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 Gold– Doug and Mandi
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.
Other Television credits include guest starring on two episodes of USA’s hit-series, PSYCH as well as PSYCH, THE MOVIE. A special guest-star role on CBS’s hit-comedy, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Before that, he had a two-season arc on ABC’s, UGLY BETTY and a recurring role as Fran Drescher’s love interest on the hit TV Land sitcom, HAPPILY DIVORCED. Other noteworthy TV credits include a popular turn on the hit HBO series, ENTOURAGE, as well as the Starz comedy, HEADCASE.
Earlier in his career, Macchio received critical acclaim for the title role in the ABC television film, THE LAST POW? THE BOBBY GARWOOD STORY. Some other television movie credits include, THE THREE WISHES OF BILLY GRIER for ABC, and DANGEROUS COMPANY for CBS. His start in television came with a series regular role on ABC’S, EIGHT IS ENOUGH.
In 2011, Macchio became an instant fan-favorite on DANCING WITH THE STARS where he enjoyed a long successful run on the ABC Blockbuster competition show.
His smash hit FUNNY OR DIE video entitled, WAX ON, F*CK OFF has been a viral sensation since its release; gathering raves from critics and viewers alike.
As a filmmaker/producer/writer, Macchio has written and directed a short film entitled LOVE THY BROTHER, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and can now be seen on HBO and iTunes. He is Executive Producer of the TV Docu-Series for National Geographic Channel entitled, AMERICAN GYPSIES.
His most recent film, ACROSS GRACE ALLEY of which he wrote and directed, has garnered high praise and is now available on Netflix. That film stars Marsha Mason and Karina Smirnoff.
On the NY stage, Ralph made his Broadway debut starring opposite Robert DeNiro in the soldout Joseph Papp production of CUBA AND HIS TEDDY BEAR, at the Longacre Theatre.
He received critical acclaim, starring in the National Tour of the Broadway musical-comedy revival HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, directed by Des McAnuff.
He originated the role of Calvin in the Off-Broadway production of MAGIC HANDS FREDDY. Other theatre credits include the off-Broadway comedy, ONLY KIDDING and the Abington Theatre Company production of A ROOM OF MY OWN.
He’s also the voice of Tim in the MGM animated feature, THE SECRET OF NIMH II, in which he recorded two songs for the film that also appear on the soundtrack.
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).
Rumble Fish was the shortest novel she had published. It received a great deal of contrasting opinions, with one reviewer claiming it to be her best book and the next claiming it to be her last.
The latter was apparently wrong. Tex was published in 1979, four years after Rumble Fish. It received great reviews and people raved about how the writing style had matured since previous publications. Tex would be the last book S.E. Hinton published for nine years. After another span of four years, S.E. Hinton’s son, Nick was born.
Four years after Tex was released, quite a few major events took place in S.E. Hinton’s life. In March of 1983, the movie The Outsiders was released. The following August, Nicholas David was born. Two months later the movie Rumble Fish was released.
In 1985 the movie version of That Was Then, This Is Now was released. Three years later S.E. Hinton became the first person to receive the YASD/SLJ Author Achievement Award, which was given by the Young Adult Services Division of the American Library Association and School Library Journal.
Taming The Star Runner was released in October of that year. It was the first book that S.E. Hinton had published that wasn’t in first person. With a seven-year wait, S.E.
Hinton released another book in 1995. This time she did something that no one expected.
Big David, Little David was written for children around the kindergarten age. This deviation from Teen fiction seems to be a reflection of the current important things in S.E. Hinton’s life: Family. The children’s fiction trend continues with her latest release- The Puppy Sister, which is a fantasy book written for Elementary school level children.
S.E. Hinton currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband David. Her son Nick is away for college.