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

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

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

Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.org.

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For over 30 years, Preview 918 magazine has been the best resource for discovering Tulsa, Green Country and locating the perfect place to eat, visit, shop and be entertained, whether you are here on business or just enjoying a few days away from the grind. Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Tulsa is a year-round destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, scenic views, hikes and adventure. The rich history of Tulsa and its surrounding areas is reflected in the diversity of its museums, landmarks, history, wildlife, attractions, fine dining and friendly locals. In Tulsa, situated on the Arkansas River at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, enjoy a performance or sporting event at the BOK Center, fish in one of the area’s many lakes, check out the sharks in the state’s only freestanding aquarium, explore any of the lush parks or break out the clubs and tackle any of the 16 public golf courses. Considered by many to be the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma, Tulsa offers full-time professional opera and ballet companies and one of the nation’s largest concentrations of art deco architecture. Regardless of your personal tastes or budget, Tulsa offers a down-home, yet cultured experience for all ages.

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS JANUARY 2018

C ON THE COVER

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F FEATURES 16 CONVERSATION STARTER: CRISS ANGEL

46 EASY MONEY

18 CONVERSATION STARTER: BROTHERS OSBORNE

76 THE HOT LIST

20 HOME-CHORD ADVANTAGE

84 PLAY FARE

The Mindfreak brings his famous sleight of hand, street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life in an intimate, raw setting.

If you think earning extra money is a nice idea, but unrealistic, think again. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to put extra cash in your pocket. Cold, sick, or just in need of some heart-warming goodness? There are few better remedies for the body and soul than a steaming bowl of soup, stew, bisque, chili, goulash, pho or noodles.

The rootsy sibling duo Brothers Osborne are building success avoiding trendy sell-our-soul songs, instead focusing on a range of styles from southern rock to country and a side of blues. The Wright Brothers’ singular focus bridges genres and presents one of Tulsa’s most promising pop albums (Cosmic Hearts) in years.

If you ever listen to a conversation between music lovers, you’ll almost always hear them discuss what a deep talent pool we have in Tulsa. In truth, an amazing breadth of talent is spread across our state. What most people don’t realize, however, is just how rich Oklahoma’s musical heritage is. Over the years, Oklahoma artists have helped shape nearly every genre of music, from jazz and rock to pop, swing and country. And we’ve selected our 20 most influential singers, songwriters, instrumentalists and even a producer. Let the debates begin.

24 THE 20 GREATEST OKIE MUSICIANS

It’s nearly impossible to pick only 20 of the best singers, songwriters and musicians in Oklahoma’s history. No matter how a list like this is pared down, it can’t really capture all the talent and diversity that has made Oklahoma such a wonderful melting pot of sounds. But we gave it our best shot. Let the debates begin.

Incredible Pizza not only captures the spirit of a simpler time, but also offers some of the most fun you can have with food while allowing generations to connect.

88 CARNIVORE’S DREAM

A casual steakhouse with a finedining experience where you can bring the family without breaking the bank, BC Steakhouse offers plenty of high-quality eats to satisfy our beef-crazed community.

92 THE SPICE IS RIGHT

Staying true to flavors from the region they came from, Tandoori Guys’ imaginative cooking emphasizes clean textures, complex flavor pairings and an ever-changing array of delicious traditional Indian food.

38 GRAVE SITUATION

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As crafty as it is unabashedly silly, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder kills it with lighthearted murderous intrigue and romantic frivolity that will have you questioning whether crime really does pay.

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40 LEARNING SWERVE

Green Country is full of smart people who love to learn new things. Fortunately, it’s also full of cool classes. Local colleges, businesses and institutions offer lots of interesting courses. Here are 19 of our favorites to get you started.

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Charging a monthly membership fee for direct primary care has not only allowed Grassroots Healthcare the ability to offer patients an affordable non-insurance model, but also helped elevate Dr. Melita Tate’s passion for treating the sick and injured.

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918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE

My boyfriend David, his 12-year-old son, and I were road tripping to see his mother when he threw a magazine on my lap after a QuikTrip stop and said, “Hey, sign us up for this 918 challenge!” I didn’t think we’d get the opportunity; it sounded too good to be real. But I got the details, messaged Preview 918 through Facebook, and we had the time of our lives treating ourselves to Tulsa’s best dinner, brunch, and coffee shop.

SO PROVIDING AN ENVELOPE OF CASH AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SPEND IT IN 48 HOURS ISN’T EXACTLY A CHALLENGE, BUT IT MAKES THIS ASSIGNMENT SOUND A LOT MORE INTERESTING. The mission posed to Rachel Brazelton was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities … bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the December 2017 issue of Preview.

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I’d been to Caz’s Pub downtown, but I didn’t know they had a restaurant (Caz’s Chowhouse) until I read about it in the magazine. My boyfriend tried the catfish with mashed potatoes, and I ordered one of the simplest yet most delicious salads of my life. David enjoyed his Kansas– brewed Boulevard beer, but my Moscow Mule was one of the top two I’ve had—and I get them at every bar I go to.

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The next morning, we took his son, Dieneji, to Shiloh’s in Broken Arrow for brunch. I’m from Pennsylvania, so this brunch business is foreign and thrilling to me. The restaurant had a lovely Southern country feel, with old photos of relatives everywhere and homemade snowflakes hanging from the ceiling that made us feel like we were guests at someone’s home. We were served large sticky buns the size of my face as a starter without asking for it, and our meals came with huge biscuits and gravy as sides. I got the biggest omelet I’ve ever seen with all the fixings included. Dieneji got pork sirloin with hash browns and eggs and enjoyed it so much, he even put his phone down.

STOP #3

After we put all of our breakfast leftovers in boxes to save for lunch (and possibly dinner), we went to All About Cha in Broken Arrow for a pick-me-up, and ended up also getting dessert. My macchiato was sweet but did the trick in waking me up after the big brunch, and David got a special flowering Korean tea. Dieneji got ice cream that tasted like it was homemade by $22 angels. The dessert section was full of delicacies, and it was difficult to decide which ones we wanted to try, but we ended up with a chocolate truffle pastry and a strawberry cheesecake, which I’m positive took hours to make. The atmosphere made us feel sophisticated and cultured, like we were in a Korean tea house with a chandelier, plants, and exotic furnishings.

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HANGOVER BALL

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

JAN. 20

JAN. 6

STONEY LARUE

DWIGHT TWILLEY

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

Soul City | Tulsa

2CELLOS

JAN. 13

JAN. 27

Brady Theater | Tulsa

UNCLE LUCIUS

MARILYN MANSON

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

JAN. 21

WANDA JACKSON

JAN. 14

JOHN HIATT AND THE GONERS

Brady Theater | Tulsa

JAN. 18

LEE BRICE

Brady Theater | Tulsa

BROTHERS OSBORNE

Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

JAN. 23

THE MOODY BLUES BOK Center | Tulsa

BEAU JENNINGS AND JOHN CALVIN Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa

River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

JAN. 26

RYAN MCLAUGHLIN Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa

JAN. 28

WINTER JAM BOK Center | Tulsa

JAN. 29

AVENGED SEVENFOLD BOK Center | Tulsa

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CLAY WALKER WITH SPECIAL GUEST TRACY BYRD

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LOS LOBOS AND LOS LONELY BOYS

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BOB NEWHART River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa

JAN. 5

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Tulsa Arts District | Tulsa

JAN. 6-8

OKLAHOMA GUN SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

JAN. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

JAN. 9-13

CHILI BOWL NATIONALS

Downtown Tahlequah

JAN. 1-7

WINTERFEST Downtown Tulsa

JAN. 1-14

LANTERN LIGHT FESTIVAL

River West Festival Park | Tulsa

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Detroit and John Hope Franklin Blvd. | Tulsa

Bartlesville Community Center

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

JAN. 18-20

EVITA

CELEBRITY CHEER AND DANCE REGIONALS Expo Square | Tulsa

AN EVENING WITH ERIC WHITACRE

CINDERELLA

WESTERN HILLS WINTER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park | Wagoner

JAN. 19-20

BRI NATIONAL FINALS Muskogee Civic Center

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

THE RUNWAY RUN Tulsa International Airport

JAN. 14

CABARET

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

JAN. 23-28

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tulsa Performing Arts Center

JAN. 26-27

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

JAN. 26-28

JAN. 12-14, 18-21

JAN. 13

SNOWFLAKE WINTER FESTIVAL ICE SKATING

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE JAN. 16

Expo Square | Tulsa

JAN. 1-4

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Expo Square | Tulsa

JAN. 1

WORLD’S RICHEST CALF ROPING

JAN. 15

JAN. 20

MAD DOG DEMOLITION DERBY Expo Center | Claremore

CRISS ANGEL Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa | Catoosa

GREEN COUNTRY HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa

JAN. 27-28

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

JAN. 28

ENSEMBLE 4.1

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

JAN. 29-FEB. 4

TULSA BOAT, SPORT AND TRAVEL SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa

JAN. 30

GOBSMACKED Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center


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What would you wait in line for? Edna Mae’s Pancakes at The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska.

ANGELA

Coffee and chocolate.

SUMMER

I would gladly wait in line to see a children’s performance. Stuff like singing, dancing and acting melts my heart.

PAU L A

New Star Wars, meeting Michael Connelly, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford or Jesus Christ, and after that, not much.

I don’t think there’s anything I’m going to wait in a long line for. You see all those lines on Black Friday. Not a chance.

JAMIE

I would stand in line for pizza, tacos and free alcohol. And concert tickets!

JOANNA

I’d wait in line to board an international flight to Europe.

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The keys to the Kingdom.

FRANK

B RYA N After the buffet of subpar “super films,” besides seeing my own comics (Lion Forge) on the big screen, I would only wait in line for a legit Netflix/MCU crossover.

A picture with Jon Bon Jovi.

SARA

RAMÓN

I waited in line four hours to see U2 with my mom.

ERIC

It has to be something I like. I wouldn’t for games or anything but maybe for a TV. Maybe. I’ve waited in line to meet famous people.

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If we could go back and do away with multiple presales and internet sales, or at least delay them a day, I’d go back to waiting in line for concert tickets in a heartbeat.

I would gladly wait in line for the Evanescence Synthesis tickets.

MALEA

I would wait in line to see Santa Claus. To watch the excitement and joy come across my granddaughter’s face as it comes her turn to sit on his lap is priceless.

DONNA

Anything cool from Star Wars.

PHILL

I would wait in a long line for Lone Wolf Banh Mi, Lassalle’s, Burn Co. Barbecue and Hurts Donut.

E VA N

The Toy Story ride at Disney. Waited in line several times for it and Space Mountain.

A S H E LY

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CRISS LEANN RIMES ANGEL

CS CONVERSATION STARTER

When most people think of magicians, the first names that come to mind often include Houdini, David Copperfield, and even Penn & Teller. Quickly climbing to the top of that list, however, is Criss Angel. By marrying his rock music sensibilities and concert style production with a creative twist on classic tricks and illusions, as well as unveiling his own original ideas, Angel has brought a fresh energy and interest to the classic entertainment genre. Angel has achieved worldwide exposure and notoriety with two separate TV series: Mindfreak and BeLIEve, reaching more than 100 million viewers in over 90 countries. Additional internet viewers have made Angel arguably the most viewed and widely recognized magician and illusionist in history, and two successful shows with extended runs have made him one of the most bankable names in Las Vegas.

Never one to rest on his accomplishments, Angel continues to push the boundaries of his craft, conceptualizing and creating The Supernaturalists, an ensemble act featuring nine different magicians, each with a different specialized talent. He has also authored a best-selling book, been involved in commercial endorsements, and launched his own brand of products, offering highquality magic kits through his own website.

Reaching outside his own successes, however, Angel has also been incredibly active for charities, building a longstanding relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and creating the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation (originally Believe Anything Is Possible, renamed for his son who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 years old), with all donations going to children’s cancer research and treatment. Currently touring behind his latest traveling production, RAW: Mindfreak Unplugged, Angel will be appearing at The Joint: Tulsa Jan. 20.

THE MINDFREAK BRINGS HIS FAMOUS SLEIGHT OF HAND, STREET MAGIC, MENTALISM, AND EVEN SOME OF HIS MOST ICONIC ILLUSIONS TO LIFE IN AN INTIMATE, RAW SETTING. BY G.K. HIZER

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 veryone’s out to dethrone you E because the magic world, by and large, is very small. There are very few people who are on top, so when you’re the guy, everybody wants your spot. My competitive spirit and my desire to be the best that I can be as an artist pushes me to work harder than ever to create experiences that audiences have never had in the world of magic. That desire to go places magicians have never gone is my fuel and my power, so for me, I just focus on the future and never look over my shoulder.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOU APART FROM YOUR PEERS AND DRAWS SO MUCH INTEREST AND ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU DO?

 or me, magic is not about how F something works; it’s about how the audience feels when they watch it. The magic of emotion is stronger than any illusion that I can ever create onstage — or on the street, for that matter — so for me, it’s all about how people feel. It’s about

 AW is a completely different breed R from Mindfreak Live. Even though I’m going to be performing my most famous, signature sleight of hand effects from TV live, there’s many more challenges because I’m relying on myself as a performer and not all of the spectacular production tricks that I have in Vegas. I’m driving the show without a huge cast, but with a theatricality that is beyond anything that I’ve done before, so I’m so excited about this opportunity. The show will blow people’s minds. It’s a show for everyone: It’s creepy, it’s scary, it’s sexy, it’s mind-blowing, and it will touch your heart by the time you leave.

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WHETHER WITH YOUR TOURING PRODUCTION OR WITH THE RESIDENCY, HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SHOW FRESH AND ENGAGING?

I t’s simple to keep fresh because I never have the same audience in the room ever again. So for me, I have to give 110 percent. So does my incredible cast and the crew.

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YOUR SON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA IN 2015, BUT YOU WERE HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH CHILDREN’S CHARITIES EVEN BEFORE THEN. CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON HOW YOU INITIALLY GOT STARTED AND INVOLVED WITH THIS CAUSE?

I ’ve been working with children forever. For me, one child every two minutes who is diagnosed with cancer is ridiculous. And considering that for every $100 that the American Cancer Institute raises, less than seventy cents goes to pediatric cancer, it’s unacceptable. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder. We need to fight, because cancer doesn’t discriminate, doesn’t care who you are, or how young you are. For me, it’s not a choice, it’s my calling and if people want to help, they can make a donation at crissangel.com.

Q. A.

HOW DOES YOUR FOCUS AND APPROACH CHANGE WHEN PLANNING AND DESIGNING A SHOW FOR AN ENSEMBLE LIKE THE SUPERNATURALISTS, AS OPPOSED TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL SHOW?

 e Supernaturalists was something Th I really, really wanted to do for some time. It was my vision, creation, direction, and production, so I was really able to do something that was in my mind and scour the

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IT’S ESTIMATED THAT YOU’VE BEEN SEEN BY MORE PEOPLE THAN HOUDINI, DAVID COPPERFIELD, AND PENN & TELLER COMBINED. DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE THAT HAS PUT A TARGET, OF SORTS, ON YOUR BACK?

WHAT NEW CHALLENGES HAS RAW PRESENTED WITH IT, BOTH IN LOGISTICS AND IN CAPTURING YOUR VISION FOR WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE SHOW?

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I was always fascinated with magic as a kid, watching it on television and watching magic shows live. It was just something that really connected to me. With regards to my inspiration, my dad was my absolutely greatest inspiration and supported and encouraged me to live my dream. My parents were never in the entertainment business, so I had to create a path and not follow a path and figure out how to succeed in living my dream.

globe looking for the greatest magicians, each in their respected discipline, and take all of these different categories of magic and put them together like we’ve never seen before. Quite frankly, it destroys any other ensemble show out there, in my humble opinion, because there’s nothing like it. I mean, the production level, the spectacular nature of the show is beyond anything that is out there in an ensemble show.

leaving people with wonder and awe and making them feel empowered, so that when they leave my show they feel like they can conquer the world, because they just saw the impossible.

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THE ROOTSY SIBLING DUO BROTHERS OSBORNE ARE BUILDING SUCCESS AVOIDING TRENDY SELL-OUR-SOUL SONGS, INSTEAD FOCUSING ON A RANGE OF STYLES FROM SOUTHERN ROCK TO COUNTRY AND A SIDE OF BLUES.

BY DONNA LEAHEY PHOTOS BY JIM WRIGHT

The Brothers Osborne are riding high on success with their third Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t My Fault,” five successful singles, certified gold album Pawn Shop, and shiny new ACM and CMA awards. From the small Atlantic fishing town of Deale, Maryland, brothers John and

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T.J. are bringing their own brand of country to Tulsa this month.

T.J. is the voice, with a smooth, evocative baritone, and his older brother John’s guitarshredding fingers lay down bluegrass, rock, and some fine country twang to back him up.

T.J. OSBORNE

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Success is only as hard as you make it. You know, we’re touring a lot and we’re very busy because of our success, and it’s what we signed up for. Sometimes the constant movement and lack of sleep can catch up with you. But you have to surround yourself with people who keep you grounded. And we do.

HOW DOES YOUR COLLABORATION WORK?

Every songwriting session is a different experience. When you’re writing songs, it’s not something you should really try to do. Music isn’t something you should try to do. It should come naturally; it shouldn’t be over-thought. When we sit in a room, we don’t really know what’s going to happen. Sometimes I’ll have a title or T.J. will have a guitar riff, and we’ll go from there. It’s a different experience every day. You shouldn’t really force it; you should let the song write itself.

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There have certainly been some heated arguments. We’ve been arguing since we were 2 years old. An argument with a family member is a different type of thing. It’s better because you can be honest and it’s a very efficient thing. Most of the time, we can do things without even saying a word. Sometimes when you want to articulate a thought or opinion to someone else, it could take you an hour. With T.J. and me, it could take literally one word and it’s done. You share a collective consciousness with your family, especially with your siblings and you share that proximity with someone for so long and you create a symbiotic relationship and we certainly have that. We can get a good argument over in about two minutes and then the next thing we’re drinking beer and talking about something.

WHO DID YOU LISTEN TO GROWING UP? We listened to a lot of music growing up. We didn’t really consider a genre until we knew there were genres. Our dad listened to everything from Merle Haggard to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Squeeze, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Mariah Carey. He just loves good songs. So, we were subjected to a lot of great music growing up, regardless of the genre. But I would say our biggest influences would be country music — lot of ‘90s country because that was huge for us, and it was such a big era for country music. Like George Strait and Alan Jackson. A

huge influence was Hank Williams. In fact, I was listening to some of his music last night, and it’s still some of the best music that has ever been recorded.

