Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson @ Bears, Shreveport, on Sat, Dec 20

Theresa Andersson @ Jazzfest 2014

Theresa Andersson, featuring Chelsea Norman, AJ Haynes and Josh Hollis, says Chase Boytim of Bears on Fairfield. Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm.

Tired of It Rally and candlelight vigil at Linwood Ave and Lucky St on Sat, Dec 20, 5 pm

Tired of It Rally

"We will be holding a candlelight vigil," says Jerome Adkins. "Please bring tea candles or bubbles we can symbolically breath life into and release into the heaven."

Speakers are Jerome Adkins, Pastor Demetrese Phillips, and Patrice Thomas. "This is a movement to help make our community better."

Saturday, 5 pm; Corner of Linwood Ave and Lucky St.

Lucky St @ Linwood Ave, Shreveport

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shreveport teens: Kameron Hobley covers "Under the Mistletoe" with Victoria Wells

Kameron Hobley, Shreveport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuxRg22O7E

Singer Kameron Hobley and vocalist Victoria Wells are classmates at Caddo Magnet HS and have taken the time to sing a sweet version of "Under the Mistletoe" for the holidays. Check it on Youtube.

Both will be singing onstage at Magnet on Thurs, Jan 8, 6:30 pm, as they appear in the Freshman Talent Show, Class of 2018 version.

Texas Ave Makers Fair, Shreveport: Victoria Wells

Shreveport challenge: help Robinson Film Center raise $95,000 by end of 2014

Robinson Film Center, Shreveport

Robinson Film Center is working to raise $94,587 between now and the end of 2014, says Alex Kent.

"The business of movies has changed over the last several years with the advent of Redbox machines, movies on demand and 70-inch home screens," notes Kent. "Robinson Film Center is working to be that place that people gather for movies they can’t see anywhere else, for events such as the popular Book Lovers’ Supper Club and Heels & Reels and for great dining at Abby Singer’s Bistro."

“It takes support from a big community to make RFC thrive,” says Kent. “Every donation, sponsorship, membership, and movie ticket purchased helps out.”

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC) will challenge others who love downtown, great cinema and Robinson Film Center in a gathering on Tues, Dec 16 at 5:30 pm on the second floor of RFC, 617 Texas Street, says Liz Swaine.

Robinson Film Center, Shreveport

Monday, December 15, 2014

Caddo Parish Courthouse vigil on Wed, Dec 17, 7 pm, planned by Sex Workers Outreach Project USA

Donna W Moore, Shreveport, 1956 - 2010

Sex Workers Outreach Project organizers are planning a Shreveport vigil to raise awareness about the violence faced by sex workers, says Loftin Wilson. The vigil will begin at 7pm at the Caddo Parish Courthouse, 501 Texas St.

"Criminalizing sex work has not worked,” commented Lindsay Roth of the Outreach. “We know that criminalization leads to more violence by stigmatizing sex workers and contributing to unsafe working conditions. If you fear arrest, negotiating your personal safety becomes a secondary concern.” Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) -USA promotes decriminalizing sex work, or ending criminal penalties for the selling or purchasing of sex, says Roth.

"We hope that December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sends a message that sex workers' lives do matter, and that victims of violence were people worth remembering and protecting."

Sex workers were legal laborers in Shreveport from 1903 - 1917, says Wikipedia.

Lights, reflectors: night ride with SBC Bike Social gang on Fri, Dec 19, 6 pm, to Great Raft Brewing

Critical Manners August ride, Shreveport

"There's an ugly sweater party over at the Great Raft Brewing, with a band - The Good News - and a new beer," says Stephen Pederson. "So, we'll ride over there for merriment and pleasure."

Cyclists meet at Columbia Park about 6 pm.

Return of the Noble Savage Tavern, 417 Texas St ; Curtis Joseph and Easy Money on Th, Dec 18

Curtis Joseph, Everyday People, Shreveport

Shreveport Stonehenge: the Noble Savage. A tribal gathering ground in the shape of a brick and wood bar is returning, says Eric Johnson.

He expects all to be straight - as straight as this sodden piece of the planet can be - by Thurs night. Curtis Joseph and friends, Easy Money, will stomp upon the stage. Serious imbibers will howl.

All may hail the return of the Savage. And Chris Lyon has the latest in Heliopolis.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Successful diplomat Robert Oakley was raised in Shreveport; deceased this week at age 83

U.S. Forces in Somalia - Department of Defense Joint Combat Camera Center DD-SD-00-00755

In a major NY Times obituary, Shreveport-raised foreign service man Robert B. Oakley was celebrated for success in difficult negotiations.

"Robert B. Oakley, a blunt-spoken career diplomat who was known for successfully handling some of the world’s prickliest situations, including the capture of an American pilot by Somali militiamen in 1993 in what became known as the “Black Hawk Down” crisis, died on Wednesday," wrote Douglas Martin.

He grew up in Shreveport and attended Southfield School. His mother, Josephine "Jody" B. Oakley, "was a founder of one of the first all-female realty firms in Shreveport," said Talbot Hopkins. "Her company was Oakley Wise and Talbot."

The Washington Post obituary on Oakley.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spunky college radio: KSCL, FM 91.3, has returned with new transmitter

kscl, shreveport

The jangly music and nervous dj's of KSCL, 91.3 fm, have been missing from the radio dial in recent months, says Elena Hibbs. It was for lack of a transmitter.

Now the station, operated by Centenary College students, is back, says Aly Velasquez. See more in Velasquez' Heliopolis story.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Smoke-free night at Bears with Papa Mali trio Fri, Dec 12

Papa Mali, Shreveport

Papa Mali twists the blues like a kid with a Twizzler. Did he arrive at this ability by being raised in two cities, those being Shreveport and New Orleans?

Regardless, he can conjure the Bayou State voodoo by his protean voice and the grey, watery strings on his guitars.

Recommended, partly because his fans will be dancing inside and smoking outside.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guitars, drums and flute: Twang Darkly followed by Mark Griffith at Bears on Th, Dec 11, 9:00 pm

Mark Griffith sfx, Shreveport

Bears on Fairfield presents the exploratory trio Twang Darkly followed by jumparoo guitarist Mark Griffith.

1401 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

"A double-hitter," says Chase Boytim, "with guitar guru Mark Griffith. Twang will get going in the 9ish hour, with Mark jumping on for show # 2 in the 11ish hour."