Monday, March 02, 2015

Paintings by Penelope Przekop, Shreveport to Philadelphia, at Norsworthy Galley on Sat, Mar 7, 4 to 6 pm

Penelope Przekop @ Norsworthy Gallery

"I was raised in the US Deep South; Louisiana, to be exact. I grew up in the midst of an extended Christian family focused on fundamental values which included speaking in tongues, Bible studies, church three times a week, Christian outreach, Sunday school, church camp, family prayers, laying on of hands, hands reaching up to God, and dancing in the aisles.

Many of my relatives were well meaning but some were troubled. In the end, they were all merely human.

I was taught through the church, and the Southern culture supporting it, that men are inherently superior to women." So says artist and writer Penelope Przekop, whose mixed media paintings will be on display at Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St, from March 7 to Mar 28.

She continues, "I was taught that sex was bad."

"I’m writing about this because I just finished a work of art titled, “Deconstruction of a Southern Girl (the haunting).”(below)

Przekop has been a painter since 2008; she spent the first half of her adult life writing fiction. She is the author of five books, including four novels. Her art often includes a strong sense of character and story, says Chris Bailey. She graduated from Northwood High School and LSUS. She has a Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University. Her father is teacher Bill Hall, her mother is designer Jane Haden.

Meet the artist Sat, Mar 7, 4 to 6 pm.

"Deconstruction of a Southern Girl," Penelope Przekop

Care about the Camp Minden munitions burn? Encouragement from Lt Gen Russell Honore at Minden Civic Center 7 pm Tues, Mar 3

Lydia Thomas

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (Ret.), of the Louisiana environmental aggregation Green Army, will encourage efforts to stop federal and state agencies from using the open tray burn method at Camp Minden in a Stop The Burn Rally at the Minden Civic Center on Tues, Mar 3, 7 pm, says Chris Broussard.

The fate of what is said to be the biggest stockpile of munitions in U.S. history is open to question.

“We really want to support the efforts of those actively engaged in solving this monumental challenge,” Broussard said. “There are many people involved in moving forward with safe disposal now and all eyes are on Louisiana and how we solve this.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frequent Flyer Aerialists will not fall upon the violinists of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sat, Nov 28, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance w SSO

Mid-air muses the Frequent Flyer Aerialists will add excitement to the SSO performance of Appalachian Spring on Sat, Nov 28, says Michael Butterman. The SSO music director knows the acrobats from his residency in Boulder, where he is music director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highly recommended. As is the pre-concert talk by the articulate director.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

From the Gourds to Shinyribs, Kevin Russell writes and sings effortlessly about the Deep South; catch him Thurs, Feb 26, Bears on Fairfield, Shreveport


"Shinyribs in Shreveport? Yes, indeed, this Thurs night, Feb 26, at Bears on Fairfield," says David M Green. "For those of you who don't know, Shinyribs is Kevin Russell and band."

"He's my old friend and band mate from the Picket Line Coyotes. This will be a fun night and I am looking so forward this show."

Liston to "Sweet potato" and more by Shinyribs.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Artists who donated to Cirque de Shreve, Meadows Museum benefit, get comp tickets to the historic drama Mr Turner, RFC; opens with talk and supper Fri, Feb 20

New movie about the life of the painter J. M. W. Turner - "Mr.Turner "

Iconic painter JMW Turner was both celebrated and reviled in his time. Thus the new Academy Award-nominated movie, "Mr. Turner." The 150 min. movie opens at Robinson Film Center on Fri, Feb 20, says Lisa Nicoletti, co-sponsored by The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum and The Centenary Film Society.

Friends of the Meadows Museum, Artists Who Contributed to the Friends' Cirque de Shreve; and Centenary College community are admitted free – tickets courtesy of the Centenary Film Society.

A preview dinner at 5:30 pm on Fri, Feb 20,features speakers Lisa Nicolleti, Bruce Allen, and Jefferson Hendricks commenting on J. M. W. Turner's life, times, and artistic achievement. Cost is $30 or $22 to Friends and Artist contributors. The movie begins at 6:45 pm.

