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Bourbon Street Café

Exporting New Orleans style cuisine to Oklahoma City, Bourbon Street Café (formally Jazmo’z) specializes in seafood, steaks, pasta, and cocktails. With an atmosphere great for both intimate dates and casual drinks along the Bricktown canal, Bourbon Street Café is a fun place to be for any occasion.

Huge thanks to Daniel Austin for providing most of the b-roll for this video. It was a huge time saver.

Bourbon Street Café is located at 100 East California Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, including menu and hours, visit their website at bourbonstreetcafe.com

Jazmo’z was part of my very first episode of Uncovering Oklahoma, which was about the Downtown and Bricktown districts. If you want to watch my original video from ten years ago, I’ve included it above. The segment starts at around the 8-minute mark.

In other news, Welcome to the Plaza Walls will premiere at the Tower Theatre on Monday, April 15th! Tickets are now available for $10 and proceeds will benefit the Plaza Walls project. The documentary will be available to buy/rent/stream with Prime on Amazon on Friday, April 19th.

I’m working on getting Monday’s Art & Victory show online, so stay tuned for that. Today, my documentary, “Yes! Women in Science!” is making its film festival premiere at The WIFI Film Festival in Topeka, Kansas. My wife and I are driving out to the festival tomorrow night as they will be showing the movie again on Saturday and I’ve been invited to the awards ceremony.

Factory Obscura Mix-Tape Phase 1

Factory Obscura, the artist collective responsible for SHIFT, BEYOND, and other interactive art experiences in Oklahoma City, has opened phase one of “Mix-Tape,” their first permanent installation. The collective is creating the new immersive, visual, auditory, and tactile art experience inside the iconic art complex, The Womb, in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley.

Through the Mix-Tape experience, the artists of Factory Obscura will produce a 20th-century version of the classic audio autobiography, creating immersive artistic representations of songs that speak to the artists’ journeys as individuals and as a collective.

In this Uncovering Oklahoma episode, I interviewed Kelsey Karper and Hugh Meade about this experience. In telling of their journey so far, I’ve included b-roll of their past two exhibitions. I’ve been saving the footage for a feature documentary that I will mostly like produce when they open their own location.

Visit the Mix-Tape at 25 NW 9th Street in Oklahoma City or at factoryobscura.com

Welcome to the Plaza Walls Trailer

Welcome to the Plaza Walls explores the history, the challenges faced, and the community benefits of the curated outdoor mural exhibition known as the Plaza Walls in Oklahoma City. The documentary includes interviews with artists, project managers, and supporters.

On Monday, April 15th, the ten year anniversary of Uncovering Oklahoma, I will be screening the movie at the Tower Theatre! Doors open at 6 pm with the movie starting at 7 pm. In addition to the screening of the documentary, there will be a showing of short films from my Quarter Minutes series, Plaza Walls merchandise for sale, Q&A session, and a raffle to win prizes.

Get your tickets now for $10. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Plaza Walls/Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.

The documentary will be available on Amazon for streaming and BluRay on Friday, April 19th.

I hope to see you at the premiere watch party!

El Toro Chino

Translating from The Chinese Bull in Spanish, El Toro Chino is an adventure in food by fusing together Latin and Asian Cuisine in Norman. Gerry and Jennifer Reardon share their story behind the restaurant and what makes them unique.

Cocktails at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman

El Toro Chino is located at 2801 36Th Avenue NW in Norman. For more information, including hours and menu, visit their website at https://www.eltorochino.com

Dinner at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman
Dinner at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman

Brielle’s Bistro

Brielle’s Bistro in Midwest City features made from scratch comfort food, while incorporating a cajun/creole feel. In addition to the cajun menu, Brielle’s Bistro also features classic American items, burgers, a bar, weekend brunch, and breakfast all day.

Brielle’s Bistro is located at 9205 NE 23rd Street, Midwest City. For more information, including menu and hours, visit their website at briellesbistro.com

This is my first Uncovering Oklahoma video that I did about a place in Midwest City. The only other Midwest City story I’ve done was about Sooner Con, which took place in Midwest City, however, as of this year, they have moved to a bigger venue in Norman. I’m making an effort to highlight some of the other surrounding Oklahoma City metro towns, like Shawnee and Del City, which I haven’t featured before.

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