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Tough bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball tournament. 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 2018, we opened the Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is a world class riverfront park designed to welcome all to a vibrant and inclusive public space that engages, educates and excites. 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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Modern diner with all-day breakfast, weekend brunch, and late-night food. 402 E. 2nd St. (918) 938-6382 dillydiner.com
German-inspired beer hall with house-made sausages and a huge beer garden. 304 S. Elgin Ave. (918) 576-7898 fasslerhall.com
Eight-lane bowling alley with full-service bar and food.
Irish-style pub with great food and Tulsaâ€™s biggest beer selection.
211 S. Elgin Ave. (918) 430-3901 dustbowllounge.com
409 E. 1st St. | (918) 382-7468 7031 S. Zurich Ave. | (918) 933-5250 mcnellies.com
Sports bar and pizzeria with an on-site brewery.
Upscale cuisine, great wines, and craft cocktails in a relaxed setting.
325 E. M.B. Brady St. (918) 986-9910 elginparkbrewery.com
201 N. Main St. (918) 949-9801 taverntulsa.com See our feature on page 86
Classic Tex-Mex favorites plus downtownâ€™s only rooftop patio.
Sushi, noodles, cocktails, and happiness.
332 E. 1st St. | (918) 382-7482 8161 S. Harvard Ave. | (918) 728-7482 elguaposcantina.com
309 E. 2nd St. | (918) 508-7676 9146 S. Yale | (918) 619-6271 yokozunasushi.com
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FEATURES CHASERS 26 WETTING
With gorgeous designs and indulgent features and amenities, these luxurious hotel-casino pools take an afternoon swim to another level.
Although pop and adult contemporary formats gravitated to The Fray’s pop sensibilities, the band’s rock roots have shined through the gloss and sheen with an electrifying live show.
With its authentic Oaxaca-style Mexican dishes, relaxed (yet upbeat) vibe and margaritas that rock, the colorsplashed El Guapo’s Cantina is worth a crosstown drive during rush hour.
Before your children have a chance to say, “I’m bored,” you can be ready with this list of great ideas. So, slather on the sunblock, grab your shades and live it up this summer with your family in Green Country.
BACK IN TIME 40 SOARING
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum captures the achievements and products of the pilots, designers, and engineers who completed those first flights, then set their sights on space. No matter where you turn, you’ll find something compelling.
CONVERSATION STARTER: TONY DANZA
CONVERSATION STARTER: THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
While The Marshall Tucker Band reached the height of its commercial success by the end of the ‘70s, it has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for 45 years.
BURGERS AND BEER 86 BEYOND
With an aesthetic that straddles comfy pub and buzzy brasserie, The Tavern pays serious attention to its bar menu while satisfying cravings for seasonal highbrow plates and inventive casual eats alike.
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Miami Nights Cuban Restaurant and Lounge takes the fresh ingredients of the Caribbean, some Jamaican influences, a dash of French, African, and Chinese tastes, and finishes it up with a dusting of island life.
You may know Tony Danza best from his television years (Taxi, Who’s the Boss?) or his short pugilist career. But Danza is also a teacher, songand-dance man, and storyteller.
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34 KIDDING AROUND
STARTER: THE FRAY 16 CONVERSATION
82 FAN FARE
OF THE INTERIORS 44 DEPARTMENT
With summer in full swing, it’s perfect weather for enjoying outdoor fun. And that means it’s an ideal time to check out one of Tulsa’s most intriguing shopping and dining destinations — The Boxyard.
OF PLAY 92 EVOLUTION
A board-game café sounds like a niche business appealing mainly to millennials with a fondness for ironic nostalgia. But the crowd at Shuffles is more diverse than that, with families, children, and co-workers playing, eating, and drinking together in a harmony of human interaction.
What do your kids want to do with their summer vacation? Many go to camp, visit relatives, enroll in special classes or opt to just sleep and chill. But no matter if your kids are heavily scheduled, or if their time is completely their own, summertime is a perfect time for kids to experience boredom, forcing parents to be creative. It’s a time to follow interests, discover new passions, and experiment. But even the most creative parent sometimes runs out of ideas. We’ve compiled options to add to the summer checklist. Every summer has a story. Why not start yours here?
COVER CREDIT Photographer: Sarah Eliza Roberts Models: Taylor, Jake, Golden and Vale Fowler Venue: Gathering Place
DEPARTMENTS 8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge 10 Music + Concerts +
16 Conversation Starter
52 Sports Central
64 Health + Fitness
78 Failed It or Nailed It
24 Sound Check
55 Sports Schedule
68 Cocktail Confidential
90 Masters of Flavor
46 Homegrown Heroes
56 Green Country Scene
70 Restaurant + Bar Finder
92 Get to Know
49 Downtown Locator
58 Style + Shopping
72 Eats + Treats
94 Shelf Life
50 Tulsa Locator
60 Launch Pad
76 Food for Thought
15 Street Talk
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The only catch was that she had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the June 2019 issue of Preview 918.
918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE The mission posed to Amy Immell was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if she could find fun and free activities … bonus.
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.
STOP #2 Our second stop was the Children’s Orchard consignment shop. We found some cute baby outfits for Ricki’s soon-tobe baby, and the cashier was excited to tell us about upcoming sales. We will be back to get more stuff. I added them to my Facebook page so I can see more sales they will be having.
I did the challenge with my friend, Ricki Buckley. We decided to start the afternoon at Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille, where we enjoyed a spicy battered cauliflower appetizer. I ordered the barbecue pulled pork sandwich with potato salad, and my friend ordered the open-faced roast beef sandwich. We both thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, but the cauliflower appetizer was our favorite. It was a calm and quiet lunch, and the atmosphere was pleasant. There was a family there, a few people playing pool, and a group at the bar enjoying themselves. COST: $31.19
STOP #3 Our last stop was I-44 Antique Mall. The place is much bigger than it looks from the outside. We had a blast perusing the vintage jewelry, dishes, Frankoma Pottery merchandise, and more. They have an impressive amount of Star Wars and Coca-Cola merchandise, as well as some fun furniture. We found everything from rosaries to pin-up merchandise. We settled on some Funko Pops to go with my collection. It was our last stop, so we bypassed a few cool vintage hats that were outside the money we had left, but we need to go back soon to see if they still have them. COST: $29.30
The fun and memories were priceless. Thanks for letting us do this challenge.
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H HAPPENINGS JULY LIVE MUSIC VENUES 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
BLACKBIRD ON PEARL
MUSIC+CONCERTS+COMEDY 08 CHASE ATLANTIC
1336 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
200 S. Denver Ave. | Tulsa
105 W. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
423 N. Main St. | Tulsa
CROW CREEK TAVERN
3534 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
DOG IRON SALOON | CHEROKEE CASINO 20900 S. 4200 Road | Claremore
111 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
230 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
INNER CIRCLE VODKA BAR 410 N. Main St. | Tulsa
The Joint: Tulsa | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa
10-13 JEFF BODART, STEVEN BRIGGS, AND STEVE GILLESPIE The Loony Bin | Tulsa
JIMMY BUFFETT’S MARGARITAVILLE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT 8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
1747 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
OKLAHOMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 5 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
PARADISE COVE | RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT
8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
PEORIA SHOWPLACE | BUFFALO RUN CASINO & RESORT
1000 Buffalo Run Blvd. | Miami
116 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
325 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
RIFFS | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
Skyline Event Center | Osage Casino Hotel | Tulsa
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
The Joint: Tulsa | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa
05-06 SHANE MAUSS
The Loony Bin | Tulsa
SKYLINE EVENT CENTER | OSAGE CASINO HOTEL
951 W. 36th St. N. | Tulsa
1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
10-14 WOODY GUTHRIE FOLK FESTIVAL
409 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Downtown Okemah | Okemah Pastures of Plenty | Okemah
2809 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
1964: THE TRIBUTE
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
THE FUR SHOP
520 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
THE HUNT CLUB
224 N. Main St. | Tulsa
THE JOINT | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
222 N. Main St. | Tulsa
TRACK 5 | HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER
102 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
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GRETCHEN WILSON AND JOE DIFFIE Xtreme Amphitheater | Eufaula
WHY NOT?? COMEDY SHOW
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Tulsa VFW | 1109 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
08.22 ROCKABILLY RIOT
TURN IT ON, TURN IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Schedule subject to change.
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CRAYONS IMPROV COMEDY SHOW Heritage United Methodist Church | Broken Arrow
25 ASHLEY MCBRYDE
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
20 SHAWN MENDES BOK Center | Tulsa
14 THE HEAD AND THE HEART Brady Theater | Tulsa
27 REO SPEEDWAGON
Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
PARKER MCCOLLUM Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
22 15 MICHAEL BUBLE The Loony Bin | Tulsa
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BOK Center | Tulsa
ROBERT EARL KEEN Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
The Joint: Tulsa | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa
Brady Theater | Tulsa
23 CARDI B
BOK Center | Tulsa
17-20 BEN CREED
CLUTCH WITH KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
MARSHALL 28 THE TUCKER BAND
24-27 TIM GAITHER
The Loony Bin | Tulsa
31 THE DEAD SOUTH
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
31-AUG. 3 KRISTIN KEY The Loony Bin | Tulsa
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ALSO IN JULY JULY 6, 20 KENDALL WHITTIER MERCADO
Kendall Whittier District | Tulsa
JULY 19-21 HOME AND GARDEN EXPO Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 12-14 ALADDIN JR.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
JULY 13 AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 4 TULSA FREEDOMFEST Tulsa River Parks | Tulsa
JULY 4 BOOMFEST AT RIVERWALK RiverWalk Crossing | Jenks
JULY 4 FISH AND FIREWORKS
Central Park | Broken Arrow
Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 9 FAMILY FISHING CLINIC Zebco Casting Pond | Jenks
JULY 13 DODGEBRAWL
BOK Center | Tulsa
JULY 4-6 HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL Downtown Jay
Expo Square | Tulsa
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
JULY 20 TASTE OF SUMMER ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
JULY 6-7 ALL-STAR TEAM ROPING FINALS
Oklahoma Aquarium | Jenks
JULY 4-7 HOLIDAY SUMMER CIRCUIT
JULY 18 JAMES CHARLES: SISTERS TOUR
JULY 12-14 TOKYO IN TULSA
JULY 13-14 ROCK AND MINERAL SOCIETY GEM AND MINERAL SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 18-20 PORTER PEACH FESTIVAL Downtown Porter
JULY 20 AQUAPALOOZA AT GRAND LAKE
Southwinds Marina | Bernice
Cox Business Center | Tulsa
JULY 16-18 CAMP WOOLAROC (AGES 9-11)
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve | Bartlesville
JULY 18-21 RENT: SCHOOL EDITION
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
JULY 13-20 PONY OF THE AMERICAS NATIONAL CONGRESS Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 5 FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL
JULY 19-20 MY OKLAHOMA HOME QUILT SHOW
Grove Civic Center | Grove
Osage County Fairgrounds | Pawhuska
EVERYWHERE INDEPENDENCE DAY
Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 15-21 INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP CLUB CAVALCADE
Tulsa Arts District | Tulsa
JULY 23-28 AMERICAN BUCKSKIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
JULY 12-14 AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 16-18 CAMP WOOLAROC (AGES 6-8)
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve | Bartlesville
JULY 19-21 GREEN COUNTRY RV AND BOAT SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 25 MANUEL VIGNOULLE: M/MOTIONS
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
H HAPPENINGS ALSO IN JULY JULY 26-27 GLOC PERFORMANCE BOAT CHALLENGE
Grand Lakeside Marina | Grove
JULY 27-AUG. 3 CRAIG COUNTY FREE FAIR Craig County Fairgrounds | Vinita
JULY 28 FLY DANCE COMPANY
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
JULY 27 GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO
JULY 28 TULSA WEDDING SHOW
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | Tulsa
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center | Tulsa
JULY 27-28 R.K. GUN AND KNIFE SHOW
JULY 31-AUG. 4 WORLD WIDE PAINT HORSE CONGRESS
Expo Square | Tulsa
Expo Square | Tulsa
JULY 27-28 THE 67TH ANNUAL TULSA POWWOW
Cox Business Center | Tulsa
Dates, events and times are subject to change.
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WHAT MAKES YOU PARANOID? Ever since a goose flew into my windshield, it’s been birds.–ANGELA Walking through a spiderweb.–TRAVIS Snakes and police. If I see a snake on television or social media, it’s hard for me to not think about it at night. When the police get behind me, even if I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m scared they are going to find a reason to pull me over and give me a ticket.–WAYNE
Speaking Russian in public. Since President Donald Trump’s election, I have been super paranoid of people who may mistake it for some Middle Eastern tongue and try to hurt me.–NASIBA
Deer season and the prospect of another one jumping in front of my vehicle and totaling it.–WENDY
The only thing that ever gives me anxiety and makes me paranoid is when people say, “We need to talk,” but refuse to tell me a topic or why. –KATHLEEN
Waking up. Every dawn is fraught with danger. But then, that’s what makes each day interesting. What’s life without a little paranoia? –JOHN
Spiders and snakes.
Every time it rains, I’m worried it’s going to be a life-threatening storm.–ZACHERY
Snakes. I’m terrified and paranoid about snakes, whether it’s at the lake, floating the river, walking through the yard or walking under a tree. If it’s dark and I’m outside, I have a flashlight with me. –KELSI
I have an active imagination and sometimes it gets the best of me. My dreams are vivid and my head is often in the clouds. If I’m not careful, my ideas can wander all over the place.
I get paranoid if someone accuses me of something I didn’t do. It generates other thoughts of self-doubt and makes me nervous to think who else might be doing the same. –ANDREW
The only time I feel paranoid is when someone is saying things that aren’t true behind my back, and they don’t give me a chance to address the issue face to face.–CASSIDY
Mannequins. Some are too realistic.–TYLER
I’m paranoid about people around my children. They’ve been pretty sheltered because I originally came from a small town.–KRYSTAL
I watch a lot of true crime shows, and I was raised to be cautious. So I get paranoid over a lot of different things. And a lot of times, my brain takes off with it.–LATONYA
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ALTHOUGH POP AND ADULT CONTEMPORARY FORMATS GRAVITATED TO THE FRAY’S POP SENSIBILITIES, THE BAND’S ROCK ROOTS HAVE SHINED THROUGH THE GLOSS AND SHEEN WITH AN ELECTRIFYING LIVE SHOW.
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When turning on the radio in 2006-09, you were bound to hear The Fray. Rock, pop, and adult contemporary stations jumped on the band’s skyrocket success, as the band mastered a sound that appealed to listeners across multiple genres. While pop and adult contemporary formats gravitated to the band’s pop sensibilities, the band’s rock roots shined through the gloss and sheen with an electrifying live show that consistently made casual fans into devoted followers.
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BY G.K. HIZER
A few key song placements on television undoubtedly helped, but once Grey’s Anatomy adopted “How to Save a Life” as part of its advertising campaign, the band became inescapable. The group’s debut album of the same title shot to the top of the charts and remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 albums chart for an incredible 58 weeks (tied for seventh-longest with Santana’s Supernatural). A self-titled sophomore effort met mixed reviews from critics but kept fans happy with even more
mid-tempo pop songs and a continued live presence. Although the band’s predominantly piano-driven pop melodies and thoughtful lyrics frequently drew comparisons to peers such as Coldplay, Keane, and Snow Patrol, the group has often referenced more guitar-oriented, yet song-craft focused artists like The Wallflowers, Better Than Ezra, Counting Crows, and U2 as their primary influences. As radio trends moved away from the mid-tempo pop in the
latter part of the 2010s, the group continued to develop and expand its sound with a pair of albums proving to be more adventurous, as well as touring consistently. The Fray is currently touring behind its 2016 collection, Through the Years, which adds three new tracks, including the single “Singing Low.” Drummer Ben Wysocki caught up with Preview 918 in advance of the band’s July 12 appearance at the Skyline Event Center at Osage Casino Hotel.
“HOW TO SAVE A LIFE” GOT A FEW HIGHPROFILE TELEVISION PLACEMENTS. HOW ESSENTIAL WAS THAT IN HELPING EXPOSE THE BAND TO A LARGER AUDIENCE?
The syncs and placements in film and TV were huge for us. By the time the Grey’s opportunity came along, we had already sold a million or so records and had a good amount of radio success, but the exposure put us in front of a whole new audience. It’s like it kicked on the afterburners, and also broadened our demographic. There were a lot more middle-aged women coming out to the shows after Grey’s.
Working with Brendan was big for us. First of all, we were fans of his work and grew up with some of the records he made with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Working with him was intimidating and inspiring at the same time. We had gotten pretty used to, and good at, second-guessing ourselves in the studio, but he worked so fast there wasn’t any time for that, which was terrifying and also freeing.
THE FRAY HAS ALWAYS HAD DEVOTED FANS WHO FOLLOW THE BAND AND YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCES.
We do have some very zealous and loyal fans, and we are so grateful for them. Our live show has always been important to us. Live music is a powerful thing. As performers, we have the chance to have a very
WHAT WAS THE BAND’S MINDSET OR GOAL WITH YOUR LAST ALBUM, HELIOS (2014)? IT SEEMS THAT YOU STEPPED A LITTLE OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE WITH PRODUCER STUART PRICE (MADONNA, GWEN STEFANI, THE KILLERS) TO GREAT EFFECT.
Thank you. Going into that record, we were ready for a change for sure. We felt like we had to get a little uncomfortable to find something new. We needed to stretch ourselves a bit, so bringing new people into our process was essential for that. Stuart was so good for us. He was full of light and positive energy all the time. It was the most fun we’d had in the studio together and I think that came across.
IS THERE MORE NEW MUSIC ON THE HORIZON?
At this point, no. But who knows. The future is a mystery.
HOW HAS THE SHIFTING OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND THE PREVALENCE OF DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS CHANGED OR AFFECTED HOW YOU APPROACH RELEASING NEW MUSIC?
