Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

SRAC Roster Artists meeting Mon, July 27, 5:30, at Central Artstation

Call & Response: Nick Cave & Phyllis Galembo

Nick Cave, visual and performance artist, is the topic at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Roster Artists meeting at Central Artstation. The meet will be at 5:30 pm on Mon, July 27.

Residency artists chosen by Nick Cave are Jerry Davenport, Karen Lebeau, Robert Trudeau and Kathryn Usher.

Call & Response: Nick Cave & Phyllis Galembo

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Chicago's on fire at Shreveport Little Theater; performances of musical continue through Sun, Aug 2

Linnea Fayard Allen, Jennifer Warren in SLT's Chicago

Linnea Fayard Allen looked like she'd dropped in from Las Vegas to do the musical Chicago on Thurs night at Shreveport Little Theater. Her dancing, singing, smile, eyes, figure and vibe were top tier. Happily, Jennifer Warren, her foil, proved a gifted, appealing and watchable dancer, comic and hip-shaking broad. The balance between the leggy beauties was satisfying.

Enter John Bogan as the rapid firing, freewheeling attorney. Sizzling community theater was the result.

The trio were ably supported by a seasoned and tuneful gang of criminals, including the put-upon Michael Powell and the embodiment of a bluesy mama, Barbara Holmes.

The Chicago jazz orchestra, under the direction of Adam Philley, was on time and well modulated in volume (as heard from row H). There was piano (Robert Young), percussion (Kyle Denton), banjo (Bill Allen) and a honking horn section, which included Terry Wright, Paul Tinker, Hannah Morris, Bob and Candy Maynard and Cory Knippers.

Then there were the slinkies, the leggy gals and guys who added the hot mess factor. Well-choreographed and seemingly always in the right place with the right amount of shoulders and legs in the light were Brett Kessel, Leslie Townsend, Tori Smith, E. Grace Rambo, Gabrielle McFerren, Allison-Rebekah Miller, Hannah Morris, Taylor Green, Annie Barker, Claire Marie Watson, Nancy Dennis Campbell, Lisaann Kemper, Karisca Sellers, Kelly Vaden, Shalem Johnson and Tessa Anderson. Also Tristian Moss, J. Allen, Serdalyer Darden, Jamie Johnstone, Leo Vanderkuy, Christopher White, Luke Digilormo, Cody Allums and Victor Robert.

Laura Beeman Nugent's direction was tight. No apparent cues were missed on Thurs night, when the show ran 2 hours and 20 minutes. There were no issues with mics. Articulation by the principals was exemplary. And the chorus sang with tuneful majesty.

David White's lighting design was atmospheric, as was the set by Chris Gonzales. Costume designer Peggy San Pedro impressed by variety within consistency.

Highly recommended.

See performance dates and order tickets, $25. Box office: 318-424-4439.

Barbara Holmes (1)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wicked Wonderland, Philadelphia Center Auction Against AIDS, Sat, Aug 29, 6 pm to 10 pm, Shreveport Convention Center; tickets half price through July 31

Wicked Wonderland Auction Against AIDS, Shreveport

Wicked Wonderland, The Annual Auction Against AIDS, is the major fundraiser for the Philadelphia Center, says Garrett Johnson.

Wicked will be presented on Sat, Aug 29, 2015, 6pm - 10pm, at the Shreveport Convention Center in the Captain Shreve Ballroom.

Tickets are $50 and are available at the door. This week, though, tickets are on sale for 25. That holds through July 31.

"The best way to show your support of The Philadelphia Center and the Auction is to become a sponsor, starting at $150," adds Johnson.

"The Annual Auction Against AIDS began as an art auction," observes Johnson, "but has grown to include an array of products, services, and gift cards from local and national businesses and from individuals alike." Donations: gjohnson@philadelphiacenter.org or 318-222-6633 ext. 2016 in order to schedule an item pick up.

The adjacent Hilton Shreveport offers a discount rate for those planning on staying overnight.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wheels in the Hills: kids grok heavy equipment in Betty Virginia Park on Sat, Aug 1, 10 am to 2 pm


Wheels in the Hills by Foster Orthodontics is a free, kid-friendly event during which children will be able to explore more than 30 large vehicles including fire trucks, bulldozers, helicopters, cranes and more, says Matt Snyder. It will take place Sat, Aug 1, 10 am to 2 pm, at Betty Virginia Park. Air conditioned tents will cool participants between explorations.

“We can't wait to see the look on children’s faces as they get to sit in the cab of a crane or look up at the blades of a helicopter,” said Snyder. “To me, that’s what being a kid is all about.”

Money raised through the sale of event sponsorships will be used to purchase school supplies for underprivileged children in Shreveport-Bossier. Donations of new, unused school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks and writing utensils will also be collected at the event. For sponsorship information, contact Matt Snyder at (318) 272-3139 or msnyder@pinpointlocalllp.com.

Wheels in the Hills is being produced by the business owners who planned Shreveport Derby Day: Matt Snyder of PinPoint Local Marketing, Grant Nuckolls of Twisted Root Burger Co., Nick and Elizabeth McElhatten of King Hardware and Andrew Crawford of Rhino Coffee.

Join the Krewe of Highland at Great Raft Brewing, Thurs, July 23, 4 pm to 8 pm; Blanc et Noir Marching Society, too

Blanc et Noir Marching Society, Krewe of Highland Parade, Shreveport

"Have you ever wanted to participate in the fun and mayhem of the Krewe of Highland, but didn't know where to begin?" asks LeVette Fuller. "Look no further. Please join us at Great Raft Brewing between 4 pm and 8 pm on Thurs, July 23, to learn more about the Krewe that represents the best neighborhood in Shreveport."

