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For over 29 years, Preview magazine has been offering Tulsans and/or its visitors this comprehensive guide about everything from area restaurants to local attractions, events, tourist destinations, lifestyles, lodging and one-of-a-kind extraordinary shopping venues. No matter where you turn, Tulsa offers great restaurants—everything from barbecue to sushi— tons of unique shopping venues, world-class museums, and entertainment options that are second to none. Tulsa is well known for its art, music and culture. It is home to world-class ballet and opera, as well as the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, where displays of Western art and Italian Renaissance will capture your heart and imagination. Downtown Tulsa is home to one of the finest collections of art deco architecture in the country, ranking with cities such as Miami and Chicago. Our iconic beacon, the BOK Center, is a major catalyst for drawing visitors and Tulsans alike for concerts, sporting events and more. ONEOK Field, home of our city’s baseball team—the Tulsa Drillers— has proven to be one of the major players in the revitalization of downtown along with the Philbrook Downtown and the Woody Guthrie Center. These new developments mesh well with already established entertainment venues such as Cain’s Ballroom, Brady Theater and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. If you’re looking for outdoor activities, Tulsa offers plenty of exciting opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation. Take a stroll down the scenic paths winding along the Arkansas River and take in the beauty of our famed River Parks. If you’re looking for more of a wild time, then head over to “America’s Favorite Zoo” and tour the Tulsa Zoo, our city-owned gem that’s located at Mohawk Park. It’s truly a great experience for the whole family. I am pleased that you have chosen to call Tulsa your home, or if you’re just visiting, we sure hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful city. You can always find out more about Tulsa by visiting our website: www.CityOfTulsa.org.
For over 29 years, Preview magazine has been the best resource for discovering Tulsa, Green Country and locating the perfect place to eat, visit, shop and be entertained whether you are here on business or just enjoying a few days away from the grind. Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Tulsa is a year-round destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, scenic views, hikes and adventure. The rich history of Tulsa and its surrounding areas is reflected in the diversity of its museums, landmarks, history, wildlife, attractions, fine dining and friendly locals. In Tulsa, situated on the Arkansas River at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, enjoy a performance or sporting event at the BOK Center, fish in one of the area’s many lakes, check out the sharks in the state’s only freestanding aquarium, explore any of the lush parks or break out the clubs and tackle any of the 16 public golf courses. Considered by many to be the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma, Tulsa offers full-time professional opera and ballet companies and one of the nation’s largest concentrations of art deco architecture. Regardless of your personal tastes or budget, Tulsa offers a down-home, yet cultured experience for all ages.
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From local pubs and restaurants to trendy wine bars and speakeasies, let’s raise a glass as we toast our 33 favorite watering holes and great places to wet your whistle before and after a meal.
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Don a kilt and prepare to toss a caber as pageantry, brute strength, strong drinks and plenty of bagpipes will be on display during the three-day Scotfest.
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With T-Town’s well-established cosmopolitan nature, fashion awareness and robust economy, the city is perfectly poised for Tulsa Fashion Week, which will be both a showcase and a celebration of life expressed through clothing design.
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Looking to capitalize on the success of last season’s Les Miserables, Theatre Tulsa is tackling the challenging and popular-again production of Miss Saigon to open their 93rd season.
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With three stages featuring all genres of music, Claremore’s bluegrass and chili festival offers plenty of ear candy, entertainment, shopping and of course, world-class chili.
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From the endless varieties of traditional options that sushi connoisseurs adore (and a few creative choices for the more daring) to classic cuts of beef, In the Raw continues to deliver a prime dining experience.
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From magical margaritas and sizzle-free fajitas to the chili relleno and burritolata, Ricardos has been doing Tex-Mex right for 40 years.
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Tulsa has one final chance to change its fortunes against bitter rival Oklahoma City as the Roughnecks close out the regular season at home.
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After lunch, we walked a few doors down and went into Ida Red Boutique. It’s so eclectic and fun. There is something for everybody. We looked around at all the unique things, sang and danced to the awesome classic rock and really enjoyed ourselves. We checked out the local artist vinyls, Oklahoma gear and Cain’s merchandise. Then we found ourselves in the candy and pop section and decided that’s what we should buy. It was so fun choosing international and nostalgic candy and chatting with the friendly employees.
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Later that evening, Jacob and I went to have dinner at Lanna Thai. This is by far my favorite Thai food in Tulsa. It’s absolutely delicious, very nice atmosphere and it’s decently priced. Jacob and I shared the beef Pad-See-Iew, a noodle and veggie stir fry with a sweet soy sauce, and an order of the spring rolls with the Lanna sweet and sour sauce. It tasted so good, and our server Lada was very nice.
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For our first stop, we went to lunch at Hop Bunz on Brookside. We decided to sit at the bar, because the bartenders are super friendly. Charmaine is working almost every time I go in there, and she is great. I ordered a Malibu burger with fries and their truffle aioli sauce; it is by far one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. My friend, Jacob Miner, got the Classic with BBQ sauce, and sweet potato fries. We both ate every last bite. We also really enjoyed jamming out to the killer playlist while we ate.
After dinner, we walked right over to Caz’s for a drink. I got the $5 beer and a shot, and they gave me a ticket too. Every 30 minutes or so, they would do a drawing and somebody would win a Jaeger machine. We had such a good time chatting with the friendly bartenders and laughing at the bra rack behind the bar. This is definitely a great little dive bar to check out if you want a cheap drink and a game of pool. Cost: $6.80
The next day, I took my two best girlfriends (Ryann Gordon and Haylee Palacios) out to Hey Mambo for some brick oven pizza. It had such a nice atmosphere inside and on the patio. It was such a nice night that we decided to sit outside. There was live jazz music playing inside, and cool local art hanging on the walls. We decided to share a half Molto Carne, half Baroness. The crust was yummy, and the topping mixtures were so delicious. It was the perfect size for the three of us girls to share before we went out for a drink. Our server was awesome, and I can’t wait to go back and try another flavor.
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Cherokee National Holiday Various Locations (Tahlequah) This annual event is a celebration of Cherokee heritage and cultural awareness. The event attracts visitors from across the United States as well as from around the world. The four-day holiday is full of activities for all ages, from traditional Native American games like cornstalk and blowgun shooting, marbles and stickball to tournaments in sports like basketball and softball. Many other events 10 September 2015
Blues Traveler | Sept. 28 will take place during the holiday including a parade, children’s events and a car show. Vendors will be on hand offering authentic Native American products such as food, artwork, pottery, blankets and other unique items.
Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival Grove Civic Center This event will feature bluegrass music, swing and more. Learn from the best area musicians in individual and group sessions, then
stick around for RV and tent camping, fishing and boating on Oklahoma’s beautiful Grand Lake. The festival will also feature special appearances by fiddle groups, master fiddlers and top-contest fiddlers. Enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and kick-off party Friday evening, meet old friends or make new ones, and make sure to practice for the workshops and amateur fiddle contest. This event will also feature a fish-fry, as well as open stage jam sessions and informal pickin’ party.
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Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour Whitaker Park (Pryor) This bicycle tour features 31-, 55-, 71- and 101-mile rides through the rolling foothills of northeast Oklahoma. Register and participate in this scenic one-day bicycle tour, which is known for its hospitality, safety and support. A fabulous fall family event, the Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour also features fun rides, as well as lunch for all paid participants. This tour follows routes throughout the heart of Oklahoma’s picturesque
Green Country and beautiful Mayes and Delaware counties. The tour begins and ends in Pryor, located within riding distance of more than 2,500 miles of lake shoreline in the gentle foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Riders will enjoy lush countryside, shady rural roads and wellpaved routes. Area business leaders and organizations host festive rest stops along the route. After the race concludes, visitors will enjoy the annual Dam J.A.M. Party in the Park, featuring music, entertainment and food.
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Tulsa Performing Arts Center Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly’s story of marriage between an American lieutenant and geisha is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the TLC show, Long Island Medium, will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading. Long Island Medium follows Caputo’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference—she claims she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time. The local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find themselves receiving a spontaneous reading from Caputo as she goes about her day. The unique challenges that her special abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 20 and 24, and how they cope, are also a main theme on the show. Caputo’s second book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, was released in September 2014 and debuted at No. 9 on The New York Times best-seller list. Her first book, There’s More to Life Than This, debuted in the fall of 2013. Caputo has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones.
The musical premièred at the Theatre Royal in London on Sept. 20, 1989, closing after over 4,000 performances. It opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 and subsequently played in many other cities and embarked on tours. The musical represented Schönberg and Boublil’s second major success, following Les Misérables in 1985. The musical’s inspiration was reportedly a photograph, which Schönberg found inadvertently in a magazine. The photograph showed a Vietnamese mother leaving
her child at a departure gate at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to board an airplane headed for the United States where her father, an ex-GI, would be in a position to provide a much better life for the child. Schönberg considered this mother’s actions for her child to be the ultimate sacrifice, an idea central to the plot of Miss Saigon.
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Expo Center (Claremore) Join over 30,000 visitors at this annual event and sample chili from cooking teams. Whether your taste buds crave spicy, mild or something in-between, this chili cookoff is guaranteed to satisfy any appetite. Bring your lawn chairs, pick up a cool drink from a festival vendor and enjoy three stages of local, regional and national performance artists. Musicians will entertain the crowds with a wide variety of bluegrass, country and good, old-fashioned gospel tunes, so show up early for a good seat. All concerts at the festival are free.
Great Raft Race River City Park (Sand Springs) The race ran from 1973-91, and at its peak there were 600 rafts, 4,500 racers, and 150,000 spectators that lined the banks of the Arkansas River from Sand Springs to Tulsa. At one point, it broke the state record for the largest single-day event in state history.
Copperhead Run Rally Copperhead Rally Grounds (Spavinaw) Held rain or shine, the rally features bike games, a bike
show, poker run, burnout pit and vendors. Festivities kick off with a pre-party Thursday night, so show up early and let the good times roll. In addition to live music and bike games, the rally will also feature beer pong tournaments, camping and fun times. Admission rates are available for the entire weekend. RV spots and primitive camping sites can be reserved. This event is for adults ages 21 and over.
American Miniature Horse Registry National Show Expo Square (Tulsa) Don’t miss out on miniature horses competing for awards in hunter, jumper,
Wander through the festival grounds and enjoy an open car show, a children’s area and a festival marketplace filled to the brim with arts, crafts and handmade goods for sale. Stick around for a vocal competition, junior showcase, dance exhibitions and an antique tractor pull. showmanship, halter obstacle, obstacle driving, country pleasure driving, fancy turnout, roadster, roman chariot and much more at Tulsa’s Expo Square. This prestigious event features more than 1,500 horses, making it the largest show of this kind in the world.
Half Life Tulsa Performing Arts Center A highly visual and emotional experience of fierce urgency, the latest multimedia production from Cloud Eye Control is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear
felt in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. The starting point for the creation of Half Life was blogs written by women who experienced the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. Half Life explores the psychological fallout of global disaster and how it affects our emotions and imaginations. The Los Angeles-based collaborators—Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang—bring their signature mix of projected animation, live performance and music to summon the unseeable forces that govern our collective sense of personal safety and control.
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WOOLAROC FALL TRAIL RIDE
Woolaroc (Bartlesville) Watch for buffalo, elk, deer or longhorn cattle on this trail ride that covers approximately 15 miles of scenic terrain on the famous Woolaroc Ranch. Bring your own horse and join the group for a daylong ride over 3,700 acres of ranch land. Hidden away amongst the beauty of the rolling Osage Hills, the country retreat of oilman Frank Phillips will open its gates to riders looking to explore native terrain that is rarely seen by the general public. The ride includes overnight primitive camping Friday before the ride, a morning and afternoon guided trail ride and admission to Woolaroc. The trail ride fee
Brady Theater (Tulsa) Inspired by the lurching riffs of Helmet and the soft/loud vocal dynamics of Tool, the Chicago-based trio Chevelle formed in 1995 with an aggressive, heavy sound. Comprised of brothers Sam (drums), Pete (vocals, guitar), and Joe Loeffler (bass), the band began playing parties and outdoor events, which quickly led to bookings at Chicago clubs when youngest member Joe was just 14 years old. In 1999, Chevelle released their debut album, Point #1. Three years later—and following tours with bands like Filter, Sevendust, Powerman 5000 and Machine
Parsons Dance Tulsa Performing Arts Center The sexy athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement that is Parsons Dance is composed of eight full-time dancers. The company maintains a repertory of more than 80 works—20 with commissioned scores— 12 September 2015
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also includes lunch and dinner Saturday. Riders must provide their own horses and gear. While not on the trail, participants can enjoy all that Woolaroc has to offer, including the on-site lodge and museum, featuring a premier Western art collection, one of the world’s finest collections of Colt firearms and an extensive collection of Navajo blankets.
