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Contents | Features

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Crank It Up

How’s this for an encore? The Norman Music Festival is tuning up for a three-day sonic smorgasbord of even more big-name bands – sounds like a sure thing.


Be on the Lookout

From the subterranean splendor of Ruby Falls to a tip-top view of seven states, Chattanooga is a natural wonderland with scenic rewards to spare for the entire family.


Corporate Growth

Harvesting over 500 pounds of produce the first year means you’re clearly on to something; take tips from Chesapeake’s sustainable Employee Garden to nurture your green – and “green” – thumb.


What’s Brewing?

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Stable Healing

The horse’s role in America has changed over the years, but our care should not. Shawn and Natalee Cross, founders of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, help protect those who have served so well. 6

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Room for Blooms

April showers bring works of art, and here’s the perfect way to frame them: browse this bevy of beautiful vases to display your floral bounty.


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Contents | Departments


From the Editor 16 To the Editor 18



Better in Parts Than Its Sum 20 Points for Pounds 22


Room for Blooms 25


Visual Performance Events Calendar

31 39 47 64


Be on the Lookout 67



Sensational Salmon Just Peachy! Vegan Voyage Back in Time

70 72 74 76


Setting the Table 78 Corporate Growth 82 Something a Little Bit Different 87


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What’s Brewing? Big Screen Enthusiasm Lifetime Learning 10cc of Prevention, $10,000 of Cure

102 106 110 112


Stable Healing Cultural Impact Breaking the Mold The Other Side of Marnie Taylor

114 118 122 126

Designers’ Notebook

Start Spreading the Nudes... 128 Feelin’ All White 130


Out & About

Party Directory 131

Last Laugh

Things That Go “Bzzzt!” in the Night 150

Last Look

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Jennifer Cocoma Hustis We met Jennifer Cocoma Hustis a little over five years ago, but she wasn’t writing for us then; we were writing about her. As an artist, Jennifer feels that animals play a key role in inviting us back into our natural being. Working with animals and creating artwork both deal with a visual communication system that speaks on an intuitive level. She has a keen, ongoing interest in the natural way to approach horses and the study of horse whispering, and she advocates for these animals through her art, her work with rescue organizations, horsemanship lessons and education. Jen earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in painting at the University of Oklahoma, graduated with a Master’s of Fine Art degree in painting and a minor in sculpture from Pratt Institute in New York and attended the Royal College of Art in London. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. and abroad, and is a part of both private and museum collections. She is represented locally by JRB Art at the Elms in the Paseo District and the Dean-Lively Gallery in Edmond. Her work is also for sale at Rawhide in downtown Oklahoma City. Jen, her husband Mark (a Navy pilot) and daughter Katie share their 10 acres in Edmond with two dogs, one horse, three ponies and a rabbit named Buddy.

Mary Ellen Ternes A monthly column on environmental sustainability and its implementation sounded timely and topical… and beyond the limits of our expertise. This looked like a job for Mary Ellen Ternes. A shareholder at McAfee and Taft practicing environmental, resources and energy law and litigation, Mary Ellen worked as a chemical engineer for the EPA and then industry before entering law school. She is a frequent author and speaker on environmental issues affecting industry. Through her leadership roles with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Bar Association, she frequently provides continuing legal and policy education, contributes regularly to science- and policy-oriented collaborative projects and mentors young engineers and law students interested in environmental careers in government or industry. Since its debut in 2004, the International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers has named Mary Ellen to its prestigious list of preeminent environmental lawyers worldwide each year. She was also named “Best Lawyers’ 2011 Oklahoma City Environmental Lawyer of the Year” and included in The Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, in which she was named to its list of “Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers” in 2009 and 2010. That’s right: she’s a Super Lawyer.

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Apart from her law practice, Mary Ellen is completing a three-year term as a commissioner for the City of Nichols Hills’ Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission, and is a devoted mom of two young boys.

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Letters | From the Editor


Play a Song for Me


usic, in all its forms, marks our lives. A particular song’s lyrics may not reflect the emotion of a memory (aside from a sappy tune that reminds us of an equally sappy former flame), but the combination of words and melody is associated in our minds

with a particular moment in time, and the two are irrevocably linked. When I was a child, my (much) older brother Richard would take me to Houston Symphony performances, and to this day I never hear a piece of classical music without thinking of him. I remember that the music often moved me to tears, and that I was always fascinated by the effect of hearing and feeling the timpani play. I still am. The first concert I ever attended was a benefit for the Briarwood School in Houston – which I assure you is the only reason I, at age 12 or so, was allowed to go. Willie Nelson was the headliner, and my mother’s good friend was heavily involved with the school, so she took my two sisters, my good friend Page and me along. This was back in the day when smoking was allowed everywhere, and cigarettes were the least of what was being smoked while Willie Nelson performed. Mama certainly didn’t partake, but she wasn’t unaffected. My mother was born and raised in Houston, and at the time of the concert we were living in the country about an hour west of the city. But when the concert ended – and my mother was sporting a really good contact high – we inexplicably headed east. I can remember that night like it was last week, especially when I hear “Whiskey River.” On the drive to work recently, the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive” came on the radio, and suddenly I was back in Texas, seeing my 13-year-old self and my friend JoAnn celebrating the recent release of “Saturday Night Fever” by practicing – almost relentlessly – some seriously mad disco dancing skills. Four years ago, I received a rather tentative call from Jim Wilson, then-president of the Norman Arts Council. He wanted to know if maybe, just maybe, we might help promote a new outdoor music event. It sounded intriguing, and like something that could be a boon for the city of Norman... so we agreed. The Norman Music Festival turned out to be a resounding success – people in our office still talk about the Polyphonic Spree’s amazing closing set – and it’s been a delight to see the show grow bigger and better-attended each year since. It’s expanding into a three-day extravaganza this month, bringing tens of thousands of people to hear hundreds of bands in a community atmosphere that will provide plenty of experiences for them, and us, to

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ou’ve heard of turning lemons into lemonade. This is sort of like that, except the lemonade in this story is spiked with alcohol and caffeine, and left a bad taste in the mouths of its critics. That is, until it went green. If you’re still reeling about the hasty removal of the alcohol- and caffeine-laced energy drink Four Loko from store shelves last November, here’s something to toast (using whatever you’re now substituting) with your earth-loving friends this Earth Day: Four Loko will soon be fueling more than hyper-social college students. Along with other alcohol-laced energy drinks, the highly criticized Four Loko is adopting an earth-friendly mantra of “Reuse, Renew, Recycle” by taking on a new form as ethanol, thanks to three U.S. recycling facilities who no doubt view one company’s FDA crackdown as another’s sweet, caffeinated gain. Drinks such as Four Loko have been the subject of considerable outcry from federal authorities for their ques20

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tionable blend of caffeine with alcohol, a cocktail which they believe “masks” the effects of alcohol for its consumers, interfering with their perception of their level of intoxication and causing them to be “wide-awake drunk.” The FDA warned manufacturers to remove the caffeine from the drinks last November. Virginia-based recycler MXI Environmental Services is living up to its name by distilling the alcohol from the drinks to convert it to ethanol. The product’s cans are sent to an aluminum recycler, where they are converted into beer cans. Even the water contained in the drinks is recycled, along with the product’s packaging materials. Four Loko may have been spared an eternity in landfills everywhere, but some swigging fans are not content to let its unusual “circle of life” story end there. About the time of the FDA crackdown, enterprising opportunists began selling the drink on Craigslist and eBay at about five times its retail price – packing even more of a punch than Four Loko.

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Points for Pounds By Kent Anderson



or those still asking “What’s in it for me?” about the issue of recycling, one Oklahoma municipality has an answer that goes beyond being a good steward of the planet and beautifying one’s own community. This month The Village rolls out its participation in Recycle Bank, an innovative recycling rewards program that has earned nationwide accolades. The program marks an environmental comeback of sorts for The Village. Due to depressed commodity prices and general economic malaise, The City of The Village had ceased its recycling program in 2009. This was big news at the time, since the community led all other Oklahoma municipalities in curbside recycling, when, in 1991, it became the first in the state to institute such a program. “Many residents were disappointed by the program’s demise and expressed their desire for recycling to return to The Village as soon as possible,” says city manager Bruce K. Stone. With the new Recycle Bank program, each resident of The Village will pay $4.55 a month, with the potential to earn many times that amount in recycling rewards. Residents who elect to actually participate will receive a 95-gallon wheeled recycling cart equipped with a radio frequency identification tag. Participants then put all their recyclables – no sorting! – into the cart, and the Recycle Bank trucks will read the radio tag and transmit the amount of materials recycled to the resident’s account, and the resident begins earning points. Points lead to discounts at many local and national merchants. National partners include McDonald’s, AMC Theaters, Old Navy, Kohl’s, Target and CVS pharmacies. The more pounds recycled, the more points earned, the more money saved. Recyclable materials include corrugated cardboard, paper, glass, plastics, aluminum and steel. It’s a fresh recycling start for The Village, a city with a long history of sound environmental stewardship in Oklahoma, and a chance for residents to “clean up”… in more ways than one.

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e love the Festival of the Arts, riding with the top down, eating sunflower seeds at baseball games, wearing flip flops and reacquainting ourselves with the grill, but April’s proliferation of blooms reminds us what we love most about spring. Why else would we subject ourselves to the lines at nurseries and garden centers? In celebration of the season and all the flowers that will surely follow April showers, we’ve created some “Vasebook” pages to provide inspiration for showing off your blooms and surrounding yourself in springtime. april 2011 | slice


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he Red Earth Festival is turning silver this year as the inimitable event celebrates its 25th anniversary, so the museum that shares its name is having a little celebration of its own: award-winning artists from the first quarter-century of the festival’s art competition fill the Silver Anniversary Red Earth Master Artist Show, on display through June 30. “During the past 25 years, Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Festival has been privileged to feature some of America’s most prominent American Indian artists,” said G. Calvin Sharpe, president of the Red Earth Board of Directors. “[It] is known for featuring the most talented Native artists in the country.” Paintings by Benjamin Harjo, Jr. and Tillier Wesley, sculpture by Bill Prokiopof, works by Ruthe Blalock Jones and Mirac Creepingbear… the collection showcases the history so far of one of the

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most respected visual and performing events of its type – setting the standard for many premier Native American art shows held throughout the nation. “Previous Red Earth Festival art market participants – such as Benjamin Harjo, Jr., Denny Haskew, Tillier Wesley, Pahponee and Mike Larsen – have gone on to have fruitful and illustrious careers,” said Sharpe. “Who knows? Our 25th anniversary art market will most likely feature America’s next great Native American art sensation.” Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, the annual festival, fine art markets and the free exhibits in the Museum and Gallery at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in downtown OKC. Visit or call 427.5228 for additional information. april 2011 | slice


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By Steve Gill

o you’re an innovative local artist, and you want to really stretch yourself creatively? Deal. Here’s $12,000 and an expert to provide curatorial guidance; you have one year to make something amazing. Go! That’s the opportunity granted last spring by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to five in-state artists; their time is up, and the fruits of their labors are currently at [Artspace] at UnCast resin Clovis points to titled in Art 365.   Multimedia aerial landscape be incorporated into Aaron Hauck’s work painter Grace Grothaus, archaeologically inspired sculptor Aaron Hauck, robotic art programmer Geoffrey Hicks, mixed-media identity explorer Liz Rodda and serial sculptor of sci-fi futilities Frank Wick were chosen from a statewide call for proposals by guest curator Shannon Fitzgerald.   “Art 365 demonstrates – in the most visibly stimulating way – that deserving artists, when provided tangible creative, intellectual and financial support, excel,” said Fitzgerald. “I think the ambition of the artists will be evident and what Frank Wick, “Pain Killer” each imparts will spark the viewers’ imagination and a sense of curiosity.”   The reified ambition of Art 365 will remain on display in the OKC gallery through May 6 before traveling to Tulsa; to learn more, visit


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n some respects, the scope of human existence hasn’t changed much in 700 years: people are born, they live and they die. In the interim, while juggling hopes and fears, they occasionally find moments of repose and tranquility, restoring themselves and their souls with a soothing, fortifying spot of tea. Since the 14th century, the distinctive clay found in the Yixing region of China has been a boon to craftsmen – forming implements either decorative or utilitarian, and in some cases both. The enduring spirit of those ancient creations and the modern manifestation of their creators’ traditional techniques unite in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, “Tea and Immortality.” Yixing teapots absorb minute quantities of tea as they brew, so each cup builds on the flavor of the last – just as the creation of new pots gains resonance from the designs of the past. The imaginatively functional sculptures in this exhibition organized by the Phoenix Art Museum are from the collection of Arizona art lover James T. Bialac, a generous donor to OU. A guest lecture by Dr. Alan Atkinson from the OU School of Art and Art History at 6pm April 1 will precede the exhibit’s opening reception at 7pm. Tea and Immortality will remain at the Museum on the OU campus through May 15; visit or call 325.3272 to learn more.



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canvassing the area’s art By Steve Gill

PHOTO UNFINISH, 236.3100 Amy Blakemore’s career is far from over, but a retrospective is apt considering her rise to national prominence and the staying power of her 20-plus year work in progress – memory and the way it records and transforms visual information is one of her primary thematic focuses. “There is an alluring, haunting, presence in Amy Blakemore’s photographs; a combined sense of immediacy and distance that is persistent and paradoxically transitory. It is a great pleasure to present this illuminating exhibition of her work at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art,” said Glen Gentele, OKCMOA president and CEO. Take a mental snapshot at the OKCMOA before the exhibit closes June 19.


PUSH IT, 329.4523 “Acceptable or not,” says Corazon Watkins, “each piece in this exhibition is an expression of things I believe and cherish.” Her personal outpouring, intended to enhance the viewer’s appreciation of life, hangs alongside pieces produced under self-imposed time constraints by Carolyn Faseler, who explains that “going to extremes helps me express my intentions.” Through April 18 at Norman’s Firehouse Art Center. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER, 951.0000 Following the thread of Maggie Casey’s thoughts is as easy as looking around the room – the renowned fiber artist revels in constructing three-dimensional drawings and installations out of thread carefully woven through bits of wood and found objects. Let your imagination get tangled up in “Bearing the Echo of Proving Ground” through May 14 at City Arts Center on the State Fairgrounds.

Amy Blakemore, “Jill in Woods”

SHINE ON, 974.2432 With the oppressive, leaden pall of winter in the past, now would be an excellent time to focus on loftier, more inspiring aesthetics… like UCO’s “Blue Skies” exhibit, showcasing the works of creative former Bronchos and current art instructors. Their uplifting oeuvres hang April 7 through May 15 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located in the Nigh University Center. BUILDING BLOCKS, 371.2460 The stretch of 16th Street known as the Plaza District continues its development as a vibrant destination that rewards the explorer with adventurous tastes – check out the lush colors and spectrum of themes mined by mixed media artists Kris Kanaly (OKC) and Thomas Woodward (Kansas City) in their joint exhibition at DNA Galleries, opening April 8 during LIVE on the Plaza and running through April 30.


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Music director Richard Zielinski rehearses in Sharp Concert Hall with a few of the cast members.

