’m one of them.

BE: You’re never going to see me running for Senator or Governor or State Senate or whatever. I ran for the Council position because I felt like it would be good for Tulsa to have a different kind of voice at the table. I don’t fit in over there. I feel like I do that not for my interest, but for the interest of my district. TTV: Can you give me a non-political answer as to why you ran for City Council?

TTV: How close were we to not having a name change in the Brady District?

BE: What it means to me to be a City Councilor is that one full day a week, when my companies are in business, I’m gone. The average business owner gets to invest his full work week into improving his businesses, I take one full day from 8 in the morning until sometimes 10 at night, where I’m sitting at City Hall doing absolutely nothing that has anything to do with my businesses. Add to that Neighborhood Association Meetings, Ribbon Cuttings and Town Hall Meetings, and all of the other stuff that goes with it, and I am taking

BE: I believe it would have been a 5-4 “No” vote on the proposed name change.

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BE: I will say this: There were City Council Members crying in chambers because even though they wanted to vote “yes” on the name change, they had hundreds of emails from their constituents telling them that they had to vote “no.”

BE: Here’s what the public didn’t see. We heard stories from generations of people from the Black community who were offering up testimony as to what they believed

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was a pattern of the City of Tulsa having no value for them. What I was hearing was a segment of our population saying, “We don’t feel cared for. We’re your neighbors, we share your air, we’re all living here together, and we feel like every time there has been an opportunity for the City to do the right thing for us, they chose not to.” They’re talking about the race riot, the laws put in place after the riot to keep them from rebuilding Greenwood, they’re talking about urban renewal plans and highway 244 being built through their neighborhood, et cetera, et cetera. It felt like they were describing one kick in the face after another for a century, and I believe those feelings are real. I believe that we have an issue with race in the city of Tulsa, in fact, I don’t just believe it, I know it; and I’ve got the emails to prove it. There is an underlying racial divide in this city that is maybe more pronounced than in any other place this far geographically removed from the deep south.

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a double feature 1For overCatch 60 years, Tulsans young and old have flocked to the ADMIRAL TWIN, just off our city’s stretch of Route 66, to watch the day’s SUMMER MOVIES from the comfort of their own jalopies. (Someone told us that the majority of born-and-raised Tulsans were conceived during a picture show at the famous two-sided drive-in.) The Admiral Twin is a true Tulsa icon, and we’re lucky to have it back after the fire that destroyed the former screen structure nearly four years ago. // JOHN LANGDON Lurk at the Cellar Dweller 2 True story: the biggest reason I moved into my apartment is because it sits next door to this hidden gem of a WATERING HOLE. Getting shitfaced without having to take a cab ranks right up there with air conditioning and Internet porn among the joys of 21st-century civilization. Most nights, local art photographer and mix master Western Doughty is behind the bar, tending to the needs of REGULARS AND NEWCOMERS ALIKE (including, on at least one occasion, some bona fide stars), and every Wednesday you can imbibe musical manna from the great Mike Cameron Collective with no cover. Tucked underneath the Del Rey building at 417 W. 7th St., the Cellar is a oneof-a-kind, not to be missed. // JOE O’SHANSKY Show Philly how it’s done 3 What started as a dive on the south side of downtown is now a hot spot on Peoria just north of Cherry Street for foodies seeking an OKIE TAKE ON PHILLY FLAVOR. The owner, Jason Smith, conducted his product research on the streets of Philadelphia by eating piles of various cheese, meat, and veggie concoctions. He brought one change in opposition from the land of the Liberty Bell; today, he creates the meal made-to-order with BOB MARLEY BLASTING IN THE BACKGROUND. Tulsa doesn’t mind waiting for this steak-filled calorie bomb when it is this good. Check out the post in the dining room that’s signed by the greats of music’s highest echelons. // BRITT GREENWOOD

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Walk on water 5 Not quite like Jesus, but close. Take up STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING and learn to wield a paddle. Soon you can roll along our lazy shoreline (yes, we have shoreline here in landlocked Oklahoma—we’re the real land o’ lakes). Private, group, and fitness classes are offered through SUP OKLAHOMA, a stand-up paddleboard shop serving Tulsa and the surrounding area. If you’re already adept at paddling, equipment can be rented for hours or days; the group leads monthly social paddles, too. Check the calendar at supoklahoma.com for dates and breakdowns—see about the Full Moon events, too. // JENNIFER LUITWIELER

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Listen for the Tulsa Sound From Western Swing to Greenwood Jazz to the legendary Tulsa Sound, our city is home to a TOWERING MUSICAL HERITAGE, and a new generation of musicians carries on that legacy every night in venues across Tulsa. But few MUSICAL HOTSPOTS can top The Colony (2809 S. Harvard Ave.), where every single night you can hear original Tulsa tunes from a vast variety of genres and styles. For more on how to hear the best local music, see page 42. // MATT CAUTHRON

Join the Go on a UHF underground pilgrimage 4 7 Wander through the NETWORK OF TUNNELS Tourists have made the trek for years, and if you are a native Tulsan it is YOUR OBLIGATION. From Billy Ray’s Catfish as Burger World to First Christian Church as the film’s City Hall, Tulsa is the backdrop for the Citizen Kane of Twinkie-wiener-sandwich movies, “UHF,” starring none other than WEIRD AL YANKOVIC. tulsatvmemories.com has a comprehensive list of the film’s landmarks. // MITCH GILLIAM THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

that connect several Tulsa buildings, parking garages, and cafes just beneath the skin of the city. Get started on your tour of these underground thoroughfares – originally conceived in the ‘20s, the current network makes it possible to walk from 5th and Boston to 1st and Main WITHOUT STEPPING FOOT OUTSIDE – at the parking garage adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel, at 100 E. Second St. // NATASHA BALL

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Smell some art Just as impressive as the Philbrook mansion, its architecture, and the massive art collection is what awaits outside: a circuit of what are, in my opinion, the MOST STUNNING WALKING PATHS in Tulsa. Exiting the east doors of the museum, visitors are welcomed by awe-inducing gardens, coy ponds, and carefully cultivated flowerbeds. The MASSIVE SOUTH GARDEN gives those on promenade a visual feast. Follow the paths to find bridges, sculptures, a creek, or veer off into the manicured lawns to explore nature and man-made art. // BRITT GREENWOOD

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Eat at Mario’s New York Style Pizzeria Why? Because someone named Mario once co-owned it and he looked like the GUY IN THE VIDEO GAME. Because you can order “naked” pasta. Because when my daughter was three, they used to cut her off a piece of dough to play with. Because, even though she’s 25 now, if she wanted dough, they still would. Because they have a gumball machine and shitty plastic forks. Because it’s NOT JUST ABOUT THE PIZZA. Because, well, it really is. // BARRY FRIEDMAN

a scene 10Re-enact from Rumble Fish

In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola was inspired by Tulsa, by S.E. Hinton and her writing. He and Hinton wrote the script for Rumble Fish, his unsettling, avant-garde movie starring Mickey Rourke as Motorcycle Boy and Matt Dillon as Rusty James, while filming THE OUTSIDERS. Coppola’s black-and-white tale of teenage angst in Tulsa flopped at the box office. But the three decades later critics and Tulsans have learned to love this strangely compelling gem. TREK OFF THE BEATEN RIVERPARKS path underneath the 21st Street

Bridge, where a few scenes from the movie were shot. Now, the area is filled with happy day-drinking spots like Elwood’s and the Blue Rose Café. In coming years, this area will be developed like crazy with A Gathering Place, a multi-multi-million-dollar park extravaganza, slated to open in 2015. // JENNIE LLOYD Eat breakfast in an Art Deco relic 11 Enjoy Tulsa’s Art Deco history over a crepe and some gelato. Located in the PHILCADE LOBBY, on Boston between 4th and 5th Streets, the Tulsa Art Deco Museum features several displays containing relics and photographs celebrating the Art Deco of Tulsa’s past and present. The museum’s location in the Philcade Building is appropriate, as the building is itself one. The proximity to MOD’S COFFEE AND CREPES is an added perk; find tasty things within. // JOHN LANGDON Take the Pony Shot 12 Knock back the booze and USE THE “GLASS” AS A CHASER, or pop the whole thing in your mouth like a Fruit Gusher. Neither technique will mask the hot-dog-full-of-blackberry-rum taste of this specialty shot at SOUNDPONY, ground zero for Tulsa’s music scene that’s patronized by a certain ilk. Use on tourists and touring bands. Just don’t tell ‘em I sent you, because they are a pain to make. // MITCH GILLIAM Get fat at Ron’s 13 Since 1975 RON’S HAMBURGERS & CHILI has been making what is, to my mind and stomach, some of the very best burgers in Tulsa. What started as a modest family business has turned into popular local franchise and burger (continued on page 26) FEATURED // 25


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(continued from page 25) phenomenon. Ron’s is known for homemade chili and burgers cooked on a flat grill, but it’s the sausage cheeseburger that is phenomenal. RON’S SPECIAL, a 1/3 lb. cheeseburger with cured ham and real bacon pieces, is a crowd-pleaser and my personal favorite. Order the spicy Spanish Fries to share with a friend. // ALLISON KEIM Laugh at The Looney Bin 14 I’ve never done it but always wanted to be a STAND-UP COMEDIAN. And assuming I ever grow a pair and give it a shot before being shuffled off this mortal coil, I already know where to start—open mic night at Tulsa’s venerable comedy club, The Loony Bin, 6808 S. Memorial Dr. Every Wednesday affords the opportunity to TAKE THE STAGE and do your worst (because you probably will). Sign up is a week prior to a performance, at 7 p.m. Must be present to win a slot. Guts also required. // JOE O’SHANSKY What the hell is a “Busker?” 15 Find out at the first-ever FRINGE FESTIVAL in Tulsa, in town this summer as part of SummerStage. Find all the details on page 34.

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See the trees that gave Irving hell 16 In October 1832, Washington Irving, the American writer responsible for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” hiked along the Arkansas River Valley, making his way through the Keystone Ancient Forest. Take a LITERARY-INFUSED HIKE among 500-year-old cedars any Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Trails require easy-to-mild effort and take about an hour. // JENNIFER LUITWIELER Imbibe on local flavor 17 Forget Napa Valley – this is Green Country, baby. Think YOUNG-VINE WINE, along with

Get proud THERE’S NO PLACE to celebrate the year’s advances and support FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY than at the longest-running pride festival in the state of Oklahoma. The TULSA PRIDE CELEBRATION AND PARADE will bedeck with every color of the rainbow our city, from midtown to downtown to The Pearl District and back, for the 32nd time the weekend of June 6. The PARADE, which follows a new route this year, kicks off Saturday at 5 p.m. on Boston Avenue near Boston Avenue Methodist Church. Featured along the way

wine made from nuts and Oklahoma fruit like elderberries, peaches, and chokeberries, all expertly and/or creatively blended and enjoyed in the company of some of the most HOSPITABLE, DOWN-HOME folks you’ll ever meet, sometimes in their own homes. A few of my favorites: Whispering Vines Vineyard in west Tulsa, Nuyaka Creek Winery near Bristow, and Girouard Vines in downtown Tulsa. // NATASHA BALL Spend the day at Guthrie Green 18 With the dozens of free concerts each year, Sunday Markets, Food Truck Wednesdays, Lucky’s on the Green, fitness programs, and even dance lessons, there isn’t much you can’t do at Guthrie Green. That is, of course, as long as you’re not panhandling, smoking, spitting, bringing outside alcohol, riding any form of transportation whatsoever, or stepping foot onto the park between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. // JOHN LANGDON Browse the Rose District 19 Broken Arrow, a once-remote little suburb is now bustling with new businesses and a sassy attitude. With Tulsa and Oklahoma City ramping up their downtown games with SERIOUS REVITALIZATION, Broken Arrow took a tired strip of Main Street and gave it a facelift. The new Rose District offers a farmers market, food truck Mondays and live entertainment on Thursday nights (always free!). New restaurants and events – and even some loft-style apartments – are being added regularly. // JENNIE LLOYD Go cave diving 20 Linda Collier offers I’ve-Always-WantedTo-See-Inside tours of her home on Charles Page Boulevard just west of downtown, known as THE CAVEHOUSE. You’ve seen it—it’s that place across from Newblock Park, the one that looks like it’s cobbled together

will be PERFORMANCES from My So Called Band, The Please, Please Me, Steff Mahan, and Campbell Reid Andrews. The parade will head north into Tulsa’s Art Deco District, then east on 4th, ending at the Tulsa Pride Celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The PRIDE CELEBRATION there begins at noon and wraps at 10 p.m. PICNIC IN THE PARK, on June 8 (exact time yet to be announced) and sponsored this year by Tulsa Shock, is Tulsa Pride’s family picnic, complete with a small stage where entertainers Jeremiah Clark and Chasing Nadean will perform, plus a Proud

of stone and secrets. It’s not often one can satisfy one’s curiosity for a mere $7.50. Visit cavehousetulsa.com to set up a tour. // NATASHA BALL Head, meet clouds 21 If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Oklahoma landscape from an entirely different perspective, SKYDIVE AIRTIGHT OF SKIATOOK (about 20 miles north of Tulsa) offers a bird’seye view. Newcomers can select from different ground school class and skydiving packages including Instructor Assisted Deployment, a Tandem jump or an Accelerated Free Fall. // NICCI ATCHLEY with the bull 22 Run at ONEOK Field

Got the kids? Catch a TULSA DRILLERS game at ONEOK Field in historic Greenwood, probably the prettiest boutique ballpark around. Not only is there a playground, a splash pad, two grassy lawns, and two picnic areas, but there’s also plenty of kid-friendly food and a chance with each game to RUN THE BASES with Hornsby. Parents, grab a pint of Marshall beer, expertly brewed just up the street. The Hornsby Burger, named for the Drillers mascot, ain’t bad, either. // NATASHA BALL

