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Dr. Tru Luv - The season of giving by: Michael Cross


Tis the Season for Inspiration and Appreciation


So6ix 6 Picks - Six ways to give


Holiday Make-Up Tips - For women who enjoy a minimal look


Spider Veins - A “cosmetic” scarlet letter by: Dr. Harvey Jenkins


No Regrets December


by: Bryan Crump by: Joey Bivens

by: Lilly Stone

by: Jason Boag

- Tips for beating that holiday flab

Partying with the Lips for New Year’s Eve


Fashion Now

- Holiday fashion recommendations by: Johnathan Kayne


So6ix Calendar of Events


by: Jacqueline Larocco

- For December

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Opening Night 2011


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So6ixDecember2010 By: Michael Cross


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The Season of Giving Christmas has always been known as “The Season of Giving.” It is the one time of the year that people seem to put others above themselves and would rather give than receive. In other words, people are filled with the “Christmas Spirit.” If you take a second and look at the world around you during this time, you will notice that almost everyone appears to be more cheerful, content, selfless, and more romantic. Wow! Why can’t we live this way all the time? It would make more sense wouldn’t it? Notice, that I said people seem to be “more romantic” during the Christmas season. This is the topic I want to address in this article. So why are people more romantic during the Christmas season? I gave you the answer in the opening sentence. Christmas is the “Season of Giving!” It is really that simple. When people put others before themselves, they strangely receive this amazing feeling of happiness and satisfaction. Thus, social relationships between people become positively intensified and are filled with love. If normal, less important relationships can become stronger by this “selfless-type living,” just imagine what it can do for your romantic relationship! The “Season of Giving” is not just about giving gifts, although that can be a big part of it. It is ultimately about the giving up of yourself (i.e. your time, wants, and desires), and making yourself a servant to others, whether it be buying gifts for people or simply bringing food to a family or person in need. When people receive these acts of love and kindness, it starts a chain-reaction, in which they turn around and do something out of love for you in return. This is the reason why relationships become “more romantic” during the Christmas season. How can you apply this concept to benefit your relationship? The answer is simple: put your significant other before yourself! Give up of your personal time, money, and desires, and take in

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the “Christmas Spirit,” and begin pouring out love and kindness on your partner. Do you remember that feeling you had when you first pursued that special someone? That feeling you had when nothing made you happier than to see the look on his or her face when you did something special for them. That is what “The Season of Giving” is all about. It is the key to having a more passionate and romantic relationship. The Christmas season can teach us a lot about human nature. Isn’t it funny that eleven months out of the year, we think that receiving will make us happier, yet we are the most cheerful and loving during Christmas. Maybe receiving is a little more overrated than we thought. Evidence suggests that putting others first, especially in your love life, will bring about more happiness and satisfaction than when you are focusing on yourself. Don’t live this way for only one month; make “The Season of Giving” last throughout the year!



So6ixDecember2010 By: Bryan Crump


Tis the Season…

for Inspiration and Appreciation As the holiday season approaches, we turn towards days that stand apart from those of normal routine. We share time with loved ones and create special memories with our families and friends. This is a perfect time to learn, show appreciation, and grow as well. If we take time to put aside our differences and respect the accomplishments, experience, and values of those around us, we can increase our own capability, awareness, and options in life. Family is a perfect place for this practice and experimentation.  Perhaps you want to improve your communication skills. Your family is a perfect place to start. Be intentional about having conversations. Have you ever notice that children often embrace new experiences and ask frequently ask questions. We can learn from them, and attempt to ask better questions ourselves. Also, we should respect our elders, grandparents, mothers, fathers and those who were born before us. In so doing, we allow ourselves opportunity. Although we may not always agree with them,  by taking time to listen, we can gain a broader perspective. When we truly engage in listening to the stories and examples from our grandparents and other elders, for example, we can learn more about them and gain understandings that build connections with them that allow for better communication and awareness in the future.  Everyone has their own perspective, experience, thoughts, and awareness and each person learns in different ways. Some people have techniques different than others. By respecting those who have achieved survival at the very least through the years, we can learn to appreciate our own lives and develop better plans and strategies for dealing with our own problems.  Take time this holiday to listen and learn from your family, your grandpar-

