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Swifter, Higher, Stronger … Sooner? Throughout central Oklahoma, young athletes are training yearround with laserlike intensity on the goal of earning a spot among the absolute best in the world, and competing – with all the world watching – to bring home Olympic gold. 6 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
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Love itself can’t be wrapped up in a bow and presented in a box … but these suggestions for thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts are the next best thing. 14 From the Editor UP FRONT 18 Chatter Terrific terrible lizards, a historic first for an Oklahoma film treasure, alleged aphrodisiacs and other topics of conversation. 24 Retrospective Remembering the way we were with a look back at the radio reign of favorite local station WXY. 26 By the Numbers Fast facts and statistics on the topic of love and marriage.
28 Exchange A conversational give and take about standing up for beliefs, standout karaoke bars and more with attorney Jim Roth. 30 Mingling Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene. 36 77 Counties In her ongoing travels through the state, author and photographer M.J. Alexander muses on the history of abandoned agricultural equipment that has gone from taming the landscape to becoming part of it.
FARE 68 Brownie Bliss One of the only ways to improve on a fresh, warm, made-from-scratch brownie is to use it in creating a sundae – this recipe will help send a special Valentine to your taste buds. 70 To Make a Memory Steak, lobster, lamb chops and all their accoutrements amid charming ambiance … the classics are still fresh at Twelve Oaks Restaurant.
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72 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide. PURSUITS 80 Top 10 Prime picks for a variety of February entertainment. 82 Spotlight A closer look at the collected results of five artists’ year of grant-funded work. 86 Getting Away Come to Sulphur, Oklahoma, for the waters – the exquisite new Artesian Hotel gives spa-lovers a slice of paradise. 90 A Star is Home A little song, a little dance, a blast of ribaldry from OKC’s own Megan Mullally. 91 See & Do The sights, sounds and various happenings that are enlivening the metro this month. 94 Last Laugh 96 Last Look
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WORKIN’ FOR A LIVIN’ I MIA BLAKE
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’m sure you’ve heard the old saw that asserts, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s all well and good, but I think that even when you love your job, sometimes you have to consciously choose to love it (after all, who could blithely love every single thing about a job all the time? Not this Pisces.) Then there are those gratifying moments when all the stars align, everything seems to be going your way and the job chooses to love you back. Such was the process of putting together the magazine you now hold in your hands. I’ll let you know a secret about this issue: it wasn’t easy. We had to really dig deep to do some hands-on research. Ultimately, it took a Herculean effort by the whole team to complete the task. At one point, there was some sweating. Some cursing. Saints and angels were invoked. I think I saw a co-worker’s eyes roll back in his head for a minute and I was a little worried, but to my relief he seemed to come out of his swoon pretty quickly. Hmmm, it sounds like I’m describing Sean Becker’s story about the inspiring proliferation of the metro’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls on page 42, doesn’t it? Feats of strength, agility and athleticism that are awe-inspiring for their rarified level of excellence? Not even close. This was intensive training for a different kind of pastime; one more suited to our somewhat sedentary, office-dweller mentalities (and, ahem, physiques) ... In the name of journalism, we took up the challenge and ate our way through 21 of the city’s best breakfast locations, in dogged, delightful and satisfying pursuit of bringing you the inside scoop (or ladle of gravy, as it were) on the most important meal of the day. From savory to sweet, down-home traditional to spicy international flavor, we competed in our own type of quest for greatness. Read all about how we sacrificed our collective New Year’s diet resolutions for you in Steve Gill’s “For the Love of Breakfast” on page 54. Other stories that made us wonder how we got so lucky include “A Welcome Retreat,” Elaine Warner’s tough assignment to test out the amenities at the spa within Sulphur’s Artesian Hotel, and “Brownie Bliss,” where Caryn Ross perfected the sweet Valentine’s Day indulgence that is sure to please any chocolatelover’s palate. Grueling work environment, huh? Confucius was completely right. I love my job.
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UP FRONT THE STAR STATION
A radio powerhouse of tuneful goodness and celebrity guests, station WKY was a very big deal. See page 24.
CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 18 DETAILS Thoughtful gifts for showing Valentines some affection 22 BY THE NUMBERS Checking our figures on love and marriage 26
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EXCHANGE Attorney Jim Roth talks public service, greater understanding and punctuality 28 MINGLING Glimpses of central Oklahoma’s social scene 30 77 COUNTIES Dispatches from M.J. Alexander’s photographic travels across Oklahoma 36 FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 17
UP FRONT | Chatter
Dawn of the Future A LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT FOR AN OKLAHOMA-MADE CLASSIC
Don’t be fooled by the sweet name – Honeylark has a tendency toward the surprisingly dark. Or perhaps not that surprising, since the Oklahoma folk-slingers’ debut album is called “Heavy,” and the band itself got its name from a dead bird. Led by wife-and-husband team Natalie and Ryan Houck, formerly of Green Corn Revival, Honeylark’s new beginning is a richly melodic, occasionally somber but excitingly eclectic ride. The sighing waltz of opening lament “Widow,” the drawling bluesy stomp of “Afternoon,” the inexorable surge of “Yours and Mine” … there’s a lot of variety packed into these 11 tracks and 37 minutes. “I want to connect with people in real, nonvirtual ways,” Natalie explained. “That’s why we write. That’s why we perform and put our songs out there — to share the human experience in a physical, tangible way.” That sounds like an encouragement to pick up a physical, tangible, non-virtual copy of Heavy, doesn’t it? Good thing the album is in stores now.
FOOD FOR THE MOOD
While anyone actually trying to sell you a love potion should be viewed with deep suspicion, nature might be in a position to provide a bit of romantic oomph – here are a few possibilities listed by The Science Channel of foods that could act as aphrodisiacs. Bon appetit! OYSTERS (filled with zinc and iron)
GINSENG (the name means “man root,” after all)
PUMPKIN PIE (yes, really – it’s an aroma thing)
YOHIMBE (an African herb with stimulating effects)
CHOCOLATE (serotonin, caffeine and – ooooh! – phenylethylamine!) 18 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
We know we belong to the land. On the other hand, the land used to belong to them. Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting the return of some long-absent native Oklahomans in the traveling exhibit “Red Dirt Dinos,” and its stars are ready to greet visitors – quite literally, as the featured inhabitants Acrocanthrosaurus, Deinonychus and Tenontosaurus (all of whom roamed the area millions of years ago) are animatronic models that are programmed to sense and react to movement from guests and each other for an impressively immersive experience. There’s plenty of information and interactive components to explore, so families are invited to go walking with dinosaurs before they disappear … again.
PHOTOS: DAUGHTER OF DAWN COURTESY OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER
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Art enhances us as human beings – not just the creator or those present for its debut, but those who come after as well. Assuming, that is, that the work survives the years; books, paintings, sculptures and musical compositions have been painstakingly preserved and handed down through human history (barring the occasional fire in Alexandria or barbarian invasion) for the benefit of future generations. Why not the relatively recent medium of film as well? Since 1989, the National Film Registry has annually added up to 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” exemplars of the form to the archives of the Library of Congress. Over 600 films have made the cut so far, from “Casablanca” to “Airplane!” and “Cat People” … and in 2013 “Daughter of Dawn” became the first production filmed in Oklahoma to join those ranks. Shot in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in 1920, the silent romance “Daughter of Dawn” featured an all-Native American cast, depicts authentic materials and rituals including dances and a buffalo hunt … and was lost for decades before being recovered and restored in 2012. Thanks to its inclusion in the National Film Registry, its legacy is now safe for the future.
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UP FRONT | Chatter
College is expensive. And the best way to prepare for that expense isn’t to hope really hard that your child becomes a superstar athlete; it’s to start saving early. That’s why the tax-free Oklahoma 529 College Saving Plan exists as a statewide program, and a recent OCSP sweepstakes gave one lucky student extra reason to expect good things from his educational future – to cap off the 10,000 Reasons to Save giveaway, State Treasurer Ken Miller awarded 5th-grade plan beneficiary Jaxon Walters and his school Krebs Elementary each $10,529, toward the student’s account and the school’s educational programs. Congratulations, future scholar!
Calendar Watch February 2 Groundhog Day (Aspiring meteorologist guinea pigs are disappointed again) February 14 Valentine’s Day February 17 Presidents’ Day (Woooo, Benjamin Harrison!) February 23 74th anniversary of Woody Guthrie writing “This Land Is Your Land”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
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ON THE PAGE
SUGGESTED READING IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH Progress is a process, often slow and painful but ultimately – hopefully – rewarding. That thought would probably have been of little comfort in 1866 to the men of the 9th Regiment of the U.S. Cavalry, a group of African-American soldiers organized after the Civil War and sent to the Western frontier. Their struggles, both internally among blacks and whites and also externally against armed foes, are the spellbinding subject of the late Charles L. Kenner’s ”Buffalo Soldiers and Officers of the Ninth Cavalry,” new in paperback from the OU Press. Detailed, unflinching biographies of the regiment’s officers and enlisted men describe their gradual progress toward discipline, mutual respect and even trust. It’s sadly ironic that one of the forces that united members of these two races was their antipathy toward a third: the 9th saw considerable action during the Apache Wars. But then, the process isn’t over yet; we still have a way to go to reach universal harmony. Two days. One building. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 600,000 books up for grabs. Interested? The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System’s annual Book Sale returns to the State Fairgrounds February 22-23; admission is free and most volumes are less than $1, so dig in to the bibliophile’s bonanza.
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A dream ten years in the making has opened for business – the “business” of providing free housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located near The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, the brand-new OK Kids Korral is a 25,000-square-foot facility fully equipped with overnight suites, kitchen, play area, laundry room, theater and more. It’s the product of a decade of fundraising and work by the Toby Keith Foundation, whose executive director Juliet Nees-Bright explained, “Our whole goal is to provide lodging and peace of mind to children battling cancer; to keep them together [with their families] focused on healing and not spending hours commuting or going out of state for treatment. We simply hope that the care and thought we put in the house brings them a little happiness and peace.”
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UP FRONT | Details
Clockwise from top left: Coffee table books from Gretta Sloane (OKC) // Rosanna black cake plate and Mosser green cake plate from Dutch (OKC) // Izola “don’t drink and ride” flask from Dutch // Musgo Real soap on a rope, shaving cream and aftershave from Dutch // Beau Ties Ltd. bow ties from Dutch
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FOR THE ONE YOU
LOVE By Sara Gae Waters // Photos by Carli Wentworth
Clockwise from top left: Matouk “I love you” pillow from Luxe (OKC) // Objects of Desire pink and orange monogrammed travel bag from Luxe // Bellocq Tea Atelier organic teas from Luxe // MOR petite marshmallow candle from Luxe // Clare Vivier pocketbooks from Gretta Sloane
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT GIFT-GIVING SEASON WAS DONE … here’s another opportunity to show the ones you love just how much. Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on you – while a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine will surely do, a more thoughtful or unusual gift can be a welcome break from the traditional. I love looking for unique things while out and about, and for this occasion I found not only things I would love to receive, but also some I would love to give. You might even pair some of these gifts to make them more special. For example, cupcakes from your favorite bakery presented on one of these beautiful cake plates would definitely be a treat. Include a bottle of your guy’s favorite beverage to go with the “don’t drink and ride” flask. How about filling a travel bag with special lotions or your girl’s favorite perfume? And if you really want to spoil someone, outfit a new pocketbook with a gift card or even a few crisp dollar bills so the recipient can shop to their heart’s content. Just try thinking outside the box and you’ll surely get a smile (or a kiss?) once they open it … xoxoxoxo. FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 23
o r t Respective
Ruling the Airwaves By Mark Beutler // Photos courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society
LONG BEFORE THE DAYS OF SATELLITE RADIO and stations up and down the FM dial, Oklahoma Cityâ€™s WKY was the station of choice. It was one of the first radio stations west of the Mississippi River, receiving its broadcast license in March, 1922. During its heyday, WKY operated from the top of the Skirvin Hotel before moving to a permanent location on Britton Road. Walter Cronkite got his start at WKY, and celebrities ranging from Gene Autry to Bob Hope all hit the WKY airwaves. Through the years the music kept up with the times, running the gamut from Doris Day to the Mamas and the Papas, and later Tanya Tucker. The radio station gave birth to WKY-TV (now KFOR-TV) in 1949. It held its own with the FM stations and continued to dominate the ratings throughout the 1970s. Ironically, its main competitor, KOMA, now occupies the old WKY studios.
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LOVE AND MARRIAGE BY THE NUMBERS By Steve Gill
cost of a marriage license in Oklahoma
27,012 700 84.7
number of times The Cardigans sing “love me” in “Lovefool”
marriage licenses issued in Oklahoma in 2010
years William and Nancy Fullingim were wed; the longest recorded marriage in Oklahoma history
minimum age to wed in Oklahoma with parental consent
approximate number of times that phrase will ring in your ears after being reminded of the existence of the song “Lovefool” (Sorry about that)
200,000,000 estimated number of roses grown annually specifically for Valentine’s Day
number of ways Elizabeth Browning counted in response to the question “How do I love thee?”
Academy Award nominations garnered by the 1970 film “Love Story”
estimated number of residents who have taken courses from the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative founded by Gov. Frank Keating since 2000
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years she was married to her husband, Robert Browning, to whom she posed the question
in 2012, percentage of Oklahomans over age 15 who were divorced
year Frank Sinatra sang that the two title concepts go together like a horse and carriage
body count in “Romeo and Juliet” (it’s not a how-to guide for romance)
year Marvin Gaye recorded “Let’s Get It On” (which isn’t an instruction manual either, but it’s closer)
average number of children conceived on Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
Oklahoma’s rank nationwide among states with highest divorce rates
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UP FRONT | Exchange
AUTHENTICALLY ORIGINAL Con By Lauren Hammack // Photo by J. Christopher Little
ANYONE WHO HAS EVER MET JIM ROTH knows there’s much more beneath the surface of the Oklahoma City attorney and former state Corporation Commissioner. Roth, an attorney at Phillips Murrah Law Firm, is an ardent champion for the advancement of cleaner energy for our state and country. At the same time, he knows what time of night the karaoke is just getting good at Cookie’s. We never got to hear any show tunes, but our conversation with Roth was full of high notes.
What’s your hometown? Prairie Village, Kansas. It’s on the Kansas side of Kansas City.
compounding interest at the age of 16!
What brought you to Oklahoma City? I moved here to attend law school at OCU.
When will you go against popular opinion? I really don’t have any qualms about doing that. I don’t mind standing alone on an issue.
Did that experience lead you to run for public office? Yes. I am a huge fan of OCU’s concept of servant leadership.
What do you value most in your friends? Honesty. Kindness.
