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CONVERSATION STARTER: RALPHIE MAY
The fearless funnyman with a renewed Las Vegas residency may be tired of the politically correct boohooing, but his standup act is helping fuel a national comedy boom.
CONVERSATION STARTER: GARY ALLAN
A modern day musical outlaw, Gary Allan continues to churn out metallic hits through his smokyvoiced songs and jewelry.
SO MUCH TO DRAG ABOUT
Rubber meets road at Tulsa Raceway Park where monster trucks rule, the midnight drags live on and mud boggers show the ground who’s boss.
Four years after conquering Bushwacker at the BOK Center with a 95.25-point ride, two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney returns to Tulsa on the cusp of history.
HOW THE WEST IS WORN
Whether the look you aspire to is bold or conservative, masculine or feminine, modern or traditional, the spirit of the frontier lives on at Drysdales, where you can piece together the perfect American Western wear outfit, head to toe.
FISH OUT OF WATER
Travel to Ariel’s magical kingdom where mermaids play in the waves, King Triton rules over all, and the sea witch Ursula lurks, waiting for her time to strike with Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
THE AMERICAN DREAM?
Theatre Tulsa’s version of Ragtime tackles turn-of-the-century growing pains, mixing real-life historical figures with fictional characters to dramatize and illuminate issues that remain prominent in today’s society.
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Anchored by the popular restaurant SMOKE., the SEVEN6MAIN mixeduse development breaking ground in Owasso’s Redbud District this fall will offer residential apartments, office space, shopping, dining and far-reaching impact.
Conquer the Gauntlet offers feats of masochism geared equally to the power walkers and those who find their high by pushing through physical exhaustion, wetness, a few blisters and plenty of mud.
COURAGE UNDER FIRE
Since being diagnosed with ALS, Jenks’ Allan Trimble has found himself battling many changes — physically and emotionally–– with varying degrees of courage and fear, resistance and surrender. But the disease still hasn’t robbed him of his love for life or his passion for mentoring.
ON A ROLE
Acting can be a brutally difficult craft. Which is why Josh and Mindy Barker passed up on their own Hollywood dreams, opting instead to challenge, support, encourage and enlighten young Tulsa actors.
UP IN ARMS
There’s a criminally good time to be had at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum with showpieces ranging from a 1350 A.D. Chinese cannon to a tank, samurai swords and pistols of famous outlaws.
MAKING THE GRADE
Whether you relish or dread this time of year, get an A+ in back-to-school shopping with our tips to help budget and buy supplies and clothes as you or your children head back to the classroom.
LAWN IN ORDER
If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best of downtown and enjoy some great entertainment and local music, don’t overlook the Guthrie Green.
These days, plates are larger, menus are more radical and the world seems just a little brighter at the start of the day with a great breakfast. But before you pancake on those pounds, consider a few healthier options.
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Not every trip to your local watering hole is going to be memorable. But utilize a few of our ideas and it may become legendary.
BRUNCH AND MUNCH
Let them eat cake — for breakfast! Throw a leisurely brunch party with some nontraditional treats.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Forget the cheap coffee and cold cereal. It’s time to check out our 21 sunrise suggestions to nurture your appetites before tackling the day.
Eclectic with hodgepodge and vintage vibe, Wild Heart Marketplace and Café tosses out fancy menus in favor of tasty and satisfying family recipes ranging from omelets and burgers to hoagies, soups and salads.
The style of cooking at Amazing Thai Cuisine is centered in the heart of Southeast Asia, and emphasizes grand dishes that lean toward the light and healthy while also being highly flavorful.
BOLD AND THE BOUNTIFUL
Chef Alfredo Vargas marries two beloved dining traditions at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Buffet: authentic and unique dishes and all-you-can-eat options.
TOUCH OF GLASS
With more than 40 years under his belt at Tulsa Stained Glass, Richard Bohm can easily say he’s pursued his passion to great results.
TIPS FOR AN A+ IN MAKING BACK-TO-SCHOOL THE GRADE SHOPPING
HOW THE WEST IS WORN
THE SPIRIT OF THE FRONTIER LIVES ON AT DRYSDALES THE PBR’S BEST AIM TO TAME 1,600 POUNDS OF BOVINE AGGRESSION WHEN AMERICAN’S ORIGINAL EXTREME SPORT RETURNS TO T-TOWN.
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Two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney may be able to become only the third rider in PBR history to record 500 or more rides on the PBR’s prestigious Built Ford Tough Series with two rides during the 13th consecutive PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic Aug. 12-13. Tulsa is the first of 10 remaining regular-season Built Ford Tough Series events until the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals Nov. 1-5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photographer: Dana Cookson Sponsor: Wrangler
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Friday night we decided to go on a double date with our friends Shelbi and Josh. We met up for ice cream at BaskinRobbins on 71st and Memorial. By the time we got there, the place was hopping. Despite all the crazy stuff going on, we were taken care of quickly and efficiently. The workers were very friendly, and the ice cream was amazing. We’ll be going back.
After Baskin-Robbins, we bought movie tickets at Eton Square to see Despicable Me 3. We had no idea the theater existed until we saw it in Preview. We usually go to the Warren Theater so I wasn’t expecting too much. It was very clean and all the lights around the concession stands $13 added to a great atmosphere. The seats were comfortable inside the auditorium and the best part is there were tables between the rows. No need to put the popcorn on the floor. This is a great place to take your family and have a good time.
SO 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. The mission posed to Shelby and Ben Harris 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. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the July issue of Preview.
We got our first snow cones of the year at Josh’s Sno Shack. My boss had turned me on to it, so we thought we’d give it a shot. We only had to stand in line for a couple of minutes. They were extremely fast and courteous. My hubby got Dragon Slayer and I got Captain Jack. Both were amazing, had the perfect amount of juices, and were very affordable. We have found our new favorite snow cone shack.
After all the cheering at the game, we had really worked up an appetite. We went to Fat Daddy’s at 81st and Memorial. It is a cool atmosphere with a bar, pool table, jukebox, and dinner tables. The pork belly burger was amazing, and the chili cheeseburger wasn’t bad either. It was a great end to an amazing night.
THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS?
We decided to go to the Tulsa Drillers game Saturday. We parked at the OSU-Tulsa campus and walked to ONEOK Field. There are beautiful murals on a couple of the overpasses, and the view of downtown is great. The Drillers were playing Midland and knocked it out of the park. The first batter hit a homerun, and six others followed him before the seventh-inning stretch. It was a great game.
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H HAPPENINGS AUGUST
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
BRUMLEY GOSPEL SING Mabee Center (Tulsa)
CROW Soul City (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
EXIT 13 Soul City (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
FATHER JOHN MISTY
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
CITY AND COLOUR Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
ED SHEERAN BOK Center (Tulsa)
GREEN CORN REBELLION Soul City (Tulsa)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
STEPHEN WHITE GROUP Soul City (Tulsa)
GRANGER SMITH Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
BLUES CHALLENGE 2017 Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
FULL FLAVA KINGS Soul City (Tulsa)
River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) AUG. 22
MELISSA HEMBREE Soul City (Tulsa) AUG. 26
HIGH BEAMS Soul City (Tulsa)
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE MCVIE
CLINT BLACK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
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SONS OF DUST
Soul City (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
Brady Theater (Tulsa)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
STEVEN TYLER AND THE LOVING MARY BAND
LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Schedule subject to change.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
AI ALSO IN AUGUST 1 #IMOMSOHARD Cox Business Center (Tulsa) BALLET DU GRAND THEATRE DE GENEVE: GLORY Tulsa Performing Arts Center 2-6 2017 KANSAS PAINT HORSE CONGRESS Expo Square (Tulsa)
5, 12, 26 TULSA FLEA MARKET Expo Square (Tulsa) 5-6 MEMORIAL DAY DO-OVER Downtown Tahlequah
3-5 SALLISAW LION’S CLUB IPRA RODEO Sallisaw Rodeo Grounds
6 UNLYNCHED Church of the Restoration
3-6 ALL AMERICAN APPALOOSA CONGRESS Expo Square (Tulsa)
OK HELLWAY Expo Square (Tulsa)
4 FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Brady District (Tulsa) 12 AUGUST 2017
BRIAN BROOKS: WILDERNESS Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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10-12 PAWNEE BILL MEMORIAL RODEO Lakeside Arena (Pawnee) 11-12 PDRA TOUR Tulsa Raceway Park
BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO Expo Square (Tulsa)
OKMULGEE INVITATIONAL RODEO AND FESTIVAL Creek Nation Omniplex Arena (Okmulgee)
11-13 BIG JIM’S MOTORCYCLE RALLY Downtown Tahlequah
WILD BREW Expo Square (Tulsa)
POW WOW OF CHAMPIONS Mabee Center (Tulsa)
12 WILL ROGERS AND WILEY POST FLY-IN Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (Oologah)
12-13 PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS BOK Center (Tulsa)
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12-20 NATIONAL SNAFFLE BIT ASSOCIATION WORLD SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa) 18 RALPHIE MAY River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
19-20 GRAND AMERICAN ARMS SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa) 19-26 OTTAWA COUNTY FREE FAIR Miami Fairgrounds (Miami)
26 CONQUER THE GAUNTLET POSTOAK Lodge (Tulsa)
26-SEPT. 30 CHEROKEE HOMECOMING ART SHOW Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah)
18-20, 25-27, SEPT. 1-3 RAGTIME Tulsa Performing Arts Center 19 MIX Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) SINBAD Brady Theater (Tulsa) BEAST FEAST Muskogee Civic Center
INDIA FEST Expo Square (Tulsa)
20-26 JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS Expo Square (Tulsa) 23-26 WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL RODEO American Legion Rodeo Grounds (Vinita)
TULSA MAKER FAIRE Expo Square (Tulsa)
29-SEPT. 3 TULSA REINING CLASSIC Expo Square (Tulsa)
WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
25-26 GREEN COUNTRY ROOTS REVIVAL Norris Park (Tahlequah) 25-26 RIVER RUMBA AND REGATTA Three Forks Harbor (Muskogee)
26-27 OKLAHOMA FALL HUNTING AND FISHING SHOW Claremore Expo Square
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WHAT WOULD YOU INVENT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
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A system where everyone has someone to listen to them, like a therapy chain.
Cars that run on water. Cheap fuel and clean emissions!
An ad campaign for empathy. It already exists, but not enough people know about it or how to use it.
ALLIE A virus that attacks mosquitoes and mosquitoes only.
I’ve got to go with the replicator from Star Trek. Food, clothing, medication could then be created from energy or matter. Lack of basic necessities for life could be eradicated almost immediately.
Talk to people about God and help them out in any way that I can.
Alcohol that hits you instantly.
Probably the Point of View Gun from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Target flawless empathy with the pull of a trigger? Absolutely.
A pill so that when you’re going to have a baby, you can take a blue one for a boy or a pink one for a girl.
I would invent a timer on cellphones for kids with allotted time each day. Emergency numbers would always work.
A device that clones food and liquid to help feed the hungry and provide clean water.
Cold fusion. Free energy for everyone.
L AU R A
Something to remind each one of us that we are loved and have a gift to share with the world.
Want to join the discussion?
A bag that never runs out of num nums.
M I S S TAC H I O
Something to stop addiction in its tracks. Not to treat addiction, but to prevent it. Maybe something that inhibits a substance from triggering the change in brain chemistry that leads to physical and psychological addiction.
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CS CONVERSATION STARTER THE FEARLESS FUNNYMAN WITH A RENEWED LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY MAY BE TIRED OF THE POLITICALLY CORRECT BOO-HOOING, BUT HIS STANDUP ACT IS HELPING FUEL A NATIONAL COMEDY BOOM. BY G.K. HIZER If you’re a fan of standup comedy, you’re well aware of comedian Ralphie May. After appearing on the first season of Last Comic Standing in 2003 (where he came in second to Dat Phan), his career has taken off. Without being drawn into sketch comedy or film, May has kept his focus on standup
and become one of the biggest stars in comedy circles.
filling clubs and theaters, and recently landed his first residency in Las Vegas.
With a career that has yielded seven comedy albums, four Comedy Central specials, and two Netflix features, May shows no signs of slowing down. He still tours constantly,
As a summer tour takes him across the United States, May will be appearing at Paradise Cove in River Spirit Casino & Resort on Aug. 18.
HAT LED YOU INTO COMEDY, AND W WHO WERE YOUR INFLUENCES THAT DREW YOU INTO IT?
I started in comedy in 1989, and the guys that were hot then were Dice [Andrew Dice Clay], Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, and, of course, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. That’s what I grew up on, but I also loved Johnny Carson. The first time I tried standup I was 13, in a school talent show. Later, when I was 17, I won a contest and opened for Kinison. He told me, “If you want to do this, you need to move to Houston.” So I did.
I KNOW THAT WITH YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU PLAY A MIXTURE OF CLUBS AND THEATERS OR CASINOS. HOW DO THE SHOWS COMPARE OR DIFFER AS YOU’RE PLAYING DIFFERENT KINDS OF VENUES?
W ell, it’s more intimate in a club setting, which is better for comedy, but when I’m playing a theater like the one I’m coming to in Tulsa, they’ve done so much to make it more intimate and not feel so separated. They’ve pulled the seating forward, and you can see everyone. It’s really pretty cool. I was talking to my friend, Chris Rock, who played there recently and he loved it. That’s really a high recommendation when another comic says, “Yeah, man, you’ve got to play there. It will blow your mind.” So I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, I’ve got friends there and some family in Tulsa, so it’s fun to come and know people where you’re playing. I’m from northwest Arkansas, which is just an hour or hour and a half away. At that point, it’s all the same people, or at least the same kind of people, so it will be nice to be home, more or less.
S PEAKING OF PLAYING CASINOS, I SAW THAT YOU PLAYED YOUR FIRST RESIDENCY AT HARRAH’S EARLIER THIS YEAR. IN LOOKING AT YOUR TOUR SCHEDULE, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE
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GOING BACK IN THE FALL. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU? riginally, it was just going to be for three or four O months, kind of a probationary period, I guess, from January to the first of July. But it all worked out really well. I loved it and they were happy, so they came back with a follow-up contract for two and a half years. It’s great, because I’m making twice the money and I don’t have to travel — they come to me.
FTER TOURING FOR SO LONG, A SURELY YOU’VE HAD SOME GREAT SHOWS AND SOME BAD ONES. WHAT WAS ONE OF THE WEIRDEST SHOWS YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?
I got fed up and quit one time. I think I was working in Stillwater [Okla.] and there were only about 10 people in the audience, and they just weren’t into it. About 10 minutes in, I just said forget it and quit. Then I sat down and drank a few beers with them, and they were cool. It was kind of funny, because when I was onstage they were just like, “Oh ( forget) this guy!” But once I sat down with them, they were like, “He’s one of us.” So we sat and talked for about an hour, and I tried to work in a couple of jokes. That was definitely a different night.
D ID I READ CORRECTLY THAT YOU PLAYED THE GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS IN 2012? I WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE A BIZARRE SHOW. HOW DID THAT GO? I t went really well. Going in, they told me that no one had lasted more than 10 minutes with this crowd, but I was like, I think I’ll be OK. They like dirty jokes and having a good time; these are my kind of people. Then they said, “Well, you only have to play 10 minutes.”
Two and a half hours later, I finally wrapped up the show. Of course, I’d taken a hit off a nine-foot bong that took three people to operate and was shotgunning beers with people in the crowd, but it went great. I stayed another hour and a half afterward, taking
CONVERSATION STARTER CS pictures and signing anything they wanted signed. I stayed until the sun started coming up. I think that’s why they never invited me back — they’d rather see someone fail.
I KNOW THAT YOU WERE ON THE FIRST SEASON OF LAST COMIC STANDING AND CAME IN SECOND. DO YOU EVER THINK MAYBE THAT WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE? I would have liked to have won. I think I’d have been more ready than the guy who won. He wasn’t already a headliner, and I honestly don’t know what happened to him.
I think that what happened to me was the same as what happened to Metallica in 1988, when they were nominated for the first heavy metal Grammy, but lost to Jethro Tull. Metallica should have won it, but they gave it to Jethro Tull that didn’t even have a record out at the time.
B UT I’VE TALKED TO OR HEARD INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ON AMERICAN IDOL THAT CAME IN SECOND PLACE AND THEY SAID IT WAS KIND OF BETTER FOR THEM TO NOT WIN, BECAUSE THEN THEY HAD CONTROL OF THEIR CAREER. DO YOU THINK MAYBE THAT WORKED TO YOUR ADVANTAGE AS WELL?
eah, probably, because my first four albums went Y platinum. At first, I thought the goal was to win, but I’d already gotten into 40 million homes on network TV during prime time, and that was unheard of at the time. I think that show helped reignite standup comedy. It fueled the internet, which fueled even more interest, and it fed into this big steamroller. Comedy is in a boom right now, and I think that helped play a big part in that. I know the clubs are a lot nicer than they used to be. We’re not playing in bowling alleys anymore. These are legit clubs where the owners are businessmen and treat the comics with some respect. Most of the shysters are out of the game, and it’s a legit business now.