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On the other side of the spectrum, I listen to a lot of blues, a lot of Eric Clapton, a lot of The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and bands like that.

YOUR MUSIC IS FULL OF EMOTION. IS IT DRAINING TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE SO MUCH?

It is. The songwriting process is the most draining. When you’re performing, you’re in the zone. But the songwriting process is more draining because you’re trying to really dig deep into yourself to find those lyrics that explain the complexity of human emotion. I find that to be far more draining than anything because it’s like trying to build a house with nothing but thin air, trying to create a structure with something that doesn’t exist. Performing is just fun. It’s a blast.

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We get asked that a lot. I can see why people would think that country music is only allowed south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but country music is everywhere. It’s worldwide. Where we grew up is a rural town. It’s a hard-working-bluecollar-red-neck town on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead of farmland, what we had was water, but it’s kind of the same mentality. We were raised on country music and old rock ‘n’ roll music.

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS’ singular focus bridges genres and presents one of Tulsa’s most promising pop albums (Cosmic Hearts) in years. B Y G . K . H I Z E R //

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When the Wright Brothers convened for a release party for their most recent CD, Cosmic Hearts, in September, the band revealed a refined sound and new direction that clearly tied to its past with a sharp focus on the future. Yes, there are still moments that share the cinematic scope of the band’s debut EP, You, Me and the Universe, but a more concentrated focus on melodies, big vocal harmonies, and even larger hooks make it one of the most unabashedly pop-focused local albums Tulsa has seen in the past decade. When listening, it feels like a huge leap forward and a promise that danceable power-pop is ripe for re-emergence in Tulsa’s music landscape. When sitting

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down with the band, however, it all feels like a natural progression for four biological brothers who share an undeniable love of music and a unified vision of what they can accomplish. One listen to tracks like the ultra-danceable “Hot Shot Love” or “Wonder Drunk,” which segues from a dreamy intro to a huge hook on the chorus, and it’s easy to get caught up in Cosmic Hearts. The Brothers make it seem effortless, but there was plenty of work put into it; the band spent roughly two years in the studio constructing, layering, and refining the songs that would appear on the final track listing. With Cosmic Hearts finally seeing release, the fully independent group is now focused on building

awareness of the band and the new album. “We’re trying to do a lot of internet marketing to make sure people know about us and the new CD,” says guitarist Jonny. That includes releasing music videos, of which the band has already released two: initially for the first single, “Rocketship,” and most recently for the follow up, “Hot Shot Love,” with the band in pre-production stages for three more videos. “The idea is that if you’re an independent band, you really don’t have the budget or marketing opportunities that a band on a larger label has, so you need to keep putting material out there, to stay on people’s minds and build a fan base,” Jonny shares. “Our goal is to keep releasing content,” guitarist/vocalist Jacob adds. “We’re really excited about these songs, so we’ve got a lot of ideas for videos.” With a combination of great songs and a growing online presence,

building awareness of the band should come with time and exposure, especially as the band focuses on building an expansive EPK (electronic press kit) to market itself for live performance into 2018 and beyond. For those who assume The Wright Brothers are a new band emerging from the shadows with big intentions, think again. Yes, the brothers have a big vision, but these guys are far from newcomers. The group released You, Me and the Universe in 2012 and proceeded to play select shows into the following year, including a showcase spot at the Center of the Universe festival in July 2013 as well as opening shows for select touring acts and a few local bands. Looking back even further, it seems The Wright Brothers weren’t born of choice or even necessity, but destiny. Yes, Jonny, Jacob, keyboardist Jeremy, and drummer Joe are all siblings. When asked about infighting and if or when the band turns into


“We got a few complaints from the neighbors,” Jonny adds, “but I’m surprised they didn’t complain a lot more than they did.” Music came naturally to all of the siblings as their mother had been a music major at ORU (their father was a pastor) and there was always a guitar and piano in the house. “I think our Mom gave us all piano lessons and as we grew up, we all just kind of naturally attached ourselves to our respective instruments,” Jonny explains. All three of the older brothers (Jonny, Jacob, and Jeremy) have played in different bands and projects since 1999 or 2000. Jonny and Jacob played together in a band called Glow Soul, before revamping as Lightworks in 2007-08 with the addition of Jeremy on keyboards. By the time youngest brother Joe joined the fold, the band finally transitioned to their current moniker. Since then, the group has continued to evolve and refine its sound.

The results of that renewed focus, not to mention nearly two years of writing, experimenting, and refining, have crystalized in Cosmic Hearts, an album that bridges the gap between the Brothers’ late-‘80s reference points and more progressive influences like Muse, Coldplay, Radiohead, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

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Perhaps more importantly, it positions the group as one of the premier local bands to keep an eye on, as its songs can sit squarely in the middle of a playlist with major label peers like M83, The Weeknd, and The 1975. Now that the fruits of the band’s labors have finally been released, the group’s focus is transitioning to getting the music out to as many people as possible and getting back to the live stage to perform for an audience on a regular basis.

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To hear Jonny and Jacob tell it, as teenagers, they not only shared a room and passion for guitar, but that passion ran so deep, they pushed the beds out of the way to set up a full PA system in their room to play through.

“With our EP, I think it was a little more progressive and cinematic in scope,” Jonny explains. “The early version of our band, I think of a lot like Sigur Rós: We had some really atmospheric, conceptual stuff that was long with a lot of parts. As we started preparing for the new record, we started to go back to some of the stuff from the ‘80s. We wanted to get a more pop sound and looked to bands like New Order, Tears for Fears, U2 and even Def Leppard. We didn’t get too deep into ‘80s new wave, but we started incorporating more synths and taking our cues from those bands to focus on what we wanted to do with our songs.”

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a magnified Kinks or Oasis, all four of them laugh. “You know, people have asked about that before, but we’ve pretty much always gotten along really well. We grew up in a big family: a nine-person family in a medium-sized house, so we were always close.”

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It’s nearly impossible to pick only 20 of the best singers, songwriters and musicians in Oklahoma’s history. No matter how a list like this is pared down, it can’t really capture all the talent and diversity that has made Oklahoma such a wonderful melting pot of sounds. But we gave it our best shot. Let the debates begin. By G.K. Hizer If you ever listen to a conversation between music lovers, you’ll almost always hear them discuss what a deep talent pool we have in Tulsa. In truth, an amazing breadth of talent is spread across our state. What most people don’t realize, however, is just how rich Oklahoma’s musical heritage is. Most people know that Oklahoma has produced a number of popular country stars and can name a handful of them off the top of their head. Many even recognize that Stillwater launched its own hybrid style of music, known as Red Dirt: a blend of country, rock, blues, and folk elements that has been co-opted by the Texas country market. But Oklahoma has produced more than just variations on country music. Over the years, Oklahoma artists have helped shape nearly every genre of music, from jazz and rock to pop, swing and country. If you think Oklahomans are merely followers, think again. Oklahoma artists have consistently shaped the music industry with their talent and ability to push boundaries to move each genre forward, while gaining the respect of others.

We’ve compiled a list of 20 Oklahomans who have been the most influential on the music industry. From singers and songwriters to instrumentalists and even a producer, each has pushed their respective genre to a new level or left a lasting impact on those who follow while garnering critical and/ or popular acclaim. We’ve even provided a jumping-off point to get reacquainted with essential songs and album suggestions for each artist. And lest you think our influence is waning, we’ve included three up-and-coming artists who promise to keep pushing boundaries and influencing the next generation of musicians. Fans of Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Joe Diffie, Carrie Underwood, The Great Divide, Brandon Jenkins, Jason Boland, Color Me Badd, The Gap Band, and others may have problems with this list. And their arguments can probably be justified based on personal preferences. Some who made the list are nationally famous. Others are known only to a small circle of fans. Some are virtuoso players. Others take the stage with a style, vibe and body of work that we can’t ignore no matter how much they lack in musical chops.

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Blake Shelton Born in Ada, Shelton still owns a home and businesses in Tishomingo while maintaining an active career in country music. His career started hot, as his debut single, “Austin,” tied the record set by Billy Ray Cyrus, holding the top spot on the country charts for five weeks, setting the standard for artist debuts. Since then, he’s set a record for most consecutive No. 1 singles (at 17) and become one of only three artists to win the CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year five times, sharing the honor with George Strait and Vince Gill. Following in the path of other country superstars, Shelton has also become a multimedia star, delving into television and movie acting, and has become something of a pop icon as well as a judge and coach on the popular TV reality series, The Voice.

Bob Wills

Bob Childers

Although Wills was born in Texas and eventually returned to Texas, we still count him as an adopted Okie. Wills’ band, the Texas Playboys, were essential in establishing Texas and country swing music and bringing Cain’s Ballroom to prominence as “the house that Bob built” as Wills and his band broadcast daily shows on KVOO from the Cain’s Ballroom between 1934-42. To this day, Wills is known as the King of Texas Swing,

Although known by many as the Godfather of Red Dirt, most people don’t realize that Childers (who grew up in Ponca City) studied music in Berkeley, California, before returning to Stillwater. Childers’ career led him to move to Nashville in the mid-‘80s, then relocate to Austin, before returning to Oklahoma in 1991. Over the course of his career, Childers’ songwriting and spirit made him an over-arching influence on nearly all Red Dirt artists coming out the Stillwater music scene. Childers died in 2008, but his songs remain alive and frequently reappear within the Red Dirt community.

blending elements of country, Dixieland jazz, and pop. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Wills in 1968 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored him as well in 1999.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: The Essential Bob Wills: 1935-1947 (1992) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” “New San Antonio Rose,” “Ida Red,” “Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima,” “Steel Guitar Rag”

The Call ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Red River Blue (2011) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Austin,” “The Baby,” “Some Beach,” “Honey Bee,” “Drink on It,” “Sure Be Cool If You Did”

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ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Nothing More Natural (1997) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Restless Spirits,” “Memphis After Midnight,” “Woody’s Road,” “Pancho Villa’s Gold,” “Dust on the Bible”

Many people don’t realize that lead singer Michael Been and drummer Scott Musick both hailed from Oklahoma, as the band itself initially launched out of California. The Call was ground breaking as a key artist that helped the previously known “college rock” genre find a more mainstream audience and develop into what is now known as alternative rock. The group was also one of the early mainstream artists to incorporate religious imagery and reference points into the music without catering to the Christian music market.

Musick remains in Tulsa as a music instructor and can still be caught performing with his own trio around town on occasion.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Reconciled (1986) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “I Still Believe,” “Let the Day Begin,” “Oklahoma,” “I Don’t Wanna,” “The Walls Came Down”


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Charlie Christian Raised in Oklahoma City, Christian first gained national exposure playing with Benny Goodman’s Sextet and Orchestra from 1939-42. Christian’s career was cut short as he died at the age of 25 from complications due to contracting tuberculosis in the 1930s. Nevertheless, his guitar playing influenced jazz artists as diverse as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and even Miles Davis. His electric guitar playing is also credited for paving the way for later players like Eddie Cochran, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix. On the jazz side, Christian’s technique and style led him to be credited as being an important contributor to the development of bebop and an early influence on cool jazz.

Cross Canadian Ragweed

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: The Charlie Christian Collection 1939-41 (2013) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Stardust,” “Swing to Bop,” “Breakfast Feud,” “Wholly Cats,” “Gone with What Draft”

splintered Baker formed his own quartet and found even more fame with his vocals, becoming an icon and staple of the “cool jazz” movement. Baker’s career derailed in the mid-‘60s due to his drug habit, but he returned to music in the ‘70s and was prolific as a recording artist in Europe in the latter years of his career, only returning stateside sporadically. Regardless, his impact on cool jazz remains an imprint on the genre to this day.

Chet Baker Born and raised in Yale, Oklahoma, Baker shot to fame in the early ‘50s as a jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, and vocalist. Early in his career he played with Vido Musso and Stan Getz, and gained initial acclaim when playing a series of West Coast shows with Charlie Parker in 1952. Attention grew as he joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. After that group

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ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Chet Baker Sings (2015) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “My Funny Valentine,” “Early Morning Mood,” “Stella by Starlight,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” “I Fall in Love Too Easily”

Initially formed in Yukon while the founding members were still in high school, the band moved to Stillwater after graduating to plug itself into the Red Dirt music scene, becoming one of its most popular acts. Ragweed moved Red Dirt in a new direction with a sound that was more rooted in southern rock and blues than folk or country, while still embracing and expanding on the vivid storytelling and songwriting that Bob Childers and Tom Skinner exemplified. Ragweed went on to tour nationally, expanding Red Dirt’s reach and bringing even more notoriety to Stillwater’s blossoming music scene.

Although the band split up in 2010, bandleader Cody Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato have moved on with their band The Departed and continue to carry on the Red Dirt heritage.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Cross Canadian Ragweed (2002) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Constantly,” “17,” “Alabama,” “Look at Me,” “Anywhere but Here,” “Boys from Oklahoma,” “Carney Man” “42 Miles”


The Flaming Lips Although Wayne Coyne and his cohorts haven’t scored staggering sales numbers, The Flaming Lips have had a huge impact on Oklahoma’s indie rock community. Endlessly experimental, the band has consistently pushed the rock genre beyond conceived boundaries with releases like its Zaireeka project (meant to be listened to on four separate

stereos, simultaneously) and concept album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The band has gained critical acclaim for its recordings, but is best known for its live shows, which mixes psychedelia, performance art, and rock concert elements. Above all else, though, the Flaming Lips’ “anything goes” attitude consistently encourages young rockers and independent acts to let their freak flags fly.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Do You Realize??,” “The W.A.N.D.,” “She Don’t Use Jelly,” “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton,” “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1”

Garth Brooks Officially the best-selling artist of the past 20 years (since the opening of the Soundscan/RIAA tracking era), Brooks has sold over 70 million albums, and as of September 2016 is the only artist to have seven Diamond Award albums (10 million units sold). He’s also one of the most awarded country artists of all time with 22 ACM awards (and 47 nominations), two Grammys from 13 nominations), and even more Billboard, AMA, and CMA awards. Brooks undeniably bridged the gap between classic and modern pop-country and has been at the forefront of country music crossing over into pop and some rock markets. At this point, you can’t think of modern country music without thinking of Brooks, and he’s always proudly worn his Oklahoma roots on his sleeve. Recently emerged from retirement, he’s still one of the most popular touring artists on the road and shows no sign of slowing down again.

Hanson

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: No Fences (1990) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Friends in Low Places,” “The Dance,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “The River,” “Unanswered Prayers” “The Thunder Rolls,” “We Shall Be Free,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),” “When You Come Back to Me Again”

Yes, the band was launched like a rocket with the chart topping single, “MMMBop” off 1997’s Middle of Nowhere, but they’ve grown into much more than a simple novelty act. The fact is, all three brothers (Isaac, Taylor and Zac) are incredibly talented and have become amazingly strong songwriters. Their following remains incredibly loyal and the group remains tied to Tulsa, with its headquarters still tucked away in the Tulsa Arts District. Add in the fact that they’ve expanded in recent years to launch their own microbrew and have brought The Hop Jam, a microbrew and music festival

to downtown Tulsa, and they’ve grown from pop wonder kids to renaissance men.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Middle of Nowhere (1997) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “MMMBop,” “Where’s the Love,” “This Time Around,” “Penny & Me,” “Runaway Run,” “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,” “Strong Enough to Break,” “Give a Little,” “Juliet,” “I Was Born”

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Jimmy LaFave J.J. Cale Known as one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, Cale saw his own share of success as a solo artist, but is most well-known as a songwriter. Although he generally avoided the limelight, his influence as an important artist in rock history has been widely acknowledged by artists like Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Cale’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists including Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freddie King, Waylon Jennings, Beck, Lucinda Williams, Dr. John, John Mayer and others. Although he maintained a low profile, his album with Clapton, The Road to Escondido, won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2008, and his influence is still felt in the rock and blues communities. In 2013, Young remarked that of all the musicians he had ever heard, Cale and Jimi Hendrix were the two best electric guitar players.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Troubadour (1976) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “After Midnight,”, “Cocaine,” “Travelin’ Light,” “If You’re Ever in Oklahoma,” “Call Me the Breeze”

Often credited as the third leader of Red Dirt (along with Tom Skinner and Bob Childers), LaFave is another adopted Okie who was born in Texas. LaFave and his family moved to Stillwater in his teens, where he eventually met Childers and produced his first album. Until his death in May 2017, LaFave remained active as a musician, as well as a devotee of Woody Guthrie, acting as an advisory board member and regular performer for the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Leon Russell ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Texoma (2001) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Walk Away Renee,” “On a Bus to St. Cloud,” “Shining on Through,” “Hideaway Girl,” “Rock and Roll Music to the World”

You can’t have a serious conversation about Tulsa music, or Oklahoma music in general, without Russell in the mix. One of the biggest rock stars of the ‘70s, he saw international acclaim and toured consistently (always with Tulsa musicians) right up until his passing in 2016. He also founded Shelter Records and The Church recording studio (which is currently undergoing a restoration project). Those two ventures alone helped put Tulsa on the music industry radar, drawing artists like Jimmy Cliff, Eric Clapton, and George Harrison to our city to work on various projects. He also produced

and played on sessions with Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Ventures, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis and many records with Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Carney (1972) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “A Song for You,” “Tight Rope,” “Stranger in a Strange Land,” “This Masquerade,” “Hummingbird,” “Lady Blue,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”

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THREE TO WATCH

John Fullbright As a native of Okemah, Fullbright shares roots with Woody Guthrie, whom he counts as an influence. By writing intensely vivid and personal songs, however, Fullbright grabs your attention like a figurative slap to the face. His studio debut, From the Ground Up, earned rave reviews and a Grammy nomination for best Americana album. Fullbright’s follow up, Songs, shifted from primarily third-person narratives to first-person conversations and garnered strong reviews from the Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and NPR, drawing comparisons to Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. Expect his next move to find an even larger, crossover audience, as he fills the role that Bob Childers and Tom Skinner have vacated with their passing.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: From the Ground Up (2012) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Gawd Above,” “Jericho,” “When You’re Here,” “Until You Were Gone”

John Moreland Over the past couple of years, Moreland worked his way into the subconscious of a national audience that should start unfolding over the next year or two. Heavy touring, both on his own and opening for the likes of Jason Isbell and Iron & Wine, has started paying off with strong reviews, and the Wall Street Journal even previewed his latest CD, Big Bad Luv, leading up to its release. Think a mix of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp with a distinctly Oklahoma based perspective, and you’ll have an idea of where Moreland’s career could go.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: High on Tulsa Heat (2015) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Break My Heart Sweetly,” “Sallisaw Blue,” “Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars,” “It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before),” “Endless Oklahoma Sky”

Reed Mathis It’s not hard to argue that Mathis is one of the most diversely talented musicians to come out of Oklahoma in the past decade or more. As a founding member of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, he was perhaps the heartbeat of that outfit until he chose to depart in 2008. Since then, he has crossed between jazz, rock, and jam projects, playing with Steve Kimock, Marco Benevento, Bill Kreutzmann (of The Grateful Dead), and was a member of Tea Leaf Green until choosing to pursue his own project. His current group, Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven, crosses genres with an improvisational take on Beethoven’s melodies. A talented and in-demand multi-instrumentalist, expect Mathis to become a leader in both modern jazz and improvisational rock formats.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Lil Tae Rides Again (2008) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Shepherd’s Song,” “Easy to Be Your Lover,” “Autumnal,” “Son of Jah,” “Sue from Bogalusa”

Reba McEntire

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A native of McAlester, McEntire launched her debut single in January 1976 (“I Don’t Wanna Be a One Night Stand”), and released her debut album (Reba McEntire) in 1977. Since then, she has become the undisputed queen of modern country, one of the few artists to chart No. 1 singles across four decades, was the first artist to win the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award four years in a row (now joined by only Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood), and

holds the record for most CMA award nominations by a female artist, with 50. Beyond that, her career led her to become a multimedia sensation, appearing in movies (Tremors, Maverick), on Broadway (Annie Get Your Gun), and even starring in her own sitcom, Reba, for six seasons. She has continued to remain active and relevant in the industry, while charting 40 No. 1 singles, 16 No. 1 albums, and having 28 albums certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Reba (1988) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “Can’t Even Get the Blues No More,” “Does He Love You,” “The Last One to Know,” “I Know How He Feels,” “Is There Life Out There”


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Roy Clark An icon in country music, Clark has won seven CMA awards (including both Entertainer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year) and a Grammy as one of the best guitarist and overall performers in his genre, especially during the ‘70s. Perhaps more importantly, he was a host of the nationally syndicated television show Hee Haw, and frequently guest hosted The Tonight Show in Johnny Carson’s absence, making him one of the pioneers crossing country music into a multi-media machine. In addition, Clark was the first country musician to build and own a theater in Branson, Missouri, opening a trend that led Branson to become known as a live performance destination.

