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FITNESS IN THE 405 The adage says “no pain, no gain,” but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through a frustrating, boring or distasteful workout routine in order to enjoy the rewards of a fitter lifestyle. The metro is increasingly well supplied with varied, interesting possibilities – both indoors and out – to stay active while genuinely enjoying the ride.

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If your “cocktail” of choice is just a glass of Scotch, there’s never a bad time of year for it. But in a season of long, warm evenings and more time on the patio, your palate might thank you for experimenting a little more with summertime flavors – bartenders in some of our favorite metro spots are happy to oblige by whipping up a variety of sweet, savory, refreshing concoctions.

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75 A delicious new day dawns on the Plaza District thanks to breakfast and lunch café Aurora; Meat Market Refectory chef Jonas Favela offers grilling tips from his lifelong experience; Zarate’s is diners’ ticket to explore flavors from Central and South America; inside the calm atmosphere and refreshing menu options of All About Cha.

men’s boutique Weldon Jack got its name and mission statement; 21c Museum Hotel GM Matt Cowden talks about coming home to creativity; a few suggestions for thoughtful Father’s Day gifts; groundbreaking ties between mayors of OKC and Seattle; expert advice on mastering men’s grooming; a city girl tries to interpret the symbolism of messengers from the animal kingdom; looking back at the lives and lessons of Oklahoma’s supercentenarians; animation and illustration firm Skyline Ink visualizes its role in OKC’s story.

86 Incomparable natural diversity makes a trip to the Galapagos Islands an escape from the everyday; a quartet of Oklahoma’s biggest casinos pay out vast rewards in luxurious entertainment.

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is great for Midtown’s economic outlook, but gentrification risks increasing upheaval to the community nonprofits and their clients who called it home.

savor musical mastery at Jazz in June; the OKC Museum of Art welcomes a big-time show from contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley; Nichols Hills gardeners display nature’s handiwork on an outdoor living tour; animal lovers head to Guthrie for the See Spot Run; the cinema momentum of deadCenter Film Festival.

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63 Nick Collison’s Nichols Hills house is thoughtfully designed – on a slightly larger than average scale – to give the Thunder vet a place to call home; a variety of tile patterns, colors and styles helps illustrate how small details can make a big difference to decor.

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No golf courses, no heated Olympic-sized swimming pools, no four-star resort hotels … the Galapagos Islands are far from a typical tourist destination, in part because the influx of tourists is strictly regulated. For coming face to face with a panoply of natural wonders, there’s no place in the world like it.

Thunder mainstay Nick Collison in the kitchen of his Nichols Hills home. Photo by Don Risi

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T HE PA ST SE V ER A L W EEK S have kept us quite busy here at 405 HQ. With orchestrating the Best of the 405 party in the Plaza District and the spring 405 Home release party at One Eleven Lighting, putting together this June issue and planning our next move, you might say we’ve been in overdrive. The parties were successes – we had great fun on both occasions, and I’d like to thank everyone who joined us either time – and by the way, that aforementioned “next move” is meant in the literal sense. By the time you’re reading these pages, we’ll be in our new offices at 1613 N Broadway Ave., an area soon to see a great deal of new development. I would be remiss to not give a grateful shout out to developer Jeff Johnson, with JLou Properties LLC, and Brad Rice, with Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort, for their tireless efforts to make this possible. We’re looking forward to being close to the bustle of Automobile Alley, including the future home of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – and Hatch, one of our favorite new restaurants of 2016, is just down the street. On to this June issue: Since Oklahoma is in the throes of summer weather, we have a bevy of ideas to both heat you up and cool you down. Matt Payne spent two months trying to get back into his sweat pants – he found the best places for hiking, climbing, kayaking and paddle boarding outdoors, as well as cycling, lifting, squatting and stretching indoors. So if you’re looking for a way to work off a few extra pounds or just feel better all around, check out his feature on fitness in the 405 on page 38. Meanwhile, Greg Horton spent a month boozing … for research, of course. He traveled the metro area in search of the best summertime cocktails – some sweet, some savory, some simple and some more complex. Naturally, Christine Eddington weighed in with her own thoughts on some of his findings, and, as per usual, they didn’t quite agree on everything. You might have to set out on your own journey to these fine establishments to decide for yourself whether these suggestions are to your liking (pg. 46). But we’re confident that one thing you will like is the nod to dads in this issue (Happy Father’s Day, Dad!), with suggestions for Father’s Day gifts from apparel and accessories to top-notch golf gear to facials, specialty beard oils and other grooming products. We hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue as much as we’re enjoying unpacking boxes and arranging our new offices. And we just might see you at Hatch in the coming days. Cheers!


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Between vacations beckoning many out of town and various festivals, plays, exhibits and concerts awaiting residents who remain here, June is a fairly busy month – but perhaps its most impressive event is the deadCenter Film Festival. Now in its 17th year and drawing more than 30,000 cinema fans to downtown OKC, it’s coming up Ryan Bellgardt’s Gremlin June 8-11, and we’ll be sharing more information and detail about some of its highlights in the coming days at 405magazine.com. Stay tuned!

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Arrowhead Trail rolltop backpack by Frost River, $186.95 “Only found at Weldon Jack, these backpacks have a rolltop pack design to keep water out. All options include burly construction, a comfy and unique brass ring yoke, an inner zipper pocket and side slip pockets, plus front lash squares and accessory loops. It’s simple, reliable and adaptable – just roll the top. Guaranteed for life, too.”

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Leather Gloves, $40 “Nappa leather gloves made from soft deerskin, perfect for a daily riding glove.”

Biltwell Gringo S helmet, $229.95 “Our favorite DOT (Department of Transportation) – approved helmet out there, offering vintage style with modern comfort.”

Weldon Jack hat, $20; T-shirt, $26 “Our Weldon Jack apparel is cozy, soft and made for everyday wear, with design and printing right here in OKC. Sure to be your favorite tee, hat or hoodie!”

WJ Shave products: after shave splash, balm and beard oil, $24 each; shave cream, $26; razor, $35 “Weldon Jack Brand all-natural grooming products are made inhouse with attention to quality for the man who cares about his hair and skin. The great quality badgerhair brush and safety razor are from Parker Shaving out of New York.”

Landseer tool roll by Red Clouds Collective, $89 A simple design can still look great, and being prepared is always stylish – handmade in Oregon with waxed canvas, leather and brass, this tool carrying case has five slots and a snap-closed pocket, and easily attaches to a bike.

Smpltn traveler’s wallet, $165 “This wallet is every traveler’s dream, with pockets for multiple currencies, your passport, cards and ID. Made right here in Oklahoma by Simpleton Goods.”

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buzzwords for owner Jerrod Smith of Weldon Jack. Located at the corner of Western and NW 36th, Weldon Jack opened in December 2013, and instantly tapped into an unmet need in the metro area: a full-service barbershop coupled with a retail establishment that is honestly so thoroughly unique there is nothing to compare it to. That might have something to do with the inspiration behind the shop and the name. Jack is Smith’s grandfather, and Weldon is his middle name, but also serves as a play on the words “well done.” With attention to detail in every aspect of the shop, from the carefully curated merchandise to the team of barbers and the quality services they provide, “Well Done Jack” is nothing short of a mantra. The spirit of the shop harkens back to when things were more intentional and service was top notch. That goes for the old-school barber treatments, plus the motorcycle accessories, outdoor products, art, home goods and high-quality personal care products you’ll find on the retail side, as well. There is incredible meaning and thought behind this one-of-a-kind shop. When asked about the overall goal of Weldon Jack, Jerrod puts it perfectly: “Weldon Jack was an ideal before it was ever a store. It was born from the inspiration of my grandfather – Jack Weldon Smith – and the legacy that I saw in his life. He was flawed and human, but still driven to be more and better. As his grandson, I saw it firsthand and up close … and saw that the ‘more and better’ that he wanted wasn’t for himself, but for those that followed after him. That is the birthplace of Weldon Jack and Weldon Jack Brand Products.” Well said … and well done. - SAR A GAE WATERS


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What’s it like being 21c’s general manager? “It’s amazing! I’m extremely blessed to work with incredibly passionate, hard-working teammates who strive each day to deliver the 21c experience to all our guests. It is a pleasure to help each of them grow personally and professionally, as I learn something new from them each day, as well.” What sets it apart from other hotels? “Contemporary art is at the heart of the 21c experience. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c Museum Hotels is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, careful design and culinary creativity – all anchored by a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson – contemporary art collectors and preservationists

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who believe in the power of innovative and stimulating art to transform communities. Their passion for contemporary art and urban revitalization led them to open 21c Louisville in 2006, without the thought that there would be seven locations (soon to be eight) across the United States.” You’re a native Oklahoman, right? “Absolutely. I was born in Oklahoma City, raised in Guthrie and attended college at UCO in Edmond. I’m extremely proud of my education and continued connection with UCO. After college, I left Oklahoma for a number of years with Marriott Hotels, working in markets such as New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas and Houston, and came back home to Oklahoma almost 15 years ago. Best decision I ever made.” How has OKC grown and changed from when you were growing up? “To return home near the end of the original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) and experience the incredible development that had occurred up to that point was inspiring, and validated my decision to stay in OKC and be a part of the future of hospitality in this market.”

You make your home in Guthrie, so do you commute every day to your office at 21c? “I do. My family has a very special connection to Guthrie. It’s where I was raised, and I’ve been so blessed to have had my kids experience the same childhood.” You and your siblings started a walk/run in your hometown a few years ago; what is that all about? “In May 2008, my brother, Chris Cowden, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. In memory of his passion for the rescue and fair treatment of all animals, in addition to his zeal for running and athletics, our family and friends created the “See Spot Run” to honor Chris’ animal advocacy efforts and legacy. This will be our ninth year, with the event taking place on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Guthrie (see p. 102). All proceeds continue to go to the Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.” What piques your interest when you’re not working, and what’s your favorite pastime? “I love spending time with my family, traveling when I can and being outdoors. In a nutshell, to me, that’s really what Oklahoma is all about.” - MARK BEUTLER

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ON E OF OK L A HOM A CI T Y ’S trendiest new hotels opened last summer near downtown. In the year that’s followed, 21c has established itself not only as a leader in the city’s hospitality industry, but in the arts community, as well. Located at 900 W Main in the former Fred Jones automobile plant, 21c offers luxurious guest rooms, as well as the excellent Mary Eddy’s Kitchen + Lounge, plus 14,000 square feet of art exhibition space. Under the leadership of General Manager Matt Cowden, 21c Hotel is one of the national chain’s up-and-coming new venues, and he shares some thoughts on what sets it apart from other hotels in the metro.


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about gifts for the guys in your life. Shopping for men can be a tough one – but why not change it up a bit this year? Stylish options, such as pocket squares, some trendy shoes or personal care items, can offer a fresh dimension to gift-giving, while a new shirt, quality pair of socks or a canvas weekender are all sure things, as well. Put some thought into your gift to reflect the guy you’re giving to; chances are they deserve it. - SAR A GAE WATERS


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city of Seattle – then with an estimated population of 365,000 – voted into office its first woman mayor. Her name was Bertha Knight Landes.

Madam Mayor Leading a major American city PAT IE NCE F R A NCEL I A SEW EL L L AT T I NG led a life of superlatives. The

first – and, thus far, only – woman to be elected mayor of Oklahoma City, she served three consecutive four-year terms beginning in 1971. The pioneering politician was born in Texhoma on Aug. 27, 1918, to banker Frank Asa Sewell and his wife Leila Mae Yates Sewell. She graduated from Oklahoma City’s Classen High School; was awarded her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, where she was named Outstanding Senior Woman; and in 1938 earned her Master’s degree in economics and statistics from Columbia University in New York City, where she worked as a researcher for Chase Manhattan. On the eve of World War II, she returned to Oklahoma, married lawyer and oilman Trimble Latting and soon had four children. As their family grew, she became involved in civic and education

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groups. She used her background in statistics to help draw new boundaries for the state’s legislative districts, ending the underrepresentation of the state’s urban counties. In 1967, Latting became the first woman to be elected to the Oklahoma City Council, representing Ward 2. Four years later, she became Oklahoma City’s first woman mayor. THE CLAIM: Patience Sewell Latting, mayor of Oklahoma City from 1971-83, was the first woman to head the government of an American city of more than 350,000 people. SOURCE: The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, published by the Oklahoma History Center. FACT CHECK: False. It was a pioneering achievement in OKC history, but not the nation’s. On March 9, 1926, the

The youngest of nine children of Charles Sanford Knight, a veteran of the Union Army, and his wife, Cordelia Cutter, Bertha Knight was born in Massachusetts on Oct. 19, 1868. She would go on to earn a degree in history and political science from the University of Indiana and teach at Classical High School in Worchester before marrying Henry Landes. The newlyweds moved to the West Coast in 1895, when he was offered a job as professor of geology at the University of Washington. As their children grew, she became more involved in women’s civic clubs, including the League of Women Voters and the Women’s University Club. Praised for her leadership as head of the Seattle Federation of Women’s Clubs, she was urged to run for office. When asked in 1922 to comment on his wife’s campaign for City Council, Landes remarked: “It’s simply the natural enlargement of her sphere. Keeping house and raising a family are woman’s logical tasks, and in principle, there’s no difference between running one home and a hundred thousand.” She won the election and became, with Kathryn Miracle, one of the first two women elected to Seattle’s city council. As council president in 1924, she used her temporary powers – while Mayor Edwin Brown was out of town – to fire Seattle Police Chief William Severyns, accusing his department of collusion with bootleggers and gamblers. Declaring herself acting chief, she ordered a crackdown on vice in a town that had become known for corruption. Alerted by telegram, Mayor Brown hurried home to cancel her order. Emboldened, she challenged him in the next election, campaigning on a slogan of “Municipal Housekeeping” and vowing to end corruption in City Hall. She won by 6,000 votes, in an election that featured record turnout. Looking back on her scandal-free term, Ross Reynolds, author of Once Upon a


Time in Seattle, notes: “She wanted to cut out the worst elements about the hypocrisy and crookedness and especially the police force. For two years, she ran probably the best city administration that’s ever been run in Seattle. She wouldn’t appoint her political supporters to good jobs. She would get technical people qualified to do the work.” Having a woman in the city’s highest office, however, rankled some who missed Seattle’s rough-and-tumble reputation and chafed at the idea of a woman in charge. In a 1994 biography of Landes, published by University of Oklahoma Press, author Sandra Haarsager chronicles Landes’ work as a reformer and her re-election loss to a British-born theater operator named Frank Edwards, a political unknown backed by a campaign war chest. The biographer notes Edwards refused to debate Mayor Landes on the grounds that it would be “manifestly hard” for a man to debate “a hostile or infuriate woman” and to answer “the questions that are encased in your pent-up bosom.” She lost re-election by 19,000 votes. After the election, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a photograph of the victorious Edwards looming over his wife with the caption illustrating the restoration of order as the new mayor “receives the first signal of his success – an acknowledging curtsy of obeisance from his wife.” But the new mayor did not last long. A 1931 recall petition against Edwards that required 25,000 signatures gathered more than 200,000. In a special election, he was recalled by a vote of 125,000 to 15,000. Landes was hopeful, but realistic, about the future: “Women now wield considerable power along political lines, and I believe each succeeding year for some time to come will find them wielding that power more effectively. But … at present, men in general are not ready to yield to women the privilege and right of holding high political office.” She died in 1943, not long after her 75th birthday. Washingtonians would go on to elect Catherine May as the first woman to represent their state in the U.S. Congress in 1958. In 1977,

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Washington voters backed Dixy Lee Ray – who campaigned on the slogan “Little Lady Takes On Big Boys” – as their first woman governor. Patty Murray was voted into the U.S. Senate in 1992 and has been reelected four times; Washington’s junior senator, Maria Cantwell, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and re-elected twice since. When Gov. Christine O’Grady Gregoire was sworn into office in 2005, Washington became the first state in the nation with three women serving as governor and senators. As America’s first big-city mayor, Landes tested the waters for her successors, including Patience Sewell Latting. In an article published 90 years ago in the Woman Citizen, Landes summed up her enthusiasm for women in public office: “To be in some degree a guiding force in the destiny of a city, to help lay the foundation stones for making it good and great, to aid in advancing the political position of women, to be the person to whom men and women and children look for protection against lawlessness, to spread the political philosophy that the city is only a larger home – I find it richly worthwhile!” - M.J. ALEXANDER Editor’s note: Oklahoma is rich with history, lore and fun facts, but some of them aren’t quite factual. In this series, M.J. Alexander hunts for the accuracy – or lack thereof – behind some of our state’s stories.