Drink and do your laundry 23 When I lived across from Piehole Pizzeria on 15th, UNIVERSITY OF WASH was my go-to place for doing laundry while nursing beers and smoking cigarettes (yes, they once let you smoke, and it was good). Because if you can be productive and drink at the same time, that’s a win-win. Nowadays you have to step outside for a butt, though the bar (serving low-point beer and soft drinks) and its regulars remain, reading books—with which the walls are lined—playing video games and shooting pool to the hypnotic white noise of the machines as they spin the afternoon away. At 3132 E. 15th Street. // JOE O’SHANSKY

Pup Dog Parade. Ice chests, blankets, kids, dogs, friends, and family are all invited. Pride weekend this year also includes the first-ever RAINBOW RUN. A timed 5K and half-mile fun run will kick off at 8 a.m. from Centennial Park at 6th and Peoria. Rainbow Run benefits Tulsa Pride and Oklahomans for Equality. Sign up at rainbowruntulsa.com. Other Pride Nights and special events: June 4-5, the Council Oak Men’s Chorale concert, “Be Our Guest”; June 6, Pride Night with Tulsa Shock at BOK Center; June 6, Eric Himan Pride Show at The Majestic. // NATASHA BALL

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Discover the Try every beer Go all NSA Holy Grail of BBQ at McNellies on the stars 25 28 31 Every religion has its holy land, a sacred place Tulsa’s relationship with beer has come a Spy on your favorite constellation while where the devout seek a closer relationship with the higher power. For those of us who worship barbecue—and that’s all of us in this town, admit it—that place is BURN CO., at 18th and Boston. Though the line may extend well beyond the threshold of this shrine to Hasty-Bake, another Oklahoma invention, those whose faith is strong enough to wait will be rewarded with offerings from barbecue heaven. May the ribs be with you. And also the sauce. // JOHN LANGDON Shoot firearms, eat chicken fry 26 The grandsons of the founders of NELSON’S BUFFETERIA, the Tulsa eatery that coined the phrase “Hello, Chicken Fry, ” have opened a grill concept of the original on the grounds of UNITED STATES SHOOTING ACADEMY, a firearms training and competition facility at 6500 E. 66th Street North. Wear some good cowboy boots and you’re liable to open a warp zone. // NATASHA BALL Learn the secrets of the 27 fountain of youth Tell the sun to stick it and take a cool tour through the inner workings of a Tulsa brewery. Bi-monthly tours are free at MARSHALL BREWING, at 618 S. Wheeling Avenue, and open to all ages. Participants over 21 are given 4 small samples of beer, and a $5 glass can be purchased, with proceeds going to local charities. Check the site for summer dates. PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES, creators of Prairie Hop and JFJO’s 20th anniversary commemorative brew, offers tours, too. Dates this summer are July 18 and Aug. 22, 5-8 p.m. at 1803 S. 49th W. Avenue, for those 21 and older with ID. Tours at Prairie are first come, first serve, no RSVP necessary. // JENNIFER LUITWIELER THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

long way since Elliot Nelson opened the FIRST MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE ten years ago. Yet, what suds enthusiast among us can honestly say they’ve tried every single one of the 350plus brews found in the downtown pub? We’d guess not many. SNAG A MCNELLIE’S BEER MENU (they won’t mind) and start marking them off. We’d recommend beginning with the two fledgling microbreweries based right here in T-town: Marshall and Prairie (each offers tours of their breweries – see above). From there, just head west – the menu is sorted by region. The world is your pint glass; drink it up. // JOSHUA KLINE Line dance at Caravan 29 Boots aren’t just for shit kicking. They’re for boot scootin’, too. The CARAVAN CATTLE COMPANY, at 7901 E. 41st Street, is a unique Tulsa dance club experience with two stepping, line dancing, and a little bit of hip-hop thrown in for good measure. There is nary any livestock in sight, unless you count the herd of partiers on their HUGE DANCE FLOOR. // NICCI ATCHLEY Wear your best shades to Oral 30 Roberts University I’ve tried to describe the look and feel of ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY, at 81st and Lewis, and what it means to this community to folks who plan to visit our city. I’ve heard it called a compelling collection of modern architecture by the same person who also said it’s like a SPACE-AGE, CITY-SHAPED SHRINE TO JESUS. Both are pretty much true. And then there are those 60-foot bronze hands praying over Lewis Avenue. // NATASHA BALL

peering though one of several telescopes at the OBSERVATORY IN MOUNDS with the Astronomy Club of Tulsa. On June 20, July 18, and August 15, members of the club can guide your stargazing. Visitors are asked to use a form to obtain directions, and a $2 donation is appreciated. Viewings begin around 8 p.m. Visit astrotulsa.com to start planning. // JENNIFER LUITWIELER Set your mouth on fire 32 Over a decade ago, I was introduced to the fragrant, exotic delights of Indian cuisine at the dearly departed Bombay Dining. Of the big three at the time (Bombay, India Gate, and India Palace, the latter two owned by the Singh brothers), only INDIA PALACE remains. And while their competition has grown since the early aughts, India Palace is still the best. Their EAST INDIAN-STYLE DISHES range from fiery curries to succulent tandoor chicken with a world of flavors in between. If you’re a virgin, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. Get a mango lassi and explore. At 6963 S. Lewis Avenue. // JOE O’SHANSKY Make out on the Phantasmagoria 33 Just like the born-and-raised Tulsans used to do as kids. Problem is, the Phantasmagoria exists these days only in our hearts. At least THE MAX RETROPUB saved a piece for us. See it at 114 S. Elgin Avenue, in the Blue Dome District – but never alone. // NATASHA BALL

34 Celebrate freedom Tulsa’s JUNETEENTH events are centered on historic Greenwood, but it’s a citywide celebration, a festival of freedom spanning nearly a week. Juneteenth 2014 kicks off with the sixth-annual tribute to the NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE with Tulsa Drillers, in partnership with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and events coordinator Mary L. Williams, at ONEOK Field June 13, 6 p.m. Guests include Senator Jabar Shumate and national recording artist Sarah Jordan Powell. The festival continues on June 19, the date that commemorates when the last-known slaves were freed in America. The National Association of Black Journalists will conduct a FORUM AND DISCUSSION on education and the impact of the Oprah Winfrey network on the proposed film about the story of Greenwood in Tulsa, held at OSU-Tulsa, at 700 N. Greenwood. Guests panelists include former Tulsa police chief Drew Diamond and educator Anthony Marshall; jazz artist Frank Bates will perform. The day’s events will culminate with a salute to Pamela Hower, daughter of former journalist Bob Hower, who will be presented with the JUNETEENTH LEGACY AWARD FOR GOOD SAMARITANS. Other presentations will come from the Tulsa Jewish Federation as well as the Technical Institute of Cosmetology, which will offer a hair show. One June 20 Greenwood will be filled with live music from the likes of ERIC WALKER and other musicians. GREENWOOD DISTRICT BUSINESS past and present will be honored as part of the day’s events. A gospel and jazz festival with vocal artist Tonnie and Boris Nichols and Sandra Knauls will be held at OSU-Tulsa on June 21. All events are free, open to the public, and family friendly. // NATASHA BALL FEATURED // 27


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The comedy scene in Tulsa has shown serious signs of life recently, with the rise of THE COMEDY PARLOR downtown and a smattering of open mic nights, improv shows, and local standup showcases at various bars and music venues. This new grassroots growth has paved the way for Tulsa to take a step to the next level, to forge a foundation of funny that doesn’t stop at hacky road comics, but attracts true stars of the alternative and improv comedy worlds. That next step is the BLUE WHALE COMEDY FESTIVAL, presented by Guthrie Green, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and the Comedy Parlor. This inaugural comedy extravaganza will feature standup sets by Judah Friedlander (he of the funnily captioned hats and pithy quips on “30 Rock”), a performance by improv legend Matt Besser and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a VIP after-party with Rock-a-Billy vampire Unknown Hinson, plus performances by Betsy Sodaro, Jonathan Gabrus, Joe Wengert, Johnny Pemberton, Tulsa’s own Josh Fadem, and more. The festival will also feature roundtable discussions, improv classes and workshops. Performances will be held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the Comedy Parlor, as well as a family-oriented show at Guthrie Green. For full details on all the performers, schedules, tickets and more, check out bluewhalecomedyfestival.com. // MATT CAUTHRON 28 // FEATURED

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Oooh Find a meal and Aaah on the go 36 39 No summer is complete with out FIREWORKS. I Tulsa is in the throes of a bona-fide FOOD like how they look over Woolaroc and how they sound with cannons and a Sousaphone as part of the outdoor concert at OK Mozart, Bartlesville’s annual, multi-genre music festival this year celebrating its 30th year. It’s just a short drive up 75. OK Mozart is June 7-14; the concert at Woolaroc is June 13, 8 p.m. // NATASHA BALL Pinch the skyline 37 Go to the deck at TU’S MCFARLIN LIBRARY. Forget the tables and chairs. Walk to the stone dividers that line the steps. There. Sit. Lean back—lie down if you want. Look west, past the manicured lawn, soccer field and Kendall Whittier. THE TULSA SKYLINE. Not spectacular, but that’s OK. That’s the city; that’s your city. When the best and worst happen, you need somewhere to go in this town. This is where. // BARRY FRIEDMAN Chew on this 38 It’s not in Tulsa, but when we’re talking about a calf fry that claims to be the world’s largest, the few miles between here and Vinita, home of OKLAHOMA’S BALLSY-EST COOK-OFF, are no matter. Each summer—this year it’s on June 7—a dozen or so teams compete as part of this festival where hundreds of pounds of fries are breaded and browned in hopes of securing the trophy for best in show. Prairie oysters aren’t the only vittles up for grabs (as it were): beans, cobblers, salsas, and breads flesh out the main attraction. // NATASHA BALL

TRUCK FRENZY—some of the city’s best dishes are now served through a window. Standouts include a beer-soaked brat from The Wurst or a hot slice from Andolini’s, A Korean taco from Plum or a variety of eggs benedict creations from Bohemia Moveable Feast. But, for my money, two titans stand alone in the battle for best meal on wheels: the jerk chicken tacos from MR. NICE GUYS vs. the kung pao pork banh mi from LONE WOLF. The winner in this battle? You and me. // MATT CAUTHRON Heckle at 40 Spotlight Theater Audience participation is requested—nay, required—at any production of THE DRUNKARD at Tulsa Spotlight Theater, 13th and Riverside, said to be America’s longest-running play. Curtain time on this “old-fashioned mellerdramer” is 7 p.m. EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT, when the audience is instructed to boo the villain and cheer the hero. Goes best with one of Spotlight’s house-made sandwiches and a can of cold Coke, both on sale during intermission. They’ll sell you tomatoes to toss at the bad guys, too. Reservations are recommended; call (918) 587-5030 for yours. // NATASHA BALL Get Twisted 41 An exciting night of theatre awaits at NEW AGE RENEGADE, 16th and Main, courtesy of Twisted Theatre, Tulsa’s underground theatre company with a habit of breath-

40 ing new life into camp-movie classics. To give you an idea, a list of Twisted’s most recent shows reads thusly: “Little Shop of Whores: A Musical Parody”; “The Passion of the Bunny”; “Reefer Madness: A Musical Parody”; and “Annie XXX: A Musical Parody” (“hysterically uncensored”). The shows are 21-plus, but trust us, the babysitter’s fee is worth it. Find it the third weekend of every month. // NATASHA BALL Take it all in 42 Take five minutes out of your busy day. Head north on Riverside. Take a right on Denver. Roll down the windows. Turn on some music. Your choice, but I would suggest Springsteen. Something brooding from the Darkness on the Edge of Town/The River era. On some days you’ll smell the refinery. Sometimes the must of an empty river. If you’re lucky, both. Enter downtown from the west. Drive slowly, look at the buildings. Some old. Some new. Some architecturally interesting. Some not. For optimal viewing, dusk is best. If dusk is not an option, try early morning or the middle of the night. The fewer people the better. By the time you’re breezing past the shiny BOK Center, things begin to change. A jail. Bail bonds. Welcome to Brady Heights. Stop the car, look back toward downtown. Enjoy the view. Keep going. Boarded up homes. Tough times for some. Things begin to look up literally as you enter Reservoir Hill. In five minutes you’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. The things we flaunt. The things we hide. It’s all us. // JEFF MARTIN

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43 St. Francis Tulsa Tough From modest beginnings a mere 9 years ago, St. Francis Tulsa Tough has grown into one of the nation’s PREMIERE BICYCLING EVENTS for racers and spectators

alike. The THREE-DAY FESTIVAL features professional-level criterium races in three separate downtown locales, long-distance Gran Fondo rides through the city

and surrounding suburban and rural areas, and a host of festive activities surrounding the events—ranging from family-friendly to… um… not-so-fam-

ily-friendly. We’ve got ALL THE INFO YOU’LL NEED to navigate Tulsa’s annual two-wheeling bonanza. For more, visit TulsaTough.com. // MATT CAUTHRON

McNellie’s Group Blue Dome Criterium Per tradition, Tulsa Tough gets its wheels spinning in the BLUE DOME DISTRICT with the twilight crits to kick off the weekend. If you’ve never seen professional bicyclists riding in large clusters at ludicrous speeds while navigating an unending maze of 90-degree turns, you’ve been missing out on sporting spectacle at its most exhilarating. FRIDAY NIGHT’S FESTIVITIES will include a fireworks display near the end of the final race—the men’s professional 60-minute crit. << CRITERIUM [n] — A multi-lap bicycle race held on a short, closed course, with intense speeds, sharp corners, and eventually at least a couple of stray chunks of skin.

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START/FINISH LINE: 2nd Street, just east of Elgin Ave. FIRST RACE START TIME: 6:15 p.m. FINAL RACE START TIME: 8:50 p.m. PURSES: Women’s Pro ($7,500); Men’s Pro ($12,000)

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George Kaiser Family Foundation Brady Arts District Criterium Saturday at Tulsa Tough is an ALL-DAY AFFAIR, with 13 crit races winding through the Brady Arts District from morning through night. The races begin and end near Guthrie Green, where A FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL will lend a celebratory vibe to the proceedings. Activities include bicycle races for kids age 9 and under, as well as a “Bear Clinic” (1-3 p.m.), where kids will get a free stuffed animal and learn safety and medical tips from St. Francis Hospital volunteers.

