Sunday, November 01, 2015

Shreveport Blog transitioning from Blogger to Facebook - after 10 years on Blogger

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Shreveport Blog is transitioning to a Shreveport Blog on Facebook in order to re-direct and focus. My ambition is to add more personal insight into the events at hand, write more reviews and see whether the blog can grow.

Please join me.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Shiloh Baptist Church, Mooringsport: Lead Belly's grave and annual jam at noon on Sat, Nov 7

Lead Belly's grave site, Shiloh Baptist Church, Mooringsport

The annual Lead Belly graveside memorial jam will be banged out at noon on Sat, Nov 7, about noon at the Shiloh Baptist Church graveyard in Mooringsport, Louisiana (10395 Blanchard Latex Rd, Mooringsport, LA 71060-9150), says Katy Hobgood Ray. Louisiana musicians will gather at the grave of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter to perform his songs from noon - 1 p.m. All are welcome.

The legendary Huddie Ledbetter was a larger-than-life American singer called King of the Twelve String Guitar, and, sometimes, the Father of American Folk Music. He was known for a vast repertoire of songs - ranging in style from children's ditties to political rags to waltzes to country blues. Many of his songs have become standards, including “Goodnight Irene,” “The Midnight Special,” “Rock Island Line,” “Alberta,” “Pick A Bale Of Cotton,” “The Bourgeois Blues,” and “Birmingham Jail.”

Kathryn Hobgood Ray, 504-650-1238, or Danny Wilder, 318-751-2733.

The drive to Shiloh Baptist Church traverses some of the lovely woods of North Louisiana. The route also passes the Longwood General Store and Mobil station where drivers can fill a tank and fill numerous hungry bellies. Take I-20 Exit 3 (LA -169), North 10 miles to Caddo Parish #6. (a.k.a. Blanchard-Latex Rd.). Turn left on Caddo Parish #6, drive 2.6 miles to Shiloh Baptist Church.

Leadbelly lyrics

Voces Castellanas presents Dia de los Muertos celebration in Columbia Park on Sat, Nov 7, 1 pm to 4 pm

Dia de los Muertos Shreveport, Sat, Nov 7

Voces Castellanas and Multicultural Center of the South happily invite you to the Day of the Dead Festival, says Janine Gomezjurado Demerath.

Día de los Muertos, A Celebration of Life, takes place on Sat, Nov 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Columbia Park.

"Bring your family to do hands-on crafts, enjoy music performances, folkloric dances, exhibition of ofrendas, face painting, Bread of the Dead, games and more. Admission is free," says Lee Spruell.

Columbia Park, 600 Columbia St., Shreveport

Info: 840-9701.

Dia de los Muertos, Julia Miranda Bonet

Photo Julia Miranda Bonet 2015.

Math and art in hands-on exhibit at Artspace Shreveport: interactive work by painter-designer Harriet Stone Evans opens Thurs, Nov 5, 5 pm - 8:30 pm

Harriet Dehan, Shreveport

Harriet Stone Evans loves math. She also is an accomplished designer and painter. Thus the exhibit of her work, “From Flowers to Form: Art Inspired by Mathematics,” will illuminate the mathematical elements in art. Viewers can expect to experience the power of geometry and algebra as artforms through Evans' artworks. And most of her work is interactive.

The Evans exhibition has been presented at the Museum of Science in Boston and the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans.

Tours will be led by the artist, Harriet Stone Evans - who is a dancer and yoga devotee and vibrant conversationalist - and professional leading area artists from Monday, November 9 through Thursday December, 17.(318) 673-6535

Harriet Stone Evans, Artspace Shreveport

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cirque de la Symphonie with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra: aerialists, jugglers and surprises on Sat, Oct 31, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Cirque de la Symphonie / Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

"Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen," says Cirque de la Symphonie, are what audiences can expect on Sat, Oct 31, in Cirque's performance with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Indeed, "Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the maestro."

Cirque performed to acclaim in Shreveport in 2009. The SSO audience seemed awed by the variety and high quality of the circus performers.


Making sure not to ignore that it is Halloween, the SSO says "Join us at 6:30 PM before the concert for some Halloween fun: face painting, Halloween-themed carnival games and treat bags for kids. We invite kids and adults alike to come in costume and join us for a costume parade."

Because you never know when parking on the riverfront is going to be a hassle, there's a free shuttle service which starts at 6:30 pm. The bus picks up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam & Market Streets.

Cirque de la Symphonie / Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Improv in classical piano: composer Steven Termini performs in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College, Shreveport, 7:30 pm Tues, Oct 27

Steve Termini

Pianist, composer, and improvisatory artist Steven Termini will visit Centenary College of Louisiana on Tues, Oct 27, says Gale Odom. He will perform a concert of improvisatory piano music in the Anderson Auditorium at 7:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.

Prior to the concert, Dr. Termini will conduct a workshop with Centenary’s new improvisatory student ensemble, Genesis Jam, at 6:00 PM. “Being able to improvise well is a rare skill, but there is an increasing need for that skill in today’s musical world,” said Dr. Odom, Dean of the Hurley School of Music.