Head—the band issued Wonder What’s Next, released in August 2002. The album went platinum by the following summer, propelled in part by its second single, “Send the Pain Below,” which became a No. 1 hit on modern rock and mainstream radio. Main stage dates with the annual Ozzfest tour followed that summer, and 2003 brought a concert album, Live from the Road.
Chevelle returned in the fall of 2004 with their third full-length effort, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), and with it came another hit song, “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along).”
Osage Casino (Tulsa) Trace Adkins helped keep country’s traditionalist flame burning during the crossover-happy late ‘90s, mixing classic honky-tonk with elements of gospel, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Joe parted ways with his brothers in July 2005 and, though he was replaced on bass a month later by Dean Bernardini, Chevelle remained a family affair, since Bernardini was the siblings’ brother-in-law. With the new member came a newfound energy and optimism that replaced the internal bickering of the past, and the guys carried that spirit into the recording of their next two albums, 2007’s Vena Sera and 2009’s Sci-Fi Crimes.
After years of working on an offshore oil rig, he began to pursue a solo career, playing honky-tonk bars and clubs as often as he could, and honing a powerful, wide-ranging baritone voice in the process. He spent several years on the circuit and finally moved to Nashville to try his luck in the industry.
The following year, the band celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the music business with a pair of live shows in Chicago. In 2011, Chevelle announced that they were taking a break from touring to head into the studio, eventually releasing their sixth album, Hats Off to the Bull, in the winter of that year. Following the touring cycle for that album, they went back into the studio with Joe Barresi, utilizing the producer’s vast collection of percussion instruments to subtly reinvent their sound once again. Their next release, early in 2014, was the groovy, aggressive single “Take Out the Gunman,” with their seventh album, La Gárgola, following in April.
Adkins issued his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud, in 1996, and it established him as a rising star. The lead single, “Every Light in the House,” went to No. 3; “I Left Something Turned on at Home” hit No. 2; and “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” went all the way to No. 1. His 1997 follow-up album, Big Time, spawned another top-5 hit in “The Rest of Mine,” and “Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone” just missed the top 10. However, it wasn’t quite the commercial powerhouse of Dreamin’ Out Loud; neither was its follow-up, 1999’s More.
Run as fast as you can across 60 acres at the Castle of Muskogee and dodge your way through zombies and other obstacles. Your adrenaline will be pumping as you race against the other runners trying to take your “life flags,” but if you make it to the end with at least one, you will be named a survivor of
the zombie takeover and get a survivor’s medal. If all of your flags get taken from you, you will become “infected.” After all of the heats have been completed, there will be a Paint the Town Dead party with festivities until 8 p.m. Listen to music, have dinner, browse through the merchants and enjoy undead camaraderie.
Released in 2001, Chrome brought Adkins into the top 5 of the country album charts for the first time, as the lead single “I’m Tryin’” proved to be his biggest hit since “The Rest of Mine.” The title track of Chrome climbed into the top 10 in early 2003. In 2005, Adkins had a major hit with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” from his album Songs About Me. His 2011 album, Proud to Be Here, was preceded by the single “Gone Fishin’,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard country charts.
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BOK Center (Tulsa) Mouth-watering barbecue makes its way back to Tulsa as Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival returns to downtown Tulsa. The festival features four days of championship barbecue, mouth-watering concessions, a children’s zone, and performances by 14 regional bands. Admission to the festival is free. Just steps from the iconic BOK Center glass wall, barbecue teams from across the country will showcase their award-winning recipes. Families are invited to this one-of-a-kind festival that will fill the streets of downtown Tulsa with a scent of savory sauces, sizzling meats and the sound of live music.
This year the event features an interactive children’s area offering face painting, games and inflatables as well as the Aporkalypse Fun Run & 5K. Dress up in your best zombie costume and lace up your tennis shoes for this combination 5K and food eating competition. During the pig out challenge portion of the race, competitors will eat ribs and sides before continuing on. On his own Small Voice Records, he released 2008’s Jacaranda and toured extensively, eventually moving to North Carolina where he released a collection of rarities called the Lost Animals EP. In 2010, he collaborated with the Brooklyn-based Mason Jar Music collective performing an orchestrated version of his song “Words Remain” at a historic Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Although Garrels has remained loosely tied to the Christian music community throughout his career, he has shied away from declaring himself either a strictly Christian or secular artist, instead letting his music tell his life’s story.
Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Singer/songwriter Josh Garrels has built his career on deeply personal, introspective lyrics and exploratory sounds that range from pastoral indie folk to hip-hop. After playing in punk bands during his teenage years, he fell under the spell of East Coast rap before college. In his early 20s, Garrels came into the Christian faith, which became a major thread in his musical journey. He began releasing self-produced, home-recorded albums with 2002’s Stone Tree, followed a year later by Underquiet, and Over Oceans in 2006. Possessed of a rich, soulful voice, he began to add more orchestral elements into his folk-based sound, sometimes rapping, sometimes crooning his complex but approachable songs.
Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration Keetoowah Tribal Grounds (Tahlequah) Bring the family out to experience traditional American Indian crafts, games, Native American dancing and a parade. Enjoy a signing of the UKB Constitution, hog fry, gospel sing and cultural demonstrations. Honor the traditions of the United Keetoowah Band of 14 September 2015
Cherokees with the Chief’s State of the Nation address and more. An annual highlight of the event, the Keetoowah Powwow will feature tiny tot, junior and adult dance competitions. Come and enjoy the amazing spectacle of traditional dancers in full regalia as they compete in categories that include traditional, grass, straight, fancy, buckskin, cloth and jingle dancing. Enjoy a free traditional meal, or
In 2011, he released the elaborate double album Love & War & the Sea in Between, which was influenced by his adopted home of Portland, Ore., and the Pacific Northwest. The album was praised by both Christian and secular media as a career milestone for Garrels. The year after its release, he again partnered with Mason Jar Music to film the music documentary The Sea in Between, which was filmed on remote Mayne Island in British Columbia and for which he provided the soundtrack. He had a number of his songs placed on TV shows, including CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer and ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and scored several small films.
bring the children for a turtle race, fishing derby and other children’s activities. Keetoowah game competitions will also be held during this event. Witness as participants compete in marbles, blowgun and corn stalk shoots, horseshoes, stickball and more. Arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of food vendors, will also be available.
Pacifica Quartet Tulsa Performing Arts Center The Pacifica Quartet’s virtuosity and exuberance hold audiences spellbound during their intense, polished performances. Experience for yourself the qualities that make this Grammy-winning ensemble a favorite in Tulsa when they return for their sixth Chamber Music Tulsa appearance.
River West Festival Park (Tulsa) Held in Tulsa’s River West Park, this weekend-long festival has something for the entire family including food, crafts and music. Don’t miss the Highland Games, featuring a caber toss, braemar stone, hammer throw, sheaf tossing and more. Come to Scotfest for genealogy and family (clan) history, musical entertainers of local and national merit, Scottish and Irish dance demonstrations, solo piping, traditional drumming and pipe band competitions. Scotfest will also feature a Scottish dog parade, a strongman competition, vendors of Scottish crafts and products, demonstrations of Scottish traditional domestic skills and continual educational sessions and workshops throughout the day.
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BLACK BUGGY DAY Guy Williams Park (Chouteau) This annual Chouteau event honors Amish heritage with food, arts and crafts, bluegrass music and children’s games. Known for their cooking skills, the Amish will be on-hand serving authentic Amish food and homemade goodies including hot chicken and noodles, freshly baked breads and pies, cinnamon rolls, smoked ribs and kettle corn. In addition, enjoy standard fair food such as funnel cakes, corn dogs, turkey legs, hamburgers and barbecue sandwiches from a variety of food vendors. Ice-cold watermelon, ice cream and lemonade will also be available. Visitors will be able to shop for homemade items, jewelry, wooden items, quilts and more. Enjoy live bluegrass or Western swing music performed by local musicians throughout the day, or bring the children for old-fashioned games such as sack races, three-legged races and stick horse races. Children love the wide variety of children’s activities and games, so bring them along and watch as they enjoy mini buggy rides, pony rides, barrel train rides, face painting and a petting zoo.
Don’t miss the Horsin’ Around event, where Amish men display their horsemanship by sorting cattle, running barrels and participating in myriad fun activities in front of crowds of festival-goers. Grab a seat by the corrals set up in Chouteau’s City Park and watch as participants attempt to hold an egg in a spoon and hang laundry with clothespins while riding on horseback. Also, stick around to see which Amish woman will be awarded the title of this year’s skillet throw champion.
GATESWAY BALLOON FESTIVAL Will Rogers Downs (Claremore) The festival features over 30 hot air balloons from various states across the country, live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors and plenty of food. The main attraction is the beauty and mystery of the hot air balloons as they fill the Oklahoma skies with a brilliant array of colors, shapes and sizes. This event features free admission, seating and parking. Activities will include a children’s activity area, pony rides, sponsor
Oklahoma Indian Summer Community Center (Bartlesville) This family-friendly event features youth and adult powwows with competitive and non-competitive dancing, storytelling, a talent show, church service, live entertainment and gospel sing. Witness as well-known American Indian artists in a variety of styles compete for the top prize in the Oklahoma Indian Summer art show and sale. Nationally recognized artists will show and sell traditional and contemporary artwork including sculpture, painting, gourd art, pottery and leather goods. Don’t miss the electrifying powwow dances performed 16 September 2015
in colorful regalia. Secure your spot on the sidelines of the powwow arena and watch as a variety of special dances, including the gourd dance, fancy war dance, traditional and fancy dances and the colorful jingle dress dance, are performed.
Whiskey Well BOK Center (Tulsa) Whiskey Well is a two-night whiskey and moonshine tasting, featuring more than 40 different spirits brought to you by Republic National Distributing Company. The event is broken up into two sessions in a private, ticketonly tent. Guests can enjoy samples from brands like Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Hudson Bourbons and Firefly Moonshine all in a
exhibits, lawn mower races, a cupcake decorating contest, balloon glows, competition flights, tether balloon rides and much more. souvenir Whiskey Well shot glass. Each guest receives one drink voucher to enjoy a full drink of their favorite sample spirit from the exclusive Whiskey Well bar.
Illinois River Jam 10928 N. Hwy 10 (Tahlequah) Camp on the Illinois River for a weekend in September and listen as some of Oklahoma’s and the nation’s finest songwriters and musicians perform at picturesque Peyton’s Place in Tahlequah. Curated and hosted by respected Oklahoma roots musician Travis Linville, the Illinois River Jam camping and music gathering is a veritable who’s who of Oklahoma red dirt, folk and Americana musicians all
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Next to Normal Tulsa Performing Arts Center Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, this unique hybrid of hard-rock musical and hard-hitting drama is about a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. Presented for the first time in Tulsa, this production of Next to Normal features local actors Cathy Rose as Diana, Mike Pryor as Dan, Cody McCoy as Gabe, Hannah Finnegan as Natalie, David Moreland as Henry, and Thomas Williams as Doc Madden. Vern Stefanic directs.
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BOK Center (Tulsa) Florida Georgia Line came out of nowhere in 2012 to become the biggest country group of the new decade. The vehicle of their success was “Cruise,” a slick, shimmering ode to the wide-open road that became an unkillable crossover hit in 2013 and, eventually, the biggest country digital download single of all time. After “Cruise” broke through on its own merits, reaching No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, its life was extended thanks to a remix featuring rapper Nelly. This unexpected collaboration pushed the single all the way to No. 4 on the Hot 100, but at that point it was clear that the appeal of “Cruise” lay in Florida Georgia Line’s unabashedly polished pop perspective. Unlike some fellow contemporary country bros, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn’t swagger; they were bright, sunny, and friendly, qualities showcased on subsequent hits “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here,” and “Stay.” Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard—the former hails from Ormond Beach, Fla., the latter Monroe, Ga., hence their band name—met as students at Nashville’s Belmont University, and began writing songs together between classes. Soon, they were playing local clubs, quickly building a fan following on the Southeast club circuit and developing a sharp contemporary country sound. After self-releasing an EP of originals called Anything Like Me in December 2010, the duo signed a publishing and management deal with Big Loud Mountain, then entered the studio with producer Joey Moi to track an EP, It’z Just What We Do.
