Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Baroque Artists of Shreveport open season of chamber music with concert at Centenary College, Anderson Auditorium, on Sun, Oct 4, at 3 pm

Chamber music performances by the Baroque Artists of Shreveport are rich afternoons of high musicianship and soaring melody. Featured in this concert are works by Vivaldi, JS Bach, Telemann and Handel.

Theresa Zale bridges, oboe
Sally Horak, flute
Jennifer Carsillo, violin
Angela Russell, violin
Adriene Gabriel, viola
Ruth Drummond, cello
Christopher Allen, bass
Donald Smith, harpsichord

Please anticipate concerts on
Nov 22, 09
Jan 31, 10
Mar 14, 10

Sun, Oct 4 @ 3:00 pm
Anderson Auditorium, Hurley Music Building, Centenary College
Free and open to the public.

Alas, the photo is from last year and does not reflect recent personnel changes.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

That intensely sweet smell across the neighborhoods of the fair town: osmanthus fragrans, aka sweet olive

What's that marvelous if mysterious fragrance on the street today?

Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans; also known as Sweet Olive or Tea Olive) is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 5-12 m tall, says It is native to Asia, from the Himalaya east through China to Japan.

Its flowers are small (1 cm long), white, with a four-lobed corolla and have a strong fragrance.

It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens (both in Asia and elsewhere in the world) for its deliciously fragrant flowers which carry the scent of ripe peaches or apricots.

In Chinese cuisine, the flowers are also used to produce osmanthus-scented jam (called guì huā jiàng, 桂花醬 or 桂花酱), sweet cakes (called guì huā gāo, 桂花糕), dumplings, soups, and even liquor (桂花酒).

Well, bless my soul.

Indeed, I love sweet olive. It reminds me of uptown New Orleans - St Charles Avenue is practically a forest of Sweet Olive - and of City Park. It's also redolent of Houston's Montrose and of Mobile and Biloxi for me.

And you?

Monday, September 28, 2009

David Mamet comedy, Boston Marriage, coming to LSUS Theater Thurs, Oct 8

"Boston Marriage"
Originally uploaded by photosmash
LSUS Theatre will present a production of the play Boston Marriage by David Mamet, directed by Robert Alford, featuring Kari Kennon, Kelly Mills and Audra Caitlyn Moss, says Alford.

Boston Marriage is a parlor comedy about three Victorian era women facing a romantic and financial crisis.

The production will take place at the LSUS Black Box Theatre on Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10
Friday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11,
Sunday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m.

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna's hapless Scottish parlor maid, a crisis occurs that puts both the women's futures at risk. Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting to his comedy, spiced with Wildean wit.

$15 with advance reservation
$18 at the door
$10 for Students, Educators, Seniors and Military

All Tickets are General Admission, Seating is Very Limited
(318) 797-5396

Roger Beebe and Films for One to Eight Projectors on Fri, Oct 2 at minicine, 846 Texas, 9 pm, $5, costumes

Roger Beebe
Originally uploaded by Echo Park Film Center
Help us celebrate Sputnik Day Weekend (to celebrate the beginning of instantaneous global communication?) … Not on your calendar? Please pencil it in… digi-log it in your phone... or burn it somewhere in your brain, writes David Nelson.

Friday October 2, minicine? is proud to host touring filmmaker Roger Beebe, and local music act, The RatCatchers, as a prelude to coming Halloween shenanigans'… Haunted House down the street! Seriously, next to Antioch Baptist Church... More info to follow as discovered....

About the music: this one keeps changing so check back often... For sure... Shreveport’s newest pop drives, The RatCatchers, with Christian Yates, Christopher Denman, Kristen Watson and Mike Markivee…

About the films… A man after our own heart, Roger Beebe, will present his touring program, FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS. Beebe, a filmmaker and professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida has screened his films around the globe including such unlikely places as McMurdo Station in Antartica and the CBS JumboTron in Times Square. And oddly, he has even been to Shreveport, and did so with us, literally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.** minicine? gladly welcomes Roger back to a less flooded, less desperate, less debris strewn Louisiana for this screening of his newest works.

