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inside COVER Drink up the excitement in Oklahoma Gazette’s annual Alcoholmanac, featuring a full menu of rich, full-bodied stories on liquor, beer and wine. By Gazette staff Cover illustration by Kimberly Lynch

NEWS 4 STATE ABLE Commission

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Oklahoma’s liquor laws will change in October to allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. The ABLE Commission, a small state agency, holds the licensing power for those retailers. Photo Gazette / file

Modernizing laws

What does a change in the Oklahoma’s alcohol laws mean for the ABLE Commission? By Laura Eastes

Two months before the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission began accepting interim licenses to allow wholesalers, grocers and convenience store retailers to purchase, stock and sell full-strength beer and wine, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared a fee on cigarettes unconstitutional. The decision made headlines as three health-focused state agencies saw swaths of funding carved out of alreadyshrinking budgets. State legislators were forced to return to the Capitol to fill the $215 million budget gap. A lesser-known impact of the court’s ruling was on the ABLE Commission. Tucked inside the Smoking Cessation and Prevention Act of 2017 was language prompting $1 million in collected fees to go to the state agency. ABLE Commission leaders earmarked those funds for hiring six new law enforcement agents to join the 16 agents statewide in conducting tobacco and liquor compliance checks. “You often hear about the three agencies affected. Well, there were four,” Steven Barker, the commission’s general counsel, told Oklahoma Gazette. “We were supposed to get $1 million. Granted, that’s small potatoes for the other agencies, but that was 40 percent of our budget that fell by the wayside.” The unconstitutional fee of $1.50 per pack of cigarette and lawmakers failures to pass revenue-raising measures remains relevant for ABLE Commission 4

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months later. This October, the state ushers in a host of new alcohol laws allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine if licensed. ABLE Commission estimates an additional 3,000 alcohol-sale licensees to regulate under the new laws. “This is an agency with 29 full-time employees statewide,” Barker said. “Three thousand of them versus 29 of us isn’t going to go very far.”

Shrinking budget

In seven months, Oklahomans will be able to buy full-strength beer and wine

from grocery and convenience stores and purchase cold beer and items that don’t contain alcohol at liquor stores. It’s a law change in response to State Question 792, approved by state voters on the November 2016 ballot. The state question, along with its companion Senate Bill 383, marks only the third time the state’s alcohol laws have been rewritten. The two other events are the repeal of state prohibition in 1959 and passage of the legal sale of liquor by the drink in 1984. Modernizing the state’s liquor laws came at a time when lawmakers in the cash-strapped state have been slowly decreasing appropriations to the many state agencies, including the ABLE Commission. The state relies on ABLE Commission for liquor licensing and enforcement as well as overseeing charity gaming and youth access to tobacco. Following the 2008 legislative session, ABLE Commission received $3.95 million in state funding. The state’s investment into A BLE Commission has been retreating ever since. Last session, lawmakers appropriated $2.5 million. For the most part, reductions have come from staff attrition, Barker said. State leaders recognize the role ABLE Commission is playing in the implementation of the SQ792 provisions. Gov. Mary Fallin called for designating $3.45 million to ABLE in her executive budget for the coming fiscal year; however, that budget was based on the passage of the Step Up Oklahoma plan, which called for increases to tobacco, motor fuel, wind energy and a 4 percent gross production tax. The plan failed to garner enough support from lawmakers in a House vote. As state leaders continue to lay out a grim financial future for the state,

More work, fewer resources The ABLE Commission today has far fewer employees and a much smaller budget than it had it 1986, yet will be expected to process up to 3,000 new liquor licenses leading up to the law changes on Oct. 1.

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29 full-time employees, including 16 agents statewide who oversee alcohol sales

$2.8 million, $6.44 million in 2018 adjusted for inflation $2.5 million




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Barker said ABLE Commission’s focus is to maintain what they have. A lean but confident ABLE Commission stands ready to assist the public with the new liquor licenses; however, it is doing it with half the personnel and half the budget it had in 1985. In those days, the agency’s only responsibility was liquor. “Our director is very good about saying, ‘We’ll never tell you we can’t get it done,’” Barker said. “The fact of the matter is that the wave is coming. It is going to be very difficult if folks wait too long.”

Last minute

At ABLE Commission’s office in northeast Oklahoma City, the phones ring regularly. Callers at the other end ask all sorts of questions about the new liquor licenses. Those calls don’t reflect the number of interim license applications filed. ABLE Commission has awarded between 200 and 300 alcohol-sale licensees of the estimated 3,000. “We are starting to get concerned about a backlog,” Barker said. All interim licenses take effect Oct. 1, but they allow sellers to begin buying products from wholesalers in advance. Right now, the agency is approving licenses between 30 and 45 days after filing, but only if the paperwork is in order, Barker said. One reason retailers could be delaying is license costs. With 3.2 beer, stores were required to register with Oklahoma Tax Commission and follow local licensing laws. Under the new laws, the cost of a one-year retail beer license is $750 and the one-year retail wine license is $1,250. If retailers put it off until late summer, there is a chance they will not get their license in time for Oct. 1. Another aspect of the new laws involves the employee license. Under state law, all employees involved in the sale or service of alcoholic beverages must be at least 18 years of age and have an employee license. ABLE employee licenses cannot be issued to a convicted felon. Lawmakers Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, each filed legislation permitting the ABLE Commission to issue employee licenses to convicted felons under certain conditions. There again is another group that will be seeking licenses from the ABLE Commission in the next seven months. “As we sit here today, in order to get an employee license, you cannot be a convicted felon,” Barker said. “What I have heard frequently from folks around this state, specifically from some convenience store chains, they can have numbers of employees that are convicted felons. This is going to be a problem. Whether or not this gets addressed by the Legislature, we will see.”

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NEWS interactions with fellow Oklahomans. “What we are really about is empowering people who are sick of that pit in their stomach when they drop their kids off at school, who are sick of the headlines, who are sick of feeling like they are not represented by their legislator on this issue,” Lenet-Rotenberg said. “We are somewhat of a conduit to channel some of those feelings, to channel that grief and anger.” In recent years, when members pushed back against legislation that would allow guns on college campuses and the carrying of guns without a permit, both measures died in the legislative process. This session, members are focused on bills that expand the state’s stand your ground law to churches, allow carrying without permit and authorize school boards to create their own firearm-carrying program for school personnel, among others.


Close to home

New voices

Across the country and in Oklahoma, students are drawing attention to gun violence. By Laura Eastes

Days after the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in the United States, Sallisaw High School senior Jamie Pool learned about the student-led March for Our Lives demonstration planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C. The movement expected to bring huge crowds to rally over gun issues and school safety measures was expanding to other major cities across the country. Oklahoma City was missing from the list. The teenager grabbed her cell phone and quickly typed out a text message to a fellow student. Would they help her organize the March for Our Lives rally in Oklahoma City? The reply was yes. In late February, Pool created a Facebook event page for the Oklahoma City march, pledging an Oklahoma version of the national movement and a call to action for stronger gun control measures following the Parkland, Florida, killings. The event page began to rack up thousands of views and collect hundreds of comments — especially in those first few days. “I never imagined that I would be doing this,” Pool said. “After getting together with my friends and discussing it, we realized that we had more power than we thought.” About a dozen Sallisaw High School students from the small eastern Oklahoma community more than 150 miles away are planning the march and rally at the state Capitol. Fellow Oklahoma students have lent support, taking on some planning duties and 6

The Oklahoma Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America recently advocated against a host of measures they believe jeopardize public safety. | Photo provided

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committing to bring themselves and friends to the midday Saturday march. Parents, teachers, faith leaders, children’s advocates, gun control advocates and others have pledged support, though Pool said the march is a studentled, student-organized event. The March for Our Lives, along with the National Student Walkout planned for one month after the Florida school mass shooting on March 14, come at a time when there is a national groundswell of support for tighter gun control. While guns still remain a divisive issue in American politics, students — or younger voters and soon-to-be-voters — are setting a new tone for gun-issue conversations.

We realized that we had more power than we thought. Jamie Pool In Sallisaw, when Pool and the other March for Our Lives organizers get together, they discuss their desires to see “common sense gun reforms,” like implementing more robust background checks, raising the minimum age to buy certain firearms and banning bump fire stocks (devices that make it easier to fire rounds more quickly). Their message to other students who want to get involved in the March for Our Lives or other similar protests is to share their feelings and fears with

fellow students. They can expect a confirmation that they are not alone. “Talk to anybody you know who feels the same way you do,” Pool said. “You can organize something too.”

Lending support

The main March for Our Lives at the nation’s Capitol has attracted the support of well-known celebrities and politicians and advocacy groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The Oklahoma Chapter of Moms Demand Action, which hosts meetings in Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond and Tulsa, is playing a supportive role in the local march, said Sara LenetRotenberg, who oversees the chapter’s social media for the nonpartisan, grassroots organization. “This is a real lightning-in-a-bottle moment that has come because a nation has been pushed too far because these school communities have been pushed too far,” Lenet-Rotenberg said. “The students’ reaction speaks for itself. We are here to support them and amplify their message. It has been incredibly gratifying to watch. If they can move this issue forward and make for safer communities, we are more than happy to let them take us over the finish line.” The Oklahoma Chapter has five years of experience promoting responsible gun laws and fighting pro-gun measures at the state Capitol. The statewide chapter bills itself as the voice of reason in the ongoing gun debate. Its members are not against the Second Amendment. Instead, they seek common sense solutions to gun violence. They convey their message at the state Capitol as well as in daily

The gun debate hits home for students in the Oklahoma City area. Last week, two eighth-grade students organized a walkout at northwest Oklahoma City’s John Marshall Mid-High School to add their voices to the national discussion on gun violence in schools. After 20 minutes, the peaceful protest ended with the crowd of about 200 students heading back to class. Two days later, law enforcement responded to a south Oklahoma City high school after a former student was found inside U.S. Grant with a firearm in a backpack. Oklahoma City Public Schools officials confirmed the former student was taken into police custody and no one was hurt. At the state’s flagship university, University of Oklahoma students plan to walk out to display their support for gun reform measures at 12:30 p.m. April 20, part of a nationwide protest that marks the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. The issue of students protesting with marches and walkouts has been a sticky subject for schools across the country. Some administrators support the students’ right to protest while others see the protests as disruptive and in violation of school policy. With March for Our Lives Oklahoma City, a relatively small number of adults have voiced displeasure with the students’ efforts. So far, no student has spoken against the march, Pool said. The march begins 11 a.m. March 24 in the parking lot of Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd. The crowd will march to the Capitol building, where students will address the crowd, speaking on a number of gun issues and ways to get involved. “They will realize how powerful their voice and their vote is,” Pool said. “Together, as a community, we can make the change that we need.”

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homes to the linemen so they had somewhere to sleep; women delivered food dishes to be enjoyed during breaks; children passed out crayon drawings depicting the OG&E trucks; local dignitaries penned proclamations and presented plaques at town celebrations. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Garrett said. “There are things you see and experience through storms. People are always appreciative. This was completely different. It was truly amazing. You can just look at the comments on [OG&E’s] Facebook [page]. There are thousands of comments, and they are mostly from Puerto Rico.”