It’z Just What We Do appeared in May 2012, preceded by the single “Cruise.” Within two months, the single debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, where it would reside for months on end. Naturally, the accompanying Here’s to the Good Times album also became a hit, reaching No. 1 on the country albums chart in the summer of 2013 on its way to over 1.5 million in sales; it was reissued as an expanded edition called Here’s to the Good Times...This Is How We Roll for the holiday season of 2013, with their duet with Luke Bryan called “This Is How We Roll” added to the album. In July 2014, Florida Georgia Line released the single “Dirt,” another country chart-topper that heralded the release of their second album. Working once again with Moi, the band released Anything Goes in October 2014. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of sales of 197,000 copies.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) This television hall of fame inductee exudes his everyman style and personality into all he does, which has earned him millions of fans worldwide. It’s been over a year since Leno stepped down as the host of The Tonight Show, turning over the duties to Jimmy Fallon, but that hasn’t stopped the comedian with the every man style from continuing his standup career. Leno, who made his first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1977, takes on everything including current events, growing older and being a cat owner during his routine. Even his collection of 100-plus vehicles and 90 or so motorcycles makes an appearance in the show. Toward the end of his routine, Leno uses the audience for his comedy, asking where people are from and what they do for a living for off-the-cuff laughs.
Brady Theater (Tulsa) The Los Angeles-based hard rock act Buckcherry formed in mid-1995, after singer Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson were introduced through their tattoo artist. After cutting several demos, the duo recruited bassist Jonathan “J.B.” Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn and began performing live, quickly earning a local following for their swaggering, grunge-flavored music. Following the subsequent addition of second guitarist Yogi Lonich, Buckcherry issued their self-titled debut LP in 1999. Singles such as “Check Your Head” and “For the Movies” were modern rock hits, allowing Buckcherry to raise their profile by summer 2000. The following year, Buckcherry released their second album, Time Bomb. Although it wasn’t widely noticed by critics, AC/DC recruited the band as an opening act for a series of shows, and Buckcherry’s audience grew accordingly. In July 2002, Todd unexpectedly quit the group, and Buckcherry took a multi-year hiatus to recoup. They eventually regrouped in 2005 with original members Todd and Nelson, as well as newcomers Xavier Muriel (drums), bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, and guitarist Stevie D. The revised lineup hit the studio later that year to record 15, which was released in early 2006 and
yielded the band’s first top 10 pop single, “Sorry.” 15 went platinum on the strength of its crossover appeal, and Buckcherry quickly returned in 2008 with a fourth album, Black Butterfly. The band released its fifth full-length album, All Night Long, in August 2010. Despite debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200, the album failed to generate a major hit single. In 2013, Buckcherry released the heavy, melodic Confessions.
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Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) New York-based blues-rock quartet formed in 1988 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler were part of a revival of the extended jamming style of ‘60s and ‘70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Signed to A&M, they released their first album, Blues Traveler, in May 1990 and followed it with Travelers and Thieves in September 1991. Popper was in a serious car accident in 1992, leaving him unable to perform for a number of months. Fortunately, he recovered, yet he still had to perform in a wheelchair for a period of time. In April 1993, Blues Traveler released their third album, Save His Soul, which became the band’s first to make the Top 100. Blues Traveler’s aptly named fourth album, Four, released in September 1994, at first looked like a sales
disappointment, but it rebounded in 1995 when “RunAround,” a single taken from it, became the group’s first chart hit. “Run-Around” became one of the biggest singles of 1995, spending nearly a full year on the charts and sending Four into quintuple platinum status. As the group prepared the follow-up to Four, Blues Traveler released the live double album Live from the Fall in the summer of 1996. The group returned in the summer of 1997 with its fifth studio album, Straight on Till Morning. After completing his 1999 debut solo effort, Zygote, Popper—who’d been experiencing chest pains for months—was forced to undergo an angioplasty; weeks later, tragedy struck August 20, 1999, when Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans home. He was just 31 years old. The new millennium saw a newly charged Blues Traveler, and their sixth record, Bridge, appeared in May 2001. The next winter, Blues Traveler released the live What You and I Have Been Through. The studio record Truth Be Told followed in 2003, and another concert album, Live on the Rocks, appeared in 2004. The group returned to the studio in 2004, releasing the Jay Bennett-produced Bastardos! in September of the following year. In 2007, Blues Traveler released Cover Yourself, a collection of previous hits reworked with acoustic arrangements. The David Bianco-produced North Hollywood Shootout appeared from Verve Forecast in 2008. In March 2012, the band released 25, a twodisc set (one disc of hits and key tracks and a second disc of B-sides, demos, and rarities) celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary. It was followed in June by Suzie Cracks the Whip, the group’s 11th studio album, which was produced by S*A*M & Sluggo, and featured guest spots from Ron Sexsmith, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), and Crystal Bowersox. Three years later, Blues Traveler returned with Blow Up the Moon, an album filled with collaborations from pop stars including Jewel, Hanson, Plain White T’s, and JC Chasez.
National Hook N’ Cook-Off South Grand Lake Regional Airport (Ketchum) Teams will be competing to take home the titles for best catfish, coleslaw and hush puppies. Join visitors from around the Grand Lake area for other festivities that will include a car show, live music, arts and crafts and a variety of vendor booths. The Commemorative Air Force will be there with historical aircraft and offering plane rides in their PT-19.
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food with the thrill of a competitive run. Both the 5K and the one-mile fun run begin at the corner of Jack Zink Drive and East 16th Street, while the onemile runners will break off from the crowd and loop around the River Spirit Expo to finish. The 5K runners will continue around the Fair Meadows Horse Track, circle the old Drillers Stadium and progress through the heart of the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. What makes the run even more interesting is the lemonade, cotton candy and corn dog bar that each runner is required to finish before completing the run.
The items will be handed out one by one during the race. The Corndog Classic 5K race is USATF certified, and prizes will be awarded for the overall male and female of the race, as well as the top three finishers per age group. After the race, stick around for live music, raffle prizes and, of course, corndogs.
Alonzo King Lines Ballet Tulsa Performing Arts Center Alonzo King Lines Ballet is a celebrated San Franciscobased contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King. Collaborating
with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world, King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. King understands ballet as a science founded on universal geometric principles of energy and evolution, and he continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques. King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.
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Performing Arts Center (Broken Arrow) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the coat of many colors story of Joseph from the Bible’s “Book of Genesis.” This was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly. The show has little spoken dialogue; it is completely sung-through. Its familyfriendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music have resulted in numerous productions. According to the Really Useful Group, by 2008 more than 20,000 schools and amateur theatre groups had successfully put on productions. It is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling a story (sometimes to children, encouraging them to dream). She then tells the story of Joseph, another dreamer (“Prologue,” “Any Dream Will Do”). In the beginning of the main story Jacob and his 12 sons are introduced (“Jacob and Sons”). Joseph’s brothers are jealous of him for his coat of many colors, a symbol of their father’s preference for him (“Joseph’s Coat”). It is clear from Joseph’s dreams that he is destined to rule over them (“Joseph’s Dreams”). To get rid of him and prevent the dreams from coming true, they attempt fratricide, but then they sell Joseph as a slave to some passing Ishmaelites (“Poor, Poor Joseph”), who take him to Egypt.
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Art on the Hill Rogers State University (Claremore)
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SEPT. 9-19 COUNTY FAIRS
Once an annual social ritual centered on agriculture and education, county fairs in Oklahoma have become iconic celebrations packed with mouthwatering foods and endless entertainment. Return to small-town simplicity with the rush of a thrilling carnival ride, the sweet aroma of hot kettle corn and the sound of a crowd coming together to sing a classic country tune.
Mayes County Fair Mayes County Fairgrounds (Pryor) Featuring a fun-filled carnival while celebrating livestock and farming, the Mayes County Fair is an enjoyable experience for all ages. Vendors with farm and agriculture-related items, clothing and food will be set up at fair. There will be a livestock show complete with swine, cattle, lambs, goats, equine show and timed events, broiler and poultry. Other attractions at the fair are the pedal pull Sunday for the young children, tractor driving contest, pet show and indoor exhibits.
Osage County Free Fair Osage County Fairgrounds (Pawhuska) The Osage County Free Fair celebrates the agricultural abundance of Pawhuska and the surrounding area with livestock shows, a horse show, ranch rodeo and plenty of 4-H exhibits set up for visitors. Browse through exhibit halls filled with educational and vendor booths. Don’t miss this year’s talent show and secure a seat in the stands for the fair’s school choir, band and cheerleader competitions. This year’s fair will also feature chili and salsa cook-offs.
Okmulgee County Fair Okmulgee County Fairgrounds (Okmulgee) This annual county free fair also features a variety of commercial booths, baked good sales, canning sales, quilting displays and much more. Visitors will
also enjoy plenty of delicious fair food and a Saturday family festival where children can have their faces painted and play free games.
Rogers County Free Fair Expo Center (Claremore) A Rogers County staple since 1955, this free fair guarantees fun for the entire family. Attend a horse show, check out numerous vehicles in the fair’s annual car show, enjoy 4-H and FFA competitions and exhibits, or take the children over to the fair’s popular children’s area, featuring plenty of activities geared specifically toward them. Make your way to the festival’s carnival midway for rides, games and plenty of yummy fair food and snacks. The fair, which highlights the transition from summer to fall in Claremore, is a great opportunity to celebrate the agricultural diversity of the area. Event categories are wide and varied, from cooking and horticulture to fine arts and animal exhibits. Spend the day browsing through traditional fair exhibits, or simply attend the fair to enjoy an exhilarating spin on a carnival ride.
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TULSA’S GREAT RAFT RACE IS BACK, BUT DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO CONQUER THE EIGHT-MILE WATER WORKOUT?
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ver considered what it might be like to spend a day on the river with a crowd of lively spectators, chanting and cheering as they spur on rafts and their racers? Take 400 rafts, add 4,500 participants, top it off with 150,000 onlookers, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for the Great Raft Race of Tulsa. “Arguably the most popular event in Tulsa in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” says overseer Seth Erkenbeck. “[It’s] fun because who doesn’t want to build an awesome, creative raft, be outside and actually use the river?” Originating in 1973, with the latest race in 1991, Erkenbeck attended the KRMG’s Great Raft Race of the ‘70s and ‘80s as a 9 year old and has since then decided to spearhead this year’s event in the hopes of reproducing the nostalgia and fond memories enjoyed by past participants and spectators. Upon some tactical detective research provided by the most prestigious outlet of information around—Facebook—there is no mystery to the fun and festivities surrounding this momentous day on the
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water. Photographs provided reveal the genuine enjoyment of such a marvelous day in the sun. Posted pictures of parents acting as forward outlooks, or even champions of past races can be found throughout the race’s Facebook wall. A particular treat of a photograph is of a raft that had been created to echo the surreal horror of Jaws, a vision of several men standing in the wide mouth of a monstrous
shark. The smiles on their faces are as sweet as the sunshine and the racers’ readiness is tangible. Plenty of other sentiments flood the Facebook page as well. Revelers of the special day recall history as they look forward to this year’s comeback. “I am so excited that the race will be back this year,” says one, while another gathers a list of family and explains, “In honor of grandma, we have to do this.” Another recollects a float that “looked like a classic MG car with a play on the KRMG logo.” Still another remarked on the days of his fraternity, that “at the end, we were so exhausted it was all we could do to pull our raft out of the water. Good times.” For Erkenbeck, his favorite part about the event is the “community spirit around people getting together to plan and build rafts, along with getting people outside on the river to enjoy it.” Basically, when it comes time for guidelines, his number one tip is, “Participate in the race and have a great time.” A classic, true-to-tradition event, this race will happen whether it’s rain or shine
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(with the very sensible exception of nearby lightning). With teams ranging from one to 20 or more people, an eight-mile-long stretch, and everyone from grandparents to college students registered, this day will be one to attend, enjoy, and never forget. Some important need-to-knows for racers are as follows: The required ability to carry a raft up and down a boat ramp; all participants must be 18 or older (with the allowance of signed waivers by parents for ages 16 and older); anything from canoes, kayaks, and inflatable rafts are allowed; and the rafts do not necessarily have to be self-built. Although, wouldn’t it be even cooler to win a race in your own raft design? We think so, too. That being said, contest categories include Best Built Raft, Best Costumes, Most
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hether it’s time to celebrate the weekend’s arrival, brunch it up with a bloody mary, toast a promotion, or simply wind down after a long day at the office, the Green Country area has an inexhaustible spread of restaurants and bars for every drinkable occasion. From refined, traditional favorites to
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some serious innovations in the realm of mixology, Tulsa and the surrounding areas are peppered with a host of places serving up cocktails and signature drinks to please even the most discerning palate. There’s something for everyone, so call the guys or grab your girls and head out to the following locations.
