Saturday, July 31, 2010

Phonetography: recent work by Christopher Alexander goes on view at Columbia Cafe; reception Sun, Aug 1, 5 pm, with music by the Mah Na Mah Nas

Chris Alexander, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Mr Christopher renders in almost all media: graphics, photography, singing, guitars, bandism, production and more.

Stop by Columbia Cafe to see his latest at 5 pm on Sun, Aug 1, says
the whythehellnot guy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Saturday markets continue through Sept 4 @ Shreveport Farmer's Market in Festival Plaza

Shreveport Farmers' Market Saturday Markets continue through September 4," says Noma Fowler-Sandlin.

Ann there's more. She adds, "and mark your calendars, too -- The Fall Market begins October 23 and runs for five weeks."

Sat markets are 7:00 am - 12:00 pm. Tues markets have run their course.

See more updates.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chris Brown presents Songs About Shreveport at 516 Texas St, the NXNWLA Music Foundation, at noon on Fri, August 6

Chris Brown, Shreveport Sounds
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Centenary College Archivist and KSCL DJ, Chris Brown hosts Songs About Shreveport (1929-1980) on Friday, August 6, from Noon - 1pm, says Dan Garner .

This brown bag lunch lecture and multimedia presentation focuses on
Shreveport songs and the musicians who created them.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the North By NorthWest Louisiana Music Foundation and takes place at 516 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport.

Brown's eclectic weekly radio music show is called "Romp and Stomp" and airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on KSCL, 91.3 fm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Save the date: Shreveport Labor Day Blues Fest @ Festival Plaza on Sun, Sept 5, 2 pm - 11 pm

See more info at

In East Bank Theater's "Pageant," six beauty queens (all played by men) are pitted against each other; performances Aug 20 - 28

In the production "Pageant," six beauty queens (all played by men) are pitted against each other in an extravaganza of evening gowns, bathing suits and not-to-be-missed talent, says Monica Moltz.

The winner will be picked by the audience so every night a new winner can be crowned.

The shows will be August 20,21,27,28, starting at 8 PM. There will be a cash bar available each night of the show.

Tickets are on sale and are $15 for adults, and $10 for senior...s/students. Be sure to call as soon as tickets go on sale to ensure you get to see this amazing production that will have you laughing so hard you may pee your pants.

Directed by Shane Whitehead

To Reserve Tickets call 318-741-8310 starting July 26th.

Official After Party Will be at the Korner Lounge after each performance!

**Extra performances may be added if the first 4 shows sell out**

East Bank Theater at Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Blvd
Bossier City, LA

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Apply to LDOA for Internet for Artists Weekend Workshop in Baton Rouge, Sept 24- 26

Louisiana Division of the Arts will present a Professional Development Weekend Retreat at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge Fri, Sept 24 – Sun, Sept 26, 2010.

It is an Internet for Artists Workshop: Using the internet to build community, promote your work and increase administrative effectiveness, says Vickie Marshall.

Established and emerging artists in all disciplines are eligible to submit an application. Twenty-four artists will be selected.

Artists who live outside of Baton Rouge that are selected to participate will be given a $100 stipend to help with costs of travel and lodging. Your participation fees for the workshop will be covered. Meals for all participating artists will be provided.

Submission requirements include an artist statement (that discusses your primary motivation for creating your work and your passion for your artistic discipline), a career impact statement (what do you see as the central challenges to your career now and how do you think this program will advance your work?), a resume, and a sample of work.

See for the application form and instructions.

North Louisiana specific: Bossier Arts Council call to photographers for Jan, 2011, exhibit

The North Louisiana Through a Lens photo show allows three submissions per artist, says Jennifer Robison, at $25. Entries are free to Bossier Arts Council members.

Deadline Dec 30.
318 741 8310

Monday, July 26, 2010

All You Need is Love call to artists from Bossier Arts Council; deadline December 20

BAC call to artists
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Bossier Arts Council asks artists for "art with an emotional edge" for a February exhibit.

See more at

Call to Shreveport / Highland artists from Noel Community Arts Program; deadline August 7 for submission of 5 original works

Debbie Engle, Shreveport
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Highland-related artists are encouraged to submit digital samples of at least 5 original works for the consideration of jurors in a show to be called Salon de Shreveport, says Debbie Engle.

