Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Joanna Ballard's Landmark Of The Lost photo juried into Current: the Aesthetics of Contemporary Culture, Baton Rouge
Current / the Aesthetics of Contemporary Culture
A National Juried Show
Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts
1442 City Park Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 4th - 29th
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony:
Wednesday June 7th, 7pm-9pm
Jurors: James Gaddy, Associate Editor, Print Magazine, NYC
Donna McAlear, Director/CEO, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria CAN
Today they were researching Heather Peak Hooper, Alan Dyson, Britt Pitre, Leia Lewis, Red River Children's Choir, Robert Trudeau and, of course, Kevin Costner and the Mr Brooks production as well as James Burton. Visitors from both Atlanta and Fayetteville wanted to know more about Artspace.
Belly dance and Shreveport Music were inquired about. Dance Alive, Louisiana architecture, Mia's Pub, Lip Service, Arodasi Dance and Focus Communications were also of interest.
The inquiries came from Edmonton, Canada, from Kazan University, the Russian Federation, from Reston, Long Beach, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Rochester, among many locations. Less than half of SptBlog's visitors on a typical day are from Shreveport.
One of the things I like about SptBlog is that I am giving arts-related Shreveporters an enriched place in cyberspace. The names Artspace and, say, Leia Lewis, have been given detail and texture by this site.
SptBlog is the eye shadow on Shreveport's face. It's an anchor for those who miss the town and a foothold for those moving here. For me, however, it's more than a utility. I see SptBlog as an artistic construction. It is a new form of documentary. A locus for artful photography and upscale prose. While it seems to cover a range of topics, it remains a personal statement; it reflects an artist's point of view.
So I must say Thanks for reading.
Sidney Harth, Yale violin prof and global performer, returns to lead the fest. Fresh musicians arrive. A melodic feast is offered at several locations round the city. Urbanity ensues despite the critical mass of yahoos trotting blithely hither and thither. All hail Kacenjar. And hail Harth, for taking the job.
Summer Music Fest opening concert
Sun, June 4, 3 pm
Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 875 Cotton St.
Don't you love/hate that violin shot above, which is evidently from a Brooklyn wedding?
Allison Bohl documentary on students in animation workshops with Mr Bill creator Walter Williams Wed, May 31, Mickle Hall, Centenary College, 7 pm
Jay says the film, made by student Allison Bohl, is "an insightful, fast-paced, and extremely well-made testament to the importance of art in education. For cinephiles “From Your Imagination…” calls to mind the work of Errol Morris (“The Fog of War,” “The Thin Blue Line”), bringing a very stylized, cinematic look and feel to a documentary subject."
Premiere and Q&A with filmmaker Allison Bohl
7 PM, Centenary College’s Carlisle Auditorium, inside Mickle Hall, beside the library.
Free. Film run time is 22 minutes. All ages appropriate material.
Directions or more information: Chris Jay at (318) 424-9090.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Martin DJ Quickie Mart Arceneaux: spinning in a circle from New Orleans to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fest, again
For the scene etiquette that governs b-boys today let's check a Crescent City description of a Mart show last summer: "The White B**ch presented Tampa Hip-Hop group Red Tide at The Circle Bar Sunday night. He acted as MC throughout the night, playing songs here and there and sitting in with each artist. D.J. Quickie Mart, who has the highest profile among D.J.'s in New Orleans, showed up as a fan. The White B**ch wanted to make sure Red Tide was introduced to Quickie Mart because he felt they were the best in their cities.
Apparently the meeting went well. D.J. Quickie Mart played an unannounced set before Red Tide hit the bar's living room. It's always fun to watch D.J. Quickie Mart because he plays stuff I've never heard before. I didn't recognize one of the songs he played, which doesn't say much for my knowledge of underground Hip-Hop. Still, in being introduced to fresh things, ignorance was bliss.
Quickie Mart cut the records with majesty. Restraint and style. At times, though, he seemed to show off a bit more than usual. Maybe for the sake of Red Tide, who were looking on. He increased the pace of the cutting, keeping the pace while spinning around, going underneath his leg, and using his elbows.
Most D.J.'s seem to concentrate long and hard on matching beats, but it wadn't no thang for Quickie Mart. Before I had enough time to realize he was matching, the next song was upon the audience."
QM says he'll return to Shreespote no later than Fr, June 30. See him at Fatty Arbuckles. Talk to this busy boy at Super Mart Produce, Media Darling Records, New Orleans, LA
504-715-3415 C. 504-866-6321 O.
