Thursday, October 29, 2009

Performer and musicians' consultant Martin Atkins to speak at Tipitina's on Tues, Nov 9, 4:30 pm - the topic is making money

See the Tour Smart Seminar with Martin Atkins at Tipitina's Music Co-Op (700 Texas St.) in Shreveport, LA, on Tues, Nov 9, from 4:30 - 6 pm.

For over three decades Martin Atkins has been at the cutting edge of where the entertainment industry is and where it's headed, whether through his work with Johnny Rotten's band, Public Image Limited, playing with Nine Inch Nails, Touring the world with his own band Pigface, or working with Beijing's emerging Indie rock scene, says Tipitina's manager Steve Sullivan.

In 90 minutes you will learn:
**How to make more money on the road**
**How to get more people to come to your show**

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in learning the latest music marketing techniques which successful musicians use in the U.S. to build a buzz, grow their audience, and sell more CDs.

Agenda will cover:
State of industry, strategies for successful touring, why you must book yourself, marketing, packaging, questions from the audience.

Shreveport Opera salutes Halloween with the Stay-at-Home Ball; contributions benefit the SOX

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The Shreveport Opera requests the honor of your ABSENCE at a fabulous affair you will never attend...

You are cordially invited, says Amanda Gouthiere, to enjoy a quiet evening at home and not yawn at the speeches that won't be given, nor be required to buy or rent a tuxedo or gown. We will offer no valet parking, no open bar, no food whatsoever.

Please join us for our 1st Shreveport Opera "Stay At Home" Ball
but be there in spirit by making a contribution to Shreveport Opera.

To support the education and outreach program, Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX).

RSVP with check made payable to Shreveport Opera, 212 Texas Street, Suite 101, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, by calling (318) 227-9503 or by making a donation online at

Donations of $50 or more receive a free Johnny's Pizza voucher and Redbox movie rental.
No black tie. Please don't come.
100% of every donation is tax-deductible!

No tricks, just treats!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Weekly art market on the riverfront: Art Affaire in the Garden takes place at Barnwell on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm

Su Stella, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
A treasure-trove of handcrafted works in glass, jewelry, fiber arts, mixed media, visual art, photography, sculptures, homemade body care products and souvenirs and more can all be found at the weekly Art Affaire in the Garden, says Freda Powell.

It's worth a visit if only to browse, she adds. Art Affair in the Garden – An Art Market will be held Saturdays, March thru December, from 10 am to 3 pm - except on major holidays.

Anyone interested in joining Art Affaire in the Garden as a vendor, performer, or demonstrating artist should request an application by calling 673-7703 or emailing thebarnwell@centurytel,net.

Applications thereafter will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be viewed monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. Accepted applicants will be notified the following week in order to be set up for the first Saturday of the upcoming month.

Call to Artists: West Edge Artists' Fine Arts Market at the Louisiana Boardwalk on Nov 21, Dec 19

Of the monthly West Edge Fine Arts market at the Louisiana Boardwalk, artist Lynn Laird says, "It has been a great event, and next month will be even bigger with over a dozen artists including Cookie Garner, Heather Peake will return, Don Cobb, Ladonna Hughes, plus many more...and I will be demonstrating scrimshaw - see

I have and will be exhibiting and giving demonstrations at both WEAco FAM and the Barnwells Art Affaire in the Garden. They are both wonderful events arranged by artists with heART."

Booths are still available @ the West Edge Artist's Fine Art's Market at the Louisiana Boardwalk, says Neecee Blackwell.

Market Dates & Application Deadlines are:
- November 21, 10:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. / November 6, 5pm
- December 19, 10:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. / December 4, 5pm

- Booth Fees are $75.00 for 10x10 exhibition space. Booths may be shared: Each artist must submit an application with pictures of artwork and processing fees for each application.
- There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee for the jury process This fee is waived if you are a WEAco Artist. Go to to apply.
- If artwork presented is not juried in, the full amount of the $75.00 rental fee will be returned to the artist.
- Remember to bring everything you need for display - tents, tables, chairs, easels, change, signs....
- Set-up: vehicles will be allowed to pull onto the site to unload, if prior to 9:30 a.m.

