Monday, March 31, 2014
The Big Scene is the collaboration of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, Holiday in Dixie Parade and UnScene. In this event mash-up Shreveport Regional Arts Council is creating the biggest party ever in Shreveport Common, says Casey Jones.
The Makers Fair will not be in its usual location. It has been expanded and will extend down Texas Ave past the newly-renovated Elvis Presley Blvd. The Makers Fair has grown to over 250 booths.
Expect live music on four stages. The Holiday in Dixie Parade (5:30 pm). And The Big Experience with artist-singer-designer Theresa Andersson. Her resident team is composed of choreographer Luther Cox, Jr, musicologist and singer Sereca Robinson Henderson and visual artist Joe Blum.
There's much more, including food, numerous additional musical acts and other performers. Experience it on Sat, Ap 12, 11 am to 10 pm.
"If you love drawing and/or drinking (especially together), join us at Great Raft Brewing for an evening of creativity," says Kendra P.
"The Drink 'n' Draw is a social gathering in which thirsty artists of all kinds gather and share tables, conversations, ideas, and drawing supplies. Pencils and paper will be provided for this casual night of sketching, though bringing your own sketchbook is encouraged. All are welcome."
Great Raft, 1251 Dalzell, Shreveport, 71103.
The Renzi Education and Art Center will host a Jazz & Blues Brunch Fundraiser, Sat, Ap 5, 11 AM to 2 PM, says Jennifer Hill. Details:
- The Shop, 2002 Southern Avenue in Shreveport.
- $35; proceeds will go directly to the Renzi Center to support its free After School Program and Summer Camp for at-risk youth.
- Buddy Flett with Ted Lindsay, Tim Brogan, Leonard Service, Randy Guynes, and Jimmy Caskey.
- Teen sax prodigy Trevarri Huff-Boone with singers Nia Savoy, Reiah Kirkindoll, Rafaela Demerath, and Tim McCoy.
- Brunch by Marilynn's Place (Shrimp and Grits, beignets, and more) and Rhino Coffee. Bloody Marys and Mimosas at a cash bar.
- Online tickets: www.renzicenter.org, click the Jazz & Blues Brunch logo. Or Renzi Center at 222-1414.
Directed by Patti Reeves, with technical support by Bill Knox, choreography by Ginger Folmer and musical direction by Thomas Stone, the Caddo Magnet HS production of South Pacific is poised to be a cyclone.
See it at the Caddo Magnet HS PAC at 6:30 pm Th, Ap 3, Fri, Ap 4 and Sat, Ap 5. Also on Sat: a 2 pm performance. $12 (10 in advance), $6 (5). Poster by Brad Kozak, whose daughter, Sarah, is in the cast.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall celebrations of Lead Belly being planned, says biographer John Reynolds
"This year marks the 125th anniversary of Lead Belly's birth," writes New York photographer and Lead Belly biographer John Reynolds (Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures, 2008).
"Gala tribute is planned for Kennedy Center (October 12) by Grammy Awards committee. On November 18 another gala concert will be held at Royal Albert Hall in London. Huddie's 'Stella' guitar may be onstage for both venues. All very exciting."
Lucia Boyd, Sloan Folmer lead an expert cast in The Diary of Anne Frank at Shreveport Little Theater; final performance Sun, Mar 30, 2 pm
Director Mary Joris cast an expert ensemble for her production of Anne Frank at Shreveport Little Theater. On Sat night her actors delivered a performance marked by tight cues, deliberate pacing and voices of estimable clarity and volume.
In the center was young teen Lucia Boyd. She propelled the action by her knowing, glowing and energy-filled interpretation of Anne. Matching her vibrancy was Sloan Folmer as Otto. His warmth and gravitas anchored the action.
The role of Margo was capably presented by the low-key characterization of Brittainy Williams. Among the couples who peopled the story were Jim Cowles and Cara Derrick. The vinegary personalities they offered as the Van Daans were rendered with admirably modulated piquancy.
