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REVIEWS • Theater: ‘The Secret Garden’ • Poetry: ‘Hanging Men’ • Concert: No Strings Attached Tour • Music: Lloyd Jones • Food: Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta

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hate moving. No, I mean I REALLY hate moving. I have moved eight times in the six years I’ve lived in Norman. I’m in the process of my ninth. That’s a lot of packing and unpacking. And aside from all the normal stuff that people collect over the years: the pots and pans, the furniture, the random knick-knacks you don’t want but can’t seem to get rid of, I have one other, rather large collection of items to pack up. My art collection. As I’ve been pulling each piece off the wall, preparing for the next big move, sometimes I wonder if all the hassle is worth it. I mean, if I already have this much art, what’s it going to be like if I move while I’m in my 60s? I certainly don’t (and won’t) have the kind of money to get the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to build a wing in my honor. As much as the wrapping, and the packing and the moving annoys me, however, I’ll never stop buying local art. I could go write pages for why I think it’s important, but I’m sure you already know. Supporting local ANYTHING, really, is important, and our artistic community is part of what makes Norman so cool. If we don’t support our artists, they’ll leave. But rather than inundate you with pages about the why, I’ll provide with the how. Because here’s the thing: art can be expensive. There’s a lot of people out there (myself included) that can’t afford to drop hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a piece of artwork. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be artwork out there priced like that. There is artwork that is literally priceless. But it’s just not realistic to think that everyone is going to be able to spend thousands of dollars on artwork. That’s where the Oklahoma art scene steps in. I am IN LOVE with our art scene. One of the biggest reasons for my devotion is how accessible it is. There is something for everyone, no

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matter what your taste or budget. So whether you’ve never purchased a piece of artwork before or you’re just looking for the next affordable piece to add to your collection, here are three local places to snag some art on the cheap. Student art shows — Student art shows are one of the best places to get artwork that’s both affordable and innovative. Often, student artists have had very few shows and have sold very little (possibly no) artwork before, so their prices tend to be slashed from the market norm. Locally, check out the Lightwell Gallery on the second floor of the art school on the University of Oklahoma campus. Several student shows are held throughout the year in the gallery. For schedule, visit www.art.ou.edu. Momentum Marketplace — Momentum, a bi-annual show sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, is easily one of my favorite events each year. Held in Tulsa during the Fall and Oklahoma City during the Spring, the show features only artists under the age of 30. In addition to the hung show, every artist displayed has the option to display more work in the Momentum Marketplace, where every piece is for sale for $30 or less. It’s not unheard of to snag a great print for $15 in the marketplace. For more information, visit www.ovac-ok.org. Non-traditional galleries — Norman is lucky enough to have multiple non-traditional galleries housed in our coffee shops, clothing stores and music shops. Most of these places also participate in the Second Friday Circuit of Art. Although there is no set price range for art hung in a non-traditional galleries, it tends to be much more affordable than the artwork hung in more formal, traditional galleries. This next second Friday, on July 8, pop into STASH, Grey Owl and all the other non-traditional galleries in Norman. You just might find that artistic masterpiece you were looking for.

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Poems create multifaceted account of macabre page in state history “ ... the acrid taste behind his tongue, anticipated the sound of breaking necks, the smell of fear, excrement and piss. He knew he would taste and hear the echoes of this night in days, even years to come but knew his knot would make the killing sure. Their ends would be quick, his knots tied right.”

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eeling back the layers of rumor and legend built up by the years and time gone by to reveal the bloody pulp of human history that lies beneath is a delicate task. It requires precise tools and the unfaltering hand of a surgeon. “Hanging Men,” a new collection of poems by regional historian Alvin O. Turner PhD, attempts a form of literary autopsy by way of poetry with the 1909 mob lynching of four men in Ada as its subject. Turner attempts to cut through the twisted game of telephone that people play with history, bringing the sinew of human thoughts and emotions to the surface. At the turn of the 19th century, the Old West was dying, giving rise to all the coming 20th had to offer. Here in Oklahoma, however, bastions of the West and the rampant criminality it inspired held fast. At the time of the hangings, Ada did not have what many people would consider a sterling reputation. Long considered a highwayman’s haven of sorts, where men of the criminal persuasion could lie low when the heat was on, Ada developed a staggering crime rate. In a town of only 5,000 they had 38 murders in 1908. The people of Ada had had enough. In the early morning hours of April 19, 1909, an angry mob methodically cut the towns power and telephone lines and stormed the local jail. Beating the guards into submission, they then dragged four men from their cells, bound them with bailing wire and paraded them through the town to a nearby livery stable. They were marched past several prominent townspeople and authority figures on their way, most of whom did nothing, choosing only to watch as the doomed men were led to their deaths. What little resistance to their baleful