Is running for public office a risk worth taking? Definitely. The whole idea of running for office and serving your neighbor is what’s so special about America. What’s the coolest purchase you’ve made recently? My CNG Chevy Avalanche! I’m filling it up for $9 a week. I’m very excited about that, both financially and philosophically. What song on your iTunes account has had the most plays? Recently, it’s been “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins. What do you believe that most people don’t? That there’s a spiritual energy that connects us all. Do you indulge a guilty pleasure of any kind? Yes. A nice glass (or two) of Pinot Noir. I also love the ice cream ball from Cheever’s. What do you wish you’d started doing long before you finally did? I wish that someone had taught me the concept of
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Do you have a favorite holein-the-wall in Oklahoma City? Well, that depends on the time of night. If it’s, say, 1 a.m., I love Cookie’s for funny karaoke. By that time of night, let’s just say “America’s Got Talent” has wrapped! What do you wish you’d never sold or given away? I once sold a cool, kitschy lamp that belonged to my grandmother. It was an Aladdin lamp with a rawhide tan lampshade. I’ve thought about that lamp often. What should people try or experience at least once in their lifetime? Understanding different religions and faiths. Learning where people are coming from. What do you bring to a crowded room? A smile.
Canadian wilderness represent, exactly? No kidding! What’s the one thing you’ll accomplish in 2014? I’ve been talking about building a barn on my property for a couple of years – maybe this is the year. Professionally, my goal is to grow in new ways. I’m about to go to Africa for my work, and I think that’s a step in the direction of that goal. What were your teachers wrong about? Well, I got a LOT of check marks for being a talker. It turns out, you CAN be a classroom talker AND be successful. And how do you define success? Falling asleep tired and feeling grateful for the work. What lessons did your parents teach you? My dad taught me how to live on a budget. My mom taught me not to settle. She also encouraged me to try new experiences, which I think fueled my love of travel.
What’s the last book you read? It’s random, I know, but I recently read Dante’s “Inferno” (by flashlight) while I was spending some time in the wilderness in Canada.
What’s not all it’s cracked up to be? Organized religion.
That’s not random at all. Which circle of hell does the
What’s not worth getting worked up about? Obamacare.
What kind of penmanship do you have? The kind that suggests I don’t waste time!
Is there a character trait you’d gladly give up? Being 15 minutes late for everything! I was born nine days late and I’ve been running late ever since. What character trait is one of your best? I think I’m a kind person. What are you most grateful for? Having an open heart, thanks to my parents who taught me to be accepting and nonjudgmental of other people. Where should I eat this weekend? I’m a believer in “buy local, eat local,” so I would recommend Packard’s for lunch and The Mantel for dinner. Do you have a nonprofit shout-out? I serve on the board of the United Way because it’s an organization that touches all lives in some way. I also love The Winds House in central Oklahoma, which provides housing and other services for HIV-infected individuals, as well as for their families. Have you ever made a bargain with yourself about something? Yes – at the age of 22, I made an agreement with myself that if I lived an authentic life and accepted myself for who I am, life would work out.
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FIELDS OF DREAMS By M.J. Alexander
THE IRON ORE WAS WRENCHED FROM THE DEEP MINES NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR, FORGED IN THE FURNACES OF STEEL MILLS OF THE NORTHEAST AND SHIPPED TO THE FACTORIES OF THE MIDWEST. There, it was hammered into devices that remade the future of the frontier, fortifying the wagons that crossed the Plains and the plows that broke the soil. The steel encased the tireless heart of machines that sowed seeds, cut stalks, stripped cotton and harvested the amber waves of grain that transformed the Western Oklahoma prairie into the nationâ€™s breadbasket. But strength alone was not enough to avoid obsolescence. The population was shifting, and the scale of farming changed.
In the early days of statehood, half of Oklahomans lived on farms. By 1950, only one-quarter did. From the Great Depression to the end of World War II, larger operations bought up smaller spreads. The number of farms shrank as their size grew. The era of family and tenant farming in Oklahoma peaked in 1935, with 213,325 working farms. Within 15 years, the number shrank by one-third, to a total of 142,246. By 1980, the number of Oklahoma farms was halved again, to 72,000. Along the way, the size of the average farm nearly doubled, from 253 to 481 acres. Editorâ€™s Note: This is the 18th installment in a continuing series as author and photographer M.J. Alexander chronicles her travels across the state of Oklahoma.
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Beginning in 1954, there were more tractors on American farms than working stock. Early models were sidelined by contraptions that were bigger and badder. The steam-powered machines that had outmuscled oxen and mules and horses were themselves replaced by newer technology, driven by internal combustion engines. One by one, the once-coveted pieces of older equipment were parked out by the barn. Stored in a shed. Left in the field. Seasons turned to years, and years to decades. The Great Plains crept up and claimed the relics that had altered its history: prairie schooner ribs, steel-wheeled tractors, toothy hay rakes and combines, sun-baked gears. The steel that broke the land is now part of the prairie. Decaying machines linger, half-swallowed by tall grass, propped outside small-town museums, slumped by a sagging fence line, sheltered under a lone tree in the middle of a pasture. Bronzed by dust and rust, their silhouettes slumber on Oklahomaâ€™s long low horizon, at rest in their own fields of dreams. FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 39
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FOR MANY AMATEUR ATHLETES WHO WANT TO COMPETE ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST STAGE, THE ROAD – AND RIVER – TO OLYMPIC GLORY RUNS RIGHT THROUGH TOWN. STARTING WITH JIM THORPE’S DECATHLON DOMINANCE AND CONTINUING TO THE LATTER-DAY GYMNASTICS JUGGERNAUT IN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA BOASTS A LONG AND STORIED HISTORY WHEN IT COMES
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TO OLYMPIC ATHLETES. WHILE THERE IS HARDLY A CAUSE-ANDEFFECT CONNECTION BETWEEN THORPE AND THE METRO’S MODERN-DAY OLYMPIC TRAJECTORY, THEIR PROMINENCE IN OLYMPIC PARLANCE IS NOTEWORTHY IN TERMS OF PLACE OF ORIGIN. LET’S BE HONEST – THE AVERAGE FAN OF AMATEUR ATHLETICS WOULD NOT LIKELY CONNECT OKLAHOMA WITH OLYMPIC-LEVEL EXCELLENCE. HECK, THE AVERAGE OKLAHOMAN PROBABLY WOULDN’T MAKE THAT CONNECTION. AND YET IT EXISTS … IN A VERY BIG WAY.
From the proven successes of OUâ€™s gymnastics program under Mark Williams (top right) and individual athletes like UCO star Jeremy Campbell (top left) to dedicated hopefuls and mentors training on the Oklahoma River, the metro is as good as gold on the world stage.
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ON THE WATERFRONT JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN OKLAHOMA CITY, THERE LIES A RIBBON OF FLAT WATER KNOWN AS THE OKLAHOMA RIVER. SINCE JULY 2009, THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOATHOUSE DISTRICT, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES THE ROUTE 66 BOATHOUSE ON LAKE OVERHOLSER, HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL U.S. OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC TRAINING SITE. THE OKLAHOMA RIVER SITE IS THE ONLY RIVER IN THE UNITED STATES TO EARN THIS DISTINCTION. IN ADDITION, THE STATE-OF-THEART TRAINING FACILITY AT THE DEVON BOATHOUSE IS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTER BY U.S. ROWING, THE NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY FOR THE SPORT. AND SO IT IS HERE THAT ATHLETES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY TRAIN AND COMPETE IN ROWING, CANOE AND KAYAK. It hasn’t always been this way. In fact, the Oklahoma River hasn’t always even had the name. The waterway was known as the North Canadian River until 2004. The term “river” was used loosely – for decades it could hardly be classified as such. Not too long ago, you wouldn’t have seen much of anything on this stretch of the river – not even water.
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Mike Knopp, Executive Director of the Oklahoma River Boathouse Foundation, observes, “It was a glorified drainage ditch.” Flowing water was such an infrequent occurrence that the riverbed often became choked with grass and weeds. “They used to mow the riverbed a few times a year,” he recalls. Now, from his office in the architecturally striking Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, Knopp has a bird’s-eye view of the river racecourses and beyond. The riverfront renaissance has been nothing short of spectacular. But before you lose too much hair from head-scratching, understand that this did not happen by accident. Nor did it happen overnight. The Boathouse District’s rise to Olympic importance has been a community effort, starting with the first phase of the MAPS plan for urban redevelopment 20 years ago. “This is really a model public-private partnership,” Knopp says. “The city built the river walk, made road improvements and built dams” to maintain water levels on the river. Private funds from lead sponsors helped build the boathouses, training facilities, public attractions and event spaces. The vision for the river was ambitious from the start. “We set a high standard,” Knopp explains. “We wanted the river, buildings and programs to be world-class.” But before anything of substance could follow, the local citizens had to come back to the river. Once a focal point of city life – at one time home to a zoo and amusement park – the river, such as it was, was no longer an entertainment destination. Devastating floods in the 1920s and ’30s drove people away, and the river was dammed and rerouted by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent subsequent flooding. The result was … well, let’s say when the river was dammed, the river was damned. That is certainly not the case today. Now, local citizens mingle with world-class athletes in a unique urban training ground. According to Joe Jacobi, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Canoe/ Kayak, it is this setting which sets the metro apart from other Olympic Training Sites. “Canoeing and rowing can be lonely pursuits,” Jacobi says. “Elite athletes have access to great coaches and equipment at all Olympic Training Sites, but sometimes they are kind of cut off from the outside world.” Athletes training in Oklahoma City are engaged with the community. As a result, Jacobi elaborates, “Our athletes walk away with better people-appreciation.” The urban setting also boosts recruiting. By partnering with local schools and implementing a youth rowing and kayak program, Jacobi can introduce boatloads (pun intended) of kids to sports that they otherwise would never consider. “If a young person shows interest and ability,” Jacobi explains, “we have the resources here to grow them from beginner to expert quickly.” While that engagement helps deepen the talent pool for the U.S. National Teams, it does just as much for the local community. For local youngsters having a hard time making the cut for their high school football or basketball teams, rowing, canoe and kayak provide another athletic option. “We hear from so many parents whose kids have found their niche here,” Jacobi beams. And due to the number of scholarship opportunities for rowing and canoe/kayak, higher education has become attainable for many students who would not have been able to afford it otherwise. “It’s a tremendous environment for young people – surrounded by Olympic athletes and coaches as mentors,” says Jacobi. Jeremy Ivey, U.S. Rowing Coach and National Team Assistant Coach, echoes Jacobi’s sentiments. “Want to ride?” Ivey asked, pulling a two-person powerboat up to the dock. I climbed aboard and listened while he explained how the Boathouse District has been a 46 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
“We set a high standard. We wanted the river, buildings and programs to be world-class.” - MIKE KNOPP
boon to the national rowing program. Although the designation as an Olympic Training Site came fairly recently, “It’s already had an impact on U.S. Rowing,” Ivey says. For the 2012 London Olympic Games, 6 Olympians and 2 Paralympians trained in Oklahoma City. “Our athletes love it here,” Ivey says. Local sponsors have made it possible for many Olympic-hopeful athletes to make training their job. In return, many athletes are putting down roots right here. “They are buying houses and making this their home,” explains the Newfoundland native. After docking, Ivey led me into the Devon Boathouse and National High Performance Center. Inside the facility are dozens of exercise machines designed specifically for rowing, canoe and kayak along with exercise bikes, weight training apparatuses, an indoor rowing tank and a high-altitude chamber. Rob Munn, a native of Redmond, Washington, stepped back to sea level after training on a stationary bike at a simulated altitude of 16,000 feet. I was winded from walking up two flights of steps, but Munn was hardly worse for wear after his low-oxygen workout. His path to the upper echelon of American rowing demonstrates how the sport can open doors.
“I was looking for a cross-training sport for football,” recalls Munn. “I was pretty good at rowing and really enjoyed the team dynamic. In the end, I gave up football to concentrate on rowing.” That seems a little counterintuitive in our football-crazed society, but it elucidates Jacobi’s point. Given the odds, a talented rower has a better chance to earn a college scholarship than a talented football player. Munn clearly has no regrets about his choice, but he does acknowledge that rowing at the elite level certainly has its challenges. The training is grueling, amounting to a full-time job plus overtime. He finds that learning how to improve every day and staying mentally focused are the toughest aspects of training. And competition? “There’s certainly pressure on yourself to perform,” Munn says, “but competition is also your chance to bring all of that training to the table.” Fellow rower Alex Karwoski is training for the 2014 World Championships in the heavyweight pair. The New Hampshire product also gave up a first sport – running – in favor of rowing. “There are a lot less people rowing than running,” he says with a smile. He picked up the sport in boarding school and earned a college scholarship. Karwoski describes a training schedule that had me looking for the nearest couch: 6 days a week for 6 to 9 hours a day. He quickly adds, “You don’t really have that one day off, because you’re using that time to recover and refocus.” Whew – no kidding. “This is not a sacrifice – it’s a choice,” Karwoski concedes. “After college I figured I would just get a job, but I was invited to try out for the National Team. I’m going to see how far I can go.” Competition for Karwoski has been a motivator for his training. “The jumps in levels – from college to the U.S. Under-23 team to world competition – were eye-opening for me,” he explains. In one of his first international events, Karwoski recalls losing so badly he equated it to “a 6th-grade AAU basketball team playing the Miami Heat.” To be fair, Karwoski’s boat was pitted against one of the best crews in the world. Still, “Seeing how much faster guys can be is enlightening,” he says. Ivey and Jacobi describe the training as a labor of love. “Nobody out here is going to get rich,” Ivey says. “These athletes just have a desire to be the best in the world.” In Oklahoma City, they have a whole community right beside them.
