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December 2018

Making a list and checking it twice might be a snap for Santa, but merry mortals sometimes struggle to figure out what to put under the Christmas tree (or by the menorah) or what to do to keep the spirit alive (and relatives out of the house). Luckily for you, and just in time for the ho-ho-holidays, we’ve had the presents of mind to help.
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Features

Q&A: Jo Koy

After getting his start in Las Vegas, Jo Koy has become one of today’s most in-demand comedians with his takes on American-Filipino family life and what a true functional family looks like.

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Q&A: Jon Pardi

Between his debut "Write You a Song" and subsequent hits, Jon Pardi continues to prove that as pop-oriented as country music has become, there’s always room for a classic-country-leaning artist.

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Fluent in Funny

With his reach into the comedy scene, Roy Johnson is able to bring top-shelf comics to the Loony Bin that go well with the new, refreshed club atmosphere.

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Light-Arted

Rhema’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza is an amazing, glowing, LED love letter to all things Christmas.

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Keeping the Faith Alive

At some point, most children realize Santa’s handwriting looks a lot like mom’s and his ho-ho-ho-ing sounds like dad. But there are steps you can take to prolong the wonderful ruse.

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Winner Wonderland

Whether you want to devote a few minutes or a full month to decorating your home for the Christmas season, options abound for making your home festive.

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Party Fouls

If your company is hosting a holiday party and you want to keep your job, here are some simple etiquette rules to follow.

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Grin and Beer It

Making its debut in 1953, the family-friendly, community theater presentation of "The Drunkard" hasn’t missed a performance in 65 years.

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Vintage Virtue

Looking to add a quirky, fun feel to your home décor? Chances are, you’re going to find what you’re looking for at the fanciful, uncommon store known as 360 Home.

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Dine + Drink

Pints of Passion

Osage Casino offers very approachable beers from Nine Band Brewing with an on-site brewery that’s more than 4,000 square feet.

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Rolling out Laid-Back Fare

In the Raw offers an upbeat and progressive vibe, along with steak, wraps, rice bowls, and ramen as well as some truly creative sushi flavor combinations in roll form.

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Pleasures of the Palate

Whether you want something light and healthy or a plate of Southwest-styled comfort food, find your way to Cafe Olé for a hearty dose of charm and one of the best patios in the state.

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A Triumph of Taste

Gil Inkelaar’s El Chico on 21st Street works hard for those who work hard while offering an array of premium drinks, daily specials including filet fajitas, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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Best Bets

Best Brookside Eats

While other parts of Tulsa, especially its historic downtown, have had to contend with the effects of growing popularity, the Brookside District has somehow managed to keep much of its traditional charm and way of life, while also being an inviting area for restauranteurs to give it a go.

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Departments

Jaime Tillman

Stops: Brownies Hamburgers, Twisted Soul Sisters, Village Inn, Osage Casino

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Merry Morsels

The best part about receiving a gift that can be eaten is it doesn’t end up sitting around the house until it’s eventually tossed into a box bound for Goodwill.

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Time to Moo-ve Over?

While cow’s milk is a popular choice for many, the last few years have been a renaissance of sorts for anyone looking to explore the rapidly expanding field of nondairy milk.

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Wrappers’ Delight

The original economic stimulus plan, shopping local with 918 makers promises the best gift of all — the opportunity to make a difference in our communities and the lives of our neighbors.

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Turn Holiday Blahs into Ahs

Party and celebrate to your heart's content during your wintertime festivities by checking out these eight ways to keep the stress low and cheerful feelings high.

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Finding Balance

There's a big difference between how we want grief to work out and how it actually does. Tulsa's Tristesse Grief Center is a top-notch counseling center that understands those needs.

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Staying Savvy

At some point, all small-business owners will find themselves in need of inspiration. And there's nothing better than books, blogs, podcasts and online forums to give you the revitalizing boost.

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Unsilent Night

Ring in the new year with a Red Dirt hangover at Cain’s Ballroom.

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Picking a Fight

Studying martial arts can be extremely rewarding for your fitness and overall well-being. But picking the right system is crucial if you’re going to enjoy yourself and, ultimately, stick with it.

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What are your tips for enjoying the holiday season?

Want to join the discussion? We post a question on our Facebook each month. Give us an answer and photo, and you might end up in the magazine or online.

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Fashion Flashback

Boomtown Tees provides memorabilia-style T-shirts and souvenirs to longtime Tulsa residents, new arrivals, businesspeople, tourists, and students who share a love for all things Tulsa.

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No Time Like the Present

Christmas is a time of giving, and there is never a better time to give back to your local community than by shopping local and supporting small business.

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False Fears

It can be terrifying to look a barrier — whether real or imagined — square in the face. To break free, acknowledge it, shake hands with it and realize you are probably capable of more.

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