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ents, a mentor, teacher or coach. Treat people as people, not just certain positions and titles and you will realize that we are all capable of a great many things. Don’t limit people by trying to define them. A few tips to gain and share this holiday season: 1. When planning cards, consider designing your own, or when you buy one already made, take time to write more than a sentence. Write something of meaning, or better yet, include a short handwritten letter to the person. Let them know how much they are appreciated and things they have done that have value in your life. Set aside personal grudges and find something to truly appreciate in this. Do not focus on anything negative. If you do this you can get some really wonderful and unexpected results and perhaps learn more.  2. Ask your grandparents, your parents, aunts, uncles and those around you about their lives growing up. Ask what they wanted to grow up to be when they were children. Ask about how the world was different. This can be a great chance to learn.   3. Instead of money or a commercial gift, consider making something or getting something that really means something to the person you are gifting. A trinket, a symbol, a book, anything that might show more thought that a pair of jeans, or something that could be given anytime. Make your gifts special, thoughtful, and heartfelt.   4. Treat everyone with a smile and kindness. Remember that the Holidays are not always met with good memories for everyone, so try to be a reason for ease, comfort, and joy. Have an attitude of gratitude for everyone in your life.   Happy Holidays my friends and readers!! May this time of year bring you much joy and new inspiration.





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By: Joey Bivens

Six Ways to Give Gifts It seems many Americans come out of the holidays having spent far more on gifts than they had planned. Instead of making your holiday a time to accumulate debt, here are some thoughtful and creative ways to give gifts this year.

1. Family shopping spree after Christmas After Christmas day, stores tend to drastically reduce prices on many great items. Taking your family out after Christmas can be a great way to spend those “empty” days that occur before the New Year starts. Also, doing this helps avoid tedious exchanges and returns of those not-quite-right gifts.

2. an I.O.U. Coupon Book for loved ones Take out some paper and think about who you are going to be giving to. Get creative and write down some things that your loved one can look forward to after the holidays are over. Some good examples could be “One Free Round of Golf” for Dad, or “Movie and Pizza Night” for Mom. Let them know that their coupons can be redeemed anytime your loved ones want to spend some time with you. This can be a fun way to initiate special occasions for later.

3. Just give to the kids A lot of adults don’t necessarily care so much about getting presents, and possible don’t even remember what they received last year. So make it about the kids. Giving to the children is the most rewarding thing for parents to do. This is a great way to cut back a little on holiday spending and turn your attention to the kids as they make memories out of Christmas.

4. Draw Names Let each person in your family draw the name of another from a hat. Let each person give one special gift to someone else. You could even agree on a price limit, say, everyone spends up to $50 this


year. This is a great strategy to let everyone put more thought into that one gift they will give.

5. Books only This may not be for everyone, but I know many of us have that one book that we have been meaning to read. Let each member of your family pick a meaningful book that has been on the list and give it to them this year. Perhaps you could let them pick one book and then surprise them with one they didn’t ask for. Think about your loved ones’ tastes and put some thought into it.

6. Start a new tradition Instead of giving gifts only during Christmas, try a different strategy. You could start a “Family Night” that occurs every month all year. On Family Night, go out to eat or to a movie and have everyone bring a small, meaningful gift for one other person. Be creative and meaningful this year while you think about the people in your life that count.

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So6ixDecember2010 By: Lilly Stone Owner: Soo0 Lilly Cosmetics


holiday make-up tips

For Women Who Enjoy a Minimal Look Holiday parties are soon upon us. Don’t fret. Makeup is a great way to bring out your best features. Going a step further with these makeup tips will bring out your spirit of the season.

• Use a puff to buff your face. Other beauty tips for Holiday style: • If your dress or top has a décolleté, add shimmer to it too!

Eyes Try out these tips to bring out the white of your eyes and make them “pop”: • Add a light shimmer shadow to the inner lid.

• Don’t forget your legs! A shimmery lotion looks great.

• Use a little more eyeliner and mascara than you normally would.

Lips Try these tips for beautiful, elegant lips: • Choose a pretty, nude colored lipstick. • Add a shimmery gloss. • You can also add a little of a light, shimmery eyeshadow to the pout of your lips.

Cheeks Follow these tips for the final touch to create elegance: • Use the same light, shimmery shadow that you used on your eyes and the pout of your lips. Add it to the top of your cheekbone sweeping it from the inner corner to the outer corner.

