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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Urban rehab by Roland Von Kurnatowski: Lofts @ 624 Texas St at lease

Tipitina's Foundation founder Roland Von Kurnatowski, an urban turn-around specialist who, for example, announced in Jan the purchase and plans to renovate the Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, has completed renovation of the stylish former Sears Bldg, corner of Louisiana and Texas St, Shreveport. Each week we hear reports that he is busily filling the building's retail space with cool tenants. See more at lofts@624.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Into the vibratory woods with Tatsuya Nakatani at Calanthean Canyon, Shreveport, on Thurs, Nov 20, 7 pm

"Visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization," is what people say about percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. He will perform in Shreveport on Thurs, Nov 20, at Calanthean Canyon, says Pam Atchison.

"He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows," says his bio.

Calanthean Canyon, 1001 Texas Avenue, is adjacent to the 4-story Calanthean Temple. It is a hidden but magical village where the structures make musical sounds. Constructed under the aegis of New Orleans' Airlift, a large number of Shreveport's underground artists participated in the sawing, hammering and welding. The project was a part of Shreveport Regional Arts Council's UnScene series.

Because it has a limited seating area, is an outdoor experience and because of the designers' emphasis on raw sound experience, the site has hosted performances sporadically. Yet it is a jewel of Texas Ave. This show is highly recommended.

Logan Sledge debuts as director at MLP with Alburn drama, Proof; performances Th, Nov 13, through Sun, Nov 16

In a black box theater at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse the award-winning drama Proof will be performed by a 4-person cast, says director Logan Sledge. Performances are Thurs, Nov 13, to Sat, Nov 15, at 8 pm. There is a 2 pm performance on Sun, Nov 16.

"I was drawn to this play primarily because it is one of those pieces that present an incredible opportunity for actors," said Sledge. "The situation that David Auburn has created for his characters is one in which the stakes are incredibly high. Auburn does not use spectacle to create intrigue. Instead, he uses the psychological needs of the characters to drive his story forward."

A talk-back session will follow the performance on Fri, Nov 14. Participants will include Sledge, associate professor of mathematics Dr. Katherine Brandl, director of counseling services Tina Feldt, and Dr. Keith Kessel, MD.

SeeTickets online.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Beethoven and Mozart performance by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sat, Nov. 22, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Join 2013 Wideman Piano Competition Gold Medalist Yegeny Yontov for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the SSO in Mozart’s joyous Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” says Michael Butterman.

Sat, Nov 22, 7:30 pm, RiverView Theater. Tickets.

The SSO board recently announced that Michael Butterman has extended his contract as music director with the orchestra for an additional four years, a commitment that takes him through the 2017-18 season.

Also: The Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series performance is Sun, Nov 23, 3 pm and features Yevgeny Yontov, piano. There is no charge for the concert, to be held at Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Highland Jazz and Blues Fest parking? Bicycle or complimentary iShuttle from Mall St Vincent on Sat, Nov 15, noon to 5 pm

With the success of the Highland Jazz and Blues Fest (Sat, Nov 15, 12 to 5) has come parking problems for the surrounding homeowners.

Says Kenney Koonce, "Area law enforcement will be looking for people parking illegally along the streets and at area businesses. Remember, we want the festival to be an asset to the neighborhood. Please do not park in a manner that prevents our neighbors from conducting their lives as normal. Meaning, do not park at area businesses or where blocking traffic."

So the HJBF will continue to offer free alternatives. "If you arrive by car, plan to park at Mall St Vincent and take the free iShuttle in heated comfort. You'll be dropped off right inside the grounds," says Koonce.

This year bicyclists will have a parking rack courtesy of River City Cycling. Seek the bike park near the Creswell St entrance.

"There's no curbside parking in the neighborhood anymore?" asked one observer. Replied city councilman Jeff Everson, "There is, but it runs out quick!"