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SOUL SURVIVOR

From the highest of highs as an electric funk pioneer with his brothers in The Gap Band to the lowest of lows (homelessness and prostate cancer), Charlie Wilson’s personal and professional resurrection has been “Supa Sexy.”

ON THE COVER

Stunning flights of fancy, gorgeously elaborate costumes, feats of amazing acrobatics. Sounds like what we have all come to expect from a Cirque du Soleil show. Ovo is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement. Photo by Cirque du Soleil

DEPARTMENTS $91.80 in 48 Challenge | 8 Happenings | 10 Street Talk | 14 Conversation Starter | 16 Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48 Health & Fitness | 54 Green Country Scene | 58 Style & Shopping | 60 Sports Central | 62 Sports Schedule | 64 Cocktail Confidential | 66 Eats N’ Treats | 70 Get To Know | 86 Masters of Flavor | 88 Showtime | 90 Sneak Peek | 93

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STAR-CROSSED RELATIONSHIPS

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! never lets up as the show featuring actor and comedian Amadeo Fusca flows swiftly from vignettes to stand-up, and from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

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ENTOMOLOGICAL UTOPIA

The insect-themed traveling Cirque du Soleil show, Ovo, is a hyper-stylized presentation where the costumes are as spectacular as the topshelf physical offerings and gravity-defying stunts. Leave the fly swatters at home.

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HAPPY MEALS

Children can be unruly at mealtimes and can make eating out less than relaxing for everyone in the dining room. So prepare them by trying these helpful techniques for a stress-free outing.

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GET INTO THE GROOVE

For music fans and musicians alike, River Spirit Casino’s Paradise Cove offers an intimate, comfortable and technologically exciting venue for the concert experience, while still providing enough seating and equipment to draw in A-list entertainers.

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CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE

If today’s music gags you with a spoon, the crew at 100.9 Totally Awesome ‘80s and Frankie say relax and take a chill pill. The totally boss Tulsa radio station is ready to spin you round (like a record).

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LAND OF THE LOST

As the only environment of its kind left in the world, the 40,000 acres of protected land at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a unique and awe-inspiring place featuring self-guided hiking trails, bison LITERATURE AND LEARNING and an abundant and The new Tulsa City-County diverse variety of birds. Central Library is much NATIONAL more than a restored TREASURE city icon; it’s a dynamic, inspiring environment The Harlem Globetrotters, for Tulsa dreamers of all or razzle-dazzle ages to connect and work ambassadors of goodwill together to conceptualize and good times, are still a better future for this providing buckets of fun generation and beyond. with their unique blend of seemingly impossible shots, athleticism, MAKE entertainment and YOUR MOVE charitable works off the court. Is this the year you jump into the housing market or make a move to a new home? If so, you need to SIP be prepared so that you SERVICE avoid costly mistakes. Whether you’re dining, out for a drink or two, or spending the entire ANSWERING night at the bar, don’t THE CALL forget the gratuity. Volunteering is not But figuring out how about money; it’s about much and when to tip giving, contributing and can make your head helping other individuals spin more than the and the community at booze. Follow these large. Are you ready rules to become your to work with others server’s best friend. to make a meaningful contribution this year?

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SHAPE SHIFT

Overwhelmed by the equipment and machines next to the treadmill? Maybe it’s time for a perception change. Try these options that are fairly straightforward, effective, and don’t require much thought while raising your heart rate and enhancing cardiovascular conditioning.

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After a month of heavy holiday dinners, cookie trays and sugary cocktails, it’s a great time to embark on a healthy eating plan. And to get you started supercharging your body while enjoying delicious food, here are a few recipes that don’t require a lengthy grocery list or long meal prep.

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A BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE

Whether you’re craving a melt-in-your-mouth morsel of traditionally prepared tuna sashimi or over-the-top fusion fun at a hip izakaya, you can find some of the most exciting (and delicious) sushi available without a passport right here in the 918.

In the Raw — with three locations in Green Country — has a lot more going for it than just some of the best high-quality sushi, unique Asianinspired cuisine and sleek interior designs.

Raw-fish fans are flocking to Sushi Hana for its healthy, creative range of flavorful Japanese offerings sourced both locally and overnighted from Hawaii.

Don Jones brings true Southwestern ingredients, dishes, flair and mentorship to his entire Cafe Olé menu that is influenced by generations-old recipes, and draws on inspiration from Native American, Southwestern and Mexican cooking.

Family man, veteran and trendy chef Ben Alexander is a worldclass maestro creating innovative pub food dishes and fusion meals at The Tavern and the somewhat secret Bull in the Alley.


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So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the December issue of Preview. Mark and Elizabeth Wollmershauser

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STOP #1

The Deco Deli, located in the heart of downtown, was a wonderful place to grab a bite for lunch and check out some of the unique shops in the area. It’s also the perfect location to get a quick work lunch. Everything on the menu looked great. We decided on The McFarlin (Reuben) sandwich with loaded baked potato soup and The Thompson (grilled cheese) sandwich with the sundried tomato soup. The food was fabulous and the staff was very friendly. We’ll be returning soon.

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STOP #2

We were on the hunt for a unique gift and had so many choices at Ida Red. Not only do they carry unique products, they also have Made in Oklahoma products, Cain’s Ballroom clothing and merchandise, TOMS shoes, Tulsa T-shirts and postcards, and a wide variety of retro candy and soda. We walked away with a creatively designed gold foil and black notebook. Ida Red Boutique is conveniently located in Tulsa’s Brookside district with easy parking.

We started off the evening with an amazing salad from SMOKE. The Kale and Shaved Brussel Sprouts salad has dried cranberries, goat cheese, sunflower seeds and is topped with a tabasco-maple vinaigrette dressing. Since we decided to restaurant hop, we just sat at the bar and had a great time chatting with the bartender.

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Next we found ourselves in the Pearl District at Papa Ganouj. We ordered some wine and a pickled plate for an appetizer while we waited for our entrees. The staff was very friendly and helpful in deciding which Mediterranean dish to try. We ordered the Hot Fish and Shish Tawook wraps. Each entree tasted completely different, creating two delicious dishes. We ended up splitting our entrees and sharing. The atmosphere was perfect for a quiet date night. We loved everything.

STOP #5

We ended the night having crème brûlée at the Polo Grill. This is by far the best crème brûlée we’ve had in town. If you like the top of your crème brûlée crispy, Polo Grill is the place to go.

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H HAPPENINGS JANUARY

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HANGOVER BALL Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

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CHRIS YOUNG River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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38 SPECIAL Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

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TANYA TUCKER Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

CHARLIE WILSON River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BOK Center (Tulsa)

JAN. 19

DON HENLEY River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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ALAN JACKSON River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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JIMMY BUFFETT River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

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HERMAN’S HERMITS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

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9-14 CHILI BOWL Expo Square (Tulsa)

1-17 WINTERFEST Downtown Tulsa

6-29 BLOWN GLASS EXHIBIT Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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LESLIE JONES Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa)

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LISA LAMPANELLI Brady Theater (Tulsa) BILL O’REILLY BOK Center (Tulsa) DENNIS MILLER BOK Center (Tulsa)

6-8 BIG OM YOGA RETREAT Sequoyah State Park (Hulbert)

LUIS ALBERTO URREA Tulsa Performing Arts Center TULSA REMODEL AND LANDSCAPE SHOW Cox Business Center (Tulsa)

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TSO CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN’S 4TH SYMPHONY Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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MAD DOG DEMOLITION DERBY Claremore Expo Square

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ELVIS AND ME: AN EVENING WITH PRISCILLA PRESLEY Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

28-29 PAW PATROL

LIVE Tulsa Performing Arts Center

4 GIRLS 4 Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

R.K. GUN AND KNIFE SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

19-21 WESTERN HILLS

27-29 GREEN COUNTRY

WINTER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park (Wagoner)

HOME & GARDEN SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

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NATHAN GUNN Tulsa Performing Arts Center

THE STARCATCHER Tulsa Performing Arts Center

30-FEB. 5 TULSA BOAT,

SPORT AND TRAVEL SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

25-29 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL OVO BOK Center (Tulsa)

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ST STREET TALK

Two words — public transportation. As Tulsa grows, it’s going to become increasingly difficult and expensive to get around unless the city rethinks the infrastructure of transportation. This isn’t just an issue for people without cars either. As the city sprawls, citizens may find themselves working and living in very different places. For many reasons, this can make the cost of living go up significantly. If effort is put into public transportation now, this won’t be a sticking point in the future.

WHAT CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN TULSA IN 201 7? It would be good to see the governor and mayor actually reach out to businesses to recruit moving their headquarters or manufacturing here. It would diversify the job market, and Oklahoma wouldn’t be as dependent on the oil industry to survive. Offer tax abatement to the businesses to offset costs for the move or startup.

JARED

I would like to see some business startups in north Tulsa, preferably in walking distance of some of the government housing so people have a place to go to work. So many of those communities are totally isolated. We need to give the families living in them more of a chance.

ANDREA

JODI

I would like to see better public transportation. Perhaps a light rail. Chicago does it. NYC does it. Connecticut does it. So do New Orleans and San Francisco. Why not Tulsa? I’d also like to see more places available (perhaps downtown in one of those many empty spaces) for starving actors and writers to do off-Broadway style entertainment.

NANCY

The roads. You cross any bordering state line and you don’t need a sign, the roads magically transform to smooth, even pavement.

I would like to see Tulsa set aside a small portion of each tax dollar for the schools in our area. We can’t seem to rely on the state for support. So how about our city?

OMNI

PAMA LA I want to see less action based on fear and more nurturing and inclusion of the people around us. Essentially personal accountability to do what each of us can.

AMANDA

I’d like to see more events that draw progressives to town. I love the TED Talks at TU. I think more informationoriented events and less drinking events would be welcomed. I live downtown so I might be jaded.

SHELLY

That we would continue to better understand addiction and treat it rather than punish it.

SPENSER

I want to see us continue to celebrate neighborhoods and build up walkable shopping and living districts in the city. Let’s keep adding flavor.

LINDSEY

Want to join the discussion? We’ll post a question on our Facebook each month. Give us an answer and photo, and you might end up in our magazine.

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CS CONVERSATION STARTER The singer, songwriter and showman, who was a co-founder of the legendary funk trio The Gap Band with his brothers (Ronnie and Robert) throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, is now an award-winning R&B solo artist. Wilson, who is also known as Uncle Charlie, has 11 Grammy nominations and last year released his best-selling memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson.

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But it hasn’t been all fame and fortune for the man behind hits like “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Oops Upside Your Head,” “Party Train” and “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” The 63-year-old has battled cocaine and alcohol addictions that ultimately left him homeless. But with faith and a will to persevere, Wilson came roaring back to musical prominence, mentoring and influencing some of the biggest names in modern music including Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg.

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WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM THIS CONCERT TOUR? If you’ve never seen a Charlie Wilson show, it’s going to be mind-blowing and high energy. I’ll be playing it all: Gap Band, current hits and hits-to-be.

YOU’VE MENTORED SOME REMARKABLE TALENTS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? I’m a strong believer in God, and at a young age, I asked God to let me be an inspiration. I didn’t know it was going to happen like this; to come and sing with them, put vocals on their albums. I’m so happy that I’m still vibrant and current. It makes me feel good that people can say I got that from Uncle Charlie.

YOU’RE SUCH A HUGE INFLUENCE ON SO MANY POPULAR ARTISTS. WHO ARE/WERE YOUR INFLUENCES? Leon Russell helped me out when I was young. I looked up to Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and James Brown. And I listened to a lot of jazz greats. My friends and I learned to play along with those songs at an early age.

YOU’RE A MAN OF FAITH, BUT YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH SOME DARK TIMES. DID YOUR FAITH WAVER, OR IS IT WHAT GOT YOU THROUGH IT? To be honest, sometimes we go through stuff and we forget about God. When I was going through the adversity, I forgot about God. But I kept asking God not to let the devil kill me. He kept me safe, he kept me alive. I got robbed, I got loose and careless and thinking everyone was OK with what I did. But God kept his arms around me. I forgot for a little while, but God pulled me through and gave me what I was asking for after I got cleaned up. He waited until I was prepared for what I’m doing now. I’m a living testimonial.

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YOU ARE A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION. African-American men are more than two times more likely to die from prostate cancer. I like to talk to these men. Actually, I like to talk to their wives, because men don’t like to go to the doctor. But we can’t think like that. We need to take care of our health. Early detection is key, and I want to live. I don’t want to have something and not know I have it. Cancer — I don’t like it; it doesn’t like me. I was diagnosed in 2008 and it was aggressive. I get it checked twice a year, because I know it’s gonna try to sneak up on me. I lost my father to prostate cancer. He just didn’t take care of it. Once it gets out, it spreads, and once it starts attacking your organs, you got to do chemo and other procedures. I continue to talk to the brothers: man up and get your checkup.

YOU RELEASED A MEMOIR LAST YEAR. WHAT DID THAT MEAN TO TELL YOUR STORY? It was awesome, but kind of painful. I went to some of my darkest hours by remembering some of the things that I did. There’s probably gonna be a part two, some other stuff I didn’t put in. I need to finish the story.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO COME BACK TO TULSA? DOES IT STILL FEEL LIKE HOME? I don’t get back as much as I want to. I have family and friends there. I’m so crazy busy. I used to get back there a lot like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Now I can’t even be there for that. Every day there’s something I have to do. And thank God for busy, I’m not complaining, but no, I don’t get back as much as I want to. I’m chomping at the bit to play Tulsa. At the top of my game, at the level I’m at now, I’m gonna play my hometown.

DO YOU STILL HAVE GOALS YOU’RE WORKING TOWARD? Yes. I’ve had 11 Grammy nominations, but I’d love to continue making music and albums. They’re talking about making a movie out of my book. If it doesn’t make me look good, oh well. I want to continue to inspire people all over the world. I had one of the highestrated tours last year, and I’m so happy. I want to top everything I’ve ever done. The day I can’t do that is the day I go home and read books. In my heart and soul, I have to do better than I did, compete against myself.

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CONVERSATION STARTER CS

CHARLIE WILSON

FROM THE HIGHEST OF HIGHS AS AN ELECTRIC FUNK PIONEER WITH HIS BROTHERS IN THE GAP BAND TO THE LOWEST OF LOWS (HOMELESSNESS AND PROSTATE CANCER), CHARLIE WILSON’S PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL RESURRECTION HAS BEEN “SUPA SEXY.” BY DONNA LEAHEY

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! never lets up as the show featuring actor and comedian Amadeo Fusca flows swiftly from vignettes to stand-up, and from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

theatrical comedy that is based on The New York Times No. 1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. MafMWafV (come on, it’s a lot to type) has been entertaining the world since 2007. The humor never lets up as the show flows swiftly from vignettes to stand-up, and from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

BY DO N N A LE AHE Y

You may be asking yourself how a one-man comedy show could be based off a non-fiction relationship book like MafMWafV. “The show is like a live manual of the book,” Fusca explains. A practical application of things you might learn from Gray’s writing, expressed through comedic vignettes.

