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M FROM THE MAYOR As mayor of Tulsa, it is my honor to welcome you to our great city. Whether you’re visiting, or have deep roots here, I invite you to take time to explore our beautiful city and discover all the things that set us apart from other cities.

Tough bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball tournament. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa.

I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli.

Tulsa is also a city on the move. In 2018, we opened the Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is a world class riverfront park designed to welcome all to a vibrant and inclusive public space that engages, educates and excites. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.‌org.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS DECEMBER 2018

C ON THE COVER

F FEATURES

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20 UNSILENT NIGHT

Ring in the New Year with a Red Dirt hangover at Cain’s Ballroom.

66 PINTS OF PASSION

Osage Casino offers very approachable beers from Nine Band Brewing with an on-site brewery that’s more than 4,000 square feet.

22 FLUENT IN FUNNY

With his reach into the comedy scene, Roy Johnson is able to bring top-shelf comics to the Loony Bin that go well with the new, refreshed club atmosphere.

68 MERRY MORSELS

The best part about receiving a gift that can be eaten is it doesn’t end up sitting around the house until it’s eventually tossed into a box bound for Goodwill.

24 LIGHT-ARTED

Rhema’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza is an amazing, glowing, LED love letter to all things Christmas.

72 TIME TO MOO-VE OVER?

While cow’s milk is a popular choice for many, the last few years have been a renaissance of sorts for anyone looking to explore the rapidly expanding field of nondairy milk.

28 KEEPING THE FAITH ALIVE Making a list and checking it twice might be a snap for Santa, but merry mortals sometimes struggle to figure out what to put under the Christmas tree (or by the menorah) or what to do to keep the spirit alive (and relatives out of the house). Luckily for you, and just in time for the ho-ho-holidays, we’ve had the presents of mind to help.

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At some point, most children realize Santa’s handwriting looks a lot like mom’s and his ho-ho-ho-ing sounds like dad. But there are steps you can take to prolong the wonderful use.

76 COOKING UP SUCCESS

While other parts of Tulsa, especially its historic downtown, have had to contend with the effects of growing popularity, the Brookside District has somehow managed to keep much of its traditional charm and way of life, while also being an inviting area for restauranteurs to give it a go.

32 WINNER WONDERLAND

Whether you want to devote a few minutes or a full month to decorating your home for the Christmas season, options abound for making your home festive.

36 PARTY FOULS

82 ROLLING OUT LAID-BACK FARE

In the Raw offers an upbeat and progressive vibe, along with steak, wraps, rice bowls, and ramen as well as some truly creative sushi flavor combinations in roll form.

If your company is hosting a holiday party and you want to keep your job, here are some simple etiquette rules to follow.

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46 PICKING A FIGHT

Studying martial arts can be extremely rewarding for your fitness and overall well-being. But picking the right system is crucial if you’re going to enjoy yourself and, ultimately, stick with it.

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8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge 10 Music + Concerts +

Comedy

12 Happenings 14 Street Talk

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Whether you want something light and healthy or a plate of Southweststyled comfort food, find your way to Cafe Olé for a hearty dose of charm and one of the best patios in the state.

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86 PLEASURES OF THE PALATE

16 Conversation Starter

46 Sports Central 49 Downtown Locator 50 Tulsa Locator 52 Green Country Scene 56 Style + Shopping

20 Sound Check

58 Health + Fitness

40 Homegrown Heroes

60 Weigh-In

42 Sports Schedule

62 Launch Pad

64 Taken With Tulsa 66 Cocktail Confidential 68 Eats + Treats 70 Restaurant + Bar Finder 72 Food for Thought 90 Masters of Flavor 92 Get to Know 94 Shelf Life 96 Showtime


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918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE

STOP #2

STOP #1 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 Jaime Tillman was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if she could find fun and free activities … bonus.

My first stop was at Brownies Hamburgers in Sand Springs where I met a friend for lunch. I enjoyed the chili cheese Tater Tots, which is an entire meal. She had the cheeseburger and onion rings. Of course, we had to get the root beer that is made daily at each Brownies location. Brownies has been a Tulsa staple since 1957 when their first hamburger stand was opened near 21st Street and Harvard Avenue. They are known for their delicious cheeseburgers, homemade root beer, and pies that are made daily. COST: $24

After shopping we went to Village Inn, where I picked up a French Silk pie to take home for my son’s birthday party. They have over 20 pies to choose from, including pumpkin, pecan, carrot cake and cheese cake. You can order online for the next day or the next month, and then go pick up your pies. This is a great thing with the holidays coming, and they make delicious pies.

STOP #3

COST: $15

My final stop was for dinner at Osage Casino in Sand Springs. I ordered the 9-ounce sirloin with a baked potato and salad. They also have the best fried mushrooms in town. I had a little bit of money left, so I got an order of those to go. I played the slots while I waited on my order. I didn’t have any luck, but it was fun. Osage Casino is nestled in the rolling hills of Osage County and offers dining, music, gaming and entertainment.

STOP #4

COST: $26

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

COST: $27

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Twisted Soul Sisters in Bixby advertises their store as “city flair in a small town,” and it has a little bit of everything with a focus on fashion. It’s a mixture of vintage and modern. I immediately fell in love with the displays and decorations, especially the chandeliers over worn wooden tables, metal pink flamingo statues, chicken wire and white curio cabinets. It’s something to see. They have everything from clothes, boots and jewelry, to dishes, hats, gifts, and glasses. I love that the owner custom makes jewelry while you wait, and you can pick from thousands of beads and charms to truly make each piece unique. I enjoyed my visit there, especially with the sweet woman who worked there named Kailen. I bought a cute pair of readers adorned with turquoise and jewels.

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

8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

BLACKBIRD ON PEARL

1336 E. 6th St. | Tulsa

BOK CENTER

200 S. Denver Ave. | Tulsa

MUSIC+CONCERTS+COMEDY 1 GARY ALLAN

11 TYLER CHILDERS

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

BRADY THEATER

CABIN CREEK | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA

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Soul City | Tulsa

777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

CAIN’S BALLROOM

423 N. Main St. | Tulsa

CROW CREEK TAVERN

3534 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

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

GUTHRIE GREEN

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

MERCURY LOUNGE

1747 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

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

7 JO KOY

THE HITMEN

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CHRIS ISAAK

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

15 MARK GIBSON

HOME FREE

Soul City | Tulsa

BOK Center | Tulsa

Performing Arts Center | Broken Arrow

Performing Arts Center | Broken Arrow

31 RON WHITE

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

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Coleman Theatre | Miami

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

MICHAEL MCDONALD

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS

THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND Mabee Center | Tulsa

SOUNDPONY

CROW

409 N. Main St. | Tulsa

JON PARDI

DAVID PHELPS

SOUL CITY

1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

GENE WATSON

29 AMERICAN AQUARIUM

WILLIAM CLARK GREEN

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

RIFFS | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA 112 E. 18th St. | Tulsa

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

KOE WETZEL

THE SHRINE

BAD COMPANY

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Soul City | Tulsa

PEORIA SHOWPLACE | BUFFALO RUN CASINO & RESORT

777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

CODY JOHNSON

1000 Buffalo Run Blvd. | Miami

28 THIRD EYE BLIND

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

PARADISE COVE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

VanTrease PACE | Tulsa

WHITECHAPEL

INNER CIRCLE VODKA BAR

8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

BRIAN NHIRA

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

BOK Center | Tulsa

230 E. 1st St. | Tulsa

JIMMY BUFFETT’S MARGARITAVILLE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

IDL Ballroom | Tulsa

THE TEMPTATIONS LITTLE BIG TOWN

6 THE ROADSHOW CHRISTMAS

IDL BALLROOM

410 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

THRIFTWORKS

ERIC HIMAN ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

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

22 BLUES SOCIETY

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

21 DON WHITE BAND

DESI AND CODY

Soul City | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

THE COLONY

2809 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

THE FUR SHOP

520 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa

SOUL CITY GASTROPUB RESIDENT SHOWS AND EVENTS

THE HUNT CLUB

224 N. Main St. | Tulsa

THE JOINT | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA

777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

THE VANGUARD

1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa MONDAY: CLOSED // TUESDAY-THURSDAY: 11 A.M.-11 P.M. // FRIDAY-SATURDAY: 11 A.M.-MIDNIGHT // SUNDAY: 11 A.M.- 10 P.M.

TUESDAYS:

WEDNESDAYS:

THURSDAYS:

FRIDAYS:

SUNDAYS:

SUSAN HERNDON

DUSTIN PITTSLEY BLUES BRUNCH (1 P.M.) BRUNER AND EICHER

222 N. Main St. | Tulsa

WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER

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

WOODY’S CORNER BAR

325 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

YETI

417 N. Main St. | Tulsa

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BLUESDAY (7 P.M.)

DON AND STEVE WHITE (7 P.M.)

THE BEGONIAS (7 P.M.)

(5 P.M.)

(6:30 P.M.)


SATURDAY

12.01

THURSDAY

12.13

FRIDAY

12.28

GARY ALLAN

12.08

THE 8PM TEMPTATIONS

12.20

THIRD EYE BLIND

8PM

LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Schedule subject to change.

SATURDAY

8PM

THURSDAY

SATURDAY

12.29

CHRIS ISAAK

8PM

MICHAEL MCDONALD

8PM

JON PARDI

8PM


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PAW PATROL LIVE BOK Center | Tulsa

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Coleman Theatre | Miami THE GRAND NATIONAL GUN SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa

WINTER WONDERLAND CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR Pine Lodge Resort |

DEC. 1-JAN. 6

WINTERFEST Downtown Tulsa

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Tulsa Arts District | Tulsa

THE NUTCRACKER Tulsa Performing Arts DEC. 8-31

WEST BEND WINTERLAND Claremore Expo Center | Claremore

DEC. 2

DEC. 7-8

HANUKKAH

WILD AT ART Tulsa Garden Center |

DEC. 5-6

TULSA DOG TRAINING CLUB AGILITY TRIAL Expo Square | Tulsa

SESAME STREET LIVE Expo Square | Tulsa

Muskogee

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DEC. 8-23

DEC. 7

Fairland

Tulsa

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

Center | Tulsa

Bartlesville

PHILBROOK FESTIVAL Philbrook Museum of Art |

TULSA CHRISTMAS PARADE Downtown Tulsa DEC. 7

FANTASY LAND OF LIGHTS Johnstone Park |

CASTLE CHRISTMAS The Castle of Muskogee |

DEC. 8

Ketchum

DEC. 1-30

DEC. 1-31

Center

Broken Arrow

Wildlife Preserve | Bartlesville

TWIN BRIDGES PARK OF LIGHTS Twin Bridges Park |

LES MISERABLES Tulsa Performing Arts

RHEMA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Rhema Bible Church |

DEC. 1-23

WOOLAROC WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS Woolaroc Museum &

DEC. 7-16

DEC. 1-JAN. 1

Tulsa

DEC. 7-23 DEC. 6

WINE WALK Rose District | Broken Arrow

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tulsa Performing Arts Center

DEC. 15

OU VS. USC BOK Center | Tulsa


ALSO IN DECEMBER AI

DEC. 21

WINTER BEGINS DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE POWWOW Civic Center | Muskogee DEC. 25

CHRISTMAS

DEC. 31

DANGERZONE BULL RIDING AND FUTURITY Claremore Expo Center |

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Claremore

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL DROP ON THE SQUARE Courthouse Square | DEC. 28

Pawnee

KWANZAA DEC. 28-31

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ST STREET TALK

What are your tips for enjoying the holiday season? Don’t participate in Black Friday. Don’t procrastinate on shopping. Order as much as you can online. If you have seven Christmases to go to like us every year, then do no more than two a day.

Avoid talking about politics with family members. Everyone already is pretty much locked into their positions. You’re not going to change minds, and all it will do is create a lot of negative vibes.

Ty

Christopher

Start shopping early. Or at least making a list of ideas for people, so I don’t get overwhelmed and too stressed about finding the perfect gift at the last minute.

The last few years, when I’ve noticed my stress increasing, I’ve given myself permission to just erase a few things off my to-do list.

Alexa

Leah

Don’t worry about the presents; just make lots of good food. And make sure to share it with the four-legged members of your family.

I think it’s important to simplify things by prioritizing goals for each task. Also, embrace traditions but don’t be afraid to start new ones with family and friends.

My best Christmas morning was the year I had brunch at my house with about eight friends. Four of them had nowhere to go to celebrate; they were planning to work all day.

Victoria

Maryjo

I start by putting up a tree and decorating the house.

A Christmas Story marathon and milk stouts.

Craig

Jonathan

I think it’s important to simplify. Take a deep breath and enjoy.

Margaritas.

Kona Patience, alcohol, and those you love. Not necessarily in that order.

Taylor

I put gas in my car, and I drive home. My mom does all the preparing.

Whitney

Melissa

Listen to holiday music throughout the day. Don’t be overwhelmed by what must be done. Just focus on each minute and what the season is really about.

Amy I try to remember and reflect on what the holiday is for — being grateful for what we have, our family, and our faith. You can get so caught up on the holidays that you forget that.

Cinamon

Albert

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JOKOY

CS CONVERSATION STARTER

AFTER GETTING HIS START IN LAS VEGAS PERFECTING HIS ACT IN COFFEEHOUSES, JO KOY HAS BECOME ONE OF TODAY’S MOST IN-DEMAND COMEDIANS WITH HIS TAKES ON AMERICANFILIPINO FAMILY LIFE AND WHAT A TRUE FUNCTIONAL FAMILY LOOKS LIKE. BY DONNA LEAHEY PHOTOS BY AUSTIN HARGRAVE

Jo Koy (born Joseph Glenn Herbert) is riding high on comedic success. He’s the latest winner of the Stand-Up Comedian of the Year award from the prestigious

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Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. His current tour, “Break the Mold,” has gone worldwide after the success of his Netflix special Live from Seattle. Koy is likable,

engaging, and relatable as he roams the stage and shares stories about his Filipino mom, his son, his sister’s family, and more. His humor is infectious and universal.


Q. YOU HAVE A VERY POPULAR PODCAST.

A. I got the one, it’s called

The Koy Pond. Adam Carolla actually produces it. So, it’s cool. I get to use his office and his people cut it up for me. It’s really nice, they do a lot of work for us and it’s been great ever since. And, of course, I do the Carolla podcast a lot too, so I’m kind of a feature on there.

Q. IS IT TRUE YOU GOT YOUR START AT A COFFEE HOUSE IN LAS VEGAS?

A. That was a coffee house

called Fuzzy’s Cafe. It was right by the college there, UNLV, and every Wednesday night they’d do open mic there. And, of course, I went and that’s where it all started for me. It went from like a couple people watching to packed to the back where I had to find my own place to perform again, because people were coming out to see me.

Q. WHAT’S THE TOUR ABOUT?

A. It’s so crazy what’s going

on this tour. We all decided that we wanted to do a world tour. We didn’t think it was really going to happen. And then later on, these dates started coming up, and next thing you know I’m in Australia, Malaysia,

It’s a whole new hour. It’s not what you saw on the last special. If you saw Live from Seattle, it’s completely different.

Q. YOUR HUMOR

FREQUENTLY DEALS WITH RACE. DO YOU FIND YOUR HUMOR IS RECEIVED DIFFERENTLY IN OUR CURRENT CLIMATE?

A. Nah, it’s the same. You

know, I do it in the way where it’s not offensive but it’s more like, you know, you relate to it. I’m doing an accent with my mom and you know, when I do the other ones, people just relate. It’s funny. Like when my mom met Andre. It’s so great. I love that joke. Calling my mom out on that, it’s so funny.

Q. YOU HAVE AN ALBUM AVAILABLE ON ITUNES.

A. It’s the Netflix special [Live from Seattle]. Audio version. It was very well received.

Q. TELL US ABOUT THIS FUNCTIONAL FAMILY, YOUR SERIES COMING OUT ON TRUTV.

A. It took me a while to sell

that show, but TruTV finally gave me the greenlight. It’s based on my stand-up. It’s pretty cool. It all stemmed from me just feeling

like everyone looks at my family as this dysfunctional family because we come from divorce. My mom is divorced. My son’s mommy and I divorced and she’s got the boyfriend, but you know, we all get along. From the outside, it just doesn’t look real, but I think we’re the best family out there. I mean, we function so well together, and that’s where I got This Functional Family from. We’re more functional than those other people out there.

Q. YOU WON

STAND-UP COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR AT THE JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARDS SHOW.

A. That was amazing. You

know, they got the Montreal Just for Laughs. When you’re a stand-up comic just starting out, everyone knows about Just for Laughs. It’s our World Series. It’s our Super Bowl. Every comic in the world is there. And when I say every comic in the world, I mean every comic you can think of is out there. And that celebration was just beautiful. And I was honored. The people in different categories were amazing too. Hannah Gadsby won, Tiffany Haddish won, Lil Rel [Howery], the writers for GLOW [Liz Flahive and Carly

Mensch], they won. So, it was a great class of people who won. It was so special, very emotional too. I think all of us cried when we are onstage. Rightfully so, because being a comic is a tough job. And it’s like we’re constantly selling ourselves. No matter how successful we get, we always got to sell the reason why we’re a comedian and why we’re not household names yet. Howie Mandel gave me the award. Mark Maron, Dave Chapelle and Kevin Hart were in the audience. It just felt really good to have my peers there to witness that.

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Singapore, Japan, London, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Amsterdam … It was crazy, just to see the reach that it did. I didn’t know Netflix was that big a deal. I knew it was big, but I didn’t know it was that big of a deal, where the whole world used it, you know? And I had no idea that they understood what I was talking about, but they do. They get it. They get our humor, they get our everything.

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“Brice [Long] is always saying ‘Just keep doing what you’re doing, don’t worry about everyone else’,” says Pardi of one of his co-writing friends. “You need those kind of guys who have hits on the radio telling you that.”

While the new album is already being prepped and written, plans for 2019 are underway. In late October, Bentley announced the “Burning Man Tour 2019” bringing Pardi along as direct support. The tour kicks off Jan. 17, making its way across Canada and back through the United States, wrapping up in late March. While it makes for a busy schedule, it continues to build Pardi’s reputation as one of country music’s hardest working and most focused young artists.