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Spider Veins

By: Dr. Harvey Jenkins Owner: Body Trends

A “Cosmetic” Scarlet letter Is there a Cure?

No one ever lost a job opportunity because of them. And no one has ever been made the ‘pariah’ of their community because of them. But, you would certainly think so, considering the number of people who “bear” them, and desperately want to get rid of them.

What are Spider Veins? Telangiectasias, or more commonly known as spider veins, are small, dilated blood vessels found near the surface of skin or mucous membranes. Although it is far from a cosmetic “badge of shame” or the proverbial “Scarlet letter”, spider veins are a problem for millions of men and women worldwide, and it is estimate that 60% of the population suffers from spider veins or varicose veins. You don’t have to do anything ‘wrong” to get them. 40% of women age 40 to 50 have them. And 72% of women over 60 have them. Anatomically, they measure between 0.5 and 1 millimeter in diameter, and are found virtually anywhere on the body. They come to the attention of the medical aesthetics specialist most often when they occur on the face, around the nose and cheek or on the thighs or legs. Although there are genetic and hereditary causes of telangiectasias, the most common encountered causes are the acquired forms. Acquired telangiectasias include those caused by venous hypertension (elevated blood pressure in the veins) with associated varicose veins (enlarged veins), pregnancy wherein circulating hormones that weaken vessel walls are produced, and occupations that involved prolonged sitting or standing. There is also a role of excessive sun exposure and environmental insults that promote their presence.


Most people think that there is no cure or treatment for spider veins. There is, and it is simple. Painful injections with sclerotherapy agents to coagulate veins are no longer necessary for spider veins. New, “light-based” therapies are allowing physicians to successfully treat these “unsightly veins”, simply, with minimal discomfort, non-invasively and safely. The treatment of choice these days for spider veins which meet the criteria of ease, comfort, simplicity and safety is the Long-Pulse 1064 Nd:YAG laser. The wavelength of the device is specific for targeting the “red” color in the Hemoglobin (the oxygen transport molecule of the blood cell). The surrounding area of skin and soft tissue is not selected by the laser, leaving it intact. The collision of the hemoglobin with the energy packet of the laser induces an abrupt heat reaction which leads to coagulation of the blood vessel. The vessel area is usually bleached immediately. The coagulated fragments of the vessel are then gradually dissolved and resorbed by the body. In Oklahoma City, Spider vein removal remains an “in-demand” procedure. However, many people with this problem are unaware that it can be treated so simply. Prices range from a few hundreds of dollars to a thousand on average, but obviously depend on the number of veins, their size, how extensive they are, and the number of times treatments the area requires. The great news and bottom line is that if you have Spider veins, and you find them unsightly and unsettling, you can spare yourself the angst of this cosmetic badge with a simple call to your cosmetic laser center or med spa. Dr. Harvey Jenkins is a Harvard-trained Orthopedist & Spine specialist, practicing in South Oklahoma City. He is a Wellness Blogger and is also Owner and Medical Director of BodyTrends, the ElectroSpa in OKC. For more info or questions contact Dr. Jenkins at

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No Regrets December

It seems that every year from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we get lost in a holiday haze. Family is visiting from out of town, there are parties to attend, and a good bit of shopping for presents. It all becomes a blur. Don’t happen upon January 1, 2011 with a sense of wonder at how much your waistline has grown. Make December a “no regrets” month. If you are currently involved with some type of fitness regimen, this 30-day challenge can easily fit into what you are already doing. If you have been sedentary for a while, this could be a great way to get a head start on your fitness goals for 2011. The challenge is simple. Pick 3 things: your favorite mode of cardio (run, bike, swim, sprint, row, jump rope, fast walk, etc) and 2 body weight exercises that involve multiple joints (squat, lunge, pullup, push-up, etc). My two favorite body weight exercises for this are handstand push-ups and burpees. Once you have your 3 items picked out, you can begin the challenge. Here’s how it works... Each day for 30 days you will do both the cardio and the body weight pieces. The amount you do is equal to the day you are on. For example, day 1 would consist of 1 minute cardio and 1 rep each of your chosen


So6ixDecember2010 By: Jason Boag Owner: CrossFit OKC

body weight exercises. Day 2 would be 2 minutes cardio and 2 reps. Day 30 would round out with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 reps for each exercise. Both items can be done at any time during the day, splitting them as needed or wanted throughout. The goal is to get all done each day, no matter how it is split up. Obviously, December 1 is a great start date, but you can really start a 30-day challenge like this whenever you like. Please have patience with this challenge though! It can seem at first like you are not doing much, and in fact, you are not. This will soon change though, so don’t be skipping ahead in the first week and doing more than you are supposed to. Give your body time to adapt to what you are doing, and you will finish out the challenge with some very nice results. Now you can go into January with a head start on your fitness and feel good about making it through the Holidays!

