THĒ Brunch · 2019

May 18, 2019 · Hyatt Regency · Doors at 10:30AM · Program at 11:00AM

THĒ Brunch Chairs - Doug DeJarnette & Mandi Tomasi

As Tulsans, we are fortunate to enjoy one of the most vibrant per capita arts communities in the US. Our Tulsa arts community has gained significant momentum in recent years and I am proud to serve as Treasurer of Arts Alliance Tulsa – an organization that supports 40 arts organizations across the 918.

Please join us for THĒ Brunch on May 18th featuring guest, Ralph Macchio of The Outsiders and The Karate Kid fame. Arts Alliance Tulsa has focused on this brunch format gala to showcase local artists and member organizations in the middle of Mayfest. The party starts at 10:30 AM with local musicians, artists, and performers scattered across the atrium amongst mimosa and bloody mary bars. The event starts at 11:00 AM with additional performances showcasing our local arts community, flash mobs, and finally Ralph Macchio and The Outsiders author, S.E. Hinton reliving the filming and production of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film in Tulsa. Table sponsors are also invited to join Ralph Macchio at the “Inside The Outsiders” cocktail party on Friday, May 17th at The Outsiders house / museum.

Thank you for your support of Arts Alliance Tulsa and we hope to see you at THĒ Brunch.

Stay Golden– Doug and Mandi

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Individual tickets on-sale April, 2019. Sponsorships and tables on sale now!

Ralph Macchio

With an extensive list of film credits, Ralph Macchio is best known for his celebrated performance as “Johnny” in Frances Ford Coppola’s, THE OUTSIDERS; the hit film MY COUSIN VINNY, costarring along with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei; and most notably for the title role in the popular classic, THE KARATE KID and its successors THE KARATE KID PART II and THE KARATE KID PART III.

Ralph reprises his iconic role of Daniel LaRusso in the critically acclaimed series COBRA KAI for Sony Pictures Television and YouTube Red. The 10-part first season was released on YouTube Red in May 2018, and the series was recently renewed for a second season slated for release in 2019. He also plays Officer Haddix in HBO’s hit series THE DEUCE, now in production on Season 2. The series returns to HBO in Fall 2018.

Ralph was featured in the film HITCHCOCK, portraying “Psycho” screenwriter, Joseph Stefano, acting opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and last year starred in the character-driven comedy, LOST CAT CORONA.

Previous feature-film highlights – Walter Hill’s CROSSROADS, DISTANT THUNDER with John Lithgow, as well as the ensemble film, NAKED IN NEW YORK. Other films include, TEACHERS, with Nick Nolte; A GOOD NIGHT TO DIE, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD, FOREVER TOGETHER, BEER LEAGUE, HE’S WAY MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU, A LITTLE GAME and both TOO MUCH SUN and UP THE ACADEMY with Robert Downey Jr. …


S.E. Hinton

S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young adult literature.  

Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn’t satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, which influenced her to write novels like The Outsiders. That book, her first novel, was published in 1967 by Viking.

Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as “The Voice of the Youth” among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer’s block.

Her boyfriend (and now, her husband),who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to That Was Then, This Is Now.

That Was Then, This Is Now is known to be a much more well thought out book than The Outsiders. Because she read a lot of great literature and wanted to better herself, she made sure that she wrote each sentence exactly right. She continued to write her two pages a day until she finally felt it was finished in the summer of 1970, she got married a few months later. That Was Then, This is Now was published in 1971.

In 1975, S.E. Hinton published Rumble Fish as a novel (she had published a short story version in a 1968 edition of Nimrod, which was a literary supplement for the University of Tulsa Alumni Magazine). …