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LET’S DANCE

WAYS TO STAY FLEXIBLE, REDUCE STRESS, LOSE WEIGHT, AND POSSIBLY FIND LOVE

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ LUNCH OPTIONS REV UP AT GUTHRIE GREEN

THROWBACK MERCANTILE

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FROM THE MAYOR As mayor of Tulsa, it is my honor to welcome you to our great city. Whether you’re visiting, or have deep roots here, I invite you to take time to explore our beautiful city and discover all the things that set us apart from other cities. I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli.

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

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Best regards, G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa

Tulsa’s unique entertainment and shopping districts provide enjoyable experiences for the entire family. From an art crawl in the Brady District, to a concert at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, to a trip to the Tulsa Zoo or a leisurely drive along Route 66 — there’s no end to what you can experience here.  

In over 100 area Hotels and Motels

For a night on the town, Tulsa serves up family entertainment at the Guthrie Green and Tulsa Drillers baseball at ONEOK Field. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center attracts Broadway musicals, renowned musicians and excellent local theater productions, and is home to the Tulsa Ballet.

Preview is proudly displayed in the rooms, lobbies and/or front desks of over 100 hotels and motels in the Tulsa and surrounding Green Country communities. Copies are also available at hundreds of other locations including Oklahoma travel information centers, Tulsa International Airport visitor displays, Expo Square, office complexes, hospitals, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and in over 200 area restaurants. You can also find Preview at participating QuikTrip, Reasor’s, CVS Pharmacies and Panera Bread locations as well as in Preview yellow boxes throughout the Tulsa area.

Sports spectators can look to the University of Tulsa or Oral Roberts University athletic programs, Tulsa Oiler hockey games, and Tulsa Roughnecks soccer. Or, time a visit to coincide with

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CONVERSATION STARTER: COLE SWINDELL

One of country’s hottest young artists, Cole Swindell has graduated from selling tour merchandise for Luke Bryan, writing songs for Florida Georgia Line, and opening for Kenny Chesney, to “Chillin’ It” at the top of the charts on his own.

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CONVERSATION STARTER: CHRIS ISAAK

LET’S DANCE

From salsa and swing to tango and two-step, Tulsa is brimming with dancing opportunities that can help you stay flexible, reduce stress, lose weight, make friends and possibly find love.

28

VIVA LA DIVA

Recreating Whitney Houston’s cinematic debut role, Deborah Cox shows off her vocal range, belting out energetic and emotive musical numbers in The Bodyguard that draw from both the film’s stellar soundtrack and Houston’s catalog of hits.

30

PUNK ROCK PARANOIA

Roaring with raw energy and rage in a manner that very few shows can muster, Theatre Tulsa’s version of American Idiot takes slacker heroes on a journey of youthful disaffection in a splintered, conflicted post-9/11 America.

32

The food truck frenzy continues to rev up, especially at Guthrie Green, where four walls have given way to four wheels for grabbing a bite on the go.

40

GET TOONED IN

Tackling topics like homelessness, foster care and alcoholism, local author Robert Soul’s compassion takes shape in his Ruined My Rhythm graphic novels set in Tulsa and seen through the eyes of a bold, brash teen searching for her place in the world.

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ARRAY OF HOPE

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CHOC IT TO ME

In search of the perfect sweet treat to calm those chocolate cravings? Try these outrageously delish offerings (including chili) packed with plenty of rich and indulgent flavor.

Happenings | 12 Street Talk | 16 Conversation Starter | 20 Homegrown Heroes | 40

Downtown Locator | 47 Tulsa Locator | 48 Sports Schedule | 50 Green Country Scene | 52

DELIVERING CHEER

From the uniforms to the athleticism, cheerleading has come a long way since women were “allowed” to start cheering in 1923. For the most part, it’s become more competitive and physically demanding, and less about sis-boom-bah.

52

THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL

Green Country’s massive outdoor gathering, better known as the Tulsa State Fair, continues to be a hot ticket thanks to old traditions, new ideas and plenty of deep-fried somethings.

56

RIDE THE ATHLEISURE TREND

Is sportswear fashion (or activewear) a lazy approach to dressing, or a great option because it is so easy to wear on any day of the week?

58

Music + Concerts | 10

Sports Central | 42

In an effort to help people with lifealtering illnesses and special needs, as well as children facing crises, Lisa Bain, Mavis Pearl and her Joy in the Cause charities are delivering beautiful treasures in the darkest days of others’ lives.

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With that haunting voice, fierce guitar playing, swaggerific outfits and a few dance steps, Chris Isaak promises a concert party and a few bad, bad things.

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN’

TREBLE IN PARADISE

Inconspicuous as it is, The Colony is where Tulsa’s musical past and present collide, giving us a glimpse of a future focused on tunes geared around strong songwriting with musicianship at the forefront.

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NUTRITION ON SPEED

64

ACING THE BAR

There’s something appealing about being able to blend fruits, vegetables and other nutrients to get your vitamins without having to chow down on salad or worse every day.

Offering a cure for whatever “ales” you, George’s Pub stocks nearly 80 bottled brews, a strong whiskey selection and a palate-pleasing menu that will have you questioning if the place is really just a bar.

Style + Shopping | 56

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WINGING IT

Whether fried, battered, smoked, naked or slathered in sauce, chicken wings are the perfect food staple for the big game or a quick bite. We’ve found the 30 worthiest wings joints in the 918. Stock up on wet wipes.

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FEAST OF EDEN

Beyond the heavenly wings, other eats, drinks and wait staff, Hooters continues to thrive because it sticks to what it knows while always looking for ways to be tastefully innovative and community focused.

84

PATTY PERFECTION

Bringing burgers and fried sides to new heights without a lick of pretension, Flo’s is building stacked stunners to savor, one Bomb at a time.

88

THE MEX BEST THING

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MEDLEY OF MEMORIES

As owner and chef of Ricardos, Thomas Hunter doesn’t try to change too much of what has clearly been working for the past four decades, but he’s a researcher and loves to introduce new unique ways to serve the traditional Tex-Mex staples.

Whether you stop by Ida Red for a root beer float, nostalgic candy, a Tulsa-themed souvenir, or just to browse, the throwback mercantile is sure to have something that makes your day a little sunnier.

Sound Check | 58 Health + Fitness | 62 Cocktail Confidential | 64 Eats + Treats | 68 Masters of Flavor | 88 Get to Know | 90 Showtime | 92

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LET’S DANCE

WAYS TO STAY FLEXIBLE, REDUCE STRESS, LOSE WEIGHT, AND POSSIBLY FIND LOVE

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ LUNCH OPTIONS REV UP AT GUTHRIE GREEN

THROWBACK MERCANTILE

IDA RED OFFERS A MEDLEY OF MEMORIES

CHEERLEADING HAS BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE AND PHYSICALLY DEMANDING, AND LESS ABOUT SIS-BOOM-BAH

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“We’ve got spirit, yes we do!” You probably remember cheers like this from the days you sat in the stands rooting for your favorite team to score. Cheerleading has evolved a lot in the last 30 to 40 years as it has increasingly become more competitive and more lucrative. These days, whether it’s youth sports, high school football, college basketball, or competitions on ESPN, cheerleading seems to be everywhere. Photographer: Marc Rains Model: Cameryn Dean Uniform: ASCE


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As summer comes to a close, I was ecstatic for the opportunity to take advantage of the $91.80 challenge. I let each of my daughters choose something, with the additional challenge to choose something we haven’t done before. What a fun-filled day full of lots of fabulous food, laughter, enjoyment, and memories.

The mission posed to Karen Wright and her daughters (Lexie, Hannah and Audrey) 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 August issue of Preview.

STOP #2

My choice was Guthrie Green. It was food truck Wednesday, and although we were full from Dilly Diner, it was a nice day and I thought it would be fun to hang out and look around. After walking around, the girls decided they wanted to try the mini doughnuts food truck. The $11 girls chose the cinnamon sugar and s’mores doughnuts. They were awesome. The girls amused me and took pictures around the beautiful landscaping. We sat around in the peaceful park, Snapchatting pictures and hanging out. The weather was pleasant, and there were shady areas that made the hanging out time enjoyable. I even ran into a childhood friend visiting from Estonia.

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My middle daughter chose Dilly Diner, because I love a good breakfast and have heard a lot of great things about it. As we got out of the car, we could smell the delicious food. They have very good service, and we got our food pretty quick. Two of us shared the Two Egg Breakfast. It included two eggs, bacon, biscuit, gravy, and potatoes. The other two shared the breakfast tacos and potatoes. We all gave the food an A+. We were in and out in 45 minutes. Quick service and great food.

STOP #4

My two youngest chose a movie at Eton Square. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. It brought back high school memories. It was cool, good prices, clean, and the girls enjoyed watching The Emoji Movie.

My youngest daughter chose Ida Red for the chocolate milkshake that was pictured in Preview. The girls enjoyed looking around at cute jewelry, humorous gifts, and local shirts and decorations. We shared a chocolate milkshake, and Hannah, my lover of ice cream, got a mint chocolate chip waffle cone.

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STOP #5

Lexie chose Flo’s Burger Diner in Catoosa because she likes to eat burgers, and the picture in the magazine looked amazing. The burgers were great and the serving size was perfect. Lexie and I shared a meal, and Hannah and Audrey shared one too. We also tried the fried pickles, which were super tasty as well. The service was efficient, and they were all very nice.

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H HAPPENINGS SEPTEMBER

SEPT. 19

CHUNKY MONKEY

BLINK-182

MUSIC/C ONCERTS

Soul City (Tulsa)

S EPT. 1

SEPT. 12

THE SCISSORTAILS

OLD 97’S

BRYAN ADAMS

AMERICAN AQUARIUM

Diamondhead Resort (Tahlequah)

SEPT. 15

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

THE BLACK RIVER BAND

SEPT. 7

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

STONE RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL

343188 E. 870 Road (Chandler)

SEPT. 23

DON WHITE

DAMIEN JURADO

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

JANET JACKSON

BOK Center (Tulsa)

NEWSBOYS

SEPT. 25

Mabee Center (Tulsa)

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

SEPT. 29-30

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

ILLINOIS RIVER JAM

JON BELLION

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

10298 N. Hwy. 10 (Tahlequah)

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)

SEPT. 28

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

SEPT. 18

Tulsa State Fair | Expo Square (Tulsa)

Brady Theater (Tulsa)

JENNIFER NETTLES

NEAL MCCOY

Tulsa State Fair | Expo Square (Tulsa)

ALASKA AND MADI

CHASE BRYANT

SEPT. 27

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

LANY

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Tulsa State Fair | Expo Square (Tulsa)

SEPT. 24

WILCO

BOZ SCAGGS

SEPT. 17

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

MARLEY’S GHOST

CHRIS ISAAK

REVEREND HORTON HEAT

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

STEVE MILLER BAND

WGC PAT BENATAR AND SONGWRITERS NEIL GIRALDO EVENT River Spirit Casino Resort

(Tulsa)

Soul City (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

SEPT. 16

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa)

MONICA TAYLOR AND THE RED DIRT RAMBLERS

Soul City (Tulsa)

SEPT. 15-17

Soul City (Tulsa)

TOTO

SEPT. 29

Soul City (Tulsa)

TRAVIS FITE TRIO

Soul City (Tulsa)

MARK GIBSON BAND

SARAH LEE GUTHRIE

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

KYLE LACY BAND

SEPT. 22

Soul City (Tulsa)

THE CADILLAC THREE

Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa)

SEPT. 21-23

MEDICINE STONE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)

SEPT. 6

SEPT. 8

LETTUCE

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

Soul City (Tulsa)

Claremore Expo Center

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Catoosa)

SEPT. 14

THE GRITS

BLUEGRASS AND CHILI FESTIVAL

COLE SWINDELL

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

SEPT. 2

SEPT. 7-9

SEPT. 21

JONNY LANG

Soul City (Tulsa)

MATTHEW MCNEAL

Brady Theater (Tulsa)

SEPT. 30

BLUES CHALLENGE

Soul City (Tulsa)

IN THIS MOMENT

Tulsa State Fair | Expo Square (Tulsa)

GARY CLARK JR.

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

BRYAN ADAMS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

DARREN KNIGHT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

COLE SWINDELL

BOZ SCAGGS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

RICK SPRINGFIELD & RICHARD MARX

LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

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AI ALSO IN SEPTEMBER SEPT. 1

AMERICAN IDOL OPEN AUDITIONS Guthrie Green (Tulsa) FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Various Location in Brady District (Tulsa)

SEPT. 1-3

TULSA REINING CLASSIC Expo Square (Tulsa)

RAGTIME Tulsa Performing Arts Center

(Jay)

CHEROKEE HOMECOMING ART SHOW Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah)

SEPT. 1-JAN. 7, 2018

RHYMES & REASONS: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa) SEPT. 2-3

SEPT. 2

ROADKILL CHILI COOK-OFF Delaware County Fairgrounds SEPT. 4

TULSA’S GREAT RAFT RACE River City Park (Sand Springs)

(Pawnee)

SEPT. 6-10

MAYES COUNTY FAIR Mayes County Fairground (Pryor)

SEPT. 7-10

BLUE WHALE COMEDY FESTIVAL Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

LABOR DAY CELEBRATION Downtown Henryetta

DAM J.A.M. BICYCLE TOUR Whitaker Park (Pryor) WOOLAROC FALL TRAIL RIDE Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville)

EXOTIC BIRD FAIR Expo Square (Tulsa) LET IT BE NATURAL ARTS FESTIVAL Chandler Park (Tulsa)

SEPT. 8

DELAWARE COUNTY FARM FEST Delaware County Fairgrounds

AMHR NATIONALS Expo Square (Tulsa) KYLE KINANE Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW Dunbar Park (Wagoner) SEPT. 8-10, 15-17

WARRIOR FIGHTING SERIES Muskogee Civic Center

JANA JAE FIDDLE CAMP AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Grove Civic Center (Grove)

(Muskogee)

SEPT. 7-17

SEPT. 9

(Rentiesville)

THE CASTLE ZOMBIE RUN The Castle of Muskogee

BEDOUIN SHRINE CLOWN CAR AND BIKE COLLECTORS SHOW Honor Heights Park

MR. BURNS IDL Ballroom (Tulsa)

DUSK ‘TIL DAWN BLUES FESTIVAL OK Blues Hall of Fame

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

PAWNEE COUNTY FREE FAIR Pawnee County Fairgrounds

SEPT. 8-9

(Tulsa)

VINTAGE TULSA SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

SEPT. 6-9

(Jay)

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

POSTOAK WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat

DELAWARE COUNTY FREE FAIR Delaware County Fairgrounds

SEPT. 1-30

JIM SHOULDERS LIVING LEGENDS RODEO Nichols Park (Henryetta)

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

SEPT. 5-9

THE SKLAR BROTHERS Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) EUGENE MIRMAN Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

(Muskogee)

(Jay)

JWALA: RISING FLAME Tulsa Performing Arts Center SEPT. 9-10

OKLAHOMA GUN SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa) BRICKUNIVERSE LEGO FAN CONVENTION Cox Business Center (Tulsa) SEPT. 10

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET Tulsa Performing Arts Center TULSA ROOTS ROCKS THE GREEN Guthrie Green (Tulsa)


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AI ALSO IN SEPTEMBER SEPT. 16

SOCON South County Recreation Center (Bixby)

SEPT. 11

PATRIOT DAY SEPT. 13, 1-17, 20‑21, 23-24

I AM MY OWN WIFE Tulsa Performing Arts Center SEPT. 14-16

COWETA FALL FESTIVAL Downtown Coweta SEPT. 14-17

ROGERS COUNTY FREE FAIR Expo Center (Claremore)

JON KIMURA PARKER Tulsa Performing Arts Center

SCOTFEST River West Festival Park (Tulsa)

GATESWAY BALLOON FESTIVAL Chisholm Trail South Event Park (Broken Arrow)

TULSA STATE FAIR Expo Square (Tulsa)

(Muskogee)

CLARY RUNWAY Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

SCOUTING’S FALL FESTIVAL Jack Graves Scout

Tulsa (Catoosa)

GRAND NAUTICAL MARKET Rebel Marine (Ketchum) SEPT. 17

MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET Admiral Twin Drive-in (Tulsa)

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL Castle of Muskogee

SEPT. 23

SEPT. 30

Reservation (Broken Arrow)

CORNDOG CLASSIC Expo Square (Tulsa)

SEPT. 23-24

WESTERN HERITAGE WEEKEND Downtown Dewey SEPT. 24

TULSA ROOTS ROCKS THE GREEN Guthrie Green (Tulsa)

SOUL FEST Guthrie Green (Tulsa) OKMULGEE AIRFEST Okmulgee Regional Airport HEART AND SOLE 5K AND FUN RUN Riverwalk Crossing (Jenks)

CHITA RIVERA AND TOMMY TUNE Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

NATIONAL HOOK N’ COOK-OFF South Grand Lake Regional

SEPT. 21-NOV. 4

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Shepherd’s Cross (Claremore)

Airport (Ketchum)

SEPT. 22-23, 29‑30, OCT. 1

GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT Tulsa Performing Arts Center SEPT. 22

CHRIS BOTTI Tulsa Performing Arts Center BOHEMIAN BALL Living Arts of Tulsa (Tulsa)

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

SEPT. 22-24

SEPT. 28-OCT. 8

FIN AND FEATHER FALL FESTIVAL Fin and Feather Resort (Gore)

SEPT. 19

SEPT. 15-17

(Pryor)

DARREN KNIGHT’S SOUTHERN MOMMA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

RON WHITE River Spirit Casino Resort BACK TO THE ‘80S PARTY Stokley Event Center (Tulsa)

PATCHERS QUILT SHOW MidAmerica Industrial Park

SEPT. 29-OCT. 28

TULSA ROOTS ROCKS THE GREEN Guthrie Green (Tulsa)

(Tulsa)

CHALK IT UP ART FESTIVAL Rose District (Broken Arrow)

INDIGO FEST Blue Doors at Tenkiller (Gore)

SEPT. 15

CAPTAIN MARK KELLY Tulsa Performing Arts Center

SEPT. 22-23

SEPT. 26-30, OCT. 1

THE BODYGUARD Tulsa Performing Arts Center SEPT. 28-OCT. 1

DISNEY ON ICE: FOLLOW YOUR HEART Pavilion at Expo Square (Tulsa)

SEPT. 30-OCT. 1

OKLAHOMA STATE SUGAR ART SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa) OKLAHOMA BIGFOOT SYMPOSIUM Oklahoma Community Building (Stilwell)


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ST STREET TALK I prefer to use email, mainly because my mind is trapped in 1998. I also like to be able to search my previous communiques if I need to. Not for nothing, I also like to be able to delay my response to anything by saying, "Oh, I haven't checked my email today."