And we can’t wait to help him unpack his touring vehicle, as Roger will be bringing a bevy of projectors… His new work, the result of two years of experimentation, has evolved “outta sorta a discovery” that occurred to him when he projected positive and negative prints of one of his films side-by-side for a kind of Frankensteinian cinemascope effect. This epiphany pushed him to explore the possibilities of using multiple projectors, not for a free-form VJ-type experience, but for the creation of discrete works with distinct forms. This tour is the result of the two years of experimentation that followed.

This show will build from his relatively straightforward two-projector films “The Strip Mall Trilogy” and “TB TX DANCE” (both made prior to the discovery of this new direction and retooled in its wake) to his more elaborate three-projector meditation on Las Vegas, “Money Changes Everything,” and on finally to his eight-projector magnum opus “Last Light of a Dying Star.” These films are simultaneously performance films (as they will be screened with Beebe actually running the projectors— and running from projector to projector), technological demonstrations (with a parade of different modes of image making and presentation), and significant aesthetic works in their own right.

FRIDAY October 2 / minicine? swampland / 846 Texas Avenue / 9 PM / $5 Donation (Costumes Yes)!

Kelly McDade speaks at RFC Thurs night, Oct 1, 7:30 pm, opening Art 21 preview

Once in a Millennium Moon
Originally uploaded by Tedi17
October brings an eight-story building of art to PBS via Season 5 of the series art21, says Kelly McDade. She will offer remarks at Robinson Film Center on Thurs, Oct 1 at 7:30 PM, prior to a viewing of the season preview.

Season 5 will be on LPB Weds, Oct 7, 14 & 21 at 9 PM, Thurs, Oct 28 at 10PM.

Artists featured in the show this year are John Baldessari, Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Carrie Mae Weems.

The viewing is free. One block away the same eve is the opening party for the Artspace show Bona Fide. The Artspace party begins at 5:30 pm. Hmm. Probable pair?

McDade is an art instructor for BPCC. She was head of SRAC's Public Art during a very active era. You might ask her about Meg Saligman and the Once Upon a Millennium Moon project.

Thursday mornings at Barnwell: Art out of the box with Jane Heggen

Thursdays at Barnwell
Originally uploaded by trudeau

Barnwell Center opens Thurs night Blues & Gumbo series

Barnwell Center, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jazz, chamber music and Beethoven from Opus on Sat, Sept 26, 7 pm, First Baptist

The musicians of OPUS (Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier) will be performing a concert on Saturday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr. Corner of Ockley at Highland.

The excellent acoustics in this space make for an amazing listening experience. A symphony orchestra, ensembles - jazz, blues, classics - all in one concert. Something for every music lover, says Susan Rogers.

The I-49 Brass Quintet
Rick Rowell, Trumpet
Michael Scarlato, Trumpet
Thomas Hundemer, Horn
Michael Davidson, Trombone
J. Mark Thompson, Bass Trombone

* Canzona Bergamasca
Samuel Scheidt
* Quintet
Victor Ewald
* The Saints’ Hallelujah
arr. Luther Henderson

* A Jazz Journey
Sally Horak, Flute
Gay Grosz, Piano
Christopher Allen, Bass
Chandler Teague, Drums

* Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
Claude Bolling


* Symphony #5 in c minor
Ludvig von Beethoven
Kermit Poling, conductor

$25 for adults and $5 for students, and will be sold at the door.

Scott Patton, Jonathan Weber in the Diviners at East Bank Theater, 8 pm this weekend and next

“The Diviners is divine – a rich theatrical treat that conjures images of Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”, the Dustbowl, and the resilience of a people who endured hard times with an enduring hope and independence. Scott Patton is a welcomed newcomer to the theatre scene bringing a fresh, natural, depth of feeling to CC and Jonathon Weber shines as lovable Buddy. The characters become our family as they bring us to join their trials and tribulations.” – Pam Atchison, Executive Director of Shreveport Regional Arts Council

“More than I ever expected… to find humor and comedy out of the Depression was done in such a clever, heartwarming way in this show. It was captivating from start to finish and the audience embraced the personalities of the characters.” – Kelly Warner, Executive Director of Bossier Arts Council

“My students really enjoyed the production and talked about how some of the things happening in the Depression sound like things happening today.” – Airline High School Drama Teacher

Show dates: September 25, 26, 27 and October 2, 3, 4

"The Diviners" is a part of the Triumph Over Tragedy Project. For more information visit

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
$15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students and military.