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START/FINISH LINE: M.B. Brady Street & Boston Ave. FIRST RACE START TIME: 10 a.m. FINAL RACE START TIME: 8:50 p.m. PURSES: Women’s Pro ($7,500); Men’s Pro ($12,000)

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TOWNIE RIDE Perfect for families or anyone seeking a fun, leisurely ride around Tulsa, the Townie Ride presented by the Lobeck-Taylor Family Foundation will get you in on the Tulsa Tough action. The free 8-mile ride (or the 5-miler if that’s your bag) starts Sunday at 2 p.m. at 15th Street and Riverside Drive.

Unlike most other bicycling competitions of its kind, St. Francis Tulsa Tough HOSTS TWO DAYS of Gran Fondo rides, with courses ranging from 35 to 104 miles through the streets of Tulsa and beyond to the rolling hills north, west, and south of the city. The rides, held Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8), REWARD ENDURANCE OVER SPEED , and are more of a “party on wheels” than their high-intensity criterium counterparts—perfect for the less experienced cyclist who wants to participate in a mass-start, professionally organized ride. Although these rides are not considered races, prizes will be awarded based on time for those who prefer an element of competition. Check-in for the rides will be at 6 a.m. each morning, and the rides begin at 7:30 a.m. Routes close at 5 p.m. each day. At ride’s end you’ll have access to convenient bike parking, cooling tents, and plenty of food and beverages. << GRAND FONDO [n] — From the Italian for “great distance” or “great endurance”—depending on which Italian-to-English dictionary you prefer—a mass bicycle ride over a long course, for nothing more than the love of cycling and fun.

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New Medio River Parks Criterium Among bicycle racers the world over, Sunday at Tulsa Tough is as notorious for its punishing climbs as for the mad gaggle of partying spectators it attracts. The River Parks criterium starts innocently enough. Racers begin with an idyllic view of the Arkansas River and the various families and racing enthusiasts assembled amid the park. Then they take that fateful right turn. They begin to climb the impossibly steep incline known as “Cry Baby Hill,” so named because it has been known to turn the most formidable of athletes into sniveling, driveling puddles of goo. They soon encounter a depraved throng—many in wild costumery, most in various states of inebriation, all wearing grins of celebratory joy and (I swear) civic pride. “Can you believe this happens every year in Tulsa?” Maybe no one actually says it, but it’s implicit in those grins. << CRY BABY HILL [n] — It hurts so good.

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START/FINISH LINE: 15th Street & Riverside Drive FIRST RACE START TIME: 8 a.m. FINAL RACE START TIME: 4:35 p.m. PURSES: Women’s Pro ($10,000); Men’s Pro ($15,000)

If you’re frightened by grueling feats of endurance and/or debaucherous feats of idiocy, you can see the highs and lows (oh, the lows) of Cry Baby Hill from the quiet comfort of your SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS, thanks to everyone’s favorite tech trend, the hashtag. If you do brave the Hill, use this magical text gimmick to show the world how Tulsa hosts a bicycle race. #CRYBABYHILL | #TULSATOUGH | #TAKEMONDAYOFF

RULES ON THE HILL 2014 THEME: Disco. Costumes encouraged. SAFETY: You’ll see some quasi-official-looking, Disco-besuited gentlemen barking orders, blowing whistles, and wrangling crowds. Listen to these men. Do as they say. They are here for the safety of the riders and the spectators. They help ensure that no one gets hurt, and that Cry Baby Hill in its present glory may continue on for years to come. Help them by publicly shaming any and all who violate their directives. DON’T bring dogs or strollers. Really, if you’re considering bringing a dog or a baby to Cry Baby Hill, it’s time to rethink some life stuff.

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NEVER touch a racer, or spray water directly in one of their faces. Spray them with water, yes, but not directly in the face. ALWAYS mind the gap. Photos by John Howland

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Shooting hoops, slinging paint Former pro-athlete now practices her craft as a Tulsa artist by Britt Greenwood

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he barista handed us our coffee and we shuffled to a 20-year-old sofa that had seen so many posteriors only a sliver of cushion remained. Claudia Riccardi and I laughed as we sunk into interview position at Shades of Brown, a Brookside staple. Riccardi, nearing six feet tall, beams a striking smile and dark skin covered in an eclectic collection of tattoos. In another life, she would have been turning heads on the runway at fashion week. Her current repertoire: artist, hair dresser, local model, mother, and soon-to-be master’s student. “I heard you played professional basketball,” I said. She smiled, confirming she played on a professional circuit across the Atlantic in Ireland. “In high school I played basketball, softball, track and field. I was a state champion long jumper. I excelled in art classes. I think athletics is a physical expression of the body and art is a physical expression of the heart and mind,” Riccardi said. Her work, around 20 pieces, filled the walls of the coffeehouse where we’d met. Most were smaller than 24 inches and incorporated bold lines and graffiti influences. Riccardi pointed to one painting hanging above a vintage chair. It was a partial view of an owl with orange ovals for feathers and large red eyes. My eyes scanned the

Claudia Riccardi’s ar t work is on display now at Shades of Brow n, 3302 S. Peoria Avenue

collection, patterns and layers of spray paint. One work was pink, lime, and turquoise, all bathed in black repeating teardrops, together, reminiscent of a flower. With a grin and no regret, Ricarrdi said when basketball or other in life called, she retired the art supplies. “I would just see it. I would gather inspiration and try to figure out my style and what I’m about. I think now that I transitioned out of being an athlete, I have more time to be an artist.” “It’s funny, when I was an athlete I was an enforcer-type player, very aggressive. Now, I don’t have to be that person,” said Riccardi. Originally from Louisiana, Riccardi earned an athletic scholarship to Oral Roberts University (ORU) for a sport she played just a handful of years. At age 18 she visited T-town and decided

it would be the safest landing for a young woman looking to make her mark. Before ORU, Riccardi said she wouldn’t have been able to point out Tulsa on a map. “This is a good spot to be in. I have been here 15 years now,” she said. She graduated with a degree in studio arts. “You don’t look like you went to ORU,” Riccardi said she often hears. After college, an agent found a position for Riccardi on a professional basketball team in central Ireland. The team won the Irish National Championship with her help; she played forward. After three shoulder surgeries, her body finally gave, sending the retired athlete to Tulsa for a second tour. It has been a decade since she earned a paycheck for playing ball. Riccardi’s seven-year-old son isn’t convinced Mom ever played bas-

FOCUS ON FAVORITES // Gilcrease is displaying the best of the best from within its expansive collection of artwork and artifacts. Visitors can vote on their favorite pieces // ongoing; Gilcrease Museum; 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road; 918-596-2700

THEODORE FRIED// A retrospective exhibit of the late Theodore Fried, an immigrant to the U.S. who gained popularity through his modern works during the mid-century, many depicting scenes close to his New York studio and home // through Sept.; Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art; 2021 E. 71st; 918-494-1818

ketball. For his birthday, he asked for a basketball goal. “Oh, I will show him,” she said. Riccardi left the hardwood for the canvas, but certain aspects of athletics carry over, she said. “That work ethic side of it. Make time for this, schedule it. Not in a medium, per say, but in my desire to evolve as an artist, I find motivation from my experience as an athlete.” Post-basketball, Riccardi went to beauty school. Now, with a full-time job as a hair stylist at Ihloff Salon, along with her two children and her work as an artist, Riccardi has decided to continue her education. “When you become a mom and have a family, everything is centered around your family. I would love to be an art therapist and work with families, use art as a means to connect them,” she said. She will attend Southern Nazarene University to work toward a master’s degree in counseling. Riccardi considers the move as part of her own transition into adulthood. Riccardi still sees her former teammates. She said they have noted a shift in her demeanor. She is “happy to be in the stage where I am softer, more comfortable and centered,” she said. As for the next pick-up game, “I would love to go shoot around. That sounds fun to me, but I am a little too competitive. I want to win.” a

ART HAPPENINGS NOIRE // An examination of African-American culture in its current state through the eyes of nine artists. The show explores ideas of stereotyping, class wars, and the growing complexity of what it means to identify as “black.” // 6/6 through 6/26; Living Arts; 307 E. Brady; 918585-1234 32 // ARTS & CULTURE

MUSIC ALL AROUND// Sante Fe artist Gregory Horndeski will show his work around the world. He relies mainl y on the pallet knife to move brightl y colored paint across the canvas to create impressions of nature // through June 21; Joseph Gierek Gallery; 1342 E. 11th; 918-592-5432 June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


eventlistings Events

The Wes Anderson Experience // Booksmart Tulsa hosts New York Magazine critic Matt Zoller for an evening celebrating the work of writer/director Wes Anderson. Zoller will share stories from his book The Wes Anderson Collection, a detailed overview of Anderson’s filmography. The evening will also include a Wes Anderson character costume contest, live music from a British Invasion cover band, themed drinks, prizes, and a display of a series of Anderson-inspired paintings by local artist John Hammer. Music, drinks, games, and the costume contest begin at 6 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7. The event is free and open to the public. Afterwards, guests are invited to attend a 35mm screening of Anderson’s first film “Bottle Rocket” at Circle Cinema for $5. // 6/5, 6:00-8:00 pm, 2727 S Rockford Rd, booksmarttulsa.com

6/7 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judging for these chalk masterpieces, including the People’s Choice Award, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. // 6/6-6/7 24 Works on Paper // A travelling exhibition of 24 works by 24 living Oklahoma artists. Media being presented include printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography. Artists include Tulsa’s own Amy Rockett-Todd, Cathryn Wallace Thomas, and Elizabeth Vuong. // 6/6-6/28, 9 E M.B. Brady St, tacgallery.org Life Out There // Circle Cinema presents an exhibit of photography by Shane Brown that concentrates on myth, mystery, and forms of communication in the cultural and physical landscape of the American Desert. // 6/6-8/6, 10 S Lewis Ave, circlecinema.com/events Escapades in Paint // Bold, colorful acrylic and mixed media abstract paintings by Cynthia Brown. Ongoing through 7/4. // 5/22-7/4, 2306 E. Admiral Blvd, urbanfurnishings.com

Performing Arts

Triple Will // Portico Dans Theatre presents contemporary and aerial dance interpretations of three of Shakespeare’s comdic plays set to live music at Guthrie Green. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Twelfth Night,” and “The Merchant of Venice” will be performed in this free, family-friendly event. // 6/6, 7:00 pm, 111 E M.B. Brady St, porticodanstheatre.org

Just Plane Fun // Camp Fire Green Country hosts the 15th Annual Just Plane Fun event, in which teams compete in the ultimate game of tug-of-war with a 100,000 pound plane. The team that pulls the plane fastest wins! The event also features a silent auction, a Family Fun Festival inside a hangar, and food trucks on site. // 6/7, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, 801 e 91st St, tulsacampfire.org Asian-American Festival // Explore the rich cultures of Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. The festival features martial arts demonstrations, a Japanese tea ceremony, traditional dancing and drumming, authentic arts and crafts booths, handson educational activities for kids, an exhibition of children’s artwork from Kyoto, Japan, a traditional dress contest, and a cosplay contest with prizes from Tokyo in Tulsa and India Palace. Traditional Asian cuisine will be provided by India Palace and Lone Wolf Bahn Mi. Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust. // 6/7, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, 2601 S Garnett Rd, tulsalibrary.org/ asianfestival 2nd Saturday Street Fest & Car Show // Downtown Tulsa’s East Village hosts a street party with artist booths, live music from the Mike Cameron Collective, food trucks, and an open car show. Up to 100 cars will be judged in 12 categories. Hang out past sunset for a grewat view of the Driller’s fireworks display. // 6/14, 4:00-10:00 pm, 3rd & Lansing, eastvillagetulsa.org

Visual Arts

Experience Tulsa: Art and Culture are All Around Town // The Route 66 Alliance, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Historical Society, and Tulsa Performing Arts Center come together in a shared exhibition to highlight their institutions. Explore Tulsa from the central location of the PAC Gallery. // 6/5-7/11, 110 E 2nd St, tulsapac.com Chalk It Up // The Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council hosts this chalk art competition and art festival in downtown Broken Arrow. Participants will compete in three age groups and five categories. Live music, street performers, vendors, and artists will make this an event for everyone. The festival begins Friday, 6/6 from 8-11 p.m., and continues Saturday, THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Lawn at Philbrook // American Theatre Company presents performances of Shakespeare’s comedy of love, mistaken identities, and fairies on the lawn at Philbrook Museum of Art. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic basket! Performances on 6/6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m., with the Philbrook grounds opening at 6:30 p.m. // 6/6-6/14, 8:00 pm, $10-$20, 2727 S Rockford Rd, americantheatrecompany.org HOLD // Tulsa Modern Movement performs three new original modern dance works which incorporate poetry, real-time video interaction, and original music. 6/7 at 8 p.m. and 6/8 at 3 p.m. // 6/7-6/8, $25, 1212 E 45th Pl, tummdance.org Bassoon Bonanza 2014! // Bassoon Bonanza is a five-day workshop for junior high, high school, and adult bassoonists held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Resident artists will be Richard Ramey and Susie Brown, the bassoon section of the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, and Tulsa Opera. Participants will have the opportunity to build and improve on their technique and develop a new sense of musical interpretation. On 6/13, participants will come together to become the Barking Basset Bassoon Ensemble for an all-bassoon performance. // 6/9-6/13, 111 E 1st St, bassoonbonanza.com 80s in Space! // TwoLips Burlesk presents a titilating evening of retro cosmic burlesque routines to the sounds of the 80s, with a spacey theme. Hosted by Hilton Price, the show also features games, giveaways, and prizes. VIP tickets include early arrival, premium seating, and a gift bag. // 6/14, 8:00 pm, $13 ADV, $15 DOS, $25 VIP, 1511 S. Delaware, twolipsburlesk.com

