Friday, July 31, 2009

Artspace Shreveport exhibit on Graffiti opens Fri, July 31, 7 to 11 pm; dance, eat, drink and party with guest artists Else and Pubert

The Graffiti exhibition at Artspace Shreveport opens Fri, July 31, from 7 pm to 10 pm at 710 Texas Street. It's a display of Urban Culture enveloping the behavior and lifestyles that make American cities unique, says curator Megan Clark.

Tickets are $10 per person with a $5 discount for students and military.

Joshua Porter, production director of Artspace, says, "This exhibit will bring the art and culture of Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans to Shreveport."

Opening night dance to the mash up sounds of DJ Deacon Strukt and DJ Nate. DJ Quickie Mart is providing the exhibition's soundtrack of Indie, Hip Hop, Ghettotech and Mash Ups.

The cafĂ©@artspace will go Urban with a sampling of ‘Street Vendor' foods and weekly lunch specials throughout the exhibit.

Graffiti, which runs through September 19th, will display street art in the interior as well as as the exterior of 700 block of Texas Street. The centerpieces will be created by professional Graffiti artists, ELSE from California and PUBERT from Phoenix , who will work with a selected team of local artists and students.

Says Steve Ross, Artspace exhibition committe chair, “Graffiti is probably the most controversial exhibit artspace has undertaken… there are many who consider graffiti to be vandalism and can't imagine it as art… this exhibition will offer people the chance to see graffiti in a different light.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Debbie Buchanan Engle: photos and paintings on display during month of August at Columbia Cafe; reception Sat, Aug 1, noon

"Come see the latest collection," says Debbie Engle, "some old, some new, some red, some blue. Installation will be on display thru the month of August at Columbia Cafe' @ the corner of Kings Hwy. & Creswell Avenue."

She adds, "We're forgoing the opening reception...Boring! Have a cuppa with whipped cream on top while you're there - it'll cure what ails you!
And be sure thank Matthew Linn for supporting local artists!"

Enjoy images and Engle's salty commentary at her blog,

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, last of Tues sessions of Shreveport Farmer's Market 2009 season; Saturday markets continue to Sept 5

Tuesday, July 28, will be the LAST DAY of our TUESDAY market for the 2009 season. Musical guests for the afternoon are Dr. Cookie & Louisiana Dan, singing familiar Southern tunes. Have no fear though -- Saturday markets continue until September 5.

Noma Fowler-Sandlin

Shreveport Farmers' Market
is located at 101 Crockett St. in downtown Shreveport
under the shady pavilion in Festival Plaza.
It is open on Saturdays until September 5 from 7 a.m. until Noon,
and on Tuesdays until July 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call (318) 455-5788.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Scott Green to leave the Shreveport Symphony as of July 31, says the Times

Scott Green has resigned as executive director of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the region's moribund musical organization. He has taken a position as the executive manager for The Tower at the Oaks, part of new retirement community property, The Oaks of Louisiana, in southeast Shreveport, wrote Donecia Pea in the Shreveport Times.

Green served as the symphony’s executive director since 2005. Prior to that, he was the orchestra’s director of development from 1993 to 2000, wrote Pea.

The symphony board and musicians remain deadlocked in contract negotiations that have spanned nearly two years.

Slow food week continues: Bistro 6301, Shreveport, among 8 restaurants featuring seasonal, regional cuisine

Bistro 6301, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The week of July 18-25, several Shreveport restaurants will be featuring special Slow Food inspired menus to help raise awareness about Slow Food and its message of the benefits of eating seasonally and regionally, says Angie White. Participating restaurants include:

artspace (lunch).
Bella Fresca (dinner)
Biscotti (lunch)
Bistro 6301 (dinner)
Charles Ashley Catering (lunch)
Columbia Cafe (dinner)
Robinson Film Center
Wine Country Bistro (dinner)

Please go patronize as many of these restaurants as you can that week and see what they've cooked up! And tell your friends!!!!!