Singer-strummer Tom Kimmel at Fairfield Studios in House Concert Series on Sun, Sept 27, at 7 pm

Tom Kimmel is a singer/songwriter and poet whose poems are featured in poetry and literary journals, and who is a frequent guest author at book festivals and book stores in the South and around the country, says Jim Huckabay.

Kimmel's songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Shawn Colvin, Joe Cocker, Kathy Mattea, Randy Travis, Nanci Griffith, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Art Garfunkel and others.

His works can be found in films like Serendipity, Runaway Bride, Navy Seals, Princess In Love and others. TV credits include Touched by an Angel, Miami Vice, Dawson’s Creek, As the World Turns, All My Children, The Captain Kangaroo Show.

Sunday, September 27, 1510 Fairfield, 7 PM.
$15 (cash at the door) • Reservations recommended or call 219-7688.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Art After Hours @ Barnwell Garden & Art Center With Su*Stella on Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm

In two hours you’ll make new friends, have a great time painting and
you will go home with a completed 16 x 20 canvas ready to hang! says infectious artist Su Stella.

Grab your favorite beverage (water, soda, wine or ...) and come on over. We'll have all of your supplies from paints, brushes and canvases, to wine glasses and corkscrews. Whatever your painting skill, it’ll be a fun time!

Each class has limited space. Sign up at
or call Su at 228-263-2333

Week One- Little Red Lighthouse
Thurs, Sept 24th, 7:00- 9:00
Bring yourself and a beverage.
Pre-Registration And Payment Are Required
Payment can be made with Cash-Check-Visa-MasterCard
Make Check Payable to: Friends of the Barnwell
Mail or Drop Off at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101
Call the Barnwell Center and Pay-by-Phone (318) 673-7703


A Happening: AJ Haynes, music and visual art at Turner Art Center, Centenary College, Sat, Sept 26, 4 pm until late

A Happening, a schedule -

- Friday 3 - 7 pm: All visual artists bring their pieces to set up for display.
- Sat, 10 am - 4 pm--all artists set up to prepare--visual, film, music, etc.
- Sat, 4pm - until: doors open to the public

Bands performing:
• The Lackadaisies
• Goth Conglomerate
• The Bellys
• Highway Lines
• AJ Haynes
• Jasper McAdams
• Chris Alexander
• John Martin and company
• Tom and Nolan
• Ktea and Jessica

(as of now, I do not have the band/film line-up in order. I should have the line-up set in order by Wednesday night. )

• David Nelson
• Robert Trudeau
• Jordan Gurren
• Randi Schmidt
• Eric Ball

All artists welcome! Questions? call me (A.J. Haynes): 318-834-9485

By Jupiter and Kepler, too: Sci-Port to hold rooftop Star Party Fri, Sept 25, 8 - 11 pm

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center will hold a Star Party featuring rooftop viewing of stars and planets through the science center’s telescopes this Friday, September 25, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The planet Jupiter and its moons will be a prominent feature of this Friday’s sky, according to Greg Andrews, Sci-Port Astronomy Programs Leader.

Programs taking place inside Sci-Port’s Space Center include Galaxy Face Painting and a demonstration of Kepler’s Laws by Planetarium Presenter Tiffany Cheri Veillon in the Light & Color Lab.

Visitors can also participate in two make-and-take activities: Planetary Bracelets, a mini-solar system for the wrist; and Solar System in Your Pocket, a craft toy that teaches the distance of planets from each other.

Admission is $5, $3 for Sci-Port members, and no reservations are required. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars.

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jonathan Weber in a Great Depression drama at East Bank Theater called The Diviners; opens Fri, Sept 25, 7 pm

Jonathan Weber, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The Diviners opens this week at East Bank Theater. And Thursday night is a "student night" with tickets for $5.

Writes Robert Folmer, "While the rest of the country lays divided and demoralized by the Great Depression, the people in this story manage to weather the storm with humor and compassion. A play about friendship, family and community at a time when these things were hard to find and even harder to hold onto."

* Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
* Saturday, September 26, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
* Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
* Friday, October 2, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
* Saturday, October 3, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
* Sunday, October 4, 2009 @ 7:00 pm


Review - Outlaw Nation's house-rockin' Christian Simeon gets peeps on their feet with New Day

Christian Simeon and his quartet, Outlaw Nation, tour the clubs and auditoriums of this fair nation on a continual basis. Touring has taught them very directly how to rock a room.

