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I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli. Tulsa’s unique entertainment and shopping districts provide enjoyable experiences for the entire family. From an art crawl in the Brady District, to a concert at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, to a trip to the Tulsa Zoo or a leisurely drive along Route 66 — there’s no end to what you can experience here.  

Performing Arts Center attracts Broadway musicals, renowned musicians and excellent local theater productions, and is home to the Tulsa Ballet.

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

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Tulsa Ballet, under the direction of Marcello Angelini, gracefully dances past the challenges of reinterpreting one of the most technically grueling and revered ballet storylines, Swan Lake.

ON THE COVER

It’s time to put away your bulky clothes, slide into a pair of shorts, enjoy longer days, smell the blooming flowers, get reacquainted with your favorite flip-flops, and celebrate the end of cabin fever. And if you’re still not too broke from Christmas, maybe squeeze in a minivacation. It’s spring, baby. There might be a few more cold spells (this is Oklahoma after all), but the appetizer to summer has officially sprung. MODEL: Lindsay Batchelder PHOTOGRAPHER: Marc Rains ZIPLINE COURTESY: POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat MODELS COURTESY: Model Talent Management

DEPARTMENTS $91.80 in 48 Challenge | 8 Concert Happenings | 10 Happenings | 12 Street Talk | 14 Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48 Sound Check | 50 Green Country Scene | 54 Health + Fitness | 56 Style + Shopping | 58 Sports Central | 60 Sports Schedule | 65 Eats + Treats | 66 Cocktail Confidential | 68 Masters of Flavor | 86 Get To Know | 88 Showtime | 92

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SOCCER SOARING

Between 1990-2015, the number of players registered in organized youth soccer programs has doubled. So, has it really happened? Does America, and pigskin-loving Oklahomans, finally love the world’s most popular sport?

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WONDER WALLS

Tulsa’s building-sized mural scene is growing due to the work of Clean Hands — a group that doesn’t mind getting their hands covered in paint to add something artistic and creative to Tulsa’s cityscape.

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RAISING THE STEAKS

From service and decor to dining options and a view, Oklahoma’s first Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers plenty of 500-degree sizzle with tomahawk rib-eyes, well-marbled bone-in filets, succulent lamb chops and an amazing Chilean sea bass.

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ETERNAL TREAT

RELAX AND RETREAT

Whether ziplining over the Osage Hills, working on team building skills or just getting away from the grind for a few days, POSTOAK is all about helping guests relax and be refreshed in the shadows of 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape.

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WHERE TO WED

Choosing a wedding venue can be a daunting task. You want it to be perfect. But where do you start? How about with our 14 options for top-tier locations to celebrate your big day.

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HIT PARADE

A celebratory musical paying tribute to the African-American music explosion led by Berry Gordy’s Detroit label, Motown: The Musical is more than just a fabulous songbook with soulful staged music numbers.

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Don’t let spring showers rain on your fashion parade. Pretty can meet practical as you prepare to sizzle through the drizzle.

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NEW AGE THINKING

After a disappointing 2016 campaign that focused on younger legs, the Roughnecks are undergoing a non-youth movement, bringing in older talent with wins and veteran leadership.

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HANG TIME

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SHAMROCKS AND SHINDIGS

When pretzels and popcorn aren’t good enough to make the starting lineup, grab a rebound by giving your March Madness parties a slam dunk assist with fun and easy DOPPELGANGERS these game-winning snacks.

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PERIODIC TABLES

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

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BUILT ON EXCELLENCE

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AHEAD OF THE GAME

The Freeway Cafes provide all the crucial elements of a great diner serving customers just the right helping of nostalgia while slinging breakfast, lunch, ambiance and great plates.

A surefire recipe for a great dining experience, Cafe Olé’s Don Jones’s newest Brookside endeavor, Ol’Vine, features his signature attention-to-everydetail cooking style and honors the Sonoma area of the West Coast.

DELIGHT

While playing cover songs doesn’t hold much creative gain for musicians, it is a way to make a little coin and stay connected to music.

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WET WEATHER WEAR

CENTER OF ATTENTION

The heritage of the Cherokee is crucial to the history of Oklahoma. And a visit to the Cherokee Heritage Center helps educate visitors to a harsh time period for the tribe and honor those who endured.

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AVOID RUNNING RUIN

Outdoor running is a different beast that you need to tackle one step at a time. From terrain and tempo to breathing and boundaries, there are crucial factors you should consider to get the most out of getting into shape.

For everyone who believes there are only two kinds of people in the world — those who are Irish and those who wish they were — the 918 has plenty of opportunities for you to get your meangreen-fun-machine in gear this St. Patrick’s Day.

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DINER DAZE

Settle into a booth at one of our 28 favorite Fonzapproved places that pour unlimited cups of coffee, serve sumptuous comfort-food staples, dish out a relaxing vibe and provide a square meal for a fair dollar.

An entertainer at heart, Khaled Rahhal aims to please eyes first and stomachs second by taking pride in the presentation of every meal at Mediterranean hotspot Papa Ganouj.

There’s no chance of a rain delay at Carmelo Scalone’s 27,000 square foot indoor soccer and sports complex, where the focus and mission is about more than just what goes on inside the Plexiglas field walls.


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

STOP #1

We had breakfast at the New Atlas Grill. When we arrived, they were making homemade biscuits and we knew right away that this was going to be a treat. Both of us ordered two pancakes with chocolate milk and fresh orange juice. Alyssa added a side of fruit which went perfect with the meltin-your-mouth buttermilk pancakes. This place has a small-town diner atmosphere mixed with a little retro because of the multicolored checkered floor. The menu was huge for lunch and dinner. We’ll be back.

STOP #4

$15

Ida Red was so cool. We will be returning for sure. It’s the perfect place to get gifts for people or to treat yourself. We needed to treat our sweet tooth with butterscotch root beer, cream soda, giant smarties (Alyssa’s favorite), an old fashioned giant flat taffy stick, some pop rocks, usually flavored $8.45 treat that Alyssa picked out for her fiancé who loves sriracha — a strawberry and sriracha sucker.

STOP #2

Jules Boutique is like having our own little mall right in downtown. They have everything from gifts and candles to artwork, shoes and unique clothing items to fit anyone’s style and budget. We found a scarf for our mom as a gift. Every time a customer enters the store, it’s like they have their own personal shopper to help them find exactly what they need. They even have brands that $14.76 the former Miss Jackson’s store carried. They also have jewelry-making classes and can book the boutique for a girls’ night out with snacks and trying on clothes.

STOP #3

We went to The Boxyard to check it out; neither of us had been there. STEMcell was such a unique little shop with all kinds of science things including a giant dinosaur skull, telescopes, NASA suits, and all sorts of new and used scientific books. This is definitely a go-to store for all things science. There were beakers and flasks for the mature science projects and even science kits for kids. Rachael found this cool “helping hands” gadget. She’s all about making things and this will be perfect for her next project that requires small, intricate parts.

THE TEAM

STOP #5

$31

We love sushi. We thought we would give Fuji a try and it was great. We had onion soup for an appetizer and shared three different rolls: the Al roll was simple but packed with all different satisfying textures; the Love roll had a refreshing sweet and spicy bite thanks to the jalapeño inside and fresh strawberries on top; and the Phone Doctor roll was an explosion of flavor and spice thanks to their special sauce.

STOP #6

$11.88

THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS?

We’ve been hearing about Hey Mambo for a while and had to give it a try. With our last few dollars we ordered a spinach and mushroom calzone and splurged a little over budget on the Ganache al Cioccolato chocolate cake as an appetizer before our meal. Their marinara sauce is $26.79 to die for and the crust was clearly homemade — crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also had crunchy bread sticks at each table. We will be back to try some of their many tap beers and enjoy more of the art displayed for sale by local artists.

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FLYING FEZ WINE TASTING FESTIVAL Bedouin Shrine Temple (Muskogee)

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WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS BOK Center (Tulsa)

AND GARDEN SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

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GRAND LAKE BOAT AND SPORT SHOW Civic Center (Grove)

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STREET LIVE: ELMO MAKES MUSIC BOK Center (Tulsa)

ALEXANDER, WHO’S NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT GOING TO MOVE Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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Been there, done that when I was evacuated for Hurricane Sandy. I only had one car to fill and two hours to get out. At first I took valuable papers, some clothes and shoes, family photos and such. But then I started taking other crazy little sentimental things of little or no monetary value. Luckily my house survived. That truly was a life-altering moment for me.

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My birth certificate and all my animals.

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I would grab my two children...the fourlegged type!

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I’d get Doggy. I'd rely on hubs to be smart enough to get himself out. Probably laptop too if it was on the way. And if I have time, a few teddies. These can easily be chucked out a window that they are conveniently next to.

SOPHIE

All of my photographs. You can’t replace those.

SANDRA

First would be my son if he were still in there. I hope my fiancé is smart enough to get himself out. Would also get my memory box with stuff I’ve saved for the last 12 years. I'm not very materialistic.

My family and my safe.

KAM

I would grab my baby girl, Hadley, and bolt to the nearest exit.

MADDIE

Assuming my fiancé and my dog are safe, I’d save my computer, journals and taxidermy collection.

I would save my family photos. The joy that comes with reliving those memories is priceless.

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Tulsa Ballet, under the direction of Marcello Angelini, gracefully dances past the challenges of reinterpreting one of the most technically grueling and revered ballet storylines, Swan Lake. By Donna Leahey

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Once upon a time at the ballet, a handsome prince named Siegfried journeyed into the woods, entertaining himself with hunting. He spied a beautiful, perfect swan, but just as he readied an arrow, the swan turned into a woman. She told him her name was Odette, and she had been cursed by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart to spend her days as a swan, able to return to her human form only at night. She can only be saved by a virgin prince swearing his eternal love to her, but if he then betrays her love, she will remain a swan forever. Siegfried insisted Odette come to his palace to attend a ball the next night, where he would propose to her and break the spell. Von Rothbart learned of their plan and brought another girl to the palace disguised as Odette. Siegfried was fooled by the illusion and proposed to the wrong woman, thereby condemning Odette. Upon learning of his tragic mistake, Siegfried returned to the lake, where the lovers resolved to remain together forever. The Tulsa Ballet performs Swan Lake, telling this tragic fairy-tale of love through Tchaikovsky’s soaring music and the vision of artistic director Marcello Angelini. “Swan Lake is one of the most difficult classical ballets ever,” Angelini says. “One that is really the measuring yard of any ballerina, principal male dancer and for the company as a whole. It’s dancing down to its fundamentals, it’s the kind of dancing through which you can’t lie; you either are or you are not. “The quality of a classical ballet company is measured by the technical competence, technical quality, stylistic competency and artistic talent. With Swan Lake, there is nowhere to hide. Everything must be of the highest quality.” Only the second act of the four has survived. The rest has been lost throughout the years. This allows Angelini to take the classic story in his own direction. “The rest of the ballet has been lost throughout the years,” he says. “So, when staging a production of Swan Lake, whomever stages it has to actually choreograph three out of four acts. This is what I did in 1998, when our production in Tulsa was talked about in The New York Times. “In my version, Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart, the evil sorcerer, are the same person. They each represent one side of the same personality, Von Rothbart representing the part of Siegfried’s personality that stops him from establishing a romantic relationship with another human being. And that is really the reason he sees ideal love in the form of a swan, making the relationship kind of impossible. Once Siegfried faces his fears about relationships, and defeats such fears, he is free to love and be loved. At that point Princess Odette loses her feathers and becomes a beautiful young maiden. Love and relationships are now possible.” One doesn’t have to be a ballet aficionado to enjoy Tulsa Ballet’s Swan Lake. Angelini explains that the performance offers, “Magnificent sets and costumes, beautiful music, a story that is easy to follow, great choreography and unique entertainment

value.” As for those who love ballet, Angelini says, “They will be able to appreciate the quality of the dancing and the subtleties of the choreography.” Angelini has lived his life in ballet. He is the son of a dancer who became not just a teacher, but also Angelini’s teacher. Angelini studied in the former Soviet Union, in Kiev, with one of only two full scholarships available from his home country of Italy. He has danced as a principal dancer with companies all over the world, from the United Kingdom to Germany, Chile and Canada, and has been in Tulsa for the last 22 years. In his role as artistic director, Angelini chooses what will be performed, the casting of the dancers, and how they perform. In addition to Swan Lake, he has led productions such as The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and La Sylphide. Managing director Scott Black is proud of Tulsa Ballet’s contribution to the culture of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. “The company has been named the official Cultural Ambassador for the State of Oklahoma because we have toured nationally and internationally to represent our state in countries across the world,” he says. “Tulsa Ballet helps put Tulsa, and the state of Oklahoma, on the map as a destination for arts and culture here in the center of the country. “We have been described by the International press as the ‘fifth most relevant dance company in the U.S.’ as well as ‘one of the best in the world.’ Our company is very diverse and includes professional dancers from 14 different countries. The top choreographers from around the world come to Tulsa to work with our company because of its international reputation for excellence.”

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BETWEEN 1990-2015, THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS REGISTERED IN ORGANIZED YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAMS HAS DOUBLED. SO, HAS IT REALLY HAPPENED? DOES AMERICA, AND PIGSKIN-LOVING OKLAHOMANS, FINALLY LOVE THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SPORT? By Rob Harmon

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The largest youth sports organization in the United States isn’t for baseball or football. It isn’t even for basketball. It’s for playing soccer. Boasting 3 million members from ages 5-19, the U.S. Soccer association is a non-profit organization that has gained traction since 1974. Because of it and other organizations like it, soccer had over 9.2 million participants in 2013 for ages 7-17, closing in on basketball’s 13.8 million.

