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NEWS 4 Election runoff results 6 City Paycom threats

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Runoff victories

Oklahoma’s statewide runoff elections on Aug. 28 revealed which candidates will be on voting ballots for the Nov. 6 general election. By Nazarene Harris


Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt won the runoff election against fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett by almost 10 percent last Tuesday. Stitt received 54.6 percent of the vote while Cornett received 45.4 percent, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. “As your next governor, my promise to you is that I’m always going to be focused on strengthening all Oklahoma families for the next generation and not the next election,” Stitt said to a crowd after his victory on Tuesday. In November, Stitt will run against Democrat and former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who won the Democratic vote in the June primary election, and Libertarian Chris Powell, who beat Rex Lawhorn by nearly 20 percent on Tuesday. Chris Powell, a Gulf War veteran and former Oklahoma Libertarian Party chairman, made state history Tuesday night by being the first Libertarian running for Oklahoma governor to move onto the general election. After Tuesday’s win, Powell told supporters that his campaign’s victory speaks to Oklahomans’ desire to move beyond a two-party system of governing. “I want to move beyond empowering the traditional two parties,” Powell said. “I want to show Oklahomans that this is about empowering ourselves.” Nonpartisan political analyst and pollster Bill Shapard with SoonerPoll said in upcoming months, Oklahomans will see election ads similar to ones that were shown during 2016’s national presidential election. “I think what you are going to see from Kevin Stitt is to paint Drew Edmondson as the insider because [Stitt] is the ultimate outsider, having never ran for public office,” Shapard said. “I think the race for the November win is going to be a close one and an interesting one to watch.” On Aug. 30, President Donald Trump endorsed Stitt on social media, stating, “Kevin Stitt ran a great winning campaign against a very tough opponent in Oklahoma. Kevin is a very successful businessman who will be a fantastic Governor. He is strong on Crime & Borders, the 2nd Amendment, & loves our Military & Vets. He has my complete and total Endorsement!”

Lieutenant Governor

Matt Pinnell received 58.1 percent of the vote on Tuesday, beating fellow Republican candidate Dana Murphy, 4

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who received 41.9 percent. Pinnel will face Democratic candidate Anastasia Pittman and Independent candidate Ivan Holmes in November to become Oklahoma’s next lieutenant governor.

Attorney General

Republican Mike Hunter won the bid for attorney general on Tuesday against Gentner Drummond and will face off against Democrat Mark Myles on Nov. 6.

Labor Commissioner

Republican Leslie Osborn received 52.3 percent of the vote for labor commissioner. Osborn beat Cathy Costello, who received 47.7 percent of the vote.

State Superintendent

Joy Hofmeister won the Republican ticket for superintendent of public instruction, gaining 56.7 percent of the vote.

Corporation Commissioner

Republican Bob Anthony won the Republican race for Corporation Commissioner. Anthony received 53.6 percent of the vote while his Republican opponent Brian Bingman received 46.4. Anthony will face off against Democrat Ashley McCray in November. McCray earned 65.1 percent of votes in the Democratic election for corporation commissioner.

OKC City Council Ward 7

Nikki Nice and Kirk Pankratz received more votes than the other six candidates who ran for Oklahoma City Ward 7 representative. Tuesday’s election results eliminated Chris Harrison, John Albert Pettis Sr., Lisa Butler, Leslie Johnson, Ed Alexander and Margaret Walsh from the race. Nice received the majority of votes, earning 29.1 percent while Pankratz received 20.5 percent of votes. Nice and Pankratz will compete for the position on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

State Questions

Governor Mary Fallin has set forth five state questions that will be on the November 6 General Election ballot. The state questions as they will appear on ballots are below:

Ballot Title for State Question No. 793

This measure adds a new Section 3 to Article 20 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Under the new Section, no law shall infringe on optometrists’ or opticians’ ability to practice within a retail mercantile establishment, discriminate against optometrists or opticians based on the location of their practice, or

require external entrances for optometric offices within retail mercantile establishments. No law shall infringe on retail mercantile establishments’ ability to sell prescription optical goods and services. The Section allows the Legislature to restrict optometrists from performing surgeries within retail mercantile establishments, limit the number of locations at which an optometrist may practice, maintain optometric licensing requirements, require optometric offices to be in a separate room of a retail mercantile establishment, and impose health and safety standards. It does not prohibit optometrists and opticians from agreeing with retail mercantile establishments to limit their practice. Laws conflicting with this Section are void. The Section defines “laws,” “optometrist,” “optician,” “optical goods and services,” and “retail mercantile establishment.”

Ballot Title for State Question No. 794

This measure amends the provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution that guarantees certain rights for crime victims. These rights would now be protected in a manner equal to the defendant’s rights. The measure would also make changes to victim’s rights, including: (1) expanding the court proceedings at which a victim has the right to be heard; (2) adding a right to reasonable protection; (3) adding a right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; (4) adding a right to talk with the prosecutor; and (5) allowing victims to refuse interview requests from the defendant’s attorney without a subpoena. The Oklahoma Constitution currently grants victims’ rights to crime victims and their family members. This measure would instead grant these rights to crime victims and those directly harmed by the crime. Victims would no longer have a constitutional right to know the defendant’s location following arrest, during prosecution, and while sentenced to confinement or probation, but would have the right to be notified of the defendant’s release or escape from custody. Under this measure, victims would have these rights in both adult and juvenile proceedings. Victims would be able to assert these rights in court, and the court would be required to act promptly.

Ballot Title for State Question No. 798

This measure will add a provision to the Oklahoma Constitution to change the manner in which the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected. Currently, voters cast one vote for their preferred candidate for Governor and a separate vote for their preferred candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Under this measure, if approved, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt won the Republican bid for governor in last Tuesday’s election | Photo provided

from the same party will run together on a single ticket and voters will cast one vote for their preferred ticket. The measure requires the Legislature to establish procedures for the joint nomination and election of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. If passed, this new election format will be used beginning in the 2026 general election cycle.

Ballot Title for State Question No. 800

This measure would create a new fund called “The Oklahoma Vision Fund” in the Oklahoma Constitution. Money could be appropriated to the Fund. Beginning July 1, 2020, five percent (5%) of gross production taxes on both oil and gas would be deposited into the Fund. After that fiscal year, the percentage would increase by two-tenths percentage points each year. Other monies could be deposited into the Fund if provided by law. The State Treasurer would deposit four percent (4%) of the principal amount of the Fund into the State General Revenue Fund each year. The Fund would be subject to an investment standard known as the prudent investor rule. The Fund could be invested in stocks and similar securities. Not more than five percent (5%) of the monies in the Fund could be used for payment of debt obligations issued by the State of Oklahoma, state government entities or local government entities.

Ballot Title for State Question No. 801

This measure amends Section 10 of Article 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution. It expands the uses permitted for certain ad valorem taxes levied by a school district. Currently, tax revenue is placed in a building fund. The fund is changed to allow use for operations. The operations would be those deemed necessary by a school district.


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Risk management The arrest of a former Paycom employee for threatening coworkers and police officers leaves employers and community leaders looking for answers. By Nazarene Harris

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.

This exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, and Artis—Naples, the Baker Museum. Isabelle de Borchgrave, Marie de’ Medici, 2006, based on a 1595 portrait by Pietro Facchetti in the collection of the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel.


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Leadership at Paycom, a national human resource technology provider based in Oklahoma City and ranked a top employer by Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, has suspicions over how Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) handled the arrest of one of its officers’ family members earlier this year. Blake Wright, 22, was a Paycom employee in 2017 and was arrested in May for threatening violent acts against his Paycom coworkers after his termination from the company this past March, according to an arrest warrant. Wright made multiple threats to Paycom employees this past spring through social media, over text messages and through emails, said Paycom spokeswoman Kristen Sharkey. At least one employee filed a protective order against Wright, according to police records. “The threats have been neutralized, but we want this to remain on the radar of the police department, the city council and the mayor,” Sharkey said. Wright is currently in the Oklahoma County Jail and has a court date scheduled this month. Paycom’s legal and compliance vice president Matthew Paque sent a letter to Oklahoma City mayor David Holt Aug. 23 condemning city officials for not taking the company’s concerns seriously. “In light of the recent violence involving schools, religious institutions, restaurants and workplaces locally and nationally, the passive approach and lack of action to this point is abhorrent,” Paque said in the letter. “It is clear that the city manager and police

chief have ignored our multiple requests for investigation.” The letter poses five questions to Holt and requests validation of five policies Paycom officials believe OKCPD should enact to better handle workplace threats. One question posed is why a victim who sought counsel from OKCPD detectives on how to file for a protective order against Wright reported feeling intimidated by detectives. Another question asks what specific actions were taken to assess Wright and the possibility that he might be a threat to society. “We take every kind of threat very seriously,” OKCPD spokesman Gary Knight said. “If the victim in this case seemed off-put by detectives at the police department when inquiring about a restraining order, it was likely because detectives might have been taken aback by the request. A restraining order is requested through the court system, not the police department. I am sure though that detectives conveyed this to the victim.” Validation requests listed in the letter include a “copy of protocol when the suspect is a member of or is related to a member of the OCPD,” and “a copy of the city and OCPD’s threat assessment tool currently in use.” Knight said the notion that the department would hold anyone above the law is inaccurate. According to a second arrest warrant, Wright was arrested a second time for making threats to members of OKCPD and their families. “He was arrested, he was charged and he is going to court,” Knight said. “What more could we do?”

Positive changes

Wright’s mother, Stacy Wright, said her son is a far cry from a threat to society. “He was upset, and he acted out of impulse and out of frustration,” Wright said. “But he’s just a kid and all of this is quite frankly too much for anyone to handle.” Wright said her husband, Blake Wright’s father, is an Oklahoma City police officer who has endured his fair share of threats from community members after news about his son’s arrest went public.

‘See something, say something’ needs to mean something. Matthew Paque What Paycom failed to mention, she said, is that the reasoning for her son’s employment severance related to him being away from work and at military training. Blake Wright is a member of the Army National Guard, according to his police warrant. “This ordeal has devastated him,” Wright said. “He’s just a kid. He has his whole life ahead of him, and I don’t want his life ruined because of this.” If Paycom, Oklahoma City and the OKCPD want to create positive changes out of this ordeal, Wright said, she hopes those changes will include a future for her son.

Hopeful future

In his letter to Holt, Paque said Paycom leaders have some ideas of what additional actions city officials and the police department can take to ensure that metro work environments remain safe. The OKCPD would benefit from undergoing threat assessment training from a nationally recognized organization like National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, Paque wrote. Paycom leaders would also like to see the “creation and utilization of a crisis intervention team within the OCPD to assist in cases involving mentally ill and/or suicidal citizens.”

Paycom, an Oklahoma City-based human resources company, sent a letter to OKC mayor David Holt regarding the arrest of a former employee who threatened some of its workers. | Photo provided

Holt said Paycom’s concerns have been heard. “I have personally met with the leadership at Paycom, have spoken to representatives several times this week and have at least one more upcoming meeting already scheduled,” Holt said. “I know that I speak for the council and law enforcement when I say that we are prepared to address Paycom’s concerns, just as we would any citizen or employer in our city. We treat all public safety issues with the utmost seriousness.” Holt said he is open to collaborating with the company in ways that can produce possible additions to city and police policies. “We’re all going to have to pool our best ideas in order to minimize the probability that workplace threats become active shooter situations. We all need to think about prevention and planning, and I appreciate you raising these issues,” Holt wrote in a letter addressed to Paycom leaders on July 30. “We would be interested in having further conversations to evaluate any future threat assessment tools that may improve our ability to respond to threats in our community. We will also be exploring best practices in this area from a law enforcement perspective. We’re not the only community facing this issue and we will continue to reach out to other cities and organizations for best practices.” Aside from echoing the national anti-terrorism “see something, say something” slogan, OKCPD, along with other police departments in the state, currently has few methods for preventing workplace, school or public place acts of violence. “See something, say something’ needs to mean something,” Paque said in Paycom’s letter to the mayor. “Under the current leadership in Oklahoma City, it does not. Until it does, lives are at risk.”