M AC It depends. Text for most communication because mundane communication doesn't require tone and tempo. Most of our daily communication is mundane. However, for romantic communication, I’d use a phone. Tone and tempo is everything in romantic communication.

NOEL Hands down texting is my go-to option. It helps me manage my time and doesn't get lost in the email spam.

Text, because it’s fast and I don’t have to stop what I’m doing. However, I really prefer face to face.

Depends on who it is. If it's work-related I prefer to email. But In most other instances I prefer to text.

I use all three types of communication depending on the situation, but I prefer phone and text.

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Texting is the perfect form of communication for hardcore introverts.

Text, if it's a quick question. Otherwise I like to talk because you can hear their tone, mood, emotion through actual conversation.

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Texting, because it can be more easily done while multitasking.

CJ

I would rather text. It is fast, convenient, I can multitask at the same time, and I think it also gives a sense of control.

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I’d rather talk on the phone because you can get a better sense of how that person is doing and have a more in-depth conversation.

Text. I don't know how to end conversations, and talking is awkward and hard.

Honestly, it depends on what the situation is for me. Texting is quick and easy, but you can easily be misconstrued. I'm on the phone all day at work, so I don't usually like talking on the phone when I'm away from the office. Lately, texting has just been better since I seem to always be on the go. I rarely use email to communicate.

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Text. This way if I'm busy, I can still quickly read the message and respond, even if it's just, "I can't talk right now. I'll call you in an hour." This way, no one thinks I'm ignoring them. If it's someone I've never met, I like to talk on the phone. Email is my least favorite but I still use it.

I prefer a phone call. It’s more personal and I get to say everything I want to say, unlike text or email.

Talking on the phone. It seems more personal and allows you to have a full conversation all at once without having to guess someone's tone of voice over text.

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Although texting is more convenient at times, I would prefer to talk. Emotions, true meaning and intimacy are often lost through text.

I prefer to send audio messages. The person I am talking to can hear my voice, and we can both respond at our earliest convenience.

It really depends on the relationship. For people I have a close relationship with, I want to hear their voice. Words are incomplete without the inflection and tone of someone's voice. For friends and acquaintances, texting is suitable. Email just seems to get people in trouble.

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Texting or email because it gives me time to think about what I want to say rather than dealing with the anxiety of an immediate response.

Actually, I prefer the Voxer app. It allows me to verbally communicate a message, text, and share pics at my convenience.

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COLESWINDELL

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ONE OF COUNTRY’S HOTTEST YOUNG ARTISTS, COLE SWINDELL HAS GRADUATED FROM SELLING TOUR MERCHANDISE FOR LUKE BRYAN, WRITING SONGS FOR FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, AND OPENING FOR KENNY CHESNEY, TO “CHILLIN’ IT” AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS ON HIS OWN. BY G.K. HIZER When Cole Swindell arrives in town for a Sept. 21 concert at The Joint: Tulsa, fans will be getting to share a night with one of country music’s hottest rising stars. After starting out as the songwriter behind No. 1 hits like Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How

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We Roll,” Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That” and Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster,” Swindell launched his own performing career and has charted No. 1 singles of his own, including “Flatliner,” a collaboration with Dierks Bentley.

His ride to the top has included supporting slots on major tours by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, and Bentley, setting the stage for Swindell to move on to bigger shows of his own.


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I always put pressure on myself, but I think it motivates me and it just means that I care. I want to do the best I can. I want to have the best songs I can. Trying to follow up a debut album (Cole Swindell, 2014) with four No. 1 songs, there was pressure, but I knew I had songs like “You Should Be Here,” “Middle of a Memory” and “Flatliner” to keep things rolling. I just want to be saying something different every time. Now, thinking about a third album coming out sometime next year, there is always pressure, but I think it’s a good kind of pressure; it keeps you motivated and going on.

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 OU’VE GOT QUITE A FEW FRIENDS Y IN COUNTRY MUSIC. HOW ESSENTIAL HAVE THEY BEEN TO YOUR CAREER?

I ’ve been lucky enough to make some great friends in this business, starting with Luke Bryan. I sold his merchandise. That was my first job ever. Getting to travel the country with him and seeing what a new artist has to do, it was helpful in launching my career and making me want to write my own songs. Everybody since then that I’ve toured with, I’ve tried to learn something from. They’re the best at what they do, and I’ve been very fortunate to hang around those guys.

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 OU HAD A PUBLISHING DEAL Y FIRST AND WROTE SONGS FOR A NUMBER OF COUNTRY ARTISTS TO GET STARTED. HOW MUCH OF A LEAP WAS IT TO BRANCH OUT AND BECOME KNOWN FOR PERFORMING MATERIAL YOURSELF?

When I moved to Nashville, Tenn., it was all about songwriting for me. I’d been playing bars and singing cover songs; songs that I wish I had written. When I made that jump and went after a record deal, I’d kind of forgotten what it was like to be on a stage. After that first show, I knew that was what I was supposed to be doing. I’m just thankful I get to write, perform those songs, and see the reaction.

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 LTHOUGH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY A IS SHIFTING TOWARD A MORE INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT, COUNTRY MUSIC (AND RADIO, IN PARTICULAR) IS STILL VERY LABEL ORIENTED. EVEN SO, YOU RELEASED YOUR FIRST SINGLE INDEPENDENTLY, WHICH ULTIMATELY LANDED YOU A RECORD DEAL.

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W  ithout a record deal, it’s hard to get your music played, and for me, we had a song out that was on satellite radio called “Chillin’ It.” And that’s what landed me my record deal. The song blew up and the support was incredible. I’m thankful for “Chillin’ It” and for the Warner label for giving me a chance.

 LTHOUGH YOU’D ALREADY WRITTEN A HIT SINGLES FOR OTHER ARTISTS, YOU BASICALLY CAME OUT OF THE GATE WITH NO. 1 SINGLES.

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 OU’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH Y TO BE PART OF SOME REALLY BIG TOURS. HOW COOL OR INTIMIDATING WAS IT TO BE IN FRONT OF SUCH LARGE AUDIENCES? W  ell, going from not having a record deal to playing in front of 20,000 people every night with Bryan on tour and more folks in football stadiums, there was a lot of adrenaline. It took me a while to realize I had to calm down. I’ve got to thank all of the artists who have taken me on tour. I was learning from the best in the business, and that gave me the confidence to get where I am now.

IN BETWEEN SUCH LARGE TOURS, YOU’VE STRUCK OUT ON YOUR OWN. HOW DO YOU APPROACH THOSE SHOWS DIFFERENTLY?

Y  eah, a headlining show is a different game. As the support act, you only play anywhere from 30-60 minutes, but the headliners are usually up there for an hour and a half. These people paid money to see me, and it’s my job to make sure they have a good time. For people to spend their time and money with me, letting me sing some songs that I wrote, it’s always a huge privilege. I just want everybody to come out and get ready to have a good time.

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 SO WHAT’S NEXT?

W  e’ve got a new single coming out next, called “Stay Downtown” from You Should Be Here. That will be the last single we release from that album, and then I’m back in the studio. I’ve got some songs and I can’t wait for people to hear them, because I’m so proud of them. Some I’ve written; others have been written and sent to me. I think with the next album, maybe we’ll have a big powerful duet with a female artist. I don’t have any plans, anybody locked in there yet, but that’s something that I really think would get me on another level.

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WITH THAT HAUNTING VOICE, FIERCE GUITAR PLAYING, SWAGGERIFIC OUTFITS AND A FEW DANCE STEPS, CHRIS ISAAK PROMISES A CONCERT PARTY AND A FEW BAD, BAD THINGS. BY DONNA LEAHEY

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CONVERSATION STARTER CS Chris Isaak is the gifted artist, singersongwriter and band leader behind such hits as “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.” His black hair, his swagger, and his

crooning vocals remind you of Elvis, while his trademark falsetto brings to mind Roy Orbison. His voice can go from dark and gravelly to high and sweet in a moment.

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 HAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM W THIS TOUR?

We always try to put on a good show. It’s the same band I’ve had for 30-something years. We’re playing well and singing well. You can either have fun with it or don’t, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. When you first go out and play, for the first six months you say, “Oh, we’re getting tighter.” Then after two years, you think “Oh, we’re really tight.” Then after 10 years, you think, “Now we know it all.” I know you never know it all. You’re always learning new stuff.

 ITH SUCH A LONG CAREER, HOW W DO YOU CHOOSE A PLAYLIST?

I think about what the audience wants to hear. It always bothers me if I go to a show and I feel like the artist plays only what he or she wants. It’s like you got to mix it. I’m going to play “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying,” and “Blue Hotel.” I play the songs people know, and I love playing those songs. I mean, I wish I had 20 “Wicked Games.” Then I’d be Paul McCartney. But sometimes I go see artists and I like this B side song that they did, or this quiet little ballad that they did, but I don’t think they’ll ever play that live. I like to be able to throw songs in that people are surprised I played. I like to mix it up.

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 HAT DO YOU CALL YOUR W MUSICAL STYLE?

W  e’re rock ‘n’ roll, but whenever someone asks me that question, I always remember Roy Orbison. I was working with him and we were trying to write a song and I said, “I don’t know what I call my style.” He said, “You know what you are, Chris? You’re a romantic balladeer.” And I always thought, “If he says so, I am a romantic balladeer.”

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 OU WERE A JUDGE ON THE X Y FACTOR IN AUSTRALIA. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE?

I ’m a sarcastic, jaded musician who’s been around for 30 years in the business. So, going to do a television show with a bunch of youngsters, I thought it was going to be horrible. I can’t imagine my idols like Elvis or John Lennon being discovered by such a show. Man, was I wrong. By the middle of the show I’m thinking I’m damn lucky that I have a career because these people are all better than me. I got to the point that I just fell in love with some of them.

With 12 studio albums, an occasional acting career, and a 2015 judging spot on The X Factor in Australia, Isaak shows no sign of slowing down.

 HAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT W NASHVILLE?

We should make a game show. We’d let two people off in Nashville and they couldn’t use a cellphone or anything but in three blocks they have to put a band together. And I swear, you could do it. Because my taxi driver was a drummer, the guy selling me a shirt was a steel-guitar player, the guy at the restaurant was a songwriter. The town has so many musicians because it’s easy for people to get their foot in the door there.

I S IT TRUE THAT YOU’RE ALSO A DOG LOVER?

I ’m a bona fide dog lover. I don’t have a dog that’s my own because I travel all the time, but my manager has a little dog, a Maltese. You know you love a dog when the dog is gone and I’m looking up Maltese and reading about them. I constantly walk by people with their dog, and I’ll ask about them. I think every time you see a dog, it makes your day 20 percent better. We’re trying to put a T-shirt together and instead of a picture of us performing, it will be a picture of everybody’s dog. We’ll sell the shirt and give the money to animal charities to help dogs.

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 ND AS FOR TULSA, WHAT SHOULD A PEOPLE EXPECT OF YOUR SHOW?

I f you come out and see us, you’re going to have a good time. We put on a show and I’m proud of it. We can hardly dance, but we do dance steps. We love to talk to the audience, get out into the crowd, and even get people up on the stage. We make it a party. The guys dress up and look like they came out of James Brown’s band and I look like I raided Liberace’s closet. I hate it when musicians show up late, wear Levi’s and a T-shirt, smoke a cigarette and kind of mumble through the set. That’s not me. I’ll be there on time and I’ll put on a show.

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From salsa and swing to tango and two-step, Tulsa is brimming with dancing opportunities that can help you stay flexible, reduce stress, lose weight, make friends and possibly find love. BY GINA CONROY

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance debuted in 2005. Since then, dance studios across the nation have seen an increase in adults wanting to learn to ballroom dance. Even though these shows have coaxed some people off the couch, others remain content to stay idle and watch others enjoy the fun and health benefits of dancing.

to dance has to do with their lack of confidence and knowledge of what to do.

Could it be they actually think they can’t dance? Or perhaps, they don’t know where they can dance like the stars?

Felix Rubio started taking lessons so he’d be able to dance with confidence with his daughter-in-law at his son’s wedding.

Jon Hamilton, owner and instructor at Allstar Ballroom Dance Company, says shows like DWTS have inspired people to follow their passion to learn how to dance and express themselves to the music. However, the most common excuse people have for their reluctance

OVERALL HEALTH

Wanda Gimlin started dancing when she was 80, while in physical therapy for balance and leg atrophy. “My body was not in good shape,” says Gimlin. “I had a curved back for caring for my mom and husband, so my dance instructor worked on stacking my frame and planting my feet for balance.” Not only did she find dancing improved her balance and strengthened her legs, but it helped control her blood sugar, lowered her blood pressure, gave her increased stamina, and strengthened her core. In addition, when Gimlin began dancing, she was under treatment for Lyme disease and was just diagnosed with severe dementia. Dancing not only helped work her body, but her brain as well. “It was challenging getting started on the dance floor,” says Gimlin. “The disorders I had involved the muscle and joints, but my pain was relieved when I started to dance.” Now at 85, Gimlin takes lessons several times a week. Dancing has been wonderful for her body, mind and spirit. “I love it,” says Gimlin. “When I started, I just knew a little swing from when it was done back in the day. But I found other styles I love.”

WEIGHT LOSS AND TONING

Since dancing is exercise and can burn up to 400 calories an hour, it should top your

“I once sat down next to one of our guests at a party and simply asked, ‘Are you having fun?’ They weren’t and I responded, ‘Well, it’s only fun if you know what you’re doing!’ Shortly after, he and his wife decided to take up lessons and now attend amateur competitions regularly,” Hamilton says.

“I was very nervous starting out, but that turned to determination that I was going to learn, at minimum, basic dance steps,” says Rubio. “Every lesson was an eye-opening experience. I gained confidence and enjoyed the camaraderie with my instructor. The interaction and her extraordinary patience are the main reasons I continue to take lessons.”

list as an effective way to lose and maintain weight. Add in the other benefits of muscle strength, toning and flexibility, and you have a well-rounded workout routine in one activity that’s fun.

ANTI-AGING

Not only does dancing improve circulation and expand lung capacity, but it retards the aging process. By keeping joints lubricated, dancing lowers the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis, and improves balance, posture and coordination. It sharpens the mind as well as staving off memory loss.