USHERING IN ENTERTAINMENT By Kent Anderson Photos by Erick Gfeller


hen the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts stages the concert production of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” in Sharp Concert Hall this month, it represents the ultimate in collaborations and creative relationships, culminating with an extraordinary production never before seen in Oklahoma. “This unique presentation features the OU Symphony Orchestra, OU Combined Choirs, 30 principal vocalists from the Schools of Musical Theatre, Music and the university at large, and performers from the School of Dance,” says Dean Rich Taylor. It is, one might say, a big deal. The concert performance showcases a variety of musical and theatrical highlights from Lloyd Webber shows, including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Cats,” “Evita,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more. But the story of how this production came to OU begins with relationships. Max Weitzenhoffer, the Oklahoma native who has became a legendary New York and London theatre producer, saw a concert production of “Chess” in London. He was so impressed with the production that he suggested to Dean Taylor that OU look into april 2011 | slice


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Above: Writer/director Hugh Wooldridge at the keyboard in Sharp Concert Hall Right: Cast member Skyler Adams out front in rehearsal

“This is the jewel in the crown of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows.”


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staging a similar show. Taylor immediately came on board, and through a mutual friend, Weitzenhoffer was introduced to Hugh Wooldridge, London producer, writer and director – and personal friend of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Wooldridge began assembling compilation shows in 1979, and in 1989 he created “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which he has staged around the world. “This is the jewel in the crown of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows,” he says. Wooldridge should know, having worked closely with the Tony- Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer. He ran a festival for Lloyd Webber for over two decades, and is keenly attuned to the composer’s work. He is revising the show specifically for the Oklahoma audience, and returned to the state from London to begin rehearsals in March. “It’s a full theatrical experience,” says Wooldridge. “With this show, people will see a wall of singers, they’ll hear a 45-piece orchestra, and then dance. I hope that by intermission, the audience members will look at each other – whether they are 17 years old or 77 years old – and say, ‘Why don’t they write shows like this anymore?’” More than 300 people from the OU community – from cast members to crew to ushers – are involved in the production. Wooldridge traveled to Oklahoma in November to hold auditions. “I am so impressed with the people here in Oklahoma,” he says, “and I would put this facility right up there with those in London and New York.” While remaining somewhat coy about the structure of the production, Wooldridge makes one promise: that the audience will certainly be entertained. “It’s important for people who pay their money to have a good time,” he says. Weitzenhoffer, who is serving as executive producer for the show, agrees, taking the long view. “If the young people of today don’t get started enjoying things, in 25 years there will be no theatre,” he says. “You want them to go and enjoy themselves and feel that excitement.” Excitement is key for “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” In addition to incorporating all the performing arts, Wooldridge hopes to add the visual arts as well. He promises a “surprise” ending. “I don’t want to give away too much,” he says with a smile, “but the first thing I write is the last song of the show. I try to keep in mind what the audience will be taking away from the theatre.”

Executive producer Max Weitzenhoffer and writer/director Hugh Wooldridge

“This will be the biggest show ever held in Sharp Concert Hall,” says Dean Taylor. Singers, actors, dancers, a full orchestra, visual art and graphics, lights and sound… “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” brings a new dimension of the theatre to Oklahoma audiences. But in the end, Hugh Wooldridge hopes to build a relationship with his cast, his audiences and the community. “There’s a bonding process within a community with a show like this,” he reflects. “I hope the people who are involved in this show, from the cast to the ushers, are changed by this. As for the audience, I hope they get the feeling that we love what we’re doing, and that we want to make sure we entertain them. ” april 2011 | slice


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Curtain Calls

metro entertainment takes center stage By Steve Gill

Patti Page

FLIP IT, 974.2609 Soft-spoken Claremore native Clara Ann Fowler wound up making a big noise in the entertainment industry: she became the best-selling female musician of the 1950s with TV shows on all three major networks on her way to selling over 100 million records under her nom de swoon, the fabulous Patti Page… and this is her tale. Directed, produced and written by Broadway Tonight’s own Greg White from interviews with Patti and her sister Peggy Layton, the performing arts series puts a personal spin on “Flipside: the Patti Page Story,” April 9-10 in UCO’s Constitution Hall.


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THE LONG ROAD HOME, 325.4101 You think rush hour on I-35 makes for a nasty commute? Try spending 10 solid years trying to get back from the office while the rest of your carpool gets variously beaten to death, eaten to death and turned into pigs. Get some classical perspective as the OU School of Drama retells “The Odyssey” April 1-10 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. EVERYBODY HURTS, 321.9600 Being left at the altar is enough to sour anyone’s disposition, especially if the dumpee makes his living entertaining other newlyweds. But with persistence, the courage to risk looking like a tremendous idiot and some timely assistance from a Billy Idol lookalike, all’s well that ends on key. The Sooner Theatre serenades audiences with “The Wedding Singer” April 1-10.   THE JAZZ SINGER, 232.7575 Though a mere 33, soulfully smooth vocalist Jane Monheit already has eight studio albums under her belt, and sounds like she’s on her way to joining the all-time greats. Her sultry-sweet renditions of vintage standards make hypnotic listening as the OKC Philharmonic puts a classy capper on its Pops Series season April 29-30 at the OKC Civic Center.   THE FAST AND THE FURIES, 951.0011 Families often have entrenched squabbles, though when you kill your mom to avenge your dad, whom she killed for killing your sister… well, getting along at the family reunion won’t be an issue anyway, will it? Things get out of hand quickly as TheatreOCU visits the “House of Atreus,” through April 3 at the Burg Theatre.   CONFEDERACY OF GRUMPSES, 606.7003 Earth’s first juvenile astronaut took a very wrong turn: instead of her goodwill mission, she’s stuck in a battle of wits on a world full of jerks. Oklahoma Children’s Theatre blasts off to the “Planet of the Perfectly Awful People” through April 8 at the Children’s Center for the Arts on the OCU campus.

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RISE OF A MACHINE, 800.869.1451 A lost wayfarer, adrift in a strange world filled with new friends and curious sights, sounds and temptations, striving to return to home and family at all costs – it’s a heartwarming tale, even though the protagonist has no heart… because it’s a robot! Combining dance, acrobatics, puppetry, dynamic lighting and music, special effects and dazzling costumes made from reclaimed industrial parts, Celebrity Attractions presents a metallic masterpiece that has engendered intense groundswells of critical and fan support worldwide since its 2003 debut: “The Aluminum Show” takes the stage April 12-17 at the OKC Civic Center.


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S IS FOR SUBTLETY, 232.6500 Supposedly accents make the outfit, but not everybody looks good in red – especially if standing out is socially inadvisable, everybody else is wearing black and white and the flair in question signifies adulterousness. Told from the perspective of Pearl Prynne, Carpenter Square Theatre blazons “The Scarlet Letter” for audiences April 1-23 at the Bricktown Hotel. AFTER THE FALL, 974.3375 Tragedies occur, and people die. How do the rest of us carry on? In the aftermath of the September 11 destruction of the World Trade Center, an NYFD captain seeks the right words to honor his teammates’ memories and finds renewed hope in friendship. “The Guys” runs April 6-10 in UCO’s Center for Transformative Learning.   ON BEYOND GENIUS, 232.7575 If there is a fine line between genius and insanity, some of the great composers had a toe perilously close to the far side while producing matchless music – works by Rossini, Liszt and Shostakovich star, thanks to the OKC Philharmonic and piano master Valery Kuleshov, in “Progressive Madness” April 9 at the OKC Civic Center.   PAW PRINTS, 682.7576 Originally Alaskans, five-piece crackerjack combo Bearfoot recently took their bluegrass sound to greener pastures by relocating to Nashville. The move has only enhanced the impact of their energetic Americana; get an earful of the “new-timey” roots sensations as Oklahoma City Community College closes out its Cultural Arts Series April 12.   WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY?, 974.3375 If a wealthy old man dies in his home and no one is there to witness it except the family he disinherited, why shouldn’t they hire an impersonator to pose as the patriarch and dictate a new will? Answer: the unexpected plans of their co-conspirator. Puccini’s one-act masterpiece “Gianni Schicchi” plays April 14-17 in UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre. THE MUSICAL MAN, 325.4101 Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar... No wonder he’s considered the most commercially successful composer ever. Soloists, actors, dancers, the OU Symphony Orchestra and OU Combined Choirs – over 300 cast members total – present The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber April 14-17 at OU’s Catlett Music Center. See page 39 for more.

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Eroica Trio

BETTER TOGETHER, 285.1010 Pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio are each top-ranked, award-winning soloists; all three could have pursued noteworthy careers as individual eminent artists. But all of these future stars chose to hitch their wagons to each other, proving in the process that there really is power in numbers, to form what is now purported to be the most sought-after concert trio in the world – enjoy masterful musical prowess, outstanding technical skill and a combined energetic love for performance that’s absolutely irresistible when the Eroica Trio visits Edmond’s magnificent Armstrong Auditorium April 3.


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CASHING IN, 521.1786 He looks, walks, talks and acts like Mister Right, so Catherine is elated to have finally hit the bullseye and become a Mrs. But once she discovers he married her for her money, she aims to foil her husband’s plans by bumping him off instead. Jewel Box Theatre discusses “Money Matters” April 14-May 7. SOUND OFF, 812.7737 The thrill of witnessing a world premiere is an experience that can by definition never be reproduced, hence the OKC Theatre Company’s anticipation for its New Voices festival. “Seven Interviews” by Mark Dunn and David Pasto’s “Family Funeral,” as well as readings of new scripts submitted specifically for the occasion, fill the OKC Civic Center April 20-May 1.   AND THEY DANCED, 325.4051 The OU College of Fine Arts bills its School of Dance as one of the leading programs in the nation – the proof takes carefully choreographed flight as its resident ballet company, the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, presents a spectacular lineup of “Bal des Cadets,” “Fandango,” “Camouflage” and “Foxes” April 29-May 8 in OU’s Rupel Jones Theatre.   POWER UP, 232.7575 Faster than a speeding glissando, more powerful than a box of chipped reeds, able to leap over High C in a single breath, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic collectively forms a performance powerhouse. Children of all ages are invited to marvel at “Salute to Superheroes,” the final concert in the Discovery Series season, May 1 at the OKC Civic Center.  

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CRANK IT UP By Steve Gill

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he full story involves community visionaries, generous corporate sponsors, determined organizers and untold hours of effort and planning and praying for miracles; but the brief stellar history of the Norman Music Festival can be summed up quite succinctly: nothing succeeds like success.

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With no previous iterations to use as an organizational template, relying on advertising and the hope of community support rather than an entrenched fan base eager for more, the first – and at the time, potentially the only – Norman Music Festival was a bit of a gamble… that paid off tremendously. Spearheaded by monster sets from Norman’s own Chainsaw Kittens, British Sea Power and The Octopus Project, plus a joyous jam session from The Polyphonic Spree that turned Main Street into a giant tin of celebratory sardines, the one-day-only event drew somewhere around 13,000 people – many of whom left long after midnight and already speculating about the prospect of a second helping.


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Lightning resoundingly strikes twice. Now officially an annual event, NMF2 rode a wave of excellent buzz from the inaugural shindig to pack even more performances into the Main Stage (featuring of Montreal), the Jagermeister Stage (led by Tea Leaf Green), the Sooner Theatre, the Opolis and Dreamer Concepts, while providing entertainment options for kids and generally proffering more entertainment for everyone. The community responded in kind to the tune of 25,000 visitors eager to enjoy all the music that could be contained within a single day…



…So why stop there? NMF3 erupted into a second day, doubling its capacity to provide top-tier talent including Dirty Projectors, Electric Six, The Sword, Leon Russell, The Gourds and Grupo Fantasma. A partnership with Dustbowl Arts Market added arts and crafts to the festival vendors, and the second day was officially proclaimed Norman Music Festival Day by Governor Brad Henry, who “urge[d] all citizens of Oklahoma to consider attending this festival with friends and family.” He was far from the only fan of the dynamite double-header: the final tally for NMF3 was somewhere around 38,000 people with an estimated $3.5 million economic impact to Norman.

It simply isn’t possible to rock all night and party every day; the year only contains so much time, and there will come a point beyond which the festival genuinely cannot expand further. We’ll just have to find out what that point is later: NMF4 is taking over downtown April 28-30 for an unprecedented three solid days of blues, roots, indie experimentation, alt-country, pop and R-A-W-K rock.

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“The free indie music festival will feature more than a dozen national and international acts,” says chair Robert Ruiz. “With the showcase of local bands, we will have approximately 200 total music acts performing at the festival.” Pride of place among that sonorous throng goes to NMF4 headliners The Walkmen – the critically acclaimed combo has hammered out six albums of joys and pains over the last decade, using vintage instruments and ethereal vocals to drive their atmospheric vibes. They’ll be joined by acoustic wizard Keller Williams and Japanese Action Comic Punk band Peelander-Z (their crowd-shaking party songs include “Ninja High Schooool” and “So Many Mike,” which is about how lots of men are named Mike), as well as… well, too many more to list here. The festival will take place on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of the historic Downtown Arts District of Norman, located on Main Street east of the railroad tracks. Once again, the festival is free and open to the public. “Growing NMF into a multi-day festival over the last couple years has been much fun, and has turned Norman into a weekend destination for travelers from across the state and region,” says publicity chair Quentin Bomgardner. “The economic benefits from this visitation are wonderful, but even better is simply the chance to introduce the world to our community. We think they’re going to like it, and we think they’ll be back.” If history is any judge, they’ll be back to find a bigger, better bash than ever. For the latest information and a full schedule of performances, keep an eye on 50

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he calendar says it, the weather agrees… but it’s hard to believe that spring is really here until the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts is upon us. Helmed by co-chairs Ray Bitsche and Kym Mason, the 45th annual community celebration of visual, performative and culinary splendor brings a whole even greater than the sum of its arts to downtown OKC April 26-May 1. The Festival features 12 dozen exceptional artists in Artist Row, plus large-scale creations in Sculpture Park, moving works in Windscapes and a pro-am of professional artists collaborating with local celebrities. In between are four stages of continuous live entertainment – over 300 performers in all – ranging from children’s choirs to veteran guitarists and street entertainers.   The Youth Plaza is devoted to children’s activities like face painting, the Creation Station and the Young-at-Art Mart, and palates of every age thrill to international flavors courtesy of the dozens of new and returning vendors, each partnered with a local arts-related agency so every bite supports the arts in central Oklahoma.   Admission is free and the rewards are spectacular – for more information, visit or call 270.4848.


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Longtime sidekick and comic character actor Andy Devine, also a new star in the Hall of Great Western Performers

By Steve Gill

o honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works reflect the significant stories of the American West – that’s been the pleasurable charge of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum every year since 1961, a date that adds a little extra luster to this year’s festivities. Celebrate excellence in literature, music, film, television and life, and be part of a golden legacy April 15-16 by attending the 50th Western Heritage Awards. The anniversary begins Friday evening at the evocatively named Jingle Jangle Mingle, a comparatively casual event at which the public can meet and congratulate the winners of the Wrangler sculpture, sample a few hors d’oeuvres and get a souvenir signed during CD and book autograph sessions. Saturday’s main event is a black-tie (or bolo) banquet and bash at which celebrity guests and celebrants pay tribute to towering accomplishments in Western culture: Gabrielle Burton, Will Bagley, the Gillette Brothers, R.W. Hampton and more will be lauded, as will the late Andy Devine and Stuart Whitman for induction into the Hall of Great Western Performers, Ralph Chain and the late Dr. O.M. Franklin for their entry into the Hall of Great Westerners and renowned saddlemaker and artist Howard Council for receiving the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award – named for the Museum’s founder, it recognizes unwavering commitment to Western ideas and values. This year, organizers are making a special effort to share the momentous occasion with as many guests as possible by offering a new option for attendance: the awards ceremony will be streamed live into a separate screening room within the Museum, effectively exchanging the seated dinner for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while maintaining the gala experience. And it will be an experience – chances to celebrate an anniversary like this don’t ride into town every day, and it’d be a shame to miss this golden opportunity.

