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April 2015

Best of the City 2015 You voted. We counted. From antique store to charity event, defunct dining establishment to anticipated future development – and with a few of our staff selections added for good measure – we happily present 110 of the greatest hits to be found in central Oklahoma.

On the cover


The State of Our Health Oklahoma isn’t the least healthy state in the country … but we’re not far from the bottom. There’s no better time to start getting fit than now – we asked various experts to weigh in on the best ways to turn unhealthy trends around, one step (or lap, or flight of stairs) at a time.

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A double-helping sundae from Kaiser’s Diner takes the cake for Best Decadent Indulgence on our Editors’ Choice list. Photo by Simon Hurst




Sharing the irresistible sweetness of nature is as easy as this recipe for strawberry pie.

10 From the Editor UP FRONT 18 Chatter An exploration of outstanding metro architecture, student-driven philanthropy, a local artist’s fairy tale and other area topics of conversation. 22 Details It’s a good thing they’re so versatile; you may want to try all of these comfortable combinations of luxurious bedding. 24 Style File A selection of quality products for shaking off winter’s impact on your hair, face and skin. 26 Retro-Spective Remembering the way we were with a look back at the early days of Midtown anchor Plaza Court.

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28 By the Numbers Fast facts and statistics on the subject of local outdoor diversions. 30 Exchange A conversational give and take about living purposefully, loving downtown and eating wisely on the road with fitness expert Ryan Crain. 32 Mingling Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene. 34 77 Counties Travels through Oklahoma with author and photographer M.J. Alexander. FARE 74 Driven to Distinction OKC’s Automobile Alley gets a fresh burst of culinary energy from the bustling Broadway 10 Chophouse.

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76 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide.

April 2015

PURSUITS 84 Top Ten Prime picks for a variety of April entertainment. 86 Boom, Bust and Beyond A new film produced by Mayor Mick Cornett chronicles the ups and downs of OKC’s history. 88 The Study of the Skies A collection of world-class artistic depictions of weather stars in the National Weather Center Biennale. 91 A Whirlwind Southern Escape The pleasures to be found in this constellation of small cities are reason enough to keep Georgia on your mind. 94 See & Do The sights, sounds and various happenings that are enlivening the metro this month. 95 Sonic Boomtown The Norman Music Festival is back to rock the city harder than ever – it’s going to get loud. 96 Festival Fever A weeklong collection of creativity replete with treats is waiting at the Festival of the Arts. 102 Last Laugh 104 Last Look Correction: In the March issue’s Higher Ed guide (page 76), the figure given for Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s tuition rate is incorrect; the undergraduate rate is $185 per credit hour. We apologize for the error.


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Volume 6 Issue 4

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, Lynsey Bradley, Kristi Eaton, Lauren Hammack, Caryn Ross, Elaine Warner ART Art Director Scotty O’Daniel Graphic Designer Brian O’Daniel Production Assistant Tiffany McKnight Contributing Photographers M.J. Alexander, Justin Avera, David Cobb, Terrell Fry, Simon Hurst, Claude Long, Michael Miller, Quit Nguyen, Elaine Warner, Carli Wentworth Intern Keirra Webster

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pring is no time to rest on our laurels, so it’s full speed ahead to reveal the results of our third annual Best of the City poll. I had a ball reading comments left by voters while I was compiling the entries. You guys are a hoot. Some of the most notable included desperate pleas to revive Sean Cummings Pub at all costs (what’s my leverage? I suppose I could threaten a purgatory of wimpy light beers), a request to create a replacement venue for the State Fair Speedway (if only I had the funds), and some inadvertently hilarious typos, like the vote for Best Burger: S&M Burgers (which presumably would refer to S&B’s Burger Joint rather than something for the 21 and over set). It’s good to be back. As you peruse the results, revel in the vicarious thrill of seeing your favorite places selected as winners. Vindication! If you feel that some of them are missing from the top slots, well, there’s always next year, so begin your letter-writing campaign now and start roping in your friends. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the details of our winners’ party on April 16, and come out for a great time. We’ve rounded out the reader selections with a few nods of our own through our Editors’ Choice categories, one of which graces the cover. That sundae from Kaiser’s is calling my name even now, weeks later. Do yourself a favor and go eat one. Soon. In a twist that can only be dubbed ironic considering the cover’s subject matter, another “weighty” topic we’re covering in this issue is the state of our collective health. We nominated one of our fittest to tackle the subject, and Mark Beutler shows us how the state government and private organizations are making strides to improve the longevity and quality of Oklahomans’ lives on page 50. With that in mind, I’m going to head out for a walk to try to work off some of that sundae.

On a personal note: Time has flown since I last penned (pecked) the words for this page – three months gone in a blink, and I’m back with a new title added to my resume … “Mommy.” My sincere thanks go out to everyone who kept the wheels turning here at the Slice House in my absence.

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A Tall Order I think I’m going to retrace Steve’s steps on this one. #PizzaTour Rob Crissinger@rcrissinger on writer Steve Gill’s “Slices of Paradise” pizza journey (March 2015 issue)

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We thought this was a great idea – so we’re making it happen for one lucky reader. We’re giving away a set of gift cards to each and every pizza place included in our March feature, so you could win a chance to recreate your own personal version of our metro-wide pizza crawl. Visit to enter, and good luck … and remember to pace yourself.

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UP FRONT ENERGY BOOST During a break from his hard-traveling schedule, Devon fitness specialist Ryan Crain shares a few words of wellness advice. See page 30.

CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 18 DETAILS Luxurious possibilities for redecorating your bedroom in cozy comfort 22 STYLE FILE Products and tips for a new season of skin and hair care 24 RETRO-SPECTIVE A quick look back at a piece of local history 26 BY THE NUMBERS Checking our figures on the month’s outdoor fun 28


MINGLING Glimpses of central Oklahoma’s social scene 32 77 COUNTIES Travels through the state with author and photographer M.J. Alexander 34 APRIL 2015 // SLICE 17

UP FRONT | Chatter


Building Interest

DESIGN DYNAMOS GENERATING ARCHITECTURAL BUZZ Wood and steel, glass and light and empty space – if you have any doubts that architecture is an art form in its own right, or simply want a closer look at some of the city’s finest examples of innovative design, you’re invited to the 14th annual AIA Architecture Tour. The self-guided exploration of residential and commercial hot spots is April 11 (part of Architecture Week 2015; visit for details and tickets) and offers access to eight locales:

Let’s be clear on one thing: as far as we know, Philip Bauer has never shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. You could be forgiven for wondering, though, considering how impressively the OKC resident resembles Johnny Cash, both in appearance and vocal ability. How good a resemblance, you ask? After a performance, Cash’s drummer W.S. Holland said, “It was spooky. He is the best I’ve ever seen.” Already a world traveler – this year’s loaded itinerary includes a 5th 26-city tour of Australia – Bauer is heading to L.A. this month to perform Live at the Whisky a Go Go for season 5 of “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.” Catch the episode April 28 on AXS TV, and read more about the other Man in Black on

Industrial appeal in 309 Monterey

• 309 Monterey (309 N.W. 13th St.) – This former car sales and service center was remodeled into an open-air office suite. • 828 Residence (828 N.W. 8th St.) – A modern take on the recently demolished former home’s scale and simplicity, it’s part of efforts to revitalize a blighted district. • Classen Residence (925 N.W. 8th St.) – A smaller house designed for its owners’ golden years, its striking construction is carefully planned and luminous. • Mayfair Apartments (1315 N. Broadway Pl.) - A new day dawns for this historic 1930s structure, whose recent renovations carefully and stylishly bridge past and present. • OKSea (30 N.E. 2nd St.) – A hot topic of community discussion, this mixeduse project with a preplanned lifespan is wrought from repurposed shipping containers. • House of Good Taste (12713 St. Andrews Terr.) – Lately restored to glory, this distinctive domicile was a 1960s builder’s visionary “modern” design.

When it comes to weather, nobody does it better than Gary England. The pioneering meteorologist is an Oklahoma treasure (he’s in the state Hall of Fame) and a legend in his field – and after more than 40 years of keeping watchers informed, he’s not through yet. Beginning this month, OU’s new Consulting Meteorologist-in-Residence will release a series of short, entertaining online videos aimed at educating people of all ages about Oklahoma’s weather. For the thousands of us to whom England is the face of forecasting, it’ll be good to see him onscreen again. 18 SLICE // APRIL 2015

• Buddha Minda Monastery (5800 S. Anderson Rd.) – A new construction based on the ancient values of Zen Buddhism, it’s home to inspiration, harmony and tranquility.


Some of life’s lessons should be learned before costly mistakes – that’s why Oklahoma 7th-12th graders take classes in personal finance. Quail Creek Bank has committed $30,000 to local schools to give students access to guru Dave Ramsey’s financial curriculum, as well as free “Intelligent Banking” accounts and services, and occasional classroom advice. In a world where college-bound 18-year-olds are distressingly prone to signing up for multiple credit cards purely for the free t-shirts, it’s the kind of investment that pays huge dividends.



• Howard House (3341 Quail Creek Rd.) – Described as both down-to-earth and extraordinary, AIA Oklahoma called it one of the 10 best project designs from 1975-1985.

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UP FRONT | Chatter

Calendar Watch April 1 In France, today is called “Poisson d’Avril” and kids try to prank their friends by putting pictures of fish on each other’s backs. The more you know … April 5 Happy Easter! April 15 As happy as can be expected Tax Day! April 19 For 20 years, and more to come – we remember. April 22 Earth Day. Do something nice for your planet.

THE SINGER’S SPEECH UCO is marking a big anniversary

with some big names: on the heels of his Oscar win, John Legend is coming to Edmond April 7 as part of the yearlong UCO@125 celebration. The winner of nine Grammys as well as that Oscar and a Golden Globe for “Glory,” the powerful singer is also a philanthropic force, humanitarian and activist for social justice; he should give Broncho students – and the rest of us – much to think about.



It’s one of the most classic structures in storytelling: everything seems ordinary and life is flowing along normally – until the protagonist stumbles across something unexpected and is thrust into a larger, stranger universe. Zak’s tale begins as a nine-year-old in New Mexico, and ends … well, that would be telling. Mixed-media artist Paul Medina has been a frequent weaver of short stories, and though “Enchanted Circle” is his first full-length novel, it’s been in the works for decades. Characters travel between mysterious realms and wield magical powers, but (like a good fable) there are still real stakes and genuine loss; between talking with cats and setting out to destroy the Gaullidon, there’s a conversation in which a father haltingly apologizes for neglecting his son in the wake of his mother’s death, told with wrenching sincerity. To start exploring this world, you’re invited to a signing at JRB Art at the Elms April 18 at 2 p.m.; Medina has an exhibit there this month called “Balancing Acts.” Once you get the book and meet the author – well, there’s no sure way to know where you’ll wind up, is there?

“We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.” -Oklahoma City National Memorial 20 SLICE // APRIL 2015

something else to step up and do something about it … like keep stepping for 12 straight hours. OU and OSU students raised money for Children’s Hospital Foundation throughout the year by hosting silent auctions, benefit nights and letter writing campaigns, but the main event were the dance marathons: OU’s 19th and OSU’s 4th, each fully half a day of nonstop boogie fever. When all was said and done, these students amassed nearly $700,000 to boost the health and spirits of ailing young Oklahomans. So everyone wins.


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Sweet Dreams


By Sara Gae Waters Photos by Carli Wentworth

THIS MONTH I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SCOUTING AROUND TOWN FOR A SUBJECT ON THE SLEEPY SIDE OF THINGS ... but by sleepy, I don’t mean boring. It’s all about where you sleep, and if you are thinking about reworking your bedroom, the bedding is a key factor in that process. Even if it’s just adding different accent pillows (which can really spruce up the place!), the bed is definitely the place to start. While I’m drawn to neutrals that allow you to change the look easily with a throw or patterned sham, I couldn’t resist some of these liveout-loud patterned quilts and duvet covers. An elegant velvet coverlet in a neutral also stole my heart, as did a simple striped coverlet. Here are just a few beautiful choices I pulled together. Find more out there to help you rise and shine … and make that beautiful bed!







1. Taylor Linens coverlet, sham and embroidered accent pillow from Emory Anne’s, Edmond | Black and white canvas from Cayman’s, Norman 2. Company C Stella pillow and Wisteria pattern quilt and duvet from Emory Anne’s 3. Nomad embroidered duvet and sham from Anthropologie, OKC 4. Lili Alessandra coverlet with Square Feathers accent pillows from Cayman’s 5. Brown Linen Square embroidered accent pillow from Emory Anne’s 6. Grey Pom Pom duvet cover and Euro sham from KSDesign, OKC 7. Zala quilt and sham from Anthropologie 8. Flower accent pillow from KSDesign 9. Zocalo quilt from Anthropologie 9 APRIL 2015 // SLICE 23

UP FRONT | Style File

Here Comes the Sun By Lynsey Bradley // Photos by Quit Nguyen

COLD, DRY TEMPS HAVE WREAKED HAVOC ON YOUR HAIR AND SKIN. As you begin to trade your winter layers for shorts and swimsuits, it’s a great idea to start a transition in your skin and hair regimen. We’ve located some of the best products for the move into the warm, sunny days ahead!

PROBLEM: Dry, itchy body A great body cleanser and lotion combination will work wonders to reduce your skin’s dry and itchy patches. AHAVA’s Mineral Botanic Velvet Body Wash and Lotion in the new Tropical Pineapple and White Peach will get you ready to step into the sun with smooth, moisturized skin.

PROBLEM: Rough, flaky face It’s time to ditch heavy creams and cleansers. Oils are a great way to combat dry, flaking skin. Combining a great exfoliator, a moisturizing cleanser, toner and a lightweight moisturizer will have your skin glowing. L’Occitane’s Immortelle line, complete with Brightening Exfoliator, Cleansing Oil and Water Toner, not only cleans and freshens, but also combines unbeatable moisture and anti-aging properties. Add the Divine Cream to complete your regimen and you have the perfect formula for radiant, healthy skin. Want even more good news? All of these products work well for every skin type. Instead of liquid foundation, try a great BB Cream with SPF, like the Immortelle Precious BB Cream with SPF 30, to even out and conceal uneven skin tones.

PROBLEM: Dry hair, split ends Cold air can leave strands and scalps drier than normal. Lush’s Lullaby Shampoo bar is perfect for an itchy scalp and works well for both adults and kids. Plus, the split-end treatment will help your hair recover. A root treatment will get scalp circulation going and a creamy conditioner will help smooth and tame wild strands. If summer is still too far away, get the beachy hair you crave with Lush’s Sea Spray. Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator, Cleansing Oil, Essential Water Toner, Divine Cream and Precious BB Cream from l’Occitane en Provence, Penn Square Mall, OKC // AHAVA Mineral Botanic Body Wash and Mineral Botanic Body Lotion from Ulta, locations metro-wide // Lullaby Solid Shampoo, American Cream Conditioner, Roots Hair Treatment, Sea Spray Hair Mist, Shine So Bright Split End Treatment from Lush, Penn Square Mall, OKC

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o r t Respective

What’s Old Is New Again By Mark Beutler // Photos courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society LONG BEFORE STELLA, 1492 OR MCNELLIE’S, folks of a different era f locked to Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. It was a happening place: home to Kaiser’s Ice Cream, Veazey’s Drug Store and the studios for KOCY Radio. The triangle-shaped building at NW 10th and Walker was built in 1926 and dubbed “Plaza Court.” The Crescent Market grocery even called the Midtown location home for decades. By the 1950s Oklahoma City was moving toward the suburbs and the Plaza Court area fell into disrepair. However, with the renaissance seen in recent years, Midtown has reemerged as one of the city’s trendiest locales.

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seating capacity for baseball games in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (13,066 total capacity)

games played before the April 9 opener by the newly rechristened OKC Dodgers


strikes, they’re out once the ump shouts “Play Ball” (same as it ever was)

$1.2 MILLION average amount of tangible creativity sold annually at the Festival of the Arts


approximate percentage of artistic applicants selected for inclusion


years Oklahoma City will have celebrated the free festival after the 2015 incarnation, April 21-26

4,000 opportunities left to join the expanding crowds this year; each third Saturday through October


extra block being added to the 2015 festivities to allow for additional food trucks (speaking of expanding crowds…)

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approximate number of music fans who attended 2014’s Norman Music Festival

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seating capacity after recent renovations

bands and artists who performed last year

Edmondites who attended the first-ever Heard on Hurd festival in September 2014

days of multifarious sound to be laid down in 2015, April 23-25


cost to attend NMF, now in its 8th year



year Taft Stadium was built in OKC

average OKC high temperature for the month of April; enjoy!

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games played therein so far by the OKC Energy FC; they kick off for the first time in these digs April 18


points out of the playoffs the Energy finished last year. Not bad for an inaugural season.

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UP FRONT | Exchange

STEP AWAY A FROM THE Cwointhversation Ryan DONUTS Crain By Lauren Hammack // Photo by Quit Nguyen

WHEN WE TAKE A HARD LOOK IN THE COLLECTIVE MIRROR, it may seem that the “state of our state” is a wee bit on the pudge-riffic side and that much of our notoriety involves waist-to-knees camera angles during news reports about America’s bulging waist lines. We found the refreshing exception in Ryan Crain, a wellness and fitness expert at Devon Energy in Oklahoma City who was nothing short of inspirational. When he’s not helping other Oklahomans develop major life-enhancing habits, Crain travels throughout the U.S. for Devon, helping the company’s field employees benefit from his fit advice.

