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NEWS E-liquid flavors at 23rd Street Vapes | Photo Erick Perry

Kingdom’s Department of Health, concluded e-cigarettes are “around 95 percent less harmful than smoking.’” In May, the CDC issued a report showing more adults are quitting smoking than ever before. However, while it recommends “nicotine replacement products” as scientifically sound methods of smoking cessation, it does not specifically recommend the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems. More than 480,000 preventable deaths each year are caused by smoking tobacco, according to the CDC.

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Government control

Recently approved federal e-cigarette rules mean vaping is now regulated like tobacco. By Brett Dickerson

Adam Bottoms’ three-pack-per-day smoking habit was expensive, and he knew that it wasn’t good for him. Becoming a father changed everything. He wasn’t going to risk secondhand smoke affecting his infant daughter’s already-delicate condition. So he walked into a shop that sold electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or “vapes.” There are various styles of handheld hardware that vaporize e-liquids, a mixture of flavoring and nicotine blended with a variety of nicotine strengths. The process produces a cloud of vapor users inhale instead of tobacco smoke. Fatherhood motivated Bottoms to seek help with smoking, and he credits e-cigarettes with helping him stop smoking entirely for the last five years. Bottoms is one of many who have used the devices in their quest to become smoke-free. He also is one of many passionate users who enjoy working in the industry because of it. He now works full-time for an e-cigarette company here in Oklahoma City. It isn’t hard to find a shop that sells e-cigarettes and e-liquids. That’s because until recently, shops selling vaporizers and the liquid and accessories that go with them have been able to proliferate across the U.S. with little regulation from federal or state governments. Just about anyone who wanted to start a shop could. But that changes starting Aug. 8. On that date, e-cig and vape liquid manufacturers, distributors and retailers will fall under a 4

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recently announced set of Food and Drug Administration regulations that are 499 pages long. They have up to two years to adjust their practices to fit within the new rules. The struggle has already begun over whether vape use is effective in curbing or stopping smoking, possible health impacts of use and quality control of e-cig liquids and restricting access of vapes and liquids to minors.

New rules

The new FDA rules define e-cigarettes and vape liquids as tobacco products, effectively

regulating the entire e-cigarette industry under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). The ruling is based on studies that show “a dramatic rise” in e-cig use by high-schoolage youth, according to FDA-provided data included with the new regulations. It also highlighted the sale of vape liquids with names and flavors that appeal to that demographic. The rules, approved May 5, ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems — e-cigs, hookahs, e-pipes — to anyone under age 18. Photo identification is also required for adults under age 26. “As cigarette smoking among those under 18 has fallen, the use of other nicotine products, and especially e-cigarettes, has taken a drastic leap,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services secretary, said at a May 5 news conference in Washington, D.C. A May report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows e-cig use grew almost tenfold among high school students between 2011 and 2015. There was a nearly ninefold increase among middle school students. Burwell also said hookah use and cigar smoking among the age group “continues to be a problem.”

Industry response

“This is not regulation; it is prohibition,” American Vaping Association, an industry trade group, said in a press statement quoted May 5 in The New York Times. It prefers the industry be regulated by food rules instead of tobacco rules. Within weeks, several lawsuits were filed to attempt to stop the new regulations. Manufacturers and retailers also launched campaigns to sway public opinion against the new FDA ruling. One such business is based in Oklahoma City. They will have plenty of information to use in that campaign. A recent report compiled by Public Health England, an agency of the United Jason Scott demonstrates vaping at 23rd Street Vapes. | Photo Erick Perry

Oklahoma City manufacturer and distributor Ryan Vicedomini said he believes the industry “will be dead within two years” unless the FDA rules are modified. He is founder and CEO of Vapor Supply, more commonly known locally as Vapor World. It’s the company that Adam Bottoms now works for. The approved regulations removed a controversial requirement that would have removed all flavored e-cigs and vape liquids from the market until they received FDA approval but the regulatoins still require companies to gain marketing permission for any tobacco-related product introduced after February 2007. Vicedomini said that the expense of the extensive testing for FDA approval would have been something that only the two or three largest corporations could withstand and would likely drive mom-and-pop shops, which often create custom liquids in-house, out of business. “Even if I try to get one of my e-liquid flavors approved, just one, it could be as little as $300-$400 or as much as $2-$10 million,” he said. “One flavor; and we have over a thousand.” He owns retail shops in Midwest City, southeast Oklahoma City and Moore. In addition, Vicedomini said Vapor Supply is a wholesaler to smaller retail shops across the world. Its online presence allows the business to ship to individuals by complying with various state requirements for age verification before orders are completed. The company has about 70 employees who could lose their jobs if the company closed. As Vapor Supply’s business model shows, e-cig and vape supply can be lucrative. According to Vicedomini, his gross sales last year for all his operations were $25 million, with $3 million of that comprised of retail sales. Vicedomini was set to ramp up e-liquid manufacturing operations when the FDA ruling was handed down. He recently invested over $200,000 into a new Oklahoma City lab that ensures consistency, purity and greater safety for employees involved in the process. The tax revenue paid on that $3 million in retail sales is something that Vicedomini thinks should be heavily considered. “You’re talking some pretty good tax income for the state,” he said. “There are 300 to 400 other stores in Oklahoma alone that collect taxes on their sales, too.”

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Healthy merger

New sexual health services and a third Planned Parenthood clinic come to OKC. By Laura Eastes

The recently announced decision by Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (PPCO) and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and MidMissouri (PPKM) to merge is the latest move in a wave of consolidation in the changing health care landscape. July 1, the two affiliates become Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) serving the Oklahoma City metro; Kansas City metro; Columbia, Missouri; and Wichita, Kansas. Planned Parenthood is known for reaching women, men and children through its quality, low-cost reproductive health services and educational and professional programs. About a month ago, two Michigan Planned Parenthood affiliates merged to create one entity serving the northern state. In 2011, groups in Iowa and Nebraska absorbed an affiliate serving Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Over seven years, affiliates across the country have united as part of a strategic move to expand services. “Our affiliate decided to do this because we want to become a regional health system as you’ve seen in other hospital health systems,” said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, a spokeswoman for the new affiliate. “It really

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is no different. Merging makes us a stronger regional affiliate and brings us to another level in the ability to care for our patients.”

Service offerings

For Oklahoma City, the merger includes the addition of new health services and the opening of a third health clinic at 6112 NW 63rd St. in Warr Acres. The new clinic will offer services that mirror those available from northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond health centers. New services coming to OKC will benefit people living with HIV and AIDS and those most at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. The HIV prevention service, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is a onepill-a-day medication proven to prevent infection. Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is suggested treatment after HIV exposure. Abortion services, which metro clinics do not offer, will not be added for now. “We are always keeping our options open,” Lee-Gilmore said. PPKM provides abortion services at the affiliate’s two Kansas locations only. “Abortion is a core mission of Planned

Oklahoma City’s Planned Parenthood affiliate at 619 NW 23rd St. becomes Planned Parenthood Great Plains July 1 when it merges with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Parenthood, and our affiliate sits in the so-called ‘abortion desert.’ We are always looking for opportunities to expand,” LeeGilmore said. “Right now, it is not happening.” The new affiliate will be headquartered in Kansas City but will keep senior management in place in OKC. No layoffs resulted from the merger. Laura McQuade, PPKM president and CEO, leads the organization. “It is our responsibility as a health care provider to ensure every person, no matter his or her gender or sexual identity, receives the health care they need,” McQuade said in a statement. “Growing our presence is an important piece to sustaining the highquality, specialized care we deliver.”

When the change takes place, PPCO will no longer hold a contract with Oklahoma Health Care Authority. The state agency that oversees Oklahoma’s Medicaid program terminates contracts with the central Oklahoma and the eastern Oklahoma affiliates June 29. In late 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin called for the termination, citing high rates of billing errors. State funding and support is at risk in Kansas and Missouri. Despite the obstacles, Lee-Gilmore said, the new Planned Parenthood affiliate is moving in a positive direction. “This is all about our patients,” LeeGilmore said, “and being able to continue to offer quality reproductive health care in a state where we often face opposition.”

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Longtime Oklahoma City radio personality Cam Cox dumped his celebrity- and drug-filled, selfish lifestyle and dedicated himself to helping others in recovery. By Mark Beutler

Cam Cox lived life in the fast lane. As a young radio personality growing up on the airwaves in Oklahoma City, he started each day doing news at KJ103. In the afternoon, he drove across town to WKY for his stint as a traffic reporter, and then each weekend, he flew to Dallas for a couple of air shifts as a DJ. Cox always had VIP tickets to the hottest concerts in town. He partied with celebrities like Cher and led an increasingly self-indulgent lifestyle. When the crash and burn came, it was swift; Cox ended up spending a decade in and out of federal prison. Now, the former radio personality has reinvented himself and is helping others turn their lives around. “I finally came to the realization that if I was going to have any quality of life whatsoever, it was time for me to grow up and quit being so damn selfish,” Cox told Oklahoma Gazette. “So much of what I did throughout my radio career fed my ego, and the notoriety gave me a false sense of importance.” 6

After several stints in prison, former radio personality Cam Cox found sobriety and founded Kelham House Sober Living. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

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Early life

Cox was born in Oklahoma City in 1965. He grew up privileged and was always an overachiever. “There was no question I was spoiled,” he said. “In Bethany, our family was big fish in a little pond. I started driving to school when I was 13, and the police overlooked it because of my family’s influence. I was passed through high school because either my father or grandfather was president of the school board during my entire undergraduate career. We had the largest homes and the nicest cars in the community. I had severe entitlement issues.” His Sunday school teacher introduced him to the radio business when he was 9 years old. “Phil Boyce was the morning newsman with Danny Williams on WKY,” he said. “I would go to work with Phil many mornings before school and became enamored with radio. By the time my voice changed around age 12, I was ready to find

a job in the business.” His first radio gig came when he was 13 years old at Oklahoma City’s KBYE. A couple of years later, he was on the air at WKY doing Roadwatch 93 traffic reports. His career took him to the airwaves of Dallas and then on to television news as an anchor/reporter at Ada’s KTEN-TV. “After that, I began working in corporate communications at Pre-Paid Legal,” he said. “I did that for about five years, living in Ada and then Austin. I came back to Oklahoma City in 1993 and started building houses and doing morning news at the KATT.”

Fast lane

During his early years, Cox said, he really didn’t face many struggles. When he moved back home, his problems began. “In 1995, I started a home-building business,” he said. “I was also on the air in the morning at KATT, and then in April that year, the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. Coverage of that event became my full-time job. In addition to KATT, I was ‘stringing’ for NBC Radio Networks and dozens of local radio stations around the country. My home-building business suffered from neglect, and I quickly got into a financial bind. Then I started using meth.” At first, Cox said the meth seemed to help him keep up with the over-scheduling. That’s when his life spiraled out of control. He began selling off assets and admitted he fraudulently obtained money to support

his lifestyle and drug use. By the early years of the new millennium, his lifestyle finally caught up with him — and so did the feds. “In March of 2004, I was indicted for committing financial crimes. I continued using drugs for the next year while I was on pretrial release awaiting negotiations and sentencing,” he said. “I served a little over a year in federal prison. When I got out in 2006, I picked up my meth use where I had left off. It was a matter of weeks before I had taken what I had learned in federal prison about new and more sophisticated financial crimes and was using my newfound criminal knowledge to support a more profound drug habit.” Again, the police came knocking and Cox was charged with a list of drug and financial crimes. He was sent back to federal prison — this time for a longer period.

Turning point

“My attorney came to see me in the Oklahoma County Jail in the spring of 2008. He showed me the papers detailing everything I had been charged with, along with the evidence the state had to support those charges,” Cox said. “He said if we didn’t get the most severe charges reduced or dropped that I would grow old in prison. I knew I was guilty of everything I had been charged with.” So it was back to prison for the former continued on page 8

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NEWS Learning to help others comes naturally, and he uses some of the skills he gained while getting sober. “I learned this business the same way I learned the radio business, by just doing it,” he said. “I spent a decade with the feds trying to rehab me. Finally, through trial and error, I got to where I am today. I have been where my clients are; I know firsthand the struggles they are facing, and that’s where I can put to use every bit of compassion and common sense to help them through these times.”

Longtime friends

KISS FM disc jockeys Jack Elliott left and Ron Williams are veterans of the local radiowaves. Elliott first worked with Cam Cox when Cox was 13 years old. | Photo Gazette / file

That’s the way he lived, always 10 years older than his actual age. Jack Elliott golden boy of the airwaves. But this time, he knew it was different. “I knew that if I was ever going to get out of the proverbial revolving door criminal justice system that I would have to do things differently this time. Instead of treating the time as ‘crime school,’ I focused on reinventing myself,” he said. “I enrolled in Louisiana State University through a prison satellite program and took courses in psychology and sociology. I was released late in 2012. I can honestly say I have been off drugs since March 2008 — with a one-time use relapse in 2013.”

Sober living

Cox said a combination of maturation, prioritization and survival led him to turn his life around. He credits his years in prison as one of the most sobering times of his life. “When I was assigned an inmate number, I quickly realized the days of backstage passes and VIP seating had ended,” he said. “I honestly believe the time I spent in prison saved my life. I was 40 years old before I came to the realization that this world was not here just to serve me and my selfish desires.” After his release, Cox left behind the 8

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radio business and his old lifestyle. It was quite a change, he explained, going from big-time announcer to owning a sober living house. But he smiles when he talks about his passion for helping others. “It was a gradual process, but I have learned the best way for me to get what I want out of life is to help others get what they want out of life,” he said. “Every single day, I have the privilege of working with individuals who are putting in the work to improve their present situations.” His big project these days is Kelham House Sober Living transitional facilities in Oklahoma City for those who are struggling to re-enter society. Each venue can handle 20-30 people and helps them get their lives back on track. “Many of these people are fresh out of jail, and if they didn’t have a place like this to go, they most likely would go back to their old lifestyle,” Cox said. “So often I hear, ‘If I didn’t have you, I would be using again.’ That makes me feel good to know I am making a difference and helping them become a law-abiding citizen.” Getting sober is not rocket science, Cox said.

Looking back on his life and his career, Cox said some former friends and colleagues from his radio years are supportive — others not so much. “There’s a stigma that goes along with the choices I made,” he said. “Some friends avoid me, but others who I considered true friends have stood by me. I appreciate them and value their friendships.” One of those longtime friends is radio personality Jack Elliott, who worked with Cox at WKY in the early 1980s. “I have a million Cam stories,” Elliott said. “One day, I was doing production before my 3 p.m. air shift. It was about 11:15 a.m., and Cam called on a mobile phone, asking if I wanted to grab lunch at Johnnie’s. I said, ‘Sure. Sounds great.’ He picked me up at the front door. I walked out, hopped in his car and off we go. “Remember, this is early 1980s and most people didn’t have a cellphone at that time, but Cam had two!” he recalled. “After lunch, I said, ‘Aren’t you supposed to be at school?’ He said he was taking an ‘extended lunch break.’ Then I said, ‘Hey, I’ve known you several years, but just how old are you?’ Cam looked at me and said 15. So I’m in dismay. This kid is 15, no driver’s license, no learner’s permit. He has a car and two cellphones.” But that was Cam, Elliott said. “That’s the way he lived, always 10 years older than his actual age,” he added. “To this day, I consider him a great friend. He has had his share of issues over the years, but I am so glad he has managed to overcome those.” Looking back, Cox gets wistful thinking what he might tell the 13-year-old version of himself. “My life today is much different from where I thought it would be when I was that little 13-year-old kid starting out in the radio business,” Cox said. “But what I am doing is so rewarding, and I am proud of the people I work with. It’s impossible to explain the heartbreak and pain that goes along with a lifestyle of drugs and crime. It’s something no one understands unless they suffer through it. I’ve been there. Sure, there are times when I miss radio, but this is who Cam Cox is today, and I like him.” Learn more about Kelham House Sober Living by calling 405-301-2005 and searching for the halfway house on Facebook.

Changed life Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, 24-year-old Amey Shinn said she never had a positive male role model. In fact, she said the men who were in her life began abusing her at a young age. That led to a life of prostitution and drugs, moving from town to town and constantly being in trouble with the law. “When I got on probation, I just said, ‘OK, God. Whatever you’re going to do with me, just do it,” Shinn said. “And that’s the moment when I met Cam Cox.” Shinn said she really had nowhere to go except back on the streets, and she knew that was not an option. “My probation officer made a phone call, and Cam showed up and took me to his sober living house for women. He’s the first man in my life I have ever been able to look up to,” she said. “I was worried because I didn’t have any income or any real job prospects, but Cam just told me to relax, give it time and everything would work out. Sure enough, he was right, because he made a couple of phone calls, and I just started a new job.” Life today is good, and Shinn has a new outlook and plan for her life. She said she wants to go to school and major in psychology and perhaps even own a sober living house herself someday, helping other girls who have experienced some of the same struggles she has faced. “I feel like God put Cam in my life,” Shinn said. “He comes over and takes me to church every Sunday evening. When I see him, I just feel like everything is going to be OK.” Shinn has been at the sober living house for several months now and said she never thought she could be this happy. “We have a nice house, a little garden, a front and a backyard and a park right across the street,” she said. “I have a new friend in Cam, and this one man is changing the world. I have a job, hope and a safe place to go to sleep at night. And I am grateful every day.”

