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Ice, ice baby

A local business knows that ice sculptures are a cool way to heat up any summer party.


Features

Louis Fowler
With the possible exception of a French clown blowing a golden trumpet while riding a white stallion, nothing adds class and sophistication to a summer party like an ice sculpture.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Prinz of tides

Local musician Dustin Prinz has postponed his album-release party, but he has a darn good reason.


Music

Louis Fowler
Oklahoma City musician Dustin Prinz was all ready to go with an album-release party Saturday when the worst possible thing that could’ve happened did: He decided the disc needed more songs.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Iron Aidan

After a year on the road, jazz bassist Aidan Carroll returns home — and to the UCO Jazz Lab.


Music

Louis Fowler
Aidan Carroll Quartet
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth, Edmond
ucojazzlab.com
359-7989
$5-$7
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mucho Gusto

Take it from our reviewer and online cooking-show star Hilah Johnson: Salvadoran fare is alive and well in OKC.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Pupuseria El Buen Gusto
2336 S.W. 29th
636-1399

What works:
the pupusas, all for an unbelievable low price
What needs work:
It’s cash only, so a card reader would be nice. Unless you speak Spanish, sometimes communication can be difficult.
Tips:
three words — horchata, horchata, horchata
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Freshly brewed community

In an effort to revitalize N.W. 39th Street, Beans and Leaves proves to be more than just a coffee shop.


Features

Louis Fowler
Once-beleaguered historic areas such as the Paseo and the Plaza District have evolved from mere Oklahoma City neighborhoods into centers of art, culture and community.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lovely bones

Instead of taxidermy, one OKC company preserves dearly departed pets by cleaning and posing the doggone skeleton.


Features

Louis Fowler
While most people look at skulls and skeletons as symbols of death, Jay Villemarette, owner and president of Skulls Unlimited International, sees life.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Reverb brotherhood

Members of the metro music scene band together to pay tribute to one of its pioneers, the late Basile Kolliopoulos.


Music

Louis Fowler
Basile Benefit Bash with The True Believers, The Fortune Tellers, The Reverb Brothers, DJ Jon Mooneyham and more
9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4203
$20 Friday, $10 Saturday
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Here for the party

Embracing her outlaw image, Gretchen Wilson is still proud to be country’s original ‘Redneck Woman.’


Music

Louis Fowler
Gretchen Wilson with Outlaw Son
6 p.m. Thursday
Newcastle Casino
2457 U.S. 62, Newcastle
mynewcastlecasino.com
387-6013
free
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Code 22 — Going Soft: The Acoustic Album!


Pop

Louis Fowler
The guys of Oklahoma City’s Code 22 seem like a likable group of fellas. Their latest release, Going Soft: The Acoustic Album!, is likable enough as well — so likable that on first listen, I took its clean, acoustic sound and clear, unstressed vocals as an alternative praise-and-worship band.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tom Skinner — Tom Skinner


Country

Louis Fowler
Sincerity is nearly dead in songwriting. The image of the earnest singer with eyes tightly shut and a crack in his voice as he plunges to emotional depths has become a joke.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Big Worm — Bench All-Stars


Hip Hop/Rap

Louis Fowler
Fans of the comedy classic Friday may recognize the name Big Worm, but the Big Worm behind Bench All-Stars is rooted not in South Central L.A., but on the streets of Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

No reservations

A Warr Acres treasure has some of the best Indian tacos around.


Restaurant Reviews

Louis Fowler
Tim’s Drive Inn
5037 N. MacArthur Blvd., Warr Acres
789-5410

What works:
Indian tacos, of course
What needs work:
cash only, no debit or credit cards
Tips:
Order one of their “special” Dr. Peppers.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

To market

Metro farmers’ markets offer locally produced greens — and a party, to boot.


Food and Drink Features

Louis Fowler
Not to sound like a late-night infomercial, but how many times has this happened to you?
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Better off Red

Grady’s 66 Pub devotes its stage to preserving Oklahoma’s Red Dirt roots, one band at a time.


Music

Louis Fowler
For almost two decades, Grady Cross was a member of Cross Canadian Ragweed, one of the most popular Red Dirt bands ever to cross the Red River. After years on the road and in the studio, he hung up his guitar to spend more time with his family in Yukon.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sustainable learning

The SixTwelve project aims to turn community into a renewable resource.


Features

Louis Fowler
The large, dilapidated structure at N.W. 29th and N. Lee, in the heart of the Paseo, was only days away from demolition when it was rescued by Amy Young and James Varnum. In 2010, the pair bought the property, an eight-plex apartment in its former life, with the idea of turning it into a center of community living. Hence, they became the brains behind Project SixTwelve  — a nonprofit named for the street address, 612 N.W. 29th, natch.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
 
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