Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Composting demo Sat, May 3, 9 am to 11, Centenary Square, led by gardener Jon Soul

Jon Soul, Shreveport
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"So, I point to the pile of pine needles going the length of the fence
in my dear, sweet neighbor's yard," said Loren Demerath. "And I said to Jon Soul, 'Well, I figure it gives a habitat to whatever rodents that'd otherwise be up in my attic. And to the snakes that eat 'em, I suppose.'"

"Then I said," said Demerath," 'But, nonetheless, I dunno, you know? I want to say something to him.'"

"Actually," Soul said, "he's doing a good thing there. That'll stop
the runoff of water down the hill and will eventually become good top
soil. He'll be able to plant stuff right in that."


"So, for those, like me, eager to know more, just thought I'd remind
everyone that Jon Soul will be demonstrating the wonders of compost on Saturday, from 9 to 11, next to Centenary Square (sorta' behind the
Kung Fu place across from George's). Should be enriching!"

The Sound of Music: Academy of Children's Theater, Shreveport, opens at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Thurs, May 1, 7 pm, for 8 performances

The Academy of Children's Theater version of the Sound of Music runs from May 1 - 4 and May 8 - 11, says Tyler Northen. A veteran of ACT shows, he adds -
* Thursday through Saturday the show starts at 7:00, and there is a matinee on both Sundays at two o'clock.
* Call (318) 869-5242 if you would like to order tickets or for any other questions concerning tickets.
* Tickets are twenty bucks a pop for students, children, and seniors. Tickets are twenty-five for adults.
* The location is Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College.

The cast:
Maria Rainier: Bridget Winder
Captain Von Trapp: Mike Martindale
Max Detweiler: Tyler Northen
Elsa Schraeder: Jenny Taunton
Liesl: Ella Watkins
Friedrich: Christian Dantes
Louisa: Megan Tinsley
Kurt: John Peyton Pou
Brigitta: Megan Crews
Marta: Brooke Reedy
Gretl: Lucia Boyd
Mother Abbess: Mary Humphries
Other Nuns: Peggy Albritton, Meredith Little, Debbie Dupuy
Rolf: Holt Kirkindoll
Franz: Bill Pou
Frau Schmidt: SaraBeth Hennessey
Herr Zeller: Steve Beyer

Northen finishes, "Of course, all the classic songs are going to be in the show. There is a song that's not from the movie that Jenny Taunton (Elsa) and I (Max) sing. But all in all it's going to be a really great show. It's been put together so well and the Centenary tech crew has just been so cooperative."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Indie film Radiant City presented by minicine at Columbia Cafe, Shreveport, on Mon, May 5, 7 pmish

The indie movie Radiant City says, "Sprawl is eating the planet - and the kids are getting restless. Welcome to the neighborhood!" David Nelson says,"A must-see for anyone interested in the form of the cities we call home."

minicine? will screen the new documentary Radiant City by the Canadian duo, Gary Burns and Jim Brown, at the Columbia Cafe, Mon, May 5. Doors open at 7 pm.

A $5 donation is requested and will go to benefit the newly formed Shreveport Historic Preservation Society. A cash coffee and wine bar will be available.

Michelle & John Laws, Canadian singers, return to Fairfield Studios on

Back to Shreveport from Canada (via Nashville), is one of Fairfield Studios most asked-for duos, John & Michelle Law, says Vic Phares. The duo will perform Sunday, May 4.

John plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica while Michelle lays down a solid bass line. They both deliver sweet vocals and tight harmonies.

Sunday night concerts at Fairfield start early - 7 pm - and end early. The food, optional and by additional donation, is by Rachel of A Stone's Throw Cafe & Catering.

Email or call 220-0400.

Having caught their act last time around I can highly recommend the Laws show. They are witty, yes, but they've got that beat inside them and it comes out in the music. When Michelle needs to thump the Fender Precision for an uptempo rockabilly number the show gets righteous.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Buddy Flett benefit headlined by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Strand Theater, Shreveport

While there were a few too many good guitarists on the Strand stage in the Benefit for Buddy Flett on Sun night, the audience survived. One backstage picker noted wryly that the situation is called, "Too many cocks in the henhouse."

Not having seen all the acts, I can only report that Jerry Beach, ubercool singer and bandleader, slew the dragon with his sultry approach to the blues. The platonic player of pentatonics under my purview was, however, Jason Coffield. Whether picking fills or building a slide solo, Coffield was the evening's master of style and taste.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd demonstrated again that he's a savvy entertainer. He has his own sense of how to serve sonic fried chicken and black-eyed peas. His stuff, like that of Hendrix and Vaughn, comes from the church and the juke joint. Have mercy.

While it was a well-attended Benefit for Buddy - and his rehab is going reasonably well - there's nothing wrong with helping a bit more. Bruce Flett says, "Thanks to everyone who has sent cards and contribution$. Buddy's expenses are mounting. Checks payable to Buddy Flett, mailed to P O Box 4641, Shreveport, LA 71134 are much appreciated."

Photos of some of the action at the Strand have been posted at ShreveportFaces.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Elegant, informative events calender debuts this week; guide to arts and commercial fun in Shreveport and Bossier

It is called the Shreveport Bossier Fun Guide. The classy look and convenience embodied in its design is going to make this online super-guide quite useful for the populace and tourists of the river cities.

Concerts, art shows, races, dances, family and kid-oriented fun: there's a place for almost every kind of event at the Fun Guide.

One of the smartest things about is that events producers themselves feed the calendar. The efficiency of such a system makes it a leap ahead for the area.

Most of the input of info is 1-2-3. The downsizing of photos to more or less a thumbnail size might be a new technique for some. Wendy Benscoter, Pat Gill and myself are ready to help you get comfortable with every part of the process.

Walk through the guided process at

And please nip over to for a set of guidelines that will take care of your questions.

