Now that all, most, or just some of the Christmas madness is behind us, it’s time to look forward. To look forward to getting drunk with friends in the middle of the week and proclaiming future failed resolutions for the new year.
It’s those long forgotten resolutions that got me thinking maybe for 2014 I’ll do something a bit different.
When the countdown finishes at midnight on December 31st, I won’t be looking forward like everyone else. Instead, I’ll be taking a moment to look back at the year that’s past. Most importantly, I’ll be celebrating the friends I’ve made, and the things I’ve discovered. 2013 has definitely been a year of discovery for me. I found my passion for photography; I found my nerdy side; I even found my city. I know. That last statement probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? So, what does it mean, Yoda? Well, in the wise words of Tracy Tomms (Death Proof), “Pipe down and I’ll tell you.”
For a long time, I hated Tulsa. There was never really anything to do. To anyone – local or not – Tulsa seemed like a drab and lifeless blip on the map. For what seemed like an eternity, Oklahoma City was the hip and happening mecca of the state.
It happened over night. Tulsa had been plagued by an epidemic. The hipster epidemic.
It was love at first sight.
Soon, local coffee shops were popping up all over midtown and downtown, supporting local organizations and businesses became very popular, events took over Tulsa streets (causing an uproar with the some of the natives, me included) and the local music and art scene exploded into view. Tulsa is finally coming into its own. Although, I love the beards and mustaches that came with it, I’m not a hipster. I just love what it’s done to my city. In 2013 alone, the demographic has changed dramatically.
I predict that in 2014 Tulsa will still be rebuilding and continuously evolving.
Before the year ends, I want to take a moment to show you just one of the newest, hippest parts of downtown Tulsa: Brady District.
I remember when they started doing construction in the Brady District. Life was already frustrating with the additional road construction going on everywhere else in Tulsa. Driving anywhere on US51 was a road rage death trap waiting to happen and it took almost the whole year for both projects to be completed.
I hadn’t frequented Brady District very much because I’m part hermit, part lazy ass. The only thing I knew about Brady was the history behind the man – Tate Brady – the Brady Arts Theater, and my guilty pleasure, Club Majestic. Its taken me a while to muster up the courage to tour the new district, but in the past month I’ve been to three Brady establishments (Hey Mambo, the Hunt Club, and the Vanguard). And like most everyone else, I’m thrilled to find that once the dust had settled and the new Brady was unveiled, our favorite Brady restaurants and night clubs are still there. Patrons are eternally grateful that the city decided to build around our favorites: Mexicali, Spaghetti Warehouse, Brady Theater, Club Majestic, The Tavern, Cains Ballroom, The Hunt Club, the Vanguard, and so many more.
Most of the buildings got a bit of a facelift – new brick and signage like the Living Arts Gallery, a non-profit gallery that showcases contemporary art. That’s not the only gallery open on Brady. Philbrook Museum opened a gallery just a few steps down from Living Arts where they host a First Friday Art Crawl the first Friday of every month (and there’s a cash bar).
Beside Philbrook is 108 Contemporary, also a non-profit art gallery that supports and showcases local artists but with a little twist. 108, formerly known as the Brady Craft Alliance, showcases crafts in glass, wood, ceramics, and much more.
Last but not least – the pride and joy of Tulsa’s Brady District, a museum dedicated to the legend, Woody Guthrie.
Enough of the art galleries. Let’s get to the food (and beer)! Brady has so much on tap to offer. And food…God, don’t get me started on the food. Brady district is a restaurant haven for foodies. There’s Hey, Mambo, Caz’s Chowhouse, Mexicali, The Tavern, The Hunt Club, Vanguard, Cain’s, Rusty Crane, The Gyspsy, Laffa, Lucky’s etc. If you’re ever hungry or thirsty, Brady is the place to go. (Don’t worry, I’ll do reviews on some of these places in the very near future of LLP). For now, here are a few pictures of just a few of those places.
Look, I don’t need to keep going on about how awesome Brady District is because I know you’ll go check it out if you live here. If you don’t live here, you should definitely stop by on your next road trip. Or you should keep following Live Long and Prosper and read my reviews, I’ll be doing a few on some of Brady districts restaurants and galleries. I’m excited! Are you?
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