Friday, October 31, 2014
Announcing a new post on the Shreveport Songs blog.
“In the dead of the night…” Norma Dragoo recorded the song “Nightmare” sometime in the early 1970s. Detective work performed by the Shreveport Songs blog reveals a few clues, but we welcome your input.
On December 19, 1999, the Shreveport Times newspaper published an obituary for Norma Jean Taylor Dragoo (1942-1999). She was a native and resident of Shreveport; her occupation – self-employed hair stylist. It appears this is the same Norma Dragoo who recorded “Nightmare.”
For the rest of the clues plus audio from "Nightmare" visit: http://shreveportsongs.blogspot.com/2014/10/norma-dragoo-nightmare-custom-sound.html
Thursday, October 30, 2014
With circus entertainment at a fine Fairfield house (2745 Fairfield), festive music, and gourmet fare, the Friends of Meadows present a benefit called Cirque de Shreve on Sat, Nov 1. It opens at 6:30 pm and spins til 10, says Sherry Kerr.
"Measure a spot in your abode that needs a piece of art," says Talbot Hopkins. "Area artists have been generous in supporting Meadows by donating paintings, prints, photos and sculpture. Notable artists such as Bill Joyce and the late Clyde Connell are among those whose work is at auction in the Carriage House on the site of the former Pinewold Manor, corner of Fairfield and Kirby."
Proceeds from the event and art auction will benefit the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art, whose mission is to support the museum as a center of art and culture in the South, says Rachel Hill.
Tickets for Members of the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum are $75 each; non-members are $100 each. Tickets purchased with a credit card include a processing fee at MeadowsFriends.org.
Says Scarlet Hendricks, "Costume, festive, or casual attire, not to worry." Valet parking.
One bids. One takes home a fresh piece of art.
Super Water Sympathy will be playing new, unreleased songs on Halloween, says Clyde Hargrove. After writing and recording for 8 months, their live set will include an ocean forest, bubble kingdom, and the firewall.
Celebrants are encouraged to bring bubbles and/or body paint, says Ansley Hughes Rimmer. Costume contest to be adjudicated by the band.
Bears on Fairfield.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The corner of Commerce and Crockett Streets becomes a Pop UP Food Court for the week of Nov 3, says Pam Atchison.
Lunch will be available from 11 am- 2 pm, Dinner from 5 pm- 7 pm. Participating food trucks include: Jester’s Catering, La Michoacana, Lilah’s Bakery, TD Express, Cliff & Julie’s Place. Seating will be available.
Across the street in the Engine Room at Central Artstation will be food from Baked, Fleur de Crème, The Twisted Brownie, Simply Natural Seasonings, DaBayou Cajun Seasonings.
· Monday- Pop UP Poetry. Carlos Colon, Caddo Parish Laureate, has selected 10 poets to perform “pop up” and “dueling poetry.” 5pm- 7pm
· Tuesday - Pop UP Art & Culture Shotgun House Night. Meet Shreveport-born NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes. Barnes’ Shotgun House exhibit will be hanging in the ARTSTATION Gallery all week. Hear Barnes, Henry Price, Woodrow Evans and Gregory Free in a panel discussion on shotgun houses. Norla Preservation Project has an update on plans to move five St. Paul’s Bottoms shotgun houses to Baker Street. 5 pm- 7 pm
· Wednesday- Pop UP Cooking Demonstration Night. Christa Free of Baked and Cheryl Edwards of Simply Natural Seasonings will prepare a Sauteed Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper and Onions and her no-salt, healthy seasonings. 5-7 pm
· Thursday- the unveiling of ART, the Dalmatian, at Central ARTSTATION. The nearly 20- foot tall fiberglass dog is the old fire station’s new mascot; street party. 6-8 pm.
· Friday- The Ramer/Gentry Band from 11 am until a bit after 1 pm.
Free parking. Maps of parking locations: www.downtownshreveport.com
Songster Roy Book Binder performs in House Concert Series on Sat, Nov 1, 7 pm, 1508 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport
Roy Book Binder, a singer-guitarist known coast to coast, plays blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and Tin Pan Alley pop. He is a minstrel man, a songster, a Lead Belly for today.
Reservations: shreveporthouseconcerts.org. $20.00.
Shreveport House Concerts is a smoke-free, black box recording studio venue.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Shotgun houses from Shreveport to NYC and back: artist Patrick-Earl Barnes in Pop Up Shop at Central Artstation on Tues, Nov 4, 5 to 7 pm
NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes will make a long-awaited return to Shreveport, where he was born and raised, when he opens a downtown Pop Up Shop Nov 3 - 10, says Kelly Rich of Norla. "Although his art has a whimsical, simplistic quality, it deals with some major issues, such as race, self-sufficiency and individualism," writes Bob Krasner at thevillager.com.