Slow Food North Louisiana will kick off and wrap up the week by hosting a local chef at the Shreveport Farmers Market to do a live cooking demo. Check out what Charles Ashley of Charles Ashley Catering has in store July 25, 9:30 am.

Slow Food North Louisiana is a volunteer-led organization that was established in 2007 and is part of a growing international movement to foster awareness about the foods we eat and provide an opportunity to share and protect local food customs and traditions. To become a member, visit and join today; you'll be assigned to Slow Food NLA based on your zip code.

Signed & numbered Monster Mash prints remain on sale through August at Body Electric Tattoo, Shreveport

Says Matthew Crowson, "For those of you who could not attend the Monster Mash, the art will be hanging in the gallery at the Body Electric Tattoo shop until the end of August.

Eighteen artists' original pieces are for sale as well as the $10 silk-screen prints.

On behalf of Thick as Thieves Promotions and Body Electric Tattoo, we thank you for your support of local artists."

Body Electric Tattoo
984 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Sun + Mon closed
Tue - Thur 1 - 9 pm
Fri + Sat 3 - 11 pm

Above: artist Kristen Cater.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Brady Blade, Jr, leaves the Shreveport Economic Dev team to rejoin family in Sweden

Brady Blade, Jr, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover announced the resignation of Assistant Director of Economic Development Brady Blade Jr., and the addition of Matt Bailey, who will join the Mayor’s Executive Staff effective August 5.

“After much internal debate and deep consideration, I have decided to return to my wife and children in Sweden,” said Blade. “I am thankful and still in awe of the gracious opportunity that was given to me by my lifelong friend Mayor Glover. Coming home allowed me to renew friendships and expand my horizons far beyond my career in music and entertainment. As I rejoin my family in Sweden, I will continue to be vigilant, always on the lookout for potential growth opportunities and partnerships that will benefit my hometown of Shreveport.”

“While Brady is an accomplished, talented musician and a notable giant in entertainment business, he has a deep sense of family,” said Mayor Glover. “Brady has returned to a family that needs him a little more than we do - his wife and two lovely daughters, one who’s excited and starts kindergarten this year. I know it was a tough decision.”

A member of Mayor Glover’s Executive Staff for a little over one year, Blade took the lead launching initiatives to solidify support for Louisiana’s film industry, re-develop Shreveport’s downtown Red River District, attract new business to underserved communities, assisted in efforts that designated the City’s first Cultural District, developed digital media partnerships and helped make Shreveport the home of the legendary Lead Belly Blues and Folk Festival, said the mayor's office.

Children of Eden, musical by Shreveport Little Theater Academy, opens July 23 and runs through Aug 2 at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Children of Eden is a breathtaking musical, freely based on the story of Genesis, both the Creation Story and Noah’s Ark, says Robert Darrow. It is a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children, and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!

Young Cain, IAN DOLLAR
Young Abel, GUY HYMAN
Seth’s wife, MEREDITH ODEN
‘Generations’ Soloists, ALLYSON WILSON,

$20. Call (318) 424-4439 for reservations.

Read more: a feature in the Times.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Graffiti talk for media & artists by SRAC guests Else & Pubert at Artspace Shreveport on Tues, July 21, 6 - 8 pm

Media and artist-types are invited to listen, says Megan Clark and Josh Porter, on Tues, July 21, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ artspace to an Artist Talk with ELSE from California and PUBERT from Phoenix who are our featured artists for GRAFFITI, opening July 31, 2009 @ artspace.

This exhibit will showcase the diverse aspects of the artistic skill of graffiti and its continuing evolution and integration into the field of fine arts.

Come by and enjoy the speakers and their art!

Guitar Showdown for ages 6 to 21 from the James Burton International Guitar Fest and Tipitina's Music Co-op: auditions Aug 1 & 8, noon to 5 pm

Jett Trudeau, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The 2009 Guitar Showdown is fast approaching, says Ronny Cates. As part of the James Burton International Guitar Festival, Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport is Co-Sponsoring this awesome talent competition for guitar players ages 6-21.

