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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. 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’s unique entertainment and shopping districts provide enjoyable experiences for the entire family. From an art crawl in the Brady District, to a concert at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, to a trip to the Tulsa Zoo or a leisurely drive along Route 66 — there’s no end to what you can experience here.

Performing Arts Center attracts Broadway musicals, renowned musicians and excellent local theater productions, and is home to the Tulsa Ballet. Sports spectators can look to the University of Tulsa or Oral Roberts University athletic programs, Tulsa Oiler hockey games, and Tulsa Roughnecks soccer. Or, time a visit to coincide with special events, such as Tulsa Tough bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball finals. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa. Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting www.‌CityOfTulsa.org.

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TC TABLE OF CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2017 FEATURES

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With an honest, raw and usually no-holds-barred act that helps her work out personal issues, Whitney Cummings has no capacity for embarrassment.

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When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday life, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to making their businesses come to life and stay alive. As big as their impact is, small businesses depend on individual customer support to be successful and keep their shops open. Isn’t it about time we showed them some love? Model: Dallas Jeandemange Photographer: Marc Rains Clothes courtesy of Jules Boutique

DEPARTMENTS $91.80 in 48 Challenge | 8 Happenings | 10 Street Talk | 14

CLOWNING AROUND

Trade in the monotony and pressures of life for some laughter, silliness, noncreepy clowns, acrobatic acts and yes, elephants, at the Akdar Shrine Circus.

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DESIGNFORWARD REPURPOSING

Comprised entirely of shipping containers (39 in all), The Boxyard brings a new kind of aesthetic to downtown Tulsa — the kind of minimalistic, industrial chic that is usually only associated with larger metropolises like Denver or Austin.

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THRILL OF THE CHASE

Collecting antiques and vintage items is a passion shared by many people, from the casual collector to the serious dealer. Despite the modern age of convenience, the enthusiasm with which people seek out these historic treasures remains undiminished.

Conversation Starter | 18 Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48 Sound Check | 50 Health + Fitness | 52 Green Country Scene | 54 Style + Shopping | 58 Sports Central | 60 Sports Schedule | 65 Eats + Treats | 68 Cocktail Confidential | 70 Masters of Flavor | 88 Get To Know | 90 Showtime | 92

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LIPSHTICK LAUGHS

AUTOEXOTICA

With over a thousand vehicles inside and many more expected outside, automotive lovers can stroll through the Darryl Starbird show, feasting their eyes on some of the most beautiful, innovative and powerful cars ever built.

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THINK SMALL, BUY LOCAL

Many Americans frequent chain stores without considering their local merchant or other small business options. But shopping local can be a rewarding, fun, even costeffective way to support the local economy and find great quality items.

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V-DAY THE NEW WAY

Quit being so predictable. Whether you’re single, coupled up, somewhere in between or hanging with besties, get out of a rut this Valentine’s Day with these creative activities that don’t include chocolates and roses.

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THE NEW FIGHT CLUB

People are increasingly taking to the mats to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a combat sport used by mixed martial arts fighters. But the training benefits also reach well outside the match zone.

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THE REEL DEAL

Slot machines are games of pure chance, requiring no skill whatsoever. So why are casino-goers so enamored with all the bells and whistles?

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AMP IT UP

The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase gives emerging stars and under-the-radar music acts the opportunity to expand their reach and fan base from within the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

TRAINING GAFFES

So you’re busting your butt working out, but after all the sweat sessions you’re not seeing the payoff? Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a hardcore gym buff, you’re probably making some common blunders (and don’t even realize it).

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LIVING SIMPLE

Spurning many modern conveniences, the Chouteau Amish, with their strict beliefs, traditional dress and giving nature, are living and enjoying life side by side with modern Oklahomans.

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DAZZLE YOUR DATE

Can’t decide what to wear on that first date? Think outside the usual staples with a look that is amazing, comfortable and maintains your personal style.

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SCREAM MACHINES

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MAC TO THE MAX

Put down that Kraft box and check out the 918’s best spots for tantalizing (and powder-free) mac and cheese dishes, with nuances ranging from pork belly and bits of bacon to crunchy breadcrumb topping and fitting as many gooey cheeses as possible into a single batch.

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GRATIFYING GRILL

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ASIAN SENSATION

From the confines of a nearly 100-year-old landmark, the Atlas Grill honors downtown Tulsa’s rich heritage with blue-plate specials, comfort food and catering meals that have stood the test of time.

Mandarin Taste coalesces the cuisines of the Far East into one sumptuous whole with hot pot, dumplings, seafood and spicy and flavorful Szechwan food options.

Riders piloting indoor motorcycles on steroids will be looking to avoid coming off like “squids” or getting FAMILY “cased” as the dirt devils flip, FIRST jump and push for a holeshot, La Roma’s combination points and cash. Brraaap! of Italian pizza and Mediterranean dishes, FOOD married with the love FOR the owners have THAW for each other and Whether it’s chewy, gooey, their customers, is creamy or meaty, hearty special and unique. comfort food — especially in the colder months — is BAKING like an electric blanket SWEET for the soul, warming you MEMORIES from the inside out. Whether it’s a baby shower cake so adorable GRAPE that you won’t want to EXPECTATIONS eat it, a birthday cake Picking out a great bottle the likes of which few of cabernet sauvignon at have seen or a wedding the liquor store, or even cake that stands as just a glass of sauvignon a true testament to blanc while out for a nice your love, very few meal, isn’t as hard as confectionary challenges some wine connoisseurs are beyond the grasp might make you think. of The Cake Lady.

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918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE

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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. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the January issue of Preview. Debbie Buchanan and Kenzi Whala

STOP #1

Dave & Buster’s has a great variety of games for children and adults, from the original Donkey Kong and Galaga, to carnival games, shooter games, racing games and so much more. It’s an excellent place to take your family or meet up with friends. Many of the games give out tickets which you can spend on a wide selection of prizes like toys, appliances, and even video games. And we love half-price Wednesdays; the games are half off, but the ticket payout is the same. We spent $25.00 $25 and got $50 worth of game play and a ton of tickets.

STOP #2

It always smells amazing when walking past SMOKE. on Cherry Street, so we decided to give it a try. I ordered the Monday Special (meatloaf), and the spicy blue cheese tomato bisque. Kenzi had the grilled sausage and pimento cheese board. It was all good, but my favorites were the bisque and the sausage. They also brought out a basket of housemade chips while we waited for our food. I would go again just for those chips.

$30.00

$8.50

STOP #3

Next, we stopped at Mi Cocina because I love their Mambo Taxi drink and Kenzi hadn’t had a chance to try it yet. It’s a frozen margarita with sangria swirled throughout. It was refreshing, tasted fantastic, and I’d say we got the most bang (or buzz) for our buck. The atmosphere was perfect for just relaxing at the bar and catching up on what had been going on in our lives. They also have fantastic Mexican food, but since we had already eaten, we stuck with just the drink this time.

THE TEAM

$28.00

STOP #4

Boomtown Tees is perfect for a T-shirt junkie. It’s a small shop, but it’s packed with an array of colorful shirts showing a lot of local love. And the service was great. I decided I wanted this cool raglan tee with an Art Deco print, but I couldn’t find it in my size. Travis immediately offered to print one for me in my size right there. I wound up finding my size and that wasn’t necessary, but that offer solidified some repeat business from me.

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CONCE RTS

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FEB. 2 FEB. 9

ERIC CHURCH

FOREIGNER

BOK Center (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

FEB. 17

WINGER

IDL Ballroom (Tulsa)

BRETT ELDREDGE

SUGAR RAY

ARIANA GRANDE

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

ELI YOUNG BAND

DATSIK

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/‌Catoosa)

BOK Center (Tulsa)

STYX

OKLAHOMEGROWN MUSIC SHOWCASE

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/‌Catoosa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

FEB. 10 FEB. 18 FEB. 5 FEB. 11 FEB. 21 THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS

JON WOLFE

Vanguard (Tulsa)

CHIEF KEEF

JUICY J

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

RANDY ROGERS BAND

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

BOK Center (Tulsa)

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YOUNG THE GIANT

Vanguard (Tulsa)

KISS

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

WAYNE NEWTON

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/ Catoosa)

TY HERNDON

Buffalo Run Casino & Resort (Miami)

SARA WATKINS

Vanguard (Tulsa)

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/‌Catoosa)

BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINE

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

FEB. 28

TESLA

Brady Theater (Tulsa)

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53rd Annual

T u l sa , O k l a h o m a F e b r ua ry 1 7 - 1 9, 2 0 1 7 River Spirit ExPO Expo Square Fairgrounds Featuring!

LJ Jenkins’ “Bull Riding” Tour (Live Fri Night) TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides” Dave Kindig & Kevin Schiele Foose’s Hemisfear, Starbird’s Spaced Out & Fritz’ Baja Bandeeto “Master Of the Fine Line” Von Hot Rod & “Little Daddy” Roth Live Performances By: Brian Lee Dunning, Kelly Lynn & Edddie Valen Demolition Derby (Sat Night) & Delicious Doll’s “Ms. Bubble Top” Pinup Contest Go For the Gold “Fine Nine” $10,000 Cash Award

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TULSA WOMEN’S EXPO Expo Square (Tulsa) TULSA BALLET: DOROTHY AND THE PRINCE OF OZ Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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TULSA HERITAGE RODEO Expo Square (Tulsa)

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Grove Civic Center (Grove)

SUPER BOWL LI NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)

SOONER NATIONALS Expo Square (Tulsa)

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BMX SOONER NATIONALS Expo Square (Tulsa)

GROUNDHOG DAY

GREATER TULSA INDIAN ART FESTIVAL Glenpool Conference Center (Glenpool)

1-5 TULSA BOAT, SPORT AND TRAVEL SHOW

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Expo Square (Tulsa)

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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1-MARCH 1 BEETHOVEN EXHIBIT Tulsa Performing Arts Center

2-5 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Tulsa Performing Arts Center

3, 5 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BOK Center (Tulsa)

11-12 GREAT TRAIN

SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

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HEART BALL Cox Business Center (Tulsa)

HOME SWEET HOME CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Castle of Muskogee (Muskogee)

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ALSO IN FEBRUARY AI 19, 24-25 COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS

26-MARCH 4 JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Expo Square (Tulsa)

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TULSA GRIDIRON Cox Business Center (Tulsa) XFN 340

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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COUNTY SPRING HORSE SHOW Claremore Expo Square (Claremore) WHOLE PERSON INDOOR TRIATHLON Mabee Center (Tulsa)

TULSA OPERA: PUCCINI TO POP Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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PRESIDENTS DAY

VINTAGE TULSA SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

THE ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW BOK Center (Tulsa)

23-26 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Coleman Theatre (Miami) AKDAR SHRINE CIRCUS Expo Square (Tulsa) NATUREWORKS ART SHOW AND SALE Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 17-26 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

17-18, 21, 23, 25-26 MIRO QUARTET: BEETHOVEN WINTER FESTIVAL Tulsa Performing Arts Center

17-19 MIDSOUTH TACKLE,

HUNTING AND BOAT SHOW Grove Civic Center (Grove) VINTAGE TULSA SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

24-25 ARCTIC

CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR Expo Square (Tulsa)

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SHEN YUN Tulsa Performing Arts Center

MARDI GRAS PARADE Blue Dome District (Tulsa) MARDI GRAS

DARRYL STARBIRD’S NATIONAL ROD AND CUSTOM CAR SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

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The Apothecary Shoppe. They always remember my name, are super friendly and helpful. I'm always impressed with how well I'm treated.

The Qdoba on Cherry Street has the nicest, most helpful staff around. They are funny, engaging, and the food is always fresh and awesome.

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Leena's Mediterranean Grill across from Woodland Hills Mall. I've been to Oman in the Middle East, and Leena's has the most authentic shawarma in town. The staff is super hospitable too.

I’d like to write a letter of praise to the Yellow Brick Road Pub. Their drinks are cheap, the environment is always fun, and Terah is the best bartender in town.

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I can’t say enough good about the work being done for rescued animals at Safari’s Sanctuary, a nonprofit in Broken Arrow. The people who volunteer there work day and night, never taking a day off to make sure those fur babies are fed, safe, happy and healthy.

American Waste Control is by far the best company I have ever been a part of thanks to our CEO Kenny Burkett, who has built this great company. He absolutely cares about our customers and his people. Thank you again, Mr. Burkett.

AMANDA I try to never miss the Thrivetime Show on KFAQ about helping small businesses grow and improve. It's just good advice on how to succeed in all areas of life. Plus, they are frequently funny.

TINA The Target administration for sticking to a progressive policy despite naysayers. And also the Starbucks administration for continuing to use art to send beautiful messages to their customers, even when some of their customers don't get it.

J AC K 14 FEBRUARY 2017

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter). Dudes, you want us to love you, but you gather private information about your users. You resist policies that would prevent online bullying. Grow up and be responsible.

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Eagle Wrecker & Towing is always the company I use. Their trucks are new and their drivers are very nice and professional. I'd never use anyone else.

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WITH AN HONEST, RAW AND USUALLY NO-HOLDSBARRED ACT THAT HELPS HER WORK OUT PERSONAL ISSUES, WHITNEY CUMMINGS HAS NO CAPACITY FOR EMBARRASSMENT. BY DONNA LEAHEY

LIPSHTICK LAUGHS Comedian, writer, actor and producer, Whitney Cummings is an established name in television comedy who’s coming to Tulsa to entertain you with her relatable and genuine take on comedy and life. Based in Los Angeles, Cummings is the executive producer and co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, currently in its sixth season. She wrote, produced and starred in the NBC comedy Whitney from 2011-13. I’m Your Girlfriend is her third one-hour comedy special, which debuted on HBO in 2016. Her first feature film, The Female Brain, will be released this fall. And Cummings is a regular guest on E!’s Chelsea Lately and the Comedy Central Roasts series. Take our advice and follow her on Twitter. You won’t regret it.

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Q. A.

“ I DON’T CARE IF A MAN HAS MONEY; I JUST WANT HIM TO KNOW HOW TO DO LAUNDRY. I GUESS I’M A FOLD DIGGER.”

T ELL US ABOUT YOUR BRAND OF COMEDY.

WHITNEY CUMMINGS

CS CONVERSATION STARTER

I never totally know how what I say is going to be received. My intention is just to tell the truth. I’ve been doing comedy long enough to have learned that the best comedy is a vulnerable person standing up in front of a group of people “ WHAT YOU WEAR TO and instead of hiding ourselves, showing THE AIRPORT TELLS that truth. I admit the most embarrassing ME EVERYTHING thoughts and fears that I have and I NEED TO KNOW people think it’s funny. I think comedians ABOUT YOU.” have an obsession with justice. So, anything I’m struggling with, I try to deconstruct and figure it out in front of people. And it seems the labyrinth of trying to figure that out is entertaining.