promenade that did spring up was easily squashed and quickly brushed aside. Upon arrival at the livery, the four men found their nooses already By L e v i L e prepared. e Jim Miller, Joe Allen, Jesse West and B.B. Burrell, charged with the murder of a former U.S. Marshall were hanged mere days before their case was to go to trial. Their swinging bodies were left until morning, a testament to Ada’s new policy on crime — zero tolerance. There can be no doubt that the event the poems in “Hanging Men” seek to explore is a grim and fascinating tale. The question is whether or not the poems in Turner’s book maintain the macabre allure of that event. To that end, I find the collection largely successful. Each page in the book is a new poem, and every poem looks at the situation through a different pair of eyes. Taken together, the poems are an examination of a single event and its repercussions told through dozens and dozens of page-length character studies. Some of the poems pack more punch than others of course, and a small few even seem slightly superfluous, but the works impact as a whole is undeniable. In addition, the poems are followed by a brief historical essay by the author offering additional background information on the hangings and their impact throughout the dying west. It fills the gaps between the poems nicely, and after pouring over both the poems and the essay, I feel like Turner's interpretation of the grisly happenings in turn-of-the-century Ada has given me a well rounded knowledge of this macabre bit of local history. So if you can stomach it, allow Mr. Turner to give you a guided tour of the range of human emotion as he peels back layer upon layer of local rumor, hearsay and romanticism from this somber tale, this death rattle of the old west. After all, Oklahoma history can't all be sunshine and roses, can it?

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Kerouac app a road trip, map to the future Los Angeles Times There’s a certain poetic justice in the fact that “On the Road” is one of Apple’s top-grossing book apps. Released June 18, the iPad app for Jack Kerouac’s landmark novel — featuring a variety of enriched content, including commentary, maps, audio recordings and other ephemera — hit No. 4 on Apple’s list June 21, ahead of the Bible and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” That’s a testament to the power of the digital project, but also to the novel, which has occupied a visionary place in the culture since it was first published in 1957. (The novel has been adapted for a new movie directed by Walter Salles and starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart.) The decision to bring out “On the Road” as an app has a lot to do with this iconic status, explains Stephen Morrison, editor in chief of Penguin Books, reached by phone at his Manhattan office. “We were looking for a book with enough resonance,” Morrison says, “as well as enough supplemental material from which we could learn how to curate a literary app.” The key word there is “learn,” which is what all of us, publishers and

writers and readers, must do now as the publishing industry increasingly comes to terms with the digital age. We need to learn how to use the digital space as a vessel, as a container, how to produce and interact with apps and electronic texts that feel like books, yet also reflect the possibilities of technology. “On the Road” aspires to all of this, functioning both as an e-book and also as a source of ancillary information. Open the app, and you’ll find a home screen with several subject areas: “The Book,” “The Author,” “The Trip,” “Publication” and “The Beats.” The first, and most important, of these sections features the text of Kerouac’s novel, which has been designed to match the feel of a print book. “We were very conscious,” Morrison notes, “of page layouts. We wanted to see what would read the best, to make the technology enhance and not distract.” To that end, there are no direct links in the novel, just light blue tabs on the left side of the page to signify the presence of notes. Touch one and a sidebar appears, featuring material on characters, locations, settings, historical details — bits of context that help to open up the book.