Is another date night coming up and you’re trying to think of something different to try? She’s hinting she wants something romantic, or he’s hinting he wants to laugh. You and your partner can both get what you want when you go out together to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus LIVE! The touring production of the off-Broadway hit comedy arrives at the John H. Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for three performances. The one-man show starring actor and comedian Amadeo Fusca is a light-hearted comedy fusing theatre and stand-up

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“At the beginning of the show, people don’t know what they’re going to see,” Fusca explains. “So, I do a little intro, a couple quick jokes, tell a couple of stories. I introduce the audience to how it’s going to go. My wife is a main character, and I play her throughout the show. It’s kind of like me, acting like her. It goes back and forth between me and her having conversations.”


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Fusca admits that the show may be skewed toward the male point of view, “but I act her out and give her a strong position and voice, her own distinct physicality. I play her in a loving way, and a lot of times I make me look dumb.” Along with the comedy and entertainment, Fusca believes MafMWafV offers wisdom and insight. “[Every night] there are men and women in the audience, holding hands and maybe coming to learn more about their relationship,” he says. “They see themselves growing closer. I mean, if you need couples therapy, this won’t fix you, but there are nuances that people identify and learn from. They watch me do something onstage and think, ‘That is ridiculous. Do I do that?’ It helps them learn to understand each other when they see me act that stuff out.” While Fusca considers himself an actor first, his comedy cred is impressive. In 2013, he won the legendary Friars Club So You Think You Can Roast? competition beating out 55 other comedians, roasting ‘80s child star Ricky Schroder and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman in the process. Fusca’s success at the roast landed him two quotes in Entertainment Weekly’s funniest jokes of the event. He is also part of the UCB Maude sketch comedy team. His acting chops have landed him roles on the big and small screen in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the Netflix series Daredevil, As the World Turns and the feature film A New York Heartbeat.

So, it’s never the same from one show to the next. The show and the script, they let me expound and add my own personal details.” The MafMWafV book was published in 1992 and explores the differences between the sexes. The idea is that most common relationship problems are caused by fundamental differences in the way men and women think. By use of the MafMWafV metaphor, Gray explains that men and women simply don’t understand the customs of the others “planet.” The book has sold over 50 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. Award-winning playwright Eric Coble used Gray’s ideas to craft this delightful and insightful theatrical comedy. The nonstop entertainment will have adults laughing like little children, and perhaps learning a little bit about their relationship along the way. “It’s a high recommendation to come out to and see the show,” says Fusca. “I definitely continue to work to make sure it’s fresh, that it’s working and relatable. People really enjoy the show. We tell everyone, come see this show! It’s an amazing date night.”

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The insect-themed traveling Cirque du Soleil show, Ovo, is a hyper-stylized presentation where the costumes are as spectacular as the topshelf physical offerings and gravity-defying stunts. Leave the fly swatters at home. By Michele Chiappetta PHOTOS BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Stunning flights of fancy, gorgeously elaborate costumes, feats of amazing acrobatics. Sounds like what we have all come to expect from a Cirque du Soleil show. Fans and newbies alike can make plans to see the latest show to come through Tulsa Jan. 25-29, with Cirque’s stunning production Ovo. “Ovo is a show happening in the bug’s world,” explains Ovo arena publicist, Nicolas Chabot. “It’s super colorful, and it’s about movement.” The show’s creator, Deborah Colker, was inspired by the many different ways that insects move, and how that movement is evocative of life and emotion. As a result, attendees of the show can expect to see a riot of dance, acrobatics and other innovative performances featuring performers dressed as ants, butterflies, crickets, spiders, scarabs and other bugs. The performers come from all over the world, says Chabot. “In our team, we have people from 21 different countries.” That’s a lot of nationalities represented onstage, a hallmark of Cirque du Soleil’s entire repertoire and a nice opportunity to see what the world has to offer in terms of the best of the best in physical and vocal performances. “Cirque takes the best talent from all over the world,” says Chabot. Like other recent Cirque arena shows, Ovo has an underlying story intended to captivate young and old alike. In a bug village that is going about its normal business, a new insect arrives, bringing along a mysterious giant egg that has the villagers asking questions (the word “ovo” is Portuguese for “egg”). Things become even more complicated when the stranger falls in love with a local ladybug, to the villagers’ dismay and confusion. Audiences can expect a mixture of humor, excitement and entertainment from the show, which is both heartfelt and stirring. “Ovo is a very funny show,” Chabot says, “with an easy

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storyline to follow. The setting is a peaceful insect colony until a stranger shows up and needs to prove himself. It’s like a romantic comedy.” Plan to bring the whole family to Ovo, because the story is perfect for everyone, including children. And it has a great message for children to learn. “What is nice with Ovo and makes it a family show is the storyline,” Chabot explains. “When you have someone different come into the community… It’s about the differences [and how we deal with them]. The theme behind the show is really powerful.”

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Of course, any Cirque show features fantastically talented acrobats, and Ovo is no different. “Acrobatically, the show is very, very strong,” says Chabot. Among the acts you can expect are fabulous, enticing displays of complex and daring trapeze work, aerial ballet depicting a cocoon releasing a butterfly, ants’ feet juggling slices of kiwi, tumbling, climbing and more. The finale of the show features 10 acrobats dressed as crickets that perform an incredible trampoline act. The inspiration for this act is found, as is everything else associated with Ovo, in the world of insects.

“When they [the creators] were studying the bugs’ world, they discovered how high crickets can jump,” says Chabot. “This act mimics that.” And so does the rest of the show, making it not just inventive and fun but even a chance to expose children to the wide and exciting world of insects. Created as a full circus-tent performance in 2009, Ovo had a (no surprise) successful tour worldwide until the show went on hiatus in 2015. During that break, the show was revamped into an arena show, allowing it to be performed in locations


such as the BOK Center. Chabot says the work to create an arena version of this beautiful performance of acrobatics and music took six months, totally worth it for those who attend the show. “The theme of the show is the same,” says Chabot, “but the show has been revised to make sure it looks good in an arena.” That includes using projected imagery to add to the set’s appeal, similar to what attendees of Cirque’s performance of Toruk in 2016 have seen. In fact, says Chabot, some of the team members who worked on Toruk are on the Ovo team.

Naturally, a traveling show isn’t easy. “It’s a lot of work to load in, load out every week. The technical team has to adapt to each arena, which can be challenging. “Traveling is a challenge,” says Chabot, “because we go to a different town each week.” The production includes 19 trucks full of equipment and staff, and 100 people on the team, including not just the performers but also technicians, catering crew and others. Ovo’s arena tour premiered in Louisiana in April 2016, and has visited between 20 and 30 cities so far.

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Happy meals Children can be unruly at mealtimes and can make eating out less than relaxing for everyone in the dining room. So prepare them by trying these helpful techniques for a stress-free outing.

By Maria Weller

Everyone has had mixed experiences when dining out with children, whether it’s with their own or someone else’s. We have all undoubtedly been astonished by both stellar as well as less than exemplary behavior from these tiny humans. A dining experience can quickly go from good to bad with just one or two isolated incidents.

later evening. Feeding them even a little something beforehand is also a smart move in case the food happens to take a while or if they don’t care for their food when it does make it to the table. On the same note, back-up snacks aren’t a bad idea either.

So, to help keep your sweet angels from coming off like little monsters when dining out, here is some advice from parents and servers alike on how to happily dine out in public with your littlest family members.

Most children are not known for their patience. When planning to dine out, call and make reservations whenever possible. This way, the wee ones are not waiting for a table, then waiting for a server and then waiting for their food.

Proper Preparation

Tired and or hungry children can make for the most volatile situations. If you know that you are going to be eating out later in the evening, it is a good idea to make sure they’ve napped in preparation for a

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Restaurant staff members move at a fast pace and are constantly multitasking. This means there are always heavy trays

with multiple drinks and hot food quickly making their way through the restaurant. Though they are encouraged to always have their heads “on a swivel,” their line of sight is not trained to aim down. Small, unaccompanied and typically quick-moving children are therefore immediately in a danger zone. If your little ones wish to explore, take their hand and show them around while also emphasizing the importance of saying, “excuse me,” and giving a little lesson about the right of way.


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Crying Children

Children cry; everyone knows this. However, it is important to remember that the other restaurant guests around you will only have so much patience for this audible intrusion on their dining experience. It also hinders the server’s ability to communicate with your party, potentially taking away from your own experience. If your child does begin to cry or act out, gently relocate them to a more private area while they calm down.

Baby Steps How to better enjoy your dining experience, not ruin it for others and maintain your sanity.

“please, thank you, yes ma’am, no sir,” has declined. It is much appreciated by servers when much smaller humans treat them respectfully, which will in turn help your overall experience.

Preparing children to Order for Themselves

Entertainment and Attention

Children innately crave attention, and from a young age they are constantly trying to find ways to get it. If you are not able to engage your children in conversation or to give them the level of attention that they crave, come prepared with a bag of “distractions” including books and quiet toys. As a parent, you know about how long your children can stay occupied by one thing, so it is wise to plan accordingly.

Manners

Manners matter. A well-behaved child at home is more likely to have that same behavior transfer over into a public setting. Yes, there are always other variables that can come into play. But practice makes semi-permanent, and if a child is given guidelines for appropriate manners and behavior at home, it won’t be as much of a struggle when in public. It seems that in recent years, teaching manners such as

From a server’s position, one of the more frustrating occurrences can be the seemingly simple act of taking a tables order. When a table says that they are ready to order then proceeds to debate various choices out loud, it can be frustrating. When it comes to children ordering for themselves, it can be even more stressful for everyone involved. If your little one wishes to tell the server their own order, have them practice what they will say to you first. Trying to decide on the spot if your child wants a burger or chicken fingers can be taxing. If there are dietary restrictions or preferences, make sure that you or your child makes these known from the beginning. It is also likely that, should your child need their food quickly, your server can happily accommodate.

Maintaining Messes

Few things can bring down a server’s spirits more than having to pick up copious amounts of crushed crackers or sugar packets that have been thrown all over their section in the middle of the dinner rush. Yes, there is always going to be some level of mess from every table. But helping to contain this out of respect for the staff is so much more helpful than most people understand.

Make sure the restaurant allows children.

Know your limits.

Use common sense and be considerate.

Go early.

Tag team issues to remove the pressure on one parent.

Ask for table near restrooms or a corner table. Or get seated outdoors if possible.

Plan your getaway.

Set ground rules with your children. Let them know what is expected and consequences for going off script.

Treat eating out as a reward to motivate them to behave in public.

See if you can get a female waiter; they tend to be more patient.

Get friendly with wait staff. They can be your allies or adversaries.

Be prepared to order fairly quickly. It also can’t hurt to ask for the check at the same time.

Have realistic expectations and concede the experience won’t be like sharing a table with adults. Get something for them to nibble on posthaste. Don’t expect the worst. Your kids may surprise you.

Avoid restaurants with tablecloths.

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For music fans and musicians alike, River Spirit Casino’s PARADISE COVE offers an intimate, comfortable and technologically exciting venue

Tulsa can’t get enough of good entertainment. Whether it’s sports, music, interactive theater, comedy or other types of performance, you can find it all and more at Paradise Cove — the new performance venue that opens this month as a part of River Spirit Casino’s Margaritaville expansion.

draw in A-list entertainers.

There are a lot of reasons to make a visit to Paradise Cove besides the stellar entertainment. Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos describes the Facility: “We have the latest, state-of-the-art lighting, sound, audio and visual,” says Crofts. “Paradise Cove is built like a performing arts center with rising aisles of seats similar to venues such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center or the Hollywood Bowl in smaller form. Along with “big bowl” seating that promises good viewing, the design of the roof incorporates a special structure and insulation that eliminates outside sounds like wind and rain.”

By Michele Chiappetta

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“The theater is more than double the size of the old events center,” Crofts says. Picture big video displays on the walls, as well as oversized seats that are wider and provide more legroom than the average concert venue. For music fans and musicians alike, it all adds up to an intimate, comfortable and technologically exciting venue for the concert experience, while still providing enough seating and high-tech equipment to draw in A-list entertainers. January’s headliners are a combination of A-listers and upand-coming stars. On Jan. 6, rising country artist Chris Young performs the Cove’s first concert. With five albums under his belt buckle so far, Young has garnered eight No. 1 singles and 14 gold and platinum certifications. Songs you may recognize include favorites like “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope. On Jan. 14 Charlie Wilson takes the Paradise Cove stage. A Tulsa native, Wilson is possibly best known for his role as co-founder of Tulsa’s funk trio The Gap Band (“You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Burn Rubber”). But he’s also had tremendous success as a solo artist, with 11 Grammy nominations and eight No. 1 singles, among them “My Love Is All I Have,” “You Are,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” and “Without You.” He’s also a mentor of artists like Justin Timberlake, and is known for fantastic live performances. Don Henley comes to town Jan. 19. A solo artist, as well as a founding member of the Eagles, he has earned eight Grammy

Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. His well-loved hits include “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart of the Matter,” “The Boys of Summer,” “The Last Worthless Evening,” and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance.” Award-winning country artist Alan Jackson performs Jan. 20. Jackson has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres, and was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time by Billboard. But the crown jewel of concerts happens Jan. 28, when the parrothead master himself, Jimmy Buffett, performs in an invite-only concert. Getting Buffett to Tulsa is a coup that Crofts has managed once before. “We helped get Jimmy Buffett here two years ago,” he says. At the time, Buffett performed a sold-out concert at the BOK Center during a snowstorm.

Fans of Buffett have a chance to win tickets as part of River Spirit Casino’s monthly promotions. Crofts says the casino will hold giveaways throughout January. Casino visitors can enter for chances to win whenever they visit to eat, play games, hit the new spa or stay at the Margaritaville hotel. Future events at Paradise Cove include concerts by Brad Paisley, Santana, Steve Martin and Martin Short, Rascal Flatts and others. And the venue can easily be reconfigured to hold sports too, which means even more of the mixed martial art (MMA) events that River Spirit is known for. MMA fans can count on seeing fighters like Paul Cook and others in River Spirit’s signature Rumble on the River and their Extreme Fight Night series. “MMA is very popular,” says Crofts. “It’s becoming quite a phenomenon. We’ll continue to do those events.” The opening of Oklahoma’s only Ruth’s Chris Steak House will also occur in January — most likely on the 23rd. This high-end steak and seafood restaurant offers delicious food served in an appealing setting. “It’s obviously one of the top steakhouses in the country,” says Crofts. “They’ll serve all their signature dishes and drinks, including an extensive wine list.” The steakhouse’s newest feature is called Sizzle, Swizzle and Stir. Customers can sit in a large bar and lounge area, which seats up to 150 people, and order bite-sized appetizer portions of any main menu item for around $7. It promises to be a great way to hang out

with friends and enjoy the best of Ruth’s Chris Steak House for a reasonable price. In addition, the Margaritaville resort pool featuring the LandShark Landing Bar and resort spa will open in spring 2017, once the weather permits, Crofts says.