Artists Lindsay Barr and Tony Reans juxtaposit their work at Prima Tazza; reception Fr, June 2, 6 pm
Tony Reans' paintings are full of reds, yellows, greens, dots, slashes, hard edges, flight, wit and nudity. He has shown recently at Fairfield Studios, at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, the Gamble Gallery and other sites. The West Edge Artists Co-op, in which Reans is active, is in the process of showing art in every possible place across the city. Yet one of the most relaxing places to enjoy his art is in Prima Tazza, a Teutonically cool Ashley Ridge coffee house.
See more at tonyreans.com and nwlaartgallery.com.
Skybox, Mosquitosophagus and Chris Alexander compunction at Java Junction, what's your function, Fr, June 2, 8 pm
Mosquitosophagus: restless experimentalist Eric Dean along with Destiny Toro and Peter Fetterman.
Skybox: Tempe, AZ, adventurepopsters who sound a bit like The Big Positive. With titles like Batman on Crack and Various Kitchen Utensils you know this quintet must be a lot like post-Beatle Sleepytime Gorilla Museum-types. Grok myspace.com/skybox under my favorite categories: shoegaze, psychedelia and turntablism.
Also, myspace.com/mosquitosophagus (I love the sonic swoop in Mudge, among many moments) and whythehellnot.com for Monsieur Alexander.
Java Junction, corner Kings Hwy and Alexander
Monday, May 29, 2006
Wacked, eclectic indie entertainment at Moviesauce Film Fest June 2, 3 & 4 at LSUS University Center
Salad Fingers: disturbing yet funny flash animation by David Firth
Originally uploaded by ESkAP.
Moviesauce Film Fest is a worthy development for North Louisiana. The teenage producers of moviesauce are Evan Falbaum and Hunter Carter. Grads of Caddo Magnet HS, they are in college today but are expanding the producer work they began in high school.
I asked Falbaum for a listing of the Moviesauce offerings by parent-minded ratings. He said:
"Shorts Program 2 is the only completely Child Safe (PG) program.
The others depend on the kid, and the parents (i.e. pg-13 to R).
Actually here's a list of the rating I think they'd get. The problem is that in a lot of cases like program 1 we have a PG movie with an R movie...we tried to mix it up like that.
Feature 1 would be R
Feature 2 would be PG-13
Shorts 1 would be PG-13 (maybe barely R)
Feature 3 would be PG-13
Shorts 2 would be PG
Feature 4 would be PG-13
Feature 5 would be PG-13 (maybe R)
Shorts 3 would be a light PG-13 (but the Awakening would be boring to kids)
Feature 6 would be R
Feature 7 would be PG-13 (maybe R)"
Tickets ($6) are available online (Fr, June 2 through Sun, June 4), as is the schedule and other pertinent info: Moviesauce lineup.
See more about animator David Firth and Salad Fingers at wikipedia.org.
They will cover the basics, as well as tips and tricks to use when performing live music for dancers or participating in community drum circles, says dance teacher Kathy Fontaine. All ages are welcome. Bring a drum, finger cymbals or your favorite percussive piece if you have one (a box will do, in truth). "Yunyk" says he will bring as many drums as he can purloin.
Danceworx is located in The Airline Center, 2387 Airline Dr. in Bossier City (above Planet Fun). The cost of the workshop is $20 per person, payable at the door.
Questions? email dancer Kathy Fontaine through www.portbellyproject.com
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
at Caliente Restaurant, 601 Texas Street
(drinks and chips provided free of charge; dinner may be purchased prior to start of meeting, so please go lightly on the chips)
Tipitina's mission is to assist musicians in erecting their careers one brick at a time (hums Another Brick in the Wall). Tip's is a sort of center for musical masonry.
The laudable goal - which sounds like it was borrowed from Texas, circa 1991 - is "to make Louisiana - the Music Industry Capital of the South."
Dan Garner, Tipitina's Music Co-op: 934-0000
or Julia Foley at (318) 402-2398/email: email@example.com
The main thing about Tip's is that networking is a day-to-day thing at the Tex St office. No matter what your age, your level in the industry, your type of music, I can vouch for the camaraderie to be found there.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Gonzo Art Collective melds supper, wine, paintings, video, music and dance Sat, May 27, at Mia's Pub, 6 pm - 2 am
So he will offer a 3-ring circus of sensory material Sat night at Mia's Pub, on Market St near the corner of Stoner and Centenary, 6 pm to 2 am. The tariff is $10 and gets you food, music - a never-ending platter of sounds - paintings and videos.
