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Red Carpet Ready

Glamour comes easiest to those who are prepared; with these suggestions and a healthy dose of confidence, you’ll always be ready for your close-up.


Maine-ly Spectacular

The Maine coast has a great host of amenities to enjoy, whether your appetites run toward sailing, shopping or anything in between… just save plenty of room for lobster.


The Game Plan

From documentaries to comedy shorts, Harkins Theatre to the Myriad Gardens, deadCENTER Film Festival is a big deal. This comprehensive schedule should help viewers make the most of it.


Cinema Paradiso

Hollywood, Oklahoma? Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson is among those nurturing growth in the local film industry, and his fully equipped classes at OCCC are fertile ground for success.


Dream a Little Dream

Inspiration comMany people dream of finding success and fame – some make it happen. Through talent, timing and making the right connections, an OKC secretary became a silver screen star.

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Their professions are aspirational – doctor, lawyer, fireman, minister and musician – but what unites them is their common desire to be there for their children and for others. Presenting Slice’s 2012 Cool Dads.


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From the Editor 12 To the Editor 14


This & That 16


Red Carpet Ready 19


Maine-ly Spectacular 23


Art - Music - Theatre - Events 29 The Game Plan 44


Cinema Paradiso 48 Setting the Table 52 Garden State 57

Living Well


Dragon’s Breadth 60


Depth of Field 62


Superstars Dream a Little Dream A Conversation with Nick Offerman Rescue “Dawn” Raise Your Voice Coming Into Focus In the Spotlight… Nyambi Nyambi

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Designers’ Notebook Happy Feet 100



Edibles & Libations 105

Out & About

On the Town 125

Last Laugh

They’re Playing My Song 134

Last Look

Jason Dunnington 136

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Publisher Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Meares Creative Director Mia Blake Features Writer Kent Anderson Associate Editor Steve Gill Stylist Sara Gae Waters Contributing Writers Mark Beutler Lauren Hammack Caryn Ross David Story Russ Tall Chief Elaine Warner Art Director Scotty O’Daniel Graphic Designer Brian O’Daniel Contributing Photographers

M.J. Alexander Justin Avera David Cobb Simon Hurst Claude Long Michael Miller K.O. Rinearson Carli Wentworth

xecutive Director of Advertising E Account Executives Account Manager

Cynthia Whitaker-hill Robin Eischeid Victoria Fancher Jamie Hamilton Doug Ross Ronnie Morey

Accountant Jane Doughty

Distribution Raymond Brewer


Leading man: Curtis Bruehl, one of the 2012 Cool Dads. Photographed at the Film Exchange Building by Simon Hurst. Clothes from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall. Prop-tini from Joey’s Pizzeria. The style is all his own.

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Mark Beutler Mark Beutler is an award-winning journalist, actor, disc jockey and public relations professional who can provide fountains of useless trivia about Cher and “Bewitched.” He is a native of Cashion, and has a Master’s in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mark recently authored his first book, Chasing Cher. He lives in northwest Oklahoma City, is a board member for CityRep Theatre and was 2011 chairman for Red Tie Night, the state’s largest fundraiser. He enjoys working out and listening to music – and is still trying to learn how to tweet.  

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K.O. RINEARSON A native of Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University, David Story has interviewed many celebrities over the years and contributed to regional publications in Alabama and Georgia. He is the author of America on the Rerun: TV Shows that Never Die. David grew up south of Birmingham, Alabama, near Siluria – the hometown of Cathy O’Donnell, about whom he writes in this issue of Slice. Russ Tall Chief (Osage), is a writer, dancer, art curator and single father. He is currently the Art Galleries editor for Native Peoples Magazine, and has written for Veranda, Southwest Art, The Santa Fean and the Smithsonian Institution’s American Indian Magazine. Russ also writes for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, developing exhibition and program content. He earned degrees from Bemidji State University in Minnesota and the University of Central Oklahoma. His graduate studies also include work at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Toronto.

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That’s Entertainment




here’s a certain romance to films. Perhaps not so much in my husband’s preferred horror genre, though I must admit to having developed a small fondness for zombies. I recommend “Fido” if you want to warm your heart toward them as well, and “Zombieland” if you prefer to root for the living, breathing

(and rather swashbuckling) team of the not-undead.

On my first official “movie date,” Glen Halbison – whose mother had to drive us to the theatre – took me to see

“Blazing Saddles.” A romantic feat this was not, but it served its purpose. Two awkward near-teenagers were able to sit, wholly entertained, and avoid awkward conversation. And while I appreciate truly great cinema the likes of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” I openly admit that all I really require from a film is to be entertained, which is why I fully understand when someone has “Road House” next to “Rashomon” on their DVD shelf.

Those who master the art of recalling exact calendar dates of significant moments in their lives astound me.

Mine are marked by the music that provided the soundtrack and the movies that served as the backdrop. Like the people who touch our lives, the songs we love and movies we cherish remain with us. I will never tire of “The Summer of ’42”; I will cry every time I see “Doctor Zhivago” and laugh hysterically no matter how many times I watch “The Birdcage.”

In this issue, we’ve presented a deeper look into a few of the films screening at this year’s deadCENTER

Film Festival and the interesting people with Oklahoma ties who were a part of creating them. We paid a visit to a local cinematic treasure, the Oscar-winning producer Gray Fredrickson, on the set of the cutting-edge School of Film and Video Production at Oklahoma City Community College, home to his current and remarkable project: the Oklahoma Film Institute. You will be introduced to the young yet already successful filmmaker Alexander Knight (if you see him at the festival, you might consider getting an autograph now while the getting is good). There’s a look back at the career of Cathy O’Donnell, a luminous face from Oklahoma’s silver screen past; and the story of a movie that’s simultaneously more than 90 years old and brand-new. And alongside these great films and great characters are our own superstars, our 2012 Cool Dads, photographed on historic Film Row, which we now call home.

The fact that Oklahoma City has a big-time film festival is cool. Way cool. And I’m proud to say that we’ve

supported the deadCENTER Film Festival since its inception. Way proud. From its humble beginnings as a one-night screening of shorts at the state fairgrounds to what MovieMaker magazine has dubbed “one of the 20 coolest film festivals in the world,” it’s a prime example of our state’s creative good sense. Culture and commerce go hand-in-hand, and we hope you’ll join us in support of one of the best events of the year.

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Creative Kinship Thank you for the spectacular feature in Slice. “Art Appreciation 101” (April 2012) beautifully tells the story of Wilson House and our art collection. Jan and I enjoyed visiting with Kent about our history and enjoyed working with the creative team – Mia, Sara Gae, David – the day of the photo shoot. And what beautiful photographs you captured! We thoroughly enjoy every issue of Slice, but this one is very special to us. Thank you! Robert Henry President and CEO Oklahoma City University Slice Contest Update: Shannon Stephens Welch’s dedication to the task paid off: she garnered $100 in dining certificates for Stella – Modern Italian Cuisine as a result of her efforts in matching the person to pleasure (“Guilty Pleasures,” April 2012). The correct answers are: 1) Desmond Mason; 2) Paul Folger; 3) Robert Mills; 4) Michael Baron; 5) Cliff Hudson; 6) Kim Henry; 7) David B. Hooten; 8) Scotty O’Daniel; 9) Cherokee Ballard; 10) Graham Colton; 11) Kyle Dillingham; 12) Linda Cavanaugh. Great Things To Come What a wonderful boost for our BachBrahms Festival (“Two for the Shows,” May 2012) in Slice! I also enjoyed the Mississippi plantation article… having spent four years in New Orleans getting a good undergraduate education. It’s my hope that, 28 years from now, Brightmusic will be celebrating its 28th Festival anniversary, like OK Mozart in my hometown is this year. From small beginnings… David Johnson Brightmusic Society of America

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Erratum: We incorrectly identified the location for the photograph of Edgar Cruz on page 95 of our April 2012 issue. He was photographed at OKC Music and Sound at 7423 N. May Avenue, a locally owned and operated entity. We apologize for the error.

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State of Play

Many museums are justly consid-

ered repositories of cultural refinement, since they’re stocked with ancient artifacts or fine art. But man does not live by Botticelli alone, and a project currently in the planning stages could help enlighten Oklaho-

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Fort Lauderdale to Seattle, Winnipeg to Buenos Aires – there are nearly 300

Hilton Brand hotels in North and South America, and while they all share the brand’s pride in impeccable service and presentation, one facility in particular leaves its colleagues… well, in the dust. Out of the 293 Hilton Brand hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America, Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton received the highest ranking in cleanliness for guest rooms and bathrooms based on feedback from the guests who used them. And the praise for the city’s oldest hotel is external as well as internal: AAA has also honored the Skirvin Hilton with its Four Diamond rating for three consecutive years. Of the 32,000 properties reviewed, only three percent receive such a distinction. Furthermore, the 2012 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hotels rankings, based on high customer satisfaction among published travel experts, listed it as the Number 1 hotel in Oklahoma City – and in the state of Oklahoma. Trust the experts: the Skirvin has earned its, shall we say, sparkling reputation.

mans about our less-rarified culture, and make the state’s museum scene a bit more fun. Dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and featuring Sooner contributions to the fields of music, film, television, humor, theatre, comic art and more, the OK POP Museum would be a sister facility of sorts to the Oklahoma History center in OKC, as both would be organized and administered by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Though not yet more than a gleam in an architect’s eye, the proposed four-story, 75,000-square-foot edifice already has a location: a square block in Tulsa’s bustling Brady District that’s currently a parking lot for Bank of Oklahoma employees. BOK is donating the space… contingent on the


Since 1955, with a break to settle some copyright issues, the most outstanding entry at the Cannes Film Festival each year has been rewarded with the Palme d’Or, a stylized golden palm frond. Since 1951, the biggest winner at Berlin’s celebration of cinema has received the Golden Bear. With the growing popularity and sustained success of Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival, is it time to replace the Grand Jury award with something a little more distinctive; a trophy of our own? The two venerable European festivals’ awards are based on elements of their host cities’ coats of arms, so following that tradition via Oklahoma City’s seal would allow for the Golden Peace Pipe, Atom, Plow or Hatchet and Stake – but bear in mind that our festival isn’t named for its host city, but for its more general geographic location. So perhaps the solution that hits the metaphorical bullseye would be just that: the Golden Target.

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state legislature passing a $40 million state bond issue this year to help fund OK POP’s construction. The multimedia museum has already received vocal support and donations of exhibit materials from artists like Wanda Jackson, Roy Clark, Garth Brooks and Kristin Chenoweth, but without more popular support it might become a mere footnote in the state’s cultural history. To read more about the plans and the process, visit

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Strike a Pose

When the occasion calls for glamour, don’t be caught ill-prepared. We’ve pulled together some suggestions to get you pulled together (see page 20) so you’ll be ready for any potential close-ups. This Theia evening gown from Ruth Meyers could be just the ticket for a dazzling entrance. Store owner Cindi Shelby adds, “The key ingredient is confidence, and lots of it!”

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Red Carpet Ready T

here are those certain occasions that call for stepping things

By Lauren Hammack

up a notch. In order to look your best, stock your dressing area with some new essentials and consider a few tips and

tricks from those who know what looking great is all about.


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Planning ahead will leave you über-prepared for all occasions. Angela Crawford from Closet Moxie offers “Closet Innovation” – a five-step process that rids your wardrobe of items that should have exited long ago, finds the essentials that should be added and works with all the pieces (new and old) to create a personal outfit guide.


Be rosy in beautiful shades of pink from Laura Mercier (available at Balliets) and Chanel (available at Dillard’s in Penn Square Mall).

Tricks of the Trade Keep more than your

silhouette by posing in front of a full-

lipstick in your evening

length mirror. Take a clue from Paris

bag. Throw in some mints,

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from Timothy Fields, Slice Magazine’s fashion guru


This is not the time to go crazy; save that

…between sexy and slutty. Avoid show-

makeup trend you’ve been dying to try

ing too much skin; play up one feature

for another time. No need to put on every

and not all of them. If wearing a high

piece of jewelry you own, either. Keep it

slit, avoid a plunging neckline. Backless

simple: if you’re wearing earrings, add a

dress? Then keep the hemline down.

bracelet; if you’re wearing a big necklace,

Avoid the dreaded panty line with a

forego earrings and add a cocktail ring.

properly fitted bra and Spanx.

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Maine-ly Spectacular

By Elaine Warner


he rain pattered gently on the roof as I rocked in rhythm on the screenedin porch of my cozy cabin in the woods. The moist air was saturated with the scent of the pine trees. I was enjoying a brief press trip respite, waiting

for my ride. A horn honked and I was off my rocker, out the door and on to more Maine adventures.

Home base for this trip was the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center

southwest of Northport – between Belfast and Camden. Originally built as a corporate retreat, the resort still relies heavily on conferences and meetings, so facilities lean toward team activities – basketball, softball, indoor volleyball, etc. But there are plenty of fun things for families to enjoy, too, with tennis courts, a bowling alley, fitness center and almost six miles of hiking trails. Things are spread out, so you’ll get plenty of exercise on the grounds or walking down to the beach. june 2012 | slice 23



Arts and Crafts

Any visit to this part of the state

should include a pilgrimage to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. The focus of the museum is art with a Maine connection. Among the stars of the collections are works by Winslow Homer, George Bellows and members of the Wyeth holy trinity: N.C., Andrew and Jamie.

The museum also owns the Olson

Lazy susan table, Windsor Chairmakers ELAINE WARNER

House, outside nearby Thomaston. There are few people who don’t know Andrew Wyeth’s painting, “Christina’s World.” The Farnsworth doesn’t have that picture; it’s in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But Christina lived in the Olson house – and it’s the house in that painting. The house and its former occupants were frequent subjects of Andrew Wyeth.

Artists and craftspeople of all types

make Maine their home, and numerous galleries invite visitors to view works by both local artisans and nationallyknown artists. The Prism Restaurant and Gallery in Rockport features over 85 of the nation’s finest glass artists’ creative output and diners enjoy beautiful views of the gardens. For exquisite custom-made furniture, Windsor Chairmakers is the place to go. Pieces are displayed throughout a circa-1800 farmhouse. A visit to the workshop is a trip to another era. Oh, sure, they use modern equipment and electric power, but the craftsmanship is pure vintage. All dyes are hand-mixed and the paints are the traditional milkbased paints used on antique colonial and Shaker furniture. Pieces are made to customer specifications, one at a time. Owner Nance Brown took us through the showrooms and out to the workshop where her husband, Jim, explained the finer points of custom furniture.

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Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum



King of the Sea

For many people – and I’m one of those – the number one reason to go to Maine is

lobster. When I visit, I make it a point to have the luscious crustacean for at least one meal a day – and, occasionally, all three!

At Anglers Restaurant in Searsport, owner Buddy Hall is a walking library of all

things lobster. He gave us an up-close-and-personal lesson in lobster sexing – do not try this at home, Buddy is a professional!

He also shared such tidbits as: “Young lobsters’ claws are about the same size. As

they get older, they differentiate into a larger crusher claw and smaller pincher claw.” He continued, “When choosing a live lobster, look at the antennae. The longer the ELAINE WARNER

antennae, the fresher the lobster.” Seems that they get bored in those tanks and start nibbling on one another. Beware the stumpy antennae!

There are so many ways to enjoy lob-

ster – lobster eggs benedict, lobster stew, lobster pie, lobster steamed, boiled, even fried, lobster salad and the ubiquitous lobster roll. As they say in Maine, “It’s wicked good!”


Most popular Maine sandwich – the lobster roll


Anglers owner Buddy Hall gives lobster lessons


Paolina’s Way uses local, organic produce and meats and features Italian cuisine

Locally-grown produce at the Belfast Co-op

Farm Fresh and Fabulous

The Maine growing season may not be long, but the locals make the most of it.

A trip to the Belfast Co-op Store revealed a wonderland of colorful vegetables. Yearround, the counters and cases feature seafood so fresh it’s practically dripping sea water, local and organic meats and hand-made sausages, butter, yogurt, free-range eggs and lovely cheeses.

We followed our lunch from the farm to the plate with a visit to Well Fed Farm

where we met owner Christina Sidoti. She showed us through the extensive garden where she grows vegetables, spices and even the edible flowers with which she garnishes the plates at her restaurant, Paolina’s Way, in Camden.

We began our meal with just-picked lettuce with wild Maine blueberries and nas-

turtiums drizzled with her signature blueberry dressing. That was just a teaser for the varieties of pizzas she brought out for us – including a lobster pizza with gooseneck greens and truffle oil.

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Tips for Travelers

The summer months are Maine’s best, though the changing leaves make fall a

good choice, too. Mainers laughingly describe their seasons as summer, fall, winter and mud. Many businesses and attractions are seasonal, so always check before you go. Helpful websites include,,



The two-masted Olad offers cruises on Penobscot Bay

With rain coming in, the sailboats run for cover

Down to the Sea in Ships

For another view of Maine’s coastal

beauty, you can’t beat a boat trip. We sailed on the Olad, a 57-foot, restored 1927 yacht. With two masts and 1,500 square feet of canvas, we skimmed silently over the waters of Penobscot Bay, sailing out of Camden harbor, past picturesque Curtis Island lighthouse. About halfway through our two-hour cruise, the weather, which had been lovely when we set sail, changed. The wind picked up and the skies darkened. We raced back to the safety of the harbor as the first drops fell. Half an hour later, the sun was shining; the boats bobbed gently on the sparkling blue waters of the bay; the air was fresh and sweet and Raising the sails on the Olad

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all was well with our world again.


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Shedding Light

Artist Sharyl Landis’ colorful “Edith” lamp is one of her three entries in this year’s Fiberworks exhibit, which opens at the IAO Gallery on June 15 and continues through July 7. See page 30.

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Fiberworks 2011 Winner: “Beginning and End” by Edmond artist Stephanie Grubbs

Tactile Composition T

By Kent Anderson

here are those arts that are ancient, that seem un-

design in weaving, needlework, basketry, quilting, soft sculp-

changed through the ages, standing against trends that

ture, paper, knitting, crochet, felt and other works primarily

come and go, the tides that reinvent themselves over and

constructed of fiber.

over again. There is a comfort there, a knowledge that some things

withstand the whims of popular culture. It is a sense of perma-

this year’s juror, Jeanne Raffer Beck. She is a full-time studio art-

Fiberworks 2012 opens with a lecture on Friday, June 15 by

nence, and it gives us peace.

ist who divides her time between her studio, in a converted factory

But at the same time, an art form must evolve in order to sur-

building in the city of Rochester, and her rural home in Canandai-

vive. There must be new ideas and fresh perspectives, ways of

gua, New York. Beck has taught surface design workshops and

viewing the world through art that cast a glimpse at the artist’s

exhibited her work in the United States, England and Australia,

world, capturing moments in time and the feelings that accompany those moments.

So it is a tricky business to preserve that

timeless quality, and yet maintain relevance and perspective on the modern world. The ancient art of fiberwork strikes this delicate balance, and the 34 annual Fiberworks exhibit th

in Oklahoma City is an opportunity to experience the finest the state has to offer.

The eclectic exhibition runs June 15-

July 7 at the IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan, and showcases workmanship and original

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and her fiber art was juried into the prestigious

Fiberworks 2012 Lecture: Friday, June 15, 5pm Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6-9pm Exhibition: June 15-July 7; 12-6pm Tuesday-Saturday More information is at

Fiberart International in 2010. “I prize thoughtful experimentation,” says Beck. “While this often leads to failures or creates problems, it also brings about some of my most exciting insights and new ideas.”

Fiberworks 2012 is open to current Oklahoma

residents, and more than $4,000 in awards will be presented in multiple categories.

For a sense of the diversity represented by the

exhibition, Slice talked with three of 2012’s participating artists.


Charlotte Hickman

“Garment making has always been a part of my life,” says Oklahoma City resident Charlotte Hickman, “whether with yarn and knitting or fabric and sewing.” Following retirement from a career as an educator and school administrator, Hickman became “addicted” to art quilting. After studying with several well-known mixed media and fiber artists, she has become an experienced award-winning quilter and educator, lecturing and teaching workshops on fabric painting, dyeing, piecing and appliqueing techniques. Hickman brings two artistic picture quilts to Fiberworks 2012, and her works are characterized by vibrant colors, striking contrasts and use of value, as well as heavy machine quilting and embroidery.  “Tulips” (left) and “Winter Woodlands” by Charlotte Hickman

Heather Clark Hilliard

Heather Clark Hilliard of Norman calls herself “an artist, photographer, writer, knitter, teacher, gardener, spinner, baker, adventurer and a color collector. My art making and research are focused on natural color, place, light and space.” “My introduction to fibers was on a sheep farm in Connecticut where I learned how to hand-spin wool and discovered the beauty of dyeing fibers with natural dyes,” she says. “These are two processes that I continue to practice in my current work.” Hilliard has several works currently in progress, utilizing such diverse materials as reclaimed cedar siding, plant-dyed silk, reclaimed wool blankets and felted knit wool.

“Intersections” (above) and “Old House Quilt” (left) by Heather Clark Hilliard

“As an artist, the two most important aspects of Fiberworks that set it apart from other juried shows in Oklahoma are that they invite a different juror each year from out of state and that juror provides a critique of the work selected for the show,” Hilliard says. “This is a very rare opportunity for artists, participating in the show or not, to understand that particular juror’s process for selecting work.”

Sharyl Landis

As a child, Sharyl Landis lived in Laredo, Texas, where she became intrigued by the vibrant colors of the Texas-Mexico border culture. “Nuevo Laredo was especially exciting,” she

broidery, needle felted and dyed and spun yarn. Weaving is my newest addition in the form of off-loom as well as loom weaving.” Landis is entering three pieces in Fiberworks 2012,

recalls. “Cross the border and you’re in another world!”

including a lamp she calls “Edith,” named for a beloved

Long attracted by beading, she began working with

cat she once owned. Reclaiming an old lamp shade, she

beads in 1997, but she has worked in a large cross-sec-

removed the fabric, added a warp and wove the shade.

tion of fiber-related media. “Fiber seems to be an end-

The lamp’s base is a Zulu-type doll with beading, yarn

less form of art,” says Landis, who now lives in Tulsa. “I’ve made small quilts, dyed fabric with added beads and em-

for hair and a woven skirt from a small piece of her first loom weaving.

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WHAT TO DO The metro area is positively packed with possibilities for entertainment and cultural enrichment, with more to see and do every month – here are some of our top recommendations for exploration. COMPILED BY STEVE GILL

ART ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: A TRUE STORY Through 6/6, Science Museum Oklahoma,, 602.6664 An eternal struggle for supremacy in which no combatant can claim ultimate victory… and a creative license for mixed media artist Denise Duong and ceramicist Matt Seikel to give their imaginations free rein with intriguing, interactive results. RED EARTH MASTER ARTIST SHOW Through 6/29, Red Earth Museum,, 427.5228 Each year’s Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival features a juried art competition in addition to its performative art aspect; this exhibition revisits some of the previous quarter-century’s finest efforts by showcasing award-winning artists from the Festival’s history. ST. GREGORY’S FACULTY SHOW Through 6/29, Santa Fe Depot,, 307.9320 Art is good for the body and soul – ask Dr. Madeline Rugh, a certified art therapist whose work graces this exhibit along with that of her St. Gregory’s University colleagues Sheryl Cozad, Carey Hughes, George Hubl, Christopher Cunningham, Rodica Cunningham and Tim Sullivan… going to see it might just make you feel better about life. TOUCHING THE PAST Through 7/28, Oklahoma Heritage Museum,, 235.4458 Stints as state senator and representative and Chief of the Seminole Nation make an unquestionably impressive resume. But it’s only part of Enoch Kelly Haney’s legacy – the wonders of his renowned artistic career fill the Tulsa World Gallery in this retrospective. ISTVAN SUMMER SHOW Through 7/29, Istvan Gallery,, 831.2874 Six artists – led by Eric Wright, who took inspiration from his former day job to encourage viewers to break out of their self-imposed cubicles and express their dreams – combine to celebrate the joys of individuality and pursuing creative freedom. A CENTURY OF MAGIC: ANIMATION OF WALT DISNEY Through 9/16, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,, 325.3272 We should all leave a legacy so thoroughly suffused with joy. The boundless creativity and ongoing inspiration of Walt Disney star in this exhibit of original animation cels, augmented

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Winners of the West

June 8-August 5, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,, 478.2250


xcellence tends to beget excellence: for over 50 years, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has avowedly been America’s premier institution

of Western history, culture and art – so when it assembles 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary Western artists for a show, the event should bring collectors and aficionados at a gallop. Over 300 paintings and sculptures featuring wide-open skyscapes, animal studies and illustrations of prairie life form the 39 th annual Prix de West invitational art exhibition and sale. It’s an outstanding opportunity for creative appreciation as well as education, as the opening weekend (June 8-10) is packed with informative presentations, panel discussions and artist demonstrations, plus a book signing, multiple art sales and auctions and an awards banquet honoring those creators judged to be the best of the best of the west.