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If today’s music gags you with a spoon, the crew at 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s and Frankie say relax and take a chill pill. The totally boss Tulsa radio station is ready to spin you round (like a record). By Rob Harmon

Are you ready to be totally stoked by something so choice and absolutely clutch? There’s a rad new radio station in Tulsa making sure that Supernatural isn’t the only place you’ll find Rick Springfield these days. Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears and the rest of the gang are all back, too, every time we turn on the radio. It’s 2017 but you’d never know it if you listen to 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s. Well, that’s not altogether true. Tulsa’s new retro radio station — that signed on the Tulsa airwaves back in September 2016 — qualifies as throw back with super-energetic, totally rad, fun DJs, just like the top 40 DJs many of us grew up with. But they’ll also tell you about their smartphone app, where you can use a microphone button called “Shout (Let it All Out)” to record your voice and make a request, dedication or just to say “what up.” The recording is then sent to the studio, sort of like the old “request line” but updated. It’s still all about the music, though. The station embraces iconic music that fondly reminds many of all the important

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things that happened during one of the most memorable decades ever. You know, like Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer. Things like Pac-Man fever, the release of the first three Indiana Jones movies, E.T. or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — those kinds of important things. Cabbage Patch Kids, car phones, Jane Fonda working out and MTV are also some of the other iconic things we remember about the ’80s. Mainly, though, Tulsa’s newest FM station reminds us of the music. No duh. “I always tell people,” says program director Bob Thornton, “listen for 30 minutes and try not to smile. We’re making radio fun, engaging and giving listeners what they want. “We were looking at our audience and our potential audience and they were basically saying that out of the whole dart board, the ’80s is a bull’s-eye. So we just thought, let’s just focus on that.” Ahead of the curve, 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s may be taking advantage of a swelling

trend of love for the 1980s. With rumors swirling of a Stranger Things and The Goldbergs crossover, it’s pretty clear the children of the ’80s are ready to relive the good old days, when perms were cool and the catch phrase “I’m totally wiggin’ out” was common vernacular. Let’s face it, we miss the days of Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Glenn Frey and so many others that have passed on. “I think there is a bit of a resurgence,” Thornton says. “Some people tried small ’80s stations around the turn of the century, in the early 2000s, but it was just too soon. For people who lived through the decade, the ’80s wasn’t as nostalgic [in the early 2000s] as it is today. It’s one of the most listened to decades of music for all ages.” Thornton believes that if the Baby Boomers can have their oldies, with Elvis and the Beatles, that’s fine. They can most definitely have those decades. Meanwhile, the children of the ’80s will be jamming out to a radio station that only plays their music.


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VH1’s 20 Greatest Songs of the’8 0 s 1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (1986) 2. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard (1987) 3. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran (1982) 4. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982) 5. “When Doves Cry” by Prince (1984) 6. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates (1981) 7. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (1987) 8. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna (1984) 9. “Walk This Way” by Run DMC (1986) 10. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC (1980)

11. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (1981) 12. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston (1985) 13. “With Or Without You” by U2 (1987) 14. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles (1986) 15. “Jump” by Van Halen (1984) 16. “Need You Tonight” by INXS (1987) 17. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (1982) 18. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982) 19. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (1984) 20. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield (1981)

The station’s first major event, a 2016 New Year’s Eve party, rocked out to Broken Arrow band OMG It’s the ’80s. The event, with oversized ’80s props and retro video games, got such a response it had to be expanded to accommodate more people, highlighting the growing demand for all things ’80s. People who remember when the Rubik’s Cube came out, or the VCR or Walkman, are now going to their 30-year high school reunions and in reminiscing mode. What better way to reminisce than through music? Hearing “(Pride) In the Name of Love” by U2 brings back memories of their first dance in middle school. Hearing Prince’s “1999” immediately takes others back in time to their first spin behind the wheel of that new 1984 fourth-generation Corvette, cruising down Memorial to park so they could show off their doublecassette boom box or DynaTAC 8000X brick phone. Most radio stations have a music library ranging from 150-350 songs. Not so with Totally Awesome ’80s. The station has a shockingly large music library of over 1,000 songs. When Josh Venable (KMYZ program director and host of the station’s hourlong new wave show Sunday nights) and Thornton got together to launch the station, they started with every song that made the Billboard’s Top 100 in the ’80s — around 4,300 songs — and narrowed it down from there.

Memorable Events from the

John Lennon assassinated (1980) Pac-Man game released (1980) Ted Turner establishes CNN (1980) Millions watch royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana (1981) New plague identified as AIDS (1981) First woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (1981) Michael Jackson’s Thriller released (1982) E.T. phones home (1982) President Ronald Regan announces defense plan called Star Wars (1983) U.S. Embassy in Beirut bombed (1983)

Every Monday through Friday beginning at 7 p.m., the station features a different specialty show. For example, every Tuesday night, a different ’80s episode from Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 airs.

Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space (1983)

Whether you were a goth, jock, head banger, skater, prep, nerd, or like, a valley girl, you’ll have to admit the music on this station is totally bangin’. With names like Chuck Stevens, Dave Weston, Kent Jones, Kevin Meyer and Jeanne Nass — all longtime professionals in the business — the station has a gnarly lineup of DJs way familiar with that nostalgic decade we call the ’80s.

Singers record charity single “We Are the World” (1985)

PG-13 movie rating created (1984) First Internet domain name is registered (1985) Hole in the ozone layer discovered (1985) Space Shuttle Challenger explodes (1986) First PC virus goes viral (1986) DNA first used to convict criminals (1987) New York Stock Exchange suffers huge drop on “Black Monday” (1987)

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Soviets pull out of Afghanistan (1988) Wrigley Field has its first night baseball game (1988) Berlin Wall falls (1989) Exxon Valdez spills millions of gallons of oil on coastline (1989) World Wide Web invented (1989)

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} For over 200 years in America, libraries have served as an oasis to the public, opening up new worlds of information to those that otherwise might not be able to access it. Shelf by shelf, book by book, individuals come to glimpse future possibilities for themselves that maybe weren’t there before. Tulsa’s own Central Library recently utilized a $55 million renovation to revitalize a city icon and establish state-of-the-art technological resources to push the forefronts of imagination building that, for many, begin within a library. “The Central Library first opened its doors in 1965,” says Kim Johnson, Tulsa City-County Library’s CEO. “The library was well-used by all, including school groups, businessmen and women. It was also where nationally known authors visited and where many discovered a love for reading.” Johnson explains that after 50 years, the library’s systems were at the end of their life expectancy and needed a technology infrastructure to better reflect and accommodate modern-day needs. “The end result [of the renovation] is a 21st century library with a combination of creative learning spaces, outdoor spaces, and great reading spaces where people can convene, collaborate and create. The new Central Library has something for everyone.” Just by walking through the Central Library’s front doors, it can be hard to decide what to do first — do you grab a latte from the Starbucks inside and cozy up in one of the dozens of reading nooks available? Or head to the expansive DVD section and load up on movies — both new and old — to watch over the weekend? Maybe you are in search of a quiet place

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to catch up on work and choose to seclude yourself in one of the eight private, glassed-in reading rooms on the second floor. There are also 149 public access computers dispersed among the three floors to work from. And if you have a creative project to complete, the Central Library provides cutting-edge technology for you to work with, including two 3-D printers, a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, HD photographic printer, a Desktop CNC Mill, and screen-printing equipment — all located within what Central calls the Maker Space. “The purpose of The Renée F. Neuwald Trust Maker Space is for the people of Tulsa County to help foster new ideas, work on creative projects, and share their knowledge with others through direct experimentation in a supportive community environment,” Johnson states. “Also located within the Maker Space is the Audio Lab, which provides resources to create, mix, and record your own music or vocals, perform a podcast, or any other audiorelated


The new Tulsa City-County Central Library is much more than a restored city icon; it’s a dynamic, inspiring environment for Tulsa dreamers of all ages to connect and work together to conceptualize a better future for this generation and beyond. BY TIFFANY DUNCAN

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needs using industry-standard software. The Audio Lab has a small collection of musical instruments that you can use, or you can even bring in your own equipment to perform. All resources within the Maker Space are free of charge and available to anyone who holds a current library card.” And if you are needing a place to accommodate a large number of people for a meeting or brainstorming session, Central Library has also built an area called the Future Lab — a space designed to not only host many people but also work with the group discussion to see ideas realized. “The Future Lab is part of the Pocahontas Greadington Learning and Creativity Center, located on the lower level,” she says. “It’s an innovative space designed for conversation, collaboration, and creation. Features include easily movable furniture for customized configurations, an integrated audio/visual system and a green room for performers. It is also ideal for small stage performances, lectures and team meetings. The Future Lab features writable surfaces and walls that can be opened for a large space, or closed to create multiple smaller spaces.” In addition to being an advanced, dynamic place to gather as a group, Central also has unique resources available to build the individual imagination as well — like flight simulators, for example. These flight simulators are not the kind you might find in an arcade; quite the opposite, they run a professional-grade software program called XPLANE 10 and are meant to encourage those that might be considering a career path in aviation or engineering. “Tulsa is home to a huge aviation industry at every level — manufacturing, assembly, and flight,” says Johnson. “Flight simulators are an excellent way to spark an interest in a number of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] fields such as physics, dexterity, and mapping.” Like all other resources available at Central Library, the use of the flight simulators is free with a current library card. And because imagination really begins in childhood, the Play and Learn Area within Central Library is the most hands-on, kid friendly reading space in Tulsa. Every aspect — from the bright colors and geometric patterns to its totally tactile environment — is meant to help little ones learn through touch. The area includes many interactive features, like three skill building play towers that focus on early language development, science, gardening, and cooking. “The Play and Learn Area is designed to inspire creativity and early learning through play. Each piece in this area has educational aspects built into it. For instance, the world map is made entirely of coins from around the world. The books are also displayed with children in mind, stored not on

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shelves but in bins that are at a child’s height and allow for flipping through and looking at covers rather than book spines. The furniture includes gem-shaped, brightly colored seats that children can move and climb on, and seating large enough for parents to sit with a child while sharing a book,” Johnson says. Another one of Central Library’s areas that both children and adults can enjoy together is the A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Foundation Children’s Garden. This enclosed, courtyard-like space features a jumbo screen that provides a vivid and clear picture, even in bright sunlight. “We have a few winter movie programs scheduled for families to bundle up, drink warm coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy a movie,” states Johnson. “Spring will bring several programs to the Children’s Garden, including more movie events, yoga in the garden, outdoor story-times with bubbles and tricycles, art activities that coincide with the First Friday events, as well as regular active outdoor games and science experiments for children.” As if all of this weren’t enough to spark up creative energy in the Tulsa community, the new Central Library has also added The American Electric Power Foundation Digital Literacy Lab. The Digital Literacy Lab is a hub of imagination-honing tools in the form of various equipment and software, both technical and creative. Here, library patrons can access iMac computers to create digital art on programs like Adobe Creative Suite, as well as utilize digitalization tools for converting old family photo albums and home videos into digital format. Library visitors may also take classes on topics like computer coding, robotics, game design, stop-motion animation, Photoshop, and website development. Central Library was also completely restructured to be a “green building,” which means its energy systems are efficient, clean, and sustainable. Even the sealants, adhesives, paints, and cleaners used throughout the building actually act to remove harmful chemicals from the air.

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Outsmart the If you’re like most, you have a New Year’s resolution. But it’s hard to make that pledge stick. By summer, less than 32 percent will have stayed the course. So why is maintaining resolutions so tough? By Ryann Gordon

New Year’s resolutions — most of us make them. We pick ourselves apart at the beginning of each year and make resolutions that should inherently improve our lives. We strive to change traits that are unsatisfactory, unlikeable or unhealthy … and oftentimes we fail. Although some may stay strong on the workout grind indefinitely or uphold a promise to quit using tobacco, others begin strongly only to fail miserably once a couple of weeks have passed. And while there are those who stick to their goals with ease, those who struggle to maintain resolutions need a little bit of help. In order to stay true to your resolution(s) you must fully devote yourself to whatever cause it is you seek. That means making a resolution that doesn’t disintegrate once you’ve hit your peak (or after spring break has passed).

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Need Versus Want

Be Realistic

Utilize the Buddy System

Figure out what goals you’re hoping to meet and why it is that you need the change. Don’t overload yourself with a long list of resolutions that will overlap each other and create stress. What is it that you absolutely need to alter about your being? Do you need to get your body in better shape? Or do you actually need to improve your diet and get more exercise for your health? Once you aim to change what is absolutely needed and begin to see it taking hold in your life, then you can begin working on the next steps on your improvement list.

Strive toward changes that are manageable in your life. If waking up early hasn’t ever been your thing, then promising yourself a jog each morning will probably set off your daily schedule horribly. And if you only have time for a quick breakfast, don’t set yourself up for failure by completely omitting fast food from your diet. Setting unreachable goals that simply won’t be feasible with your time schedule and work ethic won’t do you any good.

One of the simplest ways to keep yourself on track is to find a friend to accompany you on your mission. Make a game out of it, like who can lose the most weight by summer. Or who can run the fastest mile in a month. Utilize the buddy system as you make your way toward becoming the best person you can be and you might actually have fun while doing it. Share your success and failures with friends, family and social media, and give yourself an extra-competitive boost. Who knows, you may get some tips from others along the way.


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Organization is Key

Take your Time

Losing track of what’s important can lead you down an easy road to failure. Use a variety of tools to stay organized while seeking your goals, and keep your head on straight. Keep a diary to log your daily success or get a planner and make a to-do/don’t list with all the things you should remember. Then set up reminders around your house — don’t open the fridge, remember your running shoes, don’t call your ex, do call your loved ones daily. Also, check out the app store for technology regarding your specific goal.

Don’t overwork yourself or put yourself down when you mess up. Take your time while striving to reach your goal, because most likely it’s not going to show results immediately. Rather than thinking about the immediate or long-term effects of your resolution, take each step a week at a time and constantly remind yourself what you’re working for. The main point you must focus on is keeping your spirits up and attitude on point. Planning for failure will help you feel that growing enthusiasm that comes when you see results and see yourself overcoming past obstacles.

