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March 2015

Signs of Spring Nature’s about to undertake a new beginning; it’s time for your wardrobe to do the same. From demure white to dazzling bright f loral prints, explore a vibrant showcase of the season’s fresh fashions.

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Slices of Paradise Explore the metro on a quest to find local purveyors of exceptionally delicious pizza? Sign us up! The research was a pleasure and the results – these recommendations for nearly two dozen powerhouse pies – are positively great.

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Pizza power! Nomad Italian American Grill’s Fried Pepperoni is among our metro picks for prime slices. Photo by Carli Wentworth



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Spring is coming but some nights are still chilly; try this recipe for hearty potato soup and biscuits.

10 From the Publisher UP FRONT 14 Chatter A musical journey in the footsteps of a state icon, a tasting tour of metro coffeehouses and other topics of conversation. 18 Details A visual smorgasbord of home décor and fashion accessories featuring 2015’s color of the year. 20 Style File Expert advice and quality products for men to get their faces, and any hair thereon, into prime condition.


22 Retro-Spective Remembering the way we were with a look back at the delicious drive-in dominance of Tastee-Freez.

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24 By the Numbers Fast facts and statistics on the subject of spring fever. 26 Exchange A conversational give and take about unlikely inspiration, being a positive influence and the upcoming Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival with entrepreneur Marcus Hayes. 28 Mingling Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene. 32 77 Counties Travels through Oklahoma with author and photographer M.J. Alexander.

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FARE 64 From Staple to Star It’s crunch time; some Oklahoma City eateries are taking toast to new culinary heights.

March 2015

66 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide. 70 Curiouser and Creativer Specialty cocktails and storybookinspired fun abound at ARTini in Wonderland. PURSUITS 78 Top Ten Prime picks for a variety of March entertainment. 80 Meeting of Minds Prepare to be immersed in inspiration – the Creativity World Forum is returning to OKC. 86 Bimini Blue The accommodations are cozy, the dining is delectable and the scenery is utterly magnificent – this Bahamian island amid cerulean seas is as good as getaways get. 90 See & Do The sights, sounds and various happenings that are enlivening the metro this month. 94 Last Laugh 96 Last Look Corrections: In February’s issue, the carriage on page 47 is operated by Bright Star Carriages LLC (317.8722); and the Last Look photo on page 96 was taken by Parker Steers. We apologize for the errors.


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Tuesday, March 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Open to the public, the event is a great opportunity to be introduced to tantalizing new products and to explore the larger-than-ever collection of stylish, decorative options available. Enjoy the complimentary refreshments, talk to experts and look for inspiration – there’s plenty here to be found. Visit their website for product details, and plan to end March on a note of design discovery. Plus, don’t miss them at the OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show at the State Fairgrounds March 20-22!


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llow me get this disclaimer out of the way: I am not a pizza person. Don’t get me wrong; I like it, but I’ve always been more of a “Sure, I’ll eat some if you’re ordering it” than a “Let’s get pizza right now!” gal. So when our team set out to find the tastiest slices from all across the metro, I was not included on the journey of mass consumption. My own children were raised to try new foods, and it paid off in spades. While my sister-in-law was forced to cart around a supply of low-rent bologna – the only food-like substance her son was interested in ingesting – mine were relishing the likes of Spanish paella, cabbage rolls and lamb stew. And I once came in from working in the yard to find that three people all under the age of ten had fashioned their own afternoon snack: smoked salmon and caviar on cream-cheese slathered bagels. I might have managed to stash more money in the retirement fund if my kids had belonged to the bologna camp, but dinner at home and dining out were made that much better by their open minds (and mouths). The “always try new things” lesson took root, and any or all of them are quick to take me to task if I fail to follow my own directive. When a group of pizza pie investigators is dispatched to sample varieties numbering well into the double digits, there are bound to be leftovers – and I’m a fool for leftovers. So I had a private, raid-the-office-fridge-while-workinglate taste test of my own. And much to my surprise, I enjoyed the hell out of it. The combinations were interesting, occasionally daring and overall, delicious. I was wrong. I hadn’t given it a fair shake. Turns out, I’m a pizza gal after all. There are plenty of new things to try in this issue. Timothy Fields is our guide through a sunny selection of fresh, joyously colorful fashions for spring, while local restaurants experiment with tasty ways to elevate the humble slice of toast – and once you read about the pristine tropical beauty of Bahamian island paradise Bimini, you might suddenly have a new vacation destination. It’s the season of renewal. Dive right in.

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UP FRONT ROCK OF THE IRISH As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, you might find the gift of gab in Creek County – the community of Shamrock is home to an Oklahoma Blarney Stone. See page 32.

CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 14

BY THE NUMBERS Checking our figures on Spring Fever 24

DETAILS Drinking in the beauty of the Color of the Year 18

EXCHANGE Talking cinema and society with community activist Marcus Hayes 26


STYLE FILE Products and tips for fashionable men’s facial care 20 RETRO-SPECTIVE A quick look back at a piece of local history 22

MINGLING Glimpses of central Oklahoma’s social scene 28

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UP FRONT | Chatter


Beau Jennings was living in Brooklyn and working on an album about New York, but his mind kept drifting back home. “I’ve always loved Will Rogers and he always just seemed like the patron saint of where I’m from,” said the Inola, OK native. “The Verdigris River flows from his hometown to mine, and I couldn’t help but see that as a kind of opportunity to grab whatever he sent floating downstream.” And there you have the title and mission of Jennings’ new album: “The Verdigris” is a record years in the making, for which the artist drew inspiration by traveling to locations relevant to Rogers’ life. His journeys and the songs recorded thereon, sometimes rewritten on the spot to better suit the inspirations provided by the place, will form the basis for an upcoming documentary from Brad Beesley – in the meantime, the studio album provides a hauntingly resonant listen, by turns somber and peaceful and bitter (Side note: “Economy Stupid Blues” is an all-time great title), that is rarely loud but lingers afterward. Speaking of great Oklahoma names, a group of the state’s stars are joining the ranks of its highest musical honorees – Tom Skinner, Tom Paxton, Jana Jae and the late Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys, as well as the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and the late videographer Sherman Halsey, are joining the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is in Bristow March 14; for tickets or more information visit 14 SLICE // MARCH 2015


Pandas to parakeets to wild porcupines, if it flies or swims or stalks or crawls it’s on the table for discussion at the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma’s ANIMAL Conference of Ideas, Impact and Inspiration at the Skirvin, March 30-31. It’s the first symposium of its kind, a onceevery-three-years collection of professional leaders – including guest speakers Jonathan Balcombe, Curt Pate, Charles Seibert, Diana Webster and Drs. Aysha Akhtar and Vint Virga – that’s also open to those of us who are simply interested in the care and wellbeing of Earth’s furry, feathered and scaly citizens. How they think and behave, how we as a community can develop more empathy and compassion for living creatures and how that enhanced worldview can improve their lives, as well as our own; it’s a genuine creature feature.


Sports give your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide. And that’s not us saying that, it’s 13-time all-star and NBA Hall of Famer Bob Cousy. The Smithsonian Institution is investigating the zeal of athletic competition as an exemplar of the American spirit, and through its Museum on Main Street program and the Oklahoma Humanities Council, you’re invited to dip into the history of the local urge for sporting excellence in the “Hometown Teams” exhibit, on display at Ralph Ellison Library March 5-April 17. Explore videos, photos, memorabilia and interactive materials from right here around the metro, and see whether you agree that the quest for victory can elevate games into something more.


Getting in Tune

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Calendar Watch March 8 Daylight Saving begins; an easy if potentially frustrating way to remember which of your devices are auto-updating March 16-20 OU, OCU, UCO students on Spring Break (wooooo!) March 17 St. Patrick’s Day, begorrah! March 20 First day of spring March 29 Palm Sunday, a.k.a. “Preaster”

WHEELS OF TIME While opportunities to look at cars

are hardly rare, this one’s a special occasion: the nascent OKC Motor Car Dealers’ Association held its first expo in 1916, so the OKC Auto Show happening March 6-8 at the State Fairgrounds is its one hundredth. The wheels keep turning.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what nature has in store for us.” -CERN director-general Rolf Heuer, announcing that the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is on schedule to resume operations at significantly higher power in March. Science! 16 SLICE // MARCH 2015


“That was Wyatt’s philosophy when it came to the past: Stay out of it. By doing so he had lived a happy life. A life undrowned, unbroken on the rocks, unswept toward an empty horizon. You caught a whiff of a certain perfume as you walked across the casino floor at the Bellagio and you kept walking. You caught a few bars of ‘If She Knew What She Wants’ by The Bangles on the radio and you changed the station. You lived in the present tense, where the past has no power.” People can and do change, but who we were never really stops informing who we are. Take OKC native Lou Berney, who moved to Hollywood to become a screenwriter but returned and began writing a novel during the WGA strike. The new phase of his career took off; as an author he’s drawn comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, and his new third novel, “The Long and Faraway Gone,” weaves its tale (partially set in OKC) in a rich, cinematic texture. Berney recognizes a key to atmosphere is specificity: in the passage above, it’s not “an old song” but The Bangles; a character doesn’t take “the longer way” home, she uses Western to avoid the Broadway Extension. And for all Wyatt’s determination to remain in the here and now, he can’t avoid an unsolved crime from his own past pulling him back to try to put it right … or at least put some of his ghosts to rest. “The Long and Faraway Gone” is available now at Full Circle Bookstore and elsewhere; try to have a little free time before starting, because it’s not shy about sucking you into its world.

JAVA JAUNT The first Saturday in spring is a great time

to get out of the house and explore the city, starting the day with a cup of coffee … and then some more coffee … and then a bit more coffee … The OKC metro’s 3rd annual Caffeine Crawl is a guided tour of local coffee shops and tea houses, with proprietors at each stop serving up informative presentations and samples. Multiple routes are available covering Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City at one of two start times, and while transportation is not provided carpooling is encouraged. Participants include (deep breath) Compass Coffee, Elemental, Gray Owl, Café Evoke, Cuppies & Joe, Junction, Kitchen No. 324, Mariposa, Second Wind, syrup and t, an urban teahouse, to say nothing of the latte afterparty at Coffee Slingers. Each shop will present on a topic unique to their style and passion, and guests will receive samples to sip while they soak up the info. Basically, it’s like a wine tour geared toward coffee connoisseurs and enthuse-tea-asts; if the idea sounds stimulating, visit for tickets and more info.

THE LORE OF THE LAW History buffs should have an eye on the state’s eastern border; while Fort Smith is a bit outside

the metro, its future U.S. Marshals Museum will portray Oklahoma legends Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas and Chris Madsen, as well as farther-flung men like Seth Bullock (yes, “Deadwood” fans, that’s him), David Lenox (“Bane of the Whiskey Rebels”!) and abolitionist hero Frederick Douglass, who in 1877 became the first African-American U.S. Marshal. The site’s groundbreaking was in September and it should be open in 2017; in the meantime it’ll host a benefit concert starring country troubadours Asleep at the Wheel March 14.


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UP FRONT | Details

Fine Like Wine By Sara Gae Waters Photos by Carli Wentworth AND THE COLOR OF THE YEAR IS … MARSALA! I’ll admit I had some trepidation after hearing Pantone’s choice for 2015, mostly because it made me think about food – but after doing some investigating, I am going to have to eat my words. While shopping around the metro, I was surprised to find different shades of this color in abundance. Once all the merchandise was together I was won over. It pairs well with other colors, and whether it’s a delicious shade for your lips or a gorgeous rug with streams of marsala running through it, there are more than just a few ways to let the shade Pantone calls “rich and full-bodied” make an appearance in your life. Main course or just as a side, I recommend you order it up.



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9 1. Le Cadeau goblet from On a Whim, OKC; Cole and Son wallpaper from KASA Wallpaper Studio, OKC 2. Moroccan carpet poufs from Sara Kate Studios, OKC; Kate Spade flats from Balliets, OKC 3. Wooden tray from KASA Wallpaper Studio; Voluspa candle from On A Whim; Leather gloves and Vaubel rings from Balliets 4. Cole and Son wallpaper from KASA Wallpaper Studio; Kate Spade necklace and earrings from Balliets 5. Chanel bag from Balliets; African fabric throw from 30A Home, OKC 6. Turkish towel from Sara Kate Studios; Laura Mercier lipstick and lip glacÊ from Balliets 7. Moroccan rug from Sara Kate Studios;
Peonies from Dutch Floral, OKC 8. Accent pilllow from 30A Home 9. Moroccan rug from 30A Home; Le Cadeaux bowl from On a Whim MARCH 2015 // SLICE 19

UP FRONT | Style File 1

Winter is tough on skin, but here are 5 tips for your face and beard as we move into spring.

Saving Face By Lynsey Bradley // Photos by Carli Wentworth

GUYS, IF YOU ARE STILL CLEANING YOUR FACE WITH REGULAR SOAP AND WATER, put the bar down and back away from the sink! Products to clean up and take care of your face are plentiful, and a little attention to your skin daily pays dividends down the road.

Use a cleanser, toner and moisturizer combo. Chuck Naifeh, barber in Carwin’s Shave Shop, says this combo is essential whether you shave or sport an epic beard-and-mustache combo. Choose a beard oil/ skin conditioner with jojoba oil to reduce itchy skin. It conditions both the skin and the beard while helping the hair lay flatter on the face, says Naifeh.


Be choosy with your razor selection. Quality matters; The Art of Shaving’s Lexington Razor and Safety Razor are two excellent options.


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Avoid using heavy styling products on your beard. Carwin’s can keep your facial hair trim and stylish with 19th-century shear and razor styling. Call for an appointment. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! In addition to reducing your chances of skin cancer and wrinkles, sunscreen also helps prevent irritation and redness.


1. Man’s Face Stuff Moustache Wax; 2. Niven Morgan facial cleanser and moisturizer; 3. Lexington and Rose Gold Safety Razor shaving sets with fine brushes; 4. Jack Black power peel and skin serum; 5. After-shave balm, shaving cream and pre-shave oil; 6. Truefitt & Hill aftershave balm and shaving cream; 7. Oxhide beard oil and Clad beard oil Items 1, 2, 4 and 6 from Carwin’s Shave Shop, Classen Curve, OKC; 3, 5 from The Art of Shaving, Penn Square Mall, OKC, 7 from Clad Stache, OKC

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o The Big Chill r t e e v i Rspect

By Mark Beutler Photo courtesy UCO Archives/Special Collections LONG BEFORE SONIC WAS AMERICA’S DRIVE-IN, there was Tastee-Freez. The chain, established in 1950, featured hot dogs, hamburgers and an ingenious new “tastee” concoction: soft-serve ice cream. Folks living in mid-century America loved the new concept. Pull up to the curb, order your food and enjoy it right in the comfort of your own car! Expansion was quick, and by 1957 nearly 2,000 stores could be found across the country, including this location in Edmond at 8th and Broadway. But much like Sandra Dee and sock hops, Tastee-Freez faded away. A few locations still exist today, but number less than 50 nationwide.

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—The Wall Street Journal on the Dugout Canoes exhibit.

Explore the world exposed when 101 ancient canoes were found in a dry lake bed. The acclaimed exhibit, with videos, interactive play and canoes, old and new. EXHIBIT NOW OPEN Produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the AEC Trust, Lastinger Family Foundation, State of Florida and VisitGainesville.

