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Love Is in the Air

Wedding season is fast approaching, and knockout nuptials require a great deal of preparation. No worries, though – Slice’s special wedding guide includes awe-inspiring bridal fashion, floral suggestions and even a checklist for tying up loose ends before tying the knot.

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After the Storms

Disasters as devastating as the tornadoes that ravaged central Oklahoma last May have wideranging effects on all walks of life … even among those residents who walk on four legs. But big or small, pampered or wild, animals needing care have metro residents ready to help.

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On the cover

Wedded

Bliss

A guide to the fashion, flowers and milestones on the road to happily ever after ALSO INSIDE

After the Storms

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In her ongoing travels through the state, author and photographer M.J. Alexander ventures 150 years into the past as enthusiasts reenact the Battle of Honey Springs.

14 From the Editor UP FRONT 18 Chatter Prizewinning pigeons, pioneer-ing party recipes, new sweetness for shoppers and other topics of conversation. 24 Details Here’s to the New Year … a perfect time to view this glittering array of toast-worthy glassware.

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26 Retrospective Remembering the way we were with a look back at the history of the soonto-be-history Stage Center.

January 2014 84 Spotlight Creative acrobatics by local graphic designers star in a limited-run art exhibit centered on the concept of balance. 87 Getting Away Warm weather, wondrous bird watching and a vast array of dining options make McAllen, TX a tempting winter destination. 90 See & Do The sights, sounds and various happenings that are enlivening the metro this month. 94 Last Laugh 96 Last Look Correction: In the recipe for rum cake (December’s “Marvelous Mainstay,” page 90), we neglected one small but significant step: Add the stick of melted butter when combining the ingredients for the filling. Mmmm … butter.

28 By the Numbers Get the facts on some top New Year’s resolutions. 29 Exchange A conversational give and take about basketball, the importance of family and escaping Abilene with OSUOKC’s Dr. Bill Pink. 30 Mingling Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene. FARE 68 Full of Flavor For a waistline-friendly take on an Italian classic, try this recipe for Skinny Chicken Parmesan. 70 Where to Begin Scratch in Norman offers fresh, creative and freshly created food and cocktails to kick off the year in style. 72 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide.

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re you big on making New Year’s resolutions? Clearing a blank slate? Turning over a new leaf? I will admit that I am not. I often think about it, usually sometime in late (late late!) December – around the same time I am waiting in some line for the newest Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movie – and feel like I should resolve something in honor of the new year ... yet somehow I never quite get around to it. Hmmm, perhaps punctuality – like remembering to make a resolution promptly – might be something to consider for 2014? I recall back when I was a regular at my gym, smirking at the overly full parking lot on January 2 and thinking to myself, “Pffffffftttt. Resolutionists. Hope I can get an elliptical.” But by February 15 I could have parked a Hummer limo anywhere I wanted in that lot. (FYI, I haven’t darkened the door at a gym in years. Who has had the last laugh now?) I guess New Year’s resolutions just aren’t for me … or a lot of people who briefly went to my gym. If you happen to be one of those hardy souls who does resolve to better yourself in some way this year, let me be the first to say: I salute you and wish you every success. I will plan on following the lead of our Exchange guest, Bill Pink, (page 29) by making my resolutions short, sweet and to the point at any time during the year. One thing I hope you do resolve to do is to vote in our annual Best of the City poll – go vote at sliceok.com/awards. There are great prizes you can win just for voting, so you should spend a few minutes with our survey and help determine the best of the best in the metro. And since Slice employees are not eligible to win, I guess there is no need for me to add this one to my potential resolution list. Sounds like a win-win! Also in this issue, we’ve put together a special wedding guide to help all the holiday season’s newly-engaged couples plan their big day. One of my favorite assignments in recent months was going along on the photo shoot to showcase the “town and country” wedding looks at Harn Homestead and the state Capitol. There is something about a woman in a bridal gown that sparks feelings of such hope and joy in the future – like the new year, a wedding is a poignant beginning to a great story. May your New Year be everything you would wish it to be.


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UP FRONT THE UNIVERSE OF BATTLE Fully 150 years after the smoke cleared, the South and North alike rise again to reenact the biggest armed conflict in Oklahoma history. See page 34.

CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 18 DETAILS Glassware and goblets to toast the new year in style 24 RETROSPECTIVE A quick look back at a piece of local history 26 BY THE NUMBERS Resolutions to live by 28

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EXCHANGE Discussing basketball and life with OSU-OKC’s Dr. Bill Pink 29 MINGLING Glimpses of central Oklahoma’s social scene 30 JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 17


UP FRONT | Chatter

Shopping Sweeter

TASTE TEMPTATIONS HAVE A NEW LOCATION

Getting in Tune AN OKC MUSICIAN’S CREATIVE REINVENTION

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR PLAYLIST THIS MONTH The Decembrists “January Hymn”

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Visitors to Classen Curve should brace themselves; they stand a good chance of being stricken with wide-eyed delight, paralyzed by indecision and the desire to try everything they see at once, like … well, like kids in a candy store. Carolyn and Gary Goldman of children’s clothing boutique Uptown Kids present the neighboring Uptown Candy, nearly 1,000 square feet of retail sweetness that includes upscale, modern touches like a build-your-own candy apple bar (chocolate or caramel with a selection of toppings) and Plexiglas “sugar cubes” full of treats instead of traditional wicker gift baskets. Uptown Candy will also offer a candy bar catering service to supply events citywide, but part of the allure is marveling at the bounty in person. A single square of fudge, a massive bin of jellybeans, a selection of sugar- or gluten-free goodies – it’s a store with universal all-ages appeal. “Candy,” explains Mr. Goldman succinctly, “is something that puts a smile on everyone’s face.”

RULING THE ROOST

Oklahoma City is about to experience a boost to its pigeon population. Not because urban developments like the Devon tower are luring more of the birds to make their homes among our rooftops and rafters – this is a more temporary, and more refined, phenomenon: the National Pigeon Association’s 2014 Grand National Show is January 16-18 in the Cox Center. Entering its 84th year, the NPA is open to all breeds of domesticated Columbidae, and draws thousands of entrants to its annual contest – pictured is the 2013 overall champion bird, Rick Barker’s Voorburg Mealy Bar Shield Cropper. (We can do that with our chests; we just don’t want to.)

PHOTOS: GRAHAM COLTON BY JOSH WELSH, PIGEON BY LAYNE GARDNER

It’s been a solid local success story so far: hometown kid goes off to college, starts playing a few bars, makes contacts, builds a fan base, begins touring, releases a couple of albums with a major label and finds nationwide acclaim as a singersongwriter. But Graham Colton’s story isn’t over yet. After moving back to OKC, he decided to drop labels (both his recording backers and the genre in which he worked) and start practically from scratch. “I had to unlearn everything from 12 years,” he wrote. “It was amazing and humbling at the same time … but I knew I had to grow and do things differently than I had done before.” On the resulting album “Lonely Ones,” fans should expect a new side to his sound; one less focused on his autobiographical voice and guitar, with a darker tone, more diverse instrumentation and a lyrical bent unlike his previous catalog. The album will be in stores January 21; get a taste in advance by watching the video for single “Born to Raise Hell” at grahamcoltonmusic.com.


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UP FRONT | Chatter

Now is the winter of their discontent with their cramped space – Reduxion Theatre Company is beginning the year by getting bigger. The OKC performance group is on holiday hiatus at the moment, and when the curtain rises on their next production – February’s “As You Like It” – it will do so in their larger venue in the Cadillac Building on the SE corner of 9th and Broadway. New location, same intimate audience rapport, additional seating, plus it’s within easy walking distance of several restaurants and bars. Huzzah!

Calendar Watch January 1 Here’s hoping ’14 is your lucky number. January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Live the dream. January 26 Australia Day (fire up the barbie!) January 31 Chinese New Year; Year of the Horse begins

“May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously. I hope you will make something that didn’t exist before you made it … I hope that you will, when you need to, be wise and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself.” -Author NEIL GAIMAN 20 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

ON THE PAGE

MAKING SPECIAL DAYS DELICIOUS ALL YEAR LONG Brace yourselves: As of January 1, it’s only 359 days until Christmas. And you can’t (well, shouldn’t) just eat PB&Js until then, either; the year is loaded with special occasions when celebrating might be made a trifle easier by having a special recipe or two in your holster. How about some help from an Oklahoma celebrity? Ree Drummond’s playful alias is back in bookstores with the publication of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.” The cookbook’s 400 brightly colored pages cover the calendar, offering step-by-step guides to more than 100 dishes for New Year’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Father’s Day, Halloween and many more. For fans of Drummond’s sparkling persona, it’s cause for celebration; for everyone with a kitchen, it’s a means to celebrate more deliciously.

THE RIGHT DIRECTION

A cornerstone of the OU campus, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is home to approximately 40,000 square feet of exhibition space, nearly 16,000 objects and artworks as part of its permanent collection … and one new face at the helm. Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished art historian specializing in the American West, is the museum’s new director as of this month. Neff said she is honored to take the reins, calling the museum “an impressive institution with a talented staff” and adding, “I look forward to working with university leadership and the museum’s staff and Board of Visitors to expand the art collections, shape the exhibitions program, broaden the museum’s audiences and, most of all, advance its already distinguished reputation as one of the major university art museums in the United States.” She has long been a curator at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and according to OU president David Boren was the university’s first choice for this position. The Fred was looking for a skilled, qualified leader; E. Neff was more than enough.

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UP FRONT | Chatter

BEYOND THE PRINTED PAGE

AS MUCH AS WE LOVE PRODUCING A MONTHLY MAGAZINE – AND WE DO – WE ALSO LOVE GIVING YOU EVEN MORE TO ENJOY ONLINE. HERE’S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF A FEW OF THE THINGS ON OUR VIRTUAL CALENDAR.

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STRAIGHTEN UP

If you’re not one of those people who’s just naturally good at keeping your life organized, the new year is a great time to resolve to get it together. We’d love to help … but first we need to see what you’re dealing with. Register to win a closet makeover courtesy of The Riley Group in Slice’s Messy Closet Makeover by submitting a picture of your personal storage woes to sliceok. com/messy. One entrant will receive an 8-hour organization session from the pros at The Riley Group (a $480 value) and your closet makeover will be photographed at each stage of drab to fab, to be revealed in a future issue of Slice magazine. Viva la organization! 22 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

TOPS OF THE METROPOLIS

April is when we celebrate our Best of the City Awards … but we need our readers’ help first to see who you consider those exemplars of greatness to be. The 2014 Best of the City survey is online now at sliceok.com/awards, and we want to know what you think before voting closes February 1. If the opportunity to share your opinion isn’t impetus enough, four readers who complete the survey will be eligible for one of these fabulous prizes: gift cards in the amount of $200 to LIBERTÉ, $200 to R Meyers, $100 to West or $100 to the Good Egg Dining Group. Good luck!


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UP FRONT | Details

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OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW. January is the time to ring in the New Year and say goodbye to the last. Hopefully your 2013 was great ... something worth raising a glass for. And even if it wasn’t, 2014 is here, so why not toast to the year ahead? All lined up and ready to go are several fluted glass choices, be it for champagne or sparkling grape juice. Any drink looks beautiful in the right glass! Gold based, Gatsby-inspired, etched or beautifully cut ... your drink of choice will sparkle. Here’s to the New Year!