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Thursday, June 21 Blues Under the Stars, Brookhaven Village Carolyn Wonderland Steve Coleman & The OBS All-Stars Friday, June 22 Jazz Under the Stars, Brookhaven Village The Bert Dalton Brazil Project What’s That Saturday, June 23 Jazz in the Park, Andrews Park David Sanborn ~ Ivan Pena Norman High School Jazz Combo For a complete schedule, visit Hotel Packages Available: ARTS COUNCIL Norman - Hotel & Conference Center

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OKLAHOMA CLAY: FRANKOMA POTTERY Through 9/16, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,, 325.3272 A Sooner State success story, ceramicist and manufacturer John Frank made his Frankoma Pottery into a household name for affordable craftsmanship and distinctive design – exemplars of which are now proudly displayed at the university where he taught. BECKY MANNSCHRECK 6/1-30, Summer Wine Art Gallery,, 831.3279 As nature remains in radiant bloom, flowers fill this Paseo gallery as well, thanks to Mannschreck’s alla prima use of fan brushes and knives; the delicate results have turned heads at both this year’s Festival of the Arts and 2010’s Arts Festival Oklahoma, where she was the featured artist. GOODACRE AND ANGLADA 6/1-30, JRB Art at the Elms,, 528.6336 The amazingly expressive and often emotionally compelling bronze figures of Glenna Goodacre combine with sumptuous still life paintings from Carla Anglada to fill the studio, and even the grounds outside, with beauty in every dimension. TWO ROADS, ONE PATH 6/1-30, Paseo Originals Gallery Life’s journey can bring together travelers

who had been following separate ways – consider Dr. Kenneth Hoving, formerly dean of OU’s graduate college and now displaying his bronze sculptures alongside the pigment transferring explorations of fellow artist Chris Claussen. WAGONS WEST 6/1-30, Visions in the Paseo,, 557.1229 The wide open country of the prairie can still weave the spell it has held for centuries – even in absentia, thanks to the photographic gifts of Cindy Viol and Glenn Fillmore wielded during their wanders over yonder underneath the western sky. DODSON GALLERIES 29TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW 6/7-30, Dodson Galleries,, 840.7787 In oil and glass and bronze and more, some of the city’s most remarkable works have passed through the doors of this Western Avenue destination; its anniversary show and sale features small works by 25 distinguished artists from the 2012 Prix de West. FIREHOUSE FACULTY SHOW 6/8-7/28, Firehouse Art Center,, 329.4523 Those who teach, can do – and exceptionally well, as proudly demonstrated by the array on display in this annual testament to the creative sparks that fuel the expert instructors of Norman’s Firehouse Art Center. FACES OF BETTINA STEINKE 6/8-9/3, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, national

ART | MUSIC | THEATRE | EVENTS, 478.2250 Looking back at Steinke’s life necessarily involves seeing many other lives as well, since she spent over 60 years – 35 of them working with the Museum hosting this exhibit – capturing the faces, aspects and emotions of people from all walks of life. THE CULT OF PERSONALITY 6/8-9/9, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,, 325.3272 Who wouldn’t want to think of themselves as belonging in the company of Elvis, Marilyn, Jackie and Elizabeth Taylor? This compendium of portraiture showcases some of Andy Warhol’s commissions in the wake of those iconic images, as well as portrayals of more everyday people from Warhol’s colleague Harold Stevenson. SOARING VOICES 6/12-8/25, City Arts Center,, 951.0000 After centuries of exploration and refinement, it’s a joy to know that there’s still so much more to explore in this art form. Social awareness, cultural lineage and delicate beauty pervade the pieces in this collection of recent ceramics by women from Japan. FUSION: A NEW CENTURY OF GLASS 6/14-9/9, OKC Museum of Art,, 236.3100 Sadly fragile and easily damaged; though fundamentally similar in composition, capable of astonishing individual variety… and breathtaking, transcendent beauty. Glass reflects humanity itself in a collection of sculptures and installations created in the 21st century. FIBERWORKS 2012 6/15-7/7, IAO Gallery, Returning to Oklahoma City with a new web of innovative interpretations in its chosen form, this annual exhibit from the Fiber Artists of Oklahoma honors quality workmanship and original designs. See page 29. CELL PHONES IN SUMMER 6/15-9/4, [Artspace] at Untitled,, 815.9995 Long, hot days with clear blue skies, golden sunsets, firefly-dotted twilights and throngs of people outside to enjoy them – it’s a great time for photography, and Untitled is encouraging that impulse with a summer-themed exhibit of photos and videos taken on cell phones.

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COMMON GROUND 6/23-7/14, Howell Gallery,, 840.4437 No matter what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same – you, me, them, everybody. Award-winning mixed media painter Suzanne King Randall explores the deeper connections among culturally diverse women in this energetic collection. ART AFTER HOURS: THE STUDIO 6/29, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,, 325.3272 An appreciative look back at The Studio of the Santa Fe Indian School, which in 1932 became the first of the Southwest’s programs developed to encourage Native American art in the 20th century.

MUSIC CHARLIE CHRISTIAN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 5/29-6/3, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark,, 524.3800 A swing guitarist who helped establish the axe as a solo instrument, a pioneer of bebop, an influence on Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… and an OKC legend. Charlie Christian’s legacy endures in this week-long cavalcade of jazz, blues and more.

Images: Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971). Bride, 2010. Mouth-blown glass and painted wood, 120 x 90 x 90 in. (304.8 x 228.6 x 228.6 cm). Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery, NY; Mark A. Reigelman II (American, b. 1983). Breaking the Bottle Installation, 2011. Glass and mixed media, variable dimensions. Courtesy of Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Luke Jerram (British, b. 1974). E. coli, 2010. Glass, 18 x 53 x 18 in. (45.72 x 134.62 x 45.72 cm). Courtesy of Heller Gallery, New York, NY.

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To Live

Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham

June 17, OKC Civic Center,, 297.2264


hat’s it all about, really? Parsing the meaning of life has kept philosophers – and the rest of us – busy since the dawn of humanity, and one of the only

things we’re sure about is that there’s no single maxim or slogan that serves as a universal answer. However, consider that (1) we as people are capable of influencing one another, sometimes in ways we don’t fully understand; and (2) music is the universal language, capable of reaching us and moving us and lifting us up in ways that words cannot. Those considerations have been much on the mind of composer

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Callen Clarke and violinist Kyle Dillingham, with spectacularly sonorous results: as the grand finale of the OK Mozart Festival, they, together with the Amici New York Orchestra, are proudly premiering the sweeping, uplifting “Life Symphony,” a seven-movement journey in which the audience is asked to participate – and hoped to contemplate the joy and wonder of existence.

MICHAEL BOLTON 6/1, Riverwind Casino,, 322.6000 He’s performed with legends ranging from the Three Tenors to B.B. King, and written songs performed by everyone from Conway Twitty to Kanye West, but chances are you already know the soulfully sincere soft rock singer and the sound he’s bringing to Norman.

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SUBLIME WITH ROME 6/1, OKC Zoo Amphitheatre,, 364.3700 Lovin’ is what they got, even with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez on the mic in place of the late Bradley Nowell – they also got one of the metro’s prime open-air performance venues to share with reggae rockers The Dirty Heads and Bowling for Soup. PURPLE BAR PERFORMANCES 6/1-30, Nonna’s Purple Bar,, 235.4410 The atmosphere is cozy, the menu ample and the entertainment divine – join Jamie Bramble 6/1, Miss Blues 6/2, John and Mandy 6/8, Derek Harris Duo 6/9, 411 Jazz 6/15, Oxford Town 6/16, Stephen Speaks 6/22 and 29, Rick Jawnsun 6/23 and Becannen and Vollertson 6/30.

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ALLSTAR WEEKEND 6/2, Frontier City,, 478.2140 The theme park’s summer concert season kicks into high gear this month beginning

with an infusion of young energy: twenty-something trio Allstar Weekend blazed to notoriety through a Radio Disney contest and aim to take their success, as their latest album says, “All the Way.” SUMMER BREEZE: ALEGRIA REAL 6/3, Lions Park,, 307.9320 Miranda Arana, Larry Hammett, Claire Piersol, Armando Rivera and Christina Audas happily harness and reinterpret the music of South America, Mexico and Spain as part of the Performing Arts Studio’s free open-air concert series. TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES 6/3-24, Myriad Gardens,, 270.4848 The Arts Council of OKC is happy to help area listeners end the week on a high note with free concerts in the lush Myriad Gardens – catch Urban Addiction 6/3, Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys 6/10, the Al Good Orchestra 6/17 and Maurice Johnson & Co. 6/24. CONCERTS ON THE CURVE 6/7, Classen Curve, The title location refers to a retail area, not a neighborhood per se, but that hasn’t stopped the stores there from throwing a monthly block party – join them for live music, children’s activities, refreshing food and drinks and extended hours of operation from the host merchants.


CONCERTS IN THE PARK 6/7-28, Hafer Park,, 359.4630 It might seem selfish to want to improve on sitting back and enjoying a sultry summer evening, but the city of Edmond has you covered with a generous dose of free music: the lineup spans multiple genres to showcase outstanding local talent.

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NOON TUNES 6/7-28, Downtown Library, mls., 606.3833 Put a little lilt into your lunch break with the Metro Library System’s free weekly musical performances: The Stingents 6/7, comedy duo Twinprov 6/14, Karen Khanagov’s string studio 6/21 and Monty Harper 6/28. BARRY MANILOW 6/9, Chesapeake Arena,, 800.745.3000 If it’s hard to imagine someone not knowing who the 80-millionalbum-selling star is, at least the answer is easy: he writes the songs. One of a handful of American artists to have five albums on best-selling charts simultaneously, he’s still magic after all these years. JUSTIN MOORE 6/9, Frontier City, frontiercity. com, 478.2140 When Moore sings “Small Town USA,” he has some experience: his native Poyen, AR has fewer than 300 residents. His cheerfully rowdy country sound is the stuff of trips to the big time, so Frontier City is a good gathering place for the fans he would call “Outlaws Like Me.” OK MOZART IN OKC 6/10-6/13, OCU Kirkpatrick Center,, 918.336.9800 While Bartlesville remains its home, the prestigious festival is proud to add OKC performances: the elegant jazz of trio Allen, Carrington and Spalding 6/10, “found instrument” ensemble the Alloy Orchestra 6/11, banjo bard Jayme Stone 6/12 and the unique country/blues of the Carolina Chocolate Drops 6/13.

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GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 6/16, Rose State PAC,, 297.2264 The bandleader disappeared in 1944, but his namesake ensemble has been an irresistible force for over 50 years – the orchestra visits nearly 300 venues a year to belt out unparalleled Big Band hits, putting over half a million people in the mood for enjoyment. MONTGOMERY GENTRY 6/16, Frontier City,, 478.2140 Success hasn’t spoiled Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry; though they’ve become country superstars with a decade’s worth of awards, the duo’s mindset more closely matches the label they switched to for last October’s album “Rebels on the Run”: Average Joe’s Entertainment. SUMMER BREEZE: BEAU JENNINGS & THE TIGERS 6/17, Lions Park,, 307.9320 Nothing against the Empire State; it just doesn’t feel ideal as the home base of an Americana rock singersongwriter. So Jennings is back home in Oklahoma, working on a new EP with the star-studded Tigers, and giving Norman audiences the benefit of their dedicated labor. NICHOLS HILLS BAND CONCERT 6/21, Kite Park, Music has been the foundation of many a career, but you don’t have to have a record deal or a touring schedule to be tunefully talented – the community members of this volunteer ensemble sound off in a monthly set of concert standards in the Kite Park gazebo. J.T. HODGES 6/22, FireLake Grand Casino,, 964.7777 A country-rock classicist with deep musical roots, the Texas-born

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Hodges joined Toby Keith’s 2011 Locked and Loaded tour and is now riding high on the release of his own first album, “Goodbyes Made You Mine.” LL COOL J 6/22 and 6/23, First Council Casino, Newkirk and Lucky Star Casino, Concho,, 877.725.2670 A comeback? Don’t be ridiculous. The artist born James Todd Smith has a resume as varied as it is full: movie actor, TV star, author, clothing designer… oh, and he’s also a Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop icon. CHUCK NEGRON 6/23, Newcastle Casino,, 387.6013 A bit of joy to the world of classic rock fans: the casino’s free outdoor concert series continues to fill the summer sky with great music thanks to special guest Negron, one of the co-founders of Three Dog Night. LITTLE RIVER BAND 6/23, Frontier City,, 478.2140 While members have come and gone over the course of its 30-plus-year existence, one of Australia’s all-time great musical groups keeps its legacy alive… and fans rocking as Frontier City closes out its busiest month of the summer. LORIE LINE 6/25, OKC Civic Center, okccivic, 297.2264 You think you’ve been busy lately? Pianist and composer Line has released 37 albums in the last 23 years, while finding time to travel alongside old friends and new in the New Age celebration that is her “Live in the Sunshine” tour. RANDY ROGERS BAND 6/28, Riverwind Casino,, 322.6000 The fiery Texas quintet’s most recent release, “Burning the Day,” is a slightly less appealing-sounding prospect in late June… fortunately, their current setlist is loaded with new material from an impending album – and this is a perfect time to hear it.

THEATRE DISTRACTED 6/1-9, Carpenter Square Theatre,, 232.6500 That is the cutest kitten. Look at her little – what? Oh, the play. Ahem. Preadolescent males are rarely what you’d call lucid and collected, but Jesse’s behavior might indicate genuine ADD, and if so, his mom must decide her response in this humorously unfocused tale.

Can’t Stop the Music

David Sanborn

June 21-23, Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park,, 325.3388


t’s practically a force of nature; for 29 years it has recurred like clockwork, proving itself as reliable as the summer heat. As surely as its namesake month arrives on

the calendar, Norman residents have the opportunity to enjoy the giants of the genre at Jazz in June. The free outdoor festival is expected to draw nearly 50,000 listeners during its three days of musical greatness, beginning Thursday night at Brookhaven Village as singer, pianist, guitarist, trumpeter and whistler Carolyn Wonderland headlines Blues Under the Stars. The genre switches to jazz Friday night as the Bert Dalton Brazil Project makes Brookhaven sway with samba sounds, and the exceptionally skilled saxophonist David Sanborn brings down the house (read: pavilion and amphitheatre) Saturday night in Andrews Park. It all adds up to a joyous jam session that’s over too soon… until next year.

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SALVAGE 6/1-10, OKC Theatre Co., okctheatre, 297.2264 A fatal car accident in a small Montana town drags two families into swift, painful and irrevocable changes in award-winning playwright Diane Glancy’s opus; the centerpiece of OKC Theatre Company’s third annual Native American New Play Festival. JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL 6/14-16, Reduxion’s Broadway Theatre,, 651.3191 It doesn’t really count as prejudice to play favorites, but there is a great deal of pride involved in Reduxion’s newest undertaking: a threeday festival to fete the beloved author through staged readings, artwork, panel discussions and more – you should need no further persuasion. TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA 6/14-30, Myriad Gardens Water Stage,, 235.3700 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents of the Bard’s earliest works, but he already has one of his major themes locked down: the course of true love never did run smooth;



The Long Goodbye


June 26-30, OKC Civic Center,, 524.9312


andsome young rock and roll star Conrad Birdie has been called up, and he’s shipping off to join the Army – but not just yet. First he’s planning to pull off one last

publicity stunt: debuting his new single on the “Ed Sullivan Show” while planting a hot one on an eager young fan. And with that touching off two sets of romantic entanglements, he might just be glad when the townspeople of Sweet Apple do say farewell. Directed by Lyn Cramer and starring David Elder, Kat Nejat and Eric Ulloa, Lyric Theatre touches off its series celebrating Chita Rivera (who originated the role of Rosie) with a blowout production of happily-ever-after musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

not that Proteus (Gentleman #2) is doing himself any favors in this comic romance. THE MUSIC MAN 6/15-24, UCO Mitchell Hall Theatre,, 974.3375 Highstepping huckster Harold Hill could sell fridges to Eskimos and talk them out of their parkas at the same time, but even the smoothest operator has a weak spot – and his is apparently 5'4" and bespectacled. Forward march for a June treat. THE LITTLE BIG TOP 6/20-24, OK Children’s Theatre,, 606.7003 Bored is the word for the denizens of Dullsville, a fun-free little town whose name is descriptive rather than ironic. That is, until the local kids hit the jackpot of joy when a traveling circus comes to town – and inadvertently reveals a shocking secret. END DAYS 6/29-7/21, Carpenter Square Theatre,, 232.6500 A homebound-by-choice dad and a newly-converted religious zealot mom aren’t bad enough; now teenaged Rachel is being wooed by her pint-sized Elvis impersonator neighbor. Ucch. At least the world is ending on Wednesday…, 236.5000 The Pac-10 has been on a monster run, reeling off six straight victories in the nationwide struggle for softball dominance, but a single pitch can change the course of the season as some of the country’s finest college athletes return to OKC. THE RETURN OF ELEGANCE Through 6/30, Oklahoma History Center,, 521.2491 The twists and turns of women’s fashion over the last century form a fascinating journey, especially when viewed en masse – over two dozen examples of exquisite eveningwear, along with period accessories, star in a couture tour of history. SEALS OF JEREMIAH’S CAPTORS Through 10/16, Armstrong Auditorium, armstrong, 285.1010 Archaeologists live for stuff like this: discoveries of artifacts swallowed by time, reemerging centuries later to reinforce and cast the light of extra scholarly knowledge on the historical record. Armstrong is the world’s first venue to host this biblical bonanza.


OKLAHOMA AND INFAMY Through 12/9, OK History Center,, 521.2491 Seventy years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this exhibit commemorates its impact on the state via naval uniforms, artifacts that went down with the U.S.S. Oklahoma; interviews with veterans of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific war and personal letters.

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aesthetic intrigue of an art gallery show… times 20. Multiple established galleries feature new works by dozens of artists in one easy stroll that’s a supreme feast for the eyes: it’s the Paseo’s wander-friendly wonderland. RENDEZVOUS FOR RED 6/1, Skirvin Hilton,, 228.9540 Come together for an uncommonly excellent cause – the charitable relief work of the Red Cross – and a similarly stellar party honoring former first lady Cathy Keating with the Red Cross Ruby Award for her years of humanitarian support. SATORI 6/1-2, Plaza Theatre, perpetualmotion, 206.2843 Perpetual Motion, the aptly named Oklahoma dance company, hasn’t stopped exploring the forefront of innovative performance for 10 years, so its anniversary concert is all set to be equally frenetic and fantastic. Two words: aerial carousel. MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM 6/1-24, OKC Museum of Art Noble Theatre,, 236.3100 The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s in-house theatre is one of the anchor locations for the deadCENTER Film Festival, but that’s not all: its June lineup also includes “Monsieur Lazhar” 6/1-3, biopic “Marley” 6/14-17 and a set of five films entitled “Urbanology” 6/21-24. REDHAWKS BASEBALL 6/1-30, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, oklahomacity.redhawks., 218.1000 America’s game lives in Oklahoma City – root, root, root for the RedHawks as they face the Nashville Sounds 6/1, the Iowa Cubs 6/2-5, the New Orleans Zephyrs 6/7-10, the Omaha Storm Chasers 6/23-26 and the Memphis Redbirds 6/30-7/3. BATTLE OF THE BURGER II 6/2, Marc Heitz Chevy Norman,, 321.7150 Gods of the grill, paladins of the patty, keepers of the flame-kissed beef… it’s time to step up and put your mojo where the judges’ mouths are. The second annual benefit for the OK Kids Korral is the ultimate test of grilling skill… and a great venue for sampling.

The Silver Horde

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ilm is an inherently collaborative medium – anything more involved than a diary recited into a camera on a tripod requires cooperation between writer, direc-

tor, producer, actors, crew… even distributor and audience. The Sooner State’s own cinematic legacy is the focus of the Oklahoma History Center’s new “Oklahoma @ the Movies” exhibit, and in addition to collecting artifacts, memorabilia and stories about stars and filmmakers with Oklahoma ties, the organizers have collaborated with visitors and patrons to collect and share their memories of local theatres from long ago – so directors like Blake Edwards, actors like Brad Pitt and Joan Crawford and even venerable old haunts like the Coleman in Miami and the Admiral Twin in Tulsa will share the spotlight in this silver screen showcase.

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DOWNTOWN DASH 6/2, St. Anthony Hospital,, 235.3500 A sunset sprint with a setting sporting a sensational skyline, this fourth annual evening race sponsored by St. Anthony charts a scenic course through the heart of the city for two races in one: one loop for a 5k and two for a 10k. HAVANA NIGHTS 6/2, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, upwardtransitions. org, 232.5507 The warm, sultry evening air, the pulse-quickening music of The Stars, the prospect of a killer mojito… Cuba never seemed so close to OKC, and enjoying the array of food, auction items and entertainment helps Upward Transitions’ community outreach services. SIT. STAY. ART! 6/2, IAO Gallery, Local artists choose pets living in shelters as inspiration, then guests get the opportunity to purchase the resulting art or adopt the animals who served as models – or both – in this annual event to raise awareness and funding for area humane organizations. MAKE-A-WISH CLASSIC 6/4, Oak Tree Golf Club,, 286.4000 Do you yearn to get out into the sunshine and shoot a round of golf at the beautiful future site of the U.S. Senior


Open? The Make-A-Wish Foundation can make that happen, while you help support the organization’s fulfilling work. DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL 6/6-10, downtown OKC,, 246.9233 It’s back! The colossal paean to the joys of independent film takes aim at pleasing thousands of movie buffs by jamming multiple venues full of farce and pathos, documentaries and animation, big-name stars and impressive ingénues – it’s a surefire hit. See a full schedule on page 44. ANNIE OAKLEY SOCIETY LUNCHEON 6/7, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,, 478.2250 Trailblazing spirit, strong character and compassion for others, two X chromosomes. The Annie Oakley Society celebrates women who demonstrate leadership and Western spirit, making Oklahoma native Reba McEntire the ideal recipient of its second namesake award. ENDEAVOR GAMES 6/7-10, UCO Wellness Center,, 974.3160 Athletes of all ages and classifications compete in 11 sporting events despite their physical disabilities in this nationally recognized and officially sanctioned event that provides a stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit. COCKTAILS ON THE SKYLINE 6/7-28, OKC Museum of Art Roof Terrace,, 236.3100 Fancy a drink? The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s weekly afternoon gatherings boast a full bar, a killer view and live music from Born in November 6/7 and 6/28, New Shoes 6/14 and the Rooftop Dogs 6/21.

IMPORTERS OF FINE FRENCH ANTIQUES Fine Art • Gifts • Timeless Accessories 3314 S. Broadway Edmond • 359-2719 Open Mon-Sat 10-5

2 ND FRIDAY CIRCUIT OF ART 6/8, downtown Norman,, 360.1162 Creativity demands an audience wherever it’s found, and it’s found plenty of places in Norman. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum, Firehouse Art Center, multiple galleries on Main and more invite viewers to share the excitement of the monthly show. LIVE ON THE PLAZA 6/8, Plaza District,, 367.9403 A neighborhood experiencing as much growth and development as OKC’s Plaza District has a lot to celebrate, so its denizens are eager to show it off in a monthly block party offering art, music, food and more. LE TOUR DE VIN 6/8-9, Norman, letourdevin. com, 310.9121 At the relaxed “Hang 10” party Friday night in Ashton Grove or the grand tasting Saturday in the spectacular Stadium Club, participants are invited to drink, eat and be merry, especially knowing their revels benefit Norman Food and Shelter Inc. OKLAHOMA SENIOR FOLLIES 6/8-10, OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium,, 208.5227 Joie de vivre like you won’t believe suffuses the stage during this cavalcade of finely aged talent, emceed by Robert Henry and Jane Jayroe and featuring singing, dancing and showmanship from the likes of Jody Miller, Jo Rowan, David Anderson, Michael Crowley, Sherman Andrus… and way too many more to list. RED EARTH NATIVE CULTURAL FESTIVAL 6/8-10, Cox Center,, 427.5228 The earth-shaking spectacle of the Grand Entry serves effective notice that this is a celebration to be reck-

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RILEY’S RUN 6/16, Oakdale School Edmond,, 206.5746 Eosinophilic disorders are very rare, not prevalent enough for an A-list celebrity spokesperson or nationally televised fundraiser… but every dollar raised through events like this 5k run give hope for someday eating solid food to people like Riley Kahn. WATER GARDEN TOUR 6/16-17, throughout metro,, 520.3520 With careful tending and a drop (well, several) of water, backyards become idyllic Edens in this parade of aquatic beauty presented by members and friends of the Water Garden Society of Oklahoma. Tour books are available at many plant and pond suppliers. MAYORS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT 6/18, OKC Golf & Country Club,, 525.8822 Not everyone will win the 13th annual contest sponsored by OKC Beautiful, but the course is excellent, the cause is beneficial to the city’s future aesthetic splendor and the company is top-notch: Mayors Ron Norick, Mick Cornett and Jim Norick host the day. ROLLER DERBY 6/22, OKC Farmers Market, Part graceful race, part all-out brawl and all action, this is one sporting event that doesn’t need a ball to provide pure crowd-pleasing spectacle as OKC’s own Lightning Broads and Tornado Alley Rollergirls square off… against one another! THE BOB & TOM COMEDY TOUR 6/23, Riverwind Casino,, 322.6000 The nationally syndicated morning radio comedians bring their pals Kristy Lee and Chick McGee to Riverwind to host an all-star lineup of standup humor, featuring special guests Tim Wilson, Greg Hahn and Roy Wood Jr.

Out of the Past

June 2-September 16, Sam Noble Museum,, 325.4712


here is no, repeat, no cause for alarm. Yes, a creature from China is about to enter Oklahoma. Yes, it’s carnivorous. Yes, it’s about 30 feet long and has shown

a tendency to eat the nastiest of its neighbors. But (and this is a big but) it’s been dead for about 160 million years. Yangchuanosaurus is one of a dozen rare specimens featured in “Chinasaurs,” a traveling exhibition filling the Sam Noble Museum with fossilized eggs, plants and lesser beasts, artwork, video presentations and educational ephemera. It’s the brainchild of Don Lessem, author of over 50 books on dinosaurs for children and adults, who personally arranged to borrow the stars of the show from Chinese paleontologists. Again, there is no danger of being eaten by a velociraptor during this exhibit… but you should probably examine the fossils closely anyway.

oned with: more than 1,200 Native American artists and dancers come together to share their skills and culture with each other, and with Oklahoma City. BRIGHT NIGHT OF GROSSOLOGY 6/15, Science Museum OK,, 602.6664 Some science isn’t for the faint of stomach – June’s installment of the Museum’s periodic entertaining and educational sleepovers for kids delves into squishy, drippy, disturbingly interesting topics like the purpose of mucus, how flies eat and more. CURE BY DESIGN 6/15, Skirvin Hilton, 841.5807 Chaired by Johnathan Kayne and Sharon Cullison, this elegant fundraiser for the American Cancer Society revolves around a runway filled

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with dazzling couture modeled by cancer survivors – a celebration of fashion as well as life. ZOOBILATION 6/15, OKC Zoo,, 425.0613 Party with pachyderms, hobnob with herbivores, have a snack with saurians and support the OKC Zoo from apes to zebras – but don’t worry about the dress code, as this fundraiser is a “no tie” gala. KEVIN HART 6/16, Chesapeake Arena, chesapeake, 800.745.3000 He’s seriously funny – according to both the title of his latest comedy album and its status as a triple platinum seller. The tiny, volatile actor, stand-up comic and NBA Celebrity All-Star MVP hits OKC with his Let Me Explain tour.

