Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bill Joyce Meet the Robinsons interview, sculpture, sketches, paintings, hands-on activities open at Artspace, 710 Texas, Shreveport

Bill Joyce on Segway
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Bill Joyce was wheeling around downtown Shreveport on a Segway from 22nd Century Tours (318-230-83310), elated that Adam Barbee had taken the Turtle off. "They took off the governor," said Joyce of the speed limit device, "and this thing just whips down the block." How long did it take him to get used to starting and stopping the stand-up machine, asked Stephen Vekovius, Joyce's computer guy. "About 45 seconds," said the pixillated author.

An air of freaky holiday surrounded Joyce and friends in the party at Artspace on the eve of the Meet the Robinson's premier. "The 3-D parts were great," exclaimed Vekovius. "It's the best 3-D I've seen," said Joyce. The general recommendation was: pay for the $9 ticket to get the Ray Ban-type glasses and the intermittent 3-D moments.

Artspace has an array of Meet the Robinsons materials designed, said Pam Atchison, to entice visitors from across the US:
- sculptures called maquettes (small models of an intended work).
- sketches with enormous detail.
- paintings.
- hands-on activities for children, downstairs (there's a $5 fee for materials).
- a Disney movie in which Joyce talks about Shreveport and the background to A Day with Wilbur Robinson as well as Meet the Robinsons.

Artspace also has lunch and uptown snacks in the new Cafe D'Agostino, on the mezzanine.

Artspace: 673-6535

And Times writer Alex Kent has done a righteous job on the event. There's his review of the movie and, even better, a Joyce multi-media interview.

Secrets of the Heart pilot shoot at Scottish Rite Temple Fri, Ap 6, 7:30 pm: Michael Martin Murphey, Pam Tillis, Ron Sexsmith

Song-Writers in the Round, LLC, is producing a music television pilot in Shreveport to launch the Secrets of the Heart Performance Series, says Candy Peavy. This week a coterie of hit songwriters will perform at the Scottish Rite Temple Performance Hall for the TV cams. There are three performances:

Fri, Ap 6, 7:30 p.m.: Michael Martin Murphey, Pam Tillis, Ron Sexsmith
Sat, Ap 7, 1:30 p.m.: Ed Bruce, Angela Kaset, Gordon Kennedy
Sat, Ap 7, 7:30 p.m.: Kip Winger, Susan Tedeschi, James T Slater

Tickets: $10 each
Proceeds to Shreveport Bossier Community Renewal.
Ticket locations: Shreveport Music, Southfield Music, Oreck Floor Care Center Bayou Walk, Travis Boating Center East Texas St. Bossier City and at the door, if not sold out.

Adds Peavy, "Come be a part of our live audience while these shows are being recorded!"

More: (318) 677-4218

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bluebirds and Miki Honeycutt at Jayne Maries, formerly Smith's Cross Lake Inn, Fri, Mar 30, 7:30 pm

Bluebirds and Miki Honeycutt
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Bruce Flett says, "This Friday, March 30, see The Bluebirds with special guest Miki Honeycutt playing at Jayne Marie's on the Lake, formerly Smith's Cross Lake Inn. We're In the new upstairs room from 7 30 pm til 10 30 pm."

Flett waxes, "Jayne Marie's is on S. Lakeshore Drive. Classy place, dining and dancing and the best view of the lake!"

318 631-0919
See SptBlog links.

Meet the Robinsons opens at theaters Fri, Mar 30; sketches, sculpture & paintings from movie on display at Artspace, Shreveport

A Day with Wilbur Robinson is Bill Joyce's beguiling story about his kind of perfectly wacked family. The story is all retro sci-fi, word play and art deco and is a charmer for adults. Probably kids, too.

Some 17 years later the story has become an animated movie from Disney called Meet the Robinsons.

Ah, Los Angeles. It might be fun to know how much money Wilbur and the Hollywood Process generated for writers, designers and execs over the almost 2 decades of Maybes and Maybe nots. Nah; we probably don't want to know.

Part of the process was taking Joyce's characters and story idea and spinning it into a spritzer of hijinks via the Disney machine.

Here's Alex Kent's interview with Joyce on the movie's lengthy journey.

It will be fun to see how much entertainment can be conjured from a small story that rode upon charismatic illustrations.

Meet the Robinsons opens March 30. Equally cool: the regional audience can add value to their movie bucks by going to Artspace to view an exhibit called The Art of Disney's Meet the Robinsons. There you will see Joyce art and the contributions of the Disney team.

The Artspace exhibit opens Sat and will stay through Aug. 11.
Visiting the exhibit is free.

Kids' make-and-take art activities based on Meet the Robinsons are waiting downstairs in the Anderson Family Fun-a-torium; there the fee is $5.
Artspace, 710 Texas, Shreveport.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays;
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Don't overlook a lunch or snack from D'Agostino's Cafe upstairs at Artspace.

Also fun:

Meadows Museum presents Indochinese clothing and fabrics to accompany the Jean Despujols collection of paintings and sketches

Is there any more graceful garment than the Vietnamese ao dai? Might we argue that some of the world's most appealing and artful clothing, in both cut and texture, comes from South Asia?

No matter our opinions, Meadows Museum's new exhibit of traditional clothing of Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos - is an enthralling show. It represents a collaboration between the Meadows and Michael Howard, professor of anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Howard and his Vietnamese wife are field experts dedicated to the collection and preservation of Indochinese culture - with a focus on textiles.

Shreveporters have access to special insights in several fields, based on local resources. We know from the oil field, hill country cooking and blue-eyed soul music, among several fields. I guess we might include thoroughbred racing and, recently, the movie industry.
Crazily, we might also be experts in Southeast Asia based on the Meadows collection of over 300 paintings of Indochina made by Despujols in the 1930's.

Louisiana Collects: The Meadows Museum of Art and the Odyssey of Jean Despujols Begin. Through June 24.

Meadows: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
(318) 869-5040 for more information.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Portraiture Class with noted photographer Joyce Wilson begins Wed, Mar 28, at Centenary College

Forgotten Dream
Originally uploaded by psycho29890.
Neil Johnson writes, "I took a workshop from Joyce Wilson about 5 years ago. She is a very creative fine art portraiture photographer as well as a fine teacher. Beginning Wednesday, she will be teaching an in-depth workshop. There is still room in the workshop for serious photographers (amateur or pro) wanting to grow in the field of creative portraiture."