Dr. Termini earned his Ph.D. in Performance Practice from the Royal Academy of Music in London; he also holds a Masters in Fine Arts (Jazz) from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, said Odom. More at

Those who attended the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert featuring pianist Gabriela Montero will remember that she touted her encore as a breathless moment of improvisatory freedom. She asked for audience suggestions for her theme and stopped when she heard the crowd pleaser "You are my sunshine." I am not so sure that it was a spontaneous, unrehearsed bit. Still, she ran a lot of scales and dazzled the crowd with her knowledge of stock material. She approached the famous melody from several directions and won more applause. As a jazz buff, I was not impressed with what she played for the SSO audience. Then again, how can you play something interesting for a middle of the road audience in a tertiary city?

Surely Termini, performing in a quiet, academic setting, will set his sights high in regards his extemporaneous adventure.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chamber music in Shreveport: Noel Foundation performance at Anderson Auditorium on Sun, Oct 25, 3 pm

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

One hates to say that a dynamic performance of classical music by professional musicians is "free." In so many ways, the word "free" is a sickly and false word. A better description of the Noel Foundation Chamber series on Sun, Oct 25, 3 PM, is no charge. The fees for the Shreveport Symphony production have been paid by the foundation.

The concert features Debussy/Schoenberg, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Schoenberg's Transfigured Night and Strauss Jr./Schoenberg, Emperor Waltz, says Lois Robinson.

In the chamber orchestra: Matt Albert, Jennifer Carsillo, Rachel Bundy, Russell Lewis, Todd Gabriel, Sherri Fleshner, Charles Regauer, Ruth Drummond, David Jankowski, Belinda Viesca, Christopher Allen, Tim Wright, Sally Hundemer, Theresa Bridges, Chan Teague and Gay Grosz.

A unusual note is that Daniel Ley will play harmonium. The last accompaniment by harmonium that I remember is when Allen Ginsberg played a portable harmonium while reciting poetry in the Shell amphitheater at Centenary College.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friendly, award-winning high school seeks students; visit on Halloween day, 10:30 - 12:30 during 8th grade preview or at JAMbalaya Music Fest, 12:30 - 4 pm

Caddo Magnet HS

Caddo Magnet High might be a good fit for you.

It is a medium-sized school with enough students (about 1100) to provide a variety of course choices (for instance, I teach African-American Studies, Fine Arts Survey and Video journalism as well as world geography) yet small enough to feel comfortable. It has a wealth of sports - lacrosse, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics, tennis, cross country, soccer and more - and the ROTC program provides a world of additional choices - such as orienteering and activities in Rangers.

Magnet is known for the academic tone of its campus as well as its friendliness and acceptance. Yet there are small worlds within the campus: among them the drama family, the theater tech group, the orchestra students, the Quiz Bowl teens, the debaters, the band musicians, the Student Council workers.

Magnet teachers give individual attention to their students before school and after school. Actually, it is a school where the average student submits their homework on time. Yet across the school students are helping each other study and cooperating to make their deadlines.

Please visit the campus and meet students Sat, Oct 31, Halloween, between 10:30 and 12:30. If you arrive later, you may check out Magnet's newest music and food fest, JAMbalaya ($8).

Regardless of the time, if you'd like to visit, we'd like to make it happen. Please call assistant principal Sheryl Thomas, 318.221.2501, to schedule a visit.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

French romance at Robinson Film Center: 2 movies En Francais Oct 23 - 29

French cinema at RFC

“French cinema, at its best, is very smart, stylish, and innovative,” said Jeff Hendricks, Film Society chair and professor of English and film studies at Centenary College. “Bringing these films to our community via Robinson Film Center helps remind us of the long-standing political, economic, and cultural relationship between France and the United States. And we couldn’t do this were it not for the support from the French embassy and Consulate General in New Orleans.”

From Oct 23-29, RFC will screen a pair of contemporary French movies that both center around unconventional romances: “The New Girlfriend” and “3 Hearts.”

And there's a French Dinner, avec les grands fromages from the Embassy.
$30 (includes dinner and two movies passes good for any movie during French Week)
Evening films: $9.50 ($7.50, RFC members) Matinee films: $7.50 ($5.50, RFC members)

Planting trees and policing the grounds around Highland Park: Shreveport Green and Highland Restoration Assoc sponsor volunteer beautification on Sat, Nov 7 , 8 am to noon

Praying Mantis Mask

Highland Restoration Association and Shreveport Green are gathering Highland neighbors for a morning of beautification, says Stephen Pederson.

"We will be picking up trash at and around Highland Park," Pederson says. Perhaps more importantly, "We're also planting 30 trees to help replenish Highland's aging trees."

Highland chef extraordinaire Andrew Parsons will serve up a delicious lunch from 11 until noon.

Illustration: mask made from Highland trash by Kathryn Usher.