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Rock On | 10 The continued head banging success of Rocklahoma proves, even after reconfiguring itself three years into existence, that you can’t stop rock ‘n’ roll.

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FEATURES 28 Years and Counting | 6 Chef Nobu Terauchi and his collection of skilled sushi chefs and servers continue to roll out fun and tasty creations like the Disco Roll, Kill Bill Roll and their famous boats. Art in Full Bloom | 12 With 41 years of roots deeply planted in Tulsa’s history, Mayfest found its start in the spring of 1973, and has been going strong ever since. Wet and Wild | 22 The Illinois River in Tahlequah offers a gentle, moderate current and plenty of canoe, kayak and raft outfitters along its scenic banks, making it a favorite float trip destination. Strikes Against Cancer | 32 For every softball player who can look to the bleachers and see the pride on a loved one’s face when she makes a great defensive play or pulls a pitch into the gap for an RBI, statistics prove that there are other girls on the same field who look to the crowd for a face that is no longer there. ZINfully Yours | 35 Whether you’re a local craft beer drinker, a wine buff with a refined palate, or just a person with a serious sweet tooth, next time you’re on Main Street, be sure to stop into ZIN.

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radition is all around us. It’s in the places we live, the cars that we drive, the holidays we celebrate, and even in the food that we eat. Tradition is the cement that has held the cultures of the world together for generations. Our beautiful city is not without its fair share of tradition. For 28 years, Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar has been an honored Tulsa tradition, bringing the flavors of the Far East right here to the Midwest. Esteemed Japanese chef Nobu Terauchi opened the first Fuji location at 71st and Memorial in May of 1986, where it remains to this day. Since its doors opened, Tulsa’s first sushi restaurant has expanded twice, and the popular Brookside location was also established. “Chef Nobu takes ownership of his business very seriously,” says 71st and Memorial general manager, Hannah Skocik. “He actually ran the kitchen for a long while after it opened.” Terauchi takes his job so seriously, in fact, that he devotes time out of his busy schedule to getting to know his customers by name, regulars or not. “Loyal customers have been coming in since day one,” Skocik shares. This is not only a testimony to the level of quality of the food, but also to the dedication of Terauchi and his staff. “His number one goal has and always will

be customer satisfaction and being an active part of the community,” Skocik continues. “He actually donates food to various Tulsa area organizations on a regular basis.” An undeniably busy man, Terauchi works seven days a week, making time for each of his restaurants every single day, ensuring his staff is using only the freshest ingredients and providing the highest level of customer service. The Fuji staff pride themselves on their good relations with their guests and with other local businesses. “We customize the Fuji experience to meet the needs of the different customer base at both locations … to satisfy every palate,” says Skocik. Satisfaction is exactly what the hungry patron should expect to feel after lunch or dinner at Fuji. With freshness being their highest priority, the chefs at both locations fly in fish and seafood


Maintaining traditional sushi preparation techniques as well as incorporating modern fusion dishes into his menu, Terauchi has created a one-of-a-kind assortment of Japanese fare. From the staff recommended beef sashimi—thin sliced steak lightly seared with hot flavored oil, Thai peppers, ginger, and scallions—to the appropriately named Tulsa Roll, made with Maguro, Hamachi, fried shrimp, and avocado, Fuji has it all. “There is even a create-your-own roll option,” Skocik says. “List off all of your favorite ingredients, and the chefs will customize a roll that has every one of your requests. They may even let you name it!” Menu rolls like the Crazy Linda Roll and the Henry Roll are actually named after some of Terauchi’s long-time customers.

The food is not the only satisfying thing about Fuji. With daily lunch specials, happy hours, and a staff-picked Roll of the Month, there are several options for those customers counting their pennies. Taste: check. Value: check. Atmosphere: double check. Both Fuji locations boast an eclectic mix of traditional and modern Japanese-inspired décor. The 71st and Memorial location is home to a private party room that holds up to 50 guests, as well as a private liquor bar with five HDTVs for those looking to kick their night off right. Fuji on Brookside features artwork from local artists and a massive outdoor patio seating area. Have you ever wanted to learn how to roll your own sushi? Terauchi’s got you covered. The master himself teaches a sushi-making class on the second Thursday of every month in the original location’s party room. Along with tips and tricks, Terauchi sends attendees home with bamboo rolling mats, recipe guides, and shopping lists for all of their sushi-making needs. Management, Terauchi and his collection of skilled sushi chefs and servers invite you to join them at either Fuji location for a Disco Roll, a Kill Bill Roll, or for one of their famous sushi boats. Take advantage of their full-service catering for your next event or company meeting, or for those visiting Tulsa for the first time, Fuji will deliver a meal right to your hotel doorstep. Fuji

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The continued head banging success of Rocklahoma proves, even after reconfiguring itself three years into existence, that you can’t stop rock ‘n’ roll. by chris greer

There’s just no getting rid of Twisted Sister. The glam metal New York band behind ‘80s staples like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” was squarely in the crosshairs when flannel rock turned the lights off on the Sunset Strip party in the mid-90s. Angst-filled lyrics, distortion and feedback effects replaced party hard anthems, tapping on the guitar neck and whammy bar heroics. But in 2007, when an investment group out of Wisconsin set its sights on cranking the amps back up to 11 for a four-day music festival set in Pryor, Dee Snyder’s group received one of the first calls. The inaugural Rocklahoma was a financial and fan-lovin’ success featuring vintage heavy weights Y&T, Warrant, Poison, Great White, Jackyl and Vince Neil among others over July 12-15. It was more of the same in 2008 and 2009 as the party got louder, longer and slightly stale. After all, although the bands were still revered by the die-hards, attracting a new and diverse audience was proving to be more difficult than reuniting the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup. Some of the bands still had “it,” but many didn’t especially squeezed into leathers and prancing around in 100-plus Oklahoma heat. “The owners did an amazing job the first three years, but they realized fairly quickly that it was a shallow pool that they were swimming in,” says Joe Litvag, senior vice president for AEG Live, which is promoting this year’s event that takes place May 23-25. “There were a good number of acts from that ‘80s era that still toured. But there were also a lot that didn’t. They booked anyone and everyone the first few years, but then were like, ‘Where do we go from here?’

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Litvag and AEG Live were tasked with finding a balance between appeasing those who had attended the event the first year, yet reach and attract a wider audience to the festival park that sat vacant for over 350 days of the year. Attendance numbers were dropping like Skid Row’s albums sales after cutting ties with Sebastian Bach. “Our hope was to reinvent the festival,” says Litvag. “The first thing that jumped out to me was that the genre of the festival seemed too narrow. In order to grow it into a long-term annual event, we needed to expand the audience. It’s still a niche festival, but we’ve widened the net of the artists we bring in.”

The blueprint to success called for not only keeping a balance across the musical genres, but also creating an experience that was enhanced by the music. The focus was geared toward expanding the campground facilities, offering more amenities, varied ticket packages and a Memorial Day extravaganza. You can’t undervalue the experience of Rocklahoma. “It’s all about the experience. And the experience on the grounds is second to none,” says Litvag. “Ultimately, us being able to provide a setting where people from all across the states and globe could come, hang out, make new friendships and check out bands they might never have given a chance, convinced people to ride it out with us. A lot of the classic rock fans became fans of the newer acts. And vice versa. People realized the experience hadn’t been compromised; the music just changed a little bit. “There’s quality talent out there, young and old. It’s about expanding your musical horizons and giving some bands a shot. There is a whole list of bands that played the first few years that we haven’t re-booked yet. I say yet because the plan is to bring them back as we can without booking too many in one year.” Each year Litvag, other AEG Live members and the Rocklahoma ownership group pull together lists of artists they would like to partner with. A lot is based on availability. Weight is also given to acts that

“We’re not going to put a pop sounding band with a thrash metal band and try to make it all work together,” Litvag says with a laugh. In 2013 it worked to the tune of 50,000 eager rock fans digesting the offerings of Guns N’ Roses (minus the entire Appetite for Destruction group except for Axl Rose), Korn, Alice in Chains, Bush and Cheap Trick on the “Catch the Fever” festival grounds. Rotating set times on three to four stages throughout the grounds, with often instant overlap, made for an efficient turnover time between acts. And the hard rock holdouts were rewarded with a panoply of current and yesteryear standouts from the sleazy twin-guitar attack of Ratt and the melodic grit of Dokken to the synchronized song structures and dark tones of Bullet for my Valentine. When the 2014 lineup was announced, fans across many social media platforms expressed their excitement at the thought of seeing Kix, Black Label Society and Twisted Sister sharing the main stage with Kid Rock, Staind and Five Finger Death Punch. But a lot of the noise surrounded the signing of Motorhead. One of the earliest members of the new wave of British heavy metal that helped re-energize the genre in the 1970s and early-80s, Motorhead had long been on everyone’s wish list. By late-March 2014, that enthusiasm turned into a vibe usually reserved for funerals when it was announced that Lemmy Kilmister’s group had dropped out. The word on the Web is that the pull was tied directly to Kilmister’s undisclosed health issues. “We had Motorhead booked on at least four of the events we produce and they pulled out of all of them,” says Litvag. “It’s disappointing. We get it. Motorhead is one that’s been at the top of our list since 2007. They are legendary. At this point we move on.” Replacing Motorhead is Extreme of “More Than Words” fame. When asked about the prospect of Iron Maiden ever making it to the Bible Belt at the beginning of summer, Litvag was less than optimistic. “There are five or six acts that we’d love to book and it’s no secret that Iron Maiden is in that category,” says Litvag. “They are an elite act. They don’t tour a lot and they typically don’t choose to play festivals in the United States. That’s not to say it won’t change next year. “For what you get, regardless if Iron Maiden is here or not, is a great value for the dollar. We sold out of our VIP tickets quicker than ever this year. It just goes to show the significant growth of the festival.”

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“At first it was tough. No one likes change. As a fan of the classic ‘80s metal bands that I am, I was trying to be respectful of that, but gradually encouraged people to expand their horizons,” says Livtag. “We got a lot of feedback, some positive and some not. After the event in 2010, we sat down with the owners again and did a postmortem and decided if we’re going to go down this road we needed to stick to the plan. We knew it wouldn’t be a one-year switch. “

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And that widening was not met with a unified raising of Zippo lighters by fans. In 2010, bands like Stryper, Keel, Night Ranger and yes, even Twisted Sister, were sent to the dressing room in place of alternative bands like Buckcherry, Godsmack, Chevelle and Texas rockers ZZ Top.

performed well previously. Due to recording schedules or down time, high target acts aren’t always options. The process begins by selecting headliners and working down, adhering to financial models that keep the festival running in the black. And even though at the end of the negotiations and rider wrangling there is a fairly solid balance of young and new acts, one thing that is consistent is the style of music.


