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The changing nature of shopping habits challenges local municipalities’ tax collections and retail shops. By Laura Eastes
A decade ago, when Lindsay Zodrow was preparing to open her handmade boutique in Oklahoma City’s urban core, she imagined a shop that went beyond selling goods. When shoppers entered Collected Thread, Zodrow stood ready to assist in finding the perfect gift or treat. Often, she introduced people to the area, named local restaurants and other shops and, at times, offered words of comfort. “I wanted to create a safe place for people,” Zodrow said from inside her business located on NW 16th Street in the Plaza District. “If someone was having a bad day or was stressed out, this would be their place of peace. I feel we have achieved that. I fill a grander purpose than selling things to people.” The dramatic shift by consumers from brick-and-mortar stores to the Internet hasn’t been easy for Zodrow and retailers throughout the country. While Zodrow also maintains an online shop, fewer transactions are taking place in the shop. When she visits with other shopkeepers about the retail climate, the conversation holds references to a downturn in the local economy and customers choosing to shop online. The overall conclusion is, “Retail is never going to be the same.” “I keep hearing about stores that are closing their brick-and-mortar location and going online-only,” Zodrow said. “I am done if that is my only option. I need interaction with my customers. That is
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a long-term challenge to us as dependent as we are to sales tax.” Given flat and dwindling sales tax revenues, municipal leaders in Oklahoma City and Midwest City have proposed sales tax increases. In September, Oklahoma City voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax, raising the city’s sales tax rate from 3.875 to 4.125 percent, to support public safety spending.
such a vital part. I can’t be in a warehouse, just doing sales.”
Earlier this year, when Amazon agreed to begin collecting and remitting state and local sales taxes in Oklahoma, state and municipal leaders celebrated. The agreement with the online retail giant was a long time coming, as the Sooner State became the 40th state with an Amazon tax collection deal. Of course, one could argue that Oklahoma’s agreement was more meaningful than any other states’, as its cities rely exclusively on sales tax to fund general operations budgets. Unlike any other state in the union, Oklahoma municipalities cannot tap into property tax revenue to fund essential services, which include public safety, roads, parks and more. It all comes down to sales tax, which is a dwindling revenue source when taking into account the rise in online shopping, especially with Amazon, which seeks to serve customers with unrivaled choice, price and delivery speed. With numbers from Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association that estimated Amazon sold $644.6 million in retail goods while dodging as much as $56.6 million in combined state and local sales taxes in 2015, the Amazon agreement is paramount.
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In May, Oklahoma City received its first check from the Oklahoma Tax Commission reflecting taxes collected by Amazon. Collected as a use tax, Oklahoma City recorded $4.9 million in use tax collection, an increase of $1.39 million over the previous month. The Seattle-based company remits collections as a use tax, which is a tax method for out-of-state purchases. As a private company, there is no way to know exactly how much Amazon remits to the state or municipalities. Oklahoma City officials, along with Edmond and Norman, are reporting surging use tax collections in recent months. As of September, Oklahoma City reported a 19 percent increase in use tax collections when compared to the previous year, which is “very significant growth,” according to Doug Dowler, City of Oklahoma City budget director. After two straight fiscal years where Oklahoma City leaders witnessed a decline in sales tax collections, the use tax growth is a positive trend. Not since 1987 has the city recorded two straight years of dwindling sales tax. As in the 1980s, city officials point to the downturn in the oil industry as a major contributor to low tax collections. There is a trickle-down effect on the local economy whenever jobs are cut because of low oil and gas activity. Consumers and businesses alike tighten their wallets. Another contributor is consumer habits, which includes online shopping, but also shifting from a product-based economy to a service-based economy. By a quick click on the Internet, a song, book, movie or video game is purchased or rented as a digital file, not tangible products from a retailer. “It really does seem like our economy is changing to a more service-based economy with less focus on goods,” Dowler said. “I think that will present
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For Kiley Raper, Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association CEO, Oklahoma’s Amazon agreement is the first step in an ongoing effort to close the sales tax loophole and restore competition between brick-and-mortar retailers. Her organization joined many other retail industry groups in calls to federal leaders for passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation, which would have allowed states to collect taxes on all Internet sales. Currently, Internet retailers with a brick-and-mortar storefront, business office or warehouse in the state must collect sales tax on purchases from Oklahomans. However, under a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that dealt with catalog sales, out-of-state Internet retailers are not required to remit sales tax. It falls upon consumers to report and pay tax from online purchases to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. “It is completely unfair,” Raper said. “You can buy something from a big-box retailer online and pay sales tax. You can buy something from Amazon and pay the sales tax. If you buy from another vendor who doesn’t have a presence here, they don’t collect and remit. You are liable for it, but that is something a lot of people forget.” South Dakota’s attorney general is petitioning for the Supreme Court to review the 1992 case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. Retail leaders, including Raper, say there is a likelihood that the Supreme Court will hear this case. In 2015, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy publicly stated that in the age of online retail, it was time to reconsider the landmark case. Should the Supreme Court deliver a ruling requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales tax, Oklahoma municipalities, as well as the state government, would likely see tax revenues grow, and brick-and-mortar retailers would be on a level playing field with online merchants. Regardless of any ruling or legislation, consumers have established shopping habits and behaviors. It’s imperative that local retailers continue to push the message of shop local, explained Zodrow. “It’s a lifestyle change,” Zodrow said. “I know it can be super tricky to shop local all the time, but you can be more conscious. Simple little purchases can make a huge difference to us as retailers.”
Crown jewel Yale Theater is poised for preservation, which district leaders say is revitalization gold for historic area. By Laura Eastes
Black-and-white photographs from decades past offer a glimpse of the storied history of the Yale Theater, a mainstay of the commercial corridor of Capitol Hill since 1918. There’s no missing the iconic Art Deco marquee marking the Yale Theater and displaying the names of films from yesteryear. There’s no doubt that the Yale Theater was once one of the district’s crown jewels. Like many of Oklahoma City’s urban commercial districts, the area fell on hard times. By the 1970s and ‘80s, suburban sprawl and the overall poor economy of the city caused Capitol Hill to decline further. The Yale Theater remained open but film screenings were replaced by wrestling matches and livestock auctions. As a revived Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill greets neighbors and newcomers today, the talk of the district is Yale Theater and how it will once again
become the crowd jewel of a burgeoning and revitalized urban district. “This building is the trigger,” said Santiago Arzate Jr., who is the chairman of Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill. As Arzate named the district’s revitalization milestones, he explained leaders always knew a key to envisioning their vision for a thriving district was returning the Yale Theater to its former glory. Across the Oklahoma River, leaders took notes from theatre projects like the Plaza District’s Lyric Theatre and Uptown 23rd District’s Tower Theatre. “What they basically created were pillars in their districts,” Arzate said. “That’s what we are trying to do. The education aspect is established big time here with Oklahoma City Community College, but what we need is to fill in with entertainment and arts elements. We are focused on people who want to bring that.” That’s where developers Aimee Ahpeatone and Steve Mason came in,
purchasing the theater property, 227 SW 25th St. The two plan to rehabilitate the theater to its “Art Deco grandeur” as an event space, according to Mason, who has contributed to projects in Automobile Alley and Plaza District. The vision of Ahpeatone and Mason is exactly what Arzate and leaders of Calle Dos Cinco were seeking. The project will not only revitalize the theater, but also enhance the corridor by stimulating business growth and attracting new visitors, he said. “We are just trying to take the next steps as a community,” Arzate said. “We
The Yale Theater, 227 SW 25th St., was once the premier movie theater serving neighbors of Capitol Hill and other south Oklahoma City neighborhoods. Developers Aimee Ahpeatone and Steve Mason seek to revitalize the near hundred year old facility into an events center. | Photo Garett Fisbeck
are 100 percent behind Steve and Aimee and everything they are doing for this community. This is a big step. I can’t wait to see it in its full glory.” continued on page 6
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When Ahpeatone and Mason were first led through the theater building, they saw bright street light fixtures along the black painted walls. It is believed that the last audiences to enjoy a film in the theater was sometime during the ‘80s. In more recent years, the theater space was utilized as a professional wrestling venue. It was far from the historical accents that any developer would hope to find in a historic theater. With a location in a historic district where leaders were committed to preservation and building an urban destination, coupled with immense community interest in the future of the theater, it was a project worth pursuing, explained Ahpeatone. “We knew we wanted to come to Capitol Hill,” said Ahpeatone, who is also an owner and counselor at Mosaic Mental Health located in the district. “When the theater was presented to us, it seemed like a nobrainer. When you revitalize a district, this is the kind of space people have been in and have memories. They don’t necessarily have a memory from a shoe store, but they do of movie theaters.” What the theater lacks in its interior, its makes up for with its exterior marquee. Plans call to restore the existing front facade and famous Yale sign, which dates back to 1946. “The architecture is gorgeous,” Mason said as he explained the uniqueness of Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill, which was not impacted by urban renewal efforts. “This district we didn’t tear down.” According to Mason, the renovations will result in a thoroughly modern event space that pays homage to the historic theater. The two developers predict the Yale Theater will host celebrations, such as weddings, anniversaries and quinceañeras, as well as fundraisers and community meetings. Those who live in the neighborhoods that surround the district will ultimately decided its uses, said Ahpeatone. At last week’s open house, where Ahpeatone and Mason opened the theater for the community to see the before and envision the after, community support was evident as local leaders, business owners and neighbors piled in for a look. “I think the important piece is for us to create that crown jewel in the neighbor6
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A display board positioned in the entrance of the Yale Theater highlights the plans of developers Aimee Ahpeatone and Steve Mason. The theater dates back to 1918, a year from now, it should once again light up SW 25th Street in Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill. | Photo Garett Fisbeck
hood,” Ahpeatone said, “The one that brings people from different neighborhoods down to check it out.”
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Through the help of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., Oklahoma City’s Yale Theater is one of 25 preservation projects vying for funding from Partners in Preservation: Main Street, which is supported by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Main Street America. Through Oct. 31, the public can vote once a day for up to five projects at VoteYourMainStreet.org. Projects with the most votes could split grant funds from a pool of $1.5 million. The Yale Theater is the only Oklahoma project, but is one of several historic theater preservation projects.
When the theater was presented to us, it seemed like a no-brainer. Aimee Ahpeatone When the Yale Theater reopens, it will join a long list of the district’s revitalization efforts, which includes partnership with Oklahoma City Community College and involvement in the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Cultural District Initiative. More is coming. Ever since the Yale Theater renovation announcement, interest in the area has reached a new level, said Arzate, who points to the strong reputation of Ahpeatone and Mason. “We have someone who has a vision to better the community and who wants to be involved in the community,” Arzate said speaking of Ahpeatone and Mason. “It’s a godsend.” Arzate’s brother Marco Arzate, owner of Prestige Lighting Solutions located in the district, said the Yale Theater will draw people from across the metro into the district. “It’s a historical market now,” he said of the theater, “but it is going to be a signature piece for Oklahoma City.”
A brief history of Oklahoma City’s shopping malls Penn Square Mall Location: N. Pennsylvania Avenue and Northwest Expressway Opened: 1960 Past tenants: John A. Brown, Montgomery Ward and Penn Square Bank Current tenants: Dillard’s, JC Penney, Macy’s and AMC Penn Square Mall 10
Shepherd Mall Location: NW 23rd Street and Villa Avenue Opened: 1964 Past tenants: John A. Brown, JC Penney, TG&Y, El Charrito, Val Gene’s and Shepherd Twin Theater Current tenants: Hewlett-Packard, ASTEC Charter Schools, business offices, including Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office
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Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads to close at the end of October. By Laura Eastes
When the 1.2 million-square-foot Crossroads Mall, located near the intersection of Interstate 240 and Interstate 35, was scooped up by Oklahoma City’s Raptor Properties and rebranded as Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, there was plenty of cause for celebration. Back in Spring 2013, developers pitched their plans for transforming a near-empty mall into a shopping destination with Latino businesses and restaurants and musical entertainment every weekend. Rejuvenating a mall that was once the ninth largest in the nation caught the attention of the community, especially after stores boarded up one by one in the 1990s and 2000s. Two years after the mall began its second life, the mall’s occupancy had grown from 17 percent in 2013 to 45 percent. In addition to shops and eateries, Plaza Mayor was home to a business incubator featuring dozens of small businesses in a former department store and a health clinic operated by Integris. On weekends, large crowds flocked to the central court for concerts and community events. It appeared that the dying mall, revamped into a Hispanic cultural shopping center catering to the needs and interests of Oklahoma City’s growing Hispanic population, was the solution. The vision for Plaza Mayor came from developer José de Jesús Legaspi, who joined in the Oklahoma City project after transforming a former Fort Worth dead mall into the highly visited and shopped La Gran Plaza. Legaspi’s Hispanic malls are developed around the central idea that consumers want a space to gather.
Similarly, the architect credited with designing the first shopping malls saw them as indoor town squares. “We don’t buy malls or run malls on the basis that we are going to get it, built it up and then sell it now. We’re hoping that we can run it for five, 10, 20 years from now,” Legaspi told Oklahoma Gazette in 2015. “And that’s a long-term investment. It takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of money to make it happen.”