SHARPENS THE MIND

Dancing not only requires physical activity, but mental agility as well. In partner dancing, the lead must decide what they want to do and then communicate it through body language to their follow, who must interpret and carry out that communication. All this happens in a split second. Much brain power is used to problem solve in a three-minute dance, and no two dances are ever the same. Multiply that by dancing with different partners for two hours, and not only do you have a challenging workout for your body, but for your mind as well. In fact, dance is such a powerful mental exercise that certain studies, including the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, have shown it to be the leading prevention of the disease. These older adults who had the most gray matter in the crucial areas for memory and cognition burned the most calories during

Hannah Helscel, the president of The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate, started swing dancing when she was 14. “It was a fun thing to do with a group of friends,” says Helscel. “I used to go once a month with my older siblings and was hooked.” While all kinds of dancing have benefits, the unique partnership in ballroom and social dancing has some unique advantages. Helscel says the benefits of partnership dancing are tremendous. “When I moved from Dallas to Tulsa, I immediately had a network of 20 acquaintances who now are like family,” she says. She not only landed a job in Tulsa through her dancing network, but she got a husband as well. If you’re still sitting on the edge of your seat debating whether social dancing is for you, consider these other benefits for your body, mind, spirit and social life.

exercise and were 50 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s within the next five years.

PAIN RELIEF

Though it might be a challenge to convince someone battling chronic pain to get off the couch and dance, according to several studies and reports, endorphins released during dance can be more powerful painkillers than traditional medication. These endorphins are similar to morphine because they affect the receptors in your brain, reducing your perception of pain. When chronic illness interfered with Dee Hara’s dream of becoming a human rights lawyer, she started taking ballroom dance lessons as a way to cope with her illness. Dancing not only eased her coping but also led to her getting her life back. “Dance helps me forget the pain,” says Hara. In addition to dancing, Hara is teaching and using her love of dance to inspire others to embrace and enjoy a better quality of life through dance, just like her.

SELF-EXPRESSION

Not only is dancing great for the body and mind, it’s good for the soul. If your job has you stuck behind a desk or doing manual labor, dancing is a creative outlet that helps reduce stress while allowing you self-expression. “In my heart I’ve been dancing forever,” says Nedra Smith, an instructor at Allstar Ballroom Dance Company. “As a child, I always wanted

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to dance, but wasn’t able to.” In 1998, she began ballroom dancing in shows, and found a teacher who gave her lessons. She continued learning and got a new partner who later became her son-in-law. “Dance proved to myself who I could be; and that is true confidence,” says Chris Ransdell. “Now dance isn’t something I do, it’s something that became a part of who I am.”

MEET NEW FRIENDS

John Murray started dancing at 57 when two “gorgeous” women invited him out to dance. “I was broken-hearted because I didn’t know how to dance, so I didn’t go.” After taking a group lesson, he signed up for private lessons. Ten years later, Murray is still dancing because of the social atmosphere. “The camaraderie and friendships you develop in a healthy atmosphere are wonderful,” he says. Though it’s not easy to venture out to a social dance alone, you can take comfort in the fact most people at dances don’t have a dance partner. Social dancing encourages people to meet each other through dancing and allows both men and women to ask for a dance. And if you show up week after week, that person who you danced with last week can become a good friend. “Whenever I travel I always look for a place to dance, and whenever I get there I have an immediate bond and connection with them,” says Helscel. “We may not speak the same language, but on the floor, we both know how to communicate.”

little taller, hold their heads higher, feel sexier, are more comfortable in their own skin and have an easier time talking with new people.”

INNER PEACE

Music and dancing have the power to change your mood and chase away depression and anxiety. That’s because endorphins that produce the feeling of well-being and euphoria are released while listening to music and dancing. “When I walk into a dance and the lights go down and the music goes on, my whole world changes,” says Murray. “Something switches on the inside. I forget where I work and my family.” While traditional exercise like running or aerobics releases endorphins, according to a study by Psychology Today, those who enrolled in a waltz class not only improved their health but were happier than those who ran or cycled. The study concluded that while dancing may not provide the calorie burn of some traditional exercises, it may release more endorphins, producing better overall health.

HELP UNIFIES RACE AND CULTURE

Dancing helps different people and cultures connect in ways that are difficult in regular social interaction. “Swing dancing was birthed during the peak of segregation at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City,” says Gina Bradford, whose nonprofit Vintage Swing Movement focuses on preserving the music, culture and

dance of the swing era for the next generation. “Swing music and dance crossed every color line and united a nation.” Bradford says it is that same spirit of dance that can break down barriers.

ROMANTIC CONNECTIONS

Whether the romance lasts the length of the song or a lifetime, dancing brings couples together. Because social dancing relies heavily on the nonverbal communication between the two dancers, the couple needs to rely on connection and trust, two essential elements in any type of relationship. “Dancing is a unique alternative to dinner and a movie. It’s a trip to the gym, only a lot more fun,” says Linda Keller, who met her husband at a dance. “In our relationship, dance acts as a reboot,” says Trish Zielinski, who met her husband at a Halloween dance. “When life gets hairy, and static enters our relationship, we go dancing and we return to our in-love state. Getting in sync physically soon translates to syncing up emotionally. It’s wonderful therapy.”

PHYSICAL TOUCH

Experts recommend touching 13 times a day, and when people dance in partnership, their need for physical touch is fulfilled. Dancing in partnership, a couple achieves and exceeds that goal in less than an hour.

OVERCOME SHYNESS

The social dance scene is a great place to conquer your fear of social situations because most everyone is there to dance. From the seasoned professional to the novice dancer, people are secretly hoping you will ask them to dance. Unless you’re a complete klutz or too handsy or rough — which is a big turn-off in the social dance scene — the chances someone will turn you down for a dance are minimal.

IMPROVES SELF CONFIDENCE

When you feel better physically and mentally, you become more comfortable in your own skin, and that will show in the way you carry yourself. Before Danielle Henderson taught dancing, she was a student. “I experienced massive growth in my own self-confidence on and off the dance floor,” says Henderson. And she has witnessed similar transformations in many students over the years. “I find they walk a

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Recreating Whitney Houston’s cinematic debut role, Deborah Cox shows off her vocal range, belting out energetic and emotive musical numbers in The Bodyguard that draw from both the film’s stellar soundtrack and Houston’s catalog of hits.

Who doesn’t love Whitney Houston? Her death in 2012 shocked fans everywhere, but her music lives on. If you love Houston’s music and watching stories filled with action and romance, you will really enjoy the musical The Bodyguard. Based on the 1992 smash hit film starring Kevin Costner and Houston, The Bodyguard features award-winning musical star, Grammy Award-nominee, and R&B star Deborah Cox. The musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be the boss, but they end up falling in love in the process.

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FBI agent Ray Court, Charles Gray (Broadway production of The Color Purple) as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway production of Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector, and Jasmin Richardson (Touring production of Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron. Hadley says the highlight of the show is Cox’s incredible performance. “Deborah sings 13 Whitney songs back-to-back. It’s an extraordinary feat for a human being,” Hadley says. “I think I can speak for all of us [actors] that we just stand in the wings during the last song — “I Will always Love You” — in awe.”

The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics, including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman” and one of the best-selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”

Cox’s 1998 song “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” held the record for longest-running No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart (14 weeks), a record held for nearly eight years. She has achieved 12 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. She is often cited as Canada’s top R&B artist.

Playing the role of Frank Farmer is Walker, Texas Ranger television star Judson Mills. Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Jarid Faubel (Black & White, X-Men: First Class) as

Cox also has been involved in a number of movies and soundtracks. In 2000, she played Niko Rosen in Love Come Down. In 2001, her hit song “Absolutely Not” was featured in Dr. Dolittle 2. In 2005, in the movie Blood of a Champion, she played the role of Sharon, and again in 2005, her voice was featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda in the song “Nobody Cares.”


The audience should also keep an eye on Richardson. She typically also plays the role of Rachel during the two matinee shows in each city. “She’s extraordinary in both parts,” Hadley says. The musical had its world premiere in 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The Bodyguard was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The United Kingdom production of the musical recently completed a sellout 16-month UK and Ireland tour and made its triumphant return to London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre in 2016. Audience members can come to The Bodyguard expecting part concert, part theater performance, Hadley says. “Audiences love it — they go crazy. People are on their feet dancing for the entire finale.

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“You can’t help but sing along to this music. People say it’s one of the favorite shows they’ve seen, and that’s really exciting. It’s a big, Broadway-style production show. The set, lights and costumes are extraordinary. We have an amazing ensemble of dancers; there’s not an ounce of body fat on the entire stage. It’s like watching a Beyoncé or Katy Perry concert.” Audiences often comment on how closely The Bodyguard sticks to the plot of the movie. “It’s pretty close to the movie,” Hadley says. “They’ve streamlined the movie a bit. People will point out a few differences here and there.” Hadley says Cox carries all the weight of the singing in the show, but the rest of the cast members get some good lines and jokes.

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Hadley appeared on Broadway as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys, a role he played for more than 2,000 performances on both the national and international tours. “I followed that show for seven years,” he says. “When the stock market crashed in 2008, I thought, ‘It’s nice to have a job.’” Audience members should stick around after The Bodyguard curtain call because there’s a surprise at the end, Hadley says. The producers recommend the production for ages 13 and up. The Bodyguard contains some adult language, mature situations, gun shots and brief simulated violence.

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Tune into your inner punk to follow the story of three friends tired of where they grew up and ready to venture out on their own. While experiencing their new lives outside of Jingletown, USA, Johnny (Caleb Ricketts), Will (Thomas Williams) and Tunny (Powell Barca) learn that growing into adulthood is not always what you might expect. Through excitement, desire, tragedy and discovery, this musical brings to life these friends’ strong emotions of getting away from political anarchy in the middle of “nowhere-you-want-to-be.” Johnny finds drugs; Tunny finds himself in the military and then an amputee; Will, who never actually leaves home, gets a girl pregnant and finds himself a couch potato. By the finale, all three are back in suburbia, having learned nothing and gotten nowhere.

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The story of American Idiot —based on the 2004 concept album of the same name by rock band Green Day — was written during the post 9/11 era by Michael Mayer and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. The original Green Day album was, in a way, a response to the trauma of the 9/11 events and the Iraqi war that followed; it encompasses so many feelings many adolescents of the time would have felt. The original musical premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre (California) in 2009 before moving to Broadway in 2010. Now, it’s Tulsa’s chance to put a spin on the rock opera, that includes all the songs from the original album, as well as additional Green Day songs.

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Distinct to Theater Tulsa’s version of American Idiot, the casting was done by blind auditions, which have become more popular in theater, especially with political activism and awareness becoming more common in theater as well. Blind auditions — based on performance alone without consideration of gender, background, work history or other bias — are a little more intriguing, which is great, as this show ’s intent is to challenge and shock people. Since there are different genders in what were originally specific gender-roles, the vocal range is more exciting and more experimental on what one can do with their character. One

example of this nontraditional casting is St. Jimmy’s character (Johnny’s alter-ego), which is traditionally cast as a male role but will be played by a female, Kaley Durland. After seeing the show the first time, Durland knew someday, if presented with the opportunity, she wanted to play St. Jimmy. “This character is outrageous,” says Durland. “St. Jimmy’s being encompasses every kind of desire, all things that Johnny wants but never had.” Excited by the challenge of finding the perfect interpretation between being a girl but playing a guy while channeling the inner angst and enormity of St. Jimmy, Durland is excited to find out just how much she relates to her character.


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TUNNY (POW ELL BARCA) Getting to experience these three friends’ journeys will be something people have rarely seen performed in Tulsa, as the alternative theater scene is still building here. This fact makes the show, and its challenges to take on a new perspective, all the more exciting to experience. Although the show was written in the early 2000s, it can still be applicable to our daily lives and can challenge us as we move forward. This musical challenges one’s traditional sense of theater and music, molding into a hybrid performance of both, and with an excited amazing cast leading the way.

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“Art is supposed to push limits. I hope that the show is not exactly what people expect it to be,” Durland says. “And when they see it, I hope they leave gaining a new perspective.”

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Tackling topics like homelessness, foster care and alco ho lism, local author Robert So ul’s compassion takes shape in his Ruined My Rhythm graphic novels set in Tulsa and seen thro ugh the eyes of a bo ld, brash teen searching for her place in the world. By Michele Chiappetta

What is a teenager to do when she loses her mother, runs away from foster care and ends up homeless as she searches in Tulsa for the father she’s never met? That’s the driving, emotional story of Ruined My Rhythm, a striking graphic novel written by Tulsa author Robert Soul, drawn by Missouri native Luna Cooper, and boasting cover art by Tulsa artist Zach Raw. In a world where comics, novels and films are so often born, bred and based on the East and West Coasts, a graphic novel created and set in Tulsa may seem unconventional. But it’s no surprise when you know the love for Tulsa that drives its author. “What I love about Tulsa is the fact that Tulsa is a small city and a large town,” says Soul. “It really offers a lot to its people. It’s small enough that you can meet a lot of very interesting people with great stories to tell. In terms of the art scene, it’s become pretty clear that we’re on par with cities that are much larger. Tulsa has made its mark in terms of art and is continuing to do that. It’s a cool thing to be a part of.” Though born in California, Soul moved to Oklahoma with his mother (who is a Tulsa native) at the tender age of 3. He spent his childhood kicking soccer balls around Hoover Elementary School before moving away — first to Illinois,

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then Kansas City, then Dallas. But when he moved back to Tulsa in 2014, he felt like he’d finally come home. “I was back here for the first time as an adult,” says Soul. “And I realized not too long after that, Tulsa really was my hometown. So, when I had an opportunity to put this story into a graphic novel form, I thought I would be missing an opportunity if I didn’t share about my hometown of Tulsa.” Soul’s appreciation for Tulsa is evident in the graphic novel’s detailed portrayal of downtown’s art deco architecture, well-known locations like Cain’s, and friendly faces like Be Love Yoga’s owner Joe Picorale and artist William Franklin of Decopolis, who both make cameos in the story. And anyone who lives here will recognize icons like the Golden Driller and the Blue Dome in the graphic novel’s pages. But even if you’re not from Tulsa, you’ll be drawn in by the story of Maria, a bold, brash teen whose life is turned upside down after her mother is shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. Though Ruined My Rhythm is not based on a true story, it comes from many encounters Soul has had with people over the years, as well as his compassion for those dealing with issues like homelessness, foster care and alcoholism, all of which are highlighted in the story. In fact, in his non-author life, Soul works for the Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and is pursuing


a master’s degree in social work. But ultimately, he says, Ruined My Rhythm is a story about searching for your place in the world, something we all can relate to. “It’s about a teenage girl who goes through a lot and wants people to leave her alone,” Soul says. “But she keeps meeting some really genuinely nice people who force their way into her life and help her solve some things in her life and come to terms with her grief and with her search for her missing dad.” Originally written as a screenplay, Ruined My Rhythm was never made into a film. Soul put the project on the shelf until a moment of serendipity propelled it into production in a totally unexpected way. The magic started when Soul attended the Wizard World ComicCon at Tulsa’s Cox Business Center in 2015, where he met twin teen artists Luna and Maia Cooper. The Cooper sisters — 15 at the time — are talented artists who had been writing and drawing their own comic series, Champions of Erendil, since they were 13. They had a booth at Wizard World that year to sell their comic. Soul was struck by their talent and also by the fact that, like his heroine Maria, they too were Latina sketch artists. “What really hit me was that Luna knew what she wanted to do with her characters. I could tell there was a real confidence in how she illustrated her characters. And other comic book illustrators who were twice her age were saying how good she was,” Soul says. He handed her a flash drive with the script and asked her to read it. As it turned out, Luna and her family loved the story, and she agreed to do the artwork for it, in between her studies and other activities. The team-up has gone smoothly on both sides. “In a collaboration, you shouldn’t have to lose anything,” Soul explains. “In fact, you should see everything that’s important to you embellished and made even better. And that’s what Luna has done. I can tell she values what I bring, tries hard to incorporate it into her own ideas, and then in the end it feels like it’s much better than it ever would have been on its own.”

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When Soul met local artist Raw at a convention earlier this year, he knew it was a chance to bring another Tulsa connection into the project. He tapped Raw to create a new cover for volume one as well as the covers for volume two (out this year) and volume three (scheduled for next year). Tulsa has embraced the graphic novel with warmth and excitement. In addition to appearing at local conventions like Wizard World, Tokyo in Tulsa and Pryor Comic Convention, Soul has been selling volume one of the threepart series at places such as Nova Comics, Comic Empire, World of Comics, Wizard’s Asylum, Vintage Toy Mall, and other local places where comics are sold. The release party for Ruined My Rhythm, Volume Two, is being held Sept. 15, 6:30–9:30 p.m., atop the Boxyard shopping area in downtown Tulsa. Sponsored by Nova Comics, the event will feature live music by local band Hey Judy, a cosplay contest with prizes, giveaways and more. Luna, Soul and Raw will all be present to sign copies. The event is open to the public.