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“I’ve been hitting the road steady for four years. I’ve learned more about what the radio stations want and I’ve learned what the fans want,” Pardi says. “It’s a whole different perspective on your

Although Pardi chose to include a couple of overlooked gems from outside writers on the album, its real strength comes through on the songs he cowrote, from instant two-step classic “Head over Boots” and dancehall anthem “Heartache on the Dance Floor” to the west-coast country sing-along “California Sunrise.” Somewhere in the midst of it all, Pardi finds a unique balance between traditional sensibilities, incorporating tastes of Jackson, George Strait, and Marty Stuart with a modern sensibility without falling prey to the formulas of the current popcountry trends.

starting to work on his next album. With current single “Night Shift” climbing the country charts, Pardi remains on the tour trail in keeping with his road-dog reputation.

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Born and raised in northern California, Pardi was arguably born with music in his blood and bred with a work ethic that most can only hope to aspire to. His father was a construction boss and Jon worked his first job in a grocery at 14, eventually progressing through ranch work and operating heavy machinery. All of that was merely a means to an end.

Pardi toured with Dierks Bentley in 2010, eventually releasing his debut single, “Missin’ You Crazy” in 2012. The following year, his sophomore single, “Up All Night” reached the top 10 in a sign of things to come. Pardi’s debut album, Write You a Song, arrived in early 2014. He stayed busy touring, including runs opening for Alan Jackson and Bentley that year. In late 2015, Pardi headlined the “All Time High” tour with Brothers Osborne, further refining his craft. By the time his sophomore album, California Sunrise, arrived in 2016, Pardi had hit his stride and found his niche within the modern country market.

second record, and I kind of took that perspective and put it into the 30-year-old me who loves recording music and loves writing.”

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The fact that country music fans are tuning in and turning out en masse for Pardi’s concerts is a sign that he’s doing something right by staying true to himself and finding his own balance between country tradition and modern flair.

Pardi has always been drawn to music, writing his first song at 12 and forming his first band when he was 14. Shortly after graduating high school in 2003, he relocated to Nashville to chase his calling as a singer and songwriter.

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Come-and-go country music fans might think Jon Pardi is one of the latest quick-rising stars in the current crop of modern country. That wouldn’t really be an accurate assessment of Pardi’s burgeoning stardom, however. More than just another flash in the pan or manufactured “brocountry” artist who is quick to rise and equally quick to fall, Pardi may be early in his career, but he’s a lifer who has focused on laying a strong foundation and slowly building his career for the long haul.

With 2019 on the horizon, Pardi is already looking forward and

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If the routine of New Year’s Day gets you down, Cody Canada and his friends are providing the perfect opportunity to mix things up. A few years ago, the Hangover Ball relocated to Cain’s Ballroom, bringing an assortment of Red Dirt artists swapping tunes in a format that’s sure to give you a fresh perspective on some of your favorite songs. This year’s lineup includes Cody Canada, Jason Boland, Mike McClure, and BJ Barham with favorites Evan Felker, William Clark Green, Wade Bowen, and Jamie Lin Wilson, Nikki Lane and Jonathan Tyler. Set up in three groupings of songwriters

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swapping tunes, it’s an opportunity to hear those songs stripped down to their rawest form as they were originally written. Being the holiday season, there’s always a good chance you’ll see even more of your local and Red Dirt favorites pop up and sit in for a song or two, in true community fashion. Although the Hangover Ball settled into Cain’s Ballroom in 2015 and is celebrating its fifth year in Tulsa, its history goes back further. “I think it began around 2001 and we started with Jason Boland, for sure, and I really can’t remember

who else,” says Cody Canada, who fronted Cross Canadian Ragweed from 1994-2010. “Basically, it began with Ragweed doing New Year’s Eve at the Golden Light Cantina in Amarillo. After New Year’s, we started on our way to Steamboat [Colo.]. At that time, we were just kids who were out on the road and not worried about going home. We decided to stay there and we asked if there was a band playing the next night. When we found out it was free, we caught some other people who were going to Steamboat to play with us. The details are a little foggy, because that was back in what I refer to as the ‘Jäger days’.”

After doing the Hangover Ball in Amarillo and Oklahoma City, Canada opted to move the event to Cain’s. “I couldn’t be happier we finally landed at Cain’s Ballroom,” Canada says. “That’s my place and I love it. I’d do gigs there five times a year, if I could sell it out every time. “Mike [McClure)] and [Jason] Boland are pretty much always a part of it. Last year was our first year with a female in the mix, and Jamie Lin Wilson just knocked it out of the park. She was really our MVP last year. We try to spread things out and like to have at


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“When I think about a sold-out crowd at Cain’s Ballroom, I think of it being loud and rowdy,” Canada says. “With Hangover Ball, I always wanted it to be a room full of people listening to how the songs originally came to be. It’s a room full of people being quiet and listening so we can share. People get to hear

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With his reach into the comedy scene, Roy Johnson is able to bring top-shelf comics to the Loony Bin that go well with the new, refreshed club atmosphere. By Michele Chiappetta

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Need a laugh? These days, who doesn’t, right? But where do you go to find some laughter, great deals on food and drinks, and superbly affordable entertainment — all on the south side of Tulsa? Trust us, you don’t have to restrict yourself to downtown — not when you check out the comic genius on display at the new and improved, zestfully funny Loony Bin in south Tulsa.

“I’m trying to raise the bar as far as the comedians who come here,” Johnson says. While he can’t compete with the BOK Center or the casinos, the Loony Bin has something those venues don’t — the intimate, edgy, slightly subversive feel of a true comedy club, where you can catch both nationally known performers as well as up-and-comers who may very well become the next Bellamy or Johannsen.

“I want people to feel like, no matter who’s here, they can come out and have a great date night,” says Johnson. “And I’m trying to be the flag bearer for south Tulsa. People in south Tulsa want to hang out close to their home, where it’s cheaper to Uber home. They want a nice date night with their husband or wife, and they want to have a good time without having to worry about finding parking.”

Before taking over management at the Loony Bin in Tulsa in 2017, club manager Roy Johnson traveled the U.S. as a standup comedian, so he not only knows what it’s like to be funny onstage; he also knows a lot of men and women who, like him, are working hard to bring laughter to crowds at venues just like the Loony Bin.

And the whole feel of the club is being upgraded as Johnson looks for ways to enhance the experience of those who come for a show. “When Bill Belamy was here, he was like, ‘This is one of the nicer clubs in the country,’” says Johnson. “In the last year, we’ve reinvested a lot into making this place nice and modern.” That means new and improved seating, TV screens on the walls, Facebook comedy shows including The Bin and a show about Tulsa called 411 on the 918. They also have a new menu that offers a lot more options.

Of course, if you want a taste of what it’s like to get up onstage yourself, you might want to take a six-week course in comedy from Johnson. He holds classes for adults as well as for children a few times a year, and he says it’s a great way to help people become comfortable speaking in public and sharing their ideas.

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“The new thing we have is the adult Capri Suns.” They come in red and purple. “If you don’t think red and purple are flavors, then the child inside you is dead,” jokes Johnson. They’re also strong, he warns. If you plan on drinking them, he suggests having a designated driver or hiring an Uber or Lyft ahead of time.

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“We had Bill Bellamy in here for a few shows,” says Johnson. “And I called an old friend, Jake Johannsen, who is arguably one of the funniest people on the planet. He agreed to come here.” Bellamy has appeared in multiple movies, Def Comedy Jam, and served as the host of seasons 5 and 6 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Among Johannsen’s credits are appearances on HBO, Comedy Central, PBS, and multiple appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

In terms of drinks, you can enjoy deals on beer and wine, as well as specialty drinks unique to the Loony Bin. “We’re known for our Lobotomies — which is served in a 32-ounce pitcher.” It’s made with vodka, rum, gin, tequila, cranberry, Sprite and Grenadine.

The Loony Bin is open Wednesdays through Sundays. It’s age 18 and up to get in, 21 and up to drink. Performers and showtimes are available on the website, and group rates are available too. Keep an eye out for the New Year’s Eve show, which features champagne and other fun so you can celebrate in comedic style.

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With his reach into the comedy scene, Johnson is able to bring top-shelf comics to the Loony Bin that go well with the new, refreshed club atmosphere. Visitors can expect to see and laugh along with well-known comedians who might not otherwise stop in Tulsa or appear at such an intimate venue.

“We have full wine, beer, liquor, and food,” Johnson says. “We now have wraps, because people wanted vegetarian options. We have hummus now. Of course, we do our fried stuff too. Wednesday night is all-you-can-eat Wing Therapy night, and it’s $2 chuckle night, so you pay $2 to get in, then $16.95 for all the wings you can eat, and that’s a hell of a deal. Thursday is Ladies Night — ladies get in free.”

“I love comedy. It’s the purest form of art,” he says. “There’s no medium between you and the audience. It’s just your words, an audience, you’re expressing something and getting a direct reaction back. And I love it. That’s why I teach the class here.” Details and signup options are found at befunnytulsa.com.

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“Since I’ve taken over this location, I’ve worked to bring new acts in,” says Johnson. “I make sure I go out and get quality, professional comedians. There’s a lot of them out there whose names you don’t know. I was one of them for 15 years. I can go out and find them and bring them here.”

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RHEMA’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AN AMAZING, GLOWING, LED LOVE LETTER TO ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS. BY Michele

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“The savings are significant with the LEDs,” Sharp notes. “When we had the 60,000 lights in the park the first year, the electricity it took would run a house. With the new LEDs, the electricity it takes to run the bridge is like what it would take to run a refrigerator. That’s the difference.”

Admission is free. Visitors may purchase concessions on-site, and donations are always welcome to help cover the costs of the display.

“The carriages are usually here on the weekends until that last week when they’re here all week long,” says Sharp. Prices typically range $10 for adults, $5 for children, with children aged 2 and under free. Private carriage rides can also be arranged for $50. “It’s been a very popular attraction,” says Sharp. “The carriages are all lit up. We’ve had a great response to that.” And to warm up while walking or driving through the display, visitors can enjoy some refreshments, the proceeds of which help fund various youth events through the church. “We built a new refreshment stand this year,” says Bartolazzi. “We had one that had one window, and it would get jammed up. We now have one with four windows, so it should be able to serve people a lot quicker.” Light up toys for children, hot chocolate, apple cider, soft drinks, popcorn, sandwiches, and more are available.

And LED lights also gleam more brightly in cold weather, making for a more striking display in the chill of winter nights. “For outdoor display, they’re brighter. It really makes a difference,” says Pete Bartolazzi, manager of the lights crew and supervisor over the light display department.

The one thing you won’t see at the Rhema Christmas Lights Extravaganza are the advertisers and commercialism so often associated with the holidays these days. “We really try to keep the event non-commercial,” Sharp says.

The project of setting up the lights begins in August, because it’s such a massive job. The 20-man crew, which consists of some full-time employees and some Rhema Bible College students, finished up most of the work the day before Thanksgiving. “Sometimes, there’s a few things to do after Thanksgiving, but for the most part, it’s done by then,” says Bartolazzi.

“We want to make it about the lights, because this is a gift back to the community. We want a very safe environment for people to come out and enjoy the lights. Our pastor always says, ‘Jesus is the light of the world. And if a church is not being a part of the community, then you’re not doing your job.’ So, that’s why we’re doing this. We want this to be a gift to the city of Broken Arrow.”

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In the past few years, Sharp says Rhema has been concentrating on upgrading their display to feature LED lights, which are less expensive to use, longer-lasting, and offer some key advantages in making a Christmas lights presentation stand out.

On any given night, visitors might enjoy a casual vocal performance by members of the Rhema Bible Church choir, or a carriage ride around the campus, enjoying the sights in a leisurely, holiday style with loved ones.

Bartolazzi says the church will even work with special requests. For example, you can call the church’s main phone number to request that a light display by the park be lit up to say, “Will you marry me?” for a special pop-the-question moment. Or if a group is bringing a bus or van, special parking can be arranged, especially if the group needs special accommodations for easier accessibility.

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Of course, Rhema’s campus is much bigger than just a bridge in a park, and just about every inch worth decorating is hung, lined, or otherwise gussied up with sparkling LED lights. This year, there will be more than 2 million lights glowing, flashing, and entertaining more than 200,000 visitors for the six weeks of the community event.

And of course, there’s the park, with its sloping landscape, numerous trees, pond and gazebo, and bridge — all of which are adorned with more magical lights than you can probably imagine unless you walk through the area and see it for yourself. The bridge itself is a favorite for visitors, with its flashing, pulsing display synchronized with Christmas music for a trippy, gorgeous experience.

People come from all over the region — Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas — to visit the display. Sometimes, they even come from overseas. “Friends of ours came last year from Germany,” says Sharp. “They said, ‘We want to come sometime and see your lights.’ So they came last year, and were just so overwhelmed. They had a wonderful time.”

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First introduced to Broken Arrow in 1982, Rhema’s annual holiday display is in its 37th year, and it’s an amazing, glowing, LED love letter to all things Christmas. “I think that first year [1982], we had around 60,000 lights,” says Roger Sharp, assistant to the pastoral staff at Rhema Bible Church. “Now, we have more than that just on the bridge that goes through the park and the arch on that bridge — we have more than 100,000 lights just on that bridge alone.”

Visitors to the Rhema lights extravaganza can expect a fun, festive, family feel as they visit. Tree trunks and branches are covered with colorful lights, the campus buildings are strung and glowing, and the lit Nativity scene will be in its usual prominent spot on the front lawn of the church.

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Every year during the holiday season, Broken Arrow lights up with a Christmas display that must literally be seen and experienced firsthand to be believed. We’re talking about the Christmas Lights Extravaganza that adorns the campus at Rhema Bible Church on W. Kenosha Street. And once you’ve seen it, you’ll want to return with your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else you can invite year after year.

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ing the FaitA h live AT SOME POINT, MOST CHILDREN REALIZE SANTA’S HANDWRITING LOOKS A LOT LIKE MOM’S AND HIS HO-HO-HO-ING SOUNDS LIKE DAD. BUT THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROLONG THE WONDERFUL RUSE. By Lindsay Morris

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It’s harder than ever to keep kids believing in Santa. In an era where kids have access to so much information, the magic of Santa may dissolve faster than you imagined. Yes, there is a chance that some December, you’ll send your child to school and have his or her beliefs in Santa crushed by some truth-speaking, magic-busting scrooge spreading the gospel of disbelief on the playground. Whether or not a man in a red suit slides down your chimney, bestowing dozens of presents for your tykes, there is Christmas magic that you have the power to unleash in your household. Now that you’re adulting, you probably get it: Christmas is more about the spirit of Santa than the person. Here’s a fitting quote from journalist Francis Pharcellus from an 1897 newspaper about the essence of Santa: “Not believe in Santa Claus!

You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and in the world.” Here are some suggestions of how to keep the story of Santa fun for your kids. Warning: This article contains spoilers about reality.

WORK WITH YOUR KIDS ON A SANTA LIST This can be a list of everything they can dream up requesting

— a PlayStation, a unicorn, etc. Have them make Santa lists no matter how old they get. When you’re old and gray, you can still insist your kids send you Santa lists so that “Santa” will know what to get them.

SHOP ALONE Children — even young ones — know when Santa’s gifts are the same ones you tossed in the cart at Target.

WRITE BACK Have your children write Santa a letter addressed to the North Pole. Be sure to write back using handwriting different from your own. For holiday spirit year-round, have Santa send a postcard in January from a tropical vacation spot and a letter checking in toward of the middle of the year.

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divulging details of traditions that only happen in your home, leaving other kids to question why “their” Santa doesn’t leave presents unwrapped, eat only peanut butter cookies or visit with kids at the mall. Remind your believing child that while Santa does those things for your family, he is different to everyone. If he overhears another kid talking about how Santa always comes through the front door of their apartment, your child doesn’t need to defend your chimney climbing version of Santa.

MAKE SANTA A SPECIAL TREAT Remember the movies where kids leave milk and cookies out for Santa? What is a special treat you like to have in your house? Trail mix? Brownies? Enlist your kids to prepare that treat with you on Christmas Eve, and prepare a special place to leave it out for Santa, along with a sweet note from each of them. And milk. You simply can’t forget the milk.

LEAVE A NOTE Most children search for their presents. Be sure that if they discover your hiding place, there’s a note from Santa, addressed to you, the parents, that reads, “I have so many presents at the North Pole, I sent some early …”

ORDER ELF ON THE SHELF This book-and-doll set explains that elves are sent to children’s homes to be Santa’s eyes and ears while the big man works in the North Pole. It’s a great way to explain how Santa hits so many houses in one night — and keep children well behaved.

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TRACK SANTA Also on Christmas Eve, you can track Santa’s journey around the world on noradsanta.org. For the last 60 years, many families across the globe have watched Santa’s Christmas Eve journey thanks to NORAD. “Santa Cams” stream videos on the website as Santa and reindeer make their way over various locations.

NO CHIMNEY? NO PROBLEM Have your kids decorate a house key and send it to the North Pole for Santa.

KEEP THEM IN THEIR ROOMS Have an “elf ” trap their door. Use green and red streamer to safely block their doors, then tell them an elf will be on the lookout to make sure no one busts through. Have the elf leave a note the day before Christmas explaining he will barricade the door and drop off a pair of child-safe scissors when it’s time to cut through.

MAKE FOOTPRINTS Use baking soda and glitter to create footprints that look like snow from Santa’s boots.

GET IT ON VIDEO There’s no greater confirmation for skeptics than seeing Santa in their own home, delivering presents. Upload a photo of your home to thesantavideo. com, and using green screen

technology, the company will create a video showing Santa delivering presents to your tree. For $14.95, you’ll have Christmas morning evidence that Santa really did arrive.

MAKE A BIG DEAL OF CHRISTMAS MORNING Be sure to have a few presents prepared that are from Jolly Saint Nick. Wake everyone early and join in the excitement. Jump on the kids’ beds and make a big breakfast while they go through their stockings. Remember, your kids will only be little for a short while, and Christmas only comes once a year.

TIE SANTA IN WITH SPIRITUALITY How can you integrate the story of Santa in with your spiritual traditions? Santa originated from St. Nicholas, a bishop who lived in Turkey who had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed them. Incorporating the fiction with reality helps keep the magic alive. No matter your faith, most people agree — telling the story of someone who was generous to the poor is a good thing.

RESEARCH WITH YOUR KIDS HOW OTHER CULTURES CELEBRATE SANTA In Sweden, kids learn of a gnome who travels with the aid of goats to deliver presents. In Japan, a Buddhist monk named

Hoteiosho visits families on New Year’s Eve to deliver gifts. Russians tell the legend of Grandfather Frost, who travels with his daughter, Snow Girl. They plan New Year’s Eve parties for children where they distribute presents.