How and why has soccer in the U.S. become bigger than ever? According to Oklahoma soccer icon Kerry Shubert, Title IX — a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity — has been a major boost. “The opportunity for girls to play college soccer is big,” says Shubert, an Oklahoma


Soccer Association hall of famer. “There’s 26 schools in Oklahoma offering college scholarships, so there’s a much better avenue for girls. Over 300 Division I women’s soccer programs offer 14 full scholarships, compared to boys that offer 9.9.” Another catalyst for the game’s increasing popularity was the U.S. Women’s National Team’s performance in 2015. Carli Lloyd found herself at midfield all alone with the ball during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals against Japan at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. Already ahead by the score of 3-0 (and having already scored two goals), Lloyd was having the game of her life. But she wasn’t finished. After receiving a pass from one of her defenders, she pushed past an opponent into open field. It was then she decided to attempt one of the most spectacular goals in American soccer history. From 50 yards away, Lloyd lined herself up and sailed a laser-guided rocket past a Japanese goalkeeper for her third goal, sealing the World Cup. American soccer and

professional women’s sports in the United States were changed forever. “My daughters and I were at that game,” says Keith Averitt, a native Tulsan and soccer alum from John Brown University. “It was unbelievable.” A dad to four active youth soccer players, he sees soccer continuing to grow. “I think we’re seeing a tectonic shift in kids transferring from football to soccer due to concussionrelated symptoms and studies that show a direct relationship between football and concussions,” he says. “More parents are pulling kids out of football and putting them on soccer teams.” Averitt and his wife, Amy, juggle four different soccer player’s activities throughout the week for the love of the game. The oldest, Tori, an 18-year-old sweeper, and 16-year-old Dani, a striker, both drive cars and can get themselves to their own games if needed. Molly, 12, is a defender and her younger brother, Carson, 10, is a center midfielder.

“It can be chaotic,” Averitt says. “We want to see all their games, but sometimes we have to divide up, due to scheduling conflicts.” Mark McIntosh, owner of Mac’s Soccer Shack and Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane, also has some opinions as to why America loves soccer. And he should know, considering he played professionally in the NPSL (National Professional Soccer League) and is the brother of Tom McIntosh, the head men’s soccer coach at the University of Tulsa. “Now that MLS [Major League Soccer] has established itself as the third or fourth [attended] sport in the country, by getting out of all those football stadiums and building their own soccer-specific stadiums, that has been big, where kids can latch on,” McIntosh says. Soccer Made In Germany, one of the first U.S. TV shows dedicated to soccer, ran from 1976-88. The program allowed soccer lovers to watch game highlights from around

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the world, but rarely was an actual game available to watch more than a couple times a month. “Now you can watch soccer on TV seven days a week in America,” says McIntosh. “The visibility is far, far more reaching now than it ever was before.” Shubert agrees. “Being on national networks, it’s easier to find games to watch and it’s getting more people involved. MLS deals with ESPN and other networks have been important too.” The MLS, North America’s highest level of men’s professional soccer, now has 22 teams. The NASL (North American Soccer League) and the USL (United Soccer League), have eight and 30 men teams respectively, including the Tulsa Roughnecks and the OKC Energy FC. The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) now has 10 professional teams across the country. More than ever, young American soccer players (boys and girls) are seeing their dream come true of playing professionally. McIntosh doesn’t see the sheer numbers of participants as the biggest reason for the game’s enthusiasm. But it is the quality of the game that’s providing a better representation of soccer to the average American. TSC Hurricane, McIntosh’s organization, the No. 1 competitive club in Oklahoma, now boasts 88 quality coaches. “All our coaches have played at a good level,” he says. “That’s made a difference from a competitive standpoint. “I have a feeling that our club is at about 60 percent girls,” says McIntosh, citing another exciting aspect of the sport’s surging youth participation. “We have about 1,400 kids, ranging from 6 years old to 18. I think there’s more girls playing in the country than boys, and that has a huge impact.” Regionally, Tulsa has been a tremendous hub for soccer, hosting two major youth soccer tournaments a year, and McIntosh’s TSC Hurricane has been a big part of making that happen. Every year in April, McIntosh’s club organizes over 400 teams from multiple states to compete in the Lexus Cup. And in November, the Friendship Cup brings over 300 youth soccer teams in for friendly competition and talent showcasing. Together, these two tournaments bring in nearly $10 million of revenue for the city each year.  

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If you’ve wandered throughout downtown Tulsa recently, you may have noticed some pretty big pieces of art. We’re talking full walls of art. Murals. Downtown is filled with examples of these creative, colorful images that beautify the urban landscape and serve as reminders that as we work and run around on our busy schedules, there is always time to take a breather and enjoy something that builds the soul. Tulsa’s mural scene is growing due to the work of Clean Hands — a group of guys (Aaron Whisner, Justin Baney, and Case Morton) who don’t mind getting their hands covered in paint to add something artistic and creative to Tulsa’s cityscape. They got their start from what you might expect — a love of art and a chance to earn some money at the same time. Clean Hands was formed in 2012 when Whisner moved back to the area after living in Tokyo. “I needed a studio to do print work in,” he explains. “I found a space on Sixth Street that had a lot of potential. There were a couple other artists that were going to split the lease with me, but backed out last minute. I wanted the space so bad, so I started calling and texting everyone I knew. At the time, I just knew Justin [Baney] through my brother. I knew he dabbled in art and carpentry a bit, so I hit him up. It was literally pure luck that we ended up working together.” Morton joined the two men soon after, when Whisner and Baney were building out the new space. With backgrounds in graffiti, street art or design, the three pals were inspired to create their own line of products to sell. As it happened, Clean Hands started out as a print studio. Whisner, Baney and Morton launched a screen-printing shop and storefront to sell their line of shirts and art supplies. “It was never really the intention to start a mural crew,” Whisner says. “It just naturally moved in that direction. In 2013, I was commissioned to paint a mural for the Woody Guthrie Center.” You’ve probably seen the striking mural that Whisner is talking about, since it trumpets its existence boldly on the corner of Mathew Brady Street and Boston Avenue. The portrait of Guthrie towers over those who walk by, his stylized image and song lyrics reminding us that this land is our land, and the guitar is a powerful machine against fascism. The mural’s triumph became clear quickly with the public’s positive response to it. “After that,” says Whisner, “we started to notice the love our community had for public art, so we started seeking more of these jobs.” Like many artists, the guys at Clean Hands find inspiration in many places. Whisner says his motivation comes in large part from his love of creating large-scale paintings and his desire to make a mark. “I think all people have a primal instinct to write on stuff — to let the world know they were there,” he says. But he’s also driven to promote art in Tulsa. “My motivation also comes from wanting to progress and inspire cultural growth in our city, to inspire the next generation of artists who may not see these types of large scale works firsthand unless they travel to a larger city.” As it happens, there is a growing trend of mural art burgeoning in other parts of the state. Oklahoma City and Stillwater both

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have mural districts. Clean Hands works mostly in Tulsa, however, as they say there is plenty more for them to do here. Since the Guthrie mural, says Whisner, “things have really taken off.” Among his favorites of the work Clean Hands has done? Whisner names the University of Wash, Rose Pawn Shop, and the mural at the corner of Third and Elgin. “These walls had less guidelines on the subject matter and are the closest representation of our style,” he says. “We love all the projects that come our way, and they all have a bit of our flavor, but it’s always nice to be able to do whatever you want to do with no restrictions.” Of course, there are always rules to go by, especially if you don’t want to be accused of creating graffiti. Whisner says that the art people see on walls around downtown have been purposefully commissioned by the building owners. Clean Hands is also expanding their efforts into new areas. Last year, they started the Habit Mural Festival, during which participants painted a 50,000 square foot building. “To my knowledge, it may be the largest concentrated area of murals in Oklahoma,” says Whisner. This year, the festival will be back [May 13–14], and plans are underway to bring in some big-name out-of-town artists. “We’re currently working on gathering sponsorships and will be announcing the artists for 2017 soon. All of the murals from last year will be covered, so there are only a few more months to see last year’s work. The warehouse is in the East Village near First and Lansing.” In addition to being a mural festival, Habit is also a nonprofit. “The goal is to be doing public art projects year round that give back to communities,” Whisner adds.

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From service and decor to dining options and a view, Oklahoma’s first Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers plenty of 500-degree sizzle with tomahawk rib-eyes, well-marbled bone-in filets, succulent lamb chops and an amazing Chilean sea bass. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA

In the heart of the River Spirit Casino complex, there is a restaurant and a sizzle to draw you to Tulsa’s south side along the Arkansas River. Yes, we’re talking about the elegant, high-end and ever-popular Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which opened its doors to the Tulsa public in early 2017. As you enter the restaurant, you’ll notice right away the fabulous atmosphere, created by award-winning celebrity designer, Taniya Nayak. Expect to be swept off your feet from the moment you enter the dramatic red entry doors, says general manager Barrett Byrd. “Throughout the restaurant, Taniya’s fresh design incorporates bold and subtle elements,” he explains, “reflecting Tulsa’s roots in the oil industry, the region’s green country, and Art Deco architectural influences.” Among other design features are a large bar with marbled granite counters, a view of the Arkansas River, stylish tufted booths, and a beautiful backlit full-color mural of downtown

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location, she had to come up with a new moniker fast. That’s where the tongue twister “Ruth’s Chris Steak House” comes from.

The story of the restaurant is as interesting as its name. In 1965, a single working mother named Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home in New Orleans to buy a neighborhood restaurant called Chris Steak House. Though she was not an experienced restaurateur, Ruth had passion for the business, and she made the experience of coming to her steak house as welcoming as any family gathering. Her business grew steadily.

One thing that has never changed about the restaurant over the years is its commitment to providing a classic American steak house experience. Their signature style, says Byrd, is to “serve steaks sizzling.” The cut of meat you order is prepared to your taste in an 1,800-degree broiler, then delivered to your table on a 500-degree sizzling plate, which guarantees every bite is warm and delicious throughout your meal.

Then came a devastating fire, and Fertel was forced to move her restaurant. Because she didn’t have the rights to use the restaurant’s original name in any place but the original

“We’re fond of saying that we don’t just serve sizzling steaks; we help our guests make memories on 500-degree sizzling plates,” says Byrd.

Though there are over 150 Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses across the country, the River Spirit location is the only one in Oklahoma. So, what brought them to Tulsa? “We have a fantastic relationship with River Spirit Casino Resort and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation,” says Byrd. “We have looked at opening in the state of Oklahoma for a few years and when the mutually beneficial partnership became available with River Spirit, we decided this would be the best location for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.” If you’ve never experienced a meal at Ruth’s Chris before, you’re in for a treat. Alongside excellent service, the menu offers a wide range of choices, including signature USDA Prime steaks that satisfy to the last bite. “Our classic filet is always a great choice for a tender, delicious steak,” says Byrd. “We also feature bone-in signature cuts from our bone-in filet to our awe-inspiring 40 ounce tomahawk rib-eye.”

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The steak house will also provide many special events throughout the year for those who like a little extra pampering when they dine out. Year-round, Ruth’s Chris offers a threecourse seasonal menu for $44.95 per person. In addition, Tulsans can take advantage of a series of tastemaker wine dinners, where the dishes are expertly paired with specialty wines and cocktails to make the meal complete. These dinners range from $95 to $125 per person. When you take advantage of these special events, you get the added bonus of experiencing the unique stylings of executive chef Fuad Baitari. Trained in England, Baitari brings more than 24 years of culinary experience to the table — literally. He also has an extensive background in catering for events such as the Miss America Pageant and the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. It’s no surprise, then, that Ruth’s Chris Steak House also offers great catering options for any event such as board meetings, company gatherings, birthdays, bridal parties, wedding receptions and anniversaries. Byrd says that the restaurant boasts four private dining areas, seating anywhere from 15 to 80 people, depending on the room. “We provide complete off-site catering for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” says Byrd. “Events can be booked on-site for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a minimum food and beverage requirement.”

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Ruth’s Chris also offers high-quality seafood, such as Chilean sea bass and sizzling blue crab cakes, along with a variety of fresh salads and appetizers, homemade sides, and decadent desserts. “The white chocolate bread pudding with three spirited sauces makes for a perfect ending,” Byrd says. “Our sweet potato casserole is always a favorite. Some guests will order it with ice cream for dessert.”


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Whether ziplining over the Osage Hills, working on team building skills or just getting away from the grind for a few days, POSTOAK is all about helping guests relax and be refreshed in the shadows of 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape. RELAX. REJUVENATE. RETHINK. That’s the motto of one of Tulsa’s most ingenious get-away-from-it-all spots. We’re talking about the lovely, woodsy lodging destination known as POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat, located just northwest of downtown Tulsa in Osage County. “We’re literally 7 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa, 15 minutes from downtown,” explains general manager Trisha Kerkstra. Located conveniently near the city, the lodge is still remote enough to provide a sense that you are no longer in the city. Much of what makes POSTOAK unique is its connection to the area where it is situated. “We like to say we’re the gateway to Osage County,” Kerkstra explains. The wooded area of the Osage Hills once served as the stomping grounds and hiding places of famous Western outlaws like Jesse James, Belle Starr and the Dalton brothers. Today, the area is home to world-class activities such as the Gilcrease Museum, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Woolaroc Nature Preserve and the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. The Lodge itself also has its own interesting history. A retreat and summer camp for the area’s Catholic diocese in the 1980s, the site was purchased by the Williams Companies in 1997, which used it as a training and team development center until it was sold to private investors and turned into a lodging destination in 2003.