More: Contact: Jefferson Hendricks, 318-869-5254 or 318-820-1414 or or Joyce Wilson, 3829 Lincoln Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, 805-898-8986, or

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Haiku America Society Broadmoor: Sat, Mar 31; free

Calligrapomorphy Book1
Originally uploaded by moriza.
Shreveport will be hosting the first 2007 quarterly meeting of the Haiku
Society of America, says Carlos Colon. The confab will be on Sat, Mar 31, at the Broadmoor Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive.

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Carlos Colon at or 318-226-5984.

All local attendees are asked to bring a sack
Registration is 9:30 - 10 am.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Carmina Burana: Shreveport Symphony plus choirs present lusty medieval song cycle Sat, Mar 31, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Mercado medieval - Óbidos
Originally uploaded by Al.rod.
Carmina Burana is such universally-liked music that pieces of it have been used in movies, commercials and in all manner of mass media events. As a teacher who broadcasts classical music between classes (and jazz & ethnic musics, of course) I know about the appeal of Burana. It is easily the most quickly-admired and question-provoking set of melodies of the semester.

The earthly poetry of medieval monks is the basis of the reknowned choral work. From innocence and simple pleasures to indulgence and worldly delights, Carmina Burana is about great passion – sex, love, life, death and the pleasures of drinking, says Michael Butterman.

Thus it is with an allard of ale that I remind you that the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will tympani Carmina Burana Sat, Mar 31, in the Riverview Theater (formerly Civic Theater).

Singers include the esteemed Jane Redding, William Parsons and Ian Greenlaw.

Choristers include the Centenary College Camarata and Cantare, Northwestern State University Concert Choir and the Red River Children’s Choir.

Sat, Mar 31, 7:30 pm
More at

Soulful and smooth players at the Municipal Auditorium: Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert sweet though sparse of audience

Once upon a time in New Orleans the stuffy, tiny venue called Preservation Hall was an insider's stop on a nighttime tour of the French Quarter. You waited in line on the sidewalk. The flashy people promenaded right on by.

Inside the hall, there was more privation (no alcohol) and the musicians looked like octogenarians. They played a bizarre, historic music in a primitive room: wooden benches, no A/C. It was an intense experience, as in I Survived learning about jazz in Preservation Hall.

In the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium this weekend, however, we met the new century purveyors of the roots of jazz. They were supple performers and capable, we realized, of playing any kind of music. Led by droll trumpet player John Brunious, the group conjured both Mississippi mud and Trout Amandine.

The Preservation Hall players are the cream of the Big Easy insiders: drummer Joseph Lastie comes from a family known for musicianship over several generations. Trombone player Lucien Barbarin counts 2 of his forebears as players with Louis Armstrong.

Those who enjoyed the concert and want a deeper appreciation for that band and the Crescent City might seek out the book Up from the Roots of Jazz: New Orleans Music since WWII. It is a classic history book by Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose and Tad Jones. There you will follow the intertwining lines of R n B, the Mardi Gras Indian tribes and modern as well as traditional jazz.

The Municipal Auditorium was a lovely venue for the Basin Street fellows. The video projection screens were an excellent addition to the show.

The audience was relatively small. Traditional jazz, we realized, remains an art music. And maybe Shreveport just isn't really a jazz lovin' town.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Teen finalists for the James Burton Guitar Showdown in video auditions at Tipitina's Music Office Co-op site

The James Burton Guitar Fest is back for its second year and there's a clear emphasis on the development of young talent.

The James Burton Guitar Showdown, co-sponsored by Tipitina's Music Office Co-op, will bring young players to the stage for solo workouts on Sat, Mar 31, at Festival Plaza. Tip's chef Dan Garner has a series of audition videos of teen and sub-teen guitarists who've made the finals in the Showdown. Their picking is entertaining and inspiring.

Check out these young performers at the Tipitina's site (hyperlink above): Jake Schiele, Brandon Hadrick, Forest Whitehead, Jessica Munn, Jerry Lee, Corey Bissell, Christopher Chase Enara, Keagon Seamon, Mitchell Friday, Bobby Johnson, and Matthew Davidson, who is age 9.

Jerry Lee and Jessica Munn were my favorites. But I enjoyed all the performances. There was much to praise in each of the players.

Their Festival Plaza appearance is set for 11 am on Sat, March 31. See fest details at

Dan Garner, Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport @ (318) 934-0000 or

Friday, March 23, 2007

Susan Tedeschi, Kip Winger, Pam Tillis, Michael Martin Murphey possibles for TV pilot to be filmed at the Scottish Rite Temple in April

Susan Tedeschi
Originally uploaded by Carl Lender.
Secrets of the Heart Performance Series, says John Grindley, is a TV pilot to be filmed in Shreveport: "A stellar line up of international recording artists and hit songwriters will light up the Scottish Rite Temple Performance Hall with three performances Friday, April 6th, 7:30 p.m. two performances on Saturday, April 7th, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

These performances focus on the artist/writer genius’ who tell the true stories behind the inspiration of their hit songs, then perform these songs the way they were originally created.

Major performers currently in negotiations to appear on the pilots are: Ed Bruce (Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys), Kip Winger (Winger), three time Grammy nominated blues recording artist/writer Susan Tedeschi, Pam Tillis, Gordon Kennedy (Change the World), Michael Martin Murphey (Wildfire), Ron Sexsmith (a favorite recording artist/songwriter of Paul McCartney’s) and James Slater (In My Daughter’s Eyes).

Tickets to be in the audience for these television pilots are $10 each.
Seating is limited."

Ticket locations: Shreveport Music, Southfield Music, Oreck Floor Care Center Bayou Walk, Travis Boating Center East Texas St. Bossier City.

Info: (318) 677-4218

The impossibility of Hair, the musical: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse; Mar 22-24, 29-31, 8 pm

David's Long Hair 1978
Originally uploaded by dcsaint.
Centenary College’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse will present the rock musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, beginning March 22.

"The play is set in New York City, 1968, and follows a group of disaffected youths," says the press release. It continues, "Their lives are centered on free love, psychedelic drugs, anti-war protests and the pursuit of freedom of expression."

Just to try to capsulize the period in those particular phrases hints to me of the impossibility of understanding that era. For starters, young lives were a balancing act in '68. School, jobs, parents, straight friends: these all had to be integrated into the intoxicating new world of easy drugs, merry-go-round sex and what to do about the war.