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Wade Bowen’s Red Dirt country set for Riverwind

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By Andrew W. Griffin

The People’s Republic of Portland (Ore.) is known more for cranky indie rockers than mature blues guys, but Lloyd Jones has based his Americana career there for over 40 years. This is his seventh LP, and although 16 tracks would appear to be lengthy, most songs come in under three minutes. A couple tunes are Jones’ originals but the majority are chestnuts such as “Key to the Highway” and “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor.” His pal Charlie Musselwhite drives up in a happy harmonica truck for a guest appearance on “Ice Cream Man.” I don’t think this song is about Bomb Pops and Nutty Buddies. Vocals are all Jones’ and the liner notes state the guitar is, too. Mostly playing the Martin 0018 with bare fingers, the strongest finger strokes from this master guitarist are found in “Last Fair Deal Gone Down.” Jones is considered somewhat of a “secret” performer which has to be frustrating for him considering his innumerable festival and concert appearances. He’s also a regular stage presence on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches cruise ship excursions. Jones has chosen a big slate of covers but the way he puts his own kiss on them, as with the fond copy of “Good Morning Little School Girl,” is remarkable. The blues-loving world is fortunate that Jones is so frequently highway bound and continues firing strongly on all cylinders. — Doug Hill

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Over the past decade or so, Waco, Texas, native Wade Bowen has made some serious inroads in the thriving Texas/Red Dirt country music scene with songs like “God Bless This Town” and “Lay IF YOU GO It All On You.” Like many of his What: Wade Bowen contemporaries, and Randy Rogers including Cory When: 7 p.m. July 3 Morrow, Bleu Where: Riverwind Edmondson and Casino Jason Boland, for More info: instance, Bowen has www.riverwind.com forged a solid position as a talented singersongwriter and band leader and regularly attracts legions of fans. Along with his longtime friend and musical compadre Randy Rogers, the two men are embarking on their sixth “Hold My Beer and Watch This” tour which will bring them to the Riverwind Casino’s Showplace Theatre on July 3. Bowen said he was looking forward to spending part of Independence Day weekend with folks in Norman and is looking forward to having a laidback show. “It’s just us and our guitars,” Bowen said. “We play the songs the way they were originally written. There’s the stories and we just make fun of each other.” Bowen’s most recent album is a live album he recorded at Billy Bob’s Texas, while Rogers is touring behind the Randy Rogers Band’s 2010 release “Burning the Day.” But the two guys also write songs together from time to time — the aforementioned “Lay It All On You” being an example — and they stand among their best songs. “We’ve written a little bit,” he said of his collaborations with Rogers. “Though, not as much as we’d both like.” He noted that he has a new single called “Saturday Night” slated for an August release and a full-fledged studio album to follow. “The new song, ‘Saturday Night,’ is a little bit more uptempo than I usually release. It’s a clever sing-a-long,” he said. Asked what he’s listening to, Bowen responded that he was into the indie-folk

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Country artist Wade Bowen will play Riverwind Casinio’s Showplace Theatre on Sunday with Randy Rogers. band The Civil Wars and singer-songwriter Will Hoge, among others. And when Bowen isn’t spending time with his family or following his other passion — golf — he is working on songs or preparing for the next gig. And when it comes to Bowen and Rogers and their “Hold My Beer” acoustic tour, you never know what might happen. “Of course every single night is different from the last,” Bowen said. Bowen continued: “It’s really cool because of the friendship we have. It’s like two brothers on stage. We’ve been doing this for six or seven years now and we really insist people come out, have some beers with us and enjoy the show.” Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers will perform at Riverwind Casino at 7 p.m. This will be followed by Riverwind’s Independence Day fireworks show in the casino parking lot. For more information go to www.riverwind.com or www.theacoustictour.com.