* Jr III: Weldon Stutes, Curtis Joseph and Stanton Dossett. Trippy blues with expert foot and stick by Joseph. About 9 pm.
* Elsah: roots rock from a touring indie band.
* The String Quartet, based around a group of Centenary students.
* A Couple of White Chicks Seeking Nirvana thru Urban tribal Beledi, my satirical documentary of graceful dancers Rebecca Nesbitt and kathy Fontaine.
* Port Belly Project: Fontaine has a new belly dance partner: Jamie Goodrich.
* Photography above by student BJ Wheless. He's just come back from Paris with ideas galore.
Info from Dirk Gonzo Miller: 288-0932 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
But in many nations only the little ones remain today. So the nations who adore ecrevisse, like the French, often find themselves importing this basic little protein source. Often the biggest and best Louisiana crawfish are packed and shipped to Europe, says Pitre.
But the bountiful Atchafalaya basin means that so far we don't have to worry about our supply. Or do we?
The Mudbug fest indirectly pushes us to address our wetlands problem. Is the salt water incursion into America's last great riverine swamp a serious concern? Are public officials addressing the problem adequately? Of course not, according to National Geographic and many scientists and authors. So what do we do?
a) Email politicos to impress them with our concerns.
b) Explore, alongside your children and companions, the proposed solutions.
I'm afraid Louisiana's attitude of laisser les bon temps rouler implies that we will dance on the levees until they crumble. But a few of us should be able to dance and think at the same time.
And the weekend's dancing schedule will be found at mudbugmadness.com.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Costner said he would be joined on what was once the Louisiana Hayride stage by mondoguitarist James Burton. Costner, a guitarist and a singer, will perform a selection of original rock 'n' roll music along with songs written by his friends and featured in his films, said Municipal Auditorium honcho Johnny Wessler.
"The proceeds of the concert at the 3,000-seat auditorium on Elvis Presley Avenue will go toward local nonprofit groups selected by Costner, whose current local film project, "Mr. Brooks," wraps in June. They are the Friends of the Municipal Auditorium, James Burton International Guitar Festival, Hal Sutton Foundation and the Robinson Film Center," said Times writer Jennifer Flowers.
Tickets: $25 and $50. For reservations or more information, call the box office at (318) 220-9434
"The city gave us the extra funding required to produce this concert," said SSO manager Janice Nelson. "Ordinarily we would perform at Expo hall. But the city sold Expo Hall so that it could be developed as a movie facility. We hope they will continue to support the symphony in this outdoor concert in the years to come."
Arriving at the show by bicycle were teens Destine Toro, Peter Feterman and Victoria Ordonez. "We pedaled up from Highland," said Toro. "It's a perfect day for the bikes."
Though the fountains at Riverview plaza were not active, the vivid lights embedded in the plaza offered stimulation to pedestrians and photographers. Kids played in the lower basin and threw footballs in the grassy area under the railroad tracks.
"The sound was terrific," said John Mark Wilcox. Speakers in the audience capably reinforced the orchestra's acoustic instruments.
In a vivid blue shirt was the symphony's new conductor, Michael Butterman. He will be the full time music director next season, said Scott Green, SSO marketing director. .
Those feeling symphonic about Shrevetown might ring up for tickets. The SSO is at 227-8863. There's also shreveportsymphony.com.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Live for Today: A concert for Scott Griffin Sun, May 21, Fairfield Studios; shows at 2 p, 5 and 8 pm
An enormous amount of goodwill and moxie are propelling this show and it's largely because of Scott Griffin's moscocious karma. With his health in a crisis the creative community has stacked up a mondo show.
One reason to attend is that most of the 3-part concert (the last song of each act) will be recorded for a video and audio snapshot of the scene in 2006. Be there to clap and be seen as well as to inhale the performances.
Please see an earlier post for the schedule. Tickets are $15 per session. More info: 318-459-2626. And I hope to see you at 2 pm.
Photo of Melody Moore singing at the Tribute to Leadbelly by Mike Rosebery.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Champagne & comestibles on the lawn: Shreveport Symphony Pops concert at Riverview Park Sat, May 20, 7 pm, under an evening sky upon the serene Red
With these factors in mind, we must beg of you . . .