To assume you could find a cadre of drama students who understand the philosophy of countercultural youth is probably equally foolhardy. To study Hair - and I'm not going to take up the credibility of a play designed to skim the profit off the cultural upheaval - is to study the mistakes of Vietnam. To inquire into Vietnam is to gain insight into the US in Iraq. And I frankly see no one headed in that direction among the young.

The value in this staging would be in re-opening old wounds. How long has it been since you had a hearty argument over the sins and insights of the beats, hippies and freaks? Maybe there's something yet to be gained from the long-buried philosophical arguments.

Featured players: Heather Bickham, Adam Boyd, Cameron Bradford, David Fitzgibbons, A.J. Haynes, Ae’jay Mitchell, Andre’ Pitre, Stephen Scarlato, Leah Tennyson, Nate Wasson, Karisca Wheeler and Amy Williams.

Student production team: Marissa Brown, Amy San Pedro, Jeffery Kitchens; Savannah Baggerly, Kalah Roberts, and Neecee Blackwell.

Director, CL Kip Holloway.
Katie DuPont, choreography.
Lights and sets, Don Hooper.

March 22-24, 8 pm
Mar 29-31, 8 pm
Mar 25, 2 pm
Reservations: 318-869-5242.
Box office: noon to 4 p.m.
$15. adults, $13, seniors.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Robinson Film Center presents documentarian Laura Poitras during La Film Fest screenings and awards; Flag Wars on Fri, Mar 23, 7 pm

The La Film Fest, Student Division (LAFFSD), continues to import worthy filmmakers to accompany the screenings of student movies and award-giving for the students.

Guest filmmaker Laura Poitras is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who was nominated in the category of “Best Documentary Feature” for the 2007 Academy Awards. Poitras will present two screenings and discussions of recent films, says Michelle Glaros, including the Oscar-nominated “My Country, My Country” (that was Wed night; alas) and the Peabody Award-winning “Flag Wars.”

PBS “P.O.V.” Documentary Film “Flag Wars” followed by Q&A with director Laura Poitras: Fri, Mar 23rd, 7 pm
Kilpatrick Auditorium, Centenary College

There are also screenings of the student films. Says Chris Jay, "Documentaries, animation, action epics, sci-fi trips into space – you’ll find all of these kinds of films at the LAFF-SD, and they are all the creations of K-12 students from across the country. This year, more than 70 submissions were received, setting a new festival record. Over 50% of submissions were received from Louisiana-based students. All screenings are free and open to the public."

View the screening schedule at

Michelle Glaros, Centenary College
(318) 869-5264

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Artist-singer Dan Garner debuts 25 Things, Americana / blues / electroacoustic CD, Mar 23 at Harley's, Mar 24 at Lee's

25 THINGS by Dan Garner, says writer-editor-songwriter Karl Hasten, is A sprawling, ambitious project with 25 songs.

It paints a diverse sonic and lyrical landscape, says Hasten, that showcases Garner¹s broad diversity of musical influences. At times displaying the perceptive intellect of a Leonard Cohen, at others, exposing a Warren Zevon playful slyness, 25 Things cooks up a gumbo that sacrifices stylistic continuity for an always surprising and satisfying eclectricity. On the opening cut, I Told You Before, Garner attempts to impart world-wizended wisdom to his children, and that lyrical maturity is masterfully counterbalanced with the raw musical energy of a proto-power punk music bed. This is a great device for luring the kids in to listen to the message with music they can relate to.

Garner moves from the energetic power of proto-punk to the realm of sensitive singer/songwriter with effortless ease. In You¹re So Beautiful he tells the object of his affections that you¹re so beautiful, you don¹t even know. This is a subtle but searing romantic line guaranteed to make a heart melt, right up there in a league with you had me at hello. On several notable cut like What Makes The World Go Round² someone Who Can and the unsentimentally nostalgic Bossier Strip, Garner slips into the smooth blues grooves indigenous to this area .

Garner is not only a prolific writer but a well-versed student of the musical history of this area and beyond. Given that talent, Garner references several genre and artists without sounding like he is copying any of them. His vocals do occasionally evoke early Dylan and Nick Drake, even Michael Franks here and there, but he never appears to be doing a cover. And, since he wrote all the songs on the CD, he has kept everything well within the range of his voice. There are some stand out guest stars on 25 Things, including guitarists Mark Griffith, Ron Johnson and Dave Green; background vocalists Cookie Garner and Amelia Blake and The Ever Ready Gospel Singers, to name a few. Ron Johnson¹s fluid, blistering lead work on Someone Who Can channels Stevie Ray Vaughn¹s swagger, and Dave Green adds an alternative and progressive fire to I Told You Before.

Sample Garner's latest at

Artspace party Fri, Mar 23: Dirtfoot's music and work by 5 artists, including Ellen Soffer; opens at 5:30 pm

Originally uploaded by Scribbling Desdemona.
The top floor of artspace, 710 Texas, Shreveport, has morphed, says Pam Atchison. The vast room has metarumped into five One-Artist cells. Showing in each block: paint on canvas and so forth by each of four women and one man.

The artists include -
Shawna Atkins
Camille Jungman
Antoinette Lawson
Ross Lynn
Ellen Soffer.

Party with the artists and their fans? Doors open at 5:30. Dirtfoot shakes fingers and tongues at 6, says

Moinfo: 318-673-6500 (Srac) or 318-673-6535 (Artspace).

Dirtfoot photo by artist Melody Kiper.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 replaces Shreveport Rocks, streams local records, builds calendar and forum, looks ahead

Damon & Paige Bass
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Paige and Damon Bass have the digital media pioneer's passion. Their online site,, is aimed principally at the rock music community. Like the defunct Shreveport Rocks site, provides a news center and forum for musicians. But their goal, as you'll see in this video interview, is to become a full service entertainment guide.

With their recently-added Radio Free Wicked Tickle, they are streaming local recordings. Their calendar offers an extensive regional listing for rock music. And Paige is ambitious about its growth beyond rock.

Damon is a veteran rock singer as well as an IT guy. He got his nickname, Doc, from a California client who loved his ability to heal computers.

Paige is a determined news aggregator. Their 12 year-old son, Connor, is learning to gather material, too.

"We never expected it to take off like this," says Damon of their multi-faceted site. That's not an uncommon refrain from digital media adventurers like this duo.

Heliopolis on the Red: SciPort's Sun-Earth day on Sat, Mar 24, 11 am - 3 pm

The art of the sun will be celebrated on an aerie overlooking the river this week: "Among the rooftop activities during SciPort's Sun-Earth Day: the art of modeling the Sun’s layers and tracing shadows as well as studying how the Earth’s magnetosphere protects us from the Sun," says Jennifer Tuxen.

