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ON THE COVER: Oklahoma Today art director Steven Walker created this illustration of Oklahoma City rapper Jabee from a photograph taken by John Jernigan at the Criterion in Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma music is legendary. The state has been home to the likes of the Flaming Lips, Reba McEntire, and everyone in between. Now, Oklahoma’s music scene is growing like never before. Meet twelve homegrown artists whose work every Okie should know, and visit a dozen performance venues hosting some of the most amazing live music in the region. Plus: Levelland Productions, operators of Oklahoma City’s Criterion, Tower Theatre, and Wormy Dog Saloon, Tumbleweed Dance Hall in Stillwater, and Eufaula Cove Amphitheater, amp up the state’s live music scene.
By Becky Carman and Preston Jones
Thanks to the scientific work of these Oklahomans, the future is full of hopeful possibility. They’re searching for cures to disease, solutions to homelessness, and technology that will send human beings across the universe.
By Brian Ted Jones
Photography by John Jernigan
Rebecca Rutledge watched chess change her son’s life, and now, she has set out on a quest to bring this game of skill and strategy—and all the benefits it brings to young minds—to kids with the Youth Chess Leave of Central Oklahoma.
By Sara Cowan
Photography by John Jernigan
Season of Plenty
The most magical part of the holidays isn’t the lights, the gifts, the pie, or the eggnog: It’s watching Oklahomans reach out to brighten the season for their fellow humans. In this time of generosity, these ten Oklahoma nonprofit organizations are helping make the world a better place, whether rescuing animals, educating homeless children, or making the state a little greener.
By Karlie Tipton
60 Years of Photography: Part Six
The state’s stunning landscapes have been a major part of Oklahoma Today’s DNA for sixty years. These ten images—from Quartz Mountain to Grand Lake—are some of the best.
Tabb Singleton’s Moon Tower Bar and Grill in Hochatown is the home of simply exquisite cuisine; Ardmore offers shops, eateries, and bars worth the trip down I-35; Echo Canyon Spa Resort in Sulphur recharges the spirit; and Oklahoma City resident Klair Larason elevates something most people would throw away to a form of artistic expression.
Producers bring a documentary about Wilma Mankiller to the screen; Grove-based nonprofit One Veteran, One Dog, Two Lives Saved lives up to its name; a poem by the Voice of the Fair youth poetry contest winner; Oklahoma State University’s FAPC program helps businesses large and small succeed; and Ronnie and Cyndi Hardesty of Medicine Park can’t stop smiling.
For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma Today State Fair Oklahoma Pride Cooking Contest gave nearly one hundred home chefs from all over the state the chance to show off their favorite appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Here are the talented winners in all their sweet, savory, and scrumptious culinary glory.