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Tulsa Federal Building: Power and Permanence

On Architecture By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

Traditional government buildings frequently project a sense of power and permanence. So it is with Tulsa’s Federal Building at 224 S. Boulder Ave. In 1908, the site for this building was purchased for $25,000. Tulsa was growing rapidly; in 1900, its population was less than 5,000 people and by 1910 it exceeded 18,000. As with many government projects, the building was slow to reach fruition. In 1915, James A. Wetmore, supervising architect for the Treasury, completed plans for a neoclassical building, which was completed in 1917. Initially, the building was occupied by the U.S. Post Office, the U.S. District Court, Marshall and Geological Survey.

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Ocean Plastic: Showing Us That Recycling Isn’t Enough

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

The holidays brought a mixed bag of gifts this year, and combined together, taught me an eco lesson I now bring to you.

But before I do, I must mention some sad news.

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Prhyme Steakhouse Offers Broad Appeal

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Chef Justin Thompson opened the upscale Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse, 111 N. Main St., in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District in 2012, adding another high-quality restaurant to his growing portfolio.

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Development Moving to Tulsa’s Deco District

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

It’s easy to walk past beauty without appreciating it once you’ve become accustomed to seeing it.

Thus the phrase, stop and smell the roses.

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Students Create Community Service Project

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

Tulsa Tech’s Apparel Design students develop professional sewing skills and learn artistic design techniques required to produce unique clothing and accessories. Students are given opportunities to apply their skills in color theory, sketching and fashion design as they build a portfolio showcasing their individual styles. One lesson included in this class, however, seems to always be in style: the importance of giving back to the community.

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A Heartwarming Month of Events at the Tulsa PAC

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

“The heart wants what the heart wants,” and Valentine’s Day month at the PAC has a good sampling of the entertainment our audiences have told us they enjoy.

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Claret Cafe Offers Unique Restaurant Concept

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

“We wanted to create a new concept restaurant that features breakfast all day but also has a broad wine selection,” says Ryan Gorman, general manager of Claret Cafe, 3302 W. Kenosha St., which opened in Broken Arrow in September.

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Mentoring Young People, The Future of Tulsa

Commentary by DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

One of the greatest treasures of our city is young people – for they are the future of our city. As your mayor, I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to meet many of Tulsa’s children and youth. Our city is blessed with great kids.

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Botanic Garden Highlights Beauty of Osage Hills

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

Ask someone where to go to find the beautiful areas of Tulsa, and the answers will, likely, vary immensely.

Some might suggest a driving tour of the old-money mansions that line midtown’s Utica and Peoria avenues. Others might prefer an afternoon daydreaming in the gardens at Philbrook Museum of Art and Woodward Park. Others would wish to visit our stunning area golf courses. And some would prefer a walk down Boston Avenue in downtown’s Deco District or a visit to Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.

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Union Highstepper Passionate About Building

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

Olivia Autrey has been a member of the Union Highsteppers Dance Team since sixth grade, performing choreographed dance and precision drill routines on the sidelines of sporting events, competitions, and various community activities. Next year, she will gain the title of “Lifer” within the organization, an accomplishment that makes her very proud.

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Elvis Presley’s 1956 Tulsa Visit Remembered

On the Street by TERRELL LESTER

It was a watershed year, 1956, for those coming of age at the dawn of the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Sixty years ago. When duck tails were the tonsorial statement. When blue suede shoes were the coolest. When teenagers were rebels with, and without, a cause.

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The New Year is a Time for Reflection

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

Happy New Year to everyone!
This month I celebrate 23 years at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. As my career at the PAC begins to wind down, I think about some of the experiences I’ve had while working first in the PAC Trust programming area and then in PAC marketing. During my first week on the job in 1993, I was asked to pick up actor Hal Holbrook from the airport.  I had never met someone so famous, and he had just completed filming  “The Firm” with Tom Cruise. Holbrook was extremely nice, as have been most of the “stars” I’ve met, like Victor Borge. Mr. Borge wasn’t seeing well when he last performed in Chapman Music Hall, so after his show, I walked him from the theatre back to his hotel, holding his arm while guiding him. He was immensely kind and was so appreciative of my help. On stage he seemed larger than life. And so funny. Who is like Victor Borge these days? What a talent he was.

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Christ the King Maintains Original Glory

On Architecture By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

Christ the King Catholic Church is one of Tulsa’s architectural treasures. Located at 1520 S. Rockford Ave., the church is part of a complex of buildings, which include Marquette School, a rectory, a parish hall and parish offices, a chapel, and an early childhood development center.

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Student Prepares for Career as Particle Physicist

News from Tulsa Tech by DR. STEVE TIGER

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Tulsa Tech’s STEM Academy focuses on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world.

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White Flag Reopens with Improved Offerings

Local Dining by BLAKE AUSTYN

White Flag Pub & Grub, 116 S. Elgin Ave., in downtown Tulsa, reopened in October in response to an immediate need.

“I wanted to give my employees at Joe Momma’s Pizza a place to work,” says restaurant Owner Blake Ewing.

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