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A pothole and road wear along N. Classen Boulevard near NW 16th Street. An Oklahoma City Council plan to address city street conditions will require voter approval in September. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Course dues

Oklahoma City voters could deliver a $730.5 million investment for roads through a combination of proposed sales and property taxes. By Laura Eastes

Oklahoma City residents will be asked to vote on a bond referendum in September that would authorize a $967.4 million plan to invest in the city streets, bridges, libraries, police and fire facilities, parks, transit and more. Alongside the 10-year general obligation bond issue, which will appear as 13 ballot propositions, are two sales tax proposals. Of those two, voters will be asked to approve a temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring 1-cent MAPS tax, which would raise $240 million for additional road repairs and street infrastructure projects. In the second tax proposal, voters will be asked to weigh a quarter-cent permanent sales tax to contribute to the city operations fund with an emphasis on benefiting public safety positions. The three ballot proposals include the largest proposed bond program in the city’s history and carry the potential to make a resounding impact on the future of OKC, particularly in street maintenance. If approved, the city would invest $730.5 million into its street system over the next decade.

Concern for streets

For the past decade, the city has steadily pumped millions of dollars into road projects though the $835.5 million bond program approved by voters in 2007. 4

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The investment has paid off, from new lane miles to resurfaced streets and improvement of the city’s pavement condition index (PCI), a qualitative measure for road surface quality. The city’s current PCI is 65, which is higher than 2011’s score of 60. A 100 is a rating given to a new road, and a rating of zero indicates it is undrivable. Despite progress improving road conditions, residents repeatedly rank street maintenance as a top priority, according to the city’s annual resident survey. To design a 2017 General Obligation Bond program, a follow-up to the 2007 program, the council looked for citizen input. While questions at neighborhood meetings and council-hosted bond workshops centered on a variety of infrastructure needs, streets continued to dominate the conversation. Through those meetings and workshops, but also through online and paper surveys, more than 6,400 people offered input on the upcoming bond. “The public is answering the same way they do when asked questions in the citizens’ survey,” planning director Aubrey McDermid told the council during an April workshop to plan the bond program. At that workshop, city staff presented the council with a list of 1,700 potential infrastructure projects. More than

500 of them were connected to the city’s streets. City leaders acknowledged they faced tough decisions in determining the final list. The council’s proposed bond program, unveiled in June, calls for investing $490.5 million into the city’s street system. Under Proposition 1, bond funds would benefit more than 230 street projects, such as resurfacing and widening. All projects are listed in a 24-page resolution the council unanimously approved on June 20.

Still in development

Public Works director Eric Wenger said his office has taken a number of phone calls from residents asking about street projects not included in the proposed bond program. Wenger, who has worked for the city since 1994, assures each caller that the project is not forgotten. Projects proposed for the bond remain a possibility for the future and the Community and Neighborhoods Enhancement Program, the continuation of the MAPS program. “The council recognizes streets as a top priority for Oklahoma City residents based on citizens’ surveys. The qualityof-life things, like streetscapes, sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, are also important,” Wenger said as he discussed the Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Program. “The actual projects themselves have not yet been determined, and that is one of the things being discussed.” As the council eyed its upcoming bond program, attention was also given to the future of MAPS, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Under Mayor Mick Cornett’s direction, city staff began to design a program operating under a temporary tax extension to

further benefit the city’s street system as well as sidewalks, streetscapes and trails and bike infrastructure. If approved by voters, a 27-month extension of the 1-cent sales tax would raise $240 million to “enhance and extend multiple forms of transportation and improve the quality of neighborhoods across Oklahoma City,” according to a city document. Wenger said responsibility falls on the council to determine either the list of projects to be funded with the sales tax or decide the process for selecting those projects. He said it’s possible projects listed in the preliminary list of bond projects could be selected as MAPS sales tax projects. “It is a living document where these projects are being reprioritized,” Wenger said. “As resources are available and new funding is identified, the project could come into focus. It could be a possibility with the sales tax, a future grant program or other money that might be identified.” Questions have been raised about forming a citizen oversight board as part of the Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Program. The city has appointed community members to serve on MAPS oversight boards since MAPS won voter approval in 1993. Wenger said that is part of the current discussion at city hall, too.

Council direction

All eight council members and the mayor back the bond proposal; however, Councilmen Ed Shadid and James Greiner disapprove of plans to extend the MAPS tax. Shadid, who represents Ward 2, believes a portion of the MAPS tax should be redirected to help fund public schools, which are in dire need of financial support. Ward 1’s Greiner, who supports further investment into the city’s street system, supported a previous plan to extend three-quarters of the 1-cent MAPS tax for 27 months. Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, who authored the resolution backing the 1-cent MAPS tax extension, contends both the bond and the sales tax proposals are necessary to meet citizens’ needs. “The citizens of Ward 3 have been very vehement and very consistent in their desire … to improve the road conditions in Ward 3,” he said. “Projects on the GO Bond program go a long way towards relieving that, but they don’t go far enough because of the need. By approving this plan, there will be additional monies available in the relatively short term to expand some more roads and to deal with that situation.”

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NEWS Recently completed Oklahoma City Community College’s Capitol Hill Center will host educational courses and arts programming | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Historic Capitol Hill. “It has taken so long for more and more people to really realize. It’s starting to show its beauty.”

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Historic Capitol Hill’s ongoing revival includes improving the arts in the district. By Laura Eastes

More than two decades ago, the oncethriving commercial district known as Oklahoma City’s Historic Capitol Hill had fallen on hard times and become a run-down area with a rough edge. Few businesses operated out of the historic buildings. Graffiti smeared closed storefronts. Glass littered the sidewalks. Sex workers and gang members pushed their trades from the intersections. In 1993, the Arzate family opened their Mexican restaurant, home to the bread torta, in the area. After a couple years and countless calls to local police, Santiago Arzate Sr. proposed a solution to further push out the unwanted criminal activity and promote the rebirth of an urban neighborhood: a block party. The party proved to be the spark that rekindled the spirit of Capitol Hill, which traces its roots back to the 1889 Land Run and served as a successful commercial district for decades. The 1970s suburban sprawl and ’80s oil bust hit the area hard. Attracted by low rent and abundant open spaces, Oklahoma

City’s Hispanic community began to move into the area in the late 1980s and ’90s. New business owners brought an entrepreneurial spirit, much like the generations before them. Longtime neighborhood staples like Grill on the Hill and Coney Island also now include the city’s largest Hispanic church and the state’s largest print media outlet. Nearby, recently completed Oklahoma City Community College’s Capitol Hill Center prepares for its fall semester while renovations continue on Metropolitan Library System’s Capitol Hill Library. Throughout the year, people of all ages visit the district for events, including Fiestas de las Americas, Cinco de Mayo and Fiesta Fridays (a street festival held every fourth Friday throughout the summer). “There is just this unquestionable synergy in the area,” said Santiago Arzate Jr., who was a teenager when his family first invested in the area and is now chairman of Calle Dos Cinco in

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District leaders are focused on educating residents and visitors about the past while also providing entertainment with a “Latino flare,” Cervantes said. During district events, it’s not uncommon to hear the sounds of mariachi music or watch a traditional Mexican dance. During the district’s arts committee meetings, discussion centers around murals and public art projects to deliver an existing daily arts scene to visitors and residents, said Kristen Vails, who volunteers as the arts committee chairwoman. Murals and public art, along with galleries and studios, come by involving artists. Last month, the committee hosted its first artist networking night, which Vails said spurred interest in the evolving district. “I’ve heard from artists that they are looking for a place where they can be involved in a community,” Vails said. “Artists would rather be in a historic area that has the opportunity to become a creative community. The district’s events do a great job of giving people a little taste of what it can be.” The district is still years away from reaching its full potential. Moving forward, it’s the relationships built among investors, artists, neighbors, city leaders, property owners and more that will help the district’s vision be realized, Cervantes said. “It’s the relationships that really build community,” she said, “and that’s what it is going to take.”

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#TheMuslimNextDoor confronts Islamophobia by introducing Oklahoma Muslims to their neighbors. By Rachel Schaub

Oklahoma Muslims are sharing glimpses into their lives with a new awareness campaign by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR-OK, an Islamic civil rights group, is raising awareness of American Muslims and their stories through its #TheMuslimNextDoor campaign. CAIR-OK recently started a LaunchGood to crowdfund the project, which shares both uniquely American and uniquely Muslim experiences — including those of Edmond North High School junior Mehak Alia; third-grade teacher Nadira Choudry and her husband and Special Care autism program director Mansur Choudry; and “Okie since birth” Mikael Bryant, a third-year law student — via forums, billboards, social media, videos and a photo campaign. CAIR-OK executive director Adam Soltani said the campaign confronts misconceptions, negative stereotypes and fears by presenting Oklahoma Muslims as individuals. “That’s what #TheMuslimNextDoor is really all about,” Soltani said. “Hopefully it’s something other states can adopt and use to challenge the growing sentiment of Islamophobia by telling their own stories.” The concept originated outside CAIR-OK and the Muslim community with Arpana Daptilo, who eventually connected with Soltani. “There was this pretty big political shift in the atmosphere and on social media and in the actual media,” she said. “A lot of posts I saw were hateful or just fearful of Muslims and brown people in general.” She said the campaign has found a lot of LaunchGood support, especially from those outside the Muslim community. “And I’ve even had people in my life who maybe didn’t know much about Islam or Muslims,” Daptilo said, “and they’ve been approaching me with questions and they’re interested in the campaign, so that’s good.” Public perception of the Muslim community has always been a concern for CAIR-OK, Soltani said. “When this was presented to me, I said that this is absolutely something that we want to do,” he said. “So we kind of just tested it out, and it got very

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popular, so we decided to crowdfund money to help support it.”

‘Stories to tell’

The project combats Islamophobia through familiarity, Soltani explained. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, people who know a person of Islamic faith are much more likely to view the religion and those who practice it more favorably than those who don’t. “They just fear what they don’t know,” Daptilo said.

We have a lot of stories to tell, we have a lot of depth to our heritage and we want to be able to share those with people. Adam Soltani Soltani further explained why the campaign is important in Oklahoma. “The problem is in a place like Oklahoma, where, at best, we make up 1 percent of the state’s population, it’s impossible for Muslims to make enough friends so that everyone knows them,” he said. “Plus, you’ve got all these rural areas in the state that Muslims just may not live in.” #TheMuslimNextDoor showcases diversity, including medical and legal professionals, families, school teachers, high school and college students, entrepreneurs and local restaurant owners. “We have a lot of stories to tell, we have a lot of depth to our heritage and we want to be able to share those with people,” Soltani said. “If you’ve seen the photos, you know that Muslim Next Door is all about showing who we really are.” One photo shows recent University of Oklahoma graduate Bayan Abdallat wearing an OKC Thunder jersey and spinning a basketball on her finger. “That’s actually one of my favorite

photos,” Soltani said. “It just shows that one thing we can all agree upon is that we all love the Thunder. … If we come to agreements on these things, then we can see that we have more in common than we do different. There’s something special about Oklahoma, I think in particular. Once you live in Oklahoma, even if you move away, there’s something that always draws you back.” He added that Oklahoma Muslims have worked for years to improve the community, including fundraising for The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and 9/11 victims and organizing a food pantry and free clinic at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. “One thing we started doing a few years ago is creating these Okie Muslim shirts, and they caught on, and I just thought, ‘You know what? People have such pride in being Okies,’” he said.

