Sunday, July 30, 2006

Triumph of Gnomes, Austin band, plus Cloacal Kiss & Dale Cooper at Cooper Manor, Mon, July 31, 8 pm

Austin grindcore/experimental/metal group Triumph of Gnomes - who will play Cooper Manor on Mon, July 31 - starts the entertainment with a list of bands alongside which they've played:

Some Girls, Transistor, Transistor, At All Cost, Twodeadsluts Onegoodf*ck, Suffering Ba*tard, The Jonbenet, A Day in Black and White, The Navies, Kylesa, Horse the Band, 400 Blows, Year Future, Sea of Thousand, Plot to Blow up the Eiffel Tower, Flee The Century, My Life with The Spaniard, Held Underwater, The Dailys, Embrace the End, Finger of God, Roundhole and The Squarepegs, The Arson Portrait and The Hospital Haunts. This droll list courtesy of the site.

More entertainment from one of Shreveport's cavernous micro scenes, orchestrated by musician-videographer Alec Holland:

"Here's the deal: Triumph Of Gnomes played here
a few weeks back at the start of a tour they had booked. Well, it
turns out that the agent who booked the tour for them was a complete d*ck, and he messed up all of the dates, so TOG's tour has been awful due to a lot of cancelled dates. I recieved a phone call from them the other day concerning an emergency show, so I told them they could play Cooper Manor and I'd promote as much as I could, so here I go:

Monday, July 31st
$5.00 (suggested, but no-o-ot mandatory)
122 E. Dalzell

Triumph of Gnomes

Cloacal Kiss (ask a med student)

Wu-Tang....I mean Dale Cooper

Also, later in the week there is a show on my birthday, sooooo!
Fri, Aug 4, 8:00PM
$5.00 (suggested, but nooot mandatory)
122 E. Dalzell

This song is a Mess but so am I (California noise-tastic homie)

I am Wing (Denton, Tx, drum + keyboard yellerfest)

Roger Moore ... I mean Dale Cooper!

Come and help celebrate DIY house show pandemonium!"

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Stageworks presents free tour of behind-the-scenes, secret sets from The Year Without Santa on Sun, July 30, 2 - 5 pm; former Expo Hall

The Robinson Film Center and Stageworks of Louisiana will present a public tour of the Stageworks production complex - the former Expo Hall - on Sun, July 30th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, says Chris Jay.

Snatch a behind-the-scenes look at sets used in the motion picture “The Year without Santa Claus,” starring John Goodman.

Stageworks of Louisiana is located at 400 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport, housed within the former Expo Hall. The self-guided tour, which should take 10-15 minutes to complete, will begin at the former main public entrance of Expo Hall, facing east onto Clyde Fant Parkway. All members of the public are invited.

Photography and video recording, including camera phones, is strictly prohibited at this event. Violators will be escorted from the premises by husky, unsmiling security officers.

Jay also reports that "A record crowd of more than 600 attended The RFC’s recent outdoor presentation of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in downtown Shreveport’s River View Park." Movies & Moonbeams, an outdoor cinema series presented by The RFC, SPAR, and Shreveport Green, continues through December in parks throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.

For a complete calendar of dates, visit

“Jurassic Park,” will be aired Fri, Aug 18th, in Southern Hills Park (1000 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop). Admission is free.

Also catch the “Movies & Moonbeams” screen in action at “Funky Fridays” in downtown Shreveport, presented in partnership with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Skulls for everyone, printed on everything, way beyond Goth and well into Smileydom

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In an amusing NY Times story called Heyday of the Dead by David Colman, we read, "The skull as memento mori is important to Philip Crangi, a fashionable jeweler in Manhattan known for a pared-down modernized take on 19th-century morbidity. “I use it in a Victorian or Latin sense,” he said, “where it meant that life is short and death is the great equalizer, so stop your whining and get on with it.”

But most of the citations in the article are from the Hot Topic to Ralph Lauren commecialization of the cranium pictorium. In one interview Colman heard, “It’s a pity it’s so commercial now,” Mr. Pellat-Finet said. For more than five years, he has splashed oversize skull graphics — sporting, say, Mickey Mouse ears — on his sweaters. “Maybe Wal-Mart will replace their smiley-face with a tête de mort,” he added, using the French term for skull. “It’s lost its meaning.”

Well, it still has one meaning for Mr. Pellat-Finet, whose latest skull sweaters are embellished with Afros and top hats, among other images. Asked if he will stop using the motif, he responded with a chuckle: “No, no, no. It’s my best seller!”

So I'm wondering whether Shreveporters or those reading SptBlog are selling products sporting the skull. Are we on the bandwagon? Making money while the skull shines?

As far as I can tell, artists should incorprate the balded head whenever possible. In the 90's I made a Halloween / Dia de Los Muertos T shirt for a downtown arts association. I appropriated Leonardo's nude Proportions of Man image - aka Vitruvian Man - and did a skeletal version. That T shirt, amazingly, can still be glimpsed at parties. Thanks to Michael G Moore, Chuck Loridans and a few others, it has become my most enduring graphic work.

Hey, send me a photo of your work in which the skull - despite this momentary ubiquity - is bobbing.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Friends of Scott Griffin art & music benefit Sun, July 30, 2 - 6 pm, Petroleum Club of Shreveport

A celebration planned by friends of Scott Griffin will feature art, food and music, befitting the specialties of artist-musician Griffin. He has been unable to work for some time inasmuch as he is struggling with cancer.

