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CONTENTS JUNE 2016
38 features THE WRITE STUFF | 32
Let this list of great Tulsarelated reads be your guide as you plot out your airplane paperback companion, your literary beach read or some fun page flipping at the lake.
FATHERLY ADVICE | 36
It’s time to celebrate dad again. We know … we should be celebrating dad all year long. But since most of us often forget to show our appreciation for the ones we care for most, we need days like June 19 to focus on pops.
GRILLING UP GREATNESS | 38
From burgers to ribs, use our smoking hot tips to take your grilling exploits from not-toobad to lip-smackin’ great.
PACKING HACKS | 40
Vacation travel is exciting, yes. But the packing process can be stressful. To avoid headaches and mass dumpage into your bags, follow these tips to keep your heels safe, your cosmetics spill-proof and clothes somewhat wrinkle-free.
IT’S A COOL, COOL SUMMER | 42
From snow cones and Riverside sippin’ to water wonderlands and taking in nature, the 918 offers more than enough opportunities for you to experience what makes the summertime our favorite season of the year.
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SUMMER RUNNIN’ | 50
Whether you’re walking, jogging or sprinting, lace up your running shoes and get ready to hit the trails this season, either off-road or on one of Tulsa’s public pathways.
PEDAL PARTY | 54
Tulsa Tough is more than just a cycling event. It’s a nonstop weekend of energy, music, food trucks, competition, beer, parties and good times.
ADORING ADORNMENTS | 60
Embellishing your ensemble with jewelry and flashy accessories is a simple way to turn any outfit from dull to dramatic.
MOVED BY THE MUSIC | 62
OK Mozart attendees are sure to swoon to styles they adore and fall in love with new genres they have yet to explore.
GETTING CAMPY | 66
Camping is the ideal summer activity, but the logistics can be daunting. Do I have the right gear? Is this the ideal location? Do I have all the capacity to stay safe? We’ve got ace advice for a better trip.
BURGER BRAWL | 70
The hamburger is a taste we never tire of, and one that local chefs can’t help tinkering with. But with so many options, where are the best found? Well, your order is up, because we’ve found the 34 best patties and buns. Let the burger worship begin.
SERVING OF STAYING POWER | 76
Whether for lunch or dinner, a special event, or just to answer a craving, stop by Brownies and step back in time for a flattop grilled burger, creamy root beer, homemade meringue pie and an old-fashioned diner experience that’s been going strong since 1956.
FAMILY-RUN FEAST | 80
Tulsa may have changed a lot since 1925, but Savoy and its owners, the Kelamis family, have stood as a faithful beacon of quality and immigrantturned-American pride.
ON A ROLL | 84
Chef Nobu Terauchi integrates diverse flavors into a harmonious whole while providing Fuji diners a taste of another world with his omakase offerings and sushi.
NOW THAT’S THE TICKET | 88
From double features on IMAX size screens to moderately priced admission for the entire carload, the Admiral Twin Drive-In delivers a unique and nostalgic moviegoing experience.
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Summertime can be relaxing, refreshing and fun. But it’s also too short. With that in mind, we put together an issue focused on soaking up all the season has to offer, whether you want to bask in the sun, fire up the grill or keep the kids (and yourself) busy all day long. So duck out of work, trade your loafers for flip-flops and put on some sunscreen: We’ll see you outside.
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So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. The mission posed to Rachael Largent 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 May issue of Preview.
STOP #1 We started off at Taino’s Caribbean Fusion with the passion fruit juice,
which my sister loved; she had two. She ate a Cuban sandwich and I had the churrasco and mofongo. The sauce on it was light and tangy, and I couldn’t have enough of it.
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Stop #2 After eating, we headed over to the I-44 Antique
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to Muskogee for the Renaissance Festival. I borrowed my little sister’s Halloween costume to try and fit in the Renaissance time period. I used my last $20 shooting a bow and arrow. We also walked around and enjoyed watching the jousting, looking at the fowl by the jousting arena, throwing axes looking in gift shops. My group failed miserably at throwing axes but we triumphed at laughing at ourselves.
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JUSTIN HAYWARD Brady Theater (Tulsa)
After meeting with the Moody Blues, who were in the market for a new guitarist/ singer to replace the recently departed Denny Laine, Hayward joined the band to complete their best-known lineup. For the first six months, the group continued with the R&B-based repertoire that they’d been known for before Hayward’s arrival. Gradually, however, they began to work new songs into their stage act and their recording schedule. The resulting album, Days of Future Passed (1967), revived the band’s fortunes, not least through the success of Hayward’s now signature songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” This lush, romantic style would become the basis for the band’s sound over the next seven years. And while each member contributed songs and lead vocals, Hayward essentially became established as the group’s primary singer and songwriter, penning classics like “Lovely to See You,” “The Story in Your Eyes” and “New Horizons.” Hayward’s career as a solo artist began in 1977 with the release of Songwriter, which displayed a somewhat leaner and more lively, acoustically textured sound than his work with the Moodies. He struck gold globally with the top 10 10 June 2016
hit “Forever Autumn” in 1978 as part of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album, and then released his second solo album, Night Flight, in 1980. During the next several years, Hayward devoted much of his attention to the revived Moody Blues, who had a full touring and recording schedule in front of them. A third solo outing, Moving Mountains, arrived in 1985 and was strongly reminiscent of his early ‘70s style. In the late ‘80s, the Moodies scored a pair of hits with the Hayward-penned “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” marking the band’s last major chart successes.
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Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters — Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it — raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back. But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing — something strange and different — about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets? With dazzling sets, whimsical puppetry, high-energy dance numbers and laughs by the minute, Shrek the Musical transforms the contemporary children’s book and popular animated feature film into a stage musical that is sure to entertain and make audiences believers in happy endings for all. Featuring all new songs as well as the Shrek anthem “I’m a Believer,” the musical brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live onstage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.
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Vince Gill paid nearly a decade-and-a-half of dues en route to becoming one of the most popular country stars of the ‘90s. Starting out as a bluegrass singer and multi-instrumentalist, he initially made his name with country-rockers Pure Prairie League and spent the ‘80s as part of country’s new traditionalist movement before finding massive success as a contemporary country hitmaker. Gill had strong mainstream appeal, yet enough songwriting chops and grounding in tradition that he could maintain his artistic credibility without being branded a crossoverhappy hack. That balance made him the kind of performer who awards ceremonies can feel good about honoring, and honor him they did: Gill has won more CMA Awards than any performer in history, and his 14 Grammys tie him with Chet Atkins for the most ever by a country artist. Gill issued his debut mini-album, Turn Me Loose, in 1984, with a style in keeping with his recent country-rock past. He notched his first charting country single with the minor top 40 entry “Victim of Life’s Circumstance,” and the following year completed his follow-up, The Things That Matter. A duet with Rosanne Cash, “If It Weren’t for Him,” gave Gill his first top 10 hit, and his next single, “Oklahoma Borderline,” duplicated its predecessor’s success. Though he’d enjoyed some success in his own right, Gill wasn’t really a star. That all changed with the release of 1989’s When I Call Your Name. Gill’s follow-up album, 1991’s Pocket Full of Gold, was another platinum smash, giving him four top 10 singles in “Liza Jane,” the title track, “Look at Us” and “Take Your Memory with You.” I Still Believe in You (1992) made Gill an outright superstar; the title ballad was an enormous hit that became his first No. 1 single, and its follow-up, “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” also topped the charts. Gill issued When Love Finds You in 1994, which became his first album to break the pop top 10. It, too, sold over 4 million copies, and gave him five top five country hits in “What the Cowgirls Do,” the title track, “Whenever You Come Around,” “Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn),” and “You Better Think Twice.” Gill was clearly a country hit factory by this point, but instead of coasting into the inevitable decline, he got more ambitious with his next project, 1996’s High Lonesome Sound. Returning to his bluegrass roots, Gill crafted a tour of American roots music styles that earned him some positive critical attention, even if overall reviews were mixed. It proved commercially potent as well, giving him several more hits, including “Worlds Apart,” “Pretty Little Adriana” and “A Little More Love.” In 1998, Gill released his most universally acclaimed album, The Key, which was both a return to hardcore country and a chronicle of the breakup of his marriage to Janis Oliver. Although country radio shied away from its more traditional approach (save for the hit “If You Ever Have Forever in Mind”), it sold well, going platinum and becoming Gill’s first album to top the country charts. Rumors about Gill’s relationship with pop singer and onetime Christian star Amy Grant proved to be true, and the couple married in early 2000. Gill’s next album, Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye, was largely a tribute to his new romance that many critics found overly sentimental. Gill returned to critical favor with his next outing, 2003’s Next Big Thing, which marked the first time he produced an entire album on his own. In 2006, he released the ambitious These Days, a four-disc set of new material, on MCA Nashville. He followed it with another album of original material, Guitar Slinger, five years later in 2011. In 2013, Gill appeared on Grant’s return to recording, How Mercy Looks from Here, and in a guest duet on Earl Klugh’s Hand Picked, and issued the roots country album, Bakersfield, in collaboration with pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin. Three years after Bakersfield, Gill returned with the solo album Down to My Last Bad Habit. 12 June 2016
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Grace Potter grew up in a family that encouraged her artistic pursuits in areas from music to theater, the latter of which she was studying at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open mic night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. She declined, but when her high school friend and bass player Courtright Beard enrolled in their college, she reconsidered the invitation, and the three of them began to write and perform jazz-influenced songs, with Potter also taking up duties on the Hammond B-3. Soon, guitarist Scott Tournet joined, and the bandmembers, calling themselves Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — thanks to their late-night practice habits — began to think seriously about making music their careers. When Burr graduated in 2003, they decided to move back to Vermont and dedicated themselves more fully to their craft, replacing Beard (who chose to stay at school) with Bryan Dondero in the process. In 2004, they self-released their debut, Original Soul, receiving positive response and comparisons to artists like Norah Jones and early Bonnie Raitt. This in turn garnered major-label offers, but the band preferred to build its fan base by constant touring and festival appearances. Word of their electric performances spread, and shortly after their second album, Nothing But the Water came out in 2005, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals signed to Hollywood Records. Their third full-length, This Is Somewhere, hit shelves nationwide in August 2007. In 2010, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released; Hollywood pulled out all the stops in order to break the band internationally. Over the next year and a half, they toured incessantly, releasing a four-song Christmas EP, a live album in the UK, and a digital download-only set recorded live at the Fillmore. Potter’s duet with Kenny Chesney, “You and Tequila,” was nominated for Single of the Year Vocal Collaboration at the American Country Awards, and the pair performed it at the CMA Awards. In June 2012, a new studio album, The Lion the Beast the Beat, by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released. Peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, The Lion the Beast the Beat received the most attention of any Nocturnals record yet released, but Potter decided to go solo for her next album, 2015’s Midnight. Produced by Eric Valentine, who also cowrote many of the songs, the album appeared in August 2015.
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The arena rock band behind one of the fastest-selling debut albums in history, Boston was essentially the vehicle of guitarist and studio wizard Tom Scholz. A rock fan throughout his teen years, he began writing songs while earning a master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation, he began work for Polaroid, and set about constructing his own 12-track recording studio in the basement of his home, where Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp recorded demos that earned them a contract with Epic in 1975. Although some recording and overdubs were later done in Los Angeles, the 1976 release of Boston consisted largely of tapes recorded in Scholz’s basement. Boston spawned three hit singles (“More Than a Feeling,” “Long Time” and “Peace of Mind”), and shot immediately to the top of the charts, remaining the best-selling pop debut effort in history before it was supplanted by Whitney Houston’s first album in 1986. Despite the record’s overwhelming success, Scholz spent over two years working on the follow-up, 1978’s Don’t Look Back; a perfectionist, he only then released the album because of intense label pressure for product. Dissatisfied with the results, he swore he’d produce the next album at his own pace. As a result, the chart-topping Third Stage did not appear until 1986, at which time only Scholz and Delp remained from the original lineup. When the band resurfaced again in 1994 with Walk On, Scholz was the lone remaining member. Unlike previous albums, Walk On was a commercial failure. Radio and MTV ignored any attempts at singles or videos, and the minimalist approach taken by the popular alternative artists of the era made the crystalline production and lengthy recording time seem anachronistic. Taking another eight years to work on the next record, he targeted the Internet crowd first by releasing a single in the summer of 2002. Word of their new album spread quickly. Delp’s return to the group also helped matters. Secondly, Scholz set his lyrical sights on political targets, going so far as to title the record Corporate America, as he emphasized his disdain for the system he had been a vital part of at one time. After releasing the record in the fall of that year, Boston embarked on a tour that took them into 2004. Around this time, Scholz began work on the next album using the same studio equipment the band had used since its inception. The work moved slowly and a shadow was cast over the project by the 2007 suicide of Delp, but the band’s sixth album, Love Life & Hope, was released in late 2013. The album featured vocals by Delp and was something of a return to the classic Boston sound of the ‘70s. Preview918.com 15
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KIRK FRANKLIN Brady Theater (Tulsa)
Since his debut, 1993’s Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre’s first Christmas album to make it to No. 1, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin’ 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such phenomenal success, it is small wonder that some have hailed him as “the Garth Brooks of gospel.” Still, despite all the adulation and brouhaha, Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian, eschewing the title “entertainer” in favor of labeling himself as just a “church boy.” Franklin’s road to the top, though quick, was far from smooth. Abandoned by his mother and never having known his father, Franklin was reared by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who raised him as a strict Baptist. When he was 4, she paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. The lessons were money well spent, for Franklin was a natural musician who could sight read and play by ear with equal facility. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas.
MAMMA MIA! Tulsa Performing Arts Center
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends — practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya — from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing. The musical includes such hits as “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Voulez-Vous,” “SOS” and the title track. Over 60 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut. A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters was released in July 2008.
TULSA TOUGH Downtown Tulsa
Thousands will climb aboard their two-wheel workouts to power through Cry Baby Hill to nab a podium place or leisurely pedal for fun at Tulsa Tough. This year marks the event’s 11th anniversary and there is much to celebrate. Tulsa Tough is a full cycling experience for racers, riders and spectators. This three-day cycling festival includes criterium races for amateurs and pros, noncompetitive Gran Fondo rides and the family friendly Townie Ride. There are prize purses to be won in the criterium races. Bringing an approximate $1.45 million to the local economy, Tulsa Tough sees racers from almost every state and even some international participants. 18 June 2016
OK MOZART FESTIVAL
Bartlesville Community Center
With a 32-year strong mission to bring the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the citizens of Oklahoma and the mid-America region of the United States, the OK Mozart Festival is back in Bartlesville. OK Mozart is Oklahoma’s premier multiday music festival with professional orchestra musicians, concert artists and musical performances of unparalleled artistic excellence. The festival’s ultimate goal is to be innovative in using the Amici New York orchestra to help grow Oklahoma grade school, college, professional and citizen musicians. Each of the individual concerts that make up the OK Mozart Festival serve as an integral part of the larger annual event, which also brings activities of historical, architectural and cultural significance to the Bartlesville area. These are complementary showcase events designed to entertain and educate festival attendees during the non-concert hours. Not only that, but this widely celebrated festival also promotes international cultural exchange with the music capitals of the world. It works with educational institutions at all levels and offers services that are necessary to enrich the cultural options available throughout the region.