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With 41 years of roots deeply planted in Tulsa’s history, Mayfest found its start in the spring of 1973, and has been going strong ever since. By Taylor Sides

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In the early ‘70s, the very active Junior League of Tulsa was hard at work planning the celebration of their upcoming 50th anniversary. As it happens, the Tulsa Philharmonic Society and our beloved city itself would also be celebrating anniversaries in 1973. The Junior League proposed the idea of cosponsoring a brand new performing and visual arts festival commemorating their 50th anniversary, the City of Tulsa’s 75th anniversary, and the Tulsa Philharmonic Society’s 25th anniversary, and, with little convincing, what became known as Jubilee ‘73 made its debut on May 18 and continued on through the 20. The following year, Downtown Tulsa Unlimited and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa took the reins on the festival, and in 1978, its name was changed to Mayfest. Mayfest, along with its city, grew very quickly. More downtown streets were closed off with each passing year to allow for expansion of the visual and performing arts staging areas. As a result, more and more artists and craftsmen were being invited to display their work in the new areas. A jurying process was even installed to enhance the quality of the visual arts displayed at the festival. From an International Music Competition at Mayfest ‘80 to a six-day line-up of artists and craftsmen at Mayfest ‘85

to a 10-day fest in ’92, Mayfest grew and grew and grew … with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance each year. Fast forward a couple decades, and today, the festival finds itself an independent event, produced in cooperation with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. The council settled on a four-day timeline back in 1993, and the duration remains the same to this day. Art, music, food, fun, and more … Tulsa’s Mayfest 2014 has it all. Art, of course, is the basis upon which the international festival was founded. Dozens of outdoor booths, showcasing the artwork of hand-picked juried artists from across the country, are a major feature. These artists’ fine works can be viewed or even taken home by Mayfest guests. There is also a market artist area with a fine selection of handmade goods from some of green country’s finest craftsmen. Step inside for Mayfest’s invitational gallery, which showcases pieces from over 100 of Tulsa’s finest artists in oil, metal, photography, and various other media. This includes the ever-popular annual official Mayfest poster art. Every item in the invitational gallery is also available for sale, but the incredible artwork doesn’t stop there. The youth art gallery displays a wide variety of works from the younger generations, with awards given to the best budding artists. The kids get to have all the fun. At the KidZone, a children’s hands-on art activity area set-up in Tulsa’s Centennial Green Park, the possibilities for Mayfest family fun are endless.

Making works of art in the form of song, the Tulsa area’s best musicians and performers, along with headlining musicians from all over the nation will hit one of the four Mayfest performance stages to rock out. After all, what’s a festival without music? Past acts include Hanson, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, JD McPherson, Cherry-Poppin Daddies, Sister Hazel, Old 97’s, Joe Diffie, 38 Special and Wayman Tisdale. After all that rockin’ and art shoppin’, one really starts to work up an appetite. From traditional festival food like corndogs and funnel cakes to some more unique dining options like BBQ parfaits and lumpias, Mayfest is a veritable smorgasbord of culinary delights. Tulsa’s famous food trucks may even stop by with their tasty treats as well. Attendees can even win free food and other prizes like signed festival posters and t-shirts by participating in Mayfest’s social media contests on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow @Mayfest and use the hashtag #TulsaMayfest for a chance to win.

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Tulsa Performing Arts Center Written by David Mamet, Race is about a wealthy white man accused of raping a black woman. The story takes a different turn than expected when he hires a team of lawyers—a white man, a black man and their young female associate—to defend him. As they review evidence, shame, guilt and personal feelings about racial harmony emerge.

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skilled Arabian horses in the region. Admire well-groomed horses as they showcase their skills in a number of activities during this four-day event. Classes in the Green Country Arabian Classic include reined cowhorse, working cowhorse, Arabian sport horse in hand, Arabian hunter hack and Arabian Western pleasure among many others. An on-site concession will be available, and horse-related vendors will display.

May 1-25

Trail of Tears Art Show

Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah) Held on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, one of Oklahoma’s oldest Native American art shows is open to artists from all federally recognized Native American tribes. The show displays a wide range of creativity and artistic style

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and attracts artists, art dealers and visitors from across the nation. The show began as a means of cultivating the art form of painting as a way of expressing Native American heritage within the Cherokee Nation. Created before the completion of the Cherokee Heritage Center, this art show was the first major exhibition held in the present museum.

May 2

Women in Recovery Benefit

Woody Guthrie Center All ticket sales and donations from the show will go directly to Women in Recovery. Featured performers for the event are Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Erin O’Dowd, and Kristen Hemphill. Hendrix is an awardwinning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with the poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair that has

May 2, 4 Carmen

Tulsa Performing Arts Center The sexiest and most notorious gypsy of all time returns to Tulsa Opera, followed by contrabandiers, bullfighters, flamenco dancers and a soldier with a fatal obsession. April in Seville doesn’t get any sultrier than this four-act production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, featuring mezzo soprano Leann Sandell-Pantaleo and tenor Jonathan Burton in their Tulsa Opera debuts. The score will be sung in French with English supertitles. The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. After the composer’s death the score was subject to significant amendment, including the introduction of recitative in place of the original dialogue; there is no standard edition of the opera, and different views exist as to what versions best express Bizet’s intentions. The opera has been recorded many times since the first acoustical recording in 1908, and the story has been the subject of many screen and stage adaptations.

Kristen Hemphill

long been her trademark. Hemphill is a singer/songwriter from Tulsa. She is a talented vocalist with a wide range who has been singing on stage for many years. O’Dowd is a singersongwriter from Tulsa. She plays folk and Americana speckled with country and blues. She finds inspiration in nature, the past, everyday life, and the future.

May 2

Needtobreathe

Brady Theater Three-man alternative Christian rock group will perform their biggest hits from four studio albums. The band has become popular for hits like “You Are Here,” “Lay ‘Em Down” and “The Outsiders.”

May 2-4, 8-10

The Neverending Story

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Based on Michael Ende’s book of the same name that gave birth to the movie adaptation, The Neverending Story is the tale of a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, who is neglected by his father (who has sunken into despair after his wife’s death) and is bullied by his schoolmates. While running from some of them, Bastian bursts into the antique bookstore of Carl Conrad Correander. Bastian steals a book from the store called The Neverending Story, which Correander has been reading; he hides in his school’s


Keep These Events On Your Radar attic, where he proceeds to read the story through the rest of the day and the night, not realizing that he has effectively become a part of it. After a while of reading he is magically transfixed and is brought into the book. Directed by Jana Ellis and suitable for all ages, The Neverending Story is an enchanting tale that celebrates the triumph of imagination.

May 2-4, 7-11

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Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

Castle of Muskogee (Muskogee) Step back in time to the 16th century with King Henry VIII, Queen Margaret of Scotland and over 500 costumed performers and artisans as they create the boisterous village of Castleton at this year’s Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. Held at the Castle of Muskogee, this Renaissance festival will feature a royal court, jousters, jesters, magicians, musicians and minstrels. Delight your taste buds with the wonderful and unique foods of the day, or browse through more than 120 handcrafted booths for one-of-a-kind items.

Brady Theater Beloved by fans for his blue-eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies, and earthy charm, singer, songwriter, and musician Gavin DeGraw has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” He followed that up with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008 earning DeGraw his first Top 10 album and spawning the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” On his new album Sweeter, the New York native experimented with new sounds, thanks in part, to collaborating with a host of top-notch producers he’d wanted to work with for a while, including fellow grooveminded piano player OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele), Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson).

May 8

Lyle Lovett

Brady Theater Active since 1980, Lovett has recorded 13 albums and released 21 singles to date, including his highest entry, the No. 10 chart hit “Cowboy Man.” Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. Tough to deny the “Natural Forces” that pull you toward this captivating entertainer and nothing is better than experiencing him live in concert. Lovett is one of the most revered and original musicians of our time. Is his music country? Singer-songwriter folk? Big-band western swing? All of the above and more, all woven into a fascinating American musical tapestry that’s equal parts wry humor, dark and edgy critique, and charming cowboy Romanticism. The depth of Lovett’s accomplishment comes through best in his shows with his Large Band, which start from western swing and branch out into jazz, gospel, country, and even bluegrass over a couple of hours that visit nearly every corner of

American music yet are held together by this long tall Texan’s quirky, insightful personality.

May 8-11

Trail Days Owasso This annual four-day carnival features a parade, rodeo, expo with more than 80 vendors, skateboard competition and more. Head to Owasso to learn about the town’s early days through fun and entertaining events and activities. Browse rows and rows of shopping booths and watch four cooking demonstrations throughout

the long weekend. Celebrate Oklahoma heritage with festival foods and live entertainment. A two-day rodeo will be sure to keep the whole family entertained, as well as carnival rides and games.

May 9-11

Rooster Days Festival Central Park (Broken Arrow) One of the oldest festivals in Oklahoma features a large carnival, parade, live entertainment and more. Visitors will also enjoy a children’s area and 20,000-square feet of arts and crafts. Rooster Days has something for everyone including

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May 10

Red Dirt Round-Up

BOK Center The inaugural Red Dirt Round-Up features Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew Band, Kevin Fowler and The Cadillac Three. The Randy Rogers Band has recorded four studio albums and two live ones including their most recent album released in April of 2013 titled Trouble. They have charted seven singles including their most recent single “One More Sad Song.” Casey Donahew Band is an up-and-coming true Texas group that kick started their career with a self-released album Moving On that hit the Top 30 album chart in Billboard Magazine in 2009. Kevin Fowler, a Texas born singer-songwriter, has released five studio albums and earned a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with three different singles. His first Top 40 hit came with his single “Pound Sign (#?*!)” in 2010 and continues to gain more and more fans and popularity not just in Texas but also throughout the Midwest. His newest album How Country are Ya? was released in March 2014 and stays true to his rockin’ Red Dirt sound. The Cadillac Three, whose members include Nashville natives Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray, have been friends and musical co-conspirators since they were kids. They’ve weathered ups and downs, but in spite of all the trials and tribulations, The Cadillac Three have emerged with a sound all of their own that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock and traditional Southern folk. In late 2013, the trio released its debut single “The South.” It features guest vocals from Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band.

