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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. 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.

special events, such as Tulsa Tough bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball finals. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa. Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.‌org.

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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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For a night on the town, Tulsa serves up family entertainment at the Guthrie Green and Tulsa Drillers baseball at ONEOK Field. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center attracts Broadway musicals, renowned musicians and excellent local theater productions, and is home to the Tulsa Ballet.

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CONVERSATION STARTER: SANTANA

Refusing to be imprisoned by any one musical genre, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana and his band, Santana, continue to churn out significant and meaningful music that comes from his heart’s center.

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HIGHER LEARNING

As your child heads to college for the first time, there are a few things that you need to plan for now if you haven’t already. But hurry — the six-week countdown has already begun.

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VIRTUAL INSANITY

Experience the seemingly impossible with Xtreme Racing and Entertainment’s state-of-the-art VR technology that provides total immersion into zombie nightmares and a new way of seeing imaginary worlds.

A BRAIN FREEZE, CREAMY SCOOP, DRIPPY CONE, SUPREME SUNDAE, SWEET SNOW CONE OR AN OLD-SCHOOL FAVORITE AT ONE OF OUR 18 FAVORITE PURVEYORS OF FROZEN TREATS. SCOOP DREAMS GRAB W H E R E T O D I N E | W H AT T O D O | W H E R E T O F I N D I T | W H E N I T ’ S H A P P E N I N G

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THE BOND OF BALL

With a mission to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams through baseball and softball, World Baseball Outreach is changing lives in over 60 countries.

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Don’t let your day job ruin your workout regime. There are a number of healthy and active ways to change your lifestyle, get your body moving and raise energy levels at the office.

THE PARENT TRAP?

Coaching your children can be equal parts reward and frustration. And sometimes, it can be a thankless job where your friends and neighbors start treating you like hired help. So, what’s a parent to do?

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WHEN NATURE CALLS

Camping is one of the best and easiest escapes into nature. The more nights this summer you can spend staring at a campfire and sleeping under a canopy of stars, the better, even if you stay close to home.

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POOLSIDE IN PARADISE

Make some memorable moments with a splash of fun before the sun sets at the relaxing and partyhearty environment at River Spirit Casino Resort’s amenity heavy Landshark Pool Bar and Margaritaville’s Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill.

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AFFAIR OF THE ART

The Tulsa creative community is so robust, but many consumers are still content to hang mass-produced art on walls. But why? Is it intimidation, cost, or not knowing where to look? If so, here are suggestions to help you bring home locally created treasures.

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FOOD FRIGHT

ALE YEAH!

Dead Armadillo is cranking out innovative beers, plenty of smallbatch suds and consistent favorites thanks to brewmaster Tony Peck’s labor-intensive process and a desire to put a cold pint in your hand.

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With new music, a citywide marketing campaign, and audiences growing weekly at Safari Joe’s H2O, Morgan Ganem is poised to take his mix of dance beats, rock sensibility, and Caribbean rhythms to the masses.

SANTANA WORLD BASEBALL OUTREACH MORGAN GANEM DEAD ARMADILLO MARYN’S TAPHOUSE MONDO’S MIXCO EL CHICO

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DRAFTING A WINNER

Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar is no fish-out-ofwater thanks to the vision of Corey Crandall, who has created a modern gastropub offering a barlover’s paradise and plenty of plates from land and sea.

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INSPIRED BY TRADITION

Much like the rich culture from which they come, the Aloisio family delivers authentic fare that combines the best of old and new worlds at Mondo’s Ristorante Italian.

DIGITAL DREAM WORLDS AND ZOMBIE

HIGHER LEARNING ARE YOU PREPARED TO

APOCALYPSES ARE SHIFTING NT. XTREME RACING AND ENTERTAINME FROM FANTASY INTO REALITY AT

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ON THE COVER Xtreme Racing and Entertainment in Broken Arrow has taken a giant leap into the digital frontier with a new attraction called Zombie Survival. Now available for booking, Zombie Survival is a virtual reality (VR) game only available at Xtreme and a few other places in the entire world.

Photographer: Marc Rains

Agency: MTM Agency

RED, WHITE AND CHEW

Exercise your independence from the same old festive snacks and pledge allegiance to three recipes that are sure to create plenty of bang for just a few bucks.

With some planning, practice and discipline, a trip to the grocery store doesn’t have to take hours, deplete your bank account or stress you out.

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DEVOTION TO DESSERT

With inventive selections, fruity flavors, and oldschool favorites, we’ve journeyed outside the freezer and found the 918’s best gelatos, malts, shakes, cones, shaved ice, pints and sundaes. And our list is anything but vanilla.

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RAISE YOUR SPIRITS

From the drinks to the food and fun, everything at MixCo is designed with intentionality at the forefront. If you haven’t joined the party yet, what are you waiting for?

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CONTEMPORARY CANTINA

Next time you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex tacos, fajitas or some cheesy quesadillas, consider visiting Tulsa’s only individually owned El Chico, where Gil Inkelaar loves taking care of families.

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DEPARTMENTS $91.80 in 48 Challenge | 8 Music + Concerts | 10 Happenings | 12 Street Talk | 14 Conversation Starter | 16 Homegrown Heroes | 34 Sports Central | 40 Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48 Sports Schedule | 51 Green Country Scene | 52 Style + Shopping | 54 Sound Check | 56

FERMENT TO BE

Chris and Vonnetta Allenbaugh have been notso-quietly taking the local wine-making scene by storm with the stunning Blind Luck brand of wines that appeal to the eye and the soul.

Health + Fitness | 60 Cocktail Confidential | 62 Eats + Treats | 66 Masters of Flavor | 88 Get to Know | 90 Showtime | 92


( 918 ) 9 4 9  4 4 9 8 TAV O LOT U L S A . C O M

See our feature on page 84 ITALIAN RESTAURANT & CAFE


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.

918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE STOP #2

My friend, Thea Sanseverino Hill, and I kicked off our Saturday shopping tour with a quick visit to the RoseRock Café, where they have amazing sandwiches, smoothies and homemade desserts. We purposely avoided these temptations, and Thea had a nice mocha coffee while I enjoyed a refreshing iced tea.

The mission posed to Susan Lemon 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 June issue of Preview.

$5.69

STOP #3 $31.98

STOP #1

For our opener, we decided to check out the Friday Tulsa Tough bike races via a great viewing spot from the RibCrib patio in the Blue Dome District. My girlfriend, Rhonda Kache, and I started out our own race with delicious smoked chicken nachos and a couple of Modelo drafts. A lively bunch of RibCrib patrons made sharing the Pit Master Choice (pulled pork, brisket, hot links, rib, corn of the cob, seasoned fries, mac and cheese) exhilarating. Wrapping up our bike race/dining evening was a fun firework display right above us.

Jules Boutique is moving soon to Crestwood Crossing Center on the northwest corner of 121st and Sheridan. This specialty ladies store is always fun, with great bargains that demand a return visit. I bought a beautiful summer parasol.

$5.81

STOP #4

If you weren’t already aware, Soul City not only is great for food, drinks and live music, but there is also a Cajun shop with gifts, jewelry, and clothes — many made by local artists. Thea bought a blackbird necklace. I chose some cute pottery for holding rings and personal items.

$21.24

STOP #6

For dinner on our way to the Luke Bryan concert at the BOK Center, we visited a favorite casual dining spot — Café Ole in Brookside. My husband, Marcus, had the salmon on rice and I enjoyed grilled chicken with a fresh salad. The food was excellent as usual, and dining on the patio is always a special touch.

$14.25

STOP #5 $22.04

STOP #7

To round out our shopping afternoon, we stopped in at Indigo Spa & Salon. We were attracted to their quality Aveda beauty products but were pleasantly surprised to see Ashton Kelly candles too. Thea and I each left with unique candles.

After a rousing concert, Marcus and I stopped by MixCo (which is catty-corner to the BOK Center). This old time-like bar with a roaring ‘20s basement feel made the Stamos Gin Fizz that includes yogurt, the perfect ending to our two-day adventure.

THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS?

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H HAPPENINGS JULY

JULY 13

ZOMBOY

Cain’s (Tulsa)

JULY 14

JULY 1

WADE BOWEN

THE GRITS

Cain’s (Tulsa)

Soul City (Tulsa)

LET’S ZEPPLIN

JULY 15

Riverwalk Amphitheater (Jenks)

JULY 6

SANTANA

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

THOMPSON SQUARE River Spirit Casino

JOHN MCCUTCHEON Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

G-FORCE

Riverwalk Amphitheater (Jenks)

Resort (Tulsa)

JULY 23

CHEVELLE

RONNIE MILSAP AND DIAMOND RIO Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

JULY 7

KALYN FAY

Soul City (Tulsa)

Brady Theater (Tulsa)

JULY 27

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE BOK Center (Tulsa)

(Tulsa/Catoosa)

JULY 8

THE SELLOUTS

Riverwalk Amphitheater (Jenks)

MARK GIBSON AND GRANT WISCAVER Soul City (Tulsa)

JULY 16

(Tulsa/Catoosa)

MIKE STINSON BAND Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Cain’s (Tulsa)

THE TIPTONS Riverwalk Amphitheater (Jenks)

DIONNE WARWICK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

JASON ELLMORE Soul City (Tulsa)

JULY 22

KALO CD RELEASE PARTY Soul City (Tulsa)

PAUL BURCH

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

JULY 28

JULY 20

LAUREN ANDERSON BAND Soul City (Tulsa)

SARA EVANS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

(Tulsa/Catoosa)

JULY 21

MAC MCANALLY River Spirit Casino

Resort (Tulsa)

PETER FRAMPTON River Spirit Casino

Resort (Tulsa)

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SENIOR STAR ROUND-UP Cain’s (Tulsa) 10 JULY 2017


SUNDAY, JULY 16

THURSDAY, JULY 16 THURSDAY, JUNE

THURSDAY, JULY 20

RONNIE MILSAP & DIAMOND RIO

VINCE NEIL DIONNE WARWICK

SARA EVANS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

CLINT BLACK

AIR SUPPLY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

AARON LEWIS

GARY ALLAN

LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Schedule subject to change.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

STEVEN TYLER AND THE LOVING MARY BAND


AI ALSO IN JULY 1-4 HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL Downtown Jay

7-9 ALL STAR TEAM ROPING FINALS Tulsa Expo Square

TULSA HOLIDAY SUMMER CIRCUIT Tulsa Expo Square

8 WELLRED COMEDY TOUR Cain’s (Tulsa)

3-4 RODEO MIAMI 1129 E. St. SW (Miami)

8-9 TULSA ROCK AND MINERAL SOCIETY GEM AND MINERAL SHOW Tulsa Expo Square

4 INDEPENDENCE DAY 4-8 AMERICAN SHORTHORN ASSOCIATION JUNIOR NATIONALS Tulsa Expo Square

R.K. GUN AND KNIFE SHOW Tulsa Expo Square 9 BIG3 BOK Center (Tulsa)

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13-16 GLOC PERFORMANCE BOAT CHALLENGE Grand Lakeside Marina (Grove)

13-21 PONY OF THE AMERICAS NATIONAL CONGRESS Tulsa Expo Square 14 TREVOR NOAH River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

14-16 IN THE HEIGHTS Tulsa Performing Arts Center AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART Tulsa Expo Square TOKYO IN TULSA Cox Business Center (Tulsa) 15 AQUAPALOOZA AT GRAND LAKE Southwinds Marina (Bernice)

6-8 COMMERCE DAYS Sill Park (Commerce) 7 FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Brady District (Tulsa)

13, 15-16 ANNIE JR. Tulsa Performing Arts Center

13-15 PORTER PEACH FESTIVAL Downtown Porter

TRIPP HAGGARD MEMORIAL STEAK COOK-OFF Central Park (Broken Arrow)

17-23 INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP CLUB CAVALCADE RODEO Osage County Fairgrounds (Pawhuska)

18-20, 25-27 CAMP WOOLAROC: AN ADVENTURE IN LEARNING Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville)

19 DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! BOK Center (Tulsa) 19-22 TULSA COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW Tulsa Fair Grounds 20-22 TULSA COUNTY FREE FAIR Tulsa Fair Grounds


21-22 CHRISTMAS IN JULY QUILT SHOW Grove Civic Center

21-23 GREEN COUNTRY RV SHOW Tulsa Expo Square 22-29 CRAIG COUNTY FREE FAIR Craig County Fairgrounds (Vinita)

23 PARENTS’ DAY 23-30 AMERICAN BUCKSKIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Tulsa Expo Square 27-29 WHOLE HAWG DAYS AND POKER RUN Downtown Eufaula

28 OPENING GALA: SUMMER HEAT INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL Tulsa Performing Arts Center

28-30 HOME AND GARDEN EXPO OF OKLAHOMA Tulsa Expo Square 29 CARMINA BURANA Tulsa Performing Arts Center THAT ‘90S PARTY Cain’s (Tulsa) TENKILLER LAKE POKER RUN Cookson Bend Marina (Cookson)

ALSO IN JULY AI

Independence Day Celebrations 1

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND PARADE Collinsville City Park

PATRIOTISM IN THE PARK

Klingensmith Park (Bristow)

GRAND LAKE FIREWORKS Hwy. 28 (Disney)

2

ROCKETS OVER RHEMA Rhema Bible Church (Broken Arrow)

3

HAR-BER VILLAGE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Har-Ber Village Museum (Grove)

29-30 R.K. GUN AND KNIFE SHOW Tulsa Expo Square 30 PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Tulsa Performing Arts Center

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT WOLF CREEK Wolf Creek Park (Grove)

FANTASY IN THE SKY Skiatook Municipal Airport

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

4

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS Town Park (Slick)

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Sallisaw High School

JENKS FREEDOM FEST Main Street (Jenks)

FIREWORKS ON THE SQUARE

Pawnee Courthouse Square (Pawnee)

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

Riverview Park (Miami)

JAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY

J.B. Earp Stadium (Jay)

FREEDOM CELEBRATION PARADE 210 W. Main St. (Pawhuska)

TULSA FREEDOMFEST Tulsa River Parks

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Jack Gordon Park (Nowata)

FOURTH OF JULY FREEDOM FEST

Downtown Bartlesville

FOURTH OF JULY GAMES ON THE SQUARE Courthouse Square (Pawnee)

Eufaula Cove (Eufaula)

BOOMFEST AT RIVERWALK

DUCK CREEK FIREWORKS

CLAREMORE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Grand Lake (Afton)

Riverwalk Crossing (Jenks)

Claremore Lake Park

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HOW CAREFUL ARE

ST STREET TALK

YOU IN THE

SUN?

I use SPF 70 on my face and chest and SPF 30 everywhere else. I'm Native American so I am more prone to get red out in the sun, so I protect those areas more. Also, I'm trying to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and skin damage on my face.

TAY L O R

I don't always get out in the sun, but when I do, I use SPF, glasses, hat, and a cooling towel.

I wear moisturizer with SPF in it every day. If I know I'm going to be outside I usually put on sunscreen and pack some in case I need to put more on.

JULIE

RUTH

I never wear sunscreen because I've only ever tanned. But when I went to California, something about the altitude fried me like chicken.

B R I T TA N Y

Z

ANDREW

I'm very careful in the sun. Melanoma is a real threat and often is ignored or never even noticed. A sunburn that ends up blistering is a second-degree burn. Sunburns are nothing to be flippant about.

As a lifeguard, I spend many hours in the sun, so I slather on coconut oil to prevent getting sunburned and to stay moisturized.

NANCI

JONICA

Very careful. As a redhead, I have two colors: sour cream and burnt lobster.

JADE

Not at all. I’ve been in the sun pretty much my entire life. I’m part Indian, so it doesn’t bother me. If I burn, I just peel and turn darker.

BUTCH

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I’m a natural tanner, so I don’t wear much sunscreen.

Not as careful as I should be.

