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Flying the Colors

Shows of solidarity are part of the joy of supporting your team, and even if face paint isn’t in your playbook, these fun, stylish ways to flex fandom score big.


Bred for Success

Bland frankfurters deserve their unsavory reputation, but with creative vision, diverse meats and imaginative toppings, Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs is earning its moniker.


Ties That Bind

Bridging the old and the new is harder than it looks – what stands out about the new Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is how well it blends in.


An Enduring Vision

St. Anthony Hospital and Oklahoma City have matured together for more than a century, the growth of each helping to keep the other healthy and strong.


Looking Back at Home

After several years, thousands of miles and intercontinental acclaim along the way, Oklahoma-born artist John-Paul Philippé returns for a mid-career retrospective. 8

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Dyed in the Wool 16


Flying the Colors 18


Visual Performance Events Calendar

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Bravo, Branson 41


Bred for Success To Autumn! Bread Pudding Redux Posolé!

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Ties That Bind 52 Setting the Table 56 A Trip Back in Time 58

Living Well

An Enduring Vision Shocking! Panic Is Terrifying but Treatable Disappearing Doctors Intensity Understood

60 65 68 70 72



Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Doors to Success Precaution for the Road Ahead Zero-Dollar Wellness Programs

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Looking Back at Home 85 A Flash of Clarity 91 One-Liner 94 The Other Side of Mark Funke 96

Designers’ Notebook


Falling Into Place 99

Out & About

Party Directory 103

Last Laugh

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ou may not have noticed, what with all the subtlety surrounding it, but football is a big thing in Oklahoma. Growing up in Texas, I thought I knew what football mania looked like, but I was mistaken. That enthusiasm was a mere precursor to what I discovered here. And, as it turns out, that fervor is infectious. My interest in football prior to life in Oklahoma was precisely nil. I never went to an OU-Texas* game; the closest I came was meandering around the Texas State Fair or battling traffic and closed streets in Dallas. In fact, the only football games I had attended to that point were at my high school, and those were just a backdrop for running around with my girlfriends to scout cute boys. My freshman-year boyfriend even played football, but I couldn’t tell you what position or if he was any good. I never watched a single game. The most pro football I had seen amounted to what I glimpsed as I passed by a television that someone else was watching while on my way to find anything else to do. But I immediately noticed a certain fanaticism for the sport when I moved to Oklahoma. Everything was about “crimson and cream” (dear God, I just thought it was red) or Pistol Pete (never heard of him before) and upside-down longhorns pasted on cars everywhere (I took that personally for some time, even though I had no allegiance with UT). The real turning point came when I became a “football mom.” Both my boys played for Bishop McGuinness, and although I cannot begin to explain why watching my children take part in something so potentially brutal piqued my interest, it did nonetheless. Suddenly it mattered that I learned and understood all the rules and intricacies of the game, and in doing so I discovered my own latent obsession with the sport. These days, I’ll watch pretty much any two teams go at it. To say thanks to the state that awakened my interest in football, I’ll replace my previous description of “fanaticism” with something more positive: zeal, passion, unbridled enthusiasm… take your pick. The point is, it’s that kind of spirit that made it so easy to adopt this state as my home. When Oklahomans decide they like something, they really like it, and the support they bring to bear is unshakable, and truly inspiring. As I celebrate the 10th anniversary of my love affair with football, and as everyone is gearing up for the big game on October 8, Slice is celebrating its first full year. We knew our metropolitan area was ripe for a publication that best represented its flavor and sophistication when we launched this magazine, but your zeal, passion and unbridled enthusiasm have made this a joyous ride. It’s genuinely uplifting to be on the receiving end of your support (though we’d be perfectly happy to avoid receiving any Gatorade showers), and we look forward to maintaining our own fervor for bringing you the very best of the community for years to come. *Note: I have successfully ceased referring to this matchup as the “Texas-OU” game, lest my allegiance be called into question. Again.

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Spritz | This & That

Dyed in the Wool

By Lauren Hammack Photo by PhotoArt Studios


he dyed-in-the-wool OSU Cowboy fan is destined to be more fashionably accessorized than ever before, thanks to the inspiration of a student and a supporting cast of university professors and instructors. When the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising conducted a competition among its textiles students a few falls ago, under the direction of College of Human Sciences professors Paulette Hebert and Lynne Richards, the mission was to create a tartan plaid that the university could call its own. The competition culminated with an online vote by OSU alumni to select the winning design. The resulting plaid, consisting of orange, black, gray and white, was created by interior design major Stephanie Michalko, whose distinctive design has been enthusiastically received by the university. But it was clinical instructor Diane Limbaugh who wanted to explore with her Apparel Design and Production students how well the plaid would translate onto merchandise. “There are a lot of production challenges with plaid,” Limbaugh explains. Interpreting the plaid into the design for merchandise and apparel involves considerable trial and error, but Limbaugh points out, “The process is invaluable for design and textile students who gain from the real-life application of such a project.” The OSU tartan is officially registered with the Scottish Tartans World Register in Scotland. Limbaugh’s company, DML Distributing, is the authorized plaid distributor for the OSU tartan and Limbaugh has committed countless hours and miles to securing the best quality production for the items that bear the tartan design. Pendleton Woolen Mills wove the plaid into wool stadium blankets and scarves. Coffee mugs and coasters also carry the design. Later this month, the plaid will take the form of women’s rain boots – too cute to save for rainy days. (See them in “Flying the Colors,” beginning on page 18) Limbaugh says the plaid will soon appear on silk ties and scarves, as well as umbrellas… for the all-weather fans.


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Flying the Colors


By Lauren Hammack

hey’re the inherent colors of fall in Oklahoma: crimson and cream, orange and black. And while they might co-exist peacefully in nature (maybe), they’re forever at odds with domestic, workplace or gridiron harmony. What to do? Fly them, of course.

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The Gallery

canvassing the area’s art scene By Steve Gill

ART IN ABBONDANZA, 659.4644 A crisp fall afternoon for a timeframe, a sumptuous Italian restaurant for a setting, a set of strong, dramatic figures in thickly layered oils for an oeuvre… somehow the traditional art exhibit accompaniment of wine and cheese didn’t seem quite right. Instead, OKC artist Suzanne Peck took inspiration from her hosts’ menu to produce new works for a powerhouse presentation: “Paintings, Pizza and Peroni” pairs Peck’s productions with pies provided by Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria to form four thematic categories of feasts for the senses. No invites are necessary; just drop by Flip’s October 29 for a slice, a beer and a selection of beauty.

HIDDEN DEPTHS, 232.6060 Art imitates nature; nature inspires art. But there’s more nuance to that mutual bond, and four Oklahoma artists have spent the last year delving into their own investigations of natural connections: Gayle Curry, Natalie Friedman, Janice Mathews-Gordon and Diana Smith offer mixed-media glimpses at the world “Beneath the Surface” October 14 through November 5 at the IAO Gallery.

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TREAT OR TREAT, 528.6336 There are no wrong answers at JRB Art at the Elms this month, merely a mixed media bag of goodies – Oklahoma legend Michi Susan crafts her own paper and assembles collages whimsical or contemplative; Birthe Flexner’s elegantly simple pottery is concerned more with shape than ornamentation; and Patrick Riley creates astonishingly detailed (and seasonally appropriate) masks. October 7-30; no costumes necessary. WORLD OF WONDER, 840.4437 It’s a vast, varied, beautiful world out there, and it’s all an inexhaustible font of inspiration for Judy McCombs. The lifelong artist’s love of nature and desire to express her emotional response to the magnificence of its ever-changing moods keeps her busy combing woods and ponds, mountains and meadows for fresh material, but the results, as seen October 13-29 at the Howell Gallery, are incredible. WHAT ART MAY COME, 371.2460 Hearing that Josh Heilaman is presenting a new solo show must give local art lovers pause; it’s been some time since his last exhibit, and the multitalented crafter of dreamlike landscapes and slightly surreal characters is branching out in multiple directions – his first 3-D show, accompanied during its October 14 opening by his musical project Esthing, runs through the month at dna galleries.


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nce upon a time, Cuba was a glamorous, enticing travel destination, and its capital – nicknamed the Paris of the Caribbean – generated more revenue than Las Vegas. Half a century later, those fairytale days are over, but the physical remnants of that glorious era tell a story of their own. Internationally acclaimed photographer Michael Eastman has walked those once-splendid streets for more than a decade, capturing Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush interiors, now ravaged by the effects of time. His large-scale photographs nostalgically evoke the opulence of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in Cuba’s present… and many of them currently reside in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, in the exhibit “Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana.” “The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is pleased to be able to present such a fine sampling of Michael Eastman’s famous photographs of Havana,” said Glen Gentele, museum president and CEO. “They portray the grand elegance of Cuba’s past while providing a lens through which we can experience the dramatic interiors and architecture that has survived the passages of time.” Speaking of time’s passage, “Faded Elegance” is not a permanent addition – to experience its splendor before it disappears, visit the museum by December 31. For hours or more information, visit or call 236.3100.

Got a thirst for more exhibits like this one? Belly up to the Museum on October 14 for the 8th annual ART on TAP fundraiser, featuring exhibit tours, live music, food and over 80 beers to sample. All proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibition fund – call for tickets or be left high and dry.


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ome trails are happy ones; others are blue. The best ones for art lovers lead to not one show but two. Happy are the trails that guide visitors to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum this month, as an old familiar name returns to stand alongside a longtime tradition, forming an unparalleled joint opportunity for collectors and appreciators of Western fine art: Cowboy Crossings, October 14 and 15. The Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) held its inaugural exhibition at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966. After nearly four decades in Phoenix, it returns to OKC to present over 100 masterful works from its 22 elite member artists. Crafting, meanwhile, is the purview of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), whose members elevate the time-honored creative processes of saddlemaking, silversmithing and rawhide braiding to an artistic level, as seen in its own contemporaneous display. The kick-off weekend begins the evening of October 14 with a preview party, followed the next day with an autograph party luncheon and a day of educational activities, and a marquee fixed-price sale that evening featuring a cocktail reception, celebratory banquet and dance with Western entertainment. The CAA exhibition and sale will continue through November 27, while the TCAA’s fine craftsmanship will be on display and available for purchase through January 8. For online catalogs, reservations or more information, call 478.2250 or visit

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Pursuits | Performance

Curtain Calls

metro entertainment takes center stage By Steve Gill


EXPANDING THE PARAMETERS, 682.7579 OCCC’s Cultural Arts Series aims to broaden listeners’ horizons; some guest artists oblige by transcending the very idea of genre classification. Quintet Imani Winds, appearing October 4, expands on a classical repertoire by adding Latin, jazz and world musical influences, while trio Time for Three leavens the classics with country and gypsy swing November 3.

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COOL IT ALREADY, 307.9320 An old season passes away, and a new one rises in its stead. As the sun sets on its Summer Breeze concert series, Norman’s Performing Arts Studio shifts its focus inside the Santa Fe Depot to welcome the Winter Wind. The 2011-’12 season kicks off with a triple-header, led off October 2 by the blazing fiddle of Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road. Their energetic country-to-bluegrass swing feeds nicely into the soulful jazz-enhanced ballads of engaging guitarist Steve Weichert October 16, and Rory Block – hailed as one of the greatest living acoustic blues guitarists by Blues Revue – brings it home October 23.


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PLAYING IT COOL, 321.9600 With a pair of amazing impending concerts, memorizing the route to Norman’s Sooner Theatre sounds like a great plan: experience blues and soul innovator Robert Cray October 6 and an emotional evening November 4 as friends and guest artists join Tom Braxton, the late great athlete and jazzman’s music director, to present “A Tribute to Wayman Tisdale.” BIG HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, 521.1786 It’s a special challenge to write a convincing, plausible historical dramatization – of course, sometimes history obliges by being especially dramatic. The story of Oklahoma Governor E.W. Marland and Lydie, his adopted daughter who became his wife, blossoms into a riveting tale of mystery and betrayal in the world premiere of “The Broken Statue” October 6-30 at Jewel Box Theatre.   SOUL BROTHERS, 524.9310 Singing and dancing, attempted salvation and unrepentant silliness mark the final performance of wide-eyed boy band members Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham (he’s Jewish) while they deliver their highly choreographed message of holiness despite their own doubts, as Lyric Theatre presents “Altar Boyz” October 12-22 at the Plaza Theatre.   DUAL-ING PIANO, 232.7575 Jon Kimura Parker has a doctorate from Juilliard, but he’s more likely to be referred to not as “Dr. Parker” but “The Concerto Man.” The versatile pianist appears in the OKC Philharmonic’s Classics Series to elucidate “Two Aspects of Romanticism” October 15 at the OKC Civic Center.  

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Pursuits | Performance

John Singer Sargent, “Miss Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth”

CRIMSON TIDE, 235.3700 “Some are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them, and some seek greatness by thrusting daggers into everyone between them and the throne.” Wait, that’s not the right quote – how about: “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to murd’rous ruination.” Well, why shouldn’t the new thane of Cawdor and Glamis seek kingship? His, shall we say, spiritual advisors have assured him that no man of woman born can kill him… what could possibly go wrong? Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and TheatreOCU investigate something rotten in the state of Scotland with “Macbeth” October 14-22 in OCU’s Burg Theatre.