The current retail environment has not provided CRM the opportunity to attract much-needed large retail tenants. CRM company statement Two years later, the southeast Oklahoma City mall is right back where it started with low tenancy and few shoppers. In late September, Raptor Properties, a division of CRM Properties Group LLC, announced its intention to close the mall Oct. 31. “CRM has made countless efforts over the past several years exploring every opportunity for success of Plaza Mayor to remain as a shopping destination,” a company press release stated. “The current retail environment has not provided CRM the opportunity to attract much-needed large retail tenants. CRM has exhausted all possibilities in the current economic market to make Plaza Mayor a viable mall.”
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What’s next for the former mall is unknown. Raptor Properties only hints that the property could shift into another use and did not return calls from Oklahoma Gazette seeking further comment. For the time being, Plaza Mayor joins a growing list of dead malls – which is a term used to describe either half-empty or closed shopping malls. In 2014, Green Street Advisors, a real estate advisory group, predicted that 15 percent of malls in the United States would be closed or converted into non-retail properties over the course of the next decade. There are examples across the country and in Oklahoma illustrating that malls can successfully be converted into community colleges and schools, business offices and healthcare facilities. Examples of conversion from shops to offices include northwest Oklahoma City’s Shepherd Mall and Tulsa’s Eastgate Metroplex. One could argue that Plaza Mayor is already on its way as Santa Fe South, a well-established south Oklahoma City charter school, purchased and renovated the former Montgomery Ward’s building into a high school facility. Santa Fe South is not affected by the mall’s closure. Other possible scenarios could involve the property owners selling the mall for the value of the land or razing the building and redeveloping the property. The property owners contest that Plaza Mayor’s future will be in the community’s best interest. “While the future plans of this mall are currently unknown, CRM will be making every effort to work with municipal and state governments to determine the highest and best use of the property to best serve the city and community as a whole,” the company stated.
Heritage Park Mall Location: Reno Avenue and N. Air Depot Boulevard, Midwest City Opened: 1971 Past Tenants: Sears, Dillard’s, Montgomery Ward and Service Merchandise Current tenants: The mall closed in 2010 except for two entities, which were owned separately from the mall. Sears closed in September. Life.Church remains open.
Northpark Mall, now Shoppes at Northpark Location: N. May Avenue and NW 122nd Street Opened: 1973 Past tenants: Safeway grocery store and Shambourg’s Commonwealth movie theater Current tenants: B.C. Clark Jewelers, Geno’s Furs, Rococo Restaurant, Shogun Steak House of Japan and Hacienda Tacos
Crossroads Mall, later named Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Location: Intersection of Interstate 240 and Interstate 35 Opened: 1975 Past tenants: Dillard’s, John A. Brown, Montgomery Ward, JC Penney, Macy’s and Steve & Barry’s Current tenants: Red Dirt Art Gallery and Studio, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Scissortail Community Development Corporation and Santa Fe South Schools
Quail Springs Mall Location: Near intersection of West Memorial Road and North Pennsylvania Avenue Opened: 1980 Past tenants: Macy’s and Sears Current tenants: Dillard’s, JC Penney, Von Maur and AMC Quail Springs Mall 24; Life Time Fitness is constructing a location at Quail Springs Mall on the site of the former Macy’s store.
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Cart before the horse
Things could get tense at the Oklahoma Capitol in February when state lawmakers convene for the 2018 Legislative Session. In reality, it’s already tense at NE 23rd Street and N. Lincoln Boulevard. In late September, lawmakers came back to the Capitol for a special session with specific instructions from the governor to fix a $215 million budget hole. Those instructions fell on deaf ears. According to NewsOK, “a couple dozen education-related bills” were filed for the special session, including some addressing teacher pay. Given that it’s a “special” session, it’s unlikely that the bills will be heard in committee. However, the bills preview what’s to come in regular session. Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City and Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville are taking aim at small schools. “There is a lot of talk, especially in my district, that Oklahoma has too many school districts and too many superintendents,” Bice told NewsOK. Bice’s bill calls for consolidating administrative services of school districts with fewer than 200 students. Echols and Cleveland propose tasking the state Board of Education with recommending consolidation plans for any district with fewer than 1,000 students. If the bill were to receive favor from lawmakers and the governor, 73 percent of the state’s public schools would be subject to a possible consolidation plan, according to NewsOK. We at Chicken-Fried News see this as putting the cart before the horse. Do lawmakers recall approving creation of a task force to study administrative costs and make recommendations to address education funding? Just last session, lawmakers approved the task force, which is scheduled to begin meeting this month. According to NewsOK, House leadership had yet to name a member to serve as its co-chair. Gathering all the facts and studying the issues before proposing legislation might sound like a crazy idea — but it’s not.
Some of the state’s most prominent Republicans from the past have just one question for state lawmakers as they work their way through a special session intended to address the state budget: W.W.R.D., “What Would Reagan Do?” Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, former Gov. Frank Keating and former Secretary of State Larry Parman were practically sanctimonious in a written appeal sent straight to the desks of state lawmakers begging them to not raise taxes on the state, but to further cut state and agency spending. Channeling the words of Reagan himself, the trio wrote, “Government is the problem” and “The problem is that government spends too much.” Ah, yes. Cut the agencies. We could be mistaken, but that sounds like the same approach Oklahoma has been trying for the last several years as the state continues to slide backward into a dark and widening budget hole. Even Gov. Mary Fallin — not exactly a raging socialist — has said that these desperate times call for additional increases to revenue. “Additional cuts to agencies will further harm state services. I will veto a proposal that calls for cuts to state agencies,” the governor said in a statement
last month. Part of the problem with cutting state agencies is that there would need to be something there to cut. Are Coburn and other conservative budget hawks going to volunteer their time to teach middle school health or social studies to save money on teacher salaries? Actually, that is our scariest thought yet — we like our current teachers just fine, thanks! The letter to lawmakers blames the state’s financial hardships on “significant price declines in oil and to the failures of the Obama administration’s economic policies and regulations.” Yeah, way to pass the buck to the Obama administration on that one. It is not like the state Legislature and executive branch have been in the iron grip of Republican leadership throughout this decline. Besides, Oklahoma is in no position to be passing bucks to anyone. Make sure to check all Capitol seat cushions for loose change.
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Do you enjoy Popeye’s $5 box when it comes around? Or do you like to take advantage of falling chicken prices at the grocery store? It turns out that one of the ways giant chicken suppliers are able to cut costs is through the hard labor of Oklahomans looking to avoid jail time and constitutionally questionable practices. An investigation by Reveal looks at the Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery [CAAIR] facility located in Delaware County, which houses about 280 men a year and partners with an Arkansas chicken processing plant and other factories across the region. CAAIR was formed in part by Simmons Food Inc. after the company had trouble staffing its late-night shifts spent sorting and stacking frozen chicken parts for some of the country’s largest restaurants and retailers including Walmart, KFC and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, according to Reveal. Those working through CAAIR are not paid for their hard labor; rather, they get bunk beds, meals and Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous
counseling. Judges across Oklahoma send those facing drug charges to CAAIR. When Oklahoma established its drug court 20 years ago, it added the stipulation that treatment must be certified by the state. CAAIR is uncertified by the state but has become an option because residential treatment is expensive and in short supply. Men are working difficult jobs without pay. The 13th amendment bans slavery and involuntary servitude unless a person has been convicted of a felony. The men in CAAIR have not been convicted of crimes, and many have their cases dismissed. On the surface, the program seems to be in violation of both the United States Constitution and state law, but Simmons has been able to cut its fulltime work force and employ men from CAAIR without having to pay workers compensation insurance or payroll taxes. CAAIR has brought in $11 million in revenue since 2010, according to Reveal. Many of the of the problems that led to the vacuum that created a shortage for licensed and safe drug treatment come from a lack of funding from the state. But we know how to fix that! Just cut the oil tax again. That sounds like a good idea.
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Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar 3005 S. Broadway, Edmond | 405-285-0911 What works: The boudin balls are a creamy perfection of a regional delicacy. What needs work: The restaurant missed an opportunity not cooking its red beans in stock. Tip: Don’t sleep on the steak.
One of my favorite scents in the world is when the holy trinity of Cajun cooking (green pepper, onion and celery) first hits the pot and melds with a thick, dark brown roux. I wish the smell could be saved in candle form. The nutty aroma emanating from the buttery mixture is one of those scents imprinted into my memory and sent me in search of authentic Cajun food in the Oklahoma City area. The smell inside the kitchen at Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar, 3005 S. Broadway, in Edmond must be intoxicating, where the kitchen staff is constantly making roux, standing over the thick mixture of flour and butter until it is the right consistency and color. It’s the building block for dishes like gumbo and étouffée.
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“My grandmother was the original chef,” Hickman said. “I trained under her, and it’s taught me to put a lot of love and passion into our food.” Hickman relocated from Houston to Oklahoma City, where he founded The Shack Seafood & Oyster Bar, but he sold his share in the restaurant to open Brent’s in September 2016 because it’s closer to his Edmond home and the location at the corner of Broadway and W. 33rd Street is in view of the 66,000 cars that pass by daily. If the Monday lunch crowd is any indication, the strategic move has paid off. I arrived 30 minutes after Brent’s
The woodwork inside the restaurant is warm and relaxing. I began with an appetizer of fried boudin balls ($8.99 for five). Boudin, which is a loose sausage mixed with rice and green onion, is a personal favorite. Instead of the mixture being stuffed into a pork casing, it gets rolled in breadcrumbs and dropped into the deep fryer. The result is a creamy and delicate flavor without being too greasy, and it’s complemented nicely with a peppery rémoulade sauce. For my entree, I wanted to try the crawfish étouffée ($14.99 at dinner) because it’s a dish that highlights everything I want in Cajun cuisine: rich creaminess, complex flavors and a love of seafood. I subbed normal white rice for dirty rice, which is traditionally thickened with chicken livers and adds andouille sausage for extra flavor. Even though it’s long past peak crawfish season, the meat in the dish tasted fresh and reminded me why it’s one of my favorite seafood items. The tails are able to cook longer in the sauce than shrimp and absorb the subtle hints of butter, smoky paprika and slight peppery heat. “Cajun food isn’t about burning your mouth off with heat,” Hickman said. “It’s about the flavors and everything coming together. It’s about a flavor explosion.” I added a side of red beans and rice because it’s a staple dish for my home slow cooker, and I was disappointed. Full of beans and sausage, the dish was
largely one-note: grease. The recipe for Brent’s red beans and rice is on restaurant’s website and shows the beans cook in plain water without the enhancement of stock. I see this as a missed opportunity for flavor. It might not be traditional, but I cook red beans in tomato juice and either chicken or pork stock along with cumin, ground coriander, oregano, bay leaves, smoked paprika and crushed red pepper. The majority of Brent’s sales come through seafood. Hickman said oysters are caught one day and shipped the next and arrive three days a week. The ability of next-day shipping over the last few decades has changed the access to fresh fish in landlocked states. “A lot of our seafood comes out of Houston, which is only a six-hour drive,” Hickman said. “The oysters were in the ocean a day and half ago, which is almost as good if you were right on the gulf.” Hickman said the étouffée and red beans and rice are two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The seafood courtbouillion ($22.99) is an ode to the sea — catfish, scallops and crawfish tails are simmered in a broth flavored with both a roux and a tomato-based Creole sauce to create a stew. The Pontchartrain ($28.99) is grilled red fish topped with a sherry wine reduction that includes shrimp, crab meat and mushrooms. Brent’s also offers hand-cut rib-eye ($23.99) and Kansas City strip ($21.99) steaks. “People tell me all the time that we have the best steaks in town,” Hickman said. The menu expands to brunch on the weekends and includes such decadent dishes as Bananas Foster French toast and bayou omelets, which add seafood and andouille in a variety of cream sauces. After the meal, I was so full that my next meal didn’t come until the next day. The boudin balls were my favorite dish. Brent’s Cajun is the perfect spot in OKC to indulge in authentic Cajun cuisine.
Owner Brent Hickman’s family is from Louisiana, where his grandfather and great uncles opened Don’s Seafood in Lafayette in 1934. Hickman and his family moved to Houston, Texas, where they opened a slew of Cajun restaurants. The restaurant business is in Hickman’s blood and is as thick as the roux that is stored in the kitchen of Brent’s for days so all of the flavors can marinate.
The entrance to Brent’s Cajun is not marked with signage. | Photo Jacob Threadgill
A cup of red beans and rice | Photo Jacob Threadgill
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EAT & DRINK New York and has experience in the fine dining kitchens of the Big Apple. “How me and my chef friends eat when we’re not at work is totally different,” Dunham said. “I wanted counter service because trends nationally are pointing to people liking the friendliness and ease.” Dunham moved to Oklahoma City in 2009 from Austin to be closer to his wife Jenny’s native home. After revitalizing Iguana, including overseeing its renovation this year, Dunham felt fried chicken was the perfect way to branch out. “There aren’t very many people here concentrating on fried chicken outside of the big chains,” Dunham said. “I didn’t overthink it.” Walk up the stairs to the entrance of the restaurant and you are greeted by a server ready to take your order behind the counter. Customers choose from four levels of spice ranging from chirp (mild) to crazy-hot.
