Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Arts-minded retail center, The Agora Borealis, will replace defunct Lake Street Dance Hall at 421 Lake St.

At the historic and charming 421 Lake St site of the former Lake Street Dance Hall an enthusiastic young building owner named Katy Larsen is gutting and re-doing the space. It will be an arts-minded retail destination called The Agora Borealis.

"The Agora Borealis would like to invite artists to send pictures of their work they would like to submit for admission into our store," writes Larsen. "We have about 3,000 sq. feet of retail space that we hope to fill with all kinds of goods, ranging from furniture, jewelry, decor, lighting, paintings, sculpture and other items. The set up will reflect natural indoor and outdoor settings and will blend all of our artists' products together."

"Not everyone will make the first round of submissions for our grand opening - which may be in May - but please be patient because there will be much change over throughout the seasons. Each contract will be discussed with each artist and signed by both parties before opening. If you are interested or have any other questions or concerns, please contact me at theAgoraBorealis@gmail.com or by phone @318.243.1469." Photo Katy Larsen.

Lithe and modern: Orchesis Dance Company, Grambling, and Louisiana Dance Theater at the Strand Theater, Sat, Ap 26, 7 pm

Dianne Maroney-Grigsby directs the Orchesis Dance Company, Grambling University, and Carol Anglin directs the Louisiana Dance Theater in a production called Dance His High Praise at the Strand Theater on Sat, Ap 26. 7 pm.

Joining them will be Christian Dance Theater and Sumthin Serious Hip Hop.

318 226 8555. $20.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Yoga Nidra, Hatha yoga, hooping and belly dance at Lotus Studio, 446 Olive St, Shreveport

Yoga Nidra class Mondays, 6 - 7 p.m. at the Lotus Studio 446 Olive Street, Shreveport, is one of numerous classes offered in the cozy Highland Shop.

Belly dance, hatha yoga and hooping are also part of the weekly regimen at Lotus.

No Yoga experience is required for Nidra Yoga, says instructor Joy Yeager-Lasher. "Already have a workout regimen in place? This class is a great addition to your routine to help strengthen the mind, which often gets neglected," says Joy. "Yoga Nidra is also known as “Yogic Sleep.” It is a sleep like state that yogis report during meditation. In this practice you will enter the deepest possible state of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. You will follow the voice of the Nararator who will guide you through breathing, body part focus, and visualizations. Yoga nidra provides full relaxation of the nervous system; builds a healthy and strong mind; improved learning and concentration; restored emotional balance; relief from insomnia, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression, and everyday stress."

Class is $12 drop in or 4 classes for $40 in advance. Cash or check only, please.

www.lotusstudiosb.org. 318-617-4076.

Trudeau photo from 2007.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ArtBreak, the free fest at Shreveport Convention Center: Fr, Ap 25, 5 to 9 pm, Sat, Ap 26, 10 am to 9 pm and Sun, Ap 27, noon to 5 pm

ArtBreak is the free public festival April 21-27, 2014, at the Shreveport Convention Center. Friday, April 25, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday, April 27, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm Visit new site, www.artbreaksb.com, for more

Shiloh Baptist Church, Blanchard Latex Rd, Mooringsport, site of Lead Belly event on Sat, Ap 26, 10 am

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Higgs boson and the Hadron Collider: physics prof opens movie "Particle Fever" at Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, on Sat, Ap 19; movie continues to Ap 24

Robinson Film Center will host Louisiana Tech University physics professor Dr. Lee Sawyer at a screening of the new documentary “Particle Fever” at 5 pm, Sat, April 19 at RFC, says Alex Kent. Sawyer will introduce the film and follow with a Q&A.

Imagine a documentary that captured the moment Thomas Edison turned on the film light bulb: the thrill of discovery, captured for the world to see. That’s what happens in “Particle Fever,” where audiences follow six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. Not only does this giant machine represent the most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, but it helps 10,000 scientists from around the world ask one big question: by recreating the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang, can we explain the origin of all matter? If confirmed, does the Higgs boson (a.k.a. the God particle) help explain why we exist?