Since having melanoma when I was 24, I am now extremely diligent with sun protection. I wear sunscreen every day and have quite the widebrimmed hat collection. I love the great outdoors, so I refuse to let the risk of skin cancer keep me inside.

MCKENZIE


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SANTANA

Q. A.

BY DONNA LEAHEY Carlos Santana has one of the most unique sounds in music, and he’ll be bringing his signature blues-rock with Afro-Latin rhythms to Paradise Cove with his band, Santana. Santana has been rocking for more than 40 years and has collected nine Grammy Awards (Carlos won a solo Grammy Award in 1988 as well), been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, awarded Billboard’s Century Award in 1996, received the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award, and joins Barbra Streisand as the only two artists in Billboard history

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REFUSING TO BE IMPRISONED BY ANY ONE MUSICAL GENRE, GUITAR VIRTUOSO CARLOS SANTANA AND HIS BAND, SANTANA, CONTINUE TO CHURN OUT SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL MUSIC THAT COMES FROM HIS HEART’S CENTER. to have at least one top 10 album for six consecutive decades. Rolling Stone ranks Carlos No. 15 on its list of the greatest guitarists of all time. His dedication to social activism and humanitarian outreach is as legendary as his music. A publicly supported foundation established by Carlos and his family in 1998, The Milagro Foundation has donated millions of dollars to programs supporting under-served children and youth.

 OU HAVE TALKED Y IN THE PAST ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC AS PART OF A SPIRITUAL EXISTENCE. HOW DO YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR SPIRITUALITY INFLUENCE EACH OTHER?

 ey are one. Every note I play Th comes from my heart’s center. Those [in the band] who are receptive meditate and pray 15 minutes before we go onstage. It’s not mandatory. I notice that after we do it, the music becomes more than the notes or chord changes or melodies. It becomes a beautiful wave of light that embodies the room, and from the first note, people get up and need to move and express how the music is making them feel. We hit one note and everybody gets off their seats, they start looking at each other, and then they get chills. We see women crying and laughing and dancing, and you go into this kind of holy revival. As Bob Marley said, “Forget your troubles and dance.” I’m very grateful to God to be able to touch people’s hearts.

Q. A.

 OU ARE THE Y EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF DOLORES, THE 2017 BIOPIC ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND LABOR LEADER DOLORES HUERTA. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE MOVIE AND YOUR EXPERIENCE MAKING IT? I t has been a glorious experience bringing Dolores’ story to the world. It is a story of triumph, fighting for equality, fairness and justice and her place in history as a true warrior of social justice. I heard a voice in my head, a calling, to shine a light on Dolores, so that her light can go to the corners of the world to inspire and claim back their magnanimity. Along with my brothers, Peter and Benjamin Bratt, we are able to shine that light on Dolores’ heart. [Peter directed the movie.]

Left: Maryanne Bilham; Right: Philip Ducap

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 OUR SOUND IS STILL Y UNIQUE WITH ITS BLUES GUITAR AND LATIN AMERICAN BEATS. WHAT WERE THE MUSICAL INFLUENCES THAT HELPED YOU CREATE YOUR SOUND?  y father, José Santana, M was my biggest influence. He taught me the violin and about melody, structure and charisma. I applied the things he taught me about melody to the guitar and combined them with my influences to find my own sound. As I have said in the past, I am a child of B.B. King, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.

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W  HAT DID WRITING YOUR MEMOIR [THE UNIVERSAL TONE: BRINGING MY STORY TO LIGHT] TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF? I felt the time was right. My story is one of triumph, and I wanted to elevate, transform and illuminate. This book was the opposite of fear. Fear has a way of making people cynical; they become the worst version of themselves. For me, I had no fear in writing this book. With my brothers, Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller, I was able to tell my story without fear or judgment.

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 OW IMPORTANT H WAS YOUR HISTORIC SET AT WOODSTOCK TO YOUR SUCCESS?

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 e Milagro Foundation focuses Th its energy on children in the fields of education, health and the arts. Back in the ‘60s we learned that it is up to us to “create the change we wish to see in this world.” There is no greater joy to me than when someone comes up to me and tells me, “Mr. Santana, because of you and the Milagro Foundation, I am the first person in my family to graduate from college” or that we were able to bring them health care through our partnership with Telehealth. There are so many stories of children we have been able to reach and make a difference in their lives. For me, that is better than any award or honor. We are now also working with Operation Genesis in San Francisco to bring children from the inner city to Africa and have life experiences they would otherwise not experience.

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PARADISE COVE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO & RESORT 8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa 888-748-3731 riverspirittulsa.com July 6: 8 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend

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It may seem like only yesterday that you watched your high school senior receive his or her diploma. Mixed emotions of pride and “where did the time go” were lost in a frenzy of graduation preparation and parties. You thought you had plenty of time before thinking about your child leaving for college, but here it is July, and the uncertainty, panic, and nostalgia are setting in. Though you may want to stop time just so you can catch your breath and preserve these moments, it’s inevitable that day will come when you will have to kiss your “baby” goodbye. You may still see your child as the clingy one afraid to climb the water slide at the kiddie pool, or that little reckless daredevil climbing the basketball pole in her tutu and bare feet, but it’s time to let go and loosen the grip. It’s time to step back. It’s time to send them to college. While some young adults may be anxious and ready to leave, others might be clinging to the safety of home. Whatever situation you find yourself in, this six week countdown to college can make the transition to life away from home easier for everyone. But before that day comes, there are a few things that you need to plan for now if you haven’t already.

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Don’t rely on your freshman to know the days and times of move in and orientations. Some schools schedule specific times for these events, and there is rarely room for exceptions without standing in long lines or jumping through a lot of red tape. You may want your child to take on more responsibility during this transition, but nothing is worse than showing up to orientation or move in time and realizing you’re a day or even a couple of hours late.

PARENT ORIENTATIONS Find out if the college offers a parent orientation and other parent-friendly activities. By going to orientation, you will learn important information about campus life, safety, financial aid, and health services that will help ease your anxiety about sending them off on their own.

BOOK AIRLINE TICKETS, CAR RENTALS, AND ACCOMMODATIONS If you’re planning an overnight stay to get your student settled in the dorms, don’t wait any longer to book a flight or hotel room. Also, consider that renting an SUV or van can save mileage on your car. If you can’t find suitable accommodations, consider searching Airbnb or VRBO for affordable room and apartment rentals.

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GO SHOPPING Shopping can be a fun and stress-free experience, especially with stores that want to capitalize on the college bound. Many stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond have checklists for dorm life or at least a generic list of college necessities. Sure, a mini fridge would be nice, but just because it’s on the list doesn’t mean your freshman will need it. In fact, before you buy any big-ticket items, check with the school to see what’s provided. Many dorms come equipped with microwaves and mini fridges. Consider shopping online and arranging pick up at the store location near college. Not only will this save you time, but it will make packing easier. Though you may want to wait until you know your room set-up before purchasing, pack and haul some of these items to the dorm: • Laundry basket (lightweight collapsible with handle), laundry soap, dryer sheets and a month’s supply of quarters for the washer and dryer. • Sewing and mini tool kit • Oversized mug for microwaving soup, ramen noodles and mac and cheese • Extension cords, power strips and three-prong adapters • Portable fan and lighting • Smoke alarm and small fire extinguisher • Coffee pot • Noise-reducing headphones for the introvert who wants to tune out his roommate or dorm noise • First-aid kit

USE TIME WISELY Though you may have had grand ideas of spending lots of quality time with your family this summer, chances are they have other plans. Your child’s last summer at home may be filled with working to save up extra cash for college and spending time with friends that they may not get to see for a long time. It’s not that your child doesn’t value family time, it’s just they know you will always be there. Their high school friends may not. So, whatever time your freshman offers you, enjoy it without laying on the guilt trip.

TECHNOLOGY See if your child’s school or major requires a specific computer operating system and ask for the student discount at the campus store. You can also get student discounts for certain software online. Before you buy a printer, see if you can find out who your child’s roommate is and if they are bringing one to college. You can arrange for purchasing extra ink in exchange for using the printer. Here are some other items to put on your technology checklist: • External back up drive • Two flash drives to back up school papers • Copy paper • Extra ink cartridges


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AS YOUR CHILD HEADS TO COLLEGE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO PLAN FOR NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY. BUT HURRY: THE SIX-WEEK COUNTDOWN HAS ALREADY BEGUN. BY GINA CONROY

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You may be the kind of parent who had their children making lunches and doing laundry at 10 years old, or you may still be washing their clothes. Either way, being on your own and not having parents as a backup when doing daily tasks can be daunting.

HOME ECONOMICS 101 Even if your freshman knows how to wash, iron their own clothes, and sew on a button, still walk them through the basics. Teach them how to clean the bathroom, make a bed, cook basic meals, and how to take their temperature. Make a checklist and see if there is anything your child doesn’t know how to do.

CAR MAINTENANCE AND TRANSPORTATION If they will have a car, educate them on basic maintenance and show them how to change the oil and a tire. At the very least, set your child up with oil change coupons and AAA for roadside emergencies. Research public transportation and decide if a bicycle is a more cost-effective way for your student to get around. Show your freshman how to use ride share apps like Lyft and Uber. If using these services, make sure your child is not charging your credit card without your knowledge.

WORKING IN COLLEGE Talk with your child about the pros and cons of holding a job on or off campus while maintaining grades. If a job is necessary, see if there are any desk jobs where studying is allowed. As a freshman, acclimating to school and dorm life is hard enough. Throw in a job and your freshman runs the risk of burning out or worse — dropping out.

BANKING AND FINANCES Managing money can be overwhelming. To ease the anxiety, teach them how to properly and safely use an ATM or debit card as well as keep track of money spent. Create a college budget; go over how to keep track of expenses and how much is in their bank account so they don’t mindlessly swipe a debit card and experience those awkward insufficient funds moments. Walk them through making a bank deposit, online banking and bill paying. Research area banks and request to set up an account over the phone. If this isn’t possible, make sure you set up local banking before your student gets immersed in college life. Discuss college expenses above and beyond tuition, room and board and who will pay for items like toiletries and extras including late night pizza. Determine who is responsible for certain charges and what you, as a parent, will contribute to if anything. Set up money transfers and apps like Square Cash and Venmo, but make sure you research if there are any fees involved in the transfers. Educate your child about credit card companies targeting college students and discuss if a credit card is something your student will need. If so, teach them how to use it responsibly .

As the farewell gets closer, both you and your freshman may be experiencing all kinds of emotions. If you’re feeling a sense of loss, write down your feelings so they don’t come out in negative ways. During these last few weeks, your child may experience strong emotions as well. Be sensitive to the impact leaving has on the other children in the family. It’s OK to want to nurture family relationships, but don’t smother your freshman or the others in the home. And don’t use another child to fill the gap you may feel with the one who is leaving.

START A CONVERSATION Find a quiet time when neither of you are rushed and tell your child how proud you are of all they’ve accomplished. Highlight one or two great qualities and why you think they will have a successful freshman year. Share some fears you had in your life about being on your own. And remind your child that from time to time they might feel like they do not belong, and that’s normal. Then ask if your freshman has any concerns about college. Encourage them to be comfortable with being uncomfortable as life changes.

DISCUSS EXPECTATIONS Talk about expectations, (yours and theirs), particularly when it comes to communication. How often do you want to talk by phone and by text? Can you be friends on social media? Too often, parents get anxious when they don’t hear from their son or daughter so they start to stalk them on social media. This can be a really bad idea.

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CAMPUS URGENT CARE While the best medicine is prevention, which includes getting enough sleep, balanced nutrition and exercise, there will be times when your freshman will need to see a doctor. Find out ahead of time if there is an urgent care clinic on campus and what the hours and costs for a doctor visit is. There’s nothing like running a 103 fever on a Saturday night and not knowing who to talk to. Stress the importance of not ignoring symptoms that can be potentially dangerous, like those of mono and meningitis. Assure your child that health comes first, and you are always a phone call away. Make sure you provide a thermometer and fever reduction medicine in the first-aid kit. Any significant issues that could impact your child’s experience and life at college should be disclosed to appropriate college staff. “If your child has a mental health challenge, be sure someone on staff knows, especially if they are taking meds,” says Jenny Schneider, a high school guidance counselor. “Sometimes students get to college and think they can reinvent themselves and that they don’t have the same issues and don’t need the same medication. If they quit taking needed medication, it’s important someone on campus is aware that they should be taking meds and watch for signs of not taking them.”

Whether your child is ready or not, they will be confronted with campus life which may include sex, alcohol and drugs. Talk to your freshman about these issues and how to handle certain uncomfortable situations. Remind them that the best way to deal with potentially dangerous circumstances is to have a plan. While crime is a fact of life, students on campus may feel safe in their bubble. Teach your freshman how to be safe. Stress the importance of traveling in groups, walking in well-lit areas, and having campus security escort them after dark or any time they feel uncomfortable. Have your freshman survey areas like “fraternity row” with friends to observe how different students are behaving. The less involvement your freshman has with alcohol and drugs, the safer they will be. Most students would never do something sober that they are willing to do under the influence. Remind your freshman not to readily give out personal information or swap photos with people they don’t know well. Helping your student program emergency numbers such as police, fire, family and friends in a cellphone can also come in handy if they are confronted with an uncertain or dangerous situation. Remind your student not to let their guard down in the dorms or leave valuables such as debit cards, wallets and electronics in plain sight. Encourage your freshman to get to know neighbors so everyone can keep a look out for people who shouldn’t be on the floor or in and out of rooms.


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Now is the time to make sure nothing is left unsaid or undone. Re-evaluate what your child really needs to pack for college. If they are going to college in Florida, they probably won’t need a winter coat. Determine if it’s easier to pack clothes and valuables in suitcases and plastic bags or in portable containers and laundry baskets they can use in college. You may even decide to mail some lighter things rather than paying for extra luggage on the airplane. It’s also fine to pack away some childhood memorabilia for safekeeping, but wait until they’re off to college before turning their room into your office or craft room. In fact, if you want your child to come home during holidays and vacations, make sure it still feels like home. And offering to do laundry or cooking favorite meals may make them visit more often.

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Many colleges have student orientation volunteers to help move freshmen in, so don’t be surprised if your student wants to say goodbye at the curb. If you’re lucky enough to see where your child will sleep and help set up the room, don’t linger. This separation may be hardest on parents, but it’s important to make it quick and as painless as possible. After you wave goodbye to your freshman, let them go. In fact, Schneider suggests giving them six weeks before getting overly involved in their college life. Know that there may be some homesickness and culture shock, but encourage them that it will get better. “Make sure they have at least one close friend within that first six weeks’ time,” says Schneider. “Social connections are a huge factor in college success.”

HOMESICKNESS AND DROPOUTS According to some stats, 30 percent of freshmen drop out. But running home when things get rough is not the answer. While it’s important to support and show empathy, don’t try and solve all their problems. Remind them that they can talk with a resident adviser and that what they are feeling might be normal. “This is their first foray into adulthood, and parents need to let their children have the freedom to figure things out for themselves,” says Schneider. “Don’t rescue them. They will learn so much more from their failures than from parental rescuing.” With today’s technology, it’s not hard to stay connected. Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and Snapchat may make you feel as if your child is still across the hall, but don’t take it personally when they don’t call every day. Give your freshman space, text every so often and keep connected. Then watch and wait for when your young adult starts to seek you out. That’s when you know all the turbulent years from toddler to teenager were worth it.