“You don’t really have that one day off, because you’re using that time to recover and refocus. This is not a sacrifice – it’s a choice.” - ALEX KARWOSKI
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EDMOND ENDEAVOR IN 2005, THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA EARNED ITS TITLE AS AN OFFICIAL UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC TRAINING SITE. THE OLYMPIC DESIGNATION FOLLOWED IN 2009. A SLEW OF PARALYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS HANG FROM THE RAFTERS ABOVE THE GYMNASIUM FLOOR AT THE CAMPUS WELLNESS CENTER. This should come as no surprise. UCO has long been an epicenter for the U.S. Paralympics program. As host to the Endeavor Games since 2000, UCO has been bringing athletes with physical disabilities together to compete for 15 years. “The Endeavor Games includes athletes from ages 2 to 70,” says Ryan Siler, Development Manager at the UCO Wellness Center. The environment creates a fertile recruiting ground. “We’re looking for Paralympians,” says Siler. In addition, UCO’s Military Sport Program offers service men and women access to recreational options that help them transition to a healthy, active lifestyle. “We welcome veterans into an atmosphere that’s safe,” Siler explains. Knowing that other military members will be there encourages participation and takes away some of the apprehension. Even better, “Participating gives injured war veterans an outlet and a way to be engaged with other athletes and teams,” Siler continues. “It’s another form of therapy, especially for the many veterans returning [from Iraq and Afghanistan] with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).” Paralympic athletes are eligible to compete based upon a combination of medical and technical classifications of physical or intellectual impairment. Fittingly, the classifications are used to describe each athlete’s capabilities. For example, an athlete may have use of his legs, trunk, and arms but experience visual impairment. Another athlete may have use of her legs and trunk only. Each of the 28 Paralympic sports determines which impairment classes can participate in their specific sport. While some sports are open to many impairment classes, other sports are limited to a specific impairment type or a combination of impairment types. The classifications are not designed to restrict participation – they simply exist to establish a level playing field for the competitors. There really isn’t much that the athletes can’t do, as Leigha Pemberton, Olympic/Paralympic Training Site manager explains. “Everyone can do everything because all of our sports have been adapted,” she says. Athletes without use of their legs can cycle with their arms using adaptive bikes, for instance. Equipment, rules, training and playing arenas have been modified for a tremendous number of sports. “You don’t hear the word ‘handicapped’ anymore
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because it’s not accurate,” Pemberton says. “There are so many opportunities now.” The local Paralympian population has benefited from the environment offered by UCO. Heather Erickson started playing sitting volleyball when she was 13. Like regulation volleyball, sitting volleyball features six players on a side. Other than a few minor rules modifications, it’s basically the same sport. The court for sitting volleyball is smaller, accounting for players’ limited mobility. Also, the net sits just 3 1/2 feet off the floor to accommodate the requirement that players’ pelvises be in contact with the court when striking the ball.
As a Paralympic silver medalist in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, Erickson knows a little bit about what works. “We’re playing from about 7 to 9 a.m. every day,” she says. Playing together is really the only way to work on touches, positioning and other skills as a team. As for off-court activities like weight training and cardiovascular workouts, Erickson says sitting volleyball team members are on their own, but they do have a strength and conditioning regimen to keep themselves fit. Erickson and her teammates are currently in training for the 2014 World Championships in Poland. Although the Rio Games are a bit off in the distance, Erickson would welcome the chance to earn a third Paralympic medal. “If coach asks me to be on the team, I’m going,” she said, flashing a gold-medal smile. Another Paralympian eager for another shot at the big time is Russell Wolfe. Although he doesn’t have the Olympic medals to show for it (yet!), UCO’s resident Archery expert is among the best in the world. Where did he place in Beijing? “Twenty-ninth,” the affable Wolfe replies with a sheepish grin. Hardly a disaster when you consider that he had basically just taken up the sport. The following year Wolfe captured bronze at the World Championships in the Czech Republic. In London, Wolfe placed 9th after getting knocked out of the competition by an athlete with over 20 years of experience in the sport. Wolfe is really still a novice – just a darned good one. And unlike some Paralympic sports, there is no difference from the Olympic version. The distance to the target is 70 meters, and the center mark is 4 inches in diameter. Imagine sinking a 220-foot putt over and over again and you get the idea of how difficult it is to consistently put an arrow into the middle of the target. Skilled marksmen like Wolfe make it look easy, but it takes a lot of work to get to that point. He mostly relies on form training, or FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 49
“It’s important for me to find balance, I’m kind of 100 miles per hour or nothing, so I have to try to set myself up for the next day.” - JEREMY CAMPBELL
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building muscle memory through repetition. During competition, he explains, you might shoot first thing in the morning then wait around all day for your next match. “You can’t just go to the range and shoot all day because you’ll wear yourself out,” he says. And competitions can end quickly. In elimination rounds, Wolfe explains, “You can be done after shooting 9 arrows. It’s like March Madness – lose and you’re out.” Sound nerve-wracking? “It is,” Wolfe concedes. While some changes in format might hamper Wolfe’s chances at making the Rio games, he isn’t too concerned about it. Which is not surprising, really. After all, it takes a pretty calm demeanor to be a world-class archer. Speaking of world-class, Jeremy Campbell is no stranger to gold. The Perryton, Texas, native took the top prize in pentathlon and discus in Beijing and repeated as gold medalist in discus in London (pentathlon had been removed from the competition, so Campbell did not have a chance to repeat in that event). The medals only tell part of the story – Campbell is the current world-record holder in both pentathlon and discus. He’s also the first Paralympian to break the 60-meter barrier in discus. If he stays on track with his training regimen, Campbell could make the 2016 Olympic team. Yes – Olympic. Spend a few minutes with Campbell and you get the feeling he’s just figuring it all out. “I’m just now starting to get confidence in the ring,” he confessed. “I was actually more nervous at the 2012 games,” than in 2008. Maintaining his focus during training has been key to building that confidence. “It’s important for me to find balance,” he explains. “I’m kind of 100 miles per hour or nothing, so I have to try to set myself up for the next day.” FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 51
VAULTING TO SUCCESS QUICK – NAME THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COACH WHO BOASTS THE LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN ANY SPORT. HERE’S A HINT: HIS LAST NAME STARTS WITH W. IF YOU GUESSED OU MEN’S GYMNASTICS COACH MARK WILLIAMS, YOU WIN THE PRIZE. WILLIAMS’ SQUAD PUT TOGETHER A STRING OF 52 MEET WINS BETWEEN 2003-2004, JUST A SMALL PART OF THE COACH’S AMAZING RUN OF SUCCESS. Since becoming head coach in 2000, Williams has compiled an astounding record of 322 wins against a mere 30 losses. Along the way, OU has captured 5 NCAA Team National Championships while finishing lower than third just once. Although it is not an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, Norman has become a springboard – or vault, if you will – to the Olympics. Of the 8 gymnasts on the London 2012 squad, 5 hailed from OU. National Team members and London Olympics veterans Steven Legendre and Jake Dalton still train with Williams in Norman. Williams is quick to credit others for his success. “I’ve picked the minds of the best coaches around and tried to develop a program that does the right thing to get the most out of our athletes,” he says. OU’s perennial position atop the college ranks has helped get newcomers on board. “I’ve had some success,” Williams understates modestly, “so the new guys buy in quicker.” Some success? Williams has racked up more hardware than Home Depot. He has coached 24 individual National Champions, including 5 All-Around titlists. Making the leap from college to the U.S. National Team takes almost superhuman dedication. “You can’t take summers off,” Williams says, “and you have to sacrifice a lot to compete against the Russians, Chinese and Japanese” who are leading the way in the sport. The dedication runs both ways, as Williams continues to keep abreast of changes and trends. “You have to be open to how things are evolving,” he says. The change in gymnastics scoring format represented one such evolutionary moment for the sport. Gone is the old 10-point system, replaced by a complex measure of required elements, level of difficulty and technical proficiency. A routine that earns an athlete a spot on the U.S. National Team might not get him to the medal round in the Olympics. OU product Jonathan Horton barely made it through the qualifying round with his original high bar routine in Beijing. “We basically created a new routine for the medal round,” Williams recalled. Horton struggled to complete the more difficult routine during practice. “By the end of the routine, he was too exhausted to stick the landing,” says Williams. The first time Horton made it through successfully was during the medal round – where the revamped routine earned him a silver medal. Now, planning and practicing two routines is the new normal. “We kind of pioneered that,” Williams remarks humbly. The 2014 Sooner squad was ranked second in the preseason rankings. And while Williams was hesitant to talk too much about any prospects for Rio, he’s pretty confident that he will once again have a top-tier college squad. “We have six new guys who are pretty good,” Williams shares. “We lost two guys from last year,” when OU was NCAA runner-up, “but I think we’ll be better on vault and high bar. It should even out.” If things even out, look toward the top of the rankings at the end of the season. Chances are, that’s where you’ll see the Sooners. Two summers from now you will probably find them – and a whole cadre of other local athletes – vying for Olympic medals in Rio.
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“I’ve picked the minds of the best coaches around and tried to develop a program that does the right thing to get the most out of our athletes. I’ve had some success ...” - COACH MARK WILLIAMS
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Breakfast FOR THE LOVE OF
WHEN WE WERE KIDS, WE WERE TOLD IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY. Foundation for good health, essential component of doing well in school, that sort of thing. Words like “balanced” and “nutritious” got thrown around a lot. And while all of those descriptors may have been accurate, they do make the breakfast experience sound disappointingly utilitarian; a necessary if boring chore. Now that we’re adults, it’s time to acknowledge the powerhouse potential for pure morning enjoyment once you leave the bowl of cereal or instant oatmeal at home and head out into the world. After a gleeful amount of sunnyside-up research, we’re pleased to present a bevy of recommendations for some of the city’s most supremely delicious ways to break your fast and shatter your expectations at the same time.
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cheesy omelet filled to bursting with deliciously slow-building heat courtesy of the homemade chorizo. The ripe avocado slices on top are an act of palate-soothing kindness.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL Breakfast Burrito
The owner/chef is from Colorado, hence the name of his holein-the-Edmond-wall diner and his love for green chilies. If that’s not an affection you already share, it likely will be once you start making a dent in this gloriously giant helping of sausage, crumbled bacon, eggs, cheese, hash browns and peppers inside a tortilla and smothered in an eye-watering sauce. The wonderfully potent dish is an incredible value, like the menu as a whole – and should your taste buds not be in the mood for quite this level of fieriness, the giant fluffy pancakes are excellent examples of the form. The tiny diner is a genuine gem; highly recommended.
CLASSEN GRILL Eggs Benedict
Two English muffins, a thick slab of ham, perfectly poached eggs and a thick coating of practically the Platonic ideal of Hollandaise sauce. When it’s executed this well, how could you improve on an all-time great? (That question was rhetorical, but in the interests of complete reporting you can also get it Chinook-style, with salmon patties instead of ham.) P.S. If you settle up and leave and then start to weep softly without knowing why, it’s probably because you neglected to try the side of cheese grits. They are magnificent.
JUAN DEL FUEGO Chorizo Omelet
There are plenty of menu options at this little joint tucked into Norman’s Redbud Plaza (the banana or blueberry pancakes are both quite good), but given that its full name is Juan del Fuego Mexi-Diner, visitors owe it to themselves to swing for the spicy fences by trying one of the casa specials – like this 54 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
SHARTEL CAFÉ Breakfast Sandwich
Lingering lazily over a lengthy brunch laden with mimosas and extra coffee is one of life’s enduring pleasures … but sometimes you simply don’t have that kind of time. That doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast entirely; grab a bite of portable goodness in the form of your choice with this sandwich whose every component conforms to your selection. We suggest fried eggs with ham and provolone on a croissant, but follow your heart. (So much the better if your heart also wants a killer Mango Tango smoothie to accompany it.)
Kitchen Sink Omelet When a locally owned restaurant has been this popular for this long (18 years under current ownership, under other names and management back to 1890), itâ€™s a clear sign that theyâ€™re very good at what they do. So while you might be tempted to take them up on a daily special like the Southwest Eggs Benedict with its spicy Hollandaise, we recommend throwing caution to the wind and putting your trust in the chef: The Kitchen Sink is a three-egg omelet with five ingredients plus cheese, but the cook chooses the components. With a chaser of perfectly done hash browns or home fries, you have every reason to feel lucky.
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griddle classics and baked greats SYRUP
Morning Glory The decision between starting the day with a crisp, hot, buttery waffle or a hefty mound of eggs laden with bacon and cheese can be a difficult one … unless you make your way to breakfast boutique Syrup, where the one is piled high atop the other in a luscious (and brilliant) combination. Or if you’re good at decisions, adorn a stack of pancakes to a specific tee by choosing from a bank packed with toppings. Wash them down with another cup or three of Stumptown coffee and get moving on your day. Any minute now.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
KITCHEN 324 Smoked Salmon
The pastry counter is crammed full of handmade doughnuts, scones, chocolate croissants, Danishes and other goodness from the oven; symbolic of baking prowess that’s the foundation of much of the menu. The smoked salmon, roe, slivers of red onion and generous helping of cream cheese forming this dish would be lost without the toasty bagel holding it all together. And by the way, a glass of the tartly fragrant pineapple/green apple/lemon/mint juice blend makes a nice pairing with almost anything. 56 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
An aromatic hint of citrus freshens the impact of these fluffy confections, which are sweet enough to enjoy with no more ornamentation than a pat of butter … though they also work nicely with the warm syrup provided, and a little extra quirk of flavor is delivered by the dollop of tangy papaya chutney on top. And one more thing: they’re colossal. Diners should get a prize of some kind for managing to finish the stack of three, assuming they haven’t opted instead for the berry compote-crowned Challah French Toast or the Biscuits and Incredibly Delicious Gravy (it might not actually be called that, but it should be).
INGRID’S KITCHEN Apple Cinnamon French Toast
The German restaurant is famed for its bakery, and rightly so. It’s a prime source for huge Black Forest cakes and cookies by the score. But our focus is on main dishes, right? No problem: This sugary confection has sweetened apples baked directly into the bread, and is more than tasty enough to stand out amid a host of other carbs. And if you’re worried about the meal not being Teutonic enough, you can (which is to say “should”) always add a side of Nuremberg sausage.
WAFFLE CHAMPION Craft Pulled Pork Sandwich
Put aside for the moment the knowledge that WCâ€™s namesake waffles can be served with any of a bevy of sugary toppings like lemon curd or peanut butter mousse, because you need to try this. While it might seem counterintuitive, after a few bites it can only be called a stroke of brilliance: Combining sweet and savory by wrapping a fresh, chewy waffle around succulent barbequed pork, coleslaw made with Maytag blue cheese and a drizzle of Tabasco honey forms a genuinely unique taste experience that sticks with you in the best way; recurring cravings await.
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the best of brunch MUSEUM CAFÉ
House Brunch It’s a slightly different take on the dining concept – rather than perusing a menu and selecting individual entrées, weekend diners walk in and say “[x] brunches, please.” They’re then treated to a three-course setup served family-style, and while the components vary – one weekend might see a fruit/cheese/ pastry tray, a platter of bacon and eggs with cheese grits and individual plates of gingerbread pancakes(!) – there’s always a flavorful bounty of the highest quality.
Shrimp and Grits
Upscale ambience needn’t be divorced entirely from fare that’s conceptually “down home.” In addition to a quite impressive plate of fried chicken and waffles, the OKC Museum of Art’s in-house dining establishment serves up a masterpiece take on a Deep South classic in this collocation of seasoned shrimp, bell peppers, chunks of tasso “ham” (which is really more of a spicy pork shoulder) and Andouille sausage, all swimming in white cheddar grits and set off with a pair of lightly fried eggs. Take it slow – it’s extremely rich – and don’t be a hero about cleaning your plate.
