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JANUARY 2015 PREVIEWGREENCOUNTRY.COM

It’s Showtime Mr. Right Now

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Super Sunday

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YOUR FAVORITE GUIDE TO TULSA AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES


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s the mayor of this beautiful city and as a native Tulsan, I invite you to enjoy my hometown. Whether you’re just visiting or you already live here, there’s something for everyone. For over 29 years, Preview Magazine has been offering Tulsan’s and/or its visitors this comprehensive guide about everything from area restaurants to local attractions, events, tourist destinations, lifestyles, lodging and one-of-a-kind extraordinary shopping venues. No matter where you turn, Tulsa offers great restaurants—everything from barbecue to sushi— tons of unique shopping venues, world-class museums, and entertainment options that are second to none. Tulsa is well known for its art, music and culture. It is home to world-class ballet and opera, as well as the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, where displays of Western art and Italian Renaissance will capture your heart and imagination. Downtown Tulsa is home to one of the finest collections of art deco architecture in the country, ranking with cities such as Miami and Chicago. Our iconic beacon, the BOK Center, is a major catalyst for drawing visitors and Tulsans alike for concerts, sporting events and more. ONEOK Field, home of our city’s baseball team—the Tulsa Drillers— has proven to be one of the major players in the revitalization of downtown along with the Philbrook Downtown and the Woody Guthrie Center. These new developments mesh well with already established entertainment venues such as Cain’s Ballroom, Brady Theater and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. If you’re looking for outdoor activities, Tulsa offers plenty of exciting opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation. Take a stroll down the scenic paths winding along the Arkansas River and take in the beauty of our famed River Parks. If you’re looking for more of a wild time, then head over to “America’s Favorite Zoo” and tour the Tulsa Zoo, our city-owned gem that’s located at Mohawk Park. It’s truly a great experience for the whole family. I am pleased that you have chosen to call Tulsa your home, or if you’re just visiting, we sure hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful city. You can always find out more about Tulsa by visiting our website: www.CityOfTulsa.org.

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FEATURES

Mr. Right Now | 24 The top-selling artist in music history, Garth Brooks is back with seven nearly sold-out shows at the BOK Center.

ON THE COVER

Celebrating Theatrical Wonder | 30 Montreal-based theater troupe Cirque du Soleil has “adapted” another impressive hit with Varekai that blends explosive acrobatics, colorful costumes and a new lease on life for the ill-fated Icarus.

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It’s Showtime | 34 Billed as the nicest theater in the country by its visionary mogul Bill Warren, the 18-auditorium Broken Arrow megaplex will change your movie-watching experience with plenty of extras from heated seats and a laser projection system to fireplaces and art deco attention to detail.

Like a typical Cirque du Soleil show, Varekai delivers a spectacular performance filled with beautiful, vibrant costumes, entertaining clown acts and mind–blowing dangerous performances. But make no mistake, Varekai is anything but typical. Costumes by Eiko Ishioka ©2014 Cirque du Soleil $91.80 in 48 Challenge | 6 Happenings | 8 Homefront | 38 Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48

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Sports Central | 50 Get to Know | 56 Pick Your Palate | 77 Showtime | 88 Sneak Peek | 92

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Staged Tradition | 44 America’s longest-running play enters its 62nd season at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre. The fabric tomatoes audience members receive to throw at villains are relatively new. The Heat is On | 50 Listen to the engines roar, watch as the checkered flag flies and see who hoists the coveted Golden Driller trophy into the air during the 29th annual Chili Bowl Nationals.

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Bring on the Big Game | 52 Don’t get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by missing out watching the Super Bowl at one of our local hangouts. When looking for a perfect place to kick it for kickoff, here are nine local options. Get to Know … Bar 46 | 56 Raising the bar for downtown speakeasies, Bar 46 never fails to showcase class by the glass and the perfect antibiotic to a hectic life. Hot to Trop | 58 The Karnchanakphan family wanted to provide Tulsa with a restaurant that offered great tasting Asian fusion food, unique flavors and fresh ingredients. The Tropical is proof they succeeded. Hidden Gem | 62 Improved service and awareness coupled with the implementation of refined cooking styles and a bevy of new and fresh ingredients has allowed Bill Tackett to greatly bolster the experience at Bluestone Steak House & Seafood in South Tulsa.

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68 Drafting a Winner | 68 South Tulsa’s Treys Bar and Grill combines sports, in-the-round bar seating, generous assortments of top-shelf grub and plenty of suds in one delightful mix that loves the city’s heritage. Treasures from the North | 72 From chicken tikka masala and samosas to naan and baingan masala, chef Shifali Bhullar and Cumin add plenty of spice to traditional Indian cuisine.


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Heather Lamb and Nevada Titworth We decided for our first stop, we needed a trip back in time to a soda fountain. So we headed to Brownies. What better on a cold day than a good burger? To top it off, we got homemade onion rings and fries. Thank goodness for the unlimited root beer (we think the best in town!). This was the perfect lunch stop, as we got in and out quickly.

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With a Southern rock-influenced brand of metal that incorporates punk, grunge and pure melodic hard rock into the blender, Texas Hippie Coalition at their best sound like Molly Hatchet and Charlie Daniels crossed with Pantera chasing after the rock ghost of Lynyrd Skynyrd, a music the band calls “red dirt metal,” and very much a product of gigging out of the Red River Valley territory on the Texas and Oklahoma state lines. Rock ‘n’ roll is all about cutting loose. It’s about throwing back a few drinks, raising your hands, banging your head and living out loud. Texas Hippie Coalition recently cooked up the soundtrack to a good time with their fourth full-length album, Ride On. Their countrified 8 January 2015

blues riffs simmer with metallic edge, while each chorus ignites a sing-a-long. The Texas quartet—Big Dad Ritch, John Exall, Cord Pool and Timmy Braun—have formally landed, and they brought the party with them, in more ways than one. Texas Hippie Coalition continue riding high after three critically acclaimed albums—Pride of Texas (2008), Rollin’ (2010) and Peacemaker (2012), which debuted in the top 20 of Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. They’ve left crowds drunk, disorderly and begging for more everywhere from Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma to the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

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This international headliner mixes great stand up with outstanding ventriloquism. A class act, as seen in Accidentally Famous filmed live at the 2007 HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. In his R-rated comedy club show, Marc combines his unique stand-up comedy with expert ventriloquism with the help of his outstanding cast of characters.

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He speaks from the heart, giving him the most unique voice in comedy today. With his smooth charismatic style, Vince delivers passionate views on topics including ignorance, hip-hop, self-respect and being raised by a single father. His thought-provoking material challenges audiences to look at the negative images and stereotypes we accept in our everyday lives.

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B.T. is the second-hardest working man in show business, perfecting his act at the top comedy clubs in the country. This drama school graduate was well-trained for the rigors of making people laugh and has been so successful that he has performed at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. B.T.'s physical performance style and charm landed him two performances on NBC's Friday Night Videos.

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Once

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors and musicians who play their own instruments onstage, it tells the story of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a sensitive young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once is an unforgettable musical about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all. Based on the 2007 film starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once incorporates the music and lyrics the duo wrote and performed in the movie, including the Academy Award-winning song “Falling Slowly.”

Jan. 1-3

Tulsa Shootout Expo Square (Tulsa) This is one of the largest events for micro sprint racing in the country. Going into the 30th year of this prestigious event, many drivers dream of bringing home the Golden Driller. With the numbers of entries growing every year—a record of 998 entries last year—it is certainly an event for every race fan and driver to experience. The five-day event encompasses eight different racing classes including winged and non-wing 600cc outlaw micros, A-Class 600cc micros, ASCS ECOtech midgets, restricted micros, 1200cc mini sprints, and the exciting junior sprint class for the kids (ages 6-12). You’ll see drivers from all over the country attending this event ranging from amateur to professional.

Jan. 1-18

Winterfest Downtown Tulsa Experience the thrill of outdoor ice skating, see Oklahoma’s tallest outdoor Christmas tree, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, listen to live entertainment and browse beautiful holiday light displays. Surrounded by festive nutcrackers, twinkling lights and a 44-foot tree decked out with over 35,000 lights, the outdoor ice rink is located adjacent to the BOK Center. Free entertainment will be provided each Friday and Saturday at the ONEOK stage.

Jan. 10

The Runway Run Tulsa International Airport Compete in the Runway Run, and you’ll be among the first group to ever run along on the Tulsa International Airport runway. You’re sure to beat your best time on the flat runway surface, but don’t miss out on the planes parked along the race strip just for this special event. Individuals and families are welcome to compete in this event, whether you walk, run or push a stroller the whole way. Afterward, visit the Tulsa Air & Space Museum where you’ll receive free admission through 1 p.m.

of color and memory. When Jonas is selected to receive the community’s ancient memories, utopia is revealed as dystopia and his carefully ordered world begins to unravel. The Giver is performed by more than 30 members of Tulsa Youth Opera, along with Tulsa Opera studio artists and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra. Recommended for children 10 and over.

Jan. 10

Eagle Tour Sequoyah State Park (Hulbert) This eagle tour, which highlights the Fort Gibson and Hulbert area, begins with an overview of eagles at the nature center. This program is followed by an educational eagle video and a chance to meet the nature center’s live eagle. Enjoy doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate before the caravan trip over to the Fort Gibson Dam to search for the bald eagles that winter in Oklahoma. Bring your binoculars and enjoy watching eagles soar over the lake and see them in their nesting areas. Along the way, other bird species can be seen, including loons and cormorants.

Jan. 13-17

Chili Bowl Nationals Expo Square (Tulsa) Held each year for nearly 30 years, these races attract approximately 200 midget car drivers from across the globe. Four qualifying nights lead up to the championship on Saturday at noon. See cars zoom around the quarter-mile clay oval track and perform stunts that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Jan. 10

The Giver Tulsa Performing Arts Center Tulsa Opera presents a production of composer Susan Kander’s The Giver, an opera for young people based on the bestselling novel by Lois Lowry. The Giver tells the story of a seemingly utopian society free from pain or strife, but also devoid 10 January 2015

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Jan. 8

Parmalee

Cain’s Ballroom Parmalee is a tight-knit Southern country-rock band consisting of brothers Matt Thomas and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and childhood friend Josh McSwain, all of whom grew up together near Greenville, N.C. The brothers’ father had a local band, and by the time they were teenagers, they were a part of it, gigging as Jerry Thomas & the Thomas Brothers Band. When the elder Thomas retired from playing, the brothers and cousin continued as the Thomas Brothers Band, working the local bar circuit, where they often crossed paths with guitarist, keyboardist, and longtime friend McSwain. Rechristened Parmalee, the band meshed bluegrass, traditional country, Southern rock, and blues into a crisp, professional country-rock sound, spurred by solid songwriting and the fact that each member was a multi-instrumentalist. An EP, Daylight, appeared in 2002, followed by a full-length, Inside, in 2004. A second EP, Complicated, arrived in 2008. The band released a pair of singles, “Musta Had a Good Time” in 2012 and “Carolina” in 2013. Their fourth album, Feels Like Carolina, was released at the end of 2013. Country fans voted “Musta Had A Good Time,” No. 1 for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and the song became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. The fun-loving party anthem has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts from the PGA to MLB.

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August: Osage County

Tulsa Performing Arts Center A vanished father. A drugged-up, scathingly acidic mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Written by Oklahoma-grown playwright Tracy Letts, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of a Midwestern American family. 14 January 2015

analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. He is the host of CNN’s Emmy-nominated Fareed Zakaria GPS, which has featured in-depth interviews with heads of state, including Barack Obama, King Abdullah II and Moammar Gadhafi. Zakaria’s stories and columns reach more than 25 million readers weekly. Known for his good humor and wit, Zakaria is a favorite guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Remodel and Landscape Show Cox Business Center (Tulsa) This comprehensive and expansive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts under one gigantic roof. From top quality exhibits, to informative seminars, to insightful demonstrations and more, you’ll discover thousands of smart, stylish and cost-effective ways to design or renovate your home including ideas on the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, and energy efficient windows, exterior products and more. You’ll also meet hundreds of local experts who will be on-hand to answer your questions, and provide you with special “insiders” advice to help you save money, time and stress.

Jan. 17

Matuto Tulsa Performing Arts Center Matuto is a Brazilian bluegrass band that merges the forró folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass.

Jan. 19

Simply Classical Tulsa Performing Arts Center James Bagwell conducts the Tulsa Symphony in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major and Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, featuring Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. Bagwell, director of choruses for the Bard Music Festival and other prestigious events, was music director for Light Opera Oklahoma for many years.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Downtown Tulsa This event grows every year and now includes hundreds of people with impressive displays of music and floats. The parade is organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa, which has been organizing ways to honor Dr. King since they formed in 1979. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Change.” The parade begins at 11 a.m.

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Soul Food Cook-Off Muskogee Civic Center Feast on mouthwatering soul food dishes such as sweet potato pie, collard greens, homemade yeast rolls, black-eyed peas and hot water cornbread. Browse through booths of soul food and taste the delectable creations of amazing area cooks. The cook-off features various cooks competing in different categories to create the most delicious soul food dish. Attendees will vote for their favorite and judges will award

Junie B. Jones Cox Business Center (Tulsa) Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her top-secret personal Beeswax Journal. This new musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books.


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Jan. 9

Clutch

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Clutch combines elements of funk, Led Zeppelin, and metal with vocals inspired by Faith No More. Formed in 1991 in Germantown, Md., the group built a local following through constant gigging, and after just one 7-inch single (“Passive Restraints”) Clutch was signed and released their debut LP, Transnational Speedway League (1993). A self-titled album appeared two years later and afforded Clutch some mainstream exposure. They jumped to a larger label for 1998’s Elephant Riders, and many thought the group might join their sonic cousins Korn and Deftones in the alternative metal winner’s circle. That didn’t quite happen. But it didn’t matter, because a quality fan base continued to thrive for Clutch. Pure Rock Fury appeared in 2001, and the similarly uncompromising Blast Tyrant came three years later. The band followed up 2009’s Strange Cousins from the West with their 10th album, Earth Rocker, in 2013.

Green Country Home & Garden Show Expo Square (Tulsa) Head to the largest free home and garden show in Northeast Oklahoma and have fun looking through over 150 vendors. Find your inspiration for your next project and get decorating ideas from the professionals. Look at products and services ranging from roofing and cookware to spas and windows.

Jan. 24

Rastrelli Cello Quartet Tulsa Performing Arts Center A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002. With a mission to perform music “between the genres,” their widely varied programs comfortably mix works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Leroy Anderson and The Beatles.

Jan. 24

Mad Dog Demolition Derby Claremore Expo Center Come see and hear one of the loudest events in Claremore full of crushed metal and smashed cars. Ned Dirt the racing clown will be at the derby; drivers will compete in figure eight racing on the Hornet car circle track. This event is fun for the whole family with a mini car derby kids will love and a full-size derby fit for adults.

Jan. 15

Kevin Nealon

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) A mainstay of Saturday Night Live from the mid-’80s to mid-’90s (having anchored Weekend Update and introduced characters like Mr. Subliminal) and a regular on the television show Weeds, Kevin Nealon got his start performing standup, even though he wouldn’t release his first comedy album until 2013. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Conn., Nealon joined SNL’s not ready for primetime players in the 1986 season. After his departure from the show in 1996, he played roles in Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky (2000) and David Spade’s Joe Dirt (2001), while 2005 saw him join the cast of the Showtime cable network’s Weeds, where he played the character Doug Wilson for 100-plus episodes. In 2013 Showtime aired his standup comedy special Whelmed...But Not Overly, which was released on album that same year. 16 January 2015

musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing across the country. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

Jan. 29

Shaping Sound Tulsa Performing Arts Center Created by Emmy Award-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, Shaping Sound is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. Introduced on the Oxygen Channel’s All the Right Moves, they went on to be featured artists on Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Audiences of all ages will experience the exhilarating collaboration of these visual musicians whose explosive choreography, dynamic rhythm, speed and physical strength give shape and form to sound.