From left to right: Jubilee Flute (Anthropologie, OKC), Gold Etched Fern Flute (Anthropologie), Rosenthal Format Champagne Flute (Culinary Kitchen, OKC), Silver Dot Flute (Culinary Kitchen), Rippled Flute (Anthropologie), Mariposa Flute (Occasions, Norman), Gold Scales Flute (Culinary Kitchen), Two-Toned Flute (Anthropologie) and Art Nouveau Champagne (Anthropologie)

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o r t Respective

You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone By Mark Beutler // Photos courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society IT WAS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS. People were turning on, tuning in and dropping out. Oklahoma City became the unlikely setting for a new theater designed by renowned architect John M. Johansen. Originally known as “Mummers,” the first sketches were drawn in 1965. It opened to critical acclaim in 1970, and led to Johansen receiving the American Institute of Architects Honors Award. It was featured in Time magazine and drew world-wide attention. But Oklahoma City residents either loved it or they hated it, with no middle ground. “Oklahoma City’s more conservative people dislike the Mummers Theater because it reminds them of a factory,” wrote Robert Hughes in a 1971 issue of Time. The theater’s latest occupant, Stage Center, abandoned the building following a 2010 flood. Today, the theater that symbolized the movement of a generation is set to be demolished.

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RESOLUTIONS BY THE NUMBERS 4 26.1 percent of Oklahoma’s adult population who smoked in 2011 (CDC.gov)

677,000 0

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Cost of calling and using the resources of 800.QUIT.NOW

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total branches in the Metropolitan and Pioneer Library Systems

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cost of a library card for county residents

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citizens that percentage represents

percent of adult Oklahomans who smoked in 2012

10,000

Oklahoma’s ranking among smokiest states nationwide in 2011

12

Oklahoma’s national smoke ranking in 2012

14,000,000

decrease in number of cigarette tax stamps sold in Oklahoma in 2012

31.1

percent of OK’s adult population that was obese in 2011

29.2

percent of obese adults in 2012

49,215

number of steps health experts recommend as a daily target

5

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approximate miles that works out to, depending on the length of your stride

members (as of November 2013) of OKC Mayor Mick Cornett’s program “This City Is Going on a Diet”

57

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IN THE PINK

Conv A e with rsation Dr. B Pink ill

By Lauren Hammack // Photo by Carli Wentworth ALTHOUGH BASKETBALL HAS BEEN A CENTRAL THEME throughout Pink’s career, the constant pursuit of education has figured even more prominently for the youngest son of uneducated parents. So when he’s not signing autographs as his notable doppelgänger, Dr. Pink can be found at OSU-Oklahoma City, serving as vice president of academic affairs and helping countless others reach their potential.

What is your hometown? Abilene, Texas. I tell people I served an 18-year sentence there. Is it that bad? It’s a great place to grow up … and leave. What is your wife’s name? Lori. Do you have kids? Yes, we have an 18-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. What are you currently obsessed with? “Pet Rescue Saga!” STAY AWAY – once you’re in, you’re addicted! What is your greatest fear? That my children will grow older without a relationship with God. What do you believe that most people don’t? That our country would be just fine without political parties. What’s a risk worth taking? Moving to a place you’ve never known and saying, “We’re going to make this work.” Be sure to get a job first, though. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? No. I make resolutions, but I don’t restrict them to the New Year. What do you bring to a crowded room? Height. (I’m 6’5”.) I’d also like to think I bring laughter and smiles. Do you collect anything? Oil lamps. My dad used to collect

them and I’ve added to the collection. What advice would you put inside a fortune cookie? Trust God. Do not lean on your own understanding. Where are you likely to be on a Friday night? At a Mexican restaurant somewhere and then home. It’s a good night to relax. Whom do you think you could be mistaken for? John Salley from the Detroit Pistons. I’ve even signed a few “autographs” for him. What were your parents and teachers wrong about? That I would use all the information from science class. I remember my teachers saying, “You’re going to need this one day!” It’s only been handy for my kids’ homework. Maybe that’s what they meant. Do you have any mad skills off the basketball court? Singing. I’m in a male a cappella group. When Lori and I got married, I sang to her as she came down the aisle. What do you wish you’d started doing long before you eventually did it? Playing golf. I love it. What do you value most in your friends? Trustworthiness. What should everyone try or experience once in a lifetime? They should try to make a

good marriage. That doesn’t mean it’s great all the time. It means finding that person who makes you happy.

bedroom house with no A/C. We had nothing, but we had no idea we were poor. So, what would I change? Nothing.

What do you wish you’d never thrown out/given away/ lost/sold? I was moving to Portland, Oregon to start a basketball program and I stopped to stay the night in Denver. During the night, someone broke into my moving van and stole almost everything I had, including many personal and family mementoes. I literally had to start all over.

What examples did your parents model? Be nice and treat people well, no matter how they treat you. My parents were exemplary role models at this. They never yelled or screamed – ever.

What’s not as important as it used to be? Ever since my knee surgery, playing basketball has become less important.

Do you have a nonprofit shout out? I’ve served on the board of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools for three years and I love the direct impact the Foundation has on kids’ lives.

What’s more important than it used to be? Taking care of family, whatever that may mean.

What words have you eaten? “I will never work at OSU!” – something I said after receiving my doctorate from OU and working with Sherri Coale and the women’s basketball program at OU.

Is there anything you’d change about your childhood? I was the youngest of five kids – two boys, three girls – growing up in west Texas. There were eight of us, including my grandmother, living in a two-

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MONSTER DASH Photos by Claude Long

On your mark, get set, boo! The Junior League of Norman’s 7th annual 5K, kids’ race and costume contest provides Halloween-themed fun and exercise.

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The Farmers Market is filled with bittersweet spectacle for the fabulous blowout that is the 10th and final “art show with a curve.”

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Members and friends of Allied Arts’ Circle Club enjoy a convivial social meal while sharing the organization’s culture-enhancing mission.

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STARLIGHT BALL Photos by Claude Long

The 13th ball focuses on 007 chic as patrons take a stylish trip to Monte Carlo to benefit the pediatric research, care and support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Kellie and Robert Hefner, Blake and Alexis Burckart

Dennis and Jan Dunham

George and Donna Nigh

Danny and Melissa Cowan

RED DOT RECHARGED Photos by Claude Long

Guests and art lovers step lively for an energetic exhibit-slash-auction-slash all-around good time thrown by the Individual Artists of Oklahoma.

MISTLETOE MARKET PREVIEW Photos by Justin Avera

Guests get tasty treats, music, drinks and first crack at a mountain of halldecking, stocking-stuffing wonders at the Junior League of OKC’s annual shopping extravaganza.

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Julie Dickson, Clint Stone, Nathan Lee

Blair Bradley, Adrienne Nobles, Leslie Buford, Tracey Frederick

CELEBRITY SING Photos by Kari Roop

Nyssa Vasquez, Dylan Morrow

Over 500 lovers of music, philanthropy and fun converge on Riverwind and help the United Way of Norman raise over $75,000 for the community.

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John Koons and James Chappel as The Blues Brothers


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Photos by Claude Long

Guests support the Edmond Historical Society while enjoying various splendid vintages and treats at this spectacular fundraiser.

Lynn and Jerome Storm

Bill and Andrea Aven, Carl Tipton Maria and Victor Saldivar

Sally Shupack, Shirley Moore

Celeste Bathini, Kalyse Hearon

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Jessica Vliet, Amelia Teague

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77 Counties: Honey Springs Battlefield, McIntosh & Muskogee Counties

An Affair to Remember By M.J. Alexander

THE SKY OVER THE ROLLING PRAIRIE OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA IS THE COLOR OF PEWTER. The smell of campfire smoke hangs in the air. Confederate battle flags fly above men in uniform who cluster near white canvas tents. Union cavalry officers trot by on matching chestnut horses. The Confederates around the fire ignore them, laughing and talking of events that transpired 150 years ago in the present tense, as if they had just happened … because they had. It’s the Saturday before Veterans Day, 2013. Every third year, history buffs from around the country gather north of Checotah like so many chess pieces, acting out parts assigned long ago by the hand of fate. They are there to re-enact a Civil War battle, the largest military clash within the borders of modern-day Oklahoma. The names used to describe what happened on the site July 17, 1863, have a whimsical ring. Those from the North called it “The Engagement at Honey Springs.” Southerners would call it “The Affair at Elk Creek.” But there was nothing romantic about that rainy Friday, two weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg. The forests and fields in the old Creek Nation would see the most important and deadliest fight of the 107 documented Civil War “hostile encounters” in Indian Territory. The stakes were high. The issue being decided, in hand-to-hand combat, was whether the land west of the Mississippi would be controlled by the Union or the Confederacy. The 3,000-acre Honey Springs Battlefield, between Rentiesville and Oktaha, runs over the McIntosh County line north into Muskogee. About 3,000 Union troops faced off against an estimated 5,700 Confederate soldiers, most of them waiting in the brush north of Elk Creek, stretched in a line a mile-and-a-half long. Incessant rain had turned much of the Confederates’ Mexican-made gunpowder into paste, causing misfires and accidents and prompting some frustrated fighters to resort to using their guns as clubs. Some of the battle was waged hand-to-hand, bayonets drawn. Over a span of six hours, according to Christopher Price, the battlefield’s director, between 250 and 300 men – nearly all of them Confederates – died near the rainswollen creek and the woods-dotted field. Editor’s Note: This is the 17th installment in a continuing series as author and photographer M.J. Alexander chronicles her travels across the state of Oklahoma.

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Civil War reenactments took hold 50 years ago among history buffs wanting to commemorate the war’s centennial. The first reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs was held July 18, 1993, one day after the event’s 130th anniversary. Mike Farrar, a retired police officer, traveled to Honey Springs from Livingston, Texas, November 8-10, 2013 to mark the battlefield’s 150th anniversary. 36 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

The toll makes July 17, 1863, one of the deadliest days in Oklahoma history, on a par with the estimated 300 claimed by the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. But unlike most other fateful events, the Battle of Honey Springs is relived time and again. The re-enactors are motivated by different reasons, Price said: “Some of them like the history, understanding what life was like then. It’s one thing to read about the Civil War, and another to be right next to one of those cannons when they’re set off. Some of them have ancestors who fought. And, well, some of them just like to shoot guns.” The Union victory at Honey Springs was the first time in history that black soldiers fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Native Americans and whites, and was the rare Civil War battle in which whites were in the minority on both sides. The 1st Division of the Army of the Frontier, commanded by Maj. Gen. James Blunt of the U.S. Army, included the 1st and 2nd Indian Home Guard, members of the Five Civilized Tribes who did not support tribal treaties of alliance with the Confederates. Also fighting for the Union at Honey Springs: the acclaimed 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, comprised mostly of former slaves. Theirs was the first-ever AfricanAmerican regiment, and the fourth to be mustered into federal service. The Union soldiers, outnumbered nearly 2-to-1, faced a Confederate force under the command of Brig. Gen. Douglas Cooper. Troops from Texas were bolstered by the 1st and 2nd Cherokee Mounted Rifles, 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles and 1st and 2nd Creek Mounted Rifles. It is said the Texans brought legirons and handcuffs to the battle, planning to return any surviving African-American soldiers to slavery.


