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WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IT’S NOT. And because ONE IN EVERY EIGHT WOMEN is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s not something we take lightly, either. That’s why we have a comprehensive network of five centers throughout the Oklahoma City area dedicated to breast health that goes beyond simply booking an appointment … to building a relationship. From prevention to diagnosis to treatment and recovery, we’re here to provide thorough, specialized and – because we know how important it is to you – convenient care.
It all centers on this: 90% OF BREAST CANCER CASES CAN BE TREATED SUCCESSFULLY IF DETECTED EARLY. So get the simple mammogram that could save your life – and we’ll make sure it doesn’t take too much time out of your daily life. Evening appointments, convenient locations … and if it’s determined that a biopsy is needed, in most cases we can do it the same day. And all of it comes from the one place with the most beautiful results of all: MORE SURVIVORS OF MORE TYPES OF CANCER than anywhere in Oklahoma.
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FEATURES October 2012
While gearing up for the big game, Slice takes a look back at a centuryplus of shootouts, plans delicious detours on the way to Dallas and ponders the ineffable magic of sure-fire superstitions.
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66 Urban Road to Renaissance
Archaeologist A thriving community of outcast immigrants living beneath the city streets? Bradley Wynn works
Easily missed, reputedly haunted and seemingly
to unearth a forgotten footnote of
untouched by time, the quiet architectural treasure
OKC history, and the truth of the
of Carey Place has a character all its own.
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12 From the Publisher 14 To the Editor
Powerhouse recipes for hungry tailgaters, the top trends in Oklahoma dining, a locavore’s dream feast and Slice’s city-wide restaurant guide
Discovering a Virginia valley hideaway where the railroad reigns and the scenery is totally sublime, plus more of M.J. Alexander’s memorable travels through Oklahoma
Catching up with a living Australian treasure, fearsome film faunae, OKC’s own miracle on ice and other topics of conversation
A fall fashion Q&A with the ladies of Liberté, game-day wear courtesy of Shea Adamson’s Kickoff Couture and Sisters United creates pop-tab fashion
The month’s metro attractions, including a multimillion-dollar art collection, Broadway veterans belting out the hits and the Dark Knight triumphant
Though they’re not always filled with sweetness and light – especially to clueless callers – sports talk radio hosts Al Eschbach and Jim Traber continue to rule the airwaves as a team.
74 Setting the Table
Dazzle dinner guests with this fresh, vibrant array of tableware and floral accents that add visual punch to an autumn brunch.
78 Home-Cooked Inspiration
A smorgasbord of ideas for design and décor await culinary-minded browsers as the OCMS Kitchen Tour returns to Nichols Hills.
82 Where History Lives
Living in the past can be a good thing; homeowners exhibit lovingly preserved architectural treasures in the 46th Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.
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116 Next Steps
The Affordable Care Act has arrived; here’s a quick breakdown of what its provisions will mean for individuals and small businesses.
118 New Hope in 3D
Mammograms are a crucial step in maintaining women’s health, one that’s becoming faster and more accurate thanks to technological advances.
120 Target Treatment
An effective form of cancer treatment that uses less radiation and leaves patients feeling better during the process – there’s a lot to recommend proton therapy.
121 Out & About
A pictorial wrap-up of parties and events from central Oklahoma’s social scene
126 Last Laugh 128 Last Look
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Publisher l Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Meares Creative Director Mia Blake
Features Writer Kent Anderson Associate Editor Steve Gill Contributing Writers M.J. Alexander, Mark Beutler, Karl Boatman, M.D., Paula Deupree, M.D., Timothy Fields, Lauren Hammack, Karen Rieger, Caryn Ross, Russ Tall Chief, Elaine Warner, Bradley Wynn
Art Director Scotty Oâ€™Daniel Graphic Designer Brian Oâ€™Daniel Contributing Stylist Sara Gae Waters Contributing Photographers M.J. Alexander, Justin Avera, David Cobb, Butch Enterline, Rob Ferguson, Erick Gfeller, Steffanie Halley, Simon Hurst, Melissa Keys-Jones, Laizure Photo, Claude Long, Michael Miller, K.O. Rinearson, Richard A. Rowe, Brittany Stover, Ashford Ravenscroft Thomson, Elaine Warner, Carli Wentworth
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Just the way we like it: Sooners on top. A trip to the Cotton Bowl to cheer on our beloved team is magical, but the game is only part of the experience. Beginning on page 53, Lauren Hammack takes us through some home-team highlights, pregame must-dos and a primer for eating your way through the long haul. Photo by Laizure Photo
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LETTERS l FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Road to Victory… Or at Least Home
y daughter Chloe is a great travel companion. She recently accompanied me on the most insanely ridiculous driving-laden trip to Texas we’ve taken to date. Over the course of two-and-a-
half days we drove from Prague (the U.S. version with questionable pronunciation) to Oklahoma City to Houston to Galveston, back to Houston, to Bellville (where?), back to Houston again, then to Oklahoma City and finally home to Prague. As we departed Houston for Oklahoma on the fiM.J. ALEXANDER
nal leg of the trip, we threw caution – and common sense – to the wind, exiting the interstate in favor of farm roads and the occasional unpaved adventure. Chloe, age 10, maintained incredibly good humor throughout, even after I reversed my position on the merits of stopping to read every historical marker along the way.
We were at the mercy of the MapQuest iPhone app, which served us relatively well… to a point.
But when the time came for us to cross the Red River in pitch-black darkness, we found ourselves facing a one-lane bridge with more broken railings than functioning ones. Headlights from the other side – the only clear sign of any other life in the area – indicated that it was our turn to cross. As I inched the car forward, Chloe shut her eyes with a single request of “tell me when it’s over.”
We survived the crossing, and presume the car next in line did as well. Since then, I have made
several attempts to chart the route we took via MapQuest, but to no avail. Apparently we had entered an alternate universe that evening, and our circuitous route is never to be repeated. And that’s OK.
Throngs of Oklahomans are making plans to cross the Red River this month, albeit via the more
direct and advisable route down I-35. It’s October, after all, and that means one thing takes precedence above all else: the OU-Texas game. It’s more than grit and gridiron; it’s the anticipation of getting there. Lauren Hammack offers some highlights of the game’s 100-plus year history, takes us on a gastronomic road trip, and attempts to discover the one true ritual (the rite way, you might say) to guarantee good fortune for your team on game day.
Speaking of discoveries, we also explore some oft-overlooked aspects of Oklahoma City’s past
this month, as historian Bradley Wynn digs into the legendary Chinese Underground and Russ Tall Chief strolls through timelessly historic Carey Place. And if you’re seeking good fortune, M.J. Alexander can show you the way to Karma, even if the map might be a bit misleading.
Enjoy the onset of autumn… and Go Sooners!
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LETTERS l TO THE EDITOR
Independent A step in the right direction
Staying in Tune
On behalf of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Board of Directors, I want to thank Slice Magazine for its support for our 2012-2013 season (“Tune It Up,” September 2012). The Philharmonic provides tremendous enjoyment for over 100,000 people each year and benefits our community in many tangible and intangible ways. Our musicians perform at excellent levels unequaled by many of our sister orchestras across the country, and our guest artist roster includes some of the finest talent in the world. We are proud of the Philharmonic, and we are delighted that you have joined with us through your commitment.
PURSUITS l WHAT TO DO
TUNE IT UP!
By Steve Gill
ddie Walker joined the then-fledgling OKC Philhar-
monic as an intern in 1989 and has since risen to the lofty title of Executive Director, amassing an impres-
sive store of knowledge and expertise and witnessing more than a few performances along the way. So when he says, “This seems to be one of those seasons where all the stars kind of lined up,” music lovers across the metro should take notice. The organization’s bar is already set fairly high – “We do pretty well at this in general,” Walker admits – but even from that insider’s perspective there’s something about the 2012-’13 slate of eight Classics Series and six Pops Series performances that he thinks stands out. “This seems to be a season that has broader and bigger appeal than most. It’s just that combination of the right artists, and the repertoire that Joel [Levine] has built around them, it just seems to really be appealing this year – more appealing than usual.” How so, you ask? Check out this lineup…
CLASSICS SERIES Members of the Philharmonic administration chose individual artists or performances from this season that they’re especially anticipating, but the man wielding the baton could not. Maestro Joel Levine: “That’s an impossible question. It’s like asking a heart surgeon, ‘Which is your favorite person you’ve saved?’ I don’t program concerts that I don’t enjoy conducting – a lot – otherwise there’s no sense in doing it. For this particular season coming up, I would not be able to pull out one. It’s loaded with pieces that we as musicians just worship, so it’s going to be challenging and rewarding.”
Grand Opening Night September 15 Conrad Tao, piano
Conrad Tao is an award-winning pianist; and an award-winning violinist; and he’s won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for the last eight consecutive years. Oh, and he just turned 18. No wonder Forbes put him on its last 30 Under 30 list highlighting the youngest stars in the music business – in fact, he’s the only classical musician on that list. In OKC, Tao will be performing Liszt’s “Totentanz” and “Variations on a Nursery Theme” by Dohnanyi, while the orchestra tackles Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and “Autumn” from Glazunov’s “The Seasons.”
Songs of Land and Sea October 6 Gil Shaham, violin
Eddie Walker: “We have been trying to bring him back for 20 years, and it’s finally lined up.” In constant demand worldwide – his 2012 itinerary includes Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and Carnegie Hall – for his impeccably skillful technique and unmistakable warmth, the Israeli-American Grammy winner makes a triumphant return to the Civic Center after two decades’ absence to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, accompanied by Glinka’s ”Kamarinskya,” “Four Sea Interludes” from Britten’s Peter Grimes and the “Dances of Galanta” by Kodaly.
Blazing Colors With a French Twist November 17 Barry Douglas, piano
Polished, powerful performances have garnered Douglas a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, the rank of Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to music – and acclaim from
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Michael E. Joseph, McAfee and Taft OKC Philharmonic Society Board of Directors
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farmto fashion By Timothy Fields Photos by Simon Hurst
Fall’s fashions always bring the promise of cooler weather to come. The mood is adult and polished with rich colors and a great mix of textures and fabrics. We find this season’s fashions to be pleasing to everyone.
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l to r: Allie wears Vince Camuto silk halter dress, Betsey Johnson jewelry, Mary Frances bejeweled owl purse and Michael Kors giraffe print shoes from Dillard’s | Kristina wears Rachel Zoe teal dress and black animal print shoe with Prada oxblood leather purse and sunglasses from Balliets | Alex wears Catherine Deane oxblood leather and lace dress with Ferrare black chain bracelet from Liberté | Jessi wears A’Reve dress from Rakota Remington | Jewelry by Betsey Johnson from Dillard’s
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Dressed for Success
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“The Birthday Girl” (Last Laugh, September 2012) – thanks for that! As usual, I chuckled out loud and related to the nth degree! Lynn Gravitt Means via Facebook I just had to respond; I am still laughing! You tackled what most of us are trying to avoid – the dreaded aging. You hit every nail right on the head. FYI: my favorite places to go, especially out to eat, are dark, dark places where you need a flashlight to see the menu. I figure if you can’t see the menu without light, I must look fantastic! Keep up the good work (and the funnies).
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CHATTER l WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT...
MagicIs Back The
By Mark Beutler
ong before she was Sandy in “Grease,” or the spandex-wearing hottie with the headband in the
“Physical” video, Olivia Newton-John was first and foremost a singer. She has won four Grammy Awards, sold 100 million albums and starred in one of Hollywood’s most successful musicals. Today she remains a pop-culture icon, still entertaining the masses with her timeless hits and inexhaustible energy. She recently hit the casino circuit, where she is performing to sell-out crowds – including dates in Oklahoma at Riverwind Casino October 3 and Winstar Casino November 2.
We sat down with Olivia as she re-
flects on her music, her battle with cancer and the fans who adore her. An entire generation was raised on Olivia Newton-John. Growing up, who were some of your favorites? Do you still have the old records you collected as a youngster? Oh, you are very sweet; I can’t believe I have been singing for over 40 years and people still turn up! I always loved so many types of music and artists, that one is a tough question. I have to say Julie London, Minnie Ripperton, Doris Day and Joan Baez were pretty influential. As for my old records… oh, gosh, I probably do have them somewhere in a box. You were always a very sweet, wholesome singer. When your character Sandy changed into the leather-clad mama at the end of “Grease,” it seems you also changed. Your album following “Grease” was “Totally Hot,” which had an entirely new sound. Was that a deliberate move on your part to change with the times? When we made “Grease,” we had no idea it was going to be as big a hit as it was, and still is. It seems at every concert there is always a new generation of young girls who are discovering Sandy and the film.
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT... l CHATTER
I think with “Sandy 2,” as I call her, it gave me the opportunity to change my image a bit and grow as an artist. So musically, it just made sense to record the songs from “Totally Hot.” With the advent of MTV in the early 1980s, “Physical” became the anthem for a new generation. What do you remember about the whole “Physical” phenomenon? At first I didn’t want the song to go out there. I mean, it’s a great song, but I thought it was a bit too much. I remember calling my manager; telling him “Don’t release it!” He said “It’s too late, it’s gone to radio.” Of course, it went to number one quickly and stayed there for a while, so I guess I shouldn’t have worried so much. But for the video I said, “Let’s make it about exercise to distract from the ‘naughtiness,’” and that just made the song even bigger. A few years ago you had a significant cancer scare. How is your health now? I am thrilled to say nearly 20 years to the day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer – and after spending nearly 10 years of raising almost $200 million – the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre finally opened in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Seeing that logo with my name on the building will always be the best billboard of my life and career.
And to answer your question, yes, I am very healthy and
happy – the happiest I have been in my life, in fact! Cancer has taken so many close friends from me this year; it just proves how important it is to do everything you can to know your body. I have a breast self-exam device called the “Liv Aid” (www.Liv.com) to help women perform self-exams more easily. Early detection of any cancer is the key to survival, so get regular checkups and physicals. Last year you went back into the studio to cut a new dance version of your classic “Magic.” What was it like being around long enough to cover one of your own songs? That
D E N I M F I T S P E C I AL I S T S from Habitual and
was so much fun, and I’m so lucky to have had so many great
Notify will be at Liberté to personally help you find
songs throughout my career. I am actually working on a full
the most flattering jeans for your body type from
CD of dance remixes – and a few new ones, too – that will be
traditional jeans to decadent denim finishes.
out early next year. Oklahoma loves you and is thrilled to have you back in the Sooner state. Thank you. I am so excited to come to Oklahoma again after all these years. The concert is going to be a fun journey through my career. I will take you through my country hits to “Grease” and “Xanadu,” “Physical,” up to a few songs from my new CD. I can’t wait to see everyone!
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Film: Ben (1972) Critters: A swarm of telepathic rats Audience Left With: Musophobia Tagline: “Where ‘Willard’ ended… Ben begins. And this time, he’s not alone!” Film: Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) Critters: Acid-spitting birds that burst into flames on contact with the ground Audience Left With: Ornithophobia Tagline: “Why did the eagles and vultures attacked (sic)?” Film: Black Sheep (2006) Critters: Genetically mutated carnivorous sheep Audience Left With: Ovinaphobia Tagline: “Get ready for the violence of the lambs!” Film: Dogs (a.k.a. Slaughter) (1976) Critters: Domestic dogs gone feral Audience Left With: Cynophobia Tagline: “Terror is unleashed.” Film: Empire of the Ants (1977) Critters: Giant ants mutated by toxic sludge Audience Left With: Myrmecophobia Tagline: “It’s no picnic!” Film: Frogs (1978) Critters: Snakes, lizards and hundreds of frogs Audience Left With: Batrachophobia Tagline: “Today the pond… Tomorrow the world!” Film: Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Critters: Tarantulas, William Shatner Audience Left With: Arachnophobia, Cacothespiphobia Tagline: “A living, crawling hell on earth!” Film: Night of the Lepus (1972) Critters: Gargantuan, man-eating rabbits Audience Left With: Leporiphobia Tagline: “How many eyes does horror have? How many times will terror strike?”
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Sure, axe-wielding, demon-possessed, undead were-zombie
ghouls are scary in theory, but there’s a special kind of creepiness in the concept of having our humdrum lives interrupted by a faceful of Nature at its most malevolent. To celebrate this spooky season, Slice’s resident master of horror Brian O’Daniel presents a triskaidekaphobic spate of film selections in which the animal kingdom attempts to reassert its dominance over humanity.
Film: Piranha (1978) Critters: A school of razor-teethed fish Audience Left With: Ichthyophobia Tagline: “Lost River Lake was a thriving resort – until they discovered… PIRANHA.” Film: Squirm (1976) Critters: Sanguinivorous earthworms Audience Left With: Helminthophobia Tagline: “An avalanche of killer worms… writhing across the land in a tidal wave of terror!” Film: Sssssss (1973) Critters: Cobras, man-snake mutant Audience Left With: Ophidiophobia Tagline: “Terror is ready to strike!” Film: Strays (1991) Critters: Violent, feral cats Audience Left With: Ailurophobia Tagline: “They have nine lives. We only have one.” Film: The Swarm (1978) Critters: Killer beeeeeeeees Audience Left With: Apiphobia Tagline: “It’s more than speculation - it’s a prediction!”
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CHATTER l WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT...
IT’S A SNAP
» The Norman Park Foundation loves the great outdoors, and is rewarding Oklahomans who share that affinity and can make it look good: the Foundation’s annual Tree Photo Contest has increased the rewards for outstanding depictions of trees and their aesthetic and environmental benefits to a total of $3,000 in prizes awarded in amateur and professional, color and blackand-white divisions. So if you think that they shall never see / a photo lovely as your tree, get your submission in by November 5 – visit normanparkfoundation.com for details and an entry form.
Peggy Pierce, “Osage Hills Tree”
USE YOUR WORDS
» Curioser and… well, bloodier. Bestselling Oklahoma author Gena Showalter, the prolific pen behind the Intertwined and Lords of the Underworld series, is focusing her attention down the rabbit hole with the paranormal thriller Alice in Zombieland, now available in bookstores and at harlequin.com. The first installment in Showalter’s latest young adult series introduces Alice Bell, a 16-year-old orphan who sees dead people – but rather than somber ghosts, they’re murderous reanimated corpses, and fighting them will mean dealing with her strange attraction to menacing rebel Cole Holland. Though clearly inspired by Carroll’s classic, it deals with passion and violence rather than whimsical wordplay; think less Queen of Hearts and more Queen of Braaaaaains.
Look! Down in Pauls Valley!
» Citizens of the sleepy south central Oklahoma burg slept more soundly than usual August 4, as the city streets positively teemed with costumed do-gooders ready to fight evil, uphold truth and justice and celebrate International Superhero Day at the city’s Toy and Action Figure Museum. The brainchild of museum curator Kevin Stark, it’s an idea with its genesis in the Gotham City of the old “Batman” TV show – a city where residents never boggled at the Dynamic Duo’s outfits.
Oct 8 – Canadian Thanksgiving; be thankful for Canadians Oct 13 – OU-TEXAS Oct 16 – Boss’ Day (hint) Oct 31 – Halloween
“I assumed that it was so common to see heroes running around in colorful costumes that it just seemed like an everyday happening, and therefore didn’t warrant much notice,” Stark smiles. “I wanted to create that here; that there would be so many costumed heroes running around that it was commonplace! So, really, it started as a joke and an experiment and turned into a wonderful day.” And a historic one as well: rewarding the event’s emphasis on creativity, Pauls Valley now holds the world record – a whopping
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124 – for most original costumed superheroes in one place at one time.
But for how long? Stark says plans are already underway to supersede that sensational figure at future festivities, which should include feats of strength and a “Save the Baby” obstacle course. Stark himself made an appearance in character
as The Red Mask (left), but at this rate he may have to change his costumed identity… to THE VISIONARY. (Bum-ba-daaaaaa!)
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT... l CHATTER
» Now that the heat is off, sightseers are hoping for some fall fireworks from the state’s arboreal population – but catching the leafy show at its most colorful can be tricky. The Oklahoma Tourism Department notes that last year, foliage seemed to peak between the third week of October and the second week of November, and suggests visiting travelok.com/Fall_Foliage_and_Festivals for weekly updates starting in early October. The Myriad Gardens, MIA BLAKE
no strangers to botanical beauty, are betting on October 12-13, when they’ll ferry guests on a luxury overnight bus tour to Hot Springs and back along the scenic Talimena Drive – visit myriadgardens.org for details. And if you happen to be blazing your own trail through southeast Oklahoma, the 26th annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival and Car Show is October 19-21 in beautiful downtown Wilburton.
Following the Sound
» If retirement is what someone does when they’re no longer capable of or motivated to continue their career, fans of Wanda Jackson can rest easy – the Queen of Rockabilly still has more than her share of the verve that made Bob Dylan call her “an atomic fireball of a lady,” and as for choosing to hang up her career, it’s no coincidence that her new album is titled “Unfinished Business.” Released October 9 (just a few days before her 75th birthday) by Sugar Hill Records, the 10-track effort produced by Justin Townes Earle is the Oklahoma legend’s 31st studio album and one that she calls a return to her roots of country, blues and rockabilly songs. “The band was extra tight; the record just sounds terrific and I’m hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
» KOSU’s recent involvement in covert operations has proven music to the ears of central Oklahoma’s independent music lovers: the NPR station found at 91.7 FM on OKC dials has partnered with ultra-cool underground station The Spy, bringing its spectrum of original programming back to the local airwaves. General manager Ferris O’Brien vows, “We promise to continue bringing the listener the best in new music as well as classics, producing the best specialty shows in the country.” october 2012 | slice 21
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RICHARD A. ROWE
What Are the Odds? oincidences happen every day, but when they’re big enough and
and represent something wonderful enough, they start to border on… miraculous. And this one’s even on ice.
In the course of a casual conversa-
tion during their sons’ hockey practice, two neighbors found that their sons were born a mere 30 minutes apart, and when one mentioned it to Dr. Eli Reshef, a reproductive specialist at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and medical director of Bennett Fertility Institute, he quickly discovered an unintended – and amazing – legacy in the form of a team he unknowingly helped create. Dominic Desjardins, 10; twins Brendon and Jackson Carter, 10; and Trey Bowers, 9, all play on the Oklahoma City Oil
ered by Dr. Kallenberger. All the kids
Kings along with Mason Sebrant, 10
are now healthy and active, and they
(who coincidentally was delivered by
and their parents have grown fiercely
Dr. Reshef’s partner Dr. David Kallen-
devoted to hockey. Many children, in-
berger) and Will Brenner, 9.
cluding the Carter twins, are introduced
to the sport through a program run by former NHL player and OKC Blaz-
ceive; that’s my specialty. Individual suc-
ers coach Mike McEwen called “Kids
cess stories are wonderful to begin with.
First,” which allows newcomers to have
But almost an entire ice hockey team?
full uniform and equipment (rather ex-
Now that’s an amazing first for me!”
pensive otherwise) and train extensive-
Stephanie and Gary Desjardins’ son
ly, and those who decide hockey isn’t for
Dominic was conceived after infertil-
them do not have to bear the expense of
ity treatment with Dr. Reshef; he now
the uniform and equipment.
has two younger brothers who were
These ice hockey moms hope that
the kids,” says Dr. Reshef, “I was struck
conceived spontaneously. After years
the public will recognize the tremen-
by their endless energy and enthusi-
of trying, Susan and Steve Carter were
dous joy and fulfillment that modern
asm for the ice. Only then did the mag-
referred to Dr. Reshef, and their twins
fertility treatments, including IVF,
nitude of this special occasion hit me:
Brendon and Jackson were conceived
bring to childless couples. “What Dr.
these kids are here thanks to modern
by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Trey Bow-
Reshef does is truly special… he helped
medical technology and I was fortunate
ers was also born with the help of IVF
create our families as they are today. We
enough to help their parents achieve
performed by Dr. Reshef and was deliv-
don’t forget that,” says Ms. Desjardins.
this miracle. Amazing!”