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5:45 P.M. time on March 20 the sun crosses the equator and spring officially begins


average high temperature in OKC on March 20

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audience members reputedly ejected during the show; details are sketchy

inches of rain recorded on OKC’s wettest March 20, in 1985

tornadoes that have struck the greater OKC area in March since 1890, according to NOAA data, with the most recent in 2008

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instruments in the score of Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer-winning “Appalachian Spring”

inches in length of mature scissortailed flycatchers (the birds)

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U.S. states, including Oklahoma, that list apis mellifera as official insect (the bees)

record low for that day, in 1965

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length of the “Spring” concerto of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons


record high for that day, in 1907

years in the last century without at least one day of freezing temperatures in OKC after March 20

year Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev premiered the ballet “The Rite of Spring” in Paris to an audience that nearly rioted


admission fee for nonmembers to attend the Myriad Gardens’ Oklahoma Gardening School March 14

different species of bees worldwide, including one native to Oklahoma identified in 2013


approximate temperature at which daffodils bloom



letters in the German word for “Spring fever,” cited as an excuse to say Frühlingsgefühle

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SHARING Con A versa w CITY ith M tion a Haye rcus s STORIES By Lauren Hammack // Photo by Quit Nguyen

LONG BEFORE HE BECAME A PURVEYOR OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION THROUGH FILM AND MUSIC, Oklahoma entrepreneur Marcus Hayes found inspiration in some unlikely places for a school-aged boy, including the empty wine bottles he collected for the art on their labels. Next month, Hayes will turn a spotlight on the creative inspiration he’s found among the dozens of film entries to premiere in the Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival, which debuts in Oklahoma City April 10-12. The festival founder took a screening intermission this month to tell us his personal storyline.

Are you a native Oklahoman? I was born in Houston, but I grew up in Oklahoma City. Where did you go to high school and college? Douglass High School and Oklahoma Christian.

to her mental condition and in the streets of a big city. She no longer knows how to find her way back from either state of existence. What is your regular profession? I’m an entrepreneur.

How did you become the man with the plan for the Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival? I envisioned it about two years ago and brought in a few others to help because I think this state is the perfect place for events like this. Plus, I’ve always been a lover of music and films, and I really like to help cast a wider net for talented people to get noticed.

If you weren’t entrepreneuring, what profession would you have? There is no Plan B. I think I have to be an entrepreneur to create my own experience, and this film festival is a step in that direction. I see it as my “job” to help create our state’s culture. We have to contribute to make this a place we want to live. I’d love to own a multimedia enterprise someday.

What is it that makes your observation spot-on about Oklahoma? There’s so much opportunity for creative minds here. When you have ideas here, you can grow them and stand out.

What’s the best decision you ever made? In 2001, I moved to L.A. to be a writer, and it didn’t work out. I felt defeated and came back to Oklahoma. Three years later, I ran for mayor of Oklahoma City! Coming back to OKC was the best decision because of amazing experiences like that and like this festival.

How do you define urban in the name Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival? A lot of people associate the word “urban” with “AfricanAmerican,” but this festival is not so much about African-American themes as it is about urban subjects. Urban life, urban stories. For example? One of the short film entries we screened tells the story of a daughter whose mother has dementia. As the story unfolds, we see the mother losing herself figuratively and literally – 26 SLICE // MARCH 2015

You ran for mayor?! Yes! In 2004. In 1994, I told my mother I’d be running for mayor in 10 years and I did. Do you have siblings? Two brothers. Three boys! Your mother must be a saint! What lessons did your mom teach you? Number one, to read. That saved my life. She

taught us to speak and present ourselves well. She taught us early to respect women. She had an amazing work ethic. Do you credit your mother with your creativity? She has always been my creative muse. When I was young, she never bridled my creativity. I used to bring home empty wine bottles because I thought the labels looked so pretty! I’m sure that was confusing. What’s still on your bucket list? I’d like to get married and have a family. I’d like to be the dad who is there for everything for my kids. I also have a dream of creating a charter school for boys in underserved communities. What inspired that? I read a book about how we, as a community, “lose” boys around the third grade in these communities. I think it’s about instilling some positive ideals early for boys who don’t have strong mentors in their lives, such as respect for others, respect for

girls and women, respect for the sanctity of the school. Do you have any phobias or superstitions? I have a fear of the unknown. I don’t like being vulnerable to be taken advantage of. The upside is that it makes me an enthusiastic reader. I want to learn as much as I can about everything. What does your life look like five years from now? If I’m not the owner of a cable network, I will be doing what I’m doing, growing the business. Maybe the charter school will be operational and successful, multiplying its successes a hundredfold. Whatever I’m doing in five years, I want to be empowering people through visual arts or in the kind of meaningful ways that move communities forward. For a festival schedule, venue listing and tickets, visit Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival at

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UP FRONT | Mingling

Dixie and Jim Stengle

Albert and Kimberly Gray

Mackenzie Rose, Rex Urice, Teresa Rose

STARLIGHT BALL Photos by Claude Long

Elegance and caring unite in this Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraiser. Vincent and Hayet Bonifay

Konrad Keesee, Becky McCubbin

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Fast-paced and fun, the annual sale gives the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery a financial boost. Michelle Metcalfe, Regina Murphy

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By M.J. Alexander


THE OIL-BOOM FORTUNES OF SHAMROCK, OKLAHOMA, rose so far so fast it seemed the leprechauns themselves had smiled upon the Creek County town, criss-crossed by roads with names like Dublin, Killarney and Cork. With men and cash flowing in from the nearby Cushing oil field, the town’s first lot was sold in November 1915. The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture notes dryly of Shamrock and its neighbors, which included Drumright, Alright, Downright, Damright and Justright: “As in all oil booms, several towns developed to service the activity, and they encountered the usual problems of overcrowding, lawlessness and general chaos.” But in the early days, Shamrock set itself apart by adopting an Irish air. No matter that the town was actually named for Shamrock, Illinois, hometown of its first postmaster. It was to Ireland the town looked with civic pride. The new buildings that sprouted along Tipperary Road were painted green, and roofed with green tile.

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Awash in oil and optimism, 90 days after its founding, the men of Shamrock conspired to throw the biggest St. Patrick’s Day bash the state had ever witnessed. Exactly 99 years ago, the Wolftones of Shamrock – a fraternity named for 18th century Irish nationalist Theobald Wolf Tone, who slit his own neck rather than be executed by the British as a traitor – was formed to spearhead the arrangements. The Wolftones rounded up all matter of green bunting and flags, sported green neckties for days before the celebration and, in the spirit of St. Patrick himself, rustled up snakes to scatter along Tipperary Road so they could be ceremoniously driven out. The newly established newspaper, The Shamrock Brogue, noted serpents of various colors and sizes and the “sudden sight of them frequently [were] sending trembles up the spinal columns of the passersby.” The most important task, however, was the acquisition of a Blarney Stone. It was to be a tribute to the ancient Irish rock in Blarney Castle, said to bestow the gift of eloquence to any lips that kiss it.

Five thousand revelers swarmed the dusty streets for Shamrock’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Shamrock Brogue of March 25, 1916, reported: “The bringing in of the blarney stone was the feature of the day. This is a mammoth pink-colored sand rock that weighs 11,500 pounds. It was quarried from the bluff that overhangs Spring Creek at a point about five miles south of town… Six teams of the finest of the oil field horses pulled the stone up Tipperary Road. The teams were gaily caparisoned, as a prize of many rings, loops and plumes had been offered for the best-appearing team… The great, uncarved stone was just as nature had made it and it was not sullied with decorations of any kind. On top of it sat P.J. Sullivan, secretary of the Wolftones, holding aloft a tenfoot Stars and Stripes unfurled to the breeze.” The Blarney Stone was installed as guest of honor beneath a tent at the corner of Tipperary and Dublin. The Wolftones charged 25 cents for each kiss of the stone and those who opted out were ordered to tip their hats as they passed. For a thousand days the riches flowed. The population of the town and tents pitched nearby swelled to 25,000. The town voted to invest in bonds to build up city hall and improve Shamrock’s water system. Soon, the pink rock of the Blarney Stone was ground into gravel and stirred into the new concrete sidewalks, so every step in town would be lucky. But the good times faded nearly as quickly as they came. Production slowed and oil-field workers moved on. By 1920, the town had 1,409 people;

by 1930, the population was 777. When Pretty Boy Floyd and George Birdwell robbed the Citizens Bank of Shamrock on August 4, 1931, their total take was only $400. It was the smallest bank haul of their career. Each St. Patrick’s Day commemoration saw fewer residents: 461 in 1940, half that in 1970, and half again by 2010. Shamrock’s last high school graduating class was in 1961. Its elementary and middle school closed in 1988. The second Blarney Stone came to town, with considerably less fanfare, in 1958. Longtime Mayor Eric Ferren and town booster Harry McKnight painted the stone green. A three-foot tall likeness of a shamrock was placed atop the rock to announce a new era: the town was retiring its $40,000 bond from 1917, a debt that over the decades had ballooned to $120,000. The new rock was christened with water brought from Ireland to solemnize the occasion. The slab still sits in two pieces a few feet off State Highway 16, pock-marked and painted seafoam green. Stray field grass pokes around its corners. Wild seeds have taken root in its crevices. Though there is no marker to tell its story, this month the Blarney Stone will welcome revelers for Shamrock’s 99th St. Patrick’s Day, crown jewel of the oil patch boom town where people once paid to kiss it.

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

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Slices of

Paradise 22+ of the Metro’s Premier Pizzas By Steve Gill // Photos by Carli Wentworth

FOR SOMETHING THAT’S ONLY REALLY BEEN A THING IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS OR SO, PIZZA HAS BECOME A BEDROCK OF U.S. LIFE: ONE IN EIGHT CITIZENS IS EATING IT TODAY, AND OUR NATIONAL TAB WILL AMOUNT TO AROUND $37 BILLION THIS YEAR. AMERICANS LOVE THE STUFF. We at Slice are no exceptions; the prospect of researching a Best Pizza feature was music to our taste buds. But this pie safari was no cakewalk – we ate a lot of pizza. We’ve been back and forth from far north Edmond to Purcell. We’ve crunched on crusts and savored sauces and toyed desultorily with complimentary salads because we didn’t want to fill up on lettuce. And what we found was mostly very good. We were pleasantly surprised by the breadth and quality on offer throughout the metro, and while there’s nothing wrong with getting delivery from a national chain every so often, we happily recommend taking a tour to treat yourself to these top-notch local tastes in person. Enjoy! A quick note about nomenclature: This might not be standard terminology, but in discussing the crust, I’m going to refer to the flat part that forms the foundation for the cheese and toppings and sauce as the “bed” and the doughy strip at the outer edge that remains after eating everything else as the “bone.”

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sliced rib-eye What’s on it? Thin slivers of steak, gorgonzola, mushrooms, mozzarella, a dab of “agrodolce” (that’s an Italian sweet and sour sauce) What’s it like? You won’t mistake Stella’s pizza for anyone else’s; its oblong shape and crackerthin crust are instantly distinctive. Several other flavors may be tempting – like, say, the one with slivers of duck breast – but ribeye, gorgonzola and mushroom make a beautifully robust combination. Crunch away. Where’s it found? Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 1201 N Walker Ave, OKC,

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MARGHERITA THE QUEEN What’s on it? Buffalo mozzarella, basil, splash of olive oil, red sauce What’s it like? Regal. There’s a regular margherita option on the menu, but the tangy softness of fresh buffalo mozzarella makes the Queen a must. If you haven’t been to Gusto yet, the crust is spectacular; superfine flour and a blistering hot imported-from-Naples oven give it a huge, puffy bone with a crisp-vergingon-blackened exterior and chewy inside. This pie doesn’t keep particularly well – the olive oil quickly makes the thin bed soggy – but given its deliciousness that might not be an issue. Where’s it found? Pizzeria Gusto, 2415 N Walker Ave, OKC,

CARNITAS What’s on it? Pulled pork, red onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro, mozzarella and marinara sauce What’s it like? Pulled pork is an unusual choice for pizza, but these tender slivers play well off the freshness of the mild pico de gallo (none of the toppings are especially spicy, probably so they don’t overwhelm the sauce), and the thin crust is a buttery, flaky, almost pastry-like marvel. Where’s it found? Pizza 23, 600 NW 23rd St, OKC, 36 SLICE // MARCH 2015

DA BOMB What’s on it? Pepperoni, Genoa salami, pineapple, fresh basil, mozzarella, red sauce, balsamic glaze What’s it like? Wait, salami and pineapple? Believe it or not, those two great tastes do taste great together. The flavor profiles for the individual ingredients are all over the map – salty, tangy, sweet, sharp – and on top of Hideaway’s justly beloved hand-tossed crust they intertwine for a balance that rewards tasting again and again. Where’s it found? Hideaway Pizza, 6616 N Western Ave, OKC (and all over the metro, for that matter),


FRIED PEPPERONI What’s on it? The mozzarella and red sauce are afterthoughts, check this out: this pie is covered with pepperoni slices that have been fried crispy beforehand. Fried pepperoni! What’s it like? Genius, honestly. You’ll need both hands or a fork to hold up a slice, but the cheese is nice and stretchy, the sauce is a trifle sweet … and you can’t not dwell on those crisp, salty circles of pepperoni that overflow the pie and flirt with overkill in the best way. It’s a mess to eat, and wonderful. Where’s it found? Nomad Italian American Grill, 7301 N May Ave, OKC,

What’s on it? Little slabs of grilled chicken, bacon crumbles, ranch sauce (that’s the CBR part), plus red onions, mozzarella and a leaf or two of spinach What’s it like? That crispy crust, though! Whatever you might think of the building’s somewhat ramshackle vibe, Sauced’s pizza game is tight and focused. The ranch is present in the flavor without being overwhelming, the bed is super-thin and firm and there’s virtually no bone, the cheese runs all the way back. Its thinness makes it easy to eat in large quantities, although I’d be remiss if I didn’t exhort you to get a giant Rice Krispie treat for the road. (Do it!) Where’s it found? Sauced on Paseo, 2912 Paseo St, OKC, MARCH 2015 // SLICE 37

DiANGELO What’s on it? Slices of Italian sausage, red pepper, a fried egg, mozzarella and most importantly, Fra Diavolo sauce. Mmm. What’s it like? This is why experiments like these are so rewarding: because sometimes when you set out to try places you’ve never been before, you hit treasures like this spicy star. The soft hand-tossed crust and bits of sausage are welcome touches, but top honors go to the pepper-laced slow-building sauce; it doesn’t have a ton of kick, but you’ll be feeling a prickle in your sinuses by the end of the slice. This one’s a beauty. Where’s it found? Moni’s Pasta and Pizza, 17200 N May Ave, Edmond,

PROSCIUTTO E FORMAGGI What’s on it? As advertised, slices of prosciutto and a parmesan/mozzarella combo, plus little lumps of fig (yes, really) and a drift of arugula on top What’s it like? It’s an argument in favor of experimentation. I know it looks like your pizza came with a salad on it, but the sharpness of the arugula helps balance out the other flavors, and I went from “who puts figs on a pizza?” to “how have I never had figs on a pizza before?” in the span of two bites – the fruit imparts a really delicious lingering sweetness. Where’s it found? The Wedge Pizzeria, 230 NE 1st St and 4709 N Western Ave, OKC,

