Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Polysyllabic Kevin Barnes, director-singer-guitarist-author behind Of Montreal, performs at Bears Fairfield Shreveport on Thurs, Sept 3

Of Montreal-15.jpg

Kevin Barnes has yet to win a MacArthur Genius fellowship but I would imagine that he's been short-listed many times. He is a pop musician but is also a poet of wrenchingly clear voice. Writing melodies and harmonies that bring to mind the Beatles, he likes playing in lysergic-drenched meadows. He is a cousin to Prince when he wants to make the audience dance.

One of my favorite Barnes works is "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?" (2007). I also kneel at the altar of "Lousy With Sylvianbriar" (2013). That one was about his break-up with his wife of some years. But he's prolific and there is truly much, much more music to dig.

With his protean voice, love of tight harmonies and flair for costumes and makeup, Barnes is devastatingly cool. He is hideously aware of the vicissitudes of struggle. And how to laugh the sh*t off.

Tickets to the Thurs, Sept 3, show at Bears Fairfield. Surface to Air Missive opens.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Best hat contest, soul food, hip shaking music at Jazz in the Park on Sat, Sept 26, 2 to 7 pm, Chris Hays Park, Mooretown, Shreveport

Jazz in the Park, Mooretown-Chris Hays Park, Shreveport

The 3rd annual Jazz in the Park! is set for Sat, Sept 26, from 2:00 – 7:00 pm at Chris Hays Park, located at 4363 Illinois Street, says Frederick Lewis.

2pm: Total Choice Band
3pm: Dirty Redd Jazz
4pm: Renee Caldwell and Lady Munira
5:15pm: Intuition
6:15 pm: Mark Scroggins and Blaze Band

and, about 4:30 pm, the Best Hat Contest.

Expect crispy soul food galore: sausage, beef, chicken, turkey, fried chips and dough and gallons of potables.

It is safe to say that few people from East Shreveport have ever heard of Chris Hays Park or have any familiarity with Mooretown. Having been a part of the first Jazz in the Park I can testify that it is worth the while of Shreveporters from every part of the city to make this scene. The music, food and fellowship represent Shreveport at its best.

Jazz in the Park, Mooretown-Chris Hays Park, Shreveport

Chris Hays Park, Shreveport

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quick service, low prices, juiciness and spices at newly opened Ki Mexico, 3839 Gilbert, Shreveport

Ki Mexico, Shreveport

Ki Mexico was crowded on Sat night, opening week, but the chicken, pulled pork and shrimp tacos and rice & beans were as juicy as they are at Farmer's Market, at Great Raft Brewery and at Maker's Fair. And the spices we've come to crave quietly exploded from within the tacos.

Another happiness: Great Raft beer on tap.

A new restaurant always has adjustment issues. The one apparent to us on Sat was about the crowd that develops at the door. Customers are not sure how to make a line. Quite a few people are not sure what to order.

But we found the staff friendly (thanks, Dustin), ready to help and quick.

Things will get smoother with each day, we are sure.

Sofia says they are taking off Sun, Aug 30, but next Sat and Sun they will cook from lunch, 11 am, through supper, 10 pm. And will be open next Sun 10 am to 5 pm.

Tues, Wed: 11 am to 9pm, Th - Sat: 11 am to 10 pm.
3839 Gilbert Dr
(318) 861-5941
(318) 564-6651

Rodrigo will soon get a bike rack, we were told. For the moment, we found the street signs along the sidewalk amenable bike anchors.

Ki Mexico, Shreveport

Ki Mexico, Shreveport

Painter Tony Reans' latest work opens Thurs, Sept 3, 5 pm to 8 pm at Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St, Shreveport

Tony Reans:  Monica 66" x 108" Rice paper and acrylic paint on birch panels.

With degrees in art from LSU and Northwestern State and several decades of development, Tony Reans is a collectible artist. His latest series, interlocking panels in soothing tones, has sold well. Reans will show 11 of the large, modular works at Norsworthy Gallery beginning Thurs, Sept 3. Meet the artist, he says, at the reception on Thurs, 5 pm to 8 pm at 214 Texas St.

Above is a piece called "Monica." It is 66" x 108" and is composed of rice paper and acrylic paint on birch panels.

Reans is a multi-faceted painter. Below is a piece from his pop art series. He also has produced a witty line of robot / zombie paintings. Highly recommended.

Tony Reans' pop fun

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sainte Terre chapel, Benton, site of All Y'all storytelling session on Fri, Aug 28, 7 pm

All Ya'll, Shreveport

All Y’all, the most highly developed live storytelling event in Shreveport-Bossier, presents "OMG" at 7 p.m., Fri, Aug 28 in the chapel at Sainte Terre in Benton, Louisiana.

True stories, told live and without notes, in front of a live audience, is the stuff of All Y'all. Personal encounters with faith, finding and losing God, and eye-opening encounters with the incomprehensible are on the agenda for "OMG."