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“Wow, this is quite an awe-inspiring
story,” says Reshef. “I help couples con-
“When I stepped into the rink with
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HALLOWEEN BY THE NUMBERS $
amount the average U.S. household spends on Halloween candy annually
of candy purchased by Americans for Halloween
The Candy Basket, Norman
of annual business represented by the holiday
total weight in pounds of candy Americans purchase for Halloween
years since Michael Jackson released “Thriller”
53 of the store devoted to Halloween specials
1,810 pounds achieved by the world’s biggest pumpkin, grown in 2010 in Stillwater, Minnesota
years Linus van Pelt has been waiting for the Great Pumpkin
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Americans’ overall spending on Halloween 2011
average pounds of Halloween candy per U.S. citizen
Vincent Price’s age when he did the awesome voiceover in “Thriller”
42nd Street Candy Company, OKC
of annual business represented by the holiday
of store devoted to Halloween specials
children under 18 (potential trick-or-treaters) in Oklahoma
children under 18 (potential trick-or-treaters) in OKC metro area
coldest recorded temperature on October 31 in Oklahoma City, in 1993
pounds of candy corn (the top seller nationwide) Americans purchase annually
years since Bobby “Boris” Pickett released the greatest Halloween song of all time – “Monster Mash”
candy corn kernels Americans purchase each year
calories per kernel of candy corn
calories in a Tootsie Roll
calories in a Hershey’s Miniature
calories in a Fun Size bag of Skittles
calories in a Snack Size Kit-Kat bar
calories in a Fun Size bag of chocolate M&Ms
calories in a Fun Size Snickers bar
calories in a Fun Size bag of peanut M&Ms
calories in an entire 56-oz bag of peanut M&Ms
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By Timothy Fields
n 2002, Reggie Whitten found himself in the depths of despair after his son Brandon passed away. A friend took him to Africa for some soul searching,
and it was there – in Gulu, Uganda – that he met Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the St. Monica’s Girls’ Tailoring Center.
Sister Rosemary openly defied Joseph Kony and
the Lord’s Resistance Army during their 20-year reign of terror. She has enrolled over 2,000 girls in her school – young women who were previously abPROS FOR AFRICA
ducted by the LRA or abandoned by their families – teaching them the skills necessary to be self-reliant. The girls make their own clothes, grow their own food and learn a trade while becoming agents of change for peace and prosperity.
When Reggie returned home, he and wife Rachelle be-
gan a journey to help Sister Rosemary.
“It was during my trip to Uganda and seeing these
amazing women and children that inspired me,” says showed me a pop-tab bracelet and a small coin purse she had received as a gift. I looked closely and thought, ‘Wow, we could do this!’”
After much research of pop tabs, thread and
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Rachelle. “On a trip to Oklahoma, Sister Rosemary
design, Sisters United was born. “We began smuggling suitcases of pop tabs and threads into Uganda and our mission took off,” Rachelle says. “The women of Uganda do not want a handout, they want work. Through the purse project, these women are able to earn their own living, buy food and provide their children with basic needs. They are able to restore their dignity and are seeing hope for a better future.”
According to Rachelle, the relationships built have been symbiotic. “Sis-
ter Rosemary and the women of Gulu say we have made a difference in their lives, but truly they have made a difference and changed our lives.” To purchase these ultra-cool bags, or for more information on ways you
can aid the effort, visit sistersunited.com.
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FASHION FORECAST A conversation with Liberté boutique owner Danielle Keogh and store manager Eden Turrentine
What’s new this fall?
Danielle: Plum/grape/merlot/port/mulberry, emerald, sapphire/navy, camel. Try pairing unexpected colors: navy with black, red with plum. Accent colors: peacock (think teal), dark silver/pewter, lime, fuchsia. Eden: All those colors are part of the lineup, but I think a color that seems the most fresh this season is “oxblood.” Of course, the fashion world loves the drama of the name, but essentially it’s a deep, rich mixture of red and maroon. It would be the easiest choice to buy something to bring your wardrobe up-todate. Oxblood marries well to all your neutrals. Also, ivory or cream, especially worn head-to-toe, is a big style statement in color.
Danielle: Luxe fabrics are all the rage. Think cashmere, leather and more technologically inventive fabrics that better fit a woman’s body. Eden: As Danielle mentioned, luxury is key in textiles and fabrics. Try leather, either real or faux, or a “waxed” finish to imply leather. Cashmere is becoming an expected staple in a woman’s wardrobe. It’s no longer considered a very limited indulgence. It represents attainable luxury for everyone.
Danielle: Fit-and-flare dresses (with a full skirt) will continue to be in through Resort 2013 and possibly longer. Other inspirations will be Parisian, ski, military, transparent/ sheer, metallic. Eden: Full skirts are an easy addition to a closet full of sheath dresses and pencil skirts. It’s a definite attraction for a younger customer, but older fashion-conscious consumers might find it a little coquettish. Military continues but with a more architectural feel, and less epaulets and hardware than seen in the past. Think more “Officer/General,” less entry-level enlisted!
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Danielle: Lace and leather details will be big. Specific designers to watch: Nha Khanh, Valentina Shah, Templerley London. Eden: Lace, lace and more lace. If you think it’s not for you, rethink it in less fussy shapes. Lace can be refined without being overly fancy. Opt for a touch here or there, or go all out with head-to-toe dress.
Danielle: Unexpected details. For example, you may see a cashmere sweater with a sheer back, a deep open back or even menswear details like leather elbow patches. Eden: Details persuade the average woman to buy one more sweater/jacket/dress. Pants with “panels” are hot, incorporating slices of different material down the outer leg area. Think of graphic sweaters with amusing novelty touches. Dresses with a bit of Asian influence emerge as “tribal” dies down. The shot of personality a great detail gives a basic item reinvents it. “Basics with tricks” is an industry phrase. Will there be fall trends specific to Oklahoma or will we be in line with the national styles? Danielle: Over the last several years, there’s been an increased presence of fashion in Oklahoma. Our fashion will be in line with national styles; however, we have more of a jean influence than other areas due to our western culture. Denim will be stronger than I’ve ever seen it. There will be new denim finishes, such as shimmery metallic, wax, leather and suede. Eden: I think Oklahomans are very good at “weeding out” the superfluous. If it doesn’t work in our climate or our lifestyle, we might consider it but not participate in owning it. Fall always elicits an anticipation of newness for Oklahoma women. We long for the cool, brisk weather that gives us a chance to wear that new jacket/sweater/pant/jean. It’s time to take stock after a long, hot summer: think about how you want to attire yourself and what looks will inspire you in the months
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ahead. Oklahomans are hungry for all the fashion seen in the national media, but want it adaptable to our lifestyle. We travel more, see more and want more. Any predictions about the trendy items that will mark this season? Danielle: Fashion is evolving and you’ll continue to see trends lasting several seasons versus being applicable for just one. If I had to choose one thing, I would say a resurgence of ladylike fashions. Eden: Feminine and ladylike while embracing luxury. What trends are resurfacing from last year? Danielle: Jewel tones. Eden: Military, fur and metallics. What are the classic fall fashion items that signal the end of summer fashion? Eden: Boots always set my mind towards autumn. Blazers, darker, dressier denim and scarves also get a look ready to meet the next season. What is the “must have” accessory? Eden: Tights/stockings in rich oxblood or lace. Oxford-style shoes in heels or flats. Belts in every style and color.
Will jewelry be bold or minimal? Danielle: Bold jewelry: gold, sophisticated, non-trendy. Eden: Bold jewelry will rule for a truly luxurious look. Minimalism just won’t convey the same feeling. The style is to fill up necklines with opulence. What style of bags will be popular? Danielle: Lady bags – structured. And there is always a run on slouchier satchels because they are so great for every day. I’ve noticed that the bags appear smaller, so hopefully that will help all of our backs and shoulders! Eden: “Box” bags keep popping up, which have that structured feel. Some are not so much ladylike but definitely have tailored shapes. I agree that bigger is not always better, and women will respond to the smaller bags if they can rethink what they really need to carry on a daily basis. Will we see any past decade’s styles come back? Eden: I would say less past-decade references and more “old world,” ladylike opulence and glamour.
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Shea Adamson with husband Jamie
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stay-at-home mom of two, Shea Adamson’s foray into design was born out of frustration. She is an avid sports enthusiast and very loyal to her favorite teams but struggled to find fashionable game-day apparel. Sensing she
was not alone, she launched Kickoff Couture, taking current trends in t-shirts, tanks and dresses and making them game-day appropriate. Her simple but modern designs make a big statement about which team you want to win.
“I look forward to changing the stage for style and sports, so they are no longer
mutually exclusive,” Shea says. Find her Oklahoma sports teams-inspired apparel at her web boutique: kickoffcouture.com
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COURTESY OKC BALLET
DANCE IN THE MOOD SWING DANCE REVUE Oct 8 A 13-piece orchestra (that’s a pretty big band) and singers help set the tone for flying heels as dancers step to the sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Rose State PAC, 6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City,405.297.2264, okcciviccenter.com STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOW Oct 12 Senior dance performance majors show off the fruits of their education in this perennial audience favorite. OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.208.5227, okcu.edu/dance DIRECTOR’S CHOICE Oct 20-21 Transcendent Oklahoma premieres of three ballets: Tudor’s “Lilac Garden,” Fonte’s “Left Unsaid” and Sappington’s “Cobras in the Moonlight” Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.843.9898, okcballet.com
EVENTS NORMAN FARMER’S MARKET Oct 3-31 Fresh, local produce and other goodness Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson Ave, Norman, 405.360.4721, clevelandcountyfair.org COCKTAILS ON THE SKYLINE Oct 4-25 Fun near the sun with drinks and music Thursday afternoons on the Rooftop Terrace. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com KETCH OPEN HOUSE Oct 4 Local beers, wines and snacks enliven a tour through thousands of design possibilities. Ketch Design Centre, 4416 N Western Ave, OKC, 405.525.7757, ketchdesigncentre.com ART ON TAP Oct 5 Featuring over 80 brews alongside great food, the museum’s annual beer-tasting fundraiser is worthy of a toast. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com THE EYE BALL Oct 5 The black-tie affair is a sight to see, and helps Prevent Blindness Oklahoma provide free vision screenings to state schoolchildren. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 405.848.7123, preventblindnessok.org
Step by Step by Step October 14-21, Civic Center, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 843.9898, okcballet.com
Graceful, moving artistic performances unparalleled throughout the metro are the
Oklahoma City Ballet’s forte – what better way to begin a new season than with not one, not two, but three state premieres? The assembly of elegance titled “Director’s Choice” begins with a bittersweet conflict between desire and perceived duty in Anthony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden,” followed by Nicolo Fonte’s dramatic fusion of ideas known as “Left Unsaid” and the sinuously sultry “Cobras in the Moonlight” by Margo Sappington.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK Oct 5 Stroll among new art displayed in more
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OKLAHOMA-ISRAEL EXCHANGE BENEFIT Oct 11 Patrons don orange and honor OSU first lady Ann Hargis for her contributions to our state’s relationship with Israel. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 405.848.3132, okisrael.org MISTLETOE MARKET Oct 11-13 More than 100 merchants offer tempting deals in the Junior League of OKC’s pre-winter wonderland. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 405.843.5668, jloc.org 2ND FRIDAY CIRCUIT OF ART Oct 12 A monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council, 122 E Main St, Norman, 405.360.1162, normanarts.org LIVE ON THE PLAZA Oct 12 Vendors, artists, residents and passersby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District, 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 405.367.9403, plazadistrict.org
October 14, Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 297.3974, myriadgardens.org
Orchids are among nature’s most spectacular showpieces, producing prismatic splendor
from near-black to brilliant white and a thousand varied and variegated shades between, but not even the most dedicated botanical breeder has ever produced a transparent one. The Crystal Orchid cannot be grown nor purchased, only accepted as a token of gratitude for years of service and support of the Myriad Gardens. Their namesake Foundation will so honor Devon Energy Executive Chairman Larry Nichols at the annual Orchids in October luncheon, surrounded by the beauty Nichols has helped to maintain and nurture.
than a dozen galleries, all within a couple of blocks. Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo St, OKC, 405.252.2688, thepaseo.com GIULIANA RANCIC Oct 5 Delta Gamma welcomes the E! anchor and breast cancer survivor to the OU campus for a free lecture. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 405.830.4491 DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Oct 5-7 Familiar characters and new surprises await children and families; make tracks to meet them. Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd, OKC, 405.424.8222, oklahomarailwaymuseum.org MIDTOWN MARKET AT SAINTS Oct 5-26 Local eggs, meat, dairy and more every Friday afternoon. St. Anthony campus, NW 9th St & Walker Ave, OKC, saintsok.com HAUNT THE RIVER Oct 5-27 Cocktails, appetizers, dancing and costume contests
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make these Friday and Saturday night cruises full of treats. Oklahoma River, 701 S Lincoln Blvd, OKC, 405.702.7755, okrivercruises.com FRIGHTFEST Oct 5-28 Thrills, chills and safely contained terror add extra entertainment to the amusement park’s admission. Frontier City, 11501 N I-35 Service Rd, OKC, 405.478.2140, frontiercity.com HERITAGE HILLS HISTORIC HOMES & GARDENS TOUR Oct 6-7 Five stately homes and a historic landmark open their doors to visitors in a walking tour of architectural and cultural history. Heritage Hills, various locations, OKC, 405.206.8898, heritagehills.org EDMOND FARMER’S MARKET Oct 6-27 Seasonal goodies for sale every Saturday. Festival Market Place, 30 W 1st St, Edmond, 405.359.4630, edmondok.com
TASTE OF BRICKTOWN Oct 7 The inviting flavors of the metro hot spot are even closer together in this smorgasbord of over 20 restaurants, beverages, local mascots and plenty of fun. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC,
AUTUMN FOLIAGE EXCURSION Oct 12-13 An overnight bus trip to Hot Springs and through the glories of nature, courtesy of the Myriad Gardens Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 405.297.3611, myriadgardens.org COWBOY CROSSINGS Oct 12-13 The museum presents an exceptional event to mark the simultaneous opening of two outstanding exhibitions. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org 2 ND SUNDAY POETRY: JENNIFER KIDNEY Oct 14 Twice nominated for Oklahoma Poet Laureate, poet and scholar Dr. Kidney will read from her recent work. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 405.307.9320, pasnorman.org ORCHIDS IN OCTOBER Oct 14 Longtime Myriad Gardens supporter Larry Nichols receives the coveted Crystal Orchid Award at a beautiful luncheon. Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 405.297.3974, myriadgardens.org
405.236.8666, welcometobricktown.com CHAMPIONS OF HEALTH GALA Oct 8 Improving the state’s health is worth celebrating - especially when the proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Caring Foundation. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 855.628.8642, championsofhealth.org BATMAN LIVE! Oct 10-14 The Caped Crusader battles his deadliest foes and a superstitious, cowardly lot of criminals in this visually stunning stage production from
RALLY AROUND THE PITS Oct 14 Food, merchandise and a family-friendly motorcycle rally benefiting Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma. Biker Shak, 208 E Hwy 66, Arcadia, 405.463.0552, rallyaroundthepits.com ART SOCIAL PARTY Oct 18 OCU Artistin-Residence Mike Wimmer hosts a creative conclave with music, refreshments and models in costume - come create! Norick Art Center, NW 26th St and Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.208.5347, okcu.edu/ petree/visualarts
Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com
NAIFEH ANNIVERSARY SALE Oct 18 A trunk show of star designer Todd Reed’s
craft helps Oklahoma jewelry artist Valerie Naifeh celebrate nearly two decades of providing beauty. Naifeh Fine Jewelry, 9203 N Penn Ave, OKC, 405.607.4323, naifehfinejewelry.com TOWN HALL: DR. BARRY ASMUS Oct 18 This month’s guest in the Town Hall Lecture Series examines “Globalization and How It Affects America’s Future.” St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th St, OKC, 405.826.9689, okctownhall.com BROADWAY BALL Oct 19 Lyric Theatre plans a fancifully spooky affair for its prime fundraiser featuring a gallantly gothic theme. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 405.524.9310, lyrictheatreokc.com NORMAN LIBRARY BOOK SALE Oct 19-22 Textual treasures in every imaginable genre are ripe for the harvesting in this massive sale. Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave, Norman, 405.701.2600, pioneer.lib.ok.us LIGHT THE NIGHT Oct 20 The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society invites survivors of cancer and supporters of life to mingle in a moving show of solidarity. Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 405.943.8888, lightthenight.org/ok POOCH PARADE Oct 21 Rex Linn presides over this annual canine cavalcade, complete with costume contest and a bevy of prizes. Grand Blvd Park, 6700 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 405.843.4222, animalrescuefriends.com RAINBOW FLEET RUBY JUBILEE Oct 21 Providing child care resources for 40 years is cause for sincere celebration, featuring master puppeteer Kevin Clash as keynote speaker. Castle Falls Event Center, 820 N MacArthur Blvd, OKC, 405.831.0969, rainbowfleet.org STORYBOOK FOREST Oct 23-31 Scare-free adventures and activities aimed at younger Halloween celebrants Spring Creek Park, Lake Arcadia, 9000 E 2nd St, Arcadia, 405.216.7470, arcadialake.com DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: JODY WILLIAMS Oct 24 The Nobel laureate and human rights advocate will discuss the importance of human and national security in an insecure world. OCU Freede Center, 2601 N Florida Ave, OKC, 405.208.4956, okcu.edu/speakers
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events adopts a Halloween theme for its 10th collection of local savoriness. Will Rogers Theater, 4322 N Western Ave, OKC, 405.412.5990, visitwesternavenue.com WALL OF FAME BANQUET Oct 25 The Foundation for OKC Public Schools honors four of the district’s most distinguished alumni. Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, OKC, 405.879.2007, okckids.com BRIGHT NIGHT OF NOT-SOFRIGHTENING FUN Oct 26 Science takes the spookiness out of Halloween and helps explain the magic of Harry Potter in this educational sleepover. Science Museum OK, 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC, 405.602.6664, sciencemuseumok.org FUEGO FRIDAY Oct 26 A live demonstration of iron pouring - stand back - technique provided by the OU School of Art’s sculpture program. OU Parrington Oval, 520 Parrington Oval, Norman, 405.325.2691, art.ou.edu OPUS VII Oct 26 The biennial bash is Allied Arts’ single biggest fundraiser; the evening’s buffet, entertainment and auctions justify the event’s name of “Party Wow!” OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 405.278.8944, alliedartsokc.com HAUNT THE ZOO Oct 26-31 Bats and spiders - and snow leopards - help set the stage in this wild alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50th St, OKC, 405.424.3344, okczoo.com KOMEN OKC RACE FOR THE CURE Oct 27 Organizers are hoping for 20,000 participants this year, each determined to beat back the devastation of breast cancer. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 405.526.2873, komencentralwesternok.org SORGHUM DAY FESTIVAL Oct 27 The annual jubilee revolves around art exhibitions and activities, traditional dance and music and sweet treats. Seminole Nation Museum, 524 S Wewoka Ave, Wewoka, 405.257.5580, theseminolenationmuseum.org TRICK OR TREAT ON THE STREET Oct 31 Instead of house to house, kids are encouraged to go store to store in this centrally located goodie zone. Jackpot! Downtown Edmond, 405.249.9391, downtownedmondok.com
OCU HALL OF HONOR LUNCHEON Oct 24 This luncheon and awards ceremony pays tribute to five outstanding Oklahoma business leaders and exemplars. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 405.208.5540, okcu.edu/business
MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Through Oct 7 OKC audiences vote among the 10 finalists to help select the winning short film in the 15th annual festival. OKC Museum of Art Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com
TASTE OF WESTERN Oct 25 One of OKC’s best-beloved and most delicious
CADDYSHACK QUOTE-A-LONG Oct 4 The art of golf might head into the
The Wow Factor
October 26, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, OKC, 278.8944, alliedartsokc.com
Fully 20 of the region’s most prominent creative organi-
zations receive funding through the work of Allied Arts, and uncounted thousands of Oklahomans benefit aesthetically and spiritually from that central agency. So when it announces the return of its single greatest fundraiser – one that is only held every two years – prepare for an event that truly dazzles. Given the colorful appellation “Party WOW!,” OPUS VII offers patrons an extensive buffet of gourmet food and drinks, live music from the riotously delightful Pink Flamingos, the chance to claim a trove of treasures via auction and the knowledge that, as co-chair Mark Funke puts it, “the contributions they made have a real, widespread impact throughout our community.”
rough at Bushwood, but adding your own voice to this comedy classic is a joy. OKC Museum of Art Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com PEARL Oct 5 The award-winning story of young Oklahoman Pearl Scott’s determination to become a pilot. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma STATIC FILM SCREENING Oct 11 A free monthly showcase of local filmmakers’ craft in dramas, animated shorts and other genres. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 405.232.6060, iaogallery.org BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Oct 11-14 When the levee breaks, a young girl’s concept of universal balance is shaken but not yet sundered in this Sundance winner. OKC Museum of Art Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com
TURTLES CAN FLY Oct 16 Kurdish children put themselves at risk to clear minefields for trade in this wrenching 2004 Iranian drama. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma BARAN Oct 17 An Iranian ex-construction worker discovers his replacement is a woman in disguise, and in sharing her secret broadens his own horizons. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY Oct 25 Cult animation experimentalist Don Hertzfeldt combines a trilogy of shorts about the hapless Bill into one darkly comedic jewel. OKC Museum of Art Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com BRINGING UP BOBBY Oct 26-28 The deadCENTER favorite returns to
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follow Milla Jovovich’s efforts to escape a murky past with her young son in tow. OKC Museum of Art Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com
GALLERIES ANDREW PETERS Through Oct 6 The Prix de West artist is a ramblin’ man - he spends the summer roaming the West and painting, and is bringing a dozen fresh works back to this oneman show. Howell Gallery, 6432 N Western Ave, Nichols Hills, 405.840.4437, howellgallery.com OSBURN & MCDANEL Through Oct 27 Silversmith Osburn and reclaimed metal sculptor McDanel share a love of the animal kingdom - this is likely to be a fine feathered show. Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood Ave, Norman, 405.329.4523, normanfirehouse.com ISTVAN END OF SUMMER SHOW Through Oct 28 Multiple artists working in multiple styles produce massive aesthetic rewards. Istvan Gallery, 1218 N Western Ave, OKC, 405.831.2874, istvangallery.com STEPHEN SMITH Through Oct 31 Blossoming flowers to bustling cityscapes, Smith’s Impressionist creations fill the gallery with bold colors and joy. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 405.307.9320, pasnorman.org PHOTOGRAPHS BY CARL SHORTT Through Nov 10 The overlooked beauties of nature and small moments fill this life-affirming photography collection. Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, OKC, 405.297.3995, myriadgardens.org
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DALE MARTIN Oct 1-30 Still lifes, figure studies and luminous landscapes by the Pastel Society of America honoree. Summer Wine Gallery, 2928 Paseo St, OKC, 405.831.3279, summerwinegallery.com BEESLEY, WOLFE & RILEY Oct 5-27 Glittering, stained glass-like landscapes by Carol Beesley, lonely acryclic street scenes by John Wolfe and the enigmatic masks of Patrick Riley JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.528.6336, jrbartgallery.com CHAD WOOLBRIGHT Oct 5-28 A resident artist working mostly in acrylics, Woolbright doesn’t confront duality through juxtaposition; he paints what he thinks will look cool. In Your Eye Gallery, 3005 Paseo St, Suite A, OKC, 405.525.2161, inyoureyegallery.com UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM Oct 5-28 Established icon Bert Seabourn and emerging artist Don Holladay combine new Expressionist works for a color-packed, idiosyncratic show. Paseo Originals Gallery, 2920 Paseo St, OKC, 405.604.6602, paseooriginals.com FOCUS ON LIGHT Oct 5-30 Starkly beautiful black-and-white landscape photographs from Swedish artist Hakan Strand Visions in the Paseo Gallery, 2924 Paseo St, OKC, 405.557.1229, visionsokc.com
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ephemera that tell the oft-forgotten story of women’s baseball Edmond Historical Society, 431 S Boulevard Ave, Edmond, 405.340.0078, edmondhistory.org GENERATION NEXT: CHAPTER TWO Through Oct 27 NBA player turned OKC painter Desmond Mason showcases new art in this show filling the Tulsa World Gallery with color. Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Dr, OKC, 888.501.2059, oklahomaheritage.com HASI NAI: THIS IS HOME Through Nov 3 Personal perspectives on identity and space from the minds of Caddo artists Jacobson House, 609 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 405.366.1667, jacobsonhouse.com
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In 1964, James T. Bialac bought a painting. Over 40 years later, the Arizona lawyer’s
private collection of Native American art was among the greatest in existence, containing thousands of exceptional pieces and valued in the millions of dollars… and then he gave it to OU. Immense in quantity and also scope – curator Mark White raves that “every artist of influence or importance from the beginning of the century onward is included” – the Bialac Collection is eminently worth showing off, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is happy, and honored, to oblige.