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By: Jacqueline Larocco

with The Lips for New Year’s Eve For the last several years Oklahoma City has managed to serve up an abundance of holiday events to entertain Oklahomans. From the more traditional performances of The Nutcracker at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, to Opening Night in Bricktown – the Oklahoma City downtown News Year’s Eve celebration - there are many places to spend the last month of this year.

If you’re looking for a real party though, there may be one show that outshines the rest. This December 31st The Flaming Lips will be throwing down their annual New Year’s Freakout concert. This will be Freakout #4 for the Oklahoma-bred alternative rock group, and if it’s anything like last year’s, and if leading man Wayne Coyne has it his way, it will surely turn out to be more party than concert. Last year on stage, Wayne Coyne addressed the crowd, “We’re gonna play music and stuff, but you [expletive] have got to freak out. This is a freakout.” And it is. The crowd and the musicians come fully prepared to party through the night.

If you decide to spend the remaining hours of 2010 with the Lips, be geared up to be astounded. Last year’s show included a crowd “walk” performed by Wayne Coyne whilst walking inside a huge plastic bubble, being held up by the sea of concert-goers on the ground. Ape suits, dragons and astronauts are just a few of the outfits and costumes that have been seen on the stage and the spectators who flock to the New Year’s Eve performance each year enjoy donning their own outlandish attire as well.


The concert this year will be starting at eight o’clock, and will continue on until midnight, in which the band will countdown to the New Year. Thousands of fans will be screaming and celebrating as the clock strikes midnight. It will no doubt be the biggest and loudest New Year’s party in the state. But in the past, the party hasn’t stopped there. Last year’s performance lasted well past midnight, during which the band convinced the entire audience to all set their cell phone alarms to 12:55 a.m. You can imagine the sound that erupted as thousands of fans’ phones went off all at the same time during the extra show.

Aside from the confetti canons and laser beams, another aspect that fans have always loved is the way the band speaks with the crowd. “It makes you feel like you’re really at a party, rather than just watching a concert. This is their home and so it’s like they really enjoy being there with other Oklahomans and just partying the night out. It’s definitely better than any other New Year’s Eve party I’ve been to,” raves one fan who attended last year’s Freakout. When I asked if they plan on going this year they said, “Yeah, definitely. I’ll probably go every year that they have it.”

The Flaming Lips have been known to entertain audiences of all ages, and we all know that they always outdo themselves for their Oklahoma concerts. It’s nice to know that when they are so internationally known (The Flaming Lips regularly perform in many places such as Japan and England), they still make the trip back home to party with their fellow Oklahomans to ring in the New Year with a bang.

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So6ixDecember2010 By: Johnathan Kayne

Holiday Fashion Recommendations Whether we like it or not, the holidays are here, so why not spice up the snow and ice with some HOT looks for Christmas, winter, or New Year’s Eve? I would like to share with you some of my favorite “must haves” for the season. I will cover everything from accessories, Jackets, and sweaters. Push that wimpy little lightweight sweater to the back of the closet this season. The newest sweater silhouette is an oversized sweater cardigan. Hitting anywhere from below the hip to kneelength, the chunky oversized sweater is the perfect cozy option for milder days; it is also perfect for indoor offices that are too chilly to go sweater less. Wear your oversized cardigan sweater with slimmer bottoms: skinny jeans or leggings tucked into tall boots are ideal. Because it’s such a bold shape, you can easily carry off stronger pieces of jewelry with it like statement necklaces, layers of necklaces and big cuff bracelets. The statement necklace -- a fashion term to describe a bold-looking necklace of all styles -- is a great trend women of all ages and lifestyles can indulge in. You can find such pieces literally anywhere from ALDO to Ruth Meyers. This bold jewelry in any color will also add a feminine twist to the classic white “boyfriend” shirt. After seasons of stretch, jersey and slinky fabrics, it’s delicious to slip on something comforting like a soft washed all-cotton shirt. Sometimes a simple men’s white oxford can make the biggest statement. There’s something so chic and relaxed about a white boyfriend shirt, which has a slouchy fit, but not baggy (it skims the body). Wear it now over slim jeans with flats on the weekend, then later under a fitted jacket or vest. It would also look great tucked into low-slung khakis or paired with leggings. One of the easiest ways to add some texture and interest to a basic outfit is to add patterned tights or leggings. Most