Where did you grow up? Mustang, Oklahoma. Do you still live in Mustang? I live in downtown OKC and I love it. It takes me three minutes to walk to work. … but 25 minutes to get to Super Target. How do you get by? That’s the one thing people who live downtown complain about – we need some grocery stores! What was your first paying job? My first job was working for my dad in the oil and gas landman business. I pulled files and made copies. It was pretty monotonous. What is your actual job title at Devon? Field-site Fitness Specialist. “Field Site” makes me think you’re traveling to remote areas. That’s exactly right. About half the time, I’m out in the field, working on wellness education with our field employees in some very remote locations where we drill in the U.S. What I love about Devon is that the company places a huge emphasis on field employees and invests a lot of time and resources into their well-being, and I love the relationships I’ve been able to build with those employees. Does Devon make you say that? Noooooo. 30 SLICE // APRIL 2015

What inspired you to pursue this line of work? When it became apparent that I wasn’t going to become a professional baseball star, I decided I wanted to work in some area of wellness and fitness. Did you think you’d play baseball professionally when you were younger? When I was a kid, I did, but I think of the job I have now as a dream job. Does Devon make you say that? Nooooo!

What should people learn to do? The right way to do squats and the right way to eat well. What are you currently learning to do? I’ve been diving deeper into my own nutrition and studying it more.

What would you change about this job? I’d get rid of the donuts at our field locations!

Do you like any particular book on that subject? There’s a good one called “Primal Body, Primal Mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. It’s excellent.

What lessons did your parents teach by example? 1.) Honesty first; 2.) Be smart with your money; 3.) Modesty and humility.

What philosophies about life do you truly believe? I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work over luck.

What advice would you put inside a fortune cookie? You get one chance at life; leave your legacy.

What’s not all it’s cracked up to be? Traveling! It sounds great, but there are delayed flights, canceled flights, hours in the airport …

What legacy do you hope to leave? I hope the people I teach will take the things I taught them, look back and say I helped them become a better version of themselves. What do you wish you were better at saying “no” to? Chocolate chip cookies – they’re my weakness. What do you wish you’d started doing long before now? I wish I had pushed myself harder physically.

You’d be the perfect person to write a book about making smart choices in airport food courts! That’s one thing I try to encourage people to do. When I’m going on an extended trip, I really limit myself to the food I prepare beforehand and I take it with me. What do you take? If I’m gone for a week, for example, I take

18 hard-boiled eggs, four to six chicken breasts, one or two boxes of protein bars and a pound of almonds. What are you most grateful for? My family. They mean the world to me. How many siblings do you have? An older sister and two younger brothers. Where are you most likely to be on a Friday night? At Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, watching my younger brother play baseball for TCU. What bump in the road turned out to be a blessing in your life? I was working in St. Louis several years ago and loved the city, but I ended up leaving my job there. I moved back to OKC and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made. What do you recommend to Oklahomans for adopting a better state of being? Step away from the donuts and adopt a lifestyle of strength training with regular aerobic activity.



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UP FRONT | Mingling

Mikaela Borecky, Mike Giordano

Dustin Davis, Caitlin Fabian, Mitch McCuistian

Jonathon Nelson, Chelsea Cobbs, Jacquelyn Edwards, Abigail Johnson, Emmanuel Jones

TASTE OF OKC Photos by Terrell Fry

Courtney and Ed Blau

Byron Chambers, Justin Moore

Kristy Boone, Dave Rhea, Jim and Kristi Rogers

Linda Haneborg, Ginger Sloan, Cacky Poarch

The community has a hearty appetite for helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma at this annual sampling soiree.

Vicki VanStavern and Don Narcomey

Jenna Hodapp, Sheena Karami, Tracey Frederick, Adrienne Nobles

GLITTER BALL Photos by Justin Avera

OKCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Row rocks out at a shimmering bash to benefit the deadCENTER Film Festival. Dr. Leonardo and Margaretta Baez, Catherine Anadu 32 SLICE // APRIL 2015

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Michelle Martin, Kate Johnson

James Pickel, Tricia Everest, Christian Keesee

Aubrey Hammontree, Anthony McDermid

Lynn Taylor, Rebecca Hall, Blake Keeton

ART NOW Photos by Justin Avera

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual gala is a one-night-only affair, but memories of its glamour and creativity will linger for guests. Jeanette Elliott, Annie Bohanon

David Thompson, Pete Delaney

SNOWFLAKE GALA Photos by Claude Long

The United Way of Central Oklahoma fetes its community supporters in a glamorous evening of dinner, dance and delight. Megan and Jesse Krewall Amber Turley, Miguel Soares

Jackie Geiger, John Koons

Thomas and Yvonne Rossiter

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UP FRONT | Wanderlust


The Mysterious Monument of Lincoln County By M.J. Alexander

THE OBELISK STANDS AT PERPETUAL ATTENTION, rising from the dusty intersection like a totem of a lost civilization. Layers of spray-painted graffiti bubble its sloped sides, which end 21 feet above the gravel road that runs between Davenport and Stroud. Though stripped of its lettering, its lights and all clues to its purpose, the concrete marker maintains a quiet dignity. It jars the senses like a post-apocalyptic Washington Monument that had been vandalized, shrunk and transported to a crossroad across from a cow pasture in Lincoln County. The events that led to its construction began exactly 100 years ago this month, at a meeting in Stroud. The topic at hand: a plan to bring traffic and attention to Stroud by building a stretch of road that would be part of the fledgling network of highways. At the time, Oklahoma had more miles of railroads than roads. Even a decade later, in 1925, only one mile in 10 was paved. But a regional patchwork of auto trails was taking shape. What railroads were to the 19th century, roads would be to the 20th century, and Stroud wanted to be part of the boom. Early motorists traveling through the region were guided not by metallic highway signs but by hand-painted markers on tree trunks and telephone poles and barns to show the preferred route. Through the states of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, the route was indicated by a patch of white paint framed on top and bottom by a green stripe. In the center were two letters, hand-painted in green: “OT.” It signified they were traveling one of the roads of the Ozark Trail. The Ozark Trail was designed to follow not the well-worn, south-to-north paths of the cattle trails to the west, but the east-west routes connecting cities like St. Louis and Kansas City to Joplin, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and eventually west to El Paso and Santa Fe, linking to existing roads and branching out to smaller towns along the way. Stroud was determined to build a stretch worthy of Ozark Trail designation. In its coverage of the April 1915 meeting, the Stroud Democrat alluded to lasting grandeur, referring to the Roman Empire when it reported: “It will be but the beginning of a permanent road to last perhaps as long as the Appian Way … Farms all along the route will rapidly increase in value, tributary roads will be built to the main line, and everybody will be happy to walk or drive along such a road.” There was no state or federal system set up to construct such a road. If the people of the town wanted it, they would have to build it themselves.  Within two weeks, the newspaper reported that local residents had joined to work on the thoroughfare with their own equipment, “building culverts, some driving teams, some plowing, some blowing stumps, and removing rock, some grading and some shoveling.” The road soon met with the approval of the regional Ozark Trail organizers, and traffic flowed into Stroud. By 1920, the town was offered the honor of hosting one of the OT’s landmark pyramid markers. It would announce travelers’ arrival in Stroud and list other destinations and the distances to reach them. The Ozark Trail Monument was installed with fanfare in downtown Stroud in the spring of 1920, in the middle of the intersection of Third and Eighth. Its cost of $476 was raised through local donations.

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UP FRONT | Wanderlust

“Its Architectural Significance Is High”

The new marker gleamed with three coats of white enamel and accents of green. Five electric lights were wired near the top: one shining down on each of the four sides, to illuminate the names of towns and the distances to each. A red beacon glowed on top, serving as a lighthouse on the prairie. The proud town promised “the lights will be kept burning all night” so travelers could read the lettering on the monument, announcing its coveted designation as part of the Ozark Trail. As the Roaring Twenties continued, the number of vehicles on the road doubled and doubled again. In 1926, the local Ozark Trails section was incorporated as part of Route 66. As traffic continued to swell, town boosters conceded that the large concrete monuments in the middle of a busy road were a traffic hazard.   Some of the Ozark Trail markers were destroyed. At least one was buried. Some were moved.   Sometime around the arrival of Route 66, Stroud’s marker was relocated to the quieter intersection closer to Davenport. By 1930, however, that section was bypassed when a more direct, paved route was built to the north and became a new section of Route 66. Overnight, the rush of traffic slowed to a trickle. The 95-year-old obelisk continues to stand guard, its original location and purpose forgotten by most who pass. Its once bright white surface is now a dull coat of somber black. The bottom two-thirds of the tower, as far as vandals can reach, is caked in layers of neon graffiti. The pyramid point on top, however, remains unmolested. From its pinnacle, perhaps, is a view of the old Route 66 and the turnpike that replaced it, and century-old dreams of a road that was to last as long as the Appian Way.

Editor’s note: This installment is part of author M.J. Alexander’s “77 Counties” series, chronicling her travels across Oklahoma. The full series is available at

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The Ozark Trails Monument stands at the corner of two county roads: N3540 and E0890, at the eastern end of a 1.3-mile stretch of road that is now included on the National Historic Register. The segment – described as the Ozark Trails Section of Route 66 – begins east of Davenport, at the bridge over Dosie Creek just past the Frisco railroad crossing, and ends at the obelisk, about three miles southwest of Stroud. In describing the marker, the successful application submitted in 2003 to the U.S. Department of the Interior, requesting historic status, stated: “Its architectural significance is high; moreover, it is one of only two such monuments surviving in Oklahoma [the second is in Logan County, at the corner of Washington and Logan streets in Langston, and known as the Indian Meridian Monument] and the only one associated with Route 66 in the state … This monument is a concrete, square obelisk 21 feet tall and is comprised of two distinct parts, a cube-shaped base and a square obelisk above. The rectangular base measures 48 inches square and about 46 inches tall; the corners of the base are beveled and the base curves gracefully along its top to join with the obelisk rising from it. The sides of the obelisk taper as they rise until near the top when the object abruptly angles into a pyramid shape. The monument is plain and unadorned except for small portals beneath the pyramidal point; these square recesses once held electric light fixtures that illuminated the monument from above.”

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an Waldenville has grown up in and around real estate. At the age of 15, Zan started working in a property management office, and fell in love with the real estate industry immediately. She is now one of Norman’s top producing Realtors. “I enjoy the chase, the development of new projects and the limitless potential,” she says. Through co-owning her company The Learia Group, Zan has established strong roots in the Norman community. She supports and participates in multiple organizations: The Norman Downtowners Association Board, Rotary, Smile for a Lifetime Board, the National Association of Professional Women, Norman Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Realtors, Norman Board of Realtors, OKC Board of Realtors, Institute of Real Estate Management, Builder’s Association of South Central Oklahoma, Women in Business and more. “I try to make myself an expert in my market,” she smiles, and it’s her experience in all areas of real estate that allows her to navigate the market and negotiate deals for clients through a broad knowledge base and unique perspective (including a management background) that helps her take a full-picture approach to this business. That approach is constantly evolving along with the real estate market so that Zan and her team retain their competitive edge. She has been a licensed Realtor for nine years, but is still furthering her understanding of sales and management, and is in fact working on her Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation this year. “I enjoy helping people build or purchase their dream home, find a location for their business or buy investment property. I have taken clients through the entire process: purchase, build, remodel, lease and manage. My approach is not a one-size-fits-all; real estate is negotiable and it requires creativity. All transactions and clients are unique.” If you’re looking for the perfect residential, commercial or investment property, give her a call, and let her put her expertise to work for you.

Zan Waldenville 301 E Main St., Norman | 405.701.8881 |

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our home should be more than the space inside your house’s walls; no matter how wonderful the building is, its location and surroundings have an effect on your quality of living. Your environment, your community, can be as restorative, distinctive, inspiring and inviting as your house should be … if that community is Hallbrooke. Unlike any other Norman development, Hallbrooke remains close to nature – it’s home to mature trees, ponds, rolling hills, waterfalls, greenbelts and walking paths – yet it’s still convenient to schools, shopping and attractions, located only minutes from downtown Norman, the heart of OKC and Tinker AFB. The first-class clubhouse is a popular setting for receptions, weddings and other parties, while the community swimming pool is large enough for exercising, playing or lounging. This truly is a unique community; so much so that no two of its homes are identical. Hallbrooke builders include Armstrong Homes, Better Built Homes, C.A. McCarty Construction, Custom Builders of Oklahoma, C&C Builders, David Caddell Homes, DaVinci Homes and Muirfield Homes. Several beautiful examples of their work have been featured in the Festival of Homes and Assistance League Home Tour. And the best part is that there’s still room for new residents to join the community. Multiple lot sizes are now available for new construction from Hallbrooke developer Trey Bates. Hallbrooke is located in Norman on the south side of Rock Creek Road, between 12th and 24th Avenues NE – look for the sign, or follow the atmosphere of tranquility amid natural splendor. And welcome home.

Maxine Bates, Owner/Agent 405.833.6796 |

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he results of our 3rd annual poll are in, and the people have spoken! From food to fun, people to projects, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cataloged your favorite parts of living in the Oklahoma City metro and surroundings plus thrown in our two cents with our Editorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice winners. Majority rules in this fair democracy, so without further ado, your winners ...

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Good Eats & Drinks



Kaiser’s Sundae 1039 N Walker Ave, OKC 73102 405.232.7632 |

A mountain of whipped cream and a cherry or two make sweetly appealing additions, but the foundation for this whopper of a classically delicious treat is the homemade ice cream. Pick your favorite flavors and augment them with elements like a soft brownie, chunks of ground Oreos, rich hot fudge, raspberry sauce … with the “create your own” option, a vast array of tempting options are your building blocks. The result can fill diners of any age with childlike glee, and not to sound shallow, but: sometimes bigger is better.

Cuppies & Joe

727 NW 23rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.528.2122 BEST MILKSHAKE


16 locations in the metro BEST SPOT FOR COCKTAILS + CONVERSATION

O Bar at Ambassador Hotel

1200 N Walker Ave Okahoma City, OK 73103 oklahomacity/ BEST BREWPUB (Tie)

Republic Gastropub

5830 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.486.4577

Bricktown Brewery

3 locations in the metro BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWER

COOP Ale Works

4745 Council Heights Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73179 405.842.2667 BEST WINE BAR


FlashBack RetroPub

814 W Sheridan Ave, OKC 73102 Last we heard, this ’80s-themed bar is set to open in May; several of us are already stockpiling quarters in preparation. Because the place will offer more than a robust beer selection (including local brews), full bar, rotating assortment of primo food trucks and a soundtrack that should be thoroughly radical (it might even be gnarly to the max); FlashBack will house a fairly massive suite of old-school arcade-style video game cabinets – Asteroids, Dig Dug, Street Fighter II, NBA JAM and the like. If the promise of a beer and some pixelated mayhem after work sounds tempting, we’ll probably see you there. Just remember: We call dibs on Captain America and the Avengers. 42 SLICE // APRIL 2015

7312 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.843.0073 BEST DIVE BAR


5137 N Classen Cir Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.840.3339 BEST BREAKFAST

Jimmy’s Egg

10 locations in the metro BEST WEEKEND BRUNCH


2409 N Hudson Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.525.7007


Café 501

5825 NW Grand Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.844.1501 |

Café 7

2 locations in the metro 405.748.3354 BEST ANY-DAY LUNCH

Revolve Pizza Kitchen 5500 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73142 405.792.2858 BEST CASUAL DINNER


6 locations in the metro BEST FINE DINING

Ranch Steakhouse

3000 W Britton Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.755.3501 BEST DESSERTS

La Baguette

3 locations in the metro & BEST FOOD TRUCK

Big Truck Tacos 405.525.8226


Redrock Canyon Grill

9221 Lake Hefner Pkwy Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.749.1995 BEST SPOT FOR A ROMANTIC DATE


333 W Sheridan Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.702.7262 BEST LATE-NIGHT EATS


5 locations in the metro


Nic’s Grill

1201 N Pennsylvania Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405.524.0999 BEST OUT-OF-BUSINESS RESTAURANT YOU WISH WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK


S&B’s Burger Joint

3 locations in the metro BEST BARBEQUE

Earl’s Rib Palace

6 locations in the metro BEST PIZZA

Hideaway Pizza

6 locations in the metro BEST SEAFOOD


5641 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.848.8008 BEST STEAK


1309 S Agnew Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73108 405.236.0416 BEST SUSHI

Sushi Neko

4318 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.528.8862 BEST VEGETARIAN (Tie)


5 locations in the metro

Red Cup


3122 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.525.3430 BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANT


6014 N May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73112 405.947.7788


Fassler Hall

421 NW 10th St, OKC 73103 | 405.609.3300 | Your mileage may vary on this one if you’re a vegetarian; otherwise there’s plenty to grab your interest at this Haus of German deliciousness. Try a warm, soft, buttery pretzel with a killer gouda sauce and sinus-clearing mustard, move on to sample a variety of exceptional housemade sausage (we were especially enamored of the Hunter, a mix of smoked venison, pork and buffalo) or the perfectly prepared schnitzel sandwich, wash it all down with a good selection of imported Bier – we had pilsner, dunkel and hefeweizen – and see whether you don’t feel better about life. The cheerful, wood-paneled Midtown gathering place even has a great soundtrack, and since location is key, bear in mind there’s a bowling alley in close proximity. APRIL 2015 // SLICE 43




IAO Gallery

Warren Theater



Oklahoma City Museum of Art

706 W Sheridan Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.232.6060

415 Couch Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.236.3100 BEST CULTURAL EVENT

Festival of the Arts

RIVERSPORT Rapids 725 S Lincoln Blvd, OKC 73129

The state-of-the-art RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rapids and kayaking center beckons us to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow in 2016. While other MAPS 3 projects like new sidewalks and a streetcar line have great utility, they lack the adrenaline-fueled, heartracing appeal of a bracing splash of water in your face. The addition to the Boathouse District is under construction now in a $45+ million effort, bringing a world-class training facility combined with a fun family-friendly endeavor to the shores of the Oklahoma River.

