Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sun eve: Prof Porkchop and Christopher Allen at Chianti Restaurant's Green Room, 6 to 9 pm

Chris McCaa, Shreveport by trudeau
Chris McCaa, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Easter Sun eve: Prof Porkchop caressing the keys, Christopher Allen pulling the strings on the doublebass at Chianti Restaurant's wine bar, the Green Room, 6535 Line Ave, (318) 868-8866.

Friday, March 29, 2013 concerned voters sending messages to the Louisiana legislature's Ways and Means Committee

"The Amer Advertising Federation of SB has decided to forge ahead with plans to expand our opposition to the entire tax bill, rather than simply the omission of "creative services'," says Danielle Williams.

"We feel this is an issue with a much broader reach than just our own industry, and are committed to spreading the word to as many Louisiana areas of business as possible. If we all work together, we'll be able to more effectively reach those with the power to shut this down."

and to have a centralized place to post related news articles and keep Louisiana residents informed of upcoming events and activities.

For now, we've learned that the best thing to do is reach out to every member of the Ways and Means committee and explain your own personal story and why you oppose this bill. See the forwarded message below for more details. Keep it short and simple and to the point. Please send a quick message before Tuesday, if possible, as meetings will begin next week to finalize this bill's somewhat rough draft.

Kill the Jindal Tax Bill | bad for small business, bad for Louisiana

Sound City: in which Dave Grohl records top players on real tape and directs a film of the tune-making; RFC, opens Mar 29

Sound City at Robinson Film Center, Shreveport
Opens March 29
Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood
Directed by David Grohl
Documentary/Music, 108 minutes

Rock musician David Grohl brings the story of Sound City Studios to the screen. The historic site was the birthplace of albums from Johnny Cash, Nirvana and more. As the recording industry goes digital, what happens to the studios that used to craft the music?

Also, check the crunchy album Sound City: Real to Reel, on spotify or iTunes. Love it.

Prevailing Winds performance, family-friendly events at Spring Art Walk Villagio, Bossier, Sat, Mar 30, 10 am to 4 pm

Art Walk Bossier by trudeau
Art Walk Bossier, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

A Spring Art Walk on Sat, March 30, from 10am-4pm will be held outdoors at the Villagio and will feature over 10 artists, kids activities, and live music all day, says Leigh Anne Chambers.

Family-friendly event:
- face painting (by Crooked Tree $5 & $10),
- chalk art competition (a prize for the winners!)
- kids craft table sponsored by BAC.

Artists ranging from High School to working artists and artisans. A High School Band competition organized by the Budding Artist Association will feature four competing bands. In addition Prevailing Winds, a wind group made up of community members, will kick off the musical selection at 11am.

Villagio Main Street, 5220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. or call 318-741-8310.

Reggae, Crescent City funk will spew at Bears on Fairfield show by Papa Mali, currently residing in Shreveport

Papa Mali, Shreveport by trudeau
Papa Mali, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

"OK, Shreveport! My first hometown show in almost ten years Fri, Mar 29 at Bear's on Fairfield! Performing with me: Matt Hubbard, Robb Kidd and Shawn Stroope. Begging For It's open the show," says Papa Mali.

Papa Mali - Malcolm Welbourne - left Shreveport with his band, the Killer Bees and spent years residing in Austin and New Orleans. Meanwhile he released Papa Mali albums and eventually put the wood together with Bill Kreutzman in his current touring band, 7 Walkers.

Mali is in Shreveport for a time to whip up the game at Tipitina's Office Co-op on Texas St.

Bears says, :Kitchen is open,,,private parties avail,,pig roasters for rent or whole pigs catered!"

1401 Fairfield
Shreveport, LA 71101

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Anatomically correct on Thurs night at the Naked Bean: jazzy, psychedelic improv by Tchai on Mar 28, 7 to 9 pm

Tracy Chappell leaps upon his finger army while floating the platoon cross the river on a flotilla of levitation effects.

Thus Tchai begins to touch listeners.

Robert Trudeau pops and snucks his Fender bass, at times sounding acoustic, other times sounding Grahamly crackery.

Greg Andrews pounds, caresses, beams and meters the time expertly, a child of the chronic sky.

Thurs the group will be joined by the radiant, thoughtful percussionist Lane Bayliss. Concentrating on his podnas' musicality, Bayliss reacts via the universal language of deeply felt drumming.

Join us. $3 donation.

Naked Bean is 451 Kings Hwy, adjacent to the Chevron, corner of Highland and Kings.
Relax. Bring your friends. Chat. Cerebrate.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sing, dance, wear cool costumes as a singer or chorus member in the Shreveport Opera; auditions Sat, April 20

"Have you ever wanted to sing and dance on stage? Dress up in cool costumes? Make new friends? Have fun? Well, we’ve got just the ticket for you," says Steve Aiken.

Shreveport Opera will be holding chorus auditions for individuals 18 years of age and up on Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anderson Choral Building, Hurley School of Music, at Centenary College.