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The 1st Kansas regiment, however, defeated the Texans so decisively that Blunt’s official report declared: “The First Kansas (colored) particularly distinguished itself; they fought like veterans, and preserved their line unbroken throughout the engagement. Their coolness and bravery I have never seen surpassed; they were in the hottest of the fight, and opposed to Texas troops twice their number, whom they completely routed. One Texas regiment (the 20th Cavalry) that fought against them went into the fight with 300 men and came out with only sixty.” “The idea of fighting for freedom was not an abstract concept to them,” Price said of the black soldiers. “They literally were fighting for their personal freedom. With the Native Americans too, they were fighting for control of their homeland, and had more skin in the game.” Though markers at the Honey Springs Battlefield memorialize the lives lost, there are no tombstones. The bodies of most of the Confederate dead are interred in mass graves, buried by Union soldiers after the Confederates were driven out. The Confederate Gen. Cooper wrote Gen. Blunt a note of thanks for the courtesy. The recognition of Honey Springs as a pivotal moment in American history gained ground in 2013 when the National Park Service designated the battlefield a national historic landmark and part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. A new visitors’ and interpretative center is scheduled to open next year. At the July 2013 ceremony and memorial service announcing the honor, re-enactor Lynn Shackleford, a member of the Trans-Mississippi Rifle Veterans Reserve, said: “We re-enact to educate, educate to preserve, and preserve to honor ... We believe in America. Some

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people consider what we do playing, but to us it is serious. We get a lot out of it, and we want to give back.” Price would love to see more awareness of the diversity of the Honey Springs forces. Although there are many re-enactors with Indian ancestors, “We’ve been trying for a long time to get an African-American regiment. A lot of the re-enactors are older now, and we’re trying to get more people interested in it. But it can be a hard sell: ‘Hey, why don’t you spend $400 on a wool uniform that you can wear in the heat and be all sweaty and come hang out with us?’” For Mike Farrar, the camaraderie is what has made his 20 years as a re-enactor. A retired Houston police officer and former chief of police of Corrigan, Texas, he made the pilgrimage to Honey Springs for the battle’s 150th anniversary. Though his great-great grandfather Robert Farrar fought for the Confederacy out of Louisiana, Mike Farrar participates as a “Confederalist,” with uniform tweaks that allow him to serve as either a Union dismounted cavalry soldier or a Confederate artilleryman. What would his great-great-grandfather, who surrendered at Vicksburg the same month as the battle at Honey Springs, and his fellow Civil War soldiers think of 21st century re-enactments of their 19th-century battles? Mike Farrar laughed. “They’d probably think we were a bunch of silly assholes. They didn’t go around re-enacting the Revolutionary War, or the War of 1812.” He cast a glance over at the lines of cars and pickups and trailers parked down the hill in a neighboring field and smiled. “I’ll bet they’d like to see our horses, though!”


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AFTER THE STORMS POST-TORNADO ANIMAL RECOVERY CONTINUES By Jill Hardy

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OKLAHOMANS KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT THE FALLOUT FROM A SERIOUS TORNADO CAN EXTEND WELL BEYOND THE DAYS AND WEEKS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE STORM. BUILDING A NEW HOME CAN TAKE MONTHS, AND RE-ESTABLISHING ALL OF THE VARIOUS THREADS OF NORMAL DAY-TO-DAY LIFE CAN TAKE YEARS. FOR SOME, THE MOURNING OF SERIOUS LOSSES MAY NEVER END.

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owever, even life-long Okies may be unaware of some of the aspects of reconstruction after a particularly deadly tornado or series of tornadoes, like those that tore through our state in May of 2013. Everyone sees the coverage on local (and sometimes national) news of devastated homes, roads and highways shut down and the community effort to house and care for those who are directly affected, which keeps the most pressing needs in the forefront of everyone’s minds. But significant storms with a high occurrence of property damage (the May 2013 tornadoes were rated 4 and 5 on the Fujita scale) usually bring a host of peripheral problems that might go unnoticed by the population at large – problems that continue long after the rubble has been cleared away. One ongoing issue in post-storm efforts is the recovery and/or re-homing of pets lost during the disasters. Most of us have seen the heartwarming video of Moore resident Barbara Garcia’s dog being found in debris as she was being interviewed by CBS News, or read at least one story on Facebook about a pet and their human being reunited, but many are not aware that efforts are still going on to find lost animals, or locate new homes for them, months later. In July 2013, a couple of months after high winds tore through south Oklahoma City, area resident Sherrie Heskitt saw a stray dog in the parking lot of Pioneer Pies near Pennsylvania Avenue and I-240.

A long-time animal rescue volunteer and occasional foster mom to four-legged friends in need, Heskitt could tell right away that this dog wasn’t a typical longterm stray. “I always had the feeling that she had been lost in the high winds that hit us,” Heskitt says. “I felt like someone was looking for her.” After a lengthy campaign of offering food and gaining the dog’s trust, Heskitt was finally able to get the animal into the car and bring her home in mid-October. “I could tell she was a house dog, housebroken, very sweet, and after a trip to Unleashed Grooming on I-240 and Walker – where they cut off the matted

Home again: Lady with owner Dottie Parasich (left) and rescuer Sherrie Heskitt

enough, when Heskitt called out the name, the dog came immediately. Lady’s owner did indeed suffer fence damage due to the high winds, just as Heskitt had suspected, and the dog escaped through an undetected open spot. Efforts to find her had been unfruitful, until Heskitt’s Facebook post was brought to the family’s attention. “This precious girl is now home where she belongs,” Heskitt says. “Miracles do happen … I got to be part of one!” As encouraging as stories like those of Barbara Garcia and Lady and her family,

“We received more than 150 dogs and cats in just a few nights, and we were able to reunite 88 of those pets with their families.” parts of her coat for free, after hearing how I found her – she settled down and fit right in with my dogs.” Heskitt, who still maintains contact with various rescue groups in the metro area that she’s worked with over the years, posted the dog’s photo on the Facebook page of the Oklahoma Rescue Network, and within 24 hours, she received a call. “Her name is Lady,” the excited woman on the other end of the line said, and sure

the truth is that many families who lost pets continue to wonder what happened. The Central Oklahoma Humane Society was on site quickly after the Moore tornado, and made every effort to ensure that affected animals were cared for. “The Humane team responded within hours on the night of May 20,” says Amy Shrodes, director of outreach for Central Oklahoma Humane Society. “We operated two temporary shelters that supported JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 41


the City of Oklahoma City’s disaster relief efforts for displaced pets. We received more than 150 dogs and cats in just a few nights, and we were able to reunite 88 of those pets with their families. The dogs and cats that were not reunited at our facilities were adopted out to loving homes.” The Society is also an active member of the Long-Term Area Recovery Committee for Oklahoma County, and is working with the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project to provide pet-related needs for the dogs and cats of disaster victims in central Oklahoma, pet deposits, microchips, spay/neuter services, and pet food. These services and supplies will be available to those in need through July 2014. Life in Tornado Alley being what it is, the likelihood that May 2013 will be repeated in some form in the future is unfortunately a strong one; in addition to safe locations to ride out storms, pet owners should be aware of the special considerations that animal ownership brings to tornado preparation. The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association suggests that pet owners keep photos of their animals for identification purposes, along with medical records in case of separation (if your pet is found, you’ll probably be required to provide proof of 42 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

ownership). Keep carriers for each of your pets, and make sure they’re used to them before an emergency, as mid-storm isn’t the best time to introduce your frightened cat to a crate. Also be mindful of conditions after the disaster; downed power lines and debris can be dangerous to unsupervised pets, and fence damage can allow escapes. Pet behavior can also change after a traumatic incident, making a formerly stable cat or dog more likely to bolt or act unpredictably. For more information about pets and preparing for potential disasters, visit okvma.org. Our state’s propensity for dangerous storm systems may make others question the sanity of anyone willing to risk living here, and it’s true that the many facets of recovery after a tornado – from rebuilding businesses and homes to rehabilitating people and pets – can seem overwhelming, when all put together. But individuals like Sherrie Heskitt and organizations like the Central Oklahoma Humane Society (as well as numerous small rescue groups throughout the state), combined with good old-fashioned Oklahoma neighborliness, ensure that whatever the weather, Oklahomans will pull together and help each other work to put the pieces back together after the storms.

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The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association suggests that pet owners keep photos of their animals for identification purposes, along with medical records in case of separation.


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WHAT ABOUT WILDLIFE? HUMAN LIVES AND THE WELFARE OF PETS TAKE POSITIONS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE AFTER A TORNADO, BUT IN THE CASE OF MAJOR STORMS, THE WELL-BEING OF WILDLIFE BECOMES A CONCERN AS WELL.

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“We took in pigeons after the bombing at the Murrah building, and we rehabilitated displaced animals after the May 3 (1999) tornado, but we received a record number this year.”

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ondi Large, executive director at WildCare, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center located east of Noble, credits awareness and increased concern about wildlife with the astonishing number of animals brought to her facility after last year’s storms. “We’ve been doing this for years,” Large relates. “We took in pigeons after the bombing at the Murrah building, and we rehabilitated displaced animals after the May 3 (1999) tornado, but we received a record number this year. We always receive a lot of animals after storms, but

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I think that with all of the rescue effort that was going on, there were a lot more people discovering wild animals, and I think that people are a lot more aware now of what to do with them, when they find them; they know that there are places around where they can be taken.” The roster of animals rescued after the tornado and brought to WildCare totals 800, of which 180 were cottontail rabbits. The number also included coyote pups brought from Harrah, and several species of birds, including what might be the storm’s smallest survivor: a baby hummingbird, no larger than a peanut.


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WildCare’s proximity to Moore, one of the areas hardest hit, accounts for the center’s pivotal role in caring for native animals whose habitats were disrupted, but also cost them when hail damaged buildings and killed five animals housed on the property. “When we personally got hit, it sort of took the wind out of our sails,” Large says. “We’ve always been the rescuers, but we needed help at that point, too.” That help came in the form of a grant from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The organization was happy to help, especially since one of their members got to experience on a personal level just how brutal Oklahoma weather can be. “It just so happened that IFA had a representative here when that hail storm went through. She was here the entire time with us in our basement. Afterwards, they made a donation to replace an enclosure, and even sent workers to help build it.” Monetary support year-round is always a welcome way to help wildlife rehab efforts, but Large has this advice for those who stumble across native fauna that seems to be in need of assistance: “If it’s not a disaster situation, poststorm or something like that, and the ani-

“When we personally got hit, it sort of took the wind out of our sails. We’ve always been the rescuers, but we needed help at that point, too.” mal is a baby and doesn’t seem to be hurt, just wait and watch, if that’s practical and safe. Many times wild babies are left alone for long periods, and the mother will come back and everything will be fine if they’re left alone.” Tornado season often coincides with many animals’ “baby season,” however, and sometimes storms will kill parents, or separate them from their young. Large still advises a cautious approach, and encourages kind-hearted Oklahomans to call a local rehabilitation facility – one licensed to care for whatever type of animal is in question – before acting. “Call first, and ask for help,” Large says. “We want animals safe, but we want people to be safe, too.” JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 45


TOO BIG FOR THE BACKSEAT Large Animal Safety and Rescue

HORSES ARE ALMOST AS SYNONYMOUS WITH OKLAHOMA AS TORNADOES, BUT SERIOUS STORMS CAN BE PARTICULARLY DEADLY FOR ANIMALS TYPICALLY HOUSED OUTSIDE: THEY ARE TOO LARGE TO MOVE QUICKLY, AND POST-DISASTER RESCUE AND TREATMENT FOR THEM CAN BE TRICKY.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Central Oklahoma Humane Society okhumane.org

Moore Tornado Lost and Found Animals facebook.com/OKpets WildCare wildcareoklahoma.org List of wildlife rehab facilities in your area wildliferehabber.org (type in your zip code) Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association okvma.org (click on the “Disaster Preparedness” tab for comprehensive directions and a list of emergency supplies)

“The people who know the community well are the ones best equipped to respond.”

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r. Clayton McCook is an equine vet, and was one of the first on the scene at Celestial Acres Training Center in Moore after the devastating tornado destroyed some of the facility’s barns and killed several horses. “I’ll probably spend the rest of my life trying to get those images out of my head,” says McCook. “Working at a racetrack, you see plenty of bad injuries, legs broken. But not like that.” McCook and other volunteers helped to track down and treat horses displaced by the tornado that tore through the area, and that experience helped to reinforce the importance of having more structured agencies for livestock and large breed rescue. “There are a lot of resources out there, and most groups do their job very well,” McCook says. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture does a terrific job, but they can’t implement triage right after something like this, for large animals and livestock.” “The USDA told me that all disaster response starts locally and moves outward.