Barnes resides in Harlem and has a studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In NYC his Shreveport roots are quite valuable. His series of mixed-media paintings of shotgun houses would be an example. He made a vow to paint a million shotgun houses, a symbol of vital background to understanding the life of African-Americans.
"I left Shreveport in 1982," he says, remembering his days at South Highlands, Youree Middle and Capt Shreve HS. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where he studied science, not art. "I had been a closet artist for a long time," before realizing it was both a passion and a business opportunity.
Barnes calls himself a Deep Folk artist: "The art is a conjunction of found objects, free association, various styles and approaches. I work mostly with collage and decoupage."
He cannily combines "various isms and disciplines, weaving history, social, cultural studies and literature into a blend of instinctive spontaneous creations of art."
His images are both satirical (see "Art dealers") as well as caring of street culture (see "Brims").
"Barnes will be set up at the Central Artstation Lobby from Mon, Nov. 3, to Fri, Nov. 7th" says Rich. "There will planned events coordinating all of the PopUp projects throughout the week but the big Shotgun Art opening night is Tuesday night, Nov 4, from 5-7."
Piling hook upon hook in well-made, polished rock songs is the business of Jimmy and sister Laura Wooten and Cody Lowery. Their trio, Lions May Cry, is legit.
Check out their crowd funding appeal.
Listening to their last album will make,I think it is safe to say, your ears smile.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Artists Mark Burt and Robert Trudeau sketching at the Agora Borealis on Sat, Oct 25, 3 to 5 pm, alongside trio Twang Darkly
Compulsive sketchers Mark Burt and Robert Robert E Trudeau will engage in a surrealist drawing game called Exquisite Corpse.
The back-and-forth drawing session will take place on Saturday, Oct 25, at the Agora Borealis, 421 Lake St, Shreveport. The two artists will also chat with art lovers and sign work that they sell.
Burt is is known for fantastical creatures and detailed, interplanetary landscapes. He has been published in Suspect Device Comic Anthology Volume 3 and 4. Burt is exhibiting work at the Ro2 Gallery in Dallas and Antler Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In August Burt was mentioned in HiFructose Magazine Blog for his contribution to a collaborative show with renowned illustrator Jon McNair.
Trudeau says his pen and ink drawings are influenced by Edward Gorey and R Crumb.
Accompanying the drawing session will be the sounds of local music artists Twang Darkly, says Katy Larsen. Their music will also be for sale at The Agora Borealis.
One more thing: you might plan to hit Agora Borealis on Lake St on your way to the Aseana Fest on Texas Ave. The Asian street food fest goes from 3 pm to 9 pm.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny in Chicago who secretly took over 100, 000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.
Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. The result is this 90 minute documentary. It gets a 95/89 on rottentomatoes.com.
Centenary Film Society presentation at Robinson Film Center. One night only.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wear your oldest shoes, coat and hat for the melee of dancing engendered by the Rebirth's powerful street jazz. Tickets, 15.
Herby-K's, the historic restaurant at 1833 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, will host its 4th Annual Block Party and Benefit on Sun, Oct 26, from 1-6 pm. The event benefits PetSavers of Shreveport, says Angela Busi Doe.
- $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
- buffets with shrimp busters, fried catfish, fried onion rings, chicken and sausage gumbo, poboys and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Music by Bayou Gypsy, Kelcy Mae and Red Thread on an outdoor stage.
- bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for children.
- adoptable pets and a “puppy park”.
- cash beer.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Shreveport-born and raised Brian Blade has played drums for Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock and more. For some years he has been at a jazz pinnacle, touring with Wayne Shorter and winning plaudits for his articulate band, Fellowship. Blade, the consummate jazz percussionist, also rocks out. When he kicks it in 4/4 it is usually with longtime friend Daniel Lanois. The 2 have made numerous albums together. My favorite is Black Dub.
This week Lanois released Flesh and Machine, a spacey and melodic set of instrumental pieces. When it kicks, it's the foot and 8 arms of Blade at work. On tour the album "will be performed live by a trio including himself, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson where both the playing of instruments and the sampling, dubbing and processing will happen in real time, essentially bringing the studio to the stage," says Lanois. The Nashville date is as close to Shreveport as is listed.