Exhibit dates for Salon de Shreveport are Aug 27 - 29.

See more at

Friday, July 23, 2010

Inquiry and point of view from WWII to Watergate to Afghanistan: newsman Daniel Schorr has died at age 93

Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist who broke major stories at home and abroad during the Cold War and Watergate, has died. He was 93, says NPR.

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra returns from limbo; musicians and board agree on a 2-year contract that preserves the core of full-time players

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra manager Leah Escude, board president Virginia Shehee, musician Rick Rowell, board member Dick Bremer and music director Michael Butterman were among those who maneuvered the once-warring SSO board and players to a compromise that yielded a 2-year contract, says Escude.

In the agreement musicians took a severe pay cut but managed to ward off the board's wish to cut the core players. The 23 musicians of the core are full-time and allow the orchestra to perform in schools and for the opera and ballet.

Michael Butterman will continue as music director, also taking a pay cut, said Escude.

The two seasons ahead will feature 5 concerts each.

Thus the orchestra, an institution that has died in many, many cities, has survived. It will resume a life in Shreveport-Bossier that began in 1948. Those who may look askance at the saving of a distinctly anachronistic institution might be reminded that 3 concerts were performed under a temporary agreement last season. And they were sell-outs.

No one is expecting business as usual from the SSO. Creative partnerships with dance troupes, pop musicians and even acrobats (Cirque du Symphonie packed the house last season) will be the order of the new day.

Fund raising will be an enormous challenge. The orchestra must raise more than two-thirds of its operating budget each season from sources other than ticket revenue, says Escude.

On the easy side, Shreveport-Bossier will retain a terrific group of musicians who constitute an excellent music faculty. The recruitment of the professional class by the medical center and other education-intensive institutions will be enhanced. There's also a possibility, too, that a pops-minded orchestra will broaden the audience base.

The first concert is scheduled for Sat, Nov 13. Hope to see you there.

Shreveport Community Drum Circle and Shreveport Hoop Group meet at Riverview Fountains in impromptu, informal session 7 pm to 9 pm Fri, July 23

spt hoop group
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Shreveport Community Drum Circle and Shreveport Hoop Group, says Katie Rubben on Facebook, will meet at Riverview Fountains in an impromptu, informal session 7 pm to 9 pm Fri, July 23.

It's an all ages gathering and open to photographers, those who'd like to try hooping or hand drumming and those who simply want to enjoy the riverfront.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lackadaisies, Porcelain Arms and more @ The Collective, 1262 Dalzell St, on Sat, July 24

The Collective, Sat, July 24
Originally uploaded by trudeau
An all ages venue, The Collective presents indie rock in a former office building under I-49 and harbors young talent through providing rehearsal space.

Says Cameron Goldsmith, "This is a Benefit show to help The Collective keep its doors open & continue to bring good music to the Shreveport-Bossier area. Please invite all your friends, and please come. Its for a great cause!

Things have been going great so far, we hit one little bump in the road & now we're trying to get back on track. Help us get back on our feet & we will be golden from here on out- we don't ask for much but please come out to this show. We if you help us make it through this rough month we wil give you multiple free shows in august & september & will continue to bring some amazing bands & we will never ask for your help again."

$10 min. donation (feel free to give what you want)

The Lackadaisies
Porcelain Arms (will be playing a special instrumental set)
Only A Few

if you would like to help in any way, please let us know!

Poster design Cameron Goldsmith.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Atmospheres from As We March Towards the Sea @ RFC on Fri, July 23, 9:30 pm, Sat, July 24 at 3 pm

Listening to the Shreveport-based group As We March Towards the Sea evokes the vibe of Pink Floyd, Tortoise, Miles Davis, King Crimson and other adventurers in the sonic aestherium.

The young quartet will perform a soundtrack to the silent movie Faust (1926) on Fri, July 23, at Robinson Film Center. There is an additional performance on Sat, July 24, at 3 pm.

"Tune in to Red River Radio Thursday, July 22, at 10:01. We will be talking about the performance coming up that week end and stuff. Come out for Faust that weekend at the Robinson," says the group on Facebook.