Downtown bargain: combine Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert and Robinson Film Center Gala tickets on Sat, May 3 and synergize

For arts lovers the decision to go to the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's concert, Ocular Odyssey, or to attend the gala that inaugurates the Robinson Film Center has seemed an either-or situation.

Both take place Sat, May 3.

But the marketeers at the SSO and RFC have created an acquisition and merger ticket: subscribers or single ticket purchasers to the SSO concert may purchase a half-price ticket to the RFC Gala, valid for post-concert admission to the RFC (after 9 pm).

My top hat is being doffed to Scott Green and John Grindley, the Saturday night chefs.

First stop: 318-227-8863

Artspace / Spaceart opens May 3, 5:30 pm, at Artspace Shreveport; see the latest from William Joyce

One panel of a triptych created by William Joyce, moviemaker-artist and artistic director of Artspace Shreveport, accompanies this post. For more art by Joyce and 7 of the best of this region's artists, slip down to Artspace, 710 Texas, Friday, May 3, after 5:30 pm.

The project was initiated by Shreveport Symphony maestro Michael Butterman as a fusion between visual artists and the orchestra.
Buttermand and Joyce, with the aid of Pam Atchison, commissioned 8 new works based upon interpretations of Holst's symphony The Planets. The commissions:

Saturn: Nadine Charity
Uranus: Jane Heggen
Mercury: Don Alexander
Neptune: Laura Noland - Harter
Jupiter: Michael Harold
Mars: Bill Joyce
Venus: Mary Louise Porter

The exhibit will oscillate Through June 14.

And look for a connection at the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's concert at 7:30 pm the same night, Riverview Theater. Called Ocular Odyssey, it will integrate some part of the visual artists' work in its performance of The Planets, by Holst.

Labyrinths & Ley lines: Cari Bennett Bollinger work inspired by ancient and sacred patterns at Barnwell Center, Shreveport

Cari Bennett Bollinger's art show at Barnwell Center is entitled “Invisible Roads: The Art of Sacred Geometry.” It will be on view through Sun, May 18, says Freda Powell.

The inspiration for the series came from Cari’s exploration of the Christian labyrinth – a prayer walk path found in some ancient churches such as the Chartres Cathedral in France. Her exploration, says Powell, led her to explore the concept of “sacred geometry” – geometric patterns often used in sacred art and architecture.

Also on exhibit at the Barnwell Center is “Portraits in Pastel” highlighting the work of Christie Saye Cassell. A reception will be held in honor of her portrait work on Sun, May 4, 2 - 4 pm.

Barnwell: Tues through Fri, 10 am to 4 pm;
Sat, 10 am to 5 pm;
Sun, 1 pm to 5 pm.

Benefit for Buddy Flett at the Strand Theater, Shreveport, Sun, Ap 27, 7 pm

Buddy Flett, Shreveport
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A Benefit for Buddy features Shreveport-raised pop-blues star Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues legend Hubert Sumlin. 

The warm-up includes a whole world of local players - pretty much an all-star session of contributors.

Will playing on the Strand stage have a galvanizing effect on these performers? Sadly, the cramped seats and modest aisles of the Strand are not particularly cool for responding to rock and R n B. Regardless, we can clap our hands small, large and even obnoxiously.

$25 to $35; $100, VIP ticket,
(318) 226-8555

Does the most original and charming art come from youths? See it at ArtBreak Fest in the Shreveport Convention Center Fri, May 2 through Sun, May 4

Artbreak Festival is a cornucopia of student activity including music, drama, poetry and visual art. The color and energy explode at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Artbreak has a kinship to Jazzfest in that you don't really have to know anyone who's exhibiting or have a schedule of performances. You simply go when you can and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the
gigantic wall of polychrome expression. It will make you a believer in Shreveport and the power of area schools to develop modern communications skills.

Friday, May 2: 5 pm - 9 pm

Sat, May 3: 10 am - 9 pm

Sun, May 4: noon - 6 pm

No charge. Info: 673-6500

Above: top students at Caddo Magnet who are, additionally, skillful artists: Jack Waterman and Carmen Ortiz.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Laird and Lornell, editors of Shreveport Sounds in Black and White, to sign books and chat at Barnes & Noble Shreveport, 2 to 4 pm, Sun, Ap 27 says of the book Shreveport Sounds in Black and White: "To borrow words from Stan "The Record Man" Lewis, Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of this nation's most important "regional-sound cities." Its musical distinctiveness has been shaped by individuals and ensembles, record label and radio station owners, announcers and disc jockeys, club owners and sound engineers, music journalists, and musicians."

Shreveport Sounds in Black and White was edited by Kip Lornell and former Shreveporter Tracey Widiger Laird. They will sign books and chat about music at Barnes & Noble Sun, Ap 27, from 2 to 4 pm.

"Shreveport Sounds is a collection of scholarly and popular writing that covers people like Leadbelly and Hank Williams, and such lesser-known names as Taylor-Griggs Melody Makers and Eddie Giles. New writing explores the famed Louisiana Hayride, musicians Jimmie Davis and Dale Hawkins, local disc jockey "Dandy Don" Logan, and KWKH studio sound engineer Bob Sullivan," says Amazon.

Kip Lornell is co-author of The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. As a person who has read the book several times, I can recommend it as a coloful and even-handed version of Ledbetter's life.

Tracey Laird, professor at Agnes Scott College, is also the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music along the Red River. An alum of Caddo Magnet HS, Laird got her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.

Global Tai chi and Qi Gong Day in Betty Virginia Park, Shreveport, 9 to 11 am Sat, April 26

On April 26th, 2008 at 10 am, beginning in the Earth's earliest time zone, a peaceful, soothing event will unfold, says Sifu Janis Gabriel. It will bloom around the Earth throughout the entire day- time zone by time zone. Gently and effortlessly the world will breathe together in a T'ai Chi & Qigong relay of calm.