To be held at the Petroleum Club, the event will raise money through a silent auction of art donated by regional artists, among them movie maker Bill Joyce.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages accompany the $35 admission. Attire is casual. That's Sun, July 30, 2 to 6 pm, 416 Travis St.
MoInfo: or 318-459-2626.

Satchmo Summerfest: brass band blowout in French Quarter, weekend of Aug 4

soul rebels at noma
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Probably worth the sweat, in our jazzbo opinions: the 6th Annual Satchmo Club Strut, the musical club crawl down Frenchmen Street on Friday, August 4, 2006, in the city of Noo Wallins.

The 'Strut' kicks off the weekend long Satchmo Summerfest, says event producer Jason Patterson. It celebrates Louis Armstrong and jazz in all its forms. The Club Strut serves as both a fundraiser for non-profit jazz outreach programs and a promotional vehicle for the music community's rebuilding efforts.

This year's Stachmo Summerfest line up includes Ellis Marsalis, shellman & trombone master Steve Turre, sax legend Frank Morgan, New Orleans trumpet legend Lionel Ferbos, Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews, Kermit Ruffins, Davell Crawford, Astral Project, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band, the Charmaine Neville Band, Hot Club of New Orleans, Yoshio Tayama & the Dixie Saints (Japan) and many more. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic, JazzTimes Magazine, Sauza Tequila, Abita Beer and Louisiana Music Factory are sponsors.

See more at and There's, too.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Call to cartoon and graphic artists: Bubble Rap II open to insane submissions through Sept 20

Call to artists: Bubble Rap II, 2006

Boom. Pow. Scramble. Here comes the second installation of Bubble Rap, the exhibition of Northwest Louisiana artists’ cartoon and graphic work, says Bubble Rap creator Michael G. Moore. This year’s exhibition will take place at two locations simultaneously during the month of October: at Centenary College’s Magale Library as well as the LSUS University Center Gallery. This exhibition is open to all cartoon/graphic designers from the Northwest region of Louisiana.

How to participate:

Submit at least four pieces of work via digital image to this e-mail address, or you may send photographs or slides to:

Northwest Louisiana Art Gallery
Bubble Rap
837 Drewry Drive
Shreveport, LA 71118

Our exhibition committee will select, says Moore, at least two pieces from each qualified artist for inclusion at each event location—one piece per location. There may be room for some artists to have more than one piece on exhibit at each location. Each exhibition location will feature original work…no repeats.

Having hung 2 Bubble shows, Moore has a few guidelines for artists: All work MUST BE SUITABLY FRAMED—no exceptions. No work on foam core will be accepted unless it is framed. No saw tooth hangers on the back of frames will be accepted. All frames must have a wire hanger. If you are submitting work on canvas it must be framed if the edge is less then 2 inches deep. If the edge is two inches deep or greater the edge may be painted black, or have the art wrap around the edge.

All work must be submitted to one of the above addresses no later than Wednesday, September 20th. The dates for delivery of work will be determined at a later date.

If you have any questions please write to, or call Michael G. Moore at 318-686-3863.

SRAC Roster Artists meet Th, July 27, 4 to 6 pm, Artspace, says Ariej Alexander

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We affectionately refer to ourselves as the Rasta Artists, but in truth it's Roster Artists. The designation simply means we make $50,000 per annum or more from our art. Either that, or we've been juried and stamped by the art meritocracy.

Roster Artists will meet Th, July 27th, from 4-6 pm at artspace, says SRAC's irie Ariej Alexander.

On the agenda: hog pum art, investment opportunities in Blue Mountain products and rosterfarianism.

If you are attending, please droppa line to Ariej, who is Community Development Coordinator, Shreveport Regional Arts Council.


Artists and brush-wielding volunteers needed to paint barrels for Food Bank outreach, says Frances Socha

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Painting barrels - creatively - interest you?

"We are looking for a few artists," says Socha, " who are willing to volunteer their time to paint and decorate a few barrels. We would like to have the Food Bank logo on them, but it would be pretty cool if the artists were able to paint their own interpretation of our logo and what the Food Bank represents," says Frances Socha.

The Food Bank is currently working on developing a rural outreach program to expand programs serving the hungry, continues Socha. "As part of this outreach we will be contacting grocery stores in these areas to put food donation barrels in the stores. We currently have about 40 barrels in our warehouse."

"These artsy barrels will provide a great deal of publicity for the Food Bank and for the artist! It is our hope that by providing a place of easy access for food donations, we will be able to achieve our mission of abating hunger."

Please contact Frances Socha, Program Director, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, 2307 Texas Avenue, Spt 71103
Tel: 318-675-2400
Fax: 318-675-2440

In a postscript Ms. Socha said, "I just found out we actually have about 100 food donation barrels in the Food Bank warehouse that we are trying to get painted!"

Pardon me if I suggest a small team of artists who would create designs and perhaps sketch the outlines on the barrels. Subsequently people who can simply apply paint might be used to complete the project.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Life Is A Gift benefit celebration & art auction by Friends of Scott Griffin, Sun, July 30, 2 - 6 pm, Petroleum Club

More than 30 artists have donated their work for “Life Is A Gift” – a benefit celebration and art auction 2:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday, July 30th at the Petroleum Club, says Noma Fowler-Sandlin. The event is a celebration of life and art that will share the work of area artist and raise funds to support fellow artist Scott Griffin, who faces an aggressive form of cancer. Reservations are $35.00 per person. For reservations and more information visit or call 318-459-2626.