LOTTINVILLES Brunch Buffet
The haven for fine dining in Edmond is also home to a chooseyour-own feast on Sundays, where traditional options in the vein of scrambled eggs and waffles and mountains of fruit cozy up alongside more substantial tastes like blue corn chicken enchiladas and selections from its renowned woodfired grill. Culinary happiness can be as simple as selecting exactly what, and how much, you want.
DEEP FORK GRILL Biscuit Belly
A whimsical name for a seriously soigne weekend dining experience: The namesake ingredients are homemade biscuits supporting a slab of grilled pork belly, the thickcut, uncured, unbelievably rich protein that dreams and bacon are made of. Regular old white gravy wouldn’t quite fit the tone, so instead replace it with a hearty mushroom ragout and serve with thoroughly creamy Boursin cheese, fried potatoes and fresh fruit, and voila! Or perhaps more appropriately, Mmmmm! In a more enticing option for those who aren’t fans of mushrooms, the Deep Fork version of French Toast is soaked in a mixture of eggs, cream, Cointreau, orange zest and cinnamon before being seared to a golden finish. 58 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
CHEEVER’S CAFÉ Masa Vallo con Huevos
Cheever’s says it specializes in American cuisine with Southwest influences – that’s code for “superbly delicious.” Though the enchiladas and migas are superb, for something unique sample this creative assembly of cornmeal cakes under a large dose of rich, creamy shrimp risotto, two poached eggs and a blanket of intriguingly flavorful ancho cream sauce (with sides of pico de gallo and salsa verde) and see for yourself. Just don’t be surprised if you decide repeated further research is necessary next week, and the week after.
HEFNER GRILL Eggs Baltimore
Aside from Johns Hopkins, what’s the best thing about Baltimore? Crab cakes! (Sorry, Ravens fans.) The savory, slightly crispy crustacean-based patties are generally confined to the realm of appetizers … except when elevated to stars of the breakfast stage by topping two of them with poached eggs and a smooth coat of Hollandaise sauce, like a more maritime version of Eggs Benedict. And while they are undeniably great, if you fear feeling a trifle culinarily homesick (the East Coast is fairly far away, after all), drop a few bites of Southern style into the mix via a side order of Fried Green Tomatoes.
Steak and Eggs While divinely delicate pastries and confections have their undeniable charms, sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into some protein â€“ these done-to-order beef medallions are paired with two eggs and rosemary potatoes (a mix of white and sweet), and surmounted by a zesty pesto. Pro tip: Order a side of the Brioche French Toast, a sweet-toothed triumph with a beignet-like texture served with vanilla anglaise and chilled raspberries. It could be overpowering en masse but is just right as a smaller accent.
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far-out flavor CAFÉ DO BRASIL Feijoada
A restaurant named for a foreign country should by rights feature said country’s national dish; sampling it is more of a pleasure than a duty because it’s super-tasty. A dark, satisfying stew of black beans, pork, sausage and redolent spices, it’s served with rice, collard greens and the toasted flour concoction called farofa so diners can create their preferred texture profile. Top it off with some passionfruit mousse or enormous fresh-baked muffins. Or both.
LA BAGUETTE Croque Madame
The elegant French restaurant is a producer of pastries par excellence, though for the full breakfast experience, it’s a genuine treat to relish a slice of flaky-crusted quiche (available in multiple varieties), spinach-stuffed crepes set off with top-notch chicken sausage or the caloric glory of this toasted ham and Swiss sandwich slathered with a luxuriously smooth béchamel sauce. If it weren’t rich enough (you may be grateful for the accompanying fresh fruit), it’s then crowned with a pair of runny-yolked sunny-side-up eggs. You’ll need a fork, bien sur, mais c’est un sandwich formidable.
TORCHES AND REGULAR FORKS
Poached Eggs on Polenta with Capicola and Tomato Sauce Sometimes the name says it all, or in this case most: This dish’s title lists most of its ingredients but doesn’t mention that the base of polenta is lightly grilled to give it a little extra texture, or how its creamy flavor is balanced by the salty, thinly sliced capicola and smooth provolone. Of course, it would hardly be an Italian delicacy without a ladling of house-made rustic tomato sauce, given a bit of extra kick via fresh basil leaves for a sublimely savory whole. And speaking of savor, if you were only ever planning to have pizza for brunch once in your life, make it one of Stella’s brick oven specials.
If your favorite haunt isn’t in this list, don’t think of it as a condemnation and get up in arms; everybody has favorites, be they wildly popular (Jimmy’s Egg) or niche (Good Gravy). It’s a big metro, and as we’ve been glad to discover, delectability abounds.
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CAFÉ KACAO Desayuno Chapin
A Guatemalan restaurant can’t offer a more traditional dish than this collection, whose name even translates as “Breakfast of Guatemala.” It weds the familiar (simple scrambled eggs) to the slightly more unusual (warm flour tortillas, sour cream and silky smooth refried black beans) to the delectably esoteric (a piquant salsa verde and naturally sweet slices of fried plantains). The desayuno’s flavor isn’t confined to the morning hours; it and other fiery delights like the Spicy Tecpan are served whenever the café is open.
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FARE LINGERING STYLE
There’s no fad-chasing at Twelve Oaks Restaurant; just confidently, compellingly old-school dining. See page 70.
BROWNIE BLISS A sweet, surefire treat for the taste buds 68 EAT & DRINK Variety is on the menu in Slice’s citywide dining guide 72
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FARE | In the Kitchen
BROWNIE BLISS By Caryn Ross // Photo by Carli Wentworth
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CHOCOLATE has been a long-standing one. I can still remember the first time I ever had a hot chocolate chip cookie. I was amazed at how different a warm, gooey cookie tasted – so much better than those silly ones in the box. I thought to myself, “How could anyone not love chocolate?” Well, from that point forward I took it upon myself to make chocolate chip cookies, cakes and then the holy grail for chocolate lovers: the elusive brownie. My brownie had to be a combination of bittersweet and semisweet chocolates, and both rich and chewy. I made many, many batches before perfecting this recipe. One secret to my brownie recipe is using the very best chocolate you can afford. I find Ghirardelli chocolate to be easily accessible and excellent quality. Also, it’s crucial to make sure your oven temperature is calibrated correctly. You don’t want to overcook these decadent brownies! Another tip is to serve the brownies with vanilla bean ice cream for the best brownie sundae ever. I promise your Valentine will swoon after one bite!
SWEET LOVER CHOCOLATE BROWNIE SUNDAES
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped 2 oz bittersweet chocolate chips 1 lb plus 2 c semisweet chocolate chips 1 lb unsalted butter 1 ¼ c all-purpose flour, divided 1 T baking powder 7 eggs 2 ¼ c sugar 1 T instant coffee granules 1 T kosher salt 2 T vanilla paste 3 c chopped pecans (optional) vanilla bean ice cream hot fudge sauce Maraschino cherries nonstick cooking spray Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 18 x 1.5 inch sheet pan with parchment paper, creat68 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
ing a sling. Spray parchment paper well with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the unsweetened, bittersweet and 1 pound of the semisweet chocolate with the butter. Once it is melted, remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining semisweet chocolate chips with ¼ cup of the flour. Toss together and then set aside. Coating the chips in flour keeps them from sinking to the bottom when added to the brownie batter. Using a medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup flour and the baking powder. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, coffee granules, salt and vanilla paste.
Slowly add a small amount of chocolate mixture to the eggs, beating well. Once combined, add the remaining chocolate while stirring well. Once the wet ingredients are combined, add in the flour mixture and baking powder mixture. Only mix until combined, and do not over-beat. Lastly, gently fold in the floured chocolate chips mix as well as the pecans (optional). Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bang the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles from the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven and allow brownies to cool slightly before cutting. To make the sundae: Place a warm brownie in a bowl, add a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of hot fudge and top with a cherry.
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FARE | Matters of Taste
TO MAKE A MEMORY By Steve Gill // Photos by Carli Wentworth
WHEN I WAS A LETTERS MAJOR working my way through most of the surprisingly large number of classes OU offered on Greek and Roman history and culture, I picked up an aphorism: “The classics never go out of style.” My professors might have been using it in the “capital C” Classics sense – “The Odyssey” is still a great story, the Parthenon is still a breathtaking building – but it can be broadly applied to a large spectrum of life, from fashion (the little black dress) to action movies (“Die Hard”). It kept running through my mind while seated in Twelve Oaks Restaurant, a secluded spot outside of Edmond that feels, in ambiance and experience, almost outside of time. The restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, but it could easily be mistaken for someplace much older – not because it’s run-down, but because all the details in the converted Victorian home feel deliberately traditional and timeless: white tablecloths, heavy silverware, candlelight, broad fireplace, framed paintings of horses and street scenes … a couple in their 40s would feel as perfectly at home as a couple from the ’40s. That applies to the menu, too. If you were to close your eyes and imagine a menu for a classic, classy restaurant that specializes in steak and seafood, you’d probably open them to find you were mostly right. The appetizer list boasts shrimp cocktails, escargot, sautéed mushrooms and baked snow crab claws (which are a must, despite being impossible to eat suavely). Entrées include Certified Angus steaks, pork chops, grilled quail, lobster tail and shrimp scampi, accompanied by amply sized salads (either house or Caesar) and a selection of sides spanning usual suspects like rice, vegetable medley, 70 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
TWELVE OAKS RESTAURANT 6100 N. Midwest Blvd., Edmond 405.340.1002 twelveoaksrestaurant.com Tuesday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-close (call for reservations)
pasta or the like … though the cream of the crop is almost certainly the little ramekin of baked potato au gratin. Two special recommendations: the 8-ounce salmon filet is nicely grilled and delicately elevated with a lemon-basil-caper cream sauce – it does well with the rice – and the chargrilled lamb chops with mint jelly are excellent, both in taste and texture. Dessert (you are staying for dessert, aren’t you?) is going to be a piece of cake, be it apple walnut, lemon crème or Chocolate Lava Divine. But if this is your first visit, take the menu’s hint and order the one Twelve Oaks dubs its “House Dessert,” a hefty slab of pound cake that’s been lightly toasted for structural integrity, then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream,
splashed lightly with praline sauce and served with whipped cream, a cherry and a sprinkling of roasted pecans. It’s rich and sweet without being overly heavy; a nicely balanced end to a meal and an evening. Plus – and if there’s one sure way to enhance dining atmosphere, this is it – they have an in-house piano player. I only caught a glimpse of him because he was in a different room, and he didn’t look very much like Dooley Wilson, but I bet if you asked him he’d play “As Time Goes By.” Twelve Oaks is not a haven for flights of gastronomic fancy, nor is it trying to reinvent the culinary wheel; it’s simply old school. And that’s hardly a bad thing. A steak is still a steak, after all, and the fundamental things apply.
Come hungry, but not too hungry. You’ll need a well-primed appetite to do justice to the board of fare and still have room for dessert. On the other hand, the entrée isn’t going to follow 90 seconds behind the salad; it’s an atmosphere paced for lingering and conversation. Try to arrive from the south. This may sound like needless hairsplitting, but the visual pop of the approach makes it worth coming up Midwest Blvd. from Sorghum Mill rather than Waterloo – it’s the difference between “Oh, there it is” and “Oooh! There it is!”