The people who know the community well are the ones best equipped to respond.” It’s this concept that led Dr. McCook to become a founding member of the Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders, a group dedicated to organizing search, rescue and eventually rehabilitation and re-homing of large animals displaced by tornadoes or other natural disasters. “We’re working with groups like the Oklahoma State University veterinary school and the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps to integrate options for providing the best possible response to situations like this.” Some suggestions for large animal/livestock owners, in the event of a disaster: Be Prepared. Having an evacuation plan, complete with multiple relocation options, safe containment areas if you’re not evacuating and an emergency kit with any medications and instructions for individual animals is your first line of defense. There should be a back-up person familiar with

the plan in case you’re not home during a disaster. Multiple forms of identification like photographs, brands, descriptions, microchips and halter tags are helpful in case animals are lost. Be Aware. Familiarize yourself with surrounding farms, stables and organizations (like Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders) that are coordinating efforts to find animals and owners. If you’ve lost an animal (or found someone else’s), quick contact will speed the reunion process. The primary dangers to large animals during and after a disaster are injuries from collapsed barns, kidney failure due to dehydration and electrocution from downed power lines; keeping those in mind and making arrangements accordingly can help prevent some tragedies. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 47


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It’s January, and we have weddings on the brain. Maybe it’s because the holiday season is one of the most popular times to get engaged and the obvious follow-up question to “Will you or won’t you?” is “What will I wear?” With that in mind, we’ve pitched in with some of the legwork to curate a few stunning styles that work in lots of big-day scenarios: from refined and uptown to fun and casual. Mazel tov! 48 SLICE // JANUARY 2014


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Luxurious lace defines this superb A-line style from Allure Couture. The sweetheart-shaped neckline has scalloped edging and soft cap sleeves, and the cafécolored charmeuse lining is covered in ivory lace. Pearl necklace and earrings are by Toni Federici. Available at Moliere Bridal. Boots: model’s own. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 49


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Leanne Marshall handkerchief pleated chiffon and lace bodice gown with a Meg Guess sash, headpiece and veil. Available at Meg Guess Bridal Couture A navy double-breasted wool tuxedo with satin lapels by Ralph Lauren adds a touch of care without trying too hard – perfect for a country soirée. Navy silk tie by Robert Talbott. Available at Spencer Stone

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This sophisticated look is courtesy of an Allure Bridal taffeta gown, cut to fit and flair with a soft lace peplum bodice, dramatic V neckline and crystal beading at the waist. Available at Bridal Boutique

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Make a statement in this Justin Alexander alabaster satin mermaid gown, adorned with a beaded sash and crystal and satin buttons covering the back zipper all the way down the chapel-length train. Top it off with a Giselle birdcage veil in ivory Russian tulle and jewelry by Toni Federici. Available at Moliere Bridal And we can’t forget the fellas: dapper glen plaid tux coat with navy satin lapels and navy trousers by Ports and silk bow tie by Robert Talbott. Available at Spencer Stone

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Allure Couture’s modified strapless A-line gown in ivory features tiny horizontal bands of champagne-colored satin throughout the silhouette, creating a fabulous shape. Five strand pearls by Moliere Bridal Design and earrings by Toni Federici with Giselle bridal floral headpiece. Available at Moliere Bridal

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A romantic city wedding is on point in this fairy tale, tiered tulle gown with beaded and jewel encrusted bodice by Jim Hjelm for Meg Guess, with Meg Guess white tulle veil. Available at Meg Guess Couture Bridal

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This Allure Bridals soft satin ball gown with a ruched sweetheart bodice, pockets and a crystal beaded belt is a fun approach to a serious day, paired with a jeweled headband. Available at Bridal Boutique

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This Allure Couture ivory slip gown features a plunging neckline and beautiful V-shaped back. The ethereal silhouette is created from a top layer of English net embellished with beading and crystals and a bottom layer of soft charmeuse satin. Accessories are by Toni Federici. Available at Moliere Bridal

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The Language of Love By Sara Gae Waters

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I WASN’T ALWAYS “IN LOVE” WITH FLOWERS like I am today. Don’t get me wrong – I liked flowers a lot. But the actual “falling in love” happened over the course of the first summer months after I was married. Just a few weeks after my wedding, I found myself included in a small group of my mom’s friends who were “doing the flowers” for another friend’s wedding. One weekend turned into several more because suddenly it seemed that everyone we knew was getting married. Floral arrangements take a lot of work, much more than you comprehend until the moment you are kneedeep in snapdragons, lilies, gladiolus and Queen Anne’s lace with only hours before show time and you realize you now have to transport them all. And yes, those were the f lowers of choice circa 1992!

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I treasure the memories we made that summer. I can smell a lily from a mile away and it instantly takes me back to that time. It was definitely worth all the effort, but all that being said, no matter how much you love flowers, it’s a really good idea to find a florist for your wedding! It helps to spend some time thinking about what you want and what you like, and a good florist will be able to incorporate your thoughts into the selections for the big day. My taste in flowers changes frequently, and “so many flowers, so little time” should be my motto. I do have a few favorites for you to think about for your special arrangements. In a day packed with meaning and symbolism, flowers can reinforce particular themes in addition to adding decoration. In mixed bouquets or clusters of just one variety, you can’t go wrong with these beautiful blooms!


Ranunculus

SYMBOLIC MEANING: RADIANCE

And that they are. Choosing a color may be the hardest part of picking this whimsical and fun flower. I am crazy about clustering them together in similar hues for bouquets, especially the whites and butter yellows with creams and pinks and light corals. For tables at a reception, placing single stems in various sizes of glass vases is a modern look that is simple and easy to do. Pairing ranunculus with geranium leaves and other supporting flowers is also a great way to go.

Peony

SYMBOLIC MEANING: HEALING

This flower would definitely win the most popular award. It’s also hard to pick a color – pink, blush, coral, white, white with pink … there are so many choices. I have to say these clustered together in one hue is my preference, however if you pair them with some succulents and garden roses, you’ve got a showstopper on your hands.

Tulip

SYMBOLIC MEANING: CARING

The tulip will always be one of my top choices. With so many varieties to choose from, you simply can’t go wrong. Orange or coral tulips and pink tulips are my top choices. For a really unique look, parrot tulips are simply incredible to behold. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 59


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Hydrangea

SYMBOLIC MEANING: PERSEVERANCE

The hydrangea packs a punch that most flowers can only wish to deliver. Since it’s a large flower, even just one in a vase commands attention, and a big urn spilling over with them is amazing. Bright purple may be my favorite hue right now. From pure white for a spring wedding to antique hydrangea (a combination of green and maroon) for a fall setting, there are colors in many hues of pink, purple, blue and even green to choose from. The hydrangea has a strong stem and is a sturdy flower for big arrangements.

Anemone

SYMBOLIC MEANING: FRAGILITY

This flower is definitely delicate. With a beautiful center (I love the black centered ones!) the petals are thin and ruffled and scream femininity. These may be tough to get, but I think they are worth it. Red ones are stunning, but I haven’t ever met an anemone I didn’t like!

Lily of theValley SYMBOLIC MEANING: SWEETNESS

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Countdown to the Big Day A planning checklist for your wedding

Wondering where to begin preparing for THE BIG DAY? There are a great many details involved in planning a wedding, and it’s those very details that are often the source of stress and anxiety. Allow yourself ample time to think over the details that will make up your celebration, and flexibility to alter your choices and budget while your ideas evolve. Here are some tips to keep you and your wedding on track … and on budget:

18 to 9 Months Prior ◻Schedule an engagement photo session.

Announce your exciting news to friends, family, co-workers and the local media with your new photographs.

◻Organize a wedding binder or scrapbook. Look through magazines – bridal, design, food, fashion, lifestyle, city – for things that inspire you.

◻Set the tone. Now is a good time to determine

what kind of wedding you and your fiancée want, whether formal or informal, indoors or out, destination or local, and even what season and time of day you both prefer.

◻Create a budget. Sit down with your fiancée and other financially involved family members to iron out a budget. Determine how much you can spend and what each person’s contributions will be.

◻Finalize your wedding date. If you are choosing

a major holiday or heavy travel weekend, be sure to send out Save the Date cards. And don’t forget to check the OU and OSU football schedules. This is Oklahoma, and these things matter.

◻Reserve your date and venues. Deposits may be

due at the time of reservation. Make certain to factor in the correct amount of travel time if you plan to have separate wedding and reception locations.

◻Research florists, photographers, videographers, bands, caterers and bakers.

◻Book your officiant. ◻Begin planning your vows if you intend to write your own.

◻Throw an engagement party!

8 to 7 Months Prior ◻Get the dress. Choose your gown and acces-

sories, as well as your bridesmaids’ dresses. You’ll typically need two or three fittings for your dress.

◻Book a caterer. If your reception venue doesn’t provide food services, book a caterer after you have reviewed their offerings and narrowed down your desired menu.

◻Order the cake. Make certain to sample cakes

and other desserts from bakers before making your decision.

◻Hire a wedding coordinator. If you prefer to have ◻Book a photographer and videographer. Discuss a professional wedding planner ease your burden, make certain to factor the cost into your budget based on the level of service you desire.

◻Start the guest list. Start compiling a list of

addresses for invitations. A spreadsheet will help you keep track of responses, gifts and other pertinent information throughout the planning.

◻Choose your wedding party. Give these indi-

viduals ample time to prepare financially for any expenses they may incur and any possible travel arrangements.

the shots and angles you may want, and listen to their suggestions.

◻Book a florist. Your florist will want to know your color palette, though final decisions can be delayed for a few months.

◻Book the entertainment. Choose the orchestra, band, DJ or other musical group, but make certain to attend a few performances before making a decision.

◻Reserve hotel rooms. Choose a hotel (or two) close to the reception venue for your out-oftown guests.

◻Plan your honeymoon. Begin the process of

acquiring a passport or updating an existing one if necessary for your travel plans. Also make sure you make appointments for any vaccinations you may need prior to travel.

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6 Months Prior ◻Register for wedding gifts. Choose a minimum of two retailers to give guests options.

◻Create a wedding website. There are

many free and easy-to-use services available on the Internet if you’re not website savvy. If you have an attendant who is, consider tasking that person with this item.

◻Order invitations. While ordering your

wedding invitations, select stationery for menus, programs and thank-you notes. The stationery store can likely recommend a calligrapher if you want to use one. If you plan to send save-the-date cards, this is the time to order those as well. Invitations should be mailed eight weeks in advance, with the RSVP cutoff set at three weeks after the mail date.

◻Reserve transportation. Options for

transporting you and your wedding party are plentiful: limousines, town cars, minibuses, trolley cars, even horse-drawn carriages. The method should fit the type of wedding you’re planning and should be feasible for distance and time.

◻Reserve rental equipment. If your

caterer or venue isn’t providing tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware, reserve these now.

◻Dress the men. Purchase or reserve the groom’s attire, as well as the attire for his attendants.

◻Meet with the officiant. Discuss the

details of the ceremony and ensure that you have all the documents required by the state. Choose your desired readings for the ceremony and run your finalized vows past your officiant if you choose to write your own.

5 to 4 Months Prior ◻Choose gifts. Purchase any gifts you

wish to give your attendants. Arrange for welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, and if desired, select favors for guests to take away from the reception.

◻Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-

dinner venues. Schedule a rehearsal venue, time and menu for all involved in the ceremony. Consider inviting all out-oftown guests as your budget allows. If you plan to host a next-day brunch for your guests, book that venue now, too.

◻Start your dress fittings. Take the

undergarments and shoes you plan to wear with your dress to every fitting. If you didn’t choose your veil/headpiece when you purchased your gown, do so now.

◻Book hair and makeup artists. If you

don’t already have a favorite stylist, visit a

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few before making a decision. It’s helpful to offer photos of the wedding party attire.

◻Finalize your music selections. If you’re

uncomfortable on the dance floor, consider signing up for some dance lessons now.