The Western Heritage Awards and Friday night’s Jingle Jangle Mingle are open to the public, but reduced admission is only one of the annual perks for Museum members: for tickets or more information, call 478.2250 or visit

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n April 19, 1995, 168 people died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today their memory lives on in their city and beyond, and the legacy of perseverance and hope they inspired broadens with every year. April 19 is Remembrance Day, a time to consider the past and our shared triumphs over tragedy. April 20 is a time to celebrate the potential for future triumphs in the lives of others, and to honor those who encourage victims to respond to tragedy peacefully and with hope: President and Mrs. George W. Bush and family will be honored during the 2011 Reflections of Hope reception and dinner at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Even though the USATF-certified course hosts full, relay, half and children’s marathons, plus a 5k walk, it’s impossible to mistake the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for an ordinary race. Emotional resonance and unparalleled community support provide an inspirational experience like no other for runners, volunteers and spectators – the 11th annual Run to Remember is May 1. For tickets, registration or more information about either event, visit or

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nyone who says “It’s only make-believe” isn’t doing it right. The world of imagination is a vast, varied, infinitely interesting realm, and the pleasure that exploring it brings is undeniably, inarguably real. Like many of life’s joys, though, it’s best when shared. A wonderland of enchantment and imagination awaits on April 2 as the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre presents its 16th annual Fairy Tale Ball, “Princesses, Dragons and One Magical Knight.” The Petroleum Club – in a high tower, of course – will teem with kids and their parents dressed in fairytale finery and ready to party: children will have their very own dining event complete with a performance of “The Paper Bag Princess,” face painting, story time and a magician, as well as plenty of games and fun activities. Meanwhile, adults will sup at their own feast, bid on fabulous live auction packages and enjoy playtime of their own. At the end of the evening, the age groups will reunite for a communal boogie to the live stylings of Souled Out. Organized by co-chairs Tyfanna and Brent Johnson and vice chairs Kristin and Matt Johnson, it’s a fabulously fantastical and funfilled evening for the whole family. Proceeds from the Fairy Tale Ball fund and provide scholarships for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s theatrical and educational programs, resulting in benefits to thousands of young lives that are anything but make-believe.

You don’t have to solve any riddles or slay an ogre to gain entry to the Petroleum Club, but having tickets in hand is always helpful – to secure them or get more information, call 606.7003 or visit

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ultiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 21,000 people in Oklahoma, 400,000 in the U.S. and over 2.5 million worldwide, and can lead to blindness and paralysis. So how can you help those it renders partially or completely immobile? By getting a move on… to the OKC Zoo on April 30, as the Oklahoma chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds the Oklahoma City Walk MS, presented by Supercuts. More than 1,800 participants are expected to show their support, raising funds to bolster programs and direct services for people with MS and their families in Oklahoma, as well as national research to find a cure that will end its devastating effects. Individuals, teams and volunteers are all welcome – registration is free, and while the Walk begins at 8:30am after a check-in period and official welcome, all walkers and their families and friends will be invited to explore the Zoo for the remainder of its operating day once they have given physical expression to their zeal for helping others. For more information about the National MS Society or to register for this lifesaving event, visit or call 1.800.FIGHT MS, extension 2.

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magine UCO and you, and you and UCO – together you can have a wonderful time and help foster students’ lifelong love of musical performance by making it to the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club April 30 for “Music in the Metro,” a fundraiser for the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) starring The Turtles Featuring Flo and Eddie as the featured music entertainment. Hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation and cochaired by alumnae Judy Love and Sherry Beasley, the event will also include nonstop live musical performances by various ACM@UCO music groups and raffle prizes including an OKC Thunder game package of four first-row floor seats with dining in the courtside club, as well as a Judith Ripka necklace and earrings and more. All proceeds from the sonorous celebration will go to ACM@UCO to help enhance its programs and continue providing a music education that is all about the music to an increasing number of students. Located in downtown Oklahoma City, ACM@UCO provides Central music students with opportunities to learn from, and collaborate with, working musicians, production experts and music industry professionals – assisting them in achieving their professional music aspirations. It should be a rich evening of modern music and classic rock; organizers are confident you and the musical guests will be so happy together. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by contacting the UCO Foundation at 974.2770.



pring is in full swing and nature has reminded us that the earth can produce vibrant, verdant life… now let’s keep it that way. Wish our home planet a happy anniversary and learn more about exciting ways to keep it green at the 4th annual Earthday Birthday, April 14-16 at the former First Church of Christ Scientist, 1203 Sherwood Lane, Nichols Hills. The all-ages educational event is hosted by Planet Nichols Hills in cooperation with the Nichols Hills Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission and Chesapeake Energy, and offers citizens and visitors opportunities to explore a sustainable living eco expo, view an exhibition of eco-friendly cars, feast at a community picnic of local foods and tour local LEED homes and businesses. It also encourages informed participation in community improvement through a keynote address and panel discussions on energy, community gardening, walking and biking trails, green construction and building and the local foods movement.   Planet Nichols Hills is a chapter of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network dedicated to studying, discovering, demonstrating, modeling and facilitating activities that move Nichols Hills and the community towards an increasingly sustainable future. Learn more about its mission or get a complete rundown of the Earthday Birthday festivities at by visiting – then get ready to wish the Earth a lush, healthy, happy birthday and help make that wish come true.





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hink back to the people you looked up to in childhood; the ones who made time for you, cared about you, helped shape you as a person. Now imagine what your life would have been like without them. Positive influences and strong role models are vital for children, which means those who make a significant difference in the lives of Oklahoma City’s young deserve special praise… like being honored at the Champions of Youth Gala. Presented by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, the 16th annual event will be April 2 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This year’s gala will honor Chesapeake Energy, whose countless volunteer hours, special relationships with OKC Public Schools and area nonprofits and donations of time, talent and monetary support have been an inestimable boon to the community. Guests will enjoy dinner from Kampco’s Carino’s restaurant, complimentary beer and wine, live entertainment from the High-Def Howlers and exciting live and silent auctions. Plus, author M.J. Alexander will be signing copies of her new book PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION The Children of Oklahoma: Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth – with a portion of each copy’s purchase price benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs. Gala proceeds fuel the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County’s mission of inspiring and enabling all young people – especially those who need it most – to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For tickets or more information, call Jilian Larimore at 525.9191.

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Pursuits | Events

Save the Date

keeping up around town By Steve Gill

THE MERRY MERRY MONTH, 321.9400 When fine art, crafts, music, food and family entertainment combine, the resulting mixture naturally provides something alluring for everyone… Norman residents simply call it “May Fair.” The Assistance League of Norman’s 37th annual festival, April 29-May 1 in Andrews Park, is a powerhouse assemblage of enjoyment – talented artists from near and far (including 2011 Celebrated Artist Shevaun Williams) display their work alongside a massive array of delicious delicacies, accented by live singing and dancing onstage, pony rides, rock climbing, hands-on creative activities and even a massive (hopefully recordbreaking) kite flight May 1. Most activities are free – jump in and join the fun!

2011 Celebrated Artist Shevaun Williams in her Norman studio

HAVE A TASTE, 232.6060 It’s often said that forbidden fruit is the sweetest; Individual Artists of Oklahoma has spent two decades inviting adventurous celebrants to enjoy finding out for themselves at Biting the Apple, its annual fetish ball and erotic art exhibition. Inspired by the vivacity and glamour of the Big Apple’s burlesque theatres in the 1940s, this 20th incarnation celebrates pin-up prurience with “Gallery de Grindhouse: Silk-Stocking Sirens and Beefcake Boys.” A sensuous sample is yours for the taking April 15 and 16 at the IAO gallery.


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WHERE THE HEARTH IS, 800.466.7469 ext. 111 If nature’s rebirth demonstrates how thoroughly your home needs its own rejuvenation, don’t despair; the producers of the Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show are launching a second extravaganza of ideas focusing on interior design and home improvement and remodeling April 1-3 at the State Fairgrounds – presenting the OKC Home Show. Special guests Chip Wade of HGTV and “Project Runway” vet Christopher Straub headline an inspiring collection of products and professional advice for outdoor living, design trends and more.

BROTHERS AT ARMS, 340.0078 In April 1861, the die was irrevocably cast when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter, touching off a bloody, bitterly contested conflict that would decide the course of American history. Almost exactly 150 years later, April 5-30, the Edmond Historical Society and Museum looks back at the life of a soldier during the Civil War through a collection of period artifacts: pistols, uniforms, cavalry sabers, canteens, mess plates, even playing cards, many retrieved directly from battlefields of the epic struggle – reminders of its cost and our ultimate gain.

SWING FEVER, 841.4800, 427.1400 In the spring our fancies lightly turn to thoughts of golf, and Edmond’s Oak Tree offers not merely a stellar course but also two opportunities this month to use your 9-iron for good: the Jim Thorpe and NFL Players Association Charity Golf Classic April 18 benefits OKC’s Ronald McDonald House and the Latino Community Development Agency, while the Calm Waters annual Golf Classic April 25 helps fund the nonprofit’s efforts to assist children and families in coping during times of grief and loss.

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Student Vocal Jazz Ensemble UCO Jazz Lab • Native American Youth Language Fair Sam Noble Museum J 4/5 • Norman Singers Concert St. Michael’s Episcopal Church •


• Edmond • Nichols Hills • Norman • Oklahoma City • Outside the Metro J Ongoing Event Calendar listings may be submitted via email to The deadline for submissions is two months prior to publication.


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Bearfoot, OCCC

Jim Thorpe NFL Players Charity Golf Classic Oak Tree Country Club • Student Jazz Ensemble Concert UCO Jazz Lab • An Evening With David Sedaris Rose State PAC • RedHawks vs. Isotopes Bricktown Ballpark

Edmond City Council Meeting City Hall • Student Jazz Combo Concert UCO Jazz Lab • Calm Waters Golf Classic Quail Creek Golf & CC



Civil War Sesquicentennial Edmond Historical Society J 4/30 • Faculty Series: Hardman & Steward UCO Jazz Lab • Jeongwon Ham Piano Studio Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Girls’ Night Out Balliets • OKC Chamber Sunset Reception Café Nova •



The Guys UCO Recital Hall J 4/10 • Greater OKC Panhellenic Lunch OKC Golf & CC • All Time Low Diamond Ballroom • Menopause the Musical Rose State PAC J 4/7 • Thunder vs. Clippers OKC Arena •







Literary Voices Dinner OKC Golf & CC • Gail Hall Saxophone Studio Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Advocacy Day OK Sports Hall of Fame • The Aluminum Show OKC Civic Center J 4/17 • Bearfoot OCCC • Distinguished Artists: Vladimir Feltsman OCU Petree Hall • Magaschoni Trunk Show Balliets J 5/13 • OKC Chamber Schmoozapalooza State Fair Park Faculty String Quartet UCO Jazz Lab • OK Community Orchestra OK Christian University • Larry Hammett Guitar Studio Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Jazz Ensemble Concert OCU Petree Hall • RedHawks vs. Express Bricktown Ballpark • Remembrance Day OKC Nat’l Memorial • Tuesdays at Sundown: U.S. Illustrators Nat’l Cowboy Museum • Weill Trunk Show Balliets J 4/20

Lecture: Coral Reef Fishes Sam Noble Museum • Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex • Sooner Bassooners Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Basler / Star Fire Trunk Show Balliets J 4/27 • Festival of the Arts Downtown OKC J 5/1 • James Taylor OKC Civic Center • Wind Philharmonic Concert OCU Petree Hall •

Loben Trunk Show Ruth Meyers • Thunder vs. Bucks OKC Arena

Ah, Wilderness! OU Weitzenhoffer Theatre J 4/23 • Eggstravaganza Sam Noble Museum • RedHawks vs. Express Bricktown Ballpark • Reflections of Hope Nat’l Cowboy Museum •

Lecture: Culture Wars & Public Opera OU Catlett Music Center • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer OK Children’s Theatre J 5/8 • Angels & Friends OKC Civic Center •



Blue Skies UCO Donna Nigh Gallery J 5/15 • Celebrity Waiters Gala OKC Golf & CC • Miranda Lambert Lloyd Noble Center • Social Issues in the Mediterranean Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Noon Tunes: Metro String Quartet Downtown Library • Peggy Jennings Trunk Show Balliets J 4/8 • Shakespeare’s R & J OCU Black Box Theatre J 4/10 • Vision OKCMOA Noble Theatre J 4/10 •




Ladies in the News Style Show OKC Golf & CC • The Odyssey OU Weitzenhoffer Theatre J 4/10 • The Wedding Singer Sooner Theatre J 4/10 • Amy Blakemore: Photographs OKCMOA J 6/19 • Art 365 [Artspace] at Untitled J 5/7 • Master Artist Invitational Red Earth Museum J 6/30 • The Planet of Perfectly Awful People OK Children’s Theatre J 4/8 • The Scarlet Letter Carpenter Square Theatre J 4/23 Second Friday Circuit of Art Downtown Norman • Kanaly & Woodward dna.galleries, Plaza District • LIVE on the Plaza Plaza District • Project 21 Concert OCU Petree Hall • Reach for the Stars! Skirvin Hilton • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • Thunder vs. Nuggets OKC Arena • Cowboys and Gauchos Wes Watkins Center, OSU J 4/9




Spring Sampler of Art Fine Arts Institute Oak Tree Country Club • Tea & Immortality Fred Jones Jr. Museum J 5/15 • Barons vs. Stars Cox Center • Champions of Youth Gala Nat’l Cowboy Museum • Fairy Tale Ball OK Children’s Theatre, Petroleum Club • Parkinson’s Abe Lemons Memorial Hoopla Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame

Flipside: The Patti Page Story Broadway Tonight UCO Const. Hall J 4/10 • Redbud Classic Waterford Complex J 4/10 • Junior League’s Mad About Manhattan Embassy Suites Norman • Allied Arts Artini Farmer’s Public Market • OK Book Awards Jim Thorpe Museum • Progressive Madness OKC Philharmonic, Civic Center • Sugar Free All-Stars Uptown Kids



Eroica Trio Armstrong Auditorium • Berlioz Requiem OCU Orchestra, First Presbyterian • Brawlers vs. Ice Cox Center •


Dennis Borycki Trio Santa Fe Depot •












Symphonic Band UCO Mitchell Hall Theater • AICCM Lecture: From Earth and Sky Sarkeys Energy Center • Art After 5pm OKCMOA • Bill Cunningham New York OKCMOA Noble Theatre J 4/24 • Family Funeral / Seven Interviews OKC Theatre Co. J 5/1 • Noon Tunes: Wayne McEvilly Downtown Library • Percussion Ensemble Concert OCU Petree Hall • RedHawks vs. Express Bricktown Ballpark •

AICCM Lecture: A Lakota Worldview OK Memorial Union • The Big Read: Tim O’Brien Signing Sam Noble Museum • Norman Music Festival IV Downtown Norman J 4/30 • Bug OCU Black Box Theatre J 4/30 • Dianaira Trunk Show Balliets J 4/29 • Noon Tunes: Cleveland Elementary Choir Downtown Library • OKC Chamber MegaLunch Quail Creek Golf & CC •

FUBAR the Musical, Part 6 UCO Pegasus Theater J 4/16 • Enchanted April Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Movie Night at the Museum Sam Noble Museum • Third Friday Celtic Night Sondermusic • Biting the Apple IAO Gallery J 4/16 • Jingle Jangle Mingle Nat’l Cowboy Museum • RedHawks vs. Isotopes Bricktown Ballpark

Aaron Newman Nonna’s Purple Bar • RedHawks vs. Express Bricktown Ballpark •

One-Act Festival UCO Pegasus Theater J 4/30 • Wind Symphony Concert UCO Mitchell Hall Theater • Better Books Sale Norman Public Library J 5/1 • Lecture: Twain Tours the Mediterranean Fred Jones Jr. Museum • May Fair Andrews Park J 5/1 • OK Festival Ballet OU Reynolds PAC J 5/8 • Bruce Benson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Jane Monheit OKC Philharmonic, Civic Center J 4/30 •

Psycle for Families Bike Ride Edmond Family Counseling • Red/White Game Owen Field • Sooner Theatre Showcase Sooner Theatre • Eggfest 2011 Everything BBQ • OKC Roller Derby Farmer’s Public Market • Phil Brown Nonna’s Purple Bar • RedHawks vs. Isotopes Bricktown Ballpark • Western Heritage Awards Nat’l Cowboy Museum

Student Choreography Concert UCO Mitchell Hall Theater • Sutton Series: OK Chamber Players OU Catlett Music Center • Brawlers vs. Storm Cox Center • Central OK Start! Heart Walk Bricktown Ballpark • Children’s Storytime Uptown Kids • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • Dennis Miller FireLake Grand Casino •

Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller Diamond Ballroom •


Easter Brunch Nat’l Cowboy Museum •


Gianni Schicchi UCO Mitchell Hall Theater J 4/17 • Earth Day Birthday Sherwood & Grand J 4/16 • The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber OU Catlett Music Center J 4/17 • Annie Oakley Society Lunch Nat’l Cowboy Museum • Money Matters Jewel Box Theatre J 5/8 • OK Centennial Horse Show State Fairgrounds J 4/17 • OKC Town Hall: Elliot Engel St. Luke’s UMC • Samson and Delilah OKCMOA Noble Theatre J 4/17

Family Fun Night Kickingbird Golf Club • Music in the Metro UCO Foundation, OKC Golf & CC • 89er Day Parade Downtown Norman • Art and the Animal Sam Noble Museum J 9/5 • Becannen & Vollertson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Walk MS OKC Zoo • Art in the Vineyard Tidal School Vineyards, Drumright •

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If you’re in the market for a family vacation, aim high.