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First-class icons deadCenter honors film editor Carol Littleton and casting director Chris Freihofer for their accomplishments in the industry. By Laura Eastes

deadCenter Carol Littleton’s name is the story of an artist who Awards appears in film credits for returns home to Oklahoma Ceremony some of pop-culture’s bestafter the loss of a loved one. known films: Wyatt Earp, “She deals with love, loss 9 p.m. Saturday The Big Chill, The and acceptance,” Freihofer Great Lawn said. “She makes some bad Manchurian Candidate, The Myriad Botanical decisions falling for her Other Boleyn Girl and E.T. Gardens brother’s fiancée. It is a the Extra-Terrestrial. When 301 W. Reno Ave. asked which one the film beautiful film. It is really well editor was most proud of crafted. The characters are Free from her five-decade career, great. The performances are See related stories the Oklahoma City native great. I am really excited for and the festival said it was “a difficult people to see this film.” program in question to answer.” Filmed in Oklahoma, this issue. “Every film I work on is Heartland participated in the with the same intensity and Oklahoma Film Enha ncement Rebate Prog ra m conviction,” Littleton said. “You never know administered by the Oklahoma Film & which film will emerge as a classic, like E.T. Music Office. Debuting at San Jose, At the time, you are devoted to it like a child. California’s Cinequest Film Festival, It is just another one of your children.” About a dozen years ago, Norman actor Heartland received the coveted audience and resident Chris Freihofer began a award. (Read the Gazette’s review of the casting agency to make movie and television film on P. 46.) producers’ jobs easier. When hired by a Freihofer hosts a panel discussion — Casting, Auditioning and Acting — with producer, Freihofer suggested actors and Heartland actors Laura Spencer and actresses who might be perfect for specific roles based on gender, age and physical Godfrey noon-12:45 p.m. Saturday at ACM@ attributes. Chris Freihofer Casting has UCO. It covers the process of auditioning, worked with filmmakers Francis Ford acting and developing careers. Coppola, William H. Macy, Cameron Crowe, Nick Cassavetes and Oliver Stone, Carol Littleton to name a few. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Coolest “We are about to start casting our fourth Film Festivals in the World according to film of this year,” Freihofer said in late May. MovieMaker magazine, deadCenter has “When I started in 2004, that didn’t happen. made Littleton’s must-go list for the past We would work on one film a year, maybe.” several years. However, this will be her first The dedication, tenacity and year attending the premier summer event in Oklahoma City. accomplishments of Littleton and Freihofer earned them Oklahoma Film Icon awards “I can see it has grown every year at this year’s deadCenter Film Festival. The exponentially,” Littleton said. “It excites me honor is bestowed upon Oklahomans who to see the film festival is part of the larger make a major impact on the film industry. plan to revitalize downtown and have things Past winners include actor James Marsden, for citizens of Oklahoma City to enjoy. I producer Hunt Lowry, makeup artist think film festivals are a wonderful event.” Matthew Mungle, director and educator Born in Oklahoma City; raised in Miami, Fritz Kiersch, distributor Bob Berney and Oklahoma; and a graduate of the University producer Gary Frederickson. of Oklahoma, Littleton began her film career in the 1970s making commercials. She first worked as a film editor on 1977’s Chris Freihofer “To be among some of the names honored Legacy. In the early 1980s, Littleton was in the past … I feel very undeserving,” hired to work on director Steven Spielberg’s Freihofer said. “But I am so appreciative.” E.T., which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Among Oklahoma actors and actresses, “It has become a perennial classic. For Freihofer is renowned for introducing locals to major and up-and- coming directors. In a filmmaker, that is the best compliment addition to his work as a casting director, one could ever have of one’s work,” Littleton Freihofer is known for his role as Dan said. “When you start a film, you never Wachsberger on drama television series know how it will be perceived. We were Breaking Bad. extremely surprised and gratified that the Freihofer is a familiar face among film has done so well all these years. It is deadCenter crowds. He has attended the just really quite miraculous.” The family-friendly tale about a gentle event for the majority of its 16 years, and alien stranded on Earth who meets a boy this year, he is connected to one of the films. is one of the free public screenings on the Freihofer co-produced Heartland, written Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens. by and starring Velinda Godfrey. Heartland 10

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Casting director, producer and actor Chris Freihofer receives deadCenter Film Festival’s Icon Award. | Photo provided

Film editor and native Oklahoman Carol Littleton is one of two 2016 Icon Award winners. | Photo provided

It plays 9:30-11:30 p.m. Friday. (Learn more about deadCenter’s free, public outdoor screenings at Myriad Botanical Gardens on P.44.) Littleton said she often meets young filmmakers who say E.T. was one of their first movies to see in theaters. She also meets non-film industry folks who share affection for the film, which sends a message to viewers young and old to follow their hearts.

From 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Littleton and editor Beau Leland will discuss the art of filmmaking on a panel at ACM@UCO. With advances in technology and easier access to equipment, Littleton encourages inspiring filmmakers to create. “Just see what it is like to make one,” Littleton said. “You will discover a lot about yourself when you approach digital filmmaking as an adventure.”

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deadCenter isn’t a typical festival. For the past 16 years, the team has worked to create an event that benefits those involved in the film industry and movie fans everywhere. By Laura Eastes

There are many reasons people love films. The stories and images take viewers to places they’ve never been and inside the lives of people they don’t know. At times, viewers see themselves in the characters on the screen, facing life’s greatest and unforgettable moments. All walks of life make their way into a movie theater, and in a moment, an audience can be brought to tears, laughter or fright. A film festival offers more distinctive ambiance than any theater experience. A festival is a time of discovery for viewing new genres or types of projects, learning about the industry and meeting those in front and behind the cameras. The exclusive opportunities made possible at deadCenter Film Festival thrust the art event into the upper echelon of Oklahoma City’s premier summer events and made it one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. “You can rent a movie anytime,” said Lance McDaniel, deadCenter Film Festival artistic director. “What we are offering is a chance to meet the filmmakers. You can find out not only how a movie was made, but why.” Kim Haywood, deadCenter director of programming and education, said film festivals offer viewers a chance to try new things. “It’s not like seeing a movie at Harkins Theatres or watching something on Netflix,” she said. “Festivals, in my mind, are about discovery and trying something new. People can sometimes be hesitant to

go for short films, but once you’ve been to a short film program, you are sold.” There’s a reason people love deadCenter Film Festival, which is back for its 16th year through Sunday at locations across Oklahoma City. Brothers Justan and Jayson Floyd pioneered the movie festival concept in the Sooner State in 2001, introducing deadCenter as a one-night event at City Arts Center, now known as Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The one-night event was designed for those in the film industry to bounce ideas and catch flicks. Nearly two decades later, deadCenter remains fiercely true to its founding mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. “The core of why it was started is absolutely the core of our mission now,” McDaniel said. “It started as an Oklahoma film networking event. Now, we are 30,000 people over five days with tons of national and international films, but it remains the biggest and most important networking event for Oklahoma filmmakers.”

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“It’s a pass or nothing,” Haywood said as she described for-profit movie festivals. deadCenter operates as a nonprofit film festival organization. At many festivals, a pass or a badge is required for each screening or event. That leaves little or no opportunity for the general public to participate in an event that traditionally serves the film industry, festival sponsors and the media.

This festival marks the second time deadCenter has teamed up with local charities, explained Blaschke. “We always want to be doing something that gives back to the community,” Blaschke said, “and in a way where everyone can participate.”

On-screen exhibition

deadCenter Film Festival Wednesday-Sunday See related stories and the festival program in this issue.

From left Kim Haywood and Lance McDaniel at deadCenter Film Festival offices in Oklahoma City | Photo Garett Fisbeck

deadCenter founders knew their festival — the first film event of its kind in Oklahoma — could become something great for industry insiders and the public. Over time, deadCenter morphed into an event for the Oklahoma City community and an organization dedicated to yearround efforts in film education. As a nonprofit, deadCenter prides itself on incorporating free events for the general public and giving viewers a better appreciation for independent filmmaking. This year’s diverse schedule features free public panel discussions, children’s activities, art exhibits and screenings. “We want to make sure films are accessible to everyone,” explained Lissa Blaschke, deadCenter executive director. “There are so many film festivals that don’t have a free screening.” In honor of deadCenter Icon award winner Carol Littleton, E.T. the ExtraTerrestrial plays as the free public screening on the great lawn of Myriad Botanical Gardens 9:30 p.m. Friday. Littleton, who is an Oklahoma native, edited the 1982 family film. (Read more about deadCenter at Myriad Gardens on page 44.) The next morning, deadCenter welcomes children and families back to Myriad Botanical Gardens for kidFest, which plays a selection of children’s shortlength films and provides activities on the lawns. deadCenter also incorporates an Animal WelFare event and the Cleats for Kids Summer Kick Off Party at Myriad Botanical Gardens on Saturday. Planned by the Cleats for Kids teen board, the party features sports tournaments, bounce houses and a variety of games for kids ages 10 and up. Participants are encouraged to bring lightly used athletic shoes and equipment to donate to the organization that distributes donations to kids who need it most.

Part of deadCenter’s goal is to entertain film buffs, average moviegoers and those looking to be captivated by art. Through partnerships with Current Studios and Oklahoma Contemporary, deadCenter incorporates exhibits of video art by local and regional artists. “What we’ve never really done is curate art films like you would see in a museum,” McDaniel said. “We receive 1,200 films that we judge, and sometimes we receive art films. If it is a short, it might get in. One-hour-and-a-half films had no chance. This was really something we wanted to branch into. It is a whole different type of film.” deadCenter crowds can view SLICES, an exhibit by Tara Najd Ahmadi, Sarah Hearn, Cole Lu and Liz Rodda, at Current Studio, 1218 N. Pennsylvania Ave., through Saturday. Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom, located at 11th Street and Broadway Drive, hosts In One Ear… Silent Rave 9 p.m. Saturday. The public event features artist David Steele Overholt’s In One Ear…, a kaleidoscope of overlapping video clips broadcast on the showroom windows. Viewers wear headphones to listen to the matching music tracks.

Distinctive flavor

During the five days of events, crowds will visit Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Myriad Botanical Gardens and District House, which is deadCenter’s first satellite venue. The documentary District Up! screens 8 p.m. Friday at District House, located in the Plaza District. (Read more about that movie on page 44.) This year, the deadCenter team predicts festival attendance will tick just above 30,000, which will likely generate an economic impact of $4.25 million for Oklahoma City. The event has experienced great growth in recent years in attendance and in the number of films submitted. The team focuses primarily on selecting the quality of the films deadCenter viewers have come to expect and adding new aspects to the film festival, such as video art exhibits. Regardless of the events added to the schedule, deadCenter will always trace its popularity back to the films it screens, which give viewers a sense of great anticipation and excitement in the weeks leading up to the event. “The films that get in,” McDaniel said, “they impress you when you see them.” Often, deadCenter crowds stand in line and can wait for hours for a film to begin. They hope to see something magnificent, original and deadCenter delivers. That’s why people love deadCenter.

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From left Matt Fong and Lacy Kelly set up a Jenga set during the recent Classen Ten Penn Community Festival at McKinley Park. | Photo Laura Eastes




Recorded growth OKC releases its first Strong Neighborhoods Initiative progress report, which highlights gains in three urban areas. By Laura Eastes

Children raced inside a bounce obstacle course and were cheered on by their peers June 4 at McKinley Park as the Classen Ten Penn Community Festival came to an end. For event organizers at Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association, the cluster of smiling, red-cheeked children served as evidence of a successful event. Their parents and older residents sat comfortably in lawn chairs and listened to live music or discussed the pending public art planned for the urban park and hinted at an effective community gathering. Hundreds attended the annual celebration, which began four years ago as an ice cream social with neighbors gathered around picnic tables, discussing the historic Oklahoma City neighborhood’s needs and potential to rebuild its reputation as a strong middle-class neighborhood. Established in the 1900s along the streetcar lines, Classen Ten Penn stretches from NW 10th to NW 16th streets and from Classen Boulevard to Pennsylvania Avenue. Today, the community is nestled next to the flourishing Plaza District and arts and commercial districts such as the Paseo Arts District, Midtown, Uptown 23rd and downtown that have exploded in growth and popularity over the past decade. “Classen Ten Penn is a great location,” said Matt Fong, a California native who moved to the area three years ago. “We are surrounded by all these great things happening in our city, but we can be our own close-knit community.”

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city leaders pushed for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to neighborhood revitalization. Three years ago, Classen Ten Penn, along with Culbertson’s East Highland and Classen’s North Highland Parked Neighborhood joined the city’s newly created Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI). Through partnerships and federal grants, the city dedicated funding to infrastructure for the three urban communities. New blocks of sidewalks, removal of hazardous trees, new signs, park improvements, afterschool programs and housing rehab and repairs are the new realities of urban communities that suffered from the effects of urban sprawl. However, before those investments began, a group of neighbors devoted to making their communities better committed themselves to the new initiative, said Shannon Entz, the lead planner overseeing the SNI program. “If the neighbors don’t care, it doesn’t matter how hard we work or how many partnerships we have,” Entz said. “If they don’t show up, it is not going to work. All three neighborhoods have embraced the process. … What we see on the ground turns out in the data.” Last week, the city issued SNI’s 20132015 Progress Report, which highlighted impressive progress toward the city’s goal “to holistically improve neighborhoods through physical, social and economic investments that will tip the neighborhoods towards self-sufficiency.” All three neighborhoods’ average household income is below $40,000, which is lower than the national average household income of $51,939, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While work continues in all three neighborhoods, city planners concluded

the program to clean up homes and fix infrastructure builds stronger communities and benefits residents. According to the report, the average home price increased in the three neighborhoods over a four-year period. In Classen’s North Highland Parked, home prices per square foot increased by more than 300 percent. The neighborhood near 13th Street and Lincoln Boulevard now lists an average sale price at $137,194. As home values have risen, the number of reported crimes has fallen in two of the neighborhoods: Classen Ten Penn and Culbertson’s East Highland, located between N. Lottie and N. Martin Luther King avenues. Classen Ten Penn saw a 33 percent decline in crime over the fouryear period. Part of SNI’s appeal to neighborhood associations is their ability to decide how to inject $10,000 into their community. For residents in Classen’s North Highland Parked, the lack of safe places for children to play was troublesome, as the closest park was over a mile away. They pushed for a city park as one of the first big improvement projects. Fremont Harn Gardens, which features benches and a playground, opened this spring. Classen Ten Penn residents recently voted on three mural designs for a public art exhibit on a park building in McKinley Park. Culbertson’s East Highland plans to build a new marquee in front of its neighborhood school, F.D. Moon Elementary. “It has been a learning curve for all of us,” Entz said. “There were some things we tried that work, and there were some things that didn’t work. There were ideas that popped up, which I never would of thought of as a planner.” Federal programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, pay for SNI projects. Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties; Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc.; Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma; Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma City; Rebuilding Together OKC; Positively Paseo; and Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma partner with the SNI program to provide services and programs to neighborhoods.

Neighbor reactions

“It has the perfect name,” explained Liz Stevens, North Highland Parked association secretary. “It is building strong neighbors. It is not only making aesthetic changes, but it forces neighbors to get together and talk about what they want. When you have a $10,000 grant for the neighborhood, people have to sit down and talk about what needs are not being met or what dreams they have.” Stevens became involved in the neighborhood association after attending a meeting. SNI and upcoming projects were discussed at the second meeting she attended. “Of course you always see the potential

for greatness in your neighborhood,” Stevens said. “We are not far from Mesta Park, and we are right across from Heritage Hills East. There is no reason why our neighborhood can’t become that in time.” For Stevens, the change she wanted to see came after the city finished installing 15 blocks of new sidewalks. Neighbors began walking and kids began riding their bikes along the new stretches of pavement. A Classen Ten Penn resident, Fong also became involved in the neighborhood association after attending a meeting. He volunteers regularly for the association and attends community gatherings, including annual Easter egg hunts and Christmas parties. The neighborhood includes 864 residential units. Fong said the association’s role is to advocate for neighbors. In Classen Ten Penn, members must serve the low- and middle-class residents who lived there before revitalization efforts began as well as newer residents. The festival and other events bring everyone together, increasing opportunities to create a community that looks out for its residents. Part of being a good neighbor is sharing the resources coming into the area. “The point is to get people together and let them know about the resources SNI provides,” Fong said. “Maybe they don’t know about the city’s hazardous tree removal service.”

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SNI’s future

Classen’s North Highland Parked is expected to complete the SNI program next year. The two other neighborhoods follow with expected completion dates listed for June 2018. This coming fiscal year, city planners will create the process for determining the next three SNI neighborhoods. Ultimately, SNI requires the support and the approval of the Oklahoma City Council to continue. Based on the calls Entz regularly receives, she knows neighborhoods are interested in SNI. “We want to see people excited about it,” Entz said. “That means if we do bring SNI to their neighborhoods it will be successful.” In Classen’s North Highland Parked, Stevens and her children walk along new sidewalks to the new park, a neighborhood amenity absent just a few years ago. She said there was some resentment from older neighbors when city planners first approached the area about the SNI program. “The city had said they were going to do something and it never came through,” Stevens said. “That was something our neighborhood really struggled with.” Stevens advises the next round of SNI neighborhoods to embrace the program and not be afraid of change. “My hope is that with looking at the statistics of our neighborhood and others,” Stevens said, “they will see this is a program they can trust and get behind.” O kg a z e t t e . c o m | j u n e 8 , 2 0 1 6




Pulling weeds

Oklahoma is a real melting pot when it comes to marijuana. After the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reported a May 13 traffic stop on Interstate 40 that netted them 93 pounds of primo bud, the comments on the Facebook post about it took off in every direction. But Jose Martin Avila of El Paso, Texas, and Joshua Kaftan Hernandez of Santa Gertrudes Socorro, Texas, stayed put after their arrests for allegedly transporting sticky ganja in 83 individually wrapped bundles or, as the deputies put it, suspicion of “one count of trafficking illegal drugs.” Some commenters expressed their admiration for a job well done with replies including, “Great Job!!” from Natasha Broussard, slightly less emphatic “Great job” from Curt Collins and direct “Good job hate drugs” from Beckie Ertel. Others were dismayed, including Kenneth Fletcher, who urged Oklahoma to “legalize it,” while Mark Hanifin said “the feds fund the ‘war on drugs’ from both sides” and that the CIA runs drugs. What a lovely little microcosm of Oklahoma opinions. The real winner was Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, who said, “Our deputies keep a constant watch for people transporting drugs and drug proceeds through the county.” Keep your weed, drug runners! The real money is in nabbing those drug proceeds. By the way, Senate Bill 1189 by Oklahoma Senator Kyle Loveless died in committee this year. It would have put measures into place to tamp down on rampant asset seizure by law enforcement, a problem that has earned Oklahoma a D- grade from Institute for Justice.


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Runaway inmate

If you’ve ever worried about going to jail, don’t. You can walk right out the front door as long as you’re good at blending in and looking human. Ku n t a Kent a Griffith was mistaken for a weekend inmate May 22, when he left the jail with them that Sunday night. There was no need for an elaborate escape through tunnels dug with tools baked in pastries. All he needed was a confident stride. KOKH released part of the arrest warrant after Griffith was captured two days l at er : “ T he weekend inmates along with Griffith were taken to the releasing area of the jail to change clothes. Surveillance video from the releasing area shows Griffith grabbing a bag of clothes and changing into the clothes. Griffith left the facility without being released or bonded out.” After the goof, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office triumphantly released a video of Griffith being escorted back to jail. In it,

the known gang member looked fairly disappointed but contained as he cried out, “Now I’m locked up for good. Now I’m locked up for good, ain’t I?” Well, that is the million-dollar question, Kunta Kenta. The white-haired officer bringing him back did not look amused by Griffith, who has a lengthy rap sheet that includes drugs, weapons and assaults. The weekend inmates Griffith blended in with are typically nonviolent offenders. Reporter Phil Cross wrote about the verbal boxing match that ensued between Sheriff John Whetsel and State Rep. Mike Christian. Christian, who happens to be running against the sheriff, called for Whetsel to resign at a recent capitol press conference. Though Christian said it wasn’t political because it’s a safety issue coming from his position as chair of the House Public

Safety Committee, Whetsel called “bull.” “In his role as chairman of public safety, he has no oversight over this or any other county jail in the state of Oklahoma,” he told The sheriff went on to take full responsibility for the Griffith incident. He also talked about the state budget deficit and how it has been hard to keep DOC employees due to low pay and the nature of the job.