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Today, POSTOAK is all about helping its guests relax and be refreshed in the shadows of 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape. Similar to the resort areas you might find in Branson, Mo., POSTOAK has something for everyone. And that really does mean everyone. Whether you’re a local looking for something new to do, a business looking for a place to hold a retreat or a visitor to Tulsa who wants a fun outdoor activity to add to your vacation plans, POSTOAK has options for you to explore. For businesses, POSTOAK offers a great getaway location for special events. “Corporate groups love that it’s close to town, but you still feel like you’ve gotten away,” says Kerkstra. Companies love the high and low ropes course options as well as exclusive, facilitated team building activities that POSTOAK offers in partnership with Challenge Quest, a respected local leadership, coaching and training organization. “You can get the day’s work done, but also have time for team building and leadership development,” she says. It’s also a great location for charity events, which can be brought outdoors as well as held indoors, depending on a group’s preference. POSTOAK also boasts wonderful opportunities for family reunions, get-togethers and weekend getaways. “Every sleeping lodge has a shared common area to hang out with everyone,” says Kerkstra. “You can enjoy one another’s company in the common area, then go to your private room any time.”

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Leisure guests are just as welcome to POSTOAK as corporate groups or big event groups. Small families or groups of friends can enjoy the lodge too, which is conveniently located for anyone living in Green Country. “Use us for a weekend getaway that you don’t have to drive far to get to,” says Kerkstra. “Stay overnight, walk in the woods, fish, hike, play horseshoes.” Other activities to enjoy at POSTOAK include swimming, in-room massages, outdoor heated Jacuzzis, bird watching, and relaxing in the peace and quiet of the site’s thousand acres of wooded fun. There are seasonal activities including lawn games, basketball and volleyball in warmer seasons and bonfires, s’mores, indoor board games and a grand fireplace in the main lodge during cool weather.

least 70 pounds but no more than 250). The zipline is open March to November, Saturdays and Sundays. Specific times and availability are outlined on the lodge’s website, where you can also book a tour. POSTOAK is also known as a lovely place to host a wedding. And Kerkstra says the lodge works closely with guests to make their day a special one in every way. They employ a social planner who partners with the happy couple to plan the wedding, including recommending vendors as needed or working with the vendors of your choice to make sure everything you need is taken care of.

And if you want to incorporate a bit of the city nightlife into your stay, it’s easy to do so. “You can still go to the Brady District for dinner or the Tulsa Botanic Garden during the day and still feel like you’ve been away,” Kerkstra says.

“We like to say we give one-stop shopping for our weddings,” says Kerkstra. “We can help with everything.” Several banquet rooms of varying sizes can accomodate wedding parties and other planned events of all kinds. Up to 60 guest rooms are also available on the property, and it’s easy to plan whatever type of experience you’d like, from a formal dining experience to a casual barbecue.

For visitors to the Tulsa area who want to visit for a special activity, POSTOAK offers a fabulous Canopy Tour Zipline.

In the end, it’s all about the guest. And POSTOAK excels at helping each and every guest feel like a star.

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CHOOSING A WEDDING VENUE CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK. Y O U WA N T I T T O B E P E R F E C T. B U T W H E R E D O Y O U S T A R T ? H O W A B O U T W I T H O U R I4 O P T I O N S F O R T O P - T I E R L O C A T I O N S T O C E L E B R A T E Y O U R B I G D A Y. By Tiffany Duncan He finally popped the question! You’ve been floating around for days on cloud nine with some sparkly new hardware on your finger. At this point, you are probably tempted to get on Pinterest and innocently begin “getting ideas” for your upcoming nuptials. But once you start clicking, you will fall down a black hole and emerge three days later, un-bathed, and muttering crazily to yourself about floral arches and mood lighting.

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Suddenly the little backyard wedding you’ve dreamed about since girlhood has spiraled out of control into an all-out glam fest to rival Gatsby and the Royal Wedding combined. Please, for the sake of your sanity — and especially your poor new fiancé’s — avoid the luring Siren’s call of Pinterest, at least up front until you’ve established what

you know you want. When planning your wedding, it’s so important to listen to yourself rather than having the Internet tell you what you want, because it will. After you and your fiancé have discussed what you both want, the next major step is selecting a venue. Kathy Thompson, owner of KJT Events, specializes in day-of wedding coordination and reiterates the


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624 KITCHEN & C AT E R I N G 624 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa Vibe: Elegant, Modern Accommodates: Up to 125 seated in main event hall

Courtesy The Bond

624 Kitchen & Catering provides an elegant space located in the lobby of the ONG building in downtown Tulsa. With its 20-foot high ceilings, marble columns, terrazzo floor accents, custom plaster moldings, intricate ceiling details and contemporary palette, this Art Deco space offers more than the typical event hall. They provide tables, chairs, white linens, and small wares for your on-site event. Their specialists can help guide you through the process of designing a menu, and trust that their expert staff will adhere to the highest standards in both service and cuisine.

THE BOND importance of selecting a venue that is right for you. “The venue influences the wedding planning process in many ways,” she says. “The main consideration right off the bat is if the wedding ceremony and reception will be held at the same location. If so, the venue must have the space needed for your number of guests. Another important consideration includes a plan B, or a rain plan, if you are planning an outdoor ceremony.” Thompson also stresses the importance of deciding your venue budget and number of guests. Do not even plan to “just go and see” a wedding venue if you know it’s out of your price range

— because if you fall in love with the place, you will be tempted to blow your budget and your guests will have to eat napkins for dinner. And start looking for a venue early. Thompson suggests booking a year in advance, especially if you want your wedding to be on a Friday or Saturday. Selecting a venue can be tough, as there are so many dreamy choices. Decide what feel you are going for — Rustic? Glamorous? Non-traditional? — and stick to what really calls to you. With what seems like endless venue options, here are 14 of our favorites around the Green Country area to get you started.

608 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa Vibe: Modern, Industrial Chic Accommodates: 300 people seated, 450 cocktail-style Located in downtown Tulsa in the trendy East Village neighborhood, the Bond Events Center was originally built in 1928. The venue is an expansive, open warehouse style space that includes brick walls, the original tin ceiling, beautiful maple floors and large windows to fill your wedding with sunlight or let in the vibe of downtown Tulsa at night. The Bond Events Center is the perfect choice for the modern couple looking for something slightly nontraditional but still remaining sleek and aesthetic.

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GILCREASE MUSEUM

Travis Hall

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Courtesy Camp Loughridge

CAMP LOUGHRIDGE

T H E H I D D E N P O RC H

4900 W. 71st St. | Tulsa

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road | Tulsa

4883 E. Hwy. 266 | Catoosa

Vibe: Lakeside, Wooded, Rustic

Vibe: Modern, Garden Elegance

Vibe: Whimsical, Rustic Romance

Accommodates: Seats 270

Accommodates: 300 seated in the garden, varying numbers inside

Accommodates: 100 guests inside the chapel, 200 plus outside

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L I V I N G A RT S O F T U L S A 307 E. Mathew Brady | Tulsa Vibe: Modern Sophistication Accommodates: 270 If you and your fiancé prefer a more nontraditional approach to weddings, Living Art of Tulsa is an excellent venue option to consider. Located in the Brady Arts district, the Living Arts building features high ceilings and clean lines and exudes cool sophistication. A mostly white space, the open, airy gallery can act as a palette for an artistic couple looking to style a hip, minimalistic wedding.

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Tucked away among the hills of Catoosa, The Hidden Porch is a true fairy tale of a venue. The chapel sits on top of a hill, with lanternlined stone walkways leading down into an outdoor dancing-reception pavilion. You and your guests will feel like you are caught up in a glowing dream under a canopy of trees. The Hidden Porch is the perfect place for the hopelessly romantic couple.

Courtesy Restore House

Gilcrease Museum offers numerous spaces — both large and intimate —to host an upscale wedding full of class and artful elegance. There’s the Vista Room (which boasts an entire wall of picture windows overlooking the Osage hills), the lush Gilcrease Gardens, The Restaurant at Gilcrease, and The Helmerich Center for American Research. During your reception, you can also choose to have docent-led tours through the galleries.

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Camp Loughridge’s A-framed, traditional chapel with a wall of windows provides a stunning view that overlooks Lake Parthenia. The history and beauty of Loughridge is reflected in the lake. The outside balcony and rock staircase to the lakeside is perfect for photos. There is a spiral staircase to a balcony that overlooks the chapel. Celebrate your wedding in their spacious reception hall with beautiful 25-foot vaulted ceilings with wooden beams. They offer a variety of floor plans to accommodate up to 300 guests along with dramatic draping to add that flair of soft elegance. The Lodge accommodates a smaller, more intimate wedding celebration. Originally built in the early 1900s, recent updates still exemplify a warmth and charm all its own.

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924 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow

5323 W. 31st St. | Tulsa

Vibe: Backyard Whimsy

Vibe: Rustic Elegance, Woodsy Romance

Accommodates: 250

Accommodates: 50 to 350, both indoor and outdoor spaces available

On the Lawn at Restore House is one of the best-kept secrets among Green Country wedding venues. Located in Broken Arrow’s Rose District, On the Lawn overflows with whimsy and storybook charm. The open-air wedding pavilion is built from reclaimed barn beams dating back to the early 1900s, and it sits next to a historic Victorian home built in 1910. This is the perfect venue to accommodate nostalgic details, like playing croquet on the grass or stringing angel lights in the trees.

Choose to say “I do” at one of POSTOAK’s three main outdoor spaces — Sunset Ridge, The Island or The Arbor (yes, they are all as magical as they sound). For cake cutting and dancing, either pitch a large tent outside on one of POSTOAK’s rolling green lawns, or choose from five glamorous, indoor reception spaces to accommodate wedding parties both large and small. You can also choose to make a whole weekend of your wedding festivities, as POSTOAK’s grounds offer overnight lodging and the chance to go swimming, hiking, fishing or even zip-lining.


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THE SPRINGS

2920 W. 111th St. | Jenks

732 E. 116th St. | Jenks

10367 Tallchief Village Circle | Sperry

Vibe: Woodsy Romance, Rustic Charm

Vibe: Ethereal, Rustic Chic

Vibe: Rustic Elegance

Accommodates: Up to 100 guests, indoor or outdoor

Accommodates: 150 for an indoor ceremony and reception (up to 200 outside).

Accommodates: 320

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Just a short drive away from Tulsa, The Springs offers an elegant indoor-outdoor wedding day experience. Whimsical, sweeping green lawns and meticulously maintained grounds lined with trees are just a few of the highlights. With a pavilion made of stone, wood and iron right next to a lake, you can walk down the aisle toward your groom with a breeze running through your hair. After the ceremony, the indoor rustic reception hall features beautiful open floors and gorgeous chandeliers to set the mood for your first dance as husband and wife.

WHITE HOUSE MANSION

Ace Cuervo

Courtesy White House Mansion

Located in Jenks, Spain Ranch is a 44-acre property that includes a beautiful pond, roaming bison and Scottish Highland Cattle. The wedding venue itself is a breathtaking, New England style white barn that has been booked solid every weekend almost since the doors opened in September 2015. Inside of the barn, the walls and the rafters are all white with a smooth wooden floor, perfect for dancing the night away with family and friends.

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The Rustic Union offers the whole dreamy package for a very reasonable price. Run away into the woods for your Big Day to get married under the wide Oklahoma sky, or have your ceremony and reception inside under the charming, rustic rafters of a barn-style venue. Rental includes the use of tables, chairs, a romantic outdoor pergola, as well as access to a full kitchen for you or the caterer.

Y O U R OW N B A C K YA R D ( O R A F R I E N D ’ S )

2435 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

1 W. 81st St. | Tulsa

Vibe: Cozy, Relaxed

Vibe: Classic, Elegant

Vibe: Intimate Charm, Southern Hospitality

Accommodates: Whatever you choose

Accommodates: Smaller to larger spaces available; up to 200 people

Accommodates: Accommodate 200 seated or 300 circulating, outdoor space also available

Built in 1919, the Tulsa Garden Center is a gorgeous mansion evoking the historical Italian renaissance. The Garden Center features a romantic outdoor terrace overlooking the expansive gardens — perfect for an intimate ceremony, or an ideal setting for guests to mill around during an early evening cocktail hour. The inside boasts glam black-andwhite tile floors, a grand staircase with sweeping bannister, French doors, gorgeous chandeliers, charming library, and is lined with floor to ceiling arched windows. If you are a bride who loves classic European charm, the Tulsa Garden Center may be for you.

One of The Knot magazine’s 2015 picks in Best of Weddings, White House Mansion is a 10,000 square-foot historic mansion featuring a gorgeous ballroom and a romantic solarium with walls of sun-filled windows. The Mansion also offers 10 acres of outdoor space to host a dreamy outdoor ceremony, reception, or both. The Mansion and grounds are filled with romantic hints of its historical past. This is the perfect place to throw a wedding full of both nostalgic whimsy and sophistication.

There can be a lot of stress around hosting your wedding at someone else’s venue. Many places only allow a 5- to 7-hour block of time to decorate, get ready, host your wedding, and throw a reception. Getting married in your own backyard or the backyard of a friend would allay all anxieties about time (not to mention it’s much cheaper). You can decorate on your own time, maybe even for days leading up to the big day. Being in a familiar environment may also help to calm any major nerves before walking down the aisle, allowing you to feel only excitement on your big day.

