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Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.‌org.

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F FEATURES 16 CONVERSATION STARTER: 38 SPECIAL

Southern rockers 38 Special are still “Rockin’ into the Night” with their red-blooded and blue-collared songs that blend melody and harmony with just enough grit to take you “Back to Paradise.”

20 CONVERSATION STARTER: FOREIGNER

The latest incarnation of Mick Jones’ Foreigner, with former headbanger Kelly Hansen on vocals, is still “Hot Blooded,” displaying a youthful energy that drives 40 years of hits.

34 STROLLING IN STYLE

Established in 2007, First Friday Art Crawl is a year-round monthly event that features galleries, studios, museums, various shops, restaurants, and venues opening their doors to showcase local art and music.

40 FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Cherokee Hills, as its name suggests, is a hilly golf course that offers beautiful views and challenging holes originally designed by Perry Maxwell, as well as the stellar service that guests of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa have come to expect.

22 GETTING IN TUNE

The Woody Guthrie Center focuses on carrying Guthrie’s vision and legacy into the future while keeping in touch with his past, and helping Oklahoma youth find their own voices.

28 Ring in springtime with a trip to Muskogee for the diverse and beautiful Azalea Festival. Running throughout April, the festival — held in and around Honor Heights Park — celebrates the warmer weather and blooming of local flora while boasting a combination of events that provide something for everyone including art, music, food, wine and plenty of nature’s glory.

44 RECIPES FOR SUCCESS

From planning, cooking and serving to coordinating, fielding questions and solving problems, Heather Dusenberry and 624 Catering can provide the vital services you may need for your next party or event to make a lasting impression.

26 THE HILLS ARE STILL ALIVE

A pre-World War II tale full of love, hope, passion, worry, and fear of an uncertain future, The Sound of Music musical embraces the source material through modern eyes.

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80 TASTES OF THE WORLD

Tulsa’s cuisine culture has diversified over the years with diners embracing restaurants and dishes representing international identities on a grander scale than ever before.

28 IT’S A SPRING THING

At Muskogee’s Azalea Festival, learn the fine art of flower power during this yearly extravaganza complete with food vendors, cultural performances and exotic demonstrations.

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86 NO FUSS DELI-CIOUSNESS

30 THE AMAZING TASTE

There’s no need to travel to bayou country for authentic Cajun when Hebert’s Specialty Meats and Cajun Ed’s Restaurant can take care of those craving right here in Tulsa.

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Sandwiched, so to speak, in a nondescript strip mall, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs is churning out some of the most delectable handheld creations in the area. And it takes but one bite to understand why.

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D DEPARTMENTS 52 Homegrown Heroes

72 Eats + Treats

10 Music + Concerts

54 Sports Central

76 Food for Thought

12 Happenings

57 Sports Schedule

78 Urban Grind

14 Street Talk

58 Green Country Scene

90 Masters of Flavor

16 Conversation Starter

60 Style + Shopping

92 Get to Know

22 Sound Check

62 Health + Fitness

94 Shelf Life

49 Downtown Locator

64 Weigh-In

96 Showtime

50 Tulsa Locator

68 Cocktail Confidential

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16 COVER CREDIT Photographer: Marc Rains Model: Mary Allen Venue: Azalea Festival | Honor Heights Park | Muskogee Wardrobe: Jules Boutique

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8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge


DOWNTOWN DINING Justin Thompson Restaurants has become a staple of the local food scene in

downtown Tulsa over the years. Chef Justin Thompson, winner of multiple Best Chef awards in the city, has a long history of developing well-known local

dining concepts and providing artful catering in Tulsa. www.jtrgroup.com

JUNIPER

SEASONAL FARM-TO-TABLE Justin's group was founded in 2011 with his first concept,

a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant called Juniper, which he and his father

designed and built by hand in the Blue Dome District. Juniper changes with the

seasons to bring guests creative, modern cuisine focused on delicious, locally

sourced ingredients and boasts a beautiful and intimate downtown setting with its rustic brick columns, commissioned art by local artists, and a warm and inviting

atmosphere. Since opening, Justin and the talented chefs at Juniper have created more than 2,000 different tasty and creative dishes that have made it onto their

popular weekly special menus. www.junipertulsa.com

PRHYME FINE-DINING MODERN STEAKHOUSE Following the success of Juniper, Justin expanded with a new

concept, PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse in 2012. PRHYME is an upscale and modern interpretation of the American steakhouse

located in Tulsa's hugely popular Tulsa Arts District. PRHYME

immediately positioned itself toward the highest level of service and quality in dining in the city and specializes in fine cuts of

USDA Prime beef. In addition, PRHYME boasts seasonal seafood,

artistically plated appetizers, classic caviar service, and desserts. PRHYME also boasts a wine list with over 250 selections from

around the world, meticulously chosen and arranged by Justin's

expert team of certified sommeliers. www.prhymetulsa.com

I TAVOLO

URBAN ITALIAN BISTRO Justin brought a taste of Italy to downtown Tulsa when he opened Tavolo in 2013 in the Deco District. Focused on handmade pasta and seasonal chef-inspired dishes,

Tavolo brings the authenticity of an urban Italian eatery you'd find in a big city. Justin selected the beautiful and historic Philtower for the restaurant, utilizing its floor-toceiling windows to highlight the famous art deco architecture of the district. Tavolo

has mezzanine and private dining space available, offers daily $8 lunch specials,

monthly Winesday events, and is a perfect destination for a romantic dinner or night out with friends. www.tavolotulsa.com

MIXCO

SPEAKEASY ST Y LE BAR In 2017, Justin Thompson Restaurants added MixCo to the group — a speakeasy-style bar located across from the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. Specializing in creative

and classic craft cocktails and delicious shareable plates, MixCo's kitchen stays open late and is the perfect place to grab a bite and a drink before or after your show

downtown, or just for a romantic and intimate dinner date. www.mixcotulsa.com


PROVIDING AN ENVELOPE OF CASH AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SPEND IT IN 48 HOURS ISN’T EXACTLY A CHALLENGE, BUT IT MAKES THIS ASSIGNMENT SOUND A LOT MORE INTERESTING.

918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE

START

Our $91.80 Challenge was a neat mix of old and new Tulsa. We love Tulsa history and the revitalization happening.

The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the March 2018 issue of Preview 918.

STOP #2

STOP #1

Continuing our adventure, we drove by the Meadow Gold sign at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue. It’s even more impressive at night. There are also plaques that help explain the history. COST: $0

We started with a trip to the original Brownies on Harvard Avenue for lunch. Although it’s small, we loved the original luncheon counter overlooking the busy staff and large cooler with oversized pie slices topped with tall meringue. And although it was very busy, service was fast and friendly. We ordered the traditional Theta Burgers with hand-cut fries and a side of okra. There is a free root beer with mention of the ad in Preview 918. COST: $16.28

STOP #6

The mission posed to James and Vicki Hayward was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities … bonus.

STOP #3

We headed downtown to check out Boomtown Tees, and left with a cute 1924 Tulsa Unlimited Opportunity Flag shirt and Oklahoma Girl earrings. They have so many cute T-shirts that are nostalgic and funny too. COST: $23.87

After a quick detour to the STOP Tulsa Union #4 Depot — this spot is an excellent example of art deco built by the Public Works Administration in 1931 — we walked across the pedestrian bridge covering the railroad tracks to see the Artificial Cloud statue, which towers over Tulsa’s own mysterious Center of the Universe. Stand in the center of the brick circle and your voice will echo, but only you can hear it. COST: $0

STOP #5

Since we were already downtown, we thought we’d check out the Ida Red location that’s near Cain’s Ballroom. Their soda fountain was very popular, but we didn’t want to spoil our appetite, so we vowed to return at another time. We enjoyed looking at the humorous selection of unique gifts and trinkets there. COST: $0

Speaking of appetite, it was time to eat and we knew exactly where we were heading: Hey Mambo. We had our favorite pizza, the Center of the Universe. The crust almost melts in your mouth, and the toppings are fresh and delish. Hey Mambo is a marriage of wood-fire oven cozy and sleek industrial decor. The gallery wall has local art for sale, which is always interesting. We finished eating a little too early to hear the live jazz that night.

STOP #7

COST: $27.13 To walk off the pizza, we went to check out the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. The building is a gorgeous art deco landmark built in 1929. We did a free self-tour; the bonus was that the pipe organist was practicing. Call ahead to schedule a guided tour. Also ask about the yoga classes and Wednesday bike rides too. COST: $0

STOP #8 Jason’s Deli on Cherry Street is our favorite salad bar in Tulsa. We split a manager’s special — a half sandwich and salad. James chose the Deli Cowboy and loved it. Their salad bar is always fresh, with lots of variety and mini gingerbread muffins As always, we enjoyed the free ice cream swirl in a cone to finish things off. COST: $10.41

THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS? 8 APRIL 2018

For some fun, we went south on Riverside to River Spirit Casino Resort. We ordered drinks and watched the sun set over the Arkansas River from the resort’s LandShark Bar. While there, we watched our favorite Tulsa band, Zodiac, play at the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar. There is always free soda and coffee on the casino floor. We spent the last few pennies in a slot machine.

STOP #9

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H HAPPENINGS APRIL LIVE MUSIC VENUES 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

MUSIC+CONCERTS

BLACKBIRD ON PEARL

1336 E. 6th St. | Tulsa

BOK CENTER

200 S. Denver Ave. | Tulsa

BRADY THEATER

OF 4 SIRENS SOUTH AUSTIN

777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

CAIN’S BALLROOM

423 N. Main St. | Tulsa

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

IDL Ballroom | Tulsa

BOK Center | Tulsa

JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS

COREY SMITH

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

3534 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

13 L.A. GUNS

5 THOMAS RHETT

CROW CREEK TAVERN

ARBUCKLE 21 DUSTIN & THE DAMNATIONS

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa

105 W. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa

CABIN CREEK | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA

12 JOHN MORELAND

24 MARTY STUART

Muskogee Civic Center

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

DOG IRON SALOON | CHEROKEE CASINO 20900 S. 4200 Road | Claremore

GUTHRIE GREEN

111 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa

6 MERCYME

Mabee Center | Tulsa

230 E. 1st St. | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

INNER CIRCLE VODKA BAR

MERCURY LOUNGE

1747 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

OKLAHOMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 5 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

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PEORIA SHOWPLACE | BUFFALO RUN CASINO & RESORT

ROUND UP BOYS Soul City | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

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777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

THE SHRINE

112 E. 18th St. | Tulsa

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Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

The Joint: Tulsa | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

JUDAS PRIEST

THREE DOG NIGHT

FOREIGNER

BOK Center | Tulsa

Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

20 ALARM58

SLEEP

28 VANCE JOY

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Brady Theater | Tulsa

DAUGHTRY

1000 Buffalo Run Blvd. | Miami

RIFFS | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA

26 OF MONTREAL

38 SPECIAL

RUSSELL 8 LEON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

PARADISE COVE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

19 TEDESCHI TRUCK BAND

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Brady Theater | Tulsa

410 N. Main St. | Tulsa

8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

25 MISTERWIVES

Soul City | Tulsa

WILLIAM CLARK GREEN

IDL BALLROOM

JIMMY BUFFETT’S MARGARITAVILLE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

14 ANTRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

Peoria Showplace | Buffalo Run Casino & Resort | Miami

BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINE

Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

RICHELLE SIGRIST

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

SOUL CITY

1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

SOUNDPONY

409 N. Main St. | Tulsa

THE COLONY

2809 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

THE FUR SHOP

520 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa

THE HUNT CLUB

224 N. Main St. | Tulsa

SOUL CITY RESIDENT SHOWS

THE JOINT | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA

1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

THE VANGUARD

222 N. Main St. | Tulsa

WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER

102 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa

WOODY’S CORNER BAR

325 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

YETI

417 N. Main St. | Tulsa

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TUESDAYS:

WEDNESDAYS:

THURSDAYS:

FRIDAYS:

SUNDAYS:

DUSTIN PITTSLEY AND DAVE WHITE

DON AND STEVE WHITE

THE BEGONIAS

SUSAN HERNDON AND SCOTT MUSICK

MARK BRUNER AND SHELBY EICHER


THURSDAY

04.05

JAY LENO

8PM

THURSDAY

05.10 TYLER HENRY 8PM

LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Schedule subject to change.

TUESDAY

04.19

38 SPECIAL

8PM

FRIDAY

I LOVE THE 90’S

8PM

05.11


7-MAY 5

AI ALSO IN APRIL 1

APRIL FOOL’S DAY EASTER GREEN COUNTRY SPRING FLING Expo Square | Tulsa 1-2

KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Claremore Expo Center 1-22

TULSA BOTANIC BLOOMS Tulsa Botanic Garden | Tulsa 1-30

AZALEA FESTIVAL Honor Heights Park | Muskogee

3-8

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Tulsa Performing Arts Center 5

JAY LENO The Joint: Tulsa | Hard Rock

Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

6

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Tulsa Arts District

CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL Tulsa Performing Arts Center XFN 347 Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

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TRAIL OF TEARS ART SHOW Cherokee Heritage 6-7

SPRING MOUNTAIN MAN ENCAMPMENT Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve | Bartlesville

6-8

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Claremore Expo Square 6-8, 13-15

DISGRACED Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Center | Tahlequah

10

TULSA ROUTE 66 SPRINTS INVITATIONAL Rogers Point | Catoosa HIGH NOON SHOOTOUT J.M Davis Arms and Historical Museum | Claremore

AQUARIUM RUN Oklahoma Aquarium | Jenks THE COLOR RUN River West Festival

TULSA ROOTS GLOBAL BASH Guthrie Green | Tulsa

12-14

GRAND LAKE BOOTLEGGER’S BALL Cherokee Yacht Club | Afton

A TRIBUTE TO SAM SHEPARD Kendall Hall | University of Tulsa

12-15

MARY POPPINS Broken Arrow Performing 13

University | Tahlequah

17

TAX DAY

ORANGEFEST Downtown Okmulgee

18-22

13-14

EXCHANGE CLUB CHILI AND BBQ COOK-OFF Civic Center Plaza | Muskogee

| Muskogee

7-8

13-15

WANENMACHER’S TULSA ARMS SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa

SYMPOSIUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN Northeastern State

Arts Center

PARTY IN THE PARK Honor Heights Park BRICKUNIVERSE LEGO FAN CONVENTION Cox Business Center | Tulsa

16-21

PIPER KERMAN Tulsa Performing

SPRINGFEST GARDEN MARKET AND FESTIVAL Tulsa Garden Center

Park | Tulsa

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER Tulsa Performing Arts Center

GARRISON KEILLOR Brady Theater | Tulsa

Arts Center

7

14

TULSA AUTO SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa

RENDEZVOUS HORSE SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa 19

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

20-22

SPRING HOME AND OUTDOOR LIVING EXPO Expo Square | Tulsa 20-22, 26-29

13-15, 19-21

TICK… TICK… BOOM! Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Arts Center

THE IRISH CURSE Tulsa Performing Arts Center

THE PRODUCERS Tulsa Performing


20-29

HAPPY DAYS Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

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TULSA HEART WALK ONEOK Field | Tulsa GARDEN TOUR Tulsa Garden Center NATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: STERLIN HARJO AND MARY KATHRYN NAGLE Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa SMOKE & GUNS 5 BOK Center | Tulsa HERBAL AFFAIR AND FESTIVAL Triangle Park | Sand Springs 22

OKLAHOMA DAY TAKACS QUARTET Tulsa Performing Arts Center 23

WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER 5TH ANNIVERSARY Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa 24-29

BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Roxy Theater and various venues | Muskogee

26-28

WOOLY WEEKEND Shepherd’s Cross | Claremore 27

TRIXIE MATTEL Tulsa Performing Arts Center

27-28

PHILBROOK WINE EXPERIENCE Philbrook Museum of Art | Tulsa

TWISTER DAYS Downtown Morris CIVIL WARS DAYS Har-Ber Village Museum | Grove

GREEN COUNTRY CLASSIC RANCH RODEO AND TRADE SHOW Claremore Expo Center RED FERN FESTIVAL Downtown Tahlequah 27, 29

TURANDOT Tulsa Performing Arts Center GREAT OUTDOOR RECREATION EXPO Expo Square | Tulsa 28

THE 16TH ANNUAL ‘80S PROM Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa MURAL FEST 66 Downtown Miami FLOWER POWER BIKE RIDE Three Forks Harbor | Fort Gibson

28-29

OKLAHOMA GUN SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa 28-JUNE 3

OKLAHOMA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL The Castle of Muskogee

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ST STREET TALK

Technology gives people the opportunity to see, hear and learn things schools don’t teach. It gives us the opportunity to connect with people around the world and learn how much we have in common.

No way. It’s totally the opposite. I understand where the question is coming from, but the benefits of having so much information at your fingertips, in virtually every possible area, far outweighs any negatives.

With knowledge at our fingertips, we know more as a whole. This might create an illusion that we are becoming dumber, because there is so much information available that we do not know.

SHIRLEY

SAL

MADDI

I think technology is great when it enhances or extends the basis for our rational thought, but please don’t let it substitute as our only basis for rational thought. Have your own resources, and also leverage what you can gain from external resources like technology.

I don’t think it’s making people dumber. If used properly, technology unlocks almost unlimited knowledge. However, I do think it’s causing more and more of us to have signs and symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

As an educator, I’ve noticed the students' writing reflects the texting culture and language use. Also because of spellcheck, many don’t know how to spell anymore. Students rely on Google instead of using different reference materials for research. I’ve taught preschool through college and seen it all.

SADIE

PAU L It sure does make some people feel dumber when they don’t know how to properly use it.

E M I LY Yes, technology is keeping us from using so many valuable things like remembering phone numbers.