Cattle rustling

In the days of the wild, wild West, there were gunslingers shooting in saloons during games of poker, epic gunfire exploding among rivals in frontier streets and cattle thieves victimizing early settlers. As reported, cattle rustling is a crime that never went away. Col. Jerry Flowers, chief investigator at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, told the TV station about a recent investigation lodged against three men, who are accused of stealing 69 head of Angus cattle from a Tishomingo family. The southern Oklahoma family is out almost $94,000. Officials accused Cody Porter, Jesse Hurd and Robert Rulo of the cattle theft, plus about 200 more felony crimes, including taking stolen property. “These three guys were absolutely on a crime spree and victimizing the agriculture community in Oklahoma,” Flowers

told There are those who think they can dodge the law, but rest assured the Investigative Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry stands ready to investigate livestock theft and pursue formal charges against culprits. The punishment no longer includes the option of a public hanging on a dusty street like in the Old West days, but jail can be almost as dire.

Big eater

The Oklahoma City Thunder was not able to hold off a comeback attempt from a resurgent Golden State Warriors squad, but the team’s unexpected deep run into the NBA Playoffs helped make a star out of center Steven Adams. He scored, defended and rebounded at a level that surprised even longtime Thunder fans. What fueled that high level of play? Apparently a voracious appetite. In a recent New York Times article about Adams’ elevated level of play, teammate Nick Collison marveled at the

New Zealand-born 7-footer’s incredible metabolism. “I think one of the best things about playing in the NBA for him is he’s able to afford really good food,” Collison told the Times. A story by The Wall Street Journal said Adams has become a big fan of halal and Turkish cuisine since Enes Kanter, a Muslim who closely observes his religion’s dietary laws, joined the Thunder last season. The pair even spends some time debating which city has the best halal restaurants. Steven Adams is not the only breakout star from this postseason. His diminutive doppelganger “Little” Steven Adams, a 3-year-old boy sporting a fake mustache, matching arm tattoos and a long ponytail, became a social media sensation for this spot-on imitation. It is unclear whether the real Adams will ever meet his pint-sized double, but when that day happens, we hope they find time to split a milkshake — or two.

Kiss this

Chickasha police recently released dash cam footage that is sure

to rival those popular sporting event Kiss Cam shots. According to, Jimmy Butler, a man wanted for outstanding warrants, was spotted at Paw Paw’s, a local restaurant. When police arrived, he dashed from the diner and tried to hide in a dumpster. After being spotted, Butler exited the bin and ran completely out of his shoes. After cutting across a four-lane street and rounding city blocks, barefoot Butler circled back toward his wife, who worked at the restaurant. According to Assistant Police Chief Shannon McClain, Butler went back in the restaurant to make a final request before being arrested: a kiss from his wife. Facing more charges than before, Butler told his wife, “I love you,” as he was placed in a policeman’s car. He was then booked into the Grady County Jail.

Quote of the week

“Before approving the cuts for the working poor as part of the budget, the lawmakers did manage a 5 percent increase in their own budget for running the statehouse.” The editorial board of The New York Times pointed out lawmakers’ diligence in the May 28 piece “Oklahoma Makes the Poor Poorer.”

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Killing pork?

Senate Bill 1552, or How to Convict a Doctor for any Arbitrary Reason: Being a prolife Christian, I was a little angry with our “conservative” governor for vetoing Senate Bill 1552, touted as an anti-abortion bill. Either no conservatives bothered to read it, or the progressive members decided to fill it full of outrageous proposals, or the governor has a lot of friends who would be sent to prison or fined if she passed the law. She obviously did read the bill or had someone read it for her and told her how utterly ridiculous it is. Don’t take my word for it; read it for yourself. It wouldn’t fit on a ballot anyway. There is not enough space here to show how many irrelevant porky proposals were added to make it unsignable. The questions are:

1) What was the original intent of the bill; what did it really look like? 2) Who was involved in adding the pork? 3) How much money was promised or paid to pork it up? Congratulations, governor, for not signing it, but shame on you for not explaining in detail why. There is no truth in politics or media. Michael Moberly Oklahoma City

Protecting Oklahoma

I am concerned about the impact fracking is having on our state. Oklahoma’s position

on a valuable shale formation has left us vulnerable to natural gas interests, and they are taking full advantage of it, ignoring the costly and dangerous externalities that they are leveling against Oklahomans. Recent increases in the magnitude and frequency of earthquakes go far beyond what is acceptable. Dozens of people have been injured, and hundreds of homes and properties have been damaged. As of now, we are helpless to defend our health and land against the behemoth that is the fossil fuel industry. It has become even more difficult to protect our families and our homes since Gov. Mary Fallin passed a bill that denies towns and coun-





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ties the ability to ban fracking within their localities. Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has previously supported the expansion of fracking, and her State Department was one of the most visible supporters of the expansion of domestic fracking in the United States. In spite of this, we have a chance in this presidential election to make the change necessary to protect our great state. We can come together and support Bernie Sanders, the only candidate that has called for an outright ban on fracking, for president. He is also committed to transitioning industry workers toward new, cleaner jobs so as to ensure that their families are cared for. Sanders has a long-standing commitment to fighting for the environment, achieving a 95 percent lifetime rating on the national environmental scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters. His score is better than any other presidential candidate. Additionally, polls show that he is the only Democratic candidate projected to win against all Republican challengers in November. If we are serious about protecting our state and the people who live here, we need to get serious about electing Bernie Sanders as president. Evan Schleicher Norman

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Beer skies

Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival and Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week combine to showcase the local love of brews. By Greg Elwell

When Nick Trougakos started writing about beer in 2008, hosting a craft beer week or festival in Oklahoma City would have been almost impossible. “We didn’t have enough breweries or beers or bars or even the appetite for cutting-edge beers at the time,” he said. “But things have progressed a lot since then.” The number of state-based breweries quickly multiplied, and with them came a number of craft beer enthusiasts who had grown tired of the same slate of predictable national beers. In 2010, TapWerks Ale House general manager Greg Powell started Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival in the restaurant’s parking lot. Attendance wasn’t bad; about 300 showed up, sampled brews and connected

with other fans. Since then, it has grown exponentially. The sixth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival is spread into three sessions over two days, June 17-18, at Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. Tickets are $40 for Friday or Saturday evening sessions and $50 for the VIP Saturday afternoon session. Each session includes unlimited 1 oz. samples of more than 300 beers from about 80 breweries, with a focus on local brewers. Oklahoma brewers scheduled to attend are Twisted Spike Brewery, Elk Valley Brewing Co., Mustang Brewing Company, Battered Boar Brewing Company, Iron Monk Brewing Company, Nothing’s Left Brewing Company, 405 Brewing Co., Marshall Brewing Company,

Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing, Anthem Brewing Company, Royal Bavaria Brewery, COOP Ale Works, Choc Beer Company, Bricktown Brewery, Belle Isle Brewery, Black Mesa Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales and Roughtail Brewing Company. Designated driver tickets are $15 and include free nonalcoholic sodas and snacks. For those drinking, there will be food trucks at each session, but food prices aren’t included in the festival ticket price.

Beer backdrop

Breaking the festival into three sessions means beer lovers spend less time in line and more time tasting brews and talking to representatives from state, national and international breweries. The event moved to Cox Convention Center last year because of an inclement weather threat, but Trougakos said it ended up enhancing the festival’s feel. “It felt like a real-deal beer convention, like you might travel to attend,” he said. Powell chose to keep the festival at Cox and go for an even bigger room, responding to last year’s sellout crowds.

However, the festival is far from the only craft beer event in town. Trougakos organized the third annual Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week, which celebrates the city’s many bars and home and professional brewers. It runs Saturday through June 19. Much to his chagrin, Tulsa beat Oklahoma City to the punch on a craft beer week four years ago. “The landscape here has changed,” he said. “I wondered why we were behind the game. We’re not going to get left behind with a thriving craft beer scene here.” There were plenty of craft beer events, Trougakos said, but it was a matter of getting everyone on the same page in the same week. Every brewery he asked wanted to participate. This year, he transforms from a beer lover to a beer-loving brewer — kind of. Trougakos worked with Roughtail on a collaboration brew that will only be sold 6 p.m. Monday at the brewery’s taphouse, 1279 N. Air Depot Blvd. A double black India pale ale, or IPA, at a hearty 7.5 percent alcohol by weight, the brew is dark as night and was aged on raspberries and three kinds of peppers for a unique, spicy, fruity flavor. This is also the first year Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week features a kickoff event. It’s 2 p.m. Saturday and is put on by League of Oklahomans for Change in Alcohol Laws (LOCAL), Hillbilly’s and S&B’s Burger Joint’s 20 NW Ninth St. location. The party closes down the street and includes a cookout and bean bag toss games. “TapWerks is having an event every night that week, and Oak & Ore is, too,” Trougakos said. “When you look at the way it’s being embraced in different districts, you can tell people understand what this week is about.” The proliferation of breweries, including Anthem, COOP, Roughtail, Prairie, Marshall and more being planned and built, makes it clear Oklahoma already gets it when it comes to craft beer. Learn more at Find a Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week schedule at okccraftbeerweek.

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Fight hunger

Knock out childhood hunger (and your own) as Oklahoma City Restaurant Week raises funds for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. By Greg Elwell

Depending on when you’re reading this, Oklahoma City Restaurant Week is almost over, so you’ve probably eaten six or seven or 18 prix fixe menus all across the city by now. Right? No? Well, what’s the holdup? It’s not too late. Oklahoma City Restaurant Week runs through Sunday. (Learn more about participating restaurants and see prix fixe menus at It can’t be the prices. The best restaurants in the city are producing meals designed to make trying something new accessible and affordable. And it can’t be the selection, not when eateries like Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, 132 W. Main St., in Norman; Patrono, 305 N. Walker Ave.; and Off the Hook Seafood & More, 125 W. Britton Road, are serving a variety of delights for every palate. It shouldn’t be location, either. That’s part of the reason Oklahoma Gazette transformed Downtown Restaurant Week into a citywide (and beyond) affair. “Oklahoma City’s downtown is vital to our future as a community, but we are so much more than that,” said Oklahoma Gazette publisher Bill Bleakley. “That’s why we chose to expand Restaurant Week to include all of Oklahoma City and Edmond and Norman, too. Oklahoma City Restaurant Week is a time for all of us to explore our city and get to know some of the wonderful flavors and personalities that make its culinary scene so unique and vibrant.” Best of all, some of the money from each meal — $1 from each prix fixe lunch and $2 from each prix fixe dinner sold — goes to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBO), which provides enough food to feed 116,000 Oklahomans each week. 20

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“No child should go to bed hungry, yet 1 in 4 children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food,” said food bank executive director and founder Rodney Bivens. “We want to thank Oklahoma Gazette, readers and participating restaurants for joining us in fighting childhood hunger in the state. Every $200 raised through Oklahoma City Restaurant Week will feed a child struggling with hunger for an entire school year.” So if it isn’t any of those reasons, maybe the whole concept just seems confusing. Let’s make it easier for everyone. First things first, check the OKC Restaurant Week insert from last week’s Gazette, or go to to check out participating venues. There are menus and prices for each eatery. Next, call to see if the restaurants take reservations while you’re at it. Saving a spot might make the difference between being seated immediately or having to wait for an open table. When you do sit down or order at the counter at spots including Sauced on Paseo, 2912 Paseo St., and Ingrid’s Kitchen, 3701 N. Youngs Blvd., be sure to ask for the OKC Restaurant Week prix fixe menu to ensure you get all the options and a portion of your meal price supports RFBO. Eat, drink, be merry, and don’t forget to tip! At the end of the week, participating restaurants will cut a check to the food bank and put your money to work a second time with experts who can turn a $1 donation into five meals, keep children fed during weekends and summers and help seniors and families through a rough patch.

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Meaty matters

From steak and ham to — yes — tongue, Carnitas Michoacan brings taqueria flavor to Edmond.

By Greg Elwell

The tongue looked like tongue. I have no great love for bizarre foods, per se. Weird for the sake of weird does nothing for me, but spend a little time eating in this city and you’re sure to run across a few ingredients you haven’t tried before. Some of them will not make your list of new favorites. But some of them might be like the lengua tacos at Carnitas Michoacan, 306 W. Edmond Road.

might find those bonds tested if you both decide you want the last bite of the juicy pork carnitas. Good news, though: You can simply go to the counter and order another few of whatever you like. Or get new friends with worse taste, I guess. The azada (steak, more commonly spelled asada locally) is delightful in taco form, with diced onions and cilantro sprinkled on top.

Hearty variety

Flavor, savor

What would it take for me to put you in a burrito today? A burrito regular ($4.65) masks hidden depths within its soft flour tortilla shell. I thought the azada mixed perfectly with a base of rice and beans, creating an ultra-filling savory treat in an appealingly petite package. For more heat, pick the milaneza (or milanesa, a breaded and fried cut of beef). Carnitas Michoacan The spice surprised me, but 306 W. Edmond Road not in a bad way. Wrapped up 405-341-0356 in a taco, the beef has a nice What works: Almost all the meats are crunch from the breading flavorful and cooked perfectly for tacos. followed by a building warmth that will engage your salivary What needs work: The chicken is bland glands. and forgettable. The pollo (chicken) never really did it for me. Tip: If you like menudo — an acquired taste — you can get it on the weekends. It’s difficult to make an impression with so many strong flavors in the other You don’t need to eat lengua if the dishes. If you’re looking for safe, get the thought of trying cow tongue bothers you. chicken. If you’re looking for flavor, check But it’s still just muscle, like steak or roast out the torta de jamon ($4.65). beef or hamburger. And it’s so tender, it’s Oh, look at that jamon (ham), speckled nearly criminal. brown and orange where it sizzled on the At $1.25 each, these tacos are a steal. griddle. I recommend getting an assortment That’s fat — glorious, succulent fat. and sharing with friends, though you The torta (sandwich) is not a particularly Yes, the diced tongue inside the tiny corn tortillas looks like diced tongue. It’s good when foods look like the things they are. And once the cognitive dissonance fades and you remember that some of your favorite dishes come from cow tails or the fattiest parts of chickens, you take a bite and you understand.


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stable conveyance for all this flavor. Other versions on the menu will melt in your hands as that bread soaks up moisture. Is the same true for the torta de jamon? No one knows because nobody takes very long to eat the whole thing. Shrimp are important in Mexican cooking, and Carnitas Michoacan has them sprinkled all over the menu. There’s the tostada de camaron ($4.50), which is like a shrimp ceviche served on a fried-flat corn tortilla. It is simple. It is straightforward. It is heavenly. The crisp tortilla and the slightly chewy diced shrimp make an enticing dichotomy of textures while the lime juice and pico de gallo give the entire

dish a zing of flavor. But perhaps you’re looking for something hot. Fajitas de camaron ($10) are just shrimp fajitas. And I say “just” because they’re not complicated. They’re exactly what you expect, and that is exactly what I want. Perfectly cooked shrimp with onions and peppers that have melted into a sweet, sultry tangle of colors — there’s almost nothing better. A taqueria so far north is a treat, and judging from the steady line of customers coming in and out, it’s one the people of Edmond know they’re lucky to have.



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Cigar central

Smoklahoma aims to give regional aficionados a place to stoke their passions. By Greg Elwell | Photo Garett Fisbeck

“Smoke ’em if you got ’em,” goes the old enthusiasts from Arkansas, Kansas and saying. If you don’t got ’em, you’ll likely Texas. find ’em June 18 at Smoklahoma. Dylan Morgan, an event organizer and Occasional leaves the store manager at local smoking chain “It’s going to be the first event of its kind ZT Cigars, said Smoklahoma is the first at The Criterion,” Morgan said. “We’re event of its kind in Oklahoma City. bringing in smoke eaters, so rain or shine, “We’re just trying to meet a need that it’s going to happen. We’re using ventilahas been lacking for a while,” he said. tors to move the smoke around and get it “There’s never been a ‘cigar festival,’ so out.” to speak, in Oklahoma.” Getting people in is less of a problem. Morgan said the “brothers and sisters of Though he’s always interested in the leaf” come from every walk of life. winning new converts to the world of cigars, Smoklahoma’s price tag aims the “We have guys anywhere from mortievent more at those who already enjoy cians, people who work for the city, busipuffing on a stogie. ness owners, attorneys, pastors, cardiThe cigar-centric party takes over The ologists,” Morgan said. “They all come Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan Ave., 6:30-10 together to enjoy a good cigar, good conp.m. June 18. General versation and good admission tickets are people.” At ZT Cigars, Morgan $150, and VIP tickets are Smoklahoma has become accustomed $250. to people coming in who W hy so much? 6:30-10:30 p.m. June 18 Morgan said it’s because want to learn more about The Criterion cigar smokers get a lot cigars. Much like wine, 500 E. Sheridan Ave. back. coffee and beer, cigars “When you walk in come in so many variet405-840-5500 the door, you’re given ies that it’s really up to $150-$250 about $300 worth of the customer to decide cigars, so it’s a great what they’re looking for. value,” he said. “People with a VIP ticket “The first question I always ask is, ‘What’s the occasion?’” Morgan said. get a traveling humidor, so it’s all roughly valued at $400.” “Once you figure out why they come in, The event isn’t just about cigars, you can get into flavors: mild, medium or though that’s definitely the main draw. something a little stronger. There is an Ned’s Catering makes the food, and abundance of cigars right there in the there’s craft beer and liquor. VIP guests middle.” can even enjoy premium scotch. Those looking to buy also will find Still, the cigar community is small plenty at Smoklahoma. enough regionally that Smoklahoma only “There will be a lot of 10-count box makes 500 tickets available. sales instead of the standard 20, to be “It’s a really great event for people to more appealing to the consumer who come together and smoke cigars with wants to try something new,” he said. “It’s like-minded people,” Morgan said. all designed to get more cigars into people’s hands.” Organizers also hope to draw cigar 24

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Nocturnal market

Brian Gi wants OKC Night Bazaar to connect the community and young creatives. By Greg Elwell | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Brian Gi left the state after Oklahoma City’s diverse OKC Night graduating from the cultures. Bazaar University of Oklahoma. He “I want to elevate the created a new, local street food event scene,” he said. 6 p.m.-midnight June 18 festival to keep others from Part of that plan is to OKC Farmers Market doing the same. feature cuisines largely unDistrict The first OKC Night derrepresented at the city’s 311 S. Klein Ave. Bazaar is 6 p.m.-midnight street festivals: Filipino June 18 in OKC Farmers eggrolls, Asian street tacos, Free Market district, 311 S. Klein possibly a roast pig. Ave. It draws upon Gi’s Thai “What I’m looking for is heritage and a similar event he helped plan a lot of open-flame cooking,” Gi said. during his nine years in California. Spectacle is a big part of Taiwanese “Four years ago, we got jump-started on night markets, and Gi hopes to feed the 626 Night Market,” he said of a popular Oklahomans’ curiosity as well as their apLos Angeles event he co-founded. petites. “Ethnically, I’m Taiwanese. Night markets are a staple of the culture.” Social food Rather than just food trucks, this event The event keeps elements of street food, focuses on pop-up restaurants in tents including prices that make it possible for guests to try multiple dishes. serving a panoply of Asian, South American and comfort food cuisine reflecting Chef Alex Chin brings a wealth of Asian

OKC Night Bazaar founder Brian Gi is launches a Thai-style night market in OKC Farmers Market District June 18. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

influences to his cooking, including a stint at Momofuku in New York City and his current gig at head chef at NoMo SoHo. He and his wife host a booth featuring porkfilled and dessert lumpia, an eggroll popular in the Philippines and Indonesia. C² Catering presents an interactive and entertaining chef-staffed ceviche station, and El Fogon De Edgar — a local Colombian restaurant — serves chorizo and shredded beef arepas. Thai House II serves grilled pork, mango rice and sausage poppers, and Gia Gia Vietnamese Family Restaurant cooks up a variety of Vietnamese delights. Food trucks That Pie Truck, Taco the World, Midway Deli, A Latte Love Coffee House and Bacon N’ Cakin’ also will participate.