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: I Never Picked Cotton (1970) ESSENTIAL TRACKS: “The Tips of My Fingers,” “I Never Picked Cotton,” “Thank God and Greyhound,” “If I Had It to Do All Over Again,” “Come Live with Me” “Yesterday,” “When I Was Young”

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Ripley grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University and is reported to be one of the first to use the term Red Dirt, when Ripley’s band, Moses, chose the label name Red Dirt Records to self-release its live album on 1972. Ripley formed The Tractors in 1994 and has released seven albums with the group. He is best known as a studio musician and producer, having worked with Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Roy Clark, amongst others. Musicians also know him for founding Ripley Guitars, designing a stereo-output guitar and creating guitars for Steve Lukather, Jimmy Buffett, and Eddie Van Halen, amongst others. Ripley also purchased The Church Studio from Leon Russell in 1987 and used it until he sold the studio in 2006.

Skinner is also credited as one of the founding artists of Stillwater’s Red Dirt movement, as a friend and contemporary to Bob Childers. Skinner was bassist for Garth Brooks’ early band, Santa Fe, and initially moved to Nashville with him before returning to Oklahoma to be closer to family. Known primarily for his folk influenced playing and story telling writing style, Skinner’s influence reaches beyond his compositions to his open spirit and willingness to embrace other, younger artists. “Red Dirt is really more of a brotherhood and a community than it is, necessarily, a style,” he was quoted as saying. Two years after passing in 2015, his weekly “Wednesday Night Science Project,” an open, songwriter’s jam session, remains a tradition at The Colony in Tulsa, continuing to carry on his welcoming spirit.

Although most people don’t know the name, Allsup was one of the most influential and important guitarists to quietly come out of Oklahoma in the ‘50s. Known primarily for playing with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and Buddy Holly. Allsup was touring with Holly and lost a coin toss to Richie Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed in 1959, killing Valens, Holly, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. He was also an ace studio musician who played with artists ranging from The Ventures to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison. Allsup, who was born near Owasso, Oklahoma, was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Paul McCartney called him one of the finest guitar players in the world.

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Wanda Jackson Although Jackson’s career led her into country and gospel music

as well, she’s best known as the “Queen of Rockabilly.” Jackson started her career and began touring after she graduated high school, with her father accompanying her as manager and chaperone. During that time, she often shared the stage with Elvis Presley, and even dated him for a short period. Presley encouraged her to sing more rockabilly. She had her first Top 40 hit in 1960 with “Let’s Have a Party,” and toured as a headliner with her band The Party Timers (which included as yet unknown guitarist Roy Clark). Jackson’s country career started taking off at the same time, and she transitioned to the country

market in the mid-‘50s as rockabilly’s popularity was waning. She returned to her rockabilly roots in her later years and has most recently released The Party Ain’t Over (recorded with Jack White of the White Stripes) in 2011 and Unfinished Business in 2012.

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As crafty as it is unabashedly silly, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder kills it with lighthearted murderous intrigue and romantic frivolity that will have you questioning whether crime really does pay. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith

By Michele Chiappetta

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What could love, murder, music and comedy possibly have in common? That’s easy — they’re all elements of the awardwinning Broadway musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which is visiting Tulsa for the first time this month as part of its second national tour. And oh boy, do the laughs and the ( fake) blood flow in this raucous black comedy about reversals of fortune, fortune-seeking, and criminal enterprise.

“Don’t let the newness of the musical or the word murder in the title throw you,” says actor James Taylor Odom, who plays eight characters (all members of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family) in the show. The music, the laughs, the costume changes, the comeuppances — they all provide a naughtily black comedy riot of fun. “Be willing and prepared to laugh,” says Odom. “Just know that you’ll have a blast.”

Based on Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was adapted into a stage version that debuted to great success on Broadway in 2013. Since then, the musical comedy has received much critical acclaim and was named Best Musical by the Tony Awards, the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle. It even received a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

As the story begins, antihero Monty Navarro (played by Blake Price) is mourning the death of his poor, washerwoman mother when he discovers his true heritage. As it turns out, Navarro is actually a nobleman, one of the great aristocratic D’Ysquith family, ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst. It’s a promising godsend for the young man, who has been living in poverty.

So, its debut in Tulsa is something that theater lovers will not want to miss. And since the show will only be in town for eight performances, you’ll want to make plans to get tickets right away.

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At first, Navarro makes a humble appeal to his newfound family, writing to ask for a job. When he is turned down, trouble is set into motion. The idea of eliminating the eight other heirs (whom Odom plays) becomes much more appealing to Navarro, especially after the woman he loves refuses to marry him because


he is poor, choosing to accept instead the advances of a wealthier gentleman. Navarro then embarks on a murderous path while juggling lovers — and the only question remaining is whether he’ll succeed in his quest for the earldom or end up hanged. Along the way, audiences get a lot of laughter, great music, drama, and horror the likes of which you don’t often see in the theater. “First of all, the time period really grabs a lot of people. There’s been a huge obsession with Downton Abbey in the last several years, the Victorian-Edwardian period,” Odom says. “And then you mix this Edwardian period with farce and comedy, and then make it a musical. And then you involve murder and dark macabre — it’s just delicious.” Odom shares this fascination with the Edwardian period with audience-goers. “This kind and style of show is something I have been working on pretty much my whole life, since I was 5,” he says. “I’m a big fan of British mystery shows, Masterpiece Theatre and Agatha Christie. I love the Edwardian period, love performing shows set then. It’s just what I love to do.” A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has garnered praise all around the country, with the Hollywood Reporter saying it “restores our faith in musical comedy” and Time saying, “Just as I was about to give up on musicals, along comes A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” The praise is well deserved, says Odom, and audiences won’t be disappointed. “I don’t want to give anything away, but the writing of this musical is so clever and brilliant; the lyrics are so witty,” he says. “The audience can look forward to every death I get to do in every scene. The audience can have just a blast with that.” Playing the eight heirs of the D’Ysquith family is a lot of fun for Odom. He has played multiple roles in a show before, but Gentleman’s Guide is unique for him in many ways. “I play eight characters,” he says, “all of whom are relatives of the D’Ysquith family — upper crust, British aristocrats who are just nasty. It’s the first time I’ve done a musical like this with all the quick costume changes.” Odom ends up making multiple costume and character changes throughout the show — “massive changes in 14 seconds, with three to four people helping me backstage,” he explains. “It’s tiring with this role. It’s like a marathon for me. It’s exhausting but also so exciting,” he says.

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It’s January, and it’s a perfect time to make resolutions that will add quality to our lives. And while it’s tempting to choose the same old few goals we always make — losing a few pounds, exercising more — why not resolve to do something you’ve never tried before, something that might put you on the path to a fun new hobby or career? Yes, that’s right — we’re suggesting you resolve to learn something new. And before you say, “I’m not in school anymore” and turn the page, consider the many powerful, valuable advantages that come with learning new things as we age. { BE A CHEF }

First, it can benefit your career. Adding a new skill can help you fill a new role, opening up more job opportunities. But that’s not the

SLEUTH IT UP

Want to see if you can become the next Sherlock Holmes? If it’s a crime solving career you’re dreaming of, you can study Practical Law Enforcement at Tulsa Tech. For current law enforcement personnel, you can add to your skills at Northeastern State University, which offers a Crime Scene Investigation Certificate. CSI, here you come! CSI

RELEASE YOUR INNER PICASSO

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For those with artistic yearnings, Green Country excels at offering art classes of every kind. One place to get your feet wet, without having to have any significant art background, is the Tulsa Art Center. The Center offers classes for children and adults, from beginners to advanced, in acrylics, calligraphy, cartooning, digital art, photography, and more.

STAIN THAT GLASS

Whether you love the stained-glass windows of the area’s many historic churches, or you love the idea of hanging a homemade sun-catcher in your home, Tulsa Stained Glass can help. This art studio offers classes for creators of all levels, and you can test out the waters by taking the Garden Spirit Sculpture class — two hours of guided learning with supplies provided so you can take home a stained-glass piece you made personally.

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If you or your child has dreams of dancing, singing or acting onstage, check out the offerings at Theatre Tulsa. This innovative, education-focused theatre develops students of all ages and ambitions, from the beginner

only advantage. Learning also broadens our perspective, giving us better insight into the lives of others. This builds emotional intelligence — a key skill companies are looking for, because employees who have it make better teammates and are more successful at their jobs. But learning isn’t just about career success. It’s also vital to our long-term health and happiness. Psychologists say learning new things helps us to be more confident, more emotionally resilient, and more likely to retain our mental sharpness as we age. Fortunately, Green Country is full of cool classes to keep you learning something new all year long. Here are 19 of our favorites to get you started.

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to the Broadway-bound. With Theatre Tulsa’s many workshops, classes and seasonal camps, you or your child can gain skills in diction, dance moves, acting techniques, improvisation and more, like the rising star you are.

CRAFT AN INSTRUMENT

For those who enjoy woodworking projects, Tulsa Wood Arts stands ready to assist you in improving your skills. A popular class is Build Your Own Guitar or Bass course — 36 hours with Seth Lee Jones, Tulsa’s own professional luthier craftsman. Jones helps you make an instrument that is both aesthetically pleasing and produces the best possible sound.

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Climb Tulsa has been teaching people in Northeast Oklahoma gym climbing skills since 1997. It’s a popular form of exercise, and Tulsans clearly love it because Climb Tulsa is building a new, state-of-the-art facility with over 20,000-square-feet of climbing, scheduled to open in spring 2018. Sign up to bolster your skills in bouldering, top rope climbing, lead climbing, and the use of climbing gear.

FISH ROLL UPS

The second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., Fuji Sushi Bar hosts a hands-on class that teaches you all you need to know for making sushi at home. You’ll be shown how to make Fuji’s mouth-watering menu creations, like their salad dressing, miso soup, sushi rice, and five sushi making styles. You’ll make your own meal, then chow down. Sushi Hana offers similar classes on select Sundays.

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BE THE BELLE OF THE BALLROOM

Dancing is an entertaining, social way to burn calories, stay fit and make friends. And Green Country is blooming with studios like Allstar Ballroom Dance Company, where you can learn to waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha and tango your way across the floor. Bring a partner or go solo, take group lessons or private — there are many choices to fit your budget and comfort level. The studios host regular dance parties too, so people can practice what they’ve learned and mingle with other students.

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We’re talking about glass here, not explosions. Tulsa Glassblowing School has been teaching Green Country residents to master the fine art of glassblowing since 2007. You’ve probably seen their wares as you’ve wandered the Tulsa Arts District during First Fridays downtown. In addition to offering community classes open to the public, they also offer special classes for veterans and active duty military, as well as outreaches to local youth.

BE THE BEAN

Coffee bean lovers, this one’s for you. Learn more about brewing an expert cup of coffee at home. With Topeca Coffee Roaster’s Coffee Geek Classes, you can expand your passion for specialty coffee by discovering more about the process of roasting, brewing and tasting. There’s also a First Saturday Tasting you can sign up for, as well as more specialized training for professionals, under the aegis of the Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Skills Program. { SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE }

BECOME A CAKE BOSS

Well, you can do this without going to New Jersey. All Things Cake, one of Tulsa’s premier custom cake studios, doesn’t just dish up the sweets. They also offer classes so you can satisfy your sweet tooth and your love for beautiful baked goods in your own kitchen. Learn techniques to decorate cookies, cupcakes and other baked items in fashionable style.

WAX ON, WAX OFF

Achieve the strength — both inner and outer — of Mr. Miyagi by training at one of the many dojos around Green Country, whether you want to develop a peaceful, meditative Tai Chi routine at Thomas Academy, karate at Apollo’s, taekwondo at Golden Dragon, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Clinch in Owasso. Martial arts are popular for self-defense, of course, but they’re also a great tool for teaching discipline, patience and confidence. { TAKE BAKING CLASSES }

SelfAwareness IN A FAST-MOVING, COMPETITIVE WORLD, being able to learn new skills is one of the keys to success. It’s not enough to be smart — you need to always be getting smarter. We need to constantly look for opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that may not always feel comfortable at first. Continual improvement is necessary to get ahead. Here are some principles to follow in your quest for self-improvement.

C H E C K YO U R R E A D I N E S S When working on a new skill or competency, you need to ask yourself two things. First, is your goal attainable? Second, how much time and energy can you give to the project? Unless your goal is attainable and you’re prepared to work hard, you won’t get very far.

MAKE SURE IT’S NEEDED Is the skill relevant to your career, your organization, or both? Gaining a new skill is an investment, and you need to know upfront what the return will be.

K N O W H O W YO U L E A R N B E S T Reflect on some of your past learning experiences, and make a list of good ones and another list of bad ones. What did the good, effective experiences have in common? How about the bad ones? Identifying common strands can help you determine the learning environment that works best for you.

S TA R T S M A L L

Self-improvement can feel overwhelming. You can’t take on everything. If you do, you’ll never do it. Choose one or two skills to focus on at a time, and break that skill down into manageable goals.

REFLECT

To move from experimentation to mastery, you need to reflect on what you are learning. Otherwise the new skill won’t stick. Always share your goals with those individuals who can provide informational or emotional support along the way. Talking about your progress helps you get valuable feedback, keeps you accountable, and cements the change.

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If you think earning extra money is a nice idea, but unrealistic, think again. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to put extra cash in your pocket. — B Y G I N A C O N R O Y

Money. It’s something we need, but most of us never seem to have enough. Many people hold full-time jobs and still find they’re living paycheck to paycheck with no room for things that aren’t in the budget. Other people do OK. They might even save enough money for a vacation, until that unexpected medical bill, retirement or car repair sucks the money right out of their savings. Then there is the rest of the population; drowning in debt. Wouldn’t it be nice to make some extra money to pay those unexpected (or reoccurring) bills on time, say yes to your

BEYOND THE GARAGE SALE

Though many people opt to sell their unwanted items on eBay and Craigslist instead of a garage sale, did you know that locally selling your items in Facebook groups can be more effective and profitable? Plus, you don’t have to worry about the hassle and cost of shipping. “I found that I can bring in more money from the local buy, sell, trade Facebook pages then from a garage sale,” says Kim Zwegardt. “It’s very easy to go through your house and find things you don’t want or no longer use to make some extra money.” You can take selling to the next level by hunting for bargains at garage sales and consignment shops, and then sell them for a profit.

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child when they ask for that toy or when you just want to splurge a little? Of course it would. But who has the time or ingenuity that it takes to get out of the rat race? If you think earning extra money is a nice idea, but unrealistic, think again. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to put extra cash in your pocket or create an income stream you never thought was possible. All you need is a little knowledge and some creativity to start earning your way to a vacation or to pay off your debt. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

With the convenience of the Facebook Marketplace, all you have to do is take a picture of your item, create a listing, then choose the groups to upload your item to and wait for people to contact you via Messenger. The last step to cashing in is setting up a time and drop off location. Many people meet in the parking lots of Walgreens, QuikTrip, or other public locations for safety and convenience.

GO DOMESTIC

Mary Shipman always had a food garden growing up. Now she sells her garden produce, homemade jellies and pickles at the farmers market. “Everyone in the family loved my dill and butter pickles as well as my jellies,” says Shipman. “So we began taking the extra produce I didn’t want to the markets.”


Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still earn some extra income by doing odd jobs like house and car cleaning, ironing or baking for the holidays. You can even earn extra income house, animal or baby-sitting. Many people also need help when they are out of town with small things like lawn mowing, picking up the mail, dusting and general cleaning. Michael Conroy started his own business by setting up mole traps in neighbors’ yards. “I’d charge $25 a mole when they were caught, which was much less than the other companies out there,” says Conroy.

SHARE YOUR SPACE

Room rental is becoming a more popular way to earn money than ever before with websites such as Airbnb and VRBO that, for a nominal fee, allow you to list your spare room or entire home or apartment for short- or long-term rentals. “As a host, I have had great experiences,” says Mary Jo Masterson. “My favorite part of the process is that along with getting rated as a host from every guest, we give guests a review after checkout. This allows for screening of any guest you accept to be sure your room or property will be cared for. My business partner and I have never regretted our decision to be part of the hosting community. “As a guest, I have stayed in several homes, both renting a single room and an entire condo. All have been great experiences. My only recommendation would be to check what amenities are included so you will have everything you need.”

