Sunday, April 30, 2006
The plankery has been provided by artist-gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara and by curator Jacqueline Bishop, associated with the Arthur Roger Gallery.
At the Roger Gallery site don't be surprised to see a nice group of Clyde Connell works. The Roger was one of her principal galleries in her mature years.
Alas, Artspace is open only Th, Fr and Sat.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Downstairs is a stimulating and touching display by an array of New Orleans artists. If you can't attend Jazzfest, check in with the 150 paintings and photos by Crescent City painters.
There are two exhibits, "New Orleans artists in exile," and "Made in New Orleans." Both are on national tours and are highly recommendable. In fact, don't be surprised if you want to go back after one visit to consume more of this show. It's like a super-chocolate cake.
ALMOST on a lark, Chris DeWolfe bought the Internet address MySpace.com in 2002, figuring that it might be useful someday. At first, he used the site to peddle a motorized contraption, made in China and called an E-scooter, for $99.
Selling products online comes naturally to him. Having jumped into the Internet business in the early days, Mr. DeWolfe had become a master of the aggressive forms of online marketing, including e-mail messages and pop-up advertising. After the Internet bubble burst, he even built a site that let people download computer cursors in the form of waving flags; the trick was that they also downloaded software that would monitor their Internet movements and show them pop-up ads.
Very quickly, however, Mr. DeWolfe's tactics for MySpace changed. He had noticed the popularity of Friendster, a rapidly growing Web site that let people communicate with their friends and meet the friends of their friends. What would happen, he wondered, if he combined this type of social networking with the sort of personal expression enabled by other sites for creating Web pages or online journals?
He convinced the executives of eUniverse, the company that had bought his own marketing firm, ResponseBase, to back his plan. As soon as the site was reintroduced, in the summer of 2003, Mr. DeWolfe saw it grow quickly with little marketing. And although his scrappy backer was hungry for cash, he resisted pressure to flood MySpace with advertising and to turn all of its members into money.
"Chris came from ResponseBase, and they knew all the direct marketing tactics to get money out of almost anything," said Brett C. Brewer, the former president of eUniverse, which was later renamed Intermix Media. "But I give him credit: from literally the first or second month, he realized MySpace could be something we really need to protect because user confidence in the site was paramount."
Now MySpace has a new owner — Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which bought MySpace and Intermix last year for $649 million — and the pressure on Mr. DeWolfe to find a way to make much more money from MySpace is far greater.
But the opportunity is greater, too. More than 70 million members have signed up — more than twice as many as MySpace had when Mr. Murdoch agreed to buy it — drawn by a simple format that lets users build their own profile pages and link to the pages of their friends. It has tapped into three passions of young people: expressing themselves, interacting with friends and consuming popular culture.
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Brilliant MInds Wasted
Ghost Town Flood
Evocative poster by Hayden Camp, Paul Garner and Matt Grisham.
Friday, April 28, 2006
There's more info at worldtaichiday.org and phoenixvirtuetemple.com or from Janis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And she adds, edgily, " We'd love to see you guys there! We are marketing more to the business community than the arts community...forgive us, but we really want to sell some art!"
Thursday, April 27, 2006
The reception Monday, May 1, is from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and features music and cocktails.
MCCS: 401 Texas St.
The Multicultural Center remains new to most people of the region. Yet you will be wowed by the variety, neatness and extent of the exhibits. Terrific art and adept cultural settings abound. The MCCS should be added to everyone's downtown agenda.
The trio is back with a new CD called Shine. Check their far-flung calendar and bask in a bit of the musical glow at www.myspace.com/outlawnation.
Buy the disk at Sam Goody in St Vincent Mall, says
singer-guitarist Christian Simeon. In fact, the group has a deal for new fans: "Buy the new cd, Shine, and get our last cd, Tripping Wire, for nada."
Neil Young all night long at Arodasi Dance Center; performances begin on Fri, Ap 28 at 8 pm at 327 Market St, Shreveport
Opening Night for this show, Moving Art, is Friday, April 28th at 8pm. It's followed by performances on Saturday, April 29th at 8pm; Sunday April 30th at 3pm; Friday, May 5th at 8pm and Saturday, May 6th at 8pm.
"Moving Art, with music by Neil Young Only creates a new vision of his music through improvisation, aesthetic creation and theatrical stage painting," says choreographer and director Dorothinia .
Wine, water & chocolate will be served.
Reservations encouraged; it is an intimate theater. Call Dorothy at 318-861-6721 or Suzanne at 318-518-6282 for reservations or info.