OKC Night Bazaar closes SW Second Street between Klein and Ellison avenues for more than six hours, taking over parts of the Farmers Market district and incorporating Power House and Urban Agrarian. Though food is a throughline, Gi said there also is shopping, music, art and dancing. “We want people to meet the community, eat and have a good time,” he said. What Oklahoma City needs are more ways to keep young creatives of every culture in the state. Gi traveled around the world, looking for “more to do” and returned to Oklahoma. “If we don’t provide an outlet, we’re going to lose a lot of talent,” he said.

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EAT & DRINK brief s By Greg Elwell

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•Dead hungry

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•Sample sized

Both locations of fancy food finders Gourmet Gallery, 1532 S. Boulevard in Edmond and 2820 NW 122nd Street in Oklahoma City, host tasting events 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18 featuring Terrapin Ridge Farms foods from Clearwater, Florida. CEO Mary O’Donnell and her team will share samples of gourmet condiments, meal starters, dressings and dessert sauces. At the same time, the stores will host a grilling demonstration on a grill provided by American Propane. Call 405-715-3663 or 405-751-7700 for more information.

Healthy shopping

Eating right and helping others aren’t mutually exclusive. Produce for Kids and Homeland grocery stores are working together to donate to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBO). Through June 30, when shoppers buy Green Giant Fresh, Delano Farms table grapes, Victory Garden grape tomatoes, Hass avocados and Vidalia onions, produce sponsors will donate a portion of the proceeds to RFBO. Last year, the campaign raised more $19,000, sending food-filled backpacks home with 96 Oklahoma kids for a year. Find recipes at

Maine Event

The state might be landlocked, but Oklahomans can taste the East Coast at The Maine Event 7 p.m. Friday at Dunlap Codding, 609 W. Sheridan Ave., on Film Row. The fundraiser benefiting Wilson Arts


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Integration Elementary School features fresh lobster brought direct from Maine to the Sooner State. Tickets are $150 or $250 per couple and include whole Maine lobsters, corn and potatoes. Dessert is wild Maine blueberry cobbler. Other Maine delights include Sea Dog Brewing Company and Shipyard Brewing Company beers from Portland, Maine, and cocktails made with Cold River Blueberry Flavored Vodka from Freeport, Maine. “Marc Brockhaus and I will personally fly to Maine to meet with the lobster fisherman ahead of this event,” said co-organizer Mark Mann. Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School is dedicated to fostering learning through the arts and teaching its students to think creatively, solve problems and be responsible citizens. Tickets are available by calling 405-7067484 or emailing

Viewers will get an eyeful at deadCenter Film Festival this week, but it’s the filmmakers who will get a mouthful. Friday and Saturday morning, budding movie tycoons can fill their stomachs with coffee and doughnuts at deadCenter Runs on Dunkin’ Filmmaker Breakfast. The event is 9:30-11:30 a.m. both days. Friday’s breakfast is at The Clark Building, 16 NE Second St., and Saturday’s is at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. Any artists who partied too hard to get up in time for doughnuts can meet up at Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at ACM@UCO with cold beer and Knucks Wheelhouse pizza. This event is for those with filmmaker passes.

•Brain freeze

Twenty-five years never tasted so sweet. Dessert lovers will descend on Tuttle for the 25th annual Tuttle Ice Cream Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores’ dairy farm is located in the city, and once a year, the community comes together to celebrate.

This year’s festival includes some of Braum’s new and old flavors, including Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. “This event is a great partnership between the City of Tuttle and Braum’s that began over two decades ago,” said CEO and president Drew Braum in a press release. The festival packs in rides, games and live music as well as a parade that starts at noon. There will also be a classic car show, a little league baseball tournament and a homemade ice cream-making contest. The parade begins at noon and runs from SE Fourth to SW Fourth streets on Main Street in Tuttle. Learn more at or by calling the City of Tuttle at 405-381-3775.

Father’s Day

There are plenty of events during OKC Craft Beer Week, but Oak & Ore caps it off with Founders Father’s Day Recovery Brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19. Featuring new menu items from chef Eric Adams and free bacon for dads, the brunch is also a chance to drink a few classic breakfast brews from Founders Brewing. “For our food menu, we take inspiration from the great beer that we serve,” Adams said. “What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with beer, bacon and breakfast for Dad?” Oak & Ore is located at 1732 NW 16th St.

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Zoobilation raises funds to improve the picnic area of The Oklahoma City Zoo. By Christine Eddington

New attitude

Zoobilation 7-10 p.m. June 16 The Oklahoma City Zoo 2000 Remington Place 405-425-0618 $100 21+

This is the final year of Oklahoma Zoological Society’s annual Zoobilation gala and fundraiser. Now in its 23rd year, the event features dishes from 17 metro restaurants along with specialty cocktails, a sea lion show and photo opportunities and the chance to interact with the denizens of Stingray Bay without a crowd. “The event takes place throughout the Children’s Zoo and Canopy Restaurant,” said Brianne Hinojosa, Oklahoma Zoological Society’s marketing and special events manager. “It’s similar to a Taste of Oklahoma City. We don’t know what the restaurants’ menus will be, but they will bring their best dishes,” Hinojosa said. “Last year, we had 550 people attend.” Oklahoma Zoological Society, also known as ZOOfriends, is a nonprofit that promotes and supports the zoo’s fourpr on ge d m i s sion : e duc at ion , conservation, zoological research and recreation.

While Zoobilation has served its purpose and was innovative in its day, ZOOfriends decided to revamp its events to more directly align with the theme of conservation. “Right now, we do four annual events that are more behind-the-scenes and conservation-focused. We have also had feedback over the years that we might want to rethink having an event in the middle of June, when it’s so hot,” Hinojosa said. “So we will be looking at having our new event earlier in the spring, when the weather is better. It’s time to let this one go.” While there are no special closing ceremonies planned, Zoobilation will not necessarily go quietly. Urban Addiction will perform a variety of dance party hits and classics from the ’70s and ’80s. Urban Addiction guitarist Chris Hicks has toured with Reba McIntire, Restless Heart and Sara Evans.

Zoo improvements

Hinojosa said ZOOfriends hopes Zoobilation raises around $200,000, which will be used to spruce up the zoo’s existing picnic area. Thanks to Zoobilation’s swan song, the picnic area, which has served thousands of children on field trips, will be fitted with new decks, picnic tables and gardens featuring native Oklahoma trees and flowers. Zoobilation guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased by June 15 by visiting or calling 405-425-0618.

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eat & DRINK

Haute-el cuisine

Staying at a hotel is kind of a big deal. Unless you travel all the time for work, sleeping in a luxury bed with super-soft sheets and a staff of nice people who clean up after you is a real treat. But don’t snooze away your entire stay — plenty of Oklahoma City’s nicest hotels also feature some of the city’s best places to eat and drink. Best of all, if you overindulge, your bed is just an elevator ride away. By Greg Elwell Photos Garett Fisbeck

1889 Land Run Café and Aria Lounge at Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

1 N. Broadway Ave. | 405-235-2780 Staying at the Bricktown Sheraton means there are two restaurants in close proximity. During the day, 1889 Land Run Café serves up a classic breakfast, and at lunch, there are gourmet burgers and express options for travelers on the go. At night, action shifts to Aria Lounge, where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and a big New York strip steak or herb and potato-crusted salmon.

Bombay Club

at Biltmore Hotel Oklahoma

401 S. Meridian Ave. | 405-947-7681 Grab an old-school cocktail in an oldschool bar at the Biltmore Hotel’s longlived Bombay Club. Don’t worry about getting all dolled up unless you want to. Bombay is a club with a historic feel, but the atmosphere is definitely relaxed. But be sure to eat before you get there; the club used to serve the lunch and dinner menu from the hotel’s Brandywine Room restaurant, but it’s now only open for breakfast.

Ember Modern American Tavern

at Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel

6300 Waterford Blvd. | 405-858-2490 If you’ve got a burning hunger, then Ember Modern American Tavern in the Waterford will fuel the fire with menus that delight the senses. Prohibition Brunch on Sundays features brunch cocktails and delicacies including shrimp and smoked tomato grits. Or stick around at night and you’ll be treated to even more options.

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The patio game has changed, and Flint, the house restaurant of Colcord Hotel downtown, took full advantage of the public’s voracious appetite for al fresco dining. Immaculately appointed, Flint has an upper crust appeal with dishes that comfort and excite. Spicy pork rinds or the cheese and charcuterie plate? Charred cauliflower steak or roasted riesling chicken? You might have to go back to Flint a few times to decide.

at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

Thank goodness they built the Skirvin Hotel on Park Avenue. The food in the hotel’s delightful restaurant, Park Avenue Grill, likely wouldn’t have changed, but it’s hard to imagine being as excited about eating the short rib chopstick with harissa honey or the edamame falafel if the restaurant had been named Shields Boulevard Grill. As it is, Park Avenue Grill has the perfect name and address. You can decide for yourself if the Scottish salmon is also perfect.

W XYZ Restaurant and Bar

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Formerly one of Oklahoma City’s best-kept secrets, Viceroy Grille is now one of Oklahoma City’s least-kept secrets. Too many people know that you can find a spot-on steak tartare, oysters Rockefeller and short rib sauerbraten on the first floor of the Ambassador Hotel. Too many people know that the prime flank steak stroganoff is a dream on your taste buds. So be quiet! Hush up! It’s already hard enough getting a table.

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In the paint Plaza Walls gives local artists the opportunity to showcase their art as murals in the Plaza District. By Erick Perry

Oklahoma City is already home to a variety of murals, but two local artists are redefining the process in which the art is brought to the streets. Kris Kanaly and Dylan Bradway are the co-creators and curators of a mural rotation project in the Plaza District. Plaza Walls is an ongoing event in the district located along NW 16th Street. An alleyway hosts a collection of smaller murals, while a wall along Indiana Avenue boasts the largest, allowing for a 600-foot mural. Coinciding with LIVE! on the Plaza, the Plaza Walls exhibit features a new artist every second Friday of the month.

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Kanaly and Bradway differ from the city’s other muralists in how they not only take part in painting on the walls, but also curate the walls as an exhibit. The two artists oversee and tend to the alleyway as if it were a gallery. Previously, artists would have to wait weeks, if not months, to get the proper permits from the city to legally display their art on walls like these, but this wasn’t an option for Kanaly and Bradway. They needed the process to be quicker and allow artists that were visiting or had time constraints to have a place to paint. They needed to have the ability to choose artists and regulate the exhibition spaces themselves, rather than having every artist go through the lengthy process with the city. So they drew up a plan to present to the Oklahoma City Planning Department’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. “Being mural artists as well, they both possess vast knowledge about the subject matter of urban street art murals, the artists who typically carry out murals, appropriate materials and equipment

Kris Kanaly, co-curator of the Plaza Walls program, also is a project muralist. | Photo Erick Perry

[and] types of styles,” said Robbie Kienzle, liaison for the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. “They had conducted a great deal of research to develop a curatorial plan that they wanted to execute at this site. It’s their credentials as curatorial experts and the well-developed plan for an outdoor exhibition that made this different than a site-specific mural project.”

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love to share on social networks. Kanaly said he would love to see “an Integris or OU Medical Center” give back to their communities by sponsoring local artists. To stay up to date with what’s coming to the walls, follow @plazawalls and hashtag #plazawalls on Instagram.

Community art

Oklahoma City requires that all murals be reviewed by the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and receive permit approval from the city’s Development Services Department, regardless of whether the work is on public or private property. “When the certificates of approval and permits expire, the project will be evaluated to ensure that the plan was followed,” Kienzle said. “The midyear report by [Kanaly and Bradway] to the Arts Commission showed that the [Plaza Walls] project had exceeded expectations.” However, the monthly murals are not the only things to experience at Plaza Walls. In celebration of the project’s anniversary, the curators are planning a mural festival for September. They plan to have around 20 muralists and graffiti artists simultaneously reinventing Plaza Walls in front of the event’s guests. Live bands, merchant booths and more also will be a part of the festivities. The Plaza Walls experience is currently sponsored by Mason Realty Investors and HIS Paint; they provide the alley space and part of the supplies needed for the murals. The curators are hoping to gain additional sponsors. Kanaly believes the murals add a sense of pride to the community and serve as great promotional tools for local businesses. “I love to see people taking selfies or taking senior pictures or pictures with their families in front of our murals,” he said. “They take those pictures and share them with everyone, and it just helps spread the word.” Kanaly thinks this might be something Cassie Stover created a Will Rogers mural for Plaza Walls. | Photo Erick Perry


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16th Annual deadCenter Film Festival The 16th annual deadCenter Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with multiple Opening Night screenings at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Harkins Theaters: Sundance favorite Hunt for the Wilderpeople, blues documentary Two Trains Runnin’, Oklahoma sci-fi adventure Electric Nostalgia and two outstanding short film programs. “This was our most competitive year ever,” according to Director of Programming Kim Haywood.” Our judges chose from over 1,200 films that submitted from around the world and all over Oklahoma, including several

festival favorites from Sundance and SXSW.” One hundred and six films were chosen to screen at deadCenter this week through Sunday. From hilarious comedies and thoughtful dramas to intense documentaries and mind-blowing shorts, deadCenter has scheduled films from every possible genre to please every type of audience. deadCenter will screen films on six screens at Harkins Theater in Bricktown, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn. This year’s free outdoor films include a Flashback Friday screening

of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on June 10 and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story on June 11, followed by an outdoor dance party. There are two ways to enjoy the festival: an All Access Pass for $150 or individual movie tickets for $10 each. The All Access Pass allows priority admission to all films and free access to all passholder parties and special events. deadCenter’s legendary parties are only open to passholders, so if you want the full festival adventure, buy an All Access Pass. All Access Passes are available at IAO

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Gallery on Film Row beginning today and throughout the weekend. Individual movie tickets are sold at each venue after all passholders have been seated. Start planning your deadCenter experience with the schedule and highlights on the following pages. For a full list of films, please visit

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knock-out narratives

Black Mountain Poets

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The Land

The Master Cleanse

Director: Jamie Adams/90 min • FRI: 9:00PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins • SAT: 5:00PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins

Director: Taika Waititi/101 min • THU: 6:00PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art • SAT: 8:00PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Director: Steven Caple Jr./102 min • FRI: 8:00PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art • SUN: 9:15PM Inasmuch Theater at Harkins

Director: Bobby Miller/81 min • SAT: 8:15PM Inasmuch Theater at Harkins • SUN: 8:45PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins

Super hunky Tom Cullen from Downton Abbey stars as the love interest for nearly everyone in this hilarious, improvised British comedy. But the real stars are Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells, who play professional con artist sisters who assume the identity of internationally renowned poets The Wilding Sisters after stealing their car while on the run from the cops. Competing for a large cash prize at a Poet’s Poetry Society retreat, the sisters are forced to confront not only their relationship but also their place in the world.

Hunt for the WIlderpeople is a hilarious comedy that drew universal praise at Sundance and opened to record-breaking crowds in New Zealand, where it was produced. The film stars legendary kiwi actor Sam Neill as a grouchy bushman and newcomer Julian Dennison as a feisty foster kid forced to forge an alliance to survive the New Zealand wilderness. Director Taika Waititi is well known for his deft comic work on What We Do in the Shadows and has been tapped by Marvel to direct the next Thor movie.

The Land is a searing drama that debuted at Sundance about teenage skateboarders that discover a bag of pills in the back of a stolen car and decide to sell them to pay for their skateboarding competitions. The film stars singer Erykah Badu, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Moore High School graduate Blake Pickens. More than a crime drama, The Land is a beautifully rendered story about friendship, values, and coming of age on the streets of Cleveland.

The Master Cleanse is a humorous, weird, and soulful fantasy that examines how we deal with the things that weigh us down in life, ultimately asking the all-important question: Given the opportunity to literally face your demons, what would you do? The Master Cleanse is the feature film debut from writer/director Bobby Miller and stars Emmy nominee Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) alongside Oscar winner Anjelica Houston (Prizzi’s Honor) and Emmy nominee Oliver Platt (The West Wing).

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Electric Nostalgia

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Director: Dennis Spielman/62 min • FRI: 8:00PM The District House in the Plaza District

Director: Jacob Leighton Burns/91 min • THURS: 9:45PM MidFirst Bank Theater at Harkins • SAT: 2:15PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins

Director: Blair Hayes/88 min • FRI: 8:45PM E.L. Gaylord Theater at Harkins • SUN: 6:30PM Inasmuch Theater at Harkins

Director: Maura Anderson/96 min • SAT: 5:30PM Inasmuch Theater at Harkins • SUN: 3:45PM Inasmuch Theater at Harkins

Electric Nostalgia is a science fiction drama shot in gorgeous black-and-white about a young woman haunted by visions of a faceless man after she is awakened from the dead in a body that is not her own. Electric Nostalgia is the feature film debut from writer/director/cinematographer Jacob Burns, who produced the film with long-time collaborators and fellow Oklahoma City University graduates Vinnie Hogan and Zach Burns, his partners on the webs series Talkies.

Great Plains is a dramatic thriller about a mother and son running from a violent, abusive step dad. Great Plains is directed by Blair Hayes and co-written and produced by Putnam City North graduate Kristofer McNeeley, a successful actor and a Senior Manager and Executive Producer for MarVista Entertainment. The film stars Tara Buck (True Blood), Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men) and newcomer Spencer Mabrey.