RIDE SHARE

With apps like Uber and Lyft, ride share is becoming the most popular and fastest growing form of transportation. Many people use this transportation to areas that have difficult parking or to avoid driving under the influence. Others rely on it for getting to work when their personal vehicle is unavailable. For the driver, making money is as easy as hopping in your car and driving away. After the initial background checks, paperwork and insurance verification, all you have to do is turn on the app and wait for a call. Jennifer Hanson has been driving for Lyft for a year. “It’s great for people who like people, have a clean car and have a flexible schedule,” says Hanson. “How much you make is up to you.”

CREATE AND SELL

Amanda Schatzmann started crocheting for fun in her senior year of high school. Six years later, at 23, she sells everything from crocheted dolls and baby blankets to gloves and ear warmers. “Etsy as well as Facebook is a great way to sell crafted goods,” she says. Schatzmann also suggests start selling to friends, and then expanding to other markets. “If you have stuff that will for sure sell and is not custom, try a craft fair or the flea market.”

CASH IN YOUR PASSION

“Instead of using your time and energy at a nine-to-five job that is not really your passion, try doing what you love and sharing it with others,” says Christina Worley who turned her love for singing, and playing guitar and piano into a teaching career. “I think it’s Dave Ramsey who said find out what you love to do and then do it for a living.” Worley acknowledges stepping out to pursue your passions can be scary. “It’s kind of like walking on water, and it is a step of faith but everyone has to start somewhere,” she says. Jamie Barthel started his wrestling academy with 50 percent inspiration and 50 percent desperation. “When I was in college, I was really hungry,” says Barthel. “God was calling me to coach wrestling, so I started my own academy.” According to Barthel, having a business plan and good organizational skills are key when starting out, but you have to be confident to attract clients. “You have to know what you’re doing, and you have to be able to network with people,” he says.

TEACH OR TUTOR

Do you have a special hobby or skill? Why not teach or tutor? From creative writing and painting, to financial and retirement planning or health and fitness, the internet is a great way to market your skills. You can keep it simple and advertise on sites like Thumbtack or create a course and take it to a community college or continuing education program. Do you want to expand your market and income? You can take your course to the internet with websites like Teachable or Udemy.

FREELANCE

Decades ago, it was rare to find someone moonlighting after their full-time job, but according to a national survey of the New Workforce: Freelancing in America, 53 million Americans are doing freelance work, making it the new normal. That’s 34 percent

of the population agreeing that the old way of working isn’t working, so they’ve taken their skills beyond their day job. For the last four years, Linda Fulkerson has been freelancing full time by coaching and consulting for self-published authors, doing graphic design, building websites, and social media management. “I live in a small town, and the first two websites I sold were to well-respected businesses,” says Fulkerson. “The others were easy because I had two excellent references.” Fulkerson says the key to growing her business was to spoil her current clients. “I try to do more than they hire me to do, and before I know it, I’ll get an email that says one of their friends recommended me,” she says. While writers, editors and graphic designers can utilize sites like BlogMutt, Fiverr, and 99designs, no matter what type of freelancing you do, places like Upwork, Toptal and Elance are great places to start.

NETWORK MARKETING

Yes, it’s true, network marketing gets a bad rap and is often mistaken for a pyramid scheme, but nothing could be further from the truth. MLMs or network marketing is a legitimate business structure with income potential unattainable in the normal job market. So why are so many people leery of network marketing opportunities? “People are accustomed to trading their time for wages and having that instant gratification of a paycheck,” says Jason Chillemi, who has been working his World Ventures business for just over a year. “A job is the opposite of network marketing. With a job, you work two weeks and get paid. However, this creates a future of struggle, poverty and surviving until we die. “Network marketing allows you to work long periods of time while you grow and build, develop and shape, and create a future of prosperity, abundance and most importantly freedom. I’m more excited about my life and future now than I ever was working a 40 hour a week job in IT.” Whether you have a short-term goal of paying off a debt or taking a family vacation, or have a real desire to change your lifestyle, with all the creative options for earning extra income, there really is no excuse not to do what you dream.

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Drysdales | 5C-65, 6B-65 Edible Arrangements | 4C-7, 5A-7, 6G-7 I-44 Antique Mall | 4C-3 Ida Red | 4C-50 Jules Boutique | 5A-14 Miss McGillicutty’s Antiques | 4A-54 The Plaster Paint Company | 8E-55 Tulsa Gold & Gems | 5A-38 Tulsa Stained Glass | 5C-56 Twisted Soul Sisters | 7A-39 Ziegler Art & Frame | 4D-17

Albert G’s Bar & Q | 4C-91 Amazing Thai Cuisine | 7B-63 Baskin-Robbins | 5A-57, 5B-57 Beef Capital Steakhouse | 5C-32 Bistro At Seville | 5A-34 Brownie’s Burgers | 4D-29, 5B-29 Cafe Olé | 4C-35 Celebrity Restaurant | 5C-68 Chimi’s | 5B-2, 4C-2, 4D-2 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 El Chico | 6D-93 Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille | 5B-64 Flo’s Burger Diner | 8D-1 Freeway Cafe |4D-5, 5D-5 Fuji | 5B-20 George’s Pub | 4A-61 Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs | 5A-9 Hatfield’s Hamburgers  | 6D-24 Hooters | 5B-49 In The Raw | 4C-23, 5B-23, 7B-23 Incredible Pizza | 5B-46 Jason’s Deli | 4D-30, 5B-30 Jim’s Coney Island | 4D-26 Lanna Thai | 5B-71 Los Cabos | 6G-40, 4A-40, 7B-40 Mandarin Taste | 5B-51

Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar | 4A-58 Molly’s Landing | 8E-52 Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano | 4C-94 Napa Flats | 4A-25 Pizza Express | 5D-15, 4A-15 Polo Grill | 4D-19 RibCrib | 4D-12 Ricardo’s | 5C-31 Rincón Mexican Grill & Cantina | 5B-47 Rozay’s Wingz |4D-22 Savoy Restaurant | 5B-11 Shiloh’s | 7B-73 SMOKE. | 4D-27 Sponzs | 6B-48 Tandoori Guys | B7-13 Ti Amo |5B-80 Tres Amigos Grill & Cantina | 4B-74 The Tropical |5C-62 Twin Peaks | 5B-85 TWL Bistro | 5A-78 Waterfront Grill | 4A-70 Wild Heart Marketplace & Cafe | 8E-53

ENTERTAINMENT Andy B’s | 4B-21 Circle Cinema | 4D-28 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat | 2E-66 Xtreme Racing and Entertainment | 7B-81

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

EVERYTHING ELSE Blue Cottage | 4A-59 GrassRoots Health Care | 5A-33 Indigo Spa & Salon | 4C-36 Shears | 4A-41 Spa810 Tulsa |5A-16

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Mentality THE COFFEE BUNKER PROVIDES A LIGHT OF HOPE TO VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS IN A WORLD WHERE SADLY, MEN AND WOMEN OF SUCH GREAT COURAGE AND SACRIFICIAL SPIRIT ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND FORGOTTEN. BY Rob Harmon PHOTOS BY Marc Rains Miguel de Cervantes once wrote, “The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” Like the fabled phoenix, Tulsa’s Coffee Bunker has risen from tragedy to become the region’s only peer-run, drop-in center for service members and veterans. The facility provides a friendly, alcohol- and drug-free environment where veterans receive support opportunities for successful reintegration with their families and the community. The Coffee Bunker is a place to get together to share stories, access Wi-Fi and the internet for job hunts, enjoy games and group activities, or just to hang out and watch TV or DVDs. In one corner of the center’s welcome lobby sits what is called “the sacred table,” with a framed picture behind it that represents the Coffee Bunker’s beginning.

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Tulsa’s own Corporal Daniel Ligon of the United States Marine Corps, after honorably serving two exhausting deployments in Iraq, came home. But the pain and trauma of war had taken a terrible toll. Feeling isolated, depressed and increasingly hopeless, he took his life June 10, 2007. Mary Ligon, Cpl. Ligon’s mother, founded the Coffee Bunker in 2010 in response to this traumatic event. Since then, it has become a place where veterans find strength, camaraderie and additional resources for overcoming the same struggles Daniel Ligon suffered from. Studies revealed through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have shown that from 2001-14, suicide among veteran men has increased in greater rates than those of the same age among civilians. Dr. Michael Horton, executive director of the Coffee Bunker

since 2016, says veterans in the Tulsa area and the surrounding region rely on the center for direction that otherwise is not available. More than a place where a veteran can get a free cup of coffee and hang out, the Coffee Bunker is helping veterans transition successfully back into civilian life. As a

“The collaborate efforts made with our veterans [via the Coffee Bunker] is really the highlight of who we are. A vet might come in here and is really struggling with employment. It’s affecting his mental health, his family, that kind of thing,” Horton says. “Veterans can get lost. They lose their paddles and can’t row

“WITH US, VERY RARELY WILL A VET STRUGGLE WHEN THEY’RE SURROUNDED BY THE RIGHT PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP THEM GET BACK ON TRACK.” nonprofit, they take advantage of major grants and other donations that help the facility train veterans to help other veterans get their civilian life back after sacrificing so greatly for their country.

anymore. All of a sudden, those feelings of hopelessness and helplessness come. With us, very rarely will a vet struggle when they’re surrounded by the right people who can help them get back on track.”


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“The people who come in here,” says Horton, “get that feeling of being respected and honored for their service. They are able to see that someone’s got their back.” The 3600-square-foot facility, Horton says, is rapidly outgrowing its capacity and looking to expand to a larger facility in the near future. Any financial assistance, large or small, is always welcome.

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Joni Frank, administration coordinator of the Coffee Bunker, sees working with the veterans as a way to get her ‘feel good’ on every day. She’s collected more than a few inspiring stories in her

Additional services provided by the Coffee Bunker include: Fighting Addiction, a 12-step program geared toward veterans; Operation Safety Net, an emergency housing solution for homeless veterans; VTC Engage, a collaborative effort with the Veterans Treatment Court to help veterans fulfill service hours obligations in a safe environment; as well as many other important services for veterans and military personnel.

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Operation Scout, made possible through a grant from Spirit AeroSystems, makes free Wi-Fi available, provides access to computers, offers skill and career assessments, as well as tutoring opportunities and resume and job search help. Connection to the services are available at the facility Monday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and as late as 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This service has become extremely useful in providing student veterans and working veterans with help that fits their schedules.

“Every day there’s something outstanding that happens,” says Frank. “We have a 72-year-old veteran [who frequents the facility], and he used to come in as kind of a naysayer. After getting a part-time job, this man did a 180. You can see it in his eyes — he’s jovial, positive, and hopeful. It’s wonderful.”

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Another important service provided nearly every Tuesday is Lady Bunker, a four-hour block of time when the facility is strictly reserved for female visitors. Lady Bunker provides a safe, comfortable environment for women who have suffered from sexual abuse or the anxiety associated with this type of trauma. Its overall goal is to help reintegrate women into society at their own pace, according to their own individual needs and situations.

time with the nonprofit, many of them in regards to the efforts the Coffee Bunker makes to help veterans back into the workforce.

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One of the many services that the organization provides is called Community Connect. Through Community Connect, workshops, speaking events and classes are presented at the Coffee Bunker by outside agencies for the benefit of the veterans who use the facility.

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Open all holidays

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“Even if you’ve never seen boxing, you’ll enjoy Golden Gloves,” Brown says. “People like seeing competitiveness. They like

One round in the ring at Tulsa’s King Street Boxing Gym quickly set Brown straight. “I thought, ‘I can do this. I can just pick up the gloves and go over there.’ I thought I was going to be a superstar,” Brown says grinning. The King Street trainers put Brown in the ring with then 15-year old boxer Angel Mora.

“It’s basically discipline. You’ve got to be able to play chess. You can’t play checkers,” he says. “If a guy hits hard and that’s his gift, well he still might not be able to box. He may not be able to throw a jab. He may not be able to do certain things, and you can build off that. I like outthinking the other guys.” Brown can’t wait to climb into the ring once again for the state Golden Gloves tournament. “You’re going to be able to see my swagger. It’s going to be electrifying,” Brown says with a smile. “I’m cocky, but I’m humble too. You’re going to see me throw a lot of punches; maybe I’ll wink at you in the crowd. I like to have fun out there, and you’re going to see it in the way I fight.”  

“I was like, ‘You guys may not want to put him in with me. I’m kind of dangerous,’” Brown recounts. “He beat the crap out of me.” Despite his rough start, Brown kept returning week after week. In fact, his loss to the younger, more experienced fighter made him even more determined to master the sport. “I’d always heard people say these boxers were just like me at one point, but I didn’t really believe it. There was no way they were this bad,” Brown explains. “I actually thought I was pretty good before I got in

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Twenty-two-year-old Tulsa fighter Andre Brown is looking forward to the competition. The two-time Ringside World Championships titleholder will be putting his own 152-pounds up against some of the best fighters in the state.

“I was fighting and getting into trouble,” he recalls with a laugh. “Somebody said, ‘Hey, you should box if you think you’re so tough.’ Later, I was watching Floyd Mayweather on TV, and I was like, ‘I could beat him. This looks easy.’”

Four years later, Brown still loves the sport. He spends hours training in the gym each day. In addition to the physical challenge, he loves the mental aspect.

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Historically, many national Golden Gloves champions have gone on to become outstanding professional boxers. Fighters like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya were all tournament winners before they turned pro. Plenty of Oklahoma fighters have held that national title, too, including 2017’s 123-pound champion Aaron Morales from Eufaula. In 2002, Tulsa professional boxer Allan Green won the 178-pound division, shaving two seconds off Mike Tyson’s two-decade old, eight-second tournament knockout record in the process.

Brown, who played basketball in high school, tried his hand at boxing a few times before beginning to pursue it seriously at 18.

the ring. I thought I would be amazing at boxing because I could fight, but childhood fighting, that’s easy. I felt like I was an all-around athlete, but then I had my first fight, and I lost. That discouraged me, but it discouraged me in a good way. It made me want to stay and live in the gym.”

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“These are some of the best boxers in the country who are competing, even at these state shows,” says Aaron Sloan, owner and head coach of Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym and the event’s promoter. “It’s a platform for Oklahoma’s up-and-coming boxers to exhibit their skills, an important accomplishment for any amateur boxer to have during his or her career.”

football. They like basketball. They like the intense, physical part of it. With boxing, you never know what you’re going to see, whether it’s a knockout or something else. That’s the intriguing part. With this event, you get to see it live with young fighters who haven’t even turned pro yet. You get to see these guys and see what they’re going to become before it even happens. I think that’s the best part of it.”

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From football to rodeo, Oklahomans are at the top of their game. On the field or in the ring, Okies have left their mark, and that tradition extends to the sweet science of boxing. Amateur fighters from around the state will gather at Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center Jan. 27-28 to compete in the Oklahoma State Golden Gloves Tournament, the first step in the journey to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Omaha in May, one of the most prestigious amateur boxing events in the U.S.

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TULSA OILERS Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa) Jan. 6 | vs Colorado Eagles | 7:05p Jan. 7 | vs Colorado Eagles | 4:05p Jan. 10 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p Jan. 12 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Jan. 13 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Jan. 15 | @ Allen Americans | 1:05p Jan. 19 | vs Idaho Steelheads | 7:05p Jan. 20 | vs Idaho Steelheads | 7:05p Jan. 21 | vs Colorado Eagles | 4:05p Jan. 24 | @ Utah Grizzlies | 8:05p Jan. 26 | @ Utah Grizzlies | 8:05p Jan. 27 | @ Utah Grizzlies | 8:05p Jan. 30 | vs Rapid City Rush | 7:05p Jan. 31 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Jan. 3 | @ Oklahoma | 8p Jan. 6 | vs Iowa State | 3p Jan. 10 | @ Kansas State | 7p Jan. 13 | vs Texas | 4p Jan. 15 | @ Baylor | 8p Jan. 20 | vs Oklahoma | 1p Jan. 23 | @ Texas Tech | 6p Jan. 27 | vs Arkansas* | TBA Jan. 30 | vs TCU | 6p * Big 12/SEC Challenge (Bud Walton Arena/ Fayetteville, Ark.)

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Jan. 3 | vs Oklahoma State | 8p Jan. 6 | @ West Virginia | 6:15p Jan. 9 | vs Texas Tech | 6p Jan. 13 | vs TCU | Noon Jan. 16 | @ Kansas State | 8p Jan. 20 | @ Oklahoma State | 1p Jan. 23 | vs Kansas | 6p Jan. 27 | vs Alabama* | 1:15p Jan. 30 | vs Baylor | 8p * Big 12/SEC Challenge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa) Jan. 3 | vs UConn | 6p Jan. 6 | @ Memphis | 3p Jan. 11 | @ Houston | 6p Jan. 13 | vs Wichita State | 6:30p Jan. 17 | @ Temple | 5p Jan. 20 | vs Memphis | 7p Jan. 28 | @ Wichita State | 5p

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Jan. 4 | vs Fort Wayne | 7p Jan. 6 | vs Western Illinois | 7p Jan. 11 | @ South Dakota State | 7p Jan. 13 | @ North Dakota State | 2p Jan. 17 | @ South Dakota | 7p Jan. 20 | vs Denver | 7p Jan. 23 | vs East Texas Baptist | 7p Jan. 27 | vs Nebraska Christian | 4p

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OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Jan. 3 | @ Los Angeles Lakers | 9:30p Jan. 4 | @ Los Angeles Clippers | 9:30p Jan. 7 | @ Phoenix Suns | 7p Jan. 9 | vs Portland Trail Blazers | 7p Jan. 10 | @ Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p Jan. 13 | @ Charlotte Hornets | 4p Jan. 15 | vs Sacramento Kings | 2p Jan. 17 | vs Los Angeles Clippers | 7p Jan. 20 | @ Cleveland Cavaliers | 2:30p Jan. 23 | vs Brooklyn Nets | 7p Jan. 25 | vs Washington Wizards | 7p Jan. 27 | @ Detroit Pistons | 6p Jan. 28 | vs Philadelphia 76ers | 5p Jan. 30 | @ Washington Wizards | 6p

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Jan. 3 | @ Texas | 7p Jan. 7 | vs Oklahoma | 4p Jan. 13 | @ Kansas State | 1p Jan. 17 | vs West Virginia | 7p Jan. 20 | @ Oklahoma | Noon Jan. 24 | vs Iowa State | 8p Jan. 27 | vs Texas Tech | 1p Jan. 31 | @ Baylor | 6:30p

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Jan. 4 | vs TCU | 7p Jan. 7 | @ Oklahoma State | 4p Jan. 10 | @ Texas Tech | 6p Jan. 14 | vs Baylor | 1p Jan. 17 | @ Kansas State | 7p Jan. 20 | vs Oklahoma State | Noon Jan. 24 | vs Kansas | 6p Jan. 27 | @ TCU | 2p Jan. 31 | vs Kansas State | 10:30a

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa) Jan. 3 | vs Tulane | 11a Jan. 6 | vs Cincinnati | 2p Jan. 10 | @ ECU | 6p Jan. 13 | vs Memphis | Noon Jan. 18 | @ UConn | 6p Jan. 21 | @ Tulane | 1p Jan. 27 | vs UCF | 2p Jan. 31 | vs USF | 7p

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Jan. 4 | @ Fort Wayne | 6p Jan. 6 | @ Western Illinois | 4:30p Jan. 11 | vs North Dakota State | 7p Jan. 13 | vs South Dakota State | 2p Jan. 17 | vs South Dakota | 7p Jan. 20 | vs Denver | 2p Jan. 23 | vs Central Christian | Noon

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Silly Billies One of the earliest domesticated animals, goats as pets is a growing trend. People get them for a lot of reasons like milk, entertainment, companionship, or keeping some of the weeds trimmed. But they are also a lot of work. By Donna Leahey & Photos by Jennifer Zehnder Have you seen that video of the baby goats jumping all over their guard dog? Or the one of the goats singing along to pop songs? Or the baby goats in pajamas? With just a little Googling, you can find videos of goat yoga and even one starring in a Dorito’s commercial.