GIVE OLDER CHILDREN STRICT ORDERS TO “KEEP THE FAITH ALIVE” Let them know Santa isn’t something they need to blab about to their younger siblings or other children. If they’re going through the “know it all phase,” this can be especially challenging, and you may have to offer them a special reward in order to keep them quiet.

HELP YOUR KIDS BECOME LITTLE SANTAS One mom shared on Facebook that as her kids got older, she helped transition them from not just believing in Santa, but becoming Santa. She wanted the giving nature of Santa to become a permanent part of her kids’ lives. She helped them brainstorm ways they could help others during the Christmas season, and each of them did random acts of kindness each year to keep the spirit of Santa alive.

DON’T FORCE IT Make sure that you don’t become so disappointed in your child’s turn of heart away from Santa that you actively try to force the issue. Yes, it’s sad when your little one suddenly doesn’t believe in the jolly guy, but making him sit on Santa’s knee could land you in a yelling match about the reality of Santa in front of an audience.


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Winner Wonderland WHETHER YOU WANT TO DEVOTE A FEW MINUTES OR A FULL MONTH TO DECORATING YOUR HOME FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, OPTIONS ABOUND FOR MAKING YOUR HOME FESTIVE. BY GINA CONROY + PHOTOS BY JEFFREY EVANS Tis the season to be jolly, yet why are the holidays the most stressful time of year? The Christmas season should be a joyous occasion spent with loved ones, but by the time the actual day rolls around, most of us are exhausted from all the preparations that we barely have enough energy to give to family and friends. Is it possible to create a warm holiday atmosphere in your home without breaking the bank or your spirit? Jeffrey Evans, who has been in the interior design business for 22 years in Tulsa believes it takes two things to make your home ready for the holidays: simplicity and abundance. “Abundance to me means the openness to hospitality,” says Evans, who styles luxury and everyday homes for the holidays and throughout the year. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make your home ready for holiday guests. With these simple and affordable decorating ideas, anyone can deck the halls and keep their holiday joyful.

CHRISTMAS TREE

In many homes, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of holiday decorating and is the easiest way to add holiday cheer to your home. Whether you choose a real or fake tree adorned with expensive or cheap plastic ornaments, there are a few simple tips to create a beautiful tree for any home décor.

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Evans starts by winding plastic or metal garland from the top in a big swirl to the base. Next, using the biggest plain ornaments, fill the inside of the tree to add depth. Personal favorite ornaments should be grouped in nine, 12, or more, just inside the tips of the tree. Last, the fun, novelty ornaments should adorn the tips of the tree. “Homemade ornaments become treasures when they are made by your own family,” says Evans.  Adding these novelty and holiday ornaments to the tips of the trees highlights family occasions and fond memories. In addition to decorating the tree, wrapping presents early and placing them under the tree is a simple way to usher in the Christmas season. Last-minute shopper and no presents to wrap early in the season? Try wrapping empty boxes of varying sizes to create that festive feel and anticipation of Christmas.

HOLIDAY WREATHS

Nothing welcomes your holiday guests like a Christmas wreath on the door. If your holiday wreaths are outdated or lacking luster, give them a spruceup by adding inexpensive ball ornaments and fresh ribbons. You can add a simple welcoming plaque or wooden sign like “Joy,” or “Peace,” and set the mood for your guests before they even walk through the door. Wreaths can be used inside your home as well as

outside, so don’t limit them to just the front door.

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Try regrouping your existing home décor and adding a splash of Christmas to your mantle and centerpiece. Evans loves clustering glass cylinder vases filled with ornaments, pine cones, candles, even Christmas cards. Many people have an abundance of old vases hidden in a cabinet, but if not, try Goodwill. “It’s my secret go-to for vases on the cheap,” says Evans.


LIGHT THE RIGHT WAY Twinkling Christmas lights can be beautiful, but they can be dangerous. Be sure to take the proper precautions when lighting up your home. • Do buy lights, electric decorations and extension cords that are UL-listed. UL is the abbreviation for Underwriters Laboratories, a not-for-profit organization that tests and rates electrical products for consumer safety. • Do not use indoor lights outside. They have thinner insulation, which can be damaged outdoors and cause a fire or an electric shock. • Do choose epoxy-lensed LED lights, which remain cool to the touch and are more durable than glass bulbs. • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses or making other repairs. • Always check light strands for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections before hanging. • Do use only the wattage bulbs specified by the manufacturer. • Do not overload extension cords. Every extension cord carries a wattage rating that outlines the amount of electricity it is built to carry. Lights and decorations also should list power requirements. Be sure your decorations don’t exceed the extension cord’s rating. Overloading can cause overheating and fire.

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You can create a warm, welcoming atmosphere by adding stockings to the mantle, and don’t limit it to your immediate family. Consider adding a stocking for your pets and guests with a token gift inside. “Add lights and some garland to the mantle and you are golden,” says Evans. To finish off your holiday styling, Evans adds lushness and seasonal color. “I cut evergreen branches, tucking these around candles or family photos on the mantel, or in tall vases on a centerpiece,” says Evans. “Not only are they festive, but they’re free.”

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Oversized blow-up Santas and snowmen can add a bit of cartoon fun to your lawn. Inflatables can run as large as 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, so they offer lots of bang for your buck. They also aren’t limited to typical holiday fare; a variety of characters are

• Do elevate the plugs and connectors with a brick to keep water and debris out of the connections when running extension cords along the ground. • Never attach multiple extension cords together. Instead, invest in a longer extension cord.

available from Minions to Snoopy to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Wars. Holiday decorating doesn’t need to be stressful, expensive or overdone. The simplicity of bowls filled with candy, thick garland on the stairway, Christmas candles scattered in clusters throughout the house, and a Christmas tree packed with ornaments creates an abundant atmosphere where memories can be made with family and friends. And isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?

• Do check electrical cords to ensure they are not running across doorways or under carpets where they can get damaged. Tape down any ground-level extension cords to prevent people from tripping. • Never string together more than three sets of incandescent lights. This will avoid overheating. • Do use insulated hooks to hang lights. Tacks, nails and screws can pierce the cable and become electrified. • Lighting clips or adhesive hooks make installation of string lights easy and are designed to work without poking holes in your roofing or trim. The clips grab the light sockets, so you can position the bulbs upright, hanging down or horizontally. Choose clips based on the size of the bulbs being used. • Don’t use metal ladders. Instead, use ladders made of nonconductive materials such as wood or plastic. • Do unplug lights if anything feels hot.

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Office holiday parties can be fun and festive if everyone is on their best behavior — or disastrous when too many people decide to let loose. Unfortunately, the latter happens far too often. Keep in mind that you’ll have to face these people at the copier or in a meeting sooner or later. Remember that although the holiday party is a time to celebrate, this activity is still a business event and how you behave matters. People have said and done all sorts of inappropriate things that have impacted their career because they didn’t follow simple etiquette rules. It’s either going to be one of the social highlights of your holiday season or the humiliating disaster you spend the next 12 months living down. According to a CareerBuilder survey, nearly 70 percent of employers say they’ll throw a holiday party this year. If your company is one of them and you want to keep your job and reputation intact, here are some simple etiquette rules to follow:

Don’t skip it Unless you already have other plans that you can’t miss or change, show up. You may not want to go, but it’s important that you show your commitment to the company. Your absence will be noticed, and most likely, noted by your boss and other higher-ups. If you absolutely can’t go, you should at least RSVP with your regrets as early as possible.

Don’t fail to prepare your guest or significant other

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Many times, significant others are included or you’re allowed to bring a guest. Let them know about appropriate dress and topics of conversation to stay away from. Also, make sure your guest follows all the rules. His or her behavior will reflect on you.

When to arrive Don’t be the first one to arrive, but don’t wait until the party is almost over either. Most of the time, showing up about 15 minutes after the party starts is ideal, unless it’s a sit-down dinner with a designated time to be served. You also don’t want to be the last to leave the party. As soon as you see the

event starting to wind down, it is time to make an exit.

Don’t get hammered This is an important rule — and yet, so many people fail to follow it. You don’t have to drink, but if you do, stay in control. It’s easy to do something outrageous when you have had too much to drink. Set a limit for yourself before going to the party, and stick to it. It is much easier to limit your intake that way.

Don’t look bored Watch your body language. Appearing bored or like you’d rather be anywhere else is just as bad as not showing up at all. Don’t frown, slouch, cross arms, or yawn. You never know who might be observing you.

Don’t be anti-social Even if you despise some of your co-workers, or if you’re new and don’t know many people, don’t sit in a corner alone or keep your eyes glued to your phone the whole night. Talk to people you know and don’t know. The party is an opportunity to meet people.


Don’t gossip or badmouth your colleagues When you do speak to colleagues, keep the conversation upbeat and positive. Complaining about the company or your boss will bring the mood down. Also avoid discussing sex, politics, or religion. And perhaps most importantly, don’t gossip about co-workers.

Have a plan A good way to avoid defaulting to gossip is having a talking plan. If you’re hoping to chat with a new co-worker, think of a few icebreaker questions you can ask. Don’t just talk business. Be up-to-date on current events and happenings in your community.

Make sure to eat Sometimes employees skip the food and head straight to the bar because they’re excited to drink with their colleagues, or they assume the catered hors d’oeuvres aren’t worth the calories. If you do decide to drink alcohol — even if you limit yourself to one or two glasses of wine — it’s very important that you eat something. At the same time, avoid looking like a glutton. The size of the hors d’oeuvre plates will give you an indication of what you are expected to eat. Don’t overfill it, and never double-dip anything after taking a bite.

Don’t flirt This is not the time to hit on your boss, or his spouse. Sometimes liquid courage gets the best of us — so stay away from alcohol if you don’t think you can control yourself while under the influence. Even though it’s been a problem forever, sexual harassment is all over the news right now. It doesn’t matter if you’re an

intern or the boss, the office party is not the time to confess your feelings to your office crush or act on those feelings with anyone.

Don’t post photos or comments that could get you in trouble Avoid posting negative comments to social media about how lame the party was, or how much the food sucked. Also, do not post photos of your colleagues taking shots or engaging in other inappropriate behavior.

Don’t make a fool of yourself Some people forget the office holiday party is a work-related event and completely cut loose. It’s OK to have fun and celebrate the season, but use your head and think about the consequences of your actions.

Acknowledge the person/people who planned the party Your colleagues put a lot of effort into planning your workplace’s holiday party. They coordinated food, drinks, supplies, and decorations. They sent out invitations and tracked RSVPs. Make sure you say goodbye and thank you to the host or party organizers. If you’re not sure who was involved, or you don’t see them at the party, follow up with an email the next day.

Have fun The party can be a great place for you to relax and have some fun getting to know your team better. If you stick completely to your all-business work persona, you could be missing out. Enjoy a drink or two, put those work stressors on the back burner and try to just enjoy the party.

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MAKING ITS DEBUT IN 1953, THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY, COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTATION OF THE DRUNKARD HASN’T MISSED A PERFORMANCE IN 65 YEARS. BY GINA CONROY

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Melodrama. It‘s something we‘re used to on social media, not as something we pay for on a Saturday night — unless it‘s The Drunkard, the longest-running show in America. Making its debut in 1953, this family-friendly Tulsa show hasn’t missed a performance in 65 years. Every Saturday night, the historic Spotlight Theatre transforms into a beer garden theater where audiences sit at private tables for a preshow sing-along where on select nights champion ragtime player, Bill Rowland, can be heard tickling the ivories. Young and old participate by cheering for the hero and booing the villain, and children are especially fond of the pin-cushion “tomatoes” that they throw at the villains. Thanks to the show‘s sensational

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acting and stereotyped characters, the laughs are plenty and the jokes are clean. And although the show was created to protest the evils of alcohol during Prohibition, you can still buy a glass of wine or a beer.

York City since 1972, thought he’d be performing and drop dead onstage, but he says God had other plans. After retiring early from acting and moving to Tulsa, he answered an ad for creative director for The Drunkard.

Not your typical Tulsa Performing Arts Center event or performance, the show even draws in the concert and opera goers who like to dress down and join in the festivities.

“They were thrilled to have me,” says Sears, who is always amazed when people remember his performances. And Sears was just as thrilled to be back on the stage in a different role. “The show has been a Tulsa tradition for 65 years, and that‘s a tradition I could get behind.”

“It’s a family-fun, blue-collar show,” says creative director Joe Sears, a Tony-nominated writer-actor known for his performance in Greater Tuna. Sears first saw The Drunkard with his Northeastern State University drama class in 1968 and has never forgotten it. Sears, who‘d been a working actor in New

When Sears first joined the cast and crew, the show was in a slump. “People weren’t coming out like they used to,” says Sears. So he streamlined the show to cater to today‘s audience’s fastpaced lifestyle.

“People used to spend hours at the theater with the Olio talent show, dinner, and The Drunkard,” says Sears. To fit the fast-paced Tulsa lifestyle, they now start the Olio at 7 p.m. showcasing two acts. At 7:15 p.m. the sing-along begins promptly, followed by The Drunkard at 8p.m. During intermission, the audience is served made-to-order sandwiches and drinks. Sears says people can plan to leave by 9:45 p.m. and enjoy the rest of their evening. While Sears admits his notoriety helped fill seats, it‘s word-of-mouth that keeps people coming back every Saturday night. He says the key to their long run is people keep inviting their friends to the show.


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One of the perks of being in community theater is working with new talent. “We have one cast member who was an actor in Turkey who came over as an immigrant,” says Sears. “He had a thick accent and took a course at TCC where one cast member taught English. Now he plays the hero.”

Not only does Sears give people a chance to perform, but he trains them if necessary. “It‘s my job to make the whole experience wonderful for the performers and audiences,” says Sears. Currently all ticket sales are going to the restoration to the iconic 90-year-old theater designed by Bruce Goff which was recently added to the Most Endangered Historic Places list. Not only is the building

“It‘s been a staple art deco building in Tulsa,” says Sears. When funds from private donors and corporations run low, Sears says it’s their responsibility to repair the building and keep the 65-year-old tradition going.

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“Melodrama and musical theater are very close,” says Sears. “If you do well in melodrama, you will really do well in musical theater.”

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Actors perform on a rotating basis and everyone learns the blocking and the lines. The cast is always interchangeable and can sign up for any part or Saturday performance. Auditions are held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and

Sears admits melodrama is hard work because it takes a high amount of concentration, but encourages anyone with an interest in acting to audition.

In addition to acting in The Drunkard, locals can perform in the Olio talent show which showcases singers, dancers, magicians, comics, and the Tulsa ukulele club. “We talked a senior in high school into singing Hank Williams, and he does it so well,” says Sears.

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“Community theater is good for everyone,” says Sears. “Our oldest performer is in his 80s and he knows three parts in the show. He has excellent mental health. The youngest are 15-year-olds, and we have three girls playing a boy named Frank.”

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The audiences aren‘t the only ones who‘ve enjoyed this Tulsa tradition. According to Sears, there have been over 3,000 Tulsans who have assisted behind the scenes or graced the stage with their talent.

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There’s a big difference between how we want grief to work out and how it actually does. Tulsa’s Tristesse Grief Center is a top-notch counseling center that understands those needs. BY ROB HARMON || PHOTOS BY SARAH ELIZA ROBERTS Have you heard any of these sayings about grieving? There are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Grief lasts about a year. You can only grieve a death. Time heals all wounds. Children grieve the same way as adults.

Since October 2002, the Tristesse Grief Center has served thousands of individuals in desperate need of help traveling the long, winding road of grief. Regardless of age, loss or financial situation, they are prepared to help.

It turns out these sayings aren’t exactly true. There’s a big difference between how we want grief to work out and how it actually does. That’s because grief comes in all sorts of ways, because every one of us is unique and grieves in our own way.

“Anything that you could lose, you can grieve,” says Carolyn Yoder, the community relations director for the center. “If you have loved something, and it’s no longer in your life, that’s grief, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Fortunately for all of northeast Oklahoma, Tulsa’s Tristesse Grief Center is a top-notch counseling center that understands those needs.

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Every year, roughly 5,000 people die in Tulsa County. Experts say that for every one of those deaths, an average of six people are left behind, grieving and struggling to understand. Sadly, that means

every year, 30,000 people in Tulsa begin to experience grief. One of the biggest messages the Grief Center tries to communicate to anyone out there may be going through a time of grief, says Yoder, is that you never have to do it alone. “Wherever you are in your grief journey, we can meet you,” says Yoder. “If you want individual counseling to, kind of, tell your story, we’ve got that. If you want to jump right into a group, we have that. If you want to come just once, you can do that. Or, if you need to come for years, that’s OK. It doesn’t matter. We’re here.” Yoder says that the center is able to meet anyone where they

are, whether the loss occurred last week or last year. Even if it was 20 years ago, they are there to provide counseling and a host of programs that can meet the all-important need to experience grief in the healthiest way possible. Countless Tulsans who have used the Grief Center’s services through the years have nothing but praise for the services they provide. One testimonial about the tremendous impact the Grief Center makes comes from Stacie. When she was working as a therapist, she would recommend the Grief Center to clients. She says she never thought she would need the services herself. However, when her daughter died, she thought she could use


some of the tools that she had used herself as a therapist. “I was wrong,” says Stacie. “I needed something else. I remembered the Grief Center and called and made an appointment. I can’t say enough about not only my therapist but about the center in general. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is needing grief counseling.” Sunny, another participant in the Grief Center’s services, says it provided comfort when she and her family really needed it. “They are incredible!” Sunny says. “The help they have given me and my children is immense. To know that my children have a guiding light through what I hope is the hardest time in their lives gives me immeasurable peace.” Camp Erin, an annual summer event that the Tristesse Grief Center offers for children who are experiencing grief, is one of the many programs the center offers that makes a special difference. “It’s super important for these kids to have a connection with somebody that has experienced their kind of loss,” Yoder says. Every summer, counselors of the Grief Center attest to the fact that one week at Camp Erin, for many of the children who attend, is more impactful than an entire year of one-on-one counseling because children tend to see themselves as on their own in their grief. Camp Erin provides a special kind of hope for children who grieve to show them that they are not alone during this difficult time.