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The Oklahoma City Police chief introduced an ordinance to Oklahoma City Council that, if passed, will eliminate incarceration for marijuana offenses. By Nazarene Harris

If an ordinance introduced to Oklahoma City Council members Aug. 28 passes later this month, when the council votes on it, Oklahoma County Jail will no longer hold prisoners for possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia. “This is a cause for celebration,” Ward 2 council member Ed Shadid said of the ordinance introduced by Oklahoma City police chief Bill Citty during the city council meeting. The ordinance revises Chapter 30 of the Oklahoma City municipal code, which currently states that the penalty for possession of marijuana is a $1,200 fine and six months in Oklahoma County Jail. The new ordinance, Citty said, will eliminate any possibility of jail time and will reduce the fine to a maximum of $400. Likewise, the current penalty for marijuana paraphernalia possession is a $200 fine and a 10-day jail sentence for a first offense and a $1200 fine and six-month jail sentence for a second offense. The new ordinance would eliminate jail time and set the maximum fine to $200 regardless of how many offenses were previously committed. “It would be similar to receiving a traffic citation,” Citty said. An exception to all penalties, Citty said, would be if a

person has a valid permit or license for possession of marijuana, as would be the case if a person were using marijuana for medicinal purposes. The notion to eliminate incarceration for recreational use of marijuana is, however, a tremendous triumph for Oklahoma City police, courts and the county jail, criminal defense attorney Billy Coyle said. “Our courts are backlogged and our jail is overcrowded,” Coyle said. “I have no doubt that this will offer relief to a system that is stretched thin as it is.” The new ordinance would also offer relief to those who could otherwise face jail time and felony charges for possession of marijuana. “Under the current law, a second arrest for possession of marijuana usually results in a felony charge,” Coyle said. “If that were to change because of this ordinance, we wouldn’t have people who made a mistake having to pay for it for the rest of their lives by admitting that they committed a felony.” Shadid echoed Coyle’s sentiments. “ The f ina ncia l a nd emotion damage people endure for having been incarcerated is substantial,” he said. Ward 1 council member James Greiner said the ordinance would make room in the county jail for those

who pose a threat to society. “People who are in jail need to be people who are dangerous and not people who have a drug problem,” Greiner said. “Someone who has a drug problem is not someone who is necessarily dangerous.” Citty’s ordinance introduction was well received by most city council members, with interim Ward 7 council member Lee Cooper going so far as to thank him for the proposal. “I really wish to commend you, Chief,” Cooper said. “This is a good thing.” Oklahoma City Council will host a public meeting Sept. 11 in which any member of the public can present their opinion on the ordinance to the board. On Sept. 25, the board will vote to accept or deny the proposed ordinance.

It would be similar to receiving a traffic citation. Bill Citty If adopted, Oklahoma City’s laws on the use of recreational marijuana would be similar in nature to those in Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and other large cities that have either reduced penalties or decriminalized marijuana altogether. If Oklahoma City adopts the ordinance, it will be the second city in Oklahoma to reduce penalties for recreational marijuana use. In July, Enid City Commission approved of an update to a city code that reduces the penalty for possession of marijuana without an Oklahoma state license to carry it to a m a x i mu m of $400. The new code removes all penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia. In a July 19 report in Enid

Oklahoma City police chief Bill Citty introduced an ordinance reducing penalties for marijuana possession at Tuesday’s city council meeting. | Photo provided

News & Eagle, Enid city attorney Carol Lahman said it is increasingly difficult to determine what is actual drug paraphernalia. “Are the papers that you get at the shop, is that for the tobacco, or is it for the marijuana or is it for a third thing?” Lahman said. “There aren’t very many prosecutions, and it will get increasingly more difficult with legal medical marijuana, so the thought that the [police] chief and I had is, ‘Let’s just forget about it, and let’s see if it’s a humongous problem.’ Our thought: Just nix it.” Oklahoma attorney and Oklahoma Cannabis Trade Association director Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish said she wouldn’t be surprised if other Oklahoma cities begin to follow suit. “Reducing penalties is a practical adjustment to make after the passage of the state question,” Parrish said. In his proposal to the city council, Citty said it’s important for council members and Oklahoma City citizens to understand that decriminalization of marijuana is not equivalent to legalization. Decriminalization, Citty said, only keeps the law’s offenders out of jail. Because marijuana and marijuana possession remains illegal in Oklahoma City, those found in violation of the law will still have to pay the accompanying fines. If adopted, Oklahoma City’s laws on the use of recreational marijuana would be similar in nature to those in Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and other large cities in states where marijuana remains illegal.



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friedNEWS Gentner’s Stitt-slinging

Runoff memory

The success of the “remember in November” rallying cry by Oklahoma education supporters that began in primary elections continued during last week’s runoffs as six of the seven incumbents that voted against the teacher pay raise during 2018’s Legislative system lost. After April’s teacher walkout failed to secure an increase in school funding, education organizers targeted incumbents that voted against the successful teacher pay raise in an attempt to increase funding the following session. Between 2008 and 2015, Oklahoma cut its per-student education spending by 23.6 percent, the most of any state in the country, according to New York Magazine. Chicken-Fried News has covered many of those effects, whether it’s the state’s teacher of the year moving to Texas for better conditions or current elementary school kids using the same textbook as 42-year-old country singer Blake Shelton. Incumbents who lost last week include Travis Dunlap of Bartlesville, Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow, Bobby Cleveland of Slaughterville, Jeff Coody of Grandfield, Tess Teague of Choctaw and George Faught of Muskogee. All races were state House members on the Republican ticket. Faught entered the runoff with a 13-point advantage on Chris Sneed, but Sneed completed a 29-point turnaround by defeating five-term incumbent Faught by 16 — Faught and lost. In total, 19 Republicans voted against the teacher pay raise and only four of them will be on the November ballot. Here at the Chicken-Fried News offices, it has been refreshing to watch politicians finally be held accountable for their political actions. Now, if only the general public will stop having to foot the bill for the oil and gas industry turning the state into the earthquake capital of the country, we can start heading in the right direction.

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Let’s just call it now: Oklahomans heretofore will think of 2018 as The Year of “Bull-Stitt.” In last month’s runoff, Oklahoma Republicans went beyond mudslinging and began launching pork production-grade super-feces against one another like trebuchet-wielding maniacs. But beyond Mick Cornett’s “BullStitt” epithet, which was a little clunky but could stick like meconium if Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt gets elected and proceeds to turn us into Kansas, the high-velocity poop launch came from Tulsa attorney and professional former fighter pilot Gentner Drummond. The former candidate for Oklahoma attorney general conceded to incumbent Mike Hunter on Aug. 29 after a nail-biter defeat. But before he lost, Drummond put out a final campaign ad that was so toxic in its putridity that Chicken-Fried

News staffers can’t quite get the stench out of our flight suitstyle uniform jumpers. In the 30second spot, narrator Mr. Scoldy Voice accused “D.C. lobbyist and corrupt insider Mike Hunter” of handing illegal immigrants 300,000 jobs through his support of former President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill. That, of course, was Obama’s response to the Great Recession that kept the United States of America from having to panhandle for money from Greece. From there, it’s Hunter this, Obama that, illegals this, dog whistle that. Then he draws the most egregious line, saying that Hunter’s alleged super-coziness with an alleged Kenyan led to Iowa college student Mollie Tibbett’s murder by an illegal immigrant. Tibbetts’ family spoke out against the politicization of her death, but there are always people out there who do not respect mourning families or

basic decency, and some of them live in Oklahoma. The ad was received with appropriate outrage and even drew fire from Mayor David Holt, who has been more or less apolitical since leaving the state senate. “The current crop of political ads is about as gross as I’ve ever seen, but the one painting our Attorney General as responsible for the murder of Mollie Tibbetts should render the candidate behind it unfit for public office,” Holt tweeted two days before the election. Here’s the problem: Even with such venality being projected through that ad, Drummond only lost by 269 votes. That means a lot of Oklahomans support the exploitation of murdered college students for political gain. CFN prefers to make jokes most days, but after this close runoff, we’re too busy catching our breaths from all those sighs of relief.

Disgraceful allegiance

In a series of tweets and interviews following U.S. Sen. John McCain’s death on Aug. 25, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

(R-OK) praised McCain and called him his hero. While that might be true, Inhofe also made it clear that no one, not even his hero, could get away with challenging his seemingly favorite president ever, Donald J. Trump. When asked by a CNN reporter why the American flag at the White House was lowered for only two days after McCain’s passing, Inhofe said, “Well, you know, frankly I think that John McCain is partially to blame for that because he is very outspoken. He disagreed with the president in certain areas and wasn’t too courteous about it.” The tasteful comment certainly revealed Inhofe’s unfailing allegiance to a president he apparently believes can do no wrong, even if his actions display utter disrespect for a fallen war hero and the nation that grieves his death. Custom suggests that flags are lowered when a sitting senator dies and remain lowered until his burial, but the actual requirement for the White House is only two days. Veteran groups took offense at the lack of respect displayed by Trump, and the president finally caved to their protests, agreeing that the flag would again be lowered and remain lowered until McCain’s funeral Sept. 1.

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“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. The president’s confession of “respect” toward McCain after his passing is a far cry from feelings he publicly announced for the senator while he was alive. “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said of McCain during a televised interview with Reuters. The president’s statement resulted in backlash from many who wondered how a man who declined to serve in the United States armed forces five times could question the credibility of a volunteer U.S. Navy pilot captured and held captive for five years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In recent years, McCain publicly criticized Trump for initiating division in America. To remind Americans that we are a nation united despite differences,

McCain asked former campaign opponents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to speak at his funeral. Trump was not invited to attend McCain’s funeral, and while he might sit in the White House while McCain is being laid in the ground, all he has to do is look up and see a lowered flag to remind him who has earned the respect of a nation. If you are feeling lonesome Sept. 1, Mr. President, we know a senator from Oklahoma who will apparently gladly jump on a plane, leap through hoops of fire,

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Taste the love

Chef Curry To Go offers new American classics with fresh ingredients prepared to-order. By Jacob Threadgill

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I’m a firm believer that food tastes better when it’s prepared with passion and love. It’s why no one will ever beat your grandmother’s cooking and entrees from every national sit-down chain restaurant can’t hold up against the equivalent locally owned location. This is on full display at Chef Curry To Go, where veteran chef Kendall Curry provides a fresh menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta in addition to a prepared meal service option. Curry started cooking professionally as a prep cook at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in 1990, but his love of cooking was born at an early age. He’s the oldest of three sons of a single mother who would leave food for him to prepare for his brothers as early as 8 or 9 years old. “I can remember when mom would put too much oregano in a spaghetti sauce or something. Even as a kid, I’d tell her, ‘You don’t have to cook our steaks well-done.’” Curry’s professional career took him from prep cook to line cook at places like Cafe 501, Pepperoni Grill and Ranch Steakhouse. After graduating from Platt College’s culinary program in 2008, he was promoted to sous chef at Ranch

Steakhouse. Curry spent time as executive chef at West until becoming self-employed in 2015. He took business classes as part of the Platt program and started doing meal prep and catering out of his home until he and his wife Lisa secured the 5701 N. Western Ave. location just south of Classen Curve. He opened his own restaurant in December 2016 with a focus on freshly prepared new American classics. By branding the restaurant with his name, the couple wanted the emphasis on the fact a trained chef was in the kitchen preparing each meal to-order, but it led to some confusion. Customers walked into the restaurant expecting to find Indian or Thai food because “curry” was in the name. “Now that people have figured out we’re not a curry restaurant — even though curry is a spice, not a type of food — they’re finally coming in,” Lisa Curry said. “We thought about changing the name, but we figured that they’ll get to know us.” This year, the restaurant began selling readyto-eat meal prep available for pick-up at the restaurant each Monday between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. or delivered. Customers have until Friday the previous week to place orders on its website for meals like turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash, broccoli and marinara or roasted pork

