Friday, November 28, 2014

Alternative shopping in Shreveport: Small business welcome mat downtown on Sat, Nov 29, 10 am to 6 pm

- Norsworthy Gallery – 10% off any purchase.
- On Time Fashion – 40% – 60% off suits & 2 piece suits; Some shoes – 50% off.
= Martha’s Hallmark – Purchase a tote bag for $5.99 and anything you can put inside is 20% off (excludes Hallmark ornaments); Dessert plate on stand free with $35 purchase or $7.95; Lots of bargains and specials storewide.
- Robinson Film Center– $10 credit for every $40 gift certificate purchased. $200 purchase limit.
- The Agora Borealis- big trunk show featuring sale pricing, lagniappes, drawings, and samples! Come meet the artists and check out the locally made art and goods Sheveport-Bossier has to offer. See more information here.
- Bayou Some Junque-20% off all antiques, 2-for-1 turkey and ham sandwiches.
- Hippie Baby- 20% off lill├ębaby Carriers, 20% off Rumparooz and GroVia Buy 2 Get 1 Free. See the flyer here -Hippiebaby_Small Business Saturday.
- Lena’s Shoes- $10 additional off all shoes discounted 50%.
- Holiday Market Pop UP at Red River District- Deals Aplenty. See them right here.

See more at DDA.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where to walk and bike around Thanksgiving: Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Teague Parkway, Bossier City

"Kinglets, brown creepers, white-throated sparrows, winter wrens and juncos can only be seen in the south during winter," says Terri Jacobsen of Red River National Wildlife Refuge. "Migrating ducks like Northern shovelers, green-winged teal and gadwell fly south to spend winters on Refuge waters."

"Be sure to take a break from the bustle of the holiday season to enjoy nature’s gifts," reminds Jacobsen.

"Refuge buildings are closed on Thanksgiving but the property is open to visit during daylight hours."

See more about RRNWR.

Photo Ronnie Maum.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chamber music: Elizabeth O' Bannon accompanied by Kermit Poling at St George's Episcopal on Sun, Nov 30, 2 pm

Violinist Elizabeth O'Bannon will perform "Inward Journeys" in the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City. The concert, part of the St. George's Bossier Masterworks Series, takes place on Sun, Nov 30, at 2 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Featured music on the program will include Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending", one of the most beautiful and meditative works for violin, says Kermit Poling. Composer and musician Poling will accompany Ms. O'Bannon on piano and organ.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Call to artists for WPA style posters on the theme of See America

President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) created the first See America poster series, featuring locations that might increase tourism and stimulate the economy after the Great Depression.

Centenary’s Design Communication students will select the WPA's See America posters to be displayed in the Meadow galleries Feb 28 - May 2. Additionally, there is a call to artists for "See America" posters.

"Students may submit, as well as artists of all ages and backgrounds," says Lisa Nicoletti. The deadline for inclusion in the exhibit is Dec. 20.

"Every design submitted will appear digitally in the Meadows' exhibit and on the Creative Action Network's website," says Nicoletti. "Some will additionally be selected for printing and prominent display at the Meadows. The Creative Action Network also provides a royalty to artists whose designs are popular and get ordered by others. A percentage of those proceeds also goes to support the conservation of our national parks."

Alternative Thanksgiving for Shreveport: Bicyclists meet at 3 pm, Fri, Nov 28, Columbia Park, to ride Cranksgiving

Shreveport's Inaugural Cranksgiving is a two-wheel banquet that has been infused with butter, herbs and sweat.

"Meet us at Columbia Park to ride out at 3pm," says Stephen Pederson.

"It’s simple. Bring your bike, some cash (we’ll get to that a little later) and probably a coat, socks and you know, stuff so you’re not cold. We’ll head over to the grocery store and buy items for those in need (it’s the reason for the season). Things like soap, deodorant, can goods, etc. The items will be donated to The Philadelphia Center."

"We know your bike has a basket or you have a backpack in which to carry those items. We’ll then pedal to Great Raft Brewing to drop off donations, drink beer and listen to local live music."