Heartland is a wonderfully tense family drama about an Oklahoma artist who lands back in her mother’s stifling household after her girlfriend dies but finds temporary escape in a reckless weekend affair with her brother’s girlfriend. The film is directed by Maura Anderson and co-written and produced by Oklahoma native Velinda Godfrey, who also plays the lead role. The film also stars Laura Spencer, an Oklahoma actress who now stars on The Big Bang Theory, and Beth Grant, who started her career on Rain Man here in Oklahoma.

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The Plaza District, Film Row, Paseo, Western Avenue and H&8th. Each of these Oklahoma City districts might have a unique history and aesthetic, but they also have something in common: over the past few years, they all have experienced a revival with the creation of regular events that bring businesses, neighbors and “outsiders” together. This documentary feature shares stories and advice on district revitalization throughout Oklahoma City from the people who helped create positive change in their communities and want to inspire others to do the same.

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all-access passes

All-Access Passes are only $150. Passes may be purchased at our registration lounge at IAO Gallery, 706 West Sheridan Ave, noon to 6:00Pm, through Saturday, June 11.

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Oklahoma City’s first and longest-running readers’ poll, the Best of OKC, is back for its 32nd year! We need your input in telling us the best our city offers, so nominate your favorites right here, at, via Facebook or on our Best of oKC app until june 22.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack/114 min • FRI: 5:30PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art • SUN: 12:30PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first documentary about the iconic writer, poet, performer and activist who overcame racism and devastating abuse to become one of our culture’s greatest voices. Rare footage and photos unveil an intimate and often unknown view of her public and personal life with the power of her own words. Interviews with artists like Alfre Woodward and Common and luminaries like President Bill Clinton offer insight into the legacy she leaves behind.


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Unlocking the Cage

Director: Keith Maitland/93 min • SAT: 5:30PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art • SUN: 6:00PM Adventure Road Theater at Harkins

Director: Sam Pollard/79 min • THURS: 8:30PM Oklahoma City Museum of Art • SAT: 4:45PM MidFirst Bank Theater at Harkins

Director: Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker/91 min • SAT: 2:00PM MidFirst Bank Theater at Harkins • SUN: 12:15PM MidFirst Bank Theater at Harkins

On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, Tower reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. Tower won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.

Two Trains Runnin’ is an electrifying look at how a quest to rescue blues performers and preserve their music crashed head-on with the violent race riots in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. The film revisits an important moment when America’s cultural and political institutions were dramatically transformed. And it tells the remarkable story of how avid blues fans were able to save the music of their heroes. It includes interviews with Lucinda Williams, Common, Buddy Guy and Gary Clark Jr.

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project, are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. deadCenter is hosting an Animal WelFair at Myriad Gardens on Saturday morning in support of the film.

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Bunee: The Boy From Constanta

A Kings Betrayal

The Superlative Light

Yes, We’re Open

Director: Bunee Tomlinson/15 min Game Changers Shorts • SAT: 1:45PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins • 9:00PM Morningstar Theater at Harkins

Director: David A Bornstein/8 min Comedy Shorts • THURS: 6:30PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins • SAT: 4:30PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins

Director: Ben Steinbauer/13 min Okie Shorts • FRI: 6:00PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins • SUN: 5:30PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins

Director: Yousef Kazemi/14 min The Ties That Bind Shorts • SAT: 2:30PM Morningstar Theater at Harkins • SUN: 12:00PM E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Theater at Harkins

Bunee: The Boy from Constanta is an autobiographical short documentary from Edmond High School graduate Bunee Tomlinson about growing up in the dreadful Romanian orphanage system before being adopted by an Oklahoma couple and discovering that filmmaking could be the engine for his personal growth. This film was selected to screen at the 2016 American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes Film Festival. Bunee has screened several shorts at deadCenter, including Safe (2009), Friends (2012) and Hana (2014).

A King’s Betrayal is a beautifully animated, hilarious tale about the final 24 hours in the life of a Pinata, as told from the Pinata’s perspective.

The Superlative Light is a documentary from Edmond native Ben Steinbauer about a homeless photographer who becomes a UT professor of photography. The film is stunning, offering insights about life on the street and the relativity of time. deadCenter will present the film as part of a four-pronged art installation, showing the 2-D movie in Okie Shorts, then hosting the Virtual Reality component at IAO Gallery on Film Row, along with a making of the VR and a photo exhibit of the photographs from the film.

Yes, We’re Open is a beautiful short drama about the unlikely friendship between a convenience store owner and a shy, young girl. The film marks the directorial debut of Yousef Kazemi, a graduate of OCCC and UCO that has been a part of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office since interning in 2005. Kazemi wrote and directed the film as a tribute to his late father, who was an Iranian immigrant to Oklahoma.

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free screenings

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Please note that the films screened at deadcenter Film Festival are unrated. any films shown after 6Pm. might have mature themes and are not appropriate for those under the age of 18.

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5:30pm - Tower 8:00pm - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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6:30pm Love, Sex & Death Shorts 9:15pm Freak Fest Shorts

11:15Am - Life, Animated 2:00pm - Unlocking the Cage 4:45pm - Two Trains Runnin’ 7:30pm - O, Brother!

12:00pm- 6:00pm Slices Film Art Exhibition

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10:00Am- 12:00pm Slices: A Film as Art panel Discussion 10:00pm- 6:00pm Slices Film Art Exhibition

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11:30Am - An Act of Love 2:15pm - Electric Nostalgia 5:00pm - Black mountain poets

11:45Am - Rebels & Rejects Shorts 2:30pm - The Ties That Binds Shorts 5:15pm - Strange Encounters Shorts 8:00pm Rated “R” for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts

12:30pm maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 3:15pm - An Act of Love 6:00pm - Tower 8:45pm - The master Cleanse 12:45pm - KidsFest Shorts 3:30pm - Not So Short Shorts 6:15pm - Love, Sex and Death Shorts 9:00pm - Game Changer Shorts

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9:00Am-12:00pm - Animal WelFair 10:00Am - kidsFest Shorts in the myriad Gardens Terrace Room 12:00pm-3:00pm Cleats for Kids Teen Kick Off Event 9:00pm-9:30pm - Awards Ceremony 9:30pm - A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story 12:00pm - Command and Control 2:45pm - The Legend of Swee’ pea 5:30pm - Heartland 8:15pm - The master Cleanse

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9:30Am- 11:30Am - Filmmaker Breakfast 9:30Am- 12:30Am Distribution Speed Dating (Filmmaker passes Only) 12:00pm- 2:00pm Filmmaker and press Lunch (Filmmaker and press passes Only) 12:30pm- 1:15pm - OF+mO Filming in Oklahoma panel (Filmmaker and press passes Only) 1:15pm- 2:00pm - Distribution panel (Filmmaker passes Only)

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A larger-than-life tribute to St. Pope John Paul II was constructed in a downtown Norman foundry. By Ben Luschen

He stood like a Goliath outside the Norman foundry, but he was no Philistine. During his lifetime, St. Pope John Paul II was not known as a physically imposing figure, but the 21-foot tall, 7,000-pound bronze statue of the former Roman Catholic Church leader gives the religious leader the immense frame to match his impact on the faithful. “This you can actually call monumental,” said Stephanie Enouen, assistant to the owner at The Crucible LLC, 110 E. Tonhawa St., in Norman, where the piece was constructed. It was transported last month from Norman to Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in the heavily Polish Chicago suburb of Justice, where it was permanently installed. John Paul II served as pope from 1978 until his 2005 death. He was canonized as a saint in 2014. In late 2013, Indiana sculptor Teresa Clark was commissioned by Catholic Cemeteries Archdiocese of Chicago to design the statue of the Poland-born pope. Clark said Catholic cemeteries in Chicago are known for their beauty. Many are home to large and ornate mausoleums. “They’re like museums. They’re full of artwork and such,” she said. “They do have a lot of statuary out, but not a lot that’s this big.” Clark was in Oklahoma for the statue’s recent unveiling at the foundry before it was sent to Chicago. That week was the first time she had seen the completed piece in more than two years of planning and work, though she visited several times to oversee the process. “That was impressive to see it all together,” she said. “I saw it when it was shoulders-down inside, but it still wasn’t totally solidly welded yet.” It is the largest project Clark has taken on. She had it constructed at The Crucible because few other foundries in the country are able or willing to work on monuments this size. A combination of wax shell casting and more intricate sand casting helped create the pieces to be welded together, ultimately forming the mammoth hollow likeness. “We had to leave the head off of this statue while it was inside the shop and

Artist Teresa Clark’s monument to St. Pope John Paul II was constructed at The Crucible LLC in Norman. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

actually had to have the cranes come and take it out of the shop in order to place the head and weld it on top,” Enouen explained. “As you can see, it doesn’t fit through the door.” As John Paul II casts his shadow over the foundry drive, it is easy to forget the project began with Clark’s small, handcrafted clay model. “It’s interesting to me how much trust a sculptor has to have with their foundry because your finished piece, your clay piece, it’s going to get destroyed,” Enouen said. “The process is not friendly to keeping the clay intact.” The Crucible is most known locally for constructing The Guardian monument that rests atop the state’s Capitol dome. That statue is 17 feet tall and required more than 4,000 pounds of bronze to produce. The pope statue is the third largescale monument the business has built in four months. “We’ve got a big setup,” Enouen said. “A lot of foundries are smaller operations, but we’re really not afraid to tackle just about anything.” When larger-than-life monuments aren’t outside to draw in curious onlookers, the building more easily blends in with its downtown Norman backdrop. The Crucible is often contacted by artists from across the world. “We’re actually better known as a foundry outside the state of Oklahoma than we are right here in Norman,” Enouen said. “I get people who walk in and say, ‘I’ve lived in Norman my whole life and didn’t even know you all were here.’” Learn more about The Crucible at Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. MNAM-CCI. Legs du Victomte Guy de Cholet aux Musées nationaux, 1916, 2009. AM 2009-214. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Mandy Patinkin’s Dress Casual show hits OCCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater June 18. | Photo Andrew Eccles / provided

Think serious Mandy Patinkin sings songs of romance and escapism, but his priorities are based in reality. by George Lang

Mandy Patinkin prides himself on conCommittee, a global humanitarian aid stant movement, and his life shifts gears organization helping relocate Syrian as often as the setlist changes for his refugees. He flew to Greece and provided concert series, Dress Casual. When aid to refugees arriving by boat via Turkey Patinkin performs 8 p.m. June 18 with and worked to relocate them to new homes Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre at in Germany. Oklahoma City Community College, the “The human rights work that I did with Homeland star’s entire repertoire will be Syrian refugees, meeting them through up for grabs. the International Rescue “I just did three conCommittee, changed my certs, and I enjoy doing life forever,” sa id Mandy Patinkin: a lot of the material, but Patinkin, who is 63 years Dress Casual I keep readjusting it — old. “I met families that taking this out, taking I was able to help get from 8 p.m. June 18 that out if it goes too Greece to Germany, and Visual and Performing long or needs an energy I met Syrian refugee Arts Center Theater families in Elizabeth, adjustment,” Patinkin Oklahoma City New Jersey, and I’ve said in a recent phone Community College spoken with directors interview. “And I have 7777 S. May Ave. from the International songs that just speak to everything, so I play it Rescue Committee who $50-$200 by ear. And I’m sure that work in, I think, 55 counby the time I get to tries around the world Oklahoma City, I’ll have changed the — all these young people who do this extraordinary work for human beings who setlist 10 times. I’ll probably change it five are literally fighting for their lives.” minutes before the concert, or even during the concert.” Since that experience, Patinkin has Patinkin constantly keeps pianist taken trips to Cambodia to work with Adam Ben-David on his toes with these political refugees in a country still reeling changes, but the singer and actor mainfrom the genocidal atrocities of the 1970s. tains a clear perspective on what it means Patinkin said that the current U.S. poto live dangerously. Last year, Patinkin litical climate in which Republican prevolunteered with International Rescue sumptive nominee Donald Trump’s cam40

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paign centers on deportation and closing borders underlines the importance of a factbased discussion of the refugee crisis. “This is the definition of a true American crime,” Patinkin said of Trump’s campaign. “We are all Americans here because our country opened its arms to our ancestors. My ancestors were fleeing the pogroms in Eastern Europe. Donald Trump wouldn’t be here if our country hadn’t opened its arms to his ancestors. They’re not paying attention to the facts: There hasn’t been a single terrorist incident in America since 9/11 committed by a refugee. This misinformation, this political fearmongering to get your vote, to terrify you is as old as the hills. Education is the only thing that counteracts it.” On Homeland, which returns for its sixth season on Showtime in September, Patinkin plays former CIA head Saul Berenson, and his experience continues to shape his worldview.


If we don’t keep our humanity, there will be nothing left to defend. Mandy Patinkin “Because of it, I’ve pretty much met everyone in the national security system — not only in this country but in other countries,” he said. “I’ve been briefed far more than I ever wanted to be, and I’ve heard more information than I ever needed to hear. And what I’ve learned is how extraordinary our security systems are in America. You must keep your defenses up to the highest degree imaginable — it’s essential for all of us all over the world. But along with that, we must keep our humanity as well. Because if we don’t keep our humanity, there will be nothing left to defend.” While it would seem that Patinkin compartmentalizes his life — a singer of standards, an actor in high-tension drama, Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride and a human rights advocate — he said that these are all threads from the same fabric. When he sings Yip Harburg’s lyrics to “Over the Rainbow,” he hears them differently these days. “The opening words to that song are, ‘When all the world is a hopeless jumble, and the raindrops tumble all around, heaven opens a magic lane. When all the clouds darken up the skyway, there’s a rainbow highway to be found, leading from your window pane to a place behind the sun, just a step beyond the rain, somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby,’” he said as he recited lyrics to the Judy Garland classic. “That’s a song about Syrian refugees. That’s a song about your own family, your own children, your own life, your own troubles. The reason why these songs are classics and are timeless is because they reflect the human condition forever. They’re food for my soul.” O kg a z e t t e . c o m | j u n e 8 , 2 0 1 6


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deadCenter Those new to deadCenter Film sold as general admission. Film Festival don’t need to be emIndividual tickets are availFestival barrassed. With help from our able at the venue 20 minutes event coverage, the deadCenbefore screenings begin. Wednesday-Sunday ter guide and this how-to, General admission is $10. No advance tickets are sold. you’ll be an expert before you See related stories even pick up your pass. Last and the festival year, organizers said, more Step 3: program than 30,000 guests attended Enjoy the film. in this issue. festival screenings and events. If you’re buying general adAs deadCenter’s popularity mission tickets, it’s advisable grows, so does demand for seating. to arrive early. Even with an event pass, it’s advisable to arrive early. deadCenter is the What is deadCenter, largest film festival in the state, and the and why should I go? popularity of its events and screenings is deadCenter Film Festival is an annual film probably one of the biggest reasons. celebration in downtown Oklahoma City. The festival features more than 100 film Tips: screenings from local and international • Attend the panels. Part of the deadCenter experience is interacting with particifilmmakers during its four-day run. The event, which runs Wednesday-Sunday at pating filmmakers. The panel series invenues across the city, is an opportunity to cludes five 45-minute sessions Saturday at interact with many artists and filmmakers the Academy of Contemporary Music at the also attending the festival. University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@ UCO), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. All panels are free and open to the public. Step 1: Check the schedule. • Bring along this issue of the Gazette or Find an event schedule in this issue and at They feature chronodownload a schedule to mobile devices from logical listings and descriptions of films, the deadCenter website to learn more about venues, panels and events. Make note of the films while you’re waiting for screenings times and venues of screenings. to begin. More than 100 independent projects will be shown at this year’s event, inVenues include Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16 at 150 E. Reno Ave., Oklahoma cluding 22 feature-length selections and 84 City Museum of Art at 415 Couch Drive and short films. Twenty-three selections were Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Terrace Room filmed in Oklahoma, and six debuted at at 301 W. Reno Ave. Sundance Film Festival in Utah. (Don’t you feel smarter already?) Step 2: Register • Many of the festival’s most popular films or buy a ticket. are screened again Sunday (June 13) at It’s time to select an attendance option. Harkins, said Lance McDaniel, deadCenter For those planning to see multiple Film Festival artistic director. Check the screenings, the best option might be an allschedule for exact times. • The free outdoor screenings at Myriad access pass. Passholders get priority access to showings, parties, panels and special Gardens Great Lawn are popular options events. Passes are $150 and are valid for those on a slimmer budget. E.T. the Extrathrough the festival. Register via the festiTerrestrial screens 9:30 p.m. Friday. The val website at Film documentary feature A Song for You: The screening entry is first come, first served, Austin City Limits Story screens 9:30 p.m. with priority going to passholders. Saturday and is followed by an outdoor Remaining seats, if available, are then dance party.