PEPPERONI What’s on it? Pretty much that – marinara, cheese, pepperoni. C’est tout. What’s it like? If you close your eyes and imagine a slice of pizza, this is probably what you’ll wind up picturing. It’s New York style, a wide slice (the better to cover more surface area in cheese) with a thin, floppy bed and slightly chewy bone. If you’re in the mood for a simple, well-executed pizza that’s not afraid to be a little greasy, this is your spot. Where’s it found? Falcone’s Pizzeria, 6705 N May Ave, OKC 38 SLICE // MARCH 2015

CHEESE What’s on it? Sauce on top, cheese alllllll the way down What’s it like? Chicago-style in truth: the crust is flaky and tall, almost like an actual pie, filled with worlds of cheese and rich, thick, slightly sweet sauce on top. You can also trade in the sauce for more and different fromage in the Cheese the Day (a blend of 12 varieties), and if that weren’t enough, the café’s other crust option provides what might be the best, butteriest crunch-armored bone in pizzadom. I seriously wish they were closer to the office. And open at lunch. And that I had some right now. Where’s it found? Humble Pie, 1319 S Broadway Ave, Edmond,

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HOOCHIE CUCHI What’s on it? Prosciutto and bacon, a pecorino-mozzarella blend, a zesty pesto and marinara under it all What’s it like? If we’d been blindfolded and asked what sets the crust apart, we probably wouldn’t have guessed that it has COOP beer in it, but it’s very, very good, especially paired with the bursts of garlic and basil flavor from these sauces. The cheese deserves praise as well; there were a couple of appreciative murmurs at its savor and elasticity as we dug into this one. Where’s it found? Knuck’s Wheelhouse, 103 E California Ave, OKC,


BACON CHEESEBURGER What’s on it? Bacon, cheese, hamburger, red onions What’s it like? If you weren’t specifically looking for Dan’s (it’s on the east side of the strip mall at the corner of Waterloo and Broadway), you might easily never set foot inside. Which would be a shame – after all, as their slogan says, it’s the best Dan pizza around. The diced onion gives this blend of flavors a nice snap, and there’s an appealing texture to the crust that made in-house daily. Where’s it found? Dan’s Pizza, 121 E Waterloo Rd, Edmond,

BIANCA NIEVE What’s on it? Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, bacon, little nuggets of feta, spinach What’s it like? Having a pizzeria within sauntering distance of our Film Row office is a pleasure and a frustration, what with the omnipresent temptation to indulge in treats like this. The feta is a highlight, and when the crust is on point it’s the tender inside/ crisp outside foundation for an extremely tasty creation; alfredo sauce and bacon will always be a winning combination. Where’s it found? Joey’s Pizzeria, 700 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 40 SLICE // MARCH 2015

What’s on it? Bacon, gorgonzola, red onion slivers and a tangy balsamic reduction What’s it like? First of all, it’s huge. As befits the restaurant’s name, it’s New York style, so be prepared for some folding and dangling before gnawing at the dense, floury bone. Fortunately, that expanse of pizza is liberally covered in delicious cheese, flecks of bacon and long curls of red onion (I would actually be okay with a trifle more onion), and the pop to the taste buds provided by the balsamic glaze is worth the price of admission by itself. Where’s it found? Empire Slice House, 1734 NW 16th St, OKC,

The Creme de la Crust PROSCIUTTO What’s on it? All kinds of deliciousness: a mozzarella and fontina blend, chewy little slivers of prosciutto di Parma, wisps of spinach and oregano, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze and an egg or two baked on top just to gild that tasty lily What’s it like? To pull attention away from the rest of Tommy’s menu, the pizza has to be special. The hand-tossed crust is an excellent backdrop, with an initial bite on the exterior and chewy softness within, and this combination of ingredients really shines; the fontina adds a little extra dimension and the sweet tang of the balsamic plays very well off the prosciutto’s saltiness. Where’s it found? Tommy’s Italian-American Grill, 5516 W Memorial Rd, OKC,

WHITE What’s on it? Delicious cheese – mozzarella, parmesan and lumps of ricotta What’s it like? The mini-chain (one in Denton, one in Norman) should perhaps be called Crunchy Crust, since the namesake ingredient is a sturdy concoction with a wide, flat bone and an appetizing chewiness under its firm exterior. You can actually load down the basic pie with an unlimited number of toppings of your choosing at no extra charge (nice deal, huh?), but the White is a good showcase for the crust and cheese alike; there’s a lot of flavor in these few ingredients. Where’s it found? Crooked Crust, 757 Asp Ave, Norman,

CHICKEN ALFREDO What’s on it? Grilled chicken, mushrooms, red onion and spinach, Alfredo sauce and mozzarella What’s it like? It’s not the classic Chicago style considering that the sauce in this case is alfredo, and not atop everything else – it’s more a deep-dish pizza with a thick bed and bone and rich flavor. Where’s it found? Sophabella’s, 7628 N May Ave, OKC,

So with all these mouthwatering possibilities dotting the metro, where do you start? We dug deep and made some surprisingly tough decisions – seriously, these are some razorthin margins – to put together a top 5 list each. No takebacks. STEVE 1. Humble Pie 2. Pizza 23 3. Knuck’s 4. Moni’s 5. Hideaway
 SCOTTY 1. Humble Pie
 2. Empire Slice House
 3. Moni’s
 4. Gusto
 5. Sandro’s
 BRIAN 1. Moni’s 2. Gusto 3. Sandro’s 4. Knuck’s 5. Humble Pie

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What’s on it? Just look at that beauty – pepperoni, cheese, sauce, no distractions. What’s it like? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the classics never go out of style. It’s a traditional thin crust style with a bed that crackles a bit under your teeth and sauce abounding with fresh tomato flavor. I’ve driven past this unassuming spot a hundred times without sticking my head in, but don’t write it off like I had; there’s some real craft at work here. Where’s it found? Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta, 914 W Main St, Norman,

What’s on it? Pepperoni, prosciutto and little nuggets of Italian sausage, coating of mozzarella, speckled with tomatoes, basil and slices of pepperoncini What’s it like? This slice has the lightest, airiest bone of anything we ate in our travels; it practically disappears off the palate. The topping combinations (we also tried a piece with chunks of baked potato on it) are pretty imaginative, which coupled with the plastic plates and cafeteria-style atmosphere makes this a good spot to experiment for a quick lunch. Where’s it found? Revolve Pizza Kitchen, 5500 W Memorial Rd, OKC,

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CANADIAN BACON W/ PINEAPPLE What’s on it? Those things, pretty much. Plus marinara and cheese. What’s it like? The chefs don’t drop a couple of pale pink circles of ham on the pizza somewhere and call it a day; the Canadian bacon is cut small and heaped everywhere, so no individual bite is without it and the tart pineapple segments have to shove themselves in wherever there’s a crack. The cheese has a great tensility, the sauce is light and spicy and the bed and bone are both thin and flaky with a hint of bite; there’s an audible “chhhunch” with each mouthful. Where’s it found? Jo’s Famous Pizza, 1438 S Green Ave, Purcell (and 900 S Kelly Ave, Edmond),

 What’s on it? A mix of mozzarella and smoked gouda, Italian sausage, red peppers, basil, red pepper cream sauce What’s it like? The bed is shallow and yielding, and the bone has the lightness and exterior crunch that are the best hallmarks of a wood fire, complete with char marks. This is a really impressive blend of flavors, too, including the magnificent savor of Gabriella’s signature Italian sausage and a quietly perky sauce. As Brian said, it’s got pizz-zazz. Where’s it found? Gabriella’s, 1226 NE 63rd St, OKC,

THE NUMBERS What’s on it? Red sauce, a really nice spread of cheeses, pepperoni and prosciutto and spicy sausage, plus (speaking of spicy) slivers of jalapeno What’s it like? I love this crust; a thin firm bed with crunchy bones. The textures on this particular pizza – ground sausage, thin prosciutto, especially stretchy cheese show some thoughtfulness and distinction too. It might not be the first choice for the faint of palate, but it’s full of flavor. Where’s it found? Upper Crust, 1205 NW 178th St, Edmond, (there’s also one in Classen Curve)

Honorable Mentions There are a couple of outliers that deserve a mention in a conversation about outstanding OKC-area pizza: First, a moment of silence for the dearly departed Pinnochio’s that made college life a little easier (or at least more laced with garlic butter) for OU students; for Crystal’s Pizza, where the food seemed great, although the euphoria of the arcade may have helped add spice to our memories; and for Italian Jim’s, which closed before it could vie for a slot in this list. It didn’t qualify for the list due to lack of ready availability, but I strongly recommend you track down the deep-dish pies served on alternate Monday nights in The Blue Note at 23rd and Robinson. Chicago-style with handmade sauce above thick strata of cheese and toppings, they’re addictively delicious and surprisingly inexpensive.   And now that warmer weather is returning, you’re probably thinking about stepping outside to celebrate – while you’re at street festivals like H&8th, Heard on Hurd (both returning this month), Live on the Plaza or Premiere on Film Row, keep an eye out for The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen food truck. Open-air festivities make good seasoning.

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SPRING Spring comes with the promise of new beginnings and new fashions. This year it’s all about the dress – every silhouette, every length, every color. Vintage floral prints, muted tones, bright solids ... look for all these along with a strong ’70s vibe. Happy new season!

By Timothy Fields // Photos by Simon Hurst

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Picnic perfected with this standout ensemble from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall: Midnight SoirÊe vintage floral circle skirt and crop top by 1. State, Kate Spade vintage-inspired sunglasses, pink suede platform sandal by Steve Madden.

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Nothing says spring like a puppy. This little chap, and many others, are ready for adoption at the Humane Society. Sheer floral dress with cap sleeves by Betsey Johnson; blue stone bracelet by Carolee New York; Jessica Simpson black leather ballet flat with ballet toe; all available at Dillard’s, Penn Square.

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Spring is blooming in this aqua and floral two-piece silk gown by Gregg Pellegrini, with teardrop earring by Lordane and turquoise suede bag by Andalossi, found at R Meyers, Nichols Hills Plaza

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Muted print sleeveless dress with zipper accent and pockets by Kate Spade, Edith pearl bracelet, Caya pearl starburst earring, vintage rhinestone necklace, Jimmy Choo sandal, all available from Balliets, Classen Curve.

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Pedal your way into the fresh season with this mint green sleeveless dress in a muted floral pattern, available from The Impeccable Pig, Classen Curve.

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Moschino gives us this daffodil yellow, wool crepe dress from R Meyers, with jet black diamond cut stone necklace and earrings by Lordane.

This Nha Khanh white lace over nude dress makes an elegant spring statement, paired with a rose gold and rhinestone necklace and Ted Baker earrings. Available from LibertĂŠ, Classen Curve 50 SLICE // MARCH 2015

A sky-blue seamed sheath dress by Lela Rose is the perfect shade for this fresh, life-filled season. White pearl and clear stone collar necklace by Lordane, 13-strand pearl cuff by R.J. Graziano, all available at R Meyers, Nichols Hills Plaza

This Milly dress from Balliets sings of springtime. Silk organza shirtdress with muted floral print, black teardrop vintage earring, Manolo Blahnik blue suede pump.

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t began as a gift and home décor store in 2009 and gained popularity as its focus evolved; by last year the women’s apparel and accessories boutique had grown into a bona fide hit and was ready to expand; today both locations of Anabelle’s Galleria – in Edmond and Nichols Hills Crossing – are busily sharing exciting merchandise with more of the metro. There is no such thing as an average Anabelle’s customer, according to founder Janie Dowling; the clientele encompasses multiple age brackets who are interested in a variety of styles and price points. Dowling’s primary focus as a proprietor is on creating an atmosphere and merchandise selection in which everyone can shop and find something to reward their search, while providing a mix of inventory that has a personality of its own and couldn’t simply be found anywhere. That means everything from Frye boots to Diane von Furstenberg sunglasses, and brands like Ivy Jane, Desigual, Liverpool, Waxing Poetic, Consuela and many more. Behind it all is the welcoming attitude and commitment to customers that Dowling brings to her retail dream. She means it when she says “It’s extremely important to me to make sure that everyone who comes to Anabelle’s has an exceptional experience and leaves with a smile!” Stop by either location to find a gift or something special for yourself, and see why the list of satisfied customers continues to grow. Join them for a Sip, Swap & Shop on March 6 and 7 benefiting “Our Sister’s Closet.” Bring three gently used items and receive 15% off your purchase.

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A WARM WINTER FAREWELL This potato soup recipe makes a hearty way to ward off lateseason chill 62 EAT & DRINK Variety is on the menu in Slice’s citywide dining guide 66 CURIOUSER AND CREATIVER Allied Arts whips up a Wonderland of beverage-based fun 70 MARCH 2015 // SLICE 61

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1 stick unsalted butter 2 ribs celery, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 leek, sliced thin and chopped 1 package frozen hash browns, cubed type, thawed 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 pint half and half 2 cups whole milk 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese In a stockpot, sauté onion and celery in butter over medium heat. Cook until onion is translucent and celery is tender. Add leek, hash browns, cream of chicken soup, half-and-half, whole milk and cheese. Heat gently until warm. Serve and garnish with suggested toppings.


