OKGazette.com Blogs - Culture Chic http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/blogs-1-1-1-2.html <![CDATA[Fab-e-OH!]]>

If you want a picture like this:

 And let's be honest, you do.

Then you should probably go to Whole Foods, 6001 N. Western, from 1-7 p.m to get your chance. Fabio will be there talking about his new line of whey protein product. In conjunction, there will be a pet adoption from 1-4 p.m.

Stay tuned, because next week I'll recap my interview with the handsome man-beast. For now, this:

<![CDATA[Gone to the dogs ]]>

This weekend, there really will be no place like home. Enjoy Oklahoma City Ballet’s 40th anniversary encore performances of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker.

The show debuted during the troupe’s 2008-2009 season, featuring an original score by Kermit Poling. Performances will be 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

This show, typical of the immaculate artistic direction of Robert Mills, will feature flying effects and a three-dimensional tornado.

And, of course, the production wouldn't be complete without a Toto:

<![CDATA[Your weekend plans: pole dancing and <i>Screw</i>]]>

Do you need weekend plans? Of course you do!

Tonight, you'll have a chance to be a part of something new and quite different, and it involves a pole. It's the inaugural Miss Pole Dance Oklahoma, to be held at Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western.

Sounds exciting, right? That's because it's going to be. This marks the state’s first professional and nationally sponsored pole sporting event.

The competitors will be judged on skill and technique, much like any other sport. Doors open at 7 p.m. and competition starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 or $25 for VIP, which includes two free raffle tickets and front-row seating.

You'll be wishing for that front-row seat when Estee Zakar takes the stage. She's an international phenom who will be in town performing after the competition.

“She can do things on the pole that make your mind spin,” said Honey Daniels, owner of Vixen Studio, 416 E. Second in Tulsa.

After an exciting night of pole-dance fun, you might need to relax a little, so settle into your seat at 8 p.m. Saturday at Rose State Performing Arts Theater, 6420 S.E. 15th in Midwest City, for the play The Screwtape Letters, based on C.S. Lewis' 1941 novel.

The production has received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and CNN, just to name a few, and will be in town for one night only.

I caught up with Max McLean, star and co-creator of Screwtape, to chat about his involvement.

“The project came to me,” McLean said. “I was intrigued by the book because I'd read it. But I'd never seen it as theatrical literature.”

He and Jeffery Fiske created a play that is “more accessible than the book,” according to McLean.

“The idea of theater is to magnify, to clarify. To find the story arc,” he said.

<![CDATA[From <em>Bachelor</em> to banquet]]>

Today marks the 36th annual March of Dimes Mercy Sports Headliner Awards Banquet, to be held on the floor of the Cox Convention Center. This event will honor athletes and coaches who have taken an active interest and brought national attention to the Oklahoma March of Dimes Chapter.

The national voluntary healthy agency's mission is to improve the health of babies by way of prevention and education.

Flying in to host for the evening is ABC's The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who used to work and play in Oklahoma. As a former Oklahoma City University soccer player, he's personally interested in sports, as well as philanthropic ventures.

“I just wanted to find a way to come back to Oklahoma City. This was a great excuse to come back to a place that means a lot to me. It's where I started,” said Harrison. “To be asked to come back is a real honor for me. I'm very excited to come home and see everybody.”

Reserve a table by calling 943-1024. If you won't be in attendance tonight, you can still help by donating your time or money here.

Food & Wine Magazine has taken notice of what's going on in OKC cuisine, as Ludivine’s Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson have been nominated for the publication’s award of The People's Best New Chef.

Voting runs now through Monday, March 12. Support your local chefs by voting here.

Winners will be announced on Monday, March 12, and featured in the July 2012 issue.

right Russ Johnson

“It's a really big deal, and I'm incredibly excited for us and this city,” said Stranger.

<![CDATA[Carpet burns]]>

Local talent Johnathan Kayne graced the red carpet at Sunday’s Grammys — or, rather, one of his designs did. Let's hear it for this 405 fashion maven!

Artist Monika Jensen (pictured with adventurer Bill Borger) rocked this coming season's palette of blue and a oh-so-seductive high-low hemline, in Kayne's playful yet chic design, which represented this great state — and represented it well!