BRIT FLOYD Brady Theater (Tulsa)
Following its hugely successful 146 concert date tour around the globe in 2015, Brit Floyd, which bills itself as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show, returns to North America to continue its amazing journey through 50 years of Pink Floyd, and the vast and incredible catalogue of music they have given us. Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd, from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of The Endless River, this show includes performances from all Pink Floyd’s biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises. Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the ‘true’ live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd will take you on an amazing musical journey, featuring the best moments from the incredible Pink Floyd back catalogue, and combine the latest state-of-the-art sound and light technology to create a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome.
BUCKETHEAD Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
His first group, the San Francisco-based metal-funk combine the Deli Creeps, were a regional success, but disbanded before they could release anything. Buckethead’s solo career has been more productive, thanks mostly to the motivation of Zorn and Bill Laswell, the latter of whom Buckethead has also recorded and toured with in Praxis. Laswell has also produced a number of Buckethead’s solo albums (including Dreamatorium and Day of the Robot) and included him on more than a dozen one-off recordings with the likes of Hakim Bey, Bootsy Collins, Anton Fier, Jonas Hellborg and Bernie Worrell. In addition to releases including 1998’s Colma, Buckethead has also contributed soundtrack material to such films as Last Action Hero and Street Fighter.
Buckethead is one of the most bizarre and enigmatic figures in American underground and experimental music since Parliament-Funkadelic birthed their bevy of cosmic characters in the mid-’70s. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist best known for his virtuosic command of the electric guitar, Buckethead is one of the instrument’s most recognizable contemporary innovators, his rapid-fire riffing, near-robotic fretwork, and idiosyncratic lead lines combining elements of Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrian Belew, Slayer’s Kerry King, P-Funk’s Eddie Hazel and avant-improv artist John Zorn’s Scud-attack sax abuse.
Buckethead returned in 1999 with Monsters and Robots, after which he joined the short-lived re-formation of Guns N’ Roses. A steady stream of releases followed into the 21st century ranging from the contemplative Electric Tears to a more electronica/rock hybrid, and collaborations with San Francisco’s underground hip-hop scene. In the following decade, he averaged a few releases a year, teaming up with dozens of artists, including Les Claypool, Iggy Pop and Mike Patton, and in 2008, he collaborated with actor/musician Viggo Mortensen for Pandemonium from American. A dizzying string of releases would follow before the actor and the enigmatic guitarist worked together again in 2011 on Reunion. The following year, Buckethead released Electric Sea, a follow-up to his 2002 album, Electric Tears. Preview918.com 19
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BRANDI CARLILE Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
A literate singer-songwriter whose music splits the difference between pop/rock and folksy Americana, Brandi Carlile picked up the guitar at 17, having developed a taste for rock ‘n’ roll through Elton John’s classic albums of the ‘70s, and began hitting the Seattle bar scene, playing anywhere she could get a gig (including a stint singing backup for an Elvis Presley tribute act). In 2000, Carlile recorded the first of several self-released recordings that sold briskly at shows. By 2005, she’d earned enough buzz to secure a contract with Columbia Records, which released her self-titled debut later that same year. The album earned enthusiastic reviews, and Carlile was named one of 2005’s Artists to Watch by Rolling Stone. In 2006, Carlile and her band began work on her second Columbia album, The Story, with T-Bone Burnett producing. The record was released in spring 2007 to warm reviews, and the inclusion of its title track in several commercials (most notably a General Motors ad that aired during the 2008 Beijing Olympics) helped boost sales. Give Up the Ghost followed in late 2009 and cracked the top 40, featuring production from another high-caliber studio hand, Rick Rubin, as well as a duet with childhood idol Elton John. Carlile rang in 2010 by issuing a Valentine’s Day-themed EP, XOBC. In 2012, Carlile returned with the album Bear Creek, featuring production from Grammy Award-winning mixer/producer/engineer Trina Shoemaker. Taking its title from the Washington recording studio in which the album was recorded, Bear Creek included the lead-off single “That Wasn’t Me.” Carlile returned to Bear Creek Studios to put together her follow-up, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Opting for a loose and live feel for the album, it was recorded almost without demoing any of the songs or overdubs. The album appeared the first week of March 2015.
STEPHEN KING Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
King is recognized as one of the most famous and successful horror writers of all time. While in school, King published his first short story, which appeared in Startling Mystery Stories. After graduating with a degree in English in 1970, he tried to find a job as a teacher but had no luck at first. King took a job in a laundry and continued to write stories in his spare time until late 1971, when he began working as an English educator at Hampden Academy. It was that year he also married fellow writer Tabitha Spruce. In 1973, King sold his first novel, Carrie, the tale of a tormented teen who gets revenge on her peers. The book became a huge success after it was published the following year, allowing him to devote himself to writing full time. It was later adapted for the big screen with Sissy Spacek as the title character. More popular novels soon followed, including Salem’s Lot (1975), The Shining (1977), Firestarter (1980), Cujo (1981) and It (1986). While making novels about vicious, rabid dogs and sewer-dwelling monsters, King published several books as Richard Bachman. Four early novels — Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981) and The Running Man (1982) — were published under the moniker because of King’s concern that the public wouldn’t accept more than one book from an author within a year. Although many of King’s works were made into film or TV adaptations — Cujo and Firestarter were released for the big screen in 1983 and ‘84 respectively, while It debuted as a miniseries in 1990 — the film The Shining, released in 1980 and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, became a renowned horror thriller that has stood the test of time. For a good portion of his career, King wrote novels and stories at a breakneck speed. He published several books per year for much of the 1980s and ‘90s. His compelling, thrilling tales have continued to be used as the basis of numerous films for the big and small screens. Actress Kathy Bates and actor James Caan 20 June 2016
starred in the critically and commercially successful adaptation of Misery in 1990, with Bates winning an Oscar for her performance as the psychotic Annie Wilkes. Four years later, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and based on one of his stories, became another acclaimed outing with multiple Oscar nominations. King’s 1978 novel The Stand became a 1994 miniseries with Molly Ringwald and Gary Sinise in the lead, while the mid-’90s serialized outing The Green Mile was turned into a 1999 prison-based film starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan. King continues to create and be involved in provocative projects. He has worked directly in television, writing for series like Kingdom Hospital and Under the Dome, with the latter based on his 2009 novel. In 2011 he published 11/22/63, a novel involving time travel as part of an effort to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. King also wrote Joyland (2013), a pulp-fiction style thriller that takes readers on a journey to uncovering who’s behind an unsolved murder. And he surprised audiences by releasing Doctor Sleep (2013), a sequel to The Shining, with Sleep hitting No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.
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G Fest organizers are continuing plans for the inaugural event in honor of the late Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard. The festival is slated to feature some of the biggest names in country, rock and Americana, along with the best up-and-coming and local talent including performances by Kacey Musgraves, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Swon Brothers, Marty Stuart, Turnpike Troubadours, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, John Fullbright and Paul Thorn Band. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The City of Muskogee, City of Muskogee Foundation and Muskogee Tourism fund G Fest through a joint effort. Net proceeds of the event will be used to further the mission of the OMHOF and further develop the infrastructure of the Hatbox complex for future festivals. 22 June 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
The ultimate rock ‘n’ roll session man, Leon Russell’s long and storied career includes collaborations with a virtual who’s-who of music icons spanning from Jerry Lee Lewis to Phil Spector to the Rolling Stones. A similar eclecticism and scope also surfaced in his solo work, which couched his charmingly gravelly voice in a rustic yet rich swamp pop fusion of country, blues and gospel.
After touring with the Rolling Stones, Russell increasingly focused on his solo career, reaching the No. 2 spot with 1972’s Carney and scoring his first pop hit with the single “Tight Rope.” While the success of 1973’s three-LP set Leon Live further established his reputation as a top concert draw, response to the countryinspired studio effort Hank Wilson’s Back was considerably more lukewarm, as was the reception afforded to 1974’s Stop All That Jazz. 1975’s Will O’ the Wisp, however, restored his commercial luster, thanks in large part to the lovely single “Lady Blue.”
As a member of Spector’s renowned studio group, Russell played on many of the finest pop singles of the ‘60s, also arranging classics like Ike & Tina Turner’s monumental “River Deep, Mountain High”; other hits bearing his input include the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Gary Lewis & the Playboys’ “This Diamond Ring” and Herb Alpert’s “A Taste of Honey.” In 1967, Russell built his own recording studio, teaming with guitarist Marc Benno to record the acclaimed Look Inside the Asylum Choir LP. While touring with Delaney & Bonnie, he scored his first songwriting hit with Joe Cocker’s “Delta Lady,” and in 1970, upon founding his own Shelter Records imprint, he also organized Cocker’s legendary Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. After the subsequent tour film earned Russell his first real mainstream attention, he issued a self-titled solo LP, and in 1971 appeared at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh following sessions for B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.
SELENA GOMEZ BOK Center (Tulsa)
Selena Gomez grew up in Texas and got her first break as a cast member on the TV show Barney and Friends. Gomez landed minor roles in several other TV programs, but it was her affiliation with the Disney Channel that officially jump-started her acting career. Guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Hannah Montana paved the way for Gomez’s own show, The Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered in October 2007 and quickly became one of the network’s most popular programs. Dubbed “the next Miley Cyrus,” Gomez began juggling her commitment to The Wizards of Waverly Place with additional projects, including movie roles and a burgeoning singing career. Gomez began branching out into pop music by recording songs for her own Disney projects. She sang the theme song for The Wizards of Waverly Place, recorded several other tunes for the show’s soundtrack, and performed on the soundtrack of the family film Another Cinderella Story. By 2009, she’d also assembled her own teen pop band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, and signed a contract with Hollywood Records. The band’s full-length debut, Kiss & Tell, was released that year and went gold, as did its 2010 follow-up, A Year Without Rain. Gomez continued filming The Wizards of Waverly Place and made her theatrical
debut in the 2010 film adaptation of Ramona and Beezus, but her music garnered just as much attention, as did a highly publicized relationship with fellow teen idol Justin Bieber. When The Wizards of Waverly Place started airing its final season in November 2010, Gomez shifted her attention back to her band, whose third album, When the Sun Goes Down, was recorded in early 2011 and released later that year. She then took a break from music to focus more on acting, with her first role in a decidedly adult movie in 2013’s Spring Breakers showing she could stretch beyond teen stardom. Her return to music in 2013 with her fourth album — the first credited to her as a solo artist — also showed some stretching as she added dubstep, R&B and EDM to her sound. Stars Dance was released in July 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The rest of that year was a bit challenging for her as she fired her managers (who also doubled as her parents) and parted ways with Hollywood Records. She soon bounced back, though, and scored a deal with Interscope. One last Hollywood album, a contractfulfilling hits collection titled For You, was released in late 2014 and spawned the self-penned platinum single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” In early 2015, Gomez guested on Zedd’s hit EDM single “I Want You to Know.” On the heels of that success, she released her own single, the Sir Nolan- and Nick Monson-produced “Good for You,” which featured a guest appearance by the song’s co-writer, rapper A$AP Rocky. The song was featured on the 2015 album Revival, her first for Interscope. Preview918.com 23
BLUE OCTOBER Brady Theater (Tulsa)
Blue October formed during the post-grunge boom of the mid-’90s when vocalist/ guitarist Justin Furstenfeld began penning angst-ridden rock songs. Blue October released an independent debut album, The Answers, in 1998. The band’s emotive brand of post-grunge led to the sale of 5,000 copies in their native Houston alone. Two years later, Blue October made their major-label debut on Universal with Consent to Treatment.
BONE THUGS-NHARMONY Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
Graced with a quick and sometimes sung delivery, along with a unique sense of melody, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony burst out of Cleveland, Ohio, in the mid-’90s with a pair of massive hits (“Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Tha Crossroads”) along with a great first album, as well as a successful follow-up, and then quickly unraveled. Mainstream interest dropped off toward the tail end of the ‘90s, but the group, which underwent a series of lineup changes, continued to release new material via mixtapes and albums throughout the 2000s.
JAMES TAYLOR BOK Center (Tulsa)
When people use the term “singer-songwriter” (often modified by the word “sensitive”) in praise or in criticism, they’re thinking of James Taylor. In the early ‘70s, when he appeared with his introspective songs, acoustic guitar and calm, understated singing style, he mirrored a generation’s emotional exhaustion after tumultuous times. Just as Bing Crosby’s reassuring voice brought the country out of the Depression and through World War II, Taylor’s eased the transition from ‘60s activism and its attendant frustrations into the less political, more inwardlooking ‘70s. He was rewarded with a series of hit albums and singles (surprisingly, many of the latter were covers of old songs rather than his own compositions), and he managed to survive his initial fame to achieve lasting popularity. He continued to tour successfully for decades, and, starting with his 1970 breakthrough Sweet Baby James, all but one of his regular album releases for the rest of the century went gold or platinum, while his 1976 Greatest Hits album achieved a diamond certification reflecting sales of more than 10 million copies. Sweet Baby James was released in February 1970 and became a major success during the course of the year, spurred by the single “Fire and Rain,” a song that reflected on his experiences in mental institutions. With that, interest in Taylor’s first album was re-stimulated, and it belatedly reached the charts along with the single “Carolina on My Mind.” In March 1971, Taylor appeared on the cover of Time magazine, touted as the founder and leading proponent of the “singersongwriter” trend in popular music. 24 June 2016
The first single from 2003’s History for Sale, “Calling You,” became a top 40 hit thanks to its inclusion on the American Wedding soundtrack. Foiled was issued in April 2006 and went platinum one year later. Recording sessions for another studio album, Approaching Normal, commenced in mid-2008 and the finished product appeared early the following year. The tour in support of the album was cut short due to the eventually openly discussed mental health issues of their frontman. They returned with two albums in 2011, Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October (recorded live in Austin, Dallas, and Houston) and the darker Any Man in America In 2014, Furstenfeld recorded and released a solo voice-and-guitar live album titled Songs from an Open Book, which included stage banter about his personal struggles. The full band reassembled for Blue October’s second concert film with the live album Things We Do at Night (Live from Texas), which was recorded at the Dallas House of Blues in November 2014 and released a year later.
ROBERT EARL KEEN Osage Casino (Tulsa)
Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in Texas in the 1980s and ‘90s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits (“Corpus Christi Bay”) and raucous barroom fun (“That Buckin’ Song”). These two song types in Keen’s output were unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Keen wrote poetry while he was in high school, but it wasn’t until he went to journalism school at musically fertile Texas A&M that he learned to play the guitar. He and Lyle Lovett became friends and co-wrote a song, “This Old Porch,” which both later recorded. Keen made a splash in Austin with his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, self-financed in 1984 to the tune of $4,500. He moved to Nashville during the heady experimentalism of the ‘80s that saw Lovett and k.d. lang hit the country top 10, but he soon returned to Austin. Texas landscapes and residents provided Keen with creative inspiration, as his second album, West Textures, made clear; that album yielded one of Keen’s signature numbers, an ambitious crime-spree song called “The Road Goes on Forever.”
