Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

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First Capital Games & Collectibles

In historic downtown Guthrie, First Capital Games & Collectibles is a gathering place for people to enjoy and learn about board and card games. Discover games and collectibles not found at big-box retailers.

Visit them for yourself at 116 West Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie, Oklahoma or online at FirstCapitalGames.com

This is the first of my three stories I filmed about Guthrie places last week. My plan is to release them on Tuesdays in February, but my supporters on Patreon will get early access to the episodes as thanks for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Huge thanks to my superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

First Capital Games & Collectibles

In historic downtown Guthrie, First Capital Games & Collectibles is a gathering place for people to enjoy and learn about board and card games. Discover games and collectibles not found at big-box retailers.

Visit them for yourself at 116 West Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie, Oklahoma or online at FirstCapitalGames.com


This is the first of my three stories I filmed about Guthrie places last week. My plan is to release them on Tuesdays in February, but my supporters on Patreon will get early access to the episodes as thanks for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Huge thanks to my superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

OKC Improv at the Plaza District

Brian Gililland from the Okie Show Show guest-hosted his first episode of Uncovering Oklahoma by getting to know Oklahoma’s premier showcase of the best local and regional improvisational comedy and theater, OKC Improv. Brian spoke with Kendon Lacy, Cory Phillips, and Pallas about what visitors can expect from an improv show, the history of the theatre, the benefits of taking an improv class, and the organization’s community outreach. 

Visit OKC Improv for yourself at 1757 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and be sure to get tickets at okcimprov.com

For a trip back in time, here’s my first story I did about OKC Improv when they were getting their start at Ghostlight Theatre back in 2010. 

Then several years, I followed up with OKC Improv in 2017.


Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Supporters get awesome rewards, like the uncut OKC Improv interview session. Big thanks to superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

Venita Cooper of Silhouette Sneakers - photo by Dennis Spielman

Silhouette Sneakers & Art

For my first proper Uncovering Oklahoma episode for 2020, I traveled to Tulsa where I interviewed Venita Cooper of Silhouette Sneakers & Art. Silhouette is a retail experience where fashion, art, and community converge. In my interview with Venita, she shared the story behind her passion for sneakers and her goals of becoming an inclusive space in Tulsa.

As part of my goal to improve the quality of my episodes this year, for the first time, I’ve released this video in 10-bit 4K HDR HLG. In the past, I’ve typically released episodes in 8-bit 1080p SDR as 4k felt like overkill, plus it allowed me to crop the video without losing quality. This year, I’m also doing interviews with at least two cameras. There are new graphics to go with the new year. Basically, I wanted to flex my skills and be better so I hope you enjoy.

Visit Silhouette Sneakers for yourself at 10 North Greenwood Avenue Suite C (facing Archer) in Tulsa or their website at SilhouetteTulsa.com


Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Big thanks to superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

Showmen’s Rest in Hugo

“A tribute to all showmen under God’s big top,” Showmen’s Rest is a cemetery plot dedicated to circus performers. In 1960, D.R. Miller purchased a section of the Mount Olivet Cemetery to memorialize his sister, Kelly Miller, and other circus performers.

Hugo earned the nickname “Circus Town, USA” as it was a popular winter headquarters for traveling circuses starting back in the 1930s. You can find Showmen’s Rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma. The section is outlined with elephant monuments.

I shot this footage back in November on our way home from my wife and I’s anniversary trip in Broken Bow. We passed through Hugo to check the cemetery as it’s been on my list to visit for a long time. I wasn’t sure what to do with the videos as I didn’t have any interviews to go with them, so I made a one-minute introduction primer story for social media. Over at Uncovering Oklahoma, I included some photos as well as stories by others for those that want more information.

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