Be on the E Lookout By Elaine Warner

ven the name sounds fun: Chattanooga. If you’re looking for a great family getaway, Chattanooga covers so many bases; it’s the World Series of destinations. There are lots of grownup things to do but the thing that blows me away is the range of opportunities for visitors of all ages. “Chattanooga” is a Creek word meaning “rock coming to a point,” referring to the landmark 88-mile mountain that rises just south of downtown and snakes south into Alabama and Georgia. And that mountain is a good place to start enjoying Chattanooga.

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Some of Chattanooga’s oldest – and newest – attractions sit atop Lookout Mountain. Once you’re up there, it’s time to get down – way down. Ruby Falls, at 1,120 feet, is one of the deepest commercial caves in the world – sounds strenuous but you go down in an elevator and there are only 30 or 40 steps in the cave itself. Expect the usual cave drapery, stalagmites, stalactites, soda straws and columns, but the pièce de résistance is the 145-foot Ruby Falls. For a different experience, take a lantern tour to see the cave as the first explorers saw it. The caverns opened to the public in 1930. Over the years, other attractions – like the viewing tower and a playground and gem-panning area – have been added. The newest addition is the Zipstream Aerial Adventure, a suspended obstacle course with ladders, walkways, bridges, nets, tunnels and ziplines. In 1935, the slogan “See Rock City” began appearing on barns across the country – a great advertising gimmick, but the product’s the real thing. Paths wander over the mountaintop, across swinging bridges and around huge rock pillars. The 14-acre grounds feature over 400 native plants. Amazing views abound and, on a clear day, you can see seven states from the pinnacle plaza. For a bird’s-eye view of the landscape, try hang-gliding off the mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park offers tandem flights for brave souls 12 and over. As for me, I’ll keep my feet on the ground, thank you.


The Ups and Downs

Reach for the Moon… Pie Moon Pies were invented in Chattanooga in the early 1900s and remain a favorite to this day. Even if you aren’t a Moon Pie junkie, I dare you to try their new flavors: chocolate with mint and chocolate with peanut butter. Look for the logo everywhere but especially at the Moon Pie General Store. In addition to the tasty treats, the store carries lots of vintage items and toys. And you can wash your Moon Pie down with an icy RC Cola – a classic combo. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Other palate-pleasing places catering to kids’ tastes include Good Dog, Clumpie’s and Sugar’s. Good Dog features 15 different hot dog creations and seven variations on the French fry – or make your own mix from almost three dozen toppers. Clumpie’s makes wonderful homemade ice cream in traditional and exotic flavors; an ice cream cone at Clumpie’s is a Chattanooga tradition. Both eateries are by Coolidge Park – rounding out a perfect visit to the area.


Sugar’s Ribs is great for kids – and I don’t mean just children. Enjoy the great barbecue, then go out the back door to see the goats. They’re Sugar’s version of environmentally friendly lawn mowers.

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Wet and Wonderful

The Tennessee River flows through the middle of Chattanooga, and the city takes full advantage of it. Coolidge Park, one of my favorite Chattanooga spots, has a great river view and features an antique carousel and an interactive fountain – fun for children and grown-ups on a warm day. On the south side of the river is The Passage, a tribute to the city’s Cherokee roots and heritage. Water tumbles over stairs and down the bank to the river. Along the walls are ceramic disks based on traditional Cherokee motifs. The design team chosen to create The Passage was made up of Native American artists from Oklahoma, led by Cherokee Bill Glass, Jr. Cherokee chief John Ross built a trading post on the river in 1810 – at the place that would become Chattanooga. And it was from this spot at the base of The Passage that the Cherokees began their Trail of Tears in 1830. The history makes this a great place to visit – but it’s also a popular spot for sunning and wading. Perhaps the biggest attraction in town is the Tennessee Aquarium. Follow the path of an Appalachian raindrop from the mountaintops to the ocean, then detour around the world for other treats. If your “ick” factor is low, pinch a raw shrimp tail between your fingers and drape it over the top of your hand, then stick it in the water and wait for a stingray to skim by and take it from you. In addition to encounters of the piscine kind, the Aquarium also houses animals ranging from butterflies to reptiles, amphibians to birds. Through the Aquarium you can take a cruise through the Tennessee River Gorge on a high-speed catamaran. With its great diversity the Gorge has been designated a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. For the 12-and-unders in your group, don’t miss the Creative Discovery Museum. They can captain a river boat, climb up to the crow’s nest and much more at one of the country’s best children’s museums. Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau april 2011 | slice


Fare | From Our Kitchen

Sensational Salmon By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson


veryone has a personal “go-to” recipe in his or her file that is a foolproof and forgiving favorite. This salmon has been one of mine for over 20 years, and it still delights my guests – and me – every time. It’s delicious, quick and simple to make… the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party. Recently, I tried out a new baking technique based on how we cook beef tenderloin in our kitchen. It’s the first modification to this recipe that I’ve ever made, and it’s a good one, ensuring a moist center and nicely browned exterior. Remember the cardinal rule in the kitchen: you can always continue cooking an underdone dish, but you can never undo one that’s been overcooked. The salmon will continue cooking a bit when it comes out of the oven, so check it on the early side of our directions. With its Asian marinade, this dish is terrific served on a bed of rice or orzo, or some finely-sliced bok choy. Sautéed spinach also makes a nice side.


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Tina’s Salmon

1 lb salmon filet (preferably center cut) 1/2 c soy sauce 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T sesame oil 3 scallions, chopped 2 T ginger, minced (or 1 T powdered) 1/4 c brown sugar 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped Marinate salmon in ingredients for 1-2 hours. Broil 6" below broiler for 8-10 minutes, or try my new lowheat technique: Place a rimmed baking sheet in the lower third of the oven and preheat at 450° for 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and reduce heat to 275° (250° for convection). Place salmon on baking sheet and return to the oven. Bake for 9-13 minutes, depending on how well-done you prefer your salmon (my fish is done to medium-rare at 9 minutes.)


• Substitute honey or agave syrup for the brown sugar. • Garnish with a handful of chopped cilantro or add to the marinade for a stronger flavor. • Cube 2-4 ounces of tofu and add to the rice or orzo. • Add a few ounces of peas to the rice or orzo. • Brown 3 T sesame seeds in a hot skillet for 1-2 minutes; scatter over the cooked salmon.

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Fare | Splash

Just Peachy! By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson


he word “farfalla” is Italian for butterfly, and it’s not a coincidence that Cathy and Ray Wright named their business Farfalla Wines. The process of wine-making is about metamorphosis, it is about change, it is about patience and the breathtaking wonder in the final product. The Yukon-based boutique winery is a new entry in the ever-growing Oklahoma wine industry, and in its first year of operation, Farfalla has already earned a gold medal from the State Fair of Oklahoma. This year’s Oklahoma wine for spring is Farfalla’s Peach Chardonnay, featuring the aroma of its namesake fruit. It was the Wrights’ inaugural wine, and is by far their most popular. A pale straw color, it blends the varietal notes of Chardonnay with the natural sweetness of peaches. Perfect for spring and summer, it nicely complements poultry, creamsauced pasta dishes, light fish, salads and salsas. It is a fine companion to sweet desserts as well. More information on Farfalla Wines, including this awardwinning Peach Chardonnay, is at 72

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Fare | A la Carte

Vegan Voyage

By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson


2 king oyster mushrooms 1 c fresh young Thai coconut meat, sliced into 1/4" by 1" strips 2 roma tomatoes, medium diced 2 T fresh lemon juice 1/4 c fresh lime juice 1/2 c fresh cilantro, diced 1/2 c red onion, diced 1 clove crushed garlic 1 t salt 1 T fresh jalapeno, brunoise cut 1 T dulse flakes 1 avocado, diced


2 c golden flax seeds 1/4 c sesame seeds 1/2 c golden flax powder 5 c water 1 t chili powder 1 t salt


orinne Rice of Edmond has come a long way in her culinary journey, from her childhood as a competitive gymnast – furiously burning calories and eating everything in sight – to today, pursuing healthy eating through the raw and vegan lifestyle. On moving to Oklahoma last summer, she decided to go all-in with raw vegan cuisine, and now she teaches classes and workshops on this style of food preparation. This ceviche recipe is an original that substitutes mushrooms and coconut for scallops and whitefish. “Because I am raw vegan, I choose to not use fish in my recipes, therefore it is required to be really creative when choosing ingredients,” she says. “I have seen online that you can make ‘calamari’ from king oyster mushrooms, so I tried it out. When I was finished cutting, I was left with little round things that looked like scallops, so I thought it might be a great substitute. As for the coconut, I was showing my family at Christmas how to open a young Thai coconut and one of my cousins said, ‘The texture reminds me of fish.’ Turns out they both work as great substitutes!”

To prepare ceviche, cut the caps off the king oyster mushrooms. Slice the stem into 1/4" thick rounds and then use a 1-inch round cookie cutter to punch out the “scallops,” totaling 2 cups. (Corinne says, “If you do not have a cookie cutter that size, then just cut into strips. You will not get the look of scallops, but the taste will still be awesome!”) Combine all ingredients except avocado together in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 3 hours, then mix in avocado right before serving. To make the chips, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well and let sit on counter for 4 hours. Stir again and drain off any remaining liquid. Spread the mixture between 1/4" and 1/8" thick onto two paraflex sheets place on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 24 hours at 104°. Remove from paraflex sheets and dehydrate a little longer if they are not completely crispy all the way through. (“If you do not have a dehydrator,” Corinne says, “spread the mixture onto a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at the lowest temperature possible with the oven cracked. Keep an eye on these as they bake!”) Place a ring mold on one side of a plate and fill it with the ceviche. Remove the ring mold and then place some of the flax chips on the opposite side of the plate. Garnish with lime wedges. If you do not have a ring mold, put the ceviche in a small bowl and place on the center of a plate. Surround the bowl with flax chips and garnish with lime wedges. april 2011 | slice


Fare | Matters of Taste

Back in Time


By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

n the 21st anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, Henry Kamp stopped off in Oklahoma City on his way west. But the young, energetic city on the prairie was as far west as he went, because the German immigrant decided he liked Oklahoma City, and here he stayed. That was 1910, and Kamp’s Market and Deli became a city icon at N.W. 25th and Classen. Now, a little more than a century later, the family name and the family business – food – have arrived in Midtown, with Randall Kamp’s opening of Kamp’s 1910 Café. The café is located at 10 N.E. 10th Street, in the former Java Dave’s building. It has been given a fine makeover, with a large, open main dining room. A bit of original brickwork remains, in a nod to the building’s historic roots, but otherwise the place has received quite a facelift. Large windows facing 10th Street bathe the interior in natural light. Tables in the dining room are inlaid with historic photographs and newspaper clippings celebrating the Kamp family’s century in Oklahoma City. The café is currently open from 6am-5pm Monday through Saturday, with excellent offerings for both breakfast and lunch. It is already expanding, however, with a wine bar opening soon in the south half of the building. 76

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The breakfast menu ranges from traditional offerings like biscuits and gravy to a unique fresh fruit salad. For lunch, a house favorite is the Hobo Pie ($7.59). No ordinary pot pie this, served in its own miniature cast-iron pot, in a flaky crust stuffed with smoked chicken, roasted red and green peppers, mushrooms and green chiles in a spicy cream sauce with cheddar cheese. The bit of spiciness sets it apart from the standard pot pie. Salad, soups and sandwiches abound, but the Wrong Side of the Tracks Reuben ($7.99) is a standout sandwich choice, served on rye with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss, with a special house sauce. Note the railroad theme of many menu selections – Kamp’s location alongside the tracks makes it a natural. The bakery turns out an abundance of goodies as well, including cookies, muffins, homemade breads and bagels. New to the bakery menu: Cake Balls ($1.99). These minicupcakes, in either red velvet or chocolate, are the perfect topper to a delightful lunch. Kamp’s 1910 Café offers a bit of Oklahoma City history in a casual and comfortable setting. But the menu – from breakfast through lunch to a wide selection of coffees and Italian Cream Sodas – is contemporary and innovative. It adds a well-known name and many new delights to the city’s urban dining scene.


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Setting the


By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


astels are usually the go-to colors for an Easter table, but why not make a change? Natural colors like brown and green will be a different take on your celebration, be it Easter or a spring fete!

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Spaces | Discerning Design

Soft white ceramic dishes with green highlights are a perfect spring palette. Grapevine and twig wreaths lift the plates up and are reminiscent of a nest, and you can balance their rustic feeling with delicate champagne glasses and mother-of-pearl silver. Use a complementary soup tureen or casserole dish to display your flowers and add continuity to the table. Hydrangeas and kale are used here in a low-profile arrangement to keep everyone’s sight line clear and facilitate conversation. Light blue bowls filled with brown and white eggs add to the Easter-themed decor and mint juleps on a silver tray add the final touch. Easter wouldn’t be complete without a basket. Chicks, bunnies, candy or eggs arranged in a moss-lined basket make the perfect take-home gift!

Eggspress Yourself

From our table to yours, Happy Easter!

Try hand-penned names on hard-boiled brown eggs as place cards. Emily Brewer of The Love Byrd suggests using a super-fine tip calligraphy nib or a pen with bright white ink color. Use a two-inch thick book or box to rest and steady your arm for writing on the egg. For consistent lines, roll the egg toward and away from you as you write.