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Tour brings ladies’ night to Norman By Michael Kinney Pop Staff Writer

The No Strings Attached Tour had a common theme Saturday night. The concert featuring Ginuwine and Tank at the Riverwind Casino was aimed at one particular group. Even though there were men in the capacity crowd, the night was all about the women. That was evident earlier when Sha Sha Jones took the stage as one of the evenings three opening acts. The Oklahoma City native performed a couple of her songs, including 'I Don't Want to Lose You.' It set the mood for the entire night. The crowd was still milling around in the foyer when Tank took the stage. That caused a mini-stampede of women to rush toward their seats and the stage. Tank's show lasted only about an hour, but he made the most of his time on stage. During his third song, he spoke directly to the women in the crowd. "How many of you had to pay for your own nails and hair to come here tonight?" Tank asked. When the majority of ladies raised their hands, he told that was just wrong. He started individually asking them how much they had paid for their nails and hair. Whatever amount they quoted, he told one the people in his entourage

to give them the same amount back. He gave out to a few unsuspecting fans as little as $30 to as much as $100. "This is how women are supposed to be treated," Tank told the audience as he began singing 'I deserve,' before ripping off his shirt. Tank then walked off the stage with his band, to only come back alone to perform an old Bonnie Rait standard, "I can't Make You Love Me" to close out his set. Ginuwine was up next. He started out with his classic hits and stayed with them throughout the evening. The crowd didn't stay in the seats and formed a wall around the Riverwind stage that was six rows deep. It was easy for me to forget how many hot songs Ginuwine had put out in his career, until he started rattling them off. "I need a girl," "Differences," "So Anxious" and "In Those Jeans" had the crowd ladies in a tailspin. Ginuwine interacted with the crowd when he brought three ladies on stage for a singing contest. The winner would be able to attend their after party. The first contestant was booed off the stage. He decided the final two were a tie and said he would decide the winner later at the party. I would have liked to have seen it last a little longer, but, all in all, it was a good show with two great performers.


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OU Lab Theatre’s ‘The Secret Garden’ an interactive mystery By Johnnie-Margaret McConnell For POP

Chad Anderson leads OU’s Soonerstock Summer Theatre Company in their final summer production “The Secret Garden.” Gale and Jonathan Daly’s interactive children’s theater adaptation of Francis Burnett’s 1911 book is more relaxed tale than last month’s “Around the World in 80 Days.” Audience members are first welcomed and instructed in their two roles of chirping and simulat- IF YOU GO ing rain prior to What: “The Secret action beginning. Garden Volunteers are taken When: Today, to play trees. The Saturday and Tuesday energy of last month’s through July 8 “Around the World” Where: OU Lab is exchanged for mysTheatre, 640 tery. Mary Lennox is Parrington Oval, secorphaned at 10 and ond floor sent to Misselthwaite Tickets: $5, buy Manor to live with one, get one free her Uncle Archibald Craven. He does not want to be bothered, leaving Mary in the care of the housemaid Martha Sowerby. Like most youngsters, Mary cannot remain sequestered in a corner of a mansion. Emily Jackson captures Mary’s youth through diction and rhythm. Her red-hair and costuming remind me of children’s literature author Ludwig Bemelmans’ character Madeline. Both are ready and able to develop their own adventure even in the most unsuspecting of places. Dalys’ children’s theater adaptation allows for the book’s central metaphor to come to life. The entire nine-member cast creates the changing rooms, hallways and gardens. They pose as trees, gates, garden statues and even whistle the role of the bird, thanks to Mitchell Reed, throughout the entire performance. Often, they are called on to narrate. This is how the play begins with each taking a line or two. Venturing out further into the mansion each day, Mary comes upon the title’s central metaphor and the source of the faint crying she’s suspected, the fragile Colin Craven. The short statured Joey Hines again plays the role of a child. His whimper turns wide-

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OU’s Soonerstock Summer Theatre Company’s final summer production, “The Secret Garden,” is a mystery that unfolds as the characters’ friendships grow. The show runs 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. Tuesday through July 8 in OU’s Lab Theatre. eyed as Mary befriends him, encouraging him to get out of bed and explore the world and gardens beyond his room. It is the manor’s young Dicken Sowerby who introduces Mary to the secret garden. He can speak to the animals, but more importantly he shows Mary the power of friendships. Sean Michael Harris plays the young Sowerby. His boyish good looks and added curls make him the trusted and kind role model any youngster seeks. Anderson recognizes the story has the potential to be scary at times for youngsters. There are few quick movements or sounds, other than an occasion clap of thunder.