Auditions will be August 1st. and 8th. from 12noon to 5pm at the Co-Op office at 700 Texas Street in Shreveport.

For more information, contact Ronny at 318-934-0000 or at Also, an official website has been set up at


* Saturday, August 1, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
* Saturday, August 8, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
* Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:00 am

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Review: Robert Gadpaille, Mary Anglin, Katie Hall Smith, John Goddard, Ben Maxey, Heather Bryson, Erik Champney, Ryan Williams: A Secret Garden offers terrific voices and ensemble acting at PAC

Robert Gadpaille's protean voice is the centerpiece of a first-rate production of the romantic drama A Secret Garden at the Performing Arts Center, First Methodist. Gadpaille's acting also captures the gravitas appropriate to his role as the aggrieved father.

His energies are matched by spirited teen Mary Anglin, playing his daughter, and by the capable acting and singing of John Goddard, his brother in this tale.

Heather Bryson and Erik Champney both bring first-class voices and smiles to the stage as the housekeeper and the garden lad. Bryson exudes brogue and confidence. Champney almosts bursts with Irish tenor-type vibe. Katie Hall Smith's top-flight voice and stage presence seemed an ideal match to the role sung by Gadpaille.

Benjamin Maxey, another young teen, brings clarity and tunefulness to his role as the lordly cripple.

In the pit is a 15-piece orchestra of first-call musicians under the direction of Carrie Stephens.

A Secret Garden is a dark tale and the music is artfully varied. But tense passages resolve into soaring moments. This is a more sophisticated work than might be expected in a summer musical.

Director Ryan Williams has forged a large cast into a dulcet ensemble that seemed to hit every cue on Friday night.

Two more performances:
7:30 pm Sat, July 18;
2:30 p.m. Sun, July 19.
Performing Arts Center at First United Methodist Church-Shreveport, head of Texas Street.
$18, adults and seniors; $9, children.
Box office, (318) 429-6885, hours are noon to 4 p.m; it's also open one hour prior to curtain on performance days. Say hello to the marvelous Kass Gray.

Alex Kent's review for the Times is here.
See cast snaps at Shreveport Faces.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fourth Annual Taste of Culture Fundraiser at the Multicultural Center of the South on Sat, July 18, 6 pm til 9 pm

Aseana Park, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
4th Taste of Culture Fundraiser
The Multicultural Center of the South
401 Texas Street

Saturday, July 18, 2009
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets $35.00 per person

Sample authentic cultural foods from around the world. Wine provided by Glazer. Entertainment by local cultural organizations and artists. Silent auction & more!

For tickets, contact the Center at (318) 424-1380, ext. 206.
Or purchase now online at through PayPal.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Documentary on Haynesville Shale by Gregory Kallenberg debuts trailer and web site:

In Haynesville, a movie about the early agonies and ecstacies in the Haynesville Shale story, Gergory Kallenberg and Mark Bullard have found three compelling people to follow: a good ol' boy done well who loves his DeSoto parish land, an African-American minister who's also done well and a tough young woman who organizes her neighbors Erin Brockovich-style from her trailer house.

Haynesville is a full-length documentary that takes pains to examine the role that natural gas will play in the near future. The movie is loaded with experts. But the memorable and even analytical stuff is in the lives of the North Louisianians whose lives are being torqued by the money.

Having seen a beta version of the movie I can recommend that you take the first opportunity to watch it. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer at

The team that jumped on the Haynesville story bears noting: at the site you'll find bios of Kallenberg and Bullard, editor Chris Lyon, associate producer Patrick Long, cinematographer Rob Senska and composer Jay Weigel.