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Jan. 16

ZZ Top

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit “La Grange,” a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen.” Their success continued unabated throughout the ‘70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour. Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their “message” to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers. Gibbons is one of America’s finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom—both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green—while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support. One of the few rock ‘n’ roll group with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top plays music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band’s 15th studio album, and the group’s first new studio outing since 2003’s Mescalero, appeared in 2012.

Jan. 21-25

Varekai

BOK Center (Tulsa) A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy: The adventure of Icarus begins. Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where anything is possible. A world called Varekai.   The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies, the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. This Cirque du Soleil production features a bunch of amazing, high-flying acrobatic creatures—including an especially enchanting femme fatale and inspiring guy on crutches—plus a jugglin’ fool and some show-biz-scoffing clowns (comically breaking from the “plot”). The stage works as an appropriate backdrop for a show filled with gravity– defying acts atop the canopy. In one segment two male performers, looking more like Samoan warriors in their black body–suit type costumes, fly high above the stage only attached by their wrist straps. Their act is mesmerizing as their bodies look like mirror images of one another. They move completely in sync for much of their routine. Another aerial act is performed as a woman shimmering in white and gold dazzles the crowd as she swings back and forth holding onto a hoop suspended high in the air. Like a typical Cirque du Soleil show, Varekai delivers a spectacular performance filled with beautiful, vibrant costumes, entertaining clown acts and mind–blowing dangerous performances. But make no mistake, Varekai is anything but typical.

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Jan. 29

Loretta Lynn

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) Loretta Lynn is one of the classic country singers. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, she ruled the charts, racking up over 70 hits as a solo artist and a duet partner. Lynn helped forge the way for strong, independent women in country music.

Jan. 28

Railroad Earth

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey’s most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, with appearances at some of the major summer festivals on the bluegrass circuit under their belt— including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival—Railroad Earth showed that their music could go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock music. Todd Sheaffer, the group’s main songwriter and former lead singer of From Good Homes, stood at the forefront of the group’s vision, and Railroad Earth began releasing albums within six months of the band’s formation.

As told by her song (and movie and book), Loretta Lynn is a coal miner’s daughter, born in Butcher Hollow, Ky., in 1932. As a child, she sang in church and a variety of local concerts. In January 1949, she married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn when she was 13 years old. After a decade of motherhood, Lynn began performing her own songs in local clubs, releasing her debut single “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” in 1960. The honky tonk ballad became a hit thanks to the insistent, independent promotion of Lynn and her husband. The pair would drive from one radio station to the next, getting the DJs to play her single, and sent out thousands of copies to stations. All of the effort paid off—the single reached No. 14 on the charts and attracted the attention of the Wilburn Brothers. The Wilburns hired Lynn to tour with them in 1960 and advised her to relocate to Nashville. She followed their advice and moved to the city in late 1960. After she arrived in Nashville, she signed with Decca Records. Lynn released her first Decca single, “Success,” in 1962 and it went straight to No. 6, beginning a string of top 10 singles that would run to the end of the decade and throughout the next. She was a hard honky tonk singer for the first half of the ‘60s, and rarely strayed from the genre. Although she still worked within the confines of honky tonk in the latter half of the decade, her sound became more personal, varied, and ambitious, particularly lyrically. Beginning with 1966’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” Lynn began writing songs that had a feminist viewpoint, which was unheard of in country music. Her lyrical stance became more autobiographical and realistic as time wore on, highlighted by such hits as “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath,” “Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone),” and a tune about birth control called “The Pill”. Between 1966-70, Lynn racked up 13 top 10 hits, including four No. 1 hits—”Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’,” “Fist City,” “Woman of the World,” and the autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. In 1971, she began a professional partnership with Conway Twitty. As a duo, Lynn and Twitty had five consecutive No. 1 hits between 1971-75—”After the Fire Is Gone,” “Lead Me On,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” “As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone” and “Feelins’”. The hit streak kick-started what would become one of the most successful duos of country history. Lynn published her autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter, in the mid-’70s. In 1980, the book was adapted for the screen, with Sissy Spacek as Loretta. The film was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful films of the year, and Spacek would win the Academy Award for her performance. All of the attention surrounding the movie made Lynn a household name with the American mainstream. Although she continued to be a popular concert attraction throughout the ‘80s, she wasn’t able to continue her domination of the country charts. “I Lie,” her last top 10 single, arrived in early 1982, while her last top 40 single, “Heart Don’t Do This to Me,” was in 1985. In light of her declining record sales, Lynn backed away from recording frequently during the late ‘80s and ‘90s, concentrating on performing instead. In 2004, Lynn teamed up with White Stripes guitarist Jack White and released Van Lear Rose, which was met with both surprise and awe. The album quickly became popular and Lynn embarked on tour to support it. Van Lear Rose won two Grammy Awards, including best country album in 2005.

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High School Hoops Showcase BOK Center (Tulsa) The annual event features 16 of the best high school teams from the Tulsa Metro area playing in a total of eight games—four boys and four girls games—all in one day in downtown Tulsa.

Taste of Tulsa Cox Business Center (Tulsa) In addition to enjoying foods from Tulsa restaurants, guests will enjoy silent and live auctions, a wine pull and live music and dancing. All proceeds from the event directly fund Big Brothers and Sisters mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Individual tickets are $250. Couples tickets are $500. Cocktail attire, black tie optional.

Jan. 30

Kongos

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Globe-trotting alt-rock outfit Kongos formed in 2007 around the talents of siblings Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos. They are the sons of popular South African singer/songwriter John Kongos, who scored a top 10 single in 1971 with “He’s Gonna Step on You Again,” which served as the basis for the 1990 Happy Mondays’ hit “Step On.” Based out of Phoenix, Ariz., and sharing influences as diverse as Wire, Coldplay, Tinariwen, Dire Straits, The Prodigy, and Miles Davis, the quartet specializes in driving arena-ready alt-rock in the vein of Muse, The Boxer Rebellion, and Kings of Leon that’s infused with the polyrhythmic cadences of their South African upbringing. They released their eponymous debut album in 2007, followed by Lunatic in 2012.

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Armed with a vision, a signature talent and a burning desire to bring the beauty of art to his community, entrepreneur Richard Bohm opened the doors to Tulsa Stained Glass Company at the corner of 41st and Memorial in 1975. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, TSG has expanded over the decades from a small glass shop to Tulsa’s premier design studio and workshop for custom art glass for home, church and business. The store offers art classes for all ages, groups and interests, custom glass art design and stained glass repair services. TSG also offers ceramics and painting classes. Life celebrations are the cornerstone of TSG. As their reputation grew, the studio became a popular destination for birthdays, anniversaries, retirement, holiday and special occasion gift-making gatherings by individuals, church groups and corporations. “Being surrounded by so much beauty every day, it became something I just took for granted,” says Bohm, who was born and raised in Hawaii. “I was actually numbed by it. We all need to realize that life does have an expiration date, and we need to appreciate life’s beauty every day we can, and not wait for a tragedy to be our wake-up call.”

Jan. 31

Dancing with the Stars

Brady Theater (Tulsa) The all-new Dancing with the Stars: Live! tour features a cast of the television show’s most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph never-beforeseen numbers and re-create some of the show’s most memorable moments. As announced on the show, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Kym Johnson, Keo Motsepe and Sasha Farber are among the dancers scheduled to perform. 22 January 2015

While TSG has built an impressive list of corporate clients over the years, Bohm loves to share stories about what TSG has done to make a difference in the lives of individual people. From a retired executive who later designed kaleidoscopes he used in community fundraisers, to students who made art their life work after taking classes, to teachers who raised money to fund art rooms at their schools through projects done at the studio, TSG has engaged, inspired and enriched many lives. And TSG continues to make a difference with innovative new programs. One of their newest is the Art Ring, a computer game customers can play at home, during which they learn and have fun creating their own ring design that they can later bring into the studio to build. In addition, TSG’s Art Smart Challenge contests are growing, both in participation and excellence of submissions, and have encouraged and developed many young imaginations. -- Rita Brumm


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Mr. Right Now The top-selling artist in music history, Garth Brooks is back with seven shows at the BOK Center.

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aving laid relatively low since 2001, when he announced that he would devote himself to raising his three daughters until all were college-ready, at 52 years old Brooks is reengaging the music world with the enthusiastic energy and maverick sensibility that made him one of the biggest pop music stars of the 1990s. With a relatable stage persona, boundless energy and a classic catalog of country hits that were some of the first in the genre to hit pop pay dirt, these new shows carry high expectations considering he sold just over 110,000 tickets in a few hours. Based on tour reviews so far, this cowboy has once again delivered with shows that have fans on their feet stomping, dancing, singing and sometimes crying for a little over two hours. Garth Brooks is a pivotal figure in the history of country music, no matter how much some country purists would like to deny it. With his commercially savvy fusion of post-Merle Haggard country, honkytonk, post-folk-rock sensitive singer/songwriter sensibilities, and ‘70s arena rock dramatics, Brooks brought country music to a new audience in the ‘90s—namely, a mass audience. Before Brooks, it was inconceivable for a country artist to go multi-platinum. He shattered that barrier in 1991, when his second album, No Fences, began its chart domination, and its follow-up, Ropin’ the Wind, became the first country album to debut at the top of the pop charts. No Fences would eventually sell a record-shattering 13 million copies. After Brooks, country music had successfully carved a permanent place for itself on the pop charts. In the process, it lost a lot of the traditionalism that had always been its hallmark, but that is precisely why Brooks is important. While attending Oklahoma State University on a partial athletic scholarship, Brooks began singing in local clubs. After graduating in 1984, Brooks decided to try to forge a career as a country singer and in 1985 traveled to Nashville with hopes of being discovered by a record label. Just 23 hours after arriving in Nashville, he returned to Oklahoma, frustrated with the industry, his prospects and his naïve dreams.

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Returning to Nashville in 1987, Brooks began making connections with various songwriters and producers, and sang on a lot of songwriter’s demo tapes. Although he had made several connections within the industry and had a powerful management team, every label in town was refusing to sign him. In 1988, he received his break and recorded his first album with producer Allen Reynolds. The album was an instant success, with its first single, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” climbing into the country top 10. Brooks’ debut was a success, crossing over into the pop album charts, but it was overshadowed by the blockbuster appeal of Clint Black, as well as other similar new male vocalists like Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson. Within a year, Brooks would tower above them all with his surprise, widespread success. He had three other hit singles—”If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Not Counting You,” and “The Dance”—but it was No Fences that established him as a superstar. No Fences was released in the fall of 1990, preceded by the massive hit single “Friends in Low Places.” No Fences spent 23 weeks at the top of the country charts and sold 700,000 copies within the first 10 days of its release. Throughout 1990-91, Brooks had a string of number one country hits from the album, including “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” and “The Thunder Rolls.” By 1993, No Fences had sold over 10 million copies. Not only did his record sales break all the accepted country conventions, but so did his concerts. By the end of 1990, he was selling out stadiums within minutes and was putting on stadium-sized shows, patterned after ‘70s rock extravaganzas. Brooks used a cordless, headset microphone so he could run around his large stage. He had an

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Garth Brooks 1989

Brooks’ fusion of rock ‘n’ roll and traditional country genres was fully formed, as was his gift for extended metaphors on his debut album. One listen to his signature song and breakthrough hit, “The Dance,” proved that, which is why he broke away from the hat acts that he was initially grouped with. Brooks stuck with neotraditional country on about half of the tracks. He sang traditional country quite well—”Not Counting You” is a particularly effective honky-tonk number, but what made the album an exciting debut were songs like the genre-bending ballads “The Dance” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”

No Fences 1990

No Fences, followed the same pattern as his debut, but was a more assured and risky record. Brooks still performed neo-traditional country, such as the honky-tonk hit “Friends in Low Places,” but he twisted it around with clever pop hooks. Brooks offered the same mix as any other traditional country performer—ballads, honkytonk, and the occasional kick ‘em-up rhythm tune— but he found off-the-wall ingredients to put in it, such as ‘’The Thunder Rolls.’’ He also had a feel for whitetrash anthems, like ‘’Friends in Low Places,’’ in which a likable clod declared, ‘’Blame it all on my roots/I showed up in boots/And ruined your black tie affair.’’

elaborate light show, explosions, and even a harness so he could swing out above the crowd and sing to them. It was the first time any country artist had incorporated such rock ‘n’ roll techniques into stage shows. Ropin’ the Wind, Brooks’ third album, was released in 1991 and became the first country record to debut at the top of the pop charts. Ropin’ the Wind matched the success of No Fences, selling over 10 million copies within its first two years of release and spawning the No. 1 hit singles “Shameless,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and “The River.” By the end of 1991, Brooks had become a genuine popular music phenomenon and there were no signs of his momentum slowing down. Naturally, a backlash began to develop in the fall of 1992, beginning Dig into the deep catalog of the maverick who released his ninth studio album, Man Against Machine, that stays true to the quality and tone of his past work.

RoPin’ the Wind 1991

With Ropin’ the Wind, Brooks began to make his ‘70s rock influences more explicit. Naturally, that was most notable in his reworking of Billy Joel’s “Shameless,” which he transformed from a rock power ballad into contemporary country. But that influence was also evident on ambitious epics like “The River” and even honky-tonk ravers of “Papa Loved Mama” and “Rodeo.” Some might say that those rock influences are what made Brooks a crossover success, but he wouldn’t have been as successful if he didn’t have a tangible country foundation to his music.

The Chase 1992

The Chase was Brooks’ most ambitious and personal album. Not coincidentally, it was one of his least popular releases. But in its own way, The Chase was more rewarding and deeper than Ropin’ the Wind. That was partially due to Brooks’ naked ambition; not only did he record “We Shall Be Free” with a gospel choir, but he tackled deeper social and personal issues than he had before. However, the true key to the album was Brooks’ conviction; even when his musical experiments didn’t quite work, it was easy to admire and respect his ambition.

In Pieces 1993

Brooks toned down his experimental eclecticism on In Pieces alternating between heavily rockinfluenced numbers, dramatic ballads and revamped honky-tonk. In Pieces appealed to the audience that found The Chase overly serious. That doesn’t mean Brooks abandoned his desire to bend the rules—he just masked his more ambitious material with crowdpleasing up-tempo numbers like “American Honky-Tonk Bar Association” and “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up).” In Pieces was an album that was made for the fans, and it shows. It is one of Brooks’ most energetic and exciting collections. prevIewgreencountry.com

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Sensing that he was in danger of losing his core audience, Brooks returned to straight country with 1993’s In Pieces. The album was critically acclaimed and sold several million copies, though it was clear that Brooks would not reach the stratospheric commercial heights of No Fences and Ropin’ the Wind again. Even so, he remained one of the most successful artists in popular music, one of the few guaranteed to sell millions of records with each new album, as well as sell out concerts around the world. The Hits, which was only available for a year, was released in the fall of 1994 and would eventually sell over eight million albums. Brooks released Fresh Horses, his first album of new material in two years, in November 1995; within six months of its release, it had sold over three million copies. Despite its promising start, Fresh Horses plateaued quickly, topping out at quadruple platinum—a healthy number for any artist, but a little disappointing considering Brooks’ superstar status.

Fresh Horses 1995

Brooks positioned himself for a new direction with Fresh Horses. Throughout the album, he swung back and forth between country and rock. Brooks reworked Aerosmith’s “The Fever” into a rowdy rodeo countryrocker. ‘’Ireland,’’ a powerful, poetic song about an Irish soldier in battle, which might seem like a top-heavy anachronism succeeded with its wonderful synthesis of shiny ‘90s production and ancient instrumental touches (a hurdy-gurdy). This album was more good fun than great music, but even at its thinnest, Brooks’ inventive risk-taking continued to set him apart from his paint-by-numbers competition. 26 January 2015

Sevens 1997

Sevens had Brooks retreating to traditional country territory and establishing a new, folky country-pop direction. The record was ballyhooed as Brooks’ return to traditional roots, but with the exception of the first single, the charming Western-swing ‘’Longneck Bottle,’’ it was more like a hybrid of folk-country-pop that occasionally (as on the hit duet with Trisha Yearwood, ‘’In Another’s Eyes’’) straddled the MOR divide. The songs had a smooth country feel with some rock characteristics mixed in as well.