By Caryn Ross Photos by Carli Wentworth

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE. The birds are back to singing their hopeful, happy tunes. Crocuses and daffodils are beginning to peek out. The thought of more days outside rather than in warms my soul. With all of that said, let’s face reality: it’s still chilly. What better way to enjoy a nippy evening than with a hearty bowl of soup that comes together in less than 30 minutes? No fuss, no mess. This particular soup is perfect to serve to a crowd – double or even triple this recipe, then make a “fixings” buffet with assorted shredded cheese, chopped green onions, crumbled bacon or small ham cubes for guests to customize their helpings. My “cheater biscuits” (so called due to using an all-purpose baking mix) are another crowd-pleaser that’s really the simplest thing on the planet to make. Feel free to experiment with this recipe. I have used ginger ale, club soda and even a Coke once when I made them Chelsea night stand with cinnamon sugar. The combinations are endless, and they turn out perfect every time. 62 SLICE // MARCH 2015

BACON AND CHEDDAR BISCUITS ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 4 cups Bisquick 1 cup sour cream 1 cup 7-Up ½ cup crisp bacon, crumbled 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a stick of butter in the bottom of a pie pan and melt it in the oven. In a medium sized bowl, combine the biscuit mix, sour cream and soda until it comes together. Stir in the bacon and cheese. This dough will be sticky. Put the biscuit dough on a well-floured board and knead gently until it is no longer sticky. Form the biscuit dough into a rectangle and cut into 9 squares. Remove the warm pie dish with melted butter and place the biscuits in the pan, filling it. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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FARE | Matters of Taste

FROM STAPLE TO STAR By Greg Horton // Photos by Carli Wentworth

IMAGINE RIDING A BICYCLE HALF AN HOUR ONE WAY TO PICK UP SOME TOAST. If you grew up in a household where toast meant a couple slices of white bread heated up and slathered with margarine and Smucker’s grape jelly, the idea seems ludicrous. However, if you were on vacation in California and discovered places like Gjelina Takeaway in Venice or Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club in San Francisco, your view on toast would likely change. Elena Farrar is the general manager at Elemental Coffee in Midtown, and she wandered into Gjelina Takeaway while on vacation a few years ago. After her first experience with the restaurant’s wide variety of toasty menu items, ranging from savory to sweet, she started riding her bike there – a half-hour trek – every day. For toast. Farrar was the general manager of The Wedge on Western then, and as soon as she returned, she added toast creations to the pizza joint’s grab-and-go breakfast options. When she moved over to Elemental earlier this year, she brought those recipes with her, including some (like the smoked salmon toast) that are based on the taste bud-tingling delights she had way out west. Farrar starts with a rustic bread, like pain au Levain, which she gets locally from Prairie Thunder Baking Company. She spreads cream cheese on the bread, and then adds capers, lemon, dill, fennel, smoked salmon and sliced, hard-boiled egg. It is not THE HEAT IS ON a traditional breakfast, but this is not traditional toast. Feel like firing up one of the Giulietta Carrelli is the founder and owner of Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club, and specialties seen here? Here’s where to go: she is widely credited with starting the “artisanal toast” craze. During a segment of NPR’s “This American Life,” Carrelli explained that she included toast as one of Trou1. Packard’s New American Kitchen ble’s main features because it represents comfort – it’s the original comfort food. 201 NW 10th St Who doesn’t remember the smell of cinnamon toast first thing in the morning, or even late at night, growing up? Many families also make a variation of cinnamon toast: sugar toast would be the best descriptor, or “cinnamon toast, hold the cin2. Elemental Coffee namon.” Either way, the hot, buttery, sweet treat represents a few moments of bliss 815 N Hudson Ave before school for many children. How did we forget that for so long? Often in our dining lives, toast is relegated to the edge of the plate, where it sits 3. The Wedge until we decide to use it as a sop or just ignore it while its warm, crunchy goodness 4709 N Western Ave dwindles slowly away. Chris McKenna, the executive chef at Packard’s New can Kitchen, is also working to redeem toast’s reputation. “Toast for grilled cheese is the root of all things tasty,” McKenna said. “Imagine 4. Kitchen No. 324 the different canvases you have to work with when it comes to toast: sandwiches, 324 N Robinson Ave tartines, bruschetta ... Chefs love the possibilities.” Packard’s goes for a slightly more traditional use of toast, starting by making all its bread in-house. In addition to the grilled cheese McKenna mentioned, Packard’s country white or honey wheat toast at weekend brunch works perfectly with a thick coating of jalapenostrawberry jam, apple butter or even the house-made pimento cheese. The Wedge on Western still offers toast treats for grab-and-go breakfast, and uses Farrell Family bread – a Tulsa bakery – for all its toast. General Manager K.C. Ortega said the hummus toast is the most popular option; made with sourdough, it includes arugula, blue cheese and roasted tomatoes. The colorful avocado toast is also a hot seller, or for something a little closer to the comfort-food side, the Nutella with fresh berries (whichever are in season) is a grown-up version of peanut butter and jelly on toast. Sandwiches have been served open-faced for as long as there have been diners, and Kitchen No. 324 keeps the tradition alive with its Open Face Toast entrée on the breakfast and brunch menus. 324 uses its Supermarket White for the toast – like all their breads except bagels and English muffins, it’s baked in-house. The Open Face Toast is a sandwich that tops that foundation with thinly sliced Black Forest ham, a poached egg and Gruyere, and envelops it all in a rich, creamy thyme béchamel. Options abound for deliciously enticing ways to enjoy creative spins on this often overlooked culinary staple, so explore and enjoy the possibilities of toast. And by the way … Cheers!

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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE A Route 66 classic with copious decorative memorabilia, and huge portions of excellent chicken-fried steak. 4106 NW 39th, OKC, 943.8915 $ BOULEVARD CAFETERIA Chicken and dumplings, liver and onions - one of the last of the area’s independent cafeterias is still pounding out the hits. 525 NW 11th, OKC, 239.6861 $ CAFÉ 7 Fast and casual, with varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $ CAFÉ 501 Pizzas, salads and specialty sandwiches on artisan breads. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$ CLASSEN GRILL Deftly done diner deliciousness, especially breakfast. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ DEEP FORK GRILL Crisply elegant atmosphere complements superb seafood (cedar plank salmon is a specialty) and steaks. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DINER, THE The classics never go out of style – just ask the locals who flock here for masterful preparation of ordinary breakfast and lunch fare. 213 E Main, Norman, 329.6642 $ DISTRICT 21 This sleek, inexpensive bastion of creativity is run by Francis Tuttle’s culinary school. 12777 N Rockwell, OKC, 717.7700 $ FLINT Casual style plus outstanding contemporary cuisine makes a winning combination in the Colcord Hotel. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$ HEFNER GRILL Upscale fare and a tempting brunch to boot, with the enhancements of a live piano and a spectacular lake view. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ INTERURBAN Great food (and prices) in casual comfort – try the chicken-fried steak and anything with honey-pepper bacon. 4 metro locations, $$ KAISER’S DINER A venerable location is back in business, offering juicy burgers, sandwiches, tempting entrees and a vintage soda-fountain experience. 1039 N Walker Ave, OKC, 232.7632 $ LEGEND’S A casually upscale landmark for over 40 years, it still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Inspired creations featuring varied prime meats and

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unexpected and tasty flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ PACKARD’S NEW AMERICAN KITCHEN They’re not kidding about the “new” – the menu is filled with innovative ideas. 201 NW 10th, Suite 100, OKC, 605.3771 $$ PARK HOUSE The staunch wine list and great view of the Myriad Gardens add to a menu filled with contemporary American tastes. 125 Ron Norick Blvd, OKC, 445.7080 $$ PICASSO CAFÉ As creative as its neighbors in the Paseo Arts District; zippy sandwiches, salads, pizza and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $ POPS A bit out of the way but worth the drive, this café has burgers, salads, shakes and an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 $

SAII Rich ambiance boosts expertly done Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare plus stellar sushi. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$ VII ASIAN BISTRO A bright, sleek interior and savory spate of Chinese and Vietnamese options. 2900 N Classen, OKC, 604.2939 $

BAKERY BIG SKY BREAD Enjoy cookies, scones, brownies or granola, plus an incredible bevy of fresh-baked bread. 6606 N Western, OKC, 879.0330 $ BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $

THE R&J LOUNGE The culinary luminaries behind Ludivine present a more relaxed, sentimental dining experience; the drinks menu is a thing of beauty. 320 NW 10th, OKC, 602.5066 $$

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

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

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

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

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

SATURN GRILL A lunch star: inspired pizza, sandwiches and salads. 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114 $ SCRATCH Isn’t that the best place for food to come from? Entrees, sides and wondrous craft cocktails are carefully concocted inhouse. 132 W Main, Norman, 801.2900 $$ SYRUP The most enticing meal of the day is at this unique breakfast boutique (the crunchy French toast is something special). 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $ VAST Steaks, seafood and globally inspired American cuisine, with a view truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 280 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ VICEROY GRILLE Opulent décor, comfortable environs and some outstanding cuisine make a strong recommendation for the Ambassador Hotel’s in-house restaurant; don’t overlook the brunch options. 1200 N Walker Ave, OKC, 600.6200 $$$

KITCHEN NO. 324 Seasonally inspired café, coffee curator and craft bakery serving spectacular rustic American cuisine. 324 N Robinson, OKC, 763.5911 $ LA BAGUETTE Comfort and exquisite baking make a tres chic destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 2100 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ PIE JUNKIE Call ahead to order a whole pie or quiche or walk in and choose from what’s on hand; either way the flavors are incredible. 1711 NW 16th, OKC, 605.8767 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES The ambiance and milk bar make great additions to the variety of specialty cupcakes in this charming little converted house. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $


WAFFLE CHAMPION A Midtown diner bringing joy to those addicted to its gourmet sweet or savory waffle options. 1212 N Walker, OKC, 525.9235 $

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

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 $$

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


THE BARREL Drink deep of top-shelf wines, beers and whiskies, braced by thoroughly appetizing pub fusion cuisine. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $

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 $$

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

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

BLU FINE WINE & FOOD A sleek bar that stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$

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

DEEP DEUCE GRILL A funky, comfortable alternative to Bricktown crowds, featuring burgers, beer and a people-watching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $

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 $$

JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to OKC, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$

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 $$

MONT, THE Tempting pub food with Southwestern zing at a Norman landmark with a primo patio. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $

OAK & ORE A neighborhood hangout of vintage rustic materials, offering more than a handful of creative knife-and-fork sandwiches and lovingly chosen craft beers. 1732 NW 16th, OKC $ O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies, it’s served killer burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $ PUB W Multiple atmospheres for whatever vibe you like, and a menu of choice beer and “new classic” fare from barbeque wings to thick pork chops. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 701.5844 $$ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Part beer bar and part upscale eatery, pairing a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577 $$ SAINTS An inviting Irish bar where whiskey and beer offerings pair nicely with classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$ URBAN WINEWORKS Made-in-Oklahoma wine paired with haute culinary creations featuring rabbit, duck, pork belly and more. 1749 NW 16th, OKC, 525.9463 $$ WES WELKER’S The food shows great variety and imagination, like duck nachos, and the bevy of TVs and 83 available beers ain’t bad either. 3121 W Memorial, OKC, 608.2200 $$

BARBEQUE EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a competitive genre, the chain pounds out hit ribs and turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, $ IRON STAR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, its entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$ LEO’S BAR-B-Q Rich flavor and tender texture for commendable value – no wonder it’s a periennial favorite among Oklahoma connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367 $ RUDY’S Totally casual – plastic trays and utensils – with serious barbeque chops. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552; 3437 W Memorial, OKC, 254.4712 $$

BURGERS // SANDWICHES BISON WITCHES Monster sandwiches with standout flavors, best enjoyed with a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $ CAFÉ PLAID Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with sensational salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) – an ideal lunch spot near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $ COW CALF-HAY The selections are ample and the delicious never-frozen patties are mmmmmassive. 3409 Wynn, Edmond, 509.2333, 212 N Harvey, OKC, 601.6180 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Boasting innovations like sauerkraut, pineapple relish and habanero salsa.100 N University, Edmond, 974.4638 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE The focus is on the many tempting flavor possibilities of huge, juicy burgers and fries. 5 metro locations, $ HILLBILLY PO BOYS Unassuming name; mighty appealing flavor in tasty seafood sandwiches and the licit thrill of moonshine cocktails. 1 NW 9th, OKC, 702.9805 $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Simply great fries, rings and burgers; try the No Name Ranch beef. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $

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FARE | Eat & Drink JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Freshground burgers cooked over real charcoal; try the Cheese Theta or Caesar varieties. 4 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-as-you-are bar-type hangouts excelling at burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of Lake Hefner from the spacious patio adds ambiance to tasty entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $ MULE, THE Solid beer and beverage selection plus delectable gourmet grilled cheeses and melts (ingredients range from fontina to figs). 1630 N Blackwelder, OKC, 601.1400 $ ND FOODS Gigantic Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, homemade soups and freshly baked cookies, pies and other desserts. 2632 W Britton Rd, OKC, 840.9364 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded … and it’s incredible. Mounds of fresh fries and colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best. 1202 N Penn, OKC, 524.0999 $

meal hard to forget. 3 metro locations, $

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

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

PARAMOUNT, THE A Film Row joint with a screening room attached, its all-day beverage menu delivers the stuff dreams are made of. 701 W Sheridan, OKC, 517.0787 $


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

ALL ABOUT CHA Universal standards and unusual concoctions (the sweet potato latte is a wonder) in bright, bustling atmosphere. 3272 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.9959; 7300 N Western, OKC, 840.7725 $ BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE Get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte in the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ THE BLUE BEAN Smoothies, pastries and sweet treats, plus excellent small-batch roasted coffee – try the specialty flavor combos. 13316 S Western, OKC, 735.5115 $

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

CAFÉ EVOKE Outstanding coffee and other beverages from one of the area’s great caterers; plus soup, sandwiches, snacks or sweets. 103 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.1522 $

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

COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe on Automobile Alley, it’s a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts. 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $

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

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

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

ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house - passionate staff is always eager to share knowledge about the process. 815 N Hudson, OKC, 633.1703 $

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

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

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

MELTING POT, THE Make a meal an event to remember with an elegant fondue feast. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A comfortably upscale favorite covering cuisines from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$ MICHAEL’S GRILL Urbane, intimate dining: steaks, chops, seafood and pastas, and Caesar salad prepared tableside. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$


MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE Inside the OKC Museum of Art, its European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$

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 $$

PARK AVENUE GRILL A soigne dining experience in the Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood with 1930s high style. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$

BLACKBIRD A gastropub with succulent creativity (pot roast nachos!) and a broad beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$

PASEO GRILL Intimate inside and cheerful on the patio, with an awardwinning menu of distinctive flavors – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$

CHEEVER’S Southwestern-influenced recipes and contemporary comfort food; truly one of the city’s finest restaurants. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$ COACH HOUSE, THE Definitely among the metro’s most elegant dining: specialties prepared with classical perfection. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$ LOTTINVILLES Rotisserie chicken, woodgrilled salmon and a host of entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$ MANTEL, THE Marvelous steaks and seafood (don’t miss the lobster bisque), in a refined, intimate atmosphere. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$

ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE A diverse international menu set off by select wines. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Penn, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 Enjoy sleek, swank décor and an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$ SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; huge culinary rewards of French and Italian flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$ WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées wide-ranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$

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

6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$

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

LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Fine dining (linger over multiple courses often) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$

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

BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the fare keeps the booths full; don’t overlook Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$

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


CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises firsttime diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them as classic dishes are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$

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

GERMAN DAS BOOT CAMP Exceptional cuisine (and magnificent beer) in a fast-paced location downtown. 229 E Main, Norman, 701.3748 $ FASSLER HALL House-made sausages, pretzels, duck fries and a heftig beer menu, plus a weekend brunch – what’s not to love? 421 NW 10th, OKC, 609.3300 $ INGRID’S Authentic German fare, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Don’t overlook breakfast, or the bakery counter! 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444; 6501 N May, OKC $$ OLD GERMANY Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and sausages are spectacular. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$ ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$

HEALTHY // ECLECTIC COOLGREENS Customization encouraged; every available component in salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 3 metro locations, $$ EARTH, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads and soups in one of the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly

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

INDIAN GOPURAM – TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice restaurant with the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ MISAL OF INDIA A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandooricooked delicacies in splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ TAJ A tremendous set of Indian staples and delicacies, plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$

ITALIAN // PIZZA BELLINI’S Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance.