Patrons will enjoy a broad selection of original artwork from which to bid through silent auction. A variety of other valuable items from area businesses will also be auctioned. The theme will be much like a birthday party, with festive decorations, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and a very, very special gift for everyone who comes.

Proceeds from this event will go to “Friends of Scott Griffin,” a grass roots organization formed to lend assistance to Shreveport artist, musician and photographer Scott Griffin, who is now battling cancer and has been unable to work for several months. The goal is to raise public awareness of cancer, share Griffin’s work and raise donations to help offset his expenses.

Artists contributing work to “Life Is A Gift” include, but may not be limited to:

Kerry Easley
Robert Trudeau
Michael G. Moore
David Nelson
Karen Guerin
Nan Dozier
Robin Rothrock
Michael Harold
Micah Harold
Donna Strebeck
Denise Peske Dews
Mike Silva
Tricia Baker
Sandy Hogan
Dan Garner
Lisa Smith
Sam Rigling
Michelle Parker
Byron Gates
Jennifer Rice
Debbie Engle
Noma Fowler-Sandlin
William Joyce
Andre Weatherly
David Dooley
Andre Weatherly
Tony Reans
Greg Hornbeak
Neil Johnson
Mike McSwain
Marabella Dunn
Ellen Soffer
Glynis Ford

In addition to works of art:

Dee's Photo – digital camera
Eldorado Casino – spa package
Stephen Miller Designs – jewelry
Shreveport Symphony – season tickets package
Arlena Acree – designer jewelry
Lewis Gifts – gift certificate

Other items: massages, yoga, qigong and t'ai chi lessons and a gormet meal prepared by a well-known local chef in the winner’s home.

EVENT “Life Is A Gift” Benefit Celebration & Art Auction
TIME/DATE 2:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday, July 30
LOCATION Petroleum Club, 416 Travis St, 16th floor, Shreveport, LA
DESCRIPTION Celebration and benefit fund raiser for fellow artist, musician, photographer Scott Griffin
Call: 318.459.2626
DONATIONS Make a donation to: Friends of Scott Griffin*
Send to: Friends of Scott Griffin
Post Office Box 5884
Shreveport, LA 71135-5884

*Friends of Scott Griffin is not yet a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations, therefore donations are not tax exempt.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Examine manic, masochistic bicyclists in Imax flic Wired to Win; Surviving the Tour de France; Sat & Sun only at SciPort

Tour de France 2005
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Sci-Port’s showing of the IMAX film Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, is one weekend only - this Saturday and Sunday, says Eric Gipson.

He claims "The film has been critically lauded as a gripping, real-life racing drama that provides a fascinating look at how the brain functions under extreme conditions."

Says the film's publicity department, "Nearly 200 cyclists start the Tour de France but, on average, 50 of them won’t see the finish in Paris. To survive the incredible challenges the race presents, the riders will have to draw not only on their physical ability, but on the remarkable power of the brain as well. The steep roads, hairpin turns and high-altitude passes of the Alps are legendary for the suffering they can inflict.

Racing in the Tour de France is often about risk management; how fast do you go? How hard do you push? What’s at risk? What is the potential reward? For pro cyclists, the difference between success and failure is very thin."


Filming the snowy Without Santa during 97 degree heat in Natchitoches; John F. Daniel reports from movieland

John F. Daniel, a Shreveport actor who has landed upon the movie train with both feet under him, says of his time on the set of Year Without a Santa Claus in Natchitoches, "I worked for a week on this production. My scenes were all set during the fictional town's Christmas festival, as well as during a traffic jam involving a couple tons worth of snow and cars. Oh, and unlike the hundreds of volunteer extras from Natchitoches, I got paid, lol."

"Since the movie Roadhouse 2 came out today, pardon me for pointing out that I can be seen from behind in the last two minutes of the movie, dancing to some horrible country music. But after seeing the finished product, I wouldn't recommend wasting 3 bucks to rent it. It's so bad it makes the average porn video look like a masterpiece."

Hope you'll forgive me for noting the sweat stained jerkin being worn by Santa's helper in snow-covered Natchitoches.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The pursuit of drawing was once a like a mast topped by giant sails

Sushi instructions
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Teaching America to Draw is the title of an exhibit at the Grolier Club, NYC. The NYTimes' Michael Kimmelman takes the occasion to look back upon the era when sketching was practiced by the mass of the educated class.

He asserts that, in a recent era, "Drawing promoted meditation and stillness. “A sustained act of will is essential to drawing,” Paul Valéry put it. “Nothing could be more opposed to reverie, since the requisite concentration must be continually diverting the natural course of physical movements, on its guard against any seductive curve asserting itself.”

Kimmelman rants a bit in his NYTimes story. He gathers righteous support by pointing out that "We’re addicted to convenience today. Cellphone cameras are handy, but they’re also the equivalent of fast-food meals. Their ubiquity has multiplied our distance from drawing as a measure of self-worth and a practical tool. Before box cameras became universal a century or so ago, people drew for pleasure but also because it was the best way to preserve a cherished sight, a memory, just as people played an instrument or sang if they wanted to hear music at home because there were no record players or radios. Amateurism was a virtue, and the time and effort entailed in learning to draw, as with playing the piano, enhanced its desirability."