This a really exciting time in the industry. There aren’t as many rules as there have been. If an artist wants to release a new song that they wrote last week, they can do that. If they can drop a double album with 35 songs on it overnight, who cares? That’s awesome. The old model of a record label isn’t relevant anymore. There are so many other exciting ways for an artist to get their music to the world, that don’t involve tying themselves to a recording contract. There is so much opportunity for artists to be empowered in their process and take ownership of their career. Sure, there are some growing pains in all the shifts, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes us next.
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AFTER USING THE SAME PRODUCTION TEAM FOR THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS, YOU WENT WITH BRENDAN O’BRIEN (PEARL JAM, AC/DC, AEROSMITH, TRAIN) FOR YOUR THIRD ALBUM, SCARS & STORIES, WHICH HAS A MORE URGENT AND SLIGHTLY MORE AGGRESSIVE TONE.
Lots of pressure for sure. Not only did we have a lifetime to write that first record, but we also had a lot of innocence, which we never really got back. We didn’t have anyone telling us we had to do things a certain way, so we just did whatever came naturally. The success from that first record messed with our heads when it came time to get in the studio again. But that pressure was also necessary. We couldn’t just sit back; we had to engage and prove to everyone (and ourselves) that we weren’t just a flash in the pan.
dynamic connection with every single person in the room. And it only happens once, and then the moment is gone. It’s so special and we want to make sure everyone leaves feeling like they shared an experience with us. To be able to affect people that way on an emotional level is a privilege we don’t take lightly.
HOW MUCH PRESSURE DID THE SUCCESS OF YOUR DEBUT PUT ON THE GROUP GOING INTO THE SOPHOMORE ALBUM?
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Since then, social media has been an incredible tool enabling us to have a more direct connection with our fans. There’s no middleman, and that is a powerful thing.
July 12: 7 p.m. Must be 18 or older to attend
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TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR SHOW STANDARDS AND STORIES.
It’s pretty self-explanatory, you know: standards and stories. It’s 20-something songs that are from the Great American Songbook that are a little off the beaten path. [The Great American Songbook, also known as American Standards, is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.] Then there are some stories. Some personal and professional stories that are then used to tie back into the songs to evoke the emotion I’m looking for. A show is an arc; you’re trying to make a connection with the audience, have them leave thinking, “Ah, I know a little bit about this guy.”
YOU MAY KNOW TONY DANZA BEST FROM HIS TELEVISION YEARS (TAXI, WHO’S THE BOSS?) OR HIS SHORT PUGILIST CAREER. BUT DANZA IS ALSO A TEACHER, SONG-AND-DANCE MAN, AND STORYTELLER. BY DONNA LEAHEY
Tony Danza is a beloved actor, singer, dancer, television personality, boxer, writer, and teacher. Since getting his start on the iconic comedy Taxi (1978-83), Danza has consistently performed on television and movie screens as well as the Broadway stage. He cemented his place as a television icon with the long-running hit comedy Who’s the Boss? (1984-92). Danza hit the big screen for the first time in 1980’s Hollywood Knights.
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His performance in the 1999 revival of The Icemen Cometh on Broadway garnered rave reviews. His talents have earned him Emmy and Golden Globes nominations and the 1998 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.
The personable and charming Danza is bringing his show Standards and Stories to the Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort.
It’s been successful. We’ve been playing all over the country, even up in Canada. I also tap dance a little. I also bring out my secret weapon. Do you know what my secret weapon is? My ukulele. Yeah, man, I’m a ukulele player. I try to adapt the American Songbook to the ukulele. Do you know what I did last show? I did Billie Holiday on the ukulele, and it’s great. All those songs lend themselves to the ukulele. It’s hysterical. We have so much fun. It’s one of the most fun parts of the show for me.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR BAND?
I’ve got a great band. The guys have been with me for a while.
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WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A TOUR LIKE THIS?
It’s interesting about having done a lot of TV shows, some that worked and some that didn’t work. What you find is that a lot of things have to come together in sort of a fortuitous way to make something a hit. So, with Taxi, let’s talk about the things that came together. You had the greatest bunch of producers and writers ever on TV. Jim Brooks, Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels, and Harvey Miller. It just goes on and on. And then you’ve got the cast. Danny [DeVito], Judd [Hirsch], Marilu [Henner], Jeff [Conaway], Andy [Kaufman] and Christopher Lloyd. It was just a murderer’s row of actors. A lot of things came together to make something work so well.
I’ve been trying to be a songand-dance man ever since I had an accident in my early 40s. I hit a tree skiing and almost killed myself. But I wasn’t paralyzed and decided I was going to live and be a song-and-dance man. So that became my thing. I’ve been doing it since like 1996. And I think, to be perfectly candid, I believe in the last four years I finally got it.
Recently they did a Taxi marathon in New York, and I watched 19 episodes. I’m telling you, they were all great. Invariably, what they were about was one person getting in trouble and everyone else going to help them. It’s a show about friendship and loyalty. It’s a show about the issues that working people are up against and the dreams that they have. I don’t know how you fashion a more perfect show.
I used to think I was doing a show by myself. I was doing a one-person show, that’s what they call it, right? Then I realized, no, there are four other guys up there with me. And that’s the way it is. It’s a real tight group, and as I say, we’ve been doing this awhile, and we’re pretty good at it. I can’t wait to show people.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
Do you know what’s interesting about my life? I was listening to Alan Alda; he’s a hero of mine. I played a lot of baseball, football, And he was saying that his life and basketball. But there’s no has been an improvisation. As team like the team on the musical. I get older, I’m starting to think So many things have to go right that’s the way life should be. You for a musical to go right. I did The know, you can’t drive yourself Producers on Broadway. It is truly crazy about this or that, but let’s one of the great roles to do. see what happens. I mean, I think that’s what I’m doing.
I’m trying to write a boxing movie called The Hard Way. It’s about my boxing career.
YOU ACT, SING, DANCE, AND USED TO BOX. I also imagine what would have WHAT OTHER TALENTS happened if I didn’t get Taxi. I try to DO YOU HAVE? make every day mean something.
I play a little trumpet; I’m terrible. I like to fancy myself as a writer. One of the ironic things in my life is how much I didn’t appreciate being a student when I was young, and now, I’m dying to be a student.
That’s what’s next for me.
TONY DANZA Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort 8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa 888-748-3731 riverspirittulsa.com
The first thing that happens when you do a Broadway show is it takes over your life. The rehearsal process is grueling, and once you open, you have to do eight shows a week. And so, it takes everything you have to do the eight shows, especially if you’re doing a musical because you have to sing every night. That’s why I love that. It makes you very disciplined about life because you have to be. I like that. I like discipline.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MADE TAXI SO TIMELESS AND BELOVED?
We used to have a road manager named Al, and he used to say, “It’s all about the hang.” Because, you know, you go out on the road, you go to Tulsa, and it’s got to be an enjoyable experience apart from the performance. So, we’ve got this great rapport. A bunch of good guys who I’ve been with for a long time. We’re in sync.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BROADWAY?
I gave a commencement speech at Northeast High School where I taught. I told the students, ‘You
The arrangements are all written by our piano player, John Otto. If you come to New York and see almost any show, he’s the go-to guy for everybody for arrangements and orchestration.
know, there’s a reason they call it commencement. I know you’re graduating, and it’s the end of high school, but it’s the beginning of the rest of your education. You have to try to enjoy being an eternal student. Otherwise, you get less out of life.’ I wish I would have got A’s in high school. I wish I would have got A’s in college. I don’t understand why I didn’t. It aggravates me now.
July 19: 8 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend
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WHILE THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND REACHED THE HEIGHT OF ITS COMMERCIAL SUCCESS BY THE END OF THE ‘70S, IT HAS RECORDED AND PERFORMED CONTINUOUSLY UNDER VARIOUS LINEUPS FOR 45 YEARS.
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Although the term Southern rock has become ubiquitous with a twangy blend of blues guitar, country, and rock and is now lumped into the Americana category, its rise in the early ‘70s came with a distinct and fresh sound blending healthy doses of Delta blues, country, classic rock sensibilities, and even touches of jazz or psychedelia, depending on the band. Although it spawned a genre of bands that jumped on the bandwagon and eventually influenced acts like Tom
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Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Black Crowes, Drive By Truckers, and Alabama Shakes, it can be argued that the foundation of Southern rock was established by four groups: The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and South Carolina’s The Marshall Tucker Band. Legend says that the band took its name from a blind piano tuner in Spartanburg, South Carolina. When discussing potential band names, one of the members
noticed the name “Marshall Tucker” inscribed on the door key for a warehouse the group was rehearsing in, and subsequently The Marshall Tucker Band was born. In the years since, the band has recorded over 20 studio albums, a handful of live releases, and toured relentlessly, first working through the loss of founding bassist Tommy Caldwell after a car accident in 1980, and subsequently through multiple membership changes
to see the band still led by founding member Doug Gray. As a staple of classic rock radio, songs like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Fire on the Mountain,” and “Take the Highway” are part of the Southern rock cannon. Lead singer Gray took time between tour stops to answer questions in advance of the band’s arrival in Tulsa for a July 28 show at The Joint: Tulsa at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
WHAT ELEMENTS DO YOU THINK DEFINE YOUR SOUND?
I’ve always said and thought we play good Southern rock. We have to stay the right route with our classic stuff, because that’s what people know and want to hear, but at the same time we incorporate the sound of the current band to keep it fresh. We’ve played the Country Music Association Awards one day, then the Kentucky Derby the next, and then Sturgis, so we’ve
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE BANDS TO TOUR AND SHARE THE STAGE WITH?
There have been plenty that we enjoyed, but definitely the Charlie Daniels Band. We still play shows with them pretty regularly. Of the newer guys, we like playing with Zac Brown Band and Blackberry Smoke. They appreciate what we do, and we appreciate them. I think that’s part of what helps keep us fresh.
AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN ROCK SCENE, THERE’S ALWAYS GOT TO BE THAT ONE PERSON IN THE CROWD YELLING FOR “FREE BIRD.” HOW DO YOU HANDLE THAT?
Q. A. HOW DO YOU KEEP POSITIVE CHEMISTRY IN THE BAND?
I think the biggest thing is I like the people in the band. Everyone wanted to be in this band and, in some cases, they had to wait for someone else to leave for
I yell back, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re at the wrong show.” It just depends on the situation or the mood. It happens, and sometimes I’ll yell back, sometimes we ignore it, and sometimes we look at each other and play something of ours that sounds a little like “Free Bird” and that usually quiets them down. But, yeah, it’s become a little bit of a cliché and joke by now.
YOU’RE ESSENTIALLY AN INDEPENDENT BAND NOW WITH YOUR LABEL, RAMBLIN’ RECORDS.
That leaves it up to us to do what we want to do. We work with APA [American Performing Artists] and a management company to help handle our bookings, but we can pretty much do what we want. We tour a lot, and yes, some people want to come out and get drunk and party, but most people expect The Marshall Tucker Band to shake them up and make them move. We’re still playing to big audiences. We get booked on packages where the other bands are playing to 500-600 people; then we play to a couple of thousand, and people are amazed. After all these years, I find it strange, but it’s remarkable.
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You know, this band never really stops. We all came up together in high school, and it all just kind of took off. I think the most significant part is that everyone has left for the right reasons or reasons out of our control. There’s never been any bad blood. When people have left, it was just a handshake and agreeing to go on. And then the guys who join have all wanted to be here. That has made it all pretty straightforward.
It’s the people, and more specifically, the number of people who still want to hear our music. I think some of the most creative music came from that period when we were coming up, and people were getting tired of what was coming out. Now, they are going back and want to listen to music that means something to them and makes them feel something.
them to join, so everyone is in this together.
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND FORMED IN 1972. WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING AT THIS POINT?
seen it all and never know what’s coming next. If we’re playing to a country crowd, we can push that side a little more, or if we’re in front of rock crowd, we can lean into the rock and blues. I think it gives us the ability to adapt to our audience.
THE MAR HALL TUCKER BAND
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July 28: 6 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend
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FINDING Her Voice When you think real country music is on the way out the door, an artist like Ashley McBryde strolls in and turns your notion of what the current standards are on their ear. It’s no secret that country music is in the midst of an identity crisis right now: good intentioned pop sensibilities have led to a genre in disarray. For every Chris Stapleton or Sturgill Simpson offering soulful songs that hit you square in the heart, there are dozens of bro-country knockoffs, spouting about drinking beer in their trucks, picking up girls, and good times. That’s not to say there aren’t some solid traditionalists staying the course, but they’re often in the minority. The scene took a sharp turn toward pop a couple of decades back with the success of Faith Hill and Shania Twain. When country artists get back to the art of songwriting and
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Equally comfortable belting out Heartland rock anthems or soulwrenching songs, Ashley McBryde pulls no punches being true to herself, ignoring mainstream country tendencies. BY G.K. HIZER PHOTOS BY DANIEL MEIGS
staying away from clichés, it calls everyone to attention. That’s what Ashley McBryde has done with her major label debut, Girl Going Nowhere. While the album dropped in March 2018, the album’s lead single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” drew enough attention to be listed as one of the 54 best songs of 2017 by The New York Times. Produced by Jay Joyce (The Wallflowers, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band), Girl Going Nowhere has enough Nashville polish to make it radio accessible, but once you dig in, it’s far more than today’s standard pop-country fare. McBryde has her hand in writing every song, and it shows. Every song rings genuine and personal, and she’s not afraid to look back to traditional country for inspiration. These aren’t all happy, party-along songs. Heartbreak, redemption, and the dark side
of life are all addressed, with McBryde steadily rising above it all to see the horizon. Enough can’t be said about McBryde’s songwriting skills. Raised in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, she’s got a distinctly rural Midwestern viewpoint of the world — all realism, grit, and working class. Music captured McBryde at a young age, with her father buying her a guitar after repeatedly catching her plucking at his. By the age of 12, she played her parents and grandparents her first song about a torrid love affair. “At 12, I knew I could make stuff up,” McBryde says. “At 16 I was like, I’m getting good at this. By the time I got to college, I had a large catalog for an 18-year-old.” McBryde was a member of the marching band at Arkansas State when she finally started
sharing her voice with others. At first, it was at karaoke parties, then with a band, then in Memphis where she’d pick up gigs while in college. She moved to Nashville in 2007. Plenty of dive bars, part-time gigs, and a decade of dues were paid before McBryde got her big break and a label contract. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Girl Going Nowhere carries the weight of those dues and an honest willingness to stare into the heart of matters. A 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Country Album and an ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year make her far from an overnight sensation. McBryde’s 2016 independent EP, Jalopies & Expensive Guitars, gave more than a hint that she was ready to reach a broader audience. The single “Redemption” is the kind of honky-tonk
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Music fans and critics aren’t the only ones to recognize McBryde’s talent. In the past year, she has not only opened for Stapleton and Church but was also tapped to open a handful of shows for George Strait.
That craft and sensitivity are just as apparent with Girl Going Nowhere’s title track, not to mention “The Jacket.” Dig deeper and “Livin’ Next to Leroy” tackles the dark side of country, with lyrics like “Three doors down, there’s tinfoil on the table, but they ain’t cookin’ up nothing good ‘round here…”
McBryde continues to win over an ever-growing audience with a live show that showcases a fantastic catalog of songs and a voice that carries its whiskeyladen nuance, yet stands up to country icons like Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. The “Girl Going Nowhere Tour” arrives at Cain’s Ballroom July 25 and promises to please not only country fans but also anyone who loves excellent singer-songwriters.
throwdown that Eric Church could only hope to write. And if you find yourself a little reluctant about the modern Nashville gloss of her current album, check out a live clip of McBryde’s “Bible and a .44,” written about her father. This is real-deal, singer-songwriter material that can cross genres.
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With gorgeous designs and indulgent features and amenities, these luxurious hotel-casino pools take an afternoon swim to another level. By Michele Chiappetta In the heat of our Oklahoma summers, there are few things more inviting and tempting than some time relaxing and cooling off in a pool. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have pools in our backyards. And sometimes a visit to the neighborhood pool or a local splash pad isn’t what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there’s another option for water time in the Tulsa area —three local casino pools, each of which offers a way to get cool and float on through the summer with ease. What Tulsa lacks in coastline, it makes up for in aquatic playgrounds, and when it comes to the art of the pool party, any of our casinos — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Osage Casino Hotel, and River Spirit Casino Resort — are a great way to give yourself an escape from the routine for a day or two. And what better time to do it than when you can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy entertainment poolside. Many Tulsa-area casino pools are as unique and impressive as the hotels that house them. Whether you’re after a wet-and-wild party or a serene spot to cool off, here are our three favorite pools where you’re guaranteed to make a splash.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Exclusively reserved for hotel guests, the Hard Rock’s pool areas provide a stylish resort feel. “We do cater to our hotel guests, and we maintain that area just for them,” says Jason Darrow, food and beverage manager. The Hard Rock has two pool areas — a family area for everyone, and an adults-only area. At 100-feet long and over 3,400-square-feet, the main pool offers a Baja shelf that holds 20 in-pool lounges coupled with a connected 20-person hot tub. There are convenient lockers, poolside games, luxury cabanas, day beds, fire pits, and more on the surrounding 12,000-square-foot deck. Relax poolside in comfy lounge chairs and get a sun-kissed tan. The full-service bar offers tasty frozen drinks, and the pool menu includes options like fruit platters and pizzas. For parties or privacy, consider renting a cabana or two — they seat up to six adults each and feature a refrigerator stocked with water and light snacks, a radiant heater, a barrel misting fan, a television and USB charging capabilities. Small events can be catered upon request. There’s entertainment to be had too. “On weekends, we have a DJ playing throughout the summer,” says Darrow. And there are special events, like VIP dinners and pool parties, held for the Hard Rock’s One-Star Rewards Club. “Our pool area has been a hit,” says Darrow. “It’s been packed. Guests definitely use it during the summer. You have the spa, the pool, the games, live entertainment, fine dining, a buffet… We have everything here.”