CROOKED CRUST Plenty of choice among tons of fresh toppings characterizes the Campus Corner hangout’s specialty pizza. 757 Asp, Norman, 515.9111 $ EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE Reigning over the Plaza District in New York style, it offers whole pizzas or slices, a full bar and a primo patio. 1734 NW 16th, OKC $ GABRIELLA’S A fresh chapter in the family’s delectable legacy; one bite of the homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA Incredible pizza in jovial surroundings; it’s amassed a devoted following for over half a century. 7 metro locations, $$ HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA No humility needed for this true Chicago-style pizza, boasting perhaps the best crust known to man. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $ JO’S FAMOUS PIZZA Sandwiches, salads and a variety of ‘za that’s worthy of some repute. 1438 S Green, Purcell, 527.2379, 900 S Kelly, Edmond, 340.7070 $$ JOEY’S A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$ KNUCK’S WHEELHOUSE Homemade daily with sauces from scratch, it’s a tasty and varied stopover for Bricktown wanderers as well as a pizza-lover’s destination

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

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By Steve Gill

SOPHABELLA’S A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from Chicago and beyond in style. 7628 N May, OKC, 879.0100 $$$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of tastes for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch, amid stylish scenery. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ TOMMY’S An old favorite returns to the metro to provide primo pasta, pizzas and plenty of ambiance. 5516 W Memorial, OKC, 470.5577 $$

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

MEXICAN // LATIN AMERICAN 1492 Authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant, romantic setting with perhaps the world’s best mojitos. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$

VICTORIA’S A shabby-comfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – try the chicken lasagna. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377; 3000 SW 104th St, OKC, 759.3580 $

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 $$

WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pies with fresh ingredients (like figs or truffle oil) and sauce from scratch. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

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

ALFREDO’S Kick back with an agave limeade and peruse the ample menu’s avocado enchiladas, fried tacos and more. 4 metro locations, $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s often standingroom-only at lunch, but don’t let that deter you from fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL It’s a long way to Rio, but the spicy, savory menu covers the distance in a mouthful. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant Guatemalan flavors. The breakfast specialties truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $ CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on Mexican fare, specializing in fresh fish and Angus beef. 1901 NW Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), OKC, 840.1051 $$

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 $$

CHILTEPES Chuchitos to atol de elote, this Plaza District restaurant serves as a guided tour to the wondrous flavors of Guatemala. 1800 NW 16th, OKC, 601.0384 $$

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

CHUY’S The portions are substantial, the Hatch chile-fueled flavors are strong and the vibe is playfully enthusiastic. 760 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 360.0881 $$

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

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

SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in a broad and creative menu). 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s small with a traditional menu; but it’s palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$

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

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QUEEN OF SHEBA A spicy, vegan-friendly menu of Ethiopian delights awaits the bold. Bring friends and be prepared to linger. 2308 N MacArthur, OKC, 606.8616 $$

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 $$

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 $$

SPRING, WITH ITS RENEWED NATURAL ENERGY AND RELIEF FROM CABIN FEVER, is an ideal time for jubilation – in fact, it’s Allied Arts’ preferred time of year to party arty (so to speak). For the 2015 edition of its libation-fueled spring fundraiser, the arts funding organization is heading down the rabbit hole; don’t be late for ARTini in Wonderland, March 27 at the Farmers Public Market. The festive event will gather approximately 800 people for specialty martini tastings and appetizers from some of central Oklahoma’s most popular restaurants, plus a silent art auction featuring original work by Oklahoman artists, live entertainment from the band Replay, raffle packages and an interactive photo booth. Among the many people anticipating the event is ARTini chair Claire Turmelle, who says of the theme that “There are so many characters in Alice in Wonderland, I think the restaurants will be able to grasp onto different concepts and character themes and really bring those to life. It’s always a good time, it’s always very well-attended [and] it’s a great place to come out and mingle.” However, the event represents more than simply a fun time, she explains. “With the rush of all the martinis and the art and the entertainment going on, it’s kind of easy to forget why we’re there, but it’s really important for us to emphasize that this money’s going to a great cause: a lot of kids aren’t fortunate enough to have arts programs in their schools, which is why we allocate the money toward arts education for children. We’re spreading the mission of Allied Arts – to provide arts for people of all ages in central Oklahoma.” Space is limited (even assuming no one drinks a potion and becomes huge), so snag tickets in advance by calling 278.8944 or visiting

generations-old recipes. 3131 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7000 $

IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172 $$ INCA TRAIL Flavors from around the world, piquant ceviches to homemade flan. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$ JUAN DEL FUEGO This self-styled MexiDiner dishes up breakfast and lunch from both sides of the border. 223 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.20302 $ LA BRASA Flavors of Peru make for a powerfully delicious dining experience in ceviches, sandwiches, fried rice and other entrees. 1310 NW 25th, OKC, 524.2251 $$ LA LUNA Its festive cantina-style atmosphere only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and the bold carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$ MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN Handrolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and more, on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ MAMAVECA Familiar Mexican favorites plus the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$ TARAHUMARA’S This airy ristorante serves huge, tasty Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, $$

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

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

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

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

SEAFOOD FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, oysters on the half shell… anyone who wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 348.2300 $$ JAZMO’Z BOURBON STREET CAFÉ An upscale yet casual environment boasting Cajun and Creole-inspired selections. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ LAND & SEA Chef Sean Cummings harnesses the delicious possibilities of multiple biomes in his latest savory concept. 7523 N May Ave, OKC, 755.2622 $$$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A huge Bricktown warehouse where the Crab Boil is a favorite and taste is king. 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creoleinspired dishes. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$ SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus seafood. 13801 Quail Pointe Dr, OKC, 286.5959 $$

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

KD’S Pork chops, stuffed catfish, shrimp and grits and more of Kevin Durant’s favorite foods, presented with skill and vim – and a dose of star power. 224 Johnny Bench Dr, OKC, 701.3535 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES A labor of love adored by locals seeking authentic Southern classics. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $ MJ’S Super-tasty individual box meals (hint: Jambalaya Sammich) or enormous feasts for parties, give this caterer some prep time and they’ll rock your taste buds. Appointment only. 548.5657 $$

STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance and cuisine easily in the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if pricy, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$ BROADWAY 10 Cruise into the Buick building in Automobile Alley to savor steak supremacy in a cozy enclave amid urban bustle. 1101 N Broadway, OKC, 212.3949 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S This Oklahoma institution’s huge corn-fed steaks and matchless atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ GEORGE, THE High atop Founders Tower, its spectacular view adds savor to expert chefdriven creations featuring prime beef. 5900 Mosteller Dr, OKC, 607.4360 $$$ HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE Plush

and cozy, with entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice in the menu. 1199 Service Rd, Moore, 799.0300 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak, lobster or prime rib with Lebanese appetizers gratis – Jamil’s has fed Oklahoma well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$ JUNIOR’S A landmark restaurant where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$ MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The ambiance and service are sublime, but fine aged steak broiled to perfection is the star. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$ MICKEY MANTLE’S This lushly atmospheric social spot in Bricktown serves powerhouse entrées and sides and with full amenities. 7 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 272.0777 $$$ OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a vast wine selection and intimate ambience. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$ RANCH STEAKHOUSE Effortless opulence, custom-aged hand-cut tenderloins and ribeyes and warm Southern hospitality. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$ RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks, vibrant, imaginative flavors and amenities. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$ TWELVE OAKS Lobster, seafood and divine steak, enhanced even more by the ambiance of a hilltop Victorian home. 6100 N Midwest, Edmond, 340.1002 $$$

THAI PAD THAI Dine in or carry out beautifully executed exemplars of soups, curries and noodles. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $

making this a popular midday option. 1614 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.8424 $ SWEET BASIL The enormous aquarium adds to the cozy ambiance; with its outstanding curries and soups, it makes a great dinner date. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI There’s a lot to like here, from red snapper filet to pad thai. Pay attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$

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

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rates not set as of press time.) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn.

A resource guide for your child’s future

A good education is one of the foremost keys to success in life … but not all classrooms are created equal. Choosing the right school for your child is serious business, and ideally involves a good deal of research. Time spent investigating options can pay huge dividends in the long run; whether you’re looking for a small, nurturing independent school, established Catholic high school with credentials to spare, nondenominational Christian academy or something else entirely, it never hurts to get an early start.


Tuition rates are exclusive of discounts unless otherwise noted. Enrollment numbers and student/teacher ratios are approximate and based on the most recent information provided. Many schools offer half-day preschool and/or kindergarten programs; contact the school or visit the website for more information.

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL 4001 36th Ave. N.W., Norman, 447.4600, Founded: 1996 Current Enrollment: 387 Grades: Pre-K – 8th Student/teacher ratio: Pre-K 9.5:1, K 11:1, 1st-5th 18:1, 6th – 8th 9.5:1 Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Annual tuition: Pre-K $4,560 ($4,460 2nd child), K-8th $3,950 (parishioner), $3,850 (2nd child), $3,555 (3rd child), $3,055 (4th child) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. ANTIOCH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3616 S.W. 119th St., Oklahoma City, 691.8012 Founded: 1996 Current Enrollment: 74 Grades: K-8th Student/teacher ratio: K-1st 15:1, 2nd – 8th 8:1 (12:1 max) Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Christian Annual tuition: $3,665 Accreditation: Currently pursuing Assn. of Christian Schools International

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BISHOP JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1100 N.W. 32nd St., Oklahoma City, 525.0956, Founded: 1919 Current Enrollment: 225 Grades: Pre-K-8th Student/teacher ratio: Pre-K 12:1, 1st-8th 22:1 Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Annual tuition: $3,770 Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. BISHOP MCGUINNESS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 801 N.W. 50th St., Oklahoma City, 842.6638, Founded: 1950 Current Enrollment: 715 Grades: 9-12 Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: $12,100 ($8,600 Catholic) Accreditation: North Central Assn. – AdvanceEd CASADY SCHOOL 9500 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, 749.3100, Founded: 1947 Current Enrollment: 879 Grades: Pre-K – 12th Student/teacher ratio: 8:1 Religious Affiliation: Episcopal

Annual tuition: PreK-K (five full days) $12,430; 1st-4th $14,080; 5th-8th $16,505; 9th-12th $18,525 Accreditation: Independent Schools Assn. of the Southwest; member, National Assn. of Episcopal Schools and Southwestern Assn. of Episcopalian Schools THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL OF ST. EUGENE 2400 W. Hefner Rd., OKC, 751.0067, Founded: 1959 Current Enrollment: 337 Grades: Preschool - 8th Student/teacher ratio: Preschool 20:2; K-8th 14:1 Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Annual tuition: Preschool $5,600 ($4,950 parishioner); K-8th $6,725 ($3,625 parishioner) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1905 Elmhurst, Oklahoma City, 843.3909, Founded: 1949 Current Enrollment: 506 Grades: Pre-K - 8th Student/teacher ratio: 14:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: (2015-2016 tuition

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY 4400 S.E. 27, Del City, 672.1787       Founded: 1972           Current Enrollment: 550 Grades: Pre-K – 12th Student/teacher ratio: Elementary 16:1; secondary 24:1       Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Christian  Annual tuition: PreK (five full days)-3rd $6,450; 4th-6th $7,100; 7th-8th $7,500  Accreditation: Assn. of Christian Schools International COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3002 Broce, Norman, 329.2500, Founded: 1986 Current Enrollment: 811 Grades: Pre-K – 12th Student/teacher ratio: 20:1 (upper school) Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Christian Annual tuition: Pre-K $4,158 ; K-6th $4,000; 7th-8th $4,250; 9th-12th $4,450 Accreditation: North Central Assn., Middle States Assn. of Colleges and Schools, Assn. of Christian Teachers and Schools CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 14400 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, 842.8495 Founded: 2006 Current Enrollment: 1,000 Grades: Pre-K – 12th Student/teacher ratio: 16:1 lower; 20:1 middle and upper Religious Affiliation: A ministry of Crossings Community Church Annual tuition: Preschool-PreK (five full days) $6,630; K-4th $7,750; 5th-8th $8,000; 9th-12th $8,200 Accreditation: Assn. of Christian Schools International DESTINY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3801 SE 29th St., Oklahoma City, OK, 677.6000, Founded: 1981 Current Enrollment: 567 Grades: Preschool – 12th Student/teacher ratio: 17:1 Religious Affiliation: nondenominational Annual tuition: Pre-K (half day) $3,000; Pre-K- K $4,500; 1st -12th $4,400 Accreditation: Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission, National Council for Private School Accreditation





eritage Hall believes that learning shouldn’t be restricted to a classroom and that education is about more than grade point averages and standardized test scores. Heritage Hall is a co-educational community that allows students, from preschool through grade 12, to thrive in all areas of development – intellectual, creative, social, emotional and physical – in a safe, friendly environment that embraces all aspects of diversity. No other independent school in the state offers a more balanced approach to educating the whole child. Because Heritage Hall sees even the youngest students as future innovators, educators, civic leaders, philanthropists, performers and policymakers, its dynamic faculty promotes creative thinking as much as critical thinking, independence as much as collaboration and self-awareness as much as service to others. Guided by its motto, “To learn. To lead.” To serve., the school is constantly driven to inspire and challenge its students to realize their fullest potential at every stage of a lifelong, educational journey. And that journey begins at Heritage Hall.

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HERITAGE HALL 1800 N.W. 122nd, Oklahoma City, 749.3001, Founded: 1969 Current Enrollment: 874 Grades: Preschool - 12th Student/teacher ratio: PreschoolPre-K 8:1; K-4th 16:1; 5th-12th 18:1 Religious Affiliation: No religious affiliation Annual tuition: Preschool (five full days)-4th $13,340; 5th-6th $13,925; 7th-12th $17,820 Accreditation: Independent Schools Assn. of the Southwest HOLY TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 308 N.W. 164th, Edmond, 844.4000, Founded: 1987 Current Enrollment: 160 Grades: Preschool – 7th Student/teacher ratio: K-5 16:1 Religious Affiliation: Lutheran Annual tuition: Pre-K $1,260$3,420; K-7th $3,825 Accreditation: National Lutheran School Accreditation KEYSTONE ADVENTURE SCHOOL AND FARM 19201 N. Western, Edmond, 216.5400, keystoneadventure Founded: 2005

Current Enrollment: 62 Grades: Pre-K – 5th Student/teacher ratio: 10:1 Religious Affiliation: None Annual tuition: Preschool $9,420; Pre-K (five full days) $11,070; K-1st $11,300; 2nd-3rd $11,500; 4th $11,600; 5th $11,830 Accreditation: None MERCY SCHOOL INSTITUTE 14001 N. Harvey, Edmond, 748.5500, Founded: 1998 Current Enrollment: 270 Grades: PreK – 12th Student/teacher ratio: 18:1 Religious Affiliation: Islamic Annual tuition: PreK-3rd $3,650; 4th-12th $4,150 Accreditation: North Central Assn.-AdvanceEd MESSIAH LUTHERAN SCHOOL 3600 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, 946.0462, Founded: 1997 Current Enrollment: 112 Grades: Preschool – 8th Student/teacher ratio: 12:1 Religious Affiliation: Missouri Synod Lutheran Annual tuition: $4,800 Accreditation: National Lutheran School Accreditation, Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission

MOUNT ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL 2801 S. Shartel, OKC, 631.8865, Founded: 1903 Current Enrollment: 387 Grades: 9-12 Student/teacher ratio: 12:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: $9,675 ($8,100 Catholic) Accreditation: North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1101 E. 9th St., Edmond, 844.6478, Founded: 1987 Current Enrollment: 360 Grades: Preschool to 12 Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Annual tuition: PreK-5th $6,384; 6th- 8th $7,105; 9th-12th $7,572 Accreditation: National Christian School Assn., Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission, North Central Accreditation OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 4680 E. 2nd, Edmond, 341.2265, Founded: 1970 Current Enrollment: 943 Grades: Pre-K-12th Student/teacher ratio: PreK 16:2;