The following spring, Brooks pulled his first six albums out of print and issued The Limited Series, a box set that contained all six records plus bonus tracks. Once all two million copies of The Limited Series were sold, the individual albums would remain out of print until their

Scarecrow 2001

Scarecrow was his strongest album since he delved into crossover with Fresh Horses. Sure, there was still a healthy dose of pop—America’s fine Californian folk-rock “Don’t Cross the River,” for instance—but this was a clean, spare record that never overplayed its hand and showcased Brooks’ talent for synthesizing popular music styles particularly well. He returned to his strengths with boozy barroom ravers like the deliriously good George Jones duet “Beer Run” or the preponderance of dramatic, portentous ballads like “The Storm.”

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with the release of “We Shall Be Free,” the first single from his fourth album. Featuring a strong gospel underpinning, the single stalled on the charts and many radio stations refused to play it. It was indicative of the eclectic nature of his forthcoming album, The Chase, which pushed the boundaries of contemporary country. The Chase debuted at No. 1 upon its October 1992 release and by the end of the year, it sold over five million copies. Nevertheless, that number was half the size of the figures for his two previous albums and there was speculation in the media that Brooks’ career had already peaked.

Brooks decided to push his seventh album, appropriately titled Sevens, very hard to confirm his superstar status. Originally, it was scheduled to be released in August 1997, when he would promote it with a huge concert in Central Park. Plans went awry when Capitol experienced a huge management shakeup, leaving many of his contacts at the label out in the cold. Upset at the new management, Brooks held back the release of Sevens until he received commitment for a major marketing push for the album. He went ahead and performed the Central Park concert, which received major coverage in the media. On the strength of the concert, Capitol acquiesced to Brooks’ demands, and Sevens was released in November 1997. Sevens catapulted to No. 1 upon its release and quickly went multi-platinum over the holiday season.

His first record in 13 years, Brooks never denies the passing years anywhere on Man Against Machine. From its beefy arena rock arrangements to its preponderance of power ballads, this is an album constructed from remnants of the golden age of the diamond album, a crossdemographical blockbuster that’s now a bit of accidental narrowcasting. This is for audiences who wish they made country records like they used to. Brooks proudly doesn’t deviate from any of his trademarks. There are no surprises, but that’s what’s welcome about Man Against Machine.


10th anniversary, when they would be released only on DVD audio. The Double Live set followed in late 1998, and its sales were brisk but not quite as heavy as projected. Brooks kept a low profile through most of 2000, as the disastrous marketplace showing of the Chris Gaines album scuttled plans for The Lamb, which was shelved. His personal life was also in turmoil, as he and his wife announced that they were divorcing in October 2000. By the time the divorce was finalized the following year, Brooks was on his way to retirement, choosing to retreat from music and concentrate on fatherhood. He announced that his next album, Scarecrow, would be his last and it was released to appropriate fanfare that November, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard pop and country charts, but failing to generate a hit single bigger than “Wrapped up in You,” which peaked at No. 5. After the release of Scarecrow, Brooks eased into retirement, spending the next few years quietly and not resurfacing in the public eye until he had a busy 2006. Toward the end of that year, he married country

singer Trisha Yearwood, but prior to that, he struck a deal with WalMart to become the exclusive retailer for his back catalog. The first release under this deal was a new box set called The Limited Series that collected all the albums he released after his first box set called The Limited Series. This second Limited Series was released in time for the holiday season of 2005 and also included a new disc of outtakes called The Lost Sessions, which was later released as an individual disc in 2006. The Lost Sessions featured a duet with Yearwood called “Love Will Always Win,” which climbed to 23 on the country charts in 2006, a modest placing that was nevertheless his biggest hit since “Wrapped up in You.” During the next eight years, Brooks continued to perform sporadically, including a run of weekends on the Las Vegas Strip, but did not record any new material, announcing that he would only return once his youngest daughter had gone to college. In 2014 Brooks announced that he had signed to Sony Music Nashville and would be releasing his ninth studio album in November, with another to follow in 2015. Man Against Machine was preceded by the rock-tinged single “People Loving People” and coincided with the release of Brooks’ back catalog on digital for the first time, exclusively through his own store GhostTunes. He returns to artistic landscape that is both familiar and not. Many of the artists he came up with are no longer hit-makers, replaced by new generation artists like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. But regardless of who takes the mantle as the next “it” act, the fact remains that Brooks changed country music. He also benefited from a career that started in the dawn of the CD album era, and he bowed out soon after it gave way to the digital music revolution. Between 1989 and 2013, he sold nearly 135 million albums worldwide, an achievement that will likely never be replicated.

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Sure Garth Brooks is an “album guy” refusing to sell his music by the song, but we wanted to know which tracks got fans’ broken hearts pumping or the party hopping when they were in low places. Vicki Litchfield

wanted and feeling defeated and sad. This song reminded me that those unanswered prayers led me to an even better outcome that I didn’t know was possible. God knows best and will always have the better solution. You just have to trust in Him.

“The Thunder Rolls” (1991) We’ve all been hailed on at least once in life.

Jessica Shepherd

“Two Pina Coladas” (1998) The only thing that would make this better would be four Pina Coladas—two for each hand.

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“Shameless” (1991) So sexy, so fun and so naughty. I just smile when I hear it. “What She’s Doing Now” (1991) It begs the question do exes care what she’s doing now? I’d like to think so.

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“To Make You Feel My Love” (1998) Such a romantic song, probably one of my favorite love songs by Brooks. Just a simple message about the lengths a man will go to for his love. “The Dance” (1990) Growing up we had a VHS tape with a few of the music videos on it and this was one of them. I loved the home movies that were used of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Lane Frost and others. A good remember of what’s important in life. “Cowboy Bill” (1989) Growing up in my very small rural town, our high school math teacher would come around to the elementary classes and read Hank the Cowdog books and then sing songs with his guitar. He played this song once and he always had to play it after that. We were still asking him to play it for us as seniors in high school. He sings it differently each time too.

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“Friends in Low Places” (1990) My husband and I love this song because it’s so much fun to sing along. When you’re somewhere with a big group of friends and this song comes on, everyone starts to sing because we know every word by heart. “Rodeo” (1991) I love the story about a cowboy who is obsessed with competing in rodeos. Anyone who has been passionate about competing in anything can relate to it. I can’t wait to hear it in concert and sing along to every word.

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“Papa Loved Mama” (1992) I really like the tempo of this song. The words are funny and real; maybe a little dramatic, but who doesn’t love a good drama every now and then. “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” (1991) This is going to sound a little goofy, but I love the twang in this song, mainly because I like singing it. Plus, it’s a cute love song and reminds me a little of my life. Good one to sing along with. “Shameless” (1991) Who doesn’t love this song? Especially if you’re a woman, right? “Unanswered Prayers” (1990) This one is probably my favorite song of Garth’s. I remember hearing this in my younger years thinking how I had prayed for certain outcomes and situations that didn’t go the way I 28 January 2015

“The Change” (1996) I was sitting in the little cafe between classes at college when this video came on the television. The song and the video broke my heart. I had heard the song before, but seeing it with the images of the Oklahoma City bombing was overwhelming. It’s been my favorite song since. I love the message. “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” (1993) This song is so fun. Garth Brooks literally ran the stage like a crazy man when he sang this at the 1997 concert I went to at Driller Stadium. His energy was fantastic. My friend, Jamie and I were lucky enough to be pulled down to the front row for this concert. It was the first concert I had ever been to and nothing since has ever compared. When I hear this song, it takes me back to that night. “Belleau Wood” (1997) I love a song with a story. A Christmas battle where both the Germans and the U.S. Marines stop fighting and begin sing ‘Silent Night’ during World War I. Of course it’s a fictional story. The battle of Belleau Wood actually took place in June, but who wouldn’t love to “live to see us find a better way?” “Lost in You” (1999) The Chris Gains thing was different but there are some really good songs on that album. I love this song because it shows Garth’s ability to step out of the cowboy boots and shake things up a bit.

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“The Dance” (1990) This song has always been one of those songs that never fails to draw a tear from my eye. It’s got so much passion and meaning behind it. “The Dance “to me is about never regretting the choices you made because without your mistakes, you may have never experienced some of the most beautiful moments in your life. “Standing Outside the Fire” (1993) If you’ve never seen the video to this song, I’d suggest watching it. To me, this song does exactly what Garth and co-writer Jenny Yates intended for it to do. Inspire. You will never reach your full potential or succeed in much of anything as long as you stay on the sidelines or in other words, “stand outside the fire.” “To Make You Feel My Love” (1998) This song is one of my mother’s favorite Garth songs. I absolutely love it because it always makes me think of my mom and dad who have been married for over 30 years now. Their love is so beautiful and inspirational. They eloped when they were fresh out of high school and never had a real wedding and certainly didn’t get their “first dance.” So at my wedding, after my father/daughter dance, I surprised my parents with a “first dance” of their own to this song. “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (1994) When I was a young kid and this song came out, singing even semi fast and getting all the words right was a huge accomplishment. But I totally nailed it! I still get excited when I hear the song come on and turn it way up just in case I happen to lose the words.


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Celebrating Theatrical Wonder

Montreal-based theater troupe Cirque du Soleil has “adapted” another impressive hit with Varekai that blends explosive acrobatics, colorful costumes and a new lease on life for the ill-fated Icarus. By Gena Pollack

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dormant volcano, a magical forest, and an extraordinary world … it is anything but an ordinary circus. It is Varekai. Varekai is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in Montréal in April 2002. Its title means “wherever” in the Romani language. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays an acrobatic tribute to the nomadic soul.

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The show picks up where the myth of Icarus leaves off: reimagining what happened to Icarus after he flew too close to the sun and fell from the sky. The story of Varekai is one of Icarus’ adaptability. At first shocked by his landing in a lush forest full of exotic creatures, Icarus becomes propelled by curiosity and captivated by his encounters. “In my mind, Icarus falls into this mystical forest, and is truly just welcomed by these creatures. There

You go see a show to step away from day-to-day reality. Varekai takes you on a journey through peaks and valleys of emotion. You laugh. You tear up. Let your mind open up and drift away.


is this sense of celebration. They expect something to fall from the sky every once in a while, but Icarus does not. He is in this new environment; he falls in love, and the female character [The Betrothed] allows him to let go of his past and embrace the unknown,” explains Paris-born and ballet-trained Fabrice Lemire, who serves as the artistic director for the production. Lemire describes Varekai as a strong metaphor for the ability of any of us to adapt. “When you move anywhere new, how do you adapt? You have your roots, your way of living, your family, your culture, your education,” he says. “Then you try to fit into a new environment and society—how do you embrace it? How do you find your niche?” Lemire goes on to relate the story to children leaving the family cocoon. How do you let them go? How do you know they will be ok?

This adaptability is exactly what Champagne is trying to express—and the audience will see that. Just like Icarus has to adapt to the enchanting world of Varekai, so too did the cast and crew have to adapt the performance from a tent to a massive arena. When it was time to transfer the show to an arena nearly three years ago, Cirque brought on Lemire. How do they adapt? How do they make the performers understand? The company knew of his artistry: his artistic eye and artistic mind that can easily create. Varekai needed to be changed in a way to fit a bigger demographic in order to reach a new audience: massive adjustments in sound, lighting, staging. Some scenes needed to be cut because they didn’t read well in an arena. In film, you can zoom in or blur things to add emphasis or detract importance. That’s not the case on stage. Instead, you may have to try to change the movement around a character or keep others static, or you use lighting.

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“You have to respect the concept of the creator. I just took on someone’s project and molded it. I had to take into consideration an aging show. It’s so important to maintain Varekai after 12 years, but you have to look at what can influence it today,” says Lemire. There are plenty of new adaptations to Varekai, most of which the audience never notices. “The band was too far back for my taste,” Lemire says. Since proximity to the audience was lost in the transfer, Lemire decided to move them within the forest, as it’s a great way to remind the audience that they’re watching a live show with live music. There’s also a very new and exciting device called Black Track that has a sensor on an artist so the light can follow them. When a performer flies across the floor and another on the trapeze, there is a network of about six other people behind the artist making it happen. They are keeping an eye on cables; there is an automation programmer inside of the house on a headset who picks up everything, cued by the general stage manager watching from the front. Varekai is a huge team effort. Once you realize that there is a huge line of communication that begins before the show and continues throughout the performance, you will look at the acts differently. The show is constantly evolving. It’s not like a piece in a museum where everyone goes to look at it because it captures a time and piece of history. A live piece has the ability to evolve through the generations, and it is so important for the longevity of a show. You have to adapt to make it interesting for the audience of tomorrow.


What exactly has Lemire brought to the show? Anyone who knows his background working with operas and movies can see his touch on projects. Much of his role, however, is behind the curtain. He is a people director—he works and collaborates with the cast. “I will make a final decision, but I love collaboration on all levels, and I love pushing the limits of my performers,” he says. “There is nothing like getting them out of their comfort zones and seeing them surprise themselves by trying something new.” “I tell my performers that their story is their story. I may have my own interpretation of what they do, but they need to come up with their own meaning and purpose, not just move step-by-step. The performers are their own story. They put their own meaning behind it and it just works. The audience may get a different message—that’s why we create art.” You go see a show to step away from day-to-day reality. Varekai takes you on a journey through peaks and valleys of emotion. There are flying acts. Acrobats tossed around with swings (impressive, I know!). Performers leave the ground. We feel it in our heart and gut. There is so much poetry in the music. There is beauty in the staging and set design. You laugh. You tear up. Let your mind open up and drift away. Let Varekai speak to you on whatever levels you want. Let it touch you. Like Icarus, be fearless. How can he stand up and walk again without his wings? Remember, you too can find other ways to move forward in life.

Varekai IS a strong metaphor for the ability of any of us to adapt.

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It’s Showtime Billed as the nicest theater in the country by its visionary mogul Bill Warren, the 18-auditorium Broken Arrow megaplex will change your moviewatching experience with plenty of extras from heated seats and a laser projection system to fireplaces and art deco attention to detail. By Maria Weller

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icture walking through an ornate, art deco style lobby. Footsteps echo off the marble floors. The soaring, domed ceiling carrying voices from the crowd around you. Murals of movie stars decorate the walls and adults mingle and chat over drinks. Once in the theater, plush curtains draw back to reveal deep, curved screens. Thus the cinematic adventure begins.

It’s not necessary to travel back through space and time to the golden age of Hollywood to experience this. All it takes is a quick highway hop to the Warren Theatre in Broken Arrow right off the Creek Turnpike. The vision of longtime theater businessman Bill Warren, this opulent spectacle with a price tag just north of $43 million, is a blend of technology’s finest advances with a gracious nod to the past. “Bill Warren grew up around the movie theater business,” says Dan Grey, vice president of operations. Grey is no newcomer to the industry either. He began tearing tickets for Warren’s company at 18 years old in Wichita, Kan., and has now been with the company for 22 years. Warren’s first theatre was a twin plex when he was only 19. The Broken Arrow Warren Theatre will be the eighth for the company. “We build very nice, high-end theatres. Boutique theatres. Most people don’t know this, but the big theaters that are across the country aren’t actually owned by the companies. They’re just tenants. I own the company so I don’t answer to a board. And you’re more likely to take care of what’s yours,” Warren says. “You can either stay in a hotel or you can stay in the Ritz. We’re the Ritz of the movie theaters.”

