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Sometimes you have to track them down on Twitter; sometimes they set up shop right outside your door. Either way, your mouth will thank you for taking it to the streets and exploring the wonders of mobile cuisine. Open wide – these are some of the city’s finest meals on wheels.

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From appetizers to artists, cultural ambassadors to casinos, the Oklahoma City metro does a lot of things very well indeed … but some things are simply the best. Slice readers (and writers) have spoken, and we’re pleased to bring you 74 of the city’s greatest hits.

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Skilled competitors, championship contenders … culinary inspirations? Find out whether Kevin Durant’s and Wes Welker’s restaurants live up to their namesakes’ all-star reps. 14 From the Editor 16 Perspectives UP FRONT 20 Chatter A local neighborhood’s early days, a forthcoming slate of new music and other topics of conversation. 24 Details A passel of pillows for throwing together a whole new decorative look. 26 Retrospective Remembering the way we were with a look back at the cavalcade of celebrities, homemaking hints and genuine warmth on the “Ida B. Show.” 28 By the Numbers Fast facts and statistics on the topic of tax season.

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86 Origin Stories A traveling photography exhibit showcases the world through indigenous eyes. 88 See How We Run (and Ride) Get on your mark for a far-ranging collection of philanthropic running events racing toward us on the calendar. 90 Words of Power Listen well as global bestselling author Khaled Hosseini visits OKC for the Literary Voices dinner. 92 Time Travel Still vibrant after the passage of centuries, Quebec holds multifaceted marvels for the modern explorer. 96 See & Do The sights, sounds and various happenings that are enlivening the metro this month. 102 Last Laugh 104 Last Look

30 Exchange A conversational give and take about family, film and more with deadCENTER director Lance McDaniel. 32 Mingling Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene.

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38 77 Counties In her ongoing travels through the state, author and photographer M.J. Alexander visits a planned lake that aimed for the best and came up empty. FARE 68 Southern Stack Fried green tomatoes anchor this recipe for a fresh, zesty appetizer. 74 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide. PURSUITS 84 Top 10 Prime picks for a variety of April entertainment.

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PUBLISHER Elizabeth Meares EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mia Blake EDITORIAL Associate Editor Steve Gill Contributing Stylists Timothy Fields, Fashion Sara Gae Waters, Home Contributing Writers M.J. Alexander, Sean Becker, Mark Beutler, Lauren Hammack, Jill Hardy, Caryn Ross, Elaine Warner Intern Miranda Fogel ART Art Director Scotty O’Daniel Graphic Designer Brian O’Daniel Production Assistant Tiffany McKnight Contributing Photographers M.J. Alexander, Justin Avera, David Cobb, Simon Hurst, J. Christopher Little, Claude Long, Michael Miller, Elaine Warner, Carli Wentworth ADVERTISING Executive Director of Advertising Cynthia Whitaker-hill Account Executives Lori Cathey Jamie Hamilton

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e’ve looked forward to sharing the results of our annual Best of the City readers’ poll ever since the voting closed several weeks ago. Given the opportunity, you had a lot to say on a wide variety of topics … weighing in on everything from the best place to grab a cup of coffee – spoiler alert: the ubiquitous Starbucks won handily with a majority of votes, and while I was disappointed a local joe joint didn’t take home the prize, I have to admit that the corporate behemoth dispenses a delicious 2% decaf vanilla latte – to the Edward Scissorhands you trust most to tame your wayward tresses. After compiling the results, we’re finding that you’ve even surprised us with some new temptations! We’ve already been detouring from our usual standbys to try out some of your selections and hope that you will also put this shortlist (starting on page 46) to good use in the coming months. New to the round-up this year is the addition of our Editors’ Choice selections in a variety of categories. Some topics we elected to address based on your write-in recommendations, such as the repeated request for a Best Movie Theater category. We do offer our apologies, as we had to skip the suggestion of a Best Midwife recommendation – not enough firstperson data. Others are things we felt you needed to know ASAP to begin living life to its absolute fullest in the city (read: chocolate/caramel/Oreo dipped candy apples). And some are just things we find funny. We’re throwing a party to celebrate all the winners and we’d love for you to join us on April 17th at the IAO Gallery, a short mosey down Sheridan Avenue from the Slice house in downtown Oklahoma City. Full details on how to get tickets will be posted on our website at – and keep an eye trained there for updates including great door prizes, yummy food and tons of fun. In other news you can use, writer Jill Hardy has taken on the task of competitive eating … I mean, reviewing … the metro’s incredible crop of food trucks. This mostly coastal phenomenon has finally made a big inroad inland, to our collective gustatory delight. Venturing beyond the more standard fare and into some really interesting culinary endeavors, join the “Food Truck Frenzy” on page 56. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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An Oasis on the Prairie By Mark Beutler // Photos courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society AT FIRST GLANCE IT COULD BE A TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LOOK AT PARIS’ FAMED CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES. In reality, it was an oasis in the middle of an undeveloped Oklahoma City prairie named “Belle Isle.” The Belle Isle Lake was built at the beginning of statehood as a way to generate power for the local streetcar system. An amusement park and carousel were added, and Belle Isle became a favorite hot spot for the bustling new city. The “Great Houdini” performed there, while the pavilion, boardwalk and “Honey Moon Bridge” were popular among the young couples of the day. By the 1930s the amusement park closed, the carousel burned and Belle Isle faded into a memory. Today, Penn Square Mall occupies part of the old amusement park site, while Wal-Mart and Belle Isle Station are a favorite hub for 21stcentury shoppers.

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BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES What a great article, once again! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this part of Belle Isle (“An Oasis on the Prairie,” March 2014), as I heard so many stories about it when I was growing up from my grandparents. My grandmother and grandfather used to “court” out at the amusement park at Belle Isle. My grandfather was from Muskogee but was going to a business school in downtown Oklahoma City. He would take the streetcar down Classen Blvd. Apparently the tracks went down the center of the street where the median is currently. My grandmother made her way from the school, which became Central State, then UCO. She was studying to get her teaching diploma. They would spend Sunday there with a picnic basket and ride the merrygo-round. I remember my grandfather talking about the streetcar, and I have a vague recollection of him saying it “cost a shiny nickel!” This had to be around 1920. Obviously, courting at Belle Isle worked! They married and returned to Muskogee where they lived all their lives. I’m so glad this was in Slice. Marcee Claflin via email

Nancy Thomas via email Editor’s Note: Nancy Thomas sent us this wonderful photo of her grandparents and uncle at Belle Isle Lake in 1919. Pictured are Hazel and Edgar Peel with little Gordon “Buddy” Peel, age 2. 16 SLICE // APRIL 2014



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BEHIND THE MOVIES Film aficionado and deadCENTER director Lance McDaniel stars in a discussion of life, family and the usefulness of algebra (really). See page 30.

CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 20 DETAILS Decorative quick changes made through the power of pillows 24 RETROSPECTIVE A quick look back at a piece of local history 26 BY THE NUMBERS Checking our figures on tax season 28

77 COUNTIES Scenes from M.J. Alexander’s photographic travels across Oklahoma 38


MINGLING Glimpses of central Oklahoma’s social scene 32

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UP FRONT | Chatter

“Bird” Watching



Face it, Sooner fans: good things do come out of Stillwater. Born from a friendship between Oklahoma native Ryan Hendrix and British exchange student Nick Turner, Colourmusic knocks out richly woven sounds of varying instrumentations, tempos and textures – they’ve been described as “Oklahoma Sex Rock,” if that helps nail down the genre at all, and exhibit influences from The Polyphonic Spree, The Flaming Lips and Sir Isaac Newton’s espoused philosophy that musical tones have visual representations in the color spectrum. See how their jam sounds with the April 8 U.S. release of “May You Marry Rich.” Recent ACM @ UCO graduates and movers of the local live music scene Horse Thief are broadening their horizons; by the Ides of April the howling psych-rock quintet will have a full-length album in stores. Look to experience “Fear in Bliss” beginning April 14.


Christian Kane (right) with co-stars Skeet Ulrich and William Devane

The smart money is called that for a reason; most of the time – almost all the time – the competitors facing the stiff odds lose. But not every time. And when the long shot actually does come in, everybody wins, if only because it makes for a good story. Case in point: Producer, director, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson, who won an Oscar for producing “Dances With Wolves,” is bringing the story of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird* to the screen in “50 to 1.” The movie co-stars Oklahoman Christian Kane, who attended OU before heading to Hollywood for recurring roles as antagonistic lawyer Lindsey McDonald in “Angel” and violence expert Eliot Spencer on “Leverage.” Kane’s also a singer; his band contributed two songs to the movie’s soundtrack. Mine That Bird’s come-from-behind victory on that soggy May day was the second-biggest upset in Derby history, and the biggest payoff for people willing to take a swing at the long odds since 1913. It’s a great story based on true events; catch it in Oklahoma theaters beginning April 11. *For the curious, the horse’s unusual name was a combination of his sire and dam: Birdstone and Mining My Own.


While it may be easy to be cynical about politics in general and the prospects of a neophyte campaigning for a high office in particular, one thing is absolutely true: You can’t win if you don’t run. Just something to bear in mind since the filing deadline to run for Governor of Oklahoma is Friday, April 11.

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UP FRONT | Chatter

Calendar Watch April 1 Just an ordinary day. Drink your coffee. (Hee!) April 14 Passover begins at sundown April 19 Those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever – we remember. April 20 Easter April 22 Earth Day; think green!


Oklahoma City seems to be doing pretty well for itself at the moment. Its Midtown district is one of multiple areas that has been undergoing something of a renaissance in the past couple of decades – just look at the newly opened Ambassador Hotel on NW 12th and Walker. But as anyone of an entomological bent can tell you, you can’t have a renaissance without an original nascence. And though it’s more than a century old, the story of this birth of a neighborhood is freshly told in the new “Oklahoma City’s Midtown” (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99). Painstakingly researched by local historian Bradley Wynn, much of the book’s bulk is devoted to informatively captioned archive photos from the Oklahoma Historical Society, OU’s Western History Collections and more, detailing the district’s earliest Land Run days through its initial growth, especially its hospitals and churches, and concluding for the sake of comparison with a dash through the original and refurbished buildings of Midtown today. A book of national interest? Perhaps not. But it’s an engrossing read for modern residents interested in their city’s history, especially any who are unfamiliar with the namesakes of thoroughfares like Classen and Shartel, or who love success stories like St. Anthony’s development from a leaky 12-bed house into a toptier health center. Look back, and remember: onward and upward. If you’re looking for some high-quality additions to your reading list, a handy set of recommendations for the state’s finest literature is close at hand: the Oklahoma Book Awards are April 12 at the Jim Thorpe Museum in OKC.


It’s a once-in-a-lifetime roundup, with no shortage of horses. The iconic Ford Mustang made its debut in April 1964, so now enthusiasts are celebrating the model’s 50th birthday with simultaneous massive cross-country convoys called the Pony Drives – one goes to Vegas and the other to Charlotte, and both depart from Norman April 13. For details, check out ... and watch out for stampedes.


He was a cotton-pickin’ Texan who became a skilled songwriter, bandleader and masterful fiddler; he cofounded the genre still known as Western Swing; with his massively successful backing band The Texas Playboys he’s a member of the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame and posthumously won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy; Bob Wills is routinely cited as a tremendously influential figure in country music history. Sounds like a legacy worth preserving, doesn’t it? The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OK POP) in Tulsa – where Wills long commanded the stage at Cain’s Ballroom – is working on raising funds for a music-fortified documentary called “Still the King,” an in-depth feature intended for national distribution that will share Wills’ story with current and future generations. “He overcame amazing odds to become one of the most popular fiddle players in the world,” said documentarian Kevin Meyer, who with partner Chris Turner hopes to create the film. “He played by ear and didn’t stop until he knew the music was right. His music flourished during the Great Depression and World War II, giving hope to millions of people who found refuge in the music.” Through May 6, music lovers and dedicated citizens can help the project along by contributing to a RocketHub fundraising page found on the OK POP website, Yipee-ki-yay!

“If anything, it validates the people that have come before us and the people that will come after us. This city has come a long, long way. And that momentum is not stopping tonight.” - OKLAHOMA CITY MAYOR MICK CORNETT, after being elected to his fourth consecutive term

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By Sara Gae Waters // Photos by Carli Wentworth

I’M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A COMMON TRAIT TO HAVE, but I love to move furniture around. Switching pieces out can make a room seem new even if everything in it is “old.” The other day, my youngest daughter was chirping to a friend of hers about how I am always buying new furniture and moving stuff around. Ha! I even have one of my own children fooled. However, I have to admit that one item I haven’t spent much time or money on is the everpopular throw pillow. In the past I’ve felt like it’s just too much of a commitment and frankly, I have a generous mother who not only would “loan” me her spares, but also did the more than occasional sewing of said pillows. It’s one of my favorite ways to transform a room. Truly, it doesn’t matter if you have a patterned sofa or a solid one; there are so many different options you can definitely find something to change your look up. Your same old couch can look completely different with these accents. Since spring is here and summer is on the way, there isn’t a better time to fluff up the house – and pillows fit the bill perfectly.

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o r t Respective

Star Power By Mark Beutler // Photos courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF OKLAHOMA HOUSEWIVES TUNED IN EVERY DAY TO WATCH THE “IDA B. SHOW.” From 1959 to 1975, Ida Blackburn, or “Ida B.” as she was known to her fans, took to the airwaves of KOCO-TV. She was one of the first female celebrities during the golden age of television, and she welcomed celebrities from John Wayne to Natalie Wood and Andy Griffith to the “Ida B.” set. A very young Miss Oklahoma 1966, Jane Jayroe, visited a full year before she became Miss America. And son Bobby (now known as Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director at the Oklahoma Historical Society) was usually on hand to help point out the top musical acts of the day. Ida B. featured a cooking segment and her recipes were a staple in Safeway (now Homeland) stores throughout the state. She taught women the art of self-defense, and showcased the latest trends in fashion. More than 6,000 episodes of the “Ida B. Show” were filmed. After its run, Ida continued her long reign at KOCO, becoming the first female account executive in Oklahoma City. Today, Ida B. is still active and can be seen regularly in commercials airing throughout the state. 26 SLICE // APRIL 2014

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148,035,000 16 total number of U.S. income tax returns filed in 2013




counts of tax evasion (3 felonies and 2 misdemeanors) on which Al Capone was convicted, spelling the end of his criminal empire


length in years of his prison sentence

states, out of 48, that voted to ratify the amendment

percent of income of the top tax rate levied in the first year of collection, 1913

94 39.6


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2011 OK returns reporting income of under $1

highest ever U.S. percentage of income taxed; on individuals making over $200,000 during 1944 and 1945 top percentage in 2013; on individuals making over $400,000


Oklahoma income tax returns filed in 2011

2011 OK returns reporting incomes of $1 million or more

amendment to the U.S. Constitution empowering a federal income tax

year the Beatles’ album Revolver opened with “Taxman”


percentage of income members of Britain’s topmost tax bracket were being charged at the time (“there’s one for you, nineteen for me”)


year Benjamin Franklin wrote “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”


year Brad Pitt played Death, and pretended to be a tax agent, in “Meet Joe Black”


total number of IRS employees in 2012


audits conducted per 1,000 returns filed in 2012


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MAD ABOUT THE MOVIES By Lauren Hammack // Photo by Simon Hurst

Conv A e with rsation L McD ance aniel

AN ADMITTEDLY “OBSESSED” FILMMAKER AND FILM AFICIONADO, Lance McDaniel might be the best-suited man for his job as executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma’s largest cinematic festival. His own credits include work on 14 feature films, including Oscar winner “Million Dollar Baby.” When McDaniel isn’t busy (which is around the clock) writing, directing and reviewing one film after another, he confesses to taking “breaks” by watching movies. Luckily, he was willing to press “pause” long enough to visit with Slice this month.