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DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, 297.2264 Skeletons are often kept in the closet for a reason, but sometimes dealing with the sins of the father (and mother, and siblings) is the only way to clear the ground for potential rebirth. The OKC Theatre Company presents Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-winning “Buried Child” October 21 through November 6 at the OKC Civic Center. IT’S ALIVE!, 843.9898 A mysterious inventor upsets the romantic balance between pleasant peasants Franz and Swanhilda when he unveils his life-size ladyshaped dancing automaton, leading to impersonations and mistaken identity… but, sadly, not The Robot, as that dance wouldn’t be choreographed for centuries. To start its 40th season, OKC Ballet activates “Coppelia” October 22 and 23 in the OKC Civic Center.   RULING THE ROOST, 285.1010 Naming a vocal ensemble Chanticleer is an apt reference, if slightly esoteric – it’s the name of a melodious rooster in The Canterbury Tales ­– but the 14th century is well within these singers’ range, as they bring a repertoire spanning an entire millennium to Armstrong Auditorium October 25.   RED HARVEST, 208.5227 Life is rife with problems and frustrations, and everyone occasionally feels weighed down by woes. But even when all hope for happiness seems remote, remember: the sanguinivorous plant from space is not your friend! A bloodthirsty creature features prominently amid a tender, tuneful romance as OCU presents “Little Shop of Horrors” October 28-30 in the Burg Theatre.   ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR, 232.7575 Nothing is as it seems as the OKC Philharmonic begins its Pops series – or does it? – this month with two nights of misdirection at even a fundamental level, for while the orchestra remains instrumental, center stage belongs not to the musicians but to the magicians during “Mysterioso” at the OKC Civic Center October 28 and 29.

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GLOBAL GENEROSITY J ewelry from India, Pakistani scarves, Peruvian pottery, African home décor… treasure hunting for multicultural marvels doesn’t require intercontinental globe-hopping, merely a trip to downtown Oklahoma City – and acquiring them isn’t just a pleasure, it’s a public service. Thousands of gorgeous, fair trade products go up for sale as global development organization World Neighbors kicks off its 8th annual WorldFest international shopping event October 29 at the historic Farmers Public Market. “World Neighbors is proud to host this extraordinary event each year, knowing that our shoppers love the variety of unique products offered from around the world,” said Erin Engelke, vice president of marketing and communications for World Neighbors. “It’s remarkable to think about the origin of these items – of the woman sitting in her village in Burkina Faso hand-weaving a shawl or painting a bowl. People in many of these communities are living on wages of less than one dollar a day; so… it’s nice to buy something for your home or a friend that shows you care about your neighbors across the globe.” All the products at WorldFest come from fair-trade sources, guaranteeing that artisans receive a fair wage for their work, and money raised from WorldFest will support the continuation and expansion of World Neighbors projects in more than 13 impoverished countries across the globe. “Through education and training, World Neighbors helps communities develop lasting solutions to their problems,” said Engelke. “Instead of handouts, we provide the skills needed to face challenges such as hunger, disease, poverty and environmental issues.” Patrons will also have the opportunity to more fully explore both the work done by World Neighbors and the countries it helps during the Journey Around the World gala October 28 – the event includes an exclusive preview opportunity to shop the WorldFest merchandise at 5pm, a cocktail reception at 6pm and dinner at 7pm accompanied by an informational program. Filled with international cuisine and entertainment, the Journey Around the World will take guests on a tour of the globe, with specific emphasis on the 13 countries where World Neighbors works. During the gala, Ray and Pat Potts will be honored with the World Neighbors Namasté award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of the organization’s mission throughout the community. For


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By Steve Gill Photo by PhotoArt Studios

the second year, the World Neighbors and KFOR Dignity Award will also be awarded to individuals and organizations from the local community who work tirelessly to promote dignity in the lives of others. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America – investing in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection. Since 1951, World Neighbors has supported more than 25 million people in 45 countries in transforming their lives.

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Carroll, “Red Rubber Ball” innovator and advocate of the Sport for Social Change movement. The University of Oklahoma’s Dean of Fine Arts, Rich Taylor, will serve as the Oklahoma Creativity Forum honorary chair, and the master of ceremonies will be two-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner.


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ho can say whether one place is more creative than another? More to the point, what goes into fostering a climate of creativity within a city or state or country? Perhaps it is something in the air or the water? Is it stunning, inspirational scenery or governmental policy? No, none of the above. It is something in the people, and this is where Oklahoma shines. Last year Oklahoma, as one of only 14 recognized “districts of creativity” in the world, hosted the Creativity World Forum, and thousands of visitors saw the Oklahoma spirit of innovation in action. And while the entire world is not returning to our doorstep this year, Creative Oklahoma intends to build on that success by sponsoring the Oklahoma Creativity Forum on November 1. With the theme “Out of the Box,” the day-long forum will be from 8am-5:30pm at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. “The forum is a rare opportunity to hear some of the world’s most creative and innovative business, education and cultural leaders,” said Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “The speakers will inspire attendees to imagine ideas and create ways to innovate their ideas into products and services for the marketplace.” Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey will be the keynote speaker, making his first formal presentation in Oklahoma. Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, Mackey’s address will cover ideas on how a model of creativity and capitalism can give back to communities. Mackey helped grow Whole Foods Market into a $10 billion Fortune 300 company and a top U.S. supermarket… and a new neighbor, as the chain is in the process of opening its first store in Oklahoma City. Other speakers include Matt Beckham, CEO of online auction site Quibids; Gregg Fraley, Chief Solver of London corporate-innovation company Kiln Ideas; David E. Albert, M.D., owner of ECG Apple App company AliveCor and sleep-safety device LifeTone Technology; scientist/artist/author Bulent Atalay; Robert Sternberg, provost at Oklahoma State University; Tamara Christensen, founder of the speed innovation challenge  Momentum By Design; Chase Curtiss, CEO of  Capacity Sports; and Kevin

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Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey Oklahoma’s greatest asset has always been the pioneering spirit of its people – whether in energy, art, music, biotechnology, architecture or one of the many other disciplines that offer endless opportunities for creativity. Creative Oklahoma was founded in 2006 with the expressed mission of fostering creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. Its goal is to transform the state of Oklahoma through initiatives that lead to a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy, along with a better quality of life for its citizens. The inaugural Oklahoma Creativity Forum is a festival of entrepreneurship, new ideas and vehicles to express those ideas for the creative minds of Oklahoma… and like many good ideas, it’s most effective when shared.

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K.O. RINEARSON, 272.3040 As birthdays go, this one’s a humdinger. Envisioned and funded by William B. Skirvin and designed by Solomon Layton, the magnificent Skirvin hotel (10 stories tall, and every room equipped with a private bath and a telephone) opened its doors to the amazed public in October 1911. Prepare to be dazzled again and anew as the landmark edifice marks its centennial with a weeklong celebration, October 16-20, spanning 100 years of history. Using period music from guests including the OKC Philharmonic and special menus in the Park Avenue Grill, each day commemorates a different era from the hotel’s storied past, culminating in the black-tie Centennial Gala Friday night. And many more!

DOG DAYS, 325.4172 Once upon a time, man’s best friend was a threatening enemy. The evolution of standoffish, potentially dangerous predators into loyal pets unfolds as the Sam Noble Museum presents “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs.” Artifacts, dioramas of taxidermied and sculpted figures and interactive multimedia displays help visitors explore the domestication and development of modern canines, their versatile roles in our lives and the unique relationship that links our species. The traveling exhibit opens October 1 and runs through January 8.


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CELEBRATION STREET, 367.9403 Consider Oklahoma City’s N.W. 16th Street between, say, McKinley and Indiana – it’s home to artists, vendors, caterers and performers, and is a destination that rewards the curious anytime… though never more so than October 1. Local flavor is the order of the day as the street teems with creative output, spanning area bands to food trucks and a special pop-up shop to a command performance by Lyric Theatre during the free, fabulous Plaza District Festival.

PRE-HOLIDAY HAPPENING, 843.5668 The Junior League of Oklahoma City invites you to pucker up and kiss seasonal shopping stress goodbye. Months before the last minute, the annual Mistletoe Market – October 14-16 at the Cox Center – offers the opportunity to cross everyone off your list via more than 100 vendors’ selections of clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, children’s toys and much, much more… and if you’d like a head start on the jump-start, snag a ticket to the exclusive Sip, Shop and Mingle preview party October 13.

SCRIBBLE ON ’EM IF YOU GOT ’EM, 523.3212 A lot of emotions affect soldiers leaving for war, and when given idle time and an unexpected recording medium, a lot of thoughts got left behind. Canvas bunks from a transport ship on which GIs doodled, daydreamed and bared their souls form an unconventional time capsule as the centerpiece of “Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam.” The touring exhibit adds a special emphasis on veterans from the Sooner State during its sojourn at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum, October 13 through January 6.

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MYRIAD GARDENS, 297.3974 The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC is perpetually awash with colorful orchids; dozens of species of the popular and prolific plants are in bloom at any time of the year. However, one special variety only makes an appearance one day out of the entire calendar, and it is literally priceless: it cannot be bought, but is given in appreciation for many years of service and support. Enjoy lunch, dancing, a special orchid sale and the presentation of the Crystal Orchid Award, the Myriad Gardens Foundation’s highest honor, to Mr. Bob Calvert during the annual Orchids in October event October 13 at the newly renovated Gardens.

SUCCESSFUL STARTS, 879.2007 Rand Elliott is helping define the metro’s architectural appearance; Erik Logan Toppenberg is executive VP of Harpo, Inc. (Oprah’s media company); Aubrey McClendon is CEO of Chesapeake Energy; Larkin Warner was an architect of MAPS for Kids. They represent different facets of individual achievement, but they do have two things in common: all are alumni of OKC public schools, and are new inductees into the OKCPS Wall of Fame – the ceremony is October 20 at the Skirvin Hilton.


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AN EVENING TO SAVOR, 412.5990 Tempting cuisine can be found in practically every corner of the metro, but the establishments lining OKC’s Western Avenue believe they’re among the most sublime, and they’re ready to put their morsels where your mouth is to prove it. Chairs Keith Paul and Melissa Yohn welcome Musashi’s, Café Nova, The Wedge, Deep Fork Grill and more – listing all the participants would take most of this page – to the Will Rogers Theatre for the 9th annual Taste of Western October 27.

GLORY HOUNDS 203.3263 After the blistering summer we endured, the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant perambulation on a crisp autumn afternoon is not to be missed… by man nor beast. The 15th annual Pooch Parade October 30 at Grand Park in Nichols Hills is a fun, festive way for pet owners to show off their canine companions, and proceeds help fund nonprofit sponsor Animal Rescue Friends’ efforts to shelter and treat lost or abandoned dogs and cats until they find a home.

A WORK OF ESTROGENIUS Let’s see… Arts and crafts? In plenty, fresh from the minds and hands of dozens of notables nationwide, and juried for the assurance of first-rate quality. Music? Check and check: hard-driving DJs Friday night and a loaded set of live jams all day Saturday. Food? Tray after tray of delectability from area favorites. Attitude? Most definitely. It’s a joyous celebration of creativity, brought to you by the letters x and x, as The Girlie Show returns to the OKC Farmers Public Market November 4-5.


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271.9696 ext. 37507 Certified gemologist Kara Ross’ namesake fine jewelry line – her initial foray into a design career that has branched into multiple well-received fashion specializations – is approaching its 10-year anniversary; a laudable occasion indeed. But before celebrating her own milestone, she’s helping an Oklahoma City institution celebrate its: the 10th annual luncheon and jewelry designer showcase to benefit the Heart Rhythm Institute is November 9 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. HRI, which discovers causes and cures for irregular heartbeats, will receive a percentage of proceeds from the Kara Ross wonders sold at the luncheon and previous evening’s patron party to fund its lifesaving research.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS, 208.5540 For 25 years, the Meinders School of Business at OCU has lauded outstanding members of the local business community; the chosen quintet sharing the spotlight at this year’s Hall of Honor luncheon – Chesapeake Energy vice president Martha Burger, Eskimo Joe’s founder and president Stan Clark, BancFirst chairman Gene Rainbolt, Devon CEO John Richels and Lee Allan Smith – more than merit the sterling occasion. The luncheon, November 3 at the Cox Center, funds scholarships for the Meinders School to educate future leaders.


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MOVERS AND SHAPERS, 340.4481 Claude Monet altered art history by concentrating on capturing light and color rather than shape and emphasizing movement in his oeuvre – though if his likeness that sits before the Edmond Fine Arts Institute could paint as well, its creations would contain fewer water lilies and more jogging shorts. Movement is key October 29 at the second annual 5k to Monet race and 1-mile family fun run, featuring music, kids’ activities and an excellent way to support the year-round educational arts enrichment of the FAI.

YOU’RE THE TOP, 728.0568 Decorating is a lifelong passion for Mary Carol Garrity – the author, columnist, founder of respected boutique Neil Hill’s and lifestyle authority is an ideal guest speaker for this year’s 55th annual Flaming Festival, a Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae luncheon for which members and merchants create dazzling tabletop displays and offer tasty treats, with proceeds benefiting Oklahoma County CASA and Youth Services of Oklahoma County. November 2 looks like a great day to visit the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

READERS’ RAINBOW, 360.4346 Military histories red with the blood of armies, paperback romance novels stuffed with purple prose, even yellow-covered back issues of National Geographic ­– an entire spectrum of literary diversions and entertainments waits to be discovered at the annual Friends of the Norman Library Book Sale October 14-17. From the members-only (though memberships are for sale) opening night event to the final bulk sale, it’s a prime opportunity to add some bang to your bookshelf at bargain-basement prices.

