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FROM CLASSICS TO FRESH TAKES, WE’VE PICKED 26 PIES WORTH SAVING ROOM FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
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HOW TO BUY, PREP AND COOK THE PERFECT BIRD
NOSTALGIA IN THE HAIR
THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC BARBER SHOP
10 SIDEWALK STROLLS DELVE DEEPER INTO GREEN COUNTRY ON FOOT
SAVOY CAZ’S PUB PRHYME SPECIALTY COFFEE CASCIA CHRISTMAS WALK BEATING BLACK FRIDAY
Holiday Survival Guide TIPS, SUGGESTIONS AND TRICKS FOR HOW TO MANAGE THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR
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M FROM THE MAYOR As mayor of Tulsa, it is my honor to welcome you to our great city. Whether you’re visiting, or have deep roots here, I invite you to take time to explore our beautiful city and discover all the things that set us apart from other cities.
bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball finals. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa.
I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli.
Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.org.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2017
C ON THE COVER
F FEATURES 24 MINGLE WITH THE MASTERS
Nearly 200,000 visitors come to the Philbrook Museum of Art every year, including many during the holidays, to view its splendor, beauty and both modern and classic masterpieces.
26 OH! CAROL
The fascinating life of one of pop music’s greatest performers and songwriters takes center stage in the bio-musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical that’s packed with deeply personal songs.
The holiday season, which began with Halloween and stretches through New Year’s Day, is a time of continuous celebration with family and friends. And while it should be a great time, too often stress can ruin the party. So, how do you stay on top of everything you need to do during the holiday season, without losing your sanity? We’ve packed this issue with ideas from getting ahead of the to-do lists and keeping the pounds off to turkey tips and fun things to do.
30 NOSTALGIA IN THE HAIR
Done up with vintage lighting fixtures, antique barber chairs and, of course, a glass jar of blue Barbicide on the counter, barber shops are offering good, solid haircuts and shaves and the experience our fathers and grandfathers received.
Buying, prepping and cooking the perfect bird is not as easy as you might think. And no group knows more about turkey disasters than the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which tries to help thousands out each year with their poultry-related headaches.
For 35 years, the Cascia Christmas Walk has been a vital part of the Tulsa-area holiday fun and history, as well as a beneficial fundraising effort for the revered preparatory school.
72 PIE’S THE LIMIT
No matter if you’re a baking beginner or born with spatula in hand, we’ve got three no‑fail pie ideas for your holiday dessert tables.
78 ALL IN FAVOR, SAY PIE!
More than just a delicious dessert, the perfect pie is worth saving room for this holiday season. From nostalgic classics to fresh takes, we’ve picked the 26 best that should be gracing your table.
84 MENU FOR THE MASSES
With a reputation for never taking shortcuts with delicious pancakes, omelets, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and burgers, Savoy does exactly what it takes to keep its patrons coming back again and again for nearly 100 years.
88 STEAK A CLAIM
Carving out a unique personality with preparation, presentation and service, PRHYME offers a heightened experience to those who worship at the shrine of phenomenal red meat cuts and fine dining.
8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge 10 Music + Concerts 12 Happenings 16 Street Talk 18 Conversation Starter 49 Downtown Locator 50 Tulsa Locator
COVER CREDIT Photographer: Marc Rains Model: Maddie Hurt Wardrobe: Jules Boutique
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52 HO HO HOMES
Keeping ice indoors is no easy task, especially when a venue like the BOK Center is constantly transitioning from events like hockey and basketball to concerts and monster trucks.
With family and friends coming to town for the holidays and the temps becoming more bearable, it’s time to stretch your legs as there’s no better way to shop in Green Country than on foot.
36 CHOREOGRAPHED CONVERSION
40 TALKING TURKEY
44 POUNDING PAVEMENT
34 HOLIDAY HACKS
The holidays are almost here. Are you filled with joy or dread? Don’t fret. We’ve got 12 solutions on how to stay organized and not lose your mind from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
54 Homegrown Heroes
70 Cocktail Confidential
56 Sports Central
72 Eats + Treats
60 Sports Schedule
76 Urban Grind
62 Green Country Scene
92 Masters of Flavor
64 Style + Shopping
94 Get to Know
66 Sound Check
68 Health + Fitness
See our feature on page 88
( 918 ) 9 4 9 ïšº 4 4 9 8 TAV O LOT U L S A . C O M ITALIAN RESTAURANT & CAFE
SO PROVIDING AN ENVELOPE OF CASH AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SPEND IT IN 48 HOURS ISN’T EXACTLY A CHALLENGE, BUT IT MAKES THIS ASSIGNMENT SOUND A LOT MORE INTERESTING.
918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE
Sports are a huge part of our family life. We are either playing, watching, attending, or working some sort of sporting event. Unfortunately, the Drillers’ season has ended, and at the time of doing this challenge, the Oilers had yet to begin the new season. So, we decided to find some places to eat and enjoy games on television.
The mission posed to Kelly Silva and family was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities … bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the October issue of Preview.
Fridays are a short workday for me, so I figured I’d treat myself to lunch and take the opportunity to try Harden’s Hamburgers. For my first time I figured, what the heck, and ordered the BOB and curly $14.65 fries. Even the young lady taking my order had to remind me it had four patties. She handed me my table “card” — the two of clubs — and I sat surrounded by some great classic memorabilia. I was quite fond of the old-style sleds. I’m proud to declare I finished the whole burger with the assistance of a knife and fork. The way they prepare their burgers gives them so much flavor, making me a new fan.
Thursday evenings are usually spent on a softball field while my youngest daughter, Riplee, practices with her travel ball team, but rain ruined that for us. Instead, we decided to grab wings from Hooters. We started with a family favorite: fried pickles. The wings were messy as always but tasty. Hooters is a perfect place for watching football and baseball. Also, I am always searching for a great bloody mary, so I had to try the 3-Mile Island Bloody Mary.
THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS?
My daughter, Scottlynn, is usually attending high school football games on Fridays, but her school played Thursday, so she tagged along with my wife, Bergundi, and I as we headed over to the Riverwalk in Jenks to give Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar a try. On our way, we stopped by Spa810 where my two oldest daughters work. My wife is already a client, so she scheduled her next massage while we were there. At Maryn’s, we were seated in a perfect spot to view the many televisions showing the MLB playoffs. I was overruled wanting to try their bacon flight appetizer, so we settled on loaded cheese fries. Their extensive drink menu made it hard to pick from, but my wife chose a black cherry cider while I, once again, tried a bloody mary. Coming to Tulsa after a few years in Louisiana, I chose that Cajun staple, the oyster po’boy. They did me proud; it was great. My wife enjoyed Maryn’s signature burger and my daughter chose tacos. We left satisfied, full and needing to walk off our meal along the beautiful riverfront.
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H HAPPENINGS NOVEMBER
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)
STARSHIP FEATURING MICKIE THOMAS
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
DREW HOLCOMB Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) & THE KENNY LOGGINS NEIGHBORS AND MICHAEL Brady Theater (Tulsa) MCDONALD River Spirit Casino Resort RED DIRT (Tulsa) RANGERS
DUSTIN PITTSLEY BAND
Soul City (Tulsa)
Brady Theater (Tulsa)
AIR POSITIVE HITS TOUR
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)
Soul City (Tulsa)
Soul City (Tulsa)
BOK Center (Tulsa)
BOK Center (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
STEVE ANTRY CD RELEASE
River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
BOK Center (Tulsa)
RANDY ROGERS BAND
MARK GIBSON BAND
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Soul City (Tulsa)
STEPHEN WHITE GROUP
JIM SUHLER AND MONKEY BEAT
River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
Soul City (Tulsa)
Soul City (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
BETHANY GRACE AND GYPSY SOUL
Soul City (Tulsa)
JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Brady Theater (Tulsa)
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Buffalo Run Casino (Miami)
Buffalo Run Casino (Miami)
BOK Center (Tulsa)
THE JOHN CONLEE SHOW
Buffalo Run Casino (Miami)
GUNS N’ ROSES
Soul City (Tulsa)
BOK Center (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 4P
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 4P
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 8P
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 | 8P
EDDIE MONEY & STARSHIP
LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Schedule subject to change.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
AI ALSO IN NOVEMBER
THE WIZARD OF OZ Broken Arrow Performing
NOV. 17-DEC. 31
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Shepherd’s Cross (Claremore) NOV. 1-JAN. 7, 2018
RHYMES & REASONS: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)
DENNIS MILLER River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)
ROCK N’ FOLK N’ CHILI COOK-OFF Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Arts Center
WILLIAM SHATNER Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
DAY OF THE DEAD ARTS FESTIVAL Living Arts (Tulsa)
NOV. 18 NOV. 11
VETERANS DAY NOV. 11-12
W!LD TURKEY Turkey Mountain Urban
Wilderness Area (Tulsa)
WILL ROGERS DAYS Will Rogers Memorial Museum (Claremore)
FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Various Location in
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
Tulsa Arts District
TIM HAWKINS Brady Theater (Tulsa)
TULSA BALLET: DON QUIXOTE Tulsa Performing Arts Center BATTLE OF HONEY SPRINGS RE-ENACTMENT Honey Springs Battlefield (Checotah)
NOV. 3-5, 10-11
AMADEUS Tulsa Performing Arts Center NOV. 3-11
2017 COLOR BREED CONGRESS Expo Square (Tulsa) 12 NOVEMBER 2017
MECCORE QUARTET Tulsa Performing Arts Center TERRY FATOR Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)
COLOR BREED CONGRESS Expo Square (Tulsa) NOV. 8
PJ MASKS LIVE! Tulsa Performing Arts Center JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD LIVE Tulsa Performing Arts Center NOV. 10-11
NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR Expo Center (Claremore)
PHILBROOK FESTIVAL Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa)
WANENMACHER TULSA ARMS SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)
AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART Expo Square (Tulsa)
CYNTERGY HURTLAND CYCLOCROSS Owen Park (Tulsa) NOV. 16-19
MARTIN LUTHER ON TRIAL Tulsa Performing Arts Center HUNTER JUMPER EXHIBITORS OF OKLAHOMA FALL FINALE Expo Square (Tulsa)
CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATE GALA Living Arts (Tulsa) TULSA SYMPHONY: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE Tulsa Performing Arts Center CHILI CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Downtown Pryor BOARE’S HEADE FEASTE Castle of Muskogee (Muskogee)
ROUTE 66 MARATHON Downtown Tulsa NOV. 19-DEC. 31
FANTASY LAND OF LIGHTS Johnstone Park (Bartlesville) NOV. 20-JAN. 4
SNOWFLAKE WINTER FESTIVAL ICE SKATING Downtown Tahlequah
KICKOFF CLASSIC Expo Square (Tulsa) DICKENS ON THE BOULEVARD Downtown Claremore
NOV. 22-JAN. 1
RHEMA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Rhema Bible Church (Broken Arrow)
See our feature on page 52
AI ALSO IN NOVEMBER NOV. 24-JAN. 1
GARDEN OF LIGHTS Honor Heights Park (Muskogee)
THANKSGIVING NOV. 23-DEC. 31
CASTLE CHRISTMAS Castle of Muskogee
NOV. 24-JAN. 7
WINTERFEST Downtown Tulsa NOV. 25
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
NOV. 23-JAN. 1
WINTER WONDERLAND CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR Pine Lodge Resort (Ketchum)
PAW PATROL LIVE! BOK Center (Tulsa) NOV. 26
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Tulsa Performing Arts Center NOV. 27
BLACK FRIDAY NOV. 24
MOSCOW BALLETâ€™S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Mabee Center (Tulsa) NOV. 24-26
USA BMX GRAND NATIONALS Expo Square (Tulsa) NOV. 24-DEC. 23
WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville)
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NOV. 28-30, DEC. 1-3
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Tulsa Performing Arts Center
See our feature on page 26
ST STREET TALK
It’s probably too early if someone is decorating for a holiday before the last major holiday ends; decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving type of thing. But honestly, if seeing holiday decorations in your home or in your office makes you feel happy and gets you in a festive mood, then I would say do whenever you want to.
A LY S S A
Growing up, my mom would water the Christmas tree until June most years. I guess it should probably just have been left up until Christmas again at that point.
If you’re putting it up before Halloween, I don’t want to know you.
With the new holiday “Christmas in July” really blowing up in the last 20 years, I don’t see a reason to ever take them down.
K A I T LY N
To decorate generally anything two weeks before the event is a little bit early for any holiday except for Christmas. But for Christmas it needs to be at least after Thanksgiving. No Christmas music can be played until after Thanksgiving mostly because I have a birthday around that time and I like to celebrate my birthday before Christmas starts.
October is pretty early. But anytime in November is good. I like to have mine up before the family piles in on Thanksgiving. Then we get to enjoy the holidays.
D E B BY
For me it varies by the holiday. I say no Christmas before Thanksgiving in the home. I understand stores need to put the stuff out earlier so we have time to shop. For minor holidays, the week of is early enough. Honestly, I don’t decorate for any holiday but Christmas.
About two weeks before Thanksgiving is good. For Christmas, any time after Thanksgiving is good.
R O S E A N D PAU L
Anything before Nov. 1 is too early for holiday décor.
On the inside of your house, I think people should put decorations out whenever they want to if that puts them in a festive mood. On the outside, put up decorations after Thanksgiving but take them down by the first week in January.
R AC H E L
S TAC Y
It’s never too early to decorate for Christmas.
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That depends on where you live. When I lived in Alaska, if you didn’t get your Christmas decorations up by Halloween (which usually snowed by then anyway), you blew it and had to decorate in the cold and snow.
That’s easy — any time before Thanksgiving.
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WITH BLUE-COLLAR ROCK HITS SUCH AS “SHAKIN’,” “TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE” AND “BABY HOLD ON,” THE RASPY-VOICED ROCKER EDDIE MONEY IS STILL GIVING FANS THEIR MONEY’S WORTH. BY BY G.K. HIZER // Eddie Money burst onto the scene with his doubleplatinum album on Columbia Records in 1977 spawning the hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Over the course of his storied career, Money has sold nearly 30 million records and amassed hits with overwhelming success on both pop and rock radio and had a steady presence on MTV — including the hit with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight” — before drugs and alcohol contributed to his decline in the mid-‘80s.
He quit the police department, moved out to California and eventually signed a record deal with the late Bill Graham, the San Francisco impresario who founded the legendary Fillmores East and West, America’s prime music venues in the mid-‘60s.
But his musical success nearly didn’t happen. Money tried out an early stint as a New York City policeman, a tradition he inherited from his father and grandfather. But it wasn’t the life he was cut out for.
In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has been featured on television shows like The King of Queens, where he performed for his good friend Kevin James, and The Drew Carey Show.
YOU JUST SIGNED A DEAL WITH Q. AXS TV FOR A NEW SHOW TENTATIVELY TITLED REAL MONEY.
YOUR CAREER Q. HAS LASTED ROUGHLY FOUR
Well, we did something with Oprah, kind of a “Where are they now?” thing, and it went well. Sometime after, I got a phone call from Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest wanting me to do something with them. My friend, Sammy Hagar, does a show with them and it’s doing pretty well, so I thought why not.
HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
WHAT’S THE SHOW GOING Q. TO BE ABOUT, OTHER THAN YOURSELF? OR HAS THAT BEEN PLANNED AND DECIDED YET?
It’s going to include the whole family. I’ve got these five dysfunctional kids, so it’s going to revolve around all of us as a family. My oldest son, he took a while to find himself; he took seven years to finish junior college and it was supposed to take two. I thought he’d be a nuclear physicist or something when he got out. My other kids are all in the music business. One of my sons, Desmond, started out playing drums, but he can play just about anything. He’s got his own band and he plays guitar in my band, so that’s really cool. And my daughter, Jesse, she’s a singer. She’s a real firecracker. She’s in the band too. That really makes it fun to go out with the family. I guess that’s probably what the show will follow.
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These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. He retains his signature style and performs with the same passion as he did more than 30 years ago.
DECADES. WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT LONGEVITY TO?
You know, the guy upstairs has blessed me with a lot of great songs, and that’s the biggest part of it. My wife got me to quit smoking, and I’m trying to lose 10 pounds like everyone else, but I’ve really been blessed. I got my record deal in the late-‘70s, and I’ve toured up and down and across the country — which is still one of the greatest countries in the whole world — and I’m still doing it. My good buddy, Tom Petty, just passed away, which makes you realize you have to take care of yourself. The longer I do this, though, the more I see that I’ve been really fortunate to be singing and touring for so long.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU Q. THINK KEEPS THE FANS COMING BACK FOR MORE? A.
You’ve got to have great songs, and like I said, I’ve been blessed with a lot of them. Plus, my psychiatrist says I’ve got a song to represent every part of the male anatomy and psyche. Everybody wants “Two Tickets to Paradise,” right? Well, I’ve got ‘em and I’m taking everybody with me.
CS CONVERSATION STARTER
EDDIE M NEY
CONVERSATION STARTER CS
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CS CONVERSATION STARTER Mickey Thomas was recruited in 1974 to sing with the Elvin Bishop Group, which had a No. 3 hit in 1976 with “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” That was the year he released his first solo album; three years later, he was asked to join the band Jefferson Starship. At the time, the band had recently transitioned from the seminal psychedelic outfit Jefferson Airplane, which had hits in the 1960s with “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” Replacing founding Airplane member Marty Balin, Thomas sang lead vocals and duets with Grace Slick. But when member Paul Kantner left the band in 1984, he took the Jefferson part of the name with him. Calling themselves simply Starship, Thomas and Slick went on to record the biggest success for any incarnation of the band since 1975 — Knee Deep in the Hoopla, which was released in 1985. It spawned two No. 1 singles (“We Built This City” and “Sara”). Two years later, the band was back in the No. 1 slot with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack to the film Mannequin and on the band’s follow-up studio album, No Protection. Slick left the band in 1988. After some internal issues, Thomas changed the band’s name to Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas and has been a fixture on the classic rock tour circuits ever since.
YOU RELEASED AN Q. ALBUM, LOVELESS FASCINATION, IN 2013 AND IT
HAD A MORE AGGRESSIVE TONE, FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM. WAS THAT A CONSCIOUS DECISION ON YOUR PART, OR JUST HOW THE SONGS PRESENTED THEMSELVES?
That was a conscious move on my part. We got Jeff Pilson, who was in Dokken, plays with Foreigner and has produced a number of bands, to produce that album and write some songs for us. I wanted it to feel more like a ‘70s album than the ‘80s or ‘90s – a little more spontaneous and diverse. He understood that and has a knack for writing songs that, even though they’re new, feel familiar and timeless. I think we achieved that. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of people heard it.
Yes, the industry has changed and that was a big part of it. Obviously, touring and live performance is what we’re best at and where our livelihood is. Our audience is not that interested in new music by heritage bands. If they’re not that interested, I can see why a lot of artists aren’t interested in putting out new music. Putting together a new album takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of time, blood, sweat, and tears. It can be a frustrating experience when your audience really doesn’t respond. We still have the stage, though, and that’s where I think we’ve always excelled.