Albert G’s 421 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
Two words: barbecue and bourbon. With more bourbon options than anybody else in Tulsa, Albert G’s offers something to the local area that no one else does. Shannon Greenberg and Eli Anderson—the bar manager and general manager of Albert G’s, respectively—are currently
pioneering the forefronts of the barrel-aging process. Before building many of their signature cocktails, the bourbons, liqueurs, bitters, and certain other ingredients are aged in charred barrels anywhere from four to 18 weeks. The char in the barrels soaks out any bitterness, leaving only the smoothest taste to complement the smoked flavor in their expertly prepared barbecue.
Old Fashioned—a sugar cube, orange, and Luxardo cherry muddled, and 2 ounces of Makers 46 barrel-aged with liqueur and bitters, strained and poured over a two-inch cube of ice.
Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood 10032 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
Bluestone is the epitome of class and refinement. This is a place for the serious wine enthusiast, as their wine is decanted in lead-free crystal imported from Austria rather than in glass to improve taste. Bluestone’s bar manager Jennifer Willhite is also coming up with some of the unique and impressive signature drinks in the local area, like White Champagne Cosmo and a Spiced Manhattan that includes an infusion of fire-singed rosemary and sprigs.
Sweet Orange Pecan—a dessert martini served with a scoop of full-fat vanilla bean ice cream, house-infused orange vodka with Cointreau, crème de cacao and pecan pie liqueur, then garnished with orange twists for aroma.
Caz’s Chowhouse 18 E Mathew B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Caz’s Chowhouse has an interior that’s somehow early 1900s industrial meets the coziness of your grandma’s house. This may sound like an odd combination, but as their tagline reads, “Upscale, down-home cooking,” it works well for them. Serving up comfort food like chicken and waffles, it’s a delicious place to unwind. And once you’re done
107 N. Boulder | Tulsa Naming itself after the fact that Oklahoma is the 46th state, Bar 46 is a celebration of local style. On the first Friday of every month, for the Brady District Art Crawl, they display the art of local artists. Located catty-corner from the Brady Theatre, it’s the perfect place get a drink either before or after a show. It’s also walking distance from other entertainment destinations, like the Guthrie Green, BOK Center and ONEOK Field.
At Chimi’s, it’s all about keeping it fresh and keeping it local. Chimi’s prides itself on building its menu options from only the best ingredients, even bringing in their bread fresh daily. And the patio at the Cherry
The Hot Mama—coconut vodka mixed with watermelon and jalapeno.
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The Pedro—a blend of rosemary infused Espolon Reposado, Tuaca, Grand Marnier and fresh lemon.
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with dinner, you can walk right out into the rest of the weekend scene because Caz’s is located in the heart of the Brady Arts District.
Street location has a great view of the downtown. Look out over Tulsa while you enjoy chips and housemade salsa paired with a Corona, or with one of their margaritas that are said to be among the absolute best in town.
Once you finish dinner and your first round of drinks at Hey Mambo, you can walk right next door for the second round at Classic Cigars. They boast a selection of over 100 different cigar choices, each of which are kept in a humidor designed for quality assurance. Technically a whiskey bar because of their overflowing selection of bourbons, whiskeys and scotches, Classic Cigars still has a list of local micro-brewed beers and crafted cocktails to choose from. So grab a cigar, order a drink, and head out onto the patio to watch all of the Brady District happenings as you relax under the stars.
The Brady Street Bourbon—a combination of infused Maker’s Mark, local honey and oranges.
Dave and Buster’s 6812 S. 105th | Tulsa
With a tagline that reads “Eat, Drink, and Play,” Dave and Buster’s encourages their guests to let their inner child loose. After eating dinner from their expansive menu, grab a drink from the bar and head into their enormous game room to shoot hoops, race simulated cars, and challenge your friends to see who can win the most tickets from hundreds of different games. You haven’t had this
8922 S. Memorial | Tulsa Whether you prefer new or Old World wines, Cork has exactly what you’re looking for. With over 150 wines available, it’s like a candy store for wine lovers. To ensure the quality and taste of their wines, Cork employs an Enomatic storage system, which is the worldwide leader in wine-serving technology. Don’t love wine? Not to worry; Cork also has over 150 beers available as well.
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Hey Mambo 114 N. Boston | Tulsa
Cozy, but also refined, Hey Mambo is located in the Brady Arts District. The owner and chef, Scott Moore, worked at Tucci’s on Cherry Street for 10 years before opening Hey Mambo, so guests can be sure he has a lot of experience in knowing what it takes to make a restaurant successful. In addition to serving up a serious pizza pie, Hey Mambo stocks a bevy of different alcohols and liquors just waiting to be mixed into various signature cocktails. All of their craft beers are at least six point as well.
For over 40 years at this location, El Chico has been serving Tulsa the best in Mexican food longer than most anyone else. With so much experience under their belt, El Chico has learned how to do everything right, from chips and salsa to a list of cocktails and drinks so creative and delicious it will make your head spin.
Mexican Martini—Blue Agave Tequila, Cointreau and margarita mix served up in a martini glass.
Class and charm take on whole new definitions at Hodges Bend, with the inner décor bringing to mind things like The Great Gatsby, and the flair of the roaring ‘20s. As a specialty coffee shop by day and high-end cocktail lounge by night, Hodges has created a menu of drink infusions to impress even the pickiest palate. With three certified Sommeliers on staff—the most in any restaurant or bar in Tulsa—any cocktail 32 September 2015
Alcoholic Snow Cone—crushed ice, Stolichnaya raspberry vodka, raspberry syrup, lemonade and DeKuyper Blue Curacao.
8056 S. Memorial | Tulsa
With an extremely low turnover rate in staff over the years and loyal following of regular customers, Fat Daddy’s welcoming, relaxed atmosphere will take you in as one of its own right away. With many flats screens, daily happy hours, to-die-for burgers (which are 2 for 1 on Thursdays), and pool tables, Fat Daddy’s is the perfect place to eat, watch the game, and relax with friends after a stressful day. It is also a family restaurant until 9 p.m., so don’t hesitate to bring in the children.
Tornado Shot—Southern Comfort, Peach Schnapps and tropical Red Bull.
Hibiscus Bar and Grill 3316 S. Peoria | Tulsa
If you are in desperate need of a vacation but find yourself short on time and money, get yourself to Hibiscus on Brookside for a quick island fix. Order a plate of jerk chicken, listen to the reggae music, and feel your troubles lift away.
Cheesecake Mambo—Grand Marnier mixed with vanilla vodka and pineapple juice.
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that Hodges crafts pushes the limits of mixology. If you haven’t been to Hodges yet, go.
Promenade—bourbon, grapefruit, lime and Espresso Grenadine.
Jamaican Rum Punch—an expert mix of rum and fruit juices.
Hop Bunz 3330 S. Peoria | Tulsa 108th & Memorial | Tulsa
Hop Bunz is a fun and delicious spot for the whole family. Their burger patties are ground in-house daily and are made by combining sirloin, chuck and bacon. Naturally, such delicious “bunz” need an equally delicious “hop” to go with it, right? Which is why Hop Bunz offers 10 craft beers on tap, nine of which are local. So come peoplewatch on their patio that looks out onto Brookside and enjoy a good burger/beer combo.
Mint Chocolate Adult Milkshake—vanilla custard, chocolate and mint liquor, crushed mint cookies and chocolate syrup.
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With low lighting, a hip and trendy atmosphere and fresh, delicious sushi combinations, In The Raw is the perfect place to go for a girl’s night. Order an ITR Mule or a Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini and talk the night away by the big glass picture windows. In The Raw is also a top brunch destination, as they have a completely customizable bloody mary menu.
Mamasota’s Martini’s Lounge 5209 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
If you appreciate true authenticity in Mexican food, Mamasota’s is your next dinner destination. Co-owner and chef Luis Navas was born in Guatemala, and spent many years as a chef in San Francisco. Because of his background in traditional, handcrafted Mexican food, Navas tolerates nothing but the best ingredients in his cuisine. Everything from the guacamole, to the margaritas, to the five different housemade salsas is fresh, fresh, fresh. Come and enjoy their patio on fish taco Friday, or the live Flamenco music every Saturday.
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Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini— blueberry and citrus vodka, a splash of sweet and sour mix, and a sugared rim, garnished with fresh blueberries.
If you find yourself staying at the Clarion Hotel in Broken Arrow off Highway 51, head down to Martini’s Lounge to chill and grab a drink. With a happy hour every day between 4-7 p.m. that features $1.75 domestics, and various plush couches for seating, it’s the perfect place to unwind after traveling.
A Spot of Tea—a shot made with sweet tea vodka and Monster Rehab Energy Drink.
Mexicali 14 W. Brady | Tulsa
Located in the Brady Arts District, Mexicali has been a celebrated tradition for authentic Mexican food in Tulsa for over 30 years. With a friendly waitstaff and only the very freshest in ingredients, come sit on the patio to enjoy a dish of excellently prepared Mexican street tacos, which must of course be paired with one of their famous margaritas. Mexicali boasts an enormous list of different margaritas, whether on the rocks, frozen or swirled.
Watermelon Margarita—served frozen or on the rocks, it includes sweet and sour, tequila, watermelon aqua fresca (a housemade Mexican fresh water drink) and a splash of Sprite. Served with a sugar rim and garnished with a slice of watermelon.
Meltdown Margarita—frozen margarita topped with Chambord or extra tequila of your choice.
1747 S. Boston | Tulsa
This is a bar for people who like to get a little wild. With a neon sign outside that reads, “Sorry, We’re Open,” Mercury’s low-maintenance unapologetic nature is also its charm. Frequently featuring live music on the patio, Mercury is a no frills, kickback kind of place where new friends are made and good times are had.
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Molly’s Landing 3700 N. Old Hwy 66 | Catoosa
Molly’s Landing has been a very special place in Oklahoma for years. In addition to high-end dining, Molly’s offers a score of things that no one else does, like their monthly Murder Mystery Dinner, home-grown herbs to make their freshly prepared spices, bottles of Dom Perignon, and an awesome wine selection. For your next special occasion or anniversary, call Molly’s to set up an unforgettable dining experience.
Napa Flats 9912 Riverside Pkwy | Tulsa
Nestled at the corner of 96th and Riverside, with a stunning patio view of the Arkansas River, Napa Flats is a destination for a true wining and dining experience. Owners John Crancer and Tom Kenney have spared no expense when it comes to pleasing their guests. They offer wine on tap—yes, you read that right—pulling four red and four white wines straight from kegs. Because these wine kegs are powered by nitrogen, each and every glass is like it came from a freshly uncorked bottle—the perfect complement to one of their wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, hand-cut steaks, or fresh fish offerings.
Mondo’s 3410 S. Peoria | Tulsa
With Charlie Chaplin movies playing on the wall, intimate seating, and some of the best pizza you’ve ever tasted, Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano gets its culture and class from family roots in both Italy and New York City. Using recipes passed down from generation to generation, owners Lou and Rob Aloisio have managed to bring the taste of the Big Apple to Tulsa.
Bedlam Punch—Jameson Whiskey, red sangria, pineapple citrus mix and orange juice.
Espresso Martini—Espresso Vodka, a splash of Kahlua, a splash of Baileys and a shot of real espresso … then shaken. in the works: a Gumbo Mary, which will include clam juice, Frangelico, cream vodka and much more.
Rio Restaurant and Bar 2120 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
The building itself has been a Tulsa staple for years, as the Rio used to be the iconic Casa Bonita. Known for its unique and fun interior, guests can still eat dinner in the infamous “cave room.” The Rio is also a destination for those that like to drink and dance. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, guests can dance the night away on one of three dance floors, each featuring a different genre of music (salsa, hip-hop or bachata). Thursday nights are also buy-one-get-one Coronas.
Michelada Rio—intended to be shared between two people, and includes Clamato juice, a secret salsa mix and two Coronas upended in the giant glass. Served over ice and garnished with cocktail shrimp.