Keeping abreast of the latest developments around the metro is an integral part of the job, and even if it wasn’t, the content on the fascinating would suck us in. A quick visit to the site will plug you into a network of local aficionados who make it their mission to know what’s going down. Sometimes the discussion gets heated, as any online forum with healthy attendance does, but it’s all part of the experience. The only problem with the site is that it’s just too interesting to stop at just one look … one thread leads to another, then another, and before you know it, two hours have passed and your original pursuit is long forgotten. 44 SLICE // APRIL 2015


Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St Oklahoma City, OK 73111 405.424.3344 BEST EXCURSION FOR ADULTS (Tie)


777 Grand Casino Blvd Shawnee, OK 74804 405.964.7777

201 N Walker Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.297.2584 BEST THEATER COMPANY

Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th St Oklahoma City, OK 73106 405.524.9312

Grand Casino

Boathouse District

725 S Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73129 405.552.4040 BEST PLACE TO SPEND A LAZY SATURDAY




Oklahoma City Ballet


7421 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.843.9898 or


1 Park Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.272.3040

Festival of the Arts April 21-26, 2015



OKC Thunder Basketball

April 21-26, 2015


1000 S Telephone Rd Moore, OK 73160 405.735.9676

OKC Memorial Marathon April 26, 2015


Chesapeake Energy Arena 100 W Reno Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.602.8700 BEST CASINO

Grand Casino Hotel & Resort

777 Grand Casino Blvd Shawnee, OK 74804 405.964.7777


Skirvin Hotel


Arcadian Inn

328 1st St Edmond, OK 73034 405.348.6347 BEST ROMANTIC GETAWAY

Artesian Hotel

1001 W 1st St Sulphur, OK 73086 855.455.5255 BEST IN-STATE GETAWAY

Beavers Bend State Park 435 OK-259A Broken Bow, OK 74728 580.494.6300


OKC Dodgers Game

2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC 73104 | 405.218.1000 |


Some of my most treasured childhood memories are of the summer evenings when my grandpa would take me and my brothers to an ’89ers game at the Fairgrounds. We’d have stadium footlongs, ice cream or soft drinks, and when we invariably got tired of sitting in the stands to watch the game, we’d retire to the grassy hill behind the outfield where tag was a perfectly acceptable game-time pursuit for those small fries with short attention spans. It’s time for a new generation to make those memories at a game of the recently renamed OKC Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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Gotta Love Those Okies EDITORS’ CHOICE


Horse Thief

Sharing a far more ethereal and shimmering sound than their down-and-dirty name would suggest, Horse Thief (Cameron Neal, Alberto Roubert, Cody Fowler, Zach Zeller and Alex Coleman) has Texas roots but came together as a band right here in OKC under the tutelage of ACM@UCO. 2014 was a banner year, considering that they played over 200 shows in 9 different countries and released their first full-length album “Fear in Bliss,” but we wouldn’t mind seeing the psych-tinged indie rockers steal a bit more of the music scene spotlight – catch their set in the Norman Music Festival April 24 and hear why for yourself.





Mayor Mick Cornett

Kevin Durant

Ree Drummond

Ferris O’Brien



Steve Lackmeyer



Aubrey McClendon

Blake Shelton Garth Brooks Flaming Lips

Infant Crisis Services


4244 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105 405.528.3663

Brad Pitt



Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert


Desmond Mason

Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services



David Payne


Denise Duong

Gray Frederickson

Jack and Ron

The Lost Ogle



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Bob Barry, Jr.


Kevin Durant




Russell Westbrook

Get it? Because he BROKE HIS FACE and only missed one game while blazing through an MVP-caliber season despite leading a lineup of walking wounded, including last year’s MVP KD. This is a man who had his third knee surgery less than a year and a half ago and is still one of the fastest players in the NBA; who broke his hand at the beginning of this season and is still among the league’s premier ball-handlers; who shrugged off a nickel-sized dent in his cheek to rack up a 4th straight triple-double (a feat not done since 1989, by a fella named Michael Jordan). Called things like “inhuman,” “half-man, half-rocket ship” and “Point Godzilla,” we’ve seen him carry the team time and again by sheer force of will, and win or lose he rarely fails to amaze.

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23rd Street Antique Mall

Five & Company



Full Circle Bookstore


3023 NW 23rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405.947.3800

Penn Square Mall 1900 Northwest Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.842.2900 BEST BIKE SHOP

Schlegel Bicycles

900 N Broadway Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.232.4040 BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP

Bob Moore Auto Group 15 locations in the metro

335 S Mustang Rd Suite F Yukon, Oklahoma 73099 405.494.7405

3 locations in the metro BEST CLOTHES FOR THE KIDS

Uptown Kids

5840 N Classen Blvd #3 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.418.8881 BEST GIFT STORE

Blue 7

7518 N May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.604.5199 BEST SHOE STORE


Mathis Brothers Furniture 3434 W Reno Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405.943.3434 BEST JEWELRY

BC Clark Jewelers

3 locations in the metro BEST GROCERY STORE


8 locations in the metro BEST HOME ACCESSORIES

Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design BEST SATISFIED RUMOR (MAYBE)

Trader Joe’s coming to OKC Are they or aren’t they? Yea or nay? It seems like the last time a chain rumored to open got this much traction, we ended up with the long-awaited, much-revered Whole Foods in Classen Curve. Now, another grocery may (or may not) be settling in to the loving bosom of our arms just a few blocks north. A Tulsa location has been confirmed by TJ’s management and it seems OKC is not far behind, if the rumors are to be believed. Let’s all cross our fingers … the Cookie Butter is running low. 48 SLICE // APRIL 2015

109 E Main St Norman, OK 73069 405.321.1818 BEST FLORIST

New Leaf Florist

2 locations in the metro BEST BABY BOUTIQUE

Green Bambino

5120 N Shartel Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405.848.2330

Metro Shoe Warehouse 2 locations in the metro BEST VINTAGE STORE

Bad Granny’s Bazaar

1759 NW 16st St Oklahoma City, OK 73106 405.528.4585 BEST FITNESS CENTER


17 locations in the metro BEST PERSONAL TRAINER (Tie)

Jonathan Bolding Scott Do BEST YOGA STUDIO

Soul Yoga

8028 N May Ave #110 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.242.4157 BEST FAMILY DOCTOR

Dr. Robert Stepp,

Deaconess Family Care 11101 Hefner Pt Rd, Ste 105 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.751.5555 BEST FAMILY DENTIST

Dr. Nathan Guilford

Toothbrusher’s Dental 4534 NW 50th St Oklahoma City, OK 73122 405.789.6935


Dr. Jeff Baggett

200 N Sooner Rd # B Edmond, OK 73034 405.341.8884 BEST COSMETIC SURGEON

Dr. Tim Love


Chad Taber, Salon W 7304 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.608.0692 BEST MAKEUP ARTIST



Jason Sims

Choppers Hair Design 6748 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, OK 73008 405.789.2432 BEST SALON

Salon W

7304 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405.608.0692

BEST BROWSING OF CURATED COLLECTIONS (Tie) It was a split decision among our editors for the best place to while away an afternoon, so we’ve included two front-runners.

All-Star Comics

6900 N May Ave, OKC 73116 | 405.842.7800 | All-Star Comics is a favorite for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts to explore the wall-towall offerings. From the latest superhero fresh from the big screen and collector’s back issues to action figures and interesting t-shirts, you can find something that needs to come home with you on every visit with Norman and his staff.


Cottonwood Salon & Spa 35 E 33rd St Edmond, OK 73013 405.340.1700 BEST MANI/PEDI

Polished Nail Salon

2 locations in the metro BEST MASSAGE


201 NW 10th St. Suite #125 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.702.1688 BEST FACIAL


2 locations in the metro BEST VET (BECAUSE PETS MATTER)

Midtown Vets

231 NW 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405.606.4477

Sara Kate Studios

1100 N Broadway Ave, OKC 73103 | 405.625.7744 | If your predilection runs more to feathering your nest, head downtown where globe-trotting shopmistress Sara Kate fills her eponymous space with items big and small amassed during her travels. Walking through the store is a feast for the senses, and it’s a challenge to know where to start. High-quality vintage, antique, quirky, unique, interesting finds, textures, smells … all have a place here. Plan to take some time to meander and let your mind wander through the possibilities. APRIL 2015 // SLICE 49

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THE STATE OF OUR HEALTH FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS: when it comes to the state of Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, studies show we are making progress. Just a few years ago Oklahoma ranked 49th out of 50 states in terms of how healthy we are. By Mark Beutler // Photos by Simon Hurst 50 SLICE // APRIL 2015


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NOW THE BAD NEWS: although we are making some progress, it is slow. Very slow. Over the last five years Oklahoma has moved up only a couple of notches, now coming in at number 46. According to “America’s Health Rankings” from the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma still has a long way to go. “We have indeed improved our ranking over the past five years,” said Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health. “Our ranking is relative to other states, so as we are making advances, other states are as well. As you would expect in a race, it is not just about your own ‘best time,’ but how you are doing relative to others in the race. “Much like a competitive race, none of us should be happy with and settle for any ranking that puts us in the 40s,” Cline continues. “With this particular race, people’s lives are at stake. As Oklahomans, we deserve better.” Tackling our health issues is not easy. A few years ago the Oklahoma State Department of Health held a series of community chats across the state. As a result of those meetings, the “Oklahoma Health

“The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has done an awesome job of working with communities to advance what they can do on a local level. And coalitions like Students Working Against Tobacco have done everything within their power to bring those rates down, which is understandable given tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in Oklahoma. - DR. TERRY CLINE

Improvement Plan” was drafted and outlined several key areas that needed improvement. Obesity and tobacco use were right up at the top. Using that as a blueprint, Cline and the OSDH went to work. Now Oklahoma is starting to see the benefits of those efforts, even though some in the state legislature have dug in their heels in resistance. “Our youth and adult tobacco rates have declined significantly over the last decade, although it is still much higher than the national average,” Cline said. “The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has done an awesome job of working with communities to advance what they can do on a local level. And coalitions like Students


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Working Against Tobacco have done everything within their power to bring those rates down, which is understandable given tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in Oklahoma. “Unfortunately our legislature has not demonstrated the willingness to allow communities to enact ordinances that would permit them to be smoke free. So, communities are prohibited by state law from doing so. We are one of only two states left in the country with this archaic pre-emption law on our books. The tobacco lobbyists here in Oklahoma have been very influential with the legislature.” But Cline says a proposed bill during this legislative session may help change that. Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma’s “Senator A.J. Griffin has authored Commissioner of Health Senate Joint Resolution 24, which would send a ballot question to a vote of the people to see if they expect and want clean indoor air in public places across Oklahoma. “Senator Griffin is a hero who is taking on the tobacco lobbyists and is doing what is right for Oklahoma. Public polls indicate the majority of people want this – even a large percentage of people who smoke,” Cline said. “Our legislature talks a lot about keeping government out of people’s lives. We will watch this vote very APRIL 2015 // SLICE 51

closely, which will indicate whether our state legislators think they know what is best or they have confidence and faith in the people of Oklahoma to decide for themselves.” Another proposed bill would raise the tobacco tax and give that added money to education. State Representative Doug Cox has authored House Bill 1719, which would raise the tobacco tax by about $1 a pack on cigarettes and other tobacco products. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, that $1 hike could mean 23,500 Oklahomans under 18 would be less likely to become adult smokers. The CDC data also suggests 24,000 adult smokers would quit. And as an added incentive, HB 1719 would send that extra income to education, providing raises for teachers, cost-of-living adjustments for retired teachers and perhaps as much as $100 million for schools throughout the state. For those individuals who seriously want to quit smoking, help is available. Experts say it may not be easy, but it can be done.

“Nicotine stimulates more brain cells than even cocaine or heroin. And because tobacco is legal and easily acquired it is more addictive than illegal drugs, making quitting very difficult.” - JOY LEUTHARD

“We have all heard the phrase ‘kick the habit,’” said Joy Leuthard, Coordinator of the Tobacco Cessation Systems Initiative at the Oklahoma Hospital Association. “But smoking is more than a habit. It really is more along the lines of a psychological addiction. “Nicotine stimulates more brain cells than even cocaine or heroin. And because tobacco is legal and easily acquired it is more addictive than illegal drugs, making quitting very difficult.” Nearly 700,000 adult Oklahomans smoke, Leuthard said, and about 42,000 young people under the age of 18 admit to smoking. While smoking rates are declining somewhat, Leuthard says far too many people each year continue to die needless deaths. “Nationally, about 500,000 people die from smoking-related deaths,” she said. “That is the equivalent of four or five jumbo jets 52 SLICE // APRIL 2015

crashing every day! Would we tolerate that? Of course not! So why do we tolerate tobacco use and the continued marketing and selling by the tobacco industry? It is the only legal substance that, when used as directed, kills people and has no positive health or social value. It is driven by money and profits – just the same as illegal drug use.” Tobacco kills more people than alcohol, illegal drugs, car accidents, AIDS, homicides and suicides combined, Leuthard added. In Oklahoma, 6,200 people die each year, including hundreds more that don’t smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke. Trends show tobacco use is higher in certain groups than in others. “These groups include low socio-economic individuals, minorities including African Americans and Native Americans, as well as LGBT individuals,” according to Leuthard. “Tobacco companies still target these specific groups through their various marketing strategies. And for those who die, they target ‘replacement smokers’ with the same advertising concepts to ensure a steady stream of new customers.” While Leuthard and Cline both agree the state legislature has been dragging its feet, a number of Oklahoma initiatives are helping people stop smoking. “Many resources are available to help those who seriously want to quit,” Leuthard said. “The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service that is available 24/7 and has coaches who speak many languages. Since 2003, the Helpline has served more than 250,000 Oklahomans and was ranked as the top ‘quitline’ in the nation.” One of the new smoking guns, no pun intended, is the electronic cigarette, or “e-cig.” They are battery-powered vaporizers that do not use tobacco, yet use nicotine from tobacco plants. Currently there is no government oversight of these products, and the FDA has not approved any e-cigarette as a safe or effective way to help smokers quit. Commissioner Cline says those who use e-cigs should do so with caution. “At the Oklahoma State Department of Health, we issued a public health advisory with a cautionary note about e-cig use,” Cline explains. There is a fair amount of ongoing research but not enough to establish a body of research yet that tells us definitely about the potential risks/benefits. “The rate of use by youth has doubled across the nation in a very short time, and the prevalence of youth using e-cigs is higher in Oklahoma than across the nation. Historically, millions of people became addicted to nicotine before we realized what a deadly killer it is. I am worried about people who begin using this nicotine delivery system, who have never smoked tobacco, and who then start down a path of addiction,” Cline said.


ANOTHER AREA IDENTIFIED AS SIGNIFICANT in the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan is obesity, and Oklahoma has a definite problem with its weight. The United Health Foundation lists obesity as one of the greatest health threats in the United States, affecting one in four adults. Since 1990, Oklahoma has become increasingly fatter. In Oklahoma City, Mayor Mick Cornett helped start a city-wide conversation about obesity. “We had an awareness campaign we called ‘This City Is Going on a Diet,’” Cornett said. “That led to a discussion about Oklahoma City’s built environment.

“Through the years we built a great city – if you happen to be a car. Our sprawling land mass had resulted in an automobile-centric culture. We built wide streets, without sidewalks, that had fast food restaurants at every intersection. From a public health standpoint, that was a recipe for disaster.” - MAYOR MICK CORNETT

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett

“Through the years we built a great city – if you happen to be a car. Our sprawling land mass had resulted in an automobile-centric culture. We built wide streets, without sidewalks, that had fast food restaurants at every intersection. From a public health standpoint, that was a recipe for disaster.” And once discussions started, it was time to get busy redesigning Oklahoma City. “The citizen input for MAPS 3 emphasized infrastructure projects that got people out of their cars and moving again,” Cornett smiled. “Hundreds of miles of new trails and sidewalks. A new 70-acre central park. A whitewater rafting course. Senior wellness centers. A modern streetcar transit system. It’s not a coincidence that most of the MAPS 3 projects encourage a healthier and more active lifestyle. “At the same time, we began redesigning our urban streets to make them more pedestrian friendly,” Cornett continued. “We’ve added bike lanes and wider, more landscaped sidewalks. We spend a lot of time working with developers to create a more walkable and, in urban areas, dense built environment.”