He believes "Something happened between then (the late 1800's) and now, and it wasn’t just the invention of gadgets that eliminated the need to draw.

There was also a philosophical change, away from drawing as a practical endeavor and toward art appreciation. From dexterity and discipline to feelings and self-esteem: the shift in values is implied by some of the later books in the show. Consciously or not, they parallel changes in modern art, which threw out the rule books of draftsmanship and proposed a new, free-thinking attitude."

Kimmelman has a thesis: "With the arts, American adults have acquiesced to playing the passive role of receivers.

In a new memoir, “Let Me Finish,” Roger Angell recalls trips to the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium in the 1930’s with his father, who also liked to join pickup games when middle-age American men still did that. Today baseball is like the arts, with grown-ups mostly preferring not to break a sweat. “We know everything about the game now, thanks to instant replay and computerized stats, and what we seem to have concluded is that almost none of us are good enough to play it,” Mr. Angell writes.

So it is with classical music, painting and drawing, professional renditions of which are now so widely available that most people probably can’t or don’t imagine there’s any point in bothering to do these things themselves. Communities of amateurs still thrive, but they are self-selecting groups. A vast majority of society seems to presume that culture is something specialists produce."

While I see chinks in his argument (the number of books written by every Tom & Mary Jellico that are self-published and hawked upon the net, for example), I am a sympathetic listener. Of course, I'm a person who has sketched all my life. I take a notebook to museums, concerts, meetings and the beach. I sketch my environment to absorb the juicy stuff and process the heavy stuff and avoid boredom and insanity.

And I teach my students to sketch. They look at my drawings and many of them say, "No way can I copy that!" But with light-hearted encouragement they are usually successful and eventually are capturing the head of Shi Huang Di, the domes of the Taj Mahal, the scroll atop a Corinthian column.

Do you draw? What do you think of Kimmelman's argument? Read more at An Exhibition About Drawing Conjures a Time When Amateurs Roamed the Earth, July 19, 2006.

Media masters Monty and Marsha Brown return from Europe with a new film: La Manche

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"Hello Louisiana," a Bayou State documentary by Monty and Marsha Brown, will be aired on LPB in September (Sun, Sept 10, 3 pm), says Peggy Zundel of LPB.

The Browns are returning from Europe this week with another travel documentary in the can. This one is on La Manche, better known as the English Channel. Already on the market are their Euro docs La Belle France and It's Great! Britain.

Their travel films are sold through The Browns also show them to audiences while providing live narration. Singing their own tunes (2 of their many compositions were used in the movie Steel Magnolias) as the duo Cahoots, they have entertained everyone but the Queen.

More about the Browns at as well as at

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Baton Rouge blues August update from Johnny Pal at Louisiana Music

Charmaine Neville
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Johnny Palazzotta is our friend in Baton Rouge who promotes the hell out of music from the Bayou State. Check out his Louisiana Music for great performance photos as well as records (also, a black t-shirt with the simple legend "new orleans matters"). Among his people: piano pounder David Egan and the comely singer Theresa Andersson.

Here's a blues & rock August update from Johnny Pal's side of the capital city:

Thursday, August 3 @ 7:30p The Manship Theatre...Charmaine Neville Band with special guest The Pfister Sisters...genuine New Orleans $25 @

Friday, August 4 @ 9p Phil Brady's: Gumbeaux Rouge / Mitch Landry's new swamp pop concoction. great dancing music. $5

Saturday, August 5 @ 9:30p Phil Brady's: blues legend Henry Gray with his rockin blues band (no smoking show) $10

Friday, August 11 @ 9:30p Phil Brady's: Low Country Audio / jammin' alternative ala Little Feat & Coldplay $5

Saturday, August 12 @ 9p Phil Brady's: Lil Hub & The Wheels / real thing R&B dancin' $5

Friday, August 25 @ 9:30p Phil Brady's: Gregg Wright Band / Rock n Roll guitar doesn't get any better than this! $10

Saturday, August 26 @ 9:30p Phil Brady's: Neighborhood Stars /One of the best local BR bands there ever has been! $7

Wednesday, August 30 @ 7p @ The Capital Center Hilton Hotel: The Foundation for Historical Louisiana Gala featuring Buddy Boudreaux Dance Band and Luther Kent's Trickbag Big Band tickets $100 from FHL 225-387-2464

Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30p Phil Brady's :The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation membership/fundraiser featuring jam host Tab Benoit with special guests Deacon John Moore, Bobby Campo, Buddy Flett and others! No smoking show. All proceeds benefit BRBF Music in the Schools programs and Slim Harpo Awards. free jambalaya and new member benefits $20

Friday, September 1 @ 9p Phil Brady's: David Egan & Twenty Years of Trouble / Bringing the West side to the East side to Rock! No smoking - unless you're counting Egan's hands - show. $10

Friday, July 14, 2006

Funky Friday will not be entirely funky, say observers of the downtown event, beginning at 5 pm Fri, July 14

First Funky Friday ready to roll
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"Funky Friday is a, let's see, a *brand.* Funky is not meant to be taken literally," says Eric Gipson, emcee ne plus ultra. "In fact, my over-the-topness - not to worry, I can take a hit - is one of the few things that would qualify as remotely funky at Funky Friday."

But the music, food & drink, art and movie provide an easy-access party. "Remember Neon Saturday Nights?" says Pam Atchison. Atchison and her SRAC team, including event planner Bonne Summers, have created a variation on the Neon Nights formula.