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Is this the year you jump into the housing market or make a move to a new home? If so, you need to be prepared so that you avoid costly mistakes. By Donna Leahey Are you thinking of selling your home? Maybe your family is growing or you’re ready to move to a new neighborhood? Or you’ve decided to try dabbling in real estate. If so, you need to be prepared so that you avoid throwing your money away. The good news is that most of the missteps made when selling and buying real estate are avoidable with some education and the right guidance. To help you negate many of

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the more common screw-ups, we talked with Angie Cianfrone, a broker and owner at Realty Connect, regarding how to best sell your home fast and save some money in the process. A Tulsa native, Cianfrone has over 20 years’ experience in the Tulsa area real estate market. She has worked with many of the major brokers and has consistently been one of the top agents in the area. Noting the way modern technology was shaping the business

of real estate, Cianfrone started her own brokerage, Realty Connect, to take advantage of the trends of real estate in the Internet age. “Buyers have way more information today,” she says, “but agents still have the experience, the know-how, and access to tools and resources to effectively market your home to sell fast.”


How is the housing marking in

Q) the Tulsa area doing right now? A. It’s been good. Since 2007, it’s been a buyer’s market, but it’s shifting back toward a seller’s market and interest rates are still low. I think 2017 will be a good year for the market. People always need food, clothing and shelter. No matter what’s going on, people need a place to live.

ow has the Internet Q) Himpacted real estate? A. The Internet has hijacked the business. Today’s buyers spend hours on the Internet, researching information that may or may not be accurate. Before the Internet, homebuyers would count on agents to show them houses in their desired price range and neighborhood. But now, buyers show up with a list of houses they want to see, and they already have pictures of the interior, the asking price and what school district the house is located in.

So, how does a savvy seller

Q) play to the Internet shopper? A. First, know what information is already out there for your listing. Zillow.com and other sources are not always accurate, so knowing what information or misinformation your buyer is working with is important. Buyers look at the picture of the house and price. If you want them to click on your listing, you must captivate them with nothing more than that.

way to sell your home Q) Wfasthat’sandtheforbest the price you want? A. There are three factors affecting your ability to sell your home: price, location and condition. There’s nothing you can do about the location. The condition of the house can only be changed so much, so price is the one variable you can control. An agent can look at market data and help you find the best price that will sell. The goal is to set a price that will make your home be one of the top three choices for a prospective buyer.

avoid legal risks. Homeowners consistently overprice their homes, which will slow down the eventual sale. With an agent’s assistance, you can find a price that will move your home. Agents also help you with the contractual timelines. And probably most importantly, only agents have access to the Multiple Listing Service, a vital source of market information that can help price your home appropriately.

mistakes that Q) Wwillhatcostareasome seller time and money? A. Don’t try to skimp by skipping an agent. Make sure you’re getting good advice on price. Spend the money for professional photos to avoid the cost of waiting endlessly for a sale. And remember that cluttered photos do not entice buyers; make sure your home is ready to show. Big open house events look impressive, but are rarely a good use of time or resources.

hat about the flat-fee listing services Realty Q) WConnect provides? That seems like a great and cheaper option for the seller who wants to put more money back in their pocket.

A. The listing agent’s commission is one of the costs people seem to hate paying the most. Whether the home sells quickly or takes months, sellers invariably resent paying that commission. Flat-fee listing services, like what we offer, are a tremendous alternative to the old-school approach. We offer three packages of services ranging from $399 (silver package) to $1,000 (platinum package). Whether you’re selling a $50,000 starter house or a $2 million estate, you’ll pay the same amount for the package of services. Whichever plan you choose, you get the benefits of an experienced agent helping you navigate that real estate minefield.

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he listing agent typically makes 3 percent Q) Tcommission. That can be a lot of money, and some sellers try to bypass a listing agent. Why shouldn’t sellers try to keep that money for themselves?

A. Real estate is complicated. It’s a minefield, and good agents know the way through it. Most agents carry errors and omissions insurance, which can protect you from costly mistakes. The agent’s documents have also been reviewed by lawyers to

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Answering Volunteering is not about money; it’s about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large. Are you ready to work with others to make a meaningful contribution this year? By Rob Harmon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Tulsa had over 475,000 adults in the workforce. A scant 25 percent of those adults volunteered their time to a worthy cause at least once. That’s not to say volunteerism isn’t alive in Green Country, but Tulsa, we can do better.

time and effort to all the important issues Tulsa faces. If each new volunteer worked only 10 hours, that would translate to close to 500,000 additional volunteer hours. If you are feeling like getting more involved this year, here are some places to contact and volunteer.

Imagine if together we increased that percentage by 10 to 35 in 2017. An additional 50,000 volunteers would donate their

Hearts of Steel Foundation

Tulsa Area United Way

6778 E. 130th Place | Bixby 918-230-8820 | heartsofsteelfoundation.org

1430 S. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa 918-583-7171 | tauw.org

This organization has numerous volunteer projects throughout the year and relies on groups of volunteers to pull them off. You can either join a group already designated to a project or let them know you have a group of volunteers. Through an initiative called YST Project Corps, you can sign up for a one-time job or even schedule your group for a recurring project.

The Hearts of Steel Foundation is dedicated to helping families suffering from congenital heart defects through awareness and financial relief. You can volunteer for services like lawn care, car servicing, house cleaning, child care, massage services and much more. Donating time and effort in this way is unbelievably helpful when you consider that one or more parents of children born with heart defects will have to quit their job to care for loved ones.

There are several ways to volunteer with the Tulsa Area United Way. Disaster relief help after a tornado, flood or another life-altering event through providing food, shelter, comfort and anything else needed is one excellent way. Join the Women’s Leadership Council and make a networking difference in Tulsa’s diverse community. Become a loaned executive by volunteering your sales, leadership and negotiation skills to advance United Way’s many causes.

Oxley Nature Center

Tulsa Zoo

3452-3676 Mohawk Blvd. | Tulsa 918-669-6644 | oxleynaturecenter.org

6421 E. 36th | Tulsa 918-669-6602 | tulsazoo.org

Tulsa Public Schools

The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center is quietly tucked inside Tulsa’s historic Mohawk Park. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Attend the six-part training and become a volunteer naturalist. Serve school groups by teaching them about nature and its invaluable qualities. Choose to be a groundskeeper and keep one of Northeast Oklahoma’s top wildlife study areas in tip-top shape.

Become a Zooper Trooper, a one-time volunteer who helps with greeting guests, arts and crafts activities, carnival games, zoo mascots, mini pumpkin painting and other awesome events at the zoo. Families can volunteer together, whether the children are in middle school, high school or college. Anyone 13 years and older can show up with their adult guardian and help keep the Tulsa Zoo cool.

Serve as a library assistant, a math tutor, a pen pal, an office assistance or any of the other scores of ways to give back to your community by volunteering. It certainly does “take a village” and the children are waiting. Enjoy flexible hours and directly impact the success of Tulsa’s school children through your generous efforts.

Youth Services of Tulsa 311 S. Madison | Tulsa 918-582-0061 | yst.org

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Reading Partners

918-637-3878 | healvets.org

110 W. 7th Street, Suite 1800 | Tulsa 918-949-1979 | readingpartners.org

When you volunteer through Help Heal Veterans, you serve the men and women who sacrificed their all for the freedom of every one of us. Help make therapeutic craft kits to give to hospitalized and homebound veterans who need to know the support they richly deserve. Helping traumatized veterans improve their motor skills, selfesteem and self-worth is what volunteering your time is all about. The kits help veterans take their mind off their past and pain, so they can live more in the present.

A New Leaf 2306 S. 1st Place | Broken Arrow 918-451-1491 | anewleaf.org Get involved by donating your time, talent and financial support. Their mission is to provide life skills and marketable job training to individuals with developmental disabilities, through horticultural therapy. If you love plants and people, this could be just the thing for you. Helping someone else become a more productive member of society is always a win-win. Horticultural therapy helps improve handeye coordination, enhances attention span and creates greater emotional bonding in those with developmental disabilities.

Today, only 25 percent of fourth-graders in Oklahoma are reading at a proficient level. We all can do something about that and Reading Partners is ready to facilitate. Strong readers becoming strong leaders someday. You can help Tulsa provide the future leaders of America by helping them learn to read. Through one-on-one tutoring, take the challenge of changing the face of Tulsa’s future. Who knows? Maybe the world.

Mental Health Association 1870 S. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa 918-585-1213 | mhaok.org You can be a caring and committed volunteer to those in need of mental wellness. Assemble welcome baskets for those previously homeless who now have a place to call their own. Help with yard work or painting and you can help change the life of someone less fortunate. Staff a booth at one of the many events throughout the year to raise awareness of the needs of our neighbors who suffer mental health issues.

The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges

Domestic Violence Intervention Services

815 S. Utica | Tulsa 918-584-8607 | tulsacenter.org

4300 S. Harvard | Tulsa 918-742-7480 | dvis.org

Organize social, cultural and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Volunteer at the Center for Individuals With Physical Challenges by putting your talents to good use at events such as holiday dinners, Paralympic events, annual dances and many other incredible occasions. Teach or assist at one of their upcoming classes or workshops in the areas of computers, sewing, art, woodworking, and more. Make a difference in the lives of some of Tulsa’s most amazing individuals.

Domestic Violence Intervention Services provides comprehensive intervention and prevention services to men, women and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. You can help by becoming a hospital advocate, a child care supervisor, or by donating clerical skills, as well as many other ways. Without dedicated and compassionate volunteers who invest their time, care and talent, DVIS could not serve victims of domestic violence as well as they do.

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Not Just an Ordinary Bar THE BRADY ARTS DISTRICT

Located in the heart of the Brady Arts District of downtown Tulsa Caz's Pub 21 West Matthew Brady St. \ Tulsa, OK 74103

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HF HEALTH & FITNESS

OVERWHELMED BY THE EQUIPMENT AND MACHINES NEXT TO THE TREADMILL? MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR A PERCEPTION CHANGE. TRY THESE OPTIONS THAT ARE FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD, EFFECTIVE, AND DON’T REQUIRE MUCH THOUGHT WHILE RAISING YOUR HEART RATE AND ENHANCING CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING.

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Weights drop loudly on every end of a massive, chaotic room; bands stretch across heavy racks of metal, bouncing back and forth, begging to be set free; sweaty men grunt as they pull on cords that lift unimaginable amounts of weights. People rotate on and off dozens of foreign machines as if they’ve

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done it their whole life—and many of them have. Then, one of them steps aside for you to take a turn and you’re thrown into the deep end with no idea what you’re doing. Do you think you’re going back to the gym any time soon?

For those of us who aren’t well-versed at the gym, the lines of weights, fitness equipment and confusing machinery can be highly overwhelming. How are you supposed to get in your cardio when all the treadmills are taken? And how do you expect to get that Kardashian booty when you don’t know the

difference between a leg and arm press? Don’t overcomplicate it. Take your time and learn as you go, or maybe as you meet new friends who can teach you. And know the basics. Don’t worry though — that’s what you’ve got us for.


Cardio

We all know about the treadmill and the elliptical. So, it would come as no surprise that these are the machines that fill up first. However, there are a number of other machines that will give you just as much or more of the cardio you’re looking for, and they’re not as intimidating as they look. One great substitution for the treadmill would be to switch it up occasionally on a rowing machine or stairmill, a rotating, never-ending flight of stairs that will have your booty screaming. For those days when everyone and their mom seem to have taken the ellipticals, try switching it up on a spin bike or airdyne. Both will provide the cardio you’re looking for on an elliptical with an added emphasis on the glutes and legs. For those who would rather focus solely on those areas of the body, check out the recumbent bike, where you do the same bicycling motion but in a more reclined seat. And don’t forget about the arc trainer, basically the lovechild of the elliptical and the stairmill.

Benches and Bars

One of the simplest ways to work out at the gym is by using equipment that doesn’t contain a machine but helps us create muscle. The weight racks and benches are pretty much what meets the eye — but do know your safety rules and be careful not to try something too risky without a spotter. The flat and inclined benches, and preacher bench, designed like a backward chair for lifting, are great for building muscle in your arms. Then there is the abdominal bench, where you lay backward and hook your feet for crunches.

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The squat and power racks are for your lower back and glutes. You can also do bar workouts on simple equipment like the chin up and dipping bars, great for the shoulders, biceps and forearms.

Machines

Similar to the squat and power racks is the Smith machine that combines weight plate and barbell resistance to your squats. But if you want a leg/glute workout without the added complication of bars and weight plates, the leg press and hack squat machines have this workout already laid out for you. Most machines for working the arms, chest and back will be multistations with various machines tied into one. Popular machines in most gyms are the pec deck that involves squeezing your forearms together and the chest press, composed of two handles connected to weights that you push in front of you for pectoral perfection. The shoulder press and triceps dip, which are similar in fashion to the chest press but are angled to be pushed either up or down, are also great workouts. And don’t overlook the specific machines designed for bicep curls and more arm, chest and back workouts.

Cables and Bands

Cables can be used to work out just about any part of the body. The cable crossover machine, which involves pulling two cable cords from either side of your body, will do justice for your arms and chest. And you can also use cables to switch up your routine workouts, using the triceps cable as a balance for doing various types of squats and lunges on the ground or like a resistance band that you hook to your foot for glute reps. While many of the machines you see will have attached cables, most machines also have an area to attach resistance bands.

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Worth the

WEIGHT? Whether the arrival of 2017 has you chanting “New Year, new me!” or if you’re just looking to reboot after a somewhat gluttonous holiday season, it’s never a bad time to review the best practices in keeping a healthy weight. The trouble is, there are so many programs, magic weight-loss pills and information in general, it can be difficult to know what’s true and what’s phony. Of course, if you’re planning for a major change in your health this year, you should consult your doctor first. He or she can take into account any past health issues, prescriptions or obstacles unique to you. Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand, and are extremely personal experiences for each individual. Armed with these basic truths and myths, we encourage you to be patient as you work to find a plan that works.

TRUTH: A HOLISTIC APPROACH IS BEST. If you’re getting healthy, you’ve got to examine your fitness and your nutrition. Not just one or the other. Think of your body as the incredible machine that it is. Consider the maintenance your car or truck requires, and

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acknowledge that your body deserves that much attention and more — especially if you’re taking on a new health lifestyle this year. Your car needs fuel to perform, and so does your body. You wouldn’t expect your truck to pull a tractor uphill if it had the wrong type of oil or if it were low on fuel. So you can’t expect your body to react well to a new exercise routine if you’re still filling it with the wrong kind of fuel, or not enough fuel.

TRUTH: SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE. Habits developed over time turn into natural parts of your life. You may be motivated now, but find a way to set realistic goals for the rest of the year. Rather than “lose 15 pounds by swimsuit season,” sign up for fitness events throughout the year that will keep you accountable beyond the first 15 pounds. Incorporate healthier nutrition as a part of your life on a permanent basis, rather than just tackling an intense 30-day diet.