More cowbell, please: Tipitina's Music Storage & Rehearsal now open at Tips Co-op, 700 Texas St

John's noise band preps
Originally uploaded by trudeau

Says New Orleans musician Todd Souvignier, "I'm writing you today to let you know that Tipitina's Music Storage & Rehearsal is now open for business at 700 Texas Street, above the Music Office Co-Op. It's a 26-space facility, all newly renovated, and our first band tenants are already moving in.

At the risk of stating the obvious, there's been a desperate need for sanctioned music rehearsal space in the Shreveport/Bossier area. We've had so many phone calls from people telling the same story: "Tried to rehearse at a mini-storage facility, but they kicked us out. Tried rehearsing in Mom's garage during the day, but the cops kept coming." We've wanted to bridge that gap for a long time, so we're very excited about finally opening the doors."

Interested parties should contact:

Co-Op Manager
Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport
700 Texas Street, Shreveport LA 71101
(318) 934-0000

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yazzy Puttin on the Ritz performances and art show on July 24 & 25 @ CE Byrd Auditorium, 7 pm

Unwind Downtown Pub & Culture Crawl as well as Downtown Trolley Tour on Thurs, July 16, 5 pm to 9 pm; bring cash for cafes and the Downtown Development Authority have partnered together for a Pub and Culture Crawl, says the web site.

Registration begins at 5:00pm at Artspace. Join at any time; there will be plenty of drink specials.

Anyone 21 or older can register at Artspace from 5:00pm - 9:00pm (710 Texas Street). You will receive a FREE passport to direct you to the participating locations.

*Please remember that the easiest way to complete the Pub and Culture Crawl is with CASH! Many of the sidewalk cafes only take cash.

Pub Crawl Registrants are permitted to walk the route or use the Pub Bus with an open container, provided that the beverage is bought at a participating bar and is in a designated to go cup obtained at the bar.

Each location will stamp your passport. Members who complete the route will be entered in a drawing for a private party hosted by at Overtime Sports Bar and a $100 dollar bar tab. Drawing will take place at the end of the crawl.

* The designated to go cup is to be used between locations.
* Open Containers are only allowed in a to go cup within downtown Shreveport.

Sharpen your songwriting demos at Tipitina's Workshop on Sat, July 18, 11 am til 1 pm

Ronny Cates, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport and the Red River Songwriters' Association will be hosting a workshop at the Shreveport Co-Op, says Ronny Cates. This event is open to the public and will be discussing the topic of Songwriting Demos.

The first hour of the event will be dedicated to "How to Record a Song Demo" while the second hour will be dedicated to "What to Do With Your Demo".

This informative workshop will educate and inform songwriters on the basics of how to record a simple song demo using a computer program called "GarageBand". In addition, participants will learn how to use technology to get their song exposed to potential producers, singers and promoters.

Please RSVP to: or

Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport
700 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
p. 318.934.0000

Gypsy Mountain in July: Sam's Town Fri and Noble Savage Sat

Gypsy Mountain in July
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Writes Will Maranto, "Gypsies are bringing our Traveling Medicine Show and Roots Rock Revue to two venues near you (or near me anyway). The band’s energy level is especially good going into these shows and I can’t wait to do them.

Friday night we’re playing at Sam’s Town Casino. You should expect to hear some new covers including Chuck Berry (!), Wilson Pickett and the Young Rascals. We’ll of course do the stuff we do best too.

Saturday will be Gypsy Mountain’s first show at the Noble Savage in three years. That’s amazing to me because we’ve played it so often, but geography and schedules will do that to you. Anyway, this will be a really varied show. We’re even going to start a bit early with an acoustic set before we get into the usual electrified theatrics."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mandible, Austin group with former Shreveporters Phillip McEachern & Robert Bernard, play Celebrity Lounge at Eldorado on Sun, July 19

Shreveport's own Phillip McEachern and Robert Bernard return to play their hometown as part of Austin quasi-supergroup Mandible, says the droll McEachern.

Hailed for its hard pop punch and art rock-inspired arrangements, the band has gained a reputation for powerful, eccentric live shows. Mandible's debut CD ''Here Come the Mandible'' is currently out on Almost There records, with a new album coming in the Fall of 09.