“Wine Down” time from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at artspace-710 Texas Street, where guests can enjoy the tunes of Howell and Caskey with noshes provided by Bella Fresca restaurant. For those in the mood for libation, there is a cash bar.

Gates open for Funky Fridays at 7:00 pm with a $5.00 admission. Festival-goers can enjoy a live, on-stage performance by Bobbie “Mercie” Oliver and the Jam City Revue, participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities, and board a trolley to tour the venues in the west edge arts district.

At 9:00pm (or sundown) guests will sit in front of the Robinson Film Center outdoor screen to enjoy Some Lke It Hot. Guests are encouraged to bring their portable chairs.

As a special treat, on Friday, July 14th One-String Guitarist Robul Gibson of New Orleans will be playing in coolspace-second floor of artspace.

From 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm, board a trolley provided by A-1 Charter Service to Odyssey Sound Lab, where visitors have an opportunity to record their voices to music available in the studio that can be burned onto a commemorative CD. Or, enjoy a guided tour of the historic Municipal Auditorium.

View works by premiere Artist Frank Frazier at the Southern University Museum of Art. Works by Dorothy Kristi Hanna and Robin Rothrock will be on display at the Bistineau Gallery.

Take a sneak peak at the soon to open Robinson Film Center and upcoming River City Repertory Theatre in the 600 block of Texas Street.

The Multi-Cultural Center of the South has signed on as a special stop on the trolley tour providing hands-on dance lessons and demonstrations in the Art of Japanese Tea Service.

“Guests who attended the first Friday were impressed with the technology available at the Odyssey Sound Studio. Many were surprised that museums and galleries, as such, existed in Shreveport,” said Jim Boyter of A-1 Charter Service.

“Funky Fridays” is a community-oriented event intent on bridging the cultural gap in Shreveport and surrounding areas, says Atchison.

Moinfo: Harrice Mitchell at 673-6528 or

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Trey Jackson, AnnaMaria Sparke-Keele, Haley Young and Andre Pitre dance and extol ship-borne travel in Anything Goes; opens July 14, PAC, Shreveport

Anthing Goes is the sort of romantic ship-bound frippery that is designed to soothe the ills of summer strife in Shreveport-Bossier. For one night you stroll the deck of a New York to London steamer and eavesdrop upon the lives of Reno Sweeney (AnnaMaria Sparke-Keele), Billy Crocker (Andre’ Pitre) and Hope Harcourt (Haley Young). There is a suspect guy, too: Rev. Dr. Moon (Trey Jackson). So you are cautious. But you are in good hands, since this ship is being directed by Richard Folmer, a gold standard commodore.

Do you know why “I Get a Kick Out of You”? Will you be with us “All Through the Night”? Are you sure that “Anything Goes”? And what do mean, exactly, when you command, “Blow Gabriel, Blow”? These are the questions that will be answered by handsome and fit men such as Pitre and Jackson. The answer will perhaps be equivocal from the leggy and buxom women, Ms. Sparke-Keele and Ms. Young. Based on talent, experience and comeliness, I think you will find this gang seated at the Captain's Table.

Play dates at The Performing Arts Center, First United Methodist Church, are July 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 pm, with a July 16 and 23 matinee at 2:30 pm.
Tickets: $16 for adults and $8 for students (with ID).
Box Office opens at 12 Noon on June 28th and is open Noon to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Reservations: 429-6885.
Running time: about 2 hours.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ivy Woodard-Latin, Carolyn Galloway, Brent Latin bring gospel sounds to Shreve Memorial Library Th, July 13, noon

Carlos Colon sends email reminders on the Shreve Memorial Library Brown Bag Lunch Topics Series, and a fine set of lectures they seem. Colon says, " Bring your lunch and enjoy interesting topics on your lunch hour. Brown Bag Lunch Topics are held in the Eaves Room of the Main Library, 424 Texas Street, each Thursday at 12:10 p.m.

Th, July 13, the topic is Gospel Music. Once narrowly defined as religious, gospel has transcended those limits to become a profound force in American music and popular culture. From its early roots through many legends along the route to the modern sounds finding a renewed popularity all their own today, it seems evident that gospel music is here to stay. Carolyn Galloway and Ivy
Woodard-Latin, accompanied by Brent Latin, will sing many soul-stirring gospel songs."

Connect with Colon's informative email list at

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Philadelphia Center's annual Auction Against Aids Fr, July 14, 6:30 pm, Bossier Civic Center

"Hacienda holidays, art, suppers for 40, quotidien services, botox, you name it and we're offering it at the auction," said Kelly Stover of the Philadelphia Center staff about the 17th annual benefit against AIDS. Among the art items in the silent auction is this print of an oil still life by Talbot Hopkins.

With music by JR III, hot food, cash bar and a pressed-khaki theme, Out of Africa, how could one go wrong?

Tickets are $40, said Stover.
At you can find out about resources, programs & services, statistics, even the AIDS myths.
MoInfo: 318-222-6633

Road warriors Outlaw Nation throw down concerts in their sweet home, Louisiana; Noble Savage, July 15 & Mall St Vincent, July 16

Christian Simeon, suitcase in hand and gig bag over the shoulder, wrote us, "Outlaw Nation is touring through the state this month and rocking out as they go!" Ever aware of our need for live music, he added, "Come hang out and see a show."