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Allie Reynolds Red Eath Golf Tourn. OKC Golf & CC • The Early Days Skirvin Hilton • Girls Night: the Musical Celebrity Attractions, OCCC J 10/29 • OKC Chamber Golf Tournament Gaillardia Country Club J 10/18

Edmond City Council Meeting City Hall • Storybook Forest Arcadia Lake J 10/31 • Student Jazz Combo Concert UCO Jazz Lab

HALLOWEEN The 70 Scenes of Halloween UCO Pegasus Theatre • Trick or Treat on the Street Downtown Edmond • Sutton Series: OU Symphony Orchestra OU Catlett Music Center •

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Wind Symphony UCO Mitchell Hall • Tuesday Noon: Musical Preview Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Magaschoni Trunk Show Balliets J 10/19 • The Roaring ’20s Skirvin Hilton • Tuesdays at Sundown: Good Light Stories Nat’l Cowboy Museum

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Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • The Coronation of Poppea OU Weitzenhoffer Theatre J 10/16 • Spring Awakening OU Old Science Hall J 10/15 • Altar Boyz Lyric Theatre, Civic Center J 10/22 •

Cleveland County Garden Demo Cleveland County Fairgrounds • The Fabulous ’50s Skirvin Hilton • A Taste of Art: The Wedge [Artspace] at Untitled •

Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • OU School of Art Faculty Show OU Lightwell Gallery J 11/17 • Dian Malouf Trunk Show Balliets J 10/27 • Haunt the Zoo OKC Zoo J 10/31 •





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Charles Scott Duo Nonna’s Purple Bar • First Friday Gallery Walk Paseo Arts District • Midtown Market at Saints St. Anthony Hospital • Sunset Cruises Regatta Park • Susan/Flexner/Riley JRB Art at the Elms J 10/29 •


UCO Campus • OU vs. Ball State Owen Field • Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs Sam Noble Museum J 1/8/12 • 12 x 12 50 Penn Place • Faded Elegance/Poodles & Pastries OKCMOA J 12/31 • Ghost Ranch & the Faraway Nearby Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 1/8/12 • Head of the OK Regatta Oklahoma River J 10/2 • Plaza District Festival NW 16th, 1700 Block

Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • OSU vs. Kansas Boone Pickens Stadium •

Fall Concert: Stud Duck Band Mitch Park Amphitheatre • Discovery Series: Pirates! OKC Philharmonic, Civic Center • Taste of Bricktown Redhawks Ballpark • SliceTV 11am on KFOR NewsChannel 4

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Judy McCombs Howell Gallery J 10/29 • Casey Donahew Band Riverwind Casino • Macbeth OCU Kirkpatrick Center J 10/23 • Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam OK Heritage Museum J 1/6/12 • Mistletoe Market Cox Center J 10/16 • OK Derby Cowboy Hat Gala Remington Park • Orchids in October Myriad Gardens • Static Film Series IAO Gallery

3 Doors Down Riverwind Casino • Sutton Series: OU Choirs OU Catlett Music Center • Cold Glory Book Launch Full Circle Bookstore • Moschino Trunk Show The Consortium J 10/21 • Noon Tunes: Strings in Stereo Downtown Library • OKC Public Schools Wall of Fame Skirvin Hilton • OKC Town Hall: Steve Emerson St. Luke’s UMC • The Sensational ’70s Skirvin Hilton

360: An Exhibition UCO Nigh Center J 12/12 • Born in November OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Haunt the Harn Harn Homestead • Noon Tunes: The Good Doctor Downtown Library • Taste of Western Will Rogers Theatre •

Friends of the Library Book Sale Norman Public Library J 10/17 • Hadley & Artus MAINSITE Contemporary Art J 11/19 • Art on Tap OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Beneath the Surface IAO Gallery J 11/5 • Cowboy Crossings Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 10/15 • In Design: John-Paul Philippé [Artspace] at Untitled J 1/7/12 • Josh Heilaman dna galleries J 10/29 • Billy Ray Cyrus FireLake Grand Casino •

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f you haven’t been to Branson for a while – and you think you know it – think again. You’ll still see busloads of blue-hairs shuffling into the shows and bellying up to the all-youcan-eat buffets, but look around and you’ll find a whole new world. Today, in addition to Branson staples like Silver Dollar City and the theaters on Highway 76, visitors will find sophisticated dining, high-end shopping and elegant stays ranging from luxurious log cabins to sleek and contemporary hotel rooms.

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Just as eastern tycoons built getaway homes in the Poconos, the Ozarks served the same purpose for moguls from St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. In the ’20s Harry Worman and Jude Simmons bought property south of Branson. Worman built an elegant English Tudor house; Simmons’ home was a massive log mansion. While the properties went through a number of owners before being purchased in 1987 by Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro, today’s visitors can still see parts of these original estates incorporated into Big Cedar, an extensive resort on the shores of Table Rock Lake. Driving into the resort is an instant escape – a narrow, tree-lined road winds into the woods. A stream tumbles down the hillside and over the road. Atop the hill is Falls Lodge, a rustic log structure with a million-dollar view. Wildlife themes are everywhere – trash cans look like tree stumps and instead of straight lines between cars in the parking lot, spaces are separated by painted stringers of fish. My room in Springview Lodge featured high ceilings and a chandelier like an upside-down tree. My balcony overlooked a wide swath of lawn with the lake in the distance and I was just steps away from Devil’s Pool Restaurant, Buzzard Bar, one of the resort’s three swimming pools and the fitness center. Big Cedar is the perfect year-round getaway for a romantic weekend or a fun-filled family vacation. The marina at Big Cedar can supply anything you need for fishing, boating and skiing, plus there’s horseback riding, tennis, shuffleboard, croquet and miniature golf. Walking trails provide plenty of opportunities for exercise. The golf course at Big Cedar is under renovation but there are four great courses, including the Payne Stewart Golf Club, nearby.


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Silver Dollar City started out with a hole in the ground – Marvel Cave – then an 1880s Ozark village was built around it. A cave tour comes with your admission ticket, so plan enough time to enjoy it. Kids, of course, will want to head for the rides. A lot of research went into the creation of the Village and the craftspeople are true artists. Watch them work – and shop for some quality creations from pottery to furniture. The food is down-home Southern and wonderful. Items we sampled included brisket salad, double-battered fried chicken, pulled pork sliders with honey blackberry barbecue sauce, flat-iron steak with onions and mushrooms and, for a finale, hot apple dumplings served with homemade cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. We then waddled away to the park’s new Culinary School where “Master Craftsman of Culinary Arts” Debbie Dance Uhrig introduced us to the intricacies of Southern succo- Rides at Silver Dollar City tash. Fall classes may include such seasonal specialties as Fabulous Pie Making: Dutch Apple and Sweet Potato; Fall Squash Sweet and Savory with a squash curry soup and pumpkin dessert; or Night Before Christmas – recipes for holiday brunches and Christmas morning. The park hosts six festivals a year celebrating kids, gospel music, bluegrass and barbecue, the world and Christmas. From now until October 29, the park is lavishly trimmed with fall flowers, pumpkins, scarecrows and other symbols of the season to celebrate Harvest Fest.

If these suggestions still leave you with time on your hands, consider: Titanic, billed as the “world’s largest museum attraction” College of the Ozarks – known as “Hard Work U” – with student-made products including fruitcakes, jams and jellies, flour and baking mixes and woven products; also on campus is the Ralph Foster Museum featuring items relating to the region


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Shows and Then Some

Branson has over two dozen theaters hosting even more shows. Some, like the Baldknobbers and Presleys, are long-standing traditions but you’ll find everything from classic music to rock and roll, tribute shows and cultural presentations like the Acrobats of China or the Legend of Kung Fu… a feature of the Beijing Olympics combining dance, music, aerial ballet and martial arts. Shoppers have long known about outlet facilities in Branson but the new kid on the block is Branson Landing, an elegant outdoor mall on the shore of Lake Taneycomo. All the favorite Presleys performing mall shops are there, from Aéropostale to White House/Black Market, with restaurants from Auntie Anne’s to Bass Pro’s own White River Fish House. The nth of elegant is probably Level 2 Steakhouse, located in the new Hilton just west of the Landing. They’re particularly proud of their 1600° infrared oven which quickly sears the outside of the steaks, leaving the inside more juicy and tender. A special feature of the Landing is its $7.5 million fountain with jets choreographed to lights, music and fire. One of the treasures of the area is Dogwood Canyon, a 2,200-acre nature park affiliated with Big Cedar. Explore the canyon on foot, by bicycle, on Segway, by jeep or tram tour. Horseback trail rides take you away from groomed paths into the woods. Trout swim through the crystal, cool waters… enjoy watching them swim or catch one for dinner. Casting and fly-fishing lessons are available. You can even say, “I do,” in the rustic Hope Wilderness Chapel.


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By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

ity the poor hot dog. Too often boiled or microwaved into flavorless oblivion, it seems far from its royal roots, with its first incarnation discovered in ancient Rome by the personal chef to Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar. (We’ll spare you the chef’s remarks concerning pig intestines.) But for all the hot dog’s seemingly mundane existence in the 21st century, there are those who are doing it right, with creativ-

Located in a building that has, like Big Truck Tacos, seen its share of restaurants come and go, Mutt’s has a retro, 1950s-style feel, including one of the finest outdoor signs in town. From the tile-topped tables to the lamps hanging over them, Mutt’s is a fine slice of Americana. But the menu is anything but predictable. “Standard dogs” at Mutt’s are made from 100% kosher beef. The “specialty dogs” are created using meats as diverse as rabbit,

ity and flair. Oklahoma City is fortunate to be the beneficiary of the vision of Cally Johnson, Kathryn Mathis and Chris Lower. This trio (also the force behind the enormously popular Big Truck Tacos) now brings us Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, which opened in May at 1400 N.W. 23rd Street.

bison, lamb, duck, wild boar and chicken. The imaginative use of toppings makes even more of a difference. Among the “standard dogs,” the S’Noran ($6) is a favorite, with cheddar-jack cheese, pico de gallo, mayo, chipotle ketchup, mustard, avocado… and pinto beans. The beans give it a unique flavor/texture combination. Take a step into the exotic, with the Slum Dog ($5.50). This chicken dog is topped with curried cabbage and apple, and sriracha aioli. It is visually impressive and loaded with complex flavors. Another excellent choice is the Tatonka ($7). This bison dog comes with green chile sauce, lime-cilantro aioli and goat cheese. The goat cheese is a stunning complement to the bison meat. Tasty side dishes abound, but the drink menu is worth noting as well. The drinks reinforce the nostalgia theme, ranging from Sanka to Pabst Blue Ribbon to Tang. Yes, that Tang; available for only 50 cents. As one Mutt’s employee stated, “The space program may be dead, but Tang is alive and well!” A word to the wise: while the service is quick and efficient, if you arrive at a peak time, be prepared to wait a bit, as lines are known to be out the door. Johnson, Mathis and Lower have another hit on their hands, with Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs.


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“’Tis dogs’ delight to bark and bite,” Thus does the adage run. But I delight to bite the dog When placed inside a bun.

– The Yale Record, October 5, 1895

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To Autumn! By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson

eats called it the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” and while most of us are more than ready to welcome the changes heralded by fall, in the fiercely competitive food and beverage industry, a delicate balance is required. A restaurant must be consistent – customers should know what to expect, and never be disappointed. But, at the same time, innovation is the lifeblood of the industry. There must be freshness, there must be growth on the menu, a newness that leads the curious back time and again. It is a difficult balance to strike, and in the Oklahoma City metro area, no one does it better than the operators of the restaurants under the umbrella of A Good Egg Dining Group. The Good Egg restaurants have a core to the menus that is done exceptionally well. Diners know what to expect. But there are also seasonal changes that satisfy the need for the new, the fresh and the inventive. A case in point is the new autumn drink menu at downtown’s Red Prime Steak. Slice is delighted to assist Red in unveiling an intriguing new offering on its seasonal cocktail menu. The Jack Rose is a new twist on a classic cocktail, featuring grenadine (house-made by Red’s bartenders Jeff Cole and Scott Glidewell, with added star anise and cinnamon), Laird’s Applejack and lemon juice, stirred and chilled, then garnished with a star anise pod floating on top. Visually stunning with a sensational blend of flavors and fruitfulness, it is a perfect innovation for fall, available only at Red Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway.


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By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson

everal years ago, we made a delicious, basic bread pudding. Foolishly, I thought I’d said everything about this gorgeous dessert. Then, this winter I ate such a delectable version at a Beaver Creek Mountain restaurant that I ordered it three more times… once it was my main course! I’ve decided that we must revisit bread pudding. It’s a perfect spur-of-the-moment dessert made with larder staples that improves with a day or two in the fridge and it freezes beautifully. It gets better. Manipulate the ingredients for sweetness (more or less sugar, bittersweet chocolate rather than white), richness (cream or milk) and consistency (dependent on amount of liquid, type of bread and size of baking pan.) The bread largely determines the texture of the pudding. Dense white bread (French or Italian) absorbs lots of custard while maintaining its own distinct form, integrating less thoroughly with the liquid. A flimsy supermarket loaf (like Wonder Bread) will be more pudding-like. Using a bain-marie (place your baking pan in a larger pan halffilled with water), results in a softer dessert. A longer bake in a cooler oven (80-90 minutes at 325°) makes a chewier pudding. Introduce different flavors with cinnamon, raisins, dried cherries or apricots. You really can’t make a mistake.

Toffee Chocolate Bread Pudding

4 eggs 3 c heavy cream 3/4 c sugar 1 T vanilla 1 t salt 2 loaves bread, cut into large cubes 1/4 lb white chocolate, chopped 1/4 lb crushed toffee pieces Mix eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla and salt (or use half of the fol-


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lowing 1-4-8 basic custard recipe). Mix bread with chocolate and toffee pieces. Pour custard over bread and let it absorb liquid very well for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350° and fill a generously buttered Pyrex dish (anything from 8"square to 7"x 12"). Bake 50-60 minutes until brown and bubbly. Cooking time is dependent on pan size and your own personal preference for drier or moister pudding… there’s no “right” time here.

