Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take home a piece of art on Sat, Nov 1, from the Meadows Museum benefit called Cirque de Shreve

With circus entertainment at a fine Fairfield house (2745 Fairfield), festive music, and gourmet fare, the Friends of Meadows present a benefit called Cirque de Shreve on Sat, Nov 1. It opens at 6:30 pm and spins til 10, says Sherry Kerr.

"Measure a spot in your abode that needs a piece of art," says Talbot Hopkins. "Area artists have been generous in supporting Meadows by donating paintings, prints, photos and sculpture. Notable artists such as Bill Joyce and the late Clyde Connell are among those whose work is at auction in the Carriage House on the site of the former Pinewold Manor, corner of Fairfield and Kirby."

Proceeds from the event and art auction will benefit the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art, whose mission is to support the museum as a center of art and culture in the South, says Rachel Hill.

Tickets for Members of the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum are $75 each; non-members are $100 each. Tickets purchased with a credit card include a processing fee at

Says Scarlet Hendricks, "Costume, festive, or casual attire, not to worry." Valet parking.

One bids. One takes home a fresh piece of art.

Costumes, new tunes and bubbles at Bears, Shreveport, on Oct 31 with Super Water Sympathy

Super Water Sympathy will be playing new, unreleased songs on Halloween, says Clyde Hargrove. After writing and recording for 8 months, their live set will include an ocean forest, bubble kingdom, and the firewall.

Celebrants are encouraged to bring bubbles and/or body paint, says Ansley Hughes Rimmer. Costume contest to be adjudicated by the band.

Tickets $10.

Bears on Fairfield.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pop Up Food and Art Fest, Shreveport Common, Mon - Fri, Nov. 3 - 7

The corner of Commerce and Crockett Streets becomes a Pop UP Food Court for the week of Nov 3, says Pam Atchison.

Lunch will be available from 11 am- 2 pm, Dinner from 5 pm- 7 pm. Participating food trucks include: Jester’s Catering, La Michoacana, Lilah’s Bakery, TD Express, Cliff & Julie’s Place. Seating will be available.

Across the street in the Engine Room at Central Artstation will be food from Baked, Fleur de Crème, The Twisted Brownie, Simply Natural Seasonings, DaBayou Cajun Seasonings.

· Monday- Pop UP Poetry. Carlos Colon, Caddo Parish Laureate, has selected 10 poets to perform “pop up” and “dueling poetry.” 5pm- 7pm

· Tuesday - Pop UP Art & Culture Shotgun House Night. Meet Shreveport-born NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes. Barnes’ Shotgun House exhibit will be hanging in the ARTSTATION Gallery all week. Hear Barnes, Henry Price, Woodrow Evans and Gregory Free in a panel discussion on shotgun houses. Norla Preservation Project has an update on plans to move five St. Paul’s Bottoms shotgun houses to Baker Street. 5 pm- 7 pm

· Wednesday- Pop UP Cooking Demonstration Night. Christa Free of Baked and Cheryl Edwards of Simply Natural Seasonings will prepare a Sauteed Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper and Onions and her no-salt, healthy seasonings. 5-7 pm

· Thursday- the unveiling of ART, the Dalmatian, at Central ARTSTATION. The nearly 20- foot tall fiberglass dog is the old fire station’s new mascot; street party. 6-8 pm.

· Friday- The Ramer/Gentry Band from 11 am until a bit after 1 pm.

Free parking. Maps of parking locations:

Songster Roy Book Binder performs in House Concert Series on Sat, Nov 1, 7 pm, 1508 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport

Roy Book Binder, a singer-guitarist known coast to coast, plays blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and Tin Pan Alley pop. He is a minstrel man, a songster, a Lead Belly for today.

Reservations: $20.00.

Shreveport House Concerts is a smoke-free, black box recording studio venue.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shotgun houses from Shreveport to NYC and back: artist Patrick-Earl Barnes in Pop Up Shop at Central Artstation on Tues, Nov 4, 5 to 7 pm

NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes will make a long-awaited return to Shreveport, where he was born and raised, when he opens a downtown Pop Up Shop Nov 3 - 10, says Kelly Rich of Norla. "Although his art has a whimsical, simplistic quality, it deals with some major issues, such as race, self-sufficiency and individualism," writes Bob Krasner at

Barnes resides in Harlem and has a studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

In NYC his Shreveport roots are quite valuable. His series of mixed-media paintings of shotgun houses would be an example. He made a vow to paint a million shotgun houses, a symbol of vital background to understanding the life of African-Americans.