RW Norton presents Charles Brutus on the sub rosa meaning in spiritual songs on Sat, Nov 14, 2 pm

Jocelyn Brown
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The American Negro Spiritual has long been regarded as a testament of a people who were denied a voice for over four hundred years, yet still longed to find some way to connect to this new land that they were thrust into, says Jennifer DeFratis.

Norton's speaker on Sat, Nov 14, is Charles Brutus, music teacher at South Highland School. His presentation is “Code Cracker: Unlocking the Hidden Messages of the Negro Spirituals.”

Among the songs to be assayed: "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen", "Every Time I Feel the Spirit", "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho", "Sweet Little Jesus Boy."

This 2 pm event, like admission to the museum, is free to the public.

Jennifer DeFratis
Tour and Special Events Coordinator
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Ave
Shreveport, LA 71106

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Orleans' hot quintet the Rebirth Brass Band headlines Highland Jazz & Blues Fest on Sat, Nov 14, noon to 5 pm

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"Want to support a community music festival - one that I've never been to but very excited about attending for the first time on November 14th?" writes a member of the recently-arrived creative class, Matt Bailey.

"Check out the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival - to be held from noon-5 pm in Historic Columbia Park on Nov. 14.

Headlining act is the incredibly awesome Rebirth Brass Band - a New Orleans institution.

There will be two stages of non-stop music, a food court, and an "artist alley" featuring their original-design festival posters and t-shirts. And, you get it all for free. Yes, there is no admission charge for the 6th annual neighborhood festival.

Here's the deal: in keeping the event free and neighborhood-friendly, they rely on sponsorships (for businesses) and memberships (for families and individuals) to keep the music going. I'm not asking you to contribute, I'm just bringing it to your attention as folks who want to promote culture in Shreveport."

Well said, creative friend. Let me put some $ where my camera and dancing shoes will certainly go on the 14th.

Freshly colorful Shreve Memorial Library web site offers downloads at

"Have you taken a look at your library lately?" says Shreve Memorial. "We've got some all new technology that you're going to love! Log on to and click on OverDrive!"

Click on the box labeled "Download digital media" at and you will "access ebooks, music & video." Hmm.

AVEP and Moonbot at the TechXpose' @ LSU Shreveport on Thurs, Oct 29, 5:30 to 7 pm

The Animation and Visual Effects Program at LSU Shreveport welcomes TechXpose’ - a Technology Demonstration Forum - on Thurs, Oct 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the LSUS Technology Center, says John Miralles.

TechXpose’ will feature the following exhibits:

• The Dimension Elite 3D printer
• A.R.T Gmbh’s advanced motion capture camera systems
• Vector Max’s marker less facial motion capture system
• Autodesk’s Smoke and Flame Advanced graphics systems
• Dell Computers demonstration of the latest in blade based computing
• Moonbot Studios will showcase their Short CGI film in production

Company representatives will be on hand to demonstrate these technologies and answer questions. The event will also highlight the Animation and Visual Effects program at LSUS.

318.795.2480 or

Comedy @ Shreveport Little Theater; show runs Nov 6 to 15; tickets 318 424 4439

Appearing in the show will be Mike Martindale, Michael Blake Powell, Betty Cummings, Jim Cowles, J.F. Daniel, Joe Todaro, Lisa Daye, Haley Young, Roger Kalmbach, Jamie Norwood, Charles Montgomery, and Virginia Walker.