To Arecibo

Team orange

Two OG&E employees served as OG&E storm leads, rebuilding Puerto Rico’s hurricane-damaged power grid. By Laura Eastes

In recent months, short videos posted to social media sites shared the surge of excitement felt by Puerto Ricans as power was restored to their homes, schools and communities for the first time since September. In schools, teachers erupted in cheers and students jumped up and down when the lights came on. In the streets, local residents gathered around electric power poles to applaud as linemen completed work on lines that had previously lain broken after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Rick Berg and Terry Garrett witnessed the joy firsthand as two of OG&E’s 125 employees who assisted in the repair and restoration of a portion of the power grid in Puerto Rico. A Category 4 storm hit the island, which was already recovering from Hurricane Irma’s impact weeks before, in late September. Regarded as the worst natural disaster on record for the area, Hurricane Maria caused an estimated $95 billion in damage, created a large-scale power outage and killed dozens of people. In January, OG&E’s first crew of linemen arrived at a northern coastal municipality where buildings were still in tatters and tangles of electric lines and utility poles laid dormant. When crews drove their bright orange trucks in, Berg spotted a homemade sign that simply read, “123.” The residents had Rick Berg and Terry Garrett | Photos provided 8

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been without power for 123 days, he said. “There were horns honking and people out in the streets, celebrating. I even heard a few firecrackers going off, which scares linemen. They wonder if it’s a blown fuse,” Berg said. “They were very excited, just beating pots and pans. They were also very appreciative that we came from Oklahoma over to their island.” While OG&E crews have performed power restoration work in communities ravaged by storms in the past, the Puerto Rico mission was unlike the others, they said. That’s largely because of the people. Families opened their

In late October, the leader of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) sent a letter to utility industry trade groups requesting assistance from U.S. mainland utilities. It was the first time PREPA had requested help from the utilities. In the days after Hurricane Maria, the company turned to a small Montana-based contractor, Whitefish Energy Holdings, for grid restoration. The no-bid contract was later canceled amid criticism from federal leaders. Washington, D.C.-based Edison Electric Institute, an association representing private, investor-owned utilities including OG&E, was one of the trade groups to respond, pledging its members’ services.

There are things you see and experience through storms. ... This was completely different. Terry Garrett “Out of all the utility companies in the United States, 19 stepped up,” Berg said. “Our company was one of them. To me, that is pretty neat. We are not a big company. We are in Oklahoma with 2,400 employees, but some of these

other utilities have 24,000 employees.” After a month of planning, 50 OG&E trucks were loaded onto a barge at Lake Charles, Louisiana, and routed to Puerto Rico. An OG&E team headed to the island. There, they prepared to unload the vehicles and equipment, coordinate crew lodging and secure staging areas. Back in Oklahoma City, volunteer linemen and support staff prepared to mobilize. “We were told to take a 50-man team,” Berg said. “We took 62 total with linemen and support. There were another 50 ready to go. Had we done the third wave, there was already another 50 ready to go. It turned into an honor to go and represent our company.” On Jan. 20, the first OG&E linemen crew arrived for a 20-day mission. Assigned to the Arecibo region of Puerto Rico, OG&E crews worked alongside Dallas-based Oncor and Houston-based CenterPoint Energy. On Feb. 8, the second wave of 50 linemen traveled to Puerto Rico, returning to Oklahoma in early March. Last week, only one OG&E employee remained on the island, where electricity had been restored to nearly 90 percent of customers, said Gayle Berry, OG&E spokeswoman.


Efforts to restore power to the people of the Arecibo region were no different from the work linemen do in Oklahoma, both Berg and Garrett said. The work was challenging, mostly because of the unfamiliar terrain, especially for the second crew of Oklahoma linemen assigned to a mountainous area. OG&E trucks had to navigate narrow roads. Upon reaching their destination, linemen trudged through thick jungle vegetation to find downed power transmission lines and begin their work. Each lineman was given a machete. There was an advantage to working in the mountains, Garrett said. Each mountain community was home to a school. “They take a lot of pride in their schools,” Garrett said. “The schools were open half-days. When we would get those schools on, it was amazing. Now, some of these buildings were 70 to 80 years old. When you turned the lights on, maybe of the eight lights in a classroom, one would work. When that one light would come on, those kids were tickled to death.” Both Garrett and Berg applauded their crews for their hard work. Between the two of them, they brought 75 years of storm experience into the Puerto Rico mission. “When our teams came home, we knew right here in our hearts that we had done good,” Berg said as he tapped his heart. “We go out on storms sometimes where you get back and you think that wasn’t a big deal — either it wasn’t much of a storm or there wasn’t a lot they would let you do. When you came back from Puerto Rico, you felt good. … We now have friends over there, and they now have friends over here.”

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Perils of online dating

One of the biggest examples of male privilege is the idea that the worst thing that can happen on a meet-up arranged by an app like Tinder is that the date is awkward and doesn’t go well. During this time as #MeToo and #TimesUp filters through the zeitgeist, it is important—now more than ever — to have discussions of the roots of toxic masculinity in a patriarchal society. An Oklahoma City woman recently had an experience that highlights the issue after meeting a man called “Jayy” on Tinder. A few days after first meeting, the man asked her to meet him at the Social Security Office on March 5, according to KFOR, because he said his wallet was stolen and he needed a new social security card and ID. After being turned away at the office because he didn’t have photo identification, “Jayy” got into the woman’s car, stole money out of the center console and the two got into a physical altercation as he tried to take her keys out of the ignition. Police later identified the alleged suspect at Jarvis Dean. Even after the victim pepper-sprayed Dean in the face, he managed to get her keys and tried to leave the scene in her vehicle but hit a parked car and fled on foot with the victim’s keys. The keys were later recovered and Dean was arrested at his apartment complex and charged with robbery and leaving the scene of an accident. If the idea of a date at the Social Security Office doesn’t sounds romantic, it’s because it won’t be.


Nobody ever really looks to West Virginia for guidance. After all, what does that state offer policywise that could make anyone envious? When West Virginia teachers went on strike, shuttering schools for almost two weeks and catching the attention of lawmakers who responded by ushering through a bill to give a 5 percent pay raise to all state employees, including those picketing teachers and school staff, Oklahoma teachers grew jealous but also inspired. Everybody knows Oklahoma teachers are some of the lowest paid in the nation. Everybody knows the schools are hurting from reductions in the state funding. Everybody knows it’s about time something happened to give common education some sort of boost. The state’s largest teachers union — Oklahoma Education Association — polled educators and community members to learn how they feel about a “work stoppage by teachers.” Overwhelmingly, educators and community members support it, according to reporting from News9.com. “A work stoppage is a last resort. We want to be there to educate our kids,” OEA President Alicia Priest told the TV

station. “But at some point, we’re going to call it and our schools are going to close down with unified support.” A day before West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed the employee raise bill, Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution supporting a teacher walkout, according to Oklahoma City Free Press. The resolution reads that the board is in “full support of our teachers and stands ready to take any steps necessary to improve conditions for our teachers — including a districtwide suspension of classes.” Oklahoma teachers are “to the point where we have no other option” but to strike, Oklahoma City teacher Heather Reed told Newsweek. “If we do it the first week of April, that would be during standardized state testing, which would be a great time to say, ‘Hey, we’re going on strike, and we’re not going to give these tests,” Chloe Prochaska, a Mustang teacher, told KTUL. Sounds like teachers better load up on poster boards and lawmakers better

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No saint

It is often said that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And in Enid, there were few people bigger than Ernest Leroy Currier, the city’s former mayor, vice president of a community bank and the chamber of commerce’s former citizen of the year. Now there’s another title Currier can officially add to his list of superlatives: the biggest fraud in Enid history. As reported by Enid News & Eagle earlier this month, Currier recently pleaded guilty to 33 felonies, receiving a 13-and-a-half-year prison sentence followed by 31 years of probation for using the purloined information of at least nine individuals and several fictitious identities to acquire more than $6 million in

loans over the course of several years. This is clearly blatant wrongdoing. But for a moment, let’s consider the kind of cognitive dissonance it takes to get on stage and accept your citizen of the year plaque as you’re simultaneously defrauding the very same town. Did Currier sleep well that night? Did he ever consider not accepting the award? The answer is probably not in that moment, though he voiced his public apologies at his sentencing hearing. “I am guilty of these crimes levied against me today,” he said. “My actions were shocking and inexcusable. To stoop to this level reflects an absence of principle and integrity. I am guilty of violating the trust of my employers and coworkers. There is absolutely no excuse for this action.” Ah yes, the heartfelt courtroom apology. It’s strange how so few criminals volunteer to express their guilt before any of their crimes get detected. In all seriousness, no one but Currier can say with certainty how sorry he is for his actions. Hopefully he is sincere and will work to rectify the damages. Even before the crimes were known, Currier was set to go down in Enid history. But now his name is destined to live in infamy.

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Ceviche at Zarate’s includes octopus, shrimp and tilapia. | Photo Jacob Threadgill

Worldly influence Fast service highlights flavorful international cuisine at Zarate’s Latin and Mexican Grill. By Jacob Threadgill

Zarate’s Latin Grill 706 S. Broadway, Edmond zarateslatingrill.com | 405-330-6400 What works well: The steak in the lomo saltado is juicy, and the texture of Honduran tamales is perfect. What needs work: The ceviche would benefit from fish other than tilapia. Tip: Order some of the house salsa for home.

Around 100,000 contract Chinese workers migrated to Peru in the second half of the 19th century following the country’s outlaw of slavery. They arrived to find a de facto slavery environment, but the influx of immigrants left an indelible impact on Peruvian culture. A large majority of immigrants arrived from the southern province of Guangdong and infused Cantonese elements into native Peruvian food, which is now referred to as chifa. Chief among the fusion cuisine in Peruvian culture is the dish lomo saltado, which marinates strips of steak

in soy sauce and red wine; stir-fries it with onions, tomatoes and french fries; and serves it with rice. It’s the first dish Jorge Zarate — a native of Lima, Peru — added to Zarate’s Latin Mexican Grill’s menu as it made the transition from a traditional Tex-Mex style eatery 11 years ago into the international restaurant it is today, where the lomo saltado remains the most popular dish. “It became so popular, so after I see the change in acceptance of the customers, I started experimenting with different meals, and that’s how we created the menu,” Zarate said. As the many flags inside the restaurant at 706 S. Broadway in Edmond attest, the cuisine featured at Zarate’s includes dishes native to Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “My inspiration was to show the community that the Latino heritage is based

on more than Mexican food,” Zarate said. “I decided to go from Mexico all the way to Argentina. It’s a showcase to show that Latino food is tasty.” Argentinean chimichurri sauce (a parsley and olive oil pesto) top sandwiches and fish alongside Jamaican jerk chicken, Venezuelan pabellón criollo (pot roast simmered in red wine and adobo sauce) and Honduran tamales. Zarate said he likes to travel around the country, particularly Florida, and overseas to speak with other chefs and pick up recipes for the menu. “I listen to the market,” he said. “Here in the U.S., it is hard to do 100 percent exactly right, but we’re 90-95 percent original recipes.” For someone who likes to explore different cuisines, there is no better option in the metro area than Zarate’s. During my first visit, I had trouble deciding between three of my favorites: Puerto Rican mofongo (stuffed plantains), chimichurri covered salmon and Honduran tamales cooked in banana leaves. I found out that I’m not alone. “Every dish has become popular enough that we’ve never had a reason to take something off of the menu to add other things. Almost every dish is someone’s favorite,” Zarate said. I ended up choosing the Honduran tamale ($9.99 for one) because there are times I crave the creamy, almost polenta-like texture of the masa from a tamale cooked in a banana leaf compared to its cornhusk cousins. Before food arrived, I received the obligatory chips, salsa and queso. Zarate’s salsa is a standout. While not much in the way of spice level, it’s very fresh and heavy on the garlic and lime. It was addicting and in contention for my favorite complimentary salsa I’ve had in the metro area. Zarate’s achieves the creamy tamale texture I desired, filled with spicy stewed beef, rice and black beans that were thickened with pureed beans and had plenty of smokiness. It would be impossible for me to go

to a restaurant for the first time and not try its signature dish. I went into my first lomo saltado ($12.49) experience with excitement and was not disappointed. There is a little bit of cognitive dissonance when you get that first taste of soy sauce with salsa still lingering in your mouth, but when the marinated steak combines with the cilantro-based ají, the umami flavor of the soy pairs perfectly with the brightness of the green sauce. My only complaint with the dish is that it is quite starch-heavy. Plantains, fried yucca, rice and french fries are all on one plate. I had fun dipping the yucca into the ají, and the plantain was caramelized. I found the French fries to be tasty but somewhat soggy from the sauce. I finished my initial trip to Zarate’s with another Peruvian specialty, ceviche, the country’s unofficial national dish where it is thought to have originated. The Zarate’s version combines tilapia, octopus and shrimp in a spicy lime juice marinade and is served with yucca and puffed-up Cuzco corn kernels. I found the shrimp and octopus to be tender and flavorful, but the tilapia wasn’t my favorite. I would’ve preferred a higher price point ($12.99) to get a better quality fish. The success for Zarate’s is apparent from a healthy dinner crowd and friendly service. The wait staff brought out orders promptly and cheerily refilled my drink. I ate my meal and was out the door with two takeout orders in less than 20 minutes. I was impressed. It has been successful enough that Zarate opened a second restaurant, Jorge’s Mexican Kitchen at 9244 N. Hiwassee Road in Jones, two months ago. Zarate now spends his time getting the new establishment on its feet while thanking the loyal customers who embraced the pan-Latin cuisine at Zarate’s. “It’s been a fun ride, and we meet new people every week,” he said. “The restaurant has been successful and we’re happy with the product.”