Adding meal prep has bolstered the restaurant’s weekday lunch service, and on a given week, profits are split between the two services. The restaurant also has added a monthly brunch service the first Saturday of every month — except this month, which will be Sept. 8 due to Labor Day. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local charity Pine Pantry, and the brunch service includes a contracted bartender and tableside service. Chef Curry’s popular shrimp and grits usually sell out within the first two hours of brunch, and Lisa Curry said his classic Belgian waffle is also popular. The fixed menu at Chef Curry To Go is based around sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, pasta and seasonal soups that are prepared to-order. On my first trip to Chef Curry To Go, I tried the pesto chicken sandwich on sourdough ($10.50). The bread was toasted perfectly while the pesto was fresh on the nicely prepared chicken breast — it was not too dry. It was

a light lunch that didn’t weigh me down and had me excited for the afternoon. I also tried a flatbread — a special making its way to the regular menu — with salami, cherry tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and a house-made marinara ($9.95) that was very good. They will also be adding a pesto vegetarian version to the menu soon. The garlic and white wine sauce popped in the shrimp scampi ($13.99), a classic dish that got a nice summer pickme-up from asparagus, bell pepper, mushrooms, grape tomatoes and capers. It was nice to get so many vegetables in the dish. The star of my visits to Chef Curry To Go was the mushroom bacon Swiss burger. Curry cooked the burger to a perfect medium well upon request, and customers have the option of getting garlic-basil mayonnaise, chipotle mayo or pesto feta sauces on the side. The fresh garlic-basil mayo brought the burger from very good to great. It rivaled a Lip Smackers’ burger as the best I’ve had this year. The Currys have seen their business grow as they approach their two-year anniversary, and for good reason: It is fresh food prepared with love. I just wish they were open for dinner so I won’t have to visit on my lunch break. I will even consider doing meal prep service with them on weeks I don’t feel like cooking. “The biggest key to me in professional cooking is that you should be able to taste some passion,” Kendall Curry said. “I want to show a lot of people that I know what I’m doing and I can put out food just as good as big restaurants in the city. It was a confidence-builder to be able to hang, basically. It’s the thing that motivates me to this day. When we opened, it felt like I was going up against everyone by myself.” The mushroom bacon Swiss burger was nicely complemented by garlic basil mayonnaise. | Photo Jacob Threadgill

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Oklahoma native Dustin Lancaster’s first restaurant in Los Angeles — Bar Covell — was named after the street he grew up on in Edmond, so it only makes sense that his first venture in Oklahoma is named after the street he shared in Los Angeles with business partner and fellow Okie Riley Marshall. Bar Arbolada, 637 W. Main St., which opened in April, puts its focus on an eclectic wine list, rotating beer tap, simple-yet-elegant cocktails and a Southerntinged small plates food menu. “We were trying to bring something to Oklahoma City that will elevate a concept to the level of what we had grown to love in Los Angeles,” Marshall said. “Oklahoma City was ready for a concept that could exist in other larger cities, not that there weren’t other good concepts already happening, but we wanted to get to the table.” With a corner location and plenty of natural light pouring in from large windows overlooking Film Row in an Arts District location, Marshall said the goal of Bar Arbolada is to provide an upscale bar experience without a pretentious food or cocktail menu. “I wanted to keep the cocktail list simple,” Marshall said. “The trend of mixology and intricate stuff is starting to fade out a bit, I think. If you can do a drink with four ingredients, why do you need to it with eight?” The original summer cocktail menu gives shoutouts to Los Angeles (Echo Park is pear-infused brandy with Chareau aloe liqueur, plum and lime) and OKC (Kensington & Classen is white rosé and gin with Townshend’s Bluebird Alpine Liqueur, cucumber, dill and lime). Marshall said the wine list is heavily curated by Lancaster and is available by the glass and by the bottle.

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“We’ve taken all of the normal varietals people ask for and turned it one notch to the left or right with something maybe they’ve never heard of or from a country they haven’t tried, just to have something different,” Marshall said. “We wanted an interesting wine list.” Bar Arbolada’s food menu was created from another Oklahoma ex-pat, Tehra Thorp, and builds on the establishment’s Spanish name by offering Spanish-style tapas with an Oklahoma or Southern twist. The menu includes a pot of pimento cheese ($6), corn fritters ($7), deepfried potatoes ($5), ham-and-cheese toast with a fried egg ($9) perfect for its weekend brunch service and interesting pairings like the deep-fried pork chop stuffed with roasted red pepper, ham and Idiazabal cheese ($14) and blistered shishito peppers with chorizo ($12). Marshall said that the menu will remain fixed throughout the year with a few seasonal additions and the cocktail menu will change with each season. A fall menu will be unveiled in the first half of September.

Eastside/West Coast

Marshall moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where he met Lancaster during a chance encounter while Lancaster was bar manager at Café Stella. As the two chatted, the conversation turned to their hometown and they realized that Marshall graduated from Edmond High School while Lancaster grew up in Deer Creek. As the conversation continued, the pair realized that not only did they have

friends in common in Oklahoma; they lived on the same small dead-end street, Arbolada, in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood. The two became friends and would even meet up for a drink in OKC when they came back to visit family over the holidays. Lancaster moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, where he scored screentime for both television and national commercials during his 20s. He discovered a love for wine during his five-year stint at Café Stella and learned the restaurant industry. He used seed money from his success as an actor to open his first establishment, Bar Covell, in 2010. Eight years later, Lancaster’s An Eastside Establishment restaurant group has a diverse portfolio of concepts including bars, restaurants, venues and hotels.

If you can do a drink with four ingredients, why do you need to do it with eight? Riley Marshall

Bar Arbolada closely follows the Bar Covell model, which was named one of the country’s top 21 wine bars by Thrillist. Lancaster and Marshall originally threw around the concept of opening a bar in OKC not long after they first met, even meeting with brokers as early as 2010, but then life got in the way. Lancaster became busy getting his Los Angeles business off the ground, and Marshall got caught in the rat race of the advertising industry, working as many as 120 hours per week. “I had one of those moments where I was like ‘Is this what I want to do with the rest of my life?’ My girlfriend and

I were ready to start a family and buy a house,” Marshall said.

Oklahoma home

The couple began researching other cities like Austin, Portland, Denver and Nashville only to realize that their cost of living isn’t that much cheaper than it is Los Angeles. His girlfriend suggested OKC, and they took a week to get to know the city, staying in an Airbnb near downtown, and decided to make the move. Marshall approached Lancaster again about the OKC bar at the end of 2015, and he was immediately on board. Marshall moved back in April 2016 and began fundraising and scouting locations for what would become Bar Arbolada. “I think Oklahoma City is changing in a good way and there is so much going on, and it’s a bright future,” Marshall said. “I think it’s a blank canvas if I was to continue doing concepts. There is a good chance for young and creative people to take this city and run with it.” Bar Arbolada is technically located in the Arts District, but it is across the street from burgeoning Film Row, where large apartment complexes are being constructed near 21c Museum Hotel. “Coming back, I was mentally prepared to be in Midtown or Automobile Alley or Paseo,” Marshall said. “I found this building and fell in love. I saw the development that was starting, and it was done. With the apartments going in and on Sheridan, people are starting to renovate some of the buildings. I see this neighborhood as the next big district in Oklahoma City.”

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You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to get tacos. They’re a food worthy of any meal on any day of the week. The seven listed here are only a portion of those available in the city, but they won’t let you down. By Jacob Threadgill Photos by Jacob Threadgill and Gazette / file

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The in-house smoked meats for street tacos — including the smoked brisket on the barbacoa tacos — might be the showcase stars of Hacienda’s menu. Do not forget about the hard-shell Hacienda taco, which is the underrated talent that gets the job done while the street tacos are enjoying the spotlight. The ground beef used in the Hacienda taco will make you never look at the build-your-own hard-shell taco kit the same way ever again.

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With house-made corn tortillas, Iguana’s street taco version excels in comparison to its good Tex-Mex style tacos. Its beef barbacoa is made with beef cheek, which slow-cooks the meat for hours and hours for a finished product that will melt in your mouth. Also check out Iguana’s crispy fish tacos made with cod and its fajita tacos.

The neighborhood taqueria of The Paseo Arts District rewards its customers with non-traditional toppings on its tacos. The barbacoa gets shaved Brussels sprouts instead of lettuce or cabbage. The pork belly taco is a treat and is enhanced with tomatilla sauce. The shrimp taco is paired with spinach and agave sauce.

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The combination of marinated pork, pineapple, radish, cilantro and onion can be nearly unassailable when its on point as it is at ¡Revolución!, but the 84 Hospitality Group restaurant reinvents the classic al pastor with a cauliflower version that is more than just a dish to appease vegetarians. For another shot at the smoky flavor of al pastor, try the chicken tinga, which highlights the adobo sauce made from chipotles in all its glory.

Tacos cost only $1.49 at this neighborhood eatery, and diners can munch on classics like al pastor and carne asada while the most adventurous can try salchicha sausage tacos or buche (the pork version of tripe). Tacos are so affordable that it is a great place to explore and try different options. You might like the crispy chicharrón or flavorful lengua, but if not, it’s no harm, no foul.

The only step between you and some of the best tacos in the city is having cash. Cards are not accepted at the big blue truck on 10th Street just east of Villa Avenue. Be prepared to wait during peak hours because the truck’s appeal is no secret, but the wait is always worth it.

There are two El Rey locations in the city, and they are both good, but we recommend the location near the fairgrounds due to its excellent salsa bar. You can get a plate of four tacos for $5 and mosey on over to the salsa bar, where you can get all the sauces and fresh marinated carrot escabeche. The mulitas, a cross between a taco and a quesadilla, are also recommended.

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Stockyards City offers more than Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and the world’s largest livestock market. By Jacob Threadgill

On the grounds of the Oklahoma National Stockyards — the nation’s largest livestock market — Stockyards board president Kelli Payne is walking through the auction room and over the catwalk overlooking 14,000 cattle with the skyline of downtown Oklahoma City in the not-too-distant background. It’s a particularly busy sale day, which happens every Monday and Tuesday between 8 a.m. and noon, and Payne is trying to make sure she introduces herself to every tourist who has stopped by to see agriculture in action. “I counted tourists from 17 different countries,” Payne said. “We’re not advertising ‘Come to the stockyards sale’; they’re just here to see it. We’re the last stockyards of this size directly tied to an historic district.” Inside the auction house, the action is fast-paced, and a slight movement is the difference between thousands of dollars. A buzzer sounds and a collection of cattle burst through a gate and onto the dirt floor surrounded by auctioneer and buyers seated in stadium-style chairs. The weight of the cattle flashes on the screen, and the auctioneer’s words blend together so quickly that it sounds like a completely different language. Blessed also with eagle-eye vision, the auctioneer is able to spot every subtle hand gesture from a potential buyer, and within a few minutes, the sale is complete without any grand notification because there are more and more transactions to make. National Stockyards is on pace to sell over 400,000 head of cattle this year, which Payne said sell for nearly $1,000 per cow. Since 1910, more than 100 million cattle have passed through Oklahoma National Stockyards Livestock Exchange. 18

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“You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry in Oklahoma that can get that much business done in one day,” Payne said, noting that ranchers come from neighboring states and others have cattle shipped to the sale from as far away as Florida. “Truckers are buying fuel, they’re getting hotels; it all has an [economic] impact.” For the first time in decades, tourists and residents of Oklahoma City have something beyond the lure of Cattlemen’s — the longest continually open restaurant in the state — and shopping for Western wear when visiting the Stockyards City district. Lindsay Ocker operated a boot store at the 2227 Exchange Ave. location for decades before restaurateur Michel Buthion (La Baguette) burst in there with a grand idea to turn it into a saloon. McClintock Saloon & Chop House opened at the end of 2017. The completely remodeled space with ornate woodwork, European paintings and crushed red velvet seats is a modern interpretation of a classic Western saloon where tourists can feel comfortable donning full Western wear. “People who come from other countries — especially Germany and Japan — like to come to the Stockyards dressed for the part, but for a long time, dressing for the part meant just to go out to eat [at Cattlemen’s] versus other aspects like immersion into culture and the significance of what agricultural heritage has brought forth,” said Rhona Hooper, chair of Oklahoma City Chamber and president of Horse Equine Experiences, a group helping spearhead The Rodeo Opry building is now home to the nonprofit independent Rodeo Cinema theater. | Photo provided

a public-private partnership to create River Park Equestrian Trail.