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HAT CAN W FANS EXPECT FROM YOUR SHOW AT PARADISE COVE?

“ NOT SURE WHAT ENRAGES ME MORE: OPEN-TOED BOOTS OR SLEEVELESS SWEATERS.”

I never know how a show is going to go. I’d ask that same question of Tulsa. How is the show going to go? The audience controls that. You know, I’m getting older; I froze my eggs. I’ve been through a couple breakups. I’ve got a lot of anger, and a lot of new mistakes to talk about. I have family in Tulsa, but I don’t know if I’ve ever performed there. I’ll come in early and explore the city and explore the culture and try to incorporate some of that into the show.

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TELL US ABOUT THE FEMALE BRAIN, YOUR MOVIE THAT’S RELEASING THIS YEAR.

I directed and wrote this movie. It’s a neurologic comedy, based on the book The Female Brain [written by Louann Brizendine] about the differences between male and female brains.

D O YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT?

ight now, I’m focusing on stand-up. I’m working R on a book that should be out this fall. It’s some of my stories that don’t make sense to put onstage. I’m working on a big stand-up tour this fall.

HAT INSPIRED YOU TO W BECOME A COMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER AND PRODUCER? I don’t know. I wish it were that simple. If you’re going to do this as a living, you don’t have a choice. It’s not like “Am I going to be a lawyer or a comedian?” It’s a mental illness, frankly.

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LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, A YOU POSTED A TOPLESS PIC ON INSTAGRAM AFTER A 25-POUND WEIGHT GAIN. YOU LOOKED FANTASTIC IN THAT PICTURE. WHY DID YOU POST THAT PICTURE? I n my line of work, it’s about telling the truth and revealing your struggles in a comical way. I did a show on NBC [Whitney]. Being on television, there’s a lot of pressure. It got to me. I felt I was too thin, and I didn’t want to be a bad role model for girls. I made a conscious effort to put some weight on in defiance of this thin-obsessed culture.

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veryone’s got their thing. My thing is, I’m a crazy dog E lady. For myriad reasons, I’ve started working with a lot of pit bull rescues. For every one pit bull saved, over 300 are euthanized. They are bred, then discarded. I have three pits, and two that I foster. There is an unbelievable number of dogs being euthanized, and it makes me crazy. I like to help people know more about the breed because pits are very misunderstood. There are 3 million dogs in shelters, so I encourage everyone to adopt. It feels like a manageable goal. When I go to a new town, I like “ I ONLY PUSH to go to the shelters AWAY THE PEOPLE and take pics of WHO ABANDON the dogs and help ME. WAIT…” spread awareness.

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TRADEINTHEMONOTONYAND PRESSUREOFLIFEFORSOMELAUGHTER,SILLINESS,NONCREEPYCLOWNS, ACROBATICACTSANDYES,ELEPHANTS,ATTHEAKDARSHRINECIRCUS. •• • By Donna Leahey • • • Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, please direct your attention to the center ring for the main event. The 72nd Annual Akdar Shrine Circus is coming to town for four big days and nine spectacular performances complete with popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, beautiful women in sequined clothes, handsome men in tights, exotic animals, clowns, trapeze acts and clowns. Please don’t run away with the circus, but do come out for a big-top style experience and thrill to the sights, sounds and breath-taking

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excitement of a three-ring circus right here in Green Country, at the Tulsa Fairground Pavilion inside Expo Square.

Henshaw, “behind the State Fair.” May breaks in to add, “And we pride ourselves on being the most family-friendly one. Even down to the cost. Every cost we can control, we do.”

Talking with Shriners David May and Tommy Henshaw about the event is a bit of a circus itself. May is the circus office manager and Henshaw describes himself as the office’s “Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none,” though May clarifies that Henshaw is the marketing director.

It’s a full three-ring circus, complete with lion tamers, big cats, high wire acts and death defying feats of skill. “And unlike some circuses, we still have elephants,” May brags. “We put together the best circus we can for the best price we can manage.”

“The Akdar Shrine Circus is the second longest-running annual event in Tulsa,” says

Last year’s circus thrilled and awed with acts like A Breathtaking Display of Unbridled


Felines and Unforgettable Display of Noble Exotic Species, The Wheel of Destiny, The Princes and Princesses of the Air and The Globe of Death. This year the Akdar Shrine Circus promises to bring even more spectacles and amazing acts. “We have over 200 volunteers helping us make this a success,” says May. The internal units of the Shrine come together to make the circus happen every year. The Scooter Club handles tickets, including offering them for sale at Woodland Hills Mall and the Promenade. The Clown unit performs, mingles with the crowd, and offers picture buttons. The Dune Buggy unit works inside the ring managing elephant and pony rides for the children. The Mini Cars unit runs the spotlights. The Greeters provide the ushers.

The profits from Akdar Shrine Circus are used by the organization to help provide care to children in need of medical attention and care.

“The ladies help out as well. There’s face painting, balloons and novelty booths. All the help is purely volunteer. It’s all hands-on deck,” Henshaw says. “When we take that building over in February, we consider it our home. We make it as affordable as possible for families. And it is a family event. Lots of times we have grandpas who came when they were a kid bringing their grandkids to the circus.”

“The Shrine is a fraternity,” says Henshaw. “And the fraternity has a philanthropy. There are about 1,400 children from northeast Oklahoma who we sponsor to Shriner Hospitals where they can get a miracle regardless of their ability to pay. We have a transportation service and a telemedicine office so the children don’t have to travel for rechecks.”

It’s easy to see the amount of care and effort the Shriners put into the event and what an important fabric of the community the event has become. Many who could probably not afford to attend are able to, thanks the generosity of many members.

The Akdar Shrine was established in Tulsa in 1911 and began putting on their annual circus before World War II. It was suspended

“A lot of Shriners do not use the tickets they were issued and instead donate them back to the Shrine so we can distribute them to the community,” says May. “We have groups bringing whole busloads of children sometimes.”

during the war, but began shortly after the war concluded. In addition to the circus, Shriners have fun throughout the year participating in parades in many towns in Green Country, as well as other community events and festivals. Currently, there are over 2,000 members of Tulsa’s Akdar Shrine and over 500,000 throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Panama and Europe. General admission tickets can be purchased from QuikTrip for $4 off the face value while supplies last. Tickets can also be purchased at participating Cox Cash Saver and Warehouse Market stores. Reserve or general admission tickets can also be bought through the Expo Square ticket office.

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Expo Square | Tulsa 918-376-6000 | exposquare.com Feb. 23: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24: 4:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25: 10 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 6 p.m. Feb. 26: 10 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 6 p.m.

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By Tiffany Duncan

Photos by Marc Rains

Comprised entirely of shipping containers (39 in all), The Boxyard brings a new kind of aesthetic to downtown Tulsa — the kind of minimalistic, industrial chic that is usually only associated with larger metropolises like Denver or Austin.

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Just a simple drive through downtown Tulsa proves that this isn’t the same city that it used to be. So much development and growth has occurred that even visitors from bigger cities would be surprised to find such an energetic, thriving downtown scene here. And nowhere is this cosmopolitan vibe more present than in the shopping/multi-service retail center known as The Boxyard. Comprised entirely of shipping containers (39 in all), The Boxyard brings a new kind of aesthetic to downtown Tulsa. Conceptualized and owned by Tulsa local Casey Stowe, The Boxyard displays the kind of minimalistic, industrial chic that is usually only associated with larger metropolises like Denver or Austin. Stowe actually came up with the idea for The Boxyard while visiting London for the 2012 Olympics. “While I was in London, I would take the train to get around, and each day I would pass by this shipping container retail center,” says Stowe. “I was completely fascinated by it. When I got home, and people would ask me about the Olympics, I spent half my time talking about those shipping containers.” When the opportunity arose for Stowe and a few close business partners to develop a piece


of land, Stowe decided to replicate the design he had glimpsed in London. Two years later, in December 2016, The Boxyard had its grand opening. The stacked shipping containers form a two-story semi-circle around a center courtyard, and the containers house 20 independent, micro-crafted businesses — from coffee, candy, food, libations, and ice cream to clothing, gifts, toys, and locally made goods. There are also specialized services available, like a barbershop, foot and shoulder massage, and even a place to evaluate the quality of the tap water within your home. When selecting vendors for The Boxyard, Stowe had a certain feel that he was going for. “I wanted businesses owned by passionate people who were not only business owners, but also entrepreneurs. I wanted forwardthinking individuals who are just really, really into what they do. Carley Johnson, for example, owns one of our shops called My Modern Mess. She’s only 23 years old, but she’s so focused and excited about what she does that I knew I wanted to include her.” My Modern Mess is one of three women’s boutiques within The Boxyard, and it is certainly a great place to find a stunner of an outfit that no one else will have. And

the contemporary men’s clothing retailer, East + West, carries many items handmade in America, with other products coming from as far as Europe and Japan. They are also the only place in Tulsa to carry TOPO Designs — an ultra-exclusive backpack, bag, apparel, and accessories company out of Colorado. The STEMcell Science Shop is another entirely unique vendor within The Boxyard. Specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), shoppers can find gadgets and gifts that will not be found anywhere else in Tulsa. Also opening in The Boxyard soon is WirWar, which is — are you ready for this — Tulsa’s first and only Belgian honky-tonk. Providing Belgian street food, beer, and hillbilly music, WirWar will bring a new kind of party to Tulsa. As if these business concepts aren’t enough Tulsa firsts, The Boxyard will also host Rose Rock Microcreamery. What is a Microcreamery, exactly? Prepare yourself — it’s small-batch ice cream made with 16 percent butterfat and less than 30 percent air, making for the most dense, creamiest ice cream you’ve ever tasted. With traditional as well as nontraditional flavors like lemongrass buttermilk and salted caramel, Tulsa will be screaming for Rose Rock ice cream.

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Dwelling Spaces, previously located at 2nd and Detroit, has made its new home in The Boxyard as well. Dwelling Spaces offers a large assortment of locally made jewelry, apparel, accessories and other fun trinkets, as well as also housing local favorite coffee shop, Joebot’s. If you are looking for something stiffer than coffee, however, there is a high-end cocktail bar on The Boxyard’s second level called Open Container (which, incidentally, is also the best pun of the year). The bar itself is tiny — only one shipping container long. But there is an expansive deck patio just outside with an absolutely breathtaking view of the Tulsa skyline. Just across the way from Open Container is another expansive, open deck. “We plan to program out the second-floor deck with many nights of live, low key music,” says Stowe. “The Boxyard will also participate as a street party site during the larger Tulsa events like Blue Dome Festival and Tulsa Tough.”

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With all of its incredible food, drink and tasty treat options set in such a stylish venue, The Boxyard will undoubtedly become the hot new place to meet up with friends once the weather turns warm. “One of the things I think we’ve done is created a place where Tulsans can sip a glass of wine while looking at the skyline and feel proud to be a Tulsan,” Stowe says. “I am so proud of all of our business owners working hard to make The Boxyard what it is. We have had a great reception so far, and I am very much looking forward to the spring and summer months.”

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By Michele Chiappetta Collecting antiques and vin the casual collector to the tage items is a passion shared the enthusiasm with whic serious dealer. Despite the moby many people, from h people seek out these his dern age of convenience, toric treasures remains u ndiminished.

Everything old is new again, or so they say. It’s certainly true if you consider all the trends that go back in time — 1950s-60s themed parties, the new ‘80s radio station for Green Country, Tulsa’s 1920s-themed Deco Ball and more. Perhaps it’s our fascination with art deco, our oil drilling heritage or our love of college football heroes, but Green Country loves its vintage and antique shops, which makes hunting for eclectic bargains a pleasure all throughout the area. How do these antique and vintage shop owners and sellers learn their stuff ? And how can you learn it too, if you want to get better at spotting high quality items before your fantasy appearance on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow? The answer is experience and study.

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“We have spent a lot of time studying all of this,” says Kathy Anthamatten (owner) and Linda Vann Odom (dealer) at the I-44 Antique Mall. Before the Internet, that meant buying and reading a lot of books, taking classes and learning on the go “to understand the different qualities of items, the marks on pottery and jewelry so you could identify it quickly,” they say. “Now it’s easier because we can pull it up on the computer and see what it’s selling for.” Still, the thrill of the chase isn’t lost, even if you use Google to help you out. We compiled a list of places to go, plus tips on finding items and negotiating prices from some of Tulsa’s dealers to help you make the most of finding that

old-fashioned item to give your outfit, home or office the character you’re searching for.

different styles and finds for seekers of vintage items and collectibles. Many of the items here are one-of-a-kind, and the shop owner is friendly. And they list many of their items on Craigslist if you want to “browse” before you go there in person.

Antique NV Vintage Home Market 102 S. 1ST ST. | JENKS Located in the heart of Jenks, Antique NV is one of Green Country’s key antique cornerstones that collectors love for its variety. The store features over 50 independent booths, which promises many

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is appropriate for a seller of vintage clothes and collectibles. Among their treasures are vintage sports jerseys, vinyl albums, and many pieces of clothing from the 1950s through the 1980s to help you dress old school in style. The owner is welcoming and happy to help visitors with questions. If you’re an out-of-towner, not to worry — Cheap Thrills can ship your item to you.

quality, curated pieces here for any collection, including petroliana (oil company signs and collectibles), Frankoma pottery, vintage toys, sports memorabilia, furniture, marbles and buttons. If you can imagine collecting it, you’ll probably find it here.

includes toys, dolls, tools, crystal, glassware, furniture, home decorations and more. Fans love the wide variety of otherwise hard-to-find items and the friendly service.

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4810 E. 11TH ST. | TULSA Located next to Tally’s Cafe on the corner of 11th and Yale, Generations Antique Mall is great for browsing through a large variety of vintage items before or after grabbing a meal at the classic Route 66 diner next door. Generations has multiple independent booths, and a visitor can find anything from furniture, books and videos to old dolls, Star Trek glasses, vintage crystal, exotic paintings and more.

I-44 Antique Mall 5111 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA One of the most popular antique malls in the area, the I-44 Antique Mall is strategically located right off the highway. Visitors often stop in during road trips across state lines, and they love the excellent pieces they find there. You’ll find high-

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1216 S. HARVARD AVE. | TULSA Hip and classy at the same time, Retro Den’s goal is to help you make your home beautiful. But unlike a chain furniture store, the Den carries one-ofa-kind vintage pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. Browse their bright store for Midcentury Modern and Industrial furniture, lamps, rugs and other home accessories. And check out their small yet excellent vintage clothes racks. You’ll find some good deals there.