ANGELA

VICTORIA I would say yes. We use the power of technology to keep up with unimportant things, like social media, instead of improving ourselves.

NANETTE Both. Good because I can search and learn about anything and bad because I’m very reliant on it daily.

AMY

JIM

I don’t think it is, but I do feel as if it makes us less social and personable with interpersonal relationships.

ANNIE

M AT T H E W

Me am say no, tech make brain gooder.

Kids are allowed to do testing online and look up the answers. They’re not really learning the material.

We’re only as smart as we choose to be, regardless of the technology.

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I think with teenagers it’s really messing with them big time.

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CS CONVERSATION STARTER In the early-‘80s, you couldn’t escape 38 Special. The band that bridged the gap between classic Southern rock and straightforward commercial rock took over the airways and barely looked over its shoulder while earning its reputation as group of road warriors, all while amassing an arsenal of hits. In 2018, 38 Special is still tearing up the concert trail. One of the founding members of the band, lead singer Don Barnes caught up with Preview 918 and discussed all things 38 Special.

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guy to take his place in Barry Dunaway who has played with Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken and Ted Nugent. He stepped right in and has been solid.

Most people may not remember that we used to have two drummers. Jack [Grondin] is now an evangelist and minister and travels the world telling his story and spreading the gospel. He even helped build an orphanage in the Philippines. We still keep in touch and he’s doing great. Steve [Brookins] is in the transport business, and he’s doing well for himself too. We all had to find our paths in life and they decided where they wanted to be and that’s great — being on the road and living out of a suitcase can be hard and it’s not for everyone. For the most part, we all still keep in touch, though, and we’re all happy for each other. Donnie [Van Zant] developed inner ear nerve damage and the doctors told him if he didn’t stop, he’d go completely deaf. This is a noisy business. It’s not just the time onstage,

it’s really all of the time. If you’re not onstage, it’s the sound of the semis or the bus, there are always generators running, and then the noise from setting up stages and stuff. We miss having him on the road, but his health is important, and I get that. We still talk and he still sends song ideas, so it’s not like he’ll ever not be a part of the family. Dusty [Hill], from ZZ Top is dealing with the same situation. He just uses in-ear monitors turned down really low and keeps his head wrapped, so people don’t really notice. As far as what makes it still 38 Special, I think it’s the sound. I was fortunate enough to have the voice that was on most of our hits and I can still recreate that sound. As a band, we recreate that and nothing is missing. We go to painstaking efforts to keep the sound clear. We do everything we can to keep everything isolated: guitars, drums, vocals, so it doesn’t bleed together. People are amazed at how clear the sound is — and when it all sounds just like they remember, everyone goes home happy.

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I remember that tour. The guys in Bon Jovi had had a couple of hits, but they were still right on the cusp of breaking loose. They were still young and hungry.

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It was devastating for all of us. Those guys were more than just our heroes, they were hometown heroes. They had a rehearsal space right next to ours and just hearing them rehearse was inspiring and made us work that much harder.

Ronnie was a big mentor for us. He told us to not be clones of everyone else, use our own influences and do what made our hearts sing. We took that to heart. They were great to us, but they were still very competitive with us. We’d be opening for them and they’d come backstage and ask us how we were feeling. We’d say something like “good.” They’d tell us good, because they were going to kick

We were at rehearsal when it happened and two guys came to let us know. One guy pulled Donnie out to tell him and I asked the other what was going on. We’d been on that plane. It was like a tour bus with couches and stuff. We were in shock and just couldn’t comprehend. When Donnie left to be with his family, I went with him. It was just the end of the world for the family. It was one of those moments that change your life. It was pivotal for me and for everyone else. I actually flew out to California with his father to identify the body, while Donnie stayed at home with his mother. I told Donnie that Ronnie was probably a bigger influence on me than he was on him, even if he didn’t see it, because he wasn’t my brother. He even signed for a guitar amp for me. Early on, I had an amp that blew up when we were playing and he met me at the guitar shop and signed for me so I could buy a new one. This was a guy that helped me a lot and taught me a lot. Donnie was crushed, because it was his brother, but we were all crushed and lost, because we’d lost our heroes.

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I remember we were out on tour at the time, but they said they needed it right away because the movie was about to come out, so we stopped what we were doing, learned the song and recorded the whole thing in one day. I added some slap back echo to the vocals. We’d just come from the arena and I liked the energy it gave it.

I do remember coming around the corner one afternoon, and Jon was on the phone. Back then, there weren’t all of the cell phones and everything, so he was on a pay phone. Anyway, I came around the corner and saw him hang up the phone and pump his fist. I asked what was up. He said his album had just reached No. 1. So that was a really pivotal moment and I was the only other one there. We were the last headliner they ever opened for.

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You know, for us, it was always about gathering a larger fan base. We even toured with Iron Maiden. We really liked playing for people who were not normally our fans. Mostly, we were trying to cross-expose both our band and the fans. We had a pretty wide fan base and we played with other bands who had the same, so the goal was to use each others fan bases to gain new fans.

I N 1984, YOU HAD A SINGLE ON THE TEACHERS SOUNDTRACK THAT WAS WRITTEN BY BRYAN ADAMS AND JIM VALLANCE. HOW DID THAT SONG, “TEACHER, TEACHER,” COME ABOUT AND WHAT DID YOU ADD TO IT TO PUT YOUR OWN SPIN ON IT?

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When British rocker Mick Jones teamed with American Lou Gramm to form the band Foreigner more than 40 years ago, they set in motion a rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut that became one of the best-selling bands with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.

Inside Information before Gramm left the band.

recording, Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, set for release April 27, and their “Juke Box Heroes” tour with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening starting June 15, Foreigner will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa this month.

Attempting to mend bridges, Jones and Gramm reteamed for 1994’s Mr. Moonlight, which failed to return the group to the top of the charts. Foreigner remained a popular concert draw, but the band’s future was thrust into Foreigner’s self-titled debut was doubt in 1997 when Gramm was The current lineup consists of issued in 1977 and became an diagnosed with a brain tumor. Jones, Hansen, Thom Gimbel immediate hit on the strength of Following a recovery, the band (guitar, saxophone), Jeff Pilson the singles “Feels Like the First continued to tour until Gramm (bass), Michael Bluestein Time,” “Long, Long Way from left again in 2003 and was replaced (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) Home,” and “Cold as Ice.” Over the by former Hurricane singer Kelly and Chris Frazier (drums). FROM ITS WINDY CITY BEGINNINGS IN 1967 TO ITS ADULT next decade, the hits continued Hansen in 2005. to pour out on the strength of In advance the show, we talked CONTEMPORARY DOMINANCE IN THE ‘80SofAND ‘90S, NO albums like Double Vision, Head With their 40th anniversary tour to Gimbel who has been with the OTHER BAND HAS DONE WITH Games, 4, Agent Provocateur and ROCK behind them, an orchestral live IT BETTER band since 1995. HORNS

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I got a phone call from Mick Jones’ brother, Kevin. He asked if it was true that I played guitar, sax, keyboards, flute, and did a lot of singing. I told him he had called the right number. They had seen some clips of me playing with Aerosmith and were looking for a guy like me [to join the band]. Mick Jones actually said to me, “We realize you can play, but it’d be nice to get to know each other a little bit. Why don’t we go to dinner?” I went to dinner with Mick Jones and Lou Gramm. And that was my audition. I was lucky. I got to spend 10 years with Mick and Lou and then with Mick and Kelly. It’s been the best 23 years imaginable.

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John Bonham] came in. And we found Kelly Hansen and it’s just been a rocket ship ever since. People just love Kelly and they always have. He sings so well and he talks to the audience like they’re his friends. He’s a real personal guy. That translates and people have always accepted him from the beginning.

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They’re such gifted songwriters. That’s why they’re in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. That’s the basis of everything. People come to these concerts and they love the songs. Hopefully they don’t mind the band.

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 ere are a few changes, but Th a lot of the elements remain constant. The changes are mostly on the bus. You can stay in touch with your friends and family. We had a guy helping his daughter do her homework over Skype. That was something you couldn’t do before. When you got on that bus, it was like leaving Earth. Maybe, if you were lucky, you’d have a VCR and you could watch Die Hard or Trading Places. That was what used to be on a tour bus. There were no telephones. There was nothing. It’s a little bit easier to tour now.


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THE LATEST INCARNATION OF MICK JONES’ FOREIGNER, WITH FORMER HEADBANGER KELLY HANSEN ON VOCALS, IS STILL “HOT BLOODED,” DISPLAYING A YOUTHFUL ENERGY THAT DRIVES 40 YEARS OF HITS. BY DONNA LEAHEY

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That’s what we’re hoping to do. People just forget about life for an hour or two and have a good time and celebrate this music, maybe relive some old memories, and maybe create some new ones. That’s the business we’re in and we feel very fortunate.

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Foreigner music lends itself really well to orchestral arrangements. We’re excited about that. We’re going to do a few shows this year with the orchestra and choir. We mix it up. It’s a night with an orchestra and a night with a choir and a rock band.

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Aside from that, the live concert thing is still kind of the way it was. That’s part of the beauty, I think. It’s still the audience, the band, the music, and the lights. There’s nothing like a live concert. Just can’t replace the energy and the feeling. It’s pretty magical. We feel really fortunate to be in a business where we can bring a good time.

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The WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER focuses on carrying Guthrie’s vision and legacy into the future while keeping in touch with his past, and helping Oklahoma youth find their own voices. BY G.K. HIZER

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More than just a museum and gathering place for Woody Guthrie’s archives, the Woody Guthrie Center is focused on both giving back to the community and helping others carry forward Woody’s legacy of social activism. This year will see a big update for the museum and, of course, there will be concerts to celebrate the center’s fifth anniversary. But as executive director Deana McCloud shares, the WGC’s main focus is in remaining committed to its educational programs and helping Oklahoma youth find their voices and help create change. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or know the layout of the building like your own home, a huge new addition will be hard to miss. As an exhibit, the virtual reality Dust Bowl is designed to resemble a farmhouse porch and was even built from repurposed wood located in the Panhandle of the state. With VR headsets, visitors are able to experience an oncoming dust storm from the vantage point of the porch, in a multi-sensory experience. The exhibit opens to members and donors April 23 before opening to the public the next day. During the Dust Bowl period, folk singer Guthrie, whose writing is distinguished by a homespun authenticity and deep-seated purpose, joined thousands of Okies who were migrating to California looking for work, leaving his wife and children in Texas. Many of his songs are concerned with the conditions faced by these working-class people. “We have found in the past that most people were really interested in the Dust Bowl era and the dust

storms,” says McCloud. “When it came time for our five-year update, we wanted to be forward thinking and cutting edge. A lot of museums are trying to find ways to use new technology and virtual reality to make the experience more interactive. It was clear for us to know how to incorporate that with this exhibit. It just makes sense. “This was the first step to kick off our capital campaign to add technology and scope to the museum. We were fortunate to get grants from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and matching funds from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, but most of this was paid for from our operating expense budget. It’s our responsibility to be wise with our spending and we understand the impact this can have.” This exhibit is important to show the impact the Dust Bowl and the storms had on the people who left Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. It’s historically important because these were the events that caused people to move and become migrant workers, but it was also the catalyst for Woody becoming a social activist and telling the stories of the area. In February 1940 while holed up in a New York hotel, he wrote his most famous song, “This Land Is Your Land,” as a response to what he felt was an overplaying of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on the radio. Guthrie thought the lyrics were unrealistic and complacent. Songwriters such as Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

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Also on exhibit through May 6 is “Marty Stuart’s Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey.” Taken largely from Stuart’s private collection, the display includes hand-written lyrics from Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard; Cash’s Martin D-45 guitar; and guitars from Glen Campbell and Haggard, along with many other items. “It really shows the impact Oklahoma had on the Bakersfield sound,” says McCloud. “If you investigate the West Coast country sound, it includes a lot of people who migrated to California, so it really ties to who we are in Oklahoma, musically.” Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slickly produced, string orchestraladen Nashville sound, which was becoming popular in the late 1950s. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and Merle Haggard and the Strangers are the most successful artists of the original Bakersfield sound era. Other major Bakersfield country artists include Dwight Yoakam, Wynn Stewart, Jean Shepard, Tommy Collins, Susan Raye, Joe Maphis, Dennis Payne and Freddie Hart.

using input from the center in planning the project. McCloud says the WGC offers a number of educational programs that are ongoing and mostly focusing on underfunded schools. Of course, there are also afterschool and summer programs that include putting together a band and either recording a song or performing on the Guthrie Green, depending on the season. “We don’t want to just show Woody’s legacy; we want to inspire people to use their own voices,” McCloud says. “It’s great, and so rewarding, when you see young people realize their voice is important. Woody wanted people to love and feel good, and his work was largely about the potential of the world. “Woody always carried a message of hope and that if you don’t like the world, it’s up to you to change it.”  

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re a s l l i The H till Alive S When most people think of The Sound of Music, they envision the iconic opening scene of the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews as Maria Rainer, twirling around the meadow with the mountains of Austria rising behind her. Majestic mountains, established and assured of their purpose, dwarf the young girl on the brink of womanhood not yet sure of her place in the world.

Melissa McKamie as Elsa Schrader

The film, inspired by Maria von Trapp’s memoir (The Story of the Trapp Family Singers), has earned a place as one of the most beloved films and musicals of all time, but many aren’t aware that it debuted onstage as a musical in 1959. And this month, Tulsa gets to experience The Sound of Music in a theatrical show featuring the cherished music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

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“Even though it’s set in 1938 as the Nazis were taking control of Austria, it’s a story very relevant to today’s audience,” says Melissa McKamie, who plays Baroness Elsa Schrader, Maria’s rival for the heart and hand of the stuffy Naval widower Captain Georg von Trapp, father to seven precocious and mischievous children. “It’s a story about a young girl unsure of the path she should take in her life. She’s searching for meaning outside herself.” In contrast to Maria, McKamie’s character is more mature and

finds her strength from within. “She’s in control of her emotions and her life in a way that Maria is not,” says McKamie.

Though they are two completely different characters, both are searching for a dream and security during turbulent and unsure times. “When Baroness Schrader realizes her fiancé will not appease the Nazi party, she decides she is not willing to risk the wealth and status she has attained and calls off the engagement,” says McKamie. “My hope is that down the line she changes her views, but at that moment, she is in survival mode and love is not worth the risk.” Other characters like the Captain and Rolf Gruber, the young Nazi recruit, have to choose whether they will cooperate or defy the new regime.


“They’re human beings like you and me finding their own way in life,” says McKamie. “If you’re on the front lines like they were, you have to ask yourself, what are you willing to risk to stand up for what you believe is right?” McKamie hopes that audiences see the relevance in their own lives through these very real characters. Amid the backdrop of the Nazi takeover of Austria, the real heartbeat of the show is summed up in Mother Abbess’ vocal counsel to Maria to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” “Mother Abbess is telling Maria to follow her dreams no matter how hard the climb, even if it means giving up what she first thought was her dream,” says McKamie. And McKamie knows a thing or two about following her dreams. Growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, she attended Oklahoma City University where she studied musical theatre under the guidance of Dr. Florence Birdwell, a legend in the industry. After graduating and saving up enough money, McKamie moved to New York City in 2004, but she wasn’t prepared for the culture shock. In fact, it was such an adjustment that McKamie didn’t start auditioning until four years ago. But in a way, McKamie was more like Maria than the Baroness back then: a young woman discovering herself and coming out to family and friends after she moved to New York with the woman who would later become her wife. “The rejection that came from that was all I could handle at the time,” says McKamie. “I only auditioned for things that were low risk, but I never stopped singing.”

Doctors told McKamie to wait. “During those seven months of not speaking, I did a lot of soul searching,” says McKamie. “I hadn’t yet pursued my calling in the way I knew it had to be pursued, and I vowed to jump in and give it everything I had as soon as my voice came back.” Was it irony or fate that McKamie’s first professional gig was playing Maria in The Sound of Music in a regional production? “It was very healing for me to play Maria,” says McKamie. And playing Baroness Elsa Schrader has brought her full circle. Audiences will experience all the things they love about The Sound of Music. Most of the favorite songs in the original stage production are in the show, although some songs which appeared in the film are in different orders and scenes. McKamie encourages anyone who has seen The Sound of Music to come see it again and experience it through fresh eyes. “The one word that keeps coming up is stunning,” says McKamie.

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McKamie and her wife (now a pastor of a church in New Jersey), were married in 2011. In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, while driving on a dark highway with no lights due to the power being out, a deer jumped a concrete wall and crashed into them.

“I developed what I thought was laryngitis,” says McKamie. “But after two weeks I began to worry, so I saw an ENT and was diagnosed with vocal fold paresis [partial paralysis] caused by trauma or a virus, and there was no guarantee of healing.”

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AT MUSKOGEE’S AZALEA FESTIVAL, LEARN THE FINE ART OF FLOWER POWER DURING THIS YEARLY EXTRAVAGANZA COMPLETE WITH FOOD VENDORS, CULTURAL PERFORMANCES AND EXOTIC DEMONSTRATIONS. BY GINA CONROY

“Azaleas are beautiful but difficult flowers to grow, especially in Oklahoma,” says Ashley Wilbourn, tourism director of the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that Muskogee has such a thriving abundance is unique.” 

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Oklahoma in April. Where the wind comes sweeping through a breathtaking arboretum and botanical sanctuary carrying the sweet, spicy, and sometimes intoxicating fragrance of blossoming azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, redbuds, and wisteria. Where waving blooms of over 30,000 colorful azaleas from 625 varieties lure nearly 600,000 people to Muskogee from around the world for one of the area’s most popular events: the annual Azalea Festival. 

And Muskogee has been celebrating this unique bloom for the last 50 years. It all began when local nurseries were growing azaleas as a floral plant.