SLT's comfortable theater was nearly full on Sat night. It was clear that the word was abroad in the community: this show is compelling.
There is a final performance Sun, Mar 30, at 2 pm. Tickets are $15. Box office: 318 424 4439.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Tim Brogan, Nick Brumley, Joe Nadeau, Dirty Redd: Noble Savage music calendar, April, 2014, Shreveport
The venerable Savage, food, spirits and live music, is at 417 Texas St, Shreveport, Louisiana.
KSCL, 91.3 fm, presents annual Battle of the Bands on Sat, Mar 29, in Shell amphitheater, Centenary College
"Seratones had to drop from the running due to a tiger eating one of the band members alive," reports KSCL's Jacob Robson. "But, good news, everyone, for the B o' B! The frontman of GG Earth has rejoined the running with his other band, Darkunt, and they will be playing at 5:30 now."
1:30 Josh October
2:00 Yorkshire Fields
2:30 Jasper McAdams
4:00 The Dubonauts
4:30 Don't Forget Your Dinosaur
5:00 American Wilderness
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Diary of Anne Frank at Shreveport Little Theater opens Wed, Mar 26, 7:30 pm ; performances one weekend only
The Diary of Anne Frank,an updated version, opens Wednesday at Shreveport Little Theater for one weekend. "What a fantastic cast and tremendous production, directed by Mary Joris. This is a powerful show, you don't want to miss," says Robert Darrow.
SLT Box Office: 424-4439, Wine & Cheese pre-show reception on Wednesday at 6:30 PM, Curtain at 7:30 PM, All tickets $15.
"Friday night, 3/28, I will be performing with my band for one night only at Bears in Shreveport," says Papa Mali.
"The following night we play Tipitina's in New Orleans. The lineup for both nights is me, Matt Hubbard (7 Walkers, Willie Nelson) Robb Kidd and Shawn Stroope."
Monday, March 24, 2014
The Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters is located along the Red River in Bossier Parish, on Arthur Teague Parkway, in northwestern Louisiana. It is a wonderland for all ages.
It is open for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography from sunrise to sunset seven days a week.
The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and on most weekends.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger, Carrie Jacobs-Bond celebrated by Twyla Robinson, soprano, at Centenary College of Louisiana on Mar 30, Ap 3
Centenary College of Louisiana's Artist-in-Residence, renowned soprano Twyla Robinson, performs Sun, March 30, at 3 pm in Anderson Auditorium, Hurley School of Music.
Robinson will be collaborating with pianist Jerome Tan to present the work and biographical sketches of three women who left an indelible footprint on classical music and the arts: Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger, and Carrie Jacobs-Bond.
A second recital takes place Thurs, April 3, at 7:30pm, and is a faculty recital celebrating American Song.
Both events free and open to the public.
Cora M Allen invites Shreveport's Juried Roster Artists to Central Artstation on Mon, Mar 24, 5:30 pm
Juried Roster Artists meeting is Monday, Mar 24, 5:30 p.m. at Central Artstation, 801 Crockett St, downtown Shreveport.
Roster Meetings are every 4th Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at Central Artstation. Next month: April 28.
Artists of all media: be invited to join the Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Artist Directory and Juried Roster. See more.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Robert Edsel will speak at the 23rd annual Authors in April benefit luncheon for the Pioneer Heritage Center, says Robin Norman Jones.
Edsel wrote The Monuments Men (the movie is based on his book), Rescuing Da Vinci and Saving Italy. He is co-producer of the documentary The Rape of Europa.
$40 individual luncheon. Table host: $400, 10 reservations. Make checks to LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center and mail to Authors in April Luncheon, Mary Anne Selber, 6121 Fern Ave, #89, Shreveport 71105.
Sat, Ap 26, noon. Sam's Town Casino Hotel. Valet parking. Cash bar.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Piano, vocals and big bass on a small stage surrounded by people drawing upon Noble's cornucopia of artfully-labeled libations.