K 18:2; 1st-2nd 18:1; 3rd-5th 20:1; 6th-12th 22:1 Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian Annual tuition: PreK $4,725; K-5th $6,720; 6th-8th $8,100; 9th-12th $8,600 Accreditation: Assn. of Christian Schools International ROSARY SCHOOL 1919 N.W. 18th, OKC, 525.9272, Founded: 1927 Current Enrollment: 250 Grades: Preschool to 8 Student/teacher ratio: (Information unavailable) Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: $3,775 parishioner; $5,050 Catholic nonparishioner; $6,265 non-Catholic Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2700 S. Shartel, OKC, 634.5673, Founded: 1911 Current Enrollment: 215 Grades: PreK-8th Student/teacher ratio: PreK-K 18:1; 1st – 8th 23:1 Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

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Annual tuition: $4,600 ($3,600 parishioner) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SCHOOL 5000 N. Grove, Oklahoma City, 789.0224, Founded: 1954 Current Enrollment: 207 Grades: PreK-8th Student/teacher ratio: 20:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: $5,250 ($3,850 parishioner) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CATHOLIC SCHOOL 925 S. Boulevard, Edmond, 348.5364, Founded: 1990 Current Enrollment: 400 Grades: Preschool – 8th Student/teacher ratio: 13:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: K-8th $5,680 ($3,810 Catholic) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. ST. JAMES THE GREATER CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1224 S.W. 41st, OKC, 636.6810, Founded: 1956 Current Enrollment: 207 Grades: Preschool – 8th Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: $4,150 ($3,550 parishioner) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 5401 N. Brookline, OKC, 943.8583, Founded: 1951 Current Enrollment: 100 Grades: PreK-8th Student/teacher ratio: 11:1 Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian Annual tuition: Preschool-5th $6,650; 6th-8th $6,850 Accreditation: Southwestern Assn. of Episcopal Schools, member of Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 505 E. Covell, Edmond, 341.9541, Founded: 1977 Current Enrollment: 130 Grades: Preschool-5th Student/teacher ratio: Preschool 8:1, Pre-K 10:1; K 12:1; 1st 14:1; 2nd -5th 18:1 Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian Annual tuition: Pricing ranges

from $2,885 - $8,260; check with the admissions office for details Accreditation: Southwestern Assn. of Episcopal Schools, National Assn. of Independent Schools ST. PHILIP NERI CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1121 Felix Pl., Midwest City, 737.4496, Current Enrollment: 165 Grades: Preschool – 8th Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Annual tuition: Preschool (five full days) $4,697; K-8th $5,127 ($3,762 parishioner) Accreditation: Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accrediting Assn. TRINITY SCHOOL 321 N.W. 36th, Oklahoma City, 525.5600, Founded: 1961 Current Enrollment: 100 Grades: K-12th Student/teacher ratio: 10:1 Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Christian Annual tuition: K-1st $9,820; 2nd- 3rd $10,500; 4th-5th $10,970; 6th-12th $11,420 Accreditation: International Christian Accrediting Assn., North Central Assn.-AdvanceED TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL 603 Classen Blvd., Norman, 329.1503, Founded: 1989 Current Enrollment: 65 Grades: Preschool – 5th Student/teacher ratio: Preschool 10:1; K-5th 16:1 Religious Affiliation: Lutheran Annual tuition: $3,700 Accreditation: National Lutheran Schools Accreditation WESTMINSTER SCHOOL 600 N.W. 44th, Oklahoma City, 524.0631, Founded: 1963 Current Enrollment: 575 Grades: Pre-K-8th Student/teacher ratio: Pre-K 9:1; K 10:1; 1st-5th 15:1, 6th-8th 10:1 Religious Affiliation: None Annual tuition: Preschool (five full days) $11,260; K $11,470; 1st-4th $11,630; 5th $12,010; 6th-8th $12,660 Accreditation: Independent Schools Assn. of the Southwest; State of Oklahoma





he mission of St. Mary’s School in Edmond is To Provide Quality Academic Programs in an Environment Fostering Respect for Faith, Family, Others and Self. St. Mary’s is an independent Episcopal day school located on a beautiful 51-acre campus that has been developed to include a wide variety of outdoor learning opportunities unique to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Serving students in preschool through fifth grade, St. Mary’s School offers a creative approach to the basics with an emphasis on academic excellence, worship, service learning and physical well-being. With a state-of-the-art science lab, all students in first through fifth grade have the opportunity to discover in a hands-on environment. Even the youngest learners in preschool through kindergarten receive science education with a specialized enrichment instructor in the comfort of their classroom. Preparing students for the future, technology classes begin in pre-kindergarten and all students in preschool through fifth grade participate in a rigorous Spanish program. Student creativity is fostered through dedicated art, drama and music programs on campus. Finding the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. St. Mary’s invites you to schedule a personal tour where you will interact with teachers and students and experience the “St. Mary’s Way.”


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Main campus locations are listed first. Tuition rates are in-state (Oklahoma resident) rates per semester hour, including mandatory fees.

CAMERON UNIVERSITY Lawton, Duncan $178.00 undergraduate; $213.00 graduate

NORTHERN OKLAHOMA COLLEGE Tonkawa, Enid, Stillwater $107.30 undergraduate

CARL ALBERT STATE COLLEGE Poteau, Sallisaw $100.10 undergraduate

NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Alva, Enid, Woodward $163.25 undergraduate; $198.25 graduate

CONNORS STATE COLLEGE Warner, Muskogee $118.75 undergraduate EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY Ada, Ardmore, McAlester, Shawnee $183.00 undergraduate; $222.68 graduate EASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE Wilburton, McAlester $125.54 undergraduate LANGSTON UNIVERSITY Langston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa $110.16 undergraduate; $142.09 graduate MURRAY STATE COLLEGE Tishomingo $120.00 undergraduate NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M COLLEGE Miami $125.75 undergraduate NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, Muskogee $196.15 undergraduate; $216.15 graduate

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OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Oklahoma City $108.00 undergraduate OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE UNIVERSITY Goodwell $214.00 undergraduate OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Stillwater, Tulsa, Okmulgee, Oklahoma City $313.85 undergraduate; $357.85 graduate REDLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE El Reno $123.37 undergraduate ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY Claremore, Bartlesville, Pryor $189.90 undergraduate; $228.10 graduate ROSE STATE COLLEGE Midwest City $107.50 undergraduate

SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE Seminole $121.00 undergraduate SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Durant, Idabel $168.50 undergraduate; $212.10 graduate SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Weatherford, Sayre $206.50 undergraduate; $225.00 graduate TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Tulsa $87.22 undergraduate UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Edmond $193.55 undergraduate; $245.45 graduate UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa $248.05 undergraduate; $293.05 graduate UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & ARTS OF OKLAHOMA Chickasha $195.00 undergraduate WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE Altus $104.35 undergraduate


Contact the admissions office for tuition information.



THE BRONZE AGE Renowned artist HR Kaiser brings a vivid look at Western icons to the Paseo’s Summer Wine Gallery in a sculptural showcase this month. See page 78.

TOP 10 Prime starting points for making the most of the month 78


MEETING OF MINDS The World Creativity Forum gathers bright ideas in OKC 80 BIMINI BLUE Tropical bliss is a can’t-miss in this Bahamian getaway spot 86 SEE & DO March’s music, theater, visual arts and other delights 90 HR Kaiser, “White Horse” MARCH 2015 // SLICE 77

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The Top By Steve Gill



March 13, UCO Mitchell Hall Theater One of the truly great voices in contemporary music, Oklahoma City native Sandi Patty has won five Grammys and was the Gospel Music Association’s female vocalist of the year for a staggering 11 consecutive years; she’ll be back home in the metro for UCO’s Broadway Tonight series with a retrospective concert called “Broadway Stories,” costarring the Young Voices of Edmond in an evening of solid Sandi Patty gold song.


March 25-April 12, Lyric’s Plaza Theater If you’re watching Lyric Theatre’s new show and the faces start to run together, it’s understandable: the entire cast of characters is portrayed by only two actors, and they’re doing a fair amount of running. Someone has to keep the piano accompaniment going, after all. Fatality and farce go hand-in-hand for the musical corpse-driven comedy “Murder for Two.”

“Blackbull,” by HR Kaiser

Metal Mentality

March 1-30, Summer Wine Gallery The Paseo gallery’s March exhibit, “Western Bronze,” demonstrates that the soul of a work is in the details. Each piece is at once a testament to the skill and dedication HR Kaiser has poured into honing her award-winning craft, and to the strength of the inspiration she finds in the faces, figures and animating spirits of the exemplars of the American West these sculptures portray. 78 SLICE // MARCH 2015

March 28, MAINSITE Contemporary Art The Norman Arts Council spends the entirety of the year encouraging the creative drive of its city, but how many times a year does its grateful public get to support it via a rockin’ party? Hint: said party is called the ONE Event. Celebrate the street art vibe of ’80s NYC with food, music, a painted vinyl record raffle and more at “Beat Street.”


March 2-31, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond The call went out earlier this year for high school students’ prime photographic accomplishments; the 50 pieces hanging in the FAI Gallery that make up the Youth Visions exhibit represent the crème de la camera as selected by juror Terry Grider, who will award cash prizes to the best of these best as approbation for their already impressive compositional eyes.



A Pioneer’s Legacy Through September 6, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art The matrix of opportunities changes over time – we in this modern era may not have much chance to personally spearhead the artistic development of major universities … though on the other hand we have the ability to appreciate those who did. The FJJMA looks back at the personal work and immense influence of OU trailblazer Oscar Jacobson in “A World Unconquered.”

Oscar Jacobson, “The Red Tank” or “Indian Pool”



March 6, Bricktown Events Center The Oklahoma City Museum of Art provides proteinpacked treats every year at its Omelette Party; inspired by the upcoming Fabergé exhibit, this year’s chefsupplied concoctions are radiantly flavorful. Coupled with an art raffle, live performance by Stars and an open bar, it’s a scintillating reward for multiple senses. To miss out would be (sigh) egg-regious.


March 7, Cox Center There are parties, and then there are gala events, and then there is Red Tie Night. The theme of the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund’s 23rd annual fete – “Bigger, Better, Redder” – sets a lofty bar, since the event is already the state’s largest single-evening fundraiser. Don your symbolic scarlet neckwear and prepare to wine, dine, dance and enjoy the night away.


March 14, Myriad Gardens This is the season of Nature’s renewal … which doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from a bit of human influence to help engineer the verdant oasis you want. Expert guest speakers Julia Moir Messervy, Steve Bieberich, Linda Vater and Julia Laughlin discuss crafting the perfect not-too-big space in the enlightening, inspiring day-long seminar known as Oklahoma Gardening School.

“No Question Worth Asking,” by Momentum Spotlight artist Eric Piper

FORCES OF CREATION March 6-7, OKC Farmers Market

Film, performance, installations, even some paint on canvas – the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum event is a multi-media mashup showcasing and encouraging creative prowess in state artists under 30. With their innovations alongside a varied slate of live music, food trucks, a cash bar and door prizes, there should be plenty of attractions to draw visitors in. MARCH 2015 // SLICE 79

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above: A massive, conversation-starting balloon sculpture from OKC’s previous Forum; left: 2015 keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson


By Steve Gill

FINALLY, AN ANSWER TO ONE OF LIFE’S MAJOR RHETORICAL QUESTIONS: if in the next few weeks someone asks you, “Hey, what’s the big idea?” you can cheerfully invite them to find out – because the Creativity World Forum is returning to OKC March 31. The day-long commingling of inspiration in and around the OKC Civic Center is a group celebration of ingenuity featuring renowned thinkers from around the world – while still being intensely relevant to and partially reliant on everyday Oklahomans. That’s according to Susan McCalmont, president of host organization Creative Oklahoma, who emphasizes, “This is for everybody. It’s especially important for people who might want to reignite their own personal individual creativity, and we don’t mean artistry; it’s really ‘How do we generate ideas that matter and how do we make a 80 SLICE // MARCH 2015

difference in the world?’ There will be a pretty robust conversation from young people as well as global and Oklahoma leaders about how we are all facing similar issues, whether it’s energy, water, climate change – whatever the issues are that we’re all facing, we need creative solutions.” The forum will feature addresses by some noteworthy names – including author and creativity education expert Sir Ken Robinson, The Walt Disney Company’s Michael Strautmanis and Stephan Turnipseed of LEGO Education – but McCalmont is quick to point out that attendees won’t simply be listening to speeches all day. “We don’t have any PowerPoint presentations on the main stage. There are no 1-hour speeches; we use more of a TED Talk format – although there are some keynote talks, they’re fairly short and interspersed with performing artists and with video presentations. It’s very lively, there are workshops, there will be an outdoor festival environment for lunch. This is a day to be reinvigorated, to be inspired, to meet others and network together.” Overall, the forum is expected to draw around 2,000 people together from locales like Ireland, Chile, Rwanda, Denmark and the breadth of the U.S. as well; McCalmont calls it “a world of ideas coming to Oklahoma City” and concludes, “It’s a very relaxed entertaining, engaging environment, and it really is for everyone.” Visit to get tickets or learn more, and be ready to join the conversation by chipping in some ideas of your own.

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Inspirational music that celebrates the perseverance of the human spirit and the enduring message of hope... You will be changed.





Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3 PM | Civic Center Music Hall



uring Nazi persecution, conductor Rafael Schächter was forcibly removed from his home and was allowed to pack one suitcase. In that suitcase Rafael took one score of Verdi’s Requiem. In September 1943, Schächter was ordered by the SS to conduct a concert, for which he organized a choir of approximately 150 singers and four soloists. With nothing but the one score he brought with him, Rafael Schächter taught the piece to all of the Jewish prisoners by rote (memoRafael Schächter rization technique based on repetition).

Shortly after the successful performance, almost the entire cast was deported to Auschwitz. Schächter reconstituted a large choir to perform the work again, but in December was forced to recruit musicians for a third time after another transport to the ‘East’. The final group, though reduced in size, gave sixteen performances. They performed the famous oratorio sixteen times, including an infamous performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir in secrecy, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” In this final group was a Jewish prisoner by the name of Edgar Krasa, who survived to tell this amazing story.

“ kept our spirits lifted. We felt we wanted to go on. We were hungry, we were tired, we were sick. But we had something to live for.” - Edgar Krasa, Terezín Chorus Survivor (The Boston Globe)



efiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is a profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama that combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimonials and narration to tell the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) who performed the celebrated Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.




urry Sidlin, founder and president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of the concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, is a conductor with a unique gift for engaging audiences and an internationally recognized educator. Mr. Sidlin began his career as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony under Sergiu Comissiona and was named resident conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra by Antal Doráti. He has served as music director of the New Haven and Long Beach (California) Symphonies, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Connecticut Ballet. For 8 years he was resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony and, from 2002 to 2010, he served as Dean of the School of Music at The Catholic University of America. For 33 years, he was resident artist/teacher and associate director of conducting studies at the Aspen Music Festival. For his dedication to illuminating the legacy of Terezín, Murry Sidlin has received the medal of St. Agnes of Bohemia from the Archbishop of Prague and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Medal of Valor.

“The determination to [perform] the Verdi Requiem in a concentration camp...was a really great courageous act.” - Murry Sidlin (The Jewish Advocate)



atrons will receive a paper clip to wear as they arrive for the production. This is in remembrance of the project first begun by Whitwell Middle School students in Tennessee, who were studying the Holocaust. In order to grasp the concept and enormity of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust, they decided to collect six million paper clips – one for each soul who perished. Why paper clips? The students’ research found that Norwegians wore paper clips as a silent protest and symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. It was this simple idea that eventually, and quite unintentionally, turned into a worldwide phenomenon, drawing international media attention and letters of support from literally every continent.



oin our acclaimed 125 member chorus along with guest conductor Murry Sidlin, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, video testimonials, actors, guest soloists, and the Oklahoma City University singers, for this powerul performance that will surely leave you changed. This emotive music is powerful, dramatic and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope. It speaks to a greater universal theme of tolerance for others, especially those who are different than ourselves.




