Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dulcet aroma in the air? It's the blooming of Osmanthus Fragrans, aka sweet olive

What's that marvelous if mysterious fragrance on the street today?

It is Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans; also known as Sweet Olive or Tea Olive). It's an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 5-12 m tall, says It is native to Asia, from the Himalaya east through China to Japan.

Its flowers are small (1 cm long), white, with a four-lobed corolla and have a strong fragrance.It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens (both in Asia and elsewhere in the world) for its deliciously fragrant flowers which carry the scent of ripe peaches or apricots.

In Chinese cuisine, the flowers are also used to produce osmanthus-scented jam (called guì huā jiàng, 桂花醬 or 桂花酱), sweet cakes (called guì huā gāo, 桂花糕), dumplings, soups, and even liquor (桂花酒).

If it seems to remind you of uptown New Orleans, you're right. St Charles Avenue and City Park are practically forests of Sweet Olive. It's also redolent of Houston's Montrose and of the old neighborhoods in Mobile and Biloxi.

Party over the Painted Violins project at 6 pm before the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra performance on Sat, Sept 20, 7:30 pm

The Shreveport Symphony would like you to be our guest at the unveiling of our Painted Violins Project, says Leigh Anne Chambers. Join us at Riverview Hall for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the Opening Night concert.

Free to season subscribers.$25 for non-subscribers RSVP 318.222.7496

Artist Talbot Hopkins is one of 15 violin painters.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flat tires? No problem; bring your ratty bicycle to Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, on Sat, Sept 20, noon to 5 pm, for a free re-hab

Tune-ups will be free if bicycle owners can get their needy 2-wheelers to Great Raft Brewing on Sat., says Stephen Pederson.

Volunteers from Shreveport Bossier Bike Social will be working alongside Ian Webb of River City Cycling to make "simple repairs, brakes, gears, cleaning (but no buff jobs), tire inflates, check ups and that sort of thing." It is, like, no charge.

A bump in social biking - on view across the US - seems to be happening in Shreveport. SBC Bike Social Critical Manners rides on the last Fri of the month have drawn a gang growing to 50 riders and beyond. With good biking weather ahead, local riders are dusting off their Schwinns, notes Pederson. "People will find help, advice and solidarity in biking at Great Raft on Sat. Please stop and say hello, even without your bike."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Addams Family creeps into Shreveport Little Theater for performances on Sept 18 - 20, 25 - 27

The SLT Addams Family musical - "They're creepy and they're kooky," - is directed by Dick King, with musical direction by Ruben Reyes and choreography by Ginger Folmer. Seva May and Rocky Maddox star.

Performances: Sept 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., September 21, 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. will be staged at SLT, 812 Margaret Place. $25.

Author of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford, speaks at Caddo Magnet HS on Th, Sept 25, 6:30 pm

Jamie Ford, author of two best selling books, will speak as Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series guest at Caddo Magnet HS, says Leslye Gilchrist. Ford is best known for his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Seattle author Garth Stein commented, “A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel.”

Ford's talk at 6:30 in the Caddo Magnet HS Performing Arts Center on Thurs, Sept 25, is free; the public is cordially invited. Ford will sign books afterwards.

318 221 2501.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tech, sci, math, engineering and art: DigiFest South, Shreveport-Bossier, Sept 16 - 18; electrical @ several locations

DigiFest South, an arts and technology fest held annually in Shreveport-Bossier, will present a three-day schedule of events during the third annual DigiFest South, Sept. 16-18, at various locations throughout Shreveport-Bossier.

To show students the lucrative career opportunities available to those who have creative education with a strong technology emphasis; to demonstrate the significant economic and cultural impact of the digital media industry in today’s society; and to emphasize the value of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education model; that's the DigiFest goal.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shreveport-born composer James Eakin speaks at Centenary College Fri, Sept 19, 4 pm, before SSO performs his piece on Sat, Sept 20, 7:30 pm

Centenary alumnus and professional composer James Eakin (2000) will be on campus Fri, Sept 19, at 4 pm in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music, says David Henington. James will be speaking with music students and guests about his career and creative process. The program is free and open to the public.

James is in Shreveport for the world premiere of his orchestral piece "Cloud Scrapers", which will be performed Sat, Sept 20, by the Shreveport Symphony. Check on the concert and the great program notes at

James was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. From an early age, he was drawn to his native blues and jazz as well as classical and Film music, playing everything he heard by ear on the piano, as well as his own compositional musings. His inspiration to become a film/tv composer actually stemmed from his fascination with music in animation. James reflects,”The way the music accentuated various actions and moods while staying perfectly in sync intrigued me. It was truly a supporting character.” During these early years, James taught himself piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, and flute, all the while singing at every opportunity.

It wasn’t until years later that James began formal music studies. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Centenary College (2000), a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University (2003), and in 2007, received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Highly recommended: Mothers whose children are taken away in video installation at Meadows Museum, Centenary College, Shreveport

"Relaying: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost" by Israeli multidisciplinary artist Mali De-Kalo, is on view at Meadows Museum from Sat, Sept 13, through Sat, Oct 25, says Lisa Nicoletti.

This video installation, curated by Nella Magen Cassouto, gives voice to Middle Eastern mothers who have lost their children due to events such as separation, divorce, religious disputes, or interpersonal conflict. Eight women, projected at life size, read the mothers’ testimonies (in English, Arabic, and Hebrew) and express pain, shame, confusion, and anger at being stripped of their motherhood through the breakdown of the family unit.

On Monday, September 15, from 7-8 p.m., De-Kalo invites the public to her "Speech Brings Speech: The Momentum of Personal Stories on Motherhood" workshop. De-Kalo will talk about the role motherhood has in her own art, and ask the public, male and female alike, to share stories about their mothers or their roles mothering others.

On Tuesday, September 16, from 2:30-3:45 p.m., De-Kalo seeks community volunteers to be filmed reading the testimonies of Middle Eastern mothers who have lost their children, to help give these women a greater voice.

On Tuesday, September 23, from 7-8 p.m., Israeli curator Nella Magen Cassouto, professionally trained in conflict resolution and experienced in facilitating community healing through joint Palestinian-Israeli exhibits, will give a gallery talk about the changing focus of art photography in Israel.

Free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. For more info or to schedule field trips: 318.869.5040.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Under the influence: a night of storytellers at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College, Shreveport, begins at 7:30 pm on Sat, Sept 13

The third installment of All Y’all Live, “Under the Influence,” will be held at 7:30 pm, Sat, Sept. 13, at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the Campus of Centenary College of Louisiana, says Chris Jay.

100% of proceeds from this special, fundraiser edition of All Y’all Live will be donated to the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction of Northwest Louisiana.

Admission is $10.86 (with tax) and tickets will be available at the door. The evening will feature true stories about control lost and regained, powerful medicine, journeys into (and out of) desperate places and the might of love. "The evening will also include a surprise musical guest," says Jay. "Let’s just say this: You are going to want to be seated at 7:30 p.m."

“Under the Influence” is made possible in part by Centenary College of Louisiana and the staff of Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Some stories will contain adult language and references. The program is expected to run 2 hours and will include an intermission and snacks.

Lithographs - fun with the Beatles - by Doyle Jeter opening Sat, Sept 13, 5:30 pm, at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport

Lithographs - fun with the Beatles - by Doyle Jeter, once proprietor of Enoch's, Shreveport. Exhibit at Meadows Museum of Art.