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A MODERN DAY MUSICAL OUTLAW, GARY ALLAN CONTINUES TO CHURN OUT METALLIC HITS THROUGH HIS SMOKY-VOICED SONGS AND JEWELRY.
CONVERSATION STARTER CS Gary Allan is the sexiest man in country music, at least according to Country Weekly. He has a traditional country sound with an outlaw edge. With a voice that is rough, hungry, raw, and smooth all at once, his music has the power to reach right into your heart and make you feel what he wants you to feel. His latest single, “Mess Me Up,” is climbing the charts ahead of his upcoming album.
This modern day musical outlaw released his first album in 1996. Since then he’s earned five gold albums, three back-to-back platinum recordings, five No. 1 hits, and 14 top-10 hits. His talents extend past music into jewelry design as well. The Gary Allan Jewelry line includes rings and pendants cast in silver and set with gemstones from diamonds and emeralds to garnets and amethysts.
HAT CAN FANS EXPECT W FROM THIS TOUR?
igh energy. This year we have tailored the set list H to where it’s mostly hits. We kind of switched it up. Sometimes we make it current, sometimes we make it this, sometimes we make it that. And this time we’re going to try to get a couple of hits off all the albums.
H OW IS THE NEW ALBUM COMING ALONG?
is is an album I’ve been working on for a couple of Th years. I ended up switching record labels so it cost me a little bit of time there. We got the first song out off it, “Mess Me Up.” And, you know, I don’t know the order of songs on the album yet just because I have to relook at it, but I’ve cut like 22 or 23 songs, so it’s going to be a great album.
“ MESS ME UP” IS A POWERFUL SONG, WITH A LOT OF FEELING.
anks. You know, it’s a song I’ve had for a couple of Th years. I’ve been a fan of this song for a while, trying to get the label to see it as a single. So, I’m really excited that this is happening. To me, it reminds me of my old stuff, but it’s got a real modern feel to it, so I think it’s going to do really well for us.
F OLKS IN OKLAHOMA MIGHT FIND IT SURPRISING THAT CALIFORNIA HAS A COUNTRY MUSIC SCENE. I t’s funny, I hear that a lot. Well, California is where Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Lefty Frizzell and Dwight Yoakam are from. And the ACMs [Academy of Country Music Awards] used to be the West Coast awards show and then the CMAs [Country Music Association Awards] were kind of the national one. So, there was always a West Coast thing happening. And my dad used to watch Town Hall Party a lot, which was basically a Hee Haw kind of show that was done out there on the West Coast. And I believe Hee Haw was done on the West Coast, because that’s where Buck Owens is from. So, there’s lots of history out there. We’re kind of wondering why y’all are playing country music in Oklahoma!
W HAT OR WHO WERE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
I grew up in Southern California in a little beach town [La Mirada] and played bars since I was 12, so I was always way into Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens and all the people who were happening in the California country scene. But I also played in punk rock bands when I was in like eighth, ninth and 10th grades. So, I think that’s what gives me that odd kind of California combo.
OU ONCE SAID, “COUNTRY MUSIC Y IS WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE WEEK. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AT THE WEEKEND.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
ell, I don’t know if that’s true anymore. But, yeah, to me W country music, well, they were always the songs that were about life. Songs about working, songs about struggling. And it seems like, yeah, rock ‘n’ roll was always just the big party songs, so that’s what made me say that. Rock ‘n’ roll is about the weekend, country music — that’s what happens Monday through Friday.
HAT JEWELRY LINE [GARY ALLAN T JEWELRY] IS BEAUTIFUL. WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO JEWELRY?
Y eah, yeah, we’re killing it. I had a men’s store in Nashville for a few years called The Label, and my children decided they didn’t want to do that, so I said, “That’s fine. Let’s get out of this, then.” There was a silversmith in my store, and he taught me how to cast silver, and I started doing that. Then I went to a diamond setting school and now my children have gone to a master jewelers school. So now we’re producing jewelry out of my home. Setting stones and, yeah, it’s crazy, it’s been a lot of fun. Good family business.
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BY ROB HARMON . PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS The world has changed a lot in the last half-century. Back in the 1960s, computers were the size of houses. Now they fit in your telephone, which fits inside your pocket. Five decades ago the Beach Boys were singing about daddy taking away the T-bird. Now, daddy can’t take it away because the last Ford Thunderbird was made 12 years ago. In 2011, the Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park was nearly lost when it was announced it would be closing its doors after opening as the Tulsa International Raceway in 1965. But fans of racing and of the park stepped in and rescued it before it was completely turned over to a quarry company. It is now one of only 14 race tracks in America that have existed for more than 50 years.
Ellison and the rest of the staff have hosted some of the coolest events this year, including the Blacklight Run, one of the hippest 5K races going these days. How many races out there come with a pre-party and a post party and a complimentary neon glow pack? The Blacklight Run doesn’t exactly focus on how far its participants run, but how much fun they have before, during and after the event. A great event to promote exercise, it also has a charity component. Charities like Miracle Flights and other organizations benefit from every Blacklight Run the Tulsa Raceway Park hosts.
Today, it’s a pretty happening place.
And who doesn’t like a little ‘run what ya brung’ madness? Every month at Tulsa Raceway Park, the tradition of the legendary midnight drags continues. If you think you have the fastest car, truck or bike, you have a chance to prove it one night a month. And you get to do it all in front of a roaring crowd, instead of on regular streets where it’s not as safe and certainly not legal.
“What makes people come out here,” says general manager “Big Don” Ellison, “is that we’re not just a raceway park.”
The list of everything they have going on doesn’t stop there. The all-weekend Mud Down in T-Town is another exciting event
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that gives amateur mud boggers a chance to show their stuff while the rest of us watch. The tricked-out mud trucks, and the drivers who drive them, come ready for a challenge. Camp out for the weekend or just bring a tent and some chairs for the night to watch the fun. Either way, this free event hosted by the Raceway Park is a blast. The event also has a free concert Saturday night. For those who want to do a little more than spectate but don’t have a vehicle entered in the main event, human mud races for children and adults are also available and tons of fun. “Going on 52 years,” says Ellison, “this place has been a drag strip. But we’re really an entertainment destination. That’s what we strive to do.” Of course, the raceway has its drag racing events. They’ve been doing drag races at the same location nonstop since before many of our readers were born. On Aug. 10-12, the raceway park will host the Professional Drag Racing Association Summer Nationals. One of the park’s largest crowds ever is expected to witness explosive power ripping down the historic eighth-of-a-mile track like they’ve never seen it or heard it before. Racers from all over the world will meet each other to decide who is the fastest drag race king.
Maybe the biggest draw for the venue would be the monster trucks. Mammoth machines made for high jumps and crushing landings take center stage at this month’s Monster Crush. The Monster Crush event (Aug. 4-5) invites all of the biggest names in the monster truck scene to Tulsa. The Big Kahuna, a custom 1961 Chevy truck and regular on the Monster Jam circuit, driven by Shane England, will be there. Big Chief, out of Texas, a Ford Raptor style truck driven by Chris Trussell, will be making an appearance too. Also, Big Foot is rumored to be featured at some point during the weekend’s festivities. Other names joining the line-up include Heavy Hitter, Damage Control and Mean Machine, to name a few. “We’ve built a world-class mud racing facility,” says Ellison. “The fact that we’re doing mud racing outdoors is a big draw. You can go to the BOK Center, but they’re in a 200-foot arena. They can’t jump. They can’t go fast. They can’t do anything. Here, we’ve built giant jumps. So, when people come here, it’s like, ‘My God! It’s monster trucks like I watched them when I was a kid.’”
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Four years after conquering Bushwacker at the BOK Center with a 95.25-point ride, two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney returns to Tulsa on the cusp of history. Two-time PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion J.B. Mauney may just be wearing a special pair of cowboy boots when he is walking through downtown Tulsa this August on his way to the BOK Center. Mauney was given a customized pair from Mitch Covington of Monster Energy two years ago, to commemorate his historic ride aboard threetime World Champion Bushwacker.
everything that is happening, I couldn’t tell you,” he says. Still, there is no comparing his historic ride on Bushwacker to that of two gold buckles, Mauney adds. “Titles go ahead of it,” Mauney says. “The world titles outrank everything else.”
The 2013 ride was by far one of the biggest in PBR history, and is likely the largest in Tulsa history. At the time, Bushwacker had bucked off a PBR record 42 consecutive riders on the Built Ford Tough Series.
And with a third world title possibly on the horizon, Mauney, a 12-year veteran from Mooresville, N.C., is not putting much thought into another potential history-making ride in Tulsa this year.
“I still wear the Bushwacker boot,” Mauney says. “[Mitch] had another set for me made for winning the world [in 2015], but they are at home put up. I wear [the Bushwacker pair] every day when I am working cows or riding horses. I wear them and put spurs on them.”
Mauney may be able to become only the third rider in PBR history to record 500 or more rides on the PBR’s prestigious Built Ford Tough Series with two rides during the 13th consecutive PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic Aug. 12-13.
The two rivals met 13 times, and all but once Bushwacker was victorious.
2004 World Champion Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Brazil) are the only riders to reach the prestigious milestone so far in the PBR’s 24-year existence.
The Mauney versus Bushwacker rivalry has been compared to the legendary 1988 Challenge of Champions series between Lane Frost and Red Rock. Mauney to this day will still re-watch his ride aboard Bushwacker when he has some downtime, but he does admit it all still feels like a “blur.” “As far as remembering exactly
“Oh yeah, there are not many people that have done that,” Mauney says. “You sit there and the guys I watched growing up, [Chris] Shivers, [Justin] McBride and J.W. [Hart], don’t have 500. To be in a category where there are only three of you, that is a pretty good accomplishment.”
Four years after conquering Bushwacker at the BOK Center, Mauney will step foot inside the downtown Tulsa arena on the cusp of history. The odds may be in Mauney’s favor based upon his track record at the BOK Center. Mauney went 3-for-3 to win the 2015 BFTS event in Tulsa and is 16-for-32 with three 90-point rides in 11 trips to eastern Oklahoma. “Oh hell, I don’t know,” Mauney says about his Tulsa success. “No telling really. I guess some places I have good luck at more than others.” Last year, Mauney had an 86-point ride on the board and was in contention for the Tulsa victory, but he was unable to finish the event because of a left hip pointer and abdominal contusion. Tulsa is the first of 10 remaining regularseason Built Ford Tough Series events until
Bull Session In 1992, 21 professional bull riders got together in a hotel room in Scottsdale, Ariz., each contributing $1,000, to start the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR). Since then, the PBR has grown to over 1,200 members from all over the world and an annual prize money total of over $11 million. Successful bull riding in the PBR doesn’t look that easy to most of us. In fact, what these bull riders are able to accomplish looks nearly impossible. But the great ones occasionally make it look easy, like J.B. Mauney. To him, riding bulls, or anything else you do in life, is all about the mindset.
Q. You recently passed the $7 million career mark in earnings, is that right? A. I guess. That’s what they say. I’m pretty sure they forgot to pay me somewhere if you look at my bank account.
Q. Has that success changed your approach to riding bulls? A. No. I go about it the same way every single time I get off in that bucking
J.B. Mauney sounds off on passing the $7 million mark in career earnings and besting the Michael Jordan of bulls. — By Rob Harmon
chute. I kind of keep it pretty simple. I don’t really care what the bulls do. My job is to stay on. I just don’t worry about a whole lot. Some guys watch videos of those bulls and kind of try to pick them apart and things like that. I really don’t care. I’ll watch my rides back if I did something wrong but I’m not watching the bull. I’m watching me and trying to correct my mistakes. If you’re going to stay competitive, you better work at it every day.
Q. When did you know you were going to ride bulls professionally? A. I’m not really sure. It kind of all happened really fast. I was hurt when I was 18. A buddy of mine and I were going to buy permits but a week before, I got hung up to a bull and got stomped in the stomach. That lacerated my liver and broke a bunch of ribs. They told me it would be eight months before I could get on another bull. I think I waited four months. I bought my permit in 2005 and then in 2006 I got in my first Built Ford Tough event.
It happened all kind of fast. I won what I needed to and everything kind of lined up. I won the rookie of the year that year, and after that it was game on.
Q. The injuries didn’t affect your decisions about getting back into it? A. No. It didn’t really change my mind because I worked at a job at a ball bearing plant. I was inside all day long and covered in grease and oil. I knew right then that that was not what I wanted to do for a living.
Q. What’s it like knowing you have fans? A. I get messages on a daily basis on Instagram and stuff, people saying that I inspire them. When they’re feeling down and out, they watch videos of me. You know, it’s pretty cool. I’m just riding bulls. I don’t think of me as being somebody who stands out. It’s cool to realize that what you’re doing helps other people. There are little kids that look up to me. I guess now I’m one of those guys like the ones I looked up to when I was little.
one event victory (Billings, Montana) and eight top-10 finishes in 14 events. His 31 career BFTS event victories is the second-most in PBR history behind McBride’s record of 32. Mauney also defeated 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis in a head-to-head $25,000 matchup by riding Cochise for 91 points in Vinita, Okla., in June.
the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals Nov. 1-5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As of July 1, Mauney was fifth in the world standings and only 1,128.76 points behind world leader Eduardo Aparecido. Mauney begins the stretch run to the World Finals 21-for-47 (44.68 percent) with
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Once the calendar flips to August, though, Mauney is notorious for turning it on. In the previous 11 seasons, Mauney is 185-for-329 (56.23 percent) from Aug. 1 through the Built Ford Tough World Finals. Thirty-seven of Mauney’s 72 90-point rides have come between August and December. Mauney went 16-for-27 during the final three
Q. You’ve been able to best Bushwacker when not many have. Was there a secret to that success? A. The way I ride bulls, I just keep my hand shut and do what I can to make the whistle. Bushwacker, when he first came around, they were talking him up real big and bad. I forget what year it was, the first time I got on him. I think I was in Sacramento. I was pretty headstrong. I was young. I’ve always believed that if you show up, you better have in your mind that there’s not a bull that can throw you. When it came to the championship round, I picked him. I lasted about three jumps. He jerked down, hit me in the head. I hung to him and he stomped me. When I got up, people said I looked mad. I was just thinking, this one’s for real. It kind of started it there. Pride got in the way there. I knew eventually I would figure him out. After it was all said and done when they retired him, it was pretty cool, because the brand on his hip is the No. 13. I got on him 13 times.
months last season, in which he finished third in the 2016 world title race. The richest bull rider in Western sports ($7.2 million in career earnings) understands it is time to really get after it if he wants to add another world championship to his resume. “That is the hard part, doing it all year long,” Mauney says. “You can get hot at certain times, but trying to do it all year long is the hard part. It is always important. No. 1 is where everyone wants to be.”