What’s your hometown? Alva, Oklahoma.

from Johnnie’s near May and Britton Road.

Where did you go to college? I went to Stanford University, where I got a degree in Communication, and I have a Masters in Liberal Arts from Oklahoma City University.

What do you wish you’d never sold or given away? I’ve moved so many times and every time I do, I give away tons of stuff. I’ve regretted getting rid of all of it! I’d love to have my original Star Wars action figures and GI Joes again.

What was your previous incarnation before you began working in film? I lived in London, New York and San Francisco, working as an Internet consultant for 15 years. What are you currently obsessed with? Downtown OKC! I moved downtown in November and I love being part of the energy of the urban core. When I left Oklahoma earlier in my career, downtown was deserted. I’m so proud to see its growth. Do you indulge a guilty pleasure of any kind? Pistachios and Heath Bars. In addition to that, I watch movies obsessively! But isn’t watching movies part of your day job? Yes! I “take a break” from watching movies by watching movies! What do you value most in your friends? Intelligence. Sense of humor. I want to surround myself with people who enjoy life. I don’t attract cynics! Do you have a favorite holein-the-wall in Oklahoma City? Yes: El Sombrero, the Mexican restaurant a few doors down 30 SLICE // APRIL 2014

Favorite Saturday morning cartoon? Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo. Who do you think you could be mistaken for? My dad! People mistake us all the time – I just hope I don’t blow it for him one day! Think of all the movies you’ve seen. What’s the last one that made you cry? “The Skeleton Twins” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Are you a night owl? Very much so. Is that an occupational hazard? Even if I’m not watching movies for work, I’m still up until about 1 a.m. What’s not worth getting worked up about? Bad drivers. There is no solution to your problem; they can’t hear you, so getting worked up over them is only affecting you. Besides deadCENTER, do you have a nonprofit shout-out? Allied Arts has done so much for deadCENTER. I love Cleats for Kids, which donates athlet-

ic equipment to kids who need it. And I’m also passionate about an organization called ReMerge, which helps women who are facing incarceration to become productive citizens in their community.

in Edmond – it was verrrrry competitive! It helped me ace that part of the SAT.

What’s the best decision you ever made? Moving back to Oklahoma as an adult and the relationship I have with my family.

You must have a tough palate! Where are you most likely to be on a Friday night? Surprisingly, not at the movies! I’m more likely to be there on a weeknight. On a Friday night, I’ll probably be at a sporting event for my niece or nephew and, if I’m not there, I’d be on one of the city’s art walks … first Friday at Paseo, second Friday on the Plaza, third Friday here on Film Row and fourth Friday at H & 8th.

Are you early, late or on time? I’d say I’m almost on time – usually in a mad scramble – but I do get to the airport early. I just don’t need that stress. What’s a risk worth taking? Anything that will make the world better and further mankind is a risk worth taking. Have you ever used algebra in real life? I used to work in the technology industry, so probably more than most. I was on the “Mathcounts” team

Cereal? Yes. I make a mixture of Corn Chex and Cap’n Crunch Berries.

What are you most grateful for? My family and my amazing parents. Who said it best? Abraham Lincoln. “Whatever you are, be a good one.”


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UP FRONT | Mingling Robert Mills, Lea Morgan, Phil Burke, Jan Hill

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Photos by Claude Long

Creative activities for kids and delectable treats for all – the Firehouse Art Center’s annual fundraiser is one sweet deal. Shane Jewell, Mary Frates

Alex, Breanna and Angela Marshall

Matthew Neenan, David Barocio

Brook Beavers, Chuck Thompson, Gracie Branch

Annie Bohanon, Andrea Mason, Jeanette Elliott

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The OKC Ballet hosts an urban celebration to benefit its upcoming summer tour of “Pushing Pennies,” complete with a preview of the Robert Mills original.

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Lisa Macias, Kelly Jamyson, DeeDee DeVore, Jennifer Wright

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A sweet, smooth, pre-Valentine’s treat awaits guests to the 17th annual celebration boasting jazz, champagne and knockout chocolate delicacies. Want more photos? Sign up for our Snapshot! newsletter at 32 SLICE // APRIL 2014

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Tina Dobson, John and Marsha Funk

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The OKC chapter of the American Heart Association makes a memorable evening even better by raising nearly $700,000 for cardiac research and advocacy, thanks in part to the patrons honored at a Gaillardia fete. Terri Bailey, Bryan and Andrea Gonterman

Victoria Lynn, Don Lynn

Michael and Edith Laird

Sweethearts Lizzie Cassidy, Jill Hilton, Grace Gandolfi and Hannah Cunningham

Tammy Payne, Carla Dickinson

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Harold Hamm and Drs. Mary Anne and Robert McCaffree are honored at the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association’s annual gathering.

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Jaree Haines, Connie Fuller Larry Stein, Shelley Greenhill

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There’s plenty for guests to explore as the Oklahoma History Center marks the opening of four new exhibits: Power to Grow, Steamboat Heroine, A Sense of Duty and Realizing the Dream.

Katelynn Calonkey, Steve Calonkey, Susie Bellmer

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Brightly colored and vividly flavorful, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s egg-themed soiree returns to the Bricktown Events Center.

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John McCaleb, Guy and Caroline Patton, Tina Beal

Joe Crosthwait, Ann Gilliland, Sherry Crosthwait, Bob Gilliland

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Dashing good looks, including a killer view, characterize the Bond-themed party to preview the Symphony Show House – code name: Skyball.

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Terri Walker, Mayor Mick Cornett

Justin McSpedden, Paula Love, Mark Beutler, Todd Owens

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The scarlet shade is in lifesaving fashion at the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund’s 22nd annual gathering of elegance and caring.

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William and Joyce Dunlap

Destiny Brown, Lauren Nichols, Taylor Roberts

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UP FRONT | Wanderlust

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TEXAS COUNTY By M.J. Alexander


THE NAME WAS BORN OF THE BUOYANT CONFIDENCE OF SQUATTERS WHO SCRATCHED OUT A PLACE IN THE HIGH PLAINS OF NO MAN’S LAND. A cluster of homes was built in 1886, before land ownership was allowed in the area, west of the Cherokee Outlet. Yet its founders hoped for the best. They called their town Optima, from the Latin for best possible result. The town inspired the name of nearby Optima Lake. On a map of the Oklahoma Panhandle, the lake beckons – a crescent-shaped splash of blue in eastern Texas County. In reality, the lake barely exists at all. Conceived as an FDR-era New Deal project, the lake and dam were authorized by U.S. Congress as part of the Flood Control Act of 1936, part of a master plan to control the cycles of drought and dust in the American West. The design called for four proj-

ects on the North Canadian River: reservoirs at Optima, Fort Supply and Canton, and the construction of the Oklahoma City Floodway. Three were built. The Optima project stalled. It would take 30 years of planning and lobbying to win enough allies to fund the project. Supporters waxed on with Panglossian pluck, insisting that a dam and reservoir would transform the semi-arid rangeland into an oasis on the Plains, a jewel in the crown of Oklahoma’s collection of more than 200 man-made lakes. Though original designs had outlined an earthen dam 65 feet tall and 4,200 feet long, it was decided that would not be large enough. Revised plans called for a dam 85 feet high and 10,800 feet long, expanded not only to include farm irrigation, flood control and a drinking-water supply, but to create a center for recreation and a source for hydroelectricity. A brochure

Editor’s Note: This is the 20th installment in a continuing series as author and photographer M.J. Alexander chronicles her travels across the state of Oklahoma.

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from the Guymon Chamber of Commerce promoting the project told of the reservoir that would be created: up to 100 feet deep, backing up 10 miles on the Beaver River and nine miles on Coldwater Creek. There would be water skiing. Fishing. Speed-boat racing. And tourists, lots of tourists. So in 1966, 30 years after its first approval, construction began. By the time the project was completed 12 years later, the dam would stand 120 feet high and nearly three miles long. Total cost: $46.1 million. Yet despite its massive size, despite the civic will of regional businesses, despite the political muscle of U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr and U.S. Speaker of the House Carl Albert, despite the very optimism that conjured the dam into being, the mammoth project failed. The reason is simple. The water supply dried up, and the reservoir never filled. The source of the lake was to be the Beaver River, known downstream as the North Canadian. As the 20th century progressed, the river slowed to a trickle as levels dropped in the Ogallala Aquifer, the water table beneath Oklahoma and parts of seven other Western states. In 50 years, demand for water increased 25-fold, mostly due to expanded irrigation. Since the 1950s, the Ogallala has lost an estimated 11 percent of its volume. There would not be enough to create an oasis after all. During the first full year of operation, in 1979, the Corps declared, “the optimum visitation for the project is 600,000 annual visitors and will be reached in 2014.” But just as the flow of water was miscalculated, so was the stream of visitors. Somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 people a year now make the trek. 40 SLICE // APRIL 2014

As the dream of Optima crumbled and budget cuts kicked in, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ended onsite operations in 1995. All services have since been cut off. The Corps of Engineers conceded in a 2010 report: “The authorized purposes that Optima Lake was built for have never been fully realized.” Today, the grounds feel post-apocalyptic, dotted with remnants of a lost civilization. Bullet-riddled signs announce the Optima Dam and surrounding National Wildlife Refuge. The outbuildings have been torn down for safety’s sake, leaving little more than long dirt roads and disintegrating asphalt. Concrete picnic tables squat heavily on large slabs installed atop the parched biscuit-colored plain. Some tables get intermittent shade from contorted trees, gnarled and twisted by the wind. Desert grasses cleave long cracks through acres of parking lot pavement, checker-boarding through hundreds of empty spots for the tourists who never came. A massive boat launch with ribbed ramp leads down what would have been the bottom of the lake. At the end of the ramp, a long dirt road snakes away, tall grasses bristling between the two tracks. Towering above the plain, the desolate dam bakes in the sun. As the federal government and local groups discuss what should happen next, yucca and hardy wildflowers spread out among the buffalo grass. Prairie dogs scurry among the fields. Quail and pheasant, deer and turkey thrive beneath skies that are a flyway for migratory birds. As they ponder, the land is returning to its natural state. And that may, in the end, be the best possible result.

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EDITORS’ CHOICE Best Portable Sweet Treat UPTOWN CANDY’S HAND-DIPPED CARAMEL APPLE Filling the void left in our hearts (and stomachs) by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s exit from the metro is the delicious new emporium Uptown Candy in Classen Curve. Stop in here first and leave your order for a chocolate dipped or caramel dipped apple, rolled in your choice of delicious toppings, for a taste suited to your exact craving. If you say “pretty please with sugar on top,” they might even dip your apple in both caramel AND chocolate … divine! A knife and fork wouldn’t be remiss in enjoying this sweet delight, but this is a portable treat if you don’t mind being a little messy. The custom confections have to take a trip to the cooler to set up before you can take them with you, so place your order first thing and come back to pick it at the end of your shopping trip. It will be worth the wait! Best Hidden Gem ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL Once we found it, we immediately became big fans of this little diner near 2nd and Coltrane in Edmond. From his cheerful greeting and propensity to check in and chat with patrons to the more-than-ample portion sizes of handcrafted burgers, breakfasts and more he dishes up, many of which are laced with potent green chilies, the owner-slash-chef clearly loves his work. And green chilies. You won’t pay much and you won’t leave hungry; that’s a treasure worth tracking down.

READERS’ CHOICE Best Coffee Shop STARBUCKS Locations nationwide Best Breakfast JIMMY’S EGG 15 locations in the metro Best Weekend Brunch SEVEN47 747 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73069 405.701.8622

Best Dive Bar EDNA’S 5137 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.840.3339

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Best Burger S&B’S BURGER JOINT 5 locations in the metro Best BBQ EARL’S RIB PALACE 6 locations in the metro Best Pizza HIDEAWAY PIZZA 6 locations in the metro Best Seafood PEARL’S RESTAURANT GROUP 4 locations in the metro Best Ethnic Restaurant CAFÉ ICON SUSHI AND GRILL 311 S Blackwelder Ave, Edmond, OK 73034 405.340.8956 Best Vegetarian COOLGREENS 5 locations in the metro

Best Place for Appetizers TEXADELPHIA 200 S Oklahoma Ave, Ste 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 405.208.4000 Best Cocktails SEVEN47 747 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73069 405.701.8622

Best Fine Dining BENVENUTI’S RISTORANTE 105 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069 405.310.5271

Best Dessert LA BAGUETTE BAKERY & CAFÉ 3 locations in the metro Best Hole-in-the-Wall NIC’S GRILL 1201 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405.524.0999

Best Food Truck BIG TRUCK TACOS 530 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.525.8226

Best Workday Lunch Spot FUZZY’S TACO SHOP 2 locations in the metro

Best Out-of-Business Restaurant MR. GOODCENTS


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Best Casual Dining FUZZY’S TACO SHOP 2 locations in the metro


Empire Slice House


The Plaza District is having a good year in general, and this pizzeria is a big part of why it’s getting harder and harder to find parking on NW 16th Street. Unmistakable pop aesthetic – album covers, band posters and comic book pages plaster the walls – pairs with a solid beer selection and addictively good New York-style slices or massive whole pies; simple pepperoni or more delectably complex Rocksteady (bacon, gorgonzola cheese and red onion drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction), try it once and you’ll probably be back for more.

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Best Local Know-It-All TIE BETWEEN STEVE LACKMEYER AND LESLIE SPEARS You know how you might see a news chopper circling overhead and wonder what’s up, or drive by a construction site and try to remember if you know what is being built there? Head right over to Facebook and Twitter to find the answer – you probably have a few people like these two in your circle who are “go-to” know-it-alls, and seem to be in the loop about all the current events (even the ones unfolding this very minute!) Best Celeb Neighbor KEVIN DURANT Thirdly, if you were KD’s neighborhood buddy you’d probably run into other awesome celebrities, like Beyonce or his mom Wanda. Secondly, sharing a street with him would mean you’d call The Hill at Bricktown home, and living downtown is certainly not without its charms. Most of all, though, he just seems … well, neat. Most people with his level of fame take pains to isolate themselves from the hoi polloi; KD strikes us as the kind of guy who’d greet his fellow humans and invite us over to watch “Game of Thrones.” Best Local Fake Twitter Account @BAPHOMETOKC Remember the firestorm ignited over the Satanic Temple’s petition to place a statue of Satan at the State Capitol? While the constitutionality of religious monuments on Capitol grounds is still being debated through legal channels (and currently lined up for chances at Capitol real estate are at least four other groups, including the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), the Dark One has taken his public relations campaign to social media with a hilarious faux profile, describing himself as “Just a kindly demon lord looking for equality and a home in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. Don’t stare at my hooves, I’m insecure about them.” Certainly not for the easily offended, this irreverent Twitter feed delivers a decidedly fiery flavor with a clever stream of sarcastic commentary that takes itself none-too-seriously.

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READERS’ CHOICE Best Elected Official MICK CORNETT Best Humanitarian DAVID BOREN Best Local Band HORSESHOE ROAD Best Meteorologist DAVID PAYNE Best News Anchor ERIELLE RESHEF Best Non-Politician You’d Like to See Voted Into Office BARRY SWITZER Best Power Couple GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD Best Radio DJ FERRIS O’BRIEN Best Radio Team JACK & RON Best Sportscaster BOB BARRY, JR. Best Visual Artist JACK FOWLER Best Ambassador/ Celebrity Who Makes You Proud to Be An Oklahoman KEVIN DURANT





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Best Live Music Venue CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.602.8700

Best Place to While Away an Afternoon OKC ZOO It can get a trifle warm in the Oklahoma summer, but that’s what the mist fountains, shady benches and snack bar are for. And with practically the whole of the animal kingdom to prowl through, a full day can go by in what seems like the flick of a giraffe’s tail. Being a landing strip for butterflies, watching red pandas push each other out of trees … the zoo is filled with experiences to treasure, and when you’re leaning against a fence to watch a distant tiger sun itself and another emerges silently from the bushes three feet from you … it’s memorable.

