Friday, March 27, 2015

Cellist John-Henry Crawford performs with Centenary Youth Orchestra on Sun, Mar 29, 3 pm, Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College

John-Henry Crawford

"The 40-plus member Centenary Youth Orchestra will perform challenging symphonic circus music by Igor Stravinsky and festive dances by Joaquin Rodrigo on Sunday," said director Todd Gabriel. The concert is Sun, March 29, at 3 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium.

"Our inspiring young guest soloist is Shreveport's own John-Henry Crawford playing one of the greatest works of the classical era, C.P.E. Bach's Cello Concerto in A major."

Cambodian culture celebrated in Asian Festival, Asian Gardens, downtown Shreveport, Sat, Mar 28, 4 pm to 9 pm

Aseana Festival, Shreveport

"We would like to invite you to the 8th Aseana Spring Festival: Soursdey Mut ("Welcome, Friend") Cambodian Festival on Sat, March 28, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Asian Gardens in Downtown Shreveport," says Dr. Mary Grace De Joya-Vea.

"Come enjoy the Gardens, the lights, the songs, the music, the Cambodian traditional dances and a fashion show. The Cambodian Cultural Presentation starts at 5:00 pm. Admission to the festival is free! Vendors will be selling authentic Asian cuisine from several different countries."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hot as a jalapeno and in Shreveport Fri, Mar 27, 7 pm: Grammy-nominated Americana quartet Della Mae

Della Mae @ Wintergrass 2013

"According to Rolling Stone, Friday's grammy-nominated Shreveport House Concert artists, Della Mae, were the best thing at SXSW 2015," says Alan Dyson.

Della Mae plays the Shreveport series Friday, 03/27/15, 7:00 p.m.

$20 per. 1508 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana. 318-670-3567.


Statewide debate and speech tournament being hosted by Caddo Magnet HS Thurs, Mar 26 through Sat, Mar 28

Ethan Courtman, Madelyn Gaharan, Caddo Magnet HS debate

The state debate and speech tournament, called the Tournament of Champions 2015, is being hosted by Caddo Magnet HS and Centenary College Thurs, Mar 26 through Sat, Mar 28, says debate teacher Neill Normand.

Volunteer judges are being enrolled at Judges will be given criteria sheets and need not be experienced. “Judging speech and drama events is an entertaining and enlightening experience,” says teacher Robert Trudeau.

“Almost 300 students will compete in a variety of events including original interpretation, policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, original oratory, and extemporaneous speaking, along with many other events. This is a riveting tournament for Louisiana’s best in high school forensics,” said Caddo debater Madelyn Gaharan. Said Normand, “Some 500 visitors to the city will be eating in restaurants and staying in Shreveport hotels.”

Thurs. and Friday mornings’ events will be at Centenary; the afternoon and evening sessions will be in classrooms at CMHS, beginning at 3:45 pm and spanning one hour increments.

Students from some 31 schools are trekking to Shreveport for the event, says Normand.

Above are debaters and tourney assistants Ethan Courtman and Madelyn Gaharan.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hay Ryed and Napoleonic Code being served during DDA's History on Tap tasting, 5 pm to 9 pm, Thurs, Mar 26

Downtown Shreveport

"Check in at Artspace starting at 5 pm for your History on Tap Tasting Passport and commemorative shot glass which will allow you to be part of all the fun at artspace, Central Art Station (801 Crockett), the Lofts@624 (616 Texas) and Robinson Film Center (617 Texas)," says Liz Swain.

Full-sized beers and food - and beverages other than beer - will be available for purchase at all of the tasting locations.

See the details here.

SRAC Artist Calls online for Artivities in Caddo Common during Big Scene, Sat, Ap 11

Maker's Fair / Shreveport / Nov '11: Peter Fetterman

Audacious dreams and funding for artists: see the Artist Call at as Shreveport Regional Arts Council offers scenarios for interactive, human-scale arts programming in Caddo Common for the Ap 11 Big Scene.