“The parks director at the time [Art Johnson] decided to try growing them as a landscape plant in the city’s Honor Heights Park,” says Wilbourn. “He collected pecan hulls from local nut factories and composted them, and began growing the azaleas in the composted hulls, with much success.”  Honor Heights Park, the gem of the city, with its winding roads leading to gardens and fields, ponds and lakes, and flowers, is now home to the Azalea Festival. Whether visitors come to escape concrete or cubicle worlds, or just want to enjoy

more of nature, there is plenty to keep you coming back all month. You can stroll the walkways or get lost in one of three trails. You may want to meander through the butterfly sanctuary and tree arboretum, or peruse the halfmile Stem Beach trail popular with local walkers and runners. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a purple martin, ruby-throated hummingbird or the Oklahoma state bird, the scissortail flycatcher, on the Audubon Trail. Or perhaps you’ll explore tranquil ponds from shore or venture out for a closer look on the fishing docks. Even the children

will enjoy an afternoon at the playground while you celebrate the end of a long winter and welcome in the beauty of spring. “Many people think that the Azalea Festival consists of one main event, but it’s really a series of events all month,” says Wilburn. This celebration is not just contained to Honor Heights Parks. With a variety of events to accommodate eclectic interests, held not only in the park but throughout the downtown area, there is something new and fun for everyone.

Though you can visit Honor Heights Park any day, you may want to mark your calendars for additional festival favorites including the Party in the Park (April 7), Exchange Club Chili & BBQ Cook-off and Parade (April 14), Cruizaders Car Show (April 14), Art Crawl (April 14), and Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open (April 19-21).

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“This year we have more events planned than ever,” says Wilburn. “We’ve also had a mild winter, so we expect to have full bloom by early April.”

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There’s no need to travel to bayou country for authentic Cajun when HEBERT’S SPECIALTY MEATS AND CAJUN ED’S RESTAURANT can take care of those craving right here in Tulsa. By Donna Leahey Photos by Marc Rains

What do you call those little miniature lobsters that live in fresh water? Crawfish? Mudbugs? Yabbies? Whatever you call them, when Crawfest rolls around at Hebert’s Specialty Meats and Cajun Ed’s Restaurant, you’re going to be enjoying all the Cajun crawfish you want. First things first, you need to make sure you pronounce the name right. “It’s like ‘Hey, bear,’” explains Ed Richard, who owns Hebert’s with his wife, Jennifer. Their daughter, Kimberly, is the general manager, making the whole operation a family business. Hebert’s Specialty Meats and Cajun Ed’s provide Cajun food so tasty you must try it. If you think you don’t like Cajun, then you’ve probably never tried Cajun Ed’s. Ed, Jennifer, and Kimberly will win you over with their tasty food and welcoming attitude. Hebert’s has been shipping meat products like alligator, poultry, and even turducken [a delicately deboned turkey that is stuffed with boneless duck and chicken] all over the country for 20 years

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with the slogan “the best Cajun food by real Cajuns.” Ed is a Louisiana native who found that it was tough getting his favorite Cajun cuisine in Oklahoma. “Every time I went back home, I was bringing back ice chests full of food for me and my friends. Crawfish, andouille, boudin.” Eventually, he made a business of it, opening Hebert’s to ship Cajun food all over the country. Eleven years ago, Hebert’s moved to its current location at 71st Street near Lewis Avenue and opened Cajun Ed’s for lunch. That proved so popular, they made the jump to opening for dinner four years ago. As soon as you pull up to the building, you’re transported to the Gulf Coast. You might notice colorful strands of beads hanging from the trees and a net decorating the entrance. Inside, you’re confronted by a case full of enormous steaks and other delicacies. The interior is brightened with purple, gold, and green beads, masks, and balls, while eclectic items like accordions, driftwood, audaciously colorful hats, and New Orleans Saints football

memorabilia decorate the walls. Windows on the outside walls let in plenty of natural light. If you’re there for lunch, queue up at the lunch counter and let them serve you one of their daily specials or regular lunch menu items. You’re in for a treat whatever your choice. You’ve got plenty of options including a chicken tender basket, a fried seafood basket with your choice of crawfish, shrimp, oysters, or fish, smoked sausage sandwich or flavorful boudin. You can get a shrimp or crawfish étouffée, or a nice bowl of gumbo or red beans. You can’t go wrong with a po’boy, crispy bread filled to overflowing with beef, pulled pork, turducken, fried shrimp, fried crawfish tails, or fried oysters. The fried shrimp or fried oyster po’boy are an especially good choice. Cajun Ed’s fried offerings are lightly breaded and perfectly seasoned, making for a treat of both texture and flavor. The daily specials are special indeed and make it worthwhile to visit Cajun Ed’s any day of the week. Monday brings you an étouffée stuffed chicken. Tuesday offers a tough choice between a crawfishjalapeno-stuffed chicken or the surprising Cajun-Mex special

with three crawfish tamales and two soft tacos. You might think that Cajun and Mexican wouldn’t play well together, but Cajun Ed’s pulls it off very nicely. Wednesday features a broccoli stuffed chicken and Thursday’s special is Ed’s turducken served over dirty rice. Saturday is a serving of boneless stuffed Cajun chicken wings. But Friday, oh, Friday. Friday’s special is stuffed fish and must be tasted to be believed. Seasoned white fish stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat dressing, served over rice, and topped with shrimp étouffée. The fish is light and flaky, the shrimp and crab set it off perfectly and the étouffée is delicate and hearty at the same time, seasoned just right, and generously full of shrimp. It’s worth the wait for Friday. The dinner menu offers too many choices to list. They start you with fresh pork rinds, seasoned with Cajun Ed’s spice, and served with red bean butter, so you’ve got something to munch on while you work your way through all the delicious options on the menu. Consider starting with the crab cakes. They’re made with sweet blue crabmeat and shrimp, fried to a crispy perfection, and served


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One of the big events of the day is the crawfish eating contest. “It’s a lot of fun, good competition,” says Kimberly. “For three years in a row, the same gentleman won, and he just got beat last year. Winner takes a $100 prize and a trophy.”  

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You won’t want to miss Crawfest coming up May 19. “It’s a ton of fun,” says Kimberly. “We have live music all day. We have tons of food available, not just crawfish. There will be activities like crawfish races and a bead art area for children. There will be tents so

You can get your crawfish boiled, in étouffé, in boudin, and served up in tamales and tacos. Admission to the event is free. You can buy tickets for the food you want to try. There will be beer and soft drinks available.

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When you check out, be sure to pick up one of Rachel’s pralines for sale by the register. Even if you’re too full to enjoy it right away, you will be glad when you’ve got room for its rich, creamy, caramely sweetness.

no worries about too much sun or getting wet if it rains. We’ve got everything covered.”

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While you’re considering, pay extra attention to the specialty platters. The boiled seafood platter is not just a generous portion of boiled shrimp, snow crab, and crawfish, it is an example of Cajun Ed’s deft touch with seasonings. While the seafood is loaded with Cajun flavor, it never overwhelms the delicate flavors of the shrimp,

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with housemade remoulade. Cajun Ed’s will be glad to grill up a rib-eye or a bacon-wrapped filet if you’re looking for a hearty meal. For an upcharge you can get your steak smothered with crawfish étouffée.

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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STROLLING IN STYLE Established in 2007, FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL is a year-round monthly event that features galleries, studios, museums, various shops, restaurants, and venues opening their doors to showcase local art and music. By Gina Conroy Photos by Marc Rains

and coffee shops brim with laughter and conversations while bars and clubs swell with excitement and live entertainment. While the Tulsa Arts District draws thousands of people each first Friday throughout the year, there was a time when this event was a hidden gem nestled in the heart of downtown waiting to be discovered.

elcome to one of Tulsa’s eclectic enclaves of boutique shops, one-ofa-kind restaurants, museums, parks, creative businesses, clubs, studios and art galleries: the historic downtown Tulsa Arts District. Join them on the first Friday of every month to experience all the sights, sounds and tastes the District has to offer — with an event that could only happen here.

Doctor Greg Gray, former owner of Club 209, organized the first Art Crawl 10 years ago as a part of the business association. At the time, there were four venues: the TAC Gallery, Club 209, Tulsa Glass Blowing School, and studios that showcased new and upcoming artists. Bob Fleischman, co-owner of Chrysalis Salon and current president of the Tulsa Arts District Business Association, joined the crawl three months after it started.

If you’ve ever attended First Friday Art Crawl, then you’ve experienced the energy that lights up this part of downtown. People of all ages and walks of life stroll from gallery to gallery, curious about what new art they will discover in each unique venue. Performers grace the stage of Guthrie Green and pop up in unexpected places, adding to the ambiance of the evening. Restaurants

“We started with 50 to 100 people,” says Fleischman. “I’d ask people how many friends do you have?” Although First Friday Art Crawl was originally mostly filled with friends and family of the gallery owners and artists, today it draws an average crowd of 3,000 people monthly throughout the year with the highest attendance at 10,000 in 2015 for the 100th Art Crawl.

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“At first, the idea seemed foreign to people,” says Fleischman. “People would go to the TAC Gallery, but wouldn’t walk down the rest of the street to see what else was going on.” In the early days, the galleries provided food, wine and cocktails to entice the people downtown. Now there are plenty of restaurants, bars and retail shops to keep everyone entertained beyond the Art Crawl hours. In fact, Fleischman encourages people to arrive early for good parking and stay late. “You can sit on the patio of one of the restaurants and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail before the Art Crawl,” says Fleischman. “When the galleries and shops close at 9 p.m., you can gather in the restaurants and bars and enjoy the nightlife downtown Tulsa offers.” Whether drawing crowds of 50 or 5,000, First Friday Art Crawl has never strayed from its original purpose of giving new or unknown local artists a venue to showcase and sell their work. Joel Wright, co-owner of Chrysalis Salon, can’t remember who suggested displaying art in the salon and switching it monthly. “We wanted to give local artists their first solo show,” says Fleischman. “And we have.”


Some artists featured in the salon over the years include Brooke Golightly, Doug Bauer, Taylor Young, Margaret Aycock and Blake Walinder, to name a few. Artists are still found by word-of-mouth or through submissions. “If I like the art, I show it,” says Wright. Chrysalis Salon and the other mini-galleries are always open to new artists. “Some artists are intimidated to approach galleries,” says Wright. “I understand it’s putting your face forward. Artists have insecurities and trepidation, but you have to get over it or you won’t get your work sold.” As the months passed and attendance at the Art Crawl grew, Fleischman and Wright realized when they showcased better artists, more people would come to the Art Crawl. Yet it wasn’t until the nonprofit galleries got involved that they saw a significant increase in attendance. “When the Living Arts of Tulsa gallery moved to the area, we went from 100 to 300 in attendance,” says Fleischman. “We hit 2,000 people when the AHHA [Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center] building opened for the first time.” Each time a new venue opened, it drew more people downtown. With the George Kaiser Family Foundation developing the Arts District and more venues like the Woody Guthrie Center, even more families are discovering what the Art Crawl has to offer. Local artist John Hammer first attended the Art Crawl before he participated as one of the featured artists. He started showing his art at the Sunday Market at Guthrie Green. Then, when he moved to the AHHA studio, he stayed opened during First Friday. “As an artist, I believe it’s important to interact with my audience not only for feedback, but also to connect the art on a personal level,” says Hammer. “This helps break down the barrier of being unapproachable that sometimes exists between the public and the art or artist.” Several years ago, the Art Crawl added the performing arts to the various venues, drawing a new demographic. Live bands at the Soundpony and Hunt Club brought in a different crowd. In addition, the Living Arts and AHHA building have hosted various performing artists including ballroom and modern dance. “You’re never sure what special event will be happening at or around Guthrie Green,”

says Fleischman. “There’s always something different.” Street musicians, performers and merchants pop up in unexpected places, adding to the ambiance of the Art Crawl. One of the newest events taking place during First Friday Art Crawl is the Market After Dark at Guthrie Green, which debuted November 2017. The event brought artists crafting live underneath the stars in tents on Guthrie Green. This not only gives people a chance to buy local art, but to talk to those who created it. “We might be in the Fly Loft or pop up around Guthrie Green,” says Hammer, “but we will have an outlet for

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local artists to show and expose people to their art.” While there are smaller galleries, businesses and restaurants like Chrysalis and Hey Mambo that feature new artists every month, having the monthly art market is a critical way to support new artists. “Not everyone gets to be represented or to make money selling their work,” says Hammer. “Other venues can be difficult to get in and you need to apply a year or two in, advance.” With the market, Hammer hopes more artists will get their work noticed and people will come out to view it. If you think, because you’ve attended the First Friday Art Crawl once or even a dozen times, you’ve seen it all, you are mistaken. “We’re reaching further with the refinery, artist studios for Tulsa artist fellows, which are open every First Friday so you can visit with an artist,” says Fleischman. In fact, with more kid-friendly galleries and live entertainment in the park, there’s so much to do downtown that one night a month, even if you attend every month, is never enough. “We encourage everyone to come out during the week,” says Fleischman. “The galleries are free and open during the day, throughout the month, not just on First Friday.”

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Golf lovers, here’s a tip: the Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is waiting for you. It’s one of the unique golfing spots in Green Country, and once you get to know the course and its history, it’s easy to understand why. Cherokee Hills, as its name suggests, is a hilly course, offering beautiful views and challenging holes, as well as the stellar service that guests of the Hard Rock have come to expect.

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“In the Tulsa landscape, there are very few golf courses with the elevation we have here,” says Jeff Jarrett, golf operating general manager for Cherokee Nation Entertainment. Jarrett oversees the Cherokee Hills Golf Club. “You can see the Tulsa skyline. And the elevation changes throughout the golf course, which challenges golfers when they come out here. It’s not flat. It’s not surrounded by developments.”

Cherokee Hills Golf Club is more than a golfing location; it’s a historic landmark. Built in 1924, it was the first prominent golf course in the Tulsa area, designed by the legendary Perry Maxwell, renowned for his natural, challenging golf course layouts. Maxwell was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to the sport. (Maxwell designed Southern Hills Golf Course as well, in 1935.)

Like many historic landmarks built in the 1920s, Cherokee Hills fell into disrepair, in part due to the damaging impact resulting from the F4 tornado that came through the Tulsa area in 1993. “It had just fallen on hard times, like many golf courses do,” says Jarrett. In 2004, the Cherokee Nation/Hard Rock took over the golf course and brought in Tripp Davis, an NCAA All-American from the University of Oklahoma and well-known golf architect, to


redesign the course and restore it to its former glory. “He’s one of the best restorers of Maxwell golf courses,” says Jarrett. “We renovated the entire property — trees, fairways, greens, irrigation — but retained several holes from the original and added several new ones. It’s hard to tell what holes Davis did versus what was original to Maxwell.” The design is one reason that Cherokee Hills has been awarded as one

of the top 5 places to play golf in Oklahoma by Golfweek, a title the course has proudly maintained every year since it first won its top 5 listing in 2007. One of the great advantages of playing Cherokee Hills, of course, is that it’s adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, allowing golfers a wider variety of entertainment pre- and postgame than the typical golf course. “Our goal is to make people happy

and give them a great experience here, and then continue their entertainment across the street,” says Jarrett. “You can come here, play, and then go across the street and enjoy a show at The Joint: Tulsa or visit the restaurants there [inside the casino]. We enjoy being part of the Hard Rock property.” The Cherokee Hills experience is designed with great service in mind. Golf carts are enabled with a GPS system, which golfers tend

to appreciate. “It adds a really cool aspect to the event,” says Jarrett. “It tells you the yardage from here to the hole and helps you navigate the golf course.” Another cool feature of the course is its professional staff. The course’s head golf pro is Matt Harris, who works tirelessly to provide a great experience for golfers, including groups and charitable tournament events. The teaching pro is Brian Montgomery, a popular

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“Our most significant special rate is our One Star Rate for our One Star card holders,” says Jarrett. “That rate is phenomenal: $40 beginning April 1 through October, and $30 in the offseason. These rates are some of the most affordable in the Tulsa area, and you get a great golf course in return.”  

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And what would a golf course be without those who keep it in top shape? Thanks to course superintendent John Carothers and his team, Cherokee Hills offers one of the best environments in the state.

Public rates and times are available during the week and on weekends. Memberships are available to Green Country residents, with rate information listed on the Hard Rock’s website.

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Cherokee Hills Golf Club also offers a meeting facility space that can accommodate 150-175 people, as well as the Champions Grill. Golfers can preorder food at the eighth hole, pick up their order at the ninth hole, and keep playing. There’s a full practice facility as well, with a driving range, teeing area, putting green and more. Range balls are included in the green fee.

Guests at the Hard Rock can enjoy special hotel guest rates when they play the semi-private course, including golf packages for groups. “It’s very relaxing to come here,” says Jarrett. “We can handle your needs all across the property. It’s a great place to come. This is a beautiful spot, not just here, but Tulsa. Northeast Oklahoma has a lot to offer.”

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for Success FROM PLANNING, COOKING AND SERVING TO COORDINATING, FIELDING QUESTIONS AND SOLVING PROBLEMS, HEATHER DUSENBERRY AND 624 CATERING CAN PROVIDE THE VITAL SERVICES YOU MAY NEED FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY OR EVENT TO MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION. By Michele Chiappetta

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Weddings, retirement parties, charity dinners, large business luncheons… Special events like these involve a lot of planning, a lot of attention to detail, and yes, a lot of delicious, pleasing food to satisfy the event goers. And while it might seem intimidating to think about where to begin when you need the help of a caterer, it’s much easier when you consult a professional catering team that loves to help people arrange the tastiest, most charming eats for their needs.

