Thursday, May 28, 2015

All ages music and visual arts feast at Artspace Shreveport begins at 3 pm Sat, May 30: portculture as produced by Creative Intel and Leeaux Leo

Leeaux Leo, MC Rollo photography show, Artspace Shreveport

Making his mark on Shreveport via sketchery, paintings and by dreaming and baking events, Leeaux Leo reminds some of organizer April Dahm, some of arts producer and artist David Nelson. He is somehow both a questor and a producer.

He says, "I'm a creator of sorts. I spend my time finding inspiration from music and the arts / culture I expose myself to. In a sense I'm creating the world around me. I'm only 23. I want to do great things in the environment around me no matter where I'm at. My main goal is to inspire those who I reach with my artwork, or story."

Thus his omnivorous event at Artspace Shreveport on Sat, May 30: portculture.

Spy the surreal Texas Ave mural on the side of the co-op Bike Container. That's Leo's work. Says Leo, "I have a gift of art that has been with me since I was young. I don't take it for granted. Instead I use it to shape my world."

Some days Leo seems everywhere in Shreveport, as in multiple coffee shops, lunch counters, art events and taverns.

"We are a Port of Culture," he reminds. "A melting pot in the south. I'm here to help show this to the eyes of people who have not been paying attention before. Sometimes people knock our music scene but it's nothing bad at All. It just needed organization. So I made a team of friends to help do this under Creative Intel Productions, where we creatively provide aesthetics to our events, creative promotion, with art and intelligence."

A vignette to go with an Arkansas band, Move Orchestra, that Leo will present Sat night at Artspace: "I was living in Little Rock at the beginning of September and heard rumor of a band I grew up listening to formed a new band. They used to be called PMToday. They were signed to Rise Records. They formed a new project called Move Orchestra. I crossed paths with them when a friend of mine invited me to a show downtown Little Rock. I was selling my artwork and enjoying the show. Move Orchestra had a brilliant performance. It was something like i've never heard or seen before."

"Finally after building up the courage to talk to them," notes the rarely-shy artist, "I shared my art and gave Connor Brogan (lead vocalist, creative mind behind it all) some of my artwork and we shared how you can make a difference by actively supporting the music and art culture directly in your community. We talked for some time. I explained to him this is my purpose here, to create. We laughed and exchanged information. Soon after I booked my first show in Little Rock AR with a band I was helping manage at the time called The Hacking and some locals. Move Orchestra performed on it and it was amazing. They had a great time and we remained in touch."

Music begins at 3 pm. Admission, $10 before 6PM. $13 after 6PM. Comestibles for sale by Ki Mexico and Jester Food Truck.

Parking in Church parking lot located next to Artspace Shreveport.

PMtoday @ Pegasus Festival

Brogan brothers, formerly PMToday; now Move Orchestra.

Collin Cochran, Maisey Brocato, Gracie Baukman lead Louisiana Dance Theater performance at Emmett Hook Center on Sat, May 30, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Dance Alive Sat, May 30, Shreveport

LA: Dance Alive! 2015, the 32nd annual performance, is Sat, May 30, 2015, at 2 pm & 7:30 pm at the Emmett Hook Center in Shreveport, said Carol Anglin. It will feature Louisiana Dance Theatre, an Honor Company of Regional Dance America.

"Joined by three of the company’s choreographers, Jon Lehrer, Brandi Coleman, and Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, Louisiana Dance Theatre will premiere and perform award-winning choreography created by these legendary artists. We are also thrilled that Pavel Perebillo,a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was Senior Lighting Designer for the famed Kirov Ballet (Mariinsky), will return to Shreveport from Dallas as Louisiana Dance Theatre's lighting designer," said Anglin.

Louisiana Dance Theatre 2014-15 Corps de Ballet: Collin Cochran, Gracie Baukman, Maisey Brocato, Elizabeth Cush, J’aime Griffith, and Lillian Herron. Louisiana Dance Theatre 2014-15 Youth Ballet: Madison Abraham, Graison Boswell, Olivia Butterman, Kynnedi Chevalier, Rheann Chico, Mackinley Loyd, Kendall Melvin, Sara Oberle, and Caitlyn Wiley.

Online tickets: 20 - 10. Also: Carol Anglin Dancenter, 318.861.3006

Singers, dancers, groups: SRAC's Performing Arts Showcase application deadline Fri, May 29

UnScene Feb, Shreveport: Michael Henderson

Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Performing Arts Showcase - part of Common Culture Week - provides Critical Review for Performing Artists. It will be held on Tuesday, June 23. Each individual performer will perform for up to 10 minutes; group performances are a maximum of 15 minutes.

"Critic Anne Marie Welsh will view all performances, make the decisions about the Best of Show award and other performers/performances that merit verbal commentary after the showcase -- this promises to be a “long/late” but highly entertaining evening," says Pam Atchison.

The selected Best of Show performer/performance will receive $2,000 in order to mount a full length production/concert to be staged at a mutually agreeable time within three months of the selection. The final performance will be advertised in a national publication.