S&J Oyster Bar 308 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
If you love Cajun, S&J will be paradise for you. With a gorgeous marble bar and an interior modernly decorated in black and white, S&J serves up one of the very best bloody mary drinks in town, as all of the ingredients are fresh and made in-house; no premade bottle mixes here. S&J’s chef Paul Wilson spent many years in New Orleans, so he knows Cajun like nobody’s business. He also has a new creation
The Saturn Room 209 N. Boulder | Tulsa
A completely unique and new concept on the cocktail scene in Tulsa, the Saturn Room is a midcentury modern style tiki lounge. It’s a high-class haven for rum drinkers, and an escapist’s paradise for all. 34 September 2015
House Bloody Mary—garlic Worcester sauce, tomato, celery seed, black pepper, cayenne, chili flake, vegetables, horseradish, and Absolut Peppar vodka. Garnished with pickled okra.
With imported bamboo, real blowfish hanging at intervals from the ceiling, a hula hut bar stocked for the tastes of a king, and dim lighting accompanied by candlelight seriously sets the mood. Also, with a patio lit by tiki torches and an expansive view of the brightly lit Tulsa skyline, you will be itching to get there by the end of every workweek.
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Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar 3523 S. Peoria | Tulsa
From the décor to the menu options, Sonoma derives its inspiration from California Wine country. Serving up chic Italian eats with a bistro flare, Sonoma is a great place to gather with a group. With over 50 primarily new world wines available, rent the private party room that holds up to 25 people for any celebratory occasion.
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New York Sour—vodka and sour mix topped with a red wine.
Smoke is a rich encapsulation of all things well crafted, including food, signature drinks, atmosphere, and indulgent cigar offerings. Smoke gets their namesake from the way they prepare their dishes (diligently slowsmoking locally sourced meat, or grilling it over a live firewood grill), and also from the high-end smoking lounge inside the establishment. Rich woods and plush leather make up the interior, and with a sealed-off smoking room that employs a ventilation system that recirculates the air eight times an hour, this is a definite destination for the man’s man.
Tres Amigos 8144 S. Lewis | Tulsa
Offering traditional Mexican food with a twist, Tres Amigos is the place to go if you are looking to shake it up. With menu options like raspberry chipotle barbecue ribs, all of the dishes at Tres Amigos are an adventure in taste. It’s also a great date night place, as they offer specials for two that include two margaritas. Or make it a group night and order the cochinita pibil (a traditional Mayan dish) that comes with a bucket of five Coronitas.
Chainsaw City—Bulleit Rye, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier, Benedictine and Chartreuse.
Waterfront Grill 120 Aquarium Dr. | Jenks
If you are from the Tulsa/Jenks area, there’s a good chance you’ve heard great things about Waterfront Grill. At Waterfront, it’s all about quality ingredients that are never frozen. Chef Jimmy Blacketer traveled all over the world for a year and a half to glean the restaurant’s diverse and inspired menu offerings. Waterfront is also a Sunday brunch destination, as they feature a build-your-own omelet bar and build-your-own bloody mary bar, with 15 different garnishing options!
Patron Margarita—a mix of mouth-watering citrus flavors combined with Patron silver tequila.
Treys Bar and Grill 7891 E. 108th | Tulsa
The owners of Treys seek to celebrate three things: a good time, high quality food and drinks, and the city of Tulsa itself. With decorations on the walls of Tulsa landmarks and old movie posters like The Outsiders paying homage to Tulsa’s history, eight huge flat screens, beer tastings, a jukebox, shuffleboard, and their “Treydmark cocktails,” you may find your new go-to spot at Treys.
2408 W. New Orleans | Broken Arrow
Whiskey Dog is a bar that not only offers innovation in mixology but also gives back to the community in a big way. First and foremost, Whiskey Dog is in the business of people, and their customers come before anything else. For example, in the past they have held fundraisers to directly benefit needs of their regular customers, with some of the staff even donating their tips toward the cause. They also have a long-running happy hour from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. everyday, and are doing some experimental drink combinations with Bird Dog Whiskey—a brand of Kentucky bourbon whiskey infused with natural flavors like blackberry, chocolate, apple and maple. Whiskey lovers, rejoice! PreviewGreenCountry.com 35
The Wine Loft 7890 E. 106th Place | Tulsa
Although The Wine Loft is newer on the scene in South Tulsa, they most certainly should not be overlooked. The Wine Loft is a great destination for appetizers and fresh, innovative cocktails. Constructed with clean, modern lines and a huge winding glass staircase, it’s an excellent place to go for a first date or to catch up with an old friend over a drink.
Dancing Berries—Gruet sparkling wine and St. Germain (a French liqueur made from elderflowers) and garnished with blueberries.
1402 S. Peoria | Tulsa
Nowhere is the view of downtown Tulsa’s skyline more visible or beautiful than from the second-story patio at Zanmai. As if this weren’t enough, the sushi, hibachi prepared food, and modern décor only add to the restaurant’s charm. Whether you’re enjoying the weather or simply the view, it’s really the drinks that put a Zanmai dining experience over the top. There are three in particular—the Blushing Geisha, Momo Sangria and the Fig Julip—that are the perfect, delicious complements to patio conversation.
Fig Julip—muddled mint leaves, port and lemon, mixed with Bulleit bourbon, St. Germain and a housemade fig syrup.
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CeLTIC Pride Don a kilt and prepare to toss a caber as pageantry, brute strength, strong drinks and plenty of bagpipes will be on display during the three-day Scotfest. WRITTEN BY: Michele Chiappetta
here will be kilts. Lots and lots of kilts.
If you haven’t attended a Scottish festival before, then September is the time to start making it an annual tradition, and Tulsa is the place to do it. This year’s annual Scotfest promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a weekend of games, music, and fun that can’t be beat. Scotfest started 36 years ago, born out of the efforts of Tulsa’s Scottish Club. Over the years, it has grown from a small, momand-pop gathering into a major local festival that is expected to draw anywhere from 22,000 to 25,000 people this year to River West Festival Park. And those numbers are continuing to increase each year, according to Scotfest’s executive director, Steve Campbell.
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“We have seen about 20 to 25 percent growth each year,” Campbell says. “We’re becoming one of the bigger events in the area. In a few years, we expect our festival to be as big as Oktoberfest (one of Tulsa’s biggest outdoor gatherings). My goal is to be the best of the best of the larger events.” Campbell and his team are pursuing that goal in a number of ways. They moved the festival to the River West Park several years ago because it offers room for growth. And this year, Scotfest will be the first activity to take place there after the city’s refurbishments to the area are completed. So, even for Tulsans who have attended Scotfest in the past, this year is expected to have a new feel to it.
And of course, families love the festival, which is one of Campbell’s other goals. Scotfest is an event that people of all ages can enjoy. “We’re kind of a cradle-to-grave festival,” says Campbell. “We’ve got something for everyone.” For the athletes in the crowd, Scotfest hosts a variety of traditional Highland games, reflective of the Scottish and Celtic heritage that the festival celebrates. Expect to see plenty of kilts, hear plenty of bagpipes, and hear plenty of Scottish brogues as the competitors throw hammers, toss cabers (large wooden poles), and pitch sheaves (burlap bags full of straw). These games are feats of strength and prowess that are not to be missed. Some of the athletes come from around the country, and anyone ages 13
years and up can participate. Some of the competitors are in their 60s and 70s. Among this group of athletes is a local favorite, Dean Ross, whom Campbell describes as “quite the character” as well as someone skilled enough to compete across the country. Another event that makes Scotfest shine is the dancing. During the daytime, festivalgoers can watch performances of the best of Scottish Highland and Irish dance—including traditional warrior dances, modern choreographies, and graceful ladies’ dances. Dance troupes from Tulsa, Shawnee, Edmond, Yukon, and Broken Arrow will also participate. And some of these groups have been a part of the Scotfest activities for close to 20 years. One of the highlights of any Scottish festival is the music. Live, boisterous, brazen music. Scotfest does an excellent job of bringing in bands and musicians from both local and international venues to grace the stage. Some of the music is traditional—pipes and drums and ancient tunes sung for generations. And some of the music is, well, a little bit Scottish country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. “It’s rowdier and rockier than the more traditional music that plays at the Folk Stage,” says Campbell. This mash-up of folk song and rock will go live in the evenings on the Scot Rock stage, and if you’ve never heard that kind of music before, you’re in for a treat. Campbell works hard to bring in the best of the best.
The Scot Rock and Folk Stages will host better-known groups too—like Tullamore and Cleghorn. And of course, no Scotfest in Tulsa would be truly Scotfest without at least one performance by the Wicked Tinkers—a famous group of handsome, kilted, bold musicians who play a mixture of guitars and rock instruments as well as traditional Scottish bagpipes, marching snare drums, pipes, the didgeridoo, and even a Bronze Age Irish horn that must be heard to be believed. And by the way, the Wicked Tinkers will absolutely come off the stage and dance on the tables, so don’t expect that concert to be sedate. In fact, get yourself a treat from the food trucks—maybe a tasty Scotch egg, steak pie, or a locally produced Highland Cow burger—buy a bit of beer or wine or whisky, and settle in for the show of your life. The festival will also host three Scottish comedians, one of them being Luke Ashlocke, who is taking off in Hollywood right now and will be worth seeing, says Campbell. Children won’t miss out, either. “We have a dedicated children’s clan area—complete with arts and crafts, inflatables, and mini-Highland games,” Cambell says. Children ages 12 and under attend for free, so no worries about the cost. “Scotfest is less expensive than a trip to the movies,” he states.
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In the past, he says, Scotfest has offered up the stage to Scottish groups like Celtica, who have since gone on to build a large following in the U.S., in part through their exposure in Tulsa. This year, Campbell says, the two new bands they’re hosting hail from Canada— the Mudmen, and the Town Pants—and he expects them to be hard rocking and fun.
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sk most anyone from outside the Sooner State what comes to mind when they hear the name Tulsa, Okla., and they will likely say barbecue, teepees, excessive heat, or maybe something about wind sweeping down the plains.
WITH T-TOWN’S WELLESTABLISHED COSMOPOLITAN NATURE, FASHION AWARENESS AND ROBUST ECONOMY, THE CITY IS PERFECTLY POISED FOR TULSA FASHION WEEK, WHICH WILL BE BOTH A SHOWCASE AND A CELEBRATION OF LIFE EXPRESSED THROUGH CLOTHING DESIGN. 52 September 2015
What they probably won’t think of, however, is fashion, or anything having to do with runways and clothing designers. Because that’s only big city stuff, right? Wrong. Almost since the very inception of Tulsa itself, this city has been privileged to display a marked degree of style. With the oil boom in the early 20th century, Tulsa became the flourishing oil capital of the world, and evidence of this success rose up in the cutting edge angles and lines of the Art Deco buildings that still give Tulsa its character. Drawing deep from these rich historical roots, Tulsa has remained a place of high-class charm and visual appeal. Not only that, it is also a hotbed for innovation in small business ventures, behind which is a force of young professionals to be reckoned with. With all of these factors in play, Tulsa is ripe for recognition, and come September, Tulsa Fashion
Week will highlight the style and finesse that this city was built on. “With Tulsa’s well-established cosmopolitan nature, fashion awareness and robust economy, the city seems perfectly poised for such a venture,” says Tracey Norvell, Tulsa Fashion Week collaborator and head of Arts Society, a synergistic marketing and events firm. “The global fashion shows are certainly an inspiration and model for the 2015 Tulsa Fashion Week, but the long-term vision of both sponsors and organizers is to establish and grow a vibrant local fashion industry in Tulsa,” she continues. In other words, this could be the start of something big. According to Norvell, the idea for having a fashion week in Tulsa was a long time interest of the organizer for the Oklahoma City Fashion Week. After partnering with SRO Productions (a Tulsa based multi-purpose production and talent agency), this vision turned reality. For Tulsa Fashion Week’s runway events, casting calls for local and regional models were held in Tulsa over the summer. “From those selected by TFW, the designers then selected which would present their particular collections on the runway,” says Norvell. Speaking of designers, Tulsa Fashion Week will feature a host
of wildly talented individuals in clothing design, with the week’s events oriented around both local and national designers from around the country. “During Fashion Week, the Thursday event is called Fashion in the Square—held in Utica Square—and will focus on young and emerging local designers,” Norvell explains. “This event is free to the public, and it includes a runway show featuring the work of many Oklahoma-based designers.” Those attending Fashion in the Square are also encouraged to bring their “best friends,” as there will be a pet fashion parade. There will also be many promotions put on by merchants and restaurants inside the Square. The runway show Friday night at the Mayo Hotel, and the redcarpet event Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center will both feature a list of designers who are at the forefront of the current world of fashion including Orlando Dugi, featured in Vogue Italia; Stephen Goudeau, whose clothing has been keenly sought after by various celebrities; Nicole Moan, an Oklahoma City designer whose work (like her signature ceramic corsets) is featured in galleries from New York to L.A., and even in Europe; Joanne Hong, a Stillwater native who designs high-fashion children’s clothing in New York; Caycee Black, who has dressed celebrities like Regina Spector
and Drew Barrymore, and was recently voted best new designer by Vogue.com.uk; and Stevie Boi, whose luxury eyewear has been in Time magazine and on the cover of Vogue Italia. Also joining this list will be Alexis Monsanto, whose designs were featured on the red carpet at the 2014 Academy Awards. He will be presenting his gorgeous Art Deco inspired collection during TFW—something for Tulsans to particularly look forward to. Together, these designers amass quite an impressive resume, known nationally and internationally for their unique and beautiful visions in fashion artistry. And all of them will be right here in one spot, ready to take over local venues and bring to Tulsa the energy and
excitement of high fashion that this city has long been primed for. “Tulsa has a pioneer, can-do spirit and considerable talent,” states Norvell. “It’s time for this city to stake a claim in the fashion arena, and Tulsa Fashion Week 2015 is the first step toward growing a new, vibrant economic sector. It will also give spectators a look at the newest collections of national designers that this country and the world are watching.” Tulsa Fashion Week will be both a showcase and a celebration of life expressed through clothing design. With tickets, VIP passes, and all-events passes available to the public, this is your chance to attend one of the most anticipated events of the year.