* Arrive as early as possible. Nor can we.
* Bring chairs or cushions. No whoopee cushions, please.
* Bring an epee so you can duel with the agile mosquitos.
* Fried chicken livers or fattened French goose livers? You'll know which.
Parking: relax; the El Dorado parking garage is capacious and free. Then there are slots around SciPort. Bon chance, mes amis!
* 7 pm
Friday, May 19, 2006
Lorna Dopson, Michael Blake Powell in Caught in the Net; comedy is extended at Shreveport Little Theater
In the cast is a Brit, Jane Ryder, and stage mavens Joe Todaro, John Daniel, Michael Blake Powell and Sonia Lowe. There are also lovely ingenues in Lorna Dopson and Tyler Krieg.
See more at shreveportlittletheater.org or call (318) 424-4439.
Photo by Gene Cassanova.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Live for Today: A musical & spoken word concert for Scott Griffin Sun, May 21, Fairfield Studios; performances at 2 pm, 5 and 8 pm
"This event will be divided into three 2.5 hour sessions. Sessions commence at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00. Approximately 100-120 tickets and reservations are available for each session.
Please note: Seating is limited for this live studio concert recording, so please have your fans visit the following to make reservations:
RSVP @ 318-459-2626"
The musical sets run 16 minutes and poets take the stage (there are 2 stages) for 6 minutes. All performances will be recorded in video and audio.
2:00-2:05 welcome by MC / announcements
2:05-2:21 The Symphonic Jazz Summit
(Matt Harris, Chris Allen, Daniel Breithaupt)
2:21-2:37 Dave Famous
2:37-2:53 Kathryn Hobgood
2:53-3:09 Melody Moore
3:15-3:31 Chris Craig
3:31-3:47 Lip Service
3:47-4:03 Chris Alexander
4:03-4:09 Carlos Colon
4:09-4:25 Jr. III
4:25-4:35 Scott Griffin
4:35 close by MC
5:00-5:05 welcome by MC / announcements
5:05-5:21 The Johnson Brothers
5:21-5:37 Don Friday
5:37-5:53 Russ Brabham & Hominy Ranch
5:53-6:09 Buddy Flett
6:09-6:25 Dan Sanchez Band
6:25-6:31 Joanna Ballard
6:31-6:47 Amelia Blake
6:47-7:03 Tim Marshal, Joe Osborn, Darren Osborn
& Denise Spohn
7:03-7:19 Michael Susano, Joe Osborn, Darren Osborn
7:19-7:35 Scott Griffin & Michael Susano
7:35 close by MC
Welcome by MC / announcements
8:05-8:27 Alan Dyson & David Lewis
8:27-8:43 Pat McCoy
8:43-8:49 Shirley Campbell
8:49-9:05 Michael Westbrook
9:21-9:27 Noma Fowler-Sandlin
9:27-9:48 Michael Barker
10:04-10:25Planet Unity Orchestra: Dirty Redd,
Gordon Nurse, Pat McCoy, Greg Williams, Alan Dyson, Michael Barker, Blue Martin, Lane Bayliss &
10:25-10:45Scott Griffin with Planet Unity Orchestra
11:00 Closing by MC
Tickets are $15.00 and only 100 tickets are available per session. Light food and beverage included.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Gonzo artists will Hunter S. Tomato and Ralph Steadman Thyme themselves at Mia's Pub on May 27, 6 pm to 2 am
May 27, 2006
Mia's Pub (corner of Stoner and Centenary)
"Basically the idea is," says producer Dirk Miller, "to have an art and music show that is 'for the artist.' There will be a chef cooking food, artfully, and passing out cards. Similarly, Wine Country will be having artistic tastings. A minumum % will be charged to visual artists for their sales to keep the show running. A dozen musical acts will perform and push merch, while we take 0% of their sales. Artists are encouraged to try and get deals going, somehow."
It is a networking opportunity for formal as well as snaky artists. Miller says "It also focuses on the artists being in charge of their own show. We don't tell them where to put things or how to make it look, or even suggest a price."
"Last time we did the show we were on Morning Edition with Adam Giblin and we were on the cover of the "Preview" section of the Shreveport Times. We had over 300 people there and the show was a great success. We hope to get much more attention this time." Miller may still be open to proposals. See below, please.
Shreveport, LA 71104
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friday, May 12, 2006
“I’ve heard of Dirtfoot before, but I never expected the show to be like this,” Jennie Concelli, a junior merchandising and consumer affairs major, said.