At 10:00 am (local time) Shreveport will join the celebration by continuing the world-wide wave of healing movement.

Led by Sifu Janis Gabriel of the Phoenix Virtue Temple, festivities will begin in Betty Virginia Park (Line Avenue at Ockley) at 9:00 am with warm-up exercise and Qigong practice prior to T’ai Chi which will begin at precisely 10:00 am. World-wide, this event spans over 60 nations on 6 continents in over 700 cities – come be a part of the energy, the education, the healing, the fun!!!

Sifu Gabriel: or telephone at (318) 227-0744/834-0445.
In case of rain, the event will move indoors to Phoenix Virtue Temple, 2601 Highland Avenue (corner of Highland and Robinson).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Paintings by Carole Berry, Carol Flori and Cindy Holmes in Bossier Arts Council Gallery til May 1

Three painters from East Texas have brought a world of thought, expertise and insight to the Bossier Arts Council Gallery this month. They are Carole Berry, Carol Flori and Cindy Holmes.

Their show is called The Three C's and I hope you'll pardon me if I suggest the title is not adequate for their skill and soul. They are standout artists. And they have become part of the Shreveport-Bossier scene.


Future of Baroque Artists of Shreveport uncertain after concert Sun, April 28, 3 pm, Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College

Some of the sweetest performers in the region take the stage for the final concert of the season Sun afternoon, Ap 28. The Baroque Artists of Shreveport will play Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach in the Anderson Auditorium, Hurley Music Building, Centenary College.

The program points out that "Due to the difficulties facing the Shreveport Symphony core musicians, the future of the Baroque Artists is uncertain."

Performers include -
Sally Horak, flute
Theresa Zale, oboe
Laura Crawford, violin
Chris Reed, violin
Adrienne Gabriel, viola
Todd Gabriel, viola
Ruth Drummond, cello
Gay Grosz and Don Smith, harpsichord-continuo.

Free and open to the public.
3 pm

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SRAC Artist Fellowships seek distinguished practitioners via no nonsense applications and professional jurors; deadline Mon, May 19, 4 pm

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The SRAC artist fellowships are designed to recognize artistic excellence, says Pam Atchison: " It is the intent of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to acknowledge distinguished fellows of the highest caliber in each discipline of the arts."

The deadline for applications is Mon, May 19, 2008, 4 pm.

The prize of $2500 favors those who both have their artwork and paperwork well tended. See both a document and guidelines - SRAC is serious about each stipulation - online at

Professional jurors, recommended by the SRAC Juried Artists’ Roster, make the selections. Jurors have the option not to award a fellowship in a category.

The disciplines include the following:
- Dance: Performance or Choreography
- Literature: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- Music: Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Composition
- Theatre: Playwriting, Acting, Directing
- Visual Arts: Please refer to the application for a full list.
- Multi-Disciplinary: Using more than one arts discipline in non-traditional ways or to create a new work.

Assistance in the apllication: Vickie Marshall, Community Development Director of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council at (318) 673-6500 or email

Monday, April 21, 2008

Shreveport Opera presents La Traviata, the fallen one, on Sat, Ap 26, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

"La traviata" means literally The Woman Who Strayed, or perhaps more figuratively, The Fallen One, says

Shreveport Opera presents this classic Sat, April 26, 7:30 pm, at Riverview Theater. It is artistic director Eric Dilner's last work as the chef for Shreveport Opera.

A cast belissimo will bring to life Verdi's music and portray the story of Violetta, the courtesan, and her hot-headed lover, Alfredo.

Tickets: 227-9503

Studying the near future: A Better Shreveport bicycle group joins tour of Community Gardens

Among the Community Gardens being toured by a small group of gardeners and community-building supporters on Sunday were -

1 Allendale (Allen at Buena Vista)
2 Highland (Herndon at Stephens)
3 Centenary (Oak at Rutherford)
4 Cedar Grove (73rd at Line)
5 CCCP 38 (Woodrow at Bernstein)
6 Sankofa (Tulane at McWillie)

The discussions were about how to win the good will of a neighborhood and whether to fence or not.

The bicyclists, being led by Maurice Loridans - an advocate for bicycle commuting - were surprised at their ability to make each section of the ride into a pleasant experience.

In the works is a map of the gardens and a recommended walking or bicycling tour.

The tour - the non-bikers rode a small bus - was an exploration and not advertised to the public.

More info at A Better Shreveport Blog and Shane Bevel's blog. Photos at Shreveport Faces.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bike movement grows in Shreveport via Centenary College and Regions Bank, says Jon Schleuss

Writes Jon Schleuss via his blog:

Biking efforts in Shreveport are taking off and Centenary College is a part of that. On Wednesday, Regions Bank donated eight green bicycles to Centenary, furthering sustainable transportation efforts on campus.

The idea originated from Bill Anderson, Chairman of Centenary's Board of Trustees. Anderson talked to Keith Crissman, of Regions, about his idea to bring bikes to Centenary. This fit perfectly with Regions' new marketing campaign and mission to the community, "to make life better for associates, customers, and communities." Regions Bank has donated "life green" bikes elsewhere, Birmingham-Southern College and Baton Rouge's YMCA are two recent examples.

At Centenary, the bikes will be located near the Student Union Building. Interested students, faculty, and staff can turn in their Centenary IDs to check out a bike. They'll be given a key to unlock the bike, along with a bright green helmet. Interested bikers will check-out bikes to travel off campus, most likely.

This has coincided perfectly with the new bike racks DPS installed this past week, funded by the Centenary Muses.