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)
“Hey hey, we are the Monkees/You know we love to please/A manufactured image/With no philosophies.” In 1968, the Monkees addressed their own reputation in the song “Ditty Diego (War Chant),” which summed up the bad rap they’d received in the music press since they first emerged in the summer of 1966. The Monkees were talented singers, musicians and songwriters who made a handful of the finest pop singles of their day (as well as a few first-rate albums) and delivered exciting, entertaining live shows. But at a time when rock music was becoming more self-conscious and “serious,” the hipper echelons of the music press often lambasted the Monkees, largely because they didn’t come together organically but through the casting process for a television series, and they initially didn’t write the bulk of their own material or play all the instruments on their records. The fact they later took creative control of their music was often overlooked, and the quality of their music, which featured the work of some of the finest session players and songwriters of the 1960s, often seemed to be beside the point. Time has ultimately vindicated the Monkees, and their music still sounds fresh and engaging decades after it was recorded, but in some circles they never fully shook being branded as “the Pre-Fab Four,” no matter how far they moved from the circumstances that brought them together. Preview918.com 25
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AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL Grove Civic Center
09-11 QUILT TULSA Tulsa Expo Square
REAL OKIE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Honor Heights Park (Muskogee)
TYLER, THE CREATOR Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
ROUTE 66 BLOWOUT Downtown Sapulpa
4-WAY RODEO Mayes County Fairgrounds (Pryor)
SUNFEST Sooner Park (Bartlesville)
PECAN FESTIVAL AND MOCKLAHOMA Downtown Okmulgee
ENTR’ACTE Tulsa Performing Arts Center
BROOKSIDE RUMBLE & ROLL Brookside District (Tulsa)
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MY YIDDISHE MAMAS: THE EARLY YEARS Tulsa Performing Arts Center
LEAKE CAR AUCTION Tulsa Expo Square
THE SECRET GARDEN Tulsa Performing Arts Center
WWE LIVE BOK Center (Tulsa)
(SORTA) LOVE SONGS Tulsa Performing Arts Center
BIG BASS BASH Grand Lake (Grove)
SSAS COWBOY SHOOT Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville) 26 June 2016
JIM SHOULDERS SPRING ROUNDUP RODEO Historic Nichols Park (Henryetta)
INTER-TRIBAL CHILDREN’S POWWOW AND FUN FEST Ottawa Tribe Powwow Grounds (Miami)
JEFF SHADLEY AND THE MAD MEN OF SWING Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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INOLA HAY DAYS Downtown Inola
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HOGS ‘N’ HOT RODS Main Street (Collinsville)
OUTLAW NATIONALS Ottawa County Fairgrounds (Miami)
FORT GIBSON CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORYCLE SHOW Downtown Fort Gibson
CATTLEMEN’S CONVENTION Osage County Fairgrounds (Pawhuska)
KELLYVILLE HERITAGE DAYS Downtown Kellyville
WEBBERS FALLS DAY FESTIVAL Webbers Falls Historic Park (Webbers Falls)
MEMORIES OF ELVIS Tulsa Performing Arts Center ROB BELL Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW Downtown Fort Gibson
OKLAHOMA D-DAY PAINTBALL EVENT The Bunker (Wyandotte)
THE WAY MOTOWN REVIEW Tulsa Performing Arts Center
JUNETEENTH RODEO Tulsa RV Ranch and Arena (Beggs)
WINGAPALOOZA BOK Center (Tulsa)
VINITA ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL Downtown Vinita
FOREVER PLAID Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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2016 PINTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Tulsa Expo Square
BLACK GOLD DAYS Black Gold Park (Glenpool)
DAN MCGEEHAN AND SUSAN APKER: ON OUR OWN Tulsa Performing Arts Center
BEN JOHNSON MEMORIAL STEER ROPING Osage County Fairgrounds (Pawhuska)
REVVIN’ IT UP ON ROUTE 66 CAR SHOW Coleman Theatre (Miami)
GREEN CORN FESTIVAL Charley Young Park (Bixby)
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MVSKOKE NATION FESTIVAL Claude Cox Omniplex (Okmulgee)
THOMAS WILLIAMS: VILLAINS Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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REVEREND HORTON HEAT Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
THE LOWDOWN DUSTY BLUES Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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CITIZEN COPE Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)
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Dad used a long rope to tie our self-propelled mower to trees. It would then mow autonomously, the rope getting shorter until there was a perfect circle mowed. —Debbie
When I was a junior in high school, my dad told me if I didn’t bring my grades up, he wasn’t going to allow me to play in that Friday’s game. I didn’t listen, so that Thursday to make a point he walked onto the practice field with a bat and told my coach I wasn’t playing nor practicing. Removed my helmet and took me by the ear. —Sharodi
When I was in high school, I was watching a movie with a friend when my dad came into the living room, covered the TV with his boxered butt and said, “What the hell are you watching?” —Sarah
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It’s circa 1998 during my senior prom and I’m wearing a tight fitting dress. My group got together with our parents to take pictures before leaving. My dad shows up in his usual fashion with his high-tech camera and tripod in tow. He hadn’t seen my dress yet but when he did, he announced to everyone not to get any ideas because I was wearing a chastity belt under that dress. My face was as red as my lipstick. He always had a way of saying exactly how he felt, regardless of the setting. —Ashley
I jumped out of my swing and landed in the path of fish guts my grandpa was flinging. He turned around and yelled, “Why the hell are you standing there?” —Bonita
My dad doesn’t understand why English poetry places such emphasis on rhyme and meter, so he tunelessly sings mistranslated versions of musical theatre songs that have the general idea he finds poetic, but don’t fit the music. The lyrics change every time. —Tahereh
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My dad always embarrassed me, wearing striped tube socks to his knees with tennis shoes. —Keith
I called it restaurant embarrassment time. It was either too cold, too saucy or he wanted to know where the coatrack was. It was always something, so I named him Picky Peter. Love you, dad. —Ravyn
One time my dad accidentally bought me a plane ticket under the name Abba instead of Anna and didn’t realize it until it was too late to change it. My friends called me Abba for years after that happened. —Anna
My dad cleaned his guns when boyfriends visited; all his guns. That’s me as a teen around 1985. It’s one of my most favorite memories of my dad, but not so much fun at the time. —Karen My dad was so totally enamored of my mom that no matter where he was, even if it was in the grocery line, he was patting my mom’s butt. And the worse part was that mom liked it. —Beth
My dad was part of a local CB radio club. He simply had to give us all CB handles of our own; it was a must. Mine was “Lady Blue” because of my love of cop TV drama series. —Clarrisa
My dad took us to Texas with the kids in the back of the pickup truck bed, where he made a canopy or tent out of it to protect us from the sun and so we could play. Everyone could see us as we flew down the highway. It was embarrassing. —Deanna
Write Stuff WRITTEN BY: Michele Chiappetta
o doubt you’ve seen The Grapes of Wrath, or at least heard of it while studying in English class. Maybe you’ve read The Outsiders. Or what about True Grit? All three of these classics are set in the great state of Oklahoma. But our state is more than just a setting for Dust Bowl sufferers, poverty-stricken greasers and posses riding through Indian Territory. It’s also a beacon for literary minds. Yes, you read that right. Some great artists of the written word have made their home in the Sooner State, many of them right here in Tulsa. In fact, we made news not long ago when popular author Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Coraline) called Tulsa a city of “literary magic” — a place that lit his writing dreams as a young man because Tulsa was the home of R.A. Lafferty, a fiction writer who took the time to answer Gaiman’s fan letter. Yup, we Tulsans roll like that. So, let this list of great Tulsa-related reads be your guide as you plot out your airplane paperback companion, your literary beach read, or some fun page flipping at the lake.
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Let this list of great Tulsa-related reads be your guide as you plot out your airplane paperback companion, your literary beach read or some fun page flipping at the lake.
Hawkes Harbor A graduate of Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School, S.E. Hinton began writing her first novel in her teens. Published while she was a freshman at the University of Tulsa, The Outsiders centers on Pony Boy, a teen with literary talent trapped in an environment of poverty. But the novel you must read is Hawkes Harbor — a modern retelling of Dracula, the book reexamines his victims in light of what we know about PTSD. It’s fascinating, tragic and beautifully written.
Fourth Mansions Known as the guy who wrote Neil Gaiman back, R.A. Lafferty was also a highly acclaimed science fiction-fantasy writer. Living most of his life in Tulsa, Lafferty came to writing in his 40s, but he was prolific, producing 32 novels and more than 200 short stories in his lifetime. His Fourth Mansions tackles questions of the soul with a story about an innocent reporter trying to navigate secret cabals and prevent a deadly plague.
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Good Globe: Time for a Change of Hemisphere Born and raised in Enid, Shelby Simpson’s writing career began when she took out a loan to study abroad. It sparked in her the bug for travel writing, which led to her first book. Good Globe: Time for a Change of Hemisphere mashes the tradition of travel writing with personal blogging, creating a funny, entertaining and thoughtful look at what it’s like when we Americans go places beyond our comfort zone.
The Rest of the Story A Tulsan by birth and a well-known broadcaster for ABC Radio, Paul Harvey was famed for his Rest of the Story segments — short radio pieces that revealed interesting twists and unexpected complexities surrounding the people and events that form the fabric of American life. The Rest of the Story collects 82 of these stories, which cover everything from royalty caught with scandalous photos, an American patriot’s insane spouse, a mystery writer who tries to get away with murder and more.
Route 66: The Mother Road You may know him as the voice of the Sheriff in Disney’s 2006 animated film Cars. But Michael Wallis is also a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist who makes his home in Tulsa. An inductee into multiple halls of fame for his writing feats, Wallis wrote Route 66: The Mother Road as a historical tribute to the iconic highway that inspired songs and novels, and charmed road travelers for years with its magical roadside attractions.
Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness If you like good food, tears and catharsis, this one’s for you. When Sasha Martin began her Global Table Adventure blog, her goal was to make a meal from every country in the world. But as she delved into why this goal mattered so much to her, she found herself digging into memories of the past. Her book takes you through a hard childhood, foster care and self-realization as Martin strives to find restoration through the art of cooking.
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Flying Home and Other Stories Born in 1914 in Oklahoma City, Ralph Ellison was uniquely poised to observe the African-American experience in the 20th century. With a keen eye for detail and wit, he wrote Invisible Man, a prize-winning novel about the search for identity in a country that doesn’t see you. Flying Home and Other Stories is a more accessible read that still highlights Ellison’s acute sense of the racial divide in America.
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Fatherly Advice WRITTEN BY: Michele Chiappetta
It’s time to celebrate dad again. We know … we should be celebrating dad all year long. But since most of us often forget to show our appreciation for the ones we care for most, we need days like June 19 to focus on pops.
h, June. Spring has brought the blooms and the greenery, and summer is about to heat things up. Mother’s Day is safely behind us, and the children are out of school. Now, it’s time to focus on dear old dad.
This Father’s Day, don’t turn to the clichéd tie or cuff links as your gift — especially not when there are so many wallet-friendly, fun options out there to choose from. With the warm weather, new tech on the store shelves, and the Internet brimming with how-tos, shopping made easy and listicles of Father’s Day suggestions, you’ve got a full arsenal for helping you celebrate dad with real pizzazz, right here in Green Country. Yes, you can go local, plan a full day and even do it on the cheap, while still making Father’s Day 2016 one of the best ever. And we’re here to help make that easy for you. Give these ideas a go, and let us know how it works out on our Facebook page after Father’s Day is over.
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Let his passions be your guide
One way to let dad know you care is to connect with him over something he loves. Choose a gift or activity that builds on his favorite hobbies. If he loves beer, visit Marshall Brewing Company, get him a homebrew starter kit from High Gravity, or do an impromptu bar crawl downtown starting at Caz’s. If he loves woodworking, get him that new tool he’s been talking about. Even better, ask him to teach you how to make something. Feed him his favorite foods
As Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation might say, “Feed the man high-quality, fresh red meat.” If that’s your dad, hit one of Green Country’s many great steak places, like Polo Grill, Smoke, Molly’s Landing or Bluestone. If he prefers casual dining, opt for Rib Crib, Fat Daddy’s, Albert G’s, El Chico or Western Country Diner. For a foodie, do brunch at Sonoma Bistro, The Chalkboard, Ti Amo or Hop Bunz. Or go to the Melting Pot for their Father’s Day Endless Fondue special. Take him out to play
Dad works hard all week. This Father’s Day, give the man some playtime. Head to one of Green Country’s many lakes for boating or swimming. Visit Mohawk or Woodward Park for a picnic. Hike with him through Oxley Nature Center or go biking at Turkey Mountain. If he loves baseball, the Tulsa Drillers are playing a home game at ONEOK Field at 1:05 p.m. on Father’s Day. After the game, go for pizza at Hey Mambo or East Village Bohemian Pizzeria. Make him something with your own hands
You probably did this as a kid — painting his portrait with finger paint or creating a picture with elbow macaroni glued to construction paper. But you can make dad a gift at any age. Take the children to Purple Glaze or Tulsa Stained Glass Co. to make him something unique. If you’re handy with tools, build him a bookshelf, a display case for his trophies, a footstool or a wine rack. Pinterest is filled with how-tos for homemade projects.
Buy him a new toy
Inside that tall, brawny man is a 6-year-old who never tires of playing with the coolest new toys. He may not collect Star Wars figures or Matchbox cars anymore, but he still has his favorite gadgets and tools. Take him to Best Buy and let him play with everything. Visit K&N Motorcycles to check out the latest sports vehicles. Or get him a techenhanced tool like a golf club designed to improve his golf swing or binoculars with enhanced vision for those NASCAR trips he likes to take. Do a household project together
If there’s a big project your dad has been planning to get to when he has time, then make time and help him to “git ‘r done.” It may mean rolling up your sleeves to paint the kitchen, getting sweaty in the backyard to plant some bushes, or building muscles by reorganizing the garage. But if you help dad get that household project off his to-do list, he’ll be grateful. And you’ll make some great memories while you do it with him. Say “I love you”
Men may pretend they aren’t emotional, but they are. They get tearyeyed at weddings, carry pictures of their babies on their smartphones and get sentimental when you least expect it. So, when you tell him Happy Father’s Day, let him know not just that you love him; tell him why. Share one small thing you’ve always appreciated about him, or tell him how some advice he gave you really helped you, even if you didn’t admit it at the time. He may go all gruff on you, but when he gets alone, he’ll let himself feel the love you shared. And that’s the best Father’s Day gift of all. Preview918.com 37
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WRITTEN BY: Rob Harmon
From burgers to ribs, use our smoking hot tips to take your grilling exploits from not-too-bad to lip-smackin’ great.
here’s something about cooking with fire; it’s primal. And eventually every person hits the same inevitable plateau: You’ve got burgers and dogs down; you’re fairly solid searing a rib-eye; and you’re a backyard Vincent van Gogh with that barbecue brush. But you’re over that limited repertoire, and you’re just not sure how to elevate your grilling beyond the obvious. Well, it’s that time of the year, and darn it if your neighbor isn’t showing off their grill skills again. You’d be jealous, but how can you hate anyone who makes food that smells so fantastically good? So, this summer you’ve decided that’s going to be you smoking the neighborhood up with a little Sunday afternoon barbecue delight. This time it’s your turn to waft a little something their way to smell Friday nights. But how are you going to do it? Are you going old school with charcoal? Or will you be the backyard chef with the double-decker gas grill? Maybe you’ve decided you’ll establish yourself as the neighborhood smoker king or queen.
Let us help you turn up the heat with some tips. MARINATE
Marinating does more than infuse food with flavor; it also inhibits the formation of potentially carcinogenic HCAs, which form when grilling muscle meats like poultry, red meat and fish. Make sure you keep your marinating time under a couple of hours. Anything over that can over-soften food and result in a mushy or tough texture. And always salt beef a good half-hour before grilling. You’re not flavoring; you’re tenderizing, and that takes time.
Make sure your grill has plenty of air ventilation. With a traditional charcoal grill, this is the best way to control the heat. Make sure the vents on the bottom aren’t clogged up from the time before and pile your briquettes up in such a way that the vents are unobstructed. That way you can quickly open up the vents when you need more heat and close them when you need to bring the temperature down.
The Set Up
Set up your charcoal so that after you’ve charred your meat on the high-heat part of the grill, you can move your food to a low, indirect heat. You can do this a few ways: • Put all your coals down around the outside edge of the grill, leaving a spot in the middle that is not directly above the fire. • Put all your coals entirely on one-half of the grill and leave the other half reserved for indirect heat in a ring of fire. • Or go for a bull's-eye. This is the opposite of ring of fire, with all the coals piled up in the middle of the grill so that the entire ring around the outside is indirect heat. 38 June 2016
Have a good cover so you can cook with convection to get that soaked-in, smoky grilled flavor.
No Lighter Fluid
Even though it’s been used for years and still available, don’t use lighter fluid. That way there’s no chance of your food ends up tasting like lighter fluid. Not to mention, explosions tend to be a bad thing in your backyard.
Weigh your gas tank by picking it up a bit. If it’s light, you’re going to need another tank before grilling. Run out of fire in the middle of grilling all that food for family and friends, and it will be the cook that’s fired in the end.
This is an important safety tip that is sadly skipped by most novice grillers. Test your grill for leaks by spraying the valve, regulator and hose assembly with soapy water. Then, before turning on the burners, turn on the gas bottle. If there are no bubbles, then you’re safe to use the burners. If you get bubbles, you’ve got a leak and need to fix it before you try to grill safely. In the U.S., between 2007-2011 fire stations responded to nearly 9,000 grill fires each year. Some of them were fatal explosions.
Get it Hot
Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature and to kill any bacteria. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist and helps prevent sticking.
Especially with gas grills, fires can quickly get out of control. Don’t just walk away from it no matter how much you think it seems to be under control. Keep an eye on it so that when grease from your juicy steak fuels a flare-up, you can adjust the heat with the knobs as needed.
If smoking your meat is more your style, here are some things to consider to get all that smoky flavored barbecue goodness.
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Every type of wood gives your meat and vegetables its own unique flavor. Cherry is very good when you’re grilling beef and pork. Apple chips are awesome if you want a sweet flavor lightly added to chicken or ham. Of course, hickory is what most master grillers use for standard barbecue. Pecan is kind of like hickory and is supposed to provide a nice nutty flavor. But be warned, don’t use too many pecan chips, because the food can actually take on a pungent smell. Don’t overdo it with the specialty flavor chips. Start small and burn it to see if you like the smell. After all, the smell of the wood is what’s going into your meat, so you’re going to want to make sure you enjoy it or else you’ll have food flavored with a taste you don’t even like.
Keeping a water pan full is very important in the smoking process, so that your food comes out moist and flavorful, instead of dry and bland. Make sure you keep refreshing that water pan a couple of times at least during your whole grilling process so that, again, you keep the food moist and juicy. Adding sauce or juice to your water can add interesting flavor that way as well.
Food should be at the center of your water pan of the smoker if you have one, and try not to peak at the food every five minutes, or else you’ll have to add more cooking time to the process.
LET IT REST
Give cooked food time to rest. This will result in juicy, perfectly cooked meat. The resting process allows the juices to redistribute themselves throughout the meat. Leave the meat uncovered because covering can cause the food to steam and make the golden brown crust or skin soggy.
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Vacation travel is exciting, yes. But the packing process can be stressful. To avoid headaches and mass dumpage into your bags, follow these tips to keep your heels safe, your cosmetics spill-proof and clothes somewhat wrinkle-free.
ith the summer months coming up, we all likely (hopefully) have some fun trips to plan and look forward to. While planning vacations is the exciting part, packing for them can be stressful and even detrimental if you don’t bring the right essentials. We might plan our vacations months ahead of time, but somehow we always end up stressing over what to wear, how to pack it and what to bring just days before we leave. Don’t wait until the last minute to throw everything you own into a bag and end up with a bunch of stuff you don’t need — plan ahead, coordinate with others and strategically pack your items, and end up with all of your necessities without exceeding your weight limit.
Before you do any packing, you have to figure out where you’re going. Are you going to the beach, skiing, Europe, all of the above? Make a list of your essentials, including all that you would take on any trip — toothbrush, deodorant, underwear, etc. Go through your list of toiletries with your travel buddies and coordinate so that only one person brings shampoo, another toothpaste and so on, and this will give everyone more space in their bags. Then add in the specifics for your destination — sunhat, ski gear, super-edgy European accessories, the works. Once you’ve got a list made, all you have to do is pick out all of your outfits and somehow shove it all into a bag weighing less than 50 pounds if you’re flying. That should be easy, right? Planning outfits for vacation will basically eliminate fashion malfunctions, but it can be one of the hardest parts. If you stick to a color scheme though, it’ll make your wardrobe problems diminish once you get there. Decide to either go with blacks or browns (primarily of course) and gold or silver as your main jewelry scheme, then try to stick to neutrals with the rest. This will be a great help during those sticky, vacation outfit dilemmas, where your only black heel breaks and you’re stuck wearing clunky, brown wedges with an outfit that doesn’t match at all. Rather than clashing colors in a fashion fiasco, you can simply switch to the black platforms or boots you brought instead. Once you have your color themes in order, start picking out the signature pieces you want to wear while you’re there: your sequin top, tie-dye maxi skirt, printed kimono, leather or fur jacket. Begin planning outfits around those pieces, skirts or shorts to go with the tops and vice versa, and decide how you can dress them up and down into night or daywear. Pick out a few unique tops or bottoms you want to mix in, pack two pairs of jeans (black and blue), and then bring a couple plain-colored articles to fill the rest in.
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Planning outfits for vacation will basically eliminate fashion malfunctions, but it can be one of the hardest parts.
Va c a t i o n m o n t h s a r e just ahead. This is where you’re going to want to be a little versatile, because you might not have enough room to bring a completely different combination for each day. Mix and match your black tank that you wear the first night, tucked into leather pants over stiletto pumps, with your daytime look for another day. Tie your tank in a knot with highwaisted shorts and Converse one afternoon, and you’ve got two outfits in one. Once you have about two outfits a day preplanned for your trip, grab a couple T-shirts and bottoms for sleeping, socks, hose and undergarments, and shoes for every occasion. Bring one pair of tennis shoes or sneakers, one pair of fancier heels, a set of flats and booties for going out, and a pair of boots if necessary, all color coordinated of course. And make sure to pull your largest pair of comfortable shoes to the side to wear while traveling and save more space in your bag. While deciding on what to wear is never easy, sometimes it is the actual process of packing everything that can be the hardest. Have a bag for your toiletries, a smaller coin purse for jewelry and a carry-on that you can wear on your back — the bigger, the better. Layer jeans and other heavier items first, bottoms on one side and tops on the other; then work in your smaller items on the outer edges. Line bras along one side of your bag with underwear and hosiery tucked in the cups to keep their shape; roll up any leggings, sleep shorts and all of your T-shirts and stack them along the other side like puzzle pieces.
while the bag is being handled, with any flats or sandals you are bringing on the bottom. Pack your socks in your shoes and layer high heels and wedges flat across the top of your bag, facing each in reversal of the other with heels strategically stacked. Leave out the heaviest pair of shoes and any other bulky items, like coats and thick jackets, to take some weight out of your bag and carry them on you, along with your jewelry and other valuables. Bring a large backpack to carry on and stack everything similar to how you packed your check-in bag, and lay your coat or jacket flat across the part covering your back so your shoes don’t jab you. Make sure to carry all of your valuable items on you, in case your bag gets lost, including your jewelry, which will take even more weight off your luggage. Layer in all your excess items and keep the ones you may need easy access to in outer zippers, like chargers, headphones and books. Slide your laptop or iPad between the fold on your jacket for protection on both sides; then, all you need to do is double-check your list, hook on your neck pillow and get ready for a fun and more than well-prepared vacation.
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It’s a Cool,
From snow cones and Riverside sippin’ to water wonderlands and taking in nature, the 918 offers more than enough opportunities for you to experience what makes the summertime our favorite season of the year. Hey, see that funny bright light streaming down from the sky? You’re just gonna love it. It’s finally here. The time of the year you’ve been waiting for; the things you’ve been craving — warm sunshine, golden skin, cool water, ice cream and fresh fruit. The weather outside is anything but frightful, and the summer is far from cruel. It’s a cool, cool summer here in Tulsa, and it’s time you get back to the great outdoors and harness these warm, wonderful months of the year.
FUN& SUNSHINE WRITTEN BY: Ryann Gordon
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From mimosas on Riverside to the lakes and rivers outside of Tulsa, the 918 offers more than enough opportunities for you to experience what makes the summertime our favorite season of the year. Whether it’s the cold, refreshing drinks and light, summer eats or the outdoor adventures and the greenery and colors that accompany them, there’s something about this time of the year that evokes the young kid in all of us. Tulsans know better than many how a wet, hot American summer can be, but we also know the best ways to conquer and cool down in the heat, and live each and every summer day like it’s our last. You’ll see boats on trailers getting prepped for the lake, snow cone lines extending longer than the length of the shacks, four-wheelers, mountain bikes, golf carts and clubs out in front of neighbors’ houses — I think it’s safe to say, Oklahoma knows how to get (summ)‘er done. And we’ve got 10 of the most exciting opportunities for you to get wet and wild, and make the most of your summer in Green Country.
Oklahoma knows how to get (summ)‘er done! Riverside Sippin’
Nothing says Oklahoma quite like sitting next to a river you can’t swim in. Riverside Drive offers plenty of excuses for you to lay out a blanket and do yoga, sip on cocktails or just flat-out chill next to the Arkansas. Grab mimosas at Elwood’s for less than $4 apiece and take in the miraculous Oklahoma sunset and remember why you love this place.
Tulsa is lucky enough to be surrounded by bodies of water on every side; the Illinois River in Tahlequah, not to mention the Arkansas River directly through the city, lakes Grand, Tenkiller, Keystone, Fort Gibson, Eufaula, Skiatook … need I go on? Go rafting, kayaking or canoeing on the Illinois or skiing, tubing or sailing at one of the lakes, or just post up on one of Lake Keystone’s sand beaches. Or stay in town and lounge by the pool; make a trip to Safari Joe’s H2O and see how wild a water park can be.
You can’t miss out on the delectable treats and cooling refreshments that make summer so sweet. Tulsa has a variety of snow cone shacks throughout the city as well as various locations for the wellknown Josh’s Sno Shack and Ink’s Shaved Ice in Broken Arrow. And don’t forget to indulge in your favorite froyo combo from Yolotti, Cherry Berry or Andy’s Frozen Custard, or ice cream and other sweets from Cookie Doodle or Baskin Robbins.
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Conquer the Outdoors
Climb a tree and beat your chest like a gorilla; hike a mountain and scream “I’m king of the world!” from the top of it; get lost in the woods and Christopher Columbus your way out of it … well, maybe don’t take it that far. Find an adventure though — whether it is hiking or biking at Turkey Mountain or camping out for a weekend at one of the state parks — and strap up your tennis shoes and take on nature firsthand.
Channel your wild side for a day and take a trip to the Tulsa Zoo to see their rhino exhibit and marvel at the biological wonders of the world. Or get two in one and visit the well-known Safari Joe’s, which has moved their location to the old Big Splash, where you can now experience a zoo and water park in one. Save some time for the Oklahoma Aquarium as well, where you can pet stingrays and pretend you’re swimming with the sharks.
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918 offers more than enough opportunities for you to experience what makes the summertime fun. Appreciate Nature
One of the best parts of the summer is the natural beauty that fills our yards and walkways and produces a wonder of its own. Peruse the gardens at Philbrook Museum and Woodward Park and surround yourself with colorful blooms while you sip at the crisp, fresh air; or explore the outdoor exhibit at the Tulsa Botanic Garden and admire a variation of wildflowers and over 100,000 different bulbs planted this year alone. Tucked inside Tulsa’s beautiful Mohawk Park is the Oxley Nature Center. Simply follow the signs to the 804 secluded acres, reserved exclusively for bird watching, hiking and investigating prairie plants, aquatic birds and animals. There are no off-road vehicles, bicycles or horses allowed, so you are free to roam and explore on foot.
Guthrie Green, that is. Voted one of the best urban green spaces in America, Guthrie Green offers a variety of summer activities nearly every day of the season. From Food Truck Wednesdays and Fitness on the Green, yoga, boot camps, barre, dance and more, to arts festivals, concerts and movies in the park, Guthrie Green should be every Tulsan’s secret to free summer fun.
Organize a Sport
You don’t have to go through the trouble of finding an organization, bringing together a team, rounding up everyone’s money and hounding them to apply for a kickball or softball tournament. Make the plans yourself and send out a group text — easy as that. Gather the supplies needed for a group sport, even if it is just a soccer ball, and plan a time that works for everyone. You don’t need a huge field either; sports like basketball and kickball can be played on just about any street corner.
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June is a month full of activities crucial to your summer experience in Tulsa. From the Brookside Rumble & Roll (Tulsa) and Kidfest (Bartlesville) to the Real Okie Craft Beer Festival (Muskogee) and the World’s Largest Calf Fry Cook-Off (Vinita), there is plenty to draw you off the couch and out into the world. And don’t forget to make it out to Cry Baby Hill for Tulsa Tough, where crowds of young people will be gathered to watch the racers and chug beers — what they haven’t poured on the riders, that is.
You’re not the only one who’s been craving the sun and fresh air all winter long, so let the dogs out and get some exercise jogging or playing fetch with your pup. If you don’t have a dog or friends with dogs, you can volunteer at a local animal shelter or as a pet sitter, or even go horseback riding at Flying G Ranch, Saddleback or KJM Equestrian — just seek some sort of animal interaction and give some love to the other life forms on our planet. Preview918.com 45
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WRITTEN BY: Ryann Gordon
WHETHER YOU’RE WALKING, JOGGING OR SPRINTING, LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES AND GET READY TO HIT THE TRAILS THIS SEASON, EITHER OFF-ROAD OR ON ONE OF TULSA’S PUBLIC PATHWAYS.
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You’ve been cooped up inside all winter. You’ve been doing everything you can for exercise — going to fitness classes, working out on machines, trying to find the cheapest gym possible. You’re dying for fresh air and that chilly, Oklahoma wind. You need sunlight; your body needs vitamin D. You crave the great outdoors, and your body feigns movement, limitless space and a path to run on.
Lucky for you, your city has you covered on that part, and with warmer weather on the way, it’s time for you to give your body what it needs and get some good, old-fashioned, outdoor cardio. Say goodbye to the treadmill, because June is your month to get back to the great outdoors and return to your favorite workout buddy, Mother Nature. You don’t have to be a marathon-runner to enjoy a nice jog and some much-needed cardio, so take your workouts back to where they belong and enjoy some of our favorite running trails in the area. From short trails that circle around parks to paved paths that stretch across the city, there is a trail just right around the corner for the Forrest Gump in all of us. Whether you have a goal in mind or no particular reason at all, find a reason to get outside again and “Run, Forrest! Run!”
Length: 4.1 miles | Surface: asphalt This hilly trail begins at River Parks and extends across south Tulsa, from Jenks to Broken Arrow, alongside the Creek Turnpike. The Creek Turnpike Trail parallels the turnpike from Riverside Drive to the exchange of the Creek and Mingo Valley Expressway, where it becomes known as the Liberty Trail. This asphalt trail, made to resemble an actual street with yellow lines and traffic rules, runs on light hills through urban regions and suburban on the Liberty Trail. It follows the Creek Turnpike from one side of Tulsa to the other, from the Arkansas River in Jenks and around the southern loop of Broken Arrow.
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MIDLAND VALLEY TRAIL
Length: 1 mile | Surface: asphalt At the corner of 91st and Garnett in Broken Arrow is a quaint park with a pond, playground, light woods and a mile-long trail winding through and around it all. With a splash pad to keep the children busy while you jog, Jackson Park’s trail is family and animal friendly, and perfect for both long and shortdistance runs. Whether you want to jog a particular distance and train or just mom-walk a mile with some weights, this trail will keep you and the whole family covered.
Length: 3.3 miles | Surface: concrete On the northern end of the Arkansas River downtown is the Midland Valley Trail, connecting to miles of River Parks’ trails and Tulsa’s business district. This concrete trail, built along the abandoned rail corridor used by the Midland Railroad, runs 3 miles through neighborhoods near downtown and connects to Maple Park. Another, smaller segment to begin on is at Centennial Park, which includes a pond encircled by a walking trail, and it’s just a few streets away from Osage Prairie Trail and Tulsa’s Katy Trail.
JENKS AQUARIUM TRAIL
Length: 2.25 miles | Surface: asphalt On the northwest bank of the Arkansas River, going across the Pedestrian Bridge at Riverside west toward downtown Jenks, is a short, 2.25-mile trail with phenomenal views of south Tulsa. The Jenks Aquarium Trail, like its name suggests, is parking accessible from the aquarium and runs through the Jenks Arboretum, containing over 40 different species of trees. Or you can begin on the east side of the river and run across the historic Pedestrian Bridge for a nice view of Tulsa and the river that it has been built alongside of.
Length: 8.7 miles | Surface: asphalt Separated into two segments on both ends of the Mingo Valley Expressway, the Mingo Trail runs from I-244 on the northern end to 41st Street, which can be accessed from Hick’s Park, then again in south Tulsa. The southern portion of the trail begins near Tulsa Community College off 81st Street, where it extends to the Creek Turnpike and connects to that trail, as well as the Liberty Trail along the Creek in Broken Arrow. The Mingo Trail has some dangerous intersections on both of its segments, so don’t plan on a fully-uninterrupted jog on this one.
KATY TRAIL TULSA
OSAGE PRAIRIE TRAIL
Length: 8.1 miles | Surface: asphalt The Tulsa Katy Trail, built on the foundation of an old railroad line, runs 8.1 miles between the northwest edge of downtown and Sand Springs. The trail features flat surface asphalt that is easy for running and biking, and long stretches of shade, as well as half-mile markers and water fountains. Connected to the Newblock Park Trail on the 11th Street Bridge that extends to the East and West Bank Trails on the Arkansas River, you can reach the Katy Trail from parking on downtown Main Street, River City Park and behind the Tulsa County Jail.
Length: 3.2 miles | Surface: asphalt, crushed stone One of the most well-known trails in south Tulsa is a 5k that winds through a park, golf course, baseball fields, tennis courts and many meeting points of activity. LaFortune Trail, which you can begin at various points across its 3.2 mile-length, is typically bustling with activity and a perfect place to begin working on your long-distance jogging. Whether you’re attempting to get back into running outside, training for an event or taking a casual stroll, here you will most definitely find more people doing the same.
Length: 9.5 miles | Surface: asphalt The Liberty Trail runs for 9.5 miles between New Orleans Street (101st Street) by Northeastern State University and where it meets the Mingo Trail near Creek Turnpike and Mingo Valley Expressway. The trail follows the south loop of the Broken Arrow toll road until it reaches the university, where the Liberty Trail ends. Compared with other Tulsa trails, the Liberty Trail passes through more green space (toll road aside), linking the university with neighborhoods to the west and providing the perfect nonmotorized way to access the city. The trail is hilly in some areas.
Length: 14.5 miles | Surface: asphalt Heading north, the Osage Prairie Trail links OSU Tulsa in the Greenwood District to the city of Skiatook. It passes through both urban and rural areas, suburban on the southern end and countryside in Skiatook and Sperry to the north. While the portion of the trail that travels through north Tulsa has a bit more intrusions, the northern stretch is more isolated and lined with trees that ensure full submission into nature.
RIVERSIDE PARKS EAST BANK TRAIL
Length: 10.4 miles | Surface: asphalt Extending from 11th Street along Riverside south to 101st Street in Jenks, this trail is sure to be dotted with people at all times, running, skating, biking and doing yoga next to the river. This wide trail has more than enough space though, and its light, rolling hills make it accessible to any type of runner. The River Parks East Bank Trail along Riverside Drive follows the Arkansas River for miles of scenic views and even a mimosa stop or two, and there are plenty of parking lots spanned across its length for easy access to the trail.
RIVER PARKS WEST BANK TRAIL
Length: 8 miles | Surface: asphalt Parallel to the East Bank Trail is the less-talked about, but equally well-maintained River Parks West Bank Trail. Traveling south from the 11th Street Bridge to Turkey Mountain, the West Bank Trail is primarily flat but still a more difficult pathway than its neighbor on the east. Less noisy and populated than other trails in this area, the West Bank Trail is fit for those looking for a nice scenic jog alone, with no interruptions except the sound of the river and the great outdoors. The trail connects to various unpaved trails at Turkey Mountain and to the East Bank Trail across the 71st Street Bridge.
ALSO CHECK OUT BIXBY TRAIL (Bixby)
CENTENNIAL TRAIL (Muskogee)
CHURCHILL PARK (Jenks)
CLAREMORE LAKE TRAIL (Claremore)
COUNTRY AIRE TRAIL (Broken Arrow)
FRY CREEK TRAIL (Bixby)
HAIKEY CREEK (Broken Arrow)
PATHFINDER PARKWAY (Bartlesville)
PEORIA TRAIL (Tulsa)
RIVER CITY TRAIL (Sand Springs)
STONE MILL PRIVATE PARK TRAIL (Broken Arrow)
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Tulsa Tough is more than just a cycling event. It’s a nonstop weekend of energy, music, food trucks, competition, beer, parties and good times.
undreds of bikers from all over the globe are about to descend on Tulsa for the 11th annual Saint Francis Tulsa Tough weekend. This premiere three-day event has put Tulsa Tough on USA Cycling’s national criterium calendar as a tier-one event. Besides world-class criterium races and endurance testing Gran Fondo rides, the drawing power of Tulsa Tough for both athletes and sideline spectators is the groupielike fandom it has built up over the years. It’s a nonstop weekend of energy, music, food trucks, competition, beer, parties and good times under the Oklahoma sun. Each day of races has its own unique vibe set in three different Tulsa districts, showcasing Tulsa’s charm and design. “The atmosphere at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough transcends regular sporting events with the unique personality of each venue shining through,” says Malcolm McCollam, the executive director for Tulsa Tough. “Friday evening’s Blue Dome District is like a longawaited rock concert with everyone eager to get the party started. The party continues Saturday with the races held in the Brady Arts District and takes on a different vibe akin to a block party with people running into friends and neighbors they haven’t seen in years. And Sunday features a mashup of family activities in the River Parks and a bohemian Mardi Gras atmosphere on Cry Baby Hill.” Many riders from around the country and throughout the world look forward to Tulsa Tough, saying it is altogether the most unique and inviting racing event they attend all year.
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Tulsa is chock-full of good ol’ Midwestern hospitality at its finest, cheering for one-andall during the day and welcoming guests into some of the finest local restaurants and highend cocktail lounges at night. This keeps the camaraderie going at the end of each race day, allowing fans and riders alike to form new and lasting friendships.
In 2015, the weekend event saw racers and riders from 41 states and 14 countries. “Foreign racers are amazed to see crowds in Tulsa that rival those in Europe,” says McCollam. “Another comment we hear is that in Europe the spectators often just cheer for the stars and front-runners, but in the U.S. we show our support for all of the athletes, from first to last.”
But the party doesn’t truly get going until Sunday morning when the sun rises over the first race at the most anticipated venue: Cry Baby Hill. Named for the extreme difficulty of the course that loops cyclists up a long, slow burning circuit of hills over and over, Cry Baby Hill by far attracts the biggest, loudest, most rambunctious audience of the weekend. Beers are cracked opened almost before the morning dew has even dried, thus beginning a day of partying, music, dancing and spectating that prompted the event’s popular hashtag #takemondayoff. Voted Tulsa’s Best Party in 2015, Cry Baby Hill will rival even your wildest college memories.
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sports central But how did what started as a simple bike race transcend into one of the biggest, baddest, most legendary parties of the year? “A group of us saw the rabid fans in famous races like Le Tour de France and wanted to create a scene and spectacle that resembled climbs like Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux,” says Andy Wheeler, former director and current committee member of the Cry Baby Hill Collective. “But unlike those climbs where the race goes by once and that’s the last the crowd sees of them, the Tulsa Tough races keep coming by repeatedly. In this way, we can cause a pretty big scene and keep ramping up the spectacle. We have almost lost control a few times but thankfully did not wreck the race out.” Managing the crowd can be a chore because the numbers continue to surge as the day progresses, pushing fans and partiers only inches away from the cyclists going by at top speeds. This is why it is important to “mind the gap” and keep a respectful distance from the racers pedaling their hearts out. But generally the race is incident free, and the day is full of fun in the sun. Should you go to Cry Baby Hill, however, prepare yourself for all kinds of malarkey. It’s like spring break meets Mardi Gras meets The Hangover; there will be sights you cannot unsee, like grown men strutting around in coconut bras and baby diapers. The day is all about letting go and being silly before returning to business suits and board meetings. Last year I personally encountered
a man merrily grilling bacon on his own personal grill while also inexplicably dressed up as a hot dog. He informed me he was actually from Fayetteville, Ark., but had heard Cry Baby Hill was a crazy good time and decided to take part. “We frequently hear CBH is where locals want to take out-of-towners to show them what Tulsa can be. When we unify together, we are better for it. Also, the smile lasts for a week afterward, almost as long as the hangover,” says Wheeler. “We’re not sure how it got as
big as it has. We just wanted to party at a bike race, and people started showing up to watch. Now it has become this whole other creature and we are just trying to contain it.” Each year, Cry Baby Hill also has a theme, and attendees like to go all out with their costumes. “This year the theme is Summer of Love,” says Wheeler. “This includes anything you think might be related to the hippie movement of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s with the exception of Robert McNamara and DDT. Prince and David Bowie tributes are also welcome.” With a costume theme such as this, anything from barely there to birthday suit-esque is not out of the range of possibility. This is Cry Baby Hill. You’ve been warned.
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Embellishing your ensemble with jewelry and flashy accessories is a simple way to turn any outfit from dull to dramatic. WRITTEN BY: Ryann Gordon
T Accessorizing is crucial for swimwear, because there’s not much to work with as far as clothes go.
he best part about wearing less clothing is that you have more room to accessorize. Lucky for us, this is the summer of adornments, and frilly, flowery, flashy accessories have taken over the fashion scene and become an essential component of a flawless outfit. No longer are the simple, slim dress and sandals good enough, and nobody is giving out Insta-likes to a plain, profile bodyshot, unless those hands and ears are decorated with jewelry. Not only is this gypsy trend of excessive jewelry making its mark on summer fashion, but retro sunglasses, flirty scarves and kimonos, polished hats, chunky belts and extravagant, crownlike headbands have become staples in even the most relaxed settings. Accessorizing without restraint has become an acceptable look for most occasions, beyond the upscale, nightlife scene, and you can see women in silky, bohemian shawls with decorated bangles and flowers wrapped around their head anywhere from the grocery store to the pool. Embellishing your ensemble with jewelry and flashy accessories is a simple way to turn any outfit from dull to dramatic.
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For a casual daytime outfit, whether that be a plain, black tank and jeans or a crop-top and shorts, the addition of jewelry and an accessory or two will make a world of difference. Especially for poolside fashion, where a little black bikini might be the only article of clothing you’d want to wear, accessories may be the only area where you can dazzle. As far as jewelry goes, many times we have gone with the idea that “less is more” — I’m here to break you of that notion. Simplicity has traditionally been given high regard for being refined and elegant, but it’s time to start wowing the world with elaborate looks that share more than just our style but personality as well. Perhaps the little black dress is a staple of your closet; snazz up this traditional look with some more modern adornments. String a few different necklaces around your neck adhering to one theme, either all gold, all silver or a balance of the two. Go with flashy earrings if your neckwear is thin and studs for a heavy necklaces. Pick a chunky bracelet for one wrist and a couple of dainty ones for the other, then slip on one to three rings per hand and be transformed from drab to a trendy hipster.
spree & style Jewelry does miracles for the ensembles with the least amount of fabric — we’re talking bikinis, people. That plaincolored, string bikini isn’t going to play itself up, and aside from our natural curvature, there’s not many ways we can add spark to our poolside look without accessories. Wearing jewelry while at the pool or beach may be a bit taboo for those who think that getting ready for a swim is pointless, but the best part of the body chain is that it’s not going to smudge when you get wet. Make up your face with nothing more than SPF and lip balm, and let the jewelry do the beautifying. Hoop earrings, anklets and toe rings make for a simple, gypsy look; or go full-on mermaid like a Victoria’s Secret model with a body chain and bangles. Throw on a floppy hat and a pretty, flowing kimono and live like you’re in West Palm Beach, without the fear of predatory reptiles. Accessorizing is crucial for swimwear, because there’s not much to work with as far as clothes go. Kimonos make a perfect, poolside cover-up, and oversized hats will keep your face safe from the sun while also looking undeniably trendy. This can be said for thin, oversized scarves as well, which make an ideal beach companion. Wrap a colorful scarf
around your head to hold back your hair in the heat or sling it over your shoulders for quick and easy shade from the sun. Then don’t forget your fashion sunglasses; you’d be kicking yourself for that one. Having accessories at the pool will become particularly useful afterward, when you can just throw on a simple dress and be ready for the evening. Keep your jewelry and swap your suit for a dainty cocktail dress and your hat for a flower crown, and go from beach beauty to girly goddess at the literal drop of a hat. Trace your lips with a light color that will bring out your sun-kissed glow and highlights, and leave your hair in a beachy wave for a new level of natural. Once the sun has gone down, pick out some skinny jeans and a chunky, metal belt, or keep the same dress you’ve worn all day and change up the accessories for an entirely new look. Swap your flower crown for an edgy hairdo with fun and funky clips, trade the sunglasses for highlighter makeup, colorful eye shadow or deep lipstick, throw on a choker necklace, more jewelry, a flashy purse and staple heels, then hit the city in style, letting no one know your secret of how your look traveled from sun-up to sundown.
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artlesville is bringing world-class entertainment to Oklahoma with the 32nd annual OK Mozart International Music Festival, June 11-18. The festival’s historic origins from New York staked their claim in the same town that is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s only realized skyscraper, the Price Tower. With its unique history, this culturally vibrant weeklong festival is sure to please all ages and lovers of musical art. Audiences will be moved by the variety of music featured at OK Mozart. Attendees of this year’s festival are sure to swoon to styles they adore and fall in love with new genres they have yet to explore. Entertainment ranges from the free opening celebration concert with Oklahoma’s own Adam and Kizzie, to the electrifying international crossover trio Simply Three, to the legendary New York Jazz diva Catherine Russell. “The beloved OK Mozart festival is not just for academics or classical music lovers. There is truly something for everyone,” says Lizabeth Rolfson, OK Mozart marketing and public relations director. “It is a treasure to feature artists of this caliber — whether from Oklahoma, New York or internationally.” Those loyal to OK Mozart will be thrilled the chamber music offerings has doubled, and all chamber events will be held at the recently constructed Ambler Hall. Winner of the prestigious 2016 Main Street Oklahoma award for best interior design, Ambler Hall offers the ears of classical music aficionados the opportunity to experience chamber music in the type of environment
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green country scene of Oklahoma music and art into one location for the annual festival.” For the first time, the 2016 festival has partnered with the Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS). “Our student artists love to collaborate with all kinds of artists, musical or visual. OK Mozart is a great opportunity for students to show their work outside of Tulsa, and it is exciting to be among the great artists OK Mozart brings together during the festival,” says Kendra Blevins, TGAS marketing and development coordinator. TGAS students will show and sell their work throughout the week. “Having the TGAS participate at OK Mozart is an exciting collaboration and will be a treasure and learning experience for residents of Bartlesville and all festival guests. Not only do the young artists at TGAS display amazing talent; the program is a model for other areas in the state; and it will benefit the region to discover the art as well as the business model that TGAS represents,” Rolfson says. Even with all of the additions moving forward, OK Mozart will always keep strong ties to its past. “The festival will hold new attractions each year while always keeping a connection with New York to pay homage to the festival’s roots through musical selection or guest artists,” Rolfson says. “The 2016 festival is a reflection of the past and a celebration of the future.”
for which the music was made. “We anticipate that this year’s festival will foster a great public appreciation for the acoustic classical chamber music venue as OK Mozart presents Miró Quartet, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble and members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic to play in this elegant, intimate space,” Rolfson says. First-time visitors will be amazed at the quality of music and art. There will be more than 90 musical showcases, cultural and educational events for all festival guests to enjoy. Families will find a wide variety of events and activities to do with their children as well. OK Mozart kicks off with the 5K Trail Run for adults and the Fun Run for children. Festival organizers expanded the Especially For Kids events to include puppet shows from Kansas City’s Stone Lion Puppet Theater featuring Armando the Pirate, educational activities at the Bartlesville Public Library and daily prize drawings and giveaways specifically for children. With 31 years of bringing classical music to Oklahoma, OK Mozart continues to grow and bring in more community partners. “The benefit of adding community partners to the festival is enormous — community participation breeds success both in attendance and in festival quality,” Rolfson says. “We are thankful arts organizations in the state of Oklahoma and surrounding areas have embraced our new Oklahoma focus and are thrilled to bring the best 64 June 2016
Part of OK Mozart’s future includes an increase in variety and performances by some of the best Oklahoman musicians. Audiences will hear from the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Corky Davis and Cowboy Swing, OKC Brass Quintet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Metro Sound: Lady Barber Shop, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Signature Symphony of TCC, only to name a few. Other festival highlights include Founder’s Chorus and A Cappella Federation, Pro Musica Tulsae, clarinetist David Carter and conductors Daniel Hege, Andres Franco and Lauren Green. “The arts organizations throughout Oklahoma have embraced our new focus and have been wonderfully supportive. There is much to celebrate here in Oklahoma, and the OK Mozart Festival will be great this year and even better the next,” Rolfson says.
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okmozart.com June 11-18 Single and season tickets are available online or at the OK Mozart box office located at 415 S. Dewey in Bartlesville (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). The box office will open one hour before each show.
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WRITTEN BY: Donna Leahey
Camping is the ideal summer activity, but the logistics can be daunting. Do I have the right gear? Is this the ideal location? Do I have all the capacity to stay safe? We’ve got ace advice for a better trip.
a m p i n g season is here. T he g reat outdoor s is calling for you. T he s k y is bl u e, the leaves are g reen, and if you’re not careful, that bright yellow Okl a h o m a sun will tur n your skin red. W hether you’re an ex perienc ed c a m p er or a camping newbie, you can always find a way to be safer or en h a n c e your fun while enjoying natural Green Countr y. And you don’t have to be Grizzly Adams to make the most of your outdoor adventure. Many parks and private campgrounds across the state have drive-in sites, and many are equipped with water spigots, picnic tables, barbecue pits and even electric hookups. Lakes and trailheads are steps away. Simply park, pitch your tent, and toss your sleeping bags inside your tent. The car serves as a secure storage unit as you explore the wilderness. If you run out of milk or someone comes down with a fever in the middle of the night, you can get back to civilization — pronto. In the morning, fire up a propane stove and whip up the hot cocoa and oatmeal — or pile into the car and head to the nearest pancake house. Camping experts also agree that planning is the key to a better camping trip. “Know the area where you will be camping and the layout of the campground or park,” says Keli Clark, marketing coordinator for Oklahoma State
Parks. “Before you arrive, know the rules of the campground. For instance, are pets allowed? Will the gates be locked after dark? Are campfires allowed?” Camping enthusiast Erin Cochran agrees. “The best camping trips are the ones where you are prepared for everything and willing to accept whatever happens,” she says. “Research the campground you are staying in to see if they have specific rules for vehicles, fires, cooking, cleaning, bathrooms and for activities they provide. Also, make sure you know what kind of weather to expect. Plan well, but be willing to be spontaneous and change with the situations presented.” Backwoods general manager Richard Mangold advises to hope for the best and plan for the worst. “Plan everything and expect it all to go wrong. Imagine the very worst possible things that could happen and plan on all of them happening at the same time,” he says. “Then plan how you are going to react to and resolve the issues that do come up. This way you already have an idea of what you are going to do if a problem arises, and if and when only one thing doesn’t go as planned, it won’t seem as bad because everything else is working out.” Proper equipment goes a long way to make the camping experience both safer and more fun. “Tent campers need light sources (lanterns), ice chests for storing food and bedrolls for sleeping,”
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green country scene The best camping trips are the ones where you are prepared for everything and willing to accept whatever happens. Clark suggests. “RV campers are self-contained so they would not need to bring as much portable equipment.” If you are a novice in the camping world, consider renting equipment. Renting gear is a great idea, because if it turns out you hate camping, you will not have dropped upward of $1,000 on tents, sleeping bags and propane grills. In addition to proper footwear, Mangold also suggests campers bring a first-aid kit, at least two ways to make fire, at least two ways to get clean water, basic rain gear, compass and food and clothing appropriate to your trip. “Bring an ax or hatchet, water bucket, rope, clothespins, cook stove with extra fuel, chairs, shovel, hand shovel, towels, water, long handled utensils/marshmallow sticks, bug spray and sun screen,” Cochran adds. However, Cochran also says some items are not worth the expense. So don’t bother with fans or air conditioners for tents or port-a-potties. You don’t need three-room tents since you don’t spend much time in them except to sleep and you won’t be in them if a storm comes anyway.
impacts on the environment. Carving names or initials in anything is a major don’t. Not only can it ruin the experience for other people, but it can affect access as well. Plenty of privately-owned and public-access areas have been shut down after too many visitors carved their names on trees or rocks.” Get out and explore Oklahoma this summer. Cochran loves the Oklahoma park system. “The varieties of parks to camp in the state are amazing. Woodlands, desert, prairies, lakes, mountains, wildlife ... Whatever you want, you can find.” Clark loves the whole experience of being outdoors. “The sights and sounds of the night, tree frogs, crickets and hoot owls are my favorite sounds, and lying back looking at the bright stars in the sky is amazing. I love the different landscapes and terrain this state has to offer.” Take the advice of these expert campers. Plan ahead, bring the right equipment, and you could be enjoying Oklahoma’s diverse environments, beauty and wildlife yourself.
While enjoying the outdoors, there are some things to avoid. Don’t hike alone. Never walk away and leave a fire going. Be considerate of your fellow campers and don’t play loud music or be too raucous at night. “One loud sound system or overly rambunctious joke teller can severely mar the serenity of camping,” says Mangold. “Leaving trash around is one of the biggest don’ts out there. It blemishes the experience for everyone else and has major
g Campin Tips • Size up when buying a tent: choose a six-person for a family of four. • A dome tent gives you more headroom; straight-walled tents have more shoulder room. • Set the tent on a ground cloth 1 inch shorter than its perimeter. • For children, choose an allsynthetic bag that’s good to 40 degrees (fine for summer). A rectangular bag with a full-length zipper can be opened and used as a group coverlet. • Keep flaps open as much as possible for ventilation; your warmth comes from the sleeping bag. A self-inflating foam core pad will be less clammy than an air mattress. • Some state parks no longer allow you to build open fires. If regulations put the kibosh on your barbecue, a simple propane-fueled camp stove won’t cramp your hot-dogs- and marshmallows-onsticks routine, and is awesome for mornings when you want to boil water for coffee — fast. • Freeze hot dogs and sausages at home and pack them in the cooler while still frozen. By the time you’re ready to cook the next night, they’ll have thawed some but will still be safe to eat. • Use space-saving Ziploc bags for everything from soap and dish sponges to the brown sugar and raisins for sprinkling on oatmeal. • Stringing up a tarp near your tent will give your gang a place to hang out when it rains. • Tie nylon rope between two trees and use as it a clothesline for wet towels and swimsuits. • For night exploring, use a headlamp instead of a flashlight. • Go camping with another family, or let your children bring a friend or two. Share the chores — and the adventure. • Be safe by keeping your distance from wildlife. Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. Do not bring wild animals into your tent or trailer and do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Some diseases that infect animals can cause illness in people. Preview918.com 67
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Burger The hamburger is a taste we never tire of, and one that local chefs can’t help tinkering with. But with so many options, where are the best found? Well, your order is up, because we’ve found the 34 best patties and buns. Let the burger worship begin.
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he hamburger. So elegant in its simplicity, with its mix of beef, buns and condiments, so easy to hold in your hand as you eat. It’ hard to believe this favorite of American meals has been popular only since it was introduced at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. How did the Neanderthals eat? It’s crazy! What’s more American than the hamburger? This culinary icon is deeply embedded in our culture. It’s been immortalized in countless movies and television shows. And since we’re a nation of individuals, it seems fitting
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that the variety of hamburgers available is as colorful and wide ranging as our imaginations will allow. Whether you’re hungry for a traditional burger or something out of the ordinary, there are many appetizing choices. Seriously, the burger is almost a food group of its own, and we love to eat them. There’s even a National Hamburger Day (Aug. 2), but you can start celebrating early with our tips on where to go for the king of sandwiches. We spent plenty of time devouring every burger we could get our hands
on, rating them on the meatiness of their patties, the creativity of their toppings, and, really, just their degree of awesomeness. Some of the joints on our list offer contemporary, hip twists to the backyard barbecue maker, while others are old-fashioned Route 66-style locales you must visit at least once, though they’re so good that you’ll be back for more. You can’t go wrong with any of the places on this list. Try ‘em all before summer ends, and take pictures to share with us on Facebook so we can celebrate the burger with you.
Here, we present Green Country’s best burger joints and restaurants.
ARNOLD’S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS
1722 W. 51st | Tulsa West of the Arkansas River on 51st Street, the guys at Arnold’s have duplicated that eat-in 1950s diner feel to a ‘t,’ straight down to the jukebox and the leather booths. But it’s not just glitz and glamour. The burgers, especially the one that loads on extra bacon and extra cheese, are what make the visit totally worth it. Also, the service and the amazing malts they serve will bring you back again so fast your head will spin.
BAKER ST. PUB & GRILL
6620 S. Memorial | Tulsa The atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in London, with plenty of TV screens to watch the game. Their fresh, homemade sirloin burgers come in five versions — Spicy Avocado, Sriracha Ranch, Bacon Cheddar, the Elementary and The Big English, which comes with a fried egg (a favorite of the Brits), bacon, caramelized onions and a thick slice of cheddar. With a name like Baker St., you might just see Sherlock Holmes chowing down too.
BROWNIES GOURMET BURGERS
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2130 S. Harvard | Tulsa 6577 E. 71st | Tulsa This place is a Tulsa institution. With Brownies, when we say cheeseburger, we mean cheeeeeseburger (emphasis on the cheese, if you couldn’t tell). And with their excellent old-fashioned prices as well as their old-fashioned cooking, you will always satisfy your belly and your budget. Get the amazing onion rings or cheesy freedom fries with your meal. And never forget to get a piece of meringue pie and the one-of-a-kind, bottomless homemade root beer.
1730 Utica Square | Tulsa Brownies Gourmet Burgers (BGB to the hip) has well-earned popularity. This small eatery tucked in amongst Utica Square’s shops is the beacon of sophisticated burgers. They use a unique blend of brisket, short rib and chuck to make their patties, but they don’t stop there. Their burger toppings have to be seen to be believed; portions are sizable enough to make two meals. Their homemade ketchup is delicious, and don’t leave without a piece of fresh pie or some famous homemade Brownies root beer.
CAZ’S CHOWHOUSE BLUE ROSE
1924 Riverside | Tulsa Nothing beats the Blue Rose for its scenic location while you enjoy a tasty casual meal and a few beers. This attractive, beach-style restaurant/bar is situated along the Arkansas River, affording you a great view as you enjoy their patio seating. Several nights they have live music. Enjoy the tunes and the view with that special someone, and have the Blue Rose’s famous cheese fries along with their classic burger.
18 E. Brady | Tulsa Caz’s Chowhouse is traditionally known around town as the home on Brady for some of Tulsa’s best comfort food, but if you’re thinking that a juicy burger isn’t included on that list, you may need to think again. The Big C, with two half-pound patties, double cheese, bacon and all the fixings is the kind of comfort food that will make you loosen your belt. If rich and marbly beef is more your style, order the Akaushi burger. This tender, flavorful beef is produced in Japan. Caz’s flame grills it to your preference and serves it on a brioche bun.
3834 S. Peoria | Tulsa A Brookside favorite with its classic, stainless steelon-the-grill burger-joint atmosphere and an even better burger experience, Claud’s is an absolute must-eat. The chefs cook the patties by the sound of their sizzle, and when they’re done, oh boy — they’re exactly the 1950s burgers some of our reader’s grandparents will remember skipping out of class to get their hands (and mouths) on. And since it’s an old Route 66 mainstay, you can be a part of history by eating there.
6812 S. 105th | Tulsa Top-shelf margaritas, tasty wine, a variety of beers and games — that’s what you think about when you hear Dave and Buster’s, but the burgers here are legendary. Both the classic Buster’s and the BLT turkey can come with the applewood smoked bacon if requested and if you’ve never tried it, you have to trust us, you will not be disappointed. Or try the Maker’s Mark, smothered in bourbon sauce on a toasted brioche bun. You can’t get it at any other burger joint.
FAT DADDY’S PUB AND GRILLE
8056 S. Memorial | Tulsa You can get anything you want, and fast, at Fat Daddy’s but their burgers will have you taking your sweet time, savoring every single bite. Each of their burgers puts its own twist on the meat eater's love affair with beef. The Black and Bleu is a blackened patty absolutely covered in bleu cheese crumbles. The Swisshroom is just what it says but the perfectly sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese make an unexpectedly great combo. The Firecracker’s awesomely sautéed jalapenos smothered with the cheesiest pepper jack cheese will set your world on fire. Preview918.com 71
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BGB BROWNIE GOURMET BURGERS “Well Dressed Burgers”
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started something that Tulsa has never been able to quit — a love for good old-fashioned, fresh-made daily, buns-a-tad-greasy burgers with a little extra seasoning that has remained a secret to this day. Go get you one right now. They’re still as good as you remembered.
FAT GUYS BURGER BAR
140 N. Greenwood | Tulsa 7945 S. Memorial | Tulsa 1009 N. Elm | Broken Arrow “Home of the fat and juicy” — beef, that is — Fat Guys Burger Bar is not for the faint of heart. Their burgers are actually two patties grilled together with butter and cheese between them to delight your taste buds. Worry about your waistline later. Feeling bold? Bring your buddies and take on the Burger Bar Challenge — eat a burger loaded with bacon and cheese, two hot dogs, and a pound of fries in one sitting and get your picture on their Wall of Fat.
8108 E. 61st | Tulsa Classically known for wings and a couple other things, Hooters has surprisingly tasty burgers, making it great for a bros’ night out. The Mushroom Swiss always hits the spot. Their Western BBQ burger, made with the bold, sweet flavor of jackaroo sauce is worth a try just for the sauce alone. The Bleu Cheese, topped with bleu cheese crumbles, is literally “melt-in-your-mouth” good. Go big with the Big Baja and challenge your taste buds with jalapenos, salsa and cheese.
JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE
409 E. 1st | Tulsa 7031 S. Zurich | Tulsa Now you know where the term “pub” comes from. McNellie’s is a great example, with its dark paneled wood, heavy tables and a bar loaded with beer choices, both local and imported, crafted and otherwise. Their Charburger is a local favorite — 8 ounces of ground beef, seasoned and served with pickles, shredded lettuce and tomato. Get a side of their sweet potato fries with their house ranch dressing for dipping sauce, and save room for the carrot cake, which is among the best in town.
FLO’S BURGER DINER
19322 E. Admiral | Catoosa This friendly diner will take you back to the 1950s, when burger joints were all the rage. Flo’s is known for their home-cooked burgers and fresh cut fries so good, you’ll wonder why you don’t stop by more often. Customers love the diner’s kitschy, old-fashioned feel and the atmosphere as much as the fresh patties and fried mushrooms. If you like jalapeño poppers, try a side of the Bob Sauce, made with cream cheese, jalapeños and bacon. It’s great on fries or on your burger.
HOP BUNZ CRAFTED BURGERS & BEER
432 S. Sheridan | Tulsa Established originally as Johney’s Jip Joint, Harden’s has been around since 1939, yet it’s only on its third set of owners. The first owner, Johney Harden,
3330 S. Peoria | Tulsa A popular Brookside haunt, Hop Bunz serves up burgers and booze in hip, breezy style. Their Black Angus beef is ground in-house daily, the “bunz” are baked fresh, and they handcraft their dipping sauces. It’s a tasty way to hang with your besties or plus one. Test drive their Drunken Goober, a juicy patty topped with peanut butter, cabernet jam, bacon and caramelized onions. They also serve chicken, shrimp, turkey and veggie burgers, as well as Kobe beef hot dogs and salads.
RON’S HAMBURGERS & CHILI
Multiple locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso You simply cannot talk Tulsa and hamburgers in the same sentence without mentioning Ron’s. Generations of burger-eaters would wholeheartedly agree with us on this one. The owner, Ron himself, just celebrated his 80th birthday in April and finished up his 40th year in business last year. The original location was on 15th and Harvard, but Ron’s has expanded into one of Tulsa’s own homegrown business successes. Don’t leave without trying the chili and the fries, both of which are customer favorites. Preview918.com 73
CROW CREEK TAVERN 3534 S. Peoria | Tulsa
FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES 9635 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
GOLDIE’S PATIO GRILL
Locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bartlesville, Claremore and Pryor
SMOKE. ON CHERRY STREET
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa There are plenty of high-end eateries that slap a $12-$15 price tag on a mediocre burger and call it upscale. SMOKE. is not one of them. At SMOKE. you can’t go wrong with any of the sized-to-impress steak dishes that are cooked to order on a wood fire grill. But at lunch and brunch, don’t overlook Chef Erik Reynolds’ Black Angus burger. A grounded blend of rib eye, tenderloin and brisket, the expertly seasoned, flavor-packed patty topped your way comes paired with addictive fries for burger nirvana. All of the meat at SMOKE. is sustainably raised, hormone and antibiotic free, and hand cut in-house daily.
SONOMA BISTRO & WINE BAR
3523 S. Peoria | Tulsa Burgers on the patio? We’re in. Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar has fabulous sidewalk seating perfect for a meal, conversation and people watching on a breezy afternoon in Brookside. And their burgers definitely deserve more attention, especially the habañero apricot burger served with provolone, avocado, red onion and apricot habañero glaze on a toasted ciabatta. Perfect with some wine, beer or one of Sonoma’s specialty cocktails.
7007 S. Memorial | Tulsa They use fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch recipes to give you something to fill your belly while you have a night out with the guys. Plus, you can take advantage of their 2-7 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. happy hours to get $1 off drafts with your meal.
HANK’S HAMBURGERS 8933 E. Admiral | Tulsa
KILKENNY’S IRISH PUB 1413 E. 15th | Tulsa
WESTERN COUNTRY DINER
1905 S. Sheridan | Tulsa Ask anybody who’s been there and they will tell you that what you get for the price at Western Country Diner is unbelievable. The home cooked breakfasts, the savory sweet desserts, the enormous chickenfried steak and even larger rolls are everything you would expect and more, but the open face Texas burger with chili, cheese, jalapeno and onions is not only worth the price, it’s a country-burger experience with a goodness that stands alone.
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2906 W. Edison | Tulsa Ted’s has been a staple in west Tulsa for over 50 years, and its customers are highly loyal. Among the reasons people go back again and again — Ted’s has delicious old-fashioned cheeseburgers, gravy fries and a variety of shakes that come in flavors expected — vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — and unexpected — pineapple, butterscotch and cherry. They make their onion rings daily, another local favorite. And you can wander over to the nearby Gilcrease to sit outside with your meal on a sunny day. 74 June 2016
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TY’S HAMBURGERS 1534 S. Harvard | Tulsa
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rownies is a Tulsa tradition, dating back to 1956, and stepping through the doors into a diner with green booths and counter seating feels like you’re stepping back in time to the ‘50s to enjoy a burger and a malt. With locations at 21st and Harvard and at 71st and Sheridan, Brownie’s is worth the easy drive to enjoy their classic menu of burgers, freedom fries, onions rings, beef stew and more. “Brownies is a Tulsa Icon,” says Debra Oakley, who manages and co-owns both locations with her husband, Dusty. “When we purchased it we didn’t try to make it our own, we wanted it to keep going the same as it had been. We know we’re doing it right if people say it’s the same as it was when they were a kid.” Oakley has kept the same menu, the same traditions, but added a few new items like the sweet and savory Theta burger, malts and shakes. Bill Bowen and Ed Mandor opened the first location on Harvard in 1956. “Everybody loved Bill and Ed,” says Oakley. “Bill was a real character. He would tease and joke around. People came into Brownies not just for the
food, but for a show.” One year after Bowen died in 2009, Mandor sold the business. The Oakleys have been running the place since 2010. “We make the burgers on the flattop grill with the onions fried into the patty; the same as
Bill and Ed did,” says Oakley. “People used to say you got your burger their way, but now you can get lettuce and tomato on your burger. We cut the fries fresh every day in the restaurant. We still call them freedom fries. Bill and Ed changed the name during the Gulf War when France wouldn’t let U.S. planes cross their airspace, and they never changed it back. “The name Brownies came from a burger stand across the street from a barbecue place owned by Bill and Ed. When the stand closed, Bill bought the sign and the recipes. Since the sign already said Brownies, they decided, ‘Let’s go with it.’” Brownies is a uniquely Tulsa tradition, but what makes it so unique? “There’s the homemade root beer,” says Oakley. “We still use the same recipe Bill used from the beginning. There’s the history. Brownies is a Tulsa icon. People still come in talking about Bill and Ed. And it’s generational. We have grandparents bringing their grandkids in and telling them how they used to come in when they were children.” Besides the burgers, the most popular items at Brownies are the homemade meringue pies. “The recipes came from a woman named Mrs. Peace. They were using her recipes when Bill and Ed were here, and we’ve been using her recipes all along,” says Oakley. “The same guy has been making these pies every morning for 10 years. The bowl specials are favorites as well. People love the navy beans with ham. The beef stew is popular, too.” Preview918.com 77
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918-398-6615 brownies-hamburgers.com Monday-Sunday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. rich savory flavor. The broth is rich and tasty. This is a hearty bowl perfect for a rainy day. But what’s Oakley’s favorite menu item? “My favorite is one of our new additions to the menu: the Theta burger.” The Oakleys have been in the restaurant business since their teens. “We met at a restaurant,” Oakley says. “I trained Dusty to be a server. I worked at Chimi’s for 16 years, was a teacher for 17 years and a mom to three children. We’ve owned a Subway, a Java Dave’s Coffee, and for the last seven years, we’ve been running Brownies.” They also own the Brownies Gourmet Burgers in Utica Square, and in June, will open Dusty’s Mexican Grill and Cantina in Owasso. The food at Brownies is diner fare with a bonus of 60 years of experience and tradition. The burger that made Bowen and Mandor famous is two patties with onions grilled in and topped with cheese. You’ll fall in love with that burger at first bite. The burger is perfectly cooked and flavorful, the melty cheese rich. There’s just the right bite of mustard to contrast the savory, all contained inside a soft, fresh bun. Whether you choose fries or onion rings, the sides will try to steal the show. The fries are old-fashioned and thick-cut, fried a golden brown and served steaming hot. And oh, 78 June 2016
those onions rings. Sliced thin and lightly battered, the onions are nicely caramelized. These aren’t the kind of onion rings where the onion falls out of a thick breading. The light batter clings to the onion, giving a crisp texture but not distracting from the onion flavor. The Theta burger is topped with the onion rings, barbecue sauce and cheddar. The sweet and tangy sauce complements the beef and cheese while the onion rings add a crispy texture and extra onion flavor. Next time you stop in, be sure to try this burger. The beef stew is loaded with a big, bite-sized chunk of carrot, potato, bell pepper, onion and celery. The beef is fall-apart tender and full of
The root beer is served in a frosted glass and is creamy, sweet and offers a strong traditional sassafras flavor. And be sure to leave room for a slice of pie. Brownies serves up tart lemon, tropical coconut, rich chocolate, sweet banana and buttery, brown-sugar butterscotch meringue pies that have to be tasted to be believed. On the weekends, they add fruit pies to their dessert menu. Brownies has a food truck out and about in Tulsa, offering the same burgers cooked on a flattop grill. They also offer catering services. “We do weddings, pool parties, business events. We have a lot of return business. And not just burgers, we have a commercial smoker and can do barbecues.”
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Tulsa may have changed a lot since 1925, but Savoy and its owners, the Kelamis family, have stood as a faithful beacon of quality and immigrant-turned-American pride.