Sustained message

#TheMuslimNextDoor crowdfunding campaign will help continue spreading awareness and facilitate event programming. A website is in the works, too, and will showcase photo galleries, blogs and videos. “I’m mostly excited about the video series,” Soltani said. “They’re intentionally going to be short so that people can view them on social media, on YouTube, and better know their Muslim neighbors. The final component of the campaign will be to hold public forums and foster opportunities for people to “meet their Muslim neighbors in person,” Soltani said. Daptilo will be involved in the project, as well. She will be editing blog posts and potentially interviewing Muslim community members. “We’re going to have an interview blog with different Muslims, different walks of life, just to give people an insight into the people behind the pictures,” she said. Visit or

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Kendra Horn, founder of Oklahoma Women Lead and former Sally’s List executive director, declared her candidacy for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional district last week. | Photo Garett Fisbeck / file

‘Rise above’

Community advocate Kendra Horn seeks to represent central Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress. By Laura Eastes

Kendra Horn comes from a long line of Oklahomans dedicated to serving the community. Her great-grandmother always kept her door open for others, whether for a meal or a place to stay. Her grandparents operated a Depression-era grocery store ensuring Chickasha families didn’t go hungry. Growing up around a family of teachers and small business owners in Grady County, Horn heard, “If you see something that is not right, you don’t complain about it. You get to work. You figure out what can be done and how to be part of the solution.” Horn carries that philosophy into her career, from working on Capitol Hill as former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson’s press secretary and overseeing government affairs for the nonprofit Space Foundation to founding Oklahoma Women Lead to empower and engage women, especially those systematically disenfranchised from the civic process. Until recently, Horn was executive director of Sally’s List, a nonpartisan organization that recruits and trains Oklahoman women to run for local and state offices. Now Horn, 41, hopes to continue her work on a larger scale. The Democrat is running for U.S. Congress and has her sights set on unseating two-term Rep. Steve Russell, R-Choctaw, who represents Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. “Why I am running is because I feel

like there are more things that unite us than divide us,” Horn told Oklahoma Gazette last week following her announcement to run for office. “We need representation that is going to rise above partisan politics and the divisiveness in the current conversation. I fundamentally believe in public service. It’s what calls to me. It’s one of the reasons I’ve done all that I’ve done. When looking at this seat and this state and knowing the needs, it’s time for somebody to stand up.” If Horn succeeds, she would become the third woman to serve the Sooner State in the U.S. House of Representatives. Beyond that, she joins a roster of determined Democrats running in Republican strongholds and of women across the United States adding their names to ballots. Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District includes the majority of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole counties. The last time the district leaned Democrat was in 1974 when voters elected Rep. John Jarman. The longtime representative switched to the Republican Party in 1975 before retiring two years later. Horn is far from intimated by the district’s history. The Oklahoma City resident said she is ready for Washington, D.C. to tackle issues important to Oklahomans. Horn’s pitch includes a pledge to middle-class families, fighting

for rural and urban access to health care, strengthening federal programs in public schools to allow every child access to a quality public education and supporting efforts to incentivize small businesses and industries in the state. “Years ago, I began referring to myself as a practical idealist,” Horn said. “I see the challenges we have on a state and national level, but I also see the opportunities. … I want to be a voice for all Oklahomans. I am going to be open and listen. I want to make sure that people feel they have a voice in D.C.” She said she wants to connect with voters in Oklahoma’s 5th District and know the issues they care about. Since her return to Oklahoma in 2014 to be closer to family and contribute to Oklahoma City’s renewal, she founded Oklahoma Women Lead after consistent conversations with women who combated feelings of seclusion and vulnerability. The organization recognizes that women in Oklahoma are leaders across organizations of all types, including the home and workplace. Through workshops and seminars, women not only develop their leadership skills but also learn how to be informed, connected and active in their lives and communities. “I believe by helping people understand how things work, they can better make their voices heard,” Horn said about Women Lead.


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Ok la homa conducts its next Congressional and state primary elections in June 2018, with majority winners appearing on the November 2018 ballot. It looks like Democrats could face a crowded field to take on Russell. Retired university professor Tom Guild and retired state worker Eddie Ray Porter have announced candidacy. Last November, Russell defeated former Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey and Libertarian Zachary Knight to win his second term. Horn, who has experience in running several campaigns, including former state Rep. Joe Dorman’s quest for the governor’s seat, believes there is a path for Oklahoma City, its suburbs and rural communities to elect a Democrat in what has been considered a Republican stronghold. In recent years, Democrats have flipped state House seats in areas going more diverse and younger. “We can look at Oklahoma City and the growth that Oklahoma City experienced by investing in itself,” Horn said. “We need a voice, someone who is responsive to the community and asking people about their challenges. We need someone who is going to sit down with people from across the aisle on what’s working and what’s not working. That’s precisely what I want to do.”

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An assistant professor at Oklahoma State University (OSU) is giving the people of rural Oklahoma what they want. No, not better grocery stores, a movie theater or jobs — broadband internet access, aka WiFi. After waiting for decades, some of the state’s rural residents are finally going online without having to use dial-up service. OSU associate professor Brian Whitacre argues that lack of access to broadband service affects citizens’ quality of life. How does he know? Because he researched it for years. “Rural areas that lag behind in terms of broadband adoption have been shown to have lower income levels and higher levels of unemployment,” Whitacre told “Without high-speed connections, people don’t have good access to keep connected to family, do research on health, search for jobs or have good online resources for their children’s homework.” reported that Whitacre and colleagues across the country are bypassing nonexistent infrastructure — and some residents’ lack of interest (due to age or cost) — to deliver WiFi to rural folks. The researchers and public libraries are loaning out wireless hot spots for a week at a time in exchange for filling out surveys on usage habits and rating their satisfaction. The hot-spot program is being implemented in four public libraries in the state and runs through April 2018. This great news makes us wanna sing, and y’all know how much we at ChickenFried News love a good musical! Oooklahoma! Where the WiFi comes sweeping down the plain! And the waving wheat sure smells sweet when you aren’t knocked flat with outrageous streaming data tabs!


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Name game

It’s finally here! The MAPS 3 downtown park has a name! The City of Oklahoma City sought online recommendations from residents and visitors — which seems like an audacious move to us, considering naming fiascos like England’s 2016 #NameOurShip campaign, which resulted in options like R.S.S. Boaty McBoatface and 2011’s Austin, Texas’ Solid Waste Services’ Department, aka Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts. (Never forget.) Chicken-Fried News’ crack investigative squad didn’t get to vet all the submissions in OKC’s web poll, but we all agree that at least the results didn’t embarrass our city (partially because rules forbade nominating people’s names — awesome foresight, MAPS 3 peeps; highfive). Finalists included Skydance Green, Union Station Commons, Painted Sky Park, Renaissance Green and Prairie River Park. The official name — Scissortail Park — was revealed June 29 during a groundbreaking ceremony. (Though, really, we still think Mary Kay Place Place would have been an awesome name. Or even Quanah Parker Park.) And the people shall rejoice and enjoy its green grass and trees and lake! The 70-acre, $132 million MAPS 3 park bordered by Oklahoma City

Boulevard, Interstate 40 and SW 10th and 15th streets should be completed between 2019 and 2021. Park plans include a lake, trails, a cafe and sports facilities. reported that its first phase features a promenade, fountain, cafe, lake, boathouse, lawn, stage and playgrounds and gardens. We’re still hopeful parts of Scissortail Park will be named after beloved Okies. We’ll even make the first suggestion: Jack Swagger promenade.

Red river

While most of us flipped burgers and roasted marshmallows over the Fourth of July weekend, some shopped to celebrate Independence Day. At Penn Square Mall, holiday browsers got more than their coupons promised when the shopping center flooded with dark red water. Oklahoma City Fire Department was called to Penn Square the afternoon of Independence Day. Apparently, it’s true what they say; a hero’s job is never truly done, not even when they promise to grill the hot dogs. Some foes, like dirty water, are never fully vanquished. Firefighters didn’t stay long; about a half-hour after arriving, they shut Penn Square down for the day. KFOR reported that the cloudy, omi-

nous water poured into the mall July 4 due to a broken valve. It first filled Macy’s before swamping other first-floor shops and walkways in three to five inches of water. The red-dirt water’s reign of terror also was shortlived. By July 5, the mall was back to regular business hours, though a statement from Penn Square Mall general manager Jeffrey Runnels warned shoppers that some stores might still be closed for cleanup.

Continental conspiracy

If your friends tell you your open mic night Christopher Walken impersonation is killer, then congratulations! You might just be the sort of lethal performer the Craigslist world is looking for! A Ponca City woman caused a stir earlier this month after it was discovered that an ad she posted on the online classified service recruiting a performer for a “10-day gig overseas” was actually a veiled murder-for-hire plot. According to KFOR, 37-year-old

Danielle Dana Layman’s Craigslist post sought a 30-45-yearold “talent” with experience in acting, magic or casino dealing for an unspecified job overseas. Hmm … that’s pretty broad. We assumed maybe she was casting a new Martin Scorsese movie about a birthday-party Houdini indebted to the mob. An applicant who met with Layman later told police the woman revealed the true purpose of the murderous gig through a slideshow presentation. She suggested he travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, to kill her taxi driver ex-husband by dumping ricin into his coffee and monitoring his health by taking his cab every day until he was “hospitalized (or) eliminated.” Voila! And to all our great amusement, the contents of that presentation were included in the police report. (Annnd … scene.)

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We’ve all caught a Who’s Your Daddy? episode a time or two. Ready to either boo or cheer, we’ve watched in suspense waiting for talk show host Maury Povich to announce DNA results. “(Male name!)” the daytime TV show host says, grabbing the attention of the potential baby daddies and audience, “… is not the father!” A young woman sitting onstage begins to cry. It’s addictive TV, but perhaps more importantly, it has taught us, the American public, about DNA tests — they’re kinda great for determining close biological relationships. One thing DNA tests do not do so well, however, is determine ancestry, especially Native American ancestry. So it’s unlikely anyone will see Oklahoma City-born U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren on Povich’s panel anytime soon. Indeed, no DNA tests can “prove” an individual is American Indian or has ancestry from a specific tribe, the National Congress of American Indians has confirmed. We at Chicken-Fried

News guess V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, maybe watches too much daytime television (like we do). According to Fox News, Ayyadurai, an Indian-American entrepreneur, has taken aim at U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s American Indian tribal heritage. Warren has often spoken about her time growing up in the Midwest and hearing stories about family members with Cherokee heritage. In June, Ayyaduri sent Warren a DNA test kit via Amazon encouraging her to prove her claims. Warren responded by returning the gift via a refund to Ayyadurai’s account, the news network reported. Ayyadurai, of East Indian descent, even tweeted the slogan, “Only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian,” while requesting campaign donations.

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To Congressman Steve Russell, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe and U.S. Sen. James Lankford: As a constituent of yours, I write to express my serious concerns about two related matters that bear on the stability and security of our nation. During the 16 months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I observed with growing disgust and alarm the words and actions of then-candidate Donald Trump. In the course of a lengthy campaign, it became apparent that Mr. Trump was vulgar, profane, uniquely ignorant, a pathological liar and a grotesque narcissist. It has been evident for some time that these characteristics did not abate in the least once he took office as president. Further, in the course of his campaign and presidency, he has done his utmost

to undermine and delegitimize virtually every institution crucial to the functioning and preservation of our representative republic — a free press, the electoral process, the judiciary, national intelligence agencies and even the military have all been targets of Trump’s self-aggrandizing verbal assaults. As a retired professor of American history, it is my considered conclusion that Trump is fundamentally unfit and unqualified to carry out the duties of the office that he has assumed. For the first time in my 66 years, I truly fear for the future of our republic. My fears have been increased manifold by the continually unfolding revelations


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about the Trump administration’s inexplicable efforts to communicate with and curry favor with the Putin dictatorship. This continues despite the unanimous conclusions of our national security agencies that Russian intelligence agents undertook an ambitious and shockingly successful operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump continues, in the face of incontrovertible evidence, to refuse to acknowledge this fact, offering instead incoherent musings about other possible actors. Trump’s bizarre affinity for authoritarian leaders cannot alone explain the efforts by the Trump campaign to establish clandestine communications

with a Russian regime that seeks to disrupt democratic institutions and governments on a global basis. These are not the words and actions of a man who is mentally stable or who holds the interests of the United States to be foremost. I write not as a Democrat or Republican, but as an American citizen who is sincerely concerned about the security and future of our republic. I am disappointed that so few Republican lawmakers, including yourself, have seemed willing to even begin confronting these issues with the seriousness and immediacy that they demand. Regardless of how these issues are resolved, I expect you, my representative, together with others in Congress, to abide by the oath you swore to defend the Constitution of the United States. Accordingly, I hold you and your congressional colleagues responsible for ensuring that Mr. Trump and those in his administration are held accountable for any transgressions of ethics or law and that appropriate investigative and/or criminal proceedings shall be undertaken without delay or obstruction. Our nation cannot afford four years of a presidential administration that is crippled not only by incompetence, but also potentially by criminality. Blaine T. Browne Oklahoma City



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Main attraction

The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro is Bricktown’s fine-dining masterpiece. By Greg Elwell

The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro 201 E. Sheridan Ave. | 405-236-8040 What works: Pan-seared duck and lobster bisque are always tempting. What needs work: Attention to detail on the baked Brie would improve it. Tip: The valet service is nice but not mandatory.