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May Happenings twirling amusement rides. Enjoy live music and check out the on-site food vendors for a corn dog, fried ice cream, cotton candy and more tasty treats. The festival kicks off on Friday night with the Rooster Days run, live music in the entertainment pavilion and the opening of the Rooster Days market and carnival rides. On Saturday morning, the streets of downtown Broken Arrow will flood with spectators of all ages waiting for the parade. Kids will line the streets with goody bags ready to gather candy and celebrate this annual tradition. The festival continues on Sunday with more live music, shopping and carnival rides.

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Bartlesville Check out this family-friendly event that will feature classic and custom cars of all types. Browse the amazing vehicles and stop to enjoy some traditional carnival food available at the show. The Oldies ‘N Goodies Car Club hosts this event in historic downtown Bartlesville. The club has more than 85 members who

Brady Theater Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it’s first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd, the self-proclaimed greatest Pink Floyd show, returns in 2014 to perform Discovery, a three-hour chronological musical journey spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd from 1967-94. Named after Pink Floyd’s box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led ‘60s psychedelic pop of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, through to the ‘90s The Division Bell, and everything in between, the show will capture in note-for-note detail, all your favorite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalogues in the history of recorded music. Featuring the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, Brit Floyd’s musical performance will also be accompanied by original video and animation, inspired by the timelessly brilliant artwork designs of longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson. With painstaking attention to detail, replicating every nuance of every Floydian moment both musically and visually, the band’s execution of all Pink Floyd’s greatest works will make each familiar track sound fresh and pristine.

alternative rock, stoner rock and alternative metal among several other genres. Rolling Stone noted a “connection between American meatand-potatoes macho rock of the early 1970s, like Blue Cheer and Grand Funk Railroad, and the precisiontiming drones in German rock of the same period” Over the years the band has continued to develop their signature sound with more danceoriented elements and electronic influences.

May 13-18

Sister Act

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Featuring original music by Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Can Cartier, a wannabe dive whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime. Police hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

May 14

Queens of the Stone Age

Brady Theater Formed in 1996, the band’s lineup includes founder Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar, piano), alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap steel, keyboard, percussion, backing vocals), Michael Shuman (bass guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Dean Fertita (keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals), and recent addition Jon Theodore (drums, percussion). Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy rock music. Their sound has since evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences, including working with ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons. Throughout its career the band has been described as

Downtown Tulsa Tulsa International Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. It is a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers. Mayfest is nationally renowned for presenting the very best in arts and entertainment. The outdoor areas of Mayfest includes fine arts, crafts, four stages of performing artists, KidZone (a children’s hands-on art activity area) and of course, great festival food. In addition to the outdoor space, Mayfest also features five indoor galleries. Don’t forget to bring your appetite to the Tulsa International Mayfest as you enjoy festival favorites such as funnel cakes, turkey legs, corn dogs, ice cream and fresh lemonade. The festival’s extensive food court will also feature gyros, Indian tacos, brisket sandwiches and a wide variety of ethnic specialties.

May 15

The Band Perry

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Since releasing their debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has notched a string of hit singles, including the quadrupleplatinum “If I Die Young” (which climbed to No.1 on Billboard’s country charts), the platinum “You Lie,” and the country No. 1 “All Your Life.” They’ve also enjoyed sold-out tours and a showering of honors, including multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Music awards, as well as Grammy, Teen Choice, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music award nominations—all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.

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Cain’s Ballroom After four albums, platinum-plus sales, sold-out crowds and more than a dozen radio hits, Puddle of Mudd has cemented its reputation and its repertoire in the rock world possessing the kind of track record that most bands would be proud to have had over an entire career. Think

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songs like “Blurry,” “Drift & Die,” “She Hates Me,” “Away From Me” and “Psycho” for starters. Rest assured it’s been a good time, but now Puddle of Mudd wants to have some fun. Re:(disc)overed is an entirely different kind of endeavor for the group, which has been churning out its own material since their debut album Come Clean was released in 2001. This time the Mudd men have put down their pens in favor of recording 11 classic rock tracks by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Steve Miller Band, AC/DC, Elton John and many others.


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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Rodney Carrington is a multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over three million copies. Morning Wood has been certified gold and Greatest Hits has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Carrington starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and costarred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. In 2011 he partnered with the American Country Awards by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year’s Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Carrington has been one of the top 10 highest grossing touring comedians for the last decade and among the top four or five the last several years.

May 16-25

The Sound of Music

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Maria, a nun who is causing the Abbey trouble is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. Maria teaches them to sing and Captain Von Trapp to love, but when the Nazis invade Austria, the whole family is forced to flee to safety. Packed with songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and of course “The Sound of Music” this play is sure to have the audience singing along. “It is a cast of 60 of some of Tulsa’s finest musical theatre talent,” said Theatre Tulsa’s artistic director Sara Phoenix. “The show will incorporate new scenic and costume designs and will include all of the wonderful music and choreography that audiences love.”

May 16-17

Grand Lake BBQ Festival

Langley Ball Fields (Langley) Bring out your lawn chairs and coolers, pick a comfortable spot and enjoy live music from a one-man band on Friday. Visitors are also welcome to walk around the cooking area and meet with the competitors prior to Saturday’s big event when the gloves come off and you can watch as nearly 40 competitors cook up a storm. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, pick up a tasty barbecue sandwich and a cold soda. Over on the festival side, vendors, a live band, kids inflatables, face painting and hula hoop contests will keep the whole family entertained for hours. Stick around to see who takes home the top honors and a hefty cash award.

May 16-18

Blue Dome Arts Festival

Blue Dome District Enjoy browsing through booths filled with handmade crafts, paintings, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry, home decor and more. Visitors to the Blue Dome Arts Festival are encouraged to chat with Oklahoma artists while perusing or purchasing original works by these regional artisans. Don’t forget to make your way to the main entertainment stage during the festival to see concert performances by live musicians. Dance the night away to live tunes and stick around for belly dancers, pottery demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations over a live forge and beer tastings.

May 17

Tracy Lawrence

Osage Casino (Bartlesville) Since 1991, Lawrence has been a big name in country music and now he travels to Oklahoma for an outdoor performance at the Osage Casino in Bartlesville. His over two decade long career has led to No. 1 hits including “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” “My Second Home” and “If the Good Die Young.” He will play fan favorites as well as songs from his newest album.

May 17

Warrior Dash

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May 22-23 Dolly Parton

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Achieving 25 certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum, Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. She was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Her career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk and Joyful Noise. Parton received two Oscar nominations—one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for “Travelin’ Thru” from the film Transamerica. obstacles. The Oklahoma Warrior Dash is broken into 12 competitive age divisions, and each participant will be individually timed. After the run, stick around for a celebration with live music, beer and activities. Camping is available the night before the Warrior Dash.

May 21

Dave Matthews Band

BOK Center Tickets: $67 In 2013, Rolling Stone put Dave Matthews Band on its list of the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, observing, “Two decades in, DMB still

know how to surprise their fans.” The group’s 2014 North American summer tour may be its most surprising yet. The tour will feature the group delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout its career. Dave Matthews Band will wind through numerous configurations— from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire band to more intimate moments featuring small groups of band members—including a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds, performing as an acoustic duo, as they occasionally do when the band is off the road. A variety of guests will join the band throughout the summer. “Our shows are loose, but we started thinking that maybe this summer we should make them looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage. It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?” said vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews.


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Cox Business Center Fundraiser to support the Signature Symphony and honor 35 years of artistic direction under the baton of Dr. Barry Epperley. The black tie event will include dinner, live and silent auctions and a roast of Epperley. Special guest artist Peters, accompanied by the Signature Symphony, will provide the evening’s entertainment. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, Peters has starred in musical theatre, films and television, as well as performing in solo concerts and recordings. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two (plus an honorary award), and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.

May 23

Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Cain’s Ballroom It’s admirable when a musician gets back to his roots, there’s no questioning that. But in a lot of ways, it’s even more admirable when an artist has no need to do that—having never lost touch with those roots in the first place. Jason Boland falls squarely into the latter category, having spent the better part of the last 15 years entrenching himself in the so-called “red dirt” of his native state of Oklahoma and adopted home in Texas and while spreading his musical branches to cover a remarkable amount of territory. On their new studio album, Dark And Dirty Mile, Boland and his compatriots use a wide array of hues to illustrate 11 songs of rejection and redemption, dark clouds and silver linings, all assembled in the rough-hewn manner that’s earned him an ever-growing fan base; a following that’s snapped up more than a halfmillion records over the past decade and change.

May 23-25

Rocklahoma

Pryor Enjoy this three-day rock music festival featuring more than 50 entertainment acts on three stages. The inaugural Rocklahoma hosted fans from all 50 states, every province

in Canada, every country in Europe, and six out of seven continents. Rocklahoma 2014 promises to be even larger. This music festival features some of the top names in hard rock music, as well as 1980s-era classic rock and metal bands, for which the festival has become known.

May 23-25

Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo

Stampede Arena (Claremore) Rodeo events include bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, mutton busting for the kids, rodeo clowns and a dance following the nightly performance. See area cowboys compete in steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and more. Vendors will be selling Western wear and goods to the crowds.

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May 31-June 1

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

BOK Center Behold the living legends. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to children of all ages in an all-new show. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a pegasus and a woolly mammoth. Arrive an hour before

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May 31

The Naked and Famous

Brady Theater The Naked and Famous is an alternative rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. They formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded EPs This Machine and No Light. The band took its name from a line in the English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid,” … “everybody wants to be naked and famous,” … that is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity. The group has since released two studio albums Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010) and In Rolling Waves (2013).

May 29

Move: Live On Tour

Brady Theater Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough star in their own all-new dance production with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers. The Houghs headline in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in-between. According to Derek and Julianne, “No matter where we go in the world, the question we hear most from people is ‘When are you going to do something together?’ We feel that everything we’ve done up to this point has led us to creating this show and we can’t wait to share it with our fans.” The Dancing With the Stars champions conceived the show, which they are staging with Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (Nappytabs), best known for their Emmy Award-winning choreography on So You Think You Can Dance. The Houghs, both of who are also accomplished singers and musicians, promise musical surprises and special guest appearances in a show they describe as “a cross between a Broadway spectacular and the hippest, coolest dance party you’ve ever been to.”