As Nashville hot chicken becomes a national craze, it hits OKC. By Jacob Threadgill
About five weeks after opening his second Automobile Alley restaurant, Marc Dunham is hoping the name of his newest eatery, Nashbird, isn’t too limiting. The concept of Nashville spicy hot chicken has gone from cult regional status to the national zeitgeist now available as a “Spicy bird with a savory bun” at KFC. “I struggled with the name because I love it, but at the same time, I want to do different flavor combinations,” said Dunham, who also owns Iguana Mexican Grill. “There might be chipotle-lime or a Korean fried chicken with kimchi so that it’s not hyper-specific to Nashville. When people say Nashville, it’s kind of pigeonholing me in one regard, but I chose the name, so it is what it is.” Dunham opened Nashbird at 1 NW Ninth Street in August, on the same block as Iguana, after his business partner and landlord Steve Mason let him know the location was available.
Nashbird’s chicken sandwich comes with lemon coleslaw. | Photo Garett Fisbeck
Working at a chicken restaurant is in Dunham’s background. His mother worked at a fried chicken restaurant while growing up in New Braunfels, Texas. He got into the restaurant industry as a teenage dishwasher and held every position from waiter to bartender and chef. Dunham is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in
Nashbird is located in Autombile Alley at 1 NW Ninth St. | Photo Garett Fisbeck
Chicken brines for 24 hours in saltwater, which displaces liquid in the muscle of the chicken and makes it juicier. The salt in the brine and in the seasoning after frying almost acts as a natural preservative. “You can buy this chicken, store it in the refrigerator for two days, and it will taste exactly the same,” Dunham said. Cold fried chicken, which is behind only pizza in terms of popularity as an unheated leftover, is served to order by request and when they’ve got ahead on demand. The chicken is served cold, in baskets of white, dark and mixed meat or in eight-piece buckets. Different from the spicy Buffalo version of fried chicken, the Nashville-style is oil-based instead of the vinegary hit of hot sauce. Dunham provides nuanced flavor for the bird through the use of a secret blend of spices that have been bloomed in oil before being applied to the bird. After the bird comes out of the fryer, it is brushed with oil and spices for a kick that is spicy and complex. “This spice mixture is different than the one used in Nashville. It’s got cayenne but other things that are not
traditional,” Dunham said. “Betterquality spices and the younger they are from the ground to the grinder is going to make them more aromatic because spices have essential oils in them. The longer they sit out and get oxidized, the less fragrant they are.” Spicy chicken breast serves as the star of the sandwich, available on a brioche bun or biscuit. The traditional sandwich is served with lemon coleslaw that Dunham said has received compliments from people who don’t normally like coleslaw because it is more vinegarthan mayonnaise-based.
From the heat seekers, I kept hearing that the chicken wasn’t hot enough. Marc Dunham “From the heat seekers, I kept hearing that the chicken wasn’t hot enough,” Dunham said of the “crazy hot” version. “I upped the amount of ghost pepper, tweaked the recipe and people are like ‘Holy shit! This is hot.’ Well, this is what you wanted.” Dunham said that he only taste-tests the hottest version once a week to make sure the kitchen staff is preparing the mixture correctly. It’s only for those who are actively seeking the endorphin rush that comes after putting yourself through pain. “The hotter you get, the less you can taste the rest,” he said. Dunham said that Nashbird will begin to unveil new flavor combinations, such as a Korean style, in the coming weeks. “It’s a lot of fun to know we can take the spices in a different direction,” he said.
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A fundraiser dinner for Western Avenue Association invites guests to eat and drink as much as they want. By Jacob Threadgill
The businesses along the sidewalks of Western Avenue epitomize the spirit of Oklahoma City and make up the city’s oldest official district. Western Avenue Association was founded in 2001 and stretches from upscale Nichols Hills known for sleek and modern design to the hip art deco-inspired buildings near NW 36th Street on its southern edge. Celebrating its crystal anniversary, the association will host its annual fundraiser, Taste of Western, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Will Rogers Theatre Events Center, 4322 N. Western Ave. Guests will be able to dine all night long on offerings from 15 restaurants as the $50 ticket goes toward the association’s beautification fund, which sponsors everything from new signage and plants to the nine murals put in place in 2015. “[The association] has helped make the district more walkable with the streetscape, and that’s great for [the flower shop],” said Stephanie Humes, business manager at A Date With Iris flower shop. “They’ve done a lot to get the community involved over the last three years. We want to do that more with events that are smaller and more frequent.” Humes, who has served as a board member with the Western Avenue Association for 10 years, said the association’s sponsorship of such events like a car show called Wheels on Western and the Harry Potter-themed Wizards on Western, which is expanding in its second year, are examples of such community events. In honor of the 15th anniversary, Humes said participating restaurants will put together food tastings with centerpieces and decorations appropriate for a celebration. Live jazz music, wine and beer, which is included with the ticket, will be on hand to as part of the event. Taste of Western guests will have an opportunity to take fun pictures in a photo booth and buy raffle tickets for a variety of packages including passes to the Boathouse District and Oklahoma City Thunder tickets.
Featured restaurants St. Mark’s Chop Room Pearl’s Oyster Bar VZD’s The Barrel The Wedge Pizzeria Iron Star Urban Barbeque Whole Foods Market Big Sky Bread Company Bin 73 Wine Bar Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria Hideaway Pizza The Oil Tree The Hutch on Avondale Sushi Neko Musashi’s
Guests will vote on their favorite restaurant tasting of the night. Big Sky Bread Company returns to defend its title as the people’s choice winner, which Humes said is only for bragging rights and a trophy. First-time participants include The Hutch on Avondale, St. Mark’s Chop Room and The Oil Tree. Humes said the addition of new businesses since last year’s Taste of Western highlights the vitality of the district. While Western Avenue was the first entertainment district to emphasize local businesses and that value system has spread to other districts, the area is still evolving. “Western is ever-changing,” Humes said. “You know there will be staples that will always be there, but new businesses open to inject life. I think it’s cool now that you can get great olive oil at The Oil Tree and then get the spices to cook it in at Savory [Spice Shop],” Humes said. Visit tasteofwestern.com.
Taste of Western 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 Will Rogers Theatre | 4322 N. Western Ave. tasteofwestern.com $50
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Bacon is good. Bacon is good because it tastes good. Oklahoma loves bacon. This is good because bacon is good. Because Oklahoma loves bacon, here are some good places in Oklahoma to find good bacon — which isn’t hard because all bacon is good bacon. Well, except turkey bacon. By Ben Luschen | Photos by Garett Fisbeck and Gazette/ file
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During the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl heyday in the early 1990s, there were few combinations as good as quarterback (and Henryetta High School graduate) Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin. Though the bacon and avocado on 1907’s Aikman Bacon Guacamole Burger have no championship rings of their own, they form a similarly dynamic pairing — particularly when served alongside the burger joint’s delicious waffle-cut french fries.
Can you guess this restaurant’s specialty? While some eateries throw playful nods to the meat candy in their recipes, aptly named Bacon eats, sleeps and — yes — drinks bacon. Bacon serves all-bacon everything, its cocktail menu included. The Bacon Bloody Mary is made with a house-infused vodka and the restaurant’s own Bloody Mary mix featuring a sweet and salty strip of the good stuff as the world’s best garnish. Please don’t ask to see a vegan menu.
For some, getting adventurous with pancakes means throwing a few chocolate chips in the batter or buttering both sides of the flapjack. Onboard the Bacon N’ Cakin’ food truck, these treatments are mere child’s play. Take the Hound Dog, for example. It includes two pancakes stuffed with candied bacon and a freshly prepared egg in between. The savory stack is topped with a bit of sweetness, adding sliced bananas and a drizzle of homemade peanut butter sauce.
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OK, we can guess what you’re thinking. What could possibly make Bricktown Brewery’s Extreme Bacon & Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich so “extreme”? While you won’t find this comfort food staple on a halfpipe or ski slope near you, its flavors are pretty rad in their own right. Aside from bacon, which is spectacular in nearly all contexts, the sandwich includes an impressive five cheeses, including American, cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss and Pecorino Romano.
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Even those with a cursory knowledge of Oklahoma lore are familiar with the Stillwater staple Eskimo Joe’s. Its menu of cheese fries, in particular, is one of the most-known offerings in the state. Bacon rightly pops up on several dish varieties, including the standard bacon cheese fries, sweet peppered bacon cheese fries and Elm Street cheese fries, which adds marinated chicken and sweet peppered bacon.
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Though long loved by Oklahomans thanks to Sonic and, more recently, The Pump Bar, national palates seem to treat the tater tot as a less-appreciated cousin to the more popular french fry. This is a true food travesty. Anyone who has sampled McNellie’s Buffalo bleu bacon smothered tots knows the plump rendition of the crispy fried potato should play second fiddle to no one.
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Bacon is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a number of ways, but it is most commonly seen either beside eggs at breakfast or under a cheeseburger’s bun at lunch. Instead of choosing one or the other, Okay Yeah lets diners have both at the same time. Its Breakfast Burger comes with egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, micro dill and a generous slather of peach bourbon jam. At last, a burger that is acceptable to eat any hour of the day.
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ARTS & CULTURE Russell Westbrook speaks with teammate Carmelo Anthony, who was acquired through a trade with the New York Knicks in September. | Photo Zach Beeker / Oklahoma City Thunder / provided
into the 2017-18 season. For the time being, the Thunder has schemed its way back to contender status — a position to which it is already accustomed.
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The Thunder’s lightning-quick resurgence has Oklahoma City back on the NBA map. By Ben Luschen and Jacob Threadgill
In Oklahoma City, today is Russell Westbrook Day, as was yesterday, as is tomorrow and forevermore. When the beloved Oklahoma City Thunder point guard signed a five-year, $205 million contract extension with the team Sept. 29, the entire city was rightfully thrilled — or, more accurately, relieved. Only Westbrook and forward Nick Collison remain from the team that moved to OKC from Seattle in 2008. The NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player is both the key piece to the team’s continued on-the-court relevance and the city’s oldest and most loyal basketball friend. Mayor Mick Cornett was so excited about the extension that hours after the deal was announced, he signed an official proclamation naming every day in OKC henceforth Russell Westbrook Day. In a proclamation signed in 2016, Cornett had previously made Aug. 4 the star’s municipal holiday. Basketball optimism is once again at a fever pitch in OKC thanks to a pair of unexpected blockbuster offseason trades that brought established superstars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder. But things seemed considerably bleaker just a year ago. Kevin Durant went public with his decision to leave the team for the Golden State Warriors on July 4, 2016 — a day most city residents will never forget. Certain jerseys were burned. Certain player-owned restaurants were panned in online Yelp reviews. More seriously, people began to wonder how the city would continue to support the team if its run of success began to diminish. Through the team’s entire history in OKC, the Thunder was either among
the league’s top contenders or on-track to get there. There was never a time when the team’s fortunes seemed on the decline. These were fears not just raised by anxious OKC residents, but nationally as well. In a Deadspin article published days after Durant’s decision, writer Kevin Draper wondered if the departure might eventually lead to the team’s own future relocation — additionally citing a downturned state economy and the death of minority team owner Aubrey McClendon. “For the first time since the [Seattle Supersonics] relocated,” Draper wrote, “it isn’t a given that fans turn out in droves, that even non-sports fans watch the team on TV, that Oklahoma City residents stay engaged in the wider NBA. The franchise no longer has a trump card in its battle for local attention with college football. Because Kevin Durant left, for the first time, building and maintaining the Thunder fan base won’t be a given.” The idea sounds laughable in hindsight, but after Durant’s decision, some analysts and heartbroken fans believed the Thunder should have considered trading Westbrook before he could spurn the team for a larger market and once again leave OKC high and dry with nothing in return. If the Thunder and team general manager Sam Presti had heeded this advice, it is highly unlikely that its roster would be as star-studded heading Thunder players from left Andre Roberson, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams pose with center head coach Billy Donovan. | Photo Zach Beeker / Oklahoma City Thunder / provided
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When including the New Orleans Hornets’ (now known as the New Orleans Pelicans) two-season stint in the city, State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, said the number of stars local fans have had a chance to cheer for is impressive. “Think about the all-time Oklahoma City team that you could field,” Holt said. “Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony. You could have Peja Stojakovic and David West coming off the bench.” The OKC Republican representing District 30 is the author of the book Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA and served as Cornett’s chief of staff during the team’s move from Seattle. He is also a 2018 mayoral candidate hoping to succeed Cornett, who is running for governor. Holt said the Thunder’s speedy rise back to prominence is not only good news for the team’s win-loss record, but a key development for the city’s financial fortunes and national perception. “It’s basically a commercial for Oklahoma City that’s going to be running in the sports pages and sports talk shows of America for the next year,” he said. “That’s worth millions of dollars in image-building for our city and helps counteract, quite candidly, bad perceptions that have come out of the state Capitol in the last few years.” Despite fears the Thunder might be entering an extended period of malaise after Durant’s departure, a recordsetting season from Westbrook last year and a dynamite offseason this summer have provided plenty of excitement in OKC.
Holt said he believes the team has been smart in positioning itself for a day when its basketball fortunes are not as bright. By becoming integral to the community, the Thunder brand might be able to transcend its record. But that theory has still yet to be fully tested. And with quality management, it might not need to be. “I’d like to think that we love our Thunder regardless of wins and losses,” Holt said, “but I don’t see any need this year to test the theory.”