Equine trail

The equine park project began about six years ago after a conversation between Hooper and friends during a city chamber retreat. The next thing Hooper knew, a casual conversation brought back childhood memories of renting a horse for an hour at Liberty Stables, and others were in on helping the idea come to fruition. The entrance to the equestrian park, which is in the early phases of operation, is located at 800 S. Agnew Ave., just a few hundred yards from the start of the Stockyards City business district. The city has run water and sewer lines to the location, and Hooper said construction on a landing connection to the Oklahoma River for river cruiser and waterway transit will begin in October with hopes of completion by January. Visitors with their own horses are currently able to use the 20-acre park with trail loop and open riding space, but Hooper said there are plans to open a livery stable, where guests will be able

to ride a horse and take it east to the American Indian Heritage Museum or west to Crystal Lake. “The ability to ride a horse in the middle of a metro city area is almost unheard of,” said Todd Branson, director of Stockyards City Main Street. “It allows us to better tell the story and history of the Stockyards. My ultimate goal is that people are reminded of the work farmers and ranchers do.” “Envision this: You’re on a Western saddle on horseback silhouetted with the horizon of cosmopolitan Oklahoma City. You’re bridging our heritage and our future, and that’s what is so exciting,” Hooper said.

Cowboy Cinema

The old and new combine at another recent addition to Stockyards City: Rodeo Cinema, a nonprofit independent movie theater located in the Centennial Rodeo Opry building at 2221 Exchange Ave., and works in conjunction with its sister theater, Tulsa’s Circle Cinema. Rodeo Cinema held its soft opening in late August and is showing independent movies in the renovated space 365

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The ability to ride a horse in the middle of a metro city area is almost unheard of. Todd Branson The building underwent a modest renovation that added a copper-plated tin ceiling and a chandelier to the entryway and installed digital projection and surround sound to the theater room. “It is an interesting combination with the history of the Stockyards of cowboy and independent film, and you don’t necessarily think of the two blending,” Haywood said. “That’s a goal for us that when you open the door, it is fitting to be here within the Stockyards and have an independent aesthetic, which is why we have local art on the wall. It’s not full cowboy theme, but we want to push boundaries.” In addition to showing independent films from studio wings such as Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics, Haywood said Rodeo Cinema is embracing its connection to history. The building that houses the theater was built in 1924 to show silent movies. Haywood said Rodeo Cinema will put on showings of Western classics, but also when a refurbished organ arrives next year, they will begin showing silent movies with live music accompaniment, just as the building was

The annual Stockyards Stampede will be held Oct. 20. | Photo provided

originally designed to do. Haywood, who previously worked for deadCenter Film Festival for 14 years, said the Opry building represented the best place to open a theater in a historic space in the city that only needed minimal renovation. She also said the momentum of business growth in Stockyards City was an attraction for the nonprofit. “I have a lot of friends and people in general who are coming down here saying, ‘I haven’t been here in forever.’ ‘I didn’t think of it outside of the standard reasons you come to Stockyards, which is awesome, but you’re giving new life,’” Haywood said. Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards District is one of the city’s five Business Improvement Districts (BID), meaning property owners pay a special assessment for the maintenance, development and promotion of their district through a public/private partnership. Kim Cooper-Hart, senior planner in the city’s Planning Department, said Stockyards City is scheduled to receive upgrades through the Better Streets, Safer City program funded through the temporary penny sales tax extension. After funding is expected to be approved after Labor Day, Cooper-Hart said the money will go to district improvements south on Agnew Avenue, where new attractions like the Rattlesnake Museum have opened in recent weeks. The Rattlesnake Museum sits across from Panaderia La Herradura and Los Comales taqueria. Stockyards Sarsaparilla now sells designer candy and soda next door to Cattlemen’s. “If you look at the area in general, a lot of people think about it as hats and boots and things like that,” Haywood said. “If you come here and walk around, you realize that there is so much more happening here. There is art and culture, things outside of cowboy aesthetic, which we love and want to honor, but there is a lot more happening.”

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Red Earth Art Center showcases favorites from its permanent collection. By Jeremy Martin

Rather than rain-coated roses or bristly kitten noses, Red Earth Art Center is pairing some of its long-held works with new acquisitions for an exhibition titled A Few of Our Favorite Things. “Within the past year, we’ve had numerous individuals in the community that have contacted us with artwork they have had in their private collections that they gifted to our art center,” said Red Earth co-director Eric Oesch. “We have over 17 artists that are represented in this show, and a lot of them are real famous artists and most of them are actually Oklahoma artists, so that makes it kind of fun, too. It’s a great way for us to showcase our new art and give recognition to the folks who have been generous enough to contribute to our collection.” While many of the paintings and sculptures on display have been recently acquired, Oesch said, others have been part of the center’s permanent collection, which contains more than 1,000 artworks and artifacts, for several years. Oesch said Red Earth highlights

works by living Native American artists, but some of the paintings featured in Favorite Things were created by the Kiowa Six, now recognized as pioneers of contemporary Native art. “We have some older paintings that are from our permanent collection, and they’re from the Kiowa Six who are credited as the folks that introduced Native American painting to the world,” Oesch said. “Oscar [Brousse] Jacobson was the head of the art department at the University of Oklahoma in the 1920s, and he took five Indian men and one woman, who all happened to be Kiowa, he took them under his wing and helped them create a new form of Native American art. … It was ceremonial and social scenes of Kiowa life, but it was characterized by solid color fields and minimal backgrounds. It almost looks like hieroglyphic paintings. … That was a new style back then, and it took the art community by storm.” Following an exhibition in Prague, artists Spencer Asah, James Auchiah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, Monroe

Tsatoke and Lois Bougetah Smoky gained international renown for the singular yet often-imitated style that inspired generations of artists all over the world and altered ideas about what Native American art can be. “They were very influential and the impetus to a lot of artists in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s that became the people that were looked up to by the artists in the ’60s and ’70s,” Oesch said. “Historically, Native American art was beadwork, pottery, rugs, baskets. The painting is really a 20th-century art. They painted on sides of teepees and things, but with color palettes and painting on canvas and framed artwork, that was a 20th-century thing.” Biographies and photographs of the artists accompany the sculptures and paintings on display at Red Earth. “A lot of times when you look at art, you don’t think about the person who created it, what their life was like,” Oesch said. “So our intent is to put a face to a painting so people know these artists were just like you and me that happen to be Native that painted.”

Donated favorites

The exhibit is called Favorite Things, but Oesch said all of the works in Red Earth’s collection are treasured. “They’re all our favorites because they’re all beautiful,” Oesch said. “These pieces are definitely favorites of the people who donated the art to us. We just felt fortunate that they thought of the Red Earth Art Center as a place to gift their artwork so folks that come and see us can appreciate the art like they did.” The exhibition also highlights the donors of the artworks on display to show gratitude for the generosity that’s allowed Red Earth to acquire its collection. “As a nonprofit, we don’t often purchase art,” Oesch said. “The art that we have is donated to us. … It might be a couple that is downsizing and have grown children who might not be interested in the art their parents colListen Up by Micqaela Jones | Photo Image Red Earth Art Center / provided 20

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lected, or they have their own taste, or their house is already full of art. So in downsizing, they wanted to make sure that the art they had could be seen and appreciated by others. So by contacting us, we’re able to display them for all the world to see.” Oesch said that some of his personal favorites in the exhibition are contemporary works that continue to expand the possibilities of Native art. “One of the artists we have on display, Dylan Cavin, he’s in his early 30s, and he’s a hit in the art community, winning awards, has his artwork featured in magazines and he has a background in comic book and tattoo art, so he’s very contemporary, and we’ll have a piece on display that was donated by him,” Oesch said. “There’s a couple by an artist named Robby McMurtry. He was Comanche and he lived in Morris, Oklahoma. He’s deceased now. He did one of the cowboy that’s all red, and he’s smoking a cigarette and he’s got on that red shirt with the white polka dots, and it’s very contemporary, almost hip.” By showcasing traditional, historic and contemporary paintings and sculptures, Oesch said, Red Earth can help visitors understand the many complexities of Native American culture and the wide-ranging creativity it inspires. “Indian art can be anything,” Oesch said. “It doesn’t have to be a painting of a teepee or an Indian hunting a buffalo. it can be anything an Indian person paints. That’s what determines if something is Indian; it’s the heritage of the person painting it. … If the person that paints it is Indian, that makes it Indian art.” Visit

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Operatic sci-fi Painted Sky Opera takes cues from modern sci-fi and performs a classic Italian opera. By Jeremy Martin

Drawing inspiration from a 1927 silent film and a 21st-century young adult sci-fi novel, Painted Sky Opera will present a controversial 19th-century Italian opera based on a banned French play. “Our concept is based on two things,” Painted Sky artistic director Rob Glaubitz said about the company’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. “One of them is this movie from 1927 called Metropolis by Fritz Lang. It’s an overclass of rich people that live in this overly urban place and the underclass is working underground, so you have these two very separate classes of people. We combine that with thinking about a very modern interpretation of the same idea, and that’s The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is the same kind of really rich people and then poor people who keep them up in that place. So we use that for inspiration for the costumes. They are very reminiscent of what you might find in The Hunger Games for the richer classes, very fashion forward, extensive hair and makeup, so you get this feeling that these people are so rich and they’re so privileged that the only way they can stand out is to go beyond what is considered normal.” Daniel Scofield plays the title character in Rigoletto. | Photo Wendy Mutz Photography / provided


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Rigoletto opens Sept. 14 at the Freede Little Theatre in Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Glaubitz said he has wanted to direct the opera since he performed in the chorus in college.

The original play was performed once and not again for 50 years. Rob Glaubitz

“It’s always been a favorite of mine,” Glaubitz said. “I thought, ‘This is a show I really want to do on the stage at some point.’ It’s kind of Shakespearean in nature, and it’s always stuck in my brain.” Verdi’s opera first premiered in 1851, and Glaubitz said it remains a popular choice for opera companies because of songs such as “La donna è mobile” and its captivating plot. The title character is a court jester serving the powerful and lecherous Duke of Mantua. The jester helps the duke seduce and abandon young women and laugh off the consequences — until the jester’s own daughter becomes the next target.

does she have to sing beautifully, there’s an innocence that she needs to bring to that role.” Par t of R i g o l e t t o ’s unique appeal, Glaubitz said, is that the opera has no purely good or evil characters and no

Painted Sky Opera’s Rigoletto premieres Sept. 14 at Civic Center Music Hall. | Image provided

Glaubitz said baritone Daniel Scofield, who has previously played Rigoletto for Houston’s Opera in the Heights, was cast in the role for his charisma as well as his voice. “Rigoletto is a complex character,” Glaubitz said, “so you look for that ability to have focus and intensity so that when he’s on stage, the audience can’t help but look at him, that stage presence and the ability to not be afraid to be an ugly character. He’s definitely an anti-hero, someone you love to hate. Our Rigoletto has no problem doing that.” Tenor J. Warren Mitchell will play the duke, a role Glaubitz said also requires a particular performance style to be convincing. “You need to see an inner confidence in the duke when he performs or else you don’t have the character of the duke,” Glaubitz said. “He’s not necessarily a bad guy. He does things we think of as horrible, but he’s unaware of his horribleness. He knows that what he does is right. I think those are the two things I look for, the confidence and the ability to draw eyes completely by his appearance.” Conversely, Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, played in this production by soprano Jessica Jones, has been hidden away for most of her life by her fearful father and must convey naiveté. “She’s sheltered from the world and doesn’t have a lot of experience out there,” Glaubitz said, “and so not only

obvious protagonist. “Anti-hero is a better word for it,” Glaubitz said. “You can say the duke is the villain, but there’s also an assassin that’s a villain, and I think that’s what makes this opera so intriguing is that there’s no clear hero. Even Gilda, she doesn’t do anything bad, but she chooses her own fate in the end. She knows what’s going to happen to her, so it’s not like she’s heroic in a way we understand. It makes a show that has real characters; it’s not, ‘This person is good, and this person is bad.’ That’s what I love about it.”