LANDSCAPE INVITATION Oct 9-20 Beautiful, emotive thematic works from the 19-member creative collective in Casady Square Art Group Gallery, 9309 N Penn Ave, OKC, 405.607.4669, artgroupokc.com BESPOKE 2012 Oct 12-Nov 17 Functional creativity occupies the spotlight in this show of contemporary, handmade, one-of-a-kind furniture and lighting. MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 120 E Main St, Norman, 405.360.1162, normanarts.org STENCILS REVISITED Oct 13 Vibrant, exciting creator Tony Westlund traces a path to something new at the Paseo gallery dedicated to self-taught visionaries. Twisted Root Gallery, 3012 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.208.4288, twistedrootgallery.com SUZANNE WALLACE MEARS Oct 18Nov 3 Joyous colors take dazzling forms
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in the fused glass works of this OKC artist. Howell Gallery, 6432 N Western Ave, Nichols Hills, 405.840.4437, howellgallery.com FISH 2012 Oct 23-Nov 7 Interested in an international art competition featuring piscine-themed creations? Go fish at the Lightwell Gallery. OU Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval, Norman, 405.325.2691, art.ou.edu THE MELTON GALLERY GRAND OPENING Oct 25-Nov 30 A new addition to the UCO campus is inaugurated with works from sculptor David Phelps and painter Kevin Tero. UCO Art & Design Building, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 405.974.3770, uco.edu/cfad E.CO Oct 26-Jan 5 Nearly 200 photographs by 20 groups across Europe and Latin America, all forming visual essays about their individual
interpretations of the environment. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd St, OKC, 405.815.9995, artspaceatuntitled.org
MUSEUMS THE ART OF GOLF Through Oct 7 Nearly a hundred works by diverse artists over the course of centuries follow the history of the gentleman’s game. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com WILL JAMES: THE A.P. HAYS COLLECTION Through Oct 14 Vintage tales and drawings of cowboy life from a popular artist who helped influence public perception of the West. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org LINE DRIVES AND LIPSTICK Through Oct 20 A traveling exhibit of artifacts and
SELECTIONS FROM THE BIALAC COLLECTION Through Dec 30 Highlights from a multimillion dollar collection of more than 4,000 worksrepresenting indigenous cultures across North America. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma OKLAHOMA AND INFAMY Through Dec 9 Stories, artifacts and more in a historical retrospective of World War II’s impact on our state. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 405.521.2491, okhistory.org AMERICAN MODERNS, 1910-1960 Through Jan 6 A broad collection from the Brooklyn Museum of American artists from O’Keeffe to Rockwell attempting to engage with modernity. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 405.236.3100, okcmoa.com SEALS OF JEREMIAH’S CAPTORS Through Jan 16 The world’s first look at an archaeological Biblical bonanaza in the form of artifacts from a dig in Jerusalem. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 B S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 405.285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org CRUMBO SPIRIT TALK Through May 29 Six decades of the great painter’s personal career, plus examples of Woody’s legacy in the artwork of his children. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 405.521.2491, okhistory.org OKLAHOMA @ THE MOVIES Through Aug 10 Help commemorate the beautiful friendship between the Sooner State and the silver screen. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 405.521.2491, okhistory.org SILENT WITNESSES Oct 3-Jan 6 An international collaboration of photography including prosthetic legs, aimed at highlighting global efforts to eliminate millions of landmines. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma
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TCAA WORKSHOP Oct 9-12 In this four-day hands-on workshop, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association members teach advanced rawhide braiding techniques. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org BOO RITSON Oct 9-Dec 22 Ritson’s photographs of her paintings of her carefully staged scenes might technically be mixed media, and are definitely fascinating. City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 405.951.0000, cityartscenter.org
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COWBOY ARTISTS OF AMERICA Oct 12-Nov 25 Over 100 expert Western paintings, sculptures and drawings are up for sale in this 47th annual exhibition. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org TRADITIONAL COWBOY ARTS ASSOCIATION Oct 12-Jan 6 A showcase of the craft and skills maintained by TCAA members in saddlemaking, silversmithing, rawhide braiding and bit and spur making. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org ART AFTER HOURS: JOSEPH CORNELL Oct 26 Reach for the star’s meaning in this exploration of the Surrealist artist’s oeuvre, based on Deloss McGraw’s Joseph Cornell in the Hotel de l’Etoile. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHS Oct 27-Jan 6 Breathtakingly powerful images of the American West from the National Geographic Image Collection National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org
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MUSIC SUTTON SERIES CONCERTS Oct 1-23 The OU School of Music welcomes a packed slate of performers: flautist Valerie Watts Oct 1, the Sypmhony Band and Wind Symphony Oct 4, OU Jazz Oct 9, Oklahoma Chamber Players Oct 15 and pianist Jeongwon Ham Oct 23. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 405.325.4101, music.ou.edu TUESDAY NOON CONCERTS Oct 2-30 Free admission sounds sweeter with complimentary concerts: Bill Neill voice studio Oct 2, an Opera Preview Oct 9, organist Joel Sproat Oct 16, pianist Jeongwon Ham Oct 23 and Dolores Leffingwell Oct 30. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 405.325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN Oct 3 She’s a four-time Grammy winner, environmental activist, breast cancer advocate and National Living Treasure of Australia, and legions of fans are still hopelessly devoted to her beautiful voice. Riverwind Casino, 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 405.322.6000, riverwindcasino.com OKLAHOMA INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Oct 4-6 A three-day cavalcade of
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ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct 7 The Cuban sensation is a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie and one of the greatest living jazz trumpeters - don’t miss his sizzling show. Rose State PAC, 6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City, 405.297.2264, rose.edu/ rose-state-live WINTER WIND: SLAID CLEAVES Oct 7 The Winter Wind Concert Series kicks off with quietly profound singer/songwriter Cleaves’ return to the Depot. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 405.307.9320, pasnorman.org
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with four voices, although eight allows for division of parts and 16 produces a richer sound. And with skilled singers and lots of practice, OKC’s Canterbury Choral Society demonstrates that the more, the mellifluous-er in its 125-member powerhouse of a performance ensemble – its 2012 season opens with a salute to the musical stage’s greatest hits in “Broadway to Bricktown,” featuring an enchanting starring turn from singer, actor and Great Ron Raines
rock performers keep on rolling with the changes. Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, 405.964.7777, grandcasino.com WINTER WIND: MILK DRIVE Oct 21 The Austin quartet combines jazz and bluegrass into an exhilaratingly unexpected acoustic experience. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 405.307.9320, pasnorman.org RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Oct 22 Over 80 million album sales, seven Grammys, newly minted members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… still high-energy super funksmiths. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com PAULA MALONE’S INTERNATIONAL DESSERT PARTY Oct 23 Renowned soprano Malone delivers a multicourse musical feast of Debussy, Brahms, Copland and more - free! Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 B, S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 405.285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org TIME FOR THREE Oct 23 The string’s the thing as two violinists and a double bassist team up to tantalize audiences with an astonishingly broad repertoire. OCCC Bruce Owen Theater, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 405.682.7576, occc.edu/cas CARRIE UNDERWOOD Oct 25 Undoubtedly an international star - her first-ever U.K. concert sold out in 90 minutes - the American Idol still loves her Oklahoma fans, returning home as part of her Blown Away tour. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com
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PATTY GRIFFIN Oct 25 The multifaceted chanteuse has a new album scheduled for early 2013; some of that material spices up this solo acoustic set. Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 405.321.9600, soonertheatre.org NORTON SERIES: CLARK WILSON Oct 26 The guest organist accompanies a screnning of the silent film “The Cat and the Canary.” OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 405.325.4101, music.ou.edu BROADWAY TO BRICKTOWN Oct 27 Canterbury Choral Society serves up a dynamite evening of musical theatre favorites with assistance from Broadway vet, TV star and OCU alumnus Ron Raines. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.232.7464, canterburyokc.com DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES: ALEXANDER KORSANTIA Oct 28 The Georgian-born (no, the other one) Korsantia is a global star and a remarkable pianist: powerful, delicate, versatile and sincere. OCU Petree Hall, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.208.5227, okcu.edu/music NEW WEST GUITAR GROUP Oct 28 L.A. string-slingers Smith, Stein and Storie energetically build on one another’s skills for sublime performances. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 405.307.9320, pasnorman.org PHIL’S MONSTER BASH Oct 28 The first installment of the OKC Philharmonic’s Discovery Series has a Halloween theme and musical treats. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org
HALLOWEEN IV Oct 30 Members of UCO’s voice faculty lend their tuneful talents to a creepifying, but on-key, concert. UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th St, Edmond, 405.359.7989, ucojazzlab.com
SPORTS WWE PRESENTS RAW Oct 1 Dozens of large, angry men struggle for victory in an event that pits John Cena against The Big Show as the main event. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, chesapeakearena.com WHITE FIELDS INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Oct 1-2 A four-person scramble to help fund the long-term home for abused and neglected boys in permanent DHS custody Oak Tree Golf Club, 700 Country Club Dr, Edmond, 405.302.5123, whitefieldsok.com KELLOGG’S TOUR OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS Oct 4-6 Nastia Liukin, Jonathan Horton and more men’s and women’s Olympic medalists flex their world-beating muscles and skills in this propulsively graceful showcase. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 405.602.8700, chesapeakearena.com GRAND NATIONAL & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MORGAN HORSE SHOW Oct 6-13 Some of the world’s finest equine athletes compete in this weeklong event with multiple free shows. State Fairgrounds, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd, OKC, 781-585-9006, morgangrandnational.com THUNDER BASKETBALL Oct 16-21 The defending Western Conference Champions host preseason matchups
against Charlotte Oct 16 and Denver Oct 21. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 405.208.4667, nba.com/thunder BARONS HOCKEY Oct 19-28 OKC’s ice warriors face off against San Antonio Oct 19, Lake Erie Oct 20 and 23, Houston Oct 26 and Texas Oct 28. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 405.232.4625, okcbarons.com COWBOY FOOTBALL Oct 20-27 Oklahoma State defends its home turf against Iowa State Oct 20 and TCU Oct 27. Boone Pickens Stadium, 700 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 405.744.5745, okstate.com SOONER FOOTBALL Oct 20-27 OU attempts to channel its home-field advantage against Kansas Oct 20 and Notre Dame Oct 27. Owen Field, 180 E Brooks St, Norman, 405.325.2424, soonersports.com TEE IT UP FOR KIDS’ SAKE Oct 29 Chesapeake sponsors the 11th annual shamble benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Gaillardia Golf Club, 5300 Gaillardia Blvd, OKC, 405.525.9191, bgcokc.org
THEATRE LION IN THE STREETS Oct 3-7 Suffering and rage, forgiveness and peace - and the heroine is a ghost the whole time. OU Lab Theatre, 640 Parrington Oval, Norman, 405.325.4101, ou.edu/ finearts/drama HANK THE COWDOG: LOST IN THE DARK UNCHANTED FOREST Oct 3-12 Oklahoma Children’s Theatre recounts a not-actually-harrowing adventure of John Erickson’s charmingly scruffy canine hero. OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.606.7003, oklahomachildrenstheatre.org HENRY V Oct 4-7 The headstrong Prince Hal seems to have grown into a responsible king, but war may be the ultimate test of his mettle, and Agincourt awaits… UCO Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 405.974.3375, uco.edu/cfad CELEBRATING THE MASKS Oct 4-28 A.A. Milne’s “The Ugly Duckling” and “Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher form a twin bill of comedy and tragedy. Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.521.1786, jewelboxtheatre.org COSI FAN TUTTE Oct 5-7 Women’s behaviors may have changed (“Wife Swap” notwithstanding) since 1790, but Mozart’s music remains impeccably great. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.208.5227, http.okcu.edu/music
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DISCO DAYS AND BOOGIE NIGHTS Nov 2-3 Sounds of the ‘70s performed by the OKC Philharmonic and a top-tier touring crew of entertainment Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.842.5387, okcphilharmonic.org THE GIRLIE SHOW Nov 2-3 An art show, a craft bazaar, two concerts, delicious treats and a bundle of attitude - all provided by ladies - add up to a good good time. OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, thegirlieshow.net MONSTER DASH Nov 3 The 5k, 1-mile walk and kids’ costume contests are fun ways to support the Junior League of Norman. Journey Church, 3801 Journey Pkwy, Norman, 405.329.9617, juniorleagueofnorman.org NATIONAL WEATHER FESTIVAL Nov 3 Central Oklahoma is one of the best places in the world to learn about weather, and the only spot for this collection of meteorological merriment. National Weather Center, 120 David L Boren Blvd, Norman, 405.325.6933, norman.noaa.gov
John Gilbert, “The Morning at Agincourt”
October 4-7, UCO Mitchell Hall Theatre, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, 974.3375, uco.edu/cfad
A small military force can rout a much larger one, though it helps to have some tactical
advantage – which the English have in their massed longbowmen facing a French army of foot and horse with limited mobility at Agincourt – and a beloved general leading from the front who can get the troops all fired and inspired and never-say-die. That… might be trickier. Much depends on how the devil-may-care Prince Hal has managed to mature as the UCO College of Drama adjourns to the vasty fields of France to follow the banner of “Henry V.”
MAN OF LA MANCHA Oct 5-7 The musical misadventures of the deluded but fiercely honorable Knight of the Woeful Countenance Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 405.321.9600, soonertheatre.org
most popular, stirring musicals in history comes to the Civic Center stage. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 800.869.1451, celebrityattractions.com
Shelley into the story in this collaboration with St. Gregory’s University. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 405.297.2264, okctheatrecompany.org
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Oct 10-27 A silly, scrambled, costumeslinging send-up of Gothic horror tropes featuring two actors, eight characters and a perfectly monstrous script. Plaza Theatre, 1727 NW 16th St, OKC, 405.524.9312, lyrictheatreokc.com
ANGELS IN AMERICA Oct 25-28 TheatreOCU shares Tony Kushner’s renowned meditation on politics, personal agendas and the impact of AIDS on individuals and society. OCU Burg Theater, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 405.208.5121, okcu.edu/theatre
NIGHT OF GRAND GUIGNOL Oct 5-27 Sex, violence, tawdry thrills and plenty of gore soak this nightly changing tapestry of short horror scripts. Broadway Theatre, 1613 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 405.651.3191, reduxiontheatre.com
IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE Oct 17-19 Blood is thicker than water, and there’s plenty of both in Tauris as the operatic saga of princess Iphigenia comes to a close. OU Reynolds PAC, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman, 405.325.4101, ou.edu/ finearts/drama
ON THE RADAR
LES MISERABLES Oct 9-14 Les jours de gloire sont arrivé in OKC as one of the
FRANKENSTEIN Oct 19-Nov 4 A new twist on the gruesome classic brings Mary
VILLAINS OF THE OPERA Oct 5-7 Redoubtable scoundrels sing their little black hearts out in this tribute to operatic odiousness. Davenport’s, OU campus, 344 4th St, Norman, 405.364.8962, cimarronopera.org
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NATHAN GUNN Nov 1 The Grammy-winning baritone star of the Metropolitan Opera digs deep to share a varied set of classical and folk songs. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S Bryant Ave, B, Edmond, 405.285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org
WALK FOR WISHES Nov 3 Teams perambulate to provide funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s lifeuplifting work. OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 th St, Oklahoma City, 405.286.4000, oklahoma.wish.org/walk FLAMING FESTIVAL Nov 7 Exquisite ideas and decorative goodies for setting the table fill this 57th annual fete, accompanied by a luncheon and guest speaker Louise Parsley. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, Nichols Hills, okctheta.com/events ONCE UPON A DREAM Nov 8 The OU School of Dance’s enchanting fundraiser features a live auction and a special student performance. Devon Energy Center, 50 th Floor Ballroom, ou.edu/ finearts/dance HEART RHYTHM INSTITUTE FUNDRAISER Nov 14 VIP shopping of top jewelers’ tantalizing designs has kept this event steadily raising funds to prevent cardiac arrhythmia for over a decade. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd, Nichols Hills, 405.271.9696, hri.ouhsc.edu
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AL ESCHBACH AND JIM TRABER
hey’re the self-described Odd Couple of sports and the
the name? That’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard,” Es-
epitome of a love-hate relationship – as much with
each other as with their listeners every weekday af-
“Don’t start with me, King of Midgets. Don’t start,” Tra-
ternoon and game days on WWLS Radio, The Sports Animal.
On the air, sports talk veterans Al Eschbach and Jim Tra-
Off the air, they continue bickering like Archie and Edith
ber routinely deflect sometimes-crazy, always-opinionated
for a few minutes before breaking into song. A Maureen Mc-
callers with the same insults they hurl at each other. “What
do you mean you won’t eat any fruit with the word ‘berry’ in
How long have you been on the air together? Traber: 17 years.
horribly impatient. I can’t stand to wait on anything. Eschbach: None.
I’m amazed at these radio partnerships that last longer than a lot of marriages. Eschbach: We’re more like The Odd Couple – total opposites. Who’s Felix? Eschbach: Traber’s Felix. I’m Oscar. You’ve both got those “land of the pushy people” accents. Where did you guys grow up? Traber: Columbia, Maryland. Eschbach: Jersey City. I know about Traber’s OSU football and baseball. What brought you to Oklahoma, Oscar – I mean, Al? Eschbach: I’d read that OU was one of the Top 10 Party Schools in the U.S. Nice. What was your second-best subject? Eschbach: History. I did well in history, but I was a terrible student. Second from the bottom of my class, thanks mostly to Latin. At least Latin shows up in life at some point. Eschbach: Oh, and I hated geology so much, I took geology three times. Right before graduation at OU, I found out I’d failed geology – AGAIN – and I wasn’t getting my diploma. But my parents were flying to Oklahoma for graduation! I talked OU into letting me dress for graduation, but I had to take geology again to get my diploma. So the whole graduation was a sham? Eschbach: To their dying day, my parents never knew. How many grade school years did you spend sitting in the hall? Traber: All of them. I was loud and I liked to talk. I lived across from the school, so usually, the teachers just sent me home. Eschbach: I was still a good kid in grade school. It wasn’t until Seton Hall Prep that I got suspended for forging the priest’s signature on something. Let’s see if I got all that. Fake graduation, check. Forgery, check. Crime against a man of the cloth, check. What character trait(s) would you gladly give up? Traber: I’m
Mercifully, the mic was off.
Which trait is one of your best? Traber: I have a big heart. I like to take care of the people around me. Eschbach: I’m a nice person. Except you hang up on people, right after you call them idiots. Eschbach: OK. I’m nice to normal people. Any recurring dreams? Traber: God, yes. There are snakes all over the bedroom floor, and I can’t get out of bed. Eschbach: Yeah. I dream I didn’t really graduate from college. How perfectly karmic. Al, Traber tells me you’re great at music trivia. Traber: He can tell you who sang anything. I can sing all the words, but I can’t tell you who did the song. “There’s Got to Be a Morning After...” Eschbach: Maureen McGovern. Traber: (breaks into song) “…if we can hold on through the night. We have a chance to find the sunshine …” That was from “The Poseidon Adventure,” wasn’t it? Yeah, with ol’ what’s his name? He just died. Eschbach: Ernest Borgnine. What can you count on Traber to do? Eschbach: Get mad. Traber: People need to understand that I might get worked up, but I don’t take that home. Ginger or Mary Ann? Traber: Mary Ann. Eschbach: Both. We talk about game day rituals in this issue. What kind of OU/Texas ritual do you guys observe every year? Traber: We drive to the Cotton Bowl and every year we get off at the wrong exit and end up getting lost. Eschbach: The ritual used to be ‘don’t get arrested the night before,’ but now I just concentrate on not getting killed while Jim’s driving me to the Cotton Bowl and going “psycho city” behind the wheel when he misses that exit. Traber: The ritual you need is to take that Exit 51 on I-35 and go to the Fried Pies place. My God, those are incredible. What’s not all it’s cracked up to be? Eschbach: Nothing is all it’s cracked up to be, but I’ve got no complaints. No one would listen anyway. october 2012 | slice 51
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Game On » It is among the most bitterly contested rivalries – and the most enjoyable – in all of sports. Being in Dallas to drink in the attendant festivities and the joys of the State Fair is an integral part of the experience… and when the outcome to be entered in the game’s century-plus legacy bears out your fervent support (and personal efforts), it’s the icing on an already-spectacLAIZURE PHOTO
ular cake. Ask any OU fan after the Sooners’ punishing 55-17 victory in 2011.
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Great Divide I
By Lauren Hammack
t’s an annual rite of fall that has reached
When the Sooners and the Longhorns take the field at the Cotton Bowl in
Dallas on October 13, it will mark the 107th matchup of what has often been described as the greatest football rivalry of all time.
If you live in Oklahoma, it’s OU-Texas.
South of the Red River, it’s Texas-OU. Whatever you call it, there is much to celebrate about it. The man we love to love, Coach Bob Stoops, sums it up best: “It’s just a great environment. It gets your juices going, gets the hair up on the back of your neck. It’s as good as it gets.”
The scores, the key plays and the excep-
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tional players throughout the years are rote to the ardent fan. But the game is more than a game; it’s the sum of its parts. And getting there is half the fun.
Although Texas leads the series 59-42-5, there have been a few bright spots in this annual matchup. 1900
» First meeting of the Oklahoma and Texas “Elevens” (Advantage: Texas)
» First meeting at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, a location some refer to as the Longhorns’ home field “annex.”
» Oklahoma Territory becomes 54 slice | october 2012
» Cotton Bowl becomes the official site of the
as the case may be, Cowboy) victory. As fevered sports loyalists will attest, Game Day Magic – however inexplicable to the rational – is nothing to be trifled with. Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, who freely admits to being superstitious, considers himself an ardent Green Bay Packers fan. A couple of years ago, Cornett told Slice, “When things aren’t looking good for them [the Packers], I get out an autographed Reggie White Campbell’s Soup can and put it on top of the TV.”
Sara Gae Waters, Slice Magazine stylist I wore the same red sweater to the 2004 Sugar Bowl (OU vs. LSU) and then while watching the 2006 Orange Bowl against USC. We lost both; I put the sweater on the shelf. I put it on again for another game, mistakenly thinking that, surely, the sweater had nothing to do with those previous, awful losses. After a dismal first half, my friends insisted that I change. I did, and yes, we won the game. The red sweater resides in Boston now. (Lauren’s note: Too bad it went to Boston and not Austin.)
The soup can’s effectiveness, while
patchy, may very well have nudged the Packers to the “W” side of the column on several occasions, without them ever knowing the man (and the can) responsible for their triumph.
Major General (Ret.) Rita Aragon, Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs If my team is playing (whoever may be unlucky enough to have that designation) I refuse to watch really important games (playoffs, championships, conference finals). I turn it off or walk away, certain they cannot win if I’m watching. So I drive everyone crazy asking if it’s over yet, did they win, what’s happening… but I never, never watch the ending to a tight match; I’ll cause them to lose! Sad, I know. Maybe even disturbed.
