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Sugar High

Sugar High is an immersive art experience, similar to Factory Obscura, Meow Wolf, or City Museum, about a dystopian world ruled by sugar. I interviewed artists romy ownes and Ben Ezzell about what visitors can expect at this limited exhibition. Admission to Sugar High is free, but they will only be open until May 8, 2022.

Visit Sugar for yourself at 220 North Washington in Enid and their website at sugarhighenid.com

Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes. Supporters will also get special access to an extended version of the Sugar High story for another series I’m producing. Be sure to visit my online store with various Oklahoma-themed merchandise. 

ONE Rave 2022 Preview & Artist Interviews

In this video I produced for the Norman Arts Council, NAC board members and artists discuss why it’s important to support Norman Arts Council through its ONE: RAVE! fundraiser and arts party while artists who have donated works discuss their creations available in the online art auction.

Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen

The oven at Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen uses anthracite coal, cooking their pizzas at about 1,000 degrees. Owner Brett Adkins explained their pizzas do have a little bit of a charred taste, which he loves, and said it’s an authentic taste you would not find in a normal pizza place. For this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma, I interviewed Brett and the General Manager, Keenan Hersey, about Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen at Selah in Norman.

I also added two Oklahoma-shaped pizza designs – pepperoni and supreme – to the merch store. Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes. Again, be sure to visit my online store with various Oklahoma-themed merchandise. 

Nora Gomez of 59 Food Mart - photo by Dennis Spielman

Progress OKC

I partnered with Daisy Munoz, the Capital Access Manager for Progress OKC, a nonprofit that strengthens and preserves the social and economic fabric in Oklahoma City’s underserved communities. Thanks to their sponsorship, we visit Anointed Hands, FlasHOLR, Focus Urban Farms, 59 Food Mart, and K Luxe Beauty Bar. These five small business have received support thanks to Progress OKC.

Learn more about Progress OKC and our mission by visiting ProgressOKC.org and following ProgressOKCCDC across all social media platforms.

I was originally commissioned to make a testimonial video for Progress OKC, but I added this episode to highlight their clients as a bonus deal for their videography package. I enjoyed working with Daisy and getting to know their program and these businesses.

Seed Reef - photo by Dennis Spielman

Seed Reef at Factory Obscura

I’m getting back into the swing of things for Uncovering Oklahoma and first up is a story about the art experience, Seed Reef. I went in a different direction, focusing on more of a mellow pace. For example, I pause the interview a few times, turning up the music to showcase footage of the installation. In addition, I used my camera’s highest quality settings (that I’ve nicknamed the Netflix settings as they are what Netflix wants for video production with my S1H). I used this setting because besides being an episode of Uncovering Oklahoma, this story will be part of another episode of a new series that I’ll talk about another time. 

Seed Reef is an immersive, sculpted paper installation of a coral reef, created by artists Emma Difani and Malcolm Zachariah, in collaboration with Factory Obscura. Participants may walk “underwater” through the kirigami (cut and folded paper) reef as it transitions from a colorful, vibrant section full of corals, fish, and other sea life to a barren wasteland of bleached coral skeletons.

Participants are invited to restore Seed Reef by constructing and adding their own corals and other reef animals to the installation. By crafting corals, you are helping seed the reef, bringing it back to a healthy, thriving state.

Artists Malcolm Zachariah and Emma Difani’s artistic partnership formed through a shared love of material, nature, and ecology. Emma will use dye, silkscreen, and woodcut printmaking techniques to create patterns and imagery based on reef life. Malcolm will design, cut, and shape the printed paper to create stationary and suspended kirigami sculptures.

Seed Reef will be open for General Admission on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Tickets are $8 for Adults, $6 for Kids 12 & Under, and Free for Children 3 & Under. Save $2 when you bundle with your Mix-Tape tickets.

Factory Obscura’s Mix-Tape is located at 25 NW 9th St, in the historic Automobile Alley district of Downtown Oklahoma City. More information is available at www.factoryobscura.com.


Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes. Be sure to visit my online store with various Oklahoma-themed merchandise. 

Happy Adventures!

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