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O, Brother! All Spencer Hicks wants to Melissa Scaramucci, pordo is make people laugh. trays the politician’s brother 7:30 p.m. Saturday The beloved local comewho owns a gay bar and and 8:30 p.m. dian has been successful at hides his estranged sibling Sunday it, hosting events, opening after he loses his wife and Harkins Theatres for nationally known comics his job. Bricktown 16 “And then wacky hijinks like Dave Chappelle and oc150 E. Reno Ave. ensue,” Hicks said. casionally writing for The Lost Ogle. It’s why Lance Some of the action See related stories happens at local club The McDaniel approached Hicks and the festival in 2015 about writing a Boom and includes appearprogram movie. ances by Kitty Bob Aimes in this issue. The result is the feature a nd Nor ma Jea n O, Brother!, which debuts Goldenstein, the pair behind Saturday and Sunday at the risqué Sunday Gospel deadCenter. (McDaniel also is deadCenBrunch live drag comedy show. ter Film Festival’s artistic director.) Musical theater whiz Matthew Alvin “Lance was like, ‘Have you ever written Brown portrays Terry, the politician’s a movie?’ And I was all like no. I’ve written ex-con best friend. sketches and shorts but have never tried As raucous as the on-screen adventure to write something with an actual plot,” gets, Hicks said the project wouldn’t have Hicks said. “So we’d meet every now and made it near a theater without indefatiagain and pitch ideas back and forth.” gable work from McDaniel and At one point, they wanted to make a Scaramucci. horror/comedy in the vein of Tucker and “I’ve never written a screenplay,” he Dale vs Evil about a homicidal head counsaid. “Lance and I got the plot points, and selor at a homosexual conversion therapy I was there to try to write jokes or funny camp. scenes. Melissa did a ton of work to make There was hope adult film star Jesse it shootable.” Jane, who lives in Moore, might be in it. All in all, filming took less than a week. “Think Wet Hot American Summer Hicks used his vacation days and worked meets Friday the 13th,” Hicks said. long hours, but he said the process was fun. Changing direction After watching a rough cut a few When that idea fizzled, they started over months ago, he and McDaniel made notes and instead created a topical feature that and McDaniel tirelessly edited the project seems right at home in Oklahoma. to ready it for the festival. “We had a cast and crew watch party “Well, Jesse fell through, so we scrapped that idea and came up with the [May 31], and I was really impressed,” idea of me playing the role of a right-wing Hicks said. “I’m eager to see what other people think about it.” asshole who gets caught up in the Ashley Festivalgoers can make Hicks’ wish a Madison hack,” Hicks said. “My character is very much family-values, anti-gay — reality 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30basically an Oklahoma politician.” 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Theatres McDaniel, who directed the film and Bricktown 16, 150 E. Reno Ave. shares writing credits with Hicks and

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story are deadCenter’s free, outdoor features. By Ben Luschen

Outdoor Limits 25 more times. deadCenter Film Festival deadCenter hosts free outdoor screenings Vintage footage mesmerizes screenings 9:30 p.m. Friday and alongside sets from Townes Van Zandt, Ray Charles and Saturday on the Great Lawn E.T. the Merle Haggard. at Myriad Botanical Gardens, Extra-Terrestrial 301 W. Reno Ave. Festival Austin City Limits is as 9:30 p.m. Friday organizers expect crowds of relevant today as it was then. around 2,000 each night. Wilco, Radiohead and Beck A Song for You: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial each shine in the The Austin City screens Friday as the documentary. Its real star, Limits Story festival’s Flashback Friday however, is Terry Lickona, 9:30 p.m. Saturday feature. Oklahoma-born film the show’s famed producer Great Lawn editor Carol Littleton, known and visionary. Lickona never Myriad Botanical for her work on the 1982 runs out of stories. Gardens Steven Spielberg-directed deadCenter Executive 301 W. Reno Ave. box office behemoth, also is Director Lissa Blaschke said one of this year’s deadCenter the free, outdoor public 405-246-9233 screenings are one of the Icon Award recipients. Free E.T. became the highest most exciting aspects of the See related stories festival. grossing movie of all time (a and the festival “I think it’s great that we record that stood until 1993, program when Spielberg beat it with do these free outdoor films,” in this issue. Jurassic Park). It also she said. “That’s something launched child actress Drew you don’t usually see at other Barrymore into stardom. film festivals.” Saturday’s screening features possibly If the events are rained out, they move the festival’s most fun and upbeat inside to Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, documentary, A Song for You: The Austin 150 E. Reno Ave. City Limits Story. Austin, Texas, filmmaker Keith Maitland directed the inside look at Myriad’s deadCenter the historic and widely successful Austin Myriad’s Great Lawn also hosts the free City Limits public television program as it kidFest community event, which runs 11 celebrates its 40th year. a.m.-noon Saturday. Food trucks also will Austin City Limits brought world-class be out by the lawn all day Saturday. concerts into American living rooms before Nonprofit partners The Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City Animal the show expanded into a high-profile music festival. Maitland’s documentary takes Welfare, The Bella Foundation and Central viewers from the show’s Nashville-flavored Oklahoma Humane Society also host country origins to its current celebration Animal WelFair 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The of everything under the wide “indie” Cleats for Kids Summer Kick Off Party is umbrella. noon-3 p.m. and features activities for Austin’s dynamic music scene motivated children ages 10 and older. “Our whole philosophy is being part of Willie Nelson out of an early retirement in the early ’70s and precluded his transition the community and helping the community into the outlaw country genre he’s so welland working in the community,” Blasckhe known for, so it makes sense that one of that said. “I think it’s just natural for us since city’s greatest heroes was the show’s first we’re in a nonprofit and we have so many performer. Nelson says in A Song for You nonprofit partners to do something like that he would go on to play Austin City this.”

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Local talent

Nearly a quarter of the 106 films at this year’s deadCenter festival have Oklahoma ties. By Ben Luschen

deadCenter Of the 106 movies screening “These schools are Film pu mpi ng out t hese at this year’s deadCenter Festival Film Festival Wednesdayfilmmakers, they’re making Sunday, 24 are Oklahoma films, they have a platform Wednesday-Sunday projects or have Oklahoma here where they can show their films; it’s just this connections. See related stories vehicle where they can A team of 100 screeners and the festival helped narrow a list of 1,200 practice their craft,” she said. program submissions from across the in this issue. globe. The ones with the Native genius highest ratings are more Iancu “Bunee” Tomlinson got closely considered as deadCenter officials his first project into deadCenter in 2009 plan what shows at the festival. as a high school student. This year, he screens his short Bunee: The Boy from deadCenter Artistic Director Lance McDaniel said if a project is highly scored Constanta, which also was featured in May and compelling, it makes the cut. in The American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes Film “The only time your film, if it rated really high, wouldn’t get in is if there’s Festival. multiple films that are the same [topic],” “I think a lot of that would not have he said. happened if deadCenter wasn’t here Heartland and Great Plains stand out because he had a place to show his film; as two of the biggest locally made featurehe had a place to show other films,” length films selected. McDaniel said. McDaniel, a filmmaker who directed Heartland was written and produced by Velinda Godfrey, an Oklahoma-born O, Brother!, also featured in this year’s actress who also plays the lead. Great Plains festival, said another contributing factor was written by Oklahoma writer to the state’s growing movie scene is Kristopher McNeely and produced by Mike Oklahoma Film & Music Office’s rebate program. McDaniel said his projects do Leahy, who made Oklahoma-filmed not meet the $50,000 budget minimum sequels to the Hellraiser and Children of to qualify for the rebate, but the offer is the Corn horror franchises. Kim Haywood, deadCenter director of critical for outsiders who want to work programming and education, said another here. local movie to see is black-and-white “Without the rebate program, you thriller Electric Nostalgia by director would not have a single visiting film,” he Jacob Burns, a festival veteran who is said. screening his first feature-length project This year, the Oklahoma Film & Music at this year’s event. Office also supplies one of the event’s most Hay wood said she believes intriguing new moviemakers. Yousef Kazemi has worked for years assisting deadCenter’s 16-year run has fostered an filmmakers in the state but had never uptick in the number of local projects being produced. She also gave credit to helmed his own project until this year’s education programs at schools like short, Yes, We’re Open. Oklahoma City Community College, The project is based on the experiences Oklahoma City University, the University of Kazemi’s father, an Iranian immigrant of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. in Oklahoma who got by in America by

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running a small corner store. Kazemi does location scouting for the Film & Music Office and worked on the 2013 movie August: Osage County featuring Meryl Streep. McDaniel said he suspects being around a high level of the business made Kazemi think twice about starting his own project but everyone is happy he made that jump. “It’s a joy for us because he has been a super awesome part of the film industry

for a decade but was never making movies,” he said. The festival has grown rapidly in recent years, but McDaniel said an increased filmmaking interest in the state likely will not translate to an increase in projects accepted into the event. “If you take too many, then you’re getting into films that we wouldn’t be proud of,” he said. “We will never do that.”

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Okie-made District Up! 8 p.m. Friday at District House, 1755 NW 16th St. Revitalization efforts in Plaza District, on Western Avenue, on Film Row and at H&8th Night Market contributed to the city’s incremental rise. District Up! features interviews from neighborhood movers and shakers (including Cayla Lewis, Rachael Taylor, Brian Bergman and Doug Sorocco) and documents the history of these areas and their importance to the culture today. The story of Film Row’s meteoric rise, fall and slow regeneration is particularly interesting. It is engrossing to learn more about how specific events lifted the profiles of the city’s most cherished districts.

Great Plains 8:45 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno Ave. Great Plains opens with a wounded mother driving across Oklahoma’s prairie roads with her son. Murel (played by actress Tara Buck Pierce) and her son Kipp (Spencer Mabrey) are fleeing her abusive husband Tommy (Damon Carney). Murel first seeks shelter with her mother (an inspired performance from Beth Grant) but is forced to continue her journey elsewhere in rural Oklahoma, a trek that gets progressively worse at each stop. The audience begins to question who the real bad guy is when the police start pursuing Murel for kidnapping. The state-filmed flick was written by Oklahoma City’s Kristofer McNeeley. Mabrey shines as cute and intelligent Kipp. Director Blair Hayes’ project never falls short on drama or suspense and it plays off familiar fears of the unknown and helplessness in a world that mostly looks out for itself.

Heartland 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno Ave. The path back from lost love can be long and confusing. Heartland, directed by Maura Anderson, is the brainchild of producer, co-writer and lead Velinda Godfrey, an Oklahoma-born actress now located in Los Angeles. Godfrey plays Lauren, a young woman left emotionally dazed after cancer claims the life of her girlfriend. Her brother Justin (Aaron Leddick) returns home from California with his fiancée Carrie (Oklahoma City native Laura Spencer) and tries to take Lauren’s mind off her loss by giving her a design project for a series of local wines the couple is working on. When Justin is forced to briefly return to California for business, Lauren and Carrie become close friends and, eventually, lovers.

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and Them initially appears innocent enough before delving into the world of a twisted psychosis. Night of the Slasher If there’s one figure whose life and work gleefully subverts standard horror film were just waiting to be portrayed in a documentary, it’s Maya Angelou. That is tropes all in one continuous shot. (Bonus why it’s crazy when you realize that there points for whoever can spot all the hasn’t been a single feature film produced Halloween references.) Market St.’s horabout the revolutionary writer until now. rific trip on a streetcar makes your Thankfully, we finally have a tribute crowded morning commute seem a little worthy of her wide-reaching legacy in bit better by comparison. Maya Angelou: And Still I Inspired by Henry Rise. Before she died in James’ classic ghost story 2014 at the age of 86, the The Turn of the Screw, Awakenings features a wildly influential poet, deadCenter woman fighting to save writer and civil rights acFilm Festival tivist had seen her share two children from a frightof professional and perening spirit. Wednesday-Sunday sonal trials and tribulaWith a balance of tions. horror and comedy mixed See related stories and The documentary, diwith some gross-out gore the festival program in rected by Bob Hercules and old-school scares, this issue. and Rita Coburn Whack, these shorts are guaranchronicles the life and teed to make you scream, career of Angelou, in particular her traushout, laugh and everything in between. matic childhood and rise to artistic prominence. It also gives viewers a look Strange Encounters Shorts into the way her words and guiding spirit While you might expect a collection of have impacted everyone from writers and short films to stick to a specific genre or activists to politicians and performers theme, the festival’s collection of Strange and includes interviews with Oprah Encounters Shorts are a hodgepodge of Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Common and different styles. Cicely Tyson among others. The one obvious thread tying them all together is an individual’s strange enFreak Fest Shorts counter with someone that affects them in various ways. In slow-burning ENOS, Monsters, demons, killers and ghosts all two explorers uncover something in the come together in deadCenter’s Freak Fest collection. Comprised of seven short mountains that would’ve been better left films dabbling in all manner of the untouched. macabre, this year’s set is the festival’s Theodora features a young woman most frightening to date. with a twisted sense of humor preparing Much like its title character, Sebastian a feast for herself and her mysterious

Life, Animated chronicles Owen Suskind’s journey to a place of communication and understanding. | Photo deadCenter Film Festival / provided

friend. Timely Video examines the fallout from hurtful language when a woman’s racist remark is recorded by two young black women. Trippy She Stoops to Conquer is an exercise in self-expression and shows a young performer interacting with her lookalike in a strange nightclub. Tapping into themes of race, identity and desire, Strange Encounters Shorts offer a little something for everybody.

Black Mountain Poets

Fans of British comedy take note: Do not miss Black Mountain Poets. In the vein of UK imports like The Trip to Italy or Life Is Sweet, Black Mountain Poets is an improvised comedy about quirky con-artist sisters Claire and Lisa Walker on the run from the law. To avoid capture, they stow away at a poetry retreat in the Black Mountains in Scotland by assuming the identities of world-renowned poets The Wilding Sisters after stealing their car. Claire and Lisa hope to win a large cash prize at the poetry retreat to fund their next con. However, their time spent in nature, surrounded by various unique individuals, leads them to re-evaluate their lives and their relationship. Hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt, Black Mountain Poets is worth watching for the vibrant chemistry between the three leads — Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells and Tom Cullen — alone.

Life, Animated

For decades, Disney animated films have played an integral role in a generation’s childhoods. The Lion King taught us to learn from our past instead of running away from it, Peter Pan encouraged us to embrace our inner child no matter our age and Dumbo made us realize that what makes you different also makes you special. The lessons from these films and many more are probably what make Life, Animated so resonant. The documentary centers on Owen Suskind, a young boy

who was unable to speak or express his thoughts and emotions until he and his family were able to find a way to overcome great challenges using classic Disney animated films. The film weaves in sequences from Disney films with footage of Owen and his family, and the viewer gets to see the way these films gave Owen a basis for understanding his own feelings and desires. In the end, Life, Animated serves as a love letter to the power of cinema that helps viewers make sense of the world around them.

The Master Cleanse

It’s hard to pin down The Master Cleanse, a film so strange and genre-bending that it must be seen to be fully understood. On the surface, it’s about Paul (The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki), a down-on-his-luck guy who can’t catch a break in life or love. To revive his lackluster life, Paul attends a spiritual retreat in hopes of finding some sort of relief. But what he isn’t prepared for is the way the titular cleanse releases toxins as well as a whole series of memories, demons and emotional baggage in the form of little critters. The movie takes the everyday emotions we have pent up inside and gives them a physical manifestation, resulting in one of the most delightfully strange films playing at deadCenter this year. To say anything more would spoil the funny, strange, bizarre surprises sprinkled throughout. And if that’s not enough to get you to see it, the fact that legend Angelica Houston and Anna Friel round out the cast should be more than enough conviction.

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ARTS & CULTURE Eva Hesse screens June 23-24 at Oklahoma City Museum of Art. | Photo Zeitgeist Films / provided

Eva Hesse 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 23-24 Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Drive 405-236-3100



High in fiber

Eva Hesse explores the late artist’s revolutionary but fragile work in flberglass and latex sculpture. By George Lang

Eva Hesse lived a difficult and painfully short life, but her reputation and the public’s appreciation for her experimental art continues to grow nearly half a century after her death. Documentary Eva Hesse, showing June 23-24 at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, builds a case for Hesse being one of the most important visual artists of New York’s 1960s downtown scene. Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936, Hesse and her older sister Helen escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 via Kindertransport, the British rescue effort in which Jewish children were removed to safe places in Europe. Their parents reunited with the girls at a Catholic school in Holland and then emigrated to the U.S., where Eva developed an early interest in art. While tragedy dominated much of her life, her art offered a bright, engaging counterpoint. Originally a painter during her studies at Yale and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Hesse underwent a massive shift in viewpoint and style after marrying artist Tom Doyle in 1962 and accompanying him on an extended residency in Germany. There, she discovered the use of commercial materials such as textiles, fiberglass and latex. When she returned to New York, she brought with her a unique style of loose, fibrous sculpture that could be used to convey political and social messages and subtle sexuality. Hesse was celebrated by New York art aficionados during the half decade leading up to her death from a brain tumor in 1970. By most standards, that would leave little source material for examining her life. Fortunately for biographers and filmmakers, Hesse chronicled her days like a 21stcentury social media maven. Over 1,200 pages of journals and correspondence are catalogued at Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio, which formed the basis of new book Diaries as well as Eva Hesse, directed by Marcie Begleiter. For her documentary, Begleiter enlisted actress Selma Blair to read from Hesse’s

journal entries, which included correspondence with artists Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra and other contemporaries. But Eva Hesse is not only a biographical appreciation of Hesse’s work; it also looks at what has happened to her later sculptures as they weathered the effects of age. In her final years, Hesse increasingly worked with latex, a material that degrades over time. As a result, some of her art is now disintegrating. In a recent interview with Vogue, Begleiter said that she wanted to capture how art can be as transitory as life. As Hesse said shortly before her death, “Life doesn’t last. Art doesn’t last. It doesn’t matter.” “On view right now in New York is Repetition Nineteen [III], which is the first fiberglass piece she did with Doug Johns,” Begleiter said in Vogue. “That piece is noticeably a different color [now than when it was made]. Do I think that takes away from what it is? No. I think that’s time working upon materials. She was really interested in materials, and that’s a material that changes color.” For many years, exhibitions of Hesse’s work were rare. The Tate Modern in London mounted a massive retrospective of her art in 2002, and seven years later, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, exhibited several pieces in an effort to bring more notice to the artist’s intricate and articulate work. Now, thanks in part to Begleiter’s film, Hesse’s work is enjoying a revival. Six galleries in Manhattan, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Jewish Museum, are exhibiting her paintings and sculpture. “There have been a number of major retrospectives, but I have to say, the work is not easy,” Begleiter told Vogue’s Julie Felsenthal. “It’s abstract sculpture. And of course, some of the materials were quite fragile, which means they’re not necessarily shown with great frequency. And she’s a woman who made artwork in the 1960s. She’s certainly overdue to be looked at.”

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It’s sandal season, and experts say it’s as important for men to take care of their feet as it is their face. | Photo

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To complete summer’s hot trend of cool, open men’s footwear, a little grooming goes a long way. By Mark Beutler

Heading into work at Oklahoma City’s trendy new 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, Kenneth Wayne dresses the part. As director of operations, Wayne has a very GQ style and appearance. But when the workday is over, the first things to come off are his shoes. “I am usually barefoot around the house,” he said. “If I go out, however, I am definitely a sandals kind of guy. The Birkenstock style is what I prefer. Of course, I own flip-flops, and having a pair or two is almost a necessity of life.” As Oklahoma’s spring melts into summer, more men opt for a more casual look. But putting their feet on display means making sure they don’t gross people out. “I have a foot care regimen I follow,” Wayne said. “Mostly, it consists of the weekly nail clipping and then an occasional pedicure. I don’t usually put that on my calendar; I just do it whenever I think I need it. And I am probably due for one before my feet start making a cameo during this warm weather.” The first time he had a pedicure, Wayne said he didn’t know what to expect. “They started using these scrapers, and all the dead skin started flying off. I was like, ‘I’m so sorry!’ The lady laughed and said it was normal,” he said. “But there’s no embarrassment having a pedicure. The only embarrassment comes later in conversation. I get kind of shy about it when it comes up in conversation around my buddies.” Experts say it’s as important for a man to take care of his feet as it is his face. “Taking care of your body from head to

toe is always recommended,” said Kourtney Ziai, a barber at Carwin’s Shave Shop, 5710 N. Classen Blvd., in Classen Curve. “Men are definitely taking better care of their skin these days. We get a lot of guys coming in here, ready to have a skin care regimen so that in 10 to 20 years, they are not looking as aged as their parents.” Carwin’s is a full-service shop stocked with popular products designed to help turn back time. “Over the last few years, men have seen what it looks like if you don’t take care of your skin versus what it looks like when you do. And this goes for every man,” Ziai said. “I have men come from all over Oklahoma, guys who may be farmers and work outside all day and they want to take care of their skin and their feet. So it’s not just the metro kind of guy.” Putting your best foot forward is simple, Ziai said. It’s a matter of getting used to a new routine. “Put lotion on your feet, and clip your toenails. Those are really the two main things you need to do,” she said. “Of course, you can also use a loofah in the shower to remove the dead skin and have a pedicure when you need it. But I highly recommend men take care of their feet all year, not just in sandals and flip-flop season.” When it’s time to remove the socks and expose those hairy, pale feet to the summer sun, take the time to make them as presentable as possible. “A lot of men do not cut their toenails, and I don’t know what that’s about,” Ziai said. “If you don’t do anything else, at least cut your toenails. You don’t want gross, crazy-man feet.”