Chalk it up to lucky underwear, ritu-
alistic game day routines, standing in one “lucky” spot during a televised game or just avoiding the known jinx among one’s social circle: whatever it takes to ensure victory is exactly what we’re willing to do.
» State Fair of Texas donates The Bronze Hat trophy to the Rivalry.
Laniece Watkins, Oklahoma City I call my dad and ask him who will win. He is ALWAYS right. I even have friends who now call him or Facebook him to get his prediction. It’s really spooky. He always knows. Shawn Clark, Girls’ Basketball Coach at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School I have a few superstitions relating to the games I coach. One, I do not like to watch my team warmup. Two, I always stand at the end of our bench during warm-ups. Lastly, I have to be seated during the tip to start the game. Not too weird, but I always do these things. Shirley Webster, Assistant Athletic Director at Heritage Hall School Coaches are the worst when it comes to game day superstitions! 1. Left sock on before right, and then left shoe on before right one. 2. To change your luck, walk around your chair to the left. 3. On days where I have a “big” game, I always wear blue underwear! (Charger blue, of course.) When I coached varsity volleyball, I was known to go shopping for new “blues” the night before the state finals! Lesa Crowe, Oklahoma City I hate to say it, but if I watch OSU football, they lose. So I record it on Tivo® and wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. And don’t answer the phone. And pray. Then peek. Continued on page 57
» OU’s 19-14 win over Texas begins a 47-game win-
The trophy, which goes home with the victor for a year, received a makeover during the 1970s, emerging as The Golden Hat.
ning streak under (Saint) Bud Wilkinson, the longest in Division I history – a record that still stands.
Texas to reset clock and score a winning touchdown in the final seconds of the game.
domination of Texas.
» A Clockwork (Burnt) Orange: sketchy clockwork allows
» Sooners begin bringing their own damn clocks and win the next three matchups against the Longhorns.
Many of us superstitious types feel per-
sonally responsible for each Sooner (or,
THAT GAME DAY
Becky Switzer, Norman Since I was a little kid, I always held my breath as we crossed the Red River. (Breathing would have cost the Sooners a game!) I think I took a breath in 1977 and 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983. I sneezed in ‘84, so we tied. I finally quit holding my breath for Sooners’ sake in ‘89 because we all know the Sooners do just fine on their own.
» Soviet launch of Sputnik eclipsed by OU’s 21-7
» Let’s call this decade the “rebuilding years” for OU as most of the future ’70s greats grapple the turbulent social issues of their day – namely, puberty.
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The I-35 Chow Down
Fan fare on the road to Big D
» As thousands of Sooner fans head toward Dallas, I-35 will become a
crimson-and-cream blur. And then a crimson-and-cream bottleneck. And then a blur. And then a bottleneck. Never in my lifetime has there been a time when some part of I-35 wasn’t under construction. Maybe that’s the reason we readily accept the fact that
narrowed lanes and detours are just part of the road to victory. Even if the road to Dallas were smooth sailing this October, we’d still probably think up our own detours along the way, as long as they involved a snack of some kind. Smartly outfitted in our elastic-waistband pants, here’s where we’ll be making detours along the 200-mile-long buffet from Norman to Dallas:
Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies, just off exit 51 on I-35, near Davis Fried pies the size of Frisbees®. One would be a religious experience, but since you’ve probably got plenty of repenting to do, take advantage of the “cheaper by the dozen” discount and set yourself free. Call ahead and they’ll have some hot ones ready for you: 580.369.7830.
NORTH OF THE RIVER… Sooner Dairy Lunch, 1820 W. Main, Norman Iconic Norman capital of made-to-order burgers and shakes
Casa Romo Cocina Mexicana, 123 W. Main Street, Ardmore Muy auténtico and muy dee-lish. (Closed on Sunday, so stop by on your way south.)
Mason’s Pecans, 4913 SE 44th Street, Norman (exit 109 on I-35, half-mile west on Highway 9) All kinds of nuts, plus cookies, fudge and sweet breads Jo’s Famous Pizza, 1438 S. Green Avenue, Purcell Enough pepperoni on one pizza to stretch all the way to the Cotton Bowl
Robertson’s Hams (and Beef Jerky), 110 Wanda Street, Marietta Yes, you need a ham sandwich or five, but don’t leave without a jumbo pack of beef jerky from this jerky Mecca. Hope you packed some floss. (Closed on Sunday.)
Dougherty Diner, 207 N. 3rd, Davis (exit 66) Legendary chicken fried steak
McGehee’s Catfish Restaurant, 407 W. Broadway, Marietta Texans drive up for the catfish, but many would drive cross-country for the hushpuppies and slaw.
SOUTH OF THE RIVER… 902 Bar and Grill, 6546 FM 902, Gainesville (near Lake Kiowa) Home cookin’ (and not the kind dished out by Texas referees) – ribs, chicken, steaks, Tex-Mex, burgers. Don’t pass up the cobbler of the day.
The State Fair of Texas The fried food capital of Texas will not disappoint if the judges for the 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards contest are correct. This year, you’ll want to try the Fried Jambalaya (voted “Best Tasting Food” for 2012) and a Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll (voted “Most Creative” for 2012). And say “Hi” to Big Tex. You can’t miss him.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, 202 N. 4th Street, Sanger Chicken Nirvana. Biscuit Nirvana. Pie Nirvana. Love Shack, 115 E. Hickory Street, Denton Remember, Denton is a speed trap, so slow down long enough to enjoy a melty cheeseburger, fries and a shake. Makes a nice burger bookend if you started your trip at Sooner Dairy.
they had coming into the game. OU 27, Texas 0.
the game goes to OU in overtime, 30-27.
» Longhorns go home with the same number of points
» The last tie of the series, 24-24. In 1996,
fans seeing red: naughty OU fans paint Bevo red before the game. (Unsubstantiated rumor: Bevo is later witnessed pointing his horns down in the OU end zone as a subtle gesture of Sooner solidarity.)
“The Texas Massacre” – OU 63, Texas 14.
» OU’s 24-17 victory isn’t the only thing that has Texas
» OU slips by Texas, 14-7, with sophomore Troy Aikman at QB. 56 slice | october 2012
» “The Mauling at the Midway,” also called
» OU QB Nate Hybl is injured during the game. Jason White takes the wheel and later merges onto the Heisman Highway.
(Special thanks to our friends with the Oklahoma and Texas Departments of Tourism for their contributions.)
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Border Battle Beasts BOOMER AND SOONER » » » »
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Current incarnation pulling the Sooner Schooner: V Small Welsh ponies Active since 2008 Drew a crucial unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the 1985 Orange Bowl » Schooner debuted in 1964, became official team mascot in 1980
» OU’s first mascot: a dog named “Mex”
BEVO » » » » »
Current incarnation behind the UT end zone: XIV Texas Longhorn Steer Active since 2004 Bevo V once escaped his handlers and charged the Baylor band Longhorn mascot (briefly named “Bo”) debuted in 1916
» UT’s first mascot: a dog named “Pig”
» The Texas Massacre sequel: OU 65, Texas 13.
» First shutout in 24 years, OU 12, Texas 0.
» “Red River Shootout” is renamed “Red River
Rivalry” and jinxes OU for two years.
» A nice drive home for Sooner fans: OU 55, Texas 17.
Prior to the season, I’ll get things going by watching old games on video, usually in chronological order. On game day, we follow a strict ritual. We begin with the playing of the OU chant, followed by “Boomer Sooner.” That is followed by a CD of random football fight songs as we get ready to go. I generally start the season with certain attire. If OU wins, I’ll stick with that every game until they lose. My wife usually has “lucky” underwear. We park in the same place each game, and we try to be in the stadium by the time the teams are warming up. As for OU- TX, I did dream the score one year – 1978. I always try to have a positive dream prior to the big games. I don’t like watching TV games unless everyone there is 100 percent for OU. Bad vibes affect the team, you know. Finally, we know almost everyone who sits around us at home games, so if there are a bunch of odd characters in those seats, it makes me nervous – especially if I perceive they are of questionable loyalties. That REALLY bugs me.
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MOST SUPERSTITIOUS BY A MILE Jim Allen, Edmond
STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND Walking among us – yes, among our children and the elderly – are The Others: Longhorn fans whose fierce loyalties stir up some powerful opposition, threatening to neutralize all that good mojo the rest of us have been sending out into the Sooner and Cowboy universe. And sometimes, it works. Marc McCord, Oklahoma City (by way of Texas) I have to wear my Longhorns hat. Then I put “Texas, Fight!” and “The Eyes of Texas” on continual loop at peak volume all morning. Steve Olafson, Reuters Reporter, Oklahoma City On game days, not long after I wake up, I do some jumping jacks, run in place for about 1520 seconds and then clap my hands and holler something like, “Let’s go!” Now, I’m surrounded by Sooners in my neighborhood, so my game day ritual is not foolproof. october 2012 | slice 57
ROAD TO RENAISSANCE By Russ Tall Chief Photos by Ashford Ravenscroft Thomson
Strolling down the quiet, narrow lane of Carey Place on a perfect fall morning, there are no cars passing. The architecture and layout of this neighborhood remains perfectly preserved due to the diligence of its residents, and this cool, cloudless Saturday could just as easily be 1937â€Ś 58 slice | october 2012
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t’s hard to imagine that this
architecture, with varia-
quaint, 75-year-old neighbor-
tions including the red tile
hood, located on a triple block
roofs and brick or stone
of the former private drive run-
walls painted white. This
ning from N.W. 18th to N.W. 21st
Streets, is actually the creative solution
ity after the 1915 Panama-
for the abandoned plan to build an in-
California Exposition in
terurban commuter rail line branching
San Diego. Jess A. Woolf,
out three miles northwest from down-
who was a sales represen-
town Oklahoma City. Today, as they
tative for Callaway, Carey
have for decades, bicyclists make their
and Foster, Inc. (developer
way through Carey Place every Satur-
of Carey Place in the early
day morning. Sundays are perfect for
’30s), had visited southern California
The design concept for Woolf’s homes
leisurely drives through the neighbor-
and was impressed with the style.
was called “California Moderne,” dem-
hood. And every day is ideal for local
Woolf responded brilliantly during
onstrating Spanish influences, and was
residents and their pets to take a stroll
the aesthetic shift due to the economy of
more like homes being built in Los Ange-
down the quiet lane.
the Great Depression, as the exuberant
les at that time. Every house Woolf built
The Carey Place Historic District
architectural styles of the 1920s Crafts-
had a white picket fence and one of a vast
is included on the National Register of
man, high-styled Tudor Revival and
variety of pine trees.
Historic Places for its architectural sig-
Colonial Revival slowly began to give
nificance as an outstanding example of
way to industrialized suburban develop-
inception until the 1980s when he re-
1930s masonry veneer houses, and of
ments. Woolf, who built his own home
tired and moved away. He used the tra-
Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style.
at 1901 Carey Place in 1937, is known to
ditional sign of his trade on his home’s
Carey Place homes most closely fit a sim-
have built on at least 12 other properties
shutters, earning the much-maligned
plified version of Spanish Eclectic-style
on the street, for a total of 18 buildings.
moniker, “‘Hatchet House’ of ‘Scarey
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Candi, Juniper and Daniel McKinney
Woolf lived on Carey Place from its
Rosanna Tran and David Allen, part of the younger generation moving into the historic area.
Place,’” according to Jason Johnston, who has lived on Carey Place with his wife Edwina for nearly 40 years.
“We are the core of Oklahoma City’s
urban legends,” Johnston says.
Although the hatchets carved out
of the window shutters may have originally been meant to be decorative, local lore suggests a horrifically different account, which has earned Carey Place a page in paranormal guidebooks, tours and websites. One chronicle perpetuated by the paranormal community claims the hatchets on the house represent the murder weapon used to butcher a little girl from Carey Place who attended Gatewood School. Variations on the story agree that she was murdered on the front porch and may be buried in one of the yards. The same legend claims that a single swing may be seen rocking on occasion on the playground at Gatewood School. Some people speculate that might be the spirit of the little girl still playing down the block from her eternal home.
The Hatchet House is just one of
numerous tall tales attributed to Carey Place, which makes the street a magnet for nearly 2,500 trick-or-treaters every Halloween. Each year, residents welcome ghosts, goblins, witches and other Halloween revelers – both real and imagined. The neighborhood association, which meets monthly in the Plaza District, has even arranged for police security to stage at either end of the street to ensure the safety of the families and
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children enjoying the decorated houses and haunted yards the residents roll out for the holiday. “I personally have stories to tell about Ruth Stack Carey, the street’s namesake, and the only other woman to live in our home at 2000 Carey Place,” Johnston says. “I believe Ruth ‘lived’ with us for a while after we moved here in 1974.” It wasn’t until Johnston removed a large French mirror from Ruth’s boudoir that the incidents of her presence stopped. David and Rosanna Tran Allen, newlyweds who are both dentists, recently moved into the “Bullet House” at 2100 Carey Place. An allegedly unfixable bullet hole is featured in one of the front window panes. “I was told that a man who once lived here caught his
Edwina and Jason Johnston
wife having an affair and shot a bullet
through the window,” Allen explains
house, the Allens have observed that
(another anecdote suggests that a gang-
the neighborhood seems excited to have
ster was shot and killed while sitting in
young people moving in to increase di-
his living room at the residence). “The
versity. “There are longtime residents
bullet hole in the window pane is said to
who have lived here for decades, but re-
return no matter how many times it’s re-
cently other young families like us have
placed. If you replace the window it will
been moving in and introducing babies
crack again on its own.”
to the neighborhood,” Allen says.
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Despite the debatable history of the
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“I always loved this neighborhood and admired it as I drove by to and from school.” – Lindsay Wright
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Ashton Arnoldy visits friends on Carey Place… and does some laundry.
Like Rosanna Allen, Lindsay Wright, an-
other Carey Place resident, attended Classen School of Advanced Studies, which is located just a few blocks east of the neighborhood. “I always loved this neighborhood and admired it as I drove by to and from school,” Wright says. “But I never imagined I would have a chance to live here until my mom drove me over here as I was looking for a place to live after graduating from college. When we found this apartment I was so surprised. The neighbors are so careful to watch out for my roommate and me. We are two of the youngest residents here and they treat us like family.”
Wright’s roommate Blair Goforth, a Chick-
asaw photographer, was drawn to the distinct aesthetics of the Spanish-influenced architecture. “Every month the Plaza District hosts its 2nd Friday event [LIVE on the Plaza], which brings a lot of people and energy to the neighborhood,” Goforth says. “It’s inspiring for me as an emerging photographer to be so close to an arts district like the Plaza.”
Both roommates say that what they enjoy
most about Carey Place is the pride the neighbors take in their homes. “You can see and feel people’s genuine love for the neighborLindsay Wright
hood,” Wright says. october 2012 | slice 65
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RESEARCH DIVISION/OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The shops on Grand (now Sheridan) in 1945 included the Kingman Café.
Urban Archaeologist Lost Chinese Underground Revealed
By Bradley Wynn
Beneath the streets of downtown Oklahoma City, decades-old rumors tell of a labyrinth of secret Chinese tunnels. The gossip of generations implies they were carved out by frontier-era Chinese who migrated into Oklahoma territory while constructing our nation’s early railroads.
past much more interesting than the version
Supposedly, these hidden passages were
Rush. Although some Chinese found trea-
filled with the euphoric haze of opium dens,
sure in “Gum Shan” (Gold Mountain), many
the sounds of gambling and the everyday
others were forced eastward due to extreme
workings of an entire, seldom-seen Chinese
anti-Chinese sentiments arising from fear
community. Stories of a Buddhist temple
and misunderstanding of their customs and
adorned with golden wallpaper and a Chi-
language. The transcontinental project of-
nese cemetery three levels underground cir-
fered a financial means of escape for thou-
culated, and mothers corrected wayward
sands of Chinese during its six-year construc-
children by threatening to hand them over to
tion. However, nearly 20,000 Chinese work-
the Chinese to be taken down into the dark.
ers were left unemployed when the Central
As fantastical as the reports sound, clues
and Union Pacific Railroad lines met during
left behind in historical accounts and rare
the “driving of the last spike” at Promontory
early photographs reveal surprising truths.
Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
Through these mostly confirmed anecdotes,
we are allowed a brief glimpse into a unique
road spike heralded a new age for America.
moment from our city’s multi-layered past… a
The track’s completion forced immigrants to
taught to us as schoolchildren.
Fewer than 25 years after its birth, Okla-
homa City transformed from a Victorian-era tent city into a thriving metropolis complete with trolleys, traffic jams and its first skyscraper. Throughout this period, the city swelled with new residents, many of them immigrants, including Chinese laborers who began their journey to Oklahoma working on America’s first transcontinental railroad.
During the post-Civil War years, Cen-
tral Railroad began employing Chinese immigrants who had come to the United States seeking their fortunes in the California Gold
Each hammer blow to that solid gold rail-
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California Avenue in 1889
1893 certificates filing declaration of intention for citizenship
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seek a new means of existence as they
ture underground across the country,
fanned out across the frontier. Some
including Oklahoma City.
chased reports of new gold strikes to the
Colorado Rockies while others migrated
U.S. led to violent rioting throughout
into the Midwest seeking work on new
the west, prompting a special congres-
railroad ventures. Many returned to the
sional committee to investigate Chinese
west coast, into Oregon and Washing-
immigration concerns. White workers
ton, where they created well-document-
feared the Chinese labor force, estimat-
ed Chinatowns. A select few found their
ed at 63,000 strong, would take away
way to the opening of new lands in 1889.
their wages or jobs. The U.S. Supreme
When Oklahoma Territory’s two
Court appears to have agreed and ruled
million acres of Unassigned Land was
that Chinese were not eligible for natu-
opened to settlement, tens of thousands
ralized citizenship. Congress further
of homesteaders rushed to stake their
approved 1882’s Chinese Exclusion
claim. On April 22, 1889, the crowds
Act, banning future immigration for a
massed along Santa Fe’s Oklahoma Sta-
period of 10 years, a measure that be-
tion rail lines were released into the area
came permanent in 1902. Chinese im-
that would become Oklahoma City when
migrants were forced to live a life apart,
a signal sounded at high noon. From that
and to build communities in which they
surge of humanity, Chinese migrants en-
could survive on their own.
tered Oklahoma history.
Early records and photographs from
gan hiding their culture and commu-
Oklahoma City show these territory-era
nity activities from public view, opting
Chinese owning businesses that con-
instead for an “underground” existence.
sisted mainly of laundries. This form of
According to University of California
Chinese business was often the norm,
Professor Min Zhou, such communi-
as other Chinese trades were less ac-
ties became staging areas for new Chi-
cepted up until the mid-20th century.
nese arrivals in America. In Oklahoma
Anti-Chinese sentiments drove the cul-
City, this community of homes and busi-
As early as 1877, Sinophobia in the
It’s during that time the Chinese be-
PHOTOS THIS PAGE: RESEARCH DIVISION/OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mandarin Chop Suey Café
1938’s Broadway included the Joy Boy Café
nesses, referred to as “China Street” by
Jack Thomas (dubbed the official “Chi-
locals, was centered at the intersection
natown pilot”) gained entry through a
of Robinson and Sheridan (formerly
worn door behind 14 S. Robinson. Ac-
Grand) Avenues. It became a safe haven
cording to reports, the inspectors were
where new immigrants, helped by their
led through numerous corridors which
fellow countrymen, could speak their
included approximately 50 rooms for
own language, eat native foods at local
eating, sleeping and gambling. There
Chinese restaurants, shop for groceries,
practice native customs and traditions
spaces and bunks throughout. The only
and sleep in boarding houses or rooms.
health violation found was in a third
These early immigrants filled all
basement along S. Robinson, where two
the available space in Chinese-owned
Chinese men were sleeping with a dirty
homes and businesses over a period of
blanket. Inspectors were quoted as say-
around 20 years, sending later-arriving
ing the nearly 200 residents were “in
immigrants into basements and sub-
good health and surroundings and sani-
basements of the same buildings. As the
tary as all get out.”
number of Chinese arrivals increased,
these basements were divided into nu-
home to Oklahoma’s Chinese, who
Unknown men in kitchen
merous rooms with wood and wallboard.
found it nearly impossible to work be-
nese tea and trade shop, while oversee-
In some cases it appears that connecting
yond their own community and busi-
ing his restaurant, the Kingman Café, at
doorways and very short passages were
nesses. They were often depicted as evil
227 W. Grand. The shop only operated
made between adjacent basements, giv-
and underhanded in print and cartoons.
a few years, but the café remained open
ing an illusion of tunnels.
Yet despite such ridicule, Chinese-op-
until 1945. According to his son, Robert
When a flu epidemic swept across
erated restaurants, laundries, shops
Eng of Seattle, Choi was “no dummy,”
Oklahoma City in the early 1920s,
and other businesses were frequented
and “would often use attorneys” when it
health inspectors were quick to descend
by city residents. Perhaps it was a taste
came to business matters, a rarity among
on the Chinese underground in a gener-
for the exotic that drew them to eat the
the Chinese community. Eng, the young-
al inspection campaign that also includ-
largely vegetable-based Chinese dishes
est of 10 children born to Choi, became a
ed rooming houses, restaurants, provi-
or seek the far Eastern herbal remedies
dentist and later served as mayor for the
sion stores and soda stands. In January
that Chinese doctors like Wu Grayson at
city of Altos, California.
of 1921, after initial hesitation from the
116 1/2 N. Broadway offered.
Chinese “gatekeeper,” an expedition
At 712 W. Grand, in today’s Film
es “must have been popular because he
of six inspectors and police detective
Row district, Sam Choi operated a Chi-
became wealthy enough to return to his
These underground rooms became
Eng added that his father’s business-
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1896 Guthrie Directory
Multi-generational photo of unknown family
home village in China, around 1920.”
concern by police at that time was the
timated to be between 500 and 1,000
There Choi constructed a large two-sto-
amount of “hop” in the city. Hop was a
years old. In an adjoining room, mem-
ry Chinese-Western styled house that
substitute for opium derived from boil-
bers of the Chinese Nationalist Party
Eng says “was referred to as the famous
ing Japanese sugar, glycerin and lau-
met on a regular basis to discuss politics
Red Mansion,” since it was constructed
danum, forming a highly addictive and
in China. At some point the library was
with fired red brick. With the outbreak
deadly drug. Hop joints made up the ma-
relocated to 327 1/2 W. California but dis-
of China’s Civil War, a cannonball struck
jority of opium dens here.
appeared from city records in the 1940s.
the mansion and destroyed the roof, and
Law enforcement efforts appear
Choi returned to the United States. He
to have brought an end to the opium
brary was operated by Willie Hong,
settled in Seattle, but remained an owner
plague by the mid ’20s. A raid of a dark
who served as secretary of the Chinese
of the Kingman Café in Oklahoma City.
basement beneath 12 S. Robinson net-
National Salvation Society. Unofficial-
Other, less-attractive, Eastern im-
ted narcotics from three large wooden
ly, Hong was considered the “Mayor
ports came in the form of illegal smug-
boxes and 12 bottles of rum with a street
of Chinatown” in Oklahoma City. His
gling, Mah-jongg gambling and opium
value of $10,000. In 1922, this haul had
mastery of the English language and
use throughout the early 1900s. These
the buying power of nearly $137,000 in
understanding of American law, poli-
vices were sometimes offered in the base-
tics and business made him a valuable
ments and backrooms of Chinese shops.