of the best looks feature an open-work pattern that lets your skin peek through to show texture (they work much like fishnets but in different patterns.) Here’s how to make them work: • Choose smaller repeating patterns for the most subtle look. • Pair patterned tights with simple dresses or tunics: a basic black knee-length dress in jersey, sweater knit or crepe works beautifully with patterned tights. • Almost any shoe works great with patterned tights, even open-toed shoes. • Tone-on-tone looks (black tights with a black dress) are the easiest and most flattering way to wear this look. Suede boots are perfect for fall, and although tall black suede boots are the most versatile, you’ll love the variety. Styles to look for are over-the-knee, studded, platforms and more. Also, pay attention to the heels. Flats, stilettos, and wedges are abundant this season. Wedges are the most logical for height and comfort. Whether you want to make a splash at the office, look smashing at a Christmas party, or ring in the New Year in style, these fashions will keep you off the faux pas list. One of my goals is to help my fellow Oklahomans become even more fashionable, so follow my advice and hopefully you won’t be left under the mistletoe alone.








CALENDAR of EVENTSDecember DECEMBER 1 OKC Thunder @ New Jersey 6pm FS Oklahoma Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Civic Center Music Hall 201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City (405) 297-2584 Everest Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, Oklahoma City (405) 602-6664

DECEMBER 2 Brandon Jackson Acoustic JC Cowboy’s - 10pm 23894 S. Frontage Rd., Weatherford, OK Christmas Parade of Lights Downtown, Stillwater, OK Holiday Happening Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK Christmas Parade Downtown, Shawnee, OK

DECEMBER 3 Brandon Jackson Acoustic Hog Trough - 9:30pm 909 S. Oak, Enid, OK OKC Thunder @ Toronto 6pm FS Oklahoma Norman Tree Lighting Ceremony Andrews Park, Norman, OK

DECEMBER 4 Territorial Christmas Celebration Dec 4 - Dec 24, 2010 Historic District Downtown, Guthrie, OK Cowboy Christmas Parade Historic Stockyards City, OKC, OK Christmas Parade Main Street, Stroud, OK

DECEMBER 5 OKC Thunder vs Golden St 6pm FS Oklahoma Oliver Civic Center Music Hall 201 N Walker, Oklahoma City (405) 297-2584

DECEMBER 6 Brandon Jackson Acoustic Dirty’s - 11pm 421 S. Washington, Stillwater, OK OKC Thunder @ Chicago 7pm FS Oklahoma

DECEMBER 7 Brandon Jackson Acoustic Hot Rod’s - 9:30pm 3900 N. Harrison, Shawnee, OK

OKC Barons vs Houston 7pm Cox Convention Center Arena (405) 602-8500

DECEMBER 8 Michael Buble Oklahoma City Arena 100 W Reno, Oklahoma City (405) 602-8700 OKC Thunder @ Minnesota 7pm FS Oklahoma


DECEMBER 17 OKC Thunder vs Sacramento 7pm FS Oklahoma OKC Barons vs Hamilton 6pm Cox Convention Center Arena (405) 602-8500 The Santaland Diaries Civic Center Music Hall 201 N Walker, Oklahoma City (405) 297-2584


Parade of Lights Main St, Purcell, OK Holiday Celebration Main Street, Seminole, OK

Brandon Jackson Acoustic Woody’s Corner Bar – 11pm 325 E 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK OKC Barons vs San Antonio 7pm Cox Convention Center Arena (405) 602-8500



Brandon Jackson Acoustic Red Dirt Saloon - 10:30pm 617 S. Broadway, Edmond, OK Circuit of Art Campus Corner, Norman, OK OKC Thunder @ New Orleans 7pm FS Oklahoma OKC Barons vs Manitoba 7pm Cox Convention Center Arena (405) 602-8500

OKC Thunder vs Phoenix 6pm FS Oklahoma Holiday Lights Spectacular Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2010