“It was so much fun.” People stood dumfounded at first by the six piece’s original sound. It featured everything from pots and pans, a saxophone and an upright bass. However, soon the crowd would be dancing along.
It seemed as if the audience became an instrument in and of themselves for Dirtfoot, as many people in the crowd shook the shakers. No matter how a person seemed to walk into the tavern, the energy of Dirtfoot absorbed them.
Soon many people began ordering drinks. Grabbing a shaker was next on the list. The smoky bar was filled by the band’s second set. By this time, people began to sing along and make the way up front to get in on the action."
Catch the bangalongs at Lil Joes Fr, May 12, and Sat at Rabb's of Ruston (rabbssteakhouse.com), where, early, you might observe the dumbfounded of Ruston.
* Tribute to Leadbelly fest: Outside (noon to 6 pm; 2 stages)
* Inside (6pm to 9pm) The US Air Force Jazz Ensemble "Dimensions in Blue;" Performance begins at 7pm.
Arts & crafts booths all day.
* Outside: Stage 1
The Shreveport Sound Syndicate Showcase:~ emcee is singer Michael Barker.
Noon ~ Steve Wilson
1PM ~ Don Logan
2PM ~ Melody Moore
3PM ~ Diddly Squat/Robert Ivey
5PM ~ The Bluebirds
Outside: Stage II ~ M.C. - James K. Carely, Comedian.
12:30PM ~ Lee's Kung Fu and Tai Chi Center
1:30PM ~ Lead Belly Society from Caddo magnet High School, including the rockin group The Noids!
2:30PM ~ A.J. and the Two Tone Blues Band
3:30PM Ever Ready Gospel Singers
4:30 Betty Lewis and the Executives
5:30PM SASH, female blues quartet
6:00PM The Tillman Franks Revue
Kids Activities: Space Walk, Face Painting, Music Workshops, Storytelling.
This intimate but musicially rich fest is produced by Ron Hardy and D'anna Michelle (see photo).
Thursday, May 11, 2006
He has been a member of the funk band Brown through their 10-year odyssey, which centered around New Orleans and Shreveport. That means we can expect to see Hollis joined by Brown family members Christian Harold and Michael Welch and maybe even DJ Quickie Mart. Check his recorded sounds at myspace.com/brownfamily and at myspace.com/themusicofmylifeashollis
JJ's Cristal says this show is a free one; 8 - 11 pm.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Leadbelly Society was formed by Rachel Hill and myself as a way to combine writers and musicians. It is dominated by efective writers like Hill, Monika Kumar, Caz Verbois and Meredith Maines.
The musical personages scheduled for the 2-stage fest is as vivid as a basket of ripe avocados. I'll post them later; you might make plans to support it with your jivin presence.
Hot young pianists hammer giant pianos with a super orchestra behind them Sat, may 13, 7:30 pm, Civic Theater, Shreveport
Having heard some of the competitors from 10 feet away and having experienced a mini-concert by a finalist, I can tell you that my exaggerations are very little inflated.
Tessman is a Russian who goes round the world winning piano competitions, based on Googling her, and Shin is a Korean performer based at Oberlin College, a school with a world-class group of performers.
To win the Wideman today is to establish yourself in the front rank of classical performers.
Sat's Wideman performance with the Shreveport Symphony begins at 7:30 pm at the Spt Civic Theater. There's a rehearsal Sat morn that you can attend.
It's the last SSO concert of the season. It has been a series marked by great crowds and substantial performances.
Get your tickets at 227-8863. And if you plan on living in this region for another year, don't neglect SSO tickets for next season.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Reception, Mon, May 8, 7 pm.
Show continues May 8 through May 12.
More information, call (318) 227-9341 or
Also, original artwork created by West Edge Artists' Co-op member artists - such as the talented and accomplished Ellen Soffer - will be featured at Columbia Cafe' during the merry month of May, says Debbie Engle. All works may be taken home by those with cash, says Engle. Purchase them at Columbia Cafe, which is at the corner of Creswell Avenue and Kings Highway.
2032 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA 71104
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Gerald Ortego's sculpture, a feral piece called Reverie, is a representative sample.
Please see meadowsmuseum.org or call 869-5169. Closed Mons.
Cafepress.com: a medium for art sales as well as coffee mugs and folderol: see work by Byron Gates, Jr.