Here's where to catch singer-guitarist Simeon, who can conjure folk, rock, reggae or soul at the snap of a tuneful finger:

>>July 15 - Noble Savage - Shreveport, LA<<
>>July 16 - Sam Goody St. Vincent Mall - Shreveport, LA @ 2 PM
>>July 21 - Java Junction - Shreveport, LA <<
July 22 - Frosty Factory - Alexandria, LA
July 23 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA

The band's new cd, Shine, is available now, although I have yet to get one. For a sample of their groove try
And it seems they're doing a fresh merch thing at

Pirates of the Calamari: if America loves Jack Sparrow, it still loves New Orleans

La zen attitude par Johnny Depp
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Pirates of the Caribbean / Dead man's Chest was more entertaining than we expected. Like many, I went to see whether Depp could make Jack Sparrow sing again. The answer was both yes and no. At 2 and a half hours, it was hard to sustain the comic energy. The characters stuck around too long. Depp's schtick grew stale, sad to say. The script extended its life by rambling like a hermit crab over every inch of Caribbean terrain.

In a way, it's a boy's movie, since much of it is peopled with slimy, glistening sea creatures. How many writhing suction tubes can you include in one movie? The answer, provided by Pirates: about a jillion.

But the NY Times says it's not particularly a boy's flic: Sharon Waxman wrote "Significantly, the new "Pirates" seemed to defy most trends in movie-going. Movies generally draw from different segments of the population — men or women, over or under 25 — and usually attract them on different days of the weekend. Instead, box office analysts said that the movie appealed to all segments of the population on each day of the weekend, including teenagers, families and adults, a rare phenomenon."

Shedding bustier and skirts, Keira Knightly looked appealing as a sailor boy. She proved competent at adventure-acting and really adept at tanning. Orlando Bloom was competent, too. Are you an Orlando fan? It's chemical, right?

Depp archly taps into the enigmatic, romantic image established by The Dobie Gillis character Maynard G. Krebs and Doonesbury's Zonker. Depp has famously cited inspiration from Keith Richards, PePe LePew and Errol Flynn. Bugs Bunny and Groucho Marx have also been mentioned.

But if you had to say exactly where Jack Sparrow came from, it would definitely be from central casting, the French Quarter.

So if America so loves this flaming figure (Pirates had "the most successful opening weekend in Hollywood history"), maybe New Orleans is not lost, after all.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Pedestrian bridge ideas: visionaries submit designs for an S-B foot bridge to Nlcog's J. Kent Rogers

From the North Louisiana Council of Governments, J. Kent Rogers, exec director:

Project SB - Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition

The North La Council of Governments (NLCOG) and the Project SB Steering Committee is sponsoring a step to bridge the divide between the two communities of Shreveport and Bossier City with the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition.

This competition will focus on generating ideas and concepts for the proposed bridge to connect the two riverfront districts. Everyone -- designers, planners, architects, students and the general public -- is encouraged to participate and submit their ideas, plans, and designs to NLCOG. The contest runs through September 30, 2006 and will award cash prizes for first and second place in categories for professionals, students, and the general public.

For more information about the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition, there are helpful links at

If I could show you the witty and charming illustration of pedestrian bridge possibilities developed for the Shreveport Times by graphic artist David Wright and published Sun, June 25, you would surely want to enter. I plan to enter and will consider joining force fields with you if you need a bloggy visionista.

Paintings and graphics by artist Paul Garner at Karpeles Museum, Shreveport; reception, with guitar, Sat, July 8, 1 - 3 pm

Paul Garner is one of the hottest young artists in the region. An award-winning graduate of Caddo Magnet High School's art program, he has made his name in the public arena with humorous, hairy posters that advertise his band, the Noids. Those who've enjoyed his posters will see another dimension of the artist in the paintings to be displayed at Karpeles Document Museum, near the corner of Centenary & King's Hwy.

Garner's dad is Dan Garner, a highly-accomplished artist who is adept at music, songwriting, video, cartooning, performance art and graphics.

The reception will feature classical guitar music by the estimable Mark Griffith on Sat, 1 - 3 pm, on July 8.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: 3201 Centenary Blvd.
Open Tu - Th, 10 am to 4 pm.

Paul Garner's web site is

Movietime on the Red River, Shreveport; raiders land Fr, July 7, 8 pm, River View Park

Chris Jay, Robinson Film Center media master, says "We’ll be showing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at nightfall (est 9 pm) in Shreveport's River View Park on Fr, July 7. Beginning at 8:00 PM we’ll have a treasure hunt for kids who come in costume as explorer/Indiana Jones-types. Concessions will come from the Hot Dog Man, Marble Slab Creamery, Coca-Cola, Brookshire’s, and (of course) popcorn will be on sale as well. All funds raised from drink, candy, and popcorn sales will benefit the Robinson Film Center.

There are a ton of chances to see outdoor film in Shreveport this Summer, with Funky Fridays going on in addition to the Movies & Moonbeams calendar."

MoInfo: (318) 424-9090

A postscript: "“Movies & Moonbeams” films are presented on a 40’ wide, 32’ tall inflatable Airscreen. Kids, especially, go ape over it, given that many younger people have had very little exposure to outdoor film."