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Kolsen McLaughlin

A F EW Y E A R S AG O, many men began embracing the flip-flop trend, and as a result started seeing the benefits of a pampering pedi. Today, the pampering has moved upward, with even the most masculine man enjoying the art of a good facial. Whether clean-shaven, scruffy or sporting a full-on beard, a facial can even out a man’s appearance, as well as his skin texture and tone. “When a man comes to see me for a facial treatment, he can expect total relaxation,” promises aesthetician Heather Mitchell at 822 Broadway Salon. “The men’s facial treatment targets clogged pores, skin sensitivity, razor burn, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles. It includes deep cleansing, a papaya and pineapple enzyme treatment for exfoliation, steam, extractions and an anti-wrinkle treatment. We follow that with a specialty mask to further promote healing, stimulate circulation and relax inflamed skin. An arm, neck and shoulder massage is also performed with this treatment.” If a man has scruff or a full beard, Mitchell added that the facial mask treatment would be modified to accommodate for his facial hair. Plus, regular facials will minimize the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the skin tighter, brighter and deeply hydrated. Now at 822 Broadway Salon, Mitchell has been in the business for more than 20 years, and added that trends come and

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trends go, and these days, the trend is toward more men coming in – not only for a facial, but for waxing, as well. “I address any and every concern with my male clients, and do provide facial and body waxing in addition to facial treatments,” she says. “Men are becoming more educated about skin care and want to look good. As a result, I am seeing salons providing more of an environment that is comfortable for men. “Nostril waxing is by far my most popular men’s service right now, especially for allergy sufferers,” she adds. “Pollen collects on the nose hairs, and once you remove those, you are able to breathe better. It is a quick and easy process with minimal to no discomfort.” For the do-it-yourselfer, a number of products are now on the market to help a man keep his skin in tip-top shape. Taylor Hanna opened his business, The Clad Stache, back in 2012. He started out with bow ties, neckties and pocket squares, before taking his company in a new direction. “A couple of years ago I started making beard oil and beard balm,” Hanna says, “and then I moved into expanding the grooming line and dropped the men’s accessories. We currently have 11 different items such as beard oil, beard balm, charcoal face mask, sea salt facial scrub, beard wash, cologne and a few more items. We

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are slowly introducing items throughout the year that will include lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, moustache wax and pomade … to name a few.” Hanna said one thing that sets his company apart is that they focus on beard products that are manly, but that a woman will enjoy, as well. “Many beard oil companies focus on scents like cedar, root beer or bourbon – and while those scents are not bad, except for the root beer one, they are not our main focus,” he says. “Instead we create scents such as oxblood (leather and blood orange), Pine/Apple (rich pine and red apple) and Clad, which is a signature scent for us, reminiscent of an old-school barbershop.” The Clad Stache line is available at 822 Broadway Salon, Quail Plaza Barbershop, Carwin’s Shave Shop, Plenty Mercantile and Revel Eight’s new men’s grooming shop that will be opening soon. “We are focused on providing an all-natural quality men’s grooming product that actually helps your skin and hair, instead of drying them out and leaving you worse off than you were,” Hanna says. Over at Classen Curve, Carwin’s Shave Shop offers a full line of grooming products, as well as barber and beard services. “We offer beard trims, classic shaves and haircuts, and we are a one-stop shop for skin care products,” says Carwin’s marketing associate Kolsen McLaughlin. “Everyone has different skin types, so we help men figure out the best product for them and help them get the best possible shave.”

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While the scruffy look is still popular, McLaughlin says he is seeing more business professionals opting for a full beard these days. “A lot of men like the simplicity of scruff, and not having to shave every day,” he says. “And for others who want to grow a full beard, many come in and get a regular trim just like they would a haircut.” The products they stock are tried and trusted, he said, and will help a man keep that neatly groomed look. “We have unique products you won’t find at Walgreen’s,” McLaughlin adds. “Whether it’s beard oil, facial moisturizers or the most luxurious shave cream, we are here to help.” - MARK BEUTLER

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The Great Wild Open Messages (and threats) from the natural world A S A CI T Y GIR L whose exposure to

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theory. The cardinals, he suggests, are spirit guides. I’d like to believe it’s true, but that theory comes from the same guy who thinks that finding a wolf spider in the closet is good luck. The only way to be sure is to consult a dictionary of Power Animals and Spirit Guides. The Power Animals and Spirit Guides handbook explains that spirits often appear to us in animal form to teach and guide us, or to deliver a message from beyond. The book gives the following descriptions of what their messages could be, but two years of swatting, trapping, chasing and running from all creatures great and small might provide a more down-to-earth translation:

you don’t have some mice down there.)

Cardinal: Watch your diet. (Translation: You’re low on black sunflower seeds.)

Armadillo: It’s time to retreat, rather than making headway. (Translation: Go back inside and forget about winning Yard of the Month. Ever.)

Turkey: You’re about to receive a gift. (Translation: We left you a gift under your bird feeder.) Owl: Someone is deceiving you. (Translation: Someone is deceiving you if you think

Spider: You need some time alone. (Translation: I can’t catch two humans in my web at a time, but if I ever catch you alone, you’re mine.) Opossum: You’re stressed out. (Translation: Wow. You’re up late. Did you know your bird feeder can hold 30 pounds?) Mouse: Pay attention to detail. (Translation: Tell me if you see that owl. Also, you’re low on black sunflower seeds.) Peacock: Look at me! I’m a peacock! (Translation: Look at me! I’m a peacock!)

Raccoon: Your deceased loved ones are sending you a message. (Translation: The message from beyond is don’t leave the bird feeder out at night.) - LAUREN HAMMACK

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wildlife had come exclusively from petting zoos, I’ve been woefully unprepared for life in the country for the past couple of years. The Beau feels a certain “oneness” with nature that I don’t care to know. While he knows the names of most of the bugs, I call them all “sonofabitch.” Instead of defending me against a toddler-eating tarantula on the back patio, the Beau gently ushers it toward the flowerbed, where it’ll only grow larger and more bitter. “He’s a good spider,” the Beau will say. “You want that kind of spider around,” he’ll add, essentially sentencing me to a sleepless night or five. The daytime critters seem harmless, like a combination of the petting zoo and the happy animals from the woods that flutter about Snow White. Almost daily, a conga line of 25 wild turkeys trots by. A flock of peacocks lives a half mile away. (They’re less flashy than you’d think.) Chickens live next door, geese and herons fly overhead and a couple of dozen cardinals live in the backyard. When I mentioned the cardinals to my friend, Joe the Navajo, he suddenly became nervous and said, “Those are all dead people! You know that, right? What do they want from you?” “Black sunflower seeds!” I reply. “You’d better find out!” Joe warns me. Dead people? Dead people should feel sorry for me. The 40-pound raccoon and the five opossums I’ve caught on the bird feeder in the middle of the night already haunt me. The armadillos that refuse to replace their divots across the lawn already haunt me. The great horned owl with the 8-foot wingspan that lives in my backyard in a tree 80 feet over my head haunts me, in large part because we all look like field mice from that distance. The Beau’s theory is slightly less macabre than Joe’s “flock of grim reapers”


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LIFE SPANS Celebrating Oklahomans who lived in three centuries BY M.J. ALEX ANDER

I saved things all my life. It’s hard for me to realize – in fact, I didn’t realize – that I don’t need any of this stuff. It’s real friends that truly matter.

A N D T HE N T HER E W ER E NON E .

The world’s oldest person died in Italy on April 15, 2017, at the age of 117 years, 137 days. Emma Morano, born Nov. 29, 1899, was the last known survivor of the 19th century. The milestone inspired a look back at the Oklahomans I’d visited in 2006, in anticipation of the state’s 100th anniversary of statehood. Four of those centenarians – Kristine Brown of Alva, Haddie Payne of Wynnewood, Blanche Loman of Grant and Zelda Rhodes of Duncan – had been born in the 1890s, living lives that spanned three centuries. The oldest person among the 144 elders I photographed was Kristine Klostermyer Brown. She was born in Missouri on Sept. 8, 1897, and moved with her family to Oklahoma Territory as a toddler. She was a supercentenarian, one of only 76 people in the world at the time with documented proof of being 110 or older. I visited her at her Alva nursing home twice: In August 2006, when she was 108, and again in October 2007, when she was 110. She looked better the second time around. She was seated in a wheelchair at the dining table at her nursing home, feeding herself, surrounded by younger residents who needed more help. The Klostermyers moved near Perry around the turn of the last century. “We came here to ’prove up the land that my uncle – mother’s brother – had come up with in the Strip. He had made the Run, I think it was in ’98 ... My dad’s only sister lived with us, and she died of arthritis, I think in her 50s. I always expected not to live any longer than she did.” But live she did, working as an educator around the state. Mrs. Brown began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse near Perry, and retired decades later as a professor of mathematics at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Along the way, she traveled the United States from California to New Jersey, earned a Master’s degree in mathematics from Columbia University and visited international sites from Mayan ruins to the Middle East. She was named 1962 Teacher of the Year by her division of the Oklahoma Education Association, which noted her as “a quiet, even-tempered individual whose intellectual integrity is an outstanding trait.” At 108, when asked why she was drawn to the field of mathematics, she answered: “It’s either right or wrong. Mother taught English; she always thought I would, too, but my goodness, so many ways to be right, all that diagramming and lots of writing. That was not for me.”

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Kristine Klostermyer Brown Born Sept. 8, 1897, in Bates County, Mo. Photographed Aug. 11, 2006, in Alva, Okla. Began teaching career in one-room schoolhouse Retired as professor of mathematics Died Dec. 19, 2007, age 110

On the eve of her 109th birthday, her breathing was labored but her mind sharp. She spoke deliberately, in two- and threeword bursts, about a hard-won wisdom. “I saw friendships are more important than anything else. I’ve learned that that is the truth. And I shall think more about things of that sort and not worry about the future. I’ve saved things all my life. It’s hard for me to realize – in fact, I didn’t realize – that I don’t need any of this stuff.”


I have no regrets.

Haddie Will Myrtle Hottle Austin Payne Born Sept. 27, 1898, in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Photographed Aug. 19, 2006, in Wynnewood, Okla. World War I widow Oldest of 18 children Died Jan. 1, 2008, age 109 JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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territory ahead Be honest. Go to church. Pay your bills.

My soul, the time, it went so fast. Why, it seems I was just six years old.

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Born Nov. 2, 1898, in Copenhagen, Ark. Photographed Aug. 9, 2006, in Grant, Okla. Youngest of nine children Lived independently Son hosted birthday barbecues for 150 of her friends every other year Died July 9, 2007, age 108

Born Dec. 10, 1899, in Alma, Kan. Photographed Aug. 19, 2006, in Duncan, Okla. House mother at Kappa Alpha Theta sorority houses in Topeka and Washburn, Kan. Died Jan. 10, 2008, age 109

Although she received widespread recognition for reaching 110, her world continued to shrink. She needed help getting around. Her eyesight was fading. Her hearing was good only if the surroundings weren’t too noisy. “I can see motion,” she said at 110. “I can see the fan on the ceiling. I can see the trees being blown. I can see the birds flying around. I can see that.” When she was taken on outings, she confided, “I have finally decided it’s good to take a wheelchair, because I can leave when I get tired instead of having to sit there and look interested.” But she was getting forgetful. And she didn’t like it one bit. She began to recount a story: “There was a man who lived in Alva ...” Mrs. Brown paused and frowned, as her thought faded away. “It makes me so mad at me. I start something, but I can’t finish it.” She was grateful for the friends who visited and for her

caretakers, but often reminisced about the house where she lived independently past her 100th birthday. “I have one room now. I have good food. I have a good clean bed, and my laundry is done and brought back to my room. I do long for the good old days and having a house and a living room and a kitchen. It’s a little hard to think of a bedroom as being home.” I brought her a copy of my book of Oklahoma centenarians, Salt of the Red Earth, in which she is featured. She was unable to focus on the photographs, but I read her some of the advice offered by her, and by her fellow centenarians. She gave a wry smile. “I don’t think it’s so wonderful to live over 100. Oh, I surely do not.” She headed to her room, leaving the book behind.

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CLEARER VISIONS OF THE FUTURE Looking back at the forwardthinking Skyline Ink BY MARK BEUTLER PHOTO BY CHARLIE NEUENSCHWANDER

I T WA S T HE DAW N I NG of a new millennium when Skyline

Ink set up shop in Oklahoma City back in 2000. The animators and illustrators have been creating compelling images and works of art here for 17 years, and are getting ready to expand once again. Some of the nation’s top businesses – from Disney to GE, and many more Fortune 500 companies – have used Skyline. “We believe in the power of a story with lasting impression,” says Skyline owner and CEO Brian Eyerman. “We could not be more proud of the creative working relationships we have built. It is such an honor to be part of designers’ and innovators’ teams to share their vision.” Skyline Ink was created at a time when few local architects used computer renderings to translate their designs from technical drawings to familiar forms. As the only full-service architectural visualization studio in the area, Eyerman challenged his clients to embrace the new possibilities for presenting their designs using animation. “In the beginning, the challenge was pushing the limits of computer processing power to produce an artistic image

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comparable to a watercolor or tempera rendering,” Eyerman says. “Now, we push the hardware and software limits to tell a project’s most captivating story, creating exceptional realism and artistic effect in animation and even video game and virtual reality systems. “Back then, showing landscaping could involve a huge task of generating 100,000 blades of grass. Now we generate hundreds of billions.” Today, Eyerman said architects routinely use computer renderings, animation and interactive presentations to present designs to clients and compete for design contracts. They work with manufacturers and innovators to introduce new products, and sometimes even provide safety training. Developers and promotional teams also use these tools to raise funds for building projects, pre-lease properties and help generate interest in public projects. Eyerman founded Skyline Ink after completing architecture school at the University of Oklahoma. He said his knowledge of computer graphics was largely self-taught Brian Eyerman while creating class presentations at OU. His company has grown from a couple of architecture graduates and one computer to a team of eight, with areas of expertise ranging from architecture to computer programming and communications. He also used his background in fine arts to explore traditional architectural rendering techniques with tempera paintings. “Many hand-drawn or painted architectural renderings are creative works of art in their own right,” he says. “Just as traditional techniques inspire and inform, my goal has always been to find the most engaging, creative way to present the unbuilt design.” Later this year, Skyline Ink’s expansion means they will be moving into new digs near Bricktown. “We’re really excited to be part of another OKC landmark with our upcoming relocation,” Eyerman says. “The move is planned for late summer or early fall. Our new space will be in the smaller grain elevator, next to the rock climbing grain elevator on the Bricktown Canal. Mark Ruffin and Bobby Newman are doing great work to repurpose this relic, and we can’t wait to make it our new creative place. The raw concrete columns, open floorplan and history of the structure combine with terrific views of OKC’s progress and heritage.” The illustrious company has been recognized by the Telly Awards, as well as the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. And Eyerman said they are proud to be in the heart of Oklahoma City. “Local highlights for us have been helping share the vision of our changing city for nearly two decades,” Eyerman says. “From Midtown Renaissance and Lower Bricktown to the Oklahoma Boathouse District and MAPS 3, we’ve had a blast helping our neighbors see the exciting potential of these projects – long before they break ground.”


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The gym was a chore, outdoor exercise meant jogging or riding a bike alone (or pushing yourself up after a fall) and yoga was a secretive practice, occasionally misunderstood to be a cult focused on flexibility and chanting “ommm.” In recent years, however, the phenomenon of the key chain membership card to an all-inclusive gym largely has been replaced with more specialized gyms, and more and more people are enjoying a broader variety of outdoor activities targeting specific health needs, interests and fitness goals. Now, finding a fitness activity that suits you is considered a part of living your best life, and evidence of this healthy-minded ethos is popping up citywide, both indoor and out. With boutique fitness classes such as all-encompassing body workouts – or treadmill- and Pilates-centered regimens – Okies are burning fat and increasing their muscular and cardiovascular strength, leading them to get out and do more. Outdoor-minded folks can be found participating in running groups, cycling en masse, testing their limits in Olympic training facilities and discovering plenty of new opportunities to get fit, get healthy and enjoy a more active, well-rounded life – why not give these suggestions a try? JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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FLAT TIDE STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING IN A NUTSHELL With Hefner, Arcadia, Draper and Thunderbird, central Oklahoma has no shortage of blustery lake acreage (lakreage?) where stand up paddle boarders might find themselves exiting the water an unintentionally great distance from where they entered it. That’s one of the drawbacks to Oklahoma’s frequent winds. However, it’s not the case in Bethany, where stand up paddle boarding is rapidly becoming a main draw. North of Lake Overholser off Route 66, you’ll find more than four and a half miles of the Stinchcomb National Wildlife Reserve, a beautiful gem of still water, perfect for this increasingly popular activity. You needn’t even own a paddle board to explore this wild stretch of glassy wilderness; simply find the retrofitted FedEx truck with Flat Tide splashed across the side, and rent one of their 40 stand up paddle boards for an hour … or bring a picnic and make a day of it. One of the coolest things to do in Oklahoma City. Lake Overholser, 3901 E Overholser, Bethany

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MARTIN NATURE PARK IN A NUTSHELL This pastoral OKC staple offers trails that zigzag several creeks, wandering through a thin forest and out onto open meadows. On weekday afternoons after school is out, Martin Nature Park is a great spot to trail run. On weekends, Martin Nature Park is packed with families looking to take a walk, and who might want to spot a grazing white-tailed deer or a great horned owl. 5000 W Memorial, OKC

RED COYOTE RUNNING GROUPS IN A NUTSHELL Most nights, more than a hundred folks will turn out to participate in one of Red Coyote’s now famed weekly runs. There are several, but none quite as fun as the Wednesday night Deep Deuce Dash and Draft. During the three-mile run that begins at 6 p.m. on the corner of Second and Oklahoma, runners burn enough calories that they can justify at least a free beer or two upon returning to Anchor Down. And that’s just Wednesdays. To learn more about Red Coyote group events, visit redcoyoterunning.com. 5720 N Classen, OKC


RIVERSPORT ADVENTURE PARK THRESHOLD CLIMBING AND FITNESS IN A NUTSHELL Just off the Turner Turnpike looms one of the country’s newest and most state-of-the-art climbing gyms. Featuring bouldering, rock climbing and even crack climbing, this impressive facility is targeted toward all levels of climbers and mimics any imaginable rock climbing scenario. And if that isn’t cool enough, they also feature yoga classes, a fitness room and a mind-blowing Ninja Warrior training course – if you’ve always wanted to train for “American Ninja Warrior” but didn’t know where to start, this is the spot. 6000 NW 135th, OKC