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Experience the seemingly impossible with Xtreme Racing

and Entertainment s state-of-the-art VR technology that provides total immersion into zombie nightmares and a new way of seeing imaginary worlds. BY ROB HARMON // PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS

Xtreme Racing and Entertainment in Broken Arrow has taken a giant leap into the digital frontier with a new attraction called Zombie Survival. Now available for booking, Zombie Survival is a virtual reality (VR) game only available at Xtreme and a few other places in the entire world. Jason Wright, owner of the expansive entertainment facility, has been telling everyone that something big was coming, but until now he has kept it a well-guarded secret. Any description of his new virtual reality game falls woefully short of explaining how intense, lifelike and fun it is. “Clearly VR is the next thing,” Wright says. “We demoed this thing, and in 15 minutes I would have handed them my wallet. Charge me whatever you want. We were already saying, ‘Let’s get our attorney on the line. Let’s draw up the contract’.” Once you’ve reserved your time, they’ll point you to a door beyond the busy race tracks with a stop sign on it and the spray-painted words “Dead Inside.” Inside the zombie fallout shelter, Xtreme’s expert staff get you prepared. After watching a 15-minute introduction video that explains safety rules and keys to the game, you and up to five friends literally step into a 2,000-square-foot Tron-like grid. Donned with futuristic head gear for eyes and ears, and a power pack that resembles a

Ghostbusters proton backpack (if it weren’t so much more insanely serious looking), your vision adjusts to the digital world of ethereal space before you. Before the game even begins, a feeling like being jacked into the Matrix comes over you. You and the other participants grab weapons and walk to the spot where your names magically hover in midair. Once you’re standing in your designated spots, a countdown appears above your head. When the number reaches zero, all becomes dark. After a few seconds of anxious anticipation, a new space appears around you. You have now been transported to a dystopian future, standing in the middle of a rundown city block. Look to the right, to the left and behind you, and you can see your friends as digitized soldiers. It will be of little comfort in a few short moments, because coming around every corner will be the nastiest creatures you’ve ever laid virtual eyes on. Thousands of zombies are attacking, and they will eat you if you don’t effectively use your weapon. Adrenaline-filled, specially priced packages that include Zombie Survival and racing on race-karts are available for corporate teambuilding and leadership events seven days a week. Bachelor and bachelorette parties can also be accommodated. Bring your best friend or spouse, your co-worker, client or business partner, and have the most amazing virtual reality experience of your life, as well as all the other Xtreme fun available.

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Using 64 strategically placed cameras in the gaming area, the Xtreme staff sees what you see, providing real-time safety and scoring tips, so you can have the best possible time.

Participants get suited up by Xtreme staff, with power packs and futuristic eye and ear wear. Costs for the 45-minute session (15 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of play) are $49 per person. Participants must be 13 or older.

The game master watches all six players and guides them to a safe and fun session of Zombie Survival.

What makes virtual reality so potent is not only how it envelops players in a 360-degree visual experience, but also how it uses lenses, immersive audio and head-tracking technology to create a profound sense of physical presence.

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Taking virtual reality gaming to a new level, the 30-minute shooter pits six participants in a free-roam, multiplayer experience that puts you in a setting so realistic that you’ll completely forget you are in a 2,000-square foot warehouse.

Weighing around 10 pounds, power packs become the participant’s lifeline in a dangerous world of zombies.

Grab your rifle and learn how to toggle between an M16, an AK-47, a shotgun and a sniper rifle. Hurry before the zombies eat you.

What you see in the zombie world and hear through high-tech gear becomes as real as the tingles that run down your spine. VR makes the impossible possible by tricking your eyes and brain into thinking you’re someplace else.

Don’t forget to watch the 15-minute introduction video for safety rules and keys to an effective game.

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By Michele Chiappetta Photos by Marc Rains

Make some memorable moments with a splash of fun before the sun sets at the relaxing and party-hearty environment at River Spirit Casino Resort's amenity heavy Landshark Pool Bar and Margaritaville's Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill.

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Are you ready for a Tulsa staycation that is so decadently delightful, you’ll feel like you’re on a cruise to Mexico or on the beach in Belize? Then it’s time for you to jet over to River Spirit Casino Resort to visit their always happening Landshark Pool Bar and Margaritaville’s Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill. Billed as an oasis on the Arkansas River, the resort pool at River Spirit is lined with palm trees, tiki style thatched roofs, comfy cabanas and lounge chairs, all designed to give you that beach getaway feel without having to invest the time and money of traveling. It’s an affordable way to treat yourself all summer long. And the star attraction is the Landshark Pool Bar. “The Landshark Pool Bar is actually a swimup bar in the resort pool,” says Sheila Curley, representative for the resort. “It’s on a lower level, and the resort pool winds down to it. It has tables and stools actually in the water around the bar as well.” Yes, you read that right — the bar is literally in the pool, so you don’t even have to get out of the water to get a drink.

Even if you’re not a guest of the resort, you can enjoy some time at the pool and bar area by purchasing a day pass. Access to the Landshark Patio can be had by walking through the casino resort, or by the trail that winds behind the casino along the Arkansas River, making it easy for those who love to run or bike to stop in for a drink, dip in the pool or a eat a snack. “You can ride your bike or run, jog or walk down the trail, park your bike, walk it in, step up to the Landshark Pool Bar, have some lunch, enjoy the patio,” says Curley. “There’s a beautiful fireside lounge and seating area so you can enjoy the beautiful vista of not only the pool but also the Arkansas River.” As for the drink menu, patrons can expect the beachy feel of any Margaritaville resort. “From a drinks standpoint, it’s packed not only with Landshark Lager, of course,” says Curley, “but also all of the boat drinks for which Margaritaville is incredibly popular and known for.”

If you’ve been to a high-end resort in the Caribbean or Mexico, you may already be familiar with the concept of a swim-up bar. Bartenders wait behind a bar that bumps up against the poolside. Simply walk or swim over, order your drink and then sip to your heart’s content, never having to get out of the pool until you’re really ready to call it a day.

Among popular choices are the frozen concoctions — the boat drinks — such as the Margaritaville Silver Rum (blended with blackberry and banana purées, topped with Myers’s Dark Rum, served frozen), or the Havanas and Bananas (Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, crème de banana and coconut purée). “It is dreamy; it really is,” says Curley.

It’s a luxurious, fun way of spending time that you and your friends will enjoy treating yourself to, especially in the hot, hot Oklahoma summer. And the pool is even heated, so that when chilly weather strikes in spring or fall, pool guests can still enjoy the water and the bar area.

For mixed drinks, you can choose favorites like the Where’s the Party (Corazon Blanco Tequila, triple sec, wildberry purée and house margarita blend), or any of the other tasty mixed drinks, wines and beers on the menu. You can also opt for a nonalcoholic watermelon lemonade or daiquiri.

But that’s not all you’ll experience with a stop at River Spirit’s resort pool area. Opposite the swimup bar, there’s a patio where guests of the resort can relax, enjoy drinks and a meal poolside, while people watching.

For food, the Tiki Bar and Grill are a part of the resort pool area, and you won’t regret a meal there. “You’re able to order lunch there on the patio,” says Curley. “Or you can step on up to the Tiki Dining area and order there as well. It’s a fabulous menu.”

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Meal options are much like you’d find at a resort on a Caribbean beach — light, fresh and breezy items like shrimp ceviche, buffalo sriracha shrimp, turkey avocado wraps, salads, chips and dip, and 10-inch personal pizzas like the Spicy Hawaiian (ham, pineapple, jalapenos, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese) and the BBQ Chicken (chicken, Asian barbecue sauce, roasted corn, red onion, mozzarella cheese, cilantro). The resort pool, with its swim-up bar, grill, exercise trail, cabanas and more, is unlike any other in Green Country, or indeed, the state. “This is truly the only resort pool of its kind in Oklahoma,” says Curley. “You’re sitting alongside palm trees and soaking up the sun along the Arkansas River. The vista of it is beautiful every which way you look. You’ll feel like you’re at a resort in Florida, New Orleans, Phoenix or Las Vegas.” In fact, she says, many patrons say exactly that: They feel like they’re in Vegas, without the flight time. “We’re talking about a top-tier experience,” Curley says. “It’s really a party every day.” There are pop up concerts planned for the summer, such as the surprise concert by Flo Rida that took place at the resort recently. “You can never tell who’s going to show up and possibly do a pop up concert like that,” she says. “And there are plans to hold specific pool parties at night with DJs, so that the party can continue past dusk.” To find out the latest information on these pop up concerts and other special events, follow River Spirit on social media. Children are welcome, though the bar area is ages 21 and up.

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Affair of the art THE TULSA CREATIVE COMMUNITY IS SO ROBUST, BUT MANY CONSUMERS ARE STILL CONTENT TO HANG MASS-PRODUCED ART ON WALLS. BUT WHY? IS IT INTIMIDATION, COST, OR NOT KNOWING WHERE TO LOOK? IF SO, HERE ARE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU BRING HOME LOCALLY CREATED TREASURES. BY GINA CONROY From the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to the tradition of Mayfest, Tulsa has a proven track record of being a city dedicated to all forms of performing and visual arts. Now, with the expansion of the visual art galleries in the Brady, Rose and Blue Dome districts, plus the First Friday Art Crawl, there’s never been a better time to support local artists. Heather Pingry, the executive director of the Tulsa International Mayfest, says Tulsa is booming with local artists. “There’s

WHERE TO START?

As simple as it sounds: buy what you love. Art can be timeless, and the investment isn’t just a cheap decoration. You will eventually redecorate, buy new furniture and update wall colors, but your valuable art remains a constant.

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a lot of competition, but competition inspires you to push yourself and our artists do [the same],” she says. That means there’s a lot more art available for the public and more opportunity for consumers to find the perfect piece. Yet if you ask most people where they found the painting or print that hangs on their wall or in their office or home, chances are they will name one of the

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Mayfest and First Friday Art Crawl are great places to start exploring the local art scene because there is no pressure to buy. You can look at everything and discover what kind of art moves you and pass by what doesn’t.

popular chain stores in town. Why with a city so rich in local artists do most people choose to buy reproductions? Could it be that most people haven’t been exposed to local art and have no idea where to find art they would love to have in their home? Pingry and other Tulsa gallery owners want consumers to know finding original art doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips to finding and buying local art you’ll treasure for years to come.

MEET THE ARTISTS

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Sometimes a large art piece catches your eye, but you can’t see it in your home or afford the price tag. Original art isn’t cheap. But artists and galleries understand financial thresholds and are usually willing to work with you. Pingry suggests finding out who the artist is and asking them if they can do something smaller or in a print. “Many artists are more than happy to reproduce their art,” she says. And some galleries also stockpile artwork in storage areas that aren’t part of an exhibit. Ask about smallersized pieces, limited-run prints or works on paper from an artist you like.

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“When first I saw John Hammer’s prints, I wasn’t really impressed,” says Mary Jo Masterson, who always wanted local art in her home. “They weren’t really my style.” Then, when she saw a giant painting in a QuickTrip done by Hammer, she took another look. “When I saw the salt on the giant pretzel I felt like I could reach out and grab it,” says Masterson, who was very impressed when she visited his studio. “I wanted to commission a painting before he got too expensive.”

LEARN THE STORY

If something interests you, learn the story behind the art. Learning about the motivation, emotion, or story behind a piece not only connects you to the artist, but to the painting.

Try to avoid negotiating with artists on price. The prices are not as flexible as you might believe. It’s hard enough to make money off selling works of art, so leave the haggling for garage sales.

BRANCH OUT TO COMMERCIAL GALLERIES

After you feel comfortable around local art, try visiting the commercial galleries in the area. Talk with the gallery owners and browse the selections until you become familiar with what you like and what moves you.

MAKE YOUR FIRST PURCHASE

Many works of art can be purchased for what a family spends on dinner and a movie. And the art lasts longer. As you discover what moves you and start to buy local art, you’ll learn that some pieces and artists Masterson says knowing the appeal to you more than others. story that John Hammer started Don’t feel you will offend a local out as a graphic designer and artist if you don’t buy their art. John Hammer and Mary Jo Masterson never planned on being an artist adds value to her commissioned painting that hangs on her wall. “His wife was the painter,” says BROWSE Masterson. “He didn’t want to ONLINE paint, but one day he picked up a If time and location prohibits you DISCOVER paint brush and gave it a try. Now from attending local events, you you can find him selling prints of WHILE can browse The Tulsa Art Studio YOU DINE his art Sundays at Guthrie Green.” Tour to discover local art and buy Many of the restaurants in artwork on their website gallery. the Brady District like Hey Mambo display artwork for sale by local artists. You’d be surprised how much local art there is for sale where you frequently dine. Many talented artists got their start displaying art in restaurants, coffee shops and other retail locations.

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There is no official sign out front, no way to know for sure that you’ve reached the World Baseball Outreach headquarters except for the address on the front of the building. But step inside and you’ll see a welcoming space that smells and sounds of baseball. AstroTurf, batting cages, pitching stands — it’s all to help young people gain life skills as well as skills on the baseball field. Run by founder and executive director Jerry Jacobson, and his wife, Barbara, the World Baseball Outreach has a mission to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams through baseball and softball. The inspiration behind this faith-based nonprofit goes back to a missionary trip Jerry took to Nicaragua in 1995. “Somebody said, ‘Hey, they play baseball everywhere down there. You’re a baseball nut. You ought to take a couple of gloves or something,’” says Jerry. “So, I rounded up a couple gloves, a couple balls. In about 15 minutes of being off the plane, I had given them away because my heart was ripped out seeing what they had to play with — these milk cartons smashed against their hands or soft gloves for work, not a baseball glove.” When he returned home, Jerry began gathering baseball equipment with the intention of sending it overseas to youth in need. There was just one problem: nobody wanted it. He was worried he had made a mistake. But as he told his story to a co-worker, a moment of serendipity happened. The

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HH HOMEGROWN HEROES co-worker’s church was planning a baseball mission trip to Russia, and normally they had plenty of equipment to take. But that year, they were short on both equipment donations and time. “It was a match made in heaven,” Jerry says. “And from there, it just seemed to take off.” Today, World Baseball Outreach ships donated equipment all over the world through their partnership with organizations such as Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 62 different countries. Locally, the Jacobsons reached out to a boys’ home, building a shed to house the boys’ equipment. “We went from an equipment ministry to doing clinics at different boys and girls clubs and things like that,” Jerry says. “We wanted to change lives in a positive way and lead them to Christ.” The organization took an even bigger leap after another moment of serendipity. Jerry was watching TV with a co-worker when a commercial for RBI — Major League Baseball’s program for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities — came on. The co-worker suggested they get involved, and though Jerry knew it would be a lot of work, he eventually committed to doing a league. The payoff has been tremendously worth it, he says.

for helping Tulsa’s youth go on to earn a higher education. The changes that participants in the RBI league undergo can be transformative. One example, Jerry says, is Marvin. “He came to us when he was 7. He’s going to be a senior this year,” Jerry says. Through his connection to programs like WBO and the Dream Center, Marvin has been making all A’s and excelling in baseball as well. “All he needed was the right environment and structure. We’re very proud of that boy.” From the pride and emotion in their voices, it’s clear that Jerry and Barbara care deeply about the welfare of the children they are reaching. “They’re just the most awesome children, but they just need a chance,” says Jerry. To help raise funds for their nonprofit, the Jacobsons also operate the WBO Sports Center —a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square foot turfed facility where youth can sign up for baseball and softball lessons, camps, clinics and batting cage practice. The profits of the center are funneled into the WBO’s charitable work. “It feeds into the endowment program that we have, and it feeds into the RBI program that we have for the children,” says Jerry.