LOCATOR KJT EVENTS | KATHY THOMPSON 2324 S. Rockford Ave. | Tulsa 316-749-8316

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Motown: The Musical will play at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement of eight performances March 14-19. The nationally touring Broadway performers bring their interpretations of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to the stage for the first time in Tulsa. With over 40 classic songs including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this emotional and inspiring performance tells the story behind the hits as the Motown family broke barriers and shaped American culture forever through music. “Motown: The Musical is told through the eyes of Berry Gordy, Jr.,” says David Kaverman, who plays Smokey Robinson. “The story follows Berry and Smokey as they meet Diana Ross and beyond.

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The musical spans 50 years of Motown music, and tells a lot of the backstories that people might not know. It’s Berry’s legacy. It’s truth.” Motown has become a term to represent an era, a genre of music, a lifestyle and a city, but was first the name of a record company, founded by Gordy first as Tamla Records in 1958 and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation two years later, in Detroit, Mich. The name is a hybrid of the words “motor” and “town,” as an ode to its birthplace where the three biggest producers of automobiles were at the time. Motown Records’ influence on Detroit was so big, the town is even referred to as, Hitsville U.S.A. after a sign that read as such which Gordy hung above the front window of Motown Records’ headquarters. For many decades, Motown was the highest-earning African-American business in the United States.


Gordy became a professional songwriter at the urging of his friend, Robinson, who was Motown’s first artist, and had the first Motown Records single to hit No. 1: “Shop Around” by The Miracles, Robinson’s band before going solo. “Smokey was with Motown at the beginning,” says Kaverman. “I learned a lot about him to prepare for this. He’s a legend, a singer and the soul of Motown. He wrote their company song and wrote music for many of the artists. He was also VP of Motown, so that’s why he’s so featured in the show, because he was such a big part of the story.” Motown: The Musical tells the story of Motown Records’ bold music at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The black-owned business promoting African-American singers and songwriters, many say, helped propel the country beyond the days of Jim Crow. “What inspires me the most is that this story is real. Everything we’re doing really happened,” says Kaverman. “This is a show that I’ve always wanted to be a part of, so to finally get to do it is an honor.” As if being able to pay tribute to these brave trailblazers isn’t an honor in itself, the cast of 29 had the incredible opportunity to learn from the man who wrote the book and lived the story — Berry Gordy, Jr. himself. “This is his brainchild,” says Kaverman. “He literally wrote the book.” The musical recently toured to Los Angeles, where Kaverman and the cast got to meet some of the legends they’re portraying. “I met Smokey Robinson and I got to perform for him,” says Kaverman. “That was such a surreal moment. I’ve studied him so much. Berry Gordy says the most, though. There’s a really funny line in the show when Diana [Ross] says to Berry, ‘You’re giving us notes, notes, notes. Always notes.’ So our cast has playfully adopted that line.

But that’s why the show keeps getting better. He always has notes for us. He’s really complimentary and he’s happy with where we are.” Motown: The Musical is produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris, and Gordy. It features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Project Runway), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde), and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis). Motown: The Musical’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), with coorchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award nominee Bryan Crook (Smash) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). “It’s great to be part of a show that really brings people together,” says Kaverman. “It’s a story of love. For me, this came at such a good time because we can do this show and provide some entertainment, but also a message. We’re all people and we all just need to love each other.”  

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SC SOUND CHECK

While playing cover songs doesn’t hold much creative gain for musicians, it is a way to make a little coin and stay connected to music. — By G.K. Hizer

If you ask around Tulsa, music fans won’t hesitate to tell you that the city has boundless talent. No matter what your taste in music, you’ll likely be able to find a band that fits your comfort zone.

Even so, playing does take a lot of effort, and as such, it can be work. Does it pay well to be in a cover band? That depends on whom you talk to and how they go about booking shows.

Our city is filled with great songwriters and musicians who are making an impact locally, regionally and even nationally. If you just want to relax and enjoy songs that you know and are familiar with, Tulsa’s cover bands have got your back. If it’s hits you want, they can get the party started – and keep it going.

“It’s not bad, but it could be better,” says Oliver. “Some people may do it because there’s more money in it than playing original music, but it’s not really that much. We make more playing private parties and corporate events, so we make money more by quantity than anything else. We play the clubs a lot to be seen more and get more private events.”

So what motivates someone to devote their time and energy to playing in a cover band? Is it for fun or fame and fortune? When asking a handful of local musicians, the common sentiment is that they do it primarily for the enjoyment – although making a little extra cash never hurts. “For us, it’s really about the love of music,” says Tylisha Oliver, lead singer of FuZed. “Originally, we [Oliver’s husband, Myron, plays sax and keys in the band] were working so much, we needed an outlet. The band was really born out of a desire and need to escape our jobs and the corporate life for a little bit. For us, anyway, it’s not about the money.”

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According to Derek Thrasher, who plays in party band Deuces Wild as well as the more acoustic and Americana based duo Maverican Goose, “It really depends on the venue and the band.” “If it’s four guys just playing what they like and getting booked at OK bars, the whole band may make $300 to $400 – which ends up being about $75 to $100 per person. “It really helps to cater to the venue. Every club has a different demographic and if you cater your set list to meet that, you’ll do better and can make better money. If you don’t keep that audience happy, they can hire a great DJ for a lot less.”


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SOUND CHECK SC Which leads to the question: With DJs and EDM becoming more popular, is there still a demand for cover bands? “It’s gotten a little harder lately, but the demand is still there,” says Thrasher. “Part of it has to do with venues: Sidelines has closed, but that audience is now largely at The Run; Baker Street closed and that crowd now goes to PJ’s; and CJ’s is under new management and starting to book bands again. The casinos have helped, though, because they’re committed to having live entertainment every night.”

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Randy Patton, guitarist and vocalist for Hi-Fidelics, agrees. “We started out playing the clubs, but we’re pretty much just playing casinos now,” he says. “The casinos can afford to spend more money, because for them it’s more about entertaining guests and keeping them coming back. If it wasn’t for the casinos, I’d probably still be working [my day job] at Lexus.”

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That demand also depends on what kind of band you’re in. Jason Gilardi, former drummer for Caroline’s Spine, currently plays in the ‘90s cover band, Amped, as well as ‘80s tribute act, Dead Metal Society. “Amped is more of a garage-type cover band and we still play regularly, but it’s gotten harder to book shows and get people to call you back,” he says. DMS [Dead Metal Society] has kind of evolved into something else over the years, and it has its own audience. There are pros and cons to being in a tribute band, however. Yes, the money can be better, but it also involves a lot more work.

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“For us, DMS is kind of like another job,” Gilardi says. “It’s really more about making it authentic, If you know a song, we want to play it as you remember it. We’re always working on the show and how to make it better,” The one question that remains in the back of many people’s minds is: Does playing in a cover band mean you’re selling out?

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“When I first moved here, I thought ‘Those poor guys have given up.’ I realized, though, some people aren’t interested in writing and touring and all of the other stuff that goes with it,” Gilardi says. “They just love playing and if they’re having fun, that’s all that really matters. “It’s different now. At my age, I don’t feel like starting a new band and touring and sleeping in a van. I get to play in two bands, in two different genres that are important to me. I love them both and look forward to every show with them, and it’s still fun.” And although most people use their band as a side gig, Randy Patton was honest in sharing, “I still write my own songs, but it was a crossroads for me. I can go this direction and play my songs in the clubs, but not make a living at it. Playing covers has enabled me to not have to work a day job and develop other skills – like building motorcycles – and I’m still playing music and enjoying it.”  

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THE HERITAGE OF THE CHEROKEE IS CRUCIAL TO THE HISTORY OF OKLAHOMA. AND A VISIT TO THE CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER HELPS EDUCATE VISITORS TO A HARSH TIME PERIOD FOR THE TRIBE AND HONOR THOSE WHO ENDURED. BY HANNAH GRAY GORDON

If you’re looking for an authentic cultural experience close to home, nothing quite compares to a visit to the Cherokee Heritage Center (CHC) located in Tahlequah. This nonprofit organization rests in the center of the Cherokee Nation and highlights the tribe’s history, culture and art. Having a solid understanding of historical events and cultures such as the Cherokee Nation is vital to improving our nation and ourselves. During the 1800s, Cherokees, along with other nations, were forced to walk along

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the Trail of Tears, suffering through miles and months of hardship, lack of food and water, illness and abuse. They were relocated in this fashion to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. “The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail of Tears,” says Tonia Weavel, interim director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. The Center houses the Cherokee National Archives, a collection of historical tribal documents and artifacts gathered from the 1700s through present day.

Established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society, the center preserves a variety of cultural elements. The museum features a gallery for rotating shows and exhibits and houses a gift shop and the Trail of Tears exhibit. The grounds of the Center were formerly the Cherokee Female Seminary, one of the first higher learning institutions for western women. Various events occur throughout the year to promote the organization and further educate visitors. If you enjoy living art exhibits, the Center features Diligwa, an authentic portrayal of life as a Cherokee in 1710. The original Diligwa was the primary Cherokee town located in Tennessee. Positioned on 4 acres proximate to the Center’s main building, the CHC exhibit displays 19 wattle and daub buildings and 14 interpretive stations. Cherokee games are played on two game areas: a marble field and stickball field. The exhibit was opened in 2013 and creates an in-person experience of early 1800s life as a Cherokee. Stations inside the village also include stickball, basket making, flint knapping, blowguns and the dugout canoe.


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Adams Corner is a second living art exhibit which was opened in 1979. “[It] depicts life following the settlement of Cherokees in Tahlequah,” says Weavel. Visitors can see a traditional log cabin, the storekeeper’s house and the weaver’s cottage. The Adams Corner General Store provides a look into the operation of a merchant business during the 1800s and sells old-fashioned merchandise. The exhibit also features the One-Room Swimmer School House, the New Hope Church and the Smokehouse. Nofire Farms contains livestock such as chickens, horses and cows.

as Ancient Cherokee Days and Indian Territory Days,” says Weavel. The Indian Territory Days occur around March and are geared especially toward students. Numerous stations display a wide variety of educational aspects of the Cherokee tribe, including demonstrations of pottery making, basket and finger weaving, and participation in Cherokee cultural games. The Ancient Cherokee Days is held in October and also holds several interactive educational stations, storytelling and more through which students can experience Cherokee life in the 1700s.

Visitors won’t want to miss the group tours hosted by CHC. Groups can choose from a selection of tour add-ons including an arrowhead hunt where visitors can search for commercially produced arrowheads — limit of two arrowheads per person applies — above ground, cornhusk dolls, making pinch pots in the pottery class, and storytelling that reveals Cherokee legends and sacred stories.

The annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale begins in April and ends in May. Vendors display their arts and crafts, which must adhere to a rules and guidelines set, and visitors are given a ballot on which to vote for their favorite pieces. Awards given include CNE Emerging Artists, the Bill Rabbit Legacy award, the Betty Scraper Garner Elder award and People’s Choice.

CHC holds educational events in the spring and fall. “These events are known

The CHC gift shop, located inside the museum, holds something for everyone,

such as paintings and other artwork, clothing and souvenirs. All items are unique and authentic to the Cherokee heritage, and provide visitors with the chance to take a taste of the CHC home with them.

LOCATOR CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER 21192 S. Keeler Dr. | Park Hill 918-456-6007 cherokeeheritage.org WINTER HOURS (Week after Labor Day until week before Memorial Day) Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. SUMMER HOURS (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS

Avoid Running Ruin By Ryann Gordon

Most of us have made the decision at one point or another to take a jog — sometimes successfully — other times not. Sometimes we get out there and run a mile or more with ease and determination; other times we step out of the house just to pick up a light jog around the corner and back, or full-on sprint to the point that we must turn around before we get sick to our stomach. Whether we run daily or only following our New Year’s resolution, there’s no denying the benefits and natural sense of freedom that a great jog provides. And the fact is, we all have the potential to prepare for and pace ourselves during a run, at least enough to get the sufficient amount of exercise that a jog should provide. If you’ve got a beating heart, working lungs and two good legs (or prosthetics nowadays), then the art of jogging can benefit you. Now all you have to do is perfect your technique, and you’ll be jogging like Forrest Gump in no time.

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OUTDOOR RUNNING IS A DIFFERENT BEAST THAT YOU NEED TO TACKLE ONE STEP AT A TIME. FROM TERRAIN AND TEMPO TO BREATHING AND BOUNDARIES, THERE ARE CRUCIAL FACTORS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TO GET THE MOST OUT OF GETTING INTO SHAPE.

FEET FIRST Wearing the right running shoes is key if you want to enjoy your run and prevent injury.

Do:

Go to a qualified running shoe store (or find an employee with footwear knowledge) and get fitted for the right shoes based on what you’re wanting to do. Not all shoes are created equal. Different shoes and brands are better (or worse) for the challenge you’re taking on. Most runners suggest buying a shoe that is slightly longer and wider than your bigger foot.

Don’t: We can’t emphasize this enough: never run in worn-out shoes. Good running shoes should last you 350-450 miles.

PREPARE The first and foremost important part of getting in a good workout is in the preparation. Decide on your goals and write them down.

Do:

Make sure to drink lots of water ahead of time and load up on complex carbs hours before to give you lasting energy for your run. Water lubricates joints, tendons and ligaments as well as helps carry blood efficiently to major organs.

Don’t: Drink energy drinks or

coffee to prepare for a run. Caffeine will give you the quick boost you need to get out of bed, but it will wear off quickly once you begin to sweat it out.