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E. Scott Jones reconciles his faith and sexuality in his new memoir. By Joshua Blanco

Sept. 4, Literati Press released the memoir of Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones, an openly gay pastor serving as senior minister of First Central Congregational Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Open: A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Sexuality in the Heartland tells the story of a Southern Baptist youth minister living in Texas and the ways he is forced to reconcile his sexual orientation with the people and places he holds dearest. “I think that’s something of a unique story,” Jones said. “Often, these stories are about how people end up leaving this part of the country or abandoning their faith or ending up with broken ties to their family. And I have a story where it all works out.” Jones was raised in Miami in northeastern Oklahoma and later attended Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), where he studied philosophy and religion. After graduating summa cum laude in 1996, he enrolled at University of Oklahoma, earning both master of arts and doctorate degrees in philosophy. During his time at OBU, he met C h a rle s Martin, the present creative director of Literati Press, who agreed to publish his book. The two started reconnecting when Jones returned to Open: A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Sexuality in the Heartland | Image Literati Press / provided

Oklahoma to lead a local church, and he was glad to learn of Jones’ decision to publish his firsthand account. “He’s been kind of outspoken for a while, and he’s been wanting to get his own story told, so we’re glad to finally get it out there,” Martin said. “This is a book that needs to exist. This is something that we think is important to be in the public discourse.” Jones was invited by many news outlets to respond to comments made by former Oklahoma state legislator Sally Kern, in which she described homosexuality as “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” Eventually, the two met one-on-one during a KFOR Flashpoint Easter broadcast. She has since published a memoir of her own. “In the public imagination, we … were kind of nemeses with each other,” Jones said. He briefly elaborated on their relationship, explaining that they were able to get along in person. “We were not friends,” he said. “We were just polite to each other.”

Finding purpose

He continued to speak up for gay rights and the importance of inclusion within religious denominations. In 2005, he started a blog on which he told the stories associated with his coming out. After noticing his attained readership, Jones thought the time to write a book had arrived at last. “It’s always been a lifelong dream to have at least one published book,” he said. According to Jones, the book was a

10-year endeavor he started writing long “before the story was over.” Though the book acts as a personal testimony to a young man’s realization of his own sexuality, the nature of the story is not unique to Jones’ situation alone. The ways he is forced to grapple with the people around him set the stage for a common theme prevalent among today’s youth. “That’s just a very human thing we go through, that conversion where we reach adulthood and we start understanding that the plans laid out for us … may not be right,” Martin said. “I think it’s something that is universal beyond the gay rights story and beyond civil rights struggles. Trying to find your own identity, find your own purpose, where you’re supposed to fit, that is what this story is. Everybody goes through that struggle to varying degrees.” As the title suggests, family and faith are two of the most important aspects of Jones’ life. To lose them would be to lose everything. “He loves his family. He loves his grandfather. He loves the tradition that he was brought up in, and he did not want to lose that,” Martin said. “A lot of his fear was him potentially losing this critical component of his identity.” Though his grandfather is now deceased, the two were able to “come to some terms together.” Alongside his husband Michael, Jones has been able to create a family of his own. So far, they have a 3-year-old son. Jones was also able to maintain his faith. At an early age, he wanted nothing more than to become a preacher. “Not many 5-year-olds think that,” he said, laughing. It has been 30 years since Jones delivered his first sermon, and his passion for his work has not yet subsided. The position also allows him to continue writing. “I write every week on deadlines,” he said. “It is my art and craft.” Though he hopes to release more books at a later time, the future is still uncertain. He believes he has at least delivered a powerful message through his authorship. “All people ought to live with integrity, honesty and authenticity,” Jones said. “If you live that way, the people who actually do care about you will accept that.” Visit

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An Edmond company specializing in outdoor gear encourages adventure in Oklahoma. By Daniel Bokemper

This year, Native Summit Adventure Outfitters of Edmond rounds the 10-year checkpoint of its trek through the retail wilderness. Since 2008, Native Summit has committed itself to filling Oklahomans’ outdoor supply needs regardless of intensity. Formerly Edmond Summit Company, the shop opted to change its name and logo in 2016 to dismiss the misconception it belonged to a chain and to better describe the nature of its business. Despite the branding shift, Native Summit remains a humble beacon for many as the pressures of large outlets bombard prospective customers with needless options and unending (and often predatory) specials. Founded and operated by John James, the shop is a center for high-quality products and down-to-earth knowledge and advice. Puzzled by the lack of meaningful outdoor clothing and gear retailers in Oklahoma, James’ interest and frustration encouraged him to open his own storefront. “I was struggling to find somewhere to shop that was focused on the things I like to do,” he said. “I wasn’t really interested in making a ton of money or anything; I was fine where I was. Still, I felt like at some point, this kind of thing was something that needed to exist here. I don’t envision myself as a

retail guy. Native Summit didn’t come from an intention to do or be this. It was more out of a need and love for this passion and these things.” From the Arbuckle Mountains to the northeastern prairies, Oklahoma is home to a diverse collection of natural formations. Likewise, the crossroad of numerous interstates allow for prompt travel to countless locales in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and elsewhere. However, there are few retailers that seem too concerned with the state’s landscape and proximity. “I always love to stumble into these gear shops I’d find in a mountain town somewhere,” James said. “There were always people there that do whatever is you were in there for and you could get advice from. It was never in Oklahoma, though. We’ve got enough people here that want to get out and do that kind of stuff. And Oklahomans are not afraid to drive for a day to experience the outdoors. They just needed a core-specialty shop to help.” Despite Native Summit’s emphasis, its products cycle throughout each season. Additionally, James finds it important to be able to satisfy all customers regardless of how intense or mundane their needs. “When you see Adventure Outfitters below our name, that’s not a marketing ploy,” James said. “You know American Eagle Outfitters, right? Those guys aren’t ‘outfitters,’ clearly. To us, that’s more than a cool thing to add to the end of your shop’s name, but a responsibility to outfit somebody for any adventure outdoors. We strive to do that year-round.”

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Since Native Summit began its journey, the nature of shopping has shifted dramatically. Though the shop opened its doors in the midst of the on l i ne-ret a i l boom, prospective customers still had he sit at ion s about committing to buying apparel online.

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However, as titans like Amazon have expanded their warehouses exponentially, so too have the specific buying options an individual has at their disposal. James found in order for Native Summit to thrive, it could not rely on endless sales while trying to keep its finger on the pulse of whatever next month’s consumer zeitgeist might be. Instead, James ensures the products and brands stocked are of quality. “The funny thing about stocking and sorting the shop is that it involves a little science, but mostly just guesswork,” James said. “I mean, it comes down to a feeling. For example, if I fill up our shop with things I like, believe in and want to use, I think we’re much better off than using any other criteria. We can try and chase a popular trend, but ultimately, I have to believe in something in order to sell it.” Like many physical stores in the digital age, Native Summit also relies heavily on the customer experience. James finds that the ability to try, ask and learn about a product is key to building rapport and ensuring recurring clients. To this end, he feels Native Summit addresses a glaring problem very few niche and specialty shops attempt to address. “There’s a lot of core, outdoor specialty shops out-of-state where their sales experts tend to talk down to you,” James said. “It’s as if there’s this need to talk down to you because you’re not on their level. We cannot have that attitude if we’re going to survive. What we need to do is be excited about what people do regardless of what it is if it’s outside. We want this passion for the outdoors to bleed down to everyone that walks in.” Ultimately, James finds that the passion he and his staff can maintain is of the highest value to their customers. Without a continued passion for the outdoors, of course, there would not be much of a need for an outdoor outfitter. “At the end of the day, our mission is to inspire people to love the outdoors, whatever the outdoors may mean to them,” James said. “We do and sell a lot of different things, but the most valuable thing we can do for Oklahomans, to inspire them, is priceless.” Visit

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Local rescue Milo’s Barn provides a safe space for miniature horses and other farm animals. By Jo Light

Milo’s Barn is a wooded hideaway that feels far removed from the urban sprawl, tucked away near a creek on acres of untouched land in northeastern Oklahoma City. Any visitor to the property is immediately greeted with bright eyes, wagging tails or sniffing noses because this local nonprofit houses an estimated 68 rescued animals, including miniature horses, pigs, goats, llamas, dogs, chickens and more. Laurie Anderson has been running the rescue for about five years. She built a house and animal facilities on her parents’ land. She and her two children, Cooper and Emersen, share their home with several dogs, a kitten and one happy pig named Georgie. One of her recent puppies, a Doberman named Henry, is even a bit of a local celebrity. He was featured in an Aug. 12 KOCO Channel 5 news segment after his rescue and recovery from a gunshot wound. He had to relearn to walk and now is a bouncy and playful pup. Anderson is passionate about animal

welfare and left a career as a restaurateur to build the rescue. “It just kind of took off,” Anderson said. “I get to do what I love, and I feel super lucky.” Milo’s Barn officially became a nonprofit organization this summer, and Anderson runs things almost entirely on her own. Donations help her care for animals like Henry, who she said needed roughly $1,000 worth of veterinary care. “Most of my animals come off of kill lots,” Anderson said, “anywhere from Louisiana [and] Texas to Oklahoma.” “Kill lot” in this context is the place where farms or petting zoos sell their unwanted or senior animals. There, they have a final chance to be sold to a loving home before being sent to slaughter. Rescues like Milo’s Barn often try to purchase these animals — or, as rescuers say, pay their bail to grant them freedom. As part of her outreach, Anderson sometimes visits local schools with one of her smaller animals, and she said now kids in OKC know her as the “horse lady” or the “pig lady.”

