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Tulsa: Tailor-Made for Music Lovers

With an art deco skyline of gargoyles and spires, Tulsa, Oklahoma, has long been rich in the arts, from Cain’s Ballroom—displaying paraphernalia from famous headliners including Bob Wills, the Sex Pistols, and Wilco—to a glassblowing school and the 19,000-seat BOK Center. Now the Woody Guthrie Center, which made its debut in April 2013 in the Brady Arts District, makes this sleepy city an even bigger draw for music fans.

Cutting through Red Tape to Fight Hunger

“On average, restaurants throw out 27 pounds of sanitary, untouched food per day,” says Oklahoma City-based Needs Foundation co-founder Joey Abbo. “If we were to collect that food from just 20 percent of the restaurants in Oklahoma, we could virtually wipe out hunger in the state.” Too bad it’s not that simple.

Is the “Next Austin” in Oklahoma?

At the risk of cheap rent increasing and a Pinkberry being on every corner, I’m going to go ahead and say it — one of Oklahoma’s two main towns is going to be the next Austin. Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Granted, I don’t have all the fancy numbers to back this claim up, but fancy numbers are not what Okies are all about. They’re good folks who love their live music, and anyone who begs to differ should spend an evening catching a show at Cain’s Ballroom. So which is it?

Catoosa’s Famous Whale

There’s a story my mother tells about our famous Blue Whale — the one set right off old Route 66 that runs through our flyover state.

And then there’s the truth.

VIDEO: Finding the Good in Grilled Catfish

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It might seem like a funny thing to say — finding the good in catfish, but if you listen closely to restaurant owner Ty Walker, you’ll hear something that resonates beyond the grill. You can keep your fancy 5-star joints, because what they do at Wanda J’s in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is more about making people happy.

I Heart My City: He Said/She Said Tulsa

Denver Nicks and Andrea Leitch are a little bit country (Oklahoma), and a little bit rock and roll (New York City/DC, respectively). They met as awkward 11-year-olds, ran in the same circle in high school and have managed to stay close over the years. He’s written for The Daily Beast, The Nation and AlterNet (he even wrote a book). She’s worked at Vogue and has been a proud member of National Geographic Traveler’s digital team for almost a year now. Check out these two Okies’ takes on their hometown of Tulsa.

Agriculture Meets Tourism in Oklahoma

As a transplanted Oklahoman, I’m always interested in news from the Sooner state. So when I recently received a map featuring more than 500 events and attractions throughout the state that offer visitors a taste of farm life, I opened it up and took a look. The map highlights the Oklahoma Agritourism program, which focuses…

Saving Oklahoma’s Prairie Cathedral

Driving along Highway 177 in north-central Oklahoma, your eyes wander across seemingly endless stretches of open prairie and sky. So it may come as a surprise when they fall upon an oversized barn made of rock. You can perceive the outline of this local landmark miles before you actually confront it; and when you finally…