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA 777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa 800-760-6700 hardrockcasinotulsa.com
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River Spirit Casino Resort Open seasonally, the LandShark Pool Bar and Tiki bar and dining areas of River Spirit recently endured rising floodwaters from the Arkansas River due to a stormy May and June. With the area scheduled to reopen to the public in mid-July, the tropical-themed pool area offers a decidedly beachy resort feel — with palm tree decorations and tiki-style thatched roofs. Guests enjoy a swim-up bar that has been incorporated into a lower level of the pool. The Landshark Pool Bar features tables and stools in the water, so guests don’t have to get out of the water to enjoy a drink. Order a cold LandShark lager or a refreshing frozen drink like Havanas and Bananas (made with Cruzan aged dark rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, crème de banana, and coconut purée). The Tiki dining menu offers tasty treats like shrimp ceviche, buffalo sriracha shrimp, turkey and avocado wraps, and personal pizzas. Other amenities include lounge chairs, dining areas, and a gorgeous view. “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,” says Sheila Curley, a representative for the resort. There are also cabanas available for rental, with full food and beverage service. If you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still request a day pass at the lobby desk to enjoy the pool and bar area.
RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT 8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa 918-299-8518
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Osage Casino Hotel With a 97-by-60-foot, 120,000 gallon, family-friendly pool that comfortably serves 240 people, the Osage Casino Hotel just north of downtown Tulsa is drawing crowds for the summer. Enjoy a view of the Osage Hills and an indulgent resort feel that will have you forgetting you’re in the middle of Oklahoma. Among the amenities you can look forward to are poolside lounge chairs, a tanning ledge, hot tub, cocktail servers, and a fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs. If you’re staying at the hotel and want easy pool access, ask for one of the 12 rooms that feature patio walkouts to the pool area. “We have a poolside bar open Thursday through Sunday — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” says Kasey King, the hotel manager. Food and drink specials are available, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, cocktails, and smoothies. “The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pink Bikini and the Banana Hammock are favorites so far,” says King. The casino hosts pool parties with DJ Kylie and live music, different fun and games, and giveaways, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday. And you can rent one of the six cabanas for the day — they come with five pool passes and complimentary water and cocktail services. And if you want to enjoy the pool without renting a cabana or staying at the hotel, you can obtain a day pass.
OSAGE CASINO HOTEL 951 W. 36th St. N. | Tulsa 877-246-8777 osagecasino.com
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“This summer is going to be the best summer yet!” Remember saying that or feeling it when you were a kid? Summertime is truly a magical time in the hearts and minds of our young ones, and it can be a daunting task to try and fill the hottest months of the year with outstanding fun they’ll never forget. A trip to Maui? Not likely. A trip to Disneyland? Maybe next year. Good news, though: There are plenty of ways to spend your summer in Green Country.
Want your children to learn while having fun? How about introducing a new skill or increase their STEAM abilities? Or maybe you want them to have the time of their life without having to worry about school for a while.
But keep in mind that summer can get expensive when you have children. The cost of vacations, summer camps, and extra daycare can add up to a big bill that can darken even the brightest of sunny days. We’ve attempted to come up with ideas to tackle the tough balance between the amount of time you have and the amount of money you can spend.
Before your children have a chance to say, "I'm bored," you can be ready with this list of great ideas. So, slather on the sunblock, grab your shades and live it up this summer with your family in Green Country.
Don’t wait for the adventure to find you this summer. This guide will help you drive, dive, slide, glide, paddle, climb, and fly head-first into all the excitement of this extraordinary season. Not every idea will work at every age or with every child, but the chances are that you can find a few things here that will work for you and your children.
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Admiral Twin Drive-In 7355 E. EASTON ST. | TULSA
Children in Tulsa are pretty darn lucky these days. In 2019, they still have a drive-in theater to visit. The Admiral Twin, a Route 66 icon, has been around for nearly 70 years, and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. From the 1950s Disney classic Old Yeller to the original Star Wars or the latest Pokémon flick, generations of children have made memories watching movies on the ninestory screens. If you’re serious about getting a good parking spot, arrive one or two hours before the film is scheduled to begin. You may not need to go quite that early on weekdays, but expect the drive-in to be packed on summer weekends. Popcorn, candy, and staying up late watching movies all add up to an excellent experience, no matter your age.
ahha 101 E. ARCHER ST. | TULSA
Passionate about the arts, crafting, and creative processes? One place you need to dial in to is ahha Tulsa, an organization dedicated to bringing the arts and humanities to our community through innovative programming. They offer a variety of events throughout the year geared for children, teens and families — including weekly teen camps throughout the summer for photography, drawing, music, screen printing, sculpture, performance and more. There are also stroller tours on the second Thursday of each month, providing juice, snacks, and a child-friendly tour of the gallery exhibitions. Each month, ahha Tulsa offers regularly scheduled open lab sessions in figure drawing (every first Sunday), printmaking (every second Sunday), darkroom photography (every third Sunday) and metalsmithing (every fourth Sunday). During scheduled sessions, an open lab supervisor will provide insight and assistance for your self-directed projects. All equipment and some materials (such as photo chemicals or etching acid) are included in the $25 registration fee. Last year, ahha’s programs reached over 130,000 school children, youth, and adults in the greater Tulsa area.
Climb Tulsa 4923 E. 32ND ST. | TULSA
All summer, this world-class facility, tucked behind the Celebrity Restaurant at 31st Street and Yale Avenue, offers kiddos climb camps in two different age groups (6-9 and 10-14 years). Children learn the basics of climbing safety for top-rope and boulder climbing. Slack-lining and leadership training, as well as kid yoga and more, are all a part of the fun during the four-day summer camps. For less than $50 a day, your children can climb some of the 20,000-square-feet of walls, exercise, and more importantly, be worn-out at the end of the day. Snacks are provided, as well as top-notch instruction and care.
Dave & Buster's 6812 S. 105TH E. AVE. | TULSA
This family-friendly gaming venue is excellent for children and adults of all ages to enjoy some downtime. Regular visitors love the superb customer service and staff. Adults can relax with a cocktail, wine, or a choice of over 20 beers, watching sports on large TVs while the children wear themselves out playing. The gaming floor features options for young children, teens, and adults. Enjoy the latest, coolest arcade games, and win prizes. And rest assured, your children will love the menu — burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, pretzel dogs, and even a kid’s surf and turf (mini-burgers and fried shrimp).
More Budget-Friendly Entertainment Options
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Don’t get stumped when your kids get restless this season. Here are creative, educational, fun, and cheap ways to keep them entertained.
Your backyard Going camping can be an exhausting and sometimes expensive endeavor with little children. But if you have a tent and some sleeping bags, you can give your kids a taste of the camping experience just by setting it up in the backyard. There will be no campground fees, struggling with a campfire, or dealing with the obnoxious people in the tent next to yours.
Movie afternoon No matter where you live, there are likely to be rainy summer afternoons when many of the fun summer activities that you’d like to do with your kids and their friends aren’t possible. For those days, consider organizing a movie afternoon around a theme — perhaps a marathon of some of their favorite movies. You could even coordinate with neighbors and have each movie happening at a different house — spreading the fun around and giving yourself a break.
Fruit picking It’s never too early to help your children understand that delicious fruit doesn’t come from a store wrapped in plastic. There’s no better way to get that message across than to take them on a berry-picking expedition along a local trail or at a pick-it-yourself fruit farm.
Have a picnic Picnics can get everyone involved, from picking the food you want to take and where you want to go, to loading up any toys you may want to bring along for post-picnic games and fun. With very young kids, it may be a bit arduous. But for children from about 6 to 11, it could be an ideal way to enjoy a summer afternoon or early evening.
Gathering Place 2650 S. JOHN WILLIAMS WAY | TULSA
Tulsa’s Gathering Place is a one-of-a-kind experience for children and adults alike. This free amusement park-like recreation space is the place for children to run, play, and learn the whole day. Over 60 acres of attractions, including slides, towers, climbing features, water areas, play gardens and sandlots provide more than enough for the kids to explore, exercise, and have a great time. Also, be on the lookout for the three park characters, Blue the Heron, Tulsey the Turtle and Hazelnut the Squirrel. One day is not enough time to spend at this amazing place. Good thing the kids are off all summer.
Fun in the sun in downtown Tulsa? Absolutely. That’s what Guthrie Green is all about. And they have plenty of children’s programming throughout the year. The water feature is fun for the children to cool down in during those 100-degree summer days. Visit on a Wednesday for maximum fun. Start with Story Time, which takes place Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., and allows parents and kids to enjoy a beloved book read aloud by the guest reader. Then linger for Food Truck Wednesdays (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), with live music and plenty of foods to pick from.
Fly a kite Learning to fly a kite is one of those wonderful childhood rites of passage. It’s also one of those experiences that can teach a lot about physics, weather, and aerodynamics (even if the average 5-year-old doesn’t realize that’s the case). If you’re energetic, you can build your kite. But prebuilt kites are so inexpensive now that making your own probably won’t save you much money.
Hit the water If there’s a lake or river nearby, renting a canoe or kayak could provide you with just the fun diversion needed for you and your older kids. They’ll get out on the water, get some exercise and learn a great lesson about how you have to work together to get the boat to go where you want.
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Honor Heights Park 1400 HONOR HEIGHTS DRIVE | MUSKOGEE
In one of northeast Oklahoma’s most beautiful parks — and one of the largest, at 132 acres — children can roam for miles. Gorgeous flowers bloom along rolling hills and meadows. It’s the perfect place to take the kids for a picnic and enjoy a fantastic day in the sun. Fish the day away at one of their five lakes or ponds, Go for an adventure hike on one of the trails. Or, enjoy jumping and running throughout the playground and splash pad. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself at one of the most beautiful parks you’ll ever visit.
Oklahoma Aquarium 300 AQUARIUM DRIVE | JENKS
On July 4, enjoy the cool exhibits inside the aquarium, then gather together outside at the aquarium’s riverfront backyard for one of the best views of the fireworks over the Arkansas River. Haul the lawn chairs and picnic blankets from home, and be sure to enjoy food from the Coral Reef Café. On July 10, become a marine biologist for a day and spend time learning all sorts of new things about conserving our oceans and the life that thrives and strives inside it. Outside of the special events, buy a pass and check out the amazing animals and exhibits including the 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles in Sea Turtle Island or walk through the shark tunnel that houses the world’s most extensive collection of bull sharks. The Aquatic Oklahoma exhibit showcases many freshwater Oklahoma natives like an alligator snapping turtle, paddlefish, and alligators.
Oxley Nature Center 6700 MOHAWK BLVD. | TULSA
Incredible Pizza 8314 E. 71ST ST. | TULSA
There’s nothing like an amusement park, and what’s better than enjoying the fun indoors where it’s cool during the summer heat? That’s what Incredible Pizza does best. The buffet is kid-friendly, featuring a selection of pizzas, hot dogs, Frito pie, chicken nuggets, and more. Incredible Pizza features a variety of arcade games, a theater, go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, and even a large indoor roller coaster. Check out the Preview 918 deal — a 0.99cent buffet with each $18 game card purchase. (See their ad on Page 3 for a link to the coupon.)
Being outside in nature is essential for all children. Fresh air, exercise, and observation of the natural world are synonymous with childhood. The outdoor hiking trails at Oxley Nature Center in Mohawk Park are perfect for experiencing quiet, wooded areas, and listening for and spotting wildlife. Be sure to check in at the Interpretive Building to see the live beehive and explore the kid-friendly displays. Enjoy bird walks, butterfly walks, full moon walks, and other special activities that bring a love of the outdoors to people of all ages.
Safari Joe's H2O 4707 E. 21ST ST. | TULSA
Summer fun isn’t complete without a dip into the pool. Where better to splash it all out than at Tulsa’s premier water park, Safari Joe’s H2O. Of course, a water park’s entertainment begins with the rides they offer. The Reptile Rush Slides tower over the park, providing a great view of the city. The Raptor Rapids is Oklahoma’s largest and only water roller coaster. Ride the Flumes, a choice of three twistyturning slides. Or have a blast in the Shark Beach Wave Pool, which is one of the largest wave pools in the Southwest. For more leisurely, laid-back fun, float on a tube along gentle Rex’s River. Visit the Activity Pool, where you can relax and sunbathe, or enjoy activities such as the high dive, water basketball, a rock wall, volleyball, and two small speed slides. For little ones, visit The Lagoon, which has small, child-appropriate pools and activities ideal for young children. Parents can sit back and relax while their children play. There is also a playground area. And of course, there will be animals on display, mermaids, macaws, and more.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium 3624 N. 74TH E. AVE. | TULSA
Next time you’re up by Mohawk Park, the Tulsa Zoo or the airport, stop here too. The Air and Space Museum features exhibits that focus on both aviation and space exploration; Oklahoma has strong ties to both. Enjoy seeing actual aircrafts like the Grumman F-14A Tomcat and the rare Bell 47-K naval training helicopter. Learn about Sand Springs native, NASA astronaut Bill Pogue. The kids will enjoy interactive hot air balloon and space shuttle exhibits. And you can always check out the educational STEM programming and summer camps around 3D printing, astronomy and more. The planetarium provides an exciting educational experience by pairing stunning high-definition visuals with state-of-the-art technology in a fully-immersive theater atmosphere. In addition to daily screenings of full-dome videos, they also present interactive programs ranging from fundamental astronomy to earth science.
Tulsa Botanic Garden
Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab
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Within the Tulsa Botanic Garden, a few miles north of the IDL, the Children’s Discovery Garden sits in wait for the sounds of the pounding of tiny feet and jubilant laughter. Parents and children both love to explore the expansive sprawl of walking paths and waterways. The Spring Giant, a rugged stone sculpture, oversees the adventure, and young and old capture new experiences to last a lifetime. At the highest point of the garden, in the Tree Fort, splendorous views of the entire grounds can be seen.
Tulsa Zoo 6421 E. 36TH ST. | TULSA
Tulsa Central Library 400 CIVIC CENTER | TULSA
The Central Library branch downtown can offer a lot of cool options for children. Enjoy gaming events, children’s story time, a children’s area with play areas and book bins for easy access, and an outdoor space called the Children’s Garden where they play kids’ movies on the big screen. Check out the classes at the Maker Space — screen printing, 3D printing, and more. Encourage your child to participate in the summer reading program. And remember that other library locations around town also feature great children’s programming year-round.
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Live animal exhibits delight children and adults alike at the Tulsa Zoo. Giraffes, lions, reptiles — oh my! But that’s not all. You and your kiddos can also enjoy kid-friendly yoga sessions. Or sign your animal-loving children up for a variety of gradespecific summer camps in zookeeping, wildlife vlogging, math, animal facts, a sensory safari, and a lot more. Become a member and go on Member Mondays to enjoy the train, carousel, giraffe feedings, story time and more. Exhibits include The Children’s Zoo, home to small mammals including guinea hogs, miniature horses, river otters, wallabies and more; Chimpanzee Connection with indoor and outdoor viewing of these endangered animals; Life in the Cold featuring chinchillas, snowy owls, grizzly bear and arctic foxes; and The Rainforest with its Central and South American habitat, monkeys, anaconda, piranha and golden-headed lion tamarin.
560 N. MAYBELLE AVE. | TULSA
Tulsa’s oldest park, Owen Park, is home to the Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab. Children can experience all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at this outstanding educational resource for inquiring children who have to know. On July 8-12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., an R&D camp (ages 8–12) will be in session for kids who are ready to put their engineering skills to the test. See how a model car does in a tornado simulation. Build and test skyscraper models against earthquakes and much more. One of the current exhibits (Zoo in You) is running through Sept. 5 in the main hall. Zoo in You is a 2,000-square-foot, bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibit that explores the fascinating and complex world inside each of us. With over 10 interactive stations, visitors engage with their microbiomes — a dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced ecosystem, much like any other found in nature. And don’t miss the 30-foot slide made entirely of packing tape. There are six layers of tape in each tunnel adding up to over 16 miles of tape. Kids love navigating the tunnels and bridges and are inspired by them to create extraordinary things out of ordinary materials.
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve 1925 WOOLAROC RANCH ROAD | BARTLESVILLE
With 3,700 acres of wildlife preserve, you and the whole family will enjoy seeing more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds roaming through Woolaroc. See if you can spot the bison, elk, cattle, deer, llamas, ostriches, pygmy goats and other creatures. Sign up the kids for summer camps for ages 6-8 and 9-11. The museum features a vast range of Western-themed exhibits — planes, cowboy gear, antique firearms, fine art, sculptures, Native American artifacts, and more. There is also an outdoor children’s playground. Founded in 1925 by oilman Frank Phillips, Woolaroc is derived from three words — the woods, lakes, and rocks that make up the beautiful Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma. Will Rogers once said, “When you are visiting the beauty spots of this country, don’t overlook Frank Phillips’ ranch and game preserve in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It’s the most unique place in this country. If there is one last under-discovered treasure left in the United States, it surely must be a place called Woolaroc.”
Xtreme Racing and Entertainment 708 W. KENOSHA ST. | BROKEN ARROW
Woody Guthrie Center 102 E. M.B. BRADY ST. | TULSA
Wasn’t it the esteemed Woody Guthrie who said we should “watch the kids; do like they do?” At this unique Tulsa Arts District museum, kids can learn the meanings behind the song, “This Land is Your Land” and so much more. In August, kids with some musical proficiency can be a part of the three-day master class Summer Band Workshop, where they can learn to collaborate on musical performance, stage performance, and even recording. Kids love music, after all. What a cool way to expose them to an Oklahoma icon at the same time.
Kids can have the ride of their lives here. Hop in a race kart, buckle up and drive insanely fast on a real Formula-1 style asphalt track. We’re not talking bumper cars fast. These cars fly, but don’t worry, excellent safety staff is there to make sure everyone stays in control and safe. Xtreme’s virtual reality games, in their VR facility the size of a warehouse, are impossible to describe adequately. Play with as many as eight people or choose the only player versus player experience in the world. Featuring industry-leading technology from Zero Latency, Xtreme virtual reality games are so immersive, so hyper-realistic that they will blow your mind. Xtreme also offers interactive shooting, sports, and POV games. Or take a break from racing and play on one of their table games, or show off your accuracy by throwing axes at targets.