Get this look at BodyTrends, 9327 N. Pennsylvania, or SJ Bridal, 5645 N. Pennsylvania. Want a custom design for your collection? No problem! Call Kayne at 607-6006 to set up your appointment.

Now onto a few Grammy fashions we should be proud aren't local:

OK, Sasha Gradiva, we get that you're attempting a statement in the wide worlds of fashion and music. The thing is, unless you're going to be starring in an upcoming sequel to “The Terminator,” you needn't ruin a perfectly beautiful gown with heavy artillery. Let your beauty and talent do the talking — not the mechanical arm.

Robyn, as much as I love you, your quirky Euro-beats and your eccentric style, the red carpet is just not a place for platform steel-toe boots.

Just go away, Rebecca Black. Take your “music” and your “fashion sense” and don't come back.

We get it, Snook: You weight 98 pounds now. It still does not make that dress OK.

No caption necessary. 
<![CDATA[That holiday with the hearts]]>

Okay, I know that V-Day is generally a consumeristic ploy to sell a massive amount of heart-shaped candy and greeting cards, not to mention flowers ... but the point behind it all, I think, is to stop and remember the things you love, whether that's a person, a group of people, a dog, a family or just yourself.

The cool thing about this city is that it comes equipped with fun having for all. So whether you're celebrating this weekend, Tuesday or thereafter, here are some things to keep you busy.

First off, get your OKCityCard. It's one of the primary fundraisers for Allied Arts, and February is Allied Arts Month, so it only makes sense. They are $50, which is donated in entirety to Allied Arts.

It's a pretty sweet deal and partners with more than 200 locations around the metro. If you're running low on ideas (or cash), then just peruse the list of discounts at alliedartsokc.com/okcitycard.

Are you a little bookish? Head to Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway at 50 Penn Place, on Tuesday for live music, wine sales, 10 percent off any book with the word “love” in the title and a roaring fireplace.

Cozy in a couple and ready to grow your family? This is your chance to do so. The Central OK Humane Adoption Center at 7500 N. Western is offering a lovable deal: All dogs and cats are free to adopt Saturday and Sunday.

If you feel like getting out on the town tonight, hit up the second annual LOVE on the Plaza. You can expect a kiss cam, lots of local art and some live music. You can even participate in a Valentine's creation contest or take part in a power performance piece hosted by Cole Dewey Design called “The Gay Agenda,” which features two men performing daily routines that a heterosexual couple would perform.

No matter what you decide, show some local love in honor of St. Valentine.
<![CDATA[Bone luge! ]]>

Who says Oklahoma peeps aren't trendsetters? People who don't live here, that's who.

This weekend, Oklahoma's own Ludivine served up a special birthday shot … through a bone. That's right: Turns out a hollowed-out bone turns into a perfect path for your favorite liquor.

This isn't Ludivine's first experiment, and it doesn't look to be the last. In fact, today the downtown restaurant received a nod from abcnews.go.com about its unique decanter.

Bone luging, the wave of the foodie/boozer future, has begun to sweep the nation for those who are willing to try something a little more, well, primal.

You saw it in OKC first.

Now, go luge a bone or something.]]>
<![CDATA[Lights, camera, action!]]>

This weekend, I did something for the very first time: I was on TV.

Before the taping, I spent a fair amount of time running through a plethora of scenarios that included me tumbling off stage, freezing up and having no words or actually sleeping through the spot.

I just knew this would happen.

Or this.

Luckily, I wasn't climbing on a piano or married to Kim Kardashian, so none of the terrible things happened. In fact, it was a lot of fun, and I got to chat with some lovely ladies at KSBI about fashion and style and places to shop in OKC.

Lynn Hester, Pat Becker and Kari King welcomed me into the studio and sat me down on the red couch. Their smiles made me calm down a considerable amount. They were pros and gave me a few quick tips before we went back on air.

Guess I did OK, because they invited me back! I look forward to sitting down and chatting with them again. Make sure to stay tuned into KSBI to keep tabs on all things Oklahoma.

<![CDATA[Nice wheels! ]]>

Greetings! Welcome to 2012, everyone. My guess is that you're probably sizing up those resolutions you made. Just how keepable are they?