STRETCH Stretching before your run can make the difference between a quick run and a long-distance jog that’ll truly benefit you.

Do:

Stretch out well before and after a run — core stretches are essential for keeping side cramps at bay during your run.

Don’t: Start with static

stretches. Utilize dynamic stretches like lunges and sideskips to stretch and warm up your muscles simultaneously. Stretching “cold” muscles can cause more harm than good.

PACE Pacing yourself can be one of the most difficult parts of jogging; but slow and steady wins the race.

Do:

BREATHE Keeping a steady flow of breath will enable you to run much farther without cramping up or getting worn-out.

Do:

Pay close attention to your breathing. Focus on breathing in your nose and out your mouth to keep cramps at bay.

Don’t: Focus too hard on

inhaling as much oxygen as possible in your mouth; this will cause you to cramp much quicker.

TUNE OUT Although focusing on your goal is important, tuning out what’s around you will help your body decide when you actually need to take a break.

Do:

Keep your eyes on the goal and strive for as few distractions as possible.

Start with a pace that seems too slow at first. A light jog will allow you to keep running for longer without stopping. Listen to your body. You can run through annoyance, but not through pain.

Don’t: Tune out too much,

Don’t:

There is only so much binge watching you can do before that show gets a little old. Running is the same. Battling through another run, seeing the same real estate, will get boring and send you back to the couch in no time.

Take off when you first hit the pavement; time your breathing and movement, and don’t speed up until you see the finish line.

because being aware of cars and other runners is just as important as the success of your run.

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FOCUS Your running form can be negatively affected by distractions such as people and your surroundings. Also make sure you stay above bored. Avoid getting caught up in the training-iseverything syndrome.

Do:

Keep your eyes locked ahead and stay neutral to keep from wearing yourself out early on.

Don’t: Talk, text or turn

from the road in front of you; this will affect your breathing and cause you to lose your steady breath and focus.

See new parts of town and explore some off-the-beaten-path locations. If your knees can take it, tackle a trail and go off-road.

Don’t:

Run with traffic. Always run against it.

EASE INTO IT Sometimes runners get too caught up in the now and increasing what their bodies are capable of too soon which can lead to injury or burn out.

Do:

Increase your distance by 1015 percent a week. Build slowly.

Don’t:

It’s easy to get intimidated (or embarrassed) as others pass you or make you seem like a power walker at the mall. Let it go. This isn’t the time to let your ego take over.

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SS STYLE + SHOPPING The spring is upon us — meaning that many rainy days are ahead, looking to ruin our hair, clothes and shoes. Luckily for us Oklahomans, we don’t leave the house without checking the weather, so you should be more than prepared for those days when Mother Nature plans an afternoon shower to pour down on your ironed white blouse. Life isn’t about surviving the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. In order to do that though, you’re going to want to be prepared. Don’t get stuck in a storm without your oversized umbrella; draping waterproof trenchcoat; and protective, yet ever so stylish, rain boots. Take on any storm with these fashionable and functional rainy day accessories, and you’ll be singing in the rain like Gene Kelly in no time.

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Shield Yourself

Protect the Goods

The best way to block out the rain is with the honcho of all shields — the umbrella! Not only is an umbrella essentially the most functional of all rainy day accessories, but also it’s a fashion statement on its own. Play around with fun shapes and styles, like the clear bubble umbrellas that slope around you to perfectly protect you from the rain, or just keep it simple with a cute, compact umbrella you can slide in your purse.

Don’t let a little rain ruin your day — or your phone and other electronics. Although keeping your hair and makeup protected is important, keeping your goods in your bag is just as, if not more, essential. Longchamp is one waterresistant bag brand that will withstand the rain and also make a great accessory for any outfit. But basically any other water-resistant canvas, vinyl or nylon material will keep your goodies safe from the rain.

Splash Around

Top it Off Rather than carrying around an oversized umbrella everywhere you go, throw on a hat that will not only shield your head but also keep your frizzy, humidity-afflicted hair under control. Wear a traditional bucket or floppy hat that creates the umbrella effect while also looking fashionably chic. Or just throw on a baseball cap beneath a hood and you’ve got the same effect.

Wrap it Up Scarves are a great tool for rainy days, because they are cute and also functional. Wrap a floral or other pretty patterned scarf over your head. Then, once you’re inside you can throw it over your shoulders or around your neck.

Rain boots are a staple of springtime fashion, and they are essential for keeping your feet warm and dry on those extra wet days. Find favorite rain boot brands like Hunter at J. Cole Shoes and DSW, or opt for a rising trend — high heel Chelsea boots. Then, of course, there’s also the timeless duck boot-style; check out the Sorel collection at Gander Mountain, Sun & Ski, Bass Pro and Academy.

Bundle Up One trend we can be thankful for is the return of the trenchcoat. Protect just about any outfit with a full-length, duster-style trenchcoat that’ll keep you safe from the rain and looking like an image straight out of London Vogue. Ditch the traditional rain jacket or windbreaker for a naturally waterproof metallic puffer from The North Face or camo bomber jacket that just screams Yeezy.

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CAMPAIGN THAT FOCUSED ON YOUNGER LEGS, THE ROUGHNECKS ARE UNDERGOING A NON-YOUTH MOVEMENT, BRINGING IN OLDER TALENT WITH WINS AND VETERAN LEADERSHIP. By Richard Linihan

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Often professional soccer clubs will have to call in the veteran players to let them know future plans call for younger legs. Instead, the Tulsa Roughnecks are going to adhere to a philosophy that George Costanza of the Seinfeld sitcom would appreciate. Costanza became a success on the show when he decided that he’d had such a losing persona that the only thing that could turn it around was to do exactly the opposite of what his natural instincts told him to do. In the case of the Roughnecks, call it opposite year in the fashion of Costanza. After expecting

a move into the United Soccer League playoffs following a .500 season in their first year of play, the Roughnecks took a step backward with its young team and fell under the .500 mark in 2016. So it might not be that surprising that management has decided to go full Costanza in 2017. “Last year we had a very young team with a lot of talent and expectations,” says Brian Carroll, Roughnecks vice president of media and public relations. “Consequently, we’re moving toward the older players with experience this year.”

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On the field last year, the Roughnecks proved that young legs often do not fulfill the equation of a winning season, and maybe, just maybe, players with experience and who are strong of mind will be the answer. The regular season for the Roughnecks begins March 25, the first of three consecutive matches at home at ONEOK Field. Tulsa hosts the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC club on opening night at 7 p.m., followed by two more against the Rio Grande Toros FC and the Sacramento Republic FC, respectively. (For a full schedule, see page 65.) At press time, the Roughnecks were negotiating an agreement with the Major Soccer League’s Chicago Fire to work as an affiliate. That would mean a pipeline of professional players with ties to Chicago.

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But that’s not the only change that may impact the Roughnecks in 2017. In December 2016, the team hired former MLS player David Vaudreuil to replace former coach David Irving, who moved into a role as the director of football operations and technical director. Vaudreuil (Vawd-REE-uhl) has a wealth of connections and contacts throughout the game of soccer thanks to a substantial amount of playing and coaching experience. The former defender and midfielder played several seasons in MLS with D.C. United, Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire. He appeared in 131 MLS matches from 1996-2002. After his playing days, Vaudreuil moved into coaching and has served in a number of roles, including a stint as

head coach with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the old USL First Division. Other coaching stints have included time as an assistant coach to Jay Heaps with the New England Revolution in the MLS and as the general manager and head coach of the AC Milan USA Academy. “We’re very excited about him. He has hit the ground running,” says Carroll. “We felt like we put a better team on the field in 2016, more talented than our .500 team the first year, and yet it didn’t pan out. It was certainly a disappointment on the field. So we’re starting over. “The good news is, fans will see a much more polished and talented level of play this year because we’ve moved from Division 3 play to Division 2. That’s just below the MSL. So even though it will be much greater play, it also will be much tougher to win.” New to the roster is Kosuke Kimura, who is going to fill a player-coach position with the team. He won the MSL Cup with the Colorado Rapids as a strong defender on that team. He is a leader and will offer a lot of experience as a coach to the team. A striker whom Tulsa will look to for shots that slam the back of the net is Juan Pablo Caffa from Argentina. “He has played in Spain at the highest level and has scored many goals for them,” says Carroll. “He also is 30 years old, which will be more of a regular thing on this team. Now, we still will have some young players, players who may turn into local favorites like Cristian Mata, who played for Tulsa Union High School and then two years for the University of Tulsa. Mata had

a brilliant camp in 2015 and then when he was expected to have a breakout season, he injured his ankle severely the day before the start of the season last year. He was only able to join us for the second half of the season. We hope he is back to 100 percent this year.” Another familiar name is Brady Ballew. He was a finalist for Rookie of the Year in 2015 for Tulsa but then oddly had the curse of the sophomore season in 2016. “No one works harder than Brady,” says Carroll. “So we’re expecting big things from him.” Goalkeeper is less settled going into this year. “We gave up the most goals of any team in the USL last year,” says Carroll. “But one thing that should really help is naming Donovan Ricketts as goalkeeper coach. He has had extensive experience in the MSL with the Galaxy and Portland Timbers. And he may end up playing some himself.” The two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year has made nearly 200 appearances for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact and Orlando City. The top eight teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences will make the playoffs and will play a one-and-done match against opponents with the top seeds or teams with most regular season points playing host. The entertainment value of a Roughnecks game is a reasonable outing price-wise and offers tons of fun for the average fan as well as the top-schooled soccer buff. There will also be giveaways again this season. One of the favorites is soccer ball night when the Roughnecks give a soccer ball to the first 1,000 or so fans through the gates. The nice thing about that is that the players always stay after the game to sign those offerings. Carroll says the club will also renew the contest where a fan gets the chance to win $500 by kicking a ball into a small net from about 30 yards away.  

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TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) March 25 | vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p April 1 | vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros | 7p April 8 | vs Sacramento Republic FC | 7p April 19 | @ St. Louis FC | TBA April 22 | @ Rio Grande Valley FC Toros | TBA May 5 | @ Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | TBA May 11 | vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 7p May 13 | vs Orange County SC | 7p May 20 | @ Sacramento Republic FC | TBA May 24 | @ Reno 1868 FC | TBA May 27 | vs Portland Timbers 2 | 7:30p

June 11 | @ Swope Park Rangers | TBA June 17 | @ San Antonio FC | TBA June 27 | vs Swope Park Rangers | 7:30p July 1 | vs Real Monarchs SLC | 7:30p July 8 | @ OKC Energy FC | TBA July 13 | @ LA Galaxy II | TBA July 22 | vs Phoenix Rising FC | 7:30p July 31 | @ Real Monarchs SLC | TBA Aug. 5 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7:30p Aug. 10 | vs St. Louis FC | 7:30p Aug. 12 | vs OKC Energy FC | 7:30p Aug. 15 | @ Orange County SC | TBA

Aug. 23 | @ St. Louis FC | TBA Aug. 30 | @ Seattle Sounders FC 2 | TBA Sept. 3 | @ Portland Timbers 2 | TBA Sept. 5 | @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | TBA Sept. 17 | @ OKC Energy FC | TBA Sept. 23 | vs LA Galaxy II | 7p Sept. 30 | vs San Antonio FC | 7p Oct. 4 | @ Phoenix Rising FC | TBA Oct. 7 | vs Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 7p Oct. 14 | vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p

TULSA OILERS

Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman) March 4 | vs TCU Horned Frogs | 2p March 8-11 | Big 12 Championship (Kansas City, Mo.)

Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa) March 3 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p March 4 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p March 5 | @ Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 12 | @ Missouri Mavericks | 4:05p March 17 | @ Fort Wayne Komets | 7p March 18 | @ Toledo Walleye | 6:15p March 19 | @ Toledo Walleye | 4:15p March 24 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p March 25 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p March 31 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p April 1 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p April 4 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p April 7 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p April 28 | vs Wichita Thunder | 7:05p

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (MEN’S BASKETBALL) Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) March 4 | vs Kansas Jayhawks | 5p March 8-11 | Big 12 Championship (Kansas City, Mo.)

TULSA HURRICANE (MEN’S BASKETBALL) Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa) March 2 | @ SMU Mustangs | 7p March 5 | @ Tulane Green Wave | 3p March 9-12 | American Athletic Conference Championship (Hartford, Conn.)

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) March 2 | @ Portland Trail Blazers | 9:30p March 3 | @ Phoenix Suns | 8p March 5 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p March 7 | vs Portland Trail Blazers | 7p March 9 | vs San Antonio Spurs | 7p March 11 | vs Utah Jazz | 2p

March 14 | @ Brooklyn Nets | 6:30p March 16 | @ Toronto Raptors | 6p March 18 | vs Sacramento Kings | 2p March 20 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7p March 22 | vs Philadelphia 76ers | 7p March 26 | @ Houston Rockets | 2:30p March 27 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p March 29 | @ Orlando Magic | 6p

March 31 | vs San Antonio Spurs | 8:30p April 2 | vs Charlotte Hornets | 2p April 4 | vs Milwaukee Bucks | 7p April 5 | @ Memphis Grizzlies | 7p April 7 | @ Phoenix Suns | 9p April 9 | @ Denver Nuggets | 4p April 11 | @ Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p April 12 | vs Denver Nuggets | 7p

April 14 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p April 15 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p April 17 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p April 18 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p April 19 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 12:05p April 20 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 21 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 22 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p

April 23 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p April 24 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 25 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 26 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 4:05p April 27 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p April 28 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 29 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p April 30 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 1:05p

TULSA DRILLERS Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) April 6 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 7 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 8 | @ Midland RockHounds | 7p April 9 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 4:05p April 10 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p April 11 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 11:05a April 13 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p

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This month, it’s all about the almighty bracket. Will this finally be your year to accurately predict who will win enough games during March Madness to give you the win in the office pool? But even if your team loses early on and messes up your bracket completely, there’s still the opportunity to host one or two awesome Final Four watch parties. Use these recipe ideas as a guide to tip off your snack spread.

