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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.

Arianne Hunter

In the season three premiere of Yes! Science! in the new live-studio audience talk show format, Pallas the Librarian interviews Arianne Hunter about her career path as a scientist. Pallas and Arianne also make fluffy foam slime and discuss the books that inspired Arianne, “Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style” by Randy Olson and “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Arianne obtained her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball Team. After graduation in 2014, she joined the Chemistry/Biochemistry Ph.D. program at The University of Oklahoma where she is a fully funded “Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Department of Defense Scholar” and “Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellow.” Her research is focused on the development of synthetic methods to rapidly and efficiently construct pharmaceutical drug molecules in hopes of making them more affordable for the general population. During her graduate studies, she has won multiple awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award for her community impact in the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and gives scientific talks to teenagers in middle school and high school and also 50+ aged adults who continue to have a passion for learning. Arianne truly believes to solve the diverse set of scientific problems plaguing our society, we must have a diverse set of minds contributing solutions.

Thank you to Walker Terrace for hosting us and Clarity Coffee for providing our audience coffee. We’re in the process of setting up our April and May shows, so stay tuned for more Yes! Science! Pallas and I are both happy with how well our first episode went. Now that we have an episode out to show people, we believe it will be easier to get guests, get sponsors, and get more people to join us.

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Arianne C. Hunter - Provided Photo

Yes! Science! Show Announcements​​

I have two announcements today in regards to Yes! Science!

First, I want to invite you to join us at Walker Terrace at 1300 North Walker Avenue in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 16th for the season premiere of the live-studio audience talk show of Yes! Science! Doors will open at 10 am for coffee and networking, with the show starting at 11 am. Tickets are available now for $10 with no additional fees.

Our featured guest will be Arianne C. Hunter. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Arianne obtained her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball Team. After graduation in 2014, she joined the Chemistry/Biochemistry Ph.D. program at The University of Oklahoma where she is a fully funded “Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Department of Defense Scholar” and “Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellow”. Her research is focused on the development of synthetic methods to rapidly and efficiently construct pharmaceutical drug molecules in hopes of making them more affordable for the general population. During her graduate studies, she has won multiple awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award for her community impact in the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and gives scientific talks to teenagers in middle school and high school and also 50+ aged adults who continue to have a passion for learning. Arianne truly believes to solve the diverse set of scientific problems plaguing our society, we must have a diverse set of minds contributing solutions.

The other news is that my documentary short, “Yes! Women in Science!” has been accepted to its first film festival, Twister Alley in Woodward! It’s been submitted to about a dozen festivals, so we’ll see where it all goes.

Looking ahead on the science show, I’m currently working on finding guests and venues for April and May’s episodes. I do have a date and venue set for May, but I’m waiting to hear back in regards to April.

That’s all to report!

Ofelia Cancio - photo by Dennis Spielman

Ofelia Cancio – A Civil Engineer EIT

I have a new, previously unreleased Yes! Science! interview from last year. As personal matters came up for Ofelia, I never did get the final approval to publish until recently when I had reached out about the Yes! Women in Science! documentary. Since this video was recorded last year, it’s part of the season two collection, however, I have swapped out the old logo for the new one. Enjoy!


Ofelia Cancio graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Professional Bachelor of Architecture. She spent five years working as part of a structural bridge design team prior to moving into her current position at Huitt-Zollars, Inc. as a Civil Engineer EIT focusing on urban land and infrastructure development. While studying architecture, Ofelia traveled to Europe to study urban planning and conduct analysis of the “walkable city” design sensitivity on different scales of the human environment. In engineering school, she conducted research on the performance of underdrain systems for bridge abutments in Oklahoma and the surrounding states.

She is passionate about place-making, improving infrastructure, and designing healthy communities in which people and businesses can flourish and thrive. She is a sustainability champion for Huitt-Zollars, a member of the Oklahoma Bricktown Design Review Committee, a member of the Oklahoma Chapter for Urban Land Institute, Chair of the Academy of Engineering for Capitol Hill High School, and is actively engaged in her community by mentoring young women and men who are interested in the built environment.


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Season 3 of Yes! Science! premieres Saturday, March 16th!

Season 3 of Yes! Science!

Significant changes are happening for the third season of Yes! Science! The format of the series is shifting from documentary to a live-studio audience talk show that will be hosted by Pallas the Librarian. (Pallas is a regular on Quarter Minutes.) The series will still focus on interviewing women in STEM fields, but will also include fun experiments and book recommendations.

Episodes will be produced monthly, with the new season kicking off on March 16th. The first episode will be at Walker Terrace in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. Doors will open at 10 am for coffee and networking, with the show starting at 11 am and ending around noon. We’re doing it this way with the idea is that you’ll be able to see a show, have lunch afterward, and have your evening free for other events. Save the date as tickets will be available soon!

To accompany the new format, Yes! Science! has a new logo designed by Christie Owen. Thank you, Christie, for the fantastic logo!

If you want to help this show and others, join us on Patreon. An overview documentary is currently being edited for film festivals, but patron supporters can watch it early.

We’re also seeking sponsorships to help fund and grow the series. Connect here if you’re interested in sponsorship opertunites. 

Pallas and I both excited for the future of Yes! Science! We look forward to you joining us!

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