YOU’VE CURRENTLY GOT Q. STEPHANIE CALVERT SINGING WITH YOU, LARGELY FILLING GRACE SLICK’S ROLE. HOW DID THAT MATCH COME ABOUT, AND HOW HAS THAT WORKED OUT?
CLEARLY, THE MUSIC Q. A. INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED WITH DIGITAL MEDIA, AND SEEMS TO HAVE SHIFTED BACK TO A SINGLES-DRIVEN MARKET. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THAT AFFECTED THE LAST ALBUM AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT HOW YOU FUNCTION AS A BAND MOVING FORWARD?
Stephanie has a background in musical theater, so she brings a lot of personality to the stage, which has been great. Plus, she can hit all of the notes and cover pretty much anything we ask or want. We had gone for a few years without a female in the band, and although we could play all of the songs, it wasn’t really working for us, because we’d always had a female voice. Stephanie was
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CONVERSATION STARTER CS the first person we auditioned and met. I knew immediately, we didn’t have to go any further. I’ve been really lucky in that respect. Whenever the situation has come about that we needed to replace a member, it has almost always been the first person that comes to me. Whether it’s destiny, fate or whatever, it just feels like it’s been prearranged that I’m supposed to go through this journey with certain people. With Stephanie, right away there was a natural chemistry. It’s always been a lot of fun to be onstage with her because she brings so much to the show. Even if we have a little rift or disagreement backstage before the show, when we hit the stage it’s all left behind. She’s been fantastic.
AFTER SO MANY Q. YEARS, WHAT IS IT THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE
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I keep doing it because I’m addicted to singing and performing and being on that stage. That’s what keeps me going and keeps me happy. I know I’d get really restless if I wasn’t on the road and making music. I guess I’m just a gypsy at heart.
You know, I’m really excited about this show because I’ve known Eddie [Money] for 40 years or longer. I count him as a friend. You make a lot of acquaintances in this business, but not many friends. It’s always a treat when we get to play with friends like him. We’re coming straight from a show in the Dominican Republic, so we’ll be rested and ready. It should be a great time for everyone.
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Nearly 200,000 visitors come to the Philbrook Museum of Art every year, including many during the holidays, to view its splendor, beauty and both modern and classic masterpieces. By Rob Harmon || Photos by Marc Rains
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Through the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, charitable trustees and honorable donors, Philbrook retains the architectural and landscaping designs that harken back to when it was first built. Over 160,000 visitors from around the world come to Philbrook every year, including many during the holidays, to view its splendor and to enjoy its beauty. Masterpieces of both modern and classic styles, as well as brilliant Native American artwork are always on display.
“Philbrook is not just a place for ‘looking’; it’s also a place for doing things,” says Martin. “The museum changes weekly, monthly, and yearly. It’s a living thing. It’s not just some place with the same stuff on the walls.”
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This year, the tradition of inviting children to be among the art exhibitors has a twist. Rather than the traditional gingerbread village, the
Although the museum makes tremendous efforts year after year to keep the festival current, some things will never change. For example, the annual commemorative pin — a collector’s favorite — will be available for purchase. For as long as there has been a Philbrook holiday festival, there’s been a commemorative pin, created by a local artist. This year’s pin, designed by local artisan Briana Hefley Shepherd, is an intricate, quilted-looking piece, that will be a nice addition to any pin collection.
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The Philbrook’s festive holiday display of gorgeously decorated trees by artists from all over Green Country, adorned with spectacular lights and unique ornaments, bring this special season to life. Tens of thousands of lights illuminate the museum grounds. In years past, the festival has brought visitors an expansive village of gingerbread houses of every style and size, created by Tulsa-area school children and scout troops.
“It gives people a chance to walk away with some great art for an excellent price, but also to be part of the experience,” says Martin.
Philbrook is a wonderfully preserved reminder of Tulsa’s rich and storied past, but it is also a place that strives to lead the city culturally into the future. Just over four years ago, a satellite facility, Philbrook Downtown, was opened in the Tulsa Arts District. Featuring modern and contemporary art, as well as highlights from the museum’s extensive Native American collection, Philbrook Downtown is the perfect space for attracting those who haven’t had many opportunities to experience art in its many forms.
The Philbrook Drawing Rally, which made a successful debut during the festival in 2016, also returns. A few dozen local artists will gather to create art for people to observe and interact. To help support local artists, visitors are encouraged to purchase the art for an across-the-board price of $35 per creation. The drawing rally will happen twice during the festival — once at the original Philbrook (Nov. 17) and the other at Philbrook Downtown (Dec. 1).
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But they probably had no idea how much of an impact it would make.
The season festivities kick off Nov. 17 with holiday lights throughout Philbrook’s 25 acres of gardens. In order for people to fully see the lights at night, hours will be extended, with the museum staying open every Friday until 9 p.m. During the festival nights, various local bands will be scattered throughout the grounds performing live music. Expect to hear a wide variety of genres, from choirs to rock bands, string quartets and more, says Martin.
Almost 80 years ago, oil tycoon Waite Phillips bestowed upon Green Country one of the country’s most beautiful art museums by gifting to the city his 72-room mansion and the surrounding acreage. Phillips and his wife, Genevieve, knew the citizens of Tulsa would preserve Philbrook as a perfect environment for an art museum.
“We’re taking Philbrook in a 21st century direction,” says Jeff Martin, Philbrook’s communications manager. “Our new director, Scott Stulen, has really brought some fun changes to the museum, and that’s continuing with how the festival is evolving.” In 2016, Stulen left his role as a curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, replacing Randall Suffolk.
The Philbrook is a pleasure to visit at any time of year, not only for its impressive art collections and beautiful grounds, but also for its place in Tulsa’s history.
Philbrook Festival will pay homage to the rapidly growing phenomenon of Lego building. Visitors will enjoy an immense Lego village containing designs of all manners and styles, created by talented local master builders from area schools, scout groups, and churches, as well as individual contributors. There will be no short supply of holiday magic when Lego creations of Art Deco buildings, winter scenes and pop culture figures of mammoth sizes are brilliantly displayed for all to marvel over.
The holiday season can be the most wonderful time in Tulsa for so many reasons. Fabulous food, get-togethers with family and friends, and fantastic decorations of all sorts are scattered about homes and throughout Tulsa. And for decades, The Philbrook Museum of Art’s Holiday Festival has been a significant contributor to Green Country’s tradition of holiday wonder and delight.
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical that’s packed with deeply personal songs. By Gina Conroy Photos by Joan Marcus
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Iconic singer-songwriter Carole King reached the culmination of her career in the ‘70s with her album Tapestry. The album sold over 25 million copies worldwide and dominated the U.S. charts for 15 weeks, making it the most successful album by a female artist for 20 years. Yet, most people don’t know the heartbreaking and inspiring story behind the woman whose music wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
While many jukebox musicals are simply vehicles to showcase certain bands or singers, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical — a winner of both Grammy and Tony Awards —is different. “The story is as compelling as the music,” says Kristin Dotson, CEO of Celebrity Attractions. Beautiful tells the story of King’s early days in Brooklyn as a teenager fighting her way into the record business, to her rise to
stardom, and all the tumultuous years in between. Viewers get a glimpse into the life of a tenacious 17-year-old who landed a No. 1 hit, then soon after found herself pregnant and married to songwriter Gerry Goffin.
Andrew Brewer, originally from Indiana, started out as an understudy for several cast members, and now plays Goffin, Carole’s love interest, songwriting partner, and husband. “Beautiful is a coming of age story about a teenager who falls for a guy and has a storybook life,” he says. The following years flourished as she and her husband wrote hits for popular groups like The Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and The Drifters’ “Up on the Roof.” Yet her true voice didn’t emerge until her personal life and marriage started to fall apart. While her story is touching and timeless, it’s the warmth
and humanity in her voice that transcends time to old fans and new, making her story truly beautiful.
“It’s a universal message about feminism, following your dreams, relationships, and finding out what you’re meant to do,” says Brewer. “The story is not tied to a generation. People know these songs whether they realize it or not.”
Beautiful takes the listener through a lyrical journey of the most beloved songs including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and the title song, but it is so much more than a stunning array of music. Many of the songs are tied to popular movies and television commercials, making it a show the younger generation really responds to.
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“King and Goffin started writing music at 16 and 19,” says Brewer. “They were writing these songs to get their music and ideas out into the world to throw off the older generation’s music. While King used music and song lyrics to get her ideas out into the world, kids today are using social media and trying to make their way in the world. Like King, kids are trying to make their voices heard.”
For the older generation, every song comes with a memory and feeling and transports you back in time to when you first heard the song.”
Brewer says the younger generation will not only appreciate King’s music, but her story as well.
“It’s called pop music for a reason,” says Dotson. “The genre is popular with almost all music fans.”
“When I saw the show on Broadway, I was amazed at the response from the audience which was populated with patrons of all ages,” says Dotson. “Everyone was on their feet and knew every word to every song. I know Tulsans, young and old, will love the show.
“Good music is good music,” says Brewer.
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Done up with vintage lighting fixtures, antique barber chairs and, of course, a glass jar of blue Barbicide on the counter, barber shops are offering good, solid haircuts and shaves and the experience our fathers and grandfathers received. by Rob Harmon
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Some say barber shops are making a comeback. Maybe you haven’t noticed. Maybe you thought they were a thing of the past. Maybe after the decades of the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s tried to convince us that the barber shop was dead and the unisex approach was the only way left for a guy to get a haircut, you wrote the barber shop off completely. Have you ever seen any of the Rocky movies? If you have, did you ever believe for a moment that Rocky wouldn’t win in the end? No. Period. End of story. Well, maybe not end of story. Those movies were all about keeping the audience in suspense until the final round, when all hope was lost and Rocky made
what some might call a comeback. Isn’t that pretty much what’s happening in the haircut industry? It seems like a growing phenomenon that has men flocking to barber shops in droves these days. They’re sitting down in throwback, leather bound, chrome-trimmed barber chairs and requesting the latest haircut like the skin fade undercut. In a strange sort of dichotomy between the nostalgic and trendy, barber shops are offering a setting that reminds men of the places their fathers or grandfathers brought them to, but also provides them with the absolute latest haircuts and the skillful consult-savvy barbers who know how to pull them off.
Lance Murrah, owner of Ford’s Barber Shop on 30th and Harvard, says the trend is about a desire to go back to the days of yesteryear, when things were simple and predictable. “I think, as much as we like advancement and technology,” Murrah says, “people just want things simple. They want to know what to expect, and people come in here and they know they’re going to get a great haircut. They’re not going to be offered a facial. We’re not going to give them a scalp massage. Those things are great, but that’s not what we do here.” Ford’s Barber Shop, located between the historic Mayo Meadow and Ranch Acres neighborhoods, has only been around a few years, but pays homage to the days when blue collar workers and businessmen alike from that side of Tulsa stopped by the neighborhood barber shop after work or on a Saturday to lean back in a Naugahyde chair for a haircut and a clean shave. Sporting vintage barber chairs, classic light fixtures and a pinball machine, Ford’s takes its customers back in time, all while providing excellent haircuts. “You’re always going to have a barber shop,” says Murrah. “You’re always going to have salons. You’re always going to have guys that are stylists. But at the end of the day, I think people still want to go to the barber. They want the environment, the experience. Nothing fancy. All the pieces in the shop are from the 1950s, and the barbers like to combine the current trends in haircuts with those old-style cuts that were around back then, and they do a really good job at it.”
feel of the old hole-in-thewall stag from back in the day. Craig Sommers, a consistent customer of Elephant in the Room, the men’s grooming lounge on Boston Avenue downtown, says it’s about the manly experience. “I’ve got a pretty hefty, man-sized beard,” Craig says, “and they do a lot of the things you might see them do in a salon, but they put a manly twist on it. For example, the professional neck shaves and suggestions they make about my beard and ways I can keep it looking good. You can’t get that at the regular salon at the mall, or someplace like that.” “I still go to the Cherokee Barber Shop,” says Samuel Jones, about the iconic shop on 21st and Garnett. “I’ve gone there my whole life, same with my dad. And I think my grandpa started going there when he was still in high school in the ‘60s. So, a long time. They know a lot of the latest styles but really, we’re just there to get a haircut. We come out of there happy and satisfied.” Whether it’s the complete throwback, the original barber shop from the ‘60s with the red, white and blue striped spinning poles just outside the door, or the new men’s salon-type shops that give that added touch, men are still looking for the familiar as they get their hair cut. It’s the sensory experiences that are at the heart of it — the smell of
Razors Edge, the Cherokee Barber Shop, and Elephant in the Room, to name just a few, are some of the most frequented and revered barber shops and men’s salons in the Tulsa area. Shops like these and so many others have carried the tradition along through the years. Some bring in a touch of the salon experience but still give the
talcum powder, the coolness of the aftershave, and the sights and sounds of men congregating to talk and yuck it up while they wait to be the next one up. Maybe saying that the barber shop is making a comeback is a bit of an insult after all, to the communities where it’s never faded. Certain cities and
neighborhoods all over the country have never lost their classic corner barber shop. They’ve been thriving all along. After all, Rocky would never have called what he did time after time a comeback, even after receiving blow upon blow. He’d probably just say, “I was still standing, wasn’t I?”
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How do you stay on top of everything you need to do during the holiday season, without losing your sanity? Simple. You follow the tips we’ve gathered here to make the next couple of months a breeze. Our 12 tips will help you save time and money, keep you de-stressed and sane while everyone else around you seems to be losing their minds, and make you a holiday survival champion!
There’s so much to plan, so much to do, so many places to go that managing everything can easily be overwhelming. Unless, of course, you plan ahead to make the most of the season while avoiding the holiday madness that seems to infect people left and right at this time of year.
The holidays are upon us. And while Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve are fun, they can also bring on stress. Add to that the demands of coordinating your end-of-theyear job assignments, charity work, vacation arrangements, and school projects, all while juggling family needs and holiday parties, and you may find yourself wondering whether you can just skip sleeping for the next eight weeks.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST HERE. ARE YOU FILLED WITH JOY OR DREAD? DON’T FRET. WE’VE GOT 12 SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO STAY ORGANIZED AND NOT LOSE YOUR MIND FROM THANKSGIVING TO NEW YEAR’S DAY.
Many of the moments we recall most in life are the times we spend with loved ones, doing something special. Instead of loading your family down with lots of boxes of “things” that will break, grow obsolete, or be exchanged, splurge on one or two exciting activities that everyone can enjoy. Tickets to The Nutcracker, a trip to Branson to see the holiday lights, and hitting a concert in November or December are all good options.
GIVE AN EXPERIENCE, NOT AN OBJECT
Unless you’re an adrenaline junkie who loves crowds, there’s nothing worse than trying to get your shopping done right before a holiday. Lessen your stress by shopping for and stashing gifts early. Make a list throughout the year of gift ideas, and as you find the items, buy them and store them in an airtight plastic container in a lightly used closet, attic or crawl space until gift time rolls around.
START A GIFT STASH EARLY
One of the biggest stressors during the holiday season is having an extra-long to-do list. Hack that by bringing on some extra help to handle the additional tasks. A virtual assistant can handle scheduling and other tasks. Local teens in the neighborhood may be glad to help you decorate the house or rake leaves for a little spending money. And consider hiring a cleaning service to help you prepare for family gatherings or spruce up your house afterward, so you can rest.
HIRE SOME HELP
Want to make your holidays easy? Get on the Internet and search the topic. These days, there are countless holiday tips for saving money, installing decorations in a snap, making easy hors d’oeuvres and a whole lot more. Check out the many listicles available, and you’ll surely find some creative ideas perfect for your needs.
DO SOME RESEARCH
It’s tempting to let go of your regular routines during the holiday season, but don’t do it! Those routines help you stay sane and take care of yourself, which alleviates stress. Make your trips to the gym, evening reading, morning journaling, or afternoon coffee break nonnegotiable. Keeping up these activities will help you stay centered so you can tackle more of that holiday to-do list with renewed energy.
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Let’s face it — the Internet is magic. Take advantage of that magic by ordering everything you need for the holidays online. Many businesses these days will deliver gift items, of course, but there are other services too. Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart let you order groceries online; their staff gathers your order for you, and you simply pick it up, ready to go.
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You may not want to put up the lights, deck the tree, or put out the menorah too early. But it’s a good idea to gather your decorations and look through them a few weeks before you plan to put them out. Plug things in to see if the bulbs are working. Examine items to see if anything is broken. This gives you plenty of time to hit the store and buy replacements without the need to rush.
TEST OUT THE DECORATIONS EARLY
CRAFT SIMPLE DECORATIONS If you like to make your own decorations, it’s easy to find ideas online. With a short Google search, you can find homemade decorations that are inexpensive and fast to make. Sew small Christmas stockings from cut-out felt. Glue two candy canes together to make festive place settings. Cut a branch from your Christmas tree to serve as table decor. Choose crafts with just a few steps and minimal components.
You might think the stress of the holidays should end on Jan. 1. But that’s not the case if you run up your credit cards and go overboard on your spending. Head that particular bugaboo off at the pass by setting a budget that won’t break the bank — and then stick to it. Even better, agree with your family and friends to spend no more than a small amount on gifts, or find ways to have fun for a low cost, like driving around to look at Christmas lights, followed by a small hot chocolate somewhere.
SET A BUDGET
Who made up the rule that you have to go (or stay) home for the holidays, anyway? Why not take a cruise or hit the beach? Once you get used to the idea that you won’t be doing the same old, same old, a holiday vacation can be a lot of fun. The holidays are a great time to see someplace you’ve never been, enjoying special decorations, activities and foods you won’t get any other time of the year. And you can always do a traditional holiday celebration with the family when you return home.
TAKE A HOLIDAY VACATION
With all the excitement and busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to get distracted or feel overwhelmed. Don’t let that make you forget what it’s all about. Whether it’s family, friends, giving, serving, spiritual celebration, or something else, be sure to savor each moment, be grateful and joyful, and make memories.
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
If you’re traveling to visit family, you’re facing the challenge of how to take gifts with you. Opt for small, unbreakable gifts that fit easily into suitcases, and don’t wrap them until after you’ve cleared airport security. Or, ship them ahead of time, though be sure to hit the post office at least a few weeks before the holiday to avoid long lines. You might even order the item online and have it shipped directly to the recipient, a great option for relatives who don’t live in the same town as you do.
DELIVER GIFTS THE SMART WAY
While all ice may look the same to the casual observer, the actual quality of the ice is extremely important to a hockey player. Changes in ice temperature by just a few degrees can enhance or inhibit a skater’s performance. To prevent the ice from being soft, rutted or cracking, careful consideration in temperature and humidity must be taken during the formation and the maintenance of the ice.
CONVER KEEPING ICE INDOORS IS NO EASY TASK, ESPECIALLY WHEN A VENUE LIKE THE BOK CENTER IS CONSTANTLY TRANSITIONING FROM EVENTS LIKE HOCKEY AND BASKETBALL TO CONCERTS AND MONSTER TRUCKS.