PEPPERONI PIZZA PUFFS Adapted from Amandascookin.com

Mini pizzas are always a win, no matter what. After the party, this can also be a go-to recipe for afterschool snacks for the kiddos.

Ingredients: ¾  cup flour ¾  tsp. baking powder ¾  cup milk 1 egg, lightly beaten P  inch of salt G  arlic powder, to taste 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese M  ini pepperonis, sausage, sundried tomatoes or whichever toppings desired 1 jar pizza sauce 1 bottle ranch DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup (or 24-cup mini) muffin pan. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Whisk in the milk and the egg. Stir in the salt, garlic powder mozzarella and desired toppings; let stand 10 minutes. 3. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20-25 minutes. 4. Serve the puffs with pizza sauce or ranch for dipping.

CREAM CHEESE COOKIES

Adapted from insidebrucrewlife.com This recipe makes the softest, gooiest, most addicting cookies. There’s no way your guests will be able to eat just one!

Ingredients: 1 box vanilla cake mix 8 tbsp. butter 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened 2 cups crushed Oreo cookie chunks ½  cup white chocolate chips ½  cup chocolate chips O  range food coloring, optional DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla and cream cheese. Beat until a soft dough forms. Mix in orange food coloring to make cookies look more like a basketball, if desired. Stir in the cookie chunks and chips by hand. 3. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour. Roll into 24 balls. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will seem underdone, but will continue to set up as they cool. 4. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

ULTIMATE PARTY DIP This dip is so delicious, you might eat the whole thing yourself before your guests even arrive! And with only four ingredients and two steps, it’s also the easiest party snack to provide.

Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese, sliced into 1-inch cubes 1 6 oz. sour cream 1 can mild Rotel 1 lb. spicy sausage DIRECTIONS: 1. Brown sausage in a skillet and drain excess grease. 2. In a crockpot, combine all ingredients and set on high for at least one hour before party guests arrive, stirring occasionally.

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For everyone who believes there are only two kinds of people in the world — those who are Irish and those who wish they were — the 918 has plenty of opportunities for you to get your meangreen-fun-machine in gear this St. Patrick’s Day. By Rachel Wright One of Tulsa’s most celebrated holidays is upon us. Grab a Guinness and your favorite green attire, because this St. Patrick’s Day, Tulsa has a lineup of fun that’ll have you feeling like you’ve found the end of the rainbow. The Oklahoma-Ireland relationship isn’t widely known, despite Ireland’s traditions being well embraced in the Sooner State. Here’s a quick rundown that’ll help you impress your friends. Oklahoma’s history with Ireland is richer than most think, with the earliest Irish settlers arriving in the early 1800s in search of work in the trapping and trading industry. Over time, they were stationed with the U.S. Army throughout Indian Territory, and the two cultures combined in many documented instances. According to The Oklahoma Historical Society, many of the American Indians who were forcibly moved to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears had an Irish parent.

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Irish immigrants were enthusiastic in Oklahoma land runs, establishing permanent residences too. By the 2000 census, more than 10 percent of Oklahomans reported Irish ancestry. Tom Hinchey, president of the Irish American Club of Tulsa and second generation Irish, remembers coming to Tulsa in 1974. One of his first St. Paddy nights out in T-Town inspired the club that’s about to celebrate its 40th year. “It was March 17, 1977, and we were out partying at a bar,” Hinchey remembers. “We had a few too many but just enough to be right. We started singing Irish songs and getting everyone to join in. Someone said we needed an Irish Club, so I took it as a challenge and we’ve been going since October of that year.” The club of roughly 60 members meets regularly, hosts weekly Irish dancing classes and Irish cooking contests, and works events year-round to raise

money for its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Show, this year on Saturday, March 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the American Legion Post 308 Hall. The Goode Academy of Irish Dance, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Oklahoma and Ryan-Johnson Irish Fiddlers will perform this year. Tickets are available for $18 per adult and $10 per child under 12. Included is a dinner choice of corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew, which Hinchey says is “some of the best you’ll ever have, prepared fresh that day.” “The dancing is incredible and so are the fiddlers. People really seem to enjoy it when those kids get kicking high,” says Hinchey. “Two of our members, Dalton and Justin, lead Irish sing-alongs. We have song books on each table with traditional Irish-American song lyrics so everyone can join in.” Hinchey and his team consider their event a kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day


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COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL CC Get in the Spirits Pour out the cheer with specialty cocktails straight from the Emerald Isle. As the Irish say, “Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one.” If green beers aren’t your thing, here are some traditional Irish cocktails to try.

Dublin Irish Cocktail Shake together 2 ounces of Michael Collins Irish whiskey, an ounce of sour apple schnapps and 2 ounces of white cranberry juice for a sweet drink that’s Irish at heart and green in color.

Irish Tea Party Mix together Jameson Irish whiskey, absinthe and sweetened green tea.

Blarney Stone Shake together 2 ounces of Irish whiskey, some curacao and some bitters for a kiss of Irish luck.

Irish Coffee In a cup of coffee, add 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey. Top with whipped cream to help sweeten in lieu of added sugar. Depending on your taste, add in or substitute Baileys or Guinness to make an extra delicious drink.

Minty Peach Martini Combine 1.5 ounces of Van Gogh Cool Peach, half an ounce of lemon juice, 10 mint leaves and 1 teaspoon of agave nectar in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

Frisky Whiskey Shake together an ounce of Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur, an ounce of Michael Collins Irish whiskey, an ounce of orange juice and a quarter of an ounce of simple syrup. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

Celtic Twilight Mix together equal parts of Bushmills Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream and an ounce of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur for a pleasant nighttime treat.

Chilly Irishman In a blender, mix four cups of crushed ice with 3 ounces of cold espresso, an ounce of Irish whiskey, one-half an ounce of coffee liqueur, one-half ounce of Irish Cream, a scoop of ice cream and a bit of simple syrup. Blend until smooth and enjoy.

Irish Black Russian Mix a shot of Smirnoff vodka, a shot of Kahlua coffee liqueur, some CocaCola and shake furiously. Fill the remainder of the glass with Guinness.

in Tulsa. They enjoy attending events around town March 17 — and have for years. He remembers his first time at Arnie’s, March 17, 1975. “I couldn’t believe it until I saw it,” Hinchey recalls. “They only opened the bar on St. Patrick’s Day. It was just an alley between two buildings that someone put a roof and a door on. It was crazy, just elbow-to-elbow in there. But it was something you always did in Tulsa on St. Patrick’s Day, going to Arnie’s for a drink.” While the location may have changed since Hinchey first visited Arnie’s, the sentiment remains the same. Arnie’s — now in the Blue Dome District — is open daily and has more room for crowds. It’s a good thing because it’s one of Tulsa’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day spots. Free entry, live music, shuffleboard, darts and all the Irish draft beers you need make Arnie’s a must on any bar hopper’s list. Setting up shop at Arnie’s puts you right in the middle of all the action downtown with many of the roads in the five-block district closed for block parties, a parade and pub crawls. McNellie’s downtown is also a big player in the St. Paddy’s party, which goes from morning until night March 17-18. The traditional Irish pub usually has a semi-truck featuring 30 taps and 100 kegs of beer parked outside after you’ve enjoyed enough fish and chips, cottage pie and bangers and mash inside. Kilkenny’s on Cherry Street is another notorious spot for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Enjoy a pint and potato soup or another choice from their extensive traditional Irish menu, then head outside to the party tent for live music and festivities going until 2 a.m. You won’t be able to miss Tulsa Metro Pipe Band’s annual Tour de Tulsa. The bagpipe and drum band will visit several locations throughout The Blue Dome District March 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. including the St. Patrick’s Day March starting at 1 p.m. from Arnie’s Bar to City Hall and back, alongside Irish bands, color guards and floats. That afternoon, they’ll perform at assorted venues on Cherry Street, starting with Kilkenny’s at 2 p.m.

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Settle into a booth at one of our 28 favorite Fonz-approved places that pour unlimited cups of coffee, serve sumptuous comfort food staples, dish out a relaxing vibe and provide a square meal for a fair dollar. By Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon

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What’s so special about diners? Oh, let us regale you with a tale full of drama, character and delectable dishes. The diner is a form of eatery with a rich history tied uniquely to American history. This is especially true of Green Country, where Route 66 diners galore meet generations of family recipes and a hard work ethic to yield up dazzlingly delicious comfort food. Many diners hail back to the 1920s, 30s and 40s; they were often built in factories and then shipped by train or truck to the land they would call home. As a result, diners were usually narrow and small, with booths and a line of seats at a counter where customers could order simple “fast” food like hamburgers and sandwiches. Today, diners continue to evolve. Locations along Route 66 may be designated as historic landmarks or decorated in old-fashioned style. Some diners now have expanded seating. Others incorporate local ingredients while still staying true to their comfort food roots. Many are still owned by the families that founded them decades earlier. Green Country’s diners offer great meals for adults and children, creative decorations, historic memories and more. Check them out, and when you go, tell them Preview sent you their way.

Today›s Specials Brownie’s . . . . . . . . 2130 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa 6577 E. 71st St. | Tulsa 7708 N. Owasso Expy. | Owasso Generations of burger lovers have frequented Brownie’s — since the 1950s, in fact. Enjoy chilled homemade root beer, cheeseburgers grilled the way you like, and an enormous mound of onion rings that fills your plate. These are just some of the favorite menu items here. Homemade pies and desserts are always a special after-dinner treat, even when you’re already completely full. Great prices and great service can always be expected.

Clanton’s Café . . . . 319 E. Illinois Ave. | Vinita With a glowing neon sign that reads “EAT,” Clanton’s Café is the longest family-owned restaurant on Route 66, operated by generations of Clantons since it first opened in 1930. The diner was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, so you definitely want to visit and say you’ve been there. Ask the friendly waitstaff to clue you in on their favorite dishes. Clanton’s serves tasty comfort food like steak and eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, catfish filet sandwiches, fresh dinner rolls, fried chicken and much more.

Dilly Diner.402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa One of downtown Tulsa’s favorite spots, Dilly Diner is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it perfect for a late meal after a night of barhopping or concert going. They serve some of the best chicken and waffles in town, as well as the customer favorite Jed roll, a cinnamon roll on steroids. They also feature ingredients from Wholee Granolee, Greenwood Farms, Lomah Dairy and Tulsa Farmer’s Market for all you local foodies.

Flo’s Burger Diner. 19322 E. Admiral Place | Catoosa This cute little strip mall spot is exactly what it sounds like — a dinerstyle burger joint serving up great lunches Monday through Friday in Catoosa. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for your order; Flo’s makes everything fresh, from the homemade buns to hand-cut fries. Regulars love the friendly service and rave about the wide variety of burgers, like the bacon cheddar barbecue and the jalapeno bomb, sided with shoestring onion rings or fried pickles.

Freeway Café. . . . . . . . . . . 1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa 465 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa 5849 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa Since 1991, home-style cooking at its best has been found at Tulsa’s Freeway Café. Grab a barstool, a booth or a table, and ask for one of their famous steak and egg breakfasts. Order the Oklahoma omelet, and you’ll enjoy so much shredded ham and beef, bacon and sausage, along with onions, green peppers and cheddar cheese, you’ll wish you’d tried it sooner. A perfect diner atmosphere at all its locations, Freeway Café will become a favorite.

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Mom’s Family Diner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1530 N. Elm Place | Broken Arrow 4101 S. Mingo Road | Tulsa So good. Those are two perfect words to describe Mom’s, which as you might guess, serves up a meal your mom would be proud of. It’s always busy, especially on the weekends during the breakfast hours when you’ll enjoy the excellent eggs over easy with biscuits and peppery white gravy, with a side of ham or crispy bacon. They also serve a popular liver and onion, and chicken-fried steak that regulars love for lunch.

New Atlas Grill ������������������������415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa New Atlas Grill is a perfect spot to enjoy breakfast and lunch in downtown Tulsa. Located inside the historic Atlas Life building, which was built in 1922 and is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it’s got the charm of art deco and good food combined. Fresh, quality ingredients make any meal a special treat, including the ever-popular black bean veggie burger. You’ll also enjoy their original burger. For something different, try the Boulder sandwich, packed with portobello mushrooms, Boursin cheese, grilled peppers and onions.

Ollies Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4070 Southwest Blvd. | Tulsa When you want to blend your diner experience with an atmosphere that makes you wish you were a kid again, cruise on over to Ollies Station. This train-themed diner is located on Tulsa’s west side at the historic Redfork Corner, where Route 66 intersected with the area’s railroad. Toy trains run along tracks set above the diners’ heads, and railway memorabilia hang inside and out. The menu is rich; we suggest the popular liver and onions, or the double-decker grilled cheese with string fries.