Best Public Art SKYDANCE BRIDGE One thing’s certain: you can’t miss this massive structure overlooking I-40. Not only is it big (197 feet tall) and iconically unmistakable, the soaring addition to the city skyline has a functional component (the bridge at its base will carry pedestrians into a downtown park) and was inspired by our state bird, the scissortail flycatcher. It was even named one of 2012’s 50 best art projects nationwide by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts. Plus, whatever shade admitting this might cast on our maturity and judgment: it’s pretty cool that it lights up.

READERS’ CHOICE Best Art Gallery IAO GALLERY 706 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.232.6060

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Best Casino RIVERWIND 1544 State Highway 9, Norman, OK 73072 405.322.6000

Best Cultural Event FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS April 22-27, 2014 Downtown Oklahoma City 405.270.4848


Best In-Town Hotel SKIRVIN HILTON 1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.272.3040

Best Museum OKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.236.3100 Best Public Festival FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Downtown Oklahoma City 405.270.4848 Best Excursion for Adults OKC BRICKTOWN/ RIVER CRUISE/CANAL 405.236.4143 Best Excursion for Kids OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO 2101 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 405.424.3344 Best Place for Lazy Saturday LAKE HEFNER Best in-State Weekend Getaway BEAVER’S BEND 580.494.6116


Best People-Watching Spot PENN SQUARE MALL If you want to people-watch, you have to go where the people are; and with its 140-plus stores ranging from the immense two-story Dillard’s complex to the kiosk where a lone guy hawks RC helicopters, Penn Square exerts a considerable gravitational effect on the populace. All sections of the populace, too: old and young, suited up and dressed way, way down, citizens of every stripe roam through these air-conditioned acres. Grab a beverage or snack from the food court, sit back and revel in the never-ending (until 9 p.m.) spectacle of humanity on parade.



OKC Thunder

A playoff run with considerable promise was cut short when Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury. We’ll get ’em next year, we said. Kevin Martin went to the T-Wolves? Just wait, we said. And then Westbrook had another knee surgery and missed 30 games – and we still rolled up the league’s best record by the All-Star break. Even if we don’t bring home the title this year, even if KD doesn’t win the MVP, there’s no denying this season has been an utter blast to watch so far.

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EDITORS’ CHOICE Best Place to Find Stuff You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t Live Without MCNEIL LIQUIDATIONS ESTATE SALES Most Saturday mornings will find the masses awaiting entry to the best locations, a la Best Buy’s Black Friday sale, as estate sales go mainstream. Every sale is different, meaning the inventory is constantly fresh and you never know what you are going to find, but you will rarely walk away empty-handed. Much of the macabre mystique has dissipated with the recognition that used items are an environmentally conscious way to reduce the amount of “stuff” going to landfills, plus the sales are actually helpful to families and they are a way to find really interesting and unique items with a treasure-hunt twist. Best Movie Theater MOORE WARREN THEATER An art deco cinema palace with top-tier equipment and plenty of style, the Warren excels at offering options: a concession stand, diner and bar outside the theaters; films in 2D, 3D or IMAX; the choice between stadium seating, a cry room for parents with infants, a plush balcony with reserved seats and menu service, even a lavishly appointed, full-service, private Director’s Suite. If sitting in complete comfort, eating cheese fries and drinking a giant beer while watching a movie is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Best Antique Store MOCKINGBIRD MANOR ANTIQUES 4417 N Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.521.1212 Best Auto Dealer BOB MOORE AUTO GROUP 16 locations in the metro

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Best Fitness Center THE HEALTH CLUB 3720 W Robinson St, #124, Norman, OK 73072 405.329.5050 Best Furniture Store MISTER ROBERT FINE FURNITURE & DESIGN 109 E Main St, Norman, OK 73069 405.321.1818

Best Cosmetic Dentist DR. J. ASHLEY HANCOCK, CLASSEN DENTAL 4900 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Best Cosmetic Surgeon DR. TIM R. LOVE 11101 Hefner Pointe Dr, #104, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.563.9948 Best Florist NEW LEAF FLORIST 2500 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405.842.2444 Best Hair Stylist CHAD TABER, SALON W 7304 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.608.0692 Best Hair Salon REVEL EIGHT SALON 201 NW 10th St, #125, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.702.1688

Best Jeweler/Jewelry Store B.C. CLARK JEWELERS 3 locations in the metro Best Kid’s Clothing Store UPTOWN KIDS 5848 N Classen Blvd, #3, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.418.8881 Best Women’s Clothing Store CAYMAN’S 2001 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069 405.360.3969

Best Pet Services LUCKY DOG LODGE 420 NW 70th St, #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.848.5733 Best Shoe Store THE WEBB 2001 W Main St, #103, Norman, OK 73069 405.321.8289 Best Spa COTTONWOOD SALON SPA 35 E 33rd St, Edmond, OK 73013 405.340.1700



Best Bike Shop SCHLEGEL BICYCLES 900 N Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.232.4040

Best Men’s Clothing Store STEVEN GILES 5850 N Classen Blvd #1, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.607.4633


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Keep on Truckin’:

Food Truck


By Jill Hardy

A few years ago, the term “food truck” would have drawn a blank stare from most Oklahomans, transplants and frequent travelers aside. then Big Truck Taco’s appearance – and win – on the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” catapulted the industry into the limelight in OKC, and paved the way for a delicious revolution in the city’s food consciousness.

PART OF THE EXCITEMENT GENERATED BY THE FOOD TRUCK PHENOMENON IS THE TREASUREHUNT ATMOSPHERE associated with locating a mobile eatery at any given time. While many websites have popped up that are designed to help hungry fans find their faves ( is a popular resource), the best tool by far for tracking down food trucks has to be Twitter. While many trucks have standing dates

and times at certain locations, last minute cancellations or updates often come through tweets. Finding new trucks to try can also be an exercise in online sleuthing skills; far from being a cutthroat struggle, the food truck community has more of a genial gypsy personality, with “follow” lists on trucks’ Twitter feeds stocked with fellow vendors for you to file away as future possibilities. The H&8th monthly festival (March through September), is another way to

sample the city’s best food trucks. A street festival centered on music and food, H&8th is held downtown on the last Friday of each month, on Hudson Avenue between N.W. 7th and 8th. Get info at Putting together this guide of suggestions was based solely on trucks’ availability and time and space constraints; what follows is simply an introduction to a few of the metro’s rolling restaurants, and not at all a comprehensive list or commentary on trucks not showcased. Although I personally had never eaten at a food truck before this project, I developed a fondness for the subculture associated with the movement (hard-core devotees are reminiscent of a hunter-gatherer society, using smart phones and laptops to find their prey) and I found my idea of dining out to be much expanded. If I had no deadlines and unlimited resources (to include a budget for stretchier pants), I would have tried them all ...

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“VEGAN” ISN’T USUALLY THE FIRST THING THAT POPS TO MIND WHEN ONE THINKS OF FOOD TRUCKS. “Delicious” isn’t usually paired with the term, either, which is often associated with things like Tofurkey, and veggie bacon that looks like construction paper. Co-owners Jon Grupe and Richard Bassett set out to chal58 SLICE // APRIL 2014

Phone: 405.326.5532 Twitter: @LoadedBowlTruck

lenge those notions when they started The Loaded Bowl, and use the term “conscious comfort food” to describe their creations. The effort – from making a special cashew-based “cheese” to using Grupe’s mother’s tomato sauce recipe for the lasagna – is obvious, and the effect is an amazing one. The Loaded Bowl’s enchiladas and lasagna

could go toe-to-toe with non-vegan counterparts any day, but for a real glimpse of Grupe and Bassett’s genius, try the mac and cheese. Rich and flavorful, this dish is one that could make a non-vegan believe that a life without dairy might not only be possible, but delicious. A meal at The Loaded Bowl is a great way to be kind to animals … and yourself.


The Loaded Bowl


Moto Chef

Twitter: @Moto_Chef_

A GLANCE AT MOTO CHEF’S (ROTATING) MENU ON ANY GIVEN DAY MIGHT MAKE YOU WONDER if you’ve stumbled onto a mobile Michelin-starred restaurant; saying the phrase, “I’ll have the bouillabaisse with rouille and black truffle sea salt” through the window of a truck is a little surreal.

That dreamlike quality is a constant, however, with the cuisine of Moto Chef, courtesy of Chef Guy Romo. Sampling their winter menu meant encountering such a staggering variety of sublimely flavored soups and stews that time and space simply don’t allow for me to do them justice. From a Polish hunter’s stew with kielbasa and sweet potatoes to a

white onion and beer cheese soup, the level of attention to detail puts Moto Chef in a class all its own. Hearing terms like “port wine reduction” and “homemade shrimp stock” used in reference to food truck fare is your first hint that you’re in for a treat, and the taste of the food seals the deal. An anniversary date-level meal that you can eat sitting on a curb. APRIL 2014 // SLICE 59

Off the Hook Seafood and More Phone: 405.812.1137 Twitter: @OffTheHookOKC

CHEF COREY HARRIS HONED HIS CULINARY SKILLS AT PLACES LIKE THE FORD CENTER AND THE SKIRVIN before starting up Off the Hook a year ago. The rotating menu keeps a few constant standards available, like the fish and chips, which is a customer favorite for good reason; lightly coated and flavorful, the generous portions are not at all greasy and have no “fishy” aftertaste – a hallmark of thoughtful fried fish production. Still not sure about seafood from a truck? Ease into your relationship with Off the Hook by trying out some of the items covered by the “and more” part of their title; while many seafood establishments simply tack on chicken fingers and salads as afterthoughts, Off the Hook’s alternative offerings are anything but. The Black and Bleu Burger – a Black Angus patty cooked to perfection, topped with bleu cheese and crispy onions, served on a Kaiser roll – is reason enough to track them down.

Smokin’ Okies Catering and Mobile Smokehouse

LIKE MANY NATIVE OKIES, A STANDARD FIXTURE OF MY CHILDHOOD was the Barbecue trailer at the local grocery store on most weekends. A primitive precursor to the current food truck fad (along with old school taco and tamale trucks), these trailers often had their own smoker and a simple menu; mostly brisket and ribs. Smokin’ Okies has all of the nostalgia – and fantastic 60 SLICE // APRIL 2014

taste – of those Barbecue trailers of old … with some exciting new spins. Along with classics like smoked chicken and brisket sandwiches (and additional surprises like award-winning chili), husband and wife team Larry and Nancy also offer one-of-akind inventions like the SOB (Smokin’ Okie Burrito), a mouthwatering blend of crispy cole slaw and piquant pulled pork, rolled into a grilled tortilla. There’s no scrimping

on sides, either; “Pintos with a Kick” and mac and cheese are available to round out your meal, and their baked potato casserole is a creamy, cheesy dream of potato-ness that serves as a perfect complement to their spicy entrees. A Barbecue encounter that left my tasting partner and I uttering terms like “Okie-riffic” and “Okie-licious,” Smokin’ Okies is a true Oklahoma experience. (“Okie-perience”?)


Phone: 405.305.4768 Website: Twitter: @SmokinOkies

Kaiteki Ramen WITH 15 YEARS OF ASIAN CUISINE EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THEM, KAITEKI RAMEN CO-OWNERS JEFF CHANCHALEUNE AND JOHN VU have realized their shared dream of opening a ramen shop and are now blessing the metro’s boulevards with incredible Japanese-inspired dishes.

Website: Twitter: @kaitekiramen Their signature dish, the Kaiteki Ramen noodle bowl, has a blend of flavors that showcases the duo’s talents. Shoyu style broth is filled with fresh noodles, gingerale braised pork belly, and a variety of other tasty counterparts, including kamaboko, menma, snap peas, nori and negi. Not sure what those are? I wasn’t either. But you can

study before you sample, using the Kaiteki website’s glossary of unfamiliar terms. For a treat, try the Pork Belly Bao – savory pork in a soft bun with plum sauce and pickled cucumbers – with a side of Kaiteki’s famous fried Brussels sprouts. Yes, fried Brussels sprouts. Seriously. Trust me, you’ve never had so much fun eating vegetables. APRIL 2014 // SLICE 61

For the Fastidious and the Fearful… Diners who are concerned about food safety on four wheels can take comfort in the knowledge that the metro’s food trucks are closely monitored by the Health Department, and have to follow a stringent set of rules to be able to roll into a street festival or park on one of the city’s corners. Department of Health Inspector Jacob Custer explains. “Food trucks are licensed as a Mobile Food Establishment by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which allows them to operate and be inspected regularly throughout the year, like most other licensed restaurants. In order to be licensed, the food truck needs to meet the requirements of the OSDH food code and pass an initial licensing inspection. The city where the food trucks are located determines where and how long the food trucks can operate.”

“I believe the Oklahoma City-County Health Department inspectors have a close working relationship with the Mobile Food Truck community and I am always pleased to see food trucks making public health safety a priority.”

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Taste of Soul Egg Roll

Phone: 405.863.0771 Website: Twitter: @EGGROLLicious CERESE AND RICKI BLY HAVE BEEN PUTTING THEIR PERSONAL SPIN ON ASIAN CUISINE via the Taste of Soul Egg Roll truck since 2012. “Ricki hated egg rolls, and I loved them,” Cerese, a former restaurant server, explains. “I was determined to make an egg roll so good even he would like it, and I did.” Sidenote: I can vouch for that – Cerese’s recipe is designed to win converts. A member of our tasting party was an avowed

eggroll-eschewer before trying one at Taste of Soul. Egg rolls are generously sized, crusty and crunchy, with a texture evocative of Southern fried chicken. The chicken inside is moist and flavorful, and the ground turkey and jalapeno roll is spicy without being overpowering. Chicken fried rice has an extra kick to it, as well, with soul food spice that makes it unique without losing the dish’s meaning.


Regular review of policies on the Health Department’s end combined with the cooperation they receive from the food truck community points to a pretty harmonious relationship, which Custer affirms.

La Gumbo Ya Ya

Phone: 405.226.0746 Website: Twitter: @lagumboyaya

WILLIAM FONTANEZ’ PUERTO RICAN ANCESTRY, COMBINED WITH FORMATIVE YEARS SPENT IN LOUISIANA, PROVIDES THE Basis for La Gumbo Ya Ya’s tasty fusion. Surprising combinations seem to be a specialty of the Fontanez family; in addition to having a reputation

for feeding those in need (patrons are able to buy “suspended” meals to donate to the hungry), La Gumbo Ya Ya is also the official food truck of the Oklahoma City Roller Derby. Rachel Fontanez skates in the Derby, as well. William and Rachel provide the metro

with gravy drenched Po’ Boys, yummy gumbo and red beans and rice that are both mild enough for sensitive palates but flavorful enough to impress staunch Cajun cuisine enthusiasts. For a unique drink to complete your meal, try a tasty CoCo Rico, a Puerto Rican coconut soda. APRIL 2014 // SLICE 63

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FARE GENUINE TEMPTATION What’s in a name? The shrimp and grits served by Kd’s would taste as legitimately excellent without his star power, and that’s part of what makes the restaurant a winner. See page 70.