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LEGEND’S A casually upscale landmark for over 40 years, it still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Inspired creations featuring prime meats like chicken, bison and duck, topped off with tantalizing and unexpected flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ NEBU This airy, accommodating provider of chef-prepared sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more is in the garden wing of the colossal Devon tower. 280 W Sheridan, OKC $ PACKARD’S NEW AMERICAN KITCHEN They’re not kidding about the “new” – the entire menu is infused with thoughtful, innovative ideas. 201 NW 10th, Suite 100, OKC, 605.3771 $$ PARK HOUSE The staunch wine list and great view of the Myriad Gardens add to a menu filled with contemporary American tastes. 125 Ron Norick Blvd, OKC, 445.7080 $$ PICASSO CAFÉ As creative as its neighbors in the Paseo Arts District; zippy sandwiches, salads, pizza and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $
AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE A Route 66 classic with copious decorative memorabilia, and huge portions of excellent chicken-fried steak. 4106 NW 39th, OKC, 943.8915 $ CAFÉ 7 Fast and casual, with varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $ CAFÉ 501 Pizzas, salads and specialty sandwiches on artisan breads. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$ CLASSEN GRILL Deftly done diner deliciousness, especially breakfast. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ DEEP FORK GRILL Crisply elegant atmosphere complements superb seafood (cedar plank salmon is a specialty) and steaks. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DISTRICT 21 This sleek, inexpensive bastion of creativity is run by Francis Tuttle’s culinary school. 12777 N Rockwell, OKC, 717.7700 $ FANCY THAT Great for a quick lunch, robust dinner or bakery treats. 215 E Main, Norman, 307.0541 $$ FLINT Casual style plus outstanding contemporary cuisine makes a winning combination in the Colcord Hotel. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$ HEFNER GRILL Oysters St. Charles to grilled pork chops and a tempting brunch to boot; with the ambiance enhancements of a live piano and a spectacular lake view, it’s effortlessly, intimately elegant. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ INTERURBAN Great food (and prices) in casual comfort – try the chicken-fried steak and anything with honey-pepper bacon. 4 metro locations, interurban.us $$
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legacy by pairing sumptuous classics of Chinese cuisine with fiery, fresh sushi. 6161 N May, OKC, 608.2388 $$ GRAND HOUSE A Chinese restaurant that goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N Classen, OKC, 524.7333 $$ GUERNSEY PARK A hidden treasure on an Uptown back street, it’s home to tasty Asian fusion with a hint of French influence. 2418 N Guernsey, OKC, 605.5272 $$ O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in cool, vibrant digs. 105 SE 12th, Norman, 701.8899 $$ SAII Rich ambiance boosts expertly done Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare plus stellar sushi. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$ VII ASIAN BISTRO A bright, sleek interior and savory spate of Chinese and Vietnamese options. 2900 N Classen, OKC, 604.2939 $
BAKERY BIG SKY BREAD Enjoy cookies, scones, brownies or granola, plus an incredible
bevy of fresh-baked bread. 6606 N Western, OKC, 879.0330 $ BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $ CUPPIES & JOE The name is only part of the story: for cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a cozy, trendy vibe and more, take a peek. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $ KITCHEN NO. 324 Seasonally inspired café, coffee curator and craft bakery serving spectacular rustic American cuisine. 324 N Robinson, OKC, 763.5911 $ LA BAGUETTE Comfort and exquisite baking make a tres chic destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 2100 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ NONNA’S BAKERY Scrumptious cream pies, cakes and much more founded on family recipes – walk in and pick or call ahead to order. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES The ambiance and milk bar make great additions to the variety of specialty cupcakes in this charming little converted house. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $
POPS A bit out of the way but worth the drive, this café has burgers, salads, shakes and an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 $ REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, enchiladas, pork chops and steak in a casual, energetic, haciendastyle atmosphere by the lake. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995 $$
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SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage with inspired sandwiches, salads and pizza. 4401 W Memorial, OKC 463.5594; 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114; 1012 N Walker, OKC, 606.8182 $ SCRATCH Isn’t that the best place for food to come from? Entrees, sides and more are carefully concocted in-house, as are the tantalizing craft cocktails. 132 W Main, Norman, 801.2900 $$ SYRUP The most enticing meal of the day is at this unique breakfast boutique (the crunchy French toast is something special). 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $ VAST Steaks, seafood and globally inspired American cuisine, with a view truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 280 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ WAFFLE CHAMPION A Midtown diner bringing joy to those addicted to its gourmet sweet or savory waffle options. 1212 N Walker, OKC, 525.9235 $ WHISKEY CAKE High-quality locally sourced food served in a homey atmosphere. Enjoy – and don’t forget the namesake dessert. 1845 NW Expressway, OKC, 582.2253 $$
ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Blending Asian cuisine with U.S. culture: sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin BBQ duck pizza and sushi options. 2541 W Main, Norman, 310.6110 $$ DOT WO GARDEN With an elegantly appointed location, Dot Wo continues its
KAISER’S AMERICAN BISTRO Founded in 1918, Kaiser’s boasts a great view, a top-notch buffalo burger and an ice cream soda fountain. 1039 N Walker, OKC, 232.7632 $
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51ST STREET SPEAKEASY The energetic joint’s porch and patio are perpetually packed, and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with abandon. 1114 NW 51st, OKC, 463.0470 $
EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a competitive genre, the chain pounds out hit ribs and turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, earlsribpalace.com $
SERVICE STATION A former filling station with vintage décor, its Bentleys, Packards and dipsticks are now the names of delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S Webster, Norman, 364.2136 $
IRON STARR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, its entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$
SOONER DAIRY LUNCH This modest little drive-in has been cheerfully feeding its staunch fans burgers, fries, tots and shakes for six decades and counting. 1820 W Main, Norman, 321.8526 $
BELLE ISLE BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection in 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $
LEO’S BAR-B-Q Rich flavor and tender texture for commendable value – no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $
TEXADELPHIA The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $
BLU FINE WINE & FOOD Popular among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$
RUDY’S Totally casual – think cafeteria trays and plastic utensils – with brisket and other staples that speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552; 3437 W Memorial, OKC, 254.4712 $$
CLUB ONE15 A nightclub vibe with energetic music and three bars, plus a robust menu including fajitas, pasta bowls and seafood. 115 E Sheridan, OKC, 605.5783 $$
BURGERS // SANDWICHES
ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout dishes aimed at re-creating the true English public house vibe. 121 E Main, Norman, 928.5801 $$
DEEP DEUCE GRILL A funky, comfortable alternative to Bricktown crowds, featuring burgers, beer and a people-watching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $ JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to OKC, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$ MONT, THE Enjoy tempting pub food with a zing of Southwestern flavor (and a Sooner Swirl from the bar) at a Norman landmark with a primo patio. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $ O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, it’s been serving up killer burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $ PELOTON Brake for a handful of apps, sandwiches and salads plus a great wine and beer selection. 900 N Broadway Ave, OKC 605.0513 $ PUB W Multiple atmospheres for whatever hangout vibe you like, and a menu of “new classic” fare from barbeque wings to thick pork chops. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 701.5844 $$ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Part beer bar and part upscale eatery, pairing a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577 $$
BISON WITCHES Monster sandwiches with standout flavors, best enjoyed with a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $ CAFÉ PLAID Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with sensational salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) – an ideal lunch spot near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $ COW CALF-HAY The selections are ample and interesting, and the delicious neverfrozen patties are mmmmmassive. 3409 Wynn, Edmond, 509.2333, 212 N Harvey, OKC, 601.6180 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Burgers boasting innovations like sauerkraut, pineapple relish and habanero salsa.100 N University, Edmond, 974.4638; 6315 NW 39th Expwy, Bethany, 603.2822 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE The focus is on the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries. 4 metro locations, eatatthegarage.com $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Handmade fries and rings and simply great burgers; try the tasty OK-bred No-Name Ranch beef. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $ JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Freshground burgers cooked over real charcoal; try the Cheese Theta or Caesar varieties. 4 metro locations, johnniesok.com $
SAINTS An inviting Irish bar where whiskey and beer offerings pair nicely with classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$
LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-as-you-are bar-type hangouts excelling at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, louiesgrillandbar.com $
SEAN CUMMINGS’ Classic Irish fare delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N May, OKC, 755.2622 $$
LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of Lake Hefner from the patio adds ambiance to a tasty spate of entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $
URBAN WINEWORKS Made-inOklahoma wine paired with haute culinary creations featuring rabbit, duck, pork belly and more. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 525.9463 $$ VZD’S The unusually broad, tasty bar menu draws a substantial lunch crowd; try the turkey burger, the chili or both. 4200 N Western, OKC, 524.4203 $ WES WELKER’S The food shows great variety and imagination, like duck nachos, and the bevy of TVs and 83 available beers ain’t bad either. 3121 W Memorial, OKC, 608.2200 $$
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MULE, THE Solid beer and beverage selection plus delectable gourmet grilled cheeses and melts (ingredients range from fontina to figs). 1630 N Blackwelder, OKC, 601.1400 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded, it’s cash-only… and it’s incredible. Mounds of fresh fries and colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best. 1202 N Penn, OKC, 524.0999 $ S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: burgers – with toppings like peanut butter or a coffee crust – come as sliders too, the
better to sample more selections. 5 metro locations, sandbburgers.com $
TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS A small menu whose bravura execution makes the meal hard to forget. 324 NW 23rd, OKC, 609.2333; 5740 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.3331 $
COFFEEHOUSE // TEA ROOM ALL ABOUT CHA Universal standards and unusual concoctions (the sweet potato latte is a wonder) in bright, bustling atmosphere. 3272 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.9959 $ BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE Get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte in the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this stressless dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ CAFÉ EVOKE Outstanding coffee and other beverages from one of the area’s great caterers; plus soup, sandwiches, snacks or sweets. 103 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.1522 $ COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe on Automobile Alley, it’s a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts. 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $ ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house - passionate staff is always eager to share knowledge about the process. 815 N Hudson, OKC, 633.1703 $ MICHELANGELO’S Enjoy exceptional coffees and wines, a well-stocked pastry case and even breakfast and lunch selections. 207 E Main, Norman, 579.3387 $ PARAMOUNT, THE A Film Row joint with a screening room attached, its all-day beverage menu delivers the stuff dreams are made of. 701 W Sheridan, OKC, 517.0787 $ RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings, spectacular coffee, baked treats, vegetarian-friendly specials and live music. Highly recommended! 3122 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.3430 $ T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE This endearing retreat offers over 100 varieties and expert counsel to explore a world of possibili-teas. 7518 N May, OKC, 418.4333 $
contemporary comfort food; truly one of the city’s finest destinations for dining out. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$ COACH HOUSE, THE Definitively among the metro’s most elegant, upscale dining experiences: regional specialties prepared with classical perfection. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$ GRILLE SIXTEEN Downtown Edmond’s hot spot serves gourmet tapas and entrees to complement the perfect glass of wine. 16 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.5333 $$ KYLE’S 1025 For an evening of understated sophistication, Kyle’s magnificent steaks, prime seafood, tapas or even meatloaf are a must. 1025 NW 70th, OKC, 840.0115 $$ LOTTINVILLE’S Rotisserie chicken, wood-grilled salmon and a host of entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$ MANTEL, THE Marvelous steaks and seafood (don’t miss the lobster bisque), in a refined, intimate atmosphere. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$ MELTING POT, THE Make a meal an event to remember with an elegant fondue feast. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A perennial favorite that’s comfortably upscale, the menu covers culinary wonders from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$ MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane, intimate dining: excellent steaks, chops, seafood and pastas, and Caesar salad prepared tableside. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$ MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE In the OKC Museum of Art, its European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$ NONNA’S EURO-AMERICAN RISTORANTE A cozily appointed, opulent atmosphere housing distinctive cuisine and drinks. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $$$ PARK AVENUE GRILL A soigne dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood cuisine with 1930s high style. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$ PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside and cheerful on the patio, with an awardwinning menu of distinctive flavors – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE A diverse, delicious international menu set off by carefully chosen wines. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Penn, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$ SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; huge culinary rewards of French and Italian flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$
BIN 73 Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambiance. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$
WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées wide-ranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$
BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food – pot roast nachos! – with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$
CHEEVER’S Dress up or down for Southwestern-influenced recipes and
LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Fine dining (linger over multiple courses often) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$
WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway housing sumptuous, savory cuisine in quiet comfort. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$
GERMAN DAS BOOT CAMP Exceptional cuisine (and magnificent beer) in a fast-paced location downtown. 229 E Main, Norman, 701.3748 $ INGRID’S Authentic German fare, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Don’t overlook breakfast, or the bakery counter! 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444 $$ OLD GERMANY RESTAURANT Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and sausages are spectacular. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$ ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes, plus fantastisch housebrewed beers. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$
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the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus you’ll ever see. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $ LOCAL Using fine, fresh regionally sourced ingredients, its menu changes seasonally but its warm atmosphere is constant. 2262 W Main, Norman, 928.5600 $$ LUDIVINE The menu adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients. 805 N Hudson, OKC, 778.6800 $$$
ICE CREAM // YOGURT IL DOLCE GELATO Rich, creamy and decadently delicious, handmade daily from scratch. 937 SW 25th St, Moore, 794.7266; 1318 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 329.7744 $ ORANGE LEAF Dozens and dozens of tasty, waistline-friendly flavors and toppings, charged by the ounce. 9 metro locations, orangeleafyogurt.com $ PEACHWAVE A full 50 flavors – every one low-fat or non-fat – of the finest, freshest ingredients in customized combinations. 3 metro locations, peachwaveyogurt.com $
COOLGREENS Customization encouraged; every available component in salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, coolgreens.com $$ EARTH, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads and soups in one of
INDIAN GOPURAM – TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice restaurant with the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and
plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ KHAZANA INDIAN GRILL The food is superior and very fresh; the staff is delightful, and new diners can even get a guide. 4900 N May, OKC, 948.6606 $$ MISAL OF INDIA A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandooricooked delicacies in splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ TAJ A tremendous set of Indian staples and delicacies, plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$
ITALIAN // PIZZA BELLINI’S Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the fare keeps the booths full; don’t overlook Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$ CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises first-time diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them as classic dishes are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$ EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE Reigning over the Plaza District in New York style, it offers whole pizzas or slices, a full bar and a primo patio. 1734 NW 16th, OKC $
GABRIELLA’S A fresh chapter in the family’s delectable legacy; one bite of the homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA Incredible pizza in jovial surroundings; it’s amassed a devoted following for over half a century. 7 metro locations, hideawaypizza.com $$ HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA No humility needed for this true Chicago-style pizza, boasting perhaps the best crust known to man. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $ JOEY’S A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$ OTHELLO’S Warm mussels to tiramisu – all you could want in a romantic Italian café. 434 Buchanan, Norman, 701.4900; 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$ PIZZA 23 A tempting suite of specialty pies and good beer selection in crisp, urban décor. 600-B NW 23rd St, OKC, 601.6161 $$ SOPHABELLA’S A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from Chicago and beyond in style. 7628 N May, OKC, 879.0100 $$$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of tastes for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch, amid stylish scenery. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ UPPER CRUST This pizzeria and wine bar specializes in thin-crust, New York-
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style pies. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743; 1205 NW 178th, Edmond, 285.8887 $$ VICTORIA’S A shabby-comfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – try the chicken lasagna. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff treat customers like guests in their home. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas starring fresh ingredients (including figs and truffle oil) and made-from-scratch sauces. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$