RoseRock Café ������������������������������������������������� 4417 S. Mingo Road | Tulsa A diner inside a used bookstore? Tulsa, you’ve got a winning combination. Wrap your hands around a book while you wrap your lips around RoseRock’s tasty Reuben sandwich. Who can resist buttery biscuits and a bowl of hot white pepper gravy? That breakfast combo is served only Saturday, so don’t miss out! Bacon lovers, visit RoseRock for their Death by Bacon — eight luxurious slices of bacon with lettuce, tomato and mayo between two pieces of toasted bread.

Savoy. . . . . . . 6033 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa Savoy is well-known for its excellent home-cooked menu with old-fashioned diner service. When you’re here, be sure to enjoy their amazing coffee from Tulsa’s own DoubleShot Coffee, the killer cinnamon rolls the size of your face, and the delicious pancakes and waffles served with top-notch syrup and creamy dollops of butter. The roast beef lunch special is as good as your mom makes. Get there early because this little hot spot can get busy. It’s that good.

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Also Check Out 50’s Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1500 W. Kenosha St. Broken Arrow

Hammett House . . . . . . 1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Restaurant Claremore

BBD II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8218 S. Harvard Ave. Tulsa

Jenks Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Main St. Jenks

Boom-A-Rang Diner. . . . . . . . . . . Various locations throughout Green Country

Phill’s Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3310 E. 32nd St. Tulsa

Boulevard Diner. . . . . . . . 205 SE Washington Blvd. Bartlesville Burkes Kenosha Café. . . . . . . 1402 W. Kenosha St. Broken Arrow Corner Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1103 S. Peoria Ave. 731 N. Sheridan Road 5301 S. Peoria Ave. Tulsa Evelyn’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3014 N. 74th E. Ave. Tulsa

Port City Diner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 S. 193rd E. Ave. Tulsa Silver Skillet . . . . . . . . . . . . 8228 E. 61st St., #114 Family Diner Tulsa Spartan Family Diner. . . . . 12908 S. Memorial Dr. Bixby Tally’s Good Food Café . . . . . . . . 1102 S. Yale Ave. Tulsa Timmy’s Diner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10915 E. 31st St. Tulsa

Features Shiloh’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow For five generations, Shiloh’s Restaurant has been a diner Tulsans count on for homemade goodness. All-day, every day — country breakfasts and belt-busting omelets never fail to leave patrons satisfied. The griddlecakes are certain to put customers in the best kind of sugar coma. For lunch or dinner, the mushroom and Swiss burger is as good as it gets. This family-friendly place has been a tradition for many B.A. residents and Green Country food lovers for years.

Western Country Diner . . . . . . . . . . . 1905 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa Western Country Diner’s menu is classic diner food, from breakfast served all day to steak and seafood to sandwiches and hamburgers, served in generous portions. The diner’s dessert menu is spectacular. Enjoy one of their many homemade pies or a plate of baklava, which is some of the best in town. A closed-in section with a separate ventilation system serves the smoking crowd without any other patrons ever knowing. Say ‘adios partner’ to the life-size John Wayne statue as you saddle up to leave.

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The Freeway Cafes provide all the crucial elements of a great diner, serving customers just the right helping of nostalgia while slinging breakfast, lunch, ambiance and great plates. By Donna Leahey ◆ Photos by Marc Rains

You just thought it took a DeLorean and a flux capacitor to go back in time. Nope. You can take yourself back in time just by visiting one of the three locations of the Freeway Cafe. Walk through the front door into the retro Americana of an old-fashioned diner. Rockabilly plays over the sound system while a friendly server greets you from behind the counter. You can believe you’ve stepped back into a simpler time when your biggest problem is whether to get onion rings or fries with your burger. Hint: Get both. Ali Naghavi partners with his brother, Afshin, as owners and managers of all three Freeway Cafe locations. “We have the same decor in all three locations. Like an old diner from the ‘50s,” he says as he gestures toward the neon accents and the black and white tile, and then proudly points out the model cars, trucks and motorcycles in their display cases set into the walls all over the cafe. “That is my collection. I collected them for 13 or 14 years. They are at the other locations as well.” The Naghavi brothers have captured the feel of a classic diner so thoroughly, you expect to see poodle skirts. Maybe some Pink Ladies at one table, and Happy Days’ Richie Cunningham at another. The tables and booths are a striking red and black. Stools line an old-fashioned lunch counter while a refrigerated display case of pies sits nearby. The entire cafe is brightly lit with inset ceiling lights and windows letting natural sunlight into the dining rooms, while the smell of burgers cooking on the grill fills the air. An Elvis tune begins to play and the illusion is complete.

What retro diner time travel experience is complete without food, though? Freeway Cafe’s extensive menu of classics makes it tough to choose. The breakfast menu is available all day and features homestyle choices like the steak and eggs, two eggs cooked however you like with a 7-ounce sirloin, served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit and gravy. A popular choice, according to Naghavi, is the Freeway Sampler, which is a generous plate filled with two eggs cooked your way, two bacon strips, two sausage links, two slices of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes to start your day off right. The breakfast menu has a sweet selection of pancakes, waffles and French toast. You’ll be tempted by New York cheesecake hot cakes — a stack of four buttermilk hot cakes with cheesecake bites topped with glazed strawberries. If you prefer French toast, you have a tough-to-make choice between classic, very berry brioche, strawberry banana or cinnamon swirl. Add a bit of savory with a side of bacon, ham or sausage for just a little extra. The omelets must be seen — and tasted — to be believed. Freeway Cafe offers traditional omelette choices like a cheese, Denver or Western omelette, which are all worthy choices. The star of the omelet menu, though, is their Oklahoma omelet. Stuffed full of bacon, sausage, shredded beef, ham, green peppers, onions and cheddar, this omelet will make you proud to be from the Sooner State. It’s served with a side of salsa and, like all the omelets, hash browns or grits and toast or biscuits and gravy.

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If you prefer a pastry for breakfast, you have got to try the Freeway Cafe homemade cinnamon roll. The enormous baked treat fills a plate and is generously topped with a rich cinnamon glaze. It’s a sweet, buttery, melt-inyour-mouth cinnamon explosion. Not to be missed, but bring a friend — this thing is huge. If you’re there for lunch or dinner, you have got to try the onion rings. Freeway’s versions are a tribute to the old eastside cafe. The onion is sliced thin, and lightly battered. They crunch delightfully between your teeth. Watch out because it’s a generous portion; you might not have foom for your meal. And that would be a shame, because the rest of the menu is not to be missed. Chicken-fried steak is an Oklahoma favorite, and Freeway Cafe does it right. Hand-breaded and golden-fried, this hefty portion of round steak is served topped with traditional cream gravy, a soup or salad, your choice of sides and a roll. The fry is crisp and seasoned just right, the steak itself is tender, and the cream gravy sets it off. Have it served like a true Oklahoman, with mashed potatoes and corn. Freeway Cafe is renowned for its seafood selection, especially the southern fried catfish in its traditional cornmeal breading. As delightful as that crispy catfish is, though, it’s not your only delicious choice. There’s crispy cod, golden tilapia or jumbo butterfly shrimp.

But let’s be honest here. If you come to a diner, you’re probably looking for a burger and fries. Freeway Cafe will make your burger dreams come true. The patty is perfectly cooked and seasoned, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, and nestled inside a corn-dusted kaiser roll. You can choose a classic cheese burger, a sweet and savory theta burger, a traditional patty melt or a thick double meat burger. But the reigning king of the burger menu is the royal burger. “It’s a third pound burger with a fried egg on top, bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickles,” Naghavi says. It’s a favorite at Freeway. There are three Freeway Cafe locations in Tulsa: the downtown, the midtown and their newest west side location opened in January. All locations have the atmosphere, feel and delicious menu of a classic diner. “My brother Afshin opened his first restaurant in 1991,” Naghavi says. “It became Freeway Cafe in 1996. I partnered with him and we opened the midtown location. Now that the west side location is open, we will focus on quality and growing the business before opening any more locations.”  

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INSPIRED BY NATURE, these beautiful, multi-purpose creations project earth, wind and fire through the use of color and shapes. They are designed to instill feelings of comfort, calm and harmony in both home and corporate settings. The artists of Tulsa Stained Glass have specially developed components, with over 45 combinations available, to help artists start their own unique creative journey. Garden Spirit Sculptures can be purchased online as a completed art piece, or in a kit to be completed in a live class experience at TSG studios, where customers can create their own garden sculpture. 

Join Tulsa Stained Glass Co. on Saturday, March 25th, from 1-4 pm to stand up to child abuse. As we lead into Child Abuse Prevention month, your partnership and care are more important than ever for the children in our community. Join Tulsa Stained Glass mascot Jack for a fun workshop making your own garden spirit sculpture while supporting Domestic Violence Intervention Services, the only nonprofit agency in Tulsa to provide comprehensive intervention and prevention services to victims of abuse. 10% of workshop proceeds go to aid DVIS services. Enroll at www.TulsaStainedGlass.com. Limited seating.

1. Prizes: Top winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Preview and $300 in gift cards awarded to the top three winners. 2. Theme: Love 3. Judging Criteria: Most creative use of sculpture and story 4. Deadline: April 28, 2017 5. Contest Rules: www.tulsastainedglass.com/contests/garden-spirit


In the heart of Tulsa’s Brookside District, a new restaurant opened its doors in February. Called Ol’Vine, it offers California-inspired, seasonal food prepared on a wood fire grill, all in a pleasantly open, bright dining room sandwiched between two of the best patios in town. It’s a surefire recipe for a great dining experience. And that’s just the way owner Don Jones likes it. If Jones’ name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard of him before. A well-known restaurateur in Tulsa, he is also the current

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owner of Cafe Olé, the successful Southwestern restaurant around the corner from Ol’Vine. With a lot of culinary successes under his belt, it’s no surprise to see Jones picking up the mantle left by Sonoma’s owners and running with it to delight Tulsans anew in Brookside.

dedicated, passionate, detailed approach to food, service and customer satisfaction. Ol’Vine promises clients what Cafe Olé does — an experience they can fall in love with.

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A surefire recipe for a great dining experience, Cafe Olé’s Don Jones’s newest Brookside endeavor, Ol’Vine, features his signature attentionto-every-detail cooking style and honors the Sonoma area of the West Coast. By Michele Chiappetta \\ Photos by Marc Rains

Ol’Vine promises to honor their past experiences by keeping in mind what people liked about the old restaurant, while adding new delights to raise the bar for the clientele to enjoy. “The customers have supported Sonoma for a long time,” says Jones. “It’s not really broke. You don’t hang around for nine years otherwise. The opportunity is for us to embrace it, tweak it and make it better.”

Rather than totally changing the menu, Jones is revamping it by bringing his signature cooking style to the recipes. His wife, Leslie, is adding her input too. “My wife’s a really good cook,” he says. The two of them love cooking, and both have ample experience in the kitchen, which results in a collaborative approach that ensures diners get the very best recipe, presented beautifully for a delicious meal every time. In addition to thoroughly vetting the menu in a test kitchen — which essentially means Jones, his wife and the chefs have been

pitting their recipes against each other until the dishes are perfected —Jones has been talking with customers and researching other restaurants around the country to determine a menu that offers a genuine Californiainspired cuisine that pleases the palates of his Oklahoma clientele. “The first real question on my mind was, how do we freshen up the menu?” Jones says. “I’ve researched over a hundred websites from California restaurants just trying to figure out what’s the common thread. You see farm-totable; you see fresh.”

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That sense of detail doesn’t just influence the recipes. It carries into the careful selection of ingredients as well. That means finding suppliers who can bring in fresh, wild-caught salmon out of British Columbia, high-quality steaks, small batch bacon made to Ol’Vine’s specifications, and more — all to ensure customers love every bite.

match the main dish of their choice with selections from a sizable list of tasty sides, so that every time you sit down, you can craft the meal of your choosing. Ol’Vine’s wine and drink selection has been carefully curated by Jones and his team to pair well with meals. Chardonnay, pinot blanc, Riesling, Syrah, sangiovese, cabernet, Malbec and more are on the menu, and they come from as near as California and Washington, and as far as France, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can enjoy a glass with dinner or opt for a bottle for special occasions and celebrations.

To revamp the cheese plate, Jones has drawn on his experience at the gourmet culinary shop he once owned in Tulsa to create a selection of cheeses that are enticing and pleasing to local palates. Ol’Vine now sports a wood fire grill, which allows the chef to infuse different wood flavors into the meats. The brunch menu will be refreshed too, with There is a select choice of mixed drinks too, plans to possibly incorporate smoothies alongside Belgian waffles, eggs, a crab omelet, as well as craft beers and even coffee drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos made with a maybe even mimosas and more. special machine that Jones purchased new for the restaurant’s launch. And Ol’Vine’s Every single recipe on the Ol’Vine menu staff is ready to offer wonderful service, is influenced by the Jones’ approach to cooking, meaning you get “layers of flavors” another mainstay of the Jones’ approach to restaurants. “I’ve hired some talented people in every bite. Customers can expect fresh here,” says Jones. “They understand the takes on classic Sonoma dishes like citrus and garlic chicken, tomato bisque, and pasta opportunity we have. They’re very aware of it, and they’re pretty stoked about it.” primavera, as well as newly crafted recipes like wild mushroom gnocchi, wood grilled angus filet, and salmon tamales served with Customers can also expect to enjoy revitalized dining experiences on Ol’Vine’s sweet corn relish. Customers can mix and

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White Pizza

two patios. Each patio has its own special flavor that the restaurant will continue to provide. Bistro seating along the street allows Ol’Vine guests to see and be seen, dining with their dogs at their feet and chatting with familiar faces passing by. It’s an active and lovely way to dine. Behind the restaurant is a more secluded, shaded area where those who prefer a relaxed, intimate outdoor dining can revel in the quiet. Ol’Vine will maintain that feel, while finding ways to upgrade the experience for both patios. “I think people who have come in here [to Sonoma] for a long time will like the cosmetic changes we’ve made, and hopefully they’ll like the food side of it,” says Jones. “We feel good about it.”