Doors will open one hour prior to the performance to show New Work by Robin Rothrock in the dance studio.
Bistineau Gallery, located within the Arodasi Dance Center, has a new group show with work by Bill Gingles, Tom Ladousa, and Rachel Stuart-Haas.
If you fancy the photo above, follow the link to see more artful snaps by a young British fellow residing in Shreveport, Paul J Whaley. Terrific lensman, I say.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Leadbelly, negro minstrel, became the toast of the town. Taken in by wealthy New Yorkers, he sent to Shreveport for his woman, singer Martha Promise. They were married in Connecticut, says Wolfe and Lornell in the Life & Legend of Leadbelly.
The youtube.com video montage comprises about 8 minutes of Leadbelly's work.
Ron Hardy is producing his annual Tribute to Leadbelly on Sat, May 13, at the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport. See more in an earlier SptBlog post. Or call Hardy at 318-424-9297.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I like Camp's copy on Cotton: " Chris' particular style of picking guitar hearkens back to an earlier time when country blues artists traveled from town to town playing at fish-frys, reunions, and juke joints. He learned the traditional Piedmont style of finger-picking from the older blues musicians
busking in the french quarter of New Orleans, LA, when he resided there."
From fish frys to the Piedmont to the Crescent City. Well, well, momma. I rather like the idea of Hokum with sitar, don't you?
$5 cover, 10 pm. Sully's, 200 Travis St. 318-673-0048.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
"Flaco is a fun band of three and their sound is large! They're energetic and commanding. The story about these guys is that they came and played Songwriters' Night one Wendesday at Java Junction and after they finished everyone kept coming up to me saying "you must go book them NOW before they get out of here. We want them back for a full show!"
"On Sat, we're the after-party following KSCL's fundraiser in the Centenary College amphitheater. Go by and support them if you get a chance. Info? Call KSCL at (318) 869-5297. We'll present Julez Dossett, Chris Alexander and the trio Jr III - led by Julez' dad, Staunton. That show runs 9 p.m. - 1 a.m with a $5 cover."
"Jr. III is Shreveport's most adored jazz-blues ensemble. It is a treat for us to have them at our place on Saturday night! Julez Dossett, one of the area's most talented young songwriters, will start the night off right! Then Chris Alexander will stir things up a bit with his unique style."
Java Junction Shreveport: 318-865-9313.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
And the next generation of rockers, mufti mashers like the Noids and Von Orange (historically colorful name, dudes), are slamming away at 2109 Market St.
Sandra Odom, singer and one third of the Lip Service trio, says "Jack Williams initiated our concert series and is responsible for a number of us jumping on the "band wagon" to get this ball a-rollin'. His finesse-filled smooth style, veteran playing and creamy voice all add to a truly captivating music experience. This man's been perfecting his trade his whole life - and it shows. Jack is one well-respected troubadour in the folk field."
McCommon adds, "The best way to have a reservation is to email email@example.com." Or call 220-0400.
$15 includes easy parking, pristine sound, honed music, basic supper, beverage and art.
John Martin & The Big Positive, King Hippo, Lumenz, Chris Alexander at the amphitheater, Centenary College, Sat, Ap 22, 7 to 10 pm
John Martin hits a high one, from which he does not shirk; the Big Positive, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
To be held Sat, Ap 22, at the amphitheater (the shell), Centenary College, from 7 to 10 pm, it is, in effect, an all-ages, non-smoking, vegetarian show.
$5 donation. Swag will be given away: "awesome stuff," exclaims Hebert.
Escaped Images dance troupe honored with Kennedy Center performance; see them Sun, Ap 23, 2:30, at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Shreveport
Sun, Ap 23, the Centenary dance company will present a benefit show which will give locals a preview of the Washington, D.C., performance. The benefit will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Centenary's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse and will be followed by a fundraiser reception catered by Columbia Cafe. Tickets are $5 per person for the benefit, which also includes presentations of student choreography, and $5 per person for the reception, which will be held in the lobby of the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Tickets are available at the MLP Box Office by calling 318-869-5242.
Proceeds will help with expenses when the dancers, their professor/choreographer Renée Smith-Cheveallier, and others from the program travel to Washington for the American College Dance Festival’s National Conference May 16-19.
"This is the most prestigious honor that college/university dance programs can receive," said Ginger D. Folmer, professor and coordinator of the dance program at Centenary. "It's like making the Final Four," said dancer LeVette Fuller.
The National College Dance Conference showcases dance performances selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences. Selections are based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit, said the college.