There are a lot of logistical issues that go into maintaining a premium arena such as the BOK Center. Having different events such as concerts and basketball games mixed in with frequent hockey games can cause challenges, but the crew handles the busy schedule smoothly, thanks to years of experience. Perhaps the most daunting aspect of the arena’s busy schedule is the process of putting
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in the ice for the hockey rink utilized by the building’s regular tenants, the Tulsa Oilers, and then transforming the building into a first-class concert hall for various musical acts, and then going back to a hockey rink again, sometimes all within the span of a day. Kevin Jones is the BOK Center’s operations manager and has supervised the conversion hundreds of times. With an
experienced group of employees that total about 20-25 during the busiest part of the changeover, they have the process down to a science.
“We got a real professional crew,” Jones says. “They’ve been doing it for a long time. We have a full staff of 12. Some of them are part-time, but we use temp labor for the rest of the breakdown process. And between all of them, we get in there and get it done.”
The key to keeping the ice cold is the refrigeration compressor system of cooling pipes built into the concrete floor. When it came time to install the ice for the first time this fall, following a WWE wrestling event Oct. 7, the staff got to work to prepare for hockey season. The first thing they did was, of course, dismantle the wrestling ring and remove all the seating from the floor of the arena. Then
Logos, game lines and face-off dots all have to be prepared and measured before the highly detailoriented painting begins.
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they got the ice rink boards out of storage and installed them, although a lot of the pieces were already in place, just covered up. The glass partitions on top of the boards were also put up. The crew meticulously cleaned the cement floor to make sure no little pieces of debris or garbage could interfere with the making of the ice. By the next day, Oct. 8, they were ready to turn on the compressor
and ran it for 24 hours in order to get the temperature of the cement floor down to about 1618 degrees Fahrenheit. Once that was achieved, Oct. 9, they could begin “building” the ice. At that point, they “seal” the cement with a thin coating of water, just enough to cover the cement. Once that freezes, Jones and his employees spray paint the entire ice surface white. Due to the cold temperature,
the paint dries in 2-5 minutes. Once the entire surface is white (and dry), they paint on the blue lines, red lines and all the other hockey rink markings. They also put in place pre-printed advertising spots or paint them, if necessary.
After that, they spray on another layer of water for about 24-36 hours, which ends up putting an additional three-quarters of an inch of ice down.
The ice surface was finally ready for action Oct. 11, but before the Oilers’ season opener Oct. 13, the BOK Center first hosted Jason Aldean Oct. 12, in his first concert since the tragic Las Vegas shooting. That required Jones and his staff to execute their first changeover of the season, going from the hockey rink to a concert configuration and back again. Basically, the glass comes out,
Throughout the season, the ice remains. In fact, once the ice is built before the start of the hockey season, it stays until the season and playoffs are finished with the exception of when Monster Jam comes to town.
Pieces of plastic and fiberglass are carted out and laid down by hand directly over the ice, covering it completely. The decking boards help keep the ice cold, the concert floor warm and is durable enough to walk on.
Removing the glass is one of the final steps when breaking down the hockey setup.
the ice gets covered up and the concert stage gets built on top of it while all the floor seats are set up. In this case, that process began Oct. 11, but it usually starts immediately after the previous hockey game is over. The first thing that happens is the zamboni “dry-cuts” the ice. Usually, the zamboni lays down a fresh coat of water on top of the ice before games and in between game periods, to freshen the ice surface, but in this case, it just scrapes the loose snow shavings off and doesn’t put down any water. Then the crew lays down the covering on top of the ice. “The ice cover is made of a plastic and fiberglass, I’d say maybe about an inch thick,” Jones says. “The entire length of the ice, we have it pre-cut into the way the
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Over the years, the BOK Center has served multiple purposes and hosted a variety of events. For each of these, the arena’s operations crew is responsible for converting the stadium to fit their various needs.
rink is designed. It’s like a puzzle, about 500 pieces. Some of them are different sizes because the corners are shorter. That takes about an hour-and-a-half to two hours.”
5 or 6 feet high. Now if we had a basketball game, it would be the same thing. Once we get the floor covered, we would set up the basketball court on top of the ice cover.”
At the same time, people are also taking out the glass and removing the penalty boxes and team benches, where they then put in seats for the concert. Also, some of the boards on the west side of the arena will come out to accommodate the stage. The rest of the boards will remain in place, usually covered by black fabric.
The entire process takes about eight hours. And during the concert, the ice remains cold underneath the floor.
“The last step, once we get that floor covered, get all the glass out, get all the boxes out, we build a stage for the concert,” Jones says. “Some shows bring their own stage. For example, Jason Aldean [used] our stage, so we have to build that stage. The standard is 60 [ feet] by 40, and
“The compressor is running 24/7 when the ice is down, and it keeps the floor cold,” Jones says. “The [ floor] temperature will go up to about 22-26 degrees. That keeps the ice cover from sweating, from humidity getting in there. The building’s air conditioner will be running, staying at about 72 degrees, and that helps with maintaining the coolness of the floor.” Once the concert is over, the process goes in reverse to get
ready for hockey again, and once again takes about eight hours. They will then just go back and forth between the hockey configuration and covering it up for whatever events come in. The only time during the Oilers’ season, which runs until early April 2018, or later if they make the playoffs, that Jones and crew will have to take the ice out completely is Jan. 2 when the Monster Jam comes to town. For that monster truck show, they will actually not only take out the ice, but all the seats in the entire lower bowl of the arena. Then, afterward, they will put the seats back in place, rebuild the ice and carry on. Once hockey season is over, they will take out the ice for good for the summer until the next season starts. It’s all part of the job for the busy crew at the BOK Center.
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Buying, prepping and cooking the perfect bird is not as easy as you might think. And
no group knows more about turkey disasters than the
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which tries to help thousands out each year with their
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By Donna Leahey
Muskogee resident Marlene Leahey has fond memories of a long-ago turkey disaster. “It may have been as far back as 1950,” she says. “My grandparents had a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins coming over, so they wanted a great turkey for the gathering.”
set the table, with all the trimmings, and when they took the turkey out, it was all brown and pretty on the skin. But when they got to cutting into it, it wasn’t fully done. The family carved off pieces and put the turkey back in the oven to bake more.
On Thanksgiving morning, they tried to put the magnificent bird in the oven, only to discover it wouldn’t fit. They couldn’t close the oven door. They conferred together and tried sealing around the door with aluminum foil and baked it for dinner. They
Too bad for Leahey’s family, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line wasn’t operational in the 1950s.
Size matters when it’s a turkey A caller announced to the Talk-Line experts that since he couldn’t fit his turkey in the pan, he wrapped it in a towel and stomped on it until it would fit. The experts explained this was not the recommended technique.
At least he didn’t just roll the dice One lucky caller had won a turkey at the casino and brought it home with him on the bus. He was curious if it was safe to eat, even though it had thawed a bit in a transit.
Yes. The answer is yes Another fellow decided an electric carving knife just didn’t have enough ‘oomph!” so he took a chain saw to his bird. After he cut it in half, he called to inquire if there might be any adverse effects from the chain’s oil getting on the meat. The Turkey Talk-Line can only help with so much A woman from Colorado called in for help with thawing her frozen turkey. She’d kept the bird frozen in a snow bank outside. However, while on the phone, she realized that it had snowed overnight and there were a lot more snowbanks. She hung up because before she could thaw her bird, she had to find the thing. That’s going to add an… unusual flavor A first-time chef called in a panic. She had handled thawing her turkey like a champ, but when she was ready to prepare it, she rinsed it. With dish soap. It would not stop sudsing. It turns out that rinsing the turkey isn’t necessary at all. Might we suggest a scented candle? A little girl had asked her mom if they could cook the turkey over several days because she liked the way the house smelled when the turkey was roasting. Unfortunately, the Talk-Line experts discouraged that idea since the turkey should only stay in the oven for a few hours.
For more than 30 years, the professionally trained turkey experts who make up the
Holiday delivery Another caller had good news and bad news. His wife had delivered a new baby on Thanksgiving. However, that meant the turkey sat in the refrigerator for a few days longer than planned. When the Talk-Line expert asked him how much it weighed, the new dad said, “The turkey? Or the baby?” Insecure in his machismo An extra manly fireman from New Jersey called the Talk-Line to inquire where he should insert the meat thermometer into the turkey he was roasting for the firehouse. The expert explained the proper thermometer technique, then recommended he check out Butterball.com for free recipes. While he was interested, he was concerned that he would lose his macho man status if his fellow firemen found out. Don’t eat your unearthed fossil A caller from Alabama had discovered in his father’s freezer a decades-old wedding cake top, a snowball from every time it had snowed in Alabama, and a turkey that had last been alive in 1969. He called the Talk-Line to learn the best way to cook the old bird. The expert told him the best method was the open roasting pan method, but that first, she suggested purchasing a fresher bird.
Turkey Talk-Line have been answering turkey-related questions each holiday season. Open every November and December, their more than 50 experts answer more than 100,000 questions, for thousands of households around the United States and Canada. On Thanksgiving Day, the center estimates it will take over 10,000 calls. And with over three decades of calls, there have been more than a few funny and bizarre stories to tell.
I don’t have a cat A parent called in to share this story from her newly married daughter’s first Thanksgiving feast. The families arrived early to help and discovered the turkey thawing in a sink of cold water covered with a dish drainer and rubber mat. When the father-inlaw asked about the unusual arrangement, the new bride explained that was how her mother had always thawed the turkey. The bride’s mom laughed and explained, “Yes, but we have a cat.” That’s the way we’ve always done it Another caller asked the Talk-Line for help, after explaining that she’d already cut the legs off. The expert asked why she’d done that. Turned out her mother had always done it that way because otherwise, it wouldn’t fit in their smallerthan-normal oven. Have you tried turning it the right way up? The Talk-Line helped a new cook who was very disappointed with the amount of breast meat on the bird she’d just removed from the packaging. After asking a few questions, the expert determined the turkey was lying in the pan upside down. After turning it breastside up, the caller was much happier with her turkey.
Avoiding a Fowl Mood Whether you need cooking advice, tasty recipes, or just a little handholding, let the Butterball experts help you prepare a sumptuous feast this Thanksgiving. Even experienced Thanksgiving chefs can have questions, but if this is your first time preparing your family’s holiday feast, the pressure can be overwhelming. Everything from meeting weighty inlaw expectations to food safety looms overhead. No fear, though. The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts have your back. Here’s just a taste of some of the questions they can answer for you: I’M HAVING A LARGE GATHERING. HOW BIG SHOULD MY TURKEY BE? If you have one and a half pounds of turkey per person, you’ll have enough for everyone to dish up generous servings and enjoy sandwiches from the leftovers after. SHOULD I GET A FRESH TURKEY? OR IS FROZEN BETTER? Fresh turkeys don’t require thawing, but should be cooked quickly after purchasing. Frozen birds can be bought weeks before they’re needed, but it can take several days to safely thaw them. Fully cooked turkeys are also available. Just warm it up in the oven for an easy, nearly fool-proof bird. HOW DO I SAFELY THAW MY FROZEN TURKEY? The best and safest method is thawing in your refrigerator. The Talk-Line experts say you should allow one day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey. In a pinch, you can thaw in cold water. Submerge your bird in a tub or sink. Keep that water cold to make sure your turkey is safe to eat. Then allow 30 minutes per every pound of turkey. WHAT ABOUT FOOD SAFETY WHEN HANDLING THE TURKEY? To be safe, make sure you wash your hands often, and keep raw turkey separated from ready-to-eat foods. Wash anything that’s touched raw turkey before using it on other food. Be sure you cook the turkey to a proper temperature (see below), and refrigerate leftovers within two hours. WHAT ABOUT STUFFING? Stuffing should be prepared just before placing it in the turkey, and you should use only cooked
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ingredients. Don’t pack it full of stuffing. Loosely fill the neck and body cavities of completely thawed turkey. If it’s too tightly packed, that may affect cooking time and food safety. Butterball.com includes a stuffing calculator to help you figure out how much stuffing to prepare. I’M CONCERNED ABOUT OVERCOOKING THE BREAST AND DRYING IT OUT. Butterball recommends that when you’re about twothirds of the way through the cooking time, you place foil over the breast and drumsticks to prevent them from overcooking or becoming dry. HOW DO I CHECK TO MAKE SURE MY TURKEY IS DONE? Even if your turkey comes with a pop up, you should be using a meat thermometer to be sure it’s done. Insert the thermometer deep into the lower thigh and make sure you don’t hit the bone with it. The temperature of the thigh should be 180 degrees. You can and should check your stuffing as well. It should be 160 degrees in the center. WHY DOES MY TURKEY NEED TO “REST?” During cooking, the meat becomes firmer, which pushes juices out of the meat. If you cut into the meat right away, the juices are lost to evaporation. Butterball recommends letting your turkey stand for 15 minutes before carving, to allow the juices to set. WHEN SHOULD I MAKE MY GRAVY? The best time to make your gravy is right before serving it. Otherwise, you run the risk of scorching it or changing the texture during reheating. ANY OTHER TIPS? ✚ Use a sharp, straight knife to perfectly carve your bird. ✚ Warm your serving plates in the dishwasher before serving. When feeding a large crowd, this is a thoughtful step so the food does not become cold during serving. ✚ When watching calories, consider using leftover turkey broth in place of butter or cream in dishes like mashed potatoes.
How can Thanksgiving chefs get help from the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts this year? If you’ve got other questions, concerns, or need help with a potential problem, the Talk-Line experts have embraced Social Media. You can find help, tips and tricks from them no matter your preferred platform: ✚ Text (844-877-3456): You can reach out to the Turkey Talk-Line via text. Holiday cooking text help stars up Nov. 1, and during the week of Thanksgiving, their hours are extended to be even more available. ✚ Facebook and Twitter: You can check out the Butterball Facebook page or Twitter feed for tips and special savings. ✚ Pinterest: The Butterball Pinterest account is ready to inspire you with recipes and more for your holiday celebration. ✚ Instagram: Check it out for behindthe-scenes pics of recipe development and more. ✚ Live Chats: Butterball’s Turkey experts will be available in November and December on Butterball.com for real-time advice and suggestions. ✚ Butterball App: You can download the Butterball Cookbook Plus app for Apple or Android devices for fingertip access to recipes and advice. ✚ Email: Contact the Talk-Line experts via email by visiting Butterball.com. ✚ 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season Nov. 1-Dec. 24, to answer questions and assist all cooks.
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Between the struggle to find a place to park and fighting the crowds of families tugging along screaming toddlers at the mall, holiday shopping can be a beast. But shopping online lacks the personal touch and fun of searching through a store’s shelves to find just the right thing for those special someones in your life. So, what can you do if you want to switch it up and shop in a way that is different from the same old, same old?
several advantages. The crowds aren’t as thick as you’ll find at the malls. You can park along a side street and walk to the shopping area with ease. And you can enjoy a leisurely time outside, breathing in the fresh air in the comfortable temperatures that typically characterize a Tulsa area autumn.
If you’re in Green Country, the answer is simple: take a sidewalk stroll and do your shopping in one of the area’s many sidewalk shopping districts. Doing your holiday store-going in this way offers
As you shop this season, we recommend checking out these 10 special spots for finding local goods, unexpectedly cool gift items, friendly service, great places to stop for a quick coffee between shopping stints, and enjoying fun with friends.
Cherry Street District
One of the most popular spots for shopping and dining, the Cherry Street District hosts a large number of locally owned businesses. Park on a side street, where you’ll find it peaceful to walk and look at the uniquely designed and landscaped homes. Then check out the crystals and books at Peace of Mind, home decor at The Nest, and specialty smokes at The Cigar Box. Enjoy a meal at Jason’s Deli, SMOKE., Mi Cocina or Chimi’s, or have coffee at The Coffee House on Cherry Street.
Brookside stands out as one of the area’s premier shopping and dining spots, with many one-of-a-kind stores to peruse. Smart visitors park on a side street at a distance from Brookside proper, enjoying the walk past unique homes until hitting the shopping area. Here, you’ll find the iconic Ida Red, with its great kitschy gifts, nostalgic items and Tulsa-made t-shirts and collectibles. Check out clothing at The Haley Boutique, gift items at The Ribbon Shop, or healthy food gifts from Edible Arrangements, then stop in at Mondo’s, In the Raw, Ol’Vine or Cafe Ole for a delicious meal.
Jenks Shopping District
Blue Dome District
Antique lovers, you are missing out if you are not regularly visiting the vintage shops and collectibles malls located on Main Street in Jenks. A charming place to stroll and window shop, this Jenks hot spot features a wide variety of quality used items and nostalgia in stores such as Miss McGillicutty’s, The Pink Lily, and River City Trading Post. Find Made in Oklahoma products in Lokal and Main, as well as unique gifts in Liv a Little Boutique or Mint Boutique. For the kiddos, buy a homemade iced cookie or cupcake at Cookiedoodle, or order a specialty cake for the holidays there.
There are many places to find local shops in downtown Tulsa, but the Blue Dome stands out for its walkability. Within a few blocks, there are several unique shops and eateries to enjoy. Buy a box of crafted, decadent iced doughnuts at Hurts Donuts. Peruse the local and regional artwork on display and for sale at the Tulsa Artery. Buy the uniquely designed local t-shirts at Boomtown Tees. Then make a short walk over to the Boxyard on 3rd and Frankfort to explore the Stem Cell Science Shop, Nova Comics, and other locally owned artisan-style shops.
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Main Street | Jenks
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A favorite place to stroll and window shop, Utica Square has been satisfying local shoppers with its offerings since 1952. Specializing in fine, elegant shopping, you’ll find a mix of national stores like Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Coach, as well as local businesses such as bed and bath shop The Dolphin and gift shop The Snow Goose. Utica Square is also beautifully arrayed with lights during the holidays and offers excellent dining choices when you’re ready to break from your shopping excursion.
South of Tulsa just off Hwy I-75, Sapulpa is a delightful, yet underrated place to shop during the holidays. Many of the antique and vintage shops, including Rainbow’s End, Round the House and Nifty Thrifty, offer beautiful furniture, jewelry, household items, and collectibles that you won’t see elsewhere in Green Country. Boutique clothing can be found at Isabella’s Collection. Visit JP Archery for sports apparel and equipment, hunting and fishing gear.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown Claremore provides an old-fashioned atmosphere and modern shopping in one place. Their annual Dickens on the Boulevard festival is held the weekend before Thanksgiving, a fun way to celebrate the season and do some shopping at the same time. Among the boutiques, antique stores and gift shops, you’ll find Boarding House Books, country-home decor at the Farmhaus and much more. Swing by Hammett House for a slice of their famous homemade pies.
Once a small slice of Main Street town life, Broken Arrow’s Rose District is growing into a hub of arts and entertainment. Locally made jewelry, soaps, t-shirts, books and more are available at 1907. You can also find locally made items among the American crafted gifts at American Hatfield. Handcrafted Belgian chocolates are made and for sale at Nouveau, which is also a great place to stop for hot chocolate as you walk. Check out the fashionable clothing at Hillary’s Boutique. Order flowers for someone special at Arrow Flowers and Gifts. Then stop for a slice of pizza at Andolini’s.