2039 W. HOUSTON | BROKEN ARROW My Papa’s Barn offers antique lovers and deal-seekers 12,000 square feet of independent booths to browse as you search for that perfect bargain. From shabby chic to vintage primitive, you can’t go wrong as you look at the broad range of collectibles, which

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With over a thousand vehicles inside and many more expected outside, automotive lovers can stroll through the Darryl Starbird show, feasting their eyes on some of the most beautiful, innovative and powerful cars ever built. BY ROB HARMON

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For nearly 60 years, Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Show has thrilled and awed automobile lovers from around the world. This year’s show, sponsored by 21R Youth Racing League, will welcome thousands of custom car enthusiasts and plenty of curiosity seekers into Expo Square for an already packed three-day line-up of fun and excitement. The car show has always had something for everyone to see. With over a thousand vehicles inside and many more expected

outside — weather permitting — automotive lovers can stroll through the exhibition, feasting their eyes for hours on some of the most beautiful, innovative and powerful cars ever built. Bryce Bledsoe, grandson of the founder, Darryl Starbird, and a huge fan himself of hot rods and custom cars, is fired up about this year’s show and all the events visitors can participate in. He says that people visiting for the first time are always surprised at the variation of automotive vehicles they’ll see.


INSPIRED BY NATURE, these beautiful, multi-purpose creations project earth, wind and fire through the use of color and shapes. They are designed to instill feelings of comfort, calm and harmony in both home and corporate settings. The artists of Tulsa Stained Glass have specially developed components, with over 45 combinations available, to help artists start their own unique creative journey. Garden Spirit Sculptures can be purchased online as a completed art piece, or in a kit to be completed in a live class experience at TSG studios, where customers can create their own garden sculpture.

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“Most people who have never been to our show before are surprised by the entertainment. It’s a lot like going to the fair but the main attraction is, of course, cars,” Bledsoe says. “Our diverse vendors, the entertainment – everything, really – comes as a surprise to people that there are so many interesting things to do.” The best thing of all is that it’s all under one ticket price.” For example, since it’s offseason for bull riders, a bull riding competition that is free with an admission to the car show could potentially draw some big names in the rodeo and bull riding circuit, ready to strut their stuff. LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Tour is headlining the event. “Don’t hold me to it,” Bledsoe says, “but I’m told there could be some big names from PBR [Professional Bull Riders] because you’ve got some of them looking for venues around this time. It could be pretty exciting.” He’s also pumped about this year’s demolition derby Saturday night inside the Action Arena, an experience a lot of people have never seen in person. “So, we do two classes,” says Bledsoe. “One with the smaller cars and the other with the larger ones. We have eight or 10 cars. They just hit the heck out of each other until there’s a winner. It’s a mix of people from around here, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, all the neighboring states. It’s just another way for them to get out there and compete.” Other events expected to happen inside the Action Arena are a mini-bike drag as well as lawnmower races. For the second year in a row, the car show is throwing a party to coincide with the exhibition. The Rockin’ Billy Bash is back with more cool things to do in celebration of the custom car and hot rod culture. And this year, some pretty famous people are joining in.

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Masters of custom design, Dave Kindig and Kevin Schiele of Kindig-it Designs from Velocity channel’s Bitchin’ Rides, will be there shaking hands, giving out autographs and sharing their experiences about life in the custom car design industry. Also, Master of the Fine Line pinstriper Von Hot Rod and Lil’ Daddy Roth will be showing off their incomparable skills. In addition to everything else going on during the bash, an entire slew of tattoo artists are expected to attend for anyone wishing to commemorate the weekend by getting a little ink. In the spirit of the ‘50s and ‘60s pinup subculture that always seem to be associated with gear heads and greasers, Delicious Dolls Magazine will be hosting a Miss Bubbletop Pinup Contest. Sass, curls, waist highs, red lipstick and tattoos will be on full display throughout the whole weekend. On the live stage, rock ‘n’ roll entertainment will be provided by Eddie Valen, Brian Lee Dunning, Kelli Lynn and the Skillet Lickers. For the dudes, a beard and mustache contest will feature four different classes: full beard, mustache, partial beard and free-style (whatever that may be). With two contests Saturday, some lucky guys will walk away as this year’s champions. All proceeds of the competition go to a cancer research fund in honor of custom car builder Bo Huff. “The beard contest always brings out some fun people who like to sport the beard,” Bledsoe says of one of his favorite parts of the weekend.

For owners of totally awesome cars who will not be able to show their car inside for the entire weekend, another cool aspect of the weekend is the Cool Car Corral. Anyone from anywhere who wants to drive their sweet ride to the event and participate by showing off its alterations can do so by cruising right into the outdoor showing area. “We know that not everybody has the time or the ability to stick around for the whole weekend,” he says. “So this way, people can come up to the show, and share what they’ve done with their car. There’s always a buzz when people show up with cool cars. We want to give people a chance to do so. Then, when they’re ready to leave, they can just drive off.” Those who participate and pay a flat fee get two weekend passes to the whole event.


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MANY AMERICANS FREQUENT CHAIN STORES WITHOUT CONSIDERING THEIR LOCAL MERCHANT OR OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OPTIONS. BUT SHOPPING LOCAL CAN BE A REWARDING, FUN, EVEN COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND FIND GREAT QUALITY ITEMS.

BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA

Ever heard the expression, “Hitting too close to home?” Well, there’s no such thing as hitting too close to home when it comes to supporting local businesses. Making it a point to shop and eat at Green Country’s many locally-owned small businesses and restaurants isn’t just convenient. It’s actually a great way to support the local economy, develop Tulsa-area artists, have unique fun, and yes, even save money. Still, getting past the misconceptions people have about shopping local can be challenging. Many people expect to find the

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cheapest deals and best quality at big box stores or national chain restaurants. There’s definitely an advantage in name recognition. After all, if you haven’t heard of Walmart or McDonalds, you might need to join the 21st century. But local shops have a lot of ways that they can outshine the big boys and keep you coming back for some of the best service, quality, fun and variety around. Here are several reasons why thinking small and shopping local might just be your next big thing to do in Green Country this year.


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Local businesses often rely heavily on serving their customers’ individual needs. Julee March, owner of Jules Boutique, an eclectic clothing shop in downtown Tulsa, says, “Local businesses can be more personalized, unique and customer friendly. We know your name after you have visited the store the second time. We will special order items in your size or color.”

BUILDS THE LOCAL ECONOMY

At Boomtown Tees, which offers Tulsa-themed t-shirts, souvenirs and custom designs, owner JoAnn Frizzell loves what small businesses do. “The country is basically run by small businesses,” she says. March agrees: “When many large corporations were leaving Tulsa, the economy didn’t dip as much as in many other states because of the many small businesses that were started,” she notes. “Tulsa has an entrepreneurial spirit that Tulsa should be proud of and support.”

LOCAL BUSINESSES SUPPORT EACH OTHER

It’s common for one local business to work with others, which ultimately keeps the area growing and benefits everyone. Bryan and Kimberly Winn, owners/operators of AJ’s Heavenly Pizza in Catoosa, which serves handcrafted pizza, sandwiches and salads, agree. “The money [customers spend] stays in the area, which benefits other business,” say the Winns. “From the local sign maker to the doughnut shop, everybody relies on the others to create a healthy community of stores.”

MAKES IT FUN TO GO OUT ON THE TOWN “Most of the small businesses in the Deco District consider themselves a friendly neighborhood,” says March. “Guests can visit neighbors to grab a bite to eat or drink, try on clothes, find unique gifts, tour awesome Art Deco buildings, run into friends and much more.”

This adds character to Green Country, says Frizzell. “All of us combined are within walking distance,” she says. “It adds a flavor to downtown Tulsa that hasn’t been here before.”

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

To keep things fresh and inviting, local business owners innovate to keep customers coming in. For Tulsa Stained Glass owner Richard Bohm, that means new ways to incorporate art into your home. His latest innovation, new this year, is a line of Garden Spirit Sculptures — a custom kit available in three different designs and 12 color combinations so customers can build their own stained glass garden sculpture.

GREATER VARIETY, MORE OPTIONS Because local businesses don’t have to answer to a corporate headquarters, they can customize their offerings. “You get more options in a specialty store,” says Bohm. At Tulsa Stained Glass, customers can choose a series of classes or a single two to three-hour class. They can buy the tools and supplies to make stained glass at home, or they can bring in a design and let Bohm turn it into custom art for them. That’s a lot of choices, more than customers typically get at a national crafting chain store.

NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU MIGHT THINK

“I’ve heard people say they’ve always thought of boutiques as expensive and just for petites,” says March. “Not all boutiques are expensive; they just carry unique clothes, in a smaller quantity, so that you won’t see someone else walking down the street in the same outfit. Most carry sizes XS up to 3X.”

GIVES BACK TO LOCAL CHARITIES

Many local businesses give actively to local charities, so the benefits of their giving stay in Green Country. Bohm says he gives to the DVIS Kennel, which allows women and children to bring their pets when they leave a violent, dangerous home. Customers can donate pet food and other pet items (not money) anytime at Tulsa Stained Glass.

BUILDS GENERATIONAL MEMORIES

Visit a local business and you’ll hear plenty of stories about their place in the community. Winn says, “One of the coolest parts of owning AJ’s Heavenly Pizza is hearing stories from customers about how AJ’s has always been a part of their lives. They’ll share how they used to work here when they went to school, or how they were the ones who created the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza (there are quite a few creators out there). Some even have memories of the Pac-Man game that used to sit in the corner.”

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

“In all,” says Winn, “the best part of AJ’s is the customers.” That sentiment was seconded by every business owner we spoke to. Thinking small business and buying local is a good way to get what you, the customer, want and need.

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Qu it be ing so pr ed ict ab le . Wh e th e r y o u’ r e s ing le , c o up l ed up, somew here in betwe en or hangin g with bestie s, get out of a rut this Valen tine’s Day with th es e cr ea ti ve ac ti vi ti es th at d o n’ t inc lud e c h o c o late s and r o s e s .

By R ya n n Gord on

Y A D V the New Way We’ve all been there — gone on that generic, dinner-and-a-movie Valentine’s Day date. You went to an average restaurant followed by a typical, romantic movie and had a sub-par time. And although you always enjoy your time with the one you love, Valentine’s Day is not the time for you to repeat your usual date night ritual. V-Day should be an excuse for you to be spontaneous and add a little excitement to your relationship. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day 2017 with your loved one, the one you’ve been crushing on or just some of your fellow, single friends, get creative this year and bring some fun back into this cheesy, beloved holiday. Get your heart beating and your adrenaline pumping this V-Day with some of these unique date night ideas for the true lovebird in all of us.

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Best Friend Date

In all honesty, your man doesn’t want to see that corny romance movie you’ve been raving about. It only makes sense that you’d go to dinner and a movie with your closest friends. Maybe even wander down to Circle Cinema to catch an indie film. Or bring the movie home for pizza, popcorn and girl time.

Leisurely Love

Rather than going out and spending money, kick back at home and make dinner for either your significant other or even your group of single friends. Collaborate on a fancy dinner and work together to act like chefs and have a little fun while cooking; then either rent a movie or get rid of technology altogether and play some board games. Make a night out of it and set up a pallet with pillows for lounging. Embrace your inner youth and maybe even make a tent out of sheets.


Catch a Show

Going to a concert or show of some sort is always a fun date night. Lucky V-Day is on a Tuesday this year, so you can attend jazz and blues jams for free at the Jazz Depot. Also, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) will be playing that evening at the Vanguard. On the other side of town, Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton is set to perform at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Laugh your Heart Out Gamers Unite Laughing together is one of the best ways to bond — so find a date and get your giggle on at one of Tulsa’s standup events. See a show that promises to impress your date at the Comedy Parlor or watch comedian Michael Mack perform at the Loony Bin. Or just surprise your date with tickets to a later show, like Chris Rock (River Spirit) or Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (BOK Center) who will all be visiting Tulsa in upcoming months.

If you and your date are always looking for an excuse to battle it out, heat up your relationship with some competition. Play mini golf at All-Star or race go-karts at Xtreme Racing; go bowling at Andy B’s or Dust Bowl; compete for king of Rock ’em Sock ‘em Robots at Dave and Buster’s or Galaga champion at The Maxx.

Learning and Loving Pamper One Another The Art of Love We all know that “I don’t know how to skate/ hold the golf club” is code for “ I just want you to put your arms around me.” Agree to try something new that your significant other can teach you, whether it be going ice skating, to a full-sized golf course, baking a cake, etc., or learn something new together, like how to craft ceramics, ride horses or longboards. Or do something exhilarating you’ve both wanted to try, like skydiving, and get your hearts pumping together.

Spend the night either getting massages at one of the spas around town or just pampering one another at home. Who wouldn’t enjoy footbaths, hair and face masks with sliced cucumbers for our eyes? Help your man embrace femininity in a new way and get beautified for the night.

Become cultured together at one of Tulsa’s many museums. Visit The Gallery on Sixth, Gilcrease, or Philbrook Museum, and take a romantic stroll through their galleries and gardens; or explore architecture and history at the Tulsa Art Deco Museum. Or put on your learning cap and take a trip to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, where you can soar through space together in their planetarium (don’t act like you don’t remember Ross and Rachel’s date from Friends).

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The New

CHRISTIAN DERR

People are increasingly taking to the mats to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a combat sport used by mixed martial arts fighters. But the training benefits also reach well outside the match zone. By Michele Chiappetta

Mixed martial arts is so in right now that it’s probably no wonder your children are asking about training in the sport. Maybe you’re thinking about it too. Whether you’re watching MMA celebrities like Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Jon “Bones” Jones duke it out on the sport’s bar screen or watching from your couch in the comfort of your own home, this sport keeps viewers on the edge of their seats anticipating thrills, devastating athletic moves, and even some blood. It’s no wonder many people are itching to try out some of those moves for themselves. One of the martial arts in the MMA pantheon that people gravitate to in fascination is a seemingly simple yet potent fighting form known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Christian Derr, owner and chief trainer at Clinch Martial Arts Academy in Owasso, provides classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to many Green Country area residents. It’s a sport that is growing in popularity here. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art very similar to wrestling,” says Derr, “but instead of trying to pin your opponent’s shoulders to the mat, we are trying to make our opponent give up or submit. There are not a lot of fancy moves but a focus on doing very basic techniques against a fully resisting opponent. It doesn’t rely on strength or power but on technique and leverage. Through the use of proper leverage and technique, a smaller, weaker JUSTIN SHEPHERD person can defeat a larger, stronger person.”