Other reasons people love goats include their nutritious milk, companionship, and even keeping the weeds in check. “As more folks gravitate toward a farm/homesteading lifestyle for their families, why not add goats? After all, they are a gateway animal into full farm life,” Zehnder says.

Jennifer Zehnder of Zehn Nubians says, “Caprines are the new social media and marketing ‘it’ animal.”

Zehnder raises purebred Nubian goats, a popular dairy breed. “My dairy goats are companions, co-workers, entertainers, stress relievers and sometimes stress producers,” she says. “They are sources of pride, milk, cheese, sales, and so very many goat tales. They are my connection to a grounded way of life that is chock full of hard, yet

Goats, also known as caprines, are enjoying a surge of popularity driven in part by their meme and GIF-ready faces, playful natures, and energetic bounding about.

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about livestock. Some will allow a limited number it in the city limits, while others don’t allow livestock at all.

How much room do I need for goats? Depending on the quality of the land and the grazing, 1 acre of land can support a half dozen. This does vary, though. If the quality of the land is poor, it may be barely enough for two goats. If it’s high quality, you might be able to house eight. In a barn, plan on 10 to 15 square feet of space per goat.

Before you consider getting a goat, it's important to know how to keep them healthy and happy. What kind of veterinary

Are there any laws I should know about before I bring home that pygmy goat?

Talk to your local animal control officer, since every city and county will have different laws

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care do goats need?

Goats need vaccines just like people and other pets, and will need to be dewormed. Regular vet visits should take care of

rewarding, labor and a network of good folks who are equally afflicted/enchanted by these demanding little beasts.” One of the reasons for the popularity of goats is how adorable the babies, known as kids, can be, prancing about with their tiny hooves, running, jumping, and climbing. One of Zehnder’s kids became briefly Facebook famous earlier this year. “I often sell my kids out of state. This year, my last kid was bound for a Minnesota 4Her when his ground transport was delayed and rerouted,” she says. “His trip lasted several days longer than planned, but his cheerful

that. Husbandry is very important, so you should talk to your vet about vitamins and minerals, hay, grain, and water. Sometimes they will have trouble kidding [giving birth], so it’s a good idea to have an established relationship with a veterinarian before you start breeding.

Goats are small ruminants. What does that mean? Ruminants are mammals like cattle, deer, and sheep with a special chambered stomach that allows them to break down and digest plant material that is too tough for monogastric systems like humans, dogs, and cats have. Ruminants ferment plant matter in their foregut, then chew it as a cud to break it down further before it moves on into the


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little personality became a popular topic on Facebook as the transporter posted video updates and bragged on his favorite roadie.” If you’re thinking of jumping on the goattrend bandwagon, Zehnder has some advice for caprine newbies. She suggests setting realistic goals for what you expect from your goats and make sure you have the resources. “Time, capital, work ethic, penchant for learning, buy-in from family members who might need to assist with and tolerate your new habit, a respected goat mentor, and goat-savvy vet,” she says. She also suggests starting small and slow until you’ve mastered proper care and management. Don’t rush into breeding or raising bottle kids until you’re sure you know what you’re in for and are ready for the commitment. When it comes to veterinary care, call around to find a vet who’s comfortable with small ruminants like goats. Large animal vets will be more appropriate than those who see mostly dogs and cats, because goats are

other chambers of the stomach. Goats and sheep are “small” ruminants because they’re not as big as cattle.

Can goats be housebroken? Goats are not good indoor pets. Ruminants in general poop when the need strikes and don’t particularly care where they are when that happens. You could possibly, with diligence and care, train a goat to eliminate in a particular spot, but you and they will probably be happier if you let your goats live outdoors.

What do goats eat? You’ve probably heard that goats will eat anything, but that’s not really true. Goats will

much more closely related to cattle. And find your vet before you have an emergency; you don’t want to be trying to track down a goatfriendly practitioner at 2 a.m. when your prize doe is having trouble giving birth. Zehnder’s mentor is Jana Bullis of Old Path Homestead. As much as she loves her goats — Nubians, Lamanchas, and recorded-grade goats — she does warn that you need to watch out for your landscaping. “Goats will destroy trees and other valuable landscape elements like flower beds, decorative hedges, etc.,” Bullis cautions. You should also be aware that they can be very loud, and male goats, known as bucks, have a very potent smell during their breeding season, which is called rut. When it comes to knowing what kind of goats to start with, Bullis says, “There are advantages and disadvantages to almost all of them. Miniature breeds will require less feed and smaller housing and space overall but can have difficulty kidding, as well as smaller teats and less volume for milking. Standard breeds are good producers and

sample almost anything they encounter to see if they want to eat it, but they can be pretty picky about what they actually eat. You’ll want hay on hand, with alfalfa being a good choice for a little extra protein. When there’s no fresh grazing, they’ll have to have that hay. There are grains, sweet feed, and supplements that you should discuss with your vet.

How often do dairy goats need to be milked? Twice a day. Every day. There’s no day off for Thanksgiving or Christmas, no spring break, no summer vacation. Twice a day. Every day. This is a commitment you need to be ready to make if you’re going to raise dairy goats.

easier to milk but require more space. Some of the docile breeds that are very productive include Saanen and Oberhasli. Alpines are known for long, productive lactations but tend to be on the aggressive side. Nubians are very popular but loud. They provide a good choice for a dual-purpose goat with high butterfat; however, they don’t produce as much milk as the Swiss breeds.” Once you’ve settled into your new lifestyle as a goat owner, you get to enjoy the benefits of goat milk, goat cheese, even goat milk ice cream, as well as the fun of watching the kids play and maybe creating the next viral goat video. Many goat owners enjoy taking their animals to shows, like those put on by your local 4H clubs, as well as breeding and selling the kids. “It’s not all goat yoga and kids in pajamas, but it should be,” Zehnder says. “Goats are a lot of work, but they can be pretty rewarding too. There’s nothing better than watching your kids grow up and go on to be productive caprine citizens, from homestead milkers to weekend show warriors.”.

Why would I choose goats over cows? There are two reasons you might prefer goats. The first is space. The same acre that could feed several goats will barely be enough for one cow. So, if you’ve got limited space, goats are definitely the better option. Another reason is the milk. Goat milk has less sugar, but more calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and protein than milk from a cow.

What are some of the costs? Acquiring quality stock is an investment, and not one you should try to bargain hunt on. The goats will need health testing, another veterinary expense. You’ll want good fencing, because your stock will need to be separated. There’s an investment in equipment to be considered as well, including milk machine, tattoo kit, clippers, milk stand, and trailers.

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SS STYLE + SHOPPING

WHETHER IT’S THE CHALLENGE OF FITTING A BRIDE TO A GOWN, OR HELPING LADIES FIND THE LATEST IN VINTAGE OR BOHO, KRISTINE ELLIS AND HER TEAM AT ABELINA’S BOUTIQUE FOCUS ON OFFERING CLOTHING AND JEWELRY THAT ARE FASHIONABLE, COMFORTABLE AND PULLED TOGETHER. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA & PHOTOS BY VALERIE GRANT Beautiful bridal gowns, fashionable prom and party dresses, spunky casual clothes that you’d be proud to wear around town — these and more are the magical stylings you’ll discover with a stop into Abelina’s Boutique. Now with two locations, the formal dresses available at the Farm Shopping Center and a focus on more casual attire at The Boxyard location, Abelina’s is a Tulsa staple in women’s apparel. Owner Kristine Ellis loves decking women out in style, and she has significant experience in all things fashion — a passion she began to develop at a young age. “I started sewing when I was 7,” says Ellis. “I’ve worked in

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retail for both bridal and regular clothing stores for years. So, I have a lot of hands-on experience with sewing and bridal.” For 12 years, Ellis has been bringing her experience and passion to the store she founded in 2005. The first location, still located at the Farm Shopping Center, focuses on bridal gowns, prom dresses and formal attire, with a smattering of casual outfits for good measure. As you might guess, serving bridal customers can be a challenging endeavor. Bridezillas happen, after all. But Abelina’s has a strong reputation in town for being friendly, helpful and inventive, no

matter what the customer’s needs may be. Whether it’s the challenge of fitting a bride to a gown off the floor for a fast elopement to helping brides-to-be choose just the right style for their body and personality, Abelina’s does it with an ease that shoppers can relax into. “Bridal can be very rewarding and a lot of fun, and it can also be really intense,” says Ellis. “You get involved with the families, and they remember you as a part of that wedding process for years to come.” For those shopping for a gown, the staff at Abelina’s at the Farm can help figure out how to find

that dream dress, or close to it. It’s a balance of working with the bride and experience in what’s available from dressmakers. “Some people really know their style and know what looks good on them,” Ellis says. “We have some really great designers who are exclusively for us in this area. Stella York, Willoughby, and other lines too — these brands are great at vintage and boho, but in a really great structured way. A lot of times, people think they won’t look good in something but then find out that what the designers can do makes them look good.” Ellis recommends trying on many dresses to see what works for you.


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As far as what you can expect when you shop at Abelina’s in The Boxyard, think clever, edgy, without going over the line. “We have the quirky, cheeky shirts that have wording on them, that are almost crossing the line of what’s appropriate,” says Ellis. “We have all kinds of weird stuff, yoga pants, activewear and swimwear. We’ll have some seasonal things for sure. We have a lot of fun fashion jewelry that is incredibly affordable and make great gifts.”

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accessories, whether it’s for the bridal wear, formal dresses or casual wear. “We just try finding stuff that is creative and unique,” says Ellis. “That goes all across the board. We get people from in Tulsa and out of state, a lot of different designers and styles. We try to carry a mix of treats as well as more affordable items, so people can feel like they’re always included.”

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Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS

EXERCISING POWER

THERE ARE MANY GREAT REASONS TO EXERCISE, BUT IF KNOWING HOW AND WHY TO EXERCISE WAS ENOUGH, MOST OF US WOULD ALREADY BE IN GREAT SHAPE. THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO MAKE EXERCISE LESS INTIMIDATING AND PAINFUL AND MORE FUN AND INSTINCTIVE. BY LINDSAY MORRIS

If you sit around thinking about how many times you’ve started a year with the goal of getting in better shape, yet it hasn’t happened, you start to wonder how in the world the likes of Richard Simmons, Jillian Michaels and Chris Pratt got in shape. It starts to feel as though getting fit is impossible for the average person. But the truth is, starting an exercise program can be relatively simple. Anyone can go to the gym a couple of times, purchase some cute new Lululemon stretchy pants and get a sweat on. Gyms are packed in January. But come November, they’re not the most popular place to be anymore. You see, starting to work out is easy, but continuing to work

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out — that’s the hard part. But if you don’t keep up your exercise routines, you’ll go back to packing on pounds, and even gain more. So, it’s important to find ways to motivate yourself to keep going. There are many great reasons to exercise. We’ve all heard that exercising gives you more energy, helps you sleep, puts you in a better mood, and can even reduce anxiety, stress and depression. But if knowing how and why to exercise were enough, most of us would already be in great shape. You need a plan of attack if you want longlasting results

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive. And hopefully, by implementing these tips, you’ll be one of the survivors at the gym at the end of 2018.

USE THE OVERLOAD PRINCIPLE Give your body something it is not used to, says Mary Nole, owner of MK Nole Wellness Consulting. If you’re just starting, it won’t take much exercise to overload you. However, don’t make your new exercise program something so easy that you can’t tell you did something.

“It’s good to get your heart rate up, feel tired during or immediately afterward, but not for days afterward,” Nole says.

SHARE YOUR GOALS WITH A TRUSTED FRIEND(S) “If people know you’re on a mission of personal betterment, they can encourage you and inquire as to how you’re doing,” Nole says. Accountability can only make your course to better physical fitness more successful and more fun to work toward.

CONSIDER EXERCISING WITH A BUDDY This could be the same person you share your goals with. “Most of us do better with a planned workout


buddy who’s going to hold us accountable,” Nole says. “That tiny bit of accountability keeps you from doing something besides exercise.”

THROUGHOUT THE WORKOUT, RATE YOUR LEVEL OF FATIGUE ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 This is known as the rating of perceived exertion. “Take stock of how you feel,” Nole says. Simply checking your heart rate can sometimes be deceiving since things like medication can alter it. Therefore, sometimes it’s most accurate to ask yourself throughout the workout how you feel. In most cases, you want your workout to be moderate to heavy.

PLAN TO INCLUDE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES Including different activities, also known as crosstraining, can help prevent exercise boredom. Crosstraining by using low-impact forms of activity, such as biking or water exercise, also lowers your chances of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Make a weekly plan alternating among activities that emphasize different parts of your body, such as walking, swimming and strength training.

SCHEDULE IT It’s unlikely that you will stick to a regular exercise routine unless you actually schedule it in advance. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Try to get about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days of the week. Also aim to incorporate

strength training of all the major muscle groups into a fitness routine at least two days a week.

DON’T WAIT FOR THE PERFECT TIME “There’s always something to do besides exercise,” Nole says. “There’s always the next occasion — get past the holiday, get past the birthday … so you might as well start incrementally exercising even when times are busy. There’s no perfect time to start.”

AVOID THE RELAPSE “You might start out strong and then fall off the track,” Nole says. “Don’t be afraid to start over again.” When you do start over, ask yourself what went wrong the first time in order to avoid similar pitfalls.

EASY DOES IT Don’t work your muscles too hard. Often, people start out too hard and too fast because they’re enthusiastic. “You can overdo it, which can lead to soreness, injury and even a mental trepidation because we don’t rush back into things that hurt us or are unpleasant,” Nole says. Initially, you may feel like you had a really good workout because you hurt, but deep inside you usually aren’t drawn to go back to something that hurts you.

KEEP TALKING “The key to knowing if you’re working out hard enough aerobically is to use the talk test,” Nole says. You should be able to talk while you exercise. If you’re huffing so hard you can’t string together a sentence, you’re probably working out too hard.

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CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL

While you shouldn’t judge a beer only by its label (it does need to taste good too, right?), most brewmasters will tell you a creative design will help their brew stand out on a crowded shelf. By John Tranchina but how important is a good label to determining sales?

colorful designs, others opt for a more muted, classic feel.

There are a lot of different beers out there, and their labels help establish a beer’s identity and reflect the company’s marketing approach. Essentially, the goal is for the label design to attract attention to a beer that might otherwise be overlooked.

“I think it does affect who buys it a little bit,” says John Hall, the manager of Elixir Wine and Spirits in Broken Arrow. “Most people are going for what’s in the bottle or what’s in the can, and they’re looking for a specific taste profile. But then, whenever they have options within that taste profile, they’ll go with the label.”

Two of Tulsa’s best local breweries take differing attitudes on that front, as Prairie Artisan Ales has a lot of unique, handdrawn, cartoony labels and Marshall Brewing Company utilizes a classy, oldschool label that draws your attention without looking like it’s trying to draw your attention.

Of course, ultimately, the quality of the beer itself is what’s most significant,

While some beers try to catch your eye on a crowded liquor store shelf with loud,

While everyone has heard you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the same adage can be applied to choosing a beer based on its label.

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“We’ve gone for a timeless sort of classic look to our stuff,” says Eric Marshall, Marshall Brewing’s founder and


brewmaster. “Our primary labels kind of have that hand-drawn central image that has a very quality look to it, as opposed to something that’s maybe a little cartoony or something like that, not that there’s anything wrong with a different approach there.”

barrel-aged things that have a little bit of a different look or different appeal, but we kind of see that as a stand-alone platform, that we can do whatever, maybe feature a different style of art, or some different artists, let the style of beer dictate the platform.”

Still, even so, Marshall’s will be undergoing a slight overhaul to improve its visibility in a crowded marketplace.

Marshall’s El Cucuy, an India-style black ale, fits that latter profile, wearing a brighter, purple-tinged label that is bolder than its other beers.

“The beer companies tend to be getting a little bit more vivid and more creative with their labels, especially with naming beers, and then the creative labels kind of follow the names sometimes,” Hall says. “I think a lot of that is just the proliferation of craft beers. They’ve come up with more and more, and you’ve got to get creative with names because there’s so many out there, and everybody’s trying to stand out on the shelf.”

It is the rare label that becomes even more popular than the beer itself.

Then there’s the container that the label is on.

“The Yeti from Great Divide, we have people asking to buy our banner all the time because they think it looks so cool, so I’m sure the label attracts people to the beer,” says Austin Jones, assistant manager at Seventy First Wine and Spirits in Tulsa. “There’s a couple of different brands that do a yeti or bigfoot, and they tend to be really heavy, big beers, lots of flavor, lots of alcohol, so they’re kind of using the big name to show you it’s a big beer,” Hall adds. “Like [Great Divide’s] Hercules. It’s a double IPA, lots of hops, lots of alcohol, so they’re trying to convey the message of strength through the name of it. A lot of beer companies will do that.”

“The most recent trend, in craft beers at least, has been a big swing from bottles to cans,” Hall says. “A lot of craft beers, like Great Divide, used to be all bottles, now it’s all cans. A lot of them are shifting to cans only, because you end up with less breakage and it’s a cheaper package, so it’s easier to get to the customers at a decent price. And once you pour it into a glass, it tastes the same, and customers are finally learning that. We like it. It makes stocking a lot easier; the beer stays good longer. Beer skunks out because the light penetrates the glass, and actually transforms the beer. The best bottled beer is in dark bottles, but cans cut the light out completely.”