Robert Darrow directs. Others in the creative team include: Sylvia Rachal, stage manager, costumes, props and scenic artist; David White, lighting design; Mike Ferrell, lighting operator; and, Mike Jarrett, set design, writes Darrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

BPCC's "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" Thurs, Oct 29, through Sat, Oct 31, 7:30 pm

Aubrey Brummett, Shreveport
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See Aubrey Brummett in BPCC's "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" Thurs through Sat.

She says, "I think you would really like it! It is a musical about sex education in Catholic school in the 50's and very funny." Brummett knows from funny, having done comedies at Caddo Magnet High and at LSUS Black Box Theater.

Patent Leather's at BPCC from Thurs - Sat at 7:30 and Sunday at 2pm.
$15 / 12

Main Campus - Building C (Performing Arts)
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111
Phone: (318) 678-6000

Jim Boyter

Friday, October 23, 2009

Zombie prom, Artscare @ Artpace Shreveport on Fri, Oct 23, 7 pm until the hour of the undead

Break out the old prom dress and tuxedo, say Donna Poimboeuf and Rhonda Dossett, and come to the prom you always wanted to attend - and experience what you were afraid could happen. Artscare 2009 is a “Zombie Prom. ”

Dress in your formal best and deadly worst - simultaneously - at this year's annual Artscare benefit for artspace. Tickets for the party are $25 per person or $75 a couple including a Boo-tin-eerie and Curse-age.

Purchase Tickets in advance at

Friday, October 23rd, at 7:00 pm
artspace, 710 Texas Street, Downtown Shreveport

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From Canada, an inquiry about Shreveporters and the recent Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

I don't want to step into a hornet's nest, writes a fellow identified as Stephan, but I have heard about the SSO's financial plight over the last year. I lived in Shreveport for 10 years, and during that time I had the great pleasure to attend many performances put on by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

I am currently living in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, with a population 1.7x that of Shreveport-Bossier, and we enjoy the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO). In 2008 the WSO maintained 67 core players and had a main subscription series of 12 concerts, a 6-concert series in Brandon, a 21-concert pops series, and Musically Speaking and Sundays with the Family series of five concerts each. The overall budget of the WSO is upwards of $6.1 million annually. By population, this would be equivalent to $3.5 million for the metropolis of Shreveport-Bossier or $3.3 million USD.

Your SSO needs a new marketing plan that will draw enough subscribers and corporate donors in order to meet the portion of the budget that would support paying 25 core musicians. A full-time salary for each musician with benefits should be $26,000 plus $5,000 benefits (20%)= $31,000 ea. x 25 = $775,000 for the total core budget. The current rate of pay per core musician in 2007-'08 was only $17,880.25.

If you divide the core budget above by the population of Shreveport-Bossier City that comes to only $2.06 per citizen... just a paltry sum! Come on Shreveport-Bossier, you can do better than to let your only professional orchestra slide into oblivion.

Support your musicians, people of Shreveport-Bossier!

Emily Bedard Berg, John Morell, Christopher Moore art opening Sat, Oct 24, 7 to 9 pm, at Alexander & Co Salon & Gallery

Emily Berg, Shreveport
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Emily Berg is an emerging painter, John Morell is a committed painter and Christopher Moore is an established sculptor in metal. See more of their work at Shreveport Faces.

Opening party Sat, Oct 24, 7 to 9 pm.
6505 Line Ave, Suite 31

New Orleans pianist-singer coming to Sam's Town on Nov 6 & 7: Al "Little Fats" Jackson

New Orleanian Al "Little Fats" Jackson is coming to the lounge at Sam's Town, says Greg Miles.

From Jackson's web site: "At their first experience of a live performance of Alvin E. Jackson, audiences are amazed that this young 23 year old has already accomplished the mastering of rhythm and blues in the New Orleans style. His technique, sincerity, and enthusiasm are all qualities which are the result of his rearing in New Orleans by a loving and extended family. Al's grandmother owned the "Vet's Club" road house where she booked such notables as Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Tommy Ridgley.