PURPLE SASH GALA 6/23, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,, 948.1770 It’s the color of power, of determination, of triumph. The shade pervades the evening’s elegant fashion show and its spirit lights up the rest of the festivities in this fundraiser to end domestic violence and support the YWCA. LIBERTYFEST 6/23-7/4, Downtown Edmond,, 340.2527 Rodeo. Outdoor concert. Sidewalk chalk contest. Car show. Group kite flight. Scholarship pageant. Smorgasbord of local restaurants’ best. Road rally competition. Enormous parade. Day-long picnic. Mind-boggling fireworks show. Edmond’s Independence Day celebration is so huge there’s no room for verbs. NRHA DERBY 6/24-30, State Fairgrounds,, 946.7400 Including more finalists and broader competition means more potential prize money for participants and more excitement for spectators as ranch-style horses flex their athletic skills in this National Reining Horse Association championship. OKC SUMMER CLASSIC DOG SHOWS 6/277/1, Cox Center, Professional grooming and dozens of vendors add extra draws for pet owners, though no enhancements are needed for the furry spectacle of the dramatic pursuit of Best in Show, as the canine crème de la crème returns to the Cox Center. RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS 6/28-7/1, Chesapeake Arena, chesapeake, 800.745.3000 Four days of fully




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June 8-10, Oklahoma River,, 630.7668


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on’t blink. It only takes a fraction of a second, but even an instant’s distraction can be critical when the objects of

scrutiny are moving over 260 miles per hour. Determination, skill and blazing speed are the recipe for success at the fourth annual Ozarka OKC Nationals, burning up the Oklahoma River with Southern Drag Boat Association-sanctioned races run among 13 classes of racing boats from Top Fuel Hydro boats to personal watercraft. Unless, that is, you’re a spectator: in that case the recipe is as simple as arriving to enjoy the pre-race Show and Shine demonstration, live concert and fireworks

WORLD CUP OF SOFTBALL 6/277/2, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium,, 800.654.8337 Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia… and the defending champions from the U.S.A. Six nations collide to determine global softball dominance in this seventh annual championship loaded with special event matchups, autograph sessions and excitement. RON WHITE 6/29 and 6/30, First Council Casino, Newkirk and Lucky Star Casino, Concho,, 877.725.2670 Not many people get paid to sit on stage while drinking scotch, smoking a cigar and telling humorously disparaging anecdotes – because it takes talent to do it as well as the man called Tater Salad. Catch the

Free food l Free parking l Cash bar $10 in advance l $15 at the door Sit. Stay. Art! helps sheltered pets find homes through the support of local artists. All artwork is inspired by rescue animals.

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show, followed by two days of speed and excitement.

charged excitement featuring the aerial acrobatics of the fearless Fernandez Brothers, spellbinding feats of communication from Tabayara the animal trainer, Mongolian strongmen, the Human Fuse – there’s a reason it’s still billed as the Greatest Show on Earth.


traveling storyteller’s blue-collar raconteurism as he rolls through Oklahoma. STARS & STRIPES RIVER FESTIVAL 6/30-7/1, Oklahoma River,, 522.4040 Want to get a jump start on celebrating America’s birthday? The family fun, food from favorite local restaurants and fireworks that cap off the festivities are all grade-A Independence Day goodness, but the real centerpiece of this new annual treat is watching the thrilling races on the river.

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The Game Plan


ow do you become one of the world’s top film festivals and draw over 10,000 fans to downtown Oklahoma City? By offering a lineup like this. With such a broad panoply of possibilities, it’s important to remember that you can’t be

in two places at once – plan ahead and enjoy! Some prefer to make viewing choices by type of film, some by screening location and some simply plan by date and time… so we’ve arranged the schedule to fit each modus operandi. Un-

FESTIVAL DATES Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Alison Klayman 2012 | China, USA | 91 min Thursday, OKCMOA, 8-10pm

GRAND ENERGY TRANSITION Greg Mellott | OK | 120 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 11:30am-1:30pm GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR Pamela Yates | USA | 103 min Saturday, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 12:30-2:30pm Free screening

AWAKEN THE DRAGON Liz Oakley | Charleston, SC | 87 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 6-8pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 3-5pm See story page 60. BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING Neil Berkeley | LA | 93 min Friday, OKCMOA, 8-10pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 5:45-7:45pm COMIC-CON IV: A FAN’S HOPE Morgan Spurlock | CA | 88 min Saturday, OKCMOA, 2-4pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 3:15-5:15pm CROCODILE IN THE YANGTZE Porter Erisman | Shanghai | 75 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 11am-1pm

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WHERE DID THE HORNY TOAD GO? Stefanie Leland | OKC | 74 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 1:30-3:30pm

JUST CRAZY ENOUGH Lance McDaniel | OKC | 99 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 4-6pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 3:30-5:30pm

BRINGING UP BOBBY Famke Janssen | OKC | 92 min Saturday, OKCMOA, 8-10pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 8-10pm

KEYHOLE Guy Maddin | Canada | 93 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 10:45pm-12:45am LOVE TOWN Jay Webster | Bartlesville, OK | 93 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 1:45-3:45pm QWERTY Bill Sebastian | LA | 91 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 4:15-6:15pm

CINEMA SIX Mark Potts | Austin, TX | 85 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 6:15pm-8:15pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 12:45-2:45pm

SEARCHING FOR SONNY Andrew Disney | Ft. Worth, TX | 94 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 10:30pm-12am Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 5:30-7:30pm

MARLEY Kevin Macdonald | UK, USA | 152 min Wednesday, Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, 8:30-11pm Free and open to the public

THE DAUGHTER OF DAWN Norbert A. Myles | OK | 80 min Sunday, OKCMOA, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm See story page 88.

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES Lauren Greenfield | CA | 100 min Saturday, OKCMOA, 5:30-7:30pm

THE DOME OF HEAVEN Diane Glancy | KS | 90 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 11:15am-1:15pm See story page 92.

SEE GIRL RUN Nate Meyer | NY | 90 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 8:4510:45pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 8:1510:15pm

LOVE FREE OR DIE Macky Alston | LA | 82 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 2-4pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 1-3pm AMERICA’S PARKING LOT Jonny Mars | Austin, TX | 73 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 4:30-6:30pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 12:30-2:30pm

on the best plan for getting into the films and events that interest you, visit dead For detailed film info, visit genius/2012, where you can create your own schedule and download it to your calendar.

Narrative Feature

BY GENRE Documentary

less otherwise noted, all film screenings require a ticket or festival pass. Slice recommends an all-access-pass for maximum enjoyment, and as an added bonus, OKCity Card holders may purchase two passes for the price of one. For more information

SIDE BY SIDE: THE SCIENCE, ART AND IMPACT OF DIGITAL CINEMA Chris Kenneally | CA | 98 min Friday, OKCMOA, 2-4pm SUNSET STRIP Hans Fjellestad | USA | 89 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 7-9pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 8:30-10:30pm UNDER AFRICAN SKIES Joe Berlinger | NY | 102 min Saturday, Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens, 9-11:30pm Free Screening

HOLIDAY ROAD Todd Berger, Bill Palmer, Bobby Miller, Daron Nefcy, Benny Grinnell, Ian Eastin, Mary McIlwain, Aaron Arendt, Michael Suter, Dee Robertson, Doug Manley, Helena Wei, Andrew Putschoegl | USA | 120 min Friday, IAO Gallery, 8:30-10:30pm HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG? Gary King | NY | 104 min Friday, Harkins Theatre, 6:30-8:30pm Sunday, Harkins Theatre, 6-8pm

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME Bob Byington | Austin, TX | 76 min Thursday, Harkins Theatre, 8:3010:30pm See story page 84.

TAKE THIS WALTZ Sarah Polley | Canada, USA | 116 min Friday, OKCMOA, 5:30-7:30pm


THE UNUSUAL CALLING OF CHARLIE CHRISTMAS Adam Hampton | Dale, OK | 108 min Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 6:458:45pm

Shorts 9 Lives

Saturday, IAO Gallery, 2:30-4:30pm Sunday, IAO Gallery, 1-3pm CATCAM Seth Keal | USA | 15 min THE ORDERLY Daniel Campbell | USA | 11 min ANOTHER DRESS, ANOTHER BUTTON Lyn Elliot | USA | 3 min

GRANDMA MUST GET DRY (NONNA SI DEVE ASCIUGARE) Alfredo Covelli | Italy | 15 min LIN Piers Thompson | UK | 25 min THE GLOWING HOURS Paul Young | UK | 22min CABBAGEMINCER Vadim Viner | Russian Federation | 9 min MR. TOILET Morgan Clendaniel | 3 min

Kids’ Fest Saturday, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 10am-noon

THE NECKLACE MaryLee Hermann | USA | 6 min

MY LICENSE Elizabeth Herrick | USA | 2 min

LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX Shu-Hsuan Lin | USA | 4 min


THE PATH TO PRISON Kelly Amis | USA | 10 min

MONKEY BUSINESS Alexander Knight | OK | 3 min See story page 95.

HITTING ON DESTINY Chase Ryan Friedman | USA | 24 min

Love Is Complicated

HILLARY’S STRAWS Phil Cox | 3 min

Thursday, IAO Gallery, 10:30pm-12:30am Saturday, IAO Gallery, 5-7pm

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman | 5 min

HELLION Kat Candler | USA | 6 min


REPRISE Shripriya Mahesh | USA | 14 min

Thursday, IAO Gallery, 8:15-10:15pm Saturday, IAO Gallery, noon-2pm LITTLE DAD Noah Pritzker | USA | 12 min

NEVE & SONS Duygu Erucman and Laura Green | USA | 8 min


MOUTHFUL Robert G. Putka | USA | 10 min

MEANING OF ROBOTS Matt Lenski | USA | 3 min

MAGPIE Russell O. Buch | USA | 25 min

MOUTHFUL Robert G. Putka | USA | 10 min

MEANING OF ROBOTS Matt Lenski | USA | 3 min



Saturday, Harkins Theatre, 6:30-8:30pm Sunday, IAO Gallery, 3:30-5:30pm THE ASSIGNMENT Scott Brignac | USA | 27 min KILLER Brent Ryan Green | USA | 30 min NOODLING Rebecca Eskreis | USA | 17 min


Friday, Harkins Theatre, 8:15-10:15pm Sunday, IAO, 6-8pm FRIENDS Bunee Tomlinson | 9 min THE GLASS CHILD Danial Gebreili | 11 min THE REAWAKENING OF MEADE Cacky Poarch | 13 min THE NGHIEMS – DUM DUM DAH DAH Kyle Roberts | 5 min SUCKER Ben Hlavaty | 5 min LOVELY DAY Matt Barse | 15 min

BLUNDERKIND Zak Mechanic | USA | 20 min

CRUSH Rebecca Pugh and Jennifer West | USA | 7 min

DAVE VS DEATH Patrick Hagarty | Canada | 12 min

BUNKER Kim Voynar | USA | 12 min

GOLDEN BOX Matt MacDonald | USA | 19 min

THE GATHERING SQUALL Hannah Fidell | USA | 12 min

ONE LAST KILL Eli Hull | 12 min

PRIDE OF CALDWELL Ben Woollen | New Zealand | 15 min

SPARK Annie Silverstein | USA | 8 min

An Okie Doc & Rock

BEAR Nash Edgerton | Australia | 8 min

THE LOVE COMPETITION Brent Hoff | USA | 15 min



Friday, IAO Gallery, 6:15-8:15pm

Friday, IAO Gallery, 11:59pm-1am

MY MUSLIM EYES Loren Rui and Laela Omar | USA | 6 min

BUSCH COUNTRY Chris Ivanovskis |USA | 8 min

Rated ‘R’ for Ridiculously Awesome

THE GAME Marcin Janiec | Poland | 5 min

JUST SAY NO Abiel Bruhn, John Rocco | USA | 22 min

Saturday, IAO Gallery, 7:30-9:30pm Sunday, IAO Gallery, 8:15-10:15pm

MCKENZIE Paul Farmer | 5 min BIRDHEAD Darren Dunn | 11 min

Friday, The Exchange, 9-10:15pm THE SH*TTIEST MOVIE EVER MADE Nathan Poppe | 36 min Includes a brief live performance by the band Sh*tty/Awesome

35 YEAR OLD MAN Amir Motlagh | USA | 6 min ODDS OR EVENS Jay Gormley | USA | 20 min AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL Jacob Chase | USA | 9 min

Special Events

Wednesday bluCENTER Bash, 6:30-8:30pm, Chesapeake Boathouse (ticket required; sales close 6/4) Thursday Opening Night Party, 5:30-7:30pm, OKCMOA Rooftop (pass holders only) Friday Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch, OKC MOA, 11am-1pm (filmmakers only) Friday Night Frolic on Film Row, The Exchange, 10:30pm-1:30am (free and open to the public: Stella Artois VIP room for pass holders only) Saturday Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch, OKC MOA, 11am-1pm (filmmakers only) Stella Artois Happy Hour, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 5-7pm (open to the public; specials for pass holders) Closing Night Party, Myriad Gardens, 11:30pm-1:30am (free public outdoor dance party; VIP in-restaurant party for pass holders) Sunday Farewell Brunch at Museum Cafe, OKCMOA, 11am-1pm Slice Magazine and Stella Artois Happy Hour, Joey’s Pizzeria, 5-7pm (open to the public; specials for pass holders)


Friday Film Distribution Forum, 11:30am1:30pm, OKCMOA 2nd Floor Mezzanine (filmmakers only) Film Distribution Panel, 4-5pm, OKC MOA Noble Theater (free and open to the public) Saturday Screenplay Tableread, 12:30-1:30pm, OKCMOA

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Thursday Opening Night Party, 5:30-7:30pm (pass holders only) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (documentary), 8-10pm Friday Stella Artois Filmmakers Brunch, 11am-1pm (filmmakers only) Film Distribution Forum, 11:30am1:30pm (filmmakers only)

Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema (documentary), 2-4pm Film Distribution Panel, 4-5pm (free and open to the public) Take This Waltz (narrative feature), 5:30-7:30pm Beauty is Embarrassing (documentary), 8-10pm Saturday Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch, 11am-1pm (filmmakers only) Screenplay Tableread, 12:30-1:30pm Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary), 2-4pm The Queen of Versailles (documentary), 5:30-7:30pm

Friday Awaken the Dragon (documentary), 6-8pm Cinema Six (narrative feature), 6:158:15pm How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? (narrative feature), 6:308:30pm Okie Shorts, 8:15-10:15pm See Girl Run (narrative feature), 8:45-10:45pm Searching for Sonny (narrative feature), 10:30pm-midnight Keyhole (narrative feature), 10:45pm-12:45am Saturday Crocodile in the Yangtze (documentary), 11am-1pm The Dome of Heaven (narrative feature), 11:15am-1:15pm Grand Energy Transition (documentary), 11:30am-1:30pm Where Did the Horny Toad Go? (documentary), 1:30-3:30pm Love Town (narrative feature), 1:453:45pm Love Free or Die (documentary) 2-4pm Just Crazy Enough (narrative feature), 4-6pm The Queen of Versailles (documentary), 5:30-7:30pm

Sunday Farewell Brunch at the Museum Cafe, 11am-1pm The Daughter of Dawn (narrative feature), 12:30-2pm The Daughter of Dawn (narrative feature), 2:30-4pm

Harkins Theatre

Thursday Somebody Up There Likes Me (narrative feature), 8:30-10:30pm

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IAO Gallery

Thursday Comedy Shorts, 8:15-10:15pm Love Is Complicated Shorts, 10:30pm-12:30am Friday Globetrotter Shorts, 6:15-8:15pm Holiday Road (narrative feature), 8:30-10:30pm Midnight Shorts, 11:59pm-1am Saturday Comedy Shorts, noon-2pm 9 Lives Shorts, 2:30-4:30pm Love Is Complicated Shorts, 5-7pm Rated ‘R’ for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts, 7:30-9:30pm Sunday 9 Lives Shorts, 1-3pm Not-So-Short Shorts, 3:30-5:30pm Okie Shorts, 6-8pm Rated ‘R’ for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts, 8:15-10:15pm

Other Locations

Chesapeake Boathouse Wednesday, bluCENTER Bash, 6:30-8:30pm (ticket required; sales close 6/4) Chesapeake Finish Line Tower

Sunday Cinema Six (narrative feature), 12:45-2:45pm Awaken the Dragon (documentary), 3-5pm Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary), 3:15-5:15pm Searching for Sonny (narrative feature), 5:30-7:30pm Beauty is Embarrassing (documentary), 5:45-7:45pm How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? (narrative feature), 6-8pm See Girl Run (narrative feature), 8:15-10:15pm Love Free or Die (documentary), 1-3pm Just Crazy Enough (narrative feature), 3:30-5:30pm

Myriad Gardens Saturday, Under African Skies (documentary), 9-11:30pm (free screening) Saturday, Closing Night Party, 11:30pm-1:30am (free public outdoor dance party; VIP in-restaurant party for pass holders) Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library Saturday Kids’ Fest (shorts), 10am-noon Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (documentary), 12:30-2:30pm

BY DATE Wednesday, June 6

6:30-8:30pm, bluCENTER Bash, Chesapeake Boathouse (ticket required; sales close 6/4) 8:30-11pm, Marley (documentary), Chesapeake Finish Line Tower (free and open to the public)

Thursday, June 7

5:30-7:30pm, Opening Night Party, OKCMOA (pass holders only) 8-10pm, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (documentary), OKCMOA 8:15-10:15pm, Comedy Shorts, IAO Gallery 8:30-10:30pm, Somebody Up There Likes Me (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 10:30pm-12:30am, Love Is Complicated Shorts, IAO Gallery

Friday, June 8

Qwerty (narrative feature), 4:156:15pm America’s Parking Lot (documentary), 4:30-6:30pm Not-So-Short Shorts, 6:30-8:30pm The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas (narrative feature), 6:45-8:45 Sunset Strip (documentary), 7-9pm

Bringing Up Bobby (narrative feature), 8-10pm

America’s Parking Lot (documentary), 4:30-6:30pm Bringing Up Bobby (narrative feature), 8-10pm Sunset Strip (documentary), 8:3010:30pm

Wednesday, Marley (documentary), 8:30-11pm (free and open to the public) The Exchange Friday, Okie Docs That Rock (shorts), 9-10:15pm Friday Night Frolic on Film Row, 10:30pm-1:30am (free and open to the public: Stella Artois VIP room for pass holders only Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Saturday, Stella Artois Happy Hour, 5-7pm (open to public; specials for pass holders) Joey’s Pizzeria Sunday, Slice Magazine and Stella Artois Happy Hour, 5-7pm (open to public; specials for pass holders)

11am-1pm, Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch, OKCMOA (filmmakers only) 11:30am-1:30pm, Film Distribution Forum, OKCMOA (filmmakers only) 2-4pm, Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema (documentary), OKCMOA 4-5pm, Film Distribution Panel, OKC MOA (free and open to the public) 5:30-7:30pm, Take This Waltz (narrative feature), OKCMOA 6-8pm, Awaken the Dragon (documentary), Harkins Theatre 6:15-8:15pm, Cinema Six (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 6:15-8:15 Globetrotter Shorts, IAO Gallery 6:30-8:30pm, How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 8-10pm, Beauty is Embarrassing (documentary), OKCMOA 8:15-10:15pm, Okie Shorts, Harkins Theatre 8:30-10:30pm, Holiday Road (narrative feature), IAO Gallery 8:45-10:45pm, See Girl Run (narra-


tive feature), Harkins Theatre 9:15-10pm, Okie Docs That Rock (shorts), The Exchange 10:30pm-12am, Searching for Sonny (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 10:30pm-1:30am, Friday Night Frolic on Film Row, The Exchange (free and open to the public: Stella Artois VIP room for pass holders only) 10:45pm-12:45am, Keyhole (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 11:59pm-1am, Midnight Shorts, IAO Gallery

4:15-6:15pm, Qwerty (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 4:30-6:30pm, America’s Parking Lot (documentary), Harkins Theatre 5-7pm, Love is Complicated Shorts, IAO Gallery 5-7pm, Stella Artois Happy Hour, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (open to public; specials for pass holders)

5-7pm, Slice Magazine and Stella Artois Happy Hour, Joey’s Pizzeria (open to public; specials for pass holders)

5:30-7:30pm, Searching for Sonny (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 208 Johnny Bench Dr. 602.3899 Harkins Theatre 150 E. Reno 231.4747

5:30-7:30pm, The Queen of Versailles (documentary), OKCMOA 6:30-8:30pm, Not-So-Short Shorts, Harkins Theatre

11am-1pm, Crocodile in the Yangtze (documentary), Harkins Theatre 11:15am-1:15pm, The Dome of Heaven (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 11:30am-1:30pm, Grand Energy Transition (documentary), Harkins Theatre Noon-2pm, Comedy Shorts, IAO Gallery 12:30-1:30pm, Screenplay Tableread, OKCMOA 12:30-2:30pm, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (documentary), Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library

Chesapeake Boathouse/Finish Line Tower 725 S. Lincoln 552.4040 The Exchange 700 block of W. Sheridan

Saturday, June 9

10am-noon Kids’ Fest (shorts), Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library 11am-1pm, Stella Artois Filmmaker Brunch, OKCMOA (filmmakers only)

Screening and Event Locations

6:45-8:45pm, The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas (narrative feature) 7-9pm, Sunset Strip (documentary), Harkins Theatre 7:30-9:30pm, Rated ‘R’ for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts, IAO Gallery 8-10pm, Bringing Up Bobby (narrative feature), OKCMOA 9-11:30pm, Under African Skies (documentary), Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens (free screening) 11:30pm-1:30am, Closing Night Party, Myriad Gardens (free public outdoor dance party; VIP in-restaurant party for pass holders)

IAO Gallery 706 W. Sheridan 232.6060 5:45-7:45pm, Beauty is Embarrassing (documentary), Harkins Theatre 6-8pm, How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 6-8pm, Okie Shorts, IAO Gallery 8-10p, Bringing Up Bobby (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 8:15-10:15pm, See Girl Run (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 8:15-10:15pm, Rated ‘R’ for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts, IAO Gallery 8:30-10:30pm, Sunset Strip (documentary), Harkins Theatre

Joey’s Pizzeria 700 W. Sheridan 525.8503 Myriad Gardens 301 W. Reno 297.3995 OKCMOA (OKC Museum of Art) 415 Couch Dr. 236.3100 Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library 300 Park Ave. 231.8650

Sunday, June 10

1:30-3:30pm, Where Did the Horny Toad Go? (documentary), Harkins Theatre 1:45-3:45pm, Love Town (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 2-4pm, Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary), OKCMOA 2-4pm, Love Free or Die (documentary), Harkins Theatre 2:30-4:30pm, 9 Lives Shorts, IAO Gallery 4-6pm, Just Crazy Enough (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre

11am-1pm, Farewell Brunch at Museum Café, OKCMOA 12:30-2:30pm, America’s Parking Lot (documentary), Harkins Theatre 12:30-2pm, The Daughter of Dawn (narrative feature), OKCMOA 12:45-2:45pm, Cinema Six (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 1-3pm, Love Free or Die (documentary), Harkins Theatre 2:30-4pm, The Daughter of Dawn (narrative feature), OKCMOA 3-5pm, Awaken the Dragon (documentary), Harkins Theatre 3:15-5:15pm, Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary), Harkins Theatre 3:30-5:30pm, Just Crazy Enough (narrative feature), Harkins Theatre 3:30-5:50pm, Not-So-Short Shorts, IAO Gallery

Wednesday, June 6 - Sunday, June 10

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Going to California to light up the silver screen? Not so fast – OCCC, with help from Oscar winner Gray Frederickson, is making a compelling case for the Sooner State.

The view from the top: Looking down onto one of several sets in use on OCCC’s 6,000-square-foot soundstage

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Cinema Paradiso By Kent Anderson Photos by Simon Hurst


hen talking about the film industry in which he has worked for more than four decades, Gray Frederickson makes one thing clear: Oklahoma is not Hollywood. Then again, that’s not necessarily a disadvantage,

and Frederickson should know: he grew up in Oklahoma City, then made a career in Hollywood as a movie producer – including a Best Picture Oscar for “The Godfather: Part II” in 1975 – and now he has come full circle, having returned to his home state while remaining deeply immersed in the film world.

Frederickson’s modest office in the Visual and Performing Arts Building on the

campus of Oklahoma City Community College is lined with posters of the movies on which he has worked, including the “Godfather” films and “Apocalypse Now.” He now teaches in OCCC’s highly regarded Film and Video Production program, which draws students from all over the United States, as well as leading the Oklahoma Film Institute (see “Going Deep,” page 50) and tirelessly promoting the benefits of Oklahoma to filmmakers. This is all while he actively continues to produce movies himself. After moving back to Oklahoma with his wife and children – Frederickson had married and begun a family at age 52 – he helped to get the first tax incentives for film production enacted by the state legislature. But he also came to an inescapable conclusion: there needed to be a trained labor pool in the state in order for filmmakers to seriously consider moving their productions to Oklahoma. He first contacted his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, and while the university administration was on board with the idea, the logistics did not come together for the program Frederickson envisioned. He turned to OCCC’s then-president, Robert P. Todd. “He told me, ‘That’s what we Gray Frederickson (front) with Sean Lynch, OCCC instructor and equipment manager

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The catwalk system above the soundstage

One of the OCCC dressing rooms

Going Deep The Oklahoma Film Institute’s 2012 summer series of “Cinema Clinics” is a five-part series of intensive, three-day classes designed to give students in-depth and hands-on insights into the process of filmmaking. All courses run 9am-6pm in the Visual and Performing Arts Building at OCCC.

June 7-9 – Production June 14-16 – Script Writing June 21-23 – Directing June 25-27 – Cinematography June 28-30 – Editing

For registration or more details, call 682.7847 or email gfrederickson@

At $10,000 each, RED cameras are the new standard for the film industry.

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With multiple sets in use, the soundstage can accommodate many productions simultaneously.

The OCCC program began with surplus equipment from Hollywood, trucked to Oklahoma in wooden “Sunset” boxes.

‘Come here and we’ll set up a program where we can train a labor

force to work on movies.’ We started with 20 students and one

ture of film in Oklahoma. “My hope is that one of these talent-

camera and some equipment that was donated from Hollywood.”

ed young kids makes a movie that breaks out, a movie that is

Oklahoma-made and Oklahoma-grown,” Frederickson says.

