Monday, December 9, 2013

KTUL Video: The Ancient Forest at Keystone Lake

KTUL anchor Charles Ely recently visited the old-growth forest west of Tulsa near Keystone Lake. It's worth a visit. But if you can't get there in person, the link is here: Ancient Forest.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kathy Taylor Dings Our 'Facebooking' Mayor

The AltTulsa gang has been lying low in recent months, holding our tongue on most Tulsa and Sooner state matters.

But we were roused from our slumber this week by a campaign mailer from mayoral candidate Kathy Taylor. According to the flyer, "crime has spiked [in Tulsa] this year" and Mayor Bartlett has been neglecting the issue.

Instead of fighting crime, Taylor's mailer claims, Bartlett has been "Facebooking."

Yes, Sooner fans, "Facebooking" is now a verb—and, in this case, not one that flatters the incumbent mayor.

According to Taylor's material, the mayor's been "Facebooking" about playing the harmonica, tailgate parties and (really!) Shark Week.

We've got nothing against the harmonica, but we do take exception to Bartlett's endorsement of Shark Week. It's silly.

Speaking of silly, we also think "Facebooking" should not be turned into a verb. Facebook is the brand name for a social media company. It's not a verb.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Epic Sports Fail in the Tulsa World: Columnist Hoover's OU Prediction Blows Up—Way, Way Up

We've been AWOL in recent months, holding our tongue on all manner of political nonsense and many other controversies and issues. (The Tea Party, anyone?)

But we can't resist a little snarkiness in the wake of sports columnist John Hoover's bold predictions about the Red River Rivalry.

Writing in Saturday's Tulsa World, Hoover was unequivocal: OU would win—no doubt, no question.

Here's the lead sentence of his column, written hours before the kickoff: "This year's Red River Rivalry is already over."

Hoover went on: "And the Sooners won. Again." 

The Sooners are better prepared, Hoover wrote. OU has a better quarterback, a better offensive line, and a better defense, he said. And this: OU "owns every mental edge and emotional advantage."

With OU a 14-point favorite, the final score should be, in Hoover's words, "a mere formality." Mac Brown's Texas Longhorns were desperate, Hoover concluded. Bob Stoops has Brown's number.

Bold words from a columnist who knows his football. Then they played the game.

In case you missed it, Texas dominated. The final score was 36-20—a Texas "blowout," as Hoover admitted in Sunday's column. Curiously, he didn't mention his bold Saturday predictions. 

How do you like your crow, Mr. Hoover? You might try it with a little Texas hot sauce. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tulsa People Interview: Philbrook goes contemporary

In case you missed it, Tulsa's Philbrook Museum recently opened its new Brady Arts District location, another reason the downtown arts scene is thriving.

Our friends at Tulsa People produced this interview on the new space and its collection of Native American art and artifacts and its contemporary art collection.

Click here: Video: Philbrook goes contemporary

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Good Stuff: Chili Relleno at Cowgirl's in Santa Fe

Here's a photo of a deliciously encrusted chili relleno we ate recently at Cowgirl's BBQ in Santa Fe. Good stuff. Oh, and we washed it down with an IPA from the bar.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wine Blogging: A Rich Malbec Called 'Stark Raving'

The AltTulsa gang has been lax with blog posts in recent months, but here's a return to one of our favorite subjects—wine. Yes, Sooner fans, the fruit of the vine is a passion with some folks—we plead guilty.

We can't claim great expertise in the field, but we have done some reading (and serous tasting) over the years and we have developed some favorite varietals and styles. A recent passion is the Malbec grape and the rich, red Argentinian Malbec wines increasingly popular in the U.S.
We found the bottle pictured above—called Stark Raving (a great name, by the way)—on a recent trip to New Mexico. This Malbec was rich, soft, perhaps a little inky (in a good way). The label refers to "soft notes of berries," which we could taste, but we take issue with the label's claim to "smoky bacon" in this bottle.

But no matter. Stark Raving went well with a southwestern chicken pizza on a blue corn crust, so we're not complaining.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cleveland Indians Abandon Offensive Chief Wahoo Hat

News from the wonderful world of sports, courtesy of Think Progress:

The Cleveland Indians have spent the last few years shuffling their racist Chief Wahoo logo, a Sambo-like Native American caricature that wears a gaudy grin, to the backburner. Once the team’s primary logo, Chief Wahoo still appears the Indians’ uniforms, albeit in a less prominent fashion. 

Cleveland Indians Abandon Offensive Fourth Of July Chief Wahoo Hat

From the Tulsa World: A Day in the Life of Mayoral Candidate Kathy Taylor

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tulsa's Newest Public Art: Woody Guthrie

In case you missed the grand opening this weekend, the Woody Guthrie Center is now open in Tulsa's Brady Arts District. With the opening of the Guthrie Green, the art gallery 108 Contemporary next door and more, this part of town is, well, severely hip.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Letterman Rips Sen. Inhofe for Newtown Comments

Comedian David Letterman didn't hold back last night in his criticism of Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, ripping the former Tulsa mayor for his recent (and quite idiotic) comments about the Newtown, Conn., parents who have been pushing for gun control legislation.

Unsurprisngly, the parents of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims have been outspoken about the need for background checks, limits on magazine capacity and other measures to control guns and gun violence.

But Inhofe recently claimed—without a shred of evidence—that it's all Obama's fault. He made them do it.

This is classic Inhofe, mouthing spurious right-wing talking points without regard to actual facts.

For his part, Letterman was having none of it, showing a portrait of a smiling Inhofe and naming him naming "Stooge of the Night." 

It's an "honor" richly deserved.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Performing Stories: An Inspiring Family Tale

We just happened to run across this video of a 15-year-old telling a family story as a part of the Snap Judgment radio/performance series. It starts rather slow, but it builds to something inspiring.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Literary Rewind: Rich Fisher's Studio Tulsa Interview with Wendell Berry

In case you missed it, the acclaimed author Wendell Berry was in town last month to accept the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award at the Tulsa City-County Library.

Berry is a Kentucky-based poet, novelist and essayist who has written extensively about the human connection to the land. His December talk at the library was standing room only, a sign of Berry's popularity among a cross-section of Tulsa-area readers.

Rich Fisher of Public Radio Tulsa interviewed Berry before his Tulsa appearance, an interview that is worth a second hearing. A link to the interview can be found here.