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People gathered around for gaming night in a D&D lounge

The Kobold Lounge

The Kobold Lounge in Oklahoma City is a unique community hub designed for tabletop gaming enthusiasts. Originating from a private Dungeons & Dragons group, the lounge has evolved over the past five years into an all-inclusive venue for various tabletop games, including Magic the Gathering, Monsters vs. Heroes, and board games such as Monopoly and Risk.

One of the lounge’s distinguishing features is its wealth of resources available for players. These include books and materials for crafting game maps, fostering an environment conducive to creativity and communal play. The lounge also boasts state-of-the-art technology with its virtual tabletops, allowing players to utilize digital, moving maps for an immersive gaming experience.

The Kobold Lounge also offers classes that teach newcomers the basics of playing D&D – from character creation to combat and group interaction – making it a welcoming space for both beginners and veteran gamers. The owner invites everyone to come to The Kobold Lounge and experience the joy of tabletop gaming in a warm, inclusive environment.

The Brothers Size

In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and aimless. Elegba, Oshoosi’s old prison-mate, is a mysterious complication. Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

I worked with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theater to create this series of promotional videos for their production of The Brothers Size.

Watch The Brothers Size at Oklahoma Contemporary April 27 – May 7, 2023.


I worked with Oklahoma City Repertory Theater to create these two promo videos for their original play, SUPERSTITIONS.

A foreigner finds a “lucky” penny on the ground. When he offers it to the pleasantly anxious stranger sitting next to him, it sparks an absurd and startling conversation about superstitions and American bad luck. What follows is an off-kilter day in the life of eight strangers as their lives intersect in comical and bizarre ways. Superstitions is a revolving-door of missed connections, funny misunderstandings, and ridiculous monsters that spring to life before our eyes.

SUPERSTITIONS will perform at the Te Ata Theater in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center from February 23 through March 5, 2023.

The Art of Food

The Art of Food exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary is an exceptional showcase of 100 objects by 36 artists highlighting the themes of food and its relationship to agriculture, food production, and family. The University of Arizona Art Museum and Olivia Miller organized the exhibition and featured works from the Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation collection. The themes present in the show are relatable to everyone as they center around food and the meaning it holds in our lives.

The exhibition is divided into seven sections, each delving deeper into the themes of food and its connection to our lives. Visitors can expect to see works from renowned 20th-century artists and up-and-coming 21st-century artists. Katherine Ace, Neal Ambrose-Smith, Chris Antemann, John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Enrique Chagoya, Corwin Clairmont, Warrington Colescott, Robert Cottingham, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Richard Estes, David Gilhooly, Robert Gober, Red Grooms, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Malia Jensen, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Hung Liu, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Alison Saar, Analia Saban, Jonathan Seliger, Lorna Simpson, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, and Sherrie Wolf are artists featured in this show.

Watch my video tour with Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis, who provides an overview of the exhibition and shares detailed discussions on artworks by Chris Anteman, Enrique Chagoya, Andy Warhol, and Ed Ruscha.

The Art of Food provides a unique and thought-provoking look into the relationship between food and art. Whether you are an art lover or simply interested in food and its impact on society, this exhibition will surely be a memorable and educational experience.

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Mollycoddled Hash Slinger

Melissa Wedman is the owner and head sugar slinger at Mollycoddled Hash Slinger; she slings delicious Artisan candies and caramels. The name came from her first food blog handle ten years ago and has stuck since. They focus on supporting other small American businesses through the supply chain, including many Oklahoma-sourced ingredients.

Their candies are handcrafted in small batches without preservatives and include Caramels, Toffees, Brittles, Candy Floss, and more. Their NW OKC flagship retail store offers over 100 Made in Oklahoma products, American-made gifts, and Corporate Gifting services.

This story is the first in a series of sweet treats I’m doing in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned for more!

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