On a personal level, the mayor says he helped set an example with the “This City Is Going on a Diet” campaign, and in the process lost 40 pounds. “We had nearly 50,000 residents take part in that campaign,” he said. “It makes sense at every level – health, happiness, financial – to eat better and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I did it mostly by watching what I ate and eating less. Everyone should exercise. We heard so many motivating stories during the campaign. In almost all those cases, the individual simply decided they could do better and that their health mattered.” Throwing away that sack of potato chips and getting up off the sofa is half the battle, making a simple effort to get healthy. The Mayor says his own personal routine helps keep him fit. “I live downtown, so I walk a lot,” Cornett said. “I try to take the stairs when I can. There is a fitness facility where I live, so I’m able to use that from time to time. I play a little golf and I do 50 push-ups a day. “Besides that, here are my words of wisdom,” he added. “If you smoke, stop. If we could cut smoking statewide, it would have a huge outcome on our health. But there are simple things everyone can do. Watch what you eat and how much you eat. Get outside and take a walk through your neighborhood. You’ll meet wonderful people in Oklahoma City and also get some fresh air and exercise.” At the state level, the Health Department considers weight gain one of the most significant health hazards for its citizens. “We have communities all over our state which are tackling obesity at the local level,” Cline said. “People today are more sedentary and spending significant amounts of time in front of their TVs, computers and hand-held devices. They are eating out more and relinquishing control over portion control and quality of food. People are consuming more sugary drinks and empty calories. “This is a national trend,” Cline said, “but Oklahoma is far out in front. Just a few years ago we were expected to be the most obese state in the country by 2018.” New data suggests the obesity trend may be f lattening everso-slightly. “We are seeing a significant decrease in adolescent obesity rates from 17 percent in 2011 to 11.8 percent in 2013! That is awesome! Hopefully we will see that trend continue,” Cline cheers. A simple mantra is a good starting point for everyone to get healthy: “Eat better, move more and be tobacco free.” APRIL 2015 // SLICE 53

“If you can do these three things, you are pretty much guaranteed to be healthier,” he says. “Even as the state's Commissioner of Health, I often have difficulty following my own advice. I am sympathetic to the challenges because I experience them myself. Right now I am living off the benefits of a healthy lifestyle I have had for the vast majority of my life. “My dad was the director of a YMCA and my mom was a nurse so I grew up in a healthy environment. I have been an avid swimmer most of my life – three, four, five times a week for several miles. Unfortunately, and this is the true confession part, I have only been in the pool a handful of times over the last year. Yikes! But I am confident I will get back in there, so check with me in six months,” Cline said with a laugh. With spring in the air and summer just a few months away, Cline says getting outside is one of the things that helps keep him grounded. “I love to work in the yard and get great immediate gratification in seeing a freshly-mowed lawn with fresh edging and knowing I did that,” he says. “I have the best neighbors in the world in Lincoln Terrace, and in warm weather it is not uncommon for three or four families to congregate on the front porch two or three times a week for food and company, with kids running around in the yard. “I must admit I have spent more time thinking about my exercise routine and lifestyle in response to this article than I have in the last year,” Cline said. “I am good about taking the stairs instead of an elevator, and usually walk up an average of at least 15 floors a day, usually in three- or four- floor increments. I work with people I enjoy who I know share my passion for public health, and that helps in sharing the stress of the job. “Family is also very important and I try to get to Ardmore at least once a month, if not more often, to connect with my extended family. I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who often pull me back from the brink,” he added.


GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT HEALTH is not just limited to state and city leaders. A number of local businesses and non-profits are doing their part to get Oklahoma off its proverbial keister. Just recently the Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded $137,000 in Wellness Initiative grants to five organizations that are helping people get healthy. The Foundation partnered with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, encouraging folks to adopt a healthier way of living. “Through our Wellness Initiative we want to support programs that motivate people of all ages to adopt a sustainable healthy lifestyle that will minimize the potential of future illness and disease,” said Cathy Nestlen, APR, Director of Communications for the Foundation. “We look forward to learning what works and sharing that information so like programs can be replicated elsewhere.” Each of the funded projects is required to incorporate at least one of the four elements of the YMCA’s “ok5210” program.

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“That program encourages people to eat five or more fruits and vegetables each day,” Nestlen explained. “It also requires two hours or less of screen time; one hour of physical activity and zero sugarsweetened beverages. We are partnering with the YMCA to promote the program and encourage citizens to adopt these four elements.” Organizations receiving the grants include the City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, Metro Technology Centers, the Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and the Schools for Healthy Lifestyles. Some metro-area companies are making it part of their overall business plan to offer not only the products they sell, but also health and fitness incentives to their customers. The owners of Red Coyote in Classen Curve say they founded their business with the goal of promoting an active lifestyle through community involvement and giving back. “When Burke and I decided to open we wanted to be not just a retail store, but a resource for all things running and fitness,” said Red Coyote proprietor Jon Beck. “We opened in 2010 when Oklahoma City was consistently voted as one of the unhealthiest cities in the United States, and we wanted to help change that statistic.” Beck says throughout their first year they met many people who were interested in getting in shape. “We could just sell shoes, but that did not fit with Red Coyote’s mission of actively promoting a healthy lifestyle in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. We developed our ‘Newbie Program’

“We could just sell shoes, but that did not fit with Red Coyote’s mission of actively promoting a healthy lifestyle in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.” - JON BECK

and it is offered in the spring and in the fall. Basically it is a beginner program designed for someone who has never run before or has taken a long break and wants to get back into running. “From there, we began offering a 10k program to help Newbie graduates who want to go farther and gradually increase their distance,” Beck said. “And in the spring, Red Coyote offers our Half and Full Marathon Training Program that focuses on the Oklahoma City Memorial half and full marathon. “Once a month we host a free Natural Running Form Clinic to teach better running form and to minimize the chance of injuries,” Beck added. “Then every Thursday night at 6 p.m. we have about 150 people gather at the store for the ‘Pack Pint Run.’ It is open to all

abilities, and we have runners, walkers, strollers, and even dogs! It is truly a community event to promote fitness and fun.” As spring ushers in longer days, lush green grass and golden sunshine, it is a time for new beginnings. Toss that pack of smokes, push away from the table and get outside. Better health and a better life are waiting. APRIL 2015 // SLICE 55

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867 Cooper Memorial Dr., Sulphur, 580.622.7130 May 23-24 Spend Memorial Day Weekend with the family at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Festivities include traditional games, archery, stomp dancing, cultural demonstrations and films. May 23-Nov 30  The 1700s Southeastern Beadwork Collection special exhibit features historical Chickasaw and Southeastern tribal beadwork from pre-European contact through today, as well as 200-year-old artifacts. June 27  The Chickasaw Cultural Center hosts the annual Children’s Festival featuring fun activities and events for the whole family.

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Apr 18 The City of Yukon and Yukon Public Schools host the United States Air Force Academy Band featuring the Falconaires Big Band, an 18-piece Glenn Miller-style big band consisting of full-time professional musicians from around the country. Get your free tickets at any Yukon Parks and Recreation location. 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave. May 2 Festival of the Child provides a a full day of wholesome fun and creativity for children ages 2 to 13 years. Your child will be inspired by 50 different activities including balloon animals, a magic

show, petting zoo, a rock wall and more. Admission bracelets are $5 per child prior to the event and $7 the day of the event; adult admission is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly. Jun 6 The City of Yukon and the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society present the Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival, a family-friendly tradition that celebrates the Chisholm Trail with a bold Cajun flair. The festival is filled with inspired history re-enactors, Indian teepees, kids’ activities, food vendors, and genuine Cajun foods, music and dancing. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Kirkpatrick Family Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd.


1 E. Sheridan Ave., Suite 100, OKC, 405.767.8900 Now-Jun 30 This season’s featured artist is d.g. smalling, whose exclusive style features South Eastern iconography combined with contemporary technique to create images that are truly unique. His images evoke themes and stories that are central to his Choctaw culture. Jun 6 Join Exhibit C during Red Earth for an open house, showcasing all of the amazing artists on display including featured artist d.g. smalling. To celebrate the event we will host a live paint featuring Chickasaw artist Brent Greenwood. The artist will be given a blank canvas and two hours to create an original piece of art live for the audience. This is a rare opportunity

to watch an artist at work and observe his technique. 6-8 p.m.

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Jul 1-Oct 31 The season’s exhibit will feature Chickasaw artist Cale Chadwick, a multi-faceted artist who works in photography, painting and film. Her work brings a contemporary perspective to her Chickasaw heritage.

May 9 Anniversary Day Celebration: Guests will enjoy free admission, family-friendly activities and interactive crafts in celebration of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s 8th birthday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Apr 23 First Fifty Lecture Series “Oklahoma Art History, An Outsiders Perspective,” by Dr. Teresa Pac, an assistant professor of Global Art and Visual Culture coordinator at the University of Central Oklahoma. This lecture is the third in a three-part series in conjunction with the current temporary exhibit, The First Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art, provided by the Melton Art Reference Library and on display through April 25. 6-7 p.m. May 7 Opening reception for America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66 delivered by Dolese Bros. Co. On display from May 7 through August 29, the NRG! Exhibit includes photographs, narrative, music and objects from the highway’s heyday. In keeping the museum’s mission of telling Oklahoma’s story through its people, the exhibit also will highlight Oklahoma’s Route 66 landmarks through the eyes of Newkirk artist Caryl Morgan. Her watercolor paintings will detail

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May 2 Painting in the Courtyard: Surround yourself with art-in-themaking at the gallery’s annual event. Over a dozen of the gallery’s artists will be set up inside and throughout the courtyard, painting and sculpting, providing a firsthand look at the creative process. Artists will include Nick Berry, W. Bennett Berry, Dennis Johnson, Ginger Myers, Linda Tuma Robertson and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jun 14 Western and Historic Art Show and Sale: Join Howell Gallery for the first annual joint art show and sale with Acosta Strong Fine Art. Featured western artists Andrew Peters, Sonya Terpening, Kenny McKenna, Don Weller and Linda Tuma Robertson will be hanging together with historic artists such as Birger Sandzan, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Nicolai Fechin, Eric Sloane, E. Martin Hennings and others. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sep 24 Explore the world of controlled, sophisticated abstraction in this one-man art show and sale featuring new paintings by Oklahoma artist Dennis Johnson.

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April 19-June 14 | 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, 405.325.3095, The first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting art’s window on the impact of weather on the human experience. The 2015 exhibition is sponsored by the National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and the Norman Arts Council. Public opening reception and awards ceremony at the National Weather Center in Norman on Friday, April 19, 3 p.m. Admission is complimentary with a valid ID.

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May 1 First Friday Paseo Gallery Walk featuring solo exhibits by Sallyann Milam Paschal, Holly Wilson and Behnaz Sohrabian. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Jun 5 First Friday Paseo Gallery Walk featuring solo exhibits by Billy Schenck and Bert Seabourn. Opening reception 6-10 p.m.

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May 8-22 In collaboration with the Pioneer Library System, the Norman Arts Council presents From Earthsea to Fantasy, an exhibit of amateur and professional artists whose work is inspired by the NEA Big Read book “The Wizard of Earthsea” and other fantasy themes. Featuring works by A.K. Westerman and G. Patrick Riley. Jun 12-Jul 11 Four women artists of the Fringe Collective are featured in Illuminated, an exhibit about illumination – both literally and metaphorically. Inspired by light’s influence on moods and emotions, the works include painting and jewelry. Also showing is the work of Studio 1409 in an exhibit that takes us back to the roots of photography and science with a hand-built, extra large format camera and a one-of-a-kind dark room processing technique to produce large portraits of diversity. Aug 14-Sep 12 Douglas Shaw Elder and Craig Swan: This artist pairing will feature the progression of a mentor and mentee as their works have progressed through a relationship of teacher/student to colleagues. This exhibit will also feature a unique arts educational project for children to participate in when visiting.

Apr 19 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony: Join the OKC National Memorial & Museum at 9:02 a.m. to observe 168 seconds of silence to honor the lives lost following the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Also, experience the newly enhanced museum – a life-changing pilgrimage through loss, resilience and the ultimate renewal of a city and its people. Admission is free on April 19 thanks to Cox Communications. Apr 20 The 2015 Reflections of Hope award ceremony and luncheon will honor the prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges who fought for justice following the April 19, 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick will be the keynote speaker. Apr 26 The annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, A Run to Remember, with more than 25,000 participants running one of five races, honors the 168 lives lost in the April 19, 1995 bombing and helps raise funds to support the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Register at

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Now-May 10 Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World, a groundbreaking exhibition that spotlights more than 60 works by some of the world’s most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies and examining how their talents, charm and audacity beguiled the art world of the twentieth century through the present day. Apr 16-Jul 12 Warhol: The Athlete Series features a series of 10 portraits of famous athletes commissioned by Andy Warhol’s friend and collector Richard Weisman.



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Jun 20-Sep 27 More than 230 rare and storied treasures created by the House of Fabergé will be celebrated in Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars. Drawn from the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, the museum will showcase Peter Carl Fabergé’s fine craftsmanship in pieces of jewelry and adornments once belonging to the Russian Imperial family.

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Ongoing Stop by the newly opened Showroom at NW 11th and Broadway: an innovative shippingcontainers-turned-downtowndestination as the organization plans a permanent home on the 4.5 acres across the street. The temporary location houses a reading room and exhibitions, starting with a new media project featuring “Annotated Plans for an Evacuation” and “Hit Wave II” by Alex Hubbard. While you’re there, explore “Terra,” Orly Genger’s outdoor installation made with more than a million feet of recycled rope. Ongoing In the center’s new youth classes, students learn about contemporary arts and artists, develop basic visual or performing arts skills and experiment with an array of artistic mediums to gain confidence and self-expression. Most of the Saturday classes, for ages 5-12, are only $15. May 26-Aug 7 Oklahoma Contemporary’s weeklong Summer Arts Camps are designed to spark the imagination and encourage the exploration of visual and performing arts activities for kids 5-12.


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specializes in detailed watercolor on scratchwork drawings done on black clayboard. The event is free and open to the public. June 5-7 When the 29th Annual Red Earth Festival opens at the Cox Convention Center, over 1,200 American Indian artists, dancers and singers will gather to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage. For three exciting days, downtown Oklahoma City will be the center of Native American art and culture in America as more than 30,000 people gather to celebrate. A grand parade, unlike any other in the world, opens the Festival on Friday morning as the streets of downtown vibrate in Native tribal spirit with participants in full tribal regalia. At Red Earth, guests can sample the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional art. Participants in the Red Earth dance competition represent the elite of Native American dance, some of the most gifted and accomplished in the world.


2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, 405.325.4712 May 15-Sep 26 Audubon and the Art of Birds: Today, the name Audubon is synonymous with birds and the conservation of nature. But who was John James Audubon, and what did he do to inspire such a following? This exhibition will give visitors the rare opportunity to view an extensive collection of the original “doubleelephant” prints from The Birds of America, the work that made him famous. The exhibition will trace Audubon’s remarkable life, then puts his work in context with examples of earlier bird illustrations, works by his contemporaries and the continuation of our fascination with birds up to the present day. Sponsored by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.





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FARE DINING ON A ROLL Top-tier steak and tasty surprises fuel the menu at Automobile Alley eatery Broadway 10 Chophouse. See page 74.


PERFECTLY DELICIOUS Fresh, sweet and spectacular, this strawberry pie recipe will revive your fervor for fruit 72 EAT & DRINK Variety is on the menu in Sliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citywide dining guide 76 APRIL 2015 // SLICE 71

FARE | In the Kitchen

PERFECTLY DELICIOUS By Caryn Ross // Photo by Carli Wentworth

THIS PAST SUMMER, WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH RHODE ISLAND, I took my family on a culinary detour: picking fresh strawberries. It was great fun to watch the kids run around in search for the perfect specimen. How many they actually found remains a mystery (each one got mysteriously eaten before we could witness its perfection), but their juice-stained clothing suggested a healthy crop. The berry orchard we visited also had a bakery, and the smell of the fruit pies was intoxicating. I had fallen into a rut, making the same old strawberry and angel food cake dessert year after year. But strawberry fields and the bakery’s delightful chilled pie renewed my appreciation for these treats from nature. There are two simple secrets to a fabulous berry pie. First, freshly whipped cream is a must. Second, use the freshest strawberries you can find – the ones that are really red and juicy. Forget about the size; it’s the sweetness that counts. 72 SLICE // APRIL 2015


2 qt fresh strawberries 1 c sugar 3 T all-purpose flour 2 T packaged strawberry gelatin 2 t unflavored gelatin  3 T strawberry jam  1 T vanilla bean paste 1 ¼ c water 1 pre-baked (8 inch) deep dish pie shell whipped cream Clean and dry the strawberries thoroughly before slicing. Remove the stems and then cut into either quarters or halves, depending on the size of the berry. Place the berries in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, strawberry gelatin and unflavored gelatin.    To make the glaze, heat the strawberry jam, vanilla paste and water in a medium-sized saucepan until it comes to a boil. Whisk in the dry ingredients until there are no lumps in the glaze. Allow the mixture to simmer for 6-7 minutes or until it reduces and begins to thicken. Remove from heat and pour the hot glaze mixture over the fresh strawberries and toss to coat each berry. Pour the berry mixture into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. Serve with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream.