May 30-June 1 Gem Faire

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May 24 Chicago

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Ill., Chicago began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. Together with bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears and The Electric Flag, Chicago brought horns from the background and made them a lead instrument, as important to the overall sound of the group as the guitar or vocal. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to The Beach Boys in terms of Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest running and most successful pop and rock groups. According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading U.S. singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 38 million units in the United States with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and eight multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have charted five No. 1 albums, and have had 21 top 10 hits. Chicago draws upon more than 30 albums’ worth of material, from early rock hits like “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park” to ‘80s staples “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.”


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Arrowhead Resort

Whether you’re headed to the river for a float trip or just a weekend getaway, Arrowhead Resort has you covered. Set off in a canoe or kayak on a challenging 58-mile adventure, or try a relaxing 6- to 12-mile trip. Or, hop on a raft with friends or family for a six- or 12-mile float. After your river journey, rest up in the campgrounds, a cabin or the group lodge if you’re with a big group.

Diamondhead Resort

Lodging options at Diamondhead Resort include campgrounds, motel rooms and a bunkhouse. Stay at this full-service campground, where a nine-hole disc golf course, horseshoe pits, lighted basketball and volleyball courts add to the fun. To spend a day out on the river, choose from kayaks, canoes or rafts, and go on a six- or 12-mile-long trip.

The Illinois River in Tahlequah offers a gentle, moderate current and plenty of canoe, kayak and raft outfitters along its scenic banks, making it a favorite float trip destination. By Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department Staff

Recreational opportunities abound in this picturesque landscape, especially along the portion of the river that flows parallel to SH-10 northeast of Tahlequah. A float trip is the most popular way to experience the Illinois River; embark on a leisurely ride on the cool water and take in all the river has to offer. With so many outfitters and campsites nearby, you have everything you need already along the river. All you have to do is arrive.

Eagle Bluff Resort

Camp along the river in a tent or RV, stay in an air-conditioned cabin or settle in at the group lodge at Eagle Bluff Resort. A snack shop, playground, sand volleyball and basketball court are some of the extras you’ll find here. When you’re ready to set off on your float trip, choose from a leisure trip in an inner tube or your choice of float trips in a canoe, kayak or raft. For thrill-seekers, arrangements can be made for an overnight float trip.

Elephant Rock Nature Park

A unique lodging option is offered at Elephant Rock Nature Park … yurts. These tent-like, air-conditioned structures are nestled within the trees, offering the comforts of home in a peaceful setting. The serene environment at this park, private river frontage and hiking trails invite visitors to reconnect with nature. Private access to the river is available, and eight- or 14-mile float trips in a canoe, kayak or raft are offered.


There are different ways to float the Illinois River, but the three most popular options are via canoe, kayak or inflatable raft. Kayaks are generally more maneuverable and can accommodate one or two people, but canoes are also easy to control and are ideal for three people. Some rafts can accommodate up to nine passengers and are a good choice for families. The river itself is rated as Class II, and is a gently-flowing waterway with a moderate current and few hazards, so it’s accessible to experts and novices alike. Trips of various lengths are available, ranging from six- to 70-milelong stretches.

Peyton’s Place

One of the oldest canoe camps on the Illinois River, Peyton’s Place has been a go-to float trip outfitter for decades. Canoes, rafts and kayaks are available for your ride downstream, and on-site lodging units and campsites are offered. From the group lodge that sleeps up to 48 people to tent sites with electric hookups, you’ll find just the right fit for your stay.

Sparrow Hawk Camp

Get ready for a fun outing on the river in a kayak, canoe, raft or inner tube on one of the popular seven- or 13-mile-long trips offered at Sparrow Hawk Camp. These float trip options are provided at the camp, as well as a comfortable place to stay. Whether you go for the weekend or a week, the tent and RV campsites or the bunkhouse are a sure bet for a great time with family and friends.

• Leave the river in better shape than you found it. This means carrying your trash out with you and picking up any you find along the way including cigarette butts, soda and beer cans, and plastic cups and bags. Most outfit rentals provide a mesh bag to hold your trash. River courtesy demands that you use them. • Observe and obey ‘No Trespassing’ signs. While most people are river tourists, there is a sector of year-round locals. Just as no one wants a stranger to wander into their suburban backyard, it’s important to remember that the riverbank where you’ve landed your canoe may be private property. Unless it’s an emergency, bypass these posted properties in favor of others that are open to the public. There are plenty. You won’t have any difficulty in finding one. There are far more open areas than not. • Keep the noise down. Sound carries over water. Although you may think you’re speaking in a reasonable tone, others can hear you quite easily downriver. While everyone loves the sound of good-natured laughter, not everyone enjoys rough language or a bawdy drinking song … especially families with small children. • Accidents happen. No one likes it, but there’s no getting around it. If someone needs help, stop and help them. • Watch where you dive. Before diving or swinging on that rope, check the water for depth and submerged rocks. Just because you dived off a particular rock or tree the last time you floated doesn’t mean you can do it this time. A moving body of water is a changing body of water. Swimming holes change with each rain. Never assume it’s safe until you check it out first.

War Eagle Resort

Your river excursion begins at War Eagle Resort, where you can choose from a float trip in a raft, canoe or kayak. Set off on a relaxing six- or 12-mile trip, and when you return you can rest easy in one of the resort’s two-bedroom A-frame cabins or the War Eagle motel. Large groups can stay in one of the bunkhouses, and campgrounds are also offered. The huge water slide and swimming pool on-site ensure everyone stays cool while having a blast.

In addition to the Illinois River outfitters detailed on the left, Riverside Resort, Hanging Rock Camp and Falcon Floats are also available to assist you in your quest for the ultimate Illinois River experience. Remember to apply the sunscreen and wear a life jacket to keep your float trip safe and fun.

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When you’re ready to set off on your float trip, an outfitter can help you with all the equipment you need for your trip, including personal floatation devices. Many outfitters will transport riders to a drop-off point, then the riders will float back to the camp or to a pick-up point. Most of the outfitters along the river also offer lodging, including campsites, comfortable cabins and low-maintenance bunkhouses, as well as other amenities such as swimming pools.

With hundreds launching into the Illinois River, there is bound to be friction, yet following a few simple rules of river courtesy can go a long way toward a peaceful, safe, and happy time for all.

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As you might expect, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is the Illinois River’s busy season, when families and travelers flock to the river to cool off and escape the summer heat. Many of the Illinois River outfitters along SH-10 are open all year, but with advance notice, can accommodate guests even during the winter months so you can float the river in peaceful solitude.

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For every softball player who can look to the bleachers and see the pride on a loved one’s face when she makes a great defensive play or pulls a pitch into the gap for an RBI, statistics prove that there are other girls on the same field who look to the crowd for a face that is no longer there. By Chris Greer

still remember the day when my college buddies and I were trying to defy logic and squeeze months of blown-off studying into a Jolt Cola-induced crash course over a couple sausage biscuits at 5 a.m., in Stillwater, Okla. The class we were preparing for has long been erased from my memory thanks to Diet Coke and age, but not what Lee said. “How long have you been losing your hair?,” he casually threw out. Losing my hair? Are you kidding? But a quick inspection in the first mirror I could find validated his question. How did I miss this life-changing event? What will I do now? Am I going to end up being one of those comb-over dorks we were ruthless on in high school? How much is Rogaine? Can that spray-on hair really work?

But years later, as I sat in a St. Francis waiting room with my daughter’s grandmother, while she underwent tests in another room to see if the lump in her breast was what we all feared, the thoughts of losing hair came racing back to me.

I also remember the courage she showed when she finally had what was left of her hair shaved off and went shopping for a wig.

At that point in my life, short of losing financial aid, I couldn’t imagine any worse news. In the years that followed I came to grips with Father Time’s cruel follicle joke. I shaved my head. Life was good. In my mind, I had dodged a bullet.

Only this time it was a frightened Faye Howard who was on my mind. How would this sweet lady, who not one person on this planet could say a negative thing about, deal with losing her soft, whitish curly hair? Sure it was already thinning a little, but at least she still had need of a comb and stylist. Then it dawned on me. Why am I thinking about hair?

What if my daughter, Ashton, or her cousins could never sit in grandma’s lap again? Who would push them on the rickety swing in her backyard? What if she wasn’t at Ashton’s wedding? How would Faye’s husband deal with the prospect of burying his wife of 40-plus years? What she was facing couldn’t be solved with a hat.


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the same imagery and realities I was forced to absorb.

It wasn’t a victory without some defeats. She battled breast cancer not once, but twice. I still sometimes think about the nights one of her daughters or I slept on a nearby couch in her living room just in case she passed out while vomiting after a rough day of chemotherapy. I also remember the courage she showed when she finally had what was left of her hair shaved off and went shopping for a wig.

And nothing says that I won’t be doing some soul searching again as Ashton grows into a young woman and possibly becomes the one out of every eight women who risk developing breast cancer in her lifetime.

Thankfully she is still with us. And until this season when Ashton gave up playing softball after 12 years, Faye was able to sit in the stands, no matter how hot or cold it was outside, and watch her granddaughter play.

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But for every Ashton who could look to the bleachers and see the pride on her grandmother’s face when she made a great defensive play or pulled a pitch into the gap for an RBI, statistics prove that there were other girls on the same field who looked to the crowd for a face that was no longer there. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, nearly 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States this year alone. And since this dreaded disease doesn’t take into account social standing, state borders, which softball team you play or cheer for, or which family has already been hit, the harsh reality is that your day may be coming when you are flooded with some of

That is why I created a benefit softball tournament— Strikes Against Cancer. It’s for every one of the girls manning a base, delivering a pitch from the rubber, roaming the outfield or blocking a runner at the plate. And it’s for every mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend who cheers them on. As we enter our seventh year hosting the tournament, we’ve seen our cause evolve from just raising money for breast cancer survivors. To date, over $17,000 has been collected and donated to people battling all forms of cancer with our primary beneficiary being the Owasso chapter of Relay for Life. Each year survivors, from 8 to 80 years have thrown out ceremonial first pitches as hundreds of young girls hit the dirt, many wearing pink, purple or jerseys celebrating the cancer battles (both won and lost) of loved ones. While many of our first-pitch survivors return each year to participate, there have been a few whose battle finally bested them. And it’s for all of them that we continue to raise money and awareness thanks to the 100-plus teams, coaches, fans and family members who turn out each year to assist in the fight.