SOUTHERN STACK Master a flavorful mouthful featuring fried green tomatoes 68 EAT & DRINK Variety is on the menu in Slice’s citywide dining guide 74

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FARE | In the Kitchen

SOUTHERN STACK By Caryn Ross // Photo by Carli Wentworth

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT EATING OUT IS GETTING AN INCREDIBLE MEAL WITHOUT HAVING TO FUSS IN THE KITCHEN. For most diners, that is enough. Here is my curse … if I’m eating something that blows my mind, I’m stricken with trying to figure out how they created the dish. It’s like a food super mission. I must use all that I have to replicate this dish. Sometimes it’s simple to do, but then there are those times where I spend weeks, months or even years trying to figure out a dish. Last summer, I spent a week in Miami, where every night was filled with incredible international flavors. One dish that left me wowed was a simple fried green tomato stack. I craved this again after trying it once. In fact, we went back three more times that week. Each time, I took at least 30 minutes to catalog the flavors I detected and make notes on how the crust looked and tasted. I took pictures from every possible angle. It got weird. But I knew that this one recipe would be perfect to bring home with me to the Midwest. After a couple of tests in the kitchen, I mastered this incredible Miami appetizer.


3 green tomatoes, sliced 2 c buttermilk 2 c cornmeal 1 c self-rising flour 1 t sea salt ½ t freshly cracked pepper 2 c canola or corn oil  1 c pepper jack cheese, grated 2 c cheddar cheese, grated ¾ c mayonnaise ½ sweet yellow onion, grated (keep juice) 1 jar pimentos, chopped and drained 2 T Wickles pickle relish 68 SLICE // APRIL 2014

4 T Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Onion Preserves 4 slices ½" thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp Arugula Place sliced tomatoes on a wire rack that is sitting over a sheet pan for drainage. Sprinkle with salt and allow the tomatoes to sit for 30 minutes to drain excess moisture. Heat oil in a cast iron pan to medium high heat. Remove the tomatoes from the rack and place into a shallow pan filled with buttermilk. In a shallow pie pan, combine the cornmeal,


Use the richest applewood smoked 1/2” thick cut bacon Grate your own cheese for the pimento cheese spread – that’s crucial to its creamy, rich texture. Use only Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Onion Preserves – it’s the perfect combination of sweet with a hint of peppery kick.

self-rising flour, salt and pepper. Using tongs, remove the tomato slices from buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture and then repeat, dipping in buttermilk and dredging for a second time. Place the tomato slices in the hot oil and cook until browned on each side. Remove from hot oil and drain on a paper towel. While the tomatoes drain, prepare the pimento cheese. In a medium-sized bowl, combine both cheeses, mayonnaise, grated onion, pimentos, Wickles pickle relish and

salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. To create the stack, make a bed of arugula on an appetizer plate. Stack one fried green tomato on top of the arugula. Place a large dollop of pimento cheese on top of the tomato, add a slice of bacon and then place a spoonful of Suan’s Onion Preserves on top of the bacon. I even drizzle a little bit of the onion jam juices over the top of the stack. Serve!

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FARE | Matters of Taste




3121 W Memorial Rd, OKC 405.608.2200 | THE SECOND THING YOU’RE LIKELY TO THINK ON ENTERING WES WELKER’S IS “SPORTS BAR.” An open floor plan, enormous bar area right in front of the entrance, lots of wood, lots of polish, masculine color scheme, etc. The first thing you’re likely to think is something along the lines of “Wow, that’s a lot of TVs.” They are everywhere. From where we were seated I could see 20 different screens just by turning my head. I think

By Steve Gill // Photos by Carli Wentworth

the total count is 31 but I might have missed a couple. If a sporting event is happening, it stands a good chance of being viewable here. Assuming you can tear your attention away, wander around to take a memorabilia tour of Welker’s career to date: framed jerseys, helmets and explanatory plaques recount his journey from Charger (Heritage Hall) to Red Raider to Charger again (San Diego), Dolphin, Patriot and Bronco. The OKC native has had a most impressive run, and it’s not over yet – for one thing, he still needs a ring. A Patriots fan would call the bar “wicked stocked,” since the house honors Welker’s APRIL 2014 // SLICE 71

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224 Johnny Bench Dr, Lower Bricktown 405.701.3535 | WHILE WES WELKER’S FEELS LIKE A FAN TRIBUTE TO THE NAMESAKE PLAYER (and to drinking beer and watching televised sports), Kd’s in Bricktown gives the impression that the man himself was involved in the menu choices and setup. That could just be savvy marketing, but the touches have character: the dinner atmosphere is clubby and low-lit (by the way, love the backlit menus) with a hip-hop soundtrack, and the food is mainly Southern soul – though if you just have to have an $89 steak, they’ll hook you up.

jersey number by offering a total of 83 beers by draft or bottle. The food selection is pretty broad as well: Gourmet hot dogs (including one bacon-wrapped beast), big juicy burgers (I love a good bison burger, and WW’s adds a nice little tang of Boursin cheese to offset its barbeque sauce and fried onions), steaks and other entrees. The combo platter is worth a look; its rotisserie chicken is quite all right but the ribs are better – tender in the middle, crunchy bits on the ends, doused in a sweet sauce and tasty throughout. I recommend waving off the fries in favor of the tangy coleslaw or mac and cheese laced with a pop of jalapeno. Cap it off with a sundae (their peanut butter sauce is made in-house) and you are … NOT DONE. NO. Do not, do not leave without loading up on the duck nachos. Seriously – best thing on the menu. The sweet corn and Havarti balance out the punch of the ghost pepper salsa perfectly, and adding smoky slivers of duck breast makes the plate sublime, full stop. Whether you’re out for lunch or just watching a game over a few beers, they are a thing of culinary beauty – enjoy. 72 SLICE // APRIL 2014

I did not have that craving; we were geared up for Southern chow. Unfortunately, even though it was a cold weeknight on a non-game day, the wait without a reservation was 45 minutes. Fortunately, we were able to sit immediately at the bar and order a full meal with excellent service despite the bustle. And what a meal: the cornbread was excellent, the Soul Rolls (eggrolls stuffed with rice and pork belly) were an unusual texture but interesting and tasty and my blackened catfish – stuffed with shrimp and crab and splashed

with a white wine beurre blanc – was just outstanding. The only thing that didn’t knock me out was the cheesecake, but that could have been because I had just helped my wife with her chicken and waffles, or maybe because most things would pale in comparison to the creamy, cheesy grits. Here’s the thing about Kd’s: not only is it good, it’s better than it has to be. A restaurant bearing the putative MVP’s name has a certain level of built-in fan base (it had over 10,000 Facebook likes before it even opened) and could probably get away with coasting a little, but if this place serving the

same menu had no memorabilia and were called something generic like “The Estate” or “Gentleman John’s,” it would still be great. It’s easy to recommend independent of its association with a local icon, and with this food in combination with the city’s love for its resident superstar, it’s no wonder the place is packed. I was already aware that I will cry real tears if Kevin Durant ever leaves the OKC Thunder, but now I know that in that terrible eventuality I can at least salve my wounded heart with another helping of those grits. There’s always a silver lining. APRIL 2014 // SLICE 73

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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE A Route 66 classic with copious decorative memorabilia, and huge portions of excellent chicken-fried steak. 4106 NW 39th, OKC, 943.8915 $ CAFÉ 7 Fast and casual, with varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $ CAFÉ 501 Pizzas, salads and specialty sandwiches on artisan breads. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$ CLASSEN GRILL Deftly done diner deliciousness, especially breakfast. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ DEEP FORK GRILL Crisply elegant atmosphere complements superb seafood (cedar plank salmon is a specialty) and steaks. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DINER, THE The classics never go out of style – just ask the locals who flock here for masterful preparation of ordinary breakfast and lunch fare. 213 E Main, Norman, 329.6642 $ DISTRICT 21 This sleek, inexpensive bastion of creativity is run by Francis Tuttle’s culinary school. 12777 N Rockwell, OKC, 717.7700 $ FLINT Casual style plus outstanding contemporary cuisine makes a winning combination in the Colcord Hotel. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$ HEFNER GRILL Oysters St. Charles to grilled pork chops and a tempting brunch to boot; with the ambiance enhancements of a live piano and a spectacular lake view. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ INTERURBAN Great food (and prices) in casual comfort – try the chicken-fried steak and anything with honey-pepper bacon. 4 metro locations, $$ KAISER’S AMERICAN BISTRO Founded in 1918, Kaiser’s boasts a great view, a topnotch buffalo burger and an ice cream soda fountain. 1039 N Walker, OKC, 232.7632 $

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LEGEND’S A casually upscale landmark for over 40 years, it still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Inspired creations featuring prime meats like chicken, bison and duck, topped off with tantalizing and unexpected flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ NEBU This airy, accommodating provider of chef-prepared sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more is in the garden wing of the colossal Devon tower. 280 W Sheridan, OKC $ PACKARD’S NEW AMERICAN KITCHEN They’re not kidding about the “new” – the entire menu is infused with thoughtful, innovative ideas. 201 NW 10th, Suite 100, OKC, 605.3771 $$ PARK HOUSE The staunch wine list and great view of the Myriad Gardens add to a menu filled with contemporary American tastes. 125 Ron Norick Blvd, OKC, 445.7080 $$ PICASSO CAFÉ As creative as its neighbors in the Paseo Arts District; zippy sandwiches, salads, pizza and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $ POPS A bit out of the way but worth the drive, this café has burgers, salads, shakes and an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 $ REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, enchiladas, pork chops and steak in a casual, energetic, hacienda-style atmosphere by the lake. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995 $$ ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL Amply portioned burgers, breakfasts and more fill this inviting diner – the prices are great and the savor of green chilies runs through the menu. 231 S Coltrane, Edmond, 562.4777 $ SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage with inspired sandwiches, salads and pizza. 4401 W Memorial, OKC 463.5594; 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114; 1012 N Walker, OKC, 606.8182 $ SCRATCH Isn’t that the best place for food to come from? Entrees, sides and more are carefully concocted in-house, as are the tantalizing craft cocktails. 132 W Main, Norman, 801.2900 $$ SYRUP The most enticing meal of the day is at this unique breakfast boutique (the crunchy French toast is something special). 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $ VAST Steaks, seafood and globally inspired American cuisine, with a view truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 280 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ WAFFLE CHAMPION A Midtown diner bringing joy to those addicted to its gourmet sweet or savory waffle options. 1212 N Walker, OKC, 525.9235 $ WHISKEY CAKE High-quality locally sourced food served in a homey atmosphere. Enjoy – and don’t forget the namesake dessert. 1845 NW Expressway, OKC, 582.2253 $$

ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Blending Asian cuisine with U.S. culture: sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin BBQ duck pizza and sushi options. 2541 W Main, Norman, 310.6110 $$ DOT WO GARDEN Dot Wo continues its legacy by pairing sumptuous classics of Chinese cuisine with fiery, fresh sushi. 6161 N May, OKC, 608.2388 $$ GRAND HOUSE A Chinese restaurant that goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable

ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N Classen, OKC, 524.7333 $$ GUERNSEY PARK A hidden treasure on an Uptown back street, it’s home to tasty Asian fusion with a hint of French influence. 2418 N Guernsey, OKC, 605.5272 $$ O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in cool, vibrant digs. 105 SE 12th, Norman, 701.8899 $$ SAII Rich ambiance boosts expertly done Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare plus stellar sushi. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$ VII ASIAN BISTRO A bright, sleek interior and savory spate of Chinese and Vietnamese options. 2900 N Classen, OKC, 604.2939 $

BAKERY BIG SKY BREAD Enjoy cookies, scones, brownies or granola, plus an incredible bevy of fresh-baked bread. 6606 N Western, OKC, 879.0330 $ BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $ CUPPIES & JOE The name is only part of the story: for cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a cozy, trendy vibe and more, take a peek. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $ KITCHEN NO. 324 Seasonally inspired café, coffee curator and craft bakery serving spectacular rustic American cuisine. 324 N Robinson, OKC, 763.5911 $ LA BAGUETTE Comfort and exquisite baking make a tres chic destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 2100 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ NONNA’S BAKERY Scrumptious cream pies, cakes and much more founded on family recipes – walk in and pick or call ahead to order. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $ PIE JUNKIE Call ahead to order a whole pie or quiche from the extremely tempting menu or walk in and choose from what’s on hand; either way the flavors are incredible. 1711 NW 16th, OKC, 605.8767 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES The ambiance and milk bar make great additions to the variety of specialty cupcakes in this charming little converted house. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $


DEEP DEUCE GRILL A funky, comfortable alternative to Bricktown crowds, featuring burgers, beer and a people-watching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $ JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to OKC, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$ MONT, THE Enjoy tempting pub food with a zing of Southwestern flavor (and a Sooner Swirl from the bar) at a Norman landmark with a primo patio. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $ O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, it’s been serving up killer burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $ PELOTON Brake for a handful of apps, sandwiches and salads plus a great wine and beer selection. 900 N Broadway Ave, OKC 605.0513 $ PUB W Multiple atmospheres for whatever hangout vibe you like, and a menu of “new classic” fare from barbeque wings to thick pork chops. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 701.5844 $$ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Part beer bar and part upscale eatery, pairing a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577 $$ SAINTS An inviting Irish bar where whiskey and beer offerings pair nicely with classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$ SEAN CUMMINGS’ Classic Irish fare delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N May, OKC, 755.2622 $$ URBAN WINEWORKS Made-in-Oklahoma wine paired with haute culinary creations featuring rabbit, duck, pork belly and more. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 525.9463 $$ VZD’S The unusually broad, tasty bar menu draws a substantial lunch crowd; try the turkey burger, the chili or both. 4200 N Western, OKC, 524.4203 $ WES WELKER’S The food shows great variety and imagination, like duck nachos, and the bevy of TVs and 83 available beers ain’t bad either. 3121 W Memorial, OKC, 608.2200 $$

BARBEQUE EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a competitive genre, the chain pounds out hit ribs and turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, $

51ST STREET SPEAKEASY The energetic joint’s porch and patio are perpetually packed, and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with abandon. 1114 NW 51st, OKC, 463.0470 $

IRON STARR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, its entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$

ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout dishes aimed at recreating the true English public house vibe. 121 E Main, Norman, 928.5801 $$

LEO’S BAR-B-Q Rich flavor and tender texture for commendable value – no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $

BELLE ISLE BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection in 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $

RUDY’S Totally casual – think cafeteria trays and plastic utensils – with brisket and other staples that speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552; 3437 W Memorial, OKC, 254.4712 $$

BLU FINE WINE & FOOD Popular among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$ CLUB ONE15 A nightclub vibe with energetic music and three bars, plus a robust menu including fajitas, pasta bowls and seafood. 115 E Sheridan, OKC, 605.5783 $$

BURGERS // SANDWICHES BISON WITCHES Monster sandwiches with standout flavors, best enjoyed with a bread

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rotiSSerie ChiCken

Limited availability. Served with mashers & choice of side. 16

JalaPeño Cheddar MeatloaF

Finished with ancho chile sauce & served with mashers. 16

ChiCken Fried Steak

Sourdough breading with chorizo gravy & mashers. 17

Bone-in Pork ChoP

Hand-cut, brined & rotisseried for maximum tenderness. Finished on the grill with Asian BBQ sauce. Served with sweet potatoes & spinach. 19

Blue Corn ChiCken enChiladaS

Handmade enchiladas topped with red chile sauce, fresh avocado & a fried egg. Served with our green chili mac. 14

steaks & seaFood Wood-grilled, finished with herbed butter & served with your choice of two sides.