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FARE | Matters of Taste

DRIVEN TO DISTINCTION By Steve Gill // Photos by Carli Wentworth

AS REWARDING AS IT CAN BE TO WATCH A CITY GROW AND EXPAND (something with which we in this sprawling metropolis are pleasantly familiar), there’s even more satisfaction in seeing vitality and verve return to an area within the civic boundaries that had fallen into disuse. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a pleasure to see the blue neon “Buick” sign relit atop its namesake building in Automobile Alley … but only the beginning of why a trip to that corner of 10th and Broadway can be a terrific idea. Because in addition to decades of history, the building now houses Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse. There’s an extent to which a restaurant of any genre – perhaps especially a steakhouse like this – has to work to differentiate itself; either in execution of the classics (diners know before they walk in the door that they’ll be able to order a filet mignon, but not all places can dish up an equivalent version) or in inspirational flourishes (sure, there’s a NY Strip, but what else might be in the offing?) Broadway 10 manages both, and does so in an environment that deserves its own accolades. The space is enormous – something on the order of 8,000 square feet of floor space – and the east and south walls are almost entirely 74 SLICE // APRIL 2015

composed of windows, the better to allow street views of passing traffic and pedestrians. And yet, despite having no interior walls to divvy up this immense room, the individual tables still feel personal. There are a couple of TVs, but only in the bar area, and the design overall does a nice job of breaking up the open space using booth backs of different heights and giant floor lamps to create a partial canopy effect. It’s simultaneously expansive and comfortable, bustling with energy while still allowing for casual conversation – and concentration on food. I’d recommend starting with the Butcher Meatballs, but only if you’re hungry; they’re enormous. Loosely packed and savory with a rich ragu and shavings of parmesan, they’re practically a main dish in their own right. If you’re looking for something a little less massive, one of Broadway 10’s unusual touches is a sushi menu: the house specialty Buick roll is a choice combination of crab salad, cream cheese, asparagus and jalapeno, each piece topped with a single shrimp in a thoroughly magnificent sweet garlic sauce. Seriously: amazing. The kitchen says its fires are pecan and hickory, and either I’m highly suggestible or you can actually get a savory hint of the woodsmoke off the steak. Not enough to be distracting or interfere with the rich Béarnaise, but sufficient to add a little extra resonance to that 8-oz filet mignon. The gorgonzola macaroni and cheese is very good but with an insistent, tangy taste, so you might try another side like the Pommes Anna (a pie-shaped wedge of thinly sliced potatoes layered and cooked in plenty of butter) if your entrée of choice has a more delicate flavor profile. Speaking of which, my organic salmon filet was a beautifully cooked piece of fish, firm but not too dry with a hint of char here and there, and dosed with a spicy Southwestern remoulade.A closer like the luscious vanilla bean crème brulee is an ideal way to finish; think of it as the icing on the cake. From broad strokes like the interior’s simple color scheme leavened with earth tones to neat smaller details like the silver globe of drink sweeteners and the crossed-cleaver sigil used as a decorative element, Broadway 10 is a well-executed treat.


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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 $ BOULEVARD CAFETERIA Chicken and dumplings, liver and onions - one of the last of the area’s independent cafeterias is still pounding out the hits. 525 NW 11th, OKC, 239.6861 $ 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 $$ HEFNER GRILL Upscale fare and a tempting brunch to boot, with the enhancements of a live piano and a spectacular lake view. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ INTERURBAN Great food (and prices) in casual comfort – try the chicken-fried steak and anything with honey-pepper bacon. 4 metro locations, $$ KAISER’S DINER A venerable location is back in business, offering juicy burgers, sandwiches, tempting entrees and a vintage soda-fountain experience. 1039 N Walker Ave, OKC, 232.7632 $ LEGEND’S A casually upscale landmark for over 40 years, it still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Inspired creations featuring varied prime meats and

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unexpected and tasty flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ PACKARD’S NEW AMERICAN KITCHEN They’re not kidding about the “new” – the menu is filled with 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 $ THE R&J LOUNGE The culinary luminaries behind Ludivine present a more relaxed, sentimental dining experience; the drinks menu is a thing of beauty. 320 NW 10th, OKC, 602.5066 $$

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 $$ SAII Rich ambiance boosts expertly done Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare plus stellar sushi. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$

OAK & ORE A neighborhood hangout of vintage rustic materials, offering more than a handful of creative knife-and-fork sandwiches and lovingly chosen craft beers. 1732 NW 16th, OKC $

VII ASIAN BISTRO A bright, sleek interior and savory spate of Chinese and Vietnamese options. 2900 N Classen, OKC, 604.2939 $

O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies, it’s served killer burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $


PUB W Multiple atmospheres for whatever vibe you like, and a menu of choice beer and “new classic” fare from barbeque wings to thick pork chops. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 701.5844 $$

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 $

REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, enchiladas and steak in a casual hacienda-style atmosphere by the lake. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995 $$

CUPCAKES TO GO GO Love of travel (and a sweet tooth) inspire the myriad flavor combinations in this trove of treats – its rotating menu means every trip reveals a different taste destination. 2524 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 330.2190 $

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL Amply portioned and green chili-amplified burgers, breakfasts and more fill this inviting diner. 231 S Coltrane, Edmond, 562.4777 $

CUPPIES & JOE The name is only part of the story: it’s cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a cozy, trendy vibe and more. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $

SATURN GRILL A lunch star: inspired pizza, sandwiches and salads. 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114 $

HURTS DONUT CO. Ignore your childhood hesitations: you do want a Hurts Donut. The 24-hour Campus Corner locale pumps out nonstop sweet and savory innovations. 746 Asp Ave, Norman, 417.300.6106 $

SCRATCH Isn’t that the best place for food to come from? Entrees, sides and wondrous craft cocktails are carefully concocted inhouse. 132 W Main, Norman, 801.2900 $$ SYRUP The most enticing meal of the day is at this unique breakfast boutique (the crunchy French toast is something special). 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $ VAST Steaks, seafood and globally inspired American cuisine, with a view truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 280 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ VICEROY GRILLE Opulent décor, comfortable environs and some outstanding cuisine make a strong recommendation for the Ambassador Hotel’s in-house restaurant; don’t overlook the brunch options. 1200 N Walker Ave, OKC, 600.6200 $$$ WAFFLE CHAMPION A Midtown diner bringing joy to those addicted to its gourmet sweet or savory waffle options. 1212 N Walker, OKC, 525.9235 $ WHISKEY CAKE High-quality locally sourced food served in a homey atmosphere. Enjoy – and don’t forget the namesake dessert. 1845 NW Expressway, OKC, 582.2253 $$

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 $$ COVELL PARK Lunch, dinner and sushi in style from expert creators of modern Asian fusion. 1200 W Covell, Edmond, 285.1720 $$ 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 $$

with a primo patio. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $

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 $ PIE JUNKIE Call ahead to order a whole pie or quiche or walk in and choose from what’s on hand; either way the flavors are incredible. 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 $

BAR // PUB FOOD 51ST STREET SPEAKEASY The joint’s porch and patio are perpetually packed, and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with joyous abandon. 1114 NW 51st, OKC, 463.0470 $ 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 $$ THE BARREL Drink deep of top-shelf wines, beers and whiskies, braced by thoroughly appetizing pub fusion cuisine. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $ BELLE ISLE BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection in 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $ BLU FINE WINE & FOOD A sleek bar that stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$ 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 Tempting pub food with Southwestern zing at a Norman landmark

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 $$ SAINTS An inviting Irish bar where whiskey and beer offerings pair nicely with classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$ URBAN WINEWORKS Made-in-Oklahoma wine paired with haute culinary creations featuring rabbit, duck, pork belly and more. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 525.9463 $$ WES WELKER’S The food shows great variety and imagination, like duck nachos, and the bevy of TVs and 83 available beers ain’t bad either. 3121 W Memorial, OKC, 608.2200 $$

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, $ IRON STAR 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 $$ LEO’S BAR-B-Q Rich flavor and tender texture for commendable value – no wonder it’s a periennial favorite among Oklahoma connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $ RUDY’S Totally casual – plastic trays and utensils – with serious barbeque chops. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552; 3437 W Memorial, OKC, 254.4712 $$

BURGERS // SANDWICHES BISON WITCHES Monster sandwiches with standout flavors, best enjoyed with a bread 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 the delicious never-frozen patties are mmmmmassive. 3409 Wynn, Edmond, 509.2333, 212 N Harvey, OKC, 601.6180 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Boasting innovations like sauerkraut, pineapple relish and habanero salsa.100 N University, Edmond, 974.4638 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE The focus is on the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries. 5 metro locations, $ 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 $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Simply great fries, rings and burgers; try the No Name Ranch beef. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $

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FARE | Eat & Drink 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 burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of Lake Hefner from the spacious patio adds ambiance to tasty entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $ 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 $ ND FOODS Gigantic Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, homemade soups and freshly baked cookies, pies and other desserts. 2632 W Britton Rd, OKC, 840.9364 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded … and it’s incredible. Mounds of fresh fries and colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best. 1202 N Penn, OKC, 524.0999 $

meal hard to forget. 3 metro locations, $

case and breakfast and lunch selections. 207 E Main, Norman, 579.3387 $

URBAN JOHNNIE’S Gourmet burgers and more in a sleek bar atmosphere from the minds behind Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler. 121 NE 2nd, OKC, 208.4477 $

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 $


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

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; 7300 N Western, OKC, 840.7725 $ BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE Get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte in the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ THE BLUE BEAN Smoothies, pastries and sweet treats, plus excellent small-batch roasted coffee – try the specialty flavor combos. 13316 S Western, OKC, 735.5115 $

S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: these super-tasty burgers come as sliders too, the better to sample more selections. 5 metro locations, $

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 $

SERVICE STATION A former filling station with vintage décor, now serving up delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S Webster, Norman, 364.2136 $

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 $

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

DISTRICT HOUSE Pop into the Plaza District for beans from Tulsa’s Topeca Coffee, deli sandwiches and the occasional live music event. 1755 NW 16th, OKC $

TEXADELPHIA The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $

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 $

TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS A small menu whose bravura execution makes the

MICHELANGELO’S Enjoy exceptional coffees and wines, a well-stocked pastry

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 $

CONTINENTAL 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 $$ BLACKBIRD A gastropub with succulent creativity (pot roast nachos!) and a broad beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$ CHEEVER’S Southwestern-influenced recipes and contemporary comfort food; truly one of the city’s finest restaurants. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$ COACH HOUSE, THE Definitely among the metro’s most elegant dining: specialties prepared with classical perfection. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$

MELTING POT, THE Make a meal an event to remember with an elegant fondue feast. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A comfortably upscale favorite covering cuisines from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$ MICHAEL’S GRILL Urbane, intimate dining: steaks, chops, seafood and pastas, and Caesar salad prepared tableside. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$ MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE Inside the OKC Museum of Art, its European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$ PARK AVENUE GRILL A soigne dining experience in the Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood with 1930s high style. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$ PASEO GRILL Intimate inside and cheerful on the patio, with an awardwinning menu of distinctive flavors – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE A diverse international menu set off by select wines. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Penn, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 Enjoy sleek, swank décor and an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$

LOTTINVILLES Rotisserie chicken, woodgrilled salmon and a host of entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$

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

MANTEL, THE Marvelous steaks and seafood (don’t miss the lobster bisque), in a refined, intimate atmosphere. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$

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

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menus you’ll ever see. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $

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in its own right. 103 E California, OKC, 605.4422 $

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 $$

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

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 $$

WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway housing sumptuous, savory cuisine in quiet comfort. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$


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 $$

MONI’S Handmade, New Jersey-style brick oven pizza and authentic pasta recipes from Southern Italy in a casual, comfy ambience (ideal for dates). 17200 N May, Edmond, 285.5991 $$

GERMAN DAS BOOT CAMP Exceptional cuisine (and magnificent beer) in a fast-paced location downtown. 229 E Main, Norman, 701.3748 $ FASSLER HALL House-made sausages, pretzels, duck fries and a heftig beer menu, plus a weekend brunch – what’s not to love? 421 NW 10th, OKC, 609.3300 $ INGRID’S Authentic German fare, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Don’t overlook breakfast, or the bakery counter! 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444; 6501 N May, OKC $$ OLD GERMANY Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and sausages are spectacular. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$ 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. 3 metro locations, $$ EARTH, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads and soups in one of the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly

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 fullservice restaurant with the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ MISAL OF INDIA A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandooricooked delicacies in splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ 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.

CROOKED CRUST Plenty of choice among tons of fresh toppings characterizes the Campus Corner hangout’s specialty pizza. 757 Asp, Norman, 515.9111 $ 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 $ JO’S FAMOUS PIZZA Sandwiches, salads and a variety of ‘za that’s worthy of some repute. 1438 S Green, Purcell, 527.2379, 900 S Kelly, Edmond, 340.7070 $$ JOEY’S A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$ KNUCK’S WHEELHOUSE Homemade daily with sauces from scratch, it’s a tasty and varied stopover for Bricktown wanderers as well as a pizza-lover’s destination

NOMAD II A classic server of old-school pizza, Italian dishes, steaks and fried chicken, plus a slice of OKC history through its décor. 7301 N May, OKC, 843.4557 $$ OTHELLO’S Warm mussels to tiramisu – all you could want in a romantic Italian café. 434 Buchanan, Norman, 701.4900; 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$ PAPA DIO’S Three generations of the Bonadio family offer an ample menu of new, classic and healthy dishes in separate dining rooms for family or casual dining. 10712 N May, OKC, 755.2255 $$ PIZZA 23 A tempting suite of specialty pies and good beer selection in crisp, urban décor. 600-B NW 23rd St, OKC, 601.6161 $$ PIZZERIA GUSTO Neapolitan-style pizza (quality ingredients, extremely hot fire) stars alongside Italy-inspired salads, pastas and appetizers. 2415 N Walker Ave, OKC, 437.4992 $$ REVOLVE PIZZA A fully customizable dining experience: guests build their dream pies from the crust up and the quick-fire brick ovens do the rest. 5500 W Memorial, OKC, 792.2858 $ SANDRO’S New York-style pizza and an array of pasta, all made fresh (and delicious) daily. 914 W Main, Norman, 701.8822 $ SAUCED ON PASEO All kinds of goodness on a thin, crunchy crust in a battered neighborhood hangout. Don’t forget a Krispie treat. 2912 Paseo, OKC, 521.9800 $

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FARE | Eat & Drink SOPHABELLA’S A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from Chicago and beyond in style. 7628 N May, OKC, 879.0100 $$$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of tastes for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch, amid stylish scenery. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ TOMMY’S An old favorite returns to the metro to provide primo pasta, pizzas and plenty of ambiance. 5516 W Memorial, OKC, 470.5577 $$ UPPER CRUST This pizzeria and wine bar specializes in thin-crust, New York-style pies. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743; 1205 NW 178th, Edmond, 285.8887 $$ 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; 3000 SW 104th St, OKC, 759.3580 $ 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 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pies with fresh ingredients (like figs or truffle oil) and sauce from scratch. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

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 $$

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MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry by skilled chefs at tableside hibachi grills. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$

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 $$

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 $$

SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, plus more adventurous options, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 NW 178th, OKC, 285.7317 $$

ZORBA’S Family recipes proudly share flavors of Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Morocco. 6014 N May, OKC, 947.7788 $

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP Jumbo burritos, big salads and especially shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, Norman, 701.1000; 208 Johnny Bench, OKC, 602.3899 $

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 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s small with a traditional menu; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$

MEDITERRANEAN AVANTI BAR & GRILL Casual elegance with contemporary Italian menu twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza and more. 13509 Highland Park, OKC, 254.5200 $$ BASIL MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ Chicken Bandarri, Beef Souvlaki or a fresh bowl of tangy tabouli; flavor leaps from every corner of the menu. 211 NW 23rd, OKC, 602.3030 $ COUSCOUS CAFE Traditional Moroccan tagine dishes to favorites like homemade falafel and kofta, with a bounty for vegetarians. 6165 N May, OKC, 286.1533 $ HAIGET’S Vegan-friendly – and friendly in general – this gem rewards the adventurous with Ethiopian and Kenyan specialties. 308 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 509.6441 $$ MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI Selected groceries and a menu stocked with options; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $ NUNU’S Tangy, tantalizing, fresh and healthy flavors, reproduced from generations-old recipes. 3131 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7000 $

MEXICAN // LATIN AMERICAN 1492 Authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant, romantic setting with perhaps the world’s best mojitos. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$ ABUELO’S The variety, plates, flavors and experience are all huge. No passport required. 17 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1422; 3001 W Memorial, OKC, 755.2680 $$ ALFREDO’S Kick back with an agave limeade and peruse the ample menu’s avocado enchiladas, fried tacos and more. 4 metro locations, $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s often standingroom-only at lunch, but don’t let that deter you from fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL It’s a long way to Rio, but the spicy, savory menu covers the distance in a mouthful. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant Guatemalan flavors. The breakfast specialties truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $ 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 $$ CHILTEPES Chuchitos to atol de elote, this Plaza District restaurant serves as a guided tour to the wondrous flavors of Guatemala. 1800 NW 16th, OKC, 601.0384 $$

IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172 $$ INCA TRAIL Flavors from around the world, piquant ceviches to homemade flan. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$ JUAN DEL FUEGO This self-styled MexiDiner dishes up breakfast and lunch from both sides of the border. 223 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.20302 $ 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 $$ LA LUNA Its festive cantina-style atmosphere only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and the bold carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$ MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN Handrolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and more, 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 ristorante serves huge, tasty Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, $$

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

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 $$

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

JAX SOUL KITCHEN The team behind Blackbird and blu dishes up big ol’ helpings of jambalaya, pork ribs, fried catfish and many more deep South classics. 575 S University, Norman, 801.2828 $

SEAFOOD 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 $$ JAZMO’Z BOURBON STREET CAFÉ An upscale yet casual environment boasting Cajun and Creole-inspired selections. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ LAND & SEA Chef Sean Cummings harnesses the delicious possibilities of multiple biomes in his latest savory concept. 7523 N May Ave, OKC, 755.2622 $$$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A huge Bricktown warehouse where the Crab Boil is a favorite and taste is king. 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creoleinspired dishes. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$ SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus seafood. 13801 Quail Pointe Dr, OKC, 286.5959 $$

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

KD’S Pork chops, stuffed catfish, shrimp and 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 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES A labor of love adored by locals seeking authentic Southern classics. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $ MJ’S Super-tasty individual box meals (hint: Jambalaya Sammich) or enormous feasts for parties, give this caterer some prep time and they’ll rock your taste buds. Appointment only. 548.5657 $$

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 $$$ BROADWAY 10 Cruise into the Buick building in Automobile Alley to savor steak supremacy in a cozy enclave amid urban bustle. 1101 N Broadway, OKC, 212.3949 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S This Oklahoma institution’s huge corn-fed steaks and matchless atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ GEORGE, THE High atop Founders Tower, its spectacular view adds savor to expert chefdriven creations featuring prime beef. 5900 Mosteller Dr, OKC, 607.4360 $$$ 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 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak, lobster or prime rib with Lebanese appetizers gratis – Jamil’s has fed Oklahoma well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$ JUNIOR’S A landmark restaurant where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$ MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The ambiance and service are sublime, but fine aged steak broiled to perfection is the star. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$ 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 $$$ OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a vast wine selection and intimate ambience. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$ RANCH STEAKHOUSE Effortless opulence, custom-aged hand-cut tenderloins and ribeyes and warm Southern hospitality. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$ RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks, vibrant, imaginative flavors and amenities. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$ 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 or carry out beautifully executed exemplars of soups, curries and noodles. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $

making this 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, 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 Vermicelli bowls, rice platters, piping hot pho, icy cold bubble tea and more. 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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PURSUITS CREATIVITY’S PERFECT STORM Norman’s National Weather Center is hosting an elite collection of meteorological art, and the forecast is excellent. See page 88.

TOP 10 Prime starting points for making the most of the month 84 BOOM, BUST AND BEYOND Mayor Mick Cornett helms a film recounting OKC’s valleys and peaks 86 A WHIRLWIND SOUTHERN ESCAPE Journey into the Deep South for a circuit of hidden treasures 91


SEE & DO April’s music, theater, visual arts and other delights 94 SONIC BOOMTOWN The streets runneth over with music at Norman Music Festival 8 95 FESTIVAL FEVER Ring in the new season at the glorious Festival of the Arts 96 David Mayhew, “Sky Fall,” detail APRIL 2015 // SLICE 83

PURSUITS | High Points

The Top By Steve Gill



April 15, Rose State PAC Those of us still mourning the end of “Parks and Recreation” (sniff) can take some solace in this: mustachioed man among men Nick Offerman is coming to town to share a stage with his beloved wife and OKC native Megan Mullally, so they can crack wise about their mutual romance, and share way too many humorous details about their energetic amorousness. Seriously, mature audiences only.

The Journey Continues

April 11, Oak Tree Country Club Happy birthday, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond! The community creativity organization is turning 30 in 2015, and celebrating with an especially festive Spring Sampler Evening of Art – guests will be feted with fine food and wine, mingle with friends old and new and bid on auction treats including Chihuly art and a trip to Vienna. Here’s to 30 more years.


April 18, Petroleum Club The event is on the 35th floor, but participating kids will be heading down a rabbit hole anyway; odd things just happen in Wonderland. That’s the theme for this year’s Fairy Tale Ball, and Oklahoma Children’s Theater has plenty of practice at putting together a wildly entertaining evening for youngsters, tweens and parents alike in separate segments of celebration – costumes are encouraged.

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April 17-18, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum The legacy of the American West is an unusual mixture of fictionalized hero-worship and genuine larger-than-life derring-do. Some of its greatest legends, real and imagined, are honored annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – the Western Heritage Awards, and its preliminary Jingle Jangle Mingle, are a black-tie pleasure of preserving the best parts of the West.



April 26, OKC National Memorial What was more important than the damage from the 1995 bombing was the city’s response to it; it’s fitting that the Memorial Museum is newly refurbished and expanded, and the OKC Memorial Marathon – now in its 15th year – has grown to a massive event that draws tens of thousands from around the world while still exuding community support for participants. We are not running from our past; we keep racing, and remember.

Showcase of Grace

April 3-12, OU Reynolds PAC OU’s resident ballet company struts its superbly impressive stuff in this annual spring performance – the Oklahoma Festival Ballet weaves physical magic in a program of contemporary and classical works highlighted by the showstopping “Kingdom of the Shades” section from Marcus Petipa’s “La Bayadere.” Whether or not that rings any bells, you’re in for a treat.


April 20-21, All Souls Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral They’ve had an excellent run of guest artists, but now that the season is winding down, the musicians of the Brightmusic chamber ensemble are going back to basics. Piano, violin, viola and cello star in a concert titled “The Piano Quartet,” which consists of three takes on its titular composition from Mozart, Brahms and Turina. Intricate, elegant, thoroughly enjoyable.



April 7-May 3, Kasum Contemporary Art A life spent in exploring and teaching creativity doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to discover in the world of art, as after 35 plus years as an instructor, with 40 focusing on ceramics, LeRoy Schultz is still pursuing new avenues of work. His latest endeavors, examples of which are collected in the new exhibit Contemporary Totems, is on freestanding and wallmounted wooden sculptural assemblages; items built into remembrances.


P.J. O’Rourke

April 14, OKC Golf &Country Club


April 12, OKC Civic Center Suffering as few others have, the prisoners of the Theresienstadt concentration camp displayed a monumental strength of spirit in learning and performing a Verdi oratorio – Canterbury Choral Society honors their story as Murry Sidlin conducts the choir in a multimedia concert (featuring survivors’ testimony) called the Defiant Requiem. The performance itself will be beautiful; its history makes it sublime.

Whether you know him from his frequent appearances on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” or some of his 20 books written over the last 30-plus years, it should be good news that satirical writer P.J. O’Rourke is headed to town for the Metropolitan Library System’s 13th annual Literary Voices dinner. In fact, it’s good for the community too, since proceeds broaden the reach of library resources. APRIL 2015 // SLICE 85

PURSUITS | Spotlight


By Kristi Eaton

MANY MAYORS MIGHT BE CONTENT TO SIT BACK AND BASK IN LEADING A CITY that has been described at various times as booming, flourishing and prosperous, but not Mick Cornett. Cornett, who has been mayor of Oklahoma City since 2004, wants people to remember how the state’s largest city got to where it is today. He’s doing that through a feature-length documentary he produced called “Oklahoma City: The Boom, The Bust, The Bomb.” It’s set to be released in April, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. “It seemed to me that a lot of people in our city just weren’t aware of how we got here,” Cornett says. “It’s easy to look around today and see that we’re kind of a city on the rise and a lot of great things are happening ... but I’m old enough to remember what we went through.”

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The narrative documentary-style film traces the city’s rise and fall from 1970 to 1995 through different chapters and features interviews with notable residents including former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh, former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, current president of Oklahoma State University Burns Hargis and Russell Perry, the founder and owner of a publishing and broadcasting company. “I don’t think people realize just how bad the economy got in the 1980s,” Cornett says of the oil bust. “People are aware of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Well, for Oklahoma City, this was just as bad.” Most importantly, the mayor says, a generation of well-educated young people couldn’t find jobs in Oklahoma City and left for cities like Dallas, Houston, New York City and Tokyo. They might have remained here if circumstances had been different, he says. “We lost a lot.”

Though there was still optimism during that time period, hopes were continually dashed. Then came the bombing on April 19, 1995, a date that is forever etched in the minds of residents and the event many people across the nation and world now associate with the Sooner State. The bombing, which took the lives of 168 people and left many more injured, united the city, Cornett says, and that unity is important to examine as Oklahoma City continues to grow and prosper. “I think today, if you look at one of the reasons Oklahoma City is successful, it’s because a lot of people are pulling on the same rope. We don’t have a lot of people pointing fingers, blaming each other or in-fighting,” he says. The mayor, council and business leadership work together to support the consensus to move the city forward, he says, and focus less on personal interests. That unity can be seen through the nowvibrant downtown and the electricity and excitement felt every time the Oklahoma City Thunder play a home game. This is the first full-length film for Cornett, who worked as a reporter and ran his own video production company before becoming the 35th mayor of Oklahoma City. “I’ve done a lot of storytelling in my life, both short-form and even mediumform, but this is my first full-length film,” he says. The movie – an idea Cornett developed three or four years ago – is for everyone: the young and old, the new transplants and the lifelong residents. Oklahoma native Paul Harvey was an inspiration for the undertaking. Harvey, a well-known conservative radio broadcaster who died in 2009, often told tales of littleknown moments of history on his popular show “The Rest of the Story.” “That’s kind of what this movie is. You can look around Oklahoma City today and see a lot of impressive things. Well, this is ‘the rest of the story,’” Cornett says. “This is how the city got there. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always fun to watch, but I think people are going to find it really interesting.”


“Oklahoma City: The Boom, The Bust, The Bomb” will be screened at Harkins Theatre beginning mid-April. For more info visit

Clockwise from top: Production assistant Tristan Cornett and writer, director and producer Mick Cornett; Young Aubrey McClendon; Robert A. Hefner III; Mayor Ron Norick at MAPS I rally; Skyline circa ’70s Opposite: Production crew

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PURSUITS | Spotlight

“Refuge” by John Hulsey


WEATHER IS MUCH ON THE MINDS OF OKLAHOMANS THIS TIME OF YEAR – endless azure skies, pounding rain, the interplay of sun and shadow, the occasional snowstorm, even a tornado or three … and if you’re visiting Norman’s National Weather Center, you’ll have the opportunity to see all the above and more at once. From April 19-June 14, the NWC Biennale is blowing back into town. The international art exhibition is a collaboration between OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council, and is designed to give excellent artists a vehicle for exploring the ways weather interacts with and influences our lives. “Artists reveal the essence of the object,” said Berrien Moore, director of the National Weather Center and a driving force behind the first Biennale (which, by the way, refers to an exhibit repeated every two years) in 2013. “Cezanne and his apples or his Mont Sainte-Victoire – when we have viewed his pictures, we then see freshly the world and ourselves. So it is with the artistic works in this exhibit. Our familiar experiences with weather are refreshed and new insights and emotions become part of us and extend our vision. The artist opens a window on our world, and our horizons deepen.” That window is, in this case, directed toward the atmospheric fluctuations of the natural world – NAC project manager Tim Stark explains that, “It’s a major show about weather and climate from some of the area’s and nation’s best artists. “We’ve come in and reorganized, rearranged everything and tried to ... ramp up the artwork, ramp up the installation. We’re making a bigger, better show with artwork from established artists and emerging artists from across the country, and international works as well.”

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Over 300 works were submitted by this panoply of elite artists, but fewer than a third of them – 88 pieces in all – were chosen for inclusion by juror Mel Chin, a major Houston artist who Stark describes as “a big, big get for the show.” His work is often based on and interested in affecting the community in some way, which ties in nicely with the theme for this biennale. Stark continues, “The show will display paintings, of both acrylic and oil and anything in between, also photography (black and white and color), in addition to works on paper, which is a very broad category that can range from original monotype prints or etchings to gouache on paper, even to collage. It’s a broad show that basically focuses on 2-dimensional work. We haven’t made the leap to 3-D yet, but that will be coming in the next couple of years. As [the show] develops and blossoms, hopefully so will the public’s interest and demand for more knowledge about the weather and climate.” There’s even a scientific component to this art show. “In particular, a lot of the artists have works that are specifically about the combination of the two. There are pieces that are using algorithms to create visual artwork based on weather patterns. There are works that are responding to climate change. It’s very much a collision, and a creative mixing of the two, and in a really wonderful way. I’m really excited for the selection that we’ve seen; it takes the whole show to another level.” The selected winners in each category – painting, photography and works on paper – will receive cash prizes in recognition of their accomplishment, all of which will be selected by Chin and announced at the public opening April 19. Best in Show will take home $10,000, and the winner of each individual category will receive $5,000 – which is pretty impressive. The biennale is hosted in the atrium of the NWC itself, and is free to attend. You can even schedule a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and explore both in the same trip. This exhibit serves as a chance for artists to display their craftsmanship, and to investigate weather and climate, and give them a further reason to start doing so in a creative way. Stark says that “All the artists are really doing a lot of excellent work in making materials that respond to that basic premise of weather, this natural thing that impacts all of our lives, and how it’s changing us and how we respond to it in a way that brings in more than just documentation, but responds conceptually and emotionally to that idea.” There’s a whole world of weather phenomena waiting; exploring it will be a pleasure.

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A Whirlwind Southern Escape By Elaine Warner


ATLANTA, IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE, IS THE CAPITAL OF GEORGIA AND CENTER OF A LOT OF CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES. WHAT MANY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT IT’S SURROUNDED BY A SWARM OF SATELLITE CITIES WITH AMAZING OPTIONS AWAY FROM THE BIG CITY TRAFFIC. HARD AS IT WAS TO TEAR MYSELF AWAY FROM ANY ONE SPOT, I RECENTLY EMBARKED ON A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF SOME OF THESE SPECIAL PLACES AND THEIR HIGHLIGHTS. GOODIES AND GHOSTS First came a flying stop in Sandy Springs on the northeast side of Atlanta where we met mom and daughter team Laura and Susan Stachler, owners of Susansnaps. After losing one relative to cancer, Susan and her dad were also diagnosed. They went through chemo together. Laura knew that ginger eases nausea and increases appetite in cancer patients, so she began baking gingersnaps for the pair. Other patients, friends and neighbors loved the cookies and it quickly grew into a full-time business. Today they sell five flavors of gourmet gingersnaps in their Sandy Springs store and online – to the tune of 10,000 a day. Loved the story … and the gingersnaps! With a good south wind, Roswell is spitting distance up the road from Sandy Springs. There’s a wealth of history here – from Bulloch Hall, the home of Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, to the ruins of Roswell Mills, primary purveyor of all sorts of cloth goods for the Confederacy. The mill was burned during Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and the workers, mostly women and children, were charged with treason, arrested and transported north. Eventually released, they had no resources with which to live or make their way home. Their story is one of many we heard on the Roswell Ghost Tour. On a happier note, shopping is great in Roswell with a number of art galleries. We visited an exciting gallery with eclectic selections – Raiford Gallery. Jewelry, paintings, furniture, glass, even beautiful, hand-crafted wooden fly-rod cases – many interesting choices – no doubt the reason the gallery has won multiple awards as one of the “Top 100 Retailers of American Craft.” AT HOME IN ROME This area was first home to the Cherokees, and remnants of the Cherokee era remain at Chieftains Museum. Once the plantation home of Major Ridge, leader of a faction of Cherokees and a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, Chieftains Museum is certified by the National Park Service as a designated site on the Trail of Tears.

The 1882 Claremont House (above), now a bed and breakfast, features elaborate woodwork, tall ceilings and Gothic Revival architecture. (left) Laura Stachler and her daughter Susan celebrate Susan’s recovery from cancer in their boutique bakery, Susansnaps.