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This ability to help a person of any size successfully engage in combat makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu appealing to many people who might otherwise be turned off by fighting techniques that emphasize height, weight or upper body strength. It’s something that the whole family can do, as the Shepherd family of Owasso — dad, Johnathon; mom, Jessica; and son, Justin — can tell you. The Shepherds’ journey into the sport was not a straight-line path. Johnathon grew up wrestling in school and encouraged his son Justin to wrestle too, but Justin never took to it. “He hadn’t had much success when competing and lacked confidence,” says Jessica. When Justin decided he wanted to quit, his parents cast about for another option. “We wanted to keep him involved in sports, as health and fitness are priorities in our family,” Jessica says. “He had tried soccer, football and basketball and didn’t fall in love with any of them.”

“It can be intimidating starting anything new, especially a martial art,” Derr says. “But once you start, you will understand that it is really a special community where people are just trying to improve themselves. It’s almost addicting because of how fun and interesting it is.” The Shepherds agree. “They say when you decide to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you gain a family, and I believe that to be true,” says Jessica. “I love our Clinch family, and making the decision to train has been one of the best decisions Johnathon, Justin and I have ever made.”

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That’s when a family friend who trained at Clinch suggested Justin try a class there. “The atmosphere at Clinch was so positive,” says Jessica. “The children were learning discipline, accountability, self-defense and respect all while having fun. Justin was excited, so we signed him up. He has been training for just over four years now.” Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a lot of benefits both inside and outside the match zone. “You are getting in great shape,” Derr explains. “It is very stress-relieving. You are learning self-defense. It is a lot of fun. But if you stick with it, it becomes a strategic, creative method of solving problems — a method that you can use in all other parts of your life.” The Shepherds have all seen those advantages in their own lives. “JiuJitsu is really fun and challenging,” says Justin. “The biggest change and benefit [I’ve seen] has been gaining confidence and learning to deal with and overcome adversity.” “I love that it’s a constant learning process,” says Jessica. “I never go to a class where I don’t learn something new or realize a new detail to something I learned previously.” And it’s helped her to grow personally. “Training has affected how I approach situations, handle stress and problem solve,” she says. “Jiu-Jitsu is very humbling, and that has a way of carrying over into everyday life. “

Johnathon, Justin and Jessica Shepherd

Johnathan agrees. “As an impatient person by nature, I rarely take the opportunity to use patience,” he says. “In Jiu-Jitsu, if you are not patient and don’t use the techniques you are taught, then you will inevitability be humbled by those who are more experienced than you. Since I am new to BJJ, these humbling opportunities are very frequent.” He’s seen the results of that newfound patience in both his personal life and his professional career, he says. The Shepherds train three to four times a week, working hard to balance their time at Clinch with other obligations like work and Justin’s school schedule. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an important part of our life,” they say, “so we do our best to shuffle our schedules around to make time for training. We are spending time together doing something we all enjoy. We are there as a support system for each other and can encourage each other because we truly understand the struggles.” For those who want to get started in the sport or test it out to see if it’s right for them, Derr says the doors at Clinch are open wide. “Just come try a class,” he says. The classes are affordable, and you can start with just shorts and a T-shirt until you’re ready to invest in a gi (the uniform of all martial arts sports).

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SLOT MACHINES ARE GAMES OF PURE CHANCE, REQUIRING NO SKILL WHATSOEVER. SO WHY ARE CASINO-GOERS SO ENAMORED WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES? By Rob Harmon

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Visit River Spirit Casino or any of Green Country’s other casinos, and you’re bound to see hundreds of slot machine players, in the zone, mesmerized by the machine in front of them, rhythmically pressing the spin button, eyes fixed in fervent anticipation. They seem to be under a spell, cast by the gods of luck. Talk to these casino-goers, and they’ll tell you they love the thrill that comes from the possibility of winning big and taking home boat loads of cash. And why shouldn’t they? It’s fun to dream. Where else but a casino can you enjoy fun and entertainment and have a chance to also walk out with a lot of money? Ask that same person what it is they love to do the most at the casino, and seven out of 10 times they’ll say, “the slots.” Seventy percent of the money spent on gambling in the U.S. is spent at the slot machine. Americans spend five times more every year at slot machines than they do going to the movie theater, and slot machines have now doubled the number of ATMs in America. That makes playing the slots among the most popular activities around, and it’s easy to play in Green Country.


Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, understands well America’s love affair with the slot machine. “River Spirit Casino has approximately 3,200 electronic gaming machines,” he says. “Slot machines are the gaming choice with a lot of our customers, over the table games.” Slot machines come with all kinds of bells and whistles, and every year game manufacturers seem to add more games with more features than ever before. But which slot machines do people prefer more? “Our customers prefer the machines that pay out the most,” Crofts says. “When you can stay on a machine longer, get the most bang for your buck, then that’s the one you’ll enjoy yourself on.” It’s not easy to hit it big at the casino, but if you take the chance, casinos like River Spirit can offer games that ratchet up the payoffs for the lucky winners. “We have machines where you play against the individual machine with jackpots up to $25,000 and $50,000,” says Crofts. “And there are

linked-progressive machines, a series of machines that are connected to other casinos around the state of Oklahoma, and those jackpots can be as much as a million dollars or more.” There are many types of players too, says Crofts, depending on what games you like to play. “It’s all about preference,” he says. “Some people just go for the home run, and some people go for a whole lot of singles and the smaller jackpots, in order to stay on the slots longer.” Of course, most players are perfectly aware that they’re likely to lose money. So, what is it about the slot machine that brings so many people to the casino? In a word: dopamine. To keep things simple, dopamine is a neurotransmitter created in the brain that helps you feel good. When your body is producing it effectively, your brain helps you enjoy pleasure, feelings of reward and overall emotional well-being. When your body doesn’t produce it properly, you’re more likely to feel depressed and anxious. Physically, low levels of dopamine can cause achy joints, extreme fatigue and even tremors.

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‘CAUSE HERE

Playing a slot machine can produce dopamine the way eating a piece of chocolate cake or falling in love gives us that electric rush. It’s a similar chemical process to the one that comes from exercising. After experiencing the rush, we do the thing again and wait in anticipation. We train our brains to expect rewards and our brains stand by, ready to produce dopamine as a response. That’s how it works with slot machines too. We know we have a pretty good chance of losing the money we came in with, so we play and have fun, not expecting anything but a little fun. But after winning, our brains remember that rush, and dopamine is steadily produced in anticipation. Even if it’s been awhile since winning, our brain remembers the sights and sounds of the casino that were present while winning, so just walking into the casino can produce the same rush as the time you won it big.

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“I play slots for the entertainment and the slight chance that I might actually hit it big,” says Lisa Sandella, a slot machine enthusiast. “It can be hours of fun on the weekend, and if you break even at the end of the night, it really is free entertainment. My theory is…you have to play to win.” After a long work week, everyone loves to unwind and have fun. For many, the best place to do that is the casino. But just remember, as with nearly anything else, too much of a good thing could become unhealthy. So, here are a few things to consider when going out for a slot machine fix:

◆ Don’t gamble with money you can’t afford to lose. Take your

fun money in with you, and don’t play with more money than that. Once your fun money is spent, call it quits for the night.

◆ Set a time limit and stick with it. When you’ve reached that

limit, no matter how much money you have left (even if you have more than you started with), leave.

◆ Don’t play the slots if you’re feeling depressed. It may provide a temporary fix but can very easily add to any long-term problems you’re facing.

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SC SOUND CHECK

Want to catch four local bands in one night at the most historic venue in the region without paying festival prices? The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase, presented by the Tulsa Office of Film and Music Arts and Culture and the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, has got you covered. In true Oklahoma fashion, the members of Taddy Porter, Nicno-s, Skytown and Good Villains decided it was time to step onstage together. They’re coming together for the first time to give Oklahomans an opportunity to enjoy a full night of local music at the Cain’s Ballroom, in Tulsa, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase gives emerging stars and under-the-radar music acts the opportunity to expand their reach and fan base from within the historic Cain’s Ballroom. BY RACHEL WRIGHT

“We’ve been talking for a while about collaborating instead of competing and doing an ultimate show of Oklahoma rock bands,” says Blake Parks, fiddle player in Nicno-s and OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase coordinator. “It’s a representation of the great music being created in our state, and it’s a way to give back to the local scene by offering opportunities for bands to gain exposure in cities they may not normally play.” Parks says equality among bands has been a central theme throughout the planning process, refusing to name a headliner or giving any nods to the order of the lineup of the night. The four bands have been working closely with Hunter Rodgers, box office manager, to bring an idea that came about during shows last year. “Hunter has been a huge support to make this happen,” says Parks. “This is our first year and we’re hoping to get a response from the crowd that allows us to keep this going so we can showcase more local bands in years to come.” Having the show at the Cain’s Ballroom is quite the opportunity for local bands, with the venue bringing national and international acts on a regular basis, and because of the respect the bands have for the historic concert hall. “The Cain’s is a staple for music in Oklahoma and the region,” says Parks. “We all grew up

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Good Villains

Skytown

Taddy Porter _ Nicnos going to shows there, so we’re really excited to rock the Cain’s stage and light up the crowd.” Kicking off the night is Good Villains, a band that started in Tulsa as a two-piece, created by drummer Steven Davison and vocalist Caleigh Trotter. As their music began to progress, pianist Felicia Arnhols joined the group, followed by guitarist Ted Scott and bass player Todd Shaver. The storyteller theme surrounding Good Villains’ music is coupled by expert musicianship and an eerie sense of childishness. A heavy contender in the Doom Pop genre, Good Villains are force reminiscent of the ‘90s yet so full of the unknown and a ton of imagination. Tulsa-grown acoustic rock group Skytown is about more than just feel-good party music. With clean tones, soothing leads, and memorable hooks, their music keeps the tempo up and the crowds wild. The six-piece band has consistently released top-ranked music since their inception in 2012, and attracts hundreds of fans to their shows. Deriving influences from acclaimed powerhouses including Pantera, Black Sabbath, Counting Crows, and Dropkick Murphys, Skytown has concocted their own unique “sonic mashup” of folk, rock, and balladry. With a vocal palate akin to rust, Dale Crain serves as the band’s storyteller, welcoming listeners into the familiar world of lore.

Acoustic guitar duo Tim Burress and Jason Ford’s powerful, yet melodic foundation complements the steady bass rhythms, courtesy of Dave Williams. John Edens’ electric guitar riffs are crisp, complex and very funky. Drummer Eliot Cooper keeps it tight, commanding the stage even from the back. At the heart of it all, Skytown is a band of performers who truly know how to play their instruments. Each song has a soul of its own, and their ability to consistently make waves as rockers in the industry has established Skytown as one of the unique sounding bands today. Hailing from the heartland of Oklahoma City, Nicno-s expels elements of rock, blues, funk and bluegrass creating in the new vanguard of eclectic artistry. Drawing inspiration from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Punch Brothers and Dave Matthews Band, the five-piece is best known for their explosive yet fluid live performances. Lead singer, Josh Cox, is a vocal livewire, marrying a brooding blues tone with rock. Electric guitarist, Nick Sigman, is a master of tone, seamlessly laying down razor-sharp leads. The bluegrass rooted fiddler, Blake Parks, brings a delicate dynamic, adding a melodic rock-fiddle layer that uniquely contributes to their sound. High energy bassist, Jared Gaiser, flawlessly anchors in the foundation, inventively bringing the funk. On the drums, Jerred Bauer cleverly blends a rock core while infusing hip-hop grooves and fills. More than anything, Nicno-s is a band that needs

to be seen live to feel the energy and witness the way they all collaborate to create their Nicno-s sound. Rock quartet Taddy Porter was formed in Stillwater in October 2007 by singer/guitarist Andy Brewer, guitarist Joe Selby, bassist Kevin Jones and drummer Doug Jones. After building up a following around the Oklahoma City area, they were signed to Primary Wave Records for the release of their self-titled debut album June 29, 2010. Before the release, they earned airplay for the single “Shake Me” and placed their music on such television shows as Monday Night Football, ESPN’s SportsCenter, and Cougar Town. Their songs “King Louie” and “Mean Bitch” were featured on the season premiere of the TV series Entourage two days before the album’s release. The day after the Taddy Porter album appeared, the group launched its first national tour, running through the fall. They then joined Slash’s tour as opening act. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at cainscallroom.com or at the Cain’s ticket office.

LOCATOR OKLAHOMEGROWN MUSIC SHOWCASE

Featuring: Taddy Porter, Nicno-s, Skytown and Good Villains Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa Feb. 17: 8 p.m.

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS

SO YOU’RE BUSTING YOUR BUTT WORKING OUT, BUT AFTER ALL THE SWEAT SESSIONS YOU’RE NOT SEEING THE PAYOFF? WHETHER YOU’RE A FITNESS NEWBIE OR A HARDCORE GYM BUFF, YOU’RE PROBABLY MAKING SOME COMMON BLUNDERS (AND DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT).

By Ryann Gordon

Have you been keeping up on your New Year’s resolution? Staying true to your diet? Are you still hitting the gym regularly? Spending hours working toward your best imaginable bikini bod in time for vacation season? You should be seeing results by now — but are you? Well, it’s officially February, and if you can’t look in the mirror

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and tell that you’ve been bustin’ your booty for a month straight (maybe even longer), then we’ve got a problem. Getting in shape can be a harrowing task — especially when you aren’t seeing any results. There comes a point in time, though, when you must realize when something isn’t working and make a change. We all slip up sometimes when

eating, and just about everyone makes mistakes at the gym — both gym rats and newbies — but what is it that is putting a damper on the progress?

Targeting the right areas for the type of muscle you want to build? Balancing in cardio and strength training? Coming to the gym prepared?

From the machines you’re using to the methods you used to contract your muscles, there are many common blunders that you could be making at the gym. Are you eating right ahead of time?

Don’t let simple mistakes hold you back from the body of your dreams. Break out of your bad habits now, and you will have time to sculpt that supermodel bod just in time for spring break.


WHAT TO EAT AND WHEN Trainers agree that one of the biggest problems people have when trying to achieve a certain body goal is the food they’re eating. Not just the weekly binges that might throw you off your diet for a couple of days, but the types of food you’re eating before and after your workouts. Everyone must eat before they work out at some point so that your body has enough energy to power you through a decent trip to the gym, but it’s what you’re eating after that could be affecting your weight loss/muscle gain. For those looking to cut fat, small portions of protein-rich food should be eaten after a workout; however, for those looking to build muscle mass, you’re going to want to eat a lot more. Large amounts of protein that is very low in fat content will work toward the quickest post-workout muscle regeneration.