Little Rock's folky Midwest Caravan and Sean Michel sing at Shreveport's Java Junction Th, July 6, 8 pm

Midwest Caravan with Sean Michel is an ALL AGES! show, according to Cristal Wilcox at Java Junction. She writes, "Little Rock, AR acoustic act: folky & a tad country. Immortalizing cheating wives, big bad wolves & small town USA. Come bask in the vibes of these Arkansas gypsies! $3." and

JJ also has bluesy Brian Martin on Sat: "Another neighbor from the north, Arkansan Brian Martin is adored by Shrevport show-goers. He's reminiscent of fried green tomoatos and the fact that you can catch catfish on ivory soap. $5."

Says Mr. Martin of his music: "Although I draw on an eclectic array of musical genres during a typical performance, including soul, gospel, and funk; I never stray far from the influences of southern roots music. I can't help but gravitate to the styles of old-time fingerstyle country blues, ragtime jazz, and intimate, bare boned folk ballads."

How the River City Repertory Theater established its worth with The Little Foxes at the Strand Theater in June

Timing and tone were the key elements in the effective opening production of River City Repertory Theater's version of The Little Foxes . While Anne Gremillion played the grasping and tragic female lead with aplomb (what a nuanced, clarion voice), it was the stage full of smooth operators that made the play roll like a train.

Ben Tyler, a protean actor from Tempe, AZ, was Gremillion's buttress. Tyler brought deep-pocketed competence to the stage as the alpha male of the rapacious Hubbard family. Tyler's CV might indicate an actor capable of carrying the show, but he did not outplay the other actors.

Lean actor Logan Sledge, a graduate of the Centenary program that was helmed by director Patric McWiilliams and Robert Busieck, came from California (he has an MFA from Cal State) to play the nervous, young screw-up of the family. Sledge's tics (fingers plucking at his lips when he was in trouble) and careful dance round the older actors were adept.

Possessed of flair and comfortable sense of character were Jodie Glorioso, as the alcoholic, unflaggingly tragic Birdie, and John Gayle, who played the stolid second male of the Hubbards.

McWilliams, the director, was also successful in costume design - he brought a Renaissance pallette to the fabrics draping the players. His set design brought grandiosity to the Strand Theater's stage. The columns dwarfed the actors and added a gothic tone to Lillian Hellman's melodrama.

As a person who worries about the solvency of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, the Strand Theater and the future of local fine arts productions, I must say that the Strand seemed a worthy partner for River City Repertory.

Capturing an audience that will sustain productions by a local professional company will almost certainly prove difficult. Happily, supporters can go forth to sell McWilliams' program based on both the excitement generated during his years at Centenary College as well as the competency of the initial River City Repertory Theater production.

- Robert Trudeau

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Margaret Sartor's memoir, Miss American Pie, sounds like it will resonate in Shreveport; Sartor's writing covers life in Monroe, '72 - '77

"Montgomery, Louisiana, isn't a very small town, but it's small enough (editors note: it's actually Monroe). In the 1970s, the divorce rate was nonexistent, church attendance was roughly 100 percent, and the rules of proper behavior were generally agreed upon, if often ignored....We purchased cigarettes from vending machines, rode bikes without helmets, and thought seat belts were for wimps...On the whole, I would say my hometown was entirely typical of its time and place, more confused than reactionary, a sort of stranglehold of befuddlement."

What follows in the non-fiction Miss American Pie are the diary entries - and other writing - of Margaret Sartor during her delicate, angst-filled teen years from 1972 to 1977, says a web site about the newly-published memoir.

Find a positive review in Books of The Times | 'Miss American Pie'
A Southern Girl's Dusty Diaries as a Window on the 70's, by William Grimes.

Miss American Pie / A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970's, Margaret Sartor, Illustrated. 272 pages. Bloomsbury. $19.95.
Warning: may be painfully acute for 46 year-old females from Shreveport who grew up in the comfortable class.

Sartor is also an accomplished photog. See her work at

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Alec Holland, musician and videographer, produces and documents below-the-sonar Shreveport rock shows while gyrating across the floor

Checking in with underground youth culture in Shreveport sometimes reveals spiky miners tunneling their way to freedom. Meet 20 year-old Alec Holland, a videographer-musician who is producing house concerts and documenting the scene: "As far as filmmakers that have influenced me," says Holland, "they are: Chan-Wook Park, Takashi Miike, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar Wai, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Gaspar Noe, David Cronenberg, David Fincher, Vincent Gallo, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, and the list goes on."

Yes, eclectic and emblematic of a cinema junkie. What does he do with that background?

The concert videos Holland is shooting capture the anarchic energy and murky details of late punk culture. From the well formed, local mathematical riot act called statues cry bleeding ("postmark you a landmine") to Austin's artful Tuxedo Killers ("Don't rape the okapi), Holland captures non-commercial music. Performances are recorded with a fish-eye lens bolted to his videocam. Nor is he an icy documentarian. "I like to dance, to jump around and have fun," he says. The camera yaws across the stage, picking up detail like a Hoover. The atonal hawkiness of Attractive and Popular, a group from Lafayette, LA, is matched by Holland's style. His prettiest video captures River City Tanlines, of Memphis, in an outdoor concert at Big D's BBQ.

His own band, a duo of enormous noisality (drum loops and feedback spurt from an iPod) and sense of humor (no Rock Star pretensions, just a contemporary version of Waiting for Godot), is called Dale Cooper. Thus you may guess what 90's TV show and director has had an inordinate influence on the lad: Twin Peaks and David Lynch.