“I am happy to be a part of the screening of ‘Particle Fever,’ a movie that captures the excitement of discovery and wonder for those of us who work in high-energy particle physics,” said Sawyer. “Louisiana Tech is fortunate to take part in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the largest scientific instrument ever built, and I hope the audience for ‘Particle Fever’ will be able to share in our excitement.”

Tickets, $7.50 ($5.50 for RFC members). Purchase tickets online or call the RFC box office at 318.459.4122. Run time: 99 mins. Particle Fever will continue through Ap 24.

Shreveport Farmers Market opens May 31; food source updates on the SFM FB page

While the 2014 Shreveport Farmer's Market opens May 31, the SFM FB page is alive with news of vendors. The page allows food source-minded people to follow regional changes and forge appropriate food connections.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Les Mesdames Nouvelle-Orleans, Karen LaBeau and Panderine Soumas, cross a gumbo pot with a paint brush on Sat, Ap 19, 1 pm, Naked Bean Cafe

La Nouvelle-Orléans Mesdames (New Orleans Ladies), Creole artisan Karen La Beau and Creole culinary artist Panderina Soumas, will present "What Do You Get When You Cross a Gumbo Pot and a Paint Brush?," a unique art and food event, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at The Naked Bean Cafe in Shreveport.

The Naked Bean is located in the Highland Cultural District on 451 Kings Hwy. in Shreveport, Louisiana. Enjoy a great cup of coffee, tea, or a light bite from their menu.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UnScene artist and managers open meeting at Central Artstation on Wed, Ap 16, 6 pm

Members of the Juried Artists Roster, Artists Directory, UnScene Artists, and Artists ~

We have received your letter requesting to schedule a gathering of Artists to learn more about the selection process and upcoming opportunities for UnScene.

We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 pm at the Central Artstation Engine Room. Please help to spread the word to all artists!

See you soon!

Brandon Oldenburg
Artistic Director

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fresh tunes: Louisiana's 16 year-old guitar slinger, Matthew Davidson, is a Heartbreaker

From the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters and U2, smart teen Matthew Davidson gets it. His new 5-song release, "Cross My Heart," is danceable and effervescent. It's the kind of pop that will make you drive better and make you look good cutting a rug in your living room.

Beginning as a kid with a hot hand for blues guitar, Davidson is transitioning to vocalist, songwriter and entertainer. Surrounded by rockin' tunes and effective harmonies, Davidson's package kicks."Heartbreaker," his 4:16 master tune, is built on a snappy drum beat with a melody that builds inexorably to a feel good hook. In editing a videotape for his school, Caddo Magnet HS, Shreveport, I listened to "Heartbreaker" more times than you'd believe. It was rich. And remains my favorite cut.

A huge parallel to John Mayer is there, but he must be listening to Herman and the Hermits and the Dave Clark Five, too. And the Young Rascals, for sure.

Two songs on the EP were penned by Davidson, and three songs were co-written with Greg Walton. Musicians on the recording are: Matthew Davidson, guitars and vocals, Greg Walton, keyboard and vocals, Kyle McClanahan, drums, and Jimmy Wooten, bass guitar and drums. The EP was produced by Jimmy Wooten, engineered by Cody Lowery. It was mixed and mastered by Wooten and Lowery at The Pond Studios.

Download his fresh five on iTunes and Amazon. Physical copies can be ordered online at www.matthewdavidson.net or purchased at live shows.

Catch his sharp quartet Thurs, May 15, Spring Concert at Provenance Community, 6 to 8:30 pm, Sat., May 24, at Mudbug Madness, 4 to 6 pm, and Fri., May 30, at Free Fridays Forever under the Texas Street Bridge, 5 to 8 pm.