That was in 2000. A dozen years later, the program sees

The cinema veteran is carefully optimistic about the fu-

300 students per semester. All of the faculty, including Fred-

“That will stimulate the local industry.”

erickson and Emmy-winning writer/director Greg Mellott,

are working industry professionals. “Now, when a movie

the infrastructure is there. But there is a standard of living

comes to town to shoot,” says Frederickson, “the first place

here, and people will move here if the work is here. In the

they come is here. Our instructors work on movies, and so do

meantime, we have to keep trying to attract outside produc-

many of our students. Our graduates have gone on to work all

tions. We can offer them good deals, great working conditions

over the business. We see a lot of very talented kids, and they

and a city where nothing is more than 15 minutes away.”

are doing some incredible things.”

The college has produced two exceptional documentaries

ducing a movie – or doing anything else – in Oklahoma: the

on Senator Robert S. Kerr and the energy industry. In the sum-

vaunted “Oklahoma standard.” He recalls recently shooting

mer of 2011, OCCC produced a full-length feature film, a com-

the film “Soul’s Midnight” with Armand Assante on location

edy called “Just Crazy Enough,” directed by deadCENTER ex-

at the Brown mansion in Heritage Hills. “We blocked off all of

ecutive director Lance McDaniel and starring “Saturday Night

Heritage Hills with our trucks and lights for a week. People

Live” alumnus Chris Kattan. Around 10 professionals were

in the neighborhood were bringing sandwiches and lemonade

hired... and the rest of the feature’s crew was all students.

and coffee to us. The owners of the mansion told us the trailers

“Oklahoma can’t compete with Hollywood,” he adds. “All

Frederickson also points to an intangible aspect of pro-

It is little wonder that OCCC and OFI graduates are doing

looked uncomfortable, so they took the actresses upstairs into

incredible things. OCCC’s current president, Paul Sechrist, is

their own bedroom [to use] as a dressing room. They loved it!

as supportive as his predecessor, and the college’s facilities are

You go to Dallas, you can’t do that, not to mention L.A. We did

astounding: a 6,000-square-foot soundstage; state-of-the-art

a picture in Malibu, and it cost $35,000 to park our trucks for

AVID editing lab; and the new industry standard, RED camer-

one week. Just to park the trucks! You don’t have that kind of

as. “These cameras surpass the standard of film; they are better

cost in Oklahoma. It’s a convenient and easy place to work, and

than film,” Frederickson says. “As for AVID, any student who

if we can keep getting the word out, we’ll see the industry re-

learns this system can go immediately to work in TV or film.”

ally take off.”

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Setting the Table By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


esides June bugs and warmer temperatures, this beautiful month also brings summer

weddings. An intimate dinner for a couples shower was the springboard for this month’s feature. We’ve moved it outside and onto the court by bringing the table, chairs and all the essentials for a celebration of love. The invitations boldly state the theme: Game... Set... It’s a Match! june 2012 | slice 53


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Our fictitious bride and groom will enjoy the company of a few close friends for

dinner on the court. The table is set with a white piqué tablecloth trimmed in yellow and white grosgrain ribbon... a preppy foundation for the rest of the décor. Navy and white chevron containers hold tightly arranged white and green flowers including hydrangea, roses and holly. The pièce de résistance is a white fondant wedding cake trimmed in yellow and green striped ribbon. Piqué napkins are tied with thin grosgrain ribbon accented with a mini tennis ball. Small monograms of each guest are placed on napkins so everyone knows their place. Keeping with the small elements, little white candles surround all the place settings to add a glow once the sun goes down.

Yellow and green, navy and white, piqué and grosgrain weave

preppy style through the entire table, while white china and delicately engraved silver exude a wedding touch. Martini glasses and real tropical leaves as place mats chime in for a touch of fun with less formality. A printed menu atop each plate shows the guests what’s in store.

A side table is also set for the couple-to-be’s signature drink: a pear

martini. All the ingredients to make your own are out, along with custom printed take-home recipe cards. For a final touch, two antique wooden tennis racquets are tied together with green ribbon... it’s definitely “love-all” for this celebratory get together! From our table to yours... Happy June! For resources, see page 133. june 2012 | slice 55


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here is a quiet, rewarding joy in gardening; in successfully encouraging nature (for it can’t be forced) to unfold its small, living miracles. Of course, the

By Steve Gill Photos by Carli Wentworth

value of caring for and enjoying verdant flora is not exactly a revelation for

a community that maintains 38 parks within its roughly two square miles – and supporting that upkeep while drinking in a handful of backyard paradises and gathering seeds for your own future ideas is the work of but a single day’s journey: simply take the 29th annual Nichols Hills Garden Tour. 2012’s tour is set for June 2, 9am4pm; in case of rain it will be rescheduled for June 3, 1-4pm. Tour chair Wiley Hugos, a veteran volunteer who happily describes herself as “up to my nose in roses,” says that one of the primary draws for this event is that it’s an excellent source of inspiration for local gardeners. “The gardens are ‘Okie’ – in that the plantings and landscapes, for the most part, do well in our wild Oklahoma climate. I hope that those who experience this tour will depart with practical and workable ideas that can be tailored to their own outdoor spaces.”

That adaptability should be a boon to

homeowners whatever their tastes are,

The 2012 Nichols Hills Garden Tour LeighAnn and Paul Albers 6609 N.W. Grand Boulevard Special thanks to Garden Design Associates, John Fluitt, Marquette Clay and Roger Runge Scott Connor and Dr. Kittye Little 1604 Drury Lane Simone and Peter Fulmer 7209 Waverly Avenue Special Thanks to Anders and Terry Carlson of AC Dwellings, LLC Jan and Jim Loftis 1806 Huntington Avenue Diana and Danny Kennedy 1712 Pennington Way Tammy and Bill Federman 6807 Avondale Drive june 2012 | slice 57



Smelling the Roses Tickets for the tour are easy to come by: they’re available for $20 apiece at any of the participating homes on the day of the event, or for $15 if purchased in advance at these businesses:

as the stops encompass a remarkable breadth of designs. “This year’s tour is eclectic,” continues Hugos. “The variety of styles and individual elements includes sumptuous traditional gardens, herb and vegetable gardens and very modern gardens with dramatic simplicity, punctuated with random, bold highlights of color.”

The abundant variety is unmistakable – in fact, all

the colorful beauties on these pages were photographed at merely two of the tour homes, the Albers’ and the Fulmers’. And as easy as it would be to lavish rhapsodical, adjective-laden praise on each Eden’s delicate splendor, Kipling pointed out that “the glory of the garden it abideth not in words.” Just take the tour… and enjoy the show.

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Dragon’s Breadth S

By Mark Beutler

itting in a doctor’s examining room, with a paper gown

Since those early days, teams of dragon boat racers have

strategically draped and a cold draft up your backside,

been established throughout the world. Oakley’s new docu-

is not one of life’s most pleasant experiences. But it’s a

mentary takes a look at people who are all in the same boat, so

piece of cake compared to sitting in that same examining room

to speak.

and hearing a doctor nonchalantly say he needs to test you for

cancer – ASAP.

told me cancer survivors were paddling dragon boats on the

Hearing the “C” word first hits you in the gut, and then

Ashley River in Charleston,” Oakley said. “At that time I had

travels upward. When your mind finally grasps reality, it is

never heard of dragon boating. I went down to the dock and

hard to process. You have the tests and then you wait. For

within moments I was captivated by the story of the first pad-

those of us who have been through the drill, the relief is beyond

dler, and I saw firsthand the beauty of the sport.”

words when you hear the results were negative. For those who

weren’t that fortunate, words can’t express the mind-numbing

second feature documentary, one that could possibly change

fear that grips you.

lives. That’s when “Awaken the Dragon” was born.

Enter the ancient sport of dragon boat racing.

“I first came up with the idea for this film when a friend

Oakley says she was looking for a compelling topic for her

“Many of dragon boating’s time-honored rituals, such as


the ‘eye-dotting ceremony,’ are still practiced today. That in-

Yes, dragon boats – those long human-powered watercraft

volves painting the eyes to ‘awaken the dragon.’ That ceremo-

that go back 2,000 years to ancient China. In case you hadn’t

ny will cleanse and bless the event, and impart the strength of

heard, dragon boat racing is sweeping the country as a form of

the dragon on the vessel and the crew,” she said.

therapy for cancer patients and survivors.

A new documentary is hitting theaters this summer,

eled the country-developing a passion for a sport that was

produced by Oklahoma native Liz Oakley. Originally from

growing right before her eyes. She followed a fledgling team,

Bartlesville and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma,

profiling their strength, courage and survival.

Oakley has focused her lens on this growing endurance sport.

The result: “Awaken the Dragon,” a 90-minute film detailing

little different,” Oakley said. “I think it depends on who you

the rise in popularity of dragon boat racing and how it is em-

are and where you are in your life journey.”

powering cancer survivors.

sense of empowerment. And it’s a phenomenon taking shape

“The sport has been around for thousands of years,” Oak-

The past six years have been a whirlwind as Oakley trav-

“I think everyone will leave the theater with something a

For those battling the Big C, dragon boating offers a real

ley said from her South Carolina office. “But it wasn’t until the

right here in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Boathouse.

1990s when physicians began using it as a form of therapy for

cancer patients.”

ry Andrusiak, Director of Media Relations for the Boathouse.

Years ago, there was a belief that upper-body exercise could

“It’s a very easy sport to learn, one that requires minimal in-

cause or worsen lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm

struction on land. It is great for those with mobility issues, be-

experienced by some breast cancer survivors. A small re-

cause it is a low-impact, non-contact sport. It’s also perfect for

search study was developed to challenge that belief, and the

team building and learning to work together.”

first-ever cancer survivor dragon boat team emerged.

“Pairing cancer survivors and dragon boating may seem

past six years with these unique individuals,” Oakley said. “I

unlikely,” Oakley said. “But the sport actually symbolizes

don’t think about death the same way. There are lessons for all

man’s struggle against nature and a fight against dangerous

of us, regardless of what’s written on our medical records. We

enemies. Participants, whether recovering from an illness or

shouldn’t have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’ to start liv-

not, can draw strength and encouragement from the meta-

ing our best lives. I hope this film inspires others to stir their

phorical aspects of dragon boat racing.”

own slumbering powers.”

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“We offer dragon boating during two seasons,” said Sher-

“I don’t think about life the same way after spending the


A Rousing Success “Awaken the Dragon” hits Oklahoma City for two showings at the deadCENTER Film Festival: Friday, June 8 at 6pm and Sunday, June 10 at 3pm at the Harkins Bricktown Theatres. deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel praises Oakley for taking a very serious subject and turning it into an uplifting piece of art. “That’s one reason we are so excited to show it,” McDaniel said, “because Liz doesn’t present this as a fairy tale. It is a very realistic look at women and men pulling themselves into recovery and doing it in a very unique way.” Oakley will return to her home state for question and answer sessions immediately following the film.

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Depth of Field

By Kent Anderson


ilm production in Oklahoma, once a novelty cottage industry, has fast become a mainstream business – and a major player in the state’s economy.

Consider this: the industry grew threefold in five short

years, from 2005-10. Factor in the projected unofficial numbers for 2011 and the growth approaches 350 percent. In 2005, the direct economic impact of the industry on Oklahoma’s economy was $6.5 million, with $11 million in overall impact, including such ancillary sectors as lodging, restaurants and transportation. Skip ahead to 2011. According to the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, the projected figures are $20.7 direct, and $35.6 million in overall impact in the state.

Film is no longer just about Hollywood, as more and more

producers discover the advantages of stepping outside the California box to create quality bodies of work. Oklahoma’s



This month’s deadCENTER Film Festival adds its own distinctive edge to the culture of film in Oklahoma. It raises not only the creative profile of the state as a growing, thriving center for film, but a wee bit of cash as well. “By attracting over 13,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City from around Oklahoma and beyond, deadCENTER had an economic impact of $1.5 million last year alone,” says the festival’s executive director, Lance McDaniel.

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overall economy, comparatively stable when viewed in a na-

tional context, is attractive to filmmakers, as are the lower

as well as across-the-board increases, are impressive:

production costs, labor market and abundant incentives. Such categories as reality TV and “new media” have added both creative and commercial possibilities that were unknown even a few years ago.

“There is tremendous growth and momentum right now

with Oklahoma’s film industry,” says Jill Simpson, director of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. “Our film rebate is

The numbers tracking growth in categories of production,

2006 Feature films: 8 Reality TV show: 1 Recorded TV programs: 23 Documentary/industrial productions: 186 Commercials: 554 Totals: 772 productions, $11 million direct impact, $18.9 million total impact

creased, so has our pool of skilled production personnel and

2010 Feature films: 15 Live TV/I-MAG/Industrials/New Media: 540 Recorded TV programs: 55 Documentaries: 11 Commercials: 1,192 Totals: 1,813 productions, $17.7 direct impact, $30 million total impact

support services, both good indicators of progress.”

Figures courtesy of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office.

being utilized to its maximum capacity for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. The program has become so popular with independent film producers that we currently have more applicants than we have rebate funds. As production in the state has in-

$35,600,000! Public Policy and the Oklahoma Film Industry The Oklahoma Film and Music Office’s

a package that cuts state income tax

approved by the House Appropriations

rebate program currently allows film-

rates. Senate Bill 1623 would reduce

and Budget committee, and as of press

makers to receive up to 35 percent of

the program’s budget by 50 percent for

time, is before the full House. When

their production costs as a tax incentive

the period July 1, 2012 through Decem-

contacted by Slice, the Oklahoma Film

for filming in the state. However, pend-

ber 31, 2013, and eliminate the credit

and Music Office had no statement re-

ing legislation would cut, and eventu-

beginning with tax year 2014. SB 1623

garding the possible impending cuts.

ally eliminate, the program as part of

has passed the state Senate, has been

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S R A T S R E P SU By Lauren Hammack Photos by Simon Hurst


here are few things more gratifying than reading the letters that pour in each year for our “Cool Dads” feature. The descriptions of men who devote themselves to raising children of integrity renew our faith and

remind us of everything that’s right in the world.

Each year that we meet these men – this is our seventh

– one particular theme emerges from the descriptions of all of the fathers. It’s a parenting trait that shapes every child’s outlook on life and transcends generations. It’s usually expressed this way: “My dad was always there for me.”

In a world of distractions, occupational demands and on-

going obligations outside the home, it stands to reason that many fathers are focused elsewhere, but for a few, there’s an abiding sense of connection to their children that overrides other commitments. Here, you’ll meet six of the “coolest!”

Happy Father’s Day!

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On being a Cool Dad: I was once told that being a father is a lot like shaving. No matter how well you do it today, you have to wake up and do it again tomorrow.


s she describes her husband’s deep compassion for others, Jamie Bruehl characterizes Curtis Bruehl as a loving, sacrificing and selfless person – traits that no doubt came to the fore the day she told him she’d like to adopt a child into the couple’s family

of four.

Adoption had been something that had been weighing on his wife’s

heart, Curtis explains – not his. But a mission trip to Haiti changed that. “It breaks your heart to see the children there who have so many needs. You want to do anything you can to help them,” he says.

“But the minister there said, ‘God didn’t call you to do this in Haiti.

Go home and solve the same problem in your state,’” Curtis says.

The message couldn’t have been clearer. Jamie says that her hus-

band’s heart always had a great capacity for service, but that mission trip had a profound effect on Curtis, by preparing his heart to adopt a

QUICK FACTS Wife: Jamie Bruehl Children: Ellie, 5, Marybret, 2, Adoptive infant son Nominated by his wife Photographed behind Joey’s Pizzeria in the Film Exchange Building, built circa 1927 at 700 W. Sheridan

child in need of a nurturing family. A short time later, Curtis got a call at work. A baby boy was on his way, to the joy of his adoptive parents and his two new (big) sisters who were waiting to welcome him home.

Preparing Curtis’ heart for adoption may actually have begun years

earlier. “My father taught me that a worthy life is one spent in service and sacrifice for your children,” he says. “I don’t think I would have been strong enough to be a foster/adoptive parent without learning a fraction of his strength.”

Jamie adds that her husband has never regretted that her idea has

changed his life so much, but Curtis will quickly affirm that his life has infinitely changed for the better, noting that he’s most grateful for the opportunity to be a father.

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Advice for new dads: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6


t’s inevitable that a pastor would have an arsenal of tried-and-true approaches to good parenting, but Reverend Larry Foster, Sr., founding pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, simplifies the complex in his observation that children should be “the main event, and not a side show.” His wife Rozia describes her husband as a tireless advocate and source of guid-

ance for the children and youth in his community, who embodies the concept of being a “Cool Dad” by encouraging and enriching their lives in any way possible.

Much of the advice Larry, Sr., offered his sons while they were growing up

was based on the Bible’s teachings, although his older son, Larry II, also acknowledges the power of his father’s positive reinforcement and encouragement when it comes to nurturing young spirits. “I am so humbled that, everywhere I go, young people ask about him and express their love and admiration for him,” Larry II, says. “My dad has always been there for me, as well,” he adds.

It’s the “being there” part that resonates the most with Larry, Sr. A constant

presence among his sons’ various sports teams over the years (he admits, “I’ve

QUICK FACTS Wife: Rozia McKinney-Foster Children: Larry D. Foster, II, 33, D’Andre H. Foster, 26, and Krystle Foster (daughter-in-law) Nominated by his wife Photographed at the International Crystal Manufacturing Company in the former Gaumont British Pictures Corp./20th Century Fox (Fox Films) building, built circa 1936 at 10 N. Lee

been known to invite myself to the coaching team on occasion!”) or alongside his beautiful wife as the ever-present parents in the stands, he cherishes the memories of those very real, father/son moments along the way. “I’ve tried to be there for my sons in all aspects of their lives,” Larry, Sr., says.

Despite growing up as one of 10 children in his family, he always carried a

sense of being the “main event” to his parents, the late Carl Foster and the late Leahnell Kemp Foster, who both held multiple jobs to support their large family, yet still found time to support him in meaningful (and sometimes quiet) ways. Larry, Sr., recalls learning, years after the fact, that his father sometimes arranged to take off work early just to catch a glimpse of him as he played football at Douglass High School. Years later, the elder Foster’s example of being there for him still evokes palpable emotion and gratitude in Larry, Sr., which inspires him to serve as a presence for many children whose fathers simply aren’t there.

“Investing in the lives of children is always rewarding,” he says.

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y e r f f e J ara L M


Advice for a new dad: Sometimes you just have to roll with it! ickie Lara describes her husband, Jeff, as a person who is happiest when he is serving others, pointing to his 29 years in firefighting and his current role as the Director of Operations for the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Command as just two examples of her

husband’s commitment to improving the lives of many.

Jeff’s commitment to improving the life of one came about seven years ago

when he and his wife adopted their son, Jackson. The timing of bringing home a newborn was especially interesting for the Laras; Jessica, their older daughter, was married three days after her new brother’s arrival to the Lara home.

“It was literally one child out the door and starting again with the next one,”

Mickie writes. Jeff adds, “We always tell people that we’ve raised our kids one at a time!”

He finds his family’s steadfast faith an essential and important part of rais-


ing his son. And, being a little older for his second go-round at fatherhood, Jeff

Wife: Mickie Children: Jessica Lee (Lara) Bell, 29, Jackson Joseph Lara, 7 Grandchildren: Bennett Graham Bell, 3, Brynndall Lee Bell, 3 months

young!” he laughs.

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other,” he says. “I’m the third of four children. I can’t remember a time when

Photographed at Computerized Business Solutions in the National Screen Service/Roland Theatrical Art Signs/ Oklahoma Theatre Supply building, built circa 1946 at 624 W. Sheridan

other so-called important events.”

has a different perspective on the subject. “This will either kill me or keep me

Happily, Jeff’s involvement with Jackson seems to be doing the latter.

Mickie points out that her husband stays busy during non-working hours by coaching tee-ball or soccer and teaching Jackson to shoot hoops and hit golf balls. It’s the time they spend together that Jeff believes makes a difference. “Both of my parents taught me the importance of always being there for each one or both of my parents missed one of my ball games, band concerts or my

Still, Jeff expresses appreciation for being nominated as a Cool Dad. “I nev-

er really thought I did much worthy of note, but I can look back and see where I may have made some contributions along the line,” he says.

More importantly, a grateful Jackson will look back one day and see all of

those contributions.

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n a d n e Br r e k r a P


Being a Cool Dad means: One day, when my kids are older, I can show them this honor to prove that I was cool ONCE.


arrie Parker describes her husband, Brendan, as her best friend whose passions for music and helping others contribute to what she believes is his true calling as a musician. A fter Brendan wrote some songs for his goddaughter, a gift that was

very well received, he was encouraged by other listeners to write more - and eventually, the compilation of children’s songs became an entire album, and then another album and a DVD. Over the past two years, the evolution of Brendan’s featured character in song, “Spaghetti Eddie,” has taken the children’s music market by storm, so much that Brendan quit his day job in the medical equipment industry to focus on the growing demand of entertaining children and sharing the gift of music.

“Things have just fallen into place,” Brendan says of this new direction in

career paths. “It almost started by accident and suddenly, the band (including drummer Todd Parsons) was playing more than 60 gigs last year,” he says, adding that the unorthodox hours allow him to spend much more time each

QUICK FACTS Wife: Carrie Parker Children: James, 20 months, and one more on the way in October!

day with his almost two-year-old son, James.

According to Brendan, bringing music to children is a means to make a

“positive stamp on the world.” Toddler James contributes to the creative process by being an excellent “focus group.” “Lately, I’ve been working on a train song that James has begun singing and really likes. When he wants to sing along, that’s a good indicator that I’m onto something!” Brendan observes,

Nominated by his wife

while failing to mention the unexpected adult appeal of his repertoire.

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are waiting to see what the baby will be) will be the source of more musical in-

No doubt, this fall’s arrival of James’s new brother or sister (the Parkers

spiration for the vocally smooth Brendan, whose view of fatherhood continues to expand to the same degree of his children’s music anthology, which can be explored on iTunes via

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. A d r a Edw I I , d i d Sha Dr.


On being a Cool Dad: There’s nothing I’m more proud of.


n her letter of nomination for her father, Dr. Edward Shadid, II, 10-year-old Maya Shadid expresses appreciation of her father’s commitment to helping others, both as a physician and as an Oklahoma City Councilman. “He does many great things for this city,” Maya writes, adding that her father “is inter-

ested in public health and has helped many people understand health and why it’s important to stay fit.” In a personal side note, Maya also points out, “He also knows just what to wear.”

Maya, her younger sister Dahlia and younger brother Zane are the single fo-

cus of the co-parenting efforts of their mother, Dina, and Edward. Dina describes her children’s father as an involved, loving parent and a man who also cares

QUICK FACTS Day jobs: Physician/Surgeon, Spine Care of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Councilman, Ward 2 Children: Maya, 10, Dahlia, 9, Zane, 7 Nominated by friend Nancy Cain, Ph.D.; daughter Maya; Ward 2 resident Wanda Jo Stapleton; and Maya, Dahlia and Zane’s mother, Dina Hammam Photographed outside IAO (Independent Artists of Oklahoma) Gallery in a building that has housed numerous film exchanges, built circa 1925 at 706 W. Sheridan

deeply about the well-being of his patients and the citizens of Oklahoma City. “I ran for city council out of concern for the public health epidemics that our city faces,” Edward explains, adding that, in spite of the demands of dual careers, he finds the process of learning about running a city to be particularly rewarding.

Ward 2 constituent Wanda Jo Stapleton characterizes Edward as a “public

servant par excellence, not only for the residents of his Ward 2, but for all the residents of Oklahoma City,” while his friend, Nancy Cain, describes him as “an exemplary dad.”

It’s not uncommon to find Maya, Dahlia and Zane at their father’s side at a

civic function. “It’s important to me that my kids understand the importance of civic involvement and service to others,” he says. The message hasn’t been lost on Maya, who writes, “He has inspired me to become a politician and a musician.”

Time spent with his children often takes place abroad. “He takes us on

amazing trips to get to know the world,” Maya says. In fact, the children began traveling the globe as babies. “My hope, in doing that, is to expose my children to different cultures, to help them appreciate diversity and develop empathy,” Edward says.

Maya sums it up best in the conclusion of her nomination letter for her father:

“I hope when I grow up, I may live up to his legacy.”

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Eddie d r a p a h S


“He treasures his family above all else.” – Nicole Shapard Jacobsen

QUICK FACTS Wife: Sandy Shapard Children: Nicole Shapard Jacobsen and Jeff Jacobsen (son-in-law), Nathan Shapard and Katy Shapard (daughterin-law), Ericka Shapard Croft and Russell Croft (son-in-law) Grandchildren: Teddy Jacobsen, 10, Tucker Jacobsen, 8, Shapard Croft, 7, Cooper Shapard, 7, George Croft, 5, Sumner Shapard, 5, Blake Croft, 3, Sutton Shapard, 1, Tennybelle Croft, 1 Nominated by Katy Shapard, Russell Croft, Nicole Shapard Jacobsen and Ericka Shapard Croft Photographed at Slice Magazine Headquarters in the Ice House Building, built circa 1920 at 729 W. Sheridan


or the definition of “Cool Dad,” one needs look no further than Eddie Shapard. Encouraging mentor, wise friend, life coach, confidante, community leader, amazing storyteller, the “rock,” supportive parent, caring friend, the consummate teacher, loving and faithful husband,

adoring father, amazing grandfather, magician, loyal and kind friend, “the center of my world…”

In their letters of nomination, the Shapard children lovingly detail the pa-

triarch (and “Master of Ceremonies”) of their family, Eddie, whose approach to parenting reads like a “how to” manual for fathers and whose life can practically be measured in Little League games.

“He treasures his family above all else,” writes daughter Nicole. His daugh-

ter Ericka adds, “From the time I can remember, my dad has been the center of my world. He never missed a single thing in which I participated during my whole childhood… countless sporting events, school plays and programs. He and my mom were always there, providing support, offering encouragement and supplying an abundance of unconditional love. Every day of my life, I’ve heard the words, ‘I love you,’ from my father.”

Eddie’s philosophical views on life reveal his joyful sense of humor. “Our

family motto is ‘Laugh and Be Fat,” he quips. “We’ve set our life standards pretty low, so as not to disappoint anyone,” he adds. “Occasionally, though, someone will turn up with a good report card or some other achievement and that throws off the whole balance and raises the bar unnecessarily for the next guy.”

His children, however, maintain that it was Eddie, an attorney and restau-

rateur, who has set the bar extraordinarily high on the subject of parenting. “He leads by example and takes a sincere interest in other people and tries to help others reach their full potential,” says Nicole. Continued on page 78.