Despite the actions of a few, the over-
asset to the community. The people
Among them was Lee Kie Chong’s tea
all Chinese community remained true
trusted him and supported all of his
store at 306 W. Grand, Chong Lee’s Laun-
to their heritage and culture. In a small
efforts to prevent Communism from
dry at 128 W. Reno and the large Chinese
two-story building at 210 1/2 W. Califor-
taking over China at the end of World
rooming house at 314 W. California.
nia stood the first Chinese library in
War II, which is when Hong and other
Opium, an addictive drug derived
Oklahoma City. Locals would gather at
Chinese residents seemed to disappear
from the poppy, was often smuggled in
the end of the day and read about their
from the cityscape.
from Mexico. It was considered a “Chi-
homeland in papers from Shanghai,
nese Curse” by Oklahoma City law en-
Hong Kong and Canton. Most of the
clusion Act was repealed by Congress,
forcement in 1910. During that year,
library’s collection was comprised of
although it would continue to be some-
officers found themselves facing an
works on Chinese history, travel, agri-
what enforced in Oklahoma for a short
estimated 100-plus opium dens across
culture, romances and a few volumes of
time. The repeal meant underground
the city. In July alone, police raids of
poetry. One book printed on rice paper
citizens could live freely in the society
around 25 locations ended in the ar-
held the history and portraits of China’s
that once shunned them. By war’s end,
rest of over 100 individuals. The biggest
early emperors and rulers and was es-
the underground was abandoned and
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The last visage of the Chinese li-
In 1943, the infamous Chinese Ex-
The Shirk Expedition
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Shirkâ€™s visit to the tunnels garnered many inquiries from his constituents and acquaintances. This letter (above), found in his personal papers in the archive at Oklahoma City University, is one example of the curiosity surrounding the discovery.
Excavation for the Myriad Convention Center in April of 1969 led to the discovery of abandoned underground tunnels. George Shirk, the former mayor and director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, led an expedition to explore the tunnels and in this photo, examines an old stove left behind. During the 1969 exploration, papers covered in Chinese notations, including these attached to walls of two cubicles in a basement or tunnel, were found under vacant shops just south of the Commerce Exchange Building at the corner of Grand and Robinson in Oklahoma City.
PHOTO BY JIM ARGO, COPYRIGHT, THE OKLAHOMAN
PHOTO BY JIM ARGO, COPYRIGHT, THE OKLAHOMAN
Also located in Shirkâ€™s papers (left), the postscript on this speech announcement shows the continuing interest in the underground Chinese city.
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A Collection of Chinese Businesses in the Area 1915-1945 17 N. BROADWAY JOY BOY CAFÉ & CHINESE LAUNDRY 102 N. BROADWAY IMPERIAL CAFÉ 115 N. BROADWAY ENTRANCE TO CHINESE TUNNELS 116 1/2 N. BROADWAY DR. WU GRAYSON’S OFFICE 119 N. BROADWAY IMPERIAL CAFÉ 210 1/2 W. CALIFORNIA CHINESE LIBRARY 218 W. CALIFORNIA SAM CHOI & COMPANY CHINESE MERCHANDISE 314 W. CALIFORNIA SAM LEE’S PLACE (OPIUM DEN) 327 W. CALIFORNIA CHINESE LAUNDRY 130 W. GRAND COMMERCE EXCHANGE BUILDING (alley behind yielded 1969 tunnel entrance discovery) 131 W. GRAND AMERICAN CAFÉ 212 W. GRAND GRAND CAFÉ 225 W. GRAND CHINESE KITCHEN 227 W. GRAND KINGMAN CAFÉ 306 W. GRAND LEE KIE CHONG TEA SHOP (OPIUM DEN) 406 W. GRAND LEE KIE CHONG (OPIUM DEN) 107 S. HARVEY CHING BING’S LAUNDRY 36 N. HARVEY YEE LEE LAUNDRY 300 N. HARVEY WAH HOP’S LAUNDRY 510 N. HUDSON JOHN CHING WAH’S LAUNDRY 126 W. RENO WAH WAH LAUNDRY 128 W. RENO CHONG LEE’S LAUNDRY 12-18 S. ROBINSON VARIOUS CHINESE BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS 14 S. ROBINSON ENTRY TO TUNNELS USED BY HEALTH INSPECTORS IN EARLY 1920S 16 1/2 S. ROBINSON SAM LEE AND JAKE JOHN’S PLACE (GAMBLING HALL) 18 S. ROBINSON WING SHING CAFÉ 509 N. ROBINSON LUNG JOY LAUNDRY
its former residents spread out across
dry, and various gambling remnants.
clusion Act and China’s civil war, this
Oklahoma, where census records show
There were numerous cubicles, rooms
was not possible. Fairlawn Cemetery,
nearly 400 Chinese were living by 1950,
and corridors. According to Argo, the
just north of downtown Oklahoma
gradually increasing every year since.
area Shirk explored was believed to be
City, has many graves bearing Chinese
By the time urban renewal crews be-
“about 140 feet in length and about 50
names from this time period. Construc-
gan tearing into the 1960s downtown
feet wide.” Shirk believed there was
tion crews digging out the basements of
landscape, the Chinese underground
much more to see and that the entire
buildings along S.Robinson were fore-
was all but a myth. The entire commu-
complex they explored probably ex-
warned of the possibility of remains, but
nity was gone; a strange dream, only re-
tended to the end of the block. It was
none were found.
called at parties. That would change on
real. It always had been.
April 8, 1969.
Shortly after the Shirk expedition,
a special meeting about the find and
When city leaders were called into
Historian and former mayor George
interest in the discovery grew tremen-
asked to consider its historical preser-
Shirk, with a small band of intrepid ad-
dously. Classes were suddenly offered in
vation, the request was denied. Within
venturers, was led through a scarred
Chinese culture and cooking. Rumors
a week, the Commerce building was
white door in an alley behind the Com-
abounded, some with claims that the
razed and the surrounding area dug
merce Exchange building at Robin-
underground extended as far as Classen
up to begin construction of the conven-
son and Sheridan where construction
Boulevard and the Northwest Express-
tion center and its underground park-
crews were clearing the area for the fu-
way. During this time stories of a Chi-
ture Myriad (Cox) Convention Center.
nese cemetery and lost Buddhist tem-
With dim flashlights, his party wound
ple beneath the streets surfaced. Nei-
underground are tales, rumors, rare im-
through numerous rooms and corri-
ther seems probable, according to Sam
ages, the flotsam of old articles and the
dors. Jim Argo, a photographer for The
Choi’s son Robert Eng, as any such
gossip of generations. A difficult story to
Oklahoman who accompanied the group,
temple in that environment would most
tell, let alone prove, and yet, ironically, an
recalled the setting was “very dark and
likely have been a small adorned room
amazing memorial stands over that for-
slightly disconcerting. The only light
that was cleared when the community it
mer community. It is in the guise of the
came from flashlights.”
served vacated the area. As for a ceme-
Myriad Botanical Gardens, where deep
The urban explorers quickly dis-
tery, Chinese tradition calls for remains
within its hundreds of plant species, visi-
covered the remains of a stove, pos-
to be returned to China to lie with their
tors will find a few from China, marking
sibly tied to a former Chinese laun-
ancestors. Unfortunately, due to the Ex-
the underground’s grave below.
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Setting the Table By Sara Gae Waters Photos by Carli Wentworth
hen I think of October, I have visions of black and orange Halloween decorations, dark
maroon and dried brown leaves, a warm hearth and rich comfort food. However, coming off of an exceptionally crispy summer, I felt robbed of my â€œEndless Summerâ€? hydrangeas, and was left with more brown than I liked. So instead of setting a traditional table of pumpkins and gourds and a tableau of sage, orange and brown, I went for a fresh, but still warm, look on the table. october 2012 | slice 75
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Deep purple hydrangeas, soft purple roses and
fuchsia coxcomb were the go-to flowers for our fall table. Blooms arranged in bright orange vases were placed on a wide-striped, black-and-white rug that stood in for the table cloth. Domed pedestals of croissants and pumpkin truffles, cinnamon swirl quiche and snickerdoodle cookies are ready for a fireside brunch. Each place is adorned with scrolled pattern silverware, orange floral linens, smoky ringed plates and thick glass tumblers with a choice of blood orange Pellegrino or still water. A soft green velvet ribbon knotted around ornamental grass seed heads, a cup and saucer filled with hot apple cider garnished with star anise and a sprig of currants round out the presentation.
To complete the scene, side spaces are filled as
well. A stocked urn of green apples, pomegranates and acorn squash allude to the harvest. A lazy Susan with small blue plates holding extra garnishes and spices sits atop the mantel. Extra drinks and glasses line the shelves. With a change of menu and the addition of long tapered candles, this table easily transitions to dinner. Just keep the fire ablaze, add a little champagne to the Pellegrino and you’re ready. Autumn is a time to cozy up and tuck in, especially at the dining table. From the author: On a personal note, this is my last regular installment of the Setting the Table column. For the past 24 issues it has been a joy to share ideas and inspiration with you. Remember, whether it’s your fine china, your everyday tableware or even paper plates, the only thing a table needs to make it “beautiful” is gathering those you love around it. Watch for my future column covering a wider array of topics coming next month!
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Home-Cooked Inspiration By Steve Gill Photos by David Cobb
ome of the finest examples of culinary creativity to be found in Nichols Hills – not food nor
drink, but the expertly designed kitchens in which they are made – are on display this month, as the Oklahoma County Medical Alliance proudly announces the return of its Kitchen Tour on Sunday, October 21. Co-chaired by Amy Bankhead and Karen Gunderson, it’s an opportunity to explore and be inspired by six exquisite examples of the fusion of form and function, seasoned with luxury table settings and breathtaking floral designs, questionand-answer periods with certified kitchen designer Karen Black-Sigler, a coffee bar and bake sale and even live cooking demonstrations in each home, plus a special showcase at The Culinary Kitchen.
The not-for-profit OCMA is dedi-
cated to helping the Oklahoma County Medical Society advance health education, promote relations among physicians’ families and encourage health-related volunteerism; president Kathy Bookman and presidentelect Suzanne Reynolds were instrumental in reviving the Tour, which benefits the OK Kids Korral and YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter.
Tickets are available at each par-
ticipating home for $20 on the day One-of-a-kind design flourishes pervade this spacious Country French kitchen, which seems only fitting as Randy Mason of Custom Interiors by Randy executed the dreams of homeowners Sandra Precure and Debbie Brown. Converting the old laundry room into part of the kitchen (the appliances are still there, just cleverly hidden inside an ornate oversized china cabinet) left ample room for a massive Northland refrigerator/freezer, Miele coffee system, DCS cooktop and double oven with custom vent hood handcrafted on site, hand-chiseled granite island and more, surrounded by hand-chiseled stone columns and beams and surmounted by a ceiling lined with rustic beams, a brilliant skylight and a magnificent four-foot chandelier.
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of the tour, or for $15 in advance at The Culinary Kitchen, A Karen Black Company, The Market at Quail Springs, New Leaf Florist, On A Whim, Pinkitzel and Whole Foods. Enjoy – inspiration is served.
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Tim Hughes is an accomplished home builder with a reputation for realizing clients’ visions, so his family’s own new home was made to exacting standards throughout. Hughes enlisted Classic Kitchens to assist him with cabinetry for his kitchen, which was built for beauty as well as utility and was designed to function well whether one or multiple cooks are preparing a meal. The large island allows guests a place to sit and engage in conversation while the cook or cooks prepare food; the gleaming KitchenAid appliances and Wolf range, topped by a custom wood hood, are flanked by ample counter space as well as plenty of storage to support the cook and make the area extremely functional.
THE 2012 OCMA KITCHEN TOUR: 6709 N.W. Grand Boulevard
6641 Avondale Drive
Katie and Tony Say
Mary and Gerald Durbin
Designed by AC Dwellings
Designed by AC Dwellings
Sandra Precure and Debbie Brown
Amy and Aaron Compton
Designed by Randy Mason of Custom
Designed by The Culinary Kitchen
Interiors By Randy and the homeowners
1715 Dorchester Place
1218 Belford Drive Tracey and Tim Hughes Designed by Classic Kitchens
6908 N.W. Grand Boulevard
1502 Bedford Drive Brittney and Chip Keating Designed by AC Dwellings
Tim Hughes is an accomplished home builder with a reputation for realizing clients’ visions, so his family’s own new home was made to exacting standards throughout. Hughes enlisted Classic Kitchens to assist him with cabinetry for his kitchen, which was built for beauty as well as utility and was designed to function well whether one or multiple cooks are preparing a meal. The large island allows guests a place to sit and engage in conversation while the cook or cooks prepare food; the gleaming KitchenAid appliances and Wolf range, topped by a custom wood hood, are flanked by ample counter space as well as plenty of storage to support the cook and make the area extremely functional.
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The Place for Taste While the perfect kitchen should be well-designed and pleasing to the eye, it should also be able to produce fare equally delightful to the palate, ideally without too much effort. That’s why one of the highlights of the 2012 Kitchen Tour is a trip to The Culinary Kitchen, where owner Claude Rappaport will demonstrate some top-of-the-line appliances… and what he can do with them. The menu will highlight the capabilities of the blazing-fast TurboChef oven and Miele steam oven, as well as the multi-tiered, multi-functional, made-in-Tulsa Galley sink system – all additions that subtract from the time it takes to make a meal. “Between the TurboChef and the steam oven, you can cook a really great dinner in 30 minutes from the time you walk in the door,” enthuses Rappaport, adding “What good is fast if it’s not appetizing, you know? But when this comes out, it looks like it came out of a Bon Appetit cover!” The store plans to play host to multiple chefs on the day of the tour, plus one: Rappaport considers himself a cook, not a chef, but he can’t resist the chance to put the equipment through its paces. And don’t worry about the feast merely being for the eyes; guests are encouraged to sample the results.
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This brand-new space – a recent addition that was part of a 12-month top-to-bottom renovation – feels perfectly in sync with the period style of the home, thanks to its deliberate design and finishes. The bright and airy kitchen is filled with state-of-the-art appliances to make cooking fast and easy, but takes its style cues from terra cotta tiles on the floor, honey onyx walls, unique European lighting fixtures, reclaimed beams and furnishings crafted from French and English antiques, many of which were selected by homeowner Katie Say while on buying trips with designers Anders and Terry Carlson.
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Where History Lives
o heighten awareness and promote preservation of
look forward to the annual opportunity to share them, and
Oklahoma City’s architectural history, and to ensure
their own passion for Oklahoma City’s historic architecture,
the protection of our enduring cultural landmarks for
with the public.
years to come. Those are pretty good reasons to participate in
Chairperson for this year’s event is Sam Blackstock; vice-
a venerable event that offers its own ample rewards: one of the
chair is Amy Stephens. Proceeds go to the tour sponsor, the
city’s most elegant and storied neighborhoods reopens its doors
non-profit Heritage Hills Associate Board of Historic Preser-
from noon to 5pm October 6-7 in the 46th annual Heritage Hills
vation, Inc, to benefit historical and community projects.
Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.
The 2012 tour will feature five homes – residences of the
Bingamans, Cavins, Hatfields and the Adams and Hawkins families – as well as St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Hefner Mansion. Tour Central is at the Overholser Mansion, 405 N.W. 15th Street, where visitors can get a map to each of the tour stops, browse a gift sale on the lawn and enjoy sandwiches and pastries at The Heritage Café by Ingrid’s Kitchen.
The tour features a cross-section of homes and gardens, of-
fering guests the opportunity to view different styles of design, construction and décor in the neighborhood. The families who live in this community view their homes as gifts, and many
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There’s nothing more exciting in college athletics than
the iconic OU vs. Texas game. It’s a game that brings famiCARLI WENTWORTH
lies, fans and foodies together every year. Slice’s resident foodie likes to support her team with a tailgate party any sports fan would be proud to serve. See page 86.
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Down the Hatch By Caryn Ross Photos by Carli Wentworth
his year I’ve come up with two delicious main dishes that encompass everything I know
football fans love: burgers and hot dogs! Kick it up with fresh roasted Hatch chiles and Oklahoma’s own Schwab’s hot links. Nothing says “go Big Red” like a red and white dog! Make sure and have something cold standing by after you get a taste of these dogs.
Red and White Dogs 8 Schwab’s hot links 1/2 lb pepper jack cheese, grated 1/2 lb Velveeta Queso Blanco, cubed 1 onion, chopped 3 T butter 1/2 c milk 1/2 c fresh pico de gallo 8 hot dog buns In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in the butter until tender. Add in the cheeses and stir until melted and well combined. Pour in milk to thin a bit. Once melted, add pico de gallo and serve in a small bowl. Grill hot links and, to make red and white dog, place them on a bun and top with the white cheese sauce.
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Bevo Burger Sliders with Spicy Pimento Cheese 1 1/2 lb ground chuck 3 T Jack Daniels 1 onion, grated and divided 1 t sea salt 1 t pepper, freshly ground 4 Hatch chiles, roasted, seeded and chopped 1/2 lb grated cheddar cheese 1/2 lb grated pepper jack cheese 1/2 c mayonnaise 3 T sweet pickle relish 8 mini slider buns Pre-heat grill to medium heat. In a large bowl mix together the ground chuck, Jack Daniels, half of the grated onion, sea salt, pepper and chiles. Mix together and make 8 minisized burgers. Place burgers onto grill. Do not press down on the patties â€“ that will make a very dry burger because it squeezes all the moisture out. For the topping, mix together both of the cheeses, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and the remaining half of the grated onion. Stir to combine. To serve, place cooked patties onto buns and top with a dollop of pimento cheese. october 2012 | slice 87
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A delicious duo – Asian Beef Carpaccio and Meatloaf Cupcakes – at Local in Norman
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Trends to Savor
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t is a famously competitive and difficult industry. More of its businesses seem to close their doors than open in any given
week, month or year, yet it continues to grow in total sales and number of operations. It requires a delicate balancing act combining art and creativity with a savvy business plan and, above all, a commitment to serve.
The good news about the restaurant busi-
ness in general is that it is becoming more diverse and sophisticated. The better news for local food lovers is that Oklahoma City’s dining scene is thriving.
“Although it’s extremely competitive and
always has been, if you are going to be in the restaurant business anywhere, Oklahoma City is a good place to be,” says Jim Hopper, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. (See “By the Numbers.”)
Hopper points to the success of the Thun-
der, MAPS 3 and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation as factors in the positive climate for restaurants. It is universally agreed in the business that the four pillars of a successful operation are quality food, atmosphere, cleanliness and service. But beyond these, certain trends are becoming apparent on the local scene.
“There is a strong growth in independent
restaurants that are concentrating on one specialty area or unique concept, such as coffee, tacos or chicken,” says Margaret Holloway of also seems to be a rise in supporting our local resources, local produce and other growers.”
Café 501 and Boulevard Steakhouse. “There A stellar wine selection is one of many draws at the Good Egg Group’s soigné Red PrimeSteak.
“More and more people are aware of what
they consume and they expect their restaurants to provide lots of options,” adds Melissa Scaramucci of Local in Norman. “The modern diner is becoming very well educated.”
Young chefs are introducing new ideas to Oklahomans. Hop-
per cites the nationally renowned internship program run by Kurt Fleischfresser at The Coach House as a breeding ground for creativity in cuisine. That creativity is moving Oklahoma City beyond its heritage as a “steak and potatoes” town.
“More restaurants than ever have been introducing new
and unique items into the market,” says Keith Paul of A Good Egg Dining Group. “We are seeing more adventurous diners
By the Numbers
» Oklahoma restaurants will generate a projected $4.9 billion in sales in 2012.
» There are over 5,800 eating and drinking establishments in Oklahoma. » Every dollar spent in Oklahoma’s restaurants generates an ad- ditional 95 cents in sales for the state economy.
» In 2012 restaurants in Oklahoma employ over 153,000 people, which is 10 percent of all employment in the state.
(Statistics courtesy Oklahoma Restaurant Association)
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Scaramucci agrees. “I see diners who are discerning and well-traveled and their ex-
pectation level for great food is high. They know when their risotto is cooked well, they appreciate a wild-caught fish and they want to know about the bok choy we got from a farm near Tulsa.”
Despite certain very real concerns – the ongoing drought, which has led to higher
commodity prices, and the fear of a fallback into recession – Hopper foresees the industry continuing to grow. “Lots of restaurateurs are looking for new concepts, expanding beyond what they have done before. It’s a good time for restaurants in Oklahoma City.”
Trials and Triumphs
Three restaurateurs with varying degrees of experience share some personal anecdotes about highs and lows in the industry
Margaret Holloway, Café 501 and Boulevard Steakhouse THE HIGH: “An elderly lady told me that she had driven to Boulevard to pick up a gift certificate for her son, who had just survived brain tumor surgery. She wanted to surprise him and celebrate his recovery. I gave her a complimentary gift certificate. Six months later she came in with her whole family, and it was wonderful; they had a great time and I could tell it was a special time for them as a family.” THE LOW: “We try to make a difference in the lives of the employees who work in the restaurant. Trying to decide when they need a break and a second chance or when it is time to say goodbye is difficult. We try to be role models for them, but sometimes their best lesson is the hardest one to swallow. Learning that the grass isn’t always greener is one learned over time.”
Keith Paul, A Good Egg Dining Group THE HIGH: “Our focus from day one has been on our people, so the best moments come when longstanding employees gradually move up through the company. Our lead cook at Cheever’s and very good friend, Juan, has been by my side for all 12 years in business. His son, who was 10 years old when Juan started, is now the lead grill cook at Red PrimeSteak.” THE LOW: “The most frustrating moment came when another local restaurant decided to question our ethics, our mission and operations via social media. Most of us have a certain mutual bond to stick together, help each other out when needed, [but] this has happened a couple of times and unfortunately, I expect it will happen again.”
Melissa Scaramucci, Local THE HIGH: “We had a web reservation for two on the patio, [but] our patio was booked for a party that same night. The couple had gotten engaged on our patio, though, and were getting married on Friday, and were eating with us to celebrate. So we got some beautiful new plants, some new furniture, moved some of our existing patio furniture and furnishings and created a wonderful dining environment just for them, and for the big party. We made them a little red velvet cake and toasted them with champagne – it was an awesome ‘make it work’ moment and I’m thrilled to say we did it. Being part of someone’s life event is absolutely the best part of owning a restaurant.”
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THE LOW: “We constantly strive for perfection. We call it ‘Respect the Soup’ here. We put so much effort into just making soup – from sourcing our food direct from farmers to processing it ourselves. But all that hard work vaporizes as soon as someone has to wait for their water to be refilled, or their ravioli is cold, or someone’s steak isn’t temped correctly; and then that customer doesn’t come back and all the work was for nothing. So constant training, vigilance and flawless execution in the front and back of the house is critical to our philosophy and success. We have to Respect the Soup.”