Chef’s Basic 1-4-8 Custard

1 vanilla bean (or 1 t vanilla) 4 c heavy cream 1 c sugar 8 egg yolks Place a colander inside a bowl nested in a pan of ice water. In a large saucepan, combine cream and vanilla and cook over moderately low heat about 5 minutes, until small bubbles appear around the rim. In another bowl, whisk sugar and egg

yolks until combined. Whisk a quarter of the hot cream into the eggs in a thin stream, then slowly whisk in the rest. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, 4-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Immediately strain into the ice-bathed bowl. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the sauce. Serve right away as basic custard, fill a pie shell and top with seasonal berries for custard pie or refrigerate for later use.

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indy Simon Rosenthal has dedicated her life to education and public service. She is director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds joint appointments as a professor in the departments of Political Science and Women’s Studies. She has also taken her devotion to the public one step further, serving on the Norman City Council, and now in her second term as the city’s mayor. But when the public being served is somewhat closer to home, such as family and good friends, Cindy knows how to make an impression as well. A talented chef, she loves to cook and has many favorite recipes. Now that the record heat wave of 2011 has yielded in earnest to a cooler clime, we asked her to come up with a dish that fits the season. “Posole has become a fall and winter favorite in our house because it combines the traits of cold weather comfort food and the crunch of late-fall fresh vegetables,” Cindy says. “Over the years, I have adapted the recipe – and especially the add-ons – to suit my family’s tastes. Others may want to adjust the recipe accordingly, depending on how hot they like their Mexican food and how much meat they prefer. I serve the posole with a simple side salad and warm flour tortillas. A Mexican flan makes a perfect dessert.”


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Cindy’s Posole

1/2 to 1 lb boneless center-cut pork chops, in bite-sized pieces 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 2 large cans of hominy (28 oz size) 1 T cumin powder 2 T chili powder 1 T salt 1 T dried oregano 2 qt chicken broth 2 qt water 1 small jalapeno A mixture of different kinds of chiles (Cindy recommends poblanos, Anaheims and a red bell pepper for variety and color, all cut into large bite-sized pieces.)   Brown the meat in a large soup pot with onion and garlic. Drain and rinse the hominy in a strainer. When meat is browned, add hominy, broth, water and the whole jalapeno. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 21/2 hours. Then, adjust the seasonings to taste. Add chopped chiles. Simmer for 1 hour more.   As for the “add-ons”: Cindy says the posole may be served with a variety of extras to be added for crunch and flavor. Her favorites include fresh lime juice, chopped cabbage, fresh diced tomatoes, chopped avocadoes and grated jack or cheddar cheese.

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Ties That Bind Rand Elliott enjoys having a good problem to solve, but the marriage of a massive red brick building to a set of elegant, village-like structures presented the architect with a real doozy. With the completion of the new Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus, Elliott has formed a perfect union between the old and the new.


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the large, brick School of Art building.” In undertaking the $13 million project, named in appreciation of a generous gift from OU Regent Jon R. Stuart, his wife Dee Dee and the Stuart Family Foundation, one of the first orders of business for Elliott and his team was to spend time with the Adkins Collection itself.


Bridging the gap wasn’t easy. “This project presented us with an interesting challenge,” Elliott said. “On the east side of the project site is the original school of art and museum from 1971. On the west side is the Lester Wing designed by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, which opened a few years ago. The space we had for the new Stuart Wing is between these two very different buildings; our challenge was to try to glue them together. It was a wonderful opportunity.” An opportunity that arose, if indirectly, thanks to the dedication of Eugene B. Adkins. During his lifetime, Adkins amassed an immensely impressive art collection that includes 3,300 objects and is considered one of the nation’s most important private collections of works by Taos and Native American artists. It was awarded by the Adkins Foundation jointly to Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum and to OU. “The expansion was due to the acquisition of the Adkins Collection,” said Ghislain d’Humieres, director and chief curator of the museum. “But we quickly realized it was the perfect opportunity to completely renovate the original 1971 building during construction. Visually, Rand Elliott’s expansion unified the beauty of the Lester Wing and the sheer size of

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Residents of the new wing include (left) Walter Ufer, “Going East” and (below) Helen Hardin, “Winter Awakening”

An artist’s conception of the Museum from the northwest “We were inspired by this collection and its subject matter,” he said. “This study provided us with an important piece of the design puzzle.” The addition of a photography gallery to the project added another layer of puzzle solving, Elliott adds, because of the juxtaposition between the two subject matters – contemporary in the photography and Western landscapes and places in the Taos and Native American works of the Adkins Collection. The result is a thoughtful, quiet and inspiring space. Although it is new, the Stuart Wing looks as if it belongs where it is, like it has always has been a part of the museum complex. “It was not our intent to create something that was glaringly front and center, to be over the top,” Elliott said. “Our main goals were to connect the two buildings and create a space suitable for the Adkins Collection.” The keys to achieving those goals came in the form of design elements from each existing component: color from the newer Lester Wing and shape from the 1971 building. “The solution was there in that horizontal band,” Elliott said, referring to a classic detail from Frank Lloyd Wright disciple and Oklahoma City architect Bill Howard in the School of Art building. “We were looking for materiality, texture, scale and proportion, all the things that you can use as common ground to tie two things together. Interestingly enough, we took the gray slate roof of the Lester Wing and the horizontal band on the original building and reconstructed that horizontal band to be the same color.” Horizontal lines move the eye from left to right, which helps connect the forms. The new addition to the roofline on the Stuart Wing is constructed of opaque glass that exactly matches the shade of the slate Lester Wing roof. It appears as a large glass box on the top.


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Drawing inspiration from the Adkins collection’s prevalent subject matter of light, sky and mountains, Elliott incorporated a sunset window into the roofline – atop a stairway, looking west. While our central Oklahoma vistas are fairly flat, the multiple small, pitched rooftops of the Lester Wing resemble abstract mountain peaks. The central stair is made of wood, which evokes a sense of warmth and offers a form of embrace. Natural light emerges as visitors ascend, encouraging them to focus their gaze upward, guided by a wood handrail next to a shimmering moiré wall that seems to ripple fluidly of its own accord. “One of the things that the museum has been challenged with for a long time is that it has been a series of disparate parts,” Elliott said. “The entrance changed with the opening of the Lester Wing, going west to east, and it was difficult to know how to traverse inside. Our intention was to use the central stair as a ceremonial center, a connector, so that people understand that it is an integral focus for the spirit of the project itself.” All that is left to do is organize, fine tune and prepare for a grand opening celebration slated for October 23 during OU’s homecoming weekend festivities. “Projects like this are not about the glory of architecture but solving a problem and weaving together disjointed parts,” Elliott said. “These are the kinds of projects that test you in how simply and sensitively, through detail, nuance and softness, you can tie everything together into a harmonious group.”





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


he theme is “not so scary” at an all-ages Halloween party where kids and adults alike can feast at a table overflowing with treats. Start with a lace tablecloth covered in black tulle, then clear out the chairs and let the table be the centerpiece for the gathering. Present sweets in lots of fun ways. Fill small flower pots with florist foam, stick in some lollipops and scatter small candies over the foam. Station trays of fruit and sweets near a fondue pot filled with chocolate. Spread black licorice from a cup to sprawl like a spider. Cover the table in overflowing bowls of sweet, salty and even healthy (oh, the horror!). For a spooky approach to the floral arrangement, search out unusual stems like purple calla lilies and ornamental eggplant (which look like tiny pumpkins growing on a stick). Feathery ferns and moss complete the picture. From our table to yours… Happy Halloween!

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A Trip Back in Time


By Mia Blake Photos by K.O. Rinearson

all returns with a metro favorite, the 45th annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, scheduled for October 15 and 16 from noon to 5pm. A cross-section of styles and stages will be on view during the tour as part of an ongoing effort to preserve Oklahoma City’s architectural history and educate the public about protecting cultural landmarks for future generations. Homes featured this year include those of Jane and Pete Holcombe at 311 N.W. 19th, Trudy and Dr. Jerry White at 920 N.W. 14th, Lorrie and Dr. Andy Monteiro at 1611 Classen Drive, Robert Fasol at 1523 N. Shartel, Sara and Corbin See at 316 N.W. 18th, and Karren and Phillip Napier’s garden at 1519 Classen Drive. Tour central will be the Overholser Mansion, 405 N.W. 15th, and lunch will be served on the lawn by the Heritage Café beginning at 11am. Advance tickets are $12, while day-of-tour tickets are available for $14. Proceeds benefit historic and community projects in the area. For more information and advance ticket locations, visit

Many original period details and architectural nuances will be yours to view during this year’s tour.


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Recently, the Holcombes used a historic photo as a guide to reconstruct their home’s original parapets, which were removed decades ago for reasons unknown.

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An Enduring



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n 1898, when Oklahoma City was a young, wild city on the frontier, two Sisters from the Order of the Sisters of St. Francis in Maryville, Missouri, didn’t know what to expect when they stepped off the train for the next stop of their fundraising trip. But as they had done in many towns between Maryville and Oklahoma Territory, they made their way to the local Catholic church – in this case, St. Joseph’s, the first Catholic congregation in the new territory. They asked the parish priest if they could petition the congregation for funds to support their local hospital, back in Missouri. Father Lanslot offered a counterproposal: the Sisters could ask his parishioners for funds, but only if they stayed in Oklahoma and opened a hospital here. The city had existed for nine years, and still had no hospital. The Sisters agreed. St. Anthony Hospital opened in tents, with 12 beds, on a plot of land across the street from St. Joseph’s Church. That location would play a vital role in the life of the hospital many years later… it was where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building would be built. And on Oklahoma City’s darkest day, April 19, 1995, many of the victims of the bombing would make their way to the “new” St. Anthony Hospital a few blocks away at N.W. 10th and Lee, where the Sisters moved in 1899. St. Anthony is forever intertwined with the history of Oklahoma City, and with 113 years in what is now considered the urban core of the metro area, it is a relationship that has endured, and continues to endure, fulfilling the vision of those Sisters from Missouri. The hospital is now a part of SSM Health Care, supported by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary. Still, it hasn’t always been an easy course. As recently as 2003, rumors swirled that the hospital would leave its longtime location, or even close its doors. Instead, St. Anthony reaffirmed its commitment to the heart of the city, embarking on a projected 10-year, $220 million expansion and renovation. “This is in conjunction with all the wonderful and positive changes that have taken place in the center of Oklahoma City,” says St. Anthony president Joe Hodges. “Working with the community, we have been able to rebuild St. Anthony and the surrounding area.” The changes haven’t gone unnoticed. “We have experienced great growth in the health care sector,” says Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “It has become a key component of our region’s economic prosperity and St. Anthony is a big part of that. They have also been instrumental in the exciting redevelopment of Midtown and that area has become a real positive for Oklahoma City.” But St. Anthony’s values are still driven by the vision of those two original Sisters. Signs in the lobby read, St. Anthony Hospital in 1899, after “Turn No One Away.” This pledge to moving to its current location at serve those who cannot receive health N.W. 10th Street and Lee Avenue.

The downtown Oklahoma City St. Anthony campus today

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care services elsewhere, along with an ongoing commitment to training physicians, cements the St. Anthony position within the broader community. Dr. Jim Brinkworth is now the hospital’s chief of staff. But his first job in the medical field – drawing blood for the lab – was here. He worked at St. Anthony all through medical school, then returned for his internship and specialized training in pathology. He has a unique perspective and a firm grasp of what the hospital is all about.

Signs in the lobby read, “Turn No One Away.”



“We’re focused on the patient,” he says simply. “From the doctor to the nurse to the administration, we’re about taking care of every person who comes through our doors. Whether it’s the medical staff or nursing or food service or something as simple as the cleanliness of the rooms, we want our patients to have the best possible health care experience.” At the same time, St. Anthony is expanding its reach beyond the walls at N.W. 10 th and Lee. Within the metro area, two new “Healthplex” facilities are set to open in January, including a freestanding emergency room in Midwest City, and another in southwestern Oklahoma County. A new partnership with 19 rural hospitals across the state has also broadened the system’s ability to serve patients. “I’m confident that people in need of quick access to health care will be able to access services, wherever they may be,” Hodges says. St. Anthony served more than 16,000 individuals on Joe Hodges, president an inpatient basis in 2010. More than 50,000 were treated in the emergency department, and 1,303 babies drew their first breath at Saints. Since 1898, the hospital has led the way in many aspects of health care: it opened the state’s first Intensive Care Unit, first neurosurgical institute, and the first kidney Dr. Jim Brinkworth, chief of staff


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transplant in the state was performed inside its walls. It is the only hospital in the state utilizing Cyberknife technology, a non-invasive surgical alternative. But with all the impressive numbers, and the technological innovations and the investments in its area, the soul of St. Anthony is still the vision of those two Sisters, and the commitment they made to the city on the prairie. Through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, through the oil boom, a horrific act of terror, to the near-death and gradual rebirth of the city’s downtown, St. Anthony Hospital has served Oklahoma City and its people. “We’re going to take care of you,” Hodges says. “Whether that means your emotional state, or looking after your family, it’s a safe environment. We will provide the best health care experience in the state.” Brinkworth is even more concise in his commitment to Saints, and to the community it serves. “There is a continuity of the spirit here,” he says, “and it endures. Saints is where my heart is.”

Saints of the Silver Screen St. Anthony Foundation presents its 2011 Saints Ball on Friday, November 4, at 7pm in the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. This evening of glitz and glamour, with the theme “Saints of the Silver Screen,” raises funds to benefit patients and patient care at St. Anthony Hospital. “We are excited to roll out the red carpet at this year’s Saints of the Silver Screen Ball,” says event cochair Jackie Bendorf. “The night promises to offer exceptional entertainment as well as unique auction items, all benefiting Oklahoma’s premier hospital.”