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Wolf pack

A new ownership group aims to expand Prairie Wolf Spirits’ footprint. By Jacob Threadgill

Since becoming Oklahoma’s first distillery in 2013, Prairie Wolf Spirits has earned national recognition for its vodka, gin and coffee liqueur while debuting a blended bourbon and rye whiskey in 2017. A new ownership group comprised of chef Jonathon Stranger, brothers Drew and Erik Tekell and Steven Sands wants the brand to embrace its Oklahoma roots while expanding its footprint. Prairie Wolf was founded by brothers David and Hunter Merritt, naming the distillery and gin brand after their farm in Loyal, which they have owned since the Land Run of 1889. Famed American naturalist and painter John James Audubon invented the term “prairie wolf” when he saw a coyote. Without knowing what it was, the painter observed the coyote and coined the term. Audubon knew the Merritt family, and the family thought of the connection when it came time to name their company. “It worked out that the Merritt brothers were running it, and now the Tekell brothers are,” said Drew Tekell, who will act as Prairie Wolf’s CEO while Erik Tekell serves as head dis-

tiller and plant manager. Stranger is managing creative and marketing. The new management team closed on the Guthrie-based business in early February. It started as a conversation between Tekell and Stranger at their restaurant St. Mark’s Chop Room. Stranger asked Tekell — a sommelier — if he ever considered distilling his own alcohol.

Whatever we can do to keep things local, we want to. Drew Tekell “It was a dream and passion for me,” Tekell said. Tekell reached out to Hunter Merritt to set up a meeting, intending it to serve as a blueprint for entering the business independently. During the meeting, Merritt said that Prairie Wolf’s success was taking the focus away from the family’s other company, The OKC Cellar, a temperature-controlled wine storage facility that also hosts events. “We started working with the

Steven Sands, Erik Tekell, Drew Tekell and Jonathon Stranger are the new ownership group for Praire Wolf Spirits. | Photo provided

Merritt family, and it has been smooth and seamless,” Tekell said. “It’s an honor for us to continue what they started. We really do feel blessed to have this opportunity to expand the foundation they laid.” The ownership group will unveil a new Prairie Wolf logo in April and has an Oklahoma-style rum scheduled for June release. Flavored with sorghum grown by the Seminole Nation in Wewoka, the product is a version of inland-style rum, as opposed to the island-style variety that uses sugar cane. It traces its roots in the United States back to the Revolutionary War, when molasses and sugar were so expensive that sorghum became the replacement, Tekell said. “Being able to use local product in the rum to support the community and the tribe is important,” he said. “Whatever we can do to keep things local, we want to.” Prairie Wolf will unveil its silver rum in June followed by spiced and aged versions in the coming months. The Tekell brothers will work together developing new flavors. It’s something that gets Drew Tekell excited after years working as a sommelier and spirits expert. “Being able to work with my brother is such a cool thing, being able to do a family thing. The brotherly thing means a whole lot,” he said. “As a sommelier, you’re always tasting, but getting in the craft and nerding out with the nuances of how yeast creates different flavors and getting really into the science has been a lot of fun.” Tekell said that Prairie Wolf quality is one the things that attracted the group to the brand and said nothing has changed for its recipes that include a gold medal and 94 rating for Loyal Gin on tastings.com and a 93 rating and best buy classification for the coffee liqueur by Wine Enthusiast. “[The Merritt family] had a lot of really good things working for them,” Tekell said. “We want to continue on that legacy and turn it from a local thing into a global thing.”

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Brewing local

The Brew Shop helps both hobbyists and entrepreneurs get hopping. By Jacob Threadgill

Behind every successful craft brewery that has popped up in Oklahoma City over the last decade is an origin story. Whether it’s a batch of ale brewed in a garage using a premixed kit or a few classes to learn the basics, the supplies and knowledge needed to homebrew beer are available at Gail White’s The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Pennsylvania Ave. “We get engineers that are interested in the science part of it,” said White, who purchased The Brew Shop in 2010. “You see all kinds of people. We have dentists and accountants and all kinds of people. We all have a common bond that we enjoy this hobby.” Founded in 1995, The Brew Shop existed in a gray area between federal and state law for its first fifteen years of existence. Federal law made home brewing legal in 1978 but an Oklahoma law only legalized cider and wine, leaving out beer until 2010. “People would say I didn’t know or I don’t care [that home brewing beer was illegal],” White said. “There were diehard people that were interested. As long as you didn’t sell it or make huge amounts, it wasn’t a big deal.” The community the shop helped foster speaks to how it has survived to be the only homebrew shop in Oklahoma City’s city limits. White bought the store from Chuck Deveney, who moved in Colorado in 2010, and

established a home brewers club that now counts over 125 members. One of those members is Tony Tielli, owner of Roughtail Brewing Co. “I think its pretty safe to say that without Gail, there may not ever have been a Roughtail Brewing Company,” Tielli said. “As a home brewer, I always bought ingredients from her shop and always looked forward to talking shop with the other customers and Gail. She was the one who invited me to the first meeting of her new homebrew club, Gail White has owned The Brew Shop since 2010. | Photo Jacob Threadgill

Premixed beer kits allow beginning homebrewers to get started. | Photo Jacob Threadgill

which would go on to become the Red Earth Brewers, one of the state’s premier, award-winning home brewing organizations.” There are times when White looks around and wonders ‘How did I get here?’ With a background in dental assistance training, she put it on hold for 17 years to raise six children.

I think its pretty safe to say that without Gail, there may not ever have been a Roughtail Brewing Company. Tony Tielli As a newly single mother, she said she was looking for something new to do when her friend Deveney told her that he was thinking of moving to Colorado. “It was right place, right time,” White said. “It was something I was interested in, but I had never brewed before. I learned quickly by volunteering at the shop and reading article after article. I never would’ve thought at this stage in my life that I would start teaching people about making beer and wine at home. Life is strange sometimes, but here I am.”

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White founded the homebrew club and served as president its first year before turning over duties. Other professional members of the homebrew club include members from Sky Dance Brewing

Company, Elk Valley Brewing Company, and the state’s first cider companies: Cider Theory and OK Cider Co. “It’s fun to see how home brewers have progressed over the last few years,” White said. “To see some of them expand and grow and win awards has been really exciting for me.” “I would easily count Gail as one of the most important influencers in the growth and development of the Oklahoma craft beer scene,” Tielli said. “It all starts somewhere and for most of us it started hanging out at the Brew Shop on Saturday, buying ingredients and talking beer.” White started a wine club in 2016, which meets at the rental space connected to the Brew Shop that includes a kitchen to begin the fermenting process. White takes the group on tours of local vineyards and orchards to pick up tips for their own experimentation. “Sometimes people start in wine and then decide to make beer as well,” she said. “There are more women than men in the wine club, but I would guess that 90 percent of my beer customers are men.” The craft beer industry is maledominated. A 2014 Auburn University study found that women were 29 percent of the workforce in the craft brewing industry, and a Stanford University study from the same year said that only 4 percent of 1,700 breweries studied had a female head brewer or brew master. A 2013 Gallup poll suggests that women are more likely to choose craft beer over mainstream lagers. Only 20 percent of women choose beer over other alcoholic drinking, but women make up 37 percent of craft beer drinkers, the study found. “Some people say they don’t like beer,” White said. “But there are over 30 categories of beer with multiple subcategories. There has got to be something that you might enjoy. It’s cool to educate people about beers they didn’t know exist.” White said that the most popular beer trend in the last year is the prevalence of New England-style India Pale Ales (NEIPA). Traditional IPAs gain fans with their citrus notes but turn others away because of lingering bitterness. White said the New England style is the best of both worlds. She pointed to Roughtail’s Everything Rhymes with Orange as a good example of an NEIPA. “Their characteristics are a lot of hops, but instead of the bitter end of the spectrum, they are all aroma and flavor hops, so you don’t get bite in your face at the beginning of the drink,” White said. “It’s more of a wonderful aroma and flavor of tropical hops.” Visit thebrewshopokc.com.

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With spring approaching, there is a sense of renewal in the air. Venerable bars will be rolling out new seasonal cocktails, but it also seems fair to highlight new watering holes in the metro area. Here are the seven best places to try something new, whether it’s a drink or an entirely new establishment. By Jacob Threadgill | Photos provided

The Bunker Club

422 NW 23rd St. bunkerclubokc.com | 405-702-8898

Much like its sister establishment The Pump Bar, The Bunker Club features a selection of daily cocktail specials, but this is put on full display on Tiki Tuesdays. Dive into some indulgent drinks like the Show Us Your Chi Chis, which is pineapple vodka, macadamia nut liqueur, cream of coconut and coconut water served in a coconut. The Bunker Club’s tropical drinks are a good way to beat the oncoming heat.

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club

320 NW 10th St. rjsupperclub.com | 405-602-5066

The group of talented mixologists turns out a new drink menu every season. Spring kicks off with the génépi and vodka-California Dreaming cocktail with vodka, cucumber, mint, fresh lime juice and sugar snap peas — green enough for St. Patrick’s Day. The Crimson & Clover (pictured) has novo fogo barrelaged cachaca and raspberry preserves and is muddled with fresh limes and basil.

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Kat’s Tavern 901 NW 64th St. 405-753-4287

Admittedly, “craft” cocktails are not the stars of the show at Kat’s, which opened in September in the former By George’s location. Owner Kat Peckenpaugh places an emphasis on delivering a good selection of beer and spirits at a reasonable price in a smoke-free environment. Part of the statewide initiative Free The Night, Kat’s does not allow cigarette smoke inside.

The Jones Assembly

901 W. Sheridan Ave. thejonesassembly.com | 405-212-2378

Since opening last summer, The Jones Assembly has become one of the best places in town to eat, drink and to see a concert. Led by head bartender Christine Brubaker, the bar turns out seasonal cocktails as well as permanent items like the PYT, which uses Oklahoma’s Prairie Wolf vodka, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Mathilde peach liqueur, lemon and grapefruit.

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Under the direction of food and beverage director Michael O’Hara, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bar staff more knowledgeable than the one at Mary Eddy’s. As the restaurant rolls out a seasonal menu in the next few weeks, grab a Movin’ to the Country made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, peach syrup, lemon, peach bitters, red wine float and amaretto meringue.

You might’ve been to the Scratch Kitchen in Norman or maybe even the one in Telluride, Colorado, but each location has a different food and drink menu. The newest concept, located in the new Pueblo development in the Paseo district, features 11 seasonal cocktails devised by consulting company Bittercube, which was founded by Norman native Ira Koplowitz. Try the Two-Timer with George Dickle Rye, chai tincture and cherry bark vanilla.

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The Oklahoma-themed bar, complete with walls lined with local family photographs, opened its second floor bar in the former Savings & Loan space this February after opening the first floor at the end of 2017. The 24K Magic cocktail (pictured) is Rittenhouse Rye whiskey, sage honey syrup, lemon, egg white and gold dust. For a spring treat, try the Rose Rock: Aviation gin, spicy grenadine, lemon, soda and brut.