A perfect place to enjoy the historic art deco architecture of downtown Tulsa, the Deco District offers eclectic, elegant locally owned shops perfect for the holiday season. For children and adults alike, you’ll find great gifts in the nostalgic, entertaining books, candies, paintings, jewelry and other items at Decopolis, owned by local artist William Franklin. Across the street in the decadently designed Philcade Building, you’ll find hand-crafted clothing at Made and Okie Crowe. Stop for gelato at Mod’s or swing by Topeca for coffee. If you’re looking for a cozy place for lunch or dinner, check out the Italian dishes at Tavolo or the farm-to-table offerings at Juniper.
Just north of Tulsa proper, the charming town of Owasso is in rapid expansion mode. No longer home just to country farmland, Owasso’s shopping, entertainment and dining options are exploding. This trend is evident in the Redbud District, where you can peruse adorable items at Bless Ur Heart Boutique, create ceramics at The Copper Kiln, locate vintage home decor and specialty gifts at The Flying Pig and more. This area is also home to the First Thursdays Gathering on Main, where you can enjoy food trucks, concerts, games and more.
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Main Street | Claremore
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Main Street and Dewey Street | Sapulpa
Main Street | Broken Arrow
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Albert G’s Bar & Q | 4C-91 Amazing Thai Cuisine | 7B-63 Baskin-Robbins | 5A-57, 5B-57 Beef Capital Steakhouse | 5C-32 Bistro At Seville | 5A-34 Brownie’s Burgers | 4D-29, 5B-29 Cafe Olé | 4C-35 Celebrity Restaurant | 5C-68 Chimi’s | 5B-2, 4C-2, 4D-2 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 El Chico | 6D-93 Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille | 5B-64 Flo’s Burger Diner | 8D-1 Freeway Cafe |4D-5, 5D-5 Fuji | 5B-20 George’s Pub | 4A-61 Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs | 5A-9 Hatfield’s Hamburgers | 6D-24 Hooters | 5B-49 In The Raw | 4C-23, 5B-23, 7B-23 Incredible Pizza | 5B-46 Jason’s Deli | 4D-30, 5B-30 Jim’s Coney Island | 4D-26 Lanna Thai | 5B-71 Los Cabos | 6G-40, 4A-40, 7B-40 Mandarin Taste | 5B-51
Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar | 4A-58 Molly’s Landing | 8E-52 Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano | 4C-94 Napa Flats | 4A-25 Native Grill & Wings Tulsa | B6-18 Pizza Express | 5D-15, 4A-15 Polo Grill | 4D-19 RibCrib | 4D-12 Ricardo’s | 5C-31 Rincón Mexican Grill & Cantina | 5B-47 Savoy Restaurant | 5B-11 Shiloh’s | 7B-73 SMOKE. | 4D-27 Sponzs | 6B-48 Tandoori Guys | B7-13 Ti Amo |5B-80 Tres Amigos Grill & Cantina | 4B-74 The Tropical |5C-62 Twin Peaks | 5B-85 TWL Bistro | 5A-78 Waterfront Grill | 4A-70 Wild Heart Marketplace & Cafe | 8E-53
ENTERTAINMENT Circle Cinema | 4D-28 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat | 2E-66 Xtreme Racing and Entertainment | 7B-81
CASINO Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | D7-10 River Spirit Casino Resort | 4B-83
EVERYTHING ELSE Blue Cottage | 4A-59 GrassRoots Health Care | 5A-33 Indigo Spa & Salon | 4C-36 Shears | 4A-41 Spa810 Tulsa |5A-16
Ho Ho Homes For 35 years, the Cascia Christmas Walk has been a vital part of the Tulsa-area holiday fun and history, as well as a beneficial fundraising effort for the revered preparatory school. By Michele Chiappetta
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The Walk — which tours nearby homes to showcase holiday decor — started 35 years ago as a way to connect the community to Cascia Hall, as well as to raise
“It’s a fun, collaborative process. That’s what makes it different every year, seeing everybody’s different take on the holidays,” she says. “We don’t want red and green in every house. We want the traditional; we want contemporary. We try and represent all the different styles and the homeowners’ own tastes.” Cascia Hall art students sketch the homes on the tour and present their work to the homeowners as a gift. And music students provide holiday musical entertainment in each home on the Christmas Walk, as well as in the school’s performing arts center. The school will also host an Art Walk exhibit in the PAC featuring local artists and Cascia alumni. On the same day as the home tour, the ever-popular Christmas Boutique also takes place on the Cascia Hall campus. This year, the festive shopping event will feature around 60 vendors selling unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, food, and
Boedeker and Duncan also suggest visiting the event’s Bistro — an on-campus “restaurant” where attendees of the Christmas Walk can enjoy lunch, coffee and dessert. Proceeds from this year’s Christmas Walk will support Cascia Hall’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming as well as student tuition assistance. And for those interested in learning more about enrolling students at Cascia Hall, there is an Open House Nov. 5 from 1-3 p.m., followed by entrance exams Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 918-746-2604 or email@example.com.
CASCIA HALL 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. | Tulsa 918-746-2600 casciahall.com
“It’s definitely a diverse community. And I think it’s a very inclusive environment,” says Heather Duncan, who along with Ashleigh Boedeker, is co-chair of this year’s Christmas Walk. Duncan and Boedeker both have children in Cascia Hall right now. As a private school, Cascia Hall charges tuition but is very dedicated to providing students with financial assistance, which is how the Cascia Christmas Walk came about.
Boedeker, whose home was on the tour a few years ago, says the event is very special for both homeowners and visitors. “It’s a tradition for a lot of people with their families,” she says. Homeowners on the tour decorate their homes in their preferred style, with the assistance of an area florist, to create a display that visitors can draw ideas from in decorating their own homes.
Of course, no holiday celebration would be complete without activities for the children. “This year, we’re starting a new event called the Santa Brunch,” says Duncan. “Santa Claus will be there, he’ll have a special brunch, craft and photos with the children in the morning.” Tickets for the brunch are $15 and may be purchased in person at Cascia Hall or online.
Although Cascia Hall remains a traditional Catholic school serving sixth through 12th-graders, it has evolved with the times to maintain its relevance and impact in the community. About 50 percent of its student body is Catholic, with the remainder representing other religions and denominations.
For that first year, the event showcased five midtown homes. This year, the Christmas Walk invites attendees into four midtown Tulsa homes, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. You can either walk from house to house or take a shuttle that travels between the homes and the school campus.
décor. The Vendors Boutique allows shoppers onto the campus and into the buildings, where you can admire the historical architecture while browsing for holiday gifts.
If the name Cascia sounds familiar to you, it should. Cascia Hall, sponsor of the Cascia Christmas Walk, is one of Tulsa’s oldest and most revered preparatory schools. Drive south on Utica Avenue past Utica Square, and you will pass on your left-hand side 40 acres of greenery and gorgeously crafted stone buildings, which is Cascia’s campus. Founded in 1926 as a prep school for boys, with a single classroom building and monastery, Cascia Hall has expanded to become coed, with several additional classroom buildings including a performing arts center and chapel.
funds. And giving is a natural extension of the Cascia supporters’ routine. “We just have a supportive community,” says Boedeker.
When the holidays roll around, craft shows and charity events abound in Green Country. As you choose which ones to participate in and enjoy this year, be sure to add to your calendar one of Tulsa’s best loved holiday events — the Cascia Christmas Walk, now in its 35th year, taking place Dec. 3.
CASCIA CHRISTMAS WALK Dec. 3 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door
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JOHN CASH AND HIS DAUGHTER, CHRISTA RICE
WHETHER HE IS SERVING GOOD FOOD OR SELFLESSLY GIVING TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN NEED, TRAILS END BBQ’S JOHN CASH DOESN’T LIKE SEEING ANYONE GO HUNGRY. BY Michele Chiappetta PHOTOS BY Valerie Grant
Among the well-established restaurants in Owasso sits a humble, rustic barbecue spot known as Trails End BBQ. Trails End consistently serves its customers with pleasure, making sure people leave a little happier than they came in. That same sense of service and giving quietly and consistently to others is something that seems to be the guiding philosophy of Trails End’s owner, John Cash. Trails End BBQ and Cash’s dedication to help make his community a great place to live have both been fixtures in Owasso for over two decades. “It’s been a long, hard road, though it doesn’t seem like it now,” Cash says of his journey from past to present. “The Lord has blessed us with great success and a community that, for the most part, welcomes us with open arms. We’ve tried our best
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to be a good business operating in the community and be a part of it, not just be here to take but be here to help.” Cash’s dedication to taking care of others started at a young age. He had a habit of helping friends, sometimes spending money on them to the point that his parents fussed over his generosity. “I guess I just always looked at money as a tool to be used, and not to hoard it, not to be selfish with it,” he says. “I love giving to the church, giving to needy organizations.” Cash shares details of his charitable work with reluctance, feeling that it is better to simply give as he can, without drawing attention to himself while he does it. “I believe enough in the Bible when it says the left hand is not supposed to know what the right hand is doing,” he says. “In other words, if you do something, just do it in quiet, and don’t make
a big deal, don’t bring attention to yourself where it doesn’t count. We just like to help.” Still, it’s clear from talking with him and others who know about him that he cares a lot about doing what he can do to
“I DON'T LIKE SEEING ANYONE GO HUNGRY. NOT IN THIS COUNTRY.” make a difference. Among his preferred local charities are Mission Owasso, sponsored by First Baptist Owasso to help those in need, and Night Light Tulsa, which offers
meals and toiletries to Tulsa’s homeless population. “I don’t like seeing anyone go hungry,” Cash says. “Not in this country.” His sense of the advantages he has as an American has been shaped by his mission trips to Nicaragua, where he saw firsthand what many people in underdeveloped nations struggle to handle. Another area where Cash likes to give is to the local Owasso school system. He cares deeply about teachers, he says. “My kids went to school here, so I do anything I can do to help the schools out.” Cash helps the sports teams out because he values the amount of work and dedication that local coaches spend in teaching children and helping them to develop a purpose. “That’s a lot of selflessness — coaching,” he says. His own stepdaughter serves as
HOMEGROWN HEROES HH a coach, so he’s seen that giving attitude firsthand. Among the things Cash does to help come naturally to a restaurant owner. He feeds people at the games. Trails End BBQ also does catering work for the school during Friday night football games.
special, the ribs and Trails End’s special steak nights, which they do every few months and are announced only on their Facebook page. They also make a fresh tabouli that customers enjoy, as well as a mean homemade bread pudding with rum sauce.
For Thanksgiving, Cash and Trails End BBQ prepare Thanksgiving meals for selected needy families in the area, in conjunction with Owasso Community Resources. “They’ll get a turkey, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce,” he says. “Volunteers come in, pick it up and deliver it. We’ve done that now for 16 or 17 years. The neatest Cash’s interest in cooking started thing about it is, employees come at a young age, just like his giving. in and work that day for free.” “My father used to barbecue,” he says. “We would have ribs on Trails End BBQ also does a Thanksgiving. Mom was a great lot of catering. “We do a lot of cook. If company came over, she weddings,” Cash says. They can could have five or six vegetables, cater for small groups of 30 to 40 potatoes and gravy, and some people, all the way up to 300 and kind of meat pretty quick. All 400. And he has even delivered my friends loved to come to the catered food to places as far away house and eat mom’s cooking.” as Wisconsin, 12 hours away. Serving good barbecue through his restaurant is another way that Cash connects to the Owasso community. Many of Trails End’s regulars have been coming to the restaurant for years, some since it first opened, and many of them eat there multiple times each week.
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Among the customers’ favorite items are the Friday night catfish
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At the restaurant itself, Cash and his staff work hard to serve tasty meals that the people of Owasso can count on. They smoke their meat by the indirect heat method, which means that most of what they serve has been smoking several hours overnight before it is served.
Whether he is serving good food or giving to local organizations in need, Cash sees it all as a way to improve the place he lives. “It just makes it a better place for me to live down the road, and a better place for my kids,” he says. “It’s kind of a selfish idea, wanting it to be better for myself. But if you don’t participate in that, you have no reason to gripe at somebody else.”
With that kind of family training, it’s little surprise that Cash himself began to cook too. He started cooking meat while he was still working full time at UPS. A friend encouraged him to participate in barbecue competitions, and for a while, Cash did that, winning awards at competitions in Arkansas, Stillwater and Claremore, among other places.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Sunday: Closed
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WITH VARIETIES RANGING FROM TRAIL AND ROAD TO MINIMALIST AND MAXIMALIST, IT’S NO SURPRISE MANY RUNNERS GET STUCK WITH A SHOE THAT’S NOT FOR THEM. WE’RE HERE TO HELP FIND A NEW PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES THAT WILL HAVE YOU LOGGING HEALTHY AND COMFORTABLE MILES. By John Tranchina Photos by Parker Slack 56 NOVEMBER 2017
There are a number of local high-profile running races in November, such as the McNellie’s Pub Run (Nov. 11), the Route 66 Marathon (Nov. 18-19), and the Fleet Feet Sports Turkey Trot (Nov. 24). And in order to maximize your experience (and help avoid injury), it’s best to wear the right shoes. As simple as that may sound, finding the right shoes can be a personal and ongoing challenge. Most shoes feel comfortable when you’re standing in a store, but the true test comes several miles into your marathon, run or walk. And by then, it could be too late. To help ensure you have happy feet, we asked the staff at Fleet Feet to share some of their insight for features to look for and mistakes you should avoid. The most important thing that the highlytrained folks at Fleet Feet — a locallyowned retailer with outposts in downtown
Tulsa (418 E. 2nd St.), near LaFortune Park (5968 S. Yale Ave.) and in Broken Arrow (303 S. Main St.) — will do for you is find a good shoe that will properly fit your feet and be well-suited to your particular running or walking stride. To start that process, the first step they take is to measure your feet — precisely, in multiple dimensions. “We want you to shop local, family-owned, because you’re going to get the best experience,” said Lori Dreiling, co-owner, along with her husband, Tim, of the three Fleet Feet Tulsa stores since first opening in August 2003. “Especially if you’re running, but we also take care of people that go to gyms, that go to CrossFits, that walk, that are going overseas, going on a cruise, if you just need good athletic shoes. Go to a place that measures your feet and there aren’t too many of us left.
“Even if you’re 20-something, it doesn’t matter; your feet have changed since you were younger. Getting your feet measured is a big deal because you need to know not only length but width. We sell a ton of wide shoes, so to me, that would be first and foremost.” In addition to the length and width, Fleet Feet can also measure, and account for, the volume of your feet with a digital footscanner, one of very few in the entire country. The device provides them a comprehensive picture of your foot. “The other thing that we do, if you are a runner, or even if you are a walker, we get you on the treadmill and we videotape you,” Dreiling says. “By looking at your feet in motion, that really gives us an opportunity to see if there are any little nuances in terms of your gait. And then we play it back for you in slow motion, and you can see what your arches do, you can see what your knees do, everything.”
After that, the staff takes all the data and selects a few options from their inventory. Getting a chance to not only try the shoes on, but to run with them and have your running style analyzed, ensures that you get the right fit and the proper type of shoe for your particular stride. “We really are much more than just a shoe store. We’re a fit store,” Dreiling says. “We know a lot and we spend a lot of time training our staff and educating them on all these different facets. Everybody’s feet are different.” Ultimately, the overall benefit you get from your running or walking regimen hinges significantly on the quality of your footwear. “It is important if you’re going to start an exercise routine to really get in good shoes,” Dreiling says. “We see a ton of people that come in with what I call it the Wal-Mart
special, and there is a difference. We’re a specialty. Most of our shoes are $100 and up, most of them are about $120. There are different types of shoes. If you don’t get the length, the width and the volume correct, it doesn’t matter which shoe we put you in. “We’re not Amazon. People have a very unrealistic view of local retailers, even big boxes. We don’t have 200,000-squarefoot warehouses. We just had a lady in Broken Arrow, she had a serious pain in her forefoot, and she was wearing her shoes a full size too short. The number on the box is not exact. It depends on the manufacturer, it depends on the model. Usually, you [want] a half- to full-size up from your dress shoe size. This is not a leather shoe that stretches and that you wear for years. An athletic shoe is made out of lighter compounds, lighter materials. If you run even ‘kinda sorta,’ in six to eight months, you’ll be getting another pair.”
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Keeping your feet, and the rest of your body, in the best possible shape starts with replacing your running shoes every three to 10 months, depending on how much distance you cover. “Usually, your body starts talking to you,” says Fleet Feet’s Lori Dreiling. “You want to try to catch it before that happens because sometimes injuries occur because people wear shoes too long. Our marathoners are getting a new pair every three to four months, our half-marathoners most definitely every four to six months, and even the general population, about six to 10 months. Manufacturers will rate their shoes to last 500 miles.”
SNUG, NOT TIGHT
Your heel should fit snug, but not tight. Laced up (but not tied), you should be able to slide your feet out. Lacing your shoes up through the final eyelet minimizes slippage. There will be some heel movement, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Any irritation you feel in the store will be amplified once you hit the road.
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“We teach a class called Healthy Runner, where we teach good-form running,” Dreiling says. “We have certified staff. There is a methodology behind how to run and even good-form walking, so we teach these classes. There are tenets for each, certain things you should do in order to become more efficient. There is a correct way to run, believe it or not. Big-heel strikers will have issues, knee pain, more injuries, and forefoot runners won’t last either, people that run on their toes for longer distances. Your forefoot was not intended to take that initial load of your body, so that’s why we’re big on injury prevention.”
WEAR GOOD SOCKS
Using regular, cotton-based socks, whether you run or walk, can eventually cause foot problems. “You really need a good pair of tech socks, either Merino wool or all tech,” Dreiling suggests. “It would be like going to play golf with one ball and one club. Using some of that cotton blend that you buy at the big boxes won’t last long, and if you have any sort of issues — bunions, chafing, callusing — it’s just going to act like sandpaper.”
This doesn’t just mean drink a lot of water. “Most running and sports injuries are soft-tissue based, which means it
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takes a while for the injury to develop, but also means it will take a while for it to go away,” Dreiling says. “What starts a lot of the cascade of problems is a dehydrated muscle. You can’t just drink water. People come in and tell us all the time, ‘Oh, I drink tons of water.’ I tell them, ‘That’s probably part of the problem — you drink too much water.’ You need to balance it with electrolytes. What’s happening is, if they drink too much water, they’re flushing all the salts and necessary minerals — magnesium, potassium, those kinds of things — out of their body. You need to balance water with electrolytes.”
Doing a few stretches of your leg muscles immediately before you start running is not enough, and in fact, can sometimes be counter-productive. “In our training programs, we do something called dynamic warmup,” Dreiling says. “You can’t static stretch a muscle when it’s cold. We teach our training program people to do movements of their legs, back, arms, ankles, feet, and then static stretching is after. You’re actually moving the muscle group to get it warmed up and not just standing there and stretching.”