Also Check Out All Star Sports Complex 10309 E. 61ST ST. | TULSA
Andy B's Bowling 8711 S. LEWIS AVE. | TULSA
Bartlesville Kiddie Park 205 S. CHEROKEE AVE. | BARTLESVILLE
Bentley Park 8505 E. 148TH ST. | BIXBY
Black Gold Park 95 W. 145TH ST. | GLENPOOL
Bounce U 8922 S. MEMORIAL DRIVE | TULSA
Centennial Park 1028 E. 6TH ST. | TULSA
Chandler Park 6500 W. 21ST ST. | TULSA
Flying Tee 600 RIVERWALK TERRACE | JENKS
Funtastic Island 10320 E. 116TH ST. | OWASSO
Haikey Creek Park 11327 S. GARNETT ROAD | BROKEN ARROW
Hunter Park 5804 E. 91ST ST. | TULSA
LaFortune Park 5202 S. HUDSON AVE. | TULSA
Laser Quest 2909 S. SHERIDAN ROAD | TULSA
Main Event 7830 S. SANTA FE AVE. | TULSA
Mohawk Park 5701 E. 36TH ST. | TULSA
Rayola Splash Park 8300 OWASSO EXPRESSWAY | OWASSO
Skateland 1150 S. SHERIDAN ROAD | TULSA
Sky Zone Trampoline Park 8306 E. 61ST ST. | TULSA
Turkey Mountain Park 6800 S. ELWOOD AVE. | TULSA
Wheels and Thrills 10637 N. GARNETT ROAD | OWASSO
Whiteside Park and Community Center 4009 S. PITTSBURG AVE. | TULSA
Woodward Park 2435 S. PEORIA AVE. | TULSA
Soaring Back in Time THE TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM captures the achievements and products of the pilots, designers, and engineers who completed those first flights, then set their sights on space. No matter where you turn, you’ll find something compelling. BY ROB HARMON
PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS
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The planetarium’s educational program, under London’s watch, has been revitalized in the past few years. Being one of only two commercial planetariums in Tulsa, the James E. Bertlesmeyer Planetarium provides a large assortment of local stargazing techniques, including a surprising view of the city’s skyline. Also, using the equipment and a collection of videos and programs provided by NASA, the planetarium presents a virtual reality way of exploring the stars that no other planetarium in the state of Oklahoma can provide. Visitors can see the universe around us in stunning high-definition visuals through a state-of-the-art dome theater, learning about our magnificent solar system and the galaxies beyond. The films shown in the theater are breathtaking. Journey to the black hole in the center of our very own universe in a production narrated by Liam Neeson. See for yourself what it would be like to step on the lunar surface in another film production commemorating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon (created by TASM and Jenks High School Planetarium). Visit the stars once more in yet another of the planetarium’s top-notch films, narrated by Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill, in which you journey to the furthest reaches of the galaxy and learn how the awesome power of a star is formed. In every film the
The new exhibit chronicles the people and science behind one of our country’s finest victories, landing a person on the moon, and believe it or not, Oklahoma was a pretty big part of the whole thing. Oklahoma’s own William “Bill” Pogue from Okemah, Oklahoma, was raised in the Tulsa area and dreamed of exploring the stars as an astronaut. His wishes came true when he was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1966. Pogue provided integral support for the crews of several Apollo Missions. And in 1973, he earned the right to be launched into space as part of the third manned Skylab mission, making him a huge part of Oklahoma’s rich aerospace heritage. An extensive collection of his items are on display. Additionally, a virtual-reality experience is arriving this month that features the real-life WWII B-24 bomber called the Tulsamercian. It was one of 952 B-24 bombers made. It was the very last one to roll off an assembly line here in Tulsa, which is why it was given its name. The Tulsamerican was shot down in Europe and laid to rest in the ocean. In early 2000, amateur divers discovered the plane, and after a massive effort to extract the remains of the men who went down with it, the aircraft is being brought back to the U.S. “It’s been a bit of a political power struggle to get the plane back,” says London, “but over the last six months we’ve made enough progress where we’ll be getting it back.” The museum’s Tulsamerican program allows visitors to experience what it was like to lead a squad of six bombers, deep into German territory, bombing refineries, and other essential sites while fighting off enemy fighters.
TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. | Tulsa 918-834-9900 tulsamuseum.org
Just ask Alex London, the curator of the expansive, out-of-this-world experience. “We have a great planetarium program that we’ve revitalized in the past few years,” says London. “Having a partnership with NASA, they were able to give us some fantastic equipment.”
“We have a lot of really great content for our Apollo Mission exhibition,” says London. “We have the command module [a goldcolored module about the size of a Jeep that the astronauts sat in during some of the later missions].”
Prepare to be inspired, while learning something you’ve never thought of before, through high-tech and virtual-reality experiences found right here in Tulsa. Whether you’re a casual learner, an avid museum-goer, or you consider yourself an aviation or space exploration buff, there’s always something fun to do and new to see at this museum.
The other very cool thing that London is exceptionally proud of at TASM is the Apollo 50 exhibit. Available for the first time this July, in concert with many other 50-year anniversary celebrations across the world, the exhibit commemorates the successful missions to land a person on the moon that started in 1969.
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planetarium offers, prepare to enrich your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) knowledge exponentially.
It is entirely possible that you’re one of the few who has never visited the Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) and Planetarium. If that’s you, don’t let yourself think for a minute that it’s just a big hangar full of old plane exhibits with plaques containing long paragraphs straight out of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORS With summer in full swing, it’s perfect weather for enjoying outdoor fun. And that means it’s an ideal time to check out one of Tulsa’s most intriguing shopping and dining destinations — The Boxyard. By Michele Chiappetta Photos by Sarah Eliza Roberts The Boxyard in downtown Tulsa made its debut in December 2016 as the first of its kind of design in the area. Entirely made of shipping containers used for years of international shipping, The Boxyard’s shopping and dining areas are both environmentally friendly and affordable for tenants. The result is that
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visitors enjoy a variety of small businesses that offer inviting, eclectic foods, drinks, clothing, and more.
unique clothing items, and reliable customer service to help you pull together the perfect outfit for any occasion.
“I think we’re fortunate and positioned well, smack dab in the middle of the Blue Dome and East Village districts,” says Melody Allwine, property manager. “There’s so much happening in those districts. We’re happy to be here, enjoying more people and businesses to work with. Tulsa has embraced The Boxyard.”
For kids, there is The Steel Horse — featuring clothing from popular brands like Mayoral, Native, Prefresh and Freshly Picked, as well as toys, wall art, books, and gifts.
Over the last couple of years, the Boxyard’s clients have changed up a bit, so if you haven’t visited in a while, now is a great time to check out the new additions and the old goodies that continue to have shops here. You’ll find several offerings you can’t find elsewhere — with a hip, urban, creative vibe that inspires people to come back again and again. For shoe lovers, check out Ten Toes, Tulsa’s only luxury sneaker boutique offering high-end, limited-edition footwear, designer consignment clothing, and streetwear. If it’s outdoor wear and fun gifts you’re looking for, swing by Okie Dokie. There’s also the fabulous Nine One Skate, which sells skateboards, individual parts, and skate lifestyle clothing and shoes by brands like Etnies, Straye, Endurance, New Balance, and more. The store has done so well, says Allwine, “it’s about to expand and take over a double container space.” If it’s women’s fashion you’re in the mood for, then The Boxyard is a great place to shop regularly. Browse the shelves and racks of three beautiful, fun-loving boutiques — rosegold, Beau & Arrow, and Modern Mess. Each of these shops has its flair and they all offer limited run,
Another newcomer to The Boxyard is American Hatfield, a locally based shop in Broken Arrow which expanded to The Boxyard for its second location. American Hatfield sells outdoorsy, rustic, well-made American goods, crafts, and apparel, items crafted by local artisans, and a popular handmade line of candles and colognes. The Boxyard location offers opportunities to walk in and make a candle yourself, which is a lot of fun. The urban muralist group Clean Hands also has a spot at The Boxyard. “They do rotating art shows once a month,” says Allwine. “And every three months, they’ll do a mural on a far side of The Boxyard. They recently painted a new mural [ for us] in conjunction with Habit Fest [a local mural festival that highlights local arts].” Clean Hands also offers branded items like tees and hoodies. The Boxyard is also home to service businesses to make life a little easier for those who live and work in downtown Tulsa. There’s a branch of Blue Sky Bank, Downtown Dry Cleaners, and Riley’s Wine and Spirits to enjoy. Tonsorial offers custom hairstyle services — from cuts and shaves to color and facials. They specialize in men’s styles and short hair, though they can tackle women’s and kid’s styles too. Stop in for a consultation to meet the Tonsorial
group and see if they’re a fit for you. They’ve done so well and drawn so many customers that the shop has expanded to four stylists and two containers. Then there’s Blank Med Spa — a medical spa that provides busy Tulsans with a variety of clinical aesthetics services such as hydrafacials, microneedling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, laser treatments, and more. These services address skin issues from scarring and acne to fine lines and wrinkles. They even have a treatment that addresses excess underarm hair and sweat. Check out their site for monthly specials, or book a private party for you and your pals.
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To enjoy the flavor and style of The Boxyard as well as great views of the downtown Tulsa skyline in summer weather, stop by the rooftop patio. “We’re having a Fourth of July THE BOXYARD rooftop party,” says 502 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa Allwine. But even when tulsaboxyard.com there isn’t an actual party scheduled, visitors can enjoy the views and time with friends all around The Boxyard.
While you’re at The Boxyard, plan to enjoy some of their fun food and drink spots. Taste the Mexican dishes at fabulous Sabores, which does very well in this location, says Allwine. Grab a drink and some bar food at Open Container, where you can hang out inside or take your meal outside. Enjoy candy and sweets at Sweet Boutique, or delicious handcrafted ice cream at Rose Rock Microcreamery.
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Just an hour north of Tulsa, Oasis Animals is an animal park open to the general public that also offers animal therapy services to at-risk youth, sex-trafficked girls, special needs children, and others. BY LINDSAY MORRIS When was the last time you held a lemur? Never? Well, then, it’s been too long.
trafficked girls, special needs children, and others.
myself what I was going to do with the horses,” Linda says.
Greg Kersten and Equine Learning Initiative.
Just an hour’s drive from Tulsa, you’ll discover an animal encounter that you wouldn’t expect to find in Oklahoma. You’ll get a chance to befriend exotic animals like a zebra, kangaroos, a ring-tail lemur, camels, a Scottish Highlander, a yak and even North African Sulcata Tortoises.
Linda and Bill Goldner, owners of Oasis Animals, have operated Picture in Scripture Amphitheater in Disney, Oklahoma since 1985. They have always had a love for animals and have incorporated creatures such as camels and horses into their biblical productions throughout the years.
The answer came when Linda learned that a special needs’ group, Friendship Home out of Jay, Oklahoma, needed a place to take their clients for animal therapy. The idea of animal therapy at Picture in Scripture was born, and now, clients from Friendship Home have been visiting Oasis weekly for five years.
“If we were going to do animal therapy, I felt like we needed to be qualified rather than someone just saying, ‘Come pet my horse,’” Linda says.
Oasis Animals is an animal park open to the general public by appointment and also offers animal therapy services to at-risk youth, sex-
Six or seven years ago, animal therapy started to trickle into their business equation after they received a donation of miniature horses. “I asked
Over time, Oasis has earned animal therapy accreditations — Equine Assisted Learning through O.K. Corral Series by EAGALA Founder
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Over the last few years, Oasis has added more animals including zebras, a lemur, kangaroos, and more. “The joke is, what are you going to get this year?” Linda says. Oasis selects animals that can be bottle-fed so the animals become comfortable with
Learning non-verbal skills can be a challenge for autistic children, and working with animals can help them with this form of communication. The children have to learn to approach the animals slowly and respectfully. “You can’t race into an animal’s comfort zone, you have to watch each others body language,” Linda says.
Aside from therapy, Oasis Animals is open to scheduled visits from families and groups who just want to spend an hour or two with the animals. The cost is $10 per person, with a minimum of a $30/ group charge. Each experience is catered to what that group is interested in doing.
Oasis Animals seeks to help tear down emotional and
“Some people never get beyond Omar the Lemur,” Linda
Linda recently published a book about one of their exotic animals, Rosie the Kangaroo, which can be purchased online at oasisanimals.com. All proceeds go toward taking care of the animals at Oasis. She plans on publishing a series of books about many of the animals at Oasis and ties a theme with each book. The next book will focus on Omar the Lemur and deal with the theme of rejection, something Omar experienced at 3 days old. “Omar was attacked by a dominant female Lemur,” Linda says. “His ear was bit, and his wounds abscessed. He’s come from almost losing his life, and now we call him the king.”
Over the summer, the Picture in Scripture Amphitheater comes alive with biblical performances. Some of the animals from Oasis, like the camels and horses, are incorporated into the performances. Attendees have the opportunity to walk through the Oasis Barn before the play, and a prelude to the play showcases all of the animals.
OASIS ANIMALS 36656 S. 510 Road | Eucha 918-435-8207 oasisanimals.com
“The animals tend to help them,” Linda says.
“Four sessions with an animal are equivalent to one year with a counselor. People’s defenses are brought down, and they can openly talk about things that are bothering them,” Linda says.
Guests are allowed to brush and walk the horses and lead them through the obstacle course. If someone has never dealt with a horse, the Oasis staff encourages them to start with a miniature horse.
A trip to Oasis will bring you up close and personal with animals with prominent personalities. Since all of the animals have been bottle-raised, they are very social with humans.
Recently, Oasis started working with groups of autistic children.
Oasis also has a licensed counselor, Lawnie Hess, who visits weekly to help individuals talk about the feelings they’re experiencing.
says. “Some people want the whole experience.”
Oasis Animals also provides animal therapy services to Teen Challenge. About 55 youths in their residential program visit Oasis Animals every week. They can choose the animal they want to work with and continue working with that same animal each week.
mental walls that individuals may have built up. “Our motto is ‘gateway to the heart,’ and for children who have been abused and hardened themselves, the animals get to their heart — their soft side,” Linda says.
humans and can be raised to be used for therapy.
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360 Home | D4-21 Antique Restoration | D4-11 Children’s Orchard | A5-18 Edible Arrangements | C4-7, A5-7, G6-7 I-44 Antique Mall | C4-3 Landella | D5-45 Miss McGillicutty’s Antiques | A4-54 Secret Gardens | A6-47 Tulsa Stained Glass | C5-56 Ziegler Art & Frame | D4-17
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Albert G’s Bar & Q | C4-91 Amazing Thai Cuisine | B7-63 Brownies Burgers | D4-29, B5-29 Celebrity Restaurant | C5-68 Chimi’s | B5-2, C4-2, D4-2 Dave and Buster’s | B6-44 El Chico | D6-93 El Guapo’s | B4-15 Elmer’s BBQ | C4-39 Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille | B5-64 Flo’s Burger Diner | D4-1, D8-1 Fuji | B5-20 George’s Pub | A4-61 Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs | A5-9 In The Raw | C4-23, B5-23, B7-23 Incredible Pizza | B5-46 Jason’s Deli | D4-30, B5-30 Kirin | B6-28 Kitch | A4 -42 Lanna Thai | B5-71 Los Cabos | G6-40, A4-40, B7-40 Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar | A4-58 McNellie’s Pub | B5-16 Miami Nights Restaurant & Lounge | D5-5
Molly’s Landing | E8-52 Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano | C4-94 Ricardos | C5-31 Rincón Mexican Grill & Cantina | B5-13 Rustic Gate | A4-32 Saku Japan | B5-26 SMOKE. | D4-27 Steak Stuffers USA | C5-14 Ti Amo |B5-80 The Tropical |C5-62 Waterfront Grill | A4-70 Yokozuna | A5-43 Yutaka Grill Sushi & Buffet | C5-12
ENTERTAINMENT Dave and Buster’s | B6-44 Got Wood | A4-24 Incredible Pizza | B5-46 Tulsa Air and Space Museum | E5-38
CASINO Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | D7-10 Osage Casino Hotel | E3-19 OTHER OSAGE CASINO LOCATIONS: 222 Allen Road | Bartlesville 301 Blackjack Dr. | Sand Springs 5591 W. Rogers Blvd. | Skiatook 39 Deer Ave. | Hominy 2017 E. 15th St. and Hwy. 99 | Pawhuska
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EVERYTHING ELSE Blue Cottage | A4-59 Carey Clinic | B5-36 Kuts 4 Kids | B4-48, B6-48 New Life Massage & Bodyworks | C4-22 Shears | A4-41
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CAST AWAY FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY FISHING, AND WHO LIKE TO VIEW INTENSE COMPETITION THAT SHOWCASES A BROAD RANGE OF EXCITING PERSONALITIES, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING. BY JOHN TRANCHINA
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Major League Fishing, headquartered in Tulsa, was formed in 2011 but just recently consolidated to include all of the best bass anglers in the world to truly become the home of the highest level of competitive fishing. The MLF Bass Pro Tour held the seventh of its eight-stage season at the scenic waters of beautiful Grand Lake in Grove, about 90 miles northeast of Tulsa (May 31-June 5). The 2019 tour wraps up Aug. 21-25 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Boyd Duckett, one of the MLF’s founders and still a competitive angler himself, was happy to be nearby for the event. “Eastern Oklahoma is a super bass fishing center, tons of fans, tons of great water, and Tulsa has always been a great venue for big events,” says Duckett, the 2007 Bassmaster Classic Champion. “Grand Lake in June is tremendous.” One thing that makes the MLF so refreshing and unique compared to what came before is the access fans have to the action. They livestream all of their events on majorleaguefishing.com, with cameras on just about every angler’s boat, so people can see how the competition unfolds in real time, including how the fishermen react to catching fish, how they reel them in, how they respond to adversity, and more. The competition format is also a nice change from previous rules. There is an MLF official on each
boat, and once the fish is caught, it is weighed immediately, counted in the updated standings and released back into the water. The official can also impose penalties, if necessary, based on how the angler gets the fish into the boat and that is also captured in real time on camera. The result is a compelling drama that showcases the different characters involved in the sport. “Having fished a long career in bass fishing, one of the things that were noticeable was that the sport was kind of stagnant,” Duckett says of the inspiration for creating MLF. “My belief, which created the inception of Major League Fishing, was the fact that we needed something televised that was a lot more exciting and more fun, that people who maybe didn’t fish could enjoy, as well as people who competitively fish. That’s what created the new format where every fish counts. The other leagues weigh five fish. “And of course one of the worst things about our sport were these weigh-ins. We would keep the fish all day, and then we’d weigh them at the end of the day, and it wasn’t exhilarating, because like other sports, the game is played on the field and it ends with a winner, and it was just goofy. It was not what it should be. We’re much more aligned with other professional sports now in the sense that our game plays out completely on the water.” A big key to realizing the vision that Duckett and several of his
fellow competitive anglers (such as Gary Klein, Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam) had when forming MLF was securing the screen time necessary to spotlight everything. They became partners with KSE (Kroenke Sports and Entertainment), which owns World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel and the Outdoor Channel, while also buying air time on CBS, which will run an episodic series on the season. And while the individual events are live-streamed on their website, they also air a two-hour edited version for each stage on Discovery. “Some of the big, big differences of Major League Fishing and whatever’s happened in the past is simply the investment in the media platform,” Duckett says. “We have invested tens of millions of dollars in media, and that’s never happened for the sport of bass fishing, and we’re hitting the ratings. We’re hitting the ratings on Discovery, but also our network ratings are great, and our more correct demographic with Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, we kill it there. And even our streaming, we’ve got excellent streaming views.”