Storytellers for “OMG” include Stephen Price, Jeff Abney, A.J. Haynes, Harvey Clay, Bryan Sullivan and more. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Buddy Flett.
- Cash bar.
- Two hours duration, including an intermission.
- Events are recorded and released on the All Y’all podcast, iTunes and SoundCloud.

- Tickets $10 each. Purchase by visiting www.allyallblog.com.

Proceeds from this edition of All Y’all will be donated to The Renzi Education and Art Center, say storytelling producers Sara Hebert and Chris Jay.

Sainte Terre is located at 190 Nickel Lane in Benton.

Past All Y’all live storytelling events have sold out. Recommended for mature audiences.

Saint Terre event center, Bossier Parish, Louisiana

Monday, August 10, 2015

Miss Grace Potter of the legs and pipes rocks her skirt off on "Midnight"

Grace Potter (Osheaga 2015)

Pardon me for listening to the new Grace Potter album, "Midnight", over and over, at high volume. It is a guitarry flourish, a buttery bagatelle. Not my usual jazzy, smoky, experimental pleasure.

"Midnight" is rock trash. But of the better sort. A guilty pleasure for me.

Osheaga 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bikeshreveport.com Critical mass bike ride Fri, July 31, 6:30 pm; get smart biking instruction at 6 pm

Critical Manners August ride, Shreveport

The Bikeshreveport.com July Critical Mass ride - last Fri of each month - begins about 7 pm, although the starting time says 6:30 pm. "This month's ride will take us through Broadmoor and end at the family-friendly Marilynn's Place, " says Arms Brown. The start point is Columbia Park at Creswell Ave.

This month if you show up at 6PM you can learn from some masterful and caring riders about how to be better at biking.

Stephen Pederson will demonstrate braking effectively and safely.
Long-distance rider John Fontaine will instruct on negotiating bumps and obstacles.
Bike tech Daniel Martin will show riders how to be smart when starting and stopping.

Critical Manners Sept ride, Shreveport

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Climbossier, 3700 Old Shed Rd, Bossier, site of Rainforest Art Foundation, Norla benefit on Mon, Aug 3, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Climbossier, 3700 Old Shed Rd Bossier City, Louisiana

The “Climb for the Museum and Norla” night hosted by Norla Preservation Project, FUNdamentals Society of Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation, and Climbossier at Pro27 Athletics will take place Mon, Aug. 3, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Climbossier is located at 3700 Old Shed Rd., Bossier City, LA 71111, says Iris MacLean.

The Shreveport-Bossier community is invited to help the Yu Museum and Norla with this free but suggested $10 donation community event. All attendees will have a chance to win swag bags filled with local goodies when they sign up for the email list. Prepared Nutrition and Fleur de Crème will provide complimentary infused water, healthy snacks, and ice cream samples.

Multiple activities will be available for different ages and skill levels, including novice and experienced climb routes, and bouldering for small children. Climbossier, Bossier City

Paintings by Karen LaBeau, Lynn Laird at Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St, Shreveport; opening party Sat, Aug 1, 3 pm to 5 pm

Lynn Laird, Karen LeBeau at Norsworthy Gallery

Self-taught painters Karen T. La Beau and Lynn Laird, both well-recognized in Northwest Louisiana, exhibit paintings side by side at Norsworthy Gallery in August.

La Beau lives in Highland, Shreveport, but was born and raised in New Orleans. Her acrylic paintings have won steady recognition. This year her art will appear in exhibits in New Orleans and Lafayette as well as Shreveport - at Norsworthy Gallery, Texas St. Her studio is on the Highland Open Studio Tours on first Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm.

Lynn Laird claims the rich culture from the Mississippi delta to the Louisiana bayous in describing influences in her art. "Tending towards realism, often with a surreal twist, her artwork has been noted for its sense of detail earning her several awards. Bringing that skill into the traditional art of scrimshaw, an eye for fine detail and talent for delicate line work has garnered her much success among national and international collectors," says the Laird web site.

The opening is Sat, Aug 1, 2015, from 3-5 pm. See the paintings from Aug 1 - Aug 29.

Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

Beatles tribute by Airheart at Central Artstation on Tues, July 28, 6 pm, all ages and costuming welcome

Fresh Aire series: Airheart

Acoustic trio Airheart will perform an all-Beatles music tribute at Central Artstation on Tues at 6 pm, says Dan Garner. Costuming evocative of that golden era will be welcome and honored.

The Fresh Aire series features local music on the last Tuesday of each month, presented in a smoke-free, café-style atmosphere, where children are welcome.

Cash bar. A food truck. Free “healthy” chocolate chip cookies for early arrivals.

$10 at the door. 5 and under admitted free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Graphics by Dan Garner, one of Shreveport's media masters.