For more information, contact Lori Bradshaw, Student Life, or Jeanne Hamming, Centenary Environmental Association.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Poi performance by Sarah McDonald, Torontoan, in a Columbia Park spinjam on Sun, Ap 20, after dusk

ontariopoi / sarah mcdonald
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Poi, not the Hawaiian mashed taro but the fashionable form of juggling performance, has spread among the hipper climes. Fire poi, says, is considered the ultimate form of the sport. Poi migrated from Maori culture into the global culture. And Sarah McDonald recently migrated from Toronto to Shreveport, and has brought a background in poi. She will perform fire poi - as Little D - Sunday night in Columbia Park.

McDonald wants to see a spinjam evolve: an evening of informal performances, potluck supper, art hung on clothelines. She hopes that it will grow under the full moon into a monthly event.

Tim Marshall, an excellent songwriter and performer who does a regular at nearby Columbia Cafe, will sing. Matthew Linn, Caddo Commissioner, will have the event under his wing. There may be bellydance performances, impromptu painting (McDonald's step-mom is yoga-art teacher Pam Viviano), and a drum circle.

Says McDonald, "I've been talking to people here about 2 months. A lot of them are very enthusiastic about the possibilities of this informal event."

5 pm to 9ish

Friday, April 18, 2008

Downtown movies, art, music and supper to have a connection across Shreveport and Bossier via trolley

As I gazed out from the balcony of 617 Texas St, the Robinson Film Center (it opens the first week of May), John Grindley explained that within months a trolley will connect the parking lots at the La Boardwalk and several Shreveport sites. The upper Texas St stop on the trolley loop is on a corner between Artspace and the RFC, which is across the street from the Southern Museum of Art.

Park one place and take a grand tour of the old river town. That makes a visit to downtown Shreveport a spanking new proposition.

But what if you give the public even more than cool facilities and an easy tour? What I've found exciting during happy hours in London, Portland, Paris and New Orleans is streetlife enlivened by musicians.

Leaving RFC, I saw the group of musicians above blowing their horns in front of the Strand Theater.

If these fellows, who said they attend Huntington High, are hired to play in front of the RFC, SUMAS, Artspace or the Multicultural Center of the South, then Shreveport will begin to fulfill its cultural mission for the future.

Art and movies are only part of the tourism game. And getting people from suburban Shreveport to patronize downtown sites requires the energy of a tourism blitz.

Popcorn, movies, paintings, poetry, r&b, cocktails, supper, retail, yes.
But, on the street, give us something extra, like jazz.

Students meet and compete in Music Memory program via the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Music Memory finals were held this week at the University Center LSU-S, says Susan Rogers. The host was Adam Giblin; the sponsor was Capital One.

Overall 1st place winner was Apollo Elem., Bossier City., under teacher Raynelle Stanage. Team members, as listed in the Capital One program: Catherine Clayton, Madison Rowland, Alana Scott, Madison Timms, Joey Walker, Mario Zadra. Alternates: Gabby Eaves, Farrell Dule Austin Phillips, Jordan Womack.

The Music Memory competition teaches students to identify, spell and punctuate ten music selections from the classical, jazz and Broadway genres using a tool called music maps. Music Memory is held in the form of a competition where third, fourth and fifth grade students compete first with one another in their own schools and then with other schools for a chance to participate in the final round of competition.

“We’re excited because the kids are excited” said Shreveport Symphony Music Director Michael Butterman. “This process really teaches them how to listen—to hear and appreciate the details of what makes a piece work. By the time of the concert, the young people have really internalized this music and know it backward and forward. It’s an inspiration to all of us!”

Music selected for this season’s competition included Mozart, Gershwin, Rogers, Desmond and Debussy.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sankofa Gardens Earth Day Fest: family fun from 10 am to 3 pm, Sat, April 19, 1651 Yale St

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Leia Lewis is a quiet young social engineer. Her institution, Sankofa Gardens (means "make progress" in Akan), lies almost in the shadow of the LSU Med Center. And it is a block from Pamoja Art Center and the Afro-centric shops at Linwood Village. It is a quiet spot in a shady neighborhood, but Lewis has created a dynamic program.

Sankofa Gardens is about educating neighborhood children in an old-fashioned way: with gardens and and crafts as well as books. Part of the Lewis approach is to reach out across the city toward creating awareness of and participation in the Sankofa program.

If you want inspiration in grass roots social action, you might attend the Sankofa Earth Day Fest on Sat, Ap 19, between 10 am and 3 pm. She promises planting, edutainment, arts and crafts and games. I can offer, based on attending last year, that you will meet a wealth of Sankofa-minded people, too.

1651 Yale near Linwood.

Caddo Talented Arts Drama Program presents pioneer play at Caddo Magnet HS Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm, April 18 & 18

Young thespians develop early; Caddo's Talented Arts Drama program tries to address those needs, says Rhonda Glass.

Students from Caddo Magnet High and Caddo Magnet Middle are joined by actresses from Captain Shreve and North Caddo in a pioneer story, Quilters.
Cast: Malyn Hensley, Lauren Gieseke, Jordan Alex Adams, Presley Opbroek, Helen Marrs, Isabella Hicks, Samantha Austin, Maddie menefee, Sarah Lewis, Karlie Rowley, Alliosn Gras. Student director, Maddie menefee; make-up, Katie Cook. In the lobby visitors will find a display of quilts loaned to directors Denise Dion and Shawn Dion.

Quilters: Ap 17, 18, 7:30 pm
Music by Lisa Daye. Set construction by Dave Rowley.
$5 at the door.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Stand in awe of the Scottish Rite Temple, Shreveport, on the Thursday Night Trolly Tour, 5:30 to 8 pm, April 17

Scottish Rite Temple, Shreveport
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The TNT, or Thursday Night Trolley, starts at Multicultural Center of the South on this go-round, says Bonne Summers. The stops to be made include . . .

The current Multicultural Center of the South art exhibit is “Tall and Skinny” by Katherine Pate. On the third floor of the building is “A Tribute to Soldiers of North Louisiana.” It features military memorabilia from the collection of noted photog and history buff J. Frank McAneny. Entertainment is aslo slated for those strolling through the vast center.