Sign Up Deadline: 12:00 midnight, May 29. The lead/contact Artist will be on the NWLA Artist’s Directory by the May 29 deadline.

Artists will also find applications for Artists Studio Tours, UnDisputed Returns teams, and Nick Cave Residency work on the site link above.

Photo: singer-musician Michael Henderson.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Life, Love, and Hate of a Free Jazz Man and His Woman, film by Jorge Torres-Torres and Rob Peterson, at minicine?, 846 Texas Ave, Shreveport, 8 pm on Tues, May 26

Haitian art exhibit, Rob Peterson curator, minicine Shreveport

A film by Jorge Torres-Torres produced by Rob Peterson, The Life, Love, and Hate of a Free Jazz Man and His Woman follows jazz saxophonist Arthur Doyle through shows in NYC, New Orleans and Birmingham, AL.

The free jazz movie trailer.

846 Texas Ave, Shreveport. Donations.

Photo is from a show of Haitian art brought to Shreveport by Rob Peterson in 2009.

All ages, smoke free, early jazz show: Mark Griffith and Twang Darkly at Central Artstation, Tues, May 26, 6 pm - 9 pm


The Everett Street Jazz Band, based in Ruston, and guitarist Mark Griffith, backed by Twang Darkly, will perform Tues, May 26th, at 6 p.m. in Central Artstation, says Pam Atchison.

Central Artstation is at the corner of Common and Crockett Streets; it's 801 Crockett St. Admission is $10. Persons 5 and under are free.

My recommendation for parking is along Crockett St or up the hill along Texas Ave.

The tapestry of sounds created Tues night should be evocative of a lunar salon peopled by lyrical djinns. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mark Griffith by Barbara Beaird.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sundays at 3 pm, Betty Virginia Park, Shreveport: Yoga Jai, donation-based healthiness

Yoga Jai, Shreveport

Says Jill Anderson French of Yoga Jai, "We will be holding classes in Betty Virginia Park every Sun at 3 pm. Please try to arrive fifteen minutes before class starts to get settled and ready for class to begin.

All classes are donation based. More then 50% of the donations will go to a charity we choose for the month.

On rainy days, we will be have class at Breathe Yoga studio! We are very excited to be able to use their beautiful studio when the weather is not on our side. Their address is 1935 W. 70th Street. By the large post office."

Zounds: Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Common Culture Week activities Tues, June 23 - Sun, June 28

Central Art Station shiny dalmatian

Coming in late June: Common Culture Week by Pam Atchison and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council .

Says Atchison, "The overall goal of the week is to identify and equip area “potential collectors” to invest in Artworks created and distributed by Northwest Louisiana Artists in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts fields. Everything about the week is designed to bring Collectors and Artists together to learn, appreciate, and “invest” in what each needs.

Have you considered what a potential Collector needs in order to make a commitment to support the career advancement of an Artist? Have area “taste makers,” interior designers, or just great “shoppers” thought about why they should invest in Artists who live and make their living right here? This dialogue will take place throughout the week of “matchmaking” opportunities."

Tentative Week Schedule Info:

Tues, June 23: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Performing Arts Showcase

Wed, June 24: Collector's Evening & Opening of the Artist Entrepreneurial Training Exhibition

Thurs, June 25: Marilyn Couch Exhibition Opening

Fri, June 26: Nadine Charity Literary Exhibition Opening

Sat, June 27: Undisputed! Returns!!

Sun, June 28: Shreveport Bossier Studio Tours

See the artist call.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A new generation arrives: All ages art and music produced by Leeaux Leo at Artspace Shreveport on Sat, May 30

Leeaux Leo, Artspace Shreveport

The next generation has arrived. They are knocking upon the door. Let them in. Recommended.

Review: Sybarites in strappy satin; Daniel Salazar, Rachael Lee McGill slinkified Stage Center's production of the musical Cabaret, May 14 - 23

cabaret, stage center shreveport; Thomas Wiltheis photo

Titillation is ever the allure of Cabaret, a musical set in degenerate 1930's Berlin. Stage Center director Jared Watson had fun with that sexiness in his recent production of Cabaret at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. There were suggestively strappy satin, nylon, lacy and cutout costumes in every scene. And, in the spirit of full disclosure, the audience was treated to a blackout view of Daniel Salazar's (the Emcee) perfectly lunar butt cheeks.

Salazar had the physique for the Joel Grey role. Happily, he also had the energy for the androgynous, animated role, winning the audience's standing approval in the final Saturday night performance.

Yet Watson did not allow the show to linger upon the comeliness of the cast. The rapid pace of the play was one of its strengths.

The jazz of the Kit Kat Klub Band was a propulsive force. Buoyant direction by Seth Taylor brought brio to the hot 30's music performed by Ted Beagley, Mary Green, Steven Hitt, Cary Armound, Joshua Johnson, Cory Craig and Tom Yates.