Chairs of the 2011 Saints Ball

The black-tie evening features dinner, live and silent auctions and an after-dinner lounge with Old Hollywood décor and music by crooner Wade Tower. The live auction includes a New York getaway, suite and courtside Thunder packages, a Florida beach vacation and an OU football suite, in addition to a premier jewelry raffle presented by Samuel Gordon Jewelers. Co-chairs are Jerry and Jackie Bendorf and Dana and Jeffrey Hirsch. Saints Ball is sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy, and Saintly Sponsors Oklahoma Radiology Group, P.C., Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City and St. Anthony Hematology Oncology Physicians. For tickets or additional information, call 272.7070 or visit www.

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By Mary Ellen Ternes

Mary Ellen Ternes, Esq. is a former chemical engineer from both the EPA and industry. She is currently a shareholder with McAfee and Taft and a co-chair with Richard A. Riggs, Esq. of its Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group. She is serving a three-year term on the City of Nichols Hills Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission.

hat’s the only word for my electric bill for July, especially compared to last year. My electric bill for July 2011 showed my home used literally twice the kilowatt hours that it did in July 2010. I try to conserve power, so given my efforts, I was truly shocked. I want to blame the weather. Can I? How hot was it in July 2011, relatively speaking? At a mere 81.6 degrees Fahrenheit average temperature, July 2010 was the 52 nd warmest in 105 years (or 53rd coolest?)… and then we had this year, the hottest July in Oklahoma’s historical temperature records. Data from the Oklahoma Mesonet as of August 1 provided the July 2011 statewide average temperature as 89.1 degrees, which, in historical temperature terms, smashes the previous record of 88.1 degrees from July 1954. From 2010’s 81.6 to 2011’s 89.1; that’s only 7.5 degrees higher. But that 7.5-degree difference meant that even setting my thermostat at a conservative 80 degrees, which has historically been successful in reducing the number of cycles my air conditioning units run, really wasn’t effective this time. To beat the additional heat in July 2011, the air conditioner had to run constantly, compared to half the time last July. Fortunately, there’s more we can do to cut back our power use in hot weather – check our insulation, close our blinds, line-dry our clothes, make sure we aren’t burning heat-generating incandescent light bulbs and turn everything off when not in use. We can simultaneously fix another pervasive drain on our energy resources: “vampire” electronics. While Twilight’s Edward Cullen can withstand temptation, these electronics have no self-control. The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a helpful study of these “always on” electronics, showing how some of these units are more “on” than others, particularly digital video recorders. Key findings from the NRDC report indicate that the nearly 160 million cable boxes installed in our homes operate at near full power even when we’re not watching them or recording a show. The NRDC says that, as a nation, we spend $2 billion each year to power these cable boxes when they aren’t being used, and that DVRs use about 40 percent more energy each year than non-DVR cable boxes. To these constant energy drains I say, “get thee on a power strip” and “off with your power!” While my boys complain a bit, it takes just a minute or two for the cable to reboot. Now the house is scattered with “hubs” of equipment with their own power strips that are turned off – completely off – when not in use. Finally, and most importantly, if you have an OG&E smart meter but haven’t yet signed up and created your own smart meter online profile, do it now! It takes

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We build what you love... Since 1984 just 60 seconds with your OG&E account number. And OG&E’s Energy Information website is really motivating; like the mileper-gallon ticker in my Honda hybrid that has me inflating my tires and keeping the RPMs down, the OG&E online energy report has us really fine-tuning our power use. First, if you’re actually trying to conserve power, you will probably be rewarded with a smiley face for being more efficient than average. Then you’ll see how your home compares to one that meets the “efficient” definition, and what you might do to become more efficient. Plus, it shows you on a quarter-hour and hourly basis how much power (watts) and power use (kilowatt hours) your home has demanded, making it easy to see the air conditioning cycling. By reviewing the bar graphs, you can see spikes in power use that likely indicate when you leave the house and when you

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get home, and you can track your home’s energy use as the temperature warms up. It’s easy to keep up with and so simple! Some of us have done a great job incorporating our newly available resources into our daily routine and saving big bucks. ABC News aired a great piece on July 25 about OG&E’s smart meter program, highlighting energy-saving ideas like power strips for vampire electronics, and also how Native Roots Market in Norman has really benefited from participating in the smart meter program. Says OG&E’s Ken Grant, who was interviewed in the segment, “For those customers participating in our study (about 6,000 customers), they are seeing savings by shifting usage outside of the on-peak time. By providing them pricing and usage information on a daily basis, they are able to make changes to their usage and lower their bills. We will expand this program further next year.” Ken says that with customers’ access to hourly usage and cost information through the Energy Information Website, OG&E is seeing “customers reduce usage just from the awareness created by having access to this information.” Bravo to OG&E for such a great program! I’m looking forward to tracking our energy use in cooler weather. Come on, fall!

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Panic is Terrifying but Treatable By R. Murali Krishna, M.D.



Dr. Krishna is President and COO of INTEGRIS Mental Health and the James L. Hall, Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. This is one in a series of Mind MattersTM articles he authored.

magine you’re sleeping peacefully through the night… when suddenly you are awakened by a loud crash. Is it the kitchen window being broken? A door being forced open? You lie quietly, frozen with fear. Your heart is beating wildly, completely out of control. Your limbs are trembling, and you have trouble drawing in a complete breath. You hear another noise, this time like footsteps coming toward your room. You begin to sweat, your stomach hurts and your chest tightens. You feel like you might pass out. You wonder if you are about to die. What you are feeling is panic: intense terror, a powerful, gripping fear of being threatened, trapped or not in control. Now, imagine experiencing these same feelings while simply walking through a mall, standing in line at a grocery store or driving your car. And imagine experiencing them several times a month, never knowing when they will come again. That phenomenon is known as a panic attack, and it’s a problem shared by about 21 million Americans. It’s also one of the most frightening, terrifying ordeals a person can undergo. Panic attacks occur in women about twice as often as they do in men. They can manifest at any age, but most often begin in young adults. So overwhelming are panic attacks that when people first experience one, they often believe it is a heart attack. That’s why about 17 percent of emergency room patients admitted with chest pains are determined to have a panic disorder, and why panic attacks are among the most common reasons for visits to a cardiologist. Unfortunately, the process often doesn’t end there – panic patients usually see six to eight doctors before the true cause of their condition is discovered and treated. Attacks usually last 20 to 30 minutes, leaving sufferers exhausted and wondering if they are going crazy. Many develop

Depression is also a concern, since 75 percent of those who experience panic attacks also experience, at one time or another, symptoms of depression such as sleep disturbances, loss of energy and loss of pleasure in life. It’s been estimated that one in five people suffering from these disorders has attempted suicide. For people who are beset by them, panic attacks often seem to come roaring out of the blue. In the last decade, though, researchers have begun to understand the underlying causes of episodes. Panic disorders have clear genetic, biological and psychosocial components that interact to cause the condition. Between 15 and 20 percent of immediate family members of panic disorder patients also have the condition, which confirms the genetic component. Studies on the brains of people with panic disorders show they overproduce stimulating chemicals and underproduce pacifying chemicals. In addition, it’s been discovered that blood flow characteristics in the right side of the brain in people who have panic disorders are different than those of people who do not. Because medical science has made progress in determining the cause of the condition, progress has also been made in treating it. An approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients how to view panic episodes differently and demonstrates techniques to reduce anxiety, relax or refocus attention. Medications for the disorder fall into four classes that act in different ways to block or reduce symptoms. Different patients respond better to different classes of drugs, but studies have shown that proper treatment – cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication or a combination of the two – helps 70 to 90 percent of people with panic disorders. Significant improvement is usually seen within six to eight weeks.

“anticipatory anxiety,” a fear of when the next attack will occur and a preoccupation with how to avoid it. Because they are fearful of having another attack, people with panic disorders sometimes start avoiding situations in which they believe they can’t get help, can’t find a way to escape or have no control. This avoidance can lead to a phobia.

It was once thought that people with panic disorders could wish away their symptoms, that they could overcome them with sheer willpower. That’s not true. What is true is that most people with panic disorders can undergo treatment that is both effective and well-tolerated, and that such treatment can help return their lives to normal.

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Living Well | Mind, Body, Spirit

Disappearing Doctors By Don P. Murray, M.D.


Dr. Murray is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been with Digestive Disease Specialists, Inc. since 1994. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American and Oklahoma State Medical Associations.

serious medical condition is progressing rapidly with a grave prognosis: the patient is us, and the malady is a shortage of physicians in the immediate future. Our population is aging rapidly – by 2020 the population under 65 will increase by nine percent, while the bracket aged

federal regulation or the time commitment of overseeing its business aspects. I do not mean to imply that these current trends in physician practice are necessarily bad – it is clearly better to have a wellrested physician than one who is not (although in the middle of

65-74 will increase by 71 percent and the number over 74 will increase by 26 percent. An elderly populace means a greater reliance on health care, but the physicians who provide it are aging too; in 2000, approximately 20 percent of practicing physicians were over 65 years old. Currently 12,000 physicians retire annually, a rate expected to reach 20,000 per year by 2020. In 2008, 25 percent of Oklahoma’s physicians were over 60. The figures are worse for rural Oklahomans, where 50 percent of physicians are over 55 years old. It takes time to train physicians to replace those retiring: typically three to four years in undergraduate school, four years in medical school and three to five years in residency (specialty training) before beginning practice. Those who pursue subspecialty training add another two to three years to their course of study. Trends also show inadequate numbers of primary care physicians and decreased productivity of physicians overall. With average debt of $140,000 at graduation from medical school, many physicians pursue specialties with higher reimbursements rather than primary care. Many primary care physicians have decided to become hospitalists (specialists managing patients who are hospitalized) for greater flexibility of hours worked and improved reimbursement. And physicians are generally spending fewer hours practicing medicine each week than they have in the past as a means of counteracting fatigue – training programs now limit the number of consecutive hours and weekly hours that students, residents and fellows in training can work, which forms work habits that carry over into practice. Furthermore, fewer physicians are becoming self-employed by setting up their own practices, possibly due in part to any combination of uncertainty over the future for physicians in the current social and political climate, continuing lack of education regarding financial management of a medical practice, the incredible complexities of managing it due to state and

the night it might be better to have a tired physician than none at all). I applaud the younger physician who tries to make time for his or her family. However, these trends will affect physician supply, and the situation is likely to worsen without attention from policy makers. So, what are we to do? It’s unlikely we will increase the number of medical students nationally or in our state due to current fiscal constraints (funding of higher education is being cut by our state and many others). The length of medical education could be shortened, however. Two years of basic sciences could provide the necessary prerequisites for medical school, thus shortening the time frame to become a physician by two years. The American Association of Medical Colleges Report of 2009 indicates Oklahoma retains 49 percent of medical school graduates and 51 percent of residents and fellows in our state. We need to find ways to encourage those we educate to stay in the state in greater numbers, and to recruit physicians from other states. Oklahoma, in the long run, will need to compete with other states to have an adequate supply of physicians. We need to encourage the state government and Chamber of Commerce to consider and adopt strategies to compete with other states in physician recruitment – the lawsuit reform passed in the last legislative session is a positive step. Lastly, we will need to educate more non-physician clinicians, including physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, who can be educated over a shorter period of time with less cost. It is not impossible that our state could be in a better position with respect to physician access, but it will take some focus by the legislature. To attract economic development, a state needs a strong educational system, an adequate transportation system and access to medical care. We must focus more clearly on the need to compete for access to medical care if we want a healthier future for all of us.


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Intensity Understood By Robert Custer


Robert Custer is a motivational speaker, adrenaline junkie, world traveler and adventure enthusiast with over 20 years of leadership experience in health, fitness, wellness and nutrition. Reach him at or visit

xercise intensity is a topic that’s largely misunderstood and often misrepresented by the “go hard or go home” brigade. I thought I’d discuss it as (1) I’m often asked about it; (2) many people get it wrong; and (3) it plays a significant role in the quality of results we produce with our exercise program. Rather than a 4,000-word academic paper on the matter, what follows is the abridged version. Apply what is relevant to you. ALL THINGS BEING RELATIVE… For me, touching my toes with straight-ish legs is physically difficult; for my client LeAnn, who seems to be part rubber band, it’s virtually a zero-intensity activity. Conversely, 10 push-ups for me might score a one out of 10 on my intensity scale, but for LeAnn (who has limited upper-body strength), the same task might be ranked as an 11. Intensity is about the person, not the activity. Many people simply don’t exercise their body in a manner that will facilitate change. They typically stimulate their body the same way – type of exercise, program structure, equipment used, workout intensity, workout length, recovery time between sets and workouts. As a result, nothing much changes. If their goal is to maintain what they already have physically, then they’re on track. If their goal is to look, feel and function differently, then it’s time for a change. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE. Bodies need to be exercised at different intensity levels – even elite athletes have easier and harder training days. In the world of exercise science, it’s called periodisation. Exercising a body at high intensity all the time will lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, make you more prone to injury and result in the real kicker: decreased performance. How hard I train on a given day will depend on my plan, what I’m trying to achieve through the session and what my body is telling me at the time. Some days I’m “in the zone” and do an intense cardio and weight training workout, but there are days when I wake up with little to no physical energy. On days like these I listen to my body. If I’ve been pushing it and my body is telling me it needs a break, I will lighten up. Some people never exercise at a level that will facilitate significant physical change; they simply go through the motions. I watch men well into their seventies who still train at a level


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of intensity that causes their bodies to continue improving and adapting. A friend of mine who is 70 told me that he is currently stronger and more aerobically fit than he was in his 50s. Remember, intensity is all about the individual. USE COMMON SENSE. Exercise intelligently and methodically, not emotionally. Listen to and observe your body, and gradually turn up the volume on your training. If you’re not getting results with your current program, do something different. Seeking professional advice can be a good idea. If you are new to exercise or are in an “at-risk” category, then see a professional before you undertake any kind of structured exercise program. Keep the intensity relatively low. Don’t be impatient – it took a long time for you to get where you are physically, so you won’t undo the damage by next Tuesday. Leave your ego out of the decision-making process (listening, guys?).