Sci-Port Discovery Center
Visitors experience the world’s first interactive digital planetarium at the new Space Center as well as having the chance to sample the popular liquid nitrogen ice cream!

Scottish Rite Temple is new on the TNT agenda.
Opened in 1917, this magnificent building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the hidden gems in the downtown district. Each of the large rooms in this Temple draws the eye upward to take in all of the detail in design. Being home to the Masonic organization, this facility has not been open to the general public until recently.

Municipal Auditorium, “Stage of Stars” Museum
Former home of the “Louisiana Hayride” radio program, this grand building is where popular stars like Elvis Presley and Hank Williams got their start. Visit the museum dedicated to the “Cradle of the Stars” and see memorabilia from dozens of performers who have walked the stage.

Artspace tonight
The MLK Intergenerational Quilters currently have an exquisite quilt exhibit on display upstairs that is truly worth your stop here.
Come on in to Artspace tonight for live entertainment - the Bluebirds - and cash bar.

Info from Shreveport Regional Arts Council: 673-6500

Roots rock singer Kevin Gordon and drummer Paul Griffith at Jayne Marie 7:30 pm, Sat, April 19

Kevin Gordon
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Drummer Paul Griffith was one of the most popular characters in A Train when he was a Shreveporter (and grad of Centenary). Like David Egan, he moved to Nashville. Alas, Griffith stayed in Music City and became a popular journeyman percussionist. He writes of his rare visit to Shreveport, "I'm gonna miss Buddy's benefit--ironically I'm playing a crawfish festival here in Nashville. John Howe tells me there'll be other opportunities. I've been checking in regularly--seems like Bud's turned a corner and is showing some improvement."

Griffith is backing perennial Nashville favorite Kevin Gordon, a bluesman and roots rocker. Jayne Lanza, who worships Monsieur Gordon, says the singer recently returned from performing in Europe.

7:30 pm
Sat, Ap 19
Jayne Marie on Cross lake

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kenny Wayne Shepherd headlines benefit for blues singer Buddy Flett on Sun, April 27, at the Strand Theatre, Shreveport

Buddy Flett
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Buddy Flett, guitarist, singer and co=founder of Shreveport group the Bluebirds, was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in February and spent several weeks in the hospital, says Flett is recovering at home and receives speech therapy twice a week. The medical event has caused Flett to be unable to work for several months and the benefit concert will help with living expenses and medical costs.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the player who opened doors to Flett's recent career updraft, will headline the show. Blues legend Hubert Sumlin, formerly of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, will perform. Flett and Sumlin had frequently teamed up on the road after playing with Shepherd on the album and tour for 10 days out: Blues from the Backroads.

Local acts performing include Jerry Beach, the Bluebirds, Jay Davis, Miki Honeycutt, the Noids!, Professor Porkchop, The Rascoes and Maggie Warwick.

A Benefit for Buddy Flett.
7 p.m. April 27.
Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport, LA

$25 and $35. $100, VIP tickets, including meet and greet with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hubert Sumlin and other artists.
Strand Theatre box office: (318) 226-8555. the update has arrived - in beta state - and is colorful and multi-faceted

Alex Kent, Shreveport
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As a beta tester for the I'm early to a sort of citywide myspace. The Times redesign has brought color and clarity to the site. It represents a considerable step forward for the community.

Though I have a new blog at the Times site, I'm not ditching my blogger sites; I hope the Times site is a new hub that will lead people to Shreveport Blog. It takes little extra time to post there and gives me options for material that might not fit ShreveportBlog or ShreveportFaces.

Alexandyr Kent is the manager for the Pluck software that will make the Times online a multi-use site. He says the site runs a bit slow at the moment (I haven't noticed it). He's looking forward to fielding suggestions and reports of glitches from new participants.

Pledge drive at KDAQ: Red River Radio at $165,000 of the $200,000 needed

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Red River Radio's Spring Fundraiser continues, writes Kermit Poling. He notes, "Membership contributions are 60% of our operating budget."

Call 1-800-552-8502 to pledge your support or click the Pledge Now button on the web site.

Total Amount pledged:
Monday, April 14, at 06:25 a.m. - $164,580

The reason for the HD radio graphic? There's a 3-channel HD stream coming from Red River Radio today. HD radios have been enormously popular as premiums in this pledge drive, says Poling.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Theater of the Performing Arts celebrates youth in jazz with Yazzy concert at Strand Theater, Shreveport, on Fri, Ap 18, 7 pm

Students and the faculty of the Theater of the Performing Arts will perform at the Strand Theater at 7 pm Fri, Ap 18, says Gloria Gipson.

Michael Ward, jazz violinist, and Bobbi Humphrey, jazz flutist, are the principal guests. Also appearing are Mabel Robinson, director, choreographer, playwright, and Shreveport vocalist Linda Gail Shepherd. A salute to Mahalia Jackson will feature Shepherd singing songs such as “Walking Jerusalem” and “In the Upper Room”.

The Theatre of the Performing Arts 6th annual Yazzy spring concert is designed to showcase local talented youth as they collaborate with renowned professional artists.

Adult tickets: 12.50; youth tickets: 7.50; Seniors: 10.00.
Strand Theatre: 226-8555.
Theatre of the Performing Arts: (318) 525-0740 or (318) 621-8914.

Sponsors are the City of Shreveport, Department of Community Development, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Mrs. Irma C. Martin, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, The Black Arts Coalition, with funds from the City of Shreveport, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau, and the Caddo Parish School Board.

Gloria Gipson/ Executive Director
(318) 525-0740 or (318) 621-8914

Insightful blogging from Shreveport's Highland neighborhood: Kathryn Usher's Red River Blog Jam

Kathryn Usher, Shreveport
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Blackberries, art, bungalows, meetings, ironies: Kathryn Usher writes about the Highland neighborhood with a shrewd and ever-wandering eye.