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The food truck frenzy continues to rev up, especially at Guthrie Green, where four walls have given way to four wheels for grabbing a bite on the go. By M i c h e l e C h i a p p e t ta

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Ready to spice up your Wednesdays by getting away from the office grind or the usual home-based activities you do with your children? You might want to head over to Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa for their Food Truck Wednesdays. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can connect with nature and enjoy some good food and local music midway through the week, when you need a little boost of energy and fun. Food Truck Wednesdays started as a way to draw people to the Guthrie Green, a revitalized area of downtown Tulsa that serves as an urban park and outdoor recreation center. Throughout the spring, summer and autumn, Guthrie Green is alive with a wide choice of activities, from live concerts, movie nights and theatrical performances to yoga, Zumba, dancing and hula hooping, as well as events for Juneteenth and other special times of year. But Food Truck Wednesdays is especially cool because it brings small businesses together with hungry people to enjoy the wide variety of foods you can get in Tulsa. It may be a lot of work to pull it all together seamlessly for Tulsans to enjoy, but as Eric Himan, who is in charge of programming at Guthrie Green says, it’s all worth it. “Food Truck Wednesdays have been pretty successful,” Himan says. “We have regulars throughout the month who all offer something a little bit different. We try to make sure there’s not a lot of duplicates in terms of genre of food and style.” There are 14 regular vendors who bring their trucks to the event, offering American food, Vietnamese, Italian, grilled cheese specials, hot dogs, crepes, gelato, smoothies, doughnuts and more. It’s a mix made in heaven for adults and children alike. It’s no easy feat to situate all the trucks in that space, but Himan works hard to make it happen. “We do want to utilize the space and give as many vendors a chance to be here,” he says. The variety serves both the food truck owners, who benefit from not having to compete directly with other food trucks of the same style, as well as visitors who have the chance to choose from the greatest assortment of noshes possible in the space that Guthrie Green’s food trucks can inhabit. And vendors appreciate the opportunity to serve locals good food in a set location once a week. Lance Hoopingarner, owner of Hoop’s, which serves Philly cheesesteaks and fair food like corn dogs, fried pickles and chocolate dipped cheesecake, became involved with Food Truck Wednesdays in July 2013, and he loves how it has helped his business. “I believe this event has done a lot for our business,” says Hoopingarner. “Because of Food Truck Wednesdays, we have made connections with local businesses and people, which has led us to multiple catering events. Food Truck Wednesdays has opened many doors for us. We are very thankful for this event.” Tuck Curren, owner of The Local Table, which serves American food like a catfish BLT, chicken and waffles, tacos and burgers, agrees. “Food truck Wednesdays showed me people would come and support local food trucks,” he says. “If not for starting at Guthrie Green, I am not sure I would be doing the food truck today.” Attendees of Food Truck Wednesdays love it too. “There is always a great turnout for Food Truck Wednesdays and all special events at Guthrie Green,” says Curren. Hoopingarner says, “We believe

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Belly up to the window and place an order at some of these rolling restaurants that have been around the block a time or two. that people really enjoy coming out to this event. It’s a great opportunity for downtown employees to escape work for a little bit and grab some awesome food during their lunch break.” And there are always opportunities for new trucks to be involved, says Himan. As the food truck industry in Tulsa has grown, many more of these businesses became interested in participating. Guthrie Green responded to the need with an inventive approach. “We decided to create something new, which is called Wild Card Wednesdays,” he says. “And that’s something that I implemented to give an opportunity to new vendors. We do it the last Wednesday of every month. We’ll have our seasoned regulars for the rest of the month, and then for that last week, it’s almost like a brand-new food court of 14 people who aren’t on our regular roster.” In addition to food trucks, Food Truck Wednesdays features entertainment like live music, story time, the splash pad, or yoga on the Green. And food trucks show up for other Guthrie Green events throughout the year so there’s almost always food available for those who visit the Green. You can keep up with the event schedule by following Guthrie Green on Facebook. One up-and-coming event to keep an eye out for is Soul Fest, a tribute to Wayman Tisdale taking place Sept. 30. The funds raised will go to the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, which provides prosthetics for those in need. “We’ll have live music,” says Himan. “We’ll have soul food. It’s going to be a really great event.”

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When Lisa Bain gets up in the morning, she has a goal to bring joy to people in need. That’s the driving force behind her organization, Joy in the Cause — a 501c3 charity focused on providing care, compassion, and joy, one personal act of kindness at a time. The charity began its mission to impact Green Country eight years ago, after two devastating pieces of news rocked Bain’s world. “My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, and she was my very best friend on the planet,” Bain says, remembering that fateful day. If that wasn’t enough of a blow, she received even more bad news. “On the day we found out Mom had ovarian cancer, I was also told to throw away my running shoes, that I might not be walking in six months [due to] several autoimmune diseases.” Though the news was terrible, Bain recalls her mother saying, “We’re going to make this about joy. We’re going to give back and we’re going to find our blessing in paying it forward.” And so they did. “We would go to chemo appointments wearing chicken suits and party hats,” says Bain. “She would wear a disco wig. It was really comical.” It was also eye-opening. “What we found was, people needed joy,” says Bain. “People were hurting, and there were needs.” With her mother’s encouragement, Bain created a charity to help people with life-altering illnesses and special needs, as well as children facing crises. Soon, she says, they were actively helping others find joy in the midst of challenges. A key element to their charitable work involves care packages


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for those in need, and each package is customized for the specific person’s situation. “No two care packages are the same,” says Bain.

you see the a-ha moment, and they leave completely different. And probably three-fourths of those students are now going to become volunteers.”

Another element to Joy in the Cause’s efforts is the charming Mavis Pearl, an English bulldog who serves as the charity’s ambassador. Registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and a member with Karing K-9’s, Mavis Pearl visits hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and cancer treatment centers to spread joy to those in need.

Another outreach of Joy in the Cause — the Purpose Project — began when Bain became aware of an elderly gentlemen at a local nursing home who had no visitors. “He had not left his room in a year,” says Bain. “They called and asked if we could come and get this man out of his room.”

For places where Mavis Pearl can’t go, there is the stuffed Mavis Pearl toy. Volunteers sew handmade outfits for the stuffed animals, which are included in care packages. Recently, says Bain, new students from Tulsa Tech served as volunteers, and it was transformative for them. “I always love it when we get these groups of students coming in that we get to mentor,” she says. “They come in thinking it’s one thing [a service project]. And

Bain gathered a care package and paid the man a visit. Pretty soon, the man was in his wheelchair and ready to interact. “He was sobbing,” she says. “He whispered to me, ‘You’re not coming back, are you?’ I said, ‘Oh yes we are.’ That’s when the Purpose Project started.” Through the Purpose Project, school groups, business organizations and other volunteers adopt a nursing home facility, an assisted living center, or hospice, visiting the residents. “We’re slowly but surely getting

all of the nursing facilities covered,” she says. The Joy to the Rescue — Project: Kids in Crisis began when Bain received a call from a police officer looking for help. Whether parents have been arrested, a child has been abandoned, they’re victims of sex trafficking or another crisis has arisen, children can often end up without a change of clothes, toys and other items that would ease their transition to a new location. It’s a heartbreaking situation that the Kids in Crisis project seeks to address by providing backpacks full of useful, soothing items. “We go to first responders and we ask, ‘What do you need to help these children?’” says Bain. “Thousands of these backpacks have gone out now, and they’re in all the first responders’ cars. They have books, a Mavis dog, hygiene kits, flip flops, T-shirts.” Bain is always looking for ways to add to the backpacks’ usefulness, in conjunction with corporate partners such as QuikTrip and Freddy’s Frozen Custard. Once

filled, the backpacks are taken to places such as the drug court, juvenile bureaus and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Another outreach of the charity, Joy in the Adventure, was created to encourage families to find joy in life after the loss of a loved one. “Families who had lost children wanted to get together and form some sort of a project that would encourage and give a place to these families who have lost children, because they felt so alone,” Bain says. As the charity continues to expand and find new ways to share joy and hope, Bain keeps in mind her mother’s wise words. “One of the first things my mom said was, ‘We’re going to find the most beautiful treasure in the darkest day of our life. We will find a diamond in the day.’ And that’s what Joy in the Cause became.”

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FROM THE UNIFORMS TO THE ATHLETICISM, CHEERLEADING HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE WOMEN WERE “ALLOWED” TO START CHEERING IN 1923. FOR THE MOST PART, IT’S BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE AND PHYSICALLY DEMANDING, AND LESS ABOUT SIS-BOOM-BAH. By MICHELE CHIAPPETTA “We’ve got spirit, yes we do!” You probably remember cheers like this from the days you sat in the stands rooting for your favorite team to score. Cheerleading has evolved a lot in the last 30 to 40 years as it has increasingly become more competitive and more lucrative. These days, whether it’s youth sports, high school football, college basketball, or competitions on ESPN, cheerleading seems to be everywhere. Which is a little crazy considering when cheer squads were introduced to support school sports teams in the 1880s, they were called “pep clubs,” and they were only open to men. During the early 1900s, cheerleading expanded with the popularity of football and other collegiate sports. It wasn’t until 1923 that the University of Minnesota introduced women — as well as tumbling routines — on its sidelines. When most college-age men left to fight during World War II, women stepped into traditionally male roles. By the mid-1940s, the majority of cheerleaders were female.

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Today, children can join a competitive team that’s as tough if not tougher than a professional sports regimen. And winning can bring in the big bucks — at least for the cheerleading industry, which generates an estimated $2 billion in the U.S. every year.

There are many benefits to competitive cheer, say Cameryn and her father, Les Dean. “I sum up cheer as, we have a chance to spend time with our kids in something that’s positive, that it challenges them on a personal, professional, spirit, soul and body level. It’s a real sport,” he says.

If you’ve never heard of competitive cheer, here’s a quick rundown. Children can join elite cheer training programs as early as age 3 or 4, where they start learning tumbling and other skills. There are no ties to school programs; kids come from anywhere around the area to participate. The teams train hard, compete several times a year, and are ranked for skills, all with the goal of winning a bid to go to the national competitions held annually.

Cameryn agrees. “Life lessons,” she says. “Hard work, dedication, time, all the aspects.” And she should know. As a flyer — the girl atop the pyramid of a stunt group — her role is demanding, yet it puts her at center stage too. It’s a lot of pressure, but she has thrived on it. Through cheer, she says, she has made great friends and has traveled across the country for competitions.

It’s an experience that Jenks teenager Cameryn Dean has participated in since she was 2 or 3 years old, when she started gymnastics. By the time she was 4 or 5, she was involved in a cheer gym, training for a team. “I just grew up with cheer,” she says. “It helped me become the person I am.”

One of the highlights has been going to the Cheerleading Worlds, an elite competition for the best of the best. “It’s like the Olympics of cheerleading,” Cameryn says. Held at Disney World and broadcast on ESPN, Cheerleading Worlds is big business, earning millions of dollars for the cheerleading industry. The

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SC SPORTS CENTRAL competitive cheer teams perform a highly theatric, two-and-a-half-minute performance they have worked months to perfect, with serious music, dance moves, stunts, short skirts, glitter, sometimes even smoke or strobe lights. It’s a heady experience. Of course, it’s not all fun and games. Competitive cheerleading places intense demands on the body. Cameryn has had concussions due to accidents during stunts, and ACL injuries are common. “You’ve got be careful,” says Les. “But soccer is just as dangerous, with concussions.” It can be emotionally draining. A single misstep during a competitive performance can result in a heartbreaking loss for the whole team. It also demands a lot of families financially. The cost of airfare, tickets to competitions, hotel rooms and more adds up to thousands of dollars a year. And ultimately, competitive cheerleading demands a great amount of time. Competitive cheerleaders travel often, and even when they’re home, they spend long hours practicing, and then have to show up at school the next day for classes.

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“It is the hardest thing I have ever done,” says Cameryn, “academically trying to keep your stuff together, trying to have a school life. I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices.”

any other athlete, cheerleading is still not perceived by many people as a legitimate sport. Scholarships are still rare, especially for girls, though there are efforts to change that.

Even though she clearly has loved her many years in competitive cheer, Cameryn says she decided to take a break from it to participate in cheer at Jenks High School, which is much less intense and gives her the opportunity to enjoy a more traditional social and school life. She was one of three freshmen to make the varsity team when she tried out; all three were involved in competitive cheer.

Not all colleges have competitive cheerleading teams either, though most have at least some form of cheerleading squad for the more conventional, sideline spirit building that sports fans have come to know and love. That’s the case at the University of Tulsa, where Amanda Snider serves as director of TU’s spirit squad.

High school teams still have some competitive aspects, with teams potentially going to Nationals. During Cameryn’s freshman year, the team won Grand Champion at Nationals, a coup for Jenks, which has won other competitions but never nabbed the Grand Champion title before.

Before joining the TU staff, Snider was on the University of Oklahoma pom squad and before that, she spent years in dance. So, she says, it was a natural progression for her to become interested in coaching. She coached for Union High School, Metro, and the Tulsa 66ers NBA D-league team before coming on board as a volunteer coach and eventually as a full-time employee at TU.

As for her future, Cameryn would love to perform cheer while in college. “After high school, college cheer is the next stop,” she says. It would seem like a logical step, yet that decision has its repercussions too. Even though those who cheer train as hard as

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SPORTS CENTRAL SC down into three groups — a cheer team, pom squad and mascot. All are demanding, and all are vital to inspiring school spirit. “I love my teams,” Snider says. “They’re such hard-working college students.” The cheer squad at TU is coed, with 13 men and 14 women currently on the team. All team members must be able to perform stunts and gymnastics typical of a cheer squad. “It’s truly athletic,” says Snider. “At games, they’re the ones leading the crowd, generating enthusiasm. We tumble, we stunt, we perform dances, cheers and chants the entire football or basketball game. They have to be in top shape to get through a four-hour game.” Another element to the university’s spirit squad is the pom squad, which involves sharpmotioned dancing with elements of ballet skills. Like the cheer squad, it’s demanding. “You have to have a really strong dance background to be able to do pom,” says Snider. Pom members must be able to memorize all their routines, the cheerleaders’ chants, and the band’s routines.

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Even being a college mascot is demanding, and it’s not easy to make it through auditions. “We are looking for someone who can handle being in the suit,” says Snider, “because it is very hot and it is very heavy. We want them to be in good condition and good shape. But also, it’s purely entertainment. Whoever’s in the suit really has to bring the mascot to life.” This year, she says, three people — two males and one female — are sharing the mascot duties. The TU spirit squad practices three or four times a week, plus games, and like other forms of cheer, it requires a lot of time and effort. But by eschewing competitions, says Snider, students can have more time to concentrate on their studies, as well as family, work and other areas that are vital to helping college students make it through to graduation successfully. “The biggest thing I tell people about is balancing their time, making sure you’re studying when you’re supposed to, doing what you’re supposed to do,” says Snider. “It goes school, family, then spirit, then your job, then your sorority or fraternity and other activities, so they have to prioritize.”

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At TU, the spirit squad is also very involved in giving back to the Tulsa community through volunteerism. “We are ambassadors for the university,” says Snider. “Last year, our team did over 1,600 hours of community service, both on their own and as a team.” Among many other activities this year, the entire team will have participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser on campus, as well as taking turns on TU Tuesdays to visit and bring goodie bags to patients at St. Francis Children’s Hospital. The spirit squad also does a line dancing event with special needs adults. “It’s obviously rewarding to spend time with them. They look forward to seeing us every year, and we look forward to seeing them,” says Snider. In the end, whether it’s competitive or not, cheerleading is something that can prepare a student for life down the road. “Cheer, like any other extracurricular sport, really does prepare you for what’s going on in the world,” says Les. “It’s more than just cheer. It’s about life. It’s really about staying committed and focused to a goal. And what you get out of it is so much more than what the actual sport brings to you.”