Entertainment at Great Raft Brewing, 5-10 PM:
Alexandra McCullough
The Devil Anse
The Dubonauts
Madeline & Shay with Michael Brown
The Bristol Hills

Oil Pollution Awareness Month in Louisiana? Yes; listen to testimony in Columbia Park, Shreveport, at 2 pm, Mon, Nov 24

Across the Bayou Oil State people are mobilizing to find a compromise between the interests of big oil - and the checks written to a huge part of the Louisiana population - and the interests of the environment - especially in regards coming generations.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, GreenARMY, Captain Planet, and Louisiana Progress Action are hosting a gathering in Columbia Park on Mon, Nov 24, at 2:00 PM, to speak to the environmental abuses caused by oil producers. Interestingly, Mayor Cedric Glover issued a proclamation for the city of Shreveport recognizing November as Oil Pollution Awareness month, says Frances Kelley.

"The Louisiana Bucket Brigade will release a Calumet Accident Report detailing accident numbers for 2013 to Shreveport residents concerned about the impacts of pollution on their air and health. Community members will rally demanding greater industry accountability and political action to protect the environment. Citizens will also ask for greater investment by Louisiana in clean energy to protect the health of communities and the climate," says Kelley.

Oil Pollution Awareness Month (OPAM) comprises a series of events in several cities around the state to highlight the economic, health, and environmental impacts of oil pollution.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Absorb image energy from Meadows Museum, Shreveport, via three glowing exhibits

Two photography exhibits make Meadows, on the edge of Centenary College campus, one of the very appealing art exhibits this month.

The work of much-published, Texas-based photog Keith Carter is there. Mysterious people and equinal, primal forces will be discerned in his work.

Waiting to grab viewers are historic captures of Louisiana life in 1937 - crawfish, rice and LSU - by O. Winston Link.

Organic sculptures made of glass are the work of Kathleen Elliott. Leaves, fruit, pods, and flowers are reimagined into new species.

Meadows is open Sat, Nov 22, 12 - 4 p.m. Closed Sun and Mon. Tues, Nov 25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Golden emanations from ginormous gongs at Calanthean Canyon; Tatsuya Nakatani and Royal Percussion Society of Shreveport

Lane Bayliss strained to produce a pure if enormous note by bowing the edge of a giant bronze gong on Thurs night. A circle of gleaming suspended gongs and players surrounded percussion master Tatsuya Nakatani, the guest artist. Adam Davis bowed a gong, as did Jesse Gabriel, AJ Haynes, Zach Friday and Tom Fasho. On a catwalk atop the site was a gong being played by Pete Fetterman.

With slashing signals from his hands and arms, Nakatani conducted the performance while drumming.

The night air was damp in Calanthean Canyon on ancient Texas Ave under the shadow of the historic Calanthean Temple. Yet quiet, worshipful watchers filled the many nooks on the site. Lighted to maximize drama, the site was also rife with stealthy photographers.

The droning and blooming bronze discs gave forth a train-like sound akin to a roomful of singing bowls.

The New Orleans Airlift team of Delaney Martin and Taylor Lee Shepherd, original architects of the musical houses at Calanthean Canyon, produced the event. It was underwritten by Pam Atchison and Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

The Nakantani and friends performance was one of pure sonic artistic ambition.

Butterman on the music at 6:45 pm on SSO concert night, Sat, Nov 22, Riverview Theater

In his pre-concert talk Michael Butterman will demonstrate a lot of the characteristics owned by the late Leonard Bernstein. 'Tis an urbane experience.

Cream and salt, science and art: hand-made ice creams by Fleur de Creme in Red River District through Dec 20, 10 am to 6 pm

"We have a salted sweet caramel flavor" says Summer Black of Fleur de Creme ice cream, "to create a sweet and a savory sensation on the palate." Not only does it add to the sensuality of the treat, "it leaves a person kind of desiring more because both sides of the palate are being sensitized."

"I can have fun making ice cream," continues Black, "but it is truly a science. And it's really an art."

Listening to Black and husband Jayson Salter explain the background of their ice cream making is part of the fun in visiting Fleur de Creme. Their current location is under the Texas St Bridge, the Red River District, through Dec 20 - from 10 am to 6 pm. Single scoop, $3, double, $5.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gong demonstration with Tatsuya Nakatani at MLP, Wed, Nov 19, 7 pm; all ages and free; performance at Calanthean Canyon Thurs, Nov 20, 7 - 9 pm

"Lecture, demonstration, and master class by Tatsuya Nakatani at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 2911 Centenary Blvd, on Wed. Nov. 19, 7pm. All ages & Free," says Adam Davis.

"Nakatani and 7 Shreveport players will be performing his orchestral arrangement at Calanthean Canyon, 1001 Texas Ave, Thurs. Nov. 20, 7-9pm. All ages and free. Outdoor event so space heaters will be provided," adds Davis.