She also takes the whole city under her purview in her Red River Blog Jam. She writes about downtown (the RFC, Tipitina's Co-op), about Bossier (casinos), about music (from Professor Porkchop to the symphony) and restaurants (Monjuni's, Tacomania, etc).

She has the insight of both a philosopher and a goddess. And she writes short stuff, undertsanding the needs of blog readers.

Usher is a capable and soulful artist. She has made a hit selling her Bottle trees. My favorite of her art forms is assemblages composed of detritus from streets such as Dalzell and Creswell (see her work at Artspace currently). Soon she will revive her seasonal tourist business, Tours de Shreveport, aka Spirit Tours. She's betting on downtown, wagering on tourism and becoming an entertainer.

Best of all, she supports my blogging like someone in a short, pleated skirt. And I feel the same way about her and the powerful currents under her Red River Blog Jam.

Butoh performance at Arodasi Healing Center, 555 Herndon, Fri, April 18, 8 pm

The Arodasi Healing Center presents, says Dorothy Kristin Hanna,
A Crystal Bowl Healing Butoh Performance with Sondra Fraleigh,
dancer, artist and author on Butoh.

Students from East West Somatics will be the performers.
Crystal bowl will be played by Robert Clyde Hargrove III.

Arodasi Center
555 Herndon
Fri, April 18
arrival time: 7:45
Suggested donation, 1 to 3 dollars

Call 834-0948 if you are interested in assisting with video or seating people.

Dorothy Kristin Hanna, director, is a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, Reiki Master, certified yoga teacher, painter and creator of Arodasi Dance.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Jimmy Crowley & Mairtin De Cogain to sing, dance, tell stories in the Centenary band shell Wed, Ap 16, 8 pm

Directly from Ireland, recording artists Jimmy Crowley and Mairtin (Mare-teen) de Cogain will perform in the Centenary College Hargrove Bandshell, Wed, April 16. at 8:00 pm, says Bruce Allen.

Mairtin de Cogain is an entertainer from County Cork, Ireland. A professional actor, singer, dancer and storyteller, Mairtin has entertained Irish culture fans around the world. He is a two-time national Irish storytelling champion and the lead singer of the world traveling traditional music group, The Fuchsia Band.

Irish singer Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since 1977. He is also an accomplished author and playwright.

The free performance is compliments of the Centenary College Activities Board, Student Life office, the Department of Art and Visual Culture, the Department of English, the Department of Theater and Dance, Centenary Film Society and KSCL radio. The booking is by Doyle Jeter, producer of the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival in West Monroe.

Gyrate, undulate, fling, leap, spaz: Dirtfoot's at Noble Savage at 10 pm Sat, April 12

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The goat-footed balloonmen and baloongirls of you will find a way to filigree your fandango at the Noble Savage tonight when Matt Hazelton, J Bratlie and their fleet-fingered brothers perform.

The Dirtfoot calendar is not heavy on Shreveport dates, is it? Take advantage?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Design for Mankind e-zine uses interior by painter Rachel Stuart-Haas in edition 3

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Erin at Design for Mankind has plucked one of Rachel Stuart-Haas photos from her Shreveport house series for the 3rd edition of the decorator's e-zine.

Design for mankind's theme statement: "because beauty lies in the details of design. in the pencil shavings, in the blueberry waffles. the vintage dress, framed portrait, old postcard."

Japonisme on display at the Strand in conjunction with London company's production of The Mikado Fri, 7:30 pm

From cellonessa :)
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“Japonisme” is the term given for the influence of Japanese culture on Western culture after the opening of trade to Japan in the mid-1800s. Some of those influences of Japanese art, particularly wood-block prints (ukiyo-e), had an influence on European painters like Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet, writes John Goddard. The presence of a multitude of Japanese craftwork, fabrics & fashion in the European & American society provided subjects for artists as well.

Several examples of these paintings will be exhibited in the lobby of the Strand for audience members attending The Mikado by the Carl Rosa Opera at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport, on Fri, Ap 11. Opportunities to bid and buy these paintings will be available. Proceeds benefit The Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Paintings include: Claude Monet, La Japonaise: Madame Monet in a Japanese Costume; Vincent Van Gogh,The Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige); Gustav Klimt, The Dancer (Detail); James Jacques Tissot, Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects; Frederic Leighton, Mother and Child (Cherries).

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Muralist Marcus Akinlana speaks at Meadows Museum of Art on Sun, April 13, 2 to 3 pm

Mural at The Arts Garage
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Marcus Akinlana recently completed a mural for The Art Garage in Philadelphia. Sunday he speaks at Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, says Leia Lewis. His work is in Meadows as part of the exhibition "Focus Gallery: Louisiana Artists at the Crossroads."

Akinlana is a New Orleans-based painter, muralist, and public artist.
He began painting murals as a youth in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 1988 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A.

Art in America magazine selected a mural by Akinlana as the Best Public Art of 1995, and included his "Mile High and Rising" project in "Public Art Review 2000."

Sun, April 13, from 2:00-3:00 pm
Lecture, "The Works of Akinlana"
light refreshments
Mon, April 14,, from 2:00-3:00 pm
Artists' Circle in the museum
light refreshments

(318) 841-7271

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra funding crisis: seeks people for Audience Association

Writes symphony musician Sally Horak Hundemer of the articles and comments in regards the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's funding crisis, "One comment in particular has caught our attention and that is the one written 4-05-08 about the concert and how the question "to be or not.." could relate to the SSO situation right now. The writer, with his or her historical knowledge of the core's existence and importance, sounds to be a person we would certainly like to have on our Audience Association."