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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE This Route 66 classic provides a blast from the past in its copious decorative memorabilia, and excellent chicken fried steak big enough to sate the hugest appetites. 4106 NW 39th, OKC, 943.8915 $ AROUND THE CORNER RESTAURANT A no-frills, old-school diner that’s a favorite spot for Edmondites to linger over omelettes, pork chops or pancakes and coffee. 11 S Broadway, Edmond, 341.5414 $
following thanks to solid, basic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, enlivened by occasional imaginative specials. 511 S Broadway, Edmond, 513.8590 $ DEEP FORK GRILL The dimly lit, crisply elegant atmosphere perfectly complements the contemporary menu of superb seafood, (wood-grilled cedar plank salmon is the house specialty), steaks and accoutrements. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DINER, THE The classics never go out of style, and when locals refer to this institution as a greasy spoon, it’s a term of endearment if not veneration. Masterful preparation of ordinary breakfast and lunch fare – expect lengthy lines. 213 E Main, Norman, 329.6642 $ DIVINE SWINE A uniquely themed restaurant conceived and built around the chef’s love of pork; practically every dish, even desserts, contain some gourmet interpretation of the other white meat’s potential for delectability. 7801 N May, OKC, 843.3400 $
BOULEVARD CAFETERIA Roast beef, chicken and dumplings, even liver and onions… one of the last of the area’s independent cafeterias is still pounding out the hits. 525 NW 11th, OKC, 239.6861 $
EISCHEN’S Two things to bear in mind: 1. It’s in Okarche, about 45 minutes from OKC proper. 2. It’s universally agreed to be well worth the trip. Legendary fried chicken and okra in a gloriously noisy packed house; cash only. 108 S 2nd, Okarche, 263.9939 $
CAFÉ 7 A fast, casual restaurant with a very cool concept: widely varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7 and served up in 7 minutes, 7 days a week. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $
FANCY THAT No longer restricting customers to a quick lunch and bakery treats, this Main Street café’s robust expansion into evening and weekend hours is cause for celebration… over dinner. 215 E Main, Norman, 307.0541 $$
CAFÉ 501 Rustic stone oven pizzas, fresh, uniquely designed salads and delicious specialty sandwiches on house-made artisan breads – add classic atmosphere and enjoy. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$
FIRST WATCH THE DAYTIME CAFE Large and well-lit with a friendly staff, complimentary newspapers and wi-fi and a menu filled with breakfast and lunch selections and specialties. 2328 W Memorial, OKC, 748.3447 $
CLASSEN GRILL Don’t be thrown by the seen-better-days exterior; the food inside is deftly done diner deliciousness, especially the breakfast options. The eggs benedict and cheese grits can make your day in advance. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ COACH’S RESTAURANT Overlooking the diamond at RedHawks Field at Bricktown or within earshot of Owen Field, Coach’s locations serve fans during games and fans of its pizza, barbecue, burgers and beer anytime. 102 W Main, Norman, 360.5726; 20 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 232.6224 $$ COLBY’S GRILL A family-owned, familyfriendly, family-style café developing a loyal
price in comfortable, casual surroundings. Favorites like chicken-fried steak are always on the menu, but there are plenty of options for the health-conscious as well. 4 metro locations, interurban.us $$
– RedPin provides a full bar, burgers, pizzas, sweets and snacks in a restaurant that happens to have premium bowling lanes attached. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.8880 $
JIMMY’S EGG Although it’s open for lunch as well, Jimmy’s Egg is a breakfast favorite with endless omelette possibilities, friendly service and freshbaked breads and biscuits. 11 metro locations, jimmysegg.com $
REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, Southwestern enchiladas, pork chops and steak by the lake served expertly in a casual, energetic, hacienda-style atmosphere of stone walls and mahogany beams around an open kitchen. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995 $$
KAISER’S AMERICAN BISTRO Founded in 1918 and serving contemporary classics like a top-notch buffalo burger, Kaiser’s boasts a great view… if you can tear your attention away from the ice cream & soda fountain. 1039 N Walker, OKC, 232.7632 $ LEGEND’S A Lindsey Street landmark for over 40 years, this casually upscale, three-diamond AAA restaurant still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more down-to-earth fare amid welcoming surroundings. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Now this is a hot dog – Mutt’s inspired creations feature prime meats like chicken, bison and duck, topped off with tantalizing and unexpected flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ NEBU You shouldn’t have any trouble finding this airy, accommodating provider of chef-prepared sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more – it’s in the garden wing of the colossal Devon tower. 280 W Sheridan, OKC $ PICASSO CAFÉ Its neighbors are painters, potters and sculptors, so it’s no surprise its management strives to make their cuisine a work of art. Creative arrangements of pizza, sandwiches, salads and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $
FLINT Approachably casual style in the front of the house, with impeccably serious attention to detail in the kitchen; it’s the Colcord Hotel’s winning combination for contemporary cuisine. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$
POPS A little out of the way but undeniably worth going the extra mile, the Good Egg Group’s roadside café has burgers, salads, shakes and the irresistible draw of an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 $
GOOD GRAVY DINER Hefty, heavenly portions of roast beef or chicken fried steak, tasty sandwiches and burgers, a constellation of breakfast options… and a whole slew of specialty gravies to top them off. 8014 N Western, OKC, 842.6200 $
PRAIRIE GYPSIES, THE Justly renowned for their catering prowess, this duo of female chefs also offers a single-serve entrée and soups that vary daily for carryout. 411 NW 30th, OKC, 525.3013 $
INTERURBAN CLASSIC GRILL It’s a simple concept: serve good food at a reasonable
REDPIN RESTAURANT & BOWLING LOUNGE Other bowling alleys might muster no more than warm, flat beer for refreshment
SAGE GOURMET CAFÉ & MARKET In the heart of Deep Deuce, Sage puts an upscale spin on classics – the gourmet mac and cheese is a signature item – and uses organic and natural food products in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. 228 NE 2nd, OKC, 232.7243 $$ SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage, its surprising daily specials and inspired, tasty twists on ordinary sandwiches, salads and pizza keep it crowded on weekdays. Fortunately, the line moves quickly and calling ahead is encouraged. 4401 W Memorial, OKC 463.5594; 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114 $ SHARTEL CAFÉ Diverse diner-style classics – bacon cheeseburgers, pancakes, reubens, bakery goodies, etc. – done with panache and further improved by airy, comfortable surroundings and friendly service. 5116 N Shartel, OKC, 843.0900; 201 Robert S. Kerr, LL 140, OKC, 601.8024 $ TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR & GRILL He does, you know. Deep in the heart of Bricktown, this venue hosts frequent live music performances and features a homestyle menu, memorabilia and drinks served in Mason jars. 310 Johnny Bench, OKC, 231.0254 $$ VAST Keeping your attention on the steaks, seafood and other globally inspired American cuisine might be surprisingly difficult: the view is truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 333 W Sheridan, 49th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ Opening October 24; reservations recommended WILL’S/THE LOBBY BAR Coffee vendor by day, bar by night, it features an unexpected and wonderfully inviting lunch and dinner menu: baked manchego, lobster sliders and many more. 4322 N Western, OKC, 604.4650 $
ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Intended to unite east and west through blending the essence
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of Asian cuisine with culture, its intriguing menu spans sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin barbecue duck pizza and ample sushi options. 2541 W Main, Norman, 310.6110 $$ BLUE MOON CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese cravings may come much more often after experiencing the spectacular amount of sweet, sour and savory tastes from this student-friendly eatery. 1320 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.3871 $ GRAND HOUSE A number of Chinese restaurants concentrate on their cooking to the exclusion of any other aspect of dining – Grand House is the happy exception that goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N Classen, OKC, 524.7333 $$ O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in a cool, vibrant environment. Call ahead; it becomes a packed house in a hurry. 105 SE 12th, Norman, 701.8899 $$ SAII ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR With a dark, rich ambiance that elevates it over its surroundings, Saii serves expertly prepared Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes plus an extensive and adventurous sushi menu. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$
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AMY CAKES Imaginative cakes and cupcakes to make any special occasion a bit more memorable – and it’s a one-woman show. By appointment only. 113 Hal Muldrow, Norman, 360.1131 $ BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $ CRIMSON AND WHIPPED CREAM With a cheery Campus Corner vibe and the operators’ celebratory approach to food and life, it’s a terribly tempting spot for cookies, cupcakes, tea and dynamite coffee. 331 White, Norman, 307.8990 $ GIGI’S CUPCAKES Brace yourself – each Gigi’s location is home to a dozen different cupcake temptations in inspired flavors that rotate daily, and it’s surprisingly difficult to choose merely one. 1636 24th Ave NW, Norman, 801.2525; 14101 N May, OKC, 286.6200 $ GREEN GOODIES BY TIFFANY Specialty organic cupcakes for all – even those adhering to vegetarian and vegan diets or coping with food allergies or other dietary concerns can enjoy these high quality, flavorful treats. 5840 N Classen Blvd, Suite 5, OKC, 842.2288 $ LA BAGUETTE BAKERY & CAFÉ A spacious, comfortable seating area
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combined with the exquisite baking mastery that is the brand’s trademark makes this a tres chic, and very popular, destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 924 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ MCLAREN’S PANTRY For over 25 years, this independent bakery with a tempting sandwich selection has been a welcoming environment to enjoy a bite and connect with friends. 3414 S Boulevard, Edmond, 348.2336 $ NONNA’S BAKERY Family recipes are the foundation of these unbelievably scrumptious treats – walk in and pick or call ahead and special order cream pies, decadent cakes and much more. 1 Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 235.4410 $ NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Luscious flavors of rich, moist cake and frosting, available in bite-sized bundtinis packaged by the dozen; single-serving bundlets; or multi-tiered marvels that sate over two dozen dessert connoisseurs. 2520 W Memorial, Suite B, OKC, 751.8066 $ PANERA BREAD The breads are fresh, the sandwich and salad options ample and the atmosphere welcoming, thanks in part to the tasty baked goods and free wi-fi access. 9 metro locations, panerabread.com $ PINKITZEL CUPCAKES & CANDY Sweetness reigns supreme in this local confectionary creation – gourmet cupcakes that are baked fresh daily, a substantial candy boutique and gift shop and cafe seating to enjoy it all with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 330.4500; 150 E.K. Gaylord, OKC, 235.7465 $ PRAIRIE THUNDER BAKING CO. In this house of carbs, the bread baked on-site is the star of the show: on its own to take home, repurposed into breakfast pastries and desserts or accompanying the deli sandwiches and soups in the cafe. 1114 N Classen Dr, OKC, 602.2922 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES Located in a charming little converted house, the ambiance and milk bar make great atmospheric additions to the varied menu of specialty cupcakes – selections range from traditional chocolate to blueberry honey and even bacon, egg and cheese. 7 NW 9th, OKC, 600.9494 $ SUGAR Got a special event on the radar? Customized cakes and cupcakes with incredible artistry and imagination as a key ingredient are Sugar’s specialties – call for a consultation. 6900 N Western, OKC, 286.0058 $$$ SWEETS & SPURS Specializing in gourmet cupcakes, mini-pies, hand-dipped chocolates and cowboy boots… not pastries; actual footwear. Yee-ha! 215 34th Ave SW, Norman, 801.2555 $
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BAR | PUB FOOD 51ST STREET SPEAKEASY A converted house with a perpetually packed porch and patio, the joint jumps with energy and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with abandon. 1114 NW 51st, OKC, 463.0470 $ ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout renditions of accompanying dishes, with the aim of recreating the true English public house vibe. 121 E Main, Norman, 928.5801 $$ BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection fill this bustling bar in the landmark 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $ BLU FINE WINE & FOOD A popular bar option among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range – try the hummus. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$
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BRICKTOWN BREWERY Only here for the beer? Not so fast – an amped-up menu of temptations demands a sampling at lunch or dinner… or both. 1 N Oklahoma, OKC, 232.2739 $$ BRIX RESTAURANT & SPORTS LOUNGE More than 30 flatscreens fill the enormous, plush lounge, restaurant and bar area, and the amenities include the Sunday NFL Ticket and NBA League Pass. If the game’s on, it’s on at BRiX. 27 E Sheridan, OKC, 702.7226 $$ CLUB ONE15 The nightclub vibe is in full effect with energetic music and three bars, though the robust menu including fajitas, pasta bowls and seafood is quite a draw of its own. 115 E Sheridan, OKC, 605.5783 $$ COCK O’ THE WALK BAR & GRILL Dartboards and pool tables can help patrons work up quite an appetite, so it’s a good thing the wings and burgers at this appealingly de-furbished neighborhood bar have such a reputation. Dive right in! 3705 N Western, OKC, 524.0304 $ DAN O’BRIEN’S PUBLIC HOUSE With a party atmosphere and rocking live shows, it’s more a group bar than a casual restaurant; though the full menu and mighty burgers should universally satisfy. 2747 W Memorial, OKC, 752.4486 $
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DEEP DEUCE GRILL The funky, comfortably run-down vibe of its namesake district lingers in this alternative to Bricktown crowds featuring burgers, beer and a peoplewatching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $ DUGOUT BAR & GRILL, THE Dig in to the classics of the neighborhood beer joint: burgers, fries, nachos and drink specials. 10909 N May, OKC, 751.0700 $
FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Considering the pool, darts, frequent live music and perpetual celebratory vibe, it might be hard to concentrate on the varied menu… but at least try the fresh-baked pretzels. 3031 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7243 $ JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to our city, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer, including difficult-to-find options from all over the world. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$ LIBRARY BAR & GRILL, THE Despite the name and its location directly adjacent to the OU campus, this low-light hangout spot won’t help you study… unless you’re doing independent research on local beers and excellent pizza. 607 W Boyd, Norman, 366.7465 $ LIBRARY OF FOOD & SPIRITS, THE A cozy, welcoming place to receive a friendly greeting and curl up with a good book-themed entrée, fresh salad and soup, monstrous burger or vegetarian fare – plus a commodious collocation of beverages. 119 N Robinson, LL, OKC, 235.8880 $ MARTINI LOUNGE, THE A relaxed bar located inside Boulevard Steakhouse, its classy atmosphere and hand-crafted specialty martinis are ideal for an office outing after work or a quiet date. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$ MONT, THE Though frequented by many purely for its primo patio and Sooner Swirls from the bar, the Norman landmark also boasts a tempting suite of pub food with a zing of Southwestern flavor. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $ O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, this OU Campus Corner landmark has been serving up burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $ PURPLE BAR, THE Inviting and intimate; an ideal place for celebratory martinis to close out the workweek or a quiet nightcap with dessert from Nonna’s bakery. 1 Mickey Mantle (in Nonna’s), OKC, 235.4410 $ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Dedicated to bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery, this contemporary public house in Classen Curve pairs a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items designed to complement one another. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577 $$ SAINTS An inviting Irish bar nestled in the Plaza District, its whiskey and beer selection dovetails nicely with classic dishes like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$ SEAN CUMMINGS’ IRISH RESTAURANT & PUB Classic Irish fare (lamb stew, bangers and mash, even beef or salmon boxtys)
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style ribs, brisket smoked over 12 hours, homemade sides and desserts and unforced camaraderie. 1514 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.4040 $
SOONER LEGENDS Sandwiches and salads, outstanding barbecue, steaks, even Mexican and Italian specialties made to order in a loudly, proudly crimson and cream atmosphere. Great hangout for OU fans. 1200 24th Ave SW, Norman, 701.8100 $
RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE & BAR-B-Q It’s hard to get more casual than a set of picnic benches inside a gas station, where food comes on cafeteria trays with plastic utensils and paper towels... but as the lines attest, the brisket and other barbecue staples speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552 $$
TAPWERKS ALE HOUSE & CAFÉ The staff will gladly serve burgers, wraps, pizzas and other entrees, but most of the crowd – and it gets crowded – is here to sample from the 212 (yes, really) beers on tap. 121 E Sheridan, OKC, 310.9599 $$ VZD’S RESTAURANT & CLUB Live music is a staple on weekends, but the unusually broad, tasty bar menu draws a substantial lunch crowd as well. Try the turkey burger, the chili or both. 4200 N Western, OKC, 524.4203 $
BARBECUE BEEF & BUNS – MR. CATFISH Outstanding barbecued ribs and fried catfish – even for Oklahoma – and warm, personable service make this cash-only, limited-hours spot a winner. 2741 NE 23rd, OKC, 427.2333 $ BILLY SIMS BBQ Even Cowboy or Longhorn fans will find serious taste to enjoy, but the memorabilia isn’t exactly in short supply in these tailgate-style chowhouses owned by the namesake Sooner star. 4 metro locations, billysimsbbq.com $ EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a setting far from starved for competition, the award-winning barbecue chain pounds out hit ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, earlsribpalace.com $ IRON STARR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, Iron Starr specializes in “a unique and tasty spin on comfort food.” The entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players here as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$ J.T.’S BAR-B-QUE Smoked chicken, hot links, prime rib and other mouthwatering meats are on the menu, but once customers try the ribs, they may never choose anything – or anywhere – else. Save room for cobbler! 505 S Sunnylane, Del City, 670.3350 $ LEO’S BAR-B-Q Dense, rich flavor and tender texture through and through, delivered in genuine unpolished style for commendable value – no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367; 7 Harrison, OKC 236.5367 $ RAY’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ A former OU football star, Darrol Ray now pleases crowds with supremely tender St. Louis-
STEVE’S RIB A longtime Edmond favorite, its flavorful brisket, fried okra and more are the same but diners can choose their milieu: a seated restaurant in Edmond or a stand-up counter in NW OKC. 1801 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 340.7427; 7202 W Hefner, OKC, 728.9555 $ v VAN’S PIG STAND A scion of Oklahoma’s oldest family-owned and -operated barbecue restaurant (open since 1935 in Shawnee), it does well with the basics and really rocks at ribs. 320 N Porter, Norman, 364.0600 $
BURGERS | SANDWICHES ABRAHAM’S WESTERN CAFÉ Follow your nose – the onion burgers coming off Abraham’s grill draw lunch crowds with effortless ease. 4716 N Western, OKC, 528.5152 $ BIG ED’S HAMBURGERS Sizzling burgers cooked to order, including an OKC legend in the flesh: family-sized behemoths on 12-inch buns. 12209 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 755.2108 $ BISON WITCHES BAR & DELI The monster sandwiches are loaded with standout flavors, but the best way to enjoy them is in halves, accompanied by a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $ BROWN BAG DELI Quick-as-a-wink sandwiches, desserts and killer chili. Limited seating; takeout recommended. 7600 N Western, OKC, 842.1444 $ BUNNY’S OLD FASHIONED ONION BURGERS Small space; big taste. The namesake creations are fresh, lean beef grilled to perfection and served in “big” and “bigger” versions. 5020 N Meridian, OKC, 949.2889; 1023 S Meridian, OKC, 949.2949 $ CAFÉ PLAID & BAKERY Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with a sensational selection of salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) make it an ideal spot for lunch when you’re near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $ CHARCOAL OVEN The smoke-filled flavor of a backyard cookout without having to fire
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up your own grill – get ’em while they’re hot! 2701 NW Expressway, OKC, 842.8911 $ CITY BITES Get in, get a full-flavored hot or cold sub on your choice of fresh bread, or soup and a baked potato, get some cookies for the road, get on with your day. The plethora of metro locations means you’re never far from a tastier day. 18 metro locations, citybites.com $ CLASSIC ’50s DRIVE-IN A locally owned drive-in that just gets the concept right. Burgers and shakes, fried pickles and slushes, breakfast items… the waves of students during peak hours are proof that familiarity breeds devotion. 1521 W Lindsey, Norman, 321.2271 $ FIRST EDITION, THE A café inside the Downtown Library would be worth it merely for the convenience, so it’s a welcome bonus that the sandwiches, pizza and panini practically warrant a trip all on their own. 300 Park, OKC, 605.8347 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Beloved by (and generally crowded with) UCO students, this bravura burger joint excels at innovative additions to the classic patty and bun, like sauerkraut, carrots, pineapple relish and habanero salsa. 100 N University Dr (at UCO), Edmond, 974.4638 $
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GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE It gets noisy in the low-lit sports bar atmosphere, but even if your focus isn’t on a televised game, conversation would probably revolve around the huge, juicy burgers and fries – both available in several tempting flavor possibilities – anyway. 307 E Main, Norman, 701.7035 $ HOME RUN SLIDERS A tasty array of sliders, from your basic “Rookie” to prime rib, is served in an atmosphere that pays tribute to the national pastime. And don’t miss the ode to the condiment: Oklahoma’s largest ketchup bar. 128 E 5th, Edmond, 513.5410 $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Hand-cut fries, hand-breaded onions rings and simply great burgers. Try the No-Name Ranch burger – lean and flavorful, thanks to a unique breed of cattle raised in Wynnewood using organic techniques. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $
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JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Freshground hamburgers cooked over real charcoal set Johnnie’s apart. Try the incredibly popular Cheese Theta or Caesar burgers, and don’t forget a side of their outstanding onion rings. 4 metro locations, johnniesok.com $ KAMP’S 1910 CAFÉ The Kamp family is well-known in the Oklahoma food scene, and their 1910 Café builds on that history with first-rate breakfast and lunch, bakery items and full coffee shop on site. 10 NE 10th, OKC, 230.1910 $ LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-as-you-are, these popular
neighborhood bar-type hangouts excel at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, louiesgrillandbar.com $ LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of scenic Lake Hefner from the patio adds to the ambiance of this classic eatery, which features a tasty spate of entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $ MARKIE’S DELI Dedicated to making life much more delicious, Markie’s serves salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and hot plates, as well as box lunches, trays and even breakfast items for local catering. 612 N Robinson, OKC, 239.6275 $ ND FOODS Gigantic deli sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats, homemade soups in a variety of intriguing flavors and a selection of freshly baked cookies, pies and other desserts. Step right up! 2632 W Britton, OKC, 840.9364 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded, it’s cashonly… and it’s incredible. The colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best, and mounds of fresh fries make this hole-in-the-wall diner pure paradise. 1202 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 524.0999 $ PATTY WAGON Building these burger behemoths involves ingredients like fresh, toasted buns and add-ons like thick, crisp fries, but it all comes back to a foundation of outstanding local farm-raised beef. 3600 N May, OKC, 917.1711 $ RED HORSE GRILL A prime lunch spot thanks to its speedy but cooked-to-order menu, the onion burgers, shakes, malts and frozen custard have devoted local followings, as does the Friday Fish Fry special. 2205 W Main, Norman, 360.3287 $ S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: these burgers’ exquisite flavor combinations – including such showcase ingredients as peanut butter or a coffee crust – come in slider form as well, the better to sample more selections. 20 NW 9th, OKC, 270.0516; 5929 N May, OKC, 843.8777 $ SERVICE STATION Once a filling station, the building still has vintage décor and is home to Bentleys, Packards and dipsticks, but now they’re the names of its delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S Webster, Norman, 364.2136 $ SMASHBURGER Billing itself as a place with a burger soul, this savory hot spot provides 100 percent Angus beef in three sizes amid a panoply of tasty toppings and sides, plus similarly varied chicken sandwiches and salads. 2127 W Memorial, OKC, 418.8416; 7642 W Reno, OKC, 787.5700 $ SOMEPLACE ELSE DELI Simple, straightforward hot and cold sandwiches made especially superb by virtue of fresh breads, speedy service, low price tags and the option of adding on an array of exceptional
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baked goods. 2310 N Western, OKC, 524.0887 $ SOONER DAIRY LUNCH The menu’s masthead, “Serving Norman since 1954,” should serve as a fairly strong recommendation all by itself – this modest little drive-in has been cheerfully feeding its staunch fans burgers, fries, tots and shakes for six decades and counting. 1820 W Main, Norman, 321.8526 $ TEXADELPHIA Popular hang-out spots inside and out due to the numerous flatscreen TVs and patio seating. The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 1150 W Lindsey, Norman, 701.5635; 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $ TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS With one burger (and variants), one side dish (fries), one salad and beverages, the menu is easy to remember. With this level of bravura execution, the meal is hard to forget. 324 NW 23rd, OKC, 609.2333; 5740 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.3331 $
COFFEEHOUSE | TEA ROOM BEANS & LEAVES Comfy and welcoming like a coffeehouse should be, the large menu of brewed temptations simply rocks. 4015 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 604.4700 $ BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE While it’s certainly possible to get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte to go, doing so would mean missing out on the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this stressless dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ BUZZ COFFEE & CAFÉ, THE It’s in a corner suite on the ground floor of the First National Center downtown, making it an ideally quick diversion for the urban pedestrian with a need for speed, but its free wi-fi and sandwich menu reward the more leisurely as well. 120 N Robinson, OKC, 232.1109 $ COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe thanks to its Automobile Alley location, this has become a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts, especially during the monthly educational sampling seminars called “cuppings.” 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $
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T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE Proving that an establishment’s focus can be narrow and broad simultaneously, this endearing retreat doesn’t do coffee or sandwiches, but does offer over 100 varieties of tea and expert counsel to explore a world of possibilities. 7518 N May, OKC, 418.4333 $ VINTAGE TIMELESS COFFEE A locally owned and lauded beverage bistro with plenty of sweet flavor combinations, treats from Brown’s Bakery and innovations like the smooffee (an espresso-powered smoothie). 900 NW 150th, Edmond, 752.0038 $
CONTINENTAL BIN 73 WINE BAR Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambience. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$ BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food – pot roast nachos! – with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$ BOLERO A unique experience provided by coupling delicious tapas with the perfect Spanish wine from a signature selection, in an elegant, open-air atmosphere. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 602.0652 $$
COWGIRL COFFEE Patrons can’t linger and loiter and soak up the atmosphere – because there isn’t any; it’s a tiny to-go shack in a parking lot – but that’s about the only downside to this sweet spot for baked goods and specialty beverages. 121 E Waterloo, Edmond, 341.5060 $
CAFÉ NOVA Lunch, dinner and late at night, the simple but innovative fare and hopping bar in this Western Avenue spot aim to please hipsters, families and white- and blue-collar joes and josephines. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $$
CUPPIES & JOE The name’s not really a misnomer, but if it listed all their features it’d be too long. For cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a cozy, trendy vibe and more, park around back and take a peek. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $
CHEEVER’S Dress up or down for the Southwestern-influenced recipes and love of seafood that drive the contemporary comfort food found in this converted florist’s; truly one of the city’s finest destinations for dining out. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$
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CHEFS DI DOMANI A proving ground of sorts for the chefs-in-training at Platt College’s culinary institute, this restaurant offers the opportunity to watch the students in action and enjoy their internationally influenced work. 2727 W Memorial, OKC, 749.2423 $$
NONNA’S EURO-AMERICAN RISTORANTE & BAR A cozily appointed, thoroughly opulent atmosphere housing distinctive cuisine, specialty drinks and live music in The Purple Bar and fresh-baked goodies to top off a grand evening. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $$$