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Whether the look you aspire to is bold or conservative, masculine or feminine, modern or traditional, the spirit of the frontier lives on at Drysdales, where you can piece together the perfect American Western wear outfit, head to toe. Drysdales Western Wear looks like it belongs in Oklahoma. Beneath a big, blue sky, the iconic Drysdales building at 31st and Memorial rises up like one of Green Country’s hills and is accented with brick red like Oklahoma clay. Inside, the selection stretches as far as the eye can see — jeans, shirts, boots and jackets. Choices that are perfect whether you’re going for date night or a day’s work. You don’t have to be a “real” cowboy to shop there. Whatever your north, south, east or Western wear needs, Drysdales can set you up. The iconic store has even grown into more than a shopping experience; it’s a tourist destination. An adventure. Drysdales prides itself on its selections and keeps 100,000 pairs of demin jeans in stock. “We try to dominate the major categories that we carry like boots, denim jeans and Western shirts,” says Jim McClure, the president, principal owner and CEO of Drysdales Western Wear. “When someone walks into our boot department, they immediately think, ‘I know the boots for me are here. I just need to decide which one that is,’” he says. “The same would be true if they were looking for a pair of jeans or a Western shirt.” McClure and his buyers are actively involved in going to markets, selecting the products and going out into the store to help customers in the store with those products. “Essentially, we do retail the old-fashioned way, but with the help of modern technology,” he says. It’s a way of doing business that he learned from Drysdale’s founder, J.R. Dry, Sr. “I’m the last one from the original group who is still here,” McClure says. Dry grew up during the Depression, and like many from that era, he found nothing better than getting up in the morning and going to work. He fought in World War II and after that he started a restaurant in Wichita [Kan.]. The restaurant was considered one of the best in Wichita for the 20 years that he owned it. After he sold the restaurant, he bought Sheplers Western store in Wichita. When he bought it, it was a small store which he immediately started expanding. Over the next five years, he built a bigger location next to the original store and added on to that store a couple of times until it was around 60,000 square feet. He
eventually opened a Sheplers in Oklahoma City, Denver and Arlington, Texas before retiring in 1976. “In 1981, he said he was ready to come out of retirement and start a new store,” says McClure. “He was 72 when we opened Drysdales, and he passed away the following May. He was a very charismatic individual and was highly respected by everyone in the industry. He was truly our mentor.” Dry’s determination carries on in Drysdales’ two locations. The original store is the largest Western wear store in Oklahoma, and the second location on 71st Street makes it the most prominent Western store in Tulsa. McClure and his team work hard at staying on top of Western fashion, making sure that they supply not just the best selection, but fresh and current looks as well. “Fashion with Western apparel is ever changing, as it is in the traditional market,” he says. “For example, there are many more different fits in men’s jeans than there were 35 years ago. Finishes in denim change from year to year. The basic jeans like Levi’s 501’s and some other basic jeans have been the same for over 100 years, but everything else is ever-evolving. In boots, the large square toe has been very popular for a few years. Thirty-five years ago, pointed toes were the majority of boots sold.” Speaking of boots, Drysdales has the best selection of Western boots in the state, carrying brands such as Ariat, Justin Boots, Tony Lama, Lucchese, Twisted X and Anderson Bean. McClure says, “I get asked a lot, ‘What is the best brand of boots?’ I always answer, ‘The one that fits you the best.’” Drysdales stocks more than just Western apparel. For work, Drysdales has the best selection of Carhartt to be found in Oklahoma. There’s leisure wear and athletic wear, because not even the most die-hard cowboy wears jeans and boots all the time. You can also find home decor, jewelry, belt buckles, and leather accessories. And for the young collectors in your life, Drysdales stocks plenty of Breyer horse figures, including the limited editions. Drysdales is dedicated to supporting equine events at the Tulsa fairgrounds, including the Pinto World Show, the Drysdales Holiday Circuit, the Color Breed Congress, the National Barrel Horse Association, and more. Every August, Drysdales supports the Professional Bull Riders event at the BOK Center.
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Travel to Ariel’s magical kingdom where mermaids play in the waves, King Triton rules over all, and the sea witch Ursula lurks, waiting for her time to strike with Disney’s The Little Mermaid. byD o n n a L e a h ey
You, or maybe your children or grandkids, grew up on the story of Ariel and her beautiful, haunting love story. She longed for her human prince and sought him out, leaving behind her friends and family to be part of his world. You’ve sung the songs and dreamed of swimming like a mermaid and hoped that Prince Eric would just go ahead and kiss the girl. Now you can live that story again. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to take the Tulsa Performing Arts Center under the sea. You’ll travel to Ariel’s magical kingdom where mermaids play in the waves, King Triton rules over all, and the sea witch Ursula lurks, waiting for her time to strike. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the iconic Disney animated movie, this traveling production is a lavish feast of color and light and music.
“After the Broadway production, they brought the creative team together and restructured the script to be ready to tour. They expanded the storyline of Flounder so he was older and there’s a little bit of a different narrative with a possible love interest. He has a crush on Ariel, but it’s unrequited. She thinks he’s cute and they’re best friends.” The production tells the love story of Ariel and her human prince. The music, both new and classic, is by eight-time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken and includes classic songs like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World” as well as new and amazing songs created for the touring production. They’ve made some changes to the story as well. “They delved deeper into the narrative about the relationship between Ariel and King Triton, that father-daughter relationship and how that affects Ariel’s choices,” says Russell. “We go into the storyline of what happened to Ariel’s mother. Since film and stage
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Jessica Grove as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Pittsburgh CLO Photo Billy Bustamante
“It’s stunning,” says Connor Russell, who plays the part of Ariel’s best friend, Flounder. “The lighting in the show and the costumes are exquisite. I’m pretty excited to be involved in it.
are such different mediums, they expanded the story in places that it needed to be expanded to work onstage.” The illusion of being under the sea is created through light, sound, actors “swimming” up on wires and the movement of the actors themselves. “When we’re doing scene work, to create the illusion that we’re underwater, we do this undulating of our bodies, this slight body roll to create the illusion that there is a constant current onstage,” says Russell, who recalls one little girl in particular who embraced the illusion. “They were bringing a little girl backstage to meet Ariel. They were bringing her on the stage and before she walked out, she said, ‘Mom, I can’t go on the stage because I don’t want to get wet.’ And she refused to go on that stage because she knew she was going to get wet. So that makes us think that we’re doing our job right, creating that underwater illusion.”
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The casting for this show is diverse and inclusive, and Russell is proud of that. “Our Ariel is an Asian-American woman. Because there’s no reason that Ariel has to be a Caucasian woman in every production,” he says. “We’re really all about being inclusive and having people onstage that everyone can relate to. Our Ariel is extremely talented, and there’s no reason she shouldn’t get the opportunity to play such an iconic part.”
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What production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is complete without its Ursula? The strong, cunning sea witch is played by Broadway veteran Jennifer Allen.
“She is so powerful onstage, really grabs the audience’s attention right from the get go and has them the entire time,” Russell says. “And she is so remarkably funny. She has all that power that you want from Ursula but is also such a top-notch comedian. You want to hate Ursula, but you can’t help but be obsessed with her because she is so powerful. She’s this iconic villain, but there’s enough humor in there that you love her too.”
Alan Mingo Jr as Sebastian and Edward Watts as King Triton in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Pittsburgh CLO Photo Jerry Dalia
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It’s better down under the sea, so dive down to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and catch this spectacular show before a warm sea current carries it to its next destination. And take it from Russell, the family will love it. “The cast prides itself on creating a show that’s for the whole family. It’s not just a kids’ show,” he says. “There are jokes for the kids, and the kids are going to love all the things that kids have always loved about the story. But it’s also a show that adults are going to enjoy.”
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Theatre Tulsa’s version of Ragtime tackles turn-ofthe-century growing pains, mixing real-life historical figures with fictional characters to dramatize and illuminate issues that remain prominent in today’s society. By Lindsay Morris
It’s always fun to see a live show. And when you get great music, great acting and a little American history thrown in to boot, you can’t go wrong. That’s what you can expect when you see Theatre Tulsa’s performance of Ragtime. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in New York in the early 20th century: AfricanAmerican, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. “The story intertwines real-life characters like Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Booker T. Washington and Sigmund Freud through these families’ lives during an epic, growing period in American history,” says Sara Phoenix, executive artistic director for Theatre Tulsa. Phoenix, who grew up acting in Theatre Tulsa and returned to the group five years ago after being involved in shows across the country, says Ragtime is one of her all-time favorite shows.
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“It was hugely successful on Broadway,” she says. “I got to see it on Broadway when it opened. I knew at that time I had to do the show sometime in my future.” Ragtime was adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. “It is one of the most impactful pieces in musical theater history,” Phoenix says. “It has an incredible musical score.” Filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, the original production was called “a triumph for the stage” by Time magazine, and “the best musical in 20 years” by the International Herald Tribune. The name of the show is based on a musical style that peaked in popularity between 1895-1918, a style that is incorporated some into the show. The main trait of ragtime music is its syncopated, or “ragged” rhythm. Music lovers should enjoy the unique, lively score.
Theater-goers will also find interesting ties between the historical setting of the play and current events. Set in the early 1900s, Ragtime reveals that many similarities exist between that time period and today. “There are so many things we deal with today — being the other person [the immigrant or a minority], dealing with adversity, dealing with family dynamics, falling in and out of love with people, finding inspiration in leaders who are leading people toward social justice,” Phoenix says. “All of those themes are explored, were relevant at the beginning of the 20th century, and are relevant today.”
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Ragtime follows the stories of three groups, which unfold mainly through three characters: Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician, representing African-Americans; Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, representing New York upperclass suburbanites; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia, representing Eastern European immigrants. The mix of ethnicities in the storyline has allowed Theatre Tulsa to bring in one of its most multicultural casts ever. “We have a cast of 65 people onstage of all ethnicities. We have a large African-American cast,” she says. With the diversity and talent that Tulsa entertainers can offer, the show promises a great ride from start to finish. The production is full of strong actors with incredible voices. “This cast is one of the strongest casts I have ever worked with on the Tulsa stage,” Phoenix says. “We have professional performers who have worked all over the world who have come out to do this show with us.” Audience members should come prepared to go on a journey. “Once the first notes are played, you get swept into the lives of these characters,” Phoenix says. It’s only fitting, then, that one of the most memorable scores in the production is “Journey On.”
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“The characters and their stories will just take you with them on this sweeping journey. You will be moved by the story and impressed by the talent.” With just shy of 100 years in existence, Theatre Tulsa has continued to be a mainstay for quality stage performances in Green Country. It’s a legacy that Phoenix is happy to partake in. “It’s so fulfilling that we’ve been producing quality theater for 95 years,” Phoenix says.
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TURNAROUND Anchored by the popular restaurant SMOKE., the SEVEN6MAIN mixed-use development breaking ground in Owasso’s Redbud District this fall, will offer residential apartments, office space, shopping, dining and far-reaching impact. By Michele Chiappetta
Photos by Valerie Grant
What do you do when you want to bring your restaurant to a certain area of Green Country but there isn’t an ideal location for it yet? The answer is pretty straightforward when you’re the owners of SEVEN6MAIN and SMOKE. on Cherry Street — you build it because you know they will come. “They,” of course, is everyone in the Owasso area, where the SEVEN6MAIN development is being built, right in the heart of the Redbud District. Tommy Coulter, president of Coulter & Company and part of SEVEN6MAIN’s development team along with his father, Ken, and Erik Reynolds, who is also the chef of SMOKE., says that
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deciding to build in Owasso was easy. All of them live in Owasso, love the town, and want to see it grow. And they also want to see SMOKE. grow. SEVEN6MAIN became a way to have both. It started, Coulter says, with a desire to find a location for a second restaurant. SMOKE. is a popular restaurant well-known for its excellent smoked or slow-cooked meats, upscale atmosphere, stellar service and a unique, hermetically sealed cigar lounge. Ever since it opened, people have been asking when a second SMOKE. would open, urging the team to expand to areas such as Bixby or Broken Arrow. But the
opportunities never felt quite right until they started looking at Owasso. “About four years ago, we went to an Owasso Economic Summit Meeting,” says Coulter. At that meeting, an economics expert spoke about how Owasso compares to other cities in Oklahoma and across the nation. In just about every marker that matters — population growth, median household income and more — Owasso ranks highly. The Coulters and Reynolds realized it meant there was potential for growth in their hometown, and they were excited at the thought of being a part of it.
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“We’d already been involved with SMOKE. a couple of years at that point,” Coulter says. “At that point in time, we hadn’t thought too much about a second location, but we knew if we ever were going to do another one, we wanted to build the building ourselves and own the building.” And that’s where the plans for the SEVEN6MAIN development were born. SEVEN6MAIN is a purposed mixed-use space that will be located on 76th Street North and Main, a busy area of downtown Owasso that gets a lot of traffic. The development, when finished, will offer residential apartments, office space, shopping and dining — a spot where people can live, work and walk, all within eyeshot of their home if they choose. The trend toward self-contained, walkable urban developments can be seen in places such as Austin, Texas, but it still feels groundbreaking in Green Country, particularly in Owasso where the downtown area is still growing. “It just seemed like it would be a fit,” says Coulter. “The downtown area of Owasso needs all these things equally — residential, office and commercial space. I think it was just a natural progression, once we realized we wanted to do more than just SMOKE.” The development is being designed to look attractive and elegant, with brick masonry to give it a historic feel that the group believes will add to the downtown area’s character. “There’s a couple of old buildings in Owasso, but not many,” says Coulter.
“What I’ve been told is there was a tornado and a big fire at some point that pretty much wiped everything out. So we’re not working with other old downtown areas where there are all these awesome, 100-year old buildings that you can go in and renovate them. There’s not that much down there like that. This is a new building, and there’s no hiding that, but we did want to make it look like it should be in an old downtown.” When completed, the development will have 10 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments on the third floor of the building, with garages located in the back. The office space, approximately 12,000 square feet in all, will be located on the second floor. “It can be divided, chopped up in small pieces, or one big piece, just as we sign tenants to it,” says Coulter. “The plan is to finish out a small office suite with a couple of offices, small conference room and wet bar so we can bring people in and show them what their space can be.” The first floor will be anchored by SMOKE., a second restaurant concept that Reynolds is developing, and four other retail spots with tenants still to be determined. Coulter says they hope to have a coffee shop in one of those spots, as well as another local restaurant that they are in discussions with, and they expect the remaining spots to be filled quickly. Those interested in considering using the retail space can contact SEVEN6MAIN. “The sooner, the better,” says Coulter.
As for creating a second location for SMOKE., Reynolds says that was a no brainer. “I think Owasso is our biggest supporting community outside of Tulsa, for sure,” he says. “We live here, so we go out to eat here. And we really wanted to bring something excellent to Owasso that’s just going to help the community grow.” All the elements that make the Cherry Street location popular — the menu, the drinks. the atmosphere, the cigar lounge — will be present in the Owasso SMOKE. as well. “That’s really what people are expecting,” says Reynolds. “They want what we do down there up here.” The main thing that will make the Owasso SMOKE. stand out from the more intimate Cherry Street location is roominess, with an additional 2,800 square feet to work with. That means a bigger kitchen, more seating in the dining area, and a dining space that can be opened to the outdoors when the weather permits. It can also be used as a private dining area for parties. The new space will allow Reynolds more opportunities for experimenting and ultimately developing new recipes. And it will open up new jobs for Owasso residents, which the SEVEN6MAIN team is excited about as well. The plans are to break ground on the development this November, with the development officially open a year later. “It’s been a fun process,” Coulter says.
chism of maso s ho t a e f s those w fer f d o n t a e s l r t n, e the Gaun he power walk xhaustio e r l e a u q ic n s Co ot gh phy qually t g throu d. in h s u geared e p ARMON by ty of mu n h e l ig BY ROB H p h d ir n e a h t s r d e fin list , a few b wetness For centuries, going all the way back to Koroibos, the winner of the first recorded Olympics of ancient Greece in 776 B.C., Earth’s best athletes have raced competitively on foot. The world still showcases its finest runners in the most competitive footraces at the Olympics every four years. But these days, obstacle course races, like this month’s Conquer the Gauntlet at POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat, give the ordinary Joe or Josephine a chance to show what they’re made of. Conquer the Gauntlet, based in Tulsa, has forged itself into the upper echelon of obstacle races by becoming one of the Obstacle Course Racing World Championship qualifying races. Yes, there’s a world championship of obstacle course racing. It’s that big nowadays. You’ve probably heard of Tough Mudder or the Spartan Race. They’re huge events every year. In fact, industry experts predict that the obstacle course racing industry will reach $1 billion in 2017 and rumor has it that the IOC (International Olympics Committee) is looking into creating an event that is based on races like Tulsa’s Conquer the Gauntlet.
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Co-founder Courtney Mainprize sees Conquer the Gauntlet, which began in 2012, as a “jam packed” version of a lot of the other obstacle races out there. “It really started as an idea of something we thought would be fun to run,” Mainprize says. “The options at the time were either run really far, like a half-marathon distance with 20 obstacles or a 5K which only gets 10 obstacles. We created a run we would have liked that is a short distance but with all the obstacles.” The course set out for the Conquer the Gauntlet race at POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat is 4.11 miles, has 28 obstacles and an average run time of one hour and 32 minutes. Why did Mainprize and her husband, Stephen, and his brother, David, start Conquer the Gauntlet? “It’s unique and it’s fun,” she says. “It’s not something you can do every weekend. You can always go see a movie. You can have some friends
over and have a cookout, but to do something that’s big, that puts you a little out of your comfort zone or allows you to do something that maybe you’ve been training for, that’s why we started it. It’s a little hard to go to the gym, day in and day out, without a goal.”