Sci-Port Discovery Center will celebrate NASA’s Sun-Earth Day on
Sat, Mar 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with hands-on activities, rooftop sun viewing through solar telescopes and an illustrated presentation by LSUS professor Dr. Cran Lucas.

The Shreveport Astronomical Society will have Sun-viewing telescopes set up on Sci-Port’s Rooftop Terrace.

Dr. Lucas’ illustrated presentation will blaze in the Space Dome Planetarium at 2 p.m. Rain date: March 31.

(318) 424-3466,
toll-free (877) 724-7678

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band anoints Shreveport Municipal Auditorium with traditional Crescent City melodies Sat, Mar 24, 8 pm

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Originally uploaded by Micke-fi.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will toodle a benefit concert for the One Great River organization at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Sat, March 24, at 8 pm, says Mandy Perdue.

One Great River is an organization which encourages teenagers to lead healthy lifestyles. One Great River is winner of the prestigious National Exemplary Prevention Program Award.

As a teacher who has helped choose students for the OGR program I must say that parents and students uniformly praise the program. It seems to me a very well-operated and deserving organization.

And as a lover of le jazz hot, I have to say, consider bringing your children and all your friends to absorb the charm and history inherent in the sounds of the Preservation Hall band. In the Bayou State listening to these rhythms and melodies - derived, by the way, from spirituals - is a healing ritual as well as plain fun.


Municipal Auditorium box office hours:
11 am – 4 pm Wed through Sat.
1 pm – 4 pm on Sun.
Discounts for groups of ten or more: One Great River (318) 798-0880. Tickets available at the door the night of the show - provided the show isn’t sold-out. It is an alcohol free event, open to all ages.

Cross country / international fest continues at Cooper Manor: Magik Markers Mon, Green Milk Tues, 8:30 pm

Magik Markers
Originally uploaded by waltzcore.
Magic Markers, experimental rock from Brooklyn, NY
Sunburned Hand of the Manfrom somewhere quite distant
Black Helicopter of Boston, MA

Mon, Mar 19
122 E. Dalzell
8:30 PM


Green Milk from the Planet Orange of Tokyo, Japan

Yip Yip, from Winter Park, FL

Tues, Mar 20
122 E. Dalzell
8:30 PM

See irony-enriched video documents of the Cooper Manor mondobondo at producer Alec Holland's YouTube site.

Cast of Carousel cited for Dreamy Production: Detwiler, White, Heath and McVay and the chorus praised by Kent

Times reviewer Alex Kent found romance and competence in the Shreveport Opera production of Carousel presented at Riverview Theater Saturday night. He said fresh life had been pressed into the Rogers and Hammerstein classic.

Dan Keele sent the glowing illustration of the singers and dancers at work. Please see more at Shreveport Faces.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Cooper Manor on Sun, Mar 18: Akimbo, The Prayers, Mint Chicks; 8:30 pm

Mint Chicks Ruban and Paul
Originally uploaded by Philternz.
Cooper Manor's host Alec Holland is a musician, videographer and below-the-floorjoists promoter. This month he has scooped up, like a batch of lighter-than-air kittens from a box on the curb, a house full of traveling bands.

AKIMBO (Seattle, WA)

THE PRAYERS (CA) (featuring 3/4s of The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower)


Sun, Mar 18
122 E. Dalzell
8:30 PM

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Clara Caruthers, Steven Bailey, Michelle Khare, Tyler Krieg pack houses in High School Musical, directed by Jared Watson at First Methodist PAC

Clara Caruthers
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
There's not an unsold ticket to be found for the production of High School Musical at PAC, First United Methodist, as far as we know. The show added on Sat at 2 pm was maybe the last chance to enjoy the Jared Watson-directed Disney show, unless you were ahead of the pack.

Cast photos from the Sat matinee by Talbot Hopkins are to be found on Shreveport Faces. Hopkins said, "The stage version of this show is superior to the movie; easily."

Credits include -
Director: Jared Watson; choreographers: Laura Beeman, Jared Watson; musical direction: Adam Philley & Amy Wakefield; tech supervisor: Jamie Sanders; lighting design: Robert Murray; stage manager: Lela Robichaux.

The cast includes Steven Bailey, Clara Caruthers, Michelle Khare, Tyler Krieg, Joi Gipson, Patricia Reeves, Chris Szabo, Jared Williams, Loren Demerath, Christine Linschoten and Gentry Willams.

Also featured: Alex Akers, Hope Gutierrez, Amanda Hock, Diana Hock, William Hock, Cameron Hughes, Sarah Lerchie, Wendy price, Marshall Watts, Kaitlyn Westerhaus and Tierra Williams.

Classical & Jazz piano in one package: Willis Delony, solo piano concert at Centenary College Mon, Mar 19, 8 pm

Willis Delony
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Willis Delony, recording artist for Centaur Records, will perform Mozart, Schumann, David Baker's Jazz Dance Suite (1989), Bill Dobbins's Prelude III in F Major and John Lewis's Afternoon in Paris at Centenary College, says Lynn Stewart.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley Music Building. The show is free and open to the public.

Says his bio: Delony has won national and international acclaim as a jazz and classical pianist, conductor, chamber player, commercial composer and arranger. His explorations of the jazz and classical piano worlds have been showcased in a recording entitled, A New World A' Comin' — Classical and Jazz Connections (Centaur). In Fanfare magazine Peter Burwasser wrote: "(Delony) plays with gusto and finesse, and with an especially nimble rhythmic sensibility, a proper combination of attributes for jazz, or any other kind of music-making, for that matter."

Previous album credits include a recording of sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Prokofiev, also on the Centaur label, and a jazz album, Civilized Conversations, featuring Delony and bassist Bill Grimes. He is featured in a collaboration with bassoonist William Ludwig on the recent recording, Rhapsody in Bassoon, on Mark Records. Most recently, he recorded an album called Odds Against Tomorrow – Classical and Jazz Connections II, to be released by Centaur records.

Delony is a prof at LSUBR and a former faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Barnwell Art Center: 4 polished, accomplished artists from Houston show paintings, sculpture

Barnwell exhibit
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Painters A. J. Schexnayder, Eldon D. Faries, Ann Bellinger Hartley and sculptor Ann Armstrong have trucked a world of highly-worked art to the Barnwell Art Center, Shreveport. See a February SptBlog post to pick up web sites on these widely-known artists.