Hear their four of their monkey shines on Facebook.

Happily wacked.

The Recliners, Farmer's Market on Tues, July 14, 3 pm til 6 pm

Friday, July 10, 2009

Great Expectations: Master Plan community visioning forum Sat, Aug 22, at Shreveport Convention Center

Join your friends, neighbors and co-workers at the Convention Center and help plan for the future of Shreveport – Caddo at this exciting hands-on community forum on Sat, Aug 22, says the city's Metropolitan Planning Commission at Up to 800 people – young, middle-aged, elders, natives, newcomers – will spend an exciting day exploring what makes our community great – and what needs to change if we are to become the community we envision. Working in small groups, people from across the city will get to know each other and share perspectives.

Thanks to digital technology, every person will have a keypad (like a tv remote) for polling, and each table will have a laptop linked to a large screen – so we’ll all be able to see how we’re thinking during the day. Together, we’ll tell each other what we want Shreveport – Caddo to become over the next twenty years.

At the end of the Forum, participants will leave with a summary of the day’s work. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided for this FREE event!

James Leblanc Band at the Celebrity Lounge, Eldorado Casino Fri, July 10

James Leblanc
Originally uploaded by oneeyeddogblues
From Bruce Flett's droll entertainment compilation:

Friday, July 10
James LeBlanc Band at El Dorado Casino, Celebrity Lounge
Amelia Blake @Jayne Marie on Cross Lake 318 631 0919
Today is the day Historians beleive Hank & Audrey Williams first came to Shreveport, LA to discuss Hank performing at the Louisiana Hayride, in 1948. Feel the Spirit, Hank is ALIVE!

Saturday, July 11
Deidre & Bob at Sandy's Dance Center 7-10pm open to the Public
WINDSTORM at El Dorado casino celebrity lounge 8 30pm til 1am
They'll perform a special 8 song tribute to Michael Jackson.
The Murmurs at Superior Grill 7-11pm There is some murmuring that the Murmurs will be changing their name soon. Stay tuned.
Louisiana Haywire @Lee's 9-1
Sandra Odom, Cookie, and Barbara Jarrell at Fairfield Studios Benefit Concert. 7pm
Sunday, July 12
Lifeshare Blood Drive at Mt Canaan Baptist Church 9am til 11am
David Egan at Fairfield Studios House Concert, 7pm 1510 Fairfield Ave in Shreveport
Curtis Mills on Sax at DiamondJacks Buffet 11am -2pm.
Monday, July 13
Gwen Herndon special guest of Rev Eddie Giles on KOKAam 8-9pm for Lifeshare.
Jerry Beach Blues Jam @Lee's 8-12
July 17 Bluebirds @ Harrah's LaDowns 730-1130pm
July 18 Bluebirds @ Terry's Cash Point, Bossier
August 1 The Bluebirds at Teddy's Juke Joint in Zachary LA
August 8 The Bluebirds at Navasota Blues Festival Navasota, TX
Also Steve Howell, David Egan and the Bluze Brothers
August 21-22 James Burton International Guitar Festival, Shreveport

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Words on the untimely passing of playwright Judi Ann Mason by Angelique Feaster

Greetings Family & Friends,

Last night, my beloved aunt, Judi Ann Mason passed away. As many of you know, she has been an amazing influence on my life and life's work, as well as the life's work of many others.

Aunt Judi was truly a visionary--a beacon of light, inspiration, empowerment, encouragement and much, much more to so many people. I thank God for blessing us to share time and space with Aunt Judi--a phenomenal woman of God, who possessed unwavering faith in all things. She used her God-given gifts to the fullest and made a lasting impact on the national and international landscape of African American AND American theatre, Hollywood television, and film. Her life's work and legacy will live on in our hearts and through our good works.

I ask that you send up prayers to our family--her daughter and son, siblings, relatives, and friends. For God will see us through the heartache and pain--and will give us peace in knowing that all is well, she is eternally well.