It’s not just the labels. Like the Yeti or Hercules, much of it starts with the provocative names that companies give its beers to begin with, and the label merely reflects that character.

So just like with books, the images on the cover cannot really convey how good the product is, but it does give some clues, and it’s up to the consumer to interpret them.

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“We’re going to stick with that similar central image, but just brighten things up a little bit,” Marshall says. “There’s a lot of brown in our original labels that kind of gets drowned out on the bottle if you’re looking at it on the shelf from further away. We’re about ready to launch here in the next few months a new refresh that just kind of brightens up the platform a little bit. It still has the similar central image drawing but a little bit more white and primary colors.”

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ET EATS + TREATS With January comes the beginning of the coldest months in the year, and it’s a long haul until we’ll see those Green Country spring blooms. With those too-early sunsets, the long and dark evening hours, and biting winds whistling around the house, wintertime can certainly be a fairly depressing season — but only if you let it.

Utilize winter’s harsh conditions to hole up with friends around the dinner table for hours, or have a board game night and create a space for deep reconnection with your family. And the best way to feed a crowd — especially after coming in from the cold outside — is with a crockpot that’s been slowly cooking away for hours and hours, filling the air with the welcoming scent of a warm meal.

BROWN SUGAR BALSAMIC GLAZED PORK LOIN

Adapted from laurassweetspot.com This is a major crowd-pleaser, especially for those devotedly carnivorous eaters out there. Tender, slow-cooked, and slathered in thick caramelized layers of brownsugared sauce with a mouth-watering balsamic tang, this will likely become your entertaining go-to for years to come.

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2 pounds of quality pork tenderloin 1 tsp. ground sage ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ cup water (or beef broth) ½ cup brown sugar 1 tbsp. cornstarch ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ½ cup water 4 tbsp. soy sauce, divided DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix together the seasonings: sage, salt, pepper, and garlic. Rub over tenderloin, massaging it well into the meat. 2. Pour ½ cup water (or beef broth) and 2 tbsp. soy sauce into crockpot. Place loin into the juices and cook on low for 8-10 hours (seriously, the longer, the better and meltier the meat will become). 3. An hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, ½ cup water, and remaining 2 tbsp. soy sauce. 4. Heat over medium heat and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Brush roast with the glaze two or three times during the last hour of cooking time. 5. Or, for a more caramelized crust (as pictured), remove tenderloin from crockpot and place on an aluminumlined baking sheet. Using a marinade brush, thickly glaze the meat and set under broiler for 1-2 minutes until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat this process two or three times until desired crust is achieved. Serve warm with small bowls of the glaze for guests to drizzle over the meat.


EATS + TREATS ET BLACK BEAN SOUP

Adapted from gimmesomeoven.com This recipe is a hearty, healthy soup that can be made vegetarian and even vegan. It’s a wonderful option to have when you host friends with dietary restrictions or preferences, or if you simply are craving something healthier and lower calorie to meal prep after months of holiday indulgence.

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CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

Is there anything on this planet more comforting than a hot bowl of hearty, creamy chicken and dumplings to warm your bones? (Hint: no, there isn’t.) And this recipe is especially delicious because it calls for homemade cream of chicken soup rather than buying cans of a mysterious, jellified substance.

Ingredients for the cream of chicken soup: 5 cups chicken broth (about one 32 oz. container) 3 cups milk 1 ½ cups flour

2 tbsp. all-seasoning mix (or make up your own combination: onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, celery seed, rosemary, sage, parsley, etc.)

DIRECTIONS FOR CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP: heat and stir continuously, whisking as 1. In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth the mixture simmers. Continue to simmer and 1 cup of the milk. Bring to a low boil. and stir/whisk until mixture is smooth 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour the and thick, 5-10 minutes. The mixture will remaining 2 cups milk, and whisk in the also thicken a bit more as it cools. Set aside flour and seasonings until a smooth, thick off heat. mixture forms. 3. Pour the flour/milk mixture into the saucepan with the broth mixture over low

Ingredients for the chicken and dumplings: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 32 oz. container chicken broth 2 tbsp. butter, thinly cubed 4 cups of the homemade cream of chicken soup (or two 14.5 oz. cans if you prefer store-bought) 1 onion, finely diced

1 bay leaf 2 small packages Grands Jr. Biscuits ½ rind of Parmesan (optional, but it adds a rich, creamy sweetness during the slowcooking process that’s to-die for) salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste

DIRECTIONS FOR CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS: 1. In a large, greased crockpot, place the chicken, onion, 4 cups (or two cans if store-bought) cream of chicken, parmesan rind, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and bay leaf. Evenly lay the cubed butter over the top. Fill with enough chicken broth to cover all ingredients. Set on low heat and cook for 6-7 hours, stirring occasionally. 2. One hour before serving, roll torn biscuit dough pieces in flour (to prevent them from sticking together) and drop into crockpot. Replace lid and turn setting to high heat. 3. Before serving, remove rind and bay leaf.

1 large white or yellow onion, chopped 2 red bell peppers, cored and chopped 2 carrots, chopped 5 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced 4 cups good quality vegetable stock (or chicken, if you prefer) 4 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1 bay leaf 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. chili powder 2 tsp. salt ½ tsp. cayenne optional toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled tortilla chips, diced avocados, sour cream and/or shredded cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until all vegetables are cooked and tender. Remove the bay leaf. 2. At this point, you can either serve the soup as-is, (brothy and chunky) and use a blender or food processor to puree the soup completely (very thick and smooth); or use a blender or food processor to puree about half of the soup and add it back to the brothy soup, mixing to combine (which is the method pictured here). Serve warm with desired toppings on the side so each person can add their own.

Note: If you have leftover cream of chicken, keep it in the freezer for easy future access.

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FT FOOD FOR THOUGHT Onions are undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and indispensable cooking ingredients throughout many kitchens the world over. Whether roasted, fried, caramelized, slow cooked in stocks, soups, and braises, or chopped up and thrown raw into salads, guac, and chunky salsas, the uses for onions are as varied and numerous as their layers inside. The endless versatility of the onion, however, can also be its most intimidating factor for the average home cook. Most of us are not Julia Child in the kitchen; we do not possess an endless rolodex of onion-ology (types, uses, etc.) and the wherewithal to march into the produce section and confidently select the proper onion(s) without any hesitation whatsoever. Chances are, you’re more in the camp of the rest of us who have spent time lurking around the onion bins, wondering if you can sub a white onion for a yellow onion and what quality you’re supposed to be looking for. And heaven forbid a recipe call for shallots, scallions, or — the horror — leeks. We all live busy lives of work, kids, family, ballet recitals, soccer practice, meetings, home repairs, and more, and gaining insight into the onion world simply isn’t a high priority for most. But armed with just a little knowledge, you can up your kitchen game and feel good knowing you can confidently select, cook, and store onions of all types. Here is a simple beginner’s guide to the world of onions that is by no means an exhaustive concordance, but at least it will save you from yet again hovering awkwardly around the onion section while other shoppers give you the side eye and hurry their kids past you. (OK, so it’s not quite that dramatic, but it can still feel that way sometimes.)

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Roots of Flavor Armed with just a little knowledge, you can up your kitchen game and feel good knowing you can confidently select, cook, and store onions of all types. By Tiffany Duncan •• Photos by Chelsi Fisher 1 Bulb Onions (White, Yellow, and Red) Bulb onions, also sometimes referred to as storage onions, are the most common types of onions and the ones with which you are likely most familiar. And even though for many recipes you can sub one for the other in a pinch, there are still subtle nuances of each one that will work better in one dish than another. Yellow onions are by far the most common cooking onion. If you are unsure of what to use when a recipe simply calls for “one onion,” yellow is your safest bet. Not quite as sharp as white onions when raw, yellow onions achieve a deep, deep sweetness when cooked, which is why they lend themselves especially well to caramelizing. Yellow onions

are also ideal for long-cooking — like in simmering soups or Dutch oven braises — because they bring out a deeper and more dynamic flavor than white onions over longer cooking times. Similar to yellow onions but with a sharper and more pungent taste when raw, white onions are usually the culprit for that one co-worker’s dreaded onion breath. But even though they can cause some temporary halitosis, their satisfyingly crisp crunch and sharp bite taste delightful when minced up small in things like street tacos, raw salsas, and guacamole. With their crisper, cleaner finish than raw yellow onions, the white onion is the traditional choice for many Mexican dishes.

Red onions are prized for their pop of color and added bright, juicy spiciness when raw on top of things like pizzas and salads. In fact, most people find red onions the most pleasant to eat raw because they contain less astringency and are relatively mild in flavor compared with their white and yellow counterparts. SELECTING: Look for firm, unbruised onions that feel heavy for their size in your palm. STORING: Store in a cool, dark and dry location, like a drawer or cabinet. White onions will go bad the quickest, then red. Yellow onions, however, can stay good for weeks and weeks.

2 Sweet Onions Sweet onions are similar to yellow onions but are very sweet while also lacking pungency. Sweet onions are great for deepfrying, making them ideal for dishes like a bloomin’ onion, or crispy fried onion rings. They are also the go-to onion for French

onion soup. Vidalia onions are perhaps the best-known sweet onion, and their legally registered name comes from being grown in Vidalia, Georgia. Vidalia onions are crisp and super sweet, being very low in pyruvic acid and therefore ideal to eat raw. They

are among the mildest in the onion kingdom. SELECTING: Same as bulb onions. STORING: Wrap each onion in a paper towel and store in the fridge; they should keep for weeks.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT FT 3 Scallions, or Green Onions Usually sold in bunches, scallions have a straight, white-to-light-green base with long, skinny dark green tops. Scallions are mostly chopped up raw and used as a garnish or thrown into the last few minutes of a stir-fry because their flavor will break down quickly the longer they are cooked. They are crunchy and

juicy, sweet and mild, with hardly any bite (though the whiter base will taste more astringent). Scallions are widely used in many Asian dishes, including the growingly popular, food-truck-trendy kimchi. SELECTING: Look for white bases that are bright and firm with no

moisture or sliminess, and no wilted tops. STORING: Never store in a plastic bag; because of their high moisture content, scallions will rot quickly if enclosed. The best way to store is a reusable mesh produce bag in your fridge’s crisper drawer.

4 Spring Onions Spring onions look remarkably similar to scallions except that they have a bulbous base as opposed to straight. Though they look similar, they actually aren’t scallions at all but rather just very young bulb

onions. Because they are pulled out of the ground earlier, spring onions have a more delicate and mild flavor with just a touch of spiciness when eaten raw. When cooked, they are tender and sweet.

SELECTING: Same as scallions. STORING: Wrap in slightly damp paper towel, secure with rubber band, and store in the crisper drawer for up to 1 ½ weeks.

but more assertive than yellow, with a distinct hint of garlic. They are great for making vinaigrettes and simmering in sauces, and in Asian dishes are usually crispfried or ground into curry paste.

SELECTING: Firm and compact with shiny, unblemished skin. STORING: Will keep for several weeks to a month if stored in a cool, dark, dry place like a drawer or cabinet.

look similar to scallions, they are actually an entirely different plant. Leeks generally are not eaten raw, and the pale stem is the most useable part of the leek.

Generally, the dark woody tops are thrown away, but they can also add an incredible depth of flavor to homemade stock (just throw them in the freezer until you need them).

Delicious when sautéed all on their own, or melted down into a braise, are two popular ways to cook with leeks.

SELECTING: Same as scallions. STORING: Same as scallions.

minuscule size, they are often sold already peeled in the freezer section. They taste excellent grilled on a skewer in the summertime, or are also delicious roasted with balsamic.

SELECTING: Same as bulb onions (unless you are buying them frozen and pre-peeled in a pack). STORING: Same as bulb onions.

have historically been reserved for gourmet grocery stores and fancy restaurants, but have more recently become widely available. Prized for their extrasweetness due to a naturally high sugar content, they make a great

side dish roasted all on their own, or they also take very well to caramelizing.

5 Shallots Used ubiquitously in French and Asian cuisine, shallots have just as much in common compositionally with garlic as they do with onions. Small, with papery, pinkish-orange skin, shallots are milder in flavor than red onions

6 Leeks Ah, leeks. Perhaps the most intimidating in the onion family. Even the way they look — aggressively thick and tall with woody, dark green stems — says move on; for experienced cooks only. But leeks can add a lovely and delicate depth of flavor to certain dishes and should not be passed over simply out of intimidation. Though they

7 Pearl Onions Adorably small, pearl onions are similar to white onions but are sweeter. They can come in red, yellow, or white varieties, and because they are quite cumbersome to peel due to their

8 Cippolini Onions There’s no better way to impress your friends than to whip up a dish using an onion that hardly anyone’s ever heard of. These quirky little onions are squat and disc-shaped, almost like a flying saucer. Cippolini onions

SELECTING: Same as bulb onions. STORING: Same as bulb onions.

Onion Quick Facts In a pinch, or if unspecified in a recipe, white and yellow onions can be subbed for one another, except when caramelizing (use yellow for optimum sweetness). Onions, shallots, and leeks, however, are not interchangeable. Onions, shallots, leeks, and scallions are members of a genus of flowering plants called Alliums, which also includes chives and garlic. Onions make your eyes water because, when cut, microscopic cells filled with enzymes within the onion are broken open and release gasses similar to (though considerably less potent) chemicals found in tear gas. Your eyes release tears in an attempt to flush the irritant out. To attempt to cut down on eye irritation, you can: • Make sure you’re using a sharp knife to damage the onion flesh as little as possible. • Chill or freeze onions before cutting to minimize gasses that will release into the air. • Cut the root last, as it has a higher concentration of enzymes. • Wash your hands immediately after chopping so you don’t accidentally rub your eyes. According to the National Onion Association, an overwhelming 87 percent of the U.S. onion crop is yellow, 8 percent is red, and a mere 5 percent is white. Cut onions as close to serving time as possible, as the aroma will intensify the longer it sits. High heat will make onions bitter, so sauté and caramelize over low to medium heat.

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f o Cup So you think you’re a coffee fan? How many of these facts, benefits and tips did you know? By Monica Craddock

Photos by Chelsi Fisher

With the fast-paced lives we all live and the stress of our daily work and home lives, it can be difficult to settle down long enough to be able to take in the aroma — let alone the caffeine intake — we need to function for the day.

many different ways. “I enjoy the diversity and all the different types of coffee,” says Leah Bickers. “I like that in each way a coffee is made, you can’t rush the process, and there is so much intentionality in every step it takes to make a cup.”

Although our need and love for coffee does not always warrant the ability to meet a few friends each morning at our favorite shops to sip our favorite coffees, the desire to enjoy the warm soothing beverage still remains. Whether it’s sitting down for a few hours at a shop, grabbing your to-go cup, or making it at home when you’re getting ready for the day, the want — and for a lot of us, the need — for our coffee is ever present.

Traded commodity

But aside from a caffeine jolt, there are many other benefits and facts about coffee that the average fan has either overlooked or never knew. For instance, did you know a coffee plant can live up to 200 years?

The amount of practice it takes to create good latte art is unexpectedly challenging. It is a fun challenge, but a difficult one. There are, of course, people who are naturally good at it, but for the most part, it takes a lot of time and concentration to learn how to froth the milk at the right temperature and speed so that it not only looks good, but tastes delicious as well. It takes hours of practicing your frothing and pouring techniques and there is always room for improvement. So, practicing on a regular basis is important.

Here are some other fun coffee facts to perk you up.

Pre-workout drink

Coffee is OK to drink before a workout. Although too much coffee or a milky latte before exercising can cause cramping and other physical malfunctions, drinking black coffee in moderation can be good for your workout. “I drink 4 ounces before I go into my workout,” says David Sutton. “It keeps me alert, and my mood and intensity are better than if I just drink water beforehand. Four ounces is my sweet spot, and I feel like I can do any workout and am ready to lift. I also heard Michael Jordan had a cup of coffee before each game so that he would be more alert on the court.”

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There are multiple ways to make coffee. Any one type of coffee bean can come from many different places around the world, and be made

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Outside of crude oil, coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity. And it makes good sense too. Petroleum makes cars go. Coffee makes people go. On a daily basis, more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world.

It’s an art form

Drink to your health

Contrary to some popular opinions coffee is quite healthy. In a 2005 study, research showed that Americans get the vast bulk of their antioxidant needs met with coffee. Now of course, this doesn’t mean you can exclude the necessary benefits found in fruits and veggies from your diet, but, the next time someone harps on you for your third cup of coffee in a day, let them know that you’re promoting a healthy heart and liver, plus preventing the probability of Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes.


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A plus for productivity

Coffee is highly addictive. Although it has many health benefits, just like with any caffeine drink, your body begins to rely on it. Studies have shown that people who drink coffee are actually more relaxed, and are more interested in their work. The caffeine found in coffee helps you maintain alertness, which improves performance and enhances mood. Similarly, coffee is useful when studying, as it improves attentiveness and wakefulness, which makes learning easier.

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Nearly endless options

There are so many different types of coffee and hundreds of growing regions where coffee beans come from — all creating dozens and dozens of various flavor notes you can taste and smell from the complexity of each coffee. It’s really mindblowing to realize just how many different types there are. “One of my favorite things about coffee is the different varietals,” says Taylor Aston. “Each one can be so different. Some cause coffee to be sweeter than others, and you can taste so many different flavors in each one coffee. The different varietals allow me to understand the characteristics of the coffee and what ratio to brew that coffee.”

The nose knows

There is a coffee chart — referred to as the coffee flavor wheel —that coffee companies and baristas use as a reference when smelling and tasting coffees. Much like sommeliers in tasting wine, baristas and roasters train themselves to be able to decipher different tastes and smells from each type of coffee. “One thing I like to remind people of is that coffee actually has more aromatic compounds than wine, which I find really cool and interesting,” says Jason Dowd.

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Stress reliever

You don’t even have to drink it before the effects start kicking in. Even smelling a cup of coffee reduces stress, according to a study by Seoul National University. Researchers studied the brains of rats that were stressed from sleep deprivation, and found that those that were exposed to the aroma of coffee saw changes in brain proteins that tied to stress.

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Amazing Thai Cuisine 1232 E. KEN OSH A BROK E N AR ROW A trip to Amazing Thai is an astounding adventure of flavor. Their soups are one of the reasons. The savory Clear Noodle Soup, with chicken or pork, combines crystal clear bean noodles with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, scallions and fried garlic. Yum! Talk about leaving your taste buds with something to remember. Or try the coconut soup, the tom kah. It’s seasoned with galangal (a rooty, tropical spice), lemongrass, lime juice, various Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with fresh, chopped cilantro for a bold finish.