What’s Your Prescription? Trainers, coaches and exercise physiologists often use a subjective scale called Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) to gauge how hard people feel they’re working during an exercise session. While there are a few different versions of this tool, let’s look at a simple 1 to 10 scale: If I’m running on a treadmill, for instance, I could express my exertion as follows: 10 - I’m at my absolute physical max. 8.5 - I’m heading toward my max. 7 - Uncomfortable, but coping 5 - Comfortable, but working 2 - The workload is easy. Capisce? My own training is typically broken up as follows: One third: easy (1-4 on the RPE Scale) One third: moderate (5-7) One third: intense (8-10) So where should you be on the scale when you exercise? The answer depends on a range of variables: your age, current fitness level, goals, training history, medical conditions, training environment temperature, energy levels, overall program design and much more. If you’re relatively fit and healthy and serious about creating a significant physical shift, then it might be time for you to turn up the volume a little. Don’t let your desire to be momentarily comfortable stand between you and your best body.

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Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend



DeDe and Bob Benham (center) on the steps of Balliets with artist John-Paul Philippé and Annie Bohanon. A sculpture by Philippé was recently installed in the store; Bohanon is chair of an upcoming event featuring his work at [Artspace] at Untitled (see “Looking Back at Home,” page 85).


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By Lauren Hammack

radition holds that the proper gift for celebrating a 75th anniversary is a diamond. Retail merchandising tradition holds that a 75th anniversary is even rarer than the diamond that would commemorate it. Oklahoma City retail gem and women’s specialty store Balliets has plenty to celebrate this fall, not the least of which is its diamond anniversary. As owner Bob Benham recalls the store’s 75-year history, it becomes apparent that somebody up there has a fondness for the upscale retail establishment. Its longevity is certainly the product of consistent dedication to bringing the world’s finest labels in apparel, accessories, shoes and cosmetics to Oklahoma City, but as Benham reveals, Balliets has enjoyed more than its share of unusually good luck, despite some otherwise bad timing. What could Edna Balliet have been thinking when she and her husband opened the namesake retail store? The year was 1936, a time when most people were moving out of the state, not into it. The Dust Bowl was in full swing, and still a determined woman was starting a business. Edna wasn’t just setting up a simple dry-goods-with-a-sideof-sundries shop, either. Her store, originally located at Park and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Tower, catered to the carriage trade – more specifically, the wealthy customer who, in earlier days, might have arrived in the comfort of a carriage. Edna clearly challenged the societal and economic norms for her era, and for about 25 years she defied the odds, establishing Balliets as Oklahoma City’s premiere women’s apparel boutique. Balliets gained a new steward in Leo “Buddy” Rodgers, who purchased the store and established its longtime home as the first retail tenant of 50 Penn Place in 1973. As 50 Penn’s anchor retailer, Balliets emerged as a destination for the educated shopper. The nature of retail, for better and often, for worse, is to serve as a barometer of the economy. The 1980s oil bust didn’t exempt Balliets from its indiscriminate grasp, and the store could have


Balliets’ sleek digs on the corner at Classen Curve easily gone the way of countless retail giants such as John A. Brown, Rothschild’s and Orbach’s, to name a few. Yet, it held on. By the early 1990s, Bob Benham was nearing retirement age as the president of Hall’s Merchandising in Kansas City. He could have wrapped up a lifelong career in retail and found a nice spot on a beach somewhere, and few observers would have faulted him for it. Instead, Benham took a chance on the struggling Balliets. “Retailers are like riverboat gamblers,” Benham observes. “They throw the dice and hope it works. And the old retail guys like me still operate with our gut,” he adds. “I knew it was a gamble, but I had a feeling it would work out.”

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Benham, along with his wife DeDe, also took a chance on Oklahoma City, which in 1991 was still struggling in many ways. “We didn’t know much about Oklahoma City,” Benham recalls, “but one of the things we’ve always loved about this city in the 20 years we’ve been here is its ‘can do’ attitude.” The “can do” attitude must have had a profound effect on the Benhams; 1991 was


a terrible time to take on a failing retail store. “We saw it as an opportunity to create something of value for our customers, our employees, the city and our own children,” Benham says, crediting Bill Cameron of American Fidelity, the owner and landlord of 50 Penn Place at the time, as having a pivotal role in the continued viability of Balliets. Likewise, Benham points to Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon for facilitating Balliets’ recent move into the anchor position for the Classen Curve retail development. The move to Classen Curve a year ago was perhaps even bolder than opening a luxury retail store in the middle of the Dust Bowl. Then 70 years old – a decidedly legitimate age to hang up the store keys and find that beach – Benham instead embarked on the retailer’s most ambitious endeavor yet: designing a stunning 17,000-square-foot store and completely redefining the brand. “We wanted Balliets to be new from the ground up,” Benham notes. “I told Tom Blanton, the broker for the space, ‘Give me the corner and I’ll build a great store.’” Never mind that the economy had just bottomed out. “The economy had just gone into a recession, and here I was, 70 years old, getting ready to take this leap. That, to me, is the definition of optimism,” Benham says with a grin. “This store has had some guardian angels – Bill and Aubrey being two of them – who have stepped up at the right time,” Benham admits. “You know, you gotta be good, but you gotta get lucky, too,” he says. “My dad used to say that good luck is the residue of hard work. I’ve always remembered that.”


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Modeling inside Balliets, November 1948

Fashion show at Balliets, March 1949

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Doors to Success A

vis Scaramucci did not start out as an entrepreneur. A talented vocalist and pianist, she studied music education at OU, not business, and her primary occupation for much of her adult life was that of housewife and stay-at-home mother. She cooked and sewed and was president of the PTA – “Too many times, I’m sure,” she says with a laugh – and she generally managed the household for husband Phil and their two children. She still be-

had seen a hand-painted door that I thought was so beautiful. I knew a lady in Norman who did wonderful paintings, and I had six doors in the original store. They were all hand-painted and all different. That’s how it became Painted Door.” After five delays to opening the store – “I’d just get so scared and talk myself out of it,” Avis recalls – Painted Door opened on September 19, 1991. “When it came time to open those doors,” she says, “I just

lieves that raising her children was the most important and most challenging job she ever undertook. But Avis had other ideas, other visions, as well. “Somewhere along the way – I’m sure it was in the middle of the night, in the rocking chair with one of the babies – I started to think about business, and specifically retail,” she remembers. “That seemed to me to be really interesting, to talk to people, to help them with their wish list and to hopefully make them feel better when they left than when they came in.” That middle-of-the-night thought never left her. As her children grew, she began her business education working part-time for a manufacturing plant, and after her oldest child graduated high school, the retail idea surfaced again. Avis decided on the idea of a unique gift store. It took several years of homework, but Avis found a spot for her store on South Western: it was easily accessible to potential customers from all over the metro area, and despite a few north side/south side grumblings from others, Avis

went to the back room and cried. It was so emotional. After a while I peeked out from the back and saw that there were people everywhere. Then I really cried. Phil came back there and said to me, ‘All these people are wondering where you are.’ I never looked back from the moment I stepped out onto that floor.” Painted Door was a hit, drawing customers from Edmond to Norman. The original 4,000 square feet soon became 14,000 square feet. Avis, always a lover of fine food,

believed in her idea and her location. With her husband’s encouragement, she bought the building and set about creating her dream. “I wanted a place that would serve everyone, from a child with a bit of money for a Mother’s Day gift, to someone who wanted to buy the perfect wedding gift yet not spend a gazillion dollars, to the person who did want to spend a gazillion dollars. I wanted that mix. It was the beginning of an incredible journey.” She filled her gift store with one-of-a-kind collectibles, the types of things she loved. But one problem arose: naming the place. “When I was thinking of naming the store, I was really struggling,” she says. “Scaramucci this or Avis that didn’t really have a ring to it. But somewhere back in my history, I


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Avis Scaramucci, photographed at Painted Door

“You accommodate people’s needs, even the tiniest; and you take time to be with people and understand their needs and wants. That’s how you build a business.” added a bakery that she called Nonna’s. The bakery expanded to include lunch and, as Avis says, “a little bit of dinner.” She discovered two important truths that propelled her business ever higher. “People love to shop and they love to eat. If they came to eat, they would shop. If they came to shop, then they would eat. That was the magic.” The magic worked and the business grew, fueled by Avis’ deceptively simple philosophy: “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Always tell the truth. You accommodate people’s needs, even the tiniest; and you take time to be with people and understand their needs and wants. That’s how you build a business.” Build she did, and soon friends and business acquaintances began to talk to her about moving downtown. At first she balked at the idea. “I thought, ‘Why would I go downtown?’ People would ask me when was the last time I’d been downtown, and I told them, ‘Frankly, I don’t go downtown.’” But one afternoon she left the store in the care of her employees, drove downtown, parked her car and took a walk. A few months later she did it again and took a longer walk. She asked Phil to come with her one day. They were both amazed at the transformation in downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown. The canal, the ballpark, the convention center… the face of the area was changing, and changing for the better. “I began to see a different opportunity, and I couldn’t let it go,” she says. One of Avis’ trademarks is her exhaustive preparation; she explored all of Bricktown and decided she wanted to be on a corner, to define her own space. In 2005, she moved onto the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive, fulfilling another longtime dream with a full-scale restaurant, christened Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar. Avis added a third story and an upstairs patio to the building, valet parking became standard, and Bricktown had a new fine dining destination. But in keeping with “the magic,” Painted Door shares the space.

Avis’ house: from its humble beginnings as an addition to a retail store, Nonna’s has emerged as one of OKC’s fine dining establishments.

In the 20 years since she opened the original Painted Door on South Western, Avis Scaramucci’s life has changed enormously. The PTA meetings have given way to life as an entrepreneur, and she is a positive force in the commercial life of Oklahoma City. In 2007 the landmark Skirvin Hilton asked her to open a new Painted Door location inside the hotel. Her business has grown from that vague middle-of-the-night thought of some retail store to a distinctive and thriving enterprise. But some things have not changed at all. Avis is quick to credit her employees, and her philosophy is the same as it has been for two decades: “The basic premise, the theory, the hope that I started with, still exists today. You never forget how special that customer is. It’s that simple.”

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Precaution for the Road Ahead By Carol Ringrose Alexander, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA™ Carol Alexander, CFP ®, AIF®, CDFATM, is Executive Vice President of Retirement Investment Advisors, which has been recognized more than 44 times as one of the top fee-only investment advisory firms in the nation.


ill you need help getting dressed someday? It is not a pleasant thought, but according to

America’s Health Insurance Plans, about 19 percent of Americans 65 years of age and older presently deal with some degree of chronic physical impairment. Among those aged 85 and older, 55 percent could benefit from long-term care. By the year 2020, it’s projected that 12 million older Americans will need long-term care.1 Long-term care goes beyond regular medical and nursing care. It includes the assistance you may need if you are unable to care for yourself for an extended period of time. You can receive long-term care in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, or in your own home. If you’ve reached or passed your 55th birthday, you should evaluate your long-term care insurance options. Typically, long-term care is not covered by your health insurance, and its cost for Oklahomans is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, according to a 2009 study by Genworth Financial.2 For example, in our state a home health aide costs $18 per hour, moving to an assisted living facility runs $31,065 per year and a stay in a nursing home costs between $46,888 and $56,575 per year. The average stay in a nursing home is about two-and-a-half years, according to a 2009 MetLife study.3 That means your stay could cost you $125,000 or more. The costs are rising, on average, by 6 percent per year in Oklahoma, according to the Genworth study. So who should buy the coverage and when? It depends. For those with sufficient assets, it might make sense to self-insure (that is, pay for costs out of pocket). For those with insufficient assets, well, there’s Medicaid. And for those in between, the answer seems likely to be long-term care insurance. It is a complicated insurance product, a product for which – just as with car or homeowners insurance – you may never see a return. But for many it might make sense, especially when you think about the cost of the premium relative to the worst-case impact on your net worth. For example, it costs a 59-year-old man about $130 a month to buy a long-term-care insurance policy that has a $150-a-day benefit with an inflation-protection rider and a 90-day waiting period. The maximum lifetime benefit is about $225,000. That means paying about $1,560 per year for as many as 30 years of premium payments, or $46,800 if you don’t ever need long-term care. It’s hard to say whether that is a good bet or not. It is possible that you will not need long-term care, or that you could spend more than a decade in a nursing home at a cost of more than $500,000. It’s certainly worth discussing with your advisors. After all, there are few things that can damage your financial plan like long-term health care costs. Whether you conclude that it makes sense to purchase long-term care insurance or self-insure, evaluate your options before making a decision. 1|329|450 2 3


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Zero-Dollar Wellness Programs Cher Bumps is President and CEO of Cher A. Bumps and Associates (CABA), a locally owned and operated company specializing in all types of employee benefits.


s every business owner is aware, the opportunities for savings on health care costs are few and far between. One such savings opportunity I have mentioned before is creating a worksite wellness program. The long-term gains seem obvious – healthy workers have lower health care costs and better attendance records – but many companies are deterred by the costs of starting these programs or other “roadblocks” to success. However, there is one significant way to save on those costs: accessing services provided free of charge by various organizations in the state. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department offers many opportunities for businesses to create costeffective, yet still comprehensive, workplace wellness programs. OCCHD will come on-site and conduct confidential interviews with employees to help assess the health attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of a given employee population, in order to determine which factors motivate participation and to identify areas of employee interest related to wellness. At the end of the interview process, OCCHD will generate an executive summary with recommendations. Another valuable resource is the Health at Work Coalition, a community group of wellness coordinators, employee health nurses and others interested in worksite wellness. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month at the United Way of Central Oklahoma offices to discuss worksite wellness in Oklahoma County, learn from speakers and collaborate on projects to profit the business community. In addition to the benefit of the participants’ combined expertise, attendance provides the opportunity to network and further enhance current wellness programs managed by members.