Comedy

Frankie Paul, Hilton Price // 6/4, 8:00 pm, $7, 6/5, 8:00 pm, $2, 6/6, 7:30 pm, $10, 6/6, 10:00 pm, $10, 6/7, 7:30 pm, $10, 6/7, 10:00 pm, $10, 6808 S Memorial Dr, loonybincomedy.com Pop Up Players // 6/5, 7:00 pm, $5, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com Sheila Naifeh, Dave Short, Christina West, Jeremiah Walton, Steve Patchin, Nick Sanford, Andrew Deacon, Billy Bazar, Tyson Lenard, Micah Medina, Daren Ebacher // 6/5, 9:00 pm, 7970 E 41st St, uctulsa.com Bamboo Lounge Comedy Night // 6/5, 9:30 pm, 7204 E Pine St Jerry Seinfeld // 6/7, 7:00 pm, SOLD OUT, 110 E 2nd St, jerryseinfeld.com Rumble-Ish: The Improv Competition // 6/7, 7:00 pm, $10, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com

CR’s Variety Hour // 6/7, 8:30 pm, $10, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com Ryan’s Drinking Problem (A Beer Drinking Game Show) // 6/7, 10:00 pm, $10, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com Jane’s Comedy Connection // 6/8, 7:30 pm, $5, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com T.G.I.M w/ Meredith Long, C.R. Parsons, Cian Baker, Russell Abbott, Logan Rogers, Andrew Deacon, Ryan Jones, Derek Rose, Billy Bazar // 6/9, 9:00 pm, 18th & Boston, tulsashrine.com Lucas Bohn // 6/11, 8:00 pm, $7, 6/12, 8:00 pm, $2, 6/13, 7:30 pm, $10, 6/13, 10:00 pm, $10, 6/14, 7:30 pm, $10, 6/14, 10:00 pm, $10, 6808 S Memorial Dr, loonybincomedy.com Bye Bye Bobby! // 6/12, 7:00 pm, $5, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com Bamboo Lounge Comedy Night // 6/12, 9:30 pm, 7204 E Pine St Blue Whale Comedy Festival // The first ever Blue Whale Comedy Festival is bringing several great comedy shows to the Comedy Parlor and the PAC, including 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander, Matt Besser’s improv4humans featuring Upright Citezens Brigade members,Jonathan Gabrus, One Man Star Wars, and more, including several local and regional acts. Don’t miss out on a special after party performance at Dilly Deli by Unknown Hinson (aka the voice of Early Cuyler on Squidbillies) available only VIP pass holders. VIP tickets are available by calling 918-596-7111 // 6/13-6/14, Free-$80, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com

The Purple Heart of the Pearl Stand-Up Comedy Night // Every other Tuesday, the Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577 hosts local comedians in shows that include improv and stand-up acts. This week, performers include Corey Douglas, Christina Ashley West, Daren Ebacher, and more. // 6/17, 7:00 pm, 1109 e 6th St, facebook.com/centenniallounge577?rf=181504795263904

Sports

Tulsa Shock vs. Phoenix Mercury // 6/6, 7:00 pm, $12-$155, 200 S Denver Ave, wnba.com/shock Tulsa Athletics vs. Joplin Demize // 6/6, 7:30 pm, $5-$10, 4802 E 15th St, tulsaathletics.com Tulsa Shock vs. New York Liberty // 6/10, 11:30 am, $12-$155, 200 S Denver Ave, wnba.com/shock Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers // Bark in the Park! Your dogs are Drillers fans. Bring them with you to the game! // 6/11, 7:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t260 Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers // Star Wars Night! May the Force be with the Drillers. Thirsty Thursday: $1 12 oz beers and 16 oz fountain drinks. // 6/12, 7:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb. com/index.jsp?sid=t260 Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers // Post-game Fireworks! // 6/13, 7:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/index. jsp?sid=t260 Tulsa Shock vs. Los Angeles Sparks // 6/13, 7:00 pm, $12-$155, 200 S Denver Ave, wnba.com/shock Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers // Post-game Fireworks! // 6/14, 7:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/index. jsp?sid=t260

Blue Whale Comedy Fest ival One Man Star Wars // Comedian Charles Ross performs the original trilogy by himself, voices, sound effects, soundtrack, and all, in just 60 minutes. // 6/13, 7:30 pm, $25; included with Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass, 110 E 2nd St, tulsapac.com

Tulsa Athletics vs. OKC FC // 6/14, 7:30 pm, $5-$10, 4802 E 15th St, tulsaathletics.com Tulsa Drillers vs. Springfield Cardinals // Kids eat free, and can run the bases after the game, first 500 kids receive a team poster. // 6/15, 7:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t260

Local/Regional Acts // 6/13, 7:00 pm, 328 E 1st St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com

Tulsa Shock vs. Seattle Storm // 6/15, 3:30 pm, $12-$155, 200 S Denver Ave, wnba. com/shock

Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, Sarah Tiana, Maronzio Vance // 6/13, 9:00 pm, $15; included with Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass, 328 E 1st St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com

Tulsa Drillers vs. Springfield Cardinals // Make-A-Difference Monday // 6/16, 2:05 pm, $5-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/ index.jsp?sid=t260

Jonathan Gabrus, Johnny Pemberton, and Josh Fadem “Blackout Drunk” // 6/13, 10:30 pm, $15; included with Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass, 328 E 1st St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com Judah Friedlander, Sarah Tiana, Jash Fadem // 6/14, 7:30 pm, $25, 9:30 pm, $25; included with Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass, 110 E 2nd St, tulsapac.com

Tulsa Drillers vs. Springfield Cardinals // $2 Tuesday: GA tickets, driller dogs, 21 oz fountain drinks, pretzels, popcorn, and pizza each cost two bucks. $2 12 oz Coronas from 6-8 p.m. // 6/17, 7:05 pm, $2-$35, 201 N Elgin Ave, milb.com/index. jsp?sid=t260

improv4humans with Matt Besser, Joe Wengert, Betsy Sodaro, Jonathan Gabrus // improv4humans is a weekly improvised podcast starring Upright Citizens Brigade founding member Matt Besser. Besser and co. will record a new episode live at the PAC. // 6/14, 7:30 pm, $25, 9:30 pm, $25; included with Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass, 110 E 2nd St, tulsapac.com Intro to Improv Class // // 6/14, 11:30 am, 328 E 1st St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com Comedy Roundtable featuring Toby Morton, Josh Fadem, and friends, hosted by Peter Bedgood // 6/14, 1:30 pm, 328 E 1st St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com Blue Whale After Party w/ Unknown Hinson, DJ Spencer LG, Live Band Karaoke // Comedian and musician Unknown Hinson, known for voicing Early Cuyler on Adult Swim’s Suidbillies performs a show for Blue Whale Comedy Festival VIP pass holders and participating comedians. // 6/14, 11:30 pm, 402 E 2nd St, bluewhalecomedyfestival.com Bazar’s Cavalcade of Comedy w/ Billy Bazar, Ryan Jones, Justin MeKean, Brendal Rector, Austin Bryant // 6/15, 7:30 pm, $5, 328 E 1st St, comedyparlor.com

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On the Fringe The best things to see on stage in Tulsa this month by KELSEY DUVALL

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or years June in Tulsa has meant SummerStage, and this year it brings a new festival, one that bursts through the walls of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tulsa Fringe, based on a model birthed an ocean away and the spread like wildfire all over the world, will broaden the live-entertainment offerings in our city this summer, serving up performances of various stripes and in new spaces. With events from plays and magic shows to music and a carnival, Tulsa Fringe broadens offerings as well as appeal to audiences who are looking for something more than just another stage show. Generally, Fringe festivals offer uncensored, low prices for audiences and artists, multiple venues, short shows and low tech. Tulsa Fringe is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. Tulsa Fringe performances will be held at one of four partner performance venues throughout downtown: including Fly Loft (117 N. Boston Avenue), Woody Guthrie Center (102 E. Brady Street), Living Arts of Tulsa (307 E. M.B. Brady), and The Comedy Parlor (328 E. 1st Street), as well as Tulsa

TULSA FRINGE June performances include: The Blue Whale Comedy Festival (featuring Judah Friedlander with Josh Fadem and Matt Besser) // June 13-15 // Guthrie Green, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, The Comedy Parlor, and Dilly Deli One-Man Star Wars // June 13 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center Fun & Frolic Family Magic Show// June 15 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center Vintage Wildflowers in Concert // June 19 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Tulsa Fringe is June 13-July 20 // Photo by Michelle Pollard

Performing Arts Center, at 110 E. Second Street. The festival runs through July. In the spirit of showcasing and building the talents of local artists, Tulsa Fringe will also host a pair of workshops. The workshops, titled “Creating Original Theatrical Work,” scheduled for June 21, and “The Art of Street Performance,” on June 28, will be held at Fly Loft. The street-performance workshop will mint new buskers, or street performers who present well-orchestrated yet uncon-

ventional performances in edgy costume, for a live performance at Guthrie Green on July 11. Tickets are available per-show or as a festival pass, which offers entry to three or more shows at a discounted rate. The Blue Whale Comedy Festival offers an allevent pass for $80, which includes a ticket to three performances plus admission to The Comedy Parlor during the weekend of the festival and the official after-party. Tickets and workshop registration is available at tulsafringe.org. a

RANTS, RAVES, MISSED CONNECTIONS, AND CASUAL ENCOUNTERS Nightingale Theater Inspired by actual Craigslist Personals, 50 Swats Writers’ Collective created shorts to bring this often colorful forum to life. Dates and curtain times were not available at press time; check nightingaletheater.com for updates.

SWEENEY TODD, THE GONDOLIERS, and ORIGINAL CABARET Van Trease Theatre, Tulsa PAC LOOK Musical Theatre’s 2014 season presents three musicals in different lights this year. The group kicks off with “Sweeney Todd,” the darkly humorous tale of the demon barber, before moving to a comedy of errors and their four original cabaret performances. Visit looktheatre.org for dates and show times.

Book of Days // June 19-22 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center Boom // June 20-21 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center Janet Rutland Sings the Sixties // June 20-21 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown // June 26-29 // Tulsa Performing Arts Center Real Women Have Curves // June 27-28 // Living Arts of Tulsa Still Slouching: From Brooklyn to Bushyhead with John Wooly and Barry Friedman // June 27-28 // Woody Guthrie Center See the complete list of Tulsa Fringe events at thetulsavoice.com

ALSO SEE WICKED Tulsa PAC // June 18-July 6 The musical phenomena chronicling the unlikely friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good returns to Tulsa for its third run, courtesy of Celebrity Attractions. Hailed as one of the best contemporary musicals on Broadway, it’s one of the largest productions to ever visit our town, if not the largest. THE MUSIC MAN Assembly Hall, Cox Business Center June 13, 14, 19 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. June 15, 21, 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tulsa Project Theatre presents this classic story of trouble in River City that can only be solved with a fabulous marching band—orchestrated by a travelling con artist, of course. 34 // ARTS & CULTURE

“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” Lawn at Philbrook Museum of Art June 6 & 7, 13 & 14 at 6:30 p.m. Philbrook’s historic grounds are the perfect stage for Shakespeare’s classic comedy set in an enchanted forest. Bring a blanket and provisions and enjoy the tale of lovers, fairies, and, of course, Puck.

CLARK YOUTH THEATRE TALENT SHOW Henthorne PAC // June 10, 7 p.m. A night of song, laughter, and monologues as the Clark youth demonstrate their many skills. Tickets are $5.

“LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE” Tulsa Spotlight Theatre // June 20-29 Tulsa Spotlight Children’s Theatre brings this adventure of a girl and her tough choices when separated from her prized possession. Visit tulsaspotlighttheatre.org for reservations—these young actors tend to pack the house. LAUGHING MATTER Henthorne PAC // June 17, 7 p.m. They say it’s Tulsa’s longest running improvisational comedy program—Laughing Matter is a live comedy show that uses suggestions from the audience to create a laughable evening for the whole family. Tickets are $5.

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Want the perfect canvas for your home décor dreams? Here’s a broom. by ASHLEY HEIDER DALY

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eciding to keep a clean home is kind of like that moment you realized wearing deodorant and not using your sleeve to wipe your mouth helped you approach the world with more moxie. When you eat breakfast at a clear table, rather than stand at the kitchen counter as you stare at all the junk you dumped on the table from your purse the night before, you gain a sense of self-respect. “But Ashley,” you say, “I learned to clean up after myself years ago.” Congratulations, friend. My mom would respect you more than she does me. You can continue to feel smug as you read the rest of this piece from your freshly Febrezed sofa. But you, the person who, like me, just can’t keep clean? Do you want my mom’s respect? Mine? Your own? Here are a few concepts on cleanliness guaranteed to make you stand straighter and like yourself more.

own 36 dishes. We now own only four bowls and four plates. I’m happy to report that we, the Daly family, are adult enough to handle four sets of dishes. They remain clean and useable. Guests think we are normal people who wash their dishes. And now, we are.

Have less. Until recently, I had twelve sets of everyday dishes, including bowls, plates, and smaller plates. My husband Ryan and I would use every last dish, then not have the emotional energy to attack all 36 plates and bowls piled in the sink. Pro tip I took to heart: if you can’t keep 36 dishes clean, you’re not responsible enough to

Take the extra step. When you wake up and immediately trip on shoes that, had you turned a mere 60 degrees, you could have tossed into your closet and safely out of harm’s way, you may not realize it, but your heart learns a sad lesson. You chose laziness over personal safety, not to mention the safety of your spouse, significant other,

DON’T WANT TO CLEAN? Have a garage sale! Having less can mean less cleaning. When you make your driveway a store for a day, it can also mean more money. My husband and I had a garage sale this past weekend to turn those extra plates and bowls (see above) into cash money. Here are some tips fresh from our sale:

2 // Treat your driveway like it’s a store and you’ll make more money. Price it all. Organize things. Hang clothes. Rearrange as the day goes on to keep things feeling fresh. Say hello and thank you.