7 oz - 28


12 oz - 22

Surf & Turf

7 oz filet & lobster tail - 36

CriSPy tilaPia

Cornmeal crusted, sweet & spicy tartar, sweet corn pico & mashers. 18

ahi tuna

Sashimi grade, pan-seared medium rare served with ponzu sauce, wasabi, shallot spinach & sticky rice. 20

FiSh taCoS

Lime-marinated, pan-seared tilapia rolled into corn tortillas with cabbage, cilantro, chipotle sour cream & sriracha sauce. Served with sweet potato fries. 13

PLanked SaLMon & ShriMP

Fired on a cedar plank then finished with lemon-caper-white wine sauce. Served with mashers & shallot spinach. 28


salads & souPs thai Steak Salad

Grilled tenderloin with fresh greens, mango, cucumber, roasted peanuts, crispy noodles & avocado finished with peanut sauce & sesame vinaigrette. 17

Mediterranean PaSta

ChiCken CoBB

LobSTer Mac & cheeSe

the Pear

ChiCken tortellini CarBonara

SPinaCh Salad

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Kalamata olives, fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, capers, & herbs tossed in vin blanc with penne, feta & Parmesan cheese. 14 • Add chicken 4 • Add shrimp 8 Coldwater lobster tail, penne pasta, mascarpone, cheddar & lobster cream finished with fresh bread crumb, bacon & shaved Parmesan. 28 Cheese tortellini, grilled breast of chicken, pancetta, garlic, cream, Parmesan & lemon zest finished with an egg yolk & pine nuts. 16

Chago’S Steak Pita

Grilled steak, caramelized jalapeño onions, bell peppers & melted jack cheese with pico & chipotle mayo. 10

the CuBan

Ham, pork, salami, fontina cheese, pickles & chipotle mayo on ciabatta. 9

ChiCken CluB

Wood-grilled chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, Swiss cheese, tomato & avocado with mayo on your choice of ciabatta or grilled whole wheat. 10

Grilled chicken breast atop crisp iceberg lettuce with bacon, egg, tomato, avocado, Stilton blue cheese crumbles & balsamic vinaigrette. 14

Sliced Bosc pear, spiced pecans, & Stilton with pear vinaigrette. 11 Add chicken 4 • Add grilled shrimp 8 Fresh spinach, quinoa, couscous, cucumber, dried cranberry, seedless grapes, Mandarin oranges, pine nuts & lemon vinaigrette. 11 Add chicken 4 • Add salmon 6 Fresh greens with your choice of grilled or rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, cornbread croûtons, dates, avocado & almonds with herbed vinaigrette. 13

trudy’S ChiCken Salad

Roasted chicken, green apples & walnuts. 10

toMato BaSil or Baked Potato SouP The originals. Cup 5 • Bowl 8

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Veggie SandwiCh

Fontina cheese, fresh sautéed spinach, red ripe tomatoes, olive tapenade & Hass avocado on toasted whole wheat. 10

Coyote ChiCken

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Wood-grilled chicken breast on ciabatta with caramelized jalapeño onions & jack cheese with chipotle mayo. 9

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House-cured corned beef, sauerkraut, Lottinville house sauce & melted Swiss on grilled rye. 9


A 1/2-pounder with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle & your choice of American or Swiss. 11 • Add caramelized jalapeño onions 1 • Add crisp bacon or avocado 2

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FARE | Eat & Drink bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $ CAFÉ PLAID Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with sensational salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) – an ideal lunch spot near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $ COW CALF-HAY The selections are ample and interesting, and the delicious neverfrozen patties are mmmmmassive. 3409 Wynn, Edmond, 509.2333, 212 N Harvey, OKC, 601.6180 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Burgers boasting innovations like sauerkraut, pineapple relish and habanero salsa.100 N University, Edmond, 974.4638; 6315 NW 39th Expwy, Bethany, 603.2822 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE The focus is on the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries. 4 metro locations, $ ICE HOUSE Big, beefy burgers (recipe by Nic of Nic’s Grill fame), salads and shakes, with the gorgeous Myriad Gardens as a backdrop. 125 Ron Norick, OKC, 232.6427 $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Handmade fries and rings and simply great burgers; try the tasty OK-bred No-Name Ranch beef. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $ JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Freshground burgers cooked over real charcoal; try the Cheese Theta or Caesar varieties. 4 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-as-you-are bar-type hangouts excelling at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of Lake Hefner from the patio adds ambiance to a tasty spate of entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $

BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE Get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte in the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this stressless dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ THE BLUE BEAN Smoothies, pastries and sweet treats, plus excellent small-batch roasted coffee – your taste buds will thank you for sampling the specialty flavor combinations. 13316 S Western, OKC, 735.5115 $ CAFÉ EVOKE Outstanding coffee and other beverages from one of the area’s great caterers; plus soup, sandwiches, snacks or sweets. 103 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.1522 $ COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe on Automobile Alley, it’s a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts. 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $ ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house - passionate staff is always eager to share knowledge about the process. 815 N Hudson, OKC, 633.1703 $ MICHELANGELO’S Enjoy exceptional coffees and wines, a well-stocked pastry case and even breakfast and lunch selections. 207 E Main, Norman, 579.3387 $ PARAMOUNT, THE A Film Row joint with a screening room attached, its all-day beverage menu delivers the stuff dreams are made of. 701 W Sheridan, OKC, 517.0787 $

from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$

vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus you’ll ever see. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $

MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane, intimate dining: excellent steaks, chops, seafood and pastas, and Caesar salad prepared tableside. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$

LOCAL Using fine, fresh regionally sourced ingredients, its menu changes seasonally but its warm atmosphere is constant. 2262 W Main, Norman, 928.5600 $$

MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE In the OKC Museum of Art, its European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$ NONNA’S EURO-AMERICAN RISTORANTE A cozily appointed, opulent atmosphere housing distinctive cuisine and drinks. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $$$ PARK AVENUE GRILL A soigne dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood cuisine with 1930s high style. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$ PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside and cheerful on the patio, with an awardwinning menu of distinctive flavors – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE A diverse, delicious international menu set off by carefully chosen wines. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Penn, OKC, 528.2824 $$

RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings, spectacular coffee, baked treats, vegetarian-friendly specials and live music. Highly recommended! 3122 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.3430 $

SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$

T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE This endearing retreat offers over 100 varieties and expert counsel to explore a world of possibili-teas. 7518 N May, OKC, 418.4333 $

SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; huge culinary rewards of French and Italian flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$


WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées wide-ranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$

MULE, THE Solid beer and beverage selection plus delectable gourmet grilled cheeses and melts (ingredients range from fontina to figs). 1630 N Blackwelder, OKC, 601.1400 $

BIN 73 Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambiance. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$

NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded, it’s cash-only… and it’s incredible. Mounds of fresh fries and colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best. 1202 N Penn, OKC, 524.0999 $

BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food – pot roast nachos! – with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$

S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: burgers – with toppings like peanut butter or a coffee crust – come as sliders too, the better to sample more selections. 5 metro locations, $

CHEEVER’S Dress up or down for Southwestern-influenced recipes and contemporary comfort food; truly one of the city’s finest destinations for dining out. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$

SERVICE STATION A former filling station with vintage décor, its Bentleys, Packards and dipsticks are now the names of delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S Webster, Norman, 364.2136 $

COACH HOUSE, THE Definitively among the metro’s most elegant, upscale dining experiences: regional specialties prepared with classical perfection. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$

SOONER DAIRY LUNCH This modest little drive-in has been cheerfully feeding its staunch fans burgers, fries, tots and shakes for six decades and counting. 1820 W Main, Norman, 321.8526 $

GRILLE SIXTEEN Downtown Edmond’s hot spot serves gourmet tapas and entrees to complement the perfect glass of wine. 16 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.5333 $$

INGRID’S Authentic German fare, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Don’t overlook breakfast, or the bakery counter! 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444 $$

KYLE’S 1025 For an evening of understated sophistication, Kyle’s magnificent steaks, prime seafood, tapas or even meatloaf are a must. 1025 NW 70th, OKC, 840.0115 $$

OLD GERMANY RESTAURANT Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and sausages are spectacular. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$

TEXADELPHIA The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $ TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS A small menu whose bravura execution makes the meal hard to forget. 324 NW 23rd, OKC, 609.2333; 5740 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.3331 $

COFFEEHOUSE // TEA ROOM ALL ABOUT CHA Universal standards and unusual concoctions (the sweet potato latte is a wonder) in bright, bustling atmosphere. 3272 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.9959 $

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LOTTINVILLE’S Rotisserie chicken, woodgrilled salmon and a host of entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$ MANTEL, THE Marvelous steaks and seafood (don’t miss the lobster bisque), in a refined, intimate atmosphere. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$ MELTING POT, THE Make a meal an event to remember with an elegant fondue feast. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A perennial favorite that’s comfortably upscale, the menu covers culinary wonders

FRENCH LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Fine dining (linger over multiple courses often) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$ WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway housing sumptuous, savory cuisine in quiet comfort. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$

GERMAN DAS BOOT CAMP Exceptional cuisine (and magnificent beer) in a fast-paced location downtown. 229 E Main, Norman, 701.3748 $

ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$

HEALTHY // ECLECTIC COOLGREENS Customization encouraged; every available component in salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, $$ EARTH, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads and soups in one of the most

LUDIVINE The menu adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients. 805 N Hudson, OKC, 778.6800 $$$

ICE CREAM // YOGURT IL DOLCE GELATO Rich, creamy and decadently delicious, handmade daily from scratch. 937 SW 25th St, Moore, 794.7266; 1318 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 329.7744 $ ORANGE LEAF Dozens and dozens of tasty, waistline-friendly flavors and toppings, charged by the ounce. 9 metro locations, $ PEACHWAVE A full 50 flavors – every one low-fat or non-fat – of the finest, freshest ingredients in customized combinations. 3 metro locations, $

INDIAN GOPURAM – TASTE OF INDIA A full-service restaurant with the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ KHAZANA INDIAN GRILL The food is superior and very fresh; the staff is delightful, and new diners can even get a guide. 4900 N May, OKC, 948.6606 $$ MISAL OF INDIA A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandooricooked delicacies in splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ TAJ A tremendous set of Indian staples and delicacies, plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$

ITALIAN // PIZZA BELLINI’S Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the fare keeps the booths full; don’t overlook Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$ CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises firsttime diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them as classic dishes are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$ EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE Reigning over the Plaza District in New York style, it offers whole pizzas or slices, a full bar and a primo patio. 1734 NW 16th, OKC $ GABRIELLA’S A fresh chapter in the family’s delectable legacy; one bite of the homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA Incredible pizza in jovial surroundings; it’s amassed a devoted following for over half a century. 7 metro locations, $$ HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA No humility needed for this true Chicago-style pizza, boasting perhaps the best crust known to man. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $ JOEY’S A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$ OTHELLO’S Warm mussels to tiramisu – all you could want in a romantic Italian café. 434 Buchanan, Norman, 701.4900; 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$

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FARE | Eat & Drink PIZZA 23 A tempting suite of specialty pies and good beer selection in crisp, urban décor. 600-B NW 23rd St, OKC, 601.6161 $$ SOPHABELLA’S A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from Chicago and beyond in style. 7628 N May, OKC, 879.0100 $$$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of tastes for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch, amid stylish scenery. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ UPPER CRUST This pizzeria and wine bar specializes in thin-crust, New York-style pies. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743; 1205 NW 178th, Edmond, 285.8887 $$ VICTORIA’S A shabby-comfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – try the chicken lasagna. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff treat customers like guests in their home. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas starring fresh ingredients (including figs and truffle oil) and made-from-scratch sauces. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

JAPANESE // SUSHI CAFÉ ICON Tempting sushi and Japanese specialties fill the menu to bursting with visually splendid and palate-pleasing treats. 311 S Blackwelder, Edmond, 340.8956 $$ GOGO SUSHI Prime for lovers of speed and convenience – go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore, 794.3474; 432 NW 10th, OKC, 602.6333 $$

IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic space on the Bricktown Canal offering excellent sushi, specialty rolls and sake. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.1325 $$ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry by skilled chefs at tableside hibachi grills. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$ SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, as well as options starring more adventurous ingredients, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 NW 178th, OKC, 285.7317 $$ SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in a broad and creative menu). 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s small with a traditional menu; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$


options; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $

breakfast specialties truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $

NUNU’S Tangy, tantalizing, fresh and healthy flavors, reproduced from generations-old recipes. 3131 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7000 $

CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on Mexican fare, specializing in fresh fish and Angus beef. 1901 NW Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), OKC, 840.1051 $$

QUEEN OF SHEBA A 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 Family recipes 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, with a romantic setting and perhaps the best mojitos in the universe. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$

CHUY’S The portions are substantial, the Hatch chile-fueled flavors are strong and the vibe is playfully enthusiastic. 760 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 360.0881 $$ FUZZY’S TACO SHOP Jumbo burritos and big, flavorful salads – and, with emphasis, shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, Norman, 701.1000; 208 Johnny Bench, OKC, 602.3899 $ IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172; 6482 Avondale, OKC, 607.8193 $$ INCA TRAIL Flavors from around the world, piquant ceviches to homemade flan. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$

ABUELO’S The variety, plates, flavors and experience are all huge. No passport required. 17 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1422; 3001 W Memorial, OKC, 755.2680 $$

JUAN DEL FUEGO Blueberry pancakes to beef quesadillas, this self-styled Mexi-Diner dishes up breakfast and lunch standards from both sides of the border. 223 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.20302 $

BASIL MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ Chicken Bandarri, Beef Souvlaki or a fresh bowl of tangy tabouli; flavor leaps from every corner of the menu. 211 NW 23rd, OKC, 602.3030 $

BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing-room-only at lunch, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $

LA BRASA Flavors of Peru make for a powerfully delicious dining experience in ceviches, sandwiches, fried rice and other entrees. 1310 NW 25th, OKC, 524.2251 $$

HAIGET’S Vegan-friendly – and friendly in general – this gem rewards the adventurous with Ethiopian and Kenyan specialties. 308 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 509.6441 $$

CAFÉ DO BRASIL It’s a long way to Rio, but the spicy, savory menu covers the distance in a mouthful. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$

LA LUNA Its festive cantina-style atmosphere only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bold dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$

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CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant Guatemalan flavors. The

MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN Handrolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and

AVANTI BAR & GRILL Casual elegance with contemporary Italian menu twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza and more. 13509 Highland Park, OKC, 254.5200 $$

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FARE | Eat & Drink signature dishes, on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ MAMAVECA Familiar Mexican favorites plus the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$ TARAHUMARA’S This airy, unassuming ristorante serves huge, tasty Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$

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MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The ambiance and service are sublime, but steak is the star: fine hand-selected custom-aged beef, broiled to perfection. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$

ZARATE’S The familiar joys of enchiladas and chimichangas, plus Peruvian dishes featuring plantains, yuca and imported spices. 706 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.6400 $$

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

HILLBILLY PO BOYS Unassuming name; mighty appealing flavor in tasty seafood sandwiches and the licit thrill of moonshine cocktails. 1 NW 9th, OKC, 702.9805 $ JAZMO’Z BOURBON STREET CAFÉ An upscale yet casual environment boasting Cajun and Creole-inspired selections. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A huge Bricktown warehouse where the Crab Boil is a favorite and taste is king. 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$ SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus fried and grilled seafood. 13801 Quail Pointe Dr, OKC, 286.5959 $$

SOUL FOOD THE DRUM ROOM Crispy, juicy fried chicken (among the city’s best) stars with fried okra, waffles and a fully loaded bar. 4300 N Western, OKC, 604.0990 $$ KD’S Pork chops, seafood grits and more of Kevin Durant’s favorite foods, presented with skill and vim – and a dose of star power. 224 Johnny Bench Dr, OKC, 701.3535 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES A labor of love adored by locals seeking Southern classics flavored with authenticity. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $

STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance and cuisine easily in the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if pricy, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S An Oklahoma institution over 100 years old, its huge corn-fed steaks and matchless atmosphere are history

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YUCATAN TACO STAND Latin fusion cuisine like paella and tamales plus signature nachos and combos… and over 75 tequilas. 100 E California, Suite 110, OKC, 886.0413 $

BIGHEAD’S Fried alligator, frog legs and simmering, savory seafood gumbo – it’s a bayou treat right nearby. 617 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.1925 $$

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JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak, lobster or prime rib with Lebanese appetizers gratis – Jamil’s has fed Oklahoma well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln,Lorem OKC, 525.8352 $$ sit amet, ipsum dolor

TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, $$

FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, oysters on the half shell… anyone who wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 348.2300 $$


HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE Plush and cozy, with entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice in the menu. 1199 Service Rd, Moore, 799.0300 $$

JUNIOR’S A landmark Oil Center building exercitation ullamco laboris restaurant where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$


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OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Supreme upscale dining via hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a vast wine selection and intimate ambience. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$ RANCH STEAKHOUSE The effortlessly opulent Ranch offers custom-aged hand-cut tenderloins and ribeyes, warm hospitality and unbridled Southern comfort. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$ RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks, vibrant, imaginative flavors and amenities to make world-class dining. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$ TWELVE OAKS Lobster, seafood and divine steak, enhanced even more by the ambiance of a hilltop Victorian home. 6100 N Midwest, Edmond, 340.1002 $$$

THAI PAD THAI Dine in comfortably or carry out beautifully executed exemplars of the form: delicately flavored or searingly spiced soups, curries, and noodle dishes. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $ SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, cinnamon beef... the variety is exceptional, and the create-your-own lunch special is 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 soups, it makes a great dinner date. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI There’s a lot to like here, from red snapper filet to pad thai. Pay attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$

VIETNAMESE CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilities, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual dining alternative. 323 White, Norman, 801.3958 $ LIDO Spring rolls to vermicelli bowls, this venerable diner runs the gamut of Vietnamese,Chinese and even French cuisine. 2518 N Military, OKC, 521.1902 $$ PHO CA DAO Amid vermicelli bowls, rice platters and more, the main draws are still piping hot pho and icy cold bubble tea. 2431 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 521.8819 $ PHO BULOUS Super fresh and super fast, specialties like Honey Ginger Chicken or Wasabi Salmon merit closer inspection. 3409 S Broadway, Edmond, 475.5599 $






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TOP 10 Prime starting points for making the most of the month 84 SEE HOW WE RUN (AND RIDE) Metro races to stretch your legs philanthropically 88 WORDS OF POWER Author Khaled Hosseini shares his literary voice 90 TIME TRAVEL A glamorous getaway in venerable, sight-studded Quebec 92 SEE & DO April’s music, theater, visual arts and other delights 96 APRIL 2014 // SLICE 83

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April 4, OKC Farmers Public Market Art deco style represents a spirit of glamour, exuberance and faith in social progress – precisely the perfect theme for the annual martini-centric party that helps Allied Arts encourage the state’s present and future creativity. An art auction, hors d’oeuvres and a selection of specialty beverages will commingle to make ARTini Deco a very stylish soiree indeed.


April 4-26, Carpenter Square Theater Languishing unperformed for over a century after the passing of its author (the one and only Mark Twain), “Is He Dead?” follows a struggling artist’s sudden rise to fame … after faking his demise. Inventing a sister as his new disguise helps, but romantic complications arise (don’t they always?) in Carpenter Square’s door-slamming (coffinslamming?) farce.

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April 10-13, OCU Burg Theater A deep discussion about the relative values of genius, talent and inspiration, and how their intersections can shape the course of history? Sounds like a drink might be in order. Picasso, Einstein and other luminaries spend most of Steve Martin’s play pontificating in the namesake bar as TheatreOCU visits “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”


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April 12, Petroleum Club A wonderful wizard could scarcely conjure up a more delightful time than this: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s annual Fairy Tale Ball offers revels for multiple ages, whether parent, tween or little pirate/prince/fairy/munchkin/witch (good or bad). Fire up your imagination, choose a costume and get ready to head over the rainbow for Adventure: OZ. 84 SLICE // APRIL 2014


April 17, Gold Dome The stretch of NW 23rd Street between Broadway and Penn is well on its way from rundown to positively stellar; that mercantile rejuvenation is ample cause for a toast, wouldn’t you say? Uptown Uncorked combines food and drinks, music and mingling to raise funds for beautification of public spaces. Slainte!

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April 24-26, Downtown Norman Hang on to your face; there’s a better-than-excellent chance it’s in danger of being rocked right off at this free three-day gathering. Though a multi-block stretch of Main Street is closed to cars, it has more than enough foot traffic as tens of thousands of fans crowd together to sample the audio wares of – literally – hundreds of bands. The Bright Light Social Hour, Horse Thief, Moreland & Arbuckle, the Tequila Songbirds, tons of local talent and more headline the 7th annual Norman Music Festival. Keep on rockin’.


April 18-19, OKC Civic Center You know the story, but this is something you’ve never seen before. With a libretto and choreography by Artistic Director Robert Mills, a score composed by Kermit Poling and played by the OKC Philharmonic and feats of graceful strength by the OKC Ballet, this “Beauty and the Beast” makes a tale as old as time into a brand-new joy.


April 22-27, Downtown OKC The Arts Council of OKC’s free, open-air assembly of arts, crafts, performers, food and general conviviality called the Festival of the Arts is still an absolute must-see and greener than ever (now entirely compostable or recyclable). More than 500 artists from across the country applied to be part of this celebration; the 144 chosen represent the crème de la creativity.


April 24-27, OCU Kirkpatrick Center Balmy atmosphere, intoxicating music and the triumph of love over prejudice make “South Pacific” a dreamily enjoyable theatrical interlude to the bustle of daily life; in addition to a sold-out special performance for schoolchildren, CityRep and OCU’s Opera and Music Theater Company pool (or perhaps lagoon) their talents to share three enchanted evenings and an enchanted matinee.


April 26, Pribil Stadium It’s the dawn of a bigger world for sports in the metro as Coach Jimmy Nielsen leads the OKC Energy FC soccer team into action for its first home game … ever. The Orlando City Lions are the Energy’s first home foe; what better test to kick off the OKC season than the defending USL PRO league champs? APRIL 2014 // SLICE 85

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Lee Marmon (Laguna Pueblo), “Laguna Eagle Dancers” Next page clockwise from top left: Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muscogee/Diné), “This is not a commercial, this is my homeland” // Shan Goshorn (Cherokee), “Pawnee Woman in Field” // Jennie Ross Cobb (Cherokee), “Graduating Class of 1902, Cherokee Female Seminary, Tahlequah” // Sama Alshaibi (Iraqi/Palestinian), “Olives From Gaza: the bitter dream” // Erica Lord (Athabaskan/Inupiaq), “Untitled (I Tan to Look More Native)” // Zig Jackson (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) “Kennecott Copper Mine Tooele, Utah”


By Steve Gill

CONSIDERING THAT IT FUNCTIONS BY CAPTURING MOMENTS IN TIME AND DISPLAYING IMAGES AS THEY ACTUALLY APPEAR, photography is a surprisingly versatile medium – what winds up in the finished picture depends on the person holding the camera and reflects his or her intention and viewpoint, whether that’s, “This puppy is adorable” or “These mining projects are ruining this landscape.” However many times you see something yourself, there’s value in seeing it through someone else’s eyes (or lens), especially if that other viewpoint saw it first. That’s the crux of a traveling photography exhibit opening this month at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art: “Our People, Our Land, Our Images” presents a collection of indigenous photographers’ looks at their own homelands. The images in this exhibition explore their creators’ connections to their land, community and traditions – in the form of 51 works by 26 artists native to regions as far-flung as Peru, Iraq, New Zealand and the United States, including Jennie Ross Cobb (Cherokee), the earliest known female Native American photographer. The traveling exhibition was organized by Veronica Passalacqua of the University of California at Davis, and is a program of ExhibitsUSA; Fred Jones assistant curator Heather Ahtone helped bring it to Norman. She explains, “I was interested in the exhibition because it includes artists from Oklahoma, but also broadens the

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scope of indigenous art through a global perspective. I loved the idea of having contemporary photography from Oklahoma in dialogue with art from across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East in our gallery.” Ahtone also emphasizes the diversity of attitudes on display in the exhibit, as well as physical places. As reflected in the artists’ statements that accompany each image, “Our People” is more about cultural connections to place, rather than a shared feeling of marginalization or defensiveness. “The breadth of perspectives the artists bring crosses time, continents and cultures. There is no single common element other than the medium of photography. As an example, Hulleah Tsinhnhahjinnie’s imagery addresses stereotypes that exist about places that are sacred; that may seem defensive, but it is also an act of self-determination that is intrinsic to sovereignty. The politics of her work are critical in communicating a Navajo perspective to a broader, non-Navajo community. Other artists’ work serves as documentary, and others’ as self-reflection. The range of first-person voices is the strength of the exhibition.” It’s a thematic area ripe for consideration, offering fertile ground for audience engagement, and something Ahtone is eager to have the museum continue to explore. “This is a direction I hope to take our non-Western exhibitions into further. In Oklahoma, we already have a great appreciation for Native American art. I believe that expanding that appreciation to include other tribal groups, and beyond, is going to benefit our community.” Ultimately, Ahtone says, “This exhibition has imagery that is humorous, biting, ironic, sarcastic, imaginative and historic. Viewers will find work they like, but also – and more importantly – they will find images that will make them think long after they’ve left the galleries. I think people want to be impacted by art, and this exhibition will do that.”


Our People, Our Land, Our Images will be on display through May 25 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, including a gallery talk by Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn on Friday, April 11. Admission to the museum is free; visit or call 325.3272 for more information.

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The Skinny: Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6 Waterford Complex, NW 63rd St and Penn Ave, The Beneficiary: The Anna’s House Foundation, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing immediate, stable and loving homes for Oklahoma County’s youngest children in state custody. That’s accomplished through a personally connected network of support for families caring for children in foster care and resources for the unique needs those children share. The Details: The 32nd annual version of the event that aims to combine “fitness, fun and philanthropy” offers options aplenty for potential competitors: 5k and 10k runs, a 5k wheelchair race, cycling tours of 10, 33 and 50 miles and even a non-competitive 2-mile walk-slash-baby stroller derby and a 1-mile run just for kids. The atmosphere is one of communal conviviality however close the competition gets, and the two-day slate of events normally draws around 6,500 entrants – not counting the 800 or so kids participating in their own free run.


The Skinny: Saturday, April 12 Stars and Stripes Park, Lake Hefner, 951.3333, The Beneficiary: The YWCA of Oklahoma City, the central Oklahoma chapter of the worldwide organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and providing help and hope to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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The Details: Two minutes isn’t the time limit for the race (you don’t have to be The Flash to have a shot at finishing) – it’s the interval between sexual assaults across the United States. Funds raised through pledges and participation in this adult 5k and the accompanying Kiddie K will help bolster local victim assistance programs and strengthen the YWCA’s efforts to reduce the occurrence of these atrocities … as fast as they can.

The Beneficiary: The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum – which is private and non-profit, and receives no government funds for operation, so this event and the more than five million dollars it has raised for the museum to date remain instrumental in maintaining this symbol of hope and resilience. Recovery after the 1995 bombing was a marathon in its own right, and

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today’s runners and donors are the driving force in making sure this story is told forever. The Details: It’s known as the “Run to Remember,” a name that applies both to the tragic loss of life from the Oklahoma City bombing and the positive experience associated with participation in the race itself. Runner’s World has called it one of the 12 “must-run” marathons anywhere, and 25,000 racers from every state and countries all over the world – buoyed by an incredible outpouring of support from the Oklahoma City community – compete in a full or half marathon, relay, 5k or kids’ marathon to remember those lost and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. OKC Hungryman


The Skinny: Saturday, May 3 Wild Horse Park, 1201 N Mustang Rd 488.1300 The Beneficiary: The Oklahoma chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, dedicated to mobilizing support on behalf of those affected by the disease that keeps people from moving – including education, advocacy, assistance programs and ongoing research to continue the search for a cure. The Details: It’s not really a race per se, and a more accurate name would be Walk MS OKC Metro, as this year’s event ventures a bit outside the capital city itself into the beauty of Mustang. First and foremost a fundraiser in which individuals or teams set goals and collect donations and pledges, there’s still plenty of room for enjoyment at the event itself. Don’t forget to visit the vendor expo.


The Skinny: Saturday, May 17 Midtown OKC, 20 NW 9th St., 236.0452, The Beneficiary: The nonprofit Neighborhood Services Organization, which provides housing and health services to homeless and low-income OKC citizens. Last year the NSO supplied rental assistance, reduced-cost dental care and transitional housing for over 72,000 people. The Details: This 4-person 10k relay comes with a heck of a hook: before taking off on his or her mile-and-a-bit race through the streets of downtown OKC, each entrant must chow down on a sample of tastiness from local restaurants. In everyday life it’s rude to eat and run; here it’s the only way to win. If you’re honestly not that peckish, there’s also a 5k this year that doesn’t require eating anything. You should still probably wear a costume, though. Because why not? APRIL 2014 // SLICE 89

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By Steve Gill

ACCORDING TO ONE INTERNATIONALLY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, “a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey.” The man had no shortage of talent manifested in his medical practice, but he honed his gift for storytelling and began writing in the mornings before visiting his patients, and now he’s a celebrated novelist with over 40 million copies of his works sold worldwide. What’s the opposite of a donkey? Literary lion Khaled Hosseini is coming to Oklahoma City April 9 as the guest speaker at the Library Endowment Trust’s 12th annual Literary Voices dinner. Hosseini’s career was born out of culture shock, since at 15 his parents fled the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan for the U.S., where his family lived on welfare and he spoke no English. He was determined to achieve financial security through medicine and suc-

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cessfully became a doctor, but discovered a gift with greater reach in writing: his debut novel “The Kite Runner” spent more than two years atop the New York Times bestseller list and went on to sell over eight million copies in the United States. In 2007 Hosseini’s second novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” sold a million copies its first week. Last year saw the release of his third book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” which continues his penchant for emotionally resonant stories about familial bonds, and sold three million copies in its first five months. Beyond his success as a writer, Hosseini has been named a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and his namesake Foundation has provided aid to women, children and homeless refugees in Khaled Hosseini his native Afghanistan. The Literary Voices event is presented by the Chickasaw Nation and benefits the Library Endowment Trust, which helps to support the 14 branches and five extensions of the Metropolitan Library System by providing additional funding for programs, materials and services. This year’s event will also include the presentation of the 2014 Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award (which honors community members who have made outstanding contributions to libraries and literacy) to Rita Gunter Dearmon. For aficionados of Hosseini’s work or those appreciative of the power of literature, this should be a moving, memorable event. Don’t hesitate to get tickets; time can be a greedy thing.


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TIME TRAVEL EXPLORING HISTORIC QUEBEC BY ELAINE WARNER The impressive Chateau Frontenac towered over me as I climbed the stairs to the Dufferin Terrace. The area was alive with tourists – some looking over the protective fence at the St. Lawrence River below, some gathering around a troupe of acrobats performing at the base of the statue of Samuel de Champlain, others strolling or jogging along the boardwalk. Straining, my ears picked out a faint melody – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” As I walked closer, I saw an attractive blond singer, Louisette Couture, who had set up a small stand with a mini-sound system and CDs to sell. I noticed several others who had also stopped to enjoy the music. As Louisette reached the chorus, I could hear two women singing along softly. Feeling brave, I added the alto. Next chorus, we grew more confident. As the song ended, we smiled at each other – no language barrier here – and went our separate ways. That moment defined Quebec City for me.