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The sun sets on downtown Tulsa, as the work week comes to a close and the party begins in the historic Brady Arts District. Long-time friends and couples in love fill the bars and restaurants, sharing stories and making memories one glass at a time. A walk down Main Street offers patrons many unique dining, drinking, and entertainment experiences, but only one can make the evening truly ZINful … ZIN Wine, Beer and Dessert Bar. Four years ago, while Melissa Wilkins, a medical billing director, and her husband, Will, were walking their dogs in the somewhat underdeveloped Brady Arts District, not far from their home in Brady Heights, Melissa thought aloud, “Wouldn’t it be fun to open up a wine bar in this area?” Will promptly agreed, but the couple knew that the district wasn’t quite ready for such a concept. So, for the time being, they shelved the idea. As time passed and the Brady Arts District grew into the eclectic hub of artists, craftsmen, merchants, residents, and businesses as we know it today, Melissa grew increasingly eager to make her dream of owning a wine bar a reality, so, she employed the help of her husband, who just so happens to be a commercial leasing agent and developer. He scouted the area and found one space remaining under the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Main Street. The couple leased the space in April 2013, and ZIN Wine, Beer, and Dessert Bar was born. The young couple worked fast and furiously to bring their unique concept to fruition. Melissa wanted the bar’s primary focus to be on wine; however, she felt that craft beers, meant to be savored rather than chugged, would go hand in hand with the level of quality the various wines would bring.

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Thriving is exactly what ZIN is doing today, with new and exciting things happening with each passing month. “Once a month, my friends and I would have a girl’s night where would drink wine, bake cookies, and just unwind,” Melissa recalls. “I wanted to translate that feeling into ZIN. This is why desserts were introduced to the menu. Desserts pair incredibly well with wine.” Zin’s Chocolate Sin, a light chocolate cake filled with milk chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, covered in chocolate ganache and drizzled with white chocolate, is certainly no exception.

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Melissa explains that the name ZIN comes from the word Zinfandel, which, as any wine connoisseur would know, is a variety of blackskinned grapes typically used to make a robust red wine. This is where the new business owner drew her inspiration for the décor, which primarily features burgundy red and black overtones, with accents of white and silver to create a contemporary and relaxing atmosphere. Melissa and Will were extremely excited to be a part of one of the most refined and vibrant areas in Tulsa, and, given that the majority of their Brady Arts District counterparts are also small business owners, it was important to the couple that they not steal any business from their neighbors.

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Big things are happening for ZIN Wine Bar in the coming months. Melissa and Will are working on finalizing a 12-month wine tasting and education series, which will begin this June. The series will feature seasonal selections, like Rieslings and Moscatos during the summer and wines paired with holiday dishes in November and December. Aside from this series, private parties can also be booked at ZIN anytime throughout the year.

“We used to bring our dogs out here long before ZIN and its neighbors existed. One of our dogs is anti-social, so, in a way, it’s great we can’t bring him down here anymore. It means that the district is thriving, and we’re happy to see that,” Melissa shares. Thriving is exactly what ZIN is doing today, with new and exciting things happening with each passing month. Sprits and $6 signature cocktails along with a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. were introduced at the start of 2014. “Avión Espresso tequila, a customer favorite, pairs nicely with our tiramisu,” says Melissa. “The spirits and cocktails have gone over very well. We have a Smart Tender bar machine that mixes drinks for a consistent cocktail every single time.” Consistency is vital to Melissa and Will. The Smart Tender allows Melissa and her staff to focus on wine and greater customer interaction without taking up too much space, time, and energy. Customer satisfaction is music to Melissa’s ears. Speaking of music, handpicked Jazz tunes can be heard on a daily basis at ZIN with lounge music being featured on the weekends. On Friday nights, the bar is home to live solo and duo acoustic artists from 9-11 p.m.. These local talents include Olivia Duhon, Charlie Redd, and Ayngel and John, amongst others. Weekly music schedules can be found on ZIN’s website.

Wine can be intimidating. Whether it’s the price or the taste that makes you nervous, ZIN’s got you covered, with nearly 80 percent of the wines on their menu priced under $10 a glass and six different temperatures of wine storage, allowing you to enjoy the flavors and aromas the way they should be enjoyed. If wine’s not your thing, the ZIN staff takes pride in serving premium liquors … even in their well. The pride in quality product runs even deeper with a rotating menu that follows the seasonal timeline. “We’re on our fourth menu since we opened,” Melissa shares. Whether you’re a local craft beer drinker, a wine buff with a refined palate, or just a person with a serious sweet tooth, next time you’re on Main Street, be sure to stop into ZIN Wine, Beer, and Dessert Bar for a simply ZINful experience. Zin

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his year’s American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18) will stoke lots of activity around the country, celebrating the artisanal beer movement. In Tulsa, pop-rock trio Hanson, now operating as craft beer makers with the launch their debut brew Mmmhops Pale Ale in 2013, will bring together brewers in their home state and musicians for the inaugural Hop Jam—a one day beer and music festival on May 18. Coinciding with the festival which is free to attend and will be held in the Brady Arts District, Hanson Brothers Beer will also make their flagship Mmmhops beer available for sale online, making the beer available outside of the regional market more broadly. Hanson—comprised of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac—are best known for the 1997 hit song “MMMBop” from their major label debut album Middle of Nowhere. While their follow-up albums

never reached the same level of popularity nationally, they have an endearing fan base that supports the band and is rewarded with a special Hanson Day celebration each year that is not open to the general public. With over 3,600 active permitted breweries in the United States, the relevance of American Craft Beer Week is larger than ever. This week-long event reflects on the beer beginners, home brewers, enthusiasts and brewers who have come together to make this beer revolution what it is today. Hop Jam will be attended by 14 breweries from across the state of Oklahoma, featuring special small batch beers made available as a part of the festival by award-winning brewers and established leaders in Oklahoma craft beer including Prairie Artisan Ales, Choc Beer Company and Mustang Brewing. The event will also feature personal appearances

by many of the brewers, appealing to the devout beer fans throughout Oklahoma and the Midwest. The free concert part of the event is open to all ages, headlined by Hanson, along with blues soul powerhouse Robert Randolph and The Family Band, and more special guests still to be announced. The festival will also include a statewide opening band contest that is open to all Oklahoma musicians, giving one lucky winner the opportunity to perform as part of the day’s entertainment. Launching in partnership with the Tulsa World, artists had to submit songs and ready their fans for a week of online voting starting May 4. The winning artist will be announced on May 11, and will open the show at The Hop Jam. The winning band will also get a chance to reach thousands of beer and music fans through the placement of one of their songs as a downloadable track via QR code, on select Mmmhops Pale Ale bottles.

“Through The Hop Jam, our hope is that we can help support the craft beer community and foster a oneof-a-kind music event, while also creating an anchor for the city’s downtown renewal,” says Taylor Hanson. Partnering with Oklahoma favorites McNellie’s Group, which operate restaurants and bars across the state, to host the festival, Hanson Brothers Beer are proud to be helping ignite further interest in the revitalization of Tulsa’s downtown community. Find out more about the brewers, music makers and all the event activities at TheHopJam.com.


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ruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum, opened in Tulsa at The Woody Guthrie Center on April 29, 2014. It features 45 iconic images of Bruce Springsteen. On display until spring of 2015, the exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko. “Our goal with this exhibition is to define the career of Bruce Springsteen in an entirely new light, as captured by these five incredible photographers,” says GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli. “Each of these photographers was able to artfully document Bruce’s world, at different stages in his career. We are honored to partner with each of them in order to help tell the story of one of the most important figures in American music.” Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans more than 40 years, beginning with 1973’s Columbia Records release Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. He has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 GRAMMY Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by The Recording Academy. Springsteen’s newest album High Hopes was released in January 2014. While the majority of the exhibit focuses on Springsteen off-stage, four additional live performance photographs, shot by Barry Schneier, will be showcased. These photos were shot during the now famous Springsteen concert at Harvard Square Theater where famed Rolling Stone music journalist Jon Landau claimed, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” It was also the night that “Born to Run” was played live for the first time.

Additionally, the exhibit will feature video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by The GRAMMY Museum. The debut of the exhibit coincides with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center. “We are thrilled to be kicking off our anniversary celebrations with this incredible exhibit featuring photographs spanning the career of Bruce Springsteen. He is an excellent example of an artist who continues the legacy of Woody Guthrie. The opening of this newly curated exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center is a perfect fit,” says Deana McCloud, WGC executive director.

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ear ye, hear ye. It’s that time again. A time when grown men don grand garments and occasionally debate the upcoming college football season declaring, “By heaven I charge thee, speak!” Colorfully transformed by elaborate makebelieve and the unfettered imaginations of hundreds, the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival in Muskogee conjures up nostalgia from the 16th century set in Castleton Village. Committed to building upon history, fantasy, spectacle and merriment, the costumed characters that interact with visitors are instrumental in producing the suspended reality of actually walking through Renaissance England. Often you’ll find people addressing you in period dialect and cracking bawdy jokes. These characters include the Jester Rejects, delightfully funny and wacky brothers full of comedic surprises; the sassy laundry lasses who live by the motto “the wetter, the better;” faerie tale minstrel and singer of true tales Alexander James Adams; and Sir Mark Logsdon, who while unsurpassed in areas of magic and escape tricks, has not figured out how to escape paying the king’s taxes.