Well, if you made one involving the cultivation of your involvement with the art community, I've got fantastic news for you: Arts Council of Oklahoma City and Devon Energy, along with local artists in a variety of creative media, have teamed up to bring art to you.

Art Moves is a free (that's right: free!) daily art show that happens from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the week.  Featuring pianists, opera singers, modern dance routines and much more, you'll be able to enjoy your lunch break with a healthy dose of art appreciation.

Tomorrow, catch Local Honey, a local folk duo.

Next Monday, start your workweek off right with a jazz ensemble, The Larry Pierce Combo. Mix it up Friday with a bookbinding demonstration with OKC's Regina Murphy.

Check out the full list of January events, as well as map for locations to plan your art adventures.

Get out and enjoy your city, OKC! It’s working hard for you.
<![CDATA[Incredibly last-minute, local gifts]]>

Haven't holiday shopped yet? You're not alone! Here's some ideas for you laggers.

First things first: Buy a Keep It Local Card. Just do it. You will save money! In fact, while you're at it, you might pick these bad boys up for everyone on your list. Only $12 bucks and rockin' a brand-new design, it's the key to great deals in the hippest spots in the city.

For the foodie:

Although gift cards used to be impersonal and say, “I don't know you well enough to know what you like,” the times are a-changing. What better gift than free money to splurge on a night of dining at your favorite eatery? I can't really think of anything for the epicurean-inclined. Use your Keep It Local Card when you purchase those gift cards. Need some restaurant ideas?

Bricktown Brewery at 1 N. Oklahoma (with a recently revamped food menu) offers 10 percent off with your card, as well as Iron Starr Urban Barbeque at 3700 N. Shartel. Find the full list here.

For the lover of caffeinated libations:

If that person is anything like me, they absolutely can't function pre-coffee/caffeine. No problem! Impress them, even if you don't know what you're doing with a fresh-ground brew for their press or loose leaves for their diffuser from places like Elemental Coffee (815 N. Hudson; 10 percent with card), Forward Foods (5123 N. Western; 10 percent) and t, an urban teahouse (7518 N. May; 5 percent). 

For sweet teeth:

Some fresh cupppies (or a gift card) from Cuppies & Joe (727 N.W. 23rd; 10 percent), Sara Sara Cupcakes (7 N.W. Ninth; 10 percent) and Green Goodies by Tiffany (5840 N. Classen Blvd.; 10 percent) will have your sweet-loving giftee pleased as punch. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the selection at 42nd Street Candy Company (4200 N. Western), as well. No discount there, but you'll be swooning from all the chocolate, it won’t matter.

For pet parents:

Pamper the pup or let that friend who dresses his or her dog know you care with a gift card from Paws Around Town Pet Boutique (12100-H N. May in Northpark Mall; 10 percent).

For the kids:

Surprise your kids with a day at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 N.E. 52nd; up to 15 percent) or pick up something special at Keedo Kids (Northpark Mall; card discount TBA).

For the significant other:

Whether you've been with your honey for a while or scrambling for something that's in between first date and “I want there to be another date,” consider surprising that special someone with tickets to Lyric Theatre (1727 N.W. 16th; 11 percent to 23 percent). Need something more tangible to go alongside it? How about a holiday bouquet from A Date with Iris (4201 N. Western; 10 percent) or Capitol Hill Florist (5809 S. Western; 10 percent).
<![CDATA[LUSH life]]>

I remember it well: I was wandering Union Street in the quaint historic city of Bath, England. A bright shop window caught my eye. As I drifted toward the door, I took a deep breath, and an intoxicating aroma solidified my curiosity, which culminated in my first trip into a LUSH cosmetics store.

I lingered at the entrance for a few minutes, surveying the colorful and aromatic damage I was about to do to my checkbook. After overloading my senses, as well as my shopping cart, I remembered the limited space in my already heavy travel bag and carefully chose a few items. One was a bath bomb that changed my life.

Another was a shampoo bar that proved to be more than helpful during my international travels.

Since that trip to LUSH, the Anglophile in me faithfully ordered (and paid shipping on) a few pampering bath prerequisites. Lucky for me and for you, that's no longer necessary.