The 2013-14 productions include The Elixir of Love on November 9, 2013, The Mikado on February 15, 2014 and one of the grandest of all, Puccini’s Turandot on April 26, 2014. Please be prepared to sing two selections of your choice, one in Italian is preferred but not necessary. Please bring sheet music for the pianist.

If you wish to be in the chorus, rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 months before the show. Staging rehearsals are typically Monday through Friday 7-10 p.m. and Saturday afternoons for the 3 weeks preceding each show. There is a $100 honorarium.

To schedule an audition or for additional information, please contact Cathey Sholar at (318) 227-9503 or via email at

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shrevport-Bossier's sustainability struggles: insights at CoHab, Thurs, Mar 21, 6 pm, from Robert K Musil, author, Woodrow Wilson Scholar

A community conversation: public health & sustainability

CoHabitat, 610 Commerce Street

Thurs, Mar 21, 5:30 p.m. hang out.

6:15 p.m. Author Robert K Musil on public health and sustainability in the local and global community. Also expected on the panel: Paula Hickman, Jeff Everson, Dara Sanders, Loren Demerath.

Musil served as the CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 1992 to 2006. Currently he is at the School of Public Affairs at American University. He also teaches in the Nuclear Studies Institute of the School of International Service.

Musil is the author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better future.

Musil is the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Centenary College.

TNT: Explore Shreveport's renewal frontier, 600 & 700 blocks of Texas St on Th, Mar 21, 5 to 8 pm

Newly-constructed spaces in the 600 and 700 blocks of Texas Street are keeping Shreveport's downtown vibe growing.

The DDA and SRAC present a Thurs Trolley Tour of open houses on Texas Street on Th, Mar 21, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Stores, venues and businesses will open their doors to show how what’s
old is ‘new (and trendy) again!’

- Artspace in-house expansion – alongside two exhibits: Southern Dialogues, photos by New Orleanians Addison and Yerger and Critical Mass, works by 82 regional artists.
- Remodel jobs at 710, 711 and 712 Texas
St include:
- Joseph Guin’s hip and trendy salon.
- Kevin Bryan's high-ceilinged architectural design offices.
- Tipitina’s Music Foundation will have music, “The Begging for Its,” throughout the evening.
- Brenda Nelson of 4J’s Java and More will serve samples of coffee and pastries.
- Shreveport Bar Association office will welcome with pralines.
- ‘Upscale and urban’ look of the Last Supper Dining Club at 601 Texas.

- Liz Swaine, Downtown Development Authority – 318-222-7403
- Pam Atchison, Shreveport Regional Arts Council – 318-673-6500

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Maggie Koerner & band @ Bears, Sat, Mar 16

See my recommendation in an earlier post. Didn't know she was bringing her band, which is smoakin' on the new album, Neutral Ground.

Hungry rock bands outdoors Mar 15, 16, 8 pm, in The Shell, Centenary College

The American Wilderness, performing Sat, about 8 pm, they say, are cool musicians. Psyche-alternatent is what I'd call them. Or guitar trance.

Otherwise . . . cannot find a line-up. Always fun.

Under the Shell, a lovely-looking if miserably-designed and superbly awkward amphitheater.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Taste of the new album from singer Maggie Koerner @ Bears, Fairfield, Sat, Mar 16

Maggie Koerner's voice and sassiness have never been smokier. On the eve of releasing her second album, she returns to Shreveport - from New Orleans - to wail at Bears on Sat, Mar 16.

April and Daniel Smalley will open with an acoustic set.

Koerner's new album, Neutral Ground, will drop next month. Having listened to a rough cut I can tell you it's molten. Like butter. It's better than her first CD, Quarter Life, because the songs are more organic.

The musicians she's found in New Orleans seem somehow simultaneously trippy and soulful. Her lyrics seem better than before.

Koerner and band have found the sweet spot for her throat and chest. When she opens a tune with a careless rendering of the lyrics she does so knowing that a few bars later she will be barking and moaning and cutting your shirt open with her voice, sharp as a knife.

Commercial photography no longer permitted on RW Norton Foundation grounds, says; fence to be erected

Norton's grounds by trudeau
Norton's grounds, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

From the RW Norton Foundation web site:

New Photography Rules

Effective immediately, no commercial photography (photography for hire) or commercial enterprise of any kind will be permitted on the museum grounds.

Private photography will be allowed only until such a time as the museum's new fence is erected and functional. At that point all photography on the grounds will be prohibited with the exception of legitimate school-affiliated educational photography classes which have made advance appointments.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sex with a Strad: Philippe Quint performs with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sat, Mar 16, 7:30 pm, Riverview Hall

Philippe Quint by BR Public Relations
Philippe Quint, a photo by BR Public Relations on Flickr.

One of the sexier of the world's rambling, ripping violinists, Philippe Quint was born in St Petersburg and made his orchestral debut at age nine, says Wikipededia.

He performs upon the 1708 "Ruby" Antonio Stradivari violin, which is on loan to him through the Stradivari Society. As much a challenge to performing must be seeing to the Strad's security as Quint criss-crosses the world upon metal jets. is brimming with vibe.