IN A NUTSHELL New as of last year, Riversport Adventure Park instantly became one of the city’s premier attractions. For some, including slalom kayakers, this center is an Olympic Training Facility. To others, it is a high-octane amusement park complete with whitewater rafting, ropes courses, a climbing wall and much more. New this year, the park offers river kayaking lessons for beginners – done in groups or privately, these classes put individuals in sporty little river kayaks, where they will learn whitewater safety, how to read the waterscape and paddling technique to make the most of the facility’s roaring rapids. Once they have mastered the basic skills, guests can take on the rapids as often as they please with a day or a season pass. 800 Riversport Drive, OKC

CHICKASAW NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN A NUTSHELL This year, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area – which covers almost 10,000 acres, contains two lakes and is Oklahoma’s only park in the National Park system – is participating in ReBoot: Healthy Parks, Healthy People. The program is designed to demonstrate the power of National Parks and public land to promote health and wellness, while drawing attention to the beauty and importance of the surrounding environment. Located only an hour and a half south of Oklahoma City, The Chickasaw National Recreation Area boasts countless waterfalls, more than 10 miles of trails and even a bit of elevation (hey, it is Oklahoma). It’s as lovely a hike as you could ask for in the Plains. 901 W First, Sulphur JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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BOUTIQUE GYMS BEYOND FITNESS STUDIOS IN A NUTSHELL New to the metro and located in the heart of Automobile Alley above Cultivar, Beyond Fitness offers a great way to increase cardiovascular and core strength in a spacious exercise room overlooking downtown OKC. While all the classes at Beyond are challenging, its “Beyond PHIT” combines Pilates-inspired smart movements (EXO Pilates chair), cardio intervals (Woodway treadmills) and strength exercises (kettle bells) to ensure a caloric burn high enough that you’ve earned the right to consume whatever burrito from Cultivar you choose after class. 714 N Broadway #200, OKC

WESTERN AVENUE BOXING AND SYSTEMA GYM IN A NUTSHELL While there is no shortage of very good Mixed Martial Arts gyms across the city, this is one of a kind: Its two-level gym functions as a training facility for fighters but also hosts some of OKC’s most challenging and most fun workouts. The trainers combine hitting heavy bags with high intensity cardiovascular and body weight exercises so expertly that when you leave, you not only feel healthier, but more powerful. 4408 N Western, OKC

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ORANGE THEORY IN A NUTSHELL Now with three locations in the metro, the high-energy Orange Theory has rightfully earned its place among the toughest workouts in Oklahoma City. This 50-minute grind combines cardiovascular training (treadmill, glider or spin bike, your choice) with rowing, weightlifting, TRX straps and body weight exercises to ensure a full-body workout. Members are given a monitor that tracks the heart rate on an LCD screen in the workout room, allowing them to get a sense of how hard they are working to ensure the greatest caloric burn. 3 Metro Locations

CYCLE BAR IN A NUTSHELL Located in Classen Curve among such fitness staples as Barre 3 and Red Coyote, Cycle Bar is the latest to grace Oklahoma City’s spin scene. And a scene it is. Every hour, in a studio more akin to a theater, 50 individuals mount up on state-of-the-art spin bikes and – as a carefully selected playlist begins to blast from the DJ booth – embark on a journey in physical fitness. Each 50-minute class leaves participants breathless and happy. The experience is enhanced by outstanding amenities, including free water bottles, fresh fruit and your choice of cold or room temperature water. 5730 N Classen, OKC

YOGA

YOGALAB and SPIRIT HOUSE YOGA IN A NUTSHELL While there are now more than 30 yoga studios in the metro area, Spirit House Yoga is where it all began. Before the days of lululemon and 138-degree rooms of sweaty stretching, Spirit House sought to make the practice of yoga available for everyone. They have continued this tradition while taking the mission statement of “Yoga for everyone” a step further: At YogaLAB, based in the Plaza District, a “Pay It Forward” program encourages donations to allow those who cannot afford to take a yoga class to take it for free. YogaLAB, 1745 NW 16th, OKC; Spirit House Yoga, 5107 N Shartel, OKC

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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

CYCLING IN OKC IN A NUTSHELL While fitness overall is on the rise in Oklahoma City, cycling might be growing the fastest, and nowhere in the city does this seem more evident than on Tuesday nights at the Wheeler Criterium, sponsored by DNA Racing. The Wheeler District is literally turned over to the wheels as street cyclists take to the old airport runways in a high-intensity training race, while their supporters enjoy food trucks, beer and the OKC skyline. If you’re not quite at the racing level, consider one of these spirited cycling events brought to you by the Oklahoma Bicycle Society to get the hang of taking two wheels to the street. All you need is a bike, a helmet and some ambition, and you’ll have a blast. Pizzeria Gusto Tuesday Night Social Ride 2145 N Walker, OKC 6 p.m. Mondays Distance: 16 miles Cost: Free Elemental Early Riser 815 N Hudson, OKC 7 a.m. Saturdays Distance: 40 miles Cost: Free Bluff Creek Dirt Crit Bluff Creek Trails, near Hefner and Meridian 7 p.m. Thursdays Cost: Free If you love cycling but street bikes aren’t for you, Charley’s Bicycle Laboratory hosts the Bluff Creek Dirt Crit. This event, which runs through the summer, brings together some of the city’s best mountain bikers to explore through the ups and downs of the Lake Hefner’s famed Bluff Creek Trails. This 45-minute race features both single and double tracks, and is open to all levels of mountain bikers.

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L AST YE AR , I DI D A STORY ON DESTI NATIO N DI N I NG I N TH E TOWN S SU R RO U N DI NG OK L AHOMA C IT Y. The research involved eating some of the finest and fattiest cheeseburgers, French fries, fried chicken, fried okra, chicken fried steaks, pasta, tacos, brisket, ribs, pie, fried pie and every other delicious artery-clogging, night-sweat-inducing delectable that the Sooner State had to offer. So enjoyable was the gluttonous, sodium- and sugar-packed expedition that even after the story’s publication, what I now ruefully refer to as “The Year of the Cheeseburger” continued. “I’m just enjoying myself,” I’d think in some far-flung, neon-lit burger shack, before popping another onion ring or 12 into my mouth. “The food in Oklahoma is really good … [slurp of soda] What’s this place got for dessert?” Six months later, I found myself in the lobby of Edmond’s popular fitness class Orange Theory, talking with one of their cheerful instructors. “How can we help you?” he asked enthusiastically. My sweatpants cinched at my waistline like a noose. I was out of breath for no reason and where once there was hair, I feared that I’d soon be growing French fries. “I’ve been eating …” I said. He simply nodded, giving me space to continue. “… A lot.” The trainer put a sympathetic hand on my shoulder and assured me that they’d get me back in shape. If I could savagely chomp my way across the state, then so, too, could I hike, bike, run, row, spin and stretch my way back into my old sweatpants – and more importantly, to a state of health suitable for a man a year shy of 40. I don’t recall much about my first Orange Theory class; only that at some point, I’m fairly sure I “saw the light.” After the class was out, it took quite a while to formulate words. I was on my way. “The Year of the Cheeseburger” had come to an end. For two months, I took on fitness classes and outdoor activities across the metro. And like our dive-iest restaurants, each has something that makes it special. The Pilates chairs at Beyond Fitness worked my core so intensely that for two days, my lower torso ceased to function. At Western Boxing Gym, I learned that there is great catharsis in punching a heavy bag, but punching a heavy bag for an hour makes you feel like you’ve been punched. At Cycle Bar, I learned that if you push yourself hard enough, you won’t even notice Justin Bieber playing through the sound system, and at Orange Theory, if you make yourself uncomfortable as they encourage you to do, eventually you will be able to fit into your old sweatpants. I learned that outdoor activities in Oklahoma, such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and hiking, are a lot more fun if you can do them without wheezing. And most importantly, I learned that nothing tastes better after a Saturday morning workout than a cheeseburger and a beer. Especially since you’ve earned it.


GEAR UP YOUR GAME

PUTTER

Ready to “grip it and rip it”? Then grab your bag and head for the course! But if you want a tune-up before you tee off, follow these tips from some of the 405’s top golf pros and get your gear, and your game, ready for the course. - BILL WASINGER

While today’s putters can be ordered with a range of customizable options, Golf USA owner Brad Bowen says that some features are more important than others when buying a new flat stick. “As the most used club in the bag, it’s vital to find a putter that provides confidence and solid results,” he says. “Make sure your putter is dialed in with the correct loft, lie, length and weight to match your game.” Odyssey O Works Putter, $229.99. Available at Golf USA, 1612 W I-240, OKC

TUNE UP

BALLS

“No matter the skill level, a little work with a teaching professional can help every golfer improve,” says Steve Ball, owner of Ball Golf. To get your game in shape, individual lessons, swing analysis or a group clinic can improve your play off the tee, on the green or out of the rough. Individual Lessons, $85-$125; Group Clinics, from $140. Available at Ball Golf, 7501 N Robinson, OKC

For most golfers, choosing the right ball depends on their swing speed and handicap. Edmond Golf owner Todd McCollom said that the ball you use should come down to what part of your game you want to improve. Look for a Surlyn ball to get more distance and accuracy off the tee, he advised, and if you want more spin and greater control around the greens, opt for a urethane multilayer ball. Titleist Pro V1, $47.99/dozen. Available at Edmond Golf, 243 N Broadway, Edmond

RANGE FINDER A laser range finder can help with club selection on the course, while also improving your consistency on the practice range, according to McCollom. “You can use a laser range finder anywhere you can play golf,” he says. “Simply aim at a target, whether it’s a pin, tree or hazard, and you instantly get an accurate distance to that point.” Bushnell Tour V4, $299. Available at Edmond Golf, 243 N Broadway, Edmond

SUNSCREEN A round of golf means exposure to the sun, and every golfer, regardless of skin type, should apply sunscreen before a round. And, Elafros says, “Given the heat, wind and humidity in Oklahoma, golfers need an easy-to-apply sunscreen that’s non-greasy, sweat resistant and at least SPF 30 with UVA and UVB protection.” Voila! SKIN Sunscreen, $13.49. Available at The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley, OKC

APPAREL Far from the flash and flair of 1970s fashions, today’s golf apparel mixes style and performance, according to Mike Elafros, assistant golf pro at The Greens Country Club. While there are looks to suit any style, Elafros recommended golf-specific apparel that will wick moisture from your skin to help keep you cool on the course, while at the same time providing added protection from the Oklahoma sun. SanSoleil UV50 Golf Shirt, $79.99. Available at The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley, OKC

DRIVER Most golfers want to bomb it off the tee, so they need a driver that provides both distance and accuracy. Bowen said that – thanks to modern materials, technology and design – it’s easy to improve your game from the tee box. “A professional driver fitting can make a world of difference if you get the correct spin rate and launch angle, along with flex and kick point to match your swing,” he says. Callaway Epic Driver, $499. Available at Golf USA, 1612 W I-240, OKC JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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SUMMER ON THE

ROCKS BY GREG HORTON

(COMMENTARY BY CHRISTINE EDDINGTON) PHOTOS BY SCOTTY O’DANIEL

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Summer cocktails don’t all have to be laden with sugar; the imaginative Dead Beet Rita at Norman wine bar Blu combines beet syrup and Mezcal for smoky, savory, eye-catching results.


Creative cocktails to toast the season

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ne of the best summer cocktails we tried this year was made with Prairie Wolf vodka, watermelon juice and tiny slivers of habanero pepper – just enough to register 3 out of 10 on a heat scale. Simple, delicious, balanced: a perfect cocktail. The drink came from 1492 New World Latin Cuisine, 1207 N Walker, and it won the People’s Choice Award at Allied Arts’ ARTini fundraiser, so clearly, people are great with simple. Still, seasonal can risk becoming a little boring. Summer typically means more citrus, more clear liquors and more fresh produce adorning drinks. Bartenders and A fresh concoction from Savings & Loan’s Thomas Upshaw, the Holy Trinity Negroni features beverage directors struggle to come up Rutte celery gin, homemade green bell pepper syrup and onion-washed Campari, garnished with creative variations on the available with roasted Campari cocktail onions; it’s his tasty tribute to Cajun cooking. ingredients, even working in a few savory components from time to time … but because peppers and tomatoes are available says Alex Larrea, general manager of Sava summer cocktail, what ingredients in the summer does not mean we need a ings & Loan Co., 423 NW 23rd, “so there work best, what to avoid and whether the spicy Caprese cocktail made with Mezcal, is no reason to assume they would change seasonal concept even makes sense when it Burrata, ghost pepper oil and torched their drinking behavior either.” comes to drinking. People tend to like what fresh basil. In that sense, he is correct. If you like they like, after all, and if the craze for Tito’s Craft cocktails can easily fall prey to spicy Mexican food in February, you don’t vodka has taught us anything, it’s that the same sort of experimentation that stop liking it in July. You may eat more brand loyalty is strong with booze, even is currently making many craft beers so selectively or on a patio, but you will among people who couldn’t utterly bizarre. There is, still eat what you love. Cocktails tend to pick their brand in a blind frankly, a limit to how many “I couldn’t agree more. be the same. An Old Fashioned drinker tasting if it was the only way seedpods or “indigenous” In fact, I say why is a year-round Old Fashioned drinker to ransom their child. herbs I need or want in an deviate from classic irrespective of the weather. Not surprisingly, the adult beverage. Just because cocktails at all? Pour me a Hummingbird on a That means the bartender’s task is answers were all over the you have a torch does not steamy June morning (I very much like that of the chef who uses place, and more than a mean the whole of nature kid), and pass a plate of seasonal ingredients: to nudge customers few bartenders said most need be scorched and added cheese straws my way.” a bit, challenge their palates and (hopecustomers aren’t necessarily to a cocktail. Much like CHRISTINE EDDINGTON fully) help them find new things they love. seasonal drinkers; they do, great cooking, with mixing It is in that spirit that we offer a variety of in fact, like what they like. cocktails, often less is more. summer indulgences, from Mimosas to Case in point: “People don’t necessarily We talked to bartenders around OklaSangria to new, creative cocktails. change their food behaviors seasonally,” homa City, asking them what constitutes

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FROSÉ

Coming this June from the brandnew Jones Assembly, 901 W Sheridan, is a wine cocktail that will make your summer tangier and cooler. The Frosé is a blend of Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosado – a Tempranillo rosé from Spain – with Gordon’s gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberry purée. The mixture is blended with ice to make a grown-up slush that will remind you of the summers as a kid when your lips were perpetually stained red or blue, and the closest you got to booze was a sip of your dad’s tepid beer. menu. It just wasn’t very good. The trick was to make a good cocktail first and then name it, but even that can have pitfalls. Take the Sun Tzu, for example, a cocktail on the current Pub W menu. In short, misery, or tedium. It turns “We created the cocktail, but we out that many bartenders hate coming up named it The Mao first,” Patino says with new names, and when it comes to with a smile. “When I introduced it to methodology, puns win. Rick Patino, the the staff, they were like, ‘He’s bar manager at Pub W, 10740 a terrible killer!’ We changed S May, says, “We switched “May I offer a the name to avoid that to themes to avoid having to few suggestions? association.” come up with new names on The Christini. Ludivine, 805 N Hudson, our own. It’s the hardest part The Eddingtini. Greggnog …” – CE has adopted the thematic of the job.” approach, too. Pub W is In fact, Patino said that currently using famous world every time he came up with figures – such as Sun Tzu – but Ludia name and then made a cocktail based vine just finished its Chinese Take-Out upon it, the cocktail failed to make the

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Pub W bartender Aliza Jensen mixes up a Sun Tzu, whose flavors of ginger and lemon are given aromatic enhancement by a drop of sesame oil.

menu and is now on the Medicine Show and Revival menu, which includes the Kila-Cold and the Dr. Cobra. The titles are clever, and they grab attention quickly on a menu full of exotic mixers. Also, the choice of a theme makes naming much easier, as an entire lexicon of associated words and phrases are associated … so long as you can avoid the “terrible killer” conundrum. As for puns, Savings & Loan Co. is not afraid of wordplay. Larrea said the Curry Favor, a cocktail conceived by bartender Thomas Upshaw that has coconut milk-based curry in it, is the second best-selling drink on the menu. Why would anyone want curry in a cocktail? See “Savory for Summer” below.


MIMOSAS ARE THE WORST An Appeal to Reason

ACCO R D I N G TO K E I T H PAU L of A Good Egg Dining Group, it was Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria that started the cheap Mimosa craze in Oklahoma City. “Early on you could buy a $1 Mimosa, but it would be a half inch of sparkling wine and the rest orange juice,” Paul says. “The demand for cheap Mimosas never went away. We decided at Good Egg to upgrade our sparkling wine in the Mimosa, and people seem fine paying a little extra, since it’s still the cheapest drink on the menu.” While we occasionally support the adulterating of wine (see Frosé on page 48 for an example), the best rule of thumb is to only adulterate for a good reason, and then only sparingly. Wine is, after all, the perfect beverage, and perfection requires no assistance. This next bit is going to be controversial: A Mimosa is not a good reason. We’ll follow that with a secret known to bartenders and managers the world over: The reason Mimosas exist is to COUNTER sell you really bad ARGUMENT 1 sparkling wine at a In the words of a low, low price ($2 local bartender, or $3) that gets you who, for obvious buzzed and the bar reasons, wished a solid profit margin. to remain unTo keep the price low, named: “You can bars typically serve get day drunk on truly awful sparkling a budget.” wine for Mimosas. If you’re unsure, ask for a glass of the COUNTER ARGUMENT 2 wine without orange “Mimosas are juice. Having tasted delicious. They it, you’ll beg for the pack a small orange juice. punch of vitamin Plus, to avoid C and antioxihigh labor costs and dants. They can produce costs, bars turn less-expenoften use orange sive bubbles into juice from cartons, something to sing which means about; the proyou’re getting both verbial silk purse bad bubbles and from a sow’s ear. milk-carton OJ. If You can make you think using good them in as many wine and fresh oriterations as you ange juice solves the have fruit juices, problem, just know and they aren’t that would make a so stout that Mimosa cost $12 you have to Uber and ruin both the home if you have bubbles and juice. one.” – CE Therefore, Mimosas are the worst.