GYM NECESSITIES Nothing cuts a gym trip short quicker than an uncomfortable environment. Make sure that you are prepared for the gym every time so that you have no excuse to try and dip out early. Wear shoes and clothes that you know are not going to bother you and get a locker for your keys, gym bag and other possessions to save the stress of your things being left unattended. Bring your own water bottle so that you stay hydrated without having to find a fountain every five minutes. And whatever you do — don’t forget your headphones! That’s a for sure way to retire just about any gym trip early.

MIXING UP EXERCISES Although there are different workouts for different types of training, you should never limit yourself to solely cardio or strength training. Remember: variation equals weight loss. Utilize different types of workouts to meet every need. Yoga is a simple form of strength training for those who are not into lifting weights and using complicated machines regularly. And for those who continuously skip cardio in their weekly workouts, throw in a jog a couple of days a week or try something in between like barbell workouts; these workouts often provide strength training while also working up our heart rate and giving just enough cardio to make you sweat.

UTILIZE SMALL EQUIPMENT Don’t act like the gym is only good for the big, fancy machinery — they’ve also got a wide range of gym materials that are just as beneficial. When you look at the range of exercises you can do with small gym equipment — hand and ankle weights, resistance bands, rollers, jump ropes, stackable step boxes, balance trainers — it really questions why we automatically think of machines when we go to the gym. Utilize the small materials that the gym offers just as much as large machines to sculpt new muscles and learn new workouts for the future; you’ll probably save time you’d normally spend waiting on the treadmill.

EMBRACE YOUR INNER MECHANIC You’re probably using many machines because they are the only ones you know how to operate. However, some of those might be wasting more of your time than building and breaking down muscle. Common machines to avoid are the elliptical, exercise bikes, leg curl and extension machines, abductor/adductor machines and most of those used to work your abdominal primarily. Google any questions you have before getting on a new machine, and don’t be afraid of the big, scary ones — you might be able to get several workouts in one from a single machine.

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GC GREEN COUNTRY SCENE

SPURNING MANY MODERN CONVENIENCES, THE CHOUTEAU AMISH, WITH THEIR STRICT BELIEFS, TRADITIONAL DRESS AND GIVING NATURE, ARE LIVING AND ENJOYING LIFE SIDE BY SIDE WITH MODERNÂ OKLAHOMANS. BY HANNAH GRAY GORDON

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PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS


One of the hidden communities in Oklahoma is the Chouteau Amish, a population comprised of approximately 600 that enjoys a very simple, hardworking way of life. While much of the Amish community is very private, preferring to separate themselves from the English (nonAmish), there are things you can see and do to experience a taste of the Amish lifestyle. The Amish of Chouteau originally migrated from Ohio during the early part of Oklahoma’s statehood, its members searching for cheaper farmland to homestead. The Christian culture is one

of simplicity and nonconformity, leading to a life separate from the world. Women wear cape dresses fastened with pins instead of buttons and reaching down to the ankles, as well as mesh or linen prayer veils atop their head. Some wear scarves in cold weather, but not many. The men are clean-shaven until marriage, at which time they stop shaving and allow their beards to grow. Their haircuts are long and they usually wear straight collars. This fascinating culture is peaceful and generous, with several organizations

designed to bring aid and sustenance to other cultures and areas of the world. They participate in the Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale, a yearly event selling homemade quilts, apple butter, pies and more to raise funds for locations like Syria and Iraq. Every year they raise an average of $165,000. Even those who are not Amish are subject to the generosity of the Amish community. Bill Chupp, born and raised Amish, recalled when an English woman’s roof was torn off by a tornado in Mazie, Okla. “Fifty people showed up to replace the whole roof at no cost to her,” he says.

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Other charity efforts include the Mennonite Central Committee, which distributes books and food to international locations, especially warravaged areas. The Amish also don’t believe in holding a grudge. “There was that shooting out in Nickel Mines [Pa.], where those Amish girls were killed,” Chupp says. “The parents of those girls attended the killer’s funeral to show their forgiveness.” They do not believe in commercial health insurance, and so the community has an insurance fund that raises money for hospital and doctor bills for all members. They travel by train, bus or by arranged car transportation, as they do not own their own cars. Chupp says that around town, buggies are only used on the weekends and travel is typically done by tractor. “Go around the back of the Amish Cheese House, and you’ll see the tractors lined up from the girls who work there,” he says. Despite the private nature of the Amish community, there are places to go and things to see and experience the Amish way of life. The Amish Cheese House, owned and operated by Wes and Leah Miller, is one of the most prominent businesses in Chouteau. Opened in 2000 and expanded in 2012, it hosts a full-service deli with over 50 kinds of cheese, a large grocery and bulk foods area with spices, candies, jarred goods, baked items, ice

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cream, fudge and snacks, and a café serving homemade sandwiches, wraps, salads and paninis. Nettie Ann’s Bakery, located inside the building, bakes all the bread used. “Leah is from Ohio Amish country. We patterned the store from what they have there,” says Wes, adding that, “all the cheese comes from Leah’s home area.” He urges customers to come hungry, as there are free samples of everything available. The Dutch Pantry is another great place to eat. An Amish all-you-can-eat buffet, it serves country-style homemade dishes served straight from old family recipes right up to a delicious variety of fresh pies for dessert. Owned by Eugene and Louise Detweiler, this Chouteau treasure has cooked for both locals and out-of-towners such as the truckers and travelers cruising by on the highway for more than 20 years. Black Buggy Days is a large Amish heritage event held on the second weekend of September each year. Young boys spend the day vying for prizes in barrel racing, foot penning and other rodeo contests. Food, both homemade and carnival, can be enjoyed while listening to bluegrass music and watching the children’s games. There are some houses, like the ones belonging to Fanny’s Country Cookin’ and the Millers, scattered through the area that open up their homes to the English and host group dinners so that outsiders can get a glimpse of the lifestyle and, of

course, the amazing food. Always call in advance and make reservations for events like this. In short, the Mayes County Amish community is small but incredible. Their devotion to living a simple and hardworking life and doing good for those around them is something the world needs more of. Everyone should take a moment out of their busy schedules to go visit, take in the fresh country air, and visit some long-standing places known for their quality traditional food.

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SS STYLE + SHOPPING

Dazzle Your Date CAN’T DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR ON THAT FIRST DATE? THINK OUTSIDE THE USUAL STAPLES WITH A LOOK THAT IS AMAZING, COMFORTABLE AND MAINTAINS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE. BY RYANN GORDON

The rules of date night dress are real, and they can be detrimental for a first date. With Valentine’s Day coming up, many people will be going out on first dates, second dates and even 50th dates. Some will be going to a nice dinner and movie while others will be bowling, racing gokarts, dancing, walking or laying out for a picnic in the park. Prepare your V-Day ensemble strategically, based both on the type of date and status of your relationship. Leave the miniskirts and low-cut tops for girls’ night out and save your fancy, high heel pumps for more romantic dinner dates, and you’ll leave your night floating on clouds — and not because your man has to give you a piggy back when your feet start to hurt. Figure out your plans for date night and put together an outfit that keeps you feeling comfortable and fabulous all night long.

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FIRST DATE DRESS

The first date is crucial in determining the future of a relationship. You don’t want to reveal too much, nor do you want to cover up so much that you could be mistaken for your date’s mom. You want to show just enough to fire up that curiosity and make them want to take you on another, or many other, dates. For your first date, you might be going somewhere low-key like a dinner and movie. This is your date’s first impression of not only your fashion sense, but how they feel when they are out with you. Dress to impress on your first date, but don’t overdo it. If you feel uncomfortable wearing an outfit in your own home, you’ll probably be messing with your clothes all night. Break out that lacy cocktail dress you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to wear; throw on a long jacket and thigh high boots to add a little suspense. Or opt for something more elegant like a maxi skirt


STYLE + SHOPPING SS that’s both pretty and sleek paired with an off-the-shoulder crop top that raises the heat a bit. Show him your fashion sense without blowing him out of the water — he may not be the fashionista you are.

DATE NIGHT ON THE DANCE FLOOR Everyone loves a good dance party — and there’s no better way to understand whether you and another person are going to vibe together than to take it out on the dance floor. Whether you and your date plan to dance the night away at a concert or a club, prepare for nights when it may just be you two.

You don’t want to end up at a concert trying to dance your heart out, only to be confined by a stiff leather jacket or skirt riding up. If you’ve got the moves like Jagger, show it off in clothes that are movable, comfortable and also show what you’re working with.

THE CLASSIC DATE

The dinner-and-a-movie-duo is a great opportunity for you to go all-out with a fancy dress and heels, because you’ll be sitting for the majority of the time. Just don’t wear something too uncomfortable for the movie, and remember that movie theaters tend to get cold, so don’t forget your jacket. Whip out that flowy dress and slip on your most comfortable, heeled boots; throw a tight-fitting jacket on and pull your hair back loosely for a look that says pretty and sassy in one. Show off your legs in a structured leather skirt paired with a simple top and trenchcoat; pair with some abovethe-ankle booties that wrap around your calf like a sock. Or swap the leather skirt for a thigh-slit maxi skirt, crop top and tailored jacket that screams city chic. Skinny jeans are another option that can’t go wrong. They can be dressed up with a cute top, strappy heels and a chunky belt. Swap the sleeves for a silk tank with a leather jacket — slick the hair back in a pony for a Matrix look that’ll have him trapped under your oracle spell.

Prepare for those Cain’s Ballroom date nights in either pants, a skirt or dress that moves willingly. Flowing skirts are great for dancing because they don’t stretch out or get in the way — just be sure to remember your Spanx underneath in case you get grooving a little too fast. Choose a pair of pants or jeans that don’t stretch out but do outline your body in a way that draws on your curves. Go with a top that is stylish but simple. And most importantly, choose shoes that are comfortable.

EXTREME DATING

You may be doing something a bit more adventurous on your date night out. These are the dates you’re going to want to plan your outfit for accordingly. Mini golf and high heels are no dynamic duo. Prepare for action-packed date nights in clothes that are flashy while also functional, comfortable and appropriate for the place you’re going to. If you’ll be spending your night at any sort of go-kart racing/laser tag/arcade fusion, then a skirt or dress is probably going to be your least favorable option. Wear some destroyed jeans that you can move around in; or opt for leggings that you can drop down to the floor in if needed, and army crawl your way to a laser tag and overall date victory. Pair your high-waisted, black pleather leggings with a long-sleeved crop top and collared jacket; throw on some ankle boots and a baseball cap, and you’ll be looking sporty and chic without even having to try. Take the sportswear trend to a new level on other fun dates like bowling and casual date nights like Riverside strolls and picnics in the park. One trend to put into play is the tennis-shoe-dress-combo. Kick back in a pair of clean and comfy white Adidas with a below-the-knee, crew top dress; throw a fitted denim or leather jacket on top and rock this sporty fashion looking like you just hopped off a jet from Los Angeles.

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SC SPORTS CENTRAL

RIDERS PILOTING INDOOR MOTORCYCLES If you happen to be passing Tulsa’s Expo Square at the end of February, don’t be surprised ON STEROIDS WILL BE LOOKING TO AVOID COMING OFF LIKE “SQUIDS” OR GETTING “CASED” AS THE DIRT DEVILS FLIP, JUMP AND PUSH FOR A HOLESHOT, POINTS AND CASH. B R R A A A P ! By Richard Linihan

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to hear a buzzing noise coming from the inside, of the Ford Truck Arena. No, it won’t be a beekeepers’ convention. In fact, once you’re inside the noise level will advance exponentially beyond that of the busiest of beehives. It’s the fifth annual Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour with high-powered motorcycles that not only sound loud, but also have riders who always go big or go home. “We build a course of dirt ramps that make the riders fly as high as 20 feet and travel 60 feet across the arena,” says event coordinator Jay Reynolds. “It’s a family show, but it’s the most exciting family show that you’ll ever see. You’ll see pros and amateurs who have absolutely zero fear.”


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Dirt Bike Dictionary

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GET UP TO SPEED ON THE MOTO SLANG BAR HOP: When airborne, the rider keeps both hands on the grips and extends legs straight out between arms and over handlebars.

BIG AIR: Putting lots of air between the rider and the ground while jumping.

BLOCK PASS: When a racer passes another racer in a corner and makes them slow down or lose momentum.

CAN-CAN: When a rider moves one leg over the fuel tank to the opposite side of the bike while airborne.

CASED: When a rider comes up short on a triple jump and hits the backside of the landing.

CLAPPED OUT: A bike that has seen better days.

DNF: Did not finish.

ENDO: To go head first over the handlebars.

HOLESHOT: Once the gate drops and the riders take off, the first one to the first corner gets the holeshot.

SQUID: A rider who could use some additional training on form and technique.

SQUIRRELY: Losing control of the bike.

WHIP: After taking off from the face of a jump, the rider will turn or steer the bike to one direction or the other.

WHOOPS: A series of smaller moguls in succession. Fastest way through is to enter with enough speed to skip along the tops.

YARD SALE: When a crash breaks pieces of the bike off.

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With a little bit of danger involved, the sport usually has its fans on the edge of their seats. It’s a wonder the tour ever sells any concessions with people watching in awe, unable to take their eyes off the spectacle taking place. “This sport began back in the 1980s,” Reynolds says. “People are always searching for new entertainment.” He said there are certain variables of this game that make it more satisfying to fans than even the top professional sports venues can match. “What other sport has flipping threewheelers or lets you meet the pros like we do Saturday night with interaction with fans?” Reynolds says. “These guys are some of the fastest in the nation and it includes children getting to compete with ATVs and side-by-sides.” Reynolds says this is the largest proam event of its kind in the nation, and it is going to get even bigger. “This is indoor motorcycles on steroids,” he says. “Even more intense than that. We currently are performing on this tour in eight states across the country, and next year we are going to try to expand that to 16 states.” The two-night event for adrenaline junkies begins with a pre-party featuring a musical artist to get the crowd’s blood flowing. There will be a free pit party for the everyday Joe to meet his favorite pros. The show kicks off with lasers, lights, fog, rocking music and more. As the heart begins to pump harder than ever imaginable, the Nitro AX Tour

pros battle it out for more than $70,000 in seasonal purse money with events that include motorcycle racing, ATV racing, UTV flips and a FMX pro jump off. The jump-infested arena floor will challenge the riders as they soar like they’ve been shot out of a canon. At times it feels like they might bump their heads on the roof that can’t be reached most days without a rocket for propulsion. From the children on their 50cc minis to the Nitro AX Tour pros on their 450cc fire breathing MX bikes straight out of a James Bond movie it seems these guys should leave you gasping for air as you see things you’ll never see again in a lifetime. Friday is free children night and Saturday night is the free track party. Motorcycle classes run both nights and ATV classes will race and perform Saturday night only. The great thing is that you don’t have to be a part of the tour to race. All racers are welcome to sign up and participate. When was the last time the NBA let you shoot some hoops right alongside Russell Westbrook or Stephen Curry? Reserved seating is $23 a night for adults and $16 for children. General admission in advance is $18 for adults (12 years old and up) and $12 for children (2-11 years old). Advance general admission ends Feb. 23. All prices include taxes and will increase by $2 at the door the day of the event. On Friday night, children get in free with each paid adult in general admission only.