LOCATOR OL’VINE

3523 Peoria Ave. | Tulsa 918-747-0463 Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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KHALED RAHHAL

An entertainer at heart, Khaled Rahhal aims to please eyes first and stomachs second by taking pride in the presentation of every meal at Mediterranean hotspot Papa Ganouj. By Rob Harmon • Photos by Marc Rains

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Owner and chef of Papa Ganouj, Khaled Rahhal (known as ‘K’ to his staff and regular customers), refuses to call himself a chef or even a creative, but he is passionate about cooking. Creatively using fresh herbs and spices grown by hand, as well as ingredients from local farms, he makes some of the tastiest Mediterranean dishes in Tulsa. And he’s been doing it for almost 50 years. “I started cooking when I came to Tulsa as a student in the 1970s,” he says, resting at one of the restaurant’s tables after the lunch rush. “I never even fried an egg at home. I had three beautiful sisters, one great saint of a mother. So, I never had to make a sandwich for myself.” That changed when he left home to attend school. “In college, living alone in an apartment, or with friends, it started to come to me, my mother’s motions in the kitchen that I observed when I played hooky from school,” K says. It was then, as he followed in his mother’s footsteps and connected to others through food, that he realized how much cooking meant to him. “I have always liked to entertain,” he says. “I realized how simple it is, combining and creating from the heart. Cooking is simple when you are looking to please someone else with food.” K says he learned to master the culinary skills that now please his customers as he worked and lived his life in the years after he graduated college. “I waited tables, here, New York, Chicago,” he explains. “Mostly, I was raising my family of four children. I wanted them to eat everything that we ate on Sundays [when I was a child].” After college, civil war in Lebanon prevented him from going back until it ended. Those trips have reminded him of how very proud he is of his heritage, just as he is happy to be an American citizen. “In Lebanon there are 3 million living there, and about 23 million Lebanese living in every country on Earth. And one thing in common among all of them, I will assure you … Lebanese are the best immigrants. It is traditional for us to educate our families to be great citizens,” he says. For K, having a successful real estate career, which includes owning the building where Papa Ganouj is housed, as well as being a restaurateur, has been an American dream. A dream come true, he

says, because of the many people who love the food at Papa Ganouj.

Escargot and Shrimp Combo

But K says Papa Ganouj is more than just great tasting baba ghanoush, falafel, kibbeh and all the other popular Mediterranean specialties. “It is healthy food, and the flavor has an effort in it,” he explains. “Mediterranean cuisine is becoming more popular. It has a sort of breath in it. All the cinnamon and cumin, mild and sweet spices, all the universal kabob spices and garlic. It is all very healthy food.” So many restaurants in Tulsa have come and gone. It’s the nature of the business. K says that longevity rests on a passionate crew. He says his staff aims to fill the customer’s eyes first, and then their stomachs, by taking pride in the presentation of every meal. “I have beautiful people working for me right now and they are like family to me,” he says. “Cooking has to be from the heart and the soul. How you can make something good with no measurements, with no written recipes? It is hard. Sure, I can teach you an item or two, with time, but it can be hard to really get into unless you do it from your heart and your mind. It is simple then. Somehow, I assure you, the art of cooking can transfer when there is enough love.” As a young man, K would walk from the university to the west side of Tulsa and back. The Pearl District buildings were run down. He looked at the building he now owns and thought how he would like to buy it. So, after college he went into real estate.

Beef Kibbeh Balls

Lentil Soup

Chicken Shawarma

“I ended up buying this building from a kind old lady,” he says. “I had dreams. I am really just a dreamer. That’s it. Cooking is a dream for me too, in many ways.” K sees the creative mind as one of the things real estate and the restaurant business have in common. “If I’m ever recognized for a little creativity, I am honored. You don’t know if you’ve been creative or not; only you can see it in the eyes of other people,” he says. “Take, for example, you write a song. You might love it, and I’m sure you do. But whenever you are recognized or not, you have to play it in front of people and watch their response. I wish I had more of that creativity.” But don’t let Rahhal fool you. He has plenty of creativity, with all the amazing Mediterranean dishes he serves at Papa Ganouj. Visit him for lunch or for a quiet dinner and see his culinary expertise and love for yourself next time you’re in the Pearl District. You’ll be glad you did.

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LOCATOR PAPA GANOUJ

1328 E. 6th St. | Tulsa 918-794-8413 tulsapapaganouj.com Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-10 p.m.

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GK GETTING TO KNOW

For Carmelo Scalone, Jan. 26, 2014 was the beginning of a dream come true. The Indoor Soccer and Sports Owasso (ISSO) complex is a one of a kind in Green Country. The climatecontrolled, 27,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility was built for fun, exercise and friendly competition for all ages.

CARMELO SCALONE

Scalone sees ISSO as a ministry to the community, “It’s supporting itself, so that’s been a blessing,” he says. “It’s about touching lives when people come in here. When people come in and say ‘I appreciate the scripture on the wall’ or ‘I appreciate the music you play’ and stuff like that, it’s above me.” He says the venue still has a long way to go, but as far as the things they’ve put into play, it’s all going according to plan. A lot of indoor soccer venues throughout the country have had some pretty unforgiving surfaces, but not this field. It incorporates the latest in soccer turf technology with a carpet produced using sand and rubber. The lush indoor field re-creates outdoor playing while ensuring safer play. “We actually built this on Mother Nature,” Scalone says. “We bring a little of the outside in. There’s dirt underneath it, no concrete. It’s safer. It’s like playing outdoors.”

THERE’S NO CHANCE OF A RAIN DELAY AT CARMELO SCALONE’S 27,000 SQUARE FOOT INDOOR SOCCER AND SPORTS COMPLEX, WHERE THE FOCUS AND MISSION IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST WHAT GOES ON INSIDE THE PLEXIGLAS FIELD WALLS. by Rob Harmon Photos by Kelli Greer

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ISSO offers adult and youth soccer leagues, flag football for adults, as well as coed leagues in all the sports. Activities occur throughout the year, but during the winter months it’s pretty packed. To date, it is the biggest indoor field in Green Country. “There’s one bigger in OKC,” Scalone says, smiling, “but this is the biggest in Northeast Oklahoma. Our field [185 feet by 85 feet] is the size of an ice-skating rink. Normally you would see the boards and then a little bit


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of Plexiglas, but we went glass all the way around, the only one exactly like it.” In an indoor soccer facility, it’s normally too difficult to send passes sailing as high in the air as an outdoor game, but not so at ISSO. “The height of the ceiling was important,” he says. “It kept me up at night. When I did the homework, I found that the height and the lighting would be two of the things that could set us apart. Until they built it I didn’t really know it was going to be the right height.” He had in mind the idea to build two fields but the budget only allowed for one. “We went this big so we could attract major arena soccer teams. The Tulsa Revolution were in play at the time we built this facility,” he says. “They practiced here and had some of their premier team games here during their stay, but they folded at the end of the 2014-15 season.” That made room for their own indoor semiprofessional soccer team called Tornadoes FC — coached by Adam Kenes — and all their fans. “Adam is well-connected, a great guy and teacher,” Scalone says. “We’re doing more and more to get people here, to put this place on the map. We’ve got some real momentum for the team, and it’s bringing people in here that normally wouldn’t have come.” With admission price of $6 for adults and $2 for youth to see the team play, it makes for an inexpensive night out. “I think it’s affordable,” he says. “People want to get out and not be cooped up. The

young soccer players enjoy watching the big guys play. It’s fun for them.” With a DJ and a halftime intermission game between academy teams, ISSO’s working to build the atmosphere to increase crowd support. “Soccer is growing. It’s a popular sport among youth,” he says. “For the adults, after they’ve played and gone away from it for a while and then gotten back into it, it has great health values. Some of the homework I did, it builds bone density in women. There are some great benefits.” When he and his family moved to Oklahoma in 2008, the dream became a solid idea in Scalone’s mind. He started playing indoor soccer frequently in a league at Soccer City, having played since he was a kid. Through that play, he became connected with soccer enthusiasts in the Tulsa area. Talk circulated that there was room for another soccer facility, and so he looked at the business model. As a multi-unit leader manager with Home Depot and as a district manager and project coordinator, Scalone had knowledge of building large structures. When Home Depot released him with severance after working with the company for 23 years, Scalone saw it as a sign to make a decision about ISSO. “I would have liked to still have had a job when I did this. This was definitely God supported,” he says. “Three years later, here we are. We’re just going along for the ride. It was a gift from God for me, something I wanted to do full time. It’s our desire to impact everyone who walks through that door.”

When asked how he explains the fact that people come from all over Tulsa to visit ISSO, Scalone says, “Stats show that 70 percent of soccer players will travel the time it takes to play half a game. Meaning, that if they could play a 25-minute half, they would be willing to drive 25 minutes to get there. Soccer players love it that much. People come from Owasso, Claremore, Tulsa, Oologah, Collinsville, Skiatook and Verdigris.” ISSO is a Christian-based organization, so it’s a family environment. They encourage the players to enjoy the competition but to keep the language clean. The facility does not tolerate fighting and promotes having a good time. Scalone says it’s the place to come for laughs and fun. Birthday parties at the facility are becoming more popular, possibly because they rent out equipment for knocker-soccer (also known as bubble soccer), which is a combination of the beloved sport and bumper cars. Camps, church groups and team-building activities are among the many other uses the facility offers.

LOCATOR

INDOOR SOCCER AND SPORTS OWASSO 16990 E. 116th St. | Owasso 918-371-4090 issowasso.com

Monday: Noon-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: Noon-9 p.m.

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LOGAN

A weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. His attempts to hide from the world and his legacy, however, are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen Rating: R

T2 TRAINSPOTTING

First there was an opportunity and then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by and much has changed since the first movie as Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner Rating: R

TABLE 19

Eloise McGarry is invited to a wedding and finds herself seated at Table 19, a table intended for guests who were only reluctantly invited and whom the hosts hoped would not arrive. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Amanda Crew, Lisa Kudrow Rating: PG-13

After his young daughter is murdered during a family camping trip, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to the shack where the crime occurred, deep in the Oregon wilderness. Cast: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene Rating: NR

BEFORE I FALL

What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. Cast: Zoey Deutch, Erica Tremblay, Halston Sage Rating: NR

THE LAST WORD

A retired businesswoman wants to control everything around her, including her own obituary. So she writes her own to ensure her life story is told her way. A young writer at the local newspaper takes up the task of finding out the truth. Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Heche Rating: R

MARCH 10 KONG: SKULL ISLAND

In the 1970s, a team of explorers and soldiers are brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, as well as the mythic Kong, the king of the island and a giant gorilla with an attitude. Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson Rating: PG-13

KIDNAP

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A single mother lives a perfect life with her young son, Frankie. One day, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted by a kidnapper. Cast: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Lew Temple

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Liz, accused of a crime she never committed by the vengeful Reverend, has to fight and survive for her daughter. Cast: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington Rating: NR

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SHOWTIME S MARCH 17 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Belle is a young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the human Prince within. Meanwhile, a hunter named Gaston is on the loose to take Belle for himself and later intends to hunt down the Beast at any cost. Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans Rating: PG-13

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 white-collar Americans are locked in their office building located in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game. Cast: John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona Rating: R

MARCH 24 POWER RANGERS

Five teens with attitude are inexplicably brought together by coincidence to become the newest generation in a line of warriors known as the Power Rangers. The world rests in their hands as Rita Repulsa, a powerful witch, launches an assault seeking the Zeo Crystal with an army of stone golems called putties and a giant golden monster called Goldar. Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks Rating: NR

LIFE

The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extraterrestrial life, which proves to be more intelligent than expected. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds Rating: NR

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Two middleaged California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers who are tasked with highway patrol soon find themselves in a situation like none other, when a sadistic ex-cop and his motor vehicle theft hitmen are wreaking havoc throughout their city. Cast: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Vincent D’Onofrio Rating: R

WILSON

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara Rating: R

KEEP WATCHING

A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game. As the night unfolds, the game’s mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world. Cast: Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd, Natalie Martinez Rating: NR

MARCH 31 GHOST IN THE SHELL

Cyborg countercyber terrorist field commander The Major and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotics’ artificial intelligence technology. Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche Rating: NR

A United Kingdom The film is based on a true story. Seretse Khama is the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana). In 1948 he meets and falls in love with London office worker Ruth Williams. But their interracial relationship is not approved of by either of their families, nor by the British and South African governments. Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike MARCH 7

MARCH 11

Newtown Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on Dec. 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnects to weave an intimate story of community resilience. A postscreening discussion will follow.

Just Tony (1922) A cowboy seeks revenge against the man who shot him in a barroom brawl. While searching for him, he comes across a wild stallion that he is determined to capture and break, and unknowingly falls in love with the daughter of the man who shot him. Cast: Tom Mix, J.P. Lockney, Claire Adams

MARCH 8 Revolution: New Art for a New World Margy Kinmonth’s film is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. MARCH 9-11

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Sword Art Online In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito,

MARCH 17-18 Summer Wars A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother’s 90th birthday. MARCH 24-25 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Picking up where the original Nightmare on Elm Street left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw other people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the children realize their special abilities within the nightmare world Cast: Patricia Arquette, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund

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