COACH HOUSE, THE Definitively among the metro’s most refined, elegant, upscale dining experiences, the rotating menu of seasonal cuisine highlights regional specialties prepared with classical perfection by master chef Kurt Fleischfresser. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$
PARK AVENUE GRILL A one-of-a-kind dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood cuisine with the high style of its original 1930s setting. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$
HEFNER GRILL Hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood are served by courteous staff in conjunction with one of the best views in the city. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$
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MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane dining in an elegant, intimate setting – the steaks, chops, seafood and pastas are excellent, and the Caesar salad prepared tableside is legendary. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$ MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE A setting as inspiring as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art warrants something special in terms of cuisine… et puis voila. Ethereally light or delectably robust, this European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$ NIKKELLETTE’S CAFÉ A selection of fresh salads and tasty sandwiches on homemade bread, served in a distinctive atmosphere: how many other cafes have tableside chandeliers? 2925 Lakeside Cir, OKC, 755.3560 $
PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside, cheerful and comfortable out on the patio, with an award-winning menu full of distinctive flavor combinations – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE An “east coast-style” restaurant, built around a diverse menu of hand-crafted international dishes from Penne Bolognese to Petrale Sole, set off by carefully selected wine and exceptional service. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe make this winning combination. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$ SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; magnificent culinary rewards. Chef Clay Falkner’s expertly considered menu mixes French and Italian techniques, presenting a wide spectrum of amazing flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$ TASTING ROOM, THE Located in Will Rogers Theatre, this intimate space is a culinary stage for expert chefs to dazzle small groups. 4322 N Western, OKC, 604.3015 $$$ VIN DOLCE Primarily a venue for the endless, joyous pursuit of discovering the perfect glass of wine, downtown Edmond’s hot spot also serves gourmet tapas and homemade sweets. 16 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.5333 $$ WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées – like bucatini with meatballs or roasted salmon and ratatouille – are wide-ranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$
FRENCH LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Brothers Alain and Michel Buthion have firm roots in the city’s culinary landscape, and La Baguette combines fine dining (linger over multiple courses whenever possible) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$
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WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway on the south end of Norman, this inn houses a treasure of a restaurant serving sumptuous, savory French-inspired cuisine in quiet comfort with first-class service. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$
GERMAN INGRID’S Authentic German fare at its best, including outstanding Oklahoma-made bratwurst. Join the Saturday regulars for breakfast and try the apple French toast, and no one can resist Ingrid’s bakery counter. 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444 $$ OLD GERMANY RESTAURANT Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and cevapcici sausages are spectacular. Reservations strongly recommended; it’s a small place and dinner’s already a lengthy process without waiting in line. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$ ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes like Wienerschnitzel, Jagerbraten and a variety of sausages, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers, make the time consumed a worthy investment. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$
HEALTHY | ECLECTIC COOLGREENS This health-conscious establishment has a menu, but customization is encouraged; every available component in their salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, coolgreens.com $$ EARTH NATURAL CAFÉ & DELI, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods in one of the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus you’ll ever see, plus organic fair-trade coffee and tea. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $ GREEN & GRILLED Steak, chicken, pork, veal or tofu grilled to order and served with fresh salads and sides, resulting in a balanced, filling, extremely tasty green meal for only a little green. 8547 N Rockwell, OKC, 563.2605 $ HEALTH NUT CAFÉ Fast food that’s also fresh and nutritious in the form of salads, wraps, melts, smoothies and more. Eat healthy, live happy! 333 NW 5th, Suite 104, OKC, 601.1444; 920 N Lincoln, OKC, 239.2233 $ LOCAL Utilizing some of the finest, freshest regionally sourced ingredients available to fuel chef Ryan Parrott’s creative cuisine, its menu changes seasonally but its welcoming full-family atmosphere is constant. 2262 W Main, Norman, 928.5600 $$ LUDIVINE The experience is never the same on successive visits, because the menu
adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients. 805 N Hudson, OKC, 778.6800 $$$ MATTHEW KENNEY OKC Built with sustainability and raw cuisine preparation in mind, it’s a warm, modern setting in which to savor the unique and innovative menu crafted by the renowned raw food chef and author. 5820 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.1050 $$ PINK ELEPHANT CAFÉ On Main Street but off the beaten track, the green, healthconscious labor of local love has a small menu and constantly rotating daily specials to complement its earth-friendly vibe. 301 E Main, Norman, 307.8449 $
ICE CREAM | YOGURT IL DOLCE GELATO Rich, creamy and decadently delicious, with two dozen flavors daily handmade from scratch on location; the cioccolato scuro is unbelievably sublime. 937 SW 25th St, Suite B, Moore, 794.7266; 1318 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 329.7744 $ ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT Dozens and dozens and dozens of decadent-tasting, waistline-friendly flavors, topped however you like since you’re making it yourself. Just don’t try them all at once, since it’s charged by the ounce. 8 metro locations, orangeleafyogurt.com $ PASSIONBERRI An oasis for the dessert lover whose sweet tooth is tempered by a healthy mindset, the menu includes self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, tea and new passion sweet crepes. 1204 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 701.8898; 1236 E Alameda, Norman, 801.2233 $ PEACHWAVE YOGURT A full 50 flavors – every one low-fat or non-fat – conveyed to your taste buds via the finest, freshest ingredients in completely delicious customized combinations. 3 metro locations, peachwaveyogurt.com $
INDIAN AJANTA CUISINE OF INDIA Find appealing possibilities at the busy lunch buffet or delve into the menu’s tandoori treasures – the hardest part is choosing. 12215 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 752.5283 $$ GOPURAM – TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice Indian establishment whose richly appointed interior and attentive staff give the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ KHAZANA INDIAN GRILL Don’t let the thought of a buffet throw you off this place. The food is superior and very fresh; the staff is delightful. New to Indian food? Alert a server and you will be guided through the cuisine. 4900 N May, OKC, 948.6606 $$
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MISAL OF INDIA BISTRO A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandoori-cooked delicacies and boasting healthy, natural, delicious cuisine, served amid splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$
HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA There’s really no need to be humble about pizza made the way a true Chicago pizzeria would make it. Take your choice of toppings and relish what is quite possibly the best crust known to man. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $
TAJ CUISINE OF INDIA A tremendous selection of Indian staples and delicacies – the menu has sections for vegetarian, tandoori, South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties – plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$
JOEY’S PIZZERIA A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouthwatering pies. Can’t get enough? Have your pizza, then have another for dessert; The Surfer Dude can pinch hit as entrée or dessert. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$
BELLINI’S RISTORANTE & GRILL Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the splendid menu keeps the booths full and diners planning return trips; don’t overlook the Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$
NOMAD II A classic old-school Italian restaurant (the pizza is especially popular) that also serves excellent steaks and fried chicken, and offers a slice of OKC history through its décor. 7301 N May, OKC, 843.4557 $$ OTHELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Garlic bread and mussels to tiramisu and coffee – everything you’d hope for from a romantic,
and pork tonkatsu plus a good range of sushi from simple single-ingredient showcases to wildly complex concoctions. 2805 S Broadway, Edmond, 348.7688 $$
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE, THE A family destination since 1989 and one of the initial harbingers of the Bricktown renaissance, it delivers immense servings of piping hot pasta and 15-layer lasagna with cheerful enthusiasm. 101 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.0402 $$
FULL MOON SUSHI Mango salsa, chive oil, crème fraiche, “cherry death sauce”… you won’t find fresh, marvelously creative combinations like these elsewhere. Expect to spend some time poring over the extensive menu, and definitely try the Devil’s Advocate. 326 E Main, Norman, 535.6548 $$
STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of modern Italian cuisine for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch that’s a bit of both, framed by stylish surroundings. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ UPPER CRUST WOOD FIRED PIZZA A chic, contemporary restaurant in Classen Curve, this uptown pizzeria and wine bar specializes in wood-fired, thin crust New York style pies complemented by a full menu and wine list. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743 $$ DAVID COBB
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CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises first-time diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them. Classic dishes, as well as less ubiquitous options that should be better known, are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$
GABERINO’S HOMESTYLE ITALIAN Finding a seat can be tricky - the handful of tables generally stay filled, possibly due to the powerful aromas, tender pasta and savory sauces that make up the family recipes the owners are happy to share. 283 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.2229 $ GABRIELLA’S ITALIAN GRILL AND PIZZERIA A fresh chapter in the Giacomo family’s delectable legacy of success in Krebs, McAlester and South Padre; one bite of the chicken piccata or homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA If you’ve been serving pizza to a devoted following for over half a century, then you must be doing something right. In this case, that something right is incredible pizza in jovial surroundings. 7 metro locations, hideawaypizza.com $$
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IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic, colorful, open-concept restaurant on the Bricktown canal offering excellent sushi, even more impressive specialty rolls and a wide assortment of sake. Try the bananas tempura for dessert. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.1325 $$ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry, thanks to the skilled chefs performing at tableside hibachi grills. Nobody does the onion volcano better. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$
FALCONE’S More than a pizza place, although the “by the slice” is terrific, it encourages experimentation via a deli counter of imported Italian meats, cheeses and delicacies. 6705 N May, OKC, 242.2222 $ FLIP’S WINE BAR & TRATTORIA Managing to feel rustic despite its location in a busy corridor of OKC, this cozy Italian joint keeps extended hours, and tends to get busier and louder as the hour gets later. 5801 N Western, OKC, 843.1527 $$
GOGO SUSHI The name reflects the restaurant’s attitude toward speed and convenience, but doesn’t mention the robust menu or tantalizing specials. Go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore, 794.3474; 432 NW 10th, OKC, 602.6333 $$
PACHINKO PARLOR A uniquely Oklahoman spin on Eastern cuisine, featuring sushi rolls made with ingredients like fried chicken or chorizo sausage alongside more classic preparations of noodle and rice dishes. 1 NW 9th, OKC, 601.8900 $$ AHI TUNA AT BELLINI’S comfortably shabby Italian café. The adjoining bar regularly hosts live local music. 434 Buchanan, Norman, 701.4900 $$ OTHELLO’S OF EDMOND A sister restaurant to the original Othello’s in Norman, it offers a similarly welcoming atmosphere and menu, with its own spin courtesy of a historic location and customers’ culinary contributions. 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$ PAPA DIO’S Three generations of the Bonadio family offer an ample menu of new and classic dishes – Tuscan fusion, anyone? – in separate dining rooms for casual or more refined dining. 10712 N May, OKC, 755.2255 $$ SERGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional, fresh Italian food – the pasta chips and Shrimp Fra Diavolo come recommended – in a comfy little hideaway with a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere. 104 E Gray, Norman, 573.7707 $ SOPHABELLA’S CHICAGO GRILL A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from
VICTORIA’S PASTA SHOP A shabbycomfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – the chicken lasagna and linguine with snow crab are especially excellent. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff and management treat customers like guests in their home. It’s a small space, so calling ahead is recommended. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas crafted from fresh ingredients and made-fromscratch sauces; there’s a build-yourown option if the house specialties’ unconventional toppings (figs, truffle oil, walnuts) don’t appeal. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$
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ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY In a word: huge. The restaurant itself, the variety, the plates, the flavors, the experience. No passport required. 17 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1422; 3001 W Memorial, OKC, 755.2680 $$ ALFREDO’S MEXICAN CAFÉ Kick back with an agave limeade and take your time perusing the menu. From avocado enchiladas to fried tacos, the choices – and portions – are more than ample. 3 metro locations, alfredosok.com $$ ALVARADO’S MEXICAN Options abound – from creamy, dreamy chicken tortilla soup to sopapillas with brandy butter sauce made to order – for a Mexican feast leaving customers full and fully satisfied. 1000 E 2nd, Edmond, 359.8860 $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing room only at lunch, but don’t let that stop you – shove an elbow in at the counter and enjoy fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ ANTIGUA Breakfast and lunch are both served until close, making it twice as hard for the midday diner to choose from the double lineup of intriguing Guatemalan specialties. 1903 N Classen, OKC, 602.8984 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL OKC is a long way from Rio, but the supremely savory menu in this Midtown hot spot covers the distance in a mouthful. Even brunch is a spicy, inimitable treat. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant flavors from the zesty traditions of Guatemalan cooking. Lunch possibilities beckon, but it’s the breakfast (and brunch) specialties that truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $ CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on traditional Mexican food, specializing in fresh fish specials and certified Angus beef dishes. 1901 NW Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), OKC, 840.1051 $$ CARNITAS MICHOACAN On beyond TexMex! This walk-up taqueria-style destination serves specialties from its namesake southern Mexican state, including asada, pollo, cabeza and even lengua dishes. 306 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 341.0356 $
1492 1492 offers authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, a fusion decor with an open bar, possibly the best mojitos in the universe and a romantic setting. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$
CASA DE LOS MILAGROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT If you’re searching for quality Mexican food that’s accompanied by an appealing aesthetic, look no further than Milagros: their casa es su casa. 5111 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.9809 $$
ABEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT TexMex necessities like enchiladas and tacos are plentiful, while authentic flavor really shines in steak and pork specialties. Bonus points for the Huervos Chorizo. 5822 NW 50th, OKC, 491.0911; 6901 S May, OKC, 686.7160 $
CASA PERICO MEXICAN GRILLE If success involves doing what you love, and doing it well, the family behind these wellloved and enduring Tex-Mex depots are clearly doing nearly everything right. 12219 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 755.1506; 4521 NW 63rd, OKC, 721.3650 $$
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CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT How do you find some of the metro’s fastest, most frequented Tex-Mex? Look around – there’s probably a Chelino’s nearby. An Oklahoma flavor empire spanning from Norman to Edmond, its substantial menu includes a bevy of lunch specials. 11 metro locations, chelinosmexicanrestaurant. com $$ CHUY’S If you’re just feeling a trifle peckish, you might have your hands full with this one – the portions are substantial, the Hatch chile-fueled flavors are strong and the vibe is playfully enthusiastic. 760 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 360.0881 $$ DIEGO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT The proprietors’ personal investment (there’s a family tree on the menu) and pride in their Central Mexican culinary heritage fuel the marinades and specialty dishes in this charming little café. 1501 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.1700 $$ EL POLLO CHULO Chicken, steak and seafood options marinated in limes Spanishstyle and grilled for healthy flavor make for a lean, inexpensive, savory meal. 5805 NW 50th, OKC, 792.2300 $ FUZZY’S TACO SHOP At home in hightraffic areas because it helps create crowds, Fuzzy’s dishes up jumbo burritos and big, flavorful salads – and, with special serious emphasis, shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, Norman, 701.1000; 208 Johnny Bench, OKC, 602.3899 $ IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Whether “down by the railroad tracks” or returning to its roots in Nichols Hills Plaza, Iguana offers unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices, including awesome deals on Taco Tuesdays. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172; 6482 Avondale, OKC, 607.8193 $$ INCA TRAIL Maintaining a cultural culinary heritage that includes flavors from around the world results in great variety, from piquant ceviches to silky-smooth homemade flan. The Pollo a La Brasa comes highly recommended. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$ JUAN DEL FUEGO Blueberry pancakes to beef quesadillas, this “Mexi Diner” in Redbud Plaza dishes up breakfast and lunch standards from both sides of the border for a devoted, and expanding, clientele. 223 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.2030 $ LA CUEVA GRILL Homestyle Mexican just north of downtown OKC, the menu is an appealing mix of old and new dishes, and the breakfast burrito with egg and chorizo is not to be missed. 409 N Walker, OKC, 604.0523 $ LA LUNA MEXICAN CAFÉ Its cantina-style atmosphere is undeniably festive, and only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bolder dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$
MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN A festive atmosphere on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner sets off a menu loaded with hand-rolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and signature dishes. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ MAMASITA’S A popular watering hole due to its spacious patio and prime location on the south side of Nichols Hills Plaza, it also offers a full menu – try the tortilla soup! 1121 NW 63rd, OKC, 848.0541 $ MAMAVECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT A tasty take on familiar Mexican favorites plus a rare treat for culinary explorers: the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine, which incorporates the combined flavors of four continents. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$ MARGARITA’S RESTAURANTE MEXICANO The menu offers comfortably familiar favorites, and the real draw is the exceptional execution: always fresh, never greasy, reliably delicious. 7800 N May, OKC, 848.8394 $$ PEPE DELGADO’S Fast service, consistent quality and proximity to campus make Pepe’s a packed house during the lunch rush, as students and faculty keep coming back for more Mexican classics. 752 Asp, Norman, 321.6232 $
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TARAHUMARA’S CAFÉ & CANTINA Beloved by locals (there’s usually a line but it moves quickly), this airy, unassuming ristorante serves huge, tasty portions of Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO The gold standard of OKC-area Tex-Mex: residents may prefer another eatery, but when they attempt to make converts, Ted’s is the point of comparison. Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, tedscafe.com $$ TRE’S TAQUERIA Y CANTINA A trio of cuisines – Spanish, New Mexican and South American – provide distinctive flavors for diners in selections ranging from daily tapas specials to hallacas (Venezuelan tamales), finished with exquisite tres leches cake. 305 E Main, Norman, 701.8282 $$ ZARATE’S LATIN MEXICAN GRILL And now for something a trifle different: In addition to the familiar joys of enchiladas and chimichangas, the chef’s Peruvian heritage shines in South American dishes featuring plantains, yuca and imported spices. 706 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.6400 $$
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SEAFOOD BIG TUNA FISH JOINT, THE Large, fast and fresh, with a casual vibe, counter service and a menu filled with hand-battered seafood flown in daily and a varied drink selection – a prime port of call in Brookhaven Village. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 928.5250 $$ FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, tilapia po boys, oysters on the half shell… anyone who secretly wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home in this Spring Creek Village stopover. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 348.2300 $$ JAZMO’S BOURBON STREET CAFÉ Its upscale yet casual environment and Cajun and Creole-inspired selections provide a nice backdrop for both a night out in Bricktown and watching the big game at the bar with a bowl of gumbo. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A 20,000-foot Bricktown warehouse is home to Crabtown, where the Cajun Crab Boil is a favorite and guests are encouraged to “leave the silverware at home and dig in.” 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S FISH HOUSE The fun, fresh taste of Pearl’s seafood and Cajun specialties just got faster – a streamlined menu and speedy ordering system make it ideal for a brief lunch or dinner on the go. 1920 S Meridian, OKC, 688.9888 $
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PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for its fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes: Shrimp Diablo, Tabasco Caesar salads and more. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$
STEAK & CATFISH BARN Rustic in the extreme inside and out, but it’s hard to argue with the ample portions of deliciously breaded and fried catfish – especially since they can be augmented by an all-you-can-eat option. Juicy steaks too. 5175 E Waterloo, Edmond, 341.7300 $$ TRAPPER’S FISHCAMP & GRILL Zesty, delectable flavor from the Pearl’s family of restaurants finds a comfortable home in a backwoods fishing lodge atmosphere. 4300 W Reno, OKC, 943.9111 $$
63rd, OKC, 603.3714; 700 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 928.5050 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES Now with two locations after a star turn on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this labor of love is adored by locals looking for classic Southern dishes flavored with authenticity. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $
STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance down to the least detail and cuisine easily ranking among the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if expensive, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$ CATTLEMEN’S STEAKHOUSE The very definition of an Oklahoma institution – it’s over 100 years old in a state that’s only 103 – its immense corn-fed steaks and irreproducible atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ CIMARRON STEAK HOUSE Historians beware: there’s a good deal of campy ol’-timeyness in the restaurant’s design and décor… but if you’re after an inexpensive mesquite-grilled steak and a bit of Old West sideshow spirit, get in line. 210 N Meridian, OKC, 948.7778 $$ HAUNTED HOUSE, THE A quaint estate renowned for its spooky past (its name is no accident, folks) and being a tad difficult for newcomers to find, The Haunted House is legendary for its steak, lobster and quirky charm. 7101 Miramar, OKC, 478.1417 $$$ HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE This plush, cozy restaurant in front of the Warren Theatre features fresh, tasty entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice running through the menu. 1199 Service Rd, Moore, 799.0300 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Saving room for your steak, lobster or prime rib is difficult when your gratis appetizers arrive in the form of a Lebanese bounty, but make the effort. Jamil’s has been feeding Oklahoma exceptionally well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$
JUNIOR’S Some of the biggest oil deals in boom and bust days were finalized at this landmark Oil Center building restaurant, where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$
CAJUN KING The buffet filled with étoufée, jambalaya, collard greens, candied yams and red beans and rice could satisfy even the most rapacious palates, and the fresh fried catfish and beignets are purely regal. 5816 NW
MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The service is outstanding and the ambience casually welcoming, but the star is the steak: the finest hand-selected customaged beef, broiled to perfection and
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served sizzling and delicious. It’s where great steak is the rule, not the exception. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$ MICKEY MANTLE’S STEAKHOUSE Named after a legendary Oklahoman, this lushly atmospheric social spot in Bricktown serves powerhouse entrées, sides and amenities that have become the stuff of legends themselves. 7 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 272.0777 $$$ OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Aspiring to the ultimate in upscale dining via hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a wine selection comprising over 1,000 labels and an ambiance of intimate elegance. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$ RANCH STEAKHOUSE Driven by customaged hand-cut USDA Certified Prime tenderloins and ribeyes, the effortlessly opulent Ranch offers exceptional food, warm hospitality and unbridled Southern comfort. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$ RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks that are among the state’s very finest, accompanied by vibrant, imaginative flavors and refined amenities to make world-class dining. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$
THAI PAD THAI Dine in comfortably or quickly carry out beautifully executed exemplars of the form: delicately flavored or searingly spiced soups, curries, fried rice and noodle dishes like its namesake. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $ SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, fried rice with crab, cinnamon beef with rice noodles... the variety is exceptional, and the inexpensive create-your-own lunch special makes it a popular midday option. 1614 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.8424 $ SWEET BASIL THAI CUISINE The enormous aquarium adds to Sweet Basil’s cozy ambiance, which when coupled with its outstanding curries and soups recommends it as a date spot. Be aware that it is on the higher end of Norman’s price range for Thai. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI BISTRO There’s a lot to like about the food in this little spot, from the red snapper filet to the plain old (so to speak) pad thai. Pay special attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$ THAI KITCHEN CAFÉ Downtown OKC is peppered with places catering to the lunch rush, but evening hours, a packed lunch buffet and quality cuisine make this easily overlooked café stand out. 327 Dean A. McGee, OKC, 236.0229 $ THAI KUMKOON What it lacks in seating capacity and lavish décor, it more than makes
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VIETNAMESE CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilities via local ingredients, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual, comfortable dining alternative. 323 White, Norman, 801.3958 $ LIDO Spring rolls to vermicelli bowls, this venerable diner runs the gamut of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, and even finds room for a few French specialties. 2518 N Military, OKC, 521.1902 $$ MR. PHO It abuts the riotous variety of Super Cao Nguyen market, so it’s not surprising that Mr. Pho is exceptionally fresh and its menu is far-reaching: from pork vermicelli to whole Cornish hens. 1133 NW 25th, OKC, 525.7692 $ PHO BULOUS Super fresh, super fast, reasonably priced and perhaps Edmond’s finest take on the namesake soup… although some of the specialties like Honey Ginger Chicken or Wasabi Salmon also merit closer inspection. 3409 S Broadway, Edmond, 475.5599 $ PHO CA DAO Vermicelli bowls, rice platters and even banh xeo crepes are there for investigating, but the main draw is still piping hot pho (with choice of meat) and icy cold bubble tea. 2431 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 521.8819 $ PHO SAIGON Can’t decide between Vietnamese and Thai? The spicy noodle broth in this casual restaurant’s name is a standout, but the proprietors have happily added some of their native Thai cuisine to the menu as well. 2800 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.1110 $
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SAIGON BAGUETTE Fast and flavorful – and unbelievably cheap – this cash-only counter in the Milk Bottle Building just north of Western packs a distinctive Vietnamese punch into fresh sandwiches and knockout egg rolls. 2426 N Classen, OKC, 524.2660 $
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WANDERLUST l GETTING AWAY
Meet Virginia By Elaine Warner
hen I think of Virginia, I think of the early eastern settlements, especially sophisticated Williamsburg. I was still thinking that way when I headed to Roanoke, little realizing that, for many years, it was on the Virginia equivalent of the western frontier.