On Sun night, 6 pm to 9 pm, find this duo at the Green Room of Chianti Restaurant.
The Texas Street Arts Series presents a cello and piano recital Friday night March 21st at 7:30 pm at the Emmett Hook Center featuring two young artists from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, says Laura Crawford.
John-Henry Crawford, 21 year old cellist from Shreveport, was recently chosen as a Fellow for Itzhak Perlman's Young Artists Chamber Music Program in New York. He serves as Principal Cellist of the Curtis Orchestra. His piano trio performed at Lincoln Center this fall.
Michelle Cann, pianist, received degrees from the Cleveland Institute and the Curtis Institute, where she is currently a staff accompanist. She has performed in China, Korea, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Perlman Festival, Taos Music Festival and others.
The recital is free and open to the public. Info: 318-429-6887.
DemonFest is an annual music and arts festival hosted by KNWD Radio at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, says Paxton Britt. The festival, Sat, Mar 22, 11 am to 11 pm, features regional music, food, and vendors.
This year the band lineup - lots of talent from Shreveport, btw - is topped with a performance by the charismatic Kevin Barnes and his Athens, GA, group, Of Montreal. In the midst of a world tour, Of Montreal is scheduled to go on at 10 pm.
Pardon us for being astounded.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
French films, en Francais, brought to downtown Shreveport by Centenary Film Society, to be aired at Robinson Film Center Mar 21 - 27.
The Painting (Le Tableau)
Farewell, My Queen
The Rabbi's Cat
RFC's French movie schedule.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
View Shreveport's riverine history and riparian wildlife on The Spirit of the Red River Cruises; season resumes on Ap1
Captain Sandy Jackson will resume The Spirit of the Red River Cruises on Tuesday, April 1 and go through Nov. 31, says Chris Jay.
“What makes this tour so special is when I get to teach people about Shreveport-Bossier and the Red River’s history, especially the uses for the Red River during the Great Depression and U.S. wars,” said Captain Sandy. “This tour is such a great opportunity to gain memories, learn untold history and sightsee on this beautiful river.”
Captain Sandy has been a river boat captain for more than 40 years with 18 of those years as the captain for the Spirit of the Red River Cruise.
The 40-foot pontoon boat travels between Shreveport-Bossier’s six river boat casinos. It holds up to 35 people with tickets at $15 per person. Groups of 20 people receive a 10 percent discount.
While on the hour-long tour, passengers travel through populated areas along the Red River, then head northwest for an authentic glimpse of the river’s natural terrain and working fishery. Throughout the tour Captain Sandy explains the eventful history of the Red River, as well as pointing out the wildlife and architecture of river homes, houseboats and historical bridges.
The cruiser docks directly across from Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Tour times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and Noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours begin at the top of each hour.
Captain Sandy Jackson: (318) 564-3560 or visit www.redrivercruise.com. Photo by Chris Jay.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
William Edward Wilson, III, Shreveport, 1958 - 2014, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
A gifted designer of raku pots and images on paper, Edward Wilson died March 18, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Wilson, a graduate of Centenary College, was a witty and thoughtful, loving and insightful fellow.
Dapper and gracious as a host, Wilson held a South Highlands salon for a number of years alongside his perspicacious grandmother, Billie "Ya Ya" Wilson.
He will be well remembered as a parishioner at both St Mark's and Holy Cross Episcopal Churches.
Monday, March 17, 2014
In 1951 National Geographic featured Jean Despujols on Indochina; exhibit at Meadows Museum, Shreveport, Mar 15 to April 20
A fresh look at the importance of French artist Jean Despujols and his paintings of life in Indochina has opened at Meadows Museum, Centenary College, in an exhibit called The Calm Before The Storm: Jean Despujols' Portrait of Indochina.
In 1951 National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institution offered major exhibits of Despujols' paintings of life in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. The new exhibit at Meadows Museum of Art celebrates these events.