OKC Thunder @ Charlotte 6pm FS Oklahoma

Creative Craft Festival Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman, OK Christmas Parade Downtown, Norman, OK Deck the Halls Arts & Craft Show Fogarty Elementary, Guthrie, OK

Joe B Barnes Regional Park, Midwest City, OK

DECEMBER 20 Brandon Jackson Acoustic Dirty’s - 11pm 421 S. Washington, Stillwater, OK

DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22 OKC Thunder @ New York 6:30pm FS Oklahoma

DECEMBER 25 OKC Thunder vs Denver 7pm FS Oklahoma


DECEMBER 12 OKC Thunder vs Cleveland 6pm FS Oklahoma American Spirit Championships Cox Convention Center

Brandon Jackson Acoustic Dirty’s – 11pm 421 S. Washington, Stillwater, OK OKC Thunder vs Dallas 7pm FS Oklahoma



Brandon Jackson Acoustic Dirty’s - 11pm 421 S. Washington, Stillwater, OK

OKC Barons vs TX Stars 7pm Cox Convention Center Arena (405) 602-8500


DECEMBER 29 OKC Thunder vs New Jersey 7pm FS Oklahoma

OKC Thunder vs Houston 7pm FS Oklahoma


DECEMBER 16 Brandon Jackson Acoustic Bin 73 - 10:30pm 7312 N. Western, OKC, OK Sounds of the Season Yukon Fine Arts Center, Yukon, OK


OKC Thunder vs Atlanta 7pm FS Oklahoma Opening Night Downtown, OKC, OK FireLake Grand New Year’s Celebration FireLake Grand Casino, Shawnee, OK

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The Nutcracker

By: Jacqueline Larocco

The Oklahoma City Ballet After stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing, and after recuperating from our Black Friday, four-in-the-morning shopping sprees, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be very hectic. From purchasing lastminute gifts to battling holiday crowds, sometimes it becomes all too-easy to forget to spend actual time with your family during the holidays. But we are fortunate to not live under a rock, and Oklahoma City offers several ways to easily enjoy an evening out with family. The Oklahoma City Ballet, formerly known as Ballet Oklahoma, is performing the traditional and classic Nutcracker this December. The Oklahoma City Ballet, although it has been in operation for well over thirty years, has recently been revamped, with new choreographers, costumes, musical scores, and most notably, a new artistic director who has been able to lead the Oklahoma City Ballet into more exciting avenues. Performances like the Nutcracker are usually not performed by more newly formed companies, but the Oklahoma City Ballet has proven itself in the last couple of years. Their most recent performance of Phantom of the Opera, which played during this last Halloween, maintained the characteristic appeal of the story while still providing an Oklahoma twist with new musical scores and dance numbers. The performance received extremely positive reviews, and left many Oklahomans excited to see more. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of the Nutcracker, the ballet is typically broken into two acts. The first act begins on Christmas Eve, where decorations and a brightly lit Christmas tree fill the family room. Presents are handed to the children – Clara and her brother Fritz – as the family celebrates the holiday. Finally, a nutcracker is presented as the last gift to the children. Clara grows quickly fond of the soldier-shaped nutcracker but it is broken when Fritz attempts to crack a walnut. Clara becomes heartbroken, and that evening she sneaks into the dark room and is taken into a world where the toys become alive and the nutcracker becomes a prince.


In The Nutcracker there is action, romance, and fantasy, all rolled up into one epic performance. So don’t be too worried that young boys wouldn’t like it. Yes it is a traditional ballet, with dancing, leaping, and leotards, but it is also full of battles and adventure, so don’t rule it out. It will certainly entertain the entire family. The Oklahoma City Ballet has become very well-known for its amazing renditions, and although the company is sure to put its own spin on one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous creations, it is sure to stay true to the traditional performance and storyline. Tickets are reasonably priced (not much more than a night out to the movie theater), and The Nutcracker will be performed at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall for two full weekends in December, including several matinees, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to go see it in between the shopping, cooking, and holiday planning. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to sit back and relax with the family and watch other people run around for a change? The Nutcracker is a fantasy Christmas story that will please not only children but adults as well. It is an ageless Russian classic that will no doubt entertain the whole family.

Performance Times: Friday, December 10th @ 7 p.m. Saturday, December 11th @ 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday, December 12th @ 2 p.m. Friday, December 17th @ 7 p.m. Saturday, December 18th @ 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday, December 19th @ 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: Range from $29 - $54 depending on seat.