New Day, their latest CD on Stoopid Records, is packed with music whose purpose is to get you and your friends off the couch and onto the dance floor.

I haven't heard a more consistently fun album in some time. It is reggae-inflected rock, and it bumps butt with 311, Green Day, The Police, Ziggy Marley and G Love.

It is a superb guitar album. Simeon crafts riffs that make me want to pick up my Peavey and whip those strings. His voice is evocative, too, and there are just enough harmonies and keyboard parts to cap the board.

Recorded mostly at Sandbox Studio, Shreveport, with Darren Osbourne, it is a party album, a road album, a kick starter for your next oyster roast or Bbq throwdown.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Charcoal, embers, the SRAC fire at the Snow St headquarters and the imagination of artist Su Stella

Originally uploaded by postmodern sleaze
"Hey," writes artist Su Stella via Facebook. "How about we get a bunch of charred embers from the fire - and have all the roster artists create charcoal drawing or a piece of art -based on Srac ?"

"Use it as a fund raiser- with an internet auction?"


Capital idea. I will be happy to contribute.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Harbingers of Hope In Hard Times display at Magale Library, Centenary College, Oct 15 through Dec 10

Harbingers of Hope In Hard Times
A celebration of the human spirit during the Great Depression.

Thursday, October 15 through Thursday, December 10
Presented by Centenary College.

A celebration of the human spirit during the Great Depression. Featuring original visual and literary artworks created in response to statements made by people who lived during the Depression.

Depression-era photographs and artifacts are also included.

Exhibit Location: Magale Library on Centenary College Campus. Thursday, October 15 through Thursday, December 10 Presented by Centenary College. A celebration of the human spirit during the Great Depression. Featuring original visual and literary artworks created in response to statements made by people who lived during the Depression. Depression-era photographs and artifacts are also included. Exhibit Location: Magale Library on Centenary College Campus. For an interactive map click here.

For library hours, click here.

Triumph Over Tragedy: The Great Depression & New Deal Era in North Louisiana is the inaugural collaboration of the EYE-20 CREATIVE CORRIDOR, a unified effort to provide a long-term Regional Cultural Economy Initiative among Interstate-20 communities ensuring access to the highest quality programs and services offered by artists and arts organizations in North Louisiana.

The first group effort commemorates the 80th Anniversary of the Great Depression and New Deal Era in North Louisiana from October, 2009 to the Spring of 2010. For a list of events and to learn more about Triumph Over Tragedy go to

Support for Harbingers of Hope in Hard Times provided by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and Centenary College.

For more info:
Dr. Lucienne Simon, project director

Review: John Bogan's comic timing, voice and body language led an A list cast in Shreveport Little Theater's production of Neil Simon's farce, Rumors

John Bogan, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
John Bogan used a nasal, Jack Nicholson-inspired voice to virtually destroy the Shreveport Little Theater audience on Sat night. His timing, diction and body language gave the actor the firepower of, say, an F-22 Raptor.

On the other hand, the considerable audience seemed amenable to slaughter by farce.

In truth, Bogan was able to safely strafe the audience because of his support team. In the background was director Jared Watson, responsible for rapid-fire timing over the course of a loquacious script.

Mary Alfred Thoma provided a lurching comic presence that set the play's tone. Her foil was Joe Todaro, whose responses crackled with energy.

Janin Jones Pou brought elegance and drollery to the stage. Michael Blake Powell was a cannoneer. Quiet when needed, he ignited big laughs at critical points.

Josh Talley, Angelique Feaster and Rachael Lee Magill were capable lieutenants in the Watson air force. Truly, it was an A list show for this region.

Bogan, says the program, went to London and California for schooling and has traveled widely. His most important stop: study under Bill Ball at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. He returned to Shreveport in 2000 and has built a following through acclaimed performances in works such as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver and Macbeth.

Watson's marching orders seemed well-creased in every aspect save one: the show ran about 2 hours and 30 minutes on Sat. night.

The A list challenge, unspoken, is to bring home a whipped and bagged audience in 2 hours and fifteen.

Next up from SLT is a British farce called It Runs in the Family. It opens Nov 6 at the Women's Department Club, corner of Line Ave and Margaret Place.

