Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dance performances by Orchesis and La Dance Theater enhanced by singing of Galilee Choir at Strand Theater, Shreveport, on Sat, Ap 25, 7 pm

Dance Praise

The estimable dance performances called Dance His High Praise are annual and elegant events in the Strand Theater.

This year the Orchesis Dance Company of Grambling Univ. and the Louisiana Dance Theater of Shreveport have special guests. On two numbers they will be joined by the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Chancel Choir, says Vincent Williams.

$20 and, pardon me, worth every penny.
7 p.m. Sat, Ap 25. at The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport.

Louisiana Dance Theater

Louisiana Dance Theater, Shreveport.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Resplendent noise & images at 846 Texas Ave, Shreveport, on Tues, Ap 21, 7 to 10 pm

Chris Cogburn (noche 4, set 1)

Chris Cogburn and Steve Jansen, says David Nelson, comprise an electro-acoustic duo "razing notions of volume, tempo, and symmetry via duel horns, duel guitars, tape, and percussion." They will open at 7 pm Tues, Ap 21, at minicine.

Mike Majkowski (Berlin) follows. An Australian double bassist and composer, Majkowski has been working the fields of jazz, improvised and composed music since 2001.

In Set Three, says Nelson, expect a freeform collaboration between SSBT + Mike Majkowski.

Independent filmmaker Jon Jost will also be attending this event, says Nelson, and will break out a film for an after hours screening.

Nourishment by

Suggested Donation $5.

Steve Jansen

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Killer fest based on French culture 4 hours drive from Shreveport: Festival International de Louisiane, Ap 22 - 26

Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette

One of the Bayou State's stunningly sensual fests, Festival International de Louisiane, is sort of hijacked by New Orleans' Jazz Fest. The one weekend of Fest International, Ap 22 - 26, annually coincides with the opening weekend of Jazz Fest, Ap 24 - May 3. Of course, for many people the enormous coolness and brand appeal of Jazz Fest trumps all.

But Lafayette's celebration of the world of French-speaking artists is a killer event. May I enumerate?

1) it is a free festival despite presenting music at 8 stages.
2) it takes place about 4 hours from Shreveport (and Jane Ryder says she regularly drives it in 3), which makes it a day trip. Is I-49 smooth as butter or smooth as avocado?
3) it is much, much more than a Cajun and zydeco event; musical acts arrive from across Africa, Europe and Canada.
4) the food offerings are nonpareil - and are typically less costly than those at Jazz Fest.
5) the art and the crafts have a rich and distinct personality.

Might it be called Highly recommended? Mais oui, cher.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Will the Jimmie Davis Bridge rebuild include bike-pedestrian lanes?

JD bridge

The City of Shreveport has a Draft Environmental Assessment of the Jimmie Davis Bridge, says Robert Westerman. It opened the public process this week to allow citizens time for inspection, review and comments. Those willing to review the assessment should visit the City Engineers' Office at 505 Travis Street in Shreveport.

A public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. May 14 at the Barksdale Baptist Church, 1714 Jimmie Davis Highway in Bossier City. The public comment period will extend to May 25.

For more information: Robert Westerman at (318) 673-6000.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Open mic sessions at Meadows Museum, Ap 16, and Broadmoor Branch, Ap 22, for National Poetry Month


In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Meadows Museum of Art and the Broadmoor Library will host a series of readings called, optimistically, “Much Ado About Nothing.” These open mic opportunities are for everyone — students and non-students alike — to read and enjoy poetry about nothing (or perhaps a little something).

Thurs, Ap 16 at the Meadows, 2911 Centenary Blvd (with complimentary refreshments)

Wed, Ap 22, at the Shreve Memorial Library, Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr.

Both events: 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information, contact organizer Bennett Sewell.

The Wrecking Crew and Southern Fried Fencing open at Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, Ap 17, 18 and Ap 24

Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge over troubled Water

“The Wrecking Crew” Opening weekend Q&A with Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn
7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18
Tickets: $9.50 ($7.50, RFC members), 318.459.4122

The Wrecking Crew” looks back at the studio musicians, including local bassist Joe Osborn, who played on a generation of hits from “California Girls” to “Viva Las Vegas.” Documentary, 101 min., PG.

“If you were listening to the radio in the '60s, then you were listening to Joe several times an hour,” says “The Wrecking Crew” press kit. Osborn will answer questions from the audience and share the stories behind the hits. Both evenings will end with a late-night happy hour giving audience members a chance to have a drink with Joe.

“The Wrecking Crew” will play through April 23.

Southern Fried Fencing
Opening night Q&A with filmmakers Michele and Jay Carter and fencer Andy Shaw of Fencing on Fairfield. 7:30 p.m. April 24
Tickets: $9.50 ($7.50, RFC members), 318.459.4122

Andy Shaw, an eccentric, opinionated New York City fencing coach, moved to Shreveport and brought with him a strange collection of mannequins and fencing memorabilia. This delightful film chronicles the life and career of Shaw, who not only founded the Fencing Hall of Fame in Shreveport, but has also taught lessons to the likes of Bob Dylan. Documentary, 65 min., NR.

Shaw will join local filmmakers Michele and Jay Carter on opening night to celebrate Shaw’s world of fencing and discuss the film.

“Southern Fried Fencing” will play through April 30.

Southern Fried Fencing; Andy Shaw

Andy Shaw of Southern Fried Fencing.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Walking two miles a day is Mayor Tyler's goal for Shreveporters in "Walkin' to New Orleans" fitness program

Get Fit Shreveport

Walking two miles a day from now until Oct 23 is what Mayor Ollie Tyler is recommending for the citizens in a new fitness initiative called Walkin' to New Orleans. Can the citizenry of this Louisiana city each walk a distance of 350 miles between now and October 23rd? That would be the equivalent of walking from Shreveport to New Orleans.

The city's 2015 Health and Wellness Program features downtown walking paths that will aid the process. Maps of the walking paths can be found at

Participants will be offered a series of walks, fitness challenges and cook-outs designed to bolster the walking. For more information or to sign up: 318-673-5150.

Genocide and Gender: Van Thyn lecture by UT prof Pascale Bos in Bynum Commons, Centenary College, 7 pm, Mon, Ap 13

Centenary College: Pascale Bos on genocide and gender

Annual Rose and Louis Van Thyn Lecture on Ap 13: Dr. Pascale Bos of the University of Texas. Gender and Genocide.

Centenary College campus map.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two way pocky way: Mardi Gras Indians at Bears Shreveport: the Cha Wa shake it on Sat, Ap 11

Fun, Feathers and Funk 2015

New Orleans Indians and friends the Cha Wa chant and kill cow bell at Bears Fairfield on Sat, Ap 12.

"Cha Wa is a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians band on the rise," writes John Wirt in The New Orleans Advocate (Mar 15, 2015). "Cha Wa’s core members include singers and Mardi Gras Indians Irving “Honey” Banister and J’Wan Boudreaux, plus organist Steve Malinowski. Banister’s and Boudreaux’s roots stretch deeply into New Orleans music and Mardi Gras Indians history."

Irving "Honey" Banister, J'Wan Boudreaux, Joe Gelini, & Kerry "Boom Boom" Vessell, John Fohl on Guitar, Bill Richards on Bass, Steve Malinowski on Organ.

Highly recommended. Tickets, 10.