3 Months Prior ◻Create a schedule for your wedding and

reception. Compile a “day-of” schedule of events for all participants to follow for your wedding day, including times and locations for photographs, hair and make-up, any last-minute rehearsals, readings, etc. Consider tasking this item to a trusted relative or friend if you’re not using a wedding coordinator. Make sure to give copies to all vendors involved, as well.

◻Confirm any hair and makeup appointment times. If you want to get a cut and color before the wedding, this is the time to do so.

◻Enter RSVPs into your guest list database.

◻Mail the rehearsal dinner invitations. ◻Schedule your final dress fitting.

Week of the Wedding ◻Print place cards and seating charts, if desired.

◻Finalize your flower choices and cater-

◻Reconfirm arrival times with all

◻Book a room for your wedding night. ◻Purchase your wedding rings.

◻Send a final timeline to your wedding

ing menu.

2 Months Prior ◻Touch base with all your vendors. Make

certain that everyone is in agreement on all the final details.

vendors.

party.

◻Notify your caterer of your final guest count.

◻Assemble welcome baskets. ◻Pack for the honeymoon.

◻Submit a newspaper wedding announce-

◻Take care of as many final payments as

◻Mail the wedding invitations.

◻Prepare tip envelopes.

ment. Check the newspaper’s website for any rules about what and how to submit.

1 Month Prior ◻Print any programs and menus you

require. You should have all the information you need after confirming the schedule with your officiant and finalizing the menu with your caterer.

◻Get your marriage license. Make

appointments for marriage licenses and any bloodwork your state may require. Request certified copies of any documentation necessary. Also, complete any paperwork required to change your name, if you choose to do so.

◻Update your address with the post

office. Complete a change-of-address form through your local post office if your living arrangements will be changing.

you can.

◻Get a manicure and pedicure, or treat

yourself and your attendants to a spa day.

◻Supply any drivers (including hired

transportation and out-of-town guests) with point-to-point directions.

◻Pick up your dress or arrange to have it delivered.

◻Pick up your wedding rings. ◻Break in your wedding shoes! ◻Delegate the details. If not using a coordinator, assign tasks: delivering welcome baskets, carrying vendor tips, transferring bouquets to tables, bustling your dress, being in charge of gifts.

◻Buy a guestbook. If you prefer some-

thing less traditional, consider a platter or jar with little notecards for guests to jot down a message.

◻Purchase attendants’ gifts. The

rehearsal dinner is the time to present these.

◻Assign seating. If you’re having a seated dinner, plan where everyone will sit.

If you write thankyou notes as gifts arrive, you won’t feel overwhelmed after the wedding.


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FARE | In the Kitchen

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FULL OF FLAVOR By Caryn Ross Photos by Carli Wentworth

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, then you probably feel a sense of relief that you made it through the holidays! However, every January, I make the same resolution to lose those dreaded 25 pounds. This year is no exception, but now my hubby has decided that the entire family is going to get fit. He has declared that we will be participating in the 2014 Ross Family Weight Loss Challenge. We will all have individual goals and if we reach them as a group, we will get an end-of-year prize! That means I am faced with having to “skinny up” some of the family’s favorite dishes. One of our favorite types of food is Italian. We are a pasta-loving family and embrace butter, oils, cheese and all things lusciously creamy. So, when I was asked to create a “skinnier” version of my Chicken Parmesan I knew it was going to be a tough job – but I am up for a culinary challenge. For example, instead of using 2 cups of vegetable oil to fry the cutlets, I used a more heart-friendly oil and less of it. I also replaced the egg and cream in the dredging process by subbing the already creamy texture of Egg Beaters. Using flavorful panko bread crumbs helped the dish go from blah to incredible. (As a side note ... there wasn’t even a bite of Chicken Parmesan left after this photo shoot!) I encourage you to work toward making 2014 a healthier, happier year, one dish at a time.

SKINNY CHICKEN PARMESAN

4 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, pounded thin 1 c Egg Beaters ¼ c flour 1 c bread crumbs 2 c Italian seasoned panko salt and pepper ¼ c olive oil 1 jar low-fat marinara sauce ¼ c thinly chopped fresh basil 2 c low-fat fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1 package whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" by 13" casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place a large skillet on stovetop and heat oil to medium high heat. Combine the bread crumbs and panko together in a shallow dish. In a separate dish place the flour, season with salt and pepper. Pour the Egg Beaters in a third dish. Arrange these three separate flat containers to bread your chicken cutlets assembly line-style. To prepare the chicken, first dredge lightly in flour, then Egg Beaters and lastly the bread crumb

mixture. Place the breaded cutlet in the hot oil and cook until browned on both sides. Remove chicken from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Pour half of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the prepared casserole pan. Place the cooked chicken cutlets in the pan and then top with the rest of the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve with spaghetti and a green salad. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 69


FARE | Matters of Taste

WHERE TO BEGIN By Steve Gill // Photos by Carli Wentworth

IT’S A NEW YEAR; an opportunity to take advantage of the clean slate offered by the pristine calendar page. While you can kick off your 2014 anywhere, one recent addition to the Norman dining scene deserves special attention, and not just because of the linguistic coincidence. For an expertly designed menu of American classics and cocktails, you’d be well advised to start from Scratch. Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails (in the former home of Native Roots Market) keeps its space’s raw aesthetic of brick and wood and concrete, so that depending on the crowd level it can be by turns a boisterous bar hangout and an intimate venue for couples dining by candlelight. That decorative choice also keeps visitors’ attention focused mainly on the food, or the bar, or each other – all of which are worthy targets. The menu in particular stands out right from the beginning: Smoked salmon cups set off their salty slivers of protein with avocado and cream cheese, all layered into a crisp pastry shell with tasty results – but their height and their composition make taking a bite neatly a bit of an awkward prospect. Those unwilling to risk getting a dollop of cilantro coulis on the tips of their noses might instead consider the sweet potato gnocchi in spicy tomato sauce, or the rich earthiness of the quinoa crab cakes.  

HEAVY HITTERS …

Some of the cuisine is impressively haute – consider the duck confit. It’s an entrée featuring a duck leg slowly cooked in its own fat, making it supremely rich and savory and unbelievably tender. You won’t find it many places; Scratch does it, and lays its version in a seasonally appropriate (and, again, tasty) gastrique of dried cherry, pumpkin and butternut squash. It’s a marvelously executed dish, but it’s the sort of recipe that carries a certain level of expectation; if a chef attempts it at all, he’s going to try to bring his A game. What’s perhaps more impressive is that 70 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

SCRATCH KITCHEN & COCKTAILS 132 W. Main Street, Norman 405.801.2900, scratchnorman.com Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Scratch brings the same level of ambition to less gastronomically famed fare as well.

… AND LIGHTER SURPRISES

Take, for example, the BLT. One of the most ubiquitous sandwiches in the world, so universally known that it only takes three letters to name. You can get one practically anywhere – but where else is the bacon so thickly sliced and stacked (and peppercrusted), the tomato delivered in the form of a thick spread of apple brandy-tomato relish and the whole thing set off with a sweet, tangy honey-lemon aioli? The

Scratch version is a crunchy, flavorful marvel that improves the form of what could have been a mundane order. That’s basically the restaurant in a nutshell – when it aims high, it hits; when it aims lower, it elevates through design and execution. A simple but cozy space, a menu filled with inspiration and careful thought, a well-tended bar. Apart from the noise level from time to time, what’s not to love? A new beginning, at least culinarily, is perpetually at hand and accessible anytime … and as often as you like. For the record, fresh starts are delicious.


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Branch out. The bar is stocked with quality labels, but you can get a bourbon on the rocks anywhere; one of Scratch’s specialties is whipping up deliciously complex craft cocktails. Try the Dark & Stormy (which has rum, ginger beer, lime and specially made bitters), a deftly executed Mint Julep or The First Collaboration (which contains – not kidding – elderflower liqueur). Look for familiar faces. The most noticeable element of the decorative scheme is the collective gaze of a vast crowd; the portraiture of Norman photographer Keisha Register as part of her Wallpaper Project. Many of the hundreds of subjects are Norman residents, so take a quick tour and see if you can find anyone you know.

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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE A Route 66 classic with copious decorative memorabilia, and huge portions of excellent chicken-fried steak. 4106 NW 39th, OKC, 943.8915 $ CAFÉ 7 Fast and casual, with varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $ CAFÉ 501 Pizzas, salads and specialty sandwiches on artisan breads. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$ CLASSEN GRILL Deftly done diner deliciousness, especially breakfast. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ DEEP FORK GRILL Crisply elegant atmosphere complements superb seafood (cedar plank salmon is a specialty) and steaks. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DISTRICT 21 A bastion of creativity from chefs just starting out, this sleek, inexpensive restaurant 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 $$ FLINT Casual style plus outstanding contemporary cuisine makes a winning combination in the Colcord Hotel. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$

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 $$

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PICASSO CAFÉ As creative as its neighbors in the Paseo Arts District; zippy sandwiches, salads, pizza and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $

BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $

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 $$

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 $

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 $

SEAN CUMMINGS’ Classic Irish fare delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N May, OKC, 755.2622 $$

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

KITCHEN NO. 324 Seasonally inspired café, coffee curator and craft bakery serving spectacular rustic American cuisine. 324 N Robinson, OKC, 763.5911 $

URBAN WINEWORKS Made-in-Oklahoma wine paired with haute culinary creations featuring rabbit, duck, pork belly and more. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 525.9463 $$

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 $

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 $

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 $

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 $$

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 $$ DOT WO GARDEN With an elegantly appointed location, Dot Wo continues its legacy by pairing sumptuous classics of Chinese cuisine with fiery, fresh sushi. 6161 N May, OKC, 608.2388 $$

INTERURBAN Great food (and prices) in casual comfort – try the chicken-fried steak and anything with honey-pepper bacon. 4 metro locations, interurban.us $$

GRAND HOUSE A Chinese restaurant that happily goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N Classen, OKC, 524.7333 $$

KAISER’S AMERICAN BISTRO Founded in 1918, Kaiser’s boasts a great view, a topnotch buffalo burger and an ice cream soda fountain. 1039 N Walker, OKC, 232.7632 $

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 $$

LEGEND’S A casually upscale landmark for over 40 years, it still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$

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 $$

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

SARA SARA CUPCAKES The ambiance and milk bar make great additions to the variety of specialty cupcakes in this charming little converted house. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $

BAR // PUB FOOD 51ST STREET SPEAKEASY The 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 $ ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout dishes aimed at recreating the true English public house vibe. 121 E Main, Norman, 928.5801 $$ BELLE ISLE BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection in 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $ BLU FINE WINE & FOOD Popular among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$ CLUB ONE15 A nightclub vibe with energetic music and three bars, plus a robust menu including fajitas, pasta bowls and seafood. 115 E Sheridan, OKC, 605.5783 $$ DEEP DEUCE GRILL A funky, comfortable alternative to Bricktown crowds, featuring burgers, beer and a people-watching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $ JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to OKC, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$ 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 $

BARBEQUE EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a competitive genre, the chain pounds out hit ribs and turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, earlsribpalace.com $ 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 $$ LEO’S BAR-B-Q Dense, rich flavor and tender texture through and through for commendable value – no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $ RUDY’S Totally casual – think cafeteria trays and plastic utensils – with brisket and other staples that speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552; 3437 W Memorial, OKC, 254.4712 $$

BURGERS // SANDWICHES BISON WITCHES Monster sandwiches with standout flavors, best enjoyed with a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $ CAFÉ PLAID Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with sensational salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) – an ideal lunch spot near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $ COW CALF-HAY The selections are ample and 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, carrots, pineapple relish and habanero salsa.100 N