Please see the Judi Ann Mason obituary below.

Music @ Artspace Shreveport Fri, July 10, 6 pm: Mr Christopher and Friends as well as Renee Caldwell

More info: 673-6535.

Artspace Shreveport Tues, July 14: artful Food of the Middle East by chef Sydney Bell

RSVP: 673-6535; $64 per person, incl wine and tip.

Requiescat in pace: Judi Ann Mason, Shreveport-born playwright, 1955 - 2009

Originally uploaded by Destiny Theatre Company
Judi-Ann Mason, Shreveport native, died of a heart attack on July 8, 2009, says Wikipedia.

Judi Ann Mason (born 2 February, 1955, in Shreveport, Louisiana-- Died 8 July, 2009 Los Angeles, California) was an American television writer, producer and playwright. While attending Grambling State University[1], she won the Norman Lear Award for comedy writing from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her play, Livin’ Fat.[2] The following year she won the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for A Star Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hole In Heaven.[3] The New York Times said that Mason had created "captivating characters" in her play, but that she had forfeited letting main character Pokie face the decision between romance and a better life, when the character's boyfriend ends up joining the war in Vietnam.[4] Mason also taught playwriting classes in 2005.[5]

Her television credits include Good Times, Sanford and Son, A Different World, Beverly Hills, 90210, I'll Fly Away, American Gothic,[6] Generations, and Guiding Light. Her film credits include Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit [7], Motherland[8] and the Emmy Award/CableACE Award nominated Sophie And The Moonhanger. Her stageplay credits include The Cornbread Man[9] and Indigo Blues.[10]

Mason was married to Lanyard A. Williams. She is no longer married and has two children, daughter Mason Synclaire Williams and son Austin Barrett Williams. She continues to teach playwriting around the globe for a number of universities such as the University of Florida, Gainsville, University of Louisville, and others.

Alexis Jackson dances on Dallas stages as Gregory Hines Scholarship winner; tonight dances in pre-show to A Chorus Line at Music Hall

Alexis Jackson is the 2009 Gregory Hines Scholarship recipient given by the Dallas Dance Council, writes Carol Anglin.

"She is in Dallas for the month of July where she has been on full scholarship at Dallas Black Dance Theatre (2 weeks) and Dallas Summer Musicals Academy (3 weeks) with a culminating performance of Broadway hits at the Majestic Theatre," continues Anglin.

"Tonight (July 9) the touring Broadway hit, A Chorus Line, opens at the Music Hall. Alexis and other scholarship recipients will perform in front of the Music Hall on an outdoor stage at 7:00 pm. Hope some of you can make the performance. Alexis will perform 'Never Give Up' by Dianne Maroney-Grigsby. (Modern Dance, not tap!)

Congratulations, Alexis!"

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pat Sewell and David Tisdale cycling cross country:

Wrote psychiatrist-businessman-artist Pat Sewell on June 24, "The sailor loves the wind - and hates the calm. The cyclist loves only the tailwind, accepts a calm calmly and abhors the headwind. And we had it our way just like Frank today - 75 miles, East Glacier to Shelby. A turbo-charged tailwind. What a difference a day makes and a wind. Give us the flat and get out of the way. Restored our sense of competency in the saddle. The floating community of cyclists we have become entwined with blew through to the small campground here at Lake Shal-oola which has no lake. The Bellingham Seven, Dave and Gordon and us, so far., three guys from Oklahoma, may have continued."

Sewell and David Tisdale, businessman from Monroe, La, are crossing the vast upper reach of America via road bikes this summer. And they are blogging their adventures at

it all began in May 26 in Anacortes, Wa. Sewell wrote, "Why do it? Every man’s question. “You’re crazy - lost your mind or what”? “I envy you; wish I could go, I admire what you‘re doing.” A bell-shaped curve it is, like all things. Some like it at home, some like it hot. What’s in a word, an idea, an actuality? - a ride across the nation on a bicycle, a rear wheel in the Pacific, to a front wheel in the Atlantic; with just 4300 miles in between? No pioneers are we though, as our path has been well beaten by many before, following the northern tier map of the Adventure Cycling Association. Still, when it’s you turning the crank, it has the strong certainty of brave new ground.