Artists and laymen alike will find a world of meditation and joy at the exhibit, I believe.

In the photo above: Houston painter Eldon Faries and Shreveport artist Jerry Wray; they are enjoying a sculpture by Ann Armstrong.

601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

Closed Mondays

* 10am until 4:00pm, Tues - Fri
* 10am until 5pm, Sat
* 1pm until 5pm, Sun

Inside the dullest exterior is a drama: no less than 4 productions on the boards this weekend in Shreveport

The teens above are a small part of the Carousel cast. That show will likely be a sell-out production for Shreveport Opera, says Eric Dilner. Yet the Saturday night opera performance at Riverview Theater will only be one of your options for song-and-dance this weekend.

At Centenary College the Blackfriars Shakespeare troupe is mounting cowabunga shows (see earlier posts on this site). Last night the young actors were able to leap on and off the stage, tumble over each other, mount and entangle each other, dance, make music and juggle Elizabethan dialogue, simultaneously. Tickets were said to be finito by Patty Roberts. Want this kind of fun? I'd wait at the door on the chance of taking seats from a no-show.

Reviewed and described as a comedic sparkler by Alex Kent is the Shakespeare at East Bank Theater. Twelfth Night, done in the round, is being directed by Heather Peak Hooper and sworded by Haley Young, Rachael Magill, Jim Cowles and John Bogan. Also given pip-pips were Michael Blake Powell, Kerry Kirspel and Rob Gilchrist.

High School Musical is a sold-out success at First United Methodist's PAC. But the box office is selling tickets to an added show - Sat at 2 pm. Good luck getting those ducats at 429-6885.

Teen stars being made at PAC, says Times reviewer Kent, include Steven Bailey, Michelle Khare, Clara Caruthers and Tyler Krieg.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shakespeare's Blackfriars stage annual visit to Centenary College March 14 - 17; reservations may be difficult, for sooth

Originally uploaded by qshio.
Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Stage Company has returned to the Centenary College campus for its annual dramatic rumpus, says Patty Roberts. People I've talked to about opening night were delighted at the work. What's open? Go to the phone and get anything that's left, I'd say.

* A Midsummer Night's Dream, 7 p.m. March 15 & 1 p.m. March 17,
* Julius Caesar, 7 p.m. March 16
* Cyrano de Bergerac at 7 p.m. on Mar 17.

All performances: Kilpatrick Auditorium, Smith Building, corner of Woodlawn & Kings Highway.

Tickets (cash or check only)
$15 for adults
$13: military & over 65
$10 for students
$8 for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance.
Additionally, those who buy one adult ticket to Centenary’s production of Hair and one adult ticket to any BSC performance can get both tickets for $25.

Tickets: March 5 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office, noon to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. During those hours, Reservations: 318-869-5242
Tickets will be available in Kilpatrick Auditorium one hour before each performance.
For sold-out performances, a waiting list will be started in Kilpatrick one hour before each performance. No-show seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis 15 minutes before curtain.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tom Waits, Robert Benigni: the Tiger and The Snow, in Italian; LaBoardwalk Regal Thur, Mar 15, 7 pm

Tiger and The Snow Web
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
"The Sons of Italy Heritage Club are teaming up with Robinson Film Center to present a one night-only screening of “The Tiger & The Snow,” the new film from Roberto Benigni. The film co-stars musician Tom Waits and features Waits’ music throughout," says Chris Jay.

Benigni is the Academy Award-winning director of “Life is Beautiful.” The new film is a story of love and family set against the backdrop of the War in Iraq.

The film will be presented in the Italian language with English subtitles.

Louisiana Boardwalk Regal Cinemas
Thurs, 7 pm
$7.50, outside of the theater prior to the screening or in advance by calling (318) 424-9090.
Equivalent to a PG-13 for some scenes of wartime violence. Enjoy the trailer here.

516 Soundstage is back: Malignant Spawn, CancerWhore, Aversion to Life on Fri, Mar 16, 8 pm

cancerwhore2 / myspace photo
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Bobby Black, major domo at 516 Soundstage, calls the former Woolworths "the biggest and best venue in all our land. This is not a bar, not a club; this is a musical event center where you, the bands and fans, make the shows, whatever it is you do. And we rock it, all ages, until midnight. Eighteen and up, until 2 am. And 21 and up after that."

Those who drive up Texas St and peer at the crowds of motley teens standing outside Soundstage may think, "Uh oh."

Not to worry. As a person who's flip-flopped through the parking lots around Soundstage, shot photos in the diner and felt the crush of guitar and double kick drums against his Eustacian Tube in the cavernous main hall, I contend that the kids are allright. It's original music. It's an alternative life willing to take the scrutiny of Texas St display. And it's under the wily wings of building owner Mark Goff and musician Black.

Last weekend Soundstage re-opened after a hiatus lenthened, Black, says, by the city's inept and antagonistic bureaucracy.

He says of last week, "Yes, it Was a good house. About 150 kids, all respectful, polite and moshing their butts off. And having such a good time. Now if only i could find a novelty company that would let them have some amusements. They are hesitant, and understandably so, but every new day needs a few days to settle in."

The long evening is not a picnic basket for adult rockers like Black: "Today's metal is so aggresive and brutal, I use some ear plugs and smile, oblivious and politely, all night to unheard conversations."

But when it comes to delays in licensing and permits, he pulls the plugs: "I mean, to Hell with these public officials who wanna
treat kids like they have no right or reason to be anywhere but home sitting quietly.I say give 'em a place to kick their heels up a bit, and hear some great music and be a part of a cool thing in a safe environment and sent home safe, sane, sober and alive!"


The basics: "We have the largest and by far best equipped and set up stage anywhere around," says 516 SS's myspace site, "house sound and soundman, security, doorman, and an all show-long diner with a smoking parlour and cocktail bar for the 21 and up crowd. You book the shows, agree to the house contract of $225 sound/soundman/doorman charges plus 20% of the gate to cover venue rental, and we swing it wide open, and rock the house."

Black, Goff and 516 adjutant Jammie say, "What can you do for your 516? We need some old, free, yet adequately functioning televisions so we can set up video feeds all over the venue to maximize your enjoyment. Tech kids: we need video. Old webcams, whatever, and some hero is going to get a free pass for a year for hooking us up with these things. Artists! We need murals. Get with us and get to work! We will feed you and love you forever, and more free passes can be made up to compensate you."