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Corporate Growth S

ometimes it’s hard to leave work at the office – especially when your job includes the kind of rewards the Chesapeake Employee Garden produces. Nearly 400 employees teamed up to generate a harvest of produce, herbs and flowers a year ago, and are preparing for the garden’s second growing season this month. While Chesapeake employees receive an education in sustainable gardening and horticulture techniques, they also experience the gratification of seeing the crops they raise benefit others in the community. Last year, Chesapeake gardeners donated more than 500 pounds of produce to local food pantries. Sustainable gardening integrates all aspects of the surrounding ecosystem, including the plants, soil, bugs and even the people in the garden. Garden waste is also recycled as a resource. Last year, Chesapeake employees converted about 1,500 pounds of kitchen waste from its company restaurants into high-quality compost. Kat Goodwin, Chesapeake’s Employee Garden Coordinator, explains that it’s never too late to follow Chesapeake’s sustainability lead. Goodwin offers a few sustainable gardening tips to get you started: • Since sustainable gardens rely on the least toxic methods first, create a foundation of healthy, living soil by adding ample organic matter such as compost and mulch every season, avoiding synthetic fertilizers that can “burn” the microbial life in the soil. 82

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• Provide fertility for your garden by creating compost from yard waste (that hasn’t been sprayed with herbicide), raw vegetable kitchen scraps, garden residues, shredded newspaper, straw and old potting soil. Keep the compost pile as damp as a wrung-out sponge and turn the pile often to produce nutrient-rich compost. If you don’t have room (or time) for a compost pile, you can purchase compost at a garden supply store. • With Oklahoma’s temperature swings and extreme weather, every garden benefits from a protective layer of mulch to keep soil from drying out. Mulch also protects soil from erosion due to high winds, sporadic downpours and frost. Straw, compost and cotton burrs are excellent mulches. • Use drip irrigation to consume less water, produce fewer weeds and create optimal growing conditions for plants. Watering plants with overhead sprinklers can promote disease when water rests on leaves. Soaker hoses or low-flow drip lines help to eliminate water collection. • Choose the least toxic option first. Controlling garden pests can be as easy as identifying your invaders and introducing their natural enemies into your garden. Spiders and ladybugs are both pest predators, as are your own hands. Biological products such as Dipel Dust kill certain predators while sparing plants and the “good” bugs. • Buy local. By purchasing seedlings from local farmers, gardeners can support the local economy and ensure that the plants are suitable for Oklahoma’s climate. Another bonus? Varieties selected by local farmers are better suited for our climate and often result in fewer problems for gardeners. Visit for a list of local farmers markets where locally grown plants can be purchased. 84

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Something W a Little Bit Different By Kent Anderson

hen Jeff and Suzy Lytle began to consider ideas for building a new home, several factors came into play. First, of course, was the matter of location. The Lytles and their two young daughters visited several neighborhoods that were being developed in the metro area. Then they came to Rose Creek. “Our four-year-old loved the community pool here,” says Jeff. “That’s how we ended up at this location. It’s the community.” They purchased a lot in 2005, then they began to do their homework. Once again, the Lytle family dynamic helped move the decision along. “I didn’t want to build a house that used construction techniques from the 1960s,” Jeff recalls. “The kids would come home from preschool and say, ‘We have to be green, Daddy.’ So we thought that maybe we needed to do something a little bit different.” “A little bit different” is an understatement. Maybe a few numbers will help put the Lytles’ project into perspective: more than 3,000,000 pounds of concrete (that is not a misprint); 6,000 pounds of recycled glass; 2,500 square feet of reclaimed wood flooring; 185 feet of reclaimed hand-hewn wood beams dating from the 1880s; and perhaps most astounding of all, the april 2011 | slice


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Lytles have taken more than 12,000 pounds of scrap material generated by the construction project and repurposed it. They also purchased the original bar from the legendary O’Connell’s Pub in Norman, when its Lindsey Street location was closed. The bar will reside in the Lytles’ basement. Jeff and Suzy took their time researching green building practices. They attended the International Home Builders Show for two consecutive years. They painstakingly put together their home plans, with input from three different architects to get it just right. They broke ground in December of 2009. The Lytles are striving for the highest possible certifications in the world of green building: Emerald level from the National Association of Home Builders; and Platinum LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council. At the same time, the community-minded couple has other plans for the home as well. This month, they will sponsor a home tour to raise awareness and funds for literacy programs in Oklahoma (see info box). One in 10 Oklahomans is functionally illiterate, and it is a cause that both Jeff and Suzy care about deeply, from the standpoints of both social improvement and economic development for the state. Of the overall home project, Jeff says, “It’s a lot of work. I don’t know that I’d want to do it again, but I’m glad we did it this time. The most rewarding thing has been seeing our plans come to life.” “When we started researching these things, a lot of them were very new,” Suzy adds. “Some people told us, ‘You can’t do that’ or ‘It won’t work,’ and the fact that we have actually been able to use these products in our home has turned out better than I could have ever imagined.”

See for Yourself The Lytle home at 17515 Prairie Sky Way in Rose Creek will be open for tours April 8-17, with all proceeds to benefit the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition and the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. Tours will be offered 2-6pm Monday through Friday, and 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Literacy organizations from throughout the state will have information available each day of the tour. Tickets are available at metro area Westlake Ace Hardware stores or online at For more information, call 830.2790 or e-mail


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By Robert C. Salinas, M.D. Photo by Erick Gfeller

hysicians have rich learning opportunities during care, and listening to the stories our patients tell occasionally triggers our own powerful memories, promoting deeper understanding that humanizes and strengthens the relationship. Last year, I saw an elderly Spanish-speaking patient (I’ll call her Maria) with a progressive form of Alzheimer’s Dementia. As usual, her daughter (Clarissa) was with her. For the past four years she had served as her mother’s caregiver, assembling a team of family members to assist with the unrelenting progression of a degenerative disease that is essentially a slow goodbye. Because the disease had robbed Maria of her ability to communicate, her daughter became the “surrogate storyteller” as she attempted to explain her mother’s symptoms. Clarissa suspected her mother, who had fallen several times, had a urinary tract infection and feared she would again require hospitalization. I sat across from Clarissa as I examined her mother, and noticed her simple gold earrings. “A Mother’s Day gift,” she told me, her eyes overflowing with tears. The room was silent as both of us bowed our heads in sorrow, or perhaps just to avoid eye contact. Maria, who was mostly confined to a wheelchair, had lost another 10 pounds and her muscles had atrophied. As I listened to her heart, I stared at her shoes – soft, well worn, perfectly polished black leather – and found myself wondering how long she would survive. What was it about her shoes that suddenly had me deep in thought, reflecting on her life and forgetting about her heart? Of course I had seen this disease in other patients: the continued weight loss, the falls, the broken hip, the pneumonia and the unabated, long and torturous so-called “road to recovery.” But the shoes had made it personal for me. Why? Then I remembered. In my third year of medical school, I was called home because my ninety-something-year-old grandmother (abuelita Teresa) had taken a bad fall. She was a lively woman who continued to live alone after my grandfather passed. Her greatest pride was tending to her birds: a handful of singing yellow canaries. She brewed her stove-top coffee every time I visited, and the distinct aroma has never left me. When she broke her hip, her life of independence was also shattered. She endured hours of surgery, then entered a nursing home for rehabilitation, beginning a cycle


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of repeated hospitalizations for severe systemic infections and multi-system “failures” that required a plethora of medications and procedures. After a short while, she became bedfast and confused. Because she could not eat, she dwindled to a mere 70 pounds. We couldn’t accept that she was dying and made every effort to get her well enough to return home to her beloved birds. Family members took turns keeping a vigil by her side, praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe to bestow a miracle on our family. Doctors came and went, checking the IV bags that pumped medications into what was left of her tiny veins. They listened to her heart and lungs and then quietly left the room, stumbling over us without saying a word. Then the strangest thing happened: one of the housekeepers cleaning the room, who had come to casually know us from weeks of visitations, whispered as she made her way out, “déjà la que descanse.” Let her rest. My grandmother was already asleep. At the time, I didn’t know what she meant. After a few more days of heroic measures to sustain what was left of her life, my grandmother passed away. After the funeral, we went back to her house. When I passed by her room, which she hadn’t been in for weeks, I saw her soft, well-polished black leather shoes by the side of her bed. Seeing Maria’s similar shoes triggered an emotional response. In that moment, she wasn’t just another patient with failing health; she was my beloved abuelita Teresa. As a physician, it is incumbent on me to offer my patients and their families my unconditional assistance as they make their way through the Biblical “darkest valley.” In addition to use of modern medical technology, basic principles of anticipatory guidance for those living with a serious illness are often much more important. Discussing advance care planning instructs the doctor on established goals of care and how best to achieve them, including care near the end of life. The image some in the national political debate have conjured of “doctors wanting to pull the plug on granny”


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has done nothing more than potentially thwart these important discussions between doctors and their patients and families. Realistically, patients who are precariously living with a serious life-limiting illness need guidance to explore options for care that are consistent with their goals. It sounds ironic to suggest having a lengthy medical discussion with a patient whose life is rapidly coming to an end, but offering my time to discuss options for care when they need it most is an invaluable investment in the futures of my patients and their loved ones. Robert C. Salinas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the OU College of Medicine.

Easy Does It By Kent Anderson An avid golfer, Dr. Bob Salinas remembers with great fondness a piece of advice given to him by a former golf teacher, the late Ralph Baker. “He would say to me on the practice range, ‘Bob, keep your head down and swing nice and easy.’” Good golf advice, but perhaps it goes beyond the game as well. A native of East Los Angeles, Salinas came to Oklahoma for a residency in family medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics, and here he has stayed. He has come to love the slower, “nice and easy” pace compared to that of California. “I like a relaxed and casual lifestyle, and am most comfortable in shorts and Tshirts,” he says. In addition to roaming the links, Salinas can be found in the kitchen – he reportedly makes a fine Chile Colorado from a traditional family recipe – or listening to his vastly eclectic CD collection, from Rat Pack crooners to Snoop Dogg to Garth Brooks. He also takes great joy in his family: wife Linda and their adopted son Andrew. He’s a long way from East L.A. “My parents were migrant farm workers who, like many others, came to this country in search of an opportunity and had only attained about six years of education combined,” he says. “After knowing what they had gone through to ensure that we (their four sons and two daughters) would have a better life, I never acknowledged a ceiling, in terms of where the value of an education would take me.”

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urvivors of Snowklahoma 2011, can we talk about better insulation and energy-efficient construction? I thought I had insulated windows, but maybe not: my northwest-facing, doublepaned “insulated” window let a small but definite drift of snow form inside the glass during the worst of the 60 mph arctic blasts. My son said, “Mom, I think the window was open!” Nope. It was locked. And while the snow melted pretty quickly in the warm days following the second big winter blast, we shouldn’t forget where we felt the cold drafts in our homes. In the summer days to come, this is where the heat will intrude as well. One way to get a handle on this now is to take OG&E up on its offer of a $50 home energy audit. OG&E will check your attic insulation, home air leakage sealing, wall insulation, windows, lighting efficiency, duct repair and sealing and heating and cooling efficiency. We can save a lot of money on utility bills simply by closing up some gaps, keeping up with our home maintenance and using energy more efficiently. Going through this exercise, it’s easy to see why energy-efficient home and commercial building construction is becoming more popular. Most people now understand that “green” building doesn’t refer to color, and while few might be able to expand the acronym, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction is now widely recognized as a new way to construct efficient buildings. Actually, LEED and the ideas behind it, including those adopted by Energy Star and other efficiency programs, really aren’t new anymore. LEED was introduced by the Green Building Council in 1998, and has become more popularly accepted and implemented ever since. The goal of LEED is to provide a verifiable method of demonstrating that a building, or even a community, was designed and built using strategies to save energy and water, reduce pollution, improve indoor air quality and environment and reduce impacts on our resources. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings in the United States are responsible for 40 percent of nationwide energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 39 april 2011 | slice


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percent of carbon dioxide pollution emissions, meaning that there’s a lot of opportunity for green buildings to make an impact in reducing energy and water consumption and avoiding pollution. The USGBC believes greater building efficiency can meet the majority (85 percent) of future U.S. energy demands, and that a national commitment to green building may generate 2.5 million American jobs. But for those making the decision to build a green, LEED or Energy Star building, the most persuasive aspect of an approach utilizing efficient construction is the rate of return on the investment. Initially, LEED was perceived as an expensive investment with limited return. But now, with greater availability of and competitive pricing among sustainable products and construction materials, more LEED professionals and service providers are available to assist and the initial investment in LEED is lower. As energy costs rise, the return is greater. The USGBC estimates that, on average, an initial investment of 2 percent results in ultimate savings of 20 percent. Also, much like the high resale values for hybrid vehicles, resale values for energyefficient buildings can be 10 percent higher per square foot than conventional buildings. LEED buildings’ rental rates can exceed $11 per square foot over conventional buildings, and they have over 4 percent greater occupancy. How is Oklahoma incorporating LEED designs? There have been several widely publicized LEED building projects in Oklahoma City – for example, Block 42 is an amazing urban housing community, Oklahoma City Educare is a beautiful new school… and then there is the incredible downtown Devon Energy Corporation headquarters project (registered, with certification intended). But there’s much more. In 2008, our Oklahoma legislature adopted laws providing for energy and environmental standards for construction, renovation and maintenance of public buildings. In 2009, it created the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission (OUBCC), which adopted new residential building codes. And while OUBCC has not yet adopted LEED standards or the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) energy efficiency require-


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ments, it will consider IECC 2009 next year, with plans for Oklahoma to adopt and implement that code by 2017. The Oklahoma Sustainability Network wants to help, and has initiated a project called “Bring It Home” to assist municipalities with efforts to incorporate green building standards into municipal building codes. Specifically, the network is partnering with municipalities in adopting green building code standards through adoption of the International Energy Construction Code. Project Leader Jim Roth says, “We Oklahomans are a resourceful people and we understand energy and the environment. The hope of the Bring It Home project is to assist cities with adopting energy-efficient building codes so that home buyers will know they are getting a home that will truly save their families’ hard-earned money.” That’s what I want to do: save my hard-earned money! With an OG&E energy audit, and maybe a few LEED residential retrofit options, we might all save some money and won’t be thinking our windows or doors are open when they’re really not. We might just be ready for Snowklahoma 2012!

Be Informed To sign up for an OG&E Home Energy Audit, go to: and click on “Home Energy Efficiency Program” To learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council, visit: To read about IECC 2009 and Department of Energy training opportunities, see: road_2009IECC.stm To read about the OUBCC, go to: For more on project Bring It Home, check out:


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All in the Family

urgical ability is a God-given talent that only a few are fortunate enough to possess… which makes it all the more impressive that the Bajaj family contains a duo of dynamic surgeons, who began their mission together as a father/ daughter team four years ago. Dr. Paramjit Bajaj has been a plastic surgeon with St. Anthony Hospital since the 1970s. His goal was never to persuade his daughter; however, when she made the decision during college to share his specialty, he was pleased. “She has always been smart and goal-oriented,” he says confidently. “Once she made up her mind, I knew she would be successful in whatever she chose to do.” Dr. Anureet Bajaj says that in the beginning of her career in medicine, she resisted following in her father’s footsteps for as long as she could. “I didn’t decide to go into plastic surgery until I was almost done with medical school,” she remembers. “I always loved surgery, but plastic surgery particularly appealed to me because it is a specialty where you try to put the patient back together, instead of just removing the sick body part.” Anureet says that even after she had decided to pursue plastic surgery, she was reluctant to move back 98

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to Oklahoma City until she could establish her career on her own. Both she and her father agree that it is tremendously beneficial, even necessary, for an individual to go out on her own and work independently. “One has to watch out and not interfere in the other’s decision making, and give an opinion only when asked,” says Paramjit. So what is it like working alongside your father? “It’s always good to have someone you can bounce ideas off of,” says Anureet. “So it’s great to ask what he thinks about a difficult case, or how he would approach

something. I think that the most important thing my dad has taught me – and is still teaching me – is how to treat patients and other physicians. When you are a resident, you learn about the disease process and surgical procedure… but sometimes residents don’t learn the bedside manner; that is the most important part about having happy patients.” The Bajaj team began working together for St. Anthony Hospital in March 2007. Anureet says being back home in a community with family is something she wouldn’t give up for the world.