“Swept Under” was choreographed by Smith-Cheveallier, who also designed and constructed the costumes. The performers are Centenary students and members of Centenary's Escaped Images Dance Company: Amanda Adams of Richardson, Texas; Nic Gadpaille of Shreveport, La.; Anna Maris of Little Rock, Ark.; Andrew Nieman of Natchitoches, La.; Renée Nolen of Many, La.; and Courtney Rhodes of Vidor, Texas. Jessica Gorbaty of Houma, La., will also attend as understudy. Angela Jones Rosenkrans, adjunct dance faculty member, collaborated with the choreographer on the lighting design.
"This multimedia, layered composition embodies the unspoken emotions of a family impoverished by the Dust Bowl – yet the images produced are timeless," Smith-Cheveallier said. "This piece is performed in the modern dance/theatre style with a score of Woody Guthrie’s 'Do Re Me' recorded by the contemporary artist Ani DiFranco. In addition, this piece is also accompanied by a spoken narrative of Woody Guthrie’s '…Till We Outnumber ‘Em' and a video projection of home movies by Alabama artist Pinky MM Bass."
Anyone who wishes to support the dancers — who will be representing Centenary College, the city of Shreveport, and the state of Louisiana at the National College Dance Conference — may send a tax-deductible contribution (made payable to Centenary College Dance Festival Fund) to:
Ginger D. Folmer
Professor and Coordinator of the Dance Program
Centenary College of Louisiana
P.O. Box 41188
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Singer-guitarist Russ Brabham wraps his voice and very capable sidemen around tunes from the late rockin country Texas-Nashville period. Patrons wrap their hands around a cold one and tell war stories, one imagines.
The sessions begin at 5:30, says the perenially long-haired and enthusiastic Edwards. See a brief and convincing video of their comfortable routine at separatebranches.com.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Zlata Filipovic, author, visits Centenary College, speaks to public Tues, Ap 18, 5 pm at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
This site seems a good one for teachers, parents and general readers: http://www.ginnyhoover.com/zlata.htm. Copies of Zlata’s Diary will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Lisa J. Nicoletti
Chair, Dept. of Art & Visual Culture
Centenary College of Louisiana
2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71104
Tai Chi and Qigong Day across the globe: Sat, Ap 29; local event at Betty Virginia Park begins at 9 am
In Shreveport the local Tao Ahn Pai group from Phoenix Virtue Temple - as well as everyone who wishes to join in - will celebrate at Betty Virginia Park (Ockley at Line Avenue). "Meet in the park by 9:00 a.m. for warm-up, Qigong and socializing," says Gabriel. "At precisely 10:00 a.m. (local time) we will begin our T'ai Chi to add to the wave of chi flowing around the world."
Questions? Contact Sifu Gabriel by telephone: 227-0744 or 834-0445 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of blissful rain, events will take place at Phoenix Virtue Temple. "If there is a light drizzle we will meet at the park," says the sifu. Visit phoenixvirtuetemple.com and/or worldtaichiday.org for more information.
You need not have any prior experience to participate. "We hope other practitioners in the region will feel free to join us and practice their own particular forms - yoga comes to mind - or join us in ours," says Gabriel. "This is about all of us coming together for health and healing. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water to drink. If local drummers would like to join us, so much the merrier! Namaste!"
This event helps raise awareness about health management at a time when Louisianians are struggling to see their toes. World T’ai Chi Day brings well-educated democrats together across economic and geopolitical lines. Hopefully, a few Republicans and working class souls will also participate, said mayor Keith Hightower while donning comfortable slacks and running shoes for a Qigong photo op.
Naturesbridge.com says "Qigong (chee-GONG) is a current name for what was formerly known as Taoist breathing exercises that date back nearly 5,000 years. Qi means energy, the energy of the universe. Gong means to gather with skill, thus qigong is to gather energy from the universe with practiced skill. There are over 3,000 forms of qigong; tai chi, more commonly known is but one form. Like tai chi, qigong appears to be a gentle slow rhythmic movement, usually done while standing."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Plugged into an Ampeg amp with 2 tens it sounded surprisingly deep and full.
It's all part of the downsizing of America, isn't it? The baby boomers are tired of schlepping the heavy stuff all over town. Make it smaller & lighter and you may well watch your product get a new life.