Itâ€™s come a long way, baby!
Although there were earlier inhabitants, Roanoke, in the Roanoke Valley between the Blue
Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, got its kick-start with the railroads in 1881. Citizens of the town Big Lick were so grateful when railroad president Frederick Kimball agreed to create a railroad junction there that they wanted to rename the town in his honor. Kimball instead encouraged them to name the town after the river which flowed nearby. And so, the town became Roanoke. Today, with a population of 100,000, Roanoke is Virginiaâ€™s largest city west of Richmond.
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Hotel Roanoke was built by the Norfolk and Western Railway.
Once the headquarters of the Norfolk and Western Railway, Roanoke is still an
important railroad town and this part of its heritage is amply celebrated. The Norfolk and Western passenger depot was built in 1905 and was redesigned in 1949 by Raymond Loewy, America’s premier industrial designer. Now the building houses the Roanoke Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the Loewy Gallery and the O. Winston Link Museum.
Exhibits in the Loewy Gallery highlight his work in the transportation field.
He not only styled the station, he designed locomotives, automobiles and even worked on Air Force One and SkyLab – to say nothing of his most familiar design, the Coke bottle.
O. Winston Link is considered the master railroad photographer of the 20 th cen-
tury. He captured images of the end of the era of steam trains. This museum is a must for train buffs and photography fans.
Another “must” is the Virginia Museum of Transportation in the historic N & W
freight station. The collection comprises thousands of items and over four dozen pieces of rolling stock including the largest collection of diesel locomotives in the South.
Whether you’re a rail fan or not, you’ll love the historic Hotel Roanoke. Built by
the railroad in 1882, it started out as a Queen Anne structure with fewer than three dozen rooms. Although some original parts remain, it’s grown into a Quasi-Tudor complex with 331 guest rooms, Florentine marble floors, Czech crystal chandeliers and a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Only 14 of the steam locomotives Class J #611 were made – and the only one still in existence is at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
GETTING AWAY l WANDERLUST
Roanoke’s city market is one of the nation’s oldest.
Around the Town
An elevated walkway takes you from the hotel, over the
tracks and into historic downtown Roanoke. A short stroll and you’re in the middle of one of the most unusual markets in America. Going since 1882, the first market building was constructed in 1886 but burned and was replaced in 1922. Inside is a food court with interesting local and ethnic specialties. Lining the street in front of the market are stalls open 363 days a year. Striped awnings stretch from the buildings over the sidewalks and stalls. The last thing I expected to find in Virginia was a tiny eat-
ery called the Texas Tavern. This place has been in business since 1930 – and not much has changed. Ambiance? Forget such as “We seat 10,000 – 10 at a time,” and some unintention-
The Texas Tavern ELAINE WARNER
it. Style? Not so you’d notice. There are the usual funny signs, ally funny ones like the ads for Affordable Septic and Portable Toilet Service and Fresh Cuts Lawncare which flank the wallmounted menu. So why do people line up on the sidewalk to get into this 10-stool dive? Great hot dogs, super burgers and chili – though I must say those Virginians are pretty wussy when it comes to chile in the chili. I loved this place.
Additions planned for downtown in 2013 are a new history
museum, a hands-on science museum, a theater and a museum of African-American culture. They’ll be in good company with the architecturally stunning Taubman Museum of Art. In addition to hosting interesting temporary exhibitions ranging from the wacky and whimsical Wayne White to fabulous Faberge creations, the museum has a respectable permanent
Edwin White’s “Beneath the Roundhouse”
collection of works, including several by Thomas Eakins, whose family lived in Roanoke. And there’s a whole room of jewel-like Judith Leiber purses. october 2012 | slice 111
WANDERLUST l GETTING AWAY
Saving the Best for Almost Last
ROANOKE CVB/BRUCE HENDERSON
Blue Ridge Parkway
Mabry Mill is said to be the most-photographed spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Chateau Morrisette Winery
Perhaps the town’s biggest draw is its proximity to the
The fare was gourmet with an emphasis on local and organ-
Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile scenic drive stretching from
ic products. The setting, at 3,500 feet, is inspiring; the facili-
the Great Smoky Mountains to Shenandoah National Park.
ties, first-class; and the wines are fine.
On just the 60-mile section we explored, there was much
Mabry Mill (mile 176.1) was a working grist mill from
more to do than we had time to spend. Virginia’s Explore
1910 to 1935, and now it’s a Kodak moment. In addition to
Park Visitor Center (at mile 115.1) sits on 1,100 acres with
the restored mill, there are also exhibits on Appalachian life.
fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and
endurance trails. Or you can experience the terrain fron-
It’s lovely any time of year but particularly stunning in fall.
tier-style with Spiritriders Covered Wagon Rides.
Since the drive is the destination, prepare to go slow and sa-
vor the scenery.
We stopped for lunch at the Chateau Morrisette Winery.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is best enjoyed in short drives.
The Star in the Crown
Tulsa has its Golden Driller; Roanoke has its Star. At 88.5
feet tall, the Star, sitting atop Mill Mountain, can be seen for 60 miles. The plaza around it is the perfect spot for a view of the city and the Star draws visitors like light draws moths. Erected 63 years ago by local merchants as a Christmas decoration, it was just too big to store – so they left it up. It’s been said that it “stands as a symbol of the friendliness, industrial and civic progress of Roanoke.” I think it just means the city earned a star for being a stellar destination. For more information, go to visitroanokeva.com. The Star of Roanoke lookout
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WANDERLUST l 77 COUNTIES
Karma, Oklahoma F
By M.J. Alexander
or years I’d looked at the dot on the map
quor store on the Oklahoma side. I walked up to
and figured it was a magical place, a hid-
the window to ask the 60-something couple who
den treasure waiting to be discovered. It
ran it where Karma was.
sat modestly in the far southern border of the state,
past Durant. It had a good vibe. How could it not?
dirt one at that.”
It was Karma. Karma, Oklahoma. And it was
The woman smiled. “Karma’s a road, and a The man looked puzzled. “Is that where Jack-
calling my name.
Finally finding a day free, I decided to an-
The woman nodded. “Who do you want to see?”
swer. Headed south, I drove by way of Centraho-
I wanted to see Karma, the town. I took out
ma and Coalgate and Grant, stopping at promis-
the map and pointed, helpfully.
ing locales along the way: True Value Hardware
in Stonewall, the busiest store in town, frequent-
north about a mile, and it’s the next dirt road on
ed by men with pickups loaded with mysterious
rusting equipment and NOBAMA stickers. The
Double Vision Liquor Store (and taxidermy dis-
longer. I took the turn and drove a couple of miles,
play) in Lehigh, complete with tall glass bottles
past two farms on the right and one on the left.
in the shape of Uzis filled with wicked red liquor.
A detour to the famous Showman’s Rest sec-
etted against a patch of bright blue sky. It tottered
tion (with headstones like “Elephant Boss Man,”
atop a silver pole, just out of reach of a tangle of
“Queen of the Trick Riders” and “The Amazing
dried grasses, where the dirt road intersected
Humberto!”) of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo.
with an even dustier road.
But Karma beckoned. It looked to be a mile or
Sure enough. Karma.
two north of the Red River. I peered at the map
The wind blew and the dead grass rustled. I
now and then as I zig-zagged my way closer and
walked around and took a couple of photographs
closer, until I found myself over the bridge and
as the directions from the Kwik Stop echoed
back. I realized I’d found what I was looking for
Wait – what happened to Karma?
I doubled back and wheeled into the Red Riv-
er Kwik Stop, the drive-through-window-only li-
“There’s no Karma here. Just a road. Go
So I did. If a sign had once been there, it was no
Bumping along, I spotted a road sign silhou-
It’s not a place. Karma’s a road, and a dirt one
Editor’s note: In this continuing series, author and photographer M.J. Alexander chronicles the sights and experiences that have left lasting impressions during her extensive Oklahoma travels.
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OPINION l LIVING WELL
ow that the Supreme Court has upheld most provisions of President Obama’s sweeping
healthcare reform plan known as the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to start focusing on what this law means to you.
By Karen S. Rieger
Next Steps While many provisions of the law
don’t go into effect until 2014, the law currently permits children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans and senior citizens to receive additional discounts on prescription drugs. Beginning in 2014, insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing medical conditions, or impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on coverage.
Under the act, most Americans will
be required to have health insurance by 2014. Some exceptions exist based on income level and other factors. If you fail to obtain health insurance, either individually or through an employer,
level would qualify for coverage under
on an exchange, which likely will give
you will be subject to a fine that is paid
Medicaid if Oklahoma elects to expand
them access to better choices and lower
as part of your IRS filing. In 2014, the
its Medicaid program.
prices than are currently available.
fine will be the greater of 1 percent of in-
come or $95. In 2016 and after, the fine
time equivalent (FTE) employees will
ventive care and encourages individu-
generally will be 2.5 percent of income.
be required to provide health insurance
als to be proactive about their health.
On the positive side, families with
to their employees starting in 2014 or
The law also creates incentives for your
average household incomes up to ap-
risk a penalty; employers with fewer
doctors and other healthcare providers
proximately $90,000 will be able to
than 50 FTE employees are exempt
to be paid based on the quality and ef-
purchase private insurance through a
from this requirement. Businesses that
ficiency of the care they provide to you.
Web-based insurance “exchange” that
have up to 25 employees, pay average
will allow for easy comparison of the
annual wages of less than $50,000 and
informed over the next several years,
costs and benefits under various poli-
provide health insurance may qualify
as the requirements of the new law go
cies. Federal subsidies in the form of
for a small business tax credit of up to
into effect and change the way you re-
premium tax credits and cost-sharing
35 percent (increasing to 50 percent
ceive and pay for healthcare services in
reductions will be available for many
in 2014) to offset the cost of providing
people based on income level. Addition-
health insurance for employees. Also in
ally, people with household incomes of
2014, small businesses with fewer than
up to 133 percent of the federal poverty
100 employees can purchase insurance
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Employers with more than 50 full-
The law increases coverage of pre-
It will be important for you to keep
Karen Rieger is chair of the Healthcare Practice Group of Crowe and Dunlevy law firm.
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OPINION l LIVING WELL
New Hope in 3D
By Paula Deupree, M.D.
s a little girl, I watched my baby sister struggle with a birth defect, endure countless surgeries, spend most of her life hospitalized and eventually suc-
cumb to her illness. By the age of 12, I had been exposed to the fragility of life, the unfairness of illness and the vulnerability of my family. It was this experience that influenced me to become a physician, so that I could help other families navigate similar paths.
I still remember the day, early in my practice, when I had
to tell a 26-year-old pregnant patient in her third trimester that she had breast cancer. As a medical student, I had learned about anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. My professors taught me how to put on the white jacket as a shield against human vulnerability. With the coat on, you are taught you could get very close to frailty, even touch it, and you would not be pulled in. But in all those years, I didn’t have one class on how to tell a young mother-to-be that the lump she felt was a large aggressive breast cancer.
As breast imagers, we color the first interaction a woman
has in her cancer journey. It is no small thing to be allowed into a woman’s life and the life of her family during this struggle.
I have been working at the Oklahoma Breast Care Center
for almost 10 years and have seen breast imaging evolve rapidly. We have been on the cutting edge of technology, time after time, and are now the first in Oklahoma City to offer Breast Tomosynthesis – 3D mammography. Tomo-
Five Things to Know About Mammograms 1. They can save your life. 2. Don’t be afraid. 3. Get the best quality you can. 4. Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection tool. 5. An unusual result requiring further testing does not mean that you have breast cancer.
synthesis virtually reconstructs the breast
tissue into 1mm slices
at the age of 40. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, have a
and holds the promise
strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer or have had ra-
of diagnosing breast
diation to the chest in the past, it is recommended that you begin
annual screening earlier. It is startling that 60 percent of women
rately and at a smaller
in the U.S. are not abiding by this recommendation.
size. I have already
seen the call-back rate
cer in their lifetime, and yet breast cancers found early and at
drop drastically, spar-
a small size have a survival rate of 97 percent. I look forward
ing women an agoniz-
to a future where breast cancer no longer takes lives too soon.
ing wait. The Oklaho-
ma Breast Care Center
lives, but did not understand then that they would make such a
is fortunate to have 3D mammography. There are currently 8,000 breast cancer screening sites in the U.S., and fewer than 100 have this newest generation technology.
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All women should get a mammogram once a year, beginning
One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast can-
As a young girl, I wanted to make a difference in patients’
difference in mine. Dr. Paula Deupree, board-certified radiologist, has practiced at the Oklahoma Breast Care Center since 2003.
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Target Treatment s a surgeon who has had a particular interest in
COURTESY PROCURE TREATMENT CENTERS, INC.
By Karl Boatman, M.D.
cancer research over the last 50 years, I’m continuously impressed with the medical advances that
Here in our own state, we have access to a unique type of
cancer treatment center that uses proton therapy to eradicate cancerous and benign tumors. There are only 10 proton centers in the U.S., three of which are ProCure Proton Centers, and we are fortunate to have one in Oklahoma City.
Proton therapy is an alternative form of radiation therapy
that specifically targets the tumor and delivers a significantly lower dose of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue. In fact, traditional X-ray radiation can be as much as several hundred thousand dental X-rays, which can cause more short- and longterm side effects than proton therapy.
The American Cancer Society says that about one man in
six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. In June 2009, when I visited my urologist for a routine checkup, I became part of that statistic.
After my diagnosis, I researched all my treatment op-
tions, including proton therapy. I was aware of proton therapy through my many years as a doctor involved with cancer treatment trials, but I had not had a personal experience with it. I found that when compared to conventional X-rays and intensity-modulated radiation therapy, proton therapy significantly decreases the likelihood of the cancer returning.
Proton treatment is ideal for treating many types of tumors,
including prostate, brain, head and neck, central nervous system, lung and gastrointestinal system, as well as cancers that cannot be completely removed by surgery.
And though few have heard of it, proton therapy is not new.
The first patient received treatment with protons more than 50 years ago, and the FDA approved proton therapy as a radiation treatment option in 1988. To date, almost 70,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
After researching and discussing with other physicians, I
chose to undergo a proton therapy treatment plan. Because of the more targeted dose of radiation, I experienced little-to-no side effects, similar to many of the other proton therapy patients I encountered.
It’s unusual to associate high energy and zero discomfort
with cancer treatment, but on treatment days, I felt just as good when I left the center as I did when I arrived. I was able to car-
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The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City
ry on normal activities, including spending time with grandchildren, regular exercise and playing a few rounds of golf.
Learning you have cancer can be frightening, but don’t be
rushed into making decisions. It’s important to research all the options and discuss lifestyle, potential side effects, risks and outcomes with knowledgeable people, such as those with a similar diagnosis or treatment plan, as well as consulting with experienced physicians.
Several organizations host support groups for interested
individuals to connect with local patients and learn about their diagnosis and treatment options. For example, every Wednesday at noon ProCure hosts a patient luncheon celebrating those who have finished treatment and welcoming those seeking information.
It’s important to be comfortable with your treatment plan.
Even if you’re not a trained medical professional, you can and should be an educated patient. Dr. Karl Boatman is a retired surgeon who worked at INTEGRIS Hospital in Oklahoma City for several decades, and a former patient of ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City.
ON THE TOWN l OUT AND ABOUT
OMRF’s “241” Wine Festival and Golf Tournament
1 Alice Cooper, Dr. Stephen Prescott 2 Donna and Bill Bozalis, Jane Best 3 G.T. and Libby Blankenship, Barry and Becky Switzer 4 Gene Rainbolt, Charlotte Lankard, Ann Gilliland, Len Cason 5 Don Andrews, Susan and Dale Jordan, Mollie Andrews 6 Dr. Stephen Prescott, Kim and Brad Henry
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OUT AND ABOUT l ON THE TOWN
Jordan/Watson 80th Birthday Bash
Photos by Claude Long
1 Birthday ladies: Barbara Watson, Judy Jordan 2 Rex Urice, Phyllis Browne 3 Betty Law, Mark and Marta McCubbin 4 Clay Healey, Peter Robbins 5 Leigh Howell Love, Laura Howell Tirrell
Benefit for AIDS Walk OKC Photos by Justin Avera
1 Kyle Sheppard, Bryan Evans, Jim Roth, Erica Evans 2 Lisa Escalon, John Greer 3 Ellen Stevens, Calvin Rees, John Pettis Jr. 4 Edith and Michael Laird 5 John Whetsel, Marie and Jim Roth, Mitzi Whetsel
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Cocktails at the Myriad Gardens
1 1 LeighAnn Pierce, Brett Price, Amanda Kirkpatrick, Travis Lawler, J.T. Sherman 2 Ted Booker, Femi, James Mitchell 3 Ron and Alyce Page, Roger and Joy Quinn
Concept Home Preview Party 1
Photos by Justin Avera 1 Gina and Joseph Buendia 2 Sue and Wayne Griffiths 3 Amy Dunn, Janie McCurdy 4 John and Stacey Myers 5 Dr. Mike Crutcher, Chad Woolbright
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OUT AND ABOUT l ON THE TOWN
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Patron Party
1 Photos by Claude Long 1 Mike and Cindi Shelby, Kathey Sandler and Dr. Al Moorad 2 Brent Tipton, Neal McCaleb, Dawn and Andrew Tartaglione 3 Kyle and Erica Millar 4 Chris and Julie Hammes, Donna and Bruce Lawrence
Kirkpatrick Foundationâ€™s Animal Lovers Reception 1
Photos by Justin Avera 1 Lance McDaniel, Christen Conger, Vanessa and Ryan Cunningham 2 Christian Keesee, Michael Steele 3 Nancy Anthony, Gene Hoffman 4 Guest speaker Dr. Bernard Rollin, Louisa McCune-Elmore 5 Cherokee Ballard, Chris Stinchcomb, Kirstin Reynolds
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ON THE TOWN l OUT AND ABOUT
Tour de Palate Photos by Claude Long 1 Cherokee Ballard, Cameron Dunn, Danielle Dupuy 2 Chris and Jeanie Sholer 3 Ruth Rickey, JoLynn Bellinger 4 Vance Little, Jerry Thompson 5 Andi and Todd Neaves
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LAST LAUGH l YOU’VE BEEN DENIED
A Prologue to Facebook Downsizing
…and why I have to de-friend you, although we’ve never met in real life. By Lauren Hammack
ince coming to grips with the idea that I can’t change
to other employees that the next regularly scheduled bathroom
the world, I’ve turned my irritable focus to my Face-
cleanup is due in seven minutes.
book universe, which has combusted into a clambake
But this was not my Target and I’d never seen this man before.
of friends, acquaintances and (mostly) complete strangers
After I apologized for not recognizing the man (despite
whose assorted life afflictions I can no longer abide.
his clearly labeled nametag), he quickly reminded me, “We’re
I used to be much more discerning about the composition
2.) I once actually clicked the “Naaaaahhhh” button on a
of the population in my Facebook universe, restricting my
responsible clicks of the “Accept Friend Request” button for
friend request from someone I vaguely recalled from the ’80s.
those people I felt I could still recognize in social settings.
She came UNHINGED.
Admittedly, however, one or two hundred folks may have
Rebuffed and snippy, she peppered me with several “Who
slipped through the gate as the result of the occasional, hazily
do you think you are!?!” messages, to which I replied, “OK, can
inebriated “accept” clicks, accompanied by self-made promis-
you just remind me who you are? I can’t place you.”
es to look up the petitioner later.
stable one back into my Facebook universe this summer.
Two things have jolted me back to my “only-when-sober”
“You rejected my friend request three years ago, you snob!”
friend acceptance policy:
Three years of festering and smoldering brought the un-
1.) Last month, a Target employee greeted me by name and
she wrote, validating my good judgment in clicking the “Go
shocked the hell out of me. Given my love for Target (and my
super-love for SuperTarget), it doesn’t surprise me that a Tar-
get employee might know my name; I’m there a couple of times
stricter admissions policy would offer the added benefit of
a week. When I wear a red top and other customers mistake
weeding out the occasional Facebook friend (read: total strang-
me for an employee, I just go with it because I can direct any
er) who writes “Niiiiiiiiiice” on a photo tucked in the recesses
customer to any item in the store, and I don’t mind pointing out
of an obscure photo album (Tee Ball Picnic ’06).
Sufficiently creeped out by these two, I reasoned that a
Specific Facebook fouls that will now exclude you from my universe the same second they appear on my News Feed: 1.) If you tell the world what you’re making for dinner, you’re out. 2.) If you tell the world you’re tired or you’re going to bed: goodnight and goodbye. 3.) If you respond to someone’s post about dinner or bedtime, you’re an enabler. See ya. 4.) Farmville requests: automatic out. 5.) Poor spellers: why must you post more than anyone else? You’re (not your) out.
6.) Political zealots: I might have initially liked your candidate of choice, but your relentless dogma has turned you and your candidate into toads for me. Hop away, please. 7.) If your ointment/supplement/whatever is superior to others on the market, I’m happy for you. Post it as “news” and I’m gone. 8.) Unless your inspirational quote makes me laugh right out loud, it will only annoy me and you’ll have to go away. Click.
9.) If you must post a heartfelt announcement about a mysterious person or situation that you refuse to clarify in a wall post, you are among the worst of Facebook offenders. I will leave you an equally cryptic goodbye message along these lines, “Madame Bishop predicted this would happen to you,” or, “Watch for a package on your porch this week!” 10.) You write: “ROFL!” I write: “C U L8R” 11.) Messages to me from God will no longer be subject to the
Facebook filtration system. I’m cutting out the middleman – namely, you. 12.) If I realize that all our mutual friends are people who are just as unfamiliar to me as you are, expect a mass exodus in which you will be taking part. 13.) If you must post a photo of my likeness that has not been touched up and retouched and, what the hell, retouched one more time, you will be dead to me. On Facebook and in life. Do not test me on this.
Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at email@example.com.
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LAST LOOK l MELISSA CAPERTON
Even amid the glories of nature, certain subjects are never far from fans’ minds. Melissa Caperton found this ideal perspective from which to say “Looking good, Norman… and live on, University.”
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