Point A, Anacortes, Washington.

We peddle with 65 pounds of gear, one buggy and an illusion of self-sufficiency. We have ahead of us an undeniable reality, much of which is uphill.

Our goal is Bar Harbor, Maine, by September 1."

Update on art submissions to the all ages Summer Monster Mash art & music evening on Sun, July 19, at Body Electric Tattoo

Amendments to the original info on the Monster Mash show include, says Mallori Brandon:

a) $40 to enter the show.
b) no hanging fee for the prints, the artists keep 100% of sales from prints
c) 20% hanging fee IF the artist sells the original
d) new deadline - FRAMED originals and money must be dropped off at the Body Electric Friday July 10th, 3pm-10pm

The "Summer Monster Mash" poster show is a Thick as Thieves Promotion. The main idea is to highlight the talents of local artists and musicians and make available to the public affordable, original art.

The show is Sunday, July 19, at the Body Electric Tattoo.
Local artists and live music by The Infamous Jaguar Shark and Romulus Remus.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
All ages.
$5 cover for the bands.
Limited, numbered prints of each piece of artwork will be available for $10 each.

Thick as Thieves Promotions

The Body Electric Tattoo
984 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

The Infamous Jaguar Shark
Romulus Remus

David Egan and friends, including Buddy Flett, at Fairfield Studios on Sun, July 12, 7 pm

David Egan
Originally uploaded by trudeau

Jared Watson directs Children of Eden for Shreveport Little Theater at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, opens Th, July 23, 8 pm

CHILDREN OF EDEN, produced by Shreveport Little Theatre & Academy, is aimed at families. This popular musical features a book by John Caird (LES MISERABLES), and a score by Academy Award winning writer Stephen Schwartz (the composer of WICKED, GODSPELL, and PIPPIN, among many film credits), says Robert Darrow.

It is a musical freely based on the story of Genesis, both the Creation Story and Noah’s Ark. It is about parents, children, and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Adam, Eve, Noah and the Father who created them deal with the headstrong actions of their respective children. Through many songs, the show delivers a message about second chances and learning from past mistakes.

Box Office: 300 Ockley Dr. (at Youree Dr.) in Shreveport
(Opens Tuesday, July 7, 2009; Mon.- Fri. from noon to 4p.m.)

Press Night Thursday, July 23 at 8pm

Performances: July 23, 24, 25, 31, & August 1 @ 8pm
July 26 & August 2 @ 2pm

Regular priced tickets $20.00 ($10.00 STUDENT RUSH POLICY.) Group Rates are available.
All-access pass tickets $35.00 (includes backstage tour and a photograph with a principal cast member)

Show running time 2 hours 20 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

Student Rush: a limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 5 minutes prior to show time for $10.00, cash only with valid student ID in person at the MLP Box Office. Student rush is subject to availability and only one ticket may be purchased per student ID. (Line forms 1 hour prior to curtain.)

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Gilbert & Sullivan Society romantic opera The Golden Legend: Sat, Aug 22 at St Joseph Catholic Church

The story is a variant of the Faust legend, says John Goddard, in which Lucifer tempts Prince Henry to help destroy the life of Elsie.

The soloists, chorus and 35 musician orchestra are conducted by Marc-Andre Bougie in a performance that will fill you with inspiration and delight. This is classical music of the Romantic period at its best!


Friday, July 03, 2009

Sultry AJ Haynes & bold Mr Christopher at Mojo's, Abby Singer's, Artspace and Bear's in July

Hear their material at and at

Classical music coverage in photos and events for North Louisiana: Susan Rogers' new ShreveportMusicans4ever blog

Susan Rogers, aka SJW Rogers, is an adept photographer, professional Horn player and very intelligent fan and chronicler of classical music. She was a pillar of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra: full time Second Horn for over 40 years and the Orchestra Personnel Manager for 32 years.

