Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Highly recommended chamber music: Baroque Artists of Shreveport perform at St Mark's on Sun, Oct 4, 3 pm

New shorts by Moonbot Studios plus Nefarious Narration by the Nattering Nabobs of Numiscella, Artspace Shreveport, Thurs, Oct 2, 5:30 pm

Enter if you dare and pull up a chair. Gather around the caldron for a literary scare, says Pam Atchison.

Local scribes and actors will present storytelling, poetry readings, and theatrical performances at A Night of Nefarious Narration on Thurs, Oct 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at artspace.

Area artists, poets and performers: Carlos Colon, Ashley Havird, Katie Bickham, Loretta Wilson Casteen, Jim McLain, Mimi Rankin Webb, Kathryn Usher, Nadine Charity, and more.

The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado are the original short films being debuted by Moonbot Studios.

Open & free to the people. Must have ID to drink at the Cash Bar.

The nattering nabobs of Numiscella? Ah: I must have imbibed too much numiscella.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Leonine rocker Jimmy Wooten and Lions May Cry: all-ages show at East Bank Theater on Th, Oct 2

Not a tighter trio rocking this part of the world will you find aside from Lions May Cry. Their album, "Lions May Cry," has crunch, melody, vocal power, scintillating guitar and a soaring vibe.

Ordinarily the power trio rocks the walls of clubs. Catch them in the very comfortable East Bank Theater in an all ages show on Th, Oct 2. Highly recommended for musicality, even if I am a friend of the band.

Tickets are 10.61.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Critical Manners: casual bicycle ride through tree-lined East Shreveport on Fri, Sept 26, 7 pm

Scores of local bicyclists will roll - casually - at 7 pm from Columbia Park on Fri, Sept 26, says Stephen Pederson of SBC Bike Social. As potential bikers can see from the map above, it is a picturesque, historic, tree-lined ride. In case a rider or riders want to drop out at any point, no one will think any less of you.

Shreveport Critical Manners, like the global Critical Mass ride sans the political protest, has drawn some 50 riders lately. The pace is slow enough to chat bike-to-bike. People who have accidents are helped and waited upon. There are rest breaks. Btw, riders gather at Columbia Park at 6:30 for meet and greet.

More at Shreveport Critical Manners.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Answers to either 'she' or 'he': Big Freedia brings bounce to Shreveport via Bears on Fairfield on Sat, Sept 27

Big Freedia is the stage name of Freddie Ross, an American musician known for work in the New Orleans genre of hip hop called bounce music. He has been credited with helping popularize the genre, which was largely underground since developing in the early 1990s, says Wikipedia.

He has been featured in publications such as The Village Voice and The New York Times, and has performed on Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and at SXSW, where he received a positive review from Rolling Stone. Freedia says, “I am not transgendered; I am just a gay male. I wear women’s hair and carry a purse, but I am a man. I answer to either ‘he’ or ‘she.’” Tickets.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Comedy at Emmett Hook Center Oct 9 - 18: Noises Off by Jared Watson and Stage Center

Artistic Director Jared Watson is director for Stage center's version of the comedy Noises Off, says John Bogan. Also behind the stage: Seth Taylor (scenic design), Daniel Salazar (lighting design), Katy Allred (costume design), Emily Kitchens (production stage manager) and Sarah Wise (Stage Manager).

There's a cast of seasoned cut-ups: John Bogan, Jim Cowles, Betty Cummings, Cara L. Derrick, Lorna Street Dopson, Rachael Lee Magill, John Peyton Pou, Zac Rowe, and Joe Todaro.

Thursday, October 9 @ 7:30PM
Fridays, October 10 & 17 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, October 11 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, October 18 @ 2:00PM & 7:30PM

StageCenterLA.com | 318.218.9978. All performances at Emmett Hook Center – 550 Common St., Downtown S’port. Tickets online: $18/15.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dulcet aroma in the air? It's the blooming of Osmanthus Fragrans, aka sweet olive

What's that marvelous if mysterious fragrance on the street today?

It is Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans; also known as Sweet Olive or Tea Olive). It's an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 5-12 m tall, says wikipedia.org. It is native to Asia, from the Himalaya east through China to Japan.

Its flowers are small (1 cm long), white, with a four-lobed corolla and have a strong fragrance.It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens (both in Asia and elsewhere in the world) for its deliciously fragrant flowers which carry the scent of ripe peaches or apricots.

In Chinese cuisine, the flowers are also used to produce osmanthus-scented jam (called guì huā jiàng, 桂花醬 or 桂花酱), sweet cakes (called guì huā gāo, 桂花糕), dumplings, soups, and even liquor (桂花酒).

If it seems to remind you of uptown New Orleans, you're right. St Charles Avenue and City Park are practically forests of Sweet Olive. It's also redolent of Houston's Montrose and of the old neighborhoods in Mobile and Biloxi.

Party over the Painted Violins project at 6 pm before the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra performance on Sat, Sept 20, 7:30 pm

The Shreveport Symphony would like you to be our guest at the unveiling of our Painted Violins Project, says Leigh Anne Chambers. Join us at Riverview Hall for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the Opening Night concert.

Free to season subscribers.$25 for non-subscribers RSVP 318.222.7496

Artist Talbot Hopkins is one of 15 violin painters.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flat tires? No problem; bring your ratty bicycle to Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, on Sat, Sept 20, noon to 5 pm, for a free re-hab

Tune-ups will be free if bicycle owners can get their needy 2-wheelers to Great Raft Brewing on Sat., says Stephen Pederson.

Volunteers from Shreveport Bossier Bike Social will be working alongside Ian Webb of River City Cycling to make "simple repairs, brakes, gears, cleaning (but no buff jobs), tire inflates, check ups and that sort of thing." It is, like, no charge.

A bump in social biking - on view across the US - seems to be happening in Shreveport. SBC Bike Social Critical Manners rides on the last Fri of the month have drawn a gang growing to 50 riders and beyond. With good biking weather ahead, local riders are dusting off their Schwinns, notes Pederson. "People will find help, advice and solidarity in biking at Great Raft on Sat. Please stop and say hello, even without your bike."