Shows start at 8 pm Fri night. Pardon me if I say "Rock on," to the local dudes in Malignant Spawn and CancerWhore. Great, geat names, guys.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Photography blogs bloom: as well as BigPictureShreveport by five Times photogs

Shane Bevel
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Shreveport-focused readers are enjoying a hydrogenation of multi-media work. The Times has added to its blogger list and today the photojournalists at the Times announced new sites that look engrossing.

"The Times photo department has started a blog,, that is contributed to by all of the 5 shooters," says Shane Bevel. "Lots of photos... some interesting stories. Kind of a behind the scenes kinda thing in addition to some outtakes and personal artistic stuff."

"It won't appeal to everyone, but photo junkies and artists might find it interesting. Also, I started a personal blog, along the same lines; some shared content, some original."

Bevel is a lad to watch. He's thoughtful, hungry, has a sense of humor. Jim Hudelson is a soulful and insightful shooter. Greg Pearson has a sense of photographic adventure I find cool. Looking forward to getting better acquainted with Robert Ruiz and Val Horvath.

Not to be caught meditating in the dust, The Times is getting a startling rehash this month, says editor Alan English.

Magic Gala at Highland Center, Sat, Mar 17, 7 pm

And now: expect a Gala Magic Show at the Highland Center, 520 Olive St., on Sat, Mar 17, says Ray Warwick. Showtime is 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The "Magic Cowboy" is one of ten local Magicians that will be performing, says Warwick, with a sleight of the hand.

The local J. B. BoBo Ring 267 is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. It is a non-profit organization.

Info: Ray Warwick at 686-1747.

Call for submissions for downtown Baton Rouge juried multi-media show: Art Melt, a Fusion of Art, Music & Forum 35

"We are currently accepting submissions for the 4th Annual Art Melt: A Fusion of Art, Music & Forum 35. It is a juried art show held in downtown Baton Rouge," says Ashley Stokes. "More than 3,000 people attended the 2006 event and we expect greater attendance this year.

Art Melt is a fantastic opportunity for artists statewide to exhibit and be a part of something that truly displays our state's diverse and unique culture."

Deadline for submissions: May 31.
Info at and or Ashley Stokes, 225/281-2032 or

The Capitol Years, Philadelphia, the Peekers, Shreveport, Blues Control, Queens, at minicine, 846 Tex, Wed, Mar 14, 8:30 pm

"The Capitol Years is a genre hopping pop music experiment based out of Philadelphia," says the band on its myspace site. And if you'll pardon my summary, they are famous and damned smooth. They're hopping the nation - in and out of Austin for SXSW - and have found the Zebra Room, 846 Texas.

David Nelson, producer, says . . .

Wednesday March 14
@ 846 Texas Avenue 8:30PM $5
The Peekers (SHV)
Capitol Years (Phillie)
Blues Control Queens, US

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monotonix, Tel Aviv, and The Apes, Wash, DC, play Cooper Manor, 122 E. Dalzell, 8 pm Tues, Mar 13

The Apes at Milestone 12/04/05
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The Apes, Washington, DC, have an organ. Consider: "With a sound that resembles what would happen if Tony Iommi played organ rather than guitar in Black Sabbath, the Apes have been playing throughout their native city of Washington, D.C., since 1999."

Montonix, the Israelis, list themselves as garage / progressive / glam on their Myspace site. There you may view their mayhem via Youtube. And then make bets as to the caulking losses Cooper Manor will experience.

Says promotor Evan Holland: "Should be fun; I just Really hope people actually show up. Ehhhhh!"

Wondering about the rife indy band action? Well, thanks be to SXSW.


The Extraordinaires, Philadelphia, and the Magical Pomeranian at 941 Capt Shreve house concert 7 pm, Tue, Mar 13

Wes and Matt: Superstars
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In a concise missive from Jackie Morales, we learned about a folk-pop concert, to wit:

The Extraordinaires (Philly) & Magical Pomeranian (so close)

941 Captain Shreve Dr
Shreveport La 71105
Tuesday March 13 @ 7pm

$3 suggested donation! Curry Dinner!

Loving you,
Allison, Jacqueline, & James
*** ***

Btw, the web site is tres elegant.

Also, there is a certain amount of evidence to suggest the Magical Pomeranian is the restless, duploidally talented John Martin. Of the Peekers, the Big Positive, etc.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ghost Town Flood opens for Skybox, Chicago quintet, at The Body Electric on Mon, Mar 12, 8 pm

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"Skybox has won lots of fans in their performances in Shreveport," says Susan Garner, event producer. "And Ghost Town Flood is a local quartet with a great new CD called Gunslinger. Then there's that Brett Roman Stampley wit and Josh Coker charisma."

Garner has both of them coming into Sizer Yerger's tattoo parlor, The Body Electric, near the corner of Jordan and Fairfield at 8 pm Mon, Mar 12.

See a Skybox post from last week, please, with links and stuff.

Bill Robinson, James Burton join forces to lease Louvre collection for Chimp Haven, says Governor Kathleen Blanco

"Soon Shreveporters will be able to see works from the Louvre, Paris, over the shoulders of retired chimps," says a spokesperson for Chimp Haven. A recent deal by the Persian Gulf nation Abu Dhabi to lease the Louvre's name and most of its art has produced an unexpected opportunity for Keithville area residents.

"A certain amount of French art is not going to be approved by the Gulf region mullahs. Happily, that material is of great interest to our region's anthropoids," said a marketing person. Local moguls seem to have have plans to rent the randy part of the French collection.

Robinson and Burton may appear on early-morning TV with Rick Rowe in an effort to win a wide audience for the chimps and the soon-to-be-loaned paintings. "As an example of the importance of this deal, I think we all *get* the work of Francois Boucher," said a spokesperson for the moguls.

Dickey Betts, Chris Isaak to fry frets at James Burton & Friends concert 7 pm, Sat, Mar 31, Municipal Auditorium

Dickey Betts and Chris Isaak are among 12 headliners announced for the James Burton International Guitar Festival, said Burton.

Other performers include Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rick Derringer (who is no stranger to Shreveport), and emcee John Goodman (not a stranger in Natchitoches).

March 30: Party on the Plaza in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. Talent from Shreveport-Bossier City and the region, 6 pm to midnight.

March 31, Festival Plaza, 11 a.m.: the Guitar Showdown for local talent hosted by the festival and Tipitina’s Shreveport Music Co-op. Admission is $3 both days.