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ARTS & CULTURE The Art We Wear is partially the brainchild of Josh Carpenter of the local band The Fervent Route. | Photo provided


also reaching out to a few he hadn’t met yet. He has loved the process of putting the show together, but it has also been a lot to keep straight. “It can be overwhelming at times,” he said, “because you’re working with so many artists and you’re making sure the things are set up right, because it’s all about the visual. If there’s even the slightest change, that irritates you, speaking as the artist in me.” Speakeasy is known for hosting uniquely themed art shows and events that are almost all well attended. As a first-time art show host in the venue, Carpenter said he is excited for the chance to build on that existing legacy. “The way they create for the arts here, I mean, Speakeasy is honestly a powerhouse for entertainment, music and art,” he said.

Tree & Leaf

Off chest

T-shirts are presented as art in the 51st Street Speakeasy show The Art We Wear. By Ben Luschen

Art should not be limited to pieces displayed in museums or in the homes of private buyers. A T-shirt might not be judged as nice enough to pass muster with picky bouncers at New York City’s most exclusive nightclubs, but that is no statement on the clothing item’s validity as artwork. Josh Carpenter, a local musician who leads the band The Fervent Route with rapper Original Flow, hopes his new art show helps place the garment in a different light. The Art We Wear: T-shirt Art Show runs 9 p.m.-midnight March 23 at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st St. The show includes visual artists and collectives Heidi Ghassempour, HEL2, Randall Barnes, Stina Hart, Jaiye Farrell, Roz Adams, DanYoSon & Co., Paint Stained Everything, Tree & Leaf and Sean Vali. Carpenter said the plan is that shirts will be displayed alongside prints of the design. All shirts will be available for sale at the designer’s asking price, which Carpenter said will usually be around $25. “These are presented as actual [art] pieces, so it’s totally different from what they usually do,” he said. “But it’s still their artistry.” The night will feature music from Original Flow and The Fervent Route as well as Sativa Prophets, Druce Wayne, Jarvix, StuddaBudda and Barfbag Bitterbites. Carpenter believes the best clothing finds common ground between practicality, affordability and style.

“Clothes should always be feasible for us because that’s what we wear,” he said. “And they portray a percentage of who we are.” Barnes, one of the show’s participating artists, said he thinks T-shirts are underappreciated as an art medium. “I like that they’re the modern-day pamphlet,” he said. “It’s a way to share ideas, beliefs, fashions and identity. They can be a way for artists to spread their work and they’re affordable.” Carpenter has already received a lot of good feedback on the show concept. If this show is successful enough, he said it might be the first in a series of T-shirt art shows. “I would like to set the bar on events like this and continue to grow from there,” he said.

Entertainment powerhouse

The idea for The Art We Wear was sparked from a conversation between Carpenter and participating artist Farrell at a Speakeasy music showcase. “I talked to him and he was like, ‘Dude, there should be an art T-shirt show here,’” Carpenter said. “I thought, ‘Absolutely.’” The same night Carpenter approached Speakeasy co-owner Greg Bustamante about the possibility of hosting such a show. Bustamante said that he had already thought of something similar and welcomed Carpenter on as the concept’s host and organizer. For the event, Carpenter approached several artists he already knew while

One of the most exciting parts of The Art We Wear is the chance to see unique, small-batch shirt designs from some of the city’s best-known designers, including Dusty Gilpin at Tree & Leaf. The former 16th Street Plaza District shop recently closed its brick-and-mortar location but has continued its online store treeandleafclothing.com. Gilpin said the impact T-shirts have on modern-day style cannot be overemphasized. “T-shirts, although a simple medium, are one of the biggest forms of art and personal expression of our time,” Gilpin said. “The T-shirt is basically a billboard or canvas.” Most of Gilpin’s shirts are centered on a key idea or statement he wants to make. Tree & Leaf is known for selling shirts that often reference the state and local sports teams. The Art We Wear is a chance for Gilpin to get more abstract. “For this show, I think I will be producing some apparel that is a little bit wilder,” he said. “The idea of producing some one-off shirts is a lot of fun and offers a lot of creative freedom.” Gilpin was a sophomore in college when he designed his first shirt in 2006. It featured an outline of the state with the words “Home Sweet HOMA!” on the inside. “That basically kick-started my T-shirt career,” he said. “The message was simple, and at the time, there weren’t many fun, Oklahoma-themed T-shirts. I grew up as a third-generation graphic designer; simple illustration and type really aligns itself perfectly to being printed on a T-shirt.” The closing of Tree & Leaf’s physical store was bittersweet for Gilpin. “We are sad to lose the regular comArtist Dusty Gulpin designed the “Stone Cold Steven Adams” shirt for his Tree & Leaf apparel line. Gulpin is one of several artists producing one-off shirts for The Art We Wear. | Photo provided

munity traffic and the experience of retail and events,” he said. “However, I have a lot more time to work on much more dynamic art projects and collaborative projects.” Since the closing, Gilpin said he has been engaging in more personal projects, including murals and other graphic design work. He is teaming with Tower Theatre to produce some limited-edition event posters and will soon be preparing for art projects like the Milk Crate Jam in the Plaza District and Tulsa’s Habit Mural Festival. He said Tree & Leaf fans should also expect to see new shirts added to the online store soon.

Art’s impact

Carpenter dabbles in graphic design but thinks of himself as more of a renaissance artist. His visual and video art are usually extensions of his work with The Fervent Route. “It started off with just me being a musician, but then I realized what it takes to be a successful musician,” he said. “You have to understand the way you present yourself artistically, so you have to study things like graphic design and videography.” The main thing Carpenter loves about graphic design is that it can drop art onto any kind of surface and in many different places. It has taken the accessibility of art to a new level. “Nowadays, art has been placed on pretty much every platform because we’re seeing the significance of it, I feel like,” he said. “We’re starting to see how much it’s needed in today’s society, too.” Carpenter hopes The Art We Wear helps attendees realize how often art impacts their everyday lives. “It’s always going to continue to grow and change people’s minds,” he said. “I feel like events like this remind us that art is important.”

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Painting as preservation

Alicia “Saltina” Marie Clark explores her family and tribal history with Fragmentary Stories. By Hannah Meeske


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Art can function as an escape from busy lives, a spark for intellectual thought and sometimes as an indication of wealth, but for Alicia “Saltina” Marie Clark, painting functions as the preservation of people, their culture and their stories. Clark, whose exhibit Fragmentary Stories runs through March 31 at Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo St., is a member of the Caddo Hasinai tribe, and she tells stories of her ancestral roots. Although she wasn’t born in Oklahoma, she was raised here and is bringing up her own family here. “I’m just an Oklahoma Native sharing my ancestral and my own Oklahoma history through my art,” Clark said. “I will be an artist forever, so I hope I continue to inspire and make art people like.”

Our possessions seem to live on longer than our bodies, so I portray that in my work. Alicia “Saltina” Marie Clark

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Clark discovered her passion for painting when she was a toddler. Drawing came naturally. With a family that loves art and travel, she often visited museums; from a young age, her favorite was Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Early on, she found a book about Caddo tribes living in Oklahoma titled Traditions of the Caddo: Collected Under the Auspices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Volume 41, written by George Amos Dorsey and published in 1905. Finding the book inspired Clark to mold her art around her ancestors’ antiquated culture, and Clark was surprised to recognize some of the names in the stories. “I opened it and noticed the name Annie Wilson. That’s my great-great grandmother, and her father Moon-Light also has stories in this book,” Clark said. Clark’s creative process revolves around observing artifacts related to her Native American ancestors and breathes life back into them with color. “I research by looking at old photos, old books and old stories,” Clark said.

“Then I take in the patterns and colors around me and collaborate them all together.” She creates characters that embody her ancestors’ legacy using charcoal, graphite, acrylic and latex. “I like to use charcoal and graphite because I like to draw. I use acrylic and latex for the bright colors,” Clark said. But she also has a deeper philosophy when choosing mediums. “I use charcoal and graphite for the hands and faces in my portraits because like our own skin and body they are not permanent,” Clark said. “I use paint, the more permanent of the mediums, for the clothing and other elements.” She describes her art in one word: layered. From the act of layering charcoal and graphite, acrylics and latex to telling a story about her ancestors and informing about Native American culture, Clark’s work communicates on many levels. “Our possessions seem to live on longer than our bodies, so I portray that in my work,” Clark said.

Her travels

Clark started traveling at a young age; she began flying out to California to see her grandparents at age 6 and also traveled around the world with her other set of grandparents. Since, travel has had a place in her heart and informs her work. “Once you step out into a new place with new scenery and different cultures it becomes an addiction,” she said. “The world we live on is a magical place of land forms filled with pockets of diverse people living together with a lot more things in common than you know. Meeting different people and seeing different views and scenery through my travels and hearing their stories has influenced me to tell my own.”

The exhibit

Inspiration for the title Fragmentary Stories resides in the idea of fragments and how Clark’s art evokes an idea from Traditions of the Caddo without capturing the entire story behind it. “When I paint the stories I only paint the portrait of the characters in them. This is only a fragment of the story they tell,” Clark said. She also uses old photos as inspiration for her work. “These old photos only tell me a fragment of the peoples’ story,” Clark said. “So, I combine a small piece of my story with a small piece of their story, creat-

Alicia “Saltina” Marie Clark’s Fragmentary Stories pull from her family and tribal history while capturing elements of her own life. | Photo The Paseo Arts District / provided

ing a fragmentary story.” To Clark, Fragmentary Stories might not capture the whole picture, but it exposes a part of history in Oklahoma that is not often covered. She combines new and old ideas to create art that preserves her ancestors’ culture and their stories, emphasizing the temporariness of our bodies and the stories that endure after our bodies turn to dust. Visit thepaseo.org.


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Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan star in CityRep’s production of Greater Tuna. | Photo provided

Fresh catch

CityRep reels in Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan for Greater Tuna. By Jeremy Martin

Tuna, Texas, isn’t exactly Mayberry. “That’s what we’ve always sort of thought,” said actor Jonathan Beck Reed about comparing the setting of the play Greater Tuna to the setting of classic sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. “That’s the tone. That’s how they dress; that’s kind of the small town they live in and stuff.” Donald Jordan, Reed’s co-star in the revival of Greater Tuna opening at CityRep theater on Thursday, quickly added that there’s one key difference about the population of Tuna. “But they say the things real people would say,” Jordan said. “Andy Griffith never said, ‘Come to the Klan meeting today.’” Elmer Jenkins, head of Tuna’s local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the fictional “third-smallest town in Texas” would, though. And while Mayberry’s Aunt Bee was famous for her delicious down-home cooking, Tuna’s Aunt Pearl would rather serve poison to stray dogs. Described by The Washington Post as “Hee Haw with a serrated edge,” Greater Tuna has spawned three sequels since it debuted in Austin in 1981. Written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, the original Tuna featured Sears and Williams populating the entire town, playing 10 characters apiece. Reed, who first saw the play during its original off-Broadway run in 1982, has played the roles created by Williams in several productions of Greater Tuna beginning with a 1985 production at Jewel Box Theatre. He said that the play

has retained its edge over the years and if anything has recently gotten sharper. “When this show first opened, our world was a very different place, and so when you saw the show, it was strictly a comedy,” Reed said. “You’d see these characters, and you’d laugh at them because they were sort of marginal a lot of them. You could come out and be this Klan character in 1983, and people would laugh at you because you’re so far away from any reality, but now you kind of sit there and it makes you look at the people next to you in the audience. It’s almost like you don’t know if you should laugh or you should be a little uneasy.” In CityRep’s upcoming production, Klansman Jenkins wears a “Make American Great Again” hat. “That guy was on Fox News tonight,” said Jordan, who first filled the roles originated by Sears in a 1986 production at Fort Worth’s Stage West Theatre. “It’s as if we’re making this up from today’s newspaper.”