The server gave me a conspiratorial look when I asked him what the chef deglazed the pan with when making French onion soup. That cup of soup was the best money I’d spent in a while, and though I in no way deserved to know the secret to The Mantel’s cup of otherworldly delights, I asked anyway. “Cooking sherry,” said the server. “It really gives it a depth of flavor.” Yes; yes, it does. The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, 201 E. Sheridan Ave., also has depth, which is a big reason it has long thrived as one of Bricktown’s oldest restaurants. Another reason is really good food. Inside The Mantel, guests will find a small, intimate dining room that is a bit worn and well cared for. Its draw is a comfortable elegance. Everyone feels like a regular, whether it’s their first visit or their 50th.

The entryway leads to a dimly lit main floor that jogs to the right before stretching to the back wall, where you’ll find the bar. Day or night, the interior lives in a state of perpetual dusk, which might explain why it always feels like a good time for a bottle of wine. There is a patio in front of the restaurant, which is a fine spot to peoplewatch when the weather is nice. My admiration for The Mantel’s French onion soup ($4 for a cup) should be clear by this point. It’s a special, but I wish it was a daily feature. The broth is so dark it’s nearly black and only becomes mildly opaque when you thin it out on a spoon. The onions are incredibly tender, holding together just long enough to melt on your tongue. Even as I salivated over my cup of perfectly constructed soup, I looked longingly at the cup of creamy beigepink lobster bisque ($4), which comes with a perfect lobster puff floating in its center. Let the bisque linger in your mouth for a moment and you’ll begin to pick out flavors and sensations, like the slight tickle of spicy heat. There’s a reason this bisque is The Mantel’s signature soup — the chefs have mastered it. I wanted to love the baked Brie ($15) appetizer, but a few off flavors and textures

kept it from greatness. Pistachio, fig and honey compote on top of the cheese was lovely, but a final application of balsamic reduction overpowered it. Fruits and nuts are a great complement to Brie’s buttery flavor, but it was lost here. If you go for lunch, I recommend The Mantel Burger ($12). Steakhouse burgers made from steak trimmings are about as gourmet as the humble burger gets. The Mantel serves a thick, juicy patty topped with provolone and cheddar, caramelized shallots and mushrooms, a tart tomato jam and garlic aioli. It’s a masterpiece of a burger. On both lunch and dinner menus is Chicken Two-Ways ($18 lunch, $26 dinner), a satisfying dish with chicken prepared two ways: a fried airline breast and a smoked leg, both served over whipped potatoes with grilled aspara-

gus and a bacon dashi, a Japanese-style clear broth, though bacon dashi has a darker tint that adds savory depth to the dish. Mix-and-match chicken bites, including the deeply smoky chicken leg, with broth, charred asparagus and featherlight potatoes for a delicious combination. Dishes like this are an opportunity for chefs to take potentially humdrum ingredients and show how skillful preparation can make an unforgettable impression. Another excellent meat-and-potatoes dish is The Mantel’s 12-ounce prime New York strip steak ($32) served in a whiskey-and-mushroom demiglace. The dish comes with the potato of the day and grilled asparagus. This steak would be great with or without sauce. It is straightforward, without the extra fat of a rib-eye or the bone of a T-bone. Cooked medium rare, it’s a delight, and the demi-glace generously adds to its flavor. It has a bit of whiskey sting, though it’s mellowed by butter and savory roasted mushrooms. The Mantel has also mastered one of my favorite dishes — pan-seared duck breast ($30). I ordered it medium, but it would have been wonderful mediumrare, too. It was a bit leaner than I’ve had locally, and it was all the better for it. Crisp skin, painted red with a raspberry-chipotle glaze, held tight to the duck breast medallions. Each bite retained juiciness and held onto the fatty flavor without becoming chewy. It pairs nicely with mushroom and jasmine rice and grilled asparagus, soaking up the added glaze for a slightly sweet and mildly spicy flavor. If you’re hesitant to try duck, The Mantel is a good place to start. Dinner at The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro is a wonderful staging ground for an evening of baseball, a concert at the ’Peake or just a nice time wandering through Bricktown’s shops. But the food is so tasty, The Mantel is destination enough on its own.

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Fly West

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts weekly whiskey events. By Ben Luschen

As National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum organizers considered ways to appeal to millennials, they were pleasantly surprised to discover their allure for one of the old American West’s most storied institutions: the saloon. The museum debuted its Saloon Series, a fun and informative whiskey tour and live music event last week. It continues 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Thursday through July. Each two-hour session happens inside Silver Dollar Saloon in Prosperity Junction, the museum’s 19th-century, to-scale cattle town replica. For $25, guests receive a whiskey flight with at least three pours, a full drink ticket for the bar, a plate of food, extended-hour museum admission and a whiskey class based on the night’s theme. The series also features music by popular local performers. Food and live entertainment were Old West saloon staples. Museum chief public experience officer Inez Wolins said the series sticks close to what made the historic saloon so beloved and adds a few modern twists. “We wanted to make it so that it could be fun and educational and social,” Wolins said, “which is what museums are all about these days.” Last week’s event theme was Classic American Whiskey. Thursday’s theme is Whiskeys of the World — primarily Scotch. Indie-folk and country duo Southern Rift will perform. July 20 focuses on Whiskeys of the West, with music by folk duo Casey and Minna. July 27 features Whiskeys of the World, including Canadian, Japanese and Irish, with music by progressive bluegrass band Grassland Caravan. Whiskey expert and former Savings & Loan Co. bartender James Etzler leads the Saloon Series classes. Every 30

Guests at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s weekly Saloon Series can enjoy live music while sampling and learning about different whiskeys. | Photo National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum / provided

minutes, Etzler hosts a 10-15 minute session with a small group of participants, teaching them about whiskeys featured in that evening’s event. Wolins said the museum surveyed its youngest employees to learn more about how it could expand its audience. “We realized that the majority of museum visitors were either very young children or what I would call mature adults, which is not unusual in the museum world,” she said. The Saloon Series concept was born after several employees suggested the venue host a craft beer or wine event. Wolins said organizers examined other metropolitan area events and, wanting to create something unique, decided a whiskey-themed event fit well with the museum’s larger mission of preserving Western culture. Wolins said the museum is excited about the Saloon Series and hopes to continue it in the future. “We think we’re really onto something,” she said. “We think this is the right thing at the right time in the right setting.” The event also is open to non-whiskey drinkers. Admission without a whiskey flight is $5. Visit or call 405-478-2250.

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School lunch

Oklahoma Department of Education and OSU train nutritionists to better meet meal standards. By Megan Prather

When you hear the words “school lunch,” what food comes to mind? It probably isn’t fresh fruits and vegetables or whole grains. While square pizza and canned pears are most likely the fare conjured up in one’s memory, Cooking For Kids threeday skill development training courses are helping child nutritionists at school districts around Oklahoma learn how to better provide healthy and nutritious meals to their students. Since 2014, the Cooking For Kids skill development training courses taught by trained chefs have seen 576 child nutrition specialists from 142 school districts complete the program at little to no cost. “It’s important to know that our kids are eating healthy and nutritious foods,” Oklahoma State University Department of Nutritional Sciences Education Outreach Coordinator Cass Ring said. The program is run by the Oklahoma Department of Education and OSU Department of Nutritional Sciences with goals of increasing availability of freshly prepared foods, increased student participation in school meals and expanded public support for child nutrition programs. Cooking For Kids emerged in response to the stricter standards for school lunch meal patterns put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012. These regulations require cafeterias in schools across the nation to offer more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while limiting sodium, unhealthy fats and calories. In 2015, similar rules were put in place for a la carte lunch lines. Cooking For Kids provides a solution to the challenge of providing nutritious food on a limited budget by teaching nutrition specialists how to plan healthy, affordable lunches with less plate waste.

Oklahoma’s Cooking For Kids program puts school nutritionists in touch with local chefs to improve school meals. | Photo Oklahoma State University / provided

The training programs also include instruction on vegetable and whole grain cookery, knife skills, taste training, flavor building, cooking methods, sensory training, standardized recipes and smarter lunchrooms. School districts that send their nutritionists to the training see an increase in the knowledge and use of scratch cooking, smarter lunchroom practices and the use of taste testing to help students choose healthier foods. Upon completion of the training, nutrition specialists will have the opportunity for a year of consultation from a professional chef. Nutrition specialists work one-on-one with the chefs developing action plans for their school’s lunch program. “They get the skills they need to take their program to the next level,” Ring said. “One year, a school wanted to implement a salad bar into their program.” Thirty school districts have participated in the yearlong chef consultations, and those schools have seen an increase in student consumption of fruit and grains as well as the use of fewer convenience foods in entrees. “It’s amazing to see the changes that schools are making and to be a part of it,” Ring said. A Cooking For Kids training series began Tuesday and runs through July 27 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and is offered in Tulsa, Okmulgee, Stillwater, Alva and Bartlesville. Visit to register. The website also provides training materials for child nutritionists, teachers and families as well as large serving recipes.







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Dog days

Hot dogs are a classic summer staple, and some metro chefs have elevated the all-American standard. Whether battered and fried, grilled, baked, broiled or topped with old-fashioned favorites like chili and onions or creative additions like mustard chow-chow or even pesto, these dogs are sure to give your summer bite. By Rachel Schaub Photos Garett Fisbeck and Garett Fisbeck / file

Chili Dog Express

Mighty Dog

Pops Nichols Hills Plaza

With its welcoming storefront and extensive list of specialty dog combinations, Chili Dog Express gives you a satisfying meal every time you visit. On cooler (OK; slightly less hot) days, enjoy its famous chili dog topped with chili, cheese, onions and mustard and served on a soft bun while dining on the patio. For something different, saddle up for a Cowboy dog, which adds ranch-style beans and jalapeños to a chiliand-cheese-topped frank.

For a traditional take on the cookout classic, head to Mighty Dog for its namesake dish. This hot dog with chili and cheese served in a warm bun howls with flavor. Its menu is short, but that’s because this local landmark built its reputation on the personality of its dog. You might also try its take on the Polish sausage dog served with fried onions. Heck, make it a combo with two dogs, a drink and a bag of chips.

It sells way more than soda pop! For those in the mood for classics done well, Pops offers quarter-pound dogs at its new location in Nichols Hills Plaza. Its Ripper is a deep-fried, all-beef dog served on a poppy-seed bun and topped with sauerkraut, mustard chow-chow, jalapeños and cheddar cheese. Its more traditional chili dog has less of a spicy bite and comes with chili, shredded cheese and onions on request.

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Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or a fresh new take, you’ll find it at Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs. For the former, its menu offers a straightforward corn dog or a basket of mini corn “pups” to share. For the latter, try Hogs Gone Wild — a boar sausage dog topped with pesto, caramelized onions and dried cherry cream cheese. If you can’t make it to Edmond, try its OKC and Midwest City shops — and check @mutts_hot_dogs on Twitter for food truck locations and its website for catering options.

For a truly lovable dog, dash to Edmond’s The Fixx, where you can order a good, old-fashioned dog or hot link served in build-your-own style with onions, pickle relish, ketchup and/or mustard. Add chili and cheese for just 50 cents more. Its burger menu is pretty extensive, but it includes The Old School with certified Angus beef and choice of lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and mustard.

Many metro-area chefs have yet to explore the delightful possibilities of battered franks, which is part of the reason Anchor Down has leashed this market. (The other reason is because they’re delicious.) Catch its Bird Dog — a chicken sausage dipped in onion batter, fried and then served with onion dip. For more traditional frank fare, the Roger Dog, an all-beef frank swathed in Anchor Down’s “OG mother batter,” fried in nostalgia and served with yellow mustard garnish and Anchor ketchup.

Coney-style franks, hot links and Polish sausages arrive just the way you order them — swaddled in a bun; freshly buttered, fried and on a stick; served plain; or loaded with chili, cheese, onions and mustard. A loaded Polish sausage corn dog? Yes, please! Any (or all) of them go perfectly with an order of sliced, battered and fried dill pickle chips served with housemade ranch dipping sauce — because ranch goes with everything.