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Cold, sick, or just in need of some heart-warming goodness? there are few better remedies for the body and soul than a steaming bowl of soup, stew, bisque, chili, goulash, pho or noodles. By Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon

It’s officially winter … even if Green Country’s weather doesn’t always cooperate. It may be cold, snowy or icy as you read this, or it might be in the 60s. But no matter the actual weather, winter is the perfect time to warm your soul and if need be, your body, with a bowl of steaming hot, tasty goodness offered up in the area’s many local restaurants. What’s truly neat about ordering a bowl of food is that in one smooth, round, delightfully compact container, you can

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potentially enjoy all sorts of cuisines and all kinds of meals. Imagine light broths and homebrewed soups, like pho and miso, for those times you want just a snack or light meal before or after a party. Picture a hearty bowl of chili or chowder on days when you need something that sticks to your ribs. Ponder the delights of rice bowls, ramen noodles, egg scrambles, oatmeal on steroids. Imagine it all — and then rejoice, because the 918 offers

it all. Whatever your favorite meal in a bowl, you can find plenty of options to warm you up from the inside out. With your taste buds in mind, we’ve gathered a list of the best bowl meals you can find around Tulsa and the surrounding towns including soups, stews, bisques, chilis, pho and more. We’ve found it and categorized it so you can just head to one of these restaurants anytime and dig in.

Billy's on the Square 424 S. MA I N ST.

TU LSA

Located in the historic Mayo Building in downtown Tulsa, Billy’s on the Square has been serving up delicious lunches to Tulsans since 1984. They’re known for a hefty carry-out and delivery side too, so if you can’t make it there for a sit-down meal, you can still enjoy their fantastic burgers, salads, and wraps. Be sure to enjoy a cup or bowl of their soups, which will warm you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Favorites include the creamy baked potato soup loaded with cheddar, Jack cheese, bacon bits, sour cream and chives or the roasted red pepper soup with smoked Gouda topped with chives.


Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood 10 0 3 2 S. SH E RI DA N ROAD T U LSA A true treat for any special occasion or when you just want to treat yourself to exquisite food and service, Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood offers more than just some of the best steak in town. Among their excellent dinners, sides and appetizers, you’ll find the Angus beef steak soup — a tasty concoction that proves how versatile red meat can be in the right chef ’s hands. They also serve fresh daily soup specials, so be sure to ask for the soup of the day when you visit.

Chimi's 13 0 4 E . 15 TH ST. T U LSA 5 3 2 0 S. H A RVA RD AV E . T U LSA 670 9 E . 81 ST ST. T U LSA A Mexican food tradition since 1983, Chimi’s specializes in helping people make happy family memories while eating some delicious, fresh Mexican dishes. Their 81st Street location shows UFC bouts on the big TV screens. The Cherry Street spot uses a fresh tortilla maker that you can view in action. And you can enjoy their zesty chicken tortilla soup made with homemade broth, topped with Monterrey Jack, or the seafood chowder, a version of Mexican Seven Seas seafood soup, made with shrimp, white fish, scallops, spices, avocado, and served with rice.

Brownies 6 57 7 E . 71 ST ST. T ULSA 213 0 S. H ARVAR D AVE. T ULSA For decades, generations of Tulsans have visited Brownies for delicious hamburgers, fries and sweet, sweet homemade root beer. But the soup specials they offer set it apart from any old hamburger joint. On Mondays, get a hot bowl of Frito chili pie. On Tuesdays or Sundays, order up butterbeans with ham soup and thank us later. Check out the Wednesday through Thursday beef stew special. And Friday and Saturday, enjoy a piping hot bowl of navy bean soup. You won’t regret it.

Cosmo Cafe 3 3 3 4 S. P E O R IA AVE. T ULSA This spacious, comfortable coffee and spirits bar and eatery is popular — for good reason — with remote workers, writers, and gatherings of friends for a leisurely meal and catch-up chat. If you’re warming up there after a shopping spree on Brookside on a winter’s afternoon, have the traditional chili, made with 90 percent lean beef, or their specialty Madras Vegan Chili. Cosmo Cafe also serves a tomato soup made with roasted red pepper and Gouda; pozole, a Southern hominy soup with shredded chicken and black beans; and a slightly spicy coconut Thai curry soup with sweet potatoes and lemongrass.

Cafe Ole 3509 S. PEORI A AVE. T ULSA

Caz's Chowhouse 18 E. M.B. B RADY ST.

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With one of the best heated patios in town, Cafe Ole is a great place to visit any time of the year. In the winter, you’ll enjoy being warmed up by their fantastic, gluten-free tortilla soup, made with pulled roasted chicken, vegetables, savory tomato broth with tortilla threads, cheese, and served with jalapeño cornbread. And while you’re dining there, start out your meal with their homemade classic Olé Queso, a local favorite recipe for over 30 years, made with melted cream cheese, peppers, onions and spices. It pairs great with tortilla chips, and it’s also gluten-free.

Caz’s Chowhouse, the longlasting stalwart of downtown’s art district, offers some of Tulsa’s comfort food at its finest. Enjoy a cup of soup with any of their fantastic made-like-home entrees, like Mom’s Meatloaf or Pop’s Pot Roast. Get completely stuffed and sufficiently satisfied with the baked potato soup, topped with cheese and green onion, or the chicken and sausage gumbo soup. Visit Caz’s for the chili, served daily, and trust us, you will be wishing you could take home the recipe.

Freeway Cafe

Fuji

1547 E. 3RD ST. T ULSA 465 S. S HERI DA N ROA D T ULSA 5849 S. 49T H W. AVE. T ULSA Folks visit this place for classic diner food, but also the 1950s atmosphere and friendly waitstaff. Burgers and fries, ham and eggs, good coffee with a cinnamon roll — these are what you can expect. But it’s the chili that specifically gives it that unique touch. Frito chili pie, the Freeway and the three-way chili will remind any Okie of the good stuff your mom used to make on a cold day. Ask for the soup of the day for another special treat. The vegetable soup is especially delicious.

8226 E. 71ST ST. TU LSA The oldest sushi place in Tulsa, Fuji has been delivering exciting and delectable Asian foods and sushi rolls for close to 30 years. Their sushi bar chefs are delightful to watch in action. Fuji recently added ramen bowls to their menu, with savory options featuring pork, soy and miso; or you can create a ramen bowl by choosing broth, noodles and toppings like seaweed, kimchi, fried garlic, chicken, tofu, spinach, and many more choices. You can also check out the Soba Noodle Soup with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and tempura shrimp, and the Nabeykai Udon Soup with kanikama (imitation crabmeat), tempura shrimp, broccoli, soft-boiled egg, and shiitake mushrooms.

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George's Pub 10 8 N. 1 ST ST. J E N KS Step into a ‘knees up’ pub, as they say, inspired by the good ole’ U.K. and snatch yourself a steaming hot bowl of homemade Guinness Chili. If you can’t quite picture the flavorful amalgamation of an Irish dry stout beer and tasty Oklahoma chili, then head over to Jenks and try it. We’re sure you’ll go barmy for it. Or try their zesty tortilla soup. It’s perfect food for heating you up on a winter’s day.

Juniper 3 24 E . 3 RD ST. TU LSA This bright, welcoming, awardwinning farm-to-table restaurant is a must-visit, especially if you’ve never been before. The menu focuses on seasonal dishes, with daily specials and craft cocktails that make Juniper a delight to visit with friends and family. The chefs love playing with the menu, and you can expect daily soup specials among other special, seasonal offerings. Right now, their menu features a rich, tasty sweet carrot soup, made with smoked buttermilk and crab.

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In the Raw

Jason's Deli

3 3 21 S. P E O R IA AVE.

T ULSA

6151 S. S H E R IDAN ROA D 216 S. M AIN ST.

T ULSA

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You’ll find teriyaki rice bowls galore at In the Raw. Get your fix with flavorful veggies, juicy chicken, scrumptious gulf shrimp or meltin-your-mouth beef tenderloin. Choose one of four amazing sauces, and you’re sure to enjoy every last bite. Combine that with any one of their fantastic entrees and you’ll think you’re in heaven. The fine-dining atmosphere and excellent waitstaff will ensure you have a great experience and have you wishing for another bowl to take home.

Kilkenny's Irish Pub 1413 E . 15 T H ST. T ULSA If you’re looking for a traditional, softly lit Irish pub with dark wood tables, friendly servers and a terrific bar menu, Kilkenny’s is a great option. You can find classic pub dishes here — boxties, scotch eggs, fish and chips and much more. Whether you like bottled lagers, ales, wines, premium spirits, whiskeys or mixed drinks, Kilkenny’s can hook you up. While there, enjoy the Kilkenny’s potato soup, lobster and sweet corn chowder, Charleston clam chowder, or the traditional Irish stew (generous chunks of seared beef cooked slowly with fresh herbs, carrots, onions and potatoes in a rich, hearty broth).

8321 E. 61ST ST. T ULSA 1330 E. 15T H ST. T ULSA Featuring fresh salads and tasty sandwiches, Jason’s Deli takes your typical casual lunch up a notch, which explains why it draws big crowds at lunchtime. They offer a lot of vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with special dietary preferences or needs, including a wide range of soup choices — broccoli cheddar, Irish potato, organic vegetable, tomato basil, and more. If you’re wanting a heartier bowl, check out one of their delicious stews — beef, traditional chili, southwest chicken chili, chicken potpie, and spicy seafood gumbo.

Lanna Thai 7227 S. MEMORI A L D RI VE T ULSA Thai food is one of the most popular international cuisines right now, and Lanna Thai’s soups are some of the most requested among Tulsans these days. The tom kha and tom yum gai are exactly that — yum. Spicy tart chicken soups with either coconut milk or lime juice, these soups legitimately qualify as entrees. Other soups with spicy shrimp, seasoned ground pork or Thai-style barbecue pork will surprise your taste buds and increase your sense of adventure in food.

Jim's Coney Island 1923 S. HA RVAR D AVE . TU LSA At Jim’s, you get no-nonsense service with a smile and some of the best Coney dogs and Greek cuisine this side of Brooklyn, New York. But that isn’t all. Order yourself a warm bowl of three-way (spaghetti, beans and chili) on a cold winter’s night and you’ll be glad you did. Grab a pint or half-pint of regular chili or Frito chili pie to go and you’ll be a hero at home for a week. On a seasonal basis, ask for the Greek soup to eat alongside your already amazing Coney dogs.

Mandarin Taste 6125 S. S HERI DAN ROAD TU LSA Mandarin Taste offers authentic, traditional Chinese dishes made fresh to order, including several types of egg drop soup, as well as hot and sour soup. But the star of their bowl menu is the Sichuan hot pot, great for sharing among several people. Order your choice of broth, as well as several choices of meats and vegetables to pick from. It is delivered on a hot plate to your table, where you can flash cook your own meats and veggies and dig in.


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Mondo's

Napa Flats

3 410 S. P E O RI A AV E .

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ol'Vine 3523 S. PEORI A AVE.

Papa Ganouj T ULSA

1328 E. 6T H ST.

TU LSA

Never had minestrone other than at home from a can? Look no further than Mondo’s. Seriously, these guys come from a long line of Italian homemade soup makers. Juicy bits of tomatoes, other choice veggies and beans in a thick broth make this a worthwhile choice for lunch or dinner. Order a cup with another fantastic Mondo’s entrée or enjoy a bowl as an entrée itself. Either choice is an excellent one. They’ve got an equally delicious clam chowder as well.

With superior service, perfectly crafted wood-fired dishes and a casual but aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, Napa Flats is a great place to go for an exceptional dining experience. Every starter, every entrée, sandwich or pizza, every salad you choose will meet or exceed your expectations or they’re not satisfied. The soup of the day is no exception. Whether it’s the tomato bisque or any other soup de jour, you will be pleased.

With two beautiful outside patios and warm-wood seating indoors, ol’Vine offers guests a great variety of places to sit, whether you want an intimate romantic dinner, a casual visit with friends at the bar, or a chance to see and be seen in busy Brookside. Among their soups is a tasty tomato bisque seasoned to perfection. For a more substantial meal, try a bowl of the shrimp and grits, made with bacon-wrapped shrimp, stone-ground cheese grits, and sriracha-honey butter.

Located in the Pearl District, Papa Ganouj specializes in serving classic Lebanese dishes made from the heart. It’s a great place to grab lunch between office meetings, and if the weather is warm, you can sit in the covered sidewalk seating area and enjoy the fresh air. Regulars love the hummus and wraps. For soups, you can opt for two classic Mediterranean dishes — a light lentil soup seasoned with celery and onions, and a heartier chicken, veggie, and black bean soup made with chicken breast, black beans and variety of fresh vegetables.

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Savoy

Shiloh's

Sisserou's

1 1 1 N. M A I N ST.

T U LSA

This beautiful, elegantly decorated steakhouse is a perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or a special treat before or after seeing a show in downtown Tulsa. An attentive waitstaff will help you to feel pampered as you enjoy specialties like escargot, caviar and roe. Warm up on a cold day with PRHYME’s soups — a gluten-free, vegetarian sweet corn soup seasoned with scallions and paprika cream; or the seafood bisque, made with lump crab, rouille, toasted panko and roasted red bell pepper.

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6 0 3 3 S. S H E R IDAN ROA D T ULSA Got dinner rolls? Got cornbread? Got piping hot soup? If not, Savoy is undoubtedly the place to go. Every Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a steaming bowl of beef stew. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, order the ham and beans soup. If you’ve ever been to Savoy, chances are it’s been to enjoy their outstanding breakfast menu, but more and more Tulsans are realizing that lunchtime at this gem of a restaurant is every bit as good.

2604 N . AS PEN AVE. BROKEN ARROW Home cooking that makes the whole family feel welcome — that’s the atmosphere you get at Shiloh’s, which draws on several generations of restaurateurs and family recipes to serve comfort food you won’t soon forget. Among the yummy chicken tenders, homemade pies, and all-day breakfast specials, Shiloh’s is also well-known for its tasty Grandma Ethel’s Homemade Vegetable Beef Stew with cornbread. Other hearty bowl meals include the Grandpa’s Chili, Teri’s Goulash, and daily soup specials.

107 N . B OUL D ER AVE . TU LSA With one of the most surprisingly unique and tasty menus, Sisserou’s never disappoints. A creamy butternut squash soup containing tremendously flavorful veggies and spices is always the right choice. But the callaloo, a Caribbean tradition, is equally mouthwatering. The tasty bowl of spinach, okra, herbs and spices, the callaloo will become your new favorite soup. Luckily for you, you can get it every day of the week at Sisserou’s.


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Sushi Hana 9 9 0 4 RI V E RSI DE PAR KWAY T U LSA 373 9 S. P E O RI A AV E . T U LSA Impeccably decorated, Sushi Hana wows you as soon as you step inside. Whether you want a fusion-style sushi roll, traditional tempura or some of the best teriyaki in town, you can’t go wrong here. Warm up your body and your palate with one of their many traditional Asian soups — miso, chicken wonton, hot and sour, spicy seafood, or the choice of chicken, vegetable or seafood udon noodle bowls. Follow that with a roll like the Black Samurai (seared peppercorn tuna atop of crunchy, black masago and spicy yellowtail), and you’ll be in Sushi Hana heaven.

Tandoori Guys

Tavolo

2 0 3 9 W. H O U STO N ST. BROKEN ARROW The traditional, healthy homecooked style at Tandoori Guys is based on the cuisine of southeast India. Tandoori Guys’ food is never frozen, and cooked fresh daily in the traditional style, with the traditional spices. The rasam packs more flavor than you’d ever expect out of a bowl. The broth is rich and flavored with all the important spices of Indian cuisine: garlic, pepper, red chili, asafoetida. Or go for a bowl of sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew.

Ti Amo

427 S. B OSTON AVE. T ULSA This modern, intimate, urban Italian eatery focuses on handmade pastas and seasonal dishes created by a passionate, creative chef. Ideal for a romantic meal, Tavolo is also a nice option for a special dinner with a few close friends, as well as a quick, classy lunch break with a co-worker. Tavolo’s Monday lunch special features its tomato bisque, made with goat cheese. For a traditional Italian soup, opt for the minestrone, which Tavolo takes up a notch by adding bourbon bacon to the mix of usual ingredients — carrots, white beans, onions, celery, radish, tomatoes, fennel and parsley.

219 S. CHEYENNE AVE . TU LSA 6024 S. S HERIDAN ROAD

TU LSA

Ti Amo does everything well. Both the downtown and midtown locations aim to please. The soups and other menu items never fail to reflect just that. Delicious menu items from seafood, steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, paninis or wraps — any item on the menu — is sure to leave you completely satisfied. The unbelievably delightful lobster bisque will have you savoring every single delectable spoonful.

Also Check Out The Tropical 812 5 E . 49 TH ST. T U LSA Tasty and quite healthy, the three-kind mushroom soup at the Tropical, with enoki, white beech and shiitake mushrooms is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a soup with both wonderful flavor and beneficial health elements. This soup is full of nutrients like thiamin, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, and selenium. It’s low in dietary cholesterol and sodium, too. Trust us, you’ll love all the menu items at the Tropical, whether you’re trying to eat healthy or not.

Calaveras

Lassalle's

Roppongi

2326 E. Admiral Blvd. | Tulsa

15 W. 5th St. | Tulsa

601 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

Deco Deli

Mamadou's

415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

200 Civic Center | Tulsa 14751 South Casper St. | Glenpool

James E. McNellie's 409 E. 1st St. | Tulsa 7031 S. Zurich Ave. | Tulsa

Jinya Ramen Bar 416 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

Kai Burmese Cuisine 6912 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa

Keo 3524 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 8921 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa

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Margaret's German Restaurant & Deli

SMOKE. on Cherry Street

5107 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Michael V's

Stonehorse Cafe

8222 E. 103rd St. | Tulsa

1748 Utica Square | Tulsa

Mod's Coffee & Crepes

The Tavern

507 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

201 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Pho Nhi

Wild Fork

11514 E. 21st St. | Tulsa

1820 Utica Square | Tulsa


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Imagine the glories of an outdoor entertainment park, or a trip to the Tulsa State Fair. Children and adults alike love the sights and sounds of such an adventure — delicious food, family-friendly music, fun and games, and oh, the rides. But the Tulsa State Fair only happens once a year, and visiting a place like Six Flags means a road trip and spending some serious money. Why can’t you have that kind of fun all year? The short answer is you can. You just need to take a trip over to Incredible Pizza. Without a doubt, Incredible Pizza is one of Tulsa’s most beloved family-focused restaurants and entertainment centers. Brad Edwards, who is managing partner at the Tulsa location of Incredible Pizza and vice president of operations for the Warr Acres location in Oklahoma City, says Incredible Pizza is all about the experience that brings generations together for a good time and making memories. “We really bring family together,” says Edwards. “We create memories — family memories.” Those memories get made in an atmosphere that mirrors a 1950s diner — the black and white checker decorations, the music playing in the background, and TV shows and movies on display all bring you back to the era of Grease. The throwback feel not only captures the spirit of good, clean fun that hearkens back to a simpler time, but also the sense of both nostalgia and history that allow different generations to connect over food and games.