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Looking to capitalize on the success of last season’s Les Miserables, Theatre Tulsa is tackling the challenging and popular-again production of Miss Saigon to open their 93rd season.
ristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” That’s exactly how Sara Phoenix feels about the cast and crew for Miss Saigon, the opener of the 93rd season at Theatre Tulsa. Phoenix, who serves as the executive artistic director at the theatre, has always had a love for theater and remembers driving to Dallas years ago to see the musical. “When I saw Miss Saigon for the first time, I was swept away. I truly had an impactful, emotional, pull-your-heart-out experience watching the show.” She has had a deep love for the production ever since. Last year, Theatre Tulsa opened with the widely popular Les Miserables. The show was sold out, and many people asked her how they would ever top such an incredible production. The staff at Theatre Tulsa didn’t really have plans to top last year’s production until it was decided to take on
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one of the most technically challenging shows to produce: Miss Saigon—a show of highstakes intensity, which vividly dramatizes private passions against a striking historical background. Staffed with a full orchestra and close to 50 local cast members, Miss Saigon is a musical written by Claude Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. Based in Vietnam during the tumultuous Vietnam War in the 1970s, Miss Saigon is an epic, pop-infused romance story between an American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl. Highlights of the show include the evacuation of the last Americans in Saigon from the embassy roof by helicopter while a crowd of abandoned Vietnamese scream in despair, the victory parade of the new communist regime and the harrowing nightclub scene at the time of defeat. With the story told completely through music and dance, the talent has to be meticulous.
Hosting guest actors to play the two lead roles, director Jarrod Kopp is up for the challenge. In the theater business for close to two decades, Kopp graduated from Oklahoma State University with a double major in communications and theater and
this is his third show with Theatre Tulsa. Kopp and Phoenix have performed together in the past and they have been friends ever since. She felt like there was no one better to rise to the challenge of directing Miss Saigon.
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“We have these two guest actors, one from Los Angeles and the other from Dallas, and it’s the first time to have guests at Theatre Tulsa. It’s a really neat thing, having these special actors in town,” says Kopp. Having started rehearsals July 6, it is just an eight-week rehearsal period for the Sept. 4 opening night. Kopp explains that although the rehearsal period is intense, it is a dream show for several people involved. “That’s why the Aristotle quote is applicable here,” says Kopp. It creates a special bond between everyone involved. “From all the actors to the approximately 25 member crew including the vocal director, costume designer, stage manager and cameramen, everyone is working really hard and everyone seems to mesh so well.” Theatre Tulsa has been one of Tulsa’s finest theaters since 1922. The Theatre has been a vital part of Green Country’s culture and is the seventh oldest in the United States. The production will take place in the John H. Williams Center at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center which seats approximately 400 people.
expect a full house for every show. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1991 and ran through 2001. It was dormant for a while until last year when it began to experience a revival. It is still known, however, as the 12th longest running Broadway musical in musical theatre history. Since it is going through a revival period, Kopp expects it not to be performed again close to Oklahoma since the rights won’t be given out freely. “It’s too unique not to see and you shouldn’t let it pass you by,” he says. Phoenix and Kopp both feel Miss Saigon is not just a show, but also an experience. “You become enveloped into this world as you are watching the show,” says Phoenix. She feels that it shows the love of a mother, love for country, love for tradition and love for God. Kopp describes it as “epic story telling of love, romance and finding hope in a time of war.” Full of passion and love for the great production, these two encourage everyone to see this incredible story. “You won’t be disappointed,” says Phoenix. “It will impact you and truly leave a place in your heart for this incredible story.”
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ypically, men and their fantasy football leagues plus their wives or girlfriends mix about as well as oil and water. So when someone has somehow had time to have three kids and still find time to play in as many as 13 fantasy leagues at the same time over the past 26 years, one would have to categorize the wife as a saint.
to study for their upcoming draft. They become M.I.A., if not physically, then mentally, as draft parties are scheduled around Tulsa and throughout the entire state. It became such a rush for Reynolds to be on the cutting edge of developing software and building his own company of Fantasy Football Unlimited for people around the country to use.
That person is Kris Reynolds, who got into the fantasy football arena in the eighth grade and is now teaching his 9-year-old son Matthew how it’s done. In fact, in Matthew’s first year, in 2014, he finished 1,600th in the country in the NFL.com’s kid fantasy league that had about 75,000 teams. If he had finished in the top 10 in the country, he would have received a new Xbox; the winner earned a $25,000 scholarship. It’s a lucrative game and it’s at this time of year, when guys-and some gals- disappear like Houdini
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He made a nice profit from it as a subscription league, but when larger entities such as Yahoo and ESPN went to free leagues, it was time to get out. Nowadays, the new sensation seems to be daily fantasy leagues such as FanDuel and DraftKings that have raised almost a billion each in investors and paid out millions to customers. You can play the daily games from $1 up to $1,000.
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Road Trip Reynolds says he is jealous he didn’t think of it first, but as far as playing in fantasy games every day, he says, “well, that’s when the divorce would come.” Don’t misunderstand, though. His wife, Jessica, “allows” Kris to have his toys because he is so good at fantasy sports and makes some dough.
While many drafts take place over the Internet these days, which, while convenient, is no way to totally capture the animosity that erupts when your quarterback gets poached one pick before yours. You could invite the crew to your house: Cheaper eats, usually dependable Wi-Fi and shorter lines to the can. But depending on how rowdy the festivities get, your favorite recliner could end up as rundown as Donovan McNabb.
So why not take the draft to the masses? Here are a few places in Tulsa that host fantasy football draft parties in case the better half is tired of seeing your ne’er-do-well buddies scarfing down free Cheetos at your house. out about $100 in food coupons and gifts that they can use when they come back at a later date. They order off the menu and we supply the draft kits. They can do it inside the game room or by the stage, wherever they want.”
“She has a pair of shoes to match at least every uniform in the NFL,” Kris says. “She’s a wonderful lady. Let’s get that on the record. But she will admit the extra bling is because she has been a fantasy football wife. “Jessica tried to get into it at one time. But it just got too confusing when she would watch football games with me and I would be rooting for both teams because I had fantasy guys on both teams. That’s when I lost her.” To be fair, since the kids were born Kris has cut back to four leagues a year and Saturdays are designated as family days. The eight members of his original league were all from Tulsa. Now, 26 years later, they are scattered to the winds. “We have one from Louisiana, two from California, one in Texas, one in Chicago and one in Florida,” Kris says. “Actually, the one in Florida is flying into Tulsa for the draft this year at the Reynolds household. He is my cousin and he had the choice of coming to Tulsa to visit either Thanksgiving or Christmas, and he chose the fantasy football draft time instead. For him it’s bigger than Christmas because he’s a golfer too, and it’s tough to golf in December.” That pretty much says it all.
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8056 S. Memorial | Tulsa Fat Daddy’s has become one of the best places in Tulsa to watch the games. They have all the sports packages and people can watch just about whatever game they’d like. “We have the Big 10 and the SEC packages as well as the NFL Ticket. People like coming here because they know they will get to see their teams. We’ve become the Kansas City Chiefs bar because I’m from that area,” says Sean Welborn, owner of Fat Daddy’s. On Monday nights, Fat Daddy’s offers all-you-can-eat crab for $26.99. They have Taco Tuesdays, which is so popular it wouldn’t be a good night to organize a draft party since it’s so crowded. Wednesdays is wing day with $4 boneless wing baskets and .65-cent traditional wings. Thursday is two-for-one burgers and two-forone beers at night. On Fridays, it’s steak and meatloaf specials. Welborn says that Budweiser is going to come up with some buckets of beers with the draft kits. “They’re really pushing the 16-ounce aluminums. They’re going to give
away the first two buckets on the house Fat Daddy’s if you have a draft party here. Everyone will get a pint glass, T-shirt and a hat,” he says.
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Baker St. has a huge bar with just about any kind of alcohol you can begin to imagine. And the menu is awesome. They have 48 different draft beers and are known for their outstanding fish and chips. On Mondays they offer $3.99 gourmet burgers and $2 16-ounce aluminum Budweiser.
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Home games are played at BOK Center (Tulsa) Sept. 3 | @ Seattle Storm | 9p Sept. 6 | @ Los Angeles Sparks | 4p Sept. 8 | vs San Antonio Stars | 7p Sept. 11 | @ Chicago Sky | 7:30p Sept. 13 | vs Phoenix Mercury | 3:30p
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOY FOOTBALL
Home games are played at Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater) Sept. 3 | @ Central Michigan Sept. 12 | vs Central Arkansas Sept. 19 | vs UTSA Sept. 26 | @ Texas Oct. 3 | vs Kansas State Oct. 10 | @ West Virginia Oct. 24 | vs Kansas Oct. 31 | @ Texas Tech Nov. 7 | vs TCU Nov. 14 | @ Iowa State Nov. 21 | vs Baylor Nov. 28 | vs Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA SOONER FOOTBALL
Home games are played at Memorial Stadium (Norman) Sept. 5 | vs Akron Sept. 12 | @ Tennessee Sept. 19 | vs Tulsa Oct. 3 | vs West Virginia Oct. 10 | vs Texas* Oct. 17 | @ Kansas State Oct. 24 | vs Texas Tech Oct. 31 | @ Kansas Nov. 7 | vs Iowa State Nov. 14 | @ Baylor Nov. 21 | vs TCU Nov. 28 | @ Oklahoma State * AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl (Dallas)
TULSA HURRICANE FOOTBALL
Home games are played at H.A. Chapman Stadium (Tulsa) Sept. 5 | vs Florida Atlantic Sept. 12 | @ New Mexico Sept. 19 | @ Oklahoma Oct. 3 | vs Houston Oct. 10 | vs ULM Oct. 17 | @ East Carolina Oct. 23 | vs Memphis Oct. 31 | @ SMU Nov. 7 | vs UCF Nov. 14 | @ Cincinnati Nov. 21 | vs Navy Nov. 27 | @ Tulane
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Sept. 4 | vs Broken Arrow Sept. 11 | vs Muskogee Sept. 18 | @ Jenks Sept. 25 | vs Norman North Oct. 1 | @ Southmoore Oct. 8 | @ Moore Oct. 15 | vs Union Oct. 23 | @ Mustang Oct. 30 | vs Edmond North Nov. 6 | @ Putnam City North
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TULSA HAS ONE FINAL CHANCE TO CHANGE ITS FORTUNES AGAINST BITTER RIVAL OKLAHOMA CITY AS THE ROUGHNECKS CLOSE OUT THE REGULAR SEASON AT HOME. WRITTEN BY: Richard Linihan
his disdain of one city for the other in the sporting arena is nothing new—OUTexas football, New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox baseball and North Carolina-Duke basketball. And the Turnpike Rivalry between Tulsa and Oklahoma City isn’t any different. The spewing of trash talk between the two largest cities on the Oklahoma sports scene is legendary, and it only got bigger in 2015. The Tulsa Roughnecks were reborn for this, their first United Soccer League season, and before the first soccer player could step off the bus in Tulsa, fans in this city were already growing red in the face over the prospect of playing five games against the Oklahoma City Energy in their inaugural year. Evidence of this foot-stomping, my-dad-could-beat-up-your-dad mentality among the two teams’ fans showed up immediately at ONEOK Stadium where the fledgling Roughnecks franchise
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plays, even during games in which they didn’t play Oklahoma City. On July 31, Vancouver came to town for a game against Tulsa. It was just another opportunity for the Roustabouts—the Roughnecks fan club—to thumb their noses at the city for which it has a seething distaste. No, not Vancouver. Oklahoma City. On the wall next to the Roughnecks goal was a bright orange sign that signified just how much Tulsa fans are sickened by Oklahoma City fans and their teams. To understand this sign, one must remember that Seattle SuperSonics NBA fans still believe that Oklahoma City stole their franchise and turned it into the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Vancouver being a relatively nearby franchise to Seattle, the Roustabouts found a way to turn that into a dig at Oklahoma City. The sign, obviously aimed at the Seattle area fans of the Vancouver soccer team read, “WE HATED OKLAHOMA CITY FIRST.”