1 // Signage, signage, signage. How can they know of the sale of which they have not heard? Location of said signage is key. Think intersections and neighborhood thoroughfares. 36 // ARTS & CULTURE

Having less can mean less cleaning—when you make your driveway a store for a day, it can also mean more mone y

3 // You’re in charge here. When someone is rude (sadly, there will be at least one), don’t sell to him or her. Unlike a store, you don’t need Charlie Cheapskate to say nice things about your driveway sale when he leaves. When he dares offer a dime for your couch, just say no. Your dignity is worth ten cents.

or dog. Similar scenario? It takes 30 seconds to fetch the plastic grocery sack that fits your bathroom trashcan. Respect yourself. Decide you’re worth the extra moment that later leads to just lifting and exchanging the sack at trash time rather than tediously pouring who knows what from can to bag. It’s a small thing to think of yourself, but just imagine what life advances to which this little step could lead. Example: I own my own business now! Get selfish. A straightened or even merely quickly straighten-able home isn’t for other people. It’s for you. When you brush your teeth, 4 // More on dignity and garage sales. Used underwear will sell, did you know that? Not sure whose dignity is the most in question here, buyer or seller. 5 // Appropriate yard-sale pricing is just a little above one quarter of retail pricing. Give yourself room, though, so customers can bargain. 6 // When it hits noon, my mantra becomes, “You touched it, you’re buying it.” Every yard sale is a balance of wanting to make money and wanting to

the best benefit isn’t the person next to you at work not being disgusted by your breath; it’s personally not feeling the slime sweater that builds up on them. “I’m not one to focus on myself,” you say? Does vacuuming your carpets and consequently saving hundreds of dollars in allergy clinic visits really sound overindulgent? The above considerations are baseline, folks. Next time, let’s talk about getting your shit together in home décor. Maybe you’re like me and a lot of my friends who were given a bunch of things from family—the chairs you used to poop behind when you were two, the bedding you had in college, your grandpa’s sofa you suspect has come back into style or those three side tables that are super-meaningful to your grandma but are painted pink and decoupaged with roses. These are things we can work with (yes, even the decoupage rose tables), but there’s a trick to it. I’m excited to welcome you into the nuanced business of style for the modern person. #wildrideahead a Ashley Heider Daly, while sometimes slipping back into her old, disgusting ways, now maintains a certain standard of cleanliness and order in her home. It’s from this basic foundation that she built a home décor philosophy she now shares at her vintage and modern home store, Retro Den. get rid of things. You’ve reached the tipping point and moving things out is now your primary goal. Stay focused. You didn’t want this stuff so much that you tagged it and carried it to your driveway. Offer crazy deals. Give things to kids. 7 // Donate what’s left. Dress for Success, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Howe Foundation, your call. You can even sometimes schedule to have one of these organizations or those like them to come pick things up at the end of your sale. June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


On the Fringe The best things to see on stage in Tulsa this month by KELSEY DUVALL

THEY GIVE IT TO US. WE GIVE IT TO YOU. Avett Brothers tickets, Center of the Universe festival passes, Drillers tickets, and dining gift cards. WICKED Tulsa PAC // June 18-July 6 The musical phenomena chronicling the unlikely friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good returns to Tulsa for its third run, courtesy of Celebrity Attractions. Hailed as one of the best contemporary musicals on Broadway, it’s one of the largest productions to ever visit our town, if not the largest.

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THE MUSIC MAN Assembly Hall, Cox Business Center June 13, 14, 19 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. June 15, 21, 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tulsa Project Theatre presents this classic story of trouble in River City that can only be solved with a fabulous marching band—orchestrated by a travelling con artist, of course. THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

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Hashtag for humanity How a fashion challenge turned into a mission to save the world by NICCI ATCHLEY

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indsey Clark and Lauren Palomares each made plans to leave Tulsa after graduating from ORU. Before flying the coop, the two resolved to remain close as they headed toward opposite coasts. With the help of hand-held technology, the twenty-somethings decided to turn the challenge of staying in touch on its head. The two decided to put each other up to fashion “challenges,” such as trying out a crown-braid hairstyle or putting their own creative spin on the latest runway trends. They uploaded the results to the photo-sharing social media site Instagram. They used the hashtag #CoastToCoastChallenge to build a cache of their photos for the challenge and to make access easy. Soon Clark and Palomares noticed Instagram users from around the country were using the hashtag. The challenge spread, catching on like a digital wildfire. A correspondence that started in Tulsa has now touched women’s lives around the world, and back. “Girls around the globe were beginning to join us. After a couple of weeks, we decided to create a blog as a home and central hub for our new Instagram fashion challenge. Our desire was that the blog would become a place of inspiration for women; a place where they could feel challenged, inspired, and empowered,” Palomares said. Now the hashtag is a mainstay in the tech-vernacular of fashionable Instagram users.

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Lindse y Clark and Lauren Palomares, founders of Coast to Coast Central

A search returns images of participants of all ages from a variety of backgrounds but, for one photographic moment, lead parallel lives. Three months after #CoastToCoastChallenge was used for the first time, Clark and Palomares reunited in California to dream. “To be honest, we thought it was ironic that the two of us were running a fashion blog. After all, we would both describe ourselves as “humanitarians” over “fashionistas” any day of the week. It was that one conversation during lunch that changed everything,” said Clark. “In a flash of a moment, everything made sense.” The friends decided to turn their fashion challenge and the online network they’d rallied into a social enterprise. Coast to Coast Central, an organization

“We had no idea that our desire to stay connected would turn into one of the greatest adventures of our lives.” formed to fight social injustices from sex trafficking and forced prostitution to hunger, was born. Coast to Coast Central and its online community, now in 100 countries with 25,000 uses of the #CoasttoCoastChallenge hashtag, are rallying to fund projects in Quito, Ecuador, and Kampong Thom, Cambodia. “Our mission would be to empower women: from the college sophomore trying to find her

place in the world to the homemakers of American suburbia to the village girls in South America to the women enslaved in sex trafficking,” said Palomares. C2C is international, but it’s rooted in Tulsa where it sparked. Some of its staff is here, including photographers and videographers Katie O’Toole and Justin Kila and web designer Jesse Dowd. While a hashtag in and of itself doesn’t make the impact, by design, it’s the connecting piece to build and unify an online community. Ultimately, Lauren and Lindsey hope to utilize the hashtag to drive visitors to CoasttoCoastCentral.com and inspire them to act, whether it be through participating in the biweekly fashion challenge on social media or using a blogging platform to tell about the work of Coast to Coast Central. Though fashion and style are front and center on the site, it also serves to shine light on some not-so-pretty issues faced by many women around the world. Lauren and Lindsey have also created a “Darling” necklace and Wolf tees to help raise funds for their initiatives and summer humanitarian trips staffed with volunteer C2C activists. As Lindsey explained, “It is a domino effect. Once a girl stumbles upon the challenge, she comes to an understanding that there is an inviting community along side of it. The community not only brings sparkle to life through fashion, but also through bringing hope to the hopeless.” a June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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What it’s like to tour with Leon Russell and Ani DiFranco by ANAMARÍA BIDDICK

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ulsa-based musician Eric Himan, busy this month with performances as part of Tulsa Pride (p. 26), spent early 2014 opening for legend Leon Russell before joining DIY icon Ani DiFranco on her tour—we couldn’t wait to hear more. The Tulsa Voice: When did you tour with Leon Russell? EH: I opened for him throughout March. Then I was opening for Ani DiFranco, who’s kind of my idol. Both are historic in their own rights. Leon has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to the Beatles, then wrote songs that the Carpenters have sung and everyone has covered. Ani has chosen to strike out on her own, that DIY approach that influences everyone from me to Macklemore. She’s political, she sticks to her guns. TTV: Where you able to play with either of them? EH: I got to play on stage with Ani on two nights. She asked me to join her for a song. I basically got to follow her around, do my set, then watch her, and join her on stage at the end of the night. TTV: Wow. What was that like? EH: When you look up to someone, they influence you, who you are, what you are, and then see her smiling at you, it’s like, “What?” TTV: What was it like touring with each of them? EH: It’s cool because you get a moment to see not only how they perform live, but also how they run their business and who they choose to keep around them. They work really hard, going from one place to the next. They 40 // MUSIC

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take care of their people. They make sure they are well fed and have their own space. I worked more with Ani’s crew than with Leon’s. From her frontof-house guy to her sound guy, they were just so open with me. They wanted to make sure they helped me out wherever we went. They were not only taking care of her, but taking care of me as well. They are positive, happy people. They really respect her and look up to her. TTV: What was it like behind the scenes with Leon Russell? EH: I talked to him about music. He had a new CD last April, so when I came on the bus, he said, “Hey, you want to listen to this new stuff,” and talked about his playing. He asked where I was from, and he was really great like that. I was also invited to sleep on the tour bus, but that’s not as glamorous as you would expect it to be.

I talked to [Leon] about music. He had a new CD last April, so when I came on the bus, he said, “Hey, you want to listen to this new stuff,” and talked about his playing. I have acid reflux, and when we were in Macon, Georgia, we ate at this place and it upset my acid reflux. If you know anything about acid reflux, you know it’s a lot better to be upright, but there I was on the bottom bunk. It was terrible. The next day Leon was like, “How’s your acid?” There’s always stuff like that while touring. It’s not as glamorous as everyone thinks it is. TTV: How did you get the opportunity to tour with each artist?

EH: I share band members with Leon. They are from Tulsa, and while I was working on my album “Gracefully” that came out last summer, a producer friend of mine introduced me to the possibility of using Brandon [Holder], his drummer, and we just clicked. Once I started playing with him, he had such a style, I felt like I could be more creative. He didn’t just play, but added something. So when Brandon started working with my stuff, he had Leon listen to it. Leon liked it, and I ended up on tour. With Ani, I had interviewed her for a magazine. At the end, I gave her my CD, and then two days later her manager called and said she was really impressed. A month later she called and asked if I wanted to open those dates. TTV: How does your work compare to theirs? EH: Musically, I feel close to Leon. My stuff is a little more blues-y, and his band helped shaped that, but my lyrical content is closer to Ani’s style. It was incredible just being in front of these people, but also to offer up their audience to become listeners of mine. TTV: How has Ani, your idol, influenced your music? EH: I have a song, “Waiting for Thunder,” about Malala Yousufzai, the fourteen-year-old girl who stood up for girl’s education in Pakistan. She went on TV, and they finally shot her point blank on a school bus, but she lived. She’s a symbol in peace and education, but I wouldn’t be focusing on people like Malala if it wasn’t for Ani. a June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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Listen local The case for the return to old-school radio by RYAN DALY

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t its peak, radio was the most ubiquitous form of entertainment in America. Now, the signal is starting to fade. But it doesn’t have to. Streaming services like Pandora and Spotify give listeners instant access to countless songs. They can choose exactly what they want to listen to and, if listeners are willing to become paying customers, do so without being interrupted by ads. By comparison, radio, not listener controlled except during those all-request lunch hours, seems like a thoroughly outdated format. But buried among the car commercials and the morning DJs who wear too much hair gel there is a small force of people fighting for local music in a way that the Internet cannot. For all Tulsa’s music scene has going for it—amazing talent, attentive press, decent venues—its crowds are inexplicably disengaged. Even though there are at least a half-dozen shows every night, you can hardly hear the music over people’s assertion that there’s nothing to do in our city. “We’ve got a lot of outstanding musicians in Tulsa and across the state,” said Brian Horton, whose non-profit label Horton Records represents some of the city’s most well-known acts. “And I think a lot of people outside of Tulsa, nationally and internationally, are somewhat more aware of it than we are here.” Grace Gordon, who hosts Oklahoma Rock Show with oklahomarock.com founder Ryan LaCroix, said many can’t see beyond a narrow swath of the state’s talent. “There is a stereotype, or a genre of music that people associate with Oklahoma—folk, bluegrass, Americana, whatever,” she said. “That stuff is totally

Dakota Hurley and Garon Burch on air at the 91.3 RSU Real College Radio studio

killer and deserves its due, but the problem is even people who live here don’t realize that there is so much going on outside that genre, because they never hear it.” Nearly all of Tulsa’s commercial FM stations are owned by four companies—Cox Radio, Clear Channel, Journal Communications, and Times-Shamrock Communications—and, with the exception of sports- or news-talk, most limit their playlists to the top-40 artists in their format, with no room for or mention of Tulsa-based talent. “So, if you start flipping through stations, chances are you’re going to hear the same song on three different stations,” said Garrett Powders, host of 91.3 FM’s OK Connection. “If more stations started playing Tulsa artists, they could help music fans understand that there is great stuff going on outside of the BOK Center.” Fan awareness is the obvious benefit for musicians, but there is something less tangible, too. There’s a scene in the 1996 Tom Hanks-directed movie “That Thing You Do!” where the band’s characters hear their song on the radio for the first time. They run through the street, screaming, elated. As much

as radio has lost its appeal, that feeling for bands hasn’t changed. “We’ve still never actually heard our songs on the radio, but we found out earlier this year that we’d been being played at a few out-of-state college stations,” said Kylie Slabby. As front-woman for Who & The Fucks and stoner-pop duo The Daddy O’s and sometimes-bass-player for Moonshine, Slabby is one of those musicians who seems to be onstage at every show. Her bands’ songs can be found scattered around Facebook, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and various online magazines and podcasts. Still, she said, hearing that someone was playing her songs on the radio was motivating the way playing live or seeing her songs on streaming services isn’t. “We were freaking out,” she said. “We never thought people would want to play our songs on the radio, but it made us want to send out our music to other places because we realized people actually liked what we’re doing.” “When you’ve been around the local music scene as long as I have, you know that everybody has a band,” said LaCroix. “Everybody

has a band and everybody has songs, but not everybody has it recorded and definitely not everyone is on the radio.” Gordon agreed. “A lot of times it can be hard to read a room when you’re playing a show,” Gordon said. “You might not know how well it went over or you might think that your friends are complimenting your show because they’re your friends. To have other people recognize your work, and not just recognize it but recognize it as good, can be legitimizing for bands. They can feel like they’ve reached a certain level, and then, hopefully, they keep going.” Radio, for its part, could benefit from local programming. “At one time, radio was all about your community and what was happening locally,” said LaCroix. “Patti Page, this legendary performer, broke on KVOO. Wanda Jackson, the queen of rockabilly, got her start on a local radio station in Oklahoma City. That’s radio’s purpose, and it needs to return to more of that.” “Everyone says that radio is on the downslide,” Powders said. “But if you focus on local stuff, stuff you can’t get on Pandora or Spotify—local music, local talk, local news, weather, whatever—it won’t go anywhere.” a Award-winning music journalist Ryan Daly is coasting through life on his wit and good looks. Outside these ink-smudged pages you can find him performing as one-half of local band the Fabulous Minx, promoting shows with his label, Midnight Creeper Records, or loitering. Tweet to him @okwordsandpics.