“The Secret Garden” is a mystery that unfolds as their friendships grow. Cast members also include Brooke Reynolds, as Martha Sowerby; Mitchell J. Reid, as Archibald Craven; Taylor Schackmann, as Lily; Philip Wiles as Doctor Craven; Anna Fearheiley, as Mrs. Medlcock; and Kyle Whlen, as Ben Weatherstaff. Anderson is also assisted by lighting designer Brad Gray; stage manager Will Palmer, crew members Philip Wiles and Bob Woods, and Judith Pender, producer. Tickets are $5 and are buy one, get one free. The Secret Garden runs 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday; and 10 a.m. Tuesday through July 8. Suited for children ages 7 and up. Running time is 1 hour, 15 minutes. Rated G. All performances are in OU’s Lab Theatre, 640 Parrington Oval, in Beatrice Carr Wallace Old Science Hall, second floor. Suggested parking at OU Memorial Union parking garage or First Presbyterian Church, west lot, 555 S. University. Tickets may be purchased by calling the OU Fine Arts box office at 325-4101 or in person at Catlett Music Center, 500 Boyd St. Box office hours are 11:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 30 minutes prior to performances at the Lab Theatre.

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COVER STORY

New book a portrait of state — ‘warts’ and all By Kendall Brown POP Editor

When J. Don Cook was working for The “Daily” Oklahoman he had the opportunity to photograph a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, an assignment that would both excite and repel many photojournalists. There was only one catch. Cook, along with the reporter, had to allow himself to be blindfolded and driven around outside Idabel first, disorienting him and thus disguising the location of the meeting. “It did occur to me that we were in a dangerous situation,” Cook said. “But we were professionals and knew we were taking something of a risk even being there. So we took the risk.” Once they were led inside the shack where the meeting was to take place, Klan members removed Cook’s blindfold. Before they removed the reporter’s, however, Cook asked to take her photo with the blindfold. The resulting photograph, with a blindfolded reporter standing between Klan members in full regalia with the Confederate flag hanging behind them is one of the many haunting photographs recently published in Cook’s new book, “Shooting from the Hip.”

Looking back on a long career The book, published through the University of Oklahoma Press, has been a fouryear labor of love for Cook and his editors. Although Cook’s career has taken him all over the world, for “Shooting from the Hip” Cook decided to focus on his work shot solely in Oklahoma. His goal was to provide an accurate portrayal of the state at it’s best — and worst.

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What I did, or I attempted to do, was present a cross section of life that really represents Oklahoma, including some warts that Oklahoma has.

“What I did, or I attempted to do, was present a cross section of life that really represents Oklahoma, including some warts that Oklahoma has,” Cook said. “Every state, every person has their warts, so to speak, or their flaws, so that’s reflected somewhat in the book.”

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During his time as a photojournalist, Cook has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes several times, and it’s a trend he’s continuing with “Shooting from the Hip.” The book has been nominated this year in the category General

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Selected photographs from J. Don Cook’s “Shooting from the Hip” are, clockwise from top left: “Buffalo Bill and Burger,” “Blindfolded by Bigotry,” “What, Me Worry?” and “Trooper Death.” Clockwise from top left on Page 7: “A Prison Rodeo” and “Vicey Walker, Chickasaw.”


COVER STORY Continued from Page 6 Nonfiction. The book is not simply a book of photographs — among the images are essays by Cook. The essays focus not only on the story behind the photographs but also on explaining what Cook felt and experienced in the moment he captured them. During his career as a photojournalist, Cook also worked often as a writer and editor. In fact, he didn’t study photography in school. As an English major, Cook’s love of prose came first; his ability to capture images is entirely self-taught.