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t’s been a few hours, or half a day, since you’ve eaten… and you’re hungry – or as my kids would say, “starving.” It’s easy in these moments to let your hunger pangs override your recent commitment to eat better. I’m a huge proponent of having a few protein bars handy to stave off those cravings and for when you’re just too busy to stop and eat a full meal. But there are three shelves of bars – which ones are best for you? And which ones don’t taste like ground-up paper plates?

What to Look For

As there are lots of different protein bars – pure protein, high protein, soy, low carb and energy, just to name a few – it could take a few attempts to find one that fits your nutritional requirements and your taste buds. Rule of thumb: If a protein bar tastes too good to be true, it probably is. When you’re checking out a new option, play it by the numbers: • • • •

Protein – 10 grams or more Fat – 8 grams or less Carbs – 30 grams or less Sugar – 6 grams or less

Supplement bars are definitely a compromise; they’re awesome in a pinch, but I’m not telling you to live on them. At least most are fortified with a vitamin mineral premix, but some are so big in size, and therefore calorie content, you might actually be getting a Big Mac’s worth of calories and fat. So don’t be fooled by the pretty packaging that screams, “Hey, Bozo! I’m healthy! Buy me!” Read the label, know what you are getting, and you won’t end up needing clown-sized pants. It also helps if you think of your bar as fuel, not prime rib.

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Be Careful With Large Bars – You can always eat half a bar at a time. Bigger isn’t always better. Read User Reviews – If you are unfamiliar with the product, read what other guinea pigs have to say. Determine Your Proposed Use – If you need a protein bar to build muscle, and you plan to consume it before a workout, consider an energy protein bar. If you need a meal replacement, there are lots of high protein meal replacement bars you can consider. Check the Calories – If you want to lose weight, go for high protein, low carb bars… but be sure to check the calorie counts. Don’t be fooled by the Snickers® Energy Bar! Check the Fat Content – Make sure that the protein bar contains more unsaturated (good) fats than saturated (bad) fats. This will help keep your cholesterol levels and your waistline intact. Check the Sugar Content – Just because it says “healthy and nutritious” doesn’t mean it is. If it’s high in sugar, you might as well go for the seven-layer chocolate birthday cake. Check the Effects – Take special notice of how you feel about 30 minutes after you eat a protein bar. A quality bar should help you feel more energetic, not sluggish and begging for your pillow. It should be able to sustain you for a reasonable amount of time without leaving you hungry for more, or craving sugary foods.

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What’s Brewing?

By Lauren Hammack Photos by K.O. Rinearson

He may not have done his homework before going into business, but no matter. Gary Hargrave knows coffee, and a stellar cup o’ joe is a recipe for success.


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It may seem odd that a non-flashy guy like Gary Hargrave would have a standing Friday appointment at Dallas’ ultra-swanky Osgood-O’Neil Salon, but amid the sometimes chaotic salon atmosphere that precedes any Friday night in Dallas, staffers look forward to seeing Hargrave walk through the door every week.

PrimaCafé was the first roaster in Oklahoma certified as organic, and also the first in the state to offer Fair Trade Certified coffee. Of coffees that meet these standards, only the highest quality can also be World Neighbors Certified coffees, and PrimaCafé’s practices excel here as well; five percent of the purchases of these coffees goes directly to World Neighbors, an Oklahoma-based organization fighting poverty, hunger and disease in the poorest, most isolated rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America. (previous page) The brightly appointed, urbanstyle warehouse PrimaCafé has called home for only a year and a half is symbolic of the changing landscape of a section of Oklahoma City that has long been characterized by warehouses, manufacturing and construction enterprises. In fact, the building that PrimaCafé now occupies sits on a lot that previously held several construction trailers surrounded by chain link fences. Oklahoma City architect Sam Gresham designed the new structure.

There’s something very different about the specialty-blend coffee the owner of Oklahoma City’s PrimaCafé personally delivers to the salon, which holds rather affluent court amid a hub of commercial activity – and directly across the street from another coffee roastery. Of course, if you knew Gary Hargrave, you would argue that he’s the special in “special blend.” Although he recalls always loving coffee, Hargrave sort of fell into the role of owning a micro-roastery for small-batch, specialty coffees – the kinds that fellow coffee aficionados enjoy throughout the metro at establishments like the Red Cup and Will’s Café (Northside OKC), Café Bella (in south OKC), Café Plaid (in Norman) and Cowgirl Coffee (on Waterloo Road). As with many serendipitous events, it began simply enough: a man enjoyed a standing appointment for a daily cup of coffee with his best friend. Eventually, Hargrave invested in his own roaster. That was 1995. Since then, almost all of PrimaCafé’s clientele have consisted of independent coffee houses, although, like Osgood-O’Neil Salon, several of Hargrave’s clients “import” their coffee and coffee products from “north of the Red.” Among PrimaCafé’s inventory of beans are some 30 varietals from around the world. Hargrave’s personal favorites change frequently, depending on what kind of “kick” he’s on. As a mostly wholesale business, it would have been easy for PrimaCafé to exist in relative obscurity among the industrial pocket that occupies the east side of the Broadway Extension at the I-44 junction. Hargrave readily admits, “I don’t want to be on every corner.” What he may not have expected (this is a man who confesses that he didn’t study his competition before starting his business) is that coffee lovers and their friends would begin looking for the unmarked PrimaCafé, often with success, landing themselves on Hargrave’s

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Hargrave collaborated with interior designer Phillip Matthews for the look of the space. Early conversations about earth-toned, coffee-inspired colors soon gave way to the full spectrum of colors that give PrimaCafé its decidedly cheerful ambiance. Hargrave explains that the palette didn’t emerge by accident. “When you consider coffee-growing countries throughout the world, you realize that bright colors are an integral part of their cultures. I wanted to embrace that in this space,” he says. Award-winning paintings by Stillwater artist Darren Maine incorporate all the colors of the interior, producing a beautiful result of product-meets-art with coffee bags as canvases for the lively paintings.


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Coffee is the most heavily traded commodity in the world after petroleum. As a result of the recent boom, however, artisan farming methods are being lost, replaced by mass production and distribution of inferior coffee. Fair Trade Certified coffees are the result of a direct link between farmers, roasters and consumers, with a decent living wage paid to the farmer for the harvest and a focus on sustainable agricultural practices.

doorstep most mornings – especially Saturdays, when any number of PrimaCafé loyalists happen by for a cup of whatever’s brewing or to sample one of Hargrave’s signature, fresh-blended juices, created on the spot. A great many of PrimaCafé’s roasted beans find their way into the cargo compartment of Hargrave’s own faithful car – now four years old with more than 215,000 miles on it – as he reliably supplies his coffee to customers without once missing a delivery. “I was driving back from Dallas during the Christmas Eve blizzard – it was bad! Eventually, I was known as ‘Stranded Motorist Number One’ at the Goldsby Baptist Church next to I-35.” Hargrave eventually made it home without incident (that is, if you don’t consider a record blizzard an “incident”) to the waiting cat he calls “Kitty.” The question is, why doesn’t Hargrave – whose remarkable depth of knowledge about coffee rivals his effusive passion for it – pass the fresh-roasted torch to someone else to do the delivery honors? “I adore my customers,” Hargrave says. “I love seeing them when I make the deliveries.” The feeling is obviously mutual; the personable and charming Hargrave still retains his original customers among PrimaCafé’s growing faithful – a few of whom wandered in during our visit just to say hello, help themselves to a cup and spend a few minutes in the delightfully entertaining company of a man who loves nothing more than to share a cup of coffee with his friends.

Among an aromatic inventory of coffee beans, Numi herbal teas, Ghirardelli cocoas, syrups and biscotti sits PrimaCafé’s massive, sparkling drum roaster, which roasts about 1,100 pounds of coffee beans every week.

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unning a nonprofit arts organization is not for the timid or faint of heart. It means long hours, worrying over budgets, fundraising, volunteers, promotional activities and, of course, the mission of the organization. Being named executive director of a nonprofit isn’t about the money, because there is rarely any money in it. It must be about passion for the subject, about commitment not only to an art form, but to sharing that art form with others. It is a tough job, and it requires almost boundless energy and an unbridled enthusiasm for the art form in question. Fortunately, Lance McDaniel has energy and enthusiasm to spare. He’s been on the job for six months as executive director of Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival, recently recognized by MovieMaker magazine as one of the 20 “coolest film festivals” in the world. Its annual economic impact to Oklahoma City? Over a million dollars. “In five years that impact could be 10 or 20 million,” says McDaniel. “If we continue to grow this festival, we can start attracting a wider swath of people. That’s our goal. The way we do that is to get great movies and let people know about them. We want people around the world to think of Oklahoma City as an amazing and creative place.” deadCENTER is doing its part to heighten that perception of Oklahoma City, and McDaniel has big ideas for the festival. A native of the state who grew up in Alva and Oklahoma City before graduating from Heritage Hall High School, he went to Stanford University, then stayed in California for several years working in the Internet consulting field. He later lived in London, but still nurtured his own desire to make movies. He made the decision to follow his film dreams, moving to New York where he attended New York University. Then it was on to Los Angeles. A mutual friend introduced him to producer Gray Frederickson and he began working in film. Notable among his credits was his work on “Million Dollar Baby” with Clint Eastwood. But he missed Oklahoma, and after 18 years away, he returned. He attended graduate school at Oklahoma City University, directed his own film, “Unsolved,” and became involved with deadCENTER as a


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Mat Hoffman and Spike Jonze at last year’s deadCENTER Film Festival.

“Anyone can make a movie. But in order to make a good film, you have to be able to tell a good story.�


Lance McDaniel in front of Harkins Theatres, one of the many venues where deadCENTER films are screened during the festival

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volunteer for five years. When longtime executive director Cacky Poarch stepped down last summer, he applied for the job. He couldn’t be happier, and he’s looking to build on the festival’s culture, which he noticed in his years as a volunteer. “I was impressed by the way they handled the festival, the way they treat the filmmakers,” he says. “Everyone who has worked for the festival makes their own movies, and because of that, they set up an environment that embraces filmmakers. Not every festival is like that.” One of McDaniel’s proudest accomplishments in his first months on the job is the new education program. McDaniel and other festival staff have talked to over 400 students, ranging from Jenks High School – home of a renowned film and video program – to Oklahoma City’s Emerson Alternative School. “It is now technically feasible for students across the spectrum to make their own movies,” McDaniel says. “Anyone can make a movie. But in order to make a good film, you have to be able to tell a good story. We can help shine light on all the unique voices in Oklahoma, to allow Oklahomans and people across the nation to see these unique voices. Our education program is meant to inspire good storytelling.” The education program shows students how to pick a topic, create characters, introduce conflict – the basics of good storytelling. One step further, deadCENTER works to connect talented high school students with higher education in the state. McDaniel cites Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa as having strong programs. Oklahoma State University offers a noted curriculum in film criticism. “These students don’t have to go to USC to get an education in making movies,” McDaniel says. “They can get an education, and then make a career doing what they love, right here in Oklahoma. One of these students may be the next Brad Beesley or Sterlin Harjo,” he adds, referring to two Oklahoma filmmakers who have garnered national and international acclaim in recent years. Last June, more than 10,000 people flocked to venues throughout downtown Oklahoma City to view more than 100 films – movies submitted from around the world and subjected to a rigorous screening process. Each film submitted is viewed at least five times by various screening 108

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committees, and the deadCENTER staff works to ensure a diversity of films. In fact, McDaniel says that one of the festival’s biggest challenges is letting the public know that it is not a “fringe” festival, that there is something for everyone. “We show just as many Christian films or family films as the more political or fringe films,” he says. “Independent film includes everything, and we have a lot of great material that appeals to everyone. We want to show you things you’re not seeing elsewhere.” deadCENTER recently spent several weeks on a “Films of Faith” series in conjunction with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, another example of the festival reaching out to the broader community, showing that independent film has many, many components. The screening process for this summer’s deadCENTER Film Festival is underway now. Soon the 200-plus volunteers will be mobilizing to make the festival happen. McDaniel and festival director Kim Haywood are doing the business of putting it all together – not just the films, but venues, outreach events, procuring corporate sponsorships… and most of all, connecting Oklahoma City with the art of filmmaking. Around 25 to 30 percent of the films shown at each year’s festival are by Oklahoma filmmakers. McDaniel is delighted to be back in his home state, surrounded by such creativity and the famous “Oklahoma standard,” and able to pursue his passion. With characteristic enthusiasm, he says, “Oklahomans are more proud of being from Oklahoma than people in other places. I was gone for 18 years, and my friends used to joke that I knew about and talked about anyone from Oklahoma who was famous. At the same time, there might be tons of famous people where they were from, but they had no clue. It’s because we care in Oklahoma.” That absolute joy in Oklahoma, and in the art of film – and sharing it with the community – serves Lance McDaniel well. He is poised to guide deadCENTER into its next decade as a positive force in the economic, cultural and social life of the city and state.

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n recent industry periodicals, I have noticed quite a trend in communication and discussion about preventative care and wellness programs, generally focused on “tooting the horn” for preventative care and its ability to curb medical claims costs, and the associated inflationary effect it has on health care costs in general. I believe most of this conversation is prompted by the preventative care coverages that are being mandated under the Affordable Care Act. As you may be aware, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury issued interim final regulations on July 14, 2010 regarding which preventative services must be covered. These preventative care services must be provided without cost-sharing by the participant (for non-grandfathered health care plans) when delivered by an in-network provider for plan years renewing on or after September 23, 2010. These recommended services will be determined by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a division of HHS, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Including the entire list is outside the scope of this article, but you can find links to both the USPSTF grade A and B recommendations, as well as the recommended immunizations for children and adults, at It is obvious that one of the goals for health care reform is to re-focus our health care system on helping people stay healthy instead of waiting until acute health care is needed. I think most health plan administrators and insurers would happily jump on this bandwagon. It is estimated Americans only get about half of the preventive services that are recommended to them by their physicians, according to a 2003 report in the New England Journal of Medicine, and another 2007 study by the Partnership for Prevention found that 100,000 lives could be saved annually if we all did just five simple things: take a low dose of aspirin to prevent inflammation and heart disease; participate in smoking cessation programs (obviously only for smokers); get annual flu shots; and get screenings at the appropriate ages for breast cancer and colorectal cancers. This list would cost almost nothing to the members or to their health plans. As I mentioned, most health plan administrators and insurers would do almost anything to have a healthier population on their insurance policies, but the main concern I hear is debate about the true cost-benefit analysis. Until we have concrete data to evaluate, I think most of us in the health care and benefits world will take a cautious approach to these changes and how they will truly affect the bottom line of our group health plans. In the meantime – stay healthy! 112

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Stable Healing


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ow many of us grew up with the dream of owning a horse? The Black Stallion, Flicka, Black Beauty – those famous literary creatures that touched us in our youth gave us a glimmer of the thought that maybe someday a horse would be a part of our lives. Horses offer us freedom from our  sometimes-monotonous routines and responsibilities and give us the autonomy to live out our wildest dreams. They offer us an opportunity to be a part of something more wonderful or bigger than we are; they give us something to admire with their quintessential beauty. This state, this country, was built on the backs of horses. They plowed fields, provided transportation, served in battle and became a revenue stream. Presently, the horse still is a source of income  through an industry based more on human enjoyment, as it is no longer as much of a staple in human existence. Currently, the market is flooded with horses that have nowhere to go. We continue to breed them for sport, beauty and athleticism, while the unwanted are found starving or neglected in backyards and barren pastures, or on an overcrowded truck for a long trip to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. Some owners who find themselves in desperate circumstances simply open the pasture gates and let the horses wander off into an uncertain future. Even the preservation of the historic mustang – a dream for many, to preserve the instinctive horse untouched by human hands – has proved too challenging for many a naïve horse owner. The end result is that the number of unwanted horses far outweighs the need for usable horses.