Major League Fishing became the so-to-speak highest level,” Duckett says. “We arguably drew the 80 top anglers from the other leagues to form Major League Fishing, so it’s the top guys. “It’s awesome, the big expansion, adding the Bass Pro Tour to what we already had. It’s been quite a challenge, but it’s going well, and all the anglers are pleased with the way it’s going. We’re getting lots of media coverage, which matters to us because we sell our sponsorship — as NASCAR would. We make our money on our sponsors.” Out of 80 anglers on the Tour, the top 30 at the end of the season qualify for the REDCREST Bass Pro Tour Championship event. Each stage awards points based on where the anglers finish in that event. Duckett acknowledges it can be difficult competing while also being involved in the business aspect of the tour.
“It’s quite a challenge to do both, I got to admit,” says Duckett, who placed third in Stage 2 at Conroe, Texas (Feb. 12-17,) While Major League Fishing did but also 76th in Stage 4 at well from its inception in 2011, it Dayton, Tennessee (April 9-14). wasn’t until this current season “I try to go to the events and that they became the undisputed, compartmentalize so that I stay highest level of fishing. submerged in the competition during that week. And the rest “The Bass Pro Tour, we had of the time, I got my business ways to qualify in from other hat on, and my fishing hat at the tours, but all that ended when events. I do the best I can.”
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Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.) July 1 | @ Springfield | 6:30p July 2 | @ Springfield | 6:30p July 3 | @ Springfield | 6:10p July 4 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 5 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 6 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 7 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 8 | vs Springfield | 7:05p July 9 | vs Springfield | 7:05p July 10 | vs Springfield | 7:05p July 11 | @ NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 12 | @ NW Arkansas | 7:05p July 13 | @ NW Arkansas | 6:05p July 14 | @ NW Arkansas | 2:05p July 16 | vs Frisco | 7:05p July 17 | vs Frisco | 7:05p July 18 | vs Frisco | 7:05p July 19 | vs Midland | 7:05p July 20 | vs Midland | 7:05p July 21 | vs Midland | 7:05p July 22 | vs Midland | 7:05p July 24 | @ Frisco | 7:05p July 25 | @ Frisco | 7:05p July 26 | @ Frisco | 7:05p July 27 | @ Midland | 7p July 28 | @ Midland | 2p July 29 | @ Midland | 6:30p July 30 | @ Midland | 6:30p –––––––––––––––––– Aug. 1 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p Aug. 2 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p
Aug. 3 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p Aug. 4 | vs NW Arkansas | 7:05p Aug. 5 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 6 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 7 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 8 | @ NW Arkansas | 7:05p Aug. 9 | @ NW Arkansas | 7:05p Aug. 10 | @ NW Arkansas | 6:05p Aug. 11 | @ NW Arkansas | 2:05p Aug. 12 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 13 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 14 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 15 | vs Springfield | 7:05p Aug. 16 | @ NW Arkansas | 7:15p Aug. 17 | @ NW Arkansas | 6:05p Aug. 18 | @ NW Arkansas | 2:05p Aug. 20 | vs Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 21 | vs Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 22 | vs Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 23 | vs Corpus Christi | 7:05p Aug. 24 | vs Corpus Christi | 7:05p Aug. 25 | vs Corpus Christi | 1:05p Aug. 26 | @ Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 27 | @ Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 28 | @ Amarillo | 11:05a Aug. 29 | @ Amarillo | 7:05p Aug. 30 | @ Corpus Christi | 7:15p Aug. 31 | @ Corpus Christi | 7:15p –––––––––––––––––– Sept. 1 | @ Corpus Christi | 2:15p Sept. 2 | @ Corpus Christi | 2:15p
Home games played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.) July 6 | @ Timbers 2 | 9:30p July 13 | @ Colorado Switchbacks | 6p July 24 | vs LA Galaxy 2 | 7:30p July 27 | vs Phoenix Rising FC | 7:30p –––––––––––––––––– Aug. 3 | @ OKC Energy | 8p Aug. 10 | @ Real Monarchs | 9p Aug. 17 | @ Austin Bold | 7:30p Aug. 28 | vs Las Vegas Lights | 7:30p Aug. 31 | vs Fresno FC | 7:30p
Sept. 4 | @ El Paso Locomotive | 8p Sept. 11 | @ Rio Grande Valley FC | 7:30p Sept. 21 | vs Orange County SC | 7p Sept. 25 | vs San Antonio FC | 7p Sept. 28 | @ Sounders 2 | 9p –––––––––––––––––– Oct. 5 | vs Sacramento Republic | 7p Oct. 12 | vs New Mexico United | 7p Oct. 19 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7p
ROUGHNECK ROLLER DERBY AND ELITE Home games played at Ninowski Recreation Center (Broken Arrow) July 6 | Home Team vs Home Team | 5p –––––––––––––––––– Aug. 17 | Elite vs Roe City Rollers A | 5p Aug. 17 | Roughnecks vs Roe City Rollers B | TBD
Sept. 7 | Home Team vs Home Team | 5p
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When Mary Green of Broken Arrow became involved in dog training and competition, the only choices were the conformation and obedience rings. And while she competed successfully in each, she craved something different. Her first exposure to dog agility came via an exhibition in Houston in the late-1980s. “I was hooked,” Green admits. “I came home and researched how to make equipment.” The fledgling sport of agility intrigued more than just Green that day. The American Kennel Club agility program launched in 1994 and at present boasts more than 1 million entries to the AKC Agility Program each year. Today, Green is one of several owners at K9 Manners & More, where she and a team of trainers specialize in a variety of classes including obedience and agility. A partnership between dog and handler, agility is a timed event in which a dog is directed through a series of obstacles, taken in the correct order. Because it is a speed and accuracy game, reliable communication between dog and handler is critical. “As a professional dog trainer, I’m always interested in fun
things for people to do with their dogs — whether they ever choose to compete or not,” she says. “As that partnership develops, there is much less chance of a dog being abandoned or rehomed.” In addition to being great exercise for you and your canine, Green contends, agility opens you up to a greater community and sense of belonging and camaraderie with classmates and enthusiasts. And the best part — all dogs can play in agility. But for those who want to feed their competitive spirits, some groups and events can oblige. Different organizations have different age requirements for competition. To compete in American Kennel Club agility events, dogs must be at least 15 months old. However, owners can start working with their puppies on foundation skills that don’t involve impact — like doing groundwork instead of jumping. For AKC, dogs need not be registered or even a recognized breed to compete, but they do need to be healthy. “It’s always best to visit with your veterinarian to be sure your dog is sound to do a sport,” she suggests. “Agility is a high-arousal sport, so dogs that display aggression toward people or dogs need
to be extremely well managed if they’re going to play. And while there aren’t particular obedience requirements, the most important skills to have are solid recalls and stays.” Communication is everything in a good agility team. There are verbal and physical cues that the handler uses to guide the dog throughout the course. “When a team is in sync, it’s a beautiful thing,” she says. “Handlers should be very patient. Enjoy the journey and don’t get hung up on comparing yourself to your classmates. Agility should be fun for the handler and the dog.” There are common obstacles to expect in the sport of agility — jumps (hurdles), tunnels, contact obstacles, and weave poles. Contact obstacles include A-frame, seesaw, and dogwalk. These obstacles have a zone — usually yellow — that the dog needs to touch with at least one part of a paw to not incur a penalty. This is a safety precaution so that dogs don’t launch off an obstacle in an unsafe manner. A favorite obstacle for spectators and canines alike, the weave poles — six in the lower level and 12 in the upper levels — are intended for a dog to zigzag
through like a slalom skier. Dogs have to enter with the first pole at their left shoulder and not skip any poles. The seesaw, or teetertotter, is designed so that even the toy dogs can make it tip. The A-Frame, which dogs run up and over, is 5 to 5 ½ feet high at the apex. The ramps of the dogwalk are 12 feet long and 4 feet off the ground. For newbies, Green recommends going to watch an agility trial or better yet, volunteer at one. And whatever you do, don’t rush the training process. “Don’t get in a hurry to get the dog into competition. Spend time on foundation skills,” she cautions. “Avoid putting too much physical and mental stress on young dogs. And always be sure not to blame the dog for missing something when in actuality, it was a handler error.” Think your pooch has what it takes to for agility? While there are breeds that excel in the sport — border collies, Shetland sheepdogs, Australian shepherds, papillons, golden retrievers, and many mixes — they might not be the easiest to live with, Green warns. Her advice? “Pick a dog that you love, one that is healthy — and go for it.”
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Once you step through the doors at Bixby’s Twisted Soul Sisters, you’ll be enamored — and you’ll vow to come back often to browse the clothes, shoes, boots, jewelry, home décor, wine coolers, graphic tees, caps and hats, game-day wear, charms, and more. The shop launched nine years ago after owner Kelly Corey and a friend, Marti Coleman, decided to turn an in-joke about their passion for fashion into a reality that women all around Green Country can now enjoy. Corey has years of experience in design and retail. She and Coleman would go various places — from marketing/trade shows to vintage shops and estate sales — looking for creative items to buy.
fashion and flair WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A STORE THAT CELEBRATES ALL THINGS FEMALE, FLIRTY AND FUN, HEAD TO BIXBY TO VISIT THE AMPLE SELECTION OF STYLISH CLOTHING, GIFTS, AND ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE AT TWISTED SOUL SISTERS. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA & PHOTOS BY SARAH ELIZA ROBERTS
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“We’d come back with so many things for ourselves clothingwise and accessory-wise, we would joke about opening a store,” says Corey. “We started doing trunk shows at people’s homes, and we did the Women’s Expo and things like that, and it just grew, grew, grew.” The storefront version of Twisted Soul Sisters has been in its current location in Bixby for five years. It’s the sort of shop that invites a relaxed time of browsing with a girlfriend. Twisted Soul Sisters carries several brands of clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, and other accessories that fashionistas may recognize — including Dear John, Another Love, Lenny & Eva, Madeline Girl, Entro, Umgee, Bobbi Chicago, Free People and more. And there’s something for just about any woman. “I like to make sure that all generations can come in,” says Corey. “Grandmother, mother, and daughter can all come to shop, and they all can find something.” Much of what the shop carries are limited run items, so you are assured of finding unique clothing. Among the most popular lines they carry is Dear John, a brand of denim jeans, shorts, and other
STYLE + SHOPPING SS wanted a piece of something from grandma, and then a granddaughter. I think we made probably six or seven different things out of that box of old jewelry. That’s probably our thing that we’re most known for.” In addition to clothing and jewelry, there are multiple gift items and home décor to choose from, including brands like Mud Pie, Ever Ellis and Corkcicle. The store will wrap the gift for you as well.
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If you want help pulling together an outfit, Corey and her team can help. They’ll assist you in finding clothing that looks great on you. “I like when a woman feels good about what she has on, and she goes out, and she’s confident,”
“We had a lady come in who knew that we did stuff with antique jewelry,” Corey explains. “She said, ‘I have a whole box full of my grandmother’s [stuff]. If I brought it in, could you do a couple of necklaces?’ We did it. She loved it. And then she kept bringing the box back because she had a cousin who
All in all, Twisted Soul Sisters wants each client to enjoy the sisterhood feel of the store and have a fun, fulfilling shopping experience. “My most important thing for our customers is not what they take out in their bag but their experience,” she says. “Word-of-mouth has been good to us over the last few years.”
“Our No. 1 thing in the whole store and what we sell the most of in-store and online is Dear John denim, which fits amazingly well,” says Corey. “We’ve carried it for eight years. We have people drive even from out of state to try on and buy the Dear John from us.”
Or, you can bring in the old jewelry items that you want to be repurposed. It’s how Twisted Soul Sisters gained its creative jewelry reputation, and it’s something Corey is honored to do for customers.
On July 13, the store will celebrate nine years in business. There will be swag bag giveaways for the first 30 people, drawings and giveaways throughout the day, discounts, music, and food. “It’ll be a big to-do,” Corey says.
comfortable, easy fitting clothing items that is a favorite among many women in the know. Twisted Soul Sisters is the biggest retailer of Dear John in the region and has won awards from the company for their success in representing the brand.
Another thing Twisted Soul Sisters is well-known for is their custom jewelry and their repurposing of old jewelry for new generations. Customers can browse through the selection of beads, chains, charms, and other jewelry items. Choose what you like, and Corey and her team will help you design your piece, which they’ll put together for you.
There are multiple ways for customers to save. Join the mailing list for exclusive offers and discounts. On Thursdays — unless Corey is out of town at market — the store is open until 8 p.m. “We have a ladies’ night. We usually have a discount, and we have wine, cheese, and crackers,” she says.
says Corey. “From our accessories to our shoes, we can give her a whole look. I love women to feel empowered. If you don’t look good, we don’t look good. That’s our philosophy. We do tell you the truth in the dressing room. And if the outfit’s not right, I’ve got a suggestion of something else that might be better. We’re really good about that.”
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FOR SELF-EMPLOYED BUSINESS OWNERS, HEALTH COVERAGE IS AN ONGOING BATTLE BETWEEN FINDING AFFORDABLE MEDICAL INSURANCE AND BEING ABLE TO COVER ENOUGH OPERATING COSTS TO KEEP THEIR COMPANY VIABLE. By Michele Chiappetta
The No. 1 reason most people cite when they tell me why they’re not in business for themselves is health care. Navigating medical care without breaking the bank deters a lot of people from walking away from a full-time job. And it’s not hard to see why, especially if you have attempted to wade through these complicated waters without drowning. To me, health insurance and medical care have come to feel like the stock market, which is to say, it’s like taking a trip to Vegas to bet all my money, without the upside of cocktails and buffets to enjoy. It’s maddening to know I can make the smartest choice I can in health coverage that’s also affordable, and yet I can still get hit brutally in the wallet at the end of the year. I’m not alone. Other self-employed pals struggle with figuring out how to handle their health care too. And it’s not cheap. “My biggest bill, aside from rent and car, is health care,” says Gina Conroy, a single mom, teacher, and writer. She and I are in the same boat —
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trying to make ends meet without spending everything we have on health insurance. Interestingly, a lot of doctors don’t like the current minefield of health insurance either. “Physicians are getting frustrated with the current health care model,” says Scott Street, D.O., who provides direct primary care at Remedy Health in south Tulsa. “The model is what’s failing us; it’s not the providers. We want to provide good care for people and take care of them.” Owners of very small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — are not required by the Affordable Care Act to provide health coverage to their employees. But that doesn’t mean those employers don’t feel a sense of obligation to their employees or struggle with the decision to forgo a company plan. Especially since the ACA also mandates that each person have health insurance or face penalties. The individual mandate affects the business owners themselves, who
must purchase insurance plans for themselves and their families. In September 2016, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released a survey given to small-business owners, asking them to rank 75 issues according to how much it affected their business. The study showed 52 percent of small-business owners named the cost of health insurance to be a critical problem. The NFIB’s Small Business Problems & Priorities report also showed the cost of health insurance was the No. 1 issue facing small businesses, topping the list since 1986, and causing more concern than government regulations and federal taxes. If you’re in business for yourself, there are tons of numbers to add up and coverage options to evaluate. All of them take money out of your pocket. Picking a good option can feel like a crap shoot. But you have to start somewhere, and that’s what this particular article is all about. Here’s a quick overview of the options you
have in Green Country, their advantages and pitfalls.
SPOUSE’S INSURANCE If you’re married and your spouse’s company will cover you at a reasonable cost, consider yourself fortunate. Getting coverage through a spouse is an excellent option if the math is right. But do your homework first. Some companies only cover employees, not their families. Others (like my husband’s company) charge the full premium rather than a subsidized one to family members, which may make other coverage options cheaper (though not necessarily better). And many companies don’t offer coverage for partners who aren’t married.
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, you’re probably dealing with its repercussions. The marketplace subsidies are based on your estimated income for the upcoming year. The more money you make, the less assistance
you qualify for. Take too high of a subsidy based on your future income, and you’ll owe a ton back to the IRS at tax time. The problem is, it’s not easy to get health insurance without going through the marketplace. If you want traditional health insurance, expect to do the marketplace paperwork, even if you don’t want to take the subsidy. If you’re married, expect to get categorized based on combined income rather than your stream of income.