SOUNDS LIKE TULSA // Where can you hear local music on the airwaves? OK Connection – 91.3 RSU Real College Radio (Sunday, 4 P.M. – 5 P.M. and Wednesday, 6 P.M. – 7 P.M.) The Oklahoma Rock Show – 107.5 The Spy FM (Thursday, 7 P.M. – 9 P.M.) // Friday Morning Live – 97.5 KMOD (Fridays on the Big Mad Morning Show) Domk! – 97.5 KMOD (Friday, 11 P.M. – 12 A.M.) // Home Groan – z-104.5 The Edge (Sunday, 10 P.M. – 12 A.M.) // Radio IDL – radioidl.com 42 // MUSIC

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musiclistings Wed // June 4 BOK Center – Bruno Mars, Aloe Blacc –

8:00 pm – $51.50-$87 The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project The Shrine – Mike Dillion Band – 9:00 pm – $6 ADV, $10 DOS Cellar Dweller – Mike Cameron Collective – 9:30 pm Woody’s Corner Bar – Green Corn Rebellion – 8:00 pm Guthrie Green – Science Project Wednesday w/ Tom Skinner & Red Dirt Relief Fund– 7:00 pm On the Rocks – Don White – 7:00 pm White Flag – Danny Trashville, Hudson Falcons, Fiscal Spliff, Goodwill Tapes – 8:00 pm Rum Runnerz – Wade Quinton, Dueling Outlaws, OutlawSonBand – 8:00 pm Elwood’s – The Capital Why’s – 8:00 pm Crow Creek Tavern – Dan Martin, Cody Woody – 9:00 pm

Thurs // June 5 American Theatre Company –

Birds of Chicago – 7:00 pm – $15-$20 The Bungalow – Various Artist, Justin Allen – 7:30 pm The Hunt Club – The Reckoners Utica Square – Pop Machine – 7:00 pm Cain’s Ballroom – Dr. Dog, The Districts, The Hawks (of holy rosary) – 8:00 pm – $17-$32 Yeti – DaddyO’s, Cucumber & the Suntans Sounpony – Erin O’Dowd Band The Colony – Jared Tyler, Arthur Thompson, Matt Hayes, Travis Fite Mercury Lounge – Samantha Harlow – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Live Band Karaoke – 9:00 pm – $5 Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Scott Ellison – 3:00 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Me & My Monkey – 7:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 8:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Hi-Fidelics – 9:00 pm Fassler Hall – Samantha Crain, Paul Benjaman Band Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8:00 pm Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A Woody’s Corner Bar – Jake Moffat – 9:00 pm Rum Runnerz – Hip Hop Night – 9:00 pm Lot No. 6 – Samantha Franklin

Creative Room – The Capital Why’s, Paper Planets – 8:00 pm The Fur Shop – Risk On Da Disk – 9:00 pm Westbound Club – Johnny Duke & Shootout – 10:00 pm

Sat // June 7 The Hunt Club – Redwood Rising

Gypsy Coffee House – Josh Caudle – 9:00 pm Centennial Lounge – Green Corn Rebellion – 9:00 pm Yeti – Fuck Your Ego Soundpony – Soul Night!! w/ DJ Soul Fingaz, DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus The Colony – Smokey & The Mirror, New Tulsa Folks All Stars Mercury Lounge – Rollfast Ramblers, After Jack – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Mingo Fishtrap – 8:00 pm – $8 ADV, $10 DOS Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 5:30 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Imzadi – 9:00 pm C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 9:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Runnin’ On Empty – 9:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Uninvited Guest – 9:00 pm Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7:00 pm Magoo’s – Kinsey & Co. Woody’s Corner Bar – Chriss Massey Band – 9:30 pm Rum Runnerz – Black Kat Benders – 9:00 pm Elwood’s – All In Gents – 7:00 pm Undercurrent – Forsaken Few, Dirty Crush, The Joint Effect – 8:00 pm Ed’s Hurricane Lounge – The Salty Dogs – 3:00 pm Four Aces Tavern – David Dover – 8:00 pm 727 Club – Elaborate Hoax – 9:00 pm Fishbonz Owasso – SeXtion 8, soupbone – 10:00 pm Club Majestic – DJ Scandal

The Hunt Club – Preslar Sunday Showcase Soundpony – DarkuJ The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 9:30 pm Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 6:30 pm Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Sheridan Road – 5:00 pm – $5-$20 Tulsa Raceway Park – DJ Nasty Navi Guthrie Green – Play Date, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – 4:00 pm

Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley – 7:00 pm

Gypsy Coffee House – Mikey Ohlin, Joe Teichman – 6:00 pm Centennial Lounge – Frank Brown Band – 9:00 pm Yeti – Jbrown Soundpony – Lessons in Fresh The Colony – Louisiana Appleseed Band, Joe Sundale Mercury Lounge – THUNDEROSE – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Swan Lake Gentlemen’s Society – 9:00 pm – $5 Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad & Keith – 5:30 pm C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Chad Lee – 9:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Paul Bogart – 9:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Uninvited Guest – 9:00 pm Daily Grill – Mike Cameron Collective – 7:00 pm Fassler Hall – ADDverse Effects Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Dueling Piano Show – 9:00 pm Full Moon Café (Broken Arrow) – Dueling Piano Show – 9:00 pm Magoo’s – Flava Kings The Vanguard – Summer Nights w/ DJ Spencer LG and Chris Hill – 10:00 pm Rum Runnerz – Motortrain, Enslaved By Fear, OLDMAN, Machine in the Mountain – 9:00 pm Crow Creek Tavern – David Dover – 9:30 pm Undercurrent – Syndrome of Fire, Righteous Vendetta, Black Oxygen – 7:00 pm

Tues // June 10 Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 10:00 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Ricky Fugitt – 7:00 pm Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Live Band Karaoke – 9:00 pm Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 pm The Vanguard – Everyone Dies in Utah, Kingdom of Giants, Indirections, Ashylus, Nevada Rose – 7:00 pm – $10-$12

Wed // June 11 The Colony – Tom Skinner Science Project

Mercury Lounge – Andy Frasco & the UN – 10:00 pm Cellar Dweller – Mike Cameron Collective – 9:30 pm The Vanguard – Alejandro Escovedo, Bettysoo – 8:00 pm – $18-$40 On the Rocks – Don White – 7:00 pm Infuzion – Meggie McDonald – 4:00 pm Downtown Lounge – WhiskeyDick – 9:30 pm

Andrew Bird Mercury Lounge – Billy Joe Winghead, ConvOi! – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Dustin Pittsley Band – 9:00 pm – $5 Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – 59 South – 5:30 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Hi Fidelics – 9:00 pm C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Joe Worrel – 9:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Rivers Edge – 9:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Superfreak – 9:00 pm – Shades of Brown – Gwen’s Kids – 7:00 pm Magoo’s – Johnny Duke Crow Creek Tavern – The Boogie – 9:00 pm Downtown Lounge – Motortrain, HONKY – 8:00 pm Elephant Run – 4Going Gravity – 9:00 pm Club Majestic – DJ Scandal

Sun // June 15 Cain’s Ballroom – Andrew Bird & The Fri // June 13 Lot No. 6 – Tommy Nolan

The Hunt Club – FM Pilots Gypsy Coffee House – Earth to Troy – 10:00 pm Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa Playboys – 7:00 pm – $7 Yeti – Carnegie, Moonshine Soundpony – Todd Clouser, Green Corn Rebellion Mercury Lounge – The Kory Montgomery Band – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Mountain Sprout – 9:00 pm – $8 ADV, $10 DOS Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Hi Fidelics – 5:30 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Another Alibi – 9:00 pm The Colony – Hey Judy! C:Note @ Hard Rock Casino – Scott Ellison – 9:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – Darrel Cole – 9:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Superfreak – 9:00 pm Daily Grill – Mike Cameron Collective – 7:00 pm Fassler Hall – Paul Benjaman Band Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Dueling Piano Show – 9:00 pm Full Moon Café (Broken Arrow) – Dueling Piano Show – 9:00 pm Magoo’s – Shyner The Vanguard – DJ Spin – 9:30 pm The Vanguard – Piñata Protest, The Loaded Dice – 8:00 pm – $10 The Vanguard – Summer Nights w/ DJ Spencer LG and Chris Hill – 10:00 pm Rum Runnerz – The Boogie, Parabelle – 9:00 pm Elwood’s – Travis McClearen – 4:00 pm Undercurrent – The Joint Effect – 8:00 pm Cimarron Bar – Kevin Jameson, Rock Show – 9:30 pm

Sat // June 14 Lot No. 6 – Resuxtion w/ Jessy James

The Colony – Pilgrim The Hunt Club – Daydream Empire, we The Ghost Gypsy Coffee House – Terry Aziere – 9:00 pm Soundpony – Green Corn Rebellion Happy Hour Show! – 5:00 pm Soundpony – DJ Falkirk Alejandro Escovedo

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The Hunt Club – Nate Binion and the Moonshine Miracle Utica Square – Light Opera Oklahoma – 7:00 pm Yeti – Turnt Up Soundpony – The River Monks The Colony – Chris Combs Trio Mercury Lounge – Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots, Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Rramps – 10:00 pm The Shrine – Live Band Karaoke – 9:00 pm – $5 Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Darren Ray – 3:00 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Me & My Monkey – 7:00 pm Cabin Creek @ Hard Rock Casino – James Muns – 8:00 pm Mystic River Lounge @ River Spirit Casino – Jenny Labow – 8:00 pm Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Jenny Labow & Mac Ross – 8:00 pm Magoo’s – DJ TIMM-A Woody’s Corner Bar – Tim Dancey – 9:30 pm The Vanguard – Nice Peter – 8:00 pm – $18-$40 Rum Runnerz – Hip Hop Night – 9:00 pm Undercurrent – Blameshift – 7:00 pm

Sun // June 8 Lot No. 6 – Traditional Jam

Mon // June 9 The Colony – Open Mic w/ Cody Clinton Fri // June 6 The Hunt Club – Dante and the Hawks

Thurs // June 12 Lot No. 6 – Austin Lewis & Brandon Clark

Hands of Glory – 8:00 pm – $27-$42 Soundpony – CRUELSTER, La Panther Happens Happy Hour Show! – 5:00 pm The Colony – Paul Benjaman’s Sunday Nite Thing Mercury Lounge – Brandon Clark – 9:30 pm The Shrine – BJB Presents (Dead Set) – 4:30 pm – $5 Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher – 6:30 pm Chimera – Vinyl Brunch w/ Jeffery Richardson – 12:00 pm The Vanguard – Ces Cru, Info Gates, Oilhouse, Young Verse – 8:00 pm – $15-$50

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Mon // June 16 Soundpony – Criminal Hygiene

The Colony – Open Mic w/ Cody Clinton Mercury Lounge – Dustin Pittsley – 7:00 pm The Vanguard – Threat Signal, Hatchet – 7:00 pm – $8-$10 Rudy’s House – The Capital Why’s Along Came Polly – 8:00 pm Guthrie Green – Finigans Awake – 7:00 pm

Tues // June 17 Gypsy Coffee House – Open Mic – 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge – Wink Burcham – 10:00 pm Riffs @ Hard Rock Casino – Bill Holden – 7:00 pm Full Moon Café (Cherry Street) – Live Band Karaoke – 9:00 pm Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Depot Jam – 5:30 pm Blue Rose Café – Brian Hayes – 8:00 pm MUSIC // 43


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“A Million Ways to Die” opened May 30

Dear Seth MacFarlane You’re no Mel Brooks: “A Million Ways to Die” in the West rides a lame horse by JOE O’SHANSKY

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’m not a “Family Guy” fan. Or an “American Dad” fan. And I haven’t seen “The Cleveland Show” due to my general ambivalence towards their creator, Seth MacFarlane. His modus operandi: repackaging decades-old pop culture references into overly obvious, hacky punchlines. Dick and fart jokes still make me laugh (I’m 43 years old), but they have to be inventive, or at least be given a witty context, in order to connect. Then “Ted” came along and got me thinking that, maybe, I had MacFarlane all wrong. Sure, the pop culture shtick was still there but it was mostly organic and weightier than his typical routine. The scatology was firmly in place, though well-played amongst sympathetic characters and delivered by a strong comedic cast including Mark Walhberg, Mila Kunis, and Giovanni Ribisi. Besides, I have 44 // FILM & TV

to love any movie about a stoner teddy bear who snorts fat rails with Flash Gordon. “Ted” was funny and weirdly endearing, the only real requirements I have of any comedy. So when I saw the red-band trailer for MacFarlane’s directorial follow up, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” the chuckles were initially reassuring. Placing himself firmly in front of (and behind) the camera, Seth MacFarlane portrays Albert, an expat sheep farmer in Arizona. It’s 1882 and Albert hates the Wild West. Everything in it can (or wants) to kill him and he’s lost the love of his life (Amanda Seyfried) to a smarmy, mustache-accessory salesman (Neil Patrick Harris). He’s befriended by the wildly hot Charlize Theron, who conveniently shows up to help Albert stick it to his ex and teach him marks-

manship in time for his inventible duel with NPH, and she even falls for Albert in the process.