One cool thing about the center is the quality of athletes who come in to help youth hone their skills. Tulsa, it seems, has a serious contingent of pro athletes who teach lessons at WBO. “We have former Major League pitchers in here doing lessons,” says Jerry. “We “When we first started the RBI league in have George Frazier, who has played with the 2011,” Jerry says, “we were seeing children three to four times a week instead of just once New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, and his son, Parker. We have Bill Springman, a a month.” With this regular interaction, lives were changing for the better. The community hitting instructor formerly of the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. We have Rick rallied behind the effort, and now World Baseball Outreach offers RBI teams for youth Wrona, who played for the Cubs and a few ages 4 to 15. The program has grown to serve other teams.” more than 800 boys and girls each year, and WBO is a 501(c)(3), and donations of any size there are plans to expand and reach more are welcome. “You know, $10 donations go a youth up to age 19. long way here,” Jerry says. They also have many volunteer opportunities, including after-school Youth who participate in the RBI league help with homework, preparing donated play a 10-week season starting in spring or clothing and equipment for distribution to fall, including playoffs. The league is coed, those in need, graphics and writing, coaching, and WBO provides the equipment, places to cheer squad and more. “Our volunteers are practice and play, free uniforms and more. being impacted as much as, if not more than, RBI offers scholarships to participants who the people we serve,” says Barbara. remain in the league, making it a great tool

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COACHING YOUR CHILDREN CAN BE EQUAL PARTS REWARD AND FRUSTRATION. AND SOMETIMES, IT CAN BE A THANKLESS JOB WHERE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS START TREATING YOU LIKE HIRED HELP. SO, WHAT’S A PARENT TO DO? By RICHARD LINIHAN

Shane Eicher, Roy Thompson and Geneva Nicholls have all danced through metaphorical minefields for more than a decade. In short, they have all three lassoed the lion known as coaching your children. Some families might have been blown to pieces by that scenario, but these are strong, determined and loving parents. The children would likely agree with that statement if you were talking about their parent; maybe not so much if you were speaking of their coach, even though they are the same person. “I’m coach first and parent second on the field,” says Eicher, the head softball coach at 6A Owasso High School. “I try to quit being coach at home.” “Try” being the key word.

Shane and Allie Eicher

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Eicher, who has been named an Oklahoma All-State Coach twice (2005, 2012), has coached his daughter, Allie, in softball since she was 3 and now she’s prepared to take her skills to the college level this fall at the University of Central Oklahoma. As a senior at Owasso, Allie earned all-state honors for her play in the dirt as a

shortstop. He believes the bond with his daughter has been strengthened by his being her mentor on the field. “I’m her high school coach too,” says Eicher. “We have access to the facilities, and sometimes it’s just me and her playing catch out there on the field or she and I hitting alone. It can’t help but bring us closer.” Thompson agrees. “I think if you ask the kids, they would say the same,” he says. Thompson has coached his daughters, Morgan and Maeci, through softball for over 20 years. Nicholls has been a coach to her two daughters and son for many years, and she says in hindsight, she would do some things differently. “I think, looking back on it, I would have coached my daughters differently,” she says. “My oldest daughter was a lot like me, tough, and could take anything I dished out. But my middle daughter was more sensitive and took criticism much more to heart than her sister. I tried to coach them both the same, and I think it hurt my relationship with my middle daughter.”


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SC SPORTS CENTRAL One of the most difficult aspects of this genre of coach-parent is dealing with outside pressure from other parents or fans who mistakenly believe the coach gives their child special exemptions, greasing the rails to push them to the forefront, ahead of her teammates. These coaches think it’s quite the opposite, and two of the three have been lucky enough to dodge those bullets. “To me, the way we look at it is statistics don’t lie,” says Eicher. “When Allie was a freshman in high school, she could have played for the varsity team, but I put her on JV, even though my assistant coaches wanted me to promote her. But I wanted people to see she earned everything she got.” That way of thinking, being a little harsher on his own daughter, often led the chickens to come home to roost. “Allie gets it,” Eicher says. “But sometimes I have to answer to mom and grandpa. But we decided I’d handle the coaching things and her mom, Shanna, would handle the girly stuff.” Coaching your child can be a wonderful experience when handled well by parentcoach and child. The bonding that occurs can strengthen your relationship with your child. Parents know their child better than anyone and can make informed coaching decisions based on the child’s mood swings and reactions to certain situations. Furthermore, sport organizations need parents to coach to keep youth sports afloat.

with your coaching tactics and does not want If you have doubts about coaching, do it. to talk to you for hours after a game. And It can cement a relationship. then there are some unforeseen issues such as team members perceiving that you are “You get to be up close and personal with only coaching so your child can start and, of your child for so many years and so much course, are giving him preferential treatment.” of the day that you get to know each other so much better than some parents and Making the decision to coach when your their children,” says Eicher. “Of course, the child is on the team is a complex one with no drawback at times can be the very same simple answers. Before making a decision, thing. You can get on each other’s nerves if you may want to ask yourself some very you spend too much time together.” important questions and view some of our do’s and don’ts. Even when you’re doing everything right as a coach — being positive, giving everyone Leave conflicts from the field or court on the team your attention, trying not to be on the field or court; don’t take them too hard on your own child — they may have home and turn dinner table conversations a hard time keeping the parent and coach into coaching critiques. roles separate. So, why does coaching your child often end in conflict? Usually this conflict is due to the parent’s and the child’s inability to separate the coach and parent roles. “This means that while you are coaching you have to be a coach, and when you are at home be the parent,” says Lauer. “You must remind yourself to click into your roles depending on the situation. Being unable to move in and out of these roles will create confusion for your child.” Sometimes that’s easier said than done. “I’ve tried not to take the problems or issues home with me,” says Eicher. “That’s not to say it hasn’t happened on occasion. Sometimes it’s difficult.”

However, it is a slippery slope.

“If you do take them home, you’re going to have to answer for it with mom,” says Thompson. “That just makes it too hard.”

Parents take on the role of coach for many reasons. For some, it’s a love of the game. For others, it’s a way to guarantee their kid gets playing time or the position they want. And for others, they don’t want to trust their kid to some well-meaning, but knownothing volunteer.

“In my case, my middle daughter needed more pats on the back,” says Nicholls. “I figured that out when it carried over at home. I could be harder on the oldest because she’s more like me.”

“Unfortunately, coaching your child often leads to conflicts at the field and at home,” says Dr. Larry Lauer with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. “For instance, the parent-coach and the child continue to argue at the dinner table about missing a sign during an at-bat. Or, your child is frustrated

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“To help your child comprehend, let them know that they have to understand a few things going into the season,” says Lauer. “Let them know you’re coaching everyone and can’t jump to their every need. They should also be prepared that sometimes it’ll feel unfair with other players and parents thinking your child is only playing because you’re the coach. Just articulating these kinds of issues before the first practice, which many parent-coaches don’t do, can help your child figure it out.”

Give encouragement and praise to your kid as much as you do other players. “My wife [Rita] and I want them to succeed,” says Thompson. “Rita knows how it feels to be pushed. She scored the most points in a basketball game in high school for girls with 68 when she played for Oologah.”

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SPORTS CENTRAL SC Have someone video one of your first games so you can critique your coaching personality. Sometimes you think you are coaching your kid correctly but video can show you that you are too hard on them. Video hardly ever lies. Adjust appropriately.

Have an assistant coach handle the criticism of your child. This can alleviate a lot of headaches from other parents and your spouse as you return home.

Realize that sometimes practice matters more than games. Many parents encourage their children to not dwell on the big test at school, but instead focus on what they are learning along the way. But that perspective can be lost in youth sports, where the final score can sometimes overshadow the skill building.

Grow a thick skin. No matter if you turn out to be the next John Wooden, Bill Belichick, Patty Gasso or Joe Torre, you may never be as respected, appreciated or loved as you hope or think. Almost every parent thinks their child is 50 percent better than they are and no player ever gets enough playing time.

Managing parents is as important as managing your team. Open the lines of communication with the other parents before the season begins. “By asking them up front for suggestions and help, you’re less likely to have them on your case later,” says Lauer. “Many novice coaches immediately put up walls. ‘My way or no way.’ If you do that, parents won’t come to you with problems or concerns; they’ll talk to other parents instead, which builds resentment and a negative vibe. So keep the air clear. Tell them, ‘Your young athletes trust that we’re doing the right thing as a coaching staff. Don’t criticize us in public, because the kids will get confused.’

“You have to think about what kind of kid you want,” says Ted Spiker, a contributor to Men’s Health. “One of the values to teach is wanting to win, but it’s also about setting a goal, learning to “If a parent has a problem, deal with it oneon-one, not from the sidelines or in front of persist and working hard. The most teachable moments in sports are not always the dramatic the kids. Make the boundaries clear.” or traumatic ones, but rather what happens day to day on the practice field.” If you coach more than one of your

Think twice. When it feels like it’s time to yell at your kid in front of his or her friends and hundreds of people, count to 10 before you make that decision. It may be the most important moment of your child’s life, when it only seems like another moment to you. Don’t be that coach who lives and dies with each play.

children, don’t coach them the same way.

Children have different levels of sensitivity, and hence, need to be coached differently according to their personalities. Treat them accordingly, or you could lose a child or push them away.

Avoid favoritism of your child, but don’t go to the other extreme. This requires an amazing sense of balance on the part of a coach-parent. This could mean the difference between being run out of town on a rail from one side or the other.

Avoid being shortsighted when assessing your performance. It might be a good idea to ask your assistants how they feel you are doing when it comes to being fair with your child as well as with other players. And listen.

Geneva Nicholls and family

It’s also important to talk to your kid about what they think about having you as a coach. This can mold your child’s desire to play, or even how they grow with you in your parent relationship.

Don’t live through your child’s successes and failures. Parents are more involved than ever in youth sports. But when the children’s sports lives become more about you and your needs, you might have crossed the line. No matter if you coach or sit in the stands, keep in mind that you can’t gauge your own self-esteem on how well or poor the players do.

Don’t utilize the car ride home to dissect the game and their play. Let your children take the lead on whether or not they want to talk about the game. “There could not be a less teachable moment in your child’s sporting life than the ride home, yet it is often the moment that well-intentioned parents decide to do all of their teaching,” says John O’Sullivan with the Changing the Game Project. “One of the biggest problems on the ride home is that a simple question from you, often meant to encourage your own child, can be construed as an attack on a teammate or coach by your child. “Many children feel that parental actions and conversations after games made them feel as though their value and worth in their parents’ eyes were tied to their athletic performance, and the wins and losses of their team. Ask yourself whether you are quieter after a hard loss, or happier and more buoyant after a big win.”

Don’t let a lack of sports experience stop you from coaching. Some parents step up, despite not knowing much about the sport, or having a busy schedule, because they know they’re needed to fill a spot. It’s almost always better to have a well-meaning parent involved than a more knowledgeable one who can think of 10 other places they’d rather be instead of practicing or managing a game. While it can be amazing for your children when you get involved in their activities, they aren’t the only ones who benefit. Coaches gain a great deal from their experience with sports leadership.

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Albert G’s Bar & Q | 4C-91 Amazing Thai Cuisine | 7B-63 Baskin-Robbins | 5A-57, 5B-57 BGB Burgers | 4D-92, 6G-92 Brownie’s Burgers | 4D-29, 5B-29 Cafe Olé | 4C-35 Cacy’s BBQ | 3A-14 Celebrity Restaurant | 5C-68 Claret Cafe | 6B-18 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 French Hen | 5B-17 Fuji | 5B-20 Napa Flats | 4A-25 George’s Pub | 4A-61 Pizza Express | 5D-15, 4A-15 Goodcents Deli Fresh Polo Grill | 4D-19 Subs | 5A-9 Hatfield’s Hamburgers | 6D-24 RibCrib | 4D-12 Ricardo’s | 5C-31 Hooters | 5B-49 Rincón Mexican Grill & In The Raw | 4C-23, Cantina | 5B-47 5B-23, 7B-23 Rio Restaurant & Bar | 5D-21 Incredible Pizza | 5B-46 RoseRock Cafe | 6C-43 Jason’s Deli | 4D-30, 5B-30 Savoy Restaurant | 5B-11 Jim’s Coney Island | 4D-26 Shiloh’s | 7B-73 La Roma | 5B-38 SMOKE. | 4D-27 Lanna Thai | 5B-71 Sponzs | 6B-48 Leena’s Mediterranean Ti Amo |5B-80 Grill | 5B-45 Tres Amigos Grill & Los Cabos | 6G-40, Cantina | 4B-74 4A-40, 7B-40 The Tropical |5C-62 Mandarin Taste | 5B-51 Twin Peaks | 5B-85 Maryn’s Taphouse and TWL Bistro | 5A-78 Raw Bar | 4A-58 Waterfront Grill | 4A-70 Mi Cocina | 4D-39 Western Country Diner | 5D-37 Molly’s Landing | 8E-52 Wine Loft | 5A-42 Mondo’s Ristorante Wild Heart Marketplace Italiano | 4C-94 & Cafe | 8E-53

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ENTERTAINMENT Circle Cinema | 4D-28 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 Eton Square Cinema | 5B-22 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 Indigo Spa & Salon | 4C-36 K & N Motorcycles and ATV Center | 2B-34 The Rustic Union | 3A-84 Shears | 4A-41

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LA DODGERS BEACH TOWEL GIVEAWAY

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DEXTER FOWLER USA T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY

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TEAM POSTER GIVEAWAY

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DOG TAGS GIVEAWAY

july 27

COREY SEAGER BLUE JERSEY GIVEAWAY

july 30

KID’S BACKPACK & CAPE COMBO GIVEAWAY

july fireworks shows JULY 5 | JULY 7 | JULY 28

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TULSA DRILLERS Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) July 1 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p

Aug. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

July 2 | @ Midland RockHounds | 4p

Aug. 3 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 3 | @ Midland RockHounds | 6:30p

Aug. 4 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 4 | @ Midland RockHounds | 6:30p

Aug. 5 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p

July 5 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p

Aug. 6 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p

July 6 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p

Aug. 8 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 7 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p

Aug. 9 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 8 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p

Aug. 10 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 9 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p

Aug. 11 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p

July 10 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p

Aug. 12 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p

July 12 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

Aug. 13 | @ San Antonio Missions | 6:05p

July 13 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

Aug. 15 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 14 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

Aug. 16 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 15 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p

Aug. 17 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p

July 16 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 18 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p

July 17 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 19 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p

July 18 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 20 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p

July 19 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 22 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 20 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

Aug. 23 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 21 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

Aug. 24 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 22 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p

Aug. 25 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p

July 23 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p

Aug. 26 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p

July 24 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p

Aug. 27 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 2:10p

July 25 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p

Aug. 28 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p

July 26 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p

Aug. 29 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

July 27 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 30 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

July 28 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Aug. 31 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

July 29 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Sept. 1 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

July 30 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p

Sept. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

July 31 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

Sept. 3 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

Aug. 1 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

Sept. 4 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) July 1 | vs Real Monarchs SLC | 7:30p

Aug. 30 | @ Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 9:30p

July 8 | @ OKC Energy FC | 7:30p

Sept. 3 | @ Portland Timbers 2 | 4p

July 13 | @ LA Galaxy II | 9:30p

Sept. 5 | @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 9p

July 22 | vs Phoenix Rising FC | 7:30p

Sept. 17 | @ OKC Energy FC | 5p

July 31 | @ Real Monarchs SLC | 8p

Sept. 23 | vs LA Galaxy II | 7p

Aug. 5 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7:30p

Sept. 30 | vs San Antonio FC 7p

Aug. 10 | vs St. Louis FC | 7:30p

Oct. 4 | @ Phoenix Rising FC | 8:30p

Aug. 12 | vs OKC Energy FC | 7:30p

Oct. 7 | vs Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 7p

Aug. 15 | @ Orange County SC | 9:30p

Oct. 14 | vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p

Aug. 23 | @ St. Louis FC | 7p

ROUGHNECK ROLLER DERBY Home bouts played at Ninowski Recreation Center (Broken Arrow) July 8 | @ Card (Little Rock, Ark.)

Aug. 12 | vs South Central Roller Girls

July 22 | vs OKC

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GC GREEN COUNTRY SCENE

hen nature call CAMPING IS ONE OF THE BEST AND EASIEST ESCAPES INTO NATURE. THE MORE NIGHTS THIS SUMMER YOU CAN SPEND STARING AT A CAMPFIRE AND SLEEPING UNDER A CANOPY OF STARS, THE BETTER, EVEN IF YOU STAY CLOSE TO HOME.

