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Take A Bite with Phi: Pie Junkie and Not Cho Cheesecake

Indulge your sweet tooth in this episode of Take A Bite with Phi! Join us on a culinary journey as we explore Pie Junkie in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, where Leslie and Darcy turn childhood memories into delectable pies. Then, venture to Not Cho Cheesecake in Bethany along Route 66, where Glen brings inspiration from Memphis to life with unique and irresistible cheesecakes.

From gooey chocolate delights to a symphony of flavors, this episode promises a mouthwatering experience you won’t want to miss!

100 Things to Do in Oklahoma City Before You Die

Selfie photo with a copy of 100 Things to Do in Oklahoma City Before You Die.

Now Available!

My latest book, which I wrote with Jeff Provine, is now available for you to read! If you’re new to OKC, trying to expand your horizons, planning to Visit OKC, or trying to convince a friend to move here, “100 Things to Do in Oklahoma City Before You Die” is a thoughtful collection of places to experience and activities to enjoy.

Oklahoma City boomed out of the prairie in 1889 with a land run, and it hasn’t stopped since. At the literal crossroads of the nation where I-35 meets I-40 and one of the key cities on Route 66, OKC welcomes travelers from across the country and world. Today they call it the Modern Frontier, where there is no shortage of people to meet or things to do. Take a drive to see highlights of Route 66 like the Gold Dome, Milk Bottle Building, and Lake Overholser Bridge, the background of countless road trip movies. Get to know the history of the city and take in some fabulous culture in museums like the First Americans Museum, Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Have a night on the town with a musical canal cruise, a Ferris wheel ride, and the best slice of pie you’ve ever eaten. Shop the new Farmers Market at Scissortail Park, tour the town’s hidden record shops, and the chic’est chic of OKC’s numerous art districts. When you’ve done all that, you’re just getting started!

In 100 Things to Do in Oklahoma City Before You Die, you’ll get the best tips from local researcher and ghost-tour guide Jeff Provine and journalist Dennis Spielman on where to meet Sir Indiana Bones the Museum Cat, where to hunt for fairy houses in the park, and where to play retro video games while sipping signature cocktails. There’s always something new to do in OKC!

Book Signing: Saturday, July 20, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Second Story Books
718 Culbertson Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Free and open to the public

Book Signing: Thursday, July 25, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Best of Books
1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond, OK 73034
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing: Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
OKC Horror Con
100 Mick Cornett Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Free and open to the public

Book Signing: Thursday, August 1, from 6-8 pm
Kendall’s Restaurant
100 S 3rd St, Noble, OK 73068
Free and open to the public

Book Signing: Friday, August 2, from 7 – 9 p.m.
Literati Press Bookshop
3022 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Free and open to the public

Book Signing: Saturday, August 3, from 3-4 pm
Full Circle Book Store
1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing: Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lit Fest at Metro Library Downtown
300 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing: Monday, August 26, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Literati Press Bookshop
3022 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Free and open to the public

Tour of Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Join me for an exclusive tour of the incredible exhibition, “Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer,” now open at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA). This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else! I’m thrilled to have Catherine Shotick, the guest curator of this highly anticipated exhibition, with me.

In this video, Catherine and I explore the fascinating career of Edith Head, the legendary eight-time Oscar®-winning costume designer. We’ll dive into her iconic sketches, view screening areas, and marvel at 70 original costumes. The exhibition takes over the Museum’s third-floor galleries, showcasing Head’s influence at Paramount and Universal Studios’ costume departments. As we tour, Catherine shares insights into the costumes, the film industry of that era, and the actors who wore these iconic outfits.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Hollywood history. The OKCMOA has made the exhibition even more accessible with QR codes that provide English and Spanish audio descriptions, as well as visual descriptions of select costumes. Remember, this exhibition is exclusive to Oklahoma City and won’t be traveling elsewhere, so make sure to visit often and take your time experiencing everything it has to offer.

Enjoy the tour!

Being a Freelance Artist with Chaz Kemp – An Art & Victory Panel Discussion

In this Art & Victory episode at the pop culture convention, Pallas interviews Soonercon’s 2023 featured artist, Chaz Kemp, about being a freelance artist.

Chaz loves SteamPunk, CyberPunk, and Fantasy. SteamPunk and CyberPunk are all about creatively defying authority and forging your own path. It’s resistance as art. Fantasy is all about visualizing your dream and then defying the odds to achieve it, no matter who you are or what you look like. This is why Chaz draws culturally diverse characters in the Art Nouveau style. Publishers and corporations say that diverse characters don’t sell. He loves proving them wrong. Defying the odds is what defines him, and forging his own path is what drives him. Art is Rebellion.

Thank you to Soonercon for hosting us!

Tour of Time Slip at Factory Obscura

Join me on a tour of Factory Obscura’s summer art experience, Time Slip.

Combining handmade details, interactive technology, and awe-inspiring artistry, “Time Slip” invites participants to embark on an immersive adventure unlike any other. From the moment visitors step foot into the 3,000-square-foot experience, they will find themselves transported to a realm where past, present, and future converge. Factory Obscura invites participants to traverse the labyrinth of “Time Slip,” encountering classic creatures and discovering new creations. “Time Slip” opened to the public on June 8, 2024, and continues through September 30, 2024. Factory Obscura is located at 25 NW 9th St in Downtown Oklahoma City, where “Time Slip” is open in addition to their permanent immersive art experience, MIX-TAPE.

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