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Warren Theatre Broken Arrow definitely lives up to that comparison. There are 18 auditoriums and around 3,000 seats in the entire complex. The seating for these auditoriums falls into five categories: balcony seating in the Grand Infinity Auditorium, director’s suites, screening rooms, Grand Infinity Auditorium lower level seating, and stadium auditoriums. The sound and picture for all the auditoriums is THX certified which is industry standard for sound and picture that was first used by George Lucas to optimize sound for his Star Wars franchise. “It basically ensures there’s not a bad seat in the house,” Grey says. The actual seats for every auditorium are patented or custom made. Ten out of the 18 auditoriums have recliner style chairs with seat warmers. And possibly best of all, no one will ever have to share an armrest. The balcony and the director’s suites are all located upstairs. This area of the theatre is strictly for adults. Also located upstairs is the Oscar’s Lounge featuring a full-service bar (larger than that at the Moore, Okla., location) as well as tables. Any ticketholder over the age of 21 is welcome before the film to relax and have dinner or a drink. All food is prepared in-house in either of two kitchens. Grey told Preview that between the two kitchens, they are equipped to put out an impressive 300-400 meals per hour. Everything can be enjoyed at a table or made to go. The Director’s Lounge is located upstairs and is open to the public as well. It offers a luxurious place to meet and mingle before or after the show.

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The director suites offer one of the most luxurious and intimate movie going experiences possible. You can purchase tickets for $22 to see the latest movie, or reserve an entire suite for a private screening. They offer between 30-40 of the recliner style seats. These seats are also equipped with a table and a call button that can summon a server to you at any point before or during your movie. They will be able to serve the full menu offered in the Oscar’s Lounge right to your ridiculously comfortable seat. The same service is offered in the balcony seating of the Grand Infinity Auditorium with only one small difference: the option for love seat-like seating. Grey said they had found that many moviegoers are couples, and so this option felt natural.

projectors, or using the first 4K-laser projection system in America. The latter seemed like the only real option.

Tickets for the balcony are $14 for matinee and $18 for evenings.

The whole concept behind Warren Theatres is to make the patrons feel like VIPs. Warren knows that people are very discerning as to how they spend their money and he wants it to be worth their while. Warren’s concept has proven wildly popular in Moore since it is one of the highest grossing theaters in the region.

Downstairs there is another restaurant, but rather than a bar there is an old-fashioned malt shop. Though there are fewer plated dinner options here, it is still the perfect option to grab and go before a movie. Here you also have the option of dining in or taking it with you. There is also a game room to occupy the kids or those that are still kids at heart, a cry room, and even a fireplace and lounge area in the ladies room. In the screening rooms, there are about 100 of the custom reclining chairs. Seats are reserved and tickets are $11. The Grand Infinity Auditorium is literally the most modern theater in the country. The six-story screen is so huge that a traditional projector would not work. Warren was faced with either using dual light 36 January 2015

Below the balcony is stadium style seating. These custom seats boast plenty of legroom and two arm rests per person. A total of 550 seats are found in this auditorium alone. All auditoriums have a level that is wheelchair accessible. Eight auditoriums are equipped for assisted listening devices. Certain seats will be able to connect to a handheld device with an LED screen that shows captions for those individuals with impaired hearing.

When asked if there was one thing Grey would say to sell the experience, he answered, “I would tell people you have to come see for yourself; it’s hard to describe.”

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Staged

Tradition America’s longest-running play enters its 62nd season at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre. The fabric tomatoes audience members receive to throw at villains are relatively new. By Scott Pendleton

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One is audience comfort. No stuffy, white-gloved venue, the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre aspires to imitate a beer garden. Seating is cafĂŠstyle. Tables can be reserved for parties of two to 20. Waitresses serve beverages, snacks and hot, made-to-order sandwiches. During intermissions a pianist leads the audience in a sing-along of old-time tunes. The lyrics are provided in souvenir booklets on each table. 44 January 2015


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Another is the Olio (variety show) that precedes the main event. Sword-swallowers, magicians, jugglers, singers, dancers, fiddlers, classical guitarists and comedians are just some of the acts that have wowed the crowd. Many past performers started in the Olio and advanced to bigger stages, from New York and European opera houses to the Grand Ol’ Opry and Hollywood. Surprise celebrities are a new feature of the Olio. The first last spring was Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett playing harmonica, a skill he acquired as a teenager. Why are the appearances a surprise? Often the invited guest performer (like Bartlett) has a schedule that can change on a moment’s notice. Rather than disappoint the audience with a lastminute cancellation, the Spotlight prefers to say nothing in advance. Thus, when the celebrities do appear, they are pushed onstage in front of an unsuspecting and always delighted crowd. Hee Haw fiddler Jana Jae, KOTV personality LeAnne Taylor, the Tulsa Zoo’s Terrie Correll, the Oklahoma Aquarium’s Teri Bowers, County Commissioner Ron Peters, KTUL weathergirl Jennifer Zeppelin, and Bama Pie CEO Paula Marshall joined the surprise celebrity honor roll in 2014. So did noted Tulsa vocalist Janet Rutland and classical guitarist Lon de Ada—of whom both, incidentally, got their start in the Olio. Yet another reason for reaching the 62nd season is the play itself, naturally. Called The Drunkard, it is a condensed (and hilarious) version of a 1900s melodrama that was based on the 1854 novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There by T.S. Arthur. With Joe Sears in the director’s chair, the action is funnier than ever. Sears is a Tony-nominated actor who wrote and starred in the acclaimed Greater Tuna comedies, even performing at the White House.

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Though it has been running for these 60-plus years, The Drunkard has been tightened and tweaked considerably by Sears. The comedy is sharper, the timing, quicker and the energy, elevated. And the audience is larger, up 20 percent over 2013. Shows often sell out. Reservations are extremely advisable. There’s even a moment when the audience can pelt the villain with fabric tomatoes. Ten Nights, which preached against alcohol, was one of three moralistic blockbusters that the 1800s produced. The others were Uncle Tom’s Cabin (slavery) and The Scarlet Letter (sex, which is why English teachers always assign it to high school sophomores, right?). Ten Nights and Uncle Tom’s Cabin were two of the first novels that Hollywood turned into films—before 1900, no less. Fast forward to 1950. The Great Depression, Prohibition, and two world wars are behind America. People are ready for fun. Plays have long entertained Tulsa, home to the oldest community theater west of the Mississippi. Tulsa’s leading thespian, considered a genius by all who saw him perform, was Richard Mansfield Dickinson. One of Dickinson’s protégés, Jennifer Jones, would go on to win an Academy Award and marry Hollywood producer David O. Selznick. Dickinson and some theater friends felt the need for more outlets for their talents. So they formed the Tulsa Spotlighters club and decided— what else?—to perform a play. Dickinson selected Ten Nights, in part because it was royalty-free. He condensed the play with an emphasis on the comic elements and renamed it The Drunkard. The first performance was Nov. 14, 1953 in Dickinson’s home at the corner of Riverside Drive and Houston Avenue. That home had been designed in 1928 as a music academy and residence for Patti Adams Shriner, a prominent pianist who trained in Europe and could trace her teaching lineage directly back to Beethoven. As architect, Shriner selected one of her own piano pupils, a young Bruce Goff. Prodigiously talented, Goff would achieve fame for his Art Deco and Organic designs. Eventually he became dean of the College of Architecture at Oklahoma University. The building he conceived for Shriner, with its enormous round window and diagonal patterns, gave Tulsa its Taj Mahal, a unique structure with worldwide fame (in architecture circles, anyway). The teaching part of the building featured a stage and recital hall capable of seating a hundred or more—perfect for The Drunkard and the Olio. There, among his many other activities, Dickinson also operated a “school of speech.” The stage doubled as dining room since the kitchen (now the men’s dressing room) adjoined stage left. The recital hall was Dickinson’s living room. On Saturday nights the Spotlighters would arrive and rearrange the furniture to accommodate The Drunkard and the Olio (and the audience).

The production was not expected nor intended to last. But it did. Six decades on, some 3,000 Tulsans have participated; 250,000 have sat in the audience, making The Drunkard and the Olio a Tulsa tradition. Some families have had three generations involved in the all-volunteer production. New people join continually. Open auditions are held on the first Wednesday evening of every month. The Tulsa Spotlighters prefer to have four or five actors capable of playing every part. That way the cast can rotate, with each actor performing one Saturday night a month. Others join the Tulsa Spotlighters not to perform but just to enjoy the excitement as part of the crew. Membership is open to all at no cost.

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Listen to the engines roar, watch as the checkered flag flies and see who hoists the coveted Golden DRiller trophy into the air during the 29th annual Chili Bowl Nationals. By Taylor Sides

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he year was 1987. The man was Emmett Hahn, an iconic Midwestern racer, well-known member of the historic Tulsa Speedway, original National Championship Racing Association Champion and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee. With a list of accomplishments a quarter-mile high, it’s safe to say Hahn lives, breathes and bleeds racing. One of his many accomplishments has become one of Tulsa’s most treasured and anticipated annual events: the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Together with his business partner, Lanny Edwards, Hahn hatched an idea for a race inspired by the famous Tulsa Shootout. Their vision for the race was simple—they wanted to create an annual showcase for the elite drivers of the sport that would urge them to make the trip to Tulsa every year. Not only that, but they also hoped that their event would reap financial rewards for race organizers and the city of Tulsa as a whole. Little did they know, then, just how great of an impact their showcase would have. Hahn and Edwards enlisted the help of Bob Berryhill and his Chili Bowl Food Company to sponsor the inaugural event, and, so, The Chili

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Bowl was born. Since its inception, the event has grown exponentially. The 1987 Chili Bowl, which paid $4,000 to win, hosted a modest 35 racers. “You can’t go to any race track in the United States that doesn’t know about the Chili Bowl,” Hahn says. What a testimony to the sheer magnitude of this treasured Tulsa event. In fact, NASCAR legends have been attending and racing in the Chili Bowl Nationals for years. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kenny Schrader have all raced in this event. Kenny Wallace, Rusty Wallace’s brother, is racing this event for the first time this year. Kyle Larson, the 2014 NASCAR Rookie of the Year has come close to winning in Tulsa, and Bryan Clauson, an Indy 500 starter, won the race for the first time last year.

Building the Chili Bowl track is somewhat of an event itself. Comprised of over 780 dump truck loads of clay, shaped into a quarter-mile configuration, the track takes about five days from start to finish to build. The track builders start moving clay in mid-December. “It is prepared early so the clay has time to cure. Much of the clay that is used for this track is originally from the old Tulsa Speedway, and the same clay that was used in 1987 is still utilized today,” Hulbert says. “The way the event is structured with everything from the pits, trade show, stands and track … everything is inside the River Spirit Expo Center. From where it started to what it is today, it’s really a monumental feat that they’re able to do this.” A handful of the notable drivers representing Oklahoma this year are: 2013 World of Outlaws champion, Daryn Pittman (Owasso); 2014 USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow); and Mike Goodman, a former Tulsa Speedway Champion, also from BA. Danny Jennings, Matt Sherrell, Tyler Thomas, Chad Wheeler and Dustin Morgan are also amongst the incredible Oklahoma-grown racing talent driving in this year’s Chili Bowl.

The winningest driver in the history of the Chili Bowl is Sammy Swindell, former World of Outlaws driver and former NASCAR driver. He has started 21 Chili Bowl features in 24 tries and has won five of them. He raced in the very first Chili Bowl in 1987. His son, Kevin Swindell, won four in a row; the first one to win back to back and the only one to win four in a row. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why is it that so many NASCAR drivers and world-renowned racers come to Tulsa, of all places, every single year for this one event. “You can ask any of them,” says Bryan Hulbert, Chili Bowl publicist. “This is the hardest race they enter to win because the talent pool is just that amazing. The ‘C’ line-up on Saturday night will look like an ‘A’ feature anywhere else in the country, like a championship race.” The sheer difficulty and adrenaline of the Chili Bowl Nationals is what keeps these talented racers coming back year after year. The 2015 event alone should see anywhere from 250 to 300 “midget” sprint cars hit the track.

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Don’t get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by missing out watching the Super Bowl at one of our local hangouts. When looking for a perfect place to kick it for kickoff, here are nine local options. By Taylor Sides

Football. The word alone gets the average Oklahoman fired up. Sprinkle in a little beer, some hot wings, a group of close friends and family, and sit them in front of a giant HDTV, and you’ve got yourself a winning recipe for the perfect game day. Some avid NFL football fans watch from the comfort of their own homes. More diehard fans make the trip to see the Super Bowl in person. Then, there are those in between who head out to a local watering hole to knock back a few cold ones and cheer on their favorite team or the one they’ve got more money bet on. And nothing says Super Bowl better than a juicy burger, a pile of piping hot fries and an ice-cold brew. As the clock ticks toward the biggest sporting event of the year, we go on the hunt for the restaurants and bars that love the big game as much as we do. Preview has compiled a list of our favorite game day hotspots for you and your friends to check out for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. 1 DAVE & BUSTER’S Eat. Drink. Play. Watch. Super Bowl Sunday at Dave & Buster’s is sure to be fun for all the football fans in your family. Game day specials include $3.50 22-ounce Bud Light drafts, 35 boneless buffalo wings for $19.99 and $5 appetizers including potato skins, cheese sticks, and the ever-popular Huddle O’Nachos. These specials are good open to close on Sunday. With 11 TVs in the bar, nine in the dining area, a 70-inch in the private room, projectors in the party room and game area and even one in the men’s room, Dave & Buster’s at 71st & Highway 169 will make sure you see every play and replay. 2 FAT DADDY’S PUB & GRILLE It’s happy hour all day on Super Bowl Sunday at Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille on the corner of 81st and Memorial. Root for your favorite team from any table in the pub. Seventeen flat screens ensure you won’t miss a moment of the big game.

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Prize giveaways, happy hour beer prices and wing specials make Fat Daddy’s one of the hottest places to be for the Super Bowl, but be sure to get there early because they are expecting a huge turnout. Tell them Preview sent you. 3 TWIN PEAKS Bud, booze and scenic views. Twin Peaks at 71st and Memorial has it all and so much more. Partnering with Budweiser, the lovely ladies of the Peaks will be giving away tons of prizes, including t-shirts, koozies, hats and even a few big money Budweiser-branded items. In case you were concerned about being able to see the game amidst the crowd, there’s no need to worry. Twin Peaks has got you covered with 44 flat screen televisions, ranging from 50-70 inches. Assistant general manager Brian Fauerbach invites you to call ahead for a table so you can get close enough to watch Katy Perry lip-sync her way through the halftime show.