The rapport between MacFarlane and Theron is the sole element that propels the film through its overlong runtime… But there are variations on maybe three decent jokes in this flick, and they wear themselves thin the first time around. Unfortunately, Theron is married to Liam Neeson’s Clinch Leatherwood, the meanest outlaw and deadliest sharpshooter in the West. The hapless Albert, torn

between two women and a sense of self-preservation, is forced to stop being a total pussy. You won’t find anachronistic-yet-satirical nods to forgotten Western tropes here (2011’s “Rango” did that so much better) as much as an anachronistic Seth MacFarlane in practically every scene, indulging himself as he mugs his way through repetitive jokes that involve Albert getting knocked on his ass or people randomly getting killed while Albert comments on how often that shit happens. There’s a threadbare running gag involving Sarah Silverman and Ribisi as a devout Christian couple who are waiting for sex until marriage even though she’s a very busy prostitute. Ribisi briefly channels his dance moves from “Ted,” which is the cinematic equivalent of hearing a sophomore band June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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“Mekko” Wraps Filming // Holdenville-born filmmaker and Sundance-winner Sterlin Harjo, completed principal photography on his latest feature last month. The film follows Mekko, a homeless Native American ex-con who discovers a new freedom amongst the derelict until he crosses paths with Bill, a meth-head with a chip on his shoulder. No word on a release date, but Harjo’s latest documentary feature, “This Might Be the Last Time,” opens at Circle Cinema later this year.

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playing a new song that wants to remind you of their only hit single. A series of blink-and-you’llmiss-them cameos from Ewan McGregor and Ryan Reynolds (among others) are weirdly superfluous, as if their brevity were meant to be the joke. Oklahoman Wes Studi appears as a stereotypical, peyote-peddling Native chief. I hope Studi wasn’t doing just an impression of the language, though I’m guessing he was (unless “Mila Kunis” is a phrase). If the film was made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, they might have cast Ken Watanabe instead— probably still offensive, though (arguably) a more clever comment on the careless whitewashing of Native culture. But “Cannibal: The Musical” or “Blazing Saddles” this isn’t. It’s not even “Lust in the Dust.” The rapport between MacFarlane (who is, essentially, an amiable guy) and Theron is the sole element that propels the film through its overlong runtime. A couple of scenes that weren’t in the trailers did get a chuckle out me. And Neeson is having enough fun to almost make the wait for the end seem worthwhile. The location photography in the iconic Monument Valley is often striking. But there are variations on maybe three decent jokes in this flick, and they wear themselves thin the first time around. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is short 999,997 reasons to exist. THE TULSA VOICE // June 4 – June 17, 2014

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rank P. DeLarzelere III— otherwise known to Tulsans as “Biker Fox”—is a character, in the sense that it’s said as likely with an air of amazement as a whiff of derision. Part Richard Simmons, part Timothy Treadwell, with a pinch of shade-tree mechanic, DeLarzelere has earned the scorn of the Tulsa Police Department and many a commuter for his road-hogging, obnoxious antics during his ritualistic South Tulsa biking excursions, and the ire of others for his flamboyant personality, one that slips between inspirational fitness guru to fawning nature lover to crazed caveman to introspective philosopher, sometimes within minutes. Now DeLarzelere is the subject of a new film, titled “Biker Fox,” filmed over the course of the late ‘aughts by director Jeremy Lamberton as well as DeLarzelere himself. “Biker Fox” takes us into Frank’s world as he ruffles the feathers of his customers who call in from all over to buy his refurbished car parts. They generally find the proprietor prickly, making the transaction more difficult than necessary. His surrounding cast of characters includes a deaf assistant who helps him pick the salvaged parts. And there’s the swath of wildlife that DeLarzelere encourages to swarm the property, from coyotes to an army of raccoons. DeLarzelere is convinced he can hand-feed (and commune with) the animals. Instead, he is bitten repeatedly, and the animals snarl at him. A surreal night-vision shot of the raccoons’

glowing eyes floating in the darkness in multitudes, waiting for the next hand out, is one of many memorable moments that “Biker Fox” captures in the unique life of its namesake anti-hero. From the film, you get why some people hate him. His now-defunct website used to host dozens of pictures of DeLarzelere posing in crotch-gripping Spandex bike shorts with very young, attractive girls, with that big, shit-eating grin on his face. He’s outright combative with drivers who take umbrage with his use of the street (though honestly, a lot of these people are, unnecessarily, assholes to bicyclists). The TPD is portrayed as a consistent bully, though DeLarzelere might have earned some of that treatment. Eventually, court-ordered anger management classes seem to have their intended effect. Director Lamberton pulls it all together into a fascinating, funny (if not entirely genuine) portrait of the misunderstood DeLarzelere. With additional camerawork and great editing from Elvis Ripley, and the musical contributions of some of Tulsa’s finest—including Costa Stasinopoulos among others, taking the soundtrack from bombastic punk to tribal drums, all of which go a long way to mirror the emotional states of DeLarzelere)—“Biker Fox” is as warm and charming as its often-baffling antagonist. It’s a film that’s rather impossible to forget once you’ve seen it, much like Biker Fox himself. Biker Fox is newly available for download via iTunes. a

“Element” Brings Michael Ironside to Oklahoma (!) // This indie, about a financial guru who turns to hypnosis to reclaim the memory of the shooting that killed his wife (and left him an amnesiac), begins principal photography in the Oklahoma City area June 7. Veteran character actor, all around badass and fearsome Overdog Michael Ironside (“Total Recall”, “Starship Troopers”, “Scanners”) stars in the film, which basically means I’m going to have to stalk him for the next two weeks. The production is hiring; resumes for crew positions can be sent to susanagibb@gmail.com. “Edge of Tomorrow” // Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) “Edge” finds Tom Cruise battling hordes of aliens in a Groundhog-Day loop, trying to get victory right. I’m guessing he does. Word has actually pretty been positive, though if you’re looking for something more substantive I’d suggest “The Fault in Our Stars.” Both films open in Tulsa on June 6.

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HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart” falters under Ryan Murphy’s direction by JOSHUA KLINE

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t’s easy to imagine how good HBO’s “The Normal Heart” looked on paper: adapted from Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking 1985 play, directed by Ryan Murphy, one of the biggest names in television, with a respected cast for a fearless cable network with a long track record of catapulting gay-themed, socially conscious (and often controversial) films into the mainstream (from 2003’s “Angels in America” to last year’s “Behind the Candelabra”). Unfortunately, there’s something innately and irrevocably wrong with the made-for-TV movie. There is something off from the first frame that carries through the entire 2 hour and 15 minute runtime, a hard-to-pinpoint flaw that seems endemic to the presence of Ryan Murphy, a hacky, overrated TV producer (“Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) who has lately made a film career of adapting maudlin, half-baked memoirs into glossy, borderline-unwatchable movies (“Running with Scissors,” “Eat, Pray, Love”). “The Normal Heart” is easily his best film, due mostly to the unimpeachable source material, but it’s still a failure. The play is a microcosmic look at the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It was written by Kramer as both a frantic warning to New York’s gay community and the world at large and as an apologia for the author, a controversial figure largely shunned by his peers for his aggressive, in-your-face style of activism. He was an audacious challenger of the promiscuity-as-protest philosophy that permeated his East Village community in the years leading up to the HIV epidemic. The film opens in 1981 with Ned Weeks (a fictional standin for Kramer, played by Mark Ruffalo) vacationing at a gay resort to celebrate the birthday of Craig 46 // FILM & TV

Ryan Murphy’s adaptat ion of “The Normal Hear t” premiered on HBO Sunday, May 25, and is now available On Demand and on HBOGo

(“Glee” star Jonathan Groff). Weeks, a Jewish writer whose incendiary novel criticizing the gay lifestyle has made him something of an outsider to his community, observes the hedonism around him with unease. Soon, Craig collapses on the beach. When Weeks returns to Manhattan, he visits Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts) to learn more about a mysterious new cancer spreading throughout the city which appears to afflict only gay men. As his friends begin to die and the disease spreads at an alarming rate, Weeks forms the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a ragtag activist group meant to raise awareness within the community and draw attention from the U.S. government. As the months and years pass and the death toll reaches the thousands, the volatile, frustrated Weeks becomes ever more confrontational, screaming at everyone who refuses to listen—the media, the mayor, the White House. Like Kramer, Weeks takes an abrasive, take-no-prisoners approach to communicating his message, which ultimately alienates him from his fellow GMHC activists. Time has vindicated Kramer’s fire-and-brimstone approach to activism. When the play was re-

vived for Broadway in 2011, it was welcomed with critical accolades, a handful of awards, and its largest audience yet.

Murphy flounders with emotional nuance; never one for subtlety, the creator of “American Horror Story” doesn’t know what to do with a quiet moment. As a film adaptation, “The Normal Heart” succeeds where many others have failed. Kramer, responsible for the film’s screenplay, opens the story up in ways few stage-to-film projects have managed to do. The characters’ impassioned speeches (of which there are many) somehow transcend the stodgy theatricality that has haunted so many other adaptations (such as, most recently, the disastrous “August: Osage County”), and Murphy should get his due credit in orchestrating such a tricky transition and managing to create hair-raising moments of urgency despite the dated material.

But the movie’s failings must also fall directly on Murphy’s shoulders. As he did with his 2006 film of Augusten Burroughs’ dubious memoir “Running with Scissors,” Murphy flounders with emotional nuance; never one for subtlety, the creator of “American Horror Story” doesn’t know what to do with a quiet moment. He’s not tone deaf, but he’s one note: loud, transgressive, self-satisfied, never gentle. His attempts at tenderness are painted with broad, sentimental brushstrokes. His major strength is found in the performances he elicits from his cast—apart from the always-reliable Ruffalo and Roberts, the film showcases strong work by Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons—but he undermines those performances with clunky stylistic flourishes and a leering camera pre-occupied with the physical grotesqueries of the disease. In its worst moments, the terrifying reality of “The Normal Heart” is undermined by Murphy’s sensationalized shooting style—true horror becomes horror movie exploitation. Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart” premiered on HBO Sunday, May 25, and is now available On Demand and on HBOGo. For a far more poignant, heartbreaking snapshot of a community in crisis, allow me to recommend an alternative to “The Normal Heart”: the astounding “How to Survive a Plague,” available on Netflix, is easily the best documentary of 2012. It traces the history of ACT UP, the organization Kramer helped found after he departed GMHC. Through extensive archival footage and talking-head interviews, director David France chronicles the painful, difficult challenge of bringing AIDS-fighting drugs to the market. a June 4 – June 17, 2014 // THE TULSA VOICE


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free will astrology by ROB BREZSNY

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20):

In Marcel Proust’s novel Swann’s Way, the narrator speaks of how profoundly he is inspired by an older writer named Bergotte: “Each time he talked about something whose beauty had until then been hidden from me, about pine forests, about hail, about Notre-Dame Cathedral . . . with one image he would make that beauty explode into me.” I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because in the coming days I suspect a great deal of beauty will explode into you. Why? I think it’s because you’re more receptive than usual to being delighted and enchanted. The triggers could be anything: exciting people, eavesdropped conversations, good books, surprising music, and who knows what else? CANCER (June 21-July 22) “Little horses cannot carry great riders.” So says a Haitian proverb. Now, in accordance with the astrological omens, I’m urging you to meditate on its meaning for your life. Here are four possible interpretations: 1. Are you a “little horse” trying to carry a “great rider” who’s too much for you? 2. Are you a little horse that could grow into a bigger, stronger horse worthy of a great rider? 3. Are you a “great rider” who is in need of a horse that is big and strong enough to serve your big, strong ambitions? 4. Would you like to be a “great rider,” but you can’t be one as long as you have a horse that is too small and weak? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Declare victory, Leo. Even if victory is not quite won yet. Even if your success is imperfect and still a bit messy around the edges. Raise your arms up in elated triumph and shout, “I am the purified champion! I am the righteous conqueror! I have outsmarted my adversaries and outmaneuvered my obstacles, and now I am ready to claim my rightful rewards!” Do this even if you’re not 100-percent confident, even if there is still some scraping or clawing ahead of you. Celebrate your growing mastery. Congratulate yourself for how far you’ve come. In this way, you will summon what’s needed to complete your mission and achieve final, total victory. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Give special attention to what will last the longest. That’s my main recommendation for you in the coming weeks. Devote less of your energy to transitory pleasures and shortterm hopes. Turn away from the small obsessions that demand far too much of your energy. Withdraw from the seemingly pressing concerns that will soon start to fade because they really aren’t that important. Instead, Virgo, devote your love and intelligence to the joys and dilemmas that will animate your life well into the future. Express reverence and care for the mysteries that will teach you and teach you and teach you for years to come. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) My favorite bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge. In the hundreds of times I have driven on it over San Francisco Bay, it has never let me down. I’ve always gotten from one side to the other without any problem. In addition to its reliability, it uplifts me with its grandeur and beauty. What’s your most beloved bridge, Libra? I suggest that in the coming weeks you make it your lucky charm, your magical symbol. Why? Because the next chapter of your life story requires you to make a ma jor crossing. You will traverse a great divide. Having your favorite bridge as a shining beacon in your imagination will inspire your strength and courage as you travel. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) U2’s Bono has called Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” “the most perfect song in the world.” It is mournful and triumphant, despairing and uplifting. It’s a riddle that improbably offers cathartic release. Over 300 recording artists have done cover versions of it, and it has even been the subject of books. And yet it was a challenge for Cohen to compose. He wrote more than 80 verses before choosing the few he would actually include in the final version, and in one famous session he resorted to banging his head on the floor to stimulate his creative flow. “To find that urgent song,” he said, took “a lot of work and a lot of sweat.” I nominate “Hallelujah” to be one of your sacred symbols for the next 12 months, Scorpio. From your strenuous effort, I predict, will come masterful creations. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Let me outline the breakthroughs I hope to see

for you in the coming months. First, what is pretty good about you will not interfere with what is potentially great about you, but will instead cooperate with it and boost it. Second, your past accomplishments won’t hold back your progress; you will not be tempted to rely on them at the expense of your future accomplishments. And third, the brave ideas that have motivated you so well won’t devolve into staid old dogmas; you will either renew and reinvigorate them or else move on to a new set of brave ideas. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) If you are in even moderate alignment with cosmic rhythms during the next 12 months, you will be a connoisseur and master of recycling. I’m speaking metaphorically here. What I hope is that you will reanimate worn-out inspirations and convert faded dreams into shiny new fantasies. You will find ways to revive alliances that went off track. A once-vibrant shtick or trick that lost its cool could be retrieved from the ash heap of history and turned into a fresh, hot asset. Gear yourself up for some entertaining resurrections. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) I wish I could tell you that your power animal this month is the eagle or dolphin or panther. Having a glamorous creature like that as your ally might boost your confidence and charisma. To be paired with one of them might even activate dormant reserves of your animal intelligence. But I can’t in good conscience authorize such an honor. That’s not what the astrological omens are suggesting. In fact, your power animal this June is the bunny rabbit. Please understand that there is no shame in this. On the contrary. You should be charmed and appreciative. It signifies that you will be fertile, fast, a bit tricky, and very cute. (To read an essay on the mythology of the rabbit as trickster, go here: http://tinyurl. com/rabbittrickster.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The Buddhist meditation teacher Chogyam Trungpa said that one of the best ways to become fearless is to cultivate tenderness. As you expand your heart’s capacity to feel compassionate affection for the world, you have less and less to be afraid of. That’s the opposite of the conventional wisdom, which says you become brave by toughening up, by reinforcing your psychic armor. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you Pisceans are best set up to benefit from Trungpa’s method — now even more than usual.