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So6ixDecember2010 By: Beth ann Ruble



Brought to You By the OKC Arts Council It’s that time again. Time to remember the finest measures of the year and begin to look to the glories of the coming one. Time for resolutions both realistic and laughable in hindsight. Time for a fresh start and a helluva party. Time to get downtown and ring in the new. December 31st, from 7pm to midnight, we are all invited to the hottest party in town, way downtown. That’s right, it’s time for Opening Night 2011, brought to you by the Arts Council since 1987. This bash has come a long way in it’s 24 years, with each year’s festivities crowning the ones before it. This New Year will be no exception. The action is bordered by Sheridan on the south, 9th Street on the north, Walker on the west, and Broadway on the east. Wristbands are $8 in advance at all 7-11s, Homeland grocery stores, Science Museum Oklahoma, and MidFirst Bank branches and still only $10 at the event if you arrive without one. Nothing here is hard to find, though maps are available. Parking is ample and within walking distance of all Opening Night has to offer. All the downtown garages will be open and at the disposal of the revelers for various reasonable fees. In fact, if you arrive early and grab yourself a rest spot for your ride in the underground Cox parking, you can go directly upstairs, leaving your coat behind. Yes, there have been complaints about the cold in the past, but there will be heaters out throughout the venues and the beautiful new Cox Convention Center keeps the cold at bay very well. The hallways that connect the venues are packed with food vendors. There is no alcohol at any of the celebration’s venues, but you will never be far away from cotton candy or warm sugared pecans. The children’s activities are full tilt. There are continuous shows. Entertainment for the munchkins includes ventriloquists and clowns. This year the

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lineup offers a Petting Zoo as well as a hypnotist. There is a stage set up where kids perform well-rehearsed jazz and tap routines. Any balloon animal you can think up will be shaped for you. In the Cox exhibit rooms a mask table is set up with all manner of glue, glitter, feathers, pipe cleaners and the like so your little critters can craft their own New Year’s masks to don. The lines for the face painters are long, be warned, but perfectly worth the wait. Yes, they will paint your adult face as well. Go ahead, no one’s judging. Whatever kind of music gets you grooving will be heard. The best local acts of every genre have been gearing up just for this gig. Edgar Cruz and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra will perform. The OKC Roller Derby and OKC Improv are showing up as well. Oklahoma’s own Mountain Smoke, a bluegrass band that once included Vince Gill as lead vocalist and boasts Hal Clifford, father of local folk singer KC Clifford, on guitar and vocals, will be at the Chase Tower. Norman band Queen of Monroe, with one of the most mesmerizing girl singers around, has recently had the high honor of opening for Heart. Harrison Academy Symphonic Winds will be at the First National Center, and the young James Bramble has just had an EP produced by Blackwatch Studios in Norman. There will even be a mariachi band, Mariachi de Orgullo. The Brother Summit Band will take the evening out with it’s special brand of R&B and all your rock and roll favorites until 11:30 when the countdown begins and the sky lights up the arrival of our brand new year with thirty minutes of heart stopping fireworks. You can call the Arts Council at 270-4848 to make sure you don’t miss a thing or to guarantee yourself an experience you’ll never forget by volunteering.


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and Easy Holiday Eats It can be difficult to enjoy hosting a seasonal get together if you’re stuck in the kitchen or hard at work playing bartender all evening. Here are some drinks and appetizers to keep you off your feet and deep in the holiday spirit. Although easy to make and a real class act of a cocktail, the Hot Toddy hasn’t gotten much attention in years past unless one is dining out. Combine 2 oz. of whiskey, one sugar cube, and a long, thin lemon peel. Pour 4 oz. of boiling water into the mix and then pretty up this traditional drink with a dusting of nutmeg. This old time favorite can be modified for the scotch lover in your life, though Irish whiskey does make it sweeter. Toss 1 1/2 oz. of vodka and a tablespoon of the high octane schnapps Rumple Mintz into a shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake it right on into a chilled martini glass, garnish it with a mini candy cane or dust the rim with crushed cane if you’re feeling fancy, and viola! You have a Candy Cane Martini. Eggnog is, well, just eggnog. So whip up a batch of White Christmas instead. Pour 1 oz. of Southern Comfort and one half ounce of Godiva white chocolate liqueur into 4 ounces of eggnog. Sip it from snifters or even large coffee cups while you watch the kids open their gifts. Now that we’ve slated our thirst, let’s eat! Nothing too labor intensive, mind you, as we have a buzz on. Here are some easy treats to lay out for family and friends.