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4 BAKER ST. PUB & GRILL For authentic English pub grub and game day action, look no further than Baker St. Pub & Grill near 71st and Memorial. With 17 flat screen TVs of various sizes and even a projector, you’ll catch the game in crystal clear clarity … all from the comfort of one of Baker St.’s comfortable booths, tables or English-style armchairs. You can even sip a beer by the fire or play a game of giant Jenga if you’d like. Experiencing the action from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., at Baker St. Pub & Grill feels just like watching the game at home … only with a lot more bangers and mash. 5 HOOTERS With Budweiser brand prize giveaways, fun games and trivia and, of course, ice cold beers and hot-off-the-grill and fresh-out-of-the-fryer food, Hooters (at 61st and Memorial) leaves little to be desired. If all that isn’t enough, then maybe 42 HDTVs will seal the deal. The big game will never look better. If you can’t stay and hangout, the Hooters staff starts taking to-go orders two weeks prior to Feb. 1, so make sure you get your hot wing and fried pickle orders in now. 6 WHISKEY DOG BAR & GRILL For all you Broken Arrow pigskin fans, Whiskey Dog Bar & Grill at 101st and Aspen should be near the top of your hotspot selection process. Grab your buddies and run, don’t walk, to catch the big game at Whiskey Dog. Do you like beer? Whiskey Dog has it, and a lot of it. Super Bowl beer specials include $10 buckets, $5 pitchers, $1.50 domestic drafts and $1.75 domestic bottles. Prizes will also be given away, so come early and stick around after the game. 7 FULL MOON CAFÉ Full Moon Café on Cherry Street is throwing their guests a big party. With appetizer and beer specials galore, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. While you and your friends are chowing down on chips, queso and Full Moon’s signature spinach artichoke dip, you can catch the game in all its glory on the massive projector screen or on one of Full Moon’s five other HDTVs. Top it all off with giveaways like key chains and koozies, and you’ve got yourself a bash you won’t soon forget. Also be sure to check out the Full Moon Café location in Broken Arrow for their Super Bowl shindig. 8 OSAGE CASINOS With locations in Tulsa, Skiatook, Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Ponca City, Hominy and Pawhuska, Osage Casino has plenty of casual atmosphere and fun for everyone. These casinos are known for providing a fun atmosphere, plenty of large screen TVs for viewing as well as food and drink specials at NINE18 Bar (Bartlesville), The Bar (Sand Springs) and the Tin Pint (Skiatook). And if you work up an appetite arguing over which commercial caught your attention during the broadcast, you’re in luck. The bar menu features enough decadent favorites to calm the savage beast. 9 ALBERT G’S With great eats, great drinks and great friends, you’re in for a great time at Albert G’s Bar & Q downtown. Chuck Gawey and his team are serving up good “Q” and cold brews on game day, with 20 beers on tap to choose from, many at discounted prices. All appetizers, including the oh-so-tasty smoked chicken wings, will be half price and, of course, the big game will be plastered across all 10 of Albert G’s 60-inch flat screen TVs. At Albert G’s Bar & Q at 1st and Elgin downtown, there’s not a bad seat in the house. prevIewgreencountry.com

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Bar46 Raising the bar for downtown speakeasies, Bar 46 never fails to showcase class by the glass and the perfect antibiotic to a hectic life. By Chris Greer

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or many, character plays a large part when selecting a favorite watering hole. Sure, a good dive bar that prides itself on having the same guys sitting on the same stools retelling the same stories day in and out or features a jukebox with no songs newer than 1970, can be charming and fun when you’re in the right mood. But what about times when you want to chill, catch up, enjoy a stout drink and slow life a little? Those joints can prove to be the perfect antibiotic to a hectic life or ramped up evening especially when the level of fun isn’t defined by age, income, fashion sense or definition of cheekbones. One type is not necessarily better than another; to get the full experience, you have to commit to taking advantage of what each place has to offer. Located in the Brady District and within walking distance to entertainment venues like the BOK Center, Brady Theater, the Performing Arts Center and Cain’s Ballroom, Bar 46 is one of these fantastic refuges that’s worth its weight in crushed ice. Intimate in scale, yet capacious enough that you can usually find a seat, Bar 46—which takes it’s name from the fact that Oklahoma was the 46th state in the nation—offers a laid-back atmosphere where an engaging bartender is the only thing between you and the perfect Old Fashioned. It’s a splendid place to view the hustle and bustle of the downtown scene through the rosy bottom of a cordial glass all from the solitude of the streetlevel patio.

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GET TO KNOW Anyone can sign a lease, apply for a liquor license, and open their doors. But it takes someone with the right motives and vision to really distinguish their place from those that are drab and ordinary. Jeremy Reed is that type of owner. In August 2012 he opened Bar 46 with the goal of providing a setting for regulars and strangers alike. He didn’t build a bar for himself; it was built for the marketplace. His joint receives high marks for the execution of zeal, music, delicious cocktails and friendly service. An intimate bar that equally invites quiet conversation and sports watching, Bar 46 has become an institution in itself and is a frequent starting point for a night on the town or before a marquee event downtown.

This oasis of civility offers both a sense of the world outside and a retreat from it.

This oasis of civility offers both a sense of the world outside and a retreat from it. It’s the kind of place where, when a Kansas City Royals fan asked if anyone knew the score of the game, the bartender queued up his iPad and left it on the bar so they could watch the game’s online play by play.

Bar 46 features bartenders/mixologists who not only know how to pour a good Flying Dog Old Scratch or make an impeccable cocktail, but also exude confidence in their skills to share a story and joke. Bar 46 has a polished yet approachable atmosphere complete with large communal tables, pool table, leather sofas and an expansive drink list. Between draft, can and bottle, there are nearly 100 choices from Guinness, Boulevard, Marshall, Sam Smith, Coop, Mustang and the domestic standbys. Spirits range from Hudson 4 Grain, Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire to Captain Morgan, Cazadore and Knob Creek. If you’re looking to try something unique, a good start is The Pedro—a blend of rosemary infused Espolon Reposado, Tuaca, Grand Marnier and fresh lemon—or a Moon Jam featuring Midnight Moon Moonshine and honey syrup in blueberry, strawberry, cherry, blackberry and apple pie varieties.

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The Karnchanakphan family wanted to provide Tulsa with a restaurant that offered great tasting Asian fusion food, unique flavors and fresh ingredients. The Tropical is proof they succeeded. By Gena Pollack


Drive down Memorial, and odds are you’ll most likely miss one of Tulsa’s best-kept culinary secrets. Tucked away on a side street east of Memorial and north of 51st lies a modest house, reminiscent of one on the narrow side streets of Bangkok. But don’t be fooled. The Tropical boasts everything but modest fare: bold and fresh Thai inspired surf, turf, and vegan dishes brought to you by the owners of Tulsa’s famous Lanna Thai Restaurant. More than a decade ago, the Karnchanakphan family founded Lanna Thai at 51st and Harvard. The restaurant blossomed into a Tulsa staple, prompting the birth of a second location at 72nd and Memorial with the same goal of bringing Tulsa amazing Thai food from a Tulsan Thai family. With the expansion of I-44, Lanna Thai on Harvard closed its doors. Two years later, with renewed vigor, the Karnchanakphan family opened The Tropical Restaurant and Bar. Patrons familiar with Lanna Thai can expect the same friendly service and excellent, fresh food. So what’s the difference between the two restaurants? That’s just something your taste buds will have to find out for themselves.

tables for bigger parties, making The Tropical perfect for any event or just an evening of mouth-watering Thai food. That The Tropical is a culinary masterpiece that has mastered Asian Fusion (the marriage of American and Asian ingredients and cooking techniques) should come as no surprise. Thai food itself is a fusion, having absorbed cuisines like Indian, Malay and Cambodian, with Chinese being the most dominant. Bangkok has long attracted migrants from across Asia; so Thai food blends many styles. There is a diversity that is often lost in American restaurants because chefs vacuum it down. Thai cuisine was traditionally based on a waterborne lifestyle,

hence The Tropical’s major focus on seafood. After culling through Thai restaurants, I finally found one that is most authentic, both culturally and in its flavor profile. The employees at The Tropical take very careful steps to make each dish shine with flavor and simplicity before it leaves their kitchen. The majority of their dishes can be tinkered with via sauces, spice levels, and protein options to suit any taste palate. “If our customer is vegan, we can substitute meats with tofu or other choices of protein we have on hand. We are also gluten-free friendly. Just tell you server and we will be happy to accommodate!”

“Our family’s wish has always been to bring Tulsa great tasting food, unique flavors, and fresh ingredients. The Tropical checks all three boxes,” explains Tana Karnchanakphan. In the spring and summer seasons, you’re likely to spot kitchen staff in the surrounding gardens plucking fresh herbs and vegetables (and in the winter, in the adjacent green house). Bangkok markets are plentiful with fresh herbs, chilies and vegetables; what better way to emulate those markets than the garden-to-table concept? Walk up the wooden deck and step through the modest doors and you’ll be surprised to find a well-stocked bar area lined with five TVs, perfect for any sports enthusiast, and plenty of table seating. The interior is simple yet lovely: slate floors, a wooden bar with a South American granite countertop, and white walls sparsely adorned with Southeast Asian antiques. There are high tables for parties of two, four or six in the bar area, as well as plenty of booths and circular prevIewgreencountry.com

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The lettuce wraps—a signature starter of The Tropical—are not to be missed. Crispy rice and glass noodles are mixed with fresh herbs (green onions, red onions, cilantro, carrots, and fresh mint), peanuts, and a twist of lime. There is an explosion of texture and flavor that renders this dish unreal. The calamari is another delicious starter. Lightly breaded in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and fried, it is served with both the Tropical’s own hot sauce and a peanut sauce. And if you want to have your mind and taste buds blown, just order the tom kha soup, a perfect winter dish. Just don’t offer to let anyone else taste it or you will be out of a starter. A spicy chicken soup with galangal (a plant in the ginger family), pungent kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, Enoki mushrooms, tomatoes, tamarind juice and coconut milk. Topped with green onions and cilantro, this dish and the flavors within are iconic of Thai cuisine. Like the starters, the entrees are beautifully and perfectly presented, and range from traditional Thai-inspired dishes to other specialties representative of other Asian countries. The Panang is a rich coconut milk curry dish that makes you feel good on a cold day, especially when you pick scallops or shrimp for your choice of protein. This dish is served with jasmine rice and can be made as spicy as you want. The Tropical Pad Thai is another popular item: stir-fried rice noodles are cooked in a sweet sauce with gardengrown bean sprouts, green onions, peanuts

The Tropical makes this savory chili jam from scratch just like everything else. There’s nothing like a sweet and spicy nam prik pao in your fried rice; it will knock your socks off. The Tropical tops theirs with your selected protein (glazed with sweet-ginger sauce), crunchy julienned green apples, carrots, sharp red onions, potent cilantro, and a sliced omelet. The dish that blew my mind was 110 percent the trout pad ped. The succulent

crispy trout fillet is coated in a special sweet and spicy red curry sauce and kaffir lime leaves, the acidity of which cuts the rich and oily curry.

and eggs. This sticky sweetness is the perfect medium on the imaginary pad Thai scale that I invented long ago. Pairs perfectly with chicken. A hot pick amongst more health-conscious eaters is the nam prik pao fried rice. Permeating modern Thai cuisine, nam prik pao is one of the most versatile condiments in any Thai kitchen arsenal. And of course 60 January 2015

Can’t pronounce something? Ask your server and they will gladly assist you. They want you to try Asian dishes. Remember, in Thai cooking, all is based on how you like your food to taste according to your own liking. The Tropical is all about customizing dishes for the customer. Flavors off the Grill is an excellent option for any one. Your choice of seafood—Chilean sea bass, classic lobster tail, Atlantic salmon, and more—is flown in fresh daily. Now comes the fun part: you get to choose one of the house-made sauces, one topping and one side. The sauces are unique, but each pairs well with all the seafood options. And for the side, most people get the corn cakes (fresh herbs and green beans mixed with corn batter then deep-fried). The harmony of tastes and textures doesn’t end with the entrees. The Tropical’s most popular dessert, mango and sticky rice, is unfortunately only served in the summer.

However, the mango crisps are deep-fried chunks of mango slices served with honey, powdered sugar and a side of whipped cream. There is also deep-fried bananas and deepfried vanilla ice cream. The Tropical Delight is homemade ice cream (coconut or mango) served with whipped cream, tropical fruits, toddy palm and coconut jelly. As mentioned previously, The Tropical has a full bar offering a variety of old world and new world wines. All of the wines, nicely displayed on the wall, have been handpicked and sampled by the owners. They try to rotate wines offered by the glass so that there is at least one wine representative of each type of grape, region and price range. If you’re not much of a wine drinker, there is a rotating specialty cocktail menu featuring drinks such as the Ginger Pear Martini (Smirnoff Pear Vodka, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur and apple juice), the Tamarind Margarita (Jose Cuervo Tequila and tamarind juice served in a spicy salt-rimmed glass), and the Tropical Mojito (Bacardi Rum, Don Q Mojito Rum, muddled mint from the garden, and lime juice).

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Improved service and awareness coupled with the implementation of refined cooking styles and a bevy of new and fresh ingredients has allowed Bill Tackett to greatly bolster the experience at Bluestone Steak House & Seafood in South Tulsa. By Taylor Sides

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oing out to eat should be an unforgettable occasion each and every time, but, oftentimes, the only memory we’re left with is how we spent an arm and a leg for sub-par service and less than spectacular food. Fret not, for there is a hidden gem of a restaurant in Tulsa where the quality of the food, service and dining atmosphere guarantees a satisfying experience with every visit. That gem is Bluestone Steak House & Seafood.

industry, Tackett knows just about everything there is to know about the restaurant industry. “In fact, I helped set up this restaurant (Bluestone) 7 years ago,” Tackett says. Assuming his role as president and owner of Bluestone, Tackett knew that a lot of changes had to be made, starting with the ingredients and level of cooking expertise.

Recently acquired by long-time restaurateur and food expert Bill Tackett and his wife, Sharon, Bluestone has come leaps and bounds from what it was a year ago. The 3,300-square foot restaurant, itself, has been a Tulsa institution for a few years shy of a decade, but until Tackett came along, it wasn’t exactly successful. “It’s all about improving service and awareness,” Tackett says. That, together with the implementation of refined cooking styles and a bevy of new and fresh ingredients allowed the Tackett’s to double the sales. While this task certainly wasn’t easy, Tackett was more than qualified to take on the challenge. Having served as a negotiator and consultant to anywhere from 300-400 different restaurants in a five-state area as well as having worked in the beef and the pork

“I only buy raw ingredients,” he says. “I don’t use fillers. My beef costs me more than most people in this town would be willing to pay.” Tackett doesn’t use prime beef because of its inconsistencies, and, he should know, as he’s been involved in just about every packing house and most feed lots in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Not only that, but he’s been featured in national write-ups by the Angus Association. Needless to say, Tackett knows his meats.

“We buy local as much as we can,” says Tackett. “A lot of our meat is raised in Oklahoma and finished in feedlots in Kansas and Colorado, and that’s about as local as you can get.” Tackett has taken it upon himself to implement turn-of-the-century deconstruction on certain Certified Angus beef cuts that most Tulsans have never seen before. He has trained his chefs in the art of breaking groupings of muscles down for the perfect cuts of beef each and every time. Tackett’s personal menu recommendations are melt in your mouth delicious. One of Bluestone’s newest appetizers, the beef brochettes bulgogi style, are pan seared beef brochettes with a traditional sweet ginger, shallot, garlic, soy and brown sugar reduction sauce served with steamed Japanese rice. For your entrée selection, Tackett suggests the New York Delmonico steak. This succulent dish is the heart of the rib eye, topped with wild mushrooms and Port wine reduction cream sauce and served alongside mixed vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. For seafood fans, he recommends one of their seasonal items, the Chilean sea bass with herbs. This tender sea bass is cooked with wild mushrooms, mixed peppers, green onions and jumbo lump crab and served with a lemon butter sauce, rice and sautéed asparagus. Every quarter, there is something new to try at Bluestone Steak House & Seafood. Other menu items worth devouring are customer favorites like the artichoke chicken, aged filet and the jumbo fried shrimp. Tackett also introduced his own desserts to the menu when he took over, including his prevIewgreencountry.com

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“We’re very passionate about food here. We’re very passionate about providing good service.” will serve a beer and wine paired meal with an auction to raise money for the foundation. Not only that, but they also plan to pick a night, in which 10 percent of the restaurant’s net proceeds will also be donated to Make-aWish. Tackett assures that their work with this inspiring foundation will be ongoing. Additionally, on Sundays, Bluestone serves an a la carte and buffet menu, and, if a guest brings in their program from their religious service that morning, Tackett’s staff will attach it to the ticket, track it and pay tithes back to all the ministries represented once every quarter. Tackett inquires, “If you can’t give back to your community, then what good is all this?” vanilla bean crème brulee. The vanilla that he uses comes exclusively from Madagascar and is then processed in Switzerland, from where he has it imported. Importing ingredients like this may seem unnecessary to some, but to Tackett, it is a vital part of what puts Bluestone in a league of its own. “I don’t cut corners. I’d rather apologize for price than quality any day,” he asserts. “Our goal is to provide great food and good service. It may be white tablecloth, but you can come in wearing blue jeans or black tie.”