Arodasi Dance to present Moving Art to music of Neil Young on Fr, Ap 28, Sat, Ap 28 at 8 pm, 327 Market St
Plan on enjoying their downtown Moving Art on Fr, Ap 28, and Sat, Ap 29, at 8 pm. There's a 3 pm performance Sun, Ap 30, says Arodasi media contact Peggy Laborde.
At the cool 327 Market St center you will also be able to view art displays in Bistineau Gallery and the Back Room gallery.
Reservations suggested because of the tiny size of the room: $15, includes wine, water & chocolate. More: 318-861-6721.
Above: Leilana Lara, Skye Creswell, Peggy Lacour, Dorothinia, Tim Sample
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Below Sea Space tour hits Shreveport, Fr, Ap 21, Lil Joes, features DJ Quickie Mart and Media Darlin Records gang
One imagines that DJ Quickie Mart, aka Martin Arceneaux, will reds beans & rice at Lil Joes til you cut him off the tabasco.
Fri, Ap 21.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Find this and their unprintable bio and more totally random pics at myspace.com/the bigpositive. The best thing about the site is John's tunes.
They're down for 8 pm at the King's Hwy restaurant. More: (318) 865-9313
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
5th Annual Ledbetter Heights Music & Arts Fair. Artisans and vendors will meet the public via the Lead Belly celebration, to be held Saturday, May 13th, from Noon to 9pm. It will be held at the historic Municipal Auditorium, 702 Elvis Presley Way.
Hardy says "To insure the success of this event we need your help! Your participation will profit both you and your community."
* Booth Rentals are $25.
* Please contact us ASAP so that we may reserve your place/ space/ or time slot on the performance schedule.
* Additionally, we are in need of logistical support, volunteers, as well as financial sponsors and/or in-kind donations/ sponsors (remember either will be tax dedductible).
Talk to the ebullient Ron Hardy at 318.424.9297.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
See more, indeed, at www.denoart.com & denoart.blogspot.com/
O Bryant replied to the above, "After the succesful press and exhibit of the "Karen" paintings and nudes at the Bisteneau Gallery,
I sent out the call for models (in part via SptBlog) and got no replies at all. However a request was made to an old love interest
- who previously was not so game on the idea. Much to my surprise - after seeing the paintings of Karen - she agreed.
We set up a studio session several weeks ago and we collaborated on compositions - she provided me with excellent material
to work with.
Currently I have completed 6 pieces and working on several more."
It will feature live music, tango and dramatic readings and recitations of a selection of poems by Argentinean poets, including Jorge Luis Borges, Alejandra Pizarnik and Alfonsina Storni.
For more information, contact Maureen Murov, associate professor of Spanish, at email@example.com or 318-869-5259.
is inspired by a scientific or mathematical principle. Participants must register by Friday, April 21.
The competition is divided into three groups: Grades 5-8, 9-12 and Adult, says Eric Gipson.
Judging will take place at Sci-Port on Sat, Ap 29. Participants are asked to set up by 10 a.m. and be prepared to stand by their artwork and discuss its scientific or mathematical inspiration during the evaluation; judging begins at 10:30 a.m. Winners will be
announced at 1 p.m.
As both artists and scientists share the ability to visualize and find patterns in the world, Sci-Port hopes that the competition will appeal to both left and right-brained people.
“I found the concept of the competition quite stimulating and challenging,” said Kathy Brodnax, who won last year’s adult division with her pastel and acrylic interpretation of the metamorphosis of a butterfly. “It was fun to work within a context
that that was clear and full of possibilities.”
In addition to the quality and uniqueness of their artworks, entrants will be judged on how well they can explain the science or math concepts behind their submissions.
Registration forms are available at Sci-Port or at www.sciport.org (e-mail completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org). Forms can also be dropped off at Sci-Port or faxed to (318) 424-8681. For more information about the competition, contact Robert McGuire at (318) 424-8714.
SciPortInfo: 318-424-3466; or www.sciport.org.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Meet La Crafts Guild ceramicist Tom Ladousa at Bistineau Gallery group show, which includes Bill Gingles, Rachel Stuart-Haas; opens Sat, Ap 22, 6 pm
Storyteller is a group show with works by Shreveport-based painters Bill Gingles and Rachel Stuart-Haas and Lafayette (LA) ceramicist Tom Ladousa.
See more work by La Crafts Guild member Ladousa at http://www.acadianaartscouncil.org/site158.php.
Meet the artists, says Hudsmith, at the opening reception. The party's Sat, Ap 22, 6 to 9 pm.
327 Market Street, Downtown
(One block north of American Tower)
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Art Shown Through May 20, 2006
By Appointment: 318/464-7950