For any of us who have experienced grief and feel that we have managed to move forward in a healthy fashion, volunteering at the Grieving Center is an additional way to use a terribly tough time in our lives and create something positive. Even if you know you still have important things to work through, but are ready to give back, there are ways to care for the community through volunteering at the center. These include fundraising, special events, grief workshops, maintenance, information technology, receptionist, camp activities and other event duties. The Tristesse Grief Center offers individual counseling services for those age 4 and up, as well as group counseling sessions for those who have suffered various losses such as pregnancy and infant loss, child loss at various ages, spousal and partner loss, survivors of suicide loss, and many others. Payment for sessions are offered on an income-based sliding scale and scholarship opportunities are also available. Every session is meant to promote healthy ways of expressing grief and coping skills for those of us who are experiencing loss and need help.

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Dec. 4 | vs Notre Dame* | 6p Dec. 8 | vs. Wichita State** | 11a Dec. 15 | vs USC*** | 8p Dec. 18 | vs Creighton | 8p Dec. 21 | @ Northwestern | 8p

Dec. 5 | @ Tulsa | 7p Dec. 8 | vs Houston | 3p Dec. 16 | vs. Nebraska* | 6p Dec. 21 | vs Central Arkansas | Noon Dec. 29 | vs TAMU-Corpus Christi | 1p

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Dec. 2 | @ Auburn | 3p Dec. 5 | vs Central Arkansas | 7p Dec. 9 | vs DePaul | 2p Dec. 19 | vs UConn | 7:30p Dec. 22 | @ SMU | 2p

Dec. 2 | vs Tennessee | 3p Dec. 8 | vs Houston Baptist | 7p Dec. 16 | @ UCLA | 4p Dec. 21 | vs Oral Roberts | 7p Dec. 30 | vs Grambling State | 1p

Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)

Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)

Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater)

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TULSA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Dec. 1 | @ Utah | 4p Dec. 5 | vs Oklahoma State | 7p Dec. 8 | vs Kansas State | 3:30p Dec. 13 | vs New Orleans | 7p Dec. 16 | vs Dayton* | 2:30p Dec. 22 | @ Oral Roberts | 7p

Dec. 1 | vs Alabama* | 5:15p Dec. 2 | vs LA Tech/Arizona State* | 1:30p/4p Dec. 9 | @ Arkansas State | 2p Dec. 17 | vs Little Rock | 7p Dec. 20 | vs Arkansas | 2p Dec. 29 | vs UTEP | 2p

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ORAL ROBERTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Dec. 2 | @ SMU | 2p Dec. 5 | vs FGCU | 7p Dec. 7 | @ Missouri | 6p Dec. 15 | @ Richmond | 3p Dec. 19 | @ Wichita State | 7p Dec. 22 | vs Tulsa | 7p Dec. 30 | @ Omaha | 4:30p

Dec. 1 | vs Southern Utah | 2p Dec. 3 | vs Central Christian | 11a Dec. 6 | vs UT Arlington | 7p Dec. 14 | @ Sam Houston State | 6:30p Dec. 16 | @ Houston Baptist | 2p Dec. 21 | @ Oklahoma State | 7p Dec. 30 | @ Omaha | 2p

Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)

Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa)

Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)

Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa)

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Dec. 1 | @ Kansas City | 7:05p Dec. 4 | vs Wichita | 7:05p Dec. 7 | @ Toledo | 6:15p Dec. 8 | @ Kalamazoo | 6:30p Dec. 9 | @ Fort Wayne | 4p Dec. 12 | @ Cincinnati | 6:35p Dec. 14 | @ Indy | 6:35p Dec. 15 | @ Indy | 6:35p Dec. 21 | @ Kansas City | 7:05p Dec. 22 | vs Kansas City | 7:05p Dec. 27 | vs Wichita | 7:05p Dec. 28 | vs Kansas City | 7:05p Dec. 30 | @ Wichita | 4:05p Dec. 31 | @ Allen | 6:05p

Dec. 3 | @ Detroit Pistons | 6p Dec. 5 | @ Brooklyn Nets | 6:30p Dec. 7 | @ Chicago Bulls | 7p Dec. 10 | vs Utah Jazz | 7p Dec. 12 | @ New Orleans Pelicans | 7p Dec. 14 | @ Denver Nuggets | 9p Dec. 15 | vs Los Angeles Clippers | 8p Dec. 17 | vs Chicago Bulls | 7p Dec. 19 | @ Sacramento Kings | 9p Dec. 22 | @ Utah Jazz | 8p Dec. 23 | vs Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p Dec. 25 | @ Houston Rockets | 2p Dec. 28 | @ Phoenix Suns | 8p Dec. 30 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 6p Dec. 31 | vs Dallas Mavericks | 7p

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To many fans of the UFC and local events such as the Xtreme Fight Night series that takes place every two months or so at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, watching MMA fights is much more exciting, and features more fierce action than boxing. That sentiment seems to be shared by new people entering the cage to fight. “It’s more interesting and more realistic for either self-defense or just lifestyle,” Longacre says of the increase in people joining MMA gyms. “I think boxing is

“Even if they don’t fight, maybe they transition to just straight jiujitsu (a sport in itself that holds its own competitive tournaments), because not everybody is OK with getting punched in the face. With jiu-jitsu, you still get the hustle and grind, and it motivates in a different type of art. It’s a constant learning and enduring, and the perseverance that you get from that, you can apply in life skills.” Longacre notes that the kinds of people attracted to MMA

“Hardly ever are you going to see a rich person become an amazing fighter. You’re always going to have those guys who have had to endure a lot of hardships. And sometimes those people flourish more. It’s a fighting mentality, where we fight and grind to get that paycheck, we fight and grind for our family, we fight and grind to stay off the streets. I think that’s a foundation of being a fighter, because you want to do whatever it takes to achieve that. It depends on how hard you want to work, to train.” Another significant portion of Thunderkick’s business is kids’ jiu-jitsu instruction, and Longacre believes that beyond teaching coordination, self-defense and self-confidence, the lessons the children learn in overcoming obstacles can be applied in all aspects of their lives. “They get to learn through example, and training too, that while they’re in bad positions, ‘You’ve got to fight through this, keep pushing, don’t give up.’ And after we get done, we explain to them, ‘This is the reason why we push you hard,’” Longacre says. “‘When things get tough, we’re

And Thunderkick’s commitment to kids goes beyond jiu-jitsu lessons. They have also launched the Genesis Project, which brings in Tulsa-area foster kids for instruction once a month, providing an outlet and a safe environment for at-risk kids. “I guess you would say the gym is like a sanctuary. It’s more of an outreach thing than anything, because we get so many different types of people who are going through things, and they’re just needing a group to hang out with and be a part of,” Longacre says. “The atmosphere that it brings to people is pretty cool Just being part of a fight team, that’s pretty awesome for those whop are having friend issues or needing to be a part of something, need some healing in certain areas.”

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As the name suggests, MMA combines a multitude of different martial art styles, including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and muay Thai, among others.

“How they promote and advertise these shows, I think, a lot of the fame that comes with it, people see the potential of money that can be made,” Longacre says. “I love the embedded shows, the behind-thescenes of them training, because you get to see the realness that it takes. Either their home life or their training life or their working life, and people get to see, ‘I’m doing that right now, too, I think I might be able to do this.’ And so it sparks them in that direction, and then they get surprised at how much they start enjoying it.

“It isn’t for everybody, but if there’s something that you’re lacking, I think the constant will that people have to improve and better themselves [ fuels them],” he says. “Everybody wants to prove to themselves and others, ‘I can do this.’

ingraining in you that you’re going to figure a way out to get through this problem. Ask for advice and ask for help. And that’s going to help them in their schoolwork, in whatever they do. Pushing them to do a couple more rounds or a couple more laps, that helps them push themselves. We’re sowing the seeds now for them to reap the harvest later.”

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“We kind of stick around three areas, from mixed martial arts to all levels of fitness cardio kickboxing and kids’ jiu-jitsu classes and adult jiu-jitsu classes,” says Thunderkick co-owner, head instructor and fight coach Thomas Longacre, a former MMA fighter himself.

Longacre believes that the more progressive TV exposure of MMA fighting, with reality shows like Fox Sports’ The Ultimate Fighter, and with most bouts being shown on cable rather than super-expensive pay-per-view, has helped grow the sport’s popularity as well. That also helps get some people interested in trying it, particularly when they see that the fighters’ backgrounds might be similar to their own.

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Thunderkick Tulsa is a prominent gym in Tulsa, training local fighters while also providing lessons for Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing — both for adults and children.

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The popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting has grown exponentially over the last 10-plus years to the point where the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and other smaller organizations have overtaken boxing as the preferred combat sport.

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Beau & Arrow | 3D-33 Blank Med Spa | 3D-33 Blue Sky Bank | 3D-33 Okie Dokie | 3D-33 Riley’s Wine & Spirits | 3D-33 Rose Rock Microcreamery | 3D-33 STEMcell Science Shop | 3D-33 Sabores | 3D-33 Sweet Boutique | 3D-33 The Steel Horse | 3D-33 Tonsorial | 3D-33

BARS Caz’s Pub | 2D-16 Club Majestic 2D-19 Mixco | 2C-17

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Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar | 4A-58 Molly’s Landing | 8E-52 Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano | 4C-94 Napa Flats | 4A-25 ol’ Vine | 4A-5 Pizza Express | 4A-15 RibCrib | 4D-12 Ricardos | 5C-31 Rozay’s Wingz |5C-22 Rustic Gate | A4-32 Shiloh’s | 7B-73 SMOKE. | 4D-27 Tandoori Guys | B7-13 Ti Amo |5B-80 The Tropical |5C-62 Waterfront Grill | 4A-70 Wild Heart Marketplace & Cafe | 8E-53, 8D-53 Village Inn | B5-97, C5-97, C4-97

ENTERTAINMENT Circle Cinema | 4D-28 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 Got Wood | A4-24 Incredible Pizza | 5B-46 Loony Bin Comedy Club | 5B-38 POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat | 2E-66 Xtreme Racing and Entertainment | 7B-81

CASINO Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | D7-10 Osage Casino | E3-19 River Spirit Casino Resort | 4B-83

EVERYTHING ELSE Blue Cottage | 4A-59 GrassRoots Health Care | 5A-33 Indigo Spa & Salon | 4C-36 Shears | 4A-41 spa810 Tulsa |5A-16

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THE ORIGINAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN, SHOPPING LOCAL WITH 918 MAKERS PROMISES THE BEST GIFT OF ALL — THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LIVES OF OUR NEIGHBORS. BY JENNIFER ZEHNDER Artistic endeavors are alive and well in the United States. Research from the Association for Creative Industries reports the total size of the creative industry was $43.9 billion in 2016-17. What does this mean for holiday shoppers? It means that unique, handmade items are easier to find as more people turn their passions into full-time

CYPRESS SCENTS | INOLA 918-629-8610 cypressscents.com Cypress Scents was born when Stephenie Simmonds made her first batch of oldfashioned lye soap in 2011. It was a dream come true for the Louisiana native who later settled on a farm in Oklahoma. Today, the fruits of Simmonds’ labor take the form of artisan soaps and body care products — many which feature milk from her beloved dairy goats. Cypress Scents offers a

businesses. And with each purchase made, there are relationships forged, talents shared, and items treasured. From hand-forged favorites to sweet treats, the following Green Country makers represent a diverse and growing entrepreneurial force in our communities and economy.

full line of handcrafted items — shower steamers, bath bombs, goat milk soap, facial bars, bubble cakes, sugar scrubs and loofah soaps. Black Raspberry Vanilla ($6): Enjoy fresh, vine-ripened raspberries and blackberry notes mixed with Italian bergamot, California Bartlett pear and softened with notes of plum wine, vanilla orchid and a silky, cashmere musk; sweet, silky, mouth‑watering. Oceanea ($6): Discover irresistible freshness with spicy lavender and amber with added notes of lemon, sage, rose and jasmine accompanied by moss, cedar wood and sandalwood; cool citrus meets spicy, green and clean. Facial Bar ($7): Delight in this luxurious bar which features Himalayan sea salt with activated charcoal — a beautiful complexion combo.

DEEP BRANCH WINERY | COOKSON 405-268-9319 facebook.com/DBWblindluck Deep in the heart of Cookson, Okla., lies Deep Branch Winery — a one-time retirement hobby turned award-winning wine venture. The company began selling to the public in 2014 and has been collecting awards and adoring fans for its Blind Luck

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brand of wines ever since. Known for both their fun flavors and full-bodied varieties, the Allenbaugh family offers a diverse palette of selections — reserve wines Kings Ransom and 24k Blush; fun wines Wild Blue, Southern Charm, Royal Red, Black Knight, Buried Treasure and Perfect Pair; and seasonal options Good Knight Kiss, Palms in Paradise and their newest — Holiday Magic. Perfectly balanced with sweetness, yet exquisitely tart and refreshing, Holiday Magic offers a rich flavor of cranberries — a perfect pairing for the bustle of the festive season.


GREEN COUNTRY SCENE GC DILLON ROSE | TULSA 918-873-0281 dillonrose.net Creators Rachel Rose and Seth Dillon Dazey launched Dillon Rose in 2015, combining old-world metalsmith techniques with the spontaneity, flow and contrast of the natural world — think National Geographic meets heirloom jewelry. Rose spends most of her time on construction, collaborating with Dazey on the design and finish of the piece — the result is wanderlust perfection. Custom services are available from unique bridal/engagement rings to Earth-loving fashion options.    Silver Range Earrings ($70) and Necklace ($160): Embrace your inner outdoors with these beautiful sterling silver mountain range earrings with elegant silver earwire and/or sterling silver choker necklace with a mountain range accented by a small turquoise stone. Silver Mountain Ring ($400): Bring the mountains to you with this hand-carved and cast-in-studio sterling silver ring featuring 14k gold sun or flush-set diamond. Silver Mountain Cuff ($525): Choose the mountain range of your choice — Tetons, San Juans, Wichita, etc for this custom sterling silver cuff which includes a 14k gold sun.

INDIGO ROSE DESIGN CO. | TULSA 918-859-3347 indigorosedesignco.com A busy working mom of two toddlers, Jackie White was looking for a creative outlet for her hands when she stumbled across string art in 2015. Indigo Rose Design Co. blossomed into a full-time dream over the next few years, allowing White to quit her day job as a therapist in 2018. The rustic, creative signs are a family affair as White’s husband, Peter, cuts and stains the wood for each custom piece. From weddings and anniversaries to

housewarmings and holidays, IRDC’s designs allow clients to celebrate occasions in a unique and personal way. Joy ($55): Add a touch of rustic charm to your home this holiday with this 12-inch by 12-inch handcrafted solid wood piece. String art holly leaves combine with hand-painted calligraphy to make this the perfectly unique holiday decoration. Okie Pride ($40): Showcase your Oklahoma pride and place your heart in whichever location you choose with one of these custom designs; multiple string and stain colors are available. Cactus ($30): Go Boho with this 8-inch by 12-inch handmade string art cactus; the perfect wanderlust accent to your home decor.

LONE TREE FORGE | MOUNDS 918-645-5189 facebook.com/LonetreeForge After a successful career as a certified public accountant, Joe Smith stepped out on faith and into the 1900s craft of blacksmithing. Though mostly self-taught, Smith continues to hone his techniques through research and mini apprenticeships with master blacksmiths. Lone Tree Forge items are fashioned with raw steel using modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques and tools — forge, anvil and hammers. Smith combines repurposed wood and other

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GC GREEN COUNTRY SCENE materials with metal to make useable artistic items — fireplace screens, coffee tables, campsite tools, desks, advent wreaths, candelabras and more. Advent Wreath ($70): Celebrate in style with Lone Tree Forge’s newest centerpiece design, which adds a rustic copper wrapping to this classic piece; simply change out the color of the candles for each holiday or season. Cattail Accent Table ($125): Bring a touch of outdoors inside with this unique cattail accent table with riveted whisker joints for shelves. Fireplace Screen ($750 & under): Make your mark with a handcrafted screen designed to fit your fireplace and your personal style; LTF can also customize fireplace tools to match.

Trail of Tears ($225): Honor those who traveled the Trail of Tears; crafted from 52100 steel from Dahlongea, Ga. (the departure point for one of three Cherokee groups upon the trail), this 7-inch teardropped shaped knife includes three falling tears from its point, a Bois D Arc handle cut from a tree located at the end of the infamous journey, and an inlaid Cherokee Nation seal. Comes with a certificate of authenticity and a leather pouch. NDN Integral with Sambar Stag Handle ($410): Keep it sharp with this handy, everyday use model. This knife features a 6.5-inch blade forged from the same 52100 steel that has won in multiple ABS competitions for Kirk. Comes with custom leather sheath.

RAKER KNIVES | PARK HILL 918-207-8076 rakerknives.com Ray Kirk was a vo-tech welding instructor long before he was a fan favorite on the History Channel’s Forged in Fire series. He is one of four Oklahomans — and the only Cherokee Nation citizen — to carry the mastersmith designation from the American Bladesmith Society. Kirk takes pride in perfecting his proven performance blades of 52100 high-carbon steel — from his popular series of everyday knives to custom pieces.

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Oklahoma Fallen Outdoors NDN ($750): Enjoy this always faithful model built with this special Oklahoma veterans organization in mind. Features a 7.5-inch 52100 hand-forged blade, Marine Corp ribbon band, handle guard made from Humvee armor plate, and Sambar stag handle. Comes with custom leather sheath.

ROSE ROCK COFFEE | TAHLEQUAH 918-458-7253 roserockcoffee.com What self-respecting Okie couldn’t appreciate a coffee named after Oklahoma’s state rock — one that has “survived the test of time and stands as a symbol of survival, hard work and perseverance?” For those not easily impressed, roastmaster/owner Matt Brassfield offers several small craft coffee blends to help convince: Scissortail,

Gaucho, Black Velvet, Blond Nightingale, Chocolate Gravy, Red Fern, Boomer Sooner, Spring Creek, Espro Yo, Go Pokes, and a fall 2018 seasonal blend which brings a unique mix of Kenya, Ethiopia Guji and Costa Rica beans together for a 100 percent Arabica encounter. The Rose Rock family of coffee experiences can be purchased online or in locations across Oklahoma, including Reasor’s stores in Sand Springs, Bixby, Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow and Claremore. Be sure to check out RRC’s limited edition series of coffees celebrating artwork from 14 members of the Women Artists of the West.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN BAKING CO. | WELLING 918-630-0443 facebook.com/sugarmountainbakingco Molly Nofire started Sugar Mountain Baking Co. not long after taking a cookie decorating class in October 2017. A friend had seen her sugary-sweet creative efforts and requested a batch for a jewelry event. Nofire worked in the commercial aviation industry in Florida before moving to her husband’s hometown in Welling, Okla. SMBC creates custom sugar cookies in regular and gluten-free varieties, featuring almond extract and Nofire’s unique brand of cookie art for any occasion.