The South Tulsa area and neighborhood in which Bluestone resides really lends itself to that concept, and hungry patrons are embracing it more and more every day. Before Tackett took over, it was uncommon for the restaurant to be filled on any given night. Now, reservations are becoming ever more common. So much so, in fact, that on the Tuesday night Tackett sat down with Preview, more than a quarter of the tables were reserved for the dinner service. While Bluestone is not reservation only, it is getting to where if guests don’t have a reservation, it 64 January 2015

can be tough to get a table. Surely, this fact reflects upon the unbeatable quality of the food, service and atmosphere. “We’re very passionate about food here. We’re very passionate about providing good service,” Tackett says. “Does that mean we don’t make mistakes like everybody else? No, but when we do, we correct it immediately … with the guest and with the staff.” Tackett’s passion extends far beyond his food and service. “Part of our mission is to give back to the community,” he states. At the time of Preview’s interview with the dedicated owner, he and his wife were in the process of filling out the paperwork to host a Make-aWish event this March, during which they

More recently, Tackett has implemented a Bluestone Rewards program. Customers can visit the rewards site, fill out a brief survey about their experience and earn a free appetizer and dessert. Through the rewards site, customers can also sign-up to receive the Bluestone newsletter. Tackett’s goal is to reach 10,000 Bluestone Rewards members, and he’s well on his way. Join the thousands of Tulsans and tourists who have already experienced the science of cooking and mixology that is displayed every day at Bluestone Steak House & Seafood.

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Drafting a Winner South Tulsa’s Treys Bar and Grill combines sports, in-the-round bar seating, generous assortments of top-shelf grub and plenty of suds in one delightful mix that loves the city’s heritage. By Taylor Sides

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ulsa is arguably Oklahoma’s most iconic city. There is history all around us here, and with each passing month, there is more history being made by local entrepreneurs like Michael Nelms, Travis Davidson and Matt Lopez, who opened Treys Bar & Grill at 108th and Memorial back in November. Treys, named for its trio of owners, offers its own taste of historic Tulsa. Tired of the stigma that one had to visit downtown T-Town to experience iconic Tulsa landmarks, the men behind Treys opted to bring downtown all the way to South Tulsa, and the concept has been welcomed by patrons with open arms. The iconic Tulsa theme is clear from the moment one walks into the inviting, non-smoking bar and grill to the moment one leaves. With a fantastic 68 January 2015

mural paying homage to several Tulsa landmarks, movie posters for films shot right here in our own backyard—including The Outsiders, Rusty James and Keys to Tulsa—and a massive 11-foot projector screen, reminiscent of the AdmiralTwin Drive-In, there is certainly something to see on every wall of Treys. There is a performance area in front of a backdrop, mirroring that of Cain’s Ballroom, where live music is occasionally featured to entertain guests. If that isn’t enough entertainment, then surely the jukebox, eight bigscreen TVs, 22-foot long shuffle board table, pool table and Golden Tee area with a 60-inch monitor would be enough to keep patrons entertained for hours. Well, that and the incredible food, “Treydmark” cocktails and local beer options.


This warm and cheesy dip is served with toasted pita points, and, according to the owners, will have you “dipping anything that’s left on your plate.” For the main course, Treys offers up a bevy of next-level burgers, sandwiches and wraps, including the mouth-watering roast beef and Swiss dip. Treys version of the classic French dip is served on a whole-wheat hoagie with Tahlequah mustard and house au jus. Another customer favorite is the Santa Fe wrap, made with a Jalapeno cheese tortilla, pepper jack cheese, grilled chicken breast, chipotle ranch, lettuce and onion.

Having a menu that serves traditional bar food with a unique twist is what really sets Treys apart from other bar and grill concepts. Chef Kurt Fichtenberg, who also serves as executive chef at Cork, created the menu. Fichtenberg’s culinary philosophy and passion reflects the growing trend toward a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. He seeks out only the finest in regional and local produces and ingredients. His preference is to allow the natural flavors of food to express themselves, and at Treys, the certainly do.

The idea is that Treys offers a casual, comfortable experience with affordable food and great service.

If sandwiches and wraps aren’t your thing, Davidson recommends the Swedish meatballs, a great alternative. Simple and savory, this dish is prepared with Swedish style meatballs and gravy served on bed of spaghetti pasta. Nelms, Davidson and Lopez are also conscious of their customers who are privy to lighter fare.

Start with chicken k-bobs: two juicy marinated char-grilled chicken and bell pepper skewers with onions on top of zesty black bean, cilantro, and spicy carrot succotash. The smoky salmon dip is another must-try appetizer.

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Treys easy Caprese salad found its way onto Fichtenberg’s lighter options. Treys take on the famous salad from Capri is made with fresh Ciliegene mozzarella, creamy basil pesto and ripe tomatoes. It is then drizzled and tossed in extra virgin olive oil and house spices for a delicious finish. There is something tasty for everyone at Treys Bar & Grill. Whether it’s the crispy mac and cheese, sweet cream pancakes or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Ooohhh, one can’t go wrong. Treys Bar & Grill has customers saying “Ooohhh” every single day. The fresh, local feel it brings to a chain restaurant-dominated side of town was long overdue. With no jerseys, no helmets and no Sooner, Cowboy or Hurricane signs, Treys is a great place to watch the game, no matter what team you root for. With 36 seats surrounding a round bar, there is plenty of space for you and all your friends. The owners strategically had the bar designed in a circular shape to promote a community feel, shifting the focal point from the bartender to the people sitting at the bar.

Scotch lovers rejoice at Treys. The extensive scotch list has paved the way for a special scotch night that the owners are introducing, in which those who sign up get to sample a handful of great scotches along with special h’orderves that pair well with each. The beer at Treys is always cold, and the bartenders perfectly craft the specialty cocktails every time. Wines can also be enjoyed by the glass. Treys is the definition of a neighborhood bar and grill. With an experienced staff and owners who are hands-on and interactive with guests, anyone should feel welcome to stop in.

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“The idea is that Treys offers a casual, comfortable experience with affordable food and great service,” says Lopez. “We want it to be a place that families in South Tulsa and Bixby feel good about bringing out their kids for lunch or dinner. At the same time, as day turns to night, then we can be the neighborhood bar location where people can enjoy a night out.” Respect for their neighborhood and the people in it reaches far beyond convenience, décor and menu items.

Treys, named for its trio of owners, offers its own taste of historic Tulsa.

“Treys is closed for the Sabbath every Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown due to religious observance within ownership,” Lopez says. “In my experience, I’ve had the most business and personal success when I hold to my Christian beliefs. I think most everyone would say in their own personal experience, whether in business or any decision they make in their life, when they are true to their values, they know they’ve made the right decision.” A rather admirable sentiment, this, along with the unwavering dedication of all three members of the Treys trio has sparked an extremely positive response to Treys Bar & Grill. They don’t cut corners and they have the utmost confidence in their dishes. No one is alienated at Treys. Everyone who stops in for a meal or a cold drink can leave knowing that there is a place in South Tulsa where they can feel comfortable, wanted and not rushed out the door.

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From chicken tikka masala and samosas to naan and baingan masala, chef Shifali Bhullar and Cumin add plenty of spice to traditional Indian cuisine. By Maria Weller

Though chef Shifali Bhullar graduated from high school here in Tulsa, she lived in Punjab, India for the first 15 years of her life. Bhullar learned to cook by watching her mother prepare the traditional dishes of their homeland. At the age of about 6 or 7, Bhullar began cooking herself and has not stopped

even when the family’s first restaurant closed (family illness) and Bhullar and her husband started their own family.

a good thing too, because those friends and family urged her to get back in the culinary business.

When she later took a job consulting for an information technology company, she continued to cook for friends and family. It’s

Bhullar planned to take time out to travel after her consulting job was over in May 2014 and to slowly begin the process of finding a location for another restaurant. However, things got kicked into overdrive when the perfect location—just east of 71st and Memorial—basically fell into the Bhullar’s lap. And on Sept. 7, 2014 Cumin was open for business. Originally Bhullar only hired four employees. Within two months, the staff had increased to 16 due to the huge success they immediately experienced. “We expected things to slowly pick up, but we like this too,” says Bhullar. In the first month they were experiencing an hour wait on Sunday mornings for seating in the almost 70 person dining room. The dining room is larger than the restaurant previously owned by Bhullar’s family, and has a more upscale vibe to it as well. A couple of artistic versions of the restaurant’s logo can be seen on the walls as well as pictures of various traditional characters from Indian lore. The music varies from soft Indian serenades to what sounds like the occasional Punjabi pop song.

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The offerings may vary slightly from day to day, however, a couple of traditional staples such as chicken tikka masala are always offered. There are around 10 dishes plus a small salad bar and dessert selection offered during lunch for only $9.95. On Saturday and Sunday, Bhullar adds a few more dishes and the lunch buffet costs $11.95. The offerings may vary slightly from day to day, however, a couple of traditional staples such as chicken tikka masala are always offered. Chicken tikka masala is a delicious tomato cream sauce dish on the mild side of the spice spectrum and is ideal for first timers. Bhullar tries to keep the level of spice or heat on the buffet in the mild-to-medium vicinity. And if it’s still too spicy you can always cool things down with the cucumber yogurt. Indian food takes a lot of time to prepare. Some ingredients even have to be marinated for 24 hours. Since many people are looking to get in and out quickly for their lunch hour,

it made the most sense to have a buffet. That way the majority of the cooking for lunch would be done before the doors opened. There are a couple of familiar appetizers on the menu such as vegetable samosas. One of Bhullar’s specialties is the papdi chaat. This light and delightful appetizer has small flour crisps, diced potatoes, chickpeas, tamarind, and is drizzled with yogurt. There are several dishes that feature lamb on the menu including lamb curry that has boneless lamb cubes and curry spices. But what Bhullar got really excited about was the

lamb chop masala. The process for this dish is one of the longer ones. The lamb chops marinate for a full 24 hours before being cooked in the tandoor, a special Indian clay oven, and then taken out to make the gravy in which they are served. Be sure to specify to your server the level of heat you like for your food, as Bhullar says she and her family like things hot. Any of the entrees pair well with the several types of naan offered. Naan is a traditional Indian flat bread that is cooked by sticking the dough to the sides of the round tandoor oven, quickly flipping it, and pulling it out.

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The lamb chops marinate for a full 24 hours before being cooked in the tandoor, a special Indian clay oven, and then taken out to make the gravy in which they are served. “Not everyone can make naan,� Bhullar says. She had to bring in someone specifically to make it. The choices include butter naan, garlic naan, paneer (Indian cheese) naan, aloo naan that is stuffed with potatoes, and onion naan. For the vegetarians out there, plenty of dishes are available. One in particular is the baingan masala. This is a delish dish made with baby eggplant and Bhullar’s special spice mix stuffing. It comes with basmati rice as do many of the offerings. Also available are several gluten free substitutes like cauliflower, potatoes, or lentils in some dishes. The burgeoning restaurant is still in the process of obtaining a liquor license. However, that is not to say that they lack libations. Aside from the sodas offered, guests can also enjoy a mango or sweet lassi. Lassi is a sweetened buttermilk-based beverage that is served cold. The mango and sugar gives the mango lassi its flavor while the sweet lassi has just a hint of saffron syrup. No meal is complete without something sweet for dessert. Rasmalai is a traditional dish that is mashed Indian cheese, made into dumplings, then cooked with milk to make a thick sauce and later combined with nuts, sugar and cream. Gulab jamun is another sweet option.

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The following is a select list of restaurants in the Tulsa and Green Country area. $: Under $15 $$: $15-$25 $$$: $25-$50 $$$$: Over $50 Albert G’s Bar & Q

Did someone say ribs? This barbecue is often voted best in the city. After being rubbed down with special seasoning, their brisket and pork are slow cooked while Tulsans are fast asleep. Throw down on brisket queso and tortilla chips, Route 66 nachos, wings or sliders while watching the game on the big screens or grab a napkin and dig into plates of polish hot links, turkey and smokyflavored bologna. From specialty cocktails and whiskey to all the usual beers, you won’t go home thirsty. albertgs.com; 2748 S. Harvard, Tulsa, 918.747.4799; 421 E. 1st, Tulsa, 918.728.3650 $

Apple Barrel Café

At either of the Apple Barrel Cafe locations you’ll find the highest quality food and a “homey” atmosphere featuring extra large portions and top quality from pasta and chili to burgers, steak and seafood. All of their beef is aged, certified premium choice. They have daily specials, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; breakfast is served all day, every day. applebarrelcafe-com.webs.com; 3806 S. Elm Place, Broken Arrow, 918.286.3300; 15225 S. Memorial, Bixby, 918.366.2600 $

Baker St. Pub & Grill

A unique spin on the English hangout with a flair for Shepherd’s Pie. Hearty meals in a fun-filled atmosphere. Watch sports while enjoying burgers, nachos, fish and chips and more than 200 distinctive beers. And don’t miss out on a trip to the bathroom. bakerstreetpub.com; 6620 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.286.2227 $

Baxter’s Interurban Grill

Quiet, casual and relaxing atmosphere that also doubles as a place to have fun while enjoying a great meal. Menu features a variety of American cuisine, traditional fare and signature dishes. baxtersgrill.com; 717 S. Houston, Tulsa, 918.585.3134 $

BGB

BGB serves only the best and freshest ingredients. It all starts with their fresh ground beef patty that is a unique blend of brisket, short rib and chuck expertly grilled to your liking and accompanied by house-made sauces, house-made pickles and fresh toppings. 1730 Utica Square, Tulsa, 918.747.7935 $-$$

Bluestone Steak House & Seafood

Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, Bluestone offers friendly service and gourmet quality food. Dinner menu includes steak, bone-in pork chop, chicken fried chicken, shrimp scampi pasta and barb-qued salmon. bluestonesteakhouse.com; 10032 S. Sheridan, 918.296.9889 $$-$$$

Brownie’s Hamburgers

Churning out burgers for nearly 60 years, the 1950’s décor only adds to the friendly service, choice eats and frosty root beer. Hand-battered onion strings and freedom fries are the perfect side dishes. brownies-hamburgers.com; 2130 S. Harvard, Tulsa, 918.744.0320; 6577 E. 71st, Tulsa, 918.398.6615 $

Cafe Olé

Serving Southwest cuisine for 30 years. Dine on Mexican salads, inventive side dishes including jalapeño cornbread and traditional tacos that include shredded beef, chicken, pork or veggies.

cafeolebrookside.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa (Brookside), 918.745.6699 $

The Canebrake

Enjoy global cuisine crafted from locally-sourced ingredients in their beautiful garden-to-table kitchen. Their award-winning staff serves seasonal fare in a 65-seat restaurant looking into an open kitchen. Gourmet cooking classes, wine dinners and culinary demonstrations offer a chance for you to join in on this delicious destination. Whether you’re there for the week or just an evening of relaxation, you are sure to feel pampered at The Canebrake Kitchen. Dinner highlights include roasted quail, rack of lamb, buffalo strudel and cider pork chops. thecanebrake.com; 33241 E. 732nd Road, Wagoner, 918.485.1810 $-$$$

Caz’s Chowhouse

Menu reflects a wide variety of comfort foods including salads (house, garden, Santa Fe and Cobb), burgers, catfish, pork sliders, the Great Cazbah (grilled cheese with Jalapeño bacon and tomato), meatloaf and chicken fried steak. cazschowhouse.com; 18 E. Brady, Tulsa (Brady Arts District), 918.588.2469 $

Caz’s Pub

Not just an ordinary bar located in the heart of the Brady Art District of downtown Tulsa. Great casual eatery offering delicious fare, drink specials and plenty of tunes piping out of the jukebox. cazspub.com; 21 E. Brady, Tulsa (Brady Arts District), 918.585.8587 $

Celebrity Restaurant

Known for their award-winning Caesar salad, this establishment gets it done with old-water lobster tail, steaks and cast-iron skillet fried chicken. celebritytulsa.com; 3109 S. Yale, Tulsa, 918.743.1800 $$

Chimi’s

For over 30 years has been serving generation after generation of the greater Tulsa community with some of the freshest authentic Mexican food this side of the border. And if you can handle it, ask the waiter to diablo style your meal. chimismexican.com; 1304 E. 15th, Tulsa, 918.587.4411; 5320 S. Harvard, Tulsa, 918.749.7755; 6709 E. 81st, Tulsa, 918.960.2723 $

Cork

Expect big things from Cork including an elaborate menu, expansive wine list and a remodeled dining area. Open for lunch, the casual atmosphere in enhanced by unique choices of entrees including double pork chops, seasoned meats, fish and chips and even crème brulee for dessert. 8922 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.615.3383 $$

Cumin: Flavor of India

Cumin’s menu is diverse and balanced offering some of the best multi-regional cuisine India has to offer featuring innovative takes presented with a modern and refined flair. 8242 E. 71st, Tulsa, 918.994.7404 $-$$

Dave and Buster’s

Menu that combines fun with flavor on dishes like chicken and waffles, bacon-wrapped beef medallions and the chicken goldfingers.