This week you can hear a preview of the whole thing at Npr.org, where it is called "a deeply otherworldly adventure."
There is an intriguing call to artists for films to accompany their shows.
Recommended for interstellar music trekkers.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
High-pitched voices and tightly-strung guitars celebrate Leadbelly at Ledbetter gravesite, Shiloh Baptist Church, Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1 pm, Sat, Oct 25
The annual Leadbelly Era Celebration, a graveside memorial jam, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat, Oct 25, at the Shiloh Baptist Church graveyard in Mooringsport, Louisiana, says Kathryn Hobgood Ray. Louisiana musicians will gather at the grave of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, 10395 Blanchard Latex Rd, to perform his songs. All are welcome.
Kathryn Hobgood Ray, 504-650-1238, firstname.lastname@example.org Danny Wilder, 318-751-2733
Directions to Shiloh Baptist Church: Take I-20 Exit 3 (LA -169), North 10 miles to Caddo Parish #6. (a.k.a. Blanchard-Latex Rd.). Turn left on Caddo Parish #6, drive 2.6 miles to Shiloh Baptist Church.
Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series begins Sun, Oct 19, 3 pm, Frost Chapel, First Baptist Shreveport: the I-49 Brass Quintet
The droll, sensual sounds of trumpet and multiple horns opens the Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series, says Lois Robinson.
The brass concert is 3 pm, Sun, Oct 19, at Frost Chapel of First Baptist Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr.
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano are featured in the Nov 23 concert (3 pm), to be held in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College.
John-Henry Crawford performs on cello on Feb 8, 2015, 3 pm, at Artspace, 710 Texas St. A string quartet also performs.
An afternoon of duets - violin and voice - will be performed at Anderson Auditorium on May 3, 3 pm.
Performances feature the core players of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Recommended: Kevin Russell and Americana group Shinyribs at Horseshoe Rooftop Party on Thurs, Oct 23, 8 pm
Kevin Russell, founder of Shreveport band Picket Line Coyotes and the Austin band Gourds, has a new group. It's called Shinyribs after his longtime nickname.
Since Russell wrote a ton of songs recorded by the very successful Gourds (including one called "Shreveport" on the classic album Haymaker), expect an audience of animated Gourds fans who will know the songs. Russell has been an entertainer for many years. A highly recommended evening. $10 - 20.
Thurs, Oct 23, 8:00pm
Horseshoe Casino Rooftop Party 711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Two Moonbot shorts debut at Shreveport Symphony performance on Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater
Two premieres of Moonbot Studios' animated short films, The Cask of Amontillado and Silent, plus orchestra performances of film scores, including Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The X-Files, Superman, and more.
Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater.
Best Costume at ArtScare, Fri, Oct 24, wins two tickets to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s fundraiser, Christmas in the Sky (12.13.14), says Pam Atchison, plus a room that night at the Hilton Hotel.
Dragstrip Phantoms play live all night at ArtScare. Comp buffet and Cash bars.
Drew Hunter returns to Shreveport, once again becoming Dr. Blood.
Ages 21+ admitted only. $25 in advance at www.artspaceshreveport.com and at artspace. $30 on event day at the door.
Also, see the Silent Book Art Auction.
Meadows Museum video installation ends Oct 25: "Testimonies on Motherhood Lost" by Mali De-Kalo, Tel Aviv
Mali De-Kalo, a multi-media artist from Tel Aviv, worked 3 years on the presentation she calls "Relaying: Testimonials on Motherhood Lost." It is a powerful multi-screen use of emotion and video. Highly recommended.
Exhibit closes on Sat, Oct 25.
Meadows is open Tues - Fri, 11 am to 6 pm. And on Sat, noon to 4 pm. 318.869.5040.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Shreveport Farmers' Market will open on October 25 for its fall session, says Noma Fowler-Sandlin.
- Saturdays, 8 a.m. until noon.
- through November 22.
- two pavilions in Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St.
- fruits and vegetables, locally-raised meats, gourmet, baked and canned goods, arts and crafts.
- Market Cafe: ready-to-eat foods, tables at which to dine, music performances.
- Opening day music: The Fiddlin' Tim Trio.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Top drawer performers of Indian classical music will perform in Shreveport on Tues, Oct 14, in a production by Sanjay Menon, head of LSUS India Studies.
The event takes place in the LSUS University Center. It is open to the public. While it is not free, there is no attendance charge.
Among the performers is dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj, seen here, and singer Pramodini Rao, seen in this video.