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Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)

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

Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)

Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa)

Feb. 4 | @ Texas Tech Red Raiders | 6p Feb. 8 | vs West Virginia Mountaineers | 8p Feb. 11 | @ Iowa State Cyclones | 5p Feb. 14 | vs Texas Longhorns | 8p Feb. 18 | @ Oklahoma State Cowboys | 7p Feb. 21 | @ Baylor Bears | 6p Feb. 25 | vs Kansas State Wildcats | 5p Feb. 27 | @ Kansas Jayhawks | 8p March 4 | vs TCU Horned Frogs | 2p March 8-11 | Big 12 Championship (Kansas City, Mo.)

Feb. 4 | @ West Virginia Mountaineers | 4p Feb. 8 | vs Baylor Bears | 6p Feb. 11 | vs Texas Longhorns | 3p Feb. 15 | @ TCU Horned Frogs | 8p Feb. 18 | vs Oklahoma Sooners | 7p Feb. 22 | @ Kansas State Wildcats | 8p Feb. 25 | vs Texas Tech Red Raiders | 1p Feb. 28 | @ Iowa State Cyclones | 8p March 4 | vs Kansas Jayhawks | 5p March 8-11 | B ig 12 Championship (Kansas City, Mo.)

Feb. 1 | vs Cincinnati Bearcats | 8p Feb. 4 | vs SMU Mustangs | 6p Feb. 7 | @ Memphis Tigers | 6p Feb. 11 | vs Houston Cougars | 5p Feb. 14 | @ UCF Knights | 6p Feb. 18 | @ Cincinnati Bearcats | 11a Feb. 23 | vs USF Bulls | 7p Feb. 26 | vs East Carolina Pirates | 3p March 2 | @ SMU Mustangs | 7p March 5 | @ Tulane Green Wave | 3p March 9-12 | American Athletic Conference Championship (Hartford, Conn.)

Feb. 4 | @ South Dakota State Jackrabbits | 7p Feb. 8 | vs Western Illinois Leathernecks | 7p Feb. 11 | @ IUPUI Jaguars | 6p Feb. 16 | @ Omaha Mavericks | 7p Feb. 18 | @ South Dakota Coyotes | 3:15p Feb. 22 | vs North Dakota State Bison | 7p

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Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa) Feb. 2 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 3 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 4 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 10 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 7:05p Feb. 11 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 7:05p Feb. 17 | vs Rapid City Rush | 7:05p Feb. 18 | vs Indy Fuel | 7:05p Feb. 19 | vs Wichita Thunder | 4:05p Feb. 24 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 26 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 3 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p

March 4 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p March 5 | @ Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 12 | @ Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 17 | @ Fort Wayne Komets | 7p March 18 | @ Toledo Walleye | 6:15p March 19 | @ Toledo Walleye | 4:15p March 24 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p March 25 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p March 31 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p April 1 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p April 4 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p April 7 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p April 28 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p

Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa)

Feb. 15 | vs New York Knicks | 8:30p Feb. 24 | vs Los Angeles Lakers | 7p Feb. 26 | vs New Orleans Pelicans | 6p Feb. 28 | vs Utah Jazz | 7p March 2 | @ Portland Trail Blazers | 9:30p March 3 | @ Phoenix Suns | 8p March 5 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p March 7 | vs Portland Trail Blazers | 7p March 9 | vs San Antonio Spurs | 7p

March 11 | vs Utah Jazz | 2p March 14 | @ Brooklyn Nets | 6:30p March 16 | @ Toronto Raptors | 6p March 18 | vs Sacramento Kings | 2p March 20 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7p March 22 | vs Philadelphia 76ers | 7p March 26 | @ Houston Rockets | 2:30p March 27 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p March 29 | @ Orlando Magic | 6p

April 6 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 7 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 8 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 9 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 4:05p April 10 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p April 11 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 11:05a April 13 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p April 14 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p April 15 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p April 17 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p

April 18 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p April 19 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 12:05p April 20 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 21 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 22 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p April 23 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p April 24 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 25 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 26 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 4:05p April 27 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 28 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 29 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 30 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 1:05p

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Feb. 1 | vs Chicago Bulls | 8:30p Feb. 3 | vs Memphis Grizzlies | 7p Feb. 5 | vs Portland Trail Blazers | 2p Feb. 6 | @ Indiana Pacers | 6p Feb. 9 | vs Cleveland Cavaliers | 7p Feb. 11 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7:30p Feb. 13 | @ Washington Wizards | 6p

ALL TIMES CENTRAL // GAME DATES/TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

March 31 | vs San Antonio Spurs | 8:30p April 2 | vs Charlotte Hornets | 2p April 4 | vs Milwaukee Bucks | 7p April 5 | @ Memphis Grizzlies | 7p April 7 | @ Phoenix Suns | 9p April 9 | @ Denver Nuggets | 4p April 11 | @ Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p April 12 | vs Denver Nuggets | 7p

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ET EATS + TREATS The winter months can seem long and harsh, but thanks to the concept of “comfort food,” they don’t have to be entirely miserable. In fact, with the right combination of cheese, butter, bread and cream, winter evenings can become some of the coziest in the calendar

year. Comfort food is like an electric blanket for the soul, especially after a long day out in the harsh cold. So, put on some fuzzy socks, uncork a bottle of red wine, and throw some butter in the skillet for one of these to-die-for comfort dishes.

BLUE CHEESE MAC AND CHEESE Adapted from sarahmeyerwalsh.wordpress.com Mac and cheese is no longer just for the children.

Ingredients:

THE QUEEN’S GRILLED CHEESE

Adapted from thegarlicdiaries.com This is hands down the greatest grilled cheese you will ever have. Prepare yourself.

Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pinch thyme 1 pinch red pepper flakes 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 4 slices good quality bread (sourdough works well) 2 tsp. butter 2 slices Asiago cheese 2 slices cheddar cheese 2 slices Muenster cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat with garlic, red pepper flakes and thyme. 2. Lightly simmer, careful not to burn butter, while you prepare the sandwiches. 3. Lay slice of bread out and spread ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard onto each slice. 4. Add one piece of each cheese to each individual sandwich (cheese should be touching Dijon). 5. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter onto the top and bottom slice of each sandwich until all butter is gone. 6. Heat a skillet over medium heat and toast the sides of each sandwich until cheese is gooey and spilling out of the sides. Serve hot by itself or with tomato soup for dipping.

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1 pound penne pasta 2 tbsp. butter ¼ cup flour 2 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy whipping cream 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 ½ cups blue cheese crumbles DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13x9 baking dish. 2. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water until tender, but still al dente. Drain and leave in strainer until the sauce is ready. 3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour to make a roux, stirring constantly so flour does not burn. 4. Gradually whisk in milk and cream. Simmer until mixture thickens, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and add shredded cheddar cheese (reserving ½ cup for sprinkling on top before baking) and crumbled blue cheese. Whisk until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 5. Add cooked pasta to sauce, stirring to coat. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake until golden brown on top (sauce will begin bubbling), about 25 minutes.

BREAD BOWLS Why use a normal bowl when you could just eat the one you have when you’re done? (Fewer dishes!)

Ingredients: 2 ½ cups flour (you’ll add more as you knead) 2 tsp. salt 1 ¼ tsp. yeast (or one package of active dry yeast) 1 ¼ cup warm water e xtra-virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt and yeast. Mix through. 2. Add the water and mix until dough has a shaggy-like texture. 3. In the bowl, use your hands to knead the dough. Dust your hands in flour as you go to keep it from sticking to your hands. Knead 3-4 minutes. The dough should remain light and sticky. 4. Once the dough is holding together well and still feels sticky yet firm, add a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil to the dough and shape into a tight ball (the olive oil adds flavor and keeps it from sticking to your hands). 5. Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly greased with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Allow dough to rise for one hour. 6. Once the dough has doubled, carefully remove it from bowl and place onto greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently quarter the dough (being careful not to compress it too much as it will release all its gasses) and with floured hands, gently shape the dough into four individual dough balls. 7. With a brush, oil the tops and sprinkle additional flour to achieve a nice rustic look. 8. Cover dough balls with damp paper towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for an additional 20 minutes. While it’s rising, preheat oven to 500 degrees. 9. Bake bread for 10 minutes at 500 degrees. After first 10, lower oven temp to 325 degrees and bake an additional 25 minutes. 10. After bread is finished baking, remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing. Slice off the tops in a wide circle and fill with soup. Serve and prepare for raving compliments.


EATS + TREATS ET CREAMY CHICKEN AND WILD RICE SOUP IN A BREAD BOWL Adapted from Yellow Bliss Road

A warm, creamy pot of chicken soup in the winter is the perfect complement to a romantic night of Netflix binging.

Ingredients: 2 -3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded (either rotisserie or from crockpot) 2 bay leaves 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 celery stalks, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium white onion, diced 6 cups chicken broth 8 oz. package of wild rice ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. butter ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 ½ cup milk ½ tsp. dried oregano ¼ tsp. dried thyme B lack pepper (to taste) Salt (to taste) DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, stirring often. 2. Add bay leaves, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in chicken and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring often. Cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, cream and flour. Whisk into soup until combined. 4. Stir in wild rice and simmer for another 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Ladle into individual bread bowls (or regular bowls) and serve hot.

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CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL

Picking out a great bottle of Cabernet sauvignon at the liquor store, or even just a glass of Sauvignon blanc while out for a nice meal, isn’t as hard as some wine connoisseurs might make you think. By Rachel Wright Ah, Valentine’s Day. Whether you spend it out on the town celebrating your liberating singledom, binge-watching with your boo, or giving it a shot with somebody new, we can all agree it’s a day decreed for love and good

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times, candlelit dinners, flowers, chocolates and — our personal favorite — wine. Wine is the sophisticated, intelligent, I’m-anadult-and-I-drink-in-moderation-and-to-taste impression you want to make on a first date. It’s also perfect for a night in. It has a huge role in world history (the oldest winery is said to have been founded in Ancient Armenia, in 4100 B.C.), and as Lisa Hutchcraft, general manager at Modern Spirits says, it’s a natural fit for a romantic night. “Wine is romantic and adventurous,” says Hutchcraft, who is a red wine enthusiast herself. “I like talking to people about trying something from another country, because there are so many options, from boxed wines, which have come a long way, to a $100 bottle; the experience is different every time.” Learning to taste wine is no different from learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate

to the effort you make. The more you finetune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. A wine beginner might know the basic differences between a red and a white, but it’s also important to learn all the wine types and varietals. With so many varieties and pairings, it can be a little intimidating, so let us walk you through some wine basics. Think of it as a Wine 101, which we hope will arm you with impressive conversation starters, solid pairing suggestions and the confidence to select the perfect bottle for your Feb. 14 festivities and beyond.

The Basic Terminology

A full-bodied wine has a rich, complex flavor that stays with your taste buds. Some people describe these as “heavy” wines. Light-


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COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL CC bodied wines are more watery and subtle, and medium-bodied wines fall somewhere in between. Dry wines have no residual sugar, so while you’ll still enjoy fruity flavors, they don’t taste sweet. All of these variations come in red and white.

The Reds

Cabernet sauvignon (Cab-er-nay Saw-vinyawn) is a full-bodied red, with black cherry, black currant, baking spices and cedar flavors. Its grapes were originally planted in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s the most popular wine in the world, and pairs well with lamb, beef and smoked meats. Merlot (Murr-low) is a commonly known close cousin of “Cab Sav” worth mentioning that usually has a lower price point and a smoother finish. Syrah (Sear-ah), also often known as shiraz, is a full-bodied red with a medium dryness containing blueberry, plum, tobacco, black pepper and violet flavors. With grapes planted in Australia and the Rhone Valley in France, these wines have intense fruit flavors and often aggressive meaty (think beef broth or jerky) tones. Syrah is best paired with lamb, and beef. Malbec, a noteworthy variation currently on list of trendy wines, is comparable to Syrah. Pinot noir (Pee-no Nwar), Modern Spirits’ number one wine seller, is a dry, light-bodied

red wine with cherry, cranberry and rose flavors often with hints of beet, rhubarb or mushroom. Also from France, it pairs well with chicken, pork, veal and duck. Zinfandel (Zin-fan-dell) is a medium-tofull-bodied red whose name may be best known in its Rosé variation, White Zinfandel, both of which are made with red grapes. It has a broad array of flavors ranging from overripe nectarine to raspberry, blackberry, Asian spices and sweet tobacco. Its grapes originated in Croatia and it pairs well with chicken, pork, cured meat, lamb, barbecue, and Thai, Chinese and Indian foods. Tempranillo (Temp-ra-neeyo), Hutchcraft’s favorite, is a full-bodied Spanish red often compared to Zinfandel and currently enjoying its time in the Trendy Wine limelight, alongside Malbec. For those planning a night in, it is a great choice for cooking and sipping. “I love a good Tempranillo, especially to cook with,” Hutchcraft says. “I recommend Radio Boca’s Tempranillo. It’s delicious and at only $10 a bottle, it’s a fantastic price point. I use it to make an easy shallot onion reduction to pour over a New York strip, then have a glass with dinner.”

The Whites

Chardonnay (Shar-dun-nay) is a mediumto-full-bodied very dry wine with citrus,

pear and apple and tropical fruits like banana and pineapple, often with cinnamon, butterscotch and toasted caramel. A French wine, chardonnay is well paired with seafood, chicken and pork and veggies. Sauvignon blanc (Saw-vin-yawn Blonk) is a dry, aggressively citrus-driven white with grapefruit, melon, kiwi, grass, mint and green pepper flavors. Another French favorite, this tart wine is best paired with fish, chicken, pork, Mexican, Vietnamese and French cuisine. Pinot Gris (Pee-no Gree) is a light-bodied white with delicate citrus flavors including lime water and orange zest, apple skin and floral and cheese rind notes. Originating in Italy, but widely planted in France and Germany, this sometimes-bitter wine is paired best with salad and seafood. Riesling (Reese-ling) is known as “off-dry” white, available in variations of sweetness, and has floral and sweet herbal elements as well as lime and lemon, peach and nectarine flavors. Originating in Germany, this acidic wine is best enjoyed with chicken, pork, duck, turkey, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Moroccan and German foods. Still feeling overwhelmed? Hop over to Modern Spirits and let Hutchcraft walk you through their wine options, numbering over 500 and ranging in price from $8 to over $100 per bottle.