Anderson interacts gently with her rescues, all of which have clever names and distinct personalities. For instance, whenever Anderson leaves the house, Birdie the goat comes over and trails quietly at her heels wherever she goes. In one pen, miniature horse Bea 2 is recovering from equine distemper (or “strangles”) and therefore is quarantined, but she has Red the hen for company. Chickens, ducks and turkeys roam freely. There’s a constant farmyard din of cheerful clucks and gobbles. A llama, three alpacas and one miniature llama occupy a shaded area while a larger corral holds horses of different sizes, several curious goats, pigs that will happily sit for treats, relaxed donkeys and a gentle cow named Clarabelle. They cluster around the fence as Anderson approaches, eager to greet her. Stella, a towering 20-year-old draft horse from an Amish farm in North Dakota, is one of the newest additions at the rescue. Upon arriving, the large mare stepped on Anderson’s foot and fractured a few of her bones, but she expressed nothing but love for “the sweetest animal” she has. She’s a couple hundred pounds underweight, so Anderson is working on getting her fully recovered. Milo the miniature horse also hangs out with this menagerie. He was Anderson’s earliest rescue, and now he’s the star of her first children’s book, too. Milo’s Barn follows a fictionalized account of Anderson’s daughter finding and saving Milo from an unhappy life. The book is the first in a series of five. Anderson has several events scheduled, including book signings 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodsman Trading Company, 9705 N. May Ave.; 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Barnes & Noble, 6100 N. May Ave.; and 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway. Milo will also be in attendance. Anderson hopes to open up 30 more acres for the animals and eventually build a wood barn to house them. She will continue to take in animals and educate children about caring for them. She said she’s happy to have volunteers help around the rescue because something always needs building or fixing. The animals, she said, wouldn’t mind either. “They love attention,” Anderson said, as turkeys, chickens, dogs and Birdie the goat followed her across the yard. Visit

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Books Jennifer Kidney the poet and University of Oklahoma professor will read from her collection of works, 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Norman Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., 405-307-9320, SUN Mid-Oklahoma Writers a meetup for local writers featuring guest speakers and literary discussions, 7-9 p.m. Eastside Church of Christ, 916 S. Douglas Blvd., 405-732-0393. WED Sin and Death in Dante a discussion of the Italian poet’s view of hell presented by University of Oklahoma professor Roberto Pesce as part of the Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Pioneer Library System, 225 N. Webster Ave. Norman, 405-701-2600, norman. FRI

Film Deep Deuce Director’s Cut: The Breakfast Club (1985, USA, John Hughes) the classic 1980s teen dramedy will be screened outdoors with costumes representing the stereotypes from the film highly encouraged, 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Deep Deuce Grill, 307 NE Second St., 405-235-9100, FRI Flight of the Butterflies (2012, Canada, Mike Slee) a film documenting the migration of hundreds of millions of monarchs in migration screened on the Devon Lawn, with crafts, face painting, food trucks and more, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, THU Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957, USA, John Sturges) Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday take on the outlaw Clanton Gang in this classic Western film, 1 p.m. Sept. 12. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, WED Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016, USA, Steven Lewis Simpson) a 95-year-older Lakota elder leads a white author on a journey into contemporary Native

American life, through Sept. 6. B&B Reno Cinema 8, 3000 S. Country Club Road, 405-262-1918. FRI-THU OKC 48 Hour Film Project Awards participants in the local edition of the filmmaking competition will be recognized for their contributions, 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., 405-7086937, FRI VHS & Chill Presents Fantasy Rewind watch a selection of vintage sci-fi, fantasy and animated TV shows, with onsite concessions and beverages, 8-10:30 p.m. The Paramount Room, 701 W. Sheridan Ave., 405-887-3327, WED Wagon Master two men guide a wagon train of settlers on a perilous journey west, meeting a medicine show, a band of robbers and misadventures along the way, 1 p.m. Sep. 5. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405478-2250, WED

Happenings Advanced Soapmaking learn to make soaps without synthetic perfume and dye, with supplies and tools provided, Sept. 7-8. Providence Farms, 14475 S. Western Ave., 405-359-8359. FRI-SAT All About Trees: OKC’s Urban Forest guest speaker Brian Dougherty from Oklahoma City Community Foundation will discuss the results of the recent citywide inventory of trees in parks and public spaces, 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36th St., 405-943-0827, WED Buildings + Brews learn about the architecture of local breweries at this event hosted by the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Vanessa House Beer Co., 516 NW 21st St., 405-8262629, TUE Chicago Steppin Class learn how to do the popular dance at this free weekly class, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. L & G’s on the BLVD, 4801 N. Lincoln Blvd., 405-524-2001, THU Cleveland County Free Fair a carnival featuring a petting zoo, a powerlifting competition, wiener dog racing, live music and more, Sept. 6-9, Sept. 6-9. Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 East Robinson St, 405-360-4721. THU-SUN Cuttin’ Up With PJ barbers and stylists compete in a variety of categories including “fastest fade,” “re-twist and style,” “creative bob” and more, Sept. 8-9, Sat., Sept. 8 and Sun., Sept. 9. Tower Hotel, 3233 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-6633, SAT-SUN Employment Workshop a workshop to improve job-hunting skills such as resume writing and interview etiquette, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Pioneer Library System, 225 N Webster Ave., 405-701-2600, TUE FemNation: Voices That Rise a community meeting discussing intersectional feminism; this month’s guest speaker is Teen emPower founder Kathy Harris, who promotes honest sexual education, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6. Chi Gallery, 2304 NW 17th St., 405401-0540, THU Forensic Night learn about the methods doctors, anthropologists and law officers use to examine human skeletons, 4-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane Road, 405-814-0006, SAT Hemposium hemp vendors and industrial hemp experts as well as government officials will lecture on a variety of related topics and musicians including Locust Grove, Kokane, Chris Crayzie and more will perform live, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 8. Reed Conference Center, Sheraton Hotel, 5750 Will Rogers road, 405455-1800, SAT Herbal Exploration Workshop learn about the different uses for herbal preparations from organic gardener Stephanie Holiman, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 8. OSU OKC Farmers Market, 400 N. Portland Ave., 405-945-3326, SAT

Bike MS: Oklahoma Ride More than 2.3 million people worldwide are affected by multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable and often debilitating disease with a variety of symptoms ranging from blindness and paralysis to tingling and numbness. An estimated 300 cyclists will ride 150 miles from Norman to Guthrie and back again over two days in an effort to raise $300,000 to help fight the disease and hopefully find a cure. The cyclists hit the road 7 a.m. Sept. 15 at NCED Conference Center & Hotel, 2801 E. State Highway 9, in Norman. Call 855-372-1331 or visit

Mental Health Support Group for LGBTQ a peer support group for people suffering from anxiety, depression and other issues, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 12. The Diversity Center, 2242 N.W. 39th Street, 405-252-0372. WED

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Howl at the Moon bring your pooch for beers, corn hole and fun for all with treats and friendly competition for dogs, 8-10 p.m. September 10. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405445-7080, MON Junklahoma 2018 shop for antique, handmade and one-of-a-kind items from more than 30 vendors at this annual event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. The Old Store, 100 Monroe Ave. NW, 405-373-2093. SAT

Mid-South Wrestling Alliance a two-part wrestling tournament beginning with a match between Double D and Paul Puertorico, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave., 405-2326506, FRI Miss Gay America Benefit Show an evening of entertainment raising funds for pageant contestant Raven Delray, 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Frankie’s, 2807 NW 36th St., 405-602-2030, FRI

sive female political candidates sponsored by Sally’s List, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6. Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western Ave., 405-604-3015, willrogerstheatre. com. THU Mustang Western Days an annual event featuring live music, kids’ activities, a car show, a rodeo, a parade and more, Sept 7-8. Mustang Parks & Recreation, 1201 N. Mustang Road, 405-376-3411, FRI-SAT OKC Vintage Flea Market get your shopping done at the flea market with antiques, collectibles, vintage, crafts and more, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 9. Crossroads Event Center, 7000 Crossroads Blvd. SAT Okie Show Show Season 3 Kickoff Party the local music and film podcast celebrates the launch of its new season of episodes, 8-11 p.m. Sept. 6. 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st St., 405-463-0470, THU Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series Observer editor Arnold Hamilton leads a discussion about healthcare options for the state’s working poor with policy analysts and Rep. Forrest Bennett, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 6. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-2900, fullcirclebooks. com. THU Out of the Darkness Community Walk a fundraising event for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 8. Stars & Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner drive, 405-297-2756, SAT Pawsitively Pampered Annual Dog Wash in its eighth year, this pet grooming event and craft fair features vendor booths, food trucks and a chance to meet other dog lovers 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Yukon National Bank, 1550 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon, 405354-1802, SUN Rain Gardens and Curb-Cuts learn how to create a rain garden using run-off water from the streets using curb-cut retention basins, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 8. SixTwelve, 612 NW 29th St., 405-208-8291, sixtwelve. org. SAT Renaissance Ball a formal dinner and dance held annually as a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 7 p.m.-midnight Sept. 7. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd., 405-848-5611, FRI September Dance Party fitness instructors lead an extended dance class to music from the 1970s, and era-appropriate outfits are encouraged, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Mustang Parks & Recreation, 1201 N. Mustang Road, 405-376-3411, cityofmustang. org. FRI September Support Meeting a discussion group for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families and allies, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The Diversity Center, 2242 N.W. 39th Street, 405-2520372. TUE Septemberfest 2018 a free festival featuring arts and crafts, face-painting, pony rides, square dancing and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 8. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-521-2491, SAT Tearing Down Walls: Empathy for Immigration a night of local art, live music and informational discussions hosted by the Engaged Buddhist with proceeds to provide pro-bono legal work for immigrants, 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 7. Resonator, 325 E Main St., FRI Tonight in Timbuktu a discussion about the life and legacy of Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey featuring guest speaker Banbose Shango, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 8. Nappy Roots, 3705 Springlake Drive, 405896-0203, SAT What’s Growing On? observe as staff members replant the hanging baskets at the entrance of the museum and learn how to properly construct a combination container, 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 8. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St., 405-6026664, SAT

Food Five Course Guest Chef Dinner an evening of Native Food with wine pairings from a menu created by Potawatomi chef Loretta Barrett Oden, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 10. Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 1201 N. Walker, 405.235.2200, MON Myriad Kitchen: Organic Vegetables learn about seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, corn and cabbage from Pam Patty, Community Wellness Dietician for Integris Health, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405445-7080, SAT VegFest learn about healthy eating choices and get shopping tips and demonstrations from wellness coaches and nutrition experts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405445-7080, SAT

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Jim Henson – Life and Legacy Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Béla Fleck seem something more than mortal, but one of the most famous banjo players of all time isn’t even human. The image of Kermit the Frog playing “The Rainbow Connection” to open 1979’s The Muppet Movie is the first thing many people think of when they think about banjos, and this new exhibit featuring the frog himself along with creator Jim Henson’s original artwork, rare photographs and a banjo signed by Muppet Show guest stars including Johnny Cash, Elton John, Peter Sellers and many more will give visitors the chance to meditate on the rich legacy of felt-flipper-finger-pickin’. The exhibit opens noon Saturday at American Banjo Museum, 9 E. Sheridan Ave. Admission is $5-$8. Call 405-604-2793 or visit SATURDAY Photo provided

with coloring and videos, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405842-2900, SAT Krafty Kids Night art enthusiasts age 4-15 can complete fiber art projects including tie-dying, embroidery and batik, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7. Artsy Rose Academy, 7739 W. Hefner Rd., 405-603-8550. FRI OKC Drag Queen Story Hour children and their families are invited to a story and craft time led by Ms. Shantel and followed by a dance party, 4 p.m. second Saturday of every month. Sunnyside Diner, 916 NW Sixth St., 405.778.8861. SAT Oklahoma City Princess Ball enjoy a live, interactive show featuring songs, games, lessons in princess etiquette, face-painting, crafting and dancing, 1-2:30 p.m. Sep. 8. $45. NOAH’s of Oklahoma City, 14017 Quail Springs Parkway, 316-680-2032, SAT Sprouting Chefs: Pinwheels with Pizzazz a family cooking class for aspiring chefs ages 8-12 who want to learn to make fruit-and-vegetablefilled roll-up treats, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, SAT Teen Anime Club fans ages 11-14 are invited to watch episodes of the animated Japanese TV series The Vision of Escaflowne, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6. Guthrie Public Library, 2701 NW 110th St. THU

Performing Arts An Act of God God (Brenda Williams) and her angels (James Hughes and Dakota Muckelwrath) offer answers to some frequently asked questions in this play by Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, through Sep. 8, Thursdays-Sundays. through Sept. 8. The Pollard Theatre, 120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie, 405-282-2800, FRI-SAT The Foreigner directed by Chuck Tweed, this play is a two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue, through Sept. 16. Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N.