The seeds for the Thunder’s acquisition of Anthony and George were sown in Summer 2014. In his first offseason as the New York Knicks president of basketball operations, legendary Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson was at a crossroads. Anthony was a free agent, the Knicks were coming off a middling season and their star was considering an offer of less money from the Chicago Bulls to contend for a title. In Jackson’s exuberance to keep Anthony in New York, he included a complete no-trade clause in Anthony’s maximum contract, giving Anthony veto power over any potential trade. At the time of the 2014 extension, only Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett had similar deals. The Knicks had leverage with Anthony in 2014 — they could offer him the most years and highest dollar amount on the market — but Jackson threw in the no-trade as an unnecessary mea culpa. Later in the 2014-2015 season, after the Knicks began to devolve under Jackson’s leadership, the Thunder made a midseason trade, sending disgruntled point guard Reggie Jackson and receiving Enes Kanter as the highlights of a three-team swap. Much of the Internet scoffed during the ensuing offseason when the Thunder matched Portland’s four-year, $70 million restricted offer to Kanter. It was a lot of money for Kanter, a gifted offensive player with range who consistently ranked as one of the worst defensive centers in the league.
A shocking trade with the New York Knicks in late September sent all-star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. | Photo Zach Beeker / Oklahoma City Thunder / provided
night deal was in place to send he and George to the Cavaliers, but the deal fell apart. Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert fired GM David Griffin days before the draft without having a replacement in place. As the Knicks looked to move Anthony to a team to which he would waive his no-trade clause, the pickings were slim. First, Anthony declared he wanted to be in Houston, but with the Rockets only able to offer the albatross of Ryan Anderson’s contract to match Anthony’s salary, the deal went nowhere fast. Anthony relied on his relationship with George and Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, who coached Anthony during his run to a national championship as a freshman at Syracuse, to convince Anthony to agree to a trade to OKC. The deal couldn’t happen without Kanter’s contract. A deal that was much maligned at the time ended up being integral to the trade because it allowed the salaries, which included Doug McDermont’s deal, to match. The size of the Thunder frontcourt would become part of the team’s identity as the rest of the league was transitioning to small-ball lineups. Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Kanter helped the Thunder outrebound the Warriors 160 to 122 in its three wins over Golden State in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, but Klay Thompson’s historic heat check in game six ended the Thunder’s best shot at returning to the NBA Finals. Before Durant announced his departure that offseason, Presti flipped Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo and the pick that became forward Domantas Sabonis, both of whom were all that was needed to get George from Indiana after George’s public wish to be traded and perceived desire to return to his native Los Angeles hurt his value on the trade market. The Thunder positioned itself to take advantage of front office mismanagement across the Eastern Conference. Anthony told SiriusXM radio that a draft
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The offseason overhaul addresses two of the biggest areas of concern for the Thunder after Westbrook’s unprecedented NBA season: It helps build depth and gives Westbrook more room to operate driving to the basket. The Thunder were outscored 51.3 points per 100 possessions when Westbrook sat on the bench during its opening round series loss to the Rockets this past season. With Westbrook on the floor, Oklahoma City outscored Houston in the series. The addition of George and Anthony gives head coach Billy Donovan the chance to stagger the minutes of his three stars, meaning one of three can be on the court at all times and they can still play crunch time together. To further agitate Knicks fans, Anthony expressed enthusiasm about starting at power forward at his introductory Thunder press conference after years of bristling at the move in New York, only playing it for long stretches
out of injury necessity in the 2012-2013 season, which was also the zenith of team success during his Knicks tenure. The Thunder swapped Sabonis as power forward — his three-point shot cooled considerably after shooting over 40 percent the first month of his rookie season — for Anthony, who made 43 percent of his catch-and-shoot three points last season, according to NBA. com’s SportVU data. Anthony becomes a much more dangerous partner in the pick and pop than Ibaka or Sabonis for Westbrook, and Westbrook’s driving lanes will be that much more clear. The addition of free agent Patrick Patterson, a career 36 percent threepoint shooter, also gives the Thunder the spacing it needs and allows the Thunder to go big, sliding George in as shooting guard in place of defensive specialist Andre Roberson or playing Patterson has a small ball center. The possibilities of exciting lineups is what led to senior ESPN writer Zach Lowe giving the Thunder the No. 2 ranking in his annual League Pass ranking, and one that never happens without chaos in the Eastern Conference.
I’d like to think that we love our Thunder regardless of wins and losses, but I don’t see any need this year to test the theory. David Holt
For some, the Durant decision was more than a strike against the team’s on-court potential; it was a knock against their earning potential. Audrey Lisle, creative project manager at ID Solutions, which owns the T-shirt printing label and shop 405 Threads, 3821 S. Robinson Ave, experienced this firsthand. The store is known for its Adams and Kanter-modeled “’Stache Bros” and James Harden-themed “Fear the Beard” shirt designs, both of which
passed into obsolescence due to trades. “[When Durant left,] we have the added aspect of the business side of it, too,” she said. “We’re like, ‘What do we do with all of these shirts now?’” Lisle said if she has learned anything through 405 Threads’ five years of printing Thunder-themed merchandise, it is that nothing is certain. Players get hurt or move to other teams when you least expect it. While Anthony’s arrival from New York was cheered by many fans, it meant the team had to trade away former ’Stache Bro Kanter, making the shirt design obsolete. But that’s life in the NBA. “We just see it as an opportunity to do new things,” Lisle said. Tree & Leaf Clothing graphic designer Steven Silva said he too was once fearful of what Durant’s departure might mean for OKC and his company’s printing business. “It’s like this domino scenario,” he said. “If Kevin leaves, then the economy’s bubble bursts, then Russell leaves, then the team’s not good and fans stop supporting it and maybe the Thunder leaves and Oklahoma is set back like 20 years. You start spiraling on stuff like that.” As OKC fans know now, that spiral never came. In the heat of Westbrook’s record-breaking season last year, Tree & Leaf, 1705 NW 16th St., introduced its popular “Notorious MVP” shirt design. Last year, Adams could be seen wearing the shirt in a video promoting Westbrook’s MVP campaign. “Anytime you can see the players don’t hate the shirts that we’re making, it’s always cool,” Silva said. The store ordered a large new shipment of the design following Westbrook’s extension. Silva said Tree & Leaf is feverously working to develop new shirt designs themed around new arrivals George and Anthony and will continue to develop shirts as the season unfolds. “You can get a Thunder shirt pretty much anywhere,” he said. “Everyone already has two, three or five in their closet. For us it’s just like, ‘Well, we need to be thinking of something more creative.’” Visit 405threads.com and treeandleafclothing.com.
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Hopes, dreams and hair — Lyric Theatre brings ’80s fever to Oklahoma City with Rock of Ages. By Ian Jayne
For something so deeply rooted in the 1980s, Rock of Ages seems awfully timeless. With its big hair, bombastic songs and love stories, the musical has been everywhere from Broadway to the silver screen, and through Nov. 4, Oklahomans can experience its magic at Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16th St. Set against the backdrop of 1980s Los Angeles nightclubs, Rock of Ages follows Drew Boley (played by Derrick Medrano) and Sherrie Christian (played by Lauren Urso) as they try to find love and recognition in the City of Angels. The musical also addresses gentrification, as city officials and property developers try to close down the main hub of music and romance — The Bourbon Room — and, consequently, threaten to forever change the lives of local performers.
Rock of Ages features music by Styx, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Foreigner and Joan Jett, among others, living up to its name and the large catalogue of culturally influential music made during the ’80s. For director Ashley Wells, part of the musical’s appeal lies in its music, especially for people who came of age during the decade. When planning Lyric’s fall 2017 season, Wells said she wanted to direct the show. “I am a product of the ’80s,” she said. “I love the music.” Even as the musical sparks nostalgia for a bygone time, Wells said it also introduces its songs to a younger generation. “It’s kind of fun to have this show be the way that younger audiences will remember the song,” Wells said. For Urso, the musical’s songs present a compelling narrative interpretation and reveal cunning wordplay. “My character’s name is Sherrie, and Drew sings a song called, ‘Oh Sherry,’” Urso said. “The music fits so seamlessly with the storyline. … It doesn’t feel like a typical kitschy jukebox musical.” And while Rock of Ages certainly draws liberally on its musical heritage, Wells said her production will also take visual cues from another cultural remnant of the ’80s: the music video. “The songs, they were a story,” Wells said. “That’s what we grew up with: each band coming up with their own ideas and their wacky thinking about their songs.” Wells said she has had cast members 18
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watch music videos online in order to become familiar with the era’s distinct looks and production qualities. “It’s really fun. It’s almost like a history lesson because there are so many references,” said Lauren Urso. “I know the major ones, but they sprinkle in so many smart little jabs.” While the original Broadway production included projections and video elements, Wells said her approach will recall music videos by weaving scenes together and through specific choreographic elements. Recognizably ’80s aesthetics will also figure largely in the costumes, wigs, lighting and set design, according to Wells. “We wanted to create the Plaza Theatre as if you’re walking into The Bourbon Room,” Wells said. “Hopefully, when you walk in, you’re going to feel like you’re already in the bar.” The live band (whose members will also be outfitted with big ’80s wigs) will also be front and center, Wells said.
Given its earnest and unabashed homage to everything ’80s, Rock of Ages also keeps itself from sappiness through self-referential nods to the structuring of the musical itself. Lonny Barnett (played by Gregory DeCandia), a co-owner of The Bourbon Room, also performs the de facto role of narrator, offering commentary about the musical throughout the show. According to Urso, Lonny invites the audience “into this crazy world” by repeatedly breaking the fourth wall. In one of the show’s most self-aware moments, Lonny says that, although he’s “no Andrew Lloyd Sondheim,” he knows that the musical requires a love story. “It’s poking fun at itself and what the ’80s were but doing it in a very heartfelt and sincere way,” Wells said. Further blurring the lines between past and present, real and performed,
from left Derrick Medrano as Drew, Lauren Urso as Sherrie and Joshua Hobbs as Stacee Jaxx in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Rock of Ages. | Photo KO Rinearson / Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma / provided
Rock of Ages also comments on the necessity of places where people can gather to sing, perform and be themselves. “You have these different bars and places… Just a place that people can go and work out their craft,” Wells said. “It’s kind of like what the Plaza and Lyric Theatre have become to the district and 16th Street.” While the musical is set in Los Angeles and features larger-than-life characters such as aging rock star Stacee Jaxx and his band Arsenal, it’s not ultimately about fame, Wells said. Rather, the musical focuses on the complexities of true love and achieving one’s dreams in perhaps unexpected ways. “When you strip it down, it’s finding love and what you want your life to be,” Wells said. “Our two characters are in LA for one reason, but they end up finding something else that makes them happier.” Planning — rather than trying to predict — the future seems to be the implicit message of Rock of Ages. “Even though you are going after what you think is your dream, you could take a fork in the road, but it takes you to where you really want to be in the end,” Wells said. Tickets are $25-$62. Visit lyrictheatreokc.com or call 405-524-9312.
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Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre Company’s rendition of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is OKC-area’s swan song for a longtime leading duo. By Jacob Threadgill
Under the leadership of artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson, Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre Company has made it a mission to cater the theater’s schedule to both traditional and intellectually stimulating material. Last season, the company balanced performances of the Green Dayinspired musical American Idiot and the sardonic musical adaptation of the 1988 cult film Heathers with performances of family-friendly Shrek. Stevenson takes pride in brining material not normally seen in a town of 10,000 people. The trend continues with the Pollard’s production of Tony-Award winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which runs Friday through Oct. 28. “We’ve tried over the course of several years to try to build an audience that, in addition to more traditional fares, expects something that hasn’t been seen and something that will engage their minds,” Stevenson said in a phone interview with Oklahoma Gazette.
End of an era
Actor Matthew Alvin Brown first performed the titular character of Hedwig in the Oklahoma City area in 2002. The production at the Pollard will be Brown’s swan song in the area before he leaves to take the artistic director job at Tulsa Project Theatre. Brown saw an original off-Broadway production of Hedwig at the St. James Theatre while living in New York. “It changed my life,” Brown said. “I knew that this is what want theater to be. I would go back often every couple of weeks to see the show, and I knew immediately that I needed to do it one day.” After Hedwig closed off-Broadway in 2002, he acquired the rights through a local Oklahoma City theater group. Brown and singer Renee Anderson,
who plays Hedwig’s husband and bandmate Yitzhak, have been a duo for about eight years. Much like Neil Patrick Harris was replaced by Andrew Rannells in the Broadway adaptation of the play, The Pollard will usher in a new era with Jared Blount taking the main role and Beth Lipton playing Yitzhak Oct. 21-28th. “Jared is one of the best actors in town,” Brown said. “Hedwig is a real challenge because you have to walk a fine line between standup comedy, drag show and heartbreaking reality. He is equipped to handle all of that. … People will be able to go see both shows because we aren’t doing a Xerox copy of each other’s performance. I hope he gets to do it for 15 to 20 years too.”