Twist, Flick and Pop Even if you don’t care about wine origins or varieties, you should know how to open a bottle without looking like an amateur. Here’s our seven-step guide to not making a fool of yourself while opening a bottle. Just don’t break the cork. 1. C heck to make sure it’s a bottle with a cork. Seriously. The moment you realize you’ve been trying to uncork a screw-top bottle you’ll notice your face is a color resembling Cabernet.

4. W ith your dominant hand, place the tip of the corkscrew barely off-center of the cork, and push until you reach the first curl of the corkscrew. The corkscrew will need to be sort of sideways to push the sharp tip straight into the cork.

2. O nce you’ve confirmed there’s a cork to remove, get rid of the foil. Use the little blade on your corkscrew to slice and pull off the foil to below the lip of the bottle. If a piece of the foil is left above the lip of the bottle, you’ll make a mess when pouring the wine.

5. T urn the corkscrew clockwise and make sure you’re keeping the corkscrew centered in the cork. Turn until there’s one curl remaining outside of the cork.

3. T ake a firm grasp of the bottle by the neck with your non-dominant hand and place the bottom of the bottle on your hip.

6. S ecure the metal lever onto the lip of the bottle and, without pinching your finger, wrap one hand around the bottle neck and the lever, to ensure the lever doesn’t slip off the lip.

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7. P ull the handle, ensuring the corkscrew — now inside the cork — doesn’t force the cork out at an angle. Straight in, straight out. Pour. Enjoy.

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Ah, the delights of childhood. Amid snowy days playing outside, making snowmen, throwing snowballs and sledding down the neighborhood hill, your mom kept you warm and well fed with hot chocolate and carbolicious dishes that still make your heart flutter all these years later as a grown-up. At any age, one such dish is the glorious mac and cheese — gooey, cheese laden pasta goodness that tastes like the simpler days of cartoons and sleepovers, when you lived without a care in the world. Well, we’ve got good news: mac and cheese is still an option if it’s made for your more experienced, adult taste buds, especially when

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you’re out with family and friends. Many restaurants around Green Country serve up this delicious, decadent comfort food with culinary twists to make you marvel — from traditional to light, gooey to spicy, peppers to pimentos and more. We’re not talking about food served from a box bought in a grocery store. We’re talking homemade, creative versions of a meal you loved as a kid … and can still love without shame. Here are Green Country’s best mac and cheese dishes for your enjoyment.


Albert G’s 421 E. 1st | Tulsa 2748 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa Where better to enjoy a traditional side of mac and cheese than a barbecue restaurant? Albert G’s serves up classic smoked meats and sides in a laid-back atmosphere, alongside a drink menu that whiskey lovers particularly enjoy because their options are so extensive. Get the buttery mac and cheese with an Oklahoma craft beer and then head to a sports game downtown to make a night of it.

Bramble Breakfast and Bar 313 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa A Tulsa farm-to-table success story, the Bramble Breakfast and Bar makes sure every meal is served with fresh, delicious ingredients, sprinkled with a touch of gratitude and devotion to its patrons. Its atmosphere, which features eclectic hanging light fixtures, brick walls and rustic wood tables, is matched by their food and bar selections. Bramble’s careful preparation and attention to detail shows in the 2nd Street Mac and Cheese dish. Made with five tasty cheeses blended with breadcrumbs and love, it goes great with anything you order.

The Brook 3401 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 7727 E. 91st | Tulsa Amazing is one word that has been used to describe The Brook’s version of mac and cheese. It is unquestionably for those leaning more toward shells and cheddar cheese rather than other, more eclectic baked varieties. This dish features milky, cheesy goodness poured on top of large pasta shells, and it will make you savor every bite and feel sad when it’s gone. In Brookside or South Tulsa, for lunch or dinner, The Brook’s mac and cheese is a required side.

Burn Co Barbeque 1738 S. Boston | Tulsa Burn Co uses an army of Hasty-Bakes to bring Tulsa some of its best barbecue. And what goes better with barbecue than mac and cheese, right? Grab yourself a tasty side to go with your big boy portion of ribs or chopped brisket. It’s a thick, smoky, cheesy side that rivals the rest of the meal. It’s only served Thursday through Saturday, so plan accordingly.

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With the purchase of one meal and two drinks, you get a second meal half off. Not valid with any other offers. Exp. 9/30/16.

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Caz’s Chowhouse 18 E. Brady St. | Tulsa This warm, inviting downtown Tulsa eatery is known for serving up comfort food in upscale style, all the better to go with your evening at the Brady Theater or BOK Center. They serve southern comfort favorites like fried catfish, meatloaf, pot roast, and chicken and waffles. Order a full meal with a side of their satisfying mac and cheese as a treat. Hint: Caz’s mac and cheese is a huge hit with children.

Claret CafE 3302 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow Combine America’s insane obsession with seafood (all things shrimp, crab and scallops) and mac and cheese, and you’ve got a dish to die for. Claret Café’s adult take on our beloved childhood meal is melt-in-your-mouth and save-some-forlater good. A mound of long, spiral-shaped pasta, smothered in a house-made beer cheese mixed with tasty chunks of seafood, all topped with bits of bacon, will become the whole reason you stopped at the corner of Kenosha and 129th.

Dave & Buster’s 6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa

When you want to combine the playfulness of childhood with adult food and fun, Dave & Buster’s is a great place to go. With video games, sports on the big screen and other games, this is a playground on steroids. Their satisfying menu includes treats like loaded burgers and alcoholic snow cones. Their decadent Ultimate Mac & Cheese features flame-grilled chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, curly pasta and creamy aged sharp cheddar cheese sauce, sprinkled with garlic breadcrumbs and baked until brown and bubbly.

Deco Deli 415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa Along with its wide variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, street tacos, wraps and smoothies, Deco Deli’s version of mac and cheese — an orzo pasta with parmesan — is not a side that stays on the plate for long. Whether you’re popping in on a lunch break, looking for a quick bite to eat, or taking a leisurely visit to the Deco District and its shops on a weekday afternoon, the Deli’s mac and cheese is an excellent complement to everything else they’ll serve up for you.

Doc’s Wine & Food 3509 S. Peoria | Tulsa

In the heart of Brookside, Doc’s Wine & Food provides a comfortable atmosphere of community, where customers can expect creative food (mostly Creole and seafood), fine drink (wine, cocktails and seasonal drinks) and first-class service. And while it’s technically a side dish, their mac and cheese deserves more love. They simmer heavy cream on high heat, with melted Irish cheddar and a dash of salt and pepper. Then the sauce is tossed with macaroni and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

Incredible Pizza 8314 E. 71st | Tulsa If you have children, or if you want to relive a little of your own childhood, Incredible Pizza is absolute gaming fun. We’re talking go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, video games, prizes — and a spread of pizza, tacos, spuds, chicken nuggets and of course, tasty mac and cheese loaded with parmesan. It’s perfect for feeding a birthday gaggle of young ones at a good price, and for indulging your inner child.

Napa Flats 9912 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa One of several great spots in town for an intimate meal with a loved one or a casually elegant time with friends, Napa Flats excels in great food and great service. And they know how to serve comfort food in style. Their Poblano Mac n Cheese is truly special, made with four different cheeses, freshly roasted poblano peppers, rotini pasta and finished off with a toasted Parmesan Italian topping. Regulars love it, and you will too.

Prhyme 111 N. Main | Tulsa A truly phenomenal, upscale restaurant in Tulsa is Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse. With spectacular service and an elegant atmosphere in the heart of the Brady District, Prhyme is ideal for a wonderful night out. Matching the establishment’s reputation as an extra-special dining experience, the spicy mac n’ cheese gratin is a one-of-a-kind side that holds its own. Baked to perfection and elegantly presented, with just the right amount of spice, you’ll wonder where this dish has been all your life.

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Red Rock Canyon Grill 9916 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa Enjoy Red Rock’s five-cheese mac on the side with either the seared tenderloin or smoked salmon, and you cannot be disappointed. To match the lively, fun, exciting atmosphere of the restaurant’s open, wood-burning rotisserie kitchen, the mac and cheese at Red Rock is a delightful choice and pleasing to the palate. It is expertly prepared every time with all the culinary care of every other item on the menu.

The Tavern 201 N. Main | Tulsa Patrons of the Brady District’s Tavern rave about its zesty Angry Mac & Cheese. It’s cavatappi pasta and creamy sauce of five blended cheeses, along with a touch of sambal chili for spice, makes it the perfect side to the Tavern’s unique entrées that master chef Ben Alexander produces day in and day out. To say it’s a complete must when visiting is an understatement. You’ll be anything but angry after ordering this cheesy dish.

Ti Amo

Rib Crib 2077 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville 12850 S. Memorial | Bixby 121 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow 1736 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. | Claremore 1801 S. Main | Grove 421 S. George Nigh | McAlester 150 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee 8551 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso 405 W. Wekiwa Road | Sand Springs 705 S. Mission St. | Sapulpa 1909 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 800 | Tahlequah 3022 S. Garnett | Tulsa 5025 S. Sheridan | Tulsa 8040 S. Yale | Tulsa 302 E. 1st | Tulsa 3232 W. Skelly Drive | Tulsa This Tulsa-based barbecue restaurant chain is legendary for its attention to detail in serving up slow cooked, smoked meats that will have you happily drooling barbecue sauce down your chin in public. Local families love it and consider it a must-visit many times a year. Among their many sides, yes, they have a classic picnic style, velvety mac and cheese that goes well with their pulled pork and brisket.

Sisserou’s 107 N. Boulder | Tulsa If you haven’t been to Sisserou’s yet, you are missing out. Their Caribbean-infused specialties are inventive, occasionally spicy and just plain delicious. You could make a meal of their coconut shrimp appetizer with marmalade sauce. Their pork tenderloin is a favorite of many, as is the Salmon Rasta Pasta. Their baked macaroni and cheese is a light, slightly crunchy side that serves as a good complement to spicier main courses.

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6024 S. Sheridan | Tulsa 219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa When you want an upscale dining experience in a warm, inviting atmosphere, Ti Amo makes the list. The low lighting, rich wood tables and excellent personal service make for a great date night or special time with friends and family. Ti Amo serves their Italian inspired dishes with a decidedly Mediterranean flair, and offers excellent fish and steak options. For a truly decadent dinner treat, opt for the comforting yet elevated Lobster Shrimp Mac & Cheese — pasta in velvety cheese sauce with a sprinkle of bacon.

Western Country Diner 1905 S. Sheridan | Tulsa Every single item on Western Country Diner’s menu is entirely about comfort, served up in satisfying portions and a reasonable price. The diner’s mac and cheese is no exception. For many, it’s certainly a good old-fashioned reminder of homemade cooking from younger days. Just out of the oven, hot and steamy, every bite of the cheesy goodness is as good as the next. Lovers of buttery cheese will always be glad they ordered one of the diner’s best sides.

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Tallgrass Prairie Table

3308 S. Peoria | Tulsa

313 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

Nelson’s Buffeteria

TWL Bistro

4401 S. Memorial | Tulsa

7890 E. 106th Place | Tulsa

Shiloh’s

The Vault

2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow

620 S. Cincinnati Ave. | Tulsa

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The Wild Fork

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Robinson knows the 95-year-old Art Deco styled building inside and out. The Grill, originally the Atlas Coffee Shop, still has remnants of its original character, like the rest of the Atlas Life building. Much of the enormous crown molding ceiling throughout the building and its original fixtures still exist,

Atlas Grill continues to honor Tulsa’s rich heritage, even naming many of their dishes after streets in the city like the Frisco, the Denver, the Boulder and the Boston, to name a few. Across from the Grill, on the other side of the building’s opulent hallway, the Tulsa Press Club serves the grill’s food, including the turkey and applesmoked bacon club sandwich called the prestigious Press Club.

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“It’s pretty cool, all the history and everything that surrounds the building,” he says. “It’s between the Mid-Continent and Philtower. They constructed the tunnels between them and other buildings during Prohibition and the days of wealthy oilmen worried about their children being kidnapped. Most of them are blocked off now, but some are still around.”

even though it has had multiple renovations through its nearly 100year history.

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“It’s fun being a part of downtown Tulsa history,” says Jake Robinson, the owner and chef of Atlas Grill. After falling in love with the place as an employee, he took the reins of the Grill by purchasing it in 2005. He appreciates how it’s surrounded by historical landmarks. Atlas Grill is located in the 12-story Atlas Life building, which was built in 1922 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2009. A statue of Atlas, the Titan of ancient Greek mythology, is on top of the building’s façade, and the most notable feature is on the front of the building: a four-story neon sign installed in the 1940s.

People also come in for their most popular dish, the Atlas Burger — a simple burger between two pieces of toasted bread. What keeps people ordering it, time

From the confines of a nearly 100-year-old landmark, the Atlas Grill honors downtown Tulsa’s rich heritage with blue-plate specials, comfort food and catering meals that have stood the test of time. By Rob Harmon Photos by Marc Rains

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and time again, is the amazingly delicious fried onions and spicy Dijon spread.

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“I went to culinary school because I love doing it. I have a passion for it. It’s the only thing I know,” he says. “When I purchased the Atlas Grill, I saw it as a great opportunity, ready to move on to better things. The restaurant business is hard to find a job where you’re not still there at 2 a.m. Atlas Grill is different. We aren’t there in the evening, so that’s pretty nice.” Atlas Grill is proud of the freshness and quality of the food, but most proud of the awesome staff and how they are conscious of every customer’s need. Whether it be the downtown office worker trying to catch a quick bite before making it back to the grind, or tourists visiting the historical building for the first time, Robinson says that the staff does everything possible to meet the needs and wants of the customer. “We cater to every customer as best as we can,” he says. “We have a black bean veggie burger, which is awesome. Vegetarian customers come in here specifically for that,

and it draws in a lot of people for that reason.” Their salads are also a big reason why people see them as a great choice for lunch downtown. His favorite sandwich is the Boulder, a grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich with Boursin cheese, grilled peppers and onions, all between two amazing toasted buns. A secret tip from the owner: although it is a very tasty vegetarian sandwich, if requested, adding bacon to it makes it, in his words, “phenomenal.” The menu at the grill is tweaked from time to time, but the regulars would tell you that it’s basically the same menu since before Robinson started and that’s the way they like it. During the summertime, homemade ice cream can be expected, as well as more cakes, pies and cookies. Throughout the years, the Atlas Grill has been used as a catering service for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, where the historic building’s beautiful marble-floored lobby can be transformed into a five-star restaurant atmosphere resembling the roaring ‘20s. Lobster, steak, and nearly anything else requested can meet the needs of nearly any kind of gathering. Although the Atlas Grill has historically been a Monday through Friday, breakfast and lunch establishment, it has become one of Tulsa’s go-to brunch locations in the Inner Dispersal Loop on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa 918-583-3111 newatlasgrill.com Monday-Friday: 7-9:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Mandarin Taste coalesces the cuisines of the Far East into one sumptuous whole with hot pot, dumplings, seafood and spicy and flavorful Szechwan food options. — BY DONNA LEAHEY

Hot Pot Have you ever tried a Chinese hot pot? It’s perfect for a long lunch or a leisurely dinner with family or friends, especially on a cold winter day in Oklahoma. And Mandarin Taste may be the only place in Tulsa to enjoy this traditional meal. Tucked away at the corner of 61st and Sheridan, this authentic Chinese restaurant is perfect for people hungry for genuine Chinese cuisine, whether they lived in China and miss the genuine flavors or are just ready to try something new.