SOONERCARE Oklahoma’s version of Medicaid, SoonerCare provides health care services for low-income children and pregnant women, people with disabilities, and the elderly. You have to make under $13,000 per year to qualify, which means you’re living beneath the poverty line. Make more than that, and you won’t get SoonerCare. But that doesn’t mean you’ll benefit from a subsidy through the marketplace. Many people fall into a gray area where they can’t get SoonerCare but can’t afford marketplace premiums.
HEALTH CARE SHARING PROGRAMS One option, if you meet the qualifications, is to participate in health care sharing, available through groups like Liberty Health Share and Medi-Share. These faith-based programs have lower monthly fees than traditional insurance premiums. You can see any doctor you want, pay out of pocket, then submit the bill to the group for reimbursement. It’s affordable, but it has its challenges. The religious nature of these programs means that you won’t qualify if you aren’t willing to meet specific requirements. They’re not going to pay for abortions or overdoses. They may refuse to cover birth control pills. They may issue you restrictions if you exceed a certain weight or have issues like
high cholesterol. And while you’ll pay your bills in full upfront, you may not get reimbursed fast, which could cause problems with your cash flow.
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS This model is popping up all around Green Country, and it works like this: You pay a monthly fee directly to the doctor for regular, guaranteed access. Prices are transparent, costs are kept affordable, and you don’t make insurance claims. Patients get more time with the physician, and physicians help patients without the stress of jumping through insurance hoops. For simple, everyday care, this model makes a lot of sense. “Our concept is that basic primary care should be affordable and accessible,” says Street, whose office, Remedy Health, works with all ages, pediatric to geriatric, and all income levels, working poor to CEOs. He handles the full range of medical needs that you’d see a primary care physician for. At Remedy Health, patients pay a monthly membership — $65 per month for adults, $25 for children (if a parent is also a member), with a cap so large families aren’t priced out of participating. There’s no cost to see the doctor, and members get unlimited office visits. You’ll still have to pay for specialist visits, and you probably need a catastrophic care plan to cover issues like cancer and heart attacks. I’d love to he ar your suggestions for what I sh ould investigate ov er the next several mon ths in terms of entrepreneur ship in Tulsa. Feel free to messa ge your idea s to Preview 91 8 on Facebo ok (which I can see anytime) , or email me, or share idea s on Twitter or Instagram w ith the hashtags #lovethe918 or #tulsasmallb usiness.
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Sweat can tell you more about yourself than you might think — everything from how in shape you are to how stressed you are. Like it or not, we can’t live without sweat. Perspiration keeps the body from overheating and short-circuiting. But why do some people sweat more than others? Why is your husband soaking in sweat after a run and you’re only lightly glistening? What does your sweat say about you? Is there ever a reason to be concerned about your volume of sweat or type of sweat?
And of course, we all want to know if we can do anything to control our sweat, especially in the extreme Oklahoma summer heat. Is antiperspirant better than deodorant? Can anything else be done to tame sweat? Don’t sweat trying to figure out the answers to all these questions on your own … keep reading. Sweat is the body’s natural coolant. The body has 2 to 4 million fabulous sweat glands, all designed to maintain your body temperature. A drop of sweat is 99 percent water, according to Cleveland
Clinic. The other 1 percent? Well, that’s a mixture of urea (like urine), uric acid, ammonia, lactic acid, vitamin C and other substances. Sweat glands cover your entire body. Your body produces two different types of sweat that come out of two different types of glands. The first type of sweat is common sweat, or eccrine. This is the light, watery sweat that cools as it lifts off your skin. The second type of sweat is stress sweat, or apocrine. This is thick, fat-containing sweat that is found in your armpit, scalp or groin. This type of sweat is produced when you’re stressed and is formed by the glands at the roots of the hair in these areas of your body. So why do some people smell when they sweat, and others do not? Surprisingly, sweat itself has no odor. However, when it mixes with bacteria on your skin, smells are a given. Bacteria thrive on the organic particles in sweat and eliminate digestive gas. So what you’re smelling is bacterial flatulence, according to Cleveland Clinic. You can’t make this stuff up. The thing is, everyone has a body odor — even your dog. Reasonable amounts of bacteria mingling with basic sweat contribute to your scent.
NOT ONLY DOES A LITTLE SWEAT NOT HURT YOU, BUT IT’S ALSO A NECESSARY BODILY FUNCTION, AND THERE’S A LOT MORE THAT GOES INTO IT THAN YOU MAY REALIZE. BY LINDSAY MORRIS
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If you have too much bacteria on your skin or clothes, the odor level will increase to socially questionable levels. This is where showers and washing machines come in handy and should be used regularly. Sweat glands are especially prevalent on your feet. According to Cleveland Clinic, each foot has 250,000 sweaty glands producing a pint of sweat a day. When those sweat glands are stuck in a shoe all day with the foot’s bacteria and fungus, they produce quite a sweaty feat.
Heat can cause our sweat glands to work overboard. Although we can’t control our climate, there are some ways to prepare your body for the heat. You can slowly acclimate yourself to warmer temperatures by inching your thermostat upward one week at a time starting in the spring. Also, try sipping cold water anytime you’re out on a hot summer day. This will help regulate your internal temperature. Continual sweating can be a sign of a medical problem. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes someone to sweat an abnormal amount all the time. There is also localized hyperhidrosis, where someone sweats a ton only in one spot like the armpits, palms or feet. The good news is medical and surgical treatments are available. A sudden outbreak of heavy sweating could be a symptom
of a heart attack, according to Cleveland Clinic. It can also be associated with metabolic issues, menopause, cancers, and stress disorders. Aside from medical conditions, there are a few other reasons why some people sweat more than others. In case you haven’t noticed, typically guys tend to be the sweatier of the genders. Women have just as many sweat glands as men, but their glands do not produce as much sweat. Additionally, physically fit people tend to perspire sooner in their exercise routine because it’s more efficient to bust a sweat while their body temperature remains low. Someone who doesn’t exercise very often, though, may heat up faster and lose more sweat when he or she exercises, according to MedicalDaily. com. Since fat tends to trap heat and raise the body’s core temperature, overweight people usually sweat more, too. Cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, and smoking can help reduce perspiration problems since those substances cause the sweat glands to go overboard. You can also avoid wearing synthetic materials that trap heat close to your body. Antiperspirants and deodorants aim to reduce body odor caused by sweat and bacteria. They work differently, though. Deodorant controls odor; not sweat. Antiperspirant blocks sweat, but it isn’t meant to stop odor. Therefore, using them both together is the best way to beat sweaty armpits and foul body odor.
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Randa Warren is living her life uncorked as one of 26 female Master Sommeliers out of 249 awarded that title in the world. By l i n d say m o rri s • Ph oto s by m a rc r ains
She decided to take matters into her own hands. It started by taking a few wine classes. “At that time, I had to do it by mail,” she says. When it came time for her to take the exam, an instructor from New York came to Tulsa to give her the test. “He wondered if I wanted to go on to the next level.” She said yes, which led to a grueling twoyear program that included many
In 2007, Warren became the 16th woman in the world to be named a Master Sommelier. Now there are 26 female Master Sommeliers worldwide.
At the same time, she also became a certified wine educator through the Society of Wine Educators. All of this wine education came at the exciting but expensive price of traveling the country to learn from other sommeliers and to experience the wine of different regions. “In Tulsa, it was challenging because there weren’t other people doing the same thing I was doing,” Warren says. Her training included working for free at various restaurants around the country — Red Restaurant in Napa Valley, The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and even The Polo Grill here in Tulsa. “I would come in and wait on customers and get comfortable walking the floor,” she says. “It was a lot of work and a lot of money. It’s every bit as close
Wine lovers in Tulsa and beyond are fortunate to benefit from Warren’s expertise. She offers wine tastings, wine dinners, wine classes, and even leads wine trips. Wine dinners are hosted at Warren’s house or a location of choice. When held at her home, she does all the cooking and chooses foods that pair perfectly with each wine. She also offers wine events for companies around the country that usually consist of a meal and a wine pairing. “I make sure they come away with something. I try to hit them early in the dinner before they start having too much fun,” she says. For the ultimate wine lover, Warren organizes custom trips “anywhere grapes are grown.” She led a trip to Tuscany in the spring and will be going to Provence in the fall. She is planning trips to South Africa, Napa Valley, Argentina, and Chile. In 2018, Warren released a book entitled 60-Minute Wine Expert.
Warren has also been a member of an elite wine group, Confrerie de Tastevin in Burgundy, for more than 20 years. Her connection to the group began when she met a Navy admiral during a visit to France in 1997. “I started faxing and corresponding with him by mail, and he helped me get into the organization,” she says. The organization allows very few Americans in. Each year, Confrerie de Tastevin hosts a worldwide event and gives the proceeds to charity. Warren says one of her greatest joys is encouraging people to try wines that might be outside their comfort zone. “Don’t be intimidated. That’s the bottom line,” she says. “You don’t want to get into a hole just drinking the same thing all the time. You’re often surprised by what you discover. Live your life uncorked.”
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“I felt tired of the whole wine thing where we would have to go to a sommelier, order an expensive bottle of wine, and end up upset that they steered us to something higher than we wanted to spend,” she says.
In 1998 and 1999, Warren passed the Certified and Advanced Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) programs, as well as the introductory sommelier course at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park through the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2000, she passed the challenging advanced sommelier exam, and in 2001, she passed the final two-year WSET diploma program that is a prerequisite to the Master of Wine program.
new wine lovers but also old ones to have an easy reference guide to look up what to pair with a sauvignon blanc.”
“I wanted to simplify the whole intimidating process not only for
Warren felt the same way when she dined at restaurants in the ‘90s.
to a college education but in a different field.”
Have you ever felt bored because you’ve been stuck trying the same wines over and over again? Or upset because you feel like recommendations from the sommelier are essentially highway robbery?
trips to New York City to study under a tutor.
While Tulsa isn’t quite Napa Valley, Tulsans’ love for a good glass of wine is unquestionable. Leading Tulsans in pursuit of good wine is Randa Warren, one of just 249 professionals in the world who has passed the prestigious Master Sommelier exam. Warren is committed to helping people find the wines they love, branch out, and try new wines.
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THESE SUMMER RECIPES ARE ABOUT TO MAKE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE YEAR EVEN BETTER. THESE DISHES ARE SO EASY TO WHIP UP -- SOME OF THEM DON'T EVEN REQUIRE YOU TO TURN ON AN APPLIANCE, WHICH IS ALWAYS A HUGE PLUS. Summertime is in full swing, and there is so much to celebrate. And with celebrations come food, food, and food. From the patriotic colors of Independence Day to the sweet and dreamy vibes of a midsummer night, there is always a dish to be enjoyed and a treat to be tasted. We want to bring some of the best selections to the top of your must-eat list. Whether you have a family to feed, are planning a date night for two, or prefer to feast solo with your feet propped by the pool, you can’t go wrong with any of these recipes.
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Sure, these beauties may look a little intimidating — what with their bright colors, varying textures, and delicious designs — but there are tricks to these treats that any beach bum could do, and that means all you have to do is decide which one to make first. Plan for a party because these recipes span the spectrum from sweet to savory and back again.
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RED, WHITE AND BERRY FRUIT PIZZA Adapted from thecraftersparrow.com Whether prepped for a Fourth of July celebration or served at a late-summer poolside party, this fruit pizza, with its sugar cookie crust, is sure to be the highlight of any tabletop feast.
BERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES Adapted from thefirstyearblog.com Need a little bit of natural sweetness in your life? How about some fruity goodness that pairs perfectly with summer? Well, these simple beauties are everything you’re looking for. INGREDIENTS: Strawberry lemonade Sliced strawberries Blueberries Blackberries
1. Make a pitcher of strawberry lemonade. 2. Add a few of the berries to each popsicle mold. 3. Fill each mold with the lemonade. 4. Place the top on the mold and insert popsicle sticks 5. Freeze overnight. 6. To get the molds to release the popsicles, run room temperature water over the frozen molds for a few seconds.
SUN-DRIED TOMATOES AND BASIL PINWHEELS Adapted from minimalistbaker.com Whether you need a quick breakfast, an afternoon pick-meup, or pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres, these sun-dried snacks are so savory, you can’t go wrong. INGREDIENTS: ounces cream cheese 8 ½ cup lightly packed sun-dried tomatoes (patted dry if in oil) 1/4 cup lightly packed frozen spinach 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese Pinch of salt and black pepper 2 large flour tortillas 24 fresh basil leaves
INGREDIENTS: ackage of cream cheese P 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup powdered sugar premade cookie dough
tsp. lemon zest 2 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup blueberries
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the cookie dough into a large ball, then roll out into a flat circle on a pizza pan. It will expand, so make the crust slightly smaller in diameter than your pizza pan. 2. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust turns slightly golden. 3. While the cookie crust is baking, whip the cream cheese for 2-3 minutes on high until it is smooth. In a separate bowl, whip
the heavy cream until it becomes stiff and peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese and add in the powdered sugar and lemon zest. Mix well until it’s smooth and creamy. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator. 4. Remove the cookie crust from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes. Once cool, spread the icing over the entire crust. Decorate the pizza with whatever design you desire.
1. Add cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. 2. Divide filling between two flour tortillas and spread into an even layer to the edge. 3. Top each tortilla with half of the fresh basil leaves. Leave one edge bare so the tortilla can stick to itself. 4. Tightly roll up tortillas from one end to another, starting from the end with the basil to the edge, working toward the slightly open end. 5. Once rolled up, squeeze gently and lay seam-side down for slicing. 6. Use a serrated knife to cut tortillas into 1/2-inch slices. 7. Arrange on a serving platter and enjoy.
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FROM CREMINI TO SHIITAKE, MUSHROOMS MAY NOT PRECISELY BE A MYSTERY, BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH TYPES OUT THERE TO LEAVE YOU STUMPED ON WHICH ONES TO CHOOSE AND HOW TO PREPARE THEM. BY TIFFANY DUNCAN
Mushrooms may very well be the only food item with such a unique degree of variance that, depending on which one you choose, they can either be a nutritious and delicious dish, send you to the ER due to poisoning, or cause you to think your couch has become a giant spider. You shouldn’t just eat any mushroom you see sprouting from your yard or spot during a hike. Many people even avoid the grocery store variety because it can be intimidating trying to understand the different kinds and know how to cook with them. Just like with any unfamiliar subject, it helps to break down the mystery surrounding it to lessen the intimidation factor. Let’s start with what mushrooms are. Contrary to what it may seem, mushrooms are technically not a vegetable or even a plant. Because mushrooms grow from spores, have no leaves or seeds, and do not need light to grow, they cannot be considered a vegetable or plant. But
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because they offer much of the same nutritional benefit as vegetables, they are often lumped together in the same category. Some people may be thrown off by the botanical classification that a mushroom is technically a fungus. But all this means is that fungi obtain their nutrients differently than a plant does (through photosynthesis) or an animal does (through digesting internally). For fungi, their mycelium (microscopic rooting threads) grow directly onto the food source, such as soil or wood. The mycelium secretes enzymes that digest the food externally, and then they absorb the subsequent nutrients. The actual mushroom stalk and “cap” is the reproductive structure of the fungus, similar to the fruit of a plant. Now that we’ve covered a fundamental explanation of what a mushroom is, the next step is to be able to identify mushroom types on a fancy dinner menu, or in the grocery store. Here’s a rough guide:
White button mushrooms These are perhaps the most ubiquitously familiar to people and account for 90 percent of all mushroom consumption. They are the mildest-tasting mushrooms and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Shiitake Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly cultivated mushroom, and they have a meaty, deep umami taste to them. Originally hailing from Japan, “shii” refers to an oak-like tree, and “také” which means mushroom (so literally, “tree mushroom”). Shiitake mushrooms taste delicious and preserve their nutritional content best through a light sauté.
Portobello Big and heartily-structured with meaty caps, portobello mushrooms are great for stuffing or grilling. They are common in Italian cooking and can lend a rich depth to sauces, or stand in as a meat substitute.
Cremini Cremini mushrooms, also called “baby bellas,” are merely young portobello mushrooms. They are similar to white button mushrooms in size and shape, but with a bit firmer texture and deeper flavor.
Morels If you have trypophobia (an aversion to an irregular pattern of small bumps or holes) morels may freak you out, as they resemble a sea sponge more than a mushroom. But don’t let their slightly offputting appearance fool you, these little guys are one of the most prized wild-growing mushrooms in the world, and are eagerly hunted down by foraging chefs and mushroom
enthusiasts alike in the spring. Even if you typically don’t like mushrooms, you may find that you like morels due to their lack of that slippery, slimy texture that is often associated with mushrooms. They also have a distinct, delicious taste that cannot accurately be described. Because they are not commercially grown and are relatively rare, morels are expensive and are typically only found in upscale restaurants.
Porcini Porcini mushrooms are also highly prized and foraged for in the wild. They are often used in Italian and French cooking but aren’t as easy to find fresh in the United States (though they can easily be purchased dried and then reconstituted in water). They are aromatic and woodsy in flavor, with a smooth texture.
Chanterelle Looking like mini gramophone trumpets, these mushrooms are difficult to cultivate, and therefore mostly must be foraged in the wild. They grow primarily in the Pacific Northwest from September and on into the colder months. The aroma of raw chanterelles is fruity, like apricot or peach, and when cooked they are velvety and chewy, with a mild peppery, earthy flavor.
Oyster These mushrooms look like the kind that grow stacked up on the trees in enchanted storybook forests, like a tiny fairy could buoyantly bound down from one to the other. Though they can indeed be found on trees in the wild, they are more commonly cultivated for the grocery store or restaurant menus. Whitishbeige and fanlike, these mushrooms have a delicate, bittersweet odor, almost like anise. When cooked, they are mildly nutty and seafood-like in flavor.