It’s no surprise that among Green Country’s catering operations, the group at 624 Catering stands out among the crowd. Run by the Justin Thompson Restaurants ( JTR) Group, whose eateries include PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse, Juniper, Tavolo and MixCo, are staples in downtown Tulsa, 624 Catering specializes in serving up wonderful classic Americana-style dishes to please every palate for any special occasion you can envision. Heather Dusenberry, catering director for the JTR Group and manager of the dayto-day operations for 624 Catering, is an

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experienced event planner and caterer who loves feeding Tulsa area families, businesses and charities on their special days. Dusenberry served as the general manager at Juniper and also ran her own event coordination company before stepping into her role with the JTR Group. Dusenberry’s knowledge of what makes an event a stellar experience is one reason 624 Catering is one of the most popular, go-to spots in Green Country. As anyone who has planned a large event knows, the details can feel overwhelming. Clients of 624 Catering can be assured they’ll receive excellent guidance in making their event picture  perfect.


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For those with special culinary requirements, Dusenberry says just ask, and they’ll find a way to make it work. “We are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements,” she says. “If you have dietary restrictions, let me know. We always plan on having a few vegetarian foods at any event, and we try to keep most menu items gluten-free.” Catered gatherings are also doable at any of the JTR Group restaurants. “Each restaurant has a menu that’s tailored to that restaurant’s likeness. They focus on what their expertise is,” says Dusenberry. In addition, each restaurant will open for private parties during times they are normally closed to the public.

If you want a taste of what the 624 Catering chefs can offer, Dusenberry suggests visiting the venue for their public events. “We do brunch once a month,” she says, “occasional wine dinners, and host a lot of dinners for charities.”

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Events can also be scheduled off-site, wherever a client prefers to host their event, whether it’s at another local venue, office space, home, backyard, or anywhere else you can imagine. They do it all, she says, and the bigger, the better. “Five hundred people events with multiple courses are kind of our specialty,” says Dusenberry.

Menu options include breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, hot and cold buffets, boxed sandwiches and wraps, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a host of a la carte items — guaranteeing there’s something for every style of event you can throw their way. And the catering staff isn’t limited to what is listed on the menus. The chefs have years of experience, and they love a challenge.

“Knowing what you want is essential,” she says. “A lot of people focus on budget, but then their vision gets put aside. It helps when you know exactly what you want. And we can always tailor the budget to work with what you have in mind.”

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Among the most outstanding visual aspects of the space include its 20-foothigh ceilings, marble columns, terrazzo floor accents, original ceiling details and contemporary palette, giving it a fresh, crisp appearance that nevertheless hearkens back to the roaring ’20s. The space can easily accommodate seated dinner groups as small as 25 or as large as 100-150, or a standing cocktail and hors d’oeuvres party of up to 200 guests.

Of course, no catered event is complete without great food. And like every other JTR property, 624 Catering’s chefs are pros at serving stylish, innovative, tasty culinary delights. “Our menu is handcrafted,” says Dusenberry. “We do everything from scratch. We buy everything fresh and make it specifically for your event.”

When you’re planning an event, whether it’s at one of the JTR Group restaurants, the 624 Catering event venue, or a private location, you can always consult with Dusenberry, who will happily help you navigate the ins and outs of hosting a successful occasion. And if you’re looking for tips to get started on your planning, Dusenberry has a few suggestions.

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An outstanding feature of the 624 Catering team is its attractive event venue, located in the lobby of the Oklahoma Natural Gas building at Seventh and Boston in downtown Tulsa. The spot is known for its historic connection to one of Tulsa’s most prosperous periods, as well as a gorgeously maintained historic interior. “This was one of the first two buildings in Tulsa to be fashioned in the art deco zigzag style,” Dusenberry says.

“We have everything we need to cook off-site and execute any event. Things we don’t have, we can rent.”

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“I have done catering for so many years,” says Dusenberry. “I know how much stress goes into planning events. I can guide the client through the entire process to make it easier. I’ve seen it all and done it all and know the best ways to get it all done with excellence."

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TEACHING IS AN INCREASINGLY DEMANDING JOB THAT CAN BE EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, AND AT TIMES, SEEM IMPOSSIBLE. BUT WHEN IT CALLS TO YOU, AS IT DID PRECIOUS LANGO, THE CHANCE TO TRANSFORM LIVES OUTWEIGHS THE HARDSHIPS. BY DONNA LEAHEY PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS

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Every morning, Precious Lango faces a task too daunting for most of us. She’s a math teacher at Webster Middle School in Tulsa, braving the wilds of adolescent education with joy, faith, and love for her job, her kids, and her new home. Neither teaching nor Tulsa is where she thought she’d end up when she graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2014. “After graduating college, I was sure I was going to be a physical therapist,” she says. “I had an internship planned and was waiting to hear back from the PT programs that I had applied to. Shortly after graduating, all the plans I had made fell through. I had to come up with something to do. A friend told me to check out City Year.” City Year is a member of the AmeriCorps national service network and is an education nonprofit dedicated to helping students and schools be successful. Since its founding more than 20 years ago, nearly 1 million men and women have stepped forward to serve, providing more than 1.2 billion hours of results-driven service to the nation.

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“I went online and after reading about the work that City Year does, I knew I had to be a part of this program. In the application process, there is an option to choose where you would like to serve or to serve where most needed,” she says. “Because I had never lived in any of the 25 cities that were listed, plus I’m a big believer in fate, I decided to serve where most needed. “God’s plans for me were different from what I had planned. I’ve now lived in Tulsa for three years teaching, and Tulsa is becoming more and more like home.” Lango’s time with City Year proved to her that education was her passion.

Education is the single largest priority area for AmeriCorps. Likewise, City Year believes that national service has a powerful role to play in improving educational outcomes for students. For every federal dollar invested in City Year through AmeriCorps, an additional $4 are raised in matching support through private and local resources.

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“I love being able to love, support, and encourage the kids I’m working with,” she says. “I want to show them that despite being told that they ‘can’t’ either by people or circumstances that in fact they actually ‘can.’ I love getting to work with them and seeing them go from not


understanding a math concept to succeeding in that particular skill. I love being able to talk, listen, and walk with them through the obstacles that life sometimes puts in our way.” Lango’s love for teaching is obvious, and she’s joyous about it. “I love being able to spread love to my students. I love being able to speak life into them, to encourage them, to show them that they can,” she says. “Too often, students feel like they aren’t smart enough or they aren’t a math person, and I want to show them all people are math people. I love being an adult they can trust when life gets in the way. I enjoy seeing them become successful in math and in school in general.” She is devoted to her students, school and even the administration as well, which is beyond admirable considering the low pay Oklahoma teachers receive and that it’s estimated that over 1 million teachers nationally move in and out of schools annually, and between 40-50 percent quit within five years. “I love the kids. I’m convinced the students here are some of the best students in Tulsa. They have such big hearts and even bigger personalities, and I love it,” she says. “They are the reason that I am here day in and day out. I also really love the administration. I am thankful to have served at Webster High School.” We’ve all read or heard how hard teachers work and how many hours they put in. But unless you’ve spent time in the classroom, especially in Oklahoma, it’s hard to really appreciate how they help underachievers to fly and keep over-achievers grounded. At a time when educators are courageously raising the bar for student achievement higher than ever before, the job of Lango and the American teacher has never been more critical to the success of our children and to the prosperity of our nation. Educators frequently share that teaching is the most difficult job that anyone can have and, at times, the most rewarding. “It’s challenging to have work-life balance. I’ve struggled greatly with not working so much at home and finding time to be a human and take care of myself,” she says. “I spend a lot of time being involved in my church, Transformation Church. When not teaching or at church, I love to cook, go to the movies, or attend sporting events.” If you’re considering being a hero taking on the awesome task of teaching, Lango has some advice. “Know and understand that this work is hard, but it is absolutely worth it. It’s challenging and can be stressful, but remember that the work is not about you as the teacher but about the students,” she says. “Teach to give kids access to things they never thought could be theirs, to spread love, and to give courage to students to go out and change the world. “Teaching in the state of Oklahoma can be even more difficult because of the state of education here. In my opinion, this makes it even more worth it because the kids here deserve to have a great education regardless of what part of town or of the state they are from.”

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Their Bases THE TULSA DRILLERS CAME AGONIZINGLY CLOSE TO WINNING A TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR BUT FELL JUST SHORT. THIS YEAR, THE SQUAD HOPES TO BUILD ON THAT EXPERIENCE AND TAKE THE FINAL STEP TO CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY. By John Tranchina Photos by Rich Crimi

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Beginning their fourth season as the Class AA minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Drillers have brought back successful manager Scott Hennessey and should have a number of familiar players back as well. Hennessey was a scout for the Dodgers when former Drillers manager Ryan Garko resigned in July to take over a college program at Pacific University. Hennessey came in and completely energized a squad that was 50-50 at the time. Under Hennessey, Tulsa went 27-13 over the final 40 regular season games, including a club record 15-game home winning streak at ONEOK Field. They surged past the Springfield Cardinals to claim the North Division second-half pennant. Then, despite falling behind 2-1 to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the North Division playoff series in the first three games, Tulsa rallied to win two straight at home to advance

to the championship series for just the second time since 2002. Every other Texas League team, as well as two others that are no longer in the league, has won the title since Tulsa last did in 1998.

league affiliate’s primary purpose is to develop and improve the players enough for them to move up to Class AAA and ultimately, the Major League roster in Los Angeles, he also wants to win.

The Drillers won the first two games of the championship series on the road in Midland, Texas, but lost each of the next three at home.

“We’re all competitors, and the object is to get them out of here and to Triple-A, then to the big leagues. But once you get in the playoffs, the competitive nature takes over and you want to win,” Hennessey says. “Let’s hope we can get them better, we can keep them healthy, and win one more game.”

It was no sure thing that Hennessey would be back this year, but he’s happy to transition to being a full-time manager now. “I was excited last year, and then once the Dodgers wanted me to be the manager [again], I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “[I’m] looking forward to the players we think are going to be here, the challenge, the grind, and getting after it for a full season.” And while Hennessey acknowledges that the minor

As far as the initial Drillers roster is concerned, Hennessey is excited about the quality of catchers he expects to start off with. “I think the strength of our team is going to be probably behind the plate,” he says. “It looks like we’re going to get Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith here to start the year. Both are highly-touted prospects. Both


Among pitchers, Hennessey projects the Drillers will get Mitchell White (1-1, 2.57 ERA in seven starts), Yadier Alvarez (2-2, 3.55 ERA in seven starts), Dennis Santana (3-1, 5.51 ERA in seven starts), Andrew Sopko (5-7, 4.13 ERA in 23 starts) and Josh Sborz (8-8, 3.86 ERA in 24 starts), among others. “We’ve got a good nucleus with young guys with experience who have had success at this level already,” Hennessey says. “And now coming back, they know the league, they know the travel, they know the surroundings. It helps. “On paper, it looks good. If we can stay healthy, we should have a good club.”

“That remains to be seen,” Hennessey says. “I think it should be a smooth transition. I know Brandon Gomes, got to spend some time with him in the winter meetings. He’s going to work hard. How he handles it from how Gabe did it, I don’t know yet. I don’t think anybody knows that. But I will say this, Brandon Gomes is a Dodger, he knows the organization, knows the players, and we hired the right guy in that spot.” The Drillers open the 2018 season on the road at Frisco, Texas April 5, with their home opener at ONEOK Field April 12 against the Frisco RoughRiders.  

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Among outfielders Hennessey believes should be in Tulsa are Yusniel Diaz, who spent most of last year at Rancho Cucamonga but batted .333 in 31 games in Tulsa, Johan Mieses (16 home runs, 36 RBI in 90 Drillers games), Blake Gailen (35 RBI in 49 games with Tulsa), and Kyle Garlick (17 home runs, 42 RBI in 74 games with the Drillers).

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Last year, Ruiz batted .316 with 51 RBI split between Class A Great Lakes (63 games) and Class A-Advanced Rancho Cucamonga (38 games), while Smith hit .232 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 72 games at Rancho Cucamonga.

One offseason transaction that could affect the Drillers significantly this year is the change in the Dodgers’ organization that saw Brandon Gomes hired as the club’s new director of player development. Gabe Kapler, who left the position to become manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, favored lots of player movement between the minor league affiliates, a policy that resulted in the Drillers utilizing more different players than ever before. Last year, Tulsa used a team record 70 different players, including 36 different pitchers.

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TULSA DRILLERS Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) April 5 | @ Frisco Roughriders | 7:05p April 6 | @ Frisco Roughriders | 7:05p April 7 | @ Frisco Roughriders | 7:05p April 8 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 4p April 9 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 6:30p April 10 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 6:30p April 12 | vs Frisco Roughriders | 7:05 April 13 | vs Frisco Roughriders | 7:05* April 14 | vs Frisco Roughriders | 7:05 April 15 | vs Midland Rockhounds | 4:05p April 16 | vs Midland Rockhounds | 4:05p April 17 | vs Midland Rockhounds | 7:05p April 19 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 20 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 21 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p* April 22 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 1:05p April 23 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p April 24 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 11a April 25 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p April 26 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p April 27 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p* April 28 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p April 29 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p April 30 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 11:05a ——————————————————— May 1 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p May 2 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 12:05p May 3 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p May 4 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p* May 5 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p May 6 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 2:10p May 7 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 11:10a May 8 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p May 10 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p May 11 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:15p May 12 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p May 13 | @ Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p May 14 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p May 15 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p May 16 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 11:05a May 17 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

May 18 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p* May 19 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p* May 20 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 1:05p May 21 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 12:05p May 22 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 23 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 24 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 25 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p May 26 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p May 27 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 6:05p May 29 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 30 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 31 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p ——————————————————— June 1 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p* June 2 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p* June 3 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 1:05p June 5 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 6 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 7 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 8 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 9 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p June 10 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p June 11 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 11:10a June 12 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p June 13 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 14 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 15 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p* June 16 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 17 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p June 18 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p June 19 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p June 21 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals| 7:05p June 22 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals| 7:05p* June 23 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals| 7:05p* June 24 | vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals| 1:05p June 28 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 7p June 29 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 7p June 30 | @ Midland Rockhounds | 7p * Fireworks

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) April 4 | vs Portland Timbers 2 | 7p April 18 | @ Fresno FC | 9p April 28 | @ Sacramento Republic FC | 9:30p ——————————————————— May 5 | @ Las Vegas Lights | 10p May 9 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7p May 12 | vs Phoenix Rising FC | 7p May 19 | @ San Antonio FC | 7p May 26 | vs OKC Energy FC | 7p ——————————————————— June 2 | @ LA Galaxy II | 9:30p

June 9 | vs Saint Louis FC | 7:30p June 16 | @ Phoenix Rising FC | 8:30p June 23 | @ Orange County SC | 9p June 27 | vs LA Galaxy II | 7:30p June 30 | vs Las Vegas Lights | 7:30p ——————————————————— July 7 | @ Rio Grande Valley FC Toros | 7:30p July 14 | @ Saint Louis FC | 7:30p July 21 | @ C  olorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p July 28 | vs Fresno FC | 7:30p

TULSA OILERS Home games are played at B OK Center (Tulsa)

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)

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April 1 | @ New Orleans Pelicans | 5p April 3 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7p April 7 | @ Houston Rockets | 7:30p April 9 | @ Miami Heat | 6:30p April 11 | vs Memphis Grizzlies | 7p

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The past, present and future all come together for American Indian culture at the 46th Annual Symposium that draws speakers and artists from all over the United States. By Lindsay Morris & Photos by Pete Henshaw For many Oklahomans, American Indian heritage is an important part of their history, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s important for indigenous people to stand together and be highlighted not just as a symbol of the past, but to be represented in the future as well. The past, present and future all come together for American Indian culture at the 46th Annual Symposium on the American Indian at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah April 16-21.

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This annual symposium draws speakers and artists from all over the United States who speak on a number of topics encompassing dialects, the arts, heritage and more. And the best part — it’s all free and requires no pre-registration. You may drop in to as many sessions that interest you. The theme of this year’s symposium is, “Walking with our Ancestors: Preserving Culture and Honoring Tradition.” Sara Barnett, director of the Center for Tribal Studies at NSU, says it’s paramount for American Indians to have a sense of pride in their heritage. “It’s important to be an ambassador to the general community and not be afraid to share our perspectives,” Barnett says. “There was a time 50 or 60 years ago when people were afraid to showcase the fact that they were American Indian. Now, they no longer have to separate their culture from their identity.” American Indians are sometimes left out of conversations about minority groups. However, the symposium is an opportunity for this group to come together and realize that although they may have been left out of some conversations in the past, they don’t have to be left out of the future, Barnett says. “Native Americans are still here preserving their culture and honoring traditions by incorporating knowledge of the past into present-day professional careers.” The symposium has a number of national speakers and performances lined up including: “Indigenerds Assemble! Native Americans in Popular Culture” presented by Lee Francis IV takes place April 18 at 9:30 a.m. “This is a clever play on words [indigenous and nerds],” Barnett says. “’keetweenci naanatawiteeheeyankwi?’: Why do we research? The Role of Tribally Directed Research and Development in Language and Cultural Revitalization” presented by Daryl Baldwin April 18 at 1 p.m. Baldwin has worked extensively with the Miami tribe on their language revitalization and has great insight on how language and Native American culture are intertwined.