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Although the race is never exactly the same from venue to venue or year to year, there are two obstacles that make Conquer the Gauntlet challenging and unique: Stairway to Heaven and Pegatron. The only challenge of its kind in the obstacle racing industry, the Stairway to Heaven obstacle climbs 17 feet into the air, over a 7-foot deep mud pit. Using only their hands, participants must scale the underside of the staircase to the top, and back down the other side. “A lot of people set as their goal to complete Stairway,” Mainprize says, “and by 2015 many of them got it, so we made another challenging obstacle called Pegatron.” Sliding left to right, competitors use pegs to traverse Pegatron. Sticking the pegs in and out of holes with their arms, participants move through the obstacle, steadying themselves occasionally with pegs at their feet. Halfway through, however, the pegs where the feet could rest are no longer there, and it becomes entirely up to upper-body strength to finish the course. Other challenging obstacles you’re likely to see this year would be the Cliffhanger, Belly of the Beast, Hammer Time, Razor’s Edge, Walls of Fury and Pit of Despair, to name a few. Just thinking about the intense possibilities those names conjure up sounds intimidating.
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Yes, Courtney and her co-founders had in mind a race that challenges the competitive athlete, but also one that anyone can set out to participate in. “You don’t have to be at the peak of fitness or be able to do all the obstacles. If you can walk 4 miles, you can do this. Really, we see everyone,” says Mainprize. “We see the typical fitness enthusiasts that are gym regulars. They’re fit. They’re in shape. But we also see groups of, like, soccer moms. They might not have a gym membership. Maybe they walk a couple of times a week, or they’re just trying to get back into shape. They’re using this to just motivate each other. They’ll say, ‘I can’t do this alone, but we can do this together.’” And the choice of venue for the race couldn’t be any more perfect. Folks who have visited POSTOAK’s thousand-acre lodge and retreat know that it truly does offer something for everyone. “The beauty of POSTOAK,” says Trish Kerkstra, the race venue’s general manager, “is that we’ve got so much acreage, it lends itself to lots of different outdoor events like Conquer the Gauntlet, but also the Child Abuse Network Superhero event, as well as the POSTOAK Wine and Jazz Festival we have in September.”
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SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH ALS, JENKS’ ALLAN TRIMBLE HAS FOUND HIMSELF BATTLING MANY CHANGES — PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY — WITH VARYING DEGREES OF COURAGE AND FEAR, RESISTANCE AND SURRENDER. BUT THE DISEASE STILL HASN’T ROBBED HIM OF HIS LOVE FOR LIFE OR HIS PASSION FOR MENTORING. By MICHELE CHIAPPETTA Photos by MARC RAINS
Since he started coaching football at Jenks High School in 1996, Allan Trimble has led the Trojans to state championship victory an amazing 13 times. Many of his players have been state all-stars, and some, like Rocky Calmus and Garrett Mills, have gone on to NFL careers. He was named one of U.S. Cellular’s two Most Valuable Coaches in the country, was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015, and recently garnered a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tulsa World. Trimble is considered the most successful football coach in Oklahoma history. Yet when you meet the man, his achievements in sports are not what stand out the most. Trimble is talkative and laid back, personable, likable, humble and honest. What, you might wonder, is the secret to Trimble’s success, on and off the field? Start digging, and you find out. Interestingly, Trimble fell into coaching as a career rather than pursuing it. He didn’t grow up wanting to coach and had no plans to do so after he graduated high school. But he did love playing — especially baseball, a sport he doesn’t coach. “I really loved sports,” Trimble says of his youth. “I went from sport to sport, and honestly, growing up, baseball was probably my favorite sport, and maybe even my best one.” So how did he get into coaching?
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It all comes down to a mixture of good examples, and a bit of serendipity. “My high school football coach, who is a Jenks alum [Ron Wolfe], had a huge impact on me,” Trimble says. “He was a great guy, he got a lot out of me and really made me enjoy football. He motivated me. I really liked it. He was a good man, he stood for good things, he got a lot out of the kids, and that was maybe the first seed of thinking, you know, I like that. That’s really cool.” A serious knee injury in his senior year of high school dampened his hopes of attending a big college on a scholarship, so he began working in the oil industry, which was booming in his hometown of Cleveland, Okla., at the time. “I had a good job, made good money, so I really hadn’t made any [other] arrangements,” he says. “But one of the coaches who had recruited me before my senior year was in Tahlequah at Northeastern State. He called and asked me what I was doing. I said, ‘Nothing.’ So he said, why don’t you come on down? We’ll let you walk on and see how it goes.” Trimble played football for NSU, got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and became a math teacher, with some requisite coaching on the side that comes with many teaching jobs. His first coaching responsibility was girls’ track in Owasso, not something he’d ever planned,
but he says he learned a lot about mentoring through that experience. “I discovered the true reason for being a coach and mentor,” he says. “Once you discover what you love to do, you don’t really ever go to work.” The recipe for success at Jenks has been the same since Trimble became head coach in 1996. “Our priorities have always been faith, family, academics and football,” he says. “All those pictures and trophies are for the fans, because that’s what they see. But I truly believe in my heart that winning is a byproduct of doing more important things. And that’s what we do. We work more on that than putting our punting team together. We really feel if you make better people, you make betters players.” One way the team builds better people is through charitable work. With Trimble’ s leadership, the Jenks football team has sponsored dinners and raised funds for the local Special Olympians chapter. Trimble’s team also helps sponsor the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. “In the spring,” he says, “We do Feed My Starving Children, which is an awesome mission trip to Guatemala. We believe that servanthood is one of our key pillars, so we work on that pretty hard.”
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SC SPORTS CENTRAL The mission trips have been led by local pastor Paul Phipps, who is also one of Trimble’s many mentoring success stories. “Phipps was a great safety, good running back,” says Trimble. “He was rowdy, been known to cause trouble, get into some trouble.” Long story short, some good mentoring helped turn him around, and now he’s helping others. It’s a key reason Trimble does what he does, though he doesn’t always get to see results like that right away. “The thing about mentoring is, you don’t get instant feedback. You don’t get to see the results all the time,” he says. But Trimble does see many of his players after they graduate. As he goes over a list of his all-star players — maybe 40 or more former students — he knows where almost every single one of them is living and what they’re doing, years after he coached them. It’s the kind of connection and caring that a person can’t fake. You either have it or you don’t, and Trimble clearly has it in spades. These days, Trimble is facing a challenge like none other, and it has nothing to do with what happens on the football field. He was diagnosed in 2016 with ALS, a progressive and always fatal neurodegenerative disease. “There’s no cure, there’s no medicine, there’s no therapy,” he says. Coming to grips with ALS has not been easy for him, his wife, his daughters and the Jenks community. He tried to retire last year and was convinced to stay on as Jenks’ head coach, but his symptoms have slowly worsened. It’s hard for him to type, and he can’t tie his own shoes without help. But you wouldn’t know it from his demeanor, which is as energetic as you might expect from someone who loves life so much. “Thank the good Lord for my faith and all these great human beings in my life,” Trimble says, finding a silver lining in his situation. “The support has been overwhelming.” And ultimately, you have to keep moving forward, as he proves every day. “It is what it is,” he says with the wisdom that only comes with a hard experience. “You better go live.”
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Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa)
Aug. 1 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Aug. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Aug. 3 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 4 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 5 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p Aug. 6 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p Aug. 8 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 9 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 10 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 11 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 12 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p
Aug. 13 | @ San Antonio Missions | 6:05p Aug. 15 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 16 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 17 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 18 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 19 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 20 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 22 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 23 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 24 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 25 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p
Aug. 26 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p Aug. 27 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 2:10p Aug. 28 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p Aug. 29 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Aug. 30 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Aug. 31 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Sept. 1 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Sept. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Sept. 3 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Sept. 4 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p
TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC
Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa)
Aug. 5 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7:30p Aug. 10 | vs St. Louis FC | 7:30p Aug. 12 | vs OKC Energy FC | 7:30p Aug. 15 | @ Orange County SC | 9:30p Aug. 23 | @ St. Louis FC | 7p
Aug. 30 | @ Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 9:30p Sept. 3 | @ Portland Timbers 2 | 4p Sept. 5 | @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 9p Sept. 17 | @ OKC Energy FC | 5p Sept. 23 | vs LA Galaxy II | 7p
Sept. 30 | vs San Antonio FC 7p Oct. 4 | @ Phoenix Rising FC | 8:30p Oct. 7 | vs Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 7p Oct. 14 | vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p
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Home bouts are played at Ninowski Recreation Center (Broken Arrow)
Aug. 12 | vs South Central Roller Girls
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL Home games are played at Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater)
Aug. 31 | vs Tulsa | 6:30p Sept. 8 | @ South Alabama | 7p Sept. 16 | @ Pittsburgh | 11a Sept. 23 | vs TCU | TBA
Sept. 30 | @ Texas Tech | TBA Oct. 14 | vs Baylor | TBA Oct. 21 | @ Texas | TBA Oct. 28 | @ West Virginia | TBA
Nov. 4 | vs Oklahoma | TBA Nov. 11 | @ Iowa State | TBA Nov. 18 | vs Kansas State | TBA Nov. 25 | vs Kansas | TBA
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL
Home games are played at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman)
Sept. 2 | vs UTEP | 2:30p Sept. 9 | @ Ohio State | 6:30p Sept. 16 | vs Tulane | 5p Sept. 23 | @ Baylor | TBA Oct. 7 | vs Iowa State | TBA
Oct. 14 | vs Texas* | TBA Oct. 21 | @ Kansa State | TBA Oct. 28 | vs Texas Tech | TBA Nov. 4 | @ Oklahoma State | TBA Nov. 11 | vs TCU | TBA
Nov. 18 | @ Kansas | TBA Nov. 25 | vs West Virginia | TBA * Cotton Bowl Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA FOOTBALL
Home games are played at H.A. Chapman Stadium (Tulsa)
Aug. 31 | @ Oklahoma State | 6:30p Sept. 9 | vs Louisiana | 3p Sept. 16 | @ Toledo | 6p Sept. 23 | vs New Mexico | TBA
Sept. 30 | vs Navy | TBA Oct. 7 | @ Tulane | TBA Oct. 14 | vs Houston | TBA Oct. 21 | @ UConn | TBA
Oct. 27 | @ SMU | 8p Nov. 3 | vs Memphis | 7p Nov. 16 | @ USF | TBA Nov. 25 | vs Temple | TBA
Home games are played at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
Aug. 3 | @ Arizona Cardinals | 7p | Preseason Aug. 12 | @ Los Angeles Rams | 8p | Preseason Aug. 19 | vs Indianapolis Colts | 6p | Preseason Aug. 26 | vs Oakland Raiders | 7p | Preseason Aug. 31 | @ Houston Texans | 7p | Preseason Sept. 10 | vs New York Giants | 7:30p Sept. 17 | @ Denver Broncos | 3:25p
Sept. 25 | @ Arizona Cardinals | 7:30p Oct. 1 | vs Los Angeles Rams | Noon Oct. 8 | vs Green Bay Packers | 3:25p Oct. 22 | @ San Francisco 49ers | 3:05p Oct. 29 | @ Washington Redskins | 3:25p Nov. 5 | vs Kansas City Chiefs | 3:25p Nov. 12 | @ Atlanta Falcons | 3:25p
Nov. 19 | vs Philadelphia Eagles | 7:30p Nov. 23 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 3:30p Nov. 30 | vs Washington Redskins | 7:30p Dec. 10 | @ New York Giants | 3:25p Dec. 17 | @ Oakland Raiders | 7:30p Dec. 24 | vs Seattle Seahawks | 3:25p Dec. 31 | @ Philadelphia Eagles | Noon
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Home games are played at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)
Aug. 11 | vs San Francisco 49ers | 8p | Preseason Aug. 19 | @ Cincinnati Bengals | 6p | Preseason Aug. 25 | @ Seattle Seahawks | 7p | Preseason Aug. 31 | vs Tennessee Titans | 7:30p | Preseason Sept. 7 | @ New England Patriots | 7:30p Sept. 17 | vs Philadelphia Eagles | Noon
Sept. 24 | @ Los Angeles Chargers | 3:25p Oct. 2 | vs Washington Redskins | 7:30p Oct. 8 | @ Houston Texans | 7:30p Oct. 15 | vs Pittsburgh Steelers | 3:25p Oct. 19 | @ Oakland Raiders | 7:25p Oct. 30 | vs Denver Broncos | 7:30p Nov. 5 | @ Dallas Cowboys | 3:25p
Nov. 19 | @ New York Giants | Noon Nov. 26 | vs Buffalo Bills | Noon Dec. 3 | @ New York Jets | Noon Dec. 10 | vs Oakland Raiders | Noon Dec. 16 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 7:25p Dec. 24 | vs Miami Dolphins | Noon Dec. 31 | @ Denver Broncos | 3:25p
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BY Gina Conroy PHOTOS BY Valerie Grant
Mindy and Josh Barker
ACTING CAN BE A BRUTALLY DIFFICULT CRAFT. WHICH IS WHY JOSH AND MINDY BARKER PASSED UP ON THEIR OWN HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, OPTING INSTEAD TO CHALLENGE, SUPPORT, ENCOURAGE AND ENLIGHTEN YOUNG TULSA ACTORS. Though Josh and Mindy Barker may have on occasion been mistaken for the young people in their cast instead of community theatre owners and directors, don’t let their youthful appearance and energy fool you. The Barkers, founders of Encore! Theatre Arts, a theater company that serves Tulsa through live entertainment, arts education, and professional actor training, have a combined experience of 35 years and are as seasoned as
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they come with credentials too long to list.
and Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura were my favorites as a kid.”
Josh was a natural born performer from a young age. “He started performing for our family when he was 4 or 5,” says John Barker, Josh’s dad and fellow actor-director.
At the age of 13, Josh decided to audition outside of school and was cast in The Drunkard as Frank Slade. He performed at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre for a few years, then convinced his dad to get involved. When Josh was 16, Spotlight needed more directors so John got involved and Josh assisted him. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first show Josh
“I loved to make people laugh and entertain them with my impersonation of characters from my favorite movies,” says Josh. “Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone
directed; he was 17. “That show is special to me because of the story’s message, but also because it was a big part of my young actordirector career.” Mindy didn’t discover her love of theater until high school. Though she had been performing piano since she was 4, it wasn’t until her junior year when she needed a fine arts credit. “I took basic acting on a whim,” says Mindy. “It was acting or art.”
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Celebrating In 2005, the summer before Mindy’s senior year, she went to see The Drunkard because she was thinking about auditioning. “Her piano teacher was the pianist in the play, and after the show she introduced me to Mindy,” says Josh. Mindy was cast as Little Mary. “As actors, both Josh and Mindy have the uncanny ability to really become the character,” says John. “They bring out the best in the other actors who they share the scene with.” Less than two years after Mindy and Josh met, they were married, just a few feet from the very spot they met at The Spotlight Theatre. “While we were dating and engaged, we spent a lot of time doing plays together — Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast,” says Josh. “We even played Cinderella and Prince Charming the summer I proposed to her.” By 2008 they directed their first production together. “It was neat because it felt like I was still one of the kids, and yet they still respected me as a director in the leadership role,” says Mindy. “The kids keep us youthful longer. We’re goofy, funny people, but we understand the difference between being silly and one of
the kids, and being their director and mentor.” While some directors shy away from working with young actors, the Barkers actually seek them out. “Kids have such vibrant imagination, and they’re the ones who memorize their lines and are off book first even before the adults because they’re eager to please and do their best,” says Mindy.
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The Barkers provide so many different ways for their young actors to express themselves. It’s an approach that includes independence for the actor in creating and shaping their character, but also adds necessary steering and polishing of the actor’s performance to make it the best it can possibly be. “As directors and producers, they are the hardest working professionals I know,” says John. “Their creative abilities have no limits from set design and construction to sound and light design to costuming and special effects. I always go above and beyond the audience expectations.” Josh and Mindy take that same mindset and instill it in their actors. “Whether these kids grow up to be teachers, engineers,
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HH HOMEGROWN HEROES doctors or mothers, we want them to pour their hearts and passion into whatever energizes them,” says Mindy. “We want to instill in them the values of hard work and appreciating working with a team.” In the summer of 2009, the Barkers began teaching acting classes. Many parents and children wanted to do more shows with the couple, but at Spotlight, they were only able to direct one to two shows a year. That spring, they signed a lease for their own studio for summer camps and lessons and by September 2010, they launched Encore. “We loved teaching the young actors skills and techniques they might have developed over a long time in theater,” says Mindy. “But our classes honed it, focused on specific abilities to build stronger actors and better shows.”