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For four generations and nearly a century, Savoy Restaurant has been proudly serving Tulsans some of the tastiest home-cooked meals in town. It’s rare for a restaurant to last for close to a hundred years, but it’s easy to see why Savoy is one of those rare exceptions. This unassuming, family-oriented food joint serves up consistently delicious, homemade meals at a decent price. CALIFORNIA SKILLET
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The restaurant itself isn’t what anyone would call fancy. It looks like what it is — a mom-and-pop place that you might not notice as you drive by. But inside, it’s full of customers eating up with relish. The friendly, hard-working staff moves about with efficiency and warmth. It’s not unusual to wait for a table, especially during their popular Saturday breakfast rush. But the food is more than worth it. The Savoy got its start like many American small businesses. Original owner Nick Kelamis immigrated to the U.S. from Greece and opened his restaurant, Kelamis Café, in or around 1925. (The family is researching
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historical archives to see if it was opened even earlier than that.) Whatever the exact date, it wasn’t long before the café was hopping with customers. That success was coupled with a tragedy for Nick Kelamis. His wife, who was staying in Greece until Nick could bring her to America, became ill and died. His grandmother raised his son, Tom, in Greece. The story might have ended there, except that Tom was enterprising. Determined to meet his father, Tom traveled to Tulsa when he was in his 20s. He started working at his pop’s café and eventually became its owner, along with his wife, Maxine. The name Savoy got attached to the restaurant when business-savvy Tom wanted a new sign for the restaurant. The sign shop had one ready-made that no one had ever picked up; it said “Savoy.” Knowing it was food, not the name that kept the restaurant going, Tom jumped on the chance to buy the sign for a discount, and the rest is history. Today, Tom’s son, Bill, and his grandson, Evan, run Savoy. The Kelamis men can be found on the premises daily, walking through the restaurant’s bright, airy, nononsense dining floor and chatting with customers — that is, when they’re not in the kitchen working. Bill, in particular, has made a huge mark on Savoy’s menu, which is focused on one goal — to give you a meal so good, you’ll gladly come back. That’s exactly what customers do, says the restaurant’s manager, Erica. People who came in with their grandparents as children now come in with their own children. “Our customers are tremendously loyal,” Evan says. “Some even come in twice a day.” As soon as you taste the food, you’ll see why. It’s delicious, and it’s served in generous portions. “Everything we make here is homemade — over 100 items,” Evan explains. “Our bakery makes our own bread. We make our own hamburger buns. If you get our eggs Benedict, it’s on our homemade English muffins. We make our own chorizo sauce. We cut and grind our own meat. We choose to make everything from scratch.” Making everything in-house is no easy task, but the Kelamis family simply won’t do it any other way. The result — every Preview918.com 81
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dish on the menu tastes unique to Savoy and is as fresh as if you made it at home. Bill is a scratch cook; he’s also the genius behind Savoy’s cinnamon roll, which is so popular, the restaurant often runs out of them by the end of the day. “We never compromise on quality,” Evan explains. The restaurant brings in the best ingredients, especially from local sources. They buy only Fisher eggs (from Bristow) and use them within a week of being collected from the hens’ nest. Their coffee comes from local roaster Double Shot Coffee and is ground and brewed fresh in Savoy’s kitchen each day. Their daily specials are made the morning they serve them. (Hint: Go for the roast turkey and dressing special, served only on Thursdays. It’s as good as, if not better than, your grandma’s.)
customers to ask questions if they want to know what’s in something. It’s very transparent.” Savoy also reaches out to the community they’ve been a part of for so long through charity and other local events. This year, for the first time, Savoy will participate in St. John’s Street Party Saturday, June 4, which raises funds for cancer services. In addition, Savoy sponsors Leadership Tulsa and Tulsa Oktoberfest annually, as well as many one-off charity events throughout the year.
“We do a lot,” Evan says. “Tulsa’s been good to us all these years, and we’re a part of it.” A part of it that you can’t miss out on if you love good food. Make plans to get there soon. You won’t be disappointed.
Other customer favorites include the homemade Greek-style yogurt parfait with granola and fresh, seasonal fruit; the chicken-fried steak; the Friday fried chicken special; the éclairs and cream puffs, served only on Saturdays; and their pies, which are so good, you won’t want to share. (Another hint: You can buy their pies by special order, and Savoy also caters breakfast and lunch.) Customers with a passion for healthy options don’t have to worry when they eat at Savoy. “By doing things what we consider to be the right way, kind of the old-fashioned way, we’re very attractive to those people who are cognizant of what they put in their body,” says Evan. “They come in here and get clean, minimally processed food. We will customize things. We encourage our 82 June 2016
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Chef Nobu Terauchi integrates diverse flavors into a harmonious whole while providing Fuji diners a taste of another world with his omakase offerings and sushi. WRITTEN BY: Andrea C. Neil
hef Nobu Terauchi and Fuji celebrated an important anniversary last month, although he doesn’t really want anyone to know about it. On May 20, 1986, Terauchi opened Fuji, providing Oklahomans with their first sushi restaurant. Keeping a restaurant going for 30 years is no small accomplishment, but Terauchi would rather keep it quiet, and simply continue to focus on this main goal — providing some of the freshest, best-tasting sushi to Tulsa restaurant goers.
Sushi in Green Country has come a long way since 1986, yet Fuji patrons can still enjoy the same quality food and friendly service that has been a constant throughout the last 30 years. Terauchi has been creating Japanese culinary masterpieces in Tulsa since the very beginning — and it’s this long-standing familiarity combined with the high quality of the food and inviting atmosphere that has made this restaurant a continual local favorite. Upon entering Fuji’s lush, darkened interior, diners are welcomed by a friendly staff and given a choice of seating — there are quiet, secluded spots of booths and tables for enjoying an intimate dining experience, or seating at the bar with a view of the television, if a more sociable meal is desired. And if patrons are feeling particularly adventurous, a seat at the sushi bar can always be requested, providing a front-row seat to the action where the sushi chefs display their slicing and dicing skills. The Fuji menu is substantial, featuring many traditional favorites as well as more original creations. To begin, there’s mouth-watering appetizers like gyoza, vegetable skewers and beef sashimi. There’s also a huge variety of sushi offerings, and many of them are the familiar favorites that Tulsans know and love. On the list are traditional hand roll staples like the California roll and Spider roll, and there’s even a “make your own roll” option, as well as a few “sushi for beginners” options for those just getting their feet wet.
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It’s also worth checking out the daily specials. Recently the menu included the Negitoro Hand roll — a rich, tender fatty tuna combined with green onions, and wrapped in a seaweed cone. At the moment, Terauchi’s favorite fish to prepare is tuna, and the quality of the ingredients and his expertise of preparation can be tasted in every bite of the final results. Terauchi’s current passion is finding the freshest, highest quality seafood from all over the world, and bringing a bountiful variety to his Tulsa patrons. On a typical night, he
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may offer dishes consisting of a staggering array of ingredients from countries such as Korea, Japan, Australia, the Mediterranean and Spain. Offerings might include things like fresh scallops, eight different kinds of oysters, or three different types of clams. One can also find unique Japanese vegetables on the menu, such as yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam) and mitsuba (a plant resembling cilantro). He insists that freshness is the most important factor in making excellent dishes, and his dedication to this rule is one of the reasons Fuji has been around as long as it has. The meals are consistently appealing and delicious, and have had customers coming back for more for 30 years — and counting. A unique way to experience Terauchi’s latest achievements is to make a reservation for his omakase dinner. It’s a 12-course meal which he personally prepares every Saturday evening. About six months ago, Terauchi added this special weekly event to keep things fresh, so to speak. It’s a way for him to showcase his more original creations. He starts with the freshest seafood and vegetables he can find, and then proceeds to put his own spin on traditional Japanese cooking.
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Omakase diners are seated at the sushi bar, where they receive a ringside seat to the action of the sushi preparation and presentation. Part culinary experience and part show, Terauchi explains each dish to his patrons while he and his assistants put the finishing touches on each dish. He jokes with his customers and the atmosphere is relaxed and jovial, making the entire experience that much more fun. Seating is limited to 10, and reservations must be made ahead of time. Diners never know what they’ll be treated to, so it’s a true culinary adventure. “Chef Nobu is a true artist,” says one omakase diner. “Tulsa is lucky to have him.” We couldn’t agree more. Preview918.com 85
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From double features on IMAX size screens to moderately priced admission for the entire carload, the Admiral Twin Drive-In delivers a unique and nostalgic movie going experience.
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ock hops, poodle skirts, malts and a trip to the drive-in … most of these are lost in time, the 1950s to be exact. But believe it or not, the drive-in movie theater, which had its heyday in the ‘50s and ‘60s, is still alive and kicking. Right on the outskirts of north Tulsa stands the majestic Admiral Twin, a dual-screened drive-in theater authentic enough to take you back to old episodes of Happy Days, yet modern enough to make you tempted to go there every weekend this summer.
Blake Smith, co-owner of the Admiral Twin, says working at the theater is second nature to him. The drive-in has been around since 1951, and Smith’s father bought it from its previous owners in 1987. He later sold it to Smith in 2000, who has co-owned it with a partner ever since. “I love movie theaters probably more than I love movies,” Smith explains, joking that watching a flick feels enough like work to him that he does anything but that when he has down time. In addition to the theater’s historical nature, the Admiral Twin has another, much more recent claim to fame. Its large wooden structure, the screen tower, burned down in 2010. The original tower was unique for an old-fashioned drive-in because it had two screens, a rarity made necessary because of the way the Admiral Twin’s property was laid out. The fire that burned down the tower, a surprise to locals who could see the billows of smoke rising into the north Tulsa sky that day, left Smith and his partner shell shocked. “I got a call, and it was almost burned down by the time I drove all the way
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get to know over,” Smith explains. “I was surprised at the severity of what happened in some ways. There was a little bit of shock at what happened. And then it felt like the city just stopped. People came out and were taking pictures. People were crying. They were giving us money (and asking) us to rebuild. It was a strange feeling.” At first, Smith didn’t know what to do. He had no insurance on the drive-in, and was at a loss as to how to recover. But then, he says, Tulsa came together to donate money to help the Admiral Twin get back on its feet. With the chance to rebuild, Smith and his partner were able to make some significant upgrades to the drive-in, and today’s theatergoers are reaping the benefits. “When we figured out how to go forward, our decision was to close the old concession stands and put in a new concession stand underneath the tower, and to put in new bathrooms. The old bathrooms were kind of exposed to the outdoors, and now everything is inside.” Another benefit of the upgrade was that Smith was able to bring in new digital projectors to replace the old 35-millimeter projectors that are no longer in use in modern movie theaters. When the drive-in reopened in 2012, people came out in droves to support it, and they have been coming ever since. “This year is our 65th anniversary,” Smith says. Plans for a celebration are being finalized, and you can visit the Admiral Twin’s website or Facebook page for details. Another upcoming event is a screening of The Outsiders in September as part of the Turn Tulsa Pink fundraiser. In case you didn’t know, the old Admiral Twin is featured in The Outsiders, which is set in Tulsa.
Be sure to bring a boom box or portable FM radio, because you need an FM channel to hear the movie’s soundtrack. And don’t worry if you get ready to head home only to find your battery’s dead, because Smith and his crew have a jumper kit to help jump-start your car if you need it. All in all, Smith says, the drive-in is a shared experience that’s all about community. “The drive-in is much more about the experience of coming out with your friends and family and hanging outside. It’s like going to a July Fourth party.” Except, of course, that the party lasts from March when the drive-in opens to around Halloween or later, depending on weather.
If you’re still not sold on the idea of watching a film at a drive-in theater, consider this: the Admiral Twin’s screens are as big as an IMAX, which makes for a powerful viewing experience. Also, every ticket gets you access to a double feature. One of the films will be a first run, while the second feature is a movie that’s been out a little longer, so you get more bang for your buck. The atmosphere is laid back, with children playing in the grass while their parents watch the films. Many people come in their pajamas or hair curlers, says Smith. He doesn’t mind that, as long as people are respectful of each other. Plus, the prices are out of this world. Tickets are just $7 for ages 12 and up, and just $3 for ages 3 to 11. The Admiral Twin’s movies are typically family fare, rated G and PG, like superhero flicks and animated features, so it’s a great way to entertain the whole family on the cheap. If you want a special treat, you can enjoy the drive-in’s concession stand, which has a full kitchen with a fry cook that serves up burgers and fries, chicken strips, hot dogs, candy and, of course, popcorn. Smith suggests bringing a lawn chair or a blanket, plus some bug spray. He also recommends coming early so you can get a good parking spot and take advantage of the concessions stand before the line gets long. If you get there late, you’ll probably still be able to see your movie, because the property can accommodate around 800 cars on each side of the screen towers.
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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR | JUNE 3 A young man enters in an affair with a married woman, but things take a turn for the worse when he is forced to face his affair. Not only is he forced to face the consequence of the affair, he also spends most of his youth in prison; paying for a crime he did not commit. The married woman, who is bisexual, elopes with her lover in Hong Kong. Cast: Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas, Dermot Mulroney
ME BEFORE YOU | JUNE 3
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman and the wealthy, paralyzed Londoner who hires her as his caretaker. Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS | JUNE 3 The Turtles come into conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman and the return of their enemy, The Shredder, who has hired Stockman to create mutants of his own in the form of Bebop and Rocksteady. Meanwhile, an invasion above New York City is led by the Dimension X inhabitant known as Krang. The Turtles are joined in the fight with Splinter, and their human friends April O’Neil, Vern Fenwick and the vigilante Casey Jones. Cast: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING | JUNE 3 When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He’ll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz. Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman
THE BYE BYE MAN | JUNE 3 Three college students move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves hunted by a supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man who may be responsible for possessing various people and causing them to commit killing sprees throughout recent history. Cast: Doug Jones, Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas
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WARCRAFT | JUNE10 Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar, leader of the humans, and Durotan, leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home. Cast: Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton
NOW YOU SEE ME 2 | JUNE 10 One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
THE CONJURING 2 | JUNE 10 Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor
BLACKWAY (GO WITH ME) | JUNE 10 When a young woman, Lillian, returns to her hometown after the death of her mother, she unwittingly raises the interest and eventual ire of Blackway, a crazed excop turned violent crime lord. Blackway’s stalking and relentless harassment forces Lillian to seek help from the faint-hearted local sheriff who advises her to leave town. Undaunted, she forms an unlikely alliance with a retired logger, who is still grieving over the loss of his daughter, and carries his own secret vendetta against Blackway. Cast: Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta, Anthony Hopkins
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The story of Genius follows the story of SouthernAmerican writer Thomas Wolfe and his connections with New Yorker Maxwell Perkins, the publisher. Perkins had already previously published works by the great American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story also follows the almost “romantic” affair between Wolfe and Perkins. Cast: Jude Law, Colin Firth, Dominic West
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FREE STATE OF JONES | JUNE 24 After surviving the 1862 Battle of Corinth during the Civil War, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, leads a group of small farmers and local slaves in an armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County. Knight subsequently marries former slave, Rachel. He establishes a mixed-race community, unique to the postwar South. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Taking place six months after Finding Nemo, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Morro Bay, California,” accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank, an octopus, who becomes her guide. Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton
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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE | JUNE 17
In the Great Plains during 1880s, Texas Ranger David Kingston is sent to an Old West frontier town Helena to investigate a series of murders and disappearances of local people. In the town, preacher Abraham Brant is keeping all the townsfolk in some kind of fearful grip. Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Emory Cohen
One-time bullied geek, Bob, who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, is coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin, now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul
INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE | JUNE 24 Twenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system and the main defense force using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces, with some military forces assembled on the moon. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal to their other battalions before their final defeat while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world. The aliens in deep space receive the signal and send a larger battle fleet, threatening the human race once more. Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth
THE SHALLOWS | JUNE 24 A young surfer named Nancy was surfing at a secluded beach when she becomes stranded on a giant rock 200 yards away from shore after an enormous great white shark attacks her and circles the giant rock. Now she must find a way back to shore without getting killed by the great white shark. Cast: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge
Hank, a man marooned on an island and at the verge of suicide, sees a corpse wash up on the beach and engages in a surreal friendship with it. Hank soon finds that his new friend, whom he names Manny, possesses the ability to talk and a myriad supernatural powers. Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
THE DUEL | JUNE 24
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