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“More Trails of Tears: Intergenerational Trauma in an Age of Climate Change” by Dr. Dan Wildcat April 19 at 9:30 a.m. “Dr. Wildcat will examine the impact of inter-generational trauma and how things that are currently happening in our native communities will impact the future,” Barnett says. The “must see” performance will be The Dream Warriors, who will take the stage April 20 at 6 p.m. The Dream Warriors are a group of young artists including Tall Paul, Mic Jordan, Frank Waln and Tanaya Winder. “They come together to support growth and healing in our Native communities,” Barnett says. Winder is known for using the spoken word combined with hiphop music to communicate healing to young people regarding issues that plague Native communities such as alcoholism and abuse. Waln is well-known among Native American young people partially because MTV spotlighted him on Rebel Music. “When Frank performed here two yearsago , people came from the Dallas area to see him,” Barnett says. “Frank and Tanaya are Gates Millennium Scholars. They are great examples for our young people.” For those who enjoy film, the symposium will include a showing of The Old School House April 16 at 5:30 p.m. and a showing of Te Ata April 17 at 5:30 p.m. The American Indian Heritage Committee holds a silent auction and luncheon fundraiser each year to support the symposium and other cultural events on campus. The symposium is also funded through a combination of NSU resources, grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahoma Humanities Council, donations from tribal partners, and community support. “The event has expanded since the early years,” Barnett says. When the event started in 1972, it was a one-day event, and it has gradually grown to be a weeklong gathering. The conclusion of the symposium will be the traditional pow wow, to be held April 21 beginning at 3 p.m.

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MODERN MESS TESTS THE BOUNDARIES OF FASHION WITH A MIX OF ECLECTIC AND SMARTLY PRACTICAL APPAREL THAT ALLOWS LADIES TO TAKE RISKS IN THEIR FASHION STYLE WITH CONFIDENCE. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA & PHOTOS BY VALERIE GRANT Ready to feel like you’re walking the runways of New York or Paris? Or maybe you just want to stand out from the crowds of women clad in the usual yoga pants, flip flops, and slogan tees for a change. After all, you can always wear your Boomer Sooner crimson or Pistol Pete orange, and you can always wear a standard business suit. But sometimes, a gal just needs a fun, fashion-forward outfit that makes her feel a little more like a model than the usual work or home wear. You’ll find playful, creative, cool clothing to help you achieve a more edgy fashion style at Modern Mess, one of the boutiques at Tulsa’s hip, underrated downtown shopping area, The Boxyard. Modern Mess tests the boundaries of fashion with a mix of eclectic

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and smartly practical apparel that allows ladies to take risks in their fashion style with confidence. Owner Carley Johnson is a natural fit to owning a women’s clothing boutique, having developed a passion for fashion at a young age. “I’ve loved clothes for a very long time,” she says. “I walked into my first local boutique [Dolce Vita] when I was 13 years old. The owner was just so inviting and so sweet that even though I couldn’t fit into the clothes, she let me try on these Betsey Johnson dresses, and it just left this lasting impression on me.” That moment of serendipity showed Johnson two things — one, that fashion was something she couldn’t get enough of, and two,

that working at a boutique might be the perfect career choice. She began helping at Dolce Vita when she was 17, learning the ins and outs of the boutique business. “I fell in love with it,” she says. While in college, she created the concept of her boutique, Modern Mess, for her senior project. When she graduated, it seemed a natural progression to start a business based on the concept. And thus, Modern Mess became a reality. “I did a business plan,” she says. “I found out about The Boxyard, and the timing just really aligned. I decided to go for it.” The concept behind the boutique is to bring Green Country’s ladies fashion-forward, eye-popping, out of the ordinary apparel. “I try

to pick the fun, quirky pieces you would see on celebrities and on fashion bloggers, more downplayed versions of what you see on the runway,” says Johnson. “I go to market in Las Vegas, where I get to find a lot of brands that you don’t get at the nearest market in Dallas.” Johnson’s eye for cool fashion choices and her determination to stretch the boundaries of what Tulsa wears make for an appealing combination. “I look for really unique pieces that people will look at and feel like it is almost speaking to them, and it belongs to them,” she says. And when you browse the racks, you’ll see what Johnson means. It may be the starry gold mesh


LEY JOHNSO N& CAR top that calls to you to rock it like you’re summering in Los Angeles. Or perhaps it’s the frilly, openbacked leopard print dress for a flirty special occasion. Or maybe you’ll be drawn to the rufflesleeved black leather top that doubles as a little half jacket layer or a sophisticated blouse — the sort of thing you might wear if you’re with the band backstage at The Joint: Tulsa, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort, or the BOK Center.

Johnson’s goal is to bring these hot, hip fashion choices to Green Country when they’re hitting big on the East and West Coasts. So, for shoppers who love wearing clothes that are on the leading edge, a trip to Modern Mess makes a lot of fashion sense. If you’re not used to taking those fashion leaps in your outfits, Johnson will be happy to ease you into it by consulting with you as you update your wardrobe. She already has a set of regular customers for whom she does this. “They love that I take them a little bit further out of their comfort zone every time they come in,” she says.

For spring, Johnson expects to see pops of color and lots of ruffles. But when in doubt, she says, go for denim, which is always wearable. Pieces sell quickly, and Johnson is always bringing in new items, so there’s always something offbeat and eclectic to find.

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Johnson has a word of advice to women who need a little encouragement to explore their fashion edge: just do it. “I’ve done this,” she says, “where you put something on and you absolutely love it, but

then you look in the mirror and think, ‘I live in Tulsa; I can’t wear this. I’m going to get stared at.’ Wear it. You’ll be so surprised to find that people are admiring you and loving what you’re wearing. That’s what I’m pushing as Modern Mess. If you like it, wear it. The end. You don’t have to worry about what people think.”

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Modern Mess typically carries XS through L sizes, as well as a plus size line from Denmark. Along with the seasonal clothing on the racks, the boutique offers a selection of accessories,

including purses, bags, earrings, funny greeting cards, and the popular Quay brand of sunglasses out of Australia. Items are affordable with pieces averaging around $50 so that everyone can find something that fits their budget as well as their style.

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“A lot of my brands are out of Europe, really popular brands that are recognized amongst bloggers in the fashion industry,” Johnson says. That’s one of her tricks of the trade — scanning the fashion bloggers and fashion trend publications for ideas that few others are bold enough to bring to Tulsa, making Modern Mess one of the leaders in unique, haute apparel.

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AS PEOPLE ARE INCREASINGLY CHOOSING TO CUT DOWN ON MEAT AND BOOST THEIR VEGETABLE INTAKE, WE LOOK AT HOW THE TREND IS GROWING AND STARTING TO SHAPE OUR FOOD LANDSCAPE. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA

Today, an estimated 6 to 8 million Americans consider themselves either vegetarian or vegan. It’s a way of eating, a lifestyle, and it’s not just about avoiding burgers and steaks, either. In many ways, adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is a smart way to improve your health and better your life. Though many people assume that being a vegetarian or vegan means jettisoning meat and dairy from your meals, there are actually many approaches to this style of diet, allowing people to choose the foods best for their personal needs. For example, lacto-vegetarians avoid meat, fish, poultry and eggs, but indulge in milk, cheese and yogurt, while ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but avoid dairy and meat. Pescatarians eat fish but don’t eat meat, dairy or eggs.

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Pollotarians avoid red meat but enjoy chicken and turkey. Strict vegans avoid all meats, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy, and focus totally on non-animal food sources — such as vegetables, fruits, grains and beans. So, why do people choose to drop certain foods from their diets? For starters, many people simply prefer not to take an animal’s life. “I first went vegetarian because I didn’t want to eat animals,” says Jenny Gowan. Other people are concerned about how food animals are treated — they’re often raised in crowded conditions and denied access to the outdoors. “I loathe the way animals and fowl are treated for meat production,” says Kathy Lebron. Beyond the inhumane treatment that many food animals suffer, the use of

antibiotics in raising cows and chickens may be contributing to the increasingly bacteriaresistant diseases out there. Ultimately, though, most people cite personal health concerns as the reason for their switch in diet. Vegetarian and vegan eating, when approached from a careful nutritional angle, can help reduce the likelihood you’ll develop certain forms of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Avoiding meat also helps to lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that increases your risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. “I shifted to vegan about three years ago because my husband’s cardiologist recommended it,” says Gowan. Vegetarian and vegan diets also combat a significant challenge caused by the typical American diet — many of us are not getting

enough vitamins and minerals from the processed foods and meats we ingest. By switching to a vegetarian or vegan approach, you’re likely to eat a lot more vitamins A, C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals) such as carotenoids and flavonoids — all of which help your body stay healthy and energetic. “I feel much better and think clearer when I eat a plant-based diet,” says Amber Warner. And a vegetarian/vegan diet lessens a person’s intake of saturated fats, which not only contribute to health problems like heart disease, but also are a significant cause of weight gain. For those who want to drop weight, adding more vegetables and eating less meat makes a lot of sense, an approach that worked well for Kristi Kenley.


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“When my husband Tom and I began focusing more on our health, eating vegetarian was one of the ways I conserved my calories,” she says. If you’re interested in adding more vegetarian or vegan meals to your daily routine, it’s easier than ever to do so. “It hasn’t really been that difficult to switch to a vegetarian/ vegan diet,” says Gowan. It takes some planning, she says. But there are great cookbooks and online resources for that, as well as advice available at local health food stores like Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Akins. Even when you’re eating out, restaurants today are finding more and more ways to incorporate vegetarian meals into their menus. “Chimera, Elote, India Palace, Eritrean and Ethiopian Cafe, Tandoori Guys, Roppongi, and Ri Le are just a few reliable favorites, and more places are adding vegan options every day,” says Gowan. At River Spirit Casino’s Fireside Grill, chef Saul Paniagua Jr. says he is always looking for creative

ways to offer savory, satisfying vegetarian meals to Oklahoma’s meat-and-potato-based diet. “We look at our menu from the viewpoint of, what if a glutenfree or vegetarian person is eating it,” he says. “We do a vegetarian stock, for example, with corn, garlic, rosemary and other herbs for vegetarian meals, instead of a beef or chicken stock.” The restaurant will be updating its menu in the next couple of months so that vegetarian and gluten-free options are easy for visitors to spot. When the restaurant caters, Paniagua says he can design meals to make fruits and vegetables the star of the dishes. And he’s always testing out new recipes. Anything is possible, he says — from making corn chowder with corn stock, green chilis and potatoes rather than chicken, to marinating a cauliflower steak in a savory marinade to give it fantastic flavor without the red meat, to serving quinoa cakes instead of meat burgers. The options for tasty, rich, healthy vegetarian dishes are nearly endless.

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A LOT OF CHANGING ONE’S LIFESTYLE BOILS DOWN TO SELF-CONTROL AND LEARNING TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY. GIVE YOURSELF THE GRACE TO MAKE CHANGES SLOW, AND THE GRACE TO KEEP TRYING AFTER MESSING UP.

By Tiffany Duncan

According to Business Insider, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by mid-February. That’s an insanely high number. And I can attest that I understand why that is — it’s dang hard to stay motivated. But in my opinion, that’s where we all go wrong; motivation is simply not enough, but every year we fool ourselves into thinking that it is. But motivation can only take one so far.

My go-to snack lately: eggs fried in coconut oil on sprouted grain avocado toast.

Let’s say the concept of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is a car. Can motivation be the gas that powers that car? For the first few weeks, I think yes. We get so tired of slogging around extra weight that we know we need a change, and for the first few weeks of a new year it’s enough to sustain us, and we can cruise along at a pretty good clip. But after that, when life gets back into full swing after the holidays, we lose our motivation to busy schedules, poor planning or organization, and letting go of our goals and why we desired a healthier lifestyle in the first place. So what powers the car when sheer motivation runs out? What can we use for gas when it frankly becomes an easier option to just crash and burn? Personally, I think this is how it breaks down: being intentional about proper meal planning and organization becomes the gas; discovering a fitness outlet that works for you

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becomes the gas pedal; and selfcontrol becomes the brake. People do not like to be hungry. Feeding yourself is a selfpreservation instinct, and it’s also horribly unpleasant to be starving and hangry. When I leave the house without eating a proper meal and get stuck in traffic while running a full day of errands, you better believe I’m panic-swerving into that Taco Bell drive-thru for an XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito. It doesn’t take me long to regret that decision however. You know what I’m talking about. Or how about this: you get home after a long day at work and you’re just too tired to cook and all you want to do is cry and cry These absolutely scrumptious little pancakes only have three ingredients: one mashed up bananas, two eggs, and almond butter. Fry in coconut oil. Naturally sweet, no flour pancakes. You can also add light drizzle of honey into batter if you’d like.

over the latest episode of This is Us, so you decide to order a pizza. And there’s a coupon deal going on, so you might as well order three medium pizzas, and what the heck throw in that cheesy bread. And all right give me that cookie pizza, whatever that is. (Junk food magically arriving at one’s doorstep is arguably the downfall of modern society, but that’s for another time.) Seriously though, it’s so easy to compromise when you’re exhausted. But let me present another scenario: you get home after a long day at work and you’re just too tired to cook, so you warm up a leftover bowl from the big pot of veggie detox soup you made Sunday afternoon and let your tears for Jack Pearson fall into the steaming carrot and quinoa medley. The moral of the story is, don’t let yourself get hungry without a plan in place because, if you’re anything like me, you will go for the easy and unhealthy. Utilizing

the weekends to prepare for the week ahead is absolutely crucial to setting yourself up for a successful week of healthy eating. Here’s what I do every weekend (or at least make very ambitious attempts): on Saturdays I grocery shop, and on Sundays I chop, prep, and cook. I try to make a big, healthy pot of something for my husband and I to eat for dinner through Tuesday night, as well as prepping for two morning breakfasts of overnight oats, or baking a batch of egg bites (crack out eggs into a muffin tin and fill with diced tomatoes, spinach, lowfat feta, lean ground turkey, etc.). I’ll also prepare a few snacks for the week, like slicing up sweet baby bell peppers for easyscooping in hummus, boiling two or three eggs, or making guac with lots of lime juice to keep it from turning brown. I like to have snacks that I don’t have to prep also, like a jar of almond butter for dipping apples or bananas, little clementine oranges, or a small bowl of nonfat plain Greek yogurt with some added grapes for sweetness. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s organic chia bars and RXBARs as well. Then Wednesday, I will repeat the whole chop, prep, and cook process, still utilizing the groceries purchased Saturday so I don’t have to run to the store and fight the crowds again. Now, that’s all best-case scenario; sometimes I don’t


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get to do all of that or have to end up going to the store two or even three times a week. But it is my highest goal to get efficient enough to feed my little family good, nourishing food so we won’t have to keep ordering pizzas for dinner. Proper planning and organization is absolutely the gas that takes over when motivation fails.

* Climb Tulsa is moving to a new location at 31st Street and Yale Avenue in May and will also offer yoga classes, free weights, and various other workoutrelated resources. The price for membership will increase at that time, but if you join now ($44 monthly for an individual or $64 monthly for a couple), you will be grandfathered in and still only pay the original price.

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For example, I took a few indoor spin classes last year and let me tell you, it was my own personal

Lastly, there’s the brake pedal, that all-important piece that keeps one from suffering a fiery crash. Really, self-control is just the same in that aspect when it comes to making a lifestyle change. Although it’s important to still indulge for special occasions (treat yo’self, I think the kids say these days), for the most part you should be limiting your intake of empty carbs like pizza, sugary treats, cheese and salt-laden junk food (bye-bye, XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito), and processed, boxed goods, especially late at night. Unfortunately, this But — and this is an important also includes alcohol intake, so but — this particular exercise was save your cheat beers for a special intoxicating to me. I loved the night out with friends or when challenge. I loved the way it made celebrating a life win. And get muscles burn that I haven’t felt that boxed wine out of the house; in a long time. I loved the way it it is not your friend (mostly I’m made me feel the next day. And the repeating this for myself). second time I went, I conquered a climb I had previously failed A lot of changing one’s lifestyle at, but it took me 30 consecutive boils down to self-control and minutes of strained sweating, learning to live differently. Give shaking, slipping, falling, cursing yourself the grace to make (I should probably get that under changes slowly, and the grace control), and yes, even crying a to keep trying after messing up. little to do it. But the second my But really, there’s no way around feet touched the ground after it: unfortunately, in order to live reaching the top, I knew this differently, you’ll be saying no a was something I wanted to keep lot. But that’s OK. You’re working doing for a long time. And as an toward something better, like

increasing your daily energy level, reducing the myriad health risks that come from an unhealthy lifestyle, beating back depression, shushing anxiety, and finally getting that prized Look Good Naked (LGN) license.

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Yes, any type of physical activity will be challenging — especially at the beginning — but some will challenge you in a way you actually enjoy conquering. Trust me.

added bonus, my husband and I are doing it together. We finally found something that works for both of us and we are equally excited about.

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Now for the gas pedal. Finding a workout that you enjoy is so important, as it will work in tandem with the good food you’re consuming and allow you to accelerate weight loss and muscle toning. Feeling good after a workout that doesn’t fill you with dread at the thought of doing it again is like the beginning of a tiny snowball. Completing a workout gives you that feeling of, “What else can I do that I didn’t know about?” and allows you to start rolling that snowball and gaining momentum. But again, it’s crucial that you don’t dread whatever activity this is; it’s a myth that exercise has to be miserable.

hell. But recently I joined the indoor rock-climbing facility Climb Tulsa* after only trying it once. Is this because I was a natural and everyone stared in awe as I climbed effortlessly to the top like some Spider-Man prodigy? No way. In fact, I hadn’t felt quite so awkward in a very long time, being in a room full of people who were way better than me at something. I actually felt more like my limbs were made of overcooked spaghetti while attempting to scale even the beginner climbs, and I topped it off nicely when I fell epically and shouted an expletive in the presence of children (check out my Instagram to witness this notso-shining moment of mine).

Utilizing as many free and cheap resources as she can find in the 918 area, routinely forsaking her fitness comfort zone to discover effective workouts, and cooking more intentionally from home, Duncan is publicly documenting her progress in each issue as she works to lose 30 pounds in 2018.