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Oklahoma’s Green Country is perfect for summer camping, with plenty of beautiful state parks, lots of shade, and rivers, lakes, forests and hills to explore. Whether you take a 45-foot RV with air conditioning and satellite TV or only what you can carry on your back, camping offers something for every outdoors lover. At our state parks, you can rent cabins or rooms in the lodge, stay at RV campsites, or even camp at the end of a long hiking trail. Or you can pitch a tent in your backyard and camp closer to home. Camping is a great opportunity for family activities, but don’t forget the opportunity to bond with friends or enjoy a romantic getaway, getting closer to each other and to nature. But when you are not prepared and you don’t know what you need to know, you will not have fun and could be putting yourself and others in danger. Veteran camping enthusiasts are a valuable source of advice for new campers, and even experienced campers can learn something new from each other. Campers John Burton, Lindsey Ison, Omni Delano and Brent Iwanski offer some tips and ideas for great summer camping.

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BRING YOUR PET

GET A HAMMOCK

Oklahoma’s state parks are pet friendly, and you can bring your furry family members with you when you rent a cabin or camping site. Iwanski is a particular fan of camping with his pets. “Sharing that time with a beloved family pet can be an awesome experience,” he says. Be aware of the risk of ticks for your pet, and make sure their flea and tick prevention is current. Also, as the summer days get hotter, make sure your pet has access to plenty of clean, fresh water while in the outdoors.

Iwanski is a big fan of hammocks for camping. “Depending on your budget, you can get a cheap relaxation hammock or even an actual tent hammock, which are great for older campers or people who don’t want to be on the ground. They are great for back support, and the tent hammocks are a lot easier to set up and take down than a traditional tent.” Bonus: most hammocks are lightweight and easy to carry, making them a great choice for those trips that include some hiking.


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TRAIL RATIONS “Have you heard of “GORP?” asks Burton. It stands for “good old raisins and peanuts.” Easily transportable and energy dense, GORP is a staple for campers who plan to hike. Burton adds M&M’s to up the energy and calls the result GORPM. Ison prepares for camping by pre-making her meals in foil, so they can be cooked on a camp grill or even placed directly on the hot coals. “Foil packet dinners are easy to clean up and fun to make,” she says. Remember that hard vegetables like carrots or potatoes may take longer to cook than the other ingredients, so try adding canned or frozen vegetables to your packets instead. You can find all kinds of recipes for camping online.

KNOW THE RULES, KNOW THE AREA Research the area and make sure you know the layout of the camp or park. Make sure you know the rules about campfires, hours, pets, vehicles, and bathrooms.

CAMPING NEWBIES SHOULD START SMALL “If you’re new to camping, make your trip one that is just a weekender,” says Burton. “That way, if equipment — or the body — needs a tuneup, your learning experience will still be enjoyable.” In other words, don’t overexert yourself. Fortunately, Green Country offers plenty of camping opportunities close to home so you can easily try out an overnight before committing to something more involved.

BE A WEATHER WATCHER

KEEP AIR CIRCULATING

Make sure you know what kind of weather to expect, and plan for it. Then be ready to change your plans, because this is Oklahoma weather we’re talking about. Have a plan for the worst. And if it’s just a little rain, “fishing is better after the rain anyway,” says Delano.

Dead air has a way of compounding the effects of heat. To minimize this effect, bring along a battery powered fan. The comfort factor is increased substantially with one in your campground dwelling. Also remove your tent’s rain fly at night to allow the night breeze to make its way through your tent.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BUGS

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF

Biting, buzzing bugs can ruin an otherwise relaxing camping trip. “I use citronella sticks,” says Iwanski. “They can be hard to find but they are wonderful for keeping many types of insects away. They are easy to stick in the ground to make a perimeter and they burn slow so they last a long time and smell nice to boot.”

Be sure you have what you need to leave your campsite cleaner than you found it, and that means trash bags. “Hang your trash bags in trees to minimize scavenger animals in your camp,” suggests Delano. Before you leave, take a look around to make sure you haven’t left wrappers, cans, bottles, cigarette butts, or other trash behind. Not only does it leave a mess for the next camper, it’s dangerous for the wildlife.

PACK THE TP

MAKE A LIST

BE CONSIDERATE

BE SAFE

“Always bring your own toilet paper,” says Delano. Pack it in a zip lock bag (it still works just fine even if it gets a little crushed in your backpack). There isn’t usually running water to clean up with, so bring some baby wipes for washing hands and bodies. And having hand sanitizer available is also a great idea.

Depending on the length of your stay, you’ll want to make sure you have a light source, something like an ice chest for storing food, a first-aid kit, extra water, rain gear, compass, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider bringing a jacket in case it’s cooler than you expect, and a good sun hat in case it’s brighter than you expect.

Keep other campers in mind. Don’t play your music so loud that it keeps others awake. Don’t be so noisy that you’re disrupting other people’s evenings. Don’t carve your name into things or paint your initials. Never feed the wildlife. It makes them more likely to approach other campers, which is dangerous for both wildlife and campers.

Make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to be back. Consider a GPS and have a cellphone that can get a signal or a radio in case you get lost. Wear appropriate clothing for the terrain, especially good shoes or boots.

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SS STYLE + SHOPPING

Food Fright WITH SOME PLANNING, PRACTICE AND DISCIPLINE, A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE DOESN’T HAVE TO TAKE HOURS, DEPLETE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OR STRESS YOU OUT. BY RYANN GORDON

If there’s one type of shopping that all of us enjoy, it’s shopping for food. Imagine all the snacks that your heart could desire, samples galore, and delicious smells that’ll have your mouth watering and bank account cringing. You don’t have to splurge on food though, and, although a trip to the grocery store can be a blood-curdling hassle at times, there are ways to get in and out in record time, saving that extra money for more important things. A trip to the supermarket doesn’t have to take hours or deplete your bank account. Studies have found that paying with cash, following a specific store route and shopping with a basket over a cart can

Do the Math

Don’t choose any item without reading the label and doing the math to see if it’s the best choice economically. Compare more than just prices. Factor in the item’s price per pound or liter to see what gives you more bang for your buck. Also, be sure to take a close look at the added ingredients to avoid too much sodium or preservatives.

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Eat

Beforehand

The cardinal rule of grocery shopping — never go hungry! We’ve all made that “short” trip to the store before cooking dinner, only to be stopped at every corner by a growling stomach and the occasional food sample. Going to the store on an empty stomach is a sure way to an empty bank account and beyondbroken diet.

minimize the number of items you purchase. Reading labels, bulking up, eating beforehand and subtracting snacks and sweets will save money and calories. And planning your store trip for specific times and days during the week will keep your trip short and sweet. Become a healthier and more food conscious individual by putting more thought into the food you put in your body, and utilize these supermarket hacks to get the best deals and maximize the success of your weekly trip to the store. Cut out the extra time you’ve been wasting, and watch your bank account get fat while your body frame gets smaller.

Go Bulk

Buying items in bulk is one of the best ways to save money on food in the long run. Don’t overdo your bulk shopping skills though, because this is one way that you can spiral yourself into latenight overeating. Bulk up on pricier items that you will need eventually, like meat and bread, and freeze the rest so that you don’t inhale it the moment that nighttime hunger kicks in.

Save the Date

Saturday and Sunday tend to be the most popular times that people plan their grocery shopping — aka the busiest, most crowded, longest grocery store trip you’ve ever had to endure. Opposite from this, only 11 percent of Americans shop Wednesday; and only 4 percent reserve it for Wednesday evening after 9 p.m.

Ignore the

Name Brands

Although we all love our name brands deeply, immediately reaching for the Vlassic pickles and Velveeta macaroni is an easy way to waste money at the store. Scan the entire shelf and compare prices — grocery store and generic brands tend to be dollars less in price, yet it’s surprisingly impossible to taste the difference.


Navigate the Store

While most of the prepackaged, sodium rich, processed foods sit on the shelves in the middle, the majority of fresh foods like fruits, vegetables and organics are lined around the exterior of the store. Make the perimeter your first line of action; then, stroll only down the aisles where specifics you need are hidden. You’ll get most of your essentials first and spend less money and time on the aisles that plague you with smells and colorful packaging that are hard to dismiss.

Bring a List

As painful as grocery shopping can be, bringing a list can help you avoid having to go back after you get home and realize you forgot a key ingredient or item. With all we have to think about, it’s easy to forget even a top-of-mind item. Lists can also help you avoid impulse decisions.

Ditch the Cart

Rather than opting for the shopping cart, grab a handheld basket instead. When you use a cart, you tend to stroll slowly through the store, tossing in every alluring food item you pass along the way. Using a basket will help you keep down the overall number of products you snatch up and get you on a fast track toward the exit the second your basket starts becoming heavy.

All good things start with wholesome ingredients. From organic field greens to 100% antibiotic-free chicken, our menu is bursting with fresh, nutrient-filled goodness. No artificial trans fats, MSG or high-fructose corn syrup. Only the best and the tastiest for you.

Look Up

Don’t grab the first of any item you see. Scan from the top to bottom on all shelves to find brands with healthier ingredients. Looking past your monopoly brands that tend to be placed at eye level, you’ll find snacks with less additives, sodium, sugar and added sweeteners, and more fiber, protein and natural ingredients.

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Cut Coupons

Pay Cash

Being the abstract form of payment that they are, debit and credit card users on average spend 50-80 percent more on groceries. When using cash, you see before your eyes the money used and tend to use it on more products while also subconsiously seeking to spend less.

Get out of here with that pretentiousness. Go ahead and cut those coupons throughout the week. You can take the effort further with a number of apps that offer deals on groceries, like Grocery Pal, Checkout 51, Coupons.com, Krazy Coupon Lady and more. Or, toss the coupons and get the Ibotta Cash Back app to earn rewards and pick up easy savings without the hassle of a million paper coupons.

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SC SOUND CHECK

With new music, a citywide marketing campaign, and audiences growing weekly at Safari Joe’s H2O, Morgan Ganem is poised to take his mix of dance beats, rock sensibility, and Caribbean By G.K. Hizer || Photos by Marc Rains rhythms to the masses.

Could there be a hot new dance rock movement brewing in an unexpected and unlikely location? If you’ve spent an evening with the teen crowd at Safari Joe’s H2O this summer, you’ve likely witnessed what’s growing and ready to cross over to the club crowd. Morgan Ganem is rolling hot off the May release of his CD, Paradise, and drawing continuously larger crowds with his weekly Tuesday night gig on the Safari Joe’s stage by the wave pool. According to his manager I.J. Ganem, Morgan’s weekly residency kicked off with successive shows at the end of last summer’s season, drawing roughly 300 in the first week, and doubling to 600, then 1,200 in successive weeks, before the season wrapped up. “This year, Morgan kicked things off with nearly 2,000 teenagers at his stage by the end of the first night,” I.J. says. “It’s good, clean, family fun and he’s drawing a huge crowd.” Granted, Tuesday evening is “Teen Night” at Safari Joe’s and the audience starts out as a few hundred in the early evening, but by the time the show wraps up around 10 p.m., Morgan has been playing to a huge audience.

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In the midst of this, Morgan isn’t just drawing younger audiences, but has garnered the attention of local businesses. A new partnership is currently in the works with Arby’s, putting Morgan’s face in front of thousands of customers across the Tulsa metro area in a marketing campaign that will include table tents and coupons for both admission to Safari Joe’s and purchase of Morgan’s music. Looking back, this isn’t anything new for Morgan, merely a part of his continual evolution as a musician. In 2008, he was starting to make


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SOUND CHECK SC a splash on the local music scene with his band Ganem that played a hard-hitting brand of arena rock. Unfortunately, the band hit at the latter end of that movement, as indie rock became the latest wave on the local music front. Never one to be dormant, he continued to develop as a musician, delving into the DJ and EDM scene for a bit under the moniker Dr. Plasticine, before re-emerging under his own name with a one-man live show that mixes DJing, drum pads, and live vocals in a dance-rock format. Having grown up around music, this is a natural path for Morgan. After all, his father and manager, I.J., was an original member of ‘60s rock band The Rogues Five, which opened for The Doors at one point, as well as a performer in Branson. Morgan formed his first band at the age of 8, never looking back. “I’ve known this is what I want to do all of my life,” Morgan says. “It’s actually been a huge blessing, because most people don’t know what they want to do with their life. It’s largely because of my dad, but he’s never pushed it on me. He has been incredibly supportive from the very beginning. “If I’m not learning and changing, it’s over. I get bored really easily and it’s good to change and develop. Yes, my music has changed and my image has changed, but my voice stays the same, and I think that’s what ties it all together. I’ve always liked to be up front, in the spotlight, and in the audience’s face, getting them to have fun with me. At my core, I’m the same performer, but now there’s no band. It’s just me.” That shift has put Morgan in control of his career, free to develop in whatever direction the music leads him. With Paradise, that means a mix of dance beats, rock sensibility, and Caribbean rhythms tying it all together thematically.

The disc opens with “Forever Young,” a soaring track that Morgan wrote as an anthem for last year’s Backwoods Festival (which is currently on hiatus this year, with plans to relocate to Mulberry Mountain next year). As a celebration of youth and freedom, it’s a perfect summer theme song for the teen and 20-something crowd that is currently embracing his music. Even as he pushes in a new direction, Morgan’s love of classic rock still shines through, as he tips his hat to a couple of classics with dance remixes of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Although both songs throb with dance beats and bubble with a Caribbean undertone, they also interweave the original melodies throughout. Morgan even managed to effectively fit samples of Collins’ iconic vocal swells and drum fills into the mix in order to keep the impact of the original, while breathing new life into the track. Morgan continues to scratch his creative itch by remaining creative in the studio, doing vocal tracking for a number of EDM projects. As a topline vocal artist, he has had a number of electronic artists send him their music, which he then writes lyrics and melodies and records the vocals for. This has resulted in Morgan’s vocals appearing on tracks in Malaysia, Spain, Mexico, and New York City as he has worked with a variety of artists, including EDM, DJ Icon and Tommie Sunshine. As Morgan continues to push forward, his music will undoubtedly continue to evolve. Tying it all together, however, is a melodic sensibility that never leaves his side. “I’ve never really liked heavy, aggressive, screaming stuff,” he says. “I’ve always been more drawn to vocal melodies, because people remember a melody. That’s what sticks in their head. That’s what I think really ties everything I do together. That and, for the most part, every song I’ve written has a positive message. Basically, I just want people to feel good, and I hope my music does that.”  

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS

Wor k in Progress DON’T LET YOUR DAY JOB RUIN YOUR WORKOUT REGIME. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HEALTHY AND ACTIVE WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE, GET YOUR BODY MOVING AND RAISE ENERGY LEVELS AT THE OFFICE. By Ryann Gordon Struggling to stay fit can be especially hard during the summer, when all you want to do is lay out and soak up the sun every free chance you get. And no one wants to show off a frumpy, office bod acquired from eight hours of spinning aimlessly in a swivel chair at a desk, five days a week. So, how do you do both? How does one squeeze in daily physical activity when you work 9-5 in an office? Going to the gym straight from work isn’t always realistic, especially when it seems that everyone and their dog has designated 5 to 7 p.m. to get their workout in. And although, you can go on a run or work out at home, those who work dayto-day understand that going running may be the last thing on your list of to-dos after a long, sleepy day at the office. There are also the people who take their lunch break to get a good hour of fitness in during the week. But for many of us, the lunch break is always booked. (Hello, hungry!) Don’t let your day job ruin your workout regime. There are a number of healthy and active ways to change your lifestyle and keep moving from the office. Making little changes, like taking the stairs or suggesting new meeting places, can keep your weight-loss battle under control and, not to mention, keep your bod looking poolside ready all summer long.