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BOOMTOWN TEES PROVIDES MEMORABILIA-STYLE T-SHIRTS AND SOUVENIRS TO LONGTIME TULSA RESIDENTS, NEW ARRIVALS, BUSINESSPEOPLE, TOURISTS, AND STUDENTS WHO SHARE A LOVE FOR ALL THINGS TULSA. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA & PHOTOS BY SARAH ELIZA ROBERTS

Looking for a fun T-shirt that screams, “I’m from Tulsa” because it features a Tulsa-area icon only a local would know about? Need a Tulsa or Oklahoma-themed souvenir to give as a gift or remember a visit to Tulsa by? Then you’ll definitely — no, seriously, you really must — check out the local, fan-favorite T-shirts and gifts available at downtown’s Boomtown Tees. JoAnn Frizell, owner of Boomtown Tees, bought the business from its previous owner, Blake Ewing, a few years ago. And she is loving the fun of providing memorabiliastyle T-shirts and souvenirs to Tulsa residents, new arrivals, businesspeople, tourists, students — one and all who share a love for all things Tulsa. Boomtown Tees is conveniently located in the eclectic, entertaining Blue Dome District, which has been seeing some exciting new business growth in recent

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months. Next door to Boomtown are the popular Max Retropub and the newly minted Rabbit Hole late night pub, for starters. Mixed in with that new, youthful vibe is the iconic retro homage to Tulsa that Boomtown ensures a large portion of its T-shirts highlight. “I have a lot of the same designs that Blake Ewing had in here,” Frizell says. This includes a variety of Tulsa novelty designs featuring the Admiral Twin Drive-In (of The Outsiders fame), the Route 66 highway sign (made famous by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road), and memorabilia only a local would get, like the shirt that says “I rode Zingo,” an homage to the wooden rollercoaster that once thrilled Tulsans at the now defunct Bell’s Amusement Park. “We always try to do some Tulsa history,” Frizell says. “Of course, I’ve had to change a little bit of it because downtown is seeing some

more tourism. So, I’m designing more Tulsa shirts too.” When it comes to identifying the most iconic theme among Boomtown’s fun and fabulous merchandise, it’s not much of a contest. “Everybody loves the Golden Driller,” Frizell says. “He is by far the No. 1 thing. And when people come in from out of town, they’ll ask me, ‘Where is that?’” She says that often, visitors to Tulsa will learn from her where to see the Driller so they can check it out in person and take pictures. For tourists and businesspeople just passing through the area, Tulsa and Oklahoma themed shirts are highly popular, and Boomtown carries several cool designs you won’t find elsewhere. Locals, though, tend to favor the logos and icons of their past that may no longer be open, but still live on in hearts and minds — like Bell’s Amusement Park and the Camelot Hotel.


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And if you’re in the mood for some holiday fun in the Blue Dome District, Frizell suggests stopping by her shop on Dec. 9. That’s the kickoff of the Blue Dome District’s monthly craft beer pub crawl. You’ll need a commemorative cup to enjoy the pub crawl — which of course, you can conveniently pick up at Boomtown Tees. (The cups are not available at the pubs, only at Boomtown and nearby Hurts Donut.)

And of course, while you’re there, buy a T-shirt or other item too, to commemorate your evening in Tulsa novelty-themed style. Everything is reasonably priced, says Frizell, and there’s something for everyone.

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The holidays are a logical time to visit Boomtown Tees, since there are many unique gift items available there. Other merchandise beyond T-shirts are available for the choosing — sweatshirts, baby onesies, Garden Deva magnets, Blessed Beads bracelets, shot glasses, pens, stickers, salt and pepper

Frizell says shoppers can come by the shop to browse the latest merchandise, or if they’re not digging the idea of driving downtown, they can place orders conveniently online. If you’re a business, ask about the custom T-shirts Frizell can design and produce specifically for you. Boomtown’s design work is featured in many local businesses, such as Joe Mamma’s, The Rabbit Hole, and Whiskey 918.

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Most of the T-shirt designs at Boomtown are made by Cody Bailey, a local area artist/ musician who also runs sound for Peter Frampton and the B-52s. “He does a really good job,” says Frizell. Boomtown also occasionally features designs by other local artists, most notably Zach Raw, whose iconic “Hunk Driller” and “Tulsa Is Fabulous” T-shirts are favorites among shoppers.

Frizell’s December monthly tee will be holiday-themed, of course, and available in red and green. She’ll also be selling various Christmas ornaments that make great gifts at ornament swap parties. “I do ornaments where the Blue Whale is actually Santa’s sleigh, and the Tulsa Driller is wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. I’ll make some other ornaments this year too. We do a lot of Tulsa holiday-themed items. They’re fun.”

shakers, little glitter globes, coffee mugs, Oklahoma-themed jewelry, and more.

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Designs range from the straightforward — such as a shirt that simply says “Tulsa” — to images that connect with Tulsa’s rich heritage — like the Woody Guthrie shirt, or the shirt in homage to American Western swing musician/songwriter Bob Wills that reads, “Bob is still the king.” In a nutshell, there is something for everyone, from babies wearing Tulsa onesies to adults wearing XXXL sizes. Boomtown sells those sizes and everything in between.

Frizell also likes to roll out specials that turn into collectibles and must-haves. “Every month, I do a $10 Oklahoma-themed T-shirt,” she says. “Sometimes, that’s the only time you can get it. Sometimes, I sell them for the regular T-shirt price after the monthly special is over.” You can find the monthly specials highlighted on Boomtown’s website and Facebook page, or just stop in and ask for it.

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“People like to buy things that remind them of their childhood,” says Frizell. “Even people who are coming back to visit family or go to a wedding, when they come in, they buy a memento T-shirt versus a tourist T-shirt. So I’ve had to find a balance between being a retro shop and a souvenir shop.”

Monday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS Holiday parties full of food and drink. Gift giving and merry exchanges. Family get-togethers and office-party memories. All of it can truly add up to the best of times. However, when the stress involved from planning and participating mounts, things can go sour quickly.

enjoyment. Party and celebrate to your heart’s content during your wintertime festivities by checking out these eight ways to keep the holiday stress low and cheerful feelings high.

PLAN AHEAD Make an itinerary for your holiday season, even if For most, the holidays are chock you won’t be doing any full of fun and memory making. traveling. You’ll accomplish more Yet, for others, days like Christmas of what you want to do and less of and New Year’s Day bring back what you don’t. The old saying is painful memories of loved ones true, especially during the who have passed on. Add to all holidays, that if you fail to plan, that, the sheer effort that goes into you plan to fail. When are the making the holidays just right can relatives coming over? How many really take all the fun out of it. will there be? What time is dinner and does it fit the football game? During the holiday season, When will you open gifts? The stress can skyrocket, making it a more you map out, the less stress dreadful time that you wish could unanswered questions can cause. just come and go. Even if you’re really looking forward to those GET PLENTY OF REST magical wintertime festivities, Don’t sacrifice sleep in it can still be pretty stressful to order to make the try to pull off everything. Don’t holidays the most let something that’s supposed to amazing time. The opposite is be fun become more work than likely to happen if you fail to get plenty of rest. Tired minds and bodies are at their most vulnerable to illness and emotional breakdowns. During the holidays, when feelings can already be strong and when flu and cold season is at its most potent, you’ll want to get to bed early and give your body all the

Turn Holiday Blahs into Ahs PARTY AND CELEBRATE TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT DURING YOUR WINTERTIME FESTIVITIES BY CHECKING OUT THESE EIGHT WAYS TO KEEP THE STRESS LOW AND CHEERFUL FEELINGS HIGH. BY ROB HARMON

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HEALTH + FITNESS HF rest it needs. Hosting parties and making large meals can really take it out of you. BOOST YOUR MOOD WITH SUNLIGHT Whether you make the choice to spend time outdoors or beside a big window, catching some rays from the sun is a highly underestimated way to boost your mood and avoid the pitfalls of holiday stress. When you’re feeling good, it’s harder for anything that could happen during the holidays to get you down. Those feel-good neurotransmitters, like serotonin and others, are given a boost when the sun hits your skin. Get all the sun you can during the winter months and you’ll rise above most holiday stressors that come your way. HOLIDAY SELF-ACUPRESSURE What? Stick needles in myself just before Aunt Fran arrives and I’ll be OK? No needles required. Ever heard of the hoku spot? It’s the fleshy part of your hand between your index finger and the thumb and it’s a really good stress reducer if you know what to do with it. Just apply firm and focused pressure there with a pinch from your other hand and you’ll send a magical message to the rest of your body that it’s time to relax. Tense nerves and headaches can be alleviated quickly by applying a little holiday self-acupressure. ENJOY MORE BY DOING LESS Just like an over-packed vacation can take all the fun out of it because you’re doing way more than you should, the same applies to the holiday season. If every waking minute is jam-packed with parties night after night and one family get-together after another without any time in between to recoup, then you’ll quickly find yourself regretting you signed up

for any of it. When the white elephant gift games become a burden, then it may be time to slow down. Many times, during the holidays, less is more. Savor the moments. Don’t pack every moment so tight that there’s no time to breathe. CREATE A NEW TRADITION Holding onto old traditions can sometimes become more work than they’re worth. Whatever that may be for you and your family, replace it with a new tradition that could be more fun and exciting and create a new dynamic to your holiday experience. For example, if it’s just not fun anymore to you to go pick out a tree and fight for weeks to keep it alive, maybe take that time to deliver a turkey to someone less fortunate as a new tradition. AROMATHERAPY It’s been proven that aromas can alter our moods. Why not try a little aromatherapy during the holidays? Use a nice candle with a passive smell that peacefully wafts through the entryway. Or use a more pervasive Scentsy warmer that fills the whole house with an aroma. Whatever you use, if done right, it can be used to create a sense of belonging in a stress-free home that affects the entire holiday season. Sometime a nice fire in the fireplace accomplishes the same thing. EXERCISE We know, we know. Exercise is what you do at the beginning of the year. But why wait, especially when a good brisk Saturday morning walk or a Sunday afternoon jog can get the blood flowing and the endorphins kicking in. Exercise is the No. 1 de-stressor for many Americans. Why not take advantage of its amazing qualities during one of the most stressful times of the year?

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It can be terrifying to look a barrier — whether real or imagined — square in the face. To break free, acknowledge it, shake hands with it and realize you are probably capable of more than you credit yourself for.

By Tiffany Duncan Well, I did it; I ran my first official 5k. Without stopping. Without giving in to the pain, or to the negative voices in my head. And let me tell you something: I have not felt quite that amazing in a very long time. When I crossed that finished line at Fourth Street and Boston

buildings — I cried a little bit. I really did. I actually felt myself tear up multiple times during the race. I kept getting the same revelation over and over: here was the thing that had frightened me for years, and I was actually doing it. Not imagining it. Not

Riverside Drive. At first I couldn’t even do a mile without stopping, though I used to run crosscountry in high school (which, by the way, can we just once and for all tell our high school selves to stop barging into our adult lives with their fast metabolisms, skinny little bodies, and naively idealistic ways?). It’s been 11 years since those cross-country days, and it was hard not to feel discouraged, and to have intrusive thoughts like, you could be out here every day and you are never going to be able to run that mile. Completely ridiculous, right? Anyone who practices anything for a month can do it. Yet, in the moment, thoughts like this can seem like the golden gospel truth, because it is truly terrifying to look a barrier — whether real or imagined — square in the face.

Last rainy practice run before race day.

Avenue after running three consecutive miles — music blasting, hundreds of people yelling and cheering, the October morning sunshine peeking around the downtown Tulsa

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fearing it. Not thinking about worst-case scenarios. Actually doing it. And I wasn’t dying! For a couple of months up to race day, I practiced running on

For me, feeling pain is a very real barrier. I really think my fear of pain came from when I was younger, and I would push myself in whatever sport it was — especially track — until many times I threw up. You see, when I was a teenager, I rarely if ever lost any track race I ran in (I was also in a small private school sports division, which I probably owe a lot of that success to). At the time, though, compliments showered down on me like rain,

and I started to feel like I needed them to survive. So I pushed myself to the mental and physical brink in every area of my life to ensure that the compliments would never stop. Because, if they did, surely that meant I’d become unlovable. If I wasn’t the best, then I was expendable. Valueless. Thus the study sessions that didn’t stop until daylight, and the workouts that ended with me doubled-over, vomiting into a ditch. I think I beat myself up emotionally so much back then that the day finally came when I literally broke something inside of myself. I think finally my mind and my body revolted, and ever since that day I have lived a mediocre life, because anything that even gives off the faintest hint of pain or discipline has frightened me in the deepest, most vulnerable parts of myself that I boxed away a long time ago. But with lots of counseling, I’ve been able to start prying open the dusty lids of those boxes and have started to form a revelation: just because something feels hard, it doesn’t automatically mean that I also have to be the best at it. So back to Riverside Drive a couple of months ago, when I first came back out to really show down my adolescent demons. When I felt pain trying


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As I ran, I did not try and keep up with anyone going faster than me; I did not speak unkindly to myself when someone passed me. Instead I thought about how blessed I was that I had legs to run at all, and that I got to enjoy the fall weather and my home city in such a unique way. I finished in just over 32 minutes, which is definitely no beacon of athletic prowess. But to me, the real achievement was doing something athletic for the first time in my life that wasn’t built around needing others’ approval. I could not have been more proud of myself.

really, truly, actually did the thing and I crossed that finish line, I wondered: what else am I capable of that I’m letting fear of the unknown — or the false fear that I have to be the best at it — hold me back from?

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When race day arrived, I was ready. Nervous as heck, but ready. I joined over 2,000 other Tulsans at the starting line at 7:40 a.m. for the Tulsa Run 5k. And I shudder to think what I would have missed out on had I not shown up for myself all those days on Riverside to prepare for this experience. It was beautiful. The October morning sunshine poured down gold on the cathedral spires throughout the race, and there was a shared camaraderie with all of those running with me that is hard to explain. From young to old, and in all shapes, sizes, and athletic abilities, there we were, each running for our own reasons when we could have been sleeping on a Saturday morning, facing down personal demons

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after day to progress as slowly as I needed to, without heaping on any pressure of needing to be in first place, or even finish in the first half come race day.

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to run that first mile, my first gut-reaction thoughts were ugly: “There’s no reason you should struggle running one measly mile;” “You’ll never be able to do this;” “Worthless, worthless, worthless.”

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

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AT SOME POINT, ALL SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS WILL FIND THEMSELVES IN NEED OF INSPIRATION. AND THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN BOOKS, BLOGS, PODCASTS AND ONLINE FORUMS TO GIVE YOU THE REVITALIZING BOOST. By Michele Chiappetta When you’re starting a business, there is a lot to learn. And that’s an understatement. There’s a decidedly sharp learning curve when you’re first putting your toe in the business waters, even if your business is a solopreneurship, a freelance gig, or a tiny family business employing just you and your spouse.

month of some of my own favorite podcasts, websites, and books about business. These are resources I use again and again or have found super practical in terms of being easy to understand and build on.

No matter how small you are or how big you want to grow, the basics of business are essential to understand and set up right. And it’s crucial to put on your learning cap and keep mastering more tools that will help you ramp up to and maintain longterm success.

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That’s where discovering resources for growing your business acumen is essential. So, I’ve put together a list this

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START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: THE ONLY STARTUP BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED
 Filled with practical information on all the key elements of launching and making your first few years a success, this book is a great resource. It covers topics such as when to launch, market research, knowing your competitors, different business structures, finding startup funds, negotiation, hiring … basically all the questions you want answers to when you’re still learning the small business ropes.

SBA.GOV The U.S. Small Business Administration is a super resource in many ways — and it’s a free website, so that’s a bonus. This is the place to go for business owners who want details on various governmental programs they can take advantage of, such as grants and loans. In addition, the SBA.gov website provides articles, online courses, tips and guides to basic issues that small businesses face. I like to use the site for starting research into a topic I need to learn more about.

BUILDING A STORY BRAND By Donald Miller While Miller has books and website courses, I’m specifically recommending his podcast here.

Story Brand is a distinct style of positioning your business in terms of marketing. Miller’s podcast talks about positioning, of course, but the even cooler reason to tune in is the variety of guests and topics he covers. Past guests have included Daymond John, Scott Hamilton, Seth Godin, and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Listening to this podcast, you’ll be inspired to reach for more.

PROBLEM SOLVERS By Jason Feifer Businesses continually face challenges, unexpected mishaps, new issues they’ve never faced before, and all-around questions that keep you on your toes. This podcast interviews business owners who have faced problems so serious, their business could have


been crushed, but instead passed through the gauntlet with flying colors. Sometimes, you’ll be able to relate to the problem and get tips for fixing something you’re dealing with. Other times, you’ll just be reminded you’re not the only one facing troubles and be inspired to keep fighting forward.

MONEY LAB By Matt Giovanisci What’s interesting about Matt Giovanisci is that he’s a serial entrepreneur. If he gets an idea for a business he likes, he starts it — and sees what happens. So, he’s got some interesting successes and failures under his belt, and he’s not ashamed to talk about either. His podcast is one place where he talks about his many, many tries, failures, and successes. You’ll definitely get some ideas you can use for your own business, as well as learning what not to do.

easy to relate to as he provides relevant content that will help you up your business game.

YOU TURNS By Lisa Oz and Jill Herzig This podcast concentrates on how to handle the ups and downs of changes in life. In that sense, it’s not just about business but about everything. But if you’re running a small business, then you know what I know — everything in your life can be affected by your business, and everything in your business can be affected by your life. Navigating change with grace and flexibility is a handy skill to have, and this show explores that, which can only be good for the rollercoaster ride that is working for yourself.

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A key to getting your business in front of consumers is marketing. And there are endless debates on this subject. Do you invest in print, TV, radio, billboards and the like? Do you bid for Google AdWords and other SEO-based tricks? Do you get a killer website, or do you rely on wordof-mouth? This book tackles questions like this. But what it’s especially good for is sparking ideas as you brainstorm ways to spread your marketing message with the world. The book concentrates on options that fit well with a tiny budget, making it ideal for a startup.