March 31 at Municipal Auditorium: the James Burton & Friends Concert: 7 p.m. Slated to perform are actor Steven Seagal; Monte Montgomery, named one of the “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”; Rick Vito, part of Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1991; Thom Bresch, named one of the “100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists”; The Cox Family, Grammy-Award winning family from Cotton Valley; and Lee Roy Parnell, Texas country musician whose hits include “If The House is Rockin’.”

Tickets:, as above.

The concert raises money for the James Burton Kids R Rockin’ program, which donates guitars and hosts special training programs for young musicians.

Last year, the foundation donated 600 guitars to students in 23 Caddo Parish schools, says Burton.

April 1, 2 pm, Municipal Auditorium: 600 students will close the festival with Burton and a surprise special guest. Tickets for the April 1 concert: $10 at the door.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Artists & crafters call: Cultural Crossroads, the 13th annual SpringArts Fest, Minden

artist Sarah Albritton, Ruston
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"We’re a small festival but it’s a quality festival. It’s thoughtfully organized with kids and artists in mind. And the four acre Farm is absolutely beautiful," says organizer Chris Broussard of the Minden Spring Arts Fest called Cultural Crossroads.

The fest is accepting applications for booths and demonstrations in advance of the May 5 event.

Broussard is also proud of the way the fest treats exhibitors. "We feed them, and the booth fee is low ($25). And if they are willing to demonstrate their art or craft, we waive the booth fee," says Broussard. See the web site link above for an application.

Chris Broussard 318-393-5991
Nan Jones, 2007 chair: 318-364-6336

Dan Sanchez and the Kings of Pleasure on Cross Lake: Jayne Marie's Sat, Mar 10, 7 to 10:30 pm

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Bruce Flett recommends: "This weekend, March 9 &10, check out Dan Sanchez & the Kings of Pleasure. They're playing Friday and Saturday at Jayne Marie on Cross Lake, 7 til 10:30pm. It's a beautiful venue, especially upstairs, where there's a dancefloor and an incredible view!"

"Missoni Lanza will open the Saturday show at 7. She is a gifted young guitarist and singer," adds Flett.

Jayne Marie on Cross Lake
5301 S Lakeshore Dr
Reservations appreciated at 631-0919.
Dan Sanchez photo by Barbara Beaird.

Fairfield Studios presents guitarist Adrian Legg Sat, Mar 24, 7 pm; reservations recommended

Adrian Legg email pstr 2
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"At our house concert last Friday - which was almost a capacity crowd - I urged our audience to reserve seats early for the Saturday, March 24 concert with Adrian Legg," says Jim Huckabay.

"English guitarist Legg has a stellar reputation and a following beyond our regular audience. I urge to to reserve your seats now or, at the very least, reserve well before the concert. Read more about Adrian and hear his music at"

Friday, March 09, 2007

34th annual Montessori Silent Auction Sat, Mar 10, Riverview Hall, 6 - 11 pm

'night yoncopin'
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There will be art among the scads of auction goodies at the Montessori Silent Auction at Riverview Hall on Sat, Mar 10. But the cornucopia of art by regional artists has been recast by Montessori parents as an every-other-year production.

Stil, live music, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres by Bella Fresca, a world of bargains in the silent auction: what's not to like?

6 - 11 pm
$15 admission

Night Yoncopin is a photo by artist Talbot Hopkins which will be found in the silent auction Sat, 6 to 11 pm.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Chris Lyon: cast and crew call for Perennial Media student film, Plummet

Chris Lyon
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Perennial Media, a local independent film production company, is currently seeking to fill a variety of key cast and crew positions on the upcoming film, Plummet. Filmmakers Chris Lyon and Luke Lee, whose recent film Desolate ranked among the top 10 finalists in the nationwide Apple Insomnia Film Festival, have requested that all interested parties contact the production at or (318) 294-1143.

Two major roles calling for male actors age 18-23 are being filled, as well as a variety of behind-the-scenes positions including make-up artist, wardrobe supervisor, and production assistant. Up to 80 extras will also be needed. Headshots and resumes are required for actors and key crew positions, respectively.

Compensation will be on a credit-only basis, though wardrobe and make-up departments will be given a budget for supplies. This production is a non-union student film.

Students from throughout northwest Louisiana are welcome to try out for the film – this is not a production limited to Bossier Parish Community College students. For more information, contact Chris Lyon at (318) 294-1143 or e-mail

ArkLaTex Youth Symphony benefit supper and concert Mon, Mar 12, 6 pm, First United Methodist

Salil Joshi
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"All are welcome to join the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony for the annual Dinner & Concert to be held on Mon, March 12, at 6:00 pm. We will be serving jambalaya, we will have a dessert auction where the highest bidder gets the goodies, and our various ensembles will give a miniature concert," says Chris Allen. The site is First United Methodist Church, Bain Hall.

A donation of $10.00 is requested and can be paid at the door.

Proceeds from this event will go into the Scholarship Fund to enable students to participate in the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony when they would not be able to otherwise.

Stanislav Ioudenitch, Tatiana Tessman, Ulugbeck Palvanov in piano concert at Hurley Sun, Mar 11, 3 pm in benefit for the Wideman Competition

Stanislav Ioudenitch and two of his students will perform Sun, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Hurley School of Music Bldg, Centenary College. They will play a benefit concert for the Wideman Piano Competition, says Lester Senter Wilson.

Ioudenitch, the 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist and the Wideman 1998 Gold Medalist, earned concert dates around the globe winning the Eleventh Cliburn Competition.

Ioudenitch is currently teaching at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch has grown into one of the music world’s most promising young artists. He has taken top prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, and Maria Callas Competitions and took first prize at both the 1998 Palm Beach Invitational and the 2000 New Orleans International Piano Competitions.

This program brings together the young “master” and the top pianists from his studio – Tatiana Tessman from Omsk - she was 2005 Wideman Gold Medalist - and Uzbekistan pianist Ulugbek Palvanov. Both have received prizes, awards and scholarships from all over the world.

Tickets: $20 at the door
Reception afterwards to meet the artists at the Symphony House.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Co-op at West Edge, Shreveport, invites regional arts organizations and artists to Rapid Rapport Wed, Mar 7, 6 to 8 pm

West Edger Danielle Reans and Robinson Film Center's John Grindley are inviting artists of all disciplines, nonprofit administrators and community leaders to babble over food & drinks and trade contact information at an event called “Rapid Rapport.” That's 6 to 8 p.m., Wed, Mar 7.

The free event is sponsored by the Co-op and the Robinson Film Center.
725 Milam St.,
(318) 221-6961.

