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Scores of Preparation

Like many professional instrumentalists, Katrin Stamatis began her love affair with music as a child. She was 8 when she first picked up a violin and, with an immense amount of training, ultimately became the principal second violin with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Her path and dedication, unseen or unknown by many who attend concerts, are the norm in the...

A Fresh Look to the East

The resurrection of an Oklahoma City strip center has begun to transform an area just east of the state Capitol with the first new project in about 40 years. Jonathan Dodson, managing partner of the urban revitalization firm Pivot Project, says the EastPoint development “has created more joy than anything we’ve been a part of.” Working jointly with Gardner Architects, Oklahoma...

Masters at Brain Games

Like billiards and darts, trivia night has become a bar scene classic. While you’ll still find these brain games in pubs, you’re also likely to find them at family-friendly venues. “One night, this family brought their kid in” for trivia, says Dane Tannehill, owner of Jane’s Delicatessen in Tulsa. “Their team name was ‘Our 13-year-old is Smarter Than Your Team.’...

No Myth-tery in Tinker’s Success

Tinker Air Force Base, an important part of Oklahoma City economy since 1941, should remain in that position for years to come as the maintenance hub for the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft. When completed, the 158-acre Pegasus complex will have 14 hangars and create about 1,300 jobs. The first hangar debuted in October. The base, originally known as the Midwest Air Depot,...

Humanity Amid Tragedy

Gander, Newfoundland, was the site of compelling humanity during the days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Director Christopher Ashley says events there were turned into musical theater when writers David Hein and Irene Sankoff interviewed hundreds of Gander residents who housed and took care of thousands of stranded people after scores of flights were grounded in the...

Working to Preserve History

A sure way to prevent the demolition of a historic building is to buy the property yourself or with others. However, if that’s not an option, preservationist groups and grassroots organizations could use your help as they work to save spaces where Oklahoma history was made. “Grassroots efforts work because they show local support and local identity with those buildings,” says...

Getting Stitched

If you seek a quirky joint for exotic coffee, tea and food, try the warm, inviting Stitch in the heart of Oklahoma City. “We believe that a café isn’t just one dimensional,” says Chad Grubbs, who owns the store with his wife, Jen Semmler Grubbs. “It is about meeting all the needs of the day.” Walking into Stitch, you notice that...

Written in the Noodles

While helping his parents run their family diner in Mustang, with plans one day to get into journalism, mass communication or advertising, Jeff Chanchaleune never guessed he would wind up being Oklahoma City’s King of Slurp … and much more. Chanchaleune – executive chef and partner of both Gorō Ramen in the Plaza District and the new yakitori house Gun...

Moni’s Pasta and Pizza

The story behind this Oklahoma City restaurant is rich and varied. Owner and chef Rachel Foster has added her own classically trained French aesthetic to the traditions of founder Moni Kaba, a native Macedonian who spent many years in Italy before immigrating to North Texas. The inviting place has a full bar, a spacious patio, a chef’s table and...

Fantasy Favorites Under the Stars

Around Town Last month, we highlighted some outdoor film screenings to attend. The weather is a little cooler this month, but it’s still not time to give up seeing films under the stars, especially in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, which feature favorites for the whole family. OKC’s Deep Deuce Grill hosts its Director’s Cut event at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 with...