As you might well imagine, his film life started with a skate board and a buddy who attended an art school, Caddo Magnet High. "Inspirations for my work in video started when I was around 13 years old with a student I'm sure you remember well: Nick Chaney," he recently wrote. "I had been a lover of film since before then, but I hadn't had a chance to do anything creatively. My first camera was a terrible RCA VHS-C. Terrible effects, terrible quality, terrible everything. Nick and I didn't mind, though, and we'd run around filming ridiculous crap and skating and what not. We wouldn't even edit. We'd try to edit within the camera, filming our credit sequences off of a crappy blinking computer monitor with the "invert" option on.

I became wiser as the years went by. I started editing on PC and Nick picked up a JVC mini-dv camera. During the years in which I hung around Nick, I watched a ton of skate videos. This is probably where the interest in wide-angle lenses came from. Skaters will use this lens because they can skate along-side a skater and can film without having to look into the viewfinder, all-the-while knowing that they are capturing the entire image and motion." The fish-eye view gives adds considerable stamp and scope to his rough documentaries.

Projects awaiting Holland include "Putting out a split 7" record (recordings on vinyl being one of his affinity groups) with a band from California called Hoy Pinoy."

Additionally, "I use my house - Cooper Manor - as a venue for shows and small gatherings. The door i usually set at $5.00 a person and all money goes to the out-of-town bands. Two main advantages of this is that I get to play with, visit with, and film bands that I love; and if I wasn't doing this, a lot of kids wouldn't get a chance to see these bands due to no one being able to book them. I have about 6 shows or so booked here for the next two months, so I'll be busy."

Attractive And Popular -
Daniel Francis Doyle -
River City Tanlines at Bog D's -
Dale Cooper -
Tuxedo Killers -
statuescrybleeding (last show) -
statuescrybleeding (other great footage) -
Also, listen to Dale Cooper songs Calamari Wrestlah and the hilarious Gleaming the Cube at

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Farmer's Market on the riverfront, Festival Plaza, Shreveport, sporting giant & cooling canopy; Weds & Sats, 7 am to 11:30 am

Cooling breezes wafted across the vendors tables at Shreveport's riverfront Farmer's Market. The enormous steel and wood canopy which enhances the breeze is new. It brings a touch of elegant design as well as vast shade to Festival Plaza, downtown Shreveport.

Sheila Kelly proferred her home-made herbed butters as well as a china butter keeper. Noma Fowler-Sandlin had all manner of jellies, from blueberry to mint tea. Chris Fowler-Sandlin, bibliophile ("Bibliomaniac is more like it,"quipped Noma; "It's gone well past - philia.") had used books, uncluding National Book Awards and Newberry Award books. "I'm selling books I bought in Britain online as well as here," he explained.

Nearby were vendors selling salsas, pastas, flowers, melons, fruit and vegetables, fruit smoothies and more.

It is a swell scene Sats from 7 am (to get a good slot vendors are arriving before 6 am) to 11:30. Many of the vendors are back on Weds, the same hours.

Chris Fowler-sandlin's ebay book sales are found at

Kufaru Mouton, master percussionist associated with Cafe Brasil, New Orleans, passes, says

Originally uploaded by deepfry.

Born in NYC, Kufaru Mouton arrived in New Orleans over 25 years ago on his way to Brazil (the country) and decided to stay here, making his home base around Cafe Brasil on Frenchmen Street, where, with Ralph Gibson, he played the first gig at that venue many years ago. He embodied the spirit of the Frenchmen Street music scene, where he could be found playing or sitting in on any given night of the week, says an obituary at

He studied with the masters Babatunji Olatunji and Chief Bey in the 60's in NYC, when he was initianted and was given the Santaria name of Kufaru, which means Guardian. Kufaru was indeed the guardian of the craft of the Conga drums, and spent years handing down the tradition when he taught N.O. schoolkids in programs like Young Audiences, and most recently the school program run by The House of Blues International.

Please send written rememberances of Kufaru to There is a collection of stories and photos - great ones of his funeral second line - being compiled at His frequent musical podna Ralph Gipson, former Shreveporter, is scheduled to perform at Columbia Cafe on July 4th.

Wraith: carbon-fiber art on wheels designed by JT Nesbitt and available for $55,000 from Confederate Motor Company

Originally uploaded by Atari, Gracinha & Marco.
JT Nesbitt, once a Shreveporter - a painter who offered his oils at Montessori Art Auction - is now a motorcycle designer whose product, the Confederate Motor Company super-cycle, the Wraith, is known globally.

The NY Times story Chased Out of New Orleans, Confederate Is Rising Again, is an update of the company's peregrinations following Katrina. Founded in New Orleans, the company's shop was severely damaged by flood water. For a time, the small company considered moving to Shreveport, says the NY Times. I shot a photo of their post-Katrina board meet at Columbia Cafe when Matt Chambers, founder, was catching his breath.

They chose to make their new home in Birmingham, AL.

Of Nesbitt's design, says the NY Times, "The history the Wraith invokes is almost motorcycle prehistory. Though fabricated of high-tech materials like carbon fiber composites and built using computer-controlled machines, the inspiration for the Wraith was drawn from primitive art and from sculptures by Alexander Calder, specifically the works arranged like planets in the solar system.

"From its inception it was seen as a work of kinetic sculpture," Mr. Nesbitt said. "I took the basic shapes of ellipse, circle and arch. To orchestrate them, I turned again to Calder and his view of our solar system. Planets in our system lend themselves as a perfect model for asymmetry and balance."

See more at