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Business builders

Audacious altruism Her Art: Women Art Fashion event proceeds benefit female business owners in Afghanistan and Rwanda. By Ben Luschen

An annual art and fashion show has become an important part of an international nonprofit’s mission of promoting female entrepreneurs in impoverished or war-torn countries. Oklahoma City-based Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) joins Eden Salon & Spa and Oklahoma State University’s department of Design, Housing and Merchandising to present Her Art: Women Art Fashion, an art and fashion show exhibiting work by local and international artists and designers, including Afghan and Rwandan business students from IEEW’s mentorship and training program. This year’s Her Art event makes its 21c Museum Hotel debut 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the year-old Film Row gallery space, 900 N. Main St. Those who attend the show can browse through and purchase handmade items and crafts from the pop-up shop, bid on art and observe the fashion show. Food and drinks will be available for guests. Admission is $37.50-$75. All proceeds, including those from art sales, benefit IEEW’s international business programming. Art has been donated from 16th Street Plaza District galleries Kasum Contemporary Fine Art and Graphite Elements and Design, as has glassware from Blue Sage Studios. Individual

artists like Suzanne Peck, Kerri Shadid, Joy Richardson and Shevaun Williams have contributed works to the show. Designers Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Sanya Wafeq, Chandler Craven, Bingyue Wei and Rachel Rountree will participate in the fashion show. Karel Ford, director of operations at IEEW, said the runway show is usually one of the most memorable moments of the night. “Our fashion shows are electric from the very beginning,” she said, “and we have people asking from the moment they leave the door practically, ‘OK; how are you going to do this again next year? What’s your theme going to be?’” IEEW is a nonprofit that gives women from impoverished and wartorn areas the tools and knowledge they need to grow businesses and pursue entrepreneurial ventures in their home countries. This mission is accomplished in part through a unique mentorship and education program. Business students from Afghanistan and Rwanda also will attend Her Art, mingling with and meeting guests. The event has become the perfect vehicle for showcasing the locally based nonprofit’s work and highlighting its mission. “Art crosses all borders — physical, emotional, sexual, political,” said Lyndon Brecheisen, IEEW volunteer and participating artist. “It’s really a

Her Art supports IEEW’s Peace Through Business program, which is specially designed for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The 11-year-old program gives 30 women in each country a 10-week classroombased business education. Graduates then travel to the United States, where they observe a female business owner in a field related to their own. The ultimate goal is that these women will go back into their home countries with their new skills and help build thriving economies and democracies through their entrepreneurship. IEEW’s founder is Terry Neese, founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services and a former lieutenant governor candidate. She is a member of both the national and state women’s halls of fame and has been appointed to numerous national councils by several sitting presidents. “Her motto is, ‘If you’re not in politics, then politics is going to be in your business,’” Ford said. Neese said it is necessary to train female entrepreneurs in these countries not just because opportunities for women can be limited there, but because their participation is critical for the development of the country. For example, after the Rwandan genocide in 1994 that killed an estimated 500,000-1 million people, Neese said there were hardly any men left to piece the nation back together.

They have chosen to come back and rebuild their communities. I think that is very, very powerful. Jan Hill “It was up to the women to rebuild the country,” she said. Jan Hill, Her Art partner and founder of Eden Salon & Spa, has mentored several Peace Through Business students. She said one of the things she likes most about the program is that the women — many of whom were once evacuated to other countries as refugees — commit to returning to their home countries and improving conditions there. “They have chosen to come back and rebuild their communities,” Hill said. “I think that is very, very powerful.”

Restoring dignity

Hill’s first mentee through the program became a good friend, and she eventually traveled to Rwanda to stay with her family. “The first woman I mentored

changed my life completely,” Hill said. She remembers waking up under a mosquito net every morning. There was no running water, and her “showers” consisted of a small tub or wash water and a kettle of warm water. The house she stayed in was still edged with razor wire and shards of glass left over from the genocide. Still, Hill remembers her stay as nothing short of an incredible experience. “They were so warm and welcoming, and I loved the whole experience,” she said. Hill produces the Her Art fashion show each year in partnership with Ruppert-Stroescu. “We wanted to highlight that fashion connects women worldwide,” she said. “It’s a form of communication because all women enjoy fashion and beauty.” Hill said the importance of the Peace Through Business program is that once women can support a family and no longer have to worry about feeding their children on a daily basis, they can begin thinking about ways in which they can improve and enrich their surrounding communities. The program is a confidence restorer, as is the art show. When these women see their work hanging alongside the works of accomplished American artists, it helps them feel validated. “It’s part of restoring their dignity,” Hill said. “The Rwandans — after the genocide — they were so fractured, and the program has been a way to help these women.”

International networking

As valuable as anything else in Her Art or the Peace Through Business program is the chance for Afghan and Rwandan students to connect with Oklahomans. Neese said the art show is a great opportunity for cultures to learn from each other. “How many Afghans do you normally ever get to meet?” she said. Neese also said she hopes the event also helps more locals realize that there is a nonprofit doing international outreach efforts like this based in Oklahoma City. “How wonderful is it that this is based out of Oklahoma?” Brecheisen said. “I mean, this is fantastic.” Brecheisen said while the show is called Her Art: Women Art Fashion and the charity is geared toward assisting female entrepreneurs, the show is inclusive of everyone. In addition to the female artists involved, many male artists also donated art to the show. “It’s about peace and kindness and a lot of things that are just basics that people forget,” Brecheisen said. Visit

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Refracted brilliance

Largely self-taught stained glass artist James Rogers King shares his creativity via his multifaceted art and retail studio. By Brian Daffron

Many associate the beauty of stained glass with churches and cathedrals, but the art form dates back to ancient Egyptians. However, local artist James Rogers King’s interest took shape in the 1990s. “My mom and I were checking out a craft mall she was thinking of renting a booth in,” King said. “One of [them] sold stained glass, and I thought it was too cool to pass up. The following week, I purchased some supplies and a book.” The first technique King taught himself, the copper foil method, “uses a copper tape that is wrapped around each piece of glass,” he said. The pieces are then soldered together. Later that year, he took a part-time job in a local shop and learned the leaded method to create larger projects, where lead strips are “cut to size and placed between each piece of glass,” King explained, and then the joints are soldered afterward. King has always enjoyed hands-on projects, and he has tried just about everything, from sewing and woodworking to rebuilding classic cars before learning from artists at Oklahoma Citybased Glasshaus Design Studio. “When I got a part-time job at Glasshaus Studio, Lyn [Holmes], the owner, taught me a lot more … like painting on glass and fusing,” he said. “It would be years later that I would again teach myself some glass painting and fusing with books and an old ceramic kiln I bought.” Today, he runs JRK Studios, a creative and retail space at 2816 N. Pennsylvania Ave. His designs vary, but he’s known locally for his frequent work designing windows, terrariums, kinetic art, sun-

James Rogers King’s recognizable arrow and feather stained glass pieces hang inside his JRK Studios in Oklahoma City. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

catchers and wind chimes as well as smaller items like earrings, hanging planters and business card holders. “My favorite project is a folding screen I made years ago of a Frank Lloyd Wright design,” he said. “I took a woodworking class just so I could make the frame myself.” He has been working to finish expanding his shop to give metro area stained glass and ceramics artists a space where they can work. King also started teaching classes in the stained glass medium. The small workshops are limited to six people, and the next one is noon-4 p.m. July 22 at his studio, where guests will learn basic glasscutting, foiling and soldering in a project they can then take home with them. Materials and tools are provided. “Even with all the tips and techniques in books, some techniques are easier learned by watching,” he said. “Also, having someone there with experience is nice to have.” While working, King takes precautions to reduce his exposure to lead, such as using a tabletop high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in front of his soldering station and wearing a respirator. He said that his custom order prices vary depending on square footage and project difficulty. Smaller items such as the suncatchers begin around $20, and premade art like six-inch decorative glass arrows and small terrariums are $10-$30. Visit or or call 405-761-6747.

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from left Ashley Frisbee, Kathryn McGill and Will Rogers star in Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s Or,. | Photo Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park / provided



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Flipped script

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s comedy-drama Or, showcases pioneering playwright Aphra Behn. By Ben Luschen

Long before Tina Fey or Nora Ephron thrilled audiences in the historically male-dominated screenwriting world, a 17th-century woman opened doors for female creatives. Aphra Behn is known as one of the world’s first professional female writers and playwrights. She is best known for her two-part play The Rover and the 1688 novel Oroonoko, the story of an African prince who is tricked into slavery. The British writer also worked as a spy for King Charles II in the Flemish Belgian city of Antwerp. Behn’s exciting life has become the subject of several contemporary retellings, including Christopher VanderArk’s 2015 play [exit Mrs. Behn] and Chris Braak’s 2014 Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (OSP) performs a modern account of Behn’s life with comedy-drama Or, which opens Thursday and runs through July 23 on the theater company’s Paseo Arts District indoor stage at 2920 Paseo St. Director Laura Standley is also a theater instructor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and often teaches The Rover to her students, who are always surprised to learn about a female playwright in Behn’s time. Standley said Behn’s pioneering story is one that appeals to people today and will for generations to come. “Aphra is a fascinating character and, for women’s theater artists, an inspiration,” she said. Female playwrights were not only rare in 17th-century England; their very existence was considered scandalous. Behn showed courage in pursuing her craft, which is part of the reason Standley chose to direct Or,. “The story of a woman who was able to figure out a way to make that happen

during that time is really fascinating,” she said. “And the way the play approaches it is so fun.”

Writing turmoil

Or, written by Liz Duffy Adams, opens with Behn (portrayed by OSP founder and executive director Kathryn McGill) in a debtor’s prison. She has recently returned to London from working as a spy, and Charles II (Will Rogers) has been unable to pay Behn for her espionage. Those who don’t pay their debts are arrested. The king soon works out her release and tries to set her up with a place where she can complete the play that would establish her as a serious playwright.

Aphra [Behn] is a fascinating character and, for women’s theater artists, an inspiration. Laura Standley After moving, she meets actress Nell Gwynne (Ashley Frisbee). Known historically as a mistress of Charles II, Gwynne’s presence, combined with many other factors, leaves Behn distracted and pressed to meet her deadline. “The bulk of the action is this evening in Aphra’s life where she is struggling to find a space for writing and juggling all the other things that are in her life,” Standley said. “All these problems happen, but it’s really fun the way it ends up turning out.” Standley first heard about Or,

through McGill and later from some of her students who produced the play for another theater company. When she read it for the first time last fall, she knew it would be perfect for OSP. It also would provide an opportunity to introduce more strong female roles into OSP’s lineup, which she said can sometimes be a challenge. Standley said, though Or,’s storytelling features touches of romance and more drama, the play is truly a comedy. “On the surface of the action, it kind of lays out like a 1960s sex farce,” she said. “It sort of has that door-slamming, people-hiding atmosphere, and yet it also has this romance to it. Then it has these serious scenes, so it’s like [Duffy Adams] has taken that ’60s doors farce and turned it on its head.” McGill has said she has long wanted OSP to produce one of Behn’s actual plays. Standley said Or, should act as a good primer for audiences. After they learn more about who the playwright is, she said, they will be eager to learn more.

Many faces

Standley first directed McGill last year during OSP’s Scenes from an Execution. Standley has a history with the company, appearing in her first OSP show, Twelfth Night, in the 1990s when OSP still performed at Edmond’s Hafer Park. She said she loves working with McGill and first saw her act during one of OSP’s Hafer Park productions of Antony and Cleopatra. “I feel like Oklahoma City doesn’t realize what an amazing talent they have in Kathryn,” she said. It is appropriate that McGill, the female founder of the OSP theater company who has maintained the organization for more than three decades, portrays one of theater history’s groundbreaking women. McGill is actually one of three actors in OSP’s Or,. Rogers, who starred as Benedick in its 2016 production of Much Ado About Nothing, and Frisbee, a recent University of Central Oklahoma graduate who performed in Scenes from an Execution with McGill last year, perform three roles each. Standley said the versatile cast is part of what makes Or, a pleasure to direct. “It’s such a nice cast,” she said. “I always think that about 90 percent of my job is casting. I feel like with this cast I have the perfect people.” Visit

Or, 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and July 20-23, 2 p.m. Sunday and July 23 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park 2920 Paseo St. | 405-235-3700 $20-$25

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Center Stage

A Bethany theater gives aspiring actors of all ages and experience levels a place to hone their craft. By Lea Terry

When The Bethany Stage launched last summer, it quickly became a spotlight on the city’s growing arts and performance community. In its first year, The Bethany Stage has hosted three productions and two recitals and expanded to include performance classes for youths at its new downtown Bethany studio. “It’s been shocking to know how quickly things are growing, and in just one year,” said company founder Audra Faust.