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calendar university’s Native American Art & Museum Studies Seminar, this exhibition examines the impact of art in indigenous communities, through Dec. 30 Free, Through Dec. 30. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 555 Elm Ave., 405-325-3272,

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continued from page 29 Walker Ave. THU-SUN Gender Bender performers from Opera on Tap and Painted Sky Opera will tackle classic arias written for the opposite gender, 8-10 p.m. Sept. 7. The Root, 3012 N. Walker Ave., 405-655-5889, SAT


Still Looking: The Photography Collection of Carol Beesley Hennagin an exhibition of selections from Hennagin’s extensive collection, including works by Edward Weston, Frederick Sommer and more, through Dec. 30, Through Dec. 30. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, 405-3253272, TUE-FRI

Hannibal Buress the standup comic, known for Broad City and The Eric Andre Show, will perform, 10 p.m. Sept. 12. Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., 405-708-6937, WED

Studio Gallery’s Featured Show an exhibition featuring paintings, photography and handmade jewelry created by a variety of artists, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Oct. 31. The Studio Gallery, 2642 W. Britton Road, 405-752-2642, THU-WED

Talent Quest more than 200 contestants are expected to compete for cash prizes and a chance to open for Sawyer Brown at this international karaoke competition, Sept. 9-15. Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, 777 Grand Casino Boulevard, 405) 964-7263, SUN-SAT

TESS Mission an interactive art installation inspired by NASA’s search for habitable alien planets, Mondays-Sundays. through Sept. 7. The Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval, Norman, 405-325-2691, MON-FRI

Active Barre3 Community Free Workout bring your own yoga mat and water for a workout session combining ballet, yoga and pilates, 6-7 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, MON Blacklight Run a 5K fun run that leaves participants coated in neon glow-in-the-dark powder for an afterparty light show, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Remington Park, 1 Remington Place, 405-424-9000, SAT Heritage Hills Bike Tour a four-mile bicycle ride guided by historian Dr. Bob Blackburn, 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th St., 405-525-5325, SAT Riversport Rivalry teams of four compete in three athletic events including whitewater rafting, a ropes course and a relay race in a fundraising event for RestoreOKC, 4-9 p.m. Sept. 8. RIVERSPORT Rapids, 800 Riversport Drive, 405-552-4040, riversportokc. org. SAT Wheeler Criterium a weekly nighttime cycling event with criterium races, food trucks and family activities, 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Wheeler Park, 1120 S. Western Ave., 405-297-2211, TUE Yoga in the Gardens bring your mat for an all-levels class with Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga, 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, myriadgardens. com. TUE

Midtown Oktoberfest 2018 Held annually since 1810 with only a few breaks for large-scale warfare, Munich’s Oktoberfest is a 16-17-day festival drawing millions of visitors who drink millions of liters of beer each year. Midtown’s version is on a considerably smaller scale but still offers three days of polka music, Bavarian sausages and other cuisine and, of course, stein upon stein of German beer, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Central Oklahoma Humane Society. The festival begins 11 a.m. Friday and wraps up 8 p.m. Sunday at Fassler Hall, 421 NW 10th St. Admission is free. Call 405- 609-3300 or visit FRIDAY Photo provided

Artist Perspective from Two Views view paintings by Diane Goldschmidt and Diana Robinson, Sept. 6-27. Edmond Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards St., Edmond, 405-340-4481, THU

Artists at Work Exhibit Opening a celebration of working artists and their creative spaces featuring Emma Difani, Denise Duong, Bryon Perdue Jr. and more, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 7 free. Little D Gallery, 3003 Paseo, 720-773-1064. FRI

Yoga in the Park a one-hour outdoor exercise class for all experience levels, taught by instructor Taylor Phillips, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 11. Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36th St., 405-943-0827,

Battle of Art! local artists create live onstage, incorporating a theme chosen by the audience, which also chooses the winner, 9-11 p.m. Sundays. Hubbly Bubbly Hookah & Café, 2900 N Classen Blvd. Ste K, 405-609-2930. SUN

Yoga With Art a one-hour yoga class accompanied with a complimentary mimosa in a gallery of contemporary art, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 15. 21c Museum Hotel, 900 W. Main St., 405-982-6900, SAT

Carol Beesley, Bob Nunn, and Alan Atkinson view paintings from the three artists including large landscapes and works inspired by Chinese and Japanese art, through Sept. 30. JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave., 405-528-6336, jrbartgallery. com. FRI-SUN


Visual Arts American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters an exhibition of Native art from the Kiowa Six, Harrison Begay, Tonita Peña and more, through May 12, 2019. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, SAT-FRI

Collaboration: 10 Artists 10 Canvases 10 Weeks an exhibition of several collaborative paintings created by local artists, 6 p.m. Sept. 7. The Root, 3012 N. Walker Ave., 405-655-5889, therootokc. com. FRI Glitter & Glam an exhibition of wearable jewelry curated by Jennifer Woods and Erin Merryweather, Sept. 7-30, Sept. 7-30. The Paseo Plunge, 3010 Paseo Plunge, 405-315-6224, FRI-SUN

Traditional Meets Digital Printmaking Workshop Santa Fe-based artist Janet O’Neal teaches a mixed-media printmaking workshop combining traditional methods with digital inkjet transfers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-815-6665, SAT Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art an exhibition featuring more than 65 works in oil, watercolor, textiles, metals and more by 15 contemporary artists, through Sept. 9. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., 405-325-3272, FRI-SUN What Legacy Had Wrought conceptual artist Summer Zah’s collage art examines misconceptions about Native culture, through Sept. 14. IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Ave., 405-232-6060, iaogallery. org. FRI

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features l’œil paper works by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave showcasing four collections her work together for the first time, through Sept. 9. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, SAT-SUN Jerry Piper exhibition the artist’s BoHo Blessing sticks, mixed-media painted wood pieces, will be on display, through Sept. 30. The Purple Loft Art Gallery, 514 NW 28th St., 405-412-7066, thepaseo. org. FRI-SUN One Thousand Tears multimedia artist Janet O’Neal combines photography, sculpture printmaking and painting in an exhibition of works exploring loss, grief and the healing process, Sept. 6-Oct. 13. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-815-6665,


Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk peruse art from over 80 artists with 25 participating business for a night of special themed exhibits, refreshments and a variety of entertainment opportunities, 6-10 p.m. first Friday of every month. Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo St., 405-525-2688, FRI Paseo Photofest a juried exhibition of photography and related artworks including film and mixed media creations, through Sept. 29, Sept. 7-29. Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo St., 405-525-2688, thepaseo. com. FRI-SAT Seeds of Being curated by students enrolled in the

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like that. I just loved making music, and I completely lost sight of that when that first success happened. … And with Savage, absolutely, even though it’s done well, even though it charted in Britain, that to me is just an incredible cherry on the top, the icing on the cake. It wasn’t the intention of making the record. … I did not try to manipulate the music or the lyrics or the image so that it would do better. I learned a long, long time ago that I’m actually really shit at doing that anyway. When I tried to second-guess what was going to work, when I tried to second-guess what the radio would play or what the record company would like, I was terrible at it, absolutely terrible at it, so I have no sensitivity for that anyway. It nearly ruined my entire career trying to do that, and I would never go back to that.

Are children electric?

Synth-punk legend Gary Numan contemplates the apocalypse and collaborates with his daughter. By Jeremy Martin

Gary Numan’s at his best when he’s looking toward the future. Recording the self-titled 1978 debut for his punk band Tubeway Army, Numan became so fascinated with a synthesizer in the studio that he rewrote his guitar parts for it. The move ultimately altered the course of pop music the following year after the Tubeway Army single “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and his solo hit “Cars” topped the charts and expanded the musical palettes of listeners around the world. His work took on a post-Nine Inch Nails industrial sheen in the 1990s, and his most recent successes, 2013’s Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) and 2017’s Savage (Songs From a Broken World) were inspired, respectively, by anxiety attacks over aging and imagining what life would be like in a global warmingravaged hellscape. Numan plays Monday at Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., so we talked on the phone with him as he drove through Santiago, Chile. Has touring internationally for Savage made you reconsider the world the album depicts? Numan: Not really. Mainly the album is very much about a future world; it doesn’t really have that much to do with what’s going on now except the whole concept behind it being the global warming,

climate change problem, which I obviously believe is very, very real and some people don’t. We went up to the Andes when we first arrived in Santiago, and there was virtually no snow whatsoever. We went to a ski center, and there was virtually no snow, and it was mid-to-late August. I was saying to the people there, “This isn’t normal, is it?” and they said, “No.” They were absolutely blaming global warming. The snow had vanished a good month earlier than usual. And so the thing I have noticed as I’ve gone around the world is how many people are telling the same story in their local climate. Wherever you go, things are different — significantly different to what they’ve seen before. So when you hear this talk about, “It’s not real, and it’s a hoax, fake news,” and the rest of it, it’s so frustrating. And it makes me feel that the album is well-timed. It’s a very, very small part of the discussion, obviously, but I’m glad I made it now. And I don’t think it’s going to change anything, change anyone’s opinion, but at least I’ve been able to have my small contribution to the discussion about the whole global-warming situation because it’s absolutely happening. I read you’re writing a book set in the same world as Savage. Is that coming out anytime soon?

Gary Numan plays Tower Theatre on Monday. | Photo provided

Numan: [Laughs] Yeah, that has become an embarrassment for me, actually. I have been on that book for so long. I really hope so. It is a genuinely important ambition of mine to have a book published, a novel published. My ambition is to end my career, if you like, as a writer, not even as a musician, so it’s massively important to me. But I’ve done a fantastically bad job of actually making it happen. I really have been on that thing for years, so it’s an embarrassment I’ve not able to give enough time to it to actually get it finished. I’ve made albums and toured around the world, and I’m constantly working, but I don’t seem to be able to get it together enough to get that one thing finished. And I could have done. I don’t know what it is, really. It’s pathetic.

I did not try to manipulate the music or the lyrics or the image so that it would do better. Gary Numan You’ve said that some of your biggest career mistakes came trying to recreate earlier successes. Since Splinter was one of your more successful albums, did you find yourself worrying about matching it with Savage? Numan: Oh no, not at all. … I make music now because I love making it. It’s a hobby that transfers itself into a career. And I lost that. That’s how it was when I started. When I was a teenager making music, I did it for the love of it. There was no record company; there was no success — nothing

Your daughter Persia appears on Savage. What was the experience of working with her like? Numan: It was not planned. She sings on a song called “My Name Is Ruin.” I’d been working on that song pretty much all day. I tried to do the vocals she sings myself, and I just couldn’t get it to work right. It didn’t give the song the dynamic it needed. And then purely by chance, she came home from school that evening, and I thought, “D’you know what? I’ve heard her singing around the house, and I know she can sing really well.” I said, “Do you mind doing something for me? I’ve got this vocal, and I can’t get it to work, and I think your voice would suit it.” And she was amazing. She had never heard the song. She just listened to it a few times, learned what I wanted her to do. … She multi-tracked everything six times, all absolutely precise, and she’s got ADHD, so after about half an hour, she got bored and didn’t want to be there anymore and just sort of wandered away. But in that half an hour, she had done three completely different vocals and multi-tracked them perfectly. I just thought, “Jesus Christ!” It blew me away; she went out of the studio, and I just sat there thinking, “That was amazing,” and I had no idea she would be able to do anything like it. … It’s in her; she’s just got it in her, you know, without even trying, and I’m really proud of her. And hopefully she’ll actually sort of go into the business as a career for her. I would love it. All three of them actually; I’ve got three children. I’d love all of them to get into the music business if they want to. I would definitely support them for that. Tickets are $27-$30. Visit

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MUSIC Jovi” masquerades as a driving, upbeat banger with a catchy trumpet solo halfway through, but its lyrics reveal a struggling character searching for help and dealing with loneliness. He laments that he needs to move out of his dad’s house, but he can come back whenever he wants. “It’s closer than it may seem, if you can manage to find a good parking spot,” Butler sings. For contrast, “Now THIS Is Podracing” (a reference to a muchmemed line from Star Wars: Episode 1 —The Phantom Menace) is a subdued acoustic track in which a character gushes emotionally to a significant other that “nobody’s ever been this good to me/not even myself.” It feels almost invasive to listen to such heartfelt words.