Perfect pairing

Though they’ve been in “about 50 productions” together in “two continents, three countries and 48 states” since discovering their “natural chemistry” with each other in University of Central Oklahoma’s theater department in 1979, Jordan and Reed didn’t make it to Tuna together until CityRep’s 2008 production of the holiday-themed sequel, A Tuna Christmas. The play proved so popular, they brought it back for the next two holiday seasons. Finally, in

2013, they had the chance to appear together in the original Greater Tuna, which became the best-selling play in CityRep history. Jordan and Reed said they can tell they’ve done a good job when audience members after the show ask them where the rest of the cast is. Steve Emerson, who’s directed the pair in all of CityRep’s Tuna productions, said he completely understands. “As many times as I’ve seen this, I still expect some of these other characters to walk onstage and enter the scene even though that’s literally not possible because the actor who plays that role is already onstage,” Emerson said. The play, with mostly mimed props and only two actors onstage, might seem simple to the audience, but a look backstage would reveal a significantly more complex mechanism at work. Four people assist Jordan and Reed through the two-dozen costume changes they make during the two-hour runtime. “Usually, you might have two seconds to look in a mirror that’s mounted backstage before you dash out,” Jordan said, “but you kind of have to trust that they’re putting the right thing on you at the right time. And sometimes while we’re backstage, we’re actually still involved in the play. We’re carrying on a dialogue as if the character’s in the other room while people are taking clothes off of you. You’re playing a different character, speaking as one character; they’re taking another off you; they’re putting a third one on you.” All told, Jordan estimates a Tuna production is equal to “about three plays’ worth of work” for each actor. Jordan, who will soon turn 60, said this season’s extended four-week run might be his last trip to Tuna. “Even when you’re playing a big role in a big play, you’re not half of every word in the script,” Jordan said. “You’re like, ‘I’m not in act two,’ or ‘I’m not in this scene,’ or ‘Oh, now here’s the big dance number [so] I’ve got a chance to go off and get a Diet Coke; I’ve got to run to the bathroom; I’ve got to check my cellphone.’ But none of that with this.” Emerson, who also studies martial arts, said watching Reed and Jordan working to inhabit a small town’s worth of characters reminds him of something he learned practicing aikido. “There are no techniques for fighting 10 people at once,” Emerson said. “You can fight 10 people at once — one at a time. You still have to do it one at a time. You just have to do it a lot faster.”

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ROW OKC gives local rowers an indoor option. By Ian Jayne

If necessity is the mother of invention, then ROW OKC is its personal trainer. The recently opened fitness center, 9652 N. May Ave., arose out of necessity and a passion for fitness. After moving to Oklahoma five years ago, ROW OKC co-owner and coach Laurie Olsen took up a new fitness pursuit: machine rowing. “I started rowing and fell in love with it,” Olsen said. “I get a better workout from rowing than I ever have from running.” After the closure of Urban Row, a local rowing studio where Olsen and her business partner Michael Luk were both instructors in late 2017, Olsen told Luk he should open his own studio, and he replied that they should open one together. “As soon as she said that, in my mind, it was a possibility. I was already thinking about what our logo would look like,” Luk said. He and Olsen began the search for a space and then moved on to renovations. “We both said that this is the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” Olsen said. “We just pushed through and did it.” About three months later, ROW OKC opened its doors in February. The

studio has 13 rowers — the machines used for workouts — and includes a changing room so attendees can come before or after work, Olsen said. ROW OKC also offers a variety of classes and membership packages in order to meet various fitness needs. Classes range from the 45-minute Intro ROW (a form-focused class for beginners) Signature ROW (the flagship class) and Turbo ROW (a highintensity interval training class). Hourlong classes include the ROW & Flow and the 10K ROW, which lasts until all attendees reach the 10,000-meter goal. Some classes incorporate yoga or weight training. In addition to formal classes, ROW OKC also offers open hours for those who can’t make a particular class. “You still want to get your workout in, and if you love it and are passionate about it, we want to have it available,” Olsen said. The first class at ROW OKC is free. Subsequent packages include limited ($24 for three rows) and unlimited trials ($29 for two weeks), and various monthly packages, including $50 for four classes/month and unlimited open

Laurie Olsen and Michael Luk opened indoor rowing gym ROW OKC in February. | Photo Robyn Waggoner Photography / provided

hours, or the monthly unlimited package at $119/month, which also includes discounts on merchandise and a monthly guest pass. Row classes are also available to purchase in one, five, 10, 20 and 50-pack increments. “It’s very adaptable to where you are,” Olsen said of ROW OKC’s options.

Individualized fitness

Adaptability and inclusivity make rowing accessible to a variety of ages and body types, Olsen said. ROW OKC aims to eliminate the intimidation that can come with joining a new gym, as well. Luk said his fitness journey began after he graduated from college and thought he might apply for United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. In order to prepare for the physical component, Luk began working out. He took up yoga, becoming certified to teach, and then he started running and completed a half-marathon. Despite this variety, Luk said he was still looking for something else. A coupon led him to a rowing class. “I loved it. It helped me to balance out my running — I had one leg that was dominant over the other, and it helped me with my times,” Luk said. He also said that rowing exercises about 84 percent of muscle groups. “In one workout, you’re going to burn more calories than you are if you were going to yoga. You’re going to work out more muscles than if you were going to go to spin. It’s lower impact than running,” Luk said. Olsen said that while many might think rowing is just about the arms, it provides a total-body workout. “The three major parts of your body are your legs, your torso and your arms,

so you’re working your back and your core; they balance each other out,” Luk said. “You’re really building strength through your legs. … There’s no way to change the resistance in the middle of the class without adding water. You’re doing it through the strength of your body.” The total-body workout appeals to many as a primary source of fitness or in conjunction with other workouts, Luk and Olsen said.

I get a better workout from rowing than I ever have from running. Laurie Olsen “Some people do it in tandem with things,” Luk said. “If you can row for 45 minutes, you can run for 45 minutes. You’re still building that endurance and you’re working those muscles.” From a runner’s perspective, Olsen said that rowing offers a condensed way to achieve many of the purposes of running — such as sprinting, interval training, hills and endurance training. “You can do all that on a rower and you get the benefit. You can do the whole thing in 45 minutes,” Olsen said. As the only rowing studio in Oklahoma, ROW OKC has clients who come from Norman, El Reno, Newcastle, Choctaw and Edmond. A main obstacle to rowing is just misperception, Luk said. Some people think that it is on the water with physical oars, while some might have a hard time visualizing the workout. “We’re getting people introduced to it, and we’re getting the word out,” Luk said. “Fitness is a growing movement in Oklahoma City. … We want to do it right and do it well.” Visit rowokcity.com.

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Community builder

Marie Casimir merges dance and storytelling to bring the Haitian concept of togetherness to OKC. By Ben Luschen

Haitian culture is often communal. In rural areas, people frequently build private residences close together around a common courtyard area where family and community members share the space for the benefit of the entire group. This kind of courtyard is called a lakou. Each lakou is different, but community members can often be found in a shared garden, preparing a large meal, caring for the group’s children and working on a variety of artistic and cultural pursuits. “It’s a physical space to make sure everyone is taken care of within that system,” said Marie Casimir, a Haitianborn writer and dancer who now teaches African dance at University of Oklahoma. “But it also becomes a metaphorical space for togetherness, especially in rural Haiti if you’re talking about not letting people slip away or slip through the cracks.” Casimir recently partnered with community learning and sustainability organization SixTwelve for a three-month art residency featuring a series of workshops titled Reclaiming the Lakou: A Movement & Writing Workshop. The workshops combine dance and writing disciplines to enhance storytelling and, in the process, build a lakou-like community with strangers. The next class in the series takes place 2 p.m. March 24 at SixTwelve, 612 NW 29th St. Attendance is open to anyone — even those who did not attend the first workshop in February — but a donation of at least $5 is recommended. “It really is for everyone,” Casimir said. “It’s built to be that way in that I’m not teaching a bunch of technique, necessarily. I give the foundation for Haitian and Afro-Caribbean movement. But that’s all within this larger system of finding our relationship with 26

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each other and ourselves.” SixTwelve, a refurbished apartment building, closely resembles a large house from both the interior and exterior. To the side of the building is a community vegetable garden that includes live, egg-laying hens. Casimir has lived in Oklahoma City for the past three years after spending several years as part of Chicago’s performing arts community. From the moment she first saw SixTwelve, she was immediately reminded of the Haitian lakou. “For me,” she said, “every time I was in the space, I just felt really good.” That reminder turned into inspiration for a series of community-building art workshops, which she said SixTwelve founder Amy Young enthusiastically approved.

New homes

Casimir moved from Haiti, a Frenchspeaking country located on the Caribbean island Hispanola with Spanishspeaking neighboring nation Dominican Republic, to Rockland County, New York — essentially suburban New York City — when she was 5 years old. She grew up around theater and musicals, always performing on a stage. She first discovered dance and poetry in her preteen years, passions that she always kept separate until about 10 years ago. After attending college in Upstate New York, Casimir moved to Chicago to get her master’s degree in nonprofit administration at North Park University. While working at an experimental performance space, she found herself submerged in the city’s performing arts scene. She watched as dancers used dance and movement to connect with audiences in ways she had not yet imagined, which inspired her to

A New Beginning Women’s Healthcare Marie Casimir returns to her native Haiti about once a year, often working with local artists and teaching dance classes while she is there. | Photo Sephora Monteau / provided

begin mixing things she knew from writing with dance disciplines. About three years ago, her husband got a job in Oklahoma and the couple moved to OKC. Casimir later got her job teaching at OU. She still maintains a variety of art projects around the country, including organizing the annual Instigation Festival in Chicago and New Orleans, but is still in the process of feeling out the local creative scene — particularly performance culture. Casimir has noticed the city’s vibrant visual art community and has already begun to embed herself into it, though she would not describe herself as a visual artist. “A lot of the work I create now is so interdisciplinary,” she said, “so to be immersed in a discipline that’s not my own, like the visual art community, is really quite nice.” Coming from New York and Chicago, it is easy to understand how the scale of OKC’s art scene might seem small. But Casimir said she actually thinks a lot of things are going on locally; they just might be spread out over a larger area. “I miss my explosive community, but people are doing things here,” she said. “I think it might just be spread out and in these little pockets, which is kind of neat.” Whereas some larger cities have more established art cultures, Casimir has noticed that OKC and the surrounding area seems to be on the precipice of a lot of firsts. She is excited at the chance to make a real mark on the community. “I feel like I’m here at just the right time.”

Body language

Casimir practices theatrical jazz, which she said is the idea that storytelling and movement can exist at the same time and on separate planes of meaning. The term “interpretive dance” has become a concept that most people don’t take seriously, so Casimir avoids the words. Her art is not about miming her way through a story. Movement is an expression of feeling just like words. Sometimes she will make movements informed by her writing, and sometimes her writing is informed by her words. Her way of communicating to the audience isn’t one that has to be narrative. “It’s not necessarily linear,” she said. “It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.” Casimir said words can affect people in the same way as their favorite song. If one can dance to a rhythm, they can dance to an idea. “There’s something about hearing words and writing words that is the same thing as listening to music,” she said. “The music is going to impact what you’re doing.”