“I think the owners, Rick and Cheryl Barsness, have done a great job of creating the ‘50s theme,” says Edwards. “They create the vision for Incredible Pizza, and it’s all about the family. We have TV rooms that show old shows, like Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show and Leave It to Beaver.” It invites conversations and reminiscing, he says. Children love the entertainment, while parents love watching TV shows they saw as children. “Grandparents enjoy the ‘57 Chevys, the ‘50s diner, and can share their experiences of living during that time.” Incredible Pizza also plays family-friendly movies from the 1950s and ‘60s, like the Elvis movies, It’s a Wonderful Life, black and whites and more. And their XD Theater levels up the fun by providing an immersive ride with real-time 3D graphics, realistic motion sets, and both visual and sound effects that deliver a thrill ride the children will love. In addition to the movies and TV shows, Incredible Pizza offers a host of games for children to play. The venue in Tulsa is incredibly spacious — 93,000-square-feet in all, with 11 attractions and over 100 games. The variety and execution of the activities has led to the entertainment center twice being voted America’s favorite family-entertainment center. The spaciousness allows for a lot of fun to happen, all while safely protected from sun, wind, rain and snow that could make outdoor parks or fairs hard to enjoy.

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It wouldn’t be Incredible Pizza without the pizza, of course, and the rest of the all-youcan-eat buffet. The kitchen staff prepare the pizza dough in-house and can craft over 100 different pizza combinations. Diners can choose from four different crusts — original, lavash, deep pan and gluten-free — and many combinations of toppings like cheese, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, sausage, barbecue chicken, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, pineapple, black olives,

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Families can also enjoy bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag and other rides, as well as tons of video games and other games that feature the potential to win prizes. The optimal age for most of the games and rides is 5-15, says Edwards. “We also have a TinyTown area for little children to play in for free.”

Incredible Pizza also does a lot of options for groups, making it a popular choice for anything from children’s birthday parties and family gatherings to church lock-ins and company outings. They’ve featured employee and family parties for many area businesses, says Edwards, as well as gatherings for young people. “We’ve had large school groups, afterschool proms, lock-ins for the Union school district and area churches,” says Edwards.

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Another feature that families love is Springtown — 8,000-square-feet of wall-towall trampolines.

If pizza’s not your jam, not to worry. The buffet is loaded with other choices that are great for a family fun dinner — pasta, hot dogs, meatballs, baked potatoes, homemade soups made fresh daily, chicken nuggets, Frito pie and more. “We make a lot of items from scratch,” says Edwards, “like the marinara, chicken potpie, cinnamon rolls and other desserts.” They even offer a salad bar with a variety of crisp, fresh, tasty options.

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Like most features at the entertainment center, the roller coaster was the first of its kind in the area, the result of research and the owners’ desire to offer the latest and greatest in family fun. “Our owners are on the cutting edge as to what’s going on,” says Edwards. “We wanted to find something new, so we found the indoor roller coaster.”

mushroom, and spinach. If you don’t see the pizza you want on display at the buffet, just ask, and they’ll make it fresh for you.

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Among the best-loved activities is the Incredible Spin Roller Coaster — an indoor roller coaster that is unique to the Tulsa area. With a figure-eight track design and free spinning vehicles, riders enjoy the buzz of an entertainment park ride. Discounted ride fares can be purchased when you buy an Eat and Play Package.

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A casual steakhouse with a fine-dining experience where you can bring the family without breaking the bank, BC Steakhouse offers plenty of highquality eats to satisfy our beef-crazed community. By Rob Harmon | Photos by Valerie Grant

No offense, vegetarians, but is there really anything better for dinner than a nice, succulent steak and a hot baked potato with all the trimmings? Be honest — sometimes you just have the urge for a tasty piece of meat. For excellent steak in these parts you can go all the way back to before the Civil War, when in the 1830s, Texas cattle drives came up through Oklahoma Indian Territory. Since those days, the Oklahoma cattle industry has always been on the cutting edge of breeding better cattle and the newest scientific methods of handling beef. So, it makes sense that Tulsa is a steak lover’s town. We’ve got more than a fair share of stellar places to enjoy a delicious choice cut of meat, a baked potato and some green beans or buttered corn.

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There are so many reasons we love steak. Just seeing it advertised on a commercial sends our taste buds soaring and makes us say, “It’s what’s for dinner!” Some say it’s the fat in a perfectly cut piece of steak that makes the experience so wonderful. Marbled meat seems to provide such a pleasurable feeling inside our mouths, we just can’t get enough. The texture

of a soft, chewy-yet-tender piece of meat in our mouth is another reason people are gaga for steak. Others say that steak is awesome because it’s not just our eyes and mouths we eat with, it’s our sense of smell. That aroma! Mmmm. A juicy, freshly-grilled steak makes our mouths drool the second we get a whiff of that gorgeous smell wafting through the air. What it really comes down to is the fact that our brains, over thousands and thousands of years, have been conditioned to crave meat. It’s as simple as that. Most of us are meat-eaters. In the last six months or so, BC (Beef Capital) Steakhouse has joined the ranks of Tulsa’s great steakhouses and they plan to keep it that way. It’s just one of Caesar Escoto’s restaurant ventures, and he’s proud to be one of the additions to the Farm Shopping Center on the southeast corner of 51st and Sheridan. A veteran of the Tulsa restaurant scene for decades and owner of another favorite restaurant to many Tulsans — the Tex-Mex cantina, Rincon — Escoto says providing another steakhouse

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But just because you can get a freshly-cut steak for under $10 doesn’t mean they’ve sacrificed all the quality. Handcut choice steaks seasoned in-house with the greatest of care for excellence in every dish is one of BC Steakhouse’s many standards of quality. Select a choice 16-ounce rib-eye, a flavorful New York strip, a tender filet mignon, a bone-in or a classic porter house T-bone, and any one of these will be a special treat. “Good servers, great food, and prices that are really affordable are all important to us,” he says. “The atmosphere is also vital for giving our customers the experience they expect. We take care of our people and know that they will look forward to coming back.” With years of experience in all aspects of the restaurant business, Escoto knows that giving a customer a variety of choices is important for a great dining experience. Even though he is very excited to provide an excellent steak dinner for his patrons, he is also very proud of his chicken dishes. He says that grilled, roasted or

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“A guy came in the other day,” Escoto says. “He said that he wanted to get ribs from a place downtown but they had run out. He thought he would give us a try. After finishing, he told us we were almost as good as that place. That’s a compliment. A place with ribs so good that they run out, and he says we are almost as good as them, I see that as a compliment. So, people can expect to be pleased with our ribs, too.” Whether it be the ribs, the seafood, the chicken or the steak, BC Steakhouse knows that deep down, you’ve got a hankering for meat cooked well, and they’re not about to stop trying now to make their mark in Tulsa as one of the best places to scratch that itch.

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“This is a casual steakhouse with a fine-dining experience,” Escoto says, “where you can bring the family without breaking the bank.”

But a tasty steak or a juicy chicken breast is not all you can expect when you peruse the menu. Escoto and his kitchen staff have assembled a menu full of sandwiches, salads, burgers and a full-on kids’ menu as well. The shrimp and other seafood items are also just as pleasing to the palate. Last but not least, they also have barbecue ribs so good, it’s worth licking your fingers afterward.

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“Of course, a steakhouse should have a great steak,” Escoto says, “but our chicken is juicy and flavorful. We know people don’t want to eat steak every day. People say our seasoning on the chicken is excellent.”

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Open the doors of BC Steakhouse and expect a friendly person to greet you and show you to one of the comfortable tables scattered around the dining room. Or, in the back of the room, a huge bar with some big screens also makes a great location for ordering your meal and getting something cool to drink as well. It doesn’t take long to realize this is no ordinary steakhouse.

fried chicken in various dishes makes his customers very happy and provides an unexpected experience for someone looking for something other than beef.

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option in Tulsa was important to him. Plenty of Tulsans love sinking their teeth into a thick, juicy, well-seasoned steak, but many aren’t into the fancy atmosphere where jeans are frowned upon and spending less than $200 can sometimes be unrealistic.

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The traditional, healthy homecooked style at Tandoori Guys is based on the cuisine of southeast India. “Just like here, there are different styles in India, mostly the spices. In Pondicherry [India], where I’m from, it’s more

Tandoori Guys takes its name from the tandoor, a traditional type of clay oven, heated with a charcoal or wood fire that can reach temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Everything from naan bread to chicken tikka can be cooked inside one of these tandoors, making the food tender and taking on the flavor of the smoke.

The buffet also comes with dosa, which is like a crisp and savory crepe. Dosa is made from a fermented batter of rice and black lentil and cooked on the grill. The dosa is beautiful in preparation and a wonderful accompaniment to your meal.

Tandoori Guys’ food is never frozen, and cooked fresh daily in the traditional style, with the traditional spices. “My grandma told me spices like garlic, pepper, and turmeric are medicine. Turmeric is a super food,” says Murugavel.

The buffet changes daily, and may include chettinad chicken, tandoori chicken, beef kofta korma, naan, channa masala, saag paneer, spicy mixed vegetable manchurian, gulab jumun, tomato chutney, coconut chutney, and mint chutney. By its nature, Indian cuisine is vegetarian and vegan friendly, but the buffet goes vegan every Thursday evening. Wednesday evening is seafood night, with a special emphasis on seafood dishes. Friday through the weekend, the buffet emphasizes popular Indian street food like samosas, panipuri, and other popular snacks.

The soup that Murugavel’s grandma would make for him is rasam, and packs more flavor than you’d ever expect out of a bowl. The broth is rich and flavored with all the important spices of Indian cuisine: garlic, pepper, red chili, asafoetida. Be sure to pick up a cup as you start down the line. The specific food items Tandoori Guys would love to cater for you, or change every day, but you can almost always host your next event. There is a private dining find biryani chicken, which is a savory dish of room that can seat 25-30 people. rice, spices, and chicken. The chicken tikka masala is Tandoori Guys' signature dish, and it deserves that title. The rich, creamy orange sauce surrounds tender chunks of chicken. The flavor hits all the right notes, with a medley of those classic aromatic Indian spices that have been tempting you since you walked in. If you find gobi on the buffet line, be sure to grab some. The bright red chunks are a spicy, deep-fried cauliflower. They’re lightly crispy with just a little heat to sizzle your taste buds. Be sure to ask about traditional drinks like mango lassi, rose milk, madras coffee, or

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Murugavel trained in hotel management in India. After a 10-year career in restaurants and hotels there, he came to Tulsa, where he spent five more years in the restaurant business. He opened Tandoori Guys with his coowners Raja Ramalingam and Takhir Ismailov in July. “Business has been good,” Murugavel says. “People seem to really love it.”

masala chai tea. “The chai tea is not like what you’d find at Starbucks. It’s made with ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon stick with tea powder and milk,” Murugavel explains.

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Neat rows of tables along the walls and the center guide you to your goal: the buffet. The smell of the spices, the colorful display, and the copious choices beckon you to grab a plate and dig in.

garlic. It’s the same spices as other regions but more or less chili, more or less cumin in a dish.” Every spice has a reason to be in each dish and every sauce is different.

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Before you even step inside Tandoori Guys, you’re steeped in traditional Indian culture. You pass over a rangoli, a lovely bit of artwork traditionally drawn outside of homes using rice flour, other types of flour or chalk, and colored powders. They are thought to bring good fortune. Inside, the restaurant is filled with the scent of traditional Indian spices like cumin, fennel, chili powder, ginger, cardamom, and more. Next to the doorway into the dining room is a quote about accepting change. “Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only,” it says in part.

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When Patchaiappan Murugavel was a young boy in India, his grandma made a special soup for him whenever he got sick. It was filled with fresh, healthful aromatic spices, flavor, and love. That same soup, made with the same care and attention, is available at Tandoori Guys Authentic Indian Buffet in Broken Arrow.

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ModernM Imagine a world in which people don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars per month in health insurance, and then $40-60 co-pays every time you visit the doctor, then much more in deductibles and portions of the fee once you reach a certain amount.

That is the reality at Grassroots Healthcare in south Tulsa. They cut out the insurance middleman and their patients wind up spending a whole lot less on health care. Instead, patients pay a membership fee of $100 or less per month and then much cheaper costs per visit, depending on what the issue is.

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“It’s $50 a month up to the age of 45, then it’s $75, and beyond that, it’s $100 starting at 65,” says Dr. Melita Tate, the founder and primary doctor at Grassroots Healthcare, regarding the membership fees. “They didn’t teach me how to run a business [at medical school], so we had trouble keeping our doors open. There’s a clinic in Wichita [Kansas] that we modeled after, called Direct Primary Care, and that’s what they did. We put that in place here, because we wanted to have something stable, an income to keep our doors open.


Medicine “We don’t want to be called a ‘concierge clinic,’ where it’s just for elite people,” Tate says. “For my patients to see me, they pay a membership fee and then all their labs are wholesale, so whatever it costs us, that’s what it costs them. I think there’s like a 10 percent for lab supplies and stuff like that. We’re able to

than the average doctor. She makes contracted patients a priority, so when there is an issue, they can usually get an appointment pretty quickly.

Tate can keep the costs much lower than other clinics because she is not dealing with insurance companies and government personnel with Medicaid, which would require her to employ additional workers to handle all the paperwork.

By not “working” for an insurance company, Grassroots is able to elevate the doctor-patient relationship with not-so-rushed office visits and the ability to better connect with each patient. Longer visits help doctors to better see the big picture when it comes to their patients’ health.

“I don’t have to hire somebody to go chase down insurance dollars. I don’t have to pay for someone to fill out paperwork or push around insurance money all day,” says Tate, who grew up in Bartlesville, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri before attending medical school at the University of Oklahoma. “I went there [med school] to care for people. And we do try to keep people off medications, if possible. Anytime we start something, we’re looking at allnatural ways to help them come off medications. We want people to get well. And that’s a little bit of a different concept than most clinics.” That also means that she is able to see patients much quicker

“There is a wait for new patients, but my patients that are on the contract, because we keep our number of patients to a low volume, they’re usually seen the same day or the next day,” she says. Contracted patients receive 24/7 access, as patients get Tate’s personal cell number, and there’s even the potential for home visits, if necessary.

And if you do have insurance, you can still utilize Grassroots Healthcare as an “out-ofnetwork” option, submitting your bills to your insurance company for some partial reimbursement. It’s all part of Grassroots Healthcare’s innovative model that puts the patient first and emphasizes their health, not just their sickness. “I am so excited to be a part of a health care model that is solving the health care crisis without government or insurance interference,” states Tate on her website. “Outsmarting the pitfalls of insurance and well-meaning but encumbering government bureaucracy were the original inspiring principles on which Grassroots Healthcare was founded.”

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As she notes, Tate does also see patients who don’t pay the monthly membership fees, and even for them, the prices are much lower than usual. For example, the office visits are still $69-89 for adults, depending on the problem, while wellness checkups for children range from $50-70. The Grassroots Healthcare website also includes pricing for various procedures, featuring everything from an ear flush at $15 per ear to a full physical with lab tests and EKG for $255.

offer really low-priced labs for my cost-contracted patients, and then the rest of our labs are still very low-priced for other patients as well.”

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“The office visits run from $69 to $89, depending on how complicated they are. Most simple sicknesses are $69 and there’s a $20 new-patient fee. We’re very upfront about lab pricing as well. Like a CBC for my contract patients is $6. I think it’s $20 for a non-contracted patient, which is still amazingly lower than what the hospitals charge. We’re pretty proud of what we do. We’re amazing.”

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Mary is a successful hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. However, her life is completely shifted when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong and she leaves the boy orphaned. Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover

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Rating: PG-13

After the events in the previous film, Elise Rainier goes on to investigate the recent supernatural disturbances occurring in a family’s home in New Mexico, a house she used to live in in her youth, driving her deeper into The Further. Cast: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

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Michael is an insurance salesman who is on his daily commute home, when it quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy, one that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson Rating: PG-13

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Following the 9/11 attacks, Task Force Dagger, including CIA paramilitary officers and a U.S. special forces operational detachment Alpha 595 12-member team, are sent to Afghanistan. They join forces with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance to help conduct unconventional warfare against Taliban forces. The movie is based on Doug Stanton’s nonfiction book Horse Soldiers. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena Rating: R

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DEN OF THIEVES

Den of Thieves is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. Cast: Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Rating: R

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Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins Rating: PG

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A couple embarks on a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper to escape from the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Kristy Mitchell Rating: R

In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Rating: NR

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Sid and Nancy Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful U.S. tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. Rating: R Molly’s Game The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Rating: R JAN. 7 Golden Globe Awards Free viewing party complete with snacks, trivia and prizes (during commercial breaks).

JAN. 12 D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage The 1980 rockumentary features interview and concert footage of some of punk rock’s earliest bands of the late-‘70s scene. Features live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, and Augustus Pablo. Special introduction by Larry Schaeffer, former owner of Cain’s Ballroom and Little Wing Productions.

Seven Chances (1925) Financial broker Jimmie Shannon (Buster Keaton) is nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents Shannon’s grandfather’s will leaving him $7 million. In order to inherit the money Shannon must marry before 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday.

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I, Tonya The film tells about exspouses Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly, who hired a man to break the leg of Harding’s competitor Nancy Kerrigan at the National Figure Skating Championship in 1994, which made international news. This eventually led to the end of Harding’s career in figure skating. Rating: R

Call Me by Your Name In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape. Rating: R

JAN. 13 The Penalty (1920) Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were perhaps needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld. Out for revenge against the surgeon who performed his operation, he undergoes brain surgery which has a chance of altering his antisocial behavior.

Phantom Thread Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strongwilled woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Rating: R

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

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers. Rating: PG

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5 o’Clock Somewhere® Bar, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville®, Paradise Cove Theater

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January 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 1)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For 32 years, Preview 918 has been the best resource for disc...

January 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 1)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For 32 years, Preview 918 has been the best resource for disc...