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Dr. Strangebrew

It may not replace that perfect porter, but beer cocktails abound in town. You just need to stop being pretentious.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
After 13 years as a legal member of the church of good beer, dumping a bunch of mixers and spirits into a perfectly crafted brew seems blasphemous.
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fast five

What do you get when you give five artists $12,000 each? A giant robot photographer, for one thing — all part of ‘Art 365.’


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

Art 365
5-8 P.M. Friday daily through May 7
[Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. Third
ArtspaceAtUntitled.org, 815-9995

 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring-activated

To keep their brands fresh, Oklahoma brewers pour a bevy of new beers into the market to appeal to shifting palates.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
There’s nothing like Oklahoma spring storms to wash away the dust left over from the waning days of winter. For beer drinkers, this means switching up their selection by cycling out the seasonal porters and stouts.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paleo power

Space-age technologies are changing the way the human body exercises, but a new movement is trying to set the clock back — way, way back.


Features

Charles Martin
It's a boom time for the fitness industry, with health-conscious urbanites trying to get fit despite an ever-fattening nation. A growing movement even takes cues from our ancestors, who didn’t have the benefit of running shoes, workout machines or energy bars.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Best of fests

Festival season has sprung up again, and the metro is brimming with options to witness the diversity of Oklahoma’s entertainment culture.


Features

Charles Martin
As the winter chill thaws and Oklahomans get restless for outdoor fun, festivals spring up all across the state, drawing art aficionados, history buffs, food connoisseurs and gearheads.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zounds! What sounds!

Cultural progressives band together to form Zanzibar! Records, a label working to push the Norman music scene into the national spotlight.


Music

Charles Martin

Zanzibar! Presents: Zebre and FRMR
10 p.m. Wednesday
The Deli, 309 White, Norman
thedeli.us, 321-7048
$5

 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Airing ‘Laundry’

A metro playwright beat international submissions to win Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s Native American New Play Festival competition.


Performing Arts

Charles Martin
Oklahoma City Theatre Company shines the spotlight on emerging playwrights with its international Native American New Play Festival competition.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fight club

Thirteen years after an injury left him in a coma, Travis Hoffman took over a boxing gym to restart his pro combat career.


Sports

Charles Martin
In 1994, mixed martial arts was not the heavily regulated sport it is today, and when Travis Hoffman entered the ring, he had no idea that more than a decade would pass before he would be able to fight professionally again.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tiki time

Tropical cocktails often go heavy with juices and garnishes, but can still pack a deceptive punch.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
Four coconuts, one large butcher’s knife, a copious spread of juices, fruit, garnishes and bottles of alcohol were the makings of what would be the best night of research ever.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Long-lived libations

Alcohol has been a loyal companion to man since the beginning, and some producers are still working from recipes that have endured a millennia.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
Important work is being done in southwest Germany. Wired magazine reported that researchers in the area are trying to recreate a 2,550-year-old beer recipe working off residual clues found at an excavation site believed to be the remnants of an ancient largescale brewery.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An eye for Y

Starting in the sand dunes of Kuwait as a child, a photographer’s lifelong passion for capturing humanity is on display at metro YMCA branches.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

Yousef Khanfar
Through March 11
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City Branches
YMCAOKC.org, 297-7777

 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Forward march

‘Momentum’ reaches its 10th incarnation of powering the local art scene via the boundless energy of budding career artists.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin
Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still
8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein
$10 advance, $15 door
ovac-ok.org, 879-2400
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Graphic substance

Norman author Rob Vollmar bypasses caped crusaders in favor of cerebral historical fiction set in ancient Sumer, in ‘Inanna’s Tears.’


Features

Charles Martin

Rob Vollmar and J. David Osborne
3-6 p.m. Saturday
Atomik Pop
918 W. Main, Norman
atomikpop.com, 329-9695

 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poster art

Hollywood cinematographer Steven Poster showcases his first love, still photography, for an exhibition of street scenes captured around the world.


Visual Arts

Charles Martin

Steven Poster
6-10 p.m. Friday, Opening reception
through April 2
Mainsite Contemporary Art
122 E. Main, Norman
Mainsite-art.com, 292-8095

 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sharing is caring

The state’s largest free music festival hopes a monthly wine-share will lure donors to ease the financial crunch of staging a three-day event.


Food and Drink Features

Charles Martin
Throwing a party is expensive. Even stocking cheap beer and snacks for a handful of friends can be pricey, so imagine preparing for 35,000 to 50,000 friends all descending on a small stretch of downtown Norman for a three-day festival with no ticket sales to help bring in the largest roster of musicians of any other Oklahoma music festival.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
 
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