This is one of my favorite websites, and I’m also a big fan of Loper’s podcast, The Side Hustle Show. Loper is a fun, down-to-earth guy who enjoys picking the brains of people who built their side hustles into fullfledged, money-making business machines. And what’s so cool about his approach is not just the practical advice he comes up with, but the incredible variety of money-making opportunities out there. If you have an idea, no matter how unusual it seems, there’s probably a way to monetize it if you work it diligently enough. This website and podcast prove it.

SETHGODIN.COM You’ve probably heard of Seth Godin. But in case you haven’t, Godin is a thought leader on building your tribe, marketing, leadership, and pursuing meaningful work. He’s easily found in lots of places, including Udemy where he offers courses that inspire business owners. His website curates all his many podcast interviews, videos, articles and blog posts. He is

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CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF GIVING, AND THERE IS NEVER A BETTER TIME TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY THAN BY SHOPPING LOCAL AND SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS.

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It’s that time of year for spending lots of money and collecting lots of things. The holidays, for many, means shop ‘til you drop. Unlike the pastime of window shopping through the rest of the year, December will likely pull the cash from your bank account and deplete your available credit. Shoppers are about to spend loads of money buying for their kids, their significant others, their in-laws, their employees, their pals … no one gets left behind in the season of giving! We’ll buy baked goods, clothes, toys, trinkets, and cards. We’ll shell out the pocket change and swipe our cards more and more as Dec. 25 draws near, and then a few more times after to scrape together what’s needed for those late celebrations with extended family.

Go where there’s great service

I doubt anyone would be surprised to hear the numbers spent in the U.S. around the holidays. And maybe no one will be shocked, but perhaps discouraged, to see the number for how much is spent online instead of in retail stores. Last year consumers spent over $100 billion on purchases made online. If trends continue, the number will grow even higher this year. Why is this disheartening? Because when we spend our money online instead of in our own community, that money can no longer be given to the businesses our neighbors work at. Which means less sales tax to fund our local treasury that feeds development in our neighborhoods. Don’t get me wrong; it’s pretty cool that we live in an age where

people, but rather as if there is someone who can solve your problem about finding the right gift, selecting the right size, or dealing with a defective product.

You deserve it. I mean that. You, as a paying customer, deserve to be helped and have questions answered. When you walk into a store, you should feel welcomed. You’re spending your hardYou should be offered assistance. earned money with a business, You shouldn’t feel stalked by sales and if they appreciate that,

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we can hop on a device, see something we want, and have it delivered to our doorstep. However, when we opt to save a few bucks by ordering online, we don’t get to see the product until it ends up in our hands. Want to improve your community? Want your neighbors to stay in business? Want to see something, try it on, learn about it directly from an expert before purchasing? Let’s shop local. T-Town is home to large department stores, small local businesses, antique treasure coves, and so much more. People will travel from all over to shop at some of Tulsa’s destinations, and it’s right here at our fingertips. When building your Christmas list for yourself or for others, here are some things to think about.

they should do everything in their power to give you a great experience. That’s supposed to be the benefit of shopping in a brickand-mortar versus online. Small-business owners tend to care not just about making sales but about your overall

It’s better for the environment Can you imagine how much paper and plastic packaging is flying around the world at any given moment due to the purchase of products from online and overseas retailers? Not to mention the carbon offsets from the fuel used to transport these products such great distances? By shopping locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint and creating habits that are sustainable to your local environment.

You’re giving to a family other than your own It is probably safe to say that profits to local business owners are used to provide gifts for their family members and put Christmas lunch on a table not unlike your own. You can rest assured that your hard-earned money is, in turn, just as hard earned by small-business owners and their staff who work hard to give you their best product and service.

Shop local Spend your money in the community you live in. Did you know that for every $100 you spend at small businesses, on average about $73 of that stays local? This compares to $43, should you spend the same amount of money at big chain and stockholder-owned retailers, and less than $10 for cyber retailers. Small-business owners also employ local people and in turn purchase products and services from other local independently owned businesses. Here are some of my favorite finds since becoming a Tulsan.


THE SNOW GOOSE: This charming store has been thriving for over 20 years in the beautiful Utica Square. Owned and operated by two sisters, this shop offers cards for every occasion, unique gifts for ages 5 to 105, and plenty of great stocking stuffer ideas!

extra family member by taking them in to let the ladies of this shop coo over and pamper your best furry friend. Your dog may need some retail therapy too, and take it from my dog, Kona, this is the place to go.

DOG DISH: Anyone else spend more money on their dog than themselves? This shop offers custommade treats for your best friend, along with a great selection of dog food, toys, and accessories. Spoil that

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MAGIC CITY BOOKS: If you’re a book nerd like me, this store is already on your favorites list. If not, you should still go check it out because if there’s one product you absolutely cannot spend too much money on, it’s books. No one is ever too old or too smart to keep learning. This store has something for everyone, including a great space to sit down with your new book and a cup of coffee they can whip up for you right there.

We want to know where to hang out, pig-out, shop ’til we drop, and everything in between. If you know a place with a great story, share it with us so we can go check it out. Every day is an adventure with our little family, and I’m sharing our story because I think some people can relate. Follow us on Instagram and/ or search #TakenWithTulsa or #NewInTtown to check out our latest adventures as we seek out new experiences and share our advice on how to embrace Tulsa.

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Osage Casino offers very approachable beers from Nine Band Brewing with an on-site brewery that’s more than 4,000 square feet. By Don n a Le a h e y • Ph oto s by M a rc Ra i n s

Osage Casino is bright, new, and exciting. Stepping in through the main doors, the lights, bells and music call you deeper inside with the lure of games and prizes. The enormous space begs to be explored, and exploring is thirsty work. Fortunately for you, Nine Band Brewing Co. has a pint of fresh, delicious craft brew on tap ready to quench your thirst, and it’s right there inside the casino. Nine Band Brewing is a microbrewery based in Allen, Texas, and named after the Nine Band Armadillo. Osage Casino CEO Byron Bighorse coordinated with Nine Band Brewing owner Keith Ashley to set up the microbrewery in Tulsa’s Osage Casino. Nine Band’s sleek, shining 40-barrel fermentation tanks are visible through a pair of glass doors, highlighted with colored lights against a background of the whitest, glossiest subway tiles you’ve probably ever seen.

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You may not be able to tell what’s brewing in there, but you’re pretty sure it’s got to be something special to look that magical. The bar arches out into the casino, with five screens and a wall of illuminated kegs behind it all. “We have 10 flavors on draft,” says Ryan Smart, brewmaster for Osage Casino Nine Band Brewing. “We have three visiting draft beers. And we have really good pricing. Our pints are $3.” Smart knows his beer. He easily discusses hefeweizen and kolsch, hops and barley and yeast. It’s no less than you’d expect from someone titled brewmaster. “We focus on beer for individuals,” he says. “The majority of our beers are very approachable. We have something for everybody. We have beers that range from 4.2 to 10.6 [in beer alcohol content]. Our barley wine — Toad Choker Barley wine — is a 10.6. We do not use any adjuncts. We

naturally carbonate so we have smaller bubbles.” Nine Band takes pride in the authenticity of their brews. “We’re very traditional in flavor. Style specific. Our kolsch is a very German kolsch.” The regular flavors at Nine Band run the gamut from a pale ale to a rich, dark stout. The eponymous Nine Band Pale Ale is “hop forward with malt balance.” It has a hint of spice and a nice, fragrant scent. The golden Badge Honey Blonde has “less hops, it’s on the lighter side with a sweet honey finish.” The Hoop Snake Hefeweizen “is one of our most dynamic beers with the flavor of banana and cloves.” It’s a creamy, tart ale with a unique flavor combination. The Hellwind IPA is a balanced ale described as dry hopped. “Dry hopped means we add the hops during in addition to the brewing. It’s a very approachable beer.” The Cactus Cat Kolsch is a take on a

classic German ale. It’s light and crisp with malty notes. The Blue Lacy Brown Ale has a strong malt presence. It’s a balanced ale, with honey malt and hints of toasty flavor. Nine Band 28th State goes dark with it. This stout is made with dark browned malt which creates a chocolatey flavor with hints of oatmeal. It’s creamy, fullbodied, and delicious. If you love a good stout, be sure to give this one a try. Coming in December, Osage Casino’s Nine Band Brewery will honor Tulsa with its T-Town Lager. This is another approachable brew with a rich golden color and is a quintessential American style lager to do Tulsa proud. No pub is complete without bar food, and with the quality of Nine Band’s beer game, you know they bring the bar food. If you’re feeling sophisticated, there’s the imported cheese board with a trio of cheeses accompanied by olives, crackers


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We all have those people on our lists, the ones who are impossible to buy for. No amount of scouring the town results in that perfect gift. But we seem to forget, that a handmade gift can mean just as much — or even more — than something swiped hastily off a big box store shelf. And, let’s be honest here, most people don’t

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even like what they get from others, anyway. It’s either too big, or too small, or it ends up being shamelessly re-gifted. But you know what everybody likes? Food. And the best part about receiving a gift that can be eaten is it doesn’t end up sitting around the house until

it’s eventually tossed into a box bound for Goodwill. So head to Hobby Lobby and grab some cute glass containers from their wide and affordable selection, and set to work baking and cooking up a storm for friends and family. They will taste the love and be thankful that they won’t have to feel the guilt of taking something

back to the store the very next day (not that anyone of us has ever done that…). Whether you need stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, party favors, secret Santa gifts, or a gift basket full of homemade goodies, here are some ideas to help you get started on checking off that list.


GINGERBREAD GRANOLA

Adapted from wellplated.com Warm baking spices and lots of toasty, satisfying, Christmasy crunch, makes this the perfect granola to sprinkle over yogurt, eat as a cereal, or simply munch on by the handful.

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1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¼ cup uncooked millet ¼ cup ground flaxseed, or substitute more rolled oats ¾ cup raw nuts (we used almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts) ½ tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground ginger 1 ⁄8 tsp. ground cloves ¼ cup melted coconut oil (or olive oil) 3 Tbsps. pure maple syrup 2 Tbsps. molasses ¾ tsp. pure vanilla extract ¼ cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, millet, flaxseed, nuts, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Drizzle the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla over the oat mixture, then stir until well-combined and evenly moistened. 3. Spread the granola in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet, then use the

back of a spatula or your fingers to press it into a flat, even layer. 4. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, and stir in the dried cranberries, then press back into an even layer. Bake 10 additional minutes until golden and fragrant (the granola will still be a little moist). 5. Remove from oven and let cool completely. The granola will continue to crisp up as it dries.

CHEESEBURGER DOG BISCUITS

Adapted from bakeatmidnight.com These days, people love their dogs more than just about anything else. A container full of these vet-approved, homemade dog treats is the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life, or to stuff into your own pooch’s stocking. INGREDIENTS:

1 cup quick oats 1 cup yellow or white corn meal 1 beef stock cube (try to use a real one, not just flavored) ¾ cup very warm water 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup water

EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH MINI POTS

Adapted from sprinklebakes.com A common misconception about eating raw cookie dough is that it’s the eggs that can make you sick. While this can be true, illness from raw cookie dough is actually more likely to result from strains of E. coli in the unbaked flour (incurred in the wheat fields before processing). This eggless cookie dough recipe calls for toasting the flour before mixing, resulting in an adorably delicious treat that’s perfectly safe to eat.

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1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt 1 cup light brown sugar, packed ½ cup granulated sugar

 cup unsalted butter, melted ½ 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2⁄3 cups chocolate chips 2 to 4 Tbsps. whole milk

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1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper (this will make it easy to funnel the flour once cooked). Shake out the flour evenly onto baking sheet and toast at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before using. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together cooled flour (may need to sift flour into mixture using a tight mesh strainer if it’s clumpy after baking), salt, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.

3. Pour in melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix until a dry dough forms. Add chocolate chips and mix on lowest speed (this is “stir” on a KitchenAid) until they are evenly dispersed. 4. Add 1 tablespoon at a time of whole milk to the mixture on low speed until dough becomes moist. Scoop into desired-sized jars, or roll out into a log to wrap in plastic wrap with decorative twist ties.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment (you may need additional pans depending on the size of the cuts). 2. Pour the ¾ cup water into a microwavesafe bowl. Add beef cube and heat until almost boiling, breaking up the cube with the back of a spoon and stirring until incorporated. 3. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cornmeal, and beef water. Stir well, and let sit for about 10-15 minutes so the oats can soften up a bit. 4. Stir in the flour and the shredded cheese. Add 1 cup water, or just enough until you get a pliable dough. 5. On a floured surface, roll out dough until it’s a quarter-inch in thickness. Cut into desired shape. 6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Turn off oven and let the biscuits sit in the oven until oven is completely cool. This dehydrates the biscuits for better storage.

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3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 918-744-1300 SEE AD | PAGE 98

IN THE RAW

6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa 918-524-0063 SEE AD | PAGE 98

IN THE RAW

216 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow 918-893-6111 SEE AD | PAGE 98

INCREDIBLE PIZZA

8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa 539-302-2681 SEE AD | PAGE 3

CHIMI’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa 918-587-4411 SEE AD | PAGE 31

GOODCENTS DELI FRESH SUBS

8222 E. 103rd St. | Tulsa 918-364-7827 SEE AD | PAGE 59

JASON’S DELI

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1330 E. 15th St. | Tulsa 918-599-7777 SEE AD | PAGE 59

JIM’S CONEY ISLAND 1923 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa 918-744-9018

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MOLLY’S LANDING

3700 N. Old Hwy 66 | Catoosa 918-266-7853

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KITCH

377 E Main Street | Jenks 918-528-6766 SEE AD | PAGE 80

LANNA THAI

7227 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa 918-249-5262 SEE AD | PAGE 55

LOS CABOS

300 Riverwalk Terrace #100 | Jenks 918-298-2226 SEE AD | PAGE 9

LOS CABOS

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LOS CABOS

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MARYN’S TAPHOUSE AND RAW BAR

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VISIONS BUFFET

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NAPA FLATS WOOD‑FIRED KITCHEN 9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa 918-948-6505

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OL’VINE FRESH GRILL

3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 918-747-9463 SEE AD | PAGE 99

PRHYME: DOWNTOWN STEAKHOUSE 111 N. Main St. | Tulsa 918-794-7700 SEE AD | PAGE 7

RICARDOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5629 E. 41st St. | Tulsa 918-622-2668

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RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT

8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa SEE AD | PAGE 100

5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR FIRESIDE GRILL

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427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa 918-949-4498 SEE AD | PAGE 7

MONDO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN

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JUNIPER

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THE BISTRO AT SEVILLE ROSE ROCK MICROCREAMERY

The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St, #35 | Tulsa 918-396-8001 SEE AD | PAGE 45

ROZAY’S WINGZ AND THINGS

2627 E. 11th St. | Tulsa 918-271-5051 SEE AD | PAGE 63

RUSTIC GATE CREAMERY

101 W. Main St. | Jenks 918-528-6227 SEE AD | PAGE 80

SABORES

The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 27 | Tulsa 918-212-9065 SEE AD | PAGE 43

SISSEROU’S CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT 107 N. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa 918-576-6800 SEE AD | PAGE 27

SMOKE. WOODFIRE GRILL

1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa 918-949-4440 SEE AD | PAGE 74

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TI AMO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 6024 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa 918-499-1919

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TI AMO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa 918-592-5151

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TROPICAL RESTAURANT & BAR 8125 E. 49th St. | Tulsa 918-895-6433 SEE AD | PAGE 55

VILLAGE INN

2745 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa (918) 742-3515 SEE AD | PAGE 89

VILLAGE INN

3302 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa (918) 622-5015 SEE AD | PAGE 89

VILLAGE INN

5230 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa (918) 496-1207 SEE AD | PAGE 89

SOUL CITY

1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa 918-582-7685 SEE AD | PAGE 35

VILLAGE INN

8320 E. 71st St. | Tulsa (918) 254-7623 SEE AD | PAGE 89

MEXICALI BORDER CAFÉ 14 W. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa 918-582-3383 SEE AD | PAGE 27

LANDSHARK BAR MARGARITAVILLE 918-995-8080

SWEET BOUTIQUE

The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., #13 | Tulsa 918-900-2238 SEE AD | PAGE 45

WATERFRONT GRILL

120 Aquarium Drive | Jenks 918-518-6300 SEE AD | PAGE 9

TANDOORI GUYS

MIXCO

3rd and Denver | Tulsa 918-932-8571 SEE AD | PAGE 7

R UTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

918-995-8600

SCOREBOARD SPORTS BAR

2039 W. Houston St. | Broken Arrow 918-893-2450 SEE AD | PAGE 89

WILD HEART CAFÉ

501 S. Cherokee St. | Catoosa 918-739-4754 SEE AD | PAGE 34

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While cow’s milk is a popular choice for many, the last few years have been a renaissance of sorts for anyone looking to explore the rapidly expanding field of nondairy milk. BY TIFFANY DUNCAN PHOTOS BY CHELSI FISHER The conversation around milk and whether or not it’s good for you has really ramped up in intensity over the last couple of years, and there seems to be a new milk alternative on the market every month now. We will briefly attempt to make sense of some of the chaos here. Many of us were reared with a glass of milk consistently accompanying our dinner plates, because it wasn’t really until 2014 that the “Got Milk” campaign dropped their famous slogan in favor of a new “Milk Life” campaign due to dramatically decreased sales. The decreased sales came partly from groups raising alarm bells around the supposed cons of regularly drinking milk. The cons include concern over the hormones and antibiotics being pumped into commercial dairy cows to make them produce more, quicker. Though it has not been definitively proven, added hormones and antibiotics in milk are thought to possibly cause acne, and hormone disruption. There

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is growing concern over antibiotic resistance becoming an issue in those who consume a lot of milk. Other purported health risks are weight gain due to milk’s fat content, and increased risk of prostate and ovarian cancers. Studies have also shown that up to 75 percent of people have reported some sort of lactose intolerance, leading many to believe that humans simply were not made to drink milk. On the other side of the coin, however, milk is one of the most nutrient-rich beverages a human can drink. It is considered a whole food, as it includes 18 out of the 22 necessary vitamins we need, and a complex set of fatty acids. Studies have also indicated a link between drinking milk and lower risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, some cancers, and limiting osteoporosis. So which is it? Like anything else in dispute, moderation

seems to be the key. To get the maximum benefit and to lessen the cons of milk drinking, make sure to purchase organic milk from grass-fed cows, and ensure that it is rBGH (hormone) free. Drinking vat-pasteurized, or low-temp pasteurized — as opposed to hightemp pasteurized, or ultrapasteurized — will also ensure you are getting a higher quality milk, as the low-temp pasteurization method takes longer and typically will come from smaller farms that focus more on the quality and cleanliness of their herds and equipment. Low-temp pasteurized milk will also retain many more of the nutrients that are boiled out of the high-temp pasteurized variety, and can be easier on the stomachs of those with a lactose allergy. If you’re looking to avoid cow’s milk, there are plenty of nondairy alternatives available.