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN CORE MUSCLES
Your overall running stride, and the ability of your body to handle the constant pounding from the impact of running, will be significantly aided by having strong muscles guiding it. Doing exercises to help strengthen your glutes, core/stomach, ankles, calves, hip flexors, and lower back will help stabilize your form and reduce the possibility of one set of muscles getting overworked while compensating for weaker ones.
HAVE A DEEP-TISSUE MASSAGE
This doesn’t necessarily mean booking yourself an appointment at Massage Envy every week, which can get expensive, as nice as that might be. “We’re big on deep-tissue massage,” Dreiling says. “Start getting in regular habits, and we have all kinds of tools and all kinds of methodologies to show you how to do deep tissue, depending on what part of your body is hurting. We’re used to seeing all kinds of injuries walk in our doors. We always recommend you see a medical professional, especially if it’s a nagging injury, but if you want to stay running, stay active, you still want to do CrossFit, then there are certain things that you have to start incorporating. And deep tissue is one of them.” — John Tranchina
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Nov. 10 | vs Pepperdine | 7:30p Nov. 13 | vs Charlotte | 7p Nov. 16 | vs Oral Roberts | 7p Nov. 20 | vs Texas A&M* | 6p Nov. 21 | vs Penn State or Pittsburgh* | TBA Nov. 26 | vs Houston Baptist | 2p Nov. 29 | vs Austin Peay | 7p Dec. 3 | vs Mississippi Valley State | 2p Dec. 9 | vs Wichita State | 3p Dec. 16 | vs Florida State** | 1p Dec. 19 | vs Tulsa | 8p Dec. 22 | vs UT-Rio Grande Valley | Noon Dec. 29 | vs West Virginia | 6p * Legends Classic (Barclays Center/ Brooklyn, N.Y.) ** O range Bowl Classic (BB&T Center/ Sunrise, Fla.)
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa)
Nov. 10 | vs Lamar | Noon Nov. 13 | vs Oral Roberts | 7p Nov. 16 | vs Western Michigan* | 7p Nov. 17 | vs Appalachian State or Iowa State* | 4p Nov. 25 | vs Central Arkansas | TBA Nov. 28 | vs UTSA | 7p Dec. 2 | @ Illinois State | TBA Dec. 9 | vs Kansas State** | 7p Dec. 14 | vs Prairie View A&M | 7p Dec. 16 | vs Manhattan | 6p Dec. 19 | @ Oklahoma State | 8p Dec. 28 | vs ECU | 4p Dec. 31 | @ Tulane | 2p * Puerto Rico Tip-off (Fajardo, Puerto Rico) ** Wichita Wildcat Classic (Wichita, Kan.)
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL Home games are played at Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater) Nov. 4 | vs Oklahoma | TBA Nov. 11 | @ Iowa State | TBA Nov. 18 | vs Kansas State | TBA Nov. 25 | vs Kansas | TBA
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL Home games are played at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman) Nov. 4 | @ Oklahoma State | TBA Nov. 11 | vs TCU | TBA Nov. 18 | @ Kansas | TBA Nov. 25 | vs West Virginia | TBA
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA FOOTBALL Home games are played at H.A. Chapman Stadium (Tulsa) Nov. 3 | vs Memphis | 7p Nov. 16 | @ USF | 7p Nov. 25 | vs Temple | TBA
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Nov. 10 | v s University of the Incarnate Word | 11a Nov. 14 | vs Wichita State | 7p Nov. 17 | vs Texas Rio Grande Valley | 7p Nov. 19 | vs Northwestern State | 1p Nov. 23 | vs South Dakota* | 3p Nov. 24 | vs Tennessee* | 3p Nov. 30 | vs Southern | 7p Dec. 3 | @ Mississippi State | 1p Dec. 8 | vs UCLA | 7p Dec. 19 | vs South Carolina-Upstate | 5p Dec. 21 | vs Louisiana Monroe | 7p Dec. 28 | @ Texas Tech | 6:30p Dec. 31 | vs Kansas State | 2p
Nov. 10 | vs American University | 7p Nov. 12 | vs Belmont | 2p Nov. 15 | @ Little Rock | 11:30a Nov. 18 | vs UMKC | 2p Nov. 21 | vs Binghamton* | 8:30p Nov. 23 | vs Maryland Eastern Shore or AT Alaska-Anchorage | TBA Nov. 29 | vs Oral Roberts | 7p Dec. 2 | @ North Texas | TBA Dec. 5 | vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 7p Dec. 10 | @ Arkansas | TBA Dec. 16 | @ South Dakota | 1p Dec. 19 | @ Saint Louis | TBA Dec. 22 | vs Arkansas State | 1p Dec. 30 | @ Wichita State | 2p * Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, Alaska)
DALLAS COWBOYS Home games are played at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Nov. 5 | vs Kansas City Chiefs | 3:25p Nov. 12 | @ Atlanta Falcons | 3:25p Nov. 19 | vs Philadelphia Eagles | 7:30p Nov. 23 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 3:30p Nov. 30 | vs Washington Redskins | 7:30p Dec. 10 | @ New York Giants | 3:25p Dec. 17 | @ Oakland Raiders | 7:30p Dec. 24 | vs Seattle Seahawks | 3:25p Dec. 31 | @ Philadelphia Eagles | Noon
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Home games are played at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.) Nov. 5 | @ Dallas Cowboys | 3:25p Nov. 19 | @ New York Giants | Noon Nov. 26 | vs Buffalo Bills | Noon Dec. 3 | @ New York Jets | Noon Dec. 10 | vs Oakland Raiders | Noon Dec. 16 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 7:25p Dec. 24 | vs Miami Dolphins | Noon Dec. 31 | @ Denver Broncos | 3:25p
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Nov. 12 | vs Nebraska-Omaha | 2p Nov. 15 | vs Ball State | 7p Nov. 23 | vs Arkansas* | 4p Nov. 24 | vs North Carolina or Portland | TBA Nov. 26 | TBA | TBA Nov. 30 | vs North Texas | 7p Dec. 4 | vs UTSA | 7p Dec. 8 | vs Southern California** | 9:30p Dec. 16 | @ Wichita State | 3p Dec. 19 | vs Northwestern State | 7p Dec. 22 | vs Northwestern | 6p Dec. 30 | @ TCU | TBA * PK80 (Portland, Ore.) ** Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (Staples Center/Los Angeles, Calif.)
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Nov. 10 | vs Avila | 7p Nov. 13 | @ Tulsa | 7p Nov. 16 | @ Oklahoma State | 7p Nov. 20 | vs Montana | 7p Nov. 24 | @ Penn State | 2p Nov. 27 | vs Oakland | 7p Nov. 29 | @ Kansas State | 7p Dec. 2 | @ Little Rock | 3p Dec. 5 | @ UNLV | 9p Dec. 8 | vs Southern Nazarene | 7p Dec. 10 | vs Missouri State | 3p Dec. 16 | @ FGCU | 7:15p Dec. 19 | @ Arkansas | 7p Dec. 21 | @ Minnesota | 7p Dec. 30 | vs Omaha | 7p
TULSA OILERS Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa) Nov. 3 | vs Utah Grizzlies | 7:05p Nov. 4 | vs Utah Grizzlies | 7:05p Nov. 5 | @ Allen Americans | 4:05p Nov. 12 | @ Allen Americans | 4:05p Nov. 14 | @ Kansas City Mavericks | 7:05p Nov. 17 | @ Quad City Mallards | 7:05p Nov. 18 | @ Indy Fuel | 6:05p Nov. 19 | Fort Wayne Komets | 4:05p Nov. 22 | @ Rapid City Rush | 8:05p Nov. 24 | @ Rapid City Rush | 8:05p Nov. 25 | @ Rapid City Rush | 8:05p Nov. 29 | @ Idaho Steelheads | 8:10p Dec. 1 | @ Idaho Steelheads | 8:10p Dec. 2 | @ Idaho Steelheads | 8:10p Dec. 8 | @ Toledo Walleye | 6:15p Dec. 9 | @ Cincinnati Cyclones | 6:35p Dec. 15 | vs Colorado Eagles | 7:05p Dec. 16 | vs Allen Americans | 7:05p Dec. 19 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p Dec. 22 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Dec. 23 | @ Allen Americans | 7:05p Dec. 27 | vs Kansas City Mavericks | 7:05p Dec. 29 | vs Kansas City Mavericks | 7:05p Dec. 30 | vs Kansas City Mavericks | 7:05p Dec. 31 | @ Kansas City Mavericks | 4:05p
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Nov. 3 | vs Central Oklahoma | 7p Nov. 7 | vs Southwestern Oklahoma State | 6:30p Nov. 10 | vs Belmont | 7p Nov. 13 | @ DePaul | 7p Nov. 17 | vs SMU | 7p Nov. 21 | @ Colorado State | 8p Nov. 25 | vs Oregon* | TBA Nov. 28 | @ Arkansas-Little Rock | 6:30p Dec. 3 | vs Florida** | 2p Dec. 6 | @ South Dakota State | 7p Dec. 9 | vs USF | 2p Dec. 16 | vs New Mexico | 2p Dec. 19 | @ Connecticut | 6p Dec. 28 | vs Texas | 7p Dec. 31 | @ Iowa State | 2p * PK80 Invitational (Eugene, Ore.) ** Big 12/SEC Challenge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Nov. 11 | @ TCU | 2p Nov. 13 | @ UTA | 7p Nov. 17 | vs Oklahoma Panhandle | 7p Nov. 20 | vs Arkansas | 7p Nov. 25 | vs Houston Baptist | 2p Nov. 29 | @ Tulsa | 7p Dec. 1 | vs Long Beach State* | 6p Dec. 6 | @ UMKC | 7p Dec. 10 | @ Missouri State | 2p Dec. 15 | vs Alcorn State** | 4p Dec. 16 | vs Chicago State** | 8:30p Dec. 21 | @ Utah | 3p Dec. 30 | @ Omaha | 1p * Griz Classic (Missoula, Mont.) ** Shocker Winter Classic (Wichita, Kan.)
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Nov. 3 | vs Boston Celtics | 8:30p Nov. 5 | @ Portland Trail Blazers | 8p Nov. 7 | @ Sacramento Kings | 9p Nov. 9 | @ Denver Nuggets | 9:30p Nov. 10 | vs Los Angeles Clippers | 8p Nov. 12 | vs Dallas Mavericks | 6p Nov. 15 | vs Chicago Bulls | 7p Nov. 17 | @ San Antonio Spurs | 7p Nov. 20 | @ New Orleans Pelicans | 7p Nov. 22 | vs Golden State Warriors | 7p Nov. 24 | vs Detroit Pistons | 7p Nov. 25 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p Nov. 29 | @ Orlando Magic | 6p Dec. 1 | vs Minnesota Timberwolves | 7p Dec. 3 | vs San Antonio Spurs | 6p Dec. 5 | vs Utah Jazz | 7p Dec. 7 | @ Brooklyn Nets | 9p Dec. 9 | @ Memphis Grizzlies | 8p Dec. 11 | vs Charlotte Hornets | 7p Dec. 13 | @ Indiana Pacers | 6p Dec. 15 | @ Philadelphia 76ers | 6p Dec. 16 | @ New York Knicks | 6:30p Dec. 18 | vs Denver Nuggets | 7p Dec. 20 | vs Utah Jazz | 7p Dec. 22 | vs Atlanta Hawks | 7p Dec. 23 | @ Utah Jazz | 7p Dec. 25 | vs Houston Rockets | 7p Dec. 27 | vs Toronto Raptors | 7p Dec. 29 | vs Milwaukee Bucks | 7p Dec. 31 | vs Dallas Mavericks | 6p
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Catering to those looking to spend time with Santa, view light displays and absorb all the wonders of the holiday season, The Castle Christmas will knock your stockings off. By Lindsay Morris
Many folks in Northeast Oklahoma know The Castle of Muskogee for its unforgettable Renaissance Festival, and some may have even been there to enjoy the creepy fun at the Halloween Festival. But wrapping up the calendar year is an experience to help ring in the Yuletide for you and your family: The Castle Christmas.
Over time, people started asking what was happening inside The Castle during the Christmas lights show. The answer was, “Nothing,” Hiller says. So, eight or nine years ago, The Castle started opening up the building and adding something new every year to entertain crowds.
There’s a little something for everyone at The Castle Christmas. If Christmas lights and inflatables are your thing, well, there are plenty of them. In fact, that’s how everything got started for this holiday event about 12 years ago, says Matt Hiller, co-owner of The Castle.
Today, there is a great variety of fun for young and old. You can find everything from ornament making with elves, pictures with Santa, vendors selling items made in Oklahoma, to camel and pony rides.
“A friend of mine had all of these yard inflatables, and they were spilling out of his yard,” Hiller says. “There was a lot of traffic in front of his house, and he said, ‘Before the neighbors start yelling at me, I need to find somewhere to put it.’” The Castle became the new home for Hiller’s buddy’s inflatables, and Hiller’s team added lights to build on the festive feeling. Soon, a company that makes inflatable Christmas decorations heard what The Castle was doing for the community and offered them promotions, which they added to their inventory. To this day, the drive-thru tour outside The Castle, with its array of lights and inflatables, is free to those coming from near and far to see the fabulous display. Donations are encouraged, of course. “Because we have to pay the electric bill somehow,” Hiller says.
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There is even a train ride and a hay ride through the Christmas Village. The train ride launched last year with great success. “It will be running every night that we’re open this year,” Hiller says. The Castle Christmas is also a great place to do some of your holiday shopping. Many of the vendors selling handcrafted items are from Oklahoma, offering fantastic wares such as local honeys, candies, leatherwork and jewelry. If someone is interested in becoming a vendor, applications are available on The Castle’s website. As far as fun for young ones, The Castle offers that too. The ornament making activity is a favorite for children. “We supply an ornament for a nominal fee [$1] and then you paste it together. The elves help you assemble it, and you can label it,” he says. “It’s become a tradition for a lot of children to come out here to make their yearly ornament.”
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And of course, the children — and those who are still children at heart — won’t want to miss their chance to get a picture with Santa. The Castle has two versions of Santa: Father Christmas and Workshop Santa. Father Christmas is decked out in the big delivery suit, while Workshop Santa is in his “work” clothes, building toys. You can find the different Santa appearance schedules on The Castle’s website. There are also plenty of places to rest and enjoy some tasty holiday snacks. Inside The Castle is a café serving cookies, hot chocolate and fudge. They also play old Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life. The Castle Christmas opens on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. However, the inside event (everything except the lights tour) is only open Thursday through Sunday for the first three weeks, through Dec. 10. “The drive-thru is still open and the lights are still on,” Hiller says. From Dec. 14-31, The Castle is open every day for everyone to enjoy. “The weekends are the busiest times with the most activity going on,” Hiller says. “You never know what kind of guest performer may show up.” Although most of the people working the event are getting paid in some capacity, there are a few volunteers. For example, volunteer actors from The Renaissance Festival’s Red Guard will greet guests at the entrance. Guests will likely see several other Renaissance-themed characters at the event as well, making the whole environment festive and delightful to explore. During your visit to Muskogee, be sure to stop by the beautiful light display at Honor Heights Park, located not far from The Castle. “We invite people to come inside, relax, and spend some time with the family and children,” Hiller says. “Our event is fun and quirky and crazy, and Honor Heights is really beautiful. It makes a good trip to Muskogee.”
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AS WE APPROACH ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOPPING DAYS OF THE YEAR, THERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO SAVE MONEY, TIME AND SANITY. BY RYANN GORDON
Black Friday can easily be the most chaotic day of the year. The nails will be out and claws will bare in hopes of finding the cheapest gifts in all of the land. People run, scream, and sometimes act like children for a discounted television or clearance-priced coat. Not only do the most frugal of shoppers come out ready for battle, but most of the city will be taking advantage of the deals to come. And some just like the experience. But not all are prepared. In order to make the most of the Black Friday extravaganza, you have to plan ahead. Slow and steady wins the race. And the wisest usually wins the war.
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FOCUS Despite the adrenaline that’s bound to be flowing the second you enter your first hot spot, you have to stay focused and not get lost in the chaos. Make sure to keep your mind right when you take off for that grill your man has been fawning over, and don’t get distracted by all the soccer moms chasing the other deals that caught your eye when browsing through the ads. It’s the big stuff that you want! There are numerous Black Friday emails, websites, and apps that offer sneak peeks at retailers’ Black Friday deals. This will help you not only compare prices, but also determine exactly what will be on your shopping list. Make a list of your priorities so you don’t lose focus when you see the new deals. Take on each store with an action-based mindset that won’t
wander when you see the $5 bin of movies that could take you hours to dig through. If you’re going to save the most money possible on this day, you have to find the best deals and prioritize your moves.
NAVIGATE Map out the city ahead of time. Jot down all the stores you absolutely have to hit, along with the times they open, the best deals they’re offering and compare. Always start at the store that provides you with the biggest overall savings. Don’t let yourself go off track for a mediocre deal that’s being offered at several stores. Weigh out the savings you need versus those that draw the eye. Decide which and what places must be hit — then, take it inside. Do an in-store recon ahead of time, so you know exactly which direction to sprint when you’re
thrusted through the doors like shaken-up Dr Pepper spewing from the can. Ask employees as well, because many times they rearrange stores on Black Friday.
RISE AND FIND Depending on the sale, plan on getting to your first store at least an hour before it opens. This is especially true at your big box electronics stores. Expect to stand in a fairly long checkout line though.
TOGETHERNESS Never go into battle alone. Utilize the buddy system on this day more than ever — you’re going to need it. Unite for one purpose and create a force to be reckoned with. One of you can get in line, and one of you can do the legwork. Also, it allows you the ability to split up if necessary for the retrieval of specific
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items. Plus, it’s just more fun than shopping alone. It’s important to pick a shopping buddy who can keep up with your pace. Similarly, you don’t want to go with a shopping buddy who is going to wear you out.
DUMP DOORBUSTERS Sure, the doorbusters will be great opportunities to save, but they are always available in very limited quantities (in some cases, only a handful per store). And unless you’re planning to spend hours, or even days, waiting in line, you aren’t going to get them.
BRING THE ADS There’s a chance that your discounted item may not ring up as on sale when you actually get up to the cash register. Instead of trying to recall exactly what the advertisement stated, pull that ad out and ask the clerk to honor it. And if you go to a store with a price-matching policy, you may be able to get the same prices that another store is offering. If you’re relying on ads you found online, you might have a harder time getting a deal, though.
TAKE IT ONLINE Many retailers will offer online deals. This is a great alternative to many who are less excited about going to the stores and standing in line. It might be a better idea for you to skip the chaos in the stores and take advantage of the deals from the comfort of your home. And when you add in gas money and the time you might spend standing in line Friday morning, online sales are even better.
THERE’S ALWAYS MONDAY If you get easily agitated or upset about long lines, lots of people and trouble finding parking, then Black Friday shopping may not be ideal. It might be better to wait until Cyber Monday. Usually, retailers offer special onlineonly deals on that day and sometimes even include free shipping.