Today she is capturing the musicians and audiences at the many concerts she attends in the area. Her photo-laden blog,, is a welcome addition to the media.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Summer Monster Mash Shreveport at Body Electric on Sun, July 19: see music, hear visual art and be purchased by monsters

The Monster Show!
Sunday, July 19th @ the Body Electric Tattoo
6:30pm - 10:00pm
984 Jordan Street
Music by: Romulus Remus and The Infamous Jaguar Shark
$5 at the door / All ages.

Artist call:
1. Draw an Original 11x17 monster of Your Creation. This means no representations of other famous monsters, but a creature from your own imagination.
2. This drawing must be submitted to Mallori Brandon/Shannon Palmer by next Wed, July 8th.
3. Shannon and Mallori will then turn this drawing into a screen which they will use to screen print roughly fifteen 11x17 pieces of cardstock. These prints will then be sold for $10 apiece. Also, t-shirts and bags can be made and sold for $15 apiece.
4. The entry fee for this is $60 and will cover all materials needed to make the screen and the prints. If you are interested in t-shirts/bags, this will be an extra $15.
5. You may take your original drawing and make it however you wish and charge whichever amount you wish.

Says Ms. Palmer, "This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to work together and start something wonderful for the art world in Shreveport. We plan on making this bigger and better and different each time, but we need everyone's help to get this project off its feet. By making prints, we are opening up the floor for more people to own a piece of art (Your art)."

Mallori Brandon or Shannon Palmer or

Poster: Sizer Yerger of Body Electric.

Woody Allen's Whatever Works at RFC July 3 - 16

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Newsletter and updated web site at RW Norton Art Foundation

Free to the public for enjoyment and enlightenment, The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a non-profit museum built in 1966 which features original works of American and European art. With the addition of the South Wing in 1991 and the North Wing in 2003, the Norton has continued to expand its permanent collection and bring outstanding art exhibitions from all over the country to the greater Shreveport area, says Jerry Bloomer.

Explore the Norton online and plan your next visit to experience its amazing art and gorgeous gardens. Enjoy your visit!, says the elegant web site.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rockets rollick over and inside SciPort on Sat, July 4 and Sun, July 5

There will be lots of pop, fly and sparkle, says flymaster Eric Gipson, as Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center honors America's 233rd year of independence with a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5.

"Families claiming early spots for the Saturday fireworks show on the Shreveport Riverfront may find Sci-Port a welcome air conditioned place to escape for this dose of patriotic science," said Brian McWilliams, Sci-Port Public Programs Manager. "And as it's traditional to have a few unpopped things remaining the day after the Fourth, several activities will be repeated Sunday."

Activities, included with regular admission and free to Sci-Port members, include:

July 4 at 11 a.m., July 5 at 4 p.m.
Observe fire under a controlled element, learn what it takes to produce fire, and how ordinary air can produce spectacular results.

Radical Reactions
July 4 at noon
See how common chemicals can light up your day.

Water Rockets
July 4 at 1 p.m., July 5 at 2 p.m.
Learn about propulsion and help countdown the launch of these water rockets capable of landing on Sci-Port's roof.

Fire Tornado
July 4 at 2 p.m., July 5 at 3 p.m.
Learn about rising air and see a spectacular tornado of fire.

Straw Rockets
July 4 at 3 p.m.
Learn the tricks to turn drinking straws into flying objects capable of hitting a target.

Pneumatic Rockets
July 4 at 4 p.m.
Make a paper rocket and launch it with pneumatic air pressure.

Pop Rockets
July 4 and 5 at 5:00
See how expanding gas can produce a surprising result.

Sci-Port info: (318) 424-3466, toll-free (877) 724-7678 or see