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DINING Albert G’s Bar & Q | 4C-91 Amazing Thai Cuisine | 7B-63 Baskin-Robbins | 5A-57, 5B-57 Brownie’s Burgers | 4D-29, 5B-29 Cafe Olé | 4C-35 Celebrity Restaurant | 5C-68 Chimi’s | 5B-2, 4C-2, 4D-2 Dave and Buster’s | 6B-44 El Chico | 6D-93 Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille | 5B-64 Flo’s Burger Diner | 8D-1 Freeway Cafe |4D-5, 5D-5 French Hen | 5B-17 Fuji | 5B-20 George’s Pub | 4A-61 Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs | 5A-9 Hatfield’s Hamburgers | 6D-24 Hooters | 5B-49 In The Raw | 4C-23, 5B-23, 7B-23 Incredible Pizza | 5B-46 Jason’s Deli | 4D-30, 5B-30 Jim’s Coney Island | 4D-26 La Roma | 5B-38 Lanna Thai | 5B-71 Leena’s Mediterranean Grill | 5B-45 Los Cabos | 6G-40, 4A-40, 7B-40 Mandarin Taste | 5B-51 Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar | 4A-58 Mi Cocina | 4D-39

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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL Home games are played at Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater)

Sept. 8 | @ South Alabama | 7p Sept. 16 | @ Pittsburgh | 11a Sept. 23 | vs TCU | TBA Sept. 30 | @ Texas Tech | TBA

Oct. 14 | vs Baylor | TBA Oct. 21 | @ Texas | TBA Oct. 28 | @ West Virginia | TBA Nov. 4 | vs Oklahoma | TBA

Nov. 11 | @ Iowa State | TBA Nov. 18 | vs Kansas State | TBA Nov. 25 | vs Kansas | TBA

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL

Home games are played at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman)

Sept. 2 | vs UTEP | 2:30p Sept. 9 | @ Ohio State | 6:30p Sept. 16 | vs Tulane | 5p Sept. 23 | @ Baylor | TBA Oct. 7 | vs Iowa State | TBA

Oct. 14 | vs Texas* | TBA Oct. 21 | @ Kansas State | TBA Oct. 28 | vs Texas Tech | TBA Nov. 4 | @ Oklahoma State | TBA Nov. 11 | vs TCU | TBA

Nov. 18 | @ Kansas | TBA Nov. 25 | vs West Virginia * Cotton Bowl Stadium (Dallas, Texas)

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA FOOTBALL

Home games are played at H.A. Chapman Stadium (Tulsa)

Sept. 9 | vs Louisiana | 3p Sept. 16 | @ Toledo | 6p Sept. 23 | vs New Mexico | TBA Sept. 30 | vs Navy | TBA

Oct. 7 | @ Tulane | TBA Oct. 14 | vs Houston | TBA Oct. 21 | @ UConn | TBA Oct. 27 | @ SMU | 8p

Nov. 3 | vs Memphis | 7p Nov. 16 | @ USF | TBA Nov. 25 | vs Temple | TBA

DALLAS COWBOYS

Home games are played at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Sept. 10 | vs New York Giants | 7:30p Sept. 17 | @ Denver Broncos | 3:25p Sept. 25 | @ Arizona Cardinals | 7:30p Oct. 1 | vs Los Angeles Rams | Noon Oct. 8 | vs Green Bay Packers | 3:25p Oct. 22 | @ San Francisco 49ers | 3:05p

Oct. 29 | @ Washington Redskins | 3:25p Nov. 5 | vs Kansas City Chiefs | 3:25p Nov. 12 | @ Atlanta Falcons | 3:25p Nov. 19 | vs Philadelphia Eagles | 7:30p Nov. 23 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 3:30p Nov. 30 | vs Washington Redskins | 7:30p

Dec. 10 | @ New York Giants | 3:25p Dec. 17 | @ Oakland Raiders | 7:30p Dec. 24 | vs Seattle Seahawks | 3:25p Dec. 31 | @ Philadelphia Eagles | Noon

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Home games are played at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)

Sept. 7 | @ New England Patriots | 7:30p Sept. 17 | vs Philadelphia Eagles | Noon Sept. 24 | @ Los Angeles Chargers | 3:25p Oct. 2 | vs Washington Redskins | 7:30p Oct. 8 | @ Houston Texans | 7:30p Oct. 15 | vs Pittsburgh Steelers | 3:25p

Oct. 19 | @ Oakland Raiders | 7:25p Oct. 30 | vs Denver Broncos | 7:30p Nov. 5 | @ Dallas Cowboys | 3:25p Nov. 19 | @ New York Giants | Noon Nov. 26 | vs Buffalo Bills | Noon Dec. 3 | @ New York Jets | Noon

Dec. 10 | vs Oakland Raiders | Noon Dec. 16 | vs Los Angeles Chargers | 7:25p Dec. 24 | vs Miami Dolphins | Noon Dec. 31 | @ Denver Broncos | 3:25p

TULSA DRILLERS

Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa)

Sept. 1 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Sept. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

Sept. 3 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Sept. 4 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC

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Sept. 3 | @ Portland Timbers 2 | 4p Sept. 5 | @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 9p Sept. 17 | @ OKC Energy FC | 5p

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There may be a chill in the air or perhaps the Oklahoma temperature will reach a record high. But as unpredictable as Tulsa weather is, one thing is certain: it’s fair season. Since its inception in 1903, the Tulsa State Fair has provided an opportunity for people to gather as a community for fun and educational experiences in a family-friendly environment showcasing food, education, entertainment and agriculture. Though the attractions, vendors and midway fare have changed over the years, this year’s fair promises to deliver on a unique Oklahoma celebration of Americana.

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“Every year we look at what’s new and exciting in the industry so we can bring it to Tulsa,” says marketing and development supervisor Sarah Thompson, who has been with the Tulsa State Fair for 10 years. “This year, we’re excited to bring the Dark Knight jousting shows.” This medieval themed, high-energy event that showcases medieval warfare and equestrian games is sure to delight young and old, as should the Little Ray’s Dinosaur exhibit at the Just for Kids Building. “This exhibit is filled with reptiles, fossils, and stage show,”

says Thompson. “It’s very visual and interactive, and sure to be great fun for the whole family.” This year, children can participate in the passport program by picking up a map that guides them to stations where they get their passports stamped for visiting exhibits. Not only will they have fun discovering new exhibits and learning, but Thompson says they will have a free souvenir to take home from the fair. “One of the main things we focus on is how to educate fair-goers on agriculture and history,” she says.


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Safety is also a priority at the fair. One of the best things parents can do when they first arrive is to stop by the sheriff ’s booth to pick up a wristband for their child with contact information so in case they get separated, they can more efficiently be reunited. “We tell the children to find someone in uniform and show them their wristband so they can be reunited with their parents quickly,” Thompson says.

offered in dairy and nondairy forms. “I think the unique flavor is the jalapeno popsicle,” says Thompson. Though it has become synonymous with deep-fried foods, colorful Midway rides, animal races, and pop performances, the fair is an attempt to educate the community about the state’s local bounty. That’s where it differs from a theme park. Organizors are re-emphasizing the agricultural piece to families.

Last year, North American Midway provided the midway services with over 60 rides, including 11 new rides. This year, they return with new rides and games sure to delight, including the Sky Ride that is only operated during the 11 days of the fair.

This year, the premier livestock shows feature the best of the best from all 77 counties of Oklahoma and some out of state exhibitors. Over 12,000 animals will be available for viewing.

After taking a spin on the rides, you can relax at one of the many shows ranging from acrobats to the All-Star Stunt Dog Challenge. Or you may want to challenge yourself and get into the action at the NCAA Spirit of Champions Interactive Zone, which is always fun for participants and spectators.

While you’re exploring all the livestock and attractions the fair has to offer, don’t forget to stop by the River Spirit Expo, which features 10 acres of food and shopping, including 600 booths selling everything from mattresses to garlic grinders and those popular As Seen on TV products.

When it comes to fair food, Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web said is best: “The fair is a virtual smorgasbord.” Whether cruising down the midway or visiting the River Spirit Expo, you could attend the fair every day it’s open and probably still not sample all the food.

If you prefer browsing the homemade goods, the competitive exhibit displays represent many talented Oklahoma participants. Entries and winners will be on display in Central Park Hall. “They have great, unique products, so come out and support local businesses,” Thompson says.

“While the community comes out for the traditional corn dogs, funnel cakes, and frozen lemonade, they also want to try new, unique sweet and savory foods,” says Thompson. From the doughnut burger to deep-fried butter and Oreos, a fair-goer never knows what might pop up on the midway. The cinnamon roll sundae and bacon funnel cake are sure to be new favorites, but Thompson is most excited about the gourmet popsicle, which will be

Live music plays a significant role in fair entertainment, and this year 50 bands are scheduled to perform 90 sets. Music from local favorites, like Brandon Clark and Travis Kidd, to national recording artists like Easton Corbin and Echosmith will be featured on one of the many stages throughout the fair.

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IS SPORTSWEAR FASHION (OR ACTIVEWEAR) A LAZY APPROACH TO DRESSING, OR A GREAT OPTION BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY TO WEAR ON ANY DAY OF THE WEEK? BY RYANN GORDON There’s a phenomenon of sorts taking over the fashion world. It’s confusing, questionable, contrasting and undeniably chic. It’s a terrifyingly attractive diversion from every style tip we’ve ever held dear — a combination of styles brought together as one. Some might call it a stretchy-pant paradox, if you will, because no longer are we wearing activewear only on our hours of physical exertion. And no longer are we keeping athletic clothes in their own category, only to be accompanied by similar pieces worthy of a jog or yoga-sesh. Sports apparel has taken on a new meaning in modern fashion, where tights are the new denim. It’s time that we break those comfy clothes out of our dresser drawers and bring them to the closet to join our satin, leather, boots and heels. Although it may sound ridiculous, the joining of casual activewear and sexy, sleek statement pieces has taken over the closets of celebrity fashion icons.

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Get the best of both worlds when you unify your favorite fashion trends for a cozy, comfy, cool and killing-it look. Dress down your evening dresses with daytime sneakers; combine your coziest sweatpants with your most fashionable heeled booties; and turn your raggedy, old hoodies into high fashion with a tight skirt and heels. The models are all doing it; celebrities are copping it; and, now it’s time for us to do the same.

SAG A LITTLE Lucky for those who have been unable to unbutton their skinny jeans since the early 2000s, you can officially throw those babies in the trash. It’s all about the baggy pants now. And, it’s all about what you’re pairing them with. Go for oversized, boyfriend sweatpants, sleek Adidas track pants or something closer to MC Hammer’s metallic, harem‑style.


STYLE + SHOPPING SS PASS UP THE PUMPS Give your feet the break they’ve always dreamt of, and step out of those heels for a day. Tennis shoes and other sporty flats have taken over the sportswear scene and evolved into a day-to-night-wear trend. Pair a classy gown with some dainty lace-ups, and bring your nighttime looks to the streets. Whether you’re rocking clean, white kicks that will never lose their place as a fashion staple or more modern, chunky tennis shoes that have been pumped up to platform status, you can turn any outfit from sassy to sporty-sleek in no time.

ROLL THE SLEEVES Don’t worry, sorority girls — we haven’t jacked your style just yet. Similar to the oversized T-shirt and Nikes that we’ve seen on college campuses for years, this trend also involves your largest shirts and hoodies. But rather than your man’s crusty ones, let’s go for dad’s vintage. Rock out in a Harley Davidson hoodie or oversized Metallica T-shirt and pair with a sleek mini skirt either tucked in or not. Throw on some strappy heels, and you’ll be the fashion queen of comfort town.

BUST OUT THE BALL CAP You don’t have to be going to a Drillers game to rock this timeless look. Dress down your pretty skirts and dresses with a sleek and endlessly cool cap. There’s no better way to hide a bad hair day or surprise pimple than with a face-shading baseball cap that screams covert in the most alluring way. Rock an old-school cap with a girly ensemble and look like the coolest around with no effort at all, which just makes it all the more chic.

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Inconspicuous as it is, The Colony is where Tulsa’s musical past and present collide, giving us a glimpse of a future focused on tunes geared around strong songwriting with musicianship at the forefront. By G.K. Hizer // Photos by Marc Rains Undoubtedly, Tulsa has a rich musical heritage that hasn’t fallen short in recent years. If anything, the talent pool here seems to continually grow deeper. With it, there are clubs and music venues all over town, all of which help contribute to the growth of our city’s talent. Over the past decade or so, however, there’s one locale that has been central to Tulsa music. Tucked away at 28th and Harvard, The Colony is inconspicuous. In fact, if you’re not aware of, or looking for it, you’ll likely drive right past without noticing it in the afternoon or on a lazy week night. On a busy Friday or Saturday night, it may stand out a bit more with a line of cars wedged in out front and a patio full of musically inclined souls with drinks in hand, chatting with others who are ironically stepping out for a little fresh air. Step inside and it may not seem like much at first. A row of booths along the south wall, a narrow bar to the east running nearly the length of the floor, a mish-mash of tables and chairs across the floor, and a fireplace on the west wall. There’s a back room with a pool table that mainly plays to overflow on busy nights, often stacked with empty guitar cases for bands currently playing on the cozy stage or other musicians loading in and preparing to play next. Once the music starts, however, as it does, seven nights a week, there’s no denying there’s a certain magic in the air. The crowd may be mostly 20-somethings, checking out their favorite current local artist, but look around and 40- or 50-somethings are settled in right next to them, grooving along. Perhaps more than anyplace else in Tulsa, aside from Cain’s Ballroom, The Colony is where Tulsa’s musical past and present collide, giving us a glimpse of the future. Sure, part of that may be serendipity or sonic kismet, but it’s also partially by design. If you’re a child of the ‘80s and think back, you’ll probably remember this location as IV Play, the bar packed with college kids and dollar beers. That’s just a window in the history of this club, however.

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Originally opened in 1958 as The Colony Inn, this little bar has been a staple of the neighborhood for nearly 60 years. Yes, it’s opened and closed, changed ownership and management multiple times, but that only adds to the mystique. Legend has it that this is the bar that Leon Russell owned in the ‘70s, back during the Shelter Records days and the creative peak of The Church recording studio. Russell’s band was the house band back then, and on any given night, you might just stumble in and find Russell himself onstage, not to mention an array of his creative friends. A chat with the old-timers may even garner you a story of the night that they saw a limo pull up and a suave English gent stepped out to stroll into the bar. Yes, depending on who you ask, George Harrison showed up and sat in that evening, as did Eric Clapton on more than one occasion. Nearly a dozen years ago, Elliot Nelson acquired the building and set the wheels in motion to make sure live music reverberated in the walls once again. With Brian Fontaine taking the reins, the old vibe returned to The Colony with some fresh faces and fresh sounds. Local musicians like Wink Burcham, Beau Roberson, Paul Benjamin, and others stepped up with one foot planted in the classic vibes of Russell and J.J. Cale and the other stepping into something new — touches of Gov’t Mule or Townes Van Zandt, with no boundaries. It’s no surprise, then, that Fontaine and The Colony played an integral part in helping launch what quickly became known as the “New Tulsa Sound,” as well as assisting in Horton Records getting off the ground. Today, locals know The Colony as a place where you can settle in and find great tunes any night of the week. Some nights it may be blues or jam based, other nights it might be flavored with classic country or touches of folk or bluegrass, while some nights, the house is just straight rocking. Any night, however, you can be assured the tunes are based


on strong songwriting, with musicianship at the forefront. Sunday nights launch the week with what has become a staple attraction for local music fans and night owls. Benjamin’s Sunday Night Thing kicks off with him launching into a set and a night designed to evolve into an open jam session with friends and guest artists passing through town. It’s not uncommon to find John Fullbright, Jesse Aycock, or Dustin Pittsley in the mix. Nor is it uncommon to see a touring artist who played elsewhere earlier that night stop in and join the fun. Week to week, it’s never the same, and that’s part of the magic. Monday nights currently feature Seth Lee Jones, one of Tulsa’s tastiest and most soulful guitar players (not to mention an amazing luthier who has created some stunning guitars for other players around town). Dan Martin leads singer-songwriter’s night Tuesday at 9 p.m., providing a structured open-stage environment for developing the next hotshot songwriters, as well as letting Tulsa’s established artists try out some new tunes in an open environment. Wednesday nights keep a foot grounded in Oklahoma’s musical heritage with the ongoing Tom Skinner’s Science Project. Initially designed as an open jam to invite friends and guests onstage (in the spirit of The Farm and Oklahoma’s red dirt movement), the Science Project continues on as tribute to Skinner, two years after his passing. The jam session usually kicks off during around 8 p.m. and it’s not uncommon to see an older audience organize an impromptu potluck of snacks — with the blessing of the proprietors, of course. Thursday nights alternate between Jacob Tovar’s Thirst on the first and third weeks of the month laying a classic country foundation and The Soup Kitchen with Dane Arnold on the second and fourth weeks of the month with a more bluesy and soulful direction. That leaves Friday and Saturday nights open for original, live music with no boundaries. One night may be funk or blues, another rock, red dirt, or folk. National and touring artists fill the bill as the schedule allows, but one thing is assured: music fans arrive in anticipation and almost always return home happy.