ALSO CONSIDER • It’s worth the wait for a shopping cart. Don’t try holding everything. • The more you complain and freak out about the packs of people who will be out shopping, the more you’ll stress yourself out. • Dress appropriately and in layers. You may have to wait outside, and with all those people, it can become rather hot in some stores. • Sales abound throughout the entire holiday season. If you don’t get that hot gift now, chances are it’ll be available later. • Make sure to keep your cash and/or credit cards in a secure location, and never leave your purse or wallet unattended. • Be pleasant with your fellow shoppers. Have fun.
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FOR MUSIC FANS ROOTED IN THE INDEPENDENT AMERICANA MUSIC SCENE, SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN MORELAND CONTINUES TO BALANCE “BUMMER TUNES” AND STAYING CLEAR OF SOULSUCKING JOBS BY GAINING NATIONAL ACCLAIM. by G.K. Hizer
One large man in a baseball cap, backlit and strapped with an acoustic guitar, pours his heart out in a gravelly, soulful roar and leaves a studio audience in silent awe. That’s the impression left on a national audience when John Moreland made his national television debut Feb. 1, 2016, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Moreland’s performance that night held a television audience (not to mention the live, studio audience) in rapt attention and asking themselves: who is this guy? The song he performed, “Break My Heart Sweetly,” wasn’t even featured on the album he was currently touring in support of (Big Bad Luv), instead appearing on his prior independent album, In the Throes. That very well may have been a turning point toward bigger things for Moreland, and a moment in time that the media and publicists continue to focus on. For Tulsa natives and music fans rooted in the independent Americana music scene, however, it was just another performance in a long stream of soul searching performances that Moreland’s fans have come to know and expect. Ask anyone in Tulsa who follows local music, and they will probably tell you it was not a matter of if, but when Moreland would break through and find a larger, national audience. How much of a change may depend on how far back you can recall his career. There are a handful of people who remember Moreland in his youth and time spent in the hardcore band Thirty Called Arson. Most are more likely to look back to the Black Gold Band and the Endless
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Oklahoma Sky album that won over local critics and music fans alike in 2008. At the time, Jay Pitts, who was a DJ at Z104.5 The Edge (now at KATT in Oklahoma City) unabashedly touted Moreland as Oklahoma’s version of Bruce Springsteen. Giving that album a fresh listen, that’s not a bad call, although it was probably more The River-era Springsteen with a hint of Nebraska. By the time Moreland released Everything the Hard Way with the Dustbowl Souls in 2011, he was really finding his voice as a songwriter. But the band found him balancing somewhere between Springsteen and Social Distortion. For many, Earthbound Blues (released later in 2011) signaled his transition into a comfort zone as a singer-songwriter. A bit more intimate and bluesy, it stood many listeners on their ear. By the time In the Throes arrived in 2013, many Tulsa listeners were straight up disciples. The way he wrote songs and approached his craft never really changed, but merely stepped up to the next level with 2015’s High on Tulsa Heat, distributed through Thirty Tigers, and his finally signing with 4AD records for 2017’s Big Bad Luv. “It was really just a logistical necessity,” says Moreland when discussing what led him to finally sign with a label. “Back in the day, it was really cool and I liked doing the independent thing. I liked doing it all myself. I took orders and shipped the product out, but as I toured more, it got harder. There were just more things involved. “Now I’m at a label with sync licensing, which can handle requests for commercials and TV placement. When I got a manager and went to
Thirty Tigers, it was like a ramped-up version of the independent thing. They take care of distribution and getting your record out and give you a little budget for a publicist, but the rest is on you. Going to a label like 4AD gives me more time for the music. Now, I’m touring so much it’s hard enough to manage my time to get to the shows and write songs. I was really lucky to find people that I can trust and who believe in what I’m doing.”
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On Big Bad Luv, many critics took note of a change in tone. Although Moreland has joked in the press about getting away from being known for writing “bummer tunes,” it’s not a far cry from the rest of his catalog. “It’s probably somewhere in between. It was a little bit of a conscious decision on my part, because I feel this record kind of documented a transitional period in my life,” he says in regards to the perceived change in tone. “When I started writing, I was in one place and when it ended, I was in a different place. When I started, I was still writing about the past, but it wasn’t really resonating with me, and I really struggled with it. “I think ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’ was the first time I acknowledged that transition, and I felt like this is what I need to be doing. After that, it was a semi-conscious effort to follow that path.” The critical acclaim for his past two albums, not to mention the exposure from that Colbert appearance, has ramped up the process, seeing Moreland tour extensively across the country — both playing club gigs himself and opening for artists like Jason Isbell, as well as traveling to Europe. “I’m still just approaching it [touring] like I always have. I do it because I like it. I never had any set goals like ‘I want to be at this point in three years.’ I just wanted to play music and not have a soul-sucking job,” he says. “I never thought anything of playing clubs or sleeping on people’s floors.” As Moreland has continued to grow as an artist, he’s starting to transition back to playing with other musicians. After a few years of playing solo shows, he’s also currently transitioning toward a band format again. “I really started playing solo out of necessity,” Moreland says. “I wanted to play with a band, but I was still writing songs and people kept giving me these opportunities, and I ended up really liking it. “When you’re with a band, people experience things in a different way. It’s like this big noise and sometimes it can cover up the subtlety in a song, so it was cool to play solo and have people come up to me after and comment, ‘I really like that one line…’ I appreciated that, because I really pay attention to the words and may have struggled with getting that line right.”
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After spending much of the year on the road, Moreland returns to Tulsa Dec. 1 for a show at Cain’s Ballroom in what should be something special for all in attendance. “Being on tour so much, I still live in Tulsa, but I just don’t get to play here very often anymore, so it will be something special for me,” he says. “As far as bookings go, it’s just another tour date, but I only get to play Tulsa once or twice a year now, so I’m looking forward to being home and playing this one.”
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PACK AND CLEANSE After a night of indulging in sinful foods, prepare ahead of time to cleanse out those toxins the next day. Turkey is one of those foods that makes you crave sleep like no other. So, make sure to have your cleanse ready ahead of time. Try a juice cleanse or gingermint mix. '
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Once you’ve overeaten, as many do during the feasting holidays, you can’t exactly undo it. But with a recovery plan in place, you can reduce the ache in your belly from a food hangover. By Ryann Gordon It’s easy to forget about keeping your ideal bodyweight in check when the holidays roll around. The second the turkey slides out of the oven, you could be doomed to being rolled out of the house. And one look at that ham, and you could turn into a pig yourself. Then comes the stuffing, the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, bread and … belly rolls. While we can afford a couple cheat days in the last couple of months of the year, we have to remember that indulging doesn’t mean overdoing it. Flavorful and delicious food can — and should — be enjoyed, as long as it’s
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appetizers and drinks before and after the big meal. Combined, that’s the equivalent of more than 2 1/4 times the average daily According to a study conducted calorie intake and almost 3 1/2 by the Calorie Control Council, times the fat — with 45 percent Americans typically consume of calories from fat. The average more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three a typical holiday gathering from snacking and eating a traditional sticks of butter. Thanksgiving dinner with turkey If you think you’ll be one of those and all the trimmings. The suffering from the aftereffects researchers estimate that it can of an overstuffed Thanksgiving take about five months to lose (eating too much is one of those holiday pounds. the most common triggers of heartburn), we can help. Try A typical holiday dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories. these simple tips and tricks to ease bloating, acid reflux, and And many nibble through indigestion and feel better faster. another 1,500 calories, downing
REMEMBER TO EAT Yeah, that’s right … eat. The day after a big meal, people often under-eat or avoid food completely to make up for overeating the day before. But fasting can backfire. By the end of the day, you’re so hungry, you could easily end up overeating again. Instead, have a meal high in fiber and low in salt, and drink plenty of water. Steer clear of dairy products like milk and cheese, coffee, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, and highly acidic foods until you’re feeling better.
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SWEAT IT OUT The best way to cleanse after a huge meal is by sweating it out. Plan a workout early the next morning, so you can’t use the excuse that work wore you out the next day. Go for something a bit more intense than usual, like kickboxing or HIIT. Work in that cardio with a long run that’ll have your booty back to its rightful size in no time. Who knows, if you pack on enough protein at dinner you might actually come out looking better than you did before.
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COVER THE POOCH The key to covering up your sins is to literally cover them up. But it’s tough balancing formality and comfort during the holidays. Wear stretchy pants to dinner, so you don’t have to unbutton your skinny jeans. Rock something oversized and chic the next day. Go for a hip, loose sweater or a less-thanformfitting pair of boyfriend jeans that mask the shape of your body.
solve both problems. If you have acid reflux, chewing a stick of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal may help. The act of chewing can stimulate saliva that helps soothe heartburn. Don’t overdo it, however. Sugar-free sweeteners can cause stomach upset and bloating when consumed in large quantities.
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STAY MOVING Don’t sit still for long after you’ve gone face first into rounds of meat, carbs and pie. Keep yourself moving throughout the day and night as you bounce from cheeseball to corn casserole and back again. Not only will this help you avoid the meat sweats, but it will keep you in an active mood the week after. Take a brisk walk or a bike ride — both of which can speed up gastrointestinal motility. And the endorphins released by the activity will boost your mood, making you feel less crummy overall. Try running a few errands you’ve been avoiding, or clean the house. If you keep yourself active, your body won’t even have time to turn all that extra food into the fat you fear.
GRAB THE GUM Not only may your stomach be shot, but your breath may not help you make any friends either. Grab a stick of gum and
Studies have shown that ginger can relieve mild to moderate nausea. Have some ginger tea, or just grate fresh ginger into warm water. And peppermint oil has been found to ease symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal cramps by calming the GI tract. Peppermint can exacerbate reflux, so if you’re prone to heartburn, skip the mint and neutralize stomach acid with an antacid instead.
KEEP YOUR MIND RIGHT Although giving yourself a break every now and then is healthy for your mind, don’t get too carried away. Indulge in foods you normally wouldn’t with the constant reminder that you’re celebrating and everyone deserves a break every now and then. Do some yoga; put sticky note reminders around the house; do whatever you need to in order to keep your mind right through this tough and oh so rewarding season.
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The vibe at Caz’s Pub falls somewhere between dive bar and eclectic man cave, with a seat at the bar (or tables) for anyone who enters, regardless of where they fall in the social spectrum. By G.K. Hizer | Photos by Marc Rains
Once you step inside the door, Caz’s Pub is an entity unto itself. The vibe falls somewhere between dive bar and
No matter who you are, you’re welcome and at home at Caz’s Pub. If you’re looking to escape the crowds and trends, this could be your place. It’s the perfect place to stop in and enjoy a couple of drinks before or after a show at Cain’s Ballroom or Brady Theater, a no-brainer for a drink with friends after work, and one of the best places to stop and get a real read on the heartbeat of the Tulsa Arts District.
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Castleberry saw the potential, not only in the location, but the neighborhood, however, and set his roots with Caz’s Pub. Since then, it has been an anchor of the Arts District, the neighborhood pub that rises against the fray and continues to be the levelling constant for those who want to enjoy themselves in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
As a bar, Caz’s Pub is everything you could want. Of course, there’s a great beer selection, with 15 on tap, including Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Bold Rock Hard Cider, local brews and a few classic staples. The liquor selection is excellent as well, without being too broad or over-reaching. Whiskey drinkers can step up to Jim Beam Double Oak, tequila drinkers bounce up to Milagro or Patron, and those looking to step into something different can experiment with Bubba’s Secret Stills Spiced Liquor (it falls somewhere between a whiskey, rum and brandy).
A simple look around the room on a recent Saturday night summed it all up perfectly: A group of girls gathered around the circular booth at the north end of the bar, drinking and chatting, with another group shooting pool; Cain’s Ballroom production staff winding down after a show; an older man in a suit chatting up his date at a side table; and a couple of punk rockers bellied up to the bar with everyone else.
At that time, the Brady Theater was being used infrequently and Cain’s Ballroom had not yet been renovated and returned to hosting concerts three and four nights a week. Looking back, Caz’s Pub positioned itself to be the neighborhood pub on a strip that included Mexicali Border Café, the recently shuttered Spaghetti Warehouse, and Lola’s at the Bowery (where The Tavern now resides), in an area that normally went quiet after work let out.
Murals cover the walls on both sides, including Ziggy Stardust on the west wall near the back, littered with hand scrawled graffiti and signatures from guests and regulars over the years. The rest of the décor is classic neighborhood bar fare, with numerous mirrors with beer logos (Heineken, PBR, Killian’s Irish Red, and Killarney Red Ale, to name a few), neon signs, pictures and various knickknacks, a pair of pool tables in the back, and the obligatory digital jukebox that bounces through anything from dance-pop to classic rock and the occasional rap tune.
The bar staff is always friendly and makes you feel at home, but never assuming or in your face, yet eternally ready for a quick and snappy comeback and ready to banter.
Tucked away just a couple doors west of the intersection of Boston and M.B. Brady, Caz’s Pub is just steps away from the Guthrie Green. Back when owner Jeff Castleberry opened the pub Aug. 12, 1995, however, the neighborhood didn’t carry nearly the same cache.
eclectic man cave, with a seat at the bar (or tables) for anyone who enters, regardless of where they fall in the social spectrum. Most immediately noticeable are the antlers above the bar — well, not the antlers themselves, but the plethora of bras that cover them to the point that the antlers themselves are no longer visible. Once a signal of Caz’s casual, “not uptight” atmosphere, it’s still a signal of the bar’s beginnings, but at this point, it’s more a part of its kitsch and charm than anything else.
All too often, when enjoying the Tulsa Arts District, most Tulsans get caught up in all the latest attractions: a new restaurant, events on the Guthrie Green, or maybe the latest craft cocktail. Most glide by Caz’s Pub and barely notice. That’s a shame, because by overlooking Caz’s Pub, they’re overlooking something special and a good part of what gives the district its character.
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PIE’S THE LIMIT BAKING A E R ’ U O Y IF A NO MATTEORR BORN WITH SPATUL BEGINNERND, WE’VE GOT THREER IN HA IE IDEAS FOR YOU N O ‑ F A I L P D E S S E R T TA B L E S . HOLIDAY The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for all diets, Whole30s, and stints experimenting with Paleo to die with the fallen leaves. Yes, the time of indulgence and elastic waistbands has come again, and with these three mouthwatering pie recipes, you’ll be happy to say adios to calorie counting until next year.
BISCOFF COOKIE BUTTER PIE Adapted from Texanerin.com
Imported from Europe, Biscoff cookies (also called speculoos cookies) are like a cross between gingersnap and shortbread cookies with an added caramelized crunch. Cookie butter is a dessert paste made from these speculoos cookies, and it is similar in texture to peanut butter. If you’ve never had it, watch out; there is no return once you’ve tasted cookie butter. Bring this pie to any event this holiday season, and we promise it will be the first dish gone from any dessert spread.
Ingredients for crust: 2 packages of Biscoff cookies (easy to find at Trader Joe’s packaged as Speculoos Cookies) 3 tbsps. baker’s sugar ( finer than granulated; not as fine as powdered)
Ingredients for filling: 1 cup heavy cream 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie dish and set aside. 2. Taking about 30 Biscoff cookies, place them in a gallon size zip-close bag and pound them with a rolling pin until finely pulverized. You can also place in a food processor as well. 3. Pour crumbs into a medium-sized bowl and add melted butter, sugar, and the ½ cup cookie butter. Using your hands, mix together ingredients until smooth and well-combined. 4. Dump crust mixture into the middle of the pie dish and, working your way outward, push and pat down the crust until the entire bottom of the dish and sides are covered.
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6 tbsps. melted butter ½ cup cookie butter (packaged in regular grocery stores as Biscoff spread; packaged as cookie butter in Trader Joe’s)
1 cup cookie butter ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for nine minutes and let cool completely. 6. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. 7. In another medium-sized bowl but using the same beaters, beat the rest of the ingredients for the filling together until well blended (about two minutes). 8. Using a spatula, fold the whipped cream into the filling mixture. After combined, you will want to lick the spatula when no one is watching (and then try hard not to eat the rest of the filling). 9. Pour filling into the cooled crust and smooth until even. Refrigerate until the pie is set (about an hour or overnight). Before serving, sprinkle with Biscoff cookie crumbs.
EATS + TREATS ET BUTTERY-HERBED MASHED POTATO PIE Adapted from whatsinthepan.com
A fun and unique take on this traditional Thanksgiving dish, mashed potato pie will be your new holiday favorite.
Ingredients: 3 lbs. medium red potatoes, peeled 7 oz. or 1 ½ packages of herb and garlic cream cheese (such as Boursin) ¾ cup whole buttermilk 4 tbsps. softened butter 1 ⁄3 cup fresh chopped chives (more for garnish) salt and pepper to taste
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Adapted from Pillsbury.com Nothing conveys a sense of comfort and welcome quite like the scent of warm apple pie wafting through the home. Pair with a mug of hot coffee or spiced cider for conversation and laughter with your guests.
Ingredients: 6 cups thinly sliced apples (about six medium size apples) 1 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 ⁄8 tsp. ground nutmeg DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place one pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie pan. Press firmly against sides and bottom. 2. Place apple slices in a large bowl, and gently toss to coat with all ingredients. Dump apple mixture into pie dish. Top with second crust, pressing dough edges together with seal (at this point, it helps to watch a YouTube tutorial on how to pinch pie dough to give it the decorative edges). 3. Cut thin slits around the middle of pie to vent heat. Break an egg and discard the yolk, letting the egg white drip into
tsp. salt ¼ ¾ cup sugar 1 box Pillsbury pie crusts. Use two boxes if you would like excess dough to cut out decorative leaves to place on pie. 1 egg
DIRECTIONS: 1. Place potatoes into a large pot filled with salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mash peeled potatoes in a large bowl with a potato masher until smooth. Lightly fold in cream cheese and 3 tbsps. of the butter. Stir in the buttermilk until just fluffy, but do not overmix. Add chopped chives. Salt and pepper to taste. 3. Spoon mashed potato mixture into a lightly greased, 10-inch cast iron skillet or a threequart baking dish. Dot top of potatoes with remaining tablespoon of butter and cover with aluminum foil. 4. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15-20 more minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with additional chives before serving.
a small bowl. Brush top of pie with egg whitewash to deepen the golden color while baking. 4. If you have a leaf cookie cutter, cut out decorative leaves and brush the bottoms with egg whitewash before placing on pie (it will act as a glue). 5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden-brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least two hours before serving.