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Soy milk was one of the first big hits on the dairy alternative market, but growing concerns over soy and soy-based products have sent people looking for a different medium for their morning latte fix. Although results are inconclusive, studies have shown there may be a link between soy and hormone disruption, causing breast cancer and issues with the thyroid, as well as infertility. This is all due to soy containing estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones.

But, like milk, it isn’t a black and white answer. Soy beans are also full of plantbased protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals. It really all depends on how the soy is processed, and how much you are consuming. For example, soy can actually help with infertility, as long as women don’t eat too much. This is thought to be because the isoflavones help to neutralize the BPA’s endocrine-disrupting effects. But eat too much, and it may have the opposite effect and increase infertility.

Almond Milk

Perhaps the current most popular nondairy option is almond milk. It’s thicker than milk, but with a smooth, neutral, subtly nutty taste. Almond milk is made by soaking the almonds to soften them, then dumping the water and almonds — and sometimes salt, vanilla, or another added flavor — into a high-speed blender and blended until smooth. The mixture is then strained to produce almond milk.

Hemp Milk Also on the rise on the nondairy market is hemp milk, because the texture is very similar to regular milk. It is made in exactly the same way that almond milk is (soaking the hemp seeds, etc.). Though hemp milk contains little protein, it is high in essential fatty acids, and low in both calories and carbs.

Coconut Milk Coconuts are rather miraculous; there are a lot of different by-products that can come from them, including

coconut oil, water, sugar, flour, cream, and coconut milk — both in the can and in the carton form. Coconut milk, specifically, comes from the fresh meat inside a coconut. The meat is simmered in water to extract the flavor and then strained. The coconut “milk” that comes inside a carton or served in lattes at your local coffee shop is watered down so it isn’t so thick, and it also may contain additives like sweeteners and/or stabilizers like guar gum. The coconut milk in cans is the thick, pure stuff that is used as a main staple in Thai cooking.

Oat Milk Oat milk is the new star on the rise in the specialty coffee world, as it is remarkably similar in both taste and texture to dairy milk. It is made by soaking steel cut oats or “groats” (the hulled kernels of various cereal grains like rye, barley, wheat, and oat) in water, and then blended and strained just as almond or other nut milks would be. Oat milk yields a silky, slightly sweet milkwater that is about to usurp the throne from almond milk in the world of nondairy alternatives for lattes.

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While other parts of Tulsa, especially its historic downtown, have had to contend with the effects of growing popularity, the Brookside District has somehow managed to keep much of its traditional charm and way of life, while also being an inviting area for restauranteurs to give it a go. Some of Tulsa’s coolest places to hang out, shop, and dine are located in the popular district of town known as Brookside. This mile or so of entertainment between 31st Street and just south of 41st Street on Peoria Avenue garners visits from people all over the city. And it’s no surprise why. The fact is, Brookside has plenty to do in spades, no matter what you like to do. Whether you enjoy browsing quaint shops, viewing local and regional art displays, working out, walking the dog, or just seeing and being seen, Brookside is a superb place to play and have fun. And since having fun tends to make you hungry and thirsty, it’s not surprising this part of town features some cool, tasty restaurants to savor good meals and great drinks with fabulous company. This list of ours contains several of our favorite suggestions for where to find a great margarita, fusion sushi, homestyle Italian, and a whole lot more — ensuring you and your loved ones enjoy a great day or night on the town anytime.

Biga 4329 S. PEORIA AVE. T U L SA

With excellent service and exceptional cuisine, Biga is a Tulsa gem. It is a superbly authentic, neighborhood Italian restaurant. Just ask anyone who has visited. The cozy, relaxed atmosphere welcomes everyone who enters this south Brookside eatery. The elegant and delicious specialty wine dinners Biga has to offer are truly a favorite among its regular patrons. Wines from all over the world paired with tasty dishes from one of Tulsa’s best Italian restaurants makes this a worthy place to visit time and time again.

Cafe Ole 3509 S. PEORIA AVE. T U L SA

There’s a good reason Café Ole draws regulars back to dine and enjoy themselves over and over again. This spot has one of the best outdoor dining patios in the city, hands down. With a fire going in cool weather and adobe style half-walls lining the patio, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in crisp New Mexico. The food is always reliable — don’t just stop for dinner, either. Plan to come for their brunch menu on the weekends. And they are famous for margaritas and sangria, so don’t miss out. Have it all, and finish up with their Key lime pie.

Brookside By Day 3313 S. PEORIA AVE. T U L SA

Brookside By Day has been one of Tulsa’s go-to breakfast locations since the early 1990s. So many people have made wonderful breakfast memories there. The accommodating staff always seem to be in the mood to make happy everyone who comes through both the front door on the Peoria side, or the “cool” entrance in the back, close to the parking lot. Sitting down in this restaurant, with its hole-in-the-wall vibe, to have breakfast or a burger feels a lot like being a part of the “in” crowd.

Claud's Hamburgers 3834 S. PEORIA AVE. T U LSA

One of Tulsa’s classic burger joints, Claud’s has been dishing up burgers and buns since 1954. Regulars will tell you it’s one of their favorite hamburger spots in town, and the team at Claud’s works hard to keep their clientele happy. It’s the kind of place Tulsans visit as kids and then grow up and bring their own kids. Among the favorites regulars recommend, you should try are the onion fried-in burgers, the crispy fries, and the coleslaw. People also rave about the friendly service, which makes it a pleasure to visit repeatedly.

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Doc's Wine & Food 3509 S. PEORIA AVE. T U LSA

For nearly a decade, Doc’s Wine & Food has been providing the Brookside scene with one of Tulsa’s best New Orleans cuisine experiences. The rich flavor of their French Quarter fare can be smelled even before entering the dining room. World-class service and an unpretentious, yet stylish, approach to classic seafood and Creole dishes bring back the customers every time they open their doors. Enjoy brilliant wines and drinks to complement the fabulous food. You will not regret a single minute of your time spent at Doc’s.

Mondo's Italian Restaurant 3410 S. PEORIA AVE. T U L SA

Mondo’s is a tremendous treat for anyone wishing to experience the East Coast version of one of America’s favorite style of food: Italian. You’ll think you’ve been transported to the lower west side of New York, when in reality you’re still in Tulsa. And trust us, it isn’t just the exquisite collection of family photos covering every inch of the wall; it’s also the excellent service and the amazing Italian cuisine that will make you feel a part of the Aloisio family’s dinner party. Try their amazing meatballs or outstanding lasagna, and finish the meal off with an authentic cannoli.

Elmer's BBQ 4130 S. PEORIA AVE. T U LSA

For some of the sweetest sauce and most tender meat, Elmer’s BBQ is Brookside’s barbecue beast. From absolutely fresh and flavorful sides, like baked beans, corn on the cob and seasoned green beans, to their heavenly-smoked bologna and ribs, you will love every bite. With a casual atmosphere and its own mini-museum dedicated to many of jazz’s all-time greats, this Brookside bop-lovin’ beauty of a barbecue joint is one of Tulsa’s finest. Enjoy a sample of all they have to order by snagging a combo or two for the family. We promise, ‘It Be Bad.’

In the Raw 3321 S. PEORIA AVE. TULSA

Sushi lovers know that when you’re in Brookside, you want to stop in for a meal at In the Raw. This cool little spot is reliable, friendly, and delicious. While you’ll want to go for your usual favorites — the popular Cody roll with yellowtail and salmon, the Asian chicken ITR salad, or their fan-favorite 8-ounce pepper filet — don’t forget to try one of their weekly specials too. Save room for dessert, because their brulees and cheesecake are superb. Or stop by Mondays through Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., for their happy hour specials. Their $2 beer and $4 wine specials are a thing of beauty.

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ol'Vine 3523 S. PEORIA AVE. T U LSA

Ol’Vine is one of those great spots to hang out with pals and chat. You’ve got two outdoor areas to choose from — the busier bustle of their sidewalk patio out front, or the quieter, tree-shaded back patio. The bar area features comfortable bar stools and TVs for game viewing. And the indoor dining area is casually refined. Share the carefully crafted cheese and fruit platter. And then opt for one of their artisan pizzas or a wood grilled shrimp dinner. And don’t neglect their Savory Swirl — a Wednesday evening extravaganza of flavors like hoisin chicken, garlic shrimp, braised brisket, rabbit roulade, and a whole lot more to explore.


The Brook Restaurant & Bar 3401 S. PEORIA AVE. T U LSA

A sports bar that is family friendly and serves great food? Yes, please. And it’s not surprising you’d find it here at The Brook. This spot offers American classics done to please a wide variety of patrons. You’ll find some excellent options here for the whole family, no matter who likes to eat what. From their meatless garden burger to the chili queso burger, the options run the gamut from healthy to, well, indulgent. Tulsans often say The Brook has some of the best mac and cheese in town, though you can’t go wrong with the Tater Tots or hand-cut fries either. Portions are large, and you won’t leave hungry.

Also Check Out Bin 35 Bistro 3509 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Blue Moon Cafe 3512 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Bricktown Brewery 3301 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Charleston's Restaurant 3726 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Cosmo Cafe 3334 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Crow Creek Tavern 3534 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

KEO 3524 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

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We don’t know what the sushi scene in Tulsa would be like without Sushi Hana, and we’d hate to find out. These guys are serious about sushi. Enjoy some of the absolute best Japanese fusion cuisine while sitting in a swanky dining room or bar area, and you’re in for a real treat. Excellent prices and even better food are what you can expect when you visit. Try the shrimp or vegetable tempura appetizer to begin with. Then enjoy a couple of their many fantastic rolls, like the Volcano roll or the GenX. They are truly amazing.

Lambrusco'z To Go 1344 E. 41ST ST. | TULSA

Old School Bagel 3723 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Oren Restaurant 3509 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Weber's 3817 S. PEORIA AVE. T U L SA

The bright orange building which houses this small, well-loved eatery is a Brookside classic. Weber’s has been around since 1933, serving up classic burgers, fries, and some of the best-loved homemade root beer in town. Their burger patties are made with 100 percent fresh ground Angus beef. The homemade onion rings are among the reasons people keep coming back to Weber’s over and over. Regulars recommend the coneys, too. And of course, you have to try their famous root beer, which traces back to 1891, when original owner Oscar Weber Bilby first started making his 14-ingredient root beer recipe. The root beer was supposedly a favorite of Frank and Jesse James. Legends aside, Weber’s doesn’t disappoint in the taste department, which is what counts.

R Bar & Grill 3421 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Sen~or Tequila 3348 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Torchy's Tacos 3330 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

Zoes Kitchen 3629 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA

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In the Raw offers an upbeat and progressive vibe, along with steak, wraps, rice bowls, and ramen as well as some truly creative sushi flavor combinations in roll form. BY DONNA LEAHEY

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In the Raw isn’t your usual sushi place. Instead of black and red decor, there are exposed brick walls. It’s edgy and trendy and hip. The ambiance is not so much quiet and soothing as it is vibrant and cool.

Last July the Brookside location added the Eel Bar, a full bar on the back patio built into a shipping container. “It’s all self-contained. It closes up with a 1,000-pound hydraulic door,” he says. “And starting in the spring, we’ll have Eel After Dark. The Eel Bar will be open until 2 a.m. We’ll have a DJ and a loungy vibe.”

“I lived in Los Angeles and went to USC. When I moved back, at that time, there was only one sushi place in Tulsa, and it was very traditional,” says Greg Hughes, owner of Tulsa’s two In the Raw locations, and the franchise in Broken Arrow. “I thought there was room for something new — nontraditional sushi, upbeat and progressive. I spent six months learning to roll sushi. I opened the Brookside location 20 years ago, in 1998. The Brook was the only restaurant on Brookside at that time, so we were the second in the area.”

The In the Raw menu continues that edgy, nontraditional feel, keeping up with trends, while always maintaining quality. Of course, you can get your favorites like California rolls or salmon skin rolls, but you can also get a wrap, a rice bowl, or ramen as well as some truly creative flavor combinations in roll form. “We fly in our fish every day,” says Hughes. “The ahi tuna comes from Hawaii, the rest from LA. It costs more, but fresh is important.” Also important to Hughes are his experienced sushi chefs. “We have the top chefs in the region.”

Six years later, Hughes opened the On the Hill location. The classic lines of the brick building on Brookside form the basis for the decor. “James Boswell is the architect on all my projects,” says Hughes. “He brings an edgy design element. We went for that nontraditional look here. For the On the Hill location, which has that wonderful view of Tulsa, we went for a similar design, but everything I did out there was for the view. The booths are all raised to get the full view. The windows are big and open. The bar faces the sunset. I wanted to bring the view inside.”

The Dunwell roll — paying tribute to In the Raw’s Brookside home — is a consistent favorite item. It starts with crispy tempura shrimp and adds jalapeno, cream cheese, and a spicy sauce. The cream cheese is a smooth foil to the heat of the jalapeno and sauce. Another favorite is the Ginger 2 roll (yes, there’s a Ginger 1), filled with crabcake, cream cheese, blackened tuna, asparagus, jalapeno and topped with avocado, crunchies, habanero sauce, and sweet eel sauce. If you were wondering, the Ginger 1 roll has smoked salmon rather than tuna and avocado rather than asparagus. For a quick and tasty treat to start your meal, try the ahi tuna poke bowl. Bite size chunks of ahi tuna are seasoned and topped with sesame oil. The ahi is fresh and firm and

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perfectly seasoned. It sits on top of avocado chunks, cucumber slices, and more. You can also order this fresh starter with salmon poke or with shrimp. The Volcano roll is a top seller. This highend roll is stuffed with tempura shrimp, cream cheese, avocado and jalapeno, and topped with scallops and scallions sautéed in a spicy sauce. Another great choice, especially if you want to sample the seafood offerings, is the Sashimi Eleven bowl. It’s a beautiful presentation, full of salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, tamago, and more. The fish is served in meaty chunks that beg you to pick up your chopsticks and go oldschool with it. The ITR salad is one of the most popular items overall. Roasted chicken tops shredded lettuce with crispy noodles, wontons, toasted almonds and scallions. The whole thing is tossed with In the Raw’s signature ginger vinaigrette. It will only take one bite for you to know why it’s a favorite.

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Hughes is understandably proud of his In the Raw locations. “What’s cool is that we’ve been here long enough to have families that have been coming here with kids who are now in high school,” he says. “They grew up and they’re still coming here. We’re introducing a new generation to sushi. And soon there will be another generation.”

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Next year, Hughes will open another In the Raw location on the sixth floor of the Tulsa Valley National Bank building, looking out over downtown and the ballpark. “We’re calling it ITR - Vu,” Hughes says. “And because takeout is such a growing market, we’re going to open a 700-square foot grab-and-go market on the ground floor. You’ll be able to get bento boxes, sushi, sake and wine.”

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WHETHER YOU WANT SOMETHING LIGHT AND HEALTHY OR A PLATE OF SOUTHWEST-STYLED COMFORT FOOD, FIND YOUR WAY TO CAFE OLÉ FOR A HEARTY DOSE OF CHARM AND ONE OF THE BEST PATIOS IN THE STATE. BY DONNA LEAHEY // PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS

Brookside is one of the best places in Tulsa for dining, entertainment, night life, shopping, or just plain ol’ people watching. So many of the restaurants and shops are one-of-a-kind experiences. Tucked away on 35th Street, just off Peoria Avenue is one of the best and most unique of Brookside’s offerings: Cafe Olé. There’s a lot to love about Cafe Olé — its casual, fun feel; that fantastic patio; the authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine; the great service; the endless chips and salsa; and so much more. Part of its charm is the feeling that it’s your own little secret place. It’s not really a secret, though. Since 1986, Cafe Olé has won recognition in Tulsa by way of awards, including the 2016 Taste of Brookside, and many “best of ” lists

for margaritas, brunch, and authentic Mexican dishes. Owner Don Jones — who also owns ol’Vine, the wonderful casual eatery — took over Cafe Olé six years ago. “You don’t design a business plan for someplace like this,” he says. “I expanded the menu quite a bit. Some items changed as we did more from-scratch cooking. We do a ton of prep work every day. The classic queso and the margaritas; I haven’t changed those. People love those.” If it’s your first visit, you might be taken aback by the cozy dining area. There are just a few tables, with a host stand and the window into the kitchen. There’s so much more to Cafe Olé beyond the front

door, though. One doorway leads to a long, narrow dining area with booths that look out over a pretty green lawn. The other doorway leads to the patio. If the kitchen is the heart of a restaurant, the patio is Cafe Olé’s soul. “The patio really drives Cafe Olé,” says Jones. It’s what gives Cafe Olé that unique vibe, that feeling that you are someplace special. A fireplace reigns over the east end of the patio, keeping things warm even when the weather’s chilly. There’s plenty of seating available, near the street, near the fireplace, or near the lawn. Clear curtains help keep the heat out in summer or keep it in during winter. “People sometimes wait an hour and a half

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What about the menu at Cafe Olé? “It’s not Tex-Mex,” he says. “It’s really authentic Southwest. Fresh, made from scratch. We spend a lot of time prepping fresh every day. We’ve been certified by the State of New Mexico for our use of Hatch chiles. Our blue corn tortillas are actually made from blue corn, not dyed blue like some other places. Our Chile rellenos are made from scratch.” Authentic Southwest cuisine, and a great view of Brookside. What could be better? In addition to lunch and dinner, Cafe Olé offers weekend brunch. Your choices range from hearty huevos rancheros to sweet French toast with seasonal fruit, whipped mascarpone, and Mexican cinnamon. Choose a filling queso blanco omelet, shrimp cocktail, or a trendy grilled avocado with an egg nestled in the middle. Enjoy your brunch in style with a mimosa or bloody mary. On Tuesday nights, Cafe Olé goes to the street. Tin Pan Tuesday is Cafe Olé’s take on Spanish, Mexican, and Native American street food. And with items priced at $2 each, you can mix and match and share all night.