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2809 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa 918-794-4208 thecolonytulsa.com Monday-Friday: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

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With school back in session and summer officially coming to a close, you may be looking for a quick getaway to extend the summer vibe and still enjoy a taste of something local. If that’s the case, a short drive to the east will serve up both something new and traditional with the 38th annual Bluegrass and Chili Festival at the Claremore Expo Center. This fall tradition serves up a fun weekend of entertainment for the whole family, regardless of age, with a variety of crafts and vendors, a Kiddie Korral with inflatables and activities for the children, and three stages of music and entertainment. Motor-heads can get their kicks with the open car show presented by Tulsa Chevy Classics, while local talent fans can take in both the Junior Showcase (an under-21, noncompetitive showcase for young vocalists, dancers, and instrumentalists) and the Best Country in the City vocal competition, offering up a $500 prize for the best singer across country, folk, gospel, and bluegrass genres. The big showdown on Sept. 9, however, is the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off. Awards will be handed out across a number of categories, including a $1,000 prize in the nonprofit division. The winner of the ICS division will be invited to participate in the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Reno, Nevada, competing for a $25,000 grand prize. Of course, the big draw for music fans is three nights of music featuring both local bands and nationally touring artists. Festival favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as well as Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be headlining this year, along with recent Grand Ole Opry inductees Daily & Vincent, gospel Grammy nominees The Isaacs, Dave Adkins Band, Edgar Loudermilk Band, The Chapmans, and more. Admission is free, and on-site parking is offered for $10. Claremore Expo Center is less than an hour’s drive east, making it a quick weekend escape to experience a little tradition and hear some new music at the same time. — G.K. Hizer

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Talent Magnet September is here, which means it’s time for one of Tulsa music fans’ favorite festivals: Stone River. Held just an hour west of Tulsa, in Chandler on private festival grounds on Sept. 15-17, this is the weekend that many Tulsans wait for all year long. Now in its eighth year, this is one of the most relaxing weekends of music you’ll find all year, not to mention most family friendly. Granted, nearly all events claim to be family friendly, but Stone River is truly a family event. Held on 40 acres of land owned and manicured by Jim and Vicki Pittsley (Dustin Pittsley’s parents), the festival is run by family and friends, and it’s not uncommon to see the musicians’ children standing or sitting side-stage as the bands play. The grounds are impressive on their own: an open grove for parking, a family oriented campground, wooded camping, and even a playground set up behind the general store all balance a setup that includes a main stage and open grove seating that keep everything intimate, yet open for new listeners to join the family.

Where the locals have been going since 1975!

If you’re a fan of red dirt or Tulsa’s local music scene, this is a killer lineup. Red Dirt Rangers, Brad James Band, Pete Marriott Band, Wanda Watson Band, Jacob Tovar, Wink Burcham, and, of course, Dustin Pittsley Band already make for a weekend of killer music. Add in John Fullbright and Ian Moore (who’s not a Tulsan by birth, but has been adopted as a close friend of Pittsley and others on the local scene), and this is a weekend you won’t want to miss. If that lineup sounds a little thin for you, think again: not only do the sets intersect as band members continually weave in and out of each other’s sets, each night closes with an open jam session to blow out the night. If that’s not enough for you, the music usually spills out into the campgrounds with late-night acoustic jams as well. If you’ve never attended Stone River Music Festival, don’t miss out this year. Tickets are $25 Friday night, $30 Saturday, or $45 for the weekend. — G.K. Hizer

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HF HEALTH + FITNESS The health crazes in America have become more than just trends but something closer to a social obsession. We’re talking about no preservatives, no GMOs, raw everything and nothing processed. And, although this is quite the opposite of something that should be taken lightly, some of these crazes are just out of hand.

BEET IT UP Beets — yum, said few. But you can actually make beets taste delicious in a juice. Blend together with some cabbage, carrots, lemon, orange, pineapple, spinach and all the works, and live to feel the results. You’ll be beeting it up in no time.

But if there’s one that many Americans can’t fully disagree with, it’s juicing. According to many, there’s nothing our body loves more in this modern day of fast foods and french fries than a good oldfashioned cleanse. According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, eating up to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can have a significant impact on your life span. For those of us who don’t have time to cut up or cook two servings with every meal, juicing is an easy way to consume them on the go. Juicing also provides all the same vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients as eating whole fruits and vegetables, and the water content can help you stay hydrated. Although juicing can be difficult for some to get used to, taking a day here and there to consume only liquefied foods can be made easy when done with the right ingredients. Add in some extra protein, grains and lots of fiber, and you’ll find that a liquid meal might actually keep you full longer than the burger or chicken nuggets you were planning on eating. And if you can make it just one day a week away from these bad habits, you may be able to make a lasting change to your body, lifestyle and overall quality of living.

SWEET POTATO PIE Blending sweet potatoes? Who thought of that? Try adding almonds, apples and oranges for a combination of sweet and savory that makes for a juice that is anything but boring. For those who like to stay active, it’s a perfect post-workout treat that’ll revitalize.

KALE-ING IT Bring together the leafy love that Beyonce just can’t quit raving about alongside some tropical flavors like banana and pineapple for a tropikale treat that’ll have you singing “Crazy in Love” in no time. Throw in some more sweet flavors like blueberries, peaches and other tasty fruits, and use almond milk to decrease your calorie count.

THERE’S SOMETHING APPEALING ABOUT BEING ABLE TO BLEND FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND OTHER NUTRIENTS TO GET YOUR VITAMINS WITHOUT HAVING TO CHOW DOWN ON SALAD OR WORSE EVERY DAY. By Ryann Gordon

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GO GREEN Give yourself a healthy dose of iron and vitamin K with this delicious juice recipe. In your juicer, blend together kale, green grapes, cucumber, apple and any other green goodies you can think of, like pears or celery, and watch as your body begins to make moves you haven’t felt in years.

CARROT CAKE Well, maybe it’s not cake, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Rather than diabetes, this juice will give you the cleanse of a lifetime. Combine carrots, lemon and ginger with other sweet fruits like apples or oranges that go great with the spicy kick of ginger.

MINTY FRESH You don’t have to stick solely to savory flavors. Remember that herbs are some of the most cleansing food groups, and they add some flavor. Bring together mint leaves with banana, pineapple, strawberries, spinach, kale and any other green things your heart desires. Not only will this juice keep you full for hours, but it’ll cleanse your digestive tract.

COOL AND CLEAN Combine the crisp, cool flavors of cucumber, cantaloupe, celery and maybe even some kale or spinach for a juice that is so fresh, it’ll knock the McDonald’s bag straight out of your hand. The melon will add a sweet, savory twist that’ll disguise the tartness of the vegetables you’ve added.

SWEETER THAN HONEY And you don’t even have to add a single bit of sugar. Utilize some of our favorite naturally sweet flavors like cherries, apples and pears with whatever veggies you’re in the mood for, and prepare your body for a vitamin overload. Lutein-plus vitamins promote collagen and, as we hope, have been known to fight aging.

ENERGY FOR DAYS Give yourself the energy boost you’ve been needing with this electrolyte-loaded juice that’ll have you zinging from more than just the taste. Throw together some peaches, lychees in syrup and coconut water to avoid excess dairy, and feel your heartbeat race from 0 to 100 in the most naturally fulfilling beat.

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Offering a cure for whatever “ales” you, George’s Pub stocks nearly 80 bottled brews, a strong whiskey selection and a palate-pleasing menu that will have you questioning if the place is really just a bar. By G.K. Hizer | Photos by Marc Rains So you’re looking for a classic neighborhood bar that feels like your own? Someplace that feels personal where you can relax and enjoy a drink, grab something to eat when the urge hits, and watch a game or maybe even listen to some cool music. A place where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came? Not actually Cheers, but maybe something close. Well, those living in Jenks have just the place — and the rest of south Tulsa is catching on and showing up as well. Tucked away off Main Street on First Street, in the historic part of Jenks, George’s Pub started out seven years ago as a good idea in a questionable location and has proven to be ahead of the curve in making its part of the neighborhood more than just antique shops and a crossroads for the high school. Walking up in the quiet part of the afternoon, it admittedly doesn’t strike much of an impression. It’s a two-story storefront in a 100-year-old building on

a quiet side street with a semi-enclosed patio containing tables on the north side. Step inside, however, and it’s a treasure that opens up more with each visit. A relatively small bar floor with a flurry of high-topped tables is warmed up by high ceilings. An open stairwell leads upstairs to more seating on the rail and a game room with a pool table, darts, and more to keep friends occupied. With flat screens around the room, you won’t lack a view of whatever game is on, regardless of where you park yourself. In fact, if you’re a football fan (or futbol fan, for that matter), you can count on a game being on if it’s being broadcast. There’s a full bar including a strong whiskey selection. But if you’re a beer lover, George’s may quickly become your home away from home. You’ll only find eight on tap, but with nearly 80 bottled brews available, you’ll be busy working your way through the list and likely find a new favorite. If you enjoy trying new brands and styles, you’ll want to check out George’s

Thursday evenings, as the pub features a different beer each week for Pint Night, where you get to try a new brew and keep the glass. Owner and general manager Corey Crandall says that pint night isn’t exclusive to local brews, either. Sure, a local beer will work its way into the lineup on occasion, but George’s makes sure to leave borders open, featuring craft brews from coast to coast. One of the biggest draws for George’s is the food that’s not of the premade, frozen varieties that are an unfortunate standard at most bars. Weekly specials include the Sloppy George, a twist on the classic sloppy joe, as well as a steak sandwich on Sundays; traditional or boneless hot wings (with eight sauces to choose from) and a pulled pork sandwich on Mondays; beef, chicken, or pulled pork tacos on Tuesdays; a third pound Black Angus burger on Wednesdays; and Guinness battered fish and chips, sandwiches, wraps, and tacos as well as grilled, blackened, or Thai fish tacos on Thursdays.

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If you’re relaxing inside, George’s is primarily sports oriented, but Friday and Saturday nights feature live music on the patio as long as the season and weather cooperate. With a small stage at the back of the patio, it’s a chill vibe, and you’ll usually find a two- or three-piece group playing mostly originals, with some occasional cover tunes.

realistic anymore. Even so, we still try to treat everyone the same and make them welcome.

George’s is celebrating its seventh birthday Sept. 23, and will be celebrating all weekend long, marking the occasion by doing what it does best — staying the course and keeping people happy with pint night and live music.

Even so, George’s has found a way to strike that perfect mix that keeps everyone happy and coming back. On any given night, you’re likely to find a construction worker parked at the bar next to a doctor or lawyer in a $600 suit, sharing a chat and a beer while watching the game.

“We work hard to treat everyone who comes in the door like family,” he says. “We used to take pride in knowing almost everyone by name, but we’ve grown so much, that it isn’t

“The biggest thing, I think, is that we’ve learned from our mistakes. You can’t make everyone happy and we don’t try. Our regulars know that the policy here is the customer is sometimes right,” he says with a laugh.

With a staff that sees relatively little turnover, it’s easy to feel at home and comfortable every time you show up.

“It’s been interesting and fun to watch,” Crandall says. “We’ve really grown into a happening little place here, seven nights a week. “We used to be the neighborhood pub in Jenks, but we see people every night from south Tulsa, Broken Arrow, and even Owasso. I guess that means we’re doing something right, because we’ve turned into the neighborhood pub for all of south Tulsa.”

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GEORGE’S PUB

108 N. 1st St. | Jenks 918-296-9711 georgespubs.com Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday: Noon-2 a.m.

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VINGS? A R C E T A L O E CHOC CHILI) S O H T M L A E AT T O C E R I N G S ( I N C L U D I N G . R T T E E W S R F E C T SLY D E L ISH O F F D U LG E N T F L AVO R E P E H T F O IN SEARCHRY THESE OUTRAGEOEUNTY OF RICH AND IN by TIFFANY DUNCAN photos by CHELSI FISHER T L P H T I W D PACKE DARK CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE‑CHIP COOKIES Adapted from kirbiecravings.com

There is no shortage of subjects in this world for people to disagree on — like politics, sports teams, whether the dress is blue or gold, and if poor Jack really could have fit on that board or not. But there is one thing that almost everyone can unanimously agree on: chocolate. Young or old, male or female, pro or anti-oxford comma, we all love chocolate. According to CNBC.com, in 2015 Americans spent $18.27 billion on chocolate — more than the entire population of Asia Pacific combined (which is well over 1 billion people to America’s mere 321 million, by the way). As we enter into fall, football party season, and on into the holidays, give the people what they want with these three delicious, death-by-chocolate recipes.

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Oversized, soft, gooey dark chocolate cookies with an overload of chocolate chips, anyone?

Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into small cubes 1 cup packed light brown sugar ½ cup granulated white sugar ½ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder (try to use a premium brand for richer flavor) 1 cup cake flour 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees. 2. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 3. Add in cocoa, cake flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, and set mixer on lowest speed setting to stir until dough is just combined. Do not over-mix. Fold in chocolate chips and chocolate chunks.

1 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. allspice ¾ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1 1⁄3 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (or both!)

4. Place the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill. 5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Measure out about 4.5 ounces of dough and roll into a ball, placing it onto the baking sheet. Repeat until you have eight cookies (four on each sheet) spaced 2 inches apart. 6. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the surface looks dry and the cookies look almost set. Remove and let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 15-20 minutes to continue setting up fully. Remove and enjoy.


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Adapted from happywifestyle.com Yes, you read that right; cocoa powder is the secret ingredient added to this classic dish. With the first whispers of fall in the air, welcome the change of weather with a simmering pot of this savory chili that will have everyone clamoring for seconds.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil 1 large diced onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs. ground beef 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves 2 tbsp. chili powder 2 tbsp. ground cumin 1 ½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder or pure cacao salt and pepper, to taste 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste 1 can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted, chopped tomatoes 1 can (14.5 oz.) beef broth 1 can black beans (washed and drained) 1 can kidney beans (washed and drained) 1-2 cups water DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat a large, deep pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add oil. When oil is hot, add onions and stir with a wooden spoon until they are translucent (about seven minutes). 2. Add the garlic to the pot and stir until just fragrant (about 30 seconds). Using your hands, crumble the ground beef into the pot and mix with the wooden spoon to combine. Continue to brown the meat until no pink remains. 3. In a small bowl, crush the oregano between your palms to release its flavor, then add the chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, salt and pepper. Combine spices together with a fork and add to the pot, stirring like you mean it. Add tomato paste and stir until combined (about two minutes). 4. Add the tomatoes with their juice, beef broth, water, and beans to the pot. Stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat so the chili is at a gentle simmer. 5. Simmer uncovered for at least two hours. For maximum deliciousness, do not skimp on the simmer! Serve with sour cream, Fritos, and shredded cheese if desired.

OH-MY-GANACHE CUPCAKES

Nothing says dessert heaven quite like a cupcake that includes dark chocolate, Guinness Stout beer, Baileys Irish Cream, and not one but two layers of decadent frosting, one buttercream and one chocolate ganache.

Ingredients for cake:  cup Guinness Stout (if you want to skip ½ the beer, use any rich chocolate cake mix recipe instead) ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ tsp. plus 1⁄3 tsp. salt 1 egg 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream

Ingredients for ganache: 4 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate 1⁄3 cup heavy cream 1 tbsp. butter

Ingredients for buttercream frosting:  cup vegetable shortening ½ 1 stick butter, softened 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 cups sifted confectioner’s powdered sugar (approximately 1 pound) 2 tbsp. Bailey’s Irish Cream (critical ingredient for taste) 1 tsp. milk DIRECTIONS FOR CAKE: 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line 12 cupcake cups with liners. 2. In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Allow Guinness mixture to cool a little, while you whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl to combine. 3. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until

combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture and egg mixture until just combined. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. 4. Divide batter into the 12 liners. Bake for 17‑18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely. DIRECTIONS FOR GANACHE: 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together butter and baking chocolate. Whisk in heavy cream until mixture thickens. Set off to the side to let cool slightly. 2. Once ganache is cooled down a bit, dip the tops of each cupcake into the ganache. Smooth with a knife if desired. 3. Let ganache cool and harden completely before adding the layer of buttercream frosting on top. DIRECTIONS FOR BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: 1. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and combine. 2. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar is mixed in, icing will appear dry. 3. Add Bailey’s and milk. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. Pipe the icing on top of the ganache layer.