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Hedwig is the creation of actor and singer John Cameron Mitchell, who began performing the play off-Broadway at clubs and bars in 1998. Mitchell also wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of the musical, but it was a boxoffice flop, although Stephen Trask, the leader of Hedwig’s band in the original theatrical version, earned a Grammy nomination for the film’s musical score. “It was the first musical of which I was aware that didn’t perform a ‘Broadway version’ of rock and roll,” Stevenson said. “They played with country and Western, punk, but at the heart, it is a rock score.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch plays with time and character constraints over the course of its storytelling but unfurls the tormented life of Hedwig, born Hansel Schmidt, self-described “slip of a girlyboy” in communist East Berlin. Hansel falls in love with an American solider, who convinces him to undergo a sex change operation in order to escape to the United States. The surgery is botched, leaving Hansel with only an “angry inch”
After more than two decades, Renee Anderson and Matthew Alvin Brown will perform the lead roles of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the last time in the Oklahoma City area at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie. | Photo Pollard Theatre Company / provided
and the adopted name Hedwig. Mitchell told the Toronto Star that Hedwig is more than a woman or man. “Hedwig didn’t choose her fate, but her wound created something absolutely unique,” Mitchell said in a 2014 interview. “It’s about the possibility of art healing, of love mixing with art to find some kind of wholeness and peace. … She’s a gender of one, and that is accidentally so beautiful.” After the film version of the play, Hedwig survived mostly overseas, until the Broadway production first helmed by Harris and director Michael Mayer vaulted it into the zeitgeist in 2014, just as trans issues were becoming part of the national conversation. Caitlin Jenner came out as a trans woman in April 2015. “John Cameron Mitchell wrote this 20 years ago, and it’s still ahead of its time,” Stevenson said. “He created a character that is layer upon layer upon layer. She’s colored with all level of fault, bad decision and anger. It’s not simply a pride parade. [Mitchell] decided to unravel those layers and show the humanity beneath this human being. …We can all realize how hard it is to look at ourselves and say we’re not happy with whom we’ve become. The transgender topic is just another layer that provides texture, but the narrative is far more human than oddity.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs Friday through Oct. 20 with Brown and Anderson as leads and Oct. 21-28 with Blount and Lipton. Tickets are $15-$30. Performances are 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and include two midnight matinees Saturday and Oct. 23. Visit thepollard.org or call 405-2822800.
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the music business and was just trying to hole up.” Taking the book’s title to its most literal extent, Squires will hold a reading from the new novel 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Plantation Restaurant, 140 E. Lake Drive, in Medicine Park. She also is scheduled to do a live reading 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Norman Barnes & Noble, 540 Ed Noble Parkway. There is no cover charge for either event. Though the Medicine Park area has now established a strong music reputation in hosting the annual Medicine Stone red dirt, country, folk and roots music festival that began five years ago, Squires’ story idea predates the event by several years. “Maybe all I was doing was picking up on the zeitgeist,” she said. “Maybe a lot of people were feeling Medicine Park was just a natural place for music.”
story begins, Gram is about 21 years old. “She’s got this feeling of, ‘Well, I’m done with that. I can do this again now,’” Squires said. Wells’ musical style is blues-based ’70s rock. It is not country music, but it is from the country. Squires said it is a sound that embodies Wells’ own roots. “One of the things this book is exploring is the way the rest of the country understands Oklahoma and the way you have to market Oklahoma so that it’s digestible to people,” she said. “So there’s some emphasis on her rural background and her poverty-stricken childhood.” Part of writing Medicine Park meant writing actual lyrics to songs for Wells and other characters. Squires uses the music as a unique and interesting way for readers to form a better understanding of the characters. Though she shows songwriting promise in the novel, Squires said she would never claim to be a true lyricist. “I think if I had ever had one iota of musical talent I would have wasted my life on it,” she said. “But, fortunately, I don’t — except for when it came to writing these lyrics for this. It was really fun.”
Writer Constance Squires invents a ’70s rock legend for her highly anticipated second novel Live from Medicine Park. By Ben Luschen
Before Constance Squires began the writing process for her award-winning debut Along the Watchtower, she was already making progress on the story that would eventually become her second novel. In Live from Medicine Park, published earlier this month by University of Oklahoma Press, Squires tells the story of Ray Wheeler, a down-on-his luck documentary filmmaker who hesitantly agrees to follow the musical comeback attempt of Lena Wells, an Oklahoma-raised ’70s rock icon whose career has been on a long hiatus. As Wheeler becomes more involved in the story, his relationship with Wells — for whom he develops romantic feelings — and the people around her becomes more complex even as he strives to maintain journalistic distance. The story is set in Medicine Park, a camping and resort area in southwest Oklahoma near Lawton. Squires, currently a creative writing professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, was raised in a military family and spent part of her life growing up in nearby Fort Sill. Medicine Park was a favorite camping and hiking spot for Squires before it became the setting for her book. “It’s such a funky little enclave in Oklahoma that not a lot of people have been to or know about,” she said. “It’s got very few people who actually live there full-time, so it seemed like the perfect setting for somebody who had retreated from
Squires, who won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction with Along the Watchtower, first began working on Live from Medicine Park around 10 years ago with the intent to tell a story about the private lives of people who had been out in the public eye. But it took many drafts and a lot of rewriting before Squires arrived at the version of the novel that can be read today. The writer spent a lot of time cycling through different point-of-view character and plot lines. “It took me awhile to get it into its true shape,” she said. “Once I finally did, it all worked out, but it wasn’t a fast process.” Originally, the story was written from the perspective of a character named Jettie, Wells’ daughter-inlaw. But slowly, Squires began to realize that Wheeler, being a documentarian, was the most natural point of view for watching the other characters’ stories unfold. “I didn’t want to know that,” she said, “because it meant a lot of rewriting. I sort of resisted that for a while, but then I was like, ‘Alright; that’s the right point of view.’” Squires said the writing processes of Watchtower and Medicine Park were very different. But from her first novelwriting experience, Squires has learned to let go of the work once it is available to the masses. “I almost feel like it’s none of my business [what people think after a book is pubLive from Medicine Park | Image provided lished],” she said. “I just do
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the work. I bake the pie. If people eat the pie and like the pie, that’s awesome. If they don’t, too bad. I’m just working on my next pie.”
I kind of wanted it to feel like the inside of a murder ballad. Constance Squires
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Wells’ character is not based on any one historical musician, but shades of Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams and Stevie Nicks will come to mind for some readers. An old music review in Medicine Park claims that no one had approached Wells’ level of raging feminist longing since Janis Joplin died. Squires set Medicine Park in the year 2000. The writer said the turn of the century was a time for looking back. Everyone was in a rush to sum up the last 100 years and put their personal stamp on what they felt was significant. This is a feeling not just held by those who chronicle music and other things, but those who produce that content as well. Squires said she can remember several musician comeback attempts around that year. Part of the reason Wells stepped away from music was to raise her son Gram. But by the time the Medicine Park
Squires is a longtime fan of music who often lets that love guide her writing. In Medicine Park, music is more than an influence to the story. It is an impetus to it. “I kind of wanted it to feel like the inside of a murder ballad — like the inside of something by [Bob] Dylan or a country ballad where there’s this hermetically closed world where ‘people ain’t doin’ right’ and people have to figure things out,” she said. In many ways, Medicine Park represents the many ways in which music and literature are becoming increasingly codependent. Wheeler and Wells need each other to complete their respective stories. And those stories, in some respects, are one in the same. “There’s those of us who were creating the new work, and then there’s a lot of really important work that goes into creating a narrative around the work,” Squires said. “Each one of those characters were playing a part in telling that story.” Visit constancesquiresofficial.com.
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Guests can take a step back in time while attending Oklahoma Historical Society’s ’20s-themed gala. By Ben Luschen
Most people reading this probably missed their chance to trade whimsies with Will Rogers, dodge a hold-up by Pretty Boy Floyd or wade their way through a crowd of temperance protesters. But even those born closer to the 2020s than the 1920s will have a chance to relive all these vintage Oklahoma thrills for one night. Oklahoma Historical Society is putting an exciting spin on its annual fundraising gala this year with A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties. The historically set night of food, drink, music and creative programming runs 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20 at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Tickets for the event are $35-$100 and must be reserved at okhistory.org/ gala by Tuesday. Different local groups and institutions hold formal fundraising galas all the time, but few other such events actually aim to draw guests into a different time period. Historical actors and history center education staff will portray historic Okies like humorist Rogers and gangster Floyd. There will also be mock protests by supporters of Prohibition and a staged police raid. “We asked ourselves, ‘What is it that we can do that is unique to us and another organization could not do as well?’” said Oklahoma History Center executive assistant Nicole Harvey. “And the answer was immersive throwback history.” Guests are encouraged to come dressed in ’20s attire. In addition to dropins by historical figures, period-appropriate jazz hits will be played by Walter Taylor III and the TaylorMadeJazz band. The VIP area — a Prohibition-era barrelhouse that can only be entered by providing the correct password to the bouncer at the door — will include whiskey casks and moonshine with acoustic blues by Harold Aldridge.
The stage of the Hippodrome Theatre in Okmulgee, circa 1920. | Photo Griffith Amusement Company Collection / Oklahoma Historical Society / provided
A group of dancers from Oklahoma City University will present a ’20s-era tap routine while dance instructors in the hall will teach guests how to do the Charleston and the Lindy hop. A green-screen photo booth will allow attendees to insert themselves into photos from the history center’s photo archive, including old scenes from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. “We can make it fun and lighthearted but, to the best degree possible, historically accurate,” Harvey said. The immersive approach to the fundraising gala was in part inspired by the historical society’s young professionals steering committee History OffCenter as a way to get a younger crowd excited about state history. Other recent History OffCenter events have included a mingling event at 21c Museum Hotel and a historic bike tour of downtown Oklahoma City. Still, Harvey said people of all ages (as long as they’re at least 21 years old) will find something to enjoy at the unique historical spectacle. “We’re pretty familiar with our members and the people who come to a lot of our stuff, and we knew this would also be interesting to them,” she said. “We were just tweaking what we were doing a little bit to also appeal to a new demographic.”
A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20 Oklahoma History Center | 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive okhistory.org | 405-522-5202 $35-$100 | 21+
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Frack Fest provides an underground arts experience. By Sean Isabella
A documentary from New Zealand centered on dinner-plate-size spiders; a lesson about adult coloring books; a live action role-playing game. These are some of the unique attractions on display at the latest Frack Fest, the growing multimedia fest that promises to bring something alternative to Oklahoma City. In other words, the opposite of mainstream. “When I say underground, it’s things like that, things that you wouldn’t maybe normally see,” said George Adams, an OKC filmmaker, director and restaurateur who co-founded Frack Fest in 2015. “The idea is just to have something that’s alternative, that’s unique, that’s different for Oklahoma City. This one is just a little different.” Now in its third year, the three-day festival set for Thursday-Saturday at The Paramount OKC on Film Row, is a showcase for film, gaming, comic books, graphic novels and, for the first time this year, music. Adams said Saturday is the most action-packed day for Frack Fest. Local punk and heavy metal bands Crobone, Sun Phaser, Your Mom and Lost Empires will perform Saturday night. Starting at 10 a.m., festivalgoers can view more than 20 films ranging from a minute in length to more than two hours. The 2016 version of Frack Fest featured about 60 films, but organizers were more selective to fit them in one day. “The films are across the board,” Adams said. “They are everything from documentary to animation to feature films. We’re showing local talent as well as films from New Zealand and music videos from Iran. We’ve got a host of countries that will be represented.” Live-action role-playing games, where participants physically act out actions based on a theme or genre, run 6 p.m. Friday through the weekend.
Patrick Stewart, Johnnie Payne and Layla Payne at a previous Frack Fest Event. | Photo provided
On Saturday, Frack Fest features an art panel with Melanie Gillman, a Tulsa artist who will teach a one-hour class on how to perfect the art of adult coloring books. The festival begins Thursday with a meet and greet and screening of Traceroute, last year’s winner of Best of the Fest film. The Friday night headline features a screening of Suedehead from OKC’s own Mickey Reese. Admission is $10, and a weekend pass is $25. Adams joked that Frack Fest has something for everyone, even for those who want to sit at the bar and have a drink with filmmakers. He’s one of seven organizers who help put the event together. Frack Fest started as an idea to showcase the talent and vision of underground filmmakers, authors, artists and musicians. Adams, who moved to OKC from Los Angeles 13 years ago, said he noticed a market for non-mainstream multimedia. Downtown OKC, including Film Row, has drastically changed in the last decade with a revitalization of sorts, which made underground events like Frack Fest possible. Earlier this summer, The Jones Assembly, a hip new restaurant and music venue, opened down the street from The Paramount. “Anytime a city grows, you get people with different ideas, different culture, different ways of thinking that come in and spice things up a little bit,” Adams said. Frack Fest is just one of the many events that keeps artists engaged in OKC.