Dealing with emotion on the job It was an unusually cold November when Cook received a call that there had been a double drowning in town. With the typical fickleness of Oklahoma weather, the month had produced both an early, hard freeze and then, just a quickly, a warm front, leading to unstable frozen ponds. Two girls, one who had just turned 13 that day, were ice skating when they hit a thin patch and fell through. Both drowned in the icy water. When Cook arrived on the scene, he realized he knew the families involved. A father himself, Cook saw one of the girls’ fathers leaning against a tree up the hill from the pond, unable to look upon his daughter’s body and lost in grief. At that moment, Cook was unsure of his next action. “Here I was, torn between being

WHERE TO BUY “Shooting from the Hip” • Barnes & Noble, 540 Ed Noble Parkway • Full Circle Book Store, 1900 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City a professional photographer and knowing these people and trying to comfort them and doing my job at the same time,” Cook said. In “Shooting from the Hip,” he writes: “I found myself alternating between taking pictures and trying to comfort the distraught parents, now running around the pond, through the woods, and screaming their daughter’s name.” Cook went on to write an essay about the difficult situation. The essay was later read by Bob Gilka, then the director of photography for the “National Geographic.” Gilka called Cook and asked for permission to nominate the images

for a Pulitzer Prize. Despite the honor, the images of the two girls’ families’ grief haunts him to this day.

Connecting with the subject Not all of Cook’s images are as emotionally traumatic. Skilled at portraiture, he brings out the personality and hidden emotion of all of his subjects — a boy enjoying an old-fashioned haircut, smiling as the hair tickles his nose or an old cowboy dressed as Buffalo Bill, enjoying the simple pleasure of a

burger. His ability to connect with people and understand what they’re going through comes from a childhood spent in poverty, suffering the abuse of his stepfather. At the age of 7, Cook was involved in a horrific car accident, with the Mercury insignia of the vehicle he was riding in shattering the windshield and slicing his throat, inches from killing him. Cook said he realized then that it was either create or perish. He saw irony in how the symbol for the Roman god Mercury nearly took his life as a child, leading him

to later dedicate his life to the chemical, utilizing it daily when developing photos. “As I grew older, Mercury loomed as a relentless taskmaster — by turn needling, taunting, pushing me to the brink with an incessant voice that demanded that I deal with my devils by learning to communicate and create,” Cook says in his book. “I obeyed — sometimes with spectacular success, often with depressing failure … but when I felt charged with creative energy, fire flashing from my eyes, woe to anyone blocking my path.” pop

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IN GOOD TASTE

Sandro’s selling excellence by the slice By Kendall Brown

Los Angeles Times

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Located directly across the street from Norman High School, family-owned and operated Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. There’s no fancy storefront and no fine china. The kitchen, facing the front of the store, allows you to see just what the cook is doing. But just in case you’re not paying attention, I’ll tell you what the cook’s up to. He’s busy making one hell of a slice of pizza. Thanks to a lot of chain pizza joints, I think most people have become accustomed to pizza with minimal amounts of toppings. That’s because a lot of the pizza places have corporate rules regarding weighing the toppings. Four ounces of this, two ounces of that, you get the idea. There’s no way that method is going to truly make a delicious pizza. You think they’re weighing out their pepperonis in Italy? No way. Thankfully, Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta doesn’t go that way. As the owner, Sandro Osmani, told me, they just put on what looks good. If it takes a little extra cheese, a little extra sauce to make a pizza have that extra ‘wow’ factor, so be it. After you order your slices of pizza, they take it and put it back in the pizza oven again for a few moments before dishing it up. It adds just a little extra crisp to the crust and a little extra chewy to the toppings. That little extra makes all the difference in the world. As far as selection goes, Sandro’s has got you covered. They offer sliced pizza

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After you order your slices of pizza, Sandro’s puts it back in the pizza oven again for a few moments before dishing it up. It adds just a little extra crisp to the crust and a little extra chewy to the toppings — and it makes all the difference in the world. all the way from the simple cheese for $2.50 a slice to supreme or speciality pizza (including margharita and greek styles) for $3.75 a slice. Osmani said he knows their prices might be a bit higher but that’s because Sandro’s uses top-quality ingredients. They don’t skimp on size, either. While many pizza joints call a 14-inch pizza a large, at Sandro’s, that’s a medium. Sandro’s also offers several pasta entrees. I tried their Chicken Sunrise (shown at right) that features a sautéed chicken breast with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a brandy cream sauce with just a hint of marinara, all served over spaghetti.