Building bridges

Casimir’s parents returned to Haiti after they retired. The dancer tries to return to her home country at least once a year, not just to see her family, but to connect with local artists. Casimir’s culture and heritage are important to her, and she wants to build her own connections to the country. “I feel like, for my generation specifically, it’s really important that we’re relearning our culture in a first-person way,” she said. Dance has become one of the most fulfilling ways to reconnect to her African heritage. On one hand, Haiti is a country of immigrants, so its dance tradition has been patched together from a number of other cultures. On the other, Haiti was the first independent black nation, and Casimir said that independence helped preserve some of the art form’s most authentic elements. “I think that’s one of the reasons it’s so important to me,” she said. “It feels like the least diluted part of our culture.” One of the things Casimir hopes people take away from Reclaiming the Lakou is a new respect for Haitian culture. She feels almost obliged to share her heritage with others. “For me, it’s like I’m taking what I have from home and bringing it here to Oklahoma City and offering that,” she said. “As immigrants — not just as Haitian people — we do that.” Her other hope is that participants, in expressing themselves to others and having strangers open up to them, will realize they are never truly alone. “It’s possible to be in community with strangers,” she said. “We do basic foundation work and outside of that one experience, it’s up to you to continue the work interacting with people you don’t necessarily know.” Marie Casimir is using her SixTwelve workshop to familiarize participants with the Haitian concept of lakou. | Photo provided

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BOOKS Time Bomb, Joelle Charbonneau signs copies of her book that focuses on seven students who are trapped in their school after a bomb goes of, 6-7:30 p.m. March 15. Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth Road, Edmond, 405-340-9202, bestofbooksok.com. THU

HAPPENINGS Planning and Planting Your Garden, get pro tips for successful gardening such as what to plant and when to plant it for beautiful blossoms with this free seminar, 6 p.m. March 14. Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36th Street, 405-943-0827, okc.gov/recreation. WED Brown Bag Lunch Series: My West, Theodore Waddell discusses his life and art including reflections about the people and life experiences which have influenced his work throughout the years, noon-1 p.m. March 14. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. WED

OU Poetry Reading, author of four novels and is the author of eight collections of poems Alan Michael Parker reads his writings, 7 p.m. March 15. Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo St., 405-6017474, contemporaryartgalleryokc.com. THU

LGBTQ Allyship in Practice, a lecture examining current LGBTQ concepts and issues and develop an awareness of biases and recognize heterosexual and cisgender privilege, noon-1 p.m. March 14. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-5213552, okdhs.org. WED

Killers of the Flower Moon, discuss the book by best-selling author David Grann that details the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land and the FBI‘s first major homicide investigations, 1-2:15 p.m. March 18. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. SUN

Unlocking the West, an overview of Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection full of documents, photographs, movie memorabilia, books and magazines with a variety of guest speakers, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405744-5868, education.okstate.edu/olli. THU

Story Time with Tucker the Bernese Mountain Dog, families can visit with a Bernese mountain dog from Human Animal Link of Oklahoma while listening to a selection of children‘s books selected by artist Theodore Waddell, 2 p.m. March 19. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. MON Read for Adventure, the OKC Zoo and Metropolitan Library Systems have partnered to publish the children‘s book, Our Day at the Zoo and to create a community Read for Adventure program enabling readers to check out the new book from any of the 19 Metro Library locations, through March 31. Metropolitan Library System, 300 Park Ave., 405-2318650, metrolibrary.org.

FILM The Room, (2003, USA, Tommy Wiseasu), an independent drama film about Johnny (Tommy Wiseasu) and the love triangle he finds himself in, 7 p.m. March 13-15. Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., 405-708-6937, towertheatreokc.com. Moses and Aaron, (1974, Germany, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet), staged almost entirely within a Roman amphitheater, the film is about the Old Testament brothers who insistently debate God‘s message to His people, 8 p.m. March 15. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. THU The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, (2007, USA, Julian Schnabel), a true story about Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, who has a devastating stroke at age 43, 2 p.m. March 18. (okcufilmlit.org) Meinders School of Business, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., 405-208-5536, okcu.edu/ business. SUN Big Trouble in Little China, (1986, USA, John Carpenter), this comedy stars Kurt Russell as truck driver Jack Burton who gets into trouble in San Francisco‘s Chinatown, 7 p.m. March 19. Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., 405-708-6937, towertheatreokc. com. MON Railway Sleepers, (2017, Thailand, Sompot Chidgasornpongse), a documentary on the trains in Thailand taking the audience from the present to the past, 7:30 p.m. March 21. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. WED

St. Patrick‘s Day Parade, put on your green and celebrate the luck of the Irish with music, green beer and more, 11 a.m. March 17. Downtown OKC, 211 N. Robinson Ave., downtownokc.com. SAT All You Need to Know About Starting Seeds, handson workshop teaching participants how to start annual flowers, vegetables and herbs, the best way to take care of seeds as they grow and many more tips, techniques and tools helpful in seed starting, 1-2:30 p.m. March 17. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. SAT HIV Advocacy Day, a breakfast rally with author and advocate Paige Rawl followed by a meeting with state legislators at the State Capitol to discuss important HIV legislation, 8:30 a.m.-noon March 20. OK Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd., 405-427-1400, okaidscarefund.com. TUE Tracing Your Roots, students learn how to search for their heritage online, how to obtain free resources that are available for research and how to access materials located in the Oklahoma Historical Society, 10 a.m.noon Tuesdays. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-522-0765, okhistory.org. TUE The Orchid & Poetry Show, an orchid show curated by Nate Tschaenn, director of horticulture and resident orchid expert features exhibits inspired by poetry, through March 24. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. Museum Theory and Practice, explore the research, preservation, management and interpretation of historical and cultural resources through the University of Central Oklahoma‘s graduate program in museum studies, through April 27. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org.


Powdered Graphite, OKecoScapes and After Hours Powdered Graphite features highly detailed graphite works by artist Haley Prestifilippo. OKecoScapes is an exhibit by Douglas Shaw Elder with organic finished drawings and carvings. After Hours consists of a select group of professionals’ artwork created after hours. All exhibits run through April 1 at JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave. Call 405-5286336 or visit jrbartgallery.com. THROUGH APRIL 1 Photo JRB Art at the Elms/provided


Saturdays. Centennial Rodeo Opry, 2221 Exchange Ave., 405-297-9773, ohfo.org. SAT

Easter Bunny Photos, celebrate Easter with the kids by taking a photo with the Easter bunny in Macy‘s court and take home a memento, March 9-31. Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway, 405-8412696, simon.com/mall/penn-square-mall. FRI

OKC Improv, enjoy weekly performances of improvised comedy theatre on OKC‘s premier platform for improv, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Noir Bistro & Bar, 701 W. Sheridan Ave., 405208-4233, theparamountokc.com. FRI-SAT

After School DIY Studio, come after school to check out library books, arts and crafts, science experiments and more hands-on activities, 3:30-5 p.m. March 16. Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker Ave., 405-6314468, metrolibary.org. FRI

Montage of Sound, an ensemble of winds, viola and piano presenting a collection of rarely-heard shorter chamber pieces by an eclectic mix of 19th and 20th century European composers, 7:30 p.m. March 20. St. Paul‘s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street, 405-235-3436, brightmusic.org. TUE

Drop-In Art: 3-D Painted Floral Vases, open to all ages and skill levels, create a three-dimensional floral vase using the museum‘s still lifes as inspiration, 1-4 p.m. March 17. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. SAT Go Green, St. Patrick‘s Day, enjoy food trucks, vendors, an Irish step performance, and fun fiddling tunes as well as hunting for treasures in the Sheridan Lawn, noon-4 p.m. March 17. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. SAT Dinosaur Discovery, build balsa wood dinosaurs and learn all about paleontology with University of Oklahoma Instructor Tyler Hunt, 2-3:30 p.m. March 17. Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker Ave., 405-631-4468, metrolibary.org. SAT Sprouting Chefs: Spring Break Cooking Camp, for ages 8 to 12, a hands-on cooking camp with themed days and a chance to create delicious dishes using fresh ingredients, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19-22. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. MON

Brews & BBQ, party with food from Maples Barbecue, Irish music, yard games and beer from Irish Red to Rum Barrel-Aged Stout on nitro, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 17. Stonecloud Brewing Company, 1012 NW 1st St., 405-602-3966, stonecloudbrewing.com. SAT

Be Creative: Chihuly and Color, get inspired by Dale Chihuly‘s art and create a sculpture, mask, painting and more; perfect for ages 9-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20-23. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com.

Cooking with the Power of Lutein, the screens we are constantly looking at expose our eyes to blue light which can damage your retina; learn about lutein and how it protects against damaging effects, 3-4 p.m. March 18. Natural Grocers, 7013 N. May Ave., 405-8400300, naturalgrocers.com. SUN

Discovery Time, a program for preschool and elementary-age kids with a hands-on activity of stories, crafts and discovery table specimens, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, 405-325-4712, samnoblemuseum.ou.edu. SUN OKSeed Walkups, visit the gardens and learn all the amazing things seeds do to survive and how we depend on them, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. Sundays. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. Kid Inventor, design, test and build unique creations using a variety of materials and technologies such as Legos, string, paper and more, through March. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-6026664, sciencemuseumok.org.

PERFORMING ARTS The Good Doctor, a comedy with music by playwright Neil Simon adapting short stories written by Russian author Chekhov and 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N. Walker Ave., 405-521-1786, jewelboxtheatre.org. WED

OKC STEAM Learning Journey This camp offers diversity training and ethnography services for kids aged 5-12. This year’s theme is aviation and admission is free. The camp is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through March 23 at Word First Ministries, 10220 N. Western Ave. Visit thickdescriptions.org. MONDAY-MARCH 23 Photo Thick Descriptions/provided 28

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Finding Neverland, a musical for all ages about playwright J.M. Barrie and how he becomes inspired to bring Peter Pan to life, 7:30 p.m. March 15, 8 p.m. March 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., 405-297-2264, okcciviccenter.com. The Centennial Rodeo Opry, an evening of live music and the best performers representing country, folk, blues, gospel, rock, bluegrass and more, 6 p.m.

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Tuesday Noon Concerts, a series presented by OU School of Music and the museum features 30-minute concerts during the lunch hour, noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-325-3272, ou.edu/fjjma. TUE

ACTIVE Learn-to-Swim Program, giving residents of all ages and financial situations the opportunity to learn to swim with proper technique and basic water safety at their own pace offered by the King Marlin Swim Club, ongoing, Lighthouse Sports, Fitness and Health, 3333 W. Hefner Road, 405-845-5672, marlinswimamerica.com. SAT Yoga with Art, relax and stretch in contemporary artfilled spaces with yoga instructed by This Land Yoga, 10 a.m. Saturdays. 21c Museum Hotel, 900 W. Main St., 405-982-6900, 21cmuseumhotels.com. SAT Yoga in the Gardens, an all-levels class led by Lisa Woodward from This Land Yoga; class participants should bring a yoga mat and water, 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. TUE

VISUAL ARTS Beginning DSLR Photography, gain fundamental skills for using a digital single-lens reflex camera and editing software with your own camera and laptop, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. SUN Beyond ART: Artist Talk & Demonstration, sit with artist Douglas Shaw Elder and learn about his exhibit OKecoSCAPES with his artist talk and demonstration, 2-3 p.m. March 17. JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave., 405-528-6336, jrbartgallery.com. SAT Beyond ART: Artist Talk & Demonstration, bring your lunch to join artist Beth Hammack and make connections to art and other artists, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 21. JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave., 405-528-6336, jrbartgallery.com. WED CAPAS, an exhibit featuring work by visiting artist Morgan Page bringing her family heritage to life with photography, video, collage and textiles, through March 30. The Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval, Rm. 202, Norman, 405-325-2691, art.ou.edu. CONTINUUM, features 3-D sculptural work ranging from pop art teapots to abstract totemic sculptures, all exploring the diversity of ceramic art, through March 29. Melton Gallery, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, 405-974-2000, uco.edu. Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light, the galleries incorporate a unique design that features a three-dimensional approach to viewing some objects in the collection of glass art, through July 1. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi, the kingdom of fungi is on display at SMO‘s smART Space Galleries exploring the

uses, benefits and beauty of fungi, through Aug. 12. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-602-6664, sciencemuseumok.org.