"I left Shreveport in 1982," he says, remembering his days at South Highlands, Youree Middle and Capt Shreve HS. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where he studied science, not art. "I had been a closet artist for a long time," before realizing it was both a passion and a business opportunity.

Barnes calls himself a Deep Folk artist: "The art is a conjunction of found objects, free association, various styles and approaches. I work mostly with collage and decoupage."

He cannily combines "various isms and disciplines, weaving history, social, cultural studies and literature into a blend of instinctive spontaneous creations of art."

His images are both satirical (see "Art dealers") as well as caring of street culture (see "Brims").

"Barnes will be set up at the Central Artstation Lobby from Mon, Nov. 3, to Fri, Nov. 7th" says Rich. "There will planned events coordinating all of the PopUp projects throughout the week but the big Shotgun Art opening night is Tuesday night, Nov 4, from 5-7."

Crowd funding deadline for Shreveport trio's new album approaches: Lions May Cry after Nov 2

Piling hook upon hook in well-made, polished rock songs is the business of Jimmy and sister Laura Wooten and Cody Lowery. Their trio, Lions May Cry, is legit.

Check out their crowd funding appeal.

Listening to their last album will make,I think it is safe to say, your ears smile.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Artists Mark Burt and Robert Trudeau sketching at the Agora Borealis on Sat, Oct 25, 3 to 5 pm, alongside trio Twang Darkly

Compulsive sketchers Mark Burt and Robert Robert E Trudeau will engage in a surrealist drawing game called Exquisite Corpse.

The back-and-forth drawing session will take place on Saturday, Oct 25, at the Agora Borealis, 421 Lake St, Shreveport. The two artists will also chat with art lovers and sign work that they sell.

Burt is is known for fantastical creatures and detailed, interplanetary landscapes. He has been published in Suspect Device Comic Anthology Volume 3 and 4. Burt is exhibiting work at the Ro2 Gallery in Dallas and Antler Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In August Burt was mentioned in HiFructose Magazine Blog for his contribution to a collaborative show with renowned illustrator Jon McNair.

Trudeau says his pen and ink drawings are influenced by Edward Gorey and R Crumb.

Accompanying the drawing session will be the sounds of local music artists Twang Darkly, says Katy Larsen. Their music will also be for sale at The Agora Borealis.

One more thing: you might plan to hit Agora Borealis on Lake St on your way to the Aseana Fest on Texas Ave. The Asian street food fest goes from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Asian street food: Sat, Oct 25, 3 pm to 9 pm, Aseana Festival at 800 Texas Ave, Shreveport

Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier documentary at Robinson Film Center on Thurs, Oct 23, 7:30 pm

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny in Chicago who secretly took over 100, 000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.

Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. The result is this 90 minute documentary. It gets a 95/89 on

Centenary Film Society presentation at Robinson Film Center. One night only.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band will funk you to death at Bears on Sat, Oct 25

Wear your oldest shoes, coat and hat for the melee of dancing engendered by the Rebirth's powerful street jazz. Tickets, 15.

Block party at Herby-K's on Sun, Oct 26, 1 pm to 6 pm; music, kids, pets

Herby-K's, the historic restaurant at 1833 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, will host its 4th Annual Block Party and Benefit on Sun, Oct 26, from 1-6 pm. The event benefits PetSavers of Shreveport, says Angela Busi Doe.

- $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
- buffets with shrimp busters, fried catfish, fried onion rings, chicken and sausage gumbo, poboys and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Music by Bayou Gypsy, Kelcy Mae and Red Thread on an outdoor stage.
- bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for children.
- adoptable pets and a “puppy park”.
- cash beer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brian Blade kicks on Daniel Lanois' new instrumental record, Flesh and Machine

Shreveport-born and raised Brian Blade has played drums for Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock and more. For some years he has been at a jazz pinnacle, touring with Wayne Shorter and winning plaudits for his articulate band, Fellowship. Blade, the consummate jazz percussionist, also rocks out. When he kicks it in 4/4 it is usually with longtime friend Daniel Lanois. The 2 have made numerous albums together. My favorite is Black Dub.

This week Lanois released Flesh and Machine, a spacey and melodic set of instrumental pieces. When it kicks, it's the foot and 8 arms of Blade at work. On tour the album "will be performed live by a trio including himself, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson where both the playing of instruments and the sampling, dubbing and processing will happen in real time, essentially bringing the studio to the stage," says Lanois. The Nashville date is as close to Shreveport as is listed.

This week you can hear a preview of the whole thing at, where it is called "a deeply otherworldly adventure."

There is an intriguing call to artists for films to accompany their shows.

Recommended for interstellar music trekkers.