SLT’s political comedy Lying in State extends performance dates, says Darrow

Joe Todaro, Arts Congress
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Shreveport Little Theatre is adding three performances to its current production of the comedy Lying in State, says director Robert Darrow.

Alex Kent wrote that "Strong character work and well-told political jokes make this comedy SLT's best of the season."

"Director Robert Darrow unleashes energetic cast members who paint their characters as grotesque, editorial cartoon-style caricatures. The more we realize they grossly exaggerate every little (and hopefully untrue) flaw, the more we laugh," said Kent.

The cast features Joe Todaro, Marcia Cassanova, Jack Shields, Bill Pou, Reagan Cassanova, Gregg A. Ashley and Jennifer Jackson. Robert Darrow directs.

Added dates: Fri, Mar 23, Sat, Mar 24, at 8 p.m.
Sun, Mar 25 at 2 p.m.
Previously announced performances are March 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and March 11, 18 at 2 p.m.

$15 adults; $13 seniors, students & active military.

Box office: noon to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Documentary on Cajun life by Bossier fimmaker Allison Bohl to be screened at Centenary College Sat, Mar 10, 6 pm

Documentary filmmaker Allison Bohl will screen and discuss her latest work, I Always Do My Collars First, on Saturday, March 10, at 6:00 PM in Centenary College’s Kilpatrick Auditorium, says Chris Jay. The film, which presents a detailed look at four traditional Cajun families living in Breaux Bridge, LA, has received glowing reviews from Nick Spitzer of National Public Radio’s “American Routes,” and has been accepted for screening on Louisiana Public Broadcasting later this year. This screening is free and open to the public. The film is appropriate for all ages.

Allison is the daughter of Sciport's Al Bohl and Doris Bohl. She grew up in Bossier City. Bohl was named Outstanding Graduate in the College of Arts in 2006 at University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Says Jay, "This film will be of special interest to anyone interested in documentary filmmaking and/or Louisiana’s Cajun heritage."

Kilpatrick Auditorium is inside the Smith Building, near the corner of Woodlawn and King’s Highway.

Directions or more information: (318) 424-9090.

Benefit for Carol Trevino's 3 children by Kumar Productions at Artspace Sat, Mar 10, 5 to 7 pm

Artspace Shreveport
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"Everybody is welcome and encouraged to socialize with the cast and filmmakers of Harold & Kumar 2 with the knowledge that they are helping support three young children who lost their mother too soon," says John Grindley of the benefit Sat, Mar 10. The fundraiser party benefits the children of Carol Trevino, who was tragically killed in a car accident on Feb 13, 2007.

A $10 per person donation is suggested at the door. The auction features a wealth of Hollywood and Harold & Kumar 2 memorabilia.
Cash bar
Live music

More info:
Susana Torres
Harold & Kumar 2

All ages pop rock: tight & bright Skybox at Body Electric Tattoo on Mon, Mar 12, 8 pm; Ghost Town Flood opens

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Skybox is a band from Chicago in the midst of a 6-week tour. Says Billboard magazine, "One moment Skybox’s music calls to mind neo-folkie Devendra Banhart, while at the next it sounds like the atmospheric rock of Muse." When they played Java Junction a few months ago my friends came away shaken by the quintets' tunefulness and well-rehearsedness.

Here they are via Youtube.

Ghost Town Flood opens. The trio - Josh Coker, Brett Roman, Jeff Singleton - has a good-sounding new album: Gunslinger. Thay also have, I think, a certain welled-up energy to lavish upon the audience at Body Electric, which is near the corner of Jordan and Fairfield.

Sizer Yerger's The Body Electric
984 Jordan St
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 681-0990

Sunday, March 04, 2007

ArtPort: popular art exhibit's request for funds and dates repeatedly put off by Shreveport Airport Authority, says Kalmbach

ARTPORT banner
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A note from Lewis Kalmbach, founder of ArtPort, and fellow volunteer Cindy Smith:

Dear Artport Artists,

We sincerely apologize for all of the stop-and-go confusion surrounding this year's Artport. Many of you have called to ask when or if it is going to happen this year and we haven't been able to give you a definitive answer. The following is a brief summary of our efforts over the past year.

For the past nine months we have tried in vain to come to an agreement with the Shreveport Regional Airport. Citing everything from new board members to Hollywood movies, our exposition continues to be placed on the back burner. They requested early on that we make a formal presentation to the Airport Authority board of directors as to the value of Artport. Every time we get closer to making our case, we get pushed back another month. Most recently, we were confirmed to make a presentation at the February 15th Authority meeting and, for unspecified reasons, were denied that opportunity.

Basically we are again asking the Airport for $10,000 to cover the opening event's food, beverages, linens and a few incidentals. We raise an additional $20,000 from artists and patrons to pay for the full color catalogs, advertising, invitations, etc. Kalmbach Smith Meadows donates an additional $10,000 worth of organizational time, graphic design, public relations and art direction. Volunteers help install the event at no additional cost.

We are frustrated on several levels, most notably the fact that we have to make a case to the airport for an event that has been proven, over twelve installments, as a valuable asset to the facility and the community. Claiming budget constraints and an overly busy schedule, they are making us work harder than ever to prove the event worthy. Beyond that, we feel we've been ignored concerning the commitment made to the artists, as well as the Philadelphia Center which relies heavily on fund raisers such as this to carry on its charitable mission. Without answers and commitments from the Shreveport Regional Airport, we cannot finalize the Artport plans even though we have been very flexible in trying to conform to their calendar.

We send this letter out to each of you to share ideas for other options and venues, as well as to provide an open forum for feedback and recommendations. We can assure you, Artport will not be grounded much longer. Nor will we continue to be left on hold indefinitely. You have your canvases. You have your tiles. Many of you have completed your works of art. Now we need a venue to raise money and awarness of your talent.

One idea tossed around is to move Artport from the airport. We'd have a grand opening exhibition somewhere for a few weeks (Art Space, The Barnwell?) then move the art to hospitals around the community. Highland Clinic and LSU Medical Center have been approached. Since the pieces are uniform in size, they could be easily rotated after a predetermined amount of time. Another idea is to tie Artport into the Philadelphia's Annual Auction Against AIDS held in early August, and do the same rotating show around the community. Our mission has always been to bring the artistic talents of our local and regional artists to the community-at-large. Any of these options will strongly support that effort.

We need to move quickly on this. Please get back to us via email or mail with your thoughts and suggestions. Your opinions are very valuable to us.

Thank you!

Lewis Kalmbach
Cindy Smith