"You'll be able to choose your own adventure: join the Krewe, learn about upcoming events,and buy tickets to our parties," adds Fuller. "If you'd like, you may also sign up to volunteer at parties, the parade, or community outreach."

Blanc et Noir Marching Society is part of the Krewe of Highland, having led the parade with brass band and marchers for some 9 years, says Robert Trudeau. This event will give you the opportunity to find out more about the motley, dollar ninety-eight krewe. In truth, a membership in Blanc et Noir is $35.

Blanc et Noir Marching Society, Krewe of Highland Parade, Shreveport

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shreveport Can Dance: join Louisiana Dance Collective for public stepping in the Red River Entertainment District on Sat, July 25, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Dancing in the light

"Dance with us on National Dance Day and support the Shreveport Artists' Market in the Red River District," says Emily Smith. "From 10:30 - 11:30 am on Sat, July 25, it's a flash mob-style dance party!"

"Get ready for a good time with choreography led by Louisiana Dance Collective," adds Smith.

"So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe led the initiative to have the day nationally recognized. Since 2010 people across the country have celebrated National Dance Day in their own ways - with flash mobs, dance-a-thons and YouTube videos.

The Times-sponsored Dancing in the Street is in partnership with the Shreveport Artists' Market and its Last Saturday event, which includes art vendors, children's activities, live music, food trucks and more. No charge.

Parking is available in the Eldorado parking garage with handicapped accessibility on both the west and east ends of Red River District.

Louisiana Dance Collective music video - Behind the scenes

Louisiana Dance Collective photo by Claire Brabham.

Bikeshreveport recommends 6 pm ride to Cirque du Lake block party, Shreveport, on Fri, July 24

Shreveport Bike Social ride: Critical Manners

"The Agora Borealis is anchoring the 2nd Annual Cirque du Lake deluxe block party on Friday and Katy Larsen and team are providing Ample, Free Bike Parking at this Awesome, Free, One-of-a-kind Block Party," says Stephen Pederson, "so meet up with us at Columbia Park - see bikeshreveport.com - for a safe, family-friendly cruise into downtown for this great event.

That's Columbia Park, Creswell Ave across from Creswell Elementary, at 6 pm on Friday, July 24."
Cirque du Lake takes place 4 pm to 8 pm.

Cirque du Lake block party, Fri, July 24, 4 pm - 8 pm

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Exporting Shreveport art: see work by C. Mark Burt, Joshua Chambers, Ellen Soffer in Dallas and New Orleans

C. Mark Burt in RO2 Gallery, Dallas

A new wave of North Louisiana artists is scoring outside of Shreveport-Bossier. Mark Burt has won places in upcoming shows in Dallas, at the RO2 Gallery, and New Orleans, at the Ogden Museum. Painters Joshua Chambers and Ellen Soffer will join Burt in a group show at the RO2 Gallery in Dallas.

Sculpture by Burt and photographs by Hannah Cooper McCauley, of Ruston, will be in the spotlight on an auspicious event: White Linen Night in the New Orleans arts district. The annual event is mobbed by people dressed to celebrate style, wine and art.

"On the first Saturday evening in August, four blocks of Julia Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a three-hour, New Orleans-style block party. The White Linen Night event, Aug 1, is free and open to the public," says neworleansonline.com. Attendees "are encouraged – but not required – to wear as much white attire as they can, and get into the intended spirit of the event."

At the near Julia St Ogden Museum of Southern Art the August show is called the Louisiana Contemporary and it includes 2 pieces of Burt's latest sculpture, "Cuddle Doobie 1" and "Cuddle Doobie 3." Also included in the show of what might be called 100 of the most stimulating artists in Louisiana are 2 photos by Hannah Cooper McCauley, of Ruston. Her work is on display at the Bossier Arts Council's Emerging Artists Gallery in an exhibit that continues to July 31.

In Dallas the Ro2 Gallery has a stimulating roster of artists working in intriguing contemporary formats. The annual July group show, Chaos, features "a curated exhibition of small works featuring over 100 Ro2 Artists and guests," says Jordan Roth, who adds, "The show consists of work in virtually every medium – all presented on an intimate scale." And one may spy work by Shreveport-based Burt, Chambers and Soffer amongst the multitude. The Chaos party is Sat, August 1, 7-10pm

Ro2 Gallery, Dallas

www.Ro2Art.com 110 N Akard St, Dallas: 214.803.9575.

"Beginning July 25, selections from the show can be viewed on the galleries Artsy page at www.artsy.net/ro2-art," says Roth.

Movement, posture and wellness: Classes with artist and healer Dorothy Kristin Hanna at Arodasi

Ah Arodasi, Shreveport: Dorothy Kristin Hanna

Arodasi is a school and treatment center created by Dorothy Kristin Hanna to move people to a higher level of health. Hanna says her goal is "to provide passage to an enlightened sense of awareness congruent with one's true nature."

She has practiced as a health giver - via Reiki, Feldencreiss, yoga, dance and meditation - for three decades. But Hanna brings two lives to her healing practice. She is known as a painter, choreographer and filmmaker. Yet she is, too, a leader of yoga classes. And being a dancer, she has insight that allow her to be unusually effective in the application of Reiki and Feldenkreiss therapies.

Having worked with her as an artist as well as having enjoyed and been refreshed by Reiki sessions, I can give her my highest recommendation.

Arodasi classes. 318-834-0948. Arodasi Dance, 327 Market St, Shreveport