The Roughnecks and OKC Energy play their final match of the regular season Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Tulsa, and it will be the last chance for the Roughnecks to gain a victory in this five-game set for 2015. The two teams have played four games already and OKC is on top with two wins and two ties.
“It may seem a little one-sided if you look at the results,” says Jeremie Poplin, the Roughnecks’ radio play-by-play announcer, “but it really isn’t. With the exception of the 2-0 loss, every game has been close and the Roughnecks have even outplayed the Energy in a couple of those games.”
This is reason enough for the Roughnecks to be working themselves into a determined frenzy. Tulsa has been on the bubble all summer of making the USL playoffs, and this final game could mean the difference between getting in or being knocked out.
Poplin says he has seen the rivalry go full-blown already this year, with an added intensity in the games between the two teams. There is a nose-to-nose borderline mass psychosis among the fans in this Turnpike Rivalry. Poplin’s counterpart with the Energy, vice president of communications Josh Evans, doesn’t disagree.
The two teams tied 1-1 in their first-ever meeting March 28. Then they played in a tournament atmosphere against OKC and lost 1-0. On July 13, the 2-0 win by OKC at Taft Stadium in the capitol city was the most impressive showing by the Energy and gave them boasting rights for a while. Tulsa came close again to breaking through July 18 in Oklahoma City but had to settle for another 1-1 tie. Oklahoma City is only in its second year in the league, but Evans and Poplin both knew that this would be nothing but a blood-and-guts rivalry the minute the idea of the Roughnecks began to form. “Oh, it might be a young rivalry in this league, but it’s already a heated one, especially among the fans,” Evans says. “I mean, think about it, the closest team to us geographically last year was Phoenix.” It’s tough to have a rivalry with your closest rival when it’s a two-day bus ride to get there. “Even if the players don’t know about the history of Oklahoma City-Tulsa rivalries, they hear about them from the fans, and the players are smart enough to
understand how their city feels about it, so they play this series with a little extra.” Oklahoma City’s top players include striker Danny Konig who was tied or in the lead with most goals for most of the season. He had 16 in early August and has been a thorn in Tulsa’s side. Konig and the Oklahoma City goalkeeper Rob Vincent are vying for individual league records this season. Vincent has seven shutouts or clean sheets as they’re called in the USL. Tulsa, which got off to a rocky start this season, was like a sieve in the back end. The Roughnecks changed goalkeepers to Jake Feener and the defense continued to improve. These two factors played a part in Tulsa recording five wins, one loss and two ties, while outscoring their opponents 21-10. Tulsa scored a franchise record six goals against Arizona at the end of July. The Roughnecks achieved graduate critical goals after the game was tied 1-1, when Tulsa Union High School and University of Tulsa Cristian Mata struck. Mata has been like lightning striking since he joined the club this summer.
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Relax on the Illinois River with some of Oklahoma’s top country and folk musicians in a non-festival setting. WRITTEN BY: Rachel Wright A lot of them return to perform at the River Jam every year because they enjoy playing in this atmosphere, where they’re closer to fans who are there to listen.”
eptember and October fill our regional calendars with music festivals like Austin City Limits in Texas and Phases of the Moon in Arkansas. Live music lovers live for this season, but if the word “festival” makes you cringe with thoughts of dusty fields, hot days, long lines, expensive water and huge crowds, the Illinois River Jam, held in Tahlequah, Okla., Sept. 18-19, may be the mission you’ve been missing. “It’s a mellow vibe,” says Travis Linville, Illinois River Jam performer, founder and organizer. “It’s so laid back and much smaller than what you’d expect from a music
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festival, which doesn’t happen by accident. Basically, I invite a bunch of my friends out to the river to play, and that’s how it works. People seem to enjoy it.”
Finding those friends for the lineup isn’t much of a challenge, considering Linville’s experience in the music industry. He’s always been a musician, continuing the Linville legacy his grandparents established with the Linville Family Band, active around the Oklahoma City area from the 1950s. Since he started releasing full-length albums over a decade ago, he’s worked with some of Oklahoma and Texas’ most noteworthy, like Samantha Crain, Camille Harp, John Calvin Abney and Ramsay Midwood, who will
grace the riverfront tent this year, come rain or shine. Crain, of Shawnee, Okla., has been a touring singer-songwriter for nearly a decade and has become a well-known talent in our state and the region. She’s been touring nationally this year and will hop the pond to perform in London in November, sharing songs from her fourth album, Under Branch and Thorn and Tree, which was released in July. Her folksy sound has been described as having activism roots similar to Woody Guthrie’s. Harp, from Norman, Okla., has been an Oklahoma favorite for years, being featured regularly on The Spy and KOSU. Her style
Linville may describe the lineup as “a bunch of friends,” but they’re actually some of the region’s top Americana, folk and country acts. “The criterion for booking most of these artists is friendship,” Linville says. “They’re all talented and different, but these are people I respect, who I’ve had connections with through the years, either on tour, or they’re local favorites, or people who I’ve made records with or records for.
is hard to label, with collection transcending genres from rock and country-based pop to folk with dance-worthy and heartwrenching love songs. Abney, who is on a national tour and formerly performed and toured with Harp and Crain as a guitarist, has found his way as a songwriter and front man of his full band, releasing its freshman album Better Luck earlier this year. His voice is described as “cherub-like,” leading his altcountry, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band with folk and pop influences. Midwood, joining the Oklahoma Illinois River Jam family from Austin, Texas, is also on tour, visiting dozens of cities in the South and Midwest. His band, penned as psychedelic country blues, has been together since 2002, releasing albums every few years and playing live shows regularly. Linville is also performing at the festival. His quick fingers
and soft voice make it easy to fall in love with his style, often reminiscent of his grandparents’ era, paying tribute to love lost and found, life on the road, and music itself. His style has been described as country, western swing, blues, honky-tonk and bluegrass. He’s also one of the fastest guitar pickers out there. Catching his instrumentals alone is an experience worth a trip to the river. Linville, from Norman, Okla., has performed with big names like Willie Nelson and has toured and recorded with Hayes Carll, in addition to writing and performing his own original material, and writing and recording albums for others. He’s put out four of his own albums, and has recorded and produced countless others out of his own workshop, Dirty Bird Studios.
After the scheduled shows, Linville says, people continue jamming together, and attendees get a glimpse at how much fun these artists have collaborating off-the-cuff. Many of them have toured, recorded and performed together previously, so it’s a reunion of sorts for them, too. “We originally had the festival mid-July, but quickly realized that wasn’t the vibe we were going for,” says Linville. Those who have floated the river mid-summer know what a rowdy time it is. “Having the festival midSeptember, we get cooler nights and less traffic on the river,” says Linville. “We pretty much have the run of the place.” Those who would like to float the river during the festival can make arrangements with Peyton’s Place. Linville says most float the morning or early afternoon on Saturday, since music reigns supreme each festival day from about 1-11 p.m. Six and 12-mile floats are available, and the staff
at Peyton’s Place will be able to offer information on river water levels and estimated times on the river for both options. Festival tickets include tent camping and parking passes at Peyton’s Place. Campers should plan to pack for a weekend at the river, bringing their own drinks and food. Limited supplies are available at Peyton’s Place’s general store, but staying true to the simplified festival feel, there aren’t vendors or sponsors. Those planning to RV camp should contact Peyton’s Place to reserve a spot and discuss fees. Two-day advance tickets are available for $40; at the gate they’re $50. Saturday-only tickets are $30 and are available at the gate only. Festival organizers limit ticket sales to 400, which is a crowd big enough to feed the musicians’ energy without starving attendees for an intimate experience.
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With three stages featuring all genres of music, Claremore’s bluegrass and chili festival offers plenty of ear candy, entertainment, shopping and of course, world-class chili.
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op-level bluegrass music and award-winning chili arrive in Oklahoma at the same time for the 36th annual Claremore Bluegrass and Chili festival. Claremore’s biggest event is three days of music, food, shopping and fun at the Claremore Expo Center. Where else can you get a belly full of chili, an earful of great bluegrass music, a day full of shopping and fun and help out local charities at the same time? “In the world of bluegrass music, we have all headliners,” says Dell Davis, president of the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce and director/coordinator of the festival. “Doyle Lawson is the only act to have performed at
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every Festival but one. Rhonda Vincent is a fan favorite. Dailey & Vincent will premiere a new television music/variety show on RFD TV. The Cleverlys are just darn funny. Every group performing has multiple industry awards. We will have three stages with all genres of music.”
Other performers scheduled include the Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Tulsa Playboys and Cedar Hill. “We are also passionate about music for youth,” says Davis. “We want to encourage young people to have music in their lives.” The Junior Showcase is a non-competition opportunity for performers 21 and younger to show off their singing, dancing and instrumental skills in front of an audience. “A couple of our Junior Showcase participants have gone on to appear on shows like The Voice and American Idol.”
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On Saturday, the best chili cooks in the country will gather for the Mid-America Regional Chili Cookoff. Cooks can enter the International Chili Society (ICS) division in red chili, chili verde or salsa. According to ICS rules, red chili is defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients with the exception of beans and pasta, which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed. Chili verde also forbids beans and pasta, and consists of meat and spices cooked with green chili peppers. All ICS entries must be entirely homemade. The winners of the ICS divisions will receive cash prizes and a trophy, and the first place winners will be invited to Reno to participate in the ICS World’s Championship Chili Cookoff. There is also a prize for best salsa, as well as open, corporate, and nonprofit chili divisions. Open division contestants are allowed to use beans and pasta in their dish, though
out of the heat and enjoy shopping the variety of crafts and other goods offered.
according to a 1976 song by Ken Finlay, “If you know beans about chili, you know that chili has no beans.” “Just about every world winner has participated in our cookoff through the years,” says Davis. “There has not been a single year that our Mid-America representative has not made the ICS finals. Our highest place was second in the world finals, but our cooks are convinced that the world judges don’t know real chili like we do in Oklahoma and Texas.” Children can have a ball at the Kiddie Korral while their parents are enjoying good food and great music. With crafting, inflatables and other fun, children won’t want to leave the Korral. Car lovers will enjoy Saturday’s open car show. The Tulsa Chevy Classics Club hosts and presents awards to the top three cars in each class. Nearly 100 vendors will make their home in the Festival Market. Festival attendees can get
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This free family event began in downtown Tulsa in 1979 and moved to Claremore in 2000. “Both locations have served as wonderful hosts, with each venue having its own unique qualities,” says Davis. “Regardless of the location, the mission has remained the same: to create a special family atmosphere with music, food and more, to welcome visitors and create a quality event for residents.” To help people get around, golf cart shuttles will be available around the festival grounds to transport visitors across the area at no extra charge.
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From the endless varieties of traditional options that sushi connoisseurs adore (and a few creative choices for the more daring) to classic cuts of beef, In the Raw continues to deliver a prime dining experience after 17 years.