WATERMELON FRESCA

Pub W’s Patino said the restaurant sold 400 Watermelon Frescas the first month it was available. That was two years ago, and it stays on the menu because it’s delicious … and because you don’t argue with those kinds of numbers – a sensible variation of “the customer is always right.” “We were looking for something besides Mimosas to sell for brunch,” Patino explains. “We wanted to balance the contrasting flavors, and watermelon can be really sweet, so we added a touch of savory with Canton ginger liqueur, and even some bitterness with Aperol.”

STATE VEGETABLE OF OKLAHOMA

The watermelon features prominently in summer cocktails, and that’s partly because it is, in fact, the state vegetable of Oklahoma. Our legislators declared it such in 2007, and it was scandalous enough that it made international news, even being featured in British newspaper The Guardian. (The state fruit is the strawberry, an actual fruit.) No one who has been here a while will be surprised at our legislators’ willingness to assert that something is true just because they say so, and so we have a state vegetable that is not. Alex Larrea chose to have fun with this nugget of trivia by naming his watermelon cocktail the State Vegetable of Oklahoma. The drink is a delicious blend of fresh, juiced watermelon, Monopolowa vodka, Lazzaroni Amaretto, lemon juice and Topo Chico (sparkling mineral water).

WINE PUNCH

The Spanish really do call some forms of Sangria wine punch. While the American version is weighted down with brandy, the Spanish version, which debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, is a lighter, fruitier summer drink. “My father’s recipe is very traditional,” says Pilar Guarddon, the bar manager at Pizzeria Gusto, 2415 N Walker. Guarddon, who grew up in Spain, said the

“wine punch” was served at nearly every family get-together. “It’s a family punch, so the 16- and 17-year-olds drink it, too.” Guarddon’s family recipe is featured at Gusto this summer. The first thing you are likely to notice is the cinnamon. “It’s traditional to put cinnamon in Sangria back home,” Guarddon says. Although it’s a baking spice, and we ordinarily associate those with fall/winter flavors, the cinnamon actually gives the Sangria a little lift. Her father’s recipe includes Lemon Fanta, but since we don’t have that in the U.S., Guarddon uses Sprite. She starts with a very dry red wine – Tempranillo is traditional in Spain – and then “This drink has adds fresh lemon everything! juice (about a Brighten it or sweeten quarter cup per it according bottle of wine), to personal fresh orange preferences, and serve up juice, simple a big pitcher syrup and cinto whomever namon. Peaches is around. We are traditional in also love big pitchers of what Spain, and she we call 39th St. also adds apples. Lemonade around The low-alhere. It’s 1/3 cohol refresher good vodka, 2/3 fresh lemonade, a is surprisingly handful of muddled light, given that it blueberries and starts with a dry, a dab of ginger beer.” – CE red wine. The fruit juices JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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brighten the drink, and the simple syrup tones down the citrus. It’s a beautifully balanced Sangria, and it’s best enjoyed on Gusto’s amazing “secret garden-style” patio.

CUCUMBERS ARE SMALL WATERMELONS

That is not entirely true, but they are related. This, by the way, was part of the legislators’ justification for declaring watermelon the state vegetable. Makes sense, right? Use a cucumber – also not technically a vegetable – as an analog, and then name its cousin a vegetable, too. Welcome to politics. This is why people drink. Cucumbers are one of the season’s more versatile non-vegetables, and they factor into many cocktails, in addition to their better iteration as pickles on a burger. Michael O’Hara, the assistant food and beverage director at the 21c Museum Hotel, 900 W Main, uses cucumbers three different ways in his “Laid Back” cocktail. The Laid Back starts with Hendrick’s gin, the botanicals of which are cucumber and rose petals, and then O’Hara explains the rest of the process like so: “We juice cucumbers, and reduce that cucumber juice down with ground pink peppercorns and sugar to make a vegetal, aromatic, floral syrup with a touch of

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HOW TO SPELL SLUSHIE Frozen drinks are a bit of a nightmare for bartenders, especially those who work at a high-volume bar, but they seem to be trending this year. We already looked at the Frosé, and Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes, 1000 N Hudson, has a muy bueno frozen cocktail, too: The Cactus Fruit Slushie. (Don’t worry about how convenience stores might spell it; this is a “slushie.”) It’s a blended mixture of Plantation 5-year Rum, RumHaven Coconut Rum, Coco Lopez cream of coconut and prickly pear purée. Not only is it frozen and delicious, it has two other assets, or three if you’re a stickler. 1) It’s pretty; the staff said it catches the eye of diners when it’s carried by tables, making it easier to sell, and 2) It comes with two sour gummy worms, if you’re a fan of add-in candy. Just remember that they were swimming in alcohol before you use them to keep the kids at your table (or the neighboring one) quiet while you enjoy your booze.

spice. We top that off with sliced cucumber and lemon juices and a touch of soda, and the finished product is a fresh and tasty cucumber cooler that’s perfect for the summer.”

THE MARGARITA

This one is really a year-round favorite, but it makes more sense to drink it on a patio in the warm months. We loved the simple, refreshing house margarita at Barrios, but if you’re drinking down

south, you might consider the Dead Beet Rita at Blu, 201 S Crawford in Norman. Bar manager Nikki Snider said that it’s a complex cocktail that can be enjoyed by anyone, even people who don’t typically drink Mezcal. “It has earthiness, smoke and sweet citrus,” Snider says. “The flavors play together very well, so the smokiness of the Mezcal is not off-putting. The beet syrup adds a beautiful, vibrant fuschia color, and black sea salt adds an eye-popping contrast on the rim.”


SAVORY FOR SUMMER SU M M E R COC K TAI LS TE N D TOWAR D F RU IT Y, ES PEC IALLY C ITRUS F RU IT S, BU T TH E Y DO N’T HAVE TO B E THAT WAY. AS ALE X L AR R E A PO I NTE D O U T, PEOPLE ALR E ADY LI K E AT LE AST ON E SAVORY COC K TAI L: TH E B LOODY MARY. “That’s a good entry point to the conversation,” Larrea says. “It’s vodka and a tomato-based mixer, usually with Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce, so it’s very savory.” The ingredients most often associated with summer cocktails are citrus fruits, berries, peaches, watermelon, fresh herbs, cucumbers and peppers, but the list can continue, and often does for variants on this classic. How many times have you seen the equivalent of a chef’s salad sticking out the top of a Bloody Mary? Pickled okra, celery, pickled carrots, cured meats, olives, etc., all help round out what is essentially a first course for breakfast or brunch. Larrea believes that Bloody Mary adjuncts can help “Another delicious idea for push the boundaries of the craft cocktail, but he admits lighter summer beverages that there is a limit to how far we can go. A drink is supposed our Mr. Horton may poohto be good, not just interesting, and certainly not a curipooh: the humble Red Beer. I osity. The deliciousness – if there is such a scale – should had a delicious variety of this increase two clicks every time the experimental compobeer-and-tomato-juice elixir nents increase one. That seems a sensible calculus. at Revolucion with a plate This summer, Savings & Loan is making an Elote cocktail. of huevos rancheros, and it Yes, a cocktail made with roasted corn … so they’ll be was the perfect foil. Savory testing that calculus. When Larrea first mentioned it, the but not too, not boozy, full of following conversation ensued. flavor. Make it with Bloody “You said corn?” Mary mix if you must, but stick “Yes, like roasted street corn. People eat it for summer with a lime wedge garnish. all the time.” I never need to see bacon swimming in a cocktail.” – CE “But I’m picturing creamed corn like the kind my mom used to serve from a can when I was a kid.” “Yeah, we thought about that.” Larrea said to avoid the mushy corn texture, they will use an extractor to separate the “juice” from the pulp – we agree that corn juice does not sound delicious. The extractor works much like a centrifuge, and it’s worth noting that more than a few bartenders are gadget freaks. Larrea talks at length about how the extractor works and how it will make it possible to get fresh corn flavors, which are definitely a good thing, without all the other “waste” products. They are currently looking for a way to compost the waste, so that all the corn will be used after extraction. If this sounds like a science fair to you, you are not alone. The proof will, of course, be in the taste, and of that Larrea is confident. “People are coming around to savory,” he says. “The key is balance. Craft cocktails have already helped people move past the old formula of a base spirit and a mixer, and so they are now used to cocktails that exhibit sweet, salty, bitter and savory components. We just want to move toward savory while not abandoning balance.”

ELOTE BORRACHO Cimarron Blanco Tequila El Buho Mezcal Fire roasted corn purée Cotija cheese whey Fresh-squeezed lime Garnished with fresh cilantro and spice blend

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culture

BLURRED LINES

PALO DURO’S SENSE OF STABILITY Permanence amid change in Midtown MICK E Y L EE MIL L ER was born at St. Anthony Hospital 60 years ago. She comes from Midtown, and in 2003, for the first time in her life, she had her own home – an apartment in Midtown. The Palo Duro Apartments have been on the corner of NW 11th and Hudson for 25 years. A second unit, Palo Duro II, was built in 2010. Miller, called Ms. Mickey by residents, originally had an apartment with ground-level windows.

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BY GREG HORTON PHOTOS BY QUIT NGUYEN

“I was nervous all the time,” Miller says. “I had moved from an apartment on SW 28th because there was a drug house across the hall, so this was definitely better, but those windows were right on the ground. Someone could just fall into my apartment.” The management moved Miller to a corner apartment with normal windows, and she has been there ever since. Like all the residents at Palo Duro, Miller has a medically diagnosed mental


“I’m THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL. I’m going to be here until my dying day.” MS. MICK EY

illness; it’s a prerequisite to living in the complex. Both units are a program of the Neighborhood Services Organization, a 501(c)3 charity that is nearing 100 years in business. The day we met Ms. Mickey, she was sitting in a leather chair in her efficiency apartment, where she had been prepping for her photos. “Stacey, I can’t find my lipstick!” Miller announces. (Stacey is Stacey Ninness, president and CEO of NSO; an energetic, charismatic woman who knows all the residents by name.) “I have some lipstick,” Ninness replies. “I need ‘ho’ red,” Miller says with a laugh. That set the tone for our interview. She is on medication, as are all the residents, but she is quick-witted and self-deprecating, as well as deeply grateful for her home. “I’m thankful and grateful,” Miller tells us. “I’m going to be here until my dying day.” Palo Duro is permanent housing for homeless people with diagnosed mental illnesses. It is not a treatment facility; it’s an apartment complex for residents who live independently, and it’s across the street from what will be Elk Valley Brewing Company’s new home in 2018. Like other facilities in Midtown, Palo Duro will be neighbors with very dissimilar businesses that cater to very different demographics. Chris Fleming of Midtown Renaissance, a company that offers properties in Midtown, said that a healthy neighborhood will always have a mix of businesses and services. “If this is the best place to serve their constituencies, then I can see them staying in Midtown,” says Fleming. He was responding to a question about Ivanhoe, a residential reentry center for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The facility is on NW 8th between Hudson and Walker, and Catalyst Behavioral Services operates it under a contract with the DOC. Corsair Management, though, owns the land and facility. Corsair’s president Scott Smith said he could not comment about Ivanhoe, but did say that the facility’s presence there was not inhibiting development around it. “It’s not affecting our use,” Smith says, “and people are building all around it.” Other service agencies have relocated, including Mission Treatment, a methadone clinic that is now located on Linwood, and Northcare, which is now on General Pershing Blvd. Mission Treatment was in the facility that is part of the old theater complex where Elk Valley will be located. Northcare was located directly south of the theater. Mickey Clagg, also of Midtown Renaissance, said there is more competition now than ever before for nonprofit

contributions. “That means there is probably more pressure on organizations as rent goes up,” he says. “For that reason, it may not make sense to be in a high-rent area.” Speaking of Ivanhoe again, Clagg continues, “It’s probably not the highest and best use of the property. Agencies gravitated to this area when it was in disfavor, and gentrification will change the use of property in the future.” It’s a straightforward assessment of where development is taking the urban core. The first wave of gentrification is over, and now the cycle will create more density near the center, pushing services and people outward, and spurring further gentrification on the edge of downtown, a trend made recently visible by the developments along Classen and Western: Revolucion, Stonecloud Brewing, Sunnyside Diner and even The Jones Assembly just east of Classen. “It might make sense for organizations to monetize their real estate and set up shop near other nonprofits,” Fleming says. “Create a one-stop shop of services.” Ninness said she was unaware of the theater development, so she and her team are thinking through the implications of having a brewery and bar across the street from a facility that is home to dozens of mentally ill residents – many of whom, including Ms. Mickey, have a history of drug addiction. “We have to be undergoing psychiatric treatment to get our foot in the door. We take medication to keep us … kosher,” Miller says, after taking a second to decide on the word. “I was a drug addict, but I’m clean and stable now.” JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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She has been for a long time, and much of that is thanks to the stability and security her home provides. Ninness said Miller is a “watchdog” of sorts for her small community. “She makes sure people are OK,” says Ninness. “They take care of each other here, and Ms. Mickey watches everything. She even had our on-site manager call the police a few years ago when she saw a drug deal happening outside her window.” “That doesn’t happen anymore,” Miller adds. “Things are better now.” Things are better since gentrification, at least for people and organizations still in the urban core. The neighborhood is no longer in disfavor, and property rates continue to rise. More development is planned all around Palo Duro, and Ninness said their mission will not change. “This is their home,” she says. “Our number one priority is always to provide a safe, independent living arrangement for our residents. I love Palo Duro because it gives our residents a renewed sense of independence. Thirteen of our residents have no family; they have no one except each other. If they didn’t have a home here, they wouldn’t have a home.”

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As for future plans, Ninness was adamant that NSO’s ownership of the property meant one thing with certainty: “We’re not going anywhere,” she says. “This is an apartment complex just like any complex down here. It’s their home, and they can be here until their dying day, just like Ms. Mickey wants.”


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Mr. Thunder’s House After renting temporary homes for years, Thunder veteran Nick Collison decided to invest some energy into making a space of his own – for himself, his daughter Emma and even his colleagues: “One of the reasons I wanted the house was to have a place for my teammates to come,” he says. “A lot of times, I’ll have guys from the team come over to watch games and hang out; sometimes we have the Saucee Sicilian food truck come park outside.” Decorative touches like this deer head he hunted down on Etsy help personalize the Nichols Hills home.

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MAKING ROOM FOR A HOME Nick Collison’s Nichols Hills nest BY CHRISTINE EDDINGTON PHOTOS BY DON RISI

N ICK COL L ISON, the longest-tenured member of the OKC Thunder, freely admits he watches perhaps a little more than his fair share of HGTV. “I like ‘Fixer Upper,’ ‘Flip or Flop,’ ‘Property Brothers’ … I also watch ‘Grand Designs’ on Netflix,” he says. The latter is British, often features unique or really challenging design projects and has

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Functional and elegant an extremely loyal audience around design in the kitchen the world. and dining room includes Over the past two years, Collison plenty of natural materials: Warm woods, has collaborated with designer dining chairs covered Valerie Helgeson on creating a comin a subtly patterned walnut-colored fabric and fortable, beautiful home that suits his a simple arrangement masculine, minimal aesthetic. “In the of succulents co-exist past, I would view the homes I would beautifully in the glow of Edison-style industrial rent during the basketball season light bulbs encased in as temporary,” he says, “but I spend blown-glass cloches. most of the year here, and it became important to me to have a place that is mine. It also gave me a project, and it was something I really got into.” The home, with its light-filled great room and backyard oasis, is a perfect refuge for Collison, his 11-year-old daughter Emma and their 12-year-old Boston Terrier Morty. It’s also roomy enough for the extended Collison clan to enjoy during their frequent visits to Oklahoma City, and for the holiday gatherings they all enjoy. Collison also keeps a home on Lake Washington in Seattle, where he and Emma spend their summers. During the intensity of basketball season, Collison is lucky if he gets two or three full days a month to himself, and his home – with its tree-filled lot, sparkling pool, spacious pool house


(From top) Knocking out the wall that divided what is now one large, airy space was a big deal. According to Helgeson, the HGTV-savvy Collison was worried about what sort of unexpected challenges contractors might find in the wall, which seems to be a constant plot device on shows like “Flip or Flop.” Luckily, the wall came down without much struggle, and the resulting room manages to strike a balance between being large enough for Collison and fellow teammates to hang out in, and cozy at the same time. Thanks to Collison’s Star Wars Funko Pop figure connection, Emma now owns the entire set. They live, logically, in the living room, where they add a bit of whimsy to the space. Collison’s design style is masculine and clean, bordering on minimal. A perfect potted plant here and there, large-scale art pieces and a neutral, natural palette rule in the master bedroom. The dresser was custom built, and is made of reclaimed stockade fence sections.