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WALL SIT CHALLENGE Utilize your long phone calls and periodical readings for the perfect indoor workout that’ll have your legs toned in no time. Make a goal to not stand up until you’ve finished reading your files or hung up that phone call and feel a burn that’ll put your work rage to shame.

STANDING DESKS Standing desks have become increasingly popular in offices across the nation. After all, long periods of sitting have been linked to various disorders, aside from obesity. Invest in a standing desk and keep as far from that swivel chair as possible. Along with keeping you active, the standing desk can help you with your concentration.

RAISE AND RAISE AGAIN Use those drawn-out silences while waiting on the printer or your work’s outdated Wi-Fi to work in some extra fitness. Repeatedly stand on your tip-toes for calf raises to help pass the time away; or at your desk and do leg raises that will give those abs a boost. Add an extra challenge and loop your purse around your foot for some deskside weight training (never thought we’d hear that together).


SKIP THE ELEVATOR The elevator is the butt’s worst enemy. You don’t have to walk up 15 flights of stairs every time you forget your keys in the office, but this is one of those little changes that will benefit you and keep you feeling active anywhere, not just at work. Climbing just five flights of stairs five times per week can help burn 300 or so calories.

SQUEEZE SILENTLY No one has to know! You can get a full-on glutes or abs workout from the seat at your desk. Just keep your breath steady and tighten and release your muscles in various reps during specific (or all idle) times of the day. Repeat and squeeze.

DO THE MOST Become the best employee at your office while also working on that physique. Offer to help lift or move heavy items and run errands at any given opportunity. You’ll gain points with your boss and your body.

DESK SQUAT If you’ve already mastered the art of standing while at work, add in a little extra strength training that actually doubles as cardio if done right. Switch it up with lunges and backward leg raises when necessary. Just don’t act surprised when your cubicle neighbor raises their brows at your constant popping up over the half-wall.

MAKE MOVES Make moves toward a healthier office vibe by suggesting changes in the way your daily workplace runs. Switch up the way you approach meetings by taking it to the hall or outdoors for a walking meeting; plan a work retreat or weekly softball games; or just throw a daily dance party after lunch to get the mood back up to par after break time. Other ideas include going to a bathroom on another floor, parking further away from the front door or walking over to your co-worker’s area rather than sending an email.

SWIVEL AND STRENGTHEN Swivel chairs are fun and all, but spinning in aimless circles with your feet until your eyes spin isn’t doing anything. Raise your feet off the floor and use your core to lean and spin yourself back and forth for several rounds. Just don’t forget to shout “whee” as you spin, despite the burn you’re surely feeling in your core.

GROUP EXERCISE Team up with your whole office and exercise together during work hours. Accountability and motivation by competition helps some people get moving. You can do as short as 15 minutes or as long as an hour. Just make sure you’ve got a motivator on staff to keep up enthusiasm.

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CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL

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Dead Armadillo is cranking out innovative beers, plenty of small-batch suds and consistent favorites thanks to brewmaster Tony Peck’s labor-intensive process and a desire to put a cold pint in your hand. By G.K. Hizer | Photos by Marc Rains A successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 raised $13,000 in startup money, and Peck found a new brewery in Oklahoma City that had just opened and was renting space for contract brewing. Dead Armadillo launched its flagship Amber Ale that year under contract with Roughtail Brewing. The Tucked away at 1004 E. 4th Street, Dead Armadillo Brewery and its founder, Tony launch of Black Hop (a seasonal IPA that features the distinctive flavors of Peck, are quietly thriving and building coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle another Tulsa success story with an operation that has remained focused on toasted sweetness) followed in October 2013, and Dead Armadillo’s audience craft and quality, yet they also found a was growing. way to grow quickly in order to try and keep up with demand. During this process, Peck and his Peck had originally started home brewing partners continued to search Tulsa for the right building to start construction in 2006, learning many of the tricks of the craft from his pastor at the time, who of their own brewery. Eventually, a friend at McGraw Realty, who also eventually became his original partner. happened to be on the board at Youth After his passion for craft brewing grew Service of Tulsa across the street, and several investors showed interest, showed Peck the Fourth Street building, Peck started researching business plans which now houses Dead Armadillo. and the feasibility of actually starting his own craft brewery. He followed up “It was a little expensive and on the by settling on the name, registering and upper end of our budget, but it had filing a business plan, and debuting the everything we needed. The electricity beer to the public at a festival in 2012, was already there; it had high ceilings after which Dead Armadillo was off and access to all the services we would and running. need. In late 2014, we signed a lease and started renovations,” he says. “We probably shared it a little early,” Peck admits, “but the response was Eleven months later, with everything great and it pushed us to go more licensed and construction done, quickly and really push ourselves to get Dead Armadillo brewed its first batch the company up and going.” While most of Tulsa is aware of Marshall Brewery and Prairie Brewpub, those are merely a couple of the larger flagships of a growing craft brew industry that is blossoming both in Tulsa and throughout the state.

of Amber Ale in September 2015. Peck wrapped up his contract with Roughtail at the end of 2015, and all Dead Armadillo products now come from the Tulsa location. In the year-and-a-half since opening, the brewery has more than doubled its capacity twice, growing from its original 40-barrel capacity to its current 190-barrel capacity, added a canning line, and opened a taproom where you can not only enjoy the latest Dead Armadillo brews, but also purchase by the can or keg for home enjoyment. Future plans include converting part of the location’s 5,000-squarefoot backyard into a beer garden, including a path through the brewery for entry. Peck is also taking his beer to Tulsa International Airport. After due diligence and negotiations, a contract has been signed and the flagship Dead Armadillo Taproom and Restaurant is currently under construction, positioning Dead Armadillo as Tulsa’s craft brew ambassador to our city’s visitors and business travelers. All the while, Peck and his crew continue to focus on developing the finest craft brews they can and expanding Dead Armadillo’s name recognition.

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CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL The process starts with selecting the right grains, which will be cracked and added to the mash tank. Seen here, a selection of Dead Armadillo’s grains, as well as those used for Renaissance Brewing, currently brewed under contract by Dead Armadillo. This is the stage where yeast is added and the fermenting begins.

Yes, it may look like a mess (and it is), but it’s as effective as it is simple. As the yeast goes to work in the fermenting process, it yields a gas that is vented out through a hose and into a bucket of water. Buckets are swapped out and by the end of the fermenting process, it will reduce to a slow trickle of tiny bubbles, indicating it’s ready to be filtered and carbonated. Adding water to the grain in the mash tank forms the base “mash” that is the foundation of each beer’s brewing process.

Selected specifically for each brew, the hops are added at the brew kettle stage. This is what adds character to each beer, ranging from the sharpness of an IPA to the floral or earthy notes of your favorite brew.

With an automated and computerized system, Peck is able to oversee everything from temperatures, to the fermenting process, and carbonation levels from the system control panel. As a craft brewer, he continues to personally oversee and inspect each step of the brewing process.

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Peck is currently experimenting with Dead Armadillo’s first barrel-aged brew — a double amber — scheduled to tentatively debut this fall. Dead Armadillo’s cannery line opened in 2016.

A selection of Dead Armadillo brews including the Amber Ale, Breakaway IPA, Nine Band IPA, Inland Porter, and Low & Outside.


Once the brewing process has finished and the product has been filtered, conditioned and carbonated, it’s ready to be packaged. A member of the Dead Armadillo crew fills kegs to then be transferred to the cooler.

The front line to the public and best place to try the latest brews direct from the source is the taproom. The taproom is currently open Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

LOCATOR

DEAD ARMADILLO 1004 E. 4th St. | Tulsa 918-232-8627 dabrewery.com

Wednesday-Thursday: 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 2-9 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

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ET EATS + TREATS

IANCE G E L L A E G D AND PLE EW BUCKS. S K C A N S E FESTIV NG FOR JUST A F D L O E M A S M T H E AT E P L E N T Y O F B A O R F E C N E D NDEPEN T ARE SURE TO CRE I R U O Y E S I EXERC REE RECIPES THA TO TH

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by TIFFANY DUNCAN

photos by CHELSI FISHER


EATS + TREATS ET July is America’s birthday month, which means that even after Independence Day there’s still an excuse to party like it’s 1776 all month. Whether you are

sitting poolside in a patriotic bikini or barbecuing with friends, we’ve rounded up three festive recipes that are sure to please any crowd. Serve them up at your

MINI MASON JAR LID STRAWBERRY PIES

STARS AND STRIPES SANGRIA

Adapted from lovelylittlekitchen.com The list of crafty and cute uses for Mason jars is never-ending; who knew they could also be used as mini pie-baking pans! Get ready to sing “bye, bye Miss American Pie” to these little cuties — they won’t last long.

Ingredients: 1 package Pillsbury pie crust (unless you prefer to make your own) 18 tbsp. (a little more than a cup) strawberry jam, jelly, or preserves 1 tbsp. heavy cream 1 tbsp. sparkling sugar 9 Mason jar lids for baking DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place nine Mason jar lids out on the sheet. 3. Once pie crust is brought to room temperature (about 15 minutes outside of the fridge), roll it out on a flat, well-floured surface. Check to see if the dough is sticking often, adding more flour as needed. 4. Use another small Mason jar ring (not the wide mouth kind) to cut out nine circles of dough. Roll each circle out so they are slightly larger, and then place them gently into the jar lids on the baking sheet, letting the dough come up the sides. 5. Spoon about 1 tbsp. of jam into each pie. 6. Gather and roll remaining dough into a rectangle. For each pie, cut six half inch by 3 inch strips, weave them together, and then use a mason jar ring to cut the latticed dough into a circle that will fit neatly onto the pies. 7. Use a metal spatula to transfer the circles onto the top of the pies. Brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle liberally with sparkling sugar. 8. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the tops of the pie are beginning to brown. 9. Let pies cool 5-10 minutes in the ring, and then press from the bottom to remove the ring and lid. 10. Serve and prepare for many ooh’s and aah’s.

own stars and stripes soirée, or pick one to bring to a friend’s backyard bash; either way, these delicious treats are sure to steal the show.

Adapted from gimmesomeoven.com With apple stars and fresh berries, this drink recipe is as patriotic as it is whimsical and delicious. It can also be made sans alcohol for a fruity, kid-friendly beverage.

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups sliced strawberries 3-4 Granny Smith apples 1 cup apple juice or white grape juice 1 bottle dry white wine of choice 1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine) *For virgin sangria, substitute white cranberry juice and sparkling pear cider (or sparkling beverage of choice) for wine and champagne. DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pitcher, combine the apple juice and white wine (or white cranberry juice for virgin). After washing berries, add them to pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours so flavors will meld. (Note: The longer the pitcher sits, the redder it will become.) 2. Right before serving, peel apples and cut into thin slices. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the center of each apple slice. Add to pitcher. 3. Gradually stir in champagne (or sparkling cider) and ice. Serve immediately.

SWEET SUMMER CORN SALAD WITH LIME

Adapted from lovelylittlekitchen.com Corn on the cob has long been a summer staple, but this corn off the cob recipe adds a new tasty twist to an old favorite. The bursting sweetness of the fresh corn tossed with melty, buttery lime and the tang of feta and fresh cilantro will have your guests seeing fireworks long before the show starts.

Ingredients: 6 ears fresh corn, husk and silk removed 1 bunch fresh cilantro ½ cup black beans 1 lime, juiced ½ cup feta or queso fresco cheese 2 tbsp. butter, melted 1 tsp. chili powder Salt, to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil. Drop in corn and boil for three minutes, then remove and allow to cool slightly so they may be handled. 2. Cut kernels off the cob and into a large bowl. Add black beans. Set aside. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, lime juice, chili powder, and desired amount of chopped cilantro. 4. Pour butter mixture over corn and beans. Mix to coat evenly. 5. Add crumbled feta or queso fresco and salt to taste. Serve at room temperature.

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A n d y ’ s F roz e n C u sta r d

4 8 4 4 S . YA LE AV E. | TU LSA 8 2 5 1 E. 1 0 2 N D S T. | TU LSA 8 0 0 E . KE N O S HA | BRO KE N AR ROW Andy’s is known for using fresh ingredients in their frozen custards and sundaes to give your taste buds a bonanza. They serve up some classic favorites year-round, like their signature Ozark Turtle Sundae and James Brownie Jackhammer concrete. But their commitment to fresh flavor means they offer seasonal specialties too. Right now, you can choose two limited-time only concretes — the Key Lime Pie, which features a whole slice of Key lime pie blended with Andy’s fresh vanilla frozen custard; and the Peach, made with fresh peaches blended with vanilla frozen custard.

With inventive selections, fruity flavors, and old‑school favorites, we’ve journeyed outside the freezer and found the 918’s best gelatos, malts, shakes, cones, shaved ice, pints and sundaes. And our list is anything but vanilla.

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In the heat of an Oklahoman summer, there is nothing better than a frozen, sweet dessert to take your mind off the soaring temperatures. Ice cream and its happy cousins — shakes, malts, floats, frozen custards, gelato, shaved ice and other cold delights — have been around for a long time. The ancient Greeks ate a dessert similar to ice cream, Marco Polo brought an early form of the dessert to Europe, and the first American ice cream parlor opened in New York in 1776, just in time for the American Revolution. Who could blame Ben Franklin

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and George Washington if they wanted to pay less in tea taxes so they could eat more sweet, creamy coolness? Thankfully for us, ice cream is not only around today, but thriving. Here in Green Country, you can find plenty of frozen treats wherever you go — north, south, east and west, all over Tulsa and the surrounding area. To get you started, here’s our list of best places to chill your bones with some delicious ice cream and other frozen sweets. (And yes, we can help you sweat the calories off too. Just flip over to Page 60 for our onthe-job workout recommendations.)

Baskin -Robbin s

6 8 0 8 S . M E M O RIA L D R. | TU LSA 9 2 1 0 S . S HERIDA N ROA D | TULSA These guys have been in the game since the 1940s. We’re pretty sure Baskin-Robbins put the cream in ice cream. There’s literally no flavor they can’t do, and they do them all so well. The locations on Sheridan and Memorial know exactly how to pack the scoops so that you get the most possible. They’re ready for any occasion too. Whether it be a birthday party, a Fourth of July celebration or just because, they are a great place to go for all your special ice cream needs.


Coo k i e do o dle

3 7 7 E. MA IN S T. | JE NK S You know Cookiedoodle for its delicious handcrafted cookies topped with sweet buttercream icing made from scratch by owner Bernadette and her staff. But they also serve gelato from STG Gelateria, which makes our list too for their tasty offerings. You’ll want to visit Cookiedoodle specifically for their newest treat, which is all the rage in New York City — dough cones. It’s chilled raw cookie dough in a waffle cone. What’s not to love? It’s completely safe to eat because they use pasteurized eggs and heat treated flour. Flavors include chocolate chip, confetti, fluffer nutter, brownie batter, cake batter, sugar and others.

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8 1 1 2 S . O LYM PIA AV E . | TU LSA 9 3 1 1 E . 7 1 S T S T. | TU LSA 1 0 3 0 5 S . M E M O RIA L D R. | TU LSA 9 0 5 3 N . 1 2 1 S T E. AV E. | OWAS S O 1 1 5 1 E . H I L LS ID E D R. | BRO KEN A RROW 1 9 3 4 1 H AY N E S ROA D | CATO O SA Choose your flavor — vanilla or chocolate — but it doesn’t stop there. Now it’s time to decide between a cup, a sundae, a waffle cone or what they love to call a concrete. Then come the toppings. Do you want the Hawaiian Delight or the Dirt n’ Worms toppings? Try the PBC & B (peanut butter chocolate and banana) topping or the Signature Turtle topping, and you will be 100 percent satisfied. Trust us. Actually, don’t take our word for it. Go check one out for yourself.