Expanding opportunity

Faust graduated from Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany and now teaches there. She also completed a master’s degree in opera performance at Boston Conservatory. Faust directed several musicals at SNU and launched The Bethany Stage primarily as a way for her students to have another outlet for performing. She soon found that the company attracted people from all over the state and of all acting levels. In its first season, the company performed Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing and A Christmas Carol. One of the biggest challenges has been finding a permanent venue. However, it recently moved into a studio space at 3930 N. College Ave. in Bethany, where it offers youth classes in acting, musical theater, voice and dance. Classes include creative movement for 3- and 4-year-olds and Dance With Me, designed for kids 1 and a half to 3 years old, as well as several classes for students up to 12th grade. The Bethany Stage also offers several musical theater classes for homeschooled students. The classes provide local youth opportunities to explore creative interests and learn life skills and basic tools that will help them with everything

In its first season, The Bethany Stage produced Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing and A Christmas Carol. | Photo provided

from job interviews to building confidence, Faust said. “It teaches how to interact with other people and how to have good social skills and how to present yourself in a very positive way,” she said.

Positive arts

Faust believes this is the first time Bethany has had its own theater company, and she said it’s a much-needed addition to the city’s growing arts and festival scene. The community has rallied behind it as well, as evidenced when she recently spoke at a local Kiwanis meeting and several members asked about the next Christmas show. When she revealed she hadn’t yet found a venue, local school district representatives offered their facilities. Faust also said theater provides participants with a sense of purpose and commonality. Some of the students and actors can be teenagers without the means to drive into larger cities for classes and auditions, and others might be in their 70s and have always wanted to perform but never had the opportunity. Castmembers come together for potluck dinners, and Faust said older and more experienced members often take younger ones under their wing. “My whole goal is that people come and they experience a positive environment, a positive learning environment that encourages them in the arts,” Faust said. Upcoming productions include The Importance of Being Earnest, which opens in September; a Christmas production; Romeo and Juliet in February; and possibly 2018 summer stock shows. Visit O kg a z e t t e . c o m | J ULY 1 2 , 2 0 1 7


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Fast love

A new Oklahoma History Center exhibit chronicles the state’s fascination with cars. By Tyler Talley

Aware of it or not, competition is hardwired into the DNA of almost every human being. It is reflected in all manner of avenues, including but not limited to racing. The innate want to be faster than the next person ignites when toddlers take their seat behind the wheels of their first tricycle and carries on into adulthood once we get behind the wheel of a car. The need to move fast is reflected throughout the 20th and 21st centuries in the evolution of racing cars, both abroad and on home soil. Oklahoma History Center aims to showcase this universal trait of humanity with its newest exhibit, The Art of Speed: Oklahomans and Fast Cars. Steve Hawkins, the center’s director of marketing, referred to the exhibit as deputy director Jeff Briley’s baby. The idea was planted about a year ago, when Briley heard about a Grand Prix event potentially occurring in Oklahoma City. As planning for the racing event eventually fell apart, Briley assumed his idea for an exhibit centered around fast cars would also fade away. “I kind of limped into the director’s office and said, ‘The Grand Prix thing is falling apart, so we’ll think up something else,’” Briley recalled. “He just looked at me and said, ‘Let’s do it anyway!’” Upon receiving the proverbial green light, Briley and his staff immediately began work on contacting collectors across the state, asking if they would be willing to loan out the unique and, in some instances, one-of-a-kind vehicles from their private collections. Briley elaborated on the sense of community and familiarity among the state’s gearheads as he was introduced to new contacts by way of his older ones. “One of the extraordinary things about this whole exhibit is the willingness of the 24

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The Art of Speed: Oklahomans and Fast Cars features a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC. | Garett Fisbeck

owners of these cars to share that with everybody,” he said. The exhibit, which opened to the public July 1, is organized by era and showcases domestic and foreign cars dating from 1900 to modern day. It includes Mercers, Pontiacs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Ferraris, Porsches and Jaguars. Briley said Oklahoma is unique in how the landscape was directly affected by the rapid evolution of modes of transportation throughout over a century of existence. “The idea that the landscape has so dramatically physically changed because of cars is really some that bears thought,” he said. While the exhibit is open to the public, Briley noted the center will host an afterhours evening reception July 21 as a means of thanking the collectors and staff bringing all of the vehicles under one roof. He said there would be a cost for those wanting to attend but entry is free for Oklahoma Historical Society members. Selection of the 22 automobiles was strategic in nature in order to fit the overarching narrative of the exhibit. In multiple instances, Briley noted, “absolute, accidental serendipity” occurred as the ideal car presented itself.

Need for speed

Walking through the exhibit, Briley said it becomes clear car races are not a new concept and their evolution coincided and even influenced that of automobiles themselves. What is widely described as the world’s first competitive motor race, the Paris-Rouen, took place in 1894, a little less than 10 years after the creation of the first automobiles. From there, Briley said, racing quickly expanded beyond Europe and became a

genuine worldwide phenomenon. “Very early on, they were really interesting because a lot of them were not just races from point A to point B, but also showcases for endurance capabilities of a specific car,” Briley said. “You see a lot of these early car manufacturers, demonstrating that their car was dependable as well as speedy.” Briley said the exhibit includes such a car: the 1911 Franklin Model D, which competed and won the 1912 Los AngelesPhoenix desert race as driven by Ralph Hamlin and reached speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. “Franklin’s approach to engineering a car was that they were air-cooled rather than water-cooled,” Briley explained, adding that it was unusual for the time. “You can imagine a desert race is the last place you want to have a car that you’re worried about overheating … so it was the perfect place to demonstrate the Franklin’s durability.” Briley said the pre-WWI era vehicles included in the exhibit — which many might not automatically associate with racing — represent an early wide-open, creative period for automobile manufacturing. “Every car company was feeling their way along, and there were very different approaches to building cars,” he said. “What these cars represent are different points of view of achieving the same thing.” He noted that many of the races in which these early vehicles competed were particularly grueling on both vehicles and drivers. “That was part of how car companies cut their teeth and proved the worth in their machines,” he said.


The exhibit tracks the evolution of race cars throughout an entire century via notable eras, including the post-WWII,

The Art of Speed exhibit at Oklahoma History Center includes vintage and modern vehicles. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

European-influenced smaller racers as well as the rise of muscle cars in the 1960s. A muscle car of particular note is a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 designed and autographed by iconic automotive designer and racer Carroll Shelby. Looking beyond American-made vehicles, Briley said the vehicle he might be most proud of in the exhibit originally hails from Spain and might not be immediately familiar to most visitors; he was unaware of it until meeting with its owner six months ago. “It is truly art that sits on the ground with four wheels,” Briley said of the Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Sauotchik originally debuted at the 1954 Paris Motor Show. He said only three still exist. Briley described the vehicle as almost a mix of beauty and beast with its pristine, beautifully designed exterior combined with a monster of an engine under the hood. “It’s really one of the ultimates in speed and style that anyone will ever see anywhere,” he said. The Art of Speed: Oklahomans and Fast Cars opened July 1 and runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, for six weeks. Admission is free-$7. Visit

The Art of Speed: Oklahomans and Fast Cars 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Aug. 12 Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive | 405-522-0765 Free-$7

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Writing rhythm

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Poet, essayist and memoirist Richard Hoffman measures songwrtiting’s literary weight. By Ben Luschen

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Massachusetts-based poet and memoirist Richard Hoffman and Ohio author and poet Michael Henson join Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth master of fine arts (MFA) creative writing program for a free live reading 7 p.m. Thursday at The Paramount OKC, 701 W. Sheridan Ave. A book signing will follow. His fourth book of poetry, Noon until Night, was published in April. He released his memoir Love & Fury in 2014. He also is former chairman of the PEN New England literary community. Hoffman recently spoke with Oklahoma Gazette about his decision to become a writer and his appearance Friday at Okemah’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Oklahoma Gazette: How did this Oklahoma City reading come to be? Richard Hoffman: I met [Red Earth MFA program director] Jeanetta Calhoun Mish at a working class studies conference some years ago at Stony Brook University in New York. Then we began to read each other’s work and began to appreciate it. Then I saw her at a different conference years later and she said, “Oh, we have to have you out sometime,” and I said I’d love to do that.

You can educate yourself by reading, and reading everything you can get your hands on. Richard Hoffman OKG: How long have you been writing? Hoffman: I’d say it started when I was 16 or 17, and first you have to figure out what that means. You know you love to read and you’d love to be one of the people to [write]. In the back of your mind, you think, “Well, maybe I have something to say; I don’t know.” … You can educate yourself by reading, and reading everything you can get your hands on. It’s pretty indiscriminate at first — just gobbling up anything: poetry, essays, memoirs, science fiction, comedy. Eventually, you figure

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out what it is you like to do, then you start to mimic those who are doing it and eventually you figure out what’s yours. And that takes years — it takes a long, long time. It took me into my 30s. But at the center of it was this conviction that this is what I was supposed to be doing. OKG: You’re doing a poetry reading Wednesday-Sunday at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah. Literary and music worlds seem to be converging in some ways. What was your reaction when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature? Hoffman: I thought that it was about time. I was the co-founder of an award that PEN New England gives every two years. We give an award for song lyrics of literary excellence. We put together a jury [of] … Bono, Rosanne Cash, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Paul Muldoon and Salman Rushdie. They all got together for the first one, and they called me and said, “We’re stuck; we’re deadlocked. Can we give the award to two people?” I said, “Well, who are they?” They were Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen, so I can understand how you would get deadlocked; those are two very different artists. ... These guys are writers. They’re amazing, amazing writers. They found their way to a large popular audience, and in fact, they’re doing more to promote literacy in American culture than anybody else. So when they finally picked Dylan, I thought, “Well, we were ahead of the curve there by about seven years.” It’s a good thing they finally caught up.

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Public Reading: Red Earth MFA Visiting Writers 7-10 p.m. Thursday The Paramount OKC | 701 W. Sheridan Ave. | 405-208-5467 Free

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Randerson Romualdo Cordeiro (detail), 2008. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm). Private collection, Golden Beach, Florida, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton)

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calendar Cafe Society’s Community Coffee, start the weekend off with networking, community announcements and coffee, 8:30 a.m. July 14. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE Third St., 405-815-9995, FRI

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Eats on 8th, food truck festival between Robinson and Harvey Avenues with various food vendors and family-friendly events, noon-8 p.m. July 15. Midtown OKC, NW Eighth Street, 405-234-7960, eatsoneighth. SAT

BOOKS Read the West Book Club: The Worst Hard Time, author Timothy Egan follows the desperate attempts of those who carried on through blinding black blizzards, crop failures and the deaths of loved ones during the Great Depression, 6-7:15 p.m. July 13. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, THU Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and the Calumet Massacre of 1913, join author Daniel Wolff as he signs the dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, 2-3 p.m. July 15. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-2900, SAT New Ink, Oklahoma’s newest authors sign their books: Julie Dill, author of Bluff; Benedria Smith, author of Beeinspired and Leah Taylor, author of Interiors, 3-5 p.m. July 15. Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, 405-842-2900, SAT

FundED, Current Studio and Eugene Field Elementary invite you to a dinner featuring cafeteria-inspired cuisine made by local chefs. The dinner benefits in-school visual arts programming for the fall 2017 semester, 6-8 p.m. July 17. Eugene Field Elementary School, 1515 N. Klein Ave., 405673-1218, MON Wine Down Wednesdays, a different wine featured each month; stop by after work or bring a friend to share a bottle, 2 p.m. July 19. O Bar, 1200 N. Walker Ave., 405-600-6200, WED

Remington Park Remington Park Racing & Casino, 1 Remington Place, now keeps its casino doors open 24 hours a day for the first time since opening in 2005. Morning poker players and evening slots gamblers alike can test their luck while enjoying recent venue renovations. Visit or call 405-424-1000. Wednesday-Wednesday, ongoing Photo Gazette / file

Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, THU Dive-In Movie: Zootopia, (US, 2016, Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush) in a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy, 8-11 p.m. July 14. White Water Bay, 3908 W Reno Ave., 405-943-9687, FRI Discovery’s Shark Week at the Movies, enjoy an exclusive debut featuring one of the best episodes from Shark Week 2016 and a special episode of Shark Week 2017 ahead of its television debut on the Discovery Channel, 7:30 p.m. July 18. Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave., 405-424-0461, TUE