MUSHROOM FACTS • The actual body of the mushroom — the mycelium — can spread extensively underground. The largest living organism in the world is a fungus called Armillaria ostoyae, or, as it’s nicknamed, the “humongous fungus.” It grows in Malheur National Forest in Oregon and is pathogenic to the trees and roots it attaches itself to, secreting enzymes that eventually kill them. From this fungus sprouts honey mushrooms — a nice name, but steer clear. They are highly toxic. • The ubiquitous red mushroom with white dots, closely associated with Super Mario Bros. and other pop culture references, is based off a reallife mushroom called the fly agaric, or fly amanita mushroom. Though technically classified as poisonous, once it is parboiled, it weakens the mushroom’s toxicity, and it is then consumed in some parts of the world for its psychotropic properties. • The mushrooms that have psychotropic properties — also called “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms” — mostly come from a group of mushrooms that belong to the genus psilocybe. This type of mushroom contains two psychotropic tryptamines — psilocybin and psilocin, which can act on the central nervous system and cause a distorting of reality when consumed, similar
to LSD. This distortion of reality is called “tripping,” and rather than causing hallucinations, magic mushrooms instead tend to distort the perception of actual objects, increase emotions, heighten awareness, and/or cause time to feel like it has sped up or slowed down. • Common yard mushrooms can pop up so quickly because the only thing they need besides organic matter is water to fill their cells. They can rapidly pull in water from their mycelium, swelling the cap up quickly like a balloon. This is why you often see them sprouting up after a rain — they are mostly full of water. Similarly, the cap deflates when it dries out. • Unless you are an absolute expert (and sometimes even they can get it wrong), do not attempt to forage for mushrooms on your own. Though there are some guidelines out there that can help you more quickly identify mushrooms that are poisonous, weather and environmental conditions can quickly change the shape and appearance of a mushroom, making it challenging to identify safely. And though many common lawn mushrooms are harmless, there are still a few types that can be deadly, so do not let children or pets eat anything that pops up in the yard, either.
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s e i t u a e B Being in the right mindset to commit to the tedious process of making macarons helps navigate potential pitfalls. By Tiffany Duncan French macarons are one of my very favorite things in the entire world. Is there anything more adorable, more whimsical, more celebratory than a dazzling array of macarons laid out in a gleaming pastry case? Tiny, colorful, and with just the right amount of sweetness, I am completely powerless to resist them. And at nearly $4 per cookie, I have spent a pretty penny on these little cuties (as my husband can attest to; sorry, babe). Never in a million years did I think I would attempt to make them myself because macarons — not to be confused with macaroons, which are dense, chewy, flourless cookies with lots of coconut — are notoriously fussy and difficult to make. I genuinely expected this experiment to turn into one of those hilariously bad Pinterest-
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gone-wrong failures, but I could not have been more elated with the results. The texture was absolutely perfect — soft and chewy on the inside, slightly crunchy on the outside. It could all just be beginner’s luck, but I think I just might have discovered a new, genuine obsession.
I was very intimidated and nervous to begin the baking process, but I had also had a very rough day at work and was excited to throw myself into a world of sprinkles and color (seriously, hooray for baking therapy). I think being in the right mindset to commit to this tedious process helped me navigate the potential pitfalls of making macarons because let me tell you, there are a lot of them. I scoured professional food blogs for all of the dos, don’ts, tips, and tricks of mac-making and made a list. My best friend also attended pastry school, so I called her to get insider information. The ingredients for the macaron “shells” are deceptively simple: eggs, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, food coloring, and almond flour — which makes these little guys naturally gluten-free. The almond flour is the lynchpin
very dry egg whites, as it helps to stabilize the batter so it doesn’t get too runny.
The next step is to fold in the sieved almond flour and powdered sugar, and this is the step where my best friend’s advice came in super handy. She said to fold in the flour/sugar mixture in shifts until it is fully incorporated, and that I would then continue to mix it rather vigorously with a spatula until achieving the perfect “ribbon.” She explained that some baking experts test the batter by lifting the spatula and letting the batter “ribbon” back into the bowl. If the ribbon slowly incorporates back into the ingredient, and it is of utmost rest of the batter, then it is ready; importance that it be as fine as if it just sits stiffly on top of the possible (a lot of the blogs I read batter, then it needs to be mixed a recommended Bob’s Red Mill bit more. But you have to be very superfine almond flour). It should conscious of not overmixing, too, also be sieved — along with the because that will cause a drippy powdered sugar — through a fine batter that will spread too much mesh strainer to further ensure and flatten in the oven. against clumping. Once your batter is ready, Another big part of getting you load it up into a piping the perfect macaron shells bag and pipe small circles is properly whipping the egg onto parchment or a baking whites. Here I had a little bit of sheet. One blog I was reading an advantage, because from a highly recommended getting young age I’ve gotten to watch a macaron baking mat that my grandmother and mother depicts how much batter to pipe deftly separate egg whites from for each shell, so I picked one the yolks and beat them for high- up at Michael’s with that everto-the-heavens meringues and awesome 40 percent off coupon fluffy-light cakes. They told me they always have floating around. one of the big secrets to perfect It was helpful in that I’d never egg whites is making certain no piped macarons and it gave me water or other liquid, gets in the a definite frame of reference for whites whatsoever, or they won’t how big they were supposed to whip up properly, so I made be, but I oddly ended up liking sure to start with a bone-dry the shells that I piped onto mixing bowl. I also added a dash simple parchment paper for my of cream of tartar, which helps second batch more — they just the egg whites to fluff up (not seemed to cook better. I think all macaron recipes call for this, I got the oven cook time a little but I wanted it as a fail-safe). better on the second batch, so Then I beat them on high for four that may have had something to minutes, added the sugar, and do with it as well. beat them on high for six more minutes. One of the tips I read When the macarons are in the said don’t be afraid to create oven, the main element to keep
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an eye on is how well the “feet” are baking, which are the frilly, signature edges of the shells. If they start to puff up too high and fast, or spill out too much, then the oven temperature is too hot; cool it down by leaving the oven door open for a bit. After pulling them out of the oven, they need to cool down completely before icing. If baked correctly, they will pop clean off the parchment. My first batch was just slightly underbaked (I couldn’t stop hearing Paul Hollywood from The Great British Baking Show saying that word in my head), and so they stuck to the mat pretty badly. But that second batch popped right off and in the most validating way possible (take THAT, Paul). Once they were cool, I whipped up a simple icing recipe of powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. I also added a dash of almond extract because all good things in life have almond extract in them. I put a small pat of icing onto the bottom of each shell and delicately sandwiched it out toward the edges with the top shell. Once I was done, I stepped back and was stunned to see that I did nail these difficult little French cookies. They were so adorable I almost couldn’t eat them (almost). I foresee many, many more macaron baking sessions in my future. Though a bag of superfine almond flour ran me about $12, that’s not very much considering that $12 would only get about three or four store-bought macarons, whereas one batch of batter makes about 16-20 cookies. And there is an endless black hole of different flavors, colors, and designs to try on Pinterest — from sprinkles to glitter, to tie-dye, to chocolate or icing dipped, and even to unicorn macs with fondant ears and horns. I think I might be in trouble.
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With its authentic Oaxaca-style Mexican dishes, relaxed (yet upbeat) vibe and margaritas that rock, the color-splashed El Guapo’s Cantina is worth a crosstown drive during rush hour. by D O N N A LE AHEY p h otos by SARAH E LI ZA ROBERTS
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Do you enjoy a relaxing meal on the patio with friends or family, sipping something cold, and people watching? What if you could do it over a plate of freshly made, delicious, authentic Mexican food while overlooking a breathtaking view of downtown Tulsa? Fortunately, you can do all of those things at Tulsa’s only rooftop cantina, El Guapo’s. El Guapo’s has owned its corner of downtown since 2007, and not just because of the view from the roof; a lot has to do with its authentic Oaxaca-style Mexican dishes. A mountainous region
with coastal areas, Oaxaca is located in the southern part of Mexico. The area is known for cheese, various flavors, and mole — a type of sauce based on one or more chili peppers. “It’s authentic Oaxaca [at El Guapo’s],” says Samantha Olmos, El Guapo’s manager. “We’re the Mexican restaurant everyone wants to come to. “People come in and get a certain vibe. It’s very relaxing. People are happy here. It’s not corporate here. All of that is why El Guapo’s has been so popular.”
El Guapo’s downtown location’s decor is quirky and eclectic, with brick peeking through stucco, bright turquoise and terra cotta paint, and giant-headed cherubs and paintings of chickens decorating the walls. The feel is something between visiting your abuela’s house and going to a festival. The south Tulsa location is a bit less whimsical, but every bit as fun. And both feature that fresh take on Oaxaca cuisine. One of the most popular menu items is also Olmos’s favorite: the smoked steak and cheese flauta. “It’s a big flour tortilla fried with steak and cheese and served in
a bowl of queso.” The flautas are creamy, the crispy tortilla delivers a lovely crunch, and the queso is rich and full of great cheesy flavor. The Tacos el Guapo is another excellent menu choice. They’re street tacos with corn tortillas, onions, cilantro, a spicy tomato salsa, and topped with your choice of carnitas, carne asada, or tinga. Or, if you want to steak it up, try the Tacos al Carbon — flour tortillas with fresh, savory, perfectly-seasoned smoked steak, Jack cheese, guacamole, crema, and pica. You can get either with rice and beans or
a side of fruit. These are some seriously good tacos. If you’re looking for a tasty starter, there are plenty of options. There’s the can’t-gowrong choice of Cantina Queso. Hearty it up by adding seasoned ground beef or chili con carne. Maybe you’re in the mood for El Patron’s Super Nachos or some tasty elote (two grilled corn cobs with chipotle mayo and cotija). They’re all great choices, but give the Tony Collins Dip a look. It’s a layered dip of refried beans, seasoned ground sirloin, white queso, sour cream, and avocado verde salsa, all topped with
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Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
EL GUAPO’S CANTINA
8161 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa 918-728-7482 elguaposcantina.com
El Guapo’s offers several specials. Margarita Monday lets you enjoy house margs for $3. Taco Tuesday features $1 pork street tacos and $2 Tecate beers. Wednesday gives you the chance to try that amazing wet burrito for $6.99. Tequila Thursday lets you enjoy $2 tequila shots. And every day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the lunch special is a two-choice combo for $8.29.
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What goes better with Mexican food than a cold, sweet, tangy margarita? “Our margaritas are unique,” says Olmos. “They taste fresh. We have over 100 tequilas, one of the biggest selections in Tulsa.”
Finish your meal off with a basket of sopapillas, served fresh and hot with a side of honey. Or try the churros, filled with Bavarian cream and topped with your choice of cinnamon sugar or strawberry topping. “They’re so good,” adds Olmos.
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Of course, El Guapo’s serves up a great burrito. Before you make a choice, check out their burrito of the week. You might take a moment to consider whether today might be a chimichanga kind of day, because the chicken chimichanga is stuffed full and crunches so right. While you’re looking over the burritos, be sure to check out the wet burrito. It’s a generous plate of extra goodness: a large flour tortilla generously filled with cheese, refried beans, poblano rice and your choice of chicken, ground beef, or carne asada. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s then smothered in white queso, salsa roja, and pico de gallo. It comes with sour cream and guacamole. The creamy, savory, fresh flavors come together into a festive medley of southern Mexican goodness.
One of the best choices if you like color in your margs is the hibiscus margarita. “The hibiscus syrup is made in the kitchen,” says Olmos. This margarita is not just beautiful to look at; it’s lovely to taste. The hibiscus syrup gives it a fruity sweetness without being too sweet. Light, sweet, floral, and pretty. If you want a more serious margarita, consider the Lucky Day made with Grand Marnier. This is one serious margarita with a downright authoritative bite. It’s the perfect way to enjoy that rooftop view.
fresh pico. It’s a creamy, savory treat you’ll want to double dip into. What a great way to start your cantina visit.
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With an aesthetic that straddles comfy pub and buzzy brasserie, The Tavern pays serious attention to its bar menu while satisfying cravings for seasonal highbrow plates and inventive casual eats alike.
Imagine yourself on a day trip with friends. One of those wonderfully lazy days where you explore, maybe do a little antiquing or take in some art. When you’re ready for a meal, you happen across the most delightful and charming little tavern. A place with character. Its unique personality. And there you enjoy a meal of unique and delicious recipes accompanied by the perfect beverage, surrounded by photos and memorabilia. Sure sounds like heaven. That charming little tavern exists, right in the Tulsa Arts District. It is The Tavern. “The Tavern is a lot of things to a lot of people,” says manager Scott Zeier. “We’re a chef-driven restaurant in a comfortable setting. On any night, we might have a group of business people, a girls’ night, or people just out exploring. We’re a tavern, but upscale. “When we started, there was not a lot of life in downtown outside of concerts. Now this corner [Main Street and M.B. Brady Street] of the Arts District is an institution.” The decor at The Tavern is classy, laid-back, and features dark wood, eclectic art, books,
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and older pictures of Tulsa. “It makes people comfortable. Older couples like to get up and look around,” says Zeier. It feels a bit like grandma’s formal dining room, with decades of memorabilia and memories. Exposed brick peeks from behind the wood and old pictures, while natural light floods in through the large windows in front. Zeier takes a lot of pride in The Tavern’s selection of beer and wines, and for a good reason. The extensive wine list offers some of the best wines from across the globe. Their beer list includes local breweries like Elgin, Marshall, Dead Armadillo, and more on tap. For the whiskey lover, The Tavern has a selection of more than 40 bourbons, ryes, and scotches, including several single malts. Let their bar staff treat you to an expertly poured classic cocktail, or one of their unique creations. The Tavern’s menu changes seasonally. Whatever the season, however, there are some favorites you can count on. “The Tavern Burger is a real staple,” says Zeier. “We change it up seasonally, but whatever the season, our regulars say this is their favorite by far on the menu.” The
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To start your meal off right, take a look at the bar snacks and small plates menu. A unique and delicious must-try is the bacon popcorn. “The popcorn is popped in bacon fat and served with maple butter and bacon pieces,” says Zeier. Popcorn, maple, butter, and bacon? What could be better? Another genuinely unique starter is the Deviled Egg Trifecta: a beautiful plate of deviled eggs prepared three ways. There’s the simple classic preparation, the elegant smoked salmon, and—the egg that bites back—the sriracha egg. The Angry Mac and Cheese is a rich and creamy bowl of comfort food that’s got a spicy kick from sambal chili paste. Be sure to check out the Tater Tot poutine. The Tavern makes this Canadianstyle treat its own by adding short rib and
On a lazy weekend morning, stop for their brunch offering. You can enjoy a savory breakfast like pastrami Benedict or a red carnitas burrito, or a sweet one like buttermilk pancakes or brioche French toast served with Earl Grey ice cream. There’s a beautiful huevos rancheros or a simple, comforting grilled cheese. And you can enjoy $3 mimosas with your breakfast, too.
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If you prefer pork, consider the porkchop. “It’s always a house favorite,” says Zeier. The pork comes fresh from Prairie Creek Farms in Kellyville, Oklahoma. It’s perfectly seasoned and cooked and comes to you with seasonal vegetables, a beautiful choice on a menu of great options.
The Tavern offers several specials. That Tavern Burger is half price after 9 p.m. Every Wednesday is Winesday with every bottle of wine offered at half price. Sunday night is family style fried chicken. “It’s makegrandma-jealous homestyle,” says Zeier.
Another perennial favorite is the chicken roulade: a thick chicken breast rolled up snugly with prosciutto, seasonal vegetables, parmesan broth, and basil gel. The presentation is lovely and the flavor is even better. The outside of the roulade is browned and crispy, the inside is juicy and savory. This dish is a treat not to be missed.
What about dessert, you ask? “We have a pastry chef who makes wonderful, delicious, creative desserts,” says Zeier. There are lavender and blackberry macarons or wonderfully creamy malted milk ice cream served with a waffle cone and macadamia nuts. Be sure to consider the lemon and honey lemon bar. “It’s nice and light after a meal,” he says.
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salsa verde to the cheese curds and brown gravy. Zeier also recommends the cheese and charcuterie. “You choose your cheese,” he explains. “Get a bottle of wine with it. I love it.”
Tavern burger is an impressively thick beef patty, cooked perfectly to order and served on a challah bun. This is a seriously good burger, served with equally delicious fries. The Tavern’s fries are thin cut and fried tasty and crispy. They are the perfect accompaniment to the burger. Or one of The Tavern’s tempting sandwiches like the club or pastrami.