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Spilling the Beans Looking to evolve from commodity-grade brown coffee consumed more for maintenance than pleasure? The spectrum of specialty coffee can offer a little something for everyone. by monica craddock Specialty coffee has begun to inch its way into our vocabulary slowly but surely over the last few years. The term coincides with different coffee shops that may be doing something a little different from what has been the coffee drinking norm for so long. But what is specialty coffee, and why are people prepared to pay for the experience? It’s so much more than a term used to describe certain local shops. At its best, the specialty-coffee approach boasts a more thoughtful, environmentally sustainable approach to sourcing coffee, and aims to increase financial security for those farming it — all while highlighting this more quality-driven process, and engaging the customer with the coffee’s backstory. “It’s not just a term. It’s going back to the basics of what coffee truly is, and it’s something that has now become an industry,” says Matthew Craddock, a barista for Topeca Coffee. And it’s an industry that’s enjoying a coffee golden age with good coffee more plentiful than it was for many of our grandparents and parents. Companies like Folgers set the stage in the ‘60s for the first wave of mass-marketed American coffee. Then Starbucks launched a second wave in the ‘90s with their menu of specialty coffees. Now, a “third wave” of coffee brewing is on the rise, with artisanal brands bringing an ultra-gourmet touch to the bean scene. Though there are countless ways to serve specialty coffee, a handful of concoctions dominate the brew-to-order chalkboard menus at your favorite shop.
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There’s espresso, a strong, potent, highly-roasted brew made by forcing steam through finely ground coffee at high pressure before being served in small cups. There’s a cappuccino, in which frothy steamed milk is added to espresso to make a milky drink, covered in powdered chocolate. There’s also the latte (mix espresso and hot milk); the Americano (an espresso thinned with hot water); and the mocha (mixing espresso, hot chocolate and steamed milk). For coffee to be deemed “specialty,” it has to meet certain criteria and quality. For example, it starts with the best bean — no blemishes, no defects, and not under- or overripe. A huge factor that goes into having the best bean is where it is grown, including the soil quality, rainfall and elevation. One common misconception is what the coffee bean actually is. Coffee is a fruit: a seed of a cherry. And just like any fruit, there are many factors that go into getting the best product. A fruit not ready to be eaten tastes very different from a perfectly grown and ripe one. The highest quality of coffee comes from mountainous regions. There is essentially a coffee belt that is close to the equator. Typically, those regions will have a wet and dry season, which is essential for the fruit to mature. Some of the countries that produce the highest-quality coffee bean include Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia and El Salvador. The coffee trees thrive in those types of environments, allowing the flower to bloom and the cherry to grow. The ripest cherries are picked either mechanically or by hand. Usually, the highest-quality coffee farms handpick their cherries to ensure they are getting the perfectly ripe cherry. Once the beans are picked, they are transferred to a coffee mill for processing. When
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finished, the beans are put in burlap sacks and shipped to roasteries or coffee distributors. At roasteries, the beans are roasted to reflect the cherry’s best qualities. “That roast profile tends to be lighter than past coffee generations. When coffee is massed produced, you have to roast it darker because you’re roasting out all the imperfections,” says Craddock. “This is because the quality and care that goes into picking the coffee cherries were not held to that same standard that specialty coffee is now held.” Once roasted, the product is sent to individual shops, and there it is brewed and served. It then comes down to the skills of the baristas. “The things that make specialty coffee stand out are the quality of coffee, quality of service and the community that is created surrounding this quality of product,” says Craddock. The type of coffee you drink is really becoming a statement about who you are, what you represent, where you come from now. “This has been one of the biggest trends within third-wave coffee,” says Andy Brennan, a senior food and beverage analyst with IBISWorld. “People don’t necessarily want to drink at Starbucks anymore, because it’s seen as somewhat generic.” The movement has grown in tandem with the ascendance of “craft” everything, and created a global phenomenon of, yes, artisan roasters and coffee purveyors who showcase coffee with as much nerdiness and nuance as some reserve for wine or cheese. “Specialty coffee is an industry of care,” says Craddock. “And the reason we want people to buy into it is because we are so proud and excited about showcasing how high-quality coffee is different. Also, as a barista, you can showcase the hard work of those involved in its making. We want you to nerd out on it with us.”
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More than just a delicious dessert, the perfect pie is worth saving room for this holiday season. From nostalgic classics to fresh takes, we’ve picked the 26 best that should be gracing your table. With the holidays rolling around, we can’t help thinking about pie. After all, isn’t pie the best part of a holiday meal? No Thanksgiving spread is complete without slices of pumpkin and pecan pie topped with whipped cream. And though serving it for dessert is a tradition as American as — well, you know what we mean — pies have been around a long, long time, proving if nothing else that human beings will never stop eating a good thing. Though savory pies (those filled with meats) go back to at least the Roman days, when the outer shell served mainly as a vehicle for serving the filling inside, the sweeter, fruitier version of pie has become an icon of holiday dessert menus since at least 1831. That’s the date of the first recorded apple pie recipe, printed in England by Geoffrey Chaucer and listing minimal ingredients — apples, figs, raisins, pears and a pastry shell.
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Today, of course, we’ve sweetened the deal with plenty of sugar, a wide variety of fruits, chocolate, squash and even nuts. And that’s good news, because we think the only way to get too much of this particular good thing is to overeat at the holiday table. So, loosen your belt, go forth and explore Green Country’s best pies, which we have conveniently compiled into this handy list for you. Enjoy!
Ann’s Bakery 7 N . HA RVA RD | T ULSA Since the 1930s, this Tulsa gem of a bakery has made some of the most delicious cakes but also some of the best pies northeast Oklahoma has to offer. Fruit pies, pumpkin pies, pecans and cobblers — if you haven’t given Ann’s Bakery a chance, you’re missing out on four generations of goodie-making know-how. After a tragic fire and appearing on the Food Network’s Save My Bakery a few years back, Ann’s bakery is as good as ever.
Antoinette Baking Co. 207 N . MA I N ST. | T ULSA You might have to wait in line a few minutes, but having a piece of pie from Tulsa’s Antoinette Baking Company is a special treat you’ll want to repeat again and again. With over 20 choices of pie, depending on the day, you’re going to have to come back to try something new. Perhaps the first piece could be the Lemon Chess or the Mississippi Mud. These flavors hearken back to the days when granny set the pie out on the window to cool, and the kiddos could smell it for miles around.
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Brownie’s 6577 E. 71 ST ST. | TULSA 2130 S. HA RVA RD AV E . | TULSA Brownie’s Hamburgers may be known for a lot of things, like amazing homemade root beer, killer onion rings and hamburgers to die for, but their menu’s unsung hero is the outstanding homemade pie — chocolate, coconut, lemon, butterscotch, and banana. When they say homemade, they mean like grandma used to make, maybe better. The chocolate pie, for lovers of mile-high meringue, will top off the top-notch visit you can expect at Brownie’s.
The Cake Lady Collinsville 912 W. M AIN ST. | C O L L IN SV IL L E The Cake Lady specializes in custom orders and pays complete attention to detail, making sure each cake is special and unique. Every order is baked fresh using quality ingredients from Ashley Williamson’s bakery in the heart of downtown Collinsville. Their treats are creative and adventurous in design with exquisite flavor, bold colors and are deliciously moist. In addition to their showstopping cakes, they have a variety of beautiful sweet bites including cupcakes, cake pops, custom cookies and pies to just name a few. Pies range from banana cream and chocolate cream to coconut cream and lemon meringue.
Fulton’s Pies and Pies 200 W. KE NO SH A ST. | B RO K E N AR ROW Specializing in fried pies, the fifth-generation pie makers at Fulton’s serve up sweet, seasonal desserts in a homemade version of the Hostess treats you adored as a child. ’Tis the season right now for pumpkin fried pie topped with pumpkin spice latte ice cream. But swing in throughout the year for treats like caramel Dutch apple cream, peach, chocolate, even cinnamon toast and cheesecake sopapilla pies, all served in crust made from a more-than-100-year-old recipe. You can also order traditional pies, and they can even make vegan crust (just call ahead first).
Little J’s Bakeshoppe & Coffee 10 0 3 2 S. S H E R IDAN ROAD | T ULSA Combine juicy, tasty strawberries, tart and tangy rhubarb with amazing melt-in-your mouth homemade crust, and you’ve got one heck of a strawberry rhubarb pie. You won’t find its rival in too many places in Tulsa, or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter. Order a piece to go or a whole pie for friends and family. And stop by the ice cream shop for some vanilla. You’ll thank us for the suggestion.
402 E. 2N D ST. | T ULSA Known for its late hours, amazing breakfasts and reliable service, Dilly Diner is a staple of downtown Tulsa eating. Add it to your plans the next time you want a cup of rich coffee, Lomah Dairy cream, and homemade pie from their on-site bakery section. Choose from delights such as the buttermilk, chocolate, and fresh fruit pies with amazingly flaky pastry crusts. The slices are large, and can be ordered with housemade vanilla ice cream, well worth the treat.
1547 E. 3RD ST. | T ULSA 465 S. S HERI DA N ROA D | TU LSA 5849 S. 49T H W. AVE. | T U LSA When you visit Freeway Cafe, it’s like taking a little trip back in time. You’ll get the ‘50s diner decor, friendly service and some delicious homestyle meals. In terms of pie, though, they’ll knock your bobby socks off. Freeway Cafe offers different homemade pies all the time, with buttery crusts, meringues and creamy fillings. Customers love the chocolate, because who doesn’t love chocolate? But you’ll love the other flavors too.
8222 E. 103RD ST. | T ULSA Michael V’s serves classic American cuisine, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads and, of course, pie baked fresh in-house by owner Michael Minden. Among the delectable sweets, you’ll find fabulous offerings like coconut cream pie, chocolate pecan pie and the award-winning Butterfinger cream cheese brownie pie. Minden indulges himself — and diners — by offering special pies throughout the year. And yes — you can order a boatload of homemade pies for catered events.
4 401 S. MEMORI A L D RI VE | TU LSA Nelson’s has been serving great homestyle comfort food to Tulsans since 1929, and when you visit, it’s easy to see why. Regulars love the daily specials and the good oldfashioned diner food. The place is always hopping, and they’re famous for their generous chickenfried steak. Chase that meal with their homemade pies — banana cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream, and the Friday-only special lemon meringue, which you can enjoy with the Fridayonly lunchtime music that wafts through the casual dining space.
111 N. MA I N ST. | TULSA You can’t go wrong at PRHYME. This top-notch steakhouse draws foodies and atmosphere lovers alike to downtown Tulsa. But a key to dining here means saving room for dessert. Like all their sweet offerings, PRHYME makes their delicious pies in-house. Splurge and get one of each — the chocolate pie with Oreo crust, dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumble and chocolate whipped cream; and the white chocolate mousse pie, served with mixed berries and shaved white chocolate. The chocolate pie is also available at Justin Thompson’s other downtown restaurants, including Tavolo and Juniper.
6 0 3 3 S. S H E R IDAN ROAD | T U LSA Nearly 100 years of rich history goes into everything Savoy does. It’s no surprise then, that an establishment that has been doing things right for a century knows how to serve a piece of pie that will have you looking forward to coming back after the first amazing bite. And the size of the pieces they serve — wow! These are pies Tulsans order for holidays to impress visiting relatives.
2604 N . AS PEN AVE. | B ROKEN A RROW Live in the Tulsa area long enough, and you’ll hear so many tales of the amazing home cooking at Shiloh’s, you’ll regret it if you don’t go. When you do visit, don’t forget to try the homemade pies. Options tend to change daily, and include favorites like apple, blackberry, cherry, peach, strawberry rhubarb, lemon meringue and chocolate. You can stop in to buy a whole pie anytime they have them available, and you can order their pumpkin and pecan pies as part of their holiday catering menu.
6611 S. 101ST E. AVE. | TU LSA WA RREN 1, 6100 S. YA L E AVE ., S UI T E PL 300 | T ULSA WA RREN 2, 6120 S. YA L E AVE ., S UI T E PL 300 | T ULSA A jazz café inside of a furniture store? Yes. It may be unique, but not nearly as special as the pie you’ll get at Sponzs (pronounced “Spoons”). It’s hard to say what kind of pie you’ll be able to get when you visit, because chef Anthony Card always surprises. Two things you can expect, though, are the sweet potato pie and the French apple pie with bourbon cream, which will send you straight to dessert heaven. Enjoy delicious pie and other amazing dishes while listening to blue note and modern jazz, and say hello to the chef.
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The Vault 6 2 0 S. C IN C IN N AT I AV E . | T U LSA A sweet spot for classic American cooking and craft drinks, The Vault is situated in the former home to the First National Auto Bank, built in the late 1950s and in its time the world’s largest drive-up bank. The bank’s onceexclusive Tom Tom room, which served to entertain business meetings, now welcomes Tulsans for food and fun. Top off a fresh, from-scratch meal with the Vault’s Key lime pie, which is a favorite with customers.
Western Country Diner 1905 S. S HERI DA N ROA D | T ULSA People come here time and time again for the all-day breakfast and friendly diner atmosphere, including a server of the regulars named Yoko, but this diner’s selection of pies is especially top-notch. Ammar, the owner, a longtime immigrant from Syria, loves making sure his customers enjoy pie flavors that remind any customer of grandma’s pies. Whether it’s a rich and creamy chocolate or a just-right, hitsthe-spot apple pie, you’ll want to take a whole pie home with you.
White River Fish Market & Restaurant 1708 N . S HERI DA N ROA D | TU LSA 1105 E. KEN OS HA ST. | B ROK E N AR ROW Not much has changed through the years about one of Green Country’s best fish markets. In north Tulsa and now Broken Arrow too, White River Fish Market serves old-fashioned pies that are as delicious as they look. The stars of the show — the homemade buttermilk and sweet potato pies — are as rich, creamy and delicious as anything you’ll ever experience. Straight off a 1953 buttermilk carton, the buttermilk pie recipe satisfies every time to the very last bite.
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It would be hard to find a restaurant in Tulsa with a story more integral to the city’s history than the Savoy Restaurant. Not too long after Oklahoma became a state in 1907, Nick Kelamis left his home country of Greece to achieve a better life for his family in Tulsa. Chasing the American Dream, Kelamis opened a downtown café called Kelamis Café (Savoy Restaurant’s original name). The restaurant, still owned by the Kelamis family, has been serving well over 100
different food items to happy customers at its current location at 61st and Sheridan since 1975, and various downtown locations going back many, many years before. Evan Kelamis, the current owner and operator of Savoy and Nick’s great-grandson, has always wondered exactly how far back the restaurant has been in the family. Like any great legend, details of the restaurant’s beginning have been shrouded in a bit of mystery.
“We put people first,” Kelamis says. “Behind every great menu item is our people. We want to do a few things and do it well. It’s all designed to serve a larger number of people.”
“We’re not a trendy place,” he says, “but we’re operating at a good level. We haven’t approached perfection. We’re just trying to be the best we can be.” Mornings at Savoy, especially on the weekends, are packed with hungry customers, and sometimes there’s a bit of a wait. However, regulars don’t complain about the wait because from start to
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Being a part of the tapestry of Tulsa’s rich history for so long, Kelamis says that Savoy sees giving back to the community as a natural part of who they are.
“It’s been an increasing emphasis for us,” says Kelamis, of the restaurant’s benevolent efforts. Kelamis has served as the vice president and now as president-elect on the board of directors for Tulsa CASA, a nationwide, nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Savoy has also been a huge supporter of the Tulsa Greek Festival and Oktoberfest Tulsa, providing food for hundreds of people and financial support as well.
Although there haven’t been too many major overhauls to the décor of the restaurant, a dedication to cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation are standards held at a high level, year after year.
Another example of Savoy’s dedication to excellence is the chorizo used in many of the menu items. It is done so well, visitors from cultures that traditionally serve chorizo, from Colombia, for example, say it reminds them of home.
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He also says that the staff cares so much about the food they serve, everyone from the top down attempts to do better every day. In a collaborative effort, the staff consistently provides valuable feedback from the front of the house that informs Evan of ways the restaurant can improve.
“We’re proud of doing things the oldfashioned way,” says Kelamis. “My father has always said, ‘No matter what kind of day you’re having, have a smile on your face.’ That’s something we still emphasize.”
Kelamis doesn’t hesitate to give the reasons why Savoy has lasted as long as it has.
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“Many of us have ancestors who immigrated here,” Kelamis says, “looking for a better life, and leaving a place that they loved in a lot of ways. There’s a responsibility to the past, and what they did. I still really value that.”
“We’re still making small adjustments, even after 100 years,” says Kelamis. “Take, for example, our hamburger. Tulsa’s a hamburger town. We’ve gone through a lot of effort to improve it. We may not ever be known for our hamburger. It may never be a huge part of our business, but a few years ago, we asked ourselves how we could make it better. We grind all our meat and we make our own bun. After a considerable amount of time, not just looking at the meat, but the price that came with it, the method of how to cook it, what kind of fries we think we should be using, and I think we have a unique product that stands up now in a town where there are a lot of great hamburgers to be had.”
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Now, Evan finds himself in an interesting dilemma as to how to celebrate a 100th anniversary in 2018, only three years after the 90th anniversary celebration. Exactly how that looks, Kelamis isn’t sure, but he knows that it’s important to honor the legacy of a great Tulsa restaurant and the people who are responsible for its longevity.
finish, it’s hard to find anything less than stellar about the experience the restaurant provides. From attentive servers, to the local and freshly roasted DoubleShot coffee, to the out-ofthis world, homemade style cinnamon rolls, everything Savoy does is done with a deliberate effort to present the best product possible.
For years, the best guess as to the origin of Savoy went back to 1925. So, in 2015, a 90th anniversary was celebrated, where many past employees visited, including former owner and Evan’s grandmother, Maxine, who shared stories during a meet and greet. However, in September 2017, Kelamis met with a researcher — Sheri Perkins with the research center of the Tulsa City-County Library — and after digging in catalogued records for some time, they discovered a record naming Nick Kelamis as owner of the Nick Kelamis Café (originally the Frisco Café) at 16 S. Boston dated 1918.
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CARVING OUT A UNIQUE PERSONALITY WITH PREPARATION, PRESENTATION AND SERVICE, PRHYME OFFERS A HEIGHTENED EXPERIENCE TO THOSE WHO WORSHIP AT THE SHRINE OF PHENOMENAL RED MEAT CUTS AND FINE DINING.
BY DONNA LEAHEY PHOTOS BY VALERIE GRANT
Tulsa is blessed with an abundance of fine-dining options to satisfy almost any taste. If you’re in the mood to be pampered in an elegant setting, served some of the best beef, seafood, and more, all accompanied by the perfect choice of wines, consider heading to the Tulsa Arts District for some “prime” dining. PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse is part of the Justin Thompson Restaurants Group (JTR), which includes some of the best dining to be had in Tulsa at places like Juniper, Tavolo, MixCo, and 624 Catering. Thompson is well-known for his awardwinning approach to dining. PRHYME is a modern take on the classic steakhouse with upscale touches to make it even more special. The decor is refined but with warm touches including local art displayed on the walls, flickering tea lights, high ceilings, and hanging lights. White tablecloths and dark wood chairs complete the peaceful, elegant ambiance. T.C. LeRoy is general manager of PRHYME, the beverage director for JTR, and, like assistant general manager Megan Peterson, a certified sommelier. He and Peterson have led the restaurant since it opened in 2012. Part of what makes PRHYME a unique choice is its knowledge of and variety of beef.