Looks quite appealing. While cafepress takes a substantial margin, the system might work for many artists, craftsmen and other producers.
Enjoy work by Byron Gates, Jr and see if you like cafepress.com.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Another myspacer is Ghost Town Flood's bassist, Brett Roman Stampley. I'd suggest the GTF site and a listen to the tune Zombie Party, followed by a visit to the acerbic brettroman.blogspot.com personal site.
Choices; that's what it's all about today. You want to cocoon and consume them digitally? Or do you want fresh milk across your upper lip? Your call, fellow insects.
Paintings, prints, photos, singing, dancing: Artbreak at the Civic Theater on the Shreveport riverfront, May 6 & 7
Parking? One place is the free Hollywood casino parking tower. It's a short walk from the Civic Theater and hall where the performances and hands-on activities await.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Arodasi presents one more weekend of Moving Art danced to the songs of Neil Young.
* 318-861-6721 for reservations.
* Fri, May 5, Sat, May 6 at 8 pm.
Arodasi Center is also a hangar of art, including the Back Room Gallery and Bistineau Gallery.
Hunter Carter & Evan Falbaum bring Shreveport an exploding event: Moviesauce Film Festival, June 2-4, LSUS
This year their fest has leaped from the local to the international. Entries for Moviesauce have come from across the entertainment ether. The fest is now a big-time, 3-day event, to be held in the University center at LSUS.
Tickets and a look at the array of offerings? Moviesauce.org.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
You'll find a plethora of plectra and plenty of hands-on art activities, says director Pam Atchison. The best student art from the region will be displayed. There are dance and musical performances each day.
May 5, 6 & 7
AmSouth free yellowBus shuttle.
Jonathan Ferrara and his N.O.gallery's art at Artspace
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
It's all part of a traveling show called New Orleans Artists in Exile and it is highly recommended. Please see jonathanferraragallery.com. There's a link at an earlier SptBlog post.
Also showing at Artspace is work from the Arthur Roger Gallery (see earlier post - includes Clyde Connell reference) curated by Crescent City painter Jaqueline Bishop. This one' called Made in New Orleans. Altogether, it's a tide of fine work.
Info: 673-6535 or 673-6500.
10 am - 9 pm Th, Fr
10 am to 6 pm Sat
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Benefit for Scott Griffin to be held at Fairfield Studios on Sunday, May 21; call to performers from Alan Dyson
"In order to provide an opportunity to help him through this challenging time," continues Dyson, "we have scheduled Sunday, May 21st, at Fairfield Studios in Shreveport as a time of musical and spoken word performance to benefit Scott and cancer research."
"Our plan at this time is to record the entire performance, and edit the content into a product that may provide some continued income for his medical expenses."
"Please respond to this," Dyson wrote today to his friends, "with a pledge to perform or provide other support for one of the best friends and collaborators any of us could wish to have. I will keep you updated as more information on this performance, donation opportunities, or other events is made available. In the meantime, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers."
Griffin has been an artistic mensch of this area in recent years. He has photographed and designed covers and visual layouts for magazines such as Forum, has collaborated via his recordings and guitar talent with Arodasi Dance troupe and Alan Dyson and others. He has produced spoken word CD's - Noma Folwer-Sandlin's Unsounds among them - and shot and edited documentary films. He has made jazz with his nylon-string guitar alongside Michael Susano, Dyson, pan player Gordon Nurse (above, at Artspace), Dyson and others.
I have found him a man of unusual good will as well as talent. It is gratifying to know that Griffin's friends have responded to his illness with food and visits and gifts. Let us continue to aid the melodic Griffin and his family.
Alan Dyson: 424-9690.
The play takes place at Bossier Arts Council's intimate upstairs room, East Bank Theater, on May 5, 6 and 7.
Choreography is by Ginger Folmer, partner to Richard and half of the hardest-working couple in show business - in the Shreveport-Bossier vicinity. For more info, see the BAC website, please.
Chinese Artist Zhou Tiehai Proves the Emperor Is Naked By DAVID BARBOZA
"She knew I had inventory. If you remember, that was the best advice Clyde Connell ever gave me. In one week I pulled together the work, inventory list & labels. But there was one thing that neither of us had funds for: invitations. I said let's use the power of the internet (and friends) - we can send more out and follow up throughout the show."
The reception is Th, May 18, 5 to 7 pm.
More at www.denoart.com & http://denoart.blogspot.com/