TRUTH: CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT. The science of nutrition and fitness is extremely complicated, but if you stick to this basic idea,

you will lose weight. If you want to lose weight, you have to intake less calories than you burn. It’s as simple as that. Just make sure the calories you’re consuming are worth your while. Don’t waste 130 calories on a cookie when you could “spend” those calories on a medium apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter. An apple and peanut butter will fill you up and provide protein (peanut butter) which helps build muscle while helping you feel full longer. All cookies provide are a gnarly sugar crash and a sweet fleeting satisfaction that only promises to have you soon begging for another cookie. The apple and peanut butter also take longer to eat than a cookie does, so your body feels more satisfied after. Remember, on the calories in, calories out plan, you should keep in mind how much work it’ll take to burn 130 cookie calories (unhealthy calories which have provided zero nutrition to fuel your workout, BTW). According to the calculator on sparkpeople.com, you’re looking

at spending about 30 walking minutes on the treadmill for one 130-calorie cookie. WebMD says that moderately active women should intake about 2,000 calories per day. Moderately active men should take in about 2,500. Again, those are broad estimates and if you’re currently over or underweight or have circumstances that put you outside of the “average person,” to discuss a calorie plan that is right for you, see your doctor.

MYTH: FAT IS THE ENEMY According to many nutrition experts, the human body needs fat to function. It’s just that we only need certain kinds of fat, and only in limited amounts. Some good choices include avocado (which also raises good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol), real butter (with brain-function-improving omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), coconut oil (with a


WEIGHT LOSS IS A HOT TOPIC. HOWEVER, IT CAN BE REALLY HARD TO SORT OUT MYTH FROM FACT. UNDERSTANDING WHAT WORKS (AND WHAT DOESN’T) WILL HELP PROPEL YOU ALONG YOUR JOURNEY TOWARD BETTER HEALTH.

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laundry list of health benefits like antioxidants and antiinflammatory effects), extra virgin olive oil (great for heart health, memory and cognitive function and anti-inflammatory effects), and salmon and sardines (packed with omega-3s and antioxidants).

MYTH: CUT ALL CARBS We need carbs. Carbs are energy. Especially if you’re looking to increase your physical activity, you need to keep carbs in your diet. Again, the trick is to make sure you’re taking in the right kind of carbs and limiting your consumption of refined carbohydrates, like sugar and grains that have been stripped of their nutritious parts — like white bread and pasta. Some healthy carbs include corn (great source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants good for vision), bananas (packing vitamin B-6, potassium and fiber) and white

potatoes (with potassium, vitamin C and fiber).

MYTH: ADDED PROTEIN MEANS ADDED WEIGHT GAIN According to authoritynutrition. com, protein is the single most important nutrient in the weight-loss game. Eating a high protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism while helping you feel satisfied. Another study the website mentions says that protein reduces obsessive thoughts about food by 60 percent, while cutting the desire for late night snacking by 50 percent. Protein is supremely necessary for your muscles too. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, your exercise commitment will burn off your fat stored in your body while growing your muscles. Protein is the fuel your body needs to replace your stored fat with muscle gain.

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Land of the LosT AS THE ONLY ENVIRONMENT OF ITS KIND LEFT IN THE WORLD, THE 40,000 ACRES OF PROTECTED LAND AT THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE IS A UNIQUE AND AWE-INSPIRING PLACE FEATURING SELF-GUIDED HIKING TRAILS, BISON AND AN ABUNDANT AND DIVERSE VARIETY OF BIRDS. BY HANNAH GRAY GORDON

The Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is one of Oklahoma’s greatest natural treasures. Located in Pawhuska, it spans over 40,000 acres of protected land and is less than 4 percent of the original tallgrass prairie ecosystem. It is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest private, nonprofit conservation organization. This beautiful land is a captivating and educational place to visit with the family. In 1915, James A. Chapman and Horace G. Barnard purchased land in Osage County. Over time they pieced together over 100,000 acres of tallgrass prairie land. As time passed, much of the land was destroyed by development. The preserve began in 1989 with the purchase of over 29,000 acres from the Horace G. Barnard Trusts, and the Nature Conservancy has built the land up to 40,000 acres, as well as conservation easements on 6,000 additional acres.

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The Tallgrass Prairie gets its name from the heights reached by the grass, comprised of big bluestem and switchgrass. While not unusually tall for part of the year, during the summer it stretches to the sky and by autumn will reach an incredible 6-8 feet, with some areas growing to as much as 10 feet. One of the most incredible sights found on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the herd of bison. In 1993, 300 bison were donated by Kenneth and Diana Adams in honor of their daughter, Christina. The Christina Adams herd was settled on 5,000 acres of the preserve and now includes over 2,500 bison on nearly 25,000 acres. The preserve is also home to cattle which are brought in seasonally to graze the land and assist in maintaining the ecosystem. The Tallgrass Prairie was subject to fire, climate and bison before settlement and development occurred, and so the

preserve is careful to maintain the land in similar fashion. “We use controlled burning to mimic the seasonality of fires that shaped the prairie,” says Harvey Payne, community relations coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. “We have bison for the grazing influence they provide.” Additionally, Oklahoma State University is piloting a cattle and patch burning research project on 11,000 of the acreage to help ranchers commit to conserving the biodiversity of their own lands while maintaining production rates. Guests are welcome from dawn until dusk throughout the year, and admission is free. A visitor center serves as the preserve headquarters and is run by volunteers from March to December. Two self-guided hiking trails — the Study Trail and the Discovery Trail — begin near the preserve


headquarters. In the summer, the grass stretches toward the sky until it towers over its visitors. There are many interesting things to do at the preserve in addition to hiking. scenic turnouts and vistas, picnic tables for lunch, a gift shop at the visitor’s center, like and photography. “We get visitors from most states and more than 30 foreign countries,” says Payne. “This is the only functioning tallgrass ecosystem in existence. Visitors will get a different prairie experience every time they come.” One of the most popular activities is bison watching. These magnificent animals tout a wild beauty in every season, but none more awe-inspiring than in the winter months when snow is on the ground — and often on the bisons’ backs. In the late spring, bison calves can also be found prancing around the grounds. It’s important

to remember that if you are not on a designated hiking trail, and especially if you are near bison, stay in your car and stay on the county road. The preserve is home to an abundant and diverse variety of birds, and birding is another common activity. There are ground-nesting birds, scissor-tailed flycatchers, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and golden eagles, as well as wintering raptors. Other animals that can often be seen around the area are coyotes, bobcats and deer. In addition, wildflowers are prevalent in the spring and summer months and provide even more photographical and memorable experiences. It’s important to note that since this is protected land, no plant or

animal life may be picked or collected. Star gazing and photography is easy to do, as the sky is unpolluted and clear at night. If visiting in person is not possible, the official website features virtual tours of many areas, including its beautiful historical buildings, as well as photos and multimedia presentations. You can use the website to plan your trip or to check the calendar of events for anything that piques your interest.

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SS STYLE & SHOPPING A STAPLE OF ALL STREET STYLES, DENIM HAS ONLY GROWN WITH AGE. AND AS WE ENTER 2017, IT’S BEEN REVAMPED AND TRANSFORMED INTO SOMETHING MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PAIR OF PANTS — IT’S A STATEMENT. BY RYANN GORDON

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If you are a hoarder and still own half of the clothes you wore in the ‘90s, you’re in luck, because one of our favorite trends is back and in full action. We’re talking about denim — destroyed, layered, dyed and decorated denim. Surely you remember the Britney Spears/ Justin Timberlake denim suit duo? Well, and, needless to say, the drama hasn’t turned down a bit. So whip out the skinny jeans, frayed jackets and boyfriend button ups, because that most basic blue is taking over the 2017 fashion scene. And it’s even cooler than it was 20 years ago.

This is also the time to let your blue jean baby shine. Go for high-waisted skinny jeans or crisp, dark-washed bell-bottoms, or opt for one of these more modern looks that have shaped this year’s jean obsession. This brings us to another one of this season’s most notable trends: cuffed-bottoms and high waters. Those embarrassingly too-short pants your mom made you wear until you couldn’t get the zipper up are actually in style now. Either dress down your anklelength skinny jeans with flats or sneakers or dress up a pair of cuffed, boyfriend jeans with tight, slip-on sock boots or point-toe pumps. Embrace this nerdy fashion and throw on some ankle-strapped heels or dress sandals for a girlish take beneath cuffs. But exercise caution because if there’s one thing that’s not in style this year, it’s tripping over your heels in jeans that are too long.

Perhaps the most notable of American fashions, the evolution of denim has varied over the years from edgy and dramatic to simple and sweet, and now it’s back again. Coming in all shapes and sizes, and covering every part of our bodies, it can make or break an entire ensemble.

Even double denim, which was for a while considered to be a fashion mistake, has returned by combining chambray button ups and jean jackets with blue jeans or even overalls. The denim on denim look is simply so wrong that it’s right, and it’s easier than you think. Mismatch your shades of denim with a bleached-out button up tucked into a pair of dark washed jeans, or perhaps a tight, spandex-denim micro skirt. Or pair your bottoms with a simple top beneath a destroyed, white-washed denim jacket that came straight from your favorite throwback film.

For a more modern take, try chambray on top because it’s much more comfortable than wearing denim all over and it also flows nicely from winter to spring. Chambray goes great with jeans of another shade, something we see celebrities wearing commonly around NYC and other fashion capitals. Go for a fitted, off-the-shoulder chambray blouse or stick to the basics with a boyish-fit button up tucked in. Throw a fur vest on and you’ll look like you walked straight out of Vogue. And don’t forget about the jean jacket — the simplest way to warm up/chill out any outfit. Dress down a skirt with a heavy denim jacket that has been destroyed in the most sophisticated way; or pull one over your casual, daytime look. Find the perfect jean jacket at Drysdales, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle or Express. While you’ll want to get your traditional denim skirts ready for spring, get ahead of the fashion game with a button up denim skirt that you can rock throughout the year. Pair an A-line style jean skirt with thigh-high boots and a tucked in turtle neck (another less-than-expected style to return) and be the queen of the schoolyard.

The destroyed denim can be seen on just about every Instagram feed. Pair a silky, lingerie-like top and heels with a pair of light-washed boyfriend jeans that are nearly falling off you, with holes and tears from beneath the buttocks to large, gaping rips above and over the knees for a contrast that is romantic yet undeniably edgy. Or stick with aged denim that is fitted in just the right places, like Kendall Jenner’s “Go Vote” outfit, where she matched a pair of jagged, cutoff flarebottoms with a striped, crop-top sweater and red lipstick. While traditionally heels were reserved for skinny jeans and other fitted bottoms, this is the season to break out of old habits and be daring with your jean game. Oversized bottoms held up by a belt can look delicate and pretty with a tight top and strappy heels.

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The Harlem Globetrotters, or razzle-dazzle ambassadors of goodwill and good times, are still providing buckets of fun with their unique blend of seemingly impossible shots, athleticism, entertainment and charitable works off the court. BY R IC H A RD L I N I H AN It looked like a scene from How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Whoville as little children were invited to come down to the basketball court at the BOK Center and intermingle with the Harlem Globetrotters. Eternal smiles spread across their young faces as they played and interacted with their favorite Globetrotters. “I had one little boy tell me that he wanted me to come home with him. Said his father would make me breakfast, but after that, I was on my own for lunch and dinner,” says Buckets Blakes, who was known as Anthony Griggs Jr. when he was a star basketball player for the University of Wyoming back in the late-1990s and 2000. If you’ve never seen a Globetrotters’ basketball game, you’re in for a real treat when this legendary team returns to Tulsa for two games Feb. 3 and 5. Each performance is half unbelievable basketball and half classic comedy. Abe Saperstein founded the team in 1926, and they played their first road game in Hinckley, Ill., Jan. 7, 1927. Since then, the Globetrotters have entertained more than 144 million fans in 122 countries and territories worldwide —introducing many to the sport of basketball — and becoming pioneers in popularizing the

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slam dunk, fast break, the forward and point guard positions, and the figure-eight weave. The team confirmed their standing as one of the world’s most influential basketball teams in 2002, receiving the sport’s highest honor with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Buckets was the leading rebounder for Wyoming and was team captain and MVP his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Buckets was one of only two Mountain West Conference players to finish in the top 15 in scoring, rebounding and assists. Following graduation, he played in Europe and the CBA. “Wyoming was interesting for a kid from Phoenix,” the 6-foot-2 guard recalls. “Some of the guys told me one day that there was a moose on campus and wanted me to come with them to see it. I took off running the other direction. “I had no idea Globetrotters scouts were even looking at me. One came up to me and signed me to a 10-


day contract, and here I am 15 years later still playing for the Globetrotters.” This organization has fielded a team to entertain adults and children all over the world for more than 90 years now. Buckets says there is a perfectly good reason this team has stayed relevant for so long. “We have broken down barriers,” says Buckets, who made the highest shot in team history last year. “It started out being an all AfricanAmerican team, but now we have female players and are very diversified. Some people think this is the first time we’ve had women on the team when they see us, but Lynette Woodard broke that ceiling back in 1985 after she was a star player [and four-time All-American (1978-81)] for the Kansas Jayhawks. Ace Jackson and TNT are doing a great job for us, and the little girls really look up to them. “Originally, we played for all black crowds at one time of the day and all white crowds another time of the day. Now the crowds are integrated, and we’ve been all over the globe playing for European crowds.” Some of the routines that the team performs during games that have the fans cheering include shots made from the stands, guys sitting on top of backboards to block opponent’s shots and make easy buckets of their own, dribbling exhibitions between the legs and sliding back and forth on the floor

around opponents, and a three-man weave that usually ends with the a ref ’s britches on the floor. If you grew up pre-2000’s, you remember the dribbling antics of Marques Haynes and Fred “Curly” Neal or the clown prince of the team, Meadowlark Lemon, keeping the crowd in stitches with his bucket of confetti routine for over 20 years. The Globetrotters still entertain before the game with all kinds of magical ball handling to Brother Bones’s whistled tune “Sweet Georgia Brown,” a song they have used since the beginning of the modern Globetrotters. “Back in the old days they might spin a ball on their finger, but now we have guys who can even spin a ball on top of a ball on top of your finger,” says Buckets, who owns the Guinness World Record for most basketball underhanded half-court shots (six) in under a minute. “We still do the bucket of water or confetti, but these days it might really be water in the bucket.” When Buckets was recruited, it wasn’t just a walk-on-and-become-a-star situation. He had to go through training camp and a tryout. “It’s not easy,” he says. “There are still two three-hour practice sessions a day during training camp, and then at night we learn lessons about Globetrotters games, routines and lifestyle. I call it Globetrotters University. And it’s great when some of the legends show

up at camp. Curly still comes to camp on occasion.” Buckets says the organization is never content to rest on past successes and is constantly trying out new material, moves, shots and entertainment. “Meadowlark used to make half-court hook shots,” says Buckets. “Now we are pushing it back, making longer hook shots. We currently hold the world record for longest hook shot in an arena. We make shots off the nose and off the head. I believe the Globetrotters first introduced the behind-the-back pass. We also have introduced a 4-point shot from 35 feet away.” But the team’s entertaining spirit isn’t only contained to the hardwood. The Globetrotters often visit sick children in hospitals and get involved with projects to stop bullying in schools. Buckets sees himself running his own gym someday and helping children build character and self-esteem through sports mentoring. He encourages youngsters to “Be the best you that you can be, because it’s very difficult to try and be someone else.”