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Though abstinence has always been the surest way to avoid a head-pounding, sometimes debilitating hangover, it’s not always practical. Consider these tips, tall tales and worth-a-trIEs to make for a happier morning. By Gina Conroy Black outs. Drunk dialing. Hangovers. All are possible and unfortunate side effects of too much alcohol consumption. While the first two outcomes can be embarrassing or disastrous, hangovers, though dreaded, are generally expected by those who overindulge because your body metabolizes large quantities of alcohol like a poison. And ingesting poison is never a good idea. When consuming alcohol, your stomach and intestines become inflamed, your liver works overtime to expel the toxic intruder, and your brain chemistry goes out of whack, causing a hangover that makes you wish you would’ve volunteered to be the designated driver. Rachel Scott has been bartending at The Hunt Club for seven years and has seen it all. “How people process alcohol depends on their rate of consumption and their body mass,” says Scott. “Big men can drink more than small women.”

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If going dry makes you cry, consider these tips, tall tales and worth-a-tries to make for a happier morning so you can live to drink another day. Eat, then drink and be merry

Many people skip eating before binging so they can consume more alcohol, because, after all, a binge is all about more, not less. But if you forgo eating even a light meal, the alcohol enters your bloodstream full steam ahead, increasing the chance that the party train you just boarded might end up crashing into the next morning with a nasty hangover. “People who come from dinner with a full belly don’t get drunk as quickly,” says Scott.  That’s because eating, especially high-fat and protein foods, before drinking slows alcohol

absorption so you won’t get tipsy as quick. If your stomach and intestines are busy working on that pepperoni pizza or burger, the alcohol has to wait its turn to enter the bloodstream. Less alcohol, less drunk, which can help you be less hung over the next day. If you’re health conscious, you can indulge in fatty fish like salmon, albacore tuna and even sardines instead of a burger and fries. Pair that with a salad with olive oil dressing or an avocado, and you’re ready to imbibe. Take vitamins

Metabolizing (breaking down) alcohol stresses even the healthiest body by depleting it of essential vitamins needed to recover from alcohol consumption. Extra immune support from B complex vitamins and multivitamins before a night of indulgence can reduce stress and make for an easier recovery.


Don t pop a painkiller

Taking ibuprofen before you binge might seem like a smart idea, but the pain reducing effect wears off long before your hangover starts. And in no way should you take painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen while consuming alcohol. Not only do painkillers erode the lining of the stomach, which makes for quicker alcohol absorption, but it causes inflammation of the liver, making it more difficult for your liver to purify your blood from the toxins from alcohol. A spoon full 

While it may not make the medicine go down, in many Mediterranean countries, a spoon full of olive oil is the recipe to prevent hangovers. It stands to reason if fatty food slows down the absorption of alcohol, so would a dollop of olive oil. Don’t hold your nose to the idea. If you can stomach it, just swallow.  Go H2O 

Because alcohol dehydrates your body, it’s important to hydrate through the night. “Dehydration causes the blood vessels in your head to constrict, which can cause headaches associated with hangovers,” says Scott.  A good rule is one glass of water per alcoholic drink. To lessen the effects of a hangover, drink water before bed and when you get up the next day. One hit wonder

Stick to one type of alcoholic drink. Mixing drinks such as wine and cocktails increases the stress on your organs due to the different alcohol and ingredients. If you must drink a fruity cocktail, limit it to one or two, since these mixtures usually contain at least two different types of liquor with other mystery sugar and salt ingredients. “The less sugar, the better,” says Scott. “People think sweeter drinks contain less alcohol, but that’s not true.” In fact, the sweeter the drink, the more liquor you may consume because the alcohol taste is masked by the sugar. Light may be right 

Darker liquor like bourbon, brandy, and whiskey have higher concentrations of toxins that contribute to the severity of a hangover, so it’s best to stick to a

light color alcohol like gin and vodka if you’re boozing it up. The exception avoid champagne and sparkling wine because the bubbles increase the absorption of alcohol, making you tipsy faster and leaving you with an especially ugly hangover.  Set your glass down

Whether you’re on the dance floor or playing a game of pool or life-size Jenga, it’s hard to hold a drink while you’re engaged in other activities. Being active while drinking slows down your consumption and allows you to enjoy the people you’re with instead of staring at the bottom of your glass all night long. Midnight snacking

While eating greasy food before bed may be comforting, it won’t reduce your hangover. In fact, it could cause other symptoms like acid reflux, which can make recovering from a hangover worse. However, snacking on a banana (high in potassium) or drinking electrolytes like Gatorade can rehydrate your body so your vessels allow more blood flow where it’s needed.  Bowing to the porcelain god 

Puking may make you feel better for the moment, but it’s not a guarantee you won’t wake up with a pounding headache. “If you throw up one drink, you technically consumed one less drink,” says Scott. Vomiting only guarantees the alcohol that hasn’t been absorbed yet never makes it to your bloodstream and won’t contribute to your hangover. Liquor before beer, in the clear

You may have heard the expression “beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear,” but there’s no proof that works. Drinking too much of one type of liquor can make you sicker as well. No matter what your poison is, pacing and moderation offer the best chance to remain hangover free.  Splurge on booze 

Many people swear drinking the high-end booze prevents

a hangover. Top-shelf alcohol is the most filtered, which removes impurities and toxins. While drinking the good stuff can’t prevent a hangover if you overdo it, it can make your hangover less severe. It stands to reason the pricier a drink, the slower you consume it and the less you drink throughout the evening, making the morning after bearable. Break your fast

You may not feel like eating in the morning, but breakfast with complex carbs, some protein, and a banana can help your body recover from a night of partying. Though coffee may be comforting, it’s a diuretic and should be kept to one cup alongside water and juices that restore electrolytes and give you energy.  Hair of the dog 

Drinking more alcohol to cure a hangover is one of those mythical cures that carries no weight. While a shot of alcohol or bloody mary may dull your hangover, it only prolongs the inevitable recovery time. Skip the hair of the dog and take him out for a walk instead. Even though you may not feel like working out, it will get your blood pumping. Exercise opens up the blood vessels, which can help you feel better quicker.  Kill the pain 

Your body needs to focus on eliminating toxins from the alcohol not metabolizing painkillers, but if you really need it, stick to antiinflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Acetaminophen and aspirin can cause liver damage and upset your stomach. If at all possible, try other remedies first since you need to let your body focus on purging the alcohol. Get distracted 

Nothing makes hangovers worse than waiting for them to go away. Instead of focusing on the pain, get busy. Taking a shower and getting dressed may make you feel human again, but so can reading a book or calling a friend. Sleep it off

When all else fails, good rest can do the trick. After all, you probably stayed up late partying, got a few hours of sleep, and woke up foggy and out of sorts. Who knows, you might just feel better when you wake up.  Or you could just not drink the night before, and viola, hangover problem solved.

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Though we begin to shake off winter’s gray icy grip in March, April is the month where the world really comes back to life again. Bird songs fill the morning air once more, and

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everywhere you look flowers are bursting into life. Nothing feels better than the warm sun while breathing in that wet, life-giving green smell the ground gives off this time of

year. Celebrate the ushering in of new life and bright colors by whipping up one of the following recipes that capture the delicate and playful essence of spring.


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Adapted from cucinadeyung.com With bright candy sprinkles and various other bits of sugar, this super fun and easy treat is the perfect recipe to make with children. Or, surprise them by placing a bag of these homemade goodies in an Easter basket.

LEMON-RASPBERRY STREUSEL MUFFINS

Adapted from butterwithasideofbread.com With their dense, not-too-sweet fruity tartness, these muffins are ideal for breakfast on the go, or as eye candy on an Easter brunch spread. INGREDIENTS FOR MUFFINS (MAKES ABOUT 16-18 MUFFINS):

6 oz. plain Greek yogurt juice of 2 whole lemons zest of 1 whole lemon 2 eggs ½ cup sugar ½ cup applesauce ¼ cup oil 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries INGREDIENTS FOR STREUSEL TOPPING:

1 ⁄3 cup sugar ¼ cup flour 2 tbsp. melted butter DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease two regular-sized muffin tins. Set aside. 2. Make streusel topping first: combine all three ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and blend with a fork until crumbly. Set aside. 3. For the muffins, mix together yogurt, eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil, and the juice and zest of the lemons. 4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Fold in raspberries and fill muffin tins ¾ of the way full. 5. Add a generous sprinkling of streusel topping to each muffin and bake for 1822 minutes, using a toothpick to check for doneness. 6. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes in tins, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD TEA SANDWICHES

Adapted from teatimemagazine.com These delicate, gorgeous little sandwiches are the perfect complement to a mug of strong, dark tea on one of those April showers kind of days. With sweet, citrusy fruits, crunchy almond slivers, and the hinted bite of green onion, they will be a hit with guests at your next book club meeting or when hosting a bridal or baby shower. INGREDIENTS:

Firm white sandwich bread, such as Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Style 2 ½ cups cooked and chopped chicken, pulled from a rotisserie chicken or prepared in a crockpot 1 cup chopped strawberries ½ cup toasted almond slivers 1 ⁄3 cup chopped celery ¼ cup chopped green onion 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped 1 bottle poppy seed dressing, to taste sliced strawberries for garnish

1 package vanilla candy melts ¾ cup Spring M&M’s ¾ cup Whopper Robin Eggs 8-10 Oreos spring-themed sprinkles DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside. 2. Place Oreos in a resealable plastic bag and crush slightly with a rolling pin. Repeat same process with M&M’s and Whopper Robin Eggs. 3. Follow package directions to melt the vanilla candy melts (can do over the stove or in microwave). Once fully melted, pour over the parchment paper and smooth out with a spatula until you have a “sheet” of melted candy. 4. Here’s where children can come in. Add Oreos, candy, and sprinkles. 5. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes until hardened and set. 6. Break into shards, as big or as small as you would like them.

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1. Using a 2¼-inch square cookie cutter (or decorative shape of choice), cut out desired number of sandwich squares from bread loaf. Place in a resealable plastic bag to keep from drying out, or cover with a damp paper towel. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients, adding the poppy seed dressing to texture and taste. Refrigerate, covered, for approximately 4 hours until cold. 3. Place about 3 tablespoons of chicken salad on a bread square and top with another square. Garnish with a thinly sliced strawberry sliver. Repeat until desired number of sandwiches are complete.

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Dough Between the gluten, non-gluten, and new and experimental flour varieties that pop up occasionally, the options could easily lead to a panic-induced cleanup on aisle 13. Avoid that with some simple tips. BY TIFFANY DUNCAN •• PHOTOS BY CHELSI FISHER A trip to the grocery store used to be simple: a little fruit, vegetables, some cans of beans, a package or two of dried pasta, a bag of all-purpose flour for the pantry and badda bing! You’re done. But with the advent of the anti-gluten movement and the health-food industry coming up with alternative flours right and left, one could have a panic-induced meltdown right there in the baking aisle. Between the family of common, glutencontaining flour varieties, the white versus wheat, the bleached versus unbleached, gluten-alternative flours, and new and experimental flours that pop up occasionally, there are easily over 30 different options lining the grocery store shelves. And if you don’t have even the briefest explanation of how the flour system operates, you will likely panic and grab something you’ll end up not wanting or needing. Avoid that with some simple tips.

Gluten: Sorting Fact from Fiction For a good while now, many food industry platforms have touted poor gluten as being the baddest bully on the block, a weightgain culprit, and a big reason you can’t stay

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“regular” with trips to the bathroom. You may be so afraid of gluten at this point that you’re ready to hide your kids and hide your wives. After all, there couldn’t be that many people decrying gluten if it were actually harmless, right?

occurring composite of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. When gluten becomes wet, it transforms into a “glue” to hold dough together, and it’s what gives bread its pleasant chewiness.

Wrong! Well, sort of. Gluten can actually be extremely harmful to two categories of people: those who have actually been diagnosed with celiac disease, and those who have gluten sensitivities. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where, for whatever reason, the body sees gluten as an enemy and will attempt to pulverize it from the system, damaging the stomach lining and small intestine in the process, which causes unbearable pain and potential long-term damage. Gluten sensitivity, however, is a condition where sufferers will experience a wide range of symptoms after consuming gluten like bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, and fatigue.

Wheat Flours 101

Even though gluten can pose very real dangers to those allergic or sensitive to it, it is completely harmless to others. Gluten is not a bad word; it is not some ruinous poison that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, gluten is simply a naturally

Wheat flours all come from wheat ranging in “soft” to “hard” varieties; the softer the wheat, the less protein (gluten) it contains. The most common varieties of household flours are made from the pulverized parts of wheat’s “seed heads.” A seed head is the softlooking top of a stalk of wheat and contains anywhere from 20-50 kernels, each one having three parts: the germ, the bran, and the endosperm. From these three parts we get the following: WHITE ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR (AP): The endosperm within the kernel is fine and pale, and it is stripped of the bran and germ to create white flour (or “refined” flour). Because the bulk of the fiber and protein are contained within the bran and germ components, white flour is the least nutritious. It is more shelf stable, however.

When in doubt over a recipe, go for the AP, as it is versatile and adaptable.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT FT AP comes in bleached and unbleached varieties (see below for more detail on bleaching).  est used in cookies, cakes, muffins, B and most other common baked goods. WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR: Made by grinding up all three portions of the kernel — hence the “whole” part — whole wheat flour is often brown in color but can also be white (white whole wheat does not automatically mean bleached, either; it simply means it came from a strain of white wheat). Whole wheat flour retains much more iron, calcium, protein and other nutrients than its refined white flour cousin, and it lends a rich, nutty flavor when baked into breads and other treats. It also adds a pleasantly hearty chewiness.

White and whole wheat flours cannot be subbed entirely one for the other; whole wheat flour makes dough much stickier and gives less rise. If you’re in a pinch or would like to add more nutrients to a recipe, start by using half whole wheat and half white AP.  ll whole wheat flours will not act A the same based on their “softness” or “hardness” (meaning their protein/ gluten content).  se “soft” whole wheat flours for delicate U pastry items like pie crusts and rolls. Use “hard” whole wheat for crusty, sturdy artisan bread loaves. BLEACHED VERSUS UNBLEACHED: If you’ve ever had the thought that something edible that’s also “bleached” sounds circumspect … you’re right. Bleached white flour has been processed with chemicals like chlorine gas or, more commonly, benzoyl peroxide (you know, that cream you put on a zit last night). Why would companies do this? Well, bleaching the flour speeds up the “curing” process (which would actually occur naturally over a couple of weeks), and cured flour is easier to work with because it makes doughs less gummy and more pliable. Bleached flour is whiter, softer, and gives a fluffier rise to cookies and cakes because it’s able to absorb more liquid than unbleached. It’s best used in cookies, cakes, pie crusts, muffins, and pancakes.

 nbleached flour is duller in color and U slightly grainier than bleached, and it gives a bit more” backbone” to baked

goods. It is best used in yeast breads and delicate pastries (éclairs, cream puffs). Just because it says “unbleached” does not mean it hasn’t been treated with other chemicals. Read labels.  lthough there will be slight differences A between baking with bleached versus unbleached (in color, volume, perhaps even smell), the differences are slight enough that the two may be used interchangeably.

Do not use to make bread; its low protein content will not yield a strong structure.

Semolina Flour Yellow in color, semolina flour is made from course durum wheat and has a very high protein (or gluten) content. This high gluten content allows for a sticky, malleable dough to build up when kneading and is commonly used to make pasta. Can also be used to make bread, pizza, and biscuit dough.

Bread Flour When making anything that requires a strong structure, bread flour will be your go-to because it is made from “hard” wheat, meaning it contains that strong gluten elasticity necessary to build up a strong dough.  est used in anything requiring a B firmer, chewier texture like bagels, pretzels, and bread loaves. Avoid using in softer pastries, like cakes and cookies.

Pastry Flour Made from “softer” wheat varieties, pastry flour is the go-to flour for many in the professional baking realm. With a finer texture and lower protein or gluten content, this flour also usually comes bleached to yield softer, flakier goodies (although there are also unbleached varieties out there). Best used in pound cakes, muffins, pie crusts, biscuits, and chewy cookies.  o not use in bread, or any baked good D requiring a firmer structure.

OO Flour Also used to make traditional Italian pastas. Made from soft wheat varieties and ground to extreme fineness, it allows dough to be rolled very thin, which is crucial for many pastas. To be used only in pastas and very fine crusts; no bread.

Einkorn If you are looking for a totally unprocessed version of wheat flour that is packed with more nutrients than any other grain, choose einkorn. Einkorn flour has never been genetically crossed or hybridized, and is the oldest version of wheat there is. It does not need any form of fertilizer or products to thrive. Also, if you have gluten sensitivities, einkorn may be a good alternative for you because it lacks the high molecular weight proteins that are difficult for many people to digest. People with celiac must still avoid. Baking with einkorn may require some getting used to, but it is great to incorporate its health benefits instead of traditional white flour in pancakes, waffles, muffins, dinner rolls, and more.

Cake Flour Cake flour acts similarly to white AP flour but is milled to an ultra-fine consistency. Because of its low protein or gluten content, cake flour will yield light and airy cakes. Cake flour is also traditionally bleached to allow for more liquid absorption, further contributing to the rising properties within certain baked goods. Cake flour acts best in sponge cakes, angel food cakes, or anything with a high amount of sugar, like cupcakes muffins, and even cookies.

Spelt Spelt is actually a different species than wheat but falls under the same genus. It differs so widely from wheat that those with gluten sensitivities often use it as an alternative to wheat flour (spelt is not OK for celiac disease, however). Because the molecular structure is so different from common wheat gluten proteins, and because the fiber content is so high, spelt is much easier to digest and has earned a sturdy place on the shelves of health food stores.