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But by 2012, the couples’ own acting bugs had kicked into overdrive. Feeling Los Angeles offered the best opportunity to advance their acting careers, the pair broke the news that they were leaving. With no mortgage or children of their own, they thought it would be an easy decision to make. “Everyone was shocked,” says Mindy. “Some people thought we were joking. A lot of the kids started crying right away. That was really hard.” While in California, Josh performed at various comedy clubs and worked in entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood. He also worked on feature films with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan McGregor. Mindy appeared in the feature film Jersey Boys, as well as many television shows, including Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, Parks
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and Recreation, Criminal Minds, and Scandal. Josh and Mindy had no idea how much they truly missed Tulsa until they came back in 2014 to launch a book they wrote — The Lost Pages of Cinderella — from a stage play they had written. The Lost Pages is their version of fractured fairy tales, full of action, modern humor, and magical adventures. “When we were surrounded by Encore people again, we realized how much we missed everyone and how much we were loved and supported,” says Mindy on why the couple decided to stay in Tulsa following the production. “From the beginning, they’ve always given back to the community in many ways,” says John. And their giving doesn’t stop with just those they teach in their classes and productions. Over the years, they have donated show tickets to organizations like Youth Services and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. In addition to giving away show tickets, the Barkers have awarded scholarships to young actors who would never be able to afford acting classes. Last year, Encore awarded $5,000 in scholarships that include three classes per week for a year. “My son met Josh and Mindy when he was 7 years old, and they helped spark a passion for acting,” says Shelly Turner. “He graduated from high school this year and has been accepted into Cornish College of the Arts [Seattle, Wash.]. Blake learned so much from this team.”
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THERE’S A CRIMINALLY GOOD TIME TO BE HAD AT THE J.M. DAVIS ARMS AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM WITH SHOWPIECES RANGING FROM A 1350 A.D. CHINESE CANNON TO A TANK, SAMURAI SWORDS AND PISTOLS OF FAMOUS OUTLAWS.
y Rob Harmon and photos by Marc Rain
In 1934, Pretty Boy Floyd, a contemporary of Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly, was laid to rest, once and for all, in the largest attended funeral in the history of Oklahoma with 20,000-40,000 in attendance. Why was it so well attended? Folks wanted to see the burial of one of the most infamous gun-toting bank robbers in the history of the United States. Was Pretty Boy Floyd notorious? Yes. A victim of hard times during the Great Depression? Perhaps. Amazingly, one of the many guns used in those infamous robberies can be found on
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display, right here in Green Country. The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore houses the largest privatelyheld firearms collection in the world. Not only is a gun once owned by Floyd available for viewing, but also those of Bonnie Parker of the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde, the Mexican Revolutionary general Pancho Villa, the American outlaw Jesse James, and the like. Weapons like these and many more can be found in Claremore’s historic museum.
visit every year to enjoy the expansive 40,000-square-foot museum with all its historic treasures.
Since 1969, the museum has made its collection of over 14,000 weapons available to the public. Over 30,000 people
Years later, when arriving in Oklahoma, Davis bought a 125-room hotel in Claremore and began displaying his collection of 29 guns for
In 1894, John Monroe Davis received his first gun from his father when he was only 7 years old. Davis’s childhood had been wrought with sickness, and one day his father bribed him to take medicine by giving him a muzzle-loading shotgun. This was the beginning of a long, healthy life and a passionate love affair with guns for Davis.
GREEN COUNTRY SCENE GC “Guns were invented, supposedly, about 1290 A.D. Our oldest weapon in the museum is from 1350 A.D. It’s from North Central China and it was used by the militia of the city [ from that region]. It’s really nothing but a copper tube that’s been coated. The gunpowder would go into the back of the tube. They would load bits of rocks and glass and sharp objects in the front of the tube and hold it like a Roman candle. You light the thing, and in 1350, a person holding something shooting balls of fire out of it, coming your way, that’s pretty scary.” And the newest weapon displayed in the museum is a high-tech automatic rifle. “Our latest weapon is from 2015,” McCombs says. “It’s an automatic rifle that is extremely light, weighing only six and a half pounds. We have all types. We have large, small, big, little, military, all sorts of material. We try to hit the highlights of the weapons like the caliber, the history of its use and those who used them.” J.M. Davis may have been the biggest donor of the collection, but some other donors through the years have been noteworthy. “Tulsa County Sheriff ’s Department and the Claremore Police Department will donate guns that they’ve confiscated. Sometimes instead of melting them down, they’ll contact us,” says McCombs. his guests to admire. The collection’s popularity grew, and so did the number of guns. Over the years, Davis amassed thousands of guns, running out of room to properly showcase them.
Wayne McCombs, the museum’s executive director, sees the museum as a way for visitors from around the world who visit Oklahoma to experience a part of United States history they wouldn’t otherwise.
The collection was everywhere throughout the hotel. It was in the dining room, the café, the lobby, even in the ballrooms. In 1967, Davis made a deal with the state of Oklahoma to build a museum to display all of his guns.
“There’s been some people that disagree with the use of firearms,” says McCombs, “but there are fascinating stories behind these weapons, how they were used and who they were used by. It’s just a part of history.”
Part of the Route 66 community in Northeast Oklahoma, the museum has flourished ever since.
For instance, one of McCombs’ favorite stories from the museum has to do with one of the first firearms the world had ever seen — a Chinese hand cannon.
The museum can receive donations from just about anyone, but it’s unlikely a gun or weapon someone has lying around is one the museum doesn’t have already on display. “This isn’t meant to be a jab at anybody,” says McCombs, “but most of the time, when somebody comes in, we already have two or three of something they would like to donate.”
LOCATOR J.M. DAVIS ARMS AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
330 N. J.M. Davis Blvd. | Claremore 918-341-5707 Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Making the Gr de WHETHER YOU RELISH OR DREAD THIS TIME OF YEAR, GET AN A+ IN BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING WITH OUR TIPS TO HELP BUDGET AND BUY SUPPLIES AND CLOTHES AS YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN HEAD BACK TO THE CLASSROOM. BY RYANN GORDON The best part about school returning is getting to revamp our closets and embrace our inner geek with the coolest supplies and gadgets around. Backto-school shopping is one of those pasttimes that we’ve always been excited to look forward to … for the young ones, that is. However, for those of us who spend our own money on back-to-school gear for either ourselves or children, it can be a stressful time of the year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies adding up to $27.3 billion. College students and families with children in college plan to spend an average of $888.71. Whether it’s laptops for class or mini-fridges for the dorm, college simply costs more than the lower grades. Some of these big-ticket items can last all four years, but when they need to be replaced, it’s a bigger investment than pencils and lunchboxes. Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be a struggle, and you most certainly do not have to break the bank. Many parents are taking advantage of shopping early, scouring ads and websites for the best deals, and taking advantage of free shipping with online purchases. From nonprofits, timing, coupons, prioritizing, making lists, utilizing your resources and choosing wisely where to shop, we’ve got the best tricks and local deals that’ll make back-to-school shopping a breeze.
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TIMING IS KEY
Don’t get too eager. Planning your shopping at just the right time could save you hundreds on school supplies and clothes. This year, the tax-free weekend is scheduled for Aug. 4-6. Qualifying shoes and clothing will be exempt from state, county, city and local sales tax starting at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 4 until midnight Aug. 6. You can purchase an unlimited number of qualifying tax-free items during this time.
Never go into a store emptyhanded. Heading to your local Walmart or Target without a list could be a sure path to disaster. Try to wait until your school supply list is out so that you don’t overdo it with extra items you don’t necessarily need. Rather than ending up with five extra binders and notebooks, and endless boxes of pens that may never be opened, set your list in stone and check off the materials you already have at home. When you go into the store, you’ll have a clear vision of what you do and don’t absolutely need, making more room for the extra items you really just want.
Also, try to stay informed on all of your favorite stores’ daily deals as well, making sure to drop in on select days when the materials you need drop in price. Hold on to all receipts and keep checking prices on the items you’ve purchased — some stores will reimburse you if the price drops after you’ve purchased an item.
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The children may not be too excited, but have them try on everything in their drawers
and closet to take stock of what’s actually needed. Make a pile of keepers and one for the outgrown stuff. This is a great place to start because you’ll need to know what size they’re in before you head out to shop. And it will also give you and your child an opportunity to talk about what styles they no longer love, so you can avoid those if you’re shopping without them.
CHOOSE YOUR M RKET Be skeptical of where you do your shopping. Places like Target, Walgreens and CVS tend to run a bit higher than Walmart, which now has a price-matching system. Check the ads and compare prices before you head into the war zone and be sure to check online retailers like eBay and Amazon. You can also find
STYLE + SHOPPING SS most of the supplies at a Dollar General or Dollar Tree.
Almost every major store these days offers a rewards program. Sign up and do most of your shopping at one store to maximize your rewards. For more savings opportunities, follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter.
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You can locate all kinds of coupons and specific deals in print ads and online at websites like savings.com and coupons. com. Some websites even offer cash back on certain products, like apps such as Ibotta, Shopmium, Checkout 51 and Receipt Hog. Save even more money on expensive items like laptops, printers, backpacks, shoes and clothing by browsing through Craigslist and Groupon.
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If you have a group of friends with children of different ages and sizes, a clothing swap can help you stock up on gently-used clothes for free. Clothing swaps work especially well if your children attend the same school and wear uniforms.
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school shopping is a school ID. More stores than most people realize offer student discounts on retail, technology, books and other products. Retailers like Sam’s Club, Amazon, Champ and Sally’s Beauty Supply offer student discounts with the presentation of an ID; and you can get discounted technology and gadgets as a student from Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, HP and Dell. Students can also get discounts on insurance with Farmers, State Farm, Allstate, Geico, Travelers and Nationwide.
SUPPORT THE SUPPORT There are a ton of nonprofits and other organizations dedicated to ensuring all students have the supplies, clothing and shoes necessary to go back to school. Just Between Friends plans to take over the Tulsa Fairgrounds Aug. 20-26 with a local charity expo meant to help parents save money on gently used items. More organizations to aid you with back-to-school shopping include Broken Arrow Neighbors, Operation School Bell, Restore Hope, Cherokee Nation Human Services, Neighbor for Neighbor and many more that you can find online at tulsalibrary.org.
IT FOR SEPTEMBER
A month after children go back to school, clearance bins will You know you’ll need paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks. be all over your favorite stores. Keep your list with you and Many stores and outlet malls are grab any items you still need. great sources for buying these and other basics in bulk. You and a group of other parents might be able to negotiate a group REVIT LIZE THE discount as well. This strategy will CLASSROOM often help you avoid late-night It’s no secret that most teachers shopping trips to buy notebook end up paying for many (if not paper when you run out. most) of their classroom needs out-of-pocket. So, this year, maybe use some of the money you saved using our tips to help UTILIZE RESOURCES underpaid teachers get their One of the most beneficial years off to a promising start. resources to have for back-to-
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IN ORDER If you rarely venture downtown, chances are you’re missing out on one of Tulsa’s greatest assets. Located in the Brady Arts District, bordered by Boston and Cincinnati Avenues to the east and west and Brady and Cameron Streets to the north and south, the Guthrie Green has proven to be a little oasis in our downtown landscape, as well as a gathering place and something of a community center for those who take advantage of the small park on a regular basis. Creeping up on its fifth anniversary this September, the Green plays a different role for different people. It’s a gym and community center for the athletically minded, hosting yoga, Zumba, and CrossFit classes Sunday through Friday mornings. For children, it’s a classroom and playground, complete with different geothermal features for learning and splash pad fountains for cooling off in the summer heat. On Wednesdays, it’s a lunchtime destination for the downtown workforce, as the Green is lined with Tulsa’s best food trucks offering a variety of different types of foods and snacks. This summer, it has become a family favorite on Thursday evenings, as Movies on the Green has become one of the most popular events of the week. August is shaping up nicely for this event as the Green will feature Finding Dory Aug. 3, The Longest Ride Aug. 10 (presented by Professional Bull Riders as a tie-in with the PBR event at BOK Center that weekend), Beauty and the Beast Aug. 17, and Julie & Julia Aug. 24. For local music fans, however, the Green’s ties to its namesake, Woody Guthrie, and the Woody Guthrie Center (located just across the street) are an undeniable draw. As one of the cornerstones of Oklahoma’s deep musical roots, Guthrie’s name alone draws interest and
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If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best of downtown and enjoy some great entertainment and local music, don’t overlook the Guthrie Green. By G.K. Hizer / Photos by Valerie Grant
intrigue from both local music fans and those visiting our city. In keeping with that, Guthrie Green has become a favorite venue for many local music fans. With a broad and well-lit stage overlooking the Green and creating a small amphitheater setting, weekend concerts have been a weekly staple over the past four years. With the heavy rains in the spring and extreme heat this summer, the concert season has been late to kick off, but August sees the Green easing back into its music focus as a place where families and friends can come together, enjoy the weather and fresh air, let the children cool off in the splash pad, and enjoy some great music. The August music schedule kicks off strong and in sync with the Brady District’s First Friday Art Crawl Aug. 4 with a triple-dose of Tulsa’s indie-rock scene. The Wright Brothers will headline the evening, hot off the release of their debut CD, Cosmic Hearts. This is one of Tulsa’s most promising young pop-rock bands and a group that has successfully paired up dense soundscapes and intelligent lyrics with big pop hooks that get caught in your head. Local rockers The Lonelys and one of Tulsa’s favorite singer-songwriters, Fiawna Forte, open the show for a full night of great local music, beginning at 7 p.m. Horton Records presents the first Sunday concert of the month Aug. 6, featuring Seth Lee Jones, Little Joe McLerran, and Dan Martin. This is a showcase of the diversity of Horton Records’ artists with three phenomenal guitarists. Martin is a shining example of Tulsa’s current folk-country-roots songwriter movement, while McLerran is a nationally touring blues artist who has represented Tulsa at the
International Blues Competition in Memphis with his exquisite take on classic Piedmont blues. Jones is a soulful songwriter and amazing guitarist in his own right (as well as one of Tulsa’s most revered luthiers). Sunday concerts begin around 2 p.m. and wrap up at 6 p.m. A different vibe comes to Guthrie Aug. 11 as Lindy in the Park offers swing dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing from 7-9 p.m. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the month, however, is a performance by The U.S. Navy’s band, Cruisers. As one of a number of the touring ensembles, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Under the leadership of Senior Chief musician Leon Alexander, the group takes its name from the Navy’s most versatile multi-mission ship, the Cruiser, and covers a variety of styles, from jazz standards to R&B, pop, classic rock, and original material. Besides being an internationally touring extension of the Navy, the Cruisers are also one of the most requested and in demand ensembles for official events and receptions for senior level government and military officials. An evening of fresh air, a beautiful Oklahoma sunset, and the intimate atmosphere of the Guthrie Green will make this a show you won’t want to miss Aug. 15.
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Wine and Jazz Festival
By G.K. Hizer
Local jazz lovers finally have a weekend getaway to look forward to with this year’s POSTOAK Wine and Jazz Festival on the first weekend of September. Ticketing options are available to simply make a day of it to enjoy the music Saturday, or relish the entire weekend with a wine and jazz dinner Friday to kick off the weekend and a Sunday Brunch to wrap it up. The weekend launches with a wine dinner under the tent on Sept. 1 from 7-9 p.m. with entertainment provided by the NSU Jazz Lab. Multiphonic Funk closes out the night, playing from 9-11 p.m. Multiphonic Funk is led by saxophonist Drew Thomas and has rapidly grown in popularity after debuting at Mayfest in 2016. Saturday’s festivities begin at 3 p.m. as the festival grounds open on the meadows just east of the main lodge. Music performances begin at 4 p.m. with The Zuits, followed by Darrell Christopher and The Ingredients at 5 p.m., Cynthia Simmons Quartet at 6:15 p.m., and Mischievous Swing (an acoustic quartet featuring Shelby Eicher) at 7:30 p.m. Swunky Face, featuring Branjae, will wrap up the night with a soulful blend of jazz, funk, and R&B from 9-11 p.m. The weekend wraps up with a champagne brunch with Scott McQuade at 10 a.m. on Sept. 3. Tickets are available for individual events or the entire weekend, and overnight room packages are available for $119 for those who prefer to spend the weekend, enjoy the pool, and have a place to retreat and cool off when taking a break from the music and festivities. Tickets are only $60 for the wine dinner Friday evening, $15 for Saturday’s jazz festival, and $25 for the Sunday brunch. Parking is available at the retreat, and complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from auxiliary parking at Tulsa Central High School.