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Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman)

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

Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)

Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa)

Jan. 3 | @ TCU Horned Frogs | 8p Jan. 7 | @ Kansas State Wildcats | 2p Jan. 10 | vs Kansas Jayhawks | 8p Jan. 14 | vs Texas Tech Red Raiders | 7:30p Jan. 18 | @ West Virginia Mountaineers | 6p Jan. 21 | vs Iowa State Cyclones | 1p Jan. 23 | @ Texas Longhorns | 8p Jan. 28 | vs Florida Gators* | 1p Jan. 30 | vs Oklahoma State Cowboys | 8p Feb. 4 | @ Texas Tech Red Raiders | 6p Feb. 8 | vs West Virginia Mountaineers | 8p Feb. 11 | @ Iowa State Cyclones | 5p Feb. 14 | vs Texas Longhorns | 8p Feb. 18 | @ Oklahoma State Cowboys | 7p Feb. 21 | @ Baylor Bears | 6p Feb. 25 | vs Kansas State Wildcats | 5p Feb. 27 | @ Kansas Jayhawks | 8p March 4 | vs TCU Horned Frogs | 2p * SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Norman, Okla.)

Jan. 4 | @ Texas Longhorns | 7p Jan. 7 | @ Baylor Bears | 6p Jan. 11 | vs Iowa State Cyclones | 8p Jan. 14 | @ Kansas Jayhawks | 1p Jan. 18 | vs Kansas State Wildcats | 8p Jan. 21 | @ Texas Tech Red Raiders | 1p Jan. 23 | vs TCU Horned Frogs | 6p Jan. 28 | vs Arkansas Razorbacks* | 3p Jan. 30 | @ Oklahoma Sooners | 8p Feb. 4 | @ West Virginia Mountaineers | 4p Feb. 8 | vs Baylor Bears | 6p Feb. 11 | vs Texas Longhorns | 3p Feb. 15 | @ TCU Horned Frogs | 8p Feb. 18 | vs Oklahoma Sooners | 7p Feb. 22 | @ Kansas State Wildcats | 8p Feb. 25 | vs Texas Tech Red Raiders | 1p Feb. 28 | @ Iowa State Cyclones | 8p March 4 | vs Kansas Jayhawks | 5p March 8-11 | B  ig 12 Championship (Kansas City, Mo.) * SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Stillwater, Okla.)

Jan. 4 | @ Houston Cougars | 8p Jan. 11 | vs Memphis Tigers | 7p Jan. 14 | @ Temple Owls | 3p Jan. 18 | vs Tulane Green Wave | 6:30p Jan. 21 | @ USF Bulls | 12:30p Jan. 25 | @ East Carolina Pirates | 6p Jan. 28 | vs UCF Knights | 12:30p Feb. 1 | vs Cincinnati Bearcats | 8p Feb. 4 | vs SMU Mustangs | 6p Feb. 7 | @ Memphis Tigers | 6p Feb. 11 | vs Houston Cougars | 5p Feb. 14 | @ UCF Knights | 6p Feb. 18 | @ Cincinnati Bearcats | 11a Feb. 23 | vs USF Bulls | 7p Feb. 26 | vs East Carolina Pirates | 3p March 2 | @ SMU Mustangs | 7p March 5 | @ Tulane Green Wave | 3p March 9 -12 | American Athletic Conference Championship (Hartford, Conn.)

Jan. 7 | @ Western Illinois Leathernecks | 2p Jan. 12 | vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits | 7p Jan. 14 | vs IUPUI Jaguars | 3p Jan. 18 | vs South Dakota Coyotes | 7p Jan. 21 | vs Omaha Mavericks | 3p Jan. 25 | @ North Dakota State Bison | 7p Jan. 28 | vs Fort Wayne Mastodons | 3p Jan. 31 | vs Denver Pioneers | 7p Feb. 4 | @ South Dakota State Jackrabbits | 7p Feb. 8 | vs Western Illinois Leathernecks | 7p Feb. 11 | @ IUPUI Jaguars | 6p Feb. 16 | @ Omaha Mavericks | 7p Feb. 18 | @ South Dakota Coyotes | 3:15p Feb. 22 | vs North Dakota State Bison | 7p

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Home games are played at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa)

Jan. 1 | @ Philadelphia Eagles | Noon

Jan. 1 | vs Wichita Thunder | 4:05p Jan. 3 | @ South Carolina Stingrays | 6:05p Jan. 5 | @ Atlanta Gladiators | 6:05p Jan. 6 | @ Atlanta Gladiators | 6:35p Jan. 8 | @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits | 2p Jan. 11 | @ Kalamazoo Wings | 6p Jan. 13 | @ Fort Wayne Komets | 7p Jan. 14 | @ Indy Fuel | 6:35p Jan. 16 | @ Quad City Mallards | 1:05p Jan. 21 | vs Idaho Steelheads | 7:05p Jan. 22 | vs Idaho Steelheads | 4:05p

Jan. 25 | @ Colorado Eagles | 8:05p Jan. 27 | @ Utah Grizzlies | 8p Jan. 28 | @ Utah Grizzlies | 8p Feb. 2 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 3 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 4 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 10 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 7:05p Feb. 11 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 7:05p Feb. 17 | vs Rapid City Rush | 7:05p Feb. 18 | vs Indy Fuel | 7:05p Feb. 19 | vs Wichita Thunder | 4:05p Feb. 24 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Feb. 26 | vs Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 3 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p

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

Jan. 26 | vs Dallas Mavericks | 7p Jan. 29 | @ Cleveland Cavaliers | 2:30p Jan. 31 | @ San Antonio Spurs | 7:30p Feb. 1 | vs Chicago Bulls | 8:30p Feb. 3 | vs Memphis Grizzlies | 7p Feb. 5 | vs Portland Trail Blazers | 2p Feb. 6 | @ Indiana Pacers | 6p

Feb. 9 | vs Cleveland Cavaliers | 7p Feb. 11 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7:30p Feb. 13 | @ Washington Wizards | 6p Feb. 15 | vs New York Knicks | 8:30p Feb. 24 | vs Los Angeles Lakers | 7p Feb. 26 | vs New Orleans Pelicans | 6p Feb. 28 | vs Utah Jazz | 7p

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Home games are played at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.) Jan. 1 | @ San Diego Chargers | 3:25p

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OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Jan. 2 | @ Milwaukee Bucks | 6p Jan. 4 | @ Charlotte Hornets | 6p Jan. 5 | @ Houston Rockets | 7p Jan. 7 | vs Denver Nuggets | 7p Jan. 9 | @ Chicago Bulls | 7p

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Jan. 11 | vs Memphis Grizzlies | 7p Jan. 13 | @ Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p Jan. 15 | @ Sacramento Kings | 8p Jan. 16 | @ Los Angeles Clippers | 9:30p Jan. 18 | @ Golden State Warriors | 9:30p Jan. 23 | @ Utah Jazz | 8p Jan. 25 | @ New Orleans Pelicans | 7p

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Whether you’re dining, out for a drink or two, or spending the entire night at the bar, don’t forget the gratuity. But figuring out how much and when to tip can make your head spin more than the booze. Follow these rules to become your server’s best friend. BY R A C H E L W R I G H T

The New Year is in full swing, and with 12 months ahead, expect your calendar to fill while your bank account does the opposite. In addition to gifts, eating, medical, travel expenses and clothes, it’s important to budget for nights out — and that includes budgeting for service gratuity. But with so many variations of settings and tipping methods, how much and who to tip can get confusing.

And who knows, with the right tip, you could end up with drinks on the house.

the bartender may tip out the kitchen, but not the servers.

TIPS ARE ALWAYS SPLIT BETWEEN WORKERS.

In most bar settings with multiple bartenders, the team splits tips evenly, giving a slightly lower percentage of the earnings to the bar back (who is usually working his or her way up to bartending and focuses on washing glasses, keeping the bar clean and stocking the bar throughout the night).

This one’s difficult to address because there are so many tip-sharing arrangements. Generally, you can let your venue be your guide.

In most restaurant settings, you are taking care of the team by taking care of your primary server during a drinking or dining experience. The busser, bartender and sometimes kitchen Do you tip the bartender and the server? Is it crew receive a percentage of each server’s total acceptable to tip solely based on the percentage shift sales. At the end of the shift, the server of your tab? Do you need to tip more if there are “tips out” these departments based on their multiple bartenders working? To help you out, amount of sales, not tips (again, usually) they we’ve addressed some myths around today’s received. This means if you stiff your server, tipping norms, tip-sharing scenarios and you’re actually costing them money because more, so you’re well-informed when making they’re still required to tip those who “serve” those decisions. them. If you’re sitting at the bar of a restaurant,

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Door guys and bouncers are usually paid hourly and do not receive tips. If yours was especially helpful or friendly and you’re feeling generous, handing them $5-$10 and telling them it’s for them will make their night. In most concert and event venue settings in town, bartenders share tips. If you tip one bartender at Cain’s or the Brady Theater, each


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bartender working that night will get an equal piece of the pie. Bartenders at private parties are usually paid a base rate by the event organizer. This base rate acts as a guarantee to make some money that night, but it’s not as much as a bartender would make in another tip-centric venue, so tips are appreciated.

TWENTY PERCENT IS A GOOD TIP Ask any successful service industry member you know, and they’ll tell you that 20 percent is a normal tip these days. Twenty-five percent is a good tip. Ten percent means you were unhappy with the service. A big fat zero is straight up insulting, and actually costs that person money out of his or her pocket by way of tip-outs and taxes.

ALWAYS TIP BASED ON THE PERCENTAGE OF YOUR TOTAL TAB It’s a good place to start, but there are other influencers to consider. How long were you there? Think of your seat, booth or table as a piece of real estate for your server. The more people he can turn over during his shift, the more tips he gets. So while he’s not trying to rush you away, you’re hurting his income by sitting in your spot without continuing to make purchases. This is all good, if you take into consideration the time you spent and compensate adequately in your tip. To put it bluntly, if you’re staying more than 10 minutes without ordering something (whether you arrived early and wait 30 minutes for your friends before ordering, or stay and chat long after you tab out), it’s considerate to compensate in the amount they could have made from another guest in your seat.

What were you drinking? A simple shot, straight from the bottle? A beer? A dollar or two per round is great. Was it a nineingredient craft cocktail, muddled and delivered post haste? Add another $1 per round. If you’re drinking water — which is highly encouraged, especially if you’re also drinking alcohol — you’re likely not being charged for it. However that doesn’t mean your server isn’t working for it. If they refilled your glass multiple times, that’s time they could have been serving drinks that upped their tabs elsewhere, earning them more. You’ll save a few dollars on your overall tab, so throw a couple your server’s way.

CASH IS KING Yes. Period.

YOU SHOULD TIP MORE DURING THE HOLIDAYS It’s definitely not expected, but isn’t unheard of for people to tip more at the holidays for various reasons. Some people consider that the server is there spending time away from his or her family, and want to make it worth their while, which is often true. Don’t assume, however, that your server doesn’t want to be there. The holidays are busy; they’re the service industry’s prime earning season, so many of those shifts are coveted. Don’t over tip out of guilt.

IT’S WEIRD TO BRING FOOD TO YOUR FAVORITE BARTENDER OR SERVER Myth! Myth! If you want your bartender to remember you, tip well. If you want your bartender to remember and love you, tip well and bring them food. Homemade leftovers, coffee, sweet treats, an extra entrée

or appetizer from your night out, or a snack are all widely welcomed by members of the service industry. Many work double shifts and are unable to leave the establishment for a lunch or dinner break, so they survive on delivered goods, which gets old quickly. Sure, they could plan ahead, but that probably isn’t going to happen. Want to really make his or her day? Bring plastic ware. This is a fantastic gesture and is much appreciated, but doesn’t replace a monetary tip.

IF THE SERVICE WAS SLOW, IT’S OK TO TIP LESS OR EVEN TIP NOTHING Be aware of your surroundings. Is service slow because the venue is slammed and the bartenders are doing their best to keep up, but just can’t? Or is it that the bartender/ server just isn’t being attentive? How much you tip is always up to you, and they know that. Most just ask that you notice if they’re trying to get to you as fast as possible. They also know there are some people who just don’t care about their jobs or if you enjoy your night out. Tip as you see fit.

RUDE SERVERS DON’T DESERVE A GOOD TIP Again, be aware of your surroundings and let your intuition weigh in on your tip decision. People in the service industry are still people. They do their best to leave whatever may be stressing them at the door, but everyone has a bad day from time to time. Is your service industry professional actually being rude, or is he or she really busy and is prioritizing speedy service over small talk? Being aware of what’s going on outside of your table will help you understand your server’s behavior 99 percent of the time and will guide you to making a balanced gratuity conclusion.

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ET EATS N’ TREATS

IME TO T T A E R G , IT’S A HILE ENJOYING S L I A T K C O GARY C G YOUR BODY W G MEAL PREP. U S D N A S RGIN RAY A T H E OR LON I C T R K S E O I P O L U C Y S , R S D E R E C Y D I N N E O G E T Y O U S TA R T A L E N G T H Y G R O A D I L O H Y O F H E A V T I N G P L A N . A N D T AT D O N ’ T R E Q U I R E H T N O M AFTER A N A HEALTHY EA FEW RECIPES TH EMBARK O FOOD, HERE ARE A DELICIOUS

Lighten^ Up^ by TIFFANY DUNCAN | photos by CHELSI FISHER

January is practically no one’s favorite month — the pressure of the new year is here, and the cold weather has lost all of its charm without the warmth of the holidays to make it less noticeable. Something

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that is more noticeable, however, is the ever-so-slightly tighter feel of clothes that used to fit. The holidays are typically a time of over-indulgence for everybody,

and all of that stocking chocolate has left us feeling more padded than usual. But luckily the new year is also a perfect time to make some health-conscious changes for ourselves.

If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, or simply want to detox from all that eggnog, here are a few clean-eating recipes to flatten the flab and start you on your way to feeling good again.


EATS N’ TREATS ET ONE-PAN PESTO CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

KALE, QUINOA, AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

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This soup is PACKED with all kinds of cleansing nutrients, and it’s also completely vegan (although chicken may be added if desired).