"I grew up listening to classic New Orleans R&B, I guess it became a part of my spirit. I remember even before I was in kindergarten my favorite was Fats Domino. I listened over and over again to a stack of records given to me by my grandfather which he collected from the road house's jukebox. This is how my love for R&B began."

Sam's Town is bringing some amazing acts to town - partly because entertainment and technology director Miles has been booking bands for several decades and has a well-developed network of entertainer friends. Recently Jo-El Sonnier and the Amazing Rhythm Aces have made stops at Sam's, he said.

Velo Dendro on Sat, Nov 7, 9:30 am to 1 pm: bike tour of Shreveport's tree life led by forester Dr Hallie Dozier

Columbia Cafe, Shreveport Green & the LSU AgCenter bring you the very first Velo Dendro in Shreveport, says Hallie Dozier.

This is a family bicycle ride geared toward getting you out on your bikes cruising around town and feeling free and easy..

The Velo Dendro S is a tour of significant trees
in Shreveport.

We will begin at the Columbia Café at Creswell and Kings Highway and head north to downtown. Along the way we will visit examples of good and poor pruning practices and take part in a tree planting at a local church. Once downtown, we will visit the historic court house on Texas Street, and discuss modern trends in urban forest planting.

After a short break for refreshments we will head over to the Clyde Fant Parkway. Cutting back away from the River after a few miles, we will mosey over to see a demonstration of tree/utility conflicts with SWEPCO and then on to take a look at the Louisiana State Champion Sycamore tree on the A.C. Steere playground.

Other stops as we make our way back to Columbia Café will include Betty Virginia Park and the Slattery Oak.

Following the ride we will be treated to the sweet sounds of A Fine Romance Trio at the Columbia Café and enjoy post-ride refreshments. The entire route is approximately 17 easy miles. No single section of the ride with be longer than two miles, which should be easily accomplished by anyone. Along the route we will supply water and mid-ride snacks, bathroom breaks and mechanical support (if needed). Riders are free to bring their own snacks if they wish.

The rides are open to anyone. Children 5 and under ride free and are welcome as long as they ride on their parent’s bicycle; no tricycles or other children’s bicycles will be allowed due to safety concerns.

Children between 6 and 14 may be too large to ride on their parents bicycle and the distance may be too great for them if they ride their own bicycle. “Trail-a-bike” attachments allowing older children to ride behind a larger bike are welcome. The tour will stop only at preplanned sites.

Please consider your child’s riding ability before registering for the tour.

The ride will end with food, music, and beverages. Riders will also receive a commemorative t-shirt. A registration fee of $10.00 per ride per rider is required.
Saturday, November 7
Registration and prep for ride, 8.30—9.30 AM
Ride from 9.30 AM — 1.00 PM

Online registration at http://www.bikereg. com/events/ register. asp?eventid= 9401

Online registration requires an additional fee ($2.40—2.60, depending on total registration fee) for credit card payment.

Hallie Dozier
225-281-3264 (h/c)
225-578-7219 (w)

Monday, October 19, 2009

East Bank Theater says Zombies of the world, Unite! Performances Oct 22, 23 & 24, 8 pm

A Lagniappe fundraiser for East Bank Theatre and The Company Repertory Theatre has been announced by Richard Folmer.

Zombies of the world unite! Tis a stage adaptation of the classic George Romero/John Russo horror film.

The East Bank Theatre and The Company Repertory Theatre, located at the Bossier Arts Council, have reportedly seen "zombies" in the upstairs theatre after dark. The sightings have taken place during recent rehearsals for "Night of the Living Dead: The Play" which features local actors.

"I didn't believe in zombies. But these things we have been seeing... they just make the hair stand up on the back of your neck," says Artistic Director, Richard Folmer, "not to mention the moaning and shrieking... I haven't been this scared in years!"

Although the zombies are unable to speak, one ghastly figure did manage to scribble some information on a sheet of paper. From what the staff can make out, it seems as though there will be an entire invasion of zombies on October 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00pm.