Friday, October 10, 2014
The American Tragedy's Adam Dale now solo; performance at former Fairfield Studios, now Studio 1508, Sun, Oct 12, 7 pm
Adam Dale is a Louisiana born singer/songwriter with a style that spans rock to pop to the downright eccentric, says Alan Dyson.
Years of traveling, performing, and making music with The American Tragedy ended in 2012. Adam now performs solo and continues to write and record from Baton Rouge, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He has recorded 13 albums and miscellaneous EPs and is currently wrapping up a new album called "Cats & Dogs".
Adds Dyson about the House Concert Series: "You’ll find us at 1510 Fairfield (near the corner of Fairfield at Jordan) next door to Harrison Paint and across from the State Office Building. Shows begin about 7:00, but please arrive no later than 6:45 if you have reservations. With no reservations, come even earlier if you’re hoping for a seat. Make your cash donation at the door (and contribute for food too)."$20.
Reservations:shreveporthouseconcerts.org, email@example.com or 318 670 3567 (New Phone Number) .
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Screens light up with creativity as 20 films are shown in Louisiana Film Prize, Shreveport, weekend of Oct 9 - 12
"Thurs, Oct 9, is the last day for Louisiana Film Prize online tickets And the last day for $30 tickets! At noon on Thursday, online tickets will stop and the price moves up to $40, says Gregory Kallenberg. "Got some," he booms, "now."
Venues at which to view the 20 finalist shorts: Robinson Film Center, Central Artstation, The Capri and the newest viewing venue, the Bossier Arts Council.
The schedule: lafilmprize.com/schedule.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Voces Castellanos continues Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Nov 1, Columbia Park, Shreveport, 1 to 4 pm
"Voces Castellanos will once again sponsor," says Lee Spruell, "Day of the Dead, a Latin American Celebration of Life and Remembrance."
Columbia Park, Sat, Nov 1, 2014, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
"Celebrate this traditional Mexican holiday with crafts, art, sugar skulls, music, dance, bread of the dead and traditional altars of remembrance. It is fun for the whole family," says Janine Gomezjurado Demerath.
Volunteers are welcome.
Monday, October 06, 2014
Over 80 regional artists, including Bill Joyce, have pledged to donate art to be auctioned at Cirque de Shreve on Nov 1, says Talbot Hopkins.
Given the slim budget afforded the Meadows Museum, a jewel of an art center, by Centenary College, a benefit is being produced by Friends of Meadows Museum, says Rachel Hill. Today the Meadows is being directed by Centenary art faculty members Lisa Nicoletti and Bruce Allen.
The benefit, to be held in the garden at a Fairfield mansion once called Pinewold Manor, 2745 Fairfield, will use a circus theme. The Haag Circus once wintered and paraded on Fairfield, said Sherry Kerr.
Meanwhile, Meadows has 3 highly-viewable shows and the museum is open 11 am til 6 pm Tues - Fri (12 - 4 on Sat). The exhibits are Centenary in Paris: An Exhibition by First-Year Students, “Relaying: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost”, a Video Installation by Mali De-Kalo of Tel Aviv, and “With the Beatles,” lithographic illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter for the above-titled Beatles book.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Bill Bush died after a fall this week, said his daughter, Terri. He was a professional musician for over half a century and also owned the Moulin Rouge Nightclub from 1971 to 1990.
Known for his welcoming, agreeable personality, he served on the Shreveport City Council from 1982 until 1990.
"Nov 8, 10am - 4pm. Three events in one: Texas Avenue Makers Fair (original or repurposed) Vintage Village (yep, cool stuff not repurposed or original) and Mini Makers (the happy meal crowd)," says Dan Keele.
"This event is going to be superb," continues Keele. "We have spent days, literally, reviewing who is coming, what they're bringing. We have commitments for two outstanding anchors for Vintage Village. The MiniMakers area will have at least 3 activity areas, with take-home to show Mama what Daddy and I did. I'm so excited I can't sleep (that, and answering hundreds of emails to make it work.) Special thanks to Monty Walford and Catherine Kennedy and some other folks at SPAR and behind the scenes getting us ready logistically."
The future? "We're doing TAMF in The Big Event with our partners April 11, 2015, but this smaller, more intimate TAMF will set the bar for the Fall, as we recapture our original feel and add two new events alongside."
More fair info at Eventbrite and Facebook.
Mark Shepard, natural ecosystems farmer and author, leads Mahaffey Farms sustainable land workshop Nov 14 - 16
Mahaffey Farms, a small, family-run farm in Princeton, La., will host a three-day workshop on the topic of Restoration Agriculture, Nov. 14-16. The weekend-long series of lectures and presentations will feature author, farmer and CEO Mark Shephard, says Evan McCommon. Shephard is the author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers and runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agriculture forest considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.