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University, Edmond, 974.4638; 6315 NW 39th Expwy, Bethany, 603.2822 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE TVs abound, but talk may focus on the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries anyway. 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 $ 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 $ 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 $ 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 $ 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 $ 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 $ TEXADELPHIA The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $ TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS The small menu is easy to remember; 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 more 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 $

staffers are 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 $

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 $$$

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 $

PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside and cheerful on the patio, with an award-winning menu of distinctive flavors – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$

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

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 $$

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 $

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 $$

CONTINENTAL BIN 73 Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambiance. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$ BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food – pot roast nachos! – with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$

SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; huge culinary rewards of French and Italian flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$ WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées wide-ranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$

FRENCH

CAFÉ NOVA The simple but innovative fare and hopping bar aim to please hipsters, families and average joes and josephines. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $$

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 $$

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

WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway housing a treasure of a restaurant that serves sumptuous, savory cuisine in quiet comfort. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$

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

GERMAN

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, woodgrilled salmon and a host of entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$ MANTEL, THE Marvelous steaks and seafood (don’t miss the lobster bisque), in a refined, intimate atmosphere. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$ MELTING POT, THE Make a meal an event to remember with an elegant four-course fondue feast. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A perennial favorite that’s comfortably upscale, the menu covers culinary wonders from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$

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 $

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 $$$

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 $

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 $$

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housing distinctive cuisine and drinks. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $$$

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 house-brewed beers. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$

HEALTHY // ECLECTIC COOLGREENS Customization encouraged; every available component in salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, coolgreens.com $$ EARTH, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads and soups in one of the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus you’ll ever see. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $ LOCAL Using some of the finest, freshest regionally sourced ingredients available, its menu changes seasonally but its warm atmosphere is constant. 2262 W Main, Norman, 928.5600 $$ LUDIVINE The experience is never the same twice, because 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 $

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

ITALIAN // PIZZA BELLINI’S Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the fare keeps the booths full; don’t overlook Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$ CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises firsttime diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them as classic dishes are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$ EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE Reigning over the Plaza District in New York style, it offers whole pizzas or slices, full bar service and a primo patio. 1734 NW 16th, OKC $ GABRIELLA’S A fresh chapter in the family’s delectable legacy; one bite of the homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ 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,


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romantic dinner or brunch, amid stylish scenery. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ UPPER CRUST This pizzeria and wine bar specializes in thin-crust, New York-style pies. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743; 1205 NW 178th, Edmond, 285.8887 $$ VICTORIA’S A shabby-comfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – try the chicken lasagna. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff treat customers like guests in their home. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas starring fresh ingredients (including figs and truffle oil) and made-from-scratch sauces. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

JAPANESE // SUSHI CAFÉ ICON Tempting sushi and Japanese specialties fill the menu to bursting with visually splendid and palate-pleasing treats. 311 S Blackwelder, Edmond, 340.8956 $$ GOGO SUSHI Prime for lovers of speed and convenience – go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore, 794.3474; 432 NW 10th, OKC, 602.6333 $$ IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic space on the Bricktown Canal offering excellent sushi, specialty rolls and sake. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.1325 $$ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry by skilled chefs at tableside hibachi grills. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$

SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, as well as options starring more adventurous ingredients, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 NW 178th, OKC, 285.7317 $$ SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in a broad and creative menu). 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s small with a traditional menu; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$

MEDITERRANEAN AVANTI BAR & GRILL Casual elegance with contemporary Italian menu twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza and more. 13509 Highland Park, OKC, 254.5200 $$ BASIL MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ Chicken Bandarri, Beef Souvlaki or a fresh bowl of tangy tabouli; flavor leaps from every corner of the menu. 211 NW 23rd, OKC, 602.3030 $ HAIGET’S Vegan-friendly – and friendly in general – this gem rewards the adventurous with Ethiopian and Kenyan specialties. 308 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 509.6441 $$ MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI Selected groceries and a menu stocked with options; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $

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

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 $

MEXICAN // LATIN AMERICAN

IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172; 6482 Avondale, OKC, 607.8193 $$

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 $$

INCA TRAIL Flavors from around the world, piquant ceviches to homemade flan. The Pollo a La Brasa comes highly recommended. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$

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

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 $$

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

LA 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 $$

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

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 $$

CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant Guatemalan flavors. The breakfast specialties truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $

MAMAVECA Familiar Mexican favorites plus the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$

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

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

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 $$

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classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, tedscafe.com $$ 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 $$

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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 $$

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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 Creoleinspired dishes. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$

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

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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 $

DENTAL IMPLANTS

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 $$$

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 $

THE DRUM ROOM Crispy, juicy fried chicken (among the city’s best) stars along with fried okra, waffles and a fully loaded bar. 4300 N Western, OKC, 604.0990 $$

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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 $$$

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 $$

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

PERIODONTAL SURGERY

JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak, lobster or prime rib with Lebanese appetizers gratis – Jamil’s has been feeding Oklahoma well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$

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 $$

SWEET BASIL The enormous aquarium adds to the cozy ambiance; with its outstanding curries and soups, it makes a great dinner date. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI There’s a lot to like here, from red snapper filet to pad thai. Pay attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$

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


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PURSUITS IN THE BALANCE An international artist and a legendary graphic designer find their own equilibrium in co-curating a set of carefully tuned creations by graphic artists, like Alicia Northern’s “Union Bus.” See page 84.

TOP 10 Prime starting points for making the most of the month 82 GETTING AWAY Fly south for the winter to balmy and bird-filled McAllen, Texas 87 SEE & DO January’s music, theater, visual arts and other delights 90 JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 81


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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.

A BLAST OF FLAVOR January 15, Rapp Events Center

Each January, St. Anthony Hospital hosts a Celebrity Chef event, featuring a hearthealthy dinner and cooking demonstration from a culinary luminary. And as viewers of the Food Network know, if there’s a talented, enthusiastic, crowd-inspiring chef wanted, the cheerfully luminescent Anne Burrell more than fills the bill. Bon appetit!

TOGA PARTY

January 16-February 9, Jewel Box Theater Some days you just can’t seem to free yourself from a lifetime of servitude by finagling a marriage between your owner and a courtesan belonging to your neighbor’s pleasure house. Lies, chicanery, bumbling and outright silliness combine for one of musical theater’s finest farces as Jewel Box revisits ancient Rome in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

GROWTH INDUSTRY

Don’t Stop Creating January 16-April 5, Oklahoma Heritage Museum

Everyone has occasional bursts of creativity, but for OKC artist and graphic designer Corey Lee Fuller, “sometimes” wasn’t enough – he challenged himself to create something new (drawings, photos, even doodles) every day for a year. The collected assemblage of ideas, in an exhibit called “The Daily Artifact,” contains much to ponder, and potential inspiration for viewers. 82 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

January 17-19, State Fairgrounds Got a hankering for warmer weather? This might make the craving even stronger: The OKC Home & Garden Show is three days of toptier products, contacts for service providers and ideas and advice from experts in the fields of redecorating, home remodeling, landscaping and more. Special guests include bestselling cookbook author and “recipe hacker” Todd Wilbur and HGTV gardening expert William Moss.

LET IT BLOW

January 20-21, All Souls’ & St. Paul’s Cathedral While nature may be in a state of quiet slumber, OKC’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble is eagerly rehearsing up a storm, the better to light up listeners’ lives with the revivifying concert “Shanties, Songs and Serenades.” The wind-oriented musical feast includes pieces by Mozart, Francaix, Matthew Arnold and more.


A Rousing Performance January 27, Armstrong Auditorium

The story is over 300 years old, but the magic is by no means gone – especially when the pros dancing to the great Petipa’s choreography and accompanied by the enduring Tchaikovsky score to “Sleeping Beauty” are none other than the stunningly skilled Moscow Festival Ballet, in Edmond for one singular fairy-tale-worthy show.

THE WHOLE KITTEN CABOODLE

January 24-26, Sooner Theatre That’s what audiences will get in “Cats” as The Studio of the Sooner Theatre’s Junior Production class supplies 3rd7th grade mini-thespians for its mysterious musical foray into the feline kingdom of Macavity, Griddlebone, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy and the other Jellicle kittens in the “Memory”-able T.S. Eliot classic. Consider it the pick of the litter.

THE FRESH SCOOT

SLEEPING BEAUTY PHOTO COURTESY ARMSTRONG AUDITORIUM

January 25, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Nearly 14,000 babies and toddlers go through a lot of formula, diapers and other necessities in a year … which means the local humanitarian nonprofit Infant Crisis Services needs support in helping to supply them. So don black tie and/or the titular gear and prepare for dinner, dancing, cocktails and a good ol’ time at the spirits-lifting Boots & Ball Gowns gala.

VISION QUEST

THE HIT PARADE

January 24, Bricktown Events Center Time to don the tuxedo and lay in a cigar or two – the black-tie evening of mixed martial arts excitement and premier old-school pugilism known as OKC Charity Fight Night is back in Bricktown. The OKC Police Athletic League’s child assistance activities are the beneficiaries of proceeds from the boxing spectacular hosted by announcing great Michael Buffer.

Through January 31, Red Earth Museum Sometimes we can all benefit from a little perspective. Visiting the Red Earth Museum this month allows 19 award-winning Native artists with Oklahoma ties to share individual viewGary Montgomery, “Last Buffalo” points through their works and their words, as each piece in the Red Earth Master Artist Show “Through the Eyes of the Artist” is accompanied by explanatory quotes from its creator. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 83


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The three-days-only show at Norman’s MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery is the brainchild of Narciso Argüelles, a worldwide exhibitor with a glittering resume that includes teaching stints at UCO, OCCC and SWOSU. It was while teaching that he got an idea: “Often it was the graphic design majors who would turn in some quality art pieces, [as opposed to] the art majors. I would joke in class that I should curate an exhibit for these star graphic design students.” The thought lay in his mind for some time, reawakened when he saw the art done as a creative outlet by a former student and current designer … and concretized when he was able to secure the help of an old friend and titan of graphic design: David Carson. Largely as a result of his astonishingly innovative work for Ray Gun magazine, Carson became one of the leading lights of his craft – Newsweek once said he “changed the public face of graphic design.” His boundary-breaking typography made letters on the page into an art form of their own, and he won hundreds of awards from various agencies while doing work for clients from Pepsi and Budweiser to Toyota and Warner Bros. In recent years, Carson has Above: “This Plus That,” a pointed piece by Native artist Zachary Presley ; below: Marianne Burks’ feline-themed farewell “Work in Progress”; opposite page: Vintage cartoon influence focused more on traveling to deliver lectures, workis evident in Nick Geist’s “DEIFIED.” shops and exhibitions worldwide. It was at a conference in Mexico that Argüelles met and struck up a friendship with him. They’ve maintained contact on social media since, and Carson seemed a perfect fit for this project. Narciso remembers, “I had been teaching classes like History of Graphic Design and Art History – the textbooks feature David prominently, and he is an idol for many of my former students. I thought including him in this exhibit would be a great treat for the designers in the exhibit. He has done a TED Talk and lectures around the world; he has By Steve Gill done Design Week events IT’S AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION, BUT HOPEFULLY AN ILLUSin major cities around the TRATIVE ONE: art can be thought of as the pursuit of pure creworld ... Bringing him to ativity, while design is a realm more concerned with form, through Oklahoma is a big deal.” preexisting specifications and limits. What happens, then, if the Carson will deliver a lectwo are combined; if trained and experienced designers are given ture on January 23, the openthe opportunity to explore and exhibit more creative freedom? ing night of “Balance,” and both contributed his work to the show and That’s the question that prompted a collaboration between an helped Argüelles curate submissions from Oklahoma graphic designOKC artist with an international background and a legendary ers. “The range of participants runs from young design professionals, to figure in the field of graphic design, and the captivating exhibit established artist/designers, to even college instructors,” says Argüelles. “Balance: Art + Design.” “I am proud and honored to have them all.”