A brightly colored harlequin jester standing nearly 9 feet can usually be found greeting visitors and getting you in the medieval mood. Partake in an eclectic array of games, food, music, comedy, dance and arts enhanced by nationally-touring acts and local artisans. Stages scattered among the nearly 15 acres of fairgrounds feature acts like magician Matthew Van Zee, who it is rumored to have been to the sacred places of Avalon and Shangri-La and the Lord Mayor’s Company. Their repertoire includes five 20-to-30 minute send-ups of Shakespearean works. New to the festival this year is Sirena. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia and Raidne entertain with a show filled with drumming,

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You can feel the festival’s resilient roots in street theater from days of old where buskers and barkers, jugglers, magicians and itinerant troupes worked overtime to amuse the crowds and earn a shilling or two. Be regaled with semi-anachronistic tributes and events like the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon and the King’s Smoker. And be sure to get tickets for the after-hours entertainment at the Masqued Ball, the Pirate’s Feaste and the Ceilidh. Although belly dancers may not have anything to do with Renaissance times, they add to the overall exotic feel. Raks AlHassana enchant and teach the zaghareet and encourage those feeling the groove to join in. As if there aren’t enough unique sights, make sure to not miss the carillon. Orchestrated by a silent and masked “spirit of the bells,” this awesome contraption consists of 35 bells weighing nearly four tons. Created about five centuries ago to provide a musical voice to bell towers, the carillon comes to life when

the spirit begins hammering on the modified keyboard with fists and feet. Gather ‘round the tournament arena and meet the Heroic Knights of Old. You’re a special guest, with a place of honor close to all the action. Precision horsemanship is on display as the knights race through the arena, mere feet from the crowd, vying for dominance in jousting and hand-to-hand combat. Exquisitely choreographed exhibitions provide a hard-hitting transportation to a time where tests of strength and tomato justice ruled the land. You’ll also learn the proper manner of raising your tankard, shouting “Huzzah!” and pounding your palms against a table to show your appreciation for the festivities. Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with over 130 quaint shops displaying one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted goods. It’s always market day inside the castle walls. You can sample modern-day recreations of ancient crafts, jewelry, leatherworks, longbows, stage-combat-approved swords, bamboo flutes, tapestries, ironworks, perfumes and pottery. As iconic as a mouthwatering turkey leg is to the festival experience, patrons can also enjoy an extensive array of epicurean delights ranging from morsels served at the Morgan Le Fay Cafe to libations at the Black Boare Pub. Many of the vendors also offer delicacies to feed the hungry vegan, vegetarian and even those who need gluten-free food.

There are all kinds of unique games, rides and adventures such as a labyrinth through the woods, carriage rides, trips to the catacombs and torture chamber, locating fairies in their wee homes inside the woodlands, and the living chess board. Although you can choose to wear modern clothing, many festival-goers do make an effort to dress in period garb. Just inside the front gate, visit Renaissance Rentals and get your costumed experience on, beginning at $30. Just make sure to keep your weapon sheathed and peace tied. Tickets range from $12.95-$14.95 for adults, $10.95-$12.95 for students (age 13-18), $5.95$7.95 for children (6-12) and free for children under 5. Two-day passes are also available. The attractions do change weekly, but the festival itself is constant, as perfect an evocation of summer’s delights as any hamlet could produce. Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

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Berry Good Times Held since the 1940s as a way to promote the strawberries grown in the area, the Strawberry Festival in Stilwell has become one of Oklahoma’s most-loved hometown festivals. The Strawberry Festival—being held May 9-10—attracts over 30,000 visitors each year to Stilwell, the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” with games, free strawberries and ice cream. The 67th annual festival will also feature a 5K run, horseshow pitching tournament, carnival rides, plenty of vendor booths and the Strawberry Festival Rodeo, held Friday and Saturday evenings at the rodeo grounds located two miles north of Stilwell on Highway 59. Live entertainment will be provided by Kinsey Sadler and River’s Edge.

Step back in time at the Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association Show on May 2-4 in Pawnee. With demonstrations running off and on all day, check out steam traction engineers operating various “era correct” machines. Another popular display is the steam powered saw mill that operates almost nonstop during show hours. The newest display is a 1920s rock crusher that is powered by a large, gasoline fueled stationary engine. There is an operating blacksmith shop as well as an early 20th century machine shop; both have machinery that is driven by flat belts. There will be tons of gasoline-powered tractors from the very early 1900s through the mid-1960s. A flea market, arts and crafts area and a hobby-related swap meet area is also featured. During the day catch lectures, demonstrations, games and a 110-horsepower J.I. Case doing its thing. The excitement doesn’t stop at dusk. In the evening hours the steam engines put on a spark show, blowing burning cinders 50 to 60 feet into the air. This event will be held rain or shine, and there are plenty of indoor exhibitors.

The popular Strawberry Festival Parade features floats, marching bands, horses and more. The parade will be followed by the crowning of this year’s Strawberry Queen. Stick around for a strawberry auction, midway games, arts and crafts, vendor booths and a wide variety of fair food. Recognized nationally the event prides itself on family-friendly entertainment for all ages. Celebrate the annual strawberry harvest and small-town pride with live gospel and country music on the main entertainment stage, a strawberry recipe and baked goods contest and plenty of fresh, ripe strawberries.

Perfect Place to Meat Up One of the grandest barbecue competitions in the state of Oklahoma—the Bixby BBQ ‘n Blues Festival—features two days (May 2-3) of mouthwatering barbecue and great music at Washington Irving Memorial Park. More than a 100 competitive pitmasters will participate in an ultimate food fight with winners grabbing prize money—the grand champion will snag $2,000—and bragging rights. Make sure to take part in the competition on Saturday, when barbecue entries are judged by those who purchase a People’s Choice Award taster kit for $10. The kits are sold Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Be there to experience the frenetic pace of turn-ins as the competitors pull meats off the smoker and quick-walk them to the judging area. Enjoy free live music by local bands and musicians including Joe Louis Walker, James Groves and Popa Chubby. Visitors to the festival will enjoy free cooking demos, delicious barbecue entries and a wide variety of fair food throughout the festival. Bring the kids and make a trip over to the festival’s Kids Zone where a $10 day pass can keep them going while you’re chowing down. Topping the list will be numerous inflatable jumpers available for a small fee per child. Additional items for this year will include a petting zoo and a trackless train ride and pony rides.


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he streets in Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo are littered with them. But there is only one in Oklahoma. And it’s in an alley. In the 1980s, a concept began to take shape in the Land of the Rising Sun—informal social hangouts primarily patronized by men. A place to blow off a little steam after a long day, sharing drinks and small bites with friends. In American, we call them bars. In Japan, they are referred to as izakayas. Usually

identifiable by the akachochin— or red lantern—outside the establishment, the intimate “pubs” began as sake shops before evolving into a dining experience where food and drink are normally ordered slowly over several courses and shared. And since offering diverse dining options is a priority for survival in today’s economy, it was only a matter of time until izakayas began popping up in trendy sections of New York City and Los Angeles. After all, those who master the culinary strategy of

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offering tasty alternatives can often leave other, more “usual” competitors out in the cold—a concept not lost on Sushi Alley which evolved from an empty alley in Utica Square into the No. 6-rated restaurant in 2013 according to the Tulsa World.

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Stepping away from the hustle and bustle of Utica Square into the 49-seat quaint setting is pure escape, but if you have a chance, especially during the spring and summer months, grabbing one of the 18 outdoor patio seats can be an even greater win. Tranquility embraces you through soothing chimes, putting you in the proper mood for beer, wine or top-shelf sake. The décor is a temple of modern color swatches and a soft and luxurious room complemented by a beautiful bar and drop lights. Few restaurants pull off fancy-yet-welcoming this way. It takes only seconds to decide you’ve discovered a veritable hidden treasure. A treasure that prides itself on providing more than standard fare.

Seared scallops basted to perfection with yuzu kosho is also a remarkable dish.

letting it stand on its own,” says White, who moved back to his hometown of Tulsa after a stint in Las Vegas working at Sushisamba, one of the premiere sushi restaurants in the country. “Our fish comes in fresh daily. You can tell the difference between eating tuna here and somewhere else.” While sushi is the specialty here, it’s the emphasis on fresh seafood that helps keep the restaurant on many “best of ” lists. A seat inside provides as much an educational experience as it is a gustatory one. The meal is served piece-by-piece and methodically.

White and general manager Tom Staab have also placed a priority on paying extra for their fish.

Begin your experience by sampling some of the almost artistic small plates from the zensai offerings. Knowing what lies ahead, get an early raw fix with the Tasmanian salmon served with cucumbers and karashi miso sauce or the yellowtail tartare that comes mixed with shallots and chives served in a soy based sauce and topped with caviar. But don’t fill up, because you’ll want to save room for Sushi Alley’s signature edamame hummus, among the most popular dishes in the restaurant. A tantalizing blend of edamame beans, cilantro, sesame oil, lemon juice and sea salt is served with grilled pita bread brushed with truffle oil and sliced veggies.

“It definitely costs us more, but we believe it’s important to focus on a higher quality fish and

The house salads add a touch of decadence with grilled salmon, tuna or calamari atop mixed

“A lot of sushi places are Americanized using fryers, cream cheese and lots of sauce,” says manager Chris White. “They don’t have Philadelphia cream cheese in Japan. So we try to emulate the authentic experience here. So far it’s been paying off.”

greens accompanied with red bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, cucumbers and a wafu dressing that blends just the right amount of sweet soy and ginger. Another favorite is the tako salad that boldly pairs marinated octopus with a ginger and ponzu sauce. And while the drinks and appetizers are often enough to satiate visitors here, if you still have room the entrée and roll selections are beyond worthy, bold and creative. Every plate is served with a simple yet refined approach, allowing the ingredients to shine without excessive presentation or elaborate seasoning. In other words, Sushi Alley is keeping it real. A perfect getaway dish from the sushi to a main plate is the yakitori, which is one of the cornerstones of the menu and almost impossible not to order. Succulent braised helpings of chicken, beef tenderloin or pork belly finished with a soy and ginger based glaze are the epitome of the preparation style here. The pure taste of the meat stocked with rich flavor yet light in texture is almost unbelievable. If you’re craving some red meat, everybody loves the addictive ishiyaki beef, a slightly spicy bite designed to wake up your taste buds. Served two ways—raw beef tenderloin or various sashimi— this dish arrives at your table with a hot stone so that you can cook

But as the name suggests, the star of the show here is sushi. And you can’t go wrong ordering the Sushi Alley roll highlighted by familiar flavors. Grilled shrimp, bell peppers, goat cheese and just the right amount of garlic aioli, fresh basil and lime produce a rich textural odyssey. A simple dish for sure, but one that will provide one of the most unique tastes in the city. And while fresh ingredients definitely help Sushi Alley stand out, consistency may be the most impressive element whether it’s the sinfully satisfying hot mess roll that combines crab, bell peppers and jalapeno with smoked gouda and drizzled with a spicy eel sauce or the complex, but beautifully presented sweetheart roll’s rainbow of richness contained in eel, cucumber topped with avocado and strawberries. If choosing from the vibrant menu proves too much to handle, give the omakase a go and try something unique in one intelligent stroke. Your server will make suggestions based on your likes, price point and style of food before turning the creation process over to the head chef who will, based on seasonal and market availability, create as close to a one-of-a-kind dish as you’ll find in Tulsa. Sushi Alley