Returned Jeans

High rise

California band Mom Jeans returns to OKC after a truly sick 2017 performance. By Jo Light

Listening to Mom Jeans is like being transported back to the early 2000s. The world had just entered a new millennium, and I listened to my music on an early iteration of an MP3 player that held about 40 songs. Oops; is my nostalgia showing? Sorry about that. The guys in Mom Jeans tell such relatable stories through frank lyrics, it reminds me of the earnestness and endless possibility of youth. Their music is labeled as punk, emo and power pop, and they draw inspiration from bands like Modern Baseball. The members of the band came together while attending University of California, Berkeley. Lead vocalist and guitarist Eric Butler lived on the same floor as Austin Carango, the band’s drummer, which led to mutual friend and bassist Gabriel Paganin and then guitarist Bart Thompson. They formed Mom Jeans in 2014 and faced some early difficulties, as most groups do, with their vision and finding an audience. “It was not easy,” Butler said, waxing philosophical quickly. “I feel almost like people don’t take wanting to be in a band seriously. Even from a perspective of just, like, wanting to create art, not necessarily expecting to be successful or anything.” Their particular brand of “emo, or indie rock or whatever” (Butler doesn’t love labeling their music) also met with resistance when they got started. 32

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“It was really hard because at the time, no one really was into that kind of music,” Butler said. “At least not where we were at. Berkeley is not super artsy. It’s a very academic-heavy school. Obviously there’s artists and there’s musicians and stuff, but not really people who want to play rock music.” And what about the band’s name? “I felt like I wanted to have name that was a little bit goofy to maybe just disarm some of the contempt that people felt about being an emo band, or having cringey lyrics or whatever,” Butler said. “I think having a name that outwardly is kind of goofy, it helps show people that we really aren’t trying to take ourselves too seriously at all. We’re just trying to have a good time.”

Bong Jovi

Butler said the band played where it could from 2014 to 2016, doing their best to come up with new material and enjoy themselves. Mom Jeans recorded its first album, Best Buds, in 2016. The band finally got some traction as Butler and Carango prepared for their final year of college. Someone posted about them on Reddit, and their full album on YouTube started getting some views. In Nov. 2016, indie label Counter Intuitive Records signed the band. Suddenly, a tour was suggested. The band has technically been with

that label since, although they briefly considered departing for SideOneDummy Records in Oct. 2017. Butler explained that the prospective team at SideOneDummy was unexpectedly let go, so the band returned to Counter Intuitive for its second album. Released in July, Puppy Love is a bit more musically cheerful and more lyrically nontraditional than Best Buds, altogether demonstrating strong growth within the group. On both albums, Mom Jeans’ lyrics are raw and real, usually written in a conversational voice like a stream-ofconsciousness dialogue. Butler said this is intentional. He wants their songs to be “on the nose” so listeners know exactly what he’s thinking. “For me personally, I never felt comfortable changing the way I said words to fit a song or even changing the language that I would use,” Butler said. “I would never write a song saying words that I wouldn’t say in a normal conversation because it feels pretentious to me, I guess.”

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Mom Jeans has performed in Oklahoma before. In June 2017, the band played a small show at The District in Norman. Unfortunately, the gig was less than ideal since several band members got sick after three days of rehearsal in extreme California heat and a long cross-country drive. “Obviously, at the time, we’re all smoking too much, drinking too much, so that doesn’t help,” Butler said. “Not getting enough sleep. Being on tour is already not great for your immune system.” Thompson was unable to play that night, and Butler could barely sing. “So I’m looking forward to making a bit of a comeback,” Butler said, referring to the upcoming Oklahoma City gig. “I feel bad for anybody that saw us at that show.” Despite the strains and stress of touring, Butler said the band enjoys traveling, connecting with people and seeing new cities. “Everywhere that we go, all these places, I feel like we’re lucky enough that people show us their best selves,” Butler said. He said he wants OKC fans to come to the 89th Street — OKC show and share their passion for music and making art. “It’s gonna be really loud, it’s gonna be really fast-paced and it’s gonna be really fun,” Butler said. “We’re literally just trying to have as much fun as possible; that’s the only goal on this tour — not trying to do anything except just enjoy ourselves and try to make it cool to like stuff again.” Visit

Eric Butler Sometimes, there’s so much specificity in a line, it seems like it must be coming from real life. Butler confirmed he often draws on actual experiences. “I mean, yeah, it’s usually stuff that stresses me out,” he said. “Everything is very much from my point of view or from the point of view of our experiences as a group of people together, as a band.” For instance, the song “Jon Bong

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Regulus/Bad Athlete/Men of Action, Resonator.

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Jabee Whether he’s rapping about Clara Luper’s legacy, rearranging his discography to paint a vivid picture of his Life and Times in OKC or working as a community activist and organizer, Emmy-winning hip-hop artist Jabee has been advancing and uplifting the culture in the metro for more than a decade now, and this headlining show seems completely in character. Sharing the bill with Jabee are several other notable names in local and regional hip-hop, including Queen Caution, Apeks, Thomas Who? and Trip G, who will debut his new album L.N.E.M. the following day. The show starts 10 p.m. Saturday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., in Norman. Admission is $7. Call 405-673-4931 or visit SATURDAY Photo Gazette /file

Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys, Remington Park. COUNTRY Girls Club/Stone Tide/Bamboozel, The Root. ROCK Jessica Tate & John Rouse, Bossa Nova Caipirinha Lounge. JAZZ

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Sugar & The Mint, The Root. COUNTRY

Wednesday, SepT. 12 Neck Deep/Trophy Eyes, Diamond Ballroom. PUNK

Max Stallings, The Blue Door. COUNTRY

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Saturday, SepT. 8 The Bishops/Broke Brothers, Bison Witches Bar & Deli. REGGAE/SKA Juice Wrld, Bricktown Events Center. HIP-HOP Kent Fauss Duo/Amanda Cunningham, McClintock Saloon & Chop House. COUNTRY

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free will astrology Homework: What good old thing could you give up in order to attract a great new thing into your life? Testify at ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Now is an excellent time to feel and explore and understand and even appreciate your sadness. To get you in the mood, here’s a list of sadnesses from novelist Jonathan Safran Foer: sadness of the could-have-been; sadness of being misunderstood; sadness of having too many options; sadness of being smart; sadness of awkward conversations; sadness of feeling the need to create beautiful things; sadness of going unnoticed; sadness of domesticated birds; sadness of arousal being an unordinary physical state; sadness of wanting sadness.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Do you have any feral qualities lurking deep down inside you? Have you ever felt a mad yearning to communicate using howls and yips instead of words? When you’re alone, do you sometimes dispense with your utensils and scoop the food off your plate with your fingers? Have you dreamed of running through a damp meadow under the full moon for the sheer ecstasy of it? Do you on occasion experience such strong erotic urges that you feel like you could weave your body and soul together with the color green or the sound of a rain-soaked river or the moon rising over the hills? I ask these questions, Taurus, because now is an excellent time to draw on the instinctual wisdom of your feral qualities.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Close some doors today,” writes novelist Paulo Coelho. “Not because of pride, incapacity, or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” I endorse his advice for your use, Gemini. In my astrological opinion, you’ll be wise to practice the rough but fine art of saying NO. It’s time for you to make crisp decisions about where you belong and where you don’t; about where your future fulfillment is likely to thrive and where it won’t; about which relationships deserve your sage intimacy and which tend to push you in the direction of mediocrity.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) To casual observers you may seem to be an amorphous hodgepodge, or a simmering mess of semi-interesting confusion, or an amiable dabbler headed in too many directions at once. But in my opinion, casual observers would be wrong in that assessment. What’s closer to the symbolic truth about you is an image described by poet Carolyn Forché: grapes that are ripening in the fog. Here’s another image that resonates with your current state: sea turtle eggs gestating beneath the sand on a misty ocean beach. One further metaphor for you: the bright yellow flowers of the evening primrose plant, which only bloom at night.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“Once in a while came a moment when everything seemed to have something to say to you.” So says a character in Alice Munro’s short story “Jakarta.” Now I’m using that message as the key theme of your horoscope. Why? Because you’re at the peak of your ability to be reached, to be touched, to be communicated with. You’re willing to be keenly receptive. You’re strong enough to be deeply influenced. Is it because you’re so firmly anchored in your understanding and acceptance of who you are?

I want to make sure that the groove you’re in doesn’t devolve into a rut. So I’ll ask you unexpected questions to spur your imagination in unpredictable directions. Ready? 1. How would you describe the untapped riches in the shadowy part of your personality? 2. Is there a rare object you’d like to own because it would foster your feeling that the world has magic and miracles? 3. Imagine the perfect party you’d love to attend and how it might change your life for the better. 4. What bird most reminds you of yourself? 5. What’s your most evocative and inspiring taboo daydream? 6. In your past, were there ever experiences that made you cry for joy in ways that felt almost orgasmic? How might you attract or induce a catharsis like that sometime soon?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

By volume, the Amazon is the largest river in the world. But where does it originate? Scientists have squabbled about that issue for over 300 years. Everyone agrees the source is in southwestern Peru. But is it the Apurímac River? The Marañón? The Mantaro? There are good arguments in favor of each. Let’s use this question as a poetic subtext as we wonder and meditate about the origin of your life force, Virgo. As is the case for the Amazon, your source has long been mysterious. But I suspect that’s going to change during the next 14 months. And the clarification process begins soon.


When Warsan Shire was a child, she immigrated to the UK with her Somalian parents. Now she’s a renowned poet who writes vividly about refugees, immigrants, and other marginalized people. To provide support and inspiration for the part of you that feels like an exile or fugitive or displaced person, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I offer you two quotes by Shire. 1. “I belong deeply to myself.” 2. “Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself—what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In 1928, novelist Virginia Woolf wrote a letter to her friend Saxon Sidney Turner. “I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading,” she confided, “since one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.” My usual inclination is to counsel you Sagittarians to focus on one or two important matters rather than on a multitude of semi-important matters. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I’m departing from tradition to suggest you adopt Woolf’s approach to books as your approach to everything. Your life in the coming weeks should be less like an acoustic ballad and more like a symphony for 35 instruments.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Not many goats can climb trees, but there are daredevils in Morocco that do. They go in quest of the delicious olive-like berries that grow on argan trees. The branches on which they perch may be 30 feet off the ground. I’m



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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

From 49-45 BC, civil war wracked the Roman Republic. Julius Caesar led forces representing the common people against armies fighting for the aristocracy’s interests. In 45 BC, Caesar brought a contingent of soldiers to Roman territory in North Africa, intent on launching a campaign against the enemy. As the general disembarked from his ship, he accidentally slipped and fell. Thinking fast, he exclaimed, “Africa, I have tight told of you!” and clasped the ground, thus implying he had lowered himself on purpose in a ritual gesture of conquest. In this way, he converted an apparent bad omen into a positive one. And indeed, he won the ensuing battle, which was the turning point that led to ultimate victory and the war’s end. That’s good role modeling for you right now.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Below are sweet words I’ve borrowed from poets I love. I invite you to use them to communicate with anyone who is primed to become more lyrically intimate with you. The time is right for you to reach out! 1. “You look like a sea of gems.” —Qahar Aasi 2. “I love you with what in me is unfinished.” —Robert Bly 3. “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born.” —E. E. Cummings 4. “Tell me the most exquisite truths you know.” —Barry Hannah 5. “It’s very rare to know you, very strange and wonderful.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald 6. “When you smile like that you are as beautiful as all my secrets.” —Anne Carson 7. Everything you say is “like a secret voice speaking straight out of my own bones.” —Sylvia Plath

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