Ida R e d Ge n e r a l Stor e a n d Soda F ou n ta in

2 0 8 N . M A IN S T. | TU LSA Popular made-in-Oklahoma shop Ida Red has opened a soda fountain downtown, proving that you cannot love this store too much. The downtown spot makes the fruit syrups (strawberry, cherry and lime) for their sodas and milkshakes in-house for a fresh, unforgettable taste. They make floats with authentic homemade root beer from Weber’s. You can also enjoy vanilla and chocolate egg creams and malts, as well as creamy milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, lavender and cardamom, plus plenty of soda options. Walk the drink off as you stroll downtown so you don’t feel too guilty about the splurge.

Jo sh’s S n o S h ac k

71ST AND GARNETT ROAD | TULSA 61ST AND MEMORIAL DRIVE | TULSA 9026 S. MEMORIAL DRIVE | TULSA 8098 S. YALE AVE. | TULSA 714 W. MAIN ST. | JENKS 41ST AND PEORIA AVE. | TULSA EXPO SQUARE | 4145 E. 21ST ST. | TULSA 9115 S. DELAWARE AVE. | TULSA SAFARI JOE’S H20 WATER PARK | 4707 E. 21ST ST. | TULSA Drive around Tulsa during the summer and you’re sure to pass a small pop-up building with a line of parents and children crowded around it. No doubt you’re passing one of the many Josh’s Sno Shacks in town. These sno-cones are a delightful treat on a hot day, and you’ll love the more than 70 creative flavors on their menu. You can also mix and match your own flavors, or spice up your ice with toppings like gummy bears and jelly beans. Josh’s also loves raising donations for local charities like the Food Bank, so follow them on social media to see when and where special donations are happening.

L a Mi c hoac a n a Pal e t e r ia

2138 S. GARNETT ROAD | TULSA 9467 E. 31ST ST. | TULSA This hidden gem is well-loved by those in the know. Locals love the customer service and the authentic flavor of Mexico in the sweet treats. And of course, they love the fabulous ice cream. Some of it comes in flavors you know — like chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and cream, pistachio and coffee. But you’ll also find flavors you’ve never seen elsewhere — like tequila, rompope (similar to eggnog), mamey (a fruit native to Mexico and Central America), and more — and believe us, they are unbelievably good.

Ma r ble Sla b C r e a me r y

500 RIVERWALK TERRACE, #125 | JENKS 403 W. STONE WOOD DR. | BROKEN ARROW If you like your ice cream dished up with a slice of international elegance, Marble Slab is where you want to go. With shops located in places like Bahrain, Guam, Mexico, Singapore, St. Lucia and more, you know they have to have their service and menu down to an art form. They make every batch of ice cream in the store, sourcing the dairy locally for fresh flavor. And their special technique of blending toppings into your ice cream on a frozen granite slab is not only fun to watch, but also a great way to be sure you get your order cold and yummy.

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M o d’s C o f fee a nd C r e p es

507 S. BOSTON AVE. | TULSA Mod’s has one of the best locations in town to get your gelato coolness on. Gelato at its finest, straight from Italy, is what you can expect, and you don’t have to go to Florence to experience it. Specialty flavors and custom requests are, well, their specialty. Within reason and if it’s cost-effective, they’re willing to try it if you suggest it. They’re that good. But if you’re just looking for some good old-fashioned gelato from the old country, a chocolate, strawberry or Oreo flavored gelato is guaranteed to hit the spot.

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9912 RIVERSIDE PARKWAY | TULSA On the south side of Riverside Drive, Napa Flats awaits you. Their service, their menu, their view of the Arkansas River… it’s all stellar. But even if you don’t stop for dinner, stop in for a sweet taste of coolness. Their gelato base is made from scratch with milk and cream and is pasteurized in-house for fresh, bright flavor and homegrown goodness. Napa Flats even uses genuine Italian equipment to make all their sorbets and gelato.

502 E. 3RD ST., #35 | TULSA Get ready for the richest, creamiest, most flavorful ice cream you’ve had in a while if you’ve never visited Rose Rock Microcreamery in the Boxyard. Being Oklahoma’s first microcreamery, Rose Rock has had an opportunity to make small batches that are completely hand-crafted, trendy and all-natural. Some of the more unique flavors include Vegan Lemongrass, Strawberry and Mango sorbet, Thin Mint or Chocolate Madagascar, and a tasty root beer ice cream that is sinfully good. And when we mention all-natural, how does Porter Peach ice cream sound? Get there while supplies last. Yum!

A lso Check Ou t ARNOLD’S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS 1722 W. 51st St. | Tulsa

S T G Ge late r ia Sco o p s & G r i n d s

1023 W. MAIN ST. | COLLINSVILLE On historic Main Street in Collinsville, you’ll find a charming coffee and ice cream shop called Scoops & Grinds. Their homemade ice cream and sorbets are made in-house with fresh cream in small batches, quick frozen in a gelato batch maker to yield a creamy, fresh taste. Their 16 flavors include both classic and seasonal flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, lemonie bite, caramel apple pecan and more. They serve shakes made with their homemade ice cream too. Or warm up with a cup of freshly roasted coffee.

114 S. DETROIT AVE. | TULSA 5233 S. SHERIDAN ROAD | TULSA Housemade daily, STG’s Gelateria has flavors you’d expect from the centuriesold European process of gelato making. Stracciatella is a huge favorite, a perfect blend of creamy goodness with a bit of chocolate heaven. The Cassata Siciliana is a rich, flavorful ice cream version of another Italian dessert, the cannoli. Try the Pesca or Fragola dairy-free peach and strawberry sorbettos for a change of pace, and you may never want anything else. A scoop of Limoncello (also a sorbetto) will remind you of a tall, refreshing homemade lemonade from yesteryear.

CANDY CASTLE 7890 E. 106th Place S., Suite V-6 | Tulsa FRECKLES FROZEN CUSTARD 5138 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa WARREN THEATRE 1700 Aspen Creek Dr. | Broken Arrow WEBER’S SUPERIOR ROOT BEER DRIVE-IN 3817 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

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Live Music

THE BRADY ARTS DISTRICT

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Not Just an Ordinary Bar Located in the heart of the Brady Arts District of downtown Tulsa Caz's Pub 21 West Matthew Brady St. \ Tulsa, OK 74103

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What is it about a restaurant or bar that makes customers come back, time and time again? People who’ve been to George’s Pub in Jenks know. The owner of George’s Pub, Corey Crandall, makes sure it’s stocked full of the most amazing beer selections, superior food and one of the friendliest atmospheres around. Now, if you could multiply that by a bajillion and make it family-friendly (George’s is a 21 and over establishment), then you’ll have Crandall’s newest creation. Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar is a complete dining experience for all ages on the Jenks side of the Arkansas River.

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The restaurant gets its name from Crandall’s first-born daughter, Maryn, who is less than a year old. Also, less than a year in the making is the construction of Crandall’s dream restaurant. In December 2016, they began the build and it is now open for business, with tremendous response so far.

success with his first business, George’s Pub.

“I designed every square centimeter of the whole thing,” says Crandall.

“George’s was kind of a simple one, to be honest, nothing this big. I had a really solid team around me to do all this: Matt Parks, my general manager and Josh McClure, the chef. If it weren’t for them, we’d still be trying to open this place,” Crandall says.

That’s a very good thing, because Crandall has had award-winning

Crandall has been traveling, studying bars and restaurants his whole career,


Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar is no fish out of water thanks to the vision of Corey Crandall, who has created a modern gastropub offering a bar-lover’s paradise and plenty of plates from land and sea. By Rob Harmon

Photos by Marc Rains

finding ideas deemed cool and different, in preparation for his next big thing. Maryn’s is it. The design of the upscale restaurant is an open-air style that shows off its enormous size, and every seat in the house has a view of the bar. In fact, upon entering, your eyes are drawn to the expansive and modern bar. A cool, hip raw bar with oysters and other seafood is at one end of it.

The bar inside Maryn’s is not the only innovative attraction you’ll experience, though. “We upgraded all our digital features [in comparison to George’s],” says Crandall. On a display above the bar, a large screen shows all the current, and rather extensive,

beer selections Maryn’s provides, by way of a trending app called TapHunter. Anyone from anywhere in the world can download TapHunter and find where their favorite beers are being served, and Maryn’s is serving a lot of those.

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Maryn’s Burger

Lobster Roll

Braised Short Ribs

Pimm’s Coupe

Onion Rings

Shrimp Po Boy

One hundred different beers — 40 on tap and 60 in the bottle — to choose from, either by the pint or half-pint, makes Maryn’s Taphouse worthy of their name, but the food experience is just as exceptional.

“We get our oysters — they’re Blue Point oysters — from New York and Connecticut every day. They’re the Cadillac of oysters so they’re super clean and clear. They’re fresh, and that is the key,” says Crandall.

“Josh McClure came from The Chalkboard,” says Crandall, “and we came up with several ideas at the beginning. It took some time to get the vision of what I had down, which is just a little more modern gastropub, but not too much fine dining.”

Choosing the Jenks side of the river location was a no-brainer for Crandall. Besides the view of the river and being next to other high-quality restaurants and attractions that bring people to Jenks in droves, Crandall was excited about this particular spot.

Lobster rolls, made from fresh lobsters shipped in daily, are quickly becoming Meryn’s customers’ favorite menu item. We’re talking about extremely fresh lobster meat, mixed with housemade sauce, perfectly spiced, served on a baguette that honestly would be an awesome appetizer on its own. “In-house” is a commonly used word in Maryn’s. Hand-cutting everything, making their own batter, never buying food already made, (which Crandall feels ultimately makes it less expensive and taste better), is what they’re all about. They make all their sauces and all their mixtures for cocktails in-house too!

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“A lot of the guys who took this development over were regulars at George’s. They would have meetings and kept talking about available spaces over here,” Crandall says. “We see it as exciting times over this way. We’ve now got the opportunity to build a huge patio that serves 80 people. That’ll either come in the fall or next spring. But before we do that, we’ve got make sure we’re doing everything else right on the inside.” Over time, Crandall expects to see the same kind of loyal crowd of customers he’s become accustomed to at George’s Pub. With the opportunity to build a restaurant from the ground up, Crandall saw his chance to memorialize one of his favorite and most loyal customers. In appreciation of a local icon, a

loyal customer and a good friend, Crandall built a special meeting room named after Alan Woodward, a Tulsa soccer legend and favorite player of the rock ‘n’ roll band Def Leppard. With any new restaurant, especially one that is driven to perfection the way all of Crandall’s past restaurant ventures have been, there are still opportunities that the passionate owner aims to improve upon. “We’re working hard to improve the quality and consistency of all aspects of the restaurant daily,” says Crandall, “and we’re seeing great results.”  

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Much like the rich culture from which they come, the Aloisio family delivers authentic fare that combines the best of old and new worlds at Mondo’s Ristorante Italian. By Michele Chiappetta Photos by Marc Rains

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The story of Italian food in America is a story of passion, family, the right ingredients and immigrant success. And Mondo’s comes by its authenticity through blood and DNA.

chef.” In fact, Angelo became an executive chef in New York City, the land of Italian restaurant bliss. Through Angelo, Rob and his father, Lou, gained an appreciation for good cooking.

Owner Rob Aloisio’s grandfather, Angelo, came to the U.S. from Abruzzi, Italy, an area east of Rome known for its rich, robust cuisine and homemade limoncello. His grandmother’s family came from Naples, which is south of Rome and known for its glorification of spaghetti with sauce ragu (a meat-based tomato sauce that is thick and rustic) as well as being generally considered the birthplace of pizza.

The Aloisio family arrived in Tulsa in 1967, after Lou was transferred to the area by his employer. “He was a sales manager for Cities Service Oil,” says Rob. “He wanted to open a restaurant. We were going to call it Aloisio’s, but he didn’t want his name on the restaurant in case it was a flop. So he went with his middle name Mondo.”

“My grandfather is the one who came over from Italy in 1920 through Ellis Island just like many other Italian immigrants,” says Rob. “He was 15 years old, brought the family recipes, and he also became a

But Mondo’s was anything but a flop. Angelo came to help his son run the restaurant, and it was successful for years. Then Rob and his brothers (Mike and Chris) decided they wanted a change of pace. So in 1997, the restaurant was shuttered, and the brothers went on to do different things.

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But the bug to serve up the best in Italian cuisine never disappeared completely. Fifteen years after Mondo’s shut its doors, Rob opened the restaurant again in the busy Brookside area, aided by his brothers and father. They’ve been busy ever since, proving that Tulsa loves a good red sauce, flavorful meatballs and sausage, and homemade pasta. The restaurant’s dining floor is pleasantly intimate and almost always hopping with lively business. Photos of generations of the Aloisio family line the walls, making for entertaining viewing while you wait for a table or sit chatting with friends over some good wine and the homemade garlic bread. Among the over 200 pictures, see if you can

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spot Angelo’s passport photo from 1920, Lou with Muhammed Ali, Barry Switzer, or Rob playing sports in California. “One of my alltime favorites is my grandparents’ wedding photo from Italy,” Rob says. If you encounter a wait when you arrive, don’t be too dismayed. You can always order a drink and chat, or browse the nearby stores for a bit. “It’s such a small, cool little shotgun-style Italian restaurant in a very popular area,” says Rob. “We’re on a wait pretty much every night. I like the small, busy joint.” There are secrets to avoiding a wait, though: arrive before 5 p.m. to avoid the dinner rush, or snag a seat at the bar where the bartending staff are friendly, funny and very good at what they do. If you do have to wait for a table, you won’t be disappointed by the food once you sit down. A lot of what goes into a delicious Italian meal is using just the right ingredients. Mondo’s does that with specialty ingredients, like Roma brand tomatoes and imported highend olive oil. “I get a lot of things imported from Italy,” says Rob. “We use the best ingredients you can basically buy.”

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What the kitchen staff does with those ingredients is a form of magic and artistry that they guard carefully. “We go above and beyond. There are ways of cutting corners, but we don’t.” From the homemade pasta, hand-filled raviolis and signature tomato sauces to the homemade meatballs (made with ground beef and veal, not pork) and Italian sausage, everything is made inhouse, including the salad dressing and all the pasta sauces. “Everything from our meat sauce to our Alfredo, it’s all made daily from scratch.” Among the best parts of a meal at Mondo’s is, as you’d hope, the tomato sauce. Its making is a bit of a trade secret; only Rob

Antipasto and his family members know the exact blend of spices that go into every delicious batch. “I come in once a week to do 50 tubs of spices to get us through the week,” says Rob. “Then my chef knows how to sauté the onions and the garlic and all that.” They simmer the sauce for a long time, a key to making a good Italian tomato sauce. The meal portions are ample and satisfying, just like you’d get from an Italian grandmother. Menu items like salad and bread are included with meals, rather than extras. “You come here, you get the whole meal.” Customer favorites include the ravioli, lasagna, the antipasto (which is generously portioned), and the pizzas, which are woodfired and tasty. The hero sandwich, says Rob, is among the best in town — made with pepperoni, Genoa salami, capocollo, prosciutto, Italian cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade Italian dressing. “It really put Mondo’s on the map,” he says. There are always chalkboard items to choose from — some of which will be added to the menu as permanent items in the next few

months. And don’t leave before sampling the tiramisu, cannolis or the limoncello, a lemony Italian after-dinner liqueur made in-house. If you’re a more serious imbiber, the restaurant’s full bar can set you up with a nice selection of wines, beers (including Peroni) and mixed drinks. If you want to take the taste of Mondo’s home, you can buy their homemade salad dressings and pasta sauces. Rob has plans to one day make them into a line of official products. The restaurant also is popular for catering jobs, and Mondo’s is happy to cater just about anything they normally serve. “Anything on our menu, people can buy it in bulk,” Rob says.