The workshop will address Restoration Agriculture and Keyline water management systems, and will focus on designing the water system for a farm scale perennial agricultural system. Topics explored will also include agroforestry and silvopasture systems.
Mark Shephard's “Introduction to Restoration Ag” presentation, 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, is $25. Entire weekend-long workshop, $350.
MahaffeyFarms.com or contact Evan McCommon at (318) 518-0558.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Watching young actors intersect in theater in the round was one of the most exciting elements of the Centenary College production of Shakespeare's As You Like It on Friday. Curtains drawn, the players and the audience were all back stage. Happily, the seats were comfortable and the audience around us was affable.
Jordan Fell was masterful as Rosalind in the love story, even if half the play the appealing young woman was garbed in men's clothes and pencilled mustache. Grace Rambo, known to me previously as a capable writer of short stories, proved a competent Celia, an articulate partner to Fell's heroine. The athletic swain, Orlando, was boundingly played by Michael Nguyen. Along with a strong voice he brought a smile and sense of lightheartedness to his role and to the stage.
Trying to steal every scene - and doing it via gymnastic flash and comic timing - was Aiden Poling, who played Touchstone.
Director Heather Peak-Hooper clad the cast in mufti; it seemed to add energy to the show. She and fight director Mark Guinn also created a spectacular opening via an extended fight scene.
As You Like It is a comedy. My guess is that if the audience did its part with some preparation for the play, the laughs would fall into place. Not all the student actors were as articulate as the lead figures, but that shortfall is partly offset by audience proximity to the actors.
The bard's study of gender and language play in As You Like It was not written for the modern attention span. At about two and a half hours in length, this play is recommended for those who care both about Shakespeare, about community theater and about supporting rising stars.
All the 90 seats were sold on Friday night. Tickets at the door and online. $15 adults; $10 seniors, alumni, military; $5 for non-Centenary students. Info: Lorna Dopson at the box office, 318.869.5074.
Performances continue Sat, Oct 4, at 8 p.m. and in a matinee Sun, Oct 5, at 2 p.m at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Please see photos here.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Director Heather Peak-Hooper will present William Shakespeare’s As You Like It Thurs, Oct 2, to Sat, Oct 4, at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance Sun, Oct 5, at 2 p.m at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, says Don Hooper.
The production will be presented in blackbox style - in the round - on the stage floor; seating is limited.
Tickets at the door and online. $15 adults; $10 seniors, alumni, military; $5 for non-Centenary students. Info: Lorna Dopson at the box office, 318.869.5074.
LightWire Theater, Ballet Memphis perform in Riverview Theater during Red River Revel, Oct 4 - 11, Shreveport
See the Revel schedule, tickets for special dance events from Ballet Memphis and LightWire Theater, and opportunities to volunteer at redriverevel.com.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Blow-Up (1966) and Finding Vivian Maier (2014) in Centenary Film Society series at Robinson Film Center; Blow-Up is Thurs, Oct 2, 7:30 pm
All films in the Centenary Film Society series will be shown at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, with regular Film Center admission prices, says Jefferson Hendricks.
Thurs, Oct 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Film: Stay Then Go
Series: Southern Circuit
Thurs, October 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Film: Finding Vivian Maier
Thurs, Oct 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Film: The Photographer's Series: Keith Carter
Thurs, Nov 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Film: The Road to Fame
Series: Southern Circuit
Thurs, Nov 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Caribbean lunch with Gordon @ Bears Fairfield . Thurs, October 2nd. Jerk Chicken Plate . Veggie Plate . 6.30 pm, says Gordon Nurse .
Dirty Redd Crenshaw Band,9 pm.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Bill Joyce and Kenny Callicutt signing Moonbot Book at Toy Fair on Sat, Oct 4, 3 to 5 pm: A Bean, A Stalk and a Boy Named Jack
When a king’s pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a Giant plan to save the kingdom — a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce and Moonbot artist, Kenny Callicutt. It's the latest book from Moonbot Books, an imprint of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Simon & Schuster, says Sara Hebert.
Meet and hi-five William Joyce and Kenny Callicutt, co-illustrators of A Bean, A Stalk and A Boy Named Jack, Sat, Oct 4, at Toy Fair in Shreveport. "The first 20 folks in line get a super awesome secret surprise," says Hebert.