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THESE DAYS, PLATES ARE LARGER, MENUS ARE MORE RADICAL AND THE WORLD SEEMS JUST A LITTLE BRIGHTER AT THE START OF THE DAY WITH A GREAT BREAKFAST. BUT BEFORE YOU PANCAKE ON THOSE POUNDS, CONSIDER A FEW HEALTHIER OPTIONS. By Ryann Gordon
How do your eating patterns play out throughout the day? Do you wait until late afternoon to finally get some food on your belly or do you snack throughout your work shift? Do you eat a huge lunch or dinner? Do you eat breakfast at all? Mom always said, breakfast is the most important part of the day. And, it’s about time we started listening to her. Breakfast can set the tone for the rest of your day. (For some great dining options in Green Country check out some of our favorites beginning on page 72.) If you eat a heavy, unhealthy breakfast, then you’re probably going to be craving something fatty and hearty for lunch and consequently dinner as well. This is why eating a healthy, filling breakfast is quite possibly one of the most important moves we can make before heading into a full afternoon and week. Lucky for us, breakfast is one of the easiest meals to stay within a diet parameters with fiber-rich grains like oatmeal and toast that’ll fill your belly and fuel you for hours as well as fruits and yogurt full of antioxidants and probiotics. If you’re craving something fatty, this is your time to squeeze in those high-protein dishes of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham — the works. So, throw out that Starbucks gift card and pack your breakfast full of healthy fats, sweet vitamins and filling fibers that’ll boost your metabolism and get you ready to take on the rest of your day.
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WAKE UP WIRED Most of us begin our day with a large cup of coffee or green tea. Both are rich in antioxidants and caffeine that will wake you up and provide that boost to get to your next step. Try sweetening your tea with honey over sugar though; and swap the creamer in your coffee for something lower in fat, like almond milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
DOSE OF HEALTHY Get your full, daily dose of vitamins taken care of from the start of the day. Begin with a glass of vitamin D-rich orange juice, bananas or grapefruit packed with potassium and vitamin C, which you can also get from a bowl full of sweet berries. Try juicing kale or carrots into your morning smoothie or throw some spinach and tomatoes in a quiche, frittata or breakfast taco.
PROBO-PREVENTION Breakfast is a great time to add some preventative substances into your diet. Probiotics are essential for a woman’s diet; so, throw some Greek yogurt in a bowl of berries, granola and maybe some peanut butter for a homemade acai bowl you’ll be dreaming of until noon. If you don’t have time for this, try a glass of cranberry juice on your way out the door to give you that extra healing boost.
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FIBER FIX The best time of the day to treat yourself to those carbs you went to bed dreaming about is early in the day. Oatmeal, bran cereal and whole wheat toast will give you that fix. Throw some chia or flaxseed into your oatmeal or smoothie for an option that’s lower in carbs and higher in other vitamins and supplements.
MUSCLE-BUILDING MAGIC High-quality protein is one of the most important parts of a good breakfast. Although bacon and ham are some of our favorites, dishes such as eggs, turkey bacon, cottage cheese, nuts or low-fat milk are probably a better option for your initial meal of the day. And, if you’re a peanut butter lover and can’t seem to drop the habit — get that fix taken care of early on in the day, when your body has time to digest and burn off that fat content.
PHAT AND HAPPY Despite common belief, fats are actually essential to our diet. This doesn’t mean that you need to load up on sugar-packed cereal, butter, pastries or other sources of trans fat in the morning. Do, however, knock out those healthy fats as early in the day as possible. Slap some peanut or almond butter on morning toast for a healthier topping; go for unsweetened yogurt and cereal; and, let’s just say, drop the whole milk, muffins, pancakes, bagels and waffles altogether.
CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL
Not every trip to your local watering hole is going to be memorable. But utilize a few of our ideas and it may become legendary. By G.K. Hizer
Sure, everyone likes to go out and have a good time with friends. Most of us like to do it at the local bar, fueled by alcohol, good conversation, and some good tunes — or maybe just a great round of pool. But what can you do to make the night truly memorable? True, not every night can be epic, but it becomes a whole lot more interesting when you build your bucket list — then knock them off, one by one. Surely, you can think of a few more, and a few that
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are more suited to your personality, but here’s a list of 20 to get things started, not to mention keep you coming back to build on past experiences.
1 Dance on the bar top, but
only if you’re a female. Sorry guys, no one wants to see you up there. Sure, it’s a cliché, but to every cliché, there’s a thread of truth. And yes, you need to go ahead and be “that” girl at least once.
2 Start a chant from the top of
your barstool. Capitalize on the moment. Get everyone involved, so that they all feel like they’re a part of something. And make it at least somewhat original. Unless, of course, you’re starting the chant for the Thunder during playoff season.
3 Tip at least 100 percent on
a large tab, or a minimum of $50 (or be a baller, go $100) on a small tab. And do it anonymously. If they know you and know it’s you, you’ll be the bartender’s best friend for a season and they’ll look forward to a repeat, which is fine. Do it anonymously, though, and you’re a myth or a ghost. Especially when you drop it on someone you know is having a rough night. Pay it forward and expect nothing in return.
4 Start a conversation with
a stranger while using the bathroom. Bonus points if you can keep the conversation going as you roll back out into the crowd and buy them a round.
5 Drink something that’s set
ablaze. Everyone needs to do it at least once. It doesn’t have to be disgusting, but it might be. Most likely, it will have a 151 float for the flame, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Shots are the most common, but more impressive if it’s a full cocktail and it actually tastes good.
6 Let a random stranger buy
you a blind shot. First, you’ll have to make a new friend and get them to warm up to you. Then, you’ve got to show a little trust, because you’re drinking
whatever they choose, as poured and guided by the bartender, of course. You’re not looking to get roofied, just add a little adventure to the night.
7 Engage everyone nearby
with a grand story. Include plenty of details, excitement, and laughs (likely at your expense). See how long you can keep them all entertained, because it’s a great story and possibly based on a thread of truth, but otherwise utterly bogus.
8 Take a “new friend” to the
next bar and back. So, you’ve successfully gone from stranger to drinking buddy. Up the game by getting them to roll to the next bar with you. You’re buying the next round. Make sure you get them back to the starting point and their ride. Either way, it’s what a good friend would do.
9 Get the bartender to create a
new drink and name it after you. Sure, it’s another cliché, but can you actually make it happen? Not just a rum and Coke with your name on it or the nastiest random concoction they can come up with. Something different, cool, and tasty. Then make it yours. Make sure to order at least one every time you come in.
10 Buy a drink for another
guy’s girlfriend: you’ve seen it before. She’s probably too pretty for him and he’s carousing with his friends or otherwise ignoring her. Send her a drink. Do it anonymously — we’re not trying to start a fight, just make her feel special and get him to pay attention. And if he’s clueless, she’ll be thanking you another time. Ladies, this can go both ways.
11 Buy a round for the guy you just
argued or fought with. No, this isn’t intended to be the second stage of the previous challenge, but it might be. Either way, swallow your pride and be a man, especially if you know you were in the wrong. Even more impressive if he just gave you a black eye or a sore jaw. Beer can wash away many transgressions and heal the butt-hurt. Do the right thing, even if you don’t feel you were wrong.
12 Sure, everyone can sing their favorite
song after a few rounds of liquid courage, but how bold are you? Let the DJ pick the song. No heads up. Just start the music and go for it. It’s crash or burn time. You’ll either fail epically and embarrass yourself or knock it out of the park. Either way, you’ve got a great story for later.
13 Create a fake identity. A new
name and background, and even better, include a different accent. Your friends can be in the loop, but you can’t break character all night.
14 Kiss a stranger. Not just a peck on the cheek or lips, a real kiss. Passionate and in public. Then walk away with no regrets. No name or number is even better.
15 If they’ve got a jukebox, it’s almost
certainly one of the new digital ones that you can access and log in to with your phone. Ante up and pay the price to prioritize and jump to the front of the playlist, then change it up. They’ve been playing predominantly country? How about hip-hop, R&B or dance music? Let’s see where some hippie jams take us. Make your group part of the fun and have everyone pick a tune to build at least a half-hour playlist, all in keeping with the new genre of choice. And if the bartenders and crowd have been generally stand-offish and rude? Well, that sounds like a death metal exit.
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16 Buy the band a round. If you deliver it
to them to drink onstage, it lets them know you appreciate them and what they’re doing. If they sit down and have another round with you after they’re done, they appreciate you as well.
17 Watch a championship game with
the hometown crowd. Not every city gets to experience a championship in professional or college sports. And not everyone can afford tickets for an NBA Finals or World Series. The everyday man who’s truly emotionally invested in the team is most likely watching the game with friends at a local bar. Whether it’s the triumph of victory or the agony of defeat, no one feels it more than the real fans. Sure, it would have been amazing to be inside Wrigley Field, but don’t you think emotions were running even higher at the local pub across the street? You’ve got to experience it at least once.
18 Buy a round for everyone at the bar. Because you want to be that guy, at least once.
19 Get someone to drink the Mat Shot.
You know the bar mats that the bartenders use when pouring drinks? There’s a reason they’re there — to catch all the spills and over-pour when the bartenders are in a hurry. At the end of the night they’re usually shaken and poured out in the sink and washed away. Now, see that guy simply dying for attention? Assure him he’s cool and he definitely wants one last shot for the night that will outdo all the others. He’ll love it! No, actually he won’t. But if he doesn’t heave in a trash can, he’ll be a legend, at least for the night.
20 Include the bartenders. They may be
working, but they’re good people too. Make sure to tip well, but also make them part of the party. If you’re buying a round for your friends, buy a round for the bartenders as well. Or if there’s an after-party, invite them to join. After all, they’ve worked a long night and need to unwind as well. Make sure they know they’re appreciated. Money talks, but so does treating them like one of the friends you’re taking care of.
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K F A S T ! I O N A L T R E AT S . A E R B R O F CAKE — SOME NONTRADIT T A E M E H T LET WITH Y T R A P H C N by TIFFANY DUNCAN photos by CHELSI FISHER E LY B R U
SAVORY BAKED BREAKFAST SLIDERS Adapted from familyfreshmeals.com Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the most versatile. Seriously, how satisfying is breakfast for dinner? Or a late lazy Saturday brunch at home where you don’t have to shed your P.J.s until afternoon? It’s also easy to turn a breakfast spread into a celebration spread — just add coffee, cake, flowers, a few fancy plates and voila —an expert welcome to the weekend.
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Nothing hits the breakfast spot quite like a pan of these warm and buttery King’s Hawaiian rolls stuffed with melty cheddar, ham, spinach, and diced sweet bell peppers. This will be a back-pocket recipe for years to come, we promise.
Ingredients: lb. of deli-sliced ham, diced (or bacon if preferred) ½ 9 eggs, whisked 1 cup fresh (or frozen) spinach, cooked and chopped ½ sweet bell pepper, chopped 1 cup shredded mozzarella 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar 1 12-pack of King’s Hawaiian rolls or dinner rolls ¼ cup butter, melted 2 tbsp. butter, melted ½ tsp. garlic powder salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, combine the ham, spinach, sweet pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the whisked eggs to the ham mixture and combine thoroughly.
Stir in mozzarella cheese. Pour into a well-greased 9x13-inch baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is no longer jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Do not turn off oven. 3. Tear off a piece of parchment paper and set it on the counter. Using a spatula, scoop out the mixture and place onto parchment paper (this step can be tricky; you might have to use two different spatulas to keep it held together in one sheet). 4. Cut the rolls in half and place the bottom buns flush against each other into the 9x13-inch baking dish. Place the egg sheet-bake squarely across the bottom buns. Top with cheddar cheese. Replace the tops of the buns. 5. In a small bowl, combine the melted ¼ cup butter with the garlic powder. Brush liberally over the tops of the buns. Bake for approximately 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melty. Cut and serve warm.
LEMON CRUMBLE BREAKFAST CAKE
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Adapted from savingdessert.com
Cake for breakfast? Um yes, please! This delicate, crumbly treat is as delicious to look at as it is to taste.
Ingredients for crumble topping: 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted ¾ cup all-purpose flour ⅓ cup granulated sugar 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice zest from one lemon
Ingredients for the cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature zest from two lemons (preferably organic) ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1 ½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract will also work) ½ cup well-shaken buttermilk ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about two lemons) powdered sugar for dusting DIRECTIONS: 1. Melt 4 tbsp. of butter in a small bowl. Add the flour, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Mix with a fork to combine. Set aside. 2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Invert the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan (to make it easier to slide the cake off the bottom), then lock on the sides of the pan. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside. 3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. 4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, lemon zest, and sugar. Beat for several minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. 5. Beat in the egg and vanilla bean paste until just blended. 6. In a measuring cup (preferably with a spout) combine buttermilk and lemon juice. Add a third of the buttermilk mixture and half of the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Beat on low until incorporated. Repeat until both the buttermilk and flour mixtures are incorporated. 7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with the crumble topping (leaving some in large clumps) and bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. 8. Cool the cake on a wire rack. Let cool completely before removing springform sides. Carefully slide cake onto a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar. 9. Dollop with lemon curd whipped cream if desired.
HEALTHY OVERNIGHT OATS
Oatmeal might not be found on a fancy weekend brunch spread, but it does make for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast option for busy weekday mornings. These two make-ahead, delicious overnight oat recipes will put an end to mornings of skipping breakfast, as you can just grab-and-go from the fridge. What are overnight oats? So glad you asked. Rolled oats soak overnight in milk or milk alternative in the fridge and are soft and chewy by morning. Add in healthy toppings and sweeteners, and there are literally endless options for fast and healthy breakfasts on the go. Mason jars work well as individual containers.
Blueberry Muffin Oats Ingredients (makes two servings): 1 cup rolled oats ½ cup blueberries, mashed with a fork 2 tbsp. chia seeds 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. lemon zest (organic is best) pinch of salt ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt ¾ cup almond milk, unsweetened DIRECTIONS: 1. Mash ½ cup blueberries in a large bowl. Add in yogurt and almond milk, and mix until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. Place in the refrigerator, covered, for at least two hours or overnight. Serve cold (may need to add a little almond milk if too clumpy). Top with granola, lemon zest, and fresh blueberries if desired.
Chocolate Chia Oats Ingredients (makes two servings): 1 cup rolled oats 3 tbsp. cocoa powder 1 tbsp. chia seeds pinch of salt ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, stir together oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and salt. Then add yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or until morning. Top with fresh strawberries, chunks of dark chocolate, and a dollop of Greek yogurt if desired.
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ANTOINETTE BAKING CO. 207 N . MA I N ST. | T ULSA Antoinette’s is famous for its Friday and Saturday pie nights — a celebration of delicious dessert with nightly specials so good, you’ll wish you could eat a slice of everything. What you may not know is Antoinette serves breakfast too. Get there when they open if you want fresh muffins or scones du jour, sausage rolls and similar items. Come a little later if you want to test out their breakfast menu, which changes daily and can include items like buttermilk fried chicken biscuits, sourdough French toast, and corn and tomato cobbler.
Forget the cheap coffee and cold cereal. It’s time to check out our 21 sunrise suggestions to nurture your appetites before tackling the day. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA AND ROB HARMON
Breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day. Do you treat yourself to it? If not, why not? Not only does breakfast supercharge you and get your metabolism going, especially if you opt for healthy proteins and nutritious fruits and vegetables. It also boosts your mood, especially if you spend it with family and friends or have some “me” time with that extra cup of coffee before you tackle your busy daily activities. Going out for breakfast can be one of the best treats you’ll give yourself. Imagine all the delectable food and drinks you can enjoy in a restaurant that you simply won’t get around
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to making at home. From a classic breakfast of eggs and bacon cooked for you so you can leisurely chat with pals, to a gigantic homemade cinnamon roll so soft you know you’d never make it successfully in your own kitchen, the breakfast options are many, fun, delicious and surprisingly affordable. Give yourself a chance to get away from your cereal and oatmeal with a visit to one of Green Country’s favorite spots for a substantial breakfast any day of the week. Here are some of the hot spots you have to visit. Some are old favorites, others are edgy and fresh, but all of them will have you coming back for more.
BLUE MOON CAFE 3512 S. PEORI A AVE. | T ULSA With its many dining and shopping options, Brookside often draws Tulsans for an evening out or a Saturday afternoon stroll with friends. But if you’re in the mood for starting your day there with an early meal, stop by Blue Moon. This funky, creative spot features popular casual dishes like migas (eggs and tortilla chips scrambled, topped with melted cheddar and ranchero sauce), bagels with lox (smoked salmon, sliced tomato, red onion, capers and cream cheese), quiche, buttermilk pancakes and more.
BRAMBLE BREAKFAST AND BAR
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3 313 S. P E ORI A AVE. | T ULSA Don’t be surprised to find yourself waiting for a seat at this awesome breakfast spot. That’s always a good sign. Good things come to those who wait. Since 1991, BBD has served one of the best breakfast menus in the state. Choose an omelet from their extensive list, including the Lorraine, Veggie, the Eye Opener or Florentine, and your taste buds will flip. Keeping it simple by ordering fluffy pancakes with a side order of fresh eggs is sure to satisfy. Everything on the menu is a guaranteed show-stopper.