Admission will be $20 and they plan to take all those not in costume captive. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as a zombie, ghoul, goblin, or favorite Halloween character. There will even be a "CANDY BAR" for your sweet tooth! For more information about experiencing this invasion, call 318.741.8310.

"I will definitely be wearing a costume... I am really anxious to see what these zombies have in store for us," states Kelly Warner, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council. "We have heard them making awful noises upstairs in the theatre and they seem to be getting anxious about their so-called invasion. This will be interesting..."

October 22nd−24th, 2009
Thurs, Fri & Sat shows 8pm
tickets $20

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Movie review: Jack White vs Page and the Edge in It Might Get Loud at RFC this week, through Thurs

Jack White's beat-up, cheap and old guitars are almost slammed against the glowing maple and mahogany Gibsons fingered by Jimmy Page and the Edge in the documentary It Might Get Loud. The movie makes it clear that it's the player, not the guitar.

White quickly claims the upper ground. He was from a poorer family than the other guys and he has been successful while playing utterly crappy guitars. He also launched his career by performing and recording with Meg White, a woman who could barely sing or play drums.

Mississippi bluesman Son House (1902 - 88) is White's hero.

The Son House shout-out would seem to be an opening for Page, who built most of Led Zeppelin's catalog by reworking Delta bluesmen's tunes. But, nada. Maybe he's still in denial about his adaptations. Back in the day, Zeppelin had to be sued for stealing material from Howlin' Wolf.

We learn about Page's background in skiffle and pop, but the historic thread dies. Sadly, there's another spurious moment: Page implies that the 12-string/6-string double-neck he played in concerts on Stairway to Heaven was a guitar created for his needs on that 1971 tune. Argh. The EDS 1275 used by Page had been introduced by Gibson in 1962.

The stolid Edge is the mystery. How was it that he and Bono squitched their niche in pop music? He is smart enough to keep his guitar parts bone-simple. They are entertaining mainly through his canny use of electronic effects, he seems to say.

The 90-minute documentary is entertaining because we get some of the background on 3 of the most successful men in the history of guitar. Millionaires all three.

Don't expect any depth.

Do expect to be mesmerized by the savvy crap spewed by White, who is as interested in conning us as he is in screaming the blues.

Wish there had been less ruminating by Edge on the dock and by Page at a manor house and more speaking through loud guitar, bass and drums.

Through Thurs, Oct 22, at Robinson Film Center.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gas Light Players Shocktale Terror Show Presents “Gentleman Death’s 100 Hounds of Hell,” Oct 22 - Nov. 8

Gas Light Players, a local non-profit community theater, returns with its legendary haunted attraction and fundraiser: Shocktale, a Terror Show, says Don Webb.

The show opens Thurs, Oct 22 to Nov. 8 and takes place during The State Fair of Louisiana. Admission is $5 at the door. Shocktale will run Wednesday thru Friday evening’s beginning at 6:30 p.m. and weekends opening at 11:30.

Gas Light Players Shocktale Terror Show is daringly presented as a progressive black-box play, says Webb, combining all aspects of the theater craft with classic Grand Guignol special effects and theory.

The result is a high intensity, interactive theatrical production that is artistic and visually stunning and appeals to the various aspects of fear, phobias and all things psychological.

It is not unusual for patrons to lose control of themselves, faint and outright panic during the course of this exhilarating, progressive performance presented in the style of the old Dr. Blood Show.

Not to worry, our Guides are well-trained to handle the unknown and have taken a vow to protect their tour-members from the challenges that arise from the diabolical creations that lurk within “Gentleman Death’s 100 Hounds of Hell.”

Gas Light Players is a nonprofit 501©3 organization. All proceeds gained from this show go towards funding the Gas Light Player’s theater season and help to reestablish the theater within the community after our 15 year absence. This is a great way to support your local community theater!