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The author’s daughter with her horse Peter Pan

…Make me as big and open as the plains; As honest as the horse between my knees; Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains; Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.

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Volunteer Ruella Yates makes a connection with a mare as she undergoes the checkup routine upon arrival at the rescue.


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We should ask ourselves, “Have we been good stewards of these God-given creatures who have selflessly offered us so much? Why can’t we care for them with the same dedication and patience they have given to us over the years?” There are people who make a difference, and somehow make those unwanted horses into today’s Black Beauty or Flicka for you and for me. They make it possible for someone to turn the dream of owning a horse into a thrilling reality. Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, located in Jones, OK, was founded in 2001 by Shawn and Natalee Cross. The idea was born from a harrowing incident earlier that year: their own horse was seriously injured when the floor of their trailer gave way as the Crosses were escaping a fire that ravaged Logan County. A veterinarian recommended euthanasia, but the Crosses chose to nurse Blaze back to health. And they did so successfully. The Cross family works with state animal welfare organizations to provide rehabilitation, education and adoption services for seized horses that are neglected or abused. Natalee and Shawn hold full-time jobs, yet work day in and


Barely recognizable: a mare photographed upon arrival at Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue and again six months later, the average rehabilitation time.


day out alongside volunteers to shepherd the horses under their care back to health. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Blaze experience by assisting horse trainer Robert Hayes, known as the Oklahoma Horse Whisperer, who donates his services whenever possible. Hayes is a natural horseman dedicated to making safe horses through training and healing of the spirit. “He has been a wonderful contribution to our program, and we thank God for his assistance every day,” says Natalee, “but we still have many horses that require training, and Robert can only do so many at a time.” Rehabilitation doesn’t come cheaply. Animals arrive in all manner of neglect – starving, infested with parasites, crippled. There are veterinarian bills and farrier bills, grain and hay, and the numbers can be staggering. A less-severe case may result in costs of $500 while the tally may run as much as $5,000 for those with extensive injuries that require a long-term healing process. “I think it goes without saying that my family has made many sacrifices to do what we do,” said Natalee. “We don’t take anything for granted, and know that we are the voice for those that can’t speak for themselves. I feel that this was my calling in life. It comes with many emotions, but in the end, it is rewarding. Our children have grown up seeing what people are capable of, but they have learned life lessons and responsibilities that take most people a lifetime to learn.”

Natalee and Shawn Cross with daughters Kaitlyn and Dakota and their longtime horse family

Blaze’s currently has 94 horses in its program, 30 of which will be permanent residents due to their medical needs. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Life Finds a Way The inspiration for the author’s painting came from a mare that arrived at Blaze’s in sad condition – malnourished, blind in one eye and with a knee the size of a softball from a break that had healed poorly. Beside the mare was her miracle month-old foal, in perfect health. Limited edition prints of “Peace and Comfort” are available at Dean-Lively Gallery in Edmond, with a percentage of the sales donated to Blaze’s.

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“The magic of Quartz Mountain is created not only by the beautiful environs of the region, but especially by the people who live here.”


Conductor Michael Palmer leads the Orchestral Academy at its home, Western Oklahoma State College in Altus.

Chamber Music Academy head Annie Chalex Boyle rehearsing with conductor Michael Palmer and the Festival Orchestra


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The Romero Guitar Quartet rehearsing with the Festival Orchestra

At the Chamber Music Academy, students rehearse Brahms with faculty member and clarinetist Chad Burrow.


n the ruggedly beautiful country of southwestern Oklahoma, the roads wind and twist. The towns are small, scattered like marbles across this ancient landscape. It is farm and ranch country, and home to strong Native American cultural influences. But for a few days each summer, communities like Altus and Granite and Mangum become transformed through the power of music. It is, in many ways, the perfect spot for a world-class music festival. “This corner of Oklahoma is a very special place that most are not aware of,” says David Palmer, executive/ artistic director of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival (QMMF). “The magic of Quartz Mountain is created not only by the beautiful environs of the region, but especially by the people who live here.” Those people have welcomed some of the nation’s leading musicians, and a bevy of students seeking to become professional musicians, into their communities, into the very fabric of their lives and homes, as part of the Music Academies that have become a major component of the QMMF. This year there are four academies during the festival, July 22-31, hosting high-level students on the verge of professional careers and faculty from across the country. The Celedonio Romero Guitar Academy, taught by the famed “first family of the classical guitar,” takes place in Granite; the orchestral, chamber music and conducting academies are located in Altus; and the new Jazz Academy calls Mangum home. “As a performer, I enjoy the chance to play with different musicians, in new settings, and for new audiences,” says bassoonist Saxton Rose, whose “day job” is with the University of North Carolina School for the Arts and who will teach at the Chamber Music Academy. “The level of

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Students enjoying the QMMF Welcome Party where students, faculty, professional musicians and community supporters come together to celebrate the festival

artistry at Quartz is amazing, so it’s extremely satisfying and enriching musically. As an educator, meeting new students is always fun and interesting. It’s our hope they go back to their own schools and communities inspired and motivated because of these experiences and fresh ideas.” The academies focus on high-level teaching. The vast majority of students are collegiate level or higher, and work in a concentrated format in private lessons, chamber music coachings, master classes and orchestral rehearsals. Over the course of the academy, students will typically receive some 25 to 30 contact hours with the faculty and professional musicians. The benefits are twofold. “Because we are working so intensively, we see so much musical improvement in such a short amount of time,” says violinist Annie Chalex Boyle, who leads the Chamber

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Chamber Music Academy head Annie Chalex Boyle coaches students in the Altus home of QMMF board president Kim Leverett.

“These kids are from all over the country, and yet the bond that they have from this one week will last well into the future.” Music Academy this year, taking a break from her job as concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony. “It is inspiring when a student reaches beyond their own expectations. My students have said they learn a lot from the coachings and performances, but they also comment on how many new friendships they have found. These kids are from all over the country, and yet the bond that they have from this one week will last well into the future.” The number of students continues to expand as QMMF adds new academies, but one facet remains consistent: only a few choice students will be selected. Just 16 spots exist for the Celedonio Romero Guitar Academy. The Chamber Music/Orchestral Academy will take up to 30 students this year. The Jazz Academy will accept 15 students, and only five will be chosen for the Conducting Academy. Such selectivity keeps the faculty-to-student ratio at a manageable level, and above all, allows the students to work handson with the renowned teachers. The focus isn’t solely on classroom work. Each academy presents a concert, open to the public, at the conclusion of the week. And that brings the story of the academies full 120

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circle, back to the community, back to the way that life and music so carefully intertwine each summer in southwestern Oklahoma. “How many rural communities get an opportunity to host an event for internationally renowned musicians?” asks Brenda Hickerson of Granite – population around 1,000. She served on the QMMF board for several years. “The cultural impact is tremendous. This academy brings an art form to our area that many would never have the opportunity to experience. This event introduces our little part of the world to people from all over the world. Isn’t that amazing?” “The communities of Quartz Mountain make an important contribution to the success of our academies by providing a wonderful and nurturing location where our students can focus on their musical development,” says David Palmer. “Furthermore, these communities are in many respects an extended family and they welcome our students, faculty and the festival at large into that family. It is a wonderful experience for all.” It is that joy, almost indescribable in words, that music gives to the human spirit, coupled with the fabled Oklahoma hospitality and openness – that nature that says “You are welcome here” – that transforms a handful of Oklahoma’s small towns into a haven where music is not only taught and learned, but experienced at all its levels. The Quartz Mountain Music Academies have found the spot where music and life converge, and that is an elusive and magical place indeed.

In Concert Major public performances at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival: • • • •

“All That Jazz” - Friday, July 22, location TBA “Chamber Music Madness” - Saturday, July 23, location TBA “The Romeros and Friends” - Friday, July 29, Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center, Quartz Mountain State Park “The Heroes of Classical and Romantic Composers” - Saturday, July 30, Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center, Quartz Mountain State Park

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culptor Kendall Howerton embraces challenges. He has built an extremely varied – and successful – career in the arts thanks to his considerable skills and his practice of never saying “no” to a new opportunity, however daunting it might seem at the outset. From sculptures for retail giants such as Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger to historical building renovation and smaller-scale creations, Howerton’s flexibility has allowed him to keep gaining new skills and knowledge – he proudly describes the range of services available at Kendall’s 3D (his studio and shop) as “going from A to Z,” and always enjoys the thrill of starting something new. Howerton first came to art through the field of woodworking. Over the years since, he has gained familiarity with many different types of wood, shaping them on a lathe into arresting works of art. Small pieces such as “Embracing One’s True Promise,” a sculpture carved from purpleheart wood depicting a blooming lotus blossom propped on a delicate tripod, are still an important part of Howerton’s creative ouevre. But less traditional forms of sculpture vie for his interest as well – for example, Howerton has long been interested in creating molds and castings. When local company JYD Team commissioned him to create an eightfoot-tall rocket ship for a dentist’s office specializing in serving children, he had the chance to expand his knowledge again. The piece needed to meet size specifications but be light enough that it could be moved and installed easily, so he had the idea to create a hollow casting with a foam interior… and a sturdy, functional rocket sculpture was born. Now, themed creations like this make up an entire category of specialty work for Kendall’s 3D. Howerton’s adaptability also made him an advocate for an unexpected cause: breast cancer awareness. In 2009, a Tulsa-based nonprofit organization named Breast Impressions, Inc. contacted Howerton, looking for artists who could create castings to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Starting with casts of a woman’s body, Howerton creates a three-dimensional sculpture that refers directly to the familiar pale pink ribbon that has come to symbolize the cause. He has created two sculptures in this series – the second was unveiled in a ceremony at the state april 2011 | slice


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capitol – and is searching for a model to help him create the third and final work. Completing these pieces has been an emotional process for everyone involved: one model has told him that this casting led her to a place of comfort and pride with her body, including her surgical scars, that she feared she’d never regain after her fight with cancer. Through the creation of these sculptures, Howerton has become closely involved with a community of breast cancer survivors and supporters, and he has developed into a committed advocate for awareness and prevention of this illness. “Above all,” he says of the models who helped bring these sculptures from plans to life, “I want people to know that these are real women.” Currently, the bulk of Howerton’s studio work is in creating architectural components: trim and detail pieces for homes and buildings. Although most of these pieces are client-driven and specific to each site, it was this type of labor that first gave him the experience and confidence to explore and develop his woodworking skills. He found the ability to be creative through these projects, adapting to his clients’ needs while developing new techniques. From this experience, Howerton also began working to restore historical buildings. An elaborate piece of molding recently created for the Colcord building in downtown Oklahoma City presented him with a new challenge: his first overhead mold. The lightweight casting techniques he had perfected for the rocket sculpture came in particularly handy here. “The original pieces, the ones I was recreating, probably weighed between 300 and 500 pounds,” he remembers. “There was no way the new construction could have supported that.” Each of Howerton’s completed molding sections weighed 35 pounds when complete, and the intricate designs were indistinguishable from the building’s originals. 124

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Kendall’s 3D is located in Bethany, and visitors to his website at can find examples of each of these categories of work as well as pregnancy castings, smaller carved wood and soapstone containers and much more. Howerton is a skillful sculptor whose diverse creations have led him to places he never expected. Repeatedly, he discusses his interest in diversifying the products he is able to offer: “I want people to know that we really do go from A to Z: I can change directions on a dime, and I’ll work with pretty much any idea.” Although he is undoubtedly hard at work in the meantime, Kendall Howerton eagerly awaits his next unexpected challenge.

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efore Marnie Taylor moved to Oklahoma in 1995, she’d only been in the state one time – en route to the Cotton Bowl to cheer on her alma mater, Notre Dame. She never dreamed that one day she’d call Oklahoma home. Years later, she was living in Chicago when two people she hardly knew (and would never see again) set her up on a blind date with a guy they hardly knew (and would never see again): Clayton Taylor, who was in town on business as a federal lobbyist. Mr. Taylor grew up in Oktaha – a small Oklahoma ranching town that didn’t even have enough guys to make an eight-man football team. The rest, as they say, is history. Thirty years of marriage later, Marnie Taylor, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, is light-years away from her youthful aspirations of marrying a Catholic football player from Notre Dame and pursuing a high-stakes marketing career in Chicago or New York, but she’d be the first to tell you she’s living the dream. Where did you grow up? In South Bend, Indiana. This story about how you met your husband, Clayton, is crazy! Who were the people that set you two up? You know, we hardly even knew them. In fact, we didn’t invite them to our wedding because we never knew what happened to them after they introduced us. I’m convinced God had a hand in all that. I truly believe there’s a plan up there. You’ve recently taken over the reins at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Does this mean you’re finally getting paid to do what you’ve done for years? Yes! I think I’ve served on 27 nonprofit boards in 29 years. I’ll admit that I’m addicted to service and to joining things. But… that service allowed me to meet a lot of people and learn about the great work these organizations are doing in our state. Is there a particular nonprofit you’re especially passionate about? I’ve found that my passion is for neglected children who need an adult voice to speak up for them. That’s why I care so much about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma County Juvenile Center. I believe we’re all born good and troubled kids are the product of poor upbringing.


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Speaking of bringing up kids, you have two sons, right? Yes. Clay is 25 and Clark is 22.

Do you find yourself giving them the advice your parents gave you? I tell them to find out what God’s purpose is for their lives and do it. I’ve also told them never to wear black tennis shoes. I’m happy to report that, even with their own money, they’ve never bought any. Important advice from someone who has a thing for shoes. How many pairs would you say you have? About 400. I keep them in their original boxes, sorted by color and heel size. That’s very organized. I’m a total color gold (from the True Colors assessment) – extremely organized; the list-maker. I love the True Colors! I’m an orange-blue mix – the most likely to end up in prison. What’s your last color? I’m a last-color blue – the emotional, feeling side. Does that mean you don’t cry very often? What makes you cry? I don’t cry about sad movies or sad books or about life in general. But if I see a sappy profile story on “The Today Show,” it gets me every time! I don’t know why. Where should I eat this weekend? Irma’s. Get the No-name with cheddar. What will you accomplish this year if it kills you? That’s a long list! I’ve got a new job, a son who’s getting married, and I’m going on a two-week safari to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro – any one of those things could kill me. But hiking Kilimanjaro has been a longtime goal of mine. What is the last thing you lost? My camera with all my photos from a trip to China and from Christmas the year before. Is that your excuse for not having a Facebook profile photo up? I just have a thing about seeing my photo – I’m never happy with it. People keep offering to help me put one up. You have an April birthday – happy birthday! What would you like as a gift? Yes, April 6. My husband can get me jewelry. I also love gift cards. And of course, I’d like some new shoes.

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Designers’ Notebook | Passion for Fashion

Start Spreading the Nudes…

By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller


hile we love spring fashion for its unapologetic profusion of color, some of this season’s chromatic outbursts are best balanced with something less splashy. Enter the low-key nude in its many neutral forms: blush, tan, beige, sand and natural. Whichever name we assign it, nude stands out as spring’s most versatile element for making all other colors play nice.