HAPPENINGS Early Childhood Coalition Business Summit, a conference producing recommendations for public policy as well as private-public partnerships for the Oklahoma Legislature, business leaders and nonprofit sector leaders to address the most critical barriers facing Oklahoma families with children from birth to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 12. Embassy Suites OKC Downtown, 741 N. Philips Ave., 405-319-8260, WED

Tower Theater celebrates 80 years The hills of 23rd Street will be alive 8-11 p.m. Saturday outside Tower Theater, 425 NW 23rd St. The venue celebrates 80 years with an outdoor screening of The Sound of Music in the parking lot opposite its marquee. The Julie Andrews film was first shown at Tower Theater in 1965 for 10 weeks, which was extended for 72 more weeks, making it the longest-running movie in state history. Admission is free. Visit Saturday Photo Gazette / file

FILM Sonic Summer Movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, (2016, USA, David Yates) the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school, 8 p.m. July 12. Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, Myriad Botanical Gardens. 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-445-7080, WED

Museum Films Present: French Film Month, Enjoy an original retrospective of newly restored masterworks by French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy and a hand-curated festival of new French films, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through July 27. Oklahoma City


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Guthrie Ghost Walks, hear tales of history, heartbreak, murderous intentions and mysterious happenings while walking among the classic Victorian and Edwardian architecture of downtown Guthrie, 7 p.m. July 16. Downtown Guthrie, 212 W. Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie, 405-293-8404, FRI

dealers from across the United States, July 15-16. Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, 918-6192875, SAT-SUN Junior Curator Camp, learn about Oklahomans in space, explore the job of a museum curator and visit behind-the-scenes at the museum during a weeklong camp for kids ages 8-12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17-21. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-521-2491, historycenter. MON - FRI Mysteries of the Manuscripts, archivist Mallory Covington speaks about materials that are included in the manuscript collection and how to use the collection for historical, genealogical and general research, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 19. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-5220765, WED Cards Against Humanity Tournament, good wine and dirty minds come together for the ultimate Cards Against Humanity tournament. Only two of the most horrible minds will win gift cards, 8 p.m. July 19. The Pritchard Wine Bar, 1749 NW 16th St., 405-601-4067, WED

FOOD The Farmers Market at Central Park, promoting the sale of garden-related products and produce, 3:30-7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 2. Moore Central Park, 700 S. Broadway St., Moore, 405-793-5090, centralpark. THU, SAT

YOUTH Art Works, summer arts fun for 8-12-year-olds with specialized programs in theater, dance, music, visual arts and Lego robotics, through July 15. First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, 3700 N. Walker Ave., 405-525-6551, WED -SAT Smokewood Camp for High School Writers, OKCU English department hosts the Smokewood Institute for Young Writers, an intensive two-week program of writing workshops, craft sessions, creative readings and a culminating anthology of student work, through July 22. Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., 405-208-5000, Western Explorers Summer Camp, campers learn about photography, leathermaking, gardening, weaving and beading, nature and more while exploring the museum’s collections, exhibitions, gardens and trails and provide the foundation for creative self-expression, through July 28. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., 405-478-2250, Art Foundations: Ceramics, designed as a serious introduction to kiln-fired ceramics, students learn about types of clay, glazing and how kilns operate, 2-4 p.m. through July 29. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, Build A Better World, read for fun and earn badges all summer, log reading time and earn prizes, through July 31. Metropolitan Library System, 300 Park Ave., 405-231-8650, Okietales, a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can dive into history with books and stories that explore topics from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. 10:3011:30 a.m. July 12. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 405-521-2491, historycenter. WED

Central OK Quilters Guild Show, benefiting Positive Tomorrows with 300 juried quilts and 60 vendors, displays and workshops to make Quilts of Valor for wounded soldiers and Heartwarmer Quilts for sick children, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14-15. State Fairgrounds, Centennial Building, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., 405-751-3885, FRI -SAT Bride to Bride Flea Market, giving recent brides the opportunity to sell wedding items directly to other brides, 10 a.m. July 15. Edmond Community Center, 28 E. Main St., Edmond. bridetobridefleamarket, SAT I Am LOVE, a fundraising banquet raising proceeds for the Wonderfully Made Homeless Home, providing transitional housing to benefit women and children who are homeless and emergency shelter services for women, 12-3 p.m. July 15. Quail Creek Golf & Country Club, 3501 Quail Creek Road, 405-778-6870, thewonderfullymadefoundation. com. SAT A Walk To Remember, remembrance for all pets that have been loved and lost by walking in their honor among walkways of magical luminaries, hosted by All 4 One Rescue, 7-10 p.m. July 15. Stars & Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive, SAT Star Wars Night, lightsabers and night displays, activities for children, photo opportunities and more, 7-10 p.m. July 15. My Chic Geek, 4413 N. Meridian Ave., 405-3677955, SAT OKC Land Run Antique Show, discover vintage treasures while shopping with quality antique

Dancing in the Gardens Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Dancing in the Gardens summer series concludes with a hip-hop event 7-10 p.m. Friday at the garden’s Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno Ave. The free, all-ages event is ’90s themed, so don those chokers and bandanas and frost those tips before busting a move. 3Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse instructors present a dance demonstration at 7 p.m., followed by a free hip-hop lesson for everyone. After the lesson, DJ Brian Smith works the turntable. Food and drink specials will be available for purchase. Visit or call 405-445-7079. Saturday Photo Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided

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Outdoor Beer & Yoga, join 405 YOGA OKC, where yoga and beer unite. Bring your own yoga mat for a no-pressure, all-levels, feel-good yoga, 10-10:55 a.m. July 16. The Bleu Garten, 301 NW Tenth St., 405-879-3808, SUN

Spring show exhibit, enjoy the works of oil painter Phebe Kallstrom and handmade jewelry artist Whitney Ingram, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through November. The Studio Gallery, 2642 W. Britton Road, 405-7522642,

Bricktown Beach, a large sand-filled outdoor park area with umbrellas, lounge chairs, sand volleyball equipment and outdoor games, through Aug. 31. Bricktown Beach, Sheridan and 2 N. Mickey Mantle Ave., 405-235-3500,

The Natural World, a group art show featuring a spectrum of artists working with a common theme, exploring the different ways each artist communicates their relationship with the natural world, 6-9 p.m. July 13-Aug. 6. DNA Galleries, 1709 NW 16th St., 405-525-3499,

VISUAL ARTS A Night at the Museum, explore and play in the museum with the family in a new way when the doors are locked and the lights go down, 6-8 p.m. July 13. Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road, Ponca City, 580-765-6108, THU Art After 5, enjoy a late-night art gallery experience and live music on the roof terrace with the best views of downtown OKC and a relaxing atmosphere, 5-9 p.m. July 13. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100, THU

Six Women with Brain Death A cult classic is back in Oklahoma City. Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know is a wild and irreverent comedy pulled from the most outrageous tabloid headlines found on supermarket sales racks. Elin Bhaird directs The Boom!’s production, which runs 8 p.m. FridaysSaturdays through Aug. 19 at 2218 NW 39th St. Tickets are $25. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Visit or or call 866-966-1777. Friday-Saturday, ongoing Photo

Backyard Bugs: An Oklahoma Insect Adventure, taking Oklahoma’s amazing insects to a larger-thanlife level with giant animatronic insects, interactive exhibits and live insect displays to give visitors a unique perspective of a bug’s world and reveal the fascinating complexities of our six-legged neighbors, through August. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-602-6664, Ultimate Adventure Camps, try new adventures including zip lining, the SandRidge Sky Trail, high speed slides, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting, through Aug. 11. Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd., 405-552-4040, Summer Camp Contemporary, keeping kids creative with learning camps featuring visual arts, music, hip-hop, fiber, clay, performance, robotics and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 11. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-9510000, Ugly Bugs!, Oklahoma Ugly Bug contest with an exhibition of larger-than-life photos of insects captured by the contest’s 2016 winners, through Sept. 4. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. 405-3254712,

Trevor Noah, enjoy the South African television radio host and comedian known for his role as host of The Daily Show on American network Comedy Central, 8 p.m. July 14. River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Pkwy., Tulsa, 918-299-8518, FRI Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by the Arts Council Oklahoma City featuring live entertainment by Original Flow and the Fervent Route and Adam and Jabee, 7:30-9p.m. July 16. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W. Reno Ave., 405-270-4848, SUN

ACTIVE OAC Charity Golf Tournament, a silent auction and a four-person scramble with lunch provided. All proceeds support the statewide programs of the Oklahoma Autism Center, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17. River Oaks Golf Club, 10909 Clubhouse Road, Edmond. 405-842-9995, MON Baseball, OKC Dodgers vs New Orleans, July 13-16. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, 405-218-1000, THU -SUN

Comets, Asteroids & Meteors: Great Balls of Fire, the threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture, learn about asteroids, comets, meteorites and where come from, through Sept. 10. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. 405-325-4712,

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the internationally acclaimed festival honoring the legendary folk singer in his hometown of Okemah. A musical celebration while paying tribute to Woody Guthrie through songs, communion, scholarship, tradition, storytelling and songwriting, July 12-16. Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Third Street and Broadway Avenue, Okemah, WED -SUN

Art of the Nude, a celebration by more than 30 artists of the sensual human body. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation works, through July 30. JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker Ave., 405-528-6336, Body, curated to examine how the body has been used to address the themes of movement, fragmentation and mechanization, geometry and identity, through Dec. 30. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman. 405-325-3272, Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, experience works that illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities, featuring textiles, flower cloths and embroidered story clothes by those in the Hmong community, through Aug. 11. Edmond Historical Society & Museum, 431 S. Boulevard Ave., Edmond. 405-340-0078, Coded_Couture, exhibition looking at the intersection of fashion and technology offering a new definition of couture, using computer coding as the ultimate design tool for customizing clothing and accessories, through Aug. 10. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., 405-951-0000, Guerrilla Art Park, featuring six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established in the second edition of the public art display with mediums ranging from ceramics to glass installations and metal work, through Sept. 4. Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park, NW 11th Street and Broadway Drive, 405-951-0000, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, presenting an overview of artist Kehinde Wiley’s career including 60 oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture, through Sept. 10. Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, 405-236-3100,

Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory and Trauma, exploring the otherworldly ghost town and revealing how memory can be dislocated and reframed through both chronic and acute instances of environmental trauma, through Sept. 10. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman. 405-325-3272,


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, in a comedy of ill manners, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star, through July 15. Carpenter Square Theatre, 806 W. Main St., 405-232-6500, carpentersquare. com. WED -SAT

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma, enjoy a selection of Henry Wantland’s photography from his family’s arrival to Stillwater in 1891. Images documented over a two-decade span can be viewed during this temporary exhibition, through January 2018. Will Rogers World Airport, 7100 Terminal Drive, 405-478-2250,

LIVE! on the Plaza Independence Day celebrations have long passed, but keep your carefully coordinated red, white and blue outfit ready for LIVE! on the Plaza’s observance of Bastille Day. The holiday is celebrated in France as the country’s national day, and 16th Street Plaza District observes it with an array of artists and food trucks, including crepes from The Crepe Brewers. The festivities are 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Plaza District, NW 16th Street between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue. Admission is free. Visit or call 405-367-9403. Friday Photo

Nasty Women, join a nationwide movement demonstrating solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights and health care access, through July 30. Current Studio, 1218 N. Pennsylvania Ave., 405-673-1218,

Bodies Revealed, showcasing real human bodies preserved through a revolutionary process allowing visitors to see themselves in a fascinating way like never before, through October. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405-602-6664,

Disney’s When You Wish, travel into the imagination of a young girl as she dreams her way through classic Disney musicals, through July 15. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., 405297-2264, WED -SAT

Variations on Themes, paintings by Jim Cobb with a variety of themes including multiple subjects and landscapes, through Aug. 27. The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman. 405-307-9320,

Oleanna The return of an Oklahoma theater veteran and a unique and intimate setting combine to create one of this year’s most intriguing theater events. Chris Freihofer (Breaking Bad) starts alongside Suzy Weller (Murder Made Me Famous) in the two-character play Oleanna. Catch the 90-minute work 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Actor Factory, 3750 W. Main St. Suite 5, in Norman. Seating is limited to 40, so purching tickets in advance is advised. Tickets are $18. Visit or call 405701-1673. Thursday-Sunday

Rachel Hayes Test Patterns, Oklahoma Contemporary kicks off the Showroom/Showcase series with the work of Rachel Hayes, a nationally recognized artist whose fabric structures explore painting processes, quiltmaking, architectural space, light and shadow, through Sept. 4. Oklahoma Contemporary’s Showroom, 1146 N. Broadway Drive, 405-604-0042, Smart Art Gallery Show, members of Central Oklahoma Mensa come together to present drawings, sculptures, photographs, crafts, quilts and more, 5-9 p.m. July 15. DC on Film Row, 609 W. Sheridan Ave., SAT Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe, featuring the creations of 25 local, national and international shoe designers and artists; guests examine how the shoe has been interpreted in art throughout history and the science and engineering behind specific shoe designs, through December. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, 405602-6664,

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Maybe we’re amazed

Listen to what the man said — Paul McCartney and The Beatles inspire generations of music fans. Gazette readers share their stories ahead of McCartney’s Monday Chesapeake Arena gig. By Ben Luschen

Music has a wonderful way of impacting our lives — even in ways we never expect. As thousands of fans can likely attest, no band in history has influenced as many hearts and minds as The Beatles. Paul McCartney, the Liverpool legend, iconic vocalist, bassist and songwriter or co-writer of many of the Fab Four’s most cherished hits, in addition to decades of music he has since recorded with Wings and as a solo artist, performs Monday at Chesapeake Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., as part of his One on One U.S. tour. McCartney’s last Oklahoma City concert was in 2002, when the venue was still

mark eighth studio album, released June 2, 1967 in the United States. Oklahoma Gazette recently spoke with local faithful followers of McCartney, Wings and The Beatles, who shared their impact in their own words.