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Brett Hart began Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles as a YouTube web series for Nerdist. | Photo Brett Hart / provided

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Oklahoma filmmaker Brett Hart teams up with critic Harry Knowles for a whimsical take on cinema. By Ben Luschen

Before catching a second breath on public television, Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles was yet another inspired but under-resourced web series doomed to purgatory by its lack of funds. Knowles is an Austin-based film critic known for his website Ain’t It Cool News. He devotes his television show, a partnership with Oklahoma-born filmmaker Brett Hart, to educating his audience about the marvels of cinema old and new. Ain’t It Cool, a show that discusses real film history in the setting of Knowles’ fictional magic basement, premiered in April on Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) and plays on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations across the country. The show features guests like actor Burt Reynolds, director Wes Craven and film critic Leonard Maltin. Hart, the technical, behind-the-camera half of the duo, is most known for making the dramatic 2007 Gary England promotional spot that garnered nationwide attention after being featured on The Daily Show. “I’ve heard Harry rave about that spot and am pretty sure it is part of the reason why I’ve had the honor of directing this great show and now live in Austin,” Hart said. His history with Knowles goes back to 2004, when he was working on his debut film project, Bone Dry. He remembers getting an email from Knowles asking him to come to Austin and discuss the movie for his site. He didn’t make the trip, but Hart kept Knowles on his radar. Years later, Hart was one of the people Knowles called in to interview as a potential Ain’t It Cool director. “Immediately, we discovered that we were both cut from the same cloth and were on the same page,” Hart said. “Apparently, out of all the directors up for the job, I was the only one that Harry felt confident was just as much of a cinephile as he.”

Harry Knowles interviews Wes Craven left in an episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles. | Photo provided

They began working on Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles as a web series for Nerdist’s premium content YouTube channel. It was well-received, and they made 30 episodes in nine months. Despite positive feedback, they eventually lost funding. Hart launched a Kickstarter campaign to keep the show going. During that time, Hart and Knowles were contacted by KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate, about elevating the show from web to television. Their interest was piqued. Now, Ain’t It Cool broadcasts on 70 stations across 50 states. The show is targeted at anyone who likes films. Hart said they try to cover a wide range of topics to keep all types of people interested. “Our goal was to create a world that’s like an odd mixture of Inside the Actors Studio in Pee-wee Herman’s world, so I really think it’s for children of all ages,” he said. Ain’t It Cool remains the career accomplishment Hart is most satisfied with. He helped raise a show up from nothing twice, all while booking quality guests and producing first-rate content. “Honestly, to have Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles grow from an experimental webisode on the Net to becoming a full-fledged show broadcasted in the pantheon of PBS and sponsored by IMAX no less — I couldn’t be any prouder,” he said. “It truly has been a labor of love for all involved.” O kg a z e t t e . c o m | j u n e 8 , 2 0 1 6


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FILM Summer Movie Fun: The Peanuts Movie, (US, 2015, dir. Steve Martino) Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their nemesis while Charlie Brown begins his own quest to win the love of his life; $2 movies and concession discounts, 9:45 a.m. June 8-10. Harkins Theatre, 150 E. Reno Ave., 405-231-4747, WED - FRI Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, (US, 2016, dir. Andrew Wakefield) investigation into how the CDC concealed and destroyed data in its 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, June 8-9. B&B Theater, 4623 NW 23rd St., 405-917-2299, WED -THU Catching the Sun, (US, 2016, dir. Shalini Kantayya) follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry, 7 p.m. June 9. AMC Penn Square 10, 1901 Northwest Expressway, 405-463-4625, THU Minions, (US, 2015, dir. Kyle Balda) two minions are recruited by a villain and her husband who plan to take over the world; enjoy live music and great food before the movie, 6-10 p.m. June 10. Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd., 405-552-4040, FRI


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BOOKS Gwendolyn Hooks Book Signing, local children’s author signs and talks about her latest picture book, Tiny Stiches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, 6-8 p.m. June 9. Chi Gallery, 2304 NW 17th St., 405-401-0540, gallery. THU


Book Signing, Prix de West artists and authors Charles Fritz, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and others sign their works, noon June 10, 11:30 a.m. June 11. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, FRI -SAT

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 5:00 - 7:00pm (come & go) Kramer School of Nursing

B-Fest, Oklahoma City area Barnes & Noble stores host their first Teen Book Festival; giveaways, advance reader copies, contests and prizes, writing workshops and book signings, June 10-12. Barnes & Noble, 6100 N. May Ave., 405-843-9300, FRI -SUN

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Mamma Mia! Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia! is coming to Oklahoma City. Defined as “a phenomenon” by The Associated Press, the musical features single mother Donna anticipating her daughter’s upcoming marriage. She invites her two best friends to attend. However, her daughter Sophie secretly invites three of her mother’s ex-lovers in an effort to identify her father. Over the next 24 hours, love blooms and rekindles — accompanied by a soundtrack of Abba songs — on the pastoral Greek island. The Broadway hit heats up the stage at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. Visit or call 800-869-1451 or 405-297-2264.

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Movie Night in the Park: Pan, (US, 2015, dir. Joe Wright) orphan Peter is spirited away to the world of Neverland where he finds fun and danger and discovers his destiny, 9 p.m. June 10. Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Road, Edmond, 405-359-4630, FRI Summer Movie Fun: Home, ((US, 2015, dir. Tim Johnson) an alien on the run from his own people makes a new friend and tries to help her on her quest but can be a bit of a nuisance; $2 movies and concession discounts, 9:45 a.m. June 13-17. Harkins Theatre, 150 E. Reno Ave., 405-231-4747, MON - FRI Monty Python and the Holy Grail, (UK, 1975, dir. Terry Gilliam) King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, 7 p.m. June 14. Harkins Theatre, 150 E. Reno Ave., 405-231-4747, TUE Pineapple Express, (US, 2008, dir. David Gordon Green) two men end up running from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after witnessing a murder, 8 p.m. June 14. The Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th St., TUE

HAPPENINGS Red Earth Festival, award-winning festival features American Indian artists and dancers from across North America who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market, June 10-12. Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, 405-6028500, FRI -SUN LIVE! on the Plaza, join the Plaza District every second Friday of the month for an art walk featuring artists, live music, street pop-up shops, live performances and more, 7-11 p.m. June 10. Plaza District, 1618 N. Gatewood Ave., 405-367-9403, FRI

10th Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival, featuring events for all ages including a children’s hour, a ghost walk, a story slam, workshops, live entertainment and more, June 10-11. Guthrie Junior High, 705 E. Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie. FRI -SAT

Julie Pearson-Little Book Signing, author signs her book A Life Made with Artists: Doris Littrell and the Oklahoma Indian Art Scene, 5-7 p.m. June 10. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-2900, FRI Poetry Reading, members of The Society of Urban Poets read their work, 3-5 p.m. June 11. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-8422900, SAT Second Sunday Poetry Reading, features author Audrey Streetman, who has published several books including A Gathering of Bones and the acclaimed memoir The Well, 2 p.m. June 12. The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman, 405-307-9320, SUN Stephen King, author talks, reads and conducts a Q&A with the audience; each ticket-holder receives one copy of End of Watch, 6 p.m. June 15. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., Tulsa, 918-584-2306, WED

First Shakespeare Night Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s summer is in full swing with Much Ado About Nothing kicking off the busy season. As part of its First Shakespeare Night, families are invited to bring kids who’ve never attended a play by The Bard. Any child 8-12 years old accompanying an adult to the 8 p.m. June 17 performance of Much Ado on the Water Stage at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., gets in free. Adult tickets are $15-$20. Visit oklahomashakespeare. com. June 17 Photo Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park / provided

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Weekly Farmers Market, shop goods from local produce, bakers and artisans, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. June 11. OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave., 405232-6506, SAT Craft Beer Block Party, local beer, food, music and shopping to kick off Craft Beer Week, 2-6 p.m. June 11. S&B’s Burger Joint, Midtown, 20 NW Ninth St., 405-270-0516, SAT Le Tour de Vin 2016, a celebration of wine, food and generosity; a collaboration of the Cross Timbers, Sooner and Norman Rotary clubs to raise money for their current beneficiary, 6:30 p.m. June 11. Marriott Conference Center & Hotel, 2801 E. State Hwy 9, Norman, SAT Seeing405-329-4532, Beyond Our Problems

Finding the Stillness Within Meditations for a Clear Mind June 9th, 17th, 23rd 6:45pm - 8:00pm $10/class Garden Exhibition Center 3400 NW 36th St. OKC

Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm, beginning February 28th

Macaron Basics Class, a hands-on basic macaron Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villaof meringue cooking class; learn the importance suggested donation: $10.00/class consistency, food color additions, mixing time and technique, 6-9 p.m. June 14. Belle Kitchen, 7509 N. May Ave., 405-430-5484, TUE

UCO Endeavor Games Experience the spirit of Rio de Janeiro with UCO’s Endeavor Games. Athletes from across the nation compete throughout Edmond in the largest multi-sport/multi-disability event in the country. Many participants are with Team USA and will travel to Brazil in September for the Paralympic games. Cheer at games in archery, cycling, paratriathlon, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. A 20K cycling competition kicks off the events 9 a.m. Friday at Pops, 660 OK 66, in Arcadia. Admission is free, and the games run through Sunday. Visit Friday-Sunday Photo KT King / University of Central Oklahoma / provided

Dogapalooza, largest free dog wash in Oklahoma; dog washes, food trucks, music, pet adoptions and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11. Bob Moore Subaru, 13010 N. Kelley Ave., 405-463-1033, SAT Bark in the Park, kick off event for Bark For Life; family fun with games for you and your pets, pet adoptions, food trucks, pet microchipping and more, 4:30-8:30 p.m. June 11. Duffner Park, 10801 Victoria Pl. SAT

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YOUTH Weekly Walk-Ups, make-and-take crafts on Monday, play with food on Tuesday, story time on Wednesday, crafts focusing on the environment on Thursday and a scavenger hunt on Friday, 10 a.m.-noon, June 8-10 and 13-15. Children’s Garden, 301 West Reno and Harvey Avenue, 405-445-7080, WED -WED World Oceans Day, discover diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them and how we can help protect the ocean for future generations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 10. Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Pl., 405-424-3344, okczoo. org. FRI A Dinosaur’s Life, blast into the prehistoric past; learn about how dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period lived and test your knowledge as you venture into the Be the Dinosaur exhibit, 6-8 p.m., June 10. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, 405-325-4712, snomnh. FRI Drop-In Art: Character Paper Figures, join guest artists each Saturday as they interact with families to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and special occasions, 1-4 p.m. June 11. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa. com. SAT

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In One Ear... Silent Rave, DJ’d by artist David Steel Overholt featuring a a kaleidoscope of overlapping video clips broadcast on the Showroom windows and ruled by a soundtrack at 99.9 FM; each guest receives a set of FM headphones; event includes food trucks, drinks and games, 9 p.m. June 11. Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park, NW 11th St. and Broadway Drive, 405-951-0000, SAT-SUN OKC Flea, a market for makers, artists, crafters, curators, designers and upcyclers, noon-7 p.m. June 12. OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave., 405-232-6506, SUN HOT ROD Power Tour, finest high-end automotive tour in the world offering viewers the chance to view a variety vehicles, June 15. Remington Park, 1 Remington Pl., 405-424-9000, remingtonpark. com. WED

FOOD Bubble Wine Dinner, wine dinner featuring a selection of sparkling wines with food pairings prepared by the Vast culinary team; cohosted by Ian Clark of Putnam Wines, 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 8. Vast, 333 W. Sheridan Ave., 405-702-7262, WED Art After 5, enjoy the city skyline along with live music, friends and cocktails on top of OKCMOA, 5-11 p.m. June 9. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, THU Hair of the Dog Summerfest, enjoy craft beer and furry friends while raising funds for Safe Haven Animal Rescue, 6-9 p.m. June 10. Stash, 412 E. Main St., Norman, 405-701-1016, FRI Italy vs. France, pit big cheese-making countries against one another to determine which country has the best cheeses, 6:45-8:15 p.m. June 10. Forward Foods-Norman, 2001 W. Main St., Norman, 405-321-1007, FRI Beats & Bites, outdoor food truck and live entertainment event; local vendors and wineries, beer garden, bounce houses and more, 6 p.m. June 11. Riverwind Casino, 1544 State Highway 9, Norman, 405-322-6000, SAT

Youth Camps Summer is all about staying active, and that includes making sure your children don’t spend their time off lying around like couch potatoes. Metropolitan School of Dance is helping combat summer laziness with programs. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, African, variation, voice, drumming, drama and visual arts. Master classes are also offered. Two-week intensives are June 13-24 for students age 12-18 years old and July 1-15 for ages 6-11. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Visit, email metroschoolofdance@ or call 405-236-5026.

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calendar continued from page 57 Free Family Make + Take Art Project: Summer Printmaking, explore foam mono-printing inspired by fun summer activities, participants create one-of-a-kind works of art using ink, paper, glass plates and creativity, 1-4 p.m. June 11. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-951-0000, SAT

Art Adventures, young artists are invited to experience art through books and related projects for children ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. June 14. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-325-3272, TUE

PERFORMING ARTS Chris Porter, stand-up comedy; recently seen on Comedy Central’s Live Tour and heard on such radio shows as the Bob and Tom Show, 8 p.m. June 8-9, 8 and 10:30 p.m. June 10-11. Loony Bin Comedy Club, 8503 N. Rockwell Ave., 405-239-4242, WED -SAT In the Next Room, a comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity; set in the 1880s and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat “hysterical” women, the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their household, 8 p.m. June 9-11, 2 p.m. June 12. CitySpace Theatre, Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., 405-297-2584, THU -SUN The Music of Vienna, the fifth annual Spring Chamber Music Festival with appearances from Gregory Lee, Katrin Stamatis and Suzanne Wagor among others, June 9-14. St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW Seventh St., 405-235-3436, THU -TUE Home, presented by RACE Dance Company in partnership with The Curbside Chronicle; dancers explore the true meaning of home, 7:30 p.m. June 10-11. Film Row, 700 W. Sheridan Ave., filmrowokc. com. FRI -SAT Sordid Lives, when Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas, 7:30 p.m. June 10-11, 2:30 p.m. June 12. The Stage Door Theater, 601 Oak Ave., Yukon, 405-265-1590, WED -SUN Innocence Lost: Middlemist Camellia, second piece in a four-part performance art series by artist Valerie Sharp; explores one’s loss of innocence with each performance being a passing experience

in time and space, 8 p.m. June 10. Kasum Contemporary Fine Arts, 1706 NW 16th St., 405-6046602, FRI Green Day’s American Idiot, two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical; Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electrifying rock musical of youthful disillusion, 8 p.m. June 10-11. The Pollard Theatre, 120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie, 405-282-2800, FRI Bluegrass Concert/Jam, featuring Tony King and Switch Track, Mustang Ramblers and The Bonhams; jamming rooms are available for musicians, 5 p.m. June 11. Oklahoma CountryWestern Museum & Hall of Fame, 3929 SE 29th St., 405-677-3174, SAT The Dinner Detective, this improvised show is just another ordinary dinner with one exception — someone in your midst is guilty of murder, and that person just might be sitting right across from you, 6-9:30 p.m. June 11. Sheraton Hotel, 1 N. Broadway Ave., 405-235-2780, SAT

ACTIVE Ultimate Adventure Camps, youths try zip lining, the SandRidge Sky Trail, high-speed slides, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting, May 30-Aug. 12. Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd., 405-552-4040, MON OKC Dodgers vs. Nashville, minor league baseball game, 4:35 p.m. June 9, 7:05 p.m. June 10-12. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, 405-218-1000. THU -SUN Beer Yoga, join Brooke Larson for a one-hour, beginner-friendly yoga class followed by a pint of beer, 10 a.m. June 10. Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th St.,


The See Spot Run, fun run, 5K and 10K race in memory of Chris Cowden with proceeds benefiting Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, 6 a.m. June 11. Downtown Guthrie, Second Street and Harrison Avenue, Guthrie. SAT Walk for Kids, third annual walk benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities; family-friendly event featuring activities for the whole family, 8 a.m. June 11. Dell Oklahoma City Campus, 3501 SW 15th St. SAT Tails on the Trail, 5K race along the Oklahoma River with dogs welcome; presented by Best Friends of Pets who help reduce pet overpopulation, 8 a.m. June 11. Wheeler Park, 1120 S. Western Ave. SAT Drop-In Yoga, yoga class in the museum’s galleries, 5:45-6:45 p.m. June 11. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, SAT OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha, minor league baseball game, 7:05 p.m. June 13-14, 16, 11:05 a.m. June 15. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, 405-218-1000. MON -WED Yoga in the Gardens, all-levels yoga class, 5:45-6:45 p.m. June 14. Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-297-3995, TUE

VISUAL ARTS Art Opening Reception, features art of Reian Williams, Jerry Bergin, George Bramlett and Jerry Maxwell; reception includes cocktails and refreshments, 4-9 p.m. June 10. Hue Fine Art Gallery, 6900 N. Western Ave., 405-696-2647, FRI

Ultimate Dodgeball Championship Qualifier A wise man once said, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” Wrench-dodging won’t be necessary at the local qualifier for the 2016 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship, but trampoline skills would be a plus. The tournament begins 7 p.m. Thursday at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 2525 S. Broadway, in Edmond. This year’s registration fee is $99 for a team of five to eight players. Visit to register. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The winning team will get the chance to compete in Las Vegas for the $50,000 championship Aug. 4-7. Call 405-359-1631. Thursday Photo / provided

WTF Weekend Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June and a little person stripper walk into an adult nightclub… No, this isn’t the setup for some obscure joke; it’s the roster for Little Darlings OKC’s WTF Weekend Thursday-Saturday. Mama June hosts a meet-and-greet Saturday, and Little Sassee Cassee performs nightly shows. The show starts at 11 p.m. and Mama June makes an appearance afterward at 1500 SE 59th St. Visit or call 405-670-3600 to make reservations. Thursday-Saturday Photo / provided

Jerry Piper, mixed-media artist focuses on texture, design and brilliant manipulation of color. The Purple Loft Art Gallery, 514 NW 28th St., Suite 400, 405-412-7066. Live Painting Event, watch three Native American artists work while a live DJ inspires their creativity with music, 5:30 p.m. June 11. Exhibit C, 1 E. Sheridan Ave., Ste. 100, 405-767-8900, SAT Lowell Ellsworth Smith: My Theology of Painting, exhibition pulled from the museum’s vault explores the artist’s personal process and approach; featuring watercolor studies and Smith’s own words and observations. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum. org. Painting the Portrait, workshop with Mitsuno Reedy; learn how an image is built on a series of relationships and the process of painting the head from a live model along with the visual principles at each stage of development, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 8-9. The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman, 405-307-9320, WED -THU Prix de West Opening Weekend, includes seminars, artist demonstrations, luncheons, fixedprice draw for art, live auction and awards dinner, June 10-11. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, FRI -SAT

GeoEthics, Ying Kit Chan uses a range of media and employs environmental ethics alongside Taoist and Buddhist ideologies to examine our relationship with nature. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-815-6665, Her and Me, after losing her mother-in-law March Artus to leukemia, Oklahoma City artist Marilyn Artus was inspired to create a body of work from the thousands of beads March collected during her lifetime. The Project Box, 3003 Paseo St., 405609-3969, In a Circle, Vikki McGuire creates a new way of looking at nature through her colorful artwork. Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo St., 405601-7474,

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Merle Haggard influenced Turnpike Troubadours’ music. | Photo David McClister / provided

Troubadour tribute

Country music legend Merle Haggard will be missed at this year’s G Fest in Muskogee, the city he immortalized in song. By Ben Luschen

G Fest is intended to be a celebration of Muskogee’s music heritage, a history that’s inseparable from the immortal lyrics of Mighty Merle Haggard. The inaugural music and camping festival June 16-18 in Muskogee will continue despite the country legend’s death in April. Haggard was born in California but will forever be seen as a local hero for “Okie from Muskogee,” an iconic song he wrote with Roy Edward Burris in the heat of the late ’60s protest era. Inspired by his father’s Oklahoma roots and sensibilities, it has become an unofficial state anthem. Appropriately, Haggard was scheduled to headline the festival in the town he made famous. Organizers said his absence, while heartbreaking, will sharpen the event’s focus on Haggard’s impact as a musician and the deep roster of artists that will pay homage to him. More than 80 performances — spanning folk, country, blues, Americana and funk — are scheduled over four stages and three days. Performers include Kacey Musgraves, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Fullbright and Turnpike Troubadours. Indeed, Haggard’s musical lineage will be on full display.