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“Every day of my life, I’ve heard the words, ‘I love you,’ from my father.” – Ericka Shapard Croft

“He taught me so many of life’s great lessons,”

adds Ericka. “Most importantly, how to be a loving and supportive parent and an understanding and caring friend.”

The highlight of the year for most of the Shapard

clan – some 41 of them – has taken place every Thanksgiving for the past 40 years: “The Supper Bowl,” an annual celebration, steeped in pageantry, parades with uniforms and floats and a touch football game between the family’s two teams, “The Grammies” and “The Papas.” Eddie serves as the ballyhooed Master of Ceremonies, handing out special awards, such as the “Outlandish Trophy” for the most ridiculous play of the game and reminding the others of The Supper Bowl’s battle cry: “Ours is not to wonder why. Ours is but to bake and fry.”

Nicole shares that her father received a diagno-

sis of terminal cancer earlier this year. As the family struggles with the heartbreaking news, Eddie’s enduring optimism and sunny spirit remain a source of inspiration for those who know him. “Since his diagnosis, he has taken his zest for living a good life to another level,” Nicole writes.

Ericka notes, “He has faced this challenge in the

same manner in which he does everything else in his life – with an amazing attitude, unyielding optimism, humor in the face of adversity and a strength that amazes me daily.”

Explaining that he has “lived his bucket list,” Ed-

die points to the blessings in his life – devoted parents and brothers, his wife Sandy, great kids and grandchildren – as filling his life with the joy that emanates from him as he shares stories about them.

His advice to new dads? “Celebrate the little things

and enjoy the journey,” – something Eddie has always done and will continue to do this summer, among the laughter and company of his family.

Nicole concludes, “There aren’t enough ways to

thank someone for being such a treasure in your life.” For resources, see page 133.

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Where’s That Dad?


lice Magazine wanted to showcase (OK, show off) our new neighborhood, and what better way than to host a photo shoot and share with our readers? We’ve been in our new location at

729 W. Sheridan for only a few weeks, but the creative atmosphere and energized vibe of Film Row has made us feel right at home. Thus, it’s the perfect spot to capture film-inspired images of this year’s class of Cool Dads! Historic Film Row is located in the 600-700 blocks of W. Sheridan in Oklahoma City and has recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of the 42-block OKC Film Exchange District, this area was a vital piece of the puzzle in the era of burgeoning movie business. The film exchanges were the centralized distribution point for major studios to get their movies into the hands of theater owners. If it had to do with running a theater, you could probably get it in the district: everything from the actual films (which were highly flammable!) and projectors to seats, carpets and concessions – the street was a one-stop-shop located on the then-fringe of Oklahoma City. Many of the buildings housed fireproof vaults to store the film, and at least four private screening rooms existed on The Row. The OKC Film Exchange District is actually the third incarnation of the film exchange businesses that flourished in the early part of the 20th century, but due to the danger inherent in the storage and transport of the films, the businesses were relocated farther and farther from the center of downtown for safety’s sake. The Urban Renewal craze that leveled so many of Oklahoma City’s beautiful historic buildings stopped just short of the 600 block of Sheridan – it seems funds ran short – fortuitously for us. Local historian Bradley Wynn has written an excellent book about the district, Oklahoma City: Film Row, as part of the Images of America series. Join him for a book signing and program about Film Row at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, on June 5 at 6pm. Program starts at 7pm. His book is also available locally at Full Circle Bookstore and Barnes and Noble or online at and





Who Says You Can’t Live Outdoors? From Mild to Wild!



Dream a Little Dream C

By David M. Story

athy O’Donnell was different from everyone else. Had

hadn’t liked “office work,” calling it “torture” and dramatically

she not been, no one would have paid to watch her on

adding she’d have died if she’d had to stay in it much longer.

the silver screen. And watch moviegoers did – from

But acting quickly became something she took very seri-

her first film, 1946’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture

ously – she soon decided to leave Oklahoma City, and in 1944

“The Best Years of Our Lives,” to her last, 1959’s Best Picture

went to Los Angeles to meet David O. Selznick in Hollywood.

winner “Ben Hur.”

She’d sent a letter and picture to the producer and received

Actor Farley Granger, who co-starred with O’Donnell

a quick reply. When Steely arrived in California, she met with

in two film noir classics, wrote in his memoir that she “was

Selznick’s casting director, who promised to arrange an audi-

very different from anyone I’d ever met: lovely, shy, wistful

tion. But while she was waiting, she got her big break: whether

and ethereal.” She wasn’t pretty in the Hollywood sense,

or not she actually met agent Ben Medford at the lunch counter

but she had an enchanting presence, and the fairy-tale life

in Schwab’s drugstore as legend has it, he introduced her to the

she led began long before Hollywood. To begin with, Cathy

great star-maker Samuel Goldwyn.


wasn’t her real name. She was born Ann Steely on July 6,

1923 in Siluria, an Alabama mill village near Birmingham and a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood. Her family moved to Oklahoma City when she was 12, where young Ann attended Harding Junior High School and Classen High School before studying stenography for a year at Hill’s Business. She worked as a secretary for the army induction center but had aspirations of acting, stemming from the days when her father, a school teacher by day, operated the local theater by night – giving the kids ample chances to get lost watching news reels, cartoons, war movies and westerns. Eventually, the adventurous Ann Steely quit her day job and took acting classes at Oklahoma City University, becoming an occasional feature in student productions. She told her brother Joe she

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At the 1946 Academy Awards: Olivia de Havilland, Harold Russell, Cathy O’Donnell and Anne Baxter


An early PR still


“All the daydreams I had as a little girl are coming true.” - Cathy O’Donnell to Kyle Crichton, 1948

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Despite her Midwestern awkwardness, she impressed Gold-

Actor (Harold Russell)... and a radiant O’Donnell was in the midst of it all.

Steely to a contract, determined to make the would-be starlet

into an ingénue. She studied acting, ballet and diction at the

opposite Farley Granger, and she was slated to appear with

American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and

him again alongside David Niven and Teresa Wright in “En-

was soon hired to a touring production of “Life With Father.”

chantment” – but she was dropped from the project when she

She begged Goldwyn to arrange her casting in Tennessee Wil-

eloped with William Wyler’s older brother Robert.

liams’ “You Touched Me” instead and to adopt the new name

“Lark”; Goldwyn was reportedly unimpressed by both sugges-

explains niece Catherine Wyler. “He was always crazy about

tions, and convinced her to change her first name to Cathy and

her, but my family was quite surprised when they married be-

“Steely” to the Irish surname of “O’Donnell.”

cause of the age difference. Uncle Robert was a sweet, lovely

After a stint in “Little Women” and an uncredited film de-

guy, but he was my father’s ‘less celebrated’ brother. He always

but as a nightclub extra, “Miss O’Donnell” was cast in 1946’s

served as my father’s confidante. He did re-writes and associ-

“The Best Years of Our Lives,” in which she played Wilma

ate-produced on a lot of scripts for William Wyler films.”

Cameron opposite real-life handicapped veteran Harold Rus-

sell. She didn’t know it, but the film’s director, William Wy-

smarting from the desertion of William Wyler – who, upon com-

ler, had seen and been impressed by her performance in “Life

pletion of his pre-war contract, left to join with Frank Capra and

With Father.”

George Stevens in the independent production company Lib-

At the 1946 Academy Awards, O’Donnell proudly accept-

erty Films. Wyler had become one of Goldwyn’s “cash cows,”

ed Fredric March’s Best Actor award for his work in “The Best

as “The Best Years of Our Lives” grossed $11.3 million – so for

Years of Our Lives” – the film also garnered awards for Best

Goldwyn, Wyler’s abandonment was both personal and profes-

Director (William Wyler), Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland),

sional. Granger wrote in his memoir, “Goldwyn took this situ-

Best Supporting Actress (Anne Baxter) and Best Supporting

ation personally and said Willy Wyler had put his brother up to


wyn enough for him to arrange a screen test. He then signed

Her followup roles included “They Live By Night” (1948)

“My uncle fell in love with Cathy during ‘The Best Years,’”

At the time of the new couple’s nuptials, Goldwyn was still

marrying Cathy.” Granger later told his “Strangers on a Train” co-star Laura Elliott that O’Donnell had married Wyler to spite Goldwyn, who told O’Donnell “she would never work again.” Certainly all ties between O’Donnell and Goldwyn were permanently severed, but O’Donnell did finally get that interview with Selznick; she promptly signed with him, re-teaming in 1950 with Granger in another film noir classic: “Side Street.”

Over the next decade, O’Donnell appeared in “Detective Sto-

ry” (primarily, as she said at the time, “because William [Wyler] was producing and directing”), “Roman Holiday,” the cult horror classic “Terror in the Haunted House” and the epic “Ben Hur,” in which she played Charlton Heston’s sister Tirzah.

By the end of the 1950s, O’Donnell was a fashion icon,

both on- and off-screen. For more than a decade she had been photographed for, and profiled in, publications such as The American Magazine and Picture Show, Picturegoer, Redbook, The Sunday News, Screenland, Movie Album, Motion Picture and Snappy Shots.

She then appeared on television a few times, making her

last episodic appearance on “Bonanza” in 1964, but mainly enjoying the comfortable and ordinary domestic life into which she and Robert had settled. Their comfortably sized California ranch home, designed by famous builder Robert Byrd, was on Wetherly Drive just above the Sunset Strip. Niece Kathy Steely explains, “I also recall visiting Aunt Ann/Cathy’s house in O’Donnell with brother Joe Seely; she began work as a secretary at the army induction center at the time her brother entered the military during WWII.

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West Hollywood. We always joked that because the landscaping was tiered, she had a two-story back yard.”



Even if O’Donnell’s plans had come to fruition, one glitch

would have been that her brother-in-law William Wyler dropped out of directing the film. Melanie Wyler says “Cathy O. knew about auditions for ‘The Sound of Music’ because my father was originally slated to direct that film. But he pulled out of the project because, given his background and Jewish heritage, he couldn’t, in his words, ‘make a movie about singing Nazis.’” Cathy O’Donnell finally died from complications due to cancer at the age of 46, on her 22nd wedding anniversary. Throughout her lengthy illness, she drew strength from her faith, having converted to Catholicism after coming to Hollywood. Catherine Wyler remembers, “Cathy O. became Catholic after her marriage to my uncle, and I recall my because my parents jokingly saying a Catholic convert’s more ‘Catholic’ than the Pope. She was very devout, though my uncle and father were secular Jews. Catholicism gave Cathy O. more romance and drama.”

Even with all the credits to her name, O’Donnell didn’t

consider herself a huge success. Catherine Wyler remembers that “She wasn’t very satisfied with her career because there were a lot of ‘B’ movies.” Nonetheless, of Donnell’s 17 films, all in starring/featured roles, seven are classic film-noir/quasinoir, making her a major contributor to that genre.

“I remember Cathy O. as a very lovely, quiet, sweet person,”

remembers Sheldon. Catherine Wyler concurs, adding, “But, she wasn’t practical; she liked to live in a dream world, and she always thought of herself as a young woman.” A glamorous Cathy O’Donnell

O’Donnell first became ill around this time. “She had tell-

tale signs of cancer,” says Catherine Wyler, “and hadn’t done anything about it, and by time she got to the doctor, it was too far advanced.”

In looking back to the time of their aunt’s illness, Donnell’s

Funeral services for O’Donnell were held in Forest Lawn

on April 11, 1970. Her obituary described her as “a resident of Oklahoma City during the early 1940s” and “the wife of a motion picture executive.”

Ann Steely’s journey from Oklahoma City to Hollywood had

been a long one, and was the stuff of which dreams are made. COURTESY DAVID STEELY

nieces and her nephew reflect on how well they knew their aunt. “Since Aunt Ann/Cathy lived so far away in California, and we were in Oklahoma,” recalls Kathy Steely, who was only 12 at the time of O’Donnell’s passing. “We didn’t see her much, but I was in awe of having a ‘movie star’ aunt!”

“As children growing up, we did feel special having a ‘mov-

ie star’ aunt,” concurs David Steely. He adds his aunt must have sensed his musical ability – he had played the guitar since age 11 – because she “once gave me several of her poems as lyrics to any music I might write.”

Shortly thereafter, “She phoned my father,” David Steely

recalls, “and said, ‘There’s a new movie being made that calls for several children. Would you consider letting the kids audition?’ and my father said, ‘Absolutely under no circumstances whatsoever would I remotely consider that!’ The movie was ‘The Sound of Music.’”

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Actor, Producer, Woodworker, Consumer of Burgers



By Kent Anderson

Nick Offerman as Sal in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”


ustin-based writer and director Bob Byington’s new film, “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” is a surreal comedy that Indiewire says “walks a fine line between casual cruelty and the grander schemes of time,” following the character of Max (Keith

Poulson) over 35 years as he “keeps bumbling through marriage, money and mortality.”

This biting insight into human nature comes to deadCENTER this month, screening on

Thursday, June 7 at 8:30pm at Harkins Theatre in Bricktown. The film also stars Nick Offerman and Jess Weixler, with Oklahoma native Megan Mullally in a supporting role.

Offerman served as a producer on the movie. His onscreen role is as Max’s best friend/

only friend Sal, who ages over the course of the film while Max does not. Offerman worked with Byington on two previous films, but is best known to most audiences as Ron Swanson on NBC’s critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2010. He has worked on numerous feature films, alongside such stars as George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Bruce Willis and Kirsten Dunst, and started his career in the Chicago theater community. When not working in TV or films, he spends time in his woodworking shop, where he handcrafts canoes, tables and other items. Slice caught up to Nick Offerman on tour to talk about “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” his Oklahoma connections (he is married to Megan Mullally) and a mysterious suitcase that appears throughout his new movie.

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The most challenging aspect of the project was refraining from gaining 12 pounds over a five-week shoot. I’m afraid I was not up to the challenge.


Since your marriage to Oklahoma native Megan Mullally, have you spent much time in the state? What is your impression of the still-evolving film industry here? In my 12 delicious years with Megan, I have logged many trips to Oklahoma, and I must say I have fallen in love with the state, especially Oklahoma City. I love the pace and the kind folks and The Charcoal Oven and The Metro and Johnnie’s and Braum’s and Ludivine and The Boulevard Cafeteria.

Nick Offerman as Sal and Keith Poulson as Max in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”

Tell me about your character, Sal, in the film. Sal is a typical modern American to me. He wants to do as little as possible and get paid as much as possible for it. On top of that, he really enjoys cake. You are listed as a producer on this film. What was it like to function in that role while simultaneously being a part of the cast? The title of “producer” can mean so many different things on a given production. Our other producer, Hans Graffunder, did all the hard parts. He ran the production office and oversaw the purse strings. I was spoiled because I got to be the creative producer, meaning I was on set for every shot. Sometimes I stood beside the director and looked imperious, sometimes I built a camera cart from a furniture dolly and pushed it around. Producing and acting just meant I was more tired than I would have usually been, but it was double the fun.

What were the most rewarding and challenging aspects of this movie? The most rewarding part was working alongside our crackerjack crew of about 12-16 folks to create an original work of art that we feel proud of. Exceedingly proud. It reminds me of my days in Chicago theatre, where I worked day and night mounting productions at the Defiant Theatre, productions that would certainly challenge and entertain the audience. Working with a small crew of such quality allows us to really feel like the movie is “ours.” Our fingerprints are undeniably all over it. SEAN PRICE WILLIAMS

How did you become involved in “Somebody Up There Likes Me?” What drew you to this project? I have known Bob Byington for about 14 years, and I was in his last two features, “RSO” and “Harmony and Me.” I am a big fan of his writing and his sense of humor, not to mention that filming in Austin means lots of barbecue.


Oh, film? I’m a bit ignorant of the film industry in Oklahoma, but I will happily hand my headshot to any takers. I did assay the role of Judd Fry in the 1988 Minooka High School Production of “Oklahoma!” and was reviewed very generously.

Jess Weixler (left) and Megan Mullally in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”

You and Megan will be in town for the deadCENTER Film Festival and the screening of “Somebody...” What else will you be up to while visiting Oklahoma? We will be visiting Megan’s amazing group of pals that have been friends since they were all six or seven years old, mostly from Casady, hopefully whilst sitting out in front of The Charcoal Oven. If we play our cards right, we’ll be treated to an historical tour of the environs by Megan’s gorgeous mother Martha and her dapper gentleman friend, Mr. Nathaniel Bert Smith.  What other projects do you have on the horizon? I am hoping to work on a couple of films this summer as well as get in some Minnesota fishing time with my family. I am also finishing up a canoe for my friend Jimmy Diresta in New York, which is very close to being done. It requires only seats and thwarts.  Now, about that suitcase… The suitcase contains the stuff of life. It holds the secrets of love, American style. june 2012 | slice 85

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Friday, June 8, 2pm

Side by Side

Friday, June 8, 5:30pm

Take This Waltz

Saturday, June 9, 2pm

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The Daughter of Dawn

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Rescue “Dawn”


n October 17, 1920, the silent film “The Daughter of

Dawn” flickers onto the screen of the College The-

you and see if White has as yet not sighted them [buffalo].”

“For many days we have looked… my people are hungry. Go

ater in Los Angeles. The film fades in on White

Pan to: Wanada Parker, the sister of White Parker and

Parker, son of the great Comanche leader Quanah Parker,

daughter of Quanah Parker, who performs the character of the

standing atop a giant rock and scanning the horizon. Pan-

same name. Jack Sankey-doty, also Comanche, stands next

oramic black and white images of the Wichita Mountains

to Wanada in his role as Wolf. Wanada is in love with Wolf in

near Lawton flutter across the big screen, stopping on a herd

the film, but Wolf is in love with Dawn, the Comanche Chief’s

of bison, or “buffalo.”

daughter, played by Esther LeBarre. Tragically, Dawn is in love

Cut to: Hunting Horse, one of the most revered Kiowa lead-

with White. And, for the first time in film history, Tinseltown

ers in history, who performs the role of the Chief of the Coman-

audiences watch an all-Native American cast from Oklahoma

che Nation in the film. Hunting Horse has the first line; his

perform Hollywood’s interpretation of an Indian “love triangle.”

words are projected on “intertitles,” which are dialogue text

pages inserted into the film between scenes:

tures a cast of approximately 300 Native people from south-

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An 80-minute silent film, “The Daughter of Dawn” fea-


By Russ Tall Chief


western Oklahoma, mostly Comanche and Kiowa, most of

ested in selling it, but as the museum would not begin collect-

whom were first-time actors. The Wichita Mountain Wildlife

ing films until 2005, Hearn decided to contact the OHS.

Refuge was an ideal location for filming the thunderous buf-

falo chases and epic battle scenes. During filming, director

History Center (OHC), so we weren’t in a position to purchase

Norbert Myles ordered his one-man camera crew to shoot the

the film,” explains Dr. Bob Blackburn, director of the OHS.

buffalo chase scenes “from a pit so as to have all the buffalo…

“We referred him to Michelle Svenson, who worked in the

and Indians… pass directly over the top of the camera.” Thir-

Film Department at the Smithsonian Institution’s National

ty Native hunters participate in one of the magnificent chase

Museum of the American Indian in New York. Over the next

scenes, triumphantly ending in a successful kill. Later, back

two years, Michelle negotiated the price down to an amount

at the Comanche camp, the men dance in celebration as the

fundable by the Lawton Community Foundation and the Mc-

women prepare the buffalo for a meal. Thereafter, the film’s

Mahon Foundation, which allowed the OHS to purchase the

love triangle begins to take shape.

film in 2006.”

Unfortunately, this “sneak preview” of “The Daughter of

“We were ramping up to the opening of the new Oklahoma

“I was fortunate enough to be at the OHC the day the film

Dawn” in 1920 would be the only screening of the film, which

arrived,” Hearn says. “It was so exciting to open the cans,

was never seen by its all-Native cast. One critic at the preview

knowing that they probably hadn’t seen the light of day in

celebrated as a “breathtaking adventure” which had “hardly

nearly a century. We immediately noticed some serious issues

been duplicated before.” Nevertheless, it was not nominated

with the film, though. Masking tape, for example, had been

for any awards and the film disappeared.

used in places on the film, and had burned through the film

emulsion in spots. But the quality of the imagery captured on

For nearly a century, cinema scholars thought the film was

lost. Some speculated that perhaps “The Daughter of Dawn”

the silver nitrate film stock was still spectacular.” COURTESY OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER

fell victim to fire, as many movies did during this early era when motion pictures were shot on highly flammable silver nitrate film. Less than 10 percent of all movies made during this era have survived, with “independent” films, such as “The Daughter of Dawn,” perhaps representing only one percent. It didn’t help that Myles had been black-balled by Hollywood for past disagreements with top movie executives. It appeared that the Comanche legend that inspired the film would remain a legend… never to be seen again on the big screen.

In 1999, Leo Kelley, a curator at the Oklahoma Histori-

cal Society’s (OHS) Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus, wrote an article after researching the surviving evidence of the movie. In his research, Kelley successfully connected a script of the film that had been hidden away in the Library of Congress with still photographs in the museum’s collection that were taken on location during filming. Kelley also located

an article about the film by Norbert Myles, titled “My Adven-

funded the restoration process. It was conserved by the Film

A grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation

tures Among the Oklahoma Indians.”

Technology Lab in Hollywood and transferred to 35mm film,

A few years later, Brian Hearn, film curator at the Okla-

DVD and other media formats. The Academy of Motion Picture

homa City Museum of Art, received a call from a private inves-

Arts and Sciences offered to house the delicate silver nitrate

tigator in North Carolina who claimed to have received a silver

film, and it was transferred to the Academy’s vault in 2007.

nitrate film as payment for an investigation, and believed the

When OHS staff began holding informal community

film to be “The Daughter of Dawn.” The investigator was inter-

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scendants of the cast who explained connections to their respec-

Still working to improve “The Daughter of Dawn,” the OHS

tive relatives, and identified a Cheyenne tipi prominently fea-

decided to commission an original score, and contacted re-

tured in the film that Sleeping Bear had given to the Kiowa dur-

nowned Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaha’ Tate.

ing the 1840s. The Kiowa descendants explained how the tipi

Although Tate expressed a strong desire to score the film, he

had been “renewed,” or ceremonially restored and repainted,

recommended that the OHS commission David Yeagley, a Co-

in 1916 by renowned Kiowa artist Silverhorn, who was well re-

manche composer, instead – it seemed only fitting, since the

spected for his winter counts and other important pictorial docu-

film tells a Comanche story. COURTESY OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER

mentation of Kiowa life around the turn of the 20th century, and who was accompanied by a young Stephen Mopope, later to become one of the world-renowned group of artists known as the “Kiowa Five.” Inexplicably, the Kiowa tipi disappeared in the late 1920s. But in an astounding stroke of good fortune, the OHS inadvertently uncovered it after a request to view an unrelated collection.

“During the exploration of the

Iowa collection, our curator, Matt Reed, discovered that the tipi from the film had been donated to the OHS during the late 1920s, but in

“Yeagley spent a year composing original music for every

second of the film,” Blackburn says. “Every character has a


melodic theme associated with them. He did a phenomenal job with the score.”

While making plans to synch the music to each scene in

the film, Blackburn mentioned the project to Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, who arranged for Blackburn to meet with Mark Parker, Dean of the OCU School of Music. Parker was delighted for the new original score to be performed and recorded by the OCU Philharmonic. The historic re-release of “The Daughter of Dawn” on June 10 at the

the cataloguing of the tipi someone accidentally dropped the ‘K’

OKC Museum of Art will therefore also be the “world pre-

in ‘Kiowa,’” Blackburn explains. “So, since the 1920s, the tipi had

miere” of the film with its new original score.

been catalogued in our collection as an ‘Iowa’ tipi and we never

knew we had it. That was an emotional discovery for us and for

luride, Denver and San Francisco Film Festivals. Blackburn

the Kiowa people, who were invited to view and bless the tipi.”

says that award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

The OHS plans to screen the film later this fall at the Tel-

In May 2013, the rediscovered tipi will join the OHS’ cur-

has committed to helping the OHS with its distribution, and

rent cinema-themed exhibition titled “Oklahoma @ the Mov-

with a screening at a prominent upcoming silent film festival

ies,” with an exploration of its role in the film, as well as its

in Italy. It’s the beginning of a new day in the sun for a long-lost

cultural, historical and artistic importance.

piece of Oklahoma’s cinematic history.

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Raise Your Voice

By Russ Tall Chief

Wes Studi


he small town of Vici, with fewer than 800 residents,

Mountains). The film is about the struggle for education and

sits nestled atop the highest elevation in the region

economic survival.”

surrounding its quiet home in western Oklahoma.

Glancy is known for drawing upon both her personal his-

The sky hangs like a dome over the land – “The Dome of Heav-

tory as well as American history for inspiration. Her previ-

en,” according to award-winning poet, playwright and novelist

ous works include Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

Diane Glancy, whose film by that name tells the intimate story

and Designs of the Night Sky, both of which draw on the histo-

of a Vici family.

ry of the Cherokee Removal, as well as Stone Heart: A Novel of

Glancy wrote and directed the film, and shot it on loca-

Sacajawea. Her 1998 book Flutie was about Glancy’s experi-

tion utilizing both celebrity and local talent. Her own person-

ences teaching in Vici for the State Arts Council of Oklahoma.

al history and Cherokee-German ancestry inform the Moses

Later that year, Glancy received a fellowship to the Sundance

family’s struggle for stability – the boisterous family argu-

Native American Screenwriting workshop, where she wrote a

ments between the German wife and mother (Silvia Kofler)

film script from the book. “It stayed in my files until I reread it,

“The film is about the significance of a small voice,” Glancy says, “the significance of ordinary lives under the large, western Oklahoma sky.” and Cherokee husband and father (Wes Studi, a veteran actor

and felt once again it should be an independent film,” Glancy

who delivers a masterfully nuanced performance) are fueled

says. A little more than a decade later, “The Dome of Heaven”

by the couple’s two grown children, Franklin (Noah Watts),

is completed and scheduled for screening at the deadCENTER

who works with his father in Hampton’s Garage in Vici, and

Film Festival on June 9, at 11:15am, at Harkins Theatre.