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The chicken was well cooked, the sauce amazingly thick, and the sundried tomatoes were just the right amount of chewy. As an added bonus, my plate was so full, there was enough to take home for later. Sandro’s also offers salads, sub sandwiches, calzones, and chicken dishes. I guarantee, though, once you see their pizza bar, salad is going to be the farthest thing from your mind. Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta, 914 W. Main St., is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sandro’s offers dine-in, carry out and delivery options.

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Location: 914 W. Main St. Cuisine: Pizza by the slice, pasta and subs Of Note: Sandro’s offers larger pizzas than the norm that can be purchase whole or by the slice. Price Range: $5 $15 Atmosphere: Very Casual You Have to Try This: It may be common, but the twice baking technique makes their simple cheese pizza simply “fantastico.” Alcohol: No The Skinny: Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta offers pizza by the slice of a whole new level of quality.

LOS ANGELES — Imagine the havoc the hacker played by Matthew Broderick in 1983’s “WarGames” could wreak in the era of Gmail, Facebook and loose nukes. That’s what director Seth Gordon is contemplating with his upcoming reboot of the sci-fi thriller about a Seattle high schooler who inadvertently launches a nuclear war with the Soviet Union while playing on his computer. “A lot of things have changed technologically and geopolitically since the original,” said Gordon, who officially signed on last week to direct the MGM film. “It’s ripe for an update. It’s a more plausible chain of events now than it was back then. The source of an international political threat is no longer a nameless faceless country with a different political system. The world has changed so much that that kind of threat could come from a number of places.” Gordon, who is currently promoting the comedy “Horrible Bosses,” due in theaters July 8, previously directed “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” a 2007 documentary about obsessive Donkey Kong players. He said he has been researching hackers with the same curiosity that he applied to the gamers in that film, including attending hacker conventions such as DEFCON and Black Hat. “I’m a bit of a hacker nerd,” Gordon said. “I have an interest in subcultures. There’s sort of a blurry ethics for people who are going places where laws aren’t yet even written to govern behavior. I think that’s a fascinating question and that’s the kind of stuff I want to get at in the reimagining of the movie. Hackers are obviously really savvy people. I’m trying to come at it from a very educated place rather than dilettantism.” According to Gordon, he and MGM are close to finalizing the screenwriter on the film. No release date has been set.


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New Releases • Larry Crowne — After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Monte Carlo — Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. PG. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Transformers: Dark of the Moon — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14)

Also Showing • Bad Teacher — A comedy centered on a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague -- a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher. R. (Warren, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Bridesmaids — Picked as her best friend's maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie (Wiig) looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Cars 2 — Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. G. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Fast Five — Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent. PG-13. (Robinson Crossing) • Green Lantern — A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, giant robots AP Photo

Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are shown in a scene from “Larry Crowne.” PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • The Hangover Part II — Right after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Kung Fu Panda II — Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. PG. (Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Lincoln Lawyer — A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills. R. (Robinson Crossing) • Mr. Popper’s Penguins — The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. PG. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Priest — A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. PG13 (Robinson Crossing)

• Rio — When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. G. (Robinson Crossing) • Soul Surfer — A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack. PG. (Robinson Crossing) • Something Borrowed — Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy's fiancé. PG-13. (Robinson Crossing) • Super 8 — After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. PG-13 (Warren Threatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family — Madea jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. PG13. (Robinson Crossing) • X-Men: First Class — In 1962, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy. PG13. (Warren Threatre)

Rated: PG-13 What Jeff says: It’s big robots who turn into vehicles and fight each other. C’mon! For July 4 weekend, watch fireworks at the theater and use it as motivation to blow up stuff on the street (outside city limits, of course). Watch the @ .com review online

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Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey Rated: R