Seems to us a very urbane moment in the mid-summer doldrums. RFC proves itself available to local talent and to a bit of adventure. They stand to help AWMTTS make new friends and perhaps up the level of art music consciousness here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Seth Taylor, Zhailon Levingston, Michelle Khare in Shreveport Little Theater Academy student version of Les Miz @ MLP on July 22 - Aug 1

Les Miserables: School Edition, produced by Shreveport Little Theatre & Academy, opens Thurs, July 22, and continues on July 23, 24, 30, & 31 @ 7:30pm, as well as July 25 and Aug 1 @ 2 p.m.

SLT Resident Director Jared Watson is directing, says Robert Darrow, with musical staging and fight choreography by Laura Beeman, and musical direction by Adam Philley.

In addition, the creative team includes William Parsons and Missy Wise, vocal coaches; Emily Kitchens, stage manager; Jared Watson, Mike Jarret, and Phillip Cole, set design; Andrew Bruce/Autograph, sound design; David White, lighting design; and costumes generously supplied by the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.

2010-11 Academy Members- Susan Alexander, Laura Beaird, Nya-Simone Caldwell, Lauren Carey, Madison Edwards, Lindsey Fileccia, Kaelon Gerard, Rachel Harris, Andrew Hawkins, Mia Hester, Madeline Hiers, Guy Hyman, Michelle Khare, Zhailon Levingston, Meredith Oden, Abigail Perez, Madison Pugh, Wallace Rakoczy, Marcie Ratcliff, Sarah Reppond, Aliyah Rivers, Brooks Robinson, Paul Savage, Clare Shelburne, Seth Taylor, Jonathon Weber, Chris White, and Gentry Williams.

Tickets: $22.00
Box Office: 300 Ockley Dr. Mon.-Fri. from noon to 4 p.m. (318) 424-4439

Sustainapalooza @ SciPort on Sat, July 24, noon to 4 pm: the latest on being friendly to the planet

Shreveport Farmer's Market
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Interact with local experts and community partners in areas such as Alternative Energy Sources, Sustainable Gardening, Solar/Wind Energy, Recycling Resources and Green Building Experts, says SciPort. It's Sustainapalooza, made possible by the AEP Foundation,
on Sat, July 24, noon - 4 p.m.

Program highlights:

- We have a cow! Meet a chemical-free, grass-fed Longhorn Steer from WH Longhorn Ranch
- 600 miles to the gallon Shell Eco-Cars from Louisiana Tech's College of Engineering and Science
- Chesapeake's alternative fuel Tahoe
- See the model for the net-zero energy, LEED Platinum National Center for Community Renewal International in downtown Shreveport
- Meet some community gardeners and learn the art of composting
- See a solar panel use the Sun to cool you off

Visitors will also have an opportunity to take part in two new interactive environmental programs developed and led by Sci-Port staff.

Experts and community partners:
Noma Fowler-Sandlin with the Shreveport Farmers' Market,
Raymond Crews, Bruce Phillips and Tim Hansen from The Green Home Advantage,
Grace Peterson from the LSUAg Center,
Angie White of Slow Food North Louisiana,
Ron Shepard with Pratt Recycling,
Dianne Loridans with Community Renewal,
Billy Hummer from Hummer & Son Honey Farm,
Kim Mitchell of Morgan, Hill, Sutton and Mitchell Architects and many more!

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will also be at Sci-Port collecting used cell phones for electronic e-cycling.

Event is free with admission to the Center. Sci-Port Members are free, Non-Members are $13 and children ages 3 to 12 are $10.

Pop! and Bubble Rap ending July 27 @ Artspace Shreveport

Get a quick look at the background to the popular Pop! exhibit in the video above.

Video soundtrack by Sasha Sosin. Hear more of his music under the name Action Movie Hero Boy at

Exit Through the Gift Shop @ Robinson Film Center: graffiti, Banksy and the world of street art being aired through Thurs, July 22

Holding a 97% score on, the Banksy-related film
Exit Through the Gift Shop is "An amusing, engrossing look at underground art; Exit through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects."

The movie is "The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as 'the world's first street art disaster movie' the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tony Reans' artist talk on Thurs, July 15, in midst of vortex at Artspace, downtown Shreveport

Tony Reans art, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Downtown Shreveport's art emporium, Artspace, is oscillating on Thurs, July 15, says Julia Foley.