Among the possibilities for artists, SRAC sees
• Plein air painting and art sales
• Sculptural elements that could imagine the proposed Sculpture Garden, preferably created live during the event
• Busking – acoustic music, mime/acrobatics, etc.
• Artistic/creative park games, eg Alice-in-Wonderland croquet, giant jenga, kite making, etc
• “Shakespeare in the Park” Vignettes
• Anything that invokes creative Art in the Park.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 1

And there's the Doo Dah Parade and more . . .

Monday, March 23, 2015

Live rock in a smoke free tavern early as hell: Bucket List at Bears Fairfield, Shreveport, at 6:30 pm, Thurs, Mar 26:

Bucket List by MC Rollo

Russ Brabham and his journeymen, aka Bucket List, are performing at smoke-free Bears Fairfield on Thurs, Mar 26, at 6:30pm, says Greg Williams.

Americana and classic rock tunes roll like waves at Gulf Shores when these guys pick up their fiddles and guitars and step up to their mics. With Kerry Hunter,Tim Brogan,Bill Unverzagt and Michael Long.

Bears on Fairfield 1401 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101. Photo MC Rollo.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

European and Louisiana art reflecting Disappearing Nature at Rainforest Art Foundation, 710 Travis St, Shreveport; exhibit opens Sun, Mar 22, 2 pm to 5 pm

Stephanie Yu Lusk, Rainforest Art Foundation

Sunday, Mar 22, is the opening of a Rainforest Art Foundation show called "Disappearing Nature," featuring local and international artists. "The Zurich Rainforest Art Foundation location, Galerie Wild, sent some beautiful pieces from Switzerland and Germany," says Stephanie Yu Lusk.

(318) 717-9111. 2 pm to 5 pm. Refreshments.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Walkin' like an animal" with funky Flow Tribe at Bears Shreveport on Fri, Mar 20

Flow Tribe

"Flow Tribe, an irreverent young funk/groove band from New Orleans, will slam down a concert at Bear’s Fairfield on Fri, Mar 20," says Chase Boytim.

"The guys are road warriors, playing 100+ club and festival dates a year throughout the South and East," says Matt Kelly. They banged Voodoo Fest in New Orleans in Nov, and will be smacking JazzFest in April. Flow Tribe just released a new album in September.

"Walkin' like an animal."

$10. Doors 8 pm. No smokin', darlin'.

Teams being registered at Shreveport Green for the Great American Cleanup on Sat, Ap 18

Texas Ave Clean-Up 2012, Shreveport

The Great American Cleanup will take place throughout Shreveport-Bossier on Saturday, April 18, says Donna Curtis. "Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is Shreveport-Bossier’s largest, city and parish-wide cleanup effort, attracting over 1,000 volunteers in one day," noted Curtis.

Grab your allies and put your team together, encourages Curtis, and register at Shreveport Green.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jazzy, smooth sounds from Shreveport's young best and brightest: Nia Savoy and Friends at Caddo Middle Magnet PAC on Sat, Mar 21, 7 pm

Nia Savoy

"Nia Savoy & Friends in Concert is going down this Sat, Mar 21, at 7pm at the Caddo Middle Magnet Performing Arts Center, 7635 Cornelious Ln, Shreveport, LA 71106,"says Nia.

This concert might also be titled the Best and Brightest performers of Shreveport's next generation. Alongside the much-awarded singer-dancer Nia will be jazz sax and piano mensch Trevarri Huff-Boone. Savoy is a senior at Caddo Magnet HS (wish you'd seen her in The Wiz). Huff-Boone is a full scholarship student at Loyola of New Orleans.

Additional performers are the nationally known singer Willie Jones (X Factor) and top teens from Nia's crowd, including Thomas Keys, Steven Elliot and Victoria Wells.

Tickets $15. Online at Reservations, 318.573.0649. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

Highly recommended.