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$: Under $15 $$: $15-$25 $$$: $25-$50 $$$$: Over $50 The following is a select list of restaurants in the Tulsa and Green Country area. Bluestone Steak House & Seafood

Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, Bluestone offers friendly service and gourmet quality food. Dinner menu includes steak, bone-in pork chop, chicken fried chicken, shrimp scampi pasta and bar-b-qued salmon. www.bluestonesteakhouse.com; 10032 S. Sheridan Road; 918.296.9889 $$-$$$

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A unique spin on the English hangout with a flair for Shepherd’s Pie. Hearty meals in a fun-filled atmosphere. Watch sports while enjoying burgers, nachos, fish and chips and more than 200 distinctive beers. www.bakerstreetpub.com; 6620 S. Memorial, Tulsa; 918.286.2227 $

Baxter’s Interurban Grill

Quiet, casual and relaxing atmosphere that also doubles as a place to have fun while enjoying a great meal. Menu features a variety of American cuisine, traditional fare and signature dishes. www.baxtersgrill.com; 717 S. Houston, Tulsa; 918.585.3134 $

Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders From fresh salads to oven baked grinders and pizzas, their menu is extensive and features the traditional dishes that make Italian cuisine famous. www.bellacinostulsa.com; 9521 S. Riverside Drive, Tulsa; 918.299.4433 $

Billy Sims Barbecue

Traditional slow smoked BBQ eats in portions such as Sooner Magic, The Option, The Wishbone, Smoked Jayhawk and the Bevo Plate. Twelve locations in the Tulsa and Green Country area. www.billysimsbbq.com $

Billy’s on the Square

A Tulsa tradition since 1984 for great food and great lunch time fun. Located inside the historic May Building. Whether you just need a quick bite to eat, need a carry out order for everyone at the office or need a place to have a party to get the whole gang together, Billy’s has you covered. www.billysonthesquare.com; 5th and Main, Tulsa; 918.583.8703 $

Serving Southwest cuisine for 30 years. Dine on Mexican salads, inventive side dishes including jalapeno cornbread and traditional tacos that include shredded beef, chicken, pork or veggies. www.cafeolebrookside.com; 3509 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.745.6699 $

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Caz’s Pub

Not just an ordinary bar located in the heart of the Brady Art District of downtown Tulsa. Great casual eatery offering delicious fare, drink specials and plenty of tunes piping out of the jukebox. www.cazspub.com; 21 E. Brady, Tulsa; 918.585.8587 $

Celebrity Restaurant

Known for their award-winning Caesar salad, this nearly 50-year-old establishment gets it done with old-water lobster tail, steaks and cast-iron skillet fried chicken. Great spot for a casual meal or special occasion. www.celebritytulsa.com; 3109 S. Yale, Tulsa; 918.743.1800 $$

Chimi’s

Located inside the Embassy Suites, choose from hand-cut steaks, grilled salmon, crab cakes, grilled corn on the cob and an extensive wine selection. www.tulsa.embassysuites.com, 3332 S. 79th E. Ave., Tulsa; 918.622.4000 $$

For over 30 years, has been serving generation after generation of the greater Tulsa community with some of the freshest authentic Mexican food this side of the border. And if you dare, ask the waiter to “Diablo style” your meal. www.chimismexican.com; 918.587.4411 $

Caz’s Chowhouse

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Menu reflects a wide variety of comfort foods including salads (house, garden, Santa Fe and Cobb), burgers, catfish, pork sliders, the Great Cazbah (grilled cheese with Jalapeno bacon and tomato), meatloaf, chicken fried steak and a slew of sides. www.cazschowhouse.com; 18 E. Brady, Tulsa; 918.588.2469 $

Infuzion Ultra Lounge & Bistro

Affordably priced meals in a laid back family atmosphere. Menu includes all the staples you would expect to find (tacos, enchiladas and fajitas) with tasty twists on tradition in carne asada, pollo loco and chimichanga dishes. Three locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso. www.compadresgrill.com; 918.574.2667 $

Unwind from your day and relax during piano bar hours and take in the classic music styling of their baby grand piano and hand-crafted artisan cocktails. After enjoying a cocktail, let Infuzion’s executive chef and specialty staff create a one-of-a-kind dining experience offering a wide variety of menu items that are aimed to please and guaranteed to be unforgettable. Each dish is created fresh daily in their state-of-the-art kitchen. Be sure to pair your dinner with one of their fine wines for a superior dining experience. Thursday through Saturday, Infuzion features live entertainment with rock, country and jazz bands; DJs; and acoustic music. www.infuziontulsa.com; 101st and Mingo, Tulsa; 918.806.8400 $


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Pick Your Palate Cork Wine Café

Casual atmosphere with unique choices of entrees including orange chicken, double pork chops, seasoned meats, fish and chips and even crème brulee for desert. Even when busy doesn’t appear overcrowded. 8922 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.615.3383 $$

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Menu that combines fun with flavor on dishes like chicken and waffles, bacon-wrapped beef medallions and the chicken goldfingers. Work the food off on their Million Dollar Midway offering hundreds of games for the young and young at heart. www.daveandbusters.com; 6812 S. 105th E. Ave., Tulsa; 918.449.3100 $

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ingredients for classics like burritos, quesadillas, nachos and signature sizzling fajitas. www.eltequilatulsa.com $

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The staff begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and no heat lamps or deep fryers are used. Sit down to a pot of coffee and a complimentary newspaper in either of the Tulsa locations. www.firstwatch.com; 8104 E. 68th Street, Tulsa; 918.610.3447 $

Mason’s

If you’ve got a hankering for grilled cheese done differently, this Brady Arts District joint might fill the bill. This isn’t your grandmother’s lunch staple for sure. Pick from seven different cheeses, a handful of spreads and a trio of bread options. If channeling your inner child isn’t your style, grab a sandwich like the dripped beef with au jus or hummus. Chill in sofas, wingbacks and high-top tables or shoot a game of pool in the lounge. A full-service bar with over 30 beers and hard spirits can keep you hydrated while watching the big game. 122 N. Boston Ave., Tulsa; 918.582.4888 $

The Hen

Called “the Hen’s naughty little sister in Brookside” by the owner, this lively restaurant offers fried oysters, wedge salads, veal meatloaf, cedar plank salmon, beef tenderloin, grilled duck and a great cinnamon roll bread pudding. www.thehenbistro.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.935.3420 $$$

Located in the Brady Arts District, Hey Mambo is a true brick oven Italian restaurant and wine bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands. Their mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a modern and vibrant atmosphere. Dishes include chicken scallopini, a’gnello alla montanara, pescatora, pasta el sol, linguini carbonara and pizza. www.heymambo.com; 114 N. Boston, Tulsa; 918.508.7000 $-$$

Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, check out the creole scramble, eggs nola (with blue swimmer crab cakes and poached eggs), shrimp and grits, bourbon glazed duck, sea scallops and the hangover burger. And if the burger doesn’t do the trick, Doc’s has plenty of other cures including a memosa, bloody mary and sangria. www.docswineandfood.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.949.3663 $$

Owners have created a unique restaurant concept around original recipes that demand fresh

Preparation is the rule when it comes to Harden’s hamburgers. It starts with cutting the onions with a razor blade and keeping the buns a little greasy. Everything is fresh and homemade, from the cole slaw to the cobbler. www.thehamburgerstore.com; 432 S. Sheridan, Tulsa; 918.834.2558 $

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French Hen Bistro & Wine Bar

Not easy to find, but worth the effort. Catering to diners looking for something exceptional for over 30 years, the menu includes prime meats, Colorado lamb, fresh fish, unique sauces, soups, cheesecakes and bread pudding. www.frenchhentulsa.net; 7143 S. Yale, Tulsa; 918.492.2596 $$$

Hooters

The menu includes hamburgers and other sandwiches, steaks, seafood entrees, appetizers, and the restaurant’s specialty, chicken wings. At the Tulsa location, enjoy all-you-can-eat wings every Monday night after 6 p.m. www.hooters.com; 8108 E. 61st, Tulsa; 918.250.4668 $

Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar

With two locations in the Tulsa area, partake in over 28 years of dining experience with tempura, California rolls, calamari, cream cheese wantons, spicy tuna, toro and a crowd favorite ninja roll. www.fujitulsa.com, 918.794.4448 $$

Full Moon Café

Serving up favorites like tortilla soup, fresh-ground hamburgers, crisp salads and chicken margarita, Full Moon Cafe also offers some of Oklahoma’s finest music at night including a live band karaoke. www.eatfullmoon.com; 1525 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.583.6666; 411 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow; 918.994.6363 $

The Gaucho

Taking the ordinary out of a steak dinner, this Brazilian restaurant balances upscale décor with a casual atmosphere and main courses prepared on a slow-roasting rotisserie and delivered to tables in what seems like an endless stream of servers offering delectable cuts of meats, shrimp and pineapple. www.gauchotulsa.com; 6219 E. 61st, Tulsa; 918.494.0042 $$-$$$

In The Raw

Sushi with a pulse. In the Raw sushi features traditional and nouveau sushi, sashimi and nigiri creations in addition to a full menu of cooked cuisine. In the Raw sushi has earned awards for the Best Sushi in Tulsa every year since 2001. Two Tulsa locations plus inside the BOK Center. www.intherawtulsa.com; 34th and Peoria, Tulsa; 918.744.1300 $$


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Pick Your Palate Incredible Pizza

All-you-can-eat buffet with over 30 varieties of pizza, baked potato bar, homemade soups, pastas, salad bar and a plethora of desert options. The entertainment offerings include glow-in-the-dark mini golf, go-karts, XD theatre, bumper cars, over 100 video games and a jump zone. www.incrediblepizza.com; 8314 E. 71st Street, Tulsa; 918.294.8671 $

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Jason’s Deli

No artificial trans fats or high fructose corn syrup used to prepare their offerings. The salad bar is enhanced with organic choices and the Reuben is one of the best. Don’t see what you want? Invent your own sandwich on the go. Two Tulsa locations. www.jasonsdeli.com; 1330 E. 15th Street, Tulsa; 918.599.7777 $

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Leon’s

Join them on game days with over 25 TVs to watch your game from any seat in the house. Voted Tulsa’s best sports bar many times. www.eatatleons.com; 3301 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.933.5366 $

Maxxwell’s

Serving your favorites with a twist on historic Route 66. Located in the historic Campbell Hotel, Maxxwell’s offers a wide menu from sweet potato tater tots and calamari to a pesto-rubbed veggie sandwich, blackened fish tacos and prime rib. www.thecampbellhotel.com; 2636 E. 11th Street, Tulsa; 918.748.5500 $$