Watson made the venerable room of the Department Club a comfortable venue for the Simon play. Last-minute parking presented a minor issue but the show seemed quite effective in regards sight lines and acoustics.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Triple dose on Fri, Sept 18th at the Warehouse: Science and the Sea, Sugar Glyder & Marielle

"Science and the SeaDee Release Party," says Casey Jones, "features
my good friends Sugar Glyder from Charlotte, NC. They will be stopping in town to play a show I put together with some other good friends of mine: Science and the Sea, whom will be releasing their new cd that night!"

"One might think that is too much already," sayeth the loquacious lad, "but if beans and grapes were jokes and napes, I say NAY, there is more. I have more buddies of mine in the band Marielle to come open the show."

Finishes Jones, a photog of the highest water, "The great people at the Warehouse have made all their Friday shows a free show, so you can spend your hard earned money on such things as booze and merch/band swag. Remember the boys got to get gas money to their next show."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome to Macintosh documentary on Apple at RFC on Thurs, Sept 24, 7 pm

The Shreveport Macintosh User Group (SMUG) presents Welcome to Macintosh, a multiple film festival award-winning documentary that explores the history of Apple, the origins of the Macintosh computer, and the unique culture that surrounds the company at the Robinson Film Center on Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 7:05 p.m.

Complimentary popcorn and soft drinks will be provided. Admission is free, however seating is limited. Please contact Sara Colvin at (318) 222-2522 or to RSVP.

SRM @ Lil Joe's, King's Hwy, Shreveport, Wed, Sept 16, 8 pm

The TruNiVerse Experience continues with its mission: Bring the best, the brightest, up and coming talent to Shreveport. Wed night the stage at 163 E Kings Hwy will light up as SRM brings smooth R&B to Lil Joes Tavern.

Shunnie of BET's hit shoe "Season of the Tiger" will also be in the house as Special Guest.

Doors open @ 8
Photo ID required
Must be 21
Registration ends @ 9:30

Hosted by Tru Sista
Sounds by DJ Kool-Aid
Food by Lil Joes Bar and Grill

Monday, September 14, 2009

ShowBiz Pizza lives: docu drama The Rock-afire Explosion to air at RFC on Fri, Sept 18, and Sat, Sept 19, 7:30 pm

"The Robinson Film Center has recently gained the privilege to screen a very unique and wonderful documentary entitled," 'The Rock-afire Explosion,'" writes Justin Woodman.

Here's a shout-out from Woodman, a deeply-enthusiastic fan.

"It is titled as such because it is named after the centerpiece band of the long-defunct pizza franchise Showbiz Pizza. The film is about the underground devotees to this old restaurant and it is also how people can become attached to places just as they can to people. In this day and age, as businesses seem to be closing up at breakneck speed, this film accurately shows how some of these places can still go on and live in our hearts and minds for as long as those parts are functioning (R.I.P.- Murrel's, Nankings, Don's, etc.)."

"Anyway, I implore you to go to the Robinson website at as well as the film website Check out the wonderful trailer and tell me you're not hooked! the Robinson will have pizza specials for this evening, the film will be showing only two times, on this Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th, both at 7:30 pm. One of the film's subjects, a collector named Damon Breland will be in attendance, as will Billy Bob The Bear from The Rock-afire Explosion! I'm also telling people that they can come dressed as their favorite animal to the show. I know that for some this will conflict with the Britney Spears show, and I have been saying who would you rather spend your weekend with, Britney or Billy Bob?"

Woodman points out that Rock-afire aired recently at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. Showings were sold out.

More doctors smoke Camels: Tobacco advertising art exhibit on view at LSUHSC Medical Library

The LSUHSC-S Medical Library is hosting a traveling exhibit of tobacco advertisements from the 1920s to the 1950s, says Ellen Hildbrandt.

Robert K. Jackler, MD, Stanford University, and his wife Laurie, an artist, teamed with Robert N. Proctor, PhD., Stanford, to create this exhibit to demonstrate the deception used by the tobacco industry’s marketing campaign.