Despujols is a world class artist and documenter of the 1930's in Indochina. The principal collection of his work - some 360 pieces - is in Shreveport, his home after 1941.
Meadows is open Tues, Wed and Fri, noon to 4 pm. It is open Thursdays, noon to 5 pm. It is open on Sat and Sun, 1 pm to 4 pm.
The Downtown Shreveport Historic District has more than 200 historic buildings spanning the 1860s to the 1950s, says Liz Swaine. And Shreveport at one time had half a dozen small, but thriving breweries, according to the late Eric Brock.
Thus the Downtown Development Authority, Glazer’s Distributing, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and Robinson Film Center will be pairing history & beer in History On Tap on Thurs, March 20.
Three locations downtown – artspace @ 710 Texas, Central Artstation @ 801 Crockett and Robinson Film Center @ 617 Texas, will be the locations for the event.
At each of the 3 venues, you will be able to learn facts about ten historic buildings and sample ten beers.
The event will be held from 5-9 pm and will begin at Artspace, 710 Texas. This is where participants must go to check in, be I.D.’ed and get their special Passport for a night of activities. This is a 21 and older event, please.
For more information about History on Tap, go to: www.downtownshreveport.com
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The 7th Annual Aseana Spring Festival will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12-5 p.m. at the Aseana Asian Gardens at 800 Texas Ave, says Mary Grace de Joya Vea.
Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to bring money for food, art and more.
Expect authentic Asian cuisine, lion dance, music, band, Asian attire, martial arts, musical instruments, drums, dances and more.
Info and vendor info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 797-4258 or (318) 401-8078.
Phoenix actor Raymond King Shurtz performs his solo musical piece, "Bohemian Cowboy," for three performances at East Bank Theater, says Patric McWilliams. The show is a Cabaret Series performance presented by River City Repertory Theater.
With the help of Hamlet, Hamlet's father, Christ, Clyde King and additional characters, Shurtz's search for his father---who was a cowboy, carpenter, honky-tonk singer, bohemian and disappearance specialist—is an entertaining evening of theatre.
Mar 21, 22 at 7:30 pm; Mar 23, 3 pm
Online tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Work by Shreveport artist Tracey Prator, with guest artist Dawn Gipson, will go on display at Gentle Spirit's Art Pad, upstairs at the Naked Bean Cafe, 451 Kings Hwy, Shreveport. Reception Sat, Mar 22, 7 - 9 pm.
Expect performances by Ian Quiet, Eric Gipson and complimentary wine and cheese. Admission, $5.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
If citizens don't demand it, transparency in government will never happen; speakers on Wed, Mar 19, 7 pm, CoHab
Join the Shreve Memorial Library and Cohab in celebration of Sunshine Week as they present "Wanted: Open Government."
If you're a fan of House of Cards, Scandal, The Newsroom, or The West Wing, this program is for you, says Shreve Memorial. Hear true stories of government transparency and accountability from your own community.
Panelists include Elliott Stonecipher (Evets Management, Inc.), Tom Arceneaux (Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts), Alison Bath (The Shreveport Times), Danny Lawler (The Inquisitor), and Jeff Everson (City of Shreveport Council).
Panelists will discuss their perspectives and experience with public records and sunshine laws, followed by Q&A with the audience.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
"It's volunteers that help make Artini possible," says Leigh Anne Chambers of the Bossier Arts Council benefit on Sat, Mar 15.
"If you are an Artini Aide please arrive 5 minutes before your shift begins with your Artini Volunteer pass. Please dress in accordance with the Artini dress code (cocktail attire), and either wear, or bring comfortable shoes. For questions regarding volunteering duties, dress code, or locations please contact Katie via email email@example.com, or by phone, 318.741.8310."
"Volunteering gets you into the event free of charge since you are graciously offering your help and time. After your shift is over, or before it begins, please feel free to enjoy the event, but please be aware that drinking/ eating is not allowed during your shift and can be enjoyed after your shift is over."