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A Chickasaw Nation-produced film about Oklahoma storyteller Te Ata gets a national release. By Jeremy Martin
During a stately garden party scene in the new historical bio-pic Te Ata, guests including soon-to-be first lady Eleanor Roosevelt watch spellbound as the film’s namesake tells a traditional Native American story, and then a lady in the audience asks if what they’re doing is illegal. Given the government’s policies at that time, her concerns aren’t invalid. The film, which recounts the early life of famed Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher — better known by her stage name Te Ata — is set in the early part of the 20th century when the Code of Indian Offenses, first established in the 1880s to dissuade Native Americans from participating in traditional ceremonies and religious rites, was still law. “It was during a time when federal government was discouraging that type of activity among native people in hopes that their federal Indian policies of assimilation would take root,” said Jeannie Barbour, creative director of the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Communications and the film’s content producer responsible for much of the historical research. “The idea was to assimilate native people into American society. So [Te Ata] was actually performing at a time when it was being discouraged.” Despite the real threat of legal consequences, Te Ata, whose stage name came from the Māori expression meaning “bearer of morning,” toured the United States giving performances that included traditional stories, songs and dances of the Chickasaw and other Native American tribes. A feature film based on her life and produced by the Chickasaw Nation opened last month in several locations across the state and will screen 26
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Q’orianka Kilcher portrays Oklahoma storyteller Te Ata in a film produced by the Chickasaw Nation. | Photo Chickasaw Nation / provided
nationally this month in a limited run in select theaters. Fisher — born in Emet in 1895, raised in Tishomingo and inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1957 — lived to be nearly 100 years old, but the film focuses on her formative years, from her childhood through her performance for the Roosevelts at the White House and her marriage to American Museum of Natural History curator and Hayden Planetarium head Dr. George Clyde Fisher in 1933. “She did so much during her long life, and she was so active in so many different things having to do with Indian affairs and performance and the arts,” Barbour said, “so we decided we would take a portion of her life because there was no way we could fit her entire life in one movie.” Te Ata’s singular performance style combined traditional Native American stories, songs and dances with classical theatrical training acquired at the Oklahoma College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma). Q’orianka Kilcher, an actress, singer and humanitarian activist who portrayed Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s The New World and Kerrianne Telford on Sons of Anarchy, was able to draw from her own background as well as interviews with Te Ata’s family in preparation for playing the storyteller onscreen. Kilcher, who has been acting since the age of 6, said she was immediately impressed with Te Ata’s skill as a performer after watching her appearance in the 1971 documentary God’s Drum.
“When she performed, no matter if it was in a living room or onstage, it was something very powerful and she had something to say,” Kilcher said. This quality led Te Ata’s professor Francis Densmore Davis to encourage her student to perform dramatic interpretations of traditional Native American stories after hearing her tell them to classmates.
Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, St. Elsewhere), the Sand Springsborn actress who plays Davis, said that portraying Te Ata’s mentor was “something that came very naturally” because she has also worked as an acting teacher. Pickett said, from her perspective, the relationship between Te Ata and Davis is best exemplified in a brief scene where the professor helps her student learn controlled dance movements. “Sometimes, as an actor, it’s the small moments that mean something to you and come across on screen,” Pickett said, “and that was something that was, for me, a private kind of place.” Davis also encouraged Te Ata to perform for ladies clubs and on Chautauqua tours, which brought musicians, dancers and other classical artists to rural parts of America that rarely had access to such performances. Performing on these tours also put Te Ata in contact with other Native Americans with stories of their own they asked her to share. “She collected just reams and reams of paper with stories written on them — handwritten, or she had a little red typewriter that she also would type them out on, but she saved them all,” Barbour said. Te Ata’s family donated many of those stories, along with “literally thousands and thousands” of other artifacts from Te Ata’s life, to the Chickasaw Nation, which is also producing a documentary on the storyteller’s life, Barbour said. “We wanted to capture who she was as a person as well as her performance life,” Barbour said. “We feel like we’ve captured her fairly closely, and her family has seen the film and they love it, so I feel like we have a winner.” Mackenzie Astin, who plays Te Ata’s husband in the film, agreed. “It was an incredible collaboration of a bunch of really, really, really interesting and talented people that were attempting to tell the true story in a truthful way that you wouldn’t necessarily see coming out of Hollywood, say, 20, 50, 70 years ago.” Te Ata’s story might be new to many audiences, but the tale is timeless. In a scene early in the film, Davis, advising her students on the qualities that define truly great performers, tells them: “Charm can deceive, beauty will fade, but a woman with conviction will last forever.”
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BOOKS Intersectional Feminist Book Club Meeting, read the graphic novel Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnickby and engage in a mindful conversation with talking points and question-and-answer sessions about passages and photos from the book, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Oil and Clay Studio, 410 E. Main St., Norman, 405-9289339, oilandclaystudio.com. MON Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases Vol. 2, join author Kent Frates during a signing of his stories about outlaws and murderers and the law enforcement professionals who hunted them down stretching across the state from Seminole County to the small town of Geronimo to Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-2900, fullcirclebooks.com. WED
FILM Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, a documentary delving into the science of adverse childhood experiences and defines a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress, followed by a panel discussion with various professionals, 12:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center, 6420 SE 15th St., Midwest City, 405-297-2264, rose.edu. THU The Spoilers, (USA, 1942, Ray Enright) in Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara, 1 p.m. Oct. 12. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. THU Movie Nights in the Park: Hotel Transylvania, (US, 2012, Genndy Tartakovsky) Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter, Oct. 13. Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Road, Edmond, 405-359- 4630, edmondparks.com. FRI Johnny Guitar, (USA, 1954, Nicholas Ray) after helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob, 1 p.m. Oct. 18. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. WED
HAPPENINGS Managing for Success in a Multi-Generational Workplace, workshop addressing the generational
Friday the 13th If you are trying to find a spooky event to celebrate the witching month, there is nothing more appropriate than a viewing of the classic horror film Friday the 13th. The screening is a part of the Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16 on 150 E. Reno Ave. At 7 p.m., you can take advantage of the $5 movie special with your fellow scary movie fanatics. Visit harkinstheatres.com. TUESDAY Photo Chris Street traits, issues and dynamics in the workplace. Attendees gain immediately applicable suggestions for developing the most productive, positive and effective work setting for all workers, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11. Embassy Suites OKC Downtown-Medical Center, 741 N. Philips Ave., 405-733-7333, innovationstationokc.com. WED Lt. Governor’s Young Professionals Conference, a resource for young professionals to engage and connect with other young leaders and learn from notable speakers of all industries. Discussions and panels include Climbing the Corporate Ladder, The Informed Young Professional, Building a Culture of Philanthropy and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12. Devon Tower, 333 W. Sheridan Ave., 405-5169686, facebook.com/LGYPconference. THU Helping Seniors Prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, an education and counseling seminar making sure seniors are getting the right plans for their needs. Whether you are new to Medicare or have questions about coverage, join this free event and speak one-on-one with trained counselors, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12. Oklahoma Insurance Department, Five Corporate Plaza, 3625 NW 56th St., 405-5212828, oid.ok.gov. THU Community Spirit: October, providing an afterwork locale for downtown neighbors to come together to network, view current exhibitions and discuss different creative topics, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 12. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-8156665, artspaceatuntitled.org. THU Bronchtoberfest 2017, featuring a live performance by recording artists Handmade Moments for the alumni of The University of Central Oklahoma, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12. The Patriarch, 9 E. Edwards St., Edmond, 405-974-2421, centralconnection.org. THU Fall RV Show and Bargain Expo, peruse the selection of recreational vehicle featuring hundreds of RVs on display from central Oklahoma’s premier RV dealers, RV-related products and services, Oct. 12-15. Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3221 Great Plains Walk, okcrvshows. com. THU -SUN
Why Not?? Comedy Night Kick off the beginning of the NBA season with your favorite MVP Russell Westbrook as he joins forces with comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason and others at Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St. Tickets start at $40, but if you can’t make it in person, you can watch it live at 7 p.m. on Showtime. Funds benefit YWCA Oklahoma City. Visit layups2standup.com or call 405-708-6937. FRIDAY Photo
A Night of Frights, view screenings of various spooky films, shop for scary goodies from vendors, enjoy live music from They Act Human, mingle with guest celebrities and more, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13. IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Ave., 405-232-6060, iaogallery. org. FRI Live! on the Plaza, join the Plaza District for an art walk featuring artists, live music, street pop-up shops, live performances and more, 7-11 p.m., Oct. 13. Plaza District, 1618 N. Gatewood Ave., 405-3679403, plazadistrict.org. FRI Peace of Mind Foundation Conference, breakdown stigma surrounding obsessive compulsive disorder during the two-one session conference designed for professional and practitioners to learn about OCD and a second session for those living with OCD, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Beats & Barrels, featuring live music, food trucks, wine and a beer garten, pop-up shops, a children’s area, hot rods and custom motorcycles and more during the free family-friendly event, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 14. FireLake Arena, 18145 Old Rangeline Road, Shawnee, 405-602-1851, oklahomagypsyglam.com. SAT Guthrie Ghost Walks, hear tales of history, heartbreak, murderous intentions and mysterious happenings while walking among the classic Victorian/Edwardian architecture of downtown Guthrie, 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Downtown Guthrie, 212 W. Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie, 405-293-8404, guthrieghostwalk.com. SAT A Walk to Remember, celebrate beloved pets by walking in their honor among magical luminaries that light the walkway for those we are remembering that have left us behind during an event hosted by All 4 One Rescue, 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive, all4onerescue.org. SAT Breast Intentions, listen to 10 bands throughout the event, view live painting, raffles for prizes, food trucks and local brew all to benefit Project Oklahoma Woman, 8 p.m. Oct. 14. The Root, 3012 N. Walker Ave., 405-655-5889, oklahomaprojectwoman.org. SAT
FOOD Britton & Broadway Food Truck Festival, enjoy lunch hour with Elvis, a live DJ, a winter clothing drive and a slew of fantastic food truck to choose from. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled, a local United Way agency, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 11. One Benham Place, 9400 N. Broadway Ave., 405-478-5353, benham.com. WED Brew-in-a-Bag, a class for brewers of an intermediate level. Learn how to brew using all-grain recipes, 10 a.m. Oct. 14. The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Penn Ave., 405-528-5193, thebrewshopokc.com. SAT Quick Class: Smoothie Bowls, experience the easiest and healthiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal by creating a combo of flavors on top of your favorite goodies, 3-3:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Natural Grocers, 7013 N. May Ave., 405-840-0300, naturalgrocers.com. SUN Pumpkin Loaf Take-and-Bake Class, join Andra Cogner from Pitchfork in the Park as she guides participants on measuring all proper ingredients into a take home container that can be baked in your home kitchen, 1-2 p.m. Oct. 11. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. WED
Fall Ya’ll: Jungle Day, enjoy free family fun including crafts and story time, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, 405-235-4458, oklahomahof. com. THU YES, a radically inclusive LGBTQ+ youth group for ages 13-21 featuring movies, music, dinner, monthly fandom nights with positive, knowledgeable staff and peers, 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Expressions Community Center, 2245 NW 39th St., 405-570-1638, bethechange.org. THU Girl Scout Science Overnight, explore the great indoors with a camping experience unlike any other and some extra scouting skills to boot. Experience a live science demonstration, engage in special hands-on activities, see a star show in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and camp out among the exhibits, 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-602-6664, sciencemuseumok.org. FRI Bigfoot, and Werewolves and Chupacabras, Oh My!, discover the most likely truth behind popular wildlife myths as we sort the creature from the tale, 3-3:45 p.m. Oct. 14. Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial Ave., 405-755-0676, okc.gov/parks. SAT Fall Ya’ll: Space Day, enjoy free family fun including crafts and story time, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, 405-235-4458, oklahomahof. com. TUE SMO Storytime Science, children under 6 read a story and follow it up with a fun, scientific activity that is included with general admission, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-602-6664, sciencemuseumok.org. TUE SMO Early Explorers, toddlers and preschoolers explore science through hands-on activities that can be easily replicated at home during a comeand-go weekly event, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 18. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405602-6664, sciencemuseumok.org. WED
PERFORMING ARTS Suite Surrender, two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel in 1942 for their wartime performance. One tiny problem arises: the two, who have a legendary feud going, are assigned to the same suite, through Oct. 22. Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N. Walker Ave., 405-521-1786, jewelboxtheatre.org. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, join The Boom for an interactive sing-a-long version of your favorite Halloween themed performance, 8 p.m. through Oct. 31. The Boom, 2218 NW 39th St., 405-601-7200, theboomokc.com.