JAPANESE // SUSHI CAFÉ ICON Tempting sushi and Japanese specialties fill the menu to bursting with visually splendid and palate-pleasing treats. 311 S Blackwelder, Edmond, 340.8956 $$ GOGO SUSHI Prime for lovers of speed and convenience – go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore, 794.3474; 432 NW 10th, OKC, 602.6333 $$ IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic space on the Bricktown Canal offering excellent sushi, specialty rolls and sake. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.1325 $$ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry by skilled chefs at tableside hibachi grills. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$ SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, as well as options starring more adventurous ingredients, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 NW 178th, OKC, 285.7317 $$ SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in a broad and creative menu). 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s small with a traditional menu; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$
MEDITERRANEAN AVANTI BAR & GRILL Casual elegance with contemporary Italian menu twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza and more. 13509 Highland Park, OKC, 254.5200 $$ BASIL MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ Chicken Bandarri, Beef Souvlaki or a fresh bowl of tangy tabouli; flavor leaps from every corner of the menu. 211 NW 23rd, OKC, 602.3030 $
1492 Authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, with a romantic setting and perhaps the best mojitos in the universe. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$ ABUELO’S The variety, plates, flavors and experience are all huge. No passport required. 17 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1422; 3001 W Memorial, OKC, 755.2680 $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing-room-only at lunch, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL It’s a long way to Rio, but the spicy, savory menu covers the distance in a mouthful. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant Guatemalan flavors. The breakfast specialties truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $ CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on Mexican fare, specializing in fresh fish and Angus beef. 1901 NW Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), OKC, 840.1051 $$ CHUY’S The portions are substantial, the Hatch chile-fueled flavors are strong and the vibe is playfully enthusiastic. 760 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 360.0881 $$ FUZZY’S TACO SHOP Jumbo burritos and big, flavorful salads – and, with emphasis, shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, Norman, 701.1000; 208 Johnny Bench, OKC, 602.3899 $ IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172; 6482 Avondale, OKC, 607.8193 $$ INCA TRAIL Flavors from around the world, piquant ceviches to homemade flan. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$ LA BRASA Flavors of Peru make for a powerfully delicious dining experience in ceviches, sandwiches, fried rice and other entrees. 1310 NW 25th, OKC, 524.2251 $$ LA LUNA Its festive cantina-style atmosphere only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bold dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$ MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN Handrolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and signature dishes, on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ MAMAVECA Familiar Mexican favorites plus the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$
MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI Selected groceries and a menu stocked with options; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $
TAMAZUL Ceviches and crudos join vegan fare in this lively, upscale tour of Oaxacan cuisine, featuring the state’s first mezcal bar. 5820 N Classen, OKC, 879.4248 $$
NUNU’S Tangy, tantalizing, fresh and healthy flavors, reproduced from generations-old recipes. 3131 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7000 $
TARAHUMARA’S This airy, unassuming ristorante serves huge, tasty Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$
QUEEN OF SHEBA A spicy, vegan-friendly menu of Ethiopian delights awaits the bold. Bring friends and be prepared to linger. 2308 N MacArthur, OKC, 606.8616 $$ ZORBA’S Family recipes proudly share flavors of Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Morocco. 6014 N May, OKC, 947.7788 $
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TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, tedscafe.com $$ YUCATAN TACO STAND Latin fusion cuisine like paella and tamales plus
signature nachos and combos… and over 75 tequilas. 100 E California, Suite 110, OKC, 886.0413 $ ZARATE’S The familiar joys of enchiladas and chimichangas, plus Peruvian dishes featuring plantains, yuca and imported spices. 706 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.6400 $$
SEAFOOD FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, oysters on the half shell… anyone who wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 348.2300 $$ HILLBILLY PO BOYS Unassuming name; mighty appealing flavor in tasty seafood sandwiches and the licit thrill of moonshine cocktails. 1 NW 9th, OKC, 702.9805 $ JAZMO’Z BOURBON STREET CAFÉ An upscale yet casual environment boasting Cajun and Creole-inspired selections. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A huge Bricktown warehouse where the Crab Boil is a favorite and taste is king. 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$ SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus fried and grilled seafood. 13801 Quail Pointe Dr, OKC, 286.5959 $$
SOUL FOOD BIGHEAD’S Fried alligator, frog legs and simmering, savory seafood gumbo – it’s a bayou treat right nearby. 617 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.1925 $$ THE DRUM ROOM Crispy, juicy fried chicken (among the city’s best) stars with fried okra, waffles and a fully loaded bar. 4300 N Western, OKC, 604.0990 $$ KD’S Pork chops, seafood grits and more of Kevin Durant’s favorite foods, presented with skill and vim – and a dose of star power. 224 Johnny Bench Dr, OKC, 701.3535 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES A labor of love adored by locals seeking Southern classics flavored with authenticity. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $
STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance and cuisine easily in the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if pricy, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S An Oklahoma institution over 100 years old, its huge corn-fed steaks and matchless atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE Plush and cozy, with entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice in the menu. 1199 Service Rd, Moore, 799.0300 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak, lobster or prime rib with Lebanese appetizers gratis – Jamil’s has fed Oklahoma
well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$ JUNIOR’S A landmark Oil Center building restaurant where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$ MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The ambiance and service are sublime, but steak is the star: fine hand-selected custom-aged beef, broiled to perfection. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$ MICKEY MANTLE’S This lushly atmospheric social spot in Bricktown serves powerhouse entrées and sides and with full amenities. 7 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 272.0777 $$$ OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Supreme upscale dining via hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a vast wine selection and intimate ambience. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$
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RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks, vibrant, imaginative flavors and amenities to make world-class dining. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$ TWELVE OAKS Lobster, seafood and divine steak, enhanced even more by the ambiance of a hilltop Victorian home. 6100 N Midwest, Edmond, 340.1002 $$$
THAI PAD THAI Dine in comfortably or carry out beautifully executed exemplars of the form: delicately flavored or searingly spiced soups, curries, and noodle dishes. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $ SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, cinnamon beef... the variety is exceptional, and the create-your-own lunch special is a popular midday option. 1614 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.8424 $
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SWEET BASIL The enormous aquarium adds to the cozy ambiance; with its outstanding curries and soups, it makes a great dinner date. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI There’s a lot to like here, from red snapper filet to pad thai. Pay attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$
VIETNAMESE CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilities, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual dining alternative. 323 White, Norman, 801.3958 $
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LIDO Spring rolls to vermicelli bowls, this venerable diner runs the gamut of Vietnamese,Chinese and even French cuisine. 2518 N Military, OKC, 521.1902 $$ PHO CA DAO Amid vermicelli bowls, rice platters and more, the main draws are still piping hot pho and icy cold bubble tea. 2431 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 521.8819 $ PHO BULOUS Super fresh and super fast, specialties like Honey Ginger Chicken or Wasabi Salmon merit closer inspection. 3409 S Broadway, Edmond, 475.5599 $
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Cathleen Faubert’s efforts to distill Oklahoma’s ecologies into associative fragrances form part of a multisensory exhibit a full year in the making. See page 82.
TOP 10 Prime starting points for making the most of the month 80 GETTING AWAY Sulphur’s Artesian Hotel is an outstanding destination for relaxation 86 A STAR IS HOME Lyric alumna Megan Mullally sashays back onto the OKC stage 90 SEE & DO February’s music, theater, visual arts and other delights 91 FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 79
PURSUITS | High Points
The Top By Steve Gill
IT’S A BIG, BUSY METRO OUT THERE – IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO EVERYTHING, HERE’S WHERE TO START.
CHOCO-LOTS TO ENJOY
February 1, Nat’l Center for Employee Development It’s what you might call a deliciously simple arrangement: A ticket grants access to a room stocked with dozens of vendors offering sweet, tasty wares; guests roam the offerings and select their ten favorites to sample. Oh, and proceeds from the Chocolate Festival support the creative activities of Norman’s Firehouse Art Center. Think of it as the icing on the chocolate cake.
THE PLACE FOR TASTE
February 8, First National Center Oklahoma City is over 600 square miles in area, containing hundreds upon hundreds of restaurants that encompass an entire world of culinary variety. Want to take a tour within a single evening? The 35th annual Taste of OKC offers food, drink, the music of Born in November and the opportunity to aid the mentoring efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
February 14-March 14, MAINSITE Gallery Though it’s often derided as shallow and narcissistic in this Age of Instagram, self-portraiture has a long and luminous history; MAINSITE invites artists to consider their appearance and self-presentation in “Selfie: An Exploration on Identity.” The results should be recognizably fascinating. 80 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
February 8, Founders Tower
In May it will be home to a fantastic array of decorative splendor from designers across the metro; tonight the space set to become the 2014 Symphony Show House will house a black-tie optional preview party called “Skyball.” Martinis, dancing to the Heather Nelson Band, dining from new prime steakhouse The George and magnificent penthouse panoramas … it’s a view to a thrill.
PHOTOS: CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL COURTESY FIREHOUSE ART CENTER; FOUNDERS TOWER COURTESY OKC PHILHARMONIC
February 6, Chesapeake Arena McEnroe. Lendl. Chang. Courier. They are allstars among legends, true masters of their craft, and yet one of them will still emerge victorious over the other three competitors in this one-night-only showdown. InsideOut Sports & Entertainment proudly presents the Champions Cup Tennis Tournament, a chance for the sport’s great senior talents to shine once more.
THE ROYAL TREATMENT
February 21-22, OKC Civic Center It’s a big weekend for the OKC Philharmonic; for two nights they are the champions, born to be kings, oooooooh, they’re your best friends. The dynamic singer Brody Dolyniuk is joining the orchestra for the next installment of its Pops Series, “The Music of Queen.” It might sound clichéd, but, well … rocking of you will occur, and they will they will be responsible.
PHOTOS: THE MUSIC OF QUEEN COURTESY OKC PHILHARMONIC; GREGG EDELMAN COURTESY BROADWAY TONIGHT
A SMOOTH FAREWELL
February 22, UCO Mitchell Hall Theater Gregg Edelman got bit by the acting bug as a high school freshman, after seeing the audience react to a successful leading man. He’s spent much of the decades since on the receiving end of that acclaim, including four Tony nominations and a solo starring role in the final installment of this year’s Broadway Tonight series – share in his voice and charm in “Broadway State of Mind.”
LOVE FOR LIFE
February 22, National Cowboy & Western Museum The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball is a formaldress gala with a lavish dinner and auctions, true, but in a larger sense it’s a celebration of the Association’s research and work to improve health, its volunteers and donors, the lives saved by its efforts and the funds raised through its events like this enchanted evening.
AN OVAL INVITATION
February 28, Bricktown Event Center Inspired by “Come on Down,” its current exhibition of Lisa Hoke’s large-scale assemblage using repurposed advertising materials, the OKC Museum of Art is observing the 30th anniversary of its marvelously delicious Omelette Party by assembling area chefs, the band Stars and a full open bar for a large-scale celebration themed “Color EGGsplosion” – eat, drink and be vibrant!
The Problems With Princes
February 27-March 23, Jewel Box Theater
By God, the Jewel Box Theater is 56, open for business and talking about kings all at once. Henry II is still ruler of all England, but he’s locked in an ongoing feud with his combative wife Eleanor, disappointed in the ruling potential of his three sons and facing a threat from France as weighty topics and divine dialogue combine in “The Lion in Winter.” FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 81
PURSUITS | Spotlight
ART ENOUGH AND TIME By Steve Gill
FOR CREATIVE TYPES, FINDING THE MOTIVE TO MAKE SOMETHING ISN’T TYPICALLY A PROBLEM – ARTISTS TEND TO BE DRIVEN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH THEIR ART.
But what if opportunity were a certainty as well? If a selected group of artists were given a year’s worth of financial support and expert guidance, with a guaranteed exhibition schedule at the end of that period, and simply told to follow their muses … what would be the results? It’s time to find out.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition proudly announces the opening of Art 365, a display of the creative work produced over the past year by five selected artists, at the [Artspace] at Untitled gallery on February 28. The program’s participants were selected from a statewide call for proposals by guest curator Raechell Smith, chief curator and founding director of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. Smith reviewed 60 proposals from artists around Oklahoma and visited 11 of those applicants in their studios before making the final roster, each member of which received a $12,000 grant and curatorial guidance from Smith in crafting their works. The resulting exhibit – spanning media from photography to woven yarn to the air itself – is a captivating demonstration of where creative imaginations can reach given the opportunity to realize their ambitions.
Knox’s input to Art 365 is personal by design and intent; she acknowledges that “the audience is immersed in my emotional psyche.” It’s a natural effect given that her creative focus is on investigating her cultural identity and family history – she decided to travel to the Ukraine to better understand her heritage, but after meeting family members and doing considerable research, she returned to her native America more confused than before. Her artwork since continues her search for greater comprehension using installations, performance and most importantly, food.
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The best place to look for Cook is off the beaten track; a photographer with an interest in the preservation of the natural world, he loves exploring remote portions of U.S. National Parks and wilderness areas, seeking pristine landscapes that still exist within our continually developing country. Cook made sure to take a camera along and has produced vivid large-scale prints of his photographic findings for his contribution to Art 365. By capturing places and moments that most will never experience with their own eyes, he seeks to raise awareness of these secluded areas, hoping to prompt others to discover a shared love for the wonders of nature and to encourage further preservation efforts. “Photographing in the backcountry is not easy,” Cook writes. “The camera is the heaviest item I carry on my hikes, which sometimes last weeks. However, it is the way I am best able to communicate the emotions I feel when alone in these cathedrals of nature that no human work could rival.”
It’s one of the facts of life in Oklahoma, one that a lifelong resident might not even notice until someone points it out: Churches are everywhere. As an Ethiopian immigrant to Oklahoma and a photographer who says, “My work is about how identity is formed in the in-between spaces of cross-cultural encounter,” Gulilat didn’t need to be told. He was struck by the proliferation of these houses of worship; curious not about why there were so many or what differences there were between them, but what racial, political and socioeconomic relationships had formed within and around them. His series of aerial photographs documents church buildings and the areas around them on Sunday mornings, considering what they can tell us about their congregations’ relationships and the roles churches play in their surrounding neighborhoods.
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“My intention is to inspire people to slow down and be contemplative,” writes Owens about her tapestry of creativity. The subject she was contemplating is her own road not taken through motherhood, and the term “tapestry” to describe her body of work is especially apt considering that her contribution to this show is a room-sized yarn installation she painstakingly crafted one stitch at a time. Visitors are invited to pause within the warm, nurturing space and ref lect on their life decisions, even as Owens has ruminated on her own.
An Assistant Professor of Media Arts at OU, Faubert has considerable practice using her artist’s eye and steady hands in producing noteworthy photography … but for Art 365 she is relying on another body part entirely. She decided to explore the role of smell in our experience of places, and has been busily engaged in collecting and distilling material from five of Oklahoma’s distinct eco-regions. In the same way that the aroma of a tea-soaked madeleine might reawaken memories of trying to read Proust, Faubert hopes that she can translate her experiences of Oklahoma through fragrances, evoking the High Plains or Cross Timbers through a waft of prepared air. In her research, Faubert has taken workshops from national olfactory experts, visited the first-ever scent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and assembled a laboratory that would impress a bevy of scientists.
This is the third installment of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Art 365 program, which OVAC executive director Julia Kirt calls “the kind of opportunity that can transform artists’ careers. We see rapid advancements in the Art 365 artists’ work and professionalism as OVAC provides a year of financial, intellectual and logistical support.” Art 365 will be on display at [ArtSpace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. 3rd St. in downtown Oklahoma City, through May 10, when it will move to the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa until August 9. Admission is free – visit art365.org for more details, and enjoy the fruits of inspiration. 84 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
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RETREAT By Elaine Warner // Photos courtesy The Chickasaw Nation
THE LIGHTS WERE LOW, THE MUSIC WAS SOFT AND THE AIR CARRIED A FAINT FLORAL FRAGRANCE. Was I getting ready for a romantic moment? No, I was stretched out on a heated table getting one of the best massages I’ve had in a long time. And that was just the first part of my deliciously indulgent afternoon. Sipping chilled cucumber water, I next tried out the dry sauna with its sharp cedar smell. Then I sampled the steam room – but not just any steam room. This one was covered with tiny tiles glistening in the heated fog. Above the mist, the metallic ceiling was pierced with minute holes through which lights twinkled like a starry sky. I finished by luxuriating in a warm whirlpool tub. I was totally relaxed and could have curled up right there and napped after all that pampering. But I had more things to do and see.
Complete with a massive marble mosaic-floored lobby, it ushered in an opulence not previously seen in the area. For the next half-dozen decades, it hosted celebrities like John Wayne and Roy Rogers, the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carrie Nation and former president William Howard Taft. A devastating fire destroyed the hotel in 1962. It was replaced by a motel, which was demolished to make way for today’s reincarnation, once more called the Artesian.
A Vision of the Past – and Future
My afternoon was spent in the Sole’renity Spa in the beautiful new Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Spa-ing 21st centurystyle is well in keeping with the tradition of “taking the waters,” popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As Oklahoma was opened to settlement, the local mineral and fresh water springs attracted people to the area and the small settlement soon became a resort destination. In 1906 an elegant fivestory hotel named the Artesian was built just north of the springs.