Florence, a.k.a. “Flutie” (Thirza Defoe). Flutie emerges as the

protagonist in her “struggle to find a voice – to speak, in oth-

Central Oklahoma, Glancy completed a bachelor’s degree from

er words,” Glancy says. “She is so quiet at times, she feels as

the University of Missouri, and later earned an MFA from the

though she does not have a tongue. Nonetheless, Flutie gradu-

University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Her voice is powerfully

ates high school and Southwestern Oklahoma State Universi-

present in the film’s dialogue, which benefits from her prolific

ty in Weatherford, studying geology because of the importance

prose, poetry and dramatic writing, as well as her more than

of the land in the film (the prairie, the Salt Plains, the Glass

20 years of teaching writing. “The Dome of Heaven” unfolds

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like a memoir, infused with poetic and often abstract passages juxtaposed with the simple verisimilitude of small-town people – many of whom were cast from the Vici community. Travis Dennett, for instance, a member of the town’s Chamber of Commerce and senior vice president of the Bank of Vici, first got on board with the film as a producer. While helping develop the film, Dennett landed an acting part in it, playing a banker who grants Flutie a school loan to attend university.

“Noah Watts stayed with us at our house during the film-

ing,” Dennett says. “He and I stayed up until 2am throughout the two weeks of shooting, learning about each other. He wanted to know our regional dialect spoken here, how to handle tools while working on the cars in the garage, how to handle the gun. I learned some acting techniques from him, although I did very little acting in the film. The role I play in the film is a role I play every day at work. The local people… really embraced their roles, which contributed to the film’s authenticity.”

The Randall family, a local favorite family band who com-

posed and performed the soundtrack for the film, also appear in it – Mark Randall plays Jess Tessman, and Molly Randall is Flutie’s friend “Swallow.”

“I would give Elra Randall the images I wanted in a song,

and she’d have the song the next day,” Glancy says.

“The Dome of Heaven” is buoyed by strong performances

from Studi, a Cherokee actor who has appeared in over 50 movie and TV productions from “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” to “Mystery Men,” and Watts, a seasoned, subtle performer of Crow and Blackfeet heritage. It is Thirza Defoe (Giizhiigoquay), though, who drives the film in her performance as Flutie. Defoe is an expert performer from the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes of Wisconsin, and has been performing since the age of eight as both a dancer and actor, traveling around the world to Spain, Japan, Egypt and Italy. While Vici may not be quite as exotic a location, the actress imbues Flutie with a complexity that keeps the audience guessing her fate until the end, when she “finds her voice,” as Glancy poetically reveals in Flutie’s personification of Vici in the story’s metaphorical context. Defoe gracefully finds the humor in Glancy’s script as well as the inner strength of her character to triumph in the end of the film.

Glancy does not achieve finding Flutie’s voice through the

use of any massive explosions, sex or special effects. However, this quiet film is not docile – just thinking about Franklin’s accident in the garage should be enough to make viewers’ legs hurt afterward. But as Glancy helps Flutie find her quiet voice in a noisy world, the film also gives voice to Vici, a small Oklahoma town that also has something to say in this big world. “The film is about the significance of a small voice,” Glancy says, “the significance of ordinary lives under the large, western Oklahoma sky.”

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Coming Into Focus O

By Lauren Hammack Photos by M.J. Alexander

ne might argue that a good story is a good story, but the ability to tell a story well is a gift, and a

compelling storyteller is just as important as the story itself. Most fine storytellers draw upon imagery they’ve seen and experienced in a lifetime spanning several decades, so when a storyteller as young as Alexander Knight pulls you into his art, you know there’s more to the recent high school graduate than meets the eye.

A wunderkind? Yes, but it’s probably

fair to say that Alexander Knight was genetically predisposed to becoming one of the region’s most promising young filmmakers. His mother, M.J. Alexander, is an award-winning photographer and journalist whose book PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION The Children of Oklahoma: Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth is beautifully captured in a promotional video that Alexander created and brought to life with a stirring musical soundtrack (“Beneath the Crimson Moon”) composed by his father, Ed Knight, director of music composition at Oklahoma City University.

Although Knight, like a true artist,

maintains that inspiration can come from anywhere, he’s particularly drawn to old movies and everyday life experiences, including interaction with people.

And if anything predicts success for

this young man, it’s that last part: interaction with people. Not by text. Not by Facebook or Twitter. Not by email. Real, live, face-to-face interaction.

“One of the things I love about my

mom,” Knight says, “is her amazing way of engaging with people. I try to take after her in that way.”

Knight accompanied his mother on a

journey across the state – a visual odyssey – to interview and photograph the Oklahomans who appeared in Portrait of a Generation. The experience made a lasting imjune 2012 | slice 95


pression on Knight. “We met people on the side of the road, and

deadCENTER Film Festival repertoire and will participate

we’d just start talking to them. They all had a story and they

for his fifth year at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz

were so interesting,” he recalls.

Mountain, collaborating with other promising visual and per-

forming artists.

As the product of a generation raised with technology,

Knight reveals a more organic philosophy to telling a story.

“What makes something timeless,” he observes, “is not done

Lippert of Lippert Media echoes many professionals in new me-

with special effects. Special effects really date a piece. The

dia with his high expectations for Knight. “Knowing that film

timelessness of a good story comes from the genuine emotion it

is a collaborative art, I’ve been impressed that Alexander has

evokes, and that’s something that can’t be outdated.”

allied himself with other young talented filmmakers. Together

they have made some skillful visual stories,” Rick says.

Whether he realizes it or not, evoking emotion is a hall-

Veteran Oklahoma City videographer and producer Rick

mark of much of Knight’s work. Sometimes that emotion

stems from nostalgia, as in “Catoosa Blue,” a 13-minute docu-

students as I interview them for their application to the Sum-

mentary about the town’s iconic Blue Whale, a once beloved

mer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and Alexander’s films

landmark along old Route 66 that had fallen victim to vandal-

have been some of the most inventive that I’ve seen,” Rick ob-

ism and disrepair, and more recently, was lovingly restored to

serves. “He’s truly a gifted young filmmaker with a vision.”

its original glory by the curator whose father had built Blue. Although the young filmmaker gains even more material for his work on crosscountry family vacations, along with his younger





Knight has a strong sense of connection to Oklahoma and feels a commitment to give back to the community through his art. He recently collaborated with his mother to create a promotional video for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City’s capital campaign, consisting of three mini-videos that highlight several of the organization’s community outreach programs. While his mother took still photos to support the video, Knight provided the video and editing for the piece. “Sometimes we have a different take on what we think the end product will be, but I can usually tell where’s she’s coming from, so I think I have a pretty good sense of how to convey what she wants,” Knight observes.

As Knight happily amasses awards and

recognition for his distinctly fresh and often unexpected approach to visual storytelling (including Best of Show citations from Oklahoma Christian University’s Brass Ring Awards and several selected works screened in the deadCENTER Film Festival), he concentrates on his future, as most recent high school graduates do.

This month, the brand new Bishop Mc-

Guinness alumnus will add the joyfully quirky “Monkey Business” film short to his

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“I’ve watched hundreds of short films made by high school

Filming at the Blue Whale in Catoosa


Recent Praise for Alexander Knight Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still 2012: Two of seven video works chosen for juried showcase for Oklahoma visual artists under age 30; continuous screenings of films “Neon America” and “Monkey Business” 2011: One of four video works chosen for continuous gallery screenings: “Prairie Poem: A Visual Opera in Three Acts” 2010: Continuous screenings of films “The West” and “You Must Have Graduated With Honors” 2009: Continuous screenings of film “Totem” 2008: Youngest artist chosen for juried showcase; continuous screenings of film “Oklatube” Brass Ring Awards Awarded a Best of Show and two golds, one silver and two bronzes in the new media category for the Brass Ring Awards, a national college and high school design competition administered by Oklahoma Christian University. Spring 2010 and 2011.

Film Festivals 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival: Director of 13-minute documentary “Catoosa Blue,” featured in several screenings throughout the state. Featured speaker, Chesapeake Energy Family Film Festival, May-June 2011. 2010 deadCENTER Film Festival: Director of two films juried into 10th annual deadCENTER Film Festival: “The West” (Kids’ Fest) and “You Must Have Graduated With Honors” (Okie Shorts) June 11-12, 2010. 2010 Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival: Co-writer and actor in “The Bags,” a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” directed by Vinnie Hogan. Jury selection, January 4, 2010. 2009 deadCenter Film Festival: Co-writer, co-star in “The Bags.” Jury selection, Okie Shorts, June 12, 2009.

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In The Spotlight…

Nyambi Nyambi H

By Lauren Hammack Photos by Quillard Inc. Photography

is Oklahoma roots start at the very beginning. Born

lifetime. The former Bucknell University basketball stand-

in Norman, Oklahoma, Nyambi Nyambi identifies

out is just as adroit on stage as on the court, receiving a mas-

himself first as a huge Sooner fan and later as an ac-

ters of fine arts in acting from NYU and reveling in his pas-

tor. Nyambi currently plays the role of Samuel the waiter on

sion for live stage performance.

the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly.”

The journey from Norman to Los Angeles, where the ac-

own production company and nonprofit organization one day.

tor lives and works, has been marked by several milestones

To that end, Nyambi hopes to pursue a second masters degree

that reveal an individual who, at the age of 33, has more tal-

in Administrative Leadership at the University of Oklahoma…

ent in his rearview mirror than most people encounter in a

in the town where it all began for the avid Sooner fan.

I hear that “Mike and Molly” is up for a third season on CBS. Congratulations! Thank you! We’re excited to be back for a third season.

I understand you were Sooner-born. Yes! I was born in Norman, and I’m a Sooner at heart. Both my parents went to OU, but we moved when I was young and I actually went to college at Bucknell. My parents live in Virginia now, but they have a room that’s blinged out with OU stuff – we call it the “Sooner Suite.” I’m very proud of my Sooner roots.

Your character on the show, Samuel, is a Senegalese waiter. How have you managed to nail the character so well? The accent seems spot-on. I traveled a lot last summer and Senegal was one of the places I went. I wanted to meet the people and get a feel for their mannerisms and humor – just to get a sense of how they are. Did you tell them you’re a star of an Emmy®-nominated sitcom in the U.S.? Nooooooo. I didn’t want to do that, but as soon as I got off the plane, they could smell that I wasn’t from there. I’m of Nigerian descent, but the moment I spoke with an American accent, it was over. The memo was out that the American had arrived? Exactly. A man came over to me – he looked official – and offered to help me fill out a form for entry. The form asks for your occupation. I told him I’m an actor, which in a lot of cases is the same as saying, “I have no money.” The man said, “Actor! Now I KNOW you are big man! You are big man! Give me some money.” Was it like that the whole time? Halfway into the trip, I could speak in their accent, so it got much better. You seem to tweet a lot. I tweet some. What do you call “a lot”? More than once an equinox, which is really all I can fit into my Twitter regimen. Well, by that comparison, I guess I do. But you’re kind of a lazy tweeter. No free time. But I’ve heard that you recently watched 365 movies in 365 days. Now there’s some free time. It wasn’t exactly one movie per day, but I did get in all 365 in a year. How did you decide which movies to watch? I got suggestions from my Twitter followers – some were better than others. But now a lot of the storylines have blended together and I can’t keep them straight. But overall, I think of it (365 in 365) as a celebration of peoples’ work.

Never satisfied to stand still, the actor aspires to run his

You should be proud of your other roots – I’d kill for your hair. But only if it’s low-maintenance. It’s not too bad. I really only have to fluff it back up after I wake up. What are you currently obsessed with? OU Sooners are my number one obsession, of course. I’m also obsessed with a new game on my iPad® called Temple Run. I can’t get enough! Do you have any real-life heroes? My parents. They’ve been a huge influence on my life. And I’ve always admired Magic Johnson. You’re an actor and a basketball player. Any other mad skills? Well, that depends. It’s kind of relative. If I’m talking to a neighbor, I’m good at basketball. If I’m talking to Kobe Bryant… …Good penmanship? Yeah. Actually, I can draw portraits. What’s not as important as it used to be? The need to be liked by everyone. It’s impossible. What’s more important now? To be a creative person. Writing, developing art, fostering artists and bringing a voice to people whose voice falls on deaf ears. I know you have a masters degree from NYU’s graduate acting program. Why is art important to you, and why is it always one of the first items on the chopping block in our schools? I think people think of it as “fun” and not “serious work,” but you know, you have to be an artist to be a surgeon. What makes art so important is that it’s an entity that gives a person a well-rounded view of life and to take it away deprives that person of fully learning who they are. What do you believe that most people don’t? I’m very optimistic. I believe it’s important to celebrate the work of other people and have faith that your day to shine is coming. june 2012 | slice 99





By Mark Beutler

n the summers of our youth we called them “thongs” – those cheap rubber things we slipped our feet into. You

could buy them for a buck at the local TG&Y, and all summer they were the next best thing to going barefoot.

A few years ago, “flip-flops,” as we call

them today, made a comeback in a big way. And the ones who embraced them the most are the ones you might least suspect: men.

Sure, leather boots are still in style for

manly footwear, but this time of year many Oklahoma City men say the flip-flop is the way to go. Corporate men, artistic men, man’s man-type men… all agree that women are not the only ones who can bask in the luxury of the flip-flop.


President of Oklahoma City’s Tornado Royalty Most Favored Flip-Flop: Mark Nason “They’re probably one of the most comfortable things I own. It really is a treat to dress down and just be able to throw on a pair of flip-flops if I’m running out to do some errands. My wife and I spend much of our time out at the pool with our kids in the summer, so I always keep a pair of flip-flops handy.”

GRIFFIN ROARK Strategic sourcing analyst for Oklahoma’s Department of Central Services

“Eric has darling feet,” boasts Stiglets’ wife, Stacey. “I always think he looks so cute in sandals or flip-flops. He has some he will wear just for every day, and then a few dressier ones he can wear if we go out to Deep Fork for dinner. He is always so put-together, whether it’s in a suit and tie for work or in his flip-flops playing with the kids. That’s one of the best parts about summer, just being casual.”

Most Favored FlipFlop: Reef in black “I’m in dress shoes all week. When evening comes or on the weekend, flip-flops are the closest I come to wearing shoes. My girlfriend used to tell me my feet and toes were ugly. I think my toes are beautiful, so I don’t mind getting out there in a pair of flips and being comfortable.” “I’m really thinking about getting a pedicure this summer. I’ve heard it’s the latest trend for men. Heck, I might as well go all the way and marry it up with a nice facial.” Yes, he said “facial.”

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Owner of OKC Estate Sales and regular host with Linda Cavanaugh on KFOR’s “Trash or Treasure” Most Favored Flip-Flop: John Varvatos in black “I actually wear [flip-flops] quite a bit – in fact, during the summer, that’s about all I wear. I treat myself to a pedicure on a regular basis and can’t imagine going a month without one. I never know when I might run into a client, plus I’m at the pool a lot, so I want to keep my feet looking neat and clean. I mean, whoever said women have a monopoly on good grooming?”


Our picks for the gentlemen men who have come to appreciate the pedicure… (Left to right) OluKai “Ohana” flip-flop from Cayman’s | OluKai “Hiapo” flip-flop from Cayman’s | Steve Madden “Raegan” sandal from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall | Cole Haan “Tucker Strap” thong from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall | Tommy Bahama “Beach Walker” flip-flop from Cayman’s | Born “Lionel” sandal from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall


President and CEO of Crissinger Public Relations “I love flip-flops. I wear them as often as I can, but I think my feet are sort of embarrassing from too many years of soccer and long-distance running. My wife keeps telling me I need a pedicure, so this summer that’s on my ‘to-do’ list.” Pedicure? Yes, he said “pedicure.” According to local salons, Crissinger is not alone. A growing number of men are opting for pampering pedis. “We are seeing more men come into the salon asking for pedicures,” said Cathy Nguyen of Salon Nails in Oklahoma City. “It just makes sense: if you want to be well-groomed, that includes your feet too, especially if you’re wearing flip-flops. Keeping up your feet is as important as getting a fresh haircut.” june 2012 | slice 101



And for the women who have known all along…

Tory Burch dandelion, metal, equestrian orange and ivory (with bunnies!) flip-flops from Cayman’s, Yellow Box fuchsia polka dot flip-flops from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Prada crisscross strappy and Valentino jelly sandals from Balliets, Sanuk “Ibiza Monaco” flip-flop from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall Diane von Furstenburg “Janee” sandal from Balliets, Tory Burch leopard print sandal from Cayman’s

Kenny Scharf for Jack Rogers sandal from Gordon Stuart, Missoni jelly and Kate Spade “Felicia” sandals from Balliets

Kate Spade “Findley” (black) and “Faylan” (gold) sandals and Prada chain link and patent leather flat from Balliets For resources, see page 133.

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Tomorrow, I encourage others to read. You might be aware of our academic prowess, or the pride and excitement at every one of our sporting events. You might be interested in our inspiring 80-acre campus or renowned art and drama program. But it doesn’t mean a thing unless our students grow and succeed. Before our students become leaders, we challenge their minds and build their spirit. It’s all by design. Ask any Casady student or graduate. They’re always well-prepared.




When we think of summer, we envision backyard BBQs with the men crowded around the fire, children playing in the yard and the women busily trying to get all the side dishes out before the meat is done. Can you see that? Well, this June I am sharing my favorite rib recipe. It’s guaranteed to make you King of the Barbecue! So simple to make and virtu-


ally impossible to mess up! See page 106.

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Rejoice! T

By Caryn Ross Photos by Carli Wentworth

o many backyard chefs, cooking ribs is daunting, to say the least. We are bombarded with information on how to prepare the perfect rack of ribs. Do we smoke them, boil them or cook

over indirect heat? And what about charcoal versus gas? This month’s recipe calls for boiling to guarantee a moist and delicate rib without hours of worry over perfect grill temperatures.

This is my friend Bill Shuler’s rib recipe. It’s my hands down favor-

ite rib recipe on the planet! I have tried all the other ways of cooking the “perfect rack” but nothing comes close to Bill’s. I named them “No B.S.” because once you try them you’ll believe there is no B.S. in the boiling method, plus Bill Shuler would never B.S. about his rib recipe!

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No B.S. Ribs

3 pounds baby back pork ribs 1/2 t garlic salt 1/2 t fresh ground pepper 1 T liquid smoke Cut each rack of ribs into three rib sections. Place in a large stock pot filled with water at least an inch above the meat. Add in the garlic salt, pepper and liquid smoke. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow simmer for one hour. Remove ribs from water and place on a large platter. When you are ready to grill, transfer to a gas or charcoal grill and cook for approximately 30 minutes over low heat. Turn ribs and baste with sauce, being careful not to allow sauce to burn. Remove from heat and serve with extra sauce.

BBQ Sauce

1 c ketchup 1/4 c Dijon mustard 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 t garlic salt 1/2 t fresh ground pepper 1/2 c molasses 1 T liquid smoke 2 T Worcestershire sauce 1/8 t cayenne pepper To make the sauce, add ketchup, Dijon mustard and brown sugar to a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and incorporate into rib recipe above or serve with your favorite BBQ protein!

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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE This Route 66 classic provides a blast from the past in its copious decorative memorabilia, and excellent chicken fried steak big enough to sate the hugest appetites. 4106 N.W. 39th, 943.8915 AROUND THE CORNER RESTAURANT A no-frills, old-school diner that’s a favorite spot for Edmondites to linger over omelettes, pork chops or pancakes and coffee. 11 S. Broadway, 341.5414 BOULEVARD CAFETERIA Roast beef, chicken and dumplings, even liver and onions… one of the last of the area’s independent cafeterias is still pounding out the hits. 525 N.W. 11th, 239.6861 CAFÉ 7 A fast, casual restaurant with a very cool concept: widely varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7 and served up in 7 minutes, 7 days a week. 14101 N. May, 748.3354 CAFÉ 501 Rustic stone oven pizzas, fresh, uniquely designed salads and delicious specialty sandwiches on house-made artisan breads - add classic atmosphere and enjoy. 501 S. Boulevard, 359.1501 , 5825 N.W. Grand, 844.1501 CLASSEN GRILL Don’t be thrown by the seenbetter-days exterior; the food inside is deftly done diner deliciousness, especially the breakfast options. The eggs benedict and cheese grits can make your day in advance. 5124 N. Classen Blvd., 842.0428 COACH’S RESTAURANT Overlooking the diamond at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or within earshot of Owen Field, Coach’s locations serve fans during games and fans of its pizza, barbecue, burgers and beer anytime. 102 W. Main, 360.5726 , 20 S. Mickey Mantle, 232.6224 COLBY’S GRILL A family-owned, family-friendly, family-style café developing a loyal following thanks to solid, basic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, enlivened by occasional imaginative specials. 511 S. Broadway, 513.8590 DEEP FORK GRILL The dimly lit, crisply elegant atmosphere perfectly complements the contemporary American menu of superb seafood, (wood-grilled cedar plank salmon is the house specialty), steaks and accoutrements. 5418 N. Western, 848.7678

A Summer Place


By Kent Anderson Photo by Carli Wentworth

ne of the more exciting developments to hit Oklahoma City in recent years is Classen Curve, and the new location of Café 501 at 5825 N.W. Grand Boulevard has lent a distinctly urbane and cosmopolitan air to an already enticing spot.

Café 501 has begun to explore the art and craft of mixing cocktails, and the Italian

Citrus is the fruit of that labor this summer. A variation on this drink was discovered by owner Sheree Holloway and modified by bar manager Ryan Young. Containing vodka, grapefruit and sweet and sour, it is based around the Italian liqueur Aperol, an early century aperitif originally produced by the Barbieri company in the city of Padua. The bittersweet flavor of Aperol, balanced with citrus, creates a perfect balance of flavors… and a delightful taste of the season.

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A Touch of Spice


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new steakhouse in Oklahoma is certainly cause for celebration, but in a crowded and competitive market, the bar is quite high. The recent opening of Hollie’s Flatiron Steakhouse in Moore, the latest concept of the Hal

Smith Restaurant Group, is refreshing, delicious and a welcome addition.


Situated immediately in front of the palatial Moore Warren Theatre at 1199 S.

Service Road, Hollie’s blends a rustic, dark-wood motif with a menu that has all the steakhouse classics, enhanced by an underpinning of Southwestern flavor.

Start with an appetizer of the Spicy Deviled Eggs ($8). The zest of the flavor is

matched by its presentation, on a bed of corn and black bean relish. A bountiful selection of beef tops the entrée menu, with the Ribeye ($20) as a favorite. Try it with a side of Green Chile Mac. This twist on the comfort food favorite features bowtie pasta instead of the expected elbow macaroni. The Prime Rib ($20) is also nicely done, rounded out by an order of sautéed mushrooms. Go for the Caesar Salad that accompanies



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the entrée; the dressing is nicely piquant, keeping with Hollie’s overall theme. Even the wine list – which includes many labels from Chile and Argentina – helps solidify its position as a steakhouse with spice.