Catch him Sat night in Shreveport with Michael Butterman and the SSO. Tickets, too.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

So you want to be an artist. And get paid for your art. Try ArtsCouncil of New Orleans entrepreneurial training; in Shreveport

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council announces the Spring Session of the Visual Artists as Entrepreneurs Intensive Training Program, says Vickie Marshall. It will be facilitated by the regionally renowned Arts Council of New Orleans.

The goal of this program is to transition professional artists into income-producing artists, increasing their capacity to earn income through their art.

This 4-week, 16-hour comprehensive training has been developed based on artists' responses to an online Artists Survey and tailored to meet the needs of the professional artists in the community.

SRAC has contracted with the team of Gene Meneray, Lindsay Glatz and Mary Len Costa to create this intensive training program. Combining lecture and small work groups teaching formats, the program takes Artists through the development of marketing materials, branding, web and social media development, creating a business plan, profit and loss statements and career outlets such as galleries, museums, markets, festivals and public art.

The program begins Mon, Mar 11 at 4 p.m. at Central Artstation, 801 Crockett Street. Deadline for applications has been extended to Mar 7. Juried Artists Roster members and Directory Artist may apply online at

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

James LeBlanc and Angela Hacker at Fairfield Studios on Sun, March 10, 7 pm

Untitled by oneeyeddogblues
Untitled, a photo by oneeyeddogblues on Flickr.

Says House Concert Series, "Reservations for this show are Only accepted via

Or by calling 318-933-2514 and leaving a message.

85% seats sold on Mar 5.

Photo Barbara Beaird.

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra: Philippe Quint, violinist, Sat, Mar 16, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

SSO: Sat, Mar 16 by trudeau
SSO: Sat, Mar 16, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Students encouraged to enter videos in Budding Artists Assoc Film Fest; deadline is March 22

The Budding Artists Association’s 2013 Film Festival is to showcase the works of
talented filmmakers in the area, says Leigh Ann Chambers.

March 22 midnight submission deadline to

-All submitted works must be PG-13 by MPAA standards. No explicit material.
-No use of sampled/or copyrighted material will be considered.
-If music is included it must be cleared with the original artist.
-All submissions must be in digital or DVD format and turned in along with the entry form.
-Please make sure that all Dvd submissions play without problems Before submitting them. If there is trouble playing a DVD, the submission will be discarded.
-If your work exceeds the above-mentioned specifications, an exception can be
made as long as you successfully communicate this issue in advance of your

Please address your concerns to We are flexible.

Sketching live models at Bossier Arts Council, Wed, Mar 6, 6 to 8 pm

Acrylic nude, Shreveport by trudeau
Acrylic nude, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

"No teacher, just individual choice of media to execute a composition using a live clothed model (this will alternate between models wearing different kinds of clothing and nude models depending on whether more sessions will be held). Model will assume same pose with 5 minute breaks every 15 minutes.
Cost will vary depending on the number of participants. Probably $6 to $10." So says Nick Fechter at Bossier Arts Council.

Wed, Mar 6, 6 to 8 pm.
This could become a regular Wednesday night event.

Information: Don Alexander at 318-218-4164.

Maximum number of attendants is estimated at 12, so RSVP to BAC's Robin Jones at (318)-741-8301.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thai dancers perform for Meadows Museum gala on Fri, March 8; supper and performance begin at 6 pm

French artist Jean Despujols captured graceful Thai dancers in Indochina during an odyssey undertaken, 1936 to 1938, to record a vanishing way of life. Happily, Thai people in a center for Asian immigrants, Des Moines, IA, are preserving the costumes and dances observed by Despujols.

This week a group of dancers, called The Vietnamese Black Tai Dancers, will make several appearances in Shreveport via Meadows Museum.

A gala at Meadows Museum on Fri, March 8, 6 to 9 pm, will offer an intimate view of the continuity of this segment of Asian culture.

With a gourmet supper catered by Lucky Palace the performance at the gala will celebrate the Asian side of Shreveport-Bossier.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at Info: 318 869 5040.

Two additional appearances of the Tai community dancers (free and open to the public) are Thurs, March 7, at 11 a.m. in Centenary College's Kilpatrick Auditorium, and Fri, March 8, 10 am, same location.

"The women are excited to travel to Shreveport to discuss our history and perform the dances that our mothers and grandmothers performed when they lived in Vietnam," said Som Baccam, the dance troupe leader.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Lauren Buscemi, San Diego art critic, to offer remarks on regional artists' exhibit @ Artspace Shreveport; event begins at 5 pm, Fri, March 1

Shreveport Regional Arts Council brought San Diego art critic Lauren Buscemi to Artspace Shreveport in a program to answer regional artists' needs. With a dearth of professional criticism outside of large cities, artists often feel as though they are working without insightful feedback.

At Artpsace on Fri, March 1, professional critic Buscemi will talk about the work in the upstairs Coolspace Gallery - filled with some 80 pieces by NW La Regional Juried Artists.

The talk begins at 5 pm.

On Th, Feb 28, Buscemi gave the top award in that show to painter Joshua Chambers. See more at