Monday, March 10, 2014
Support the Bossier Arts Council via spirits, munchies and music at Artini, Sat, Mar 15, 7 pm, Horseshoe Casino
Shake in a little ice, stir in a lot of ethyl alcohol, and mix in some pickled veggies, right?
The Bossier Arts Council's tini party, the 5th Annual ARTini, has even more: live music, visual art, signature martinis, and socializing.
Super Water Sympathy performs.
Sample deliciousness from 15 area restaurants.
Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, March 15, 2014 at 7pm.
$55 in advance and $65 at the door.
318-741-8310 or purchase online here.
iShuttle will be available for pickup and rides home for free.
Illustration Lynn Laird.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Savage Love Live is coming to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm, says Centenary College.
Dan Savage —co-founder of the It Gets Better Project® Project, internationally-syndicated columnist Savage Love, podcaster, author, media pundit, and journalist—will speak and conduct an audience Q&A.
Tickets, $5 at www.vendini.com
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Storytelling in Shreveport: Chris Jay & Sara Hebert's "All Y'all" at 1510 Fairfield, Sat, Mar 8, 7:30 pm
All Y'all live storytelling event, hosted by Sara Hebert and Chris Jay, 7:30 p.m. on Sat, March 8 onstage at 1510 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport (formerly called Fairfield Studios).
"Nine of your neighbors from northwestern Louisiana will tell true stories lasting 10 minutes or less - without notes - in front of a live audience," says Jay. Stories will be recorded and may be included in future episodes of the All Y'all Podcast.
The theme is "New 'Round Here." Stories of first times, relocations, revelations, arrivals and more.
The first two episodes of the All Y'all Podcast are at www.allyallblog.com.
Ready to catch a beer and scarf hot creole food on Texas St, you first need to secure an UnScene parking spot.
Not to worry. Because it's Saturday, the parking lots surrounding the 700 block of Texas St adjacent to First Methodist Church are free and clear. Parking meters are non-operative. Parking on Milam St or in the giant lot behind First Methodist: it is safe and free.
Trudeau's pick for the most delicious performances in the tent outside Artspace are at 4:45, for the Bright Star Male Chorus, and 5:30, for the Blade family and Zion Church performances as the Hallelujah Train.
Friday, March 07, 2014
To Kill A Mockingbird has been extended at Shreveport Little Theatre, says Robert Darrow. A performance has been added on Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, at 8 p.m.
Robert Darrow directs the American classic.
Robert Young as Atticus, Emma Cate Dailey as Scout, Jackson Driggers as Jem, John Kerry as the Sheriff, Jay Ward as Tom Robinson, Bill Pou as Mr. Gilmer, and Dot Hall as Miss Maudie, the narrator.
Rebecca Woodruff, stage manager, David White, lighting designer, Chris Gonzales, set designer, and Peggy San Pedro, costumer.
Remaining performances are March 8, 13, 14 at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. at 812 Margaret Place.
$15 for seniors, students and active military and $17 for adults. Student Rush tickets are available at curtain time for $10 cash with student ID.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra plus choirs from NSU, Centenary present Mozart Requiem on Sat, March 8, 7:30 pm
Mozart’s Requiem, a dramatic choral masterpiece that examines life, is presented by an all-star cast of soloists and the combined choirs of Centenary and NSU, says the SSO.
Also on the bill: To Notice Such Things, an elegant and poetic serenade by Jon Lord, who also happens to be the founder of the rock band Deep Purple.
Saturday, March 8—7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Stephanie Yu Lusk, Shreveport, honors artist Marlene Yu with campaign for 7 exhibits celebrating 77 years
To honor artist Marlene Yu's life, work, and 70th solo exhibition, I am seeking funds via Kickstarter for 7 exhibitions in her 77th year, says Shreveporter Stephanie Yu Lusk.