IN SEARCH OF VISUAL HARMONY

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Clockwise from right: Christopher Lee crafted this assemblage, titled “1984”; “The Occupied Series,” a piece submitted by co-curator Narciso Argüelles; “The Absurd Challenge of Nature and Man,” by Kyle Golding; A conceptual sketch for Dylan Bradway’s “Shifted Perception”

Norman Arts Council director Erinn Gavahaghan assisted by securing space at MAINSITE, but the exhibit required a balance of time as well; while the gallery is working on a digital catalogue, with its schedule, Carson’s work on a new book and Argüelles’ large upcoming exhibit at Living Arts of Tulsa, “Balance: Art + Design” will only be on display January 23-25. Argüelles believes it’s worth arranging room in your schedule to see the results. “Graphic designers deal with images in magazines, billboards, TV, clothes ... these artists as designers work on images we see every day; it will be interesting to see how they translate that energy and design background to contemporary art. The plus is having David Carson here to speak. I cannot overstress how big his visit is for the art and design community.”

PART OF A BALANCED VISUAL DIET An exhibition that only spans three days (January 23-25) means marking your calendar now; the place is the MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery at 122 E. Main in Norman. For more information, visit normanarts.org or call 360.1162. 86 SLICE // JANUARY 2014


Getting Away | PURSUITS

For the Birds By Elaine Warner

IT WOULD BE TOO EASY TO SAY THAT MCALLEN IS FOR THE BIRDS and it would sound demeaning. Truth is, though, if you’re interested in birding, this is the best place in the United States to go. And it’s great for other reasons, too. Just ask the thousands of snowbirds who trek down from cold climes to enjoy the sun, citrus and shopping. McAllen, Texas is a great winter destination.

From top: A chachalaca samples the bird buffet at Quinta Mazatlan. // Birders take advantage of a blind in the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park site of the World Birding Center.

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Through the Looking Glass

More accurately, through binoculars is the way to see some of the area’s best features. The Rio Grande Valley is home to the World Birding Center, which encompasses nine sites throughout the valley–including Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, where the WBC headquarters is located. This area is ideal for bird watching because two major flyways, the Central and the Mississippi, converge here. It’s also far enough south that colorful tropical species can often be seen. Nearly 500 species have been sighted in the area. The WBC McAllen site is Quinta Mazatlan, an urban oasis centered on a 1930s mansion. The home was built by Jason Chilton Matthews, an eccentric composer, writer and adventurer. In Spanish Revival style, it features a clay tile roof and beautiful decorative tile accents throughout the house. He claimed that he built the adobe walls of the house from a secret formula based on the one used to build King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace in ancient Babylon. The house is surrounded by trails through native woodland and thorn forest. Bird feeding stations dot the property, so you’re bound to see wildlife. And you can’t miss the raucous call of the eponymous chachalaca. Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park offers seven miles of trails through a variety of habitats. A two-story hawk tower (with a handicap-accessible ramp) provides a great lookout spot for raptors. Bikes and binoculars can be rented at the headquarters and there are regularly scheduled tram tours for those who prefer to ride. Just north of McAllen, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands site attracts not only birds but butterflies and dragonflies.

Foodie Alert

You absolutely won’t go hungry in McAllen – there are over 600 restaurants within the city limits. El Pato is a Valley tradition. Years ago, a Mrs. Gonzales opened a tortilleria but when she noticed her customers were eating the tortillas immediately, she started cooking beans to sell with them. Today there are 13 locations throughout the Valley, including three in McAllen. This is fast food with a fresh, Mexican twist – great anytime, but I like it for breakfast. The pato is sort of like a burrito but not so neatly tucked. Choose from 16 different fillings to go in your corn or flour tortilla. My favorite fancy food place is Frida’s – fantastic food with the most elegant presentations ever. Although they tout their steaks, I can’t get enough of their Mexican specialties. As the name implies, the décor includes homage to Frida Kahlo. Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights make it a great evening out. 88 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

Clockwise from top: Quinta Mazatlan is an historic Spanish Revival adobe hacienda. // Wildlife statues complement native inhabitants at Quinta Mazatlan. // Owner Sergio Luna displays an appetizer masterpiece at Frida’s. // The interior of the Quinta Mazatlan features handpainted decorative Mexican tiles.


From left: An unusual sausage tree shades a courtyard at the Renaissance Casa de Palmas. // Nuevo Santander Gallery is internationally noted for collectibles and art.

For steaks, you can’t beat Lansky and Brats. They serve prime Allen Brothers steaks in a décor that recalls elegant supper clubs of an earlier day. Hankering for sweets? Make a stop at the RGV Cupcake Factory. Owned by three Latina women, two sisters and a friend, the Cupcake Factory gained fame winning a $10,000 grand prize on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” You won’t find that creation on the regular menu, but you can’t go wrong with any of the choices.

Silly Souvenirs to Designer Dresses

Shopping is a major sport in McAllen. Within a 60 mile radius of the town, there are four million people – many on the south side of the border. The city is the number one shopping destination for Mexico, with shoppers f lying in just to visit the many stores in the area. Piñatas, maracas, paper flowers – all the traditional Mexican souvenirs can be found here plus some more unusual offerings. Stop by the Yerberia for incense and candles designed to remove jinxes, stop gossip, protect against envy and any number of other conditions. Because of the popularity of quinceañeras in the Hispanic community, shop windows billow with ruffles and lace of all colors, looking a lot like cotton candy factories. The quinceañera celebrating a young girl’s 15th birthday may have its roots in the 15th century

Aztec culture – but today’s celebrations are pure 21st century with limousines or party buses, DJs and dancing. For beautiful high-end items, Jones and Jones, a four-generation department store, is a great stop. From Baccarat butterflies to designer fashions for men and women and beautiful decorator items, you can’t beat this store. My favorite art gallery is Nuevo Santander. The stone building looks like a Spanish church with three bells mounted in openings in the façade. The elaborately carved wooden doors date back to the 1800s. Inside you’ll find not only beautiful artwork but outstanding vintage pieces including guns, spurs, Native American beadwork and religious artifacts.

When, Why and Where

From top: Carrot Top, The Halle and Root Beer Float – three of the many flavors of cupcakes available at the RGV Cupcake Factory. // Ruffles and ribbons decorate elaborate quinceañera gowns.

Sun? Though December and January are cloudier than most months, the temperatures are generally in the 60s and low 70s. The beach at South Padre is just an hour and a half away. Citrus? January is prime time for the Valley’s famous Ruby Red grapefruit and oranges are available as well – try Klement’s Grove. Shopping? Yep, ’til you drop. Where to stay? Lots of choices – but I love the Renaissance Casa de Palmas, a restoration of a historic hotel. For more information, contact the McAllen Convention and Visitors Bureau, mcallencvb.com. JANUARY 2014 // SLICE 89


See & Do DANCE Young Choreographer’s Showcase Jan 23-26 Every installment is a fresh delight for audiences as today’s talented students (and possible future stars) craft new interpretations of the timeless art form of dance. OU Reynolds PAC, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman, 325.4101, ou.edu/finearts/ dance Sleeping Beauty Jan 27 Audiences and the princess alike will be under a spell during the show; but while hers will be broken with a kiss, theirs will last as long as they remember this magnificent production from the Moscow Festival Ballet. Armstrong Autditorium, 14400 S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org Don Quixote Jan 28 Choreographed by the great Petipa, this encore performance from the tremendous Moscow Festival Ballet follows an elderly knight’s well-intentioned misadventures. Armstrong Autditorium, 14400 S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org

Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Ave, OKC, 278.8944, alliedartsokc.com Art Now Gala Jan 24 Live music and performances, local eats, an open bar and a pervasive air of immediacy characterize Oklahoma Contemporary’s blink-and-you’llmiss-it fundraiser. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000, oklahomacontemporary.org Snowflake Gala Jan 24 As a new year begins, the United Way’s annual campaign comes to a close; this swank soiree marks the occasion and officially announces the results of the metro’s lifesaving generosity in 2013. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 236.8441, unitedwayokc.org Boots & Ball Gowns Gala Jan 25 Infant Crisis Services provides a joyous, jovial hoedown so patrons and donors can provide the means for them to help babies and toddlers in need. National Cowboy & Western

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The Violin Jan 26 OCU’s Film Institute continues its series with a screening of a jewel in Mexican cinema, the story of a traveling musician and clandestine arms smuggler. UCO Meinders School of Business, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5472

School of Art Student Exhibition Jan 14-Feb 16 The OU School of Art & Art History has a bit of practice at throwing this particular annual show of student-created work: this is the whopping 100th juried exhibition. OU Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval, Norman, 325.7370, art.ou.edu

GALLERIES

The Daily Artifact Jan 16-Apr 5 Oklahoma native Corey Fuller challenged himself to create something - a drawing, photo, design layout, even just a doodle - every day for a year. He did it; the collected results give a 366-piece picture of what a year living creatively looks like. Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Dr, OKC, 523.3231, oklahomaheritage.com

James - Foster - Miller Jan 10-Feb 14 Heidi James is a realist lover of shape, Sylvia Miller’s heart belongs to bold color and the palette knife, Patricia Foster works in watercolor and oil to chronicle the nature of the West. Together their work holds temptations for many a viewer’s eye. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org

To Pioneer Through Jan 4 Oklahoma Heritage Museum, OKC, 523.3231, oklahomaheritage.com Cowboy Artists of America Through Jan 5 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org

EVENTS 1st Friday Gallery Walk Jan 3 The historic arts district’s name means “stroll,” which happens to be the preferred form of locomotion while taking in its wonders during a monthly display of arts and culture. Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2688, thepaseo.com

Libertad de Expresion Through Jan 5 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma Masterworks of Native American Art Through Jan 5 Sam Noble Museum of Oklahoma History, Norman, 325.4712, snomnh.ou.edu

Eagle Watch Jan 3-5 Bundle up and bring binoculars - though the weather is chilly, it’s the perfect season to observe the lake’s magnificent feathered residents. Arcadia Lake, 9000 E 2nd St, Edmond, 216.7471, arcadialakeok.com

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Through Jan 5 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org Dark Light Through Jan 12 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/ fjjma

2nd Friday Circuit of Art Jan 10 A monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic Downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, normanarts.org

The Art of Sport + Play Through Jan 26 Sam Noble Museum of Oklahoma History, Norman, 325.4712, snomnh.ou.edu

Live on the Plaza Jan 10 Vendors, artists, residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District, 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, plazadistrict.org Second Sunday Poetry: Ken Hada Jan 12 ECU professor Hada is an evocative poet and lifelong lover of the outdoors, interests that dovetail nicely for an audience poised to enjoy a live reading of his work. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org St. Anthony Celebrity Chef Jan 15 Highenergy chef and Food Network host Anne Burrell brings her vim and enthusiasm (and culinary acumen) to OKC to demonstrate heart-healthy recipes. St. Anthony Rapp Center, 535 NW 9th St, OKC, 272.7383, saintsok.com Premiere on Film Row Jan 16 Fowler Honda sponsors the downtown OKC street festival; it’s family-friendly, pet-welcoming, free to wander through and filled with treats for the ears and taste buds. Film Row, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060 Bright Night of Harry Potter Jan 17 Kids don’t have to have magic powers to enjoy a magical campout; the wild wonders of Rowling’s thaumaturgical universe flavor the activities and games at this exciting sleepover. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC, 602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org

Conrad Tao Philharmonic: Sizzling Sparklers January 11, OKC

Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 528.3663, infantcrisis.org UPCOMING 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 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. Hudson-Essex Lofts, 825 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 973.4746, downtownokc.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

OKC Home & Garden Show Jan 17-19 Home improvement products, services, ideas and advice from experts spanning local garden centers to special guest cookbook author Todd Wilbur. Get set for spring! State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd, OKC, 301.5525, oklahomacityhomeshow.com