Steven Drozd

The Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist The Flaming Lips’ Beatles fandom has never been a secret. The Oklahoma City art-rock act released its 2014 project With a Little Help from My Fwends as a reimagining of Sgt. Pepper’s. The album featured a roster of musicians and entertainer friends as band co-founder Wayne Coyne and the Lips performed the classic track list, which includes “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Lovely Rita,” among others. Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd recalls meeting McCartney for the first time around the 1999 release of The Soft Bulletin — widely considered the band’s international breakthrough — on the set of a television show. “We were on the Jools Holland show (Later… with Jools Holland), which is like a variety show in England, and there are four or five different artists on each show. The night we did that, one of the artists was Paul McCartney, and he had [guitarist, vocalist and former Pink Floyd member] David Gilmour playing with him. We were just like, ‘Holy shit! Paul McCartney and David Gilmour in the same room!’ “So, we got finished — I think we did ‘Waitin’ for a Superman’ and ‘Race for the Prize’ — and the way it was set up is that whoever was the next artist set to

Steven Drozd fanboys with Paul McCartney back in the day | Photo provided

called the Ford Center and seven years before the Thunder played its first NBA game for Oklahoma City. McCartney’s show comes at a time when The Beatles, the world’s highestselling music act of all time, have once again reemerged in popular music discussion (if they ever left at all). Enthusiasts everywhere recently took time to observe the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the band’s land-

play would be set up across the soundstage and they would be ready to perform their bit. “[McCartney] was up next after us, so when we got finished playing, I started playing ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ on the piano and kind of waved at him, and he did a little nod back. They got done, and then a couple of hours later, we were out in the hallway and he comes walking through. … I’m like, ‘Hi. I’m Steven from the

Paul McCartney in 2014 | Photo MJ Kim / MPL Communications Ltd. / provided

Flaming Lips and just wanted to tell you what your music means to me. I was playing ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ hoping you would come over and jam with us.’ “He was like, ‘Oh yeah, that was you. You’re a cheeky one, aren’t you?’ I was just like, ‘Yeah, I was just paying my respects,’ and he said, ‘No, it sounded great.’ “Someone was there with a camera, so I said, ‘Can I take a picture?’ and he said, ‘I’d love to take a picture.’ There’s a picture of him and me, and I look like a crazy 12-year-old kid with a big smile on my face. He’s pointing his finger — you can tell he’s probably pontificating about something.” Drozd said anyone attending McCartney’s Monday concert at the ’Peake might be getting one of their last glimpses at music history. “My wife [Becky] and I were talking about going to see the show, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I really want to go see it.’ I know there’s probably going to be some storytelling involved, and a lot of the songs won’t end up sounding like the way I would want them to sound because I’m kind of a shit that way. “She was like, ‘You know, it’s the only chance for our kids to see a living Beatle,’ and she was right. We’re going to go, and we’re going to take our kids with us.”

including Las Vegas-based Yesterday, which toured nationally, and British Invasion, which recently reunited. “I actually hated The Beatles. … When I was in the first grade, all of my friends had no idea who The Beatles were — I was so embarrassed that I did. My dad would have practice every Wednesday, and you could hear all The Beatles music in our garage/studio that he built. I grew up … knowing all of the songs, and it was mostly the early Beatles that my dad would play early on. “That was my initial exposure to it, and it wasn’t until I was in high school when I was like, ‘OK; I’m just going to listen to them and see what I think.’ I put in Rubber Soul, and I ended up falling in love. From that point forward, I ended up loving The Beatles and did a continued on page 30 Lacey Lett with her father Jim Lett | Photo provided

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Beatles history class at OU. It was actually the class that got me into the honors college — random, I know. I would tutor some of my friends because I knew all this stuff. I could literally just ask my dad because he knows all of this stuff — he knows pretty much everything about The Beatles.” Lett briefly moved to New York City in 2008 to work for VH1 and MTV. While there, she worked on a VH1 Classic documentary about the creation of 2009 video game The Beatles: Rock Band. She got to know Dhani Harrison, the son of the musician her father emulated during his own career. Lett is excited to see McCartney in Oklahoma City with her parents beside her. She last saw him perform in 2009 at New York’s Citi Field. (The concert became McCartney’s live album Good Evening New York City.) “Even at that time, I regretted not going to the show in Oklahoma City in 2002, because who knew when he was ever going to come back? I mean, look, we’re looking at 15 years later. … Whenever I found out he was coming this time, I talked to my fiancé about it, and … we surprised my parents with some tickets and we’re going to get to go and live that bucket-list item.”

McCartney’s impact is forever cherished on a personal level. “I love music. A good song can take me back to a moment in time, bringing the sights, sounds and feelings back to life. … From elementary through high school, my personal soundtrack contained songs from The Beatles — both as a band and from its individuals. “From the straightforward simplicity of their early hits like ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘She Loves You’ to the more complex ‘Band on the Run’ by Paul and Wings, there has always been something about their songs that resonates. It’s pretty cool to have Paul McCartney in Oklahoma on the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s album.” Outside politics, Thomsen is probably best recognized for his time as a University of Oklahoma football punter

George Lang

Spy 101 radio show host for KOSU 91.7 FM, Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma teacher and Gazette contributing reporter Despite being only 5 years old when The Beatles split in 1970 and growing up with parents who detested the band, George Lang felt an attachment to the Fab Four from a young age. Though not intimately aware of its catalogue and world-spanning popularity, he loved watching the former members on television and hearing their solo works on the radio. Lang also formed a sentimental bond to John, Paul, George and Ringo through reruns of the band’s self-titled ’60s cartoon series and carried that affection into his teenage years.

George Lang | Photo provided

Todd Thomsen

State representative (District 25) Todd Thomsen remembers perusing the internet in early 2015 after rapper Kanye West released his single “Only One” featuring McCartney and reading comments (in jest and ignorantly genuine) saying how nice it was that the hip-hop superstar extended a helping hand to the aging musician’s career. (Forbes estimates McCartney’s earnings so far this year at $54 million.) The Ada Republican said that while some might not know about or appreciate the English songsmith’s influence, Todd Thomsen | Photo Oklahoma House of Representatives / provided

Paul McCartney in 1970 | Photo Linda McCartney / MPL Communications Ltd. / provided

Paul McCartney in 1969 | Photo Linda McCartney / MPL Communications Ltd. / provided

and kicker, and he was part of the 1985 “The morning after John Lennon was national championship team. He also killed [on Dec. 8, 1980], I came downstairs is an Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian for breakfast, and my mom told me the Athletes regional coordinator. news. “[Growing up,] our seasons of the “You kind of have to know my mom to year were football, basketball, baseball understand my reaction. I just kind of and so on, but what shrugged because if I m ig ht su r pr ise e x pr e s s e d a ny people is we were I truly felt at the time sadness or admiraalso a very musical tion, it might trigger a as if I had family. My parents seemingly intermiconsumed a drug, introduced me to all nable rant against the genres of music and man who impacted and in a sense, were always open to the lives of millions, if I had. the current music I not billions, of people. was listening to — On the bus to school, George Lang everything from KMOD-FM in Tulsa Southern gospel, doo-wop, Motown played Beatles and Lennon songs nonstop, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and classic county — it and it was all we talked about when we all played in our house and in our cars.” got to class that day. “Most of the teachers were glassy-eyed 30

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all day, and when we got back on the bus, we heard more Beatles.” A year after Lennon’s death, Lang took his first true headlong dive into The Beatles’ catalogue. He purchased Sgt. Pepper’s, placed the needle on the record and became mesmerized at the sound that he said changed his life forever. “I truly felt at the time as if I had consumed a drug, and in a sense, I had. When I hear people talk about their experiences on DMT or ayahuasca and how it seems to clear up the questions they have about their life, that’s kind of how I felt when I heard Sgt. Pepper’s for the first time. “When someone is inexperienced with music, they can only appreciate it if it obeys certain rules: It has to be fun, it has to be sung and performed in a way that most people accept as cogent and pleasing, it has to go verse-chorus-versebridge-verse-chorus-repeat, all of that. Just hearing ‘Within You Without You’ and the final crescendo to ‘A Day in the Life’ forced me to reevaluate and discard that standard. … “I began to expect more out of music than mere precision — it had to challenge me. I started reading about music seriously, which led to writing about music seriously. I could not have appreciated punk, David Bowie, The Smiths, Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, St. Vincent or even Miles Davis without first having listened to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is one of the gospels of my faith.”

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Digital diction

They Act Human’s debut defies man-made definitions. By Ben Luschen

Many musicians and bands claim to be unique or genre defiant, but how many are truly not categorical? Pin any label outside “electronic” on Art Sunday’s newest project They Act Human, and the music veteran quickly cites an example that does not fit the description. The one-man, robot-themed band helmed by Sunday, owner of Dig It! Boutique in 16th Street Plaza District, releases its debut album Not Suitable for Humans (or 10 Songs That Make No Sense) with a dual music release and art opening 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Bomb Shelter, 1609 N. Blackwelder Ave. Sunday grew up playing in bands within the do-it-yourself punk and grindcore genres but took an extended break from performing while he established his store and focused on his annual Underground Monster Carnival, a grassroots fandom convention held at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds for the last six years. The fan of acts like Black Flag and Frank Zappa said one day during the fall of 2016 he felt the need to create new music again, but unlike anything he — or anyone else — had done previously. He began experimenting with keyboards and electronic music production equipment. Sunday created a ReverbNation page for his new They Act Human project but otherwise did not tell many people about what he was doing. But because nothing stays a secret once it’s on the internet, people began sending him feedback — a lot of it positive. Since then, Sunday has performed his experimental tunes at gigs and art shows around the city. When one says an electronic musician plays “live,” there is a tendency to think they just press a button and let the song unfold. Not so. Sunday is a true one-man-band and a visual marvel as he whirls through a keyboard, laptop and drum pads during sets. Many They Act Human song titles

Art Sunday began writing for his oneman electronic project They Act Human in late 2016. | Photo Gazette / file

and concepts are based on zombie movies or aspects of horror/sciencefiction lore. Sunday said part of his inspiration arose from his growing frustration with so-called horror bands that could not translate the film soundtracks he adores. “I wanted to write songs that actually sounded like horror,” he said. “I realized you can’t imitate The Shining in any kind of band. You can’t go all the way.” He also writes vocals, but it is unlikely that human listeners will pick up on his messages. The concept behind They Act Human, he explained, is that the music represents robots singing and communicating with each other. “If you could understand what their language was,” he said, “you could understand what the songs are all about.” Not Suitable for Humans is technically They Act Human’s debut, but Sunday said he has enough material on his laptop to be five albums deep by now. He is selective about what and when he releases projects as to keep a consistent sound. Consistency can be a challenge for an act that channels techno, dubstep, film soundtracks, metal, punk and more within its off-time experimentation, but each They Act Human song shares a charming, animated personality that likely comes as a product of Sunday’s creative headspace. These robots might only be depicting humor, but they have true heart. Visit and

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House Sitting

Experimental harpist Sun Riah’s newest project dredges guilt and personal loss. By Ben Luschen