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ushi. It’s been around for centuries. And now, it has become an important go-to meal option in Tulsa. One of the area’s best-loved sushi and more restaurants is local legend, In the Raw. With a menu that combines traditional and nouveau sushi plus a variety of nonsushi entrees and a vibrant, hip ambience, In the Raw is not just a place to eat—it’s an experience. “Our theme has always been ‘sushi with a pull,’ ” says owner Greg Hughes. “Our bar is always hopping. It’s an event to come here.” The restaurant is built to enthrall customers, and it doesn’t disappoint.
only the best of the best. “Our fish is flown in fresh every day,” Hughes says. “It has always been really important that our fish was going to be fresh.” That’s a crucial element in serving sushi that is both tasty and healthy. In the Raw offers a mixture of the traditional
options that sushi connoisseurs adore— everything from classic tuna rolls to fresh water eel to spicy yellowtail—as well as more creative choices for the more daring diners— mussels, squid, octopus, and plenty more. If it’s aquatic, In the Raw probably serves it. And you can order it either at the sushi bar or at a table, depending on how you feel like dining. Specialty rolls are also available at In the Raw, and as sushi lovers know, that’s where a menu can truly shine. Among the numerous sushi rolls to sample are the jobe roll (tempura shrimp, crab, asparagus and eel topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and avocado); the
In the Raw currently has two key locations that have been part of the Tulsa landscape for years. The Brookside location, situated in the heart of the Brookside neighborhood on Peoria, is the restaurant’s heart because that’s where Hughes served up his business’s first dish back in September 1998. Since then, Hughes expanded to a second location “on the hill” at 61st and Sheridan in 2003—a spot known for its spectacular view of the city of Tulsa. With two franchise locations—one in Oklahoma City and the other in Broken Arrow (a spot that just opened within the past year)—In the Raw is growing steadily. Part of that growth, explains Hughes, is the business’s dedication to serving
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In the Raw’s catering branch can provide platter versions of all their sushi rolls. They can also host parties of up to 60 people in the banquet room at their Sheridan location. “It’s a perfect setting for parties and meetings,” he says. “We have three to four groups a week booked in the banquet room, and we can host lunches, birthday parties, business meetings, whatever you need.” In the Raw also participates regularly in several Tulsa-area events that promote local charities. “We participate in probably 10 events per year, such as the St. John’s street party. We rarely say no to events like this,” Hughes says. “The Eastern Food Bank of Oklahoma is one of our favorite charities that we support each year.”
restless ribbon roll (shrimp, salmon, crab, and avocado, rolled in sesame seeds); and the extravagant 6151 roll (crabcake, cream cheese, jalapeno, and asparagus, rolled in masago, and topped with a 6-ounce lobster tail). And that’s just the short list. In the Raw’s menu also highlights the items a customer would expect of any Japanese-style restaurant. Miso soup, edamame, pork gyoza, spring rolls, sashimi, tempura vegetables and shrimp, and a variety of steamed and fried rice all make an appearance on the menu. But there are other items that are unique to In the Raw that diners will want to sample. “We’re not a traditional Japanese restaurant,” Hughes points out. “We have one of the best steaks in town—as good as you can get anywhere.” And there is lighter fare too. “Our top-selling non-sushi item is our ITR salad,” Hughes
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says. The salad is a tempting blend of roasted chicken, shredded lettuce, crispy noodles and wontons, toasted almonds and scallions, tossed with In the Raw’s signature ginger vinaigrette. For those who want other non-sushi items, dinner options include blackened salmon, macadamia halibut, a variety of other salads, cabo tacos with a choice of shrimp, halibut or chicken, and rice bowls served with a choice of shrimp, chicken, vegetables or steak. And if you’re craving lunch or dinner made and delivered for an event outside the restaurant, Hughes has good news. In the Raw now has a full catering side up and running. “Our to-go orders are really up in the last three years,” he says. ITR’s catering crew “has really jumped into this whole process, working with hotels, happy hours, the Hard Rock, and other locations around the area. We even cater the BOK Center suites.”
Hughes is glad to connect with the local community through charity as well as serving up food. “Tulsa has been very good to me,” he says, noting that he’s happy to give back. One of In the Raw’s favorite Tulsa-area events is Restaurant Week, held at the end of September to raise funds for various local charities. “We donate meals to that each year,” says Hughes. On Sept. 12, the Brookside location of In the Raw is hosting its 17-year anniversary in the evening—an outdoor event that includes a DJ and several giveaways, as well as good food. In December, the Sheridan (“on the hill”) location celebrates its 12-year anniversary with more giveaways and fun. So, make your trip to In the Raw this month, and taste “sushi with a pull” strong enough to keep you coming back for more.
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Featuring many of the staples moms from the South are well-known for, Western Country Diner’s dedication to homemade delights is guaranteed to please 365 days a year. 74 September 2015
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icture a tasty chickenfried steak with a side of fried okra and a fresh baked potato being placed in front of you by a friendly waiter in a warm family atmosphere. Is there anything better than that? Well, at Tulsa’s Western Country Diner, located at 19th and Sheridan, delicious dishes and excellent service keep customers coming back for more.
Western Country Diner’s owner, Ammar Albik, takes great pride in maintaining a family-oriented restaurant that has served Tulsa for 15 years. The business opened in 2000, and has been family owned and operated ever since, with Albik’s relatives helping out and adding to the warmth that diners have come to appreciate. “My family is a big part of the business,” he says.
The family-friendly atmosphere is something that Albik is committed to maintaining. His vision, he says, is to provide a place where families can come and be comfortable any day of the week. The restaurant has enough space to seat a lot of people, which is helpful when the extended family or a group of friends is coming in for good food and fun conversation. “Our diner is really good for large groups,” Albik says. “We have a big room, and we can handle a lot of people.” There are even two sections—one smoking, the other non-smoking—a rarity in some restaurants these days. In addition to the space to accommodate diners, Albik and his staff take pride as well in the job they do to make customers feel at home. One of the things that Western Country Diner is known for among locals is their excellent, consistent service. Albik himself is present at the
diner as many as 15 or 16 hours a day at times, making sure that things run smoothly. Of course, no restaurant survives without serving tasty treats— and that’s the area where Albik feels his diner truly excels. His customers, many of whom come so often that he and his staff know them on a first-name basis, love the food, which is handmade on the premises every day. “We do everything from scratch,” Albik says. “Our homemade noodles, our soups… It is all handmade and cooked to order. We don’t use precooked items. Our pancakes, for example, are made with flour and buttermilk. We use 100 percent ground beef. Our homemade onion rings are breaded here in our kitchen. Everything is made in-house.” Homestyle cooking, in other words, is not just a promise at Western Country Diner—it’s practically a guarantee. And
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a local favorite—and remember, Albik serves that up with homemade, fresh breading rather than out of a frozen package. Other menu favorites include their fresh burgers and their meatloaf, which many regulars like to order over and over. The menu also boasts several choices of sandwiches, from the classic BLT and grilled cheese for the children to more hearty adult fare such as the Reuben, French PreviewGreenCountry.com 75
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK USDA choice of round steak, tenderized and hand breaded. Fried to a golden brown and topped with homemade cream gravy. Served with your choice of veggies.
dip, and Philly steak. Their dinner options include fried chicken, fajitas, chicken or steak kabobs, grilled pork chops, roast beef—a good selection that can satisfy any size group of customers, just what you’d expect from a classic diner. Customers can also choose from a variety of salads, chilis, daily soups, and classic Tulsastyle appetizers that are family favorites, such as fresh-cut chili cheese fries, popcorn shrimp, fried mushrooms, cheese sticks, fried okra, hand-breaded onion rings, steak and chicken fingers, and other choices that will make diners who come in with big appetites very happy. For those who stop by for breakfast, Albik and his staff offer the traditional menu choices at a good price. Diners can enjoy the fresh buttermilk pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelets, biscuits and gravy, grits, and more. Then there is the dessert menu—a cornucopia of fresh, home-cooked items better than mom used to make. Diners can
Two eggs any style, with choice of bacon, sausage, ham or beef patty. Served with a side of hash browns.
choose from a variety of pies, cakes, cobblers, cinnamon rolls, root beer floats, and yes, even handmade baklava. So, save room for something to satisfy your sweet tooth before you pay your bill for the night. The diner also offers carry out for customers who want to pick up a meal to go. They even cater for local businesses. And they are happy to support local causes. “We always help with local charity events when the opportunity comes up,” Albik says.
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Western Country Diner is open 365 days a year too, even on Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We’re always open,” says Albik. “So, stop by for our family atmosphere and friendly service for a good price.”
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From magical margaritas and sizzle-free fajitas to the chili relleno and burritolata, Ricardos has been doing Tex-Mex right for 40 years. WRITTEN BY: Maria Weller PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Bill Roper
or the past 40 years, many Tulsans have found their way into Ricardos Mexican restaurant. And those lucky enough to have found themselves wandering through their doors canâ€™t help but to keep coming back time and again. It could be because of the fantastic food, affordable prices, the incredibly friendly and efficient staff or a combination of all those things.
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Since founder Richard Hunt opened Ricardos in September 1975, it has been the mission of the restaurant to bring affordable yet delicious food to Tulsans. Hunt, a former Navy pilot turned restaurateur, was from West Texas and looking for a location to begin his legacy. Even though he had no ties to Tulsa at the time, he decided to set up shop here.
“That’s what the little peasant boy on our logo represents, kind of the every man,” says owner and operator Thomas Hunter. Hunter first started with the company in October 1975 as a dishwasher. His brother-inlaw was hired 10 days before him to cook and secured him the job. Hunt quickly became a mentor to Hunter and the two became incredibly close over the years. “I was best man at his wedding and he was the best man at mine,” Hunter says. After graduating from high school, Hunter attended Oklahoma State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration. After putting himself through school, he went on to work for a restaurant in Texas for three years. In 1988, Hunt called Hunter and asked him to return to Ricardo’s and Tulsa, where he hasn’t looked back. Seventeen years later, Hunter bought the restaurant from Hunt. Hunter’s relationships with his staff and clientele show that this man has a true understanding of the business as well as the people who make it work day in and day out. “I’ve been an employee here and I loved it. I’ve been a manager here and I loved it, and now I’m an owner here and I love it,” Hunter explains.
Very little has changed about Ricardos in its 40 years. Hunt and Hunter have added some things, rather than altered. The original space occupied by Ricardos is the downstairs dining room. Since opening, they have expanded twice, first expanding up and then out. What used to be a small restaurant now occupies three spaces in the shopping center. Recipes have more or less remained untouched, but a few menu items were added. “The first 13 years, we didn’t used to have chicken on the menu, so no fajitas,” Hunter says. Not to worry, though, as both can now be found on the menu. The sizzle-free fajitas come with the options of Angus skirt steak or tender chicken breast that is marinated and then grilled to perfection with peppers and onions. With a side of Spanish rice, refried beans, sour cream, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, Wisconsin cheddar and flour tortillas, this dish is like a fiesta for your mouth.
Flour tortillas served with your choice of marinated Angus skirt steak, spiced grilled fresh chicken breast, or a combination of both. Includes sauteed peppers and onions, Spanish rice and refried beans. guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, lettuce and Wisconsin cheddar.
Unlike most restaurants, Ricardos understands that its employees have lives and families outside of their jobs, so it is closed on Sundays. This explains why, in an industry known for its quick turnovers in staff, most have remained for years. Additionally they close all day for Easter, Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving and even close after lunch on Christmas Eve. Hunter’s goodwill does not extend only toward his staff and clients. He has been a representative for the Salvation Army in the past. In addition, Ricardos forms a team of 2550 people for the annual Bike MS events. Their team has raised as much as $74,000 in the past. PreviewGreenCountry.com 79
Grilled tortilla with American and cheddar cheese, sliced chicken, diced onion and jalapenos. Served with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo on the side.
“We’re not traditional Mexican food; we’re Tex-Mex. We like cheese and queso too much,” laughs Hunter. One of the staples of their menu is the chili relleno. The chili relleno is an Anaheim pepper that is skinned, stuffed with cheese, breaded, fried, and then smothered with queso. The queso is made fresh daily from only the most wholesome ingredients like cheese and milk-no fillers here! Another option stuffed with cheese that is sure to please is the quesadilla. This classic Tex-Mex option is filled with American and cheddar cheeses, your choice of ground beef or chicken, diced onions and jalapeños as well as a side of lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo.
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The burritolata is another crowd favorite. This enormous edible beauty is a 10-inch flour tortilla filled with ground beef and refried beans. It is then smothered in queso and topped with black olives and guacamole. It’s a whole lotta yummy on one plate. And when the liquor laws were changed in 1985, they added margaritas to the menu as well. Through many hours sampling different recipes, they finally found a winner. Citizens of Tulsa agreed because in 2013 they were voted “Best Margarita.” You can choose between frozen or on the rocks. You can also choose to add freshly pureed strawberries or swirl it with the delicious frozen sangria. If you’re looking to take your party on the road, Ricardos is one of the best catering options based out of Tulsa. Hunter’s dedication to his customers is something almost unheard of. The most popular option for catering is the Mexican buffet. It comes complete with queso, guacamole, cheese, rice, beans, chicken, beef, chips and tortillas.
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