Vince Camuto “VC-MILESY2” blush patent peep-toe | From Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique

Loeffler Randall “Piera” nude flat | From Heirloom Shoe

For resources, see page 147. 128

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(from top) Loeffler Randall “Elin” beige mesh peep-toe pump | From Heirloom Shoe | Stuart Weitzman “Provence” adobe peep-toe pump | From The Webb | Michael Kors “Margo” sand stacked heel sandal | From Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique

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Feelin’ All White By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller


hite accessories made a grand entrance this spring, supporting the season’s endorsement of neutrals... but is white really a neutral? Nudes gracefully blend in with the scenery without causing much of a stir, whereas white adds a punch of drama wherever it goes, exclaiming, “Look at me!” White is fresh, polished and decidedly refined. Can we help it if we stare?

White agate pendant in 18K rose gold with diamonds by Dove’s New York | White agate drop earrings in 18K rose gold with diamonds by Dove’s New York | From Mitchell’s Jewelry

18K yellow gold diamond and white quartz over mother-of-pearl ring by Elizabeth Showers | 18K yellow gold and diamond and mother-of-pearl pendant and earrings by Elizabeth Showers | From Naifeh Fine Jewelry

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Dior strappy python slingback pump | From Gordon Stuart White cut-out shoulder bag | From On A Whim

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Chunky baroque pearl necklace | Pearl coin drop earrings | From Ruth Meyers

Michele Tahitian ceramic watch with diamond embellishment | From Mitchell’s Jewelry

OUT & ABOUT A pictorial wrap-up of local parties and events from previous months. The place to see and be seen!

132 Allied Arts Kickoff 133 Greyson Chance Live 134 Boots and Ball Gowns 135 Fight Night 136 Celebrate City Place 137 Evening of Excellence 138 Chocolate Decadence 140 Café City Arts 140 Love Is All You Need 141 Phi Lambda Epsilon 141 Unveiling “The Innocent” 142 Snowflake Gala 142 Western Festivities 143 Cork and Canvas 143 Love on the Plaza 144 Hogwarts Hootenanny 145 On the Loose

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2 Meeting its goal means support for 20 exceptional creative organizations and a higher quality of life for Oklahomans, so Allied Arts aims high at the kickoff to its annual fundraising campaign



1 Herman and LaDonna Meinders, Kathy and Ed Martin 2 Bill Lance, Mike Turpen, Neal McCaleb 3 Lana and Dave Lopez 4 Paige Williams, Sherri Waters 5 Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Herman and LaDonna Meinders, Mo Grotjohn


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Edmond’s preeminent teen phenom packs Santa Fe High School for a hotly anticipated performance, the proceeds of which will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Oklahoma

1 1 Lexi Davis, Hayley Ward 2 Greyson with MaDee Elliott and Madison Newton 3 Nicolette Walker with Greyson 4 Greyson with the Risleys: Darren, Natalie and Carlee 5 Carly Murray, Carson Smith 6 Logan Ross with Greyson





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2 Infant Crisis Services raises funds to feed, clothe and support babies in dire need by putting on the ritz at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum



1 Katherine Buxton, Kevin Crowley, Susan Love 2 Sarah and Mike Belanger, Marylee and Tim Strange 3 Hank Johnson, Kara Rose Didier 4 Lee and Todd Ward 5 Joyce Reed, Bob Denton


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2 Before the bell sounds for the main event of OKC Fight Night, patrons and special guests – like event host Roy Jones, Jr. – toast the success of their philanthropic endeavor



1 Roy Jones, Jr., Greg Luster 2 Laura Ochendorfer, Dick Horton, Rhonda Coast 3 Martha and Tomas Daugherty 4 Kathy Green, Chuck Foley 5 Ashley and Kenny Lanman


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3 Built in 1931, the iconic downtown OKC landmark’s a stylish reinvention calls for an elegant evening of cocktails and dancing on the 30th floor



1 Monica Johnson, Viviyan Kennedy 2 J.D. and Jenn Upton, Corbin See 3 Whitney Williams, Whitney Schones 4 Mark Beffort, David Huffman 5 Andy and Lauren Sullivan, Jim and Angela Timberlake


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2 The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association honors past achievements and raises funds to enable new ones in its annual black-tie dinner at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

3 1 Lil and Bill Ross, representing honoree The Inasmuch Foundation 2 Tom and Judy Kishner, Henry Zarrow 3 Tom and Susie Gray 4 Andrea and Jon Brightbill 5 Shyla and John Slay 6 Dean and Karla Gandy, Glen Johnson





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3 Multitudes happily succumb to sweet, sweet temptation as Automobile Alley is filled with the sights, sounds and most of all, tastes of the delicious annual soiree

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Photos by Claude Long Green means “party” as City Arts Center revs up Café Go, this year’s version of its annual vehicle for creative fun and fundraising to support its free year-round programs and exhibits



1 Kayla Jones, Lori Tyler 2 Cheryn Clapp, Sarah Burns 3 Mike and Katie Collins 4 Robert Painter, David Leader 5 Jean and Walt Hendrickson





Photos by Claude Long The Edmond Chamber demonstrates the business community’s esteem for the standouts of 2010 at its annual awards banquet



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Photos by Claude Long Alumni of the high school fraternity honor their lifelong bond and lasting friendships during a Founder’s Day dinner at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler


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Benjamin Harjo presents new work for the nascent Oklahoma Innocence Clinic at the OCU School of Law, an ongoing project to identify and help the wrongfully imprisoned



1 Benjamin Harjo, Dean Lawrence Hellman, Justice Yvonne Kauger 2 Mary Ellen Meredith, Bob Gilliland, Ann Felton 3 Tom McDaniel, Maddy deLone 4 Bernard Jones, Brandi Guthery, Chris Morrow


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Photos by Michael Miller The United Way of Central Oklahoma makes merry at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to thank patrons and donors for their $20.7 million of communitybuilding generosity in 2010



1 Ray Bitsche, Jeannie Schoeb, Cris Bitsche, Blair Schoeb 2 Dee Niles, Susan Hillis 3 Doug Stussi, Ed Martin, Bob Funke 4 Lisa Lees, Bob Kendrick, Sue Barkley, Dana Hope Chism




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Photos by Justin Avera Guests at City Arts Center toast a brighter future at a festive wine tasting and art auction benefiting educational nonprofit Positive Tomorrows


2 1 Mike Conway, Clarissa Thompson 2 Aron Seymour, Nikki Edwards, Brandon Pasley 3 Joe and Regan Paquette 4 Brian and Angela Risch 5 Joseph and Lindsay McIntyre





Photos by Claude Long February’s atmosphere adds a soupçon of romance to the Plaza District’s monthly open house party, home to live performance, local art and creative flavor

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Room for W Blooms By Lauren Hammack

e love the Festival of the Arts, riding with the top down, eating sunflower seeds at baseball games, wearing flip flops and reacquainting ourselves with the grill, but April’s proliferation of blooms reminds us what we love most about spring. Why else would we subject ourselves to the lines at the nurseries and garden centers? In celebration of the season and all the flowers that will surely follow April showers, we’ve created some “Vasebook” pages to provide inspiration for showing off your blooms and surrounding yourself in springtime. april 2011 | slice

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Details | Room for Blooms, page 25 Tall terracotta vase in mint green ($21.45) from Calvert’s Plant Interiors in Oklahoma City, 848.6642,; Evolution by Waterford “Urban Safari” spotted vase ($185) from B.C. Clark Jewelers in downtown Oklahoma City, 232.8806,; Silver ceramic vase with textured honeycomb pattern ($29.99) and silver ceramic vase with dimpled pattern ($24.99) from Calvert’s Plant Interiors in Oklahoma City, 848.6642,; Oriental style blue and white 16" vases on stands ($159 each) from Courtyard Antiques in Edmond, 359.2719, www.; Fusion Z “Amethyst Waves” hand-blown art glass vase ($1,098) from Cunningham Interiors in Oklahoma City, 751.9051; “Red Chateau” vase ($95) from Mister Robert in Norman, 321.1818; Fusion Z handmade “Honey Dew” bubble vase ($800), signed by artist, from Dulaney’s Urban•Flower•Home in Oklahoma City, 607.8880; Frosted glass vases in green and orange ($34 each) from Elks Alley Mercantile in Edmond, 340.2400,; Handpainted tiny rose edge vase ($120), tiny heart vase with rose ($160) and striped vase with flowered edge ($221) from On A Whim in Oklahoma City, 848.3488,; “Lucy” planters (medium $117 and large $165) with New Growth small orchid in 4" pot ($54) from Norwalk Furniture and Design in Oklahoma City, 748.5774,

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Spaces | Setting the Table, page 78 Calligraphy by Emily Brewer of The Lovebyrd Calligraphy,; “Borgo Antico” by Vietri dinner plates, bowls, and soup toureen, Two’s Company champagne glasses, Pottery Barn mother-of-pearl silver and Ross-Simons silver mint julep cups, all from private collections

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Start Spreading the Nudes…

By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller


hile we love spring fashion for its unapologetic profusion of color, some of this season’s chromatic outbursts are best balanced with something less splashy. Enter the low-key nude in its many neutral forms: blush, tan, beige, sand and natural. Whichever name we assign it, nude stands out as spring’s most versatile element for making all other colors play nice.

Vince Camuto “VC-MILESY2” blush patent peep-toe | From Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique

Loeffler Randall “Piera” nude flat | From Heirloom Shoe

For resources, see page xxx.

(from top) Loeffler Randall “Elin” beige mesh peep-toe pump | From Heirloom Shoe | Stuart Weitzman “Provence” adobe peep-toe pump | From The Webb | Michael Kors “Margo” sand stacked heel sandal | From Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique

Designers’ Notebook | Start Spreading the Nudes…, page 128 Vince Camuto “VC-MILESY2” patent peeptoe, in blush ($98) from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique in Edmond, 359.0044, www.pinksugar; Loeffler Randall “Piera” flat ($350) from Heirloom Shoe in Oklahoma City, 605.0356; Loeffler Randall “Elin” mesh peep-toe pump ($495) from Heirloom Shoe in Oklahoma City, 605.0356; Stuart Weitzman “Provence” peep-toe pump ($325) from The Webb in Norman, 321.8289,; Michael Kors “Margo” stacked heel sandal ($258) from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique in Edmond, 359.0044,

Designers’ Notebook | Feelin’ All White, page 130 Dove’s New York white agate pendant in 18K rose gold with diamonds ($1,755) and white agate drop earrings in 18K rose gold with diamonds ($2,500) from Mitchell’s Jewelry in Norman, 360.2515,; White skinny belt with bow detail ($24.95) from Blush in Norman, 701.8600,; Dior white python slingback pumps ($700) from Gordon Stuart in Oklahoma City, 843.6500, www.; Elizabeth Showers 18K yellow gold diamond and white quartz over mother-of-pearl ring ($2,255), 18K yellow gold and diamond and mother of pearl pendant ($880) and matching earrings ($1,155) from Naifeh Fine Jewelry in Oklahoma City, 607.4323,; Dior white leather bucket purse with chain closure ($2,400) from Gordon Stuart in Oklahoma City, 843.6500,; Chunky baroque pearl necklace ($288) and pearl coin drop earrings ($88) from Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills, 842.1478; Michele large Tahitian white ceramic watch with 120 diamonds surrounding the enamel dial ($2,395) from Mitchell’s Jewelry in Norman, 360.2515,; White cut-out shoulder bag, ($475) from On A Whim in Oklahoma City, 848.3488,


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Last Laugh | The Spark’s Still There

THINGS THAT GO “BZZZT!” IN THE NIGHT By Lauren Hammack Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at


e’ve got a couple of yappy dogs at our house, and my sons have been urging me to get the “no bark” collars that give vociferous pups an electric “reminder” to stop barking. I’ve refused to buy them – not because the constant, rapid-fire noise isn’t annoying, but because the two dogs combined don’t weigh 10 pounds. I’m worried they’d get such a jolt from the behavior-correcting collars that they’d become catatonic, the way McMurphy appeared to be in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I’m not entirely opposed to the practice of shock therapy, however: I once used it on my husband Bob to “retrain” him not to snore. The Snore No More was a battery-operated armband designed to administer who knows how many volts of electric shock to the offending sleeper at the sound of the first snore, a method the product claimed would “gently” correct the behavior without waking its victim. The result would be a better night’s sleep for everyone within earshot… namely me. Before the Snore No More, my method of controlling Bob’s snoring had been the time-honored kick in the leg. The disadvantage of kicking someone throughout the night – no matter how justifiably – is that voluntarily flailing a leg requires some level of alertness. Quality REM sleep had no place in my night. By now thoroughly battered, Bob was unusually receptive to the idea of an unobtrusive arm cuff to cure his snoring. His accompanying guilt over keeping me from a good night’s sleep made him an easy target. Bedtime, Night One: With fresh batteries installed and the armband in place, Bob sat patiently as I made long, loud snoring sounds to adjust the noise sensitivity dial. Satisfied with his visible flinching, I announced that we were ready for bed. Within seconds, we realized that the noise-activated Snore No More did not discriminate between sounds. As soon as I cleared my throat, Bob got zapped. When he yelped in response, he got zapped. When a car’s tires screeched by, he got zapped. When a pair of feral cats combusted into a fight outside, he nearly died. 150

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“Well (bzzzt!),” I said, “we’ll (bzzzt!) just (bzzzt!) have (bzzzt!) to (bzt!) be (bzt!) careful (bzzzzzzzzt!) not (bzt!) to (bzt!) make (bzzzt!) so (bzt!) much (bzzt!) noise (bzzzt!) before (bzzzt!) we (bzt!) fall (bzzzt!) asleep (bzzzt!).” The smell of singed hair was now wafting from Bob’s side of the bed, but I’d forgotten to tell him something urgent. “Hey! (BZZZZZZZZZZZZT!) They’re (bzzzt!) getting (bzzzt!) ready (bzzzt!) to (bzt!) remodel (bzzzt!) the (bzt!) Homeland (bzzzt!) deli (bzzzt!)!” Clear throat: bzzzt! Cough: bzt! bzt! bzt! bzt! bzt! bzt! Sigh audibly in satisfaction that the Snore No More is a miraculous peacekeeper: bzzzt! Bob had no choice but to suffer in silence; any protest from him only meant further torture. By the end of the first night, he could have charged his cell phone just by touching it. Bedtime, Night Two: Bob, now a little wiser and somewhat twitchier, suggested we turn down the adjustable voltage level. The previous night’s shock therapy had left him considerably sleep-deprived; he’d zapped himself repeatedly with his own snoring. I assured him that this was behavioral therapy, and that we couldn’t expect an overnight cure. Changing behavior takes time, I told him. “Get strapped up,” I said. Reluctantly, Bob slipped on the armband and settled into bed to face his nocturnal lot. The sight of him was pathetic – and comical. I couldn’t help laughing. “Ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) ha (bzt!) haaaaaaaaaa (bzzzzzzzzzt!)!” Bob flopped like a landed fish before ripping off the armband and hurling it across the room in the kind of protest only a twitchy, sleep-deprived, electrically charged man could stage. “You can just kick me,” he huffed, with a final twitch. Bob’s snores seemed to resonate with deep satisfaction that night, despite my repeated kicks. As I lay awake in the darkness, I noticed the rejected Snore No More, crumpled along the baseboard, sending out a light show of tiny sparks with each defiant snore.

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Last Look | Lori Alspaugh

When Blooms Appear

Last spring, while driving along with her mother and daughter, Lori Alspaugh spotted a field of bluebonnets. “We threw a bow in my daughter’s hair, jumped out of the car and starting taking photos. I had always heard of Texans taking their kids’ Easter photos in bluebonnet fields, but had never seen one here until that day.”

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