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Winging It Whether fried, battered, smoked, naked or slathered in sauce, chicken wings are the perfect food staple for the big game or a quick bite. We’ve found the 30 worthiest wings joints in the 918. Stock up on wet wipes. BY MI CHE LE C H I A P P E TTA A ND RO B H AR M O N

You know you love them: those small bits of chicken, braised in sauce and served up as you hang with your best buddies watching the game at your favorite Green Country watering hole. The mighty chicken wing is a classic, go-to appetizer for good reason. They’re tasty, messily fun, come in so many flavors, and can easily feed just you or your whole crew of friends. Believe it or not, wings were supposedly invented in — where else? — Buffalo, N.Y., when Teressa Bellissmo received a supply of chicken wings rather than chicken necks, and was forced to improvise. Whether true or not, the story reminds us that chicken wings are a brilliant use of what is otherwise a sadly overlooked part of the bird. The average American eats around 90 wings a year. At around six wings per serving, that’s at least 15 times you’ll be enjoying this fun appetizer around town. And with the football season about to kick off, what better time is there to explore the best T-Town has to offer? So, we bit the bullet and ate our way around Green Country to give you this list of the best wings you can eat around these parts.

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Albert G’s Bar‑B-Q

Amazing Thai Cuisine

4 21 E . 1 ST ST. | T ULSA When it comes to barbecue, it’s all about the sauce. Where else would you expect to get fantastic wing sauce than Albert G’s? They’ve been smoking ribs, chicken and pork for over two decades, so they know what they’re doing. It’s a sure bet that if you’ve enjoyed the rest of Albert G’s menu, you’re absolutely going to love their wings. These smoked chicken wings, with what they call Roughneck sauce, really have a flavorful taste and a little kick to them.

1232 E. KEN OS HA ST. | B ROKEN A R ROW Believe it or not, you can get some amazing wings at Amazing Thai. As with everything this restaurant serves, you’ll enjoy the quality of ingredients and tasty flavors of their wings or anything else you want to order. While you’re there, be sure to try their curry dishes, the Thai fried rice, and the Tom Kah soup (a Thai coconut soup, flavored with galangal, lemongrass, lime juice, Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with cilantro). All are favorites of Amazing Thai’s regular customers. Finish off your meal with a cooling, soothing, refreshing order of sweet rice with mango.


Blue Rose Café

Dave & Buster’s

Elgin Park

1924 RI VE RSI DE DRI V E | TULSA When you stop by Blue Rose Cafe for a beer and a burger while sitting on their patio overlooking the Arkansas River, don’t forget to get an order of the Daniel’s Jalapeno Wings. This appetizer is unique — it gives you 1 pound of wings tossed in jalapeno cream sauce for spice, then topped with Parmesan cheese for good measure. Served with carrots, celery and roasted jalapeno, these wings will zest up your evening and bring the heat.

6 812 S. 10 5T H E. AVE. | T ULSA Let’s face it — if you’re going to Dave & Buster’s, it’s either to have play time with the children or to blow off some steam with your buddies. So, go in with a plan to split their shareable regular or boneless Buffalo wings with ranch or blue cheese. Or try out their grilled smoked chicken wings, which are hardwood smoked and served with four dipping sauces (sweet Thai chili, buttermilk ranch, sriracha honey soy, and spicy Carolina Reaper sauce). Make the most of gaming there by testing out their Eat and Play Combo menu, which lets you pick several menu items (including the Buffalo wings) and score a play card — a great way to feed the family and have fun.

325 E. MAT HEW B. B RA DY ST. | T U LSA Across from ONEOK Field, Elgin Park is a homerun for wings. Known for their New Haven style thin-crust pizza, they are also quietly becoming known for the wings. It could be because of the Wednesday night chicken or cauli (cauliflower) 0.50 cent wings special. From 5 p.m. until closing time every Wednesday night, enjoy a seat in front of their many HD screens, order an ice-cold beer, and tackle a basket of some of the meatiest, most flavorful wings you’ve ever had. Get them dry (garlic parmesan, creole, lemon pepper, sea salt and cracked pepper) or sauced (buffalo, hot buffalo, barbecue, or Korean sweet and spicy).

Fireside Grill (River Spirit Casino Resort)

Gaetano’s Pizzeria & Creamery

8 3 3 0 R IV E RS I D E PA RKWAY | T ULSA For starters, everything you order at Fireside will be classic and full of zesty flavor. But to say their wings are anything but classic wouldn’t exactly be a lie. Sure, they’ll send out classic Buffalo wings with hot sauce or blue cheese if you want them. You’re sure to enjoy yourself. But, those who love classic with a twist will simply go gaga over a huge order of raspberry chipotle wings. The jalapeno-cilantro-raspberry combination is one you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else in Green Country, and you’ll be back again for them the next big game, for sure.

12141 S. EL M ST. | JEN KS A popular pizza joint in Jenks, Gaetano’s serves up some customer-favorite appetizers, Buffalo wings among them. The restaurant bakes the wings and tosses them in your choice of a traditional Buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce or teriyaki. They’re great for a starter before you get your pizza — regular customers love the Confluence of Ten Toppings, and the crust is brushed with garlic butter to add flavor. Top off your meal with a beer or some of their ice cream, which is shipped in from a specialty shop in Wisconsin, and you’ve got a meal made in casual heaven.

Fat Daddy’s Pub & Grille 8056 S. M E M O RI A L DR. | TULSA Fat Daddy’s is a solid, reliable, friendly local bar that you should definitely visit if you’ve never been there before. Whether you go for the excellent daily specials, the live music on Fridays, or the big screen TVs on game night, you’ll enjoy the upbeat service and no-nonsense bar time with a crew of regulars who make you feel at home. Fat Daddy’s appetizer menu includes classic wings available in a variety of portion sizes, all very reasonably priced. Get them drenched in your choice of mild, medium, hot, teriyaki, barbecue, or sweet and sour sauce, alongside a beer, and fit in a game of pool while you’re there.

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Hwy 66 Diner (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa)

George’s Pub 108 N. 1ST ST. | J E NKS You could get wings in a ton of joints around town, but how many of them resemble the traditional English public house? Really, mainly just George’s in the fair burgh of Jenks. Just like they do with their beer, this pub can keep it coming with the wings. They’re no average wings, either. George’s doesn’t do average. Choose your level of hotness in their barbecue sauce or order the teriyaki or spicy Asian, and you’ll be screaming, “Another round!”

Lefty’s on Greenwood 10 N . GRE E NWO O D AV E . | TULSA Located across from ONEOK Field in the GreenArch building, Lefty’s offers friendly service, classy decor and TVs tuned to sports all week long. Their Buffalo wings are a cut above, made from wings that are never frozen and bone-in for excellent taste. The wings are first roasted, then fried, then served with your choice of Lefty’s signature sauces (traditional buffalo, spicy Asian, honey barbecue, Jamaican jerk, or Lefty’s Light You Up sauce). Enjoy them with pals while watching the game, or swing by for live music. They’re open until 2 a.m. daily.

Hooters 810 8 E . 61 ST ST. | T ULSA Famous for wings and other things, this restaurant never disappoints. Through the years, they’ve perfected all things wings. So much so, that now they’ve got smoked wings that are — we kid you not — half the calories. They taste just as good as the original fried wings and some say even better. All the same famous flavors at half the calories? Two orders, please.

Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar 4 0 0 R IV E RWA L K T ERRACE | JEN KS Since opening, thousands have discovered this place by now, and to be sure, all of them have come back or at least are looking forward to doing so. Maryn’s wings are likely to be one of the many reasons why. Watch this week’s big game on one of their huge big-screens, and enjoy a few of their many choices of beer combined with Maryn’s chicken wings. You’ll be set, even if the game goes into overtime.

777 W. CHEROKEE ST. | CATOOSA There are many places to eat at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, and you certainly can’t go wrong visiting their Hwy 66 Diner. Not only is it open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 24/7 yearround, but it serves up All-American classics with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. Music from the ‘50s and ‘60s plays as friendly servers get you squared away with a comfort meal, perfect to start or — even better — end a night of gambling and live music at The Joint. Before you dig into a tasty chicken-fried steak or juicy, hot, open-faced turkey or roast beef sandwich, whet your appetite on Hwy 66’s boneless Buffalo wings, served with celery sticks and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

MixCo 3RD A N D D EN VER | T ULSA Want to ratchet up your bar experience? Visit MixCo in downtown Tulsa for a craft cocktail experience you won’t soon forget. This award-winning, speakeasy style stop is located right across from the BOK Center, making it perfect for capping off a night at a live concert. They have it all — wines, bubbles, stouts, ales, ciders, classic mixed drinks and MixCo specialty cocktails, like the Stamos Gin Fizz (gin, honey-rosemary syrup, lemon, lime, Greek yogurt and orange flower water). Pair your favorite drink with their MixCo Wings — made with lemon pepper dry rub and harissa hot sauce, a spicy and aromatic Middle Eastern style chili paste.

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Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar 201 S. D E NV E R AV E . | TULSA You never realized a place with flatbread and wine in its name would serve wings, did you? Yet Naples Flatbread is known for using superior jumbo chicken wings that won’t let you down in quality or meatiness. Roasted, not fried, in custom ovens, these wings are served up to you crisp on the outside, juicy and flavorful inside. Whether you go for traditional or white meat boneless, Naples Flatbread’s 10 signature sauces (hot, medium, atomic, mango habanero, bang bang, Caribbean jerk, garlic parmesan, barbecue and Korean barbecue) make this one of the restaurant’s best-selling happy hour specials. And you can order them in large shareable platters for parties, tailgates and more.

Native Grill & Wings 10 8 0 4 E . 71ST | T ULSA Located just north of the Cinemark Tulsa and IMAX off 71st, Native Grill & Wings abounds with deliciouslooking combinations of sandwiches (California Cluck, meatball sub), salads, sliders, burgers and, yes, pizza. But if it’s wings you want, it's wings you can get. Native takes the basic concept of wings and runs it through an abundance of variations. Their menu features some traditional flavors, and a host of bolder choices as well including The Ghost (which claims to say RIP to your taste buds), Chicken n’ Waffles, Strawberry Hot and Teriyaki Ginger. While it’s difficult to pick a standout, Native goes above and beyond the traditional wing offerings. If you’re seeking wings done well, Native will never steer you wrong, especially on Tuesdays when you can get bottomless tradition wings for $14.99.

Phat Philly’s Cheesesteaks

Rozay’s Wingz

1305 S. P E O RI A AV E . | TULSA There is good reason to pay a visit to Phat Philly’s Cheesesteaks. Its creator spent long, hard hours on the streets of Philadelphia just so he could give Tulsans the magic of steak and cheese on a hoagie like you wouldn’t believe. Next time you stop in, get an order of their Buffalo wings with your cheesesteak. They’re smothered in Frank’s wing sauce and served with a side of blue cheese or ranch — perfect for filling up your stomach after a long day.

2 6 27 E . 1 1 TH ST. | T ULSA Rozay’s may be new to Tulsa, but already they’ve got their repeat customers. The regulars come in for the mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings, but also the magnetic personality of Rozay’s owner, Roosevelt. Tulsa police officers and University of Tulsa football players alike, enjoy chatting with Roosevelt “Rozay” and slamming down some of the best wings in town. Stop in soon and tell Rozay Preview sent you.

RibCrib 2077 S E WAS HI N GTON B LVD. | BA RTLE SVILLE 12850 S. MEMORI A L | B I XBY 121 W. KEN OS HA | B ROKEN A RROW 1736 S. LYN N RI G G S B LVD. | CL A RE MOR E 1801 S. MA I N | G ROVE 421 S. G EORG E N I G H | MCA L EST ER 150 W. S HAW N EE ST. | MUS KOG EE 8551 N . 129T H E. AVE. | OWAS S O 405 W. W EKI WA ROA D | SA N D S PRINGS 705 S. MI S S I ON ST. | SA PUL PA 1909 S. MUS KOG EE AVE., S UI T E 800 | TA HL EQUA H 3022 S. GA RN ET T | T ULSA 5025 S. S HERI DA N | T ULSA 8040 S. YA L E | T ULSA 302 E. 1ST | T ULSA 3232 W. S KEL LY D RI VE | T ULSA One of Oklahoma’s favorite home-grown barbecue spots, RibCrib is known for its ribs and pulled pork dishes, as well as its friendly service and convenient locations all over Green Country. If you’re in the mood for an appetizer before your meal, or if you want a quick taste of barbecue before heading off to an evening of fun, get RibCrib’s wings — a generous portion of 10, bone-in wings fried up and topped with your choice of honey, barbecue or original hot sauce. It’s a great option for those times when you want some comfort food.

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Rusty Crane

Sisserou’s

109 N. D E TRO I T AV E . | TULSA One of downtown Tulsa’s popular watering holes, the Rusty Crane also sports a fabulous patio for warm evening romps with your pals or significant other. Order a treat off their drink menu, such as the Cherry Cola (whiskey over ice with cola and cherry juice) or a Vodka Fizz (shaken with sweet and sour and poured over ice with soda and amaretto liquor). And then dig into their wings, which come in some intriguing flavors. Popular choices are the straightforward, reliable Rusty Wings (tossed in coconut oil and the restaurant’s signature Rusty Dust seasoning) and the new PB&J wings (tossed in a housemade blackberry sauce and peanut sauce).

107 N . B O U L D ER AVE. | T ULSA A relaxed yet stylish place to dine as you make a start of a fun or romantic evening, Sisserou’s offers some terrific Caribbean-inspired dishes to delight your palate. Kick off your evening with their jerk chicken wings, which are marinated in the restaurant’s in-house jerk seasoning, grilled to perfection, then served with a cool avocado cream dipping sauce. The slightly spicy yet cool mix sets the tone for your main course, which can run the gamut of beet salads and burgers to Caribbean curry and their specialty salmon rasta pasta. Don’t forget to savor the rum punch, and if you can, save room for the rum cake or the banana crepe soufflé.

SMOKE. on Cherry Street 1542 E. 15T H ST. | T ULSA Everything SMOKE. does is magical. Their locally sourced, Korean fried barbecue wings are made from choice 413 Farm chickens. Sprinkled with sesame seeds, served with scallions and smothered in honey, this dish will put the average wings lover in a spell for days. Combine those fabulous wings with an order of crispy quail legs in a sambal honey sauce or melt-in-yourmouth crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, and you’ll be making definite plans to go back to SMOKE. as you walk out the door.

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Twin Peaks 7007 S. ME M O RI A L DR. | TULSA Hospitality is king at Twin Peaks and so are their wings. Where every seat has a knock-out view, sports fans love this place. Fans of barbecue wings get just as excited to see a plate of six, 12 or 18 killer Buffalo wings drenched in one of their flavorful sauces including jalapeno butter, Nashville hot, or spicy Thai chili, to name some of the favorites.

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95 3 0 N . 12 9T H E. AVE. | T ULSA Visit Wings to Go and you’ll have a variety of lunch and dinner options, but most importantly, a wide range of wings options. It’s a charming, sports-themed spot that serves up your chicken wings any way you like, including traditional bone-in style and boneless. You can get that chicken in a nice range of mild, medium and hot sauces and rubs with a variety of flavors, like the X-hot, Cajun, Asian fusion and many others. Their wings are never frozen and are marinated and breaded when you order them. Side your wings with Wings to Go’s coleslaw, fries or beans for a no-nonsense wing fix you won’t regret. Another great dish is the pizza fries that include marinara, melted mozzarella, pepperoni and Romano cheese on top of delicious fries.

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Beyond the heavenly wings, other eats, drinks and wait staff, HOOTERS continues to thrive because it sticks to what it knows while always looking for ways to be tastefully innovative and community focused.

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Hooters has been around for years, but it’s still a great recipe for a good time. All over the country, they’ve got an established reputation for exceptional wings and wait staff. In Tulsa, however, the enthusiasm for Hooters has been much more about the fun community that it fosters every single day. Ashley Massey, the assistant general manager of the Hooters on 61st and Memorial, doesn’t hesitate to say that her experience at the location has taught her that there’s a lot to love about Hooters beyond the fantastic wings and Hooters girls. “From day one,” she says, “I didn’t know what I wanted out of the job, but the longer I was with the company and the more I saw all the charity work we do, the fundraising for breast cancer awareness, all the opportunities they give their staff, truly makes me see how great a company Hooters is in general.” Massey says the atmosphere is one that the kitchen and wait staff love coming in day in and day out, and that pays dividends in customer appreciation. It affects the experience their customers have and keeps them coming back. “When you staff yourself with people who truly care and want to be here,” she says, “you’re going to be successful and give great customer service. If the girls are happy and want to be here every day and are in a good mood, it puts everybody in a good mood.” And of her general manager, Christy Deason, Massey says that the whole vibe customers can expect every time they come in starts at the top. “Christy has put her heart and soul into this place and that makes a huge difference.” In the last few years, they’ve spent a tremendous amount of time and money into upgrading the bar and seating areas. Of course, says Massey, the food Hooters serves is always good because of a high level of consistency and attention to excellence. A lot of time and effort goes into making sure the food is just the way customers expect. It’s always the real reason why people come back to the restaurant, she says. “Our kitchen staff gets the food out fast,” says Massey, with unbridled zeal. “It looks good and it tastes good. Some of the kitchen staff have been here for five, seven or 15 years. They get here early in the morning and start prepping the products. Our produce and things like pico de gallo and guacamole are prepped fresh every day. All of our wings come in fresh. We get deliveries twice a week and they’re constantly making sure the food we get is good quality food to begin with.” Hooters is still one of the best places to get wings around town, Massey says, because the company sticks to what they know but also looks for ways to be innovative. “Within the past year or year and a half,” she says, “Hooters has come out with a new product called smoked wings. There’s a lot that goes

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into making those. The wings have to be prepped and marinated for 12 hours. After that, they’re put in the smoker so they have that awesome smoky flavor. When the guest orders them, the ones that have cooled down are put in again for a re-crisping that gives them the great texture that people love.” What’s so innovative about them, Massey says, is the calorie count. “They have all the flavors that the original wings have, but they’re half the calories because they’re not fried. We also released three different dry-rubs that are zero-calories. It’s a great option for all those who are a part of the new health craze.” Hooters still has their regular fried wings with all the favorite flavors like original barbecue, medium barbecue, hot barbecue, the unique and flavorful honey Thai chili pepper sauce, the sweet smoked cherry flavor, naked blackened and chipotle garlic, all with various levels of hotness from mild, medium, hot to Three Mile Island, and the extremely hot 911 sauce.