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

Winter Ball Jan 18 First held in 1957, this crisply elegant fundraiser warms hearts amid its namesake season’s chill by benefiting the Allied Arts Foundation. OKC

ONGOING Edmond Outdoor Ice Skating Through Jan 5 Festival Market Place, Edmond, 274.1638, expressice.com

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ONGOING Le Corps Propre Through Jan 4 [Artspace] at Untitled, OKC, 815.9995, artspaceatuntitled.org

Youth Impressions Juried Art Show Jan 18-31 Time will tell whether any of these artists blossom into future Rembrandts and Picassos, but they already represent the cream of the state’s school-aged creativity. Downtown Edmond Community Center, 28 E Main St, Edmond, 340.4481, edmondfinearts.com Art Now Jan 20-Feb 7 The organization is named Oklahoma Contemporary, after all - of course cutting edge work by the state’s top artistic talents is what they want for this annual exhibition marking each new year. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000, oklahomacontemporary.org Balance: Art + Design Jan 23-25 Talent plus ambition equals … well, let’s find out. World-renowned graphic designer David Carson and international artist Narciso Arguelles co-curate this exhibition of high-aiming art by Oklahoman graphic designers. MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, mainsite-art.com ONGOING The Company You Keep Through Jan 4 IAO Gallery, OKC, 232.6060, iaogallery.org

Red Earth Master Artist Show Through Jan 31 Red Earth Museum, OKC, 427.5228, redearth.org Art in Recycled Trash Through Feb 14 Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC, 602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org Untamed Through Mar 1 Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC, 602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org On Assignment Through Mar 16 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma Allan Houser and His Students Through May 11 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, 478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org Traditionalist and Trailblazer Through May 31 Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, 366.1667, jacobsonhouse.com Chuck Close: Works on Paper Through Feb 16 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com Come on Down Through Apr 13 OKC Museum of Art, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com

MUSIC

Noise Makers Through Jan 11 MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Norman, 360.1162, normanarts.org

Noon Tunes Jan 2-30 Free lunchtime serenades in the Downtown Library: Tammy Goddard Jan 2, the Lupine Trio Jan 9, Brett and Laura Vanderzee Jan 16, Justin Young Jan 23 and Buffalo Rogers Jan 30. Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, mls.lib.ok.us

Swoon Through Jan 31 Istvan Gallery, OKC, 604.7947, fringeokc.com

The Conservatory Jan 3-30 Sonic jams of all desciptions in an OKC hotspot:


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PURSUITS | See & Do

Netherfriends Jan 3, Andrea Gibson Jan 14, The Front Bottoms with You Blew It! Jan 22 and an acoustic evening featuring The Maine Jan 30 - adds and adjustments posted online. The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave, OKC, conservatoryokc.com Purple Bar Performances Jan 3-31 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 Winter Wind: Carrie Newcomer Jan 5 Enjoy Newcomer’s long-honed skills at picking and singing … and don’t be surprised if the lyrics linger in your mind; she’s a gifted songwriter and cultural ambassador as well. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org Philharmonic: Sizzling Sparklers Jan 11 With the superbly scintillating musicianship of Conrad Tao at the title instrument, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is a sure-fire highlight waiting to happen, and the OKC Philharmonic’s skill makes classics by Diamond and Mendelssohn perfect accompaniments. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org Brightmusic: Shanties, Songs and Serenades Jan 20-21 Winds and strings enliven two winter nights as the Brightmusic ensemble performs a sprightly setlist spanning Mozart to Matthew Arnold. All Souls’ Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral, 6400 N Penn and 127 NW 7th, OKC, brightmusic.org Cello Plus Jan 21 A concert of this caliber means the musicians, like UCO’s own Tess Remy-Schumacher, should fully expect to take a bow. Get it? They’re cellists! UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 974.5004, uco.edu/cfad Sutton Series: Irv Wagner Jan 21 The OU School of Music welcomes listeners to a slate of musical mastery, beginning a new semester with a rousing performance from its resident master of the trombone. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101, music.ou.edu Patty Griffin with Anais Mitchell Jan 24 The Blue Door welcomes Griffin’s gift for uplifting songwriting and performance as she tours to promote her new album “American Kid” and the long-buried but never-before-released “Silver Bell.” More shows to come - check online for updates. The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 524.0738, bluedoorokc.com Philharmonic: The Midtown Men Jan 24-25 A pleasingly dizzying whirlwind tour through the music of a decade - in a single evening? This sounds like a job for The Midtown Men, four Broadway singers who’ll team up with the OKC Philharmonic for a socks-knocking Pops show. OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org

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Year should prompt a sentiment among fans similar to the name of Bryan’s hit single and tour: “That’s My Kind of Night.” Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com

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UPCOMING 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

Professional Bull Riders Tour Jan 24-26 They’re among the best there are at what they do, and what they do is pretty scary, since it involves getting up close and personal with over a ton of big angry bull in an action-packed spectacle. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com

SPORTS Cowgirl Basketball Jan 2-26 The OSU women defend their home court against Texas Jan 2, West Virginia Jan 4, TCU Jan 14, Texas Tech Jan 18 and Baylor Jan 26. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, okstate.com

Susanne Mentzer Jan 26 The mellifluous Met-tempered mezzo-soprano brings her sought-after pipes to OKC as part of OCU’s Distinguished Artist Series. OCU Petree Hall, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5701, okcu.edu/music

Thunder Basketball Jan 2-27 The Thunder take aim at another run to the Finals by hosting Brooklyn Jan 2, Boston Jan 5, Milwaukee Jan 11, Golden State Jan 17, Sacramento Jan 19, Portland Jan 21 and Atlanta Jan 27. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4667, nba.com/thunder

Winter Wind: Anne and Pete Sibley Jan 26 The Performing Arts Studio continues its cool-weather concert series with a warmly welcoming set from a harmony-loving bluegrass duo. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Dr, Norman, 307.9320, pasnorman.org

Barons Hockey Jan 4-30 OKC’s ice warriors face off against San Antonio Jan 4, Utica Jan 8, Charlotte Jan 10 and 11, Rochester Jan 17, Milwaukee Jan 18 and 19 and Toronto Jan 30. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625, okcbarons.com

Cate Le Bon Jan 28 The singer-songwriter who can rock a dark, gloomy, foreboding rhyme in either English or Welsh with equal ease is the first among many to book a date at The Opolis - check online for updates. The Opolis, 113 N Crawford Ave, Norman, opolis.org

Lady Sooner Basketball Jan 5-25 The OU women tip off against Iowa State Jan 5, Kansas State Jan 11 and TCU Jan 25. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, soonersports.com

Tuesday Noon Concerts Jan 28 Its incredible collection of art is free for public perusal, but the museum sweetens the deal further with complimentary lunch accompaniment: the series begins a new semester with Paula Conlon’s Native American flute studio. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma Luke Bryan Jan 31 The arrival of the country singer and reigning ACM Entertainer of the

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Cowboy Basketball Jan 8-25 The OSU men defend their home court against Texas Jan 8, TCU Jan 15 and West Virginia Jan 25. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, okstate.com Sooner Basketball Jan 8-27 The OU men tip off against Kansas Jan 8, Iowa State Jan 11, TCU Jan 22 and Oklahoma State Jan 27. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, soonersports.com OKC Charity Fight Night Jan 24 Black tie and a cigar wouldn’t go amiss as

UPCOMING 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

THEATER Chicago Jan 14-19 Celebrity Attractions presents dancing, singing, sinning, a plot that really sizzles and plenty of glitz and glamour for seasoning, starring the multitalented John O’Hurley as cheerfully flinthearted lawyer Billy Flynn. Pow! OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 800.869.1451, celebrityattractions.com A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Jan 16-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 Songs for a New World Jan 17-19 An abstract musical that’s less about a serial plot and more concerned with depicting multiple scenarios in which characters react to a single theme: facing moments of decision and setting a course of action. Upstage Theater, 844 W Danforth Rd, Edmond, 285.5803, upstagetheatreok.com Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight” Jan 24 A living legend of the stage embodies one of America’s all-time greats in a one-night-only triumph for the Broadway Tonight series. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Ave, Edmond, 974.3375, uco.edu/cfad/broadway

Cats Jan 24-26 Well, “Kittens,” really. This production of the musical phenomenon features a cast of 3rd-7th grade students filling the roles of Rum Tum Tugger and cohorts. Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321.9600, soonertheatre.org The Odd Couple Jan 29-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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Last Laugh

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LONG BEFORE THERE WAS BOB HAMMACK, I kept and cultivated a mental list of potential husbands who, I thought, might make worthy contenders for the job of Mr. Lauren. This month’s special wedding section has stirred up some ghosts of marriages that never happened – well, except a few dozen times in my mind. It seems as good a time as any to write an open letter to the alsorans, who, if they had ever known I existed, might still be pining and brooding over the missed opportunity of our happily ever afters.

Dear Bobby, David, Donny, Greg, Tony, that guy from the Bay City Rollers, John 1, Robby, Scotty, John 2 and Rob, We’ve been through a lot, the 12 of us. Sitcoms, soap operas and Tiger Beat magazine brought us together and, although our love was strictly one-sided, I thought we had a shot at happiness. As I mentally engraved our wedding announcements, I also rehearsed a few vows that I’d like to memorialize for you here. (Bob Hammack said it’s OK, right before he retreated to the other room to guffaw.) Bobby Sherman: For you, my first crush, I would have gladly changed my name – not to Lauren Sherman, but to Julie, Julie, Julie. You wore your leather choker to our wedding, where I promised to love you forever, but I never counted on David Cassidy. David Cassidy: Knowing you were singing “I Think I Love You” to me and me alone, I took steps to seal our fate by cutting out all the photos of you from the pages of Tiger Beat, when I wasn’t interpreting your secret messages to me on “The Partridge Family.” Had you only married me like you should have, you’d still have your shag haircut and those unfortunate mug shots of you on the Internet would never have happened. Donny Osmond: I couldn’t wait for our wedding reception, where you and the other Osmond brothers would be performing all my faves … OK, both of my faves – “Puppy Love” and “Go Away, Little Girl.” The fact that you’ve remained hot all these years only makes me more sure that we could have made it work, D. 94 SLICE // JANUARY 2014

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Greg Brady: Our standing date at 4:00 CST Monday through Friday solidified my love for you, despite your occasional abuse of striped pants and your reckless use of the word “groovy.” Our pre-nup included a long-standing write-in part for me as one of the Bunch. I didn’t think you’d mind. Tony deFranco: Every now and then, I remind my children – who all know the words to “Heartbeat, It’s a Love Beat” – that you and Andy Gibb (RIP) came closer than any of the others to being Mr. Lauren. Out of devotion for you, I have stalked you online for several years. You’re not out of the running. The One Cute Guy from the Bay City Rollers: You know who you are. Ours was a brief, but intense, courtship. It may not have lasted beyond S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night, but it was a good run. John Travolta: You were just my boyfriend during the “Welcome Back, Kotter” phase of our relationship. It wasn’t until you changed your name to Danny Zuko that I was willing to purchase a black leather jacket and become Lauren Zuko. It has a nice ring to it. Robby Benson: Our “Ice Castles” wedding would have taken place on the ice, of course, minus the long-stemmed roses strewn about. In preparation for our winter wonderland nuptials, I took up ice skating for a solid three years. Scotty Baldwin from “General Hospital”: Laura ditched you for the much less fetching Luke, which moved you to the front of my receiving line of fiancés. I had plans to repair your broken heart – you would never have gone crazy and turned into a villain if you’d only heard my silent prayers for our life together during the summer of ’81. John Stamos and Rob Lowe: Nothing has changed. Please send inquiries to lauren.hammack@sliceok.com. My bridesmaids are standing by. Your adoring fiancée, Lauren Sherman Cassidy Osmond Brady deFranco Whatever Zuko Benson Baldwin Stamos Lowe Hammack


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