"Mr Turner" will be shown until Thurs, Feb 26, at the Robinson Film Center.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thorazine shuffle in the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport: Govt Mule performance Thurs, Ap 23

Govt Mule, Shreveport

Liking Govt Mule is a bit like liking Harleys and the Prius in equal measure. Yes, Warren Haynes plays every blues rock cliche in the big book and uses a tonality that you've heard since the halcyon days of the Allman Bros. But he also composes very interesting songs like "Thorazine Shuffle" and "Beautifully Broken."

Me, I think he's a steaming avatar from the bleached jawbone of an unidentified biped who romped in the Olduvai.

Tipitina’s presents Gov’t Mule on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.

$50 Floor, $45 Orchestra, $35 Balcony (Ticket prices do not include fees) Tickets: The CenturyLink Center Box office, All Ticketmaster locations, online at or charge by phone 800-745-3000. Starting March 2 – tickets will also be available for purchase at Shreveport Municipal Box office – weekdays.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Krewe of Highland parades Sun, Feb 15; 4-mile Shreveport party rolls at 2 pm


"Do what you want" is the Latin motto for the 2015 Krewe of Highland Parade, says LeVette Fuller. It rolls at 2 pm from the edge of Bayou Pierre at the corner of Fern, Gilbert and Ockley.

One of the more widely circulated questions of the year is whether Ringo Starr will jump upon a Beatle-themed float. He performs Fri, Feb 13, at the Riverdome. Alas, he is scheduled to perform in Birmingham on Sun, Feb 15, 8 pm, according to Ticketmaster.

Nonetheless, the Highland Parade is known for surprises and for general silliness. Parade watchers will be alert for almost any sort of shenanigans.

Highland parade route 2015

Krewe of Highland Parade Route 2015

Pedal the Gemini and Highland parade routes with Bike Shreveport on Feb 14, 15

Highland Parade Route Bike Ride

Bike Shreveport is an informal, welcoming and diverse crew of riders taking advantage of the parade-ready streets as an avenue for 2-wheel fun.

Join Bike Shreveport for a ride on the Gemini route on Sat, Feb 14, 1 pm, at Great Raft Brewing. Join them for the Highland ride at Marilynn's Place on Sun, Feb 15, at noon.

Music, food, drink on historic Bayou Pierre after the Krewe of Highland Parade, Sun, Feb 15: Marilynn's Place Fest

Post-Highland Parade Fest

Recommended community gathering.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Central Art Station, Shreveport Regional Arts Council: images by Byron Gates, Jr, with opening party Thurs, Feb 12, 5 pm - 7:30 pm

Byron Gates, Jr

Master image maker Byron Gates, Jr, will display photos of the renovation and development of Central Artstation at that site, 801 Crockett St, says Pam Atchison. The opening party is Th, Feb 12, 5 - 7:30 pm.

Central Artstation is a jewel of re-purposing, with several million simoleons having been invested in maintaining the standards of the 1920's original. Downstairs is a well-outfitted and well-used black box theater (ex: Wayne White used it as a sculpture studio for several weeks). Upstairs are cool offices and a celestial meeting room. Truly, this is a downtown showcase for thoughtful design.

Outside is a 20-foot Dalmatian that brings to mind the RCA His Master's Voice canine, minus the gramophone. And at one corner is an obelisky fireman's tower, being renovated - and named the Kallenberg Tower for the family's donations - to add more coolness to the art center.

"Visitors unable to make the opening can visit the exhibition Mondays through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm," says Casey Jones.

Casey Jones, SRAC Marketing Director (318) 673-6500;

Blayne Weaver in River City Rep's 60's farce, Boeing Boeing, at East Bank Theater Feb 11 - 15


"River City Repertory Theatre's production of Boeing Boeing is a sexy romp of a comedy with a stellar cast," says Patti Reeves. "It's fun, frivolous and free from offensive language. All you need do is check your baggage (the cares of this world) and relax and enjoy," claims well-traveled actress Reeves. It was winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2008.

Blayne Weaver, Anna Maria SparkeKeele, Cara Johnston and Susan Kirton.

East Bank Theatre. Tickets, $35. 318-868-5888.
Opens Feb 11 and runs thru Feb 15.
Online tickets: