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Original Sinclair Building Holds Rich History

On Architecture by ROGER COFFEY, AIA

In the archives of Harweldon, the former Arts and Humanities Council headquarters, is a photo of me around age five playing in the fish pond adjacent to the garage. I was there along with other children of friends because the Harwell’s daughter, Margo, was my mother’s best friend. By my side was one of my favorite water toys, a large green plastic inflatable dinosaur named “Dino,” which was a promotional gift from a Sinclair gas station. The “Dino” character was a company trademark.

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Upcycling Food Waste Takes Us Back to the Future

A nut about recycling from an early age, I distinctly remember the final scene in the movie, “Back to the Future,” where Doc comes back to warn our dear couple of future events, all the while stuffing items from the garbage can into the fuel section of his time traveling DeLorean. What was once a laughable scene is today a near-reality.

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HVAC Student Pushes Past Gender Stereotypes

News from Tulsa Tech by DR. STEVE TIGER

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recognizes students who have chosen to study specific programs based on interests and abilities, rather than traditional gender roles, with the aptly named Breaking Traditions Award. Nominees for the award contribute by creating more awareness and support of all non-traditional students and programs.

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Upcoming, New Festivals to Promote Design, Music

In the coming months, Tulsa will welcome two new festivals, both making their debut – one for the very first time and one for the first time in our region – and both upping the ante for cultural draws within our city.

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The Tropical: Upscale Thai, Seafood in South Tulsa

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

The Tropical Restaurant and Bar, 8125 E. 49th St., opened in 2011 as a second restaurant concept for the Karnchanakphan family, who have been in the Tulsa community for decades.

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Andolini’s Pizzeria: Expanding in Greater Tulsa

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

When Mike Bausch moved to the greater Tulsa area to join his brother, Jim, and open a pizza restaurant, the plan was always to go big, says Mike Bausch.
The brothers opened Andolini’s Pizzeria in Owasso in 2005, but they took their time before expanding, learning from past mistakes and finding what worked best, Mike continues.

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Tulsa Airport Heightens Travel Experience

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

My recent vacation (see page 27), and the airplane travel that accompanied it, presented me with a moment of pause to be reminded of yet another Tulsa gem that most of us certainly take for granted: our airport.

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Surviving Successfully When Talking Trash

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

In crafting Trash Talk each month, it’s with the input of successful editing that I don’t come across more preachy or stuck on a soapbox; that “expert” you avoid at a party.

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Tulsa Tech Students Are Sold On Real Estate Classes

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

Buying or selling a home, for a majority of people, is one of the most important and exciting decisions made during their lifetime. Choosing a real estate professional continues to be a vital part of this process. Realtors are well-informed about critical factors that affect a specific market area, such as changes in market conditions, consumer attitudes, and financial interest rates.

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Tracy Park Home Holds Historic Significance

On Architecture By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

At the edge of Tracy Park, a National Register-listed Historic Neighborhood in Tulsa, is a modest Art Deco residence. The house is significant not just for its design but also for the persons involved in its creation.

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Showtime: More Than Flowers and Chocolate

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

Entertainment can be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And why not celebrate all month long?

For starters, there’s country music heartthrob Eric Church, “Mr. Misunderstood,” appearing at the BOK Center as part of a 60-city tour on Feb. 2, and Ariana Grande stops by T-Town as part of her Dangerous Woman tour, Feb. 9. I attended Grande’s last Tulsa engagement a couple of years ago. She and nearly everyone, except me, was wearing cat ears at that concert as homage to Cat Valentine, the character Grande played on Nickelodeon. She’s all grown up now with slinky hits like “Dangerous Woman” and “Side to Side.” Grande locked down the American Music Association’s “Artist of the Year” for 2016. Her biggest fans have been females under age 25, but that fan base has grown. Her voice can fill the BOK bowl, and her backup dancers, if you like that sort of thing – I do!, are a show of their own.

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Tulsa Community Members Provide Eco Wisdom

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

This holiday season brings with it the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. I enjoy the process of looking back to be inspired as I move forward, as well as finding inspiration from those around me. So here is a round-up of eco habits and resolutions from a few people in our community.

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Thank You Tulsa for a Dream Come True

From the Mayor by G.T. BYNUM

I am pleased and honored to serve my fellow Tulsans as the 40th Mayor of the City of Tulsa. Thank you for electing me as your mayor – it is a dream come true. I love this city, and I love having the opportunity to serve as your mayor.

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Creativity, Community Built at Coworking Spaces

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

“Community” seems to be the new buzzword, carrying with it the idea of creating a sense of belonging and of forming connections. With technology and its uses growing, it’s no surprise; humans are, ironically, more connected to one another than ever, regardless of geographical location, and yet more distanced than ever – fueling our innate need and desire to connect with others.

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Torero Brings Latin Flavors to Downtown Tulsa

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Torero Bar and Kitchen, 202 S. Cheyenne Ave., opened in downtown Tulsa near the BOK Center in July, tucked away on the east side of One Place Tower, offering Latin American dishes and an extensive beer, wine and cocktail menu.

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