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Sooner Golden Retriever Photo Fundraiser, dress your pet up in their favorite Halloween costume for a photoshoot benefiting 9 Lives Rescue Oklahoma and Sooner Golden Retrieve Rescue. Your pet’s photo will be entered in the Facebook contest and could be featured in their calendar, 12-4 p.m. Oct. 14. A1 Pet Emporium, 11649 S. Western Ave., 405759-3660, a1petemporium.com. SAT
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Clash of the Titans As a part of the Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie exhibit, Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, brings you a screening of Clash of the Titans 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Viewers gain insight on the history behind the film and a unique perspective of life on set and participate in a Q&A session. General admission is $25, and $100 VIP tickets include a special meet-and-greet with Vanessa Harryhausen and Connor Heaney. Visit sciencemuseumok.org or call 405-602-6664. Oct. 20 Photo Science Museum Oklahoma/provided
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OKC Improv, Oklahoma’s premiere showcase of the best local and regional improvisational comedy and theater, you will never have the same experience twice, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14. The Paramount Theatre, 11 N. Lee Ave., 405-637-9389, theparamountokc.com. FRI -SAT
ACTIVE Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, enjoy a spectacular glow-in-the-dark paintball attraction while shooting live zombies, through Nov. 11. Orr Family Farm, 14400 S. Western Ave., 405-799-3276, orrfamilyfarm.com. Rooftop Yoga: Friday The 13th Edition, enjoy a beer, cider or wine then climb up to the rooftop for a special one-hour yoga session under the moonlight. Bring your own yoga mat and get ready to howl at the moon, 8-10 p.m. Oct. 13. The Root, 3012 N. Walker Ave., 405-655-5889, facebook.com/ therootokc. FRI Barre3 with Art, flex those creative muscles as you work through a variety of barre3 poses; led by certified barre instructors from Barre3, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 14. 21c Museum Hotel, 900 W. Main St., 405982-6900, 21cmuseumhotels.com. SAT A21 Walk for Freedom, join the fight to end human trafficking with over 600 cities around the world. Walk 2.55 miles in downtown Oklahoma City to raise awareness funding for victims of modern-day slavery, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 14. Regatta Park, 701 S. Lincoln Blvd., 949-202-4681, a21.org. SAT Urban Camping, an urban camping experience bringing classic camping favorites like stargazing and outdoor games together with whitewater rafting and tubing on Love’s Island, all just steps away from modern conveniences, Oct. 14. Riversport Adventure Park, 800 Riversport Drive, 405-552-4040, riversportokc.org. SAT DogFest Walk N’ Roll OKC 2017, a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence, the oldest and largest dog assistance organization in the country. Money raised allows owners to receive a highly trained
Carne Diem 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 20, on Park Avenue between Broadway and Robinson avenues, you will find VI Marketing and Branding’s 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Help raise funds for United Way while eating your favorite fall-time food. Donate $10 to get three bowls of chili and choose from over 60 styles. Enjoy live music and a pepper-eating contest if you are feeling daring. Visit facebook.com/vimarketing or call 405-525-0055. Oct. 20 Photo VI Marketing and Branding/provided assistance dog free of charge, 12-3 p.m. Oct. 15. Earlywine Park, 3033 SW 119th St., 1-800-572-2275, cci.org. SUN
VISUAL ARTS 2017 Seven-State Biennial Exhibition, the Nesbitt Gallery hosts a juried regional art contest, bringing artists from all over Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, through Oct. 20. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1727 W. Alabama Ave., Chickasha, 405224-3140, usao.edu. Bert Seabourn: Abstract Expressionist, view works of the painter of Native American subjects, figures, landscapes and other subjects. Working in acrylic, oil and watercolor, Seabourn uses a technique of dripping, smearing and splattering the paint, Oct. 13-29. The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman, 405-307-9320, pasnorman.org. Breast Cancer Warriors, featuring the art of Ellen Fausek, an eight-year survivor, Bonnie Knippenberg, a two-year survivor and Gay Pasley, a registered nurse working in hospice care. View body paintings of other artists and people affected by breast cancer either directly or indirectly, through October 23. Studio112 and a half, 112 1/2 E. Main St., Shawnee, 405-314-4702, studio112andahalf.com. Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan, the drawings of acclaimed Western artist Tom Ryan are displayed showcasing his creativity, talent and humor from his teenage imagination, high school and coast guard years and his school paper’s sports page, through April 1, 2018. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor, view the works of the Tulsa-based artist combining significant symbolism with traditional and contemporary Native American themes in his evocative paintings burrowing from multiple styles and genres such as surrealism and magic realism to create mystical and often enigmatic images of nature, tribal life and spiritual rituals, through Dec. 30. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-325-3272, ou.edu/fjjma.
Norman’s Mix on Main Oct. 20, head to Main Street in Norman at 6-9 p.m. to mingle with local businesses, listen to live music, try new cuisine from food trucks and enjoy adult beverages outdoors with your friends in The Main District. Musical acts include The Terri Nevin Band, Truth Uncommon, Chris Tubbs and many others. You can shop local, take a selfie in the photo booth, play glow golf and get a henna tattoo all in one place. Get to know your community on a personal level during this free event between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes Avenue. Visit facebook.com/themaindistrict. Oct. 20
Elizabeth Brown: Synthesis (Re)Action, sculptor and mixed media artist known for her abstract depiction of biological forms, rich in surface and color with a focus in organic sculpture, using synthetic materials that reference natural shapes and surfaces remaining elusive in their definition, through October 26th. Melton Gallery, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, 405-974-2000, uco.edu. Fluvial Terra and Book Arts, featuring paper and installation work by Megan Singelton that was inspired by her travel west from Missouri to Oklahoma and Kelly Campbell Berry who resurrects beauty in salvaged books, through Oct. 28. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-815-6665, artspaceatuntitled.org. Fresh Start: Work by Artists Experiencing Homelessness, an exhibit of work by those participating in Fresh stART, a program of the Homeless Alliance and City Care designed to provide people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City with a supportive environment for creating art. The program provides a potential source of income, manages emotional issues, develops skills and more, through October 29.
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The Paseo Plunge, 3010 Paseo, 405-315-6224, paseoplunge.com. Hahn, Oswalt and Loessberg, modern realism figurative painter George Oswalt, fantastical figurative painter Elizabeth Hahn and abstract photographer G.L. August Loessberg are three noted artists and longtime friends exhibiting their work together for the first time, through Oct. 29. JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave., 405-5286336, jrbartgallery.com. Kiln to Table, a focus on functional ceramics including bowls, mugs, vessels, casseroles and other items by Buck Dollarhide, Daniel Harris and others 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 28. CMG Art Gallery, 1104 NW 30th St., 405-256-3465, cmgartgallery.com. Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, view the exhibition showcasing graffiti created by some of the state’s most talented artists in honor of hiphop month in Oklahoma City. Artists paint directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming Oklahoma Contemporary into a vivid and exciting display of styles, through Nov. 30. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-9510000, oklahomacontemporary.org. The Secret Paintings, a series of 26 large canvases recalling Renaissance and pre-Raphaelite masters in their ambitiousness, complexity and scale, view the works of California artist Michael Pearce, through Oct. 20. Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., 405-208-5229, okcu.edu/ visualart/gallery.aspx. Spring show exhibit, enjoy the works of oil painter Phebe Kallstrom and handmade jewelry artist Whitney Ingram, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through November. The Studio Gallery, 2642 W. Britton Road, 405-7522642, thestudiogallery.org. Teacher Appreciation Month, to celebrate teacher appreciation month, all pre-K through 12th grade educators and their families visit the museum for free, through Oct. 31. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, 405-325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu.
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Mastodon extends its big 2017 tour with a stop at Diamond Ballroom. By Ben Luschen
The past year has been a mammoth one for Mastodon. The Atlanta-formed heavy metal quartet released its seventh studio album Emperor of Sand on March 31. It quickly followed that release with the EP Cold Dark Place, which debuted last month. Game of Thrones fans also might have spotted a few of the band members in brief cameo appearances. Drummer Brann Dailor was in the HBO series’ season premiere in July, and lead guitarist Brent Hinds and rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher were in the August finale. Mastodon members previously had cameos in Game of Thrones’ fifth season and contributed a song to the second installment of its free promotional mixtape series Catch the Throne. Dailor, a founding member in the Grammy-nominated progressive metal outfit, spoke by phone with Oklahoma Gazette just before the first soundcheck on the first day of the band’s current North American tour, which stops Friday at Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern Ave. This has been a hectic year for Dailor, who shares vocal duties with the band’s other three members, which also include bassist and keyboardist Troy Sanders. But a full schedule is nothing new for a member of Mastodon. “It’s been busy for about 20 years,” Dailor said. “I’m always busy with Mastodon stuff. It never stops; it keeps going. We just like to keep our head down and keep charging forward.” There is always something to get ahead of, something to plan, something to record. That is life in a major rock band, and while it might be too great a load for some, Dailor said the business helps keep him sharp. “Honestly, if I’m sitting and doing nothing for too long, I really start to feel down on myself,” he said.
It was surprising for some to see Mastodon release another project in 2017 after putting out an album earlier this year. In its 17-year history, the band had never even released new studio albums in consecutive years, much less the six-month gap that separates Emperor of Sand and Cold Dark Place. So, why the quick turnaround? Dailor said the decision was not necessarily his first instinct. “I kind of wanted to wait, to be honest,” he said. “But I’m not the only person in the band.” Like any other sort of relationship, one of the keys to maintaining a happy band dynamic is compromise. While Dailor would have preferred to let fans sit with Emperor for a while longer before unleashing new material, he said the exact release date did not make too big of a difference to him one way or the other. It is never a bad thing to have new songs out and available to the fans. “I’d rather have them out than have them sitting on the shelf,” he said. Part of the reason Mastodon was able to put out another release so quickly is that the songs on Cold Dark Place were leftover tracks from their previous two album recording cycles. While the resulting product is a stylistic mishmash, there is no sense that the band is pulling anything from out of its junk drawer. Instead, listeners get a short mix of thoroughly complete tracks with enough merit to stand on their own. But fans should not expect any other collections of newly unearthed tracks anytime soon. Dailor said the Mastodon vault of unreleased songs is mostly empty. “Everything we’ve ever sat down and written and seen to completion is pretty much out,” he said. Three of the album’s four tracks were completed during the recording sessions for the band’s 2014 album Once More ’Round the Sun. The EP’s third track, “Toe to Toes,” was completed at the very end of the Emperor sessions. Dailor said while the song turned out great, a hectic recording schedule meant they almost never got it completed. “We weren’t sure it was even going to be finished at all,” he said. “It was the last day of recording, and we were like, ‘Hey, let’s put that thing together.’ And we put it together in the last minute.” “Toe to Toes,” which includes an acoustic intro that
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sets the tone for its intricate arrangement, is a standout on Cold Dark Place. Dailor said the song’s last-minute success can be seen as a microcosm for the way the band operates. From the outside, it can appear erratic, but Mastodon’s musicians are always able to pull through in the end. “I think of it as a cartoon train with thousands of pieces of luggage that are all kind of bobbling around and it looks like at any moment, it could all just explode or fall off the track and go crashing into a ravine somewhere,” Dailor said. “Luckily, the closer it gets to its destination, everything tightens up and makes it.”
It makes sense that a lot of Mastodon’s material is released as a unit following individual recording cycles because several of the band’s albums are highly thematic or conceptual. Emperor of Sand, for example, exists as an allegory for the fight against cancer. The album’s story arc follows a desert wanderer with a death sentence. As tragic as it is to say, cancer is a topic to which many can relate. Dailor said Mastodon has been flooded with stories and comments from fans since Emperor’s release. “People started coming out of the woodwork just saying how much this album means to them,” he said. Inspiration for the album’s theme, like past Mastodon releases, is stemmed from personal struggle. Since releasing Once
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More ’Round the Sun in 2014, Dailor has seen his mother fight through chemotherapy while other band members have seen loved ones battle or die from the disease. “They’ve made huge strides in just the last 10 years with all the immunotherapy and everything,” Dailor said. “It’s really incredible, but it’s still a horrible, horrible disease. Any fashion, any version of it you get, is super scary. Just to hear the words — it’s hard to talk about for anybody.” Dailor stopped short of saying that making Emperor served as a distraction from the disease, but it did give Mastodon a positive outlet to focus its frustrations. No music or art, he said, can take away from the real pain of cancer. But it can provide hope and the knowledge that no one is alone in their struggle. “Much like a lot of our personal tragedies in the band,” Dailor said, “we try to spin them and turn them into something beautiful.” Visit mastodonrocks.com.
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OKG: Red City Radio was also a finalist for best local band in the Gazette’s annual Best of OKC reader poll this year. Dale: Yeah, I was actually at the awards party. I was celebrating wins for the Blue Note and a few other places — my girlfriend works at the Blue Note and she’s also a great tattoo artist at Hard Luck Tattoos on NW 23rd Street. I was at the party, and I was having drinks and there was this big rainstorm, which was super fun. We noticed that the “best public bathroom” award went to OnCue. So I went up there to see if the prize had been claimed. I said I was from OnCue, but they were like, “Yes, the prize has already been claimed.” I said thank you and I walked off, but my plan was to take that home and hang it in my bathroom. So if I could actually get one of those printed off by you, that would be great.
OKG: I wish I had that kind of authority, but I can’t do that. That is a great idea, though. It would be impossible to beat by anyone. You would just have the best bathroom, literally. Dale: I know. The proof would be right there.
Red City Radio’s Garrett Dale speaks with Oklahoma Gazette ahead of the band’s Blue Note homecoming show. By Ben Luschen
Once again, Oklahoma City punk rock group Red City Radio is back on the road with Less Than Jake. Red City Radio — lead vocalist Garrett Dale, guitarist Ryan Donovan, drummer Dallas Tidwell and bassist Jonathan “Jojo” Knight — began the year with another short tour alongside the Florida ska-punk band currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. While on the road, the OKC quartet will find the time to briefly diverge from the main tour and play a homecoming show Oct. 20 at Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N. Robinson Ave. Dale, in a recent interview with Oklahoma Gazette, said the bar and venue is where many of his best friends work and hang out and is like a second home to the band. Dale loves the place so much that he celebrated his birthday there in May, a party that also doubled as the release show for his debut solo project, the folk rock-flavored Two T’s EP. Red City Radio has also put out two new singles this year: “Rebels” and “If You Want Blood (Be My Guest).” The band’s last studio album was a self-titled LP released in 2015. 32
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Dale spoke with Gazette while playing video games before the first show on the band’s current tour. Oklahoma Gazette: So, what’s going on? Garrett Dale: I’m currently playing Mario Kart. I’m Wario. OKG: Is Wario your go-to character? Dale: Yeah; I would say so. I guess I most resemble Wario. Honestly, I think I look a little more like Mario, but people say I act a little more like Wario. OKG: Red City Radio is back on the road with Less Than Jake. You also have a homecoming show coming up at Blue Note Lounge. Are you excited for that show? Dale: Of course I am. I love playing the Blue Note in Oklahoma City. It’s not only a place that I frequent every once and awhile, but it is operated by some of my good friends and I’m happy that they have bands play.