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THE NIGHT STUFF Miami Nights Cuban Restaurant and Lounge takes the fresh ingredients of the Caribbean, some Jamaican influences, a dash of French, African, and Chinese tastes, and finishes it up with a dusting of island life. By Donna Leahey Photos by Marc Rains
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“Cooking has been part of the family for generations and generations. I’m the fourth generation,” says Abel Valdes, who serves as the chef, bartender, and manager of Miami Nights. Valdes has been managing Miami Nights since his father, Fransisco Valdez, opened it two years ago. “We started as a nightclub; then my father thought of me and made it a restaurant and club. We’re more of a nightclub on the weekends.” You can feel the Miami vibe as soon as you step inside. Miami Nights is spacious and airy, with tropical trees adding a touch of greenery. Cuban instrumentals set the scene, playing overhead. A vibrant light-up palm stands in front of the bar, brightening the dark interior. Glass fishing floats and lobster traps decorate the ceiling and walls, paying homage to the island life. “Cuba is made up of mountains, plains, and beaches. The culture ranges from ranches to bar parties. The decor at Miami Nights encompasses all of that. We have Cuban vibes,” says Valdes. “The culture, the experience.” A station stocked with fresh-cut sugar cane sits near the entrance, where Miami Nights
One of the most popular menu items is, of course, the Cubano — the authentic Cuban sandwich. “We’re the king of the Cuban sandwich,” says Valdes. “It’s a straightforward sandwich: roast pork, ham, and Swiss cheese.” Miami Night’s Cubano deserves its crown. After the ingredients are stuffed inside Cuban bread and dressed with pickles and mustard, the whole thing is finished in a type of sandwich press called a plancha, which heats and compresses the sandwich. This makes the bread delightfully crispy and the sandwich wonderfully hearty. The flavors complement each other perfectly. The churrasco is another must-try at Miami Nights. This 12-ounce skirt steak is artfully seasoned and served alongside fufu (mashed green plantains) and chimichurri sauce. The mashed green plantains are garlicky and delicious. One bite and you’ll want all your steaks served with plantains instead of boring mashed potatoes. The chimichurri sauce is bright and sets off the seasoning on the skirt steak wonderfully. Another favorite is the lechon asado, or Cuban-style pulled pork. Tasty pork is marinated with Cuban mojo, a garlicky sauce, and slow roasted. The result is tender, moist, and savory. This delectable dish is served with moros rice (Cuban rice and beans), yucca, and garlic lime sauce. Valdes’ favorite will be yours too: the paella. Paella is a rice and seafood dish which originated in Spain, was adopted by Cuba, and perfected by the Valdes family and Miami Nights. The rice is a sunny yellow due
to the saffron seasoning, and it’s prepared with generous servings of seafood. Miami Nights’ paella is a beautiful dish, with clam and mussel shells, shrimp, and pops of color from the red pepper. The whole dish is a fantastic plate of comfort food. Delicately flavored, served hot, and loaded with goodness, it will leave you and your tummy happy. You can order the paella frita which comes with shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, squid, and fish, or go for the paella valencia which adds lobster. “People tell us, ‘Your food reminds me of my grandma or my aunt,’” says Valdes. “It makes you feel good. It’s all homemade, all fresh made. Freshly cooked.” Miami Nights has even more to offer, though. Their generous pina colada will make you feel like you’re lounging on a beach, while their Cafe Cubano will have you thinking you’re relaxing at a Cuban street cafe. They offer drink specials like rum and coke, vodka and cranberry, tequila sunrise, and more for $3.50. If you want to dance the night away, stop by on Latin Thursday. From 8-9 p.m., instructors will teach you to salsa, bachata, and kizomba. With the steps mastered, you’re ready to shake your hips and meet new people as the party gets going with music provided by dedicated members of the Latin dance community in the area.
MIAMI NIGHTS RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 6510 E. 21st St. | Tulsa 918-835-4522
Cuba’s food is as unique as its heritage. It starts with the flavors and recipes of the Mediterranean brought to the new world by the Spaniards. Add in the fresh ingredients of the Caribbean, some Jamaican influences, a dash of French, African, and Chinese tastes, and finish it all up with a dusting of island life. The result: bright and savory dishes that take your taste buds on a tropical cruise.
prepares an extra-special treat: sugar cane juice. “We’re the only people selling sugar cane juice,” says Valdes. Sugar cane goes in, and fresh sugar cane juice comes out. You might expect it to be too sweet, but it’s fresh, light, and delicious. It tastes like summertime. A bit of lime sets it off nicely. A splash of rum sets it off even better.
Have you ever thought about visiting Cuba? Maybe stopping off in Miami to soak up the cuisine and culture before traveling to the Caribbean for some Havana nightlife? The summer heat, the fresh Caribbean flavors, the music, and dancing? Fortunately for you, Oklahoma already has plenty of summer heat, and the Valdes family has brought Havana from Cuba to Miami to Tulsa in the form of Miami Nights Cuban Restaurant and Lounge.
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A board-game café sounds like a niche business appealing mainly to millennials with a fondness for ironic nostalgia. But the crowd at Shuffles is more diverse than that, with families, children, and co-workers playing, eating, and drinking together in a harmony of human interaction.
It’s not only a coffee shop, but it’s also a bar. Even more so, it’s a delicious restaurant. But what makes Shuffles Board Game Café distinctive are the games. Located downtown at 207 E. Archer (between Detroit and Cincinnati) in the southeast corner of the Tulsa Arts District, Shuffles fills a unique niche.
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Owner Eric Fransen, a former math professor who opened a furniture business 14 years ago (Fransen Furniture), thought about opening a restaurant and combined that with his love of board games to come up with the concept for Shuffles. “It’s a lot of spinning plates, and then I decided to open a restaurant because I didn’t have enough to do,” Fransen jokes. “I usually can’t sit still very long; I get it from my grandmother. So
Customers can select from an extensive board game library that contains over 700 titles. There are new games, old games, kids’ games, and adult games — everything from Hungry Hungry Hippos, Uno and Mouse Trap for the kids, to old favorites like Battleship, Monopoly, Scrabble and various renditions of Risk, to more complicated ones like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and even Dungeons & Dragons. And just about everything in between. And if you are one of those people who gets paralyzed by having too many options, the pleasant and engaging waitstaff will help you choose a game, or even bring you one that seems appropriate for your group (and it undoubtedly will be).
“We want to push this as a way to critical thinking, lateral thinking, conflict resolution, and time management,” he says. “All these things are great for both adults and children, either in a summer camp or a corporate setting.”
The food menu, overseen by Matt Shipley, includes tasty items like burgers, sandwiches, chicken, and salads, as well as an excellent slate of appetizers. In addition to beer and wine, the well-stocked bar has tons of different rum, whiskey, vodka, and scotch options, as well as many different mixed drink choices, although if you order a Mule, it won’t come in a copper mug. Of course, there’s also coffee and milkshakes of different flavors, including some with alcohol, if you’re so inclined. And all the décor is unique, with everything designed and custom-built by Fransen and his furniture shop, including the tables, chairs, light fixtures and shelving. And while Shuffles is an ideal setting for date night or a fun get-together with a large group of friends, it can also be an excellent place for corporate team-building. Fransen is actively promoting Shuffles as an ideal setting for workplace bonding by hosting company gatherings, including Christmas parties.
SHUFFLES BOARD GAME CAFÉ
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The fees to play games are still very reasonable at $6 per person on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sundays. It’s just $3 on Tuesdays, and $5 per hour Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m.
“We want to validate the hobby because there are over 5,000 new games that come out every year; it’s about a $4 billion industry. And that’s new games,” Fransen says. “This is said a lot, but we are in a board gaming renaissance. It’s a cliché in the board gaming world. So we go to conventions — the management staff and I — around the nation. We buy all the hot games from each convention.”
And for many of the same reasons, Fransen is also putting together a summer camp for kids, whom he believes would benefit significantly by working through similar issues, while also having fun.
“It’s a foolish idea, from the point of view of a restaurant — my table times are two-plus hours. That’ll cripple any restaurant,” Fransen says. “But we’ve done a lot of things to mitigate that. I have hourly charges on our busy nights. I have game passes. There is unlimited gaming for $6 most nights, and half price Tuesdays. You never have to pay to come in here and eat [before playing].”
Fransen points out just how popular board games are becoming again, noting that there are similar establishments in other cities around the country, many of which he visited before opening to get a feel for how they operated.
going to a psychiatrist and interacting with a teddy bear. I thought about these things quite a lot. You have crisis management, time management, leadership, cooperation, all kinds of synergies that might develop in a corporate setting.”
As a restaurant, Fransen acknowledges that having guests stay for upward of 2-3 hours while they play games may not be the smartest business plan, but it makes for a fun outing.
You can even buy games there. They have over 150 different games available to purchase, in addition to being able to play them in the restaurant.
“If there’s stress between co-workers in the workplace and you play a game, the stress is now indirect, because you interact with the game first,” Fransen says. “It’s almost like
Shuffles is a full restaurant, a full coffee shop, a full bar, a full retail program, and a full event space. It was born out of pretty much love of board gaming, and I wanted to design the space and put my stuff in here to make it work for board gaming. Board gaming, coffee, booze, and food, the nexus of all those things is kind of what Shuffles is.”
Monday-Thursday: 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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FOUR FRIENDS: PROMISING LIVES CUT SHORT BY WILLIAM D. COHAN
Jack Berman, the child of impoverished Holocaust survivors, uses his unlikely Andover pedigree to achieve the American dream, only to be cut down in an unimaginable act of violence. Will Daniel, Harry Truman’s grandson and the son of the managing editor of The New York Times, does everything possible to escape the burdens of a family legacy he’s ultimately trapped by. Harry Bull builds the life of a careful, successful Chicago lawyer and heir to his family’s fortune before taking a devastating and challenging risk on a beautiful summer day.
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Elwood Curtis is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early-1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, where the cruel staff beats and abuses the students, corrupt officials steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear.
After a messy divorce, Jenna Boltz raised her two children, juggling motherhood with her job. Now that her children are grown, Jenna still isn’t sure she’s ready to let love in until she meets Dr. Rowan Lancaster. Even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved, she has to admit that she’s more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected.
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Everyone else sees Zane Bigelow’s parents as successful. But Zane and his sister know the truth: There is something wrong. As his father’s violent, controlling rages — and his mother’s complicity — become more and more oppressive, Zane can’t wait to escape. In fear for his very life, he plays along with the insidious lie that everything is fine while scribbling his real thoughts in a secret journal he must carefully hide.
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BY FIONA DAVIS JULY 30
FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME BY BUD SELIG JULY 9
The longtime commissioner of Major League Baseball provides a unique look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age.
THE NOCTURNAL BRAIN BY DR. GUY LESCHZINER JULY 23
Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnea, and sleepwalking are just a sampling of conditions afflicting sufferers who cannot sleep. Dr. Leschziner illustrates the neuroscience behind our sleeping minds.
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The Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who call it home — a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. They soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art.
GRAVITY IS THE THING BY JACLYN MORIARTY JULY 23
The same year Abigail Sorenson’s brother, Robert, went missing, she began receiving chapters in the mail of a self-help manual. Two decades later, Abi is invited to an all-expenses-paid weekend retreat to learn “the truth” about the Guidebook.
THE FLIGHT GIRLS THE WEDDING BY NOELE SALAZAR PARTY JULY 2
It’s 1941, and Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly planes. She is not interested in the disarming Lieutenant James Hart. But when James goes missing in action, Audrey finds the strength to cross the front lines and fight for everything she holds dear.
BY JASMINE GUILLORY JULY 16
Maddie and Theo have two things in common: Alexa is their best friend, and they hate each other. After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other.
GAME OF SNIPERS
BY STEPHEN HUNTER JULY 30
When Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a woman risking all she has to find the sniper who killed her son, he knows right away he’ll do everything in his power to help her.
A STRANGER ON THE BEACH BY MICHELE CAMPBELL JULY 23
Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem. As Caroline’s marriage and carefully constructed lifestyle collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, a stranger, for comfort and revenge.
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THE GOLDEN ACORN BY KATY HUDSON
BY CHUCK WENDIG
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She can’t talk or be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. Soon, Shana and her sister are joined by other sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey.
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THE SEVEN LONGEST YARDS: OUR LOVE STORY OF PUSHING THE LIMITS WHILE LEANING ON EACH OTHER BY CHRIS AND EMILY NORTON
In a moment, Chris went from a talented 18-year-old college football player to flat on his back with a broken neck and a 3 percent chance of ever moving or feeling anything below his neck. Meanwhile, Emily faced her challenges as she sunk into a deep battle against anxiety and depression. Day by day, decision by decision, Chris and Emily committed themselves to take the extra step, trusting God, and leaning on the help of others.
WILDER GIRLS BY RORY POWER
It’s been 18 months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. First, the teachers died one by one. Then students became infected, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence. But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence.
Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel’s competitive spirit take over, or will she learn how to be a team player?
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MIGHTY READER AND THE BIG FREEZE BY WILL HILLENBRAND
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DRAGONSLAYER BY DUNCAN M. HAMILTON JULY 2
Once a member of the king’s guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s wary when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. As he travels, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. She soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem because magic is forbidden.
THE SUM OF ALL SHADOWS BY ERIC VAN LUSTBADER JULY 9
For millennia, Lucifer has been rebuilding his influence. At long last, he is ready to enact his ultimate revenge against heaven. Standing in his way is one extraordinary family: the Shaws.
I GIVE UP: THE WARRIOR’S SECRET JOY OF CREED A SURRENDERED BY ROGER SPARKS JULY 23 LIFE BY LAURA STORY Introduced to JULY 30 a strict code of Grammy Award– honor, family, and winner Laura Story brotherhood from thought she had birth, Roger Sparks control over her rose to become life. But when she a distinguished and her husband, instructor in Marine Martin, faced Reconnaissance a brain tumor, and a Silver infertility, and a Star recipient son’s congenital as an Alaska disability, Laura had Pararescueman. to surrender her vision for her life so she could embrace God’s vision.
PAST PERFECT LIFE
When Wunder Ellis’s newborn sister dies at only 8 days old, he decides miracles can’t exist. He stops believing. Then he meets Faye — a cape-wearing, outspoken girl with losses of her own. Together, they meet a mysterious older woman who might be a witch.
BY ELIZABETH EULBERG
Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life. But when she files her applications, it sends up a red flag —because she’s not Allison Smith. Her ordinary life is blown apart.
BY JESS REDMAN JULY 30
Hugo, a beagle puppy, helps his new friend Barkley through a reading disaster. Barkley freezes up when he must read aloud in class. Hugo gives Barkley the confidence to perform that even impresses the visiting author.
PETE THE CAT’S TRIP TO THE SUPERMARKET BY JAMES DEAN JULY 9
Along with his dad and brother, Pete the Cat heads off to the supermarket. But what happens when Dad loses the grocery list? It’s up to Pete and Bob to help remind Dad what was on their list.
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Over the objections of her parents, a ChineseAmerican woman named Billi returns to China after her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, which is kept as a secret from the matriarch.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
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CAST: AWKWAFINA, TZI MA, DIANA LIN RATING: PG
CIRCLE CINEMA 10 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa | 918.592.3456
Shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker goes on a vacation trip to Europe with his friends. But while abroad, he is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Quentin Beck, who appeared out of a tear in the multiverse caused by the decimation, to battle the Elementals.
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CAST: TOM HOLLAND, ZENDAYA, JAKE GYLLENHAAL RATING: NR
quickly go awry.
A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things
CAST: FLORENCE PUGH, JACK REYNOR, WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER RATING: NR
THE ART OF SELFDEFENSE JULY 12
Casey is a young man who, after a rough encounter on the street, decides to take up martial arts to better protect himself, falling more and more into his paranoia in the process. CAST: JESSE EISENBERG, IMOGEN POOTS, ALESSANDRO NIVOLA RATING: R
SUMMER NIGHT JULY 12
A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up Vic, a grizzled detective who is hot on the trail of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist. Stu soon finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, avoid danger, and work with his passenger while maintaining his high customer service rating.
Two best friends, Seth and Jameson, are getting ready to perform — and party — at a local rock venue. But before the night begins, both young men are faced with severe reality checks. Seth receives life-changing news from his girlfriend, Mel, and Jameson has to choose between his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Corin, and a new girl he’s just met, the outspoken Harmony.
CAST: KUMAIL NANJIANI, DAVE BAUTISTA, KAREN GILLAN RATING: NR
CAST: ELLAR COLTRANE, IAN NELSON, ANALEIGH TIPTON RATING: NR
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CRAWL JULY 12
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
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CAST: KAYA SCODELARIO, BARRY PEPPER, ROSS ANDERSON RATING: R
21 BRIDGES JULY 12
An expertly trained NYPD detective puts all of New York City on lockdown so he and the other authorities can try to defeat a gang of bloodthirsty cop killers. CAST: CHADWICK BOSEMAN, J.K. SIMMONS, SIENNA MILLER RATING: NR
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A look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti and directed by Oklahoman Ron Howard. Archival interviews include Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Phil Donahue, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Placido Domingo and many more.
HAMLET PRESENTED BY NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE JULY 8
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death, but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament.
CINE DE ORO
Celebrate the golden age of Mexican cinema with a classic film.
CIRCLE CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL 2019 JULY 11-15
The Circle Cinema Film Festival returns with a showcase of original storytelling through film, art, music, and experiences. The festival features a lineup of diverse films and special guests to Tulsa, including some fresh from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Film programming, with an emphasis on Oklahoma-centric independent films and filmmakers, will include a mix of documentaries and features along with some classic and silent films.
THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE OPENS JULY 12
A robbery goes wrong, leaving an intellectual-turneddeliveryman confronted with a dilemma: leave emptyhanded, or take the money and run?
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THE LION KING JULY 19
Simba, the son of Mufasa and the Prince of the Pride Lands, hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Mufasa’s brother, Scar, plots to betray Mufasa and take over the Pride Lands, forcing Simba into exile, where he will meet Timon and Pumbaa. Simba will have to face his destiny to be king. CAST: DONALD GLOVER, SETH ROGEN, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR RATING: NR
Get ready for an all-night horror movie scare-athon. This year will be an all-killer, no-filler night of movies including Friday the 13th Part 3, Tourist Trap, and Nightbreed.
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CAST: JAMIE BELL, VERA FARMIGA, DANIELLE MACDONALD RATING: NR
TEL AVIV ON FIRE
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. CAST: KAIS NASHIF, LUBNA AZABAL, YANIV BITON RATING: NR
DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME JULY 19
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CAST: KATIE HOLMES, RALPH INESON, OWAIN YEOMAN RATING: NR
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CAST: LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRAD PITT, MARGOT ROBBIE RATING: NR
A young family, unaware of the dark history, move into the Heelshire Mansion. The premise will follow the story of the youngest son finding the porcelain doll, and befriending Brahms.
The story of a family and a company that changed the world is told in three parts on a single evening. The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
In 1969 Los Angeles, a television actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry. Featuring a large ensemble cast, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood weaves multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
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THE LEHMAN TRILOGY PRESENTED BY NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE JULY 25
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
A white supremacist reforms his life after falling in love, but saying goodbye to his skinhead life isn’t a clean process. He must betray his former gang and work alongside the FBI to remove the body ink that has represented his identity for so long, as well as the burden of the gang’s crimes he has carried.
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Meet David Crosby in this portrait of a man with everything but a comfortable retirement on his mind. CAST: DAVID CROSBY, CAMERON CROWE, HENRY DILTZ RATING: NR
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