Local harpist M. Bailey Stephenson started her latest project in an attempt to capture something significant in her life that was close to disappearing forever. By its completion, she discovered that was just the iceberg’s tip. Stephenson, who performs as Sun Riah, is known for her avant-garde, contemplative and genre-defying singersongwriter style. She incorporates unconventional playing and recording techniques to alter listener perceptions of how a harp is supposed to sound. Her new album, Sitting with Sounds and Listening for Ghosts, debuts 8 p.m. July 21 at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., in Norman. Penny P (Broncho’s Penny Pitchlynn) and Magnificent Bird also will perform. Stephenson began writing the project, which follows 2015’s Firefly Night Light, late that winter, shortly after the death of her grandmother. The harpist spent much of her childhood at her grandparents’ rural Oklahoma home and developed a deep emotional attachment not only to her grandmother, but to her house. Her grandmother was literally born in the home in which she lived her entire life. After her father died when she was 3 years old, she was raised in an all-female household in the 1930s. Some family members contemplated demolishing the home and putting something else — like a large garden — in its place. Stephenson’s father, who lived next door, had the property appraised. The house was nearly worthless in terms of market value, and there was no chance of someone moving into it. Still, the thought of losing the home forever hurt Stephenson. “My grandma’s house was this constant place for me,” she said, “and so it was really shocking to think about it not being there anymore.” She began writing Sitting with Sounds to celebrate the life of the cherished home. The family later decided to keep the house, but Stephenson’s writing was already becoming more personal. The album was no longer about losing a home. It was about loss. The music video for her single “Grandma’s Room” was filmed in the bedroom Stephenson’s grandmother always slept. Sitting with Sounds and Listening for Ghosts | Image provided 32

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M. Bailey Stephenson, who performs as experimental harpist Sun Riah | Photo Ariel Bridget / provided

“That room is pretty empty, and she lived in there for 88 years,” she said. “She was a very practical person.” Sun Riah has always represented some level of personal vulnerability, but Stephenson said she noticed that on Firefly, she did things to shield herself, like intentionally sing in ways that prevented her lyrics from being understood. There is noticeably more vocal clarity on her new project. “I wanted this to be something that, when my family heard it, it would resonate with them,” she said. Stephenson said writing Sitting with Sounds became her processing mechanism for coping with the loss of her grandmother and the guilt sometimes felt in grief. “I hope the album is a source of reflection and maybe healing for people,” she said. Stephenson stepped away from her new work with emotional peace and a greater appreciation for home in all its forms. “It’s not just my love for grandma’s house and for the town, but for Oklahoma,” she said. Visit

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LIVE MUSIC Travis Tritt, Riverwind Casino, Norman. COUNTRY

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Tyler Lee Band, Brewskeys. ROCK

SATURDAY, 7.15 Allison Arms, Remington Park. COUNTRY

WEDNESDAY, 7.12 Noize in the Hood/DJ Ek/Darku J and more, Kamps. DJ Zomboy/Cesqeaux/Ricky Remedy, OKC Farmers Public Market. ELECTRONIC

THURSDAY, 7.13 Chris Hatfield/Marc Van Lue/Todd Cutshaw and more, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos. PIANO Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art. BLUES Mojo Thief, Fort Thunder Harley-Davidson, Moore. ROCK

The Mountain Goats/Samantha Crain, Opolis, Norman. FOLK The Normandys/Your Mom, The Drunken Fry. PUNK

Blake O, Topgolf. DJ Fools’ Brew, Thunder Alley Grill and Sports Bar.

Montu Norman electronic jam band Montu is ready to serve fresh cuts at The Deli. The eclectic, high-energy quartet has taken its act across the country, performing or touring with Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio and The Floozies. Its Norman homecoming comes after a string of July shows in Texas. The show begins 10 p.m. Friday at The Deli, 309 White St., in Norman. Admission is $5. Visit facebook. com/thedelimusic or call 405-329-3534. Friday Photo Phil Clarkin Photography / provided

FRIDAY, 7.14


Grant Stevens, Red Piano Lounge, Skirvin Hilton Hotel. PIANO Howard Brady, Full Circle Bookstore. ROCK Jason Daniel, Riversport Rapids. DJ Jeffrey Osborne and The Whispers, Riverwind Casino, Norman. R&B Jim the Elephant, Oklahoma City Limits. ROCK Local Honey, Bedlam Bar-B-Q. FOLK Michael Kleid, Fuze Buffet & Bar. JAZZ Mt. Eddy/Little Kicks/Hanging Cactus, 89th Street-OKC. INDIE Owen Pickard/Lucy Sargeant/Sophia Massad and more, Rodeo Opry. COUNTRY Pax, The Union at Sosa. ROCK

Heartbreak Rodeo, Nosh Restaurant, Moore. ACOUSTIC

Ridiculas Trixx/An Open Approach, Kendell’s Bar.

Christian Pearson/Gary Johnson, Red Piano Lounge, Skirvin Hilton Hotel. PIANO

Jami McNeill/Marcus Toner/Tattoo Slover and more, Malarkey’s Dueling Piano Bar. PIANO

The Chad Todd Band, Hollywood Corners Station, Norman. COUNTRY

Cosmostanza/Gwiz/Jarvix, Opolis, Norman.

Jason Young Band, Riverwind Casino, Norman. COUNTRY

SUNDAY, 7.16

Cyanide Hook, Thunder Alley Grill and Sports Bar.

Lisa and Laura, Full Circle Bookstore. FOLK

Hosty, The Deli, Norman. BLUES

Teasing Weasel, Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery.

Issei Aoyama, Flint. ACOUSTIC

Casey Donahew Band, Diamond Ballroom. COUNTRY


Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood, Chesapeake Arena. COUNTRY


The Plums/American Shadows/Rousey, The Blue Note. ROCK The Wise Guys, UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond. ROCK


Jennifer Bounds, Full Circle Bookstore. CLASSICAL Mountain Smoke, UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond. BLUEGRASS

MONDAY, 7.17 Cody Woody, Red Brick Bar, Norman. COUNTRY Alegria Real, Metropolitan Library System. FOLK

TUESDAY, 7.18 AJR/Rozes, Diamond Ballroom. POP

Divided Heaven/Matt Jewett, The Blue Note. PUNK

WEDNESDAY, 7.19 Alexa Kriss, Red Brick Bar, Norman. SINGER/ SONGWRITER

Chin Up Kid/Diamond Aces/The Idle Kind and more, District House. ROCK Keith Rea, Blue Bonnet Bar, Norman. FOLK Rings of Saturn/Among the Missing/All Have Sinned, 89th Street-OKC. ROCK

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free will astrology Homework: Do you let your imagination indulge in fantasies that are wasteful, damaging, or dumb? Stop it! Testify at ARIES (March 21-April 19) It’s not your birthday,

but I feel like you need to get presents. The astrological omens agree with me. In fact, they suggest you should show people this horoscope to motivate them to do the right thing and shower you with practical blessings. And why exactly do you need these rewards? Here’s one reason: Now is a pivotal moment in the development of your own ability to give the unique gifts you have to give. If you receive tangible demonstrations that your contributions are appreciated, you’ll be better able to rise to the next level of your generosity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Other astrologers and

fortune-tellers may enjoy scaring the hell out of you, but not me. My job is to keep you apprised of the ways that life aims to help you, educate you, and lead you out of your suffering. The truth is, Taurus, that if you look hard enough, there are always seemingly legitimate reasons to be afraid of pretty much everything. But that’s a stupid way to live, especially since there are also always legitimate reasons to be excited about pretty much everything. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to work on retraining yourself to make the latter approach your default tendency. I have rarely seen a better phase than now to replace chronic anxiety with shrewd hope.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) At least for the short-range

future, benign neglect can be an effective game plan for you. In other words, Gemini, allow inaction to do the job that can’t be accomplished through strenuous action. Stay put. Be patient and cagey and observant. Seek strength in silence and restraint. Let problems heal through the passage of time. Give yourself permission to watch and wait, to reserve judgment and withhold criticism. Why do I suggest this approach? Here’s a secret: Forces that are currently working in the dark and behind the scenes will generate the best possible outcome.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) “Do not be too timid and

squeamish about your actions,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. “All life is an experiment.” I’d love to see you make that your operative strategy in the coming weeks, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a favorable time to overthrow your habits, rebel against your certainties, and cruise through a series of freewheeling escapades that will change your mind in a hundred different ways. Do you love life enough to ask more questions than you’ve ever asked before?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Thank you for contacting the

Center for Epicurean Education. If you need advice on how to help your imagination lose its inhibitions, please press 1. If you’d like guidance on how to run wild in the woods or in the streets without losing your friends or your job, press 2. If you want to learn more about spiritual sex or sensual wisdom, press 3. If you’d like assistance in initiating a rowdy yet focused search for fresh inspiration, press 4. For information about dancing lessons or flying lessons or dancing-while-flying lessons, press 5. For advice on how to stop making so much sense, press 6.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The cereus cactus grows

in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. Most of the time it’s scraggly and brittle-looking. But one night of the year, in June or July, it blooms with a fragrant, trumpet-shaped flower. By dawn the creamy white petals close and start to wither. During that brief celebration, the plant’s main pollinator, the sphinx moth, has to discover the marvelous event and come to gather the cactus flower’s pollen. I suspect this scenario has metaphorical resemblances to a task you could benefit from carrying out in the days ahead. Be alert for a sudden, spectacular, and rare eruption of beauty that you can feed from and propagate.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) If I had more room here, I

would offer an inspirational Powerpoint presentation designed just for you. In the beginning, I would seize your attention with an evocative image that my marketing department had determined would give you

a visceral thrill. (Like maybe a photoshopped image of you wearing a crown and holding a scepter.) In the next part, I would describe various wonderful and beautiful things about you. Then I’d tactfully describe an aspect of your life that’s underdeveloped and could use some work. I’d say, “I’d love for you to be more strategic in promoting your good ideas. I’d love for you to have a well-crafted master plan that will attract the contacts and resources necessary to lift your dream to the next level.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) I advise you against

snorting cocaine, MDMA, heroin, or bath salts. But if you do, don’t lay out your lines of powder on a kitchen table or a baby’s diaper-changing counter in a public restroom. Places like those are not exactly sparkly clean, and you could end up propelling contaminants close to your brain. Please observe similar care with any other activity that involves altering your consciousness or changing the way you see the world. Do it in a nurturing location that ensures healthy results. P.S. The coming weeks will be a great time to expand your mind if you do it in all-natural ways such as through conversations with interesting people, travel to places that excite your awe, and encounters with provocative teachings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In late 1811 and

early 1812, parts of the mighty Mississippi River flowed backwards several times. Earthquakes were the cause. Now, more than two centuries later, you Sagittarians have a chance -- maybe even a mandate -- to accomplish a more modest rendition of what nature did way back then. Do you dare to shift the course of a great, flowing, vital force? I think you should at least consider it. In my opinion, that great, flowing, vital force could benefit from an adjustment that you have the wisdom and luck to understand and accomplish.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re entering into the Uncanny Zone, Capricorn. During your brief journey through this alternate reality, the wind and the dew will be your teachers. Animals will provide special favors. You may experience true fantasies, like being able to

sense people’s thoughts and hear the sound of leaves converting sunlight into nourishment. It’s possible you’ll feel the moon tugging at the waters of your body and glimpse visions of the best possible future. Will any of this be of practical use? Yes! More than you can imagine. And not in ways you can imagine yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This is one of those

rare grace periods when you can slip into a smooth groove without worrying that it will degenerate into a repetitive rut. You’ll feel natural and comfortable as you attend to your duties, not blank or numb. You’ll be entertained and educated by exacting details, not bored by them. I conclude, therefore, that this will be an excellent time to lay the gritty foundation for expansive and productive adventures later this year. If you’ve been hoping to get an advantage over your competitors and diminish the negative influences of people who don’t empathize with you, now is the time.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) “There is a direct

correlation between playfulness and intelligence, since the most intelligent animals engage in the greatest amount of playful activities.” So reports the National Geographic. “The reason is simple: Intelligence is the capacity for learning, and to play is to learn.” I suggest you make these thoughts the centerpiece of your life in the coming weeks. You’re in a phase when you have an enhanced capacity to master new tricks. That’s fortunate, because you’re also in a phase when it’s especially crucial for you to learn new tricks. The best way to ensure it all unfolds with maximum grace is to play as much as possible.

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