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Work the food off on their Million Dollar Midway offering hundreds of games for the young and young at heart. daveandbusters.com; 6812 S. 105th E. Ave., Tulsa, 918.449.3100 $

Doc’s Wine and Food

Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, check out the creole scramble, eggs nola (with blue swimmer crab cakes and poached eggs), shrimp and grits, bourbon glazed duck, sea scallops and the hangover burger. And if the burger doesn’t do the trick, Doc’s has plenty of other cures including a mimosa, bloody mary and sangria. docswineandfood.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa, 918.949.3663 $$

El Chico

A Mexican food tradition since 1940, the El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar’s homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas, following their mother’s recipes for enchiladas with chile con carne sauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today. At El Chico, you can treat yourself to delicious, authentic Mexican food. Taste sauces and food prepared from scratch in their kitchens just like mama would have made for her family. elchico.com; 9825 E. 21st, Tulsa, 918.663.7755 $

Elmer’s BBQ

Elmer’s BBQ has been a Tulsa landmark for over 35 years with an “It be bad” menu that offers some of the finest and freshest smoked meats available at an affordable price. Sandwich and dinner plates range from one to three meats including chopped/ sliced beef or pork, bologna, hot links, sausage, ham, chicken, salmon or turkey. If you’re looking to answer a hungry stomach, go for the famous badwich that features a huge sampling of smoked meats and choice of two sides. elmersbbqtulsa.com; 4130 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, 918.742.6702 $

Fat Daddy’s Pub & Grille

Remodeled and completely non-smoking, this south Tulsa hangout offers a great atmosphere, plenty of TVs to watch your favorite sporting events, pool and live music every Friday and Saturday. A full kitchen that is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday offers a plethora of pub favorites including chicken wraps, reubens, French dips and burgers of many varieties. Other specialties include country fried steak, fajitas, queso-smothered burritos, salads and pasta. fatdaddyspubandgrille.com; 8056 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa, 918.872.6206 $

Flo’s Burger Diner

Friendly diner experience with a vintage ‘50s feel. Home-cooked burgers are the staple of choice. One of the few restaurants in the area that doesn’t have a freezer in the kitchen. They bring in their food fresh daily, even seasoning their ground beef and forming fresh patties. Their fries are hand cut and even their bacon bits are made right there in the kitchen. If you’re still hungry after the old-school meal, they have many desserts to choose from and are always adding new things to the menu. 19322 E. Admiral, Catoosa, 918.739.4858 $

French Hen Bistro & Wine Bar

Not easy to find, but worth the effort. Catering to diners looking for something exceptional for over 30 years, the menu includes prime meats, Colorado lamb, fresh fish, unique sauces, soups, cheesecakes and bread pudding. frenchhentulsa.net; 7143 S. Yale, Tulsa, 918.492.2596 $$$

Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Partake in over 28 years of dining experience with Big Willie, California rolls, calamari, cream cheese wontons, spicy tuna and a crowd favorite ninja roll. fujitulsa.com; 8226 E. 71st, Tulsa, 918.250.1821 $$

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Full Moon Café

Serving up favorites like tortilla soup, hamburgers, crisp salads and chicken margarita, Full Moon Cafe also offers some of Oklahoma’s finest music at night including a live band karaoke. eatfullmoon.com; 1525 E. 15th, Tulsa, 918.583.6666; 411 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow, 918.994.6363 $

The Gaucho

Taking the ordinary out of a steak dinner, this Brazilian restaurant balances upscale décor with a casual atmosphere and main courses prepared on a slow-roasting rotisserie and delivered to tables in what seems like an endless stream of servers offering delectable cuts of meats, shrimp and pineapple. gauchotulsa.com; 6219 E. 61st, Tulsa, 918.494.0042 $$-$$$

George’s Pub & Grill

Featuring an intense beer selection, nightly specials and fantastic food, George’s is everything you’d want in a neighborhood pub. Locally owned and known for their Thai fish tacos, the food is prepared fresh and can be enjoyed in upstairs seating or on the patio. With so many options for grub and suds, it’s easy to see why George’s is a favorite. 108 N. 1st, Jenks, 918.296.9711 $

Harden’s

Preparation is the rule when it comes to Harden’s hamburgers. It starts with cutting the onions with a razor blade and keeping the buns a little greasy. Everything is fresh and homemade. thehamburgerstore.com; 432 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, 918.834.2558 $

The Hen

Called “the French Hen’s naughty little sister in Brookside” by the owner, this lively restaurant offers fried oysters, wedge salads, veal meatloaf, cedar plank salmon, beef tenderloin, grilled duck and a great cinnamon roll bread pudding. thehenbistro.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa, 918.935.3420 $$$

Hey Mambo

Located in the Brady Arts District, Hey Mambo is a true brick oven Italian restaurant and wine bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands. Their mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a modern and vibrant atmosphere. Dishes include chicken scallopini, a’gnello alla montanara, pescatora, pasta el sol, linguini carbonara and pizza. heymambo.com; 114 N. Boston, Tulsa (Brady Arts District), 918.508.7000 $-$$

Hibiscus Caribbean Bar and Grill

The restaurant is a medium-sized, casual and sophisticated dining lounge, emphasizing West Indian and Jamaican style cuisine that incorporates live music and special events to create an exciting and culturally diverse dining experience. Hibiscus utilizes natural and organic ingredients to create unique and flavorful cuisine authentic to island culture. Additionally, Hibiscus procures its ingredients from local markets and farmers when possible. The bar sports a wide selection of liquors and beers with exotic drink choices and mixes. hibiscusbrookside.com; 3316 S. Peoria, Tulsa (Brookside), 918.749.4700 $

Hooters

The menu includes hamburgers and other sandwiches, steaks, seafood entrees, appetizers, and the restaurant’s specialty, chicken wings. At the Tulsa location, enjoy all-you-can-eat wings every Monday night after 6 p.m. hooters.com; 8108 E. 61st, Tulsa, 918.250.4668 $

Hop Bunz

Fresh with plenty of sass (“All of our burgers wear condiments”) and delicious fare, Hop Bunz serves fresh antibiotic-free, hormone-free, steroid-free, all-natural Black Angus beef that they grind in-house everyday. They also bake fresh bunz daily and hand-cut their fries from select Maine Kennebec potatoes. Burgers range from The Woodstock (veggie patty, goat cheese and avocado) and The Upstream (ground Atlantic salmon) to the Big Daddy (Angus beef, grilled pastrami and grilled onions) and the


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Juicy Lucy (beef stuffed with cheddar). hopbunz.com; 3330 S. Peoria, Tulsa (Brookside), 918.949.6595 $-$$

In The Raw

Sushi with a pulse. In the Raw sushi features traditional and nouveau sushi, sashimi and nigiri creations in addition to a full menu of cooked cuisine. In the Raw sushi has earned awards for the Best Sushi in Tulsa every year since 2001. Two Tulsa locations plus inside the BOK Center. intherawsushi.com; 34th and Peoria, Tulsa, 918.744.1300; 216 S. Main, Broken Arrow, 918.893.6111 $$

Romantic neighborhood French bistro and crêperie established in 1983 in New Orleans. Notable menu items include crêpes (savory and sweet), PEI moules frites, escargot and local whole grilled fish. Brunch highlights include crêpe Lorraine, omelette au crabe, croque monsieur and madame. Additionally, they offer vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free choices as well as numerous specials du jour. 7890 E. 106th, Tulsa, 918.970.4767 $$

Lambrusco’z To Go

All-you-can-eat buffet with over 30 varieties of pizza, baked potato bar, homemade soups, pastas, salad bar and a plethora of dessert options. The entertainment offerings include glow-in-thedark mini golf, go-karts, XD theatre, bumper cars, over 100 video games and a jump zone. incrediblepizza.com; 8314 E. 71st, Tulsa, 918.294.8671 $

Deli dishes available for dine-in, carryout or delivery. Popular sandwiches include the Italian beef tenderloin with a garlic cheese melt on ciabatta, old-fashioned meatloaf and the reuben. The white meats are well represented with a ‘cluckin’ pita with pepper jack and a California club of honey maple turkey bacon and avocado. Or build your own 3- or 5-ounce masterpiece. Soups and salads are also available for a lighter meal. lambruscoz.com; 114 S. Detroit, Tulsa (Blue Dome District), 918.496.1246; 1344 E. 41st, Tulsa (Brookside) $

Infuzion Ultra Lounge & Bistro

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Unwind from your day and relax during piano bar hours and take in the classic music styling of their baby grand piano and hand-crafted artisan cocktails. After enjoying a cocktail, let Infuzion’s executive chef and specialty staff create a one-of-akind dining experience offering a wide variety of menu items that are aimed to please and guaranteed to be unforgettable. Each dish is created fresh daily in their state-of-the-art kitchen. Be sure to pair your dinner with one of their fine wines for a superior dining experience. Thursday through Saturday, Infuzion features live entertainment with rock, country and jazz bands; DJs; and acoustic music. infuziontulsa.com; 101st and Mingo, Tulsa, 918.806.8400 $

Jason’s Deli

No artificial trans fats or high fructose corn syrup used to prepare their offerings. The salad bar is enhanced with organic choices and the Reuben is one of the best. Don’t see what you want? Invent your own sandwich on the go. jasonsdeli.com; 8321 E. 61st, 918.252.9999; 1330 E. 15th, Tulsa (Cherry Street), 918.599.7777 $

Jim’s Coney Island

A family-run business, Jim’s Coney Island offers authentic-style gyros. Don’t expect a foil wrapped sandwich and it’s a good idea to have utensils within reach as these things come loaded with a healthy helping of meat and veggies layered on a pita. The meat is drizzled with an Italian-style oil and topped off with a large helping of Tzatziki sauce. The meat is grilled so it snaps on the outside and is soft in the middle. The coneys are grilled on a griddle and layered with chili, onions, and cheese. Other menu staples include souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), chili, spinach pie, tabouli and stuffed tomatoes. jimsconeyisland.net; 1923 S. Harvard, Tulsa, 918.744.9018 $

Juniper

Focuses on providing the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully. Using hand-selected items sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, allowing the staff to introduce new and exciting plates with Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters. junipertulsa.com; 324 E. 3rd, Tulsa, 918.794.1090 $$

Keo

Offering dishes from a variety of countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, all made to order using fresh ingredients prepared in traditional manners and served in a full-service atmosphere. Located in Brookside and south Tulsa. keorestaurant.com; 3524 S. Peoria, Tulsa (Brookside), 918.794.8200; 8921 S. Yale, Tulsa, 918.794.0090 $

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La Crepe Nanou

Fresh ingredients and bold flavors have made Lanna Thai a Tulsa staple for more than a decade. Stop in for lunch, dinner, or drinks or pick up an order to go. Lanna is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been providing authentic Thai food and great entertainment to Tulsa since 1998. The satay gai is a popular appetizer and the crisp and flavorful spring rolls have long been a hit. This dining hot spot cooks up both inventive and traditional dishes including pia song kruang, pad thai and yum talay. lannathaitulsa.com; 7227 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.249.5262 $-$$

Los Cabos

This family of restaurants provides a casual upscale Mexican concept that harkens to the resort feeling of Los Cabos, Mexico with a hacienda feel, and an outdoor cabana bar with live entertainment seven days a week during the spring and summer months. Los Cabos offers a menu that evokes the sophisticated gourmet tastes of Mexico as well as the combination of fresh seafood dishes. The menu was inspired by consumers’ growing taste for more authentic flavors, freshly prepared products and value-priced items. The menu is unique by combining traditional recipes with modern flavors including carnitas (slow roasted pork), blackened tilapia, chicken and steak fajitas, tantalizing fresh roasted salsa and traditional cheese enchiladas. Use your imagination to make unlimited combinations through your own creative tastes, or by trying one of their combination platters. loscabosok.com; 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks, 918.298.2226; 151 Bass Pro Drive, Broken Arrow, 918.355.8877; 9455 N. Owasso Expressway, Owasso, 918.609.8671 $-$$

Mamasota’s

The roots of Mamasota’s are found in California taquerias. It’s a food style that they like to call farm fresh Mexican. Breakfast ranges from the egg and chorizo chilaquiles to burritos served with home fries. Daily specials include a variety of traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno, chimichangas, gorditas and crunchy fish tacos. Dinner includes a fresh take on fajitas, enchiladas, flautas and quesadillas. Enjoy seafood like camarones al mojo de ajo or grilled shrimp in a cream sauce with garlic. mamasotastulsa.com; 5209 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, 918.764.9333 $

Mason’s

Grab a sandwich like the dripped beef with au jus, some hummus or an offering from Jay’s Original Hoagies. Chill in sofas, wingbacks and high-top tables or shoot a game of pool in the lounge. A full-service bar with over 30 beers and hard spirits can keep you hydrated while watching the big game. 122 N. Boston Ave., Tulsa (Brady Arts District), 918.582.4888 $

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sweet potato tater tots and calamari to a pesto-rubbed veggie sandwich, blackened fish tacos and prime rib. thecampbellhotel. com; 2636 E. 11th, Tulsa, 918.748.5500 $$

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Serving authentic Mexican cuisine since 1987, Mexicali offers a full menu with quesadillas, appetizers, fresh salads, soups, fajitas and specialty plates. mexicalibordercafe.com; 14 W. Brady, Tulsa, 918.582.3383 $

Palace Café offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a wealth of dining choices from roast chicken roulade, scallop linguini and braised beef short rib to lobster ravioli, smoked pork tenderloin and a short rib burger. At lunch tap into your inner child with a grilled cheese deluxe made with house focaccia, mozzarella and lomah dairy cheddar and layered with maple bacon and sliced tomato. Red and white wines are served by the glass or bottle. palacetulsa.com; 1301 E. 15th, Tulsa (Cherry Street), 918.582.4321 $-$$

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Everything offered is handcrafted and made fresh daily using authentic Mexican cooking techniques and the finest ingredients available. From their famous salsa to the mouthwatering, handdipped enchiladas, you can taste the freshness and quality in every bite. Relax in their comfortably stylish surroundings with a Mambo Taxi served by a warm, friendly and professional staff. The menu offers enough of a variety that everyone in your party is sure to find just the right dish. micocinarestaurants.com; 1342 E. 15th, Tulsa (Cherry Street), 918.599.8009 $

Molly’s Landing

Converted log cabin in Catoosa provides one of the most unique dining experiences in the area. While waiting on one of their succulent steaks, quail or seafood dishes, challenge a friend to a showdown on the outdoor chess game. mollyslanding.com; 3700 N. Highway 66, Catoosa, 918.266.7853 $$$

Mondo’s

The Tulsa tradition since 1969, the Alosio family proudly serves homemade classic entrées including classico pasta ravioli, lasagna, buttery clams and linguine, eggplant parmigiana, steak and shrimp marsala, and many more including the famous heroes and wood-fired pizza. mondositalian.com; 3410 S. Peoria, Tulsa (Brookside), 918.561.6300 $-$$

Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen

Each dish is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. From their famous lettuce wraps and dumplings to kung pao chicken and pad Thai, balance and simplicity are hallmarks of the Utica Square staple, while explosive flavors in such tiny packages are part of the popular modern take on the reverent Asian cuisine. At P.F. Chang’s guests are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. pfchangs.com; 1978 E. 21st, Tulsa, 918.747.6555 $-$$