Everything Old Is New Again
The exterior of the Artesian closely resembles the historic building with bay windows and metal-topped domes on the corners of the structure. Entrance to the elegant lobby is through a tall rotunda with a custom-made chandelier of hanging, lighted circles. Interior designer Malia Tate with RBA Architects of Oklahoma City translated a traditional Chickasaw hieroglyph – the sun sign – into the unusual fixture. The central lobby is paved with galaxy black granite and porcelain tile, which mimics Spanish crema marfil marble. FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 87
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Pedestals with columns, direct replications of the originals, line the area and lead to the registration desk. On either side, comfortable seating spaces and tables topped with fresh flowers create welcome spots for relaxing or chatting. Dark woods and multiple varieties of stone are used throughout the facility. Colors range from deep, rich walnut to ecru and eggshell with a blue theme running through the more subdued hues. In keeping with the town’s bathhouse tradition, a roomy hot pool invites bathers while those looking for more exercise can take advantage of the indoor/outdoor pool. For hard-core fitness folks, yes, there is a well-equipped exercise room. On the upper floors, velvet curtains signal guest room corridors. The rooms are ultra-comfortable and well appointed. My suite was roomy enough to roller skate in, with windows (and window seats) overlooking the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The hotel includes a fine dining restaurant, a casual café and the Fountains lounge with live music on the weekends. For gamers, an adjacent casino provides lots of machines plus tables for Three-Card and Texas Hold ’Em poker.
And in Your Spare Time
Ahhh, the spa! For young guests, check out Little Soles for manis, pedis and parties. Shoppers, too, will be pleased with the hotel shops that offer unusual and high-quality items. Okie Twister is chock full of interesting made-in-Oklahoma merchandise including some tasty 88 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
treats like jalapeno peanut brittle and AAA Root Beer. Forget tighty whities – get your Thunder undies here. Pinkitzel hits the sweet spot with cupcakes, candy and interesting gifts. The Woodland Emporium has lots of nature-themed goodies among its inventory, ranging from small decorative pieces to furniture. Luxe is a high-end boutique carrying creations from Michael Kors and Dooney & Burke and the latest in jeans and jewelry. Across the street from the hotel is the ARTesian Gallery – a combination art gallery and artists’ supply store. Visitors are apt to see noted Chickasaw artists working when they visit.
Just south of the hotel, the Chickasaw Visitor Center also has a gift shop with beautiful Native-made pieces. You’ll also find plenty of information about local attractions and events. Coolest of all is the bike share rack – easy bike rental to enjoy riding through the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
This region falls within the tribal boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation – the entity most responsible for the amazing revitalization of tourism in the area. For centuries before the arrival of the Chickasaws, other Native Americans had come to the springs, believing they had healing properties. The Chickasaws, too, respected the springs and the beauty of the surrounding land. Wanting to protect this special place from encroachment, they sold a parcel to the United States government. Originally called Sulphur Springs Reservation, the name was changed in 1906 to Platt National Park – the smallest park in the National Park System. In 1976, the park was combined with the Arbuckle Recreation Area and designated Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Through the Artesian, the new visitor center, the Chickasaw Cultural Center, several casinos and its ownership of Bedre Chocolates, the Chickasaw Nation has made tremendous contributions to the economy and the appeal of the area. Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Commerce Bill Lance described the thinking behind the Nation’s investments: “We want to create amenities that benefit our people in different ways … amenities to complement the natural beauty of the area.” The vision is contagious. He says, “What’s really exciting is the investment that local entrepreneurs are making in the community.” And the beauty of it is – everybody benefits. FEBRUARY 2014 // SLICE 89
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A BORN ENTERTAINER By Mark Beutler // Photo courtesy Lyric Theatre
IT’S ALWAYS A BIG DEAL WHEN ONE OF OKLAHOMA CITY’S FAVORITE DAUGHTERS COMES HOME. Emmy Award-winning actress and Oklahoma City native Megan Mullally returns to her roots for two shows at the Lyric Plaza Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. Mullally joins actress Stephanie Hunt for “Nancy and Beth,” a show being billed as a “bawdy and edgy comedic rock show.” Mullally won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of boozy socialite Karen Walker on NBC’s long-running “Will and Grace,” and says she practically grew up on Lyric’s stage. “My first show at Lyric was when I was 12,” Mullally said, “playing one of the daughters in ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ It really holds a special place in my heart.” Her new act “Nancy and Beth” came about when Mullally and Hunt met on the set of the film “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” “Stephanie and I became friends, and she mentioned singing,” Mullally said. “I’ve had my own band for years, so we tried singing harmony and our voices blended really well together. “We started working up an act, and ‘Nancy and Beth’ was born. Our songs are an eclectic mix from a lot of genres. We get to play dress up and there’s a lot of choreography. It’s just a fun show and people can get up and dance if they want to.” Mullally has a number of projects in the works, including an upcoming TV reunion with former “Will & Grace” co-star Sean Hayes on his new NBC series. “I am starting to give some thought to returning to weekly television,” Mullally said. “But I have been having so much fun with the music and films, it hasn’t been a top priority. “I am so excited to be coming home to Oklahoma City and seeing all my friends. I get home fairly often to see my mom, but it will definitely be great to bring this show to Lyric and see everyone.” 90 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
See & Do DANCE Carmen et al. Feb 7-9 The blaze of glory surrounding the tale of a fiery gypsy and her earnest lover is the linchpin of a performance that also boasts George Balanchine’s “Rubies” and a world premiere by choreographer Matthew Neenan. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 848.8637, okcballet.com
EVENTS Chocolate Festival Feb 1 Free children’s art activities add mission-reminding savor to the Firehouse Art Center’s annual festivities in one of the metro’s sweetest fundraisers. National Center for Employee Development, 2801 E Hwy 9, Norman, 329.4523, normanfirehouse.com Groundhog Day Feb 2 Are you going to let some scruffy rodent in Pennsylvania tell you how much longer winter weather will last? Let the OKC Zoo’s resident expert do the forecasting in his yearly moment to shine. OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50th St, OKC, 424.3344, okczoo.com Chocolate Decadence Feb 6 A delectable delight that sells out annually, the showcase of wine, jazz, gourmet coffee and the namesake sweet is a luscious treat. HudsonEssex Lofts, 825 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 973.4746, downtownokc.com 1st Friday Gallery Walk Feb 7 The historic arts district’s name means “stroll,” which happens to be the preferred form of locomotion while taking in its wonders during a monthly display of arts and culture. Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2688, thepaseo.com SkyBall Feb 8 The Symphony Show House is movin’ on up - to the upper floors of the magnificent Founders Tower. And though the designer showcase doesn’t open for tours until May, this soigne gala offers a tasty preview opportunity. Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Dr, OKC, 601.4245, symphonyshowhouse.com Taste of OKC Feb 8 You can dance if you want to - but first sample a grand array of gourmet goodness to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma. First National Center, 120 N Robinson Ave, OKC, 943.8075, bbbsok.org
the ears and taste buds. Film Row, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060 Town Hall Lecture Series: John Fund Feb 20 OKC Town Hall’s ongoing efforts to share a world of viewpoints with metro audiences resume with the Beltway columnist’s lecture “A Visitor’s Guide to an Alien Planet: Washington D.C.” St. Luke’s UMC, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, okctownhall.com OKC Heart Ball Feb 22 The American Heart Association’s impeccably elegant gala is an ideal way to help raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease and raise funds to combat its depredations. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 948.2135, okcheartball. heart.org OKCMOA Omelette Party Feb 28 It’s the big 3-0 for the OKC Museum of Art’s annual ovoid fundraiser, so they’re inviting guests to come on down for “Color EGGsplosion,” a supremely tasty event inspired by Lisa Hoke’s current collage exhibit. Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com UPCOMING Mardi Gras Parade Mar 1 Let the good times roll on down Main Street during the 20th annual post-sundown celebration of Fat Tuesday in all its good-time glory. Downtown Norman, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, normanmardigrasparade.com Red Tie Night Mar 1 As lavishly elegant a fundraiser as you’ll ever see, the 22nd annual event continues the tradition of accruing donations to continue the fight against AIDS. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 348.6600, okaidscarefund.com If Purses Were Wishes Mar 4 Designer handbags, jewelery and accessories are among the showcase wonders available to peruse and purchase at this 7th annual luncheon funding the child-focused work of Make-A-Wish of Oklahoma. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, 286.4000, oklahoma.wish.org JLN Charity Ball Mar 8 The Junior League of Norman’s fundraising bash for 2014 draws inspiration from the elegant canals of Venice for a whirlwind of intrigue and entertainment. Embassy Suites Norman, 2501 Conference Dr, Norman, 329.9617, juniorleagueofnorman.org
Victorian Tea Feb 8 Daughters, mothers and grandmothers alike - in fact, all ladies of kindergarten age or greater - are cordially invited to don formal dress and share a spot of elegant refreshment. Edmond Historical Society, 431 S Boulevard Ave, Edmond, 340.0078, edmondhistory.org
Student Film Screening Feb 13 What is hoped to become a new tradition begins here with a slate of cinematic creations by selected students from OU’s School of Art & Art History. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.7370, art.ou.edu
Second Sunday Poetry Feb 9 New Yorker by birth, Oklahoman by choice for over 40 years, Carol Koss shares her written voice in a free afternoon interlude. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org
2nd Friday Circuit of Art Feb 14 A monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic Downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, normanarts.org Live on the Plaza Feb 14 Vendors, artists, residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District, 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, plazadistrict.org Monster Jam Feb 15-16 The smell of fresh exhaust, the jangling crunch of twisted metal and broken glass, the sight of a really really big truck pounding roughshod over everything in its path … it’s a surfeit for the senses when Grave Digger, King Krunch and more roll into town. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com Premiere on Film Row Feb 20 Fowler Honda sponsors the downtown OKC street festival; it’s family-friendly, pet-welcoming, free to wander through and filled with treats for
Matt Atkinson Feb 1-28 Accredited by the Oil Painters of America, Atkinson loves the concept of connections, even linking himself to his landscapes by making pigments from the earth he captures on canvas. Summer Wine Gallery, 2928 Paseo St, OKC, 831.3279, summerwinegallery.com The Art of Heart Feb 6-28 The members of the Paseo Arts Association (so you know they’re legit) partner with the Oklahoma Heart Hospital to present a spectrum of work in all media, with inclusion of the color red encouraged. Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2688, thepaseo.com Eric Humphries Feb 7-28 Norman native Humphries uses a cartoon-influenced style to share his socially conscious viewpoints; the political and personal combine in his latest series “Unfortunate Son: Wartime Letters From My Father.” aka gallery, 3001 Paseo St, OKC, 606.2522, akagallery.net Rea Baldridge & Jonathan Hils Feb 7-28 Cleverly offbeat painter Baldridge walks the line between represenation and abstraction, while Hils opines that
absence and presence are integral to his work. Together, their creations and craft will definitely, unequivocally, populate the cozy Paseo gallery. JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.6336, jrbartgallery.com Selfie: An Exploration on Identity Feb 14-Mar 14 It’s more than simply navelgazing; self-portraiture has been an artistic pursuit for centuries. A bevy of local artists continue the tradition through works that consider self-identification and selfpresentation. MAINSITE Contemporary Arts, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, normanarts.org Chuck Webster Feb 25-May 16 You may have to bring your own meaning with you to apply to Webster’s playfully abstract imagery; the brightly hued forms could mean practically anything … except carelessness, as each piece is the result of careful months of toil. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000, oklahomacontemporary.org ONGOING Art Now Through Feb 7 Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, OKC ,951.0000, oklahomacontemporary.org Three Artists All Over the Place Through Feb 14 Santa Fe Depot, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Art of Social Commentary Through Feb 15 [Artspace] at Untitled OKC, 815.9995, artspaceatuntitled.org Firehouse Talent 2014 Through Mar 1 Firehouse Art Center, Norman, 329.4523, normanfirehouse.com
MUSEUMS Oklahoma Textiles Feb 3-Jun 30 Fine art doesn’t necessarily connote painting or sculpture. Native tribes through Oklahoma’s history have honed the craft of weaving immensely beautiful textiles, blankets and shawls, sterling examples of which will be part of this exhibit. Red Earth Museum, 6 Santa Fe Plaza, OKC, 427.5228, redearth.org Rise, Fall, Resurrection Feb 7-May 11 A look back at the colorful career of Walter Ufer, a Taos Society artist who painted vivid scenes of the Southwest and its Pueblo inhabitants. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org Art 365 Feb 28-May 10 Five selected artists were awarded a full year and a grant to create alongside and in collaboration with curator Raechell Smith … here’s what they came up with. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd St, OKC, 879.2400, ovac-ok.org ONGOING Art in Recycled Trash Through Feb 14 Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC, 602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org Chuck Close: Works on Paper Through Feb 16 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com School of Art Student Exhibition Through Feb 16 OU Lightwell Gallery, Norman, 325.7370, art.ou.edu Untamed Through Mar 1 Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC, 602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org
Traditionalist and Trailblazer Through May 31 Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, 366.1667, jacobsonhouse.com Making Change Through Jun 30 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org
MUSIC Philharmonic: Rachmaninoff & Bruch Feb 1 The title of the OKC Philharmonic’s upcoming Classics concert foretells what to expect - the former’s Symphony No. 2 and the latter’s Violin Concerto No. 1 but neglects to mention the world-class wonder of Sarah Chang’s dazzling guest bow. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org Winter Jam Feb 1 The Chesapeake’s cup runneth over with music from contemporary Christian stars Newsboys, Lecrae, Colton Dixon and more, plus a message from evangelist Nick Hall. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, jamtour.com Blue Door Shows Feb 1-16 Self-billed as “the best listening room in Oklahoma,” it certainly has some of the best music: Susan Herndon and Myshkin Feb 1, Parker Millsap Feb 8 and Joel Rafael with Terry “Buffalo” Ware Feb 16 - check online for updates. The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 524.0738, bluedoorokc.com The Conservatory Feb 1-21 Sonic jams of all descriptions in an OKC hotspot: This Or the Apocalypse Feb 1, Heavy Glow Feb 14, El Ten Eleven Feb 16, Sick/Sea Feb 21 and more - adds and adjustments posted online. The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave, OKC, conservatoryokc.com Purple Bar Performances Feb 1-28 A cozy setting, ample menu and outstanding music from local artists. Nonna’s Purple Bar, 1 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 235.4410, purplebarokc.com Sutton Series Concerts Feb 2-20 The OU School of music welcomes listeners to a slate of musical mastery - the Shames piano duo Feb 2, violinist Hal Grossman Feb 5, Accademia Filarmonica Feb 16, OU Wind Symphony Feb 20 and more. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101, music.ou.edu Jazz Lab Concerts Feb 3-25 UCO School of Music students let their hair down while keeping their skill levels up in these inexpensive concerts: Feb 3 and 24-25. UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 974.3375, uco.edu/cfad/events Opolis Shows Feb 4-18 Metro, meet Opolis. You’ll make beautiful music together, courtesy of a vast and varied lineup of bands - including That 1 Guy Feb 4, Frankie Rose and the Blackstone Rangers Feb 13 and Houndmouth with Willie Watson Feb 18. Check online for the fresh scoop. The Opolis, 113 N Crawford Ave, Norman, opolis.org OCU Performance Series Feb 4-24 Students, townies and everyone with appreciative ears are invited to enjoy as the OCU Distinguished Artist Series continues with tenor Dr. Frank Ragsdale Feb 4 and piano duo Helen Sim and NingWu Du Feb 9, plus a jazz ensembles set Feb 24. OCU Petree Hall, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, okcu.edu/music