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By Cher Bumps

One specific area of concern for Oklahoma businesses is creating tobacco-free worksites. Both the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the state of Oklahoma can offer resources for this process, plus the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline – available toll-free at 1.800.QUIT. NOW – offers free, personalized assistance administered by professional tobacco cessation specialists. Callers are even offered assistance to cover the cost of patches, gum or other smoking cessation aids that are a valuable asset in the process of becoming tobacco free. Obviously, there are many other opportunities to create wellness programs through regional and national vendors who represent some wonderful packages featuring great technology along with educated staff available to make your worksite wellness plan a huge success. Do explore all the available options, but don’t forget about the fantastic, free resources offered right here in Oklahoma.

Make It Happen To view the services provided by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, visit The Health at Work Coalition’s meeting schedule and agendas are available, along with more information, at www. Additional resources to help employees stop smoking are available free of charge, courtesy of funds furnished from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, at For guidance, resources and information along with checklists to help promote eating better, moving more and being tobacco free, check out the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Guidebook at

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By Kent Anderson


his is the story of a Sunday School class and a small-town sign painter, a coin toss and an artist growing and evolving his work into an international reputation in multiple media. It is also the story of a homecoming. John-Paul Philippé was born and raised in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Since he graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1978, he has rarely exhibited in the state. This month he comes home, as “In Design: The Art of John-Paul Philippé” opens at [Artspace] at Untitled (see “Return of the Native,” page 88). Philippé’s journey to international artistic acclaim began early in life. “My mother says she knew early on,” Philippé remembers. “She says she would spill some M&Ms out onto my high chair tray and I wouldn’t eat them, but start sorting them out by colors. I was focused on art very early.” But artistic precocity must be nurtured, and Philippé found several outlets for his interest in his hometown. His Sunday School teacher noticed his class projects and invited him to accompany her on trips into the countryside to capture the landscapes and barns they saw in watercolors. Some of those early works were so accomplished that Philippé began selling paintings – at the ripe age of seven. His work developed as he did, propelled by influences like the local sign painter whose generosity supplied Philippé with paint as well as stylistic inspiration. After a few years – still selling paintings and winning awards – Philippé went off to OU… where he wasn’t an art major, instead choosing a pre-med course of study. “I may have been getting some gentle pressure from family to have a real career,” he laughs.

Artist John-Paul Philippé

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But the pull of art was strong, and after two years he switched majors. Upon graduation he headed immediately to Dallas and a job as an in-house designer with Neiman Marcus. After a year, he wanted to focus on painting, and was faced with a decision. “I flipped a coin in the office,” he says. “It was going to be either Key Largo or Santa Fe. I’d never been to either one, and it came up Santa Fe. Thirty days later, I was in my ’73 Ford LTD driving to New Mexico.” He continued to refine his painting style during his time in Santa Fe, then in 1982 he moved again, this time across the Atlantic to London. He calls it a “very formative” time in his life. He immersed himself in the museum world, working mostly on painting, but also occasionally involved in design – including the renovation of the historic Charleston Town House in Sussex. Philippé lived in London for 23 years. A major turning point in his career came during a trip back to the States to visit friends in New York. He needed steady work, and a friend offhandedly suggested that offer his design services to Barney’s. One small problem: at that time Philippé did not have a design portfolio. The artist proceeded to take a Polaroid camera, arranged a few objects on a table and snapped some pictures, stuffed the Polaroids into an envelope and took them to Barney’s. That impromptu portfolio led to a creative relationship that endures to this day. “It’s hard to imagine Barney’s stores without John-Paul Philippé,” says Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barney’s Stores. “His murals adorn the restaurants; his paintings have hung in both store interiors and windows in stores from Las Vegas to Japan. His most impressive work involves actually creating massive sculptural pieces that are integrated into the very structure of various stores. He is the ultimate collaborative artist.” Philippé now lives in New York, where he keeps a studio in the heart of SoHo. Working with Barney’s, while still pursuing diverse creative projects, the artist draws no distinctions between types of projects or media. “The different media bleed together. A drawing can become a sculpture, for example. You can draw or paint on sculpture. It’s the same thing with looking at pure artistic endeavors or commercial work – it’s all the same to me.” “Double Standing Perch,” 2011, steel, 11'x2'x2', recently installed on the steps of Balliets on Classen Curve.


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Artist John-Paul Philippé in the loft studio of [Artspace] at Untitled

His exhibition opening this month at [Artspace] at Untitled is something of a retrospective, featuring sculpture, painting, bronzes and larger installations – including pieces created especially for the Untitled space. The “homecoming” has given John-Paul Philippé pause to consider his artistic roots, as well as his art going forward. “It’s been good for my work,” he says of his preparation for the show. “It’s made me more reflective on what I did when I lived in Oklahoma. So I’m embracing a lot of my earlier artistic life in my new work. Likewise, I’ll take this experience of putting together a show in Oklahoma now, and it will inform my future work.”


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Return of the Native “In Design: The Art of John-Paul Philippé” opens at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. 3rd in downtown Oklahoma City, on October 14, with a reception for the artist from 5-8pm. The exhibit will be on view through January. Philippé will make installations unique to the gallery, combining them with samples of his paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. “It has been a rewarding experience to undertake this project with John-Paul,” says Jon Burris, Executive Director of Untitled. “It is rare to have this kind of opportunity to interact so closely with such a recognized artist, and of course, a former Oklahoman.”

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s romantic as the notion may be, the “Eureka!” moment, in which everything becomes clear in a single, brilliant moment of inspiration, is quite uncommon. Life tends more to the “slow and steady wins the race” sort of approach. People simply don’t figure out the major issues of their lives in a sudden blaze of glory. Or do they? Oklahoma City jewelry designer Valerie Naifeh, owner of Naifeh Fine Jewelry, is one of the rare individuals who experienced that elusive bit of clarity, and her calling crystallized for her in a single moment. She was a student at the University of Tulsa, who had flirted with architecture and fine art before settling in as an English Literature major. Her former high school art teacher recommended her to Tulsa jewelry designer Ann Garrett, who was seeking an apprentice. Valerie got the job. “The first day I went to work,” Valerie recalls, “Ann showed me the tools to use and what to do. I sat down to carve a wax model of a jewelry piece and it was the ‘aha!’ moment that we rarely get in life. I was filled with joy and I knew this was what I was supposed to be doing.” Valerie continued the apprenticeship until she graduated from college, then was hired full-time by Garrett, who taught her the jewelry business, from design to sales to going on gemstone buying trips in Asia and Europe. She moved to Oklahoma City in 1987 to manage a leased space inside Balliets for Garrett, later working for Samuel Gordon Jewelers before returning to Balliets with her own leased space, and eventually opening her own retail store in Casady Square in 2002. Now Valerie is an internationally acclaimed jewelry designer with two exclusive lines of her own, and a reputation for doing exquisite custom commissioned works. But every journey must have a beginning, and Valerie credits her father for inspiring her creativity. “He was quite the Renaissance man,” she says. “He was a broadcaster for over 30 years, including 26 years as the weatherman for the CBS TV affiliate

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The artist at leisure: Valerie Naifeh

involved every step of the way. “If they want Etruscan or Victorian or contemporary, that’s what they get,” Valerie says. “For a custom piece, I don’t impose my own style on the customer.” While custom commissions are a significant part of Valerie’s business, she also has two lines of her own original designs. The Elements and Emotions lines are available through her retail store, and through merchants/galleries in Sun Valley, Idaho, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sacramento, California. A conversation with Valerie is a study in passion and enthusiasm. She loves what she does, and is gratified by the opportunity to share the results of that long-ago “Aha!” moment of creativity. She has her preferred materials to work with – tourmaline as a day-to-day gemstone, and the rare red spinel from Burma as a personal favorite – and she cites three qualities that define a Valerie Naifeh creation: the exceptional color of her gemstones, lasting heirloom quality and a sculptural feel to her designs. Above all, however, she exults in seeing her creativity fulfilled through the eyes of others. “I love to work with clients to complete a vision they may have,” she says. “The most fun for me is seeing people’s emotional reactions to a piece I’ve designed. There’s a real sense of joy and satisfaction in knowing that something you created brings someone that much happiness.”

in Tulsa. He was also a self-taught painter and sculptor, and taught himself puppetry and ventriloquism. There was an unspoken competition with my two brothers to see which of us could be as creative as Dad. That set the stage for my creative mind.” She took technical drawing in high school – one of only two girls in a class with 30 males. That gender differential dissuaded her from pursuing architecture as a career, but the foundation would later come in handy in her jewelry designs. She doesn’t use CAD (computer-aided design), but rather draws every design by hand to this day. Her creative mind, working in concert with her technical skill and precision, truly shines when she is commissioned to create custom pieces of jewelry. The first step is an in-depth conversation with the client, as she determines the goals of the project. “I’ll ask them, ‘Do you want to wear this every day as a signature piece? Is it a piece you just want for a special occasion? Does it need to serve several purposes, such as a pendant that will convert to a brooch?’ We define their expectations, then it’s my job to find a way to make the design happen.” Once she has a clear picture of the customer’s needs, she sketches the design, then creates a wax model. The client is


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One-Liner By Susan Grossman


reat stories can spring from the most innocuous or unlikely sources; this one arose from a single line of text, one that prompted a five-word question, which developed into the newest thriller by Oklahoma City author and Slice features writer B. Kent Anderson. Cold Glory begins at the end of the Civil War and takes readers on a wild ride through present-day Oklahoma. Anderson said, “I have always been interested in American history and developed a particular interest in the Civil War. I was fooling around on the web and found one line in a narrative, written by a member of Grant’s staff, about when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in 1865. He said that the two generals were alone for a few minutes in the room where the surrender took place before they allowed staff and others in to witness it. “What immediately came to my mind was, ‘What did they talk about?’ In those few minutes at the end of this nightmare conflict that ripped this continent apart, what did these two men talk about? This whole novel came from that one line.” Anderson surmised that the generals agreed to provide for a military government to prevent the federal government from falling apart during the years of post-war rebuilding. “My thought was that Lee and Grant would have provided for a provisional government in the form of this group they called the Glory Warriors,” he said. “However, the modern-day Glory Warriors have twisted what these honorable men had intended and essentially try to stage a military coup of the U.S. government to bring about the very circumstances that Lee and Grant were afraid would happen.” Fans of the Department Thirty series, written by Anderson under the pen name David Kent, will be thrilled that the author has returned to follow frumpy history professor Nick Journey and his counterpart, federal agent Meg Tolman, as they investigate the Glory Warriors’ shadowy cabal. In a story filled with taut twists and turns, Anderson weaves his knowledge of small-town Oklahoma together with touches of personal history. Nick, for example, is a single dad of an autistic son… as is Anderson himself. “I thought about it a long time before giving Nick a child with severe autism,” he said. “My middle son does have profound autism, and the characters of Nick and his son, Andrew, are somewhat based on my relationship with my son. I had to ask myself if I could write this aspect of the story because it is not what the book is about; rather, it is one part of these characters’ lives. My editor said this relationship is what sold her on the novel. It was really satisfying to hear her say that. There are not too many single dads who are heroes in thriller fiction.” Taking cues from his tenure as program director of KCSC Classical Radio, Anderson also found a way to express his appreciation and knowledge of classical music by having Meg, a classically trained pianist, wrestle with learning complex performance pieces while delving into the mystery of the Glory Warriors. “I really wanted a strong female co-lead character, not a sidekick,” Anderson said of Meg. “The musical aspect of her is near and dear to my heart.”


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That the novel came about at all is something for which Anderson is grateful. It comes on the heels of some profoundly difficult personal issues – a divorce, single parenting of three sons, a change in careers, the perceived loss of creativity and ultimately, a period of a depression that practically leveled him. “I did not write any fiction at all for more than two years,” Anderson said. “I figured I had my four books in the Department Thirty series, so I concentrated on writing for this magazine [Slice] and learning all I could from that.” He credits his then-girlfriend, now-fiancée Terri Cullen with helping him rediscover his voice, albeit in a rather subtle way. “She believed that I had more books in me before I did,” Anderson said. “We were at a social gathering just a few months after meeting and I was asked the dreaded, ‘What are you working on?’ question. As I mumbled my usual answer that I was not working on anything at the time, Terri reached over, put her hand on my arm and said, ‘He has more books in him. I know he does, and they will come soon.’ I was overwhelmed by that expression of faith.” A second novel in the Nick Journey and Meg Tolman series, Silver Cross, is completed and in his editor’s hands. Research is underway for a third. Taped to Anderson’s computer is a quote by Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine: “I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity for doing more.” “I love that quote,” he said. “Most writers don’t end up on the New York Times bestsellers list. My hope is simply that enough people enjoy Cold Glory and I will get to write more books. I have many more ideas. It’s great fun to tell stories and get paid for it.”