"Marlene, my mom, usually manages one major solo show per year. Framing, crating, shipping, installing, de-installing large-scale works and publication costs that are not covered by the individual institutions add up quickly. I am asking for your help to have this upcoming year be her most stellar yet. I think that not only will we be able to accomplish our goal, but Marlene will also be incredibly moved by our collective online response and it will be a huge encouragement for her to keep producing amazing art at her active 77 years of age."
"In a period of 14 days, I was able to sign up 7 institutions in the same city where the Marlene Yu Museum - in the former Travis St YWCA building - will be built. Selections will be made from her 4000+, more than 35 series of works; the art ranges from 16 inches to 37 feet long."
Louisiana State Exhibition Museum, September - November 2014
Robinson Film Center, October - November 2014
Marlene Yu Museum, December 21, 2014 - spring 2015
Bossier Arts Council, January - March 2015
Meadows Museum of Art, month of February 2015
Sci-Port, month of April 2015
Shreveport Regional Arts Council, dates to be determined
"In recognition of Marlene's love of nature, her passion as one of the environmental pioneers in the green movement in the arts, and her non-profit work as Founder and Curator of the Rainforest Art Foundation to increase appreciation of nature through art, the end date of this Kickstarter campaign coincides with Earth Day -- Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 11:59PM CST."
Monday, March 03, 2014
UnScene features Brady L Blade, Sr, and the Hallelujah Train on Sat, March 8; music noon to midnight, 700 block of Texas St, Shreveport
Music from Buddy Flett, Betty Lewis and the Executives, Donnie Ray, Ernie Johnson, Carl Sims, Vickie Baker, and Bobby Rush, and Brady L. Blade, Sr. & The Hallelujah Train, and Tres Bluebirds will make UnScene March, Sat, March 8, noon to midnight, a blue hole of sonicalia.
UnScene celebrates the artists recorded by businessman Stan the Record Man Lewis. From "Suzie Q" to "Lucy in the Sky with Glasses," Lewis worked the biz with recording sessions, record labels and a chain of record stores.
The show takes place in the 700 block of Texas St. The original Stan Lewis record shop was once the music mecca of that block.
More music: The Matthew Davidson Band and Southern Soul singer Princess Monro Brown.
Swap records with James Gilcrease of Day Old Blues Records.
Karen McCain, Billy Boykin Jr., James Marks, Blair Nefsky, Lisandra DiLiberto Brown, Chris McCaa, Karen LaBeau and more will show in the Juried Arts Market.
The UnScene truck vends souvenirs and original artworks for under $25.
Blue Southern Comfort Food, Soumas Heritage Creole Creations and Big D’s BBQ, Sherry’s Diner, and the Some Like It Hot food truck will serve.
Eagle Distributing/Budweiser presents their Craft Beer selections including Shreveport’s own Great Raft Brewing.
Admission to UNSCENE! is UnMonetized. www.unsceneshreveport.com.
1:45pm: Matthew Davidson Band
2:00pm: Buddy Flett Acoustic*
2:45pm: Betty Lewis and The Executives
2:45pm: Stan Lewis interviewed by Chris Brown*
3:45pm: Tres BLUEBIRDS (Bruce,Kerry,Robert)
4:45pm: Bright Star Male Chorus
5:30pm: Brady L. Blade, Sr. & The Hallelujah Train
6:30pm: Ernie Johnson
7:15pm: Carl Sims
8:00pm: Vickie Baker
9:15pm: Bobby Rush
Dolby Laboratories and Moonbot Studios have created an homage to the history of storytelling - especially inasmuch as sound is the fount of the magic - in a 2:39 movie called "Silent."
Morris Lessmore and The Kid are on a journey, one with a number of startling twists. It is charming and over the top.
"Silent" is followed by a well-edited Behind the Scenes film in which Bots William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian and composer John Hunter talk about the production.
Sound designer for "Silent" was Steve Boedekker. He did the sound for the recent and acclaimed feature, All Is Lost.