Want to help via supporting the musicians?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ft. Worth painter Joanna Littlefield opening at Karpeles Museum with reception Sat, April 12, 1 to 3 pm

Joanna Littlefield, a native of Louisiana, earned a BFA with honors from Louisiana Tech University and moved to Texas to work in advertising.

In 2001, while continuing her advertising career on a part-time basis, she began to devote her energies to a career in fine art with a focus on portraiture, winning numerous awards. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America.

Littlefield's work is on display at Karpeles museum this month, says Jean Glabus. All are welcome at a reception Sat, Ap 12, from 1 to 3 pm.

See Wasson, Magill, Bass in echoBoom, after Antigone, on the MLP stage Th, Ap 10, in 5-night run

Destin Bass, Shreveport
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A modern re-telling of the Antigone story, echoBOOM uses the tragedy of a high school shooting to explore today's society, says Centenary College's Carrie Rowlett.

Brandy Austin directs Caitlin Parrish's script. Both are Centenary students.

Nathan Wasson portrays Brody Greyson, "a boy born for poetry" and the shooter in the rampage, while Rachael Lee Magill takes on the role of Ash Greyson, culpable only of wanting her brother to be remembered as one of the lives lost in the tragedy rather than as a terrorist.

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse would like to advise audiences that the
controversial subject matter, adult language, and violence in this
production is not appropriate for children.

The cast and crew take seriously the content of the show and hope to provide a dialogue for the community at discussion sessions following each performance.

echoBOOM opens April 10th at 8 pm and runs April 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th at 8pm and April 13th at 2pm.

(318) 869-5242 for ticket information.

Book release party for Laura Flett at All Souls Unitarian, Shreveport, Sat, Ap 12, 7 to 9 pm

You are invited to a book release party for Laura Flett's book, Writing Toward the Light, A Mother's Grief Journey, on Sat, April 12, 7 to 9 pm, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road.

"Come join us for a reading and book signing. And there will be food," says Flett.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Report from the AFI Dallas Film Fest: Goodman's The Last Lullaby explored evil and redemption

From a sleepless hit-man whose past in unclear and characters who are all too believable with their “wanna be” flaws, we see the development of the dark encounter between evil and something akin to redemption, writes Marion Marks.

Film Noir has a new image through the eyes of a first-time director, and Jeffrey Goodman gives us reason to revisit some of the great films of this genre. I'm not sure what my expectations were, having traveled from Shreveport to Dallas to see what might have been little more than a local favorite that made it to the big screen. However, I left with a new appreciation and hope that there will be more emphasis on content that does not rely of gratuitous blood or gore to make a point. Certainly the content required the visuals and sounds of the story line, and there were many acts of violence, but the development of the characters overrode all else.

We were constantly awaiting the next twist or turn, right up the end. And even in the end, we questioned some of the “what ifs...” Even in Northwest Louisiana we could see traces of the midwest setting that the screenwriter intended. The tight shots of Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander only added to the development of the story. I want to go watch more of their recent works again and was pleased to see they both have several works that soon will be released.

Bravo to Goodman and the loyal supporters who helped bring this work to the screen. And an additional kudo to Louisiana for continuing to support the film industry. This is certainly reason for outsiders to give Louisiana another look.

Marion K. Marks, M&M Communications Concepts
(318) 424-0880

Pioneer Heritage Center, LSU Shreveport, presents Allen Wier at Author in April luncheon Sat, Ap 26, noon, Sam's Town

The Pioneer Heritage Center, Shreveport, welcomes Allen Wier for the 17th Annual Authors in April, says Jennifer LaPierre. The lecture-luncheon will be held at noon Sat, April 26, at Sam’s Town Casino Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are $40 (includes lunch).

Allen Wier (pronounced "wire"), is a writer born in 1946 in San Antonio, Texas. He spent parts of his childhood in Louisiana and Mexico, says He is a professor at the University of Tennessee and has taught at Longwood College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Hollins College, the University of Texas, Florida International University, and the University of Alabama where he directed the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.

In 2003, Wier was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers along with Barry Hannah and Yusef Komunyakaa among others. He is widely published in anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. He was previously married to the poet Dara Wier.

(318) 797-5339

MLK Intergenerational Quilters, Shreveport: pine-cone quilt purchased by Oprah as gift to Maya Angelou; remainder of quilts on exhibit at Artspace, 710 Texas

Artspace quilt show, Shreveport
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The MLK Intergenerational Quilters exhibit at Artspace is colorful and absorbing, says artist Tama Nathan on her blog, Shreveport Images. Following is her description of the opening reception:

It features many older quilts created by the MLK ladies, as well as some created w. a student group through months of Saturdays. Last night's opening featured one magnificent red and white pine cone quilt that will not be on display again as it has been bought by Oprah, to be given as a gift to Maya Angelou.

Three Intercity Row dancers performed 3 beautiful pieces particular to the creation of quilts by black women and received loud applause. Their performances were enhanced too by the electric background of the beautiful pieces.

Also receiving resounding applause and chuckles were Shreveport's mayor, Cedric Glover, and his marvelous mother, Elizabeth Glover; she is the founder of the MLK Intergenerational Quilters.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Students from Renzi Center, Shreveport, and Caddo Magnet High take awards in Louisiana Film Fest Student Division

The Louisiana Film Fest Student Division is a Shreveport-based fest, says Centenary College prof Michelle Glaros. Between Centenary and Robinson Film Center, the youth of the region have a place to screen their work, meet each other and learn from guest filmmkers.

The competition seems to have been dominated by Texans this year. A couple of years ago the top work came mostly from New Orleans and Shreveport. Two Shreveport video groups were among the winners this year.