Sharing the Glory Upcoming Appearances: October 20, 6:30pm Launch for Cold Glory Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City October 22, 2pm Cold Glory launch, continued Best of Books, Edmond October 27, 6:30pm Cold Glory signing Barnes & Noble, Norman

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The Other Side of By Lauren Hammack Photo by K.O. Rinearson


Mark Funke

e’s probably the reason they invented “Saturday School” at his Catholic grade school, where he spent a good stretch of time repenting for the loquaciousness that landed him there. Today, the nuns would agree that the very gregarious Mark Funke, Oklahoma City President of Bank of Oklahoma, has channeled that sociability into some great civic and personal endeavors. What might surprise the nuns, however, is that Funke has another side – one that actually appreciates some quiet time, particularly if it involves a grill or a stove and perhaps a bottle of Joseph Phelps Insignia wine to be shared at home with Beverly, his best friend and stunning bride of 35 years. You’ve got the best last name ever! I just want to sing “Funke-town!” And don’t forget “Play that Funke Music!” You’re like Cher or Bono. Someone can say “Funke” and everyone knows immediately that it’s you. My wife Beverly has never called me anything else. So, where is Funke-town, exactly? What’s your hometown? Wichita, Kansas.

A K-State man? Yes, but in the 26 or 27 years that Beverly and I have lived here, we’ve become OU fans. In fact, we’ve sent two kids to OU. That’s a firm step toward rehabilitation. So, you’re a bank president. What’s the secret for choosing the fastest lane in the drive-thru? Aren’t they all fast? I always end up behind the guy taking out a home loan in the drive-thru. Personally, I’d rather just come inside, but the TransFunds are always quick. Do you have any phobias? As a rule, I don’t hunt things that could eat me. And I really don’t like snakes. My son had allergies when he was younger, so we didn’t have cats or dogs. Instead, he got a large snake. It got loose in the house once for several days. Beverly and the kids knew it, but they didn’t tell me until much later, thank God. What should everyone try at least once? Making a donation to the United Way – no dollar goes further to


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help people in our community. I’m also passionate about the arts organizations that do so much to improve the quality of life in our state – and of course, I love the YMCA. I was a “Y” kid growing up. How much of your non-YMCA time was spent in the hall at school? A LOT. I went to a Catholic grade school. The rule was, if you got five check marks next to your name, you had to go to Saturday School. I was a talker. My mom was so used to taking me to Saturday School, she just scheduled it into her regular Saturday errands. Speaking of Saturdays, where should I eat this weekend? At home – there’s nothing better. That’s not what I hear at my house. Beverly and I attend so many functions during the week that it’s nice to cook at home on the weekend. We both love to cook. What’s your specialty? I’m good at steaks and fish of any kind, but my best dish is an excellent homemade pizza. I make a great one. Does anyone else know about your culinary artistry? Yes! We’ve been in a gourmet club with four other couples for the past nine years. We’re about to go to Kennebunkport as guest chefs for one of their local restaurants. Culinary skills come in handy; people love to eat. What else should people know how to do? Besides balancing their checkbook, of course… Play a musical instrument. I wish I’d learned to do that when I was younger. If I ever retire, I’d like to learn to play the banjo. The younger Funkes are musically inclined, are they not? They are. My daughter Annie is a professional singing actress and my son Bill is a professional saxophonist. I can’t read a note, so they must get it from Beverly. She’s very musical and my parents were, too. You might be what’s referred to as “a carrier.” Apparently. Both my kids inspire me. They’ve pursued their passions and they’re good at what they do. What’s the best advice you’ve given to your kids? I’ve told my son this – and he’s repeated it to me several times – “Don’t follow a bad shot with a stupid shot.” There’s the obvious golf application, but it also applies to life. A bad shot is a mistake, and sometimes we can’t prevent mistakes from happening. Stupid shots are the result of our bad decisions, and those are totally preventable.

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hey’re the inherent colors of fall in Oklahoma: crimson and cream, orange and black. And while they might co-exist peacefully in nature (maybe), they’re forever at odds with domestic, workplace or gridiron harmony. What to do? Fly them, of course.

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SPACES | Setting the Table, page 56 Halloween-themed cupcakes from Amy Cakes in Norman, 360.1131,; MacKenzie-Childs “Courtly Check” dishware including salad plates ($30), small ($25) and large ($175) flower pots, large platters ($45), small ($28) and large ($45) bowls, tiered serving Setting the Table platter ($395) and fondue pot T (discontinued) all from On A Whim in Oklahoma City, 848.3488, Spaces | Discerning Design

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he theme is “not so scary” at an all-ages Halloween party where kids and adults alike can feast at a table overflowing with treats. Start with a lace tablecloth covered in black tulle, then clear out the chairs and let the table be the centerpiece for the gathering. Present sweets in lots of fun ways. Fill small flower pots with florist foam, stick in some lollipops and scatter small candies over the foam. Station trays of fruit and sweets near a fondue pot filled with chocolate. Spread black licorice from a cup to sprawl like a spider. Cover the table in overflowing bowls of sweet, salty and even healthy (oh, the horror!). For a spooky approach to the floral arrangement, search out unusual stems like purple calla lilies and ornamental eggplant (which look like tiny pumpkins growing on a stick). Feathery ferns and moss complete the picture. From our table to yours… Happy Halloween!

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DESIGNERS’ NOTEBOOK | Falling Into Place, page 99 Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($249) from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, 840.8495,; fresh face makeup application (starting at $150) from Cayman’s in Norman, 360.3969,; POP Beauty faux lashes ($11 for lashes, $15 for feather lashes) and Butter “Wallis” nail lacquer ($15) from The MakeUp Bar in Oklahoma City, 810.1226,; Kevin Murphy’s Young Again ($39) from Salon d’Bella in Oklahoma City, 608.0582,; Edward Bess lipstick ($32) from The Consortium in Oklahoma City, 286.4183; Trish McEvoy eyeshadow (starting at $16) from Balliets in Oklahoma City, 848.7811,

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15020 Bristol Park Place, Edmond


J Spencer Jewelry & Gifts

AC Dwellings


Ladybugs & Lizards

1389 E 15th, Ste 128, Edmond

AllenStyle Homes


Legacy Cleaners & Laundry


AllStar Motors

2606 S Kelly, Edmond


Love, Dr. Tim

11101 Hefner Pointe, Ste 104, OKC


Armstrong Auditorium

14400-A S Bryant, Edmond


MAINSITE Contemporary Art

122 E Main, Norman


Art in Iron


Marble Designs

400 NE 150th, Edmond



PHONE 348.2121

Ayers, Dr. N. Paul

3400 W Tecumseh, Ste 300, Norman


The Menopause Center of Oklahoma

1705 S Renaissance, Edmond

Bajaj Plastic Surgery

6205 N Santa Fe, Ste 105, OKC


Mercy Hospital


5801 NW Grand, OKC


Mister Robert

109 E Main, Norman

Bank of Oklahoma


Mistletoe Market


BC Clark Jewelers


Mitchell’s Jewelry

218 E Main, Norman


BD Home

5840 N Classen, OKC


Monte Cristo Ironworks

625 N MacArthur, Ste 400, OKC


BDO Construction

4410 N Western, OKC


Monticello Cabinets & Doors

512 SW 3rd, OKC

228.4900 879.0888

Bob Moore Audi

12920 N Broadway Ext, OKC


Mr. Ooley’s

Penn Square Mall, OKC

Bob Moore Land Rover

13000 N Broadway Ext, OKC


Naifeh Fine Jewelry

N Penn & Britton, OKC

Bratton, Rhonda


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd, OKC

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Breast Imaging of OK

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Nonna’s & The Painted Door

1 Mickey Mantle, OKC


Brent Gibson Classic Home Design


OKC Museum of Art

415 Couch, OKC


The Broadway Clinic

1801 N Broadway, OKC


Okie Boutique

Brockhaus Jewelry

2107 W Main, Norman


Oklahoma City Ballet

Brown, Kermit


Old World Iron

8405 Mantle, OKC


California Closets

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1900 E 15th, Ste 700D, Edmond

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5641 N Classen, OKC

City Arts Center

3000 General Pershing, OKC


PhotoArt Studios

Closet Moxie

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Physicians Optical

4200 W Memorial, Ste 101, OKC

The Consortium

9215 N Penn, OKC


Pickles and Ice Cream

1450 S Bryant, Edmond


Coredination Pilates

128 E Main, Ste 201, Norman


Pleasant Pools


Courtyard Antiques

3314 S Broadway, Edmond


The Prophet of Vail Mountain

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Quail Creek Bank

122nd & N May, OKC


Crescent Market

6409 Avondale, Nichols Hills


Regal Healthcare

1101 N Bryant, Edmond


The Culinary Kitchen

7302 N Western, OKC


Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc.

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Cunningham Interiors

2109 W Britton, OKC


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Route 66

50 Penn Place, OKC


Dental Design Studio

2408 Palmer Circle, Norman


Ruth Meyers

63rd & N Western, Nichols Hills


Designer Rugs

7118 N Western, OKC


Sam Noble Museum

2401 Chautauqua, Norman


Don Childress Custom Building

6307 Waterford, Ste 115, OKC


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Sooner Theatre

101 E Main, Norman


First National Bank of OK

10900 Hefner Pointe, OKC


Southwest Tile & Marble

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First Source Real Estate

12020 N Penn, OKC


St. Anthony Hospital

Flower Girl Landscapes


Sterling’s Home Décor & Gifts

105 S Broadway, Edmond

Furniture Buy Consignment

5801 N May, OKC


Stillwater National Bank


Gallery Medical Family Practice Clinic

2801 NW 23rd, OKC


True North Living

7318 N Western, OKC


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Gigi’s Cupcakes

14101 N May, Ste 104, OKC


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THE SHOWGIRL PONY By Lauren Hammack Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at

visual assessment of my attic would reveal that, where holidays are concerned, I favor Halloween over any other. With three full racks of costumes


exact match to my own hair. Dismissing the detail that I have curly hair and the showgirl pony was straight, I immediately attached it, paid for it and wore it out of the store in triumph.

(because you just never know when you’ll need to show up somewhere as a 7-Eleven clerk or a park ranger), we have a doorbell that rings as much before Halloween (for the uncostumed masses) as it does on the big night. The Hammack costuming philosophy is fairly straightforward: the fancy to alter one’s persona can strike at any moment, often without provocation or warning. So why limit this expression to Halloween? DNA being what it is, our children – Batman, Tigger and the Little Mermaid – embraced this tendency from early ages. Requests to Santa routinely underscored an ongoing need for king and knight outfits, cop and firemen get-ups and assorted props. And woe the day the eventual wedgie from the astronaut jumpsuit (a second-grade wardrobe staple) became so unbearable that the ensemble had to be retired. Halloween notwithstanding, the occasion to change one’s identity can present itself in a flash. One summer weekend, my friend Julie proposed we drive to Dallas. On the way, she suggested we stop by Sam Moon, the Mecca of cheap jewelry

The showgirl pony proclaimed to the non-showgirl world that I had arrived… and that I was in the immediate market for a snappy pair of white pleather go-go boots with platform soles. Over the next three days, it was a mighty weapon of sorcery as I flipped, flaunted and paraded my extension across the greater Dallas metroplex, attracting the captive stares of less fortunate onlookers. I was equally transfixed by the statement on my head; I couldn’t resist admiring my own reflection. I was the undisputed Rapunzel of the new millennium, just as long as the hefty pony remained buttressed by the industrial-grade banana clips I’d purchased shortly after an inopportune “updo malfunction” in a public setting. Truly, I was reinvented while wearing the showgirl pony. The anonymity of Dallas only fueled the transformation, cheering, “You go-go, girl!” But I knew the magic couldn’t last. With Julie riding next to me, sporting her sensible chignon, I waved good-bye to Sam Moon on our way out of Dallas. My

and purses, conveniently located on the north end of town. To my delight, Sam Moon turned out to be a rhinestone-encrusted bonanza of tiaras, scepters and other adornments. As I held court inside the store, waving my sparkly scepter and blinding my subjects with my four-tiered tiara, I spotted a wall the length of a city block, covered with hairpieces of every imaginable length, color and ethnic origin. In that moment, nothing else – not even the Miss Big Bovine tiara – mattered. With the assistance of a not-amused sales clerk, Julie and I scampered the full length of the wall, attaching twists, braids and ponytails to our heads. Julie found a sensible chignon that she could fasten to her head when she got out of the pool, giving her the instant appearance of freshly coiffed hair. My selection was less subtle: a two-foot long, blond ponytail that screamed Vegas Showgirl, circa 1971. The color was an

fabulous blond beehive was piled high on my head – closer to God – and shellacked in place, televangelist style, so that it could poke through the sunroof for the ride home. My sons and their friends were standing in the driveway with my husband as Julie and I pulled in. I lowered the beehive from the sunroof – not a hair out of place – and greeted them without a single reference to the B-52’s anthology playing out on my head. Normal families in this situation might have asked, “What the hell?” Mine, quite unflappable, never flinched. However, my sons’ friends were visibly alarmed as they tried to make sense of Mrs. Hammack’s showgirl hair and the squirrel tail on her friend’s head. They’ll probably never understand that, for three uninhibited days in Dallas, I was a 1971 Vegas showgirl. And I had the ponytail to prove it.


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Last Look | Kimberli Robberson

Autumn Cabaret

With our minds no longer preoccupied with record-setting temperatures, we turn our attention to all the good fall brings – like the colorful display that Kimberli Robberson of Edmond captured at this pond on a Lincoln County farm.

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