212 N . MA I N ST. | T ULSA In the heart of downtown Tulsa’s Brady District, Chimera is always hopping with customers because it’s just that hip and solid in service. Their coffee, made from a blend of beans, is perfect whether you take it black or in lattes, and their mixed drink menu offers sterner stuff. Chimera’s menu features healthy, environmentally conscious dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Taste test the eclectic breakfast tacos, like the Kool Thing (black beans, caramelized onions, faux chorizo, arugula, avocado crema). Vegans — you can substitute items to create a vegan meal or try the Twinster’s Vegan Plate (tofu scramble, adzuki bean strips, toast with cashew spread and jam).
402 E. 2N D ST. | TULSA This eatery is one of Tulsa’s downtown favorites. From the brick walls and houndstooth patterned décor to the leather high-back cushioned seating, the pleasing atmosphere matches the stellar food. Creativity levels are high with every dish they serve. The Meg is a delicate croissant served with egg, cheddar and bacon. The Jed is the softest, sweetest, largest cinnamon roll this side of Peoria. The chicken and waffles with sriracha honey will have you itching to visit again.
8178 S. L E W I S AVE. | T ULSA 810 4 E . 6 8 TH ST. | T ULSA A favorite of many Tulsans, First Watch offers great meals at good prices, with a lengthy menu to choose from. This makes it ideal for families and large groups who want anything from a classic breakfast (eggs and bacon) and chile chorizo omelets to the Power Breakfast Quinoa Bowl (with Italian sausage, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and tomatoes, kale, parmesan and EVOO, topped with two basted cage-free eggs) and lemon ricotta pancakes. Children can enjoy the chocolate chip pancakes. Their specialty Sunrise Select coffee comes in a full pot so you can easily enjoy refills.
1547 E. 3RD ST. | T ULSA 465 S. S HERI DA N ROA D | T ULSA 5849 S. 49T H W. AVE. | T ULSA Freeway Cafe is one of the area’s best-loved spots for a respectable diner meal. The ‘50s decor is fun and upbeat, the servers are friendly, and the menu items are affordable and tasty. You’ll find standard Midwestern breakfasts here — like the 7-ounce sirloin steak and eggs, the Oklahoma omelet (bacon, pork sausage, shredded beef and ham with fresh green peppers, onions and cheddar cheese, served with salsa), and other classics that you can order with sides like ham steak or pork chops. Among customer favorites is the homemade cinnamon roll. And yes, you can opt for a healthy oatmeal, yogurt or turkey bacon if you really want to.
311 E. 2ND ST. | TULSA Tulsa’s downtown scene is growing more and more every year, and Bramble Breakfast and Bar, in the heart of the historic Blue Dome District, is a big part of that. Globally inspired and locally sourced, they partner with farms, ranches and dairies in the area to provide an awesome breakfast experience. Whether it’s healthy yogurt and granola, tasty buttermilk pancakes or a hearty plate of scrambled eggs with thick-cut bacon, Bramble makes your breakfast experience a pleasurable and conscientious one. Their khachapuri features two egg yolks baked on a cheese bread bowl with three-cheese fondue. Visit them for forward thinking cuisine containing ingredients with integrity. They are also planning to open a second location this fall at the Jenks Riverwalk.
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Sunday Brunch 10:00AM-5:00PM Breakfast served until 1:00PM
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MOD’S COFFEE AND CREPES
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415 S. B O STON AVE. | T ULSA Hidden deep inside the lobby of the historic Atlas Life Building, this breakfast delight serves some of Tulsa’s best skillet-style potato wedges, topped with spicy fried onions and jalapenos. Their Spanish omelet will kick-start any stubborn weekend morning with chorizo sausage, pepper jack, jalapenos, all covered in a zippy salsa verde. All of their flavorful omelets, breakfast sandwiches and burritos make New Atlas Grill a weekend choice you won’t regret.
3723 S. PEORI A AVE. | T ULSA 6805 S. YA L E AVE. | T ULSA If you’re a fan of easy, to-go breakfast options, then Old School Bagel is the jam you’re looking for. They make their bagels — wait for it — the old school way, by boiling them and then baking them. This creates a bagel that is crisp on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside, a perfect combination. Old School Bagel’s sandwich options allow you to choose eggs, bacon, cheese, sausage, ham, chorizo, avocado and other options. Or you can make your own sandwich with options from their deli case. Their croissants and other pastries are customer favorites as well, if you want something sweet to go with your coffee.
4 417 S. MI NG O ROA D | TULSA Tucked inside Gardner’s Used Books, RoseRock Cafe is a great spot to snag a meal either before you go book shopping or, even better, after you’ve bought a stash of sales items you want to page through. Their generous portions and rustically scratch cooking style will remind you of a trip to grandma’s. You can get all the essentials there — eggs, thick bacon, toast, buttery hash browns, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and coffee. But the real secret is to go on Saturdays for their Saturday-only special, the buttery biscuits and gravy combo. It’s a customer favorite. And hint: this place is super affordable too.
6 0 3 3 S. S H E RI DA N ROA D | T ULSA Savoy is famous for a number of things. People love the amazing coffee they bring in from Tulsa’s own DoubleShot Coffee Company. Customers enjoy devouring their enormous homemade cinnamon rolls the size of your face that melt in your mouth with every single bite. Savoy’s delicious pancakes and waffles, served with richly flavored syrup and creamy dollops of high-end butter, are perennial favorites. But get there early, or expect a well-worth-it wait while you read the latest issue of Preview. Savoy has been one of Tulsa’s go-to breakfast spots for decades, and you’ll see why when you eat there.
2604 N . AS PEN AVE. | B ROKEN A RROW Open since the early 1980s, Shiloh’s offers five generations’ worth of downhome cooking that is hard to beat. They serve breakfast all day, making them a great stop for both early risers and not-so-early risers. Among the items to try are the omelets (you can even create your own with a variety of optional ingredients), the sweet potato pancakes, and the Oh My Gosh Machaca (turkey or roast scrambled with eggs, onions, green peppers, and if you dare, jalapeno, topped with cheese and served with sour cream and homemade salsa). They can also do veggie options of some items if you’re not a meat eater.
507 S. BO STO N AV E . | TULSA Nestled in the historic Philcade building, Mod’s is known for its delicious gelato selection. But if you’re there at breakfast time, have one of their homemade breakfast crepes, which are fluffy and a real treat. Enjoy the French toast crepes to get your sweet tooth fix in a light version, or opt for crepes filled with eggs and ham, eggs Florentine or more. Or choose crepes with sweet toppings like blueberries, bananas, chocolate chips and Nutella. And if you want a more substantial meal, you can add a side of eggs and bacon to any crepes you order. After you chow down, be sure to check out the Art Deco Museum displays and swing across the street to Decopolis, with its eclectic, kitschy gifts, local authors’ books, and beautiful paintings by local artist William Franklin.
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6611 S. 101 ST E . AV E . | TULSA Attached to Mathis Brothers Furniture is the perfect little deli. But it’s not your average sandwich shop. Accomplished restaurateur and chef Anthony Card serves up some of the best breakfast food this side of heaven. The chicken and waffles rival any found in these parts. The menu item called The Wedge is a bona fide meal with French Quarter style wedge potatoes, chorizo, eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, bits of ham and bacon and a whole lot of soul. Don’t let the location fool you; it's one of the best restaurants you'll ever visit. And good news: they cater. You can bring these delicious dishes to your home or office anytime.
1 10 2 S. YAL E AVE. | T ULSA This classic diner situated on the old Route 66 is always busy, and for good reason. Tally’s serves up some of the best casual diner food you’ll find in Green Country. Their soft, sweet, dinner plate sized cinnamon rolls have to be seen — and of course eaten — to be believed. They serve breakfast all day, which means you can enjoy those eggs and bacon and biscuits and gravy you love so much whenever you want. The menu includes all sorts of omelets, pancakes and other classic options, but if you’re bold, try the Smart Bomb (hash browns with diced ham, bacon, sausage, onion, green peppers, jalapenos, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese, topped with eggs any style and served with toast). It’s deliciously filling.
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WESTERN COUNTRY DINER 1905 S. S H E RI DA N ROA D | TULSA Mosey on over to Sheridan, between 21st and 15th streets. Say ‘Howdy partner’ to the life-size John Wayne statue as you tie up your steed and sit down to a great meal. The breakfast menu at WCD is classic diner food, but a cut above. Order the steak and eggs or an omelet with a short stack of pancakes and you’ll thank us, especially when you see their affordable prices. A smoking section with a separate ventilation system serves the smoking crowd without any other patrons ever knowing. The wait staff is friendly and fast to top off your coffee, and they work hard to please, so eating there is always a good time.
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WILD HEART MARKETPLACE AND CAFÉ 5 01 S. C H E ROKEE ST. | CATOOSA Just off the beaten path of historic Route 66 is a quaint little spot that serves up some of the best breakfast choices around. Wild Heart’s biscuits and gravy is unmatched. Their breakfast burritos are stuffed with creamy cheese, eggs, sausage, fresh and juicy tomatoes, and peppers. Ask for a spinach omelet with potatoes, and you will not be disappointed. After breakfast, visit their cute rustic shop for a purchase or two.
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Eclectic with hodgepodge and vintage vibe, Wild Heart Marketplace and Café tosses out fancy menus in favor of tasty and satisfying family recipes ranging from omelets and burgers to hoagies, soups and salads.
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BY DONNA LEAHEY PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS
COBB SALAD Wild Heart Marketplace and Cafe is a treasure hidden away just off Historic Route 66 in Catoosa. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the winged heart logo. At the front of the building is the marketplace, a collection of unique and delightfully kitschy merchandise, often with an Oklahoma theme. Try not to get too distracted shopping, because some of the good stuff is waiting in the cafe.
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The only thing more charming and eclectic than Wild Heart itself is its co-founder, Annette Wicker. Wicker opened the Marketplace and Cafe with her parents, Kathy and Greg Campbell, in November 2016. “Don’t let me and mom get bored,” she warns, “because things happen!” Walking into the cafe feels like walking into grandma’s kitchen. “Eclectic with a hodgepodge and vintage vibe” is how Wicker describes the decor. “We took it into our head to open, and we opened in two weeks, so we used whatever we could find. Some of the booths are from
the old Ming Palace.” It’s comforting and welcoming, and that’s before Wicker even starts to feed you. Wild Heart is a family operation, with plenty of family members working alongside Wicker. “Most recipes are mom’s,” she says. “We’re a Sunday dinner kind of family. There’s Grandma’s mac and cheese, and we make the Alfredo from scratch — you have no idea how much butter we go through. We just have a real love of food. We’re foodies.” Wicker was inspired by the Pecan Porch, a popular Catoosa restaurant that was forced to close last year after a tornado damaged it. “That’s what we wanted. That kind of place with good food, fresh food. Not a lot of fried stuff, soups, salads, burgers, and hoagies,” she says. “So, we opened in November and it’s been fantastic. So much support from the community. This is a great community. So, we name sandwiches after people, like the high school coach.”
Wild Heart serves up breakfast and lunch with daily specials. On Wednesday and Thursday they also offer dinner until 7 p.m.
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The breakfast menu offers options from omelets to poached eggs to chicken-fried steak, waffles, French toast, and breakfast sandwiches with a choice of meat, cheese, eggs, and bread. The most popular breakfast items are the omelets. The Wild Heart omelet is loaded with smoked turkey, ham, sausage, American cheese, provolone, white American, cheddar, sweet onions and fresh mushrooms. It’s served with your choice of southern breakfast potatoes or a fruit cup, and your choice of bread. The potatoes are crispy and fluffy and nicely seasoned. For a lighter breakfast, the spinach and mushroom grilled onion omelet is a great start to your day. It’s fresh spinach with grilled Vidalia onions, Havarti, Monterey jack, and provolone. “The burgers are to die for,” Wicker says with a grin. They’re made with Angus beef and served on a soft brioche bun. For an explosion of taste, try the blue cheese Angus steak burger. It’s two Angus steak patties with a splash of Worcestershire. Nestled between the burgers is a thick layer of creamy blue cheese and provolone. It’s dressed with red PULLED PORK onion, lettuce, mustard, and served on a toasted bun. It looks SANDWICH great and gets even better when you bite into it. The sharp blue cheese blends with the meaty burger for a taste sensation that makes you stop and savor. It comes with a choice of sides from soups to chips to side salads. Wicker’s favorite item is the Tuscan Sub, named for Catoosa high school football coach Aaron Meier. It is another not-to-be-missed treat. Served on crusty French bread, this sandwich is loaded with ham, cotto salami, genoa salami, black olives, onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, cheddar and other cheeses, and topped with a surprisingly spicy mustard. It’s a sandwich with complex flavors and textures that
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will satisfy your eyes, taste buds and tummy. There’s a selection of fresh, delicious salads including the house salad, the Caesar salad, and the roast beef salad, which are all solid choices. The chef salad, though, is hard to beat. Loaded with shaved ham, shaved turkey, hard-boiled eggs, pineapple, topped with croutons and served with a toasted baguette, it’s a delicious choice for a lighter lunch that still satisfies. The sides are all great, but do consider trying the soups. The chicken tortilla soup is loaded with chicken, cheese, Vidalia onion, fire roasted chilies, and fresh spices. You’ve had tortilla soup before, but this one is special. The potato soup is rich, hearty, creamy, with thin sliced potato, real cream and farm fresh butter, Vidalia onion, garlic, ranch, and four cheeses and finished with a hint of pepper. The chicken noodle is thick with noodles, chicken, and veggies. If you’re lucky enough to be there when broccoli cheddar is the soup of the day, be sure to give it a try. Cheddary and rich, creamy and smooth, with plenty of broccoli to complement the cheese. On the dinner menu, look for pulled pork. It’s smoked by Wicker’s dad, Greg, and topped with Head Country sauce. The pork melts in your mouth, full of smoke and sauce. Dad’s BBQ is not to be missed. Also on the dinner menu is mom’s chicken Alfredo: tender chunks of white meat chicken, served with two sides and hot bread. You can get it traditionally creamy or spicy. “We’re all about good food and good service,” says Wicker.
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The style of cooking at AmazingÂ Thai Cuisine is centered in the heart of Southeast Asia, and emphasizes grand dishes that lean toward the light and healthy while also being highly flavorful.
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BY MIC HE LE C HIA PPE TTA PHOTOS BY VA LE R IE GR A N T
Tulsa is an international city tucked in the heart of America. People come from all over the United States and around the world to view the art deco, take a new job, study at a local university or make a new home for themselves. And that international flavor is evident in the area’s many locally owned and operated
restaurants, whose owners and chefs are often from far-off lands. In that group are Keith and Suban King, owners of Amazing Thai Cuisine in Broken Arrow. Suban hails originally from Thailand, where she met and married Keith, who has served for many years in the U.S. military.
The couple often traveled as a military family before deciding to make the move to Tulsa. The decision to open a restaurant here in 2014, however, was a no-brainer, considering Suban’s expertise in the kitchen. “Suban began her culinary journey cooking authentic Thai food at a very early age,”
says Keith. “She would assist her mother and aunts in preparing meals, gathering herbs and spices directly from nature and bring them back to season the food for all the hungry men and women coming in from the rice and sugarcane fields.”
the menu offers a broad selection of traditional dishes that are colorful, tasty and beautifully presented. “Some of our customers’ favorite dishes include pad Thai, green curry, Thai fried rice with chicken and a type of beef salad called Nam Tok,” says Keith.
Like many of the best chefs, Suban blends that early experience of cooking with her family with years of training in professional kitchens. She worked for the U.S. Army as a senior cook, where it was necessary to handle large quantities of food and large groups of diners successfully. She and Keith then took that experience to a restaurant venture in Killeen/Ft. Hood, Texas, where they lived before coming to Oklahoma.
For the more adventurous eaters, Keith recommends the Tom Kah soup (coconut soup flavored with galangal, lemongrass, lime juice, Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with cilantro). “It’s flavorful and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants,” he says, “but a little difficult to eat because you must be careful not to eat some of the seasonings if you are not used to it.”
As Amazing Thai’s chef, Suban’s expertise in serving up authentic, delicious Thai cooking has made the restaurant one of Tulsa’s favorite spots to eat. Keith assists her in making the restaurant successful. At the heart of it all is a family tradition that makes the restaurant’s food so delicious and special.