Cranberry Shrimp Cocktail Combine 1 16oz. can of cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup of chili sauce, 2 tablespoons each of finely chopped red onion, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine vinegar with one teaspoon of horseradish. Serve with one pound of medium boiled shrimp with tails left on.

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SMOKEY POPCORN This snack only takes about fifteen minutes to prepare and you will have a gang of it. Pop one cup of corn in four tablespoons of vegetable oil. Drizzle another four tablespoons of vegetable oil over the corn and toss it all in 3/4 cup of finely grated Gouda cheese, one tablespoon of smoked paprika, and two teaspoons of salt. Even when it’s freezing out, beer makes this taste even better.

Ham Wrapped Fruit A slightly sweeter take on the usual prosciuto clothed cantaloupe we all know and love, this is best with papaya, mango, or honeydew melon. Mix 3 ounces of cream cheese with one tablespoon of orange marmalade. Spread a little of this over very thinly sliced cooked ham and wrap the fruit in it.

Goat Cheese Log This couldn’t be simpler, and it looks like a little wrapped Christmas package on the plate. Evenly spread one cup of dried cranberries and one cup of chopped green pistachios on parchment paper. Lightly salt an 11 oz. goat cheese log, then firmly roll it in the parchment. Chill it in the refrigerator until about half an hour before serving. Now you have a table of unique snacks and drinks that will be favorites for years to come. So go ahead and hunker down under a heavy comforter with your honey and chill out with some Moose Milk: Take 4 jiggers of vodka, half a cup of coffee, 1 tablespoon of Creme de Cacao, and add them to a quart of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.



Republic Gastropub

So6ixDecember2010 Photography By: Clifton Roberts

REdefining GOOD...

Republic… upscale ambiance, architectural intrigue, delectable foods, innumerable drink options, and sleek big screens aplenty. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant lunch, an after-work drink, or a night out for dining and fun, Republic is an excellent choice. Upon entrance to Republic, one can’t help but notice the unique design. Walls of color-popping amber glass bedecked with white spheres provide a chic, modern flare. This is coupled with clean lines, black leather, transitional lighting, and a wall of hand-selected beer bottles that span the globe. Add multitudinous audio-visual systems to the elegant décor, and you have a one-of-a-kind place. While design elements that are pleasing to eye are important, nobody wants to be left with just design when choosing a night of food, drinks, and fun. And Republic has impressive options in this category as well. Fantastic food that suffices as classic pub food with a modern, classy twist provides appetizers, main course dishes, and desserts alongside countless unique beers, a robust wine list, and fancy cocktails. A few featured items include: the Pub Pretzel with beer cheese fondue and Serrano honey-mustard served on a


hot slate slab. Great appetizer. For main course dishes, try the Republic Burger served with caramelized onions, apple wood smoked bacon relish, bleu, Gruyere, arugula and a fried egg with crispy French fries on the side. Or go for the Jalapeno Glazed Salmon. It’s pan-seared and topped with a vinegar mustard-seed glaze and fried Jalapenos, and it’s served with your choice of a side. The elbow mac & cheese with bratwurst and parsley pairs nicely with the salmon dish. For dessert, if you like donuts, the steamingwarm spiced sugar donuts with three tasty dipping sauces (chocolate, caramel, and strawberry) is a winner! Republic is a great choice for all seasons, but you’re out-and-about in OKC this holiday season, make sure to put Republic at the top of your list!

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Specializing in seafood, steak and pasta dishes with a distinctive, contemporary New Orleans’ flair coupled with classic Creole and Cajun flavors. Banquet rooms available for parties 10-100. Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, brunch Sunday Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Happy Hour from 3-6 pm daily with half price appetizers and $2.00 domestic bottles. Call for reservations (405)232-6666 100 E. CaLiFOrNia OkLaHOma CiTy, OkLaHOma 73104 www.JazmOz.COm


So6ix Magazine December 2010  

So6ix Magazine December 2010

So6ix Magazine December 2010  

So6ix Magazine December 2010