Rachael Lee Magill, a veteran of stage and film, was a force field of Sally Bowles magnetism. Magill's voice, limbs and eyes were vivaciously at work in each scene.

Casting for this Cabaret was robust. Earleen Bergeron played Fraulein Schneider with aplomb - and a twinkle in her eye. Matching her in song and gravitas was David Bieler as Herr Schultz. Cunningly low-key in look and voice as the closet Nazi was Seth Taylor. Yes, the musical director did double duty.

Jason Shidiskis played Clifford Bradshaw, the complicated American author. Relatively new to local stages, Shidiskis is a welcome and capable player. Janin Jones Pou brought a sense of humor as well as leggy flair to the role of Fraulein Kost, the happy harlot.

The Kit Kat cut ups, a ravishing crew, danced and posed with offhand coolness. Lorna Street Dopson (who also played a gorilla in the bestiality scene), Katie Dupont, Aubrey Buckner, Courtnei Gabriel, Elissa Little and Molly Melancon were the show's cupcakes. The bon bons were Isaiah Aaron Jones, Jason Anderson, Thomas Wiltheis and Joe Signorelli.

The artful, magically lighted set was created by Seth Taylor and Daniel Salazar. Jeffrey Meek gets credit for the stylish garb.

There was so much ebullience and honesty about sex in Berlin in 1931. Few could imagine that the mass of Germans were about to turn on their heels and buy into the hypocritically puritan world of the Nazis.

Stage Center's version of Cabaret ran from May 14 - 23, and included a Sat matinee for the impecunious called a Pay-what-you-can Benefit. Soulful idea, that one. Kit Kat Klub, Stage Center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No school Fri, May 22? Plans for kids? SciPort has one-day robotics camp, 8 am - 5 pm

Robots: Bill Joyce

Sci-Port is offering a one-day robotics camp for K - 10th students on Friday, May 22, says Claire Floyd.

Students will learn about everyday robots. They will make one of their own. The camp lasts from 8 AM-5 PM. It costs $55 for Sci-Port members and $65 for future members. Call (318) 424-3466 to register today.

Sci-Port also offers week-long day camps throughout the summer beginning Monday, May 25th. Call (318) 424-3466 or visit for more information.

Illustration: Bill Joyce sketch for the movie Robots. As displayed at Artspace Shreveport in 2005.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tattoo artist, garage band: Why Art Matters addressed by teen films being shown at Robinson Film Center on Sun, May 24, 2 pm


"Why does art matter?" RFC's Teen Film Council has been working since Jan. to answer this question on film.

The teens will present their five-minute documentaries - subjects that range from a tattoo artist to a garage band - and guide a post-screening dialogue on Sun, May 24, 2 pm, says Megan Hochstetler.

The filmmakers: Alden Anderson, Mason Hooper, Chlese Jiles, Jessica McCarty, Morgan Pitner, Sierra Weathers, Pedro Martinez, Cleo Singleton, Arin Soileau, Dalton Smiley, Madeleine Hollis, Liam Rivers-Kidd, Destiny Goodman, Gillian English, Alayna Cannon, Jonathan Harvey, Deborah Stackhaus, McKenzie Brown, and Claire Brabham.

Artist call from SRAC for sharrows in Shreveport Common; deadline May 27

Sharrow design artist call

See more. Deadline Wed, May 27, 2015.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anna Kirkes & Sarah Lagerson Sherry teach dance & art camps at Centenary College in June

Anna Kirkes, Shreveport

"Get moving this summer with dance camps for all ages and experience levels," says well-traveled and highly-qualified dance instructor Anna Kirkes.

Summer Dance Camp for ages 6-9 (no prior dance training needed)
June 15-19. 9:30am – 11:30am
$140 per student

Summer Dance Camp for ages 9-13 (for dancers with some prior dance training)
June 15-19. 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$150 per student

Summer Dance Intensive for ages 13 and up (training required)
June 22-26. 9:00am – 3:30pm $300 per student
Dance classes meet in the Fitness Center. See more.

Discovering Our World – Summer Art Camps in Turner Art Center. First through eighth graders. Taught by Sarah Lagerson Sherry, no less highly-qualified and well-traveled. The camp program includes four week-long sessions running from June 1st through 26th. Campers can choose to attend morning or afternoon sessions.

Morning: Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm; Afternoon: M-F, 1pm-4pm.
The grades listed in the sessions are those just completed; please sign your children up for the grade they have just completed.

Week 1: June 1-5. Morning (1st & 2nd grade); Afternoon (3rd & 4th grade).
Week 2: June 8-12. Morning (3rd & 4th grade);Afternoon (5th & 6th grade).
Week 3: June 15-19. Morning (5th & 6th grade); Afternoon (7th & 8th grade).
Week 4: June 22-26. Morning (7th & 8th grade); Afternoon (1st & 2nd grade).

$150/morning OR afternoon session; includes all materials and snacks. Students with allergies are welcome to pack their own snacks. Space is limited to 10 students per session. See more.