DINER, THE The classics never go out of style, and when locals refer to this institution as a greasy spoon, it’s a term of endearment if not veneration. Masterful preparation of ordinary breakfast and lunch fare – expect lengthy lines. 213 E. Main, 329.6642

FANCY THAT No longer restricting customers to a quick lunch and bakery treats, this Main Street café’s robust expansion into evening and weekend hours is cause for celebration… over dinner. 215 E. Main, 307.0541

DIVINE SWINE A uniquely themed restaurant conceived and built around the chef’s love of pork; practically every dish, even desserts, contain some gourmet interpretation of the other white meat’s potential for delectability. 7801 N. May, 843.3400

FIRST WATCH THE DAYTIME CAFE Large and well-lit with a friendly staff, complimentary newspapers and wi-fi and a menu filled with breakfast and lunch selections and specialties. 2328 W. Memorial, 748.3447

EISCHEN’S Two things to bear in mind: 1. It’s in Okarche, about 45 minutes from OKC proper. 2. It’s universally agreed to be well worth the trip. Legendary fried chicken and okra in a gloriously noisy packed house; cash only. 108 S. 2nd, Okarche, 263.9939

FLINT Approachably casual style in the front of the house, with impeccably serious attention to detail in the kitchen: it’s the Colcord Hotel’s winning combination for contemporary cuisine. 15 N. Robinson, 601.4300

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INTERURBAN CLASSIC GRILL It’s a simple concept: serve good food at a reasonable price in comfortable, casual surroundings. Favorites like chicken-fried steak are always on the menu, but there are plenty of options for the health-conscious as well. 3 metro locations, JIMMY’S EGG Although it’s open for lunch as well, Jimmy’s Egg is a breakfast favorite with endless omelette possibilities, friendly service and fresh-baked breads and biscuits. 11 metro locations, LEGEND’S A Lindsey Street landmark for over 40 years, this casually upscale, three-diamond AAA restaurant still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more down-to-earth fare amid welcoming surroundings. 1313 W. Lindsey, 329.8888 LUNCH BOX, THE The term “old-fashioned” can be a compliment, as in the case of this unremarkable-looking restaurant easily located by following the hordes of downtown diners hungry for its homestyle cooking and inexpensive tab. 413 W. Sheridan, 232.9409

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MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Now this is a hot dog - Mutt’s inspired creations feature prime meats like chicken, bison and duck, topped off with tantalizing and unexpected flavor profiles. 1400 N.W. 23rd, 525.3647 NEBU You shouldn’t have any trouble finding this airy, accommodating provider of chef-prepared sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more – it’s in the garden wing of the colossal Devon tower. 280 W. Sheridan PICASSO CAFÉ Its neighbors are painters, potters and sculptors, so it’s no surprise its management strives to make their cuisine a work of art. Creative arrangements of pizza, sandwiches, salads and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, 602.2002


POPS A little out of the way but undeniably worth going the extra mile, the Good Egg Group’s roadside café has burgers, salads, shakes and the irresistible draw of an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W. Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 PRAIRIE GYPSIES, THE Justly renowned for their catering prowess, the duo of female chefs also offers a single-serve entrée and soups that vary daily for carryout. 411 N.W. 30th, 525.3013 REDPIN RESTAURANT & BOWLING LOUNGE Other bowling alleys might muster no more than warm, flat beer for refreshment - RedPin provides a full bar, burgers, pizzas, sweets and snacks in a restaurant that happens to have premium bowling lanes attached. 200 S. Oklahoma, 702.8880

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REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, Southwestern enchiladas, pork chops and steak by the lake served expertly in a casual, energetic, hacienda-style atmosphere of stone walls and mahogany beams around an open kitchen. 9221 E. Lake Hefner Pkwy., 749.1995 SAGE GOURMET CAFÉ & MARKET In the heart of Deep Deuce, Sage puts an upscale spin on American classics - the gourmet mac and cheese

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FARE is a signature item - and uses organic and natural food products in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. 228 N.E. 2nd, 232.7243

tory approach to food and life, it’s a terribly tempting spot for cookies, cupcakes, tea and dynamite coffee. 331 White, 307.8990

SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage, its surprising daily specials and inspired, tasty twists on ordinary sandwiches, salads and pizza keep it crowded on weekdays. Fortunately, the line moves quickly and calling ahead is encouraged. 4401 W. Memorial, 463.5594, 6432 Avondale, 843.7114

GIGI’S CUPCAKES Brace yourself - each Gigi’s location is home to a dozen different cupcake temptations in inspired flavors that rotate daily, and it’s surprisingly difficult to choose merely one. 1636 24th Ave. N.W., 801.2525 , 14101 N. May, 286.6200

SHARTEL CAFÉ Diverse diner-style classics bacon cheeseburgers, pancakes, reubens, bakery goodies, etc. - done with panache and further improved by airy, comfortable surroundings and friendly service. 5116 N. Shartel, 843.0900, 201 Robert S. Kerr, LL 140, 601.8024

GREEN GOODIES BY TIFFANY Specialty organic cupcakes for all – even those adhering to vegetarian and vegan diets or coping with food allergies or other dietary concerns can enjoy these high quality, flavorful treats. 5840 N. Classen Blvd, Ste 5, 842.2288

TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR & GRILL He does, you know. Deep in the heart of Bricktown, this venue hosts frequent live music performances and features a homestyle menu, memorabilia and drinks served in Mason jars. 310 Johnny Bench, 231.0254

LA BAGUETTE BAKERY & CAFÉ A spacious, comfortable seating area combined with the exquisite baking mastery that is the brand’s trademark makes this a tres chic, and very popular, destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, 329.1101, 924 W. Main, 329.5822

WILL’S/THE LOBBY BAR Coffee vendor by day, bar by night, it features an unexpected and wonderfully inviting lunch and dinner menu: baked manchego, lobster sliders and many more. 4322 N. Western, 604.4650

ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Intended to unite east and west through blending the essence of Asian cuisine with American culture, its intriguing menu spans sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin barbecue duck pizza and ample sushi options. 2541 W. Main, 310.6110 BLUE MOON CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese cravings may come much more often after experiencing the spectacular amount of sweet, sour and savory tastes from this student-friendly eatery. 1320 S. Broadway, 340.3871 GRAND HOUSE A number of Chinese restaurants concentrate on their cooking to the exclusion of any other aspect of dining – Grand House is the happy exception that goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N. Classen, 524.7333

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O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in a cool, vibrant environment. Call ahead; it becomes a packed house in a hurry. 105 S.E. 12th, 701.8899 SAII ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR With a dark, rich ambiance that elevates it over its surroundings, Saii serves expertly prepared Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes plus an extensive and adventurous sushi menu. 6900 N. May, 702.7244

BAKERY AMY CAKES Imaginative cakes and cupcakes to make any special occasion a bit more memorable; and it’s a one-woman show. By appointment only. 113 Hal Muldrow, 360.1131

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BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N. Walker, 232.0363 CRIMSON & WHIPPED CREAM With a cozy Campus Corner vibe and the operators’ celebra-

MCLAREN’S PANTRY For over 25 years, this independent bakery with a tempting sandwich selection has been a welcoming environment to enjoy a bite and connect with friends. 3414 S. Boulevard, 348.2336 NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Luscious flavors of rich, moist cake and frosting, available in bite-sized bundtinis packaged by the dozen; single-serving bundtlets; or multi-tiered marvels that sate over two dozen dessert connoisseurs. 2520 W. Memorial, Suite B, 751.8066 PANERA BREAD The breads are fresh, the sandwich and salad options ample and the atmosphere welcoming, thanks in part to the tasty baked goods and free wi-fi access. 9 metro locations, PINKITZEL CUPCAKES & CANDY Sweetness reigns supreme in this local confectionary creation - gourmet cupcakes that are baked fresh daily, a substantial candy boutique and gift shop and cafe seating to enjoy it all with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. 1389 E. 15th, 330.4500 , 150 E.K. Gaylord, 235.7465 PRAIRIE THUNDER BAKING CO. In this house of carbs, the bread baked on-site is the star of the show: on its own to take home, repurposed into breakfast pastries and desserts or accompanying the deli sandwiches and soups in the cafe. 1114 N. Classen Dr., 602.2922 SARA SARA CUPCAKES Located in a charming little converted house, the ambiance and milk bar make great atmospheric additions to the varied menu of specialty cupcakes - selections range from traditional chocolate to blueberry honey and even bacon, egg and cheese. 7 N.W. 9th, 600.9494 SUGAR Got a special event on the radar? Customized cakes and cupcakes with incredible artistry and imagination as a key ingredient are Sugar’s specialties - call for a consultation. 6900 N. Western, 286.0058 SWEETS & SPURS Specializing in gourmet cupcakes, mini-pies, hand-dipped chocolates and cowboy boots… not pastries; actual footwear. Yeeha! 215 34th Ave. S.W., 801.2555

BAR | PUB FOOD 51ST STREET SPEAKEASY A converted house with a perpetually packed porch and patio,

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS the joint jumps with energy and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with abandon. 1114 N.W. 51st, 463.0470 ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout renditions of accompanying dishes, with the aim of recreating the true English public house vibe. 121 E. Main, 928.5801

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BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection fill this bustling bar in the landmark 50 Penn Place. 1900 N.W. Expressway, 840.1911 BLU FINE WINE & FOOD A popular bar option among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range - try the hummus. 201 S. Crawford, 360.4258 BRICKTOWN BREWERY Only here for the beer? Not so fast - an amped-up menu of temptations demands a sampling at lunch or dinner… or both. 1 N. Oklahoma, 232.2739 BRIX RESTAURANT & SPORTS LOUNGE More than 30 flatscreens fill the enormous, plush lounge, restaurant and bar area, and the amenities include the Sunday NFL Ticket and NBA League Pass. If the game’s on, it’s on at BRiX. 27 E. Sheridan, 702.7226 COCK O’ THE WALK BAR & GRILL Dartboards and pool tables can help patrons work up quite an appetite, so it’s a good thing the wings and burgers at this appealingly de-furbished neighborhood bar have such a reputation. Dive right in! 3705 N. Western, 524.0304

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DAN O’BRIEN’S PUBLIC HOUSE With a party atmosphere and rocking live shows, it’s more a group bar than a casual restaurant; though the full menu and mighty burgers should universally satisfy. 2747 W. Memorial, 752.4486 DEEP DEUCE GRILL The funky, comfortably run-down vibe of its namesake district lingers in this alternative to Bricktown crowds featuring burgers, beer and a people-watching patio. 307 N.E. 2 nd , 235.9100 DUGOUT BAR & GRILL, THE Dig in to the classics of the neighborhood beer joint: burgers, fries, nachos and drink specials. 10909 N. May, 751.0700 FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Considering the pool, darts, frequent live music and perpetual celebratory vibe, it might be hard to concentrate on the varied menu… but at least try the fresh-baked pretzels. 3031 W. Memorial, 751.7243 JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to our city, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer, including difficult-to-find options from all over the world. 1100 Classen Dr., 601.7468 MARTINI LOUNGE, THE A relaxed bar located inside Boulevard Steakhouse, its classy atmosphere and hand-crafted specialty martinis are ideal for an office outing after work or a quiet date. 505 S. Boulevard, 715.2333 MONT, THE Though frequented by many purely for its primo patio and Sooner Swirls from the bar, the Norman landmark also boasts a tempting suite of pub food with a zing of Southwestern flavor. 1300 Classen Blvd., 329.3330



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FARE O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, this OU Campus Corner landmark has been serving up burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, 217.8454 PURPLE BAR, THE Inviting and intimate; an ideal place for celebratory martinis to close out the workweek or a quiet nightcap with dessert from Nonna’s bakery. 1 Mickey Mantle (in Nonna’s), 235.4410 REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Dedicated to bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery, this contemporary American public house in Classen Curve pairs a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items designed to complement one another. 5830 N. Classen Blvd., 286.4577 SAINTS An inviting Irish bar nestled in the Plaza District, its whiskey and beer selection dovetails nicely with classic dishes like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 N.W. 16th, 602.6308 SEAN CUMMINGS’ IRISH RESTAURANT & PUB Classic Irish fare (lamb stew, bangers and mash, even beef or salmon boxtys) mixed with American favorites and delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N. May, 755.2622 TAPWERKS ALE HOUSE & CAFÉ The staff will gladly serve burgers, wraps, pizzas and other entrees, but most of the crowd - and it gets crowded - is here to sample from the 212 (yes, really) beers on tap. 121 E. Sheridan, 310.9599 VZD’S RESTAURANT & CLUB Live music is a staple on weekends, but the unusually broad, tasty bar menu draws a substantial lunch crowd as well. Try the turkey burger, the chili or both. 4200 N. Western, 524.4203

The Heart of the Hearth


By Kent Anderson Photo by Carli Wentworth

read is life. For several millennia, bread has formed much of the basis of the human diet. Bread is an ancient art form and a nutritional staple, but it is more – it is a cornerstone of culture, of society. It is no accident many re-

ligions incorporate the use of bread into their rituals and observances. It is in every corner of the world, with too many forms to count.

But in the modern age, many have come to accept the lifeless loaf in the plastic

wrapper on the supermarket shelf as the only example of what bread can be.

Café 501 is out to disprove the supermarket

notions of bread. The 501 Rustic Bread – which its creators call “bread with a soul” – is an artisan creation available at both Edmond and Classen Curve locations. The Café 501 team made a culture in November 2010 and have maintained it as a starter for the bread ever since.

A loaf of 501 Rustic Bread slices open to a

moistness not often found in modern breads, with a taste and texture that lives somewhere between bread, sponge cake and tangy custard. This manna is redefining the art of bread in Oklahoma.

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The Café 501 crew offers a few tips for enjoying the 501 Rustic Bread: Using a serrated knife, slice the bread down the middle on a cutting board Place bread cut-side down and slice into one-inch-thick slices Toast bread in a toaster or oven Spread real butter or olive oil on the bread and sprinkle with a bit of Kosher salt

BARBECUE BEEF & BUNS - MR. CATFISH Outstanding barbecued ribs and fried catfish - even for Oklahoma - and warm, personable service make this cash-only, limited-hours spot a winner. 2741 N.E. 23rd, 427.2333 EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a setting far from starved for competition, the award-winning barbecue chain pounds out hit ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, IRON STARR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, Iron Starr specializes in “a unique and tasty spin on comfort food.” The entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players here as well. 3700 N. Shartel, 524.5925 J.T.’S BAR-B-QUE Smoked chicken, hot links, prime rib and other mouthwatering meats are on the menu, but once customers try the ribs, they may never choose anything – or anywhere – else. Save room for cobbler! 505 S. Sunnylane, Del City, 670.3350 LEO’S BAR-B-Q Dense, rich flavor and tender texture through and through, delivered in genuine unpolished style for commendable value - no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N. Kelley, 424.5367, 7 Harrison, 236.5367 RAY’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ A former OU football star, Darrol Ray now pleases crowds with supremely tender St. Louis-style ribs, brisket smoked over 12 hours, homemade sides and desserts and unforced camaraderie. 1514 W. Lindsey, 329.4040

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE & BAR-B-Q It’s hard to get more casual than a set of picnic benches inside a gas station, where food comes on cafeteria trays with plastic utensils and paper towels... but as the lines attest, the brisket and other barbecue staples speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, 307.0552 STEVE’S RIB A longtime Edmond favorite, its flavorful brisket, fried okra and more are the same but diners can choose their milieu: a seated restaurant in Edmond or a stand-up counter in NW OKC. 1801 W. Edmond, 340.7427 , 202 W. Hefner, 728.9555 VAN’S PIG STAND A scion of Oklahoma’s oldest family-owned and -operated barbecue restaurant (open since 1935 in Shawnee), it does well with the basics and really rocks at ribs. 320 N. Porter, 364.0600

BURGERS | SANDWICHES ABRAHAM’S WESTERN CAFÉ Follow your nose - the onion burgers coming off Abraham’s grill draw lunch crowds with effortless ease. 4716 N. Western, 528.5152 BIG ED’S HAMBURGERS Sizzling burgers cooked to order, including an OKC legend in the flesh: family-sized behemoths on 12-inch buns. 12209 N. Pennsylvania, 755.2108 BISON WITCHES BAR & DELI The monster sandwiches are loaded with standout flavors, but the best way to enjoy them is in halves, accompanied by a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E. Main, 364.7555 BROWN BAG DELI Quick-as-a-wink sandwiches, desserts and killer chili. Limited seating; takeout recommended. 7600 N. Western, 842.1444 BUNNY’S OLD FASHIONED ONION BURGERS Small space; big taste. The namesake creations are fresh, lean beef grilled to perfection and served in “big” and “bigger” versions. 5020 N. Meridian, 949.2889, 1023 S. Meridian, 949.2949 CAFÉ PLAID & BAKERY Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with a sensational selection of salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) make it an ideal spot for lunch when you’re near OU. 333 W. Boyd, 360.2233 CHARCOAL OVEN The smoke-filled flavor of a backyard cookout without having to fire up your own grill - get ‘em while they’re hot! 2701 N.W. Expressway, 842.8911 CITY BITES Get in, get a full-flavored hot or cold sub on your choice of fresh bread, or soup and a baked potato, get some cookies for the road, get on with your day. The plethora of metro locations means you’re never far from a tastier day. 18 metro locations, CLASSIC ’50S DRIVE-IN A locally owned drivein that just gets the concept right. Burgers and shakes, fried pickles and slushes, breakfast items… the waves of students during peak hours are proof that familiarity breeds devotion. 1521 W. Lindsey, 321.2271 FIRST EDITION, THE A café inside the Downtown Library would be worth it merely for the convenience, so it’s a welcome bonus that the sandwiches, pizza and panini practically warrant a trip all on their own. 300 Park, 605.8347

FLATIRE BURGERS Beloved by (and generally crowded with) UCO students, this bravura burger joint excels at innovative additions to the classic patty and bun, like sauerkraut, carrots, pineapple relish and habanero salsa. 100 N. University Dr. (at UCO), 974.4638 GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE It gets noisy in the low-lit sports bar atmosphere, but even if your focus isn’t on a televised game, conversation would probably revolve around the huge, juicy burgers and fries – both available in several tempting flavor possibilities – anyway. 307 E. Main, 701.7035 HOME RUN SLIDERS A tasty array of sliders, from your basic “Rookie” to prime rib, is served in an atmosphere that pays tribute to the national pastime. And don’t miss the ode to the condiment: Oklahoma’s largest ketchup bar. 128 E. 5th , 513.5410 IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Hand-cut fries, handbreaded onions rings and simply great burgers. Try the No-Name Ranch burger - lean and flavorful, thanks to a unique breed of cattle raised in Wynnewood using organic techniques. 1035 N.W. 63rd, 840.4762, 1120 Classen Dr., 235.4762 JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Fresh-ground hamburgers cooked over real charcoal set Johnnie’s apart. Try the incredibly popular Cheese Theta or Caesar burgers, and don’t forget a side of their outstanding onion rings. 4 metro locations, KAMP’S 1910 CAFÉ The Kamp family is wellknown in the Oklahoma food scene, and their 1910 Café builds on that history with first-rate breakfast and lunch, bakery items and full coffee shop on site. 10 N.E. 10th, 230.1910 LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and comeas-you-are, these popular neighborhood bar-type hangouts excel at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of scenic Lake Hefner from the patio adds to the ambiance of this classic eatery, which features a tasty spate of entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy., 751.2298 MARKIE’S DELI Dedicated to making life much more delicious, Markie’s serves salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and hot plates, as well as box lunches, trays and even breakfast items for local catering. 612 N. Robinson, 239.6275 ND FOODS Gigantic deli sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats, homemade soups in a variety of intriguing flavors and a selection of freshly baked cookies, pies and other desserts. Step right up! 2632 W. Britton, 840.9364 NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded, it’s cash-only… and it’s incredible. The colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best, and mounds of fresh fries make this hole-in-the-wall diner pure paradise. 1202 N. Pennsylvania, 524.0999 RED HORSE GRILL A prime lunch spot thanks to its speedy but cooked-to-order menu, the onion burgers, shakes, malts and frozen custard have devoted local followings, as does the Friday Fish Fry special. 2205 W. Main, 360.3287 S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: these burgers’ exquisite flavor combinations – including such showcase ingredients as peanut butter or a coffee crust – come in slider form as well, the

better to sample more selections. 5929 N. May, 843.8777, 20 N.W. 9th, 270.0516 SERVICE STATION Once a filling station, the building still has vintage décor and is home to Bentleys, Packards and dipsticks, but now they’re the names of its delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S. Webster, 364.2136 SMASHBURGER Billing itself as a place with a burger soul, this savory hot spot provides 100 percent Angus beef in three sizes amid a panoply of tasty toppings and sides, plus similarly varied chicken sandwiches and salads. 2127 W. Memorial, 418.8416, 7642 W. Reno, 787.5700 SOMEPLACE ELSE DELI Simple, straightforward hot and cold sandwiches made especially superb by virtue of fresh breads, speedy service, low price tags and the option of adding on an array of exceptional baked goods. 2310 N. Western, 524.0887 SOONER DAIRY LUNCH The menu’s masthead, “Serving Norman since 1954,” should serve as a fairly strong recommendation all by itself - this modest little drive-in has been cheerfully feeding its staunch fans burgers, fries, tots and shakes for six decades and counting. 1820 W. Main, 321.8526 TEXADELPHIA Popular hang-out spots inside and out due to the numerous flatscreen TVs and patio seating. The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteak sandwiches. 1150 W. Lindsey, 701.5635 , 200 S. Oklahoma, 208.4000 TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS With one burger (and variants), one side dish (fries), one salad and beverages, the menu is easy to remember. With this level of bravura execution, the meal is hard to forget. 324 N.W. 23rd, 609.2333

COFFEEHOUSE | TEA ROOM BEANS & LEAVES Comfy and welcoming like a coffeehouse should be, the large menu of brewed temptations simply rocks. 4015 N. Pennsylvania, 604.4700 BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE While it’s certainly possible to get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte to go, doing so would mean missing out on the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this stressless dawdling spot. 136 N.W. 13th, 604.0211 BUZZ COFFEE & CAFÉ, THE It’s in a corner suite on the ground floor of the First National Center downtown, making it an ideally quick diversion for the urban pedestrian with a need for speed, but its free wi-fi and sandwich menu reward the more leisurely as well. 120 N. Robinson, 232.1109 COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe thanks to its Automobile Alley location, this has become a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts, especially during the monthly educational sampling seminars called “cuppings.” 1015 N. Broadway, 606.2763 COWGIRL COFFEE Patrons can’t linger and loiter and soak up the atmosphere - because there isn’t any; it’s a tiny to-go shack in a parking lot - but that’s about the only downside to this sweet spot for baked goods and specialty beverages. 121 E. Waterloo, 341.5060 CUPPIES & JOE The name’s not really a misnomer, but if it listed all their features it’d be too long. For cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a

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this converted florist’s; truly one of the city’s finest destinations for dining out. 2409 N. Hudson, 525.7007

ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house – the passionate staffers are always eager to share knowledge about the process – augmented with locally sourced treats, including a rotating variety of crepes on weekends. 815 N. Hudson, 633.1703

CHEFS DI DOMANI A proving ground of sorts for the chefs-intraining at Platt College’s culinary institute, this restaurant offers the opportunity to watch the students in action and enjoy their internationally influenced work. 2727 W. Memorial, 749.2423

MICHELANGELO’S COFFEE SHOP & WINE BAR Enjoy exceptional coffees, a well-stocked pastry case with chocolates and sweets, a surprisingly robust wine catalog and even breakfast and lunch selections. 207 E. Main, 579.3387

COACH HOUSE, THE Definitively among the metro’s most refined, elegant, upscale dining experiences, the rotating menu of seasonal cuisine highlights regional specialties prepared with classical perfection by master chef Kurt Fleischfresser. 6437 Avondale, 842.1000

RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings encourage curling up for conversation over spectacular PrimaCafe coffee, baked treats, vegetarianfriendly breakfast and lunch specials and live music. Highly recommended! 3122 N. Classen Blvd., 525.3430 T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE Proving that an establishment’s focus can be narrow and broad simultaneously, this endearing retreat doesn’t do coffee or sandwiches, but does offer over 100 varieties of tea and expert counsel to explore a world of possibilities. 7518 N. May, 418.4333 VINTAGE TIMELESS COFFEE A locally owned and lauded beverage bistro with plenty of sweet flavor combinations, treats from Brown’s Bakery and innovations like the smooffee (an espresso-powered smoothie). 900 N.W. 150th, 752.0038

CONTINENTAL BIN 73 WINE BAR Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambience. 7312 N. Western, 843.0073 BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food - pot roast nachos! - with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S. University, 928.5555 BOLERO A unique experience provided by coupling delicious tapas with the perfect Spanish wine from a signature selection, in an elegant, open-air atmosphere. 200 S. Oklahoma, 602.0652

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HEFNER GRILL Hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood are served by courteous staff in conjunction with one of the best views in the city. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy., 748.6113 LOTTINVILLE’S WOOD GRILLE Rotisserie chicken and wood-grilled salmon are the featured players among a host of Southwesterninfluenced entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, 341.2244 MANTEL WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE Marvelous steaks, seafood and other specialties (don’t miss the lobster bisque), combined with a refined, intimate atmosphere and outstanding service, make a meal truly memorable. 201 E. Sheridan, 236.8040 MELTING POT, THE If the occasion is special, here’s where to make a meal into an event. Specializing in fourcourse fondue dinners, this elegant restaurant rewards time investments with delectable memories. 4 E. Sheridan, 235.1000 METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A perennial favorite that feels comfortably upscale without exerting pressure to impress on its clientele, the far-reaching menu covers culinary high points from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N. Western, 840.9463 MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane dining in an elegant, intimate setting - the steaks, chops, seafood and pastas are excellent, and the Caesar salad prepared tableside is legendary. 2824 W. Country Club, 810.9000 MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE A setting as inspiring as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art warrants something special in terms of cuisine… et puis voila. Ethereally light or delectably robust, this European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, 235.6262 NIKKELLETTE’S CAFÉ A selection of fresh salads and tasty sandwiches

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FARE A SHORT DRIVE WELL WORTH YOUR TIME on homemade bread, served in a distinctive atmosphere: how many other cafes have tableside chandeliers? 2925 Lakeside Cir., 755.3560 NONNA’S EURO-AMERICAN RISTORANTE & BAR A cozily appointed, thoroughly opulent atmosphere housing distinctive cuisine, specialty drinks and live music in The Purple Bar and fresh-baked goodies to top off a grand evening. 1 Mickey Mantle, 235.4410 PARK AVENUE GRILL A one-ofa-kind dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood cuisine with the high style of its original 1930s setting. 1 Park, 702.8444 PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside, cheerful and comfortable out on the patio, with an award-winning menu full of distinctive flavor combinations - try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, 601.1079



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ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE An “east coast-style” restaurant, built around a diverse menu of hand-crafted international dishes from Penne Bolognese to Petrale Sole, set off by carefully selected wine and exceptional service. 12252 N. May, 212.4577, 2824 N. Pennsylvania, 528.2824 SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, anappealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe make this winning combination. 747 Asp, 701.8622 SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; magnificent culinary rewards. Chef Clay Falkner’s expertly considered menu mixes French and Italian techniques, presenting a wide spectrum of amazing flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E. Danforth, 330.4548 TASTING ROOM, THE Located in Will Rogers Theatre, this intimate space is a culinary stage for expert chefs to dazzle small groups. 4322 N. Western, 604.3015

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VIN DOLCE Primarily a venue for the endless, joyous pursuit of discovering the perfect glass of wine, downtown Edmond’s new hot spot also serves gourmet tapas and homemade sweets. 16 S. Broadway, 285-5333 WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées – like bucatini with meatballs or roasted salmon and ratatouille – are wideranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N. Western, 607.4072

FRENCH LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Brothers Alain and Michel Buthion have firm

roots in the city’s culinary landscape, and La Baguette combines fine dining (linger over multiple courses whenever possible) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N. May, 840.3047 WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway on the south end of Norman, this inn houses a treasure of a restaurant serving sumptuous, savory French-inspired cuisine in quiet comfort with first-class service. 7820 E. Highway 9, 447.0202

GERMAN INGRID’S Authentic German fare at its best, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Join the Saturday regulars for breakfast and try the apple French toast, and no one can resist Ingrid’s bakery counter. 3701 N. Youngs, 946.8444 OLD GERMANY RESTAURANT Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights - the schnitzels, soups and cevapcici sausages are spectacular. Reservations strongly recommended; it’s a small place and dinner’s already a lengthy process without waiting in line. 15920 S.E. 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes like Wienerschnitzel, Jagerbraten and a variety of sausages, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers, make the time consumed a worthy investment. 3401 S. Sooner, Moore, 799.7666

HEALTHY | ECLECTIC COOLGREENS This healthconscious establishment has a menu, but customization is encouraged; every available component in their salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, EARTH NATURAL CAFÉ & DELI, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods in one of the most vegetarian- and veganfriendly menus you’ll ever see, plus organic fair-trade coffee and tea. 750 Asp, 573.5933 HEALTH NUT CAFÉ Fast food that’s also fresh and nutritious in the form of sandwiches, salads, wraps, melts, smoothies and more. Eat healthy, live happy! 333 N.W. 5th, Suite 104, 601.1444, 920 N. Lincoln, 239.2233 MATTHEW KENNEY OKC Built with sustainability and raw cuisine preparation in mind, it’s a warm, modern setting in which to savor the unique and innovative menu crafted by the renowned raw food chef and author. 5820 N. Classen Blvd., 842.1050

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS GREEN & GRILLED Steak, chicken, pork, veal or tofu grilled to order and served with fresh salads and sides, resulting in a balanced, filling, extremely tasty green meal for only a little green. 8547 N. Rockwell, 563.2605 LUDIVINE The experience is never the same on successive visits, because the menu adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients. 805 N. Hudson, 778.6800 PINK ELEPHANT CAFÉ On Main Street but off the beaten track, the green, health-conscious labor of local love has a small menu and constantly rotating daily specials to complement its earth-friendly vibe. 301 E. Main, 307.8449