Polo Grill

The menu changes seasonally and is carefully prepared by an experienced culinary team that chooses selections to take advantage of the availability of fresh meats and produce. Polo Grill has been recognized for its achievements countless times on local, regional and national levels. pologrill.com; 2038 Utica Square, Tulsa, 918.744.4280 $$$

Prhyme

Features classic cuts of beef, such as the rib eye, NY strip and filet mignon that is raised and finished in several ways, like grass fed and grain fed prime beef. Seasonal seafood, Australian lamb chops, artistically plated appetizers, classic caviar service and delectable desserts are just some of the tempting tastes also available. prhymetulsa.com; 111 N. Main, Tulsa, 918.794.7700 $$$

The menu vision is fresh food made in-house with a Californian, Mediterranean and Italian flair. Delectable eats range from gelato and wood-fired pizza to amazing sauces and a super rich Palo Alto appetizer dip. The eclectic menu has something for everyone with hand-cut steaks, fish and pasta as well. Their chefs take the time to provide a special dining experience by doing the little things a discriminating eater appreciates. They also offer over 75 wines by the glass. napaflats.com; 9912 Riverside Dr., Tulsa, 918.948.6505 $-$$

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Serving Tulsa since 1929 with a cafeteria-style approach, you’ll find all the staples of a good breakfast or lunch including meatloaf, roasted chicken, ribs, beans and some of the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever eat. nelsonsbuffeteria.com; 4401 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.236.4655 $

With a contemporary spin on a classic, chef Rapheal Jacob’s fusion-style BBQ dishes are amazingly delicious experiences. From smoked tacos—layered in pulled pork or brisket—and blackened chicken to the inventive smoked tater bomb or super bowl (brisket, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, cheese and bacon bits), the dishes will give you a new appreciation for how meat can be prepared. raphealbbq.com; 2001 W. Houston, Broken Arrow, 918.872.9111 $

From Chile Relleno and chalupas to a tempting array of chicken quesadillas, beef fajitas and burritos, it’s where the locals go. ricardostulsa.com; 5629 E. 41st, Tulsa, 918.622.2668 $

Rio Restaurant and Bar

Affordably priced meals in a laid back family atmosphere. Menu includes all the staples you would expect to find with tasty twists on tradition. Located in the old Casa Bonita, there are plenty of This family-owned franchise has a reputation as one of the most “caves” to enjoy a meal that features all the standards you’d authentic Asian restaurants in the area and strives to be a topexpect. Customers rave about their sizzling hot fajitas and tasty quality family destination with a selection of favorites you might CHINESE BUFFET RESTAURANT margarita selections. 2120 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, 918.728.3343 $ find at a classic Hong Kong noodle shop. The sushi rolls are one of the main attractions with a large variety of styles and tastes featuring yellowtail, tuna, steak, salmon, shrimp and veggies. The Royal Dragon Buffet wok and fried rice offerings are plentiful and reasonably priced. Try their salad bar featuring crab legs and various delicious meats. nhinja.com; 6746 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.893.5525 $ royaldragonbuffet.com; 7837 E. 51st, Tulsa, 918.664.2245 $

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sandwiches are just some of the distinctive dishes on the menu. nypizzeria.com; 8941 S. Yale, Tulsa, 918.779.4600 $-$$

S&J Oyster Bar & Seafood Café

Family friendly joint that can be the perfect place to experience the true flair and spice of Cajun and New Orleans culture. Specialties include étouffée, crawfish pie, crab cake, feta salmon salad, catfish, clams and fried calamari. sjoyster.com; 308 E. 1st, Tulsa (Blue Dome District), 918.938.7933 $

Shiloh’s

Homemade hot rolls made them famous, but grandma-style cooking keeps them coming back. Make sure you ask for some strawberry rhubarb jam. shilohsrestaurant.com; 2604 N. Aspen, Broken Arrow, 918.254.1500 $

Sinbad Rotisserie Chicken and Mediterranean Food

Bow to your cravings at this Mediterranean cuisine hotspot. Best know for the intense flavors of their rotisserie chicken, you’ll also find fresh hummus, delicious kebabs and made-from-scratch falafel. You will be able to taste the generations of influence in this spot’s special touches. Many claim to have found the best baklava in town here thanks to a soft-yet-flaky texture. 514 N. Elm Place, Broken Arrow, 918.259.8046 $

Sisserou’s

Sisserou’s restaurant concept is inspired by the colorful cuisine of the island of Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. Although inspired by a specific little known island, their menu includes a broader spectrum stylized on authentic Caribbean cuisine with a touch of European and American influences. Entrees include jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, Cuban sandwich, Roti wrap, pork tenderloin, mahi mahi, beef filet, butternut squash soup and red snapper. sisserousrestauranttulsa.com; 107 N. Boulder, Tulsa (Brady Arts District), 918.576.6800 $

Smoke on Cherry Street

Smoke and chef Erik Reynolds bring signature style to steak while grilling up greatness. Committed to offering a unique and locally centered dining experience, Smoke offers quality food, unique daily specials and a constantly updated menu. Enjoy the comfort, weekly live music and ventilated cigar lounge. On the weekends, Smoke puts the creativity on full display with an unique brunch menu. smoketulsa.com; 1542 E. 15th, Tulsa (Cherry Street), 918.949.4440 $-$$$

Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar

New World inspired wine list with over 100 available by the glass. In a backward twist, the food, including California-style pizzas, was conceived to complement the wine. sonomatulsa.com; 3523 S. Peoria, Tulsa, 918.747.9463 $

Speedy Gonzalez

This local favorite pays homage to Mexico’s bold colors and flavors with its authentic creations and large portions. Chips are made fresh and are endless. Good food (try the shredded pork tacos) at a reasonable price. 2601 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.836.0960 $

Sushi House

Sushi House is well known for two things: great sushi and great prices. The fish is extremely fresh and the portions just right, not skimpy at all. The sushi comes in small portions, which makes it easy to try many types. Other favorites include sashimi, nigiri and the pumpkin soup. 1350 E. Kenosha, Broken Arrow, 918.251.0112; 6946 S. Lewis, Tulsa, 918.488.1887 $

Tavolo

Focusing on fresh, healthy, authentic Italian, the menu features modern, innovative plates. Tavolo offers both lunch and dinner options, along with an extensive wine list and traditional Italian desserts. Tavolo is fitting of what most people imagine an upscale, intimate

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Italian restaurant to be. The bottom floor has a casual feel at the bar and a cozy, romantic ambiance at the tables. The second floor has a beautiful view of Boston Avenue through floor-to-ceiling windows. tavolotulsa.com; 427 S. Boston, Tulsa, 918.949.4498 $$

Te Kei’s

Combines traditional Asian flavors with the freshest ingredients. Their large appetizer menu features lettuce wraps, calamari, spicy crab cakes, edamame, Korean tacos and coconut chicken tenders. Te Kei’s has several specialty items including their own recipe for chicken noodle soup, Thai chicken salad, Mongolian beef and Pearl’s lemon chicken. Complete your meal with one of their decadent desserts. tekeis.com; 1616 S. Utica, Tulsa, 918.382.7777 $-$$

The Tropical

Boasting a menu full of Thai-inspired surf, turf and vegan dishes, The Tropical was voted by one publication as Tulsa’s best new restaurant in 2011. The kitchen staff prides itself on making all of the ingredients pop with flavor and many dishes can be customized to suit your palate. As you arrive, you may see some of the staff in the surrounding gardens picking fresh ingredients. Grill items include rainbow trout, swordfish, sea bass and lobster tail. Wok delicacies include panang, gang pah, kaprao and red gang curry. The signature entrees range from ribeyes and cab fried rice to trout pad ped and plah goong. tropicaltulsa.com; 8125 E. 49th, Tulsa, 918.895.6433 $-$$

Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

Fine dining at an affordable price. Ti Amo has been welcoming diners since 1989 to experience the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean in an elegant, hospitable atmosphere. The creations include tender pastas, rustic spices and choice meats grilled to perfection. Open for lunch and dinner. tiamotulsa.com; 6024-A S. Sheridan, Tulsa, 918.499.1919; 219 S. Cheyenne, Tulsa, 918.592.5151 $$

Tres Amigos

This cantina-style eatery serves up Sonoran-style cuisine and a wide selection of tequilas, margaritas and beers (both Mexican and domestic). Mexican fare includes all the usual staples but with interesting spins on taste and flavor. The pork cochinita pibil tacos take corn tortillas and fill them with pork slow cooked in banana leaves with a grilled pineapple and a cactus salad. tresamigostulsa.com; 8144 S. Lewis, Tulsa, 918.518.5554 $-$$

Treys Bar and Grill

A Tulsa-iconic bar featuring a lot of locally inspired décor. Enjoy the game on their 11-foot projection screen while you play pool or shuffleboard. 7891 E. 108th, Tulsa, 918.970.4950 $

Twin Peaks

Serving up made-from-scratch man food, 29-degree draft beer and every big game on 40 man-size HD flat screens. All of this served by friendly and attentive Twin Peaks girls, offering their signature girl-next-door playful personalities. twinpeaksrestaurant.com; 7007 S. Memorial, Tulsa, 918.250.0700 $

Waterfront Grill

Chef Jimmy Blacketer’s menu was conceived during his travels across the country partaking in some of his favorite dining establishments. The result is a diverse seafood and steak menu featuring hand-rolled sushi, rainbow trout, salmon, tilapia, catfish and Allen Brothers protein cuts from a hickory wood grill. waterfrontgrilljenks.com; 120 Aquarium Dr., Jenks, 918.5186300. $-$$

Western Country Diner

Serving Tulsa for nearly 10 years, they serve breakfast all day but also have a large selection for lunch and dinner ranging from sandwiches and soups to seafood and steak. It’s also easy to get gluttonous at lunch. Large portions of chicken fried steak and pork


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chops will challenge even the hungriest. You can also find many varieties of fresh pies. Service is friendly and efficient. 1905 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, 918.835.8862 $-$$

Wine Loft

The Wine Loft is a sleek upscale nightlife venue with 200 different wines and a fantastic gourmet tapas menu. With a fullservice bar, comfortable lounge seating, a lovely outdoor space and an upstairs event space, The Wine Loft is the perfect place for any occasion. Every one of their 60-plus wines by the glass, is also available in a wine flight, giving guests the opportunity to try new varietals and expand their wine knowledge. Menu includes baked brie, turkey sliders, tuna tartare and smoked salmon pizzeti. thewinelofttulsa.com, 7890 E. 106th, Tulsa, 918.970.4766 $$

Zanmai

A mix of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine plus a patio that offers a great view of the downtown area. Watch as your food is cooked at the hibachi tables (meal includes salad, soup, appetizer, main course and frozen yogurt), or opt for traditional dining that includes shrimp tempura, scallops, sea bass, black cod, bone-in pork chop, lobster and choice beef aged for over 21 days. zanmaiok.com; 1402 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa (Cherry Street), 918.556.0200 $$

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Taken 3 | Jan. 9

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his exwife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now—his daughter. Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

Predestination Jan. 9

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eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Brandon Molale

The World Made Straight | Jan. 9

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Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an accidental reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems—like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Donald Paison, Amy Acker

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SHOWTIME

Paddington Jan. 16

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. Cast: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville

The Wedding Ringer | Jan. 16

Doug Harris is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan, owner and

CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. Cast: Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart

Locator Admiral Twin Drive-In 7355 E. Easton Tulsa | 918.392.9959

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

B&B Claremore 8

The Boy Next Door Jan. 23

Shortly after her divorce, a woman meets a young man who may be more sinister than he appears in this psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth

Three Night Stand Jan. 16

A married couple’s romantic weekend is turned upside down when the husband’s exgirlfriend, a woman he’s secretly obsessed with, is running the ski lodge where they’re staying. Cast: Sam Huntington, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Meaghan Rath

Black Sea | Jan. 23

A rogue submarine captain accepts a potentially lucrative offer to seek out a missing treasure in the Black Sea despite the sneaking suspicion that he may be double crossed in this sea adventure. Cast: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy

as the film opens, tumbles from the stage while performing Shakespeare. He’s suffering from mental issues, having trouble differentiating between reality and fantasy, and he’s decided to retire from the stage. Into his house moves Pegeen, the daughter of Simon’s old acting friends. She’s had a crush on him since she was young, and soon the two develop a strange, dysfunctional relationship that draws the ire of her parents. Cast: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick

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B&B Cinema 8

1245 New Sapulpa Road Sapulpa | 918.227.7469

Cinemark Broken Arrow 1801 E. Hillside Drive Broken Arrow 918.355.0427

Cinemark Sand Springs 1112 E. Charles Page Blvd. Sand Springs 800.FAN.DANG (#1407)

Cinemark Tulsa

10802 E. 71st S. Tulsa | 800.FAN.DANG (#1128)

Cinemark Movie 8

6808 S. Memorial Tulsa | 800.FAN.DANG (#1429)

Circle Cinema

10 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa | 918.592.3456

Dickinson Starworld 20

Mortdecai Jan. 23

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Cast: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow

The Humbling Jan. 23

Simon Axler is a successful actor who,

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Eton Square 6 Cinema 8421 E. 61st St. Tulsa | 918.286.2618

Project Almanac Jan. 30

A group of friends discover plans to build a time machine and then build one themselves. They use the time machine initially to undo past mistakes, and eventually their goals turn towards their own gain and pleasure but soon realize that changing the past has dire consequences in the future. Cast: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Amy Landecker

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RiverWalk Movies

300 River Walk Terrace Jenks | 918.392.9959

Starplex Cinemas Owasso 12

12601 E. 86th St. N. Owasso | 918.376.9191

Super Saver Cinema 5970 E. 31st St. Tulsa | 918.551.7002

Warren Theatre

1700 W. Aspen Creek Drive Broken Arrow

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SNEAK “Preview” February Feb. 8

Danish String Quartet

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Feb. 6-8

Feb. 18

The Harlem Globetrotters

David Cook

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) The winner of the seventh season of Fox’s American Idol competition, David Cook is a rock-oriented vocalist with a bent toward a commercial post-grunge sound.

BOK Center

Feb. 12

Excision

Cain’s Ballroom

Feb. 13, 15

Romeo and Juliet

Feb. 20

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Jeffrey Zeigler

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Feb. 7

Alice Cooper

Brady Theater Alice Cooper used theatrics and explicit lyrics to become a controversial yet hugely popular figure in the early-and-mid 1970s behind hits like “School’s Out,” “Eighteen,” “Elected” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” After a decade of fluctuating record sales, Cooper returned to platinum sales with 1989’s Trash. Though respected by a new generation of hard rock fans, he never reached that kind of popularity again although Feb. 13-15, 19-22 his influence helped pave the Chicago way for Marilyn Manson, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Slipknot, Motley Crue and From the sexy sass of Roxie Hart Rob Zombie. and the va-va-voom of Velma Kelly to the sardonic wit of their attorney Billy Flynn, Frank Ebb and Bob Fosse’s satire about celebrity criminals is packed with unforgettable characters performing tightly choreographed musical numbers, including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle.”

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Feb. 24

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) Although they began as an artsy prog rock band, Styx would Broken Arrow Performing Arts eventually transform into the Center virtual arena rock prototype Hailed by The New York Times as by the late ‘70s and early “The most exhilarating storytelling ‘80s, due to a fondness for on Broadway in decades,” this bombastic rockers and soaring comedy takes a hilarious romp power ballads. At the height of through the Neverland you never its commercial powers, Styx knew. The winner of five Tony released a string of five platinum Awards, this swashbuckling albums, including the tripleprequel to Peter Pan will have you platinum Paradise Theatre hooked from the moment you let (1981). your imagination take flight.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Feb. 26

Gordon LIGHTFOOT

Feb. 17

RL Grime

Cain’s Ballroom

Feb. 26

Akdar Shrine Circus

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Styx

Brady Theater (Tulsa) One of the leading singer/ songwriters of the 1960s and ‘70s, Gordon Lightfoot was Canada’s most successful contemporary folk artist, establishing himself as an important songwriter in the mid’60s and going on to become a major international recording star in the following decade.


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