This year’s production is directed by veteran Gas Light Players Terror Show cast Donnie & Mimi Webb, who have been involved with the show since 1989.

Don Web (318) 458-1940.

Centenary Camerata to perform at Yale in national conference; local performances include Fri, Oct 23, 7:30 pm, Anderson Auditorium, Centenary

Camerata, a choral ensemble from the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College, has been invited to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference, November 5, at Yale University, says Julia Thorn.

The choral ensemble from Centenary was selected from one of the largest application pools in the history of the conference, and is one of only nine choirs nationally invited to perform at the prestigious biennial event.

"This is a tremendous event with respect to national exposure for Centenary College and in terms of the caliber of audience that will be in attendance," said Dr. Julia Thorn, conductor of the Camerata.

Of the nine colleges invited, the Camerata from Centenary is the only college from the south…and the only mixed choir from a small liberal arts college to perform. "It is very unusual to have such a small college like Centenary performing on a national venue," added Thorn.

In preparation for their Nov performance, Camerata will be performing three concerts in October.
- Broadmoor United Methodist Church Shreveport, Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 18, 6 pm, at Asbury United Methodist Church, Bossier City
- Anderson Auditorium, Centenary campus, Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

The performances are free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of travel and lodging for the students.

Cellist Ruth Drummond to perform at national choral conference at Yale with Centenary Camerata

Ruth Drummond, Shreveport
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Centenary voice students are preparing for a round of Camerata performances that will culminate in a concert at Yale for the National Collegiate Choral Organization biennial conference on Nov 5. Performing with the students will be cellist Ruth Drummond, longtime performer with the late Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and leader of the Baroque Artists of Shreveport.

"We are very excited that Ruth will be playing the piece Miserere by Belgian composer Rudi Tas with Camerata. The work is a complex piece for accapella choir and virtuoso cello. We are thrilled that Ruth will go with Camerata to Yale to perform for the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference," said Camerata director Julia Thorn.

See a performance at Centenary's Anderson Auditorium on Fri, Oct 23, 7:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RFC Gala squeezes Friday's opening of It Might Get Loud to showings at 1 pm and 3 pm; full showing schedule resumes Sat

With the Robinson Film Center Gala taking place Fri night, the only showings of It Might Get Loud are at 1 and 3 pm. But there are 5 showings scheduled for Sat - as the champagne bubbles settle.

The guitarumentary runs through Thurs, Oct 22, acc to the RFC calendar.

The Stepping Out gala features Memphis Train Revue, a 10-piece soul and classic R&B band from Austin.

Balcom & Weissbach visit Minicine, 846 Texas, with experimental films on Fri, Oct 16, 8 pm,

New England filmmakers Ben Balcom and Josh Weissbach, writes David Nelson, will stop at minicine? to present new film works as part of their Heap Us ‘Round Our Ruins: An Interstate Film Circuit Tour, on Fri, Oct 16. This event will also feature a special performance by Shreveport music artist, Jasper McAdams, on the eve of the release of his new CD, "Tender Legal"... in other words... an OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY...

Ben Balcom’s films teeter on the line between reality and dream, characterized by the appearance and disappearance of narrative. The form of these films change from pure experimentation to character-based allegory. These films are trying to discover the relationship between our nature and the representation of this space through a reconfiguration of experience in an artificial medium. Each is united in an interest in poetry, mythology, and perception, experienced through an interface of silence and the language of the material.

The conceptual premise of Josh Weissbach’s film work, all shot on Super 8 and 16mm film, is based on the notion that as all humans inhabit space, space simultaneously inhabits humans, and within this, the main question that is raised is how does the relationship between intimacy, trauma, and space function in the life of every human being?

This 90 minute film program has been evolving nightly on the tour, the fellows trying to promote connections that speak to each other across the collections of films from these two artists...