ICE CREAM | YOGURT ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT Dozens and dozens and dozens of decadent-tasting, waistline-friendly flavors, topped however you like since you’re making it yourself. Just don’t try them all at once, since it’s charged by the ounce. 8 metro locations, PASSIONBERRI An oasis for the dessert lover whose sweet tooth is tempered by a healthy mindset, the menu includes self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, tea and new passion sweet crepes. 1204 N. Interstate Dr., 701.8898, 1236 E. Alameda, 801.2233 PEACHWAVE YOGURT A full 50 flavors - every one low-fat or nonfat - conveyed to your taste buds via the finest, freshest ingredients in completely delicious customized combinations. 3 metro locations,

INDIAN AJANTA CUISINE OF INDIA Find appealing possibilties at the busy lunch buffet or delve into the menu’s tandoori treasures - the hardest part is choosing. 12215 N. Pennsylvania, 752.5283

and boasting healthy, natural, delicious cuisine, served amid splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy., 579.5600 TAJ CUISINE OF INDIA A tremendous selection of Indian staples and delicacies - the menu has sections for vegetarian, tandoori, South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties - plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 N.W. 23rd, 601.1888

ITALIAN | PIZZA BELLINI’S RISTORANTE & GRILL Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd., 348.8033 BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the splendid menu keeps the booths full and diners planning return trips; don’t overlook the Sunday brunch. 105 W. Main, 310.5271 CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises first-time diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them. Classic dishes, as well as less ubiquitous options that should be better known, are elevated to greatness. 9622 N. May, 755.3577 FALCONE’S More than a pizza place, although the “by the slice” is terrific, it encourages experimentation via a deli counter of imported Italian meats, cheeses and delicacies. 6705 N. May, 242.2222 FLIP’S WINE BAR & TRATTORIA Managing to feel rustic despite its location in a busy corridor of OKC, this cozy Italian joint keeps extended hours, and tends to get busier and louder as the hour gets later. 5801 N. Western, 843.1527 HIDEAWAY PIZZA If you’ve been serving pizza to a devoted following for over half a century, then you must be doing something right. In this case, that something right is incredible pizza in jovial surroundings. 7 metro locations,

GOPURAM - TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice Indian establishment whose richly appointed interior and attentive staff give the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 N.W. 23rd, 948.7373

HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA There’s really no need to be humble about pizza made the way a true Chicago pizzeria would make it. Take your choice of toppings and relish what is quite possibly the best crust known to man. 1319 S. Broadway, 715.1818

KHAZANA INDIAN GRILL Don’t let the thought of a buffet throw you off this place. The food is superior and very fresh; the staff is delightful. New to Indian food? Alert a server and you will be guided through the cuisine. 4900 N. May, 948.6606

JOEY’S PIZZERIA A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. Can’t get enough? Have your pizza, then have another for dessert; The Surfer Dude can pinch hit as entrée or dessert. 700 W. Sheridan, 525.8503

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SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE, THE A family destination since 1989 and one of the initial harbingers of the Bricktown renaissance, it delivers immense servings of piping hot pasta and 15-layer lasagna with cheerful enthusiasm. 101 E. Sheridan, 235.0402 STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of modern Italian cuisine for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch that’s a bit of both, framed by stylish surroundings. 1201 N. Walker, 235.2200

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OTHELLO’S OF EDMOND A sister restaurant to the original Othello’s in Norman, it offers a similarly welcoming atmosphere and menu, with its own spin courtesy of a historic location and customers’ culinary contributions. 1 S. Broadway, 330.9045

SERGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional, fresh Italian food - the pasta chips and Shrimp Fra Diavolo come recommended - in a comfy little hideaway with a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere. 104 E. Gray, 573.7707


WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas crafted from fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces; there’s a build-your-own option if the house specialties’ unconventional toppings (figs, truffle oil, walnuts) don’t appeal. 230 N.E. 1st, 270.0660, 4709 N. Western, 602.3477

UPPER CRUST WOOD FIRED PIZZA A chic, contemporary restaurant in Classen Curve, this uptown pizzeria and wine bar specializes in wood-fired, thin crust New York style pies complemented by a full menu and wine list. 5860 N. Classen Blvd., 842.7743 VICTORIA’S PASTA SHOP A shabbycomfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – the chicken lasagna and linguine with snow crab are especially excellent. 327 White, 329.0377 VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff and management treat customers like guests in their home. It’s a small space, so calling ahead is recommended. 7521 N. May, 848.4867

GOGO SUSHI The name reflects the restaurant’s attitude toward speed and convenience, but doesn’t mention the robust menu or tantalizing specials. Go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore, 794.3474, 10th & Walker IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic, colorful, open-concept restaurant on the Bricktown canal offering excellent sushi, even more impressive specialty rolls and a wide assortment of sake. Try the bananas tempura for dessert. 200 S. Oklahoma, 702.1325 MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry, thanks to the skilled chefs performing at tableside hibachi grills. Nobody does the onion volcano better. 4315 N. Western, 602.5623 PACHINKO PARLOR A uniquely Oklahoman spin on Eastern cuisine, featuring sushi rolls made with ingredients like fried chicken or chorizo sausage alongside more classic preparations of noodle and rice dishes. 1 N.W. 9th, 601.8900 SHIKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT A boisterous, high-energy meal off the hibachi menu, or a quieter repast of reliably fresh, high-quality sushi either way, diners win. 14041 N. May, 751.8989, 4406 W. Reno, 947.0400 SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, as well as options starring more adventurous ingredients like sweet potato and jack cheese, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 N.W. 178th, 285.7317 SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in the form

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS of an especially wide-ranging and creative sushi menu). Flavor favors the bold! 4318 N. Western, 528.8862

fusion decor with an open bar, possibly the best mojitos in the universe and a romantic setting. 1207 N. Walker, 236.1492

TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s neither huge nor lavishly appointed, and the menu focuses more on traditional dishes than experimental flights of fancy; it is, however, palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N. Western, 848.6733

ABEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Tex-Mex necessities like enchiladas and tacos are plentiful, while authentic flavor really shines in steak and pork specialties. Bonus points for the Huervos Chorizo. 5822 N.W. 50 th , 491.0911, 6901 S. May, 686.7160

MEDITERRANEAN AVANTI BAR & GRILL Gather around the hammered copper bar for the casual elegance of Italy and the Mediterranean with contemporary twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza, osso bucco and more. 13509 Highland Park, 254.5200 COUS COUS CAFÉ Massive flavor comes packed into this small space; an impressive balancing act among the payload of spices elevates the kabobs, shawarmas, tagines and other Moroccan hits. 6165 N. May, 286.1533 LET’S DO GREEK A versatile menu of Mediterranean standards, with many flavors available in salads, pitas or arepas, distinguishes this family endeavor – and the curry chicken stew is exceptional. 180 W. 15th, 285.8898 MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI Selected groceries and a menu stocked with options from a simple Greek salad to eye-watering cabbage rolls; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N. May, 810.9494 NUNU’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & MARKET The tangy, tantalizing, fresh and healthy flavors that characterize the cuisine of Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and their neighbors, faithfully reproduced from generations-old recipes. 3131 W. Memorial, 751.7000 QUEEN OF SHEBA Practically the definition of a hidden treasure, an excellently spiced, extremely veganfriendly menu of varied Ethiopian delights awaits the adventurous. Bring friends and be prepared to linger. 2308 N. MacArthur, 606.8616 ZORBA’S MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE For over 20 years, Zorba’s has satisfied appetites and pleased adventurous palates. Serving traditional and modern dishes from recipes passed down through generations, they proudly showcase the flavors of Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Morocco. 6014 N. May, 947.7788

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ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY In a word: huge. The restaurant itself, the variety, the plates, the flavors, the experience. No passport required. 17 E. Sheridan, 235.1422, 3001 W. Memorial, 755.2680 ALVARADO’S MEXICAN Options abound - from creamy, dreamy chicken tortilla soup to sopapillas with brandy butter sauce made to order for a Mexican feast leaving customers full and fully satisfied. 1000 E. 2nd, 359.8860 BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing room only at lunch, but don’t let that stop you - shove an elbow in at the counter and enjoy fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 N.W. 23rd, 525.8226 CAFÉ ANTIGUA Breakfast and lunch are both served until close, making it twice as hard for the midday diner to choose from the double lineup of intriguing Guatemalan specialties. 1903 N. Classen, 602.8984

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CAFÉ DO BRASIL OKC is a long way from Rio, but the supremely savory menu in this Midtown hot spot covers the distance in a mouthful. Even brunch is a spicy, inimitable treat. 440 N.W. 11th, 525.9779 CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on traditional Mexican food, specializing in fresh fish specials and certified Angus beef dishes. 1901 N.W. Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), 840.1051 CARNITAS MICHOACAN On beyond Tex-Mex! This walk-up taqueriastyle destination serves specialties from its namesake southern Mexican state, including asada, pollo, cabeza and even lengua dishes. 306 W. Edmond, 341.0356

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Pennsylvania, 755.1506, 4521 N.W. 63rd, 721.3650 CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT How do you find some of the metro’s fastest, most frequented Tex-Mex? Look around – there’s probably a Chelino’s nearby. An Oklahoma flavor empire spanning from Norman to Edmond, its substantial menu includes a bevy of lunch specials. 11 metro locations, DIEGO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT The proprietors’ personal investment (there’s a family tree on the menu) and pride in their Central Mexican culinary heritage fuel the marinades and specialty dishes in this charming little café. 1501 N.W. 23rd, 525.1700 EL POLLO CHULO Chicken, steak and seafood options marinated in limes Spanish-style and grilled for healthy flavor make for a lean, inexpensive, savory meal. 5805 N.W. 50th, 792.2300 FUZZY’S TACO SHOP At home in high-traffic areas because it helps create crowds, Fuzzy’s dishes up jumbo burritos and big, flavorful salads – and, with special serious emphasis, shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, 701.1000 , 208 Johnny Bench IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Whether “down by the railroad tracks” or returning to its roots in Nichols Hills Plaza, Iguana offers unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices, including awesome deals on Taco Tuesdays. 9 N.W. 9th, 606.7172, 6482 Avondale, 607.8193 INCA TRAIL Maintaining a cultural culinary heritage that includes flavors from around the world results in great variety, from piquant ceviches to silkysmooth homemade flan. The Pollo a La Brasa comes highly recommended. 10948 N. May, 286.0407 JUAN DEL FUEGO Blueberry pancakes to beef quesadillas, this “Mexi Diner” in Redbud Plaza dishes up breakfast and lunch standards from both sides of the border for a devoted, and expanding, clientele. 223 34th Avenue S.W., 310.2030 LA CUEVA GRILL Homestyle Mexican just north of downtown OKC, the menu is an appealing mix of old and new dishes, and the breakfast burrito with egg and chorizo is not to be missed. 409 N. Walker, 604.0523 LA LUNA MEXICAN CAFÉ Its cantina-style atmosphere is undeniably festive, and only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bolder dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W. Reno, 235.9596

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MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN A festive atmosphere on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner sets off a menu loaded with hand-rolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and signature dishes. 9219 E. Lake Hefner Pkwy., 302.6262 MAMASITA’S A popular watering hole due to its spacious patio and prime location on the south side of Nichols Hills Plaza, it also offers a full menu - try the tortilla soup! 1121 N.W. 63rd, 848.0541 MAMAVECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT A tasty take on familiar Mexican favorites plus a rare treat for culinary explorers: the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine, which incorporates the combined flavors of four continents. 2551 W. Hemphill, 573.4003 MARGARITA’S RESTAURANTE MEXICANO The menu offers comfortably familiar favorites, and the real draw is the exceptional execution: always fresh, never greasy, reliably delicious. 7800 N. May, 848.8394 PEPE DELGADO’S Fast service, consistent quality and proximity to campus make Pepe’s a packed house during the lunch rush, as students and faculty keep coming back for more Mexican classics. 752 Asp, 321.6232 PURPLE BURRO Casual and lighthearted (if you couldn’t guess from the name), it specializes in New Mexican cuisine fueled by the heat of green chiles in classics like chicken enchiladas and chile verde stew. 231 S. Coltrane, 359.8400 TARAHUMARA’S CAFÉ & CANTINA Beloved by locals (there’s usually a line but it moves quickly), this airy, unassuming ristorante serves huge, tasty portions of Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N. Porter, 360.8070 TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO The gold standard of OKC-area TexMex: residents may prefer another eatery, but when they attempt to make converts, Ted’s is the point of comparison. Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, TRE’S TAQUERIA Y CANTINA A trio of cuisines – Spanish, New Mexican and South American – provide distinctive flavors for diners in selections ranging from daily tapas specials to hallacas (Venezuelan tamales), finished with exquisite tres leches cake. 305 E. Main, 701.8282 ZARATE’S LATIN MEXICAN GRILL And now for something a trifle different: In addition to the familiar joys of enchiladas and chimichangas,

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS the chef’s Peruvian heritage shines in South American dishes featuring plantains, yucca and imported spices. 706 S. Broadway, 330.6400

SEAFOOD BIG TUNA FISH JOINT, THE Large, fast and fresh, with a casual vibe, counter service and a menu filled with hand-battered seafood flown in daily and a varied drink selection – a prime port of call in Brookhaven Village. 3720 W. Robinson, 928.5250

Drive-Ins and Dives,” this labor of love is adored by locals looking for classic Southern dishes flavored with authenticity. 3838 Springlake, 424.0800, 900 W. Reno, 231.1190

STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigne ambiance down to the least detail and cuisine easily ranking among the metro’s elite - a sumptuous, if expensive, masterpiece. 505 S. Boulevard, 715.2333

FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, tilapia po’ boys, oysters on the half shell… anyone who secretly wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home in this Spring Creek Village stopover. 1389 E. 15th, 348.2300

CATTLEMEN’S STEAKHOUSE The very definition of an Oklahoma institution - it’s over 100 years old, just a few years younger than the state itself. Its immense corn-fed steaks and irreproducible atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S. Agnew, 236.0416

JAZMO’S BOURBON STREET CAFÉ Its upscale yet casual environment and Cajun and Creole-inspired selections provide a nice backdrop for both a night out in Bricktown and watching the big game at the bar with a bowl of gumbo. 100 E. California, 232.6666

CIMARRON STEAK HOUSE Historians beware: there’s a good deal of campy ol’-timeyness in the restaurant’s design and décor… but if you’re after an inexpensive mesquite-grilled steak and a bit of Old West sideshow spirit, get in line. 210 N. Meridian, 948.7778

PEARL’S CRABTOWN A 20,000foot Bricktown warehouse is home to Crabtown, where the Cajun Crab Boil is a favorite and guests are encouraged to “leave the silverware at home and dig in.” 303 E. Sheridan, 232.7227

HAUNTED HOUSE, THE A quaint estate renowned for its spooky past (its name is no accident, folks) and being a tad difficult for newcomers to find, The Haunted House is legendary for its steak, lobster and quirky charm. 7101 Miramar, 478.1417

PEARL’S FISH HOUSE The fun, fresh taste of Pearl’s seafood and Cajun specialties just got faster - a streamlined menu and speedy ordering system make it ideal for a brief lunch or dinner on the go. 1920 S. Meridian, 688.9888

HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE This plush, cozy restaurant in front of the Warren Theatre features fresh, tasty entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice running through the menu. 1199 S. Service Rd., Moore, 799.0300

PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for its fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes: Shrimp Diablo, Tabasco Caesar salads and more. 5641 N. Classen, 848.8008

JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Saving room for your steak, lobster or prime rib is difficult when your gratis appetizers arrive in the form of a Lebanese bounty, but make the effort. Jamil’s has been feeding Oklahoma exceptionally well since 1964. 4910 N. Lincoln, 525.8352

SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus fried and grilled seafood, in an atmosphere that’s as casual as can be. 303 N.W. 62nd, 608.4333 STEAK & CATFISH BARN Rustic in the extreme inside and out, but it’s hard to argue with the ample portions of deliciously breaded and fried catfish - especially since they can be augmented by an all-you-caneat option. Juicy steaks too. 5175 E. Waterloo, 341.7300

SOUL FOOD MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES Now with two locations after a star turn on The Food Network’s “Diners,

JUNIOR’S Some of the biggest oil deals in boom and bust days were finalized at this landmark Oil Center building restaurant, where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 N.W. Expressway, 848.5597 MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The service is outstanding and the ambience casually welcoming, but the star is the steak: the finest handselected custom-aged beef, broiled to perfection and served sizzling and delicious. It’s where great steak is the rule, not the exception. 3241 W. Memorial, 748.5959 MICKEY MANTLE’S STEAKHOUSE Named after a legendary Oklahoman,

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PAD THAI Dine in comfortably or quickly carry out beautifully executed exemplars of the form: delicately flavored or searingly spiced soups, curries, fried rice and noodle dishes like its namesake. 119 W. Boyd, 360.5551 SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, fried rice with crab, cinnamon beef with rice noodles... the variety is exceptional, and the inexpensive create-your-own lunch special makes it a popular midday option. 1614 N.W. 23rd, 528.8424 SWEET BASIL THAI CUISINE The enormous aquarium adds to Sweet Basil’s cozy ambiance, which when coupled with its outstanding curries and soups recommends it as a date spot. Be aware that it is on the higher end of Norman’s price range for Thai. 211 W. Main, 217.8424 TANA THAI BISTRO There’s a lot to like about the food in this little spot, from the red snapper filet to the plain old (so to speak) pad thai. Pay special attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N. May, 749.5590 THAI KITCHEN CAFÉ Downtown OKC is peppered with cafés catering to the lunch rush, but evening hours, a packed lunch buffet and quality cuisine make this easily overlooked café stand out. 327 Dean A. McGee, 236.0229

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THAI KUMKOON What it lacks in seating capacity and lavish décor, it more than makes up for in flavor, buffet convenience and budget consciousness for patrons - plus, the Evil

EDIBLES & LIBATIONS Jungle Chicken is an absolute must. 1347 W. Lindsey, 329.9790

VIETNAMESE CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilites via local ingredients, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual, comfortable dining alternative. 323 White, 801.3958 LIDO Spring rolls to vermicelli bowls, this venerable diner runs the gamut of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, and even finds room for a few French specialties. 2518 N. Military, 521.1902 MR. PHO It abuts the riotous variety of Super Cao Nguyen market, so it’s not surprising that Mr. Pho is exceptionally fresh and its menu is far-reaching: from pork vermicelli to whole Cornish hens. 1133 N.W. 25th, 525.7692 PHO BULOUS Super fresh, super fast, reasonably priced and perhaps Edmond’s finest take on the namesake soup… although some of the specialties like Honey Ginger Chicken or Wasabi Salmon also merit closer inspection. 3409 S. Broadway, 475.5599 PHO CA DAO Vermicelli bowls, rice platters and even banh xeo crepes are there for investigating, but the main draw is still piping hot pho (with choice of meat) and icy cold bubble tea. 2431 N. Classen Blvd., 521.8819 PHO SAIGON Can’t decide between Vietnamese and Thai? The spicy noodle broth in this casual restaurant’s name is a standout, but the proprietors have happily added some of their native Thai cuisine to the menu as well. 2800 N. Classen Blvd., 525.1110 SAIGON BAGUETTE Fast and flavorful - and unbelievably cheap - this cash-only counter in the Milk Bottle Building just north of 23rd packs a distinctive Vietnamese punch into fresh sandwiches and knockout egg rolls. 2426 N. Classen, 524.2660

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The OKC Farmers Public Market reverberates to the sounds of the street as Allied Arts’ young professionals group Catalyst presents food, drinks, prizes and a vehicle for supporting the arts in central Oklahoma






1 Leslie Buford, Blair Bradley, Sarah Perry, Adrienne Nobles 2 Scott and Deborah McAuliffe Senner 3 Josh Beasley, Marcia Seagraves, Michelle Tibbs, Jenna Hudson, Russell Perrard 4 Kaydee Gibson, Adele Shadid, Katherine Smith, Kellie Hefner 5 Joshua and Marni Fahrenbruck 6 Wes Knight, Jerry Freeman, Mary Margaret Knight 7 Rob Hansen, Romy Owens, Kelsey and Barney Karper

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Patriots star and Heritage Hall alumnus Wes Welker welcomes special guests and caring contributors to a powerhouse fundraiser in Classen Curve



5 1 Caroline Mathis, Heather Messer, Amanda Cox 2 Thomas Macdonald, Jennifer Long 3 Wes Welker, Steve Dobson 4 Jennifer Kerr, Tiffany Honiker 5 Caroline Franklin, Marti Lippert 6 Michael Hunter, Blake Williams

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2 Savvy shoe shoppers flock to Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall for a special sale of Donald J Pliner shoes – and the chance to have them signed by the namesake designer




4 1 Donald J Pliner autographing a shoe-venir 2 Cathy Myrick-Smith, Donald Pliner, Lynda Andrews 3 Stephanie Wright, Lydene McNew 4 Donald Pliner, Charles Brown 5 LaRue Switzer, Donald Pliner 6 Simone Goelz, Amanda Spear

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The Norman Arts Council’s lone fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind event in several ways, filling MAINSITE Contemporary Art with beauty, food, music and lots of fun





1 Kris and Mitch Newlin 2 Denny Vanderburg, Krystyn and Colby Bramlett 3 Norman Hammon, Erinn Gavaghan 4 Lynette Baker, Garrett Shockey 5 Alan and Jana Moring 6 Ken and Amber Cole 7 David Henson, Sally Davenport, Matthew Stratton

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The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum honors the brightest stars of the Western stage and those who have helped preserve its cultural legacy in a black-tie celebration

1 Bob and Annette Muncy, B.J. Muncy 2 Jan Taylor, Margaret Creighton 3 Byron Price, Guy Logsdon 4 Juni Fisher, Lynn Anderson 5 Ernest Borgnine, Dean Smith, Finis Smith 6 Buck Taylor, James Mitchell


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Sooner state entrepreneur John Frank’s legacy takes the spotlight in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s “Oklahoma Clay: Frankoma Pottery”


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Still running strong after three decades – staff, volunteers and supporters of the Redbud Classic meet to share music, margaritas and memories of success



1 Suzanne Chew, Leslie and Steve Schlegel 2 Natalie Himes, Chay Kramer 3 Patty Anthony, Heidi Cohn, Mae Oma Williams 4 Dave Ortloff, Jonathan Dodson



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St. Anthony specializes in joyful beginnings – the birth center of that name benefits from a cheerful luncheon featuring design star Kellie Clements




1 Stephanie Singer, Susie Fuller, Laura Love 2 Shirley Tabor, Nichole Armitage 3 Sharon Shinn, Robert Ryan, Ri Teref-Ta 4 Myrla Pierson, Judy Love, Susie Fuller, Kellie Clements

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They’re Playing My Song By Lauren Hammack


uring the five or six years I’ve had satellite radio, my progress through 5,000 channels has been, well, slow. I’ve yet to experience the country bar songs of the “Red, White and Booze” channel or the ’80s hair band sounds of “Hair Nation.” Riding on just two axles, I’ve positioned myself outside the target demo for the “Road Dog Trucking” channel. And Tim McGraw 24/7 is just never, ever going to happen. Musically speaking, my car is a time machine that’s pickled somewhere between the ’70s and ’80s. Or, in terms my kids might understand, somewhere between 55 and 75 cents per gallon. The time spent between the decades has given me ample opportunity to ponder the marvels of those years that spawned a good many songs worthy of revisiting, which I never tire of doing. The 1970s, in particular, were riddled with some confusing musical matchups. In the same set, you might have heard Nazareth’s “Love Hurts,” followed by “Money Honey,” a reminder that the Bay City Rollers should have opted to be one-hit wonders for “Saturday Night.” One of the things I love about satellite radio is that, unlike a terrestrial oldies station that will throw out some ’70s mainstays, radio from space will dredge up treasures from a dark and damp section of the archives that guarantee an instant time warp when thrown into the mix. I fell off the (love) train somewhere in the mid-’80s, but I can recall, with the uncanny clarity of a Top 40 savant, any part of the ’70s connected to a song. Within the non-judgmental confines of my car, I give the same music appreciation to a hit of critical acclaim as I give to something I should really feign not knowing the words to and can only lis-

ten to in secret. Anything from the “secret list” would have to go away all snappy-like if I were to have to roll down my window at a drive-thru or answer an incoming call from someone whose opinion I occasionally value. Here, I’ve decided to unveil both lists, beginning with 1973, mostly because the songs I knew before that year were restricted to Donny Osmond’s repertoire. The year was 1973… Love right out loud King Harvest: “Dancing in the Moonlight” Paul McCartney and Wings: “My Love” O’Jays: “Love Train” Love in secret but take it to your grave Donna Fargo: “Funny Face” Albert Hammond: “It Never Rains in Southern California”

The year was 1974… Put the top down and sing Rufus: “Tell Me Something Good” James Taylor/Carly Simon: “Mockingbird” Windows in their fully upright and locked position Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods: “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” The Guess Who: “Clap for the Wolfman” Paul Anka: “Having My Baby” Anything by the Stylistics

The year was 1975… Turn it up Queen: “Killer Queen” ELO: “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” Turn it down…waaaaaay on down Olivia Newton-John: “Please, Mister, Please” Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting” Glen Campbell: “Rhinestone Cowboy” Freddy Fender: “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”

The year was 1976… Crank it Starbuck: “Moonlight Feels Right” Jefferson Starship: “With Your Love” Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Mute it until the coast is clear Sweet: “Fox on the Run” CW McCall: “Convoy” Starland Vocal Band: “Afternoon Delight”

The year was 1977… Love that song 10cc: “The Things We Do for Love” Heart: “Barracuda” Deny ever knowing but sing every word anyway Alan O’Day: “Undercover Angel” Mary MacGregor: “Torn Between Two Lovers” Floaters: “Float On” Captain and Tennille: “Muskrat Love” Engelbert Humperdinck: “After the Lovin’”

The year was 1978… Yessssssssssss Jackson Browne: “Running On Empty” Gerry Rafferty: “Baker Street” Yesssssssssss

Dolly Parton: “Here You Come Again” Commodores: “Three Times a Lady” Debby Boone: “You Light Up My Life”

The year was 1979… The “A” side The Knack: “My Sharona” Cheap Trick: “I Want You to Want Me” The Babys: “Every Time I Think of You” The “B” side, but only an option when the “A” side is scratched beyond recognition Melissa Manchester: “Don’t Cry Out Loud” Peaches and Herb: “Reunited” Donna Summer: “MacArthur Park”

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