The town, officially founded in 1834, is notable for its beautiful architecture. One of the most impressive old homes is the 1882 Victorian Gothic Claremont House, now a B&B. With 14-foot ceilings, 14-inch crown molding, 14 different types of hardwoods in the flooring and woodwork and beautiful period furniture, I easily channeled my inner Queen Victoria. Unlike Her Majesty, my breakfast was not served in my elevated baroque bed but in the elegant dining room. Breakfast consisted of an omelet with onion, mushrooms, spinach, garlic, Cheddar and goat cheeses along with fresh fruit, bacon and seven-spice potatoes, juice and coffee. Queen Victoria should have been so lucky. APRIL 2015 // SLICE 91

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(clockwise from top left) Mound A, as tall as a six-story building, is the largest of the mounds at the Etowah site. // One and two-bedroom cottages line a European-style green. // Austin Barton’s sculpture, “Attitude Adjustment” is prominently placed in front of the Booth Western Art Museum. // The Presidential Gallery at the Booth Western Art Museum has original documents and signatures of all the U.S. presidents from Washington to Obama. // Remains of the drawing room frame the view from Godfrey Barnsley’s manor house, “Woodlands.” A FISTFUL OF SURPRISES Scattered to the east and southeast of Rome are some do-not-miss attractions that provide different kinds of pleasures. For history buffs, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site is to the southeast. Part of the Mississippian Culture – like our Spiro Mounds – the 54-acre site was home to several thousand Native Americans from approximately 1000 A.D. to 1550. There are six mounds and an excellent small museum. The explanatory material and artifacts for excavations make the site come to life for visitors. From primitive to palatial is just a short drive north and west to Barnsley Resort. The original property was purchased in 1840 by Godfrey Barnsley, an English emigrant who became wealthy in the cotton trade. He began building a grand Italianate mansion with elaborate gardens for his wife, but unfortunately she died before its completion. Through war and weather, family members occupied the house for a century. It was then auctioned off and the property fell into ruin. Like Cinderella, this neglected beauty was saved by a prince – Prince Hubertus Fugger of Bavaria. Today the gardens are restored and the remnants of the grand mansion stand as a skeletal salute to the past. Accommodations comprise rooms, suites and private cottages in a 19th century village-type setting. Attractions include an 18-hole Fazio-designed golf course, clay tennis courts, saltwater pool, a spa, fishing lake, fly and casting instruction and much more. Words could never do this resort justice. Any time is a good time to visit, but, with over 200 varieties of roses in the gardens, bloom time is spectacular.

To the east of Barnsley Resort is the town of Cartersville, population: 20,000. This minor burg is home to the world-class Booth Western Art Museum, the second largest art museum in the state. In addition to multiple galleries of paintings and sculpture, there is also a Presidential Gallery with one-page letters and signatures of every U.S. president, and a Civil War Gallery. To the south, in Acworth, came another surprise. I was skeptical when I was told we were eating at Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Really? In Georgia? Oh, my, food here is to die for – probably from a heart attack – but you’ll die happy. I had one of chef/owner Henry Chandler’s signature dishes, Louisiana Ooh La La: shrimp, oysters and crawfish, flash fried and tossed with tasso, spinach and roasted garlic in Henry’s Cajun Cream Sauce and served over angel hair pasta. This dish was featured on ABC’s “Nightline” – I certainly found it newsworthy! Our mad dash around the metro ended in Marietta at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, a great property with lots of amenities. Marietta, like everyplace else we went, deserved an article all on its own. I thought it appropriate to pay homage to the spirit of the state with a visit to the “Gone with the Wind” Museum. Full of movie memorabilia and info on author Margaret Mitchell and her book, the museum also has a great selection of gifts. You can even buy your own GWTW costumes here. Seeing so many wonderful places in such a short time was extremely frustrating. I hope there’ll be more trips to Georgia. To quote Scarlett, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” For more information visit APRIL 2015 // SLICE 93

See & Do Oklahoma Festival Ballet Apr 3-12 A

selection of classic and contemporary arrangements, highlighted by Petipa’s breathtaking “Kingdom of the Shades.” OU Reynolds PAC, 560 Parrington Oval, OKC, 325.4101, UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers Apr 9-11

Happy 40th to Central’s versatile, experimental dance troupe - they’re celebrating by revisiting some of their greatest hits. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375,

1st Friday Gallery Walk Apr 3 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,

The Ballet Ball Apr 4 OKC Ballet celebrates

its season in progress with a Sinatrathemed bash and fundraiser for the future. Bicentennial Park, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 843.9898,

OKC Memory Gala Apr 9 For this

year’s version of its annual gala, the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma takes a look at “The BIG Picture.” Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave, OKC, 319.0780, Starlight Supper Apr 9 Local chefs

chip in some treasured recipes for a convivial community dinner under the stars sponsored by Downtown OKC, Inc. Bicentennial Park, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 235.3500,

Under the Big Top Apr 12 This carnival-

themed party for adults (games, prizes, auctions, super fancy midway tastes) benefits the grief support and counseling of Calm Waters Center for Children and Families. The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Dr, OKC, 841.4800,

Pilobolus Apr 21 OCCC’s Performing

Arts Series concludes with a visit from an experimental dance troupe continually reinventing itself and its forms to remain movingly avant-garde. OCCC Theater, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 682.7576,

Devon Energy College Basketball Awards Apr 14 Honor the player, coach, freshman

and humanitarian of the recently concluded season at this high-spirited dinner gala. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 640.0406,


Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest Through Mar 14 Too cold for

Literary Voices Apr 14 Bestselling author

P.J. O’Rourke speaks at a fascinating dinner to support the Metropolitan Library System. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 606.3760,

delicate blossoms? That’s why there are greenhouses - an immense rainbow of over 1,000 of the living jewels adorn the Myriad Gardens in this magnificent display. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 445.7080,

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Apr 15

Comedy powerhouses who are also husband and wife (and thrilled about it) are sharing their marriage, at least the funny parts, with mature audiences in this salacious joint show. Rose State PAC, 6000 Trosper Rd, Midwest City, 297.2264,

Eggstravaganza Apr 1 Young visitors are

welcome at the spring fling featuring an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games, informational exploration and free admission. Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 325.4712,

Auto Alley Shop Hop Apr 16 Discounts,


Alton Brown Apr 2 Genial gustatory

wine tasting and art auction (plus music and food) raises funds to help Positive Tomorrows break the cycle of homelessness. OKC Farmers Public Market , 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 556.5082, Legacy & Legends Apr 2 Volunteer

dynamos the Junior League of OKC honor three exceptionally influential members from their ranks at this red carpet luncheon. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 843.5668, Uptown Uncorked Apr 2 An OKC District

on the rise celebrates its present and future in this tasty, musical, prize-laden evening. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, Western Avenue on the Lawn Apr 2

Free for all and filled with fun, this monthly event offers live music, games, food trucks and more. Whole Foods Lawn, 6200 N Western Ave, OKC,

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were the best texts and tomes written in Oklahoma last year? Find out at this literature lover’s dinner and presentation ceremony. Jim Thorpe Event Center, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd, OKC, 522.3383, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond’s elegantly creative fundraiser is turning the big 3-0 at this very special (and lovely) evening. Oak Tree Country Club, 700 W Country Club Dr, Edmond, 340.4481,

Ballet ends its season with a triple bill of beautiful premieres: the music of Moby in “Play,” “Dear Miss Cline” and the Twyla Tharp-choreographed “Nine Sinatra Songs.” OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 848.8637, okcballet. com

Cork and Canvas Apr 2 The tempting

Oklahoma Book Awards Apr 11 What

Spring Sampler Evening of Art Apr 11 The

Nine Sinatra Songs Apr 17-19 The OKC

guru Brown combines science, music, food and fun into a feast for the senses on the Edible Inevitable Tour. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

bigger - explosive comic Hart hits the ’Peake this month on his coast-tocoast What Now? Tour. Chesapeake Arena , 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000,

April 2 - OKC Civic Center PC West All-Class Reunion Dinner Apr 4

Calling all Putnam City Patriots! The Friends of PC West Foundation hosts its 2nd annual fete; come prepared to mingle. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 314.5380 Friendship Dinner and Awards Apr 7 The

Dialogue Institute serves dinner and praise for honorees at this communityaffirming event, which benefits the domestic violence prevention of the YWCA. Tower Hotel , 3233 NW Expwy, OKC, 924.5105, The Linen Runway Show Apr 7 This

unusual fashion show - the gowns are created solely from tablecloths, runners and chair ties - celebrating its 5th year boosts the aid efforts of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 271.2260, Native American Youth Language Fair Apr 7 Students from across the state

come together to honor their native tongues through written, spoken and visual arts. Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 325.4712,

2nd Friday Circuit of Art Apr 10 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 10 Time-

honored charitable organization Oklahoma Hospitality Club hosts this annual luncheon and style show giving local ladies a chance to take the runway. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, Live on the Plaza Apr 10 Vendors, artists,

residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District , 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, Reach for the Stars! Apr 10 Support

inspirers and help improve young lives at Youth Services of Oklahoma County’s annual gala. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 235.7537, ysoc3. Kevin Hart Apr 11 He’s still pretty short,

but his fame keeps getting bigger and

giveaways, special mini-events and have-to-be-there fun fill this monthly mercantile excursion along one of the metro’s distinctive shopping destinations. Automobile Alley, 1015 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 235.3500, Best of the City Party Apr 16 Raise a glass

with us at Slice to some of the metro’s most outstanding elements. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 842.2266, Town Hall: Rudy Maxa Apr 16 The

Town Hall Lecture Series concludes with “Tales of a Travel Journalist,” entertaining tidbits and tips from Maxa’s frequent globe-trottings. St. Luke’s UMC, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 826.9689, Cleats and Cocktails Apr 17 Drinks, tasty

treats, auctions and fun to help the Wes Welker Foundation encourage the potential of at-risk youth. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 286.9021, Premiere on Film Row Apr 17 Fowler

Honda sponsors the downtown OKC street festival; it’s family- and petfriendly, free to wander through and filled with treats for the ears and taste buds. Film Row, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060



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WHEN WE SAY THE EIGHTH ANNUAL NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL is coming April 23-25, just exactly how much music are we talking about? Think of it this way: just typing out a list of the names of all the participating bands and solo artists would take up more space than we have on this page. The three-day tsunami of sound will encompass the contributions of 350 total acts in and on multiple venues, bringing together talent from around the region and nation and offering visitors an embarrassment of auditory riches ranging from bluegrass to Red Dirt to white-hot face-melting rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an all-you-canlisten musical buffet, and taking it all in doesn’t cost a dime. Put that way, it can sound a little unreal. “If you had told me 10 or 20 years ago that one day, people are going to shut down downtown Norman and there will be 5 outdoor stages and 350 bands playing, I would have said you were dreaming,” smiles NMF8 chair Bree Montoya, one of many who have worked long and hard (mostly as volunteers) to make that dream come true, and done it well – ask any of the 70,000 firsthand witnesses from last year’s performance paradise on Main Street. Powerhouse live performers Ra Ra Riot headline this year’s festival, alongside blazing ’Bama rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, EDM slingers Nadastrom, soulful singer Natalie Prass, local wailers Horse Thief and more and more and more – the full lineup and info is at “To see this thing grow in my own community is amazing, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it,” says Montoya.“It’s a great event, and it just gets bigger and bigger every year.” Rock on.


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Western Heritage Awards Apr 17-18 Great

contributors to the culture and story of the American West, be they authors, actors, musicians or ranchers, are honored in the casual Jingle Jangle Mingle and a black-tie gala. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250, 89er Day Parade Apr 18 Help

commemorate the founding of Norman by having a ball at the rolling, marching, music-playing, flag-waving annual spectacle. Downtown Norman, 911 W Main St, Norman, Evening EscAPE Apr 18 The OKC Zoo’s

event offers drinks, hors d’ouevres and a behind-the-scenes tour to support its ongoing efforts for great ape conservation. OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50th St, OKC, 425.0618, Fairy Tale Ball Apr 18 Kids don costumes

and relish an evening of specially tailored fun - with side enticements for parents and tweens - in this Oklahoma Children’s Theatre delight, “Wonderland.” Petroleum Club, 100 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 606.7003,

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SETTING THE CLOCKS AHEAD AN HOUR; seeing a robin hunting through green blades of grass; attending the Festival of the Arts – these are the signs of spring in central Oklahoma. And as April approaches, ’tis the season for the joyous celebration of creativity that has become such a staple of our calendar: Arts Council Oklahoma City’s 49th festival is free to attend April 21-26. But reliability isn’t the same as stasis; change is on the horizon both near and far for the event that draws 750,000 guests to relish outstanding examples of visual, culinary and performing arts. As the Arts Council’s Christina Foss says, “Art is ever-changing, and so are we!” On the heels of a massive rebranding effort that has unified the nonprofit’s brand and provided a more consistent visual aspect to promoting its varied civic activities and creative endeavors (Arts Council events range from massive fetes like Opening Night and this month’s festival to the more intimate Storytelling Festival and the daily endeavors of Art Moves), the Festival of the Arts is itself on the verge of relocating, thanks to the ongoing work on the previous site of Stage Center. This year, the party is still at Reno and Hudson, encompassing work by 200 artists, a cavalcade of international flavors, three stages of entertainment and plenty of treats for kids and adults within the Myriad Gardens. “All the same components are going to be here for the event, but some of them are going to be located in some different areas, so you’ll get to explore the Gardens a little more; you might run across some aspects of the festival you haven’t encountered or noticed before. It’s a nice way, I think, for people to get reacquainted with it.” In 2016, the Festival will move to Bicentennial Park – Foss says, “It’s going smoothly so far, and the plans look great; it’s really exciting.”

presents this deliciously refreshing beer tasting and outdoor party in its 3rd year. Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 445.7080, Teen Associate Board Auction May 1

The namesake group of young Infant Crisis Services volunteers hurls its energies into organizing a fabulous auction of treats and gift packages to help babies in need. OKC Farmer’s Public Market , 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 528.3663, Run for the Roses Hope Gala May 2 It’s

Derby Day, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is ready to celebrate in style, and raise a few funds to aid in researching the disease. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 810.0070, May Fair May 2-3 The Assistance

League’s spring assembly of juried art, children’s art education, food vendors, live music and family activities is still a ball after all these years. Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St, Norman, 321.9400,

Remembrance Day Apr 19 It’s been two

On the Move May 5 The MS Society’s

decades since the horror that shook our city and our souls; today the city remembers those lost and honors the community spirit that continues to provide healing and hope. OKC National Memorial, 602 N Harvey, OKC, 235.3313, Festival of the Arts Apr 21-26 A massive

celebration of creativity in art, music, food and other forms makes for a spectacular spring tradition. Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 270.4848, Sonnet-a-Thon Apr 23 A gifted poet can

do a lot with 14 lines, especially if he does it 154 times. The Bard’s magnificent verse is recited in its lush entirety in this sonorous annual event. State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, OKC, 235.3700, Gabriel Iglesias Apr 24 The stand-up

star might have a history and cultural legacy different than yours, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t hilarious - that what his Unity Through Laughter tour is all about demonstrating. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 602.8500, H & 8th Night Market Apr 24 Midtown

becomes a primetime paradise in this after-hours street festival boasting live music, a convoy of food trucks and special giveaways and enticements. Hudson Ave & 8th Street, 801 N Hudson Ave, OKC, 633.1703, An Evening With David Sedaris Apr 29 A

veritable Goliath in the field of sour, scathingly witty comedy, the bestselling author and radio persona will be live and in person for this special performance. Rose State PAC, 6000 Trosper Rd, Midwest City, 297.2264, Shine Apr 30 The venerable community

support organization Sunbeam Family Services toasts its new facility, former CEO Ray Bitsche and current leader Jim Priest at this cheerful dinner ceremony. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.7721, UPCOMING

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Broadway & Brew May 1 Lyric Theatre

festival of live music, food trucks and pop-up shops - come enjoy! Downtown Edmond, 32 N Broadway Ave, Edmond, 341.6650,

Heard on Hurd Apr 18 A free monthly


the Individiual Artists of Oklahoma’s annual interest-arousing event is a multisensory sensual spectacle. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060,

luncheon features a special presentation from guest speaker, author and MS ambassador Kristie Salerno Kent. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 463.4863, chapters/oke

FILM Circle Theater Shows Apr 2-30 The OKC

Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films for cineastes who want to step outside the multiplex. OKC Museum of Art , 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 236.3100, Classics Series Apr 7-28 Catch a

masterpiece you missed the first time around or just want to re-experience on the big screen: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Apr 7, “City Slickers” Apr 14, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Apr 21 and “Blazing Saddles” Apr 28. Harkins Theatres, 150 E Reno Ave, OKC, 321.4747,


Stacey D. Miller Through Apr 10 Santa Fe Depot , 200 S Jones Ave, Norman,


Emily Petree Through Apr 25 IAO Gallery,

706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060,

April at the Elms Apr 1-25 The cozy gallery

in the Paseo is home to intriguing art, inside and out: this month it welcomes captivating installations and sculpture from Siegfried Halus and Paul Medina. JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.6336, James Coplin Apr 1-30 The Fine Arts

Institute hosts a showing of works by longtime Edmond Public Schools instructor Coplin; get lost in his rich oil landscapes. Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E Edwards St, Edmond, 340.4481, Husbands, Wives, Lovers Apr 3-25 The

community art space for public

exploration of art welcomes an emotionally stirring solo show from Mary James Ketch. The Project Box, 3003 Paseo St, OKC, 609.3969,

Blvd, Norman, 325.3095, content/nwcbiennale

Contemporary Totems Apr 7-May 3

OU Concert Series Apr 1-26 The OU

A worker in wood and other found materials recently, LeRoy Schultz presents a curiosity-inducing spate of freestanding and wall-mounted new pieces. Kasum Contemporary Art, 1706 NW 16th St, OKC, 604.6602, Shevaun Williams Apr 20-Jun 21 The

Oklahoma Arts Council curates a show of dramatically vibrant photography from the Norman artist. State Capitol , 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, OKC, 521.2931,