$5 donation. More at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spliffy fellows: Outlaw Nation releases Top O the World and Spliff City on iTunes and worldwide via Stoopid Records

Featuring the singles Top o' the World and Spliff City, the CD New Day got its worldwide release today from the Shreveport-based trio Outlaw Nation.

Buy the party-perfect album - see my earlier review - from any digital outlet, including iTunes, says Christian Simeon. It's on the label that they fondly call Stoopid Records.

ON is Christian Simeon, vocals/guitar, Danny Woolen, bass, JB "tha drum killa"and Jackson White, guitars.

Songwriter David Roth sings in House Concert Series at Fairfield Studios on Sun, Oct 18, 7 pm

David (not Lee!) Roth is coming to Fairfield Studios, writes Jim Huckabay - with a silly grin cross his face.

"Singer/songwriter David Roth’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA's Goddard Space Center (David’s “Rocket Science” went up on the Space Shuttle on May 11th!), 10 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels, and countless venues in this and other countries.

Sunday, Oct 18, 7 pm. 1510 Fairfield Ave., $15. or 219-7688.

Columbia Cafe: Tues, Oct 13, guest chef is musician-artist Christopher Alexander

Columbia Cafe, Tues, Oct 13
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One Night Only! says Matthew Linn. Puerco en Chili Verde by guest chef Christoper Alexander, a singer-musician as well as graphic artist par excellence.

We didn't know he was a foodie, too.

Starts at 5 pm, says Linn.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Bluebirds, with Robin Black, on Thurs, Oct 15, 6 to 8 pm on the edge of the Red at the Barnwell

The first annual Blues and Gumbo on The Red this Thursday, Oct 15 from 6-8 pm, says Bruce Flett, will be held at the Barnwell Center in Shreveport, on the banks of the Red River.

The Bluebirds & Robin will entertain you. That's Jerry Beach, Bruce Flett, Robin Black & Kerry Hunter. Every bowl of Shaver's Gumbo benefits Friends of the Barnwell.

Adds Flett, "Always a nice breeze on the River. IF it rains it will be INside, but it won't rain.

If this weather doesn't start cooperating, we're going to bring Al Bolton OUT of Retirement so we can get some decent weather!"

Costs Hidden; no charge for the music or the chairs.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

RFC has It Might Get Loud for one week, beginning Fri, Oct 16: Jack White, the Edge and Jimmy Page

Coming on Fri, Oct 16, says Chris Jay of Robinson Film Center, one week only, the guitar documentary It Might Get Loud.

The 97-minute show features Jack White of the White Stripes, Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, as well as guitar slinger The Edge, of U2, and Jimmy Page, manipaulo of Led Zeppelin.

If your ears haven't bled from smackishly smart guitaristics and coiled voices in a while, pardon me if I recommend a high-volume Raconteurs show on

It Might Get Loud, Rated PG, In English
Advance tickets on-sale now.

Louisiana Artists open annual show at Barnwell with party on Sun, Oct 18, 2 to 4 pm

Louisiana Artists, Inc. and the The Friends of the Barnwell present ''Art Works 2009''. The show will include recent sculptures, drawings, and paintings.

Among the numerous artists finishing work for the show is Dorothinia, aka Dorothy Kristin Hanna, who will present a large circle of jazzed, floating-on-color chairs.

An opening reception with refreshments will be held Sun, Oct 18, from 2 pm to 4pm.

Shreveport open mic veteran Poetic X wraps the Artspace / Bona Fide Performance Night competition

Being awarded the $1000 prize for best performance at Artspace last Thurs in the Bona Fide show was not a surprise for those who know Poetic X. "He performed elaborate, 10-minute raps without a sign of a cue card," said artist Tony Reans.

Hugh Hamilton, aka Poetic X, says he has been bringing poetry audiences to a standstill since 2004. His passionate, thought-provoking and spiritual poetry is a must see and hear, he adds.