Chicken and vegetables always makes a healthy, protein-packed meal. With the added appeal of pesto and bright, sweet cherry tomatoes, you might want to meal prep this one for the entire week.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 -2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast strips 1 /3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped 1 lb. asparagus with ends trimmed off ¼  cup basil pesto 1 cup red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved S ea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper DIRECTIONS: 1. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to a large skillet over medium-heat. Add chicken breast strips. Season chicken with salt and cracked pepper. 2. Add half of the amount of chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cook all together for 5-10 minutes, flipping a couple of times until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and sun-dried tomatoes to a plate. 3. Add more oil if needed to the skillet and add asparagus, seasoning with sea salt. 4. Add the rest of the sun-dried tomatoes and cook over mediumheat for 5-10 minutes until asparagus is cooked through. Remove from heat. 5. Place chicken back in skillet to warm it back up and add pesto, stirring to coat the chicken on low heat. Add cherry tomatoes to coat in pesto as well. Remove tomatoes and chicken to a plate with the asparagus and serve.

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH GROUND TURKEY This is an incredibly easy and lean alternative to the carbs and calories found in regular wheat spaghetti with ground beef — and the taste is shockingly delicious, even for picky eaters! But the best part of this meal is the spaghetti squash husk can act as its own bowl, cutting down on the amount of dishes to wash.

Ingredients: 1 whole spaghetti squash (Note: one spaghetti squash should comfortably feed two people) 1 -2 lbs. ground turkey (at least 97 percent lean) 1 jar of low or no salt added marinara sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced s ea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste 1 tsp. fennel seeds (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and stringy insides, similar to prepping a pumpkin to carve. Brush insides with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place both halves in a shallow baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. 2. While the squash is baking, place ground turkey in a medium-sized bowl. Using your hands, mix together turkey, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and fennel. 3. Pull turkey apart into smaller pieces and brown in a skillet set over medium heat. Once turkey is thoroughly cooked, stir in marinara sauce and turn heat down to low. 4. Once spaghetti squash is finished, remove from oven. Using one fork to hold squash steady, use another to gently pull apart the spaghetti-like insides. Spoon out desired amount of sauce onto each halve. Serve warm.

Ingredients: 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 white onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 2 large celery stalks, chopped (leaves are OK) 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 ½ tsp. herbs de provence or thyme ½  tsp. cayenne (optional) 1 lemon, juiced ½  cup quinoa 2 15 oz. cans white beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes with juices (fire roasted preferred) 7 -8 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth) 1 package (5 oz.) baby kale s ea salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pot or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for five minutes until translucent. 2. Add in garlic, celery, carrots, and herbs/ spices. Cook veggies for 5-8 minutes, flipping occasionally. 3. Add vegetable (or chicken) broth, quinoa, beans and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cover. Turn heat to low and simmer for 2530 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Add in kale and stir until kale wilts. Serve.

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LL r C LL Whether you’re craving a melt-in-your-mouth morsel of traditionally prepared tuna sashimi or over-the-top fusion fun at a hip izakaya, you can find some of the most exciting (and delicious) sushi available without a passport right here in the 918. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA AND ROB HARMON

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Akira Sushi Bar 9455 OWASSO EXPRESSWAY | OWASSO

Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar 8226 E. 71ST | TULSA

If your idea of a fish dinner is fish sticks served with ketchup, it’s time to train your taste buds in a worthier seafood experience. Make it your 2017 resolution to leave that childhood meal in the freezer and dine out on a more sophisticated seafood choice — sushi. Despite Tulsa’s landlocked location, it’s easier than ever to find the pairing of raw fish and rice. The sushi scene is expanding, with many fantastic old and new places to choose from. The artistry with which some chefs serve their sushi rolls is impressive, making a dinner outing sometimes an artistic exhibit. Some chefs show off their rollmaking prowess with an open viewing area at the sushi bar, while others seek to make creative new combinations that you can’t get anywhere else. Either way, Green Country has you covered with multiple great places to go, and all are fun and unique, worthy of investigating. Sushi is something that will keep us coming back to the same spot for many years. From offerings of fanciful rolls to simple sashimi, here are our favorite sushi spots.

Akira Sushi Bar’s customers will tell you the sushi there isn’t just good or even great; it’s better than that. It’s exquisite. The vast menu brings regulars back again and again, ready to try something new. Unbelievable sushi combination platters like the Ichiban or the deluxe sashimi with octopus and salmon are crowd pleasers. Sweet sushi rolls like the Panda-monium, stuffed with fried calamari and snow crab, or the Obsidian rolls with salmon, cream cheese and jalapenos inside are beautifully unique and equally scrumptious.

Master chef Nobu and the excellent staff at Fuji have been artfully providing Tulsa with authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine dishes since the 1980s. With what seems like a million rolls to choose from, they truly have something for everyone. Terrific lobster salad rolls come nearly any way you like. Hot Kani rolls with perfectly fried shrimp, buttery avocado and asparagus in multiple combinations are meltin-your-mouth amazing. You can gorge yourself on Rainbow rolls with salmon and eel sauce without regret.

Caribbean Sushi 3708 S. ELM | BROKEN ARROW

Yes, you read that correctly. Broken Arrow’s Caribbean Sushi restaurant gives its fusion-loving patrons everything they want or expect of the inventive, delectable combination of Caribbean flavors with sushi to create something totally unique in town. Avocado, shrimp and mango combined with sriracha becomes something even a non-sushi lover can love. Aruba rolls with plantains or veggie rolls topped with mango bits drizzled with teriyaki sauce will pleasantly surprise any sushi fanatic. First-class service and a fabulous atmosphere come with the whole package.

Geisha Sushi Bar

10846 S. MEMORIAL | TULSA

Only a little over a year old, the Geisha Sushi Bar is an up-and-coming local treasure. The hanging art, geisha dolls and charming tables make this a beautiful place to eat. Their dishes are presented as complete works of art. The coconut shrimp is light and crispy. Enjoy inventive, delicious flavor combinations you may not find elsewhere, like the Love of Salmon (crab, cucumber, avocado, fried salmon, habanero masago) and the Creel (snow crab, fried shrimp, asparagus, eel, scallops, mussels, crawfish). Geisha’s culinary excellence reminds us what makes sushi great.

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Newest Sushi Buffet in Tulsa! Asian Cuisine, Hibachi, American Food plus much, much more.

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In the Raw 3321 S. PEORIA | TULSA 6151 S. SHERIDAN | TULSA 216 MAIN | BROKEN ARROW

Hapa Japanese Cuisine 13720 E. 86TH | OWASSO

Locals love Hapa Japanese Cuisine for their friendly staff and spectacular dishes. But it’s the specialty rolls that rule the menu like Godzilla rules the seas or Mothra the skies. The Fullmetal Alchemist, a salmon and jalapeno tempura fried roll, is simply magical, deliciously topped with eel sauce and scallions. The spicy Brown Eyed Girl contains shrimp tempura, habanero, avocado and garlic cream sauce. Try the ever-trending Joker & Harley-Quinn for an even spicier dish mixed with salmon, jalapeno and avocado, topped with wasabi tobiko. And how can you not give props to a place that trends pop culture hip with other specialty rolls like Spider-Man vs Venom, Hulk, The Force Awakens, John Wayne and Mario.

Memories of Japan 2409 W. KENOSHA | BROKEN ARROW

One of the area’s best-loved sushi spots is found in Broken Arrow. This little gem is worth repeat visits, as their regulars can tell you. Memories of Japan offers many sushi and sashimi combinations, as well as delectable original rolls like the Christmas (yellowtail with scallion, salmon with ginger, tuna with avocado inside, tobiko and masago on top). If you like bento boxes, try the chicken teriyaki. It’s delicious, and it comes with a California roll and tempura.

In the Raw offers a mixture of the traditional options that sushi connoisseurs adore — everything from classic tuna rolls to fresh water eel to spicy yellowtail — as well as more creative choices for the more daring diners like mussels, squid, octopus, and plenty more. If it’s aquatic, In the Raw probably serves it. And you can order it either at the sushi bar or at a table, depending on how you feel like dining. Specialty rolls are also available, and as sushi lovers know, that’s where a menu can truly shine. Among the numerous sushi rolls to sample are the Jobe (tempura shrimp, crab, asparagus and eel topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and avocado); the Restless Ribbon (shrimp, salmon, crab, and avocado, rolled in sesame seeds); and the extravagant 6151 (crabcake, cream cheese, jalapeno, and asparagus, rolled in masago, and topped with a 6-ounce lobster tail). And that’s just the short list.

Kirin Asian Cuisine

Roka 1616 S. UTICA | TULSA

Some places are all about the food, while others are all about the atmosphere. Roka combines both to great effect. Dedicated to bringing local ingredients and flavors to their dishes, they serve up tasty, fresh food in a dining area well suited for business lunches, dinner dates and drinks with friends. Try the 314 (blackened salmon, eel, grilled jalapeño, asparagus, toasted sesame seeds, eel sauce) and the Hikari (tempura shrimp, spinach, avocado, cucumber, torched salmon, dill weed, celery salt, lemon zest, saikyo miso). And if one of your companions isn’t thrilled to dive into sushi, Roka has plenty of more mainstream offerings like fire grilled duck breast, Mongolian BBQ, almond sesame chicken and even a burger.

8041 S. MINGO | TULSA

Kirin offers a quiet, warm wood interior, excellent service and beautiful presentations of food that delight both the taste buds and the eyes. Chef Bae is a master at sushi making who brings passion and balance to every roll, down to the distinct sauces he creates to complement them. In addition to traditional rolls such as tuna and salmon, diners can order a wide variety of seafood nigiri as well as specialty rolls such the Snow White (spicy yellowtail, avocado topped with white tuna, tobiko) or American Dream (a crunchy roll with spicy tuna, avocado toped with salmon, tuna, white fish, eel and yellowtail).

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Sobahn Korean Cuisine and Sushi 7315 S. MEMORIAL | TULSA

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Just south of 71st and Memorial sits a totally authentic Asian experience. Sobahn’s owner, Hye S. Shon, has created a beautiful version of Asian cooking, down to the sushi, Korean and Japanese dishes, traditional Asian seating (floor cushions and low tables) or American seating (tables and chairs), green tea and karaoke. A visit to Sobahn not only tastes delicious; it also feels a lot like a trip to Korea or Japan. There are so many choices of nigiri, house rolls and sashimi that it can be overwhelming at first. But the staff is so helpful finding out your likes and dislikes and suggesting the perfect fit. With not a lot of Korean restaurants in the area, Sobahn is an awesome place to start that journey with features like bulgogi (thinly sliced beef marinated in a blend of spices), beef short ribs and bibimbap (served in a large bowl of rice and topped with a variety of vegetables, an egg, and choice of beef, squid, chicken or fried tofu).

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When you want your sushi served with a side of hip atmosphere, Sushi Hana is an excellent choice. The decor is clean, modern, inviting, and so is the food. Owners Kenny and Shirli Chan seek to give customers the finest in texture, flavor and artistry. In addition to traditional rolls bursting with fresh ingredients, you can order a Sushi Hana specialty, like the Secret Garden roll (cucumber, Japanese pickle, daikon, carrot, jelly noodle and masago in soy paper with mango sauce).

What doesn’t Waterfront Grill do? Their extensive menu includes a wide array of options, including sushi. This makes it a great spot to take the entire family. While the children eat burgers or chicken-fried steak, the more daring among you can opt for sushi roll options such as the Caliente roll (jalapeno, crabmeat, chipotle cream cheese, tempura shrimp, topped with blackened tuna and eel). And you can overlook the Arkansas River while dining on their patio.

Yutaka 6560 E. 51ST | TULSA

If buffet-style Asian food is your style and sushi is your muse, then Yutaka offers the best of both worlds. Traditional buffet dishes like spareribs and beef and broccoli are to be had, alongside several freshly made sushi options like the classic California roll, tuna, salmon and shrimp. And there’s a hibachi area too. Eat something from every section of the buffet in a casual atmosphere for a reasonable price, with discounted prices for children.


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If you’ve been in Tulsa for any length of time, chances are you’ve heard of In the Raw. Ever since the first location opened in the Brookside neighborhood in 1998, the restaurant’s name has been synonymous with some of the best sushi and Asian-inspired cuisine in town.

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl When founder and owner Greg Hughes began In the Raw, he did so with a very specific vision in mind. Having spent time in Los Angeles while attending USC, he was accustomed to the more contemporary restaurant styles that were commonly found on the West and East Coasts. Upon returning to Tulsa, he realized that his hometown sushi scene needed a bit of an update — and thus In the Raw was born. It became the first modern, sleek, non-traditional

sushi restaurant in town, and its rise in popularity and continued success are indications that Hughes was onto something good. In 2002, Hughes opened a second location at 61st and Sheridan, affectionately referred to as the one “On The Hill.” Currently there are three locations, the third being in downtown Broken Arrow. Each of the three restaurants emphasizes high-quality food, a diverse menu and great customer service — all presented in a sleek, contemporary restaurant environment. The décor is anything but traditional, focusing on clean,

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simple lines, a rich color palate and modern artwork, the restaurant appeals to those diners who appreciate a more contemporary feel. Hughes emphasizes that keeping the menu fresh and unique is as important as ensuring the fish and other fresh ingredients are of the highest possible quality. All three restaurants receive fish deliveries six days a week, with most of it being fresh, not frozen. Diners can order traditional sushi rolls, such as the California (crab, avocado and cucumber) or the Philly (smoked salmon, avocado and cream cheese) and other favorite staples such as miso soup or pork gyoza. “Two of our best-selling menu items are the edamame and the ITR Salad,” says Hughes. “People love the way our edamame is seasoned. It’s really the best in town. And our ITR Salad with shredded lettuce, grilled chicken and ginger dressing is another super popular item.” However, as the name of the restaurant implies, sushi is the main attraction. The restaurant has a wide variety of offerings, including many rolls that contain cooked fish, and even some vegetarian options. The Keaton, consisting of shrimp, cream cheese, avocado and spicy sauce all wrapped in soy paper, is one of ITR’s signature rolls, and one of its most popular. The Candy is another delicious and popular roll, containing shrimp, snow crab, avocado and spicy sauce. For those wishing to venture further into the wild world of sushi, the Volcano, with deep-fried shrimp, jalapenos, cream cheese and avocado topped with sautéed scallops, offers more adventure.

Good service is always a priority at each location.

Id Roll ITR also has an “off-menu menu,” available upon request. So if you want to be in the know, ask for this special list of house delicacies. If you find yourself at an ITR location but not in the mood for sushi, you’re still in luck, as the restaurants also offer plenty of other tasty menu options. Their steaks are delicious, as well as the tacos, rice bowls and wraps. Hughes is also happy to announce that a whole range of new menu items is coming soon, including ramen, which has been gaining popularity as of late. In the Raw has a lot more going for it than just great sushi, unique menu items and sleek interior design. Situated on the southeast corner of 61st and Sheridan, the On the Hill location boasts one of the best vistas you can find in all of Tulsa. Diners can look out the restaurant’s large, west-facing windows and enjoy a stellar view of downtown and beyond, providing an unparalleled experience right around sunset. The Brookside location will soon be home to the Eel Bar — a contemporary bar with patio seating which will be located behind the restaurant in a shipping container. Hughes hopes to attract evening Brookside visitors to the location who are out and about, looking for late-night libations in a unique setting. The Broken Arrow location is housed in the historic Rose District — a charming, up-and-coming section of downtown BA that has seen a true renaissance over the last few years. Hughes is proud of the fact that his kitchen and management staff have very little turnover, providing a more consistent and enjoyable experience for diners.