Why, you say? Because LUSH is coming to Oklahoma City! That's right: This British beauty bar will be available to you next week (840-7861). So, look no further for stocking stuffers or treats for yourself.

If you've never tried any LUSH cosmetics, take my advice and do so immediately. They are green and never animal-tested, so you can feel good about splurging on yourself or giving to those picky giftees. In-store, you'll find several consults for any questions you might have concerning the products.

Support the growth of OKC, as this is a big step for us! LUSH is a world-recognized brand that comes with an esteemed reputation, as well as a store full of excellent products.]]>
<![CDATA[Z is for Zanzibar!]]>

Plans tonight?

Well, might I suggest an art walk/concert/dance party combo for you?

Tonight, at Opolis in Norman, take part in some tempting holiday fun with a dance contest, handcrafted items from Totem Tokens and delicious libations by Native Roots.

Hosted by Zanzibar! Records, Zebre and Oblivious will rock you out while you finish up holiday shopping or just enjoy the local talents that will surround you.

So, get out and dance, shop and drink tonight at Opolis!

<![CDATA[33.4 million people live with it]]>

Not too long ago, the modern medicine conveniences and information we possess as a society were limited. According to aids.gov, 33.4 million people across the globe are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Help that number come down by educating yourself and promoting awareness.

Yesterday was World AIDS Day, a day set aside for striving toward an AIDS-free world, but opportunities exist in our community so you can get involved.

Tonight and tomorrow, “The Hospice” continues its run from Theatre Collective, a new theater group to OKC's growing community. “Hospice” delves into homosexual communities pre-HIV/AIDS awareness and drugs. This play is a challenging and hard-hitting piece of Oklahoma work. It's written by local lawyer Mark Henricksen and directed by Daniel Leeman Smith, the troupe’s artistic director.

Check out “The Hospice” at the City Arts Center at Fair Park, 3000 General Pershing. Shows start at 8 p.m.

<![CDATA[Oh-la-la meets fa-la-la]]> So, tomorrow is the first day of December. How did that happen? Yeah, I'm not sure, either.

Anyway, December means holiday fun and parties abound. So, tomorrow, on this first day of December, get out and treat yourself at Trichology Salon, 14101 N. May.

The “Silver Belles Holiday Soiree” is the only way to kick off December holiday happenings. The event, which is free to attend, will feature eats from Deep Fork Grill, and you'll be treated to mini-sessions for holiday hair and makeup by the Trichology team. Hello, pampering!

While you're there, get a sneak peak of “Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology,” the newly released winter anthology featuring award-winning women authors, including my ShopGirl/Culture Chic predecessor, Jenny Coon Peterson. The cold-weather collection of short stories boasts local scribe Malena Lott, author of “Dating da Vinci,” “The Stork Reality” and “Fixer Upper.” She'll be on site signing books, so you definitely don't want to miss being able to say, “I have a signed copy of one of her books.”

As if good food, hair and makeup sessions, as well as talented locals isn't enough ... there's more!

Christmas will be coming early this year to a few lucky individuals. Partygoers can enjoy a slew of prizes. You could go home with a cocktail dress and shoes designed by local designer Johnathan Kayne, whom you might recognize from “Project Runway.”

Just by showing up, you could fill your stocking with a 1 ct. sapphire diamond from Samuel Gordon, gift cards from OECU Credit Union or a variety of other goodies.

Warm up with some local glamor and fame tomorrow night from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your fabulous self, friends and enjoy red-carpet treatment right here in OKC.
<![CDATA[Black Friday, OKC-style]]>

I'm going to be honest with you: Black Friday freaks me out. A lot.

The absolute last thing I want to do after OD-ing on turkey is get up early and shove through hoards of coupon clippers (no offense to those who clip ’n’ save). 

Also, most BF offers come from corporate retailers, and honestly, I'd rather a more personal (read: local) product.

If you have the urge to shop but not battle jam-packed malls fraught with strollers, stick fingers and endless lines, then I've got a treat for you.

This year, 16th Street in the Plaza District offers local lovers an option. Get 20 percent off and stimulate your home economy!

Shop art at DNA, peruse vintage at Bad Granny's or pick up some handmade goods from Collected Thread, just to name a few of the great shops. Make sure and take a break for lunch at Saints and a glass of wine at the new Urban Wineworks. And voilà! You've got a stress-free, local day.