Hamilton's intention is to be a leader and pursue longevity in the poetry community. His motto: "Saving the earth, one poem at a time."

If you are catching up with this talented and stage-wise performer, you can get a whiff on

Blues, supper, libations and painting at the Barnwell on Thurs beginning at 6 pm

Su "Smiley" Stella, artist, teacher and producer, writes, "This week we will be painting "Steaming along the Red". This cute steamboat painting is easy - no experience needed. We will be using a template for the drawing....

The class will be from 7-9. The cost is $35. I provide all of your painting supplies!

Plan to get to the Barnwell early for Blues and Gumbo; the free concert starts at 6 p.m. Shavers is selling the gumbo and there will be a cash bar.

Su Stella 228-263-2333

to reserve a spot, the Barnwell's 318-673-7703

Friday, October 09, 2009

Pioneer Day at LSUS on Sat, Oct 10, 10 am to 4 pm at Pioneer Heritage Center

Originally uploaded by trudeau
The Pioneer Heritage Center, LSUS, comprises seven historical structures: the Caspiana House, a raised plantation cottage built in 1856 on the Hutchinson’s Caspiana Plantation; the Thrasher House, a log double-pen dog trot; a detached kitchen; the Doctor’s Office; the Webb & Webb Commissary; a single pen log Blacksmith Shop; and the Riverfront Mission Chapel.

In and around these structures the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSU Shreveport will host Pioneer Day on Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pioneer Day gives insight into the intimate home life of settlers and natural environment in which they struggled to survive.

The event is a "history laboratory" where people can see how the pioneers built their first homes, provided for their families, and how their diverse beliefs and customs contributed to the cultural mosaic that is Louisiana.

(318) 797-5339
Marty Young, director:

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Requiscat in pace, Irving Penn / fashion and Picasso

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009[1]) was an American photographer known for his portraiture and fashion photography, says Wikipedia.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

David Mamet comedy, Boston Marriage, opens Thurs, Oct 8, 8 pm at LSUS Black Box Theater

Boston Marriage, by David Mamet, opens at the intimate Black Box Theater at LSUS on Thurs, Oct 8, 8 pm.

Featuring Kari Kennon, Kelly Mills and Audra Caitlyn Moss, Boston Marriage is a parlor comedy about three Victorian era women facing a romantic and financial crisis. Directed by Robert Alford.

It continues
Friday, Oct 9,
Sat, Oct 10
Friday, Oct 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11, and Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Photo LSUS Theater.

Juried Performers' Night at the Bona Fide exhibit at Artspace Shreveport on Thurs, Oct 8, 7 to 9 pm

Alan Dyson by Tony Reans
Originally uploaded by trudeau
At Artspace the show called Bona Fide, an exhibition of artworks created by Northwest Louisiana Juried Roster Artists, continues with a Performance Night, says Pam Atchison.

It will be held on Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at artspace, and will feature literary readings by 5 poets and music by Alan Dyson. These artists will be competing of a $1,000 award for Best Of Show in the Performance Exhibition.

Performances by:
Shirley Campbell
Carlos Colon as Haiku Elvis
Nan Dozier
Laura Flett
Poetic X (formerly known as Poetic Justice)
Music by Alan Dyson

Friday, October 02, 2009

Red River Revel: Tower of Power on Sat, Oct 3, and a big ferris wheel all week long

Originally uploaded by jan1020
The Revel runs from Sat, Oct 3, to Sat, Oct 10.
There's an improved Revel web site. But the basics include:

Revel Hours
Thursday, Friday, & Saturdays • 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday - Wednesday • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Information
Admission Free
Monday: All Day
Tuesday - Friday: Until 5:30 p.m.
Every day: Children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult

$5 Admission Fee
Saturdays: Until 6 p.m.
Sunday: All Day
Tuesday - Friday: After 5:30 p.m.

$10 Admission Fee
Saturdays: After 6 p.m.

$15 8-day Reveler Pass at the gate