The First 50 Years Through Apr 25 Oklahoma Heritage Museum, OKC,


Harmless Hunter: Charles M. Russell Through Apr 26 Sam Noble Museum,

Norman, 325.4712,

Alex Leme: Small Town America Through May 2 Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, OKC, 951.0000,

A Forest Journey Through May 3 Sam Noble Museum, Norman, 325.4712,

Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War Through May 10 Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art , Norman, 325.3272,

Coyote Songs - Desperado Dreams Through May 10 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Madonnas of the Prairie Through May 10 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Intent to Deceive Through May 10 OKC Museum of Art , OKC, 236.3100,

Colored Memories Through Jun 30 Oklahoma History Center, OKC, 521.2491,

Conflict Cast in Bronze Through July 12 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250,

Ledger Art Exhibition Through Aug 31 Red Earth Museum , OKC, 427.5228,

A World Unconquered Through Sep 6 Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art , Norman,


Orly Genger Through Oct 2 Campbell Park, OKC, 951.0000,

Warhol: The Athletes Apr 16-Jul 12

Pop portraitist par excellence Andy Warhol produced these screenprinted portrayals of legendary athletes in 1978 - they’re still amazing. OKC Museum of Art , 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 236.3100, National Weather Center Biennale Apr 26-Jun 15 This massive international

exhibition explores the finest artistic interpretations of weather’s impact on the human experience. National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren

MUSIC School of Music presents the Sooner Bassooners Apr 1, New Century Ensemble Apr 2, the OU Jazz Bands Apr 14, Percussion Orchestra Apr 16, Inner sOUndscapes Apr 17, OU Chorale Apr 19, Symphony Band Apr 20, Hornsemble Apr 22, Collegium Musicum Apr 25 and the President’s Concert Apr 26. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101, Jazz Lab Concerts Apr 2-30 UCO students

and metro residents alike step to the Jazz Lab for some sizzling shows: the Central Jazz Jam Apr 2, 9, 16 and 30, Shortt Dogg Apr 3, Smilin’ Vic Apr 4, Souled Out Apr 10, Miss Brown to You Apr 11, Heath Jones Apr 17, Edgar Cruz Apr 19 and Big G Apr 25. UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 359.7989, Noon Tunes Apr 2-30 Free lunchtime

serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays: Loose Shoes Apr 2, Stringents Apr 9, the Larry Pierce Combo Apr 16, the Callen Clarke Trio Apr 23 and Trio Camblata Apr 30. Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, Ariana Grande Apr 3 An actress (ask

your kids) and singer with incredible range, Grande’s star is already huge and getting bigger all the time; don’t sleep on tickets. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000,


The Conservatory Shows Apr 3-19 Sonic

jams of all descriptions in an OKC hotspot: this month’s slate includes Sworn In Apr 3, Lions Lions Apr 7, Givers Apr 15 and One-Eyed Doll Apr 19 - check online for adds and updates. The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave, OKC, Grand Casino Concerts Apr 3-25 It should

sound great at the Grand, thanks to the legendary Merle Haggard Apr 3 and Thomas Rhett Apr 25. Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, 964.7777, Whistle Stop Concert: Darlingside Apr 7

The Santa Fe Depot is right on the tracks, after all - perfect for a breeze through town by the richly harmonious quartet. Santa Fe Depot , 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Tuesday Noon Concerts Apr 7-14 Add a

bit of music to your lunch break as the free weekly concert series courtesy of OU School of Music students and faculty plays on. Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art , 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, Chevy Bricktown Events Center Apr 8-30

Get revved up musically with a twin blast from Alt-J w/ Tycho Apr 8 and Needtobreathe’s Tour de Compadres feat. Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Apr 30. Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave, OKC, 236.4143, Farmers Market Shows Apr 10 Solid

venue, lush crop of entertainment April features DJ Rhiannon and MK Ultra Live. OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 232.6506, Robben Ford Apr 11 The guitar hero

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Larry Pierce Combo Apr 26 End the week

amusement park offers a few extra musical thrills thanks to the Heartland Music Festival Apr 11 and Switchfoot Apr 25. Frontier City, 11501 N I-35 Svc Rd, OKC, 478.2140, OCU Concerts Apr 11-28 Music in

myriad forms for more than just OCU students: the OCU Orchestra Apr 11, Jazz Ensemble Apr 13, a Project 21 Concert Apr 17 and the Wind Philharmonic Apr 28. OCU Kirkpatrick Center, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, Defiant Requiem Apr 12 A powerful

rendition of the concert-drama subtitled Verdi at Terezin, commemorating the bravery and beauty of an oratorio performed by prisoners in a concentration camp. Not to be missed. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 232.7464,


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Chamber Music in Oklahoma closes its performance season with music from Haydn, Brahms and Tim Brady performed by the visiting stringsmiths. Christ the King Church, 8005 Dorset Dr, OKC, Blue Door Shows Apr 14-26 Self-billed as

“the best listening room in Oklahoma,” it certainly has some of the best music, including Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line Apr 14, John Moreland Apr 17, Sean Watkins Apr 18, Kyle Reid & the Low Swingin’ Chariots Apr 23, Albert & Gage Apr 25 and Amy Speace Apr 26 check online for updates. The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 524.0738, ACM @ UCO Alive! Apr 20 Students from

the sensational music school showcase their talents onstage, for cheap. ACM @ UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave, OKC, 974.4700,

Zappa Plays Zappa Apr 28 Frank’s

masterful, unmistakably idiosyncratic music, as interpreted by his son Dweezil - the show includes “One Size Fits All” in its entirety. ACM @ UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave, OKC, 974.4700, Home Free Apr 30 Vocal craftsmanship

from the a capella country group who recently won NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Rose State PAC, 6000 Trosper Rd, Midwest City, 297.2264, Songs and Stories for Oklahoma Kids Apr 30 Jimmy Wayne, Nashville star,

delivers a soulful live performance for foster children from across the state in this concert presented by Deaconess Adoption. Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland Ave, OKC, 949.4200, UPCOMING

Philharmonic: Sun-Drenched Celebrations May 2 The OKC

Philharmonic season comes to a climactic coda in a performance of conductor Joel Levine’s favorites. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Bob Dylan May 3 Ahem. BOB DYLAN

IN OKC. The man is indisputably one of the foremost voices in music, who has shaped our cultural landscape for decades; better get tickets quickly. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 297.2264,

SPORTS OKC Dodgers Baseball Apr 9-28 OKC’s

Brightmusic Apr 20-21 The chamber

ensemble provides three different interpretations of a classic form in “The Piano Quartet,” featuring Brahms, Turina and Mozart. All Souls Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral, 6400 N Penn Ave and 127 NW 7th St, OKC,

men of summer take a swing at creating a sparkling season on the diamond, hosting Round Rock Apr 9-12, Nashville 13-16 and Omaha Apr 25-28. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 218.1000,

Diamond Ballroom Concerts Apr 20-29

Thunder Basketball Apr 1-13 OKC makes

Crank it up down by the river with a set of powerful shows: this month’s headliners include Stone Temple Pilots Apr 20, OK Go Apr 21, Modest Mouse Apr 24 and Blue October Apr 29. Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave, OKC, 866.977.6849,

a final push for the NBA playoffs by hosting Dallas Apr 1, Houston Apr 5, San Antonio Apr 7, Sacramento Apr 10 and Portland Apr 13. Chesapeake Arena , 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4800,

StepCrew Apr 23 Whee! Armstrong

farewell to OKC’s ice warriors as they face off against a gamut of AHL foes: San Antonio Apr 7, Hamilton Apr 14 and Iowa Apr 17-18. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625,

closes out its season with a dizzying, dance-filled Irish fiddle brigade for Celtic and bluegrass jams. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond, 285.1010, Norman Music Festival Apr 23-25 Help

yourself to a nonstop sonic flood; over three hundred bands cut loose in a massive, entirely free, three-day show. Downtown Norman, 101 E Main St, Norman, Air Supply Apr 24 Russell and Hitchcock

met 40 years ago next month; they’re far from all out of love and still sincerely glad to be sharing their soaring music. Riverwind Casino, 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 322.6464, Philharmonic: A Night at the Cotton Club Apr 24-25 The Philharmonic’s

Pops series continues with a blast of big band swing. OKC Civic Center,

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on a blistering high note thanks to the joyous jazz of a group of solid-gold pros. Santa Fe Depot , 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320,

Barons Hockey Apr 7-18 Bid a final

Red/White Game Apr 11 There’s no way

to be sure what the football future holds, but this is a chance to get an early look at some of the Sooners’ talent … and get a few snaps to hold you until September. Owen Field , 180 W Brooks St, Norman, Redbud Classic Apr 11-12 A variety of

running, cycling and walking events to help the community share fun, fitness and philanthropy. Waterford Complex , 6300 N Penn Ave, OKC, OKC Roller Derby Apr 12 High-speed

grace and a strategic application of brawn here and there; this month the OKCRD All-Stars battle Central Texas. Skate Galaxy, 5800 NW 36th St, OKC,

2 Minute 5K Apr 18 Run, walk or sleep in

Catch Me If You Can Apr 10-19 Charming,

OKC Heart Walk Apr 18 Heart disease

Wrong Window Apr 10-19 Gripping

OKC Energy FC Soccer Apr 18-25 Open

Noir Apr 10-26 Poteet Theatre presents

wide for some soccer! The OKC Energy FC kick off their second season with a hunger for more glory, hosting the Seattle Sounders FC 2 Apr 18 and St. Louis FC Apr 25. Taft Stadium, 2901 NW 23rd, OKC, 235.5425,

a not-so-dark tale of detection as a rumpled gumshoe sorts through a tangle of suspects in a convoluted (and slightly comic) scheme. Poteet Theater, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 609.1023,

Extreme Racing Apr 26 Camels and

20th Anniversary OKC Bombing Project Apr 16-19 Brace yourselves; this is a

(there’s a special donation option this year) to help reduce the rate of sexual assault across the nation. Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S Lake Hefner Dr, OKC, 948.1770,

and stroke are the targets for walkers eager to help prevention, detection and treatment efforts. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 942.2444, oklahomacity

ostriches and zebras? You bet! Free admission and food trucks enhance the fun of seeing jockeys race unconventional mounts for charity. Remington Park, 1 Remington Pl, OKC, 424.1000, OKC Memorial Marathon Apr 26 Grief

and fear became determination and hope; today tens of thousands run to remember. OKC National Memorial , NW 5th and Harvey, OKC,

confident young Frank dashes through extralegal adventures while befriending the FBI man chasing him. Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321.9600,

suspense and grinning comedy make strange bedfellows, but this goofy whodunit aims to scratch both itches via Hitchcock-inspired farce. Stage Door Theater, 601 Oak St, Yukon, 265.1590,

heavy topic. Twenty years after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, OCU’s new theatrical production looks back on how we were - and are - changed. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, okcu. edu/theatre Come Blow Your Horn Apr 16-May 10


Neil Simon’s gleefully hedonistic romp about playboys in New York carries an eventual undercurrent of appreciation for real companionship. Jewel Box Theater, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786,


Floyd Collins Apr 23-26 UCO students

Corpus Christi Through Apr 4 The

metaphors are plain in OKC Theatre Company’s tale of an inspired young ideologue whose words inspire believers and followers before intolerance cuts him down. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 626.6605, Cinderella Confidential Through Apr 9

Behind the scenes of the age-old fairy tale, dedicated snoopers try to uncover the mystery of whose foot fits into the glass slipper. Children’s Center for the Arts, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, Murder for Two Through Apr 12 Musical

comedy with a slightly mordant twist; one actor plays the inspector, the other plays all the suspects and they both play the piano. Lyric’s Plaza Theater, 1725 NW 16th St, OKC, 524.9312, Jackie and Me Apr 1-11 A 10-year-

old time-travels to meet idol Jackie Robinson, and finds more unpleasantness than he expected, in this tale of courage and humanity. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, Opera at the Movies Apr 4-16 Elite

performances of all-time great operas - “Arabella” Apr 4 and the intoxicating “L’Elisir d’Amore” Apr 16 - presented in high-definition comfort. Harkins Theatres, 150 E Reno Ave, OKC, 321.4747, Jeeves in Bloom Apr 4-25 Upper-class

silliness featuring the perpetually harried Bertie Wooster and the dry, keenly observant gentleman’s personal gentleman Jeeves. Carpenter Square Theater, 800 W Main St, OKC, 232.6500, The Amish Project Apr 10-12 A

schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community begins a rocky road to forgiveness and compassion. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 848.3761,

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present a musical drama about a spelunker hoping to establish an underground tourist sensation, only to find himself in deep trouble. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375, Brigadoon Apr 24-26 OCU is only

performing the Lerner and Lowe classic for three days; then your chance to enjoy this final show of their season will disappear. OCU Kirkpatrick Center, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, Summer and Smoke Apr 24-May 2 A pair

of not-quite-lovers drift around each other as OU drama students explore this Tennessee Williams play. OU Reynolds PAC, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman, 325.4101, The Emperor’s New Clothes Apr 24-May 8 A Caribbean king and

his unusual fashion choices take center stage in this children’s treat. Children’s Center for the Arts, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, Shrek the Musical Apr 24-May 23 The

Pollard sings of mud and onions and a grumpy ogre in this decidedly untraditional fairy tale. Pollard Theatre, 120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie, 282.2800,

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Last Laugh

PANTRY RAID IT’S USUALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR THAT MY MIND IS STARTLED out of its sweater-weather rut by the inevitable truth that shortsleeve season is upon us and I’ve done nothing all winter to rein in the spread of my cafeteria lady arms. A few years ago, following one of my frequent strolls on the “As Seen on TV” aisle of Walgreens, I invested in the Shake Weight, which promised toned arms in just a few shakes. Like most products on the “As Seen on TV” aisle, the Shake Weight’s promise was as hollow as a 99¢ chocolate Easter bunny. Today, as I urgently pursue a patent for my Arm Spanx idea, the Shake Weight rests comfortably in the recesses of my closet – the graveyard for my assorted, disappointing fitness paraphernalia. Toning up is only half of my perennial struggle. Eating right is the other. Knowing I’d never consent with forewarning, my husband Bob once scheduled a house call from a nutritionist whom I welcomed like a drive-by shooter. It was springtime and we’d renewed our commitment to the never-ending diet. In an overeager, impulsive moment, my husband had somehow tracked down a woman who sucks every last ounce of joy out of food as a chosen profession, presumably to get our diets started on the right track. As the nutritionist – we’ll call her “Size 2” – made her way up the sidewalk, my husband said, “Oh, by the way, this lady is coming to talk to us about nutrition.” (Exhibit A, your honor.) If there’s anything more irritating than someone older than a fifth grader in a size 2, it’s a lecture about nutrition from her. Although she could have slid in through the mail slot of my front door, I welcomed Size 2 into my home with clenched teeth, resisting the overwhelming urge to snap her in half and rename her Size 1. As Size 2 launched into the food pyramid, I mentally sized her up. And while I’m reluctant to stereotype others according to a single factor, I didn’t need any confirmation to know I’d pegged Size 2 for everything a nutritionist probably is. This is a woman, I surmised, who prepares all meals from scratch – heavy on the greenand-leafies – every Sunday afternoon and stores them in carefully labeled nesting containers inside a spotless refrigerator. For fun, she probably estimates the calorie count of each meal and writes it down in a food journal. On Sunday nights, she probably irons all of her size 2 pants for the week and practices her “tsk, tsk,” as she daydreams about inflicting nutrition guilt onto happy eaters like me. Her poor family. As Size 2 droned on about the importance of vitamins, minerals and water intake, I wanted to cut her off by offering her a bowl of steam and a Tic Tac while I dipped my Double Stuf Oreos into a glass of milk across from her. I comforted my pudgy self with the reassurance that she would only get to talk to us about healthy choices. Knowing all I had to hide, I wasn’t about to invite her to look inside my pantry; she’d have a kitten twice her own size.

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Meanwhile, my husband, the most ADHD person on the block, actually appeared to be hanging on Size 2’s every word of nutritional admonishment. At one point, he felt inspired enough to proclaim just how great he feels when he’s getting plenty of water-soluble fiber in his diet, announcing that our first step should be to clean out the pantry and replace every delicious thing in it with GrapeNuts and Raisin Bran. To guarantee we would have an argument after Size 2 left, Bob said, “You should see what we’ve got in the pantry. Come take a look.” Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. Are you kidding? She can’t handle the truth! Size 2 couldn’t get to the kitchen fast enough. Bob threw open the pantry door and invited her in. I could hear her audible gasp as her little bird-like heart thumped even faster at my den of gluttony, filled with Pop-Tarts, Cheetos, Little Debbies, Lucky Charms, marshmallow cream and Karo syrup. Surrounded by cases of Dr. Pepper and Nesquik, Size 2 cringed and sputtered out, “Oh, myyyyy. Oh, my. Oh, boy. Ohhhhhh, boy.” The sight of Chips Ahoy, a clawed open bag of caramels (you know, just because) and lifetime supplies of MSG and high-fructose corn syrup caused Size 2 to shake visibly. “I see you’ve got the shakes,” I said to her. “You know what’s good for that?” I asked, knowing Size 2 would have suggested a high-protein fiber bar. “One of these Zebra cakes! Try it!” I insisted, adding, “oh, and don’t come back until you’re a size 6.”

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