TNT Express - Free Trolley tours / notable movie locations
with guide Kathy Melancon, 5 - 8 pm
Unwind Downtown Pub & Culture Crawl, 5 - 9 pm
Life Drawing session, 6:00 pm ($15)
Artist Talk with Tony Reans on "Maximum Mindshare"
in coolspace, 8:15 - 8:45 pm Free
Free Pop! Movie Night: showing of "Bubble Boy," 9 pm


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Noids, Big Positive, Dinosaur, Cipher Story at Big D's on Thurs, July 8, beginning at dark

Big D's Bonanza Show, says Susan Garner, features The Noids!, The Big Positive, Don't Forget Your Dinosaur, and Cipher Story (via Chicago), and an open jam on Thurs, July 8, beginng at dark (7:30ish?).

Big D's BBQ (101 N Common St)

"Come check out the new stage and enjoy some BBQ while listening to awesome music," adds Garner. "Bring an instrument if you wanna jam after the bands play."

Photo by Casey Jones.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dennis O'Bryant art at Longview Museum of Fine Arts; opening on sat, July 10, 7 pm

Dennis O Bryant, Marshall, Tx
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Margaritas, sangria and Tex Mex goodies accent the opening party at
the Longview Museum of Fine Arts on Sat, July 10, 7 - 9 pm, says Dennis O'Bryant.

O'Bryant, a former Shreveporter who has been based in Marshall, Tx, for some years, says nine artists from the East Texas area are part of the exhibit at the Longview Museum.

"The LMFA is one of the best Contemporary Art Museums this side of Dallas and I am pretty excited to be showing with a couple of my best artist friends from Marshall, Erin Lambers & Curtis Graff," says the sculptor-painter-photographer.

See more at

Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gregory Kallenberg, and Jeffrey Goodman to judge Shreveport-Bossier Screenplay Competition; deadline August 31

Beyond Therapy, LSU Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Fairfield Studios has launched the Shreveport-Bossier Best Screenplay Competition, says Clint McCommon.

The Shreveport-Bossier Best Screenplay Competition is an effort to showcase the contributions of the movie and entertainment industry in Shreveport-Bossier with a competition to find the best screenplay. It is to be made into a short film produced by Fairfield Studios and directed by Emmy Award Winner Pruitt Taylor Vince. The judging panel will consist of Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gregory Kallenberg, and Jeffrey Goodman.

Contestants will have until August 31st to submit their screenplay to the website. Winner will be picked by a combination of viewer votes and a celebrity judging panel. The main stipulations of the contest are the all contestants must live within the SB area and the screenplay must represent Shreveport-Bossier in a positive manner.

Interested parties should come to the "Meet-Up" being held at Robinson Film Center screening room on Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm, visit or contact Fairfield Studios 318-220-0400.

Fairfield Studios folk concert Sunday, July 11, 7 pm: singers Ben Jenkins and Amelia Blake

Fairfield Studios, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Ben Jenkins is a young singer/songwriter who has recently moved from Shreveport to Nashville, says Jim Huckabay, while Amelia Blake still hangs her hat in nearby Haughton. She is no stranger to local fans of live acoustic music, and is gaining a following for her own material, too.

Fairfield Studios concert, 1510 Fairfield (at Jordan) concert Sunday, July 11, 7 pm.
$15. Cash at the door (no credit cards, please). Reservations recommended for this concert: or call 219-7688

Friday, July 02, 2010

Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Saturday in the Square, under the Red River Bridge, 6 pm on Sat, July 3

The Front Line: DDBB
Originally uploaded by spinadelic

"20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Americas Wetland Foundation," says Chase Boytim, of his Saturday in the Square event. Concerned concertgoers will be able to meet AWF people at the fest, says Paul Roney.

Featuring the funky butt horns from New Orleans, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Red River District party runs from 1 pm to 8 pm.

Keith Horton Project and Tracy Chappell & Friends will provide an afternoon of music prior to the Crescent City classics.

Doors open @ 1 pm, music starts @ 2 pm.
Admission: $10.00
Tickets @

The Recliners perform at the Tues Shreveport Farmer's Market on July 6, from 3 pm to 6 pm

The Recliners, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
"Jim and Bob are at it once again!" Says Jim Huckabay. "The Recliners play the Farmers Market downtown this Tuesday. Come on out, relax at the picnic tables, enjoy some homegrown goodies and take more home with you. Hope to see you there, 3 until 6 pm!"