Mazzios

Network of fast-casual Italian food restaurants offering award-winning pizzas, made-to-order pastas, hot toasted sandwiches, fresh specialty salads, appetizers and desserts. Call for delivery or visit dine-in locations. www.mazzios.com; 918.664.444 $

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Juniper

Focuses on providing the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully. Using handselected items sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, allowing the staff to introduce new and exciting plates with Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar at Juniper focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters. www.junipertulsa.com; 324 E. 3rd Street, Tulsa; 918.794.1090 $$

Keo

Offering dishes from a variety of countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, all made to order using fresh ingredients prepared in traditional manners and served in a full-service atmosphere. Located in Brookside and south Tulsa. www.keorestaurant.com; 3524 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.794.8200 $

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

A destination for travelers and a gathering place for friends, this Midtown mainstay has one of the largest menus in the area and a unique collection of beers, fine liquors and wines. With a full menu of traditional Irish favorites, Kilkenny’s is known for its boxty, a traditional Irish dish consisting of a grilled potato pancake stuffed with your choice of homemade fillings. Another popular dish is the King’s River fish and chips. For those late nighters with the munchies, the pub serves food until 1 a.m. www.tulsairishpub.com; 1413 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.582.8282 $-$$

Serving authentic Mexican cuisine since 1987, Mexicali offers a full menu with quesadillas, appetizers, fresh salads, soups, fajitas and specialty plates. www.mexicalibordercafe.com; 14 W. Brady, Tulsa; 918.582.3383 $

Molly’s Landing

Converted log cabin in Catoosa provides one of the most unique dining experiences in the area. While waiting on one of their succulent steaks, quail or seafood dishes challenge a friend to a showdown on the outdoor chess game. www.mollyslanding.com; 3700 N. Highway 66, Catoosa; 918.266.7853 $$$

Nelson’s Buffeteria

Serving Tulsa since 1929 with a cafeteria-style approach, you’ll find all the staples of a good breakfast or lunch including meatloaf, roasted chicken, ribs, beans and some of the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever eat. www.nelsonsbuffeteria.com; 4401 S. Memorial, Tulsa; 918.236.4655 $

Sisserou’s

Palace Café

Located on the edge of the Cherry Street District, Palace Café offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a wealth of dining choices from roast chicken roulade, scallop linguini and braised beef short rib to lobster ravioli, smoked pork tenderloin and a short rib burger. At lunch tap into your inner child with a grilled cheese deluxe made with house focaccia, mozzarella and lomah dairy cheddar and layered with maple bacon and sliced tomato. Red and white wines are served by the glass or bottle. www.palacetulsa.com; 1301 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.582.4321 $-$$

Pancho’s

Buffet-style Mexican restaurant offering tacos, enchiladas and sopapillas. Raise the flag when the plate gets empty. 7819 E. Admiral Place, Tulsa; 918.834.6635 $

P.F. Chang’s

Each dish is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. From their famous lettuce wraps and dumplings to kung pao chicken and pad Thai, balance and simplicity are hallmarks of the Utica Square staple, while explosive flavors in such tiny packages are part of the popular modern take on the reverent Asian cuisine. At P.F. Chang’s guests are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. A panoramic, hand-painted mural depicting 12th century China, is visible from the main dining room and commands attention as the restaurant’s centerpiece, while several terra-cotta warriors stand guard. www.pfchangs.com; 1978 E. 21st St., Tulsa; 918.747.6555 $-$$

Polo Grill

The menu changes seasonally and is carefully prepared by an experienced culinary team that chooses selections to take advantage of the availability of fresh meats and produce. Polo Grill has been recognized for its achievements countless times on local, regional and national levels. www.pologrill.com; 2038 Utica Square, Tulsa; 918.744.4280 $$$

Located in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, Sisserou’s restaurant concept is inspired by the colorful cuisine of the island of Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. Although inspired by a specific little known island, their menu includes a broader spectrum stylized on authentic Caribbean cuisine with a touch of European and American influences. Entrees include jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, Cuban sandwich, Roti wrap, pork tenderloin, mahi mahi, beef filet, butternut squash soup and red snapper. www.sisserousrestauranttulsa.com; 107 N. Boulder Ave., Tulsa; 918.576.6800 $


Pick Your Palate Prhyme

Features classic cuts of beef, such as the rib eye, NY strip and filet mignon that is raised and finished in several ways, like grass fed and grain fed prime beef. Seasonal seafood, Australian lamb chops, artistically plated appetizers, classic caviar service and delectable desserts are just some of the tempting tastes also available. www.prhymetulsa. com; 111 N. Main Street, Tulsa; 918.794.7700 $$$

Ricardos

From Chile Relleno and chalupas to a tempting array of chicken quesadillas, beef fajitas and burritos, it’s where the locals go. www.ricardostulsa.com; 5629 E. 41st Street, Tulsa; 918.622.2668 $

Formerly Casa Bonita. 918.728.3343 $

Royal Dragon Buffet

Try their salad bar featuring crab legs and various delicious meats. www.royaldragonbuffet.com; 918.664.2245 $

Family friendly joint that can be the perfect place to experience the true flair and spice of Cajun and New Orleans culture. Specialties include étouffée, crawfish pie, crab cake, feta salmon salad, catfish, clams and fried calamari. www.sjoyster.com; 308 E. 1st St., Tulsa; 918.938.7933 $

Shiloh’s

Homemade hot rolls made them famous, but grandma-style cooking keeps them coming back. Make sure you ask for some strawberry rhubarb jam. www.shilohsrestaurant.com; 2604 N. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow; 918.254.1500 $

Shogun Steak House of Japan

Traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouse where your meal is prepared fresh right before your eyes by showman chefs. Menu includes shrimp, steaks, chicken breast and fresh vegetables grilled to perfection. www.shoguntulsa.com; 6808 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.254.2134 $$

Serves up hearty Italian favorites in a rustic and casual atmosphere. Diners are drawn in by the warm, fresh bread and garlic butter but they stay for Italian favorites like 15-layer lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs. The fare is indulgent and the atmosphere unique at The Spaghetti Warehouse. Enjoy dishes made from scratch and unique items from behind the bar like the Italian wedding cake martini. www.40meatballs.com; 221 E. Brady, Tulsa; 918.587.4440 $-$$

Speedy Gonzalez

This local favorite pays homage to Mexico’s bold colors and flavors with its authentic creations and large portions. Chips are made fresh and are endless. Good food (try the shredded pork tacos) at a reasonable price. 2601 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.836.0960 $

Sushi Alley

Specializes in sushi, the Japanese grill and various cold salads. There are no fried foods and each course is prepared to order, course by course. These are all small plates that can be eaten with chop sticks and all of their dishes have suggested pairings of beer, wine and sake. www.sushialleytulsa.com; 1730 Utica Square, Tulsa; 918.592.5539 $

Te Kei’s

Committed to offering a unique and locally centered dining experience, Smoke offers quality food, unique daily specials and a constantly updated menu. Enjoy the comfort, weekly live music and ventilated cigar lounge. www.smoketulsa.com; 1542 E. 15th Street, Tulsa; 918.949.4440 $$$

Combines traditional Asian flavors with the freshest ingredients. Their large appetizer menu features lettuce wraps, calamari, spicy crab cakes, edamame, Korean tacos and coconut chicken tenders. Te Kei’s has several specialty items including their own recipe for chicken noodle soup, Thai chicken salad, Mongolian beef and Pearl’s lemon chicken. They also offer rice and noodle bowls, seafood and steak specialties as well as sushi rolls. Complete your meal at Te Kei’s in Tulsa with one of their decadent desserts complemented with a drink from their extensive wine list. www.tekeis.com; 1616 S. Utica, Tulsa; 918.382.7777 $$

Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar

Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

Smoke on Cherry Street

New World inspired wine list with over 100 available by the glass. In a backward twist the food, including California-style pizzas, was conceived to complement the wine. www.sonomatulsa.com; 3523 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.747.9463 $

Fine dining at an affordable price. Ti Amo has been welcoming diners since 1989 to experience the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean in an elegant, hospitable atmosphere. The creations include tender pastas, rustic spices and choice meats

grilled to perfection. Open for lunch and dinner at three locations. www.tiamotulsa.com; 6024-A S. Sheridan, Tulsa; 918.499.1919 $$

Twin Peaks

Serving up made-from-scratch man food, 29-degree draft beer and every big game on 40 man-size HD flat screens. All of this served by friendly and attentive Twin Peaks girls, offering their signature girl-next-door playful personalities. www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com; 7007 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.250.0700 $

Villa Ravenna

Italian owned and operated with an extensive menu, specials and a great wine selection. Specializing in homemade pastas, seafood, wild game and meats. www.villaravenna.com; 6526 A East 51st St., Tulsa; 918.270.2666 $$$

Western Sizzlin

Family style steakhouse that in addition to great steaks offers a variety of other tasty entrees like chicken, seafood, country vegetables and hot fresh baked breads and desserts. www.western-sizzlin.com; 6510 E. 21st Street, Tulsa; 918.835.8442 $

Zio’s Italian Kitchen

Casual and comfortable, open-air Italian piazza atmosphere designed to provide a fun and entertaining place for parties, informal gettogethers, and evenings out with family and friends. www.zios.com; 7111 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa; 918.252.128 $

Thai Cuisine

Serving hot and fresh delicious Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food including their specialty, Pho’ Vietnamese noodle soup, this quaint restaurant also serves a variety of different beers, soft drinks and desserts. They also reward customers with various weekly promotions and discounts so they can eat more and pay less. The restaurant provides a relaxed dining experience complete with free wifi, multiple HD TVs and a banquet room. www.thaicuisinetulsa.com; 6380 E. 31st St., Tulsa; 918.949.9377 $

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Focusing on fresh, healthy, authentic Italian, the menu features modern, innovative plates. Tavolo offers both lunch and dinner options, along with an extensive wine list and traditional Italian desserts. Tavolo is fitting of what most people imagine an upscale, intimate, big-city Italian restaurant to be. The bottom floor has a casual feel at the bar and a cozy, romantic ambiance at the tables. The newly built second floor has a beautiful view of Boston Avenue thru floor-to-ceiling windows. www.tavolotulsa.com; 427 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa; 918.949.4498 $$


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