Come on Down Through Apr 13 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com
Tuesday Noon Concerts Feb 4-25 Its incredible collection of art is free for public perusal, but the museum sweetens the deal further with complimentary lunch accompaniment: Hal Grossman’s violin Feb 4, Kostas Karathanasis’ computer music Feb 11, Mark Neumann on viola Feb 18 and an opera preview Feb 25. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma
Allan Houser and His Students Through May 11 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org
Noon Tunes Feb 6-27 Free lunchtime serenades in the Downtown Library: Ali Harter Feb 6, the Traditional Jazz Project Trio Feb 13, bluegrass trio Crossfire Feb 20
On Assignment Through Mar 16 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma The Daily Artifact Through Apr 5 Oklahoma Heritage Museum, OKC, 523.3231, oklahomaheritage.com
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and Natalie Syring with Sam Magrill Feb 27. Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, mls.lib.ok.us Eric Burdon and the Animals Feb 8 Burdon’s powerful, emotional voice conveys frustration, confusion, sorrow and raucous joy and helped make smash hits out of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Baby Let Me Take You Home” and dozens more; don’t miss the Animal invasion of Riverwind. Riverwind Casino, 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 322.6464, riverwind.com Diamond Ballroom Concerts Feb 14-27 This month at the Diamond is a whole lotta country with a punch of Irish rock at the end: catch Thomas Rhett Feb 14, the Casey Donahew Band Feb 15, the one and only Turnpike Troubadours Feb 21 and the knock-down riotous rock of the Dropkick Murphys Feb 27. Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave, OKC, 866.977.6849, diamondballroom.net Dover Quartet Feb 16 Don’t think that youth is wasted on the young - the lady and gentlemen comprising this all-star ensemble are still on the short side of 26 years old.But they’re not merely a good young group, they’re genuinely terrific; join Chamber Music of Oklahoma and hear for yourself. Christ the King Church, 8005 Dorset Dr, OKC, cmok.org Jenkins-Malone Piano Duo Feb 16 The Armstrong Auditorium stage is home to two magnificent Hamburg Steinways; fortunately it’s also frequented by two gentlemen with the chops to make them sing. Faculty members Mark Jenkins and Ryan Malone star in an exquisite earpleasing evening. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 N Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org Winter Wind: Peter Mayer Feb 16 Warm, rich vocals and a recognizably personal style on the acoustic guitar make Mayer a prime pick for Sunday evening entertainment as the Performing Arts Studio’s concert series rolls on. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org Philharmonic: The Music of Queen Feb 21-22 Vegas vet Brody Dolyniuk does his best Freddie Mercury impression (which is really very good) as the OKC Philharmonic continues its Pops series by blazing through a set of ballads and arena-rock classics. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org Broadway State of Mind Feb 22 A singer, an actor, a Tony-nominated Broadway star and an all-around charming fella, the dapper Gregg Edelman hosts an enjoyably mesmerizing evening to close out UCO’s Broadway Tonight series. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N Broadway, Edmond, 974.3375, uco.edu/cfad/broadway Oklahoma Community Orchestra Feb 23 Dr. John Fletcher leads the orchestra and guest artists Brad Richter, Viktor Uzur and Jerod Tate through a setlist including pieces composed by the special guests as well as Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” OCCC Fine Arts Auditorium, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 425.1990, okorchestra.org Philharmonic: Sports and Music Feb 23 There’s plenty to cheer about in the first installment of the OKC Philharmonic’s kidfocused Dscovery series, as the orchestra presents an afternoon of fight songs, Olympic fanfares and more. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org Haifa Symphony Orchestra Feb 27 The musical force to be reckoned with among Middle Eastern ensembles is making its way to the U.S. for the first time, so Edmond guests can be among the first to relish their outstanding sound. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 N Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org Ride for the Brand Feb 28 Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Jean Prescott, Dan Roberts and The Boys in the Bunkhouse are back for a fresh round-up of marvelous Western music and poetry. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org
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UPCOMING Philharmonic: Mozart & Mahler Mar 1 Incomparable talents Yolonda Kondonassis and Maria Piccinini interweave their harp and flute, then the OKC Philharmonic brings the house down with a Titan-ic rendition of Mahler’s Symphony No.1, as the Classics Series flexes its musicians’ skill and versatility. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org Brahms’ Requiem Mar 8 While this work of overwhelming beauty performed by the powerhouse Canterbury Choral Society may bring you to tears, they should be happy ones - the composer meant it to comfort the living, not mourn the dead. Don’t miss out, though, as that would truly be cause for lamentation. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 232.7464, canterburyokc.com
SPORTS Cowboy Basketball Feb 1-22 The OSU men defend their home court against Baylor Feb 1, Iowa State Feb 3, Oklahoma Feb 15 and Texas Tech Feb 22. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, okstate.com Lady Sooner Basketball Feb 1-22 The OU women tip off against Oklahoma State Feb 1, Baylor Feb 3, West Virginia Feb 13, Texas Feb 19 and Kansas Feb 22. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, soonersports.com Thunder Basketball Feb 3-28 The Thunder take aim at another run to the Finals by hosting Memphis Feb 3, Minnesota Feb 5, New York Feb 9, Miami (boo!) Feb 20, the L.A. Clippers Feb 23, Cleveland Feb 26 and Memphis again Feb 28. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4667, nba.com/thunder D-League: Tulsa vs. Iowa Feb 4 Even if you’re well past elementary school years, you’re never too old to enjoy a field trip - the Tulsa 66ers are heading down the turnpike to “host” the Energy. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 602.8700, chesapeakearena.com Cowgirl Basketball Feb 5-26 The OSU women defend their home court against Kansas Feb 5, Oklahoma Feb 16 and Iowa State Feb 26. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, okstate.com Champions Cup Tennis Tournament Feb 6 Some of the all-time greats hold court in OKC as John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Michael Chang face off in a single-night fight for supremacy. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com Frigid 5 Miler Feb 8 Withstanding the cold is just part of the fun for competitors in the Edmond Running Club’s annual fundraiser that helps beautify local parks and support high school cross-country teams. Mitch Park, 1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond, 808.7371, edmondrunningclub.com Harlem Globetrotters Feb 8 The Globetrotters’ visit has become an annual highlight of the low-temperature months here in OKC; a winning combination of athleticism, performance art and crowdpleasing silliness. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com Sooner Basketball Feb 8-22 The OU men tip off against Baylor Feb 8, Texas Tech Feb 12 and Kansas State Feb 22. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, soonersports.com Barons Hockey Feb 14-28 OKC’s ice warriors face off against Lake Erie Feb 14 and 15, and Rockford Feb 28. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625, okcbarons.com
THEATER Clybourne Park Feb 5-9 OU’s University Theater takes a look at real estate, racial
tensions and whether we’ve made any social progress with Bruce Norris’ Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play. OU Weitzenhoffer Theater, 563 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.4101, ou.edu/finearts Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Feb 7-28 Two kids stuck indoors get a visit from a feline expert in alleviating idleness, only to find boredom is the least of their problems in this faithful adaptation from Oklahoma Children’s Theater. OCU Children’s Center for the Arts, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, oklahomachildrenstheatre.org As You Like It Feb 7-Mar 1 The forest of Arden, the ashrams of India, a new theater space closer to downtown peace and happiness are where you find them, man. Reduxion Theater adapts Shakespeare’s beloved pastoral comedy to the 1960s spiritual movement for the first performance in their new digs. Reduxion’s Broadway Theater, 914 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 651.3191, reduxiontheatre.com bobrauschenbergamerica Feb 13-15 The view from inside of one of America’s foremost creative minds is … pretty weird, man. Pop Art legend Robert Rauschenberg narrates (sort of) a fantastical dreamscape in this UCO production. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N Broadway, Edmond, 974.3375, uco.edu/cfad/events Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Feb 13-15 Dirty dealings are afoot in the Haggard Estates Trailer Park, which is good news for audiences primed to enjoy dinner, a show and solving a country music-filled crime during “Death in a Doublewide.” The Railhouse, 102 W Eufaula St, Norman, 321.9600, soonertheatre.org Sylvia Feb 13-23 Despite commercials’ best special-effects attempts to convince us otherwise, dogs can’t talk to humans.So in this tale of a somewhat rocky pet adoption, the pooch is played by a person who isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts with the audience. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 297.2264, okctheatrecompany.org Valentine’s Day Cabaret Feb 14 Mark the occasion alongside - actually, in front of - the Opera Guild and musical theater students in an annual vocal tribute to the power of love. It normally doesn’t involve Huey Lewis. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, ou.edu/finearts Beauty and the Beast Feb 14-16 ’Tis the season for towering romances, and if they happen to contain singing, dancing and talking candlesticks, so much the better, right? Celebrity Attractions puts its special crowd-pleasing stamp on a musical classic - be their guest. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 800.869.1451, celebrityattractions.com The Drowsy Chaperone Feb 14-23 Think of a musical comedy cliché. Odds are good it’s in this fine-tuned goofy romp, and executed with brio by OU’s musical theater students during the lighthearted show-within-ashow. OU Rupel Jones Theater, 563 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.4101, ou.edu/finearts Much Ado About Nothing Feb 14-23 If nobody jumped to conclusions, there’d be no show. So on with the fake identities, carefully orchestrated misunderstandings and sincerely sensational dialogue in CityRep’s co-production with TheatreOCU. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 848.3761, cityrep.com Nancy and Beth Feb 19-20 Emmy-winning OKC native Megan Mullally returns to the Lyric stage with partner Stephanie Hunt for a singing, dancing, happily ribald comedy rock show of their own creation. Lyric’s Plaza Theater, 1727 NW 16th St, OKC, 524.9312, lyrictheatreokc.com Our Town Feb 21-23 The everyday lives of ordinary small-town folk hold as much profundity and poignance as any others; visit Grover’s Corners with the OCU School of Opera and Music Theater and take a memory-making tour. OCU Kirkpatrick Center, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, okcu.edu/music/omt.aspx Good People Feb 21-Mar 15 The simultaneous sting and support of pride, the desperation of poverty and occasional cruelty of hope, the tug-of-war between
strength of character and seeming chance in determining fate … there’s a lot to chew on in this simple little story from Carpenter Square. Carpenter Square Theater, 800 W Main St, OKC, 232.6500, carpentersquare.com The Miracle Worker Feb 21-Mar 15 Few things are more inspiring than the triumphs of life itself; patience, persistence and creative thinking bring the power of communication to a woman trapped in darkness in the classic tale of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. Pollard Theater, 120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie, 282.2800, thepollard.org Ragtime Feb 21-Mar 16 America may be a marvelous melting pot, but that doesn’t mean disparate cultures always blend together smoothly. Investigating the American experience is a music-filled delight in this classic musical directed by Shawna Linck. St. Luke’s Poteet Theater, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 609.1023, poteettheatre.com The Lion in Winter Feb 27-Mar 23 A family squabble made massively important because its principals are royalty fills this richly written historical drama. Jewel Box Theater, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786, jewelboxtheatre.org Little Shop of Horrors Feb 28-Mar 2 Step 1: Don’t feed the bloodthirsty space plant. Step 2: Relish the bouncy doo-wop music and macabre humor as the Sooner Theater makes an alien invasion sound like a winner. Sooner Theater, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321.9600, soonertheatre.org ONGOING A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Through Feb 9 Trying to arrange a love that lasts a lifetime (or at least until the matchmaker can skip town) is like trying to herd a passel of cats in togas as all kinds of things keep going awry in the Sondheim classic. Jewel Box Theater, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786, jewelboxtheatre.org The Odd Couple Through Feb 15 Opposites repel in Lyric’s adaptation of Neil Simon’s domestic comedy, proving that the best way to despise a dear friend is often to become roommates. Lyric’s Plaza Theater, 1725 NW 16th St, OKC, 524.9310, lyrictheatreokc.com
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SOMEONE – I DON’T KNOW WHO – PUTS OUT A LIST EVERY YEAR OF THE “MOST TRUSTED PROFESSIONS.” IT’S UNCLEAR WHAT PURPOSE SUCH A LIST SERVES, EXCEPT TO KEEP NURSES, THE CLERGY AND OTHER MEDICAL TYPES AT THE TOP OF IT, WHERE THEY CAN SURVEY THE REST OF THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD. From the shallow end of the professional gene pool comes another annual list: “least trusted professions.” Here is where advertising executives hover at the number three spot, close enough to spoon with car salesmen and politicians, who perennially top the same list of dubious distinction. Plenty of car salesmen and politicians have hornswoggled their way to becoming the default setting for “least trusted,” but the otherwise noble ad man owes his tarnished image to one shyster in particular who has slimily separated many an “Archie” and “Jughead” reader from her $1.25: the most insufferable of all swindlers – the writer of the Amazing Sea-Monkeys ad. Is it any wonder the entire advertising profession would be catapulted to the “least trusted” list? In one (absurdly cool and compelling) ad, Transcience Corporation’s weasely copywriter wove a kaleidoscopic web of LIES to create a product pitch that, by all accounts, should serve as an FTC cautionary tale and land Mr. Haney in the clink for a good spell. Even at the age of six, I was an “early adopter.” In marketing terms, that means “the first fool to throw away her money.” I couldn’t wait to send my tooth fairy proceeds (including shipping and an extra 50¢ super-rush fee, funded by a second front tooth) to 200 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY. Lured in by the humanlike depiction of the Amazing Sea-Monkeys in the ad’s illustration, I was convinced that, within six weeks, I would be the ringmaster of a legion of frolicking SeaMonkeys who would obey my commands and entertain my houseguests. 94 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2014
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