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What better way to get your daily caffeine intake than by enjoying a cup while sitting inside a shipping container and checking out Dwelling Spaces’ Okie-themed paraphernalia and basking in BigFoot? By Lindsay Morris Photos by Chelsi Fisher If one has to drink coffee on a rainy day, it may as well be done inside a shipping container that also happens to be a trendy boutique and coffee shop. Maybe you’ve been to The Boxyard since it opened in November 2016 and noticed that Dwelling Spaces, which previously occupied the space next to Yokozuna in downtown Tulsa, has found its permanent home amongst the other shipping containers-gone-stores. While Dwelling Spaces has long been known for their Okie-themed paraphernalia, for the purpose of this story, let’s talk coffee. Dwelling Spaces has always housed a coffee shop co-mingled with a gift shop. You can drop in to pick up an Okie Bigfoot shirt and also walk out with a Bigfoot latte (coffee, milk, caramel and chocolate).

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Dwelling Spaces decided to pay a little more attention to the coffee side of its business this year by expanding the coffee shop area, which now takes up about half of the shop made up of five shipping containers. “We see a lot of traffic from the nearby residential areas,” says general manager Renee Nordholm. “They walk over from the new apartments. It’s fun being in the middle of all of the development.” With an expanded seating area, free Wi-Fi, melodic music playing and cheerful natural lighting, Dwelling Spaces is a great place to get some work done or curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. “We want it to be a nice spot where people can come work,” Nordholm says. When you visit Dwelling Spaces for a cup of coffee, you can count on it being a good

one. The baristas at Dwelling Spaces are well trained and know the art of coffee. “A lot of our baristas have been doing this for 10 years,” Nordholm says. Dwelling Spaces proudly collaborates with many local businesses, including Topeca Coffee, which provides their coffee beans. Dwelling Spaces created the Bigfoot Blend coffee, which Topeca also roasts. Dwelling Spaces also carries Fair Fellow Coffee’s cold brew and retail coffee. “We have a big emphasis on supporting local,” Nordholm says. Other local collaborations include the teas Dwelling Spaces carries, which are from Woodshed in Oklahoma City. They also carry local pastries like cookies and muffins from Tulsa-area bakeries. Apparently, the ham and cheese croissants are something to write home about.


With more new restaurants popping up in the area, like Sabores in The Boxyard, Dwelling Spaces is a great place to stop

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Dwelling Spaces was the inaugural store in The Boxyard. It was a bit of a risk moving locations, but Nordholm says it’s been a good transition for the business. They’ve also changed their product line a bit, “Our vibe now is going outdoors and life at the park,” she says.

You’ve probably seen the Okie Bigfoot logo around town, but did you know that it originated at Dwelling Spaces? Former owner Mary Beth Babcock formed an interest in the Honobia Bigfoot Festival, held in Honobia, Okla., each year. She enjoyed hearing about local Bigfoot sightings, and out of that curiosity grew the creation of the Okie Bigfoot that so many know and love today.

for an after-dinner coffee. The Boxyard looks lovely in the evenings with its tiny white lights glowing. It’s also a great place to visit during First Friday Art Crawls when Dwelling Spaces extends its hours.  

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Now that the weather is getting warmer, you can expect the cold brew to be flowing regularly at Dwelling Spaces. But for those occasional colder days, you can enjoy a cup of their hot chai. Or if you’re one of those people who always orders the healthiest drink on the menu, they offer a matcha latte, which is essentially green tea to the nth degree.

While you’re sipping your coffee, you can enjoy perusing the amusing goods including fun ribbons that say things like, “You are the cat’s meow,” T-shirts heralding Stranger Things with sayings like, “In a world full of tens, be an Eleven,” Oklahoma-themed onesies, and of course, plenty of Okie Bigfoot gear.

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The STEMcell Science Shop, also in The Boxyard, has its own coffee blend, which was created by Fair Fellow Coffee and is brewed at Dwelling Spaces.

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Tulsa’s cuisine culture has diversified over the years with diners embracing restaurants and dishes representing international identities on a grander scale than ever before. BY MI CHELE CHI A P P E TTA A ND RO B H AR M O N There’s really no better reminder that we’re all primarily a bunch of immigrants than when you visit a restaurant that is out of this world. Or should we say, out of this country. Since the early 1900s, we’ve had bright-eyed dreamers arriving here from all over, introducing this part of the state to new eats and treats.

Desi Wok 3 9 6 6 S. H U D SON AVE. T ULSA After the midtown tornado last year, we thought we’d never see this amazing restaurant again, but they’re back and they’re doing what they do best. One of Tulsa’s tastiest chicken tikka masala dishes just may be at Desi Wok. Fresh, flavorful Indian Asian cuisine is what you can expect. Their authentic Vindaloo (spice infused tomato and cashew sauce with potatoes) from the Indian region of Goa, assorted curry-spiced plates, and sweet and sour chicken dishes will make you wish you could visit again the next day.

And our restaurants are still doing that. Green Country’s global eats are surprisingly diverse and delicious too. Every culture brings unique ingredients and traditions to the meals they serve and savor. And we enjoy the benefit of tasting, eating and loving every minute of it. At a time when cultural diversity seems to divide many, there’s something that brings us all together: food. Our food scene is rich with flavors representing a variety of experiences and nationalities, allowing individuals with eclectic palates to sample their way around the world, one thrilling bite at a time. Clearly, a whole country’s worth of cuisine can’t be boiled down to a single dish, any more than we can cover a world’s worth of food in the pages of one magazine. So, how did we narrow our list? After all, so many cooking styles and practices have made their way to America from other nations that, we had to keep the list practical. We opted to leave out the usual suspects — the Americanized global eats you’re likely to find at Italian, Asian, and Mexican restaurants in the area. Instead, we’re focusing on some of the less well-known cuisines, as well as some restaurants we know work hard to provide an authentic, less Americanized version of their cuisine. Honestly, there are so many terrific globally-inspired restaurants here, we hated leaving any of them out. But here are some of the most interesting and top-notch restaurants providing Tulsa with its own unique taste of the world.

Fassler Hall 304 S. ELG I N AVE.

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Fassler Hall is a Tulsa gem. Their food is fun and lively, and most importantly, German. Hailed by many as the best beirgarten in the state, Fassler Hall has loads of imported beer from Germany and all over. With an awesome variety of sausage and schnitzel dishes to choose from, it’ll be a long time before you ever order the same item twice. That’s unless you get addicted to a favorite. Also, we don’t know if it’s a German thing or not, but their duck fat fries appetizer is simply fabelhaft!

Helen of Troy 6 670 S. L E WI S AVE.

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When you’re craving authentic Greek food, this place should be near the top of the list. Helen of Troy’s menu has some of the most genuine Middle Eastern food around. No Americanized versions here, just the real thing. Fans love the flavorful gyro meat, and regulars rave about the cabbage rolls. Among other traditional Greek offerings diners enjoy are tasty falafels, fresh hummus, tangy tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves and more. To top it off, their friendly service will make you feel like you’re visiting someone’s Greek home.

Jamil's 3823 E. 51ST ST.

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Jamil’s is famous. Celebrities from Muhammad Ali to Mickey Mantle have eaten here. Yes, many famous people through the years have enjoyed perfectly crafted steaks from this traditional Lebanese steakhouse, and there’s a clear reason why. For over 70 years, they’ve made Tulsa proud by serving terrific tabbouleh, heavenly hummus and baklava to die for. If you’ve never experienced this place, get there soon to enjoy great steaks and tradition-rich Lebanese food.

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Kilkenny's Irish Pub 1413 E . 15 T H ST. T ULSA

Jim's Coney Island 1923 S. H A RVA RD AV E . TULSA They say that not much has been added to Greek culture since they were conquered by the Romans in 146 B.C. Not true. Jim’s Coney Island has been making its own special contribution to Greek food in Tulsa since the 1950s, but never on Sunday. Fresh gyros sandwiches, tasty souvlaki plates and awesome Greek chicken dinners are special favorites through the years to many who have visited this family-friendly restaurant.

Who doesn’t love fish and chips alongside a frothy beer? You get that at Kilkenny’s. The rich, dark furnishings recreate the feel of a pub from across the pond, and the service is always cheerful. You’ll enjoy authentic boxty — a traditional Irish dish featuring a grilled potato pancake stuffed with homemade fillings. They also serve bangers (Irish sausages) and mash, cottage pie, corned beef and cabbage. Wash your meal down with one of the many lagers, wines, whiskeys, or the many other drinks served up by their full bar.

Pachac Peruvian Food 72 8 W. 2 3 R D ST. T ULSA

Margaret's German Restaurant & Deli 5107 S. SH E RI DA N ROA D

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If you’re looking for some of the best in wurst, stop in at Margaret’s. This excellent, casual German restaurant has been a favorite among Tulsa area food lovers since 1989. They’re committed to giving customers homemade authentic meals. Enjoy everything from housemade potato pancakes, applesauce, and fresh Bavarian pretzels to all kinds of schnitzels, sausages, pork loin dishes and baked German bologna. Save room for the desserts, which include German chocolate cake, Black Forest cake, and of course, apple strudel. They don’t disappoint.

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Pachac Peruvian Food is an authentic Peruvian restaurant, and it’s right here in Tulsa. The chifa food they serve is a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisines that countries throughout South and Central America have adopted as their own. And, man, is it good. Choose any of the chaufa-style fried rice plates or dishes with their cheesy, spicy huancaína sauce, and you will be thanking us.

La Roma Pizza and Mediterranean Cuisine 6027 S. S HERI DA N ROA D

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The Lebanese family who owns La Roma has been serving delicious Mediterranean meals for close to 30 years. Their steady traffic of regulars is proof of how deliciously consistent and delightful the food is. Their menu is small, but it’s served to perfection. Among the Mediterranean options are an incredibly fresh tabbouleh, generously portioned cabbage rolls, savory gyros and more. Don’t overlook the pizza. With a crust that’s topped with exquisite sauce and toppings, La Roma’s pizza is among the best in Green Country.

Papa Ganouj 1328 E. 6T H ST.

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Papa Ganouj is serious, classic Lebanese food, but it’s really a wonderful fusion of many modern Mediterranean cuisines as well. Any item on the menu is packed full of flavor. Each plate not only starts with amazing aromas but is also pleasing to the eyes, and most importantly, extremely satisfying to the stomach. Yummy hummus, delicious chicken tawook and absolutely fabulous falafel are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes.


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Siegi's 8104 S. SH E RI DA N ROA D

TULSA

In Green Country, for classic, family-style Viennese/German food, there are few better places to get it than Siegi’s. From bratwurst to knackwurst to expertly smoked kolbasse, this place rocks all things sausage. And if you’ve never had any of their wurst, you simply have no idea what you’re missing. Order the Austrian potato salad or pommes frites on the side, and you’ll be singing “ Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit” to everyone you meet for the rest of the night.

A L I BA BA MED I T ERRA N EA N G RILL 4709 E. 51st St. | Tulsa CHA R CHA R 6560 E. 91st St. | Tulsa CUMI N F L AVOR OF I N D I A 8242 E. 71st St. | Tulsa D EN A’S L EBA N ES E & ET HN I C CUISINE 2615 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

Sisserou's Caribbean Restaurant 107 N . B O U L D ER AVE. T ULSA For a festive food trip to the Caribbean, visit Sisserou’s. Inspired by the colorful dishes of Dominica, Sisserou’s offers flavorful cuisine delivered to culinary perfection. Coconut shrimp, jerk chicken wings, plantain poppers, callaloo (a traditional Caribbean soup), roti wraps and Caribbean curry chicken are all deserving of repeat visits. If you crave cruise-worthy drink specials, Sisserou’s serves up a variety of mojitos, martinis and frozen rum drinks. The house favorite, Molten Lava Eruption, is made with various rums, pineapple and orange juices, and other ingredients, delivered to you smoking ( from dry ice), and sizable enough to share.

ERI T REA N A N D ET HI OPI A N CA FÉ 6934 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa GYROS BY A L I 8232 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa HI MA L AYAS A ROMA OF I N D I A RESTAU R ANT 4844 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa I N D I A PA L ACE 6963 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa JA MES E. MCN EL L I E’S 409 E. 1st St. | Tulsa 7031 S. Zurich Ave. | Tulsa L A F FA MED I - EAST ERN RESTAURA N T AND BAR 111 N. Main St. | Tulsa L EEN A’S MED I T ERRA N EA N G RILL 6746 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa

White Lion Pub 6 927 S. CA N TON AVE. T ULSA

Tandoori Guys 2039 W. H O USTO N ST. BRO K E N AR ROW As the first Indian restaurant to open in a growing Broken Arrow, Tandoori Guys has had a lot to prove. But they’ve done it, making this charming Indian buffet look like a reliable foodie’s delight. Using recipes from his grandmother in India, chef Raja never disappoints. The buffet changes daily, providing many different dishes from street food to vegetarian to seafood, and more. Whether you’re having tandoori chicken, potato coconut curry, samosas, panipuri or any of the other delectable choices, you’ll leave with a happy, full tummy.

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As one of the few genuine English pubs in town, the White Lion understandably draws those who love international cuisine. Much of the signage and decor are originally from jolly old England, which is why it feels like you’re not in Tulsa as soon as you walk through the door. The place is cozy and family run, with the owner and chef busy in the kitchen cooking up fresh meals until they run out. Make reservations ahead of time, and don’t let a wait bother you because it’s totally worth your time. The fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak and mushroom pie, Cornish pasty, Welsh rarebit, and beef Wellington are all delicious.

MA N OS PERUA N AS 6703 E. 81st St. | Tulsa PI TA PL ACE 8315 E. 111th St. | Bixby S HAW KAT ’S MED I T ERRA N EA N RESTAU R ANT 4123 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa S HI S H KA B OB S 11605 E. 31st St. | Tulsa TA B OUL I ’S 414 S. Main St. | Tulsa TA Z I KI ’S MED I T ERRA N EA N CAFÉ 1551 E. 15th St. | Tulsa 4929 E. 71st St. | Tulsa T EXAS D E B RA Z I L 7021 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa ZOËS KI TCHEN 3629 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 6044 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa 10005 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa 7427 S. Olympia Ave. | Tulsa


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Sandwiched, so to speak, in a nondescript strip mall, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs is churning out some of the most delectable handheld creations in the area. And it takes but one bite to understand why. By Donna Leahey Photos by Valerie Grant

If you like your bread soft, fresh, and filled with delicious fresh-cut meats, cheeses, and vegetables, you need look no further than south Tulsa’s Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. The casual deli-style sandwich shop is ready to set you up with a tasty sub made fresh when you order. Owner Jason Mims says it was that commitment to freshness that made him choose Goodcents. His location has been open for three years, serving up subs, pasta, soups, and cookies. One of the first things you’ll notice when you order your sub is the lack of sandwich meats sitting out on the deli counter. Instead, the person making your sandwich pulls out a whole ham or roast beef and slices it right there in front of you. “It ensures the freshest product,” says Mims. “Pre-sliced is not as fresh, and it dries out. It’s the difference between Oscar Mayer that you buy at the store and meat cut for you at the deli counter. Besides, the preservatives they add to keep it looking fresh can interfere with taste, and a lot of people try to avoid them.” Once you get the sub, you will immediately notice the pillow-soft bread. Like all their ingredients, the bread is made fresh. “We bake the bread a minimum of two times a day, sometimes more,” he says. “It keeps the bread soft.” Even the wheat bread is fantastically soft, which might surprise you if you’re used to coarse, dry, firm wheat bread.

Goodcents subs come in 6, 8, 12 or 16 inches, though the 8 inch is what Mims considered the standard size. The 16 inch is a great choice for sharing, or for when you’re extra hungry. Once you choose white or wheat, you’re faced with another choice: toasted or untoasted. The toasted menu includes buffalo chicken, chicken bacon ranch, chipotle cheesesteak with chicken or steak, or meatball. The chipotle cheesesteak is a unique take on the classic cheesesteak, with fresh onion and pepper rather than grilled. The fresh veggies give this sandwich an unexpected flavor and texture, while the pepper jack cheese and spicy ranch give it a jolt of heat that will tingle your taste buds. The toasted bread adds another dimension of texture and crunch. The cold sandwiches include the penny club, the original club, and the tasty Italian, among many other choices, all served on that tasty soft bread. The Italian is filled with capocollo, pepperoni, and salami. The flavors of Italy work together in perfect old-world harmony. The Goodcents original, made with ham, bologna, salami, and pepperoni is Goodcents’ take on a classic deli sandwich. You can top your sandwich with American, cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, provolone, or Swiss cheese. Get the provolone on your Italian, as the flavor blends nicely with the meats.

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You can be confident that the array of sandwich toppings is all as fresh as possible. “The veggies are sliced that day,” says Mims. “I try to run out of everything and start over daily.” Besides sandwiches, Goodcents offers several hearty and filling pasta dishes. Each is served with a side of freshly baked garlic bread. Pick from chicken parmesan, pasta with meatballs, pasta with Alfredo sauce, or chicken Alfredo. The chicken Alfredo is topped generously with white meat chicken, covered with creamy and flavorful Alfredo, sprinkled with cheese and nicely toasted before serving. It’s a great lunch choice for a cold day or just anytime you’re in the mood for comfort food. Speaking of comfort food, don’t overlook the soups. Goodcents serves soup by the cup or the bowl. Their tasty broccoli cheddar is available daily, with a rotating selection of soups of the day.

If you need to feed people at an upcoming event, consider giving Goodcents a call for catering. They can set you up with a sub tray of delicious fresh-made subs, as well as napkins, plates, and utensils. You also get a pasta pan with any of Goodcents’ pastas, served up with freshly baked garlic bread, or a tray full of cookies. Goodcents’ catering can also deliver box lunches with an 8-inch sub, chips and/or a cookie. “We do all kinds of events,” Mims says. “Office meetings, church events, schools. We can work with any budget to give a quality product to your event.” Fresh and tasty, with tons of healthy options, Goodcents is always a great choice for lunch, dinner, or your next catered event.