This traveling exhibit consists of several hundred reproductions of the original ads. Some ads feature medical professionals recommending particular cigarette brands as “less irritating,” others include celebrities and athletes to glamorize smoking, and some incorporate children and cartoon characters to encourage smoking at an early age. Also on display are a few original posters and interesting artifacts, such as medicinal cigarettes for asthmatics. Steve Bolten, a local antique collector, has loaned the Medical Library vintage cigarette lighters and metal signs advertising various cigarette brands to supplement the traveling exhibit.

Info: Marianne Comegys at 675-5449, Dee Jones at 675-5458, or Deidra Woodson at 675-5679.

Library Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

West Edge presents the Arts Market at Louisiana Boardwalk on Sat, Sept 19, 10 am to 6 pm

Arts Market at La Boardwalk
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Regional artists in the September arts market include:
Heather Peak Hooper, Lynn Laird, Latonia Barto, Charity Rankin,
Hanna Roarke, Neecee Blackwell, Amy Eileen Flynn,
Ladonna Hughes, Linda Snyder Gaston, Cheryl Gianforte,
Dawn Celles, Phoebe Tarver, and Deborah Byrd.

Art media represented, says Neecee Blackwell, will be paintings, jewelry, drawings, pen & ink, watercolor, carvings, ceramics, mosaics, pastels, charcoal, and stained glass.

Saturday September 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier.

Entertainment provided by John Frazier, saxophonist at 11 am – 1 pm
and Port Belly Project, belly dance troupe, at 2pm - 3pm
Live Radio Remote from MIX 97.3!!!

Artist deadline: Thursday, October 1. Apply now for the WEAco Arts Markets on October 17th, November 21st and December 19th .

Geoff Smith & Josh Cosby at the La Boardwalk on Tues at 6 pm, says Ardent Studios; look for them under the name Star & Micey

Geoff Smith & Josh Cosby
Originally uploaded by BullyRook
Star & Micey are singing at the La Boardwalk Tues, 9/15, at 6 pm, says Ardent Studios, Memphis.

They demand our attention through the friends on their self-titled debut album: Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero).

However, says Ardent, when the sun sets, it is 3 troubadours, Josh Cosby, Geoff Smith, and Nick Redmond that work relentlessly.

They'll also appear at the Noble Savage next month.

Highly recommended for voice, melody, guitar, soul & sense of humor: Christopher Alexander

The protean Christopher M Alexander. Plus, an equally high recommendation for the darling AJ Haynes!
See Bears Restaurant and the Naked Bean coffee shop.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lynda Benglis, Louisiana-born artist of international rep, shows recent work at Turner Art Center, Centenary College, along with Enoch Doyle Jeter, Doug Duffey, Sarah Plaia Davidson

Lynda Benglis was one of the cutting edge artists collected by Herb and Dorothy Vogel in the 1960's, viewers learned in the recent and lovely documentary about art collecting, Herb & Dorothy.

View her latest work at the almost-hidden gallery in Turner Art Center, Centenary College. That's the corner of Centenary Blvd and Rutherford St.

How the august NYC artist came to be in a group show with regional artists Enoch Doyle Jeter, Doug Duffey and Sarah Plaia Davidson was explained by Jeter in an email this week.

"What she and I've been doing for 10 years is that I bring her etching plates and / or lithographic stones to either New York or New Mexico. I help her in direction on how to execute her special imagery on the plates and bring the work back to Monroe. I print them at the university (Doyle, founder of Enoch's Pub and the NE La Celtic Fest, is on the art faculty at ULM) and bring them back to her to for hand color, addition of encaustic wax, oil stick, etc. Each print or mono-type is unique. It has been a real joy and a heck of a lot of work to do these projects with Lynda, but I am honored to do so."

It is easily the coolest show in town. All is sleek. If you love design and uptowness you will want to take home a piece and watch your house lurch upward a few notches.

The show is called "10/20/40" for the location of the artists' homes on the corresponding interstates. There are lithographs, etchings, collages, and wall mounted sculptures.

More on the artists and Turner.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Frescoes of a Glass Armoire : Cinemotion Whispers & Some Shouts at minicine? Thurs, Sept 10, 8 pm

minicine?, Thursday September 10, will fire up an array of 16mm film projectors (and a few digital ones) for a special screening to celebrate the first annual NW LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented by P.A.C.E. September 11-17, 2009 at the Robinson Film Center, says David Nelson.

