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Pei Wei Chooses Tulsa as Test Market

Asian-inspired fast casual restaurant Pei Wei has chosen Tulsa to serve as a test market for 17 original dishes and for the introduction of a new restaurant design.

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Tulsa-Based Orchestras Complement OK Mozart

By GLENDA RICE COLLINS

Three well-established Oklahoma orchestras recently played a significant role in advancing Oklahoma’s premiere music festival OK Mozart (OKM) during a pivotal year for the week-long event, held June 11-18 at the Bartlesville Community Center (BCC). Those three orchestras are Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO), principal guest conductor Daniel Hege; Signature Symphony at TCC (SSTCC), artistic director and conductor Andrés Franco; and Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra (BSO), music director and conductor Lauren Green.

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The Heat is On with Hot Entertainment this Summer

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

The summer endures, and we know you are looking for a cool and comfortable place to enjoy some kickback time. July and August at the Tulsa PAC offer a variety of musicals and dance programs that will keep you engaged and entertained.

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James Pepper Henry Anticipates Gilcrease Expansion

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Gilcrease Museum’s Executive Director James Pepper Henry is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce People to Watch, which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, GTR will publish a series of articles featuring each of its “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley.

Although Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry always planned to one day return to Oklahoma, a state that sits close to his heart, the circumstances that brought his return caught him a bit by surprise.

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July 4 Folds of Honor Freedomfest

Folds of Honor FreedomFest presented by QuikTrip returns for the annual River Parks July 4th celebration. This year’s event will bring back two family-friendly festival locations: Veterans Park at 18th Street and Boulder Avenue and the newly-renovated River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. An evening packed with fun, food, family and friends will culminate in a fireworks show launched from the nearby 21st Street bridge over the Arkansas River.

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Experiencing the Art of Ballet, Italian Style

By NANCY HERMANN

There is a reason that tourists worldwide cannot get enough of Italy. It’s a country where history is deep, where food is a revelation and where the land is both breathtaking and bountiful.

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Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center to Open July 30 in B.A.

Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education, 1901 W. New Orleans St. in Broken Arrow, will open to the public on July 30.

The 21,000-square-foot facility will be an extension of Tulsa Ballet’s dance school, currently operating solely out of its Brookside location. The building will house four studios, each with a professional basket-woven sprung floor with Marley covering, ten-foot mirrors and a state-of-the-art sound system. The site will also include The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Performance Studio, which will serve as a performance venue for ballet students and educational outreach programs, as well as a functioning dance studio. Also in the facility will be administrative office space, boys and girls dressing areas, and a lobby. Tulsa Ballet II, the organization’s pre-professional ensemble and performing arm of the Center for Dance Education, will also offer performances in the Zarrow Studio.

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Lobeck Taylor Foundation Launches Kitchen 66

By EMILY RAMSEY

On May 3, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) opened the doors of one of its newest programs Kitchen 66, a food entrepreneurial space. The open house event introduced the community to the space, located at 907 S. Detroit Ave. in downtown Tulsa, and showcased some of the participating businesses.

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Alisa Inglett’s Your Design in the Heart of Rose

By EMILY RAMSEY

Six years ago, when Alisa Inglett opened Your Design, her art and framing store on Broken Arrow’s Main Street, just like downtown Broken Arrow which was not yet the Rose District, Inglett’s mission for her store had yet to be realized.

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Greg Weber Anticipates Future of Tulsa Opera

By EMILY RAMSEY

As the Tulsa Opera prepares to begin its 69th season, it welcomes back Greg Weber as general director and CEO.

Weber was originally hired as Tulsa Opera’s managing director in October 2014; however, he left in June 2015, only to return March 1.

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Renaissance Festival Transports Guests

The 21st annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee returns April 30-May 30 with costumed performers, artisans, music, magic, comedy, juggling, jousting and food.

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Bluestone Steak House Emphasizes Pure Ingredients

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Purity and quality. That neatly and clearly sums up the mission of Bill Tackett, local restaurateur and chef, who became owner of Bluestone Steak House and Seafood Restaurant, 10032 S. Sheridan Rd., with his wife, Sharon, in 2014.

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Cajun Ed’s Annual CrawFest Returns May 14

On May 14, Cajun Ed’s Hebert’s Specialty Meats, located at 2101 E. 71st St., just west of Lewis Avenue, will host CrawFest 2016, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Series Reflects Ballet’s Future

Tulsa Ballet is closing out its 2015-16 season with a triple bill, featuring some of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite works.

When asked about his choice of repertory for the program, Angelini speaks about the second half of the season as a reflection of Tulsa Ballet’s past six decades:
“Romeo and Juliet, the first full-story ballet commissioned by the company, is the embodiment of the company’s commitment to create quality classical works for audiences and the country.

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NatureWorks to Unveil Sculpture

On May 5, NatureWorks will donate its 27th bronze monument to the City of Tulsa as part of the organization’s efforts to promote wildlife awareness and art appreciation through public wildlife monuments.

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