FOUNDED BY CHAMPLAIN IN 1608 AS THE FIRST PERMANENT FRENCH SETTLEMENT IN CANADA, the tiny community began on the banks of the St. Lawrence River – a section now referred to as Lower Town. Upper Town, atop the cliffs for defensive purposes, is a few years younger. The historic Old Town (Upper and Lower Towns) is surrounded by an impressive wall – the only walled city north of Mexico. The area is very walkable and while there are several staircases and roads winding down the hill into Lower Town, a funicular makes the trip easier. My route of exploration this trip was inspired by a book: Louise Penny’s “Bury Your Dead,” the sixth book in her mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Armande Gamache. I read this first because the mystery was set in Quebec City – my destination – but I’m now hooked and wish I’d started with the first novel. As I read, I kept track of locations mentioned, like the crime scene and restaurants, and planned my route to visit them. I started with breakfast at Paillard’s on St. Jean Street. In Quebec, you will always be greeted in French, it’s the law – but most people are bilingual. I was determined to try my French and everyone was patient and charming even when I had to give up and fall back on English. Next: the crime scene! In the book, a body is discovered in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec – more correctly, in the Morrin Centre, which houses the Society. This stark, gray stone, Palladian-style building has a venerable history. The Redoute Royale – a military installation – stood here in the 1700s. In the early 1800s the first Canadian jail was built on the site – with the occasional miscreant swinging at the end of a rope from a balcony above the main door. Clockwise from left: Hotel Chateau Frontenac, built in the 1890s, is designated a National Historic Site of Canada. // The Morrin Centre houses the Literary and Historical Society library, the only English library in Quebec City. // The original Porte Saint-Jean was built in 1693, part of the city fortification. This gate, the fourth built here, was built in 1939 to accommodate modern traffic. // One of the oldest houses in Quebec City, the Jacquet House, was built between 1675 and 1676. It now houses a restaurant serving traditional Quebecois cuisine. APRIL 2014 // SLICE 93

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GOOD TO KNOW CAFÉ-BOULANGERIE PAILLARD Great for breakfast, sandwiches, light dinner, pastries. L’ENTRECÔTE SAINT-JEAN Specialty is sirloin with mustard sauce. RESTAURANT PARMESAN Italian and French specialties, fun atmosphere. FEU SACRÉ BISTRO & GRILL Signature steaks in romantic, stonewalled atmosphere. Both the upper and lower areas of historic Quebec City can be seen from the St. Lawrence River. Notice the funicular up the side of the cliff.

In the late 1800s, it was home to Morrin College and, since 1924, the home of the Literary and Historical Society. Today it functions as the only strictly English library in Quebec. Visitors during summer can take guided tours of the building including part of the old jail, remnants of the college (with one of the world’s oldest darkrooms) and the library. The rest of the year, tours are by reservation only and limited to groups of eight or more. I noticed several people carrying the Louise Penny book waiting to take a tour. Tours Voir of Quebec offers a Bury Your Dead walking tour that includes the Morrin and a number of other sites – haven’t tried theirs but it looks good.

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Just outside the city wall is the Faubourg Saint-Jean – a “suburb” dating back to 1792. No murders here ... except for my diet. Erico Chocolates and chocolate museum would have enticed me without my mystery. Handiest thing I learned there: how to say chocolate in 19 languages! And just down the street is J.A. Moisan, the oldest grocery store in North America. Founded in 1871, this gourmet grocery is like stepping back into another century – with many contemporary touches. I’m not sure that ladies of the Romantic Period bought seafood salad and flavored tea, but I did – and enjoyed a lovely lunch back in my hotel room.

LA GRANGE AUBERGE – RESTAURANT DE L’ILE Gourmet dining and a charming B&B on Ile D’Orleans. HILTON QUEBEC High-rise hotel just outside the city wall. Ask for a room with view of the Old City. CICERONE TOURS Regularly scheduled tours or custom guide and tour services.

WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? WHILE THERE ARE INTERESTING MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC OLD CHURCHES TO VISIT, the city itself always lures me away from more determined touring. What a pleasure just to wander up and down narrow streets, passing sidewalk cafes, street corner musicians and alleys lined with artists’ wares. Shop windows decorated with a French flair lure buyers through the doors. I always love the displays in C’est Si Bon – their summery tricycle covered with candy looked good enough to eat ... and it was. As much fun as simply wandering is, it’s even more fun when you realize what you’re seeing. Steeve Gaudreault, owner of Cicerone Tours, took our group around the major historic areas and, dressed as Quebec’s first permanent settler Louis Hebert, made history come alive. Another day he took us out of the city to the Ile d’Orléans, a beautiful little island in the St. Lawrence River. About the size of Manhattan, it’s home to 7,000 to 10,000 peo-

The Ile d’Orleans features several little villages – this one Saint-Jean – with charming cottages and gardens.

ple, depending on the season. Main features: wineries, fertile farmland, artisan cheese, chocolate, small shops, galleries, bakeries, restaurants, charming houses – and no fast food or big box stores. Don’t shortchange yourself by trying to rush through Quebec City – it’s like a fine wine. Take time to engage all your senses. Leave time for the little surprises that the city offers so often. And if you hear singing, join in the chorus!

Clockwise from top left: J.A. Moisan, founded in 1871, has featured fine groceries and meats for 143 years. // In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier named the Ile “Bacchus” for the profusion of grapes growing there. Today there are a number of wineries on the island. // An Inspector Gamachestyle breakfast at Paillard // C’est Si Bon – creative confectionary on popular Saint-Jean street // Much of the Ile is agricultural, with strawberries being a particularly valued crop.

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See & Do DANCE Beauty and the Beast Apr 18-19 The OKC Ballet is proud to share the world premiere of its new take on the old tale, featuring choreography by Robert Mills and a new score. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 848.8637, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma Apr 25-May 3 Gaze upon the new - OU’s School of Dance presents a spate of movement including the Metallica-scored Tears for Maria and the sculpturally influenced complexity of Radar. OU Rupel Jones Theater, 563 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.4101,

EVENTS 1st Friday Gallery Walk Apr 4 The historic arts district’s name means “stroll,” which happens to be the preferred form of locomotion while taking in its wonders during a monthly display of arts and culture. Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2688, ARTini Deco Apr 4 A smashing soiree featuring specially crafted signature beverages, a tantalizing art auction and rather a bit of fun to boost funding for Allied Arts. OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 278.8944,

Starlight Supper Apr 10 A scintillating meal under the night sky - each of the five courses is provided by a separate local eatery, and it all benefits [Artspace] at Untitled. Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Dr, OKC, 235.3500, 2nd Friday Circuit of Art Apr 11 A monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic Downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, Ladies in the News Apr 11 The Oklahoma Hospitality Club puts on the ritz at its 48th annual luncheon and style show, benefiting low-income-family service provider The Urban Mission and D-Dent, Inc. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, 470.4499, Live on the Plaza Apr 11 Vendors, artists, residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District, 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, Western Heritage Awards Apr 11-12 In the more casual Jingle Jangle Mingle or the formal awards banquet, the weekend is dedicated to honoring great Western performers, creators and moguls. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250,

Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson Dr, Norman, 701.2600, Spring Sampler Apr 12 The Fine Arts Institute’s exquisitely beautiful Evening of Art returns to Oak Tree: a delectable buffet, beautiful atmosphere and marvelous auction items await. Oak Tree Country Club, 700 Country Club Dr, Edmond, 340.4481, Best of the City Apr 17 We at Slice Magazine invite you to raise a glass (and an hors d’oeuvre) with us to the metro’s finest. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan, OKC, 842.2266, Town Hall Lecture Series: Stephen Moore Apr 17 OKC Town Hall wraps up its season of sharing a world of viewpoints by welcoming economics pundit Moore to share his views on “The Return to Prosperity.” St. Luke’s UMC, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, Uptown Uncorked Apr 17 The joys of great food and drink, harnessed in support of the greater joy of watching (and helping) the Uptown 23rd Street corridor develop and flourish. Gold Dome, 1112 NW 23rd St, OKC, 582.2782, Wall of Fame Induction Apr 17 The Putnam City Schools Foundation adds to the roll of its all-time great graduates by honoring Neal


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Integris Gala Apr 4 Dinner, drinks and dancing to the jams of a special musical guest; the 2014 event benefits the Paul Silverstein Burn Center (OKC’s only). National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 951.5054,

Memory Gala Apr 10 A great evening leads to a more robust community presence, which leads to more support and commitment to the cause, which leads to more funds donated to research, which leads to a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s all part of the Domino Effect gala. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 319.0780,

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Biting the Apple May 2-3 Adults only - seriously - are invited to pique their artistic interest at this annual outpouring of provocatively sensual creativity. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060, JDRF Hope Gala May 3 Fine dining, auctions and prizes await, along with a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby, at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s first Run for the Roses event - saddle up! Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 810.0070,

FILM Wichita Apr 10 Oklahoma Contemporary’s latest Film Night shares the noir-flavored tale of a drifter in the bustling title town in the 1880s. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000,

OKC Fashion Week Apr 6-12 A weeklong whirl of glamour culminates in a Saturday night gala and double fashion show, with a Mercedes giveaway as extra enticement. Devon Energy Center, 333 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 236.1224,

Literary Voices Apr 9 International bestseller Khaled Hosseini makes his way to OKC as keynote speaker for the 12th annual dinner benefiting the Metropolitan Library System. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, literaryvoices

UPCOMING St. Anthony POP! May 2 Champagne, sparkling wines and a bevy of tasty bites add vivre to the ebullient atmosphere at this cheery fundraiser for St. Anthony Hospital; pop by after work for music, auctions and fun. St. Anthony Rapp Center, 535 NW 9th St, OKC, 272.7070,

5 x 5 Show May 5 The salient details are easy to remember: 5-inch square pieces from 55 artists will sell for $55 each in this fastpaced thematic sale. Come have five kinds of fun! Fine Arts Institute, 27 E Edwards St, Edmond, 340.4481,

Reach for the Stars Gala Apr 5 An enchanting dose of Old Hollywood Glam enlivens the fancy annual fundraiser for Youth Services of Oklahoma County, and thus helps improve the lives of metro high school students who have found themselves homeless. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 235.7537,

Respect Diversity Gala Apr 8 School musicians will perform, winners in a statewide arts contest will be honored and everyone will be reminded of the importance of mutual respect for all cultures. Harding Academy, 3333 N Shartel Ave, OKC, 359.0369,

H & 8th Night Market Apr 25 Midtown becomes a primetime paradise in this afterhours street festival boasting live music, a convoy of food trucks, craft beer and free socializing. Hudson Ave & 8th Street, 801 N Hudson Ave, OKC, 633.1703,

May Fair May 3-4 Juried arts and original crafts, family activities, food vendors, even a 5k “Art & Sole” Run - there are wonders in plenty to enjoy at the Assistance League of Norman’s annual open-air fete. Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St, Norman, 321.9400,

Medieval Fair Apr 4-6 Armored knights, wandering minstrels and maidens oh so fair gather alongside food vendors, craftsmen, jewelers and thousands of guests exploring it all in this annual living history fair. Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman,

Native American Youth Language Fair Apr 7-8 Students from across the state gather to learn about and give tribute to their Native languages through written, spoken and visual arts. Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 325.4712,

Festival of the Arts Apr 22-27 A full 12 dozen selected artists, non-stop performances on multiple stages, festive food and free admission fill this must-experience celebration of creativity. Downtown OKC, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 270.4848,

GALLERIES 89er Day Parade Apr 12 Happy birthday, Norman! Floats, horses and bands march down Main to mark the anniversary of the city’s founding. Downtown Norman, 101 E Main St, Norman, Bids for Kids Apr 12 A little dinner, a little dancing, auctions, cocktails and the joy of helping Citizens Caring for Children help kids living in foster care. What’s not to love? OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, 753.4099, Fairy Tale Ball Apr 12 The theme for this 19th annual child-centric gala is “Adventure: Oz,” meaning little munchkins, adventurous tweens and even parents will have an evening filled with curiosities and delights before it’s time to click their heels and return home. Petroleum Club, 100 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 606.7003, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show Apr 12 To cap off Pioneer Library’s Big Read - which in 2014 featured “True Grit” - all ages are invited to a free stunt-spangled show of trick riding, roping and shooting. Cleveland County

McCaleb at a celebratory banquet. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 495.5200, Premiere on Film Row Apr 18 Fowler Honda sponsors the downtown OKC street festival; it’s family-friendly, pet-welcoming, free to wander through and filled with treats for the ears and taste buds. Film Row, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060 Easter Egg Hunt Apr 19 Little chicks and ducklings and bunnies are invited to hippity-hop down to the Children’s Garden (assuming they fit the name) to search for hidden treasures amid the splendor of spring. Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 445.7080, Pinewood Wagon Race Apr 19 The OK History Center celebrates the 125th anniversary of the 1889 Land Run with an opportunity for visitors to build their own vehicles (from a kit) and head out on their own adventure. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 522.3602,

Rivers & Hayes-Thumann Apr 4-26 The cozy gallery is home to fine art year-round: Collage lover Kate Rivers and photographic wanderer Karen Hayes-Thumann both have varied wonders to explore this month. JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.6336, Spring Fling Apr 4-26 The Paseo gallery’s roster of artists all chip in to mark the turning of the season with vibrant, joyously beautiful creations to peruse. In Your Eye Gallery, 3005 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2161, Matthew Kaney Apr 4-May 24 Kaney enjoys tinkering with electronics to make interactive art installations that comment humorously on contemporary culture, so expect some engrossing digital tomfoolery. Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood Ave, Norman, 329.4523, ONGOING Prison Girls Through Apr 4 dna galleries, OKC, 525.3499,

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Chuck Webster: Woven With a Silent Motto Through May 16 Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, OKC, 951.0000,

MUSEUMS Our People, Our Land, Our Images Apr 4-May 25 Indigenous photographers from around the world chronicle their homelands through their native viewpoints, examining history, social politics and more. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, Shifting Frontiers Apr 10-Sep 6 Jason Cytacki visually examines the varying distances between Old West cowboys and pioneers and their romanticized portrayals and presence in popular imagination. Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Dr, OKC, 523.3231, ONGOING The Daily Artifact Through Apr 5 Oklahoma Heritage Museum, OKC, 523.3231,

Tuesday Noon Concerts Apr 1-15 Its collection of art is free for public perusal, but the museum sweetens the deal further with free lunch accompaniment: flautist Valerie Watts Apr 1, pianist Jeongwon Ham Apr 8 and harpist Gaye LeBlanc Apr 15. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, Sutton Series Concerts Apr 1-27 The OU School of Music welcomes listeners to a slate of musical mastery: pianist Jeongwon Ham Apr 1, Percussion Orchestra Apr 10, the OU President’s Concert Apr 12-13, OU Civic Orchestra Apr 15, Wind Symphony Apr 21, OU Jazz Bands Apr 23, the Concerto Gala Apr 26 and Collegium Musicum Apr 27. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101,

Philharmonic: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Schumann Apr 5 Descriptions can probably stop after “Yo-Yo Ma” - the most famous classical musician in the world returns to the metro to perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto as the highlight of a truly spectacular evening. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Fine Arts Quartet Apr 6 Chamber Music in Oklahoma welcomes the illustrious Chicago foursome for a setlist of works by Haydn, Zimbalist and - their current specialty - Camille Saint-Saens. Christ the King Church, 8005 Dorset Dr, OKC,

Bricktown Concerts Apr 1-29 Follow the sound down to Bricktown to hear Lydia Apr 1, Silverstein Apr 4 and St. Paul & The Broken Bones Apr 29. Bricktown Music Hall, 103 Flaming Lips Alley, OKC, 600.6092,

Brightmusic: And Legions Will Rise Apr 7-8 The final concert of Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s regular season combines Mozart and Weber with lesserknown triumphs by Puts and Spohr, plus “Raven” by OCU composer Edward Knight. All Souls’ Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral, 6400 N Penn and 127 NW 7th St, OKC,

Campus Corner Cabaret Apr 3 A short showcase of entertainment spun out by the OU School of Musical Theatre, in a cozy off-campus environment. Othello’s,

Joe Bonamassa Apr 8 An incredible, electrifying blues guitarist - legitimately among the world’s finest - visits OKCfor a monster show. Chesapeake Arena,

Arbor Day Art Show Through Apr 12 Edmond Historical Society, Edmond, 340.0078, Come on Down Through Apr 13 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100,

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George M. Sutton: Exploring Art & Science Through Apr 20 Sam Noble Museum, Norman, 325.4712, snomnh.