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All in all, Mondo’s invites you to be more than a passing customer; they want you to be part of the family. “One of us is always here,” Rob says of himself, his brothers and his father. “We’ve made so many new friends and old friends, and it’s just a great atmosphere. It’s kind of like that Cheers thing. Everybody knows each other; everyone knows our wait staff. It’s a totally family owned and operated business, which is very rare in the restaurant business.” Be sure to say hello when you stop in, because they will be glad to get you know you and serve you with Italian pride and tasty meals you won’t forget.

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Located just a skip and a hop from the BOK Center off Third and Denver, MixCo is about to become one of your new favorite cocktail spots — that is, if it isn’t already. Stepping through the front doors leads down a set of stairs and into a low lit, cozy grotto with a modern speakeasy vibe. Along the north-facing wall, a Gatsby-esque bar is stocked ceiling-to-counter with an array of high-end spirits and liquors, including many housemade infusions and bitters. And with a food menu that is as stellar as their hand-crafted cocktails, MixCo is the perfect place to meet up and unwind any day of the week.

From the drinks to the food and fun, everything at MixCo is designed with intentionality at the forefront. If you haven’t joined the party yet, what are you waiting for? By Tiffany Duncan Photos by Valerie Grant

Under the guidance of the JTR (Justin Thompson Restaurants) Group, MixCo has recently undergone a revitalization in both food and drink menus, including adding in a host of recurring weeknight events, special monthly events, and happy hour specials. General manager Matt Land and executive chef Nico Albert both have many years’ experience in the craft food and beverage industry, and they have worked closely with JTR to continue to see MixCo cemented into a destination spot in Tulsa’s Modwest District (the area surrounding the BOK Center). “Overall, we just took the best that MixCo had to offer before and added some new stuff we thought would work well,” says Justin Thompson. “MixCo was already great, so we just chose to highlight the best features in order to make them even better. Nico updated the menu and added some new items, and Matt has worked hard on updating the cocktail list and creating a seasonal beer menu.” “A lot of my inspiration for creating new cocktails is travel-based,” adds Land. “We’ve got a cocktail from Mexico City, and one from Belize. I like to try and recreate flavor profiles here at home.”

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The Modwest Manhattan is one of Land’s special creations. An updated version of a classic Manhattan, the Modwest is made with over-proofed bourbon, Cynar Italian bitter liqueur, amaro sfumato, and housemade celery bitters. Another extremely popular cocktail on the menu is the Basic Bitch — vodka, St-Germain (a liquor flavored with elderflowers), blueberries, lemon, and champagne. And then there’s the Stamos Gin Fizz, which is a balanced mix of gin, honeyrosemary syrup, lemon, lime, Greek yogurt, and orange flower water. Every drink that MixCo prepares will make any night taste like a celebration, and the food is exactly on par with the quality of the drinks. Ring in the weekend on a Friday night with the Basque Dip Sandwich, which is grilled chile-orange rubbed steak, garlic buttered sourdough, au jus, and is served with seasoned fries. Or if a long day finds you in need of comfort food, MixCo has got you covered with their NDN Tacos — authentic Indian fry bread, chili, lettuce, white cheddar, and roasted tomato salsa. If you are out with friends, order one of the cheese or charcuterie boards for the table. “For the cheese board, we are now making a seasonal fruit compote in-house, paired with a rotating soft cheese, a firm cheese, and our housemade pimento cheese, which has become a staple for us,” says Albert. As far as specials go, from 4-6 p.m. every evening MixCo has the happiest happy hour around. For just $10, guests can order a pound of fries and a bucket of Hamm’s beers ( four total). For the fries, you pick your seasoning — rosemary bay, roasted garlic herb, or chile lime — and your sauce — scallion aioli, harissa ketchup, green goddess, or caramelized onion bacon aioli. Even if you’re

living life on a tight budget, that’s too good of a deal to not split with a friend or two. And if you stick around until 8 p.m., they offer a half-off burger until midnight called The Dad Burger, which is a third-pound burger topped with mushrooms, Muenster cheese, and greens on a brioche bun and served with seasoned fries. “It’s called The Dad Burger because it’s topped with the crimini mushrooms my dad used to make whenever we grilled out as a family growing up. They are seasoned with scallions, garlic, and plenty of butter,” says Albert. In addition to exceptional food and cocktails, MixCo is also implementing a recurring themed party for each Wednesday night of the month. Every first Wednesday will be Vinyl Night, and a D.J. will spin records both new and old. The second Wednesday of the month will be Cards against Humanity Night, where winners will take home prizes including bottles of wine. The third will be Movie Night, when favorite and cult-classic movies will play on a large flat-screen. The fourth is Tap-Takeover night, and a local brewery will come in to showcase their beers. And on the months where there is a fifth Wednesday in the calendar, there will be live local music. “The idea is that every Wednesday is MixCo night downtown no matter what, because it will be the place to be,” says Thompson. “And with each Wednesday night there will be a specialty cocktail that Matt makes, and some kind of food special that Nico will make.” MixCo will also be throwing a party brunch once a month. For July, the theme is Christmas in July, and it will be held July 16. “For our Christmas in July brunch, we will be partnering with Emergency Infant Services as a benefit for them,” says Albert. “There will be a big party Saturday night, and then Sunday during brunch we will be collecting everything from diapers to toys to clothes for children,” adds Thompson. “If you bring in a donation, you will receive 10 percent off your food order.”

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Next time you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex tacos, fajitas or some cheesy quesadillas, consider visiting Tulsa’s only individually owned El Chico, where Gil Inkelaar loves taking care of families. By Donna Leahey

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Those who love the fresh flavors of avocado, lime, tomato, and jalapeno are blessed with a plethora of delicious Tex-Mex dining options in Tulsa and Green Country. But next time you’re in the mood for tacos, fajitas or some cheesy quesadillas, consider visiting Tulsa’s only individually owned El Chico, at 21st and Mingo. Look for the big, blocky building painted with festive and friendly southwestern colors. On a hot, bright summer day the turquoise doors welcome guests into the spacious and cool interior. The building’s 45-year history shows in its character, including an interior brick wall and high ceilings. The dining rooms are spacious and well lit, with natural light spilling in through the many windows. Fresh Tex-Mex flavors scent the air and you know you’re about to get fed right. Gil Inkelaar and his wife, Tommi, purchased the restaurant four years ago after Gil’s 20 years working for the corporation. “The difference here,” Inkelaar explains, “is that the owner is in the store all the time making sure everything goes just right. We’ve got new paint in the dining rooms — we tried to use brighter colors, cleaned the graffiti off what used to be exterior walls.” The bar has recently been remodeled, adding more mirrors, more storage and more televisions. Inkelaar’s El Chico is a family business and he loves taking care of families. “I always want to make sure the children are having fun,” he says. Since they serve a lot of families with

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younger children, he adds fun touches like a bowl of Jell-O with kids’ meals, crowned with a dollop of whipped topping. He has also added a frozen strawberry daiquiri to the menu, alcohol free of course, but made in a daiquiri machine just like the adult version. When you show up, be sure to check the chalkboard for special additions to the menu, like the sirloin that is unique to Inkelaar’s El Chico. But whatever you order, it’ll be fresh and delicious. Come with an appetite, because you’re not going to want to miss any of the tasty items on this menu. Start off by treating yourself to guacamole made at your table, to order. Your server uses fresh ingredients and prepares it right there, giving you the opportunity to make requests so that it’s exactly the way you like it. One of the chalkboard specials is the Puebla Platter, a generous sampling of tastes which includes meaty empanadas, taco wraps, El Chico’s unique take on the jalapeno popper, beef brisket nachos, and smoky-cheesy bacon-wrapped shrimp. The whole platter comes with tasty sauces for dipping. For a lighter meal, El Chico has a great selection of soups and salads, including tortilla soup with grilled chicken, tortilla strips, avocado, and Jack cheese. The Quesadilla Circulo Salad is a colorful dish of salad greens topped with chicken, corn, black

beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheddar with a sesame-chipotle dressing. The most popular items are usually the fajitas, served with flour tortillas, grilled onions, peppers, tomatoes, rice, frijoles rancheros, pico de gallo, sour cream, and your choice of guacamole or cheddar cheese. There are several plates available, including the indulgent Mixed Grill, which is steak, chicken and sautéed shrimp; or the even more indulgent Top Shelf Fajitas with steak, chicken, shrimp and baby back ribs on a sizzling skillet. Inkelaar’s personal favorite is the Chicken and Mushroom Fajitas, which includes crispy bacon, tender mushrooms, and melted Jack cheese over tender and juicy fajita chicken. Of course, El Chico has a full roster of enchilada dishes, burritos, tacos, combos, lunch specials and more. But leave room for dessert; you will not regret it. There’s not a bad dessert choice to be found, but be sure to consider Mama’s Favorite Mexican Apple Pie. The pie is served hot on a sizzling skillet, topped with cinnamon ice cream. Just before handing this sweet treat to you, your server tops it with a rich Mexican brandy butter sauce which sizzles and pops. It’s creamy and sweet and delicious. Pro tip: Don’t leave your spoon resting on the hot skillet. Every evening from 4-7 p.m. is happy hour with 22 ounce pilsners for $2.75. There’s a special happy hour menu which includes brisket quesadillas and $1 tacos.


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CHRIS AND VONNETTA ALLENBAUGH HAVE BEEN NOT-SO-QUIETLY TAKING THE LOCAL WINE-MAKING SCENE BY STORM WITH THE STUNNING BLIND LUCK BRAND OF WINES THAT APPEAL TO THE EYE AND THE SOUL.

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You’ve probably seen it around town, perhaps listed on a drink menu, among the booths at the Blue Dome Festival, or on the wine racks at your favorite alcohol retail spot. The stunning Blind Luck brand of wines appeals to the eye and tastes so good, you’ll want to pour it liberally during fun times with friends. But did you know the Blind Luck brand is produced right here in Green Country, in a town near Lake Tenkiller known as Cookson? Chris and Vonnetta Allenbaugh, together with their son Adam, have been not-soquietly taking the local wine-making scene by storm with their highly successful “fun wines.” These semi-sweet, flavored wines are crafted to appeal to a broad audience, not just connoisseurs, and are sold in over 130 locations in Oklahoma so far. And they’re only growing in popularity every day. To say Deep Branch Winery, the maker of Blind Luck, is a quick-growing success is an understatement. The winery has grown by leaps and bounds since it began selling to the public in 2014. “We started out with the capacity for making 720 bottles a month,” says Chris. “And now we have the capacity of doing 5,800 bottles a month. This is in a three-year period.”


GETTING TO KNOW GK To avoid going into debt, the Allenbaughs moved their production out of the closet and converted Vonnetta’s 12-foot by 18foot storage building into their first official production center. They bought two tanks and produced two wines for sale in the fall of 2014. Since then, they have expanded to six wines — Wild Blue, a blueberry pinot noir; Royal Red, a merlot sangria; Southern Charm, a peach chardonnay; Black Night, a blackberry cabernet; Berried Treasure, a strawberryraspberry shiraz; and Perfect Pair, a pear sauvignon blanc. All are made and bottled in Cookson. And there are plans to add a few full-bodied wines to their label for those who don’t enjoy sweet or semi-sweet wines.

The burgeoning business started with Chris’s love for wine and his need to find something to do in his retirement years. “It started out as kind of a joke in a way,” says Vonnetta. “I said [to Chris], we’re looking at retirement, and you need to get a hobby that makes money instead of golf that’s so expensive.” During a business trip for Vonnetta, Chris went with her and participated in the spouses’ activities, which included a visit to a winery. After that experience, it wasn’t hard for Chris to decide what his new, money-making hobby was going to be. Soon, he was learning the process of wine-making in his home. “I was making wine in the closet and giving it away, which was expensive,” says Chris. “Vonnetta came home one day, and I said, ‘We’re going to start a winery.’ I don’t know what she thought about that.” The Allenbaughs laugh as they recall that moment. “He’s always been the dreamer,” Vonnetta says with a smile, “and I’m the conservative one. So, I said, if you will do the paperwork and you get it approved by the feds, I will do it. And he did.” After they received approval to start the winery, Deep Branch hit the ground running.

With such rapid growth, Chris and Vonnetta brought in their son, Adam, to help. “We were literally bottling everything ourselves,” says Vonnetta. “We thought, there is no way for us to do this. So, Adam and I took over the operations and winery while Chris was overseeing construction of our new building. It was amazing timing.” Adam is also helping with automation and keeping the winery’s production environmentally green. It’s clear from talking with the Allenbaughs that wine-making is not, well, blind luck. It takes dedication and continual learning, though it’s clear they also love the process, no matter how demanding it may be. “Wine is not for sissies,” says Vonnetta.

that forward,” adds Vonnetta. “We’ve helped a small winery when they needed help because we thought, where would we be if somebody hadn’t helped us? So we tried to help someone else.” “It means a lot to us to be able to share our knowledge and our spirit,” says Chris. “We’re just that type of people.” When thinking about success, the Allenbaughs are in it for the long haul and are looking forward to continued growth. “Wine is actually a really thriving industry,” says Chris. “And I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. It’s still there. It’s going to continue the same way, on the same course it has been forever.” In other words, you can expect to see Blind Luck on the shelves for a long time. You can find the Blind Luck brand of wines at local wine retail venues (like Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar, Collins Midtown Liquor and others), area restaurants such as Jimmy Hula’s and The Deck at Lake Tenkiller, wine festivals such as the POSTOAK Wine & Jazz Festival, and other places where wines and spirits are sold. You can also follow Deep Branch Winery on Facebook to see where they will be throughout the year.

Taste-testing is an important part of the process, and for that, the Allenbaughs rely on friends to give them honest input. “We would make the wines and basically take a bottle with us to let our friends try them,” says Chris. “That was a big thing, if our friends liked them. They’re honest, and they would tell us whether it was going to work or not going to work.” The feedback helped them hone their recipes. Of course, having a mentor always helps too. The Allenbaughs’ wine-making guru is John Burwell of Put a Cork in It, a small family-owned winery in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. “He was my mentor, and he’s still to this day someone I can go to. He taught me a lot, a whole lot,” says Chris. In true community spirit, the Allenbaughs give as much as they receive. “We try to pay

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JULY 19 Stop Making Sense Stop Making Sense is a 1984 concert film featuring a live performance by the Talking Heads. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues.

JULY 7

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the minister of defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and culture. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force that threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets. Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen Rating: PG-13

THE EMOJI MOVIE

Hidden within a messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression — except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, he enlists friends to find the code that will fix him. Cast: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden Rating: NR

Sami Blood Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. Cast: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Eriksa Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi JULY 8 Laurel and Hardy Enjoy two hilarious shorts — Putting Pants On Philip and Angora Love — featuring the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy. Made in 1927, Putting Pants on Philip is the duo’s first official film together. The plot involves Laurel as Philip, a young Scot newly arrived in the United States, in full kilted splendor, suffering mishaps involving the kilt. His uncle, played by Hardy, is shown trying to put trousers on him. Angora Love is the final silent film made by Laurel and Hardy, released Dec. 14, 1929. JULY 15 Con Air Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers

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Four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered. Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith Rating: R

In 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the shifting of superpower alliances, Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation. Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman Rating: R

seize control. Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich Rating: R JULY 15 Circle Cinema’s 89th Birthday

JULY 20 Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches Live from the National Theatre, Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play is set in America in the mid-1980s in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative administration. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough JULY 21-22 It’s The Blues: Mission To Memphis This story focuses on Tulsa musician, Joshua Yarbrough, known for his traditional blues style and songwriting talent. In October 2015 he was awarded a third chance at competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. This well-known event features artists from 12 countries beyond the U.S. with 121 bands and 94 solo/duo acts performing. The film is a story of competition, friendship, commitment and the power of reinvention. Q&A with director Patrick McNicholas and Yarbrough at both screenings. JULY 27 Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika Live from the National Theatre, Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play is set in America in the mid-1980s in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative administration. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough JULY 28 Maudie An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett Rating: PG-13

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