“We only use our families’ own recipes,” says the couple. “Those recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, which provides the most authentic Thai cuisine in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow metro area.” If you have never been to a Thai restaurant before, don’t let that deter you. This style of cooking, centered in the heart of Southeast Asia, emphasizes dishes that tend toward the light and healthy, while also being highly flavorful. Fresh herbs and spices are blended to provide an appealing aroma and a delightfully spicy edge that you can push stronger or milder, depending on what your taste buds can handle. “If you are not familiar with Thai cuisine, we will be more than happy to help you pick out something you are sure to love,” Keith says.
Pineapple Fried Rice
Amazing Thai has several newbie-friendly options to help you get your feet wet in Thai cuisine. If you’re not sure what to select, the servers are happy to make a suggestion based on what you prefer to eat. “I would suggest Thai fried rice as well as pad mixed vegetables,” says Keith. Both dishes can be made very mild and are similar to what you might come across in other Asian restaurants, so they serve as excellent entry points into testing out the Thai waters, so to speak. Once you’ve got a handle on Thai flavors, or for those who are old-hands at this style of cuisine,
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Green Country residents who love keeping it local and authentic will love Amazing Thai’s approach to their ingredients list. “Thai food uses a lot of different ingredients,” say Keith and Suban, “and all are prepared fresh from locally purchased products.” The seasonings come from the area’s Asian markets. All is intended to be as healthy as possible, which is something the Kings are committed to. “The secret to our healthy food is our use of fresh ingredients and authentic Thai spices that invigorate the senses and provide many of the vitamins our bodies need to stay healthy,” Keith says. If you’re a vegetarian, be sure to ask about the vegetarian options. “We can make almost any of our meals vegetarian,” says Keith, “and we can make vegan dishes as well. Our customers typically ask us, and we let them know if their favorite dishes may be made as vegetarian or vegan.” So, the next time you’re ready to venture into new cuisine territory, or the next time you have a yen for traditional, authentic, flavorful Thai food, stop in at Amazing Thai, and take the whole family. “Let us take you on a journey of the senses,” Keith says. “We are proud to share our family’s cuisine with your family.”
AMAZING THAI CUISINE
1232 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow 918-258-8424 thaifoodbrokenarrow.com Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chef Alfredo Vargas marries two beloved dining traditions at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsaâ€™s Buffet: authentic and unique dishes and all-you-can-eat options. By Michele Chiappetta
Photos by Marc Rains
Tulsa has a surprising number of highly recognized chefs these days. What is not a surprise is that chef Alfredo Vargas from Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is one of them. In the 1980s, a young Vargas brought his dreams and ambitions from Mexico City to the restaurant scene of Southern California. It didnâ€™t take long for his love for food and cooking to propel him from an entry-level dish washer to running restaurant kitchens. From Dennyâ€™s to mom-and-pop restaurants to Sheraton Hotels, Vargas has challenged himself through the years to constantly improve his skills in the kitchen, all in pursuit of his passion for success. Although Vargas was not able to gain any formal culinary training in his early days, the opportunity to work under talented chefs has proven to be excellent hands-on experience to rival any school of cooking. Through the years, as he has apprenticed with many well-known chefs, including an executive chef to the White House and various casino chefs in California, among others, Vargas has gained a lot of skill in the kitchen. Chef Alfredo Vargas
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MASTERS OF FLAVOR MF “To me, it’s important to learn as much as I can learn,” says Vargas. “Most of my experience is just cooking in the field and learning as we go. I made the decision that I have to work hard to pull myself to a high level. It’s been a journey. Every day we learn something new.” His dedication to continually grow as a chef has led to many opportunities in his life. Even Vargas’ entry into the executive chef role in the Tulsa area began in a nonconventional way. “My wife’s grandparents are Native Americans, Cherokees originally,” says Vargas. “She used to come to Tulsa and tell me how beautiful it is here. So, I came and bought a house here in Tulsa, and one day I stopped by the Cherokee Casino. It was not a Hard Rock yet.” In true Vargas fashion, he took a chance and got a break. “I checked to see if they had any opportunities for executive sous chefs, or anything like that,” he says. “They said, ‘We don’t have one open, but we’d be more than willing to open one for you.’” And just like that, executive chef positions began opening up for Vargas all over the place. Opportunities showed themselves back in California and then in Louisiana. He took them for yet another chance to learn more, to become even better at what he does. All the while, he had a growing family in Tulsa that he longed to be near. Some 10 months ago, Hard Rock Casino wooed Vargas back to Tulsa and to his waiting family, where he now oversees the popular and busy Buffet. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s Buffet has become a huge favorite of regulars, every day of the week. Monday features Vargas’ specialty, which is Mexican. Being from Mexico and Southern California, Vargas is able to make Mexican Monday authentic and unique at the same time. You can snag a plate of guajillo chili and garlic adobo crusted brisket or chipotle barbecue ribs, to name just a few, all of which make this buffet no ordinary experience. It is because of Vargas and the rest of the staff ’s attention to variety without sacrificing quality, that they can
lure people from hours away, including Oklahoma City, says Vargas.
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“Two months ago, we started a sushi bar on Fridays and Saturdays. Some people said, ‘Sushi, really?’ Yes. We accomplished it by training ourselves,” he says. “We’ve got many, many expert chefs in the casino right now.” He smartly takes advantage of the expertise for the Buffet’s menu. “We’ve relied on the chefs who know the various concepts very well,” he says, “so that way, those who like Cajun, for example, can come and enjoy really good Cajun food.” Or anything else you might like, since it’s probably available at one of the Buffet’s many specialty stations. For those thinking of visiting the Buffet at Hard Rock for the first time, Vargas says that whatever unique dishes they may be serving that night, they’ll always have the comfort food Oklahomans expect. “A lot of people are really into the comfort food, like fried chicken,” says Vargas. “They like good, crispy fried chicken. If you don’t have fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and catfish, then you’re in trouble [here]. Those are staple items. Every day the menu is different and people love that, but there are some things you can’t change that are staples in Oklahoma.” People visit the casino from all over the world, and Vargas and his staff go out of their way to find new and interesting dishes to please the palate. However, it’s the regulars who seem to inspire the kitchen staff the most. Coming out from the kitchen to mingle with the customers is one of Vargas’ favorite things to do. “We come out to see how everything is,” Vargas says, “and people tell us, ‘We will come back.’ And you know what the most beautiful thing is? We see them again. They come in and they recall us by our names, and we learn their names. It’s special. We talk about what they love to eat and try to make sure they have that when they come in. They will try something new too, and we will get compliments on it, and that makes it all worth it.”
Down Home Meatloaf
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Nigiri with Crab and Shrimp
Chicken Mole with Mexican Rice
LOCATOR HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA 777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa hardrockcasinotulsa.com
Lunch Breakfast Monday-Friday: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ($10.95) 7-10 a.m. ($8.95) Dinner Saturday-Sunday: Sunday-Thursday: 7-10 a.m. ($8.95) 4-9 p.m. ($17.95) Brunch Friday-Saturday: Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ($10.95) 4-11 p.m. ($23.95)
GK GETTING TO KNOW
Life is not worth living unless you are doing something you are passionate about. That’s the philosophy of many an artist and many a small-business owner too. It takes a drive for something more to help propel a person past challenges so they can be successful in the thing they love to do. You can see that passion for business and for artistry in the most unexpected places, including a little strip mall on the southeast corner of 41st Street and Sheridan, where the unassuming but vibrantly creative Tulsa Stained Glass and Art Event Center resides.
WITH MORE THAN 40 YEARS UNDER HIS BELT AT TULSA STAINED GLASS, RICHARD BOHM CAN EASILY SAY HE’S PURSUED HIS PASSION TO GREAT RESULTS. by Michele Chiappetta | photos by Marc Rains
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Tulsa Stained Glass was established in 1975 by owner Richard Bohm, his (now deceased) wife. Carol. and his sister Caroline, who all caught the bug for stained glass art swiftly and passionately. “My wife and my sister started in the craft first. They took classes,” says Bohm. “I was doing engineering-type work and got involved very quickly. And before we knew it, we had a small business.” Bohm’s earliest customers were mostly friends and family, with a smattering of art shows thrown in, much like many artistic hobbyists. “We started with the little sun
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catchers, and we were going to fairs and festivals and selling things,” he says. “Eventually, we got into a studio.” At 12 feet by 18 feet, their first studio wasn’t large, but it was great for producing more stained glass work, which was what the Bohms wanted to do. “We were very anxious to be in business and do some things, so it just started and grew,” he says. With more than 40 years under his belt, Bohm can easily say he’s pursued his passion to great results. A significant part of Tulsa Stained Glass’s influence on Tulsa since 1975 can be seen in the pieces they have designed and had installed around town. If you visit the Ronald McDonald House next to the St. Francis Children’s Hospital, you’ll see a stained glass window that the Bohms built, based on pictures that children drew as inspiration. “The children drew pictures of what the Ronald McDonald House was all about,” says Bohm. “My students then took those pictures, and we converted that into a stained glass window. It was such a learning experience to take child art and then convert it into another medium. It still remains one of the main backdrops to people at the Ronald McDonald House.”
The experience led Bohm to launch an art contest called the Art Smart Challenge, which is held yearly. “Our art contest is therapeutic in nature,” he says. “We want people to express themselves artistically.” Participants take a picture of their artwork and upload it to Tulsa Stained Glass’s website. Bohm and a team of judges review the submitted artwork at the end of the year. There are several prizes awarded, with the grand prize winner receiving a stained glass window based on their winning submission.
Because the Garden Spirits can be made in a single session, the Garden Sculpture classes are ideal for birthdays, team outings for businesses and other special events. As many as 20 to 25 people can participate. The studio also provides four-week and eight-week beginners classes for those who want to become more skilled in stained glass creation. For children under age 16, mosaics classes are available. Those interested can find information and sign up online.
Another popular example of Bohm’s custom art can be seen along the River Parks Trail at 19th and Riverside Drive. Stained glass images of Art Smart Challenge submissions and winners are on display for everyone to enjoy. “We post the grand prize winner, and then all of the other winners are posted on this outside sculpture so people can go there anytime and see it.” Other examples of Bohm’s work can be found in the chapel at St. Francis Children’s Hospital, Boston Avenue Methodist Church’s columbarium, OSU Stadium and other locations around the area.
The goal of these classes, says Bohm, is to help people find their passion and enjoy their loves. “A major part of my efforts has been helping people realize their potential,” he says.
Though Bohm continues to focus mainly on custom artwork, he also offers classes to the public. Right now, he’s working on developing a class for local colleges to train instructors on how to bring stained glass art to their students. But the business’s Art Event Center also offers classes regularly to those who simply want a little artistic expression in their lives.
Tulsa Stained Glass continues to do a brisk business in commissioned work and repairs. If you’re interested in having something created especially for your home or business, Bohm suggests stopping by the showroom, where you can see the types of glass that are available, get a sense of some designs that have been created for others, and speak with him about the design you’re envisioning. Bohm can also do repairs for your stained glass windows, doors, lamps and more.
“It’s all about inspiration and getting people excited about doing something other than watching TV or some of the other things we might say are non-constructive,” he explains. “Way too much in our lives is clutter. Art can help us create a nurturing environment.” For those who want to make their own art, Tulsa Stained Glass offers classes for that too. If you want to make one simple piece for yourself, the Garden Spirits Sculpture class is a good way to do so. For $49, anyone aged 16 and up can come into the studio for a three-hour session, drawing and painting something and then converting their image into a garden sculpture they can take home to display. The tools and glass are provided as part of the class.
TULSA STAINED GLASS 4131 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa 918-664-8604 tulsastainedglass.com
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THE DARK TOWER
Jake Chambers is an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who is on a quest to reach the Dark Tower that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction by Hell. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer, Walter Padick/The Man in Black, hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete. Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor Rating: NR
Sheltered since early childhood, Katie Price, now 17, lives with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. During the day she is housebound, having only her father, Jack, for company. But it is after dark that Katie’s world opens up, when she ventures out to the local train station to play her guitar for travelers. One night, she meets Charlie, an ex-high school all-star athlete, whom she has secretly admired for years. Cast: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle Rating: NR
Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. The dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle, sets her sights on the girls, turning their shuttered shelter into a storm of terror. Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson Rating: R
THE GLASS CASTLE
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Cast: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield Rating: PG-13
A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cellphone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son. Cast: Halle Berry, Lew Temple, Chris McGinn Rating: R
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A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest race riots in United States history. The story is centered around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women. Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie Rating: NR
An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Cast: Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner Rating: R
Surly and the park animals must band together to prevent Oakton City’s crooked mayor from bulldozing Liberty Park and replacing it with a dangerous amusement park. Cast: Will Arnett, Bobby Moynihan, Katherine Heigl Rating: PG
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The film is based on the inspiring true story of salesmanturned-pastor Michael Spurlock, the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. Cast: John Corbett, Cara Buono, Barry Corbin Rating: PG
Ingrid Thorburn is a mentally unstable young woman in Pennsylvania who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media “influencer” with a seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles. When Ingrid decides to drop everything and move to the West Coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Rating: R
AUG. 8 Circle Cinema presents a Community Partner Award to KTUL-TV Circle Cinema will screen a highlight reel featuring clips from the past 12 years and over 100 episodes of Good Day Tulsa with special invitees such as D.A. Pennebaker, Leon Russell, Israeli guest Yuval Rabin, Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, and many more.
THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate’s life is upended by his father’s mistress. Cast: Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan Rating: R
AUG. 18 THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
A special protection agent is tasked with guarding the life of his mortal enemy, who is one of the world’s most notorious hitmen. On their way from England to the International Court of Justice, they encounter high-speed car chases and boat escapes as deadly assassins pursue them. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman Rating: R
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary Watercolors of My America music history — featuring some of Featured gallery artist, Monte Toon, has the greatest music stars of our time — exposes a critical missing chapter, been doing watercolors for 47 years. revealing how indigenous musicians He has participated in many exhibits helped shape the soundtracks of our and shows throughout the years. Toon lives and, through their contributions, gathers much of his inspiration from travels in the United States and Canada. influenced popular culture. AUG. 4 Detroit Amid the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African-American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
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High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end. Cast: Madelaine Petsch, Kathryn Prescott, Katie Stevens Rating: NR
Set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, during the period of the tulip mania, an artist falls for a married young woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait by her husband. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz Rating: R
AUG. 12 The Son of the Sheik (1925) The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge. Accompanied by Bill Rowland on Circle Cinema’s original 1928 pipe organ and featuring a Felix The Cat cartoon. AUG. 18 13 Minutes In November 1939, Georg Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.
AUG. 26 Slumber Party 8 with I Stand: The Curtis Armstrong Guardians of Catch five ‘80s the Water and comedies and a special Dig It If You Can appearance by Curtis Post-screening Q&A Armstrong (Booger in with Oklahoma Revenge of the Nerds filmmakers Kyle and Herbert Viola on Kauwika Harris and Kyle Bell. Moonlighting). Films scheduled to be shown I Stand captures the indigenous voices include Revenge of the of those on the ground at Standing Rock Nerds, Better Off Dead, Reservation who stood in opposition Just One of the Guys, to the Dakota Access pipeline, fighting Back to School, and for the protection of their sacred land Weird Science. and water. Dig It If You Can is about the dynamic and bold 21st century Renaissance man Steven Paul Judd, one of the art world’s most energetic, accessible and celebrated figures who has a love for pop culture and Native American art. Check Circle Cinema website for times, costs, additional events and more details.
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Good at both Retail Locations. 32nd & Memorial & 71st & HWY 169. ®
One coupon per transaction. This coupon is redeemable only for merchandise sold at Drysdales®. Not valid on internet shipping and handling. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax price in effect at time of purchase. Merchandise must be in stock at time of purchase and can only be returned at the discounted price with a valid sales receipt. This coupon may be applied toward the purchase of any merchandise at Drysdales® either regular price of current sale prices. Coupon cannot be used for down payment on layaways. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Not valid on Under Armour® or Ariat®.
Men’s Levi’s® Jeans Starting at
$39.99 Fashion Styles & Big & Tall Sizes slightly more
Choose from: 501® Button Fly 505™ Regular Fit 514™ Straight Fit 517™ Boot Cut 527™ Slim Boot Cut 550™ Relaxed Fit 560™ Comfort Fit 569™ Loose Straight 541™ Athletic Fit 511™ Slim Fit
Men’s & Ladies Jeans by: Wrangler®, Cinch®, Ariat®, Rock & Roll Cowboy®, Rock & Roll Cowgirl®, Cowgirl Tuff® & more...
NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WESTERN WEAR
Shop Our 2 Convenient Locations:
•32nd & Memorial •Tulsa, OK •71st & HWY 169 •Tulsa, OK ® Or drysdales.com
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