To the best of Sally’s knowledge, Mandarin Taste is the only restaurant in the Tulsa area to offer hot pot. “It’s very popular in Asia — China, Korea, Japan, other parts of south Asia. The concept is like a fondue,” she says. “The pot is full of hot broth made by cooking pork and chicken for over three hours to create rich flavor. There’s also a tomato broth and a spicy Szechwan broth. The pot is divided so diners can try more than one flavor. Some customers like the spicy broth, but some prefer the original.”

Mandarin Taste’s manager, who prefers to go just by Sally, says, “I came to the states as an international student. I didn’t know how to cook when I got here, but I wanted food like from home in Beijing,” she says. “So, I had to call my mom and ask her how to cook.”

If you’re not familiar with hot pot, Sally is ready to help. “Sometimes customers come in and say this is their first time, so I will show them how. Some want to dump all the meat in to cook at once, but this is not best,” she says. “They should hold a slice of meat in their chopsticks and dip two to three times in the hot broth. The meat is cut very thin so it cooks quickly. Then, some like to use a dipping sauce, but if they used the spicy broth, often it doesn’t need a sauce. You can try the different sauces to see if they’re needed.”

Sally realized there were a lot of people looking for real, traditional Chinese cooking. “It’s a problem for a lot of people, especially Chinese people,” she says. “A lot of my American customers were looking for this kind of food. They’d been to China, or moved here from Los Angeles or New York City. I wanted to do this for that group of people who knew this kind of food. Or for my American customers who want to try something new, this is the place for them to give it a try.”

When you order, you choose the type of broth for your hot pot, and the items to cook in the pot. Meat choices include lamb, beef and pork. Adventurous diners can try beef tripe, pig kidney or even pig brain. Seafood options include scallop, fish and shrimp. Along with your proteins, you can add vegetables

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like sweet potato, bamboo heart, and seaweed. Tofu is an option, along with different types of mushrooms and noodles. There are also combo platters to make it easier for a couple to enjoy a selection of different items.

“Men or boys especially like the pork belly with jalapeno. We have 100 percent satisfaction with that dish,” Sally says.

Also on the extensive menu is a selection of regular dumplings, noodle dishes, fried rice and seafood choices.

The Kung Pao Chicken is another popular choice. “It’s very traditional, not like what you’d get at a Chinese buffet. It’s very popular with Chinese people,” she says.

Children get free ice cream with their meals, and many adults enjoy the steamed or fried bread with condensed milk as a treat.

The cilantro shredded beef is the most popular beef dish. Sally suggests the garlic bok choy and the spicy dry green bean stir-fry off the vegetarian menu.

Sally’s personal favorite dishes? “I love the Jade fish.” It’s a beautiful seafood dish served in a bowl with Szechwan peppercorn and fresh green chili pepper. She also loves the Beijing meat pie. It’s like a small-sized pizza with ground pork and onion. There are three layers of meat and dough.

“Hot pot is really good for friends or families,” she says. “The more people the better. Having more people lets you have more things to try.” Each pot can feed six to seven people, so don’t be shy; invite a friend or two. “We’re always busy over the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she says. “Families come in and enjoy time together. You cook it yourself, at your table. You participate, chatting, and enjoy the time together.” In addition to hot pot, Mandarin Taste serves spicy and flavorful Szechwan food.

Mandarin Taste also features a variety of different types of traditional dumplings. There are steamed buns, like the flavorfilled pork and onion. The popular pan-fried bun with pork adds a nice sear to the bun. The Chinese chive, egg and ground pork pie is like a little round pancake, stuffed with savory ingredients and lightly browned.

Mandarin Taste is a great choice for vegetarian diners or those who need to avoid gluten. Many menu items are gluten-free.

LOCATOR MANDARIN TASTE

6125 S. Sheridan | Tulsa 918-878-7998 mandarintasteok.com

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MF MASTERS OF FLAVOR La Roma’s unique combination of Italian pizza and Mediterranean dishes, married with the love the owners have for each other and their customers, is special and unique. By Rob Harmon • Photos by Marc Rains

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Katia Azar, owner of La Roma Pizza, loves what she does and what she does loves her back. “We create relationships with our customers and our employees,” she says. “It’s not just an exchange of food and money. The customers want to see us. We love them and they love us. That’s what makes La Roma rich. Everyone knows our names and we know theirs.” Azar’s restaurant is an oldie-but-goodie kind of place where generations of customers have made memories for decades. Since the mid-80s, Azar, along with her mother Souhaila, has ruled the kitchen at La Roma, constantly making sure that every meal served is the best ever. The menu hasn’t changed much through the years, in part because the unique combination of Italian pizza and Mediterranean dishes is what keeps customers coming back. Primarily measuring the ingredients by sight, the way most great cooks do, Azar says she can’t assure the food tastes exactly the same every time, but she does promise it will always taste great. “We want to impress people,” Azar says, with a twinkle in her eyes. “We’re cooking for our family and we want to make them happy.” Although it may not be on the menu, ordering a mana’eesh pizza is becoming more popular with customers. Thyme, oregano, olive oil, sesame seeds and, knowing Katia, other secret ingredients uniquely La Roma are perfectly mixed together to provide a delicious Mediterranean pizza that Tulsans can only get at this 61st and Sheridan pizzeria. The RJ, named after Azar’s late father, is another unique pizza that combines Azar’s Lebanese heritage with the traditional Italian-American cheese pie. Think tabouli, just the right thickness of cheese and homemade pizza dough. Customers have been raving about it ever since it was added to the menu. Lasagna and cabbage rolls are patron favorites; in fact, the cabbage rolls hold their own in a way that might surprise you if you haven’t tasted them yet at La Roma. And for dessert, La Roma’s baklava rivals any found at any other establishment in Tulsa, and that is saying something. The lentil soup is one dish that Azar is always extremely excited to make, a slightly different recipe from her mother Souhaila’s, but one she is proud of nonetheless. The year 2016 was a strange year for the restaurant when, in September, a pickup

truck plowed into the storefront. No one was injured, but the restaurant had to be closed for repairs. “When the accident happened, we were in complete shock,” Azar explains, looking around at the newly decorated dining room. “We thought that maybe after a week or so, we’d reopen. We told customers we’d be open soon, but the damage was too great. Sixty-nine days later, we finally reopened.” For most restaurants, in today’s down economy, being out of commission for even a week would be the kiss of death. But in their 28th year, La Roma’s customers refused to let that happen. When the restaurant reopened last November, it was like a reunion of the cast of Cheers. “We were shocked how many people came back and didn’t forget about us. They want us to succeed,” says Azar. “That was one of those things, you know. You’re losing business, and people make new habits and new routines. I didn’t want to be insecure, but I was afraid people wouldn’t make it back. But they did. They were interested about the new decorations and everything and how we were doing.”

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As if on cue, while Azar was talking, customers entered the restaurant and volunteered to make statements about how wonderful a cook Azar is, and how much they love La Roma. “You know the second you open the door that you’ve come to the right place. Just the smell of it tells you that,” said one happy lady who recently hosted a wedding reception with catered food by La Roma.

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Azar hates to repeat herself, but she says that her role as a master chef at La Roma isn’t about her; it’s about her family. “It’s a family in there,” she says, pointing to the kitchen beyond the iconic green, red and white awning, one of the things not destroyed in the accident. “We’ve got pictures of our employees on the wall. They become family to us. When we say La Roma is a family restaurant, we mean much more than my mother, myself or my fiancé. It’s our friends, our workers. We are family. Sometimes when we think of how our hours are long [as restaurant owners], we forget about it when we see our family. It’s about love in the food, love in everything we do.”

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LOCATOR LA ROMA PIZZA

6027 S. Sheridan | Tulsa 918-491-6436 Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.

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Not many things in life are as grand as a cupcake. With that upward swirl of sprinkled icing, these bright confections are like little joy bombs for the mouth. The Cake Lady, located on Main Street in Collinsville, knows the happy power that a good cupcake wields, and they bake some of the tastiest ones around. The Cake Lady offers buttercream cupcakes in the most enticing flavors, like strawberry milkshake and chocolate chip cookie dough (with cookie dough on top and in the center). They also specialize in mini pies, mini cheesecakes, cake pops, cookies, candy covered pretzels, decorated sugar cookies, and more. The genius behind these dainty delights is Ashley Williamson, owner of The Cake Lady. “Before opening an official brick-andmortar for The Cake Lady, I baked out of my kitchen for five years,” says Williamson. “The opportunity to develop an actual shop really just fell into our laps, and we went for it.” Williamson’s quaint, brick shop front is the most inviting place you’ve ever seen — that is, until you step inside and see the pastry case gleaming with a rainbow of treats. Children will beeline straight toward these sprinkly sweets, and adults will frankly have a hard time not doing the same. With a lifetime of baking knowledge, Williamson has perfected the art of enticement and taste. “I grew up in the kitchen, always helping my mom with the baking. I realized I was interested in baking when my mom was feeling overwhelmed by having to supply desserts for a large event. She asked me to help her figure it out, and so I did,” Williamson says while laughing. “I love baking because of the endless creativity options it provides. Every part of the process is so thought out — from the glaze, to the icing, to the toppings and garnishes.” By visiting her shop, anyone can see that Williamson indeed puts a lot of time and effort into both presentation and taste. With a bursting flavor menu that rotates according to season, visitors will almost certainly find that they can’t order just one cupcake. “In the summer we have lighter, more citrusy flavors like Key lime, lemon drop, and dreamsicle. When fall rolls around, we feature s’mores, pumpkin, and apple pie, and then during the holiday weeks it’s more about the peppermint, and the Andes mint explosion. In February, we will have chocolate-coveredstrawberry cupcakes and hazelnut crunch,” Williamson says. “A lot of care goes into each flavor profile and design. I won’t put anything

out there that I’m not willing to eat myself, so therefore everything is always fresh and never frozen.” Custom cake orders are also a huge part of what Williamson does at The Cake Lady. From weddings, graduations, and showers to smash cakes for a little one’s first birthday party (which she absolutely adores doing), Williamson is able to perfectly complement any event with a beautiful cake centerpiece. She has even constructed a cake that featured a suspended dragon blowing down fire, with actual electric lighting woven in to make the flames look real. “I love that the custom cake aspect is ever changing within the industry. We do a ton of different designs. Some of my favorites have been a groom’s cake in the shape of a bass fish, and a multi-tiered Harry Potter cake featuring the Sorting Hat. I’m also a sucker for an elegant wedding cake with fresh florals. I love getting to work with a florist to combine cake and flowers,” says Williamson. Williamson’s cake-designing prowess even landed her the opportunity to be featured on the Food Network’s popular television show, Cake Wars. “I have a really good friend, Beckie Osborn, who called me up and said she was selected to be on Cake Wars and wanted to know if I would be her assistant. I agreed, of course,” she says. “We made it to the second round, which was our goal. We didn’t win overall, but I couldn’t care less because it was so much fun.” Even if you live in Tulsa, you must make a Saturday jaunt down to The Cake Lady in Collinsville to sample the goodies and see Williamson’s eye-catching designs. And once you’ve tasted the magic for yourself, you will always know where to order your custom cakes from in the future. “I never make the same cake twice; they are always completely customized according to what each client wants. One of my very favorite aspects of baking is getting to be a part of a family’s special occasion in this way,” Williamson says.

LOCATOR THE CAKE LADY

912 W. Main | Collinsville 918-510-6615 cakeladyashley.com Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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FEBRUARY 10 THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

Batman goes on a personal journey to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship in hopes of saving Gotham City from a hostile takeover set by The Joker. Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera Rating: PG

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Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne Rating: Not Rated Yet

Following the events of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia “Ana” Steele tries to move on from her relationship with Christian Grey. A wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana’s conditions. As the couple begins their normal relationship, Christian’s past threatens to tear the couple apart. Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger Rating: R

THE GREAT WALL

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An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure. Cast: Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Dane DeHaan Rating: R

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FEB. 11 The Gold Rush Charlie Chaplin stars as a prospector who goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. Featuring a Felix the Cat cartoon and accompanied on the original Circle 1928 pipe organ by Bill Rowland.

TULIP FEVER

Set in the Netherlands in the early 17th century, during the period of the tulip mania, an artist falls for a married young woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait by her husband. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes of building a future together. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz Rating: Not Rated Yet

ROCK DOG

Bodi, a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, is expected to become the next village guard to a group of funloving, countryside sheep, but fears he doesn’t have the passion to assume the role from his dad, Khampa. Everything changes when a radio literally falls out of the sky and Bodi hears a song by rock legend Angus Scattergood, opening his heart to a musical world he must explore. Cast: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons Rating: PG

FEB. 17-23

FEB. 2 Amadeus Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Julieta After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her missing daughter.

Oklahoma City The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995 is the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. This documentary explores how a series of deadly encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement, including the standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco, led to the act carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell is trying his best to keep it together amid senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland, who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned fight after school. Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks Rating: R

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LOVESONG

Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker Rating: Not Rated Yet

BITTER HARVEST

Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, Bitter Harvest conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Josef Stalin. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honor, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. Cast: Terence Stamp, Tom Austen, Barry Pepper Rating: R

FEB. 24-MARCH 2 The Red Turtle The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

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Toni Erdmann A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

Paterson Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, N.J. Each day, he adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, writes poetry into a notebook, stops in a bar and drinks one beer, and goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

FEB. 24-MARCH 2 I Am Not Your Negro Using the unfinished final manuscript of writer James Baldwin, this documentary by Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers and their impact on what it means to be black in America. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. FEB. 25 Independent Spirit Awards Live viewing of the award show. FEB. 26 89th Academy Awards Live viewing of the award show. FEB. 28 The Bad Kids Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school in the desert for students at risk of dropping out. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these socalled ‘bad kids.’

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