PURSUITS | Getting Away



By Caryn Ross


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its start in the 1830s as a wrecking salvage spot for freed slaves and the indigenous Bahamians. Historians believe that prior to 1835, Bimini was the home to famous pirates like Blackbeard and Francis Drake. Its many reefs and narrow passages caused ships to run aground often, making it ripe for pirates to hide and wait for their prey. Once pirating and salvaging came to an end, the islands of North and South Bimini were a supply point for alcohol smuggling during the Prohibition era in the U.S., and a very lucrative one. But when Prohibition was repealed, the money left as fast as it had come in. Luckily for Bimini, its beautiful waters would soon become the place of fishing legends. Ernest Hemingway spent many summers there. When he wasn’t writing, he could be found fishing and socializing with locals. According to legend, Hemingway was also known to enjoy a good boxing match at a tavern. As locals will attest, he was never beaten. It is Hemingway’s love of the water and shores of Bimini that continues to keep these islands thriving in the fishing world. During Hemingway’s time on the island he and a small group of individuals founded the Bahamas Marlin and Fishing Club, an ancestor to the preeminent International Game Fish Association. WATER PARADISE Bimini’s water is breath-

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Bimini sits in the warm Bahamian waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A snorkel and bottle of sunscreen will take you far in the fun-in-Bimini department. The sea flora and fauna you encounter are far superior to those of other Bahamian islands. My family particularly enjoys the Shark Snorkel Tour provided by Bimini Undersea. Our tour guided us to shallow reefs where we saw small reef sharks and sea turtles and were urged to swim in the waters and explore. Once over the shock of swimming with sharks, we jumped back on board our boat and headed to the SS Sapona. This concrete cargo ship ran aground in 1926, and has become one of the most popular dive spots in the Bahamas. We spent nearly two hours snorkeling in and around this sunken water museum, where an astounding array of colorful fish and coral have made their home. Local lore says the waters off of Bimini are also home to the lost city of Atlantis. A cluster of massive rock slabs on the ocean floor known as the “Road to Atlantis” has been the source of much archeological speculation and study. Legend or not, this is a perfect day trip to dive, snorkel and enjoy a cold Kalik beer while floating in the turquoise waters. Another Bimini must is the dolphin swim tour – a full day trip offered by Bimini Undersea. After a lengthy boat ride, you are invited to jump in the crystal clear waters and wait. It is magical how the dolphins 88 SLICE // MARCH 2015

immediately swim in, curious to greet their new visitors. These gentle creatures seem almost as happy to see you as you are to see them. It’s a lengthy excursion, but easily worth every minute. ALL THINGS CONCHY Bimini is best

known for its incredible fishing and its succulent conch. These slug-like creatures are a true delicacy. On nearly every street, you can find a “conch shack.” The locals dive and harvest the conch, then walk directly from the dock to their open-air restaurant where they prepare conch salad (ceviche-style salad), conch fritters and the extremely decadent conch chowder. My family’s favorite is Stuart’s Conch Shack, known to the locals as “Fab’s.” The conch is fresh, and the view is breathtaking. Once you have eaten your fill of conch at Fab’s you’re only a short distance from Charlie’s Bread. Their sweet yeast loaves are baked throughout the day and make the most incredible grilled cheese sandwiches and French toast. For purists like myself, enjoy it warm and slathered with butter. You will always find traditional Bimini bread at Charlie’s, but you may luck into some other delights. Be sure to ask if he has coconut or raisin bread available. His coconut bread is hands-down, out-of-this-world delicious. All of Charlie’s breads are sold warm in a plastic bag right out of his front door. Just look for the long line of patrons or ask any local for directions.

BUNGALOW BY THE SEA In the past, if you

wanted to stay on Bimini, the only choices were The Bimini Big Game Club or a privately owned property. Current lodging in Bimini ranges from local home rentals and small hotels to luxury residences and multi-bedroom suites at Resorts World. My family’s choice has always been the gorgeous Resorts World, both for its quaintness and luxury accommodations. Located on the northern tip of North Bimini Island, Resorts World features beach bungalows reminiscent of Tommy Bahama’s home: whimsical yet exquisitely appointed. There are numerous on-property restaurants, a beachside infinity pool, mega yacht marina, and for those feeling lucky, a new luxury casino. Depending on the time of day, the ocean view from your room changes like the tides. The property’s beaches are perfect for quiet strolls and shell gathering, and it never feels too busy. It’s laid-back, island-style perfection. Bimini may be thought of as the little Bahamian island no one has heard of, but I promise this gem won’t stay hidden for long. Take a moment to evaluate what type of beach vacation you really want for your family. If you are looking for quiet, secluded beaches without the hubbub of overly commercialized hot spots, then Bimini is the perfect choice. It’s what the Bahamas used to be before water parks and aquariums took over the other islands. Besides, what’s not to love when the bartender at the charming local restaurant is also the cook and that morning’s fisherman?

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See & Do DANCE American Spirit Spring Show Mar 1214 OCU’s resident dance company

pulls out all the stops for a dazzling, whirlwind showcase of American dance from jazz to tap to Broadway hits. OCU Kirkpatrick Center 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227,

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

delicate blossoms? That’s why there are greenhouses - an immense rainbow of over 1,000 of the living jewels adorn the Myriad Gardens in this magnificent display. Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 445.7080, Celebrity Wait Night Mar 3 Sports

stars hustle to keep the crowd fed and bring in cash for aid organization Upward Transitions. Hideaway Pizza 901 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 232.5507, Wish Luncheon Mar 3 Dine in style, shop

for fabulous purses and boost the dream-making efforts of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma at “A Bag Full of Wishes.” OKC Golf & Country Club 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 286.4000, Granholm Luncheon Mar 5 Former

Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm guests at this Sally’s List event celebrating powerful women and featuring an auction of 20 original shrines by local artists. Will Rogers Theater 4322 N Western, OKC, 586.8744, 1st Friday Gallery Walk Mar 6 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, Bright Night of Grossology Mar 6 Science

can be sticky, slimy, smelly or just plain gross - but gross can be educational, as kids in this overnight campout will learn. Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC, 602.3760, OKCMOA Omelette Party Mar 6 C’est

magnifique! The Museum prepares a fete like no other at the 31st annual egg-based fundraiser, themed “House of FabergEGG.” Bricktown Events Center 429 E California Ave, OKC, 236.3100, Momentum Mar 6-7 The Oklahoma

Visual Arts Coalition puts the spotlight on developing young artists in a two-day show that really rocks. OKC Farmers Public Market 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 879.2400, Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance Mar 6-8 Kids looking for a good

opportunity to burn off some energy have friends in this show, as Elmo, Cookie Monster and more encourage audience participation in shaking their various groove things. Cox Center 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 602.8500,

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Art Party 2.0 Mar 7 A one-night-only

ARTini in Wonderland Mar 27 This gleeful,

Red Tie Night Mar 7 The state’s largest

Medieval Fair Mar 27-29 Knights and

Brian Posehn Mar 12 Get cracked up

H & 8th Night Market Mar 27 Midtown

celebration of the creativity of bronze casting master Tomoaki Orikasa and his “yolk art.” Kasum Contemporary Art 1706 NW 16th St, OKC, 604.6602, single-evening fundraiser, and in its very uppermost echelon of elegance, this magnificent gala benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. Cox Center 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 348.6600, as standup comedy circuit all-star Posehn takes the OKC stage for an evening of considerable hilarity. ACM @ UCO Performance Lab 329 E Sheridan Ave, OKC, 974.4700, 2nd Friday Circuit of Art Mar 13 A

monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic Downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council 122 E Main St Norman, 360.1162, Live on the Plaza Mar 13 Vendors, artists,

residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, Oklahoma Gardening School Mar 14

Learn the ins and outs of making goodness bloom in your yard with “The Not So Big Garden.” Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 445.7080, Auto Alley Shop Hop Mar 19 Discounts,

giveaways, special mini-events and have-to-be-there fun fill this monthly mercantile excursion along one of the metro’s distinctive shopping destinations. Automobile Alley 1015 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 235.3500, Town Hall: John Miller Mar 19 A

counterintelligence specialist for the LAPD and NYPD, Miller’s Town Hall lecture is titled “Terrorism and Our Continued Fight for Survival.” St. Luke’s UMC 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 826.9689, Premiere on Film Row Mar 20 Fowler

Honda sponsors the downtown OKC street festival; it’s family-friendly, petwelcoming, free to wander through and filled with treats for the ears and taste buds. Film Row 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060 Heard on Hurd Mar 21 A free monthly

festival of live music, food trucks and pop-up shops - come enjoy! Downtown Edmond 32 N Broadway Ave, Edmond, 341.6650, Chef’s Feast Mar 26 The chefs are doing

all the work; guests are the ones feasting at this delectable tasting event benefiting the Regional Food Bank. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 604.7109, Distinguished Service Awards Mar 26

OKC Beautiful’s cheerful luncheon lauds people and businesses who have worked to make the city more visually appealing. OKC Golf & Country Club 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 525.8822,

cocktail-themed soiree is a major fundraiser for Allied Arts, and a ton of fun to boot. OKC Farmers Public Market 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 278.8944, jesters, smiths and minstrels, human chess games and jousting matches and tremendous food and all kinds of medieval fun. Reaves Park 2501 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.8610,

becomes a primetime paradise in this after-hours street festival boasting live music, a convoy of food trucks and special giveaways and enticements. Hudson Ave & 8th Street 801 N Hudson Ave, OKC, 633.1703, Champions of Youth Gala Mar 28 The

treasures and unsung independent films for cineastes who want to step outside the multiplex. OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 236.3100, Classics Series Mar 3-31 Catch a

masterpiece you missed the first time around or just want to re-experience on the big screen: “Goldfinger” Mar 3, “Live and Let Die” Mar 10, “Goldeneye” Mar 17, “Casino Royale” Mar 24 and “Austin Powers” Mar 31. Harkins Theatres 150 E Reno Ave, OKC, 321.4747, OCU Film Institute Mar 8 The film series’

exploration of worldwide ethics beyond religion continues with Singapore director Anthony Chen’s Camera d’Orwinning debut “Ilo Ilo.” OCU Meinders School of Business 2801 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 208.5472,

Boys & Girls Clubs of OKC lauds civic leaders and businesses who help provide positive role models for underserved youth. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 521.9292,


ONE Event Mar 28 The Norman Arts

educator Batista works through the persistence of memory; portraying the essences of people and places remembered through overlapping fields of vibrant color. Kasum Contemporary Art 1706 NW 16th St, OKC, 604.6602,

Council’s singular yearly fundraiser makes for a staggeringly enticing celebration of the city’s creativity. MAINSITE Contemporary Art 122 E Main St Norman, 360.1162, A Celebration of Recovery Mar 31 The

addiction assistance organization honors Dr. Hal Vorse and welcomes guest speaker Mariel Hemingway to its annual gala. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 840.9000, Creativity World Forum Mar 31 Ideas

from around the globe flow, mingle and inspire during this worldwide innovation summit. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 232.5570, UPCOMING

Alton Brown Apr 2 Genial gustatory

guru Brown combines science, music, food and fun into a feast for the senses on the Edible Inevitable Tour. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Cork and Canvas Apr 2 The tempting

wine tasting and art auction (plus music and food) raises funds to help Positive Tomorrows break the cycle of homelessness. OKC Farmers Public Market 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, 556.5082, The Ballet Ball Apr 4 OKC Ballet celebrates

its season in progress with a Sinatrathemed bash and fundraiser for the future. Bicentennial Park 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 843.9898, OKC Memory Gala Apr 9 For this

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

FILM Circle Theater Shows Mar 1-29 The OKC

Museum of Art screens overlooked


Thomas Batista: The Ladies Through Mar 8 Longtime metro resident and arts

Western Bronze Mar 1-30 Nationally

renowned sculptor HR Kaiser displays her expertise in shadow, texture and form in this collection of works whose common theme is the American West. Summer Wine Gallery 2928 Paseo St, OKC, 831.3279, Youth Visions Mar 2-31 The Fine Arts

Institute displays a collection of prize photography from Oklahoma high school students. Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards St, Edmond, 340.4481, March at the Elms Mar 4-28 The cozy

gallery in the Paseo is home to intriguing art, inside and out: this month it welcomes stark beauty from painter and woodcut artist Meghan Gerety and expert photographer Jessica Lutz. JRB Art at the Elms 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.6336, Healing Studio Exhibition Mar 6-21

Participants in the Firehouse’s program to experiment with selfexpression display some of their cherished results. Firehouse Art Center 444 S Flood Ave, Norman, 329.4523, FOR/give Mar 6-28 The community

art space for public exploration of art welcomes a a solo show dealing with moving forward from local artist Christie Hackler. The Project Box 3003 Paseo St, OKC, 609.3969, Chicanita on the Plains Mar 10-Apr 5 A

blast of energetic creative expression from Jeannette Herrera, an L.A. street artist who works under the name Blue Face Killer. Kasum Contemporary Art 1706 NW 16th St, OKC, 604.6602,

Stacey D. Miller Mar 13-Apr 10 The Depot

presents a collection of fresh beauty by the OKC painter and one-time Paseo Arts Association’s Artist of the Year award winner. Santa Fe Depot 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320,

Mar 6, John Pizzarelli Mar 7, Mountain Smoke Mar 8, Groove Merchants Mar 13, Miss Brown to You Mar 14, Edgar Cruz Mar 19, Big G Mar 27 and Shadowman Blues Mar 28. UCO Jazz Lab 100 E 5th St Edmond, 359.7989,

Emily Petree Mar 17-Apr 25 IAO Gallery

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A Step Back in Time Through Mar 5 UCO Melton Gallery Edmond, 974.3375, uco.