Best Drama/Narrative Film
"A Murder Of Crows" (Sean Broadbent, Van, TX)

Best Animated/Experimental Film
"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" (St. Mary's Hall Digital Video, San Antonio, TX)

Best Elementary/Middle School Film
"The Remarkables III: Strangeblood" (The Remarkables, The Renzi Education and Art Center, Shreveport, LA)

Best Documentary (tie)
"The Band Goes To State" (Logan Jackson and Joshua Tompkins, DeKalb, TX)
"Attack Of The Killer Weed" (Mackenzie Roberts, Caddo Magnet High School, Shreveport, LA)

The Charitable Film Network Special Jury Prize
"The Remarkables III: Strangeblood" (The Remarkables, The Renzi Education and Art Center, Shreveport, LA)

The Jefferson Hendricks Achievement In Film Award (Best of Festival)
"A Murder Of Crows" (Sean Broadbent, Van, TX)

The top prize of the festival is $500 and each of the other prize categories had a $200 cash prize. The Best Documentary winners split the $200 prize and took home $100 each.

The Remarkables' $400 total prize money will be used for scholarships for this year's summer film camps at Renzi Center . Likewise, St. Mary's Hall Digital Video program in San Antonio will be using their prize money for equipment for their animation program, said Will Bryant.

Red River Radio is halfway in its National Public Radio pledge drive, says Kermit Poling

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Kermit Poling says, "Red River Radio's Spring Fundraiser is under way. Membership contributions are 60% of our operating budget. Call 1-800-552-8502 to pledge your support or pledge online. We thank you for your support!"

The total amount pledged as of Sun, Ap 6, at 11:05 pm, was $100,350.

Members of our community who will be on-air with us today:

Monday, April 7
7 - 9 a.m., Bryan Partee (Boys/Girls Club of Big Pines)
9 - 11 a.m., Melissa Sanford (Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau)
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nita Fran-Hutchinson (Texarkana Reg. Arts & Humanities Council) & Susan Reeks (Forum Mag.)
1 - 3 p.m., Sarah McMullen & Dr. Bobby Johnson (Lamp-Lite Theatre - Nacogdoches)
4 - 6 p.m., John Goddard (Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
6 - 8 p.m., Robert Trudeau (Shreveport Blogspot)
8 - 9 p.m., Eric Jenkins (Host, Soul Review)

At a donation of $180 the premium is an HD radio tuner which looks like the one in the illustration. Tempting. Has anyone got one of these Sangeans?

The art of cooking: Chef Eddie Mars, Shreveport, featured in the Someone's in the Kitchen at Artspace on Tues, April 8, 7 pm

Chef Eddie Mars
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On the menu for the Tuesday night Someone's in the Kitchen series with Chef Eddie Mars, executive chef at the Petroleum Club:

Tequila Shreimp
Portobello Boursin Mushrooms
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
BBQ Mahi with corn & rice
Crab Gazpacho spoons
Duck & sweet potato chips
Mini-bite deserts

A variety of wines will be available during the event. Be ready for a unique environment created by the Artspace staff, says Bonne' Summers.

$75 per person. Seating 30 diners.
Reservations 318-673-6500.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Review: Maestro Michael Butterman and director Dick King fuse drama and music in Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert - to mixed results

The fluent voices of Patrick and Susan Kirton and Dick King snapped across Riverview Theater betwixt orchestral passages from Grieg's Peer Gynt (from the Ibsen) at the symphony concert this weekend. The art of storytelling - via a smart fusion of word and melody - enthralled the audience.

The blending of Mendelssohn's music for Midsummer Night's Dream with drama by The Company Repertory Theater, however, produced an uneven flow of drama and music.

Under the direction of Richard Folmer and Dick King, The Company colorized the stage with a snazzy version of the enchanted forest passage from Midsummer. Evocative performances from Bonnie Gillen, Benjamin Maxey, Dick King and John Bogan, first among a capable cast, tugged the audience into the wood. But there seemed a disconnect between the Mendelssohn and Shakespeare.

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy was the evening's final fusion. A thundering rendition by the orchestra was matched with the hormonal balcony scene from R & J. Jessica Maxey's performance
as Juliet was engaging. Miss Maxey's growth as an actress seems steady and tangible.

Maestro Michael Butterman's adventure into artistic amalgamations was a welcome relief from the routine of a night at the symphony.

Butterman's merger between the symphonic and the visual arts (Bill Joyce among the artists) will be unveiled Sat, May 3. Called an Ocular Odyssey, it promises a starry admixture via Holst's music, The Planets.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Call 318-673-5108, Shreveport's Riverview Theater box office, to get last-minute tickets to the symphony, opera, ballet

When in doubt in Shreveport, I encourage you to simply go and attend the event in question. Rarely are venues like the Riverview Theater entirely sold out, in my lengthy experience.

Practicalities when you're going to the entertainment district:

1) Parking. If your intended spot is not available, whip up into the Eldorado Parking Garage. It's free and simple; you'll find it comfortable after you've used it a couple of times.

2) Call 318-673-5108 for the Riverview Theater Box Office. While I borrowed the plan above from, there is a similar guide in the big phone book.

3) You can google most phone numbers and hours for entertainment events. Another option is to use the search bar at the top of Shreveport Blog. In fact, you can entertain yourself by searching yourself and others in Shreveport Blog.

Gabrielle Reynolds, Paul Garner and their peers show recent work at Turner Art Center; opening is 6 pm Sat, Ap 5

Gabrielle Reynolds, Shreveport
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Local artists Paul Garner, Susan Garner, Tyler Davis, Gabby Reynolds and others will be showcasing artwork at the Turner Art Center on Centenary's campus Sat April, 5, says Jon Schleuss.

"The show, which begins at 6:00 PM, has been organized by the artists themselves and is solely for the purpose of displaying some really great, hard work," says Schleuss.

Coloring sheets and homemade crayons will be provided.

Turner Art Center is located at the corner of Kings Hwy & Centenary blvd. It's a big pink / salmon / orange-colored building (once a residence), points out the droll manager of KSCL. .