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LARRY CROWNE PG-13 1:50-4:35-7:30-10:05 MONTE CARLO PG 1:30-4:15-7:00-9:50 TRANSFORMERS 3 2D * PG-13 11:30-3:00-6:45-10:15 CARS 2 G 3D * $$ 11:45-2:50-6:00-9:05 2D 1:15-4:25-7:15-10:10 BAD TEACHER * R 12:45-3:15-6:05-8:15-10:30 GREEN LANTERN PG-13 3D * $$ 12:00 2D 3:00-6:25-9:35 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS PG 2:15-4:50-7:25-10:00 SUPER 8 PG-13 12:40-3:40-6:40-9:30 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS PG-13 1:05-4:10-7:20-10:25 BRIDESMAIDS R 1:00-4:00-7:05-10:20 PIRATES 4 2D PG-13 11:30-6:20 THE HANGOVER 2 R 2:55-9:40 $$ Extra Charge for Digital 3-D MOVIE LINE:(405) 703-3777 Times For Today Only WarrenTheatres.Com *No Passes

a 3-D premium will be applied to each purchased 3-D ticket. Why wait in line? TRANSFORMERS 3 3D (PG13) PRINT TICKETS AT HOME 12:00 12:30 3:20 3:50 6:45 www.GOHOLLYWOOD.com 7:20 10:05 SUPER 8 (PG13) TRANSFORMERS 3 2D (PG13) 12:05 3:40 6:40 9:25 11:30 12:00 2:50 3:30 6:15 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG13) 6:55 9:35 12:15 3:45 6:50 9:50 LARRY CROWNE • (PG13) MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (PG) 12:40 4:05 7:35 10:15 12:35 4:15 7:10 9:30 MONTE CARLO • (PG) KUNG FU PANDA 2 2D (PG) 12:10 3:35 7:05 9:45 12:25 CARS 2 3D (G) THE HANGOVER 2 (R) 11:50 12:50 3:30 4:30 6:30 10:15 7:30 9:10 PIRATES 4 2D (PG13) CARS 2 2D (G) 10:10 12:20 4:00 7:00 9:40 BRIDESMAIDS (R) BAD TEACHER • (R) 3:25 6:35 9:30 no passes or supersavers • no passes 12:45 4:20 7:15 9:55

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NINE NIGHTS IN NORMAN 02 SAT

10 p.m. — Son Del Barrio, The Brewhouse, $5 TBA — Travis Linville with Camille Harp, The Deli

10 p.m. — J Dub and Kari King, The Brewhouse, $5 TBA — The Pidgin Band, The Deli

03 SUN 8 p.m. — Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers’s ‘Hold My Beer and Watch This’, Riverwind Casino TBA — Mike Hosty Solo, The Deli

04 MON TBA — The Damn Quails, The Deli

10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets 2 p.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets 6 p.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets pop pick

TBA — Moon, Feathered Rabbit, and the Jon Bear Fourtet, The Deli

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10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets 1:00 p.m. — SummerWind Youth Ballet Performance, Reynolds Performing Arts Center 2 p.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets pop pick

10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets

10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets

10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets

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10 p.m. — Unchained, The Brewhouse, Free TBA — Beau Jennings and Brine Webb, The Deli

9:30 a.m. — Future of Music Symposium, Sonder Music Dance and Art pop pick 10 p.m. — Squad Live, The Brewhouse, $5 TBA — Rainbows are Free, The Deli

6 p.m. — Second Friday Circuit of Art, Free pop pick 6 p.m. — Midsummer Nights’ Fair, Lions Park, Free pop pick

6 p.m. — Midsummer Nights’ Fair, Lions Park, Free pop pick

10 a.m. — The Secret Garden, OU Lab Theatre, $5 for 2 tickets 7 p.m. — Weaving the Tapestry of Faith in the Heartland, Lloyd Noble Center, Free

7 p.m. — The Wonderboy Serials Download Party, Anty Shanty pop pick 9 p.m. — Heitz Movie Nitez showing “The Wizard of Oz”, Marc Heitz Chevy Amphitheater, Free pop pick 8 a.m. —, Farmers Market, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Free 10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, Free with museum admission 2 p.m. — Discovery Days, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Free with museum admission

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4 p.m. — Norman Day Celebration, Reaves Park, Free pop pick 9:45 p.m. — Independence Day Fireworks, Reaves Park, Free pop pick

8 a.m. — Col. Dick’s Flea Market, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Free

8 a.m. — Col. Dick’s Flea Market, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Free 8 a.m. — Farmers Market, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Free


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