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The most popular dish on the menu is the fajitas, for good reason. The sizzling skillet full of beef or chicken (or both) is served along with grilled onions and pepper, all the fixings, and a Jack cheese enchilada. The street tacos are another favorite, with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp topped with fresh cilantro, onions, rice, and beans. You can taste how fresh the street tacos are. The pan-seared red snapper is not just a healthy choice, but a delicious one. It’s served with grilled fresh veggies, topped with seasonal salsa and cooked to tasty perfection. You can also try it blackened. A unique choice is the molcajete: a generous bowl filled with grilled pork, shrimp, and chicken, with roasted chile sauce, and gallo pinto. Thick slices of queso fresco rest atop this hearty and feisty dish, served with tortillas. Another popular and unique dish is the Albondigon de Cabrito, Cafe Olé’s take on meatloaf with beef and cabrito, with cheese, chile mashed potatoes, and sofrito sauce.

If you’ve got a holiday to celebrate, consider Cafe Olé’s tamales by the dozen. You can choose cheese, fire roasted pork, Chile verde chicken, or roasted chicken de ranchero. Besides being fresh and delicious, Cafe Olé’s menu is loaded with vegetarian and glutensensitive options — just look for the symbol on the menu.

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You can finish off your lunch or dinner with one of Cafe Olé’s fantastic desserts. Lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies are always solid choices. At the same time, the Key lime pie is a must try with its perfect balance of sweet and tangy. “And we’re bringing back our chocolate tres leches cake” says Jones.

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“This is a family restaurant,” Inkelaar says. “We put pictures of people on the walls, including El Chico founder, Adelaida “Mama” Cuellar. This is a blue-collar restaurant in a blue-collar neighborhood. We’re not fancy or glittery. We work hard for those who work hard.” Daily specials are one way El Chico is there for your family. From Nacho Average Monday to Filet Fajitas Fridays, El Chico makes dining easier for families every day. And, yes, you read that right: Filet Fajitas. It’s real filet served fajita style over peppers and onions in a sizzling skillet. And it’s $19.99 for two people. On Thursday, kids eat free with an adult entree purchase. Enchilada Wednesday is a super affordable enchilada lunch for $4.99 or dinner for $5.99. And Tuesday Night Fajitas slashes the price of combo fajitas in half, after 5 p.m. Kids enjoy a soft drink and a serving of jello. “We put a dollop of whipped cream on it,” says Inkelaar with a smile. He loves to make it

Every day, Inkelaar features a different margarita for $6. Monday is the Baja Blue Swirl, a 23-ounce frozen margarita with DeKeyper Island Blue Pucker, for a sweet, sour, and cold refresher. Tuesday is El Chico’s Ultimate Margarita, made with 1800 reposado tequila and Cointreau. You can get your Ultimate Margarita frozen or on the rocks. Wednesday is a treat: Sangria Swirl. A frozen house margarita is swirled together with frozen sangria for a cold, sweet, tart, and fruity drink that’s as pretty to look at as it is fun to drink. Thursday’s special is the La Bandera, a 23-ounce frozen marg with Midori melon and Monin Passion Fruit. Friday is time to celebrate with an El Grito, a large martini glass filled with frozen margarita, Midori Melon, and strawberry. Enjoy your Saturday with a La Suavecita made with añejo tequila, Grand Marnier, and a splash of orange juice for brightness. Close out your weekend with a Boca Blue Moon made with Tarantula Azul tequila and Blue Curacao. With so many margaritas, it’s not surprising Inkelaar knows his tequila. “There’s silver/ gold tequila, reposado, and añejo. You always want at least reposado.” Given how tasty his margs are, his advice is no doubt worth following.

Happy hour at El Chico is 4-7 p.m. and besides all those margarita choices, you can enjoy $2.75 pilsners in the bar. Stop by for lunch specials served weekdays. With choices as low as $6.99, you can get a full lunch without busting your lunch budget. Check out the lunch fajitas while you’re there — El Chico’s sizzling fajitas in a lunch portion at a lunch price. It’s a great option. If you’re looking for something new, the mixed grill is a very popular choice — steak and chicken fajitas with shrimp perfectly sautéed in chipotle butter. It comes served with flour tortillas, grilled onions and peppers, tomatoes, rice, frijoles rancheros, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole or cheddar. For dessert, you have got to try Mama’s Favorite Mexican Apple Pie. This generous slice of apple pie is served in a sizzling skillet with cinnamon ice cream and a rich, decadent brandy butter sauce. This is a dessert well worth saving room for.

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The building may be nearly 50 years old, but it looks like the kind of place serving up great Tex-Mex, with its bright Southwest colors and mariachi music playing over the speakers. The interior is spacious and well lit, with a bar and plenty of space to enjoy your meal. The decor makes it clear that El Chico is para la familia.

Seven Days of Margaritas is one strategy Inkelaar uses to try to stay current. “A lot of people have been coming here for more than 30 years. So, we try to reach out to a younger generation, to appeal to them too,” he says.

something that younger people could have fun with. We have so many different flavors and tequilas.”

He also recommends trying their Fishbowl Margarita. “It’s big enough for two,” he says. “Made with Blue Curacao and gummy sharks that have been soaked in tequila. I wanted

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“I was working at the 71st Street location when they offered me this one,” he says of his decision to become an owner of the location on 21st Street. “This restaurant is 46 years old. I had to think about taking on an older restaurant. But then I took it on.”

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Gil Inkelaar knows his way around an El Chico. And he should. He worked for El Chico for 20 years before purchasing his own franchise store six years ago. That’s 26 years of bringing Tex-Mex to Tulsa. And doing it well.

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Not fancy or glittery, Gil Inkelaar’s El Chico on 21st Street works hard for those who work hard while offering an array of premium drinks, daily specials including filet fajitas, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Looking to add a quirky, fun feel to your home décor to balance out your traditional dining table or modern sofa? Chances are, you’re going to find what you’re looking for at the fanciful, uncommon store known as 360 Home. The term vintage refers specifically to furnishings manufactured in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. To get a sense of what that looks like, picture the set of a movie like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, or The Graduate, or TV shows like Leave It to Beaver and Bewitched. Or just imagine your grandmother’s house, and think of her formal living room furniture that you weren’t allowed to sit on.

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Those visits to grandma's are something 360 Home’s proprietor, Bear Marlow, and his business partner, curator Shawn Nichols, can both relate to. “We both grew up with families and grandparents who had really cool décor in their homes,” says Marlow. “We both learned to appreciate a story behind a piece of furniture, the history of pieces that were in our homes.”


ge Virtue Marlow and Nichols previously ran Antique NV, a popular antique shop in Jenks, before they decided to open up a shop in midtown Tulsa. 360 Home is nestled in the heart of Tulsa’s vintage design district with other vintage shops like Vintage Vault and Retro Den by 11th Street and Harvard Avenue.

stand and matching dresser may be right around the corner from a smooth teakwood tape dispenser that would dress up the desk in your library. There are even vintage leather law books, and collections like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew among their items. It all looks great displayed in your home.

“We wanted to move to midtown and concentrate on the needs of today’s hip, millennial market, people who are looking for ways to incorporate more vintage décor into a modern lifestyle,” Marlow says.

And it’s not just the pieces themselves that Marlow and Nichols look for. They also believe strongly in the story of a piece — its history, its character, its tale of where it came from and how it ended up in Tulsa. “We look for unique furniture that looks super cool and has a great story,” Marlow says.

In terms of mid-century modern, 360 Home won’t let you down. A Mersman drum table or Drexel walnut table may sit near a can light table lamp. A Heywood Wakefield night

“It was actually the first luxury liner to incorporate art deco décor. Then it was turned into a prison ship during World War II. The ship carried U.S. and Canadian troops home. The deck chairs are a great piece of nautical history.”

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Although most of their merchandise is vintage, 360 Home also features new creations by local artists. “We like to work with local artists to supplement our vintage décor,” says Marlow. “We have a Tulsa artist who makes artwork on candle votive glass, and an artist who makes lawn art out of flatware. We love things that have been repurposed, reimagined. It adds to our great, quirky vibe.”

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Browse the displays, and you’ll find bohemian wicker chairs and filigreed photo frames. You’ll spot industrial chic — weathered metal shop stools, iron gear wheels, and other intriguing items you are unlikely to find elsewhere in Tulsa. “Right now, we’ve got a 1950s mail sorter from a local convent,” says Marlow as an example, “and a 12-foot long cabinet from a 1920s hardware store.”

As an example, Marlow points to a set of deck chairs in the shop at the moment. “We have a couple of teak deck chairs that came from a 1920s luxury liner called The Île de France,” he says.

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“We specialize in uncommon vintage items — unique and quirky items that our young customers are really into right now. Our customer base includes some of Tulsa’s best designers, as well as 30-, 40-, and 50-year-olds looking for pieces to put in their home.”

Expect some great music when you visit — the store’s music playlist features everyone from Aretha Franklin to Ariana Grande, and it’s so popular, they even share it on Spotify. And expect new items regularly. “Our merchandise comes and goes quickly,” says Marlow. “We really do turn the store over and keep it fresh.”

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Marlow manages the day-to-day business, helping customers find what they need. Nichols handles all the staging of the floor displays. He’s knowledgeable about vintage furniture makers and is at the store on Saturdays.

Christmas trees and vintage ornaments, as well as small gift items like candles, gift boxes, glass jewelry cases, and other pieces with a vintage feel.

Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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INK & ANGUISH: A JAY LYNCH ANTHOLOGY BY JAY LYNCH

The career of Jay Lynch — cartoonist, satirist, and counterculture archivist — spanned more than six decades. All his signature Nard ‘n’ Pat stories from Bijou Funnies are featured in this volume, as well as samples of his trading card illustrations and his paintings. Lynch also narrates his life story throughout the book, from his dysfunctional childhood to the day he selected his coffin and headstone, in a half-century series of interviews and correspondence with comic historian Patrick Rosenkranz. ALSO LOOK FOR:

THE DAKOTA WINTERS BY TOM BARBASH

In 1979 New York City, 23-year-old Anton Winter returns to his childhood home where his father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and John Lennon. But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond.

HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR BY KRISTYN KUSEK LEWIS

When Bess Warner arrives in small town Greyhill, Va., with her husband Cole and their kids, she thinks she knows what to expect. Yes, there’s going to be a lot to learn as they take over Cole’s family’s inn-keeping business, but Bess believes it will be the perfect escape from Washington. After losing her White House job under a cloud of scandal, she hardly knows who she is anymore. But Bess quickly discovers that fitting in is easier said than done.

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Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed By John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba DEC. 4

The people of Congo are fighting back against a tidal wave of international exploitation and governmental oppression to make things better for their nation, their neighborhoods, and their families.

Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms — and What to Do Next By Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg DEC. 31

A comprehensive, light-hearted resource for the hypochondriac in all of us, from two Columbia University cardiologists who review dozens of symptoms and offer advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment, or go to the hospital.

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Advanced Love By Ari Cohen Memorabilia By Sergio Ponchione The Enemy of DEC. 4 My Enemy Five stories By W. E. B. Griffin illuminating the and William E. art and lives of all- Butterworth IV time great comic DEC. 11 book artists Steve Special agent Ditko, Jack Kirby, James Cronley Jr. Wallace Wood, finds that fighting Will Eisner, and both ex-Nazis Richard Corben. and the Soviet The book mixes NKGB can lead to fact with fiction strange bedfellows, as a testament to in the dramatic the remarkable new Clandestine imaginations of Operations novel these masterful about the birth of comics makers. the CIA and the Cold War.

DEC. 24

A DELICATE TOUCH BY STUART WOODS

When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington for help, the job seems easy enough. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades, involving numerous prominent New Yorkers who would prefer the past stay buried. Stone is caught between a rock and a hard place, his only options either to play it safe or to see justice done and risk fatal exposure. ALSO LOOK FOR:

Affectionate portraits and profiles of inspiring couples from around the world, who share their stories and relationship advice, and who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time.

The Boy By Tami Hoag DEC. 31

When Genevieve’s 7-year-old son, KJ, is murdered by an alleged intruder, detectives Nick and Annie Broussard must figure out if someone from Genevieve’s past or present is responsible for the death, or if something more sinister is going on.

Into the Night By Sarah Bailey DEC. 4

After the shocking murder of a highprofile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim’s friends and family can be trusted — and who may be the killer.


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WHO LOVES BOO? BY SALINA YOON

OF BLOOD AND BONE: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE BY NORA ROBERTS

Fallon Swift barely knows the world that existed before — the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, Fallon will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined.

LOVE FOR IMPERFECT THINGS: HOW TO BE KIND AND FORGIVING TOWARD YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY HAEMIN SUNIM

Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inward and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder, hoping this will make ourselves and the people we love happier. But what if being yourself is enough? Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom to the art of self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself — and the flaws that make you who you are — can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships.

DOG DIARIES: A MIDDLE SCHOOL STORY

BY JAMES PATTERSON WITH STEVEN BUTLER

Being Rafe’s dog isn’t always easy, but misbehaving mutt Junior finds it exciting. But when the evil Mrs. Stricker threatens to send Junior to the pound if he doesn’t learn to behave, Rafe and Junior must go to obedience school and win the trophy for Best Trained Dog.

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Realm of Ruins By Hannah West DEC. 4

The Mansion By Ezekiel Boone DEC. 4

A family moves into a home equipped with the world’s most intelligent, cutting-edge, and intuitive computer ever. But a buried secret leads to terrifying and catastrophic consequences.

Pandemic By Robin Cook DEC. 11

Medical examiner Jack Stapleton races to find the cause of a deadly virus. His investigation leads to gene-editing biotechnology and a megalomaniacal businessman willing to risk lives to conquer a lucrative new frontier in medicine.

Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life By Dave Asprey

DEC. 24

Contains insights into understanding the nature of trauma and DEC. 4 shares practical, Practical advice effective tools you readers can put can immediately into action to reap implement to begin immediate rewards, regulating your from taming fear and nervous system, anxiety to making strengthening better decisions, your emotional establishing highresiliency, and performance habits, transforming pain and practicing into your greatest gratitude and power. mindfulness.

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10 Little Kisses By Taylor Garland

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The Coursage to Rise By Liz Arch

Very young readers will love searching for Boo’s heart among heartfelt gifts and finding something unexpected instead. Each page offers a hint of the heart, but it isn’t until the last page that readers will see the valentine given to Boo by his loving friends. Fuzzy spots in the book add depth and a tactile element to this die-cut board book.

Valory’s power is dangerous, unruly, and destructive. Can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful By Arwen Elys Dayton DEC. 4

This mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring the lengths we’ll go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Everyone from puppies to polar bears is saying “I love you!” Share hugs, kisses, and an easy counting lesson with your little one in this sing-along board full of sweet animal photography.

Little Owl’s Snow By Divya Srinivasan DEC. 4

“Winter’s almost here,” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend raccoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: snow.

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S SHOWTIME DEC. 7 MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Cast: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant

BEN IS BACK

Charming yet troubled Ben Burns returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns welcomes her son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall. Cast: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance RATING: R

DEC. 14

RATING: NR

MORTAL ENGINES

Tom is a 20-something Londoner who has only ever lived inside his traveling hometown, and his feet have never touched grass, mud or land. His first taste of the outside comes quite abruptly: Tom gets in the way of the masked Hester’s attempt to kill Thaddeus Valentine, a powerful man she blames for her mother’s murder, and both Hester and Tom end up thrown out of the moving “traction” city, to fend for themselves. Cast: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving RATING: PG-13

DEC. 21 AQUAMAN

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world. Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman RATING: PG-13

BUMBLEBEE

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre. Cast: Riley Keough, Andrew Garfield, Jimmi Simpson

Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Justin Theroux

RATING: NR

RATING: NR

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

WELCOME TO MARWEN

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process. Cast: Steve Carell, Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann RATING: PG-13

SECOND ACT

A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens RATING: PG-13

DEC. 28

RATING: R

VOX LUX

In 1999 teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also launching a career. The sisters draw the attention of a passionate manager and are rapidly catapulted into fame and fortune, with Celeste as the star and Eleanor the creative anchor. By the film’s second half, set in 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention. Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Stacy Martin RATING: R

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HOLMES & WATSON

A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes

THE MULE

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

RATING: R

RATING: PG

A 90-year-old horticulturist and WW II veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives. Cast: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda

RATING: NR


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VICE

Vice explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today. Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell

DEC. 6

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ADMIRAL TWIN DRIVE-IN 7355 E. Easton St. Tulsa | 918.878.8099

RATING: R

AMC SOUTHROADS 20 4923 E. 41st St. Tulsa | 888.AMC.4FUN

DESTROYER

LAPD detective Erin Bell, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA PRESENTED BY NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s ill-fated couple in this great tragedy of politics, passion and power. DEC. 7 MARIA BY CALLAS An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

RATING: R

ON THE BASIS OF SEX

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

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DEC. 8 OLIVER TWIST (1922) Charles Dicken’s classic about a young orphan (Jackie Coogan) enduring trials and tribulations before finding someone to love and care for him.

RATING: PG-13

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CINEMARK TULSA 10802 E. 71st S. Tulsa | 800.FAN.DANG (#1128) CIRCLE CINEMA 10 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa | 918.592.3456

DEC. 14-24 THE FAVOURITE In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. DEC. 28-29

ETON SQUARE 6 CINEMA 8421 E. 61st St. Tulsa | 918.286.2618 REGAL PROMENADE PALACE 4107 S. Yale Ave. Tulsa | 800.326.3264 AMC CLASSIC OWASSO 12601 E. 86th St. N. Owasso | 918.376.9191 STARWORLD 20 10301 S Memorial Drive Tulsa | 918.369.7475

STAN & OLLIE

Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song — a grueling theatre tour of postwar Britain. Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Stephanie Hyam RATING: NR

NR = A rating was not available as of Nov. 20, 2018

Release dates and ratings are subject to change.

WHITE CHRISTMAS A Tulsa Circle Cinema tradition returns. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former commanding general. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Let’s do the “Time Warp” with this Tulsa Circle Cinema tradition. Audience participation encouraged. Prop bags may be purchased, but no throwing objects at screen and no water guns. Come and relive the 1975 classic centered on a newly engaged couple whose car breaks down in an isolated area and must visit the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

WARREN BROKEN ARROW 18 1700 W. Aspen Creek Drive Broken Arrow | 918.893.9798

Check Circle Cinema website for times, costs, additional events and more details. Release dates, showings and ratings are subject to change.

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December 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 12)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...