So, minicine?, in what might be our most unconventional screening to date, will present a sampling of film works from the early underground (the time before the genre, from the "shadow time") including, Jean Genet's Un Chant d'Amour (1950), Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures (1963), Andy Warhol's Haircut #1 (1963), and Barbara Hammer's Dyketactics (1974). And, thinking that this will just begin to wet the appetite... these early and seminal works (Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures had a profound influence on the careers of John Waters, Andy Warhol, and Federico Fellini) will be followed with a selection of contemporary shorts, including, Ryan Trecartin's Tommy Chat Just e-Mailed Me (2006), Jeanne Stern's Bellwether (2008), Ivan Lozano's Signal Noise (2008), and Nana Swiczinsky's Lezzieflick (2008).

Live music during the evening will be performed by Ian Quiet, a Shreveport based musician and performance artist. He will be accompanied by performance artists Meredith Mighell and Megan Westbrook... Landry Debussey will calibrate a tuning fork with visual overlay.

Edible artistry will be provided by World Famous Lagniappe Catering including but not limited to... the likes of Mushroom Strudels, Raggedy Any Salad, Potato Cheese Charlott, Swedish Meat Ball Kabobs, and Gingerbread Jewels...

THURSDAY Sept. 10 / minicine? swampland / 846 Texas Avenue / 8PM / $5 ......... (To Benefit P.A.C.E.)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Hot tamale! Music historian Chris Brown is back at KSCL, 91.3, with a Tuesday night show, 8 to 10 pm

"Tonight marks my return to KSCL’s airwaves (91.3 FM)," writes Chris Brown. "I’ll be on each Tuesday from 8-10 pm. The show’s tentatively called “Romp and Stomp” - a reference to the b-side of Chico Chism’s “Hot Tamales & Bar-B-Que” (…way up on Texas Avenue!) issued on Shreveport’s Clif record label in1957."

Brown has returned from a stint in Baton Rouge which yielded a Masters in Library Science.

"As with my previous radio show, this will be a mix of rock,
rhythm and blues, and country. A regular dose of old music related to
Shreveport will be thrown in for good measure.

Tonight I’ll include a special James Burton set of songs that I’m
betting didn’t make it into his recent International Guitar Festival
concert, such as: “Swamp Surfer” - Jimmy Dobro; “Just For A While” -
Carol Williams; “Fireball Mail” - Jim and Joe; and “Love Fever” - Gene
Wyatt. Plus, there will be recordings with Dale Hawkins, Bob Luman,
David Houston, and Ricky Nelson."

As a historian specializing in this region, Brown has been terrifically helpful by writing articles, archiving interviews and producing a limited series of non-commercial compilations of local music.

Please use the search bar at the top of this blog to read more about his astute scholarship.

Monday, September 07, 2009

NW La Gay & Lesbian Film Festival opens Sept 11 at Robinson Film Center; movies continue through Sept 17

Leslie Jordan will be in Shreveport this weekend as the celebrity guest to open the first P.A.C.E. NW LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, says Adrienne Critcher. He will conduct a press conference at 3 p.m., Fri, Sept 11 at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St.

Jordan is no stranger to Northwest Louisiana, says Critcher, as he filmed the 2008 television series “Sordid Lives: The Series” on location here. His role of “Brother Boy” in the TV series was a reprisal of his role in Del Shores’ film adaptation of Shores’ own play “Sordid Lives” which also stars Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke and Beau Bridges. Jordan is also widely-known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on Will & Grace.” Jordan’s book “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet” is currently in bookstores.

Leslie Jordan will help P.A.C.E. kick off the film festival at the Opening Night Reception from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Robinson Film Center. During the reception, Jordan will perform 10-15 minutes of his stand-up comedy act. The reception will feature music by The Peekers. Advance ticket sales to the reception end Tuesday, September 8th, but reception tickets will be available at the door for $15 cash.

The Opening Night film “Sordid Lives” is sold out but a few tickets may become available at 7:15 p.m. at the Robinson Film Center box office opening night.