Troubadour traces

Kyle Nix learned about Haggard the same way he learned about legends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Bob Wills. The Turnpike Troubadours fiddler said his band cut its teeth playing classic country

music like Haggard’s in bars and dives across the country. He first heard the tunes, including “Okie from Muskogee,” as a boy, when his father sang them around the house. “That stuff is just ingrained in my upbringing,” he said. Nix said modern country music has everything to learn from Haggard. There’s a quality in his music — maybe the Fender Telecaster guitar or the insight his lyrics gave about other people — that cuts deep. Turnpike Troubadours was playing in Fort Worth, Texas, for Billy Bob’s Texas 4th of July Picnic in 2015. Haggard was set to headline the day before, and Nix and his bandmates watched near the front of the stage as the legend performed. That night, Haggard opened with a fiddle medley and played several of his hits alongside his son, Noel. The night deeply impacted Nix. “Fiddle’s not his first instrument, you know? To combine a fiddle medley with another fiddle player; it was just really neat to watch that,” he said. “He was sharp; he could still do it.”

and playing alongside going to be there, playing Haggard was an unforgetreally hard,” he said. “I’m G Fest table experience. not going to say it’s going to make up for Merle not “Merle was really kind June 16-18 and really interested in being there, but it will Love-Hatbox Sports Complex what Old Crow was doing,” maybe be a tribute in that 3601 Arline Ave., Muskogee he said. way.” Secor still remembers Nix said there’s a 855-414-6271 the first time Haggard little bit of Haggard in $49-$500 spoke to him. It was at a Turnpike Troubadours Note: Campground gates show in Dixon, California, the same way there’s a open noon June 15. where they were both perlittle Haggard in the music of Old Crow, forming. Secor said there was one guy on the bill who kept talking up Musgraves and Fullbright. In many ways, Haggard after the show. Secor kept to G Fest is a celebration of his great breadth himself and put his fiddle away. He felt of influence. Haggard’s presence as the musician apA legacy like that is one thing, but Secor proached him, getting closer and closer until said no one should attempt to pick up Secor felt Haggard’s whiskers on his ear. Haggard’s torch. “Fiddle sounded good,” Haggard said. “We got Merle,” Secor said. “Country The sincere kindness in the compliment music has Merle Haggard and will always stayed with Secor. have Merle Haggard. You don’t want a carbon “Those three words from the master, copy because you could never do him justice.” that’s like God breathing life into the human In the same way, Secor said Haggard form; it’s just so powerful to have his presence didn’t need and probably didn’t want another there,” he said. award, honor or magazine cover before he died. The music he leaves behind is a monument itself. Okie proud Nix said the best way he can think of to “They’ll be proud to be Okies from honor Haggard would be to play from the Muskogee for 500 years — for the next 5,000,” heart, something he’s sure everyone at G Secor said. “As long as there’s music in Fest will do. Muskogee, Oklahoma, they’ll be proud to be “It’s in part celebrating his life, but you Okies. It’s that good.” have all these other great artists who are

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Bucking tradition Broncho impresses with its third album, Double Vanity, the follow-up to its 2014 breakout. By Ben Luschen | Photo provided

Broncho is a band that effortlessly inserts itself as the thematic score of whichever chapter of life the listener most fondly recalls. It could be the words of frontman Ryan Lindsey that so easily substitute as a whisper of romance in your head. A spacious and encompassing sound swallows up band devotees. Broncho is not an escape from the world. Often, it becomes the world. The Norman-based indie rock band’s third album, Double Vanity, set for a Friday release, sets a standard for Broncho’s anthemic feel. Whether standing in as the sound of the moment or retroactively coming to define a past era, the project comes with emotional triggers. The follow-up to 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman was announced this spring with the release of the album’s first single, “Fantasy Boys.” Double Vanity is anticipated due to the commercial appeal the band saw with Just Enough Hip, especially its breakout single “Class Historian,” which appeared on television commercials and at pool parties everywhere. “Fantasy Boys” proves to be an earworm and strongly evokes an ’80s slow-jam vibe. It does its job whetting palates for what’s to come. Lindsey told Oklahoma Gazette when “Class Historian” was released that the band chose the tune as its lead single because it best represented the more refined and mellow approach Broncho took with the new album. After listening to Double Vanity, it is clear that Lindsey is an honest man. The titillating track remains one of Double Vanity’s best moments, but there are plenty more along the album’s 38minute run-time. “Jenny Loves Jennae” taps into a similar retro sound, but this time, Lindsey spins the tale of a relationship between two women. “Fantasy Boys” hints at gay and lesbian themes, but this tune gets straight to the point.

Indeed, as a whole, Double Vanity feels very open and sensual in a way that defies concrete definition. It is predominantly mellow, with the exception being “Speed Demon.” The breakneck track is devious yet cool. It thrills from start to finish and stands in stark contrast to much more laid-back “Señora Borealis.” Its relaxed vocal distortions are 180 degrees from the whiplash of the sharp, clear chants of “Speed Demon.” Double Vanity ends with a familiar dream-rock sound in “Wanna.” It’s an effective closer because it remains true to the album’s theme. (Good luck prying Lindsey’s softly repeated “wanna, wanna, wanna” out of your head.) Some fans might be disappointed to find that there is nothing comparable to “Class Historian” on this project. It is inaccurate to say Broncho is absolutely going in a new direction, but the band is comfortable moving forward without cloning its prior successes to survive. Not many groups are that brave. Double Vanity might be less pop-inclined than previous efforts, but that does not compromise its quality. Open-minded listeners will discover an eclectic and cohesive project with a longer shelf life. Hopefully Broncho’s new national audience sees the album in the same way. Double Vanity is a porthole for anyone wanting a last glimpse at life’s prime.

The band is comfortable moving forward without cloning its prior successes to survive. Brent Tongco

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live music These are events recommended by Oklahoma Gazette editorial staff members. For full calendar listings, go to

WEDNESDAY, 6.8 Samantha Crain/Nick Jaina, The Blue Door. SINGER/SONGWRITER

Trouble in The Streets/Station 5150, First Pastafarian Church of Norman, Norman. VARIOUS

THURSDAY, 6.9 Alejandro Escovedo/Kierson White, The Blue Door. SINGER/SONGWRITER Phil Smith & The Blend Project, Hafer Park, Edmond. ROCK Sports, First Pastafarian Church of Norman, Norman. ROCK Sterling Witt/Christophe Murdock, Red Brick Bar, Norman. ROCK

Built to Spill Built to Spill is a Boise, Idahobased indie rock band best known for its beloved late ’90s releases Perfect from Now On and Keep It Like a Secret. The band released its latest album, Untethered Moon, in 2015. Its Oklahoma City show begins 8 p.m. Sunday at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. The show is allages. Advance tickets are $22, day-of admission is $25. Visit Sunday Photo Laurence Bishop / provided

Summer Cannibals/Poolboy, Opolis, Norman. ROCK Sweat Lodge/Cobrajab/Crypt Trip, Blue Note Lounge. ROCK

Shelly Phelps, Noir Bistro & Bar. JAZZ Sisters of Swing, UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond. JAZZ

Wallclouds/Windmark/Old Misery, 89th Street Collective. ROCK

Tanner Miller, Grady’s 66 Pub, Yukon. COUNTRY

Boston, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Catoosa.

The Happily Entitled EP Release, VZD’s Restaurant & Club. ROCK

Kirk Franklin, Brady Theater, Tulsa. CHRISTIAN

The Hotelier/Told Slant/Loone/Fossil Youth, 89th Street Collective. ROCK

FRIDAY, 6.10

Brit Floyd: The Pink Floyd Tribute Show, Brady Theater, Tulsa. ROCK


Blind Date, Alley Club. COVER Curse The Fall/Superpimp/Pet, Thunder Alley Grill and Sports Bar. ROCK Evolution Underground, Brewskeys. ROCK Fiend Without A Face/Birth Defects/Death Before Breakfast, 89th Street Collective. ROCK Helen Kelter Skelter/Siamese/The Daddyo’s, Opolis, Norman. ROCK

NeoRomantics, The Vanguard, Tulsa. ROCK

SUNDAY, 6.12 Cactus Blossoms, The Blue Door. SINGER/


Collin Halloway, Full Circle Bookstore. ACOUSTIC Edgar Cruz & The Three Amigos, Myriad Botanical Gardens. ROCK

Moore Summer Nights: Nicnos, Moore Central Park, Moore. ROCK Randy Cassimus, Full Circle Bookstore. ACOUSTIC Ryan Reid/Gooding/Carter Hulsey, Wormy Dog Saloon. COUNTRY

JSMN, 89th Street Collective. VARIOUS Mountain Smoke, UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond. BLUEGRASS

Piece of Mind, The Vanguard, Tulsa. ROCK

The Dead Armadillos, Belle Isle Brewery. ROCK The Remedy OKC Band, Oklahoma City Limits. ROCK

MONDAY, 6.13 Buckethead, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa. VARIOUS

Valient Thorr/Hammer Fight/Them Evils, Blue Note Lounge. ROCK


TUESDAY, 6.14 Burial Ritual, 89th Street Collective. ROCK Kelly Willis, The Depot, Norman.

Alter Ego, Lumpy’s Sports Grill. ROCK Blind Date, Alley Club. COVER Chance Anderson/No Dry Country, Wormy Dog Saloon. COUNTRY Chemicaust/Protest/Cultrix, Big Bill Productions. ROCK


Speedy Ortiz/The Good Life, Opolis, Norman. ROCK

Tom Hudson, Blue Note Lounge. VARIOUS Brandi Carlile/KT Tunstall, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa. POP

Collin Holloway, Full Circle Bookstore. ACOUSTIC Conspiracy Rejects, Remington Park. ROCK Cryptic Wisdom/Whiteout/Cartier Jones, Elite Studios. HIP-HOP

WEDNESDAY, 6.15 A Film In Color, First Pastafarian Church of Norman, Norman. ROCK

Electric Avenue, Newcastle Casino, Newcastle.

Jesus Piece/Threshold/Grim State, 89th Street Collective. ROCK

Empire Grey, Oklahoma City Limits. ROCK

Maurice Johnson, The R&J Lounge and Supper Club. JAZZ


Jade Castle/Raina Cobb/Ben Brock, Hillbilly’s. FOLK

Joe Pug, The Blue Door. SINGER/SONGWRITER Medicine Bow/Quentin Cash Band, First Pastafarian Church of Norman, Norman. ROCK My So Called Band, Cosmopolitan OKC. COVER Plain White T’s, Frontier City. ROCK PVLMS/MRCH/Harpa, Opolis, Norman. ELECTRONIC

Scott Ellison Blues, Bedlam Bar-B-Q. BLUES


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free will astrology Homework: Psychologists say that a good way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. Do that! Testify at ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Mythologist Joseph Campbell analyzed fairy tales for clues about how the human psyche works. For example, he said that a fairy tale character who's riding a horse is a representation of our relationship with our instinctual nature. If that character drops the reins and lets the horse gallop without guidance, he or she is symbolically surrendering control to the instincts. I bring this to your attention because I suspect you may soon be tempted to do just that that — which wouldn't be wise. In my opinion, you'll be best served by going against the flow of what seems natural. Sublimation and transcendence will keep you much stronger than if you followed the line of least resistance. Homework: Visualize yourself, as you ride your horse, keeping a relaxed but firm grasp of the reins.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I will provide you with two lists of words. One of these lists, but not both, will characterize the nature of your predominant experiences in the coming weeks. It will be mostly up to you which emerges as the winner. Now read the two lists, pick the one you like better, and instruct your subconscious mind to lead you in that direction. List 1: gluttony, bloating, overkill, padding, exorbitance. List 2: mother lode, wellspring, bumper crop, gold mine, cornucopia.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In his poem "Interrupted Meditation," Robert Hass blurts out the following exclamation: "I give you, here, now, a magic key. What does it open? This key I give you, what exactly does it open?" How would you answer this question, Gemini? What door or lock or heart or treasure box do you most need opened? Decide today. And please don't name five things you need opened. Choose one, and one only. To do so will dissolve a mental block that has up until now kept you from finding the REAL magic key.


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CANCER (June 21-July 22) The following excerpt from Wendell Berry's poem "Woods" captures the essence of your current situation: "I part the out-thrusting branches and come in beneath the blessed and the blessing trees. Though I am silent there is singing around me. Though I am dark there is vision around me. Though I am heavy there is flight around me." Please remember this poem at least three times a day during the next two weeks. It's important for you to know that no matter what murky or maudlin or mysterious mood you might be in, you are surrounded by vitality and generosity.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

A half-dead blast from the past is throttling the free flow of your imagination. Your best possible future will be postponed until you agree to deal more intimately with this crumbled dream, which you have never fully grieved or surrendered. So here's my advice: Summon the bravest, smartest love you're capable of, and lay your sad loss to rest with gentle ferocity. This may take a while, so be patient. Be inspired by the fact that your new supply of brave, smart love will be a crucial resource for the rest of your long life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Five times every day, devout Muslims face their holiest city, Mecca, and say prayers to Allah. Even if you're not Islamic, I recommend that you carry out your own unique version of this ritual. The next three weeks will be a favorable time to cultivate a closer relationship with the inspirational influence, the high ideal, or the divine being that reigns supreme in your life. Here's how you could do it: Identify a place that excites your imagination and provokes a sense of wonder. Five times a day for the next 21 days, bow in the direction of this treasured spot. Unleash songs, vows, and celebratory expostulations that deepen your fierce and tender commitment to what you trust most and love best.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

"The road reaches every place, the short cut only one," says aphorist James Richardson. In many cases, that's not a problem. Who among us has unlimited time and

energy? Why leave all the options open? Short cuts can be valuable. It's often smart to be ruthlessly efficient as we head toward our destination. But here's a caveat: According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you're now in a phase when taking short cuts may be counterproductive. To be as well-seasoned as you will need to be to reach your goal, you should probably take the scenic route. The long way around may, in this instance, be the most efficient and effective.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

"Truth is like the flu," says poet James Richardson. "I fight it off, but it changes in other bodies and returns in a form to which I am not immune." In the coming days, Scorpio, I suspect you will experience that riddle first hand — and probably on more than one occasion. Obvious secrets and wild understandings that you have fought against finding out will mutate in just the right way to sneak past your defenses. Unwelcome insights you've been trying to ignore will finally wiggle their way into your psyche. Don't worry, though. These new arrivals will turn out to be good medicine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

According to Guinness World records, the most consecutive hours spent riding on a roller coaster is 405 hours and 40 minutes. But I suspect that during the next 15 months, a Sagittarian daredevil may exceed this mark. I have come to this conclusion because I believe your tribe will be especially adept and relatively comfortable at handling steep rises and sudden dips at high speeds. And that won't be the only rough talent you'll have in abundance. I'm guessing you could also set new personal bests in the categories of most frequent changes of mind, most heroic leaps of faith, and fastest talking.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Whether we like to admit it or not, all of us have acted like puppets. Bosses and teachers and loved ones can manipulate us even if they're not in our presence. Our conditioned responses and programmed impulses may control our behavior in the present moment even though they were formed long ago. That's the bad

news. The good news is that now and then moments of lucidity blossom, revealing the puppet strings. We emerge from our unconsciousness and see that we're under the spell of influential people to whom we have surrendered our power. This is one of those magic times for you, Capricorn.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) A few weeks ago you undertook a new course of study in the art of fun and games. You realized you hadn't been playing hard enough, and took measures to correct the problem. After refamiliarizing yourself with the mysteries of innocent joy, you raised the stakes. You began dabbling with more intensive forms of relief and release. Now you have the chance to go even further: to explore the mysteries of experimental delight. Exuberant escapades may become available to you. Amorous adventures could invite you to explore the frontiers of liberated love. Will you be brave and free enough to meet the challenge of such deeply meaningful gaiety? Meditate on this radical possibility: spiritually adept hedonism. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Poet Sharon Dolin compares artists to sunflowers. They create "a tall flashy flower that then grows heavy with seeds whose small hard shells you must crack to get to the rich nut meat." As I contemplate the current chapter of your unfolding story, I see you as being engaged in a similar process, even if you're not literally an artist. To be exact, you're at the point when you are producing a tall flashy flower. The seeds have not yet begun to form, but they will soon. Later this year, the rich nut meat inside the small hard shells will be ready to pluck. For now, concentrate on generating your gorgeous, radiant flower.

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