Frederic Remington’s American West Through Mar 31 Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art Norman, 325.3272, The First 50 Years Through Apr 25 Oklahoma Heritage Museum OKC,

523.3231, Harmless Hunter: Charles M. Russell Through Apr 26 Sam Noble Museum

Norman, 325.4712,

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

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

Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War Through May 10 Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art Norman, 325.3272, Coyote Songs - Desperado Dreams Through May 10 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum OKC,

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

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

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

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

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

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


Orly Genger Through Oct 2 Campbell Park OKC, 951.0000,

MUSIC Winter Wind: Tom Skinner Mar 1 The

Depot’s indoor acoustic series continues with Skinner, one of the pioneers of the Red Dirt music scene back in the day and still thrilled to take the stage. Santa Fe Depot 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Jazz Lab Concerts Mar 2-28 UCO

students and metro residents alike step to the Jazz Lab for some sizzling shows: Jazz Ensembles Mar 2, the Cimarron Wind Quintet Mar 4, Central Jazz Jam Mar 5, 12 and 26, Shortt Dogg

School of Music presents its Symphony and Concert Band Mar 2, Grossman and Shames Mar 4, a Vocal Showcase Mar 6, the Symphony Orchestra Mar 8, Combined Choirs Mar 12, the Nowruz Iranian Music Festival Mar 28, Jonathan Nichol Mar 29 and Eldon Matlick Mar 30. OU Catlett Music Center 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101, Venice Baroque Orchestra Mar 3 Israeli

maestro of the mandolin Avi Avital sits in with the Italian orchestra for a night spotlighting masterpieces from the 17th and 18th century. Armstrong Auditorium 14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond, 285.1010, Tuesday Noon Concerts Mar 3-31 Add a bit of music to your lunch break as the free weekly concert series courtesy of OU School of Music students and faculty plays on. Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave Norman, 325.3272, Diamond Ballroom Mar 4-21 Crank it up

down by the river with a set of powerful shows: this month’s headliners include Sleeping With Sirens Mar 4, Bush (!) Mar 10 and Chase Bryant Mar 21. Diamond Ballroom 8001 S Eastern Ave, OKC, 866.977.6849, The Conservatory Mar 4-23 Sonic jams of

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serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays: Susan Herndon Mar 5, Easy Street Mar 12, the Oklahoma Strings Quartet Mar 19 and the Central Oklahoma Clarinet Choir Mar 26. Downtown Library 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650,

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myriad forms for more than just OCU students: the Wind Philharmonic Mar 5, a Project 21 Concert Mar 12, the Bassoon Bash Mar 21 and an OCU Choirs performance Mar 26. OCU Kirkpatrick Center 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, Miranda Lambert Mar 6 Platinum is

the word, as the dazzling singer who has put Tishomingo on the map hits OKC on the tour for her latest aptly named album. Chesapeake Arena 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, Philharmonic: Terror & Triumph Mar 7

Piano man Louis Lortie pounds out a star turn as the OKC Philharmonic’s special guest. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Winter Jam Mar 7 An evening packed

with worship and song, anchored by Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli and more. Chesapeake Arena 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, Blue Door Shows Mar 7-29 Self-billed as

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Joel Rafael Mar 15, Monte Montgomery Mar 20-21, MilkDrive Mar 28 and Caravan of Thieves Mar 29 - check online for updates. The Blue Door 2805 N McKinley Ave, OKC, 524.0738,

Santana Mar 17 Purely and inarguably

Second Sunday Jazz Mar 8 End the week

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Mar 18 Stravinsky and Bach have rarely

on a blistering high note thanks to the joyous jazz of the Maurice Johnson Quartet. Santa Fe Depot 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Fleetwood Mac Mar 12 What else needs

to be said? The pop titans bring their On With the Show tour to the ‘Peake - and there will be much rejoicing. Chesapeake Arena 100 E 5th St, OKC, 800.745.3000, Aaron Lewis Mar 13 Singer and road

warrior Lewis has taken his sound in a more personally relevant, countrytinged direction when performing solo, resulting in a more sincere sonic selfportrait. Riverwind Casino 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 322.6464, Broadway Tonight: Sandi Patty Mar 13 The

oft-lauded singer is back in Oklahoma and once again belting Broadway standards and stories - with some assistance from the Young Voices of Edmond. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375, Hayes Carll w/ Travis Linville Mar 13

Music is at the core of both singersongwriters, meaning audiences for the dynamic pair can expect plenty of well-delivered, dust-caked truths. Sooner Theatre 101 E Main St Norman, 321.9600, Philharmonic: An Evening With Jason Alexander Mar 13-14 The

multidimensional actor (for example, he also sings) joins the Philharmonic for a varied, comedic evening. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Opolis Shows Mar 14 Metro, meet Opolis

- you’ll make beautiful music together, thanks to rocking guest acts like March headliner Joe Pug - check online for adds and updates. The Opolis 113 N Crawford Ave, Norman, Vanilla Ice Mar 14 Grand Casino

welcomes the rap star and reality show mainstay for a chill evening of music. Grand Casino 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, 964.7777, New York Chamber Soloists Mar 15

Chamber Music in Oklahoma presents a sextet of classics penned by Beethoven and Mozart geared to flex the skills of the visiting specialists in winds and piano. Christ the King Church 8005 Dorset Dr, OKC, Brightmusic Mar 16-17 Stravinsky,

Schoenfield and Elgar provide much sonic grounds for meditation in the chamber music ensemble’s “Music of War and Remembrance.” All Souls Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral 6400 N Penn Ave and 127 NW 7th St, OKC, The Australian Bee Gees Mar 17 The

Gibbs’ legacy stays alive down under, and worldwide through the efforts of tribute acts like this stellar set of impersonators. Hudiburg Chevrolet Center 6000 Trosper Blvd, Midwest City, 842.5387, of Montreal w/ Deerhoof Mar 17 Sensational

news for indie music lovers: when the massive sonic attack of Deerhoof meets of Montreal’s intoxicating jam, the results are bound to sound cool. ACM @ UCO Performance Lab 329 E Sheridan Ave, OKC, 974.4700,

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one of the great guitar performers ever, the Latin legend brings his Corazon tour through OKC. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

sounded so crisp and vital thanks to the outstanding skill of the British chamber orchestra and guest pianist Jeremy Denk. Armstrong Auditorium 14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond, 285.1010, Styx Mar 20 Here’s your opportunity to

thank them very much for all the rock these influential experimenters have wrought, as they continue pumping music into the universe. Riverwind Casino 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 322.6464, Charlie Wilson Mar 21 Tulsa native

Wilson continues pumping out solo hits long after the Gap Band blew up; catch his Forever Charlie tour for a smooth sensation. Chesapeake Arena 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, Whistle Stop Concert: Heather Maloney Mar 22 The Santa Fe Depot is right on

the tracks, after all - perfect for a breeze through town by the soulful, thoughtful singer-songwriter. Santa Fe Depot 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Mar 26

Poignant, impeccable renditions of classical music’s great chamber compositions, performed by a cadre of Russian stars. OCCC Theater 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 682.7576, Kansas w/ Blue Öyster Cult Mar 27

They keep carrying on, never fearing the embodiment of mortality while continuing to entertain millions with their radio staples - including fans ready to pack the Grand. Grand Casino 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, 964.7777, Philharmonic: The Dream of America Mar 28 It’s a special evening for the

OKC Philharmonic in this combination of music and film documenting the American immigrant experience. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Winter Wind: Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines Mar 28 Bid farewell to a

departing season as The Depot closes the door on winter with a burst of signature country-infused blues from longtime sonic collaborators. Santa Fe Depot 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Ambassadors’ Concert Choir Mar 29

The choir examines the bittersweet beauty of finite existence in a concert titled “Born to Die.” St. John Missionary Baptist Church

5700 N Kelley Ave, OKC, 602.3866, Mary Chapin Carpenter Mar 30

Grammy-winning chanteuse Carpenter makes a special acoustic appearance with guests Aoife O’Donovan, Jon Carroll and John Doyle. OCCC Theater 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 682.7576, UPCOMING

Ariana Grande Apr 3 An actress (ask

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



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regular season ends here for the Cowgirls, with one last tip-off at home … against the OU Sooners. GallagherIba Arena 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, OSU Men’s Basketball Mar 4 The

Cowboys’ last home tilt of the regular season is against the TCU Horned Frogs. Gallagher-Iba Arena 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, Thunder Basketball Mar 4-24 OKC

brings the noise against a slate of NBA opponents: Philadelphia Mar 4, Toronto Mar 8, the L.A. Clippers Mar 11, Minnesota Mar 13, Chicago Mar 15, Boston Mar 18, Atlanta Mar 20, Miami Mar 22 and the L.A. Lakers Mar 24. Chesapeake Arena 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4800,

Camelot Through Mar 1 OKC Civic Center OKC, 800.869.1451,

The Cat in the Hat Through Mar 6 Children’s Center for the Arts OKC, 951.0011,

La Cage aux Folles Through Mar 8 OU Reynolds PAC Norman, 325.4101,


Who Am I This Time? Through Mar 14 Carpenter Square Theater OKC, 232.6500,

Little Women Mar 5-8 Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy

and you - share the quiet pleasures of growing up in this Alcott adaptation from UCO students. UCO Mitchell Hall Theater 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375,

OU Men’s Basketball Mar 7 Big 12

Opera at the Movies Mar 5-26 Elite

Sooner Skate Invitational Mar 7-8 Nine games of fast-paced,

Flowers for Algernon Mar 5-29

hard-skating action are on the menu as the Oklahoma Victory Dolls host a D3 showdown. Cox Center 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC,

Experimental surgery makes a man much, much more intelligent, but the back half of “what goes up…” can be brutally disappointing. Jewel Box Theater 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786,

OKC Blue Basketball Mar 8-22 The

The Coronation of Poppea Mar 6-8

Tournament, here we come … but first the Sooners close out the regular season by hosting the Kansas Jayhawks. Lloyd Noble Center 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424,

Thunder’s D-League affiliate looks to bring its A-game against Rio Grande Valley Mar 8, Santa Cruz Mar 10, Grand Rapids Mar 15 and Delaware Mar 22. Cox Center 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 208.4800,

performances of all-time great operas - Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” and Puccini’s “Tosca” - presented in high-definition comfort. Harkins Theatres 150 E Reno Ave, OKC, 321.4747,

Operatic pioneer Monteverdi composed this telling of an ambitious Roman lady’s rise to ultimate power. OCU Kirkpatrick Center 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227,

warriors get set to face off against a gamut of AHL foes: Milwaukee Mar 10 and 17, Charlotte Mar 14 and 15, San Antonio Mar 20 and Chicago Mar 21-22. Cox Center 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625,

Corpus Christi Mar 20-Apr 4 The metaphors are plain in OKC Theatre Company’s tale of an inspired young ideologue whose words inspire believers and followers before intolerance cuts him down. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 626.6605,

St. Pat’s 8K Run Mar 14 The Special

Murder for Two Mar 25-Apr 12 Musical

Barons Hockey Mar 10-22 OKC’s ice

Olympics of Oklahoma benefits from this exceptionally lucky sprint that starts and finishes on Campus Corner. O’Connell’s 769 Asp Ave, Norman, 800.722.9004, OK Quarter Horse Spring Show Mar 25-29

Ride ‘em, contestants! Competitors show their skills in roping, barrel racing, pole bending and other equestrian skills. State Fairgrounds 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd, OKC, 440.0694, NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Mar 27-29 Headed to the Big Dance?

Not so fast - before booking their trip to Tampa, 16 teams will have to make it out of competition right here in OKC. Chesapeake Arena 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, Oklahoma Heritage Land Run Mar 28

The Oklahoma Heritage Association’s 4th annual event includes a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run through Heritage Hills. Oklahoma Heritage Museum 1400 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4458, Wings to Fly Run Mar 28 The 5k, 15k and

1-mile events in historic Fort Reno benefit the pediatric medical research of the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation - get moving! Fort Reno 7107 Cheyenne St, El Reno, 271.9043,

comedy with a slightly mordant twist; one actor plays the inspector, the other plays all the suspects and they both play the piano. Lyric’s Plaza Theater 1725 NW 16th St, OKC, 524.9312, Cinderella Confidential Mar 26-Apr 9

Behind the scenes of the age-old fairy tale, dedicated snoopers try to uncover the mystery of whose foot fits into the glass slipper. Children’s Center for the Arts 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011, The Magic Flute Mar 28-29 Mozart’s all-

time classic tale is adapted for children too in this musical presentation. UCO Radke Theater 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375,

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Last Laugh

GOLD FOR A DAY By Lauren Hammack

THERE’S NOTHING I ENJOY MORE THAN AN ONLINE PERSONALITY TEST. One of my favorites is the TrueColors™ assessment, which identifies four personality styles and associates a color (orange, gold, green and blue) to each temperament. Everyone, the test states, has a combination of color-coded traits to varying degrees. I am a Blue/Orange mix. Blue personalities are tender-hearted and want to help others. (Check.) Orange personalities are impulsive and easily distracted by the movement of a ceiling fan or the glint of a shiny object. (Double-check.) My last color is gold. Gold personalities are the punctual, organized task-masters who love rules and who live by the mantra, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” In my dominant

Blue/Orange world, there was never a place for everything. “A bomb went off and that’s where things landed,” says the Orange in me. “But I feel just terrible about it,” says the Blue in me. According to one source, we become better rounded and more effective when we get in touch with our “last” color. For me, a lastcolor Gold, that means making a plan, sticking with the plan and seeing the plan through to completion, even if it kills me to do it. “It will be fun to be a Gold for a few days!” says the Orange in me. “I can journal about my feelings on being a Gold,” says the Blue in me. It’s settled. I’m going for Gold. For a Blue/Orange, it’s a foreign, uncharted existence, made of organization and planning. I’m going to need a planner. And to do it right, I’ll design my own.

A BLUE/ORANGE’S “GOLD FOR A DAY” back to Office Depot to purchase more label tape. While there, test THE GOAL •theRunergonomic features of each mouse on display. Linger on the day planner

Devise and design a custom time management system that will utilize a day planner that doesn’t exist in stores.


aisle and look at every single planner to be sure I’m not missing an important section/feature in my specially designed planner.

to home office paper sorting and unearth a heartfelt essay, penned •byReturn Run up to Office Depot to check pricing on a spiral-making machine. •Make a young Hammack fawn. Determine that THIS will be the year I start no decision. Make no purchase.

Spend the rest of the morning messing around with margins and alignment of my special planner pages. Check Pinterest to see if there are cute ideas for planners and, some•how, end up on the backyard lighting section. Dig in the shed for luminarias purchased during my fleeting (but •intense) backyard lighting impulse of 2002. Make a list of invites for an evening backyard party, featuring the •three remaining luminarias I find in the shed.


Curse Office Depot for not being open at 2 a.m. Go to Walmart instead and •hover on scrapbooking aisle for 45 minutes, followed by the office supply aisles for another half hour. Search for the perfect journal and evaluate the smoothness of its paper. Find the best pen for the smoothest paper. Snatch up the right container to hold scrapbooking materials and assorted patterned scissors accumulated during this trip. Decide that some chips and RoTel dip sound reeeeeeeally good at 3 a.m. Get enough ingredients to make several heat-and-eat batches, which will be divided into single-serve food containers. Return to container aisle to peruse the Gladware selection for 15 minutes. Stop by the greeting card aisles to read cards, even though there’s no holiday or birthday on the immediate horizon – just the sunrise now.

a second run to Office Depot because the alignment issue has •nowMake While unpacking arts and crafts supplies and Ro-Tel, hear something outra•geous depleted the printer’s ink supply. during late-night TV and stop everything to watch. See that it’s Gump

• While replacing ink, notice all the random stuff on my home office desk. Clear desk = clear mind. Go through every last piece of paper in the •room and sort. Stop in the middle of sorting to go to Office Depot for colored, 3-tab •folders to hold every scrap of paper.

• Immediately label each file folder with the label maker. Jack with label maker settings for 30 minutes to override the tape•wasting wide margins. • Accept the defeat that comes with not being smarter than the label maker. 94 SLICE // MARCH 2015

Week on AMC and watch “Forrest Gump” on continuous loop. While scanning the TV directory for the next “Hoarders” marathon, stumble over HGTV and wonder what color would look good on the walls of my home office.

Dig for paint swatches and make a mental list of paint color names I would •have used on the swatches. Go out to garage and rummage through old paint cans to find that “good •white” I used on the trim that one time. Look inside a donation box that never

got picked up and see if I can find a missing sling-back shoe. Try on 15 shoes. Carry 12 of them back inside.

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