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Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera, documents and celebrates in particular the art of Tonita Peña (1983-1949), the only female Pueblo painter of her generation, and the work of her son, Joe Hilario Herrera, through April 8. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-325-3272, ou.edu/fjjma. Jardin do Amor/Garden of Love, view works by Skip Hall with mixed-media drawings of tattoo expressive patterning, looping graphic lines and kinetic scribbling creating a sensual and sensory experience, through March 23. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens.com. My Wildest Dreams, features Broken Arrow artist Micheal W. Jones; an artist from a young age, his paintings are created using water media, through April 27. The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman, 405307-9320, pasnorman.org. New Works, showcases color and black-and-white photography taken by Renee Lawrence during a recent trip to New Mexico as well as mixed-media works inspired by Native American dancers, through March. Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo St., 405-601-7474, contemporaryartgalleryokc.com. Off the Page, local artists portray literary characters through paintings and sculptures that many readers know and love such as Edgar Allen Poe, through March 25. The Paseo Plunge, 3010 Paseo, 405-3156224, paseoplunge.com. OFF-SPRING: New Generations, explore the development of both personal and group identity, childhood, family, history, and gender politics through sculptures, paintings, photographs, and videos, through Apr. 2018. 21c Museum Hotel, 900 W. Main St., 405-982-6900, 21cmuseumhotels.com. OK Collects: The Art of Collecting Art, highlights works by contemporary art collectors in Oklahoma reflecting personal stories and interests of the collectors with a range of media, March 15-24. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-951-0000, oklahomacontemporary.org. THU Porcelain Art Exhibit, World Organization of China Painters presents a free tour for the member porcelain art exhibit, March 21-June 22. Porcelain Art Museum, 2700 N. Portland Ave., 405-521-1234, wocp.org. Prairie Moderns: The Artwork of Don Holladay, focuses on figurative and non-objective images that convey isolation with pieces originating from the printmaking process, through March 16. Nesbitt

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Heard on Hurd The street festival features a variety of vendors with local businesses, food trucks, shopping and live music from Mallory Eagle, Stephen Salewon and The Ivy. The festival is 6-10 p.m. Saturday on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Edmond, 32 N. Broadway Ave. Call 405-341-6650 or visit citizensedmond.com. SATURDAY Photo Citizens Edmond/provided

Gallery, 1727 W. Alabama Ave., Chickasha, 405-4163524, usao.edu. Presenting Your Work: A Workshop for Artists, a professional workshop for artists with curatorial and exhibitions director Jennifer Scanlan who will cover the basics for presenting artwork to curators and juries, 6-8 p.m. March 20. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-9510000, oklahomacontemporary.org. TUE Space Burial, an exhibit using satellite dishes as a burial object for a space-faring culture and facilitates the dead‘s afterlife journey to the stars, through April 8. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-325-3272, ou.edu/fjjma. Spring Sampler Tour, view works by Native American artist Jerome Tiger, landscape painter Theodore Waddell as well as unique collections from the museum‘s vault, Saturdays and Sundays March 3-31. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org. The Art of Oklahoma, celebrate the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood with a diverse collection of art created by or about Oklahomans‘“and the cities and landscapes they call home. Enjoy works by John Steuart Curry, Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Nellie Shepherd, David Fitzgerald and Woody Big Bow, through Sept. 2. 2018. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com. Wake, a multisensory installation created by Grace Grothaus and Rena Detrixhe to animate water with waves through recorded audio, through March 31. Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom, 1146 N. Broadway Drive, 405-951-0000, oklahomacontemporary.org.

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Stomping grounds Wade Bowen joins Josh Abbott Band to bring Texas red dirt to FireLake Arena. By Ben Luschen

If home is where the heart is, it makes sense that Wade Bowen would look to his Texas roots for what may be his best and most personal album to date. Solid Ground, released Feb. 9, is the red dirt country crooner’s 11th studio album and his first as an independent artist on Nashville’s Thirty Tigers record label that has also put out alt-country gems from Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Oklahoma’s own Parker Millsap. The album debuted at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country albums chart and in the top 10 of its independent albums ranking. Bowen — who was born in Waco, Texas, and attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock — performs March 24 at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort’s FireLake Arena, 18145 Old Rangeline Road in Shawnee. The show also features the Josh Abbott Band, another Lone Star State bunch with roots that can be traced back to the Texas Tech campus. Solid Ground can be seen as a formal reintroduction to Bowen after a short stint on the Sony imprint BMA Records, for which he released one album, 2012’s The Given. Bowen put out an independent, self-titled record in 2014 but, in a recent interview with Oklahoma Gazette, said he feels Solid Ground is his first solo country record to properly capture his essence as an artist and songwriter. Bowen worked closely with Austin producer Keith Gattis to craft Solid Ground, a project that is a simultaneous tribute to his home state’s colorful music heritage and a reflection on his personal history within the expansive territory. The album features vocal appearances from Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and John Randall. The singer-songwriter spoke with the Gazette about his relationship to

Oklahoma, the richness of Texas music culture and how writing Solid Ground pushed his artistic limits. Oklahoma Gazette: Solid Ground is a very Texas-centric album. But growing up in Texas, what were your thoughts on Oklahoma? Was there any kind of state rivalry in your mind? Wade Bowen: I don’t know. I didn’t really visit Oklahoma at all until I got into college. I just never had a reason to. Growing up as a kid, Oklahoma really wasn’t on my mind a whole lot, but once I got into college and started playing with my band and everything, one of my first road trips was to the original Wormy Dog [Saloon] in Stillwater, and we kind of made a home out of that. We started playing Oklahoma quite a bit in college, and I just fell in love with it. I always have a blast whenever I go to Oklahoma.

I really wanted to dig deeper than that and find myself again. Wade Bowen OKG: You play here quite a bit, it seems. Bowen: Yeah, we have a decent following there, and I have a lot of connections with Oklahoma, just a lot of friends. The music, to me, runs hand-in-hand. The Oklahoma and the Texas scene, they are different from each other, but they still have a common thread and love in between them. [Yukon native] Cody Canada and I married sisters, so that’s another strong connection for me. I love to give back to Oklahoma; I think the

OKG: When you do come back here for this show coming up, it will be with the Josh Abbott Band, another Texas group that a lot of Oklahomans love. Bowen: Yes, we’re bringing Texas to Oklahoma. I know there’s a pride factor between Texas and Oklahoma where music is concerned, but I love how they also both embrace each other and really accept each other. I just spent the last couple of weeks playing with Stoney LaRue, and he’s one of my dearest friends in the world. The music is pretty different from each other, but at the same time, it’s pretty similar. Both states embrace each other to the point that it’s like one big state, in my opinion. OKG: Solid Ground is a great reminder of how rich the Texas sound is. There’s so many types of music that come out of that state. You have rock influences on here and country, Americana, Tejano. Bowen: Yeah, we tried really hard to do that. When we set out to make that so-called “Texas-sounding” record, to me it wasn’t about saying Texas every other word and hammering that sentiment home. It was about capturing the sound that comes out of Texas. It’s Tejano and blues and country and rock and all of that mixed into one. It was really important for me to touch all bases on that, and I think we did. It has some grit and some swagger to it that I’ve never had before. OKG: One of the most interesting songs on the record is “Day of the Dead.” Do you have many great Day of the Dead memories? Bowen: Well, I’m sure I do, but I don’t remember them. That song actually was written by my producer Keith Gattis. He brought it to me and asked if I wanted to help him finish it. I laughed and I said, ‘This thing’s finished; let’s just go record it.’ It mentions Lajitas, Texas, in there, which is a beautiful, beautiful spot in way west, southwest Texas — right on the border. Keith and I have a great memory of playing a festival there and hanging out. I’m sure that’s why he thought of that, and that’s why I relate to it so much. It doesn’t feel like an outside song because he wrote it. I write most of my stuff, but when you cut an outside song, it’s usually because it’s something I wouldn’t have written on my own or something I wouldn’t have said on my own — just something different. This is definitely one of the most unique songs I’ve ever cut in my career. OKG: I read that you asked Gattis to push you from a songwriting perspective. What led you to ask him to

do that? Bowen: I think it was me just not wanting to settle for making another record. It’s easy to do that when you’ve been doing it for 20 years — grab some songs, go into the studio and make an album. I really wanted to dig deeper than that and find myself again, coming out of a major record deal. It was a way to reinvent myself — a ‘where do I go from here’ kind of thing. [Gattis] understood that sentiment because he’s been there before. He’s a great songwriter and really knew how to push me, and it really worked. He really did push me to the brink and beyond. It was a really difficult process and he was really hard on me. You start questioning whether or not you’re doing the right thing, but all of the sudden you come out on the other side as a better writer and a better artist. OKG: What was the hardest part of it? Bowen: I think the hardest part was him telling me to keep writing even though I felt like I had already written a lot of really wonderful songs. He doesn’t really let you finish the album until the album is finished. That’s pretty rare these days. Normally you have a game plan for when you go into the studio on what you’re cutting. With him, I had no clue. He did, but I didn’t. It was very Mr. Miyagi of him to just let me trust him to do it. OKG: Is this the most work you’ve ever put into an album? Bowen: By far. It’s the most work I’ve ever put into the recording process, the writing process and to the promoting process. I’ve never worked this hard on an album and we’re doing all we can to get it out there. Hopefully it takes off. I really feel like it’s the best album of my career and it’s really cool to say this far in [to my career] that I’m still getting better, hopefully.

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Anthem Brewing Company regularly welcomes guest bands as part of its live music series. By Ben Luschen

Ben Childers was originally surprised by how many bands inquire about the possibility of playing a gig at Anthem Brewing Company’s taproom, but perhaps he underestimated the appeal of playing a show inside a brewery. Nearly anyone over a certain age can play a bar, but how often do musicians get the chance to perform in front of large distillery tanks in a warehouse where beer is actually made? As Anthem taproom manager Childers soon found out, multiple bands across the country are determined to visit as many as possible. For two and a half years, the local brewer has been hosting its Anthem Live Music Series twice a week inside its cavernous warehouse taproom, 908 SW Fourth St. Shows are primarily held on Fridays and Saturdays, but sometimes branch out to other days of the week. Childers said he never has to approach bands and artists about playing Anthem — they always come to him. There is currently a long-standing list of performers waiting their turn for a gig. “This place, it’s fun,” Childers said. “[Bands] say, ‘You guys have a good time, your crowd’s cool and we just like playing there.’ It’s relaxed — no pressure, no anything. Just come on in, set up your stuff and play.” The taproom setting is certainly unique from what most artists get the chance to play. Anthem’s taproom has high roofs and is packed at one end with brewing machinery. Artists new to the space sometimes have to tinker with their setup and technique to get the acoustics just right. “It’s actually really good if you get in the right spot,” Childers said. “But you have to kind of know what you’re doing.” The Anthem Live Music Series is not limited to Oklahoma bands or any par-

ticular kind of genre, though Childers said the large majority of its performers are locally based singer-songwriters. The next planned show is scheduled for March 23, featuring red dirt and Americana singer-songwriters Kent Fauss and Amanda Cunningham. Still, Anthem has hosted everything from classical cellists to full-fledged rock bands in the past. “We’ll try anything to see what happens with it,” he said.

Getting official

Anthem’s taproom started out as a 3.2 bar before craft brewers were legally allowed to sell full-strength alcohol. Even then, Childers said they would get several requests from bands wanting to play there. One of the first bands to ask about their availability was Austin, Texas, folk band Tennessee Stiffs. “I was like, ‘Alright, but we haven’t really done anything like this yet,’” Childers said. “I didn’t really have any equipment; I didn’t have anything.’” The band showed up for a special Sunday show — special because Anthem wasn’t even open on Sundays yet. Still, people came. Childers said it was a big success. As they began booking more and more one-off shows, crowd and band interest kept growing. “It just kept building and eventually we went full strength and started seeing good crowds and started getting approached more by local artists,” he said. Anthem became a full-strength taproom in August 2016. With the ability to sell higher point beer, the brewery was looking for ways to make a big splash vand draw in large crowds. Making their frequent musical performances into an official series seemed to fit that bill. “We got a new website that tied it all in

Cellist Steuart Pincombe performs during Anthem Brewing Company’s live music series. Shows can typically be seen Fridays and Saturdays at the brewery’s taproom. | Photo Nigel Bland Company / provided

together where I just decided to name it this and see where it went,” Childers said. Since that time, the Live Music Series has hosted many successful shows. Childers said a crowd of regulars has even started to gather for the shows. “I think it’s been great,” he said. “It goes really well, depending on the artist or how well they’re known and how much they promote on their end, we’ll end up with some pretty good crowds.”