“PRHYME serves not just different cuts of steak, but different types of steaks,” says LeRoy. “We have grass-fed, USDA prime, dry-aged product, bone-in, and bone-out. We also have a very chef-driven nonsteak menu, a more creative menu than most steak houses.” In addition to their attention to steak and more, PRHYME is proud of its dedication to wine culture. In addition to having certified sommeliers leading the restaurant, it offers an extensive wine list with over 300 items and a knowledgeable staff. “We’ve produced several sommeliers out of this restaurant,” LeRoy says, clearly proud of the accomplishment. “They still work for the company.” Of course, an upscale steakhouse like PRHYME serves up a lot of steaks. The tenderloin is popular, as is the filet mignon. “We also sell a lot of the 30-ounce porterhouse. A steak that big is really meant to be shared.” All of PRHYME’s steaks and chops are hand selected and cut in-house. And if you’re not sure if you prefer grass-fed or corn-feed beef, come by on Sundays for a tenderloin tasting. The meal includes a 6-ounce prime filet and a 6-ounce grass-fed filet and comes with your choice of side and soup or salad. In addition to the tenderloin, filet mignon, and porterhouse, PRHYME offers a 14-ounce New York
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strip, a 16-ounce rib-eye and an 18-ounce dry-aged rib-eye. You can choose from PRHYME steak sauce, Béarnaise, veal demi-glace, or a peppercorn cream to accompany the steak. You can also top it with lump crab Oscar, au poivre with cabernet mushrooms, or tangy blue cheese and crispy onions. LeRoy’s personal favorite from PRHYME’s elegant menu is the smoked duck breast. If you’re curious what a certified sommelier would drink with this meal, he’d pick a Northern Rhone. Some of the other nonsteak dinner options include New Zealand lamb chops or a rich lobster and saffron risotto. PRHYME offers a selection of unique and delicious appetizers that include a charcuterie and cheese board, the PRHYME beef tartare, and a unique choice of fried escargots. The most popular appetizers remain the seafood options. “The shrimp cocktail
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and the crab cocktail, as well as the jumbo lump crab cakes are very popular,” says LeRoy. LeRoy points out a uniqueto-PRHYME choice: caviar service. “We serve it with fresh handmade blini, crème fraiche, egg and capers.” Whether you love caviar or you want to learn about it, the staff at PRHYME can take care of you. Ask about it next time you’re in. If you’re looking to treat yourself and a friend, consider the Ultimate Surf ‘n Turf for two. It’s a 30-ounce prime porterhouse topped with lobster, jumbo lump crab and shrimp. It’s a decadent meal to share and enjoy with someone special.
When you’re finished with your meal, make sure you’ve got a little room left for dessert, because PRHYME is not done pampering you. “Chocolate is always popular,” LeRoy says. “So, the PRHYME chocolate pie and the Midnight Cake are the most popular, depending on whether you like cake or pie. In fact, the chocolate pie is so popular, it’s now on the menu at Juniper and Tavolo as well, but it started here.” The bar area is a connected but separate space. “We have a great bar menu with more casual fare, burgers, appetizers, and sandwiches. People can come in after work for a burger and a beer.”
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PRHYME places an emphasis on the quality and freshness of their ingredients. “Our philosophy is to focus on acquiring the highest quality ingredients for our restaurant. Everything is made from scratch, including desserts, sauces, and salad dressings.” Another way PRHYME is unique is the longevity of their staff. “The management team has been here since Day One, and the least tenured member of the team is a server who’s been here for two and a half years,” says LeRoy. That’s unique in the restaurant business and speaks to the dedication of the management and staff. To celebrate five years of providing fine dining to downtown Tulsa, PRHYME is hosting a wine dinner Nov. 19. Get more details on the PRHYME website.
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You can enjoy fried mac n’ cheese, a USDA prime ground beef burger, or even PRHYME’s meatloaf with smashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Monday and Tuesday, happy hour lasts open to close.
MF MASTERS OF FLAVOR While the Tulsa Arts District has undergone many changes in the last 13 years — including its name — one consistent has been Jeff Castleberry’s commitment to serving up tasty, affordable comfort food in the heart of Tulsa at CAZ’S CHOWHOUSE. By Michele Chiappetta
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Downtown Tulsa has seen a lot of growth over the last several years. It’s easy to forget the days not so long ago that a restaurant would justify closing for the entire Thanksgiving Day weekend because the area simply wasn’t busy enough to draw business. Jeff Castleberry, owner of Caz’s Chowhouse in the Tulsa Arts District ( formerly the Brady District), remembers those days clearly. Now in his 13th year in business, Castleberry has watched a lot of activity spring up around his restaurant, which once was on the edge of downtown but is now squarely in the middle of the action. But one thing that hasn’t changed is his commitment to serving up tasty, affordable comfort food in the heart of Tulsa. Castleberry has always been interested in owning a restaurant, though he didn’t start out that way. He went to school in Stillwater, got a job, owned a business, and came to cooking a bit later in life. “I went to culinary school as a pre-midlife crisis,” Castleberry jokes. “I was 27 or 28, and I had worked for Marriott in another division, not food service, for seven years, and had owned another business after that. And I’d always wanted to get into the food industry.” Castleberry saved his money with the goal of one day owning a restaurant of his own. But then he got a piece of good advice, he says, from someone already in the business: start a beer bar first,
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get his feet wet in the industry, and use the profits to fund a restaurant when the time is right. Following that advice, Castleberry opened Caz’s Pub in 1995 — a bar which is still going strong and located across the street from the Chowhouse. (Learn more about Caz’s Pub on Page 66.) “From there, the goal was to get into the food business,” he says. Through a bit of serendipity, he was able to look at the building where Caz’s Chowhouse now resides. Together with his wife, Amy, a fourth-generation restaurateur, Castleberry opened the restaurant in 2004 — and the rest is comfort food history. “There really wasn’t anything like this downtown,” he says. “There was Nelson’s, but they were closing down when we were opening. [Nelson’s is now in the midtown area.] And there was [almost] nothing over on this side of downtown. There was Mexicali and Spaghetti Warehouse, and that was pretty much it.” A comfort food venture in the area made a lot of sense, says Castleberry. And it’s still true today, because Caz’s is still one of the few places downtown where you can get a classic chickenfried steak, pot roast, mom’s style meatloaf and a simple beer in a
laid-back atmosphere where the waitstaff know the regulars, and the chef is always serving up your favorite homestyle meals.
chicken on the inside. The handcut fries are thick and fried just enough to taste good without losing their softness.
With its convenient location near many downtown offices, Caz’s is busy at lunchtime, and with the Brady Theater and the BOK Center nearby, there’s a brisk dinner crowd as well. But it’s not just the location that brings people there again and again. Ultimately, it comes down to great food and great service, which Caz’s provides consistently.
Then there’s the chicken and biscuits — Castleberry’s take on the chicken potpie, without the pastry crust. Instead, Caz’s mixes all the classic potpie ingredients — chunks of tender chicken, peas, carrots, mushrooms and rich homemade skillet gravy — and sandwiches them between mashed potatoes and five-inch homemade biscuits. The portion is enormous and so tasty.
“I always do the recipes,” says Castleberry. “I always like input from the people in the kitchen, and my wife and I sit down and develop the menu and fine-tune it and get to the point where we are now.” He uses organic, no hormone-added ingredients when possible. And customers can ask for vegetarian and gluten-free options when ordering; Caz’s will do its best to accommodate such requests. In addition to Caz’s fan favorite chicken-fried steak, which has won awards and is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, the menu features many other entrees and sandwiches that are all filling, all tasty, and all worth trying. The chicken tenders are large and perfectly cooked, crispy batter on the outside, juicy
The rib-eye steak is also one of their more popular items. The generous 12-ounce steak is marbled nicely and retains a deliciously rich flavor. All the steaks are cut in-house by Castleberry. “It’s a premium product for its price,” he says. “We cut it, let it age a bit, then season it and serve it to your liking.” Other favorites include the Cuban sandwich, Cuban style turkey sandwich, Mom’s Meatloaf, Pop’s Pot Roast and the southern-fried catfish. All are generously sized and have that grandma’s kitchen flavor you want your comfort food to have. The full bar serves a good variety of local beers and ales, as well as several specialty cocktails that are exclusive to Caz’s, such
as the popular Lemon Berry — a hard lemonade-style drink made with fresh strawberries, lemons, Ketel One Citroen and Ciroc Red Berry. Castleberry says that Caz’s also does a brisk business catering, something that allows him to be creative and do speciality items. “We just did a construction site catering for 75 — chicken-fried steaks,” he says. “Tonight, I’m doing a little appetizer catering for 30. Tomorrow we’re doing a charity event for 125, doing rib-eye and tuna. Friday night, we’re doing sliders for 300. It varies greatly. But that’s the nice thing about it. It can be different. It doesn’t have to relate to our menu.” For the holiday season, Castleberry recommends buying tickets for the neighborhood’s Nog-Off Contest, a competition between area restaurants over egg nog recipes, held on the same night that the holiday lights are lit for the first time on Guthrie Green. “The money we raise goes to the Emerson Elementary School arts program,” he says.
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Making a visit or several to downtown Tulsa is worth the drive, says Castleberry. “Come down and support the area. Come down and check it out,” he says. “If you haven’t been down, come and walk around because it’s an amazing difference. There’s always something happening down here, shows to go to, free things to do. It’s been really exciting.”
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JOCELYN ROWLAND KHALAF
Pouring Her Art Out Violinist Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf receives profound
satisfaction helping students find their musical voices while continuing to feed her soul, defying classical labels. by MICHELE CHIAPPETTA photos by VALERIE GRANT
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You may not know this, but Tulsa has been counted among the top 12 best music scenes across the country. Since Oklahoma first got its statehood, many historical country, jazz and roots artists have gotten their start here. Among that storied group of homegrown instrumentalists is Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf, a violinist with chops. She’s played a set with Los Lobos at Guthrie Green, toured with Billy Joe Shaver, and garnered awards with We the Ghost. And she shares her musical knowledge with students all over Tulsa.
Khalaf became interested in pursuing music through her parents. Her father, William Rowland, is an early American music historian
who tunes pianos, plays tuba, and plays a theater organ for some silent movies. He also is a published composer who has sold thousands of copies of his choral anthems and brass ensemble arrangements. “He has even won the Scott Joplin international composition competition twice,” says Khalaf. That musical influence can be seen in Khalaf ’s own career, which started young. “I’m the youngest of three girls, and the only one who showed any musical tendencies,” she says. “When I was 3 years old, I started violin lessons in Joplin, Missouri at MSSC (now MSSU), where both of my parents were attending as nontraditional students. They could tell I had music in me.”
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At the time, Khalaf ’s parents couldn’t afford to buy her lessons, so her aunt, Carol, paid for lessons and a violin. “I have played ever since,” says Khalaf, with groups such as the Tulsa Youth Symphony, Tulsa Honors Orchestra, All-State Orchestra and TU Orchestra. After years of lessons with many influential teachers who inspired her, Khalaf began studying at the age of 16 with Derry Deane at the University of Tulsa. “It was then I decided I wanted to go to TU,” she explains. “I loved my teacher and the program.” Khalaf started teaching private lessons while in her teens. Today, she teaches both privately and in the Tulsa public school system, enjoying seeing her students excel in music and in life. “Several of my private students have been offered music scholarships to play in the orchestra at various university orchestras,” Khalaf says. “My current students are members of Tulsa Youth Symphony, Tulsa Honors Orchestra, and some are auditioning for AllState this year.” Between private lessons and teaching middle school choir and orchestra at Edison Middle School, Khalaf stays busy. But she isn’t too busy to find new ways to give back to the community. One of her favorite activities is the Harmony Project at Kendall Whittier Elementary School. “Harmony Project is a donor-funded program for at-risk students that follows kids from enrollment [many as young as pre-K] through graduation, providing them with a meal, tutoring, and music lessons,” explains Khalaf. The program’s goal is to build responsible, productive, caring citizens, while using music as a means of positive development and social inclusion. It’s an outreach happening all across the country, and Khalaf is happy to be part of it here in Tulsa. “In other cities,
this program has proven to help change and transform lives,” she says. Beyond her teaching gigs, Khalaf also plays in local bands, something she has done since college. “Long story short, I decided to be a classical runaway, a rebel — I joined a heavy metal band called ROOK as vocalist/ violinist,” she says. “We had quite a bit of local success for several years.” After ROOK disbanded, Khalaf played with other local bands like The Pearls and Driveby Sonata. But her most notable success to date has been with We the Ghost, a local band that garnered great success in its five years. Khalaf describes that time of her life as fate. “In 2012, I met Beau Tyler, and we instantly knew were musical soul mates,” she says. “My guitarist from ROOK, Matt McHan, was already in this band, so I was convinced to join based on that alone. I joined We the Ghost, and it was almost instant success.” That success includes six recorded albums; multiple local, national and international awards; touring; sponsorship by Dr Pepper; charting on Billboard in 2015; and playing with Imagine Dragons in front of 8,000 people. “We won L.A. music awards in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, we won a Hollywood Producers Choice Honor,” says Khalaf.
in the process of forming — the X Ohs. “Beau Tyler from We the Ghost, Meggie McDonald and I decided to start a new project,” Khalaf says. “We all sing. I play strings. Meggie and Beau both play guitar. Beau records and programs everything in his home studio — he is basically a wizard.” The band is in its early stages, with live performances to be announced soon. Playing in a band is very different from playing in an orchestra, says Khalaf. “The energy is indescribable,” she says. “Fans show up to shows and you get to know them, and they become your friends. The classical world is a wonderful place, but I am so glad I have explored other genres. I think this is the main thing besides my experience that helps me appeal and relate to my students. I still play classical music. But there are so many valuable and relevant genres of music in addition to classical.” Khalaf also plays violin at Hey Mambo in downtown Tulsa. “I play all genres — classical, Celtic, movie-TV-commercial themes, patriotic, sacred, pop, rock and jazz, you name it. If it has a melody, I can play it.” Khalaf always makes time for new endeavors, especially for her students, and she invites Tulsans to get involved. “At Edison, I am starting the Edison Rock Orchestra,” she says. “We are in need of guitar and bass amps, and working drum sets if anyone would like to make donations. I’ve got over 30 kids enrolled — vocalists, string players, percussionists, guitarists, and bass players. We will have at least a couple of songs prepared by the time our December holiday concert rolls around.”
“It has been the most exciting time of my life. As a band, we endured death, divorces, marriages, births of children, and many other milestones that we made it through because we are best friends. Music is our therapy. Even if we are not in a band together anymore, we all still love each other dearly,” she says. With the breakup of We the Ghost in 2017, Khalaf is looking ahead to other opportunities, including a new band she is
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The story centers around the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin’s bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson works to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy’s historic Civil Rights Act. His early years are also chronicled. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman Rating: R
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Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, and two years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor, held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer Mjolnir, must win a gladiatorial duel against an old friend — the Hulk — to return to Asgard in time to stop the villainous Hela and the impending Ragnarök, the doom of the Asgardian civilization. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Rating: NR
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
A liberal lawyer, Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s frontman, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He finds out some unsettling things about what the crusading law firm has done that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed, and he finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action. Cast: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo Rating: NR
LAST FLAG FLYING
Three men who once served in the same Navy unit together reunite when one’s son is killed in combat and he asks them to accompany him to the funeral. Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne Rating: R
Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn’t hard enough, they’ll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective moms when they come to visit. Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn Rating: R
NOV. 10 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of 13 stranded strangers and one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp Rating: PG-13
Months after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and inspired by Superman’s apparent sacrifice for humanity, Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen (Flash), Arthur Curry (Aquaman), and Victor Stone (Cyborg) to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot Rating: NR
DADDY’S HOME 2
Following the events of the first film, Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays, along with Dusty dealing with his step-child’s biological father. Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson Rating: NR
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, WONDER MISSOURI August “Auggie” Pullman is a young boy
Nine months after her daughter is raped and murdered, a woman uses three billboards on the edge of her Missouri town to condemn the local police force for failing to find the culprit. Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell Rating: R
born with a facial difference who has been in and out of hospitals for years. With the help of his mother, Isabel, and his father, Nate, he tries to fit in at a new school and show everyone that he is just an ordinary kid, no different from the rest of the world. He strives to teach others that beauty is not just on the outside. Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson Rating: PG
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A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Cast: Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Kelly Clarkson Rating: PG
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newlyappointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Cast: Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James Rating: PG-13
A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act. Cast: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kimberly Elise Rating: R
Despite his family’s generation-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel and his dog Dante find themselves in the Land of the Dead. Along the way, they meet charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Rating: PG
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
In 1983, the son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them. Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Rating: R
NOV. 2 Bill’s Thud The documentary, directed by Leo Evans and produced by Clark Wiens, centers on Wiens’s brother-in-law, Bill Pachura, a former USAF F-105 Thunderchief (aka Thud) pilot, and Wiens’ promise to track down Pachura’s old plane and bring it to him in Illinois. Adding drama is the fact that Pachura, who flew 129 combat missions in Vietnam, was in extremely poor health when Wiens set out on what turned out to be a multi-year quest.
The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympicclass skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
THE CURRENT WAR
The dramatic story of the War of Currents between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult Rating: NR NR: As of Oct. 23, movie had not been rated.
More Than a Word The film analyzes the NFL football team and its use of the derogatory term redskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the team name. The event features an all-female panel that includes Sarah Adams-Cornell (Choctaw), Cherrah Giles (Muscogee Creek Nation), Apvlvnev Piña (Muscogee Nation), Candessa Tehee (Cherokee Nation) and others with Violet Rush (Cherokee Nation) as moderator. OPENS NOV. 3 Loving Vincent The world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.
NOV. 16 Follies from National Theatre Live Pre-show with Theatre Tulsa actor Nick Cains for giveaways, prizes and champagne toast. Follies is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. The cast includes Imelda Staunton, and the production will also include a 21-piece orchestra. It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza. NOV. 17-18 Phantom of the Paradise A disfigured composer (Paul Williams) sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. Written and directed by Brian De Palma. OPENS NOV. 24 Novitiate Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.
NOV. 11 Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925) Don Cesar, son of Zorro, is framed for murder while visiting Spain, and becomes the whipwielding outlaw Don Q. Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Astor. The New York Times rated it one of the top-10 movies of 1925. NOV. 11 Weapons of the Spirit Pierre Sauvage was born in a small village in France in 1944, among what would become as many as 5,000 Jews who were helped by the collective efforts of the town, hidden from occupying Nazis by the kindly residents. This is a documentary by Sauvage that explores the goodwill by the people in the village. Archival footage and interviews with surviving villagers illustrate their attitude toward their God, their obedience and the actions that saved the lives of thousands of people.
NOV. 24 All the Queen’s Horses In 2012, Rita Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation’s history, embezzling upward of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in the heart of Illinois. Crundwell became one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeders, traveled the world, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. All the Queen’s Horses aims to illuminate this landmark case and bring to light the blatant negligence of auditors and bankers the public relied on to keep their tax dollars safe.
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