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Bringing burgers and fried sides to new heights without a lick of pretension, Flo’s is building stacked stunners to savor, one Bomb at a time. By Donna Leahey

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Bring your appetite to Flo’s Burger Diner, because this little old-fashioned diner will feed you right. Tucked away in a strip mall at the corner of Admiral Place and Route 66 in Catoosa, Flo’s is home to fantastically decadent and delicious burgers, sandwiches, sides, and desserts. Flo’s feels like a classic diner, from the black and white tile floor to the black and red booths and tables. Chubby Checker prompts you to do “The Twist” while cooks call out customer names, offering up baskets of fresh cooked deliciousness. The grill cooks are right there on the other side of a partition while you wait your turn to place your order and the scent of burgers and spices pique your hunger.

Chef and owner Brandy Adkins opened Flo’s “on a whim,” she says. “I went to Platt College and got a culinary and business degree. They taught us to have a business plan ready, so you know what you can do,” she recalls. “My husband and I were eating lunch nearby and saw a for-rent sign. So, I called about it and it was totally feasible. That was June 2014. We’d just had our three-year anniversary.”

taste and quality of the food. “A lot of the older guys tell me they haven’t had a burger like that in 40 years,” she says. And they keep coming back for more.

Adkins commemorated her family when naming the restaurant. “My mom’s name is Floette, my dad is Floyd, and my greatgrandmother’s name is Flora.” And with that, Flo’s Burger Diner was born.

The most popular item on the menu is the Bomb Burger. Like most of the unique items on the menu, this is Adkins’ creation. “It’s what we’re known for,” she says. “It’s a deconstructed jalapeno popper which we blend into a paste and shove between two patties. We top it with cheese, bacon, mayo.”

The cozy space is filled with regulars, families, people who love the old-fashioned

It’s less spicy than you might expect, as the rich creaminess smooths away most of the heat, but it still leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. The Bomb Burger is served on a soft, fresh bun and will satisfy the heartiest appetite. Another popular item, for the strong of heart and the hungry of belly, is the Stuffed Crust Deluxe. The regular buns on the burger are replaced with hot, gooey, grilled cheese sandwiches. “You can get any burger served as a stuffed crust,” Adkins explains. The rich, buttery, creamy, toasty bread and cheese creates a surprising new taste and texture sensation.

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For the freshest of fresh tastes, try the guac burger. “We do it a little different,” Adkins says. “We make the guacamole when you order it, so it’s fresh. We don’t put the onion or tomato in the guac, because sometimes people don’t want those, so we serve it with sliced tomato and onion that you can ask us to leave off. That freshness makes a difference you can taste in the bright, creamy guac.” Adkins’ personal favorite is the Bomb Burger — she thinks everyone should try it — but she’s also fond of the French Dip. “We take 3-pound rib-eyes, marinate them overnight, cook them, slice them thin, and serve it on a bun with cheese and grilled onion with au jus.” How does Adkins come up with her unique and tasty takes on classic diner fare? “I’m a fat kid,” she says with a laugh. “We sit here and just think this stuff up, what sounds good. We try new things out as specials, and if it does well, it goes on the regular menu.” Flo’s fantastic burgers are the star of the show, but the sides are something special.

The hand-cut fresh fries are square-cut old fashioned goodness: hot, fresh, and the perfect complement to any of the burgers or sandwiches. The fried jalapenos are a spicy choice of side for the adventurous. A generous serving of sliced jalapenos, battered, and served hot with a side of creamy, housemade ranch. “The secret is the dill,” says Adkins. The flavor makes these worth trying even if you’re not a fan of heat, and the ranch dressing does a great job of managing the burn. The onion rings are sliced paper thin, lightly battered, and fried to a crisp, flavorful tasty treat. They crunch just right between your teeth and set off the flavor of whatever you’re having. One of the best surprises on the sides menu is the fried mushrooms. You’ve had fried mushrooms where they took an entire mushroom and deep-fried it, but Flo’s serves up something different. These are mushrooms sliced thin, battered, and fried. The texture is light, the flavor earthy and

perfectly seasoned. It’s hard to stop once you start eating, they are so tasty and crisp. Adkins and her crew make homemade desserts like brownies and apple pies, so always ask what they’ve got for dessert when you go in. “All our food is local. All our stuff is made in-house,” says Adkins. “And our customer service is great. People love us for our customer service.” There’s a sign hanging over the cash register. “It’s not fast food, but we will get it to you fast. And if there is a wait, we promise it’ll be worth it.” They’re not kidding.

LOCATOR FLO’S BURGER DINER

19322 E. Admiral Place | Catoosa 918-739-4858 Monday-Tuesday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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As owner and chef of Ricardos, Thomas Hunter doesn’t try to change too much of what has clearly been working for the past four decades, but he’s a researcher and loves to introduce new unique ways to serve the traditional Tex-Mex staples. By Rob Harmon

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You never know what difference you can make in the life of those around you — family, friends, co-workers, maybe even complete strangers. One simple action can forever change someone’s entire life for the better. Thomas Hunter found himself on the receiving end of such an action when, as a 14-year-old homeless teenager, he was given a job as a dishwasher by then owner of Ricardos Mexican Restaurant, Richard Hunt.

the chile rellenos are exceptional, with just the right amount of spicy flavor.

Hunt was a retired Navy pilot turned entrepreneur who opened Ricardos in September 1975. The next month, Hunter, who was parentless and staying at the Salvation Army, applied for a job at the restaurant and was given a chance.

“We have a product called sopapilla bites,” says Hunter. “We take a sopapilla and cut it into ninths, little baby sopapillas that people can share. It’s real hard to share a regular-sized one.”

“Richard became my mentor,” says Hunter. “He came to me one day and asked me why I wasn’t planning on going to college. I didn’t have that upbringing. I told him I wasn’t smart enough.” But Hunt saw potential in Hunter. In five years, under Hunt’s mentorship, Hunter went from being homeless, parentless and without direction, to learning the restaurant business inside and out and on his way to earning a degree at Oklahoma State University in hotel and restaurant management. Hunter is now the owner of Ricardos and has been since the late ‘80s. Carrying on Ricardos’ tradition as one of the finest Tex-Mex restaurants in Green Country, Hunter is just as excited about the business as he was in the early days. “I still love coming to work. I have a passion for the people, the employees and the guests. Generations have come in here,” says Hunter. “I’m in the kitchen quite a bit. Today I cooked lunch and prepped the chile rellenos.” Hunter is proud of everything the restaurant serves but is markedly excited to talk about what goes into making the chile rellenos, one of their longtime signature dishes. “It’s a big process,” he says. “We get the Anaheim peppers and blanch them. We take the seeds out and then let them rest. We then cheese them and let them sit overnight and then batter them the next day. It’s a big deal.” Perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside,

As owner and chef of the restaurant, Hunter doesn’t try to change too much of what has clearly been working for the past four decades, but he’s a researcher and loves to introduce new unique ways to serve the traditional Tex-Mex staples.

Hunter has enjoyed his life with Ricardos, but not everything has gone completely smoothly. “I’ve been married 18 years, and over that time my wife has battled cancer,” Hunter says. “She has beaten lymphoma cancer three times and in 2010 she had a stem cell transplant at St. Francis. Sometimes I’m a full-time care giver. It depends on where she’s at. There are times when my staff takes care of me and I work three or four hours a day and spend the rest of the time with her. Right now, she’s doing great. I have no fear that the restaurant is in great hands if I need to be away. My staff is that good.” Hunter believes that his victories and challenges — at Ricardos and in his personal life — have provided a profound lesson as to how important it is to give back to the community. He faithfully follows the example of his mentor, Hunt. “We’ve got an MS bike team, and in nine years we’ve raised over $350,000 for the cause,” explains Hunter. “I have a road bike and it’s fun. We’ve always believed it’s important to give back to the community. Of course, my faith in God has brought me through a lot of trials and tribulations. I wouldn’t be here without that. “I went to Richard one time and asked him why he was willing to give to me so much through the years, and he said that as you go through life, people are going to help you make it up the ladder, from one rung to the next, as you succeed. Sometimes the distance between one rung and the next is small. Sometimes it’s a great distance, but people are going to help you. Someday you’ll be helping others, he said. And, you know, it’s so true.”

LOCATOR RICARDOS

5629 E. 41st St. | Tulsa 918-622-2668 ricardostulsa.com

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Whether you stop by Ida Red for a root beer float, nostalgic candy, a Tulsa-themed souvenir, or just to browse, the throwback mercantile is sure to have something that makes your day a little sunnier. Do you have fond memories of buying penny candy as a kid? Do you love a good, fresh milkshake? Do you wonder where to take visitors when they want a locally themed souvenir, or maybe need to find a cute, kitschy gift for a friend? Then you’ll want to visit one of Tulsa’s favorite places to get nostalgic, locally themed gifts and more — the Ida Red General Store. Ida Red’s current owner, Tulsa native Angelene Wright, has worked at the store since it opened in 2008 under the ownership of Alice Rogers. “I was hired as the store manager back in 2008,” Wright says. Her role evolved and grew over the years as she continued to work there. When Rogers was ready to sell the store in 2016, Wright and her husband, Jonny, decided to buy it. “It was just a natural fit for my husband and me to purchase it,” she says.

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Natural, because Wright not only worked at the store for years; she designed some of its iconic merchandise, drawing on her experience studying art and graphic design at the University of Tulsa. “When the store first opened,” she explains, “it was hard to find Oklahoma and Tulsa products or anything to show off that you love Oklahoma or you’re proud you’re from Tulsa. So that was always something in my mind.”


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— the selection is extensive, making it likely you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Wright’s drive to champion the city began long before she started working at Ida Red. While other high school and college friends planned to leave the area after graduation, Wright planned to stay.

The store is also the official Golden Driller retailer. “We have a lot of Golden Driller inspired items,” says Wright. “He’s a hit always. He’s like the stud of Tulsa.” RY L IME RI CK

“We really researched old-fashioned drinks, what would you have gotten 50 years ago or more than that,” says Wright. “It’s been really fun to connect with the Tulsa community and what drinks they wanted. We even fine-tuned a few things to fit what was more common in Oklahoma.” You can’t sum up Ida Red General Store better than those two words — fun and connection. “Ida Red is all about fun and brightening someone’s day,” says Wright.

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In addition, the store’s Tulsathemed coaster collection is a hit with customers. Bearing images of Tulsa landmarks both new and old, the coasters can be mixed and matched as you please. “People can come and build their own set of the places that mean something to them,” Wright says.

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Many of the items on sale in the store have been created from her designs or that she has participated in helping to create. Among her favorites is the Tulsa snow globe she helped get into production.

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“I felt like I had what was almost like a little secret — that Tulsa is so awesome! The history here, the people, the community, the music that’s here is so special and so unique,” she says. “We’re right in the center of the United States, and everything mixes together and comes together right here in Oklahoma.”

that is whipped up so it’s foamy, light and refreshing (there are no actual eggs in it).

You can find a solid selection of locally made food items too, which Wright says can be hard to find in one spot. Even the candy section is impressive, featuring lots of nostalgic, unusual, hard-to-find treats like Valomilk, Cherry Mash and other brands. There’s also a mix and match bulk candy section at Ida Red’s Brady District location. “Our candy section reminds people of their childhood,” says Wright. “And being able to feel like a kid for 20 minutes is sometimes a good value.”

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It is this mixture of inventiveness, persistence and attention to detail that has led Ida Red to become one of the leaders in stocking and providing space for Made in Oklahoma products. Even among the items Wright hasn’t designed or produced, much of the merchandise that can be found at the store is created by local makers and artists. “There’s a lot of personal meaning in all the things we sell,” she says. One of the top selling items is the T-shirt that says, “I’ve never been to heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma,” from the song “Never Been to Spain” by Three Dog Night. Of course, Ida Red has plenty of other locally themed tees too

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“It was designed actually in Australia,” she says. “I worked with a designer across the world to make a downtown Tulsa snow globe. They’re hand sculpted and hand painted. It was the most complicated product by far that I’ve ever made. It was really, really rewarding WB and exciting to see it get here.” M ER R Y I CE C RE A

Another feature that is unique to the downtown location of Ida Red is its soda fountain, a throwback to earlier times that fits well with Wright’s vision of the store as a place to be nostalgic and have a good time. “I’ve always loved soda fountains,” she says. Ida Red’s soda fountain is a blast to explore for many reasons. They have Weber’s root beer on tap — which, if you didn’t know, is a locally made root beer with a recipe that dates back to the late 1800s. It’s perfect for making root beer floats, which Ida Red of course serves. But if root beer is not your thing, then you can always opt for one of the store’s many milkshake flavors or try an egg cream, a New York-style chocolate soda

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Alice Kinney, a single mom living in Los Angeles, has her life change unexpectedly when she allows three young men to move in with her. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen, Michael Sheen Rating: PG-13

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a messenger sings “Happy Birthday” to his daughter, a billionaire argues with his wife in a divorce hearing, a maintenance man begins his day, and a young Russian decides she’s breaking up with her sugar daddy. When the first plane hits the World Trade Center, these five elevator passengers find themselves trapped. Forced to band together, they fight against all odds to escape before the imminent and inevitable collapse occurs. Cast: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon Rating: R

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A CIA black ops recruit, Mitch Rapp, is devastated by the loss of his girlfriend to a terrorist attack. CIA deputy director Irene Kennedy assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train a grief-stricken but highly motivated Rapp how to thwart terrorist operations and hunt the perpetrators. Together they investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets and discover a pattern in the violence. Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan Rating: NR

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs. The match, which had a winner-take-all prize of $100,000, was held in Texas at the Houston Astrodome. Riggs placed many bets and invested a lot of money in the match. King won in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3. Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough Rating: PG-13

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SEPT. 22 KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

The agents of Kingsman head to the United States to join forces with the Statesman, the Kingsman’s American counterpart, after the Kingsman’s headquarters is destroyed by The Golden Circle. Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore Rating: NR

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A drama based on the elite crew of firefighters who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, Ariz., that claimed the lives of 19 members of their team. Cast: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard Rating: PG-13

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Barry Seal is a TWA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal’s role in this major CIA covert operation leads to his involvement with the Medellin cartel, which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House after the Iran-Contra scandal became public. Cast: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson Rating: R

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Six teenagers are “hired” by an old master and become ninja heroes at night, defeating monsters and riding vehicles and dragons to protect the far-away land of Ninjago and its capital city. Meanwhile, a warlord named Lord Garmadon must cope with the fact that one of the ninjas is his son. Cast: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Pena Rating: NR

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The Kid Brother (1927) A sheriff’s milquetoast son (Harold Lloyd) has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town. Live accompaniment by Bill Rowland on Circle Cinema’s original 1928 pipe organ. Also includes a Felix the Cat cartoon. 

Prince of Darkness A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan. Written and directed by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York) and starring Donald Pleasence. 

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Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. Cast: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev Rating: NR

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, the film is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band. SEPT. 13 David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii Forty-five years after Pink Floyd filmed Live At Pompeii in the legendary Roman amphitheater there, David Gilmour returned for two spectacular shows in 2016, captured in this concert film. SEPT. 15-21 The Wedding Plan When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. Noa Koler (Michal) won the Best Actress award in the Israeli Feature Films at the Haifa International Film Festival 2016.

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