OKG: You also had your solo EP you released recently, Two T’s. Dale: I did. It came out on my 30th birthday on the Red Scare record label. OKG: How long had you been wanting to put out a solo record like that? Dale: Well, I don’t know. But, I’ll tell you what, I’m glad I did. The next thing I can tell you is that I’m going to put out more. I’m going to put out a lot of music. OKG: Solo music? Or are you also working on some Red City Radio and other stuff? Dale: I’m always working on something. Let’s just say that the release of the Two T’s EP was the beginning of that part of my career. I’m excited to watch and see what happens. People who know me well — people who are close to me — know that I have a lot of love for a lot of different types of music. It would be a disservice to myself to only play one type of music. On my 30th birthday, I did something for myself, and it was to begin the process of releasing more music. I’m in the process now of recording a few things. I can’t say anything right now, but keep a close eye on Garrett Dale and Red City Radio. Some things are coming out in the future. OKG: The song that a lot of people talk about on that is “2016 Was Horseshirt.” Dale: Yeah, it was. Horrible year. OKG: How is 2017 treating you so far? Dale: Every day is new, and every day is different. Some days are good; some days are bad. But as my idol, and a true
inspiration to our generation, Homer Simpson said, “I want it all, the terrifying low, the dizzying highs and the creamy middle.” I just take every day as it is, baby. OKG: Red City Radio has put out a few singles this year, right? Dale: We have. We put out “If You Want Blood,” which is not a cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood,” and we released a song called “Rebels,” which is not a cover of Tom Petty’s “Rebels.” And I can’t tell you too much because maybe there is something else coming out. But we released a couple of singles exclusively to Spotify — we recorded them on our own, we released them on our own. It’s completely us, and we have more stuff coming.
People who know me well — people who are close to me — know that I have a lot of love for a lot of different types of music. Garrett Dale OKG: Is that the way you prefer to make music, independently putting it out there? Dale: I’ll say this: I’m for whatever gets music — good music — whether it be our songs or not, to the people. So it is what it is. I just want everyone to hear our songs. As long as you’re listening, I appreciate it. OKG: You mentioned Tom Petty earlier. Do you have a personal connection to him as an artist? How did you feel after his recent death? Dale: Tom Petty was great. He was a great songwriter. I wish I would have gone to see him [when he played in Oklahoma City]. Rest in peace. OKG: It is nice that he played in OKC on what would be his final tour. Dale: It’s a damn shame — too soon. But, as Anthony Hopkins said in the season finale of Westworld, “Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, they didn’t die. They simply became music.” OKG: That’s a good quote. This is your second quote of the interview. Dale: Well, I’m quoting Anthony Hopkins and Homer Simpson, so I think I’m doing pretty cool. I apparently watch a lot of Hulu.
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Post Malone, The Criterion. RAP
The Steepwater Band, VZD’s Restaurant & Bar. BLUES
THURSDAY, 10.12 Anagnorisis/Holy Hills, The Blue Note. ROCK
Wand Los Angeles psychedelic rock band Wand recently released its album Plum and now it’s touring the U.S. with Seattle-based Darto. Wand makes a stop at 9 p.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., in Norman for an all-ages show. Tickets are $10-$12. Visit opolis. org. SUNDAY Photo Pitch Perfect PR/provided
Handmade Moments, The Patriarch, Edmond. FOLK
Los Eskeletos/Dresden Bombers/Girlband, The Drunken Fry. PUNK Paul Thorn/Bonnie Bishop, Tower Theatre. BLUES The XX/Perfume Genius, The Criterion. VARIOUS
FRIDAY, 10.13 Bear Rodriguez/Jeremy Parr, Anthem Brewing Company. SINGER/SONGWRITER El Dub, Sauced on Paseo. REGGAE Eric Dunkin, Bricktown Brewery. ACOUSTIC Hayes Carll, The Blue Door. SINGER/SONGWRITER Heartbreak Rodeo, Royal Bavaria. ACOUSTIC
Bruce Benson, Bricktown Brewery. ACOUSTIC
Halestorm/Starset/New Years Day, Diamond Ballroom. ROCK
Druids/Turbowizard/League of Skulls, The Blue Note. ROCK
Broke Brothers, Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Kent Fauss, The Lokal, Yukon. COUNTRY
Com Truis/Nosaj Thing/Cleopold, ACM Performance Lab. SINGER/SONGWRITER
WEDNESDAY, 10.11 Coin/Joan/Saint Loretto, ACM Performance Lab.
Josh Sallee/Gabrielle B./Fresh and more, Opolis, Norman. VARIOUS
Gojira, The Criterion. ROCK
Mark Neumann, Sandy Bell Gallery-OU Music Facility, Norman. CLASSICAL
Humming House, The Blue Door. VARIOUS
Tannahill Weavers, The Blue Door. FOLK
Mackenzie Fox, Noir Bistro & Bar. BLUES
The Brothers Brothers/Chelsey Cope/Sarah Reid, Opolis, Norman. FOLK
Oklahoma Uprising, The Patriarch, Edmond. ROCK Raina Cobb and Friends, Anthem Brewing Company. SINGER/SONGWRITER SIMO, VZ’s Restaurant & Bar. BLUES The Vince Norman Quintet, UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond. JAZZ Travis Larson Band/Juni Moon, Your Mom’s Place. ROCK
Lil Pump, OKC Farmers Public Market. RAP
Mastodon, Diamond Ballroom. ROCK
Issei Aoyama, Flint. ACOUSTIC
Matt Cowell, The Patriarch, Edmond. SINGER/SONGWRITER
Joseph Gold/Debbie Dare/Jaume Torrent, All Souls Episcopal Church. CLASSICAL
Portal Immortal, Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery.
Roadcase Royale, Tower Theatre. R&B
Ragged Mile, Hollywood Corners Station, Norman. REGGAE
Redwitch Johnny/Big Okie Doom/Crobone and more, The Blue Note. ROCK St. Paul & The Broken Bones/Los Coast, The Jones Assembly. R&B
Irma Thomas/Blind Boys of Alabama/ The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, Tower Theatre. BLUES
Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines, The Depot, Norman. SINGER/SONGWRITER
MONDAY, 10.16 Gunpowder Grey, The Blue Note. ROCK
The Ambush Band/Deep Deuce Brass Band/The Digital Dread and more, Bistro 46. REGGAE
WEDNESDAY, 10.18 All Boy All Girl/Roussey/Haniwa, The Venue OKC. VARIOUS
Jon Cresswell, Anthem Brewing Company. POP Martha Stallings, The R&J Lounge and Supper Club. POP
Run The Jewels/Denzel Curry/Cuz Lightyear and more, Diamond Ballroom. HIP-HOP Wolves In The Throne Room/Pillorian, 89th Street-OKC. ROCK
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free will astrology Homework: How could you change yourself in order to get more of the love you want? Testify by going to RealAstrology.com and clicking on “Email Rob.” ARIES (March 21-April 19)
In his book The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dorner discusses the visionaries who built the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Their efforts brought an abundance of cheap electricity to millions of people. But the planners didn’t take into account some of the important effects of their innovation. For example, the Nile River below the dam no longer flooded its banks or fertilized the surrounding land every year. As a result, farmers had to resort to chemical fertilizers at great expense. Water pollution increased. Marine life suffered because of the river’s diminished nutrients. I hope this thought will motivate you to carefully think through the possible consequences of decisions you’re contemplating. I guarantee that you can avoid the logic of failure and instead implement the logic of success. But to do so, you’ll have to temporarily resist the momentum that has been carrying you along. You’ll have to override the impatient longing for resolution.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Are you primed to seek out new colleagues and strengthen your existing alliances? Are you curious about what it would take to infuse your best partnerships with maximum emotional intelligence? From an astrological perspective, the next nine weeks will be a favorable time to do these things. You will have opportunities to deepen your engagement with collaborators who cultivate integrity and communicate effectively. It’s possible you may feel shy about pursuing at least one of the potential new connections. But I urge you to press ahead anyway. Though you may be less ripe than they are, their influence will have a catalytic effect on you, sparking you to develop at an accelerated rate.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) “I was satisfied with haiku until I met you,” Dean Young tells a new lover in his poem “Changing Genres.” But Young goes on to say that he’s no longer content with that
terse genre. “Now I want a Russian novel,” he proclaims, “a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring out a window.” He yearns for a story line about “a fallen nest, speckled eggs somehow uncrushed, the sled outracing the wolves on the steppes, the huge glittering ball where all that matters is a kiss at the end of a dark hall.” I bring Young’s meditations to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you, too, are primed to move into a more expansive genre with a more sumptuous plot.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Statistical evidence suggests that Fridays falling on the 13th of the month are safer than other Fridays. The numbers of fires and traffic accidents are lower then, for example. I find this interesting in light of your current situation. According to my analysis, this October’s Friday the 13th marks a turning point in your ongoing efforts to cultivate stability and security. On this day, as well as the seven days before and seven days after, you should receive especially helpful clues about the future work you can do to feel even safer and more protected than you already do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Too much propaganda and not enough real information are circulating through your personal sphere. You’re tempted to traffic in stories that are rooted more in fear than insight. Gossip and hype and delusion are crowding out useful facts. No wonder it’s a challenge for you to sort out the truths from the half-truths! But I predict that you will thrive anyway. You’ll discover helpful clues lodged in the barrage of bunkum. You’ll pluck pithy revelations from amidst the distracting ramblings. Somehow you will manage to be both extra sensitive and super-discriminating.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
A journalist named Jenkin Lloyd Jones coined the term “Afghanistanism,” which he defined as “concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues.” I want to urge you Virgos to avoid engaging in a personal version of Afghanistanism. In other words, focus on issues that are close at hand,
even if they seem sticky or prickly. Don’t you dare let your attention get consumed by the dreamy distractions of faraway places and times. For the foreseeable future, the best use of your energy is HERE and NOW.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
“I am more interested in human beings than in writing,” said author Anais Nin, “more interested in lovemaking than in writing, more interested in living than in writing. More interested in becoming a work of art than in creating one.” I invite you to adopt that perspective as your own for the next twelve months, Libra. During this upcoming chapter of your story, you can generate long-lasting upgrades if you regard your life as a gorgeous masterpiece worthy of your highest craftsmanship.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Scorpio actress Tara Reid told the magazine Us Weekly about how her cosmetic surgeries had made her look worse than she had been in her natural state. “I’ll never be perfect again,” she mourned. I bring this up in the hope that it will inspire you. In my astrological opinion, you’re at a tuning point when it’s crucial to appreciate and foster everything about yourself that’s natural and innate and soulfully authentic. Don’t fall sway to artificial notions about how you could be more perfect than you already are.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) I didn’t go to work today. I woke up late, lingered over a leisurely breakfast, and enjoyed a long walk in the autumn woods. When I found a spot that filled me with a wild sense of peace, I asked my gut wisdom what I should advise you Sagittarians to attend to. And my gut wisdom told me that you should temporarily escape at least one of your duties for at least three days. (Escaping two duties for four days would be even better.) My gut wisdom also suggested that you get extra sleep, enjoy leisurely meals, and go on long walks to spots that fill you with a wild sense of peace. There you should consult your gut wisdom about your top dilemmas. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
A snail climbed to the top of a big turtle’s shell as it was
sleeping under a bush. When the turtle awoke and began to lumber away in search of food, the snail was at first alarmed but eventually thrilled by how fast they were going and how far they were able to travel. “Wheeee!”, the snail thought to itself. I suspect, Capricorn, that this little tale is a useful metaphor for what you can look forward to in the coming weeks.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
“If these years have taught me anything, it is this,” wrote novelist Junot Díaz. “You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” That’s your plucky wisdom for the coming weeks, Aquarius. You have arrived at a pivotal phase in your life cycle when you can’t achieve liberation by fleeing, avoiding, or ignoring. To commune with the only kind of freedom that matters, you must head directly into the heart of the commotion. You’ve got to feel all the feelings stirred up by the truths that rile you up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
J. Allan Hobson is a scientist of sleep who does research at Harvard. He says we dream all the time, not just at night. Our subconscious minds never stop churning out streams of images. During the waking hours, though, our conscious minds operate at such intensity that the lowerlevel flow mostly stays subliminal. At least that’s the normal state of affairs. But I suspect your dreamgenerator is running so hot right now that its stories may leak into your waking awareness. This could be disconcerting. Without the tips I’m giving you here, you might worry you were going daft. Now that you know, I hope you’ll tap into the undercurrent to glean some useful intuitions. A word to the wise: The information that pops up won’t be logical or rational. It will be lyrical and symbolic, like dreams.
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