Allan Houser and His Students Through May 11 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Allan Houser Drawings Through May 18 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 325.3272,

Ansel Adams: An American Perspective Through Jun 1 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100, Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky Through Jun 1 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100,

MUSIC Soweto Gospel Choir Apr 1 The OCCC Cultural Arts Series concludes with a burst of joy to the world courtesy of the Grammy-winning choir formed to celebrate African gospel music. OCCC, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 682.7579, occc. edu/cas Opolis Shows Apr 1-5 Metro, meet Opolis. You’ll make beautiful music together including Norman Music Festival veterans Peelander-Z Apr 1, S. Carey and Winter Hinterland Apr 5 and many more. Check online for the fresh scoop. The Opolis, 113 N Crawford Ave, Norman,

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Festival of Spirituals Apr 13 Still free of charge in this, its 45th year, the Cimarron Opera Company’s annual tradition brings together choirs and vocalists from across the state to share a venerable, inspirational art form. First Presbyterian Church, 555 S University Ave, Norman, 364.8962, OK Community Orchestra Apr 15 The orchestra drops a little Gounod, Grainger and Rimsky-Korsakov on its eager audience, as well as the winning pieces from its Young Artist competition. OC Hardeman Auditorium, 2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, 425.1990, OKC Symphonic Band Apr 15 Nearly 100 musicians collaborate in the outpouring of sound, not including this performance’s special guest soloist: the winner of the band’s Young Artist competition. OCCC, 7777 S May Ave, OKC,

Philharmonic: Neil Sedaka Apr 25-26 His name means “charity,” which might explain why he just gives and gives to popular music - over 500 songs have his name in the byline. The OKC Philharmonic closes out its Pops series with a visit from one of America’s greats. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

Traditionalist and Trailblazer Through May 31 Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, 366.1667,

Oklahoma Textiles Through Jun 30 Red Earth Museum, OKC, 427.5228,

OCU Performance Series Apr 11-30 Students, townies and all appreciative listeners are invited to enjoy performances by the Percussion Ensemble Apr 11, Surrey Singers Apr 13, Project 21 Apr 17, the Wind Philharmonic Apr 29 and a jazz ensemble Apr 30. OCU Petree Hall, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227,

Norman Music Festival Apr 24-26 A free concert is cool; over 100 free concerts in a three-day cavalcade of rock is truly an amazing experience, and Norman’s doing it again - get downtown and drink it all in. Downtown Norman, 101 E Main St, Norman, 579.3693,

Rise, Fall, Resurrection Through May 11 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Making Change Through Jun 30 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Shawn Mullins Apr 11 His voice is getting a little more weathered, but he’s still a champion crooner - singer/songwriter Mullins’ musical road is about to bring him through Norman. Sooner Theater, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321.9600,

An Evening With Midori Apr 24 The exceptional Japanese violin soloist, fresh off her 30th anniversary tour, drops in for one night only of dazzling sonatas. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 N Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010,

Art 365 Through May 10 [Artspace] at Untitled, OKC, 879.2400,

Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America Through Jun 15 Sam Noble Museum, Norman, 325.4712, snomnh.

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Blue Door Shows Apr 3-30 Self-billed as “the best listening room in Oklahoma,” it certainly has some of the best music: the Rollfast Ramblers Apr 3, Monte Montgomery Apr 4-5, Butch Hancock Apr 11, Geoff Muldaur Apr 15, Greg Jacobs Apr 19, Greg Trooper Apr 25, SONiA Apr 26, Jess Klein & Amy Speace Apr 29 and Runaway Home Apr 30 - check online for updates. The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 524.0738,

Jazz Lab Concerts Apr 8-27 UCO School of Music students let their hair down while keeping their skill levels up in these inexpensive concerts: Apr 8, 17, 21, 22-23 and 27. UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 974.3375,

The Conservatory Apr 4-20 Sonic jams of all descriptions in an OKC hotspot: GHOST TOWN Apr 1, The Appleseed Cast Apr 3, Turnover with Pillow Talk Apr 20 and more - adds and adjustments posted online. The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave, OKC, Purple Bar Performances Apr 4-26 A cozy setting, ample menu and outstanding music from local artists: A Perfect Body Apr 4, Jamie Bramble Apr 5, 19 and 26, Becannen & Vollertsen Apr 11 and 25, Eric Dunkin Apr 12 and the Charles Scott Duo Apr 18. Nonna’s Purple Bar, 1 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 235.4410,

Diamond Ballroom Concerts Apr 8-28 Crank it up down by the river with the Reverend Horton Heat Apr 8, Blue October Apr 12, Chevelle Apr 14 and GROUPLOVE Apr 28. Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave, OKC, 866.977.6849, UCO Concert Series Apr 10-30 Take a seat and share listening enjoyment with the university’s chamber musicians Apr 10 and 15, Symphony Orchestra Apr 29 and Symphonic Band Apr 30. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Ave, Edmond, 974.3375, ACM @ UCO Rocks Bricktown Apr 11 The name of the fifth annual festival conveys most of the gist; over 70 student bands fill the streets with tasty tunes, capped off by a free performance from electroneaste Moby. Bricktown Events

Building 429 Apr 26 The anthemic Christian band kicks off the concert season with help from Family Force 5 and Hawk Nelson. Frontier City, 11501 N I-35 Service Rd, OKC, 478.2140, Philharmonic: Fiesta! Apr 27 It’s an orchestral party for young listeners as the OKC Philharmonic’s Family series provides a world tour of festive music. Ole! OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Noon Tunes Apr 3-24 Free lunchtime serenades: Dustin Prinz Apr 3, the Hanaga Piano Jazz Trio Apr 10, the Young Artist Trio Apr 17 and piano master Wayne McEvilly Apr 24. Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, UPCOMING Handel’s Messiah May 1 The Herbert W. Armstrong Choral Union raises the rafters with its traditional heart-swelling send-off. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 N Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010,

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Iowa Apr 18 and 19. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625, Thunder Basketball Apr 3-16 The Thunder take aim at another run to the Finals by hosting San Antonio Apr 3, New Orleans Apr 11 and Detroit Apr 16. Bring on the playoffs! Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4667, Redbud Classic Apr 5-6 Fitness, fun and philanthropy combine in the series of races and events for every level of community competition. Waterford Complex, NW 63rd St and Penn Ave, OKC, Allie Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament Apr 7 Named for the famed “Superchief,” this 18th annual match proffers a chance at fantastic prizes and benefits the Red Earth Museum’s year-round programming. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, 427.5228, 2 Minute 5K Apr 12 The YWCA of OKC is trying to raise awareness of and fight sexual violence, which happens once every two minutes in the U.S. Want to race to help stop it? Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S Lake Hefner Dr, OKC, 951.3333, Gorilla Golf Apr 14 Four-person teams go ape - er, play with enthusiasm - for glory and prizes, but mostly to help support gorilla conservation. Fairfax Golf Club, 2905 N Sooner Rd, Edmond, 359.8600, OKC Heart Walk Apr 19 A 3-mile or 1-mile walk is free for participants, while raising funds to keep the beat alive for research and awareness of cardiac disease. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Ave, OKC, 866.430.9255, Energy Soccer Apr 26 Open wide for some soccer! The OKC Energy FC kick off the first home game of their inaugural season against the Orlando City Lions. Pribil Stadium, 801 NW 50th St, OKC, 235.5425, OKC Memorial Marathon Apr 27 Athletes from all over the world, supported by thousands of local citizens, undertake the emotionally uplifting Run to Remember. Downtown OKC, 888.600.2298, OKC Roller Derby Apr 13 Part graceful race, part all-out brawl, the month’s slate of spectacle boasts the Lightning Broads lacing up against the Fighting Unicorns. Skate Galaxy, 5800 NW 36th St, OKC,

THEATER Working Apr 3-6 A tune-filled portrait of occupational America, with characters ranging from migrant worker to hockey player. (And no, none of the songs are “HiHo.”) UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 359.7989, Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 3-20 The OKC Theatre Company brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s passion project (so to speak) rocking to life as the self-proclaimed Son of God’s life approaches its turbulent coda. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 297.2264, The Cherry Orchard Apr 4-13 It ends with eviction, abandonment and the destruction of the title grove, and the author still thought it a comedy. Cheery guy. The OU University Theatre looks at social change in Chekhov’s final work. OU Weitzenhoffer Theater, 563 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.4101, Lend Me a Tenor Apr 4-19 This high-energy musical pits an opera star who isn’t really dead and a ringer who isn’t really the star (neither of whom know they have a double running around) against a delightful gamut of silliness. St. Luke’s Poteet Theater, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 609.1023,

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Is He Dead? Apr 4-26 Mark Twain (the man himself) wrote this ridiculously funny romp about a painter who fakes

his own death and disguises himself as his nonexistent sister. Carpenter Square Theater, 800 W Main St, OKC, 232.6500, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Apr 8-13 The title garment makes Joseph’s brothers green with envy and red with rage, but through faith and divine assistance, and Celebrity Attractions’ production skill, it may yet all work out. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 800.869.1451, The Women Apr 10-12 An all-female cast provides plenty of drama in Clare Booth Luce’s play about the lives and travails of Manhattan socialites. OCU Sarkey’s Law Center, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, Picasso at the Lapin Agile Apr 10-13 Historical figures discuss genius over drinks in TheatreOCU’s rendition of Steve Martin’s play. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, okcu. edu/theatre You Can’t Take It With You Apr 10-May 4 A prim and proper family receives a shock when they discover their soon-to-be in-laws are kind, supportive and utterly bonkers. Jewel Box Theater, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786, UCO Short Play Festival Apr 11-12 Characters must handle their business quickly when the curtain is ready to fall; get a quick dose of theatrical power as UCO students share a series of one-act wonders. UCO Pegasus Theater, 100 N University Ave, Edmond, 974.3375, cfad/events L’Elisir d’Amore Apr 23-27 Love makes fools of us all - but buying a purported love potion and hoping it works is pretty dumb. UCO students assail the classic comic opera with good humor and gusto. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Ave, Edmond, 974.3375, South Pacific Apr 24-27 Wash those woes right out of your hair by filling your eyes and ears with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s merry musical, presented by CityRep and OCU. OCU Kirkpatrick Center, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 848.3761, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Apr 25-May 9 Into every life a little rain must fall … but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Oklahoma Children’s Theater presents the not-very-sad story of a day gone wrong in this playful musical. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, In the Heights Apr 25-May 17 Life pulses in a largely Dominican New York neighborhood poor in finances but rich in spirit in this emotional, often exuberant, Tony-winning musical. Pollard Theater, 120 W Harrison, Guthrie, 282.2800, ONGOING Triangle Through Apr 5 Lyric’s Plaza Theater, OKC, 524.9310, Hansel and Gretel Through Apr 10 OCU Children’s Center for the Arts, OKC, 951.0011,

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By Lauren Hammack

DEAR FACEBOOK, WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER MANY YEARS NOW AND, BY AND LARGE, IT’S BEEN A FAIRLY PLEASANT RELATIONSHIP. I can still remember when our love was new. I spent almost all my waking hours with you. During the separations with no Internet connectivity, all I could think about was telling you this thing or that, giving you all my doctored-up photos and “liking” everything about you. And even though the years have worn off the early fascination with our relationship, I still devote many exclusive minutes to you every day. In fact, my own pups, the McNuggets, have been conditioned to hold their marble-sized bladders until I first check in with you every morning. You remember the McNuggets, don’t you? They’re in the Halloween ’11 album. Through the years, we’ve learned so much about each other. Thanks to you, I’ve also learned a startling amount of information about our mutual friends. In fact, it’s fair to say I’ve had a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with your revelatory tendency to put everything out there, sharing other people’s assorted afflictions and the kind of social leprosies that are best confined to a good, long stint on the psychiatrist’s couch. Was my mother the only one who dished out repeated warnings not to tell the world everything I know or do you just make me feel that way, FB? 102 SLICE // APRIL 2014

Your eagerness to share everything you know with others is unsettling. Admittedly, my history proves I’m pretty lethargic about clearing my cookies. I’ve left myself vulnerable to those outsiders who want to come between us and who, if not for you and my sporadic cookie hygiene, wouldn’t even know I exist: advertisers. You’ve revealed everything you thought you knew about me and made me the target of some advertising messages that make me wonder whether you ever really knew me at all, FB. Knowing my preference and deep appreciation for doctored-up photos versus the deal-breaking, un-retouched variety, you routinely exploit my horror of aging by subjecting me to ads for various elixirs and potions, aimed right at my crow’s feet. You’ve hit me below the belt, too. I couldn’t ignore today’s ad for an online clothier that features a rather “fluffy” woman in a muumuu, just above an animated gif of belly flab shrinking in and bulging back out. Deny it all you want, but it tells me you’ve either shared my innocent post asking whether I could pay for Girl Scout cookies with PayPal or you’re keeping tabs on the alarming number of checkins I’ve made at Sid’s hamburger grill in El Reno. I don’t apologize. Scrolling through my settings as I do once every lunar eclipse, I noticed you rounded up some book suggestions, based on what you think you know about me. “Little House on the Prairie” – really? “The Secret Garden?” WHAT? Am I a 12-year-old, or are those suggestions your sick idea of an apology for all the age spot salves and herbal menopause relief balm ads? Your movie suggestions suck, too, FB. In the dark of the Preferences section, I bared my soul to you, telling you about all my favorite things. You’ll recall that my favorite movies are “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Godfather” trilogy. And the best you can come back with is “You might also like ... ‘Captain Ron’ or the ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again?’” If I had a suspicious nature, I’d say you’re the source of the rumors that I’m in an online tryst with the ABC Afterschool Special. Or maybe I’ve just creeped on Rob Lowe’s home page a time or five too many. I realize that all relationships have their rough patches. (Saw an ad for that yesterday, btw.) It’s not always rainbows and sunshine – but if I click through and pay $59.99, plus shipping and handling, that’s exactly the flavor of chewable, libido-enhancing pills I can order from Dr. Oz. All I’m saying – and you can post this to everyone in my newsfeed if you want – is that it’s getting harder to keep our love alive, FB. If I had some non-Facebook time to do some legitimate soul-searching, I might even say that what we have together is nothing more than “like.” It won’t be easy, but maybe one day I can come to terms with your town-crier-like asides about someone’s irritable bowels or photos of someone’s fresh corneal stitches. I think we both know I’m not going anywhere, Facebook. But let in one AARP ad and it’s over. Thumbs up, Lauren

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