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Both the On the Hill and Broken Arrow locations have event rooms that are available for private parties, making them a go-to choice for anything from business lunches to bachelorette parties. ITR also caters parties of any size, and Hughes has also made it a priority to work with local charities and organizations who request donations. Having the same owner since the concept restaurant started has provided ITR with consistency of vision and service. Hughes travels regularly to places like Los Angeles, New York and even Cabo San Lucas in search of unique items to add to the menu, as well as inspiration for new trends in food and décor. The passion for his

Ginger Roll with Strawberry projects is obvious, and he has new additions and endeavors planned for the near future. Whatever they are, we can be sure that they’ll include a friendly atmosphere, a unique setting and delicious food, all of which are definite wins for Tulsa.

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intherawsushi.com 3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 918-744-1300 Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: Closed 6151 S. Sheridan | Tulsa 918-524-0063 Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: Closed 216 S. Main | Broken Arrow 918-893-6111 Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


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By Don na Leahey P hotos by Marc Rains Sushi is art. It’s about a balance of flavors and textures to create beauty for your eyes and joy for your taste buds. At Sushi Hana, chef and owner Kenny Chan creates his art using 30 years of experience as a restaurant owner and traveler. With his creative, modern take on Japanese fusion, Chan creates meals as beautiful as they are delicious. Chan takes his inspiration from exploring the world. “We travel a lot, to a lot of different places. I take the things I like to eat and puzzle them together to create something new,” he says. Sushi Hana’s Brookside location is a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of the traffic outside. Hanging light fixtures create a quiet and intimate atmosphere. Filled with colorful decorative fish including an enormous alert arowana watching over the people sitting nearby, a fish tank dominates the dining room. Chan was born into the restaurant business, working in his grandfather’s restaurants in New York City from a young age. “My grandfather came to New York in the ‘60s,” he recalls. “They opened a lot of restaurants and he wanted the family to come in and help. He didn’t want us sitting home and watching TV, so I peeled shrimp and mopped floors. I learned alongside a multi-star master chef. When I grew up, I partnered with a friend to open a sushi restaurant.” The Sushi Hana menu includes cooked and fresh options for every family member, no matter how adventurous their taste. “We try not to make the same things everyone else is making,” Chan says. And there are a number of paths for your meal: try small plates, order sushi or get an entrée.

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You can begin your meal with traditional edamame, which is a bowl of steamed soybeans sprinkled with salt or try a tuna or salmon tartar. Try whetting your appetite with the crispy duck salad or a miso, wonton or udon soup. The sushi options include fresh and cooked nigiri ( fish served atop rice), sashimi (slices of fresh fish), and Sushi Hana’s basic and special rolls. You can order combination plates, or pick and choose your favorites. The special rolls include colorful names like the Flying Dragon roll which is crabmeat, shrimp tempura and eel, topped with salmon and mango or the Tsunami roll, made with salmon, spicy crabmeat, and avocado, topped with white tuna. The bar is stocked with a selection of wine and sake to accompany your meal perfectly. Some of the most popular menu items include the yellowtail jalapeno appetizer — fresh yellowtail tuna topped with jalapeno and drizzled with yuzu — or the steak carpaccio (grilled steak served with spicy horseradish). “The steak carpaccio is very popular. Two guys came in recently and told me it was the best carpaccio in the galaxy,” Chan says.

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Another popular choice is the peppercorn steak teriyaki, a grilled fillet cooked with peppercorns and served on a sizzling bed of onions and peppers in a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Chan’s favorite menu item is the tuna avocado salad with fresh ahi, seaweed salad, avocado, and a wasabisesame dressing. Of course, the sushi is the star at a sushi restaurant, and Sushi Hana is no different. “The Bonsai roll is always popular,” Chan says. “It’s salmon, wrapped with spicy crab with a radish sprout and spicy mayo. We torch it, which gives it a nice smoke flavor, then sprinkle it with chili and serve it with a spicy yuzu dressing.”

If you want to learn to make your own sushi, the Riverside location offers Let’s Roll! Sushi Making. The class teaches how to make sushi rice, select and cut fish, and how to roll. Classes are announced on the Sushi Hana Facebook page, so give them a like to get a notification when the next class will be held, or give the Riverside location a call for more information. Also offered at the Riverside location is the convenience of online ordering. You can check off the items you want, make special requests, and even order ahead for pick up later. The online order form indicates whether an item is raw or vegetarian, so there are no surprises in your handmade roll.

What about for those who are new to sushi? “We have a lot of cooked items, like teriyaki or hot and sour soup,” says Chan. “We have cooked rolls, like the fried shrimp roll. In fact, the whole menu caters to people new to sushi.”

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You may be asking yourself how a sushi restaurant can serve fresh fish in a landlocked state. The answer isn’t as complicated as you might imagine. “UPS is the wonder of the modern world,” Chan says. “Our fish is overnighted from Hawaii.”

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When you decide to buy a restaurant that has existed in Tulsa for close to 30 years, you know you’re taking on a challenge. But if someone is going to do it and do it right, that person is Don Jones, co-owner of Brookside’s stellar, awardwinning, authentic Southwestern restaurant, Cafe Olé.

“There’s nothing like Cafe Olé in Tulsa,” says Jones. “It’s such a neat place. And so, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to be stewards of the thing.”

Jones had a lengthy, successful career in the restaurant business before buying Cafe Olé from its previous owners. His first restaurant experience was a job at Pizza Hut in 1972. After that, he moved onto overseeing several Pizza Huts before becoming a partner in a new venture that people know as Pepper’s Grill; he sold it after helping build it to success. Eventually, he joined with a silent partner to buy Cafe Olé from its previous owners.

“I tell my staff: we don’t assume anything. We work hard,” he says. “We have to be attacking those tables and doing our thing because our customers have lots of choices. Competition in this area is stout. I counted one time and there were 70 eating choices within a mile (of us). You know, it doesn’t get much tougher than that.”

Those years of experience, together with a constant commitment to excellence, has helped Cafe Olé under Jones’ leadership to succeed at a level that many other restaurants would envy. “Our volume is at an all-time high,” he says. “We’re having a record year. It’s just nuts. We’re totally amazed and grateful.” It’s no doubt Cafe Olé’s success is due in large part to its great food, great service and great atmosphere (it has one of the best patios in town). Though the restaurant’s name is Latino, the menu is not your typical Tex-Mex. Jones brings true Southwestern ingredients, dishes and flair to his entire menu. The food is influenced by generations-old recipes, and draws on inspiration from Native American, Southwestern and Mexican cooking. Diners can’t go wrong whether they opt for the delectable fish tacos, the rich tortilla soup, the garlicky Shrimp Caribe, perfect pork rellenos or other equally wonderful dishes. And don’t forget their trademark queso, made with melted cream cheese, peppers, onions and spices, or their margaritas, which have won plenty of awards. In fact, in 2016 alone, Cafe Olé won the Taste of Brookside, as well as three Best in the World awards (Tulsa World) for best Mexican, best brunch and best margaritas.

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That sense of stewardship, of servanthood, extends to every part of the restaurant.

Jones isn’t shy about bringing his A-game to every meal he serves, and he expects his staff to do the same. The result is that customers come back again and again, knowing they will get good service and delicious food every time. “It’s an honor for us to serve people,” Jones says. “You’ve got to be servants. But you can’t assume that it’s anything but the best required of us to be the best.” That outlook affects everything Jones does, including the family atmosphere he strives to maintain at the restaurant. “We always say it’s got to be faith, family, friends and work. And if any of those four is out of balance, they’re all out of balance,” Jones says. “And so how do you learn to balance your life in such a way that you make healthy decisions and get yourself ready for your true purpose in life with the gift that you’ve been given?” Listening to Jones share stories of what life is like at Cafe Olé, it’s clear that as much as he cares about the quality of the customer experience there, he cares equally about mentoring his staff members. As an example, he tells the story of a staff member who he once had to fire years ago, but ended up rehiring after life threw an unexpected curve ball. “A long time ago, we had a staff member that I had to let go,” Jones says. “He came to TU to play ball, handsome guy, gift of gab. He was

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talented. He went to work for us as a server. And he was an off-the-charts server, so we made him a manager. He was doing a great job. Then all of a sudden, I realized he had some problems.” It turned out the young man was doing drugs. Jones tried to work with him through those issues, but eventually had to fire him. After a car wreck and hard recuperation, the young man wanted to come back to work for Jones. Other people might have said no, but not Jones, who agreed to hire the young man back if he proved he could physically handle the job. That second chance not only helped the young man be motivated to push through his physical recovery, but he turned his life around in the kind of dramatic way you hope for when you help someone the way Jones did. The man now works at a well-known residential detox and rehab treatment center in Green Country. Stories like this surround Jones, who clearly cares about helping people. And he extends that giving spirit to community causes too. Cafe Olé supports the Food for Kids Backpack Program of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which helps feed schoolaged children who’s families are in need. “We just believe education is critical to change in life, change in society,” says Jones. “These young children are going to school but they’re so hungry, there’s not an opportunity to learn. So when we were looking for places where we could pass on our some of our blessings here, they came to our forefront. So, the third Wednesday of each month, we give a portion of our receipts that night to the Backpack Program.” If there’s a theme to Cafe Olé and to Jones, it may very well be impacting people’s lives — through good food, through mentoring, through charity. “I guess if you looked at my whole life, I’d say we’re here to make a difference,” says Jones. And it’s clear that he does just that.  

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Family man, veteran and trendy chef Ben Alexander is a worldclass maestro creating innovative pub food dishes and fusion meals at The Tavern and the somewhat secret Bull in the Alley. By Rob Harmon • Photos by Marc Rains

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Ben Alexander, executive chef of The Tavern and the Bull in the Alley, aka The Lounge (Tulsa’s modern-day version of a speak-easy), is quietly becoming one of the most admired chefs in Oklahoma. With nearly 20 years of professional cooking under his belt, this passionate, rising star of Tulsa’s burgeoning league of chefs is more than just a world-class maestro of the palate and kitchen. He’s a family man, a military veteran and a humanitarian. “My number one passion is my family,” Alexander says, “far surpassing cooking and being in the culinary world. I have a beautiful wife and two children. That’s why I cook and create. I love cooking. It’s super fun, but they’ll always be the reason I work as hard as I do as a chef.” In 2001, Alexander took a break from the kitchen by joining the U.S. Navy. After two war deployments, he came back to the kitchen with a renewed fervor. “Something drew me back. I don’t know,” he says. “I enjoy the chaos and trying to figure out how to tame the chaos in the kitchen. I don’t run my kitchen the way a military does, but I like structure and execution of a plan. Executing things in the restaurant environment is something I have a knack for, so there are some similarities.” In the nearly six years that he’s been cooking in the Tulsa area, Alexander has watched the restaurant scene go from being a typical Midwestern town, where all the trends arrive last, to becoming the next Austin or Chicago as a trendy leader in fun food done right. He sees being at The Tavern and Bull in the Alley as being integral to keeping the trend going.

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“We have a very talented core group of chefs in Tulsa. With all the development going up in downtown Tulsa, we’re right there and it’s really cool to be a part of that,” Alexander says. “As the chef of The Tavern and The Lounge, I really have the ability to do what I want. It’s every chef ’s dream. “I can make Italian food one month, then Asian food the next month, then do South American Latin food after that. And the crew I have right now is amazing, eager to learn and puts out amazing food.” Some of the future dishes that fit into the trend for innovative dishes and unique fusion meals at The Tavern and The Lounge include a smoked duck andouille sausage and a spicy Italian rabbit sausage as well as some other unique, elevated-quality pub food dishes. This makes regular visits to each restaurant pretty much essential if you’re a foodie in the Tulsa area. But for Alexander, dishing up creative recipes isn’t all about providing fun, trendy and unique food. It’s not just about serving some of the best prime porterhouse steak perfectly crusted in a Southbend Broiler at 1600 degrees. It’s not even about the tasty pub burgers The Tavern is known for all over northeastern Oklahoma. There’s more to this chef than all of that. In 2013, Alexander’s wife gave birth to their son, Sawyer, who was born with a very rare congenital heart defect. Within eight months they nearly lost him six different times, one of those times involving their son being life-flighted to the nearest specialty unit. Since his birth, Sawyer has had multiple challenges but is doing well. In those early days, it was a very rough period for his family, but Alexander has used the situation, combined with his influence in Tulsa’s restaurant community, to help other families who have experienced similar hardships.

Hearts of Steel Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was started by Alexander and his wife, Natalie, and it now helps families and children all over Oklahoma dealing with congenital heart defects. An annual charity golf tournament raises money for the cause and organizes many of the chefs and restaurant owners and other volunteers in Green Country to raise awareness of the issue. This past Christmas, a couple of families in the Oklahoma City area were showered with love by the foundation with gifts and other important necessities. “Being a chef in the city,” says Alexander, “has opened up so many outlets to help the community. All the restaurant people have been really cool to come together, not just for our foundation. You see a lot of these chefs come out with a tremendous passion for causes and fundraise for charities. It’s special to see, unbelievable.” Visit the foundation’s website (heartsofsteelfoundation.org) to find out how you can help. Whether it be donating funds or volunteering for events, Hearts of Steel will put your efforts to good use for a special cause that affects about 1 percent of births in the U.S. every year. Visit The Tavern and Bull in the Alley soon to taste some of the specialty dishes there and don’t forget to have a great time. Alexander and his team are ready and waiting to serve you.

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Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage, thought to be long dead, comes out of self-imposed exile and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself caught up in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Samuel L. Jackson

LOCATOR

Kevin, a man with 23 different personalities, abducts three teenage girls. As the girls are held captive and attempt to escape, they begin to meet all of Kevin’s 23 personalities, which include a little boy and a sophisticated woman. The nightmare truly begins when Kevin’s 24th personality, an entity known as the “Beast” begins to emerge. Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

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THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE

A former child star, now a washed up celebrity, pretends to be a person of faith so he can portray Jesus in a passion play being produced by a mega church. Cast: Brett Dalton, D.B. Sweeney, Anjelah Johnson

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice, Jill, Leon, Ada and Becky are betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began — Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts

A DOG’S PURPOSE

A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Cast: Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad

BASTARDS

Two brothers hit the road to find their long-lost dad after they learn that their mom has been lying to them about his death. Cast: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons

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