Other festival films showing Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, and then repeating Monday through Thursday, Sept. 14-17 are: “Drool”, “Were the World Mine”, “Chris & Don: A Love Story”, “Beautiful Boxer”, and “I Can’t Think Straight”.
Tickets: the RFC box office or web site at:

Adrienne Critcher, Film Festival Chair

Brandon Oldenburg, creative director at Moonbot Studios, Shreveport, to speak at Artspace on Wed, Sept 26, 6 pm

MoonbotStudios, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
At the September Techx20 event you will hear all about Moonbot Studios and what they are working on from Creative Director and recent Shreveport resident Brandon Oldenburg, says Angie White.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
5:30pm - 7:00pm
artspace, 710 Texas St.

TechX20 is a networking group for people working or interested in the field of technology (IT, software design, digital media, biotech, nano tech, etc) in the greater I-20 corridor in North Louisiana.

On its facebook group page, Moonbot Studios says Tired of Earth?
Gravity getting you down? In this day and age, there are few who explore the depths of time, space and the imagination. However, somewhere deep within a lunar core resides a collective endeavoring to persevere.

Eager ears, I present to you:
Lunar Core Blvd.

Beethoven and Jazz: OPUS concert on Sat, Sept 26, 7 pm, First Baptist sanctuary, Shreveport

Beethoven and Jazz
Originally uploaded by trudeau
CODA of Northwest Louisiana is a newly-formed non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that will be presenting its first concert on September 26th at 7:00 p.m, says Dorothy Rivette. CODA is an acronym for Concert Organizers for Diversity in the Arts, and was formed as a presenting organization for local professional musicians. The opening concert will be entitled “Diversity in Music” and will showcase the versatility of the musicians in performing various musical styles.

The I-49 Brass Quintet will be one of the groups featured in the program, performing several pieces in a variety of styles. Flutist Sally Horak will combine classical and jazz elements in a piece written by Claude Bolling for classic flute and jazz piano trio. The final selection on the concert will be the traditional and much-loved Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven, performed by a full orchestra conducted by Kermit Poling.

The concert will take place in the acoustically excellent sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport at 543 Ockley Drive.

$25, general admission
$5, students
Purchase at the door.
(318) 687-0572.
A website is being developed at and, in the meantime, more information about the concert or the organization can be obtained by emailing

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Lynda Benglis loves art collectors Herb & Dorothy Vogel; what's not to like about a couple who gave their enormous collection of modern art to the National Gallery?

Lynda Benglis
Originally uploaded by Herb and Dorothy
The movie Herb and Dorothy will make you ache with pride and elation at the story of two art collectors who have displayed enormous integrity along with their acuity.

In the 1950's the Manhattan couple began to collect modern art. Because he worked for the Post Office and she was a librarian, Herb and Dorothy Vogel bought mostly minimalist and conceptual art. They were ahead of the curve; such art was relatively cheap.

Today the art they collected and kept - their rule was not to ever sell anything from the hoard - is worth millions. Along the way the Vogels became famous (60 Minutes, NY Times, etc) for being impecunious but crazy smart collectors.

Regardless, they still have not cashed in on their trove. Enjoy their lives in a highly satisfying movie at RFC.

Beatlesque but quirky: Nathan Woods' group Romulus Remus plays Parachute Patty on myspace

Post-Beatles tunes written in a way that make you come back for more, because they've got twists and turns that are at first awkward or challenging are what you get from Shreveport-based Romulus Remus.

"Parachute Patty," "Throwaway Song" and "Nightlights" are where to begin with the recent work of Nathan Woods. His recording mates are Darren Osborn, Kern Courtney, Chris Anderson, Chip Mackey and Steve Sullivan.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Documentary on art collectors Herb & Dorothy at the Robinson Film Center Sept 4 - 10

The RFC's Chris Jay writes, "The documentary HERB & DOROTHY is the story of Herb & Dorothy Vogel, a postal worker and a librarian who decided, in the early 1950’s, to dedicate Herb’s entire salary to purchasing “modern” art and to just live off of Dorothy’s teaching salary.

They were in the right place at the right time – in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, buying art like crazy and living off next to nothing – and now one of the most important modern art collections in the United States is packed into their tiny apartment. That’s pretty much the story of the film, the tagline of which is “You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art.”

In a nice bit of synchronicity, there is a Lynda Benglis exhibit up right now at Turner Art Center at Centenary College, and Ms. Benglis is one of the artists collected by Herb & Dorothy Vogel.

I booked the film because I fell in love with the trailer, and am presently just trying my best to get the word out to art lovers in town."

Tuesday, September 01, 2009