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(From top) The home’s spacious outdoor spaces were a huge selling point for Collison, who enjoys the fire pit on cool days and the pool on steamy Oklahoma summer days. Not pictured is Collison’s custom outdoor shower, which he enjoys when weather allows. When Collison’s extended family is in town for one of their frequent visits, the pool house becomes a kid-friendly hangout for movies and fun, and allows the grownups to enjoy a little respite in the main house. It’s well stocked with refreshments, and its big-screen television and pool-proof upholstery and flooring make it a favorite spot year-round.

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(From top) Dark wood custom cabinetry and a tailored leather bench anchor a large master suite. Raised to suit Collison’s 6’11” frame, the vanities are constructed so they easily can be lowered, should the home someday become the provenance of mere mortals. Further evidence of Collison’s forward-thinking, businesslike approach to the project: beneath the leather bench is hidden everything needed to install a soaking tub. An artful installation of photos of Collison and his daughter Emma is framed in reclaimed wood, and occupies a wall in the great room, adjacent to the master suite.

and multiple outdoor living areas – is where he decompresses and relaxes, often grilling meals with fellow teammates. His commute from his front door to the Thunder practice facility is a seven-minute drive. When Emma is in residence, their sweet morning routine is to take a jaunt around the neighborhood, she on her scooter, with her dad and Morty strolling alongside. Collison began his home search in spring 2015, and focused on historic neighborhoods such as Crown Heights, Mesta Park, Heritage Hills and also Nichols Hills, which is where he ultimately found his home. The 6’11” forward explains, “I wanted a big, open floorplan; small rooms don’t work for me because of my size. I love the historic neighborhoods and the character of older homes, but the floorplans aren’t generally open.” This one still required some extensive renovation, but Collison and Helgeson knew it had great potential. The now-beautiful great room was dark and divided by a wall, right down the middle of the space, and the ceiling’s exposed beams were too low

for Collison to walk beneath without ducking. Helgeson knew they could take out the wall, remove the beams and create the kind of open space Collison wanted. The project started in 2015, just as the Thunder season was winding down and Collison was heading back to Seattle for the summer. “Valerie and I kept in touch over Skype and talked sometimes several times a day,” he says. “I used the Houzz app for design ideas, and we looked at furniture on Pinterest. She was great about keeping my vision, but she did talk me out of a few things – which is definitely for the better.” It was a hands-on project for Collison, whose goals were twofold: to create a living space he enjoyed and to make intelligent design and renovation decisions so that if he decided to sell, the improvements would add value. “I’ve been with the team since day one, and I have had a very stable career, but it’s the nature of this business that things change for people, so making smart decisions is important to me.” JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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It’s true that your mental and emotional state can influence the quality of your day, but try this corollary: It’s easier to have a good day if you start it with a slice of warm coffee cake, a drizzle of crème anglaise and a perfect latte. It works – visit Plaza District breakfast spot Aurora (named for the Roman goddess of dawn) and see for yourself.

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DAWN DONE DIVINELY Rise and dine at Aurora BY STEVE GILL PHOTOS BY SCOT T Y O’DANIEL

T HER E’S A N EW restaurant in the Plaza District, and you should give it a try. That sounds like déjà vu, considering the impressive growth that the stretch of NW 16th has experienced over the past several months – stalwarts such as The Mule, Oak & Ore and Saints have been joined by Goro Ramen, The Pritchard Wine Bar and Easy-E, a second takeout-specific location for pizza star Empire Slice House, with yet more development on the horizon. The district seems to be getting more crowded every day … but there’s still room for extra goodness, especially if it helps start those days off more deliciously. The addition of Aurora Breakfast, Bar & Backyard is cause for celebration. This is a well-chosen space, and perfectly appointed for its purpose – exposed brick, high ceilings and a clean, warm color scheme emphasizing wood and copper around the bar give it a feeling of calm comfort. More ornamentation would feel superfluous, but the simple white plates and seating, yellow cushions on the long benches, cinnabar napkins and cheerful blue mugs work in beautiful concert. Plus, those mugs are filled, or should be, with Hoboken coffee – it’s potent, and spectacular. Beginning at 11 a.m., the lunch menu offers a selection of fresh, bountiful salads and balanced entrees; health-conscious diners can sample the mushroom-and-oat veggie burger or a smooth white bean hummus wrap with onions, peppers and avocado, while those willing to take on a few more calories may veer toward the savory BBQ chicken sandwich or Aurora burger, crowned with AURORA BREAKFAST, a runny egg and spectacular bacon BAR & BACKYARD jam. On the other hand, while I don’t 1704 NW 16th, OKC mean to sound underwhelmed by the 405.609.8854 lunch offerings (the burger especially is shinewithaurora.com

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excellent), breakfast is where it’s at, and Aurora serves it anytime they’re open. With the observation that everything we tried was tasty, a few special recommendations: its vibrant arugula pesto makes the One-Eyed Jack (you might know the dish as egg in the basket) sing; both namesake elements of the biscuits and gravy are outstandingly done without reinventing the culinary wheel; the texture, consistency and flavor of the banana pancakes is just about perfect (and kudos on the tiramisu pancakes, which are, against all expectations, enjoyably sweet without being so caked in sugar that patrons across the restaurant find their teeth cringing in sympathy); and the simple-sounding yogurt bowl is so nicely balanced with fresh fruit and house-made granola that it’s among the most popular items on the menu.


When you’re ordering any of these dishes, you’re also getting the quality benefits of local ingredients: A section of the menu is devoted to identifying the sausage from Schwab, milk from Braum’s, beef from Destiny Ranch, cheese from Lovera’s and additional prime purveyors. “It comes down to ingredients,” says Chef Henry Boudreaux, although his skill, craft and personality are factors, as well. While he was bringing us a lentil bowl to photograph, with other dishes in the works, he paused to get into an impromptu conversation with diners at a nearby table about the merits of proper tomato selection and how he, while working at a restaurant in Italy, used to plant San Marzanos and basil in alternating patches, so when it came time to make sauce he could go along the row and take whatever was most fresh. People with genuine enthusiasm for what they do can be spotted easily, and they’re often the ones who are among the best at those endeavors. The food would be delicious anywhere; the experience is better due to this specific location. The combination is just about ideal, plus the notoriously sparse parking is in less demand first thing in the morning. Aurora is genuinely worth a visit, and as we enter the sunniest month of the year (the solstice is June 20), this is a perfect time to make your mornings a little more luminous. Dawn appetit.

ADVANCE TO THE REAR Nowhere is the hidden treasure vibe stronger than in Aurora’s backyard, a secluded little enclave where a brick terrace, a handful of tables shaded by a bright yellow triangle of fabric and a verdant patch of synthetic lawn are ornamented with a wooden tepee, small mural and a couple of real (and lovely) trees. Sitting out here on a sunny morning amid the chatter of birds is good for the spirit; it genuinely feels like a place separate from the city, despite being scant yards from the bustle of 16th Street, which is more bustling all the time. JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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Summertime Savor JONA S FAV EL A CA N J UG GL E .

In fact, when asked what hobbies or interests he has outside of being a chef, he lists his car, art and juggling in that order. Certainly, it’s a good skill for a chef – not the “chainsaws in the air” kind of juggling, but the “keeping orders straight at expo” variety. The Las Vegas native split time between Moore and Vegas growing up. He describes his childhood food experiences as a blend of his mother’s Midwestern staples and comfort food with his father’s Mexican traditions – picture two streams flowing into one dinner table. His style in adulthood is a function of that upbringing, combining flavors and ingredients from his family’s separate traditions. “My style is fusion,” he says. “I hate the word, but it’s a good descriptor. There’s a lot of Latin influence to my style, and my cooking also reflects my love of French, Italian and Asian cuisine and techniques.” “My mother’s mother made great pastries, and I started trying to recreate them when I was about 10,” Favela says. “Because my father was Mexican, we also ate a lot of tacos, tortillas, tamales and homemade salsas.” Fresh salsa is still one of his favorites. “My salsa is basic but it has to have tomatoes – of course – onions, jalapeños or habaneros, cilantro is a must, fresh squeezed lime juice and salt.” We talked to him about summer grilling, and he eschews rules of thumb in favor of his instincts. “For me it is instinctual,” he says. “I get asked this question a lot, and I never have a good answer. I go for color, smell and marks.” Rules of thumb are difficult for grilling because there are so many factors to take into account: gas or charcoal, thickness of the cut, type of fish, location on the grill, temperature, wood smoke or not … many variables make hard-and-fast rules impossible to nail down. Occasionally, trial and error is the only method, and it’s an approach with which Favela is pretty comfortable. He called his food education “the school of hard knocks.” “I’ve known what I want to do since I was 9,” he says. “I started the apprenticeship program at Coach House, but didn’t finish. I still wish I had. I’ve always wanted to work with the best chefs available.” With turns at The Metro, Ranch Steakhouse and Flint, among others, Favela has certainly fulfilled that wish, and as the executive chef at Meat Market Refectory, he’s in a great position to continue sharing his culinary style. - GREG HORTON

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GRILL TALK Rather than give us a specific recipe this month, we asked Favela to give us some advice and suggestions on backyard grilling. A dizzying amount of information is already available online, so we asked him to skip past some of the standard grilling advice, such as using your hand to determine a steak’s doneness. SEAFOOD “I like to stick to salmon, dry pack jumbo scallops, sea bass, shrimp, lobster and halibut. Don’t flip fish too soon or it will stick, all fish. And although it’s a little tired, there is nothing wrong with cedar plank grilling.” THE GRILL “Get a good quality grill – that seems basic – but thick, heavy grates matter, and make sure they’re properly seasoned, too.” Seasoning grates is similar to seasoning cast iron: Apply a cooking oil evenly to all the grates, and then heat the grill until the oil cooks off. Regular seasoning helps the grill cook more evenly, and makes it easier to clean. LOCATION “You can put pretty much everything over direct heat, but after it’s properly marked, you need to move it to the edges for more even cooking.” VEGETABLES “Marinate them first! Use an herb blend you like, and I add garlic, oil and a touch of vinegar.” While EVOO is very popular, it has a strong flavor. If you don’t want to taste it, use standard olive oil, not EVOO, for marinating and cooking. WOOD SMOKE “I put wood chips in a foil pouch directly over the heat. It will give the food a slightly smoky flavor. I use apple and cherry wood only, because I like the smell of those two. It’s a matter of preference for each person, really.”

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American ANCHOR DOWN Sip a beer or specialty cocktail and munch on a selection of gourmet corndogs in this fresh Deep Deuce concept housed within repurposed shipping containers. 30 NE 2nd, OKC, 605.8070 $ AURORA Its warmly comfortable atmosphere makes a perfect backdrop for a quick cup of Hoboken coffee or hearty breakfast or lunch assembled from superb ingredients – just be certain not to miss the beautiful secluded backyard area. 1704 NW 16th, OKC, 609.8854 $ BACON Sometimes the name says it all. Noted OKC chef Sean Cummings fills a menu – from soup and salads through sandwiches, entrees and desserts – with tempting taste combinations that feature one of America’s favorite theme ingredients. 7523 N May, OKC, 848.4868 $$ CAFÉ 501 Rustic stone oven pizzas, fresh salads and specialty sandwiches on housemade artisan breads. Add welcoming atmosphere and enjoy. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$ DEEP FORK GRILL Crisply elegant atmosphere complements the menu of superb seafood (wood-grilled cedar plank salmon is a house specialty), steaks and accoutrements. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ EDDIE’S BAR & GRILL This stylish spot not far from UCO is equally ideal for a casual drink, appetizers while watching the game or a dinner date. And bear in mind that the wings are outstanding. 930 E 2, Edmond, 285.7725 $$ FAT DOG This flavor-filled kitchen and bar dishes up treats from fish and chips to a killer Cobb salad … but if you just want to cool your heels on the patio with burgers, hot dogs and beer, you’re in the right place. 1234 N Western, OKC, 609.3647 $ FLINT Approachably casual style, plus the kitchen’s impeccably serious attention to detail in the outstanding contemporary cuisine, winningly combined in the

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Colcord Hotel. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$

HATCH They call it “early mood food,” and if you find yourself in the mood for a sumptuous made-from-scratch breakfast (or lunch), it should be right up your Automobile Alley. 1101 N Broadway, OKC, 232.3949 $$ THE HUTCH ON AVONDALE The all-time classic Coach House receives an update with a more modern menu sprinkled with experimental twists, and a full suite of tempting cocktails, wines and spirits. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$ HEFNER GRILL Upscale fare of handcut steaks and seafood plus a tempting brunch to boot, enhanced by a live piano and a spectacular view overlooking scenic Lake Hefner. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ KITCHEN NO. 324 A seasonally inspired café and craft bakery serving spectacular rustic American cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, and a thorough treat for breakfast or brunch. 324 N Robinson, OKC, 763.5911 $

THE R&J LOUNGE AND SUPPER CLUB A sentimental dining experience

with vintage recipes and atmosphere. Seating is limited but the patio is a year-round treat, and the drinks menu is a thing of beauty. 320 NW 10th, OKC, 602.5066 $$ REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, enchiladas, pork chops and steak by the lake in a casual, energetic, hacienda-style atmosphere of stone walls and mahogany beams around an open kitchen. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995; 1820 Legacy Park, Norman, 701.5501 $$ SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage in Nichols Hills Plaza, its rotation of daily specials and tasty twists on pizza, sandwiches and salads keep it crowded on weekdays. Calling ahead is recommended. 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114 $ SCRATCH Isn’t that the best place for food to come from? Top-of -the-line ingredients are combined into entrees and sides that are carefully concocted in-house, as are the bevy of wondrous craft cocktails. 132 W Main, Norman, 801.2900 $$

LEGACY GRILL The décor is rich with artifacts and imagery honoring Oklahoma’s great leaders and stars, and the menu’s collection includes more than a few greats of its own. 224 Johnny Bench, OKC, 701.3535 $$

SUNNYSIDE DINER A new day dawns for breakfast and lunch on the west side of downtown as a former service station becomes a no-pretense, made-fromscratch diner. Order up! 916 NW 6th, OKC, 778.8861 $

MARY EDDY’S Inside the inviting environs of Film Row anchor 21c Museum Hotel, this showplace of a restaurant turns out a seasonally driven menu of expertly tuned flavors and dishes meant to be shared. 900 W Main, OKC, 982.6900 $$

SYRUP The most important meal of the day is also the most enticing at this unique breakfast boutique serving a heaping helping of signature dishes (the crunchy French toast is something special) and Stumptown coffee. 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $

MEATBALL HOUSE The focus in this Campus Corner restaurant is right where the name says, but the variety in salads/ sandwiches/pizza/pasta gives a surprising breadth of satisfying dining options. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 701.3800 $$

VAST Keeping your attention on the steaks, seafood and other temptaitons might be difficult; the view from atop the Devon Tower is truly unparalleled in Oklahoma, making this a fantastic date spot. 280 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$$

NIC’S PLACE Already justly renowned for his skill at the grill, burger master Justin Nicholas offers breakfast, dinner, drinks and late night treats served in outstanding style at this Midtown diner and lounge. 1116 N Robinson, OKC, 601. 9234 $$ PACKARD’S NEW AMERICAN KITCHEN They’re not kidding about the “new” – the entire lunch and dinner menus are filled with innovative tastes for a distinctive dining experience. 201 NW 10th, OKC, 605.3771 $$ PICASSO CAFÉ Their neighbors in the Paseo are painters, potters and sculptors, so it’s apt that creativity abounds in these zippy sandwiches, salads, pizza and surprises, including plentiful selections for vegetarians. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $

VICEROY GRILLE Opulent décor, comfortable environs and some outstanding cuisine make a strong recommendation for the Ambassador Hotel’s in-house restaurant; don’t overlook the brunch options. 1200 N Walker Ave, OKC, 600.6200 $$ WAFFLE CHAMPION A food truck that expanded into a brick-and-mortar location in Midtown, its gourmet flavor combinations use waffles as the foundation for sweet and savory sandwich treats. 1212 N Walker, OKC, 525.9235 $ WHISKEY CAKE High-quality locally sourced ingredients, prepared using slow cooking techniques that’s a prime recipe for outstanding dining. Enjoy – and don’t forget the namesake dessert. 1845 NW Expressway, OKC, 582.2253 $$

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CHAE This pan-cultural treat puts a delectable influence on embracing traditional Korean cuisine and showcasing its versatility by blending its ingredients with dishes from around the world. Grab your chopsticks and enjoy. 1933 NW 23rd, OKC, 600.9040 $$ CHICK N BEER Wings and brews are

food for the soul; these freshly fried beauties are done Korean-style, and with serious flavor. Grab some kimchi fries and a local beer and enjoy. 715 NW 23rd, OKC, 604.6995 $ EL TORO CHINO Big, bold flavors from disparate cuisines are blended in this self-described “Latin + Asian Kitchen” - creating results that are as excitingly distinctive as they are delicious. 2801 NW 36th, Norman, 708.9472 $$ GUERNSEY PARK A hidden treasure on an Uptown back street, reflecting traditional Asian flavors expertly fused with a hint of French influence. Try the chicken lollipops and curry salmon. 2418 N Guernsey, OKC, 605.5272 $$ O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in cool, vibrant digs. Call ahead for dinner, because it becomes a packed house in a hurry. 105 SE 12th, Norman, 701.8899 $$ SAII With a dark, rich ambiance that elevates it over its surroundings, the captivating Saii serves expertly done Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare plus an extensive and adventurous sushi menu. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$