Refuse to go out but want to keep it in OK? Head on over to Etsy. Specifically those e-shops run by locals!

Make sure you pop by OU grad and local sweetie Marek Ferguson's shop for thoughtful and OK-themed treasures.

Love Oklahoma? I'll believe it when I see the pillow on your couch.


As you may or may not realize, Friday's calendar date is rather exciting.

Not just because it looks cool or because it's my birthday, but it's Veterans Day, you guys!

One of the cool things about living in the U.S. is that you get to choose what you believe and support. While everyone has a different opinion on war, the people who fight for the freedom to have an opinion deserve a little shout-out. 

For this Veterans Day, head into Orange Leaf and send a letter of support and encouragement to a veteran or active military member overseas.

Orange Leaf has partnered with “Thanks a Million!” to celebrate its 111th store opening, coincidentally on 11/11/11. This national campaign strives to send 1 million “thank-you” letters by Nov. 11. Orange Leaf customers will find everything they need to send their own letter from any store location. You can also send an electronic letter on its website.

Did I mention that 11/11/11 is my birthday? For my birthday, I would like these things:

1. you to write a letter to in support of an active military service person or veteran
2. snow

<![CDATA[Celebrate boys, b-days and 'staches]]>

Do you like boys? I do.

You've probably noticed your Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with the pleas of your men who are growing 'staches in honor of “Movember.”

They want you to donate to their cause. Now, if you're like me, you are generally inundated with the pleas of many for some sort of financial support. After the budgeting and balancing of that hard-earned paycheck, sometimes there's only a meager sum left for the good of mankind.

I urge you to consider the Movember Madness. This movement funds awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.

Think about your favorite man. Who is it?

Well, I'll tell you who mine is.

It's this guy right here – my grandfather, who the family lovingly refers to as “Pawpaw.”

You might be wondering what this has to do with 'staches and such. I'll tell you:
1. He's a man.
2. He's a prostate cancer survivor.
3. It's his 75th birthday today.

Without the amazing research done, my Pawpaw might not be here today. And I wouldn't have pictures like this:

As you can see, I'm not the only person who would miss him. His honey of 53 years (and counting) would, too.

The point is: Cancer sucks and research costs money. So, get involved if you love your men as much as I love mine!

Though Pawpaw doesn't have a Facebook and isn't growing a 'stache in honor of the cause, there are many people who are. Find yourself a participant and give a little love so we can have more moments like this:

Oklahoma boys growin' 'staches:
• musician Ryan Lawson
• OK native Johnny Perkins
• the Oklahoma City Barons
<![CDATA[Nice cans]]>

Are you hungry right now? If you're reading this at your computer, I'm willing to wager you've also eaten a few meals today. Here's the thing: Some people haven't. Nor do they have the means to do so. 

Allens Veggies launched an awesome campaign (“I Yam What I Yam, Donate a Can”) to help combat hunger. It will run through Halloween, and the goal is to reach 3,000 cans. Pairing with local food banks (Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma), bolstered by the wonders of social media, one can of Popeye Spinach for every new Allens Veggies Facebook fan.

Since you're at your computer already, why not hop on over to Allen's Facebook and “like” it?

<![CDATA[Now you’ve got weekend plans: ‘Soul on Fire’]]>

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Rose State Performing Arts Center in Midwest City presents the musical “Soul on Fire.”

Oklahoma-based and brimming with Oklahoma talent, this musical boasts a forbidden love, powerful music, punchy dialogue and a heap of secrets that Kisha navigates with the help of Mozes.

Onstage, you might recognize Tyrone Stanley, adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College; Donna Cox, music professor at the University of Oklahoma; Bonita Franklin, acting chair for the Department of Music at Langston University; and Bruce Davis, Oklahoma City Police Department veteran, just to name a few.

You'll get a healthy dose of stardom from big-name artists and entertainers like Shirley Murduck and Delvis “Tyga” Graham, as well as Michelle Lynn Hardin, former background singer for John Legend.

What are you waiting for? Secure your soul ... at least for the weekend. Get your tickets at soulonfirethemusical.net. Take advantage of the early bird special through Oct. 31: buy one, get one half off!