rock and roll crossword There’s a Heartbreak Puzzle by Todd Santos It’s Poetry in Motion by Todd Santos

Across Across 1 Song Cure “Grinding ___” for the spotlight by Live? 5 “Take It Abel to the“___ ___”It Again” 6 Saving Party throweralbum about going 10 ’96 Melvins 14 dateless? “I Just Can’t Live ___” 15 Drink Counting Crowsshow, “A Murder ___” 14 at winter perhaps 16 Like ’60s “Lonely 15 Arcade Boy” Fire’sPaul “Bible” 17 Wham! “Funky Cold 16 “___ Medina” It Big” Loc 18 What Buffalothe Tom songChiefs about being 17 Kaiser predicted? smarter?Your Children” band, for 18 “Teach 19 short Dead or Alive “You ___ Me Round” 20 Killswitch U2 “___ theEngage Real Thing” 19 “___ Farewell” 23 The Danity Kane“___ ‘Strip __’ 20 Clash Stevens” 24 Vancouver founders hardcore 22 The Alarm “___ Me of Down the punk River” 25 Paul McCartney album with Linda 23 Singer Braxton McCartney 24 hit singer 27 Kiss Cars “Revenge” “Bye Bye Love” 26 Scratch’s Benjamin partner, on way to the top 30 in Key” 28 “Shoutin’ “Popular” band ___singer Surf Mahal 31 Big Sea “The 32 Great Ed of Collective Soul Old Black ___” 32 34 Goldfrapp Rush “I can“Ooh learn ___” to ___ anything but 33 G. Love & Special Sauce temptation” ___” 36 “Electric Gains a member 35 Cranberries album 37 ’96 Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me ___” Faithful 40 “___ “Tongue ___” Departed” October Fall 39 Life “Send ___” 42 Real 14-Across singerMe Underwood 41 band a deal 43 Guaranteed Rik of Triumph 43 Barbra Streisand 46 ’83 Reach a career high musical 44 Warner or Elektra, times 47 With “Shyness is nice” song byatthe 46 Charlie Smiths Winston “Tongue ___” 47 “AllofSides” band, briefly 50 Maryland “The Legend Xanadu” singer Dave 49 Channel for music videos, once 51 Dio Husky-voiced singer/songwriter 50 “___ Diver” Chrisgonna say it like a man and 51 “I’m 53 make Seether “___ and Effect”___!” you understand, 55 What Michael Jackson 54 Nirvana will“Bad” do tosmash a “Pen 60 Cap”? ’80s “I Like It” singer 61 Memorial Alicia KeysDay “___solo can get in the way 56 of what I’m feeling” 57 Whisky-inspired Run-D.M.C. 62 album? Might have to pedal one to first show 63 Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put a 63 ’70s rocker ‘do RingTheart ___)” band 64 ZP 64 Trashmen Gene Simmons ___,for atathe 65 song“I’m theyliving buried Holiday Inn” dog? (hyph.) 65 Bob Hot Helmet 66 Marleysong? “Iron ___ Zion” 66 Similar George to Thorogood 67 in style “___ Haircut” 67 “Dizzy Heights” band Lightning ___ 68 Floyd “___ 68 Pink Completely makeApart” over in the studio 69 Singer k.d. Down 70 “__ me your ears andYou I’ll So” sing you 1 Hives “___ Say I Told song” 2 a Taylor Dayne “Send Me ___” 71 nice toAllhave floor ones 3 It’s “Sending My Love” band that Down goes in a straight line? 1 Record label fastget one 4 When most fans into music 2 “Crucify” 5 Rockpile’sAmos Nick 3 Psychedelic show drug 6 Sheryl Crow “___ Makes You 4 Queen Happy”“The Show Must ___” 5 Weird Al’sBeautiful “Beat It” parody 7 “The ___ Girl in the World” 6 Nine Prince___ 4/27 6/1

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’00 White Stripes album named Boston “___ Your Love” Feeling you lose tickets after artwhen movement? Weezer “___ Pipe” Psychedelic Furs “Angels ___ Cry” RageLizzy Against the Machine Thin “Hollywood (Down ___ “Bulls ___” Luck)” Hazies “___ “Walkin’ on Bones” the Sun” band The Clash ___” ___” Sade “The“Atom Sweetest “Love &Duran Life” R&B singer Duran “A View to Eric ___” Rick Favorite Springfield “CelebrateLee Youth” “My Headache” album “You Really ___” “Chillin’” Snack atForce a bar ___ show “Argus” rockers Wishbone ___ Country’s Walker “D” in CD Johnny Lee’s “The Yellow Rose” Performing rights org. partner Brody Nicks/Henley “Leather and ___” “Don’t Answer Me” Parsons Poison “___ the Wind” Led Zep “Physical Graffiti” jam Bad thing for van to blow “The ___” REO Speedwagon “This Time ___” ___ Fireof doo-wop, e.g The & time Dinosaur Jr., for one Sixx of Motley Crue Puddle of Mudd “___ Over Head” “Cat Scratch Fever” Nugent “Rebel-’Rouser” Duane George Harrison “Let It Be” song Happy instrumental Traffic jam? Abby Ahmad “___-Me” ’92 James album Cream “Anyone for ___, wouldn’t Sam and Dave “Hold On, ___” that be nice?” Inequality “Awill Change Is Gonna What rocker do at hotel, postCome” show refers to Psychedelic “The What you didFurs outside of radio show,stops and nobody moves ___” maybe Three 6 ___Yeahs singer Yeah Yeah The BrianChieftains McKnight “Mason’s “Back ___”___” You keepTodd a new deal under this Big Head “Ann ___ Grandfather” Tim McGraw “___ Moment Too Townes Van Zandt song for the Soon” yard? Hagfish song water? Slender windabout instrument BarenakedSongs” Ladies band never ___ really knew “Popular Tengo her anyway? James “Can’t catch love with ___ Room you take a break in, at show or a gun” “You ain’t nothin’ but More, a hound Collective Soul “No No___” ___”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) “We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us,” writes novelist Robert R. McCammon. “We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible.” That’s the bad news, Aries. But now here’s the good news: The next 12 months will offer you a series of excellent opportunities to re-magic yourself. If you have not yet caught wind of the first invitation, I bet you will soon. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “When given a choice between owning an object and having an experience,” says art critic Holland Cotter, “I always choose the experience.” He prefers to spend his money on adventures that transform his sense of self and his understanding of the world. I recommend that approach to you in the coming weeks, Taurus. The most valuable “possessions” you can acquire will be the lessons you learn, the skills you hone, and the relationships you ripen.

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ACROSS 1 Some downhill travelers 7 Dukes’ domains 14 Buyer’s incentive 20 Grubs and such 21 How decisions shouldn’t be made 22 Central courtyard 23 Turn right? 24 P.T. Barnum, notably 25 Casts blame on someone 26 Avoid responsibility 28 Crossover ad idea 30 Old verb ending 31 Merry adventure 32 Great care 34 Pirate’s quaff 38 You-worry link 41 Place for jumper cables 42 35.3 cubic feet 43 Set aside 46 Walking the dog, and others 47 Any Bryn Mawr grad 48 Less popular, as a restaurant 49 Located in the north 50 American elk 51 One who rents 52 Evolve into 53 Beneficiary 54 Bard’s “always” 55 Mississippi Delta feature 56 Husband and wife 57 Nonkosher 59 Corridors, e.g. 62 Fill to excess 66 Beyond chubby 68 Perceives a sound 69 Fight (with “it up”)

70 Hollywood hopeful 73 Liveliness of mind 75 Eyedrops brand 78 De-icer or defroster 79 Involve 80 Inquest official 81 Decorative wall hanging 82 One’s last car? 83 Large-oared craft on a ship 84 Secures in the harbor 85 Black-and-white sea predators 86 Close-fitting short jacket 87 Await judgment 88 Opposite of separateness 89 Purely academic 90 A high mountain 93 Eucharist holder 95 Dramatic production about Christ 99 Tilted 102 High-level cover-up? 105 Meadow lows 106 Pure as the driven snow 107 All puffed up 108 Part of a trouser leg 109 More tied up in knots 110 Surgical probes 111 Very small DOWN 1 Aspen area 2 Unit at the jeweler’s 3 From Dublin 4 Days before holidays 5 Babble on 6 “Family Guy” creator MacFarlane

7 Break up 8 Without a scratch 9 ___ full o’ Nuts coffee 10 Bird of prey 11 Suffix with “real” 12 When you might get there (Abbr.) 13 Watchtower guard 14 Flies off the handle 15 Pins and needles holder 16 Make happen 17 Feel crummy 18 Famous boy king 19 Printer’s widths 27 Sort of statesman 29 Invisible, indelible and India 32 Introductory discourse 33 Radiating glows 35 Mail payment 36 Hold forth 37 Summoned spirit 38 Tennis-court dividers 39 “Fifteen Miles on the ___ Canal” 40 Word with “glades” or “green” 41 Soccer term 42 Metal-shaping tool 43 Fill anew, as a flat 44 Mideast VIP (var.) 45 Extra tire 46 Word before Puffs or Krispies 49 Ottoman Empire dignitaries 50 Moistens 52 Diamond corner 53 Places down, as carpeting 55 Cordage material 56 Shopping place 58 Quarterback’s option 59 Kind of pressure

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60 Uncanny 61 Sound of lamentation 63 ___ acid (protein component) 64 Athlete’s foot, e.g. 65 Wield, as influence 67 Sneeze-reaction word 70 It’s canceled when it’s accepted 71 Painful pang 72 Guy with more homers than Ruth 73 Make into a statute 74 Abandoned pet 75 ___ Blanc 76 Encourage vigorously 77 Prizefighter’s garb 79 Spooky quality 80 Raccoon cousin 82 Give an edge to? 83 Slackens 86 Treat like a baby 88 Say out loud 89 Kind of syrup 90 Sigourney Weaver sci-fi thriller 91 Wood and Turner 92 Small-statured African 94 Start the pot 95 Alternative to liquid medicine 96 Drop, as from a list 97 What the “poor dog” had 98 Mug for the cameras 99 “___ your age!” 100 “Thar ___ blows!” 101 PC-to-PC system 103 100 lbs. in the U.S. 104 Myrna of old movies

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Only in Florida

Least Competent

Calvin Rodriguez was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in May as the man who had been using a shaved key to steal a series of cars from parking lots. His spree came to an abrupt halt as he sped away from police in a stolen Honda Civic only to crash into a huge alligator in the road. // On May 1st, a wildlife trapper called to Pine View School in Osprey, Florida, south of Sarasota, removed four alligators (one of which was 8 feet long) from the campus while classes were in session (but without disruption). // Beachcombers in the Gulf of Mexico town of Redington Beach, Florida, were treated on May 17th to the sight of a full-grown elephant treading water about 20 yards offshore. (The animal had made its way to the water after being unloaded for a commercial birthday party appearance.)

The Asia Pacific branch of the worldwide advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather finally apologized in May for a recent “Bounce Back” ad in India for Kurl-On mattresses (whose general theme proclaims mattresses so comfortable that users “bounce” up after landing on them). Previous versions had lauded Steve Jobs (for “bouncing back” from his mid-career firing by Apple) and Mahatma Gandhi (for “bouncing back” to become a spiritual leader). In the problematic ad, the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai (who was nearly killed in 2012 by Muslim extremists) is shot in the head in a cartoon but “bounces back” after landing on a Kurl-On mattress.

Update

Ethan Couch, 17, was convicted of DUI manslaughter last year after killing four people, but benefited at sentencing from a

counselor’s testimony describing him as a victim of “affluenza” — a condition in which children of wealthy families hopelessly feel “entitlement” and are prone to irresponsibility. In April, the Vernon, Tex., hospital providing Ethan’s court-ordered rehabilitation announced that Ethan’s “wealthy” parents would nonetheless be billed only for about 6 percent of the cost of treating the “affluenza” — $1,170 of an anticipated $21,000 monthly tab — with Texas taxpayers picking up the remainder.

planet Earth). Purisima’s lawsuit names Au Bon Pain, Carepoint Health, Kmart, the New York City Transit Authority and LaGuardia Airport among the parties allegedly causing him so much distress (by fraud, civil rights violations and even “attempted murder”). Lowering The Bar also noted that “$2,000 decillion” could also have been accurately nominated as “$2 undecillion” or even “two octillion gigadollars.” 5/21 SOLUTION: UNIVERSAL SUNDAY

Gigadollars and Cents In April, Anton Purisima filed a claim in Federal District Court in New York City that the Lowering The Bar blog calculated was for the largest monetary demand ever made in a lawsuit — “$2,000 decillion” (or 2 followed by 36 zeroes, which of course is many times more money than exists on

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