Bakery BELLE KITCHEN Doughnuts, macarons, pastries and ice cream created from scratch, in small batches – making treats like these with care and passion makes a difference that’s easy, and a pleasure, to taste. 7509 N May, OKC, 430.5484; 30 NE 2nd, OKC, 541.5858 $ CUPPIES & JOE The name is only part of the story: the Uptown nook holds cupcakes and coffee as well as pie, live music, a cozy, trendy vibe and more. Park around back and take a peek. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $ ESCA VITAE Food for Life, the name promises, and visitors may well find themselves feeling revitalized after sampling this European bakery and café’s espresso drinks, selection of deli sandwiches and vast selection of tempting breads and baked goods. 1114 N Classen Drive, OKC, 601.0402 $ LA BAGUETTE Comfort and exquisite baking make a tres chic destination for


brunch and beyond. They supply pastries throughout the metro, but the source is especially delicious. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 2100 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ PIE JUNKIE A Plaza District haven for serious pie aficionados. Call ahead to order a whole pie or quiche or walk in and choose from what’s on hand; either way the flavors are incredible, and you may never find a better Key lime. 1711 NW 16th, OKC, 605.8767 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES The ambiance and milk bar make great additions to the variety of specialty cupcakes - selections range from traditional chocolate to blueberry honey and even bacon, egg and cheese. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $

Bar & Pub Food THE BARREL The menu is well-stocked with intriguing and delicious twists on pub cuisine like shepherd’s pie and shrimp and chips, but the equally ample bar makes it a great spot to relax over drinks as well. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $ BLU FINE WINE & FOOD Just south of Main Street, this sleek bar stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range from mojitos to barbeque chicken pizza to fresh hummus. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$

THE MONT While the food should tempt palates inclined toward a Southwestern zing, it’s beverages like the beloved Sooner Swirl and the primo patio (with misters) for which this landmark is justly renowned. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $

SLAUGHTER’S HALL A good-vibe hangout in the heart of Deep Deuce, it’s home to great sandwiches and brunch options, a strong beer selection, a notoriously tasty take on poutine and some of the best mac and cheese in the city. 221 N Central, OKC, 606.6063 $$

OAK & ORE A Plaza District port of call built with repurposed rustic materials, it offers more than a handful of creative sandwiches that practically require a knife and fork, as well as a tantalizing selection of lovingly chosen craft beers. 1732 NW 16th, OKC, 606.2030 $

Barbeque

O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, it’s served up killer burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. A St. Patrick’s Day must. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $ PUB W Multiple sections provide a choice of atmosphere, but the menu filled with choice beer and “new classic” fare from barbeque wings to pork chops is a constant pleasure. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 701.5844; 3121 W Memorial, OKC, 608.2200 $$ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Part beer bar and part upscale eatery, this noisy, amply attended locale pairs a vast selection of quality brews with tasty menu items, including a great burger selection. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577; 13230 Pawnee, OKC, 907.5900 $$

EARL’S RIB PALACE A popular choice among locals in a genre that’s hardly lacking in options, the local chain pounds out hit ribs and turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, earlsribpalace.com $ IRON STAR URBAN BARBEQUE Iron Star specializes in “a unique and tasty spin on comfort food.” While its entrees are excellent, the sides here are equal players as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$ LEO’S BAR-B-Q Dense, rich flavor and tender texture, delivered in genuine unpolished style for commendable value – no wonder its ribs and brisket are favorites among Oklahoma connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $ MAPLES This Texas-style BBQ stand does serve brisket, pulled pork and sausage in sandwiches, but considering the quality, you might prefer them, or the pork ribs, by the pound. And get in the habit of going early, because they’re in

the habit of selling out regularly. 320 NW 11th, OKC $$ TEXLAHOMA BBQ Family owned and fabulously flavorful, its meats (especially the beef ribs) are eye-rolling good. Don’t forget the espresso barbeque sauce! 121 E Waterloo, Edmond, 513.7631 $$

Burgers & Sandwiches COW CALF-HAY This tempting burger spot offers ample flavor combinations, and the delicious never-frozen patties are mmmmmassive. Don’t forget the onion rings. 3409 Wynn, Edmond, 509.2333; 212 N Harvey, OKC, 601.6180 $ THE FIXX Massive, monstrous burgers and hot dogs, put together with thought and care. Don’t forget to get a shake or something from the full bar. 644 W Edmond, Edmond, 285.2311 $ THE GARAGE BURGERS & BEER It can get noisy in the sports-bar atmosphere, but even so your focus will likely be on savoring the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries. 8 metro locations, eatatthegarage.com $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Hand-cut fries, hand-breaded onion rings and simply great burgers, especially with No Name

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Ranch patties - lean and flavorful thanks to a local breed of cattle. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Drive, OKC, 235.4762 $ KAISER’S GRATEFUL BEAN Located in the heart of Midtown, OKC’s authentic ice cream parlor and soda fountain (it’s on the National Register of Historic Places) serves up shakes, malts, egg creams and homemade ice cream, plus burgers and meals for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. 1039 S Walker, OKC, 236.3503 $ THE MULE Solid beer and beverage selection plus a delectable array of gourmet grilled cheeses and melts fill the menu at this relaxation destination in the Plaza District. 1630 N Blackwelder, OKC, 601.1400 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded … and it’s incredible. It’s only open for lunch and the lines are often long, but the colossal burgers are easily among the metro’s best. Don’t forget some money, since it’s cash-only. 1202 N Penn, OKC, 524.0999 $

Taste Beyond Tex-Mex

Zarate’s goes way south of the border AS OK L AHO MAN S, we’re pretty well versed in the cornucopia of

savory pleasures Tex-Mex has to offer … but Chihuahua (the state just beyond the Rio Grande) isn’t the end of the world. In fact, following flavors a bit farther south makes for an extremely rewarding journey. The enticing proof is at 706 S Broadway in downtown Edmond, inside the charming blue café named Zarate’s. It could be advertising, boasting or a bit of both that the restaurant’s website displays the flags of 10 nations and territories throughout Central and South America: Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. That collection covers a lot of ground, but represents an impressive commitment to offering a variety of options, from Honduran banana leaf tamales to Brazilian feijoada to Puerto Rican-style mofongo. If you’re looking for a recommendation, the Lomo Saltado, which hails from Peru, features sliced skirt steak stir-fried in soy sauce and red wine with onions, tomatoes, fries and a dab (they’re wicked spicy) of aji amarillo peppers, served with a helping of rice, plantains and yucca and an optional cilantro sauce. It’s Zarate’s most popular dish for obviously delicious reasons. There is, admittedly, a section of the menu devoted specifically to Tex-Mex, where diners can settle on cheese enchiladas or a Really Big Burrito. And there’s nothing wrong with that. However, this is a comparatively rare local opportunity to broaden your palate into other regions, so embrace the adventure – and bon voyage! - STEVE GILL

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S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: these burgers’ exquisite flavors - including such ingredients as peanut butter or a coffee crust - come as sliders too, the better to sample more kinds. 5 metro locations, sandbburgers.com $ TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS With one burger, one side dish (fries) and one salad, the menu is easy to remember - and the execution makes the meal unforgettable. Add a shake and enjoy. 4 metro locations, tuckersonionburgers.com $

Coffeehouse & Tea Room

ELLIS ISLAND Their brews use Eote Coffee (thumbs up), but there’s much more in store in this clean, cozy hangout spot – local beers, a selection of wines, treats from La Baguette and Epic Pops and more are waiting to be enjoyed. 130 N Broadway, Edmond, 726.8831 $ RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings encourage curling up for conversation over great coffee, baked treats, vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch specials, and live music. It’s highly recommended. 3122 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.3430 $ T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE Proving that an establishment’s focus can be at once narrow and broad, these retreats offer over 100 varieties and expert counsel to explore a world of possibili-teas. 519 NW 23rd, OKC $

Continental BIN 73 Think of it as a wine bar but don’t overlook the tasting menu - diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full gamut of libations and chic ambiance. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$ BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing succulently creative dishes like pot roast nachos with a broad beer, wine and whiskey list. There’s little on the menu that won’t tempt palates. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$ CHEEVER’S Southwestern-influenced recipes (the chicken-fried steak is a house specialty) and love of seafood drive the contemporary comfort food in one of the city’s finest dining destinations. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$

ALL ABOUT CHA Universal standards and unusual concoctions (the sweet potato latte is a wonder) in a cheerful atmosphere; the food options are worth investigating, as well. 5 metro locations, allaboutcha.net $

EN CROUTE A warmly welcoming, comfortable café in Nichols Plaza offers treats all day long, from fresh pastries to select spirits and beer, with special emphasis on artisanal cheese and charcuterie. 6460 Avondale, OKC, 607.6100 $

CAFÉ EVOKE Outstanding coffee drinks and other beverages from one of the area’s great caterers; if patrons wish to stick around to sample soup, sandwiches, snacks or sweets, so much the better for their palates. 103 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.1522 $

LUDIVINE The menu adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients - but every dish is the result of genuine culinary artistry. 805 N Hudson, OKC, 778.6800 $$$

CLARITY COFFEE The vibe is crisp, clean and cool while remaining welcoming and comfortable – including seating for sipping or getting some work done – and the brewers have their beverages down to a science. As the sign says, “Drink the Coffee.” 431 W Main, OKC, 252.0155 $ COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe on Automobile Alley, it has become a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts, especially during its periodic educational sampling seminars. 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $ ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house - the passionate staff is always eager to share knowledge about the process - augmented with locally sourced salads, breakfast options and other treats. 815 N Hudson, OKC, 633.1703 $

THE MANTEL Marvelous steaks, seafood and other specialties combine with a refined atmosphere and outstanding service to set the stage for a truly memorable meal, especially if you have a date to impress. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$ THE METRO A perennial favorite that feels comfortably upscale without exerting pressure to impress on its clientele, the farreaching menu covers culinary high points from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$ MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane dining in an intimate setting: the steaks, chops, seafood and pastas are all reliably excellent, and the Caesar salad prepared tableside is the stuff of legends. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$ THE MUSEUM CAFÉ A setting as inspiring as the OKC Museum of Art

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warrants something special in cuisine: delicately light or delectably robust, its European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$

appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe - in toto that makes this a winner. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$

PARK AVENUE GRILL A one-of-a-kind dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood with the high style of its 1930s setting. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$

SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; magnificent culinary rewards. The expertly considered menu mixes French and Italian flavors to present a wide spectrum of amazing flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$

PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside, cheerful and comfortable out on the patio, with an award-winning menu filled with distinctive flavors inspired by the cuisines of Europe in both areas – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ THE PRITCHARD WINE BAR Tempted by tempranillo? Musing about muscat? This Plaza District stop is amply stocked with an extensive list of exceptional wines, and sampling the varied dishes is a pleasure in itself. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 601.4067 $ ROCOCO An “East Coast-style” restaurant with a diverse menu of international dishes, all set off by carefully selected wines to create the perfect dinner pairing. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Penn, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, an

WEST Expert staff and stylish décor augment a menu filled with treats from beef pad thai to roasted airline chicken. Don’t forget the zuccha chips! 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$

French LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Les Freres Buthion have deep roots in the city’s culinary landscape, and this flagship combines fine dining with a great bakery, deli and butcher on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$

German DAS BOOT CAMP Longtime fixture for Deutsch festivities Royal Bavaria has brewed up a second round of exceptional cuisine and magnificent beer in a less expensive, faster-paced location in

downtown Norman. 229 E Main, Norman, 701.3748 $ FASSLER HALL Bringing German flavor to Midtown via house-made sausages, warm soft pretzels with cheese sauce, duck fries and a heftig beer menu, plus a weekend brunch – what’s not to love? 421 NW 10th, OKC, 609.3300 $ INGRID’S Authentic German fare at its best, including outstanding Oklahomamade bratwurst. Join weekend regulars for breakfast, and remember the bakery counter. 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444; 6501 N May, OKC $$ ROYAL BAVARIA Superb takes on traditional dishes like Weinerschnitzel, Jagerbraten and sausages, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers. The time spent is a worthy investment in this familystyle dining hall. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$

Indian GOPURAM - TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice restaurant whose richly appointed interior and attentive staff accord patrons the feel of fine dining, even during the plentifully stocked lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ MISAL OF INDIA A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandoori-cooked delicacies and

boasting healthy, natural, delicious cuisine served amid splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ TAJ A tremendous set of Indian staples and delicacies - the menu has sections for vegetarian, tandoori, South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties - plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$

Italian & Pizza BELLINI’S Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. It’s worth a visit even if only for a couple of the namesake beverages on the shady patio. 6305 Waterford, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the splendid menu keeps the booths full and diners planning return trips to this vintage building by the railroad tracks; don’t overlook Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$ EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE Reigning over the Plaza District in New York style (that means thin, flexible crust with a lot of surface area to cover in cheese and tasty toppings), it offers whole pizzas or slices, a full bar and a primo patio. 1734 NW 16th, OKC $

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FLIP’S WINE BAR & TRATTORIA Managing to feel rustic despite its location in a busy corridor of OKC, this cozy Italian joint keeps extended hours, and tends to get busier and louder as the hour gets later. 5801 N Western, OKC, 843.1527 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA If you’ve been serving a devoted following for over half a century, you’re doing something right. In this case, that’s incredible pizza in jovial surroundings. 8 metro locations, hideawaypizza.com $$ HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA There’s really no need to be humble about this true Chicago-style pizza, boasting perhaps the best crust known to man. It’s one of our favorites; choose your toppings and think deep thoughts. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $ KNUCK’S WHEELHOUSE Homemade daily with sauces from scratch and local beer in the crust, it’s a tasty and varied stopover for Bricktown wanderers as well as a pizza-lover’s destination in its own right. 103 E California, OKC, 605.4422 $

Tea and Serenity All About Cha’s global brews

H E R E ’S SO M E BAD N E WS for narcissists: The name of local café chain All About Cha isn’t about you. The last word isn’t part of a slangy thrown-together contraction, such as don’tcha or how’boutcha; if you don’t recognize it, that’s probably because it’s not English. In fact, it’s older than the English language, referring to a practice that’s been around since before the days of Julius Caesar. It’s not even really “cha,” that’s a transliteration of the Mandarin character , which means “tea.” Basically, these little oases dotting the metro are named All About Tea … just with a little more character and atmosphere. Which, considering the experience, is pretty apt. There are eight locations as of early 2017, spanning from Tulsa to Southlake, Texas – and including one in Moore, for which I’m personally grateful. However, the original location, founded in 2010 just east of Broadway and 33rd in Edmond, remains worth seeking out; its comfortable ambience might strike the best balance of any link in the chain at blending sun-dappled bustle and mood-lit calm into a crisp, classy whole. As you’d expect, the tea is sublime, with options ranging from Indian black to Korean green to special house blends. This rose tea is a delicate, fragrant brew flavored with Chinese matrimony vine (lycium barbarum, if you’re feeling fancy) and cactus. And despite the name, All About Cha is also happy to whip up non-teabased treats – coffee classics, less ubiquitous concoctions such as the must-try goguma (sweet potato) latte, pastry delights and even salads, wraps and sushi. Convenient, comfortable and completely stocked with tastiness of all kinds … if you’ve never been, go experience it, and you’ll likely discover you’re all about it, too. - STEVE GILL

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MONI’S Handmade, New Jersey-style brick oven pizza and authentic pasta recipes from Southern Italy in a casual, comfy ambience (ideal for dates). 17200 N May, Edmond, 285.5991 $$ OTHELLO’S Garlic bread and warm mussels to tiramisu and coffee – all you could want in a romantic Italian café. 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$ PIZZA 23 The tempting selection of specialty pies on especially buttery, flaky crusts is available for takeout, but dining in is recommended; the Uptown joint’s good beer selection and crisp, urban décor add savor to the flavor. 600-B NW 23rd, OKC, 601.6161 $$ PIZZERIA GUSTO Neapolitan-style pizza (which harnesses an extremely hot fire to quickly cook superfine flour crusts and quality ingredients) stars alongside Italy-inspired salads, pastas and appetizers. 2415 N Walker, OKC, 437.4992 $$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of legitimately Italian tastes for a casual lunch, or romantic dinner, amid stylish scenery. The weekend brunch offerings are especially superb. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ STONE SISTERS Seeking a healthier take on one of the world’s most popular foods? Stone Sisters aims to dish out deliciousness while focusing on superior ingredients, especially in its organic spelt crusts and vegan-friendly options. 2124 N Broadway, OKC, 609.6599 $$

wine list. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743; 1205 NW 178th, Edmond, 285.8887 $$ VICTORIA’S A comfortable atmosphere, with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – the chicken lasagna and linguine with snow crab are especially excellent. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377; 3000 SW 104th, OKC, 759.3580 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff and management treat customers like guests in their home. It’s a small space, so calling ahead is recommended. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ VOLARE A flavor-filled variety of Neapolitan-style pizzas, produced with haste from a specially imported oven, fill this stylish Campus Corner space boasting a serious rooftop patio. 315 White, Norman, 310.3615 $$ THE WEDGE Wood-fired pies crafted from fresh ingredients (the possibilities range from pepperoni all the way to figs or truffle oil) and made-from-scratch sauces. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