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Which of Anthem’s tap beers is the best to pair with its music series? Childers recommends their pilsner, OK Pils. “It just works with live music,” he said. “It’s a sessionable beer. You’re going to drink a long time and you need something you can drink several of. Our Oklahoma Pils is top-notch when it comes to that. I really like it; it’s a great beer.” Beer might be Childers’ calling now, but throughout his 20s and into his early 30s he was deeply involved in the local metal scene as a roadie and tour manager for bands like Horse Called War and Earthship One. On occasion he still gets nostalgic for life on the road. “There’s nothing like being on a van on the road with five dudes,” he said. “That stuff’s fun, but I don’t know that any of us can still do it. You get worn out and you start feeling old real quick sitting on a bench seat in a van.” Early on in his band life, Childers said he was not that heavily into beer. But after he graduated college and began to get older, he started growing a refined taste for the beverage. Before heading out on tours, he would do research to find out if any cities they were visiting had a good local brewery. Few ever did, he said. Brewing culture was nowhere near as prevalent in the ’90s and it is today. “There wasn’t a whole lot in this part of the country in that timeframe,” he said. “We played regionally, so it was every state that connected to Oklahoma. Really, the only place that was really brewing anything was up in Kansas City.” Now retired from life on the road, Childers is happy to share his new passion for craft beer with the people of OKC. The chance to being his two loves together in the same place is an added bonus. “I needed somewhere to put my energy after I was finished with music,” he said, “and this became it.”

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OKC musicians share their drinking preferences with Oklahoma Gazette. By Ben Luschen

Music and alcohol have been nearly inseparable since the repeal of Prohibition, and even far before then. Concerts and bars are both social places where the goal, most often, is merriment alongside friends and loved ones. There is a reason live-music shows most often occur at places where alcohol is served. Fans, of course, drink to have a good time during the show. But the artists on stage are often indulging as well. Sure, it helps them keep loose during the performance, but are there other reasons musicians might choose to have another round? Oklahoma Gazette recently caught up with four local musicians to find out what their favorite drinks are and how the worlds of music and booze coexist.

David Goad

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time but he eventually found that his singing was not as sharp and his stage performance was a little sloppier during his inebriated state. Now he usually waits until a performance is over to take his first sip. “I eventually learned to cope with the headaches and anxieties associated with performance,” Goad said. “I learned to run on adrenaline and roomtemperature water.” Goad is vocalist and lead songwriter for the aesthetically dark post-punk eight-piece band Kali Ra. He is also known for his work in past bands like Of the Tower. Goad’s go-to drinks are neatly prepared Irish whiskey or absinthe, prepared in the provincial way. The musician enjoys drinking with meals, at parties and at the art receptions he visits but tries not to overindulge, both as a health consideration and for the mere fact that being plastered no long appeals to him. “I would consider my drinking to be

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socially acceptable,” he said. “It might be the most socially acceptable thing about me.” Goad said the most popular forms of music today are often associated with drinking or bar culture because that is where they originated. The more traditional types of music often come from formal concert halls and churches, which might be why they don’t carry the association as heavily. Though Kali Ra plays in fewer bars than it used to, Goad is happy to see music and alcohol coexist in a healthy and safe way. “Both are great separate, but best together,” he said. “Listen responsibly.”

Jessica Tate

Jessica Tate used to run a bar, so she knows her way around liquor and has informed taste. “I love Maker’s Mark, neat,” Tate said. “If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll have a Manhattan or a Boulevardier made with a good bourbon.” Tate is a jazz harpist with a long history of playing live music in and around Oklahoma City. She recently released the album Sideshow Cabaret alongside her band the Flat Fifths. Though she lives in the U.S. now, she used to run an expat joint with her husband in Chengdu, China, called Redbeard Burgers. There are plenty of musicians in the world known to write their music while drinking, but Tate said she rarely pairs the process with anything more than a hot cup of tea. Still, some of her art has been birthed out of alcohol’s influence. “Sometimes a bad night and a lot of bourbon can create something painfully beautiful, which is also part of my art,” she said. “I generally try to compose positive music and lyrics, but there is a bit of darkness as well­— a little dirt in the sandwich of life.” Tate will often drink at shows but doesn’t ever go overboard, limiting herself to about one round per set. Playing the harp is a fine motor skill, and handling a piece of equipment that large isn’t something to be taken lightly. “Try moving a harp drunk,” she said. “It’s no fun.” The life of an artist, Tate said, can be maddening. Professional musicians’ craft can be as much a coping mechanism as a source of income. Alcohol can serve as a vehicle to help navigate the chaos. “We use music to cleanse and communicate a lot of the chaos that we feel and that we see around us, another good use for booze,” she said. “Tom Waits said it best: ‘The piano has been drinking, not me.’”

Grand National

His most recent album gives a nod to the strawberry-kiwi Tropicana he enjoyed in his youth, but these days, Grand National’s taste in juice is a little more refined. He prefers the fizz of Moet

& Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé Champagne. National, whose birth name is Ronnie Johnson, is a rapper from OKC’s northeast side. He is currently working on a new album titled El Camino Theory, which includes a song called “Champagne & Art.” On occasion, he finds that alcohol helps make the recording process a little more fun. “Sometimes I might have Champagne in the studio but I don’t really drink like that when I’m creating,” he said. “I’m more of a herbalist when it comes to creativity.” In addition to Champagne, National enjoys having a beer in social situations. He calls himself a semi-regular social drinker. “When I’m out with friends, they force me to drink with them, pretty much,” he said. “I love a good beer with my dinner.” National said drinking culture is an integral part of his local scene, and alcohol and bar life are a big part of the concert experience in general. Music is about having fun, so if there is a way to maximize the amount of fun being had in a safe way, he is all for it. “The booze makes people feel the music that much deeper,” he said.

Kierston White

If she is somewhere formal or classy, singer-songwriter Kierston White might request a dry white wine or a martini. But all things being equal, the admitted beer drinker will take an ice-cold European Yellow Belly beer any day. White is a Shawnee-born folk and alternative country musician most known as one-third of the Tequila Songbirds trio with Camille Harp and Elizabeth Forsythe. She sometimes drinks while writing but will always imbibe while performing. “I feel like a small amount is fine — it can even help ease the jitters or make ideas flow — but too much is a mistake,” she said. “I haven’t always recognized this.” On White’s 2014 solo album Don’t Write Love Songs, she has a song titled “Alcohol.” It is not exactly a pub anthem, despite the name. “It is more about addiction in general than it is about the drink,” she said. “It’s about begging yourself or someone else to clean up before they screw up.” White enjoys playing quiet listening rooms, but she said there’s nothing quite like the energy that comes from an attentive bar crowd. Naturally, dive audiences are drinking while the music is being performed, which keeps them loose and jovial during the show. The songwriter used to drink more than she does now, but within measure, she believes alcohol and music can be like soul mates. “When I started playing shows in my 20s, I was quite the drinker,” she said. “Though there were some great times, I do wish that I would have been more present and focused at times. However, I do think I have a better relationship with alcohol now as I’ve matured in music and life. Everything in moderation.”







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stuff. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.’” Fortunately, Russo had already scheduled studio time with Oakland psych-rock musician and analog producer Greg Ashley. He essentially started the album again from scratch. Russo said In Heaven ultimately benefited from the theft in the long run. Not only was the sound fidelity of the project better, recording with Ashley gave the album a cohesion and uniformity that Russo believes his scattered creativity wasn’t capable of producing on its own. “It sounds like a record,” he said. “All the songs make sense together.”

I was dressed in all white and they said I looked like an idiot, which, truthfully, is a little fair. Nic Russo


Saving face

‘Modern’ man

Songwriter Nic Russo brings his rhinestoned alter-ego Dick Stusso to Norman. By Ben Luschen

Dressed from the ankle up in all white, Dick Stusso sat in a folding chair on a low tide beach in Alameda, California, which is about as far away from Nashville as any hopeful country crooner could be without wading in the Pacific Ocean. Stusso sipped a glass of wine while speaking to an anonymous somebody on his cell phone. His suit and wide-brimmed hat would not pass as anything a real cowboy would wear, nor are they flashy enough to be a true homage to Glen Campbell’s rhinestones. Stusso is a man trapped in the wrong time by his own stubbornness and rejection of — or acute sensitivity to — the way things really are. Thankfully, the Stusso persona could be called as much of a disguise as his white hat. The character is an alter ego of Oakland-based musician and songwriter Nic Russo, who first developed the identity as a cathartic self-recording exercise that was not designed for distribution to the wider world. In truth, the wider world isn’t always in on the joke. During the shoot for his “Modern Music” music video, the lead single on Stusso’s March 2 sophomore album In Heaven, the musician encountered some razzing. “I got yelled at by somebody,” Russo said. “I was dressed in all white and they said I looked like an idiot, which, truthfully, is a little fair. He wasn’t wrong.” 36

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Russo performs as Stusso 8 p.m. Saturday on St. Patrick’s Day at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., in Norman. Admission is $10-$12. In “Modern Music,” Stusso sings his cynical observations of society and the contemporary recording industry with a nihilistic shrug. The beauty of the video is in its utter simplicity. “Like a lot of the things I find myself doing,” Russo said, “it was pretty much impromptu — just show up and make something happen. I kind of prefer it like that, just spur of the moment, off the cuff type stuff.” Russo is not sure who yelled at him the day of the shoot or where that person might be now. The musician does not need him, or anyone, to “get” his art. He isn’t making it for them. But at the same time, it is always better to share the fun with others. “Hopefully he saw the video and changed his mind and realized it was quite cool, what I was doing,” he said.

gave him every opportunity for success in life, but his undying dream of reaching the unique type of Nashville stardom only available in yesteryear makes him an eternal wanderer. “Now he roams the streets in his cowboy boots,” Russo/Stusso sings. “He’s a stranger to these modern times of ours.” In Heaven suffered a significant setback after Russo’s apartment was burgled. Thieves took all his recording equipment, including his self-recorded demos for the new project. “They took all my gear, which basically meant that I didn’t have an album anymore,” he said. The thieves broke into Russo’s apartment soon after he left for work early in the morning. More alarming than his missing music equipment was the fact that his girlfriend was home at the time of the robbery. Russo said she slept through the incident and never encountered the thieves. “First and foremost,” he said, “I was like, ‘Well, alright, they can have all the

Dream job

Russo’s first album as Stusso titled Nashville Dreams / Sings the Blues was released in November 2015. It is a lo-fi collection of recordings that, while not organized into a clear story arc, serves as exposition for Stusso and his country dreams. On the album’s “The Ballad of Dicky Stuss,” Russo sings that Stusso’s parents

Russo is excited for his St. Patrick’s Day show. He has never been to Norman, but has visited a friend in Oklahoma City in the past. Russo said he enjoys St. Patrick’s Day, but not that much more than other opportunities to have fun with friends. “I do enjoy the drinking festivities,” he said, “but not any more than at any other time.” Russo is Irish on his mother’s side. His father comes from an Italian background, but the holiday actually doubles as his birthday. “I’ll be giving him a monster shoutout from Norman,” Russo said. The Stusso persona is one that developed naturally over time. Russo used to work long hours in a grocery store, interacting with customers. He wrote and recorded as Stusso privately as a way of venting. “You put on a certain face to the public and I think a lot of the character was this nasty, other side,” he said. “It was rumbling beneath all day long.” The Soundcloud-posted material has since found a nice audience that has turned Russo’s solo venture into a touring, four-piece band. When Russo is out doing shows, he never leaves his Stusso persona. But the acting feat does not require as much effort as one might guess. Stusso, after all, represents an existing side of Russo’s personality that was suppressed, not a new one he invented. “The character itself is not that dissimilar from my normal self,” he said. In that sense, Stusso can be counted less as an invention by Russo and more of an embrace of self. Visit facebook.com/dickystuss.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) The British science fiction

TV show Dr. Who has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, timetraveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying, or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) New York City is the most

densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile off shore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The iconic 1942 movie

Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax?



CANCER (June 21-July 22) If all goes well in the

coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients -- as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies -- and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) How adept are you at playing

along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside the predictable niches.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Cultivating a robust sense

of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) I suggest you gaze at

exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts . . . and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane . . . and inhale the aroma of the earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty -- or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or

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else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In the Sikh religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy, and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In 1970, a biologist

was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The Velcro fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your

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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Although her work is

among the best Russian literature of the twentieth century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous.

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