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To make your sandwich or pasta into a meal, tell them to make it a combo, and Goodcents will add a drink plus your choice of chips, soup, or a cookie.

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Finish off your meal with a tasty, baked-fresh-that-day chocolate chip, double chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie.

If you live within 3 miles of the Goodcents location, you don’t even have to put on shoes to get your hands on one of those sandwiches. Goodcents will bring it to you. “We can deliver anything on the menu. It’s a $2 charge, and no minimum,” Mims says. “I’ll bring you a cookie, if that’s what you want.” If you order something hot, they’ll bring it to you in an insulated bag to make sure it stays warms.

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Mims recommends Goodcents’ “standard dress” for every sandwich. “It’s the Goodcents flavor profile,” he says. Standard Dress is tomato, lettuce, and onion, seasoned with oregano, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and topped with oil and vinegar. Take Mims’ advice on this one. He knows sandwiches, and the Standard Dress suits every sandwich, but you can pick and choose which toppings you prefer. You can also add toppings like cucumbers, banana peppers, black olives, pickles, and more. You can finish your sandwich with a choice of mayo, mustard, spicy mustard, Ranch, spicy ranch, or honey mustard. Your flavor combinations are nearly unlimited.

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Molly’s Landing Open Since 1984

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And from there, Flo’s Burger Diner has been on the upswing. Located on the south side of the highway, across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Flo’s is in an ideal location to catch both travelers and locals for an unforgettably tasty lunch or dinner. Adkins and her team serve up a variety of classic Americana meals, mostly burgers but with other choices too, when casual but delicious is in the cards for you.

The reason Adkins cooks, she says, is how it connects people. “I think food ties people together,” says Adkins. “People could come in and be having the worst day. But they sit down, eat, get a full belly of good, quality, fresh food, and they leave with a smile.”

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The other thing that makes Flo’s stand out is their emphasis on customer service. “There’s nothing like our customer service. I started this place because there was no place that could give good customer service,” she says. Flo’s in Catoosa has been very successful, something that Adkins credits in part to the community. “Catoosa is one of the most supportive communities there is,” she says. “But I also want to share Flo’s with everybody else as well.” That desire to expand led Adkins to open a second location at the corner of 11th Street and Birmingham, on Route 66, near the University of Tulsa.

Among the burger choices are classic, go-to choices such as an old-fashioned burger, the “The blessing just turned up in my lap for cheeseburger deluxe, the bacon cheeseburger, this place [the second location near TU], and the blue cheese bacon burger. But there and it was something I couldn’t turn down,”

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“My husband works in the Catoosa area,” says Adkins. “We came over here to eat lunch one day, and we saw a ‘For Rent’ sign. I just thought I’d call the number and see what the rent was so I could have it as part of my plan [ for my instructors]. When they told me what the rent was, it was totally feasible, so I started thinking I could totally do that,” she says.

There are a few other items on the menu in addition to the burgers, coneys and chili that customers will want to check out, including the rib-eye French dip. “We season it, cook it, let it sit in the juice, then take it out and carve it the next day per order. That’s one of our best-sellers,” says Adkins. “We have a grilled chicken club too. But our menu is 95 percent burgers.”

When asked what keeps her going in the restaurant business, Adkins says it’s her love of cooking. She cooks at home when she’s not at work. She also co-owns a successful catering business called Yes, Chef Catering Tulsa, which handles weddings every weekend.

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The inspiration for starting Flo’s in the Catoosa area came from her family too, as well as her instructors at Platt, who encouraged her to form a business plan before she graduated.

She’s planning to do some breakfast menu items at the second location at some point., And of course, there will still be the classic Flo’s burger menu that everyone has come to know and love.

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“My dad cooked everything underneath the sun, fresh and homemade. That’s where my love of cooking comes in,” says Adkins.

And it’s all made fresh, which adds to the appeal. “We make everything from scratch,” says Adkins. “The buns are fresh made. The meats are fresh ground. We hand grate all of the cheese. We cut all of the vegetables. We do all of our sides. There’s nothing here that’s premade. Nothing,” she says. “We even make our own Ranch.” Except for condiments like mayo, it’s all homemade, including the chili that tops the chili coneys, the hand-cut french fries and onion rings, the caramel apple pie, loaded brownies and pineapple upside-down cake.

she says. “We kind of rolled with it. It all happened within three or four days.”

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It might be surprising, though, to know that these giant burgers and fries are served up by a culinary pro, executive chef and owner Brandy Adkins, whose love of homecooking mixed with her chef ’s training has resulted in one of the best burger joints in Green Country. Adkins graduated from the Culinary Institute at Platt College, but much of her inspiration for her cooking style and approach to food comes from her family.

are some specialty options that are worth investigating when you’re feeling bold. The Floyaki, for example, offers a tropical Asian twist — a teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple. The Sizzler is a spicy jalapeno ranch burger topped with onion rings. And the Bomb is a burger with a jalapeno popper spread sandwiched between the patties for a spicy burst of hot goodness.

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If you’re a fan of the almighty American meal known as the burger, you probably already know a little about Flo’s Burger Diner. Open since 2014, this classic Catoosa spot has been dishing up amazingly crafted, sinfully large dressed burgers that would make a hungry man swoon with reverent delight.

Monday-Tuesday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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The Artof Standing Out A massive source of artwork, custom frames, on-site art classes and home décor, Ziegler Art & Frame has been a fixture of the Tulsa and Kendall-Whittier landscape for nearly 40 years.

TRENT MORROW At the corner of Admiral Place and Lewis Avenue, just north of the iconic Circle Cinema, you’ll find another icon of Tulsa’s retail history — a massive source of artwork, custom frames, on-site art classes, home decor and more. We’re talking, of course, about Ziegler Art & Frame. A fixture in the landscape of the historic KendallWhittier District of Tulsa, Ziegler Art & Frame once occupied a single building. “We started in here almost 40 years ago,” says Trent Morrow, grandson of the original owner. He and his father, Alan Morrow, currently run the store. Trent serves as director of marketing and his father is the president. “We were just a small picture frame shop.” At the time Zeigler first opened, the neighborhood was awash in cheap real estate, so Trent’s grandfather bought a property here, a property there. Two generations later, Ziegler has expanded by leaps and bounds, offering its unique custom framing among many other artistic items. And it’s also expanded literally in space — occupying about six buildings and 25,000 square feet or so. “My grandfather just built all of these buildings together into one mega-complex kind of art and frame superstore,” says Trent.

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More than anything else, though, Ziegler is known for crafting custom style and size frames for its customers. “Most of what we focus on is our custom framing, and we really take pride in it,” says Trent. “The work is done in a crafting area upstairs from the store, in a space that was once an old dance hall from the 1930s. We cut and join all of our frames here.” Because they can make frames to just about any specifications, Ziegler is a perfect place to visit when you need something unusual framed, like wedding dresses and guitars. They’ve done similar work for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. And if you have

Ziegler also makes readymade poster and photo frames of different sizes. If you need more frames than are currently in stock, the store can make what you need. And they offer plenty of specials and sales. In addition to frames, Ziegler offers other eclectic, artistic pieces, gifts, home decor, high-end art, furniture, photo frames, picture lights, jewelry and other items are available. There’s an art supply section, focused largely on painting, adjacent to a spacious art studio on the property where Ziegler offers weekly art classes. Information on classes can be found on the store’s website and Facebook page. Trent is also very involved in the rejuvenation of the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood, an area that has had its ups and downs over the years. He’s on the board for KendallWhittier Main Street, a nonprofit that works on enhancing the Kendall-Whittier District. Right now, the area is experiencing a decided upswing, with new businesses such as Fair Fellow Coffee, Calaveras Mexican Grill, The Beehive Lounge, and Heirloom Rustic Ales all making the neighborhood buzz with activity. “We’ve been getting a lot of cool neighbors around here, and a lot of artists,” says Trent.

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There are many choices and styles of artwork, paintings, prints and frames available for customers, many by local artists and photographers. For instance, buyers can browse the Tulsa room, which features old and new photos and images of the Tulsa landscape. Many of the prints are vintage black-and-whites. If you’re looking for something specific but don’t see it on display, just ask. The store has a database with thousands of prints they can reproduce.

The Kendall-Whittier neighborhood holds monthly art walks in the neighborhood on second Thursdays, starting after 5 p.m. The district’s annual Food Truck Festival is scheduled for April 7, 2018, from 11a.m.-5 p.m., at the corner of Admiral and Lewis. And during the warmer months (May to October), live bands, yoga classes, food trucks and other fun doings are scheduled to coincide with the art walks. Area businesses like Ziegler typically stay open late those nights to accommodate visitors.

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Alan started the retail side of the business around 1980, and that side of the business took off, leading to the Ziegler Art & Frame store that people know today.

The ready-made frames section is large and popular with both locals and out-of-towners. Many of these frames are museum-ready in appearance and quality. It’s not uncommon, says Trent, for artists from as far away as Florida and Wyoming to make a trip with their artwork in U-Hauls to find the perfect frames. “We’ve had a lot of incredible artists come through here,” he says.

“There are a lot of new artist studios and galleries.” The Tulsa Artery, an art store known for featuring local and regional artists, has space near Ziegler. And the Tulsa Girls Art School is located in the area as well.

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The store began as a wholesaler, providing frames to other businesses like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. “Somehow my grandfather got into building dollhouse furniture,” Trent explains. “That’s how he got into making miniature easels and canvases. He got into painting, so he started building his own canvases and frames and that kind of thing.”

something even more unusual to frame, stop in for a consult. They embrace challenges and enjoy figuring out how to tackle any project.

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happy to greet and help direct you to whatever you’re hunting for. And chances are, if it has anything to do with making your home look artistic, you’ll find it among the merchandise here.

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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NONFICTION

LITERARY

ROMANCE

MYSTERY, THRILLER AND SUSPENSE

APRIL 17

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APRIL 10

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: ESSAYS

BY SLOANE CROSLEY

The author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Crosley follows in the footsteps of satiric writers like Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron and David Sedaris. Her sharply insightful, humorous essays riff on life’s adventures, which in her case include scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, and squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun.

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And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready By Meaghan O’Connell APRIL 10

O’Connell offers a satiric exploration of the cataclysmic, impossibleto-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother.

HOW TO BE SAFE

BY TOM MCALLISTER

Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, English teacher Anna Crawford is shocked to be named as a suspect in a shooting at her school. Though quickly exonerated, her life is still held up for scrutiny and judgment as her small town descends into media mania.

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Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita By Giada De Laurentiis APRIL 3

With photos shot around her native Rome, De Laurentiis’ latest book is a lavish exploration of her food roots in Italy.

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Macbeth By Jo Nesbo APRIL 10

Set in a 1970s industrial town, this thriller is based on the Shakespeare classic and centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem.

BAD MEN AND WICKED WOMEN

BY ERIC JEROME DICKEY

A low-level enforcer in Los Angeles, Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job, with blackmail on her mind.

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The Female Persuasion By Meg Wolitzer

My Dear Hamilton By Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

APRIL 3

APRIL 3

The author of The Interestings returns with a multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship and romantic ideals.

UNBURY CAROL

BY JOSH MALERMAN

Carol Evers has a dark secret. She has died many times, but her deaths are not final — they’re comas, each lasting days. Only two people know of her condition: her husband Dwight, who wants to bury her alive during her next episode, and her lost love, James, who wants to save her from an early grave. In the end, Carol must battle to save herself.

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Chaser By Kylie Scott APRIL 17

Bartender and From The New all-around bad York Times boy, Eric Collins, bestselling authors wants to finally of America’s First settle down … if Daughter comes the only the person epic story of Eliza he was hoping to Schuyler Hamilton settle down with — a revolutionary didn’t turn out to woman who, like be pregnant. her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal and tragedy.

Cave of Bones By Anne Hillerman APRIL 3

The latest novel in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series brings together modern mystery, intrigue, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest.

The Soul of a Thief By Steven Hartov APRIL 17

An atmospheric and intense novel about people caught behind the lines of occupied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new struggle to survive.


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RISE

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BY CHRISTOPHER MOORE

A rising UFC mixed martial arts star, VanZant has a reputation for defeating obstacles. But long before she was a world-class fighter winning over fans with her unlikely strength, she battled her own private demons. Rise is the deeply moving and soul-inspiring journey of a warrior who transformed her pain into power and became one of the toughest women in the world.

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In post-World War II San Francisco, an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin tends bar. But before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with urgent business tied to a suspicious flying object and a mysterious plane crash in Roswell. It’s Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars.

SHATTERED REALMS: STORMCASTER

HOW TO SELL YOUR FAMILY TO THE ALIENS BY PAUL NOTH

BY CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA

Hap’s dad has made a fortune with his wacky inventions, but all the money has gone to Hap’s tyrannical grandma. While she lives in an enormous mansion, the rest of the family lives in two rooms in the basement. When Hap sees a chance to get rid of grandma, he takes it. He only means to swap out grandma, but when he accidentally sells his whole family to the aliens, he has to figure out how to get them back.

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Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves and weather, but his magical abilities can’t protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine’s relentless blood-sworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the Gray Wolf queen that an invasion is imminent. If he can’t convince her to take a stand, the Seven Realms will fall, his last sanctuary will be destroyed, and among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose.

People Don’t Bite People By Lisa Wheeler Dread Nation By Justina Ireland APRIL 17

Zombies derail the U.S. Civil War, altering how America comes to deal with issues like racism and slavery.

Circe By Madeline Miller APRIL 10

A retelling of the mythical story of Circe, a young witch banished by Zeus who must choose between gods and mortals.

Love Rules By Joanna Coles APRIL 10

A smart, effective guide to finding love in the digital age.

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer By Barbara Ehrenreich APRIL 10

The author of Nickel and Dimed explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.

Team Players By Mike Lupica APRIL 3

Cassie must learn that you can’t fix someone else after a girl with Aspergers joins her softball team.

Sunny By Jason Reynolds APRIL 10

Sunny must overcome a difficult past and learn to let go while mastering the complicated, yet creative discus throw for his track team.

APRIL 3

In this hysterical read-aloud picture book, overeager little biters are reminded that biting is for food.

Hello Lighthouse By Sophie Blackall APRIL 10

The daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as he boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

Release dates are subject to change.

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S SHOWTIME APRIL 6 BLOCKERS

When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night, they launch a covert onenight operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena RATING: R

A QUIET PLACE

Mysterious supernatural forces attracted to sound have surfaced and are attacking all over the world. A family must now hide and live in silence at a secluded abandoned farm to survive, by avoiding every noise and communicating in sign language. Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe RATING: NR

SPINNING MAN

Evan Birch is a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young woman is found murdered, Evan becomes the prime suspect. Cast: Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver RATING: R

WHERE IS KYRA?

In Brooklyn, New York, Kyra loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother’s income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzanne Shepherd RATING: NR

APRIL 13 TRUTH OR DARE

A seemingly harmless game of truth or dare turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse a dare. Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane RATING: PG-13

OVERBOARD

A spoiled playboy from a wealthy Mexican family winds up with amnesia after falling off his yacht. He then meets a single, working-class mom who convinces him that they are married. Cast: Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

In 1969, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car into the water in Chappaquiddick. His passenger, the young campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne, is trapped in the car and left to die alone. Kennedy does not immediately call the police. He instead returns to his hotel, sobers up, attempts to establish an alibi, and calls in the help of his dominant father to save his political career. Cast: Jason Clarke, Kate Mera, Ed Helms RATING: PG-13

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THE RIDER

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the

heartland of America. Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau RATING: R

TULLY

Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant about the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Cast: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass RATING: R

APRIL 20

APRIL 27

RAMPAGE

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable and unbreakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, albino gorilla who has been in his care most of its life. But a mysterious genetic experiment mutates this once gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered that a wolf and crocodile have undergone similar changes. As these newly created apex predators battle each other for supremacy and tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote and fight his way through the ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe, but also to save the fearsome beast that was once his friend. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avengers have been torn apart following the events of Captain America: Civil War. When Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will, the Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him before his onslaught of destruction puts an end to the universe. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Chris Evans RATING: NR

RATING: PG-13

RATING: PG-13

TRAFFIK

BEIRUT

In 1980s Beirut, Mason, a former U.S. diplomat returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible for the death of his family. Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris RATING: R

SUPER TROOPERS 2

Five wacky state troopers must set up a new highway patrol station as the United States and Canada dispute the location of the border. Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme RATING: R

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a bike gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Cast: Paula Patton, William Fichtner, Omar Epps RATING: NR


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WAY DOWN EAST (1920)

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A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life.

THROUGH APRIL 5

LOVELESS

I FEEL PRETTY

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed? Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski RATING: NR

A Russian couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Loveless opened to critical acclaim and won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

HOME MOVIE FILM FESTIVAL

Members of the community submitted various short films shot in and around the area from various time periods featuring people, places and events.

THE LEISURE SEEKER

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Janel Moloney Rating: R

APRIL 13-14

CARRIE (1976)

A South Central recluse helps a woman’s working-class mother during the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. Cast: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson RATING: R

DISOBEDIENCE

A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Cast: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Anton Lesser RATING: R

NR = A  rating was not available as of March 7, 2018 Release dates and ratings are subject to change.

100 YEARS

This is the David versus Goliath story of Elouise Cobell, a petite, Native American warrior who filed the largest classaction lawsuit against the United States Government and won a $3.4 billion settlement for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral-rich lands were mismanaged by the Department of the Interior.

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KINGS

APRIL 19

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving Rating: R

OPEN APRIL 13

ISLE OF DOGS

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. Written and directed by Wes Anderson and featuring an all-star cast of voices including Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johannson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum.

ITZHAK

Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability.

APRIL 20-21

MIND GAME (2004)

After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.

APRIL 25

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