Japanese // Sushi CAFÉ ICON Tempting sushi, Japanese specialties and delicious spectacles like steak cooked at the table on a sizzling stone fill the menu to bursting with visually splendid and palate-pleasing treats. 311 S Blackwelder, Edmond, 340.8956 $$ DEKORA Splashy, neon-accented décor sets off a sea of delicious sushi creations in a Bricktown dazzler. Lots of variety, big drinks menu, extreme yum. 200 S Oklahoma #130, OKC, 702.1325 $$ GORO An “izakaya” is a Japanese pub; visitors to the Plaza District will quickly come to associate the term with expertly crafted deliciousness thanks to this cheerful spot for ramen, yakitori, bar snacks and more. 1634 Blackwelder, OKC, 606.2539 $ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry, thanks to the skilled chefs executing culinary performance art at tableside hibachi grills. It’s a great spot for a special occasion. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$ SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in the form of an especially wide-ranging and creative sushi menu). 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$

TOMMY’S ITALIAN-AMERICAN GRILL An old favorite returns to the metro to provide fresh, plentiful doses of primo pasta and pizzas, always served with plenty of ambiance. 5516 W Memorial, OKC, 470.5577 $$

TOKYO It’s neither huge nor lavishly appointed, and the menu focuses on tradition rather than creativity; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best sushi. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$

UPPER CRUST A chic, contemporary pizzeria and wine bar specializing in wood-fired, thin-crust New York-style pies complemented by a full menu and

VOLCANO Creations from the hibachi grill or dazzling displays of handcrafted sushi prowess – this restaurant might not have much seating, but it’s certainly far

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from short on flavor. 2727 S I-35, Moore, 759.3888 $$

PEARL’S CRABTOWN A huge Bricktown warehouse where the Cajun Crab Boil is a favorite, guests are encouraged to “leave the silverware at home and dig in,” and taste is king. 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$

YOKOZUNA The noodles, entrees and snappy drinks menu beckon, but it’s the rolls that stand out in this heavyweight contender for local sushi supremacy – personally, we’re partial to the 405 Roll. 13230 Pawnee, OKC, 500.1020 $$

PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial OKC favorite for its flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes: Shrimp Diablo, Tabasco-infused Caesar salads, Andouille omelets at Sunday brunch and more. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$

YUZO Variety is the word in this sushi tapas bar, boasting a tempting swirl of Colombian, Brazilian and Japanese culinary influences. 808 N Broadway, OKC, 702.9808 $$

Mediterranean & African HAIGET’S Vegan-friendly – and friendly in general, due to the influence of the warm, patient namesake owner – this gem rewards the adventurous with Ethiopian and Kenyan specialties to explore and share. 308 W Edmond Road, Edmond, 509.6441 $$ MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI The menu is stocked with authentic, quick and savory options from Greek salad to eye-watering cabbage rolls, and there’s even a mini-grocery stocked with select staples. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $ QUEEN OF SHEBA Practically the definitive example of a hidden treasure, the spicy, vegan-friendly menu of Ethiopian delights awaits the bold. Bring friends and be prepared to linger. 2308 N MacArthur, OKC, 606.8616 $$ ZORBA’S For well over 20 years, Zorba’s has satisfied appetites and pleased palates. Serving dishes from recipes passed down through generations, they proudly share flavors of Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Morocco. 6014 N May, OKC, 947.7788 $

Mexican & Latin American 1492 Authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, combining its caliente flavors with fusion decor to make an ideal spot for a romantic evening ... including perhaps the world’s best mojitos. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing-room-only at lunch, but don’t let that deter you; spend a few minutes in line and get an ample reward in the form of fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL It’s a long way from OKC to Rio, but the savory menu in this Midtown hot spot covers the distance in a mouthful. Even brunch is a spicy, inimitable treat. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant flavors from the zesty traditions of Guatemala. Lunch possibilities beckon, but it’s the breakfast specialties that truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $

Barrios

A serious collection of Latinflavored deliciousness, including a brunch that’s maravilloso, in a cool Midtown space with a back patio that’s pure paradise. 1000 N Hudson, OKC, 702.6922 $

CULTIVAR A farm-to-fire Mexican kitchen that stresses sustainability, local sourcing and fresh, fast, flavorful food. Gluten-free options, chef-crafted tacos, a substantial bar and plenty more are on the menu. 714 N Broadway, OKC $$ IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices - a treat from the house-made salsas to the handcrafted cocktails, and all the tastes between. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172 $$ MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN A festive atmosphere on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner sets off a menu loaded with hand-rolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and signature dishes. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ REVOLUCION You say you want a Revolucion? You easily might once you try this spicy taco-centric haven – start with the queso fundido and don’t stop until you reach the delectable arroz tres leche dessert. 916 NW 6th, OKC, 606.6184 $$ TARAHUMARA’S Beloved by locals (there’s usually a line but it moves quickly), this airy ristorante serves huge, tasty Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ YUCATAN TACO STAND A Bricktown haven for feisty Latin fusion cuisine such as paella and tamales wrapped in banana leaves plus signature nachos and combos … and a selection of over 75 topshelf tequilas. 100 E California, OKC, 886.0413 $ ZARATE’S In addition to the familiar joys of enchiladas and the like, the chef’s Peruvian heritage shines in dishes featuring plantains, yuca and imported spices. Try something different; find something tasty. 706 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.6400 $$

TRAPPER’S FISHCAMP Zesty, widely varied flavor from the Pearl’s family of restaurants finds a comfortable home in a backwoods fishing lodge atmosphere. Don’t forget the bountifully stocked bar, either. 4300 W Reno, OKC, 943.9111 $$ THE SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus fried and grilled seafood, in an atmosphere that’s not shy about being as casual as it can be. 3 metro locations, theshackok.com $$

but make the effort. Jamil’s has been feeding Oklahoma exceptionally well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$$ JUNIOR’S The classic restaurant’s decor sets the perfect stage for hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster to fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$ MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The ambiance and service are sublime, but fine aged steak broiled to perfection is the star. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959; 100 W Main, OKC, 208.8800 $$$ MEAT MARKET REFECTORY The steaks are excellent, but they’re the tip of the ample menu’s iceberg: fresh seafood and Australian lamb chops command attention as well, and from Hatch green chili crab cakes to champagne sabayon, the carefully selected flavors pop and sparkle in this prime dining experience. 2920 NW 63rd, OKC, 608.8866 $$$

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MICKEY MANTLE’S This lushly atmospheric social spot in Bricktown serves powerhouse entrées and sides with a full complement of amenities destined to impress. 7 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 272.0777 $$$

BRENT’S CAJUN Sit down to a massive platter of jambalaya, crawfish etoufee, Pasta Orleans or any of the wellseasoned temptations on the weekend brunch menu – and spice up your life. 3005 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.0911 $$

OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE It aspires to the ultimate in upscale dining via hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a vast wine selection and intimate ambiance. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$

C’EST SI BON The name is accurate: it is impressively good for lovers of Cajun-style catfish and po-boys. Crawfish etouffee, frogs’ legs, fried chicken and shrimp po-boys are among the highlights, but the award-winning catfish is a must-try. 101 N Douglas, Midwest City, 610.2555 $

RANCH STEAKHOUSE Customaged hand-cut USDA Certified Prime tenderloins and ribeyes, served amid warm Southern hospitality. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$

THE DRUM ROOM March your own drumsticks in for a heap of crispy, juicy fried chicken (among the city’s best) starring alongside fried okra, waffles and a fully loaded bar. 4300 N Western, OKC, 604.0990 $$

Steakhouse BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance down to the last detail and cuisine easily in the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if pricy, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$ BROADWAY 10 Cruise into the Buick building in Automobile Alley to savor steak supremacy or seafood selections (even sushi) in a cozy enclave amid urban bustle. 1101 N Broadway, OKC, 212.3949 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S Almost as old as the state itself, this Oklahoma institution’s immense corn-fed steaks and matchless atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Saving room for your steak, lobster or prime rib is difficult when your gratis appetizers arrive in the form of a Lebanese bounty,

RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks, vibrant, imaginative flavors and amenities to make some of the state’s best dining. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$ TEXAS DE BRAZIL Inspired by Brazilian churrascarias, this festive establishment offers diners cuts from their choice of skewers laden with beef, pork, chicken and sausage, in addition to excellent sides and a massive salad bar. 1901 NW Expressway, OKC, 362.9200 $$$

Thai SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, fried rice with crab, cinnamon beef ... the variety is exceptional, making this Midtown diner a popular midday option. 1614 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.8424 $ SWEET BASIL The enormous aquarium adds to the cozy ambiance; with its outstanding curries and specialty dishes, it makes a great venue for a dinner date. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI There’s a lot to like about the food in this little spot, from red snapper filet to pad thai. Pay special mind to the varied soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$

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The splendor and serenity of the Galapagos BY MAT T PAYNE

Mosquera Beach is a pristine, narrow stretch of white powder sand just off the island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. At its narrowest point, it is 90 yards across and at its widest, nearly a quarter of a mile. Like many islands in the Galapagos, it is home to a colony of sea lions. Bright red crabs adorably known as “Sally Lightfoots” scamper in and out of the surf as it washes over black lava rock, and bluefooted boobies patrol the waters just offshore, occasionally plummeting at breakneck speeds into schools of fish just below the water’s surface. 86

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It is a scene not uncommon in the Galapagos. However, unlike most islands in the heavily protected National Park and Marine Reserve 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, visitors on Mosquera can explore the remote beach at their own leisure without a guide, allowing a rare moment of pure “on land” contemplation and surrender amid a whirlwind of mind-bending wildlife encounters and arresting natural beauty both above water and below. The Galapagos Islands leave much to ponder. Try and wrap your head around two tortoises, as slow as flowing superglue and slightly smaller than a Mazda Miata, with a combined age of the United States, engaged in an impassioned fight over a mating opportunity; or swimming behind a 10-foot hammerhead shark, only to run into a wall of


giant stingrays stacked so high that the lowest levels disappear into the impossible blue of the Pacific. Or perhaps a chance encounter with a school of a hundred thousand sardines, split by a lone pint-sized Galapagos Penguin (the only penguin in the northern hemisphere) looking for breakfast. Whether Great Frigatebirds with their giant red, inflated gular sacs or marine iguanas drying themselves on lava rocks, the wildlife of the Galapagos is just that: wild. And unlike the rest of the world, where animals scamper, or in some cases charge, at the sight of humans, this wildlife pays no mind to the slack-jawed homo sapiens invading their personal space. Rather, life goes on in the Galapagos as if humans didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even exist. The Galapagos Islands, situated on either side of the equator (you will likely cross it when you visit), are a volcanic archipelago consisting of six main islands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Isabella, Cristobal, Santa Cruz, JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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Floreana, Santiago and Fernandina – as well as 12 smaller islands, 42 islets and countless small rock formations. First established as a National Park in 1959, the Galapagos is one of the most protected and heavily restricted regions in the world. To preserve the island’s wildlife, which helped inspire Darwin’s theory of evolution, fewer than 80,000 visitors go to the islands annually. That’s a far cry from the millions who visit the likes of Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon in the States. The islands, which can only be visited by boat and experienced with a certified local guide, are closely monitored, and guests are meticulously screened before arriving and departing to ensure nothing illicit is brought in or out. Furthermore, every two weeks, the locations in the islands that visitors can explore change, allowing the wildlife to readapt to life without humans – thus ensuring that it stays as true to its natural essence as possible. And while that seems like a lot of rules and regulations for a vacation, these efforts to minimize human influence are greatly rewarded. There is no better way to experience the islands than with International Expeditions. The Alabama-based company has long been a pioneer in the world of eco-tourism, and their trips are not limited to the Galapagos; with a range of small ship and land tours spanning from Antarctica and Cuba to Alaska and Costa Rica, International Expeditions provides the highest accredited guides and also only hires locals, ensuring as much of an immersion into the area’s

culture and local villages as its surrounding natural wonders. There are two primary forms of exploration in visiting the Galapagos: above the water and below. The climate is warm, so mornings (when it is cool) are spent traversing the islands. Arid and covered with multiple species of brush and cacti, each offers a different variety of animal species. Guides lead the easy hikes pointing out hard-to-spot wildlife, identifying dozens of species of birds and articulating the subtle differences from island to island that influenced Darwin and his theory of evolution. Afternoons are spent either in transit to a new island or in the ocean. Whether exploring the edge of a water-filled caldera by kayak or snorkeling with sharks, sea lions and sea turtles, the warm waters of the Galapagos are as varying and inspiring as any in the world. There is a third natural component, as well, for those not too tired from the day’s activities. Given that there are fewer than 30,000 residents in the Galapagos – which cover more than 3,000 square miles – there is no light pollution, so experiencing the

belt of the Milky Way, particularly on a new moon, is akin to floating in space. It was a sad, strange thing to encounter the bones of a beached whale. How long must it have lain there under the sun before slowly turning into part of the primordial landscape? Of course, somewhere else, residents might have taken the dead whale away … but death is as much a part of the natural way of the Galapagos Islands as the wildlife. From a lava rock not far away, a marine iguana, still wet from a day grazing on sea grass under the water, makes his way toward the skeleton of the whale and scampers to the high point of the whale’s skull, trying to get as close to the setting sun as it can. It is triumphant. Off in the distance, a baby seal emerges from the water, joining its parents on the beach as the daylight softens, making way for the heavens. Our time on Mosquera is up. We make our way back to the boat for dinner. After dinner, we will head to the bridge to watch the stars as we set sail, leaving beautiful Mosquera in our wake … as though we never existed. JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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Bet Big on Fun Oklahoma casinos with amenities aplenty

(From top) Guests enjoy one of almost 100 table games in the WinStar Casino. Escape from summer heat in the WinStar Hotel pool.

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WINSTAR WORLD CASINO You can’t miss it if you’re driving on I-35 north of Thackerville, as a string of the world’s most famous buildings stretches across the western-facing façade. Take your walking shoes along for this one – the gaming area stretches a mile and a half, while visitors trek through areas spotlighting some of the world’s greatest cities: London, Madrid, Rome, Beijing, Paris, Vienna, Cairo and New York City. Bars and restaurants are scattered along the way. Choices range from fast food joints to upscale eating in El Fenix, a Tex-Mex restaurant, Capisce Restorante Italiano and steaks and seafood at The Grill. But don’t worry if those don’t hit the spot, because there are a dozen other options. Accommodations include the two-towered WinStar World Casino Hotel and the Inn at WinStar. There’s also a handy RV park. If you’ve broken the bank or just need to take a break, there are other opportunities for relaxation and entertainment: Hotel guests can enjoy either the family-friendly hotel pool or the more sophisticated resort pool, and summer Friday and Saturday nights feature 21-plus nighttime pool parties with music, drinks and dancing. For the ultimate in relaxation, schedule a visit to the Spa at WinStar. Golf is a big deal here. Another nine holes should be finished this summer, giving golfers 36 holes total, accompanied by a couple of practice areas and classy golf carts equipped with GPS. One unique feature here is the Golf Academy, which includes high-tech equipment such as GEARS motion capture programs and SAM (Science and Motion) analysis.

GAMING TABLE COURTESY WINSTAR CASINO; POOL BY E. WARNER

I T BEGA N W I T H bingo, and today encompasses lots of bang for your buck: Indian gaming is big business in Oklahoma. There are almost 130 casinos in Oklahoma, owned by 31 tribes – facilities that range in size from travel shop stops with fewer than 50 electronic games to behemoths offering thousands of electronic options and myriad table games. The big boys kick it up to Las Vegas levels. Speaking in poker terms, here’s a hand with four aces – Oklahoma’s largest casinos. I’m betting you’ll have a great time at any of these locations.


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CHOCTAW GRAND CASINO Grand really does describe this casino complex. Outstanding elements of this Durant facility include the amazing pool setup and the hotel, which is one of only eight AAA Four Diamond hotels in Oklahoma. This is also the most family-friendly of these casino resorts. Diners will find a dozen choices at the Grand – everything from Smashburger to the upscale 1832 Steakhouse. Go western with beer, barbecue and a mechanical bull at Gilley’s. The District offers fun for the whole family with 20 bowling lanes, a 40-game arcade and a two-story laser tag area. A four-screen, state-of-the-art movie theater shows first-run movies every night. The Spa is large and well equipped, including two elegant couple’s rooms complete with whirlpool, soaking tubs and rain showers for two. In addition to the usual services, there’s a traditional barbershop. The Oasis Pool area features four tropical pools, a swim-up bar, private cabanas and a waterslide – definitely a Las Vegas contender. There are six different hot tub/spas, fire pits and lots of chaises for lounging.

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HARD ROCK CASINO Catoosa’s Hard Rock Casino was the first to embrace a big-name brand, and the glitz that goes with it. Public areas are studded with artifacts from the stars – past exhibits included a white tiger jacket from Stray Cats member Brian Setzer, one of Eric Clapton’s guitars, a Suzy Creamcheese shirt belonging to Elvis Presley and one of Madonna’s dresses. Exhibits are on loan and rotate in and out, so you never know exactly what you’ll see – but it’ll be cool. Betcha can’t beat the Brutus Burger Challenge at the Hwy 66 Diner. This two-pound cheeseburger comes with fries and a shake. Other eateries at Hard Rock include McGill’s on 19, fine dining atop one of the hotel’s three towers, southern favorites at Toby Keith’s, The Buffet and a double-handful of other options. Like the other casinos, Hard Rock has a spa – The Spa. The signature service here is the Hot Rock Massage – a play on the hotel’s name and the warm stones used in the delightful procedure. Located adjacent to the hotel complex, the championship Cherokee Hills Golf Club was designed in 1924 by Perry Maxwell and updated by Tripp Davis. Tulsa’s trees and rolling hills make this one of the state’s most attractive facilities.

RIVER SPIRIT This Tulsa casino and hotel is a two-fer. The original River Spirit Casino is right on the banks of the Arkansas River, with a watery theme carried out in the hotel’s blue ripple-patterned carpets and Caribbean colors, plus a beautiful new high-rise hotel and the light, bright and lively new Margaritaville Casino – feel free to let your inner Parrothead out. There are fast food choices and the obligatory buffet, but for fun, you can’t beat Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant. A seaplane hangs from the ceiling and a volcano erupts on schedule, pouring “lava” into a giant blender. This is the place to get a Margarita – but the food is fine, too. River Spirit is also home to the only Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Oklahoma. Great steaks, obviously, but my heart was won by the crab stack appetizer’s combination of lump crab meat, diced mango, avocado and cucumber with a Sriracha mayo drizzle. Emerge Spa at River Spirit is one of the most attractive facilities in the state. The spa menu includes facials, massage and body treatments, waxing, mani-pedis and extensive salon services. There’s no golf course here, but the entire city of Tulsa is at your feet. Enjoy the River Trail, which goes right by River Spirit, or take a break and check out the city’s wealth of great art and entertainment venues.

Items from Eric Clapton are among displays at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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Casino resorts also offer plenty for visitors for whom gaming isn’t a big attraction. Luxurious hotels, great dining, spas, golf, retail shops and more are attracting guests to properties that would feel at home on the Strip – but aren’t jammed up next to one another. All of the biggest facilities have concert/event venues and book top talent; check their calendars for names such as Santana, Reba McEntire, Jerry Seinfeld and Diana Ross. For a great getaway, put your money on any of these big four properties. Whether or not you do any gambling, you’ll still be a winner. - ELAINE WARNER

ERIC CLAPTON MEMORABILIA COURTESY HARD ROCK CASINO; RIVER SPIRIT BY E. WARNER

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He doesn’t have a medical license, but Dr. Lonnie Smith is internationally renowned for how well he operates on organs. The exceptionally skilled keyboardist and master of the Hammond B-3 is one of the headliners of the 2017 Jazz in June festival – Victor & Penny, the Claire Piersol Band, Mike Hosty, the Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio and more fill Norman’s Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park with free jazz, blues and entertainment June 15-17.

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The Absolute West June 9-August 9, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum For 45 years, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has invited hundreds of painters and sculptors to combine their creations in a single annual exhibition, giving visitors a chance to browse and potentially purchase their wonders. Visual tributes to the wildlife, people, landscapes and character of the American West simply don’t get any better than the Prix de West.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 1-24, Myriad Gardens

Kehinde Wiley, “Portrait of a Venetian Ambassador, Aged 59, II”

The Big Time June 17-September 10, OKC Museum of Art

Kehinde Wiley tends to work on a large scale, and has made an equally sizable impact on the contemporary art world – OKC Museum of Art CEO Michael Whittington calls him “one of the leading artists of the last decade.” OKC is the final stop on his traveling exhibition A New Republic, sharing several dozen examples of Wiley’s sculpture, stained glass and paintings portraying modern black men in the style of classical European portraiture. 98

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It isn’t the most progressive work in terms of gender politics, but (a) it’s more than 400 years old, and (b) it was crafted by the greatest playwright of all time. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park launches its 2017 summer season with a swirl of masquerades, misdirection and marriage-related mayhem in “The Taming of the Shrew” – and considering how impeccably they present the Bard’s output, getting tickets in advance would be a shrew-d move.

Let It Ring June 24-July 4, Throughout Edmond While a parade and festival and enormous fireworks display are on the menu for next month, Edmond likes to celebrate Independence Day in grand style – so much so that they get started well before the 4th of July. A classic car show, kite-flying festival, rodeo, free concert, restaurant sampling event … Libertyfest remains dedicated to the proposition that all visitors are equally welcome to have a spectacular time.


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Beauty in the Weirdness video and promotional work for “Top Chef,” “Project Runway,” “Real Housewives” and HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” “My design company was going well,” Berkeley continues, STORY T EL L ER N EIL BER K EL E Y specializes in docu“but I wanted to make a movie, and I wanted to tell the story of mentaries about interesting people who fly just under the pop Wayne White. So it all came together. They both collided nicely.” culture radar. Berkeley followed up Beauty is Embarrassing with another “I don’t really care about A-listers,” Berkeley explains. “Wayne critical and festival favorite, Harmontown – about Dan HarWhite was the puppet maker on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’; he wasn’t mon, the creator of “Community,” who was then going on a podPee-wee. Dan Harmon was the writer of ‘Community’; he wasn’t cast tour after being fired from the show he created. Berkeley’s the Joel McHale. And Gilbert Gottfried is a comedian who’s latest film is about comedian Gilbert Gottfried. just always been there in our lives. He’s like the wallpaper. It “Before I made Harmontown, I wanted to do a movie about fascinates me that they don’t break through, or that they don’t Gilbert Gottfried, even though I had never met him,” Berkeley want to break through.” says. “For years, I was talking to everyone I saw about making a His subjects may be off the beaten path, but Berkeley’s films movie about Gilbert Gottfried.” have garnered mainstream attention from Gilbert premiered last month at the Trithe very beginning. His debut, Beauty “I like the fringe, beca Film Festival to rave reviews. Berkeley is Embarrassing, premiered at South by behind-the-scenes was praised for his ability to capture intimate Southwest, won awards across the country people that make moments and stories from the notoriously and made its TV debut as part of PBS’ Indereclusive comedian. pendent Lens series. things operate. The “I don’t bring a crew of people. My process In Oklahoma, the film won Best Docuones who really get involves getting a camera by myself and camentary Feature at the deadCenter Film things done.” sually talking to them until they finally break Festival, and subject Wayne White was N EIL BE R K E L E Y and start talking,” Berkeley says. “Gilbert did invited back to the OKC Museum of Art the not talk to me for a long time. But I went to following year to create an installation of his house every day. Ultimately, two things happened: He forgot massive cardboard puppets. All of the attention made Berkethat the camera was there and it became a real conversation.” ley seem like an overnight success … but the truth about this Of his films, Berkeley explains, “Topically, they are all about Moore native and Oklahoma City University graduate was far weird, eccentric artists – but the way I approach each of them is more interesting. different. Wayne’s was about his career, Dan’s was a moment in “I met Wayne nine years before I started making a documentime and Gilbert’s is a big reveal about who he actually is.” tary about him,” Berkeley recalls. Neil Berkeley will be in OKC this month as a featured guest of “We lived less than a mile away from each other. Everything the deadCenter Film Festival, June 8-11. He will be speaking on a he did was such a big part of my life. His art and inf luence panel about directing films, and presenting his latest documentary were everywhere.” feature: Gilbert will screen at 8 p.m. June 9 at OKC Museum of Art, At the time, Berkeley was launching his creative services comand at 9 p.m. June 11 at Harkins in Bricktown. For a full schedule pany called BRKLY, which did design and graphic work, eventuand information about tickets, visit deadcenterfilm.org. ally getting into broadcast. Now they create Emmy-nominated JUNE 2017 405 MAGAZINE

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The Great Outdoors Take the Nichols Hills Garden Tour TA K E A WA L K on the scenic side and enjoy gorgeous gardens with an eclectic feel – arcade games in a cabana alongside a fourhole putting green, the feeling of an English farmhouse, classical Italian notes and a meditation chapel are just a few of the varied styles and features to explore in the six homes open to the public during this year’s Nichols Hills Garden and Outdoor Living Tour on June 3. Kristine and Pat Bates on Sherwood Lane had family fun (on a sizeable scale) in mind when they installed a Thunder basketball court in their garden, along with a swimming pool and waterfalls. Diane and Mike Liddell’s home has something for everyone in its 10 separate areas, including a dog run and a rose tunnel. Meanwhile, Lori and Bond Payne’s outdoor haven features a monumental sculpture titled “Crossing the Prairie” and a Celtic Cross by Texan sculptor Glenna Goodacre. From the spirit of Santa Barbara to Spanish colonial, each of the homes featured on the tour has been carefully selected to showcase a different style. Tour co-chairs Karen Smith and Erin Johnston describe this year’s tour as “eclectic, because of the variety of styles and individual elements that include sumptuous traditional gardens, herb and vegetable gardens and very modern gardens with dramatic simplicity, punctuated with random, bold highlights of color.”

ON THE RADAR JUN 2 H&8TH The food truckfueled street festival returns to fill Midtown with great tastes, a convivial atmosphere and tons of enjoyment. Hudson and NW 8th, 801 N Hudson, OKC, h8thokc.com JUN 3-11 CHILDREN’S GARDEN FESTIVAL Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Gardens transform into a wonderland of exploration and fun for little readers, including games, parties, crafts and plenty of imagination. Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno, OKC, 445.7080, myriadgardens.com JUN 9-11 RED EARTH There’s nothing else quite like it: a massive convocation of representatives from hundreds of American Indian tribes, with crafts, dancing, a colossal parade and more. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 427.5228, redearth.org JUN 17 PURPLE SASH GALA Power, determination, strength purple is a survivor’s shade, and

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WANT TO SEE MORE? VISIT OUR ONLINE CALENDAR AT 405MAGAZINE.COM the YWCA honors and supports its community at this annual dinner, runway show and fete. The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan, OKC, 948.1770, ywcaokc.org JUN 23 FLIGHT FOR FUTURES The third annual celebration of this fundraising party for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County will be touching down shortly; have your boarding pass ready and your dance shoes set to deploy. Wiley Post Airport, 7200 NW 63rd, OKC, 602.5712, bgcokc.org JUN 24 STARS & STRIPES RIVER FESTIVAL A full day of kayaking, dragon boat racing and other watery events - and an evening, thanks to the OGE NightSprints - plus food trucks and fun make this tradition a summertime blast. Oklahoma River, 800 Riversport, OKC, 552.4040, riversportokc.org

MUSIC JUN 1-4 OKC JAZZ FEST Downtown might never sound finer than the three days when this free

open-air festival comes to play; bring the family, eat hearty and drink it all in. Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch, OKC, 630.7668, okcjazzfest.com JUN 8-13 BRIGHTMUSIC SPRING CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The exceptionally skilled musicians of this chamber ensemble share four days of Bach, Brahms and musical bliss. St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th, OKC, brightmusic.org JUN 20 COLLECTIVE SOUL & OUR LADY PEACE Get comfortable for a night of music under the Oklahoma sky from a pair of ‘90s rulers of the radio. OKC Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50th, OKC, 866.977.6849, zooampokc.com

SPORTS JUN 2-4 OKC PRO-AM CLASSIC More than a bicycle race, it’s three days of two-wheeled competition for amateur and elite cyclists through the streets of Midtown, Film Row and Automobile Alley. Surrounding downtown OKC, okcpac.com

JUN 8-11 UCO ENDEAVOR GAMES Last year set a record for attendance for this annual competition among athletes with physical disabilities, probably because it remains purely inspiring to watch. UCO Campus, 100 N University, Edmond, 974.3140, endeavorgames.com

THEATER JUN 9-JUL 1 BRING IT ON It’s not quite “Hamilton,” though it’s written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition. Pollard Theater, 120 W Harrison, Guthrie, 282.2800, thepollard.org JUN 14-18 ONE-MAN STAR WARS Charles Ross might just be the hardest-working man in show business as he single-handedly retells the original trilogy - complete with sound effects - in the space of about two hours. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, 297.2264, cityrep.com

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Smith said that despite the varied styles at the heart of each garden, their core is “Okie,” with plants and landscaping carefully selected for our “wild Oklahoma climate.” Expert gardeners will be on hand to show off their knowledge and answer any questions on the tour, which starts at 9 a.m. All benefits from the event will go toward the upkeep of the 31 parks in Nichols Hills. Visit nicholshills.net for more information and tickets. - LOUISE SCRIVENS


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Guthrie’s See Spot Run returns I T H A S BEE N N I N E Y E A R S since Guthrie resident Chris Cowden left his home for an afternoon ride on his motorcycle and was involved in a fatal accident. In the weeks that followed his death in May 2008, Cowden’s siblings decided to turn their grief into something productive that would keep their brother’s memory alive. Cowden loved to run, and he loved animals, and that was the genesis for the See Spot Run. Now in its 9th year, the walk and run returns to the streets of Cowden’s hometown of Guthrie at 7:30 p.m. June 3. “Chris was not only my brother, he was my best friend,” says Matt Cowden. “I still remember vividly the pain I felt the day we lost him. I was fishing on a pond near Guthrie when my dad called and said, ‘Matt, we lost Chris.’ It was so surreal – and none of us could comprehend that he was never coming home. But rather than sit around and continue to mourn, my sisters Teri and Suzanne and I came up with the idea for this run. I know it is something he would be so proud of.” The 5k, 10k and Kids’ Fun Run benefits the Free to Live animal sanctuary, and has raised nearly $50,000 over the past eight years. “Chris loved life, he loved his family and he loved his pets,” says Teri Cowden. “He was a dedicated father and a friend to everyone he met. He will always be a part of us, and it is so wonderful to be able to support Free to Live in his memory.” Through the years, the See Spot Run has attracted more than 3,000 runners from across Oklahoma and the United States. For more information or to to participate, visit theseespotrun.com. - MARK BEUTLER

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deadCenter’s Cinematic Magic The continuing evolution of OKC’s film festival

N EW TON ’S L AWS OF MOT ION apply to more than just solid objects – anyone who’s tried to get a project started knows that overcoming inertia and getting it moving at all is immensely difficult. But the efforts pay off once it starts building momentum; the deadCenter Film Festival turns 17 this year, having grown from 50 guests its first year to 30,000 attendees and an economic impact of $4.5 million in 2016, and moving into virtual reality (yes, really) when it returns to downtown OKC June 8-11. This quote from longtime employee, movie expert and Director of Programming Kim Haywood perfectly illustrates that growth and change: “There is an intrinsic trust people have with our programming now. For the first several years, people came to see a specific film or filmmaker. Now, people are willing to see whatever films we program. They trust that we will pick the best films from Oklahoma, the most talked-about films from Sundance and hidden gems from around the world that will spark conversations throughout the year.” With 101 total flicks all set to flicker across the deadCenter screens this year, you’re virtually guaranteed to find something that suits your taste to a T, as well as something unexpected

you’ll completely love if you give it a try. That’s the idea behind the selection process, after all. But we do have a few recommendations: The Work, a SXSW grand jury prize-winning documentary focused on group therapy in Folsom Prison Sam Elliott Infinity Baby, a comedy about non-aging infants featuring Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally The Hero, which is about reprioritizing in the face of cancer, and stars Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross Gremlin, Oklahoma director Ryan Bellgardt’s supernatural followup to Army of Frankensteins And don’t miss the Okie Shorts; they’re always a great time. For a full schedule of films, parties, seminars and ancillary events, and to get an All-Access pass for experiencing everything, visit deadcenterfilm.com. - STEVE GILL

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MORNING RADIO MEMORIES Tuning in to the adventures of Dave & Dan BY MARK BEUTLER

it’s shining on you … ” It was 35 years ago, in June 1982, when listeners of Oklahoma City’s classic rock station 96X were startled by the sudden twang of country music. The David Frizzell/Shelly West duet “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” looped repeatedly for 24 hours, prompting calls from irate listeners, questions from the media and eventually even bomb threats against station personnel. It was during that time a new radio giant was born, and its legendarily goofy morning team, Dave & Dan, became a smash hit. “Dan and I began working together in the summer of ’82,” says Dave Murray in a rare interview from his home in Estes Park, Colo. “I remember our first morning on the air, we got through and looked at each other and said, ‘There goes that idea. This will never work.’ “Because we thought we were horrible,” he adds. “We didn’t know each other. But the minute we were off the air, the manager came in, wringing his hands and said, ‘Boys, I think we’ve got something here. Just keep at it.’ And we kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Is this guy crazy or what?’ By September, we were simulcast on both the AM and FM stations, and the rest is history.” Dave & Dan and their sidekick, news anchor Nate Webb, rode the wave of country popularity from the “Urban Cowboy” days in the 1980s through what they call the “Garth Years” in the 1990s and beyond. “We were number one in the mornings for 11 straight years from 1985 through 1996,” Murray says. “At one point, we had more audience than the next four morning shows combined. I still take pride in that.” The station overall was consecutively ranked No. 1 in the Oklahoma City market, and by the early ’90s was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Back in 1982, Murray said, country music was much different than it is today. Artists such as Dottie West and Tammy Wynette were still going strong, as were T.G. Sheppard and the Oak

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Ridge Boys. He chuckles when he thinks of KXY’s official theme song, the one that started it all. “Someone asked me how long it had been since I heard ‘You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,’” he says. “I laughed and said, ‘Not long enough!’” Murray retired in 2005 and moved with his wife to Colorado. Dan Stroud remained on the air after Murray’s departure. He died in 2014. Today KXY remains on the air, celebrating its 35th anniversary in June, with longtime Oklahoma City personalities Bill Reed and Shawn Carey filling Dave & Dan’s shoes. Murray says he sometimes misses doing the show, but doesn’t miss some of the crazy stunts they pulled, such as living on a billboard on Meridian Avenue for two weeks or waking up at 3:30 in the morning to be on the air by 5 a.m. “I have some fond memories of those days,” he says. “Dan and I offered the listening public a good, clean show with lots of fun. People could listen to us with their kids and not have to worry about having to explain something to them or quickly changing the dial because they were going to hear words or jokes that were inappropriate for a family. I am still proud of that. “I guess what I would like to say most to the people who were listeners is thank you for making my dreams come true,” Murray adds. “When I was growing up in Moore and listening to the Oklahoma City radio stations